The Good Dram Show – Episode 266 ‘Mossburn Distillers’ – Scotch Whisky News

Chris Goodrum

The Good Dram Show – Episode 266 ‘Mossburn Distillers’ – This episode of the show is dedicated to the brand new independent bottling company Mossburn Distillers and a selection of their inaugural releases.

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Glenmorangie and Ardbeg strike gold at two influential competitions – Scotch Whisky News

Distilleries’ single malt whiskies honoured with 15 golden accolades

Glenmorangie and Ardbeg single malt Scotch whiskies have triumphed at two prestigious industry competitions, winning a total of 15 gold or double-gold medals. This clutch of awards from the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), is a testament to the outstanding whiskies crafted at the Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Distilleries, owned by The Glenmorangie Company.

Glenmorangie, which has been creating its fine single malt whisky in the Highlands since 1843, won ten awards – five at each competition.

Its success at the SFWSC began with a prized double-gold medal for Glenmorangie Signet. Judges also honoured three of the Distillery’s core expressions – its signature single malt Glenmorangie Original won gold, alongside Glenmorangie Lasanta and Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or from the Extra-Matured Range. Glenmorangie 19 Years Old was also given gold. At the ISC, Glenmorangie Signet won further renown. It earned gold alongside Glenmorangie 18 Years Old, Glenmorangie The Tayne, Glenmorangie Spìos and Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1989.

Ardbeg, the world’s smokiest, peatiest Islay malt whisky, won five further prestigious accolades at the SFWSC. There were plaudits for all the Distillery’s permanent expressions, with Ardbeg Corryvreckan celebrated as Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch – No Age Statement. It was awarded a double-gold medal, alongside Ardbeg An Oa and Ardbeg Uigeadail, while Ardbeg Ten Years Old earned gold. The 2018 Ardbeg Committee Exclusive release of Ardbeg Grooves, released in February this year, was also handed a double-gold medal.

Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation Whisky Stocks for Glenmorangie and Ardbeg, said: “This haul of medals, from two such influential competitions, is a fitting reflection of the dedication with which all at Glenmorangie and Ardbeg pursue their craft – and the exceptional whiskies which result. I’m delighted that industry experts have again rewarded Glenmorangie Original’s smooth and rounded taste, alongside whiskies from the Extra-Matured Range and Glenmorangie Signet. It is inspiring to see Ardbeg’s untamed spirit commended, with awards for all the permanent expressions. Ardbeg Corryvreckan’s peaty, peppery character is undoubtedly worthy of the judges’ highest praise.”

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Glen Scotia 2008 Port Cask 2018 Campbeltown Festival at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Glen Scotia 2008 Port Cask 2018 Campbeltown Festival

The 2018 Campbeltown Malts Festival begins this week but you don’t have to travel all the way to Argyll to enjoy the whiskies! Double matured in Ruby Port casks, this peated 2008 vintage expression from Glen Scotia distillery is in-stock and ready to go. Glen Scotia 2008 vintage Campbeltown single malt Scotch whiskey. Double matured in Port Casks, limited edition for the 2018 Campbeltown Malts Festival.

Buy – £49.63

Glen Scotia Distillery was established in 1832 in Campbeltown at the foot of the Kintyre Peninsular on the west coast of Scotland. Situated on the south side of Campbeltown’s High Street beside the lost Lochrin and Dalintober Distilleries where their rear walls were lapped by the tides of Campbeltown Loch. Glen Scotia Distillery is now one of only three whiskey distilleries in Campbeltown where a further thirty have come and gone. Both peated and un-peated malt whiskey are produced for its expanding range of single malt whiskies such as Glen Scotia Double Cask and the Glen Scotia 15 Year Old.


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Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Meeting Charlie” – Scotch Whisky News



Whisky legend Charlie MacLean has teamed up with the SMWS in our 35th anniversary year to make a special selection of bottlings for July Outturn. Charlie will present a preview tasting at Edinburgh’s Dominion cinema before a screening of The Angels’ Share. Charlie will also host events with his selected drams at our Members’ Rooms across the UK, and share some pearls of whisky wisdom. Secure your tickets for these one-of-a-kind tastings before they’re gone.



The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: 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


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We’re in good spirits as we welcome a new Glengoyne Cask Strength – Scotch Whisky News

Glengoyne No.6


We’re excited to announce to our Glengoyne Family that our latest Cask Strength edition, Batch No. 6, is now available – and we wanted you to be the first to hear about it.

A first for this high strength, un-chillfiltered expression, Cask Strength Batch No.6 has been matured in 100% Sherry oak, giving it a rich and peppery flavour – with delicate hints of digestive biscuits and ripe bananas.

This stunning new whisky is the perfect embodiment of Scotland’s slowest distillation and has been bottled at 59.8%.

As a Glengoyne Family member, you can order this exclusive bottling first. Simply click the button below to order yours now.


AA Glengoyne


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Biggest single investment in Scotch whisky tourism launched by Diageo – Scotch Whisky News

Edinburgh has been chosen as the preferred location for the Johnnie Walker investment because of the capital’s particularly strong tourism growth, with the city already being home to some of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK.

The building in Edinburgh will become a new hub for Diageo’s business in Scotland linking to wider social investment and creating opportunities in the hospitality sector for young unemployed people, through increased investment in the company’s Learning for Life programme. Diageo will also leverage its export and innovation expertise with the venue becoming a destination to mentor Scotland’s next generation of entrepreneurs and exporters.

Diageo chief executive, Ivan Menezes, said: “Scotch is at the heart of Diageo, and this new investment reinforces our ongoing commitment to growing our Scotch whisky brands and supporting Scotland’s tourism industry. For decades to come our distilleries will play a big role in attracting more international visitors to Scotland. I am also delighted we will be able to bring our knowledge and expertise to help the next generation, through mentor programmes and skills training.”

Welcoming the investment, First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, said: “This significant investment will not only help attract more tourists to Scotland, offering world class visitor experiences, but it also underlines the fundamental importance of the whisky sector to Scotland’s economy. Last week, I launched Scotland is Now, a new campaign that will put Scotland in the international spotlight and showcase the country’s world-leading assets, such as whisky, to a global audience. Today’s announcement highlights to the world that Scotland is a leading destination for tourists and business investors.”

Scottish Secretary David Mundell said: “Whisky is hugely important to Scotland’s economy, it is not just our biggest export, but an iconic product which draws visitors here from around the world. The UK Government is wholehearted in its support for the industry – we froze duty rates again at the last Budget, and are determined to open up new markets around the world as we leave the EU. I welcome Diageo’s major new investment. It is hugely exciting, not just for Scotland but for whisky drinkers around the world who want to learn more about the history and traditions of our national drink.”

David Cutter, Chairman of Diageo in Scotland said, “Over the past six years we have invested over £1billion in building our Scotch whisky production infrastructure to grow exports of Scotch around the world. With this new investment, we turn our focus to bringing the world to Scotland. This will not only build the Scotch whisky industry it will bring economic benefits to communities throughout Scotland.”

Cristina Diezhandino, Diageo Global Scotch Whisky Director said, “Scotch is the world’s favourite whisky and Scotland is the greatest distilling nation on earth. New generations of consumers around the world are falling in love with Scotch and they want to experience it in the place where it is made and meet the people who make it. This investment will ensure that the people we attract to Scotland from around the world go home as life-long ambassadors for Scotch and for Scotland.”

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Johnnie Walker launches Johnnie Walker Black Label The Jane Walker Edition- Scotch Whisky News

New York, NY (February 26, 2018) — Johnnie Walker is proud to unveil Jane Walker, the first-ever female iteration of the brand’s iconic Striding Man logo. The Jane Walker icon will debut on a special-edition offering of our award-winning Black Label blend. Johnnie Walker Black Label The Jane Walker Edition will be available to whisky fans nationwide beginning in March to coincide with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day celebrations.

For more than a century, the Striding Man has been a Johnnie Walker icon and an important part of the brand’s history. While his look has had subtle changes over the years, he has always conveyed the brand’s unique point of view and symbolized moving forward. As a brand that has stood for progress for nearly 200 years, Johnnie Walker is proud to take this next step forward by introducing Jane Walker as another symbol of the brand’s commitment to progress.

Women have played a significant role in the brand’s history dating back to 1893, when John Walker Sons purchased the Cardhu distillery from Elizabeth Cumming. Cardhu is one of the single malts that comprises Johnnie Walker Black Label and is considered the heartbeat of the blend. Elizabeth Walker, the wife of founder John Walker, was also fundamental to the creation of their own blended whisky, working alongside John and their son Alexander in the original Walker grocery shop. Today, nearly 50% of the brand’s 12 expert blenders are women, with female leadership across marketing and C-Level executives.

“Important conversations about gender continue to be at the forefront of culture and we strongly believe there is no better time than now to introduce our Jane Walker icon and contribute to pioneering organizations that share our mission,” commented Stephanie Jacoby, Vice President of Johnnie Walker. “We are proud to toast the many achievements of women and everyone on the journey towards progress in gender equality.”

To support this effort as part of Keep Walking America, Johnnie Walker will be donating $1 for every bottle of the Jane Walker Edition made to organizations championing women’s causes, with a total donation of up to $250,000. One organization Johnnie Walker will be supporting is Monumental Women, a nonprofit dedicated to creating a monument honoring America’s women suffragists in New York City’s Central Park, where there are 23 statues of historical figures but not one honoring a real woman. Johnnie Walker is proud to partner with this incredible organization on a historic initiative that will make public representations of important women and people of all backgrounds a reality in the future.

“We are here to move history forward. Our project honors Stanton and Anthony as well as all the women who fought for the largest nonviolent revolution in the history of this nation, when over half the population won the right to vote. It’s an instant history lesson. But most of all, it’s about completing the journeys toward justice of the valiant women who came before us and achieving the full equality for women that they were denied. Monumental change is coming. We thank Johnnie Walker for their support and recognizing the importance of Women’s History,” said Pam Elam, President, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund and its Monumental Women Campaign.

The introduction of the first-ever female brand icon and the Jane Walker Edition bottle represent Johnnie Walker’s commitment to inspire and champion the diverse communities moving our country forward. In addition to celebrating historic female figures through the Monumental Women partnership, Johnnie Walker will also celebrate the next generation of female leaders by donating a portion of Jane Walker Edition proceeds to She Should Run, who are dedicated to inspiring women to run for office.

Johnnie Walker Black Label The Jane Walker Edition will be available nationwide starting March 2018 wherever fine spirits are sold, with a suggested retail price of $34.00 (750 ml/bottle, 40% ABV). For more information, please visit

This article is posted on Whisky Intelligence as a matter of interest, the original publication date was much earlier in 2018 ~ WI

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Johnnie Walker Launch My Edition – Scotch Whisky News

“Johnnie Walker My Edition will also help people who are new to Scotch discover the wide range of flavours found in Johnnie Walker whiskies. Personalisation runs through Johnnie Walker My Edition from the website’s very first question on flavour preference through to the customised labelling and engraving options that result in a bespoke look for each individual bottle.”

Upon reaching the platform individuals will be asked a series of simple questions to identify the ideal Johnnie Walker whisky for their taste preferences. Individuals will also be able to personalise the iconic label and have a message engraved onto the glass bottle. The bespoke edition of Johnnie Walker will then be delivered directly to the recipient’s door.

There are six new whiskies in the Johnnie Walker My Edition range. Depending on user’s answers to the online questions, they will be directed towards the one that most suits their flavour preferences. The range includes: Light Zesty; Rich Complex; Fresh Delicate; Rich Smoky; Rich Fruity; and Vibrant Spicy.

Although currently in pilot stage, as the project evolves the brand may look to refine its offering, open it up to additional markets, and develop more new whiskies.

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Johnnie Walker Blender’s Batch Espresso Roast

Keep Walking Masterclass

EventsGeplaatst door Mark Dermul zo, mei 20, 2018 09:54:08

Ik beken, ik liep al heel lang rond met het idee een
tasting te organiseren met flessen van Johnnie Walker. Want dit wereldmerk
wordt door menig whiskyliefhebber schuin bekeken. De schuldige is natuurlijk de
Red Label, die – laten we eerlijk zijn – niet veel om het lijf heeft, ook als
is het de best verkopende whisky ter wereld.

Maar Johnnie Walker is zoveel meer.

Geen enkele whiskyclub of bar had de ballen – excusez le
mot – om zich aan de Striding Man uit Kilmarnock te wagen, dus… deed ik het
maar zelf.

Op 18 mei organiseerde ik mijn Keep Walking Masterclass in
de prachtige Rolf Benz Lounge in de Ghelamco Arena te Gent.

Ik wilde met deze tasting aantonen dat Johnnie Walker echt
wel goed spul op de markt heeft en naar aanleiding van de reacties tijdens en
na de tasting ben ik verheugd te kunnen zeggen dat ik in mijn opzet geslaagd

Dit was de line-up:

Johnnie Walker
Blender’s Batch Red Rye Finish
Johnnie Walker Blender’s Batch Rum Cask Finish
Johnnie Walker Blender’s Batch Espresso Roast
Johnnie Walker Swing
Johnnie Walker Swing Superior
Johnnie Walker Premier
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost Rare
en nog een leuke surprise aan het eind… lees verder!

De Red Rye Finish,
zoals de naam doet vermoeden, is een erg drinkbare – en spotgoedkope! – blend,
die een finish meekreeg op first fill vaten waar voorheen roggewhiskey op
gerijpt had. Hij werd unaniem goedgekeurd. Wat een mooie entree. Ik was zelf
ook heel aangenaam verrast.

De Rum Cask Finish
begon erg gesloten, maar offreerde nadien mooie toetsen van geel fruit (vooral
ananas) en had een pittige finish, terwijl de Espresso Roast heerlijke toetsen van chocolade en appelsien op de
neus gaf.

Alle drie de Blender’s Batches waren prima drinkbaar op
zich, maar doen het vooral uitstekend in een leuke cocktail – iets waarvoor ze
immers speciaal samengesteld werden.

De Swing heeft
een leuk verhaal, natuurlijk. Bedacht in 1932 door kleinzoon Alexander II, werd
deze fles speciaal ontworpen om op de grote ocean
geschonken te worden. Ongeacht de deining van het schip, konden de
eersteklaspassagiers toch rustig genieten van hun dram, want de fles schommelt
gezellig mee zonder om te vallen. Een erg smakelijk blend, hoor. Hoewel ik moet
bekennen dat de vorige batch die ik proefde (uit 1978!) stukken beter was. Deze
fles uit de jaren ’90 van de vorige eeuw moest alvast erg de duimen leggen aan
de veel lekkerdere Swing Superior.
Niet alleen is die op een iets hoger alcoholpercentage (43% tegenover 40%)
gebotteld, het aandeel Islay whisky is ook groter en dat resulteerde in een
meer gelaagde en pittigere whisky dan zijn ‘kleine broer’. Hij eindigde
vanavond meer dan terecht op de derde plaats. Hoewel de Swing vandaag de dag
nog steeds wordt geproduceerd, is dat niet het geval voor de Swing Superior,
wat jammer is. Maar in veilingen kan je hem nog wel een tegen het lijf lopen.

Na de pauze proefden we eerst een botteling die enkel in
Azië verkrijgbaar is. China, Taiwan, Japan, het zijn allemaal zeer belangrijke
afzetmarkten voor Johnnie Walker en consoorten. De Johnnie Walker Premier is er zo eentje, die in 1995
voor het eerst verscheen. De samenstelling zou een reflectie moeten zijn van
hoe de blend in de 19e Eeuw smaakte. En hoewel we daar enkel maar naar
kunnen raden, was iedereen het er wel over eens dat hij bijzonder lekker was,
wat hem meteen ook op de tweede plaats deed belanden.

Maar het moment suprème – althans, dat is wat de proevers
dachten – kwam met de splinternieuwe Johnnie
Walker Blue Label Ghost Rare
, die samengesteld is met whisky’s uit
Brora, Pittyvaich en Cambus – alle drie gesloten, vandaar de Ghost – aangevuld
met uitzonderlijke whisky’s (vandaar de Rare) uit Royal Lochnagar, Clynelish, Glenkinchie, Glenlossie en Cameronbrigde. En het mag gezegd… deze fles – die
toch maar even 250 neurootjes moet kosten – is een absolute topwhisky. Het is
een whisky waarvan je stil wordt. Niet voor niets eindigde deze – met
voorsprong – op de eerste plek. Oh, ja… de Ghost Rare II staat al in de
steigers en heeft Port Ellen als hoofdrolspeler… Begin maar al te sparen.

De proevers waren flink onder de indruk, maar little did they know dat er hen nog een
vloeibare verrassing stond te wachten. Niemand minder dan Arno Dobbels – Brand
Ambassador van Diageo – was namelijk aanwezig op de tasting en had een klein
flesje in een grote doos meegebracht. Toen hij onthulde welke whisky we nog als
toemaatje geschonken zouden krijgen, vielen de monden (in vele gevallen
letterlijk) open! Arno had namelijk de fantastische (maar best dure, met zijn
prijskaartje van om en bij de 500 EUR) Johnnie
Walker King George V
meegebracht. Deze blend, die in 2007 op de markt kwam,
is een eerbetoon aan de Royal Warrant die Johnnie Walker in 1934 ontving. En de
whisky is samengesteld met oudere grains, Royal Lochnagar, het onvolprezen Cardhu
en… Port Ellen.

Nou, nou, nou… hoe decadent kan je een Johnnie Walker
Masterclass maken? Needless to say
dat zij die erbij waren met een brede glimlach naar huis gingen. De oude
boutade maakt haar naam weer helemaal waar: de afwezigen hadden ongelijk!

Wat mij nog het meest deugd deed was het feit dat
verschillende mensen me kwamen vertellen dat ze deze tasting een eye-opener vonden, dat ze geen idee
hadden dat Johnnie Walker zo’n prachtige whisky op de markt had en dat ze van
plan waren om verder te kijken dan de Red Label. En dat is maar goed ook, want
onze jongen uit Kilmarnock is na bijna 200 jaar nog altijd flink in de goeie
richting aan het lopen.

Met dank aan Vanderwaerden om de Rolf Benz Lounge wederom
ter beschikking te stellen (u moet daar echt eens gaan kijken, wat een
prachtige salons!), aan Arno Dobbels voor de ongelooflijke verrassing, aan de
bezoekers voor hun aanwezigheid en aan Dearly
, mijn rots in de branding.

the Malt be with you!

PS. U mag zich binnenkort aan mijn uitgebreide tasting
notes verwachten op het blog.

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Port Askaig 14 Years

Released this week, Port Askaig 14 Year Old Bourbon Cask is a new bottling from a distillery in the north-east corner of Islay, better known for its unpeated whisky. Sounds like Bunnahabhain to me.

It is peated, distilled in 2004 and as always it is a limited release, composed from 11 first-fill bourbon casks (Port Askaig batches are never bigger than 40 casks).



Port Askaig 14 Years - Bourbon CaskPort Askaig 14 Years - Bourbon CaskPort Askaig 14 yo ‘Bourbon Cask’ 2004 (45,8%, Elixir Distillers 2018, first-fill bourbon casks)

Nose: quite bright and orchardy, think juicy lemons, stewed pears and apples. Hints of lager and coastal notes (sea spray, shells on the beach). Ink and gentle peat which works nicely alongside the bright fruits. Mouth: smoky and earthy, showing plum sweetness and crème brûlée before moving towards crushed peppercorns and a charred, slightly acrid note. Malty notes, mild peat, all-spice. Slightly less balanced than on the nose. Finish: long, with salted caramel and brandy poached pear.

Sometimes I have difficulties with peated (Moine) Bunnahabhain, especially when they release it with an unnecessary wine finish. This bourbon version is gentle, fruity, and really sparkles. Around € 80 from The Whisky Exchange.

Score: 86/100

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