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Category: Tasting Notes

The Result of Battle of the Blends Challenge No. 3!

Discover who came out on top in Whisky Magazine’s third Battle of the Blends: will it be George Keeble or new challenger Lyndsey Gray…?

Back in March we announced the return of Battle of the Blends and that we needed your help to decide how it would be settled.

The fates of reigning champion George Keeble, of Soho Whisky Club fame, and new challenger Lyndsey Gray, manager at The Quaich Bar at the Craigellachie Hotel, were in your hands. The task was simple: enjoy two delightful drams of blended whisky, one crafted by each competitor, and determine which effort was superior.

Fast forward to now and you’ve made your collective choice. The votes are in, the tie is decided. It’s time to find out who has claimed all glory…

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London’s The Gibson joins forces with Copperhead to launch savoury gin

The Gibson

Welcome to the world of savoury gin! Esteemed London bar The Gibson has partnered with Belgian spirits producer Copperhead to create a gin that’ll shake up your Martinis, liven your tonics and spice up your life…

Even those with a fleeting interest in spirits will be aware of the sheer enormity of the gin category these days. Standing out in an era where there is a glut of juniper goodness has become increasingly difficult, and it really takes something quite special to make a lasting impression.

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Highland Park Valkyrie & New Viking Soul Packaging

  • Highland Park launches new Viking Soul packaging for their 10 Year Old, 12 Year Old and 18 Year Old core range
  • New Highland Park Valkyrie, made with around 50% fully peated stock, to replace Highland Park Dark Origins
  • 100% bourbon cask matured Highland Park FULL VOLUME to replace Highland Park 15 Year Old
  • At a global launch that took place in Denmark, Highland Park recently introduced new packaging that will be rolled out across their core range, their new brand positioning as “The Orkney single malt with Viking Soul” and further special editions. Nods to Norse mythology have, of course, been commonplace from the distillery for many years, but now that they’ve gone ‘full Viking’ let’s delve a little deeper into what it’s all about and what (if anything) this all means for the celebrated distillery’s beloved whisky.
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    Introducing the Spirit of Yorkshire Whisky Distillery!

    Exciting new English whisky distillery Spirit of Yorkshire opens to the public this Easter, but they’ve been quietly working under the radar and laying down casks for the last few months. We headed to the Yorkshire Wolds earlier this week to find out the full details.
     
    Yorkshire. God’s own county. Also, now the location of a new independent single malt whisky distillery! Since we visited St George’s Distillery back in 2009 a number of projects have popped up all over England, which I’ll run through at the end of this post, but today we’re getting all excited about Spirit of Yorkshire!
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    The Result of Battle of the Blends Challenge No. 2!

    Whisky Mag Battle of the Blends

    Discover who has come out on top in Whisky Mag’s second Battle of the Blends in association with Master of Malt: is it Neil ‘General Mashtun’ Ridley or George ‘Aegir’ Keeble…?
     

    Back in January we told you all about Battle of the Blends Challenge No. 2, another battle for the ages that you could help settle in the most delicious way possible!

    The fates of reigning champion Neil ‘General Mashtun’ Ridley and Soho Whisky Club’s George ‘Aegir’ Keeble were in your hands and now it’s time to find out who has claimed all glory…

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    The Launch of That Boutique-y Gin Company

    Behold the launch of That Boutique-y Gin Company! Expect bundles of small batch gins from some of the most fantastic brands and distillers around!

    People have been independently bottling whisky for many moons, but independently bottling gin is another story altogether – and a short one at that. People don’t independently bottle gin. The end.

    Or is it? No. No it’s not. The story continues with the theatrically dramatic entrance of That Boutique-y Gin Company, the world’s first independent gin bottler!

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    Spotlight on… Connoisseurs Choice + Win a Bottle of Glen Grant 1952

    Launched in the mid-1960s, Connoisseurs Choice is one of the world’s most comprehensive and fascinating ranges of independently bottled Scotch whisky on the market. The oldest vintage in the current selection dates all the back to 1938, and the whiskies come in all ages, from 5 to 75 years old! Today, we’re going to take an in-depth look at this phenomenal range, as well as try a few delicious expressions. In fact, we’re even giving away a very special sherry-matured 1952 Glen Grant from the same bottler, worth £2,120. First, however, a little history…
     
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    Categories : Competitions, Scotch Whisky, Tasting Notes, Whisky
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    Whisky Advent 2016 Day 24: The Half-Century Blend

    Well folks, we made it. Christmas Eve. The final day of #WhiskyAdvent. Time to open that last remaining window and see what deliciousness waits behind it…
     
    You may be somewhat aware, but in case you missed it, let’s just go over this one more time – it’s almost Christmas! In fact, it’s bloomin’ Christmas tomorrow!!! A very exciting prospect, though somewhat bittersweet, as it means we’re onto our last day of #WhiskyAdvent. And while that itself is bittersweet, it’s also very exciting to see what’s going be behind window #24 of the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar. Everything’s a circle, you see…
     

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    Whisky Advent 2016 Day 23: Highland Park 12 Year Old

    We’re so close to Christmas! Start wrapping the presents! Start assembling the cheeseboard! Start opening the penultimate window of the Whisky Advent Calendar!
     
    It’s the 23rd of December, meaning after today’s dram, there will only be one lonely dram left in the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar. #WhiskyAdvent is almost over for another year, folks! Today also stands as your advance warning to start assembling the post-Christmas dinner cheeseboard. Consider yourself forewarned and don’t you dare forget the camembert.
     
    Behind window #23, you’ll be finding finding a dram of Highland Park 12 Year Old! A reliably excellent Scotch single malt from Orkney, just what you want on a chilly evening assembling cheeseboards (are we overstating the importance of these cheeseboard? No. You cannot overstate the importance of a cheeseboard).

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    Whisky Advent 2016 Day 22: Buffalo Trace

    Only three days of #WhiskyAdvent remain, and we’re returning to America from another dram of brilliant bourbon…
     
    There’s only three drams left in the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar! It’s also well worth noting (in exciting bold italics) that…
     

    You still have until 9pm tonight to get your UK Mainland Christmas orders in!!!

    With that aside, let’s take a look at what’s behind window #22… It’s Buffalo Trace bourbon! There’s been a lot of mentions of Buffalo Trace on our blog in the past few weeks, what with the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection dram lotteries, bottle lotteries and charity auctions (which are ending today) as well as #WhiskySanta getting his mitts on some of those drams to give away. Well, now it’s time to dive into a dram of their classic expression!

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