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Knob Creek® Bourbon Celebrates 25 Years With Limited Edition Anniversary Release – American Whiskey News


Knob Creek® Bourbon Celebrates 25 Years With Limited Edition Anniversary Release

Clermont, KY (June 15, 2017) – In 1992, Sixth Generation Beam Master Distiller Booker Noe created Knob Creek® Bourbon to restore the standards of pre-prohibition style whiskey, pushing the boundaries of an entire category with the introduction of super-premium, small batch bourbon.

Twenty-five years later, Booker’s son and SeventhGeneration Master Distiller Fred Noe is celebrating this milestone with the launch of an exclusive, limited-edition release ­– Knob Creek® 25th Anniversary Bourbon. Uniting the signature whiskey making styles of Booker and Fred Noe for the first time, Knob Creek 25th Anniversary Bourbon is a cask strength and unfiltered1 single barrel bourbon, aged in barrels for twelve-to-thirteen years and personally selected by Noe for this historic occasion.

“When Dad introduced Knob Creek and the Small Batch Bourbon Collection 25 years ago, he created it with the flavor, care and craftsmanship that defined high-quality, full-flavored bourbon,” said Noe. “I am honored to keep this tradition alive every day, and am proud to celebrate 25 years with our fans by releasing a special product that features Dad’s preferred ‘uncut and unfiltered’ style, combined with my passion for single barrel bourbons.”

With this unique combination, Knob Creek 25th Anniversary offers fans the truest expression of Knob Creek Bourbon, as close to standing in the rack house as possible. It features slight nuances in proof and tasting notes within each bottle, while still holding true to the brand’s overall taste profile. Each commemorative bottle is presented in a premium, wooden box and features a special label, including a handwritten bottling date and proof.

Knob Creek 25th Anniversary Bourbon is available nationwide in limited quantities for a suggested retail price of $129.99 for a 750ml bottle. This commemorative release offers the below characteristics, with each bottle’s unique tasting notes varying slightly:

  •        Age: Between 12 ­– 13 years
  •        Proof: Cask strength varies by barrel, ranging from 120 to 125 proof
  •       Color: Deep amber
  •       Taste: Each bottle features nuanced variations of deep, full vanilla with a surprisingly sweet and nutty flavor
  •        Aroma: Each bottle features nuanced variations of robust vanilla and caramel; slightly smoky, complemented by rich notes of oak
  •        Finish: Long and full

In addition to the launch of Knob Creek 25th Anniversary Bourbon, 2017 proves to be an exciting, milestone year for Knob Creek and its fans. The brand launched a new campaign, titled “This Creek Runs Full,” at the start of the year driven by multiple consumer touchpoints, including print, social and digital media; out-of-home advertising; experiential on- and off-premise activations; and public relations. The brand also recently unveiled a new website, which will be expanded to include an e-commerce page later this summer, featuring merchandise and apparel for consumer purchase. In addition, Knob Creek is excited to collaborate with the Goose Island Beer Company on their Black Friday release of Bourbon County Reserve Brand Stout, aged in Knob Creek bourbon barrels.

For more information about this release or Knob Creek’s 25th anniversary, please visit the newly updated or contact

About Knob Creek® Bourbon

Knob Creek® Bourbon has been making extraordinary full-flavored bourbon with intriguing taste and bottled in unique flask shaped packaging for 25 years. Aged in new, charred American Oak barrels and bottled at an honest 100 proof, Knob Creek® Bourbon upholds the standard for what great bourbon ought to be with its big, full signature flavor. Launched in early 1992, at a time when the term “super-premium” bourbon didn’t exist, Knob Creek® Bourbon is named after the small town in Kentucky where President Abraham Lincoln was born. In recent years, Knob Creek has expanded its portfolio releasing Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve (120 proof / 60% alcohol by volume) in 2011 and Knob Creek Rye (100 proof / 50% alcohol by volume) in 2012 and Knob Creek Smoked Maple (90 proof / 45% alcohol by volume) in 2013.

About Beam Suntory Inc.

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Hornitos and Sauza tequila, EFFEN and Pinnacle vodka, Sipsmith gin, and Midori liqueur.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and commitment to Growing for Good. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit and

Whisky Auctioneer June 2017 Auction Now Live -Scotch Whisky News


June Auction Now Live

Summer has officially arrived here in beautiful Scotland, with temperatures easily hitting the high teens! If things are getting hot where you are why not step into the shade and take a moment to cool down and browse our June Auction? 

This month features some incredible premium releases, stunning old vintages and superb independent bottlings, as well as everything else in between. Below are just a few highlights to whet your appetite. 

Dalmore 50 Year Old Decanter


It doesn’t get much more premium than a 50 Year Old Dalmore! Presented within a crystal decanter and accompanied by a fine brass bound lockable hard wood case this is one of only 60 incredible bottles. 

Laphroaig 1970 Samaroli


Bottled in 1986 for legendary Italian importer Samaroli. One of only 720 and considered a masterpiece by Whiskyfun’s Serge Valentin! 

Macallan Nicol’s Nectar


A very rare Macallan, one of only 120 bottles produced in 1996 to mark the retirement of Peter Nicol from the distillery after 43 years of service. 

Bunnahabhain 1947 Single Cask 28 Year Old


A stunningly old vintage from this Islay distillery, bottled by Matthew Gloag & Son of Perth in 1975 at 28 Years Old. A fantastic opportunity to gain a window into our whisky past! 

Springbank 1966 Local Barley 30 & 31 Year Old


The ‘Local Barley’ bottlings from the mid 1960s have attained legendary status and we are delighted to feature two wonderful examples in our current auction. 

Glenfiddich 1959 Private Vintage


Another wonderful single cask bottling from Glenfiddich’s Private Vintage range. Hand bottled in 2006 after over 46 years of maturation. 

There is no registration fee, our commission structure is very competitive and we offer worldwide shipping. For our terms and conditions please click here. 

Happy bidding!





A la what we’ve seen with Douglas Laing over the last year, David Stirk, the man behind the Exclusive Malts independent bottlings, has put together a new regional series of 100 proof whiskies meant to highlight the distinct characters of Scotland’s regional styles. Unlike the Laing editions, however, these are all single cask expressions. All are bottled at 100 proof, as well. They’re quite striking and well-priced, to boot. I jumped all over them after tasting through the line-up.

Exclusive Malts “Regional Series” 12 Year Old Single Grain Whiskey (750ml) ($49.99) - This Port Dundas 12 year edition showcases the simple pleasure of great grain whisky with exotic macaroon coconut flavors, rich oak, barrel spice, and plenty of punch from the higher proof. It drinks like a bolder and rounder version of the Nikka Coffey grain for a better price.

Exclusive Malts “Regional Series” 8 Year Old Peated Highland Single Malt Whiskey (750ml) ($49.99) - This 8 year old peated Ardmore showcases the difference between Island peat and Highland peat, with a lighter, fruitier smoke influence that tastes more like a campfire than a the medicinal phenols of Islay. Lovely richness and creaminess accent the finish.

Exclusive Malts “Regional Series” 8 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Whiskey (750ml) ($49.99) - This 8 year old Glentauchers is a chewy and unctuous sherry-aged delight with an extra kick from the 100 proof ABV.

Exclusive Malts “Regional Series” Islay Single Malt Whiskey $49.99 ($49.99) - While not labeled as such, this is an all-Laphroaig bottling that drinks like a softer, more lush version of the standard 10 year, albeit at a higher proof.


Springbank 21 Year Old 1995 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Springbank 21 Year Old 1995 vintage Lowland single malt Scotch whiskey. Single cask hogshead distilled December 1995 and bottled May 2017 by Hunter Laing & Co. for the Old & Rare Platinum Selection. Presented in a giant 1.5 litre Magnum bottle. 32 numbered bottles. Springbank Distillery was established in 1828 in Campbeltown at the foot of the Mull of Kintyre on the west coast of Scotland. Springbank produces three different types of single malt whisky Hazelburn which is non-peated and triple distilled, Longrow which is highly peated and double distilled and Springbank which is medium peated and partially triple distilled having been distilled two and a half times. Barley is spread across traditional malting floors at Springbank where it germinates and is then dried on the perforated floor of the malt kiln. The Springbank 10 Year Old, 15 Year Old Local Barley and Springbank 21 Year old annual release are very popular whiskies.


TWB 10 Yrs

Ralfy Publishes Ralfy Review #661 – American Whiskey News


Ralfy grabs some B.I.B. Rye with Ralfy Review 661 - Ritenhouse Rye B.I.B. @ 50%vol





Prince Harry takes to the polo field at the 2017 Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup cheered on by crowds in Singapore

Last week under a blistering Singaporean sun and in front of a crowd of over 300 guests, Prince Harry took to the field for the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup to raise funds for his charity, Sentebale. The event took place at the Singapore Polo Club and brought together distinguished guests who showed their support for the charity’s work helping youth affected by the AIDS epidemic in Southern Africa.

Prior to the game commencing, guests gathered for national anthems and a minute’s silence in remembrance of those affected by the London attacks on Saturday evening.

Later an exciting match ensued; cheered on by the crowds, Sentebale ISPS Handa team clinched victory over St Regis team for the second year running by a lead of three points. The winning ball was struck by Prince Harry in the final chukka of the closely fought game, giving Sentebale ISPS Handa team the resulting advantage. The match also featured valiant performances from Royal Salute World Polo Ambassador Malcolm Borwick and Sentebale and St. Regis Ambassador Nacho Figueras.

Sentebale’s flagship fundraising event has been running for eight years taking place in different locations around the world. 2017 sees the first time the prestigious event has hit the shores of South East Asia, and Singapore Polo Club has had extended history of Royal Patronage, with Edward VIII, The Duke of Edinburgh and the present Prince of Wales all playing there. This year is the seventh consecutive year of the partnership between Sentebale and British luxury whisky Royal Salute. To date the event has raised over £4.5million for Sentebale’s work providing care, education and critical psychosocial support to children and adolescents coming to terms with living with HIV in Lesotho and Botswana, two countries with the world’s second and third highest infection rates and where the burden of the HIV epidemic remains.

At last year’s Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, hosted in Palm Beach, Florida, Prince Harry announced the charity’s plans to expand its programme of psychosocial support to young people living with HIV into Botswana. Since then, Sentebale has supported over 2,800 children and adolescents living with HIV across Lesotho and Botswana through monthly Saturday clubs and camps.

This year, speaking at the post-tournament dinner at the St Regis Singapore, Prince Harry spoke about Sentebale’s newly developed Let Youth Lead programme aimed at encouraging all youth in sub-Saharan Africa to know and manage their HIV status by 2020, which Prince Seeiso launched at the charity’s first youth summit in Lesotho in April this year.

Prince Harry added; Through youth-led campaigning, training and advocacy, the initiative allows young people affected by HIV/AIDS to be heard. We hope this will create a platform where the needs of young people in the region are listened to – from the need for adolescent-friendly health services, more trained counselors in rural areas and better sexual reproductive health education in schools. Young people know what works for them and their friends, so we must listen and take note.

Peter Moore, Global Brand Director of Royal Salute, added “It is incredibly inspiring to see what a huge impact the charity Sentebale has made on vulnerable young people in Southern Africa affected by HIV and AIDS. After seven years as title partners for the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, we are proud to say our donations of more than £1.5 million have helped to support the important work that Sentebale delivers to young people in Southern Africa.”

Cathy Ferrier, CEO of Sentebale said “We are so grateful to all our generous sponsors who continue to help youth affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Southern Africa. Adolescent deaths and new infections continue to rise amongst this age group in the region, so it is vital that we can continue to deliver much-needed care, education and critical psychosocial support, encouraging them to know and safely manage their HIV status.

“We have ambitious plans to be operating in five countries in the African region by 2020 and the funds raised through our annual flagship event remain key to us achieving these goals. Thank you to our long-standing partner Royal Salute, to the Singapore Polo Club for hosting us today, and to all of our dedicated sponsors, ISPS Handa, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, BMW and British Airways who have each contributed to making the day a great success.”

Malcolm Borwick, Royal Salute World Polo Ambassador and Captain of the Sentebale ISPS Handa team commented: “It has been a great honour to play at the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup this year alongside Prince Harry and other distinguished players. I have been around the globe with the Royal Salute World Polo series and this tournament remains the most inspirational event I take part in due to the overwhelming generosity of the crowd and sponsors. Over time, it has been a privilege to see Sentebale grow in part due to the charitable efforts of both Royal Salute and the sport.”

To raise further funds for the charity, bids opened for a one-of-a-kind Royal Salute auction lot. The Master Blender’s flagon of new limited edition Royal Salute 21 Year Old Polo Edition whisky has been donated to the auction by Royal Salute’s Director of Blending Sandy Hyslop, and is being housed in a bespoke hand-illustrated wrap. Created by British artist Natalie Reid, the exquisite artwork wrap depicts some of the milestones achieved by Sentebale during the seven-year partnership with Royal Salute. The auction continues online with a reserve price of £7,000 until Wednesday 14th June to allow those not in attendance the chance to support the charity and own a whisky unlike any other in the world.

To place your bid for the exclusive auction lot, visit

For more information about Sentebale, please sign up to receive the charity’s news at or follow the journey and be a part of the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup using the hashtag #SentebaleRS17.


SINGAPORE – JUNE 05: HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, third from right, with his team at the Singapore Polo Club in this 1965 photo made available by the Singapore Polo Club. Fifty-two years later his grandson Prince Harry played at the same grounds in the 2017 Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup which is held to raise funds for Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale, which supports vulnerable children and young people living with HIV in Lesotho and Botswana.(Photo made available by the Singapore Polo Club)




Prince Harry’s visit to Singapore culminated in triumph at the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup which took place at Singapore Polo Club, Singapore on Monday 5th June.

Over 300 international and Singaporean VIPs including Karen Gillan, who presented the Sentebale Captain, Malcolm Borwick with the trophy, gathered to watch the Sentebale team play the St. Regis team, captained by Nacho Figueras, with a final score of five to two.

The four chukka game demonstrated the immense strength and skill of the ‘sport of kings’ with best playing pony awarded to Caldera, played by Nacho Figueras.

Match Report

With a dazzling display that graced the grand occasion, the Sentebale ISPS Handa team won the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup by defeating the St. Regis team in a game that demonstrated polo at its best.

The game inspired memorable performances from Satinder Garcha, who opened the score for Sentebale and saw Prince Harry scoring two points during the third and fourth chukkas. St. Regis team players, Patrick Furlong and Giles Twiss, showed great skills by scoring the two goals for the team lead by Nacho Figueras.

During the first chukka Santinder Garcha, president of the Singapore Polo Club who joined the Sentebale ISPS Handa team scored a 40 yard line penalty with a well-aimed shot putting Sentebale’s team up 1-0.  The first play of the second chukka saw Satinder Garche double the lead in near identical fashion.

Malcolm Borwick, Captain of the Sentebale ISPS Handa team and Royal Salute Ambassador, extended Sentebale’s team lead in the third chukka, which was quickly followed by a goal from Patrick Furlong putting the St. Regis team on the board.

Prince Harry’s afternoon then got better with an immediate goal following St. Regis successful play. In the last chukka, which stated a score of 4-1 in favour of Sentebale, Giles Twiss from the Singapore Polo Club, cut the deficit to just two. However, there was a quick response from the Sentebale team who saw Prince Harry score his second goal of the day.

The Sentebale Royal Salute cup 2017, ended on a final score of 5-2 with the Sentebale’s team lead by Malcolm Borwick raising the trophy. The game was played in good spirit with a good end to end action keeping all guests entertained.

Peter Moore, Director of Royal Salute said: “We’re honoured to support Sentebale for the seventh consecutive year. It was great to witness such a well-played game, with the Prince’s team taking the Cup. 


About Sentebale

Sentebale is a charity co-founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006. The charity aims to rewrite the future for the impoverished population of Lesotho, a small, landlocked country in southern Africa, providing the thousands of children and young people affected by HIV/AIDS with vital access to care, education and critically psychosocial support.

In 2015, Sentebale announced plans to expand into several southern Africa countries by 2020, delivering psychosocial support to 10 to 19 year olds who were struggling to come to terms with living with HIV. In December 2016, Sentebale launched the first weeks of camp in Botswana, providing psychosocial support to 150 young people. Additionally, during the financial year ending on 31st August 2016, the charity in partnership with the Ministry of Health delivered adolescent-friendly HIV testing and counselling services to over 16,500 people. That year, Sentebale more than doubled the number of children and adolescents attending residential camp at the newly opened ’Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho to over 1,000 children and increased the number of children attending Saturday clubs by 18%.

Despite Sentebale’s progress to date, there remain many more adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa unaware of their HIV status and afraid to get tested. In line with UNAIDS Fast-track targets, Sentebale’s new Let Youth Lead advocacy programme aims to encourage all youth in sub-Saharan Africa to know and manage their HIV status by 2020. Through youth-led campaigning and advocacy, the ambition is to allow the voices of youth affected by HIV and AIDS to be heard and to change adult attitudes to these young people. The programme will also address the lack of youth-friendly health services and sexual reproductive health taught in schools, and will aim to strengthen leaders’ commitment to help young people affected by HIV/AIDS.

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Twitter/Instagram: @Sentebale

Facebook: SentebaleOfficial

About Royal Salute

Royal Salute is a careful blend of malt and grain whiskies – with its youngest blend matured for a minimum of 21 years. Created to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and the 21 gun salute that honoured her, the brand is steeped in tradition and proud of its royal lineage, but is firmly engaged in the modern world by constantly pushing the art of blending into new, creative and ambitious forms. Royal Salute is deeply involved in polo – the world’s oldest surviving team sport and a game that’s expanding in the modern era. Polo is a noble game of honour, skill, integrity and respect – all values inherent in Royal Salute. The brand’s involvement in polo dates back around 10 years and today features a global programme of events spanning four continents including the annual Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, one of 15 international tournaments the brand sponsors around the world, from the UK and the USA through Argentina and China to Korea.

Follow Royal Salute at

Instagram | @royalsalute

Twitter |@royalsalute

Facebook | RoyalSalutePolo

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky and the No.1 Scotch whisky in China; Ballantine’s, Europe’s No.1 Scotch whisky; The Glenlivet, the world’s No.1 single malt whisky; and Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky range. The portfolio also includes two of the world’s leading English gins – Beefeater, the world’s most awarded premium gin, and Plymouth gin – plus a selection of highly acclaimed single malt whiskies, including Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa, Strathisla and Tormore. The range is completed by a collection of blended Scotch whiskies operating in many of the world’s key whisky markets which includes 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch. 

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 8,682 million in FY16. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin and Malibu, Mumm and Perrier- Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of 18,500 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 85 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics.

Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

About BMW Asia

BMW Asia ( oversees 13 markets across East Asia. It plays the role of a business incubator for the importer markets and introduces product and technology that best caters to customers’ needs in this part of the world.




About ISPS Handa

The International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS) supports projects and activities that contribute to social welfare and international co-operation through the promotion of sports. Its founder, Dr Haruhisa Handa, believes in the power of sport to create hope, break down educational and cultural barriers and to inspire people. ISHS Handa has supported the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup for the last 3 years.

About Singapore Polo Club

The Singapore Polo Club is one of the oldest sporting and social clubs in Singapore. Founded in 1886 by the officers of the King’s Own Regiment, the 1st Battalion, the Club has a distinguished heritage and remains rich in its traditions of camaraderie and sportsmanship.

About St. Regis Hotels & Resorts

Combining classic sophistication with a modern sensibility, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, Inc., is committed to delivering exceptional experiences at 40 luxury hotels and resorts in the best addresses around the world. Since the opening of the first St. Regis hotel in New York City over a century ago by John Jacob Astor IV, the brand has remained committed to an uncompromising level of bespoke and anticipatory service for all of its guests, delivered flawlessly by signature St. Regis Butler Service. For more information and new openings, visit or follow TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

It’s a premium world for booming whisky …or should that be whiskey? – Whisk(ey)? News


It’s a premium world for booming whisky …or should that be whiskey?

Bordeaux, June 19, 2017 – Whisky is a world of premium opportunities at Vinexpo Bordeaux 2017, whether your brand is spelled without an ‘e’ (it’s Scotch) or with one. But especially for a new generation of distillers and whiskies with unusual expressions.

With whisk(e)y distilleries working flat out from Japan to Scotland, and new distilleries being built at a fast rate from Ireland to Kentucky, aspiring consumers in regions like Asia and Africa are queuing up to buy the malted spirit.

Scotland, global leader and producer of the world’s largest whisky brands marketed by multinationals such as Diageo and Pernod Ricard, is riding a wave of year-on-year growth. Sales of standard and premium Scotch whisky are poised to reach 87.7 million 9 litre cases by the end of this year. By 2020 they could reach nearly 94 million cases, forecasts Vinexpo data produced for the Bordeaux-based wine and spirit exhibitions group by IWSR.

World sales of all whiskies are bigger still. The new distillers are seeking a slice of this market. And they take as their models the achievements of brands from countries like Japan, Taiwan, India. Ten years ago whiskies from these countries were treated with disdain, said one of the new distillers. Now they are covered in international awards and fetching super-premium prices.

It is no surprise that among the 2,300 exhibitors at Vinexpo Bordeaux whiskey distillers are well represented. The presence of buyers from 150 countries worldwide are their lure to this very international exhibition.

Take Ireland’s Walsh Distillery producing The Irishman range of single malts and a brand called Writers’ Tears which evokes the country’s literary history. Built in 2007 the distillery produces 800,000 bottles at present. A new distillery will open soon with capacity to produce 8.5 million bottles.

Connor Booth, a sales executive for the Irish brands exhibiting at the fair says, “The interest is just so big. Asia and Africa are among the leaders, but the Middle East and Latin America also want to drink whiskey. Our brands are in 45 markets and Irish whiskey is one of the fastest growing in the world.”

Booth adds that the major growth sector is premium brands. This is born out by other exhibitors from around the world who have whiskey ambitions.

Among the most audacious is the plan to build two distilleries in a WW2 bunker on the Garonne river. Called Moon Harbour, a local name for the port at Bordeaux, entrepreneurs Jean-Philippe Bellanger and Yves Medina have invested 3 million euros to make malt whisky using local barley.

They plan to produce 200,000 bottles a year. Their target markers are “countries that like whiskey: France, Belgium, China, Brazil, Taiwan, the USA”. They start production this August, but in the meantime are selling two whiskies made in Scotland. One is finished in red wine casks from a famous chateau, and a third is corn whisky distilled from local maize.

The whisky to emerge from their still later shortly will be premium priced. “We are not interested in making cheap whisky, says M. Bellanger. “It must be good quality – and it must be fun or we don’t do it.”

The question remains, why is the world so interested in Premium whisk(e)y?

Mark Newton, MD of Whyte and McKay Private labels says; “Two words say why: craft and authenticity. That is what younger drinkers seek. They also want malt whisky. But let’s not forget that 90% of Scotch whisky global sales are for blends and standard brands.”

Scotch whisky is the beginning for many of the new whiskies. Black Mountain, a range of three Scotch blends, is aged in Armagnac barrels. Black Mountain has already won three international awards.  Co-founder Laure Maurin says that next year they plan to open a distillery in France.

The new distillers are clearly innovative. For example, age statements are the industry marks of premium quality. That might be about to change according to Earl Hewlette of Terressentia. Owner of O Z Tyler Bourbon from Kentucky.

Earl has patented an ageing process that has reduced the time spirit spent in barrel – during which the spirit refines and becomes less harsh- to as little as six months. The cost saving is huge. In January he relaunches O Z Tyler as a Bourbon aged using the Terrapure system. On the bottle Terrapure commands as much space as the name. It has the potential to shake-up whisky production radically.

In the meantime, the new distillers are a niche suppler of a niche market. Aspiring and high net wealth drinkers in other parts of the world still associate Scotland with whisky.

“This morning we met a buyer from Azerbaijan who wanted 12, 15 and 18 year-old Scotch whiskies for high income folk,” says Graham Taylor, MD of Glasgow Whisky, a bulk supplier. “The Ukraine is doing well too. The market is buoyant. Our Strathalan blend does well in supermarkets where people associate Scotch whisky with quality.”

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Maltstock Masterclass Galore! – Whisky News


With Maltstock only a little more than 2 months away, it is time to reveal a our great line-up of Masterclasses! 

And what a line-up we have this year. Wow! There will be 10 different masterclasses for you to choose from!

Five of them are Maltstock virgins, so plenty of new interesting stuff! Then again, every Maltstock masterclass will be interesting and entertaining. So there is lots of carefull and wise choosing to be done!

And to top it all of, everybody will get to attend the campfire tasting with Mark and Cameron from Cadenhead’s. And there is a Quiz winners Masterclass by Hans Offringa.

Oh, and we’ll also have some speed tastings! More on that later.

Remember, all Maltstock masterclasses are free! There’s no extra charge, how relaxed is that?

Maltstock 2017 Masterclasses

These Masterclasses will be bookable from tomorrow. All ticketholders will receive an E-mail with the link to the preferences form.


  • Inverhouse Lukasz – 16.45 – 17.45 – Chapel
  • Loch Lommond group – Donald – 18.00 – 19.00 – Breakfast room
  • Macallan – Sietse – 19.45 – 20.45 – Chapel


  • Yumi & Tatsuya – 12.00 – 13.00 – Chapel
  • Creative Whisky Company – David 13.15 – 14.15 – Breakfast room
  • Single Cask Nation – Joshua – 14.30 – 15.30 – Chapel
  • Adelphi – Lucy – 15.45 – 16.45 – Breakfast room
  • Speciality Drinks – Mariella – 17.00 – 18.00 – Chapel
  • Ian Macleod – Kenny MacDonald – 18.45 – 19.45 – Breakfast room
  • Gordon MacPhail – Steven Cameron – 19.30 – 20.30 – Chapel

Good luck choosing! See you in September!

Annette, Bob, Klaas, Marco, Stan and Teun


If you haven’t bought your maltstock ticket yet, click and the link and get relaxed.

Maltstock tickets are all inclusive. All your food, beverages and all of our program is included in our entry fee.* You do, however, get to choose if you want to stay with us, and most of our guests do, which makes Maltstock an unique social event! If you want to camp outside or stay in a hotel nearby you are welcome to do so at your own expense. Maltstock tickets are for the whole weekend. We do not sell day or session tickets. Tickets are available at our online shop:

*There can be additional costs involved if you want to taste exclusive or rare whisky at the stands of our private collectors, importers and shop keepers.


K&L California “OLD PARTICULAR’S GRAND FINALE” – Scotch Whisky News



Not only do we have a 25 year old single barrel of Scotch at a full 62% proof for a mere $79.99, we’ve got all that from one of Scotland’s fallen soldiers: the mighty Cambus, closed forever in 1993. A rare and collectable treat!

1991 Cambus 25 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($79.99)

The final cask from our most recent shipment of Old Particular single casks is this lovely little number from Cambus, one of Diageo’s top grain distilleries until it was closed forever in 1993. That means every bottle of Cambus that gets consumed from this point out moves the whisky a step closer to total extinction! This 25 year old single cask, originally distilled in September of 1991, is a glorious example of both Cambus and grain whisky at its most splendid. The nose is a hedonistic wave of butterscotch and vanilla, followed by tropical notes on the palate with plenty of oak spice and syrup. Those who love the banana element that can be found in Bourbon should go gaga for this. It’s difficult to believe the whisky is bottled at 62% ABV, mainly because of how rich and wonderful it is. While offering spice and plenty of heft, the power is still masked by the symphony of vanilla and syrup on the finish. For collectors who enjoy drinking whisky made at now-defunct facilities, a bottle of 25 year old Cambus represents quite an affordable luxury at $79.99. For fans of Scotch or even American whiskies who enjoy drinking delicious, cask strength, single barrel expressions, this is a must have.

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 13, 2017

This isn’t the first cask of Cambus we’ve bottled in my time at K&L, but this 25 year easily represents the best value/quality ratio we’ve offered in some time in the legendary lore of “closed” distilleries. Drinking whisky from a “closed” distillery for Scotch fans is much like shopping for vintage couture in that it’s a chance to enjoy a piece of history once thought forever gone. Cambus was dismantled in 1993, but the whisky lives on in this bottle! Rich and full of vanilla bean, caramel, and burnt banana, this is a whisky that’s as easy to love as it is to drink. And it’s somewhat of a collectable. All that, at cask strength, for eighty bucks!

Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 14, 2017

I fell for Cambus the first time I tasted it. We did a single cask previously that just blew me away. I figured since the distillery closed more than two decades ago the chance of ever seeing it again was slim. But wait…another stunning bottle shows up and the richness, texture and pure opulence of this spirit all comes flooding back to me. To be honest this is a perfect illustration of how ridiculous it is that grain whiskey seems to be held in lower regard the malt. If straight drinking pleasure and satisfaction is your motivation I’d probably suggest the opposite. This has all the intensity, complexity and drinkability you could ever hope for…plus it’s 25 years old and pricing well under $100. You need this on your bar…and not just to look at…this is made for daily drinking.

Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 14, 2017

At this point I hope there are no holdouts that shop our whisky selection who believe that single grain whisky cannot deliver when it is by itself. If so please grab a bottle of this 25 year old Cambus to change your mind. This beauty opens up with soft notes of almond, vanilla, hay and early orchard fruit. There is an elegance here, but still plenty of flavor and complexity. Notes of creamy vanilla custard and grans intermingle with a rising notes of spice and a little heat that lingers long after that last sip.


Highland Park 18 Year Old at the Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Highland Park 18 Year Old

1997 vintage single cask bottled by Hunter Laing & Co. for the Old & Rare Platinum Selection.This is a rich butter shortbread, fruity and nutty example of the single malt from the Kirkwall distillery in the Orkney Isles. Just 266 bottles. A straw coloured whisky with a mellow nose of sweet vanilla, stewed rhubarb, peaches and butter shortbread. On the palate we find creamy vanilla and butterscotch sauce poured over apricot and peaches, and a sprinkling of chopped walnuts. The finish is long, lingering and slightly sweet, with a nutty aftertaste.

Buy – £169.18

TWB 10 Yrs

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