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 Royal Bond


September 11, 2014 (Chicago, IL) – New Orleans- based Sazerac Company announces an exciting addition to their current family of companies- Bond & Royal Spirits Company- focused on developing brands within the specialty and craft spirits space. 

From the bar, a company was born.  In 1850, Aaron Bird moved into the Merchants Exchange Coffeehouse and rechristened it the Sazerac Coffeehouse; then began to acquire and market brands of liquor.  He bought the rights to Peychaud’s Bitters in 1873.  In the 1890s his company began to bottle and market the Sazerac cocktail, now made with rye whiskey instead of brandy. In addition, the company operated the Sazerac Bar on Royal Street.  Later, Thomas Handy’s former secretary, C. J. O’Reilly, chartered the Sazerac Company.  Ever since (except for a stint as a delicatessen and grocery vendor during Prohibition), the Sazerac Company has distilled an ever-increasing line of fine spirits.  Today, we are still an independent, American family owned company and proud owners of many of America’s most venerable distilling and spirits companies—Bond & Royal is the newest addition to the family, aiming to further build on the company’s rich history and heritage. 

The new company will immediately be dedicated to nurturing and building existing brands identified as players within the growing specialty & craft universe in the US, while building expertise through educational and industry resources across several categories.  Gemini Spirits & Wine, a subsidiary of Sazerac, serves as the home for the majority of these brands today and the new division will operate in conjunction with Gemini.  

Ken Kwarta, General Manager of Gemini Spirits & Wine, comments “Since its inception, Gemini has partnered with some of the greatest spirits producers in the world.  As we continue to grow and add new business, we are committed to developing the appropriate resources in the US marketplace to meet the growing demands of our customers and consumers.” 

Over the next several months, the full launch of Bond & Royal will include a team of focused sales specialists, new brands and import partners coming on board, as well as marketing, PR, industry relations and educational programs.  The company’s focus will immediately be around the award-winning specialty and craft brands from the Gemini portfolio including Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, Banks Rum, Siete Leguas Tequila, Campo de Encanto Pisco, Dimmi Liquore di Milano, Glenfarclas Single Malt Scotch and the Casa San Matias Tequilas.  Additional brands will be vetted and added to the portfolio as fitting with the company’s strategy. 

Megan Hurtuk, head of marketing for Bond & Royal, notes “Our partners are true masters of their crafts, whose passion and experience- not to mention phenomenal products- inspire us daily.  Our vision for B&R is to further spread the story of these high integrity spirits and develop additional brands, while fueling the energy, knowledge and overall conversation amongst the core of this burgeoning scene.” 

For more information, contact Megan Hurtuk at mhurtuk@sazerac.com or visit www.bondandroyal.com 

About Bond & Royal Spirits Company

Bond & Royal Spirits Co. is a company rooted in American history and heritage—one that partners with some of the world’s best spirits producers to foster the growth and fuel the passion amongst the craft & specialty spirits space within the US marketplace. Based in Chicago, IL, Bond & Royal works in conjunction with Gemini Spirits & Wine and Sazerac Company.  For more information, visit www.bondandroyal.com 

About Gemini Spirits & Wine

Gemini Spirits & Wine is the fastest growing spirits and specialty brand development company in the United States. Gemini is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Sazerac Company and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Gemini operates as an autonomous company, and is focused on building its portfolio of spirits and specialty brands concentrated in targeted categories. For more information, visit www.geminispiritswine.com  

About Sazerac Company, Inc.

Sazerac is one of New Orleans’ oldest family owned, privately held companies and has operations in New Orleans, Louisiana; Frankfort, Bardstown, Louisville and Owensboro, Kentucky; Fredericksburg, Virginia; Carson, California; Baltimore, Maryland; Lewiston, Maine; Londonderry, New Hampshire; and Montreal, Canada.  For more information, please visit www.sazerac.com



With game season well under way, we invite you to join the hunt for fun and flavour. Your greatest weapon is your nose: point it directly at a tasting note and allow the aromas to trigger a flurry of memories, associations and emotions. But remember that all Society bottlings are as rare as a lesser-spotted hare so bag yours before they disappear altogether.


No. 1: Spicy & sweet

2.88 Cinderella weeping over matchmakers

Try pairing with rich, sweet hare

BUY £80.50

No. 2: Peated

53.212 Peat smoke and Para Handy puffers

A classic match with wild salmon

BUY £89.60

No. 3: Juicy, oak & vanilla

G4.7 Flying saucers and foamy shrimps (GRAIN)

Pair with partridge to make your mouth water

BUY £83.10

No. 4: Sweet, fruity & mellow

9.91 A whispering dram

Mild, dark mallard will complement it beautifully

BUY £83.70

No. 5: Light & delicate

26.105 Bumblebees by the sea

Delicious with rich, complex red deer


Browse new Outturn

Browse all bottlings

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

AnCnoc Cutter at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


AnCnoc Cutter Peaty

The most heavily peated AnCnoc single malt to-date. Much anticipated limited release of 6,000 bottles.

AnCnoc Cutter $67.48

Loch Ness Blended Whisky at Single Malts Direct – Scotch Whisky News

Loch Ness Blended Whisky 40% ABV | 70cl

Save £6.75 (RRP £26.25)

Tasting Notes.

Fresh citrus limes and cocoa powder, cappuccino caramel and gentle sherry notes, tobacco and toasted oak. Very oily on the palate with cocoa powder again, rich toffee, mild sherry, citrus lime & pineapple. Nicely balanced.(RR) 

£16.25 ex VAT
£19.50 inc VAT


Win a Bowmore Be the Blender Kit – Scotch Whisky News

We are busy working on a project and would love to ask for your help and input into the development given you and your friends knowledge of single malt.
We are pulling ourselves forward from 1779 and joining the future with the creation of a Bowmore App. We have lots of ideas but it is important to us that we develop something that is not only interesting but functional to all of our friends who enjoy Bowmore around the world.
If you have the time to complete this very short questionnaire, we would forever be grateful. To demonstrate this, anyone who does shall be entered into a free prize draw to win a Small Batch “Be the Blender” kit (not available to purchase).  Please click here to take part before Sunday 21st September 2014.
Raising a dram to your good health – Slàinte! 

The Bowmore Team  

Joe Ellis of Whisky Wednesday Celebrates The 100th Review “Gordon & Macphail Generations Glenlivet 70yo” – Scotch Whisky News


This week whisky reviewer Joe Ellis of Whisky Wednesday celebrates his 100th review and reviews one of the rarest whiskies in the world. The Gordon & Macphail Generations Glenlivet 70 Year Old!

Featuring special guest Craig Mills 







 The Glenlivet Logo


The Glenlivet has unveiled a second new permanent expression in its innovative Nàdurra range, building on its leadership of the dynamic growth of craft spirits. The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection is drawn from casks made from American White Oak that have never before been used to mature Scotch whisky, with these casks – a popular choice of distillers at The Glenlivet since the early 1900s – imparting hints of creamy vanilla to this wonderfully rich single malt.

Bottled at cask strength, The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection will be available around the world and including within the UK, US and Sweden, rolling out from September 2014, priced at $80. The expression will also be available in Global Travel Retail at 48% ABV. 

The release follows the initial launch of The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso in Travel Retail Europe earlier this year and is supported by a new cask strength edition of this expression. The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Cask Strength will also enter domestic markets, including India, Canada and Taiwan from the same month, priced at $75. 

These new permanent expressions showcase the versatility and multi-layered quality of The Glenlivet, whilst meeting the growing demand for handcrafted single malt whiskies with an interesting twist. The range is crafted in small batches using traditional production methods and capturing the original passion behind George Smith’s distillery. Celebrating the highly skilful traditions of whisky making at The Glenlivet, all expressions in the Nàdurra range are bottled without chill-filtration, offering the additional complexity, body and texture of a whisky that has just been drawn from the cask. 

The 19th Century production methods, combined with maturation in first-fill American Oak casks, imparts The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection with an inviting aroma of soft vanilla, fudge and sweet, ripe pears, developing into a tropical mix of pineapple, banana and citrus on the palate and leading to a refreshing finish. 

Nikki Burgess, Global Brand Director for The Glenlivet comments; “Whisky enthusiasts have admired The Glenlivet for its signature smooth and fruity flavour profile for nearly 200 years so, with our Nàdurra range, we want to highlight the skill and craftsmanship behind The Glenlivet. The Glenlivet Nàdurra has long held an extra special place in the hearts of single malt whisky connoisseurs and we are confident that our new Nàdurra innovations will satisfy their increasing appetite for excellence in single malt whisky craftsmanship.” 

The new expression comes in refreshed packaging, first introduced in April 2014, which all future expressions of The Glenlivet Nàdurra will be released in to emphasise the handcrafted nature of the range. The design includes a prominent batch number, cask-like stamps and a more visible translation of the Gaelic word, Nàdurra – meaning natural – to illustrate the essence of the brand. 

 AA Glenlivet N1st

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection (cask strength) tasting notes

Colour: Light gold

Nose: An enticing mix of soft vanilla, fudge notes and sweet ripe pears engulf the senses

Taste: A tantalisingly tropical mix of juicy pineapple and ripe banana cut with a zesty citrus flourish

Finish: Medium and refreshing 

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection 48% ABV tasting notes

Colour: Light gold

Nose: An abundant bouquet of sweet, soft pears and creamy vanilla fudge

Taste: A deliciously sweet mix of tropical pineapple and ripe banana coupled with a delightful citrus sparkle

Finish: Medium and refreshing 

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The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Cask Strength tasting notes

Colour: Bright gold
Nose: Aromas of ripe peaches, with gentle notes of cinnamon and rich fruit cake

Palate: Soft, creamy toffee, with the fruitiness of juicy sweet clementine oranges

Finish: Long and sweet, leading to a slightly dry, spicy finish 

About The Glenlivet

The Glenlivet is the No. 2 single malt Scotch whisky in the world. Crafted in the remote Livet Valley since 1824, it is the only whisky with the unchallengeable right to be called The Glenlivet. 

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits. Chivas Brothers is the global leader in luxury Scotch whisky and premium gin. Its portfolio includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater Gin, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth Gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport. 

For further news of upcoming events please visit http://www.theglenlivet.com/ or www.facebook.com/theglenlivet 

For further information please visit: http://www.chivasbrothers.com/

The Return of the Milroy’s Bottlings – Scotch Whisky News

The Return of the Milroy’s Bottlings

It has been some time since we last bottled whisky here at Milroy’s of Soho. Our aim is to always bottle the best whisky we have available to us and unless we can do that we won’t bottle anything at all. After a lot of hard work (our bottler-in-chief has experienced ‘new parent’ levels of sleep deprivation) we have put together an entirely new range of whiskies and spirits.

We had a few objectives in mind when we created this new range. The first was to address the issue we’ve had with our single cask bottlings, which is that because there is always only a finite amount of each release, people are disappointed when we sell out. We wanted a core range of whiskies that we will always have in stock. As such, we are producing a number of regional age-statement whiskies that you can always find on our shelves without fear of them disappearing in the puff of a barrel!

Do not fear however, we will still be bottling single casks as well. These will become available as and when we find casks we think are worthy of bottling.

Secondly, we have upped our game and replaced the old Milroy’s Finest Blended Malt with a brand new Blend and a new Blended Malt whisky  – the quality of these two is astounding and are great everyday drinkers!

Finally - we really quite like gin - a lot. So being the intrepid types that we are, we’ve decided to bottle our very own. Adorned, in style, with a label featuring Hogarth’s famous Gin Lane print - it’s pretty cool, and tasty.

As if this wasn’t enough, we have invested in a complete label redesign to complement what we think is a confident step-up in range and quality.

In other news, our 50th anniversary is coming up and there may be a 50 Year Old bottling to match, and perhaps a party… with cake. More on that soon!

All the best,

Milroy’s of Soho

Our mailing address is:
Milroy’s of Soho
3 Greek Street
London, England W1D 4NX
United Kingdom

Collectible Whisky From Single Malts Direct – Scotch Whisky News


We always have new and exciting older bottlings and collectible whisky arriving in Huntly every week. Here are some of the highlights of our new arrivals. Remember and check our website regularly so that you wont miss that special bottle.

Slainte, Ronnie Routledge

Discover Speyburn Bradan Orach – Scotch Whisky News


Discover Bradan Orach

Whether you’re well versed in our wonderful range of single malt whiskies or just starting to discover them, we think you’ll agree that Bradan Orach embodies all that’s best about Speyburn.

Gaelic for ‘Golden Salmon’, Bradan Orach draws its name from the famously plentiful fish which in season populate the clear spring waters of the Granty Burn – the water which brings Speyburn to life.

The vitality of these magnificent fish is echoed in the qualities of Bradan Orach – a bright golden, easy-drinking whisky infused with a wonderful vigour and depth thanks to the bourbon casks in which it matures. Yielding green apple freshness, light citrus zest and honey sweetness, its well balanced creamy vanilla and floral flavours give way to a long-lasting spicy finish.

Intrigued? Then find out more via our website.

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