Yorkshire distillery launches Sherry cask-finished whisky

English producer Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery has released its first Sherry cask-finished whisky, called Filey Bay Moscatel Finish. The whisky will be shipped to consumers once the UK lockdown is over, but the distillery is accepting orders for the new release via its website: spiritofyorkshire.com. David Thompson, Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery co-founder, said: “We’re in strange times at the moment. We’ve been planning this release since autumn last year. “We wanted to continue with the…

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Whisky.Auction seeks bottles for covid-19 charity sale

Online auctioneer Whisky.Auction is seeking donations from drinks companies and industry professionals for its April sale, which will see all proceeds go to The Drinks Trust charity. The April auction will go live on Sunday 5 April and will run until 14 April. It is a collaboration between Whisky.Auction, The Whisky Exchange, Speciality Drinks and Speciality Brands. All money made from the auction, including buyers’ commission, will be donated to The Drinks Trust charity in…

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Fèis Ìle and Campbeltown Malts Festival cancelled

Islay’s Fèis Ìle 2020 and the Campbeltown Malts Festival have become the latest whisky events to cancel following government guidelines put in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Fèis Ìle 2020 was due to take place on the Scottish island of Islay from 22-30 May. The event’s organisers were forced to cancel this year’s event and the next festival will now be the 2021 instalment, which will take place from 28 May to 5…

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Australia to hold its ‘first’ virtual whisky festival

Melbourne-based Whiskey! The Show will host Australia’s “first” virtual whisky festival next month by posting samples to ticket holders to taste in their homes. Following the cancellation of whisky festivals around the world due to the spread of coronavirus, the organisers of Melbourne-based Whiskey! The Show have created a virtual tasting, which will allow whisky fans to sample whiskies from the their own home. Following the cancellation of the Melbourne festival, which was set to…

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Coronavirus lockdowns force whisky festival cancellations

Norway’s Trondheim Whisky Festival and Canada’s Wonderful World of Whisky Show have been cancelled amid growing restrictions on public gatherings during the coronavirus outbreak. Whisky festivals around the world have been forced to cancel or postpone as a result of the disease, which has also brought about the closure of distilleries in Scotland, the US and Mexico, as well as pubs and bars in Ireland. Norway’s Trondheim Whisky Festival was due to take place on…

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