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Month: October 2020

Laphroaig unveils second Ian Hunter whisky

In September last year, Laphroaig unveiled its first expression in a new series of whiskies that honour Ian Hunter, the last member of the founding Johnston family to run the Islay distillery. The range will consist of five whiskies, each released annually. The first bottling, Book One: Unique Character, paid homage to Hunter’s decision to introduce American …

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Caperdonich whisky collection goes on sale

The auction, which goes live today (30 October), features one of the largest collections of whiskies from silent Speyside distillery Caperdonich. The auction will run until 9 November. Of the Caperdonich whiskies listed, 63 are from a single owner’s private collection. Some highlights include independent bottlings from Jack Wieber and Prestonfield House, more than 40 …

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The Dalmore Announces Its New 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Select Single Malt

The Dalmore’s newest offering for its Principal Collection, a 12 year old single malt sherry cask, aims to showcase the brand’s affinity to its relationship to Spain’s sherry making industry. The Dalmore 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Select Single Malt matures in oak casks selected by three cask partners from Andalucia to realise its flavor. This Scotch …

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The Value Of Rare And Old Whisky Looks Set To Continue To Rise

Scotch single malt whisky specialists VCL Vintners has amassed over £60 million in stock under management. Investors seeking financial shelter during times of economic volatility will naturally head towards tangible assets – and the Scotch cask investment market has benefited enormously from this influx of new investors. With Covid-19 shutting down Scotland’s entire whisky production …

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Bowmore Is Set To Release A New Annual 30 Year Old Scotch Whisky

From the shores of Islay comes Bowmore’s latest concoction: its first annual 30-year-old release. This single malt was distilled in 1989 and aged for three decades in sherry hogshead and bourbon barrels. It is bottled at a cask strength of 45.3% and features what’s described as “Bowmore’s rich fruity and subtly smoky style.” “By adding an ongoing …

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New expression and new look for Ardmore brand

The Ardmore Legacy is a lightly peated Highland single malt to be distributed by Maxxium UK. It will replace Ardmore Traditional Cask as its core expression. A lightly peated, sweet dram, The Ardmore Legacy offers the ideal introduction to peated single malts.  Combining notes of creamy vanilla, smoky charcoal, sweet honey and savoury spices with …

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39 new whiskies to cosy up with this autumn and winter – including Macallan, Jura and Tamdhu

As the weather starts to turn cooler, now is a great time to warm up with a dram, and luckily there are a few new expressions available to enjoy this autumn and winter. From limited editions to re-imagined core ranges, a new organic launch and a collection the captures the magic of Islay, here are …

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Singapore’s first immersive whisky experience opens at Raffles Hotel

The Macallan Experience comprises a whisky bar, lounge area, retail space, VIP dining room and – for a limited time only – a special, ticketed cinematic experience, with proceeds going to charity. In pre-pandemic times, distillery tours in Scotland were a burgeoning business. But now that travel to Speyside, the Highlands and Lowlands is off the cards, here’s the …

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Highland Park launches Cask Strength Release No.1

Released globally from this month, the new Highland Park Cask Strength Release No.1 boasts a 63.3% ABV and shows “robust and intense flavours with a greater depth of finish”. Gordon Motion, master whisky maker of the distillery, selected and married together predominantly Sherry seasoned American oak casks of different ages to create the whisky. His …

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