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Nicole Sykes Appointed Maker’s Mark UK Diplomat – American Whiskey News

Nicole Sykes Appointed Maker’s Mark UK Diplomat


14th January 2021, London: In 1943 when Bill Samuels Sr. walked away from the whisky founded by his great,  great grandfather by burning the only copy of 170 year old family recipe, he set off to personally create a whisky that he could proudly share with his friends and family. Collaborating with his wife Margie Samuels, their result was Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whisky.

To continue the tradition of proudly sharing this great tasting whisky with our friends and family, we are delighted to share the news that the award-winning UK bartender and drinks expert Nicole Sykes has joined Edrington Beam Suntory UK as Maker’s Mark Diplomat.

Nicole brings 5 years’ experience to the Bourbon Whisky brand, working in some of the world’s most iconic bars in London and Edinburgh including Lyaness, Voodoo Rooms and most recently at Satan’s Whiskers, one of the world’s leading independent cocktail bars.

Nicole has also received numerous awards and accolades for her creativity and commitment to quality. Nicole’s passion for handmade cocktails and crafted American whisky will be key to sharing Maker’s Mark remarkable story.

Commenting on Maker’s Mark new role Nicole Sykes said: “The most compelling part for me is the genuine story behind Maker’s Mark. Each step of the process has its purpose and is there to create the best tasting Bourbon Whisky. It’s much like when bartenders create cocktails, each ingredient and method is well thought out. We don’t use the cheapest or quickest methods; we use the best methods to achieve the best taste experience.” 

In her new role, Nicole will share the unique hand-crafted story of Maker’s Mark with bartenders and Bourbon Whisky enthusiasts across the UK.  She will also work to support the on-trade during their transition back into service as restrictions loosen in the coming weeks.

Nick Temperley, General Manager for London at Edrington-Beam Suntory UK also commented:  “We are extremely excited to have Nicole join the team here at Maker’s Mark. Having proven herself as an outstanding bartender in some of London’s best bars, she will now bring her own sense of fun, energy and cocktail experience to help us grow our remarkable bourbon whisky and support all our customers in 2021.”

For more information visit: www.makersmark.com


About Maker’s Mark

In 1954, in Loretto, Kentucky, Bill Samuels, Sr., fulfilled his dream of creating a handmade and delicious bourbon. He decided to make his whisky in small-batches, using soft red winter wheat, with a proprietary barrel char to enhance the softness and sweetness. Bill Samuels, Sr., transformed bourbon from a “commodity” into a premium handmade spirit, and today Maker’s Mark® continues to make its bourbon exactly the same way. In recent years, Maker’s Mark has introduced thoughtful, super-premium innovations to its portfolio including Maker’s 46® and Maker’s Mark Private Select™, the brand’s custom barrel program.

In 1980, the Maker’s Mark distillery became the first distillery in America to be designated a National Historic Landmark and has also been decreed as the “world’s oldest operating bourbon whisky distillery” by Guinness World Records. It remains one of the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s most popular tourist destinations, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.

For more information, please visit www.makersmark.com.

About Edrington-Beam Suntory Distribution UK

Edrington-Beam Suntory Distribution UK is one of the UK’s biggest sprits sales, marketing, and distribution companies. It is a joint-venture company jointly owned by Edrington and Beam Suntory.

Edrington-Beam Suntory UK represents leading spirit brands in categories including:

  • Blended Scotch (The Famous Grouse, Naked Grouse and Teacher’s)
  • Malt whisky (Highland Park, Laphroaig, The Macallan and Bowmore)
  • Japanese whiskies (Yamazaki, Hibiki, Hakushu, Toki and Chita)
  • Bourbon (Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, and Knob Creek)
  • Imported whiskies (Canadian Club and Kilbeggan Irish whiskey)
  • Gin (Roku and Larios)

It also handles UK sales and distribution for Courvoisier cognac, Brugal 1888 rum and a portfolio of liqueurs and specialities (including Sourz, Bols liqueurs, Galliano and After Shock).

Glenkinchie 1990 20 Year Old at The Whisky Exchange – Scotch Whisky News


Scotland’s Lowland region has been – and, indeed, still is – home to some of the whisky world’s best-loved drams and distilleries, including Rosebank and, more recently, the much-lauded Daftmill. It’s also the home to Glenkinchie – an underappreciated distillery, too-often overlooked in favour of its arguably more famous neighbours.

This 20-year-old, bottled as part of Diageo’s Special Releases and matured in American-oak casks, is packed with a perfect sunny-day’s-worth of soft floral and green, grassy notes, backed up by sweet summer fruits, plenty of punchy spice and clean vanilla flavours.

A crisp and clean dram, this 1990-vintage is both a great example of the famed Lowland style of single malts, and an excellent way to explore a distillery which is something of a hidden gem – all for a rather good price.



Wolfburn New Year Newsletter – Scotch Whisky News

Happy New Year from all at the distillery! The weather in the far north is seasonally fresh – ideal conditions for whisky maturation – and the still house is sparkling after its winter deep-clean and equipment overhaul.

To get the year started with a bang, Wolfburn has just been awarded “Brand of the Year 2020” by the Whisky Committee. It’s a wonderful accolade, especially given some of the great whisky brands we came up against. We’ll be entering more whisky competitions during the year and keeping our fingers crossed for similarly positive results. Read more here.

Speaking of growing the brand, we’ve got several new releases planned for 2021, including Kylver#8 around Easter, a brace of Festival Specials in the spring/summer, and a small-batch release in the Autumn. Our core expressions of Northland, Aurora, Morven and Langskip are all benefiting from an extra year of maturity. The colour and depth of flavour continues to progress wonderfully well.

Thanks as always to our friends, fans and followers for your support. We’re looking forward to a ton of fun in the year ahead.

 Slàinte Mhath!

The Wolfburn Team


We are today delighted to announce a new whisky, created specially for Valentine’s Day. Crafted from lightly-peated spirit and matured since 2015 in casks hand-selected by Iain, it’s a proper treat – and it will be available to buy from ~ SOLD OUT!

Burns Night drams! 🥃🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

Some Scotch for your supper?

The countdown to Burns Night is on! Make sure you’re stocked up on stellar Scottish drams to toast the Bard on Monday 25th January. Wondering what the experts will be sipping this Burns Night? Benriach’s Stewart Buchanan has his sights set on a large dram of Benriach The Smoky Twelve and something sweet on the side…

“Although Benriach The Smoky Twelve pairs perfectly with haggis, the rich fruits, spices and nutty sweet smoke lead me more to the other Scottish national dish, Cranachan, often referred to as ‘the uncontested king of Scottish desserts’! A perfect pairing as I’m sure you’ll agree.”

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Cotswolds Distillery “Enjoy Burns Night with 10% off selected whiskies! 🥃” – English Whisky News

With Burns Night around the corner, why not raise a glass to our friends in Scotland and toast Robert Burns with a single malt whisky from the Cotswolds this year? For a limited time only, enjoy 10% off selected Cotswolds whiskies until midnight on Sunday 24th January. Don’t forget – there’s also free UK delivery on orders over £25! Please note, this offer cannot be combined with any other discount codes or offers.


Loch Fyne Whiskies 🧨 Get into the Chinese New Year Spirit! – Scotch Whisky News

Get into the Chinese New Year spirit!

Raise a toast to the Year of the Ox with one of these exceptional whiskies, featuring special bottlings from Johnnie Walker and Glenfiddich. Or try something new with Ming River Baijiu: a classic Chinese spirit that won’t be like anything you’ve ever tried before…

Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Year of the Ox

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John Walker & Sons
King George V

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A Virtual Tasting with Douglas Laing 7pm Saturday 20th February 2021 – Scotch Whisky News

A Particular Addition

7pm Saturday 20th February 2021

Stuart Baxter, Brand Ambassador for Independent Bottler joins us as we celebrate the introduction of their Old Particular range to the Inverurie Whisky Shop. Douglas Laing’s Old Particular series is the flagship range showcasing a truly outstanding range of Single Cask whiskies.

The Good Dram Show – Episode 396 ‘The Glenlivet’ – Scotch Whisky News


Chris Goodrum

Welcome to this weeks episode of the show, which features a number of Glenlivet bottlings, both distillery releases and Independent bottlings.




Bruichladdich Distillery have today announced they will receive support from the Small Business Research Initiative Green Distilleries Competition in their search for alternative fuels. More than £70,000 has been awarded to the island-based distiller’s project partner, Protium Green Solutions, in order to complete a feasibility study on incorporating innovative hydrogen combustion technology into Bruichladdich.

The makers of Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte and Octomore single malts have ambitious plans to decarbonise their production process by 2025. Investigations into the feasibility of several renewable energy sources have been underway for some time. Each viable option, including wind, solar, electrification, biomass and fuel switching (HVO), will continue to be explored alongside this new testing, as the opportunity to be industry-leaders in hydrogen is readily embraced.

The feasibility project, named HyLaddie, will explore the deployment of an on‐site Deuterium Dynamic Combustion Chamber (DCC™) as a viable mechanism to meet heating requirements. Together with ITPEnergised and Deuterium, Protium will investigate optimal system design and how the DCC™ can be integrated. As with any project undertaken at Bruichladdich, the feasibility study must consider the preservation of centuries old equipment, the safeguarding of spirit quality and the impact on the local community.

Intended for completion in the spring of 2021, the study is included in Phase One of the Green Distilleries Competition. Positive results would see the teams target Phase Two funding in order to install the DCC™ and assess its industrial application. This proof of concept could be the vote of confidence required for similar‐sized distilleries to elect for hydrogen alternatives.

This project marks the inaugural deployment of DCC™ in the UK. The revolutionary technology generates high temperature steam, using only oxygen and hydrogen that is combusted in a vacuum. The process creates water, which can be recycled and crucially, eliminates any emission of CO2, NOx and SOx.

Allan Logan, Production Director of Bruichladdich, comments “At Bruichladdich Distillery, we understand that there is real potential for a hydrogen‐based solution to decarbonise our industry. We are thrilled to have the support of Protium, Deuterium and ITPEnergised to help us assess the feasibility of employing a green hydrogen fuel switching solution for our distillery – a move we hope benefits the broader industry.

In recent years, Bruichladdich has undertaken feasibility studies of 13 potential energy solutions. The search for alternative fuels is being investigated alongside several other areas in Bruichladdich’s sustainability strategy, which include commitments to agriculture and biodiversity, Islay and the wider community and reducing packaging and waste.

The progress they have made thus far was last year accredited by the B Lab, when the distillery became one of the only distilleries in the world to be B Corp certified. Future ambitions will see the installation of on-site maltings, agricultural R&D activity on the distillery’s own 30 acre Shore House Croft and the continuation of their investment in people program for the distillery’s 105 staff members.


Bruichladdich Distillery is situated on the southwestern tip of the Hebridean island of Islay and is home to unique spirits:

– Bruichladdich, unpeated Islay single malt
– Port Charlotte, heavily peated Islay single malt
– Octomore, the world’s most heavily peated single malt series

In 2020, Bruichladdich became one of the only distilleries in the world to be B Corp certified. They are the first gin and whisky distillery in Europe, and one of two globally, to be recognised for balancing profit and purpose.

The distillery was first established in 1881 by the Harvey brothers. It survived through periods of closure including world wars and economic uncertainly, only to be closed for 7 years in 1994. The closure left all but two redundant.

The distillery was reopened by Mark Reynier, Simon Coughlin and Jim McEwan in 2001. The team have breathed new life into the community by keeping as much of their operations on Islay as possible. They installed a bottling hall in 2003, first grew Islay barley in 2004 (now 52% of production) and have since added additional warehousing to ensure all single malts are conceived, distilled, matured and bottled on the island. They are one of only two distilleries on the island (9 total) to make those claims.

The independently owned Bruichladdich was purchased by luxury spirits company Remy Cointreau in 2012. They continue to invest in the values of the business, in being Islay-based, and in the local community.
The Botanist Islay Dry Gin is distilled and hand-crafted at Bruichladdich Distillery by Head Distiller Adam Hannett. Nine classic gin botanicals are augmented by 22 local herbs and flowers, foraged responsibly and by hand from the hills, shores and bogs of Islay by professional forager James Donaldson.

On Bruichladdich’s Project Partners:

About Protium

Protium is a UK‐based green hydrogen energy services company (HESCO). Founded in 2019, the company supports the transition to net zero by working alongside clients in manufacturing and transport infrastructure to deploy green hydrogen and renewable energy infrastructure assets.



About Deuterium

Deuterium Heating Ltd. is a UK based company established in 2020, to develop and commercialise new hydrogen technologies in the UK. It is currently focused on identifying and securing the first commercial pilot site for a pioneering technology called a DCC™ system, which it has licensed from leading US innovator – Hydrogen Technologies Inc, whose technology has been listed by the Solar Impulse Foundation as one of the “1000 solutions to change the world”. Over time Deuterium will support the commercialisation of other hydrogen technologies as needed to support the development activities of Protium.

About ITPEnergised

At ITPEnergised (ITPE) we are passionate about the transition to net zero. We are a trusted advisor providing client‐focused, commercially minded, energy and environmental consulting services to clients in onshore & offshore energy, oil & gas, transport & infrastructure, property and corporate sectors. http://www.itpenergised.com/

Burns Night at Milroy’s – Burns Night News

Burns Night at Milroy’s

Monday 25th January 2021, 6:30pm

Burns Night is usually one of the most raucous nights of the year at Milroy’s, but sadly this year, owing to unprecedented circumstances, will have to be a little different.

Burns Night is a celebration of the Scottish poet, with the first Burns supper being held in 1801. Traditionally the evening is a heady mix of bagpipes, haggis with neeps and tatties and of course whisky.

Unfortunately we will be unable to provide the full works (bagpipes don’t ship well), however if there is one thing we have mastered this year, it is getting good whisky into your homes.

Join us as we move our celebration of Robert Burns online with a virtual tasting, hosted by our very own Simo and the wonderful Andrea Montague from Bacardi. We will also joined by a real life Scotsman, our regular Haggis blesser and friend of Milroy’s – Charlie Graham.

Your Milroys Burns Night pack will include:

One Coast to Coast tasting pack:

1 x 30ml Kilkerran 12 Year Old, 46%

1 x 30ml Cu Bocan Signature 1 (Bourbon, Oloroso and North American Virgin Oak), 46%

1 x 30ml Tobermory 12 Year Old, 46.3%

1 x 30ml Bunnahabhain Toiteach A Dha, 46.3% 

1 x 30ml Linkwood 11 Year Old, That Boutique-y Whisky Company, 48.1% 

Plus some bonus drams:

1 x 50ml Craigellachie 13 Year Old, 46% 

1 x 50ml Aberfeldy 12 Year Old, 40%

Plus a miniature Haggis, shipped separately (please leave us a note at the checkout if you would prefer vegetarian Haggis)

£39.95 + shipping

The link to access the virtual tasting will be emailed to recipients prior to the event.

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