Thursday, October 18, 2018


The Glengoyne Distillery, has announced its latest collaboration with one of Scotland’s best-loved contemporary artists, in association with The Glasgow School of Art.

The Highlands based single malt brand, has again teamed up with Glasgow School of Art graduate, John Lowrie Morrison OBE (Jolomo) to reveal the third in a series of specially commissioned seasonal paintings inspired by the distillery.

Jolomo with the Spring Blossoms at Glengoyne painting

The latest commission ‘Spring Blossoms at Glengoyne’ will be printed on limited edition Glengoyne 10 Year Old gift tins in time for Christmas. The brand will also be making a donation to The Glasgow School of Art.

Commenting on the news, Alan Horn, Director of Development for The Glasgow School of Art said: “We’re delighted that Glengoyne and Jolomo are continuing their association with The Glasgow School of Art through this inspiring collaborative project. We’re grateful that Glengoyne has chosen to continue this relationship with Jolomo and the School and we look forward to working with them both again this year, to build on the success of the previous gift tins. The last few months have been particularly challenging, and we would like to thank Glengoyne and Jolomo for their continued kind thoughts and support.”

The limited-edition ‘Spring Blossoms at Glengoyne’ 10 Year Old tins, are now available from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £35.49.

Posted by Steve Rush

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Diageo, has today announced the launch of the first 50 Year Old expression, from its Johnnie Walker blended Scotch whisky range.

The John Walker Masters' Edition (43.3% ABV) is a triple-matured Scotch whisky, that has been crafted using six rare single malt and grain whiskies, from distilleries that existed during the lifetime of founder John Walker; Glen Albyn, Glenury Royal, Blair Athol, Caledonian, Cambus and Port Dundas.
The John Walker Masters' Edition

Limited to just 100 bottles, the John Walker Masters’ Edition, has been finished in small batches in a bespoke marrying cask made of 100 year oak staves. Its layers of flavour are said to be revealed slowly on the palate, where luscious blackcurrants and citrus give way to rich, creamy dark chocolate and a long, gentle and warming finish with cooling menthol and a subtle smokiness.

Commenting on the launch, John Williams, Johnnie Walker Global Brand Director, said: "Fifty year old whiskies are very rare. Whiskies of this age have incredible character but it takes great skill to reveal their flavour and then balance them so people can appreciate the end result. That's where our Master Blender Jim Beveridge - one of only six in the history of Johnnie Walker - and his small team of exceptional whisky-makers come into their own as masters of their craft."

The John Walker Masters' Edition, will be available later this month in limited, special markets, for a RRP of $25,000. One bottle will also be auctioned at Bonhams, Hong Kong in 2019.

Posted by Steve Rush

Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Jack Daniel’s, has announced the launch of the first three expressions in its new limited-release, Tennessee Tasters Selection series.

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Tasters’ Selection, is a new series of experimental whiskeys, each carefully chosen by Jack Daniel’s Master Tasters, and are said to deliver unique and diverse experiences.

Jack Daniel's launches new experimental whiskey series

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Tasters’ Selection - High Angel’s Share Barrels (53.5% ABV) Produced using whiskey barreled in January 2013, which offered an unusually low yield, presenting a unique and deep concentration of flavours. Selected by Assistant Master Distiller and Master Taster Chris Fletcher.

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Tasters’ Selection - Smoked Hickory Finish (50% ABV) A fully matured whiskey finished with charred hickory staves for a smoky flavour. Selected by Master Taster Marsha Hale.

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Tasters’ Selection - Reunion Barrel (45% ABV) Produced using barrels which were first used to age Jack Daniel’s, then used for a Tennessee-produced wine, and returned to the Jack Daniel Distillery to finish this specific release. Selected by Master Distiller and Master Taster Jeff Arnett.

This new series of whiskeys, will be exclusively available from the Jack Daniel Distillery and selected stores throughout Tennessee. Each release is expected to produce around 24,000 bottles, with another limited release to follow every few months.

Commenting on the news, Jeff Arnett, Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller, said: “This collection exemplifies our whiskey-making in a new way in that each whiskey will undergo its own process for unique flavours chosen by our esteemed Master Tasters. We plan on releasing several of these new products each year as we continue to tap the expertise of the Master Tasters who make our Tennessee Whiskey every day.”

He went onto say: “With this launch, we’re continuing to live by Mr. Jack’s motto that ‘Every day we make it, we’ll make it the best we can’. This time, we’re taking the ‘we’ in that statement to the next level. Jack Daniel’s Master Tasters are an integral part of the quality whiskey we produce every day, and now we’re enabling them to share their expertise with the world by sharing some of their personal favourite, previously unreleased expressions.”

The first three bottlings in the new Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Tasters’ Selection, will be available directly from the distillery and selected stores in Tennessee, from the end of October. RRP $39.99 – 375ml.

Posted by Steve Rush