Kate Nicholls and Richard Paterson made OBEs

UK Hospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls and Whyte & Mackay master blender Richard Paterson were appointed OBEs in the Queen’s New Year Honours list. Nicholls was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the hospitality sector, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nicholls commented: “While I am personally thrilled and honoured to receive this recognition, I have to pay tribute to the entire UKH team for their tireless work…

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Richard Paterson steps back to focus on Dalmore

As he celebrates 50 years with Whyte & Mackay, master distiller Richard Paterson has decided to step back from his day-to-day involvement across the company’s whisky portfolio to focus on The Dalmore. Paterson joined Whyte & Mackay on 14 September 1970. By stepping back to focus on The Dalmore, Paterson will also be able to pursue other personal interests. Paterson and Whyte & Mackay are preparing to launch six new single malts in 2021 as…

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Top 10 spirits launches in February 2020

The “world’s first” carbon-neutral gin, a Bourbon cask-finished Courvoisier spirit drink and Ireland’s “oldest” Irish whiskey range were among the top products unveiled last month. With Dry January over, spirits producers unveiled their latest innovations in February to attract new drinkers. Gin dominated our list with new line extensions from Gordon’s, which continued to build on its flavoured portfolio, while Hendrick’s and Martin Miller’s unveiled limited edition offerings in the UK. Cognac brand Courvoisier experimented…

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Dalmore unveils 51-year-old whisky for £55,000

Only 51 decanters of a 51-year-old Dalmore single malt Scotch whisky have been released, priced at RRP £55,000 (US$71,700) per bottle. Bottled at 40% ABV, the whisky was first matured in ex-Bourbon casks before being split between Port Colheita 1938 casks, Matusalem Sherry casks and first-fill Bourbon casks. The whiskies were then combined in specially selected Bourbon barrels. The rare expression will be presented in a crystal decanter and a high-gloss presentation case made from…

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Dalmore debuts 60-year-old single malt

Single malt Scotch The Dalmore has released just three decanters of a 60-year-old whisky as part of the brand’s 180th anniversary. The Dalmore 60 Year Old is limited to three decanters and is said to reflect the “enduring legacy of the distillery, its pioneering spirit and restless pursuit of the perfect whisky”. The 41.7% ABV whisky is made from two “extremely rare” ex-Sherry casks from six decades ago, which were filled with spirit first distilled…

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