Tomatin five Virtueas launch, Metal and Water

Scottish whisky distillery Tomatin has today (19th February 2018) announced the release of the final two expressions in its limited edition Five Virtues series.

The series draws inspiration from the elements of nature – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water – with each single malt expression enjoying a limited run of 6,000 bottles and a focus on the effects of different cask maturation.

The Metal edition has a distinct character expressed by the distillery’s 12 beautiful copper stills. Every drop of Tomatin whisky flows through the uniquely shaped and sized stills, giving the whisky its own distinctive characteristics. Metal is matched with classic first fill Bourbon barrels, demonstrating the definitive Tomatin style.

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Loch Lomond Group, has agreed a prestigious, five-year partnership with The Open

Award-winning independent Scotch whisky distiller, Loch Lomond Group, has agreed a prestigious, five-year partnership with The Open, golf’s original championship for its Loch Lomond Whiskies brand.

The partnership with The R&A includes support of the Ricoh Women’s British Open and will showcase globally the full range of Loch Lomond Whiskies. It also means the distiller’s innovative and exciting range of single malts will become “The Spirit of The Open”.

Known as “The One”, The Open is the most international of the major championships with qualifying events across five continents. The Championship is also broadcast to 600 million households in almost 200 countries around the world.

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Liquid Gold: Macallan Cask Sold for £242,200

After an epic bidding battle that lasted over four hours past the scheduled finish, a cask of Macallan single malt whisky distilled in 1989 sold on Thursday morning for an astounding £242,200 ($336,512) at Whisky-Online Auctions in Blackpool. The price is believed to be a world record for a cask of 1989 whisky.

Cask 1248, a refill sherry hogshead, has been maturing in one of the distillery’s official bonded warehouses since being filled in January 1989 and is the oldest of a series of Macallan casks auctioned recently by Whisky-Online.

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World’s first regulated whisky fund taps into booming demand for liquid gold

Investors with a passion for liquid gold have an opportunity to invest in the world’s first regulated single malt whisky fund.

Launched by Swedish whisky enthusiast, Christian Svantesson, the Single Malt Fund provides investors with the opportunity to indirectly own a small part of a large collection of rare and limited-edition whiskies.

The Single Malt Fund’s rare whiskies will be selected by five internationally acclaimed portfolio managers. In addition to investing in the fund, whisky fans will also have the opportunity to buy single bottles from the fund’s online inventory as the fund realises its investments. Sales will be managed through its own website, where rare whisky will be made available to investors before going up for sale on the open market.

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Records smashed as Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival celebrates soaraway sales

116 events sell out in first 24 hours as ticket sale value increases by over £30,000

Ticket sales for the 2018 Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival have set new records, with almost 5,000 tickets valued at £154,000 being bought within 24 hours of them being released.

The early sales rush galvanises the festival’s reputation as one of the world’s leading whisky celebrations, with 116 events completely selling out within the first day of the tickets going on sale.

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Ballot Open for Rare Karuizawa 35 Year Japanese Whisky

A ballot for dekantā’s Karuizawa The Cities of Japan 35 Year Old Sherry Cask collection, showcasing bottle designs inspired by Japan’s most iconic cities with rare Japanese whisky of the silent distillery, closes Wednesday 7 February at midnight (GMT).

Authentic Japanese spirits retailer dekantā have just announced the opening of their ballot to buy one of the world’s rarest whiskies, a 35-year-old single sherry cask whisky, of which only 150 bottles are available, from the closed Karuizawa distillery. Each of the Karuizawa 35-Year-Old Cities of Japan Sherry Cask($12,500, 70cl, 59.4%) bottles carries one of six limited edition designs, embodying the character of Japan’s most exciting and iconic cities, Tokyo, Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka, Yokohama and Kobe. Since the Karuizawa distillery ceased production in 2000, demand for Japanese whisky and the limited Karuizawa stock has increased dramatically, pushing up prices as a result.

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Cyclist Mark Beaumont to open Fife Whisky Festival

Mark Beaumont

Scottish cycling legend Mark Beaumont is gearing up for his latest challenge – as the guest of honour at the first Fife Whisky Festival. The endurance cyclist will open the showcase event on Saturday, March 10 at the Corn Exchange in Cupar.

Mark, who holds the record for cycling around the world, is delighted to have the chance to sample a dram or two at the festival. He said: “As an athlete, I drink modestly but have always enjoyed a dram on the right occasion ever since I lived around the corner from The Ben Nevis – a famous whisky and folk music bar in Glasgow.”

Mark will open the event – which he describes as an important boost to the local economy – at 1 pm before mingling with festival-goers and enjoying the entertainment.

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Isle of Arran Distillers announce Burns Unbroke events

Isle of Arran Distillers, sponsors of Burns Unbroke, a brand new multi-arts Robert Burns Festival have announced a series of masterclasses at the inaugural celebration, and a cocktail reception on the opening night of the Festival.

To be held on the 26th January, 1st February, 15th February and 1st March, the masterclass tastings will include a selection of expressions from the award-winning Arran Malt range including the Robert Burns Malt – the only whisky officially endorsed by the World Burns Federation.

Under the tutelage of the experienced, friendly staff from the Isle of Arran Distillery Festival goers will have the chance to taste the ‘Arran Waters’ with five drams of the Arran Malt, as well as the delicious Arran liqueur, discovering the inspiration and craft behind each. You will be guaranteed an informal and enjoyable evening.

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La Hechicera, a rum tasting with a touch of magic

Rum, another adventure, a new challenge. Curious as I am, I looked up the meaning of the name La Hechicera. This is Spanish for ‘enchantress’ and pronounced as ‘etch-ee-seh-rah’. Try that a few times before and after a couple of glasses filled with rum when the magic kicks in.

Using the solera method of ageing in American white oak barrels, La Hechicera is a wonderful blend of mature rums between 12 and 21 years.

This captures the character, exuberance and diversity of Columbia.

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Chivas harnesses community spirit in search for the 2018 Chivas Masters global champion

Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky, has launched its search for the 2018 Chivas Masters Global Champion. Now in its fifth year, the Chivas Masters is a global competition that celebrates bartenders who demonstrate cutting-edge skill and creativity and share Chivas Regal’s core values of community, collaboration and generosity.

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