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    ​Steel Bonnets: Whisky Without Borders

    By Joseph Pettigrew 20 days ago

    The latest release from The Lakes Distillery honours The Border Marches of the Late Middle Ages, with a blend of Scottish and English malt whiskies

    The Lakes Distillery in Cumbria was officially opened in 2014 as one of just a handful of whisky distilleries to be founded in England in more than a century. Indeed, whisky production itself had been absent from the country since the closure of Lea Valley distillery in 1905, until the partnership of Hicks & Healy began production of a Cornish single malt whisky in 2003. The Lakes Distillery is due to release its first single malt whisky this summer, but consumers will be more familiar with its blended offering, The ONE, which holds a unique position as the only British Blended Whisky, combining single malts and grain whiskies from across the British Isles. The latest release from the distillery takes this philosophy in a new direction.

    ​Campbeltown Malts Festival 2018 with Glen Scotia

    By Neil Jamieson 1 month ago

    Known in Victorian times as ‘the whisky capital of the world’ (read more by Brian Wilson in last summer’s Whiskeria), Campbeltown these days is less a distilling metropolis and more a sleepy seaside settlement, better befitting its remote location on the Kintyre peninsula.

    Nevertheless, for three days each summer, it reawakens to welcome whisky’s most illustrious characters and avid pilgrims for the three-day Campbeltown Malts Festival, held in the week preceding Islay’s famous Fèis Ìle. This year, we were lucky enough to be counted among them as guests of Glen Scotia, on the generous invitation of Sales Director, Andy Calder.

    As Charlie MacLean so expertly phrases it in his review of their summer 2018 releases, “Until recently, Glen Scotia was a sleeping beauty. The kiss that woke her up in 2014 came from the current owner in the form of substantial investment.” This week, we learned just what a beauty the revived distillery is…

    1824 to 2018: The Macallan’s New Look

    By Joseph Pettigrew 2 months ago

    Famed for some of the most expensive bottles in the world, The Macallan will look a bit different from now on…

    The Macallan distillery was established in 1824 and has become one of the best known and most collectable single malt brands in the world. With a history of almost two centuries, a secure place as one of the world’s best-selling single malt Scotch whiskies and bottles reaching hundreds of thousands of pounds at auction, you could forgive the distillery for adhering to the old adage ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’. But that’s not how things are done at The Macallan.

    Making Waves in the Glen of Tranquillity

    By Joseph Pettigrew 3 months ago

    Glenmorangie release the Grand Vintage Malt 1989

    Founded in 1843, Glenmorangie is one of the Highlands’ most distinguished single malt whiskies. The name, oft mispronounced as Glenmor-AN-gie instead of Glen-MOR-angie (rhyming with orange-y), is said to be derived from the Scots Gaelic for ‘Vale of Tranquillity’ and to see the distillery it is clear how the moniker was acquired. Situated on the banks of the Dornoch Firth in Ross-shire, the distillery began life as Morangie Farm, latterly home to a brewery before Andrew Matheson, a former distillery manager, bought the farm and converted the Morangie brewery to a distillery, duly Christened Glenmorangie. Using two second-hand gin stills, Andrew set out to produce his single malt.

    Keep Walking: 198 years and still making strides

    By Joseph Pettigrew 3 months ago

    From a humble grocer to the world’s best-selling Scotch whisky

    With almost 200 years of history, Johnnie Walker is synonymous with whisky. Visit almost any bar in the world and you can be sure to see the striding man on at least one of the whiskies on the shelf. From humble beginnings in a Kilmarnock grocer, Johnnie Walker has built a loyal following and impeccable reputation based on the quality of the liquid. Perhaps surprisingly for the namesake of the world’s best-selling Scotch whisky, the eponymous Johnnie Walker was teetotal. So just how did a non-drinker become an icon of whisky?

    Spotlight on The Dalmore

    By Joseph Pettigrew 3 months ago

    From legendary bravery to legendary whisky

    The Dalmore is renowned for its smooth Highland single malt whisky, winning awards in competitions and spaces in home drinks cabinets across the world. Each and every bottle bears a 12-pointed silver stag, from the humble 12-year-old to the grandest expression in The Dalmore Constellations range. Seen by many as a mark of quality, the stag’s history actually pre-dates The Dalmore single malt, the distillery, and indeed all records of whisky itself.

    Jura: A Long Way From Ordinary

    By Joseph Pettigrew 4 months ago

    The island distillery’s new signature range launched exclusively with The Whisky Shop and is already proving popular with customers

    Lying off the north eastern coast of Islay, the island of Jura is around the same size as its neighbour, but while Islay boasts eight whisky distilleries and more in development, Jura is home to just one. The Isle of Jura Distillery was founded in 1810, predating the official opening of some of Islay’s biggest names including Bunnahabhain (1881), Caol Ila (1846), Lagavulin (1816) and Laphroaig (1815). While it may have historic roots, the Jura distillery’s success today stems from our more recent past, having been rebuilt in 1963 by local estate owners after an unfortunate period of disrepair.

    Think Speyside, Think Speyburn

    By Joseph Pettigrew 5 months ago

    The new look Speyburn is aiming for a permanent place on your whisky shelf...

    Speyburn was established in 1897, designed by renowned distillery architect Charles Doig, inventor of the pagoda roof, one of the most iconic features of a whisky distillery. Doig also introduced drum maltings to the Highlands at Speyburn, meaning the distillery’s production was not restricted by the size of its malting floors. Such innovation likely played a part in the distillery becoming one of the top ten best-selling malt whiskies in the world. But somehow, despite this standing, the whisky itself has remained relatively unknown.

    New Release: Glenmorangie Spios

    By Joseph Pettigrew 6 months ago

    Variety is the spice of life for the Highland distillery with the 9th release in the Private Edition series now available at The Whisky Shop

    There are a few events in the calendar that true whisky die-hards await with the excitement and impatience of a child on Christmas Eve. From the Islay Festival in May to Diageo’s Special Releases in October. Fortunately, they are well enough spaced out to keep us happy all year round and January’s treat for the past eight years has been the release of the Glenmorangie Private Edition.

    Mixing It Up: A journey through winter with Loch Fyne Whiskies

    By Neil Jamieson 7 months ago

    Winter is here, bringing with it a string of festivities. Make sure you're prepared for every occasion with these simple-yet-spectacular serves using The Loch Fyne range of whiskies and gin, guaranteed to impress, without any stress.