Ginger Grouse has today announced its exciting new partnership with Tough Mudder as The Official Pint Partner of Tough Mudder UK. Ginger Grouse is excited to be part of all seven events across the UK, providing the ultimate reward to Mudders as they cross the finish line, as well as to be part of the journey with an obstacle of its own. 

With seven UK events stretching from April to October, involving over 130,000 participants, Ginger Grouse will be there to welcome ‘Mudders’ over the finish line and reward them with a refreshing Ginger Grouse. 

As the ultimate adventure with friends, challenging teams to conquer a gauntlet of exhilarating, yet testing obstacles through grit, determination and camaraderie, Ginger Grouse will also be at the heart of the Mudder season with a signature obstacle at each event – the ‘Arctic  Enema’ – arguably the most ‘refreshing’ of them all, yet very fitting as competitors are submerged in ice. 

In addition to playing host to supporters and rewarding competitors at the finishing line of each event, Ginger Grouse will take over the main bar providing a party like atmosphere for Mudders and spectators to enjoy following their endurance challenge. 

Peter Sandstrom, Marketing Director, Ginger Grouse commented: “We are very excited to sign this new deal as The Official Pint Partner of Tough Mudder UK.  Tough Mudder is set around core values both on the course and in everyday life, inspiring competitors to push the boundaries as the ultimate adventure with friends and having fun along the way – Ginger Grouse shares the same spirit of adventure.” 

The announcement marks an inaugural year for Ginger Grouse, a premium alcoholic ginger beer (4% ABV), following its successful national debut in April 2013. Already well known for its support of rugby in Scotland, as the Official Spirit of Scottish Rugby, Ginger Grouse has become synonymous with adventure, forging a loyal fan-base all over the UK, with Tough Mudder offering a new type of  adventure with friends. 

Currently available in the UK in all major supermarkets including, Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores; as well as independent retailers across the UK.  RRP £2.25 Consumers will also find Ginger Grouse widely available in bars across the UK. 

Please enjoy our whisky responsibly   


About Ginger Grouse:

  • A premium alcoholic ginger beer, featuring a splash of The Famous Grouse whisky, ABV 4.0%
  • Distinct point of difference, with the alcohol content derived from spirit as opposed to made wine or fruit base.
  • RRP £2.25 per 500ml bottle
  • Available in 500ml bottles as well as on draught and PET in selected outlets
  • Currently available in over 4000 on-trade outlets and 7,000 off-trade outlets across the UK including  Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores; and independent retailers and symbol group wholesalers across Scotland 

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About The Famous Grouse (

  • The Famous Grouse is the no. 1 whisky in the UK for both the on and off trade.
  • The Famous Grouse has been the best selling whisky in Scotland since 1980.
  • The Famous Grouse is exported to over 100 countries.
  • Created in 1896 by founder Matthew Gloag, it was originally called The Grouse Brand.
  • The brand became so popular that on August 12th 1905 it was renamed The Famous Grouse.
  • The Famous Grouse Experience is located at Scotland’s oldest working distillery – Glenturret. Originally established as a single malt distillery in 1775, today The Famous Grouse Experience is the most visited distillery in Scotland.(

About Maxxium UK

  • Maxxium is the distributor of The Famous Grouse and the Ginger Grouse in the UK.
  • The Famous Grouse portfolio includes: The Famous Grouse, The Black Grouse, The Naked Grouse and the Ginger Grouse.
  • Maxxium UK Ltd is part of the global sales and distribution alliance between Beam Inc and The Edrington Group.
  • Its UK portfolio of premium brands includes: blended Scotch (The Famous Grouse, Teacher’s and Cutty Sark), malt whisky (Highland Park, Laphroaig, The Macallan, The Glenrothes and Ardmore), imported whiskey (Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek, Canadian Club, Red Stag), cognac and brandy (Courvoisier and Fundador), sherry (Harveys), vodka (Stolichnaya), tequila (Sauza), rum (Brugal and Cruzan), liqueurs and specialities (Sourz, Bols liqueurs, Galliano, Vaccari, After Shock) 

About Tough Mudder: 

Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile (18-20 km) obstacle course challenges designed to test your all-around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. With the most innovative obstacles and over one million participants globally to date, Tough Mudder is the premier obstacle course series in the world. 

Ginger Grouse will support the following UK events: 

London West 26/27.04.14 Culden Faw Estate, Henley

Scotland 14/15.06.14 Dalkeith Country Estate, Edinburgh

Midlands 12/13.07.14 Boughton Estate, Kettering

Yorkshire 02/03.08.14 Broughton Hall, Skipton

South West 16/17.08.14 Cirencester Park, Cirencester

North West 13/14.09.14 Cholmondeley Estate, Cheshire

London South 25/26.10.14 Matterley Bowl, Winchester 

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Balmenach 1979 (Sansibar)

Another rare oldie brought to us by Sansibar. There seem to be different strengths and bottle amounts on the internet for this Balmenach 1979. I can only tell you what’s on the label.


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Nose: dry and herbal, with lots of forest associations. Dried flowers, moss and leafy notes. A proud nose but a little unsexy, although there’s a subtle fruity side of yellow apple and overripe banana. A little chalk, as well as milky cereals. Last but not least: a nice, dry layer of 35 years old dust. Mouth: thick and sweet, slightly milky / creamy again. The grassy notes are back, some grapefruit skin, apples… Dried coconut flakes. A good deal of old oak, with pepper and nutmeg coming along. A very subtle hint of sweet coffee. I’m missing a bit of fruits here, but they do get stronger when you add a bit of water. Finish: long, oaky, zesty, grassy and spicy. You can’t blame this one a lack of punch.

I really like the old-style charm on the nose, but on the palate it does start to show its lengthy time in wood. Slightly shy on the fruits. Around € 210.

Score: 88/100

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The Glenlivet Gallow Hill Single Cask Whisky Shop Exclusive Now Available To Order! – Scotch Whisky News


The Glenlivet Gallow Hill Single Cask Whisky Shop exclusive is now available to order! We are still running with free delivery on all orders over £60 delivered to UK addresses!

The Whisky Shop is proud to present another exciting exclusive distillery bottling. Limited to less than 300 bottles this expression is one of the most limited releases ever to come out of Glenlivet. We expect demand to be high and all orders will be processed on a first come first served basis.

The Glenlivet Gallow Hill 16 year old Single Cask tasting notes:

Nose: Bursting with concentrated fruit flavours. Sweet clementine orange and fruity pear complemented perfectly with a sensation of toasted almonds and moist gingerbread.

Taste: Coats the mouth with wonderful sweet orange flavours intermingled with rich milk chocolate and a hint of sweet treacle toffee.

Finish: Long and refreshing.

Bottled at a natural cask strength of 51.8% volume


With spectacular views across Glenlivet, Gallow Hill slopes gently above the distillery. The rugged and remote landscape has hardly changed since George Smith, The Glenlivet founder, first started distilling his whisky all those years ago.

Pre Order today to secure your bottle. Stock arriving on 1st May – £235

Simply Click here to buy

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1988 Littlemill 25 Year Old K&L “Exclusive Malts” – Scotch Whisky News


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  • 1988 Littlemill 25 Year Old K ;L “Exclusive Malts” Single Barrel Cask Strength Lowland Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($139.99)
    In the pantheon of closed distilleries, Littlemill definitely falls short of top-tier status. Collectors see names like Port Ellen or Brora and they get excited, even reverent about the possiblity of tasting Scotch whisky royalty. Littlemill, however, has never seen its reputation balloon in the new age of romanticism. It’s maintained a more working class status, while other lost distillery bottles continue to double and triple in price. This is fitting, however, when you visit the site where the distillery once stood. The hamlet of Bowling, where Littlemill once operated, has built affordable housing on the ghostly grounds. A bit of ruins still remain, but there’s nothing left to let you know of their importance other than a street sign that reads “Littlemill Place.” You would drive right by it without noticing if you weren’t looking for it, which is exactly the case with this 25 year old cask of Littlemill whisky. If you weren’t lo oking for delicacy and subtle nuance, you could drink this single malt down quickly and think it was cask strength Jameson. But the drinker who appreciates the pure malt flavors on the palate, the little hint of vanilla on the back, and the burst of richness that tickles the finish, will understand its merit. Littlemill will never be recognized like Port Ellen because its flavors and attributes aren’t obvious. This cask is a last gasp at greatness from a name soon to be forgotten; a good-bye gift to whisky lovers who long for the past.



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The Whisky Lounge “London Whisky Weekend is Here!” – Whisky News

If you’re not based in London we have plenty more to tell you about soon, but you should consider making the trip as this is going to be goooooood!


– An incredible celebration of whisky from all over the world in a sprawling and vibrant venue
– 4 sessions to choose from
– Over 120 whiskies on tasting in the main space
– Pickle Backs, a special whisky stout, BBQ and live music in the Pickle Factory
– Pre-war whisky tastings special classes from the likes of Laphroaig and Talisker, all on the Blitz Terrace – overlooking one of the last blitz-sites in London
– Cocktails by specialists Lounge Bohemia and the Scotch Malt Whisky Society ‘Spirits Library’
– Our famous Jam Dram session of blending and live music on the Sunday (along with our normal tasting session)

Our Early-Bird special of 2 tickets for £50 (2 for £40 Sunday) has to finish this Sunday, 13th April – after this tickets will go to their full price. They will be £35 per person for the Friday and Saturday sessions and £25 for the Sunday session.

So you may want to get booking now in order to save yourself some serious cash!

Click here for the Friday session, click here for Saturday Early Session, here for Saturday Late Session and here for Sunday Jam Dram.

We hope to see you there! 


Eddie, Amanda and Joe
The Whisky Lounge Team

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Stagg Jr.

Stagg Jr. was the highly anticipated younger version of Buffalo Trace’s power bourbon George T. Stagg. Its age is still above average though, and they share the same recipe and strength, so ‘Junior’ may have an adverse effect of making it seem more approachable.

This American bourbon has no age statement, although the label says it was aged for nearly a decade. We’ve heard it’s slightly over 8 years old. Contrary to the yearly senior version, Stagg Jr. will have three to four batches a year.



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Nose: I believe my nostrils are gone. A very fierce ethanol kick. After some settling down, indeed quite similar to a senior George T. Stagg. Very rich, with lots of dry, oaky notes and rye spices like pepper and clove. Wood varnish. Toffee and honey sweetness as well. Chocolate. A lot of vanilla notes as well, if you let it breathe. Mouth: a nice combination of honey and bags of mint. Then some cinnamon bark and really dry wood. Quite hefty, alcoholic and tannic. A few drops of water make it slightly citrusy but the powdery dryness becomes even louder – I find it difficult to get a good balance with drinkability. Finish: long, dry with burnt notes and vanilla.

Good, but it goes downhill. The nose is rich and complex, but the palate is a slightly harsh oak infusion with a surprising thinness if you think away the alcohol. Around $ 50 in the US, or around € 90 if you find a bottle on this side of the ocean.

Score: 82/100

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Gin: Colombian Rum Aged Gin

Whiskybieren met MM

EventsGeplaatst door Mark Dermul wo, maart 26, 2014 20:02:34

Ik beken, ik ben geen bierdrinker. Sommigen zullen dat misschien vreemd vinden, maar het is niet anders. Ik durf echter wel al eens te proeven van een degustatiebier. Dat is toch van een heel ander kaliber. Denken we maar aan de tasting die ik enkele weken geleden ‘overleefde’ in het hoofdkwartier van The Bonding Dram.

Mijn goede vriend Marc had het verslag gelezen, is zelf geen onvervaard bierproever en vond de tijd rijp om mij enkele whiskybieren te laten proeven (de uitnodiging dateerde overigens al van oktober vorig jaar, maar een geschikte datum prikken was niet makkelijk – bedankt voor je geduld, Marc!) Tja, op zo’n uitnodiging ga ik graag in. En dus zakte ik, met Dearly Beloved als co-piloot (en piloot op de terugweg) af naar Grimbergen voor een namiddagje whiskybieren met Marc Mark.

We staken van wal met twee Imperial Stouts – genaamd ‘Paradox’ – zo donker als motorolie met amper een kraag, van de Schotse ‘Rock Roll-brouwerij’ Brew Dog. De eerste was gerijpt op vaten van de Isle of Arran distilleerderij en offreerde op de neus flink wat karamel en chocolade, terwijl hij op smaak droog fruit met een verrassend zilt randje gaf. De finish leunde dicht aan bij pure kandijsiroop, zoals je die op je pannenkoeken smeert.

De tweede kwam uit dezelfde stal (gebotteld op hetzelfde percentage van 15%), maar was gerijpt op vaten van de Isle of Jura distilleerderij. Hoewel de neus gesloten bleef en dus minder zoet, maar eerder aards rook (turf, maar ook koude koffie), vond ik deze op smaak wel het lekkerst. Hij was olieachtig op peperkoek met een licht bittertje in de afdronk.

Wist je trouwens dat die kleine bierproefglaasjes galopin worden genoemd? Ik wist dat ook niet, dus geen zorgen. Tijd om toch even het palate wat rust te gunnen door een lichter biertje te proeven en een hapje te eten. Dat lichter biertje vertaalde zich in een Belgian blond ale op 12% van de brouwerij Hof Van Dormaal. Hun Brew No 8 rijpte op barrels van Port Charlotte, wat je op de zoete, frisse neus met geel fruit (abrikozen en citrus) niet meteen zou zeggen. Maar als je hem aan de lippen zet wordt het wel zeer duidelijk. Het fruit is nog te proeven, maar wordt toch overstemd door natte aarde, plasticine en vingerverf. Gelukkig blijft dit ‘pintje’ fris genoeg om toch aangenaam te zijn.

Van de Nederlandse brouwerij De Molen had ik al een paar dingen geproefd, waaronder deze Rasputin (11,4%), die rijpte op Buffalo Trace vaten. Ik vond hem betrekkelijk umami op de neus, een tikkeltje vlezig als van een BBQ met een zoete twist. Op smaak gaf hij een licht zuurtje en bleef hij fris. Het is dan ook geen Imperial Stout, maar eerder stout-ish. In de middellange afdronk keert vooral het zoetje weer.

Van dezelfde brouwerij kwam een Hel Verdoemenis op tafel, deze keer gerijpt op vaten van Bunnahabhain (11%). Hoewel de neus gesloten was, kreeg ik vooral houtskool, sigaar en turf, op smaak vertaalde zich dat naar koffiegruis, origine chocolade en aarde. Op de lange afdronk kreeg ik woodsmoke, geroosterde koffiebonen en een tikkeltje drop. Het was mijn favoriet van de proeverij.

In Baarle-Hertog, op de grens met de noorderburen, vind je de brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar, die zich ook specialiseert in degustatiebieren. Of wat te denken van hun Embrasse, een Belgische ale op 9%. Zoet op donker fruit met een new make element dat me echt aanstaat, maar ook een tikkeltje turf. Op smaak is hij zoet en licht stroperig met een nog streepje eik en wat zoethout in de korte afdronk. Aanrader!

Voor het laatste biertje dacht mijn disgenoot me in de maling te nemen, maar dat was buiten de Toshan Man gerekend. Hij serveerde namelijk de Fraoch Heather Ale Vintage Cask Collaboration 22, waarvan u hier de tasting notes kan vinden. Dit biertje rijpte na op ex-sherry casks van de Auchentoshan distilleerderij en is dus spek voor mijn bek. Niet zo makkelijk te krijgen, hoewel Marc zich sterk maakt dat hij een adresje weet. Het zou mij dan ook zeer plezieren mocht hij me 6 of 12 flessen kunnen bezorgen (go, Marc, go!).

Ondertussen was mijn palate wel flink verzadigd (en mijn zicht niet meer 20-20), maar mijn gastheer wilde me toch nog een drammetje presenteren. Nou, als het whisky is, dan kan ik niet weigeren. Het eerste glas offreerde een neus vol wit, geel en steenfruit, noten en nougat. Op smaak keert dat fruit terug, met een ondertoontje van turf wat eindigde in een lange, gepeperde afdronk. Het bleek om een blend te gaan die Marc zelf had samengesteld op (van mijn goede vriend Andrew Nicholson, waar ik vorige maand nog mee in de lappenmand hing in Glasgow). Marc doopte zijn creatie Mad Men’s Delight, een knipoog naar de gelijknamige tv-reeks. Ik vond het blendje meer dan behoorlijk, hoor. Knap gedaan!

Nog eentje op het af te leren. En hoewel ik deze ook al geproefd had (tasting notes volgen binnenkort), herkende ik hem deze keer niet. Hoe kan het ook anders na al dit lekkere geweld. Laat ik kort maar krachtig zeggen dat het een zoete maar krachtige Auchentoshan 11 Year Old 2001 Hepburn’s Choice betrof die mij echt kan bekoren. Ik zal hierover uitgebreid rapporteren bij een volgende gelegenheid.

En zo sloten we deze zeer leuke whiskybierenproeverij af in schoonheid. Mijn dank gaat uiteraard uit naar Marc die me kennis liet maken met enkele heerlijke bieren en Pascale voor de leuke hapjes alsook het goede gezelschap (mijn vrouw heeft genoten van jullie babbel).

Maar ik dank ook mijn wederhelft die me veilig terug naar huis bracht (van de rit herinner ik me vaag dat ik wakker werd voor de deur, naar binnen strompelde en op de zetel mijn dutje verder zette). Meer moet dat niet zijn!

May the Malt be with you!

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“Wind Down With Wine-finished Whiskies” Dinner with the Companions of the Quaich Monday April 14th, 2014 – Scotch Whsiky News


Find out what wine and whisky can do for each other

April 14, 2014, Sidney Pier Hotel, 7:00 PM

“Wind Down With Wine-finished Whiskies”
A little bord-eaux-d with your whiskies? Why not explore a new terroir? Whisky distilleries are starting to stretch their legs and experimenting with what our favorite grape-blessed barrels can do. The whiskies are definitely rising to the occasion! Join us to nose and taste the results of this exciting blend of industries. This event will be led by an aficionado of fine wines and whiskies.

3 course dinner, 4 whiskies

Members $60 – Guests $70 – Designated Drivers (Dinner only) $50

Please RSVP by email
Payment prior to the event can be made by mailing a cheque payable to:

Sidney Peninsula Companions of the Quaich
502-5350 Sayward Hill Crescent, Victoria, B.C. V8Y 3H9

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Glenglassaugh Releases First Batch of Single Cask Bottlings – Scotch Whisky News

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Glenglassaugh releases first batch of single cask bottlings

GLENGLASSAUGH has released its first batch of single cask bottlings. 

Revived from the dark and hand-selected by Managing Director and Master Distiller Billy Walker, there are eight phenomenal malts in Batch 1 which range from 45 to 28 years. 

All are crisp, fresh, sweet Highland malts that hit the palate with the power of complex fruit bombs – from apples, bananas, pineapples, grapefruit, prunes and plums to lime, cantaloupe melon and caramelised orange! 

The oldest, cask # 1601, 45 years old, was distilled in May 1968. Bottled at 44.3% vol, this autumn gold veteran is long and luxurious. On the nose, heady red candy apples balance with delicate spiced orange softening to distant pineapple juice. And on the palate, crisp oak spices soften to reveal elegant waves of fresh green apple and wisps of ripe banana. Delicate hints of passion fruit, cedar wood and lime zest bring a fantastic depth to the long finish. 

As a contrast, the youngest in the batch is a 28 year old distilled in February 1986.

This rich amber beauty, cask # 2101, was bottled at 43.7% vol. On the nose, gentle heather honey holds warm cigar box spices. Crisp, freshly-ground barley surrounds soaked raisins and sultanas. And on the palate, a toasted white oak spice runs through Demerara caramelised orchard fruits which mellow to dried apricot and hints of vanilla in the long subtle finish. 

Sales Director Alistair Walker said: “We took over Glenglassaugh last year and were thrilled to discover a treasure trove of old and rare spirits slumbering in the warehouses. Revived from the dark, selected by Billy Walker for their excellence and personality and bottled last month, this is an extraordinary collection of rare casks which will be warmly welcomed by connoisseurs worldwide. Taken together, they are stunning examples of Glenglassaugh at its finest.” 

All eight are presented in a beautiful golden box. 

The batch details are: 

1968 cask # 1601 / 45 years old / Finished in the finest Sherry Hogshead / 44.3% vol

1972 cask # 2114 / 41 years old / Matured in the finest Sherry Butt / 50.6% vol

1973 cask # 6801 / 40 years old / Finished in the finest Manzanilla Sherry Puncheon / 52.1% vol

1975 cask # 7301 / 38 years old / Finished in the finest Oloroso Sherry Hogshead / 40.7% vol

1975 cask # 7801 / 38 years old / Finished in the finest Moscatel Hogshead / 42.4% vol

1978 cask # 1803 / 35 years old / Finished in the finest Sherry Hogshead / 41.6% vol

1978 cask # 1810 / 35 years old / Finished in the finest Port Hogshead / 42.9% vol

1986 cask # 2101 / 28 years old / Finished in the finest Hogshead / 43.7% vol

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Highland Park Freya

Highland Park Freya spent 15 years in first fill bourbon casks. After Highland Park Thor and Highland Park Loki, it’s the third release in The Valhalla Collection which unites whiskies named after Norse Gods.

This whisky was originally made for blending purposes. The barley was malted with mainland peat and then matured nearby Glasgow in bourbon casks. It’s technically not even Orkney whisky this way, but the result turned out too nice to be blended.


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(51,2%, OB 2014)

Nose: quite honeyed for a HP, with juicy pear, melon, pink grapefruit and a soft tropical touch of papaya. A lot of vanilla. Soft heathery notes and a little mint. There’s something more pungent (ashy / peaty) in the background. A subtle coastal note too. Mouth: quite fruity again. Apple, lemon pie, going towards biscuity notes. Some fresh oaky notes with accompanying spices (ginger, pepper). Some uncommon flavours as well: cardamom, something plastic-like, pine sap, lemongrass… Strangely bitter-sour in places, but there’s still a tropical edge (coconut) at the same time. Finish: long, still ‘green’ and zesty, even slightly perfumy, with very soft peat smoke.

I rather liked this one, but mostly because it’s different, even though this also makes your eyebrows raise at times. Thor is still my favourite. Between € 170 and € 270 depending on how greedy your retailer is when it comes to overhyped releases. Thanks Jack.

Score: 87/100

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