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Old Pulteney Boat Gets whisky Christening Ahead of Pioneering Adventure

Image via whisky intelligenceArctic and maritime adventurer Jock Wishart and his crew have today christened their specially designed rowing boat, The Old Pulteney ahead of its pioneering voyage into the unknown. The expedition team named the boat after their sponsors, Old Pulteney Single Malt Whisky at a ceremony outside Boisdale’s at Canary Wharf, London.

Wishart will lead a six strong team on the Old Pulteney Row to the Pole expedition in a bespoke ice boat – today christened The Old Pulteney – which will set off from Canada’s Resolute Bay on the 1st of August on a 450 mile route across the arctic on a voyage to the magnetic North Pole which, if successful, will make history as a world first.

The Old Pulteney has been constructed to accommodate a six-strong crew and their equipment during the four to six week voyage. The crew comprise of five experienced oarsmen, and one carefully selected novice, David Mans. Mans, a 28 year old British Army Officer and Afghanistan veteran from Hampshire, beat stiff competition from hundreds of international entrants of the Old Pulteney Pole Position Competition earlier this year, offering one spirited person a once in a lifetime chance to be part of this extraordinary adventure.

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Glengoyne Distillery Stillman Raises £1,000 for charity

Stillman at Glengoyne Distillery, Duncan McNicoll, has walked the famed West Highland Way raising £1,000 for charity.

Duncan completed the 95 mile trip, which starts in Milngavie, passes near the distillery and ends in Fort William. Duncan undertook the feat with his brother, John, son, Calum, son’s girlfriend, Hollie and nephew, Craig, by his side.

Recipient of Duncan and his family’s donation, The Scots Australian Children’s Cancer Trust, was set up by husband and wife Alan and Janet MacDermid, in appreciation of the life-saving treatment their grandson, Joseph MacDermid, received for a brain tumour at Sydney Children’s Hospital. Funds raised go to supporting cancer charities around the world including World Child Cancer, which twins hospitals in developed countries with others in poorer countries such as Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana, and Mexico.

Duncan McNicoll said of his accomplishment: “When I heard about all the great work that Alan and Janet’s trust goes towards it only seemed right to do whatever I could to help. I really appreciated that my family were willing to help and we enjoyed doing the walk together to help children affected by cancer.”


Press Release - Ardbeg Whisky, make it snappy!

Ardbeg Alligator is the latest result of years of experimentation by the Distillery and its team, headed up by Dr Bill Lumsden of the Glenmorangie Company, head of Distilling and Whisky Creation at the Edinburgh based firm; Glenmorangie, of course, bought and restored Ardbeg back in 1997.

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Press Release - Bushmills To Team-Up With Kevin Baird Of Two Door Cinema Club

BUSHMILLS™ Irish Whiskey has today announced that Kevin Baird of Two Door Cinema Club, Jonathan Galkin of DFA Records and Rob Allanson of Whisky Magazine will all be joining BUSHMILLS Master Distiller Colum on the judging panel at Bushcamp, the Make it 2 Bushmills three-day global final to be held on the north coast of Ireland this August.

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Pride 1981: Ultamite Expression of Glenmorangie Whisky Unveiled

On 1st July 2011 Glenmorangie will reveal Pride 1981, the distillery’s most sublime single malt whisky to date. Characterised by the longest extra-maturation period of any Glenmorangie expression, the eagerly-anticipated 28-year-old single malt will be available in a limited edition of only 1,000 pieces, presented in a striking crystal decanter and wooden case.

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Japan - Number One Drinks Company whiskies unaffected by radiation

The on-going situation at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear facility in north-eastern Japan has resulted in confusion regarding the status of Japanese products destined for export to overseas markets. Some countries have temporarily introduced partial bans

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Winner Announced! - Glenrothes Whisky Maker

The results are in; following a worldwide competition which ran from October 2010 until the end of January 2011, four enthusiasts have been chosen from many thousands of entries to work for a week in May as The Glenrothes Whisky Makers.

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Update - Glenrothes Whisky Maker!

The worldwide competition to appoint four Glenrothes Whisky Makers closes at the end of January. Response to the competition has been very strong but there is still a chance for last minute, on-line entries. The successful candidates will be recruited to work as The Glenrothes Whisky Makers in the heart of single malt production in Speyside, Scotland.

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iPhone - Glenfiddich Whisky App

Glenfiddich has launched its first iPhone App today, which is now available for free download from iTunes : info Below The Glenfiddich iPhone app brings the Glenfiddich experience to everyone – from whisky novices to aficionados – at the touch of a button. Features include: ...

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Press Release - Richard Hawley Hits The Perfect Note with Glenfiddich Whisky

After visiting the Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown, Scotland, earlier this year Richard Hawley, British musical icon and MOJO award winner, has created some stunning new music inspired by the time-honoured art of whisky-making.

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Travel Retail Exclusive for The Glenrothes Whisky

The Glenrothes is to release the award-winning* 1991 Vintage in a one-litre bottle exclusively for Global Travel Retail and featuring new packaging. First released in 2005, under the auspices of John Ramsay, the latest version of the Vintage 1991, bottled in 2010, has been selected by new Malt Master Gordon Motion. The 1991 Vintage is a single malt whisky of great richness as well as the customary elegance associated with The Glenrothes; it is matured in casks of both Spanish oak (Quercus Robur) and American oak (Quercus Alba) which are seasoned with either sherry or bourbon.

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A Whisky Rollercoaster ride to Success for Ardbeg 

Ardbeg fans celebrate in style at the Ardbeg Rollercoaster party.

The iconic Islay malt whisky, Ardbeg invited hundreds of fans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its worldwide fan club – the Ardbeg Committee, at two funfair-inspired events in Edinburgh and London in July 2010.

In 1997, when the Ardbeg Distillery on the shores of the remote island of Islay re-opened after years of closure, the Distillery appealed to loyal fans to help them spread the word about its re-awakening. Such was their enthusiasm that in 2000 the Distillery decided to form the Ardbeg Committee; its evangelical mission: “To ensure the doors of the Ardbeg Distillery never close again”. 

Ten years on and there are 50,000 members in 120 countries and in the UK members and guests enjoyed an authentic fun fair themed evening, with games such as 10 Dram Alley and ‘Shortie’ Shooter Gallery, while savouring the latest limited edition, Ardbeg Rollercoaster.

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Islay Junior Gaelic Choir - Whisky Appeal Dinner & Auction

slay hotelier and choir supporter Grahame Allison, of the island’s Port Charlotte Hotel, is holding a dinner on Saturday 21 August to raise funds for the Islay Junior Gaelic Choir to take part in this year’s Mod in October. The Mod is Scotland’s annual festival of Gaelic culture with international groups and individuals competing for medals in musical and literary categories. This year’s event is being held in Caithness in the far north of Scotland.

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