Archive for March, 2010




Forget the Oscars and the BAFTA’s, April’s newsletter places the spotlight on the Annual Malt Advocate Whisky Awards.  We have highlighted some of the big winners in this year.  There is also an exclusive offer for mailing list members.  Act fast, as the offer applies during April while stocks last.


We have a lot of time for the team at Malt Advocate and its editor, John Hansell’s excellent blog (  Readers of the Malt Advocate will know that winners of the 16th Annual Malt Advocate Whisky Awards have just been announced.  We have highlighted some of the big winners below, together with an exclusive 10% discount for Milroy’s of Soho mailing list members.


“…the most compelling reason justification for selecting Cooley for this award isn’t just the variety of whiskeys they make.  It’s the quality. They are now putting out the best whiskey they have ever produced. The three different Tyrconnell 10 year old “finished” whiskeys (finished in port, madeira and sherry casks), are excellent examples.  Some of the Connemara releases have rivalled those from the West Coast of Scotland.”

Last years masterclass in the Milroy’s of Soho cellar with Noel Sweeney, Cooley distillery’s Master Blender, demonstrated in no uncertain terms that this is a distillery that is operating at the top of its game.  A bottle of Tyrconnell 15 year old Single Cask opened just before Christmas blew a group of Scotch malt whisky drinkers away.

Exclusive Newsletter Offer Price – save 10% off any whiskey in the Cooley distillery range including:

Tyrconnell, Tyrconnell 10 year old Port Finish, Tyrconnell 10 year old Madeira Finish, Tyrconnell 15 year old Single Cask, Connemara, Connemara Cask Strength, Connemara 12 year old, Kilbeggan 15 year old and Greenore 8 year old…


“If you love smoky whiskies, then you must try The Peat Monster.”

Peat Monster is one of the great standards in the whisky world.  It represents excellent value and over-delivers in terms of complexity and interest.  It’s great to see it receiving yet another award.

£30.95 per bottle

Exclusive Newsletter Offer Price – save 10% – £27.85 per bottle


“Powerful, muscular, well textured and invigorating.  Even in the realm of Ardbeg, this stands out.  Quite stunning!”

We think that the latest effort from Ardbeg is rather good too.  Partial maturation in French oak has lent a subtle spicy edge to the robustly peaty and complex Ardbeg spirit.

£65 per bottle

Exclusive Newsletter Offer Price – save 10% – £58.50 per bottle


“It’s smooth, too, with layered sweetness (honeyed caramel, English toffee, maple syrup), tangerine, roasted nuts and peppered with spice (warming cinnamon, glazed ginger).  A good grip of tobacco and polished leather on the finish balance the sweetness that comes earlier. This is an example of the right way to do artisan distilling.”

Stranahan’s is an interesting all malt whiskey distilled and matured high up in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.  The American microbreweries have done great things with artisanal beer, now whiskey has its turn.  This is a great chance to explore American whiskey beyond Bourbon.

£70 per bottle

Exclusive Newsletter Offer Price – save 10% – £63 per bottle


The much loved Orcadian Highland Park distillery has launched two new prestige releases. 


This is a very rare 45 year old release of just 285 bottles at 42.3% ABV.  The darker than usual colour for Highland Park suggests a notable Sherry cask influence.

£3,750 per bottle – very limited availability


The second of these two vintage bottlings is 41 years of age, and is bottled at 45.8% ABV.  As one would expect of a release of this rarity and age, it is presented in a stunning wooden presentation box.

£2,250 per bottle – very limited availability


The (new) team at Speyside’s Glendronach distillery wowed us with an impressive set of hand selected single cask releases last year.  They have followed up these single cask releases with a new limited release 31 year old expression.


Bottles at 31 years of age, this limited release expression (just 1,013 bottles) captures the essence of Glendronach.  Matured exclusively in Oloroso Sherry casks and bottled at cask strength (45.8% ABV), it offers a rich and full bodied palate of spiced orange, roasted almonds, coffee and treacle.  It is at one voluptuous and velvet-textured.  This premium Sherry-matured whisky is stunningly presented in a sleek wooden gift box.

Recommended retail price – £374.99

Exclusive Newsletter Offer Price – pre-order now – £350

Until next month, slàinte!

Best regards


 Philip Shorten

Milroy’s of Soho

3 Greek Street

London, W1D 4NX

T: 020 7437 2385

F: 020 7437 1345



Clynelish 14yo (46%, Duthies, Sherry Cask, +/-2009) – Scotch Whisky Tasting Note

Clynelish 14yo (46%, Duthies, Sherry Cask, +/-2009)

Robert W. Duthie was the nephew of William Cadenhead and he ran the company after the passing of Mr. Cadenhead in 1904.  Cadenhead’s recently re-established the brand. Bottled at 46% without chill filtration or the addition of colouring.

Deep Demerara sugar on the nose tinged with sherry & lemon, there is also some malt, vanilla and toffee, all in all a very sweet sherried collection of aromas. After some time in the glass some more of the malt emerges from behind the sweetness however it is very much lemon (verging on sourness) malt. After some further time the sweetness comes back. Both are good but the sweetness is better. The taste is warming and leathery tobacco like at first followed by some sweetness and sherry, then some malt. Happily the taste does not descend into sourness. The taste is nice and solid with the malt, leathery tobacco red cedar and sherry all nicely doing their jobs. The finish is malty followed by the lemon once more and backed by the leathery tobacco which gives the whisky a really good back bone. The finish is big, long and is delicious. Lemony too.

This is very good whisky and it’s brilliant to see a sherry cask not polluted by the dreaded sulphur.


Score 88 Points


Loch Fyne Whiskies Last Chance Shipping Offer – Scotch Whisky News


Loch Fyne Whiskies has posted a new item, ‘Last Chance – £5 UK Delivery Charge’

Last chance to make use of our £5 UK* shipping charge, goes back to £7.50 on Thursday. Happy Easter!

Best regards,
Loch Fyne Whiskies

Visit Lebanon Kentucky & Maker’s Mark Is Having A Draw April 2nd

Lebanon is the Heart of Kentucky and the Heart of Bourbon Country…

Maker’s Mark Distillery is Lebanon, Kentucky’s most recognizable attraction and is located a few miles outside of downtown near Loretto, right in the Heart of Bourbon Country.

Maker’s Mark is the only operating distillery in America to be designated a National Historic Landmark. Originally built in 1805 as a gristmill distillery, it became the home of Maker’s Mark in 1953. Today, it is the oldest operating distillery on its original site.

It wasn’t until 1840 that the T.W. Samuels family got serious about whisky distilling. And that’s when Robert’s grandson, T.W. Samuels, built the family’s first commercial distillery at Samuels Depot, Kentucky. The “secret” family recipe was passed from generation to generation, six to be exact.

When the Civil War was supposedly over, William Clark Quantrill’s band of Confederate irregulars, including Jesse and Frank James, had other ideas. They continued to attack Union sympathizers throughout central Kentucky. Eventually, Quantrill was shot and his irregulars were chased to the hamlet of Samuels, Ky. and took refuge at the home of T.W. Samuels, Jesse and Frank’s stepfather.

The 1920s brought American Prohibition and distilleries were shut down until 1934.

In 1943, Bill Samuels Sr. decided to create a distinguished style of bourbon whisky. So he left the T.W. Samuels Distillery and began his new venture by burning the 170-year-old family recipe.

In 1951, Bill Samuels Sr. developed a new recipe based on locally grown corn and malted barley coupled with gentle winter wheat, not the traditional and harsher grain, rye. He did this without a distillery. He baked bread in the family kitchen, experimenting with different grains to come to this conclusion.

The following year, Marge Samuels, Bill’s wife, designed the bottle and named the whisky. As a fine pewter collector, she had always searched for “the mark of the maker.” She was also a collector of bottles of cognac, many of which were sealed in colorful wax. It was these two things that lent themselves to the Maker’s Mark packaging still used today.

In 1958, the first bottle of Maker’s Mark was dipped, sealed and introduced at $7 a bottle. The popularity of the bourbon has grown continuously since, as has the popularity of the distillery as a tourist attraction.

In 1980, the distillery was declared a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Cecil Andress.

Due to the increased popularity of Maker’s Mark, the distillery expanded in 2000 and 2001, duplicating, in exact detail, the distillery as it had been restored in the ‘60s. This doubled the capacity to make whisky.

Lebanon’s other bourbon attractions include Kentucky Cooperage, a bourbon barrel-making factory, and The Oak Barrel, a fine dining restaurant with a bourbon flair. Both are located right on Main Street. Kentucky Cooperage gives free tours Mon.-Fri. at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

You can have a free tasting of Maker’s Mark right at the distillery and you can register to win a free Heart of Kentucky Bourbon & Barrels Getaway right now at The drawing is April 2 and you can enter every day. No purchase is necessary but a discounted package can be booked online.

Lebanon’s other attractions include Historic Penn’s Store, Lebanon National Cemetery, Scott’r Ridge Lookout, Cecil L. Gorley Naturalist Trail, Heart of Kentucky Marketplace, Sisters of Loretto Motherhouse, to name a few, and Lebanon is within 30 minutes of other bourbon attractions, My Old Kentucky Home, Lincoln Homestead State Park and many other great Kentucky sights!

 The Maker’s Mark Distillery is closed Aug. 16 through Sept. 11 but access to the stillhouse, barrel warehouse and bottling plant is still offered.

 Tours are conducted every hour on the half-hour from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, tours are conducted at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., March through December. All times are Eastern Time.

The distillery is closed on Sundays in January and February. The distillery is open on holidays except Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

 A visitor must be 21 or older to dip his or her own bottle.
For even more information, call 270.692.0021 or go to




AFTER suffering two damaging floods last year, the new GlenDronach Distillery Visitor Centre at Forgue opens this Easter weekend.
And for fans of Scotland’s richly-sherried single malt, there’s a treasure-trove of phenomenal GlenDronach expressions, branded clothing and whisky-related items to enjoy as winter gives way to spring.
Marketing Manager Kerry White said: “We’ve overcome numerous setbacks to open at Easter. We’ve had to cope with not one but two floods, which was immensely frustrating, but we’re now open for business after spending a considerable amount of time and money on the Visitor Centre and we’re looking forward to a busy spring and summer.”
Established in 1826, GlenDronach is one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries. Visitor numbers have been growing over the last couple of years and are set to hit 5000 this year, Kerry says.
“If you’re looking for something to do over the Easter weekend, GlenDronach is just fifty minutes north of Aberdeen. It’s a fun and educational place to visit where you can gain first-hand experience of the workings of a traditional Highland malt distillery.
“We have a devoted following all over the world, and we’re looking forward to welcoming people from as far afield as Australia, Japan and the USA. In addition, we are getting more and more bus tours as well as local Aberdeenshire people, so it’s great to see the distillery site so busy.”

Pride of place in the Visitor Centre goes to the classic hand-crafted 12, 15 and 18 year-old malts.
“The twelve-year-old is a sweet, creamy, silky-smooth dram with hints of ginger. The fifteen-year-old is a sherry monster which, to me, tastes of chocolate orange and even treacle scones! And the eighteen-year-old is incredibly complex with wonderful flavours of stewed fruits and spices!”
There are guided tours of the distillery – daily at 10.00am, 11.00am, 1.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm. They cost just £3 and all visitors receive a dram of the GlenDronach twelve-year-old at the end.
Our three pictures show different aspects of the distillery.
INFORMATION – Kerry White, 01324 682220


Maltstock – Newsletter 2 – Scotch Whisky News


Maltstock – Newsletter 2

new additions!   
Fellow whisky enthusiasts,

We are very busy preparing Maltstock 2010. From 3 to 5 September whisky enthusiasts from all over the world will gather again for a weekend of relaxed whisky fun.

New additions!
Over the past few weeks more people and distilleries have confirmed their presence at Maltstock 2010. We are very pleased to announce:

Balvenie & Glenfiddich
Tomatin distillery
Amrut distillery (Ashok Chokalingam)
BenRiach distillery (Stewart Buchanan)

This of course in addition to all the independent bottlers and people who already announced to be at Maltstock 2010. For the up-to-date list please check

Blending competition with Whisky Passion

The Dutch whisky magazine “Whisky Passion” will be hosting a blending competition. Combine the passion for whisky of you and your friends and create your own unique blend. There will be a special price for the winner. Chosen by a (of course totally impartial) jury.

Meet the Maltstock team

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us via You can also meet us in person. We will be present at:
– whisky festival Noord-Nederland, Groningen, the Netherlands (26-28 March)
– whiskyfair, Limburg, Germany (24-25 April)
– spirit of speyside festival (29 April – 4 May)
– wild west whiskyfest, Kortrijk, Belgium (5-6 June)

Looking forward to meet you at one or more of these events!


Tickets are already being sold online in our webshop, so buy your Maltstock ticket now to avoid disappointment. We only have a limited number of bunk beds available. Tickets are 150,- euro per person. This includes: two nights accommodation including breakfast, diner, BBQ and a midnight snack, free participation in the whisky quiz a chance to win great prizes, free tastings, plenty of whisky, a campfire, meet people from the industry and most importantly a very relaxed weekend with fellow whisky enthusiasts.

Any questions?

See you in September, see you at Maltstock!


Arthur, Bob, Eline, Rogier & Teun

Arran Rowan Tree At Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News


Loch Fyne Whiskies News has stocked a new item, ‘Arran Rowan Tree 1997’

Arran ‘Rowan Tree’ 1997 12yo
46% abv
£37.50 inc vat
£31.91 ex vat

Loch Fyne Whiskies


The Brandy Library New York April Single Malt Saturdays – Scotch Whisky News


The Brandy Library in New York will be holding their Single Malt Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m on April  3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th

Visit for further details.



Mortlach 70yo 1938/2008 (46.1%, “Generations”, Gordon & MacPhail, 2010) – Scotch Whisky Tasting Note

Mortlach 70yo 1938/2008 (46.1%, “Generations”, Gordon & MacPhail, 2010)

The nose is delightful, gentle fruit, plump raisins, fruit cake, light bees wax, sherry and Christmas cake. Old cabinets and wooden musical instruments. All very well integrated along with the ‘antique’ aromas one often associates with more juvenile whiskies, say in their early 30’s. One is apt to think it noses much younger than its age however a reference point is lacking since this is the first 70yo single malt! The taste is very nice, warming, mouth filling, sweet and sour, some sherry and then some dry oak however it is not overly oaked, just perfect. There is also some spice and gentle leather. There are also some earthy moments tinged with spice. The finish is very long and warming with some sweetness followed by some slightly sour cherries and then some really great moments of cocoa and an ever so slight hint of mocha. After a few minutes some malt makes an appearance as well as some of the raisins. The finish is very, very long which is nice.

Well, what a fine dram and most definitely well worth the wait. This whisky is still alive, most definitely not over oaked and complex with all the notes that one associates with older quality drams. Very reminiscent of fine Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottlings in the 30 to 38 year range.

Start saving……..


Score 92 Points


Highland Park Newsletter – 40 Year Old Mini – Scotch Whisky News


Back in April 2008, we launched Highland Park 40 Year Old, at the time the oldest whisky ever bottled by the distillery. The response was terrific and the critics adored it; Highland Park 40 Year Old was named World’s Best New Release at the World Whisky Awards and Jim Murray described it as “sheer poetry” in his Whisky Bible 2010.

I am now delighted to announce the release of Highland Park 40 Year Old as a 5cl miniature.

The 40 year old has been largely matured in refill casks, that is to say casks that have previously been used to mature whisky; every time a cask is used, its ability to impart an influence on the spirit is diminished. When laying down a whisky for extended maturation, we don’t want the cask to dominate the spirit; 40 years allows time for the perfect balance to be achieved.

The colour of Highland Park 40 Year Old, as with all our whiskies, is entirely natural; its delicate coppery paleness is down to the judicious use of refill casks. The strength is relatively high at 48.3% abv to deliver maximum flavour.

On the nose it is spicy and aromatic with a background of rich dark fruits, nutmeg and darkest chocolate. The palate has a beautiful balance of sweet toffee notes, dark chocolate, sun-dried orange zest and aromatic heather peat smokiness. It is rich, long, elegant, smoky and surprisingly sweet on the finish.

Highland Park 40 Year Old is available as a 5cl miniature in a wooden box at £75 through our secure on-line shop. It would make an ideal 40th birthday present; it is five years until I reach that landmark so start saving…

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