Welcome to our limited edition Royal Wedding Newsletter.  The news that the Bells Decanter is traditionally late and the Macallan Wedding edition has eloped means we’re all drinking English Whisky.  We also feature some the brilliant Kilchoman releases and there’s news from Bowmore, Auchentoshan, Balblair and Shackleton too.


Royal Wedding Commemorative Decanter, Limited Edition.

A splendid bottling at 46% abv.



Royal Wedding Decanter

Available soon.  Probably.


Ah Kilchoman!  Our wee hearts beat a little faster when we hear of any new releases and here we have four.  The distillery that champions provenance, tipicité and even terroir are out to prove that where their barley is grown and malted and where their whisky matured and bottled is every bit as important to as where it was distilled.

Kilchoman Spring 2011 Release

This bottling is a vatting of 70% three year old in first fill bourbon barrels and 30% four year old in first fill bourbon barrels.  The four year old has been finished in Oloroso sherry butts for five weeks.

Exclusive Newsletter Offer Price £45

Kilchoman 100% Islay

Made from barley grown, malted, distilled, matured and bottled at the distillery.  A limited release will be available in June at 50% abv

Kilchoman Sherry Cask Matured

A 4.5 year old with full maturation in Oloroso sherry butts.  A limited release will be available in September.

Kilchoman 5 years old

Matured in first and refill bourbon barrels.  A limited release will be available in November.

Prices to follow


Having cut peat, made “barley angels” in the kiln and then worked our way through every Bowmore release available at the local bar we couldn’t be more excited by this very limited offer.

Bowmore 1982, 29 Years Old

Aged in North American Oak, this is an extremely limited edition of only 501 bottles.

Distillery notes “on the nose – detect barley sugar and gentle peat smoke coupled with delicious Peach Melba ice-cream and vanilla pods. Anticipate fresh lemon pepper on the palate followed by warm, earthy smokiness.  The sweet, fruity finish lingers on perfectly.” 47.3% abv

Exclusive Newsletter Offer Price £280, pre-order now


Only 499 bottles at cask strength (46.9% abv) so order soon to avoid disappointment.

Auchentoshan 1975, 35 Years Old

Distillery notes “The aroma is butterscotch with a hint of rum and raisin toffee…There are hints of wood spice on the tongue, cutting through the sweetness…The finish leaves a gentle, lingering maltiness”

RRP £350

Exclusive Newsletter Offer Price £325, pre-order now


Balblair 1987 Cask No. 786

Distillery notes “Golden amber in appearance.  A complex and well balanced malt with sweet aromas of honey, toffee and butterscotch.  In typical Balblair style there is an abundance of fresh fruit on the nose – green apples, oranges and lemons, with hints of vanilla and leather.  The taste is spicy and sweet with toffee, vanilla, citrus fruits and a long and warming finish” 51.4%abv

Exclusive Newsletter Offer Price £120


In 2007 three cases of whisky and two cases of brandy found on the Antarctic.  These century old bottles were buried under the Antarctic ice by famous explorer Ernest Shackleton. One case was removed from the ice and was painstakingly thawed out under laboratory conditions to preserve the bottles and spirit in the best possible way.  That one case was found to have only 11 bottles instead of the usual 12, leading to much speculation about what happened to the missing bottle.

In recreating the whisky, master blender Richard Paterson has created an exact replica of the 100-year-old Mackinlay’s liquid.  The Shackleton whisky is light, fresh, delicate and with a hint of smoke “it’s a gorgeous whisky…the sweetness, fragrance and spice, and the subtle smoke, are all there in the replica. I’m blown away.” Dave Broom

“It was a real privilege getting to handle, nose and taste such a rare and beautiful bottle of whisky. The quality, purity and taste of this 100-year-old spirit was amazing. The biggest surprise was the light flavour and the clear, almost vibrant colour of the liquid. I hope I have done our forefathers and Ernest Shackleton proud with the replica.” Richard Paterson

The whole replication process has been documented exclusively for National Geographic Channel for a documentary due to air at the end of this year.

£100 per bottle

Until next month, cheers!

Best regards,

Lee Tomlinson
Assistant Manager
Milroy’s of Soho
3 Greek Street
London, W1D 4NX

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