March 2016

Weekly Review: Sampling Exile Casks’ first release The Trojan


London-based Caskstrength Creative, run by drinks writers Joel Harrison and Neil Ridley (authors of award-winning book Distilled) have just launched their new project which has seen them travel the length and breadth of Scotland to unearth the uncommon. The writers turned detective as they took on the role of cask hunters on a journey of discovery searching out the most unusual of all whisky casks, …

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The reader’s flight: a mystery whisky tasting session


I’m introducing a new series of articles (“again!” I hear you say… Yes, again.) today called “the reader’s flight” – the idea came a few weeks back after a kind & pretty generous reader (& French fellow whisky enthusiast) contacted me to ask if he could send me some samples – no swap or anything – just pure kindness (which is rare enough those days …

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Your Ultimate Guide to Whisky Investment (top tips)


Rare whisky has outperformed other investments such as wine and gold, enjoying a record year in 2015. The leading index for scotch whisky, the Rare Whisky Apex 1000, rose by 14% last year, outperforming wine, which fell by 0.4%, gold, which declined by 10%, and many of the world’s leading equity indices. The FTSE 100 index in London lost 4.9% in 2015, while on Wall …

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Old Pulteney receives highest distinction at World Whiskies Awards


The team at Pulteney Distillery in Wick is celebrating one of its greatest triumphs to date in the global industry, after Old Pulteney 1989 Vintage was crowned the ‘World’s Best Single Malt’. The extraordinary achievement was announced last night (Thursday 17th March) at Whisky Magazine’s prestigious World Whiskies Awards, hosted at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London. Only the world’s most exceptional whiskies are nominated, …

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3 New Irish Whiskey Distilleries to Watch Out


“Waterford Distillery is a major new whiskey project by the man behind the renaissance of Islay’s Bruichladdich single malt whisky (aka Mark Reynier)” – this statement should on its own be a perfect reason to keep on eye on what’s going on at Waterford! Early December, the very first trial spirit run took place at Ireland’s new Waterford Distillery, just one year and four months …

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3 uncommon Irish Whiskeys to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in Style


Hyde 10 Year Old No. 1 President’s Cask Hyde 10 Year Old No. 1 President’s Cask is limited edition single malt Irish whiskey, released by Hibernia Distillers. This expression takes its name from Douglas Hyde, who served as the first President of Ireland from 1938 to 1945. The whiskey comes from one Irish distillery (as said, it’s a single malt) and which was initially matured …

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5 Whisky News That Made My Week! #5


  1 –> New Release: Highland Park officially launched its 17yo Ice Edition! Aged predominantly in ex-Bourbon casks, Highland Park Ice Edition is intended to celebrate “Norse myths, legends and [Highland Park’s] Viking roots” and will be followed by Fire Edition in 2017. The expression is said to offer fresh pineapple, ripe mango sorbet, smoke, and root ginger on the nose, with peat smoke, vanilla …

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