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Diageo are the owners and operators of some of the most well known and best loved distilleries in Scotland, including Port Ellen, Brora, Caol Ila, Lagavulin, and Dalwhinnie. For the latest Diageo news, including news of the latest Diageo Special Releases, look no further.

The Nightcap: 18 May

It’s Friday, which means the weekend is here – and with it we’ve got another edition of The Nightcap! Read on for your handy digest of the week’s biggest booze news, all in one useful place!

It’s Friday, folks! Congratulations on making it through another week. It’s been a busy one in the world of all things sippable, so we suggest you get comfy, pour yourself a dram/G&T/anything else that takes your fancy, and join us as we recall another busy seven days in drinks.
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Categories : Cocktails, Gin, Irish Whiskey, Japanese Whisky, News, Scotch Whisky, Whisky, Wine
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The Nightcap: 4 May

It’s Friday, it’s cocktail o’clock (here in the UK anyway), so there’s only one thing for it. Bring on this week’s round up of all things booze news: it’s The Nightcap!

Happy Star Wars Day, folks! Yep, somehow it’s May already. But no need to fear, The Nightcap is here, bringing you the biggest and booziest news stories from the last seven days!

But before we get into agave-fuelled business deals, new bottlings and all things baijiu, let’s recap the week that was. We kicked off proceedings on Monday with our latest charity auction: snap up the super-rare The Macallan 40 Year Old Sherry Oak and raise a marvellous chunk of moolah for our nominated charity, Malaria No More UK! On Tuesday, Adam reported back from the launch of The Singleton’s Malt Master’s Selection – a single malt looking to ‘do a Haig Club’ and make whisky accessible to new audiences. Will it be a success? Time will tell.

Then it was time to reveal not just May’s Dram Club contents, but also the results of the epic Battle of the Blends: Challenge No. 3. Who was victorious? Did your favoured blend win? Find out in the post. And finally, we checked in with The Lakes Distillery’s whiskymaker-in-chief, Dhavall Gandhi, who lifted the lid on his liquid experiments. Intriguing…
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Categories : American Whiskey, News, Scotch Whisky, Tequila, Whisky
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Introducing: The Singleton of Dufftown Malt Master’s Selection

The Singleton of Dufftown Malt Master's Selection

Master of Malt meets Malt Master through a new Singleton expression from Dufftown Distillery: The Singleton of Dufftown Malt Master’s Selection!

For us whisky-loving folk, there are few things we adore more than a big product launch to get all excited about. Diageo Reserve observed this fact, and so threw a big event to launch its latest labour of love: The Singleton of Dufftown Malt Master’s Selection!

The label design has been reinvigorated, the palate has been tweaked and the motive is clear: this is a spirit that will try to appeal to a wider, modern and perhaps whisky-shy consumer base. “This isn’t supposed to be patronising – it’s supposed to be welcoming and engaging,” summarised Ervin Trykowski, global Scotch whisky ambassador at Diageo. “It’s supposed to be the opposite of how you’ve talked about Scotch whisky before.”
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Diageo to invest a whopping £150 million in whisky tourism!

Diageo has announced plans to create a state-of-the-art Johnnie Walker visitor experience in Scotland’s capital, as well as upgrading its existing 12 distillery visitor centres – a project that encompasses an investment of £150 million in Scotland’s whisky tourism sector.

Distillery visitor centres and whisky experiences have become essential pilgrimages for many whisky enthusiasts around the world, and Diageo has announced plans for a £150,000,000 investment over three years in Scotland’s whisky tourism sector. You’d best get preparing your suitcases, travel kits and holiday shorts.

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Diageo shows us how to #DrinkPositive this Christmas

#DrinkPositive

From 1 December onwards, it’s a given that our plates are always full, and our glasses are rarely empty. Apparently it’s not actually obligatory to enter the New Year feeling puffy and tired, so Diageo has consulted some of Instagram’s finest for their tips on finessing the festive fun using #DrinkPositive.

‘Tis the season… of excess. The ‘eat, drink and be merry’ ethos is synonymous with silly season, and we tend to collectively embrace it – packing our diaries with spirited plans, foregoing exercise in every possible form and chomping chocolate coins with reckless abandon.

A huge part of this is hosting events: inviting old friends over for drinks and nibbles, packing the cupboards with snacks in anticipation of guests ‘popping by’, and preparing the menu for an inevitable and all-compassing family meal. If you search ‘Christmas’ on Pinterest, there are thousands upon thousands of cocktail recipes, food pairings and dinner party drinks serves to pick from; many are boozy, all are indulgent.

Believe it or not, there are ways to have all of the Yuletide fun without a) going overboard, or b) feeling deprived. Having cottoned on to our penchant for drinking, hosting and Instagram filters, the folk at Diageo recruited some social media starlets to show us how to have a magical time without the regret come 1 January using the hashtag #DrinkPositive.

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Lagavulin 8 Year Old becomes a permanent fixture!

Lagavulin 8 Year Old

Launched last year to mark the beginning of the Islay distillery’s 200th anniversary celebrations, Lagavulin 8 Year Old woo-ed Scotch whisky fans far and wide with its peaty deliciousness.

It would be a shame to see it expire… And alas, we won’t! Because Lagavulin has decided to add the whisky to its rather roomy core range, which currently consists of its famed 16 year old variant and annual Distillers Edition release.

Should you be interested, the tale behind Lagavulin 8 Year Old is an unusual one. The celebratory bottling was created in tribute to Britain’s most famous Victorian whisky writer, Alfred Barnard, who sampled an eight year old Lagavulin whisky during a visit to Islay in the late 1880s.

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Categories : Scotch Whisky
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Port Ellen and Brora to reopen by 2020 – yes, really!

*MEGA WHISKY NEWS KLAXON*

The rumours are true! Two of Scotland’s most iconic closed whisky distilleries, Port Ellen and Brora, are to be brought back to life by 2020, to the jubilation of whisky geeks the world over.

It hardly needs stating that these most beloved of Scotch whisky distilleries – Port Ellen on Islay, a few miles from Lagavulin, and Brora on the remote eastern coast of Sutherland, adjacent to Clynelish – have garnered a cult-like following in the 34 years since their closure; their highly sought-after bottlings (which often command four-digit prices on the secondary market) an integral part of the Diageo Special Releases programme.

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The Diageo Special Releases 2017 whiskies are here!

It’s one of the most highly anticipated whisky events of the year – the Diageo Special Releases 2017 series is now available for pre-order!

Last month we revealed details of the 10 whiskies in the Special Releases line-up for 2017 – and the contingent does not disappoint. From the oldest-ever Diageo bottling* to a blended malt featuring all 28 of the drinks group’s operational Scotch distilleries, there’s a whole host of incredible whisky goodness going on.

What’s more, there’s a very exciting addition for 2017. For the first time, Drinks by the Dram has teamed up with Diageo to make all ten of the expressions available through the marvellous medium that is a tasting set. All 10! In a tasting set!! Hallelujah to the whisky gods.
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Diageo unveils Special Releases 2017 in full

After much too-ing, fro-ing, teasing and general whisky-based commotion, Diageo has finally revealed the full details of its Special Releases class of 2017 – and there’s an intriguing blended malt in the mix!

The 10-strong field matches last year’s outturn in terms of size. While then it was the oldest-ever Port Ellen expression that tickled our tastebuds in anticipation, it’s the 52 year old Port Dundas single grain that’s got us all animated this time round. Excitement also stems from a rare official Teaninich release, created to mark the distillery’s 200th anniversary. And it wouldn’t be the annual fun that is Special Releases without Brora and Port Ellen popping up to say hello.
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Teaninich Distillery throws open its doors for its 200th anniversary!

Diageo’s little-known Teaninich Distillery is celebrating its 200th anniversary with a behind-the-scenes open day and a scarce official bottling under the Special Releases umbrella. We’re excited.

Highland single malt Scotch whisky distillery Teaninich tends to fly under the radar. Tucked away north of Inverness, it’s not exactly on the tourist trail – yet this workhorse distillery is one of Scotland’s most productive and progressive. Following a whopping £26 million investment from owner Diageo in 2013, which included a brand-spanking new 12-still strong stillhouse, this obscure production site has the capacity to churn out 10 million litres per year and is a major contributor to Johnnie Walker – only the biggest Scotch brand in the world.
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