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Benriach’s latest whiskey is 50 years old

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Benriach, renowned for its rich, inventive, and multi-layered Speyside whiskies, has announced its oldest and most exclusive expression to date: Benriach 1966 Cask Aged 50 Years. The first Benriach to be bottled at 50 years old, this exceptional whisky was first filled with unpeated Benriach spirit on 21 September 1966. It was matured in a single bourbon cask, number 2383, which was handpicked for its exquisite character and destined to become the oldest remaining vintage and rarest ever example of Benriach. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Benriach (@benriach) Following decades of maturation in Benriach’s Speyside warehouses, 37 limited edition bottles have been crafted by Master Blender, Dr. Rachel Barrie. These bottles offer whisky lovers worldwide the finest portrayal of Benriach’s signature fruit-laden style, characterised by unrivaled complexity and luxurious refinement. “At Benriach Distillery, our ability to nurture flavor has been informed by our heritage in maturing an array of casks from across the world, alongside our creative philosophy and exploratory approach toward whisky making. Over many decades, this has granted us an expert understanding of what makes an exceptional cask,” Dr. Rachel Barrie, Master Blender at Benriach Distillery said. She continued, “I am proud to present Benriach 1966 Cask Aged 50 Years as our ultimate treasure. Sip 50 years of opulent refinement with notes of sublime honeyed dates and delicate oak spices in harmony with the lingering finesse of apple, pear, and traces of grapefruit. This is our art – a testament to the expertise in and commitment to extraordinary cask… Read More

A New Dawn in Whisky from the House of LARK

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Exclusively from the House of LARK, home to Australia’s No.1 Luxury Single Malt Whisky, DARK LARK 2024 emerges as the torchbearer in the New World of Whisky, designed to ignite the night. Best savored with friends, neat, on the rocks, or in an after-dark cocktail, this whisky is crafted to stir curiosity and creativity with every sip. DARK LARK embodies the adventurous spirit that has propelled Tasmania’s LARK to global acclaim since Bill and Lyn Lark crafted the first bottle of single malt whisky at their kitchen table in 1992. This whisky is a divergence from tradition, meant to be enjoyed in a multitude of ways. The 2024 edition of DARK LARK is renowned for its smooth yet complex flavour profile, showcasing Tasmania’s awe-inspiring terroir. The artwork for this year’s limited release features the enchanting Aurora Australis, capturing the ephemeral, celestial beauty best witnessed from Tasmania. As with this rare light show, each bottle of DARK LARK offers an experience that is both elusive and enchanting, with its warm purples and greens playing across your senses. Uncorking a bottle of DARK LARK 2024 reveals evocative aromas of mocha and sultanas, layered with light oak spice and a hint of cherry. The palate is a symphony of flavours: white peach enveloped in crème brûlée, rich blackcurrant crumble, honeycomb, and caramelised pineapple. Millie Tang, Australia’s No.1 bartender and DARK LARK ambassador, remarks, “DARK LARK is whisky done differently. It belongs in cocktails, on ice, and most importantly, in moments shared after dark.” LARK Master Blender Chris Thomson… Read More

Scotch and Bourbon had a baby and its name is The Maighstir Edition

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In the realm of premium spirits, where scotch and bourbon stand as pillars of tradition, a new contender emerges to challenge the status quo. Kentucky Owl’s latest limited edition release, the highly anticipated Maighstir Edition, is poised to revolutionize the world of whiskey while honouring centuries-old craftsmanship. Spearheaded by the revered master blender Maureen Robinson, this offering is set to captivate connoisseurs upon its May 2024 debut. Embracing Tradition with a Modern Twist The collaboration between Kentucky Owl and Maureen Robinson transcends mere blending; it celebrates the essence of scotch and bourbon’s distinct flavours. The Maighstir Edition entices the senses with a delicate aroma of small grains like wheat and barley, underscored by notes of caramel and vanilla. Upon tasting, the palate is greeted with a warm embrace of rye’s spice, evolving into a symphony of citrus nuances—orange and grapefruit—that culminate in a luxuriously velvety finish. Maighstir Edition: Where Mastery Meets Innovation The name ‘Maighstir’, derived from Gaelic meaning ‘master’, aptly reflects the expertise behind this spirit tailored for the most discerning whisky enthusiasts. This unique blend, a one-time creation, intertwines 4-year-old, 5-year-old, 8-year-old, and 9-year-old Kentucky straight bourbons with mash bills featuring corn, wheat, and malted barley. The result? A harmonious fusion that delivers a robust and impeccably balanced scotch-whisky-meets-bourbon experience. A Symphony of Collaboration and Creativity Maureen Robinson’s illustrious career spanning over 45 years in scotch whisky, coupled with her distinction as one of the industry’s pioneering female master blenders, adds a touch of finesse to this exceptional collaboration. Reflecting on the Maighstir… Read More

Amber Lane Distillery does well at World Spirits Competition

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In an impressive showcase of quality and craftsmanship, the Australian-based Amber Lane Distillery has once again swept up top honours at the highly regarded San Francisco World Spirits Competition. This distinguished event, known for its rigorous standards and esteemed panel of judges, has awarded Amber Lane with two remarkable medals— a Double Gold for its Pineau 350 whisky and a Gold Medal for the Apera 100 whisky. The accolade is particularly significant considering the scope of the competition. The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is celebrated as the largest of its kind globally, drawing in over 5500 entries from across 30 categories this year alone. Winning entries, such as those from Amber Lane, are recognized for their exceptional quality, standing out as near pinnacles of achievement within the spirits domain. These recent wins mark a continuation of excellence for Amber Lane, replicating the success of the previous year which saw the distillery clinch a Double Gold Medal for its Apera 87 and a Gold Medal for Silk Road. Maintaining a 100% success rate with four gold medals from their entries in the past two years, Amber Lane Distillery has solidified its reputation for producing award-winning whiskies. The co-owner of Amber Lane Distillery, Rod Berry, expressed immense pride and gratitude for the international recognition. Since their market launch in 2022, every release from the distillery has garnered a national or international gold medal, underscoring the sustained excellence and innovation that Amber Lane brings to the whisky-making table. Based in Australia, Amber Lane Distillery has quickly emerged… Read More

Whiskey pop-up in Sydney with Glenfiddich

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Get ready to immerse yourself in a world where art meets whisky, colour meets taste, and every sip supports an incredible cause! Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky, is thrilled to announce its latest collaboration with the dynamic Australian multidisciplinary artist Jordan Gogos. Introducing the ‘Glenfiddich x Jordan Gogos Pop-Up bar’, a spellbinding experience located in the heart of Sydney’s bustling CBD at 200 George Street. This pop-up bar, curated in partnership with the innovative ART AID, is where your love for whisky, art, and philanthropy collide. From April 17th to May 8th, 2024, Dean & Nancy on 22 will transform into a vibrant oasis of creativity. Imagine sipping on exquisite signature whisky cocktails as you’re surrounded by an eclectic mix of colourful textile art, sculptural furniture, and previously unseen art pieces by Jordan Gogos himself. This event isn’t just an exhibition; it’s an invitation to step into a realm where each element is meticulously designed to challenge the borders between gallery space and immersive sensory exploration. At the heart of this experience is the collection of unseen works from Jordan Gogos, spanning art, furniture, to fashion, all inspired by the distinct colourways of Glenfiddich’s iconic aged whisky expressions. Prepare to engage with art in a way you’ve never before, as Gogos’ installation invites you not just to observe, but to interact and become an integral part of the artistic narrative. It’s all about blurring the lines, creating moments, and inspiring conversations in an ambiance that’s entirely unique to this collaboration. Things… Read More

Westward Whiskey and The Whisky Club have teamed up for a sell-out release

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Whiskey (whisky if you prefer) is often times a collectors item, and Westward Whiskey is quickly becoming the item every true aficionado has in their collection. They’ve now teamed up with The Whisky Club, the ultimate subscription for every whiskey lover, for a VERY limited release of Westward Whiskey’s Vintage Muscat Cask. This first for the distillery is a love-child years in the making with Australia’s own Rutherglen region, where they’ve taken muscat barrels from iconic Stanton and Killeen vineyard to age their all-American mash in. Westward has won many awards, including Double Gold in the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Awards for their truly delicious Pinot Noir Cask, which is proof they’re a heavy-hitter in the whiskey market. Perhaps most inspiring though is the passion behind Westward. Westward’s legendary Master Blender, Miles Munroe flew out to speak at the launch and explained his ethos of believing “the future of whiskey is more interesting than its past”. A bold statement for a heritage product, but it’s clear to see the innovation coming out of new-age brewers who are being deliberately inefficient, trying new things and choosing flavour over volume. If you want to get your hands on one of these coveted bottles you’ll have to be quick as it’s sure to be a sell out range and it’s exclusively available through The Whisky Club as their December Whisky of the Month. The Whisky Club launched the Westward Rum Cask in 2021 to members and it was chosen by most as their winner for the year… Read More

Penderyn Distillery is opening third £2.75 million distillery in the Old Copperworks in Swansea 

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Welsh whisky producer, Penderyn Distillery, is gearing up to launch its third distillery in Swansea on July 14th. This exciting new venture is housed within the historic walls of an old Copperworks, beautifully blending tradition with innovation to create a unique space for crafting their exquisite Welsh whiskies. The spotlight of this launch is on the Penderyn Gold Range, a collection that is set to redefine the standards of Welsh whisky. This new distillery marks a significant milestone for Penderyn. It seamlessly merges the rich heritage of the old Copperworks with the distillery’s pursuit of excellence, creating a haven for producing high-quality Welsh single malt whiskies. This commitment to quality shines brightly in the Gold Range. Each bottle from this range is a treasure trove of pure Welsh liquid gold, meticulously crafted to perfection. The process behind creating the Gold Range is as fascinating as the whisky itself. Each single malt from this range is distilled with precision and passion at Penderyn’s state-of-the-art facility. The whiskies then undergo a careful maturing process in selected casks, culminating in a finish in exquisite Madeira wine casks. The result is a tantalizing blend of flavors that harmonize the sweetness of tropical fruits and raisins with the delicate undertones of vanilla. Penderyn’s dedication to crafting premium Welsh whisky has not gone unnoticed. The distillery was honored with Double Golds and Golds at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Awards in 2022. This recognition further validates Penderyn’s relentless pursuit of creating whiskies that captivate the senses. The launch of Penderyn’s… Read More

Gift the Scotch Whiskey lover in your life Aberfeldy – ‘The Golden Dram’


There’s something very romantic about Aberfeldy Scotch Whiskey – the distillery’s origin, nestled within a lush valley in the foothills of the Central Highlands of Scotland and the story behind the distillery’s water source, which is, of course, a critical element behind a premium quality whiskey.  Christened ‘The Golden Dram’ – due to the pure freshwater drawn from the Pitilie Burn which was known to contain deposits of alluvial gold – Aberfeldy’s 12-Year-Old Malt Scotch Whiskey is a full-bodied, premium whiskey, golden in colour and rich in scents.  Your senses will be enveloped with spices and honeyed plump fruits, with tastes of syrup and vanilla fudge, and a whisper of smoke on the finish, all made possible by the longer fermentation process and oak cask barrels making Aberfeldy 12, super smooth. Mellowed for 12 years in handmade oak casks, this smooth, sweet dram offers rich rewards for those who like to dig deeper. Drink it neat or take your pick from the Aberfeldy cocktail collection.  Honey Highball: Tall and refreshing, this is a slightly unusual twist on the classic whiskey highball featuring chilled herbal tea as the mixer.  50ml Aberfeldy 12 120ml sweetened chilled chamomile tea (once tea is brewed, add 1tsp local honey and stir to dissolve before chilling).  5ml lemon juice Lemon garnish Golden Hot Toddy: Hot, spicy and zesty, this cocktail is perfect for cooler evenings. 50ml Aberfeldy 12 15ml local honey 20ml lemon juise 2-3 pieces of fresh ginger Hot water to top Spice mix (cinnamon, clove and star anise) The… Read More

How to drink gold: The new Chivas 15-year-old XV

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There’s a new 15-year-old blended Scotch whisky in the Chivas portfolio, that continues Chivas’ tradition for expert blending, and is one hell of a bev. The new Chivas XV brings together the best15-year-old malt and grain whiskies before they’re selectively finished in the most prized Grande Champagne Cognac casks. Grande Champagne famously produces the finest Cognacs in the world, renowned for their outstanding quality. So you can understand why Chivas is so proud of the new batch.  They’re 200 years on and have created a new innovative blend that’s fruity and velvety interpretation of the Chivas house style. It comes in a clear bottle encased in a gold carton, making it the go-to gift for whisky lovers. Chivas XV is on sale now with an RRP of $90. Get it here.