Following our recent post (Making your own Whisky at Mackmyra) we would like to tip you about the post “A Wise Investment?” at the Scotch Blog by it’s author Kevin.

Kevin gives you all his insights on buying your own cask. In the end though, he seems to come up with the same conclusion as we do. Buying your OWN cask is not about finances in the end, it’s about having YOUR OWN cask.

Read the full story here.


Last Saturday John Sutherland, Distillery Manager of Glenrothes died after beeing taken into hospital earlier in the week.

These are the words of Luke Tegner, Glenrothes brand director.

“It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that John Sutherland,
the Distillery Manager at Glenrothes, died at the weekend. John was
taken into hospital last week, initially to Elgin then to Aberdeen and
Edinburgh. He went home at the end of the week, apparently never really
felt well, and died at home on Saturday morning.

John was so much more than the distillery manager. First and foremost a
true friend, John was a great character – larger than life, with a
fantastic and wicked sense of humour. He was an active and devoted
ambassador for The Glenrothes, fully involved both at the heart of its
production and as an evangelist on a global level.

I’m sure you will be as shocked and devastated as we are, as we will
miss him immeasurably. It goes without saying that our thoughts are with
John’s family.”

WhiskyGrotto sends our condolences to John’s family and friends.

Malt Maniacs started out as a completely ‘virtual’ collective that only interacted on the world wide web. However, gradually they started to meet more often in real life – in fact, the earliest ‘maniacal’ meeting was in 1998 between Craig Daniels and yours truly in Amsterdam. All those ‘live’ dramming sessions were instructive and excellent fun – but they also added a brand new dimension to our ‘malt mania’.

Every now and then Malt Maniacs publishes what they call E-pistles. Now they have launched their 100th E-pistle.

Check it out at the Malt Maniacs own site.

Benromach Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky is proud to announce the sponsorship of the Glasgow Clipper during the 2007/08 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

WhiskyGrotto wish you all the best!


January 20, 2007

The SWA has launched their new website.
The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) promotes, protects and represents the interests of the whisky industry in Scotland and around the world.

Check it out here

Whyte & Mackay deal close

January 17, 2007

UNITED SPIRITS, part of Vijay Mallya’s Bangalore-based United Breweries Group, is poised to wrap up a £500m takeover of the distillers Whyte & Mackay.

Advisers from the two companies are due to meet tomorrow to thrash out the details of the transaction, with Citigroup advising Whyte & Mackay and UBS advising United Spirits.

Staff at the Glasgow-based spirits group — whose brands include Whyte & Mackay blended Scotch whisky, Dalmore single malt whisky and Vladivar vodka — have been told to expect a new owner by the end of the month.

It is understood Mallya, whose company already has a strategic alliance with the Edinburgh-based Scottish & Newcastle — will retain the services of the W&M group managing director, Bob Brannan.

In November Mallya’s £475m offer for Whyte & Mackay was rejected as too low by South African-born Vivien Imerman and his brother-in-law Robert Tchenguiz, who have co-owned Whyte & Mackay since 2005.

A £500m price tag would represent a handsome return for the two men.

Article Courtesy of The Times

The range
Wemyss Vintage Malts, a Scottish company and owned by the family with the same name launches a new range. Whiskyexpert Charles Maclean helped the newly started company to select the right casks for the range. The whisky comes in bottles branded “by region”. Try Highland, Speyside, Islay or Lowlands in this first edition.

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