Diageo unveils Prima & Ultima whisky collection

Leading spirits producer Diageo has released a new series of collectable single malt Scotch whiskies worth a combined RRP of £20,000 (US$24,600), called Prima & Ultima. Prima & Ultima, meaning the ‘first and last’, comprises a selection of casks selected from a number of Diageo distilleries, including Lagavulin, Mortlach and the Singleton of Dufftown. The eight single vintage malts selected for the first range in the series were chosen by whisky maker Dr Jim Beveridge…

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Top 10 spirits launches in November 2019

The “world’s first” gin made with artificial intelligence, the final whisky in Diageo’s Game of Thrones-inspired single malt range and the oldest Balvenie to date are among the top products to launch last month. November saw a number of brands release their oldest expressions to date including a 56-year-old single malt from The Balvenie and Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Co’s 27-year-old Irish whiskey. Beam Suntory’s Canadian Club brand also released what is thought to be…

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Mortlach is final single malt in Game of Thrones range

Diageo is set to launch the final bottling in its limited edition Game of Thrones Single Malt Collection, a 15-year-old Mortlach whisky. The new whisky, called Six Kingdoms – Mortlach Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 15 Years, is the ninth and final bottling to join the Game of Thrones-inspired range. The UK drinks giant teamed up with the show’s network HBO to produce the range of single malt Scotch whiskies in celebration of the eighth and final…

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The week in pictures

New York aperitivo bar Dante kicked off a new series of bar takeovers this week, which will celebrate the vermouth category. The first event in the series saw the bar team from Athens drinking den Odori travel to New York to mix up a host of signature aperitivo cocktails. The series will continue over the next three weeks, with bartenders from Le Sirenuse in Miami, Maybe Frank in Sydney and Kwant in London each appearing…

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Mortlach 47yo raises S$50,000 for charity at auction

A bottle of the soon-to-be-released Mortlach 47 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky has raised S$50,000 (£28,083/ US$37,026) for charity after being sold at auction. Mortlach 47 Year Old is the first release from the Diageo-owned distillery’s Singing Still Series. Only 94 bottles of the whisky have been created, featuring liquid distilled and filled into three American oak hogsheads in April 1971, and bottled at 46.8% abv. It has been given an RRP of £10,000…

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