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.


Ahoy, Matey! Arrrrrrrdbeg Releases A Rye Whiskey

January 23,2021

Islay Scotch brand Ardbeg has unveiled its first rye cask-matured whisky with a pirate theme which they are naming Arrrrrrrdbeg.

Created to commemorate the retirement of distillery manager Mickey Heads, the 51.8% ABV expression has a spicy mouthfeel with fruit and gentle smoke. The bottle design depicts Heads as a salty seadog and was created by Brazilian artist and graphic designer Butcher Billy.

Head, who has been with Ardbeg since 2007, said “It was an absolute pleasure to spend the last 13 years heading the crew at the greatest distillery on earth. I had the best team of people anyone could wish for and I’m proud that we’ve been responsible for producing so many wonderful Ardbegs along the way.

“As for this bottling, well I’m honoured that a place that has already given me so much would celebrate my retirement in such a thoughtful way. And to have my image on a bottle, that’s a dream come true.

“Who knows what retirement holds for me, but I know I’ll be spending a lot of time out fishing. And, as ongoing chairman of the Ardbeg Committee, I’m sure I’ll be dropping by the distillery often.”

As part of the launch, Heads has also recorded a farewell tasting film and Q&A for fans to watch from home. There is also a downloadable kit with pirate props, which can be found at

Dr Bill Lumsden, director of whisky creation at Ardbeg, added: “Working with Mickey has been an absolute joy. He’s somebody with a genuine passion for Ardbeg and we hope that this bottling will take pride of place in his collection. He’s presided over many momentous Ardbegs over the years, but this ‘end of an era’ edition is a special one.

“The spirit inside is pretty special too: Arrrrrrrdbeg! is the distillery’s first-ever ex-rye cask whisky. With notes of smoked banana and pear, sweet toffee and that distinctive Ardbeg smoke, it’s the perfectly peaty parting gift.”


The Cooper Spirits Company Launches Lock, Stock & Barrel 20-Year Rye Whiskey

January 22,2021

Independent, family-owned US spirits brand, Cooper Spirits Co have launched the latest in their Lock, Stock & Barrel range, a 20-year-old Rye Whiskey.

Hand-selected by late spirits luminary, and third-generation distiller Robert J. Cooper, the barrels were sourced from Alberta Distillers Ltd. Aged in newly charred – not toasted – American oak barrels, the whiskey is made from a rare mash bill of 100% rye grain in copper pot stills.

Cooper anticipated the boom in rye whiskey by buying barrels of prime Canadian stock and then sitting on the liquid for years before releasing Lock Stock & Barrel, a 13-year-old straight rye whiskey, in 2013. That release was followed by the 16-Year and 18-Year, both of which won double gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

“To say that Rob Cooper was a pioneer in the spirits industry is an understatement,” said Chad Solomon, Cooper Spirits’ Director of Trade Advocacy and Innovation.

“Rye was only in the infancy stages of its revival when Rob began purchasing barrels, cultivating an incredible library built for long aging. His foresight has allowed us to continue producing premium spirits like the Lock, Stock & and Barrel line, and I’m proud to continue this legacy with the launch of the 20-Year.”

Lock, Stock & Barrel 20-Year avoids being ‘over charred’ due to the cold climate, 3.5 barrel-char, and lack of toasting, providing a rich and robust, yet balanced, flavor.

The expression features notes of warm spiced date cake, toffee, baking spice, dried apricot, cantaloupe, and peppery rye spice.

For more information, go to



January 21,2021

Scotland’s Stirling Distillery, who are. known best for their gin, has launched a series of single cask whiskies as its inaugural whisky release.

The expressions, which are being released under the name Sons Of Scotland, are both made using sourced whisky that has matured in ex-Bourbon hogsheads for eight years.

Sons of Scotland The Cashly and Sons of Scotland The Arngibbon have been named after Stirlingshire distilleries that were operational during the 18th and early 19th century.Stirling Distillery plans to add two further expressions to the label, using whiskies sourced from Lowland and Island distilleries in Scotland.

Cameron McCann, co-founder of Stirling Distillery, said: “We’re pleased and proud to be releasing whisky from the Castle Rock. What makes us especially excited about our Sons of Scotland range is the chance to start a new chapter in Stirling’s whisky history while celebrating Stirlingshire’s rich whisky-making heritage.”

The Cashly offers aromas of eucalyptus and green apple followed by flavours of butter toast, stewed apples and a gentle spice pepper. While the Arngibbon is said to have aromas of custard creams, peaches, vanilla and a hint of heather moor, followed by notes of oak and soft butter tablet on the palate.

For more information on Sons Of Scotland (and Stirling Distillery) go to



January 19,2021

The new Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey brand, Coalition is releasing three 100% rye whiskey expression that have been finished in ex-Bordeaux wine barrels.

Coalition Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey Finished in Margaux Barriques is bottled at 45.4% ABV and features ‘delicate and gentle flavours of red fruit and floral aromas’.

The brand’s Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey Finished in Pauillac Barriques has an ABV of 46.3% and flavours of black fruit and spice, while Coalition Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey Finished in Sauternes Barriques (47.1% ABV) offers ‘velvety flavours of dried fruit and honey with an engaging sweet spice’.

The brand, developed by former Russian Standard USA CEO Leonid Yangarber, alongside Kentucky Artisan Distillery owner Steve Thompson and wine consultant Ludwig Vanneron, comprises a blend of five-year-old rye produced by the Kentucky Artisan Distillery in Crestwood, Kentucky.

Thompson said: “While most rye whiskeys use malted barley or added corn, Coalition Whiskey is made completely from rye. It’s a more expensive way to go, but there was truly no other way to create that truly deep, rich and spicy flavour we knew would be the ideal match for our velvety Bordeaux wine barrel finishing.”

After maturing in American oak for five years, the whiskey is then transferred to ex-wine casks selected by Vanneron. Coalition has bottled whiskeys finished in Margaux barriques, Pauillac barriques, and Sauternes barriques.

“It took the inspection of nearly 150 barrels just to find the perfect 25 we are using to finish our rye whiskey,” Vanneron said.

Yangarber added: “Our goal with Coalition Whiskey is to coax even more flavour out of our 100% rye whiskey. A keen understanding of the science behind rye whiskey served as the foundation for this grand experiment.

For more information on Coalition, go to



January 15,2021

Irish Whiskey distiller Teelings have released the fourth, and final, expression in their Brabazon single malt series. which is limited to 10,000 bottles.

Distilled in 2007, the Single malt has been aged in rare Carcavelos Port barrels. Dating back to the 18th century, Carcavelos Port is a style of Portuguese fortified wine that was historically produced just outside of Lisbon.

The Series 4 Brabazon Bottling has an ABV of 49.5%, and is said to have soft citrus fruit flavours and a ‘distinctive, effervesce-style spice’.

Jack Teeling, founder and managing director of Teeling whiskey, said: “Our aim with our Brabazon bottling series is to create full-bodied tasting experiences for people who enjoy the added complexity and taste that fortified wine maturation imparts.

“We now complete the series with our final bottling, this time using barrels previously used for a rare white Port, which produces a very unique expression of Teeling and Irish whiskey.

“This is a fitting end to our award-winning series, which celebrates the combination of old and new as well as highlighting our unique approach to making Irish whiskey and our spirit of innovation.”

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