Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Whisky Award Winners revealed

James Campbell (extreme left), chairman of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, lines up with award winners, from left: Sandy McIntyre (Tamdhu), Graeme Cruickshank (Aberlour), Annelise Hastings (Mannochmore) and Dennis McBain (Glenfiddich).

The winners have been revealed in the hotly-contested Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Whisky Awards which had a global flavour this year, with judging sessions taking place in three international destinations as well as in Speyside.

Eight finalists were voted on at a series of judging sessions in Germany, Canada and The Netherlands as well as in Speyside in the run up to and during the Festival.

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Wemyss Malts, Whisky made with passion

Wemyss Range

When you go to the website of Wemyss (pronounced as Weems) malts, you read the following:

The Wemyss family have had a longstanding passion for malt whisky and their connections with the industry date back to the turn of the 19th century when John Haig (founder of Haig’s) built his first distillery on Wemyss land.

And the passion they write about, you will find this in every whisky they release. And their range of hand crafted malts was conceived with the aim of making them more accessible and understandable.

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Enjoy indulgent malt whiskies with notes of chocolate this Easter

Leading malt whisky specialist, Gordon & MacPhail has picked the perfect line up for whisky lovers this Easter, showcasing drams with a variety of luxurious chocolate notes for an indulgent celebration.

Before dinner, try a Connoisseurs Choice Glen Elgin 1998. This light Speyside dram, which won a silver award in last year’s Scotch Whisky Masters competition, offers subtle Sherry influences on the nose with pressed apples, dried apricots, and tangerine aromas, complemented by a cocoa edge. Flavours of spice with orange, grapefruit, and blackcurrant give way to lingering milk chocolate on the tongue with a smooth and spicy finish.

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Benromach Whisky, Sassicaia

Benromach Sassicaia, a wonderful and elegant dram. Just like whispering the name, Sassicaia.

And when you do, close your eyes, say Sassicaia with a soft voice and I assure you, a beautiful man (or woman) will come up running with beautiful red and curly hair, lovely. And to make this completely perfect, be sure you have some music of Enya turned on in the background.

Don’t ask me why, but this is an amazing combination.

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Tomatin Distillery boss joins host of celebrities as he is named Keeper of the Quaich

Stephen Bremmer

Tomatin Distillery has today, Thursday 6th April, revealed that one of its board directors, Stephen Bremner (41), has been inducted into the exclusive Scotch Whisky society, The Keepers of the Quaich.

Stephen joins the likes of Prince Charles, Jackie Stewart, Ronald Reagan and Alex Salmond in his exclusive new role.

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Birthstone Whisky Angels Mark Fourth Anniversary for Stirling Giftware Firm

Birthstone Angels

Whisky giftware firm Angels’ Share Glass is marking its fourth anniversary with the launch of a series of birthstone angels.

The Stirling-based family company, founded on April 9, 2013, has created a new version of its signature line of whisky-filled glass angels featuring precious gemstone jewels.

The angels are each holding a real gemstone representing months of the year – Diamond for April, Emerald for May and so on.

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It’s official, the world’s best single malt is Craigellachie

Craigellachie

John Dewar & Sons Ltd are delighted to announce CRAIGELLACHIE® 31 Years Old has been awarded the World’s Best Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards 2017 presented by Whisky Magazine, the leading authority on the subject.

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Glenmorangie launches pride 1974 – it’s oldest and rares whisky

One of the most prestigious Highland single malts ever created by Glenmorangie has been revealed this week. Building on the success of the exclusive bottlings of Pride 1981 (released in 2011) and Pride 1978 (released in 2014) with the launch of Pride 1974.

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A la Boutiquey Whisky

An evening with remarkable whiskies. That Boutique-y Whisky Company is an independent bottler which offers stunning whiskies from world-renowned brands and distilleries. This evening I had the pleasure to try 5 of them, online with other whisky enthusiasts. The foreplay towards this evening was tough, very tough.

This was an amazing evening and with great hosts. As ever, we all had a lot of fun while nosing and tasting the fantastic five.

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Global Whisky Punks Bring Top Drams to your Doorstep

New e-commerce venture Whisky Gallery pledges to deliver the best selection of popular world whiskies to fans anywhere on the globe, at competitive online prices.

Frustrated by delivery restrictions on their favourite drams, young entrepreneurs are leading a new international whisky movement with the public launch of e-commerce website Whisky Gallery. The team sees their venture as a protest against the increasingly elitist nature of the whisky industry, in which prices have soared and exclusivity is cherished.

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