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Month: July 2020

Tullibardine launches its first tasting pack

The Tullibardine distillery has launched its first tasting pack, featuring whiskies flavoured using different types of cask. Tullibardine has assembled 50 millilitre samples of the four whiskies in its signature range. Its “Sovereign” single malt is matured in former bourbon whiskey casks, while the other three whiskies in the pack spent time at the end …

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The Scotch Whisky Industry Is Slowly Embracing Transparency

A couple days ago, the Islay-based Bruichladdich distillery launched a new information campaign on its website. The ‘No Hidden Measures’ initiative marks an effort towards greater transparency, sharing more information with Bruichladdich’s consumers about how its whisky is produced and blended together. Visiting the site, anyone who has purchased a bottle of Classic Laddie or Laddie 8 …

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Glen Moray teams up with chef Ben Tish to create recipes and cocktails – and they’re ideal for summer

Glen Moray single malt Scotch whisky has partnered with award-winning chef and food writer Ben Tish to celebrate the origins of some of its most popular cask finishes. The new Cask Stories campaign explores the world of wood to showcase the importance of cask flavour and character in creating Glen Moray’s Port, Sherry, Madeira and …

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The Last Drop Distillers unearths a duo of 50 year-old Scotch whiskies

In the world of fine spirits, the age of and story behind a release can be as tantalising as its flavour profile. For high spirits brand The Last Drop Distillers, story is the cornerstone of its day-to-day business and underlines its entire collection, which has seen the recent addition of a twin of single malt …

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Macallan Distillery named ‘undisputed winner’ of Scotland’s Best Building Award

The 2019 RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award was won by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners for the Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience in Aberlour. The Speyside distillery was chosen from a seven-strong shortlist to earn the coveted accolade after judges praised the project as “the undisputed winner, an outstanding addition to our built environment”. Delivered by Robertson Group, the …

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Photographer Steve McCurry chronicles the journey of wood for whisky

Long before it is decanted into glass bottles or poured into crystal tumblers, The Macallan’s single malt whisky lives in the woods. At the beautiful Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners-designed distillery in Speyside, Scotland, a dedicated Master of Wood sources oak for more than 200,000 barrels from trees in the US and Spain. The wood …

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The final Glenfarclas Pagoda series whisky has been released – complete with sapphire encrusted decanter

The exclusive Glenfarclas Pagoda series is now complete with the release of the 63 Year Old Pagoda Sapphire Reserve. Glenfarclas has released its 63 Year Old Pagoda Sapphire Reserve in jewel encrusted Glencairn crystal decanters. This final addition completes one of the world’s most prestigious series of single malt whiskies, which has been almost five …

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The best whisky in the world according to a top spirits comp has just been announced and it’s not a single malt

A top spirits competition has just announced what it believes to be the best whisky in the world for 2020 – and despite the surging popularity of single malts the winner was actually a blend. The International Whisky Competition, which has been running since 2010, has declared the Dewar’s Double Double 32 Year Old its …

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Edrington announces job cuts at visitor centres

Scottish spirits group Edrington confirmed it had entered into consultation with staff at its Macallan and Highland Park visitor centres in Scotland, and the Brugal Rum Experience in the Dominican Republic. The group didn’t confirm how many jobs were at risk, however the firm will look to redeploy staff across the company “wherever possible”. No …

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DJ BBQ and Ardbeg distillery show you how to cook fish on a whisky cask

From Bacardi gin brand Bombay Sapphire to Kentish Town bar Ladies and Gentlemen, Instagram is awash with notable faces in the food and drinks industry teaching is how to step up our game in the kitchen during lockdown. This month, Islay-based whisky distillery Ardbeg has added its own contribution to the virtual masterclass schedule, partnering …

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