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Tamdhu – Reborn On The Banks of the River Spey – Scotch Whisky News

Established 1897, Reborn 2013

When the previous owners mothballed Tamdhu distillery in 2010, connoisseurs looked on with sadness. This unique Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky was prized for its almost indiscernible wisp of peat, counterbalanced with vanilla, fruits and spices.

As of this day (may 7th, 2013); we can officially announce our stills run warm once more – embodying the ‘can-dhu-spirit’ of our founders. Lauter mash tuns are filled with water drawn directly from the Tamdhu spring. Warehouses team with quiet, methodical activity. And our strict wood policy insists we once again use only the finest sherry casks.

The fine occasion of our re-opening was marked this weekend by a local fete and a celebratory lunch of local produce. It was also celebrated by a release of an exclusive bottling – a limited edition of our brand new ten year old malt.

Why not pay a visit to our new website. You can enjoy the full story of our rebirth, acquire our whisky from the shop and discover the ‘can-dhu-spirit’ for yourself.

Yours as may be,

Tamdhu Distillery




New Entry Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Small Match Bourbon

Earns Coveted Double Gold Medal

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky  – The whiskeys from Buffalo Trace Distillery continue to win significant awards with the latest honors from the 13th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), held last month. Top winners include Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Old Family Reserve Bourbon, named “Best Small Batch Bourbon” and “Best Bourbon.”  Top award winners were:

  • Double Gold Medal
  • Gold Medal
  • Silver Medal
    • Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey
    • Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
    • Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey
    • Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Old Bourbon
    • William Larue Weller Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
    • Eagle Rare Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
    • Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
    • Buffalo Trace Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
    • George T. Stagg Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
    • Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky
    • Royal Canadian Small Batch Canadian Whisky
    • Benchmark Old No. 8 Bourbon Whiskey
    • Rich & Rare Reserve Canadian Whisky
    • Legendre Herbsaint Original Liqueur

“We’re always honored when our whiskeys win an award, especially something as prestigious as the San Francisco World Spirits Competition,” said Harlen Wheatley, master distiller.  “We’re delighted that one of our newer whiskeys, the E. H. Taylor Small Batch, was a Double Gold Medal winner in its first competition.”

A record number of entries into the SFWSC – more than 1,400 spirits – were evaluated by some of the finest palates in the spirits industry.  Complete results of the 2013 competition can be found at

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is a family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The distillery’s rich distilling tradition dates back to 1787 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Malt Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year.” Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit

Tennants Whisky Auction May 11th, 2013 – Scotch Whisky News

Tennants Whisky Auction May 11th, 2013 (phone bids via reception on 01969 623780 or bid live )

English Whisky Company Wins Gold – English Whisky News

Our first entry into the San Francisco Spirit Wards was with 2 whiskies, both of which performed exceptionally well.

English Whisky, Classic Single Malt Whisky, 46% (US version) won Silver

English Whisky, Peated Single Malt Whisky, 46% (US version) won Gold and Best in Class

This is amazing and a real tribute to our distillers – Well done David & Steve

Contact our importer: Purple Valley Imports USA, 2013 Whisky Importer of The Year, 1 704 497 2493

World Wide Whisky Design Awards “The Glenlivet Alpha Limited Release” – Scotch Whisky News

The Glenlivet Alpha Limited Release

This is The Glenlivet Alpha Limited Release at 50% and that is about all we knew at time of the provoking introduction of this “mysteriously unique” expression from The Glenlivet. One of only 3350 bottles available worldwide released in may … Continue reading

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Loch Fyne Whiskies Stocks ‘Talisker Port Ruighe’ – Scotch Whisky News

Loch Fyne Whiskies Stocks ‘Talisker Port Ruighe’

Talisker Port Ruighe 45.8%abv

£45.90 inc vat £38.25 ex vat

Best regards,

Loch Fyne Whiskies



One of Speyside’s founding distilleries, Tamdhu has re-launched (Friday 3 May 2013) with a stunning new 10 year old Speyside Single Malt.

Acquired in June 2011 by Ian Macleod Distillers, leading Scottish independent family owned distiller and bottler, Tamdhu Distillery was established in 1897 by a consortium of pioneering businessmen who embodied the ‘can-dhu’ spirit of their generation.

Inspired by an age of industry and endeavour, the Tamdhu story is one of enlightenment that began, and continues to this day, on the banks of the River Spey.  Now, just as then, Tamdhu is matured in only the finest oak sherry casks with natural Speyside water from the Tamdhu spring.

The new Tamdhu 10 yo has a softness of vanilla and sugared almonds on the nose balanced by fresh oak and cinnamon. Bursting with fruit and spice, which gently yields to toffee, there is a richness of sherry oak on the palate with a gentle hint of peat smoke wisp.

Designed to maximise on-shelf presence, the packaging communicates the brand’s values and provenance with a stylish, textured black, white and gold tube, illustrated monograms and an elegant glass bottle, inspired by the Victorian era.

Commenting on the launch, Leonard Russell, managing director and third generation of the family-owned Ian Macleod Distillers, said:

“Tamdhu has a reputation for producing exceptional quality single malt and we are excited to re-launch Tamdhu today. We are committed to revitalising and growing Tamdhu not only as a brand but from an economic and investment perspective with new jobs created and significant investment in the infrastructure and fabric of the Distillery.

“The re-launch has been in the planning for nearly two years to ensure that our best casks had hit their peak before bottling. With a focus on quality, we have honoured the careful distillation process to create a premium malt Scotch whisky we believe Tamdhu’s founders would be proud of.”

Iain Weir, Ian Macleod Distillers’ Marketing Director, added:

“Tamdhu is a perfect complement to our existing portfolio of brands, delivering a premium Speyside malt and real point of difference for the category.  There has been significant interest from consumers and trade to see what we would do with Tamdhu and the Speyside Whisky Festival is the perfect platform to reintroduce the brand on its home soil.

“We are committed to growing the brand within the UK and internationally, and are confident it will prove popular with whisky enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike.”

Tamdhu 10 yo Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky is available from Waitrose, specialists and independents across the UK from 6 May 2013 with an RRP of £34.99.  It will be distributed globally over the coming months.

In addition, a special commemorative 10 yo bottling, which is matured in 100% first fill sherry casks, has been released by Ian Macleod Distillers. Only 1000 limited edition bottles are available to buy online priced at £100.

The Tamdhu re-launch is being supported by a new dedicated website, social media, advertising and promotional campaign. For more information, please visit or call Ian Macleod Distillers on 01506 852205.

Isle of Arran The Devil’s Punch Bowl “Devilish Spirit Wins Prestigious Design Award” – Scotch Whisky News

Devilish Spirit Wins Prestigious Design Award

The Devil’s Punch Bowl whisky has won a top award at the recent World Whiskies Design Awards for its innovative packaging and demonic design.

The whisky from Isle of Arran Distillers, released last year as the first in a trilogy of wicked spirits, came top in the ‘Best Single Malt under £99’ category where it was described by judges as “brooding, dark and conceptualised”.

The story behind the design helped The Devil’s Punch Bowl clinch the top spot as the whisky is named after the glacial hollow Coire na Ciche on Arran, which evokes a very sinister atmosphere and is only accessible by boggy footpaths.

When it was released last year just 6,660 bottles were made, which sold out in record time.

Commenting on the design the judges said: “Excellent piece [of design work] with a great story that has been well executed in the design. Fantastic use of typography too.”

Revealing a demonic obsession, Arran Distillers is set to unveil the Devils Punch Bowl part 2 in June this year.

Euan Mitchell, managing director of the distillery, said: “A lot of hard work goes into producing an exceptional spirit. That same care and attention goes into the design and all other elements of every product.

“So it is satisfying when our products are recognised by the industry and our peers.

“With our next release we’re continuing to push boundaries and challenge the notion of what quality malt whiskies should look like. I believe our distillery is based in the most beautiful part of Scotland, but we don’t rest on our laurels by using images of rolling mountains and bubbling springs – there’s a much more devilish side to Arran than that.”

The second whisky in the Devil’s Punch Bowl trilogy will be released in June 2013 and available in specialist whisky shops and at

For more information visit

* Accolades for Isle of Arran Distillery include Winner for: Scottish Distiller of the Year (2007) and Scottish Drinks Producer of the Year (2007); Queen’s Award for International Trade (2005); Best New Exporter (2004).

Product awards include: ‘Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2013’ for the Arran 12 Year Old Cask Strength, ‘Double Gold Award’ for Arran’s 14 Year Old Single Malt and ‘Gold Award’ for Arran’s 10 Year Old Single Malt at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2012. Double Gold in awards 2012. ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 11-15 Years’ for The Arran Malt Sherry Single Cask 1998 (2010) and ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 11-15 Years’ for the Icons of Arran Peacock (2011. ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 12 Years & Under’ for The Arran Malt Amarone Cask Finish (2008), Best Whisky Liqueur in the World Whiskies Awards for Arran Gold (2007).

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