My June Whisky Wishlist

2017-06-01

Campbeltown, a whisky region almost gone silent

2017-06-05

Weekly Whisky News Round-up

2017-06-03

Black Mountain launches competition to name its matured-at-sea edition

After spending 6 months at sea between France and England to experiment sea maturation, a barrel of Black Mountain N°2 was brought back to France last October and is now awaiting its bottling.

The Black Mountain chaps are now offering people the chance to find a name for this future limited edition through a competition on their Facebook page. Of course, the winner will be offered a bottle of the adventurous nectar !

This way to participate !

First ever Scottish drinks festival set to launch in Glasgow this summer

It’s well known that the people of Scotland love a drink, so much so in fact, that the first ever Scottish drinks festival is set to launch in Glasgow in August.

On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th, over 2000 revellers are set to visit the festival, located at The Briggait – one of Glasgow’s most iconic buildings – and you could be one of them as tickets go on sale tomorrow.

Scotland has a great global reputation for producing world class drinks from whisky to gin to craft beer and more recently rum and fruit wines. This evolution and tales of the drinks industry have been the catalyst in creating the festival. (read more)


Douglas Laing releases 18-year-old variants of its famous Timorous Beastie & Rock Oyster

Timorous Beastie 18 Years Old is bottled at 46.8% abv and without colouring or chill-filtration.

Packaged in a premium gift tube with copper foil detail, the bottling is described as “gentle spices”, complemented by “honey, vanilla and juicy barley”. The third release under the brand to carry an age statement, Timorous Beastie 18 Years Old follows 2016’s 40 Years Old and 21 Years Old bottlings.

Also bottled at 46.8% abv, Rock Oyster 18 Years Old is a “maritime marriage” of malts distilled on Arran, Islay, Jura and Orkney. Said to be “rich with flavours of the sea”, the tasting notes for Rock Oyster include “a blast of sea air, tobacco and sweet peat”. The packaging features a detailed illustration of a sailboat battling stormy seas off Scotland’s West Coast.

The launch of this pair of feisty yet mature teenagers is an exciting development for Douglas Laing,” said Fred Laing, Douglas Laing & Co’s managing director. (read more)

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The World’s Best Bar is touring Ireland in a Whiskey Wagon

The Dead Rabbit in New York City was named The Best Bar in the World in 2016 and is on the bucket list of cocktail lovers the world over. Headed up by Belfast barmen Seán Muldoon and Jack McGarry, this little piece of Ireland in the heart of the Big Apple is unfortunately a little bit far for most of us to pop into for a pint.

To ensure The Dead Rabbit stays true to its Irish roots however, the dynamic duo are undertaking an Irish whiskey research tour, in their very own custom-designed whiskey wagon. The boys have parked up at iconic Dublin venues such as O’Donoghue’s on Merrion Row and one of Dublin’s oldest watering holes, The Long Hall Pub, to get into the spirit ahead of their country-wide expedition. (read more)

Mackmyra to sponsor Scandinavian Airlines

Available in 50ml and 500ml bottles, Mackmyra Svensk Ek will be served in Business Class and PLUS flights, and will be available for purchase on intercontinental and European routes.

Mackmyra Svensk Ek, which means “Swedish oak”, is named after the fact that 10% of the whisky has been matured in Swedish oak casks.

The whisky is described as having a “spicy character” with notes of “sandalwood, dried ginger and black pepper” from charred Swedish oak casks. “Fruity” malt complements the spice, with “vanilla and toffee notes” from American oak that had previously held Bourbon. (read more)

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