Spirits

Macallan’s Newest Whisky Dresses in All Black

Since its introduction in 2013, each release of the Macallan M series of single-malt whiskies has been bottled in handblown Lalique crystal decanters—after all, they are the perfect format to showcase the dramatically deeper and darker amber colours of these annual limited editions. However, the new 750 mL Macallan M Black MMXVII, which was bottled in 2017 as the sixth […]

Why We Need Spirits That Are Made for a Woman’s Palate

A decade ago, Nicola Nice was developing brand strategies for spirits such as Bacardi and Campari when she encountered a question she just couldn’t shake. “Despite the fact that women participate in almost equal numbers as men in drinking spirits, I couldn’t understand why they were being completely underrepresented in the brand space,” says the […]

Robb Reader: Macallan Creative Director Ken Grier

As creative director of luxury whisky brand Macallan, Dumfries-born Ken Grier oversaw a hike in sales from 1.8 million bottles in his first year on the brand to 12 million in 2017. He also masterminded the building of the brand’s new £140m distillery, holds two Guinness World Records for the price of a bottle of whisky […]

A Bottle of Australian Whisky Just Sold for £6,600 

A bottle of Tasmanian single malt whisky has been snapped up at a London auction for £6,600  in what is believed to be a new Australian record. That equates to just over $500 a nip for the Sullivans Cove Distillery’s American Oak single malt, which was named the world’s best single cask single malt whisky […]

The Whisky Whisperer on What the Future Holds for Single Malts

The Dalmore produced luxury aged whiskies even in the 1800s when others were releasing only five-year-olds. What’s changed in the last 30 years? Distillers all look to push each other to release that special whisky. The growth of the secondary market is also very significant, with auction houses like Bonhams making record transactions. Then there is a definite appetite […]

A rare 60-year-old whisky from a legendary distiller

Linkwood single malt is a hearty, resiny Speyside whisky that is most commonly used to add depth and finesse to Johnnie Walker and other scotch blends. But Gordon & MacPhail — one of the world’s leading specialists in the maturation of single-malt Scotch whisky — knew it had something special with Cask 20 from the […]

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