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Tue 30 Sep 2014

Tribute to English Whisky Company founder, James Nelstrop

All of us here at Whisky Magazine were deeply saddened to hear that Mr James Nelstrop, the founder and chairman of the English Whisky Company had recently died. With us being based in Norwich, Norfolk, this is our nearest distillery and as such, we have an empathy with all those who work there.

The English Whisky Company, set up in 2006 and based at St. George’s Distillery near Thetford, Norfolk, was England’s first registered whisky distillery for over a century. The distillery opened its doors to the public in August 2007 and now exports its products all around the world.

In issue 122 of Whisky Magazine, the English Whisky Company, Chapter 13 won a Recommended Award in our Tastings feature alongside some big names in the industry. Of all Mr Nelstrop’s achievements, both in the world of agriculture and the world of whisky, he will undoubtedly be remembered for bringing English Whisky back to life. His legacy will surely live on through his son Andrew, managing director of the English Whisky Company, and we are sure we will all continue to enjoy this very special dram for years to come.
Tue 30 Sep 2014

The Scotch Whisky Experience needs your votes

Our friends over at The Scotch Whisky Experience have been nominated for a British Travel Award.

There is just one week left to vote for them in the Best Leisure Attraction category, where they face sturdy competition from Titanic Belfast, The Eden Project, and LEGOLand Windsor!

To help them bring this award to Edinburgh (and have a free flutter on the luxurious holiday draw), simply register at:, go to Best UK holiday companies and visitor attractions then, Best Leisure Attraction, and vote!
Tue 26 Aug 2014

Icons of Whisky 2015 are now underway

Each year Whisky Magazine recognises the best people, places and businesses in the whisky industry with the Icons of Whisky (IOW) awards. After widespread consultation, a new nomination and voting process has been introduced to allow the industry to have a say and help us discover those hidden gems.
Voting is now open for Icons of Whisky America and you can also now nominate for Icons of Whisky Scotland. To cast your vote or nomination, just visit to register and complete the simple online form in a matter of minutes.

Cast your votes for IOW America by Thursday 28 August and nominations for IOW Scotland by Friday 5 September.
Mon 11 Aug 2014

Inver House raise a glass to 50 years in the industry

This summer, Inver House Distillers are paying tribute to the people and places of the past and toasting to a promising future as it celebrates 50 successful years in the drinks industry. To acknowledge the global success of the business since it was founded in 1964 the company is planning a series of celebrations.

At the heart of these celebrations will be the publishing of a beautiful 50th anniversary book and the creation of a special limited edition 50th anniversary commemorative bottling. This blends fine ten years old whiskies from Old Pulteney, Balblair, Speyburn, Knockdhu, Balmenach with a hint of exceptional fifty year old Hankey Bannister to create a unique and unforgettable gift for staff and other key stakeholders.

Inver House Distillers’ current 200-strong team and their partners were joined by former colleagues and other guests for a glamorous birthday bash at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on Friday 20th June, as the clock was wound back to the 60s in a fun tribute to the company’s roots.

While this landmark anniversary year is a time for reflection, the team at Inver House Distillers is very much focused on future success - and there is much cause to celebrate. The company’s renowned dedication to creating whiskies and spirits of the highest calibre is stronger than ever and the resulting Inver House portfolio is growing in stature and sales success in over 90 countries across the globe – with Old Pulteney’s recent shift into the UK’s single malt top ten being just one good example.

Inver House Distillers’ managing director Graham Stevenson commented: ‘We are immensely proud of the successful business and brands that we have built at Inver House over the past 50 years and our thanks go to every member of the Inver House team, past and present, who have contributed along the way. Our business now has some of the industry’s busiest distilleries and most respected and fastest growing brands, which is testament to our collective achievements since those early days in 1964. Looking back and celebrating our journey has been a great pleasure and has provided our current team with some wonderful insight into the business and how it developed, however 2014 is also about raising a glass to the future of Inver House Distillers. Thanks to our dedicated staff, our supportive parent company and the great character and quality of our brands, we are very much looking forward to what lies ahead for our business over the next 50 years and beyond.’

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