The name, Steel Bonnets pays homage to the memory of the English and Scottish people who lived in the Border Marches from Berwick-upon-Tweed in the East to Carlisle in the West during the 13th – 17th centuries.
This year, The Loch Lomond Distillery has the perfect Christmas gift selection for whisky lovers with its very own Three Wise Men; a specially crafted trio of 12 Year Old whiskies, each with its own unique style and character.
Traditionally, the ’12 days of Christmas’ marked the time between Christmas Day and the arrival of the three wise men; Gaspar, Balthasar, and Melchior, making this collection of 12 Year Olds the perfect way to toast the festive season.
Loch Lomond Distillery has also created a recommended serve for each expression representing each of the three gifts, to provide some added inspiration for those entertaining guests this Christmas – or perhaps even seeking a quiet moment to themselves…
Interesting for the oldest mention about producing whisky in Scotland, is a text from 1494, in which a monk of Lindores Abbey order goods to produce whisky for James IV of Scotland.
The ‘King of Whisky’ Royal Salute, continues to celebrate the harmony between the Sport of Kings and exceptional Scotch whisky, this month unveiling the latest in its annual Polo Collection: Royal Salute 21 Year Old Beach Polo Edition.
Inspired by the lingering bonfires, evocative salty winds and warm seaside air synonymous with the sport, the limited edition has been expertly crafted by Royal Salute Director of Blending Sandy Hyslop. The result is an outstanding new expression that features a tantalising smoky flavour with soft peaty tones, rich fruits and sweet honey.
Glenglassaugh Distillery, standing at the edge of the beautiful Sandend Bay on the Moray Firth coast of Scotland, has released Batch 2 of its Octave cask expressions, Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic and Peated. Both expressions are composed of hand-selected octaves, made to size from a range of Bourbon, Pedro Ximénez, Oloroso and Amontillado Sherry and Port casks. The small octave cask, of around 65 litres in size, allows for greater interaction between oak wood and spirit, whilst the North Sea air passes through Glenglassaugh’s coastal warehouses in which the casks reside.
Ahead of Manchester United’s first European Cup home game of the season, Chivas, the original luxury blended Scotch whisky, has unveiled Chivas The Icon 50th Anniversary Limited Edition to celebrate Manchester United’s famous cup victory in Europe in 1968.
Four bottles of the limited edition, 50 year old Scotch have been created, to represent each of the goals scored by Manchester United on the memorable night at Wembley.
A new house style of whisky, featuring a new combination of sweetness from American white oak ex-bourbon barrels and a hint of subtle smoke, with each further enchanted by special selected casks from around Europe.
Time to go on the road, with one distillery and one purpose; Discovering Jura, a distillery operating on the island of Jura to the north of Islay.
The two frightful distillery tours will see 20 brave visitors picked up in Inverness on Friday evening before travelling to Tomatin where they will be in for a spine-chilling evening. First hosted in 2016, the infamous and terrifying tours see the Tomatin transformed into a haunted distillery and staff becoming bloodcurdling ghosts and ghouls for the event.
BenRiach, the unconventional Speyside distillery, has reintroduced a gold award winning expression to its core range. BenRiach Sherry Wood Aged 12 Years showcases the distillery’s reputation for creative, multi-faceted maturation. Made using three styles of sherry cask maturation: full sherry cask maturation, combined with Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry cask finishing, the expression offers layers of fruit sweetness and toasted oak spice with a luscious dessert-like finish.
Highland Park bares it’s Viking soul with stunning new collection, developed exclusively for the global marketing. This new adventurous collection draws inspiration from animals that held iconic status for the Vikings. Highland Park’s island home of Orkney, off the far north coast of Scotland, belonged to a vast Viking kingdom for over 600 years and this influence continues with the whisky being made by modern day descendants of Vikings, the new heroes.
An evening with courage, excitement, laughter, whisky and friends, all the ingredients for an unforgettable evening.