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Highland Park’s latest whisky gets under your skin ~ Partnership with famed Nordic tattoo artist celebrates Orcadian culture – Scotch Whisky News

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Highland Park’s latest whisky gets under your skin

Partnership with famed Nordic tattoo artist celebrates Orcadian culture

Monday 25th March 2019:  Highland Park today announces the launch of 16-Year-Old single malt whisky Twisted Tattoo, the first expression from the Orkney-based distillery to combine whisky matured in rioja seasoned wine casks and first fill bourbons casks.

A rich and full-bodied whisky with notes of light heather peat and soft red fruits, the inspiration for Twisted Tattoo comes from Orkney’s Norse ancestry and the Viking legend of the Midgard Serpent which grew so large it twisted around the earth to bite its own tail.

To bring this mythology to life on the bottle, Highland Park has partnered with renowned Danish tattoo artist Colin Dale, who specialises in the ancient art of dot-work tattooing – a freestyled, non-electric tattoo technique – to create Twisted Tattoo’s striking design.

Dale’s research has helped to reintroduce the lost tattooing techniques of the Nordic, Native American and Inuit cultures. His studio, Skin & Bone, uses both traditional and modern techniques to tell stories on skin.

With an ABV of 46.7%, Twisted Tattoo is available exclusively from The Whisky Shop. RRP £80.

Chris Anderson, head of Edrington brands at Edrington-Beam Suntory UK, said: “Highland Park is incredibly proud of its Orcadian routes, which is why so many of our whiskies celebrate our home – and Twisted Tattoo is no different. 

“Highland Park is innately Nordic and we want to pay homage to this through the launch of our latest whisky and partnership, which brings liquid and art together.” 

Jason Craig, global brand director, Highland Park, said: “For us, Colin Dale was an ideal choice as a creative partner. He is the perfect example of a modern-day Viking Soul and our partnership show off the similarities between our crafts. 

“Tattoos are emotionally important and tell stories on the skin, much like our whisky tells the tales of our Orkney islands’ ancestry. Both arts can be traced back hundreds of years with the traditional skills still playing a key role in the tattooing and whisky making process today.” 

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About Highland Park TWISTED TATTOO:

16-Year-Old single malt Scotch whisky crafted from casks seasoned with Spanish Rioja wine with first fill Bourbon oak casks combined with ex bourbon casks

Available both 70cl and 75cl depending on market

RRP: £80.00

ABV is 46.7%

Available in both 70cl and 75cl

Key Flavour: Rich and Full Bodied

Tasting Notes:

Appearance: Natural colour, clear and bright, soft rose tint driven by the Rioja wine casks

Nose: Cedar wood, vanilla, heathery peat and peaches

Palate: Sweet creamy vanilla, light heather peat with hints of soft red fruits

Finish: Sweet vanilla, full bodied with light, aromatic peat

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 whiskies brands in categories including:

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

It also handles UK sales and distribution for Courvoisier cognac, Snow Leopard and EFFEN vodkas, Roku gin, Sauza tequila, Brugal 1888 rum and a portfolio of liqueurs and specialities (including Sourz, Bols liqueurs, Galliano and After Shock).

About Highland Park, the Orkney Single Malt with Viking Soul:

Whisky has been distilled at Highland Park in Kirkwall, Orkney since 1798. Founder Magnus Eunson, was a direct descendant of Vikings who settled in Orkney over 1,000 years ago. A butcher and church officer by day and a bootlegger and smuggler by night, he set up an illegal whisky-making operation at a little bothy (a stone hut) at High Park, overlooking Kirkwall.

It is still the site of the distillery today and although we say Highland Park was founded in 1798, that’s actually the year the authorities finally caught up with Magnus.

Highland Park is made today, just as it was in 1798, using five keystones of production, aromatic peat, hand turned floor maltings, sherry oak casks, cool maturation and cask harmonisation. No other distillery uses all five keystones; so no other whisky tastes like Highland Park.

Few trees survive the gale-force winds on Orkney, this makes the island peat woodless and rich in heather. This helps create the trademark Highland Park flavour profile of aromatic smoky peat and sweet heather honey. 

About Colin Dale:

Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada to a Scandinavian father and artisan mother, Colin now lives in Copenhagen where he is the owner of Skin & Bone tattoo studio. The studio provides a meeting place to share experiences and to have the opportunity to work alongside other ethnographic artists and tattooists from all over the world.

His fascination with tattooing began as a Fine Art student and, over the years, he has explored the traditional designs, symbolism and techniques of cultures around the world.

His fascination with tattooing began as a Fine Art student and, over the years, he has explored the traditional designs, symbolism and techniques of cultures around the world. A creative pioneer and a skilled craftsman, he uses both ancient and modern tattooing techniques to tell stories on skin – a true modern-day Viking Soul.

Colin’s research has helped to reintroduce the lost tattooing techniques of the Nordic, Native American and Inuit cultures. His work has been illustrated in various books, magazines and documentary programs.

Colin continues to travel and promote cultural tattooing throughout the world. He has a mainly global clientele who book months in advance for his traditional ‘dot work’ tattooing technique.

RICH AND RARE RESERVE AWARDED “BEST SIPPIN’ WHISKY” AT THE 2019 CANADIAN WHISKY AWARDS – Canadian Whisky News

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RICH AND RARE RESERVE AWARDED “BEST SIPPIN’ WHISKY” AT THE 2019 CANADIAN WHISKY AWARDS 

Sazerac Whiskies Take Home Gold and Bronze Medals 

Montreal, Canada (March 13, 2019) – During the ninth annual Canadian Whisky Awards, multiple Sazerac Canadian whiskies were awarded Gold and Bronze, with Rich and Rare Reserve Canadian Whisky labeled “Best Sippin’ Whisky.”

            Gold Medal Winners:

  • Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky
  • Rich & Rare Reserve Canadian Whisky

Bronze Medal Winners:

  • High River Canadian Whisky
  • Royal Canadian Small Batch Canadian Whisky

The 2019 Canadian Whisky Awards consisted of a blind tasting of over 100 whiskies by a panel of experts at the Victoria Whisky Festival. The competition only evaluated whiskies that were both distilled and matured within Canada in hopes of recognizing and maintaining the highest quality expectations among Canadian whiskies.

Complete results of the 2019 Canadian Whisky Awards can be found at http://www.canadianwhisky.org/news-views/canadian-whisky-awards-2019.html.

About Sazerac

Sazerac is one of America’s oldest family owned, privately held distillers with operations in the United States in Louisiana, Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Maryland, California, and global operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, India, Australia and Canada. For more information on Sazerac, please visit www.sazerac.com.

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Get your hands on our last remaining Macallan Rare Cask Batch No.1 from The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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The Macallan Rare Cask 2019 Batch No. 1

The first edition in the new series of batched releases of The Macallan Rare Cask, this Speyside single malt is crafted from some of the rarest stocks in The Macallan Estate. Showcasing the depth and complexity of The Macallan, less than 1% of the stock maturing in The Macallan Estate is deemed worthy to be used in the creation of Rare Cask Batch No.1. This 2018 release is presented at 43% abv in a sculpted, heavy glass decanter.

Get your hands on our last remaining bottles now

£249.00 – Pre-Order Now

Orders will be dispatched w/c 25th March

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The Macallan Masters Of Photography

Magnum Edition

This seventh release in the Masters of Photography series from The Macallan features six limited edition prints from the renowned Magnum photography collective. This latest release in the collection celebrates the opening of the new distillery and visitor experience with signed prints from each of the Magnum photographers: Steve McCurry, Martin Parr, Paolo Pellegrin, Mark Power, Gueorgui Pinkhassov and Alec Soth. Presented in a stunning archive style gift box, each bottle and set of prints is accompanied by an exclusive photography book.

Bottled at 44% abv, the nose is lightly peaty with warm spiced ginger and mellow oak, before a touch of tangerine citrus and caramelised apple. The palate brings candied dried fruits and butterscotch with a light spice and honeyed nuttiness. The finish is long and sweet with some earthy peat.

£2,700.00 – Buy Now

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Wemyss Malts Batch No.002 is here! – Scotch Whisky News

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BATCH STRENGTH BLENDED MALTS:

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Intensely flavorful whiskies for the adventurous drinker.

AVAILABLE NOW

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THE HIVE BATCH No.002

Created from single malts with signature sweetness that combine to form a complex character of citrus fruit, floral notes and sumptuous honey.

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SPICE KING BATCH No.002

Created from single malts with signature spice notes and an addition of sherry hogsheads combine to form a complex character indeed.

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Peat Chimney Batch No.002

Created from single malts with signature peated malts that combine to form a complex character of earthy smoke.

EXPLORE THE WEMYSS MALTS RANGE

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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 243: Talisker Select Reserve – Game of Thrones – Scotch Whisky News

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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 243: Talisker Select Reserve – Game of Thrones

Mark Dermul, Belgian whiskyblogger, loves Game of Thrones. Ha, who does not like Game of Thrones? When Diageo announced they would release 8 malts to represent the 8 Houses of Westeros (well, 7 Houses and The Night’s Watch), Mark admits he was very much looking forward to trying them, especially the Clynelish, Oban, Lagavulin and this Talisker. Bottled at their classic 45.8%, this Talisker Select Reserve is another nice malt from the Isle of Skye.

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Spirit of Toronto 2019: Full Details Now Online – Whisky News

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Website now fully updated!

Tickets go on sale this coming Monday March 25 at 10am, and the Spirit of Toronto website has now been fully updated including the schedule for our 2019 Masterclass Series. For those of you attending the show for the first time, these are tutored tastings presented by a variety of guest speakers on the lower level of Roy Thomson Hall.

Masterclass seats may be reserved when buying tickets for the show. Those opting for Early Admission can attend one of the pre-show sessions starting at 5:30pm, and enjoy priority entry into the main tasting hall when the class is over.

Spirit of Toronto Celebrates 15 Years!

Spirit of Toronto is excited to be celebrating 15 years as Canada’s premiere tasting event, and we look forward to once again hosting our fans and friends for our biggest and most varied selection of whisky and premium spirits!

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We are equally pleased to welcome the return of the Italian Trade Commission who will present an expanded Taste of Italy pavilion on the Mezzanine Level, as well as adopted Scot and longtime friend of Spirit of Toronto, Regis Lemaitre, who will be hosting our very special pre-show 15th Anniversary Celebration. And last but not least we look forward to treating our esteemed guests to some island dramming courtesy of our Treasure Island showcase – those of you who attended our 10th anniversary bash will have some inkling as to what’s in store!

We are further pleased to be featuring a rare Canadian tasting and book signing by the inimitable Jim Murray, author of the ‘Whisky Bible’, and one of whisky’s most outspoken and controversial commentators…

2019 Masterclass Series

The schedule for our 2019 Masterclass Series is now online and we’re happy with the variety it offers, be it something that appeals to seasoned connoisseurs, novice tasters or those simply looking for an adventure on the palate.

Kicking off our 2019 series is our Spirit of Toronto 15th Anniversary Celebration hosted by longtime friend and whisky presenter Regis Lemaitre. Get set for a relaxed, pre-show session that will treat our guests to some of the gems we’ve come across during our fifteen year tenure.

In the mood for something lighter? It’s hard to go wrong with pre-show aperitivos courtesy of Tad Carducci’s exploration of Italy’s contribution to the art of the cocktail.

Fans of the Whisky Bible will have a rare opportunity to hear Jim Murray preach his gospel as he presents an award-winning selection of Welsh single malt whisky from the Penderyn Distillery.

The classics never disappoint, and with that in mind we are pleased to once again be featuring some of Scotland’s finest distilleries including a selection of Gordon & MacPhail’s Connoisseurs Choice range of single cask, single malt whiskies, Benromach, Old Pulteney, Jura, Bowmore, Laphroaig and The Glenlivet, as well as a selection of single malts from the blending portfolio of the Johnnie Walker range.

Closer to home Bearface and Crown Royal will unpack the art of Canadian whisky blending with samples of their component whiskies, Forty Creek will take guests on a trip down memory lane, and we welcome the return of Dr. Don Livermore who will be presenting a sneak preview of the Northern Border Collection 2019 Rare Release.

Automatic Ticket Notification

Those subscribed to this list will receive an automatic notification the night before tickets go on sale. We’re often asked about the best way to purchase tickets in order to secure your first choices but regrettably we can offer no guarantees as tickets will be available online, by telephone and in person, and all three purchase methods are certain to experience a queue. Nonetheless, we look forward to welcoming you back on May 4 — see you then!

SECOND FIFE WHISKY FESTIVAL PROVES A SELL-OUT SUCCESS – Scotch Whisky News

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SECOND FIFE WHISKY FESTIVAL PROVES A SELL-OUT SUCCESS

The organisers of Fife Whisky Festival have toasted a sell-out success and announced its return for a third year in 2020.

Businesswomen Justine Hazlehurst and Karen Somerville’s second event was praised for “reinforcing Fife’s status as a whisky destination.”
Around 600 whisky-lovers from across the UK and further afield attended tasting sessions at the Corn Exchange in Cupar during the two-day festival.
Fife’s only whisky festival also boasted a whisky-themed dinner with guest speaker Karen Betts, Chief Executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, at Lindores Abbey Distillery in Newburgh.

Following the festival, Ms Betts said: “Fife is going through a whisky renaissance. From Lindores Abbey to Kingsbarns, Daftmill to InchDairnie, these distilleries are adding a new chapter to the centuries-old story of Scotch Whisky in Fife.

“The Fife Whisky Festival is part of this resurgence and is reinforcing Fife’s status as a whisky destination.

“I was delighted to speak at the Festival’s opening dinner this year, to share stories of Scotch with people both from Newburgh and from the other side of the world, and to enjoy a dram or two in the process.

“I wish the Festival every success in the years ahead.”

Willie Rennie, North East Fife MSP, said: “The Festival was packed with people from across Scotland tasting some of Scotland’s best whisky.

 It was a superbly organised event that I am sure will be a fixture in the calendar now.  It is wonderful to see a growing number of Fife brands feature too with the relatively new distilleries making their mark.”

Whisky connoisseurs enjoyed drams from a wide range of distilleries and independent bottlers plus music from Fife-based duo The Coaltown Daisies during the second Fife Whisky Festival.

The event, sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers and legal firm MacRoberts LLP, showcased the renaissance of whisky-making in Fife by bringing together the best whisky producers from the region and beyond.

The two tasting sessions were sold out with 300 whisky-lovers attending each gathering.

They enjoyed drams provided by more than 30 exhibitors, including Springbank, Inver House Distillers, Adelphi and the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, while the famous Luvians Bottle Shop was on hand for whisky purchases.

They also raised nearly £500 for Age Concern in Cupar with a raffle.

Fife Whisky Festival was launched in 2018 by Ms Hazlehurst, founder of Kask Whisky, and Mrs Somerville, managing director of Angels’ Share Glass.
Mrs Somerville, who was recently appointed by Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) as a member of its Ambassador Programme, said: “We’re delighted with how the event went and the feedback we received from exhibitors who said it was once again well organised and attended.
“This year we added the dinner with Karen Betts which gave people the chance to experience whiskies they would never normally have chance to try – Deanston Distillery, for example, brought along a limited edition.

“Brand ambassadors spoke about their whiskies and it felt special to hold the event at Lindores Abbey – the spiritual home of Scotch Whisky.”
Ms Hazlehurst said: “We’re really pleased that we were able to continue the success of the first event – there was a good atmosphere and people told us how much they enjoyed the festival.

“It was also fantastic to be able to introduce our first Welsh exhibitor Penderyn Distillery who proved popular at the Saturday tasting sessions.
“We’re now planning our 2020 event which will follow a similar format and we will finalise and announce the dates soon.”

Meanwhile, Cupar councillor Karen Marjoram praised Fife Whisky Festival for boosting the local economy and is looking forward to next year’s event.
She said: “I’m delighted to see the Festival become an annual event because it really livens up our town and helps put us on the map.

“There was an increase in the number of people in town using local shops and cafes during the festival which is a boost for our economy and creates a real buzz about Cupar

“It’s good to have an additional cultural event on our calendar each year especially one which enhances Fife’s reputation as a whisky destination.”

For more details about the Festival, visit www.fifewhiskyfestival.com

Sullivans Cove ~ American Oak – Including Our *Oldest Release To Date* – Tasmanian Whisky News

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Available now are two different casks of our American Oak expression: one 12 year old and one Old & Rare 18 year old  – the oldest whisky ever released by Sullivans Cove.

American Oak is our most awarded style, the first Australian whisky to receive Liquid Gold Status in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible and the only Australian whisky to ever be awarded “Best Single Cask Single Malt” at the World Whiskies Awards. Aged in 200L American oak ex-bourbon barrels, every small bottling reflects the unique characteristics of each individual cask.

Our American Oak bottlings are generally aged between 10-12 years and are a brilliant showcase of Tasmanian barley, with notes of bright grain and fruit as well as soft oak, vanilla and caramel.

But on rare occasions, our skilled distillers also identify a cask with the specific characteristics that lend to extended maturation. These Old & Rare casks are aged for a minimum of 16 years, and express incredible texture and complexity as well as surprising freshness given their age.

Today’s release gives you the opportunity to try either or both of these iconic Australian whiskies.

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American Oak Single Cask TD0149

Cask TD0149 was aged in a 200 litre American oak ex-bourbon cask for just over 12 years. Bottled at 47.4% ABV, this cask produced only 239 bottles.

Nose: Apricot, lemon curd, caramel fudge, grapefruit, warm cantaloupe, hazelnut chocolate, and aromatic oak spice

Palate: Lemon verbena, vanilla bean, stone fruit, malt grain and shortbread

Finish: Liquorice allsorts, fennel seeds, marshmallow, blackcurrant, pastry and shortbread

“A really textural and warming drop, this whisky is still fresh and bright, with all the warmth of a bakery on a winter’s morning.”
Heather Tillott, Production Manager

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What’s New at The Park Avenue Liquor Shop – Whiskey News

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New Arrivals at the Park Avenue Liquor Shop.
Use Code: SPRING for 10% Off items featured in this article

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Spring is here and so are some fun new arrivals at Park Ave. While March pushes and pulls with the whole ‘Lion & Lamb’ thing – we thought we’d tell you about them. There is of course some ‘brown spirits’ but also some refreshing winks towards the warmer weather. Don’t forget – If you purchase any of the bottles featured in this email – Use the code: SPRING in all caps to receive 10% off that item. And if you haven’t already – there’s still time to RSVP to our next ‘Park Avenue – After Hours’ on Wednesday, April 3rd.

One last thing…Yeah Baseball season!!!

Cheers!
Jonathan, Eric & Marlon
The Park Avenue Liquor Shop
270 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
212-685-2442
jonathan@parkaveliquor.com
eric@parkaveliquor.com
whiskyconn@gmail.com
www.parkaveliquor.com

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Uncle Nearest
1856 Premium Whiskey

Years back in LYNCHBURG, TENNESSEE, the name Nathan “Nearest” Green always meant something special. Hailing from Maryland, Uncle Nearest made his way southwest to Tennessee. He is the first African-American master distiller on record in the United States and thought to be responsible for helping perfect the Lincoln County Process, a requirement in being categorized as Tennessee Whiskey.

Nose: Bales of hay, dried grass, stone fruit notes of ripe peach and apricot, caramel corn and sweet maple.
Palate: Spicy caramel up front with the proof, hints of maple then mellows with dried fruit and floral notes. Sweetness and spice reminiscent of freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookies.
Finish: Long and rich finish, lingers pleasantly sweet on the palate, notes of vanilla.

PRICE: $65/btl

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6 year old Rye. 95% rye, 5% barley. Bottled in 2018. est proof 121 (barrel proof). Distilled 2012 Indiana (MGP). Blend of 10 selected barrels. Limited Edition.. Just 6 available. $94/btl. ‘Nuff said.

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7 Year Old Dailuaine
bottled by Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Only 744 bottles were made of this sherry butt beauty. Distilled 11-2010 & Bottled 07-2018.
Nose: Freshly cuts grass and sun soaked hay stacks.
Plate: Juicy strawberries blended with marzipan and raspberries.
Finish: Toasted barley ice-cream, candied ginger with a velvety smooth feel.
PRICE: $57/btl

This discount offer is while supplies of each item listed, lasts or the end of March. Discount applies ONLY to listed items and CANNOT applied to any other bottles. We are not responsible for any typographical errors or the New York Football Giants off-season plans. Please contact the store with any questions.

Wolfburn Laydown New release – Small Batch 375  – Scotch Whisky News

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Wolfburn Laydown New release – Small Batch 375 

The first quarter of 2019 has shot past in a flash – and as always it has been a hugely busy time at the distillery. Our third apprentice, Max, started in January – perfect timing, as we’ve been dispatching bottles to every corner of the world ever since he joined.

Morven has now overtaken Northland as our biggest selling expression – and it’s just scored a Double Gold Medal in the FiftyBest competition! Langskip – which has proved hugely popular since its launch in September – came close behind with a Gold Medal of its own.

In the immediate future you’ll see our third small-batch release, Batch 375, hit the shelves. More on that here. Looking ahead to May, Wolfburn is one of eight distilleries taking part in the inaugural Highland Whisky Festival. Commencing on Friday 10th May, visitors to Wolfburn will be able to buy a bottle specially created for the Festival.

Further ahead, readers in the Caithness area this August can expect another special release for the Mey Highland Games. And there’ll be the fifth release in the Kylver collectors’ series shortly afterwards too.

In the meantime, allow us sign off with these wise words: “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whisky is barely enough!”

Slàinte!
The Wolfburn Team


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