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20th June 2021, Dublin The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. is delighted to announce its third release with the inaugural launch of a limited 661 bottles of rare double-distilled, single malt whiskey, matured for over two decades, The Brollach, on Father’s Day (20th June 2021). With three new product launches since November 2020, The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. has established more than a new brand; they have taken Irish whiskey into a new top-shelf ultra-luxury category and with the release of The Brollach, now looks to establish itself in the double-distilled space.

The Brollach is a personal tribute to Founder Jay Bradley’s late father, who sadly passed away in 2020, but was a huge inspiration for creation of The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Together they shared an unmatched passion and knowledge of whiskey, with the dream of building a legacy and creating the finest Irish whiskeys. The latest release has been named after the O’Brollachans, which is the ancient rendering of the Bradley name and represents their Irish heritage, lineage and craftsmanship. The Brollach is a celebration of Irish whiskey tradition, since the Celtic nation was the originator of the brown liquor as long ago as the 12th Century.

Founder Jay Bradley had an entrepreneurial spirit from a young age and left school at 14 to work as a furniture craftsman with his father in Ireland until he was 19.  On 21st January 2001 Jay left the Emerald Isle and moved to Australia on 22nd January 2001 to follow his dreams and embark on adult life. To honour this huge milestone in Jay’s life, The Brollach has been distilled on the same day: 22nd January 2001.

Located within close proximity to where Jay Bradley was raised, The Brollach was matured on the southeast coast of Ireland using the freshest Irish water and finest barley aged in 200-litre Ex American Bourbon casks, which adds a deep oaky flavour to the whiskey, and then finished in 128-litre rare French Oak Madeira barrels, emerging when it is at its zenith. French Oak Madeira is made exclusively on the island off the coast of Portugal and the 128-litre barrels achieve the perfect spirit ratio based on the flavour profile of the Madeira.

Years of maturation has imparted flavours of honeysuckle, butterscotch and caramel to create a whiskey that is unmistakably masculine and intimate, which brings a fresh, intense and potent profile – reflecting Jay’s father’s character. Irish whiskey is traditionally triple-distilled, however The Brollach has been uniquely double-distilled to symbolise the powerful bond between father and son and imparts complexity that is compelling, intense and vibrant to create the finest double-distilled, single malt Irish whiskey of its generation.

Crafted from raw Nordic oak and brushed with stainless steel, The Brollach’s experience box celebrates Irish craftsmanship, paying homage to the Bradley family’s Celtic heritage and honours Jay’s father as a master craftsman, with its strong, bold and masculine design. It features a heavy grain on the box, which cleverly leads the eye towards the clasps and the stainless-steel trim. The beautifully crafted box also contains a 70cl bottle of The Brollach, along with two handcrafted Finn glasses which blend science and artistry into an inimitably designed masterpiece, all the whiskey notes, scents and flavours to be highlighted and experienced like never before.

The Brollach bottle sits in a solid oak plinth, with a slightly curved backdrop that echoes the lines of a barrel, and the interior is a rich, dark suede, set against a foam protector. The drawer, which sits underneath, contains four obsidian whiskey stones, a glass and anodised silver pipette, and two vials; one for a taster of whiskey and the other for the user to add Irish spring water (or his / her preferred one) to open the flavours.

Jay Bradley, Founder, The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. commented: “Whiskey is my absolute passion in life and The Brollach is a very personal release to me as it is a tribute to my late father. The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. was born out of a conversation with him and our shared interest for the finer things in life, particularly whiskey craftsmanship. 

The Brollach is unique as it has an intense and potent profile, which I feel really reflects my father’s character, and it is also pushing the boundaries of Irish whiskey craftsmanship as it is a double-distilled, single-malt whiskey matured for over two decades. As double-distilled whiskey ages, it becomes more complex and spicier, only released when the flavour of the whiskey is at its best. Traditionally Irish whiskey is triple-distilled and we are very proud to have created a product that ensures luxury Irish whiskey is being represented in the double-distilled space.”

The Brollach follows the success of the brand’s first release in November 2020, The Devil’s Keep, a 29-year-old, triple-distilled, single malt whiskey. The Devil’s Keep achieved the world record for the most expensive inaugural whiskey release ever at auction at USD $60,000 (almost £46,000 and €51,000). The multi award-winning first release achieved Gold in the ‘Packaging Design Category 2020-2021’ of the A’ Design Award and ‘Luxury Drinks Secondary Pack’ at The Luxury Packaging Awards 2020 for The Devil’s Keep experience box, as well as Highly Commended for the design of The Devil’s Keep bottle in the ‘Luxury Drinks Primary Pack’ award.

The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. also partnered with Fabergé to unveil ‘The Emerald Isle Collection’ in February 2021 – a seven-piece custom-made whiskey set which features two bottles of ultra-rare 30-year-old, triple-distilled Irish whiskey, along with two exclusive creations from Fabergé. It was crowned the oldest triple-distilled Irish whiskey in the world and the inaugural experience box sold at auction for a record-breaking USD $2m.

For further information on The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. and The Brollach visit: https://craftirishwhiskey.com/the-brollach/


Cost: €5,500(+ VAT)

The Brollach Tasting Notes:

Nose: Vibrant, fresh and intense, with apricot, which melts into a subtle butterscotch.

Back palate: Dark cherry with a hint of sourness that softens into dark chocolate, with a caramelised banana flavour that lingers in an oily, almost velvet-like, mouth-feel. 

About The Craft Irish Whiskey Co.:

The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. is different. This is not mass-produced whiskey, but an attention to detail and crafting processes that create the very finest craft Irish whiskey.

The company sources rare whiskey and uses ultra-premium finishing barrels to mature its whiskey due to the high quality of the wood and previous spirit or wine that helps deliver complex flavour profiles. The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. knows that a premium level of spirit stored in this type of barrel adds deep and complex flavours into the finish which produces a phenomenal Irish whiskey.

The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. uniquely cask their whiskey at 52% ABV. Adding water in at the start allows the water and whiskey to marry over time creating a far smoother whiskey.

The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. is the proud whiskey partner of the The MICHELIN Guide and a partner in the Michelin Star Revelation Great Britain and Ireland 2021 by presenting the award for Sommelier Of The Year 2021.

Their first release in November was The Devil’s Keep, the first ultra-rare Irish whiskey in the world and the oldest ever triple-distilled Irish single malt whiskey, as well as being crowned the most expensive first release in the history of whiskey at €10,000 per bottle. Significantly, it also achieved the world record for the most expensive inaugural whiskey release ever at auction at USD $60,000 (almost £46,000 and €51,000 Euros).

Auchroisk PX Sherry Cask – Apollo 9 Exclusive Whisky 🚀 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Auchroisk Sherry Cask

Exclusive Apollo 9
This is Like Spectacular

Auchroisk 10 Year Old 2010

Apollo 9 was the first of the Apollo Missions to perform a spacewalk prior to landing on the Moon. The two pilots famously photographed each other in space. The 10th bottling for the TWB Apollo series was distilled at Auchroisk distillery in Speyside. Matured in a first fill Pedro Ximenez sherry hogshead yielding 306 bottles. Big bang of chocolate coated coffee beans, meteoric ripe raisins, ecliptic warming spices; all free falling into a sweet marshmallow horizon and hyperbolic stewed plums. Expect meteoric ripe raisins, collocate coated coffee beans and hyperbolic stewed plums!

Auchroisk 10 Year Old 2010 vintage Speyside single malt Scotch whisky. On March 3rd, 1969, Apollo 9 launched from the Kennedy Space Center. The first full flight of an Apollo spacecraft with both Lunar Module and Command and Service Module. To mark this occasion we have bottled a single first fill pedro ximenez sherry hogshead  distilled in 2010 bottled April 2021. 306 numbered bottles exclusive to The Whisky Barrel.

During the mission the two pilots photographed each other whilst performing extravehicular activity. Russell Schweickart, the first astronaut to wear a portable life support system, emerged from Lunar Module callsign ‘Spider’ proclaiming “Hey, this is like spectacular!” and performed the only spacewalk prior to an Apollo lunar landing.

Auchroisk Distillery is a relatively modern malt whiskey distillery which was established in 1972 by Justerini & Brooks (Scotland) Ltd. Auchroisk Distillery is situated at Mulben in the heart of Scotland’s Speyside whiskey region and is equipped with eight copper stills. Only a small proportion of production is released by the distillery for bottling as official single malt whiskey, much of the remainder is destined for blending. Morrison & MacKay are among the independent bottlers to release expressions of Auchroisk single cask malt whiskey and Auchroisk single malt features in the Gordon & MacPhail’s Connoisseurs Choice series.

Shop – Auchroisk 10 – £87/ €85/ $101/ c$125*

The Whisky Lounge Warehouse Sale – Whisky Sale News


A very short message to let you know we are moving and are having a warehouse clearance!

First of all, apologies if you are not York-based, or able to travel to York. This email won’t apply to you if either of these things describe you!

We are downsizing, and as a part of this, we are holding a ‘Whisky Lounge Moving Yard Sale‘ at our old warehouse, this Saturday 26th June, from 12pm-4pm.

We will have dozens of part-bottles, plus loads of miniatures, glasses and memorabilia available via a ‘lucky dip’. £1, £5 or £10 gets you into this lucky dip, plus a dram of something tasty on us…
A very small sample of what you can expect!

The Yard Sale takes place at the following address.

The Whisky Lounge
Unit 3
61a Osbaldwick Lane
YO10 3AY

If you’ve never been before, we are on a glamorous (!) small industrial estate in Osbaldwick, York, opposite the Derwent Academy Primary School. Just walk down into the estate and you will see us set up near the bottom!

We will be there from 12pm to 4pm, and it would be lovely to see you if you can make it down. We can accept cash (preferred due to zero processing fees!) and cards.

Other than that, have a great week and we will be in touch soon!

Best Wishes,
The Whisky Lounge

This Friday at The Whisky Shop #SFO: Try Peated Single Malt in-store at our expert presented tasting – American Whiskey News

10th St Single Malt

Friday, June 23rd, 3-6PM

Can peated single malt be made in the Bay Area? Yes, and it’s delicious! 10th St Distillery brings Islay tradition to California with their signature single malt, made from imported Scottish peated barley.

Located in San Jose, California, 10th St Distillery combines time honored Scottish traditions and American ingenuity to create award winning single malt. Their signature expression is made with peated barley imported exclusively from Scotland and mineral rich water from the Sierras, hand-crafted in custom copper pot stills and aged in bourbon barrels. It received ‘Best in Class’ at the 2018 Whiskies of the World. Come by for a taste and learn more about this up-and-coming local distillery.

RSVPs are appreciated!

Click Here to RSVP

(or email us at info@whiskyshopusa.com)

Whisky of the Month – Glenmorangie 12 Malaga Cask Finish – Whisky Exchange News

A limited-edition 12-year-old single malt from Glenmorangie, matured in ex-bourbon casks and finished in casks that previously held one of the rarest fortified wines in the world – Malaga Dulce. Bottled in August 2020, the palate offers notes of honey, cinnamon, dried apricots and crystalised ginger.


Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 393: Secret Highland 10 Year Old 2010 Liquid Art – Scotch Whisky News

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 393: Secret Highland 10 Year Old 2010 Liquid Art

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, tries an undisclosed Highlander. The boys and girls from Belgian bottler Liquid Art have selected their next cask and this time it is one from the Highlands. And while they are not at liberty to divulge whence it came, Mark can tell you that the Brora Golf Club is just a 20 minute stroll away from the warehouse where this cask was laid down.





The Macallan has unveiled Concept No. 3, a collaboration with visionary graphic designer David Carson that brings together the worlds of whisky and the visual arts.

Concept No. 3 is the latest release in The Macallan Concept Series, a limited collection of annual release whiskies which fuse the artistry and expertise behind The Macallan’s whisky-making with creativity and culture.

For the third and final expression in the series, The Macallan turned to acclaimed US graphic designer David Carson. Born in Texas, 1954, David, who is also a professional surfer, began his creative career as a magazine designer. In the 1990s he became art director of the magazine Ray Gun, where his experimental page layouts featuring pioneering use of typography revolutionised the field of graphic design.

His work has been displayed in dedicated shows across the world and he is a recipient of the AIGA, which is renowned as the design profession’s highest accolade. Since establishing his own studio, he has created campaigns for some of the world’s leading consumer brands including Nike, Levi, Pepsi and Ray Ban and he was among only two graphic designers selected by Apple as part of its iconic ‘30 most innovative users’ list.

Concept No. 3 is the latest project in a wider collaboration between The Macallan and David Carson, who produced a festive campaign for the brand last year.

To bring his unique perspective to the design of Concept No. 3, David visited The Macallan’s 485-acre Estate in Scotland’s Speyside where he spent time with The Macallan Whisky Maker Polly Logan.

They discovered that a remarkable number of similarities define their approach to their respective crafts. Both are driven to revisit and evolve their work, creating greater depth by ensuring every element in their creations has a distinct purpose.

As a result, his unique, handmade collage designs for Concept No. 3 feature some very special touches to celebrate their shared outlook and methodology – including the incorporation of the letter P for Polly. Many of the colours used are also those found at The Macallan Estate on Scotland’s Speyside, with blue representing the River Spey and red reflecting The Macallan’s sherry-seasoned oak casks.

Polly, in turn, has drawn influence from David’s character and career when crafting Concept No. 3, to create an unusually fresh whisky, with a distinctive warm, golden hue that pays tribute to the graphic designer’s years on the USA’s West Coast.

The ABV was developed specifically to be 40.8%, after the pair realised that eight is their favourite number.

David Carson said: “In some of The Macallan work, I very noticeably got into what I call ‘my zone’, where I was just clicking. It was all coming together so I’m not aware of time, or even where I am.

“The Macallan people I’ve dealt with have been so open to exploring new ideas and to different types of creativity. Their obvious love for nature and where they work, the hand-doneness and the wooden casks – you have so much of that with The Macallan collaboration and I am very proud of it.”

The Macallan Whisky Maker Polly Logan said: “It’s been an absolute joy to work with David Carson on the creation of Concept No. 3. I was deeply inspired by his vibrancy, and drew on this to create a bright, fresh whisky. Its pale yellow colour, which we’ve named Californian Gold, reflects David’s sun-soaked days as a surfer and it also reveals the citrus notes which shine through.

“Whisky and art fans alike will appreciate the fine balance achieved in this wonderfully uplifting expression, combining fruity notes of pear with warming cinnamon spice and a creamy, vanilla sweetness.”

Concept No. 3 has been carefully crafted to deliver complexity from predominantly first fill sherry seasoned American oak casks that deliver a sweetness and spice, enhanced by a selection of European oak casks to add depth and richness. Balance and freshness are achieved by specially selected refill and virgin oak casks.

Encased in a striking presentation box featuring David Carson’s designs for Concept No. 3, each bottle also features labelling designed by David along with a vibrant chevron symbol bearing his signature.

The Macallan’s collaboration with David Carson marks the end of the Concept Series. Concept No. 1, released in 2017, was inspired by the discipline of surreal art. Concept No. 2 brought together music and whisky, combining the twin passions of The Macallan Whisky Maker Steven Bremner, who is also a DJ.

A global travel retail exclusive, Concept No. 3 will be available from July 2021 at The Macallan Boutiques in selected international airports and China Hainan Island duty free shops, before being introduced more widely to global travel retail hubs from August 2021.

For further information, visit www.themacallan.com.

Whisky Maker’s Notes:

ABV: 40.8%

Colour: Californian Gold

Aroma: Sweet fresh pear and apricot, gentle oak spice, with warm cinnamon and ginger, followed by vanilla and sweet citrus

Palate: Fresh apple and pear combine with oak spice and delicate herbal notes, leading to a rich creamy vanilla sweetness

Finish: Medium sweetness with smooth, buttery pastry notes


About The Macallan

Founded in 1824, The Macallan is renowned worldwide for its extraordinary single malt whiskies. Their outstanding quality and distinctive character reveal the uncompromised excellence pursued by The Macallan since it was established by Alexander Reid, on a plateau above the River Spey in north-east Scotland.

In 2018, The Macallan opened a new chapter in its history with the launch of its award-winning Speyside distillery. Designed by internationally acclaimed architects to promote sustainability, the building takes inspiration from the surrounding ancient Scottish hills. It stands nearby Easter Elchies House, the Highland Manor built in 1700 which is The Macallan’s spiritual home and remains the heartbeat of The Macallan’s beautiful 485-acre Estate.

Heaven Hill Distillery Announces Grand Opening of Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience – American Whiskey News

Heaven Hill Distillery Announces Grand Opening of Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience

Renaming, opening of state-of-the-art visitor center in Bardstown, Ky. commemorated by official proclamation of “National Bourbon Day” in Kentucky by Gov. Andy Beshear

First opened on October 15, 2004 as the Bourbon Heritage Center under the guidance of the late Harry Shapira, Heaven Hill’s presence as one of the first visitor centers on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail has played an instrumental role in establishing Kentucky as a top tourist destination. The new Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience triples the previous footprint with more than 30,000 square feet, capable of welcoming over 900 American Whiskey enthusiasts or newcomers at any given time to witness history brought to life. From the 85-year history of Heaven Hill Distillery as nurturers of America’s spirit to the quintessential American success story of the Shapira family, the full breadth of whiskey splendor is on display including a new product unique to the Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience and select Kentucky retailers. Five Brothers Bourbon is a small batch blending of five ages of Bourbon ranging from five- to nine-years-old, paying homage to the courage, dedication and solidarity of the five Shapira brothers who started it all in 1935 (more details to be released later this week). The new experience also added 13 new staff positions to ensure every guest receives that quality experience for which Heaven Hill is known.BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Heaven Hill Distillery today celebrated the grand opening of the Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience in Bardstown, Ky. The expansion, renovation and renaming are the culmination of a multi-year $125 million investment in Kentucky’s signature industry and model for the future of tourism since 2018. The state-of-the-art visitor center received a $19 million upgrade to become an interactive, educational space offering signature exhibits unique to the Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience. Heaven Hill also invested $106 million across American Whiskey production including new barrel warehousing, bottling line and equipment upgrades, increased holdings of Bourbon Whiskey, and distillery enhancements. Heaven Hill President Max L. Shapira and Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear presided over the ribbon cutting to commemorate the occasion, silhouetted against the new 1935 distillery replica exterior. Gov. Beshear also presented Shapira and Kentucky Distillers’ Association President Eric Gregory with a proclamation to henceforth name June 14 as “National Bourbon Day” in Kentucky.

“In the heart of Bourbon country, we welcome fans back to experience America’s Native Spirit, immerse themselves in the long history of Heaven Hill, and learn about the award-winning portfolio of storied brands now told on these walls,” said Heaven Hill President Max L. Shapira. “We honor the vision held by my father and his four brothers, celebrating the people who built the foundation upon which we stand today. The Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience is an innovative, state-of-the-art tourism model, grounded in history, and developed to entice fans for generations to come.”

Breaking ground in November 2018 in partnership with Solid Light and Abel Construction, Heaven Hill first unveiled the renovation phase of the new experience in November 2019 featuring three beautiful tasting rooms, each representing a pivotal Heaven Hill brand or story. Positioned around a larger-than-life barrel, the iconic tasting rooms overlook Heaven Hill’s main campus of rickhouses for spectacular views of Bourbon country. Prior to completing their designated tours, guests will join their bourbon host in the barrel for a wide-screen video about how barrels are made and their importance to the bourbon production process.

“I am proud to be in the heart of bourbon country to proclaim today National Kentucky Bourbon Day and I am thrilled to be here to congratulate the Shapira family and the Heaven Hill team on another successful project investing millions in Kentucky and our people,” Gov. Beshear said at the grand opening. “As we emerge from this pandemic with our economy booming, we are announcing more jobs and investment in the commonwealth every week, and the bourbon industry is no exception. This state-of-the-art visitor center will give people one more great reason to visit Kentucky and experience the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, creating even more jobs and opportunity.”

The innovative exhibits at the Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience offer an in-depth perspective not yet told on the Bourbon Trail, as a multi-sensory showcase of stories weaves the key turning points in history that brought to bear the legendary brands on the market today.

  • The “You Do Bourbon” immersive space invites guests into a classroom style tasting room where a host will guide them through a tasting of unique products. To commemorate their visit, they will have the opportunity to bottle their favorite Bourbon or whiskey from their tasting through the custom-designed filling machines, apply the label and personalize it in the adjacent Bottling Room. Finally, guests will experience a day in the life of a quality technician in the You Do Bourbon lab. Quality technicians ensure the consistency, quality, and integrity of all Heaven Hill products. Step into their shoes, inspecting through microscopes, gauging the proof of whiskey, and testing your sense of smell at the nosing station. At any given time, there will be three to four mashbills available to choose from: Heaven Hill Bourbon, Heaven Hill Wheat Whiskey, Heaven Hill Wheated Bourbon, and a fourth option on rotation. Guests will be able to select a commemorative mashbill and label in honor of the grand opening while supplies last.
  • The 1935 Distillery Theater invites up to 40 guests to experience an immersive 11-minute show put on display by seven custom screens that fly in and out using DMX technology at various moments throughout the story of the Shapira family and Heaven Hill Distillery. The high-speed roll down system is equipped with vinyl mesh so the theatrical lighting system can bring the full show to life with special effects lights and custom panel lights designed to look like the windows of the original 1935 Distillery. The projection system consists of three Panasonic projectors that showcase a seamless display just shy of a true 4K resolution. With the addition of 5.1 surround sound audio, the visitor is truly immersed into the story of Heaven Hill.
  • After walking through the Family Gallery, which details important people behind Heaven Hill’s rise within distilled spirits, visitors will enter three new self-guided, interactive exhibition spaces dedicated to integral players and movements within American Whiskey:
    • The Elijah Craig exhibit immediately immerses guests in a charred barrel, the “Father of Bourbon’s” claim to fame. Walls made of charred oak, curved in a barrel shape, enclose a fabricated ring of fire where guests can learn how the char on the inside of a barrel affects the aging process and flavor development of a whiskey and understand the nuances of each product in the Elijah Craig family.
    • The Larceny space takes guests behind lock and key into Treasury Agent John E. Fitzgerald’s room where he kept the registry comprised of his “Fitzgerald” barrels. Guests are invited to learn how to properly thieve whiskey from a barrel, interact with talking decanters detailing Fitzgerald’s ability to choose only the best barrels, and understand the key differences between Wheated Bourbon, like Larceny, and Rye Bourbon.
    • The Bottled-in-Bond exhibit showcases Heaven Hill Distillery’s leading portfolio of bonded products, the most available on the market today. The Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897 was an important turning point in the history of Bourbon as exacting standards set forth offered consumers a guarantee of quality and transparency. Today, this designation continues to offer those same guarantees, which guests will take a deep dive into through the exhibit.
  • The new Five Brothers Bar & Kitchen located on the second floor boasts an upscale, approximately 25-foot bar fully equipped to serve craft cocktails and Bourbon tastings, a lounge area and dining space for the soon-to-be-opened restaurant. Guests can also take their cocktails to the rooftop area connected to the lounge space to enjoy views of Heaven Hill’s rickhouses. Tucked in the corner of the lounge is the unicorn case, where rare, historic bottles seldom available today and other Kentucky Bourbon artifacts will be on display. Just off the bar, the Generation Loft is the space perfect for corporate meetings, intimate dinners, and small celebrations.
  • Guests are welcomed onto the Heaven Hill campus by several rickhouses, filled with up to 52,000 barrels each. The exterior of the new visitor center showcases a replica of how the distillery looked in 1935, an authentic, vintage barrel truck representative of what the Shapira brothers may have driven in the 1940s, and an updated sign celebrating the new name. The newest rickhouse on site features a bird’s eye view into the resting barrels with a glass window corner spanning the seven floors and new Heaven Hill sign. The new rickhouse will host single barrel selections and accommodate future tours soon to be launched at Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience.

The Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience, which officially open its doors to the public at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, will be open Mondays through Thursdays from 11:00 am to 6:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Five Brothers Bar will be open for cocktails Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tour reservations can be made online here and initial tour offerings will include:

  • Magic of the Mashbill: Heaven Hill is the only heritage distillery that features every major category of American Whiskey – and it all begins with the grain. Guests will enjoy five nationally acclaimed American Whiskeys, each from a different mashbill, in one of the iconic tasting rooms. Learn about both the fascinating history of Bourbon as well as the story behind Heaven Hill Distillery, family owned and operated since 1935 in the 1935 Distillery Theater. Immerse yourself in Bourbon history through the educational, self-guided galleries. The Magic of the Mashbill is a 45-minute tasting offered daily on the hour and costs $15.00.
  • Whiskey Connoisseur: A Bourbon Host will discuss the unique characteristics of five of Heaven Hill’s premium or limited release American Whiskeys, focusing on the color, aroma, taste and finish. Learn about both the fascinating history of Bourbon as well as the story behind Heaven Hill Distillery, family owned and operated since 1935 in the 1935 Distillery Theater. Immerse yourself in Bourbon history through the educational, self-guided galleries. The Whiskey Connoisseur experience is a 45-minute tasting offered daily on the half hour and costs $20.00.
  • You Do Bourbon: As previously mentioned, the You Do Bourbon invites guests for a hands-on lab experience as they learn mashbills, bottling, labeling and quality control. The one-hour experience costs $40, which does not include the price of the personalized bottle. A donation of $5 per bottle will be made to a rotating charitable cause, with Bernheim Forest receiving the donations for the first six months. The You Do Bourbon tour will be open for reservations at the beginning of July.

Heaven Hill’s investment in the future of American Whiskey is also focused on the communities that lift up the industry. Bernheim Forest Executive Director Dr. Mark Wourms joined Shapira and Gov. Beshear on stage to celebrate Heaven Hill’s corporate partnership with Bernheim, as well as the commitment to donate $5 per bottle from the “You Do Bourbon” experience to Bernheim Forest for six months up to $10,000. Heaven Hill previously committed $10,000 to the new Rites of Passage program at Bernheim, which includes immersive experiences in nature as part of nurturing a new generation of young Black men and women during a critical phase of development.

The former Bourbon Heritage Center is a multiple past winner of Whisky Magazine’s “Visitor Attraction of the Year” award at the magazine’s annual “Icons of Whisky” Awards, consistently ranked as one of the top tours in the Bardstown area, drawing 60,000 visitors per year. In Louisville, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is dedicated to the story of Kentucky’s First Distiller and the world’s 2nd largest Bourbon brand also under the Heaven Hill Distillery umbrella, Evan Williams. Typically hosting 100,000 visitors annually, it was the first distillery back on Whiskey Row in Downtown Louisville. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail (www.kybourbontrail.com), takes visitors through the heart of the Bluegrass and a stop in on the state’s distilleries. More than 1.3 million people visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail distilleries in 2019, with 38+ tourism experience across the state.

ABOUT HEAVEN HILL DISTILLERY: Founded in Kentucky by the Shapira family in 1935, Heaven Hill Distillery continues its legacy as one of the foremost American Whiskey producers. Heaven Hill has cultivated the traditions and history of America’s Native Spirit with its fierce independence, passionate family ownership, dedication to quality, and thoughtful innovation. Today, Heaven Hill Distillery maintains over 1.8 million barrels aging in 63 warehouses throughout Nelson and Jefferson Counties. It is home to an award-winning collection of American Whiskeys including Elijah Craig Bourbon, Larceny Bourbon, Evan Williams Bourbon, Pikesville Rye Whiskey, Rittenhouse Rye Whisky, Parker’s Heritage Collection, and Old Fitzgerald along with its extensive Bottled-in-Bond label collection. Heaven Hill Distillery currently holds the title of 2020 Whisky Advocate Whisky of the Year, the second Whisky of the Year for Heaven Hill Distillery in the past four years. In 2019 Heaven Hill Distillery was named San Francisco World Spirits Competition Distillery of the Year, Best in Show Whisky, and previously held the titles of 2018 San Francisco Spirits Word Spirits Competition Best Bourbon, 2016 Whisky Magazine Distillery of the Year. For more information, please visit www.heavenhilldistillery.com.

Abbey Whisky “Last orders on these fine exclusives!” – Scotch Whisky News


It’s a fine summers day here in Scotland and we’re looking forward to the big game tonight (June 22nd), MON THE SCOTS!!! We’re down to the last remaining bottles of our team of exclusive drams. They’ve received some exceptional feedback and accolades themselves so we will be toasting our team with one in hand tonight!

Our Tamdhu single cask is due to go live as our ‘Malt of the Moment’ in the coming days but we’d like to buy the first round and exclusively offer you, our mailing list members this discount ahead of the final whistle!*

To receive a £5.00 discount on our Tamdhu, just enter the code ‘monthescots‘ at checkout.

Grab your favourite while you still can.



Abbey Whisky

Mortlach: The best kept secret in Scotch 🤫 at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

Discover the best kept secret in Scotch: The Mortlach Range

Commonly referred to as ‘The Beast of Dufftown’, Mortlach Distillery was founded in 1823 in the heart of the Speyside, on a site previously occupied by illicit stills. Their signature 2.81 times distillation process, referred to simply as ‘The Way’, sounds a tad confusing but makes for a distinctive, bold spirit full of ‘meaty’ and ‘muscular’ character and they achieve this unique quality of spirit using six stills in a variety of shapes and sizes.

When it comes to maturation, American and European sherry casks pair perfectly with Mortlach’s robust spirit adding fruity and spicy complexity. The core range is bottled at 43.4% ABV which was the original bottling strength that their forebearers bottled Mortlach at as detailed in accounts from the early 1800s.

A spirit well known for its integral contribution to the illustrious Johnnie Walker blend, we are now lucky enough to enjoy Mortlach as a single malt in this fantastic range. Read on to explore the three expressions…

This 12-year-old single malt, dubbed ‘The Wee Witchie’, is an ode to Mortlach’s smallest yet most essential still which adds a characteristic to the spirit incomparable to anything else.

Matured in American and European oak ex-bourbon and sherry casks the nose begins with a light spice, dried fruits and rich toffee, giving way to a meaty palate of demerara sugar, dark chocolate, cherry jam and a wisp of tobacco.

Mortlach 12 Year Old
The Wee Witchie


Dubbed the ‘Distiller’s Dram’, this 16-year-old Mortlach is an ode to the famous first bottling of this expression back in 1992. Maturation is exclusively in sherry casks to impart rich, fruity, and fragrant notes atop the bold complexity of Mortlach’s new make spirit.

On the nose begins a punch of earthy stewed dark fruits and warm baking spices. The palate is robust and coats the mouth with sweet dried apricots, honey and leathery spice with savoury elements and a lingering intensity to finish.


Mortlach 16 Year Old
Distiller’s Dram


The 20-year-old Mortlach is the oldest in the current core range and is named ‘Cowie’s Blue Seal’ in tribute to one of the very first bottlings dating back to 1909. Alexander Cowie who took ownership from his father George in these early days of the distillery was a pioneer in advancing production at Mortlach and creating the legendary spirit we know today.

Matured exclusively in sherry casks this single malt is rich and palate clinging, with aromas of dried fruits, leather, and cedarwood. The palate is pleasantly oily with barbecue pork crackling, blackberries and cocoa nibs, and surprising brightness of citrus zing. A deep and complex finish ends with dark chocolate raisins and gentle liquorice.

Mortlach 20 Year Old
Cowie’s Blue Seal


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