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Welcome To The Journal

Welcome to the new website and in particular to the Journal.

First, a bit about me. I’m Donald Colville, the Global Brand Ambassador for The Classic Malts SelectionTM and proudly work with and represent incredible brands such as LagavulinTM, TaliskerTM, The SingletonTM, CardhuTM, ObanTM just to name a few that I love. Single Malt Scotch Whisky is more than just a job to me – it’s my way of life, I truly #lovescotch. It’s also part of where I come from. My great grandfather owned and operated a distillery in my home town of Campbeltown and some of my earliest memories are stories of his adventures in whisky. That’s why I’m proud to be your host in the Journal.

Here I’ll bring you the news and stories from our distilleries and the wider world of Single Malt Scotch Whisky. I’ll also introduce you to some of the people who make this distinguished spirit, and how they work behind the scenes. We’ll talk about new releases and whisky events from all over the world. I’ll maybe even introduce some new serves and ways to enjoy Single Malts.

So, now you know who I am, here’s a little of what you can expect over the next few weeks:

In one of the first posts I’ll be bringing you news from my recent trip to South Africa, where the global finals of World ClassTM were held.

I’ll also be introducing you to another highlight of my year: The Special Releases. This year we are launching nine more rare and incredibly special whiskies from a selection of our distilleries – some you’ll know, and some that you maybe won’t. I’ll even let you in on a little secret. Not all of this year’s Special Releases are Malts [Sssshhhh!].

We’ll also introduce you to the newest member of the Dalwhinnie family, Dalwhinnie Winters GoldTM, and delve into why copper and the cold are so important to the whisky’s unique flavour.

There are some big whisky festivals coming up around the world too, and whenever possible we’ll get someone who was there to guest host the Journal and tell us all about it.

Finally, I’ll be covering the whisky news and debates you want to hear. So, send your questions and news, and follow my whisky journey on twitter and Instagram @donaldcolville or find me on facebook.

In the meantime, follow your favourite brands on social media for more news and offers, and take a look at the benefits of becoming a Friend of the Classic MaltsTM too. Not only do you get access to exclusive, behind-the-scenes stuff, you’ll also enjoy free entry to twelve of our distilleries for life!