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St. Patrick's Day in Ireland with Jameson!

by Jake Mountain     27. March 2015 09:00

Hello Dublin Jameson St Patricks Day Live

It was 11am in Gatwick airport on Saturday 14th March. The plane taking a small drinks press contingent over to Ireland for Jameson's extended #HelloDublin St. Patrick's Day celebrations was due to leave in just over an hour from Heathrow. Had I made a terrible mistake?

In fact, I'd just arrived back from a holiday and had always known I couldn't make that flight, just as I now knew all I'd be seeing of blighty was Gatwick airport itself. My flight to Cork was later, and until then I'd simply be pretending I was Tom Hanks in The Terminal. (Although there were no Catherine Zeta-Jones love interest developments to speak of.)

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Winnings from the WWA, WDA & Icons of Whisky

by Jake Mountain     20. March 2015 09:40

World Drinks Awards World Whiskies Awards 2015

Yesterday saw the winners of the 2015 World Drinks Awards announced, as well as the winners of Whisky Magazine's Icons of Whisky and World Whiskies Awards - a very busy rotation of the Earth! It was also a fantastic day for many of the brands we work with / own / represent as you'll see from the veritable cornucopia of trophies and awards below.

Drink by the Dram have also produced a selection of Winners Tasting Sets, which you can find here.

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The Lakes Distillery - A Delightful Weekend In The Country

by Jake Mountain     9. March 2015 12:00

The Lakes Distillery

"Are you a sponge or a stone? Do you like to experience all facets of life, or do you shut yourself off from new experience?"

With whisky distilleries opening right around the world, you must quite reasonably ask yourself questions such as this. We live in an age where a wide variety of excellent whiskies are being made outside of the traditional and well-established whisky producing counties, and if you're not open to them, you're missing out. In England, for example, the latest whisky distillery to come on stream is The Lakes Distillery near Cockermouth.

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Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection

by Jake Mountain     6. March 2015 10:09

Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection whisky

A little while back I received a sample of Nàdurra First Fill Selection only to get all full of horrible cold when the time came to taste it. Hmph. After recovering from this particular malady, I then promptly succumbed to some kind of debilitating manflu straight away! (But that's another story, with another untasted sample staring at me throughout, goading me to get better. Or at least recover the sense of smell...)

Fortunately, between these two bouts of sub-optimum health (during which I was ejected from MoM towers as they rightly feared I'd infect the populous) I did at least manage to find some time to try this new Glenlivet! It's also now in stock and available to buy, so it seems like a good time to pop some thoughts on the ol' blog.

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Celebrate The Holi Festival and Win Great Prizes!

by Jake Mountain     23. February 2015 11:00

Holi Festival of Colours Paul John Indian Whisky

Holi, the spring festival of colours, is almost upon us. You know, it's the one with all the powder and paint that always looks like loads and loads of fun! This year we've teamed up with our friends at Paul John to offer you a fantastic opportunity to get involved - one that includes delicious whisky and prizes...

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Coastal Whisky: The Curious Relationship Between Whisky and the Seas

by Jake Mountain     18. February 2015 12:30

Coastal Whisky Bowmore

Some whiskies can be said to have a 'coastal' or 'maritime' character, and invariably these are also whiskies that I absolutely love. In fact, these seaside malts are the reason I became interested in whisky in the first place, and the very best examples are still probably my favourite spirits in the world. This is personal taste, of course, and whilst I love most of the gods' rich tapestry of whisky flavour profiles, I just happen to be a sucker for the Neptunian ones. So, consider me your Neil Oliver as we embark on a journey of discovery and also consider exactly how is it that some malts seemingly take on the very taste of the coast. This, is whisky on the edge... *Cue music*

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Beefeater Global Bartender Competition 2014: MIXLDN

by Jake Mountain     15. January 2015 16:00

Beefeater Global Bartender Competition 2014 MIXLDN

The Beefeater Global Bartender Competition (now the fourth biggest cocktail competition in the world, we're told) brought finalists from 30 separate countries together in London this week for 2014's grand final.

Last time around Jason Williams from Sydney's The Rook took the crown with the brilliantly named ‘Werewolves of London’*, a drink that used our Frankincense Bitters! (You can now find the new and improved version of these Frankincense Bitters as part of the Bitter Bastards range.) This year, after three days of intense judging, we can reveal that the Global Champion is Brandon Phillips from The Duck Inn in Chicago. Congratulations Brandon!

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Chip Tate to set up New Distillery after leaving Balcones

by Jake Mountain     4. December 2014 12:09

Chip Tate & Co Distillery Balcones

Balcones' founder and builder Chip Tate and the venture capitalist group that invested in the Texan craft distillers back in February 2013 reached an impasse with regards to working together some time ago, and have finally parted company.

Having ended up in court in August of this year following disagreements that stemmed from the distillery expansion the investors were brought in to facilitate, a number of allegations were made and Chip was temporarily suspended. In November, however, Judge Jim Meyer of Waco’s 170th State District Court ruled that the board's actions taken without Chip in the intervening months were invalid, forcing them back to the negotiating table.

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William Grant Launches Glenfiddich Gallery

by Jake Mountain     25. November 2014 11:00

Glenfiddich Gallery

Well this one's been teed up perfectly really following last week's post on The Glenlivet, and specifically how they're catching the Glenfiddich in terms of sales whilst placing emphasise on their recent and historical innovation. So Glenfiddich, your move it seems. And here it is: Glenfiddich Gallery, a bespoke online whisky service where you can discover cask strength malts that match your personal tastes and also design the bespoke packaging your whisky will come in!

Whilst there is a certain award-winning online retailer that's provided the opportunity to personalise both the labels and the liquid of your whisky for some time now *ahem*, this is an incredibly exciting step for a leading single malt brand to take.

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The Glenlivet Passes 1m Case Milestone & Launches Founder's Reserve

by Jake Mountain     18. November 2014 17:23

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

The Glenlivet has reached a considerable milestone in its quest to become the best selling single malt Scotch in the world (a position currently held by Glenfiddich), by selling one million 9-litre cases of whisky within a year for the first time in its history. Looking back to the end of the calendar year 2013, the global Scotch malt whisky market shares held by these brands were within a single percent of one another at 12% and 12.7% respectively. Competition for the top spot has rarely been fiercer.

Reporting double digit growth in more than 40 markets as well as 8% global value growth (net sales) and 2% increase in volume during the 2014 financial year, The Glenlivet reached the milestone of one million cases sold worldwide during the twelve month period up to and including September 2014. Given that back in 2006 (when Glenmorangie was Glenfiddich's biggest competition in terms of global sales) Glenfiddich enjoyed an 18% market share compared to The Glenlivet's 7%, their progress is all the more impressive.*

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