Benriach debuts ‘smokiest’ single malt

Scotch whisky distillery Benriach has released its ‘most intensely smoked’ single malt to date, called Smoke Season. Benriach said smoky whiskies are not typically associated with Speyside, however a look back at the distillery’s archives found that heavily peated single malts were favourable in the region during the 19th century. To celebrate the time of year where peated spirit runs through its stills, the Speyside distillery has unveiled a small-batch release that captures Benriach’s seasonal…

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Glen Scotia seeks Victorian images of Campbeltown

Campbeltown-based whisky distillery Glen Scotia is asking people worldwide to share photography of the Scottish town from the mid-19th and early-20th century. The single malt whisky producer is seeking photos that depict the whisky industry during the Victorian period. At the time, Campbeltown was known as the ‘whisky capital of the world’ and housed more than 30 operating distilleries. Iain McAlister, master distiller and distillery manager at Glen Scotia, said: “The contribution Campbeltown has made…

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Whisky collection sells for $9.1m at auction

A set comprised of 3,900 bottles of whisky has become the highest value private collection sold at auction from a single collector – with a bottle of The Macallan 1926 Fine and Rare setting a new record at US$1.4 million. ‘The Perfect Collection’, which contains more than 3,900 bottles of mostly single malt Scotch, has been built up by the late American private collector Richard Gooding. Perth-based Whisky Auctioneer split the collection between two separate auctions,…

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Northumberland whisky distillery gains £4.6m

Work has begun on the construction of a new English whisky distillery and visitor centre in Northumberland, following a £4.6 million (US$6.5m) investment. The family behind Ad Gefrin first revealed plans for the new site in August 2018. Once complete, the facility will bring English whisky production back to the county for the first time in 200 years. Due to open in autumn 2022, the Ad Gefrin distillery will be located in Wooler on the…

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Lakes Distillery reveals The One Moscatel

English spirits producer The Lakes Distillery has added a Moscatel wine cask-finished whisky to The One series. The One Moscatel blended whisky was finished in hand-picked Moscatel wine casks from southern Spain. Moscatel wine is made from grapes grown in the town of Chipiona in the Cádiz province of Andalucía. The grapes are sun-dried before being pressed (a process known as soleo), producing less water and changing the sugar levels, viscosity, flavour and aroma of…

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