Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Review - The Three Drinkers Cask Selection No.1

Introduction by Matt Chambers. Tasting notes & thoughts by Tobias Gorn.

The members of the Amazon Prime TV series The Three Drinkers have teamed up with retailer Master of Malt to release their first whisky - The Three Drinkers Scotch Whisky Cask Selection No.1. The whisky is a 17 years old blended malt inspired by different distillery locations within the first series of the show and is bottled at 45% ABV. It is non chill-filtered and of natural colour with only 300 bottles, which have been individually numbered and also signed by The Three Drinkers. The Cask Selection No.1 will be sold via Master of Malt and is available now. A bottle will cost £40.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (November 15, 2019)


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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Review - Filey Bay



Filey Bay is the first single malt to be put on general release from the Spirit of Yorkshire distillery. The English distillery, which has only been in production since 2016, has already released a series of six preview bottlings under the Maturing Malts Distillery Projects label. Filey Bay is the first ever single malt whisky to be released from Yorkshire and is named after the nearby beach and holiday resort.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (November 8, 2019)


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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Review - Tullamore DEW XO Caribbean Rum Cask Finish

Introduction by Matt Chambers. Tasting notes & thoughts by Tobias Gorn.


The Irish whiskey brand of Tullamore DEW has launched a new expression of its popular blend - the Tullamore DEW XO Caribbean Rum Cask Finish. The new variant takes the regular Tullamore DEW blend, which is triple distilled and uses three styles of Irish whiskey (grain, malt and pot still), and gives it a finishing period in first-fill ex-demerara rum casks sourced from the Caribbean. The release is said to pay homage to the Irish immigrants that arrived in the Caribbean during the 17th century and helped the early development of rum distillation in the region.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (November 1, 2019)


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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Review - Benromach 50 years old

This whisky is the oldest ever single malt release from the small Speyside distillery of Benromach. The Benromach 50 years old is taken from a rare single re-fill ex-Oloroso sherry hogshead cask (Cask #2003). This was distilled and filled in 1969, and has been maturing in a dunnage warehouse at Benromach ever since. The antique cask was hand selected by Keith Cruikshank, who has been the Distillery Manager since 2000, and it has yielded just 125 bottles. These will be available in selected specialist whisky retailers and other high-end stores worldwide.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (October 25, 2019)


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Friday, October 18, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (October 18, 2019)


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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Review - Whiskymaker's Reserve No.1

This whisky is the first every single malt to be given a wider release by the Lakes distillery. The Whiskymaker's Reserve No.1 is the first part of a planned wider range of whiskies from the English distillery and they will appear as and when stocks mature. It follows the distillery's 'sherry led style' and has been matured in three types of oak cask - made from American, French and Spanish oak - and these have previously held Pedro Ximinez sherry and red wine. These have then been married together by Dhavall Gandhi, the whiskymaker at the Lakes, who describes it as "an artistic exploration of oak and blending; of flavour evolution and the definition of a house style".

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Review - Diageo Special Releases 2019




It is that time of the year again - Diageo, Scotland's largest whisky producer, has unleashed the 2019 edition of its Special Releases programme. The annual bottlings are designed to highlight rare or old whiskies from within Diageo's extensive portfolio of maturing stocks and are eagerly anticipated each year since the programme was first started with just three expressions in 2001.

This year is one of the smaller recent collections and sees just eight bottlings with a theme of 'Rare By Nature' running through them. As with all previous years the whiskies are all bottled at their natural cask strength. This year's whiskies have been selected by Dr. Craig Wilson, one of the Master Blenders at Diageo.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Review - Midleton Very Rare 2019 Edition

This whiskey is the latest in the long line of super premium releases by the Irish brand of Midleton. The Very Rare 2019 Edition is the 36th whiskey released in the annual range and features single pot still and single grain whiskeys that range in age from 13 to 34 years. For this year's release they have all have been matured exclusively in lightly charred American oak ex-bourbon casks and then married together by Brian Nation, the Master Distiller for Midleton, who picks them from a small pocket of rare stock that is maturing only for the Very Rare expression.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (October 11, 2019)


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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Review - Cù Bòcan Signature Malt, Creation #1 & Creation #2



Cù Bòcan is the peated single malt brand from the Highland distillery of Tomatin distillery. The name comes from a local legend in which the Cù Bòcan, a ghostly canine-like creature, appears and causes havoc once every generation before mysteriously disappearing in a puff of blue smoke.

It has been on the market since 2013, but a major relaunch was recently announced. The relaunch involves new bottle designs and packaging, designed by Thirst Craft to 'show the qualities of the contemporary spirit', along with two new core range products. Cù Bòcan is produced using lightly peated Scottish barley for a short period during the winter months each year at Tomatin.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (October 4, 2019)


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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Review - Glen Moray 21 years old Portwood Finish



The Glen Moray 21 years old Portwood Finish is the new premium addition to the Speyside distillery's Elgin Heritage Collection. It joins the 12, 15 and 18 year olds in the range. The whisky is one of the final creations of Graham Coull, the Distillery Manager at Glen Moray, before he moves on to pastures new. This has seen the liquid matured in ex-bourbon casks before a final period in ex-Port pipes from Portugal.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Review - Method & Madness 'Wild Cherry Wood Finish' and 'Acacia Wood Finish'



These two new whiskeys are the latest additions to Irish Distillers' experimental Method & Madness range of whiskeys. Both continue the brand's tradition of using unorthadox casks for maturation. Both are single pot still whiskeys with one being finished in casks made from cherry wood and the other in casks made from acacia wood. Both are also bottled at 46% ABV.

The Method & Madness range was launched in 2017 carrying the tag line of 'when knowledge and discovery collide'. The range is designed to push the boundaries of Irish whiskey and showcase some of the most innovative work that the blenders, coopers and distillers are producing. It also aims to combine the creativity of the whiskey makers and enthusiasm and fresh ideas of their apprentices. Many of the experiments are taking place at the Midleton Micro Distillery in Co. Cork.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (September 27, 2019)


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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Review - Lagavulin 10 years old

The Islay distillery of Lagavulin has announced a new permanent addition to its travel retail single malt range - the Lagavulin 10 years old. The new whisky has been created by Dr. Craig Wilson, Diageo's Master of Malts, and he has used a combination of ex-bourbon, re-fill and newly charred rejuvenated casks. Lagavulin 10 years old is bottled at 43% ABV and will be available exclusively through Dufry stores, a travel retailer that are in over 60 countries. A bottle has a recommmended retail price of £50/ $60 US/ €54.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (September 20, 2019)


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Monday, September 16, 2019

Review - Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 years old

This is the first permanent age statement single malt from Ardbeg since the 10 years old first appeared almost 20 years ago. Traigh Bhan (pronounced tri-van) is the name of a famous beach on the Hebridean island, known locally as The Singing Sands. Here the wind and sand combine to create a strange and haunting soundscape. The new whisky will be produced in annual batches and has been created by Dr. Bill Lumsden - the Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks at Ardbeg using a combination of American oak casks and ex-Oloroso sherry butts.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (September 13, 2019) Part 2


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Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (September 13, 2019) Part 1


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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Review - The Singleton of Glendullan 12 years old

This whisky forms part of a wider range of whiskies that come under The Singleton umbrella. The brand, which first appeared on the market in 2006, is actually a collection of three different distilleries - Dufftown and Glendullan in Speyside and Glen Ord in the Highlands. Between them they have contributed to The Singleton becoming the 4th biggest selling single malt in the world*. The concept includes each distillery only being available in selected markets to cater for regional tastes. The Glendullan expressions are primarily sold in north America, while Dufftown is primarily available in Europe and Glen Ord in Asia.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (August 30, 2019)


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Friday, August 23, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (August 23, 2019)


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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Review - The Glenlivet Distiller's Reserve

The Glenlivet Distiller's Reserve is part of the new Triple Cask range of single malts, which are exclusive to the travel retail sector. It is a rebranding of the previous Master Distiller's Reserve release. The other two whiskies in the range are the White Oak Reserve (which replaces the Solera Vatted) and the Rare Cask (which is a re-naming of the Small Batch). As the name suggests, three casks have been used for maturation for each bottling. In the case of the Distiller's Reserve these are first-fill American white oak, European oak and ex-sherry casks used in combination.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (August 16, 2019)


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Monday, August 12, 2019

Review - Jameson Triple Triple

The Jameson Triple Triple is a new expression that will be exclusive to the travel retail sector. The name of the new whiskey refers to the fact that every drop of Jameson spirit is triple distilled and that this release features three different cask types for maturation - ex-bourbon, ex-sherry and ex-Malaga fortified wine casks - which have then been married together by Billy Leighton, the Master Blender of Jameson. Triple Triple is bottled at 40% ABV and will be available in airports globally. A one litre bottle will cost €32/ £29/ $36 US.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (August 9, 2019)


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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Review - Oban Old Teddy

The Old Teddy is the latest exclusive limited edition single malt from the Highland distillery of Oban and will only be available in the distillery visitor centre. The new whisky has been created to pay homage to the Macleans, a family that have given three generations of service to the distillery. This started with 'Old Teddy' in 1953, who worked his way up to become Master Distiller. He was followed by his son 'Young Teddy' in 1985. Young Teddy's son Derek then joined the distillery team in 2017 and continues to work at Oban today.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Review - Crabbie's Yardhead

Crabbie's Yardhead is a new single malt from whisky bottler and distiller John Crabbie & Co. It has been designed to attract new spirit drinkers through mixing and making whisky cocktails. The Yardhead, named after the area in Leith where Crabbie's original maturation warehouses were during the 1820s, is a young Scotch single malt aimed to take on and fit in to the ever expanding blended malt and 'no age statement' whisky category. The distillery of origin is un-named but from the Highlands.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (August 2, 2019)


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Friday, July 26, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (July 26, 2019)


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Friday, July 19, 2019

Review - Mackmyra Äppelblom

The Mackmyra Äppelblom is a recent limited edition single malt from Sweden's leading whisky distillery. The name Äppelblom is Swedish for 'apple blossom' and this is a reference to the rare casks used during the final part of maturation. These have previously held Calvados, the famous French apple spirit, from one of France's most renowned producers - Cristian Drouin. Prior to this the whisky had been maturing in American oak ex-bourbon casks. Äppelblom has been created by Angela D'Orazio, the Master Blender at Mackmyra.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (July 12, 2019)


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Friday, July 5, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (July 5, 2019)


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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Review - Scarabus

The Scarabus is a new Islay single malt that has been recently released by the family owned independent bottling company and distiller of Hunter Laing & Co. The new whisky, which is an old Nordic word for 'rocky place', was initially previewed at the company's Ardnahoe distillery on Islay during the Feis Ile 2019 in May. The whisky, which comes from an un-named Islay distillery, is bottled at 46% ABV. Scarabus is available to buy and sample at the Ardnahoe visitor centre shop and selected specialist whisky retailers worldwide. A bottle will cost around £33.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (June 28, 2019)


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Friday, June 21, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (June 21, 2019)


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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Review - Glenglassaugh Octave Cask #SC36

by Billy Abbott of Spirited Matters and The Whisky Exchange blog.




Glenglassaugh is a Highland distillery which has, over the past decade, occasionally offered casks for sale. This bottling is one of those, selected by Matt and Karen, purveyors of this very blog. They very kindly forced me to take/gave me a sample and asked if I would like to write about it. I, of course, accepted.

While it was founded in 1875, the distilling history of Glenglassaugh is surprisingly short. In 1907, after just 32 years of operation, it was at first mothballed, and then operated intermittently for another 53 years. In 1960, it was completely rebuilt at its clifftop location overlooking the North Sea, and ran happily until 1986.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (June 14, 2019)


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Friday, June 7, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (June 7, 2019)


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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Review - The Balvenie Stories Range



The Balvenie Stories range is a new set of single malts and is designed to show the tales of character, endeavour and craftsmanship created at the distillery's home in Dufftown, Speyside. The three whiskies - The Sweet Toast of American Oak 12 years old, The Week of Peat 14 years old and A Day of Dark Barley 26 years old - were each created by different people. These were Kelsey McKechnie (Apprentice Malt Master), Ian Millar (former Distillery Manager) and David Stewart MBE (Malt Master).

Monday, June 3, 2019

Review - Johnnie Walker Blue Label 'Ghost & Rare' Port Ellen Edition

The Port Ellen Edition is the latest expression in the Ghost & Rare series from the popular blended Scotch whisky brand of Johnnie Walker. All sit under the super premium Blue Label umbrella and the whiskies included are all either rare and old, or from closed distilleries that are mothballed, demolished or no longer in operation. The Port Ellen Edition, which was released in late 2018, is a blend of eight such whiskies.

It naturally features prominently the Islay distillery of Port Ellen, hence the name, which closed in 1983 and also two whiskies from other closed (or 'ghost') distilleries - the single grains of Caledonian and Carsebridge. Five old malts are also included from the distilleries of Blair Athol, Cragganmore, Dailuaine, Mortlach and Oban. The whiskies were selected by Jim Beveridge, the Master Blender for the Johnnie Walker range.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (May 31, 2019)


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Friday, May 24, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (May 24, 2019)


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Friday, May 17, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (May 17, 2019)


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Monday, May 13, 2019

Distillery Visit - The Macallan



The last five years have been extremely vibrant for the whisky industry. Many new distilleries and whisky-making projects of varying sizes have been proposed and built. Arguably one of the biggest and most controversial is the re-housing of The Macallan, the hugely popular single malt brand, in to a brand new production facility. This opened back in the Summer and Matt paid a visit to take a look on a recent visit to Speyside.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (May 10, 2019)


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