Kevin O’Gorman creates Midleton Very Rare 2021

Irish Distillers has unveiled Midleton Very Rare 2021 – the first whiskey in the series from recently appointed master distiller Kevin O’Gorman. Midleton Very Rare 2021 is the 38th iteration of the annual release. O’Gorman took up the position of master distiller in June last year, taking over from Brian Nation. The Irish whiskey is a blend of single pot still and single grain Irish whiskeys aged between 15 and 36 years, and matured in…

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Chapel Gate bottles blend with retailer

Ireland’s Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Co has partnered with online retailer Irishmalts.com to release JJ Corry The Rebel Blend. The second collaborative release from Irish whiskey bonder Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Co and Irishmalts.com, The Rebel Blend is made using 60% 14-year-old Irish single malt and 40% 10-year-old Irish single grain whiskey matured in ex-Bourbon casks. The blend is non chill-filtered and contains no added colouring. Chapel Gate has released 200 bottles of the limited…

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Haig Club Scotch whisky launches RTD range

Diageo-owned Haig Club single grain Scotch has created a range of ready-to-drink (RTD) cans in partnership with David Beckham. The pre-mixed range comes in two flavours: Haig Club Clubman mixed with root ginger ale and lime, and Haig Club Clubman mixed with crafted cola. Bottled at 5% ABV, the Haig Club RTDs are available to purchase from Tesco stores in the UK priced at RRP £2 (US$2.50) per 330ml can. The crafted cola flavour is…

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InchDairnie ‘first’ Scotch maker to distil with oats in a century

Fife’s InchDairnie Distillery has created single grain spirit from oats, making it the first Scottish distillery to use the cereal in “perhaps a century”. The distillery was inspired to distil oats after finding evidence of the cereal’s use in Scotland in the 1908-09 Royal Commission Report on Whisky and Other Potable Spirits. InchDairnie carried out its first distillation of oats on 10 June and the release of the whisky will “depend on how the spirit…

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North British unveils 58-year-old Scotch whisky

Edinburgh-based North British Distillery has partnered with independent bottler Douglas Laing to launch a limited edition 58-year-old Scotch whisky. The one-off bottling is limited to 222 bottles and was distilled in July 1960. Bottled at 51.6% abv, the single grain expression is the first commercial release from North British Distillery. The whisky has notes of butterscotch, caramelised pineapple and coconut on the nose, with a palate full of toasted oak, cinnamon and cloves, leading to…

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