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    Keep Walking: 198 years and still making strides

    By Joseph Pettigrew 6 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 6 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 7 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 8 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 9 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 10 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.

    ​Top Ten Christmas Gifts 2017

    By Joseph Pettigrew 11 months ago

    'Twas the month before Christmas
    and all through the land
    customers were scurrying
    in search of a dram.
    The whiskies were many,
    too many to pick,
    but The Whisky Shop Blog
    was there to help old St. Nick!

    The Last Drop of an Enduring Spirit

    By Joseph Pettigrew 1 years ago

    The Last Drop Distillers oldest release to date – 1947 Single Estate Cognac

    At the close of the Second World War, France was a country in ruins – quite literally with Western Allies bombs decimating some 1,570 French towns and cities during the Nazi occupation of 1940-1944. Much of the country’s workforce had been sent to forced labour camps or interned in concentration camps in Poland or Germany.

    ​1 cask, 3 Decades, 533 bottles: Tamdhu 30 Year Old Platinum Old & Rare

    By Joseph Pettigrew 1 years ago

    New single cask from Hunter Laing & Co’s Platinum Old & Rare Selection arrives at The Whisky Shop

    The year is 1987. The world gets its first taste of a family of colourful characters from Springfield as The Simpsons make their debut in a series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show. New Zealand’s revered All Blacks triumph in the first ever Rugby World Cup, hosted by New Zealand and Australia. President Ronald Reagan visits Berlin and issues the challenge heard around the world, "Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" Meanwhile, on the banks of the River Spey in the north of Scotland, drops of new make spirit trickle from the stills of Tamdhu distillery.

    Coming Soon: Octomore Masterclass_08.1

    By Joseph Pettigrew 1 years ago

    Bruichladdich’s Head Distiller, Adam Hannett, schools us in sonnets of peat and barley with the latest release from Octomore

    It all began as a 'what if?' after a few drams at the Bruichladdich table 15 years ago, now Octomore is the world’s most routinely heavily-peated whisky and a cult classic in the industry. Named for James Brown’s farm in the hills above Port Charlotte, just a stone’s through from the Bruichladdich distillery, Octomore was the creation of Master Distiller Jim McEwan and CEO Mark Reynier. A beast the likes of which Scotch Whisky had never seen before. The first ‘super heavily-peated’ release in 2008 clocked in at 131ppm (phenols per million or parts per million depending who you ask). The second release, named Octomore/2_140, further amped up the peat to 140ppm – more than two and half times that of a standard Ardbeg, itself known as a peat monster!