Distiller Expands Whiskey Recommendation Engine to include Social Features – Whisky News


Distiller Expands Whiskey Recommendation Engine to include Social Features

Whiskey recommendation engine, Distiller, overhauled their platform on Thursday, July 31, to introduce the Distiller Community, with a suite of new features that helps connect whiskey lovers from all around the world. Share opinions, comment, like, and follow what’s going on from the new “Feed” located on a user’s profile, or directly from every whiskey page in Distiller.

Available on iOS, Android and web, Distiller’s whiskey recommendation engine uses tens-­of-­thousands of data points to analyze flavor profiles, price, reputation, even ‘giftability’ of a whiskey brand. Users activate the recommendation algorithm by answering a few questions about their tastes, and context on the situation, or can search for something more specific like scotch under $50.

New features

Notes Tab on Bottle Pages:

Read notes from other Distiller community members.

Liking and Commenting:

Like and comment on what other users are saying about whiskeys in Distiller.


Follow other users, see their Top Shelf, Collection, Wishlist, and read reviews.

Activity Feed


People Search:

Search for fellow whiskey lovers by toggling between “Whiskeys” and “People” on the search page, and can follow them directly from the search results, or click to see a user’s profile.

● Set notes to “private,” or keep them public to share with everyone.

About Distiller

Distiller is a discovery and recommendation companion that was developed for the beginners, adventurous, and discerning to explore their personal tastes and learn more about the craft, history, culture, and world of whiskey. Powered by a personal passion for whiskey and curated by respected whiskey professionals, Distiller is redefining the education and discovery element of the whiskey experience. Distiller is based in Seattle, WA and backed by Votiv Capital. Learn more at www.drinkdistiller.com , on Twitter at @drinkdistiller  and on Facebook at http://facebook.com/drinkdistiller

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/distiller-expands-whiskey-recommendation-engine-to-include-social-features-whisky-news/

Single Malts Direct at Lonach Highland Gathering Saturday 23rd August – Scotch Whisky News


Come and see us at the Lonach Highland Gathering on Saturday the 23rd August 

for a wee dram and buy your exclusive bottle of Lonach 2014 Single Malt.

We are hosting the “Whiskies Of Scotland” whisky marquee where you can taste free samples from distilleries such as Benriach, Glendronach, Glenglassaugh, Tomintoul Glencadam. Also exhibiting thier portfollio of whiskies are Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky, Black Bull Blended Whisky independant bottlers Dougas Laing Gordon MacPhail.

And of course our own exclusive single malts label “Whiskies Of Scotland”.  

Slainte, Ronnie Routledge.     

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/single-malts-direct-at-lonach-highland-gathering-saturday-23rd-august-scotch-whisky-news/

Top Picks, New Arrivals & Back in Stock at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News



  • Ardbeg Corryvreckan Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Elsewhere $82) ($69.99)
    96 points Whisky Advocate: “Powerful, muscular, well-textured, and invigorating. Even within the realm of Ardbeg, this one stands out. The more aggressive notes of coal tar, damp kiln, anise, and smoked seaweed are supported by an array of fruit (black raspberry, black cherry, plum), dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, bacon fat, kalamata olive, and warming cinnamon on the finish. Quite stunning! (Vol. 18, #3)” KL Notes: 2009 Scotch Whisky of the Year from the Malt Advocate! Named for Europe’s largest whirlpool, this whisky is now available on a full time basis, having replaced the beloved Beist. Like the whirlpool, Ardbeg Corryvreckan is heady, intense and powerful. Its finish is long and deep, leaving the sipper with a lingering, mysterious and enticing taste. It is without a doubt one of the best Ardbeg’s ever created and lends a bit of richness to balance out the spicy flavors. Lots of peat, lots of power, but always perfectly balanced. A malt to savor.


  • Kilkerran “Work In Progress” #6 Bourbon Cask Single Malt Whisky 750ml – 9 available ($64.99)
  • Kilkerran “Work In Progress” #6 Sherry Cask Single Malt Whisky 750ml – 10 available ($64.99)


United States – Bourbon and Rye

  • Angel’s Envy 100 Proof Rye Whiskey 750ml (one bottle limit) – 4 available ($67.99)
  • Blanton’s Original Single Barrel Bourbon 750ml (oversized bottle, ships as 1.5L) – 1 available ($46.99)
  • Rock Hill Farms Kentucky Straight Bourbon 750ml (ships as 3L) – 4 available ($44.99)

KL Wine Merchants
Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)
Email: wine@klwines.com
San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/top-picks-new-arrivals-back-in-stock-at-kl-california-scotch-whisky-news-3/


AA GlenDronach 18yo


GOLDEN syrup, red fruit compote and red grapefruit – a mouth-watering description of the new GlenDronach 18 year-old Tawny Port expression launched today (4August 2014).

Bottled at 46% abv, it is the award-winning Aberdeenshire distillery’s latest addition to its wood finishes range and replaces the 15 years old Tawny Port finish expression.

The GlenDronach Tawny Port finish is first matured in European oak casks and thereafter finishes its maturation in a small batch of Tawny Port casks. This gives the whisky its own unique flavours and aromas – in particular a distinctive rich red fruit taste.

The tasting notes show the whisky and the two different woods combining brilliantly to produce a phenomenal Highland malt.


Bright amber with a tawny heart.


Elegant notes of golden syrup drenched over red fruit compote with a contrasting red grapefruit balance. Touches of cinnamon and nutmeg add to a rounded, warm depth.


Vivid, tart cranberries and crisp barley marry harmoniously with stewed plums and roasted apples. Cedar wood and sweet cigar box spices add a delicate warmth and unique complexity to the long warm finish.


A beautifully structured balance of contrasting rich fruit characters and intriguing warm oak spices.

Sales Director Alistair Walker said: “We launched our wood finishes range four years ago and the response worldwide has been excellent.

“We’ve carefully selected whisky that has been gently maturing in lighter casks so that aficionados experience the full impact of the Tawny port cask.

“The very pleasing result contributes extra depth and concentrated stewed fruit flavours. It’s another outstanding whisky that we’re delighted to add to our portfolio.”


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/glendronach-launches-18-years-old-tawny-port-finish-scotch-whisky-news/

Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky Available on SAA and Kenya Airways – South African Whiskey News

Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky 02 LR

Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky available on SAA and Kenya Airways

International visitors travelling on South African Airways (SAA) and Kenya Airways this August and September will have the unique opportunity to purchase Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky, the award-winning South African grain whisky, on-board.

Named the World’s Best Grain Whisky at the 2013 World Whisky Awards held annually in London, this is the first on-board listing for Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky, an opportunity made possible by Tourvest Inflight Retail Services (Tourvest IRS).

According to global marketing manager, Eliska Botha, these two new listings form part of steps towards making Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky available to consumers worldwide.

“Since launching in South African in 2009, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky has performed phenomenally at all the major international whisky competitions. The whisky has also ignited quite an interest globally but the high demand from consumers in South Africa has resulted in limited availability in the rest of the world. Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky currently sells only through duty-free and a select few retailers in the UK and Canada.

“Through this new on-board listing, international travellers will now be able to get to know our proudly South African whisky and take a bottle home with them. The international consumer-base travelling on these airlines are quite discerning and we believe that having Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky available within this premium environment will further strengthen interest worldwide. ”

In addition to being named World’s Best, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky has been awarded gold for the sixth consecutive year at the 2014 International Wine and Spirits Competition, won gold at the  2014 China Wine and Spirits competition and double gold at the 2013 New York International Spirits Competition.

The whisky is inspired by the Cape Mountains and the natural beauty of the area’s magnificent peaks, cool, sparkling streams, wooded valleys and an unmatched wealth of indigenous fynbos. Crafted at the James Sedgwick Distillery situated near the picturesque Bainskloof Pass in Wellington, in the Western Cape, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky pays tribute to Andrew Geddes Bain, the pioneering engineer who planned and built the pass in 1853.

Only the finest South African grain is used together with water that flows over an 850 million year-old sandstone and indigenous fynbos, setting Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky apart from any other whisky produced in the world. The whisky is quite uniquely double-matured and matured for three years in casks previously used for Bourbon, before being re-vatted into a fresh set of casks for a further maturation period that results in its exceptionally smooth and unique taste.

The whisky is a delicious combination of floral, banana, honey, toasted hazelnuts and toffee aromas. By adding a splash of water the whisky opens up to include wood, vanilla and sweet spice aromas and ends with an exceptionally smooth finish.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/bains-cape-mountain-whisky-available-on-saa-and-kenya-airways-south-african-whiskey-news/

Grouse Commonwealth Games Glenturret 1986 at Single Malts Direct – Scotch Whisky News


Famous Grouse

Grouse Commonwealth Games Glenturret 1986 46.4% | 70cl

The Glenturret 1986. Presented in a gift box that tells the story behind the whisky and its connection to the Commonwealth Games.

As the official whisky provider to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, The Famous Grouse has released a limited-edition single malt to mark its sponsorship of this momentous sporting event.
This special bottling will see the release of just 1,800 bottles of Glenturret 1986 Cask Strength single malt whisky, making this a true collector’s edition.
The Glenturret single malt is one of the core ingredients of Scotland’s favourite whisky and is made at Glenturret Distillery, the home of The Famous Grouse Experience. Commenting on why he handpicked this particular single malt whisky Gordon Motion, the Master Blender, said:
“We are extremely proud to be the Official Whisky of Glasgow 2014 and wanted to mark this momentous occasion with what we do best – whisky.

When deliberating what to release it became apparent that Glenturret 1986 was the ideal choice and very timely. Glenturret is not only integral to The Famous Grouse blend but this particular batch was laid down to age in oak casks 28 years ago, the very year when the Commonwealth Games last visited the home of Scotch whisky.

This exceptional whisky gives off notes of fresh mango and passion fruit to nose with sweet honeycomb and ripe melon to taste.
So why not, pour a dram, raise a toast to Glasgow 2014 and be part of something famous.”
This deluxe 28 year old single malt whisky will be presented in a bespoke gift box that tells the story behind the whisky and its connection to the Commonwealth Games and will be available from our website for £159.
The whisky brand’s sponsorship of the Commonwealth Games builds on their strong sporting links, working with the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) as their official whisky partner for over 24 years. More recently it announced its sister brand, Ginger Grouse, as the Official Pint Partner of endurance race, Tough Mudder.

Price: £132.50 ex VAT
£159.00 inc VAT

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/grouse-commonwealth-games-glenturret-1986-at-single-malts-direct-scotch-whisky-news/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “AUGUST OUTTURN: STACKS OF SUMMER FLAVOUR” – Scotch Whisky News


The 15 casks in this month’s Outturn have lashings of fruity, cakey flavours fit for any occasion. Mouths will water. Tastebuds will tingle. But which of these devourable delicacies will tempt you?

Young spritely

13.46 Something sweet for a beekeeper

26.103 Fresh and lively

Sweet, fruity mellow

121.73 A layered sponge fruit cake
BUY £48.10

Spicy sweet

35.122 Perfumed lady at a garden fete
BUY £43.80

39.101 Sophisticated adult sweetness

9.89 Balanced and harmonious
BUY £98.00

Deep, rich dried fruits

50.55 High class luxury
Available exclusively as part of the August case offer

Old dignified

1.184 Few and far between

59.49 Celebration in a glass
BUY £137.60

Lightly peated

3.223 Sweet, floral perfumed smoke
BUY £101.60

29.157 Heidi’s Holiday to Islay
BUY £62.40


53.210 Fantastic stuff

Browse Full August Outturn

Browse all bottlings

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/scotch-malt-whisky-society-august-outturn-stacks-of-summer-flavour-scotch-whisky-news/

GlenDronach Grandeur 24yo & Glenfiddich Excellence 26yo at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

The Whisky Shop

GlenDronach Grandeur 24 year old

The Glendronach Grandeur 24 year old has been matured exclusively in Oloroso sherry butts and is one of only 569 bottles which have been bottled at a natural cask strength of 48.9% volume. The brand new Batch 5 release is the second 24 year old Grandeur released by Glendronach. Stock is very limited on this item and all orders will be treated strictly on a first come first served basis.

Click here to buy – £385

Glenfiddich Excellence 26 year old

A rare and aged single malt Scotch whisky that has spent 26 long years carefully maturing in American Oak ex-bourbon casks. This expression was created to honour Glenfiddich’s line of continuous family ownership since William Grant founded the distillery in 1887.

Nose: A mild nose, with light fresh fruits: pineapple, blood orange, tinned peach a hint of candlewax and the interior of a new car’ after a while. Palate: The taste is fresh, sweet and citric – reminiscent of lemon sherbet sweets and Schweppes Bitter Lemon. Finish: A short to medium finish and a lingering spiciness. A drop of water flattens the aroma but introduces almonds to the taste. Tasting notes by Charlie Maclean Bottled at 43% volume. Housed in a splendid gift box.

Click here to buy £350

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/glendronach-grandeur-24yo-glenfiddich-excellence-26yo-at-the-whisky-shop-scotch-whisky-news/

Award-winning Distillery Releases Last in Sell-out trilogy – Scotch Whisky News

Arran DB III

Award-winning distillery releases last in sell-out trilogy 

Isle of Arran Distillers is well-known for its quality malts and occasionally eccentric products, reflecting its independent spirit. Now the award-winning distillery is about to release the final instalment of its popular Devil’s Punch Bowl trilogy.

Chapter III – the Fiendish Finale – is tipped to be the best yet of Arran’s popular limited edition malts.

It’s a multi-age blend matured in Oloroso Sherry Butts and French Oak Barrique casks which gives the spirit a devilishly unique, deep flavour.

Master distiller James MacTaggart delved into the darkest recesses of Arran’s warehouses to hand-pick each cask to find a spellbinding blend.

The result is a spirit that tastes of dark chocolate and dried fruits, with a hint of cinnamon, chocolate raisin and a rich layer of spice and toasted oak to finish.

Talking about his latest concoction, James said: “The Devil’s Punch Bowl malts are our most popular limited edition whiskies ever – the first two sold out in record time.

“Personally this is my favourite of the trilogy and it is a fantastic expression of the Arran Malt. The whisky is bottled without chill filtration at natural strength (53.4 ABV) and is unpeated making it approachable and enabling lots of flavours to be discovered.”

The new bottling is a limited edition with just 6,660 bottles available worldwide – so stocks are limited and it’s expected to sell-out fast.

Euan Mitchell, managing director at Arran Distillers, added: “Over the years we’ve really developed a sense of identity for the Arran Malt and the Devil’s Punch Bowl Chapter III encompasses everything that’s great about our spirited and independent outlook.

“We were blown away by the response to our first two editions and I’m sure the finale will be met with similar enthusiasm from customers in the UK and overseas.”

The Devil’s Punch Bowl – Fiendish Finale – will hit shelves at the beginning of August priced at £76.99 for 70ml.

The whisky will be available in the UK via specialist whisky shops and online at www.arranwhisky.com.

About Isle of Arran Distillers:  


Accolades for Isle of Arran Distillery include Winner for: Best New Exporter (2004), Queen’s Award for International Trade (2005), Scottish Distiller of the Year (2007) and Scottish Drinks Producer of the Year (2007).

Product awards include: Best Whisky Liqueur (2007), ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 12 Years Under’ for The Arran Malt Amarone Cask Finish (2008) ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 11-15 Years’ for The Arran Malt Sherry Single Cask 1998 (2010) and ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 11-15 Years’ for the Icons of Arran Peacock (2011).

‘Double Gold Award’ for Arran’s 14 Year Old Single Malt and ‘Gold Award’ for Arran’s 10 Year Old Single Malt at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2012). Double Gold in FiftyBest.com awards (2012). Double Gold Medal for the 12 year-old Cask Strength in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2013).

Double Gold for both the 10 year-old and 12 year-old Cask Strength at the China Wine Spirits Best Value Awards 2014.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/award-winning-distillery-releases-last-in-sell-out-trilogy-scotch-whisky-news/


Bain's Hi-res pack shots (LR)


The proudly South African single grain whisky, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky, continues to reaffirm its exceptionally smooth and unique taste with its sixth consecutive gold medal from the 2014 International Wine and Spirits Competition held in London recently.

Lauded for its “Big, strong fragrant nose with vanilla and orange, caramel toffee and spicy oak” flavours by the international panel of judges, the “sound, full flavoured finish” echo’s the reason why whisky experts and consumers from around the world have been praising this multi-award winning whisky since its launch in 2009.

Inspired by the Cape Mountains and its natural beauty, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky is South Africa’s first single grain whisky and is crafted at the James Sedgwick’s Distillery situated in one of South Africa’s most picturesque regions near the Bainskloof Pass. The whisky is inspired by the areas’ magnificent peaks, cool, sparkling streams, wooded valleys and a wealth of indigenous fynbos.

Only the finest South African grain is used together with water that flows over 850 million year old sandstone and indigenous fynbos, setting Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky apart from any other whisky produced in the world. The whisky is quite uniquely double-matured – first for three years in casks previously used for Bourbon, before being revatted into a fresh set of casks for a further maturation period that result in its exceptionally smooth and unique taste.

Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky is available nationwide from leading liquor outlets for around R215.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/sixth-gold-in-a-row-for-bains-cape-mountain-whisky-at-iwsc-south-african-whisky-news/