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whisky live dublin 2014

Posted by Ashley Penney on October 12, 2014 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)
October 25th sees whisky live return to the mansion house dublin. yours truly will be exhibiting the brooks hotel stall this year. The event plans to be an even bigger even with not only whiskey but crsft beers and whisky food pairings. Hope to see you there

Bacardi release Aberfeldy 18y Travel Retail Exclusive

Posted by Ashley Penney on May 11, 2014 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Bacardi has expanded its Aberfeldy Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky brand with the launch of an 18-year-old global travel retail exclusive.


The new release joins the existing travel retail Aberfeldy variants, which comprises a 12-year-old and 21-year-old.


Rose gold in colour, the 18-year-old is described as a medium to full-bodied single malt, with citrus zest, honey and sweetness “akin to Moroccan cake”.


“Bacardi has an amazing opportunity with single malts. Our distilleries produce sublime whiskies,” said Mike Birch, managing director of Bacardi global travel retail.


“Single malts are enjoying a massive surge in popularity right now as collectors and connoisseurs seek out the new and the rare. We’re leveraging that power with a strong innovation pipeline for the category, gathering pace to craft a range of superb travel retail exclusives.


“Building on our success in white spirits, we are equally ambitious as a major player in the whisky category and our recent launches are testament to the energy and drive we’ll be injecting. We’re confident the Aberfeldy range is set for success.”


The Aberfeldy range has undergone a bottle and package redesign to “reflect the hand-crafted nature” of Aberfeldy Single Malt.


Gold lettering represents the birthplace of John Dewar and the whisky’s water source, the Pitilie Burn, a source of sedimentary gold.


The bottle itself displays the Royal Warrant, which has been held by John Dewar & Sons since 1893, the only Scotch whisky distiller to continuously hold a Royal Warrant since the reign of Queen Victoria.


Birch describes the Aberfeldy range as a key component in Bacardi’s strategic drive to create category differentiation, with an immediate pipeline of exclusive innovation and activations in brown and white spirits.


“Of course it’s not just about whisky. With our leading share in rum, vodka and gin we will also premiumise those categories with Travel Retail exclusive innovations,” added Birch.


“We’re nimble and flexible enough to act quickly and our door is open to any retailer with the shared vision and ambition to partner on innovation that sets this unique channel apart and creates a trajectory for sustainable growth.”

Tomatin Makes Changes To Its Core Range

Posted by Ashley Penney on May 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Port finishes added to Tomatin Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky range


The Tomatin Distillery Co Ltd has announced a change to the line-up of its core range of single malts. A 14 year old Port Wood Finish and a batch release 1988 vintage are being introduced, while the 15 year old and 30 Year Old expressions will be removed.


The 14 Year Old Port Wood Finish has spent around 13 years in the finest Bourbon oak barrels, with a further year in specially selected Portuguese port pipes which had previously held Tawny port for between 30 and 40 years. The result is an excellent dram which is soft and smooth with a port-influenced sweetness.


The 1988 vintage also takes on an element of port with its contents having been vatted from ex-bourbon and ex-port casks, resulting in a sweet yet surprisingly fresh dram. Presented in a wooden box with its own certificate, this expression will be released in batches, the first batch offering 2500 bottles.


These two new expressions join the brand’s non-aged “Legacy” – matured in a combination of Bourbon and Virgin Oak casks – and the 12 and 18 Year Olds, both finished in Spanish Oloroso Sherry Casks. The 12 Year Old is now being sold at 43% alc./vol. in all markets (increased from 40%).


Stephen Bremner, sales director, said: “In recent years we have really started to make our mark in the single malt market with recognition for the high quality whisky on offer from the Tomatin Distillery. Most recently in March 2014 we were awarded Gold for Legacy and our 12 Year Old, and Double Gold for our 18 Year Old at the San Francisco Spirits Competition. I am confident these two new expressions will sit nicely within the range and, most importantly, will be enjoyed by our customers.

Auction sale of large whisky collection

Posted by Ashley Penney on May 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

One of the world's largest private collections of Macallan single malt whisky will go under the hammer in a special auction in Glasgow next week.


The collection of 164 bottles, which has been built up over a period of 50 years by an Italian collector, could fetch £100,000 at the McTear's sale on Wednesday.


Amongst the lots on offer will be a bottle of 1938 Macallan, which could fetch £4000, and a rare expression that was bottled exclusively for Raffles Hotel in Singapore which has an estimate of between £1000 and £2000.


The sale will also feature a number of 80 proof Campbell, Hope & King Macallans from the 1950s and 60s with prices ranging from £600 to £3500.


McTear's whisky specialist, Stephen McGinty, said: "This is a quite stunning collection. The owner had a café in San Casciano, Tuscany, and over 50 years he acquired bottle after bottle for his restaurant. The first bottle in the collection was a Macallan that was given to his father just after the war and that led to his particular interest in the distillery."

The first new whiskey distillery in Dublin for more than a century is expected to be in production by the end of the year.

Posted by Ashley Penney on February 3, 2014 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The Teeling Whiskey Company said the distillery will be located in Newmarket Square in The Liberties.


A visitor centre is also due to open in early 2015.

The company said it is investing €10m in the project, which will create at least 30 full-time jobs.


Fifty jobs will be created in the construction phase.


The proposed Pot Still distillery will have the capacity to produce 500,000 litres of whiskey on an annual basis.


It will consist of three traditional copper Pot Stills, reviving the traditional style of the old Dublin distilleries.


Managing Director Jack Teeling said: "We are proud to be returning to our ancestral distilling roots, which trace back to 1782 in The Liberties.


"This project will bring distilling back to an area of Dublin long associated with world class whiskey, which at one stage had 37 different operational distilleries."


Irish whiskey has enjoyed a renaissance in the last five years, with sales growing from 4.4 million cases in 2008 to 6.5 million in 2013.


"It is unquestionable that there has been significant growth in the Irish whiskey market worldwide, particularly in the US, and we want to be the leaders in creating a bright new future for Irish and Dublin whiskey," Mr Teeling said.

I for one cant wait for it to be up and running as this whiskey is a joy to behold

Glen Ord Distillery Gets Its New Stills

Posted by Ashley Penney on January 27, 2014 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Following Diageo’s announcement earlier today (16 January) of the investment at Clynelish Distillery, Glen Ord is now seeing the delivery and installation of new stills as part of the £25 million expansion plan for the distillery, which is seeing its capacity doubled to over 10 million litres per annum. The 10 new washbacks and 6 new stills will be housed in existing buildings at the distillery.


Diageo is also doubling the capacity at the Teaninich Distillery in Alness and is progressing plans to build a new malt whisky distillery and renewable energy plant on land adjacent to Teaninich.


In total these projects represent a capital investment of nearly £150 million across the Highland Council area.

anCnoc Releases Exclusive 1999 Vintage Expression ? Scotch Whisky News

Posted by Ashley Penney on January 27, 2014 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has today (15th January) announced the latest hand selected addition to its exceptional portfolio, the limited edition 1999 Vintage. Only 750 cases of this rare single malt will be available in the UK, Russia, Germany and Taiwan from January 2013 with a retail price of £49.99 per bottle.

The whisky, which has been matured in American bourbon and Spanish sherry oak casks at Knockdhu Distillery in Knock, Banffshire, has been bottled in its most natural form – neither chill-filtered nor coloured at 46% ABV. The exclusive liquid is amber in colour with a slight golden hue. It is an aromatic expression which is sweet to start with a touch of fruitiness and a long, smooth finish.

In true anCnoc style, the striking white and red colouring of the packaging mirrors the minimalist design of anCnoc’s core range and features an intricate illustration of the enchanting Knockdhu Distillery on the bottle and tube.

anCnoc, which is part of the Inver House Distillers portfolio, is a brand closely associated with the arts, having released a series of limited edition expressions in the past few years designed by the acclaimed Scottish illustrator Peter Arkle. It’s renowned the world over by malt enthusiasts for bringing a contemporary twist to the traditions of fine malt whisky, producing a single malt that is accessible and versatile for all occasions.

anCnoc Brand Manager, Gillian Gibson commented: ‘Releasing our 1999 Vintage marks the first in a series of fresh and exciting developments for anCnoc in 2014 which are sure to intrigue and delight fans of our range. This very special expression, with its distinctive characteristics, will undoubtedly be a welcome addition to anCnoc collections.’

Scotch Whisky Experience expands its global audience

Posted by Ashley Penney on January 9, 2014 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

WITH Scotch whisky maintaining its trajectory for world domination, it is no surprise to hear a tourism attraction dedicated to Scotland's national drink is thriving in Edinburgh.


The Scotch Whisky Experience, in the midst of celebrating its 25th anniversary, welcomes visitors from an increasingly broad geographical base, its growth reflecting the soaring performance of whisky in established and emerging markets around the globe.


The attraction on Castlehill, near the top of the Royal Mile, now cites China and Brazil as two its top five markets for visitors, though it reports that enthusiasts are steadily coming from former Soviet republics such as Kazakhstan, as well as Africa and elsewhere in South America.


Julie Trevisan-Hunter, its deputy director and marketing manager, said almost every week a foreign film crew or journalist arrives to file a dispatch from the home of the "water of life".


This is partly because the Experience now houses the world's biggest collection of Scotch whisky, but also because it is arguably a more accessible venue than distilleries, where health and safety factors often come into play.


Yet although emerging markets are increasingly key to the Experience, the English market continues to be its biggest, accounting for between 16% and 18% of its visitors.


Ms Trevisan-Hunter said: "This will be our biggest year ever.


"Everyone looks back at '95, '96 as the year of Braveheart and Rob Roy and talks about [the period] up to '98 as being the boom years of Scottish tourism. But we have seen growth in the last four years, which maybe sits against a lot of other things in terms of spend within the UK and other sectors.


"We have seen really significant growth in visitor numbers and income and profitability in the last four years, far more than in the past."


The export performance of Scotch whisky has undoubtedly helped drive visitors to the attraction, which reported pre-tax profits of £504,357 in its most recent accounts, but it is only part of the story.


The Experience, which enjoys a five-star rating from VisitScotland, raised £3 million to fund a major refurbishment in 2009, an investment that saw it revamp its whisky tours.


Ms Trevisan-Hunter said it made such an impact the business has since been able to invest in other aspects of the attraction. The shop was then refurbished, during the financial year to November 30, 2012, to incorporate some of the tour's interactive features, while its tasting bar and restaurant were renovated last year.


Although the Experience was set up with industry funding and continues to be owned by 22 shareholders across the sector, it functions as an independent, standalone commercial entity.


Ms Trevisan-Hunter said: "That [initial investment] was the thing that had the biggest impact in terms of visitor numbers and profitability.


"We have had quite a number of different events because it is our 25th anniversary and everybody who comes in says it is unrecognisable as an experience and a business from what it was - even six or seven years ago and certainly from way back 25 years ago."


Other touches, such as teaching its courses in Mandarin, have further boosted the centre's global appeal.


Ms Trevisan-Hunter said the Experience has benefited as Scotland has come on to the radar of tourists from emerging markets, people who now have the resources to travel and are developing an appreciation of Scotch as a luxury product.


She explained: "Scotland has a lot of kudos and desirability to visit. We do very well in these emerging markets. China and Brazil, for example, are in our top five international markets, whereas five years ago they wouldn't have featured anywhere."


The rise in overseas visitors has fed through to the numbers attending the centre's one-day course, which presents the opportunity to gain a certificate of expertise in Scotch whisky.


While staff from licensed premises around Scotland dominated course places in the early days, Ms Trevisan-Hunter noted it was now attracting delegates from Canada and the Nordic countries.


Many make the Experience their first port of call when they visit Scotland, equipping themselves with some whisky know-how before going on to visit distilleries around the country.


They are also buying whisky from the centre's revamped shop, which Ms Trevisan-Hunter notes is selling increasing amounts of luxury products.


She said sales have risen by 25% each year since the shop's refurbishment took place, with aged and luxury whiskies selling increasingly well.


Ms Trevisan-Hunter said: "It's up in a lot of higher-end products, which is interesting. More so than we have ever seen before.


"The whole point with the shop was to make it more experiential, with things people can engage in, find out more about the distilleries and look at flavour profiles so it has a feel of the experience within the shop. We have put as much as we can in there to bring everything to life, predominantly for the visitors that might not do for the attraction."


Meanwhile, as Scotland prepares itself for the events of this year, when it will finally host the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup and the tourism industry's year of Homecoming, it might be assumed that it will bring further visitors to the Scotch Whisky Experience.


But while Ms Trevisan-Hunter expects to see some uplift in visitors during Whisky Month in May, an event that will bring the curtain down on the attraction's 25th birthday celebrations, she suspects the full benefits will be realised in the long run. She noted: "A lot of things happen as part of Homecoming that happen in a guise or at a level on an annual basis anyway.


"It is just a really good way of profiling the product and getting a bit of buzz and excitement about it.


"We'd anticipate seeing more people, especially around May, but to be honest one of our issues during the summer months is that we are close to capacity now anyway"


As for her own position, Ms Trevisan-Hunter said she has lost none of her love for the role and an industry that has seen her spend the last 17 years with the Scotch Whisky Experience.


She noted: "Folk that get into whisky don't then get out of it and go and do something different.


"They stay in whisky and they love it. Similarly, people in the tourism industry maybe move up through the ranks, but they stay doing that.


"There's a real sense of community, camaraderie and sharing good practice and just helping one other out in both industries. There is just a really nice feeling about it."

BenRiach Distillery introduces four new Scotch Whiskies

Posted by Ashley Penney on January 9, 2014 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (1)

The BenRiach Distillery has produced unique whiskies in the Heart of Speyside since 1898. Now come four new expressions to the U.S. market: The BenRiach Horizons 12 Year Old Triple Distilled, The BenRiach Solstice 2nd Edition 17 Year Old, The BenRiach Septendecim 17 Year Old Peated Single Malt, and The BenRiach Authenticus 25 Year Old Peated Single Malt.


The BenRiach, meaning “The Hill of the Red Deer” in Gaelic, sits amongst the rolling barley fields that rise to the foothills of the Grampian mountains in the northeast Speyside region of Scotland. Acquired in 2004 by Scotch whisky industry veteran Billy Walker, The BenRiach is home to an inventory of casks that date back to 1966. Employing copper stills and using local Scottish barley malt, The BenRiach’s craftsmen strive to blend traditional practices with innovative cask finishes to create whiskies that are unique to the Scotch category.


“I’m amazed at The BenRiach’s ability to respect tradition while embracing innovation through their many whisky expressions, with these new bottlings adding exciting new depth to Anchor Distilling selection of single malts,” says Anchor Distilling Company Director of Education Alan Kropf.


The four new expressions join the 20 currently imported into the U.S.


Here’s a rundown of the four new whiskies:


The BenRiach Horizons 12 Year Old Triple Distilled (50% ABV, SRP $79.99) reflects the distillery’s innovations in whisky production. While most whiskies are traditionally distilled only twice, Horizons is distilled three times before it is aged for 12 years. The resulting spirit features a nose of roasted almonds and Brazil nuts, hot freshly buttered scones topped with clotted cream, and sweet heather honey; on the palate, Horizons has huge nutty characteristics balanced by a slice of sweet, creamy oak and honey.


The BenRiach Solstice 2nd Edition 17 Year Old (50% ABV, SRP $99.99) showcases the distillery’s ability to distill whisky from both styles of malted barley – peated and non-peated – and thereby capture the defining taste and aroma of peat reek. Like the first edition, Solstice 17 Year Old has been distilled from heavily peated malted barley before it is matured in ex-bourbon casks and finished in tawny port casks – resulting in a marriage of peat and fruit. On the nose, this Solstice features an aroma of stewed strawberries, blackberries and red currants, locked together by a muscular peaty blast, lending traces of fortified wine and grape qualities; on the palate, dry roasted nutty notes give way to heavy peat with subtle hints of dried raisins and candied fruit, culminating in a smooth, long finish.


The BenRiach Septendecim 17 Year Old Peated Single Malt (46% ABV, SRP $79.99) is the latest addition to The BenRiach Peated range. It is non chill-filtered and matured in ex-bourbon casks to create a bold and intense expression. On the nose, Septendecim is a robust mix of fresh peaty aromas constructed around a central core of apples and toasted nuts dowsed in wild mountain honey; on the palate, the peaty heart is united with honey-infused raisins, roasted nuts and a luxurious leather impression.


The BenRiach Authenticus 25 Year Old Peated Single Malt (46% ABV, SRP $249.99) completes The BenRiach Peated range in full-bodied, audacious style. On the nose, Authenticus exhibits elegant aromas of ripe pineapple, fresh mountain herbs and a profusion of sweet peat, producing a pungent blast of peat smoke; on the palate, the fusion of rich peat and smoldering embers are bound together by fresh herbs – oregano, aniseed and chicory – concluding with a rush of sweet, wild honey for a powerful, long-lasting impression.

Ashley Whisky Tasting List climbs over the 300 mark

Posted by Ashley Penney on September 20, 2013 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I am delighted to announce that my offical whisky tasting has reached a great 307. Its taken over 8 years to get this far.

To celebrate this i have created a new page on facebook to go along with my own and Whisky Heaven Page.

Just log on to

Here you can see my complete listing of all that i have sampled from either own bottles or various trips.

Keep returnng back to see what is sampled next.

But as always keep it safe and responsible


Whisky Live Dublin 2013

Posted by Ashley Penney on August 2, 2013 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Whisky Live Dublin 2013, Saturday 5th October


The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2


Whether a whiskey enthusiast, newcomer to the world of whiskey, or you’d just like a day out at a fantastic whiskey event, Whisky Live has something to offer everyone. Whisky Live Dublin has two sessions, providing everyone with the opportunity to join the show to suit their diary:


- From 2.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. (VIPs and trade may arrive 1 hour earlier)


- From 6.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. (VIPs arrive 1 hour earlier)


All tickets include entry to the show, samples of exhibited whiskies, buffet food, the Whisky Live tasting glass, food and whiskey combination samples and the Whisky Live show guide. VIP tickets include all of this PLUS an exclusive VIP Masterclass worth €25, VIP dining, entrance to the VIP Lounge, private VIP pourings, and entrance for your class an hour before the show opens.


Ticket Options and Prices


VIP Afternoon Ticket: 1.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.


Entrance to Whisky Live Dublin on Saturday 5th October from 1.00 p m. to 5.30 p.m. Includes an exclusive VIP Masterclass hosted by Rob Allanson, Whisky Magazine Editor and Michael Foggarty, whiskey expert, from 1.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m. Plus VIP dining, entrance to the VIP Lounge, private VIP pourings, Whisky Live tasting glass and Whisky Live show guide. €69 + booking fee €2.50


VIP Evening Ticket 5.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.


Entrance to Whisky Live Dublin on Saturday 5th October from 5.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Includes an exclusive VIP Masterclass hosted by Rob Allanson, Whisky Magazine Editor and Michael Foggarty, whiskey expert, from 5.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Plus VIP dining, entrance to the VIP Lounge, private VIP pourings, Whisky Live tasting glass and Whisky Live show guide. €69 + booking fee €2.50




Afternoon Ticket 2.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.


Entrance to Whisky Live Dublin on Saturday 5th October from 2.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Includes food, samples of exhibited whiskies, a free tasting glass, food and whiskey combination samples and the Whisky Live show guide. €33 + booking fee €2.50


Evening Ticket 6.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.


Entrance to Whisky Live Dublin on Saturday 5th October from 6.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Includes food, samples of exhibited whiskies, a free tasting glass, food and whiskey combination samples and the Whisky Live show guide. €33 + booking fee €2.50



Are you in the drinks trade?


The Whisky Live trade ticket is being introduced for the first time at Whisky Live Dublin 2013. Open to bona fide members of the trade (retailers, importers, bartenders, buyers, journalists, bloggers) you can register for this session by submitting by email your name, job title and company name to Trade tickets provide entrance to Whisky Live Dublin on Saturday 5th October from 1.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. with samples of exhibited whiskies, a free tasting glass, food and whiskey combination samples and the Whisky Live show guide. No food is included.


Friday Trade Ticket 1.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.


Group Tickets


All ticket grades are subject to group booking discounts of 10% off the total order price for purchases of 10-19 tickets and 20% off the total order price for bookings of 20 or more tickets. Whisky Live Dublin presents the perfect opportunity for a corporate outing and an evening to remember for groups of whiskey enthusiasts and friends.


Not drinking at Whisky Live?


A nominated driver ticket is available. These tickets include entrance to Whisky Live Dublin, 2 soft drinks vouchers, food and the show guide, and do not include a tasting glass or access to whiskey samples. Please email for further details.


Whichever ticket you choose, Whisky Live brings the world of whiskey together under one roof. We have expert advice on hand and the opportunity to learn about the whiskey basics as well as delve deeper in to the hearts and minds of those who create the products every day.


Dress code: smart casual; no shorts, ripped jeans or trainers



NEW for 2013


Golden Tickets


Three lucky ticket holders will receive a Golden Ticket, entitling them to a stunning array of whiskey gifts, visits and experiences to be redeemed after the show.





We have been working hard to find a way to host the popular Masterclasses within the Mansion House – and have found the solution! We will be creating two purpose built rooms in which all the Masterclasses will be held, discreetly located within the Round Room. So no need to leave the building this year, and you won’t miss a moment’s tasting. Tutored by renowned experts in the field and run for 45 minutes, a show entrance ticket must be purchased prior to buying Masterclass tickets. Masterclasses will begin being uploaded from 1st July and are priced at €15 per session.



Key elements at Whisky Live Dublin 2013


Tasting Hall


The tasting hall is where you can sample whiskey from all around the globe with the emphasis obviously being on Irish whiskey. You will be able to mingle with the producers, distillers, independent bottlers and brand ambassadors. The sheer range of whiskey on show will challenge even the most determined taster; everything from old favourites to unusual finishes and rare bottlings.


Scotch whisky exhibition opens at Glasgow's Mitchell Library

Posted by Ashley Penney on June 10, 2013 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Scotch Whisky: From Grain to Glass marks the centenary of the Scotch Whisky Association


An exhibition celebrating the history of Scotch whisky has opened today at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow.


The exhibition, Scotch Whisky: From Grain to Glass, was created last year to mark the centenary of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).


The exhibition includes images and artefacts from private collections and Scotch whisky producers, gathered together by the SWA to illustrate whisky's role in Scotland's society and economy, from production to export and marketing.


It also revisits the "What is Whisky?" debate of the early 20th Century which helped to establish the industry in modern times.


Gavin Hewitt, chief executive of the SWA, said: "With more than 60 per cent of Scotch Whisky bottled in the greater Glasgow area, you could call the city one of the spiritual homes of Scotch Whisky.


"For more than 100 years we have been committed to promoting and protecting Scotch Whisky.


“We hope as many people as possible will visit the exhibition to find out more about the heritage of Scotland's national drink.”


The exhibition runs until July 31, 2013.

Alloa coppersmiths in demand thanks to huge demand for whisky

Posted by Ashley Penney on June 10, 2013 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Coppersmiths say their skills are in demand like never before thanks to the global demand for whisky.


They are responsible for producing the large stills which are crucial for the distillation process.


In the past 12 months a team in Clackmannanshire has worked on around 30 of the copper stills and are recruiting apprentices so as to pass on the craft to a younger generation.


Stills have been made at Abercrombie, Diageo's coppersmith business in Alloa, since the 1790s.


Operations manager Charlie King said: "We are enjoying one of the busiest periods we've ever seen.


"High-quality copper stills produce high-quality whisky and we are very lucky to have a team of highly skilled craftsmen here in Alloa who can produce the best in the business.


"I'm particularly pleased that the growth in the industry is allowing us to take on young people as apprentices and to train them up in this traditional craft."


Abercrombie has just installed new stills at Linkwood and Mannochmore distilleries on Speyside.


It is not just whisky that can be produced in the stills. The company has an order to craft a model for the production of the Turkish anise-flavoured spirit raki.


Mr King said: "Our colleagues in Turkey recognise the tradition of skill and craftsmanship we've built over the generations in the Scotch industry and they want to draw on that.


"We hope that global interest in our craft will create new opportunities to bring more investment and jobs in the future."

Glenmorangie?s Men of Tain set to share the secrets of Scotland?s favourite malt whisky

Posted by Ashley Penney on June 10, 2013 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Members of the public will be able to witness the magic of Scotland’s tallest stills in action when Glenmorangie’s distillery in Tain puts on a special Open Weekend on June 15 and 16.


The weekend-long programme of free tours, tastings and events will lift the lid on the production process behind Scotland’s favourite single malt.


Visitors will be able to meet and talk with the Men of Tain – the select group of craftsmen who are entrusted with the secrets of the Glenmorangie Distillery. Their dedication and skill has been handed down from generation to generation since the founding of the distillery in 1843.


They can also see the distillery’s 12 copper-necked stills in operation, the necks of which stand at over 16ft – the same height as a fully grown adult giraffe. This guarantees a smoother finish as only the lightest and purest vapours ascend to the top.


Paul Skipworth, President and Managing Director of The Glenmorangie Company, said: “We’ve been part of the Ross-shire landscape for 170 years when William Matheson first established the distillery. We are delighted to have this Open Weekend and to share some of the secrets that go in to making our famous whisky.


“Glenmorangie is distilled in the tallest malt whisky stills in Scotland, and we’d encourage as many people as possible to experience the special ‘cathedral-like’ atmosphere of this beautiful still house, and the tranquil surroundings of the distillery for themselves.”


As a family-friendly weekend, complementary activities include a barbecue, crêperie, hot chocolate, falconry and performances by the Tain Pipe Band.


Doors open from 10am until 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday and there are two types of free tours available.


Tour A lasts three hours and starts at 10.15am and 12.30pm. There are only two of this very select type of tour per day. Ten lucky people on each tour will, as well as touring the distillery, also visit the Hilton of Cadboll Stone, Glenmorangie House, Tarlogie Spring and enjoy a very unusual sonic tasting. Those interested must pre-book this tour and places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.


Tour B will take place every half hour from 10am. Booking is advisable but not essential. Visitors will see the mash house, still house, warehousing, and enjoy a whisky tasting and be given a tasting glass to take away as a memento.


Annette Mackenzie, Visitor Centre Manager at the Glenmorangie Distillery, said: “The Glenmorangie success story is as much about people as it is about whisky. We want as many visitors to see first-hand the artistry and dedication of the Men of Tain and what goes in to producing the perfect dram time and again.


“We will also be offering visitors the chance to join in the selection and design of a special, limited edition Glenmorangie through our unique Cask Masters programme, which we launched earlier in the year.”


Members of the public interesting in attending the Open Days should telephone 01862 892477 or email


The Glenmorangie Distillery Open Weekend is part of a wider initiative being run by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the owners of The Glenmorangie Company. During the course of June 15 to 16, 40 of LVMH’s brands across Europe including Krug, Bulgari and TAG Heuer, will also throw open their doors to the public in a programme called Journées Particulières

New purchase

Posted by Ashley Penney on April 8, 2013 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)
Benriach 12y sherry matured from Celtic whisky shop A snip at 44.99