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Independent farm distillery, Kilchoman, has just released a limited edition Loch Gorm Single Malt Whisky. Only 2850 cases (17,100 bottles) of the five year-old bottling will be available worldwide through existing distributors and online.

This is the second Loch Gorm Single Malt to be released. The first, which was released in April last year, was awarded the prestigious 2013 IWSC Gold (2013 edition). Each release is differentiated by the distillation and bottling dates on the front of the bottle and carton. 

Fully matured from filling to bottling in fresh Oloroso sherry butts, Loch Gorm adds a new dimension to Kilchoman’s portfolio, bringing a depth of character and colour to the Islay Single Malt. The Loch Gorm range is the only all sherry cask-matured expression from Kilchoman. 

This range is named after the famously peaty loch in front of the distillery on Islay; Kilchoman draws the water for Loch Gorm from the burn that runs into the loch. 

Anthony Wills, Managing Director of Kilchoman, said: “’Our sherry cask matured releases have proved very popular and this is the third and most mature to date so we anticipate this latest offering to be very well received.

“Loch Gorm shows wonderful balance between the peat smoke and spicy rich flavours, typical of sherry cask maturation, producing a unique flavour which characterises Kilchoman whiskies.” 

Founded in 2005, Kilchoman is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland and the first distillery to be built on Islay for 125 years. A working farm distillery, it is one of only a handful of distilleries still practising floor malting. Kilchoman also grows a portion of its barley at the distillery, and completes all parts of the production process, from barley to bottling on the island. 

Loch Gorm is bottled at 46% ABV and will be available from specialist drinks, whisky stores and online, priced at a RRP of £55-£59. 

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Tasting Notes: Loch Gorm Single Islay Malt Scotch Whisky

Nose: mixed preserved fruit, particularly lemon and rich peat smoke

Palate: dry cereal flavour develop in honey, biscuit with lingering peat

Finish: richly sweet and smoky 


Kilchoman Distillery is a small family run farm distillery based on the rugged west coast of Islay. The distillery was established by Anthony Wills in 2005, the idea behind being to build a new distillery which took whisky production back to its roots. Kilchoman produces its 100% Islay single malt from barley which is grown in fields surrounding the distillery and completes every stage of the whisky-making process at the distillery, including traditional floor malting. Kilchoman is the only distillery in Scotland to do this. Kilchoman is now very much a family affair: Anthony and wife Kathy are joined by their three sons: James, Peter and George. 

Since the first bottling was released in 2008, Kilchoman has quickly established itself as a high quality Islay Single Malt Whisky with these notable awards:

  • · Kilchoman’s exceptional quality was recognised at the prestigious International Whisky Competition (IWC) when Anthony Wills was named Master Distiller of the Year 2013.
  • · Machir Bay was named Whisky of the Year at IWC 2013. Loch Gorm was also awarded Gold, Machir Bay received Silver and 100% Islay 2nd Ed was given bronze.
  • · Kilchoman 2007 Vintage received Whisky Advocate’s Award for Islay Single Malt of the Year 2013.
  • · In 2012 Machir Bay was awarded two prestigious IWSC Gold medals and a Silver medal, and was named in GQ’s Best 100 Things of 2012.
  • · Kilchoman won Malt Advocates Artisan Whisky of the Year 2011, only three years after the first bottling was released.


Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky at Duty Free 1 (LR)


Travelers visiting duty-free this month (April) at Cape Town International Airport and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, will have the chance to discover the natural purity of the Cape Mountains. The promotion will run until the end month of April and will be managed by duty-free concessionaire, Big Five Duty Free. 

Inspired by the Cape Mountains and its natural beauty, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky is South Africa’s first single grain whisky and received the prestigious accolade as the World’s Best Grain Whisky at the 2013 World Whisky Awards, ahead of those from traditional whisky-producing countries such as Ireland, Scotland and the USA.  

Travelers will get to discover the unique sense of place where Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky is crafted and sample its unique taste profile daily at OR Tambo with tastings in Cape Town conducted four days a week. 

Consumers who purchase a bottle of Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky at both duty-free shops will receive a branded notebook and complimentary 50ml. At OR Tambo International Airport travelers will get the chance to win prizes with a unique, Cape Mountains-inspired interactive element. A waterfall symbolising the natural purity of the whisky with a Perspex maze placed inside the cascading water will see travelers placing a whisky coloured ball into the maze, watch it travel down the waterfall and if it lands into one of the Bain’s Cape Mountain whisky glasses at the bottom, claim their prize. 

According to global marketing manager, Eliska Botha, the promotional area at these two airports offers great visibility. 

“Since being awarded as the World’s Best Grain Whisky in 2013, Bain’s Cape Mountain whisky is one of the most talked about whiskies in the world. Through this promotion we now have the opportunity to introduce the whisky to travelers from across the globe, share this extraordinary whisky inspired by the Cape Mountains and its unique taste profile that has been captivating whisky connoisseurs from around the world.” 

Crafted at the James Sedgwick’s Distillery situated in one of South Africa’s most picturesque regions near the Bainskloof Pass, the whisky is inspired by the areas’ magnificent peaks, cool, sparkling streams, wooded valleys and an unmatched wealth of indigenous fynbos. Only the finest South African grain is used together with water that flows over 850 million year old sandstone and indigenous fynbos, setting Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky apart from any other whisky produced in the world. The whisky is quite uniquely double-matured and matured for three years in casks previously used for Bourbon before revatted into a fresh set of casks for a further maturation period that results in its exceptionally smooth and unique taste.

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Limited Release Whisky Available at Mora’s Fine Wine & Spirits (E. Setauket, New York) – Whisky News


Limited Release Whisky Available at Mora’s Fine Wine & Spirits (E. Setauket, NY)  

Chichibu Ichiro’s Malt The First Single Malt Japanese Whisky - $223.99

(2 bottles available) 

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Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon - $86.99

(4 bottles available)

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Nationwide shipping available! 

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The Glenturret Triple Wood and Girvan Patent Still Bottlings at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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The Glenturret triple wood Whisky Shop exclusive and the brand new award winning Patent Still bottlings are now available to order! We offer a free click and collect service on all orders and also free shipping on all deliveries over £60 delivered to the UK.

Tasting note: Deep gold, with amber lights. The first impression is of rice pudding, with a brown skin; husky porridge with double cream. After a while a faint note of strawberry jam. The taste is sweet and lightly meaty (roast chicken), with some spice and general acidity towards the end and a warming finish. Water increases the meaty note and introduces dry herbs.

Click here to buy – £45.00

Girvan Patent Still Number 4 Apps

Sensory Highlights: Light and Delicate, Candied Fruit, Cream. Balance of crisp fruit against oak. Bottled at 42% volume. Grain whisky is made in a totally different way to single malt whisky – through a continuous or column still, called such because unlike the pot still method, which makes spirit in batches, you can continually feed the column still, almost like a factory line, and the alcohol is extracted by forcing the grain mash up columns and against pressurised steam at extremely high temperatures.

Simply click here to buy – £45.00

Girvan Patent Still 30 year old

Sensory Highlights: Deep and intense. Vanilla Spicy Tannin. Zesty fruits and Banana. Bottled at 42% volume. Today, the Girvan Patent Single Grain Whisky delivers a taste sensation that truly reflects their pioneering distillation heritage. It is a rare spirit, mellowed and matured in American Oak and bottled without the addition of caramel. Being non chill filtered the natural golden colour shines through. Woody spiced finish.

Simply click here to buy – £375

BUSHMILLS Irish Whiskey Key Highlights From 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition – Irish Whiskey News

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BUSHMILLS Irish Whiskey once again performed extremely well at the 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. BUSHMILLS Irish Whiskey Key Highlights from the 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition:

  • The entire Bushmills Irish Whiskey range won a medal at the 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
  • No other Irish Whiskey won more medals than Bushmills Irish Whiskey at the 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
  • Bushmills won more Gold medals than the Irish Whiskey category leader at the 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
  • Bushmills 16 Year Old Single Malt has been awarded a Gold Medal or above in eight of the 14 San Francisco World Spirits Competitions.
  • Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey wins a Gold medal in 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Silent Distillery Profile; Port Ellen – Scotch Whisky History


Silent Distillery Profile; Port Ellen 

by Lawrence Graham

Operational: 1825 silent from 1929-67 but bonded warehouses and maltings continued to operate.

Closed: In May 1983. License returned in 1992.

Region: Islay, south shore.

Operational Owner: 17th December, 1997 United Distillers & Vintners Ltd, Diageo Plc.

Current Owner: Diageo Plc.

Address: Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, Argyll & Bute, PA42 7AH[1] 

Port Ellen. If there is one distillery that evokes strong emotions in the heart of the enthusiast it must be Port Ellen. As bottlings, official and unofficial become scarcer the angst only grows. Can’t they simply rebuild it? Possible but tragically, unlikely. This south shore of Islay distillery was originally founded by Alexander Ker Mackay with the support of the owner of Islay, Walter Frederick Campbell, M.P. of Shawfield & Islay. One source indicates that Port Ellen was actually a malt mill built in 1825 by Alexander Ker Mackay and was only converted to a distillery a few years later.[2]  Most other sources give the date of 1825 for the actual building of the distillery but this appears to be incorrect. 

The distillery’s original name was Leodamus “Leods Moss” but was renamed after Lady Eleanor/Ellinor Campbell, Port of Lady Eleanor/Ellinor, the wife of Walter Frederick Campbell.[3] The water source was the Leorin Lochs just to the north of the distillery. 

When distilling became the main focus of Port Ellen the legal rights can only be described as convoluted; Mackay held the ground lease for the distillery, the building lease was held by Major James Adair of Dumfries and Glasgow, who sublet to John Morrison and associates, George MacLennan and Patrick Thomson. Despite the convoluted arrangement Mackay appears to have been in charge. [4]  

Some time in the early 1830’s John Ramsay, who was to have such a positive impact on Port Ellen for the next 60 years, entered the scene. Over time Ramsay was to have extensive business dealings with Walter Frederick Campbell, the local laird. 

Ramsay expanded the distillery by adding a second duty free warehouse in 1839 due to increased business. In period of 1841 to 1843 Port Ellen worked a Stein patent still with malt only.[5]  In 1840 the holder of the building lease, Major James Adair died and this left Ramsay in a precarious position since he badly needed the building leases to continue operating the distillery. The distillery and buildings went up for public auction and a high bid from Glasgow was received but the local laird, Walter Frederick Campbell exercised his right of pre-emption and matched the bid from Glasgow thus securing the distillery. Ramsay was only 25 years old. In 1844 Queen Victoria was purchasing Port Ellen for Her Majesty’s Cellar and Walter Frederick Campbell encouraged Ramsay to take advantage of this. A large part of this success was the direct export from Islay to North America.  During this period Ramsay had extensive agricultural and business interests on the island and in addition was a Member of Parliament.  At one point through inheritance and business dealings Ramsay became the landlord of Ardbeg, Ardenistiel, Laphroaig and Lagavulin distilleries. Ramsay died in 1892 at age 77 and the distillery, through his estate, passed onto his wife and then his son Iain. At the end of the Great War Iain found that his business faced with a lack of capital, the effects of the war and dwindling markets in the USA due to the introduction of prohibition. In 1920 the distillery became the property of W P Lowrie and John Dewar & Sons (in the same deal involving Buchanan-Dewar Ltd Lochruan Distillery, Campbeltown and Port Ellen were merged into the same company). In 1930 the distillery was transferred to the Scottish Malt Distillers and finally the Distillers Company.[6] As Neil Wilson comments in his book The Island Whisky Trail “At the time (1930) there was enough whisky warehoused in Port Ellen to last 40 years, and the more cynical observers will remind you that it was fully 37 years before the distillery came on stream again.” 

In the 1930’s the Distillers Company owned five Islay distilleries, Caol Ila, Lagavulin, Lochindaal, Malt Mill and Port Ellen. 

In the mid 1880’s Alfred Barnard visited Port Ellen, tape measure and letter of introduction at hand, and was conducted around the ‘works’ by the distiller, the manager being absent. He commented that the beach in front of the distillery was perfect for bathing and be ‘much appreciated and visited if there were some lodging houses or cottages available, and the place were nearer to Glasgow’. In particular Barnard took special note of three spacious barley lofts, three maltings floors (with steeps), two kilns with wire cloth floors, the Malt Store, the Mill Room containing a pair of malt rollers, the Mash Tun, a Wash Charger and heating tanks etc, etc. 

From there he moved onto the Tun Room which contained seven Fermenting backs and in the Still Room, two old Pot Stills with there also being present two receivers. 

Further he described Port Ellen as having six handsome warehouses containing 3,700 cask or 240,000 gallons of whisky of different ages and stated that Port Ellen had a capacity of producing 140,000 gallons of Islay Malt per year. Barnard made further note of the peats; that only the peats cut locally were used in the drying process and that the water derived from two lochs, one for distilling noted for ‘its clearness and purity’ and the other for driving machinery. The distillery also had it’s own cooperage and Seasoning House for casks, a fine Spirit Store and one of Morton’s Refrigerators (for cooling the wort). 

In 1966 & 7 the distillery was reopened and the number of stills was extended from two to four. The extensive re-build of the distillery involved improvements to the malt barns, steeps and kilns plus other improvements costing £400,000. 

Despite this investment in producing malt in 1973 the Port Ellen Maltings were completed. In May 1983 trucks ceased to deliver malt from next door to the distillery when SMD (Distillers Company) closed Port Ellen forever. 

Shame on them. 

In 1992 the license was returned to the Excise.

[1] The Scottish Whisky Distilleries by Misako Udo

[2] The Island Whisky Trail by Neil Wilson & The Scotch Whisky Industry Record by H Charles Craig.

[3] The Scottish Whisky Distilleries by Misako Udo

[4] The Island Whisky Trail by Neil Wilson

[5] The Scotch Whisky Industry Record by H Charles Craig. 

[6] The Island Whisky Trail by Neil Wilson

This article was originally published on the Malt Maniacs and is reprinted here with permission of the author.

Happy Easter!



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Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Whisky, distributed by Maxxium UK, has been awarded the Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year in Whisky Magazine’s global Icons of Whisky 2014 competition. 

The annual industry awards, organised by Whisky Magazine, recognise the very best people and places in the whisky industry around the world. The awards involve country heats to find the best companies in the leading whisky nations of the world, which then compete against each other for the overall Icons of Whisky. 

Laphroaig Distillery Manager, John Campbell said: “As the No.1 selling Islay single malt whisky we are thrilled to be recognised as one of Whisky Magazine’s prestigious global Icons of Whisky. For nearly 200 years, we’ve worked hard to ensure that the distillery reflects the same distinctiveness one would find in a bottle of Laphroaig. From guided tours to our Friends of Laphroaig loyalty program, we welcome visitors into the family by gifting a plot of Islay land they can call their own while offering a truly memorable experience.” 

The Whisky Magazine editorial panel noted that the Laphroaig Distillery “offers a warm welcome to visitors from across the world. From a walk through tour to owning your piece of Islay, Laphroaig has stamped its mark on the visitor [centre] experience.” 

The Laphroaig Distillery also won the Scottish Icons of Whisky last year and is the current holder of the Drammie award for best distillery tour in the world, which it has won for two consecutive years. 

Laphroaig Distillery

To find out more information about Laphroaig or how to become a Friend of Laphroaig please visit www.laphroaig.com. Please enjoy our brand responsibly www.drinkaware.co.uk  


  • Laphroaig is the No.1 selling Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky globally
  • Unmistakably peat-smoke flavours are delivered by burning local Islay peat, containing unique traces of seaweed and heather.
  • One of only a few distilleries that still uses traditional malting floors and dries and infuses its own malt with the thick blue smoke from old peat-fired kilns.
  • The Friends of Laphroaig programme keeps fans of the brand up to date with special offers and news from distillery manager, John Campbell. On signing up, members are allocated their own square foot of land on Islay, and their names are added to the members’ book in the friends lounge at the distillery. Members who visit the distillery are invited to collect their ‘rent’ – a dram of Laphraoig. The community comprises more than 540,000 like-minded Scotch fans from more than 190 countries.

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World Whisky Day: One Month To Go – Whisky News

WWD 2014

Only One Month to Go

Start getting excited!

World Whisky Day – Saturday 17th May 2014 

With exactly one month until World Whisky Day, May 2014 certainly has plenty in store for whisky lovers.

With celebrations across Scotland and signature WWD events in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, we are particularly excited about The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s Clans and Drams Festival as it opens its doors to members and non-members alike with a month-long celebration of flavour.

Clans are famously associated with territorial battles and bloody skirmishes but the Society believes that the pleasure of exquisite whisky supersedes any family feud or clan dispute. So instead of battling over bloodlines, everyone (Scot or not) is invited into the Society’s members’ rooms in Edinburgh, Leith and London during May to ally themselves to a whisky clan.

The Society, which bottles single cask single malt whiskies from a huge range of distilleries, has created 12 special whisky clans based on flavour profiles. Every traditional family clan has a reputation that defines them, attributes such as bravery, honesty or dexterity. The Society have taken real clan mottos and personalities and attributed these to their flavour clans. Whether you’re the fiery ‘Spicy and Sweet’, or the majestic ‘Deep, Rich & Dried Fruits’, there is a whisky clan for everyone.

As well as opening its doors to non-members throughout May and pairing 26 new single cask whiskies to the 12 flavour clans, The Society is hosting a number of events including the official signature event of World Whisky Day on Saturday 17th May.

Edinburgh Whisky Fest 2014 – 26 April 2014

Let Bottle Commence… Clan Whisky Feast – 1 May 2014

Clan Cocktails in the Society’s Secret Bothy – 2 May 2014

A Hauf ‘n’ Hauf – Beer and Whisky Tasting – 10 May 2014 

World Whisky Day – 17 May 2014

The Scottish Larder @ The Dining Room – 21 May 2014 

A Hauf ‘n’ Hauf – Beer and Whisky Tasting – 23 May 2014

Seafood And Whisky Tasting – 29 May 2014

Dunfermline Clans and Drams Tasting – 29 May 2014

Glasgow Clans and Drams tasting – 30 May 2014

Hopefully you can make it along to the Society to celebrate WWD or attend one some of their events, otherwise it sounds like a great opportunity to simply visit during this open-doors period to find your true kindred spirit and ally yourself with your whisky clan. 

Still time to register your World Whisky Day event

It only takes a few seconds to register your event.
Click here to register your event for free.

Event ideas:
Host at an event at your local bar.
Host an event in your own home.
Get your local whisky shop to arrange a special tasting.
It’s easy to get involved. 

Donate to Just a Drop and to help give people safe and clean drinking water.

We are proud to be supporting Just a Drop, an international water aid charity. We hope that you can help us raise money for them. Each time you have a whisky on World Whisky Day why not donate £1/$1/€1 to Just a Drop.

To learn more and donate to Just a Drop click here.

In other news

We are working hard on a few exciting things so stay tuned for the following…
World Whisky Day Whisky 2014 Edition
World Whisky Day Tshirts / Hoodys and more

We will also be introducing World Whisky Day Event Packs with everything you need to celebrate World Whisky Day. To register your interest click here.

Get in the spirit, mark the date in your diary and lets raise a dram to World Whisky Day 2014. 
In the meantime if you want to discuss your plans or find out more about getting involved then please email info@worldwhiskyday.com or call +44 (0)131 208 2582.

Kind regards,
Blair Bowman

World Whisky Day

“Fae Dram tae Drum!” – Scotch Whisky News

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“Fae Dram tae Drum!”

Paul from MCLEANSCOTLAND sends a wee story;  Something really interesting, a good pal of mine has been working on this for years!

It is a snare drum, made from a Tullibardine whisky cask.  Basically, they can make snares from any distillery cask in a variety of ways, bespoke and standard, more of a very high class present, ornament rather than a working snare – though it does play like any snare drum! It is expensive, but – old adage; you get what you pay for.

Select a finish you want, clean and smooth, or dark and rustic, a variety of distillery casks and finishes. 

We have two on order already, these are totally exclusive; finished so the head of the snare comes off, revealing a cask shelf for a whisky bottle and two quaich vessels.

All have certificate of authentic cask stave used, from the distillery and the bespoke master drum maker.

Anyone interested, seriously, please drop me a line @ snare@mcleanscotland.com


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