Ballantine’s, the No. 1 whisky in Europe, has partnered with award-winning Swedish design trio FRONT to create Ballance, a unique and limited edition serving ritual for its Ballantine’s 12 expression.

Ballance features a series of handcrafted objects which appear suspended in mid-air, creating a super premium design collectible. Comprising five essential items to create the perfect serve of Ballantine’s 12, the sculpture is inspired by the delicate balance of flavours of this popular whisky and the artistry of Sandy Hyslop, Ballantine’s Master Blender.

The foundation of the Ballance sculpture is a solid oak coaster, inspired by the oak casks used to mature Ballantine’s whiskies. A contemporary, elegant whisky glass balances a trio of pieces; a copper ice bowl, in a tribute to the stills used in the distillery, a square shaped water jug, whose shape mirrors the silhouette of the Ballantine’s 12 bottle, and – precariously balanced at the sculpture’s summit – a copper spoon.

Each element of Ballance has the Ballantine’s 12 by FRONT design collaboration burned, etched or stamped onto it so that they also stand alone as collectibles.

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Sofia Lagerkvist of FRONT explains the design inspiration for Ballance: “We spent time with Ballantine’s Master Blender, Sandy Hyslop, in Scotland and we learned that his craft is a highly skilled balancing act: first in channeling the influences of nature in ageing this particular Scotch whisky for a minimum of 12 years. Then, in blending Ballantine’s 12, the flavours of an extensive collection of single malts and grains have to be precisely balanced to achieve a consistently smooth finish every time.

“Our design objects often communicate a story about process and, with Ballance, we were inspired by the materials involved in crafting Ballantine’s 12 to create our serving ritual.  We also like to prompt curiosity and challenge perception. The magical elements of the sculpture are a stylish, fun and very modern tribute to the alchemic transformation conducted by the Master Blender, whose unique skills have been passed down from generation to generation.”

Sandy Hyslop, Ballantine’s Master Blender, commented: “It was fascinating spending time with FRONT and exploring our shared passion for excellence. Ballance is as beautiful as it is functional – lending elegance and theatre to the serving ritual. With Ballance, the ultimate aim is for whisky connoisseurs to discover their own perfect balance in enjoying Ballantine’s 12.”

Only 150 units of Ballance will be released. Each set will have a recommended retail selling price of £350 or equivalent (currency dependent). Stockist information can be found at 

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About Ballantine’s

Ballantine’s is the No. 2 ultra-premium Scotch whisky in Asia, No. 1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the range sells over 70 million bottles a year worldwide. Ballantine’s has won more than 120 trophies and medals at international competitions in the past 10 years for 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 the latest in a tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827.

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits. Chivas Brothers is the global leader in luxury Scotch whisky and premium gin. Its portfolio includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch. 

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Whisky Ramblings Via Video #63 – Scotch Whisky News


Whisky Ramblings Via Video #63

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, tries an old bottle of Harvey Mackay’s Blended Scotch Whisky. All he knows is that it was bottled in the 1970s. A light, innocent blend, typical of that era’s palate. But quite nice in its own right, as he discovered at the foot of the castle in Lassay Les Chateaux.

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Port Ellen Old and Rare 30 year old – Available at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News


Port Ellen Old and Rare 30 year old – limited to only 120 bottles – only available while stocks last!

The Whisky Shop are proud to introduce the stunningly limited single cask Port Ellen Old and Rare 30 year old.

One of only 120 bottles ever produced and bottled at a natural cask strength of 53.9% volume this limited edition will not last long.

A robust peaty leathery nose initially masking a spicy citrus zest.
A strong island feel of peat notes is found at the front of the tongue but a light citrus fruit and honey taste found at the back.
A long finish brings through the light subtle zestiness. An example of this fine Islay whisky.

Simply click here to buy £899.99


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The Macallan 30YO Sherry Oak & Fine Oak Expressions Now Available Online at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News


The Macallan 30 year old Sherry Oak and Fine Oak expressions now available online at The Whisky Shop.


Macallan 30 year old Sherry Oak

£1000 – Click here to buy

Colour: Rich mahogany

Nose: Rich sherry with orange, clove, nutmeg and wood smoke.

Palate: Deliciously smooth with dried fruits, sherry, orange and wood smoke.

Finish: Long with dried fruits, wood smoke and spice.


Macallan 30 year old Fine Oak

£1000 – Click here to buy

Colour: Pale gold

Nose: Rich, exotic, heady and aromatic, orange.

Palate: Intense, macadamia nut and vanilla with a hint of sandalwood and black cherry

Finish: Soft, silky and extremely elegant with more fruitness

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Bruichladdich Whisky Tasting Vancouver, BC Wednesday, the 16th of October – Scotch Whisky News

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Thomas Chen Barry Dunner

request the pleasure of your company

at our Premium Series

Bruichladdich Whisky Tasting

Wednesday, the 16th of October

two thousand and thirteen, at seven thirty pm

A Veritable Vertical

Sample five 20-year old + Bruichladdich whiskies

Cuvee 640 Eroica

Cuvee 382 La Berenice

Cuvee 407 PX

20 year old Bourbon Cask

22 year old Laddie


Legacy Liquor Store

1633 Manitoba St, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0B8

• Seating limited to 25 guests •


Companions of the Quaich
140-6751 Graybar Road,
Richmond, V6W 1H3


Whisky tasting: 7:30 pm
Casual attire
Quaich Members: $65
Non-members: $75

(Payment must be received by cheque or cash in advance of the event)

 The Companions of The Quaich is a non-profit society dedicated to sharing knowledge and enjoyment of Single Malt Whisky.

A ‘Quaich’ is the traditional Scots drinking vessel for whisky.The name comes from the Gaelic ‘cuach’ which means ‘cup’.

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Exclusive Abbey Whisky Gift Sets at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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Abbey Whisky Glass Gift Sets

A selection of our own label malts now available in these charming 10cl bottles, complete with Abbey Whisky tasting glass. These unique whisky gift sets are ideal for anniversaries, birthdays or weddings. The pocket sized bottle fits snugly into most sporrans!

Abbey Whisky 50 Year Old / Glass Gift Set


This 50 year old single malt whisky from Speyside is the oldest and rarest in ‘The Secret Casks’ series. To think this whisky has been slumbering in casks for as long as 50 years is truly amazing, the involvement of the flavours combined, produce a stunning dram.

£67.50 (£56.25 ex vat)

Click here to buy Abbey Whisky 50 Year Old / Glass Gift Set

Abbey Whisky 40 Year Old / Glass Gift Set

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The 40 year old whisky is a stunning example of an aged single malt Scotch whisky. 40 years of age, a dram that has beautiful deep flavours that have not been over powered from the long rest in cask. This is a dram that you just can’t get enough of.

£44.50 (£37.08 ex vat)

Click here to buy Abbey Whisky 40 Year Old / Glass Gift Set

Abbey Whisky 30 Year Old / Glass Gift Set


This beautiful 30 year old single malt distilled at secret distillery in Speyside is the youngest dram in our Secret Casks Series. Lots of sweet wonderful flavours combined with ripe golden delicious apples. The flavours get deeper and more intense when the dram warms up a little. It’s not in any way over sweetened; it’s perfectly balanced with great complexity. A dram you could nose all day, lovely!

£28.50 (£23.75 ex vat)

Click here to buy Abbey Whisky 30 Year Old / Glass Gift Set

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old / The Rare Casks


A wonderful dram (if we do say so ourselves). The natural cask strength of 44% is surprising given its age but once explored it reveals a delicate but perfectly balanced depth of flavour. Warning! This is a very moreish, easy drinking dram that displays all the wonderful characteristics you would expect from a peated Islay malt whisky.

£18.50 (£15.42 ex vat)

Click here to buy Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old / The Rare Casks / Whisky Gift Set

Caperdonich 17 Year Old / The Rare Casks


This magnificent Caperdonich 17 year old was the 1st release in ‘The Rare Casks’ series by Abbey Whisky. This limited edition release was distilled in 1995 and left to rest for 17 years before being bottled in 2012.

£16.50  (£13.75 ex vat)

Click here to buy Caperdonich 17 Year Old / The Rare Casks/ Whisky Gift Set

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Springbank Society NEWSFLASH “Scottish Field Whisky Bar of the Year Award” – Scotch Whisky News



Greetings Society Members,

Just a quick e-mail to remind you that voting to crown the Ardshiel Hotel winners of the prestigious Scottish Field Whisky Bar of the Year Award closes THIS FRIDAY (4th October). It is a fantastic achievement to make the Top 10 as judged by a panel of whisky experts but now the final vote is down to YOU! It would be a great boost to not only the hotel but for the whole of Campbeltown and surrounding areas.

If you have visited the The Ardshiel I’m sure you will agree that it is genuinely something to behold, with almost 500 different malt whiskies on display (including many rarities and a wide range of Springbank whiskies – past and present) at any one time and getting on for a further 500 in storage. It is a unique collection which is lovingly curated by the owners who are always on hand with expert suggestions and tasting notes to ensure that everyone from the whisky connoisseur to first-time dabbler gets the most out of their visit.

There are two ways that you can vote:

1) Online at or
2) By emailing your choice to

It only takes a few seconds to vote….please please do and please pass this onto anyone else who may consider voting. They are currently sitting in 2nd position…lets get them to number 1 by Friday!

Kind regards from a rainy Campbeltown,


Mairi Paterson

For the Springbank Society

To join the Springbank Society please contact them at

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Limited Edition Glen Garioch Vintage 1999

Glen Garioch has released its inaugural expression to be matured solely in Oloroso sherry casks, as part of the Highland distillery’s small batch vintage programme.

Hand selected at the peak of perfection, the Glen Garioch Vintage, distilled in 1999 is non-chill filtered to retain its authentic, full-bodied Highland character.

Handcrafted and matured in sherry casks for 14 years at the Highland Distillery in the heart of the rural village of Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, this heart-warming dram captures the essence of Scottish Highland charm. The Oloroso sherry casks have influenced this robust spirit to give the malt its dark, sweet fruit, treacle and maple syrup notes and spicy, syrupy taste.

With just 1,000 cases available globally, the Glen Garioch Vintage 1999 is sure to become a favourite with malt enthusiasts when it hits the shelves of specialist whisky and liquor stores from October.

Rachel Barrie, Master Blender for Morrison Bowmore Distillers, said, “This is a full-bodied malt with exquisite rich fruit, chocolate and toffee notes, which really captures the essence of the Highlands.

“Hand picked and bottled at 56.3% ABV to bring out the rich spicy flavours of the Vintage 1999 really showcases the quality of the spirit produced from this small artisan distillery through our limited edition programme.

“This is an exciting small-batch release that encapsulates the rare find that is Glen Garioch itself and I’m sure will be a favourite with any whisky enthusiast.”

Available from selected specialist retailers from the end of September, Glen Garioch Vintage 1999 is bottled at 56.3% ABV will retail at circa £59.99.

Tasting notes:

Walnut brown in colour, the 1999 Vintage is full-bodied and intensely sherried with a syrupy mouth coating texture. Treacle toffee, chocolate and maple syrup soak into the palate, carrying the tingly warmth of nutmeg and ginger spices, tangy orange marmalade and dates into a long, deep finish of raisins, caramelised toffee and liquorice.

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Product images are available on request Glen Garioch, pronounced Glen Geery, founded in 1797 is one of the oldest remaining distilleries in Scotland The distillery lies on rising ground at the picturesque town of Oldmeldrum, just 17 miles north-west of Aberdeen Glen Garioch was relaunched in October 2010 with a core range of two single malt whiskies – the Glen Garioch 1797 Founder’s Reserve, a non chill-filtered single malt bottled at 48% ABV and the Glen Garioch 12 Year Old, non chill-filtered single malt bottled at 48% ABV after maturing in bourbon and sherry casks.

Glen Garioch is owned by the Morrison Bowmore Distillers Limited which also produce Bowmore and Auchentoshan.

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Whisky Wednesday Reviews Mackmyra First Edition – Swedish Whisky News


UK vlogger Joe Ellis a.k.a Whisky Wednesday reviews Mackmyra First Edition.

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Ralfy’s Charity Auction – Scotch Whisky News

auction special whisky bottle at auction with with all proceeds going to the Lonan Gentleman’s Fellowship, 2012 Bonneville World Record holders with over 200 mph on a 500cc motorbike, and in 2014 they will return for the Bonneville Centenary and hope to set more World Records… with our help!

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