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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Taste of Scotland in Amsterdam as JD Williams Whisky Bar hosts judging session for major Scotch whisky awards

A specialist whisky bar in Amsterdam will make history next week when it holds the Netherlands’ first ever judging session of a prestigious Scotch whisky awards contest. JD William’s Whisky Bar will invite customers to cast their votes in the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Whisky Awards on Friday, March 17 – the first time that votes have been cast outside Scotland in a brand new series of international judging sessions.

Whisky fans in the city will be invited to sample eight different single malt Speyside whiskies and place a vote for their favourite dram in four different age categories. But they will have to cast their vote on taste and aroma alone.

‘They will not know which whisky is in their glass until after all the votes have been counted’

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Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Whisky Awards goes global with judging sessions in five international destinations

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is preparing to go global in a bid to whet the appetite of international whisky enthusiasts for this year’s record breaking event. Organizers plan to tickle the taste buds of whisky drinkers in three major cities by giving them the opportunity to play a crucial role in judging its hotly-contested whisky awards.

Roving judging sessions for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Whisky Awards – voted for entirely by the public – are being held over the coming weeks in Amsterdam, Cologne and New Brunswick in Canada. It is hoped that judging sessions will also be staged in venues in New York and Stockholm.

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Glen Moray, 16 year old

Glen Moray is a Speyside single malt Scotch whisky, produced and bottled by Glen Moray Distillery, Elgin. Glen Moray uses locally sourced malted barley & its water is sourced from the River Lossie, since 1897.

The 16 year old (40%) is a whisky that will surprise you in every way.

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Gordon & MacPhail, another fabulous whisky selection

Gordon & MacPhail

At Gordon & MacPhail, they believe that the wood really makes the whisky. And they are right.

In the mid-1960s Gordon & MacPhail took the unprecedented step of launching a range of single malts under the brand name ‘Connoisseurs Choice’. Until this time, many of the whiskies the range featured would not hve been available as single malt. Today, ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ retains this exclusive nature with a range of rare and sought after single malts from Distilleries throughout Scotland.

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Turning Japanese – Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival broadens horizons with unexpected tastes and experiences

SOSWF Whisky Galore

If you think that Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival simply celebrates amber nectar from the world-famous region that is home to more than half of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries then think again – visitors will have the opportunity to sample a range of Japanese whiskies too.

While the chance to meet key players in the Speyside whisky industry and join exclusive behind the scenes distillery tours are in high demand, the festival’s reputation as a premier whisky event means that some unexpected drams will be on offer during the experience.

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Pickering’s Gin and a Peacocktail

Pickering's Gin

Pickering’s Gin

Pickering’s Gin, a fabulous collection of the perfect gin. I was so pleased that I received a couple of samples to try. It is a different direction, but still connected with Whisky, for they used casks from the whisky regions of Scotland.

I am a fan! And not just of the peacock and their peacocktails. It is just a fabulous Gin for amazing adventures.

 

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Serving celebrities, creating whisky cocktails and curating a world-famous whisky bar all in a day’s work for Lyndsey

Lynsey Gray Quaich Bar Craig HotelWhen whisky lovers from all over the world drop in at the Quaich Bar at the Craigellachie Hotel in Speyside, it’s not just the range of 800 different drams that amaze them.

Any visitors of the opinion that it’s older men and women who appreciate whisky are completely blown away when they discover that it’s a young woman with an incredible passion, knowledge and enthusiasm for malt whisky that is in charge of the collection.

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Wemyss Malts First Single Cask Release of 2016

b10c8ee7-4707-4980-840b-d5815973d9b5Independent bottler, Wemyss Malts, is thrilled to announce its first Single Cask release of 2016. Six casks have been selected to showcase the best of Speyside, Islay and The Highlands and, ranging in age from 13 to 25 years old. There are a number of highlights including cask strength “Coastal Confection” from Islay.

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New expression revealed for Speyside’s best-kept secret, Longmorn Single Malt

Longmorn The Distiller's Choice Bottle Hi ResLongmorn has launched The Distiller’s Choice, a smooth, triple-cask matured single malt Scotch whisky, offering a new interpretation of the brand’s renowned classic toffee flavours.

Longmorn The Distiller’s Choice is a well-balanced single malt with incredible depth of flavour, presenting notes of delicate spice, sweet treacle toffee and caramel – the result of maturation in a range of exceptional American oak, ex-Oloroso sherry and traditional oak casks. The expression is a new release from Longmorn as part of a renewed focus from Chivas Brothers on the distillery, which is often referred to as Speyside’s best-kept secret.

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