£5 off Big Peat at Single Malts Direct

Online retailer Single Malts Direct is offering £5 off purchases of Douglas Laing’s celebrated Islay malt “Big Peat”. The blended malt (what we used to call ‘vatted’) is a selection of whiskies from Islay distilleries including Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore and Port Ellen. The whisky, unsurprisingly, carries a big peaty, phenolic flavour and is un-chill […]

Two for one on tickets for Manchester Whisky Fest! 2012

The Whisky Lounge has released tickets for their Manchester Whisky Fest in September – and is offering two tickets for £40 to the first forty customers. The largest whisky festival in the north of England, the Manchester Whisky Fest takes place at The Palace Hotel on Oxford Street, where the guys from The Whisky Lounge […]

Personalise your Father’s Day gift with Single Malts Direct

For Father’s Day, online specialist Single Malts Direct is inviting customers to select a bottle of malt for Dad and personalise the label. Patrons can choose from a selection of three different malts and add a photgraph opf their choice to the label. It can also be further personalised with a selection of backgrounds, Dad’s […]

Bowmore Small Batch Reserve released

Islay distiller Bowmore this week launched their new Small Batch Reserve. A marriage of first- and second-fill bourbon casks, which is then given a further period of maturation, Bowmore describe the new expression as their most delicate and best balanced yet. According to the distiller, the use of the ex Bourbon casks creates “layers of […]

Bowmore opens Facebook vote on name for new malt

Bowmore Distillery is giving Facebook users the chance to select the new name for one of their malts. According to their press release, the limited edition whisky is sold throughout the world under a ‘tempestuous’ name that they’re not allowed to use in the US, so they are letting their Facebook fans select which name […]

Bowmore unveils new packaging for single malt range

Bowmore Distillery has revealed the new, re-vamped packaging it is rolling out this month across its range of Islay single malts. According to the distiller’s press release, the new premium gift box and refreshed bottle design is in response to consumer demand for more detail on the history of the brand and its “taste experience”. […]

Celebrate Burns Night at the Avalon London

The Avalon Public House & Garden in Balham Hill, London, is hosting a tutored Burns Night whisky tasting tomorrow (25 January) at 6.30pm. According to their website, patrons will be invited to explore the rich and inviting flavours of over 20 varieties from the four main whisky producing regions and embark on a tour of […]

Rachel Barrie appointed Master Blender at Morrison Bowmore

Rachel Barrie, formerly of Glenmorangie, has been confirmed as the new Master Blender at Morrison Bowmore Distillers. The newly-created post will see Barrie in charge of the company’s laboratory and quality control functions for the company’s full range of malts, which includes Bowmore, Glen Garioch and Auchentoshan. Whisky Magazine quoted MBD’s Operations Director, Andrew Rankin, […]

Elements of Islay, and more, on tasting at Good Spirits Co

This Thursday (8 December) the Good Spirits Co in Glasgow will be having a tasting featuring six Islay malts from the popular Elements of Islay range, including their latest Port Ellen bottling, Pe5. The tasting runs from 7pm-9pm with tickets priced at £20, available from their Bath Street store. The shop also has tickets available […]

Bowmore Malt Whisky offers luxury Tweed experience

Bowmore is offering what it describes as “the ultimate luxury Christmas gift for the Single Malt whisky-drinking gentleman” by teaming up with Savile Row tailor, Malcolm Plews. The distiller is offering the chance to enjoy a bespoke tailoring session where gents will be fitted with a made-to-measure Bowmore Tweed jacket followed by an in-depth one […]

Òran Mór Whisky Awards 2011 announced

Glasgow’s Ã’ran Mor held its fourth annual Whisky Awards on Thursday, hosted by Colin McCreadie. The judging panel selected the Blind Tasting Award, Best Newcomer and Best Overseas whisky, while The People’s Choice Award was voted for by consumers who took part in the “For the Love of Whisky” speed tasting at Ã’ran Mór. The […]

St. Andrew’s Day Beer & Whisky Dinner in London

Bowmore Islay Single Malt has teamed up with brewers Innis & Gunn to host a St Andrew’s Day dinner at the Draughthouse on London’s Tower Bridge Road. The Draughthouse’s chef has created four courses of traditional Scottish fare, each of which will be paired with one of Bowmore’s rrange of award-winning single malts, as well […]