February 2016

Weekly Review: Glencadam 25 and Glencadam Origin 1825


In 1825, George Cooper founded the Glencadam whisky distillery. The distillery changed hands several times during the 19th century, but only twice in the 20th century. In July of 1954, Andrew Stevenson and Harry Southwell sold Glencadam to Hiram Walker for the sum of £83,400. Five years later Hiram Walker renovated the buildings and in 1987 Allied Lyons, who later became Allied Domecq, purchased the …

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5 Whisky News That Made My Week! #3


  1 –> CAREER: The world-famous Whisky Shop is set to open the doors of its Parisian store in the coming weeks and is currently recruiting its sales team! If you think you got what it takes, email your CV to info@whiskyshop.com ! 2 –> Another career-related news this week coming from Chapel Gate Distillery who’s seeking 3 four-legged friends to expand the distillery team …

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French Whisky Market: A Hard-to-conquer Eldorado?


If France is traditionally associated with wine and Anglo-Saxon countries with whisky, consumption behavior tends to prove the contrary. Indeed, the United States is the largest consumer of wine in the world and France the first market of Scotch whisky in the world! In fact, the whisky market continues its growth to achieve a turnover of several billion euros and has been strengthening its leading …

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Flaviar unveils second edition of its Deer, Bear & Moose Private Bottling


Hey whisky buddies & other malted companions! Today’s news come from Flaviar, an online club for spirits lovers (remember, I reviewed their 5-drams tasting kit a few months back), which just announced its second edition of the “Deer, Bear & Moose” private bottling. A 18-year old single malt from Ben Nevis is then available for purchase to Flaviar members only and the company is currently …

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How would a “Brexit” impact the UK Whisky Industry?


Despite its tweeds-and-tartan image, whisky is anything but a cottage industry. It actually is Britain’s largest food and drink export by far, worth more than 4 billion pounds ($5.8 billion) annually and directly employing 10,000 people at 115 distilleries in Scotland (and even more if you add English, Welsh and Northern Irish distilleries to the bill). Britain has always had a mixed relationship with Europe …

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A chat with East London Liquor Company’s whisky distiller


Located in the heart of the Capital’s old spirits industry, East London Liquor Company is an independent British distillery producing exceptional and innovative spirits. Originally a glue factory in Bow Wharf, East London Liquor Company found its home in the disused industrial space and repurposed the venue to create a custom-built distillery that produces and imports a range of small-batch spirits. The offering includes gins, …

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Weekly Review: Claxton’s Glentauchers 18 Years Old (1996)


In the early years of Scotland’s ancient and most world-renowned industry, many merchants bought single casks of whisky and bottled them as they were, preserving their unique character and flavour. As a family-owned, independent company bound to no single distiller, Claxton’s proudly continue this ancient tradition by hand-selecting individual casks that reach only the highest benchmark. The marriage of wood and spirit in a cask …

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5 Whisky News That Made My Week! #2


1 –> AnCnoc turns to fashion’s Patrick Grant for limited edition release: Inver House Distillers has partnered with award-winning fashion designer Patrick Grant to launch a limited edition expression of its anCnoc Highland single malt, named Blas (Gaelic word for taste – and yes, it’s a NAS). Read more   2 –> Whisky tourism: Success for Tomatin as the distillery celebrated this week a 40% …

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3 seriously cool places to stay in The Lakes District


Fancy a change from the regular Scottish/Irish whisky pilgrimage ? Why not considering a picturesque getaway south of the border, in one of the most scenic English areas, The Lakes District? If you read my last piece regarding the rebirth of English whisky [and I hope you did 😉 – but if you didn’t you’re lucky I’m in a good mood today and thus authorize …

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Those statements whisky enthusiasts shouldn’t hear anymore


Sometimes, it happens that when talking whisky with a total beginner person you met at a random event or a more connoisseur friend, he/she pronounces some words that make you want to leave the place straight away and go hide yourself deep under a blanket with your purring cat, eating heartwarming chocolate cookies. I still decided to compile those dangerous phrases in an article, probably …

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