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Month: August 2020

Ardbeg distillery to release limited edition Ardbeg Blaaack – with fans encouraged to celebrate online

Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Ardbeg day is going online but fans can celebrate it and a new release from the distillery at home. Fans of the popular Islay distillery are being asked to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Ardbeg Committee and this year’s limited edition, Ardbeg Blaaack. Usually held on …

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Johnnie Walker Blue Label Named World’s Best Blended Scotch Whisky

Today we’re talking about Johnnie Walker Blue Label. It is perhaps the most recognizable brand of premium scotch in the world. Long before there was the modern single malt craze, this blend was the bottle that defined luxury spirits. When it debuted in 1992, $150 was an exorbitant sum for any style of liquor. Today it sits on …

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The Dalmore Rare & Aged Scotch Collection Commands A Cool Nearly $30,000 Price Tag

Luxury Scotch single malt whisky distillery The Dalmore, as we’ve profiled in the past, typically has expressions that tend towards higher price points for their relevant ages. Whiskies from here are typically highly sought after by collectors, especially the rarer ones. A recent case in point is its new The Dalmore Rare & Aged collection. The …

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Tasting Notes From A New York International Spirits Competition’s Double Gold Winning Single Malt

Ardbeg is no stranger to awards. The Islay peaty whisky is a classic bottle that has come to define the smoky whisky side of Scotland’s single malts. So, when the New York International Spirits Competition — an awards group judged by industry traders — dropped their medals this week, it was no surprise to see Ardbeg Uigeadail in the …

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From Grain to Glass: How Scotch Whisky Distillers Are Creating a Sustainable Future

From global alcohol conglomerates to small-scale, single estate producers, Scotch whisky producers are taking Johnnie Walker-esque strides to turn their world-famous brown spirit green. Over the last 10 years, the topic of sustainability has gathered the kind of steam normally found inside a copper pot still. But recent geopolitical events have distracted from the issue. Even before the …

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Rare Speyside whisky collection now available to buy in UK – and it includes bottles from ‘lost’ Caperdonich Distillery

A rare collection of Speyside whiskies is now available in the UK, and includes bottles from Caperdonich Distillery. The Secret Speyside collection, the largest curated single malt collection to date from Pernod Ricard UK, is now available for whisky enthusiasts to purchase, including the later released Caperdonich 25 year old peated and Caperdonich 30 year old unpeated. …

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Is Aston Martin’s Black Bowmore Scotch Whisky Worth $66,000?

If you’re into cars and luxury Scotch whisky, Aston Martin and Islay’s Bowmore distillery have got you covered. The car company and iconic Islay whisky distillery have collaborated together to release a new £50,000 ($66,000) bottle of whisky, the 6th and latest edition of Black Bowmore, fully titled as Black Bowmore DB5 1964. This particular bottle …

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Is Diageo’s Prima & Ultima Luxury Scotch Whisky Pack Worth $25,000?

In the end of June, Diageo announced the release of the Prima & Ultima whisky collection, the first of a series of collectable packs featuring rare and high-end bottles of Scotch whisky. The pack features 8 bottles from Diageo distilleries Caol Ila, Clynelish, Cragganmore, Talisker, Port Ellen, Lagavulin, Mortlach and The Singleton of Dufftown. Each whisky was …

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Queen Elizabeth’s Longstanding Love Affair With Scotch Whisky, Explained

In 2017, it was reported that Queen Elizabeth consumes up to four cocktails per day—as many as 28 tipples per week. If you are to believe the words of her former chef, she kicks off the early afternoon with her favorite cocktail: gin and Dubonnet. Then it’s on to a wine-based aperitif on the rocks. This is …

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