12 December 2017

The Whisky Wire's 12 Drams of Christmas 2017

For the last seven years we’ve brought you our ’12 Drams of Christmas’ as chosen by you! So we thought it would only be rude not to do the same again this year, and use it as the perfect excuse to start getting into the festive spirit.

Since November 23rd, you’ve been nominating your top three favourite festive favourites in abundance, and after trawling through all the entries and tallying up all the nominations, here are our '12 Drams of Christmas' in ranking order, as chosen by you!

Just in case you're thinking of gifting any of this year’s dramspanking festive dozen, we've done all the hard work and have also included the most current and competitive retail details. Hootendrammy!

12 Drams of Christmas 2017
1. Glenfarclas 15 Year Old
Available from House of Malt for £47.95
2. Aberlour A’bunadh
Available from The Whisky Exchange for £48.95
3. Balvenie 12 Year Old Doublewood
Available from The Wee Dram for £36.95
4. Glenlivet 18 Year Old
Available from Celtic Whiskey Shop for £79.44
5. Jameson Irish Whiskey
Available from Sainsbury's for £18.00
6. Glenfiddich 15 Year Old
Available from Master of Malt for £38.95
7. Talisker 10 Year Old
Available from Master of Malt for £29.95
8. Lagavulin 16 Year Old
Available from Loch Fyne Whiskies for £46.45
9. Johnnie Walker Black Label
Available from Sainsbury's for £22.00
10. Benromach 10 Year Old
Available from Whisky Shop Dufftown for £33.95
11. Tamdhu 10 Year Old
Available from The Whisky Exchange for £34.95
12. Glengoyne 18 Year Old
Available from Master of Malt for £75.40
*Prices correct as of December 12th 2017
A huge thanks to all those who took part and entered, the response was absolutely phenomenal. In return for your nominations we added the names of everyone who entered into our virtual Santa hat for a chance to win a bottle of Tamdhu 12 Year Old - M&S Exclusive.

We’re delighted to announce that Jonathan Prior from Stoke, had his name drawn from the hat and is our winner. Congratulations, your bottle will be winging its way to you later this week!

4 December 2017

Vote for The Whisky Wire at the UK Blog Awards

We’re dramspankingly delighted to announce that we've been nominated for a UK Blog Award, in the category of Food and Drink, and if you don’t mind we’d like to ask you a quick favour?

If over the last 7 years you have enjoyed or indeed just read any of our reviews and interviews, taken part in any of our 100+ Tweet Tastings, or have just vaguely followed our blend of dramfotainment across our social media channels, we would be genuinely thrilled and very grateful if you could take a minute to vote for us in the UK Blog Awards 2018.

To vote all you need to do is Click Here and then submit your details.

Just for reading this post we’d like to raise a big glass of thanks, if you actually voted for us, here’s another!

1 December 2017

Speyburn Whisky Competition

To help celebrate the recent splendorous 15 Year Old release from Speyburn, we’ve teamed up with the Speyside based distillery, to give one of our readers the chance of winning a bottle.

Speyburn 15 Year Old, has been matured in American oak and Spanish oak casks, which have helped create aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla, orange, raisins and spice, and a creamy, citrus fruit led palate.

Produced in the stunning natural environment of Speyside, Speyburn 15 Year Old has been created using fresh spring water from the Granty Burn, a stream flowing with soft and clear spring water of the River Spey.
To be in with a chance of winning a bottle of Speyburn 15 Year Old Click Here and email us your contact details along with the phrase that dramming pays:
“I’d love to sip and savour, the latest splendorous Speyside sensation from Speyburn”
*Remember to mark the subject line of your email with: Speyburn Comp
If you’re on Twitter you can also follow us via @TheWhiskyWire and RT one of our related competition tweets for another chance to win!
Speyburn 15 Year Old (46% ABV) is now available from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £60.00.
For more information on Speyburn, visit: speyburn.com
Competition closes at 23:59 on December 18th 2017. You have to be aged 18 years or over to enter!

27 November 2017

Rum Insiders Interview - Miguel Riascos

La Hechicera

Managing Director


How long have you been working in the rum industry?
Since I can remember! Although I officially joined the family business full time in 2009 when I graduated from university. I grew up running between the barrels in our bodega, learning the trade from my father.
The first rum I was involved in producing was Caña, one of our local brands in Colombia. At the time, I did not fully understand the complexity of rum, and yet I was swept away by the richness of the story.
What has been your biggest career highlight to date?
Without a doubt, it has to be launching La Hechicera in London, 2012. I feel everything was practice leading up to that point. Sure, I had been involved in many interesting projects before then, but La Hechicera was my baby! London is perhaps the most challenging, competed, and saturated spirits market in the world, and launching there with no budget whatsoever to such acclaim was a moment of great proud for the team and me.
Can you remember your first rum, and indeed what it was?
The first rum I ever tried, was also when I learned what rum was. I was 8 years old and my father was in the process of creating Casa Santana with the help of the Cuban government. I had no idea what rum was and my dad chose to answer that question by wetting my lips with a single drop. I hated it! Who knew I would grow to love it?

What does rum mean to you?
Rum is pure heritage and history. The sum of a myriad cultural contributions from all over the world, century over centuries to create one fine spirit.

Where would you like to see yourself in five years’ time?
I will continue to work to take this category to its full potential. I would like to use this platform to share more of Colombia with the world and convince more Colombians of the quality our country can produce.

What was your last rum?
That was a couple of days ago in Barranquilla. I was giving Dre Masso - a very talented bartender behind some of the best bars in the world - a personal tour of our bodega. We came across a barrel of very old rum that absolutely blew our minds! Needless to say, I couldnt avoid sneaking a bit into a bottle there and then. As Dres said with a grin as we were filling our bottles with a hose, this isnt angels share. Its devils share.”

Do you have a favourite rum and food pairing combination?
Nothing beats aged rum and dark chocolate.

What’s your favourite rum based cocktail?
That depends. For a young rum, a Mojito. For an aged rum, an Old Fashioned.

What do you think is going to be the next big thing on the rum horizon?
The next big thing on the rum horizon will be rum itself. I think rum as a category will soon take centre stage in the spirits market worldwide, in a way similar to what has happened with gin in recent years.

What’s the one rum you couldn’t live without?
La Hechicera, of course!

Many thanks to Miguel Riascos. Who will be our next Rum Insider? Click back soon to find out!