Glenfiddich Master Blender Recognised as Master of the Quaich

Monday evening at Blair Castle in Scotland, Brian Kinsman was honoured as Master of the Quaich in front of 200 of the Whisky industry’s finest, including: the Duke of Argyll, the Earl and Countess of Dalhousie, the Viscount and Viscountess of Thurso, the Duke and Duchess of Fife, the East and Countess of Moray, the…

MELBOURNE’S BAR AMERICANO TO TAKE UP RESIDENCY AT ICEBERGS

Tucked away within Melbourne’s laneways, Bar Americano opened in 2011 as an homage to the Golden Age of drinking, the “American Bar” time. The concept was born out of foreign demand; well-heeled Europeans discovered these liquid delights in the Jazz cities of Chicago and New York. They (along with the thirsty Yanks fleeing the drought…

Australia’s Best Bartenders Launch Cocktail Book

Australia’s Top25 Bartenders, as voted by fellow bartenders, have collaborated in a new cocktail book: Cocktails For The Home Bartender. The book has been supported by bartender focused brands allowing the proceeds from the sales of the book to go back to the bartenders themselves – an example of the industry coming together to support…

GORDON & MACPHAIL UNVEILS 64-YEAR-OLD WHISKY

The latest single malt in a series of timeless classics to emerge from the Gordon & MacPhail warehouse has been revealed. Honouring Mr George Urquhart, a member of the second generation of the company’s owning family and the man who helped bring single malt whisky to the world, the Gordon & MacPhail Mr George Legacy 1957 from…

MARGARITA KOMBI TOURING THE EAST COAST OF AUSTRALIA

The Margarita Kombi bar, brought to you by Cointreau, will be touring up and down the East Coast of Australia this autumn, with its first stop in Sydney. And while it may be pouring right now nothing seems to dampen Australian’s love of the margarita. You can track the van on this website with NSW…

Brick Lane launches One Love ‘Loud & Proud’ Pale Ale ahead of Mardi Gras

Ahead of the 2022 Mardi Gras celebrations, Brick Lane Brewing has launch a limited edition version of its award-winning One Love Pale Ale. Proceeds from ‘Loud & Proud’ One Love Pale Ale will be donated to the Pride Foundation Australia which is dedicated to building a society where all LGBTQIA+ people experience equality and inclusion. …

Heaven Hill Aquires Samson & Surrey

Heaven Hill, the world’s second-largest holder of Kentucky Bourbon, has today (February 1) acquired Samson & Surrey, including its portfolio of brands and facilities. The acquisition of Samson & Surrey further extends Heaven Hill’s portfolio with six high-growth, super-premium brands in several of the industry’s fastest-growing categories.“Throughout our 86-year history, our focus has been building…

Beginning Of The End For Rare Japanese Whisky

Specialist Japanese whisky retailer dekanta has launched a new set of extremely rare Karuizawa whiskies, taken from some of the last casks left of the iconic whisky.  The Japanese distillery has been closed since 2000 and as global interest in Japanese whisky has grown in recent years, demand for stock from it has increased dramatically, along with…

Benriach Goes Back To The Future

Speyside distillery Benriach is shaping up for the future by launching a new range of single malt whiskies which pay tribute to its past. Under former co-owner Billy Walker, the distillery built a formidable reputation for a diverse and eclectic range of whiskies, covering everything from classic fruity Speyside whiskies, to heavily peated malts, and…

The Ultimate Whisky Lovers Car

What can a car say about your taste in whisky? Which would be your favourite? A Jim Beam Grand Cherokee or a Yamazaki Lexus? Bowmore have chosen theirs, and it’s the Aston Martin SUV, the DBX.  Bowmore revealed a partnership with ‘Q by Aston Martin’ developing an extremely limited edition Bowmore Aston Martin DBX’s that will be built and delivered to just 18 customers at a private event…

Daniel Szor Pays Tribute to Dr Jim Swan

The founder and owner of the Cotswolds Distillery, Daniel Szor, has paid a moving tribute to whisky expert and consultant Dr Jim Swan, who died four years ago. Despite the pandemic the English Distillery has had a productive few months, and is celebrating a clutch of awards as well as the launch of its first…

Roskrows’ Stills Crazy: Edition 2

International spirits writer and magazine editor, Dominic Roskrow, has launched a new magazine for the whisky loving public and it’s worth a read.  Edition #2 of Stills Crazy was released last week and is a significant publication dedicated to the work of the late Dr Jim Swan: aptly titled “The Wizard of Whisky”. Roskrow has been…