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Month: October 2021

Ardbeg takes Halloween ‘Ice scream’ van on UK tour

Scottish whisky label Ardbeg has designed a monstrous “Ice scream truck” that will visit London, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The van will be accompanied by a “Monsters of smoke” cage, where the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy-owned brand will host bookable 45-minute cocktail tastings. Inside, punters will be served cocktails incuding the smoky tea “Cherry lipsmacker” made with …

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The Best New Whiskeys to Seek Out This November (Including Holiday Releases!)

Welcome back to our monthly guide to all things whisk(e)y. This month: The limited-edition and holiday releases all seem to drop at once. Also? Whiskey gets a New England Thanksgiving makeover from one experimental distillery. Buffalo Trace 2021 Antique Collection The fall release of the (BTAC) is an important annual event for whiskey lovers, featuring …

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Highland Park’s 15 Year Old Viking Heart is a single malt to warm the soul

Based in Kirkwall, on Orkney’s mainland, Highland Park is a distillery with a rich origin story and richer whisky. As one in three Orkney islanders share Viking DNA, talented men and women comprise a modern generation of Vikings continuing to produce magnificently crafted whisky through age-old traditions. The new Highland Park 15 Year Old Viking Heart …

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Bunnahabhain distillery to open £6.5m biomass energy centre

Scottish whisky distillery Bunnahabhain is set to become Islay’s first distillery with a net-zero distillation process with the help of biomass. The distillery is installing a £6.5 million (€7.7 million) biomass energy centre – powered entirely by spent malt and forest biomass (wood chips) sourced from low-value timber felled 15 miles away. The combination of …

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The Macallan Calls On Chocolate Lovers To Indulge In The Harmony Collection Rich Cacao

Much like the daily routines that define us, we develop tastes for certain food and drinks. There’s nothing wrong here unless you refuse to try something new. In the case of single malt whiskeys, it would be a shame for us to miss out on special blends that come out. Just like The Macallan Harmony …

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Macallan Scotch with NFT sets auction record for priciest whisky cask at $2.33 Million

A cask of Macallan 1991 Scotch set a new record price for a whisky cask with a price tag of $2.33 million, which also included a specially-commissioned NFT. London-based brokerage VCL Vintners auctioning off the cask with a non-fungible token courtesy of NFT artist Trevor Jones’ abstract representation entitled The Angel’s Share instead of the usual …

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The Macallan Sets $2.33 Million Record for Most Expensive Whisky Cask Sold at Auction

London-based brokerage VCL Vintners chose to auction off the cask with a non-fungible token courtesy of NFT artist Trevor Jones. Instead of the usual cask photo, Jones was commissioned to create an abstract representation. The somewhat smudgy and loosely barrel-shaped result was entitled The Angel’s Share. This latest Macallan record comes at the expense of an …

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Beam Suntory and Suntory Announce Peatland Water Sanctuary Initiative in Scotland

Beam Suntory, the maker of Teacher’s®, Laphroaig® and Bowmore® Scotch whiskies, and its parent company, Suntory Holdings, announce the launch of a new Peatland Water Sanctuary™ initiative. The first project is due to begin at Ardmore distillery in November 2021, followed by subsequent projects at other sites across Scotland. The initiative aligns closely with the …

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Halloween Whisky: 5 haunting bottles to try this spooky season

Cù Bòcan Signature Let’s start our Halloween flight with a fitting ghost story. It is believed that a hellhound haunted the Tomatin distillery and surrounded village for many years. Enter Cù Bòcan, which means ‘Ghost Dog’ in Gaelic, a lightly peated single malt by the Tomatin Distillery. The malt is produced only in the winter, …

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