Glendronach TrioAward winning Aberdeenshire distillery GlenDronach, has announced the launch of three new single malt expressions.

The three new releases comprise of: GlenDronach Peated (46% ABV) – GlenDronach 19 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish (46% ABV) and GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 5 (55.3% ABV).

GlenDronach Peated was distilled using peated malted barley, then was first matured in bourbon casks followed by a second period of maturation in Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks.

GlenDronach 19 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish, was initially matured in European oak casks and then finished its maturation in a very small batch of Madeira hogshead casks.

GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 5, was matured in a combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks.

Commenting on the new releases, Alistair Walker, Sales Director at The BenRiach Distillery which owns GlenDronach, said: “There is the unique smoky sweetness of the new Peated expression, the richly fragrant Madeira finish and the signature robust sherry character of the Cask Strength batch five. Everyone here at GlenDronach is amazed by these three magnificent expressions…and we know our customers worldwide will be too.”

All three new releases will be available later this month from specialist retailers for the following RRP’s: GlenDronach Peated £38.99, GlenDronach 19 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish £76.99 and GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 5 £55.99.

The Deveron Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Just in time for Christmas, John Dewars & Co have launched The Deveron 10, 12 and 18 year old from their MacDuff distillery.

The Deveron RangeJohn Dewar & Sons has now launched The Deveron single malt whisky range which is the fifth and final Dewar’s owned single malt to join their “The Last Great Malts of Scotland”; a range of new expressions, including some never before released single malts from each of John Dewar & Sons five malt whisky distilleries, namely Aberfeldy, Aultmore,Craigellachie, Royal Brackla and Macduff.

Even the most ardent whisky connoisseurs amongst you could be forgiven for not recognising The Deveron name as a single malt, as it differs from most other Scotch single malt whiskies in that it isn’t named after the distillery it was produced in. The Deveron, as it will now be known has been rebranded from Glen Deveron a name which some of you will be vaguely familiar with, it is produced at the Macduff distillery which was built in 1963. The reason the whisky wasn’t named Macduff is the Distillers’ Company Limited, now Diageo, own the brand name Macduff.

Most of the whisky produced since the distillery’s construction has gone into blends such as William Lawson’s although some has been sold as single malt under the name Glen Deveron.

Glen Deveron was first released as a single malt in the late 1960s at 5 years old then in the mid-1970s, at 8 years old. There was also a Glen Deveron 12 year old year old in the 1980s and more recently there was a 10 year old.

Not until now have we had a range of original distillery bottlings to explore, The Deveron core range has been launched with 3 expressions which will all be available from this month, the new whiskies are The Deveron 12 Year Old, The Deveron 18 Year Old and The Deveron 10 Year Old which will only be available in France. There was mention last year of a Deveron 25 year old but no sign of it yet.

The travellers amongst you will know that not much more than a year ago a Glen Deveron 16, 20 and 30 year old were released exclusively in travel retail, they are still currently available but Dewar’s tell me that these will be phased out slowly and I would guess perhaps replaced by the same expressions but under the new The Deveron brand name.

The Macduff distillery is located where the river meets the sea, it sits near the mouth of the River Deveron, shortly before its cool waters join the restless surge of the North Sea.

An uneven number of stills is unusual in a distillery; the whisky the Macduff produces emanates from five of the smallest copper pot stills in Scotland – two wash stills and three spirit stills. A further curiosity is the unique set-up of the spirit still lyne arms, which very slightly ascend before joining the horizontal condensers. They cool down and purify the spirit by enabling greater copper contact which leads to less sulphurous compounds.

The distillation process and its unconventional condensers are arranged for a light, fruity spirit and only Spanish sherry and American ex-bourbon oak casks, mainly hogsheads, are used for maturing The Deveron single malt. The specially selected casks impart depth to the delicate spirit, granting it a more rounded and smoother character. The result is a smooth, easy drinking dram with apple notes, dried fruits and nuts.

Each expression has been launched in selected markets around the world including Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, United States and United Kingdom.


Chivas Brothers has today announced the launch of a new collection of whiskies as part of its Royal Salute blended whisky range.

The Age CollectionRoyal Salute ‘The Age Collection’ which is said to be a tribute to time, legacy and longevity, is comprised of ten blends, with the youngest containing whiskies that are 21 years or older, and the oldest containing whiskies that are at least 30 years old.

Aged in first fill American oak barrels, and hand blended by Royal Salute’s expert master blending team, the Royal Salute ‘The Age Collection’ includes whiskies from distilleries that have long since closed.

Commenting on the new collection, Vadim Grigorian, Global Brand Directo at Royal Salute said: “The Age Collection combines timeless tradition with contemporary understanding to create a celebration of longevity in the year Queen Elizabeth becomes Britain’s longest serving monarch. As sources of the naturally preserved material are very limited, this rare oak is the perfect way to display the time and craft behind these blends. The Age Collection unites time, craft and quality; all values encapsulated by Royal Salute.”

The Age Collection is presented on a Mackereth’s bespoke handcrafted plinth carved by Jack Badger using 8,000 year old Neolithic wood taken from ancient river beds in the heart of Croatia. Each blend comes in a dark blue crystal decanter hand crafted using techniques dating back to the First Century AD by Dartington, a traditional glass manufacturer based in England.

Royal Salute ‘’ will be produced in an extremely limited run of 21 sets, and will be available for a RRP of $40,000.

Introducing The Ardmore Port Wood Finish

Ardmore Port Wood

The Ardmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky, distributed by Maxxium UK, has launched The Ardmore Port Wood Finish.

The new expression is distilled with the same traditional methods used at the distillery since 1898, before being double-cask matured for 12 years in traditional American white oak ex-bourbon barrels and then finished in European half port pipes.

The release of The Ardmore Port Wood Finish follows the success of The Ardmore Legacy, which replaced Ardmore Traditional Cask as the distillery’s core expression. A lightly peated, sweet dram, The Ardmore Legacy offers the ideal introduction to peated single malts.

The newest member of this emerging portfolio, The Ardmore Port Wood Finish is a unique expression with a touch of sweetness. Ruby gold in colour this single malt is full of spiced fruits with a subtle smoky finish.

Peter Sandstrom, Marketing Director, Maxxium UK said: “Following the success of The Ardmore Legacy, which has established its status in the peated single malt category, the launch of The Ardmore Port Wood Finish further cements the quality and taste of the brand’s portfolio.

“The Ardmore Port Wood Finish is an excellent whisky made using the same traditional distilling methods for over 100 years. It is a unique and premium expression – with notes of sweet red apple and honey with the subtlest hint of charcoal smoke and a smooth, long, lingering finish culminating in the trademark Ardmore dryness – it is a whisky that offers a taste that sets it apart.”

The Ardmore Port Wood Finish is bottled at 46% ABV and is available from specialist whisky retailers at the RRP of £49.99.


The Ardmore Port Wood Finish – Tasting Notes

Colour: Ruby Gold

Nose: Initial nose of strawberries and summer fruits with a hint of pepper. Notes of burnt orange and cinnamon spice underlie. With water, the rich fruit aromas of red apple and cranberry intensify accompanied by sweet honey and subtle spiced wood notes

Palate: Sweet red apple and honey with the subtle hint of charcoal smoke

Finish: Initially smooth with a long lingering finish culminating in the trademark Ardmore dryness

46% ABV. Non-chill filtered.

New range of malts from Glenturret unveiled

Marking 240 years of distilling on the same site in Crieff, Glenturret Distillery has unveiled a range of single malts that reinforce the brand’s heritage as Scotland’s only remaining producer of hand mashed whisky.16294-540x335

The distinctive new range reveals abold return to the marketplace for the niche premium malt, traditionally used as a key ingredient in The Famous Grouse blend. In recent months The Glenturret has re-established itself as a highly collectible whisky releasing specialist bottlings including a 1986 Commonwealth Games Edition, which made its way into Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, and the more recent Brock Malloy, which sold out internationally within weeks.

The new core range showcases Glenturret’s small batch whisky production that enables the distillers to create different taste expressions, offering consumers a clear choice between a sherry, triple wood or peated malt.

Stuart Cassells, the driving force behind Glenturret Distillery’s return to the limelight comments: “The Glenturret single malt is a hidden gem in the whisky world, a genuinely handmade malt crafted with passion and care. Our new core range draws on the very best of our traditional, artisan production methods but focuses on profiling the taste of the malt, not simply its age.

“A traditional Scottish product, The Glenturret only require five pairs of hands to produce it and these exceptional malts are a testimony to the range of traditional distilling skills that Glenturret has worked hard to preserve.”

Currently available online, from the distillery shop and in a selection of independent outlets, bottles retail at £45 each.