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Issue 129 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 129

American Whiskey Special plus Kingbarns, Single Oak Project, Edradour and Germany

Tue 25 Aug 2015

Unique candles for whisky lovers

Staff at award-winning giftware firm Angels’ Share Glass have come up with an interesting way to recycle the scores of whisky bottles they use every month.

Instead of popping them in the recycling bucket, co-director Karen Somerville realised the bottles could be used to make brand new products – candles and candlestick holders.

Now, at the end of each month, she selects the most attractive bottles which the firm has used to fill its signature product – unique glass whisky angels – with a share of the amber nectar and upcycles them.

The bottles are cleaned and then specially split before being filled with whisky- scented pure soy wax to make unique gifts which look and smell amazing.

The large bottom bottle candles last for hours and make a lovely table centrepiece.

The firm also handcrafts attractive candle holders from the neck of vintage whisky bottles which sit on a wooden stave made from oak whisky barrels with tweed or tartan lining.

Karen says: “We had been just recycling the many bottles we use in our glassware each month but this proved a much better and more eco-friendly idea.

“The candles and candle-holders have proved popular with our online customers who say they are taking pride of place in their drinks cabinets and on their tables.

“And they like the fact we are reusing the bottles – something which fits with our ethical approach to business.”

The whisky candles are the latest coup for Angels’ Share – a Stirling-based family business which has gone from strength to strength since its launch two years ago.
It all started when Tom and his daughter Karen Somerville decided to capture the spirit of a whisky producers’ legend, known as the Angels’ Share, through the creation of handmade glass angels.

According to the myth, the small volume of whisky which is lost to evaporation while it matures in a cask or barrel is actually taken away by angels before it can be bottled.
And in tribute to that legend, the firm’s glass angels are filled and sealed with 30ml of 40% volume single malt - a measure of the Angels' Share – in a secret process known only to the glassmakers.

The concept led to the firm being recognised by Dragon’s Den mentor Theo Paphitis who gave Angels’ Share Glass a boost on social media via his Small Business Sunday (#SBS) initiative.

More details about the firm’s unique products for whisky-lovers can be found at
Thu 11 Jun 2015

A Father's Day toast with Spey Chairman's Choice

SPEY Chairman’s Choice single malt Scotch whisky is the ultimate gift for discerning drinkers this Father’s Day. Created using traditional distilling techniques at the boutique distillery, the whisky used in this expression is – as its name suggests – specially selected by the company chairman.

From the rich amber colour to the handsome wooden presentation case, the dram oozes class and masculinity. It is one of the biggest selling malts produced by the boutique distillery run by Harvey’s of Edinburgh.

John Harvey McDonough, director of Harvey’s of Edinburgh, says SPEY Chairman’s Choice holds a special connection to his own father and family. He explains, “The release comes from a tradition started in the late 1700s by John and Robert Harvey who founded the company.

“Every year on Christmas Day the chairman of the company would choose the finest casks of whisky to share with his family. It is a tradition that we continue to uphold and my father, John, chooses whisky from the very best casks in our warehouse.

“It is a very limited bottling with only a very small amount released each year, but it has grown to be one of the best-selling bottles in our range of hand-crafted malts produced using time-honoured traditional techniques.”

At 40% ABV, SPEY Chairman’s Choice has a refreshing flower and fruit fragrance with a hint of vanilla. The whisky is matured in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks, giving the dram a unique richness full of character.

With a distinct taste of dried fruit, it has a soft, nutty flavour and a creamy finish, while the aftertaste is of mild spice and soft dried fruit with a woody sweetness. The stunning bottle is encased within a dark wooden presentation case.

With an RRP in the region of £60, SPEY Chairman’s Choice is available from a range of retailers. Details of stockists and there to buy are available at

Speyside Distillery, home of the SPEY brand of malt whisky, has been in production since 1990 and is operated by Speyside Distillers Ltd. It is located near Aviemore, set against the stunning backdrop of the Cairngorm mountain range in the heart of Scotland’s most prolific whisky-producing region.

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