WORLD WHISKY DAY: Celebrate Two Cities and Two Whiskies with Compass Box

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WORLD WHISKY DAY: Celebrate Two Cities and Two Whiskies with Compass Box

World Whisky Day on the 15th May is a great opportunity to celebrate two Scottish cities with a dram of Compass Box Artist Blend and Glasgow Blend.

Artist Blend (formally Great King Street Artist’s Blend)

A tribute to Edinburgh, the new label depicts an artist in front of the world-famous Scottish National Gallery and embodies the creative spirit of Compass Box. 

 Compass Box Founder, John Glaser, first created this whisky in 2011 and was inspired by 100-year-old recipes. This blended Scotch whisky has a higher proportion of single malt whiskies than is normally found in blends today, and is reminiscent of apple, salted caramel and baking spices. Artist Blend has a notably creamy mouthfeel and long finish.

 A vibrantly fruity and creamy flavour profile complements the artistic endeavour and creative flair that the city is famous for. Artist Blend can be drunk neat, with a splash of water or on the rocks, and is versatile enough for cocktail creation or even a classic Highball.

RRP: £37 for a 70cl bottle. ABV: 43%, natural colour and non-chill filtered. Available from:

Glasgow Blend (formally Great King Street Glasgow Blend)

Conceived as a contrast to Artist Blend, it represents the bold, fearless and humorous personality of the Glaswegians. One of Glasgow’s most iconic landmarks, the statue of the Duke of Wellington, which has had various traffic cones placed on its head for the past 30 years, is on the new label for Glasgow Blend as it is a symbol of the city’s sense of humour.

 This is an old-school peaty blended Scotch whisky, originally created by John Glaser in 2014, that draws on an historical reference that Glaswegians have long preferred bigger, smokier whiskies.

 With a high malt content, Glasgow Blend is full, bold and smoky on the palate and unites the rich spice and fruitcake-like notes of Sherry cask ageing with the maritime punch of Islay malt whisky.

 Glasgow Blend can be poured into a tumbler or wine glass and enjoyed pre- or post-dinner, perhaps with a splash of water. The added weight of this bold blend brings extra depth to whisky-based cocktails.

RRP: £37 for a 70cl bottle. ABV: 43%, natural colour and non-chill filtered. Available from:

These two versatile Compass Box whiskies, loved by bartenders around the world, can take

pride of place in home bars and are perfect for celebrating World Whisky Day.

Celebrate World Whisky Day with J&B Rare

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World Whisky Day on the 15th May is a great opportunity to get out your cocktail shaker and get creative. An unexpected cocktail ingredient would be J&B Rare Whisky, the consistent high quality of the blend, which is light in colour with a smooth and elegant taste, makes it the perfect whisky for cocktails and longer drinks. 

A delicious cocktail is the J&B Rare Whisky Sour:

Add 35ml J&B Rare, 10ml lemon juice, 10ml sugar syrup and 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake all the ingredients with ice and then dry shake without the ice. Fine strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with maraschino cherries.

RRP: £22.50, ABV: 40%J&B Rare is available from: Waitrose stores, and Justerini & Brooks @JBRareWhisky #TheUnexpectedWhisky It is time to get shaking your cocktail server and celebrate World Whisky Day the unexpected way with J&B Rare!

WORLD WHISKY DAY 15th May: Celebrate with Three Cocktails from Recently Launched Shanky’s Whip, an Irish Whiskey-based Liqueur

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Why not celebrate the 10th anniversary of World Whisky Day with a brand new Irish whiskey-based liqueur, Shanky’s Whip. Launched in the UK in April 2021,  it is based on a combination of Irish spirits and aged pot still whiskey, blended in with the natural flavour of vanilla infused with caramel. 
If you are looking for something a bit different to celebrate the ‘water of life’, Shanky’s Whip won’t disappoint. A smooth, black spirit with a rich and whippy flavour dominated by spicy Irish notes and can be enjoyed in a variety of cocktails such as an Irish Old Fashioned, Cold Whip or The Long and the Short of It.

RRP £24.  ABV: 33%. Instagram: @shankyswhip
Available from Amazon and Master of Malt 

Shanky’s Whip – Irish Old Fashioned 1 part Aperol 1 part Shanky’s Whip Dash of Bitters 1 part Bourbon 
Mix all of the above together and garnish with Orange peel and a Maraschino cherry 

The Long and Short of It1 part Shanky’s Whip 4 parts cola Garnish – slice of lime
Serve in a tall glass over ice with a slice of lime 

The Whip A chilled shot of Shanky’s Whip  

Cotswolds Distillery launches the first expression from the Amaro Whisky Liqueur Collection – Cotswolds Amaro No 1

Cotswolds Distillery launches the first expression from the Amaro Whisky Liqueur Collection – Cotswolds Amaro No 1

In celebration of World Whisky Day on the 16th May 2020, The Cotswolds Distillery is delighted to announce the release of the first expression from the new range of Cotswolds Amaro Whisky Liqueurs.

Inspired by Amaro, the Italian herbal liqueur which is typically enjoyed as an after-dinner ‘digestif’, Cotswolds Distillery has created a collection of whisky liqueurs which recreate this drinking moment, The Cotswolds Amaro Whisky Liqueurs.

The first expression, Cotswolds Amaro No 1, has the flagship Cotswolds Single Malt as the base to which a blend of select botanicals including vanilla, citrus and spice have been added. The resulting liqueur is lighter with pronounced herbal and floral notes. The second expression will be launched this Autumn.

“I have always loved Amaro and wanted to create Cotswolds Distillery’s own Amaro liqueur”, says Daniel Szor, Cotswolds Distillery Founder. “Launching Cotswolds Amaro No 1 on World Whisky Day seemed the perfect way to celebrate this wonderful day. The vanilla, spice and citrus complement our Single Malt Whisky and we hope our delicious digestif will become a favourite after-dinner drink”.

Amaro (Italian for ‘bitter’) is traditionally produced by macerating herbs, roots, flowers, bark and citrus elements in either spirit or wine (or sometimes both), before being sweetened with caramel or sugar and has a typical alcohol content of 16%-40%. It is usually bitter-sweet and is sometimes syrupy with a thick mouthfeel.

The Cotswolds Amaro Liqueur has been bottled at 40% which ensures the spices and sweetness complement the flavour coming through from the fruity whiskies.

The Cotswolds Amaro should be served well-chilled or on the rocks as an after-dinner moment, perfect for the end of a summer’s evening.

Tasting Notes:

Nose: Fresh peach with bitter black tea and subtle orange citrus fruit.

Palate: Thick and creamy with vanilla and bitter marmalade, floral with a hint of spiced honey.

Finish: Slightly bitter finish, with dried fruit and a touch of maple syrup.

Cotswolds Amaro No1

RRP: £34.95 for a 500ml bottle

ABV: 40% non-chill filtered

Available to purchase exclusively from The Cotswolds Distillery from the 16th May 2020:

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Celebrate World Whisky Day on the 16th May with an award-winning English whisky: Cotswolds Single Malt

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Celebrate World Whisky Day on the 16th May with an award-winning English whisky: Cotswolds Single Malt.

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky was launched in October 2017 and is the first whisky ever distilled in the Cotswolds. The distillery uses 100% locally grown, floor-malted barley and matures the whisky in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels and reconditioned red wine casks. The whisky is rich, fruity and sippable with notes of honey, Seville orange marmalade and dark red fruits. Each bottle lists the barley variety, harvest year and local Cotswolds farm on which it was grown.

“I was looking out of the window of our old farmhouse in the Cotswolds at my neighbour’s fields of spring barley and thought ‘why hasn’t anyone made whisky here?’. The Cotswolds has every bit as much romance and history as the most beautiful parts of the Highlands or Lowlands, just in a very different way,” says Daniel Szor, Cotswolds Distillery Founder.

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Get creative on World Whisky Day and mix your own cocktail using Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky. The English Outlaw, is a twist on the classic Manhattan and has a robust malty base which creates a complex and delicious cocktail:

Ingredients: 60ml Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky, 30ml Vermouth, 1 x bar spoon of marmalade, 1 x dash of Aromatic Bitters.

Method: Dissolve the marmalade in Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky, add Vermouth and dash of Aromatic Bitters, stir down with ice and fine strain into a martini glass. Garnish with cherries; Maraschino if you have them in the cupboard!

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You might want to snap up the Limited Edition Cotswolds Hearts & Crafts Sauternes Cask Single Malt Whisky which was launched by the distillery on St George’s Day in April.  It is the first release in a series of single malts which have been inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement and is the distillery’s first ever European Oak Cask expression.

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The Cotswolds Hearts & Crafts Collection will consist of yearly limited editions, with each edition presented in a gift box with a different William Morris pattern, reinforcing the creative beauty of the Arts & Crafts Movement. Each edition will not be repeated; Cotswolds Hearts & Crafts Sauternes Cask Single Malt Whisky is made up of 1,680 bottles.

Hearts & Crafts Single Malt Whisky is from a selection of five premium French Oak casks seasoned with sweet Sauternes wine, which results in a honey-coloured malt with a vinous quality and notes of sweet raisin and oak wood spice.

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky RRP: from £44.95 for a 700ml bottle. ABV:  46%

Available from:,,, Harrods, Laithwaites and

Cotswolds Hearts & Crafts Sauternes Cask Single Malt Whisky RRP: £74.95 for a 700 ml bottle ABV: 55.2%

Available to purchase exclusively from

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With these two excellent single malt whiskies why not celebrate English Single Malts instead on World Whisky Day.