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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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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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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 ÂŁ50,000 ($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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The Macallan broadens its signature Double Cask whisky line with two new additions

When the Double Cask line arrived some four years ago, it began an expansion of how people saw The Macallan. The Speyside distillery, long popular for its classic sherry cask range, now brought other oak profiles to the table, toying with blending, wood contract and maturation to broaden people’s vocabulary of what The Macallan had to offer. The Double Cask single …

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Secret smugglers bothies and illegal whisky stills to be uncovered

Glenlivet Distillery and National Trust for Scotland will bring together the results of archival research and archaelogical digs across Scotland to illuminate the stories of our illegal whisky making past and its people in the new Pioneering Spirit project. By the 1820s, as many as 14,000 illicit stills were being confiscated every year in Scotland …

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GlenAllachie donates 116 bottles to pubs

INDEPENDENT pubs around Scotland have the chance to receive a free bottle of The GlenAllachie single malt as the distillery celebrates the reopening of the country’s hospitality venues. The independently-owned distillery, which was purchased by a consortium headed by whisky veteran Billy Walker in 2017, will be distributing a free bottle of The GlenAllachie 12 year …

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How has Covid-19 affected the whisky investment market?

The Coronavirus has impacted all areas of the world economy and the Scotch whisky market is no different. Ordinarily there would have been over 130 distilleries in Scotland shipping 1.3 billion bottles to approximately 200 different whisky micro-economies. However, owing to the manually driven nature of whisky and its supply chain, Scotch whisky production has …

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Bowmore creates 37-year-old whisky exclusively for China

    Limited to 888 bottles, the Bowmore 37 Year Old Fenghuang Edition pays homage to mythological creature Fenghuang, a symbol of virtue and grace. The Fenghuang Edition is made from whisky matured in second-fill Sherry casks for more than 30 years, followed by an additional three years in seasoned first-fill Sherry casks. Bottled at …

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