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Category: Scotch Whisky

Scotch Whisky news, right here – find out all about the latest releases, reviews and industry news from top Scotch Whisky distilleries such as Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Macallan, Ardbeg, Glenfarclas and Glenfiddich.

Glenfarclas 105 Day Celebrations!

– It’s the 105th day of the year, and we’re celebrating Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength with our friends at Glenfarclas.
 
– Get a free 20cl Glenfarclas 105 with your order when you purchase any full bottle* of any spirit, liqueur or wine today!
 
– We’re also reducing the price on a gamut of Glenfarclas bottles by 10.5% for the whole day!

 
If you take a look at your calendar and you’re incredibly adept at maths, you’ll likely be able to quickly ascertain that today – April 15th – is the 105th day of the year! What better excuse to celebrate the smashing Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength in all its well-Sherried, full-bodied, lip-smacking glory with our friends from this family owned and run distillery. In fact, we’d quite like you to join in with the celebrations too, so…

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Access the Whisky Name Generator Now!

We’ve managed to gain access to the tool whisky brands and marketing agencies use to name whiskies – and we’ve made it available for you to use!
 
EDIT: Some of you figured it out – this was indeed an elaborate ruse that has something to do with today’s date! We can only hope that one day The Clyburn Airgid Mighty Fine Tornado will be a real bottling…
 
We recently made a startling discovery. You know those whisky brands and the marketing agencies that create the lovely names for the whiskies we all enjoy? Well, as it turns out, they have access to a Whisky Name Generator to help them come up with new names! With the sheer number of new expressions released at quite a clip nowadays, this tool was invented to allow agencies to both generate a name and kick-start the branding process in just a few quick clicks. Handy.

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Macallan Lalique & Bowmore Black Charity Auctions: Own Whisky History!

We’re auctioning the final and oldest releases in two legendary ranges: Bowmore Black 50 Year Old 1964 – The Last Cask and The Macallan in Lalique 65 Year Old – Peerless Spirit with everything over RRP donated to our nominated charity Malaria No More UK.
 
Following the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection auctions (which raised well over £4k for an excellent cause) and another update to our auction system, it’s time for our first charity auctions of 2017! And, well, just look at the extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime bottles we have available.
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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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Spotlight on… Benromach + Win a Bottle of Benromach 1974

This week, we’re taking an in-depth look at Benromach – a distillery which oozes that truly classic Speyside style. And, for a limited time only, we’re giving away a staggering single cask bottle of Benromach 1974 worth £1,200!
 
Today, with its malty, slightly smoky, rich single malt, Benromach is an innovative distillery, boasting a wide variety of styles and creations, despite its fairly small scale. There’s heavily peated malt; the world’s first organic-certified single malt whisky; some tremendous Jim Murray Whisky Bible scores (he described the 30 Year Old as “magnificent”); and all produced by hand by a team of just four distillers. With no computer automation and complete reliance of distilling by sight, sound and smell, there is a great deal of room for nuance and character. As Distillery Manager, Keith Cruickshank, says, “sometimes it’s those tiny inconsistencies that make a whisky so beautifully consistent.”

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Spotlight on… Lagavulin + Win a Trip to the Distillery!

Spotlight on Lagavulin

We’re having a good ol’ look at Lagavulin today, and we’re also giving you the chance to win a trip to the legendary distillery; including a tour, tasting, bottles and even some peat cutting!

Throughout 2016, the Lagavulin distillery on the Isle of Islay has been celebrating its 200th Anniversary. If 200 years of delicious well-peated whisky production isn’t something worth a year-long celebration, we don’t know what is! Fancy a trip to the Lagavulin distillery to see where they’ve been distilling for all these years, along with a whisky tasting, peat-cutting experience and signed bottles? Then you’ll want to enter our competition to win all of that!!!
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Diageo Special Releases 2016

Diageo Special Release 2016

The 2016 Special Releases are available for Pre-Order now and we tasted them all last night, including the oldest ever Port Ellen!

When it comes to whisky releases, Diageo’s aptly named annual Special Releases always attract plenty of excitement each year. This year’s selection including whiskies from Port Ellen, Brora, Lagavulin, Caol Ila, Glenkinchie, Cragganmore, Linkwood, Auchroisk, Mannochmore and Cambus distilleries, all of which (at the time of writing) are available to Pre-Order!

One thing you may notice, is that we’re not going to be doing our lotteries or charity auctions for any of these, as we have for some other exciting releases this year, and there’s a simple reason for that. Unlike the situation we had with the Yamazaki Sherry Cask, for example (or will have shortly with a certain collection of American whiskeys), Diageo have endeavoured to price the rarer releases at their ‘market value’. That’s why the prices went up so quickly a couple of years back as they bridged the gap before more or less levelling out (this year’s Port Ellen, from ever-depleting supplies, is £100 more than last year, an increase of around 4%, whereas there had been increases of 100% in recent years).

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2016 Whisky Advent Calendar – Available for Pre-Order!

Drinks by the Dram have launched their 2016 range of Advent Calendars, and you can Pre-Order yours right now!

Drinks by the Dram revealed their selection of spirit-filled Advent Calendars for 2016 last week, all of which you can pre-order right this very second! Every calendar contains 24 different handmade wax-sealed 3cl drams, one behind each window, so you count down to Christmas while exploring spectacular whiskies, gins, rums, tequilas and more.

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Categories : Absinthe, American Whiskey, Armagnac, Cognac, Gin, Irish Whiskey, Japanese Whisky, News, Rum, Scotch Whisky, Tequila, Vodka, Whisky
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Charity Whisky Auction up to £1,700 per bottle!

  • The Wolfburn Inaugural Special Edition auction bottles are up to £1,700 each with just a few hours to go until the hammer claps down at 14:00 BST today!
  • After tax, everything raised over the £200 RRP will be donated to Malaria No More UK.
  • Every £5 raised is enough to buy, deliver and hang a mosquito net for a family living at risk from malaria in Africa – protecting their children whilst they sleep.Wolfburn Lottery and Auction

UPDATE: A total of £3,066.66 was raised for Malaria No More UK through the auction!

We’re on the home straight of our Wolfburn Inaugural Special Edition auction and the two available bottles of this brilliant single malt are up to £1,700 each with just a few hours left to go!

The bottle auction runs until 14:00 BST (GMT+1) today and everything raised over the RRP of £200 (net of any applicable VAT) will be donated to Malaria No More UK. This will support the charity’s tremendous work protecting millions of children and their families as well as unlocking funds and leveraging government policy to help bring an end to this preventable and treatable disease. Our previous auction for the Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 raised £2,800 for the charity, with these bottles set to top that figure!

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Lottery & Auction: Wolfburn Inaugural Special Edition

Wolfburn Lottery and Auction

We’re splitting our allocation of Wolfburn Inaugural Special Edition single malt whisky between a bottle lottery, an auction (with anything over RRP donated to our nominated charity Malaria No More UK) and a 3cl dram lottery. See the timeline below for when all this is going down.

Back in March we introduced a new solution for limited releases (you can read that post for a lot more information on the ‘why?’). It’s now time to put that into practice once again, this time for the Wolfburn Inaugural Special Edition. Just 875 bottles were produced, with only 100 available in the UK, and the whiskies used were selected by Distillery Manager Shane Fraser from some of the very first casks filled back in early 2013. Some liquid history from the new northernmost distillery on the Scottish mainland!

So, what to do with the 6 bottles – for which there’s sure to be huge demand – that we now have available having received our full allocation and updated our auction system?

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