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Talisker Port Ruighe: The Pride of Portree

by Jake Mountain     15. May 2013 13:12

Portree on the Isle of Skye

Hot on the heels of Talisker Storm comes another no age statement whisky from the very same distillery: Talisker Port Ruighe.

So, what’s the story with Port Ruighe? Wouldn’t you like to know? Well, it’s pronounced Portree, as in the largest town on the Isle of Skye, with ‘Port Ruighe’ being an old Gaelic spelling. The town is based around a large natural harbour, which has been key for business and trade for centuries and latterly has featured some of them there brightly coloured buildings made infamous by a certain children’s television programme. The other thing you need to know is that they have their own top flight (see what I did there) Quidditch team, the Prides, that compete in the British and Irish Quidditch League.

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World Whisky Day - Sat 18th May

by Jake Mountain     13. May 2013 09:13

World Whisky Day 2013 logo

The second World Whisky Day, organised by Aberdeen University student Blair Bowman, is just around the corner. A new date of Saturday 18th May has been chosen for this year’s celebrations, a date that Blair hopes one day could even become a national holiday in Scotland.

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Dodd’s Gin: 21st Century Engineering

by Jake Mountain     9. May 2013 12:32

Ken Dodd

The London Distillery Company, founded in 2011, that’s 2011, have recently released their first full product, created at their rather nifty Battersea distillery. Their plan, ultimately, is to produce whisky in London for the first time in over a century, but in the meantime we have an exciting new gin brand: Dodd’s Gin.

TLDC’s Darren Rook has often pointed to London’s whisky distilling heritage, with as many as six distilleries operating back in the 1800s. Other cities, such as Liverpool, can make similar claims, and whilst English whisky may still be an unusual concept for some, the revival is already well underway. Indeed, we could soon have 5 English whisky distilleries. London’s gin heritage meanwhile, is “too well known to require a dissertation”, to steal a Dodd phrase.

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The Glenlivet Alpha: It's Started!

by Jake Mountain     8. May 2013 10:00

The Glenlivet Alpha

You may have already heard the exciting news that The Glenlivet have launched a brand new expression without revealing any tasting notes or cask details – even the bottle is blacked out so that you can’t see the whisky until you first pour some out into your chosen glass! It’s a totally blind release, the first of its kind and it will take a chap of steel to unravel its mysteries.

The Glenlivet Alpha is available now from Master of Malt, and with only 3,350 available worldwide (600 in the UK), make sure to grab one before it’s too late – we expect these to sell at a colossal velocity. Once you have your bottle you can begin The Glenlivet’s interactive sensory journey to discover its secrets, testing yourself or learning more about Single Malt Scotch Whisky along the way.

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We're Goin' To Islay!

by Jake Mountain     1. May 2013 12:37

Message in a bottle

Feis Ile is almost upon us once again and to celebrate our third visit to The Islay Whisky Festival, we will be running 3 Competitions (count ‘em) for all those souls lucky enough to be joining us on the Hebridean island between 24th May and 2nd June 2013!

We will also be releasing a brand new bottling from That Boutique-y Whisky Company: a Caol Ila! Schwiing! This new release will be up for grabs on Islay as well as other prizes. To see how you can get in on the action, read on...

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Talisker Storm (& MICHAEL FISH)

by Jake Mountain     30. April 2013 10:43

Michael Fish predicts the weather

On Wednesday, the Isle of Skye’s only distillery celebrated the launch of Talisker Storm by bringing the Isle’s weather, in the form of a 25 foot high interactive storm, to the banks of the Thames.

Some people were saying that a certain meteorological legend would be in attendance... So, off I scampered to bear witness as “all of the elements” of Skye’s rugged weather descended upon London: “wind, rain, lightning, fog and thunder”...

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Filliers Distillery: “It’s in Belgium”

by Jake Mountain     19. April 2013 16:42

In Bruges

As Ian McCulloch certainly didn’t say:

We've been up to Filliers terrace,

To see what's a-happening...

They’re mixing up the medici-i-i-ine (Note – not medicine #drinkaware)

And we did like the taste!

The Filliers family have been making jenever near Deinze, not far from Ghent, for more than five generations dating back to the 19th century. More recently, they became the producers of the first double still Belgian whisky, and even more recently, Master of Malt made their fine products available in the UK retail market for the first time ever!

Zonder dank. (That’s Flemish for you’re welcome.)

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The Flask from The Macallan: We have a winner!

by Jake Mountain     19. April 2013 10:02

The Macallan The Flask

Excellent work: many of you successfully infiltrated The Competition! You completed all of your objectives and only a bare minimum of innocent bystanders were horribly crushed to death during your tank shenanigans!

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Caption Contest #4 – Win a bottle of Clynelish Whisky!

by Jake Mountain     12. April 2013 15:15

Clynelish Caption Contest

We thought it was high time we ran another caption competition (maybe we just felt like giving away some whisky), although this time with a bit of a twist… Where we found the original of this particular image however, I really don’t know.

Personally, I find it even more perturbing than C.M. Coolidge’s paintings of dogs playing poker. (“They’re dogs… and they’re playing poker…!”)

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The Competition: Win The Flask from The Macallan

by Jake Mountain     9. April 2013 14:00

The Macallan Gold, two tasting glasses and The Macallan The Flask

Mission Objectives:

A: Buy a bottle of The Macallan.

B: Have your name automatically entered into the prize draw to win The Flask: cutting edge technology worth £600 that is currently in the hands of The Competition. (Plus a bottle of The Macallan Gold & 2 tasting glasses too!)

C: Minimise civilian casualties.

The countdown has already begun. T-minus 7 days or 99 chances to win.

Good luck, James.

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