WHISKY ENTHUSIASTS AWARDS

In response to the general disappointment at the various annual awards.  In response to gongs  that seem to be influenced by obvious bias towards certain brands or producers.  In response to the fact that awards are often given to unavailable or unaffordable products.  It’s about time there were awards that were a bit more in tune with everyday drinkers of whiskies.

Shenzhen @ Chestnut 1984

Shenzhen is full of whisky lovers that love whisky – so one Whisky Networking event was never going to be enough.  We just had to find a bar that fulfilled our stringent criteria to ensure all our whisky loving friends were accommodated.  No whisky nonsense, no whisky snobbery and no gouging whisky lovers with over-inflated […]

Guangzhou Whisky Networking

Guangzhou Whisky Networking is a regular event at Whispers Whisky Lounge.  Open since 2018 it’s the latest baby from F&B long-termer, Rob Turnbull.  Originally a beer devotee, Whisky Jesus saved his soul and showed him the real holy spirits – whisky and whiskey. Once a month, whisky lovers from all walks of life get together […]

Shenzhen @ Tinos Whisky Networking

Tinos Whisky Networking in Shenzhen is the grandfather event to all Oak and Barley whisky themed events in China.  Hosted at the spiritual home of Whisky Lovers, Tino’s, in Hua Qiang South in Futian. Once a month, whisky lovers from all walks of life get together and chew the proverbial fat while enjoying new whiskies […]

Connor McGregor Under Scrutiny

Connor McGregor, former Mixed Martial Arts World Champion, and larger than life media personality, has come under scrutiny for his attempts to leverage his massive social media base to sell Irish Whiskey.

Queen Margot and the Fake News

Queen Margot was the subject of text messages and Facebook notifications in the last week, all from enthusiastic whisky-loving friends questioning whether an eight-year-old blend from a budget supermarket could really have just been named the ‘best whisky in the world’.

At least, that’s what the national press were reporting. In a world of ever-inflating whisky prices, where a bottle of Macallan 1926 recently sold for over £1 million, at just £13 a bottle the headlines sounded too good to be true.

They were.

Another Macallan Peter Blake for Sale

A bottle of 1926 Macallan 60-year-old, featuring a label designed by Sir Peter Blake, is expected to fetch up to £700,000 when it is auctioned in Edinburgh next month. The single malt has been consigned by a UK collector, who acquired it when the 12 Sir Peter Blake bottles were released by the Speyside distillery […]

Raasay Distillery Presell 2020 Bottlings

Isle of Raasay distillery has launched pre-orders for its still-maturing inaugural single malt, which is set to be delivered to buyers in 22 months time – shortly before Christmas 2020. The distillery has earmarked 40 ex-Bourbon barrels full of maturing liquid ‘ready to go’ to meet demand for the pre-orders. Once bottled, the three-year-old whisky, […]

Johnnie Walker Experience Plans Revealed

Johnnie Walker Experience vision has been revealed as Diageo submitted plans to develop a seven-storey Johnnie Walker attraction on Princes Street in Edinburgh.  The plans feature a rooftop bars and a retail space alongside a ‘multi-sensory, immersive’ visitor experience. The proposal devotes three of the former House of Fraser store’s seven floors to the Johnnie Walker visitor experience, designed to guide attendees through the […]

Raasay Launches 30 Litre Casks

Isle of Raasay distillery has launched 30-litre casks of its Raasay single malt for purchase, in a bid to make its first expression ‘more accessible’ to whisky enthusiasts. Made from ex-Speyside Scotch whisky oak casks, the smaller casks will sit in maturation alongside the distillery’s regular 190-litre first-fill ex-American whiskey casks on Raasay before being […]