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The Speyburn Distillery is Celebrating its 125th Anniversary Photo, courtesy Speyburn Distillery Speyburn, an iconic Speyside distillery, has just celebrated its 125th anniversary. It’s located in the Granty Glen (valley) on the Granty Burn, a tributary of the Spey River. It sits opposite the Glen Grant distillery at the northern end of the town of…

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Duncan Taylor, 52-Year-Old Macallan Single Malt Scotch Whisky Photo courtesy Duncan Taylor Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky, one of Scotland’s legendary independent bottlers, has announced the release of an exceptionally rare 52 YO Macallan single malt Scotch whisky. The release is part of Duncan Taylor’s “Rarest of the Rare” portfolio. Described by the company as “a…

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This month’s batch of reviews to see out the year almost entirely feature limited edition whiskies. Some consist of thousands of bottles, some are just single cask releases, and all of them are hard to find and in demand. Macallan’s latest A Night On Earth in Scotland is, appropriately, a celebration of the Scottish new…

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You’ve got to have an angle to sell your booze nowadays — at least that’s the thinking among many purveyors of said booze. The angle can be mildly horrifying (hey, it’s a peanut butter-flavored whiskey!) or kind of intriguing (hey, it’s a gin made with botanicals from the gardens at Buckingham Palace!) or catnip for…

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Charity The BEN (full official name The Benevolent Society of the Licensed Trade of Scotland) is taking a special fundraising approach to help those who work in hospitality in Scotland who have struggled during and since the pandemic. Through its third Ambassador’s charity auction, it will raise funds by selling a special lot of whisky…

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House of Hazelwood Inagural Releases Photo, courtesy House of Hazelwood The House of Hazelwood is a new range of premium whiskies, many ultra-aged, recently released by William Grant & Sons. The brand is named after the Grant family’s ancestral home, Hazelwood House, in Dufftown, Scotland. The line has been presented as the private stock of…

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Costco’s Kirkland Signature 20 YO Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky Photo, courtesy Alexander Murray Costco is also one of the world’s largest retailers of alcoholic beverages. It’s also the single largest retailer of Scotch whisky in North America. Its Kirkland Signature brand of Blended Scotch Whisky and Single Malt Scotch Whisky ranks in the top…

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This batch of reviews features new releases from Bladnoch and Bruichladdich’s Octomore range alongside rarer fare, including a special historic Japanese whisky, luxury blends from House of Hazelwood, and small batch offerings from Edinburgh indie bottler Lady of the Glen. House of Hazelwood specializes in luxury blended whiskies. House of Hazelwood Here’s my usual disclaimer.…

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