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Tasmanian Whisky - Everything You Need to Know! (Part 5: Hellyers Road)

by Michael Orson     21. January 2015 09:46

Hellyers Road distillery

Born in Hampshire, England in 1790, Henry Hellyer trained as an architect and surveyor, and was one of the first officers to sign up for the Van Dieman’s Land Company shortly after it was formed in 1825.

Later to become Chief Surveyor and Chief Architect, his work in Tasmania made him legendary, so much so that after his resignation in 1832, the Court of Directors described his “unwearied exertions for the company... his personal privation and risk in exploring the country, and the admirable maps and plans.”

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Beefeater Global Bartender Competition 2014: MIXLDN

by Jake Mountain     15. January 2015 16:00

Beefeater Global Bartender Competition 2014 MIXLDN

The Beefeater Global Bartender Competition (now the fourth biggest cocktail competition in the world, we're told) brought finalists from 30 separate countries together in London this week for 2014's grand final.

Last time around Jason Williams from Sydney's The Rook took the crown with the brilliantly named ‘Werewolves of London’*, a drink that used our Frankincense Bitters! (You can now find the new and improved version of these Frankincense Bitters as part of the Bitter Bastards range.) This year, after three days of intense judging, we can reveal that the Global Champion is Brandon Phillips from The Duck Inn in Chicago. Congratulations Brandon!

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User Reviews: Why Leaving Your Details is a Very Good Thing

by Master of Malt     7. January 2015 10:00

Lawm'n

You may have noticed an addition to the User Reviews section of our product pages before Christmas. When you leave a user review, you can now leave your details. "But why on earth would I want or need to do that?" we hear you cry! Well, there’s actually a very, very good reason to do this, which our General Counsel (resident lawm'n) has helped explain below.

Yep, this is a blog about legal gubbins, I'm afraid - but it affects our Community so please do find time to give this a read...

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Chip Tate to set up New Distillery after leaving Balcones

by Jake Mountain     4. December 2014 12:09

Chip Tate & Co Distillery Balcones

Balcones' founder and builder Chip Tate and the venture capitalist group that invested in the Texan craft distillers back in February 2013 reached an impasse with regards to working together some time ago, and have finally parted company.

Having ended up in court in August of this year following disagreements that stemmed from the distillery expansion the investors were brought in to facilitate, a number of allegations were made and Chip was temporarily suspended. In November, however, Judge Jim Meyer of Waco’s 170th State District Court ruled that the board's actions taken without Chip in the intervening months were invalid, forcing them back to the negotiating table.

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William Grant Launches Glenfiddich Gallery

by Jake Mountain     25. November 2014 11:00

Glenfiddich Gallery

Well this one's been teed up perfectly really following last week's post on The Glenlivet, and specifically how they're catching the Glenfiddich in terms of sales whilst placing emphasise on their recent and historical innovation. So Glenfiddich, your move it seems. And here it is: Glenfiddich Gallery, a bespoke online whisky service where you can discover cask strength malts that match your personal tastes and also design the bespoke packaging your whisky will come in!

Whilst there is a certain award-winning online retailer that's provided the opportunity to personalise both the labels and the liquid of your whisky for some time now *ahem*, this is an incredibly exciting step for a leading single malt brand to take.

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Free Christmas Mulled Cup 10cl Sample When You Buy Any Other Professor Cornelius Ampleforth Product!

by Whisky Santa     19. November 2014 11:30

Free Mulled Cup Professor Cornelius Ampleforth

I've been delighted to see that you're all still getting your #WhiskySanta wishes in, either for any full bottle you fancy or for samples of World Whisky of the Year Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 on Twitter and Facebook. Plenty of people have been made extremely happy by having their wishes granted already, and that makes me very happy too! Now though, it's time to point you in the direction of another festive surprise from Whisky Santa...

From now until 31st December, I'll be popping a free 10cl sample of Christmas Mulled Cup in any orders that contain a bottle of one of Professor Cornelius Ampleforth's other fine spirits or liqueurs! That's enough Mulled Cup to mix with one or two bottles of fruity red wine and a little sugar for perfect Mulled Wine every single time!

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The Glenlivet Passes 1m Case Milestone & Launches Founder's Reserve

by Jake Mountain     18. November 2014 17:23

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

The Glenlivet has reached a considerable milestone in its quest to become the best selling single malt Scotch in the world (a position currently held by Glenfiddich), by selling one million 9-litre cases of whisky within a year for the first time in its history. Looking back to the end of the calendar year 2013, the global Scotch malt whisky market shares held by these brands were within a single percent of one another at 12% and 12.7% respectively. Competition for the top spot has rarely been fiercer.

Reporting double digit growth in more than 40 markets as well as 8% global value growth (net sales) and 2% increase in volume during the 2014 financial year, The Glenlivet reached the milestone of one million cases sold worldwide during the twelve month period up to and including September 2014. Given that back in 2006 (when Glenmorangie was Glenfiddich's biggest competition in terms of global sales) Glenfiddich enjoyed an 18% market share compared to The Glenlivet's 7%, their progress is all the more impressive.*

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Tasmanian Whisky - Everything You Need to Know! (Part 4: Belgrove)

by Michael Orson     14. November 2014 16:37

Belgrove distillery

A fledgling distillery in Tasmania, Belgrove was set up by Peter Bignell, a farmer in the tiny town of Kempton. The distillery is rather tucked away off a seemingly endless road through the centre of the island. Arrive and you’ll find an unimposing white-wash outbuilding at the back of a farm – home to the Belgrove’s sole still.

Quite unlike most distilleries on Tasmania, Peter’s is one born of chance and circumstance rather than to satisfy a desire. In fact, it all started in 2009 when his farm had a surplus of rye. Peter, being a keen recycler with an interest in sustainability, decided to reuse the extra grain for whisky production, so he built himself a 600-litre copper still for both wash and spirit runs – quite a feat for a man with no previous experience in the whisky industry.

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#WhiskySanta Gives Away The World's Finest Whisky

by Whisky Santa     12. November 2014 13:30

Whisky Santa Pug Yamazaki Sherry 2013

Since I began granting one Christmas wish per day, there's been one product in particular that's been rather popular on your wishlists. Some chap in a panama hat with fluorescent eyes said it was rather good or something. Not much call for panama hats at the North Pole, you know. Still, if there's one thing I've learned travelling all around the globe every year it's that it takes all sorts!

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Diageo Special Releases 2014

by Jake Mountain     7. November 2014 17:00

Diageo Special Releases 2014 Caol Ila 30yo

On Tuesday evening I found myself the nearest thing to a corner possible at a curvy and buzzing Magazine Restaurant in Kensington Gardens on a cold, rainy November night. Here I would attempt to write some meaningful tasting notes for 11 limited edition cask strength single malts in a couple of hectic hours, including the time it would take to fight through the crowd each time I needed to move on to new whiskies, and the time it would take for the smell of prawn hors d'oeuvres to dissipate each time the diligent waitresses came over to offer them.

Meanwhile, our Spirits Buyer Toby Cutler (he's nice, you'd like him - he really enjoys a good picture of Kevin Costner, or Chris Tucker for that matter) was having no such problem as he enjoyed a range of whiskies, some quite valuable, in a leisurely fashion alongside some pleasant conversation. Add all of this up, and it can only mean one thing: it was the launch of Diageo's much-anticipated 2014 Special Releases!

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