Wemyss Malts launches new website and Cask Club with an exclusive 35 year old Caol Ila

Family whisky makers Wemyss Malts have relaunched wemyssmalts.com, a brand new website offering whisky fans the chance to join the Wemyss Malts Cask Club. Membership offers access to unique bottlings released solely to the members as well as preview purchases of the latest malt whisky releases.

The initial offering to the Cask Club is “Smoky Nectar” a 35 year old single hogshead cask from Caol Ila distillery.

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Review: MacNairs Whisky

Another tweet tasting from The Whisky Wire I looked really forward to!

MackNair’s Lum Reek is a combination of peated Islay and Speyside malts married together with older GlenAllachie. It had been matured in GlenAllachie warehouses before the final blending by Master Distiller, Billy Walker. One of the most respected blenders in the Scotch Whisky Industry.

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The latest batch of Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength has been unveiled

Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, has announced that a second batch of Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength will be available from August 2019.

The only cask strength Jameson to be available globally, the expression finishes its maturation in Dublin’s only live Maturation House in the Jameson Distillery Bow Street – celebrating Jameson’s Dublin heritage by returning a part of the production process to its original home in Smithfield.

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Seducing Valentine’s day Cocktails

Valentine’s day is just around the corner. Are you ready to surprise the person you love or admire with a special cocktail? Cupid whispered a few suggestions into my ear that could help you making a decision for there is a cocktail for every occasion.

Valentine’s Day is a day on which lovers give each other extra attention, for example with sweet chocolate gifts, flowers, cards or aphrodisiac whisky cocktails.

I’m calling all men and women to grab the most beautiful glass they own (carefully) to fill it with love, whisky and butterflies.

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100,000 bottles of rare whisky sold at UK auction in 2018

David Robertson and Andy Simpson

The UK’s rare whisky auction market has exceeded sales of more than 100,000 bottles of rare whisky in a single year for the first time as global demand accelerates.

The findings are part of the 2018 annual report published by whisky analyst, broker and investment experts Rare Whisky 101.

According to the report, both the volume and value of rare Scotch whisky sold at auction increased by record amounts. The £ value of collectable bottles of Single Malt Scotch whisky sold at auction in the UK rose by 62.70% to a record £40.7m (2017 £25.06m). The number of bottles of Single Malt Scotch whisky sold at auction in the UK increased by 28.88% to 107,890 (2017 83,713).

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More success for Dunville’s Irish Whiskey with triple win at World Whiskies Awards


The Echlinville Distillery in County Down (Northern Ireland) is celebrating an impressive triple win at the World Whiskies Awards – the latest in a series of international accolades for its Dunville’s Irish Whiskey.

Echlinville has swept the board at the prestigious awards with its Dunville’s PX 12 Year Old Whiskey winning Best Irish Single Malt Aged 12 Years and Under. Dunville’s VR 18 Year Old Port Mourant Rum Finish Whiskey has been named Best Irish Single Malt Aged 13-20 Years, and Dunville’s Three Crowns Peated Whiskey was judged Best Irish Blended Whiskey Aged 12 Years and Under – one of the competition’s most hotly contested categories.

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A New Festival Coming to Speyside

The first Whisky Colours Festival will be held from 10 to 14 October 2019.  It is a celebration of all things whisky and is centred in Dufftown, the malt whisky capital of the world.  The festival will allow you to get up close and personal with some of the biggest names in the whisky industry.

The Whisky Colours Festival is partnering with Cardhu, Glen Moray and Glenfarclas Distilleries for dining and tasting experiences; Morrison & MacKay for a unique autumnal tasting; as well as masterclasses from the likes of Adelphi and Berry Bros & Rudd.

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Review: Arran 18 yr

In the past I tried a couple of Arran’s whisky range. Their high reputation was the top reason I was really looking forward to the 18 yr old. The Arran 18 yr is a lovely single malt scotch whisky produced in the Scottish island of Arran.

This time, I tried a whisky that was matured on the best ex-sherry casks and ex-bourbon casks, what gives it a very complex taste. I also had a chocolate heart of gold ready for that extra adventurous bite.

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World class start as Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival breaks its own records

A surge in demand for tickets for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival generated sales of £209,449 in the first 24 hours of release – with 173 events completely selling out in that time. Ticket sales hit a high, beating last year’s total by more than £55,000, and making it another record-breaking launch for the festival.

Whisky lovers snapped up the opportunity to gain behind-the-scenes access to distilleries that are not usually open to the public, as well showing strong demand for dining events, VIP experiences and connoisseur tours. Ticket sales went live at 12 noon on Tuesday, February 5. The first hour was frenetic, with a spend of £170,492 and 95 events selling out in that period.

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Tobermory Distillery Celebrates Relaunch With New Signature Expression

One of Scotland’s oldest distilleries, Tobermory, is celebrating its return to production following a 24 month intermission during which time the distillery team have been obsessively perfecting and crafting a new signature expression – Tobermory 12 Year Old.

During the past two years, the Hebridean distillery has been on a journey of self-discovery taking inspiration from the town and its colourful houses along the harbour. Tobermory has always sat at the centre of a vibrant and artistic community, which has shaped its expressive style. Today, this is borne-out with a bold, new confidence that is reflective of the creative and artistic talent across the Isle of Mull, as Tobermory showcases its craft and skill at distilling more than just memorable malts.

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