BALLANTINE’S INVITES THE WORLD TO OPEN WHAT’S NEVER BEEN OPENED BEFORE WITH ITS NEW SINGLE MALT SERIES – Scotch Whisky News

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BALLANTINE’S INVITES THE WORLD TO OPEN WHAT’S NEVER BEEN OPENED BEFORE WITH ITS NEW SINGLE MALT SERIES 

Ballantine’s, the No. 2 Scotch whisky in the world, takes an innovative move into the Single Malts category, with the launch of three new Single Malts.

Always known for doing things differently, Ballantine’s will give consumers a unique opportunity to experience the flavour of the three signature malts that form the heart of Ballantine’s whisky. The Glenburgie, Miltonduff and Glentauchers Single Malts are all aged 15 years old and stay true to the Ballantine’s brand whilst retaining their own distinct personalities:

  • Glenburgie forms the heart of Ballantine’s whisky character, delivering concentrated fruitiness and honeyed sweetness. Perfectly balanced, with aromas of soft red apples and pears, this whisky has a full and velvety texture and a long, round finish
  • Miltonduff is the foundation of Ballantine’s whisky character bringing warmth and power. Floral with a subtle hint of cinnamon spice, this whisky is extremely smooth with gentle liquorice flavours and a long, warm finish
  • Glentauchers delivers the smooth and delicate lingering finish of Ballantine’s. With hints of delicate floral heather on the nose and soft berries and barley sugar sweets on the palate, this whisky has an incredibly long, luscious finish

Peter Moore, Ballantine’s Global Brand Director comments: “The Single Malts category is dynamic and continues to grow rapidly as more consumers become lovers of this iconic Scottish spirit.

“As a globally known brand, we are sure that consumers will have confidence in the quality and credibility of these new Single Malts as they are widely recognised as the signature malts that form the heart of Ballantine’s,” adds Moore. “Ballantine’s has never been one to pick the obvious route – we do things differently and create our own path to success. All of this is core to the Ballantine’s brand and our launch of three new Single Malts is yet another example of celebrating and staying true to our roots.”

As consumers taste the individual flavour profiles of Glenburgie, Miltonduff and Glentauchers, they will discover over 190 years of heritage and tradition born in the historic Speyside region of Scotland.

Taiwan, the 4th largest whisky market by value and the most vibrant Single Malt market in the world, is the first country to officially launch the Ballantine’s Single Malts Series. From 23 September to 1 October, consumers in Taiwan will be able to learn about its ‘stay true’ heritage and innovative spirit through an interactive experience in the heart of Taipei. Through this experience they will be among the first to taste the three unique flavours of the Ballantine’s Single Malts.

The Ballantine’s Single Malt Series is bottled at 40% ABV and available to purchase in domestic markets at an RRP of $56 USD and in Travel Retail Asia for 70cl bottle ($80 USD Litre equivalent).

 The release of the series is a testament to the spirit of George Ballantine and the remarkable people, places and events that have been part of the brand since 1827.

Tasting Notes: 

The Glenburgie Single Malt

  • Nose: Perfectly balanced with aromas of sweet soft red apples and blackcurrant. Allied with this is wonderful honeycomb candy sweetness.
  • Taste: Full and creamy with a velvety smooth texture (honey). This whisky is bursting with fruity sweet orange flavours.
  • Finish: Very long, sweet and round.

The Miltonduff Single Malt

  • Nose: Rich fruity and sweet. Flavours of peaches in syrup, juicy sweet orange and creamy soft toffee with a hint of toasted almonds.
  • Taste: Sweet scented floral flavours. Extremely smooth with milk chocolate flavours and hints of cinnamon spice, cloves and liquorice root in the background.
  • Finish: Very long, warm and sweet.

The Glentauchers Single Malt

  • Nose: Bursting with sweet citrus fruit flavours (tangerine and sweet clementine) with hazelnut notes and a hint of delicate floral heather coming through the background.
  • Taste: Coats the mouth with smooth, soft berry flavours of raspberry and blackcurrant, combined with a tantalising taster of barley sugar sweets.
  • Finish: Incredibly long and luscious. 

About Ballantine’s

Ballantine’s is the No.1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the No.2 Scotch whisky in the world with the range selling over 70 million bottles a year worldwide. Ballantine’s has won more than 130 trophies and medals at international competitions in the past 10 years for its outstanding quality, as a result of its unique richness of character and perfect balance. The range, from Ballantine’s Finest to the exclusive 40 Year Old, is the most extensive in the world of Scotch and is maintained by Master Blender Sandy Hyslop, continuing the brand’s tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827. In 2013, Ballantine’s continued its innovative approach by launching Ballantine’s Brasil, a spirit drink made from selectively cask steeping Scotch whisky with Brazilian lime peel.

www.ballantines.com

@Ballantines

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s no.2 in wines and spirits. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky and the No.1 Scotch whisky in China; Ballantine’s, Europe’s No.1 Scotch whisky; The Glenlivet, the world’s No.1 single malt whisky; and Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky range. The portfolio also includes two of the world’s leading English gins – Beefeater, the world’s most awarded premium gin, and Plymouth gin – plus a selection of highly acclaimed single malt whiskies, including Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa, Strathisla and Tormore. The range is completed by a collection of blended Scotch whiskies operating in many of the world’s key whisky markets which includes 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch.

www.chivasspirit.com

@ChivasNewsRoom

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/09/ballantines-invites-the-world-to-open-whats-never-been-opened-before-with-its-new-single-malt-series-scotch-whisky-news/

Chivas Brothers and The Outward Bound Trust help to inspire local school pupils to reach their potential – Scotch Whisky News

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EXPLORE THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Chivas Brothers and The Outward Bound Trust help to inspire local school pupils to reach their potential

Pupils from Dumbarton Academy and Keith Grammar School had the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship as part of a week-long outdoor education expedition hosted by Scotch whisky and premium gin producer Chivas Brothers and The Outward Bound Trust.

As part of the trip, the pupils attended The Outward Bound Trust’s Loch Eil Centre where they participated in a wide range of challenging outdoor learning activities from Canoeing to Gorge Walking and received expert advice from three Chivas Brothers’ employees on preparing for the world of work.

Throughout the trip, Chivas Brothers’ Employee Ambassadors Alastair Combe, Anita Hodge and Scott Edwards worked with the young people to develop their skills, bolster their confidence and expand their CV. The Ambassadors also supported Outward Bound instructors to introduce participants to the notion of entrepreneurship and provided an insight into what it’s like to work for an international company.

Employee Ambassador Anita Hodge said: “It was such a fantastic experience. All of the students gave 100% during each challenge and it was great to see them grow in confidence throughout the week. For the first task we had to jump off a jetty into the loch and swim out to a platform and back, then we participated in canoeing, gorge walking and even a traverse across a small river on site.

“Each activity really helped to inspire the young people to adopt more entrepreneurial qualities by strengthening their ability to use their own initiative to overcome challenges. On top of that, we were on hand every step of the way to help inspire them and provide practical advice into working life and the skills they should develop to thrive.”

Over the last five years, Chivas Brothers and The Outward Bound Trust have helped to support more than 200 young people by delivering annual outdoor learning experiences designed to support young people to become more resilient and motivated to succeed.

Martin Davidson, Director of Scotland and Innovation at The Outward Bound Trust, said: “The Outward Bound Trust has been working in partnership with Chivas Brothers since 2012 and it was fantastic to welcome a new intake of students to the centre again this year. By participating in the Outward Bound course, they were able to face new challenges and improve their skills in teamwork and communication to help them feel more prepared for the future

“In addition, with the support of their Employee Ambassadors, the young people were inspired to adopt entrepreneurial thinking to help them thrive at school, in the workplace and in life. Chivas Brothers’ support is invaluable in helping young people across Scotland become more effective and confident in their ability to achieve anything they set out to do.”

Jennie Norrish, Global Communications Director at Chivas Brothers, added: “We are really proud of the work we do to support those in our communities whether that’s through the hard work of our employee volunteers or through our many fundraising programmes. The Outward Bound Trust is an inspiring organisation that offers real impact and develops the skills of the next generation, and we’re pleased to have supported hundreds of local young people over the past five years.”

The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity that uses the outdoors to help equip young people with valuable transferrable skills.

Notes:

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky and the No.1 Scotch whisky in China; Ballantine’s, Europe’s No.1 Scotch whisky; The Glenlivet, the single malt whisky that set the standard; and Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky range. The portfolio also includes two of the world’s leading English gins – Beefeater, the world’s most awarded premium gin, and Plymouth gin – plus a selection of highly acclaimed single malt whiskies, including Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa, Strathisla and Tormore. The range is completed by a collection of blended Scotch whiskies operating in many of the world’s key whisky markets which includes 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/09/chivas-brothers-and-the-outward-bound-trust-help-to-inspire-local-school-pupils-to-reach-their-potential-scotch-whisky-news/

THE GLENLIVET LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO CELEBRATE LIFE’S DEFINITIVE MOMENTS AND ASSERT ITS ROLE AS ‘THE WHISKY’ – Scotch Whisky News

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THE GLENLIVET LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO CELEBRATE LIFE’S DEFINITIVE MOMENTS AND ASSERT ITS ROLE AS ‘THE WHISKY’ 

The Glenlivet is launching its most ambitious campaign to date to celebrate its role as the definitive Speyside Single Malt in the Scotch Whisky category. Aptly named The Whisky, The Glenlivet, the global integrated campaign will give the brand a modern and contemporary feel. The Whisky, The Glenlivet is an evolution from the brand’s heritage as “The original single malt brand that set the standard” and is set to reinforce its role as a visionary within the single malts category.

Launching on 22nd September globally, the campaign will run across TV, digital, print and out of home advertising, The Whisky, The Glenlivet campaign celebrates the unwavering pursuit of its founder, George Smith, to create the definitive Speyside Single Malt.

Never settling for anything less than excellence, George Smith carefully selected the local spring water from the valley to make, what he believed was, The Whisky. Seeing his continued success, many of Smith’s neighbouring distilleries started to add Glenlivet to their name in an effort to appeal to the whisky drinker. Determined to act as the guardian for the outstanding quality and craftsmanship for which his whisky had become known, George Smith took legal action to preserve his distillery’s reputation, laying in place the foundations for the whisky we know today as The Glenlivet. This triumph has established The Glenlivet as a benchmark of excellence from the Livet Valley and is the driving force behind the new campaign – while other whiskies could have used Glenlivet in their name, none could claim to be The Glenlivet.

The campaign will launch with two films – ‘The Night Sky’ and ‘The Fire’ – both demonstrating the beauty of the unspoilt world and encouraging consumers to seek out definitive moments with the definitive whisky. The artistic representations help to show consumers that by looking beyond the ordinary they can unlock something special, which is what George Smith did by accomplishing his quest to create the definitive Speyside Single Malt.

Miriam Eceolaza, Global Marketing Director, comments: “Our new campaign is designed to celebrate the most natural and humbling experiences which allow us to lead richer and more fulfilling lives. The Whisky, The Glenlivet showcases the beauty in the unspoilt world and encourages consumers to search for those definitive moments with the definitive whisky.”

Sean Condon, Creative Director at Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam comments: “This work is like nothing ever seen before in the category, exploring pleasure and singular experiences in a startlingly original way. It’s bold and beautiful and a little bit brash. It’s work that, like the product itself, should be savoured.” 

Notes:

About The Glenlivet 

Created by George Smith in 1824, The Glenlivet is The Definitive Speyside Single Malt, renowned for its heritage as a visionary within the single malts category. With its smooth and fruity flavour profile, The Glenlivet has contributed the biggest volume growth of the single malt category worldwide, adding more than any other single malt whisky brand over the past five years (IWSR, 2016). Acting as the guardian for outstanding quality and craftsmanship within single malts, The Glenlivet is dedicated to continuing this legacy and has led innovation within single malt in recent years. Standout initiatives include the release of The Glenlivet Cipher, a mystery single malt, and the creation of The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, the brand’s first no-age statement single malt.

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky and the No.1 Scotch whisky in China; Ballantine’s, Europe’s No.1 Scotch whisky; The Glenlivet, the single malt whisky that set the standard; and Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky range. The portfolio also includes two of the world’s leading English gins – Beefeater, the world’s most awarded premium gin, and Plymouth gin – plus a selection of highly acclaimed single malt whiskies, including Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa, Strathisla and Tormore. The range is completed by a collection of blended Scotch whiskies operating in many of the world’s key whisky markets which includes 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/09/the-glenlivet-launches-campaign-to-celebrate-lifes-definitive-moments-and-assert-its-role-as-the-whisky-scotch-whisky-news/

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR WHISKY LOVERS FROM ANGELS’ SHARE GLASS – Scotch Whisky News

 Clan Angels

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR WHISKY LOVERS FROM ANGELS’ SHARE GLASS

Festive whisky-filled baubles, glass Angels, whisky water droppers and miniature sets are among the range of Christmas gifts available from Angels’ Share Glass.

There’s something to suit everyone’s taste and the gifts will especially be welcomed by whisky enthusiasts.

  • Glass Baubles  

New for this year are the firm’s latest innovation – whisky-filled coloured glass baubles.

These offer a change to the hand blown decorated glass baubles with a whisky quote inside which are popular with customers during the festive period.

This time, instead of a quote, 50ml of whisky has been sealed within the hand-made bauble which comes in a boxed set featuring four colours and four whiskies.

And unlike the firm’s signature line of whisky Angels, these are made for drinking as the cork which seals the Whisky inside is removable.

They will be make an exclusive addition to any Christmas tree and are ideal for a lovely gift or treat.

The baubles, which cost £48 a box, are hand-made and each is filled with a different malt from Douglas Laing’s Remarkable Regional Malts range.

The colours are Orange (filled with Big Peat); Green (Timorous Beastie); Red (Scallywag) and Mother of Pearl (Rock Oyster).

The original individual baubles are also available from £10 and customers can choose from a range of famous whisky quotes or decide on their own personalised message.

SET OF FOUR 

  • Miniature Sets

One of the most popular products sold online is the Whisky Miniature, Mini Dropper and Glass Set.

Priced at just £25, this is a fantastic collection which gives someone a unique piece of Scottish glassware along with a taste of whisky.

The set is presented on an oak whisky barrel stave and features a single malt or scotch whisky miniature along with a special mini version of the firm’s award-winning water dropper plus a classic mini Glencairn Glass.

There are six whisky miniatures to choose from, ranging from a 12-year-old Deanston to a Robert Burns Single Malt, and the set comes presented in a beautiful gift box.

For the perfect gift to suit all budgets go to – www.angelsshareglass.com/products/whisky-miniature-mini-dropper-and-glass-set   

  • Whisky Angels

The signature line of whisky angels are a perfect Christmas gift for whisky fans and anyone who loves beautiful hand-made creations.

Each angel is carefully crafted by hand in Scotland and a dram of whisky is expertly captured inside the glass via a secret method.

There are a wide range of angels, which stand around 70mm high, to choose from including Birthstone/Anniversary Angels and the new collection of Clan Angels.

The Copper Heart Angel is always a popular choice for a Christmas gift while the poignant Poppy Scotland Angels include a 50% donation to the charity.

Prices start at £30 and the Angels, which come in an attractive box, can be engraved with a small inscription if required.

Reviews for Whisky Angels bought as Christmas presents include:

“Purchased a beautiful personalised angel as a Christmas gift. It was ready in no time and is absolutely stunning!”

“We gave our son this special angel for Christmas. Not only did he spend time in Scotland but he really enjoys good whisky. He really enjoyed hearing the story of the Angel’s Share and shared the story with his neighbours who also enjoy fine whisky.”

For more details, www.angelsshareglass.com/collections/angels

  • Whisky Water Droppers

The award-winning Whisky Water Droppers come in a variety of designs – all handmade in Scotland.

They allow whisky lovers the chance to add water to their dram with fine control – one drop at a time.

And there’s even a short You Tube video demonstrating exactly how they work.

Clan Bauble Single

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/09/christmas-gifts-for-whisky-lovers-from-angels-share-glass-scotch-whisky-news/

GLENWYVIS COMMUNITY-LED DISTILLERY IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – Scotch Whisky News

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GLENWYVIS COMMUNITY-LED DISTILLERY IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

WELCOMES NEW INVESTORS FOR SECOND SHARE OFFER

The world’s first 100% community-owned whisky distillery, GlenWyvis Distillery, based in Dingwall in the Highlands of Scotland, has launched its second open share offer and is welcoming new investors from around the world, to become involved, as they aim to raise an additional £750,000.

With almost £200,000 raised already, the additional funds are being used to accelerate the new distillery’s brand and visitor centre development, to bring gin distilling to Dingwall and to reduce commercial lending costs.

The distillery, which will be entirely powered by green energy, is currently being built at the Heights of Docharty by Dingwall and is on-schedule to open this November. The stills and mash-tuns are now in place and recruitment underway for the master distiller and visitor centre development officer.

Talking about the second share offer, founder and managing director John McKenzie of GlenWyvis Distillery said: “We are making great progress with the distillery build which can now be seen in its stately position from the town below and right across the glen with a wealth of stunning landscapes all around.

“Our sights are firmly set on the first run of spirit in November this year and our second share offer will ensure we maintain our momentum, as we move into our branding and development phase.”

John added: “We are seeing a great deal of interest from international visitors, as we are sited in the Highlands of Scotland but also on the North Coast 500 route and near to some of the prime “Outlander” locations*. We are also within easy reach of Culloden and many clan sites making it an ideal addition to a visitor’s itinerary.

“By investing in the community share offer, it will make it all the more exciting and interesting for investors to come and see the distillery they have invested in, at first hand and really feel a part of the first ever community-led malt whisky distillery.”

Second Share offer investment

GlenWyvis already has some 2,600 members who invested in the original share offer in 2016 and this new share offer opportunity capitalises on continued interest from locals and visitors alike. The minimum investment is £250 for all investors, and supporters will also be able pay extra to have their name added to the distillery wall or the “path to the stills”.

Simon Walker, Head of Campaigns at www.crowdfunder.co.uk said: “The GlenWyvis Distillery is a truly unique project to create the world’s first 100% community-owned whisky distillery. Following last year’s successful crowdfunding campaign with over £2.6 million raised, we’re delighted that the team has decided to use crowdfunder.co.uk once again for the next phase of funding.

“As a project which gives people a chance to play an active role in this venture, we’re excited to see not only the development of the distillery itself, but how the community continues to work together to make the project a reality. We look forward to raising a glass with John and his team over the next couple of months.”

Full details of the open share offer naming options are available on the GlenWyvis Distillery website at www.glenwyvis.com

Investment can be made online via www.crowdfunder.co.uk or www.glenwyvis.com

Josh Office Manager beside new stills at GlenWyvis Distillery

Josh Office Manager beside new stills at GlenWyvis Distillery

Notes

*North Coast 500 and Outlander interest

Increased tourism interest in the area has come about as a result of the North Coast 500 route taking in Dingwall, where GlenWyvis has set up its new interim visitor centre, GlenWyvis Basecamp. The Dingwall area has also seen an influx of “Outlander” fans as they look for the site of the original “Ferintosh” distillery – which produced the historical whisky of choice of lead character “Jamie”, before moving on to another Outlander location-stop at nearby Castle Leod in Strathpeffer – the inspiration for Castle Leoch in the TV series.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/08/glenwyvis-community-led-distillery-in-the-scottish-highlands-scotch-whisky-news/

Five-star success for Chivas Brothers’ distilleries – Scotch Whisky News

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Five-star success for Chivas Brothers’ distilleries

Scotch whisky and premium gin producer Chivas Brothers is in high spirits after three of its Speyside distilleries were awarded five-star status.

The visitor centres at Aberlour Distillery, Strathisla Distillery and The Glenlivet Distillery have been praised for providing ‘Exceptional Customer Experiences’ during a recent VisitScotland assessment.

The appraisals were carried out as part of VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance Grading Scheme, which is designed to inspire and encourage improvement within the visitor attraction sector by helping participating attractions to achieve their full potential and provide the best possible experience.

Visitor attractions are assessed across a wide range of criteria from the quality of the pre-arrival booking process to staff hospitality and friendliness, experience upon arrival, and catering and retail, with each of Chivas Brothers’ visitor centres scoring above 85 per cent to retain the highest ranking of five stars.

Commenting on the fantastic achievement, Chivas Brothers’ Visitor Centres Manager Caroline Mitchell said: “We are absolutely delighted that three of our Speyside distilleries have once again been awarded five stars for providing outstanding customer experiences.

“The achievement is a huge credit to each of our visitor centre distillery teams at Aberlour, Strathisla and The Glenlivet, which go above and beyond to ensure we maintain our high standards and provide excellent customer service across the board.”

The VisitScotland accreditation bolsters the success of Chivas Brothers’ Aberlour Distillery after Visitor Centre Supervisor Rikki Scott scooped the Whisky Magazine Global Icons of Whisky Award earlier this year.

Glenlivet Royal Opening

Notes:

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky and the No.1 Scotch whisky in China; Ballantine’s, Europe’s No.1 Scotch whisky; The Glenlivet, the single malt whisky that set the standard; and Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky range. The portfolio also includes two of the world’s leading English gins – Beefeater, the world’s most awarded premium gin, and Plymouth gin – plus a selection of highly acclaimed single malt whiskies, including Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa, Strathisla and Tormore. The range is completed by a collection of blended Scotch whiskies operating in many of the world’s key whisky markets which includes 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch.

www.chivasspirit.com

Strathisla Distillery 1 WI

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/08/five-star-success-for-chivas-brothers-distilleries-scotch-whisky-news/

THE ‘KING OF WHISKY’ UNVEILS ULTIMATE CELEBRATION OF THE SPORT OF KINGS – Scotch Whisky News

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THE ‘KING OF WHISKY’ UNVEILS ULTIMATE CELEBRATION OF THE SPORT OF KINGS  

Royal Salute launches limited edition 21 Year Old Polo Edition 

The ‘King of Whisky’, Royal Salute, has unveiled an all-new 21 Year Old Polo Edition with a more delicate-flavoured whisky, designed to be enjoyed during the day and the ideal accompaniment to sophisticated sporting occasions such as polo.

Aptly launched at the Royal Salute Sentebale Polo Cup in Singapore on in June 2017, the new blend has been developed by Royal Salute’s Director of Blending Sandy Hyslop and is endorsed by Royal Salute Polo Ambassador, Malcolm Borwick, as a celebration of the brand’s longstanding affinity with polo and its lifestyle. The whisky is housed in a limited edition box signed by Malcolm, a Royal Salute ambassador of more than six years, and features his widely recognised red helmet.

Brighter in texture and tone with notes of honeydew melon, berry jam and creamy toffee, this new expression has been developed from a combination of fragrant grains and fruity malt whiskies for a smooth and sophisticated blended whisky, perfect for basking in the sunshine and outdoor entertaining.

The new Scotch whisky is housed in Royal Salute’s iconic hand-crafted porcelain flagons with a distinct polo theme, unique to the limited edition expression. It was officially launched to a 300-strong crowd of distinguished guests at the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup earlier this summer, an annual event benefitting the Sentebale charity, which was founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to support vulnerable children and adolescents living in extreme poverty and affected by HIV in southern Africa.

To further the fundraising effort, Royal Salute held an exclusive auction for the very first flagon of Polo Edition – traditionally kept as the treasured possession of the Director of Blending, Sandy Hyslop – wrapped in a bespoke piece of artwork. Hand-illustrated by British artist Natalie Reid, the artwork celebrated the emotional milestones and transformative initiatives achieved through the work of the charity. Bidding was officially opened at the Sentebale Polo Cup, where guests of Royal Salute were treated to a preview of the exclusive flagon, before online bids were welcomed from those not in attendance at the prestigious event.

Royal Salute Polo Ambassador, Malcolm Borwick commented: “I’m really excited about the Royal Salute 21 Year Old Polo Edition; it’s unlike anything we’ve seen from a Scotch whisky with its lighter and more delicate taste and it makes for the perfect daytime drink. Royal Salute has a longstanding relationship with polo, sponsoring more than 15 international tournaments around the world so it was fitting to unveil this exquisite new expression at the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, arguably the highlight of our polo calendar.”

Royal Salute Brand Director, Peter Moore, added: ‘‘Polo is a noble game of honour, skill, integrity and respect – all values inherent in Royal Salute. We wanted to continue to celebrate the iconic pairing of our ‘King of Whisky’ with the ‘Sport of Kings’, and this new Polo Edition does just that in a more

delicate tasting blend ideal for outdoor, daytime enjoyment. We’re thrilled to bring it to whisky aficionados around the world.”

In celebration of the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, the Royal Salute 21 Year Old Polo Edition is exclusively available in Singapore Duty Free throughout June. It will be available globally from September for an RRP of USD $140.

For more information about Royal Salute, visit www.royalsalute.com.

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Notes:

The Royal Salute 21 Year Old Polo Edition Signature Serve

Introducing the Royal Salute Polo Spritz

A refreshing champagne whisky cocktail, the Royal Salute Polo Spritz is perfect for those long, summer days. Here’s how to create it:

  • 1cl of chilled Spritz Syrup
  • 2.5cl of Royal Salute 21 Year Old Polo Edition
  • Top with 12cl of champagne
  • Express an orange zest on top
  • Add to the glass and stir 

About Royal Salute

Royal Salute is a careful blend of malt and grain whiskies – with its youngest blend matured for a minimum of 21 years. Created to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and the 21 gun salute that honoured her, the brand is steeped in tradition and proud of its royal lineage, but is firmly engaged in the modern world by constantly pushing the art of blending into new, creative and ambitious forms. Royal Salute is deeply involved in polo – the world’s oldest surviving team sport and a game that’s expanding in the modern era. The brand sponsors more than 15 international tournaments from the UK and the USA through Argentina and China to Korea.

www.royalsalute.com

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky and the No.1 Scotch whisky in China; Ballantine’s, Europe’s No.1 Scotch whisky; The Glenlivet, the world’s No.1 single malt whisky; and Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky range. The portfolio also includes two of the world’s leading English gins – Beefeater, the world’s most awarded premium gin, and Plymouth gin – plus a selection of highly acclaimed single malt whiskies, including Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa, Strathisla and Tormore. The range is completed by a collection of blended Scotch whiskies operating in many of the world’s key whisky markets which includes 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch.

www.chivasspirit.com

@ChivasNewsRoom

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 8,682 million in FY16. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and VinSprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin and Malibu, Mumm and Perrier- Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of 18,500 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 85 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics.

Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

About Sentebale

Sentebale is a charity co-founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006. The charity aims to rewrite the future for the impoverished population of Lesotho, a small, landlocked country in southern Africa, providing the thousands of children and young people affected by HIV/AIDS with vital access to care, education and critically psychosocial support.

In 2015, Sentebale announced plans to expand into several southern Africa countries by 2020, delivering psychosocial support to 10 to 19 year olds who were struggling to come to terms with living with HIV. In December 2016, Sentebale launched the first weeks of camp in Botswana, providing psychosocial support to 150 young people. Additionally, during the financial year ending on 31st August 2016, the charity in partnership with the Ministry of Health delivered adolescent-friendly HIV testing and counselling services to over 16,500 people. That year, Sentebale more than doubled the number of children and adolescents attending residential camp at the newly opened ’Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho to over 1,000 children and increased the number of children attending Saturday clubs by 18%.

Despite Sentebale’s progress to date, there remain many more adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa unaware of their HIV status and afraid to get tested. In line with UNAIDS Fast-track targets, Sentebale’s new Let Youth Lead advocacy programme aims to encourage all youth in sub-Saharan Africa to know and manage their HIV status by 2020. Through youth-led campaigning and advocacy, the ambition is to allow the voices of youth affected by HIV and AIDS to be heard and to change adult attitudes to these young people. The programme will also address the lack of youth-friendly health services and sexual reproductive health taught in schools, and will aim to strengthen leaders’ commitment to help young people affected by HIV/AIDS.

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Ncn’ean Distillery Visit & Oban: West Coast Whisky Feis by Paul Mclean- Scotch Whisky News

As a part of our Oban whisky weekend, we included a visit to the new Drimnin Distillery; Scotland’s ‘first’ 100% organic single malt Scotch whisky distillery has opened on a remote farm estate in the Highlands.

Reay here at the condensers at Drimnin distillery

Reay at the condensers at Ncn’ean Distillery

Ncn’ean distillery    

Ncn’ean distillery (pronounced Nook-knee-anne), aim to produce a ‘young, light’ style of spirit. Ncn’ean began producing spirit in March this year. Its name is an abbreviation of Neachneohain, a witch-queen in Scots Gaelic folklore who was also referred to as ‘Queen of the Spirits’. It is to be found on the remote, historic Drimnin Estate, – formerly known under its working title of Drimnin distillery – it will produce just under 100,000 litres of pure alcohol each year. Sourcing only organic barley and local spring water to make its single malt spirit. It is also one of the greenest distilleries in the country, sourcing all its energy from renewable sources and recycling by-products from the process as cattle feed on the estate’s farm. The style of single malt whisky produced at Ncn’ean will be light and fruity, with maturation in ex-Bourbon and red wine casks. Some experimentation will also take place using alternative yeast strains and temperature regulators in its on-site dunnage warehouses – methods developed for the distillery in collaboration with the late whisky consultant Dr Jim Swan.

The distillery is the brainchild of Annabel Thomas, whose parents Derek and Louise Lewis bought Drimnin Estate in 2002. Thomas, a former strategy consultant in the City of London, was considering her future over a cocktail in 2012 when the idea to build Ncn’ean at her family’s estate came to her. Ncn’ean has employed a team of three distillers, lead by distillery manager Gordon Wood, formerly at nearby Oban distillery. Joining him are distillers Lorna Davidson and Reay Whyte. Dr Swan had acted as consultant master distiller on the project before his death in March this year. ‘Jim came to Ncn’ean two weeks before he died, and we’d gone through the whole recipe together,’ Thomas said. ‘He was due to come back the week we filled our first barrel, but he never made it.’ Dr Swan worked with Thomas and the Ncn’ean team, which includes managing director Benet Slay, formerly head of Carlsberg UK, to design the distillery and its spirit. Ncn’ean expects to release its first single malt whisky in 2020, when the spirit is three years old. In the meantime.

the view to Mull from the Drimnin still room

I drove there this time (not again folks!) fae Oban where we were staying, a 3 hour plus drive through beautiful scenery, single track roads and a ferry all the way to Lochaline, from here, a dusty track of 10 miles – the longest ten miles of my life. I arrived early – I usually do – to be greeted warmly by Riona Whyte, wife of Reay, and local girl (Mull). Sit doon, sit doon, do you want tea or coffee? A superb tea came along with a whisky cake – the best “drivers share” I have ever had. A quick chat, questions and answers, all given right away, these guys know exactly what they are doing here. The tour; get this folks, the stills were made by Speyside Cooperage!!! Aye. The washbacks are insulated, mash tun uses 3 waters at different temperatures with 1 hour between, with 2 sets of condensers, larger than normal. A great all round the shop tour, fantastic to be there on my own with nae time limit. We dondered back to the start where I was given a drivers cocktail, nae alcohol, which was beautiful by the way. Can I thank Riona for her time and chat, grand stuff. Also, I would suggest not arriving by car, rather, do it by boat – now there is another story, briefly; we will be offering a whisky distillery tour by boat next year – details soon on our website www.whiskytours.scot.

Review by Paul McLean; www.mcleanscotland.com www.whiskytours.scot

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Andy Liz and Paul at Oban whisky fest 2017

Andy, Liz Paul at Oban Whisky Fest 2017

Oban: West Coast Whisky Feis

Where? My hometown, Oban, gateway to the isles and the capital of seafood in Scotland.  It’s only a few hundred yards from Oban Distillery, where you are surrounded by great pubs, food outlets, shops . Just over the water on Mull is another distillery; Tobermory, with an excellent pub within spittin’ distance, owned by a pal of ours, Macgochans Bar. When? From 12pm – 6pm, at Oban’s Skipinnish Cèilidh House.  What?  West Coast Whisky Feis, the brainchild of local drinks retailer Euan, Oban Whisky and Fine Wines, good pals of ours by the way (I think everyone in the drinks industry are friends!).  Skipinnish Ceilidh House will host a range of exhibits from west coast distilleries and food stalls highlighting local producers. Euan Finlayson, owner of Oban Whisky and Fine Wines, said, “We wanted to create an event that showing off the incredible whiskies that the west coast has to offer. Ticket holders received a dram glass and will be able to take samples from all of the exhibitors. There will also be a nosing competition where attendees can attempt to identify various whiskies by smell alone, with a bottle of single malt whisky up for grabs. Samples are included in the event ticket price and master classes are available for an additional fee. Tickets were £30, incredible value considering the amount of drams available.

Ah, nothing like going home, especially when there is a whisky fest on in town! That’s exactly what I did, with partner in crime Liz. Being born some twenty odd years ago (quiet Liz) just doon the road in Connel, I love any time I go back home, on tour with guests, with Liz or on my own. This time, Liz and myself went there for a special reason, friends of ours, Whisky Fix – a company specialising in Single Malt Scotch Whisky. THURSDAY a good start, I love the direction we are away to – west coast, and to be sure Drimnin. Why? To check out a new distillery. But not only that, but a wee bit of my clan history to boot. St. Columba’s Chapel. The Chapel and Drimnin Castle. The Maclean clan maintained control over the Sound of Mull and its adjacent lands through strategically located castles stretching from Mingary on Ardnamurchan to Duart on Mull. Drimnin Distillery – now that is another blog …

one of our favourites tables thanks danielle for the drams

Was it worth going? Just try and stop us next year! It was better than good, as a first Oban whisky fest it was a resounding success, more people than we expected, both sides of the tables! Lots of excellent drams on offer, we did our best to try as many as possible, just for our education you understand. We arrived 12 noon and left just around 6pm. It was that good. Lots of people there we knew from distilleries and bottlers, great food (free) on offer also, the smoked salmon was excellent. We took lots of photos, too many for a blog so catch them on facebook – link from the website.

2018 fest. Gather your strength and gather your pennies … there will be another superb whisky festival in Oban in July next year, we will be there and it would nice to see as many friends as possible.  We will be offering tours around the fest, standard tour – accommodation, ticket etc, then a very special tour, a distillery tour BY BOAT to three west coast distilleries, fest ticket, accommodation and transport from Glasgow – this also includes 3 other distillery visits, a whisky dinner and tasting, all to be online soon. If you can’t wait for news, email us at info@whiskytours.scot

Review Paul McLean www.mcleanscotland.com www.whiskytours.scot

best dram of the day maybe at Oban whisky fest 2017

Best dram of the Day!

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/08/ncnean-distillery-visit-oban-west-coast-whisky-feis-by-paul-mclean-scotch-whisky-news/

RAFA CABRERA-BELLO TOASTS TO VICTORY AT THE BALLANTINE’S SPONSORED ABERDEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT SCOTTISH OPEN 2017 – Scotch Whisky News

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RAFA CABRERA-BELLO TOASTS TO VICTORY AT THE BALLANTINE’S SPONSORED ABERDEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT SCOTTISH OPEN 2017 

Ballantine’s celebrates 10 years as the official Scotch whisky sponsor

July 2017, Ayrshire – Spanish player, Rafa Cabrera-Bello completed an unforgettable four days today by winning the Aberdeen Asset Management (AAM) Scottish Open after a thrilling play-off against Englishman Callum Shinkwin. Sponsored by Ballantine’s Scotch whisky, the event is one of the European Tour’s flagship tournaments and precedes the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Golf Club.

Cabrera-Bello was crowned champion of Scotland’s national open after an excellent week of highly competitive golf in challenging and testing conditions. The final day started with some of the world’s most popular golfers in contention. European Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter and Matt Kuchar from America were among those poised to make a challenge on the Dundonald Links on Scotland’s Ayrshire coast.

The Spaniard won his third European Tour victory with a birdie at the first extra hole after hitting a brilliant approach shot into the par-five 18th from 275 yards.

Ballantine’s is the No.1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the No. 2 Scotch whisky in the world. Its association with golf started in 1960 when the first Ballantine’s tournament took place at Wentworth Club and it has been a proud official sponsor of the Scottish Open for the past decade.

Peter Moore, Global Brand Director of Ballantine’s Prestige commented: “We are very proud that Ballantine’s is yet again a part of the prestigious Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open for the 10th year running. This year, the standard was higher than ever, with the tournament bringing together world-class players for an absolutely wonderful week of golf. We congratulate Rafa Cabrera-Bello on his fantastic win at this legendary tournament and hope that he has a chance to enjoy his Ballantine’s 30 Year Old when he returns home.”

Ballantine’s presence at this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open included: on-course signage and player awards, including a bottle of Ballantine’s 17 Year Old for a birdie on the 17th hole, a bottle of Ballantine’s 21 Year Old for the lowest round of each day, and a bottle of Ballantine’s 30 Year Old for the winner.

About Ballantine’s

Ballantine’s is the No.1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the No.2 Scotch whisky in the world with the range selling over 70 million bottles a year worldwide. Ballantine’s has won more than 130 trophies and medals at international competitions in the past ten years for its outstanding quality, as a result of its unique richness of character and perfect balance. The range, from Ballantine’s Finest to the exclusive 40 Year Old, is the most extensive in the world of Scotch and is maintained by Master Blender Sandy Hyslop, continuing the brand’s tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827. In 2013, Ballantine’s continued its innovative approach by launching Ballantine’s Brasil, a spirit drink made from selectively cask steeping Scotch whisky with Brazilian lime peel.

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About Ballantine’s in Golf:

Ballantine’s has a rich history in golf dating back to 1960 when the first Ballantine’s sponsored golf tournament was played at Wentworth Club in England. Ballantine’s founded the Ballantine’s Championship in 2008, remaining title sponsor of the tournament until 2013. Ballantine’s has also been a sponsor of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open since 2007. 

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky and the No.1 Scotch whisky in China; Ballantine’s, Europe’s No.1 Scotch whisky; The Glenlivet, the world’s No.1 single malt whisky; and Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky range. The portfolio also includes two of the world’s leading English gins – Beefeater, the world’s most awarded premium gin, and Plymouth gin – plus a selection of highly acclaimed single malt whiskies, including Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa, Strathisla and Tormore. The range is completed by a collection of blended Scotch whiskies operating in many of the world’s key whisky markets which includes 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch.

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About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 8,558 million in 2014/15. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and VinSprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Kahlúa and Malibu liqueurs, Mumm and Perrier- Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, Graffigna and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,000 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 85 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics. Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/07/rafa-cabrera-bello-toasts-to-victory-at-the-ballantines-sponsored-aberdeen-asset-management-scottish-open-2017-scotch-whisky-news/

MACLEANSCOTLAND “A short tour that included a few drams … many drams actually.” – Whisky News

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A short tour that included a few drams … many drams actually.

A whisky blog by Paul McLean for Whisky Intelligence.

We had four lovely guests on tour with us, having just ended an exhausting golf tour, they were in the mood for something different. From St Andrews we drove through wonderful countryside to Fort William – en route we stopped by Glencoe, dondering into the wilds and the Clachaig pub, a place deep in the heart of Paul (McLean), the sign on the entrance, nae hawkers or Campbells!!! A good start, do not start me on the Maclean – Campbell fued. Lunch taken here in a great beer/whisky bar. Back to Glencoe and a stop for the story, and a dram, of course! Edradour Tuscan wine finish – excellent, 61% and very moreish. Staying in Fort William overnight.

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Day two saw us depart for Glenfinnan and the ferry to Skye. Our guests continued with the Edradour, arriving in Portree mid afternoon, ate at the Isles pub, then took off to visit the Old Man of Storr. With dark clouds coming our way, we retreated back to the bridge, stopped by Eilean Donan castle and headed back towards FT Willy another route. On this stretch of the tour we stopped for a Mortlach – a Gordon MacPhail exclusive we had been saving, 27 yo and dark as those clouds following us, a superb dram. One past guests the Di Marco’s fae New York will vouch for. This was a tour stopper, so good, so good and being the driver, not so good. Back at FT Willy they enjoyed great food and a restful evening.

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Day three started very sunny, we drove west to Oban for the Mull ferry. Calling in at the Craignure Inn for lunch and drinkies, followed by a wee drive to my castle, Duart. I introduced my guests to the Chief of Clan Maclean, enjoyed the castle, the pipe band and dancers, a good day so far. We had ran oot of time to visit Tobermory, no matter, at the ferry for Lochaline, we had a half hour wait, so out came a Balvenie, double cask 12yo. Three different drams, each with their own nose/taste, all enjoyed. Grand drams with grand scenery, a final night in William.

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Day four and an early start driving via Glen Roy Glen Spean etc to dalwhinnie, aye we stopped here, no for a tour but for drams and chocolates. As photos show, we had approx. 15 different drams spread out amongst our guests, did they enjoy these? Possibly, it was hard to get answers through the big grins, I reckon they all went doon well. Just under an hour and we pulled into Andrew’s place, Edradour. A tour here with a few drams, I chatted to Andrew almost an hour before we saw our guests again. While talking, we came across a Mortlach 25 yo, I wanted one, Andrew is holding git for me. I do like the Mortlach. Lunch and shopping followed, I called into Robertsons whisky store for a chat with Ewan, so should you by the way. The day/tour ended at the hotel near Edinburgh airport.

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Not supposed to be a whisky tour, this ended up that way! My fault perhaps, but we did see lots of fantastic Scottish countryside, met locals, clan chief, pipers and enjoyed the company throughout.

www.robertsonsofpitlochry.co.uk
McLeanScotland; www.whiskytours.scot
Edradour; www.edradour.com
Dalwhinnie; www.discovering-distilleries.com/dalwhinnie/
Balvenie; www.thebalvenie.com
GM; www.gordonandmacphail.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/07/macleanscotland-a-short-tour-that-included-a-few-drams-many-drams-actually-whisky-news/