Spirit of Adventure as Dram Busters Seek to Raise the Bar

Judges turn dram busters in the quest to find Speyside’s finest malts to share with whisky lovers around the world for the annual Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards 2018.

It’s a tough job but someone has to do it – movers and shakers from the world of whisky have been sampling liquid sunshine in abundance to find their favourite drams for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Awards 2018.

The tasting panel of industry experts with specialisms in distillation, mixology and marketing have shortlisted their favourite drams in the annual quest to find the best malt produced in the Speyside region.  But it will be the whisky-loving public – from all over the world – who will have the final say and will select the winning brands at blind tasting sessions taking place overseas as well as in malt whisky’s spiritual home of Speyside.

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Angels’ Share Glass launches Christmas Baubles filled with whisky

A family firm has launched this year’s must-have Christmas product for whisky lovers – glass baubles filled with Scotland’s national drink. Stirling-based Angels’ Share Glass has teamed up with independent bottlers Douglas Laing & Co to create a line of hand-blown coloured glass baubles with whisky inside.

There are four different baubles in the range each filled with 50ml of one of the regional whiskies from Laing’s Remarkable Regional Malts.

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The Dalmore 50 sells out as Richard Paterson completes his year of celebrations

The Dalmore’s Master Distiller Richard Paterson has completed the final leg of his world tour celebrating 50 years in the whisky industry.

Widely considered to be the greatest whisky maker of his generation, Richard’s 50th-anniversary milestone was celebrated with a series of tasting events around the world while showcasing a selection of bottles including the renowned The Dalmore Paterson Collection, the recently released The Dalmore Quintessence, and The Dalmore 50.

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That Boutique-y Whisky Company, Birthday Bash

I love birthdays, especially when there is whisky involved, next to cheesecake. The invitees, including me, were all looking forward to the evening of October 11 for there was a huge party online, given by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. They planned to celebrate their 5th birthday on this day, a milestone.

On this birthday bash, five special whiskies were all lined up to be nosed and tasted. All handpicked just for this occasion. Five amazing looking bottles, all with a matching card, finally opened to be enjoyed. What is a birthday without a good birthday dram?

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For Jim Murray, Redbreast remains the world’s best Irish Whiskey

Redbreast 21 Year Old has been recognised as the ‘Second Finest Whiskey in the World’ by leading whiskey writer, Jim Murray in his annual Jim Murray Whisky Bible – the highest accolade ever awarded by Murray to an Irish whiskey.

Scoring a near-perfect 97 out of 100 points, the pinnacle of the Redbreast range was also awarded ‘Best Irish Whiskey of the Year’ and ‘Best Irish Pot Still Whiskey of the Year’ for the second year running and the third time in four years since its launch in 2013. Continue reading

Masi gives Mackmyra Skördetid a taste of Italy

Mackmyra’s latest seasonal release, Skördetid, is an elegant whisky with six months finish in Masi Costasera Amarone casks, which results in a whisky with sweet, vinous notes of grapes, raisins and a herbal spiciness. Skördetid, which is Swedish for “harvest time”, is the result of close collaboration between Mackmyra and the Italian wine producer Masi, and is available in limited quantities.

This is the first time Mackmyra has presented a seasonal whisky with Amarone cask finishing.

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Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival chairman recognised with Scotch whisky industry’s top honour

James Campbell

The chairman of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival has been honoured for his outstanding commitment to promoting Scotland’s national drink. James Campbell, a volunteer who has been chairman of the Festival for the past five years, has been inducted as a Keeper of the Quaich – one of the industry’s top honours.

Mr Campbell was one of very few inductees at the ceremony not to be employed by a distiller – and is only one of a handful of Keepers who does not work directly in the industry. He is the first chairman in the event’s 19-year history to receive the honour.

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Isle of Arran Distillers sponsor new multi-arts Robert Burns Festival

Award winning scotch producer, Arran Distillers will be sponsoring Burns Unbroke, the inaugural multi-arts Robert Burns festival, at the Summerhall in Edinburgh this coming January.

The maker of the only official Burns Single Malt will be supporting the first Burns Unbroke festival as a headline sponsor alongside Creative Scotland and Scotland.org. They are also planning exciting events to celebrate the Bard including whisky masterclasses.

Running for six weeks from the 25th January 2018, the program will celebrate the plethora of artistic and performing talent in Scotland, and beyond, through the prism offered by new interpretations of the life and work of Robert Burns.

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Twitter Tasting, The Arran Malt, Master of Distilling

This year, 2017, Master Distiller James MacTaggart celebrates his 10th anniversary at the Isle of Arran Distillery.

Reason to celebrate this online with 10 of their White Stags and 8 whisky writers from the whisky community. This with an anniversary single malt, the 2007 Vintage 10yr old release of the Arran Malt.

Time for confetti … and a good dram.

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A New Era for Luxury Irish Whiskey

Irish Distillers has signalled a new era for luxury Irish whiskey with the launch of the Midleton Very Rare Cask Circle, a private members club offering individuals the opportunity to obtain their own personal Irish Whiskey.

The launch of the Midleton Cask Circle coincides with the release of Midleton Very Rare Vintage 2017, the 34th edition of the renowned and highly collectable range of Irish whiskeys, first unveiled in 1984.

The launch of the Midleton Cask Circle coincides with the release of Midleton Very Rare Vintage 2017, the 34th edition of the renowned and highly collectable range of Irish whiskeys, first unveiled in 1984.

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