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.



b86fbe3a-19a5-4576-a23d-84b7e2c8f811The Teeling Whiskey Company has today officially announced the launch of a special commemorative bottling to mark the opening of its new distillery in Dublin.

Teeling Revival 15 Year Old Single Malt (46% ABV) was distilled in 1999 and matured exclusively in ex-rum casks.

This new release also marks the upgrading of the Teeling Vintage Reserve Collection which consists of limited small batch releases of very old and rare Irish Single Malt whiskeys. Containing some of the oldest Single Malt Irish whiskey ever bottled.

The updated Vintage Reserve Collection will comprise three different bottlings ranging in age and price points. The first release being the Revival which will be followed by a 24 Year Old and a 33 Year Old bottling of Irish single malt whiskey.

Commenting on the launch, Jack Teeling, Founder of the Teeling Whiskey Company, said: “The opening of our new distillery was a major milestone in the history of Teeling Whiskey. It took three years of planning, hard work and significant capital investment, but now Teeling Whiskey is finally home. To mark this occasion, we have selected a very special whiskey to celebrate the Revival of distilling in Dublin. This will be limited to only 10,000 bottles and sold both through our distillery as well as our domestic and international distributors.”

Limited to just 10,000 bottles, Teeling Revival 15 Year Old Single Malt will be available later this month from specialist retailers for a RRP of £85.00.


William Grant & Sons will mark Kininvie’s 25th anniversary by bottling whisky from the distillery’s “first drops”.

The casks were hand-selected by William Grant & Sons sixth master blender, Brian Kinsman
The company is disgorging three casks that were filled and laid down on the distillery’s first day, and the release will be known as Kininvie Special Release #1.

The casks were hand-selected by William Grant & Sons’ sixth master blender, Brian Kinsman, and the liquid from each has been individually allocated to one of three markets – the UK, Taiwan and mainland Europe.

Kininvie Special Release #1 single malt Scotch whisky is single cask, cask strength and non-chill-filtered, and will be available from November 2015.

The Kininvie distillery was opened in 1990 by Janet Sheed Roberts, who was the last remaining granddaughter of William Grant, and is significant to the company as Kininvie is the first new Speyside single malt created by the family since The Balvenie in 1892.

Craig Cranmer, the Kininvie’s distillery manager, said: “Kininvie is something of a hidden gem, we have cherished and nurtured the casks for 25 years knowing they contained incredible whisky.

“Now the time is right to share the first drops of our history, straight from the casks where they have been maturing since the distillery’s first days.”KININVIE-Graphic-825x762

Each of the three casks of the Special Release #1 is said to have a “unique” flavour profile making the liquid “singular and exceptional”.

This time last year, William Grant & Sons made Kininvie single malt – previously only sold in Taiwan – available to the rest of the world for the first time.


The Dalmore Distillery Exclusive 2015_Bottle shot_13567_2489BThe Dalmore has announced the launch of a limited edition NAS bottling that will be available exclusively to visitors at its Highland distillery.

The Dalmore Distillery Exclusive 2015 (48% ABV) has been crafted by Master Distiller, Richard Paterson, who hand selected a collection of Port, Moscatel and Madeira casks to mature the whisky in, before finally being finished in first fill Bourbon barrels.

Each expression of The Dalmore is meticulously crafted by Richard with the help of a small and highly skilled team of distillery craftsmen who manage the production process by hand. This approach is essential to The Dalmore as its collection of eight stills of varying shapes and sizes require great attention in order to create the unique, complex character that is distinctive of The Dalmore.

Commenting on the new release, Richard Paterson, said: “The Dalmore Distillery Exclusive 2015 is a stunning whisky. Our artisanal approach to whisky making bestows this bottling with a bold, rich, sweet amber gold colour with aromas of caramelised orange, forest fruits and marzipan, and on the palate macerated plums, almonds and pecans.”

The Dalmore Distillery Exclusive 2015 is limited to just 450 bottles and is available exckusively from the distillery for £150.

The Balvenie unveil Tun 1509 Batch 2

balvenietun1509batch2The Balvenie fans amongst you will be pleased to hear that the distillery has unveiled the Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 2. Created once again by The Balvenie’s long serving Malt Master David Stewart.

For this second batch David has hand picked a total of 32 casks, 23 traditional American oak casks and 9 European oak sherry casks all from the distillery’s precious aged stocks. All were transferred to Tun 1509, which sits in The Balvenie’s Warehouse 24, for several months before bottling. This is a rare interpretation of the marrying process and allows the different whiskies to come together to create a unique expression of The Balvenie that’s greater than the sum of its constituent parts.

The Balvenie describe the second batch of The Balvenie Tun 1509 as luscious with aromas of honey, orange peel, sweet oak vanilla and a delicate ginger spiciness. To taste it is richly sweet, combining elegant honey with tangy citrus and gentle vanilla, overlain with subtle notes of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.

Each bottle of Tun 1509 comes with in-depth detail on the whisky with visual representations of the flavour profile of each of the 32 constituent casks and the overall character of the resulting single malt.

Bottled at 50.3% and non-chill filtered, the second batch of Tun 1509 will start appearing on shelves around the world from July 2015 at an RRP of £250.00 from specialist whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange