ENGLAND’S NEWEST WHISKY & GIN DISTILLERY LAUNCHES FOUNDERS’ CLUB

Press Release..   BECOME A FOUNDING MEMBER OF ENGLAND’S NEWEST WHISKY & GIN DISTILLERY   Cooper King Distillery’s Founders’ Club has launched and offers members of the public a rare chance to shape the future of England’s newest whisky distillery. The Founders’ Club calls on whisky and gin enthusiasts to become a founding member of…

Those summertime drams..

We just hit temperatures of over 20 degrees for a full week here in the uk so summertime might be over but I thought I would take a quick look at those drams that will be on offer here in the OCD office..   It’s time to reach for those lighter, more floral, fruity drams…

Glen Scotia adds 25-year-old to range..

Press Release..   Glen Scotia 25-year-old sets sail Independent Campbeltown distillery, Glen Scotia, has added a 25-year-old single malt to its award-winning range. The single malt, which is dominated by maritime influences, was launched at the Campbeltown Whisky Festival on Wednesday 24 May. Founded in 1832, Glen Scotia distillery is one of three surviving distilleries…

Isle of Arran Distillery toasts international drinks tourism award win

Press Release..     Isle of Arran Distillery toasts international drinks tourism award win Isle of Arran Distillers has been recognised at the prestigious Drinks Business Awards for their success and investment in wine and spirits tourism. An international award judged by the biggest drinks trade magazine in the world, the distillery beat off tough…

Distell’s Scotch portfolio receives international honours

Press Release..   International wine, spirit and cider producer, Distell, has received recognition from across the globe for its Scotch Whisky collection at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), as well as the International Spirits Challenge (ISC). The portfolio received 29 awards in total, including the Director’s Award of Excellence from SFWSC. The…

Gold for Gordon & MacPhail at the International Spirits Challenge 2017

Press Release..   Leading malt whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail is celebrating gold medal success at the 2017 International Spirits Challenge (ISC) for its Rare Vintage Glen Grant 1954. Now in its 22nd year, the ISC is billed as one of the premier events in the spirits calendar and receives more than 1,300 entries from…

TOMATIN WHISKY CELEBRATE HISTORIC WIN AT INDUSTRY ‘OSCARS’…

Press release..   Tomatin Distillery can proudly announce that our 36 Year Old Single Malt has scooped the top prize at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition, having been awarded ‘Best Scotch’, beating off stiff competition from hundreds of brands and distillers around the world. A judging panel of high-calibre industry experts awarded the…

Thinking aloud

We often get asked to name our favourite whisky or what makes a perfect whisky but to me the more important question should be what is whisky to you.. For me it’s a way of escaping the day to day stresses, a way to just sit down and let the world go by without having…

Ocdwhisky meets This is my dram podcast.

A few weeks ago while working for Paul John whisky at the Whisky Lounge festival in Newcastle I was lucky enough to have a quick chat with the guys from “This is my dram” .. These guys do a podcast and whisky blog that also incorporates music ! Although fairly new I must say it…

JOHNNIE WALKER RELAUNCHES 18-YEAR-OLD BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY

PRESS RELEASE..   JOHNNIE WALKER RELAUNCHES 18-YEAR-OLD BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY 04 APRIL 2017: Johnnie Walker has relaunched its 18-year-old blended Platinum Scotch whisky with a new name – Johnnie Walker Aged 18 Years – and a sophisticated new look. The super-premium blend of up to 18 different whiskies, each chosen for their depth of flavour…

CRAIGELLACHIE 31yo scoops ” worlds best single malt” award.

PRESS RELEASE.   ITS OFFICIAL THE WORLD’S BEST SINGLE MALT IS CRAIGELLACHIE Glasgow, Scotland, 3rd April 2017 – John Dewar & Sons Ltd are delighted to announce CRAIGELLACHIE® 31 Years Old has been awarded the World’s Best Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards 2017 presented by Whisky Magazine, the leading authority on the subject….

WHAT MAKES YOU MOAN..

What makes you moan these days ?  well in the whisky world that will bring a million different answers, some want to moan about  value for money, some just want and expect great whisky and others want to moan about having age statements on all  bottles etc etc.. But what really makes us happy is to have…

Grain Whisky, dont overlook it..

Grain whisky.. Its there just to bulk out the blends right ?  A cheaper way of basically filling the gaps to reduce costs so the blenders can throw out twice as much blended whisky rather that just blended malts etc..  That might be the case in most instances but over the last several years the world of…

From perfume to whisky in a few thousand years.

With so many new distilleries popping up in so many different countries I thought I would take a quick look at where it all might have started and where it might be heading.. The first believed records of “distillation”  goes way back to the 2nd millennium Bc where it is believed Perfumes and aromatics could have been…

ARDBEG LAUNCHES KELPIE TO CELEBRATE ARDBEG DAY

PRESS RELEASE..   ARDBEG LAUNCHES KELPIE TO CELEBRATE ARDBEG DAY Ardbeg is set to bring Islay’s Festival of Music and Malt to a close on Ardbeg Day, the global celebration of the single malt’s untamed spirit. Ardbeg Day falls on Saturday, 3rd June 2017. This year, in homage to the sea that surrounds the Distillery’s…

Tomatin Release Five Virtues Series

Press release.. Five Virtues Series We are excited to bring to you a new range of Tomatin single malts – the Five Virtues Series. Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water – elements central to civilisation’s most ancient philosophies which enjoy incredible synergies. Combined, they produce outcomes far greater than their sum. This symbiosis – the…

A day at the Whisky Lounge Festival #Newcastle 2017.

A whisky Festival.. Whisky, Whisky and yes of course more whisky and you can even throw in a little Bourbon, Gin and Rum these days and don’t forget a lot more whisky !  I have attended the whisky lounge festivals more times than I can remember ( I wonder why ! ) but this time…