Archive for August, 2009

Organic Developments for Islay Distiller – News from Bruichladdich Distillery

Organic Developments for Islay Distiller

The first ever organic Islay single malt whisky has been released to coincide with the opening of a new island barley facility for farmers and Bruichladdich distillery.
Bruichladdich has released the world’s first organic Islay single malt whisky on the day the Hebridean island’s first grain facility opened  – in time for this year’s barley harvest.

This is the ultimate “single”, single malt (single farm, harvest, variety and vintage) distilled from Chalice barley grown by William Rose at Culblair in summer of 2003.

This first organic bottling represents the direction Bruichladdich has been going since it was reopened in 2001. Unparalleled Scottish provenance, quality, variety and traceability.

Duncan McGillivray, manager of the privately-owned distillery, said: “it’s the way is used to be – ultimate authenticity – real people, real places, real character. That’s what we’re about”

All Bruichladdich whisky is naturally bottled at the distillery in the island’s only bottling hall at 46% alc/vol with Islay spring water – chill-filtration and colouring-free.

The Octofad facility (weighbridge, unloading area, drying house and storage) means each of the 15 Islay farm’s harvests can be kept separate until ready for malting later in the year.

 “Being able to dry our barley “off the field” makes harvesting logistics less frantic, less risky and more efficient. With the current poor weather it is not a moment too soon”

“Environmentally too, by trucking one load of ‘green’ barley to the maltings at Bairds, and returning with one load of ‘malted’ barley means less of a footprint.”

“We’re very proud; it’s the culmination of a great team effort. People thought we were mad, perhaps we are, but the taste makes it all worth while; the proof is in the pudding.”

Notes for Editors

Images and further details:

Distributed in the UK by Blavod,  202 Fulham Road, London SW10 9PJ  – contact: or Phyllis Taylor 0207 3522096 
Exports: Andrew Gray

All Bruichladdich bottlings are natural whisky, non chill-filtered, colouring-free, distilled, matured and bottled on Islay at 46% using Islay spring water
15,000 bottles of the Bruichladdich 2003 “Culblair Farm” edition have been released. UK Retail price £39

“Anns an t-seann doigh” is Gaelic for ‘the way it used to be’

Uniquely, 100% of Bruichladdich’s barley is Scottish grown, with 50% produced on the island at 15 farms and 50% organically grown on another 8 farms
Naturally bottled at Bruichladdich distillery, colouring-free, with out chill-filtration, with Islay spring water at 46% alc/vol

Certified by the BioDynamic Agricultural Association


Canmore Highland Games – The Biggest Celtic Celebration in Western Canada


Canmore Highland Games – The Biggest Celtic Celebration in Western Canada
Date: Sunday, September 6th, 2009
Time: Full Highland Games 8 AM – 5 PM; Evening Ceilidh 6 PM – 11 PM

Location: Centennial Park

Tickets: $35

The Canmore Highland Games is presented annually on the Sunday of the Labour Day weekend by the Three Sisters Scottish Festival Society.  They are a non-profit society (1991) with a mandate to promote and encourage Celtic culture in all its forms.

CSN, along with Adelphi Distillery, will be on hand pouring some of Adelphi’s best single cask, single malt Scotches. 

To learn more about the Canmore Highland Games, and what they’re up to, check them out here;

WhiskyCast EPISODE 215: AUGUST 28, 2009 Now Available


A bit of Irish distilling history is being brought back to life this weekend, if only for one day. Commercial shipping along Ireland’s Grand Canal ended 50 years ago this year…shortly after the closing of the Locke’s Distillery in Kilbeggan. Cooley brought the Old Kilbeggan Distillery back to life two years ago, and now, whisky and history buffs are recreating the shipping of whiskey casks from Kilbeggan to Dublin to honor the surviving men who sailed up and down the Canal. In the news, more political problems for Diageo, an anniversary bottling for Johnnie Walker, new whiskies from Connemara and Bruichladdich…and much more!

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The Arran Malt Down Under…..


The Arran Malt Down Under…..
Whisky fans in Australia will get a wonderful opportunity to sample a selection of Arran Single Malts at Whisky Live which takes place in Sydney from 31st August to 6th September 2009.

Managing Director, Euan Mitchell, is heading down under for the Tasting Expo and commented: “although our products are not yet widely available in Australia I look forward to meeting some Arran fans at what promises to be an amazing event. Whisky connoisseurs and novices alike can sample a huge array of drams with stunning Sydney harbour as the backdrop”.

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Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2010

Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2010


The most comprehensive whisky guide ever written, now further expanded with 946 new entries and another 56 updated.

The best selling ratings guide to all types of whisky including Scotch single malt, blends vatted malts, single grains, Irish pot still, malts, blends, grains, Bourbon, rye, Japanese, Canadian, Australian, European and many others.

Detailed, professionally analysed yet easy to understand tasting notes on more than 3,850 of the worlds leading and lesser-known whiskies.

Reviews of all that’s new and worth looking out for in the world of whisky.

Specially designed for quick and easy reference in any liquor store or supermarket.

Each whisky evaluated by whisky guru Jim Murray in his unique, forthright, honest, amusing, fiercely, independent and non-pretentious style.

All books from the Dram Good Book Shop are signed by Jim Murray.

Use the box below to enter the name of the person you would like the book dedicated to.  Alternatively enter “Unsigned” if you would prefer an unsigned copy.

Order now.  Publishing date 5th October 2009. Order Price: £10.99

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A New Ralfy Whisky Review (Well, not really)

Ralfy is at it again, however this time he has published two reviews on r*m

Ralfy at Work

Ralfy at Work

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The Whisky Barrel – New Bottles: Single Casks from Berry Bros. & Rudd

New Bottles: Single casks from Berry Bros.
28 August 2009
New from Berry Bros. & Rudd, London.


Bowmore 21 Year Old, John Milroy Selection

Single cask #2789 refill hogshead. John Milroy was one of the first retailers to pioneer Single Malt Whiskies in London over 40 years ago.

Distillery: Bowmore

Founded 1779. 228 years of fine tuning and we have deep and complex whiskies with fabulous Bowmore reek, salt, spices, dried fruits, smooth and lasting.

Tasting Notes

This remarkably aromatic Whisky offers trademark peat laced with warming medicinal and leafy notes. The palate resonates with sooty smoke and pepper carried on a creamy wave with apple and toffee emerging towards the distinguished finale.

Product Details

Age: 21 Years Old
Vintage: 1987
Volume: 70cl
ABV: 45.0%
Bottler: Berry Bros.

Bowmore 1989 Vintage, 18 Year Old

Single cask #7609. A great value 18-year old bottling from Berry Bros & Rudd, London.

Distillery: Bowmore

Founded 1779. 228 years of fine tuning and we have deep and complex whiskies with fabulous Bowmore reek, salt, spices, dried fruits, smooth and lasting.

Tasting Notes

Wonderfully aromatic, this remarkable Whisky offers peat with leather, yellow fruit and leafy notes. The palate shows sooty smoke and ample fruit with a little pepper and hot sand emerging on the finish.

Product Details

Age: 18 Years Old
Vintage: 1989
Volume: 70cl
ABV: 53.5% (Cask Strength)
Bottler: Berry Bros.

Laphroaig 10 Year Old, John Milroy Selection

Single cask #700212 refill hogshead. John Milroy was one of the first retailers to pioneer Single Malt Whiskies in London over 40 years ago.

Distillery: Laphroaig

Founded in 1815. A stupendous complexity of sweet malt, Islay reek, Islay salt, all that is Islay, all that is the Scottish islands, that flows across the palate, that benefits from a chew and, finally rocks your own little foundations.

Tasting Notes

Vibrant, peat smoke aromas evolve to reveal leathery hints with ripe banana. The smoky palate bursts with black pepper subdued by the fruity notes. The lingering finish warms the mouth with prickling phenol and iodine.

Product Details

Age: 10 Years Old
Vintage: 1998
Volume: 70cl
ABV: 60.4% (Cask Strength)
Bottler: Berry Bros.


Macduff 1991 Vintage, 17 Year Old

Casks #1370/1371.

Distillery: Macduff

Founded in 1962 when the existing distilleries were striving to satisfy the ever-upward demand for blended whisky. Originally fitted with state of the art equipment making it the first distillery in the country to have a stainless steel mash tun, the first to run stills fitted with internal steam coils and the first to use shell and tube heat exchangers rather than worm tubs.

Tasting Notes

Lemon tart and pear skin are first to emerge on the nose followed by honey and menthol. The palate is bold and expansive, mouth-watering with apple freshness and vanilla coming through to sooth the more robust elements.

Product Details

Age: 17 Years Old
Vintage: 1991
Volume: 70cl
ABV: 46.0%
Bottler: Berry Bros.


Dailuaine 1974 Vintage, 32 Year Old

Cask #B111/2. Dailuaine means “green vale” in Gaelic and is situated between Ben Rinnes and the River Spey. The whisky is quite rare as a single malt as most of the production contributes to blending.

Distillery: Dailuaine

The Distillery was founded in 1852 by William Mackenzie. When he died in 1865 his widow leased the distillery to James Fleming, a banker. Together with William Mackenzie’s son he founded Mackenzie and Company. Today very little of this whisky is released as single malt – most of the spirit is used for blending, in particular the popular Dewars blends.

Tasting Notes

The nose is soft and deeply perfumed with soft fruit. Barley-sugar sweetness combines with a firm smokiness to produce a full flavoured malt whisky with a lingering finish of considerable class.

Age: 32 Years Old
Vintage: 1974
Volume: 70cl
ABV: 46.0%
Bottler: Berry Bros.


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Laphroaig 8yo 1998/2007 (46%, Douglas McGibbon & Co. Ltd Provenance, Cask #’s 3868 & 3869)


Two refill hogsheads, numbers 3868 & 3869 married together and then bottled in the autumn of 2007; happily un-chillfiltered and without colouring. The nose a peat heads dream, deep strong peat smoke, very clean with some hints of butter, Hessian, tinned fruit cocktail, toffee, brine and heather. It’s a very well integrated collection of aromas. The taste is peated and surprisingly smooth with tastes of the butter, oak, cocoa, chocolate, maritime, burnt cake and light toffee. Exceptionally good. The finish is both dry and bitter with rolling rollicking peat smoke intertwined with the cocoa, a very brief flash of diesel and then the bitter cocoa arrival. The bitterness at the end is exceptional with a further rise of the cocoa/dark chocolate. What a grand dram. The finish is very long, complex and enduring; after 5 minutes there is a really good taste on malt and peat smoke followed by a hint of peanut butter and a handful of dry peated malt scooped from the malt kiln.

Score 88 Points


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Duncan Taylor Independent Bottler – Newsletter August 2009


This has been a very busy year to date for Duncan Taylor, despite the financial woes of the world, sales of our whiskies have reached new heights. We have had more awards, some great product reviews and huge success with Black Bull. We hope this will continue for the second part of the year.

Company & Product News

Sales have increased in most markets with Black Bull a runaway success. In fact, the 30YO was released in America early August and is now sold out!

As you may have seen from our press release that the “Rare Auld” has now been released in a new much up graded gift pack custom designed by Euan.

We bid a fond farewell to the colour coordinated regional boxes and give a warm welcome to a new generic gift box which provides a  simple, yet striking appearance, instantly enhancing the brand identity on your shelf. The new two tone box consists of a light colour lid, in moonstone grey, which contrasts perfectly with the elegant slate colour on the base.

The label will retain detailed information and the regional colour coordination, as before, which we feel stands out extremely well against the neutral background. The back of the box carries the DT history and brand values giving the consumer an immediate insight into what we are all about.

The double layered gift boxes afford increased protection and are more easily opened. A protective sleeve protects them in transit and storage. All in all – added value all round, helping to realise increased sales!

Mark has just returned from a successful weekend at Bredaryd Wardhaus in Sweden.  Mark was in his element as 35 of the most dedicated followers of whisky in Sweden met to talk about and taste some amazing whiskies.  The real surprise of the show came when in Mark tasting a group of self confessed single malt fans voted Black Bull Blended Whisky number 1, Cameronbridge 1979 Grain whisky number 2 and the 70th Anniversary Duncan Taylor vatted malt as number 3 in the taste off!  

Staff News

We are pleased to announce that Mark Watt has now been promoted to Export Sales Director. Whisky Magazine’s “Young Ambassador of the Year” has worked solidly in promoting the Duncan Taylor brands in particular bringing the delights of Caperdonich to the attention of those who were unfamiliar with the malt. Mark will now be managing the export sales team and looks forward to bringing you even more interesting whiskies to the table.

To improve our service to you, our customers and friends, we are in the process of upgrading our computer system with the installation of some expensive new sales database software, this will help us greatly to keep in touch and offer an exemplary service. To assist with this process we have employed Marie McDonald.

As both Jemma’s and Kirsty’s babies grow, so their arms are having to get longer to reach their keyboards. Any time soon, they will have to surrender their desks to have a few days rest before the due date!  We wish them both best of health and easy times ahead. Huntly Distillery

Huntly Distillery project is still online, albeit at a slightly more leisurely pace than in the initial phase of planning. It now has full planning consent and building warrant approval. The site has been undergoing a “makeover” with ground clearance, landscaping, structure demolition and building remedial work over the past month. The project has been awarded a further grant of £100,000 from the Hydrocarbons Trust so we are getting very close to starting the major build part of the project. We are considering doing some “futures” on the first distillation so if you are interested then please let me know at

Past Events

It is August, Whisky Fringe was back at the stunning venue of Mansfield Traquair in Edinburgh, and Duncan Taylor again introduced fans new and old, to some malts new and old!  The event as always was a huge success and the 70th Anniversary malt went down very well with those who chose it as there half time tipple!  Black Bull 30yo went down a storm on the day being voted in the top three whiskies of the entire show with the Glasgow Whisky Society hitting Edinburgh and declaring it their number one whisky of the day.

The Lonach gathering was on the 22nd of August and was a busy event with locals and tourists alike eagerly trying to get their hands on the 2009 event bottling.  We would like to thank everyone who attended and made it such a special day at all events, and to those in the back ground who make these things happen.

Upcoming Events

Runrig, Scotland’s premier band, have once again entrusted Duncan Taylor to produce its exclusive limited edition bottling to commemorate its largest gig of the year at Scone Palace, Home of the Scottish Kings, on 29th August. This limited edition bottling is a fantastic Highland Park 22 Year Old. It goes on sale 24th August, get your orders in now as it will be a sell out as it has been in previous years. Limited to only 750 bottles at cask strength.

The Runrig event on 29th August will also include a specific whisky tent which will have Scotland’s best Distillery companies exhibiting. Duncan Taylor are proud to be the only Independent Bottler exhibiting there so the estimated 20,000 people coming that day will have a great selection of wonderful whiskies. For ticket sales and additional venue information, visit

Looking forward – we are also at Whisky Live Glasgow in September.

See you all there!
New Bottlings

There are some pretty stunning new releases this month which I am sure will be of interest to you all. The first is the return of the Sherry Cask Glen Grant 1970 this one from cask 844 – it is certainly a big sherried whisky but with so much more to offer.  We have only done one cask so you best be quick.
Later in the month will also see us release a cask strength NC2 Springbank 1997 12 year old. This version of Springbank was non-peated and was triple distilled. I think you all know which whisky we mean by that, although we can not put that on the label as the whisky was not distilled at the distillery that closed in 1925 but is in fact one of three styles of whisky made at Springbank distillery.
Another NC2 we bottled at cask strength was a particularly good cask of Imperial 1996. We are huge fans of Imperial here at DTC and this one showed excellent toffee notes and such great character that it deserved to be bottled at cask strength – certainly not one to be missed.

For those who prefer a bit more smoke in their whisky the latest cask of 1982 Caol Ila Cask 2743 certainly should not be missed – a great balance between fruit and smoke.

In future bottlings make sure to look out for the launch of Black Bull 12 yo – sure to grab you by the horns.  Also for look out for an up coming bottling of 1997 Heavily peated Bunnahabhain a dram that will certainly please the peat freaks – you know who you are!

For further information, please contact:
Duncan Taylor & Co Ltd
Whisky Merchants and Brokers,
4 Upperkirkgate, Huntly,
Aberdeenshire, Scotland AB54 8JU
Phone: +44 (0) 1466 794055
Fax: +44 (0) 1466 794618

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As part of its planned growth strategy for its two malts, the BenRiach Distillery Company is expanding into emerging markets such as China and Vietnam.
The company is also beefing up its presence in the USA.
Regional Sales Director James Cowan is responsible for marketing BenRiach and GlenDronach in China and Vietnam. He said: “In the past, these countries were perceived as being off the radar as target malt whisky markets.
“However, in recent years the booming economies and the rise in the number of wealthy individuals have helped to make malt whisky a more attainable product.
“Additionally, these markets are already hugely popular holiday destinations due to improved air links and the spin-off from the Beijing Olympics. 
“Due to the sheer size of China – over three and a half million square miles and over 1.3 billion of a population – we intend on focus on a small number of regions rather than try to target the country as a whole. This can act as a springboard to build the brand further in due course.
“Meanwhile, Vietnam has also entered a significant period of growth within the tourism sector, and this lends itself well to the introduction of premium malt whisky throughout the relevant outlets that this industry attracts.
“Our plan is to conduct a series of organised tastings and corporate events in the months to come which will aid the brands’ introduction. For any new market and particularly emerging markets, it is essential that we are closely in touch with activities on the ground, as has already been successfully proven in some of our other new te rritories around the world.”
Looking at the USA, Regional Sales Director Alistair Walker commented: “BenRiach has been available in the US for four years now and we ar e gradually establishing a name for it through tutored tastings and whisky festivals across the country.
“Our US Importer Preiss Imports will be introducing the new GlenDronach range – 12, 15 and 18 year old malts – towards the end of this year.
“I believe GlenDronach has excellent potential in the US. We have been inundated with enquiries from US consumers via our website so there clearly remains an awareness for the brand in the States – an awareness that was built up during the past five decades via William Teacher’s and Allied Distillers.” 
ends                                  28 August 2009
INFORMATION – James Cowan, Alistair Walker, 01324 682220

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