November 11,2020

Scottish Speyside distillery Glenfarclas has released a limited edition 60-year-old 40.9% ABV single cask Scotch whisky in the UK.

On the nose, the 60-year-old whisky has notes of Christmas cake, spice, orange and dark chocolate. The palate is described as tasting like ‘Christmas pudding drenched in brandy butter and set alight’. The finish offers flavours of marzipan and Christmas Sherry.

The whisky comes in a presentation box made with English oak and lined with suede, which was created by NEJ Stevenson. The hand-blown decanter was made by Glencairn and features hand-drawn illustrations inspired by the red warehouse doors at Glenfarclas Distillery.

Limited to 105 700ml bottles, the expression is available to buy in the UK from Hedonism, The Whisky Exchange and BI Fine Wine & Spirits.

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November 27,2020

Portuguese producer UP Craft Spirits has debuted a new gin matured in ex-Port casks and infused with toasted cork to help age the liquid.

UP Craft Spirits is a venture between Barney Wilczak, a distiller at Capreolus Distillery, and cake designer Catia Mesquita. The duo has launched their first product as part of the venture, called Ginout, an offering for spirit enthusiasts who are looking for an unexpected alternative to the usual options on the market.

The new gin is distilled with botanicals including fig leaf, olive oil and peony flowers. After distillation, the gin is matured in ex-Port casks to add autumnal notes and rich flavours filled with wild berries. The expression is described as the ‘first gin to be aged insight out’.

Mesquita said: “The influence of tawny and ruby Ports bring autumnal notes, rich and filled with wild berries. And at the forest floor, we find the sweet, cocoa and humus-rich fig leaves. And our flor de sal, with its own unique appellation in the Algarve, brings a minerality that makes the whole sparkle.”

Following its maturation in ex-Port casks, Ginout is macerated with toasted cork, which the brand says marks the first time that cork has been used as a botanical for ageing spirits.

Wilczak added: “Here high notes of conifer buds evoke sun-touched forest canopy. Ageing with cork, toasted to different temperatures to highlight different elements of this vitally important tree, brings out hints of smoke, vanilla, sun-warmed wood and gorse like coconut.

“Peony flowers growing wild in Portugal sing, their floral notes high and delicate. Olive oil sourced from Catia’s home in the Algarve bring elements of herbaceous understory and beyond this a textural layering.”

Ginout is bottled at 46% ABV and available across European markets including the UK, Portugal and Spain.



November 27,2020

Scotch whisky bottler Hunter Laing & Co has added a 10 Year Old expression, as well as a Batch Strength to their Scarabus Islay single malt range.

Stewart Laing, managing director, said: “Following the success of the brand’s launch at Fèis Ìle 2019, it’s very exciting to add two brand new expressions to the range. Scarabus is a brand which we are incredibly proud of, and to see Scarabus grow and develop like this is really wonderful.”

Scarabus 10 Year Old (46% ABV) has the brand’s distinct flavour profile of ‘sweet Islay peat smoke, but with extra complexity’. The expression was aged for a minimum of 10 years in refill, ex-Bourbon and virgin American oak casks.

Meanwhile, Scarabus Batch Strength is bottled at 57% ABV and made from a small selection of Scarabus single malt casks. The resulting liquid features the brand’s signature sweet, peaty profile, followed by a ‘lingering’ finish.

Scarabus, which is an old Nordic word for ‘rocky place’, is named after a ‘mystical area’ on the Scottish island of Islay.

Scott Laing, business development director, said: “It’s always exciting when a new Islay expression launches and we are particularly proud of our Scarabus brand.

“The flavour is unmistakable, the Islay peat, smoke and sea salt on the nose, followed by warming leather notes and a delightful vanilla sweetness in the mouth, leads to a rich, lingering finish, culminating all the elements which Islay whisky enthusiasts adore.”

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November 20,2020

Oregan based distillers Westward have launched their third permanent expression, the Westward American Single Malt Pinot Noir Cask.

Westward American Single Malt Pinot Noir Cask is a truly elegant whiskey, influenced by Oregon’s premier grape varietal: Pinot Noir. This blend of cask-finished whiskeys is created in partnership with a handful of iconic Willamette Valley producers, including Bergstrom Wines and Suzor Wines, among others.

The spirit reflects the vibrance of the winemaking region’s signature grape while allowing the bold, robust notes of the whiskey to shine.

Westward’s Pinot Noir Cask begins with original Westward American Single Malt, which is made from scratch using Pacific Northwest two-row barley, brewed with American pale ale yeast for outstanding flavor, double pot distilled for exceptional character, and matured in 2-char, kiln dried 53-gallon new American oak barrels.

The whiskey is then finished for up to two years in French Oak wine casks that previously held Pinot Noir. It is bottled at 90 proof (45% ABV)

“At Westward, there are no shortcuts, and therein lies the beauty. We pursue perfection by raising a world class whiskey through our long, slow, process,” said Thomas Mooney, CEO and Co-Founder, Westward Whiskey. “Today, we celebrate the culmination of a project we have worked on for the last two years.

“Our new custom bottle and design expresses the uncompromising spirit of the American Northwest, and they represent Westward’s meticulous devotion to our process, culture, climate, and ingredients. We’re thrilled to introduce a new, elevated visual identity that further highlights the beauty of our award-winning whiskeys.”

Westward’s new visual identity and packaging was developed in collaboration with Pearlfisher, an award-winning design agency. The company’s enthusiastic group of creatives worked diligently to capture the essence of Westward and its commitment to quality.

As part of this redesign, Westward has also unveiled a new brand home at

Westward’s new visual overhaul is a tribute to this sentiment, and the cuts and edges reflected in the bottle mirror the raw beauty and dramatic mountain ranges found in the American Northwest, Likewise, the new, angular label is designed to reflect the mountain peaks of Westward’s origin and capture the craftsmanship that goes into perfecting its whiskeys every day.



November 18,2020

Scotch brand Glengoyne has released a 50-year-old expression as its oldest whisky to date and will offer one bottle for free via a ballot.

The online ballot is open to groups of five or more friends or family to submit an entry with a description of their perfect moment for savouring the 50-year-old whisky together next year. Entrants have until 14 December to submit their moments.

Robbie Hughes, master distiller at Glengoyne, said: “When we first filled hand-selected oak casks with our sweet, fruity, new make spirit back in the late 1960s, The Beatles were only just breaking up, Richard Nixon was US president, and Sesame Street debuted on television. A lot has changed while we’ve been waiting patiently for this unique release.

“At Glengoyne we believe that patience is always rewarded. This year we’ve all had to sacrifice spending time with our loved ones or delay celebrations. That’s why we want to make these moments extra special in 2021 with a memorable whisky that, after waiting so long for just the right moment, is truly ready to be opened and savoured.”

The 50-year-old whisky has notes of Demerara sugar, walnuts, sweet pipe tobacco, red apples and cloves on the nose. The palate offers a ‘rich, spicy oak burst, then molasses, treacle and liquorice take centre stage’, followed by a long finish.

The new 45.8% ABV expression joins the Highland distillery’s Fine and Rare range, alongside the new 30-year-old whisky and a 25-year-old bottling.

To enter the ballot, visit The whisky will be available globally from next week in key markets and from the Glengoyne distillery shop and website, priced at £22,500 (US$30,000). There are only 150 decanters of Glengoyne 50-Year-Old available globally.



November 17,2020

Isle of Raasay Distillery has created 7,500 bottles of The Isle of Raasay Single Malt – Inaugural Release 2020, which was matured in first-fill Tennessee whiskey casks and finished in first-fill Bordeaux red wine casks.

Alasdair Day, Isle of Raasay Distillery co-founder, said: “This is a really historic moment as the first legal Isle of Raasay Single Malt leaves the island for the first time.

“We are very proud of our lightly peated island single malt, and our beautiful bottle that is made with clay moulds of Raasay’s rocks and fossils. It’s like a piece of the island in your hands.”

Bottled at natural colour and without the use of chill-filtration, the new expression has flavours of almond, hazelnut and sweet spice. The red wine casks add savoury spice flavours and “another layer of complexity and flavour” to the whisky.

The single malt is packaged in a bespoke bottle that features fossils and rocks from the island moulded into the glass. The inaugural release is bottled at 52% ABV.

The Isle of Raasay Single Malt – Inaugural Release 2020 will be available in the UK, Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Switzerland, the Philippines, South Africa, Canada, South Korea, Japan, and China

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