Archive for March, 2017

AMERICAN WARRIOR WHISKEY Looks to Promote American War Heroes with Funding Assistance via FundThis – American Whiskey News


AMERICAN WARRIOR WHISKEY Looks to Promote American War Heroes with Funding Assistance via FundThis  

AMERICAN WARRIOR WHISKEY is a veteran owned spirits and retail company dedicated to connecting people through the inspiring stories of those that fought for America’s freedom. The company has just started a crowdfunding campaign via FundThis to introduce their initial line of whiskeys.

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An upcoming spirits brand with a difference, American Warrior Whiskey is committed to promoting America’s war veterans and supporting those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Each bottle of whiskey manufactured by this veteran owned spirits company will feature a tribute sharing the stories of selfless service of America’s war heroes.

Founder of AMERICAN WARRIOR WHISKEY Keith Marshall is an Air Force veteran. Marshall and most of his family members have served the military and their Country with distinction. Representing veterans from all five branches of the military, the brand will be an extension of US military families bringing together the old and the new.

The AWW team strongly believes that premier medical care should be a benefit for all veterans. 20% of the profit on each and every bottle of AWW sold will be donated to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) support programs and research. By funding programs and research activities related to PTSD, the company looks forward to developing a superior support system for veterans suffering from this psychological casualty of war.

American Warrior Whiskey will produce all their products in America. Their initial line of whiskeys will feature unique small batch, oak barrel aged bourbon and their premium all natural white corn Moonshine. These premium spirits will be sold in the company’s retail shop along with a line of unique cocktail mixers. After the launch of their first two lines, American Warrior Whiskey will launch an e-commerce platform, offering whiskey connoisseurs the liberty to purchase the AWW products online.

To produce their initial line of spirits, American Warrior Whiskey has already partnered with two of the finest craft distillers in the US. All spirits manufactured by them will follow the company’s specific recipes, raw product specifications, and distilling guidelines.

Highlighting the concept of AWW, a senior spokesperson from the company said, “AWW will be more than a spirit and retail company, it will be a brand committed to an undying tribute and belief that by sharing the stories of our warriors; we can bring together generations of past and present, and fade the gap between soldiers and civilians.”

American Warrior Whiskey has just started a FundThis campaign to raise funds to produce and launch their small-batch premium bourbon and moonshine. The funding goal of this campaign to get things off the ground is $30,000. But the American Warrior Whiskey vision is much bigger. If the team manages to raise $250,000 it will be able to open its first Whiskey Exchange, which would hire veterans and propel the cause to even higher levels.

To find out more about American Warrior Whiskey and their crowdfunding campaign, please visit

About American Warrior Whiskey: American Warrior Whiskey is a veteran owned spirits and retail company dedicated to promoting American heroes who exemplify the Warrior Ethos. They are committed to supporting those who suffer from PTSD, and looks to inspire and connect people through American Warrior stories of triumph in the face of adversity.

About FundThis – Founded by Felix Hartmann, David Hartmann and Anthony Perrera, FundThis is the first crowdfunding platform in the world to deliver the total solution crowdfunders need to succeed. Helping crowdfunding campaigns from creation to graphic design, campaign write up, public relations to conclusion, FundThis is the first platform to provide a start-to-finish service. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, FundThis is positioned to transform the entire crowdfunding industry.


Announcing Tamdhu 50 Year Old, Celebrating Tamdhu’s 120th Anniversary! – Scotch Whisky News


Tamdhu Marks Anniversary with 50 Year Old  Release

Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky has unveiled its oldest ever bottling – Tamdhu 50 Year Old – to coincide with the distillery’s 120th anniversary.

Matured in a first-fill European Oak Sherry Butt for five decades, just 100 bottles of Tamdhu 50 Year Old will be made available globally. This single cask release will retail at $20,000 per bottle.

This rare whisky is presented in an exquisitely-designed decanter, created by a team of traditional British craftsmen and women including glass designer Katy Holford, crystal experts Royal Brierley, and the silversmiths at renowned jewellers Hamilton & Inches.

“What makes this whisky really special to us is that it represents the rebirth of the distillery. There was a time, before we bought and reopened Tamdhu, when some thought it was gone forever. This cask, which may never have been released had the distillery remained closed, can be now enjoyed and savoured, and that is something we want to celebrate.” ~ Leonard Russell, Managing Director of Ian Macelod Distillers, who owns Tamdhu

Click here to check out their stunning site which has a breath-taking video, tasting notes, and some incredibly gorgeous shots of the bottle and tube.

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A first for Speyside as whisky caching offers liquid treasures to Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival goers – Scotch Whisky News

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Chart your way to Speyside for a whisky caching experience, in what is a Festival first – and possibly a UK first, offering routes on which secret drams can be discovered.

A first for Speyside as whisky caching offers liquid treasures to Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival goers

Treasure seekers will be hunting out secret stashes of the amber nectar during the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival as the five-day whisky celebration offers its own take on the worldwide craze for geocaching for the very first time.

In a dramtastic twist, the popular outdoor pursuit comes to the Festival and will reflect the global obsession with geocaching, often referred to as a modern-day treasure hunt.

A trail of three caches is being set out by Angels’ Nectar Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, which will provide an initial 200ml bottle, perfect for sharing, in each location. Thereafter whisky cachers are asked to replace the dram they take with a miniature of their choice to be discovered and enjoyed by the next cacher.

Festival chairman James Campbell says, “We are always keen to add new and dynamic offerings that will appeal to our visitors who travel from all over the world to enjoy the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

“There’s huge interest in geocaching and we expect the same to be true for whisky caching which is being offered for the first time this year. It is certainly something different and an attraction that we expect will generate considerable curiosity, as we suspect this could be the first dedicated whisky cache trail in the UK, and one which will only be in operation during the Festival.

“What could be better than the chance to explore the great outdoors, soaking up the beauty of Speyside with the prospect of discovering a hidden dram along the way? These may be secret routes, but they will follow picturesque paths, be relatively easy for people of all abilities to enjoy and of course have the lure of discovering a special dram.”

Sometimes referred to as a high-tech treasure hunt, geocaching has become a global phenomenon and there are more than 2 million geocaches worldwide. It is done in towns, cities and rural locations with geocachers using a GPS device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers called caches which contain a logbook with a pen or pencil.

Geocaching appeals to all kinds of people, including those who enjoy technology, competitive people seeking to be the first to find the cache; and older people who want to add a different aspect to enjoy the great outdoors.

Speyside’s whisky version does not require GPS, as clues to guide the route to the cache will be issued on registration, but outdoor footwear and sensible outer clothing are required. As well as recording the visit in a logbook, participants are asked to share their experience, and tasting notes, on social media.

Whisky caching will be offered daily throughout the Festival and participation is free and tickets can be reserved on the Festival website. Once registered the first ‘clues’ will be given out.

It’s one of almost 500 events that make up this year’s Festival programme which takes place from April 27 to May 1.  It includes everything from tours and tastings to heritage walks, whisky and food pairings, river canoe trips, ceilidhs and crafts workshops, all celebrating Speyside’s most famous product.

Based in the heart of Scotland’s malt whisky country – home to more than half of all of Scotland’s distilleries – Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival has events from Kingussie in the south to Forres in the west and Buckie in the east.

Situated directly between the cities of Aberdeen and Inverness, Speyside is the base for many high-profile international brands.

More information about the event is available at and tickets are also available to buy on the website. The Festival is active on social media – and @spirit_speyside on Twitter and Instagram. Use the hashtag #dram17.


The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is committed to promoting responsible drinking. Visitors travelling to and from Festival events can take advantage of a range of transport options. Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival has received funding from Event Scotland and is also financially supported by many other private and public partners.

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2014 to 2020. The Scottish Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme.


EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit Follow EventScotland on Twitter @EventScotNews.

EventScotland is a team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, the national tourism organisation which markets Scotland as a tourism destination across the world, gives support to the tourism industry and brings sustainable tourism growth to Scotland. For more information about VisitScotland see or for consumer information on Scotland as a visitor destination see

KAVALAN WHISKY TASTING – WEDNESDAY 3RD MAY at Arkwrights – Taiwan Whisky News



We hosted our first whisky tasting on 21st April 2007  and over the years we have enjoyed some memorable evenings with various characters from the whisky industry who have educated and entertained us.  As we celebrate 10 years of tastings we would like to say a huge thanks to all these people, and to all our suppliers who have supported us so well, and also to all of you, our wonderful customers, who have come along and helped to make the evenings such a success.

On Wednesday 3rd May we are delighted to start off this anniversary year by welcoming along for the first time Kavalan Distillery from Taiwan, a distillery who in 2007 had only been established for a couple of years and who have, in the years since, built a strong reputation worldwide.  They were the first to produce whisky in Taiwan, and their success story started when the dream of King Car founder, Mr Tien-Tsai Lee, was brought to reality with the help of Ian Chang, Master Blender, and Dr Jim Swan, whisky consultant.

The combination of quality new make spirit and hot Taiwanese summers, that speed maturation, results in a whisky that has its own distinctive character.  It is fruity, smooth, mellow and creamy but with different twists, dependent on the type of maturation cask.  The tasting will not only give you the opportunity to sample a range of diverse whiskies from the range, but also to hear direct from the Master Blender himself, Ian Chang, just how Kavalan’s multi award winning whisky is made and the story behind it.  As Ian won the title of Master Distiller of the Year in 2015 and World Whisky Brand Ambassador of the Year in 2017 then this promises to be a very interesting evening.

Tickets are £15 per person and will be available to buy online from 1.30pm on Friday 31st March.  Please note, no bookings will be taken before this time and because of the high demand for these tickets the maximum number per booking is 6.

Tickets for these event always go very quickly so make sure you go online to book yours as soon as they are released.  If you do miss out then please contact us to register your interest and we will add you to the reserves list for any returned tickets.

See below for all the details and if you have any queries just contact us.


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Arkwrights Whisky and Wines


Date Wednesday 3rd May 2017
Time Please arrive at the venue at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start
Venue Stanton House Hotel, Stanton Fitzwarren SN6 7SD

Details Admission to the tasting is by ticket only, and the whiskies tasted will be available to purchase on the night.  Tickets are £15 per person, and this also entitles you to a discount of £3 against a bottle of one of the featured whiskies if bought or ordered on the night of the tasting. Tickets are very strictly limited, and restricted to 4 per booking.  As these tastings usually sell out immediately it is best to book as soon as the tickets are released.  To buy tickets just log on to from 1.30pm on Friday 31st March and place an order for the number you require (up to a maximum of 6). Please note that tickets cannot be reserved without payment and are non-refundable.


Maltstock News – Whisky News


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Mark ‘Allround Fashion Guru’, ‘Nose of Cadenhead’s‘, ‘Whisky Nerd’, ‘Storyteller’, ‘Once upon a time in a Japanese bar’ Watt will be at Maltstock again. Oh, and he is going to do the Campfire tasting. Fasten your seatbelts, you’re in for a ride!!  But since most of you probably have heard his stories by now, we decided to also ask Cameron McGeachy from Cadenhead’s. Together they’ll host the campfire. Let’s see who gets burned 😉

Both sessions at Whisky in Leiden are sold out, well done Jack. You might have become a bit sad after reading this news. This is where Maltstock steps in, because we still have some tickets left for the weekend session at Maltstock. Lucky you! Last Cabin tickets still available. Why wait? You will be more relaxed with a Malstock ticket. Visit our webshop to become relaxed.

Tamdhu Marks Anniversary with 50 Year Old Whisky – Scotch Whisky News


Tamdhu Marks Anniversary with 50 Year Old Whisky

Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky has unveiled its oldest ever bottling – Tamdhu 50 Year Old – to coincide with the distillery’s 120th anniversary.

Matured in a first fill European oak sherry butt for five decades, just 100 bottles of Tamdhu 50 Year Old will be made available globally. This single cask release will retail at £16,000 per bottle.

Tamdhu 50 has forest fruits, elegant oak and orange depths on the nose. On the palate, cloves, liquorice, espresso and baked apples are revealed, with a lingering finish of cocoa, ginger, walnuts and maple syrup. (Full tasting notes below)

This rare whisky is presented in an exquisitely-designed decanter, created by a team of traditional British craftsmen and women including glass designer Katy Holford, crystal experts Royal Brierley, and the silversmiths at renowned luxury jewellery house Hamilton & Inches.

Leonard Russell, Managing Director of Ian Macleod Distillers, who own Tamdhu, commented: 

“120 years of expertise and 50 years of maturation in an extraordinary sherry oak cask  have gone into making Tamdhu 50 Year Old, and we are delighted to be able to share it with the world. 

“What makes this whisky really special to us is that it represents the rebirth of the distillery. There was a time, before we bought and reopened Tamdhu, when some thought it was gone forever. This cask, which may never have been released had the distillery remained closed, can be now enjoyed and savoured, and that is something we want to celebrate.     

“In the spirit of celebration, we have been working with some of the UK’s top craftspeople to create a beautiful decanter, inspired by the generations of expertise which has gone into making Tamdhu.  It’s a fitting tribute to a remarkable whisky, in a very special year.”

Tamdhu 50 was unveiled at a special event at Hamilton & Inches’ showroom on George Street, Edinburgh. The luxury jewellery house, established in 1866, was responsible for producing the sterling silver which adorns each decanter.

Stephen Paterson, Chief Executive of Hamilton & Inches, commented: 

“Hamilton & Inches are proud to collaborate with Tamdhu for their special 50 Year Old release. Our award-winning silversmiths have given their devotion to the artistry of the bottling, and are thrilled to have brought Hamilton & Inches’ 150 years of experience in silverwork to this partnership. 

“Our iconic Georgian showroom in the heart of Edinburgh is the perfect setting for showcasing this wonderful whisky release, and for celebrating the craftsmanship involved.”

Each decanter of Tamdhu 50 Year Old is presented in a solid stained oak cannister adorned with Hamilton & Inches hallmarked sterling silver. The pack design depicts Tamdhu Distillery’s location on the Spey River, its Victorian train station and exclusive sherry casks.

Tamdhu is owned by one of Scotland’s leading, independent family-owned distillers, Ian Macleod Distillers. Tamdhu was born on the banks of the River Spey in 1897 – an era when anything seemed possible. When obstacles were there to be overcome, an age of the Can-Dhu-Spirit. Its quality is defined by the hint of peat in its malted barley, the natural Speyside water that is drawn directly from the Tamdhu spring and the 100% exclusive use of only the finest sherry oak casks.

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Please drink responsibly 


Tasting Notes

Tamdhu 50 was distilled on 2 November 1963 and matured in a single first fill European Oak Sherry Butt. It was bottled at cask strength 55.6%.

Nose: Forest fruits, elegant oak and orange depths, with underlying rosehip, dark chocolate and marzipan

Palate: Cloves, liquorice, espresso and baked apples. The uniquely complex palate also reveals banana,
black pepper and toasted almonds

Finish: Cocoa, ginger, walnuts and maple syrup.

Watch the Tamdhu 50 tasting notes video with Sandy McIntyre, Distillery Manager here:

Decanter details

Watch the brand video about the creation of the Tamdhu 50 decanter here:

About Hamilton & Inches

Hamilton & Inches is Scotland’s luxury jewellery house, with distinctive workshops and an iconic customer showroom in the heart of Edinburgh. With 150 years of heritage, Hamilton & Inches brings the world’s most aspirational brands to life and crafts each gift with prestige and pride. Hamilton & Inches are holders of the Royal Warrant for 120 years, and Silversmiths and Clock Specialists to The Queen.

About Katy Holford 

Katy Holford’s designs in crystal and glass are deceptively simple.

For the Tamdhu 50 Year Old she used the richness of English crystal to fashion a decanter as rare and exquisite as the whisky it holds.

About Royal Brierley  

Royal Brierley is the pre-eminent maker of English crystal. Founded in 1776, the company holds two Royal Warrants.

Global Whisky Auctions 3rd Auction Live in April – Whisky News

Global Whisky Auction

With our second auction finished, in which we had some frantic and phrenetic bidding thanks to buyers from all over the globe, we now look forward to the April auction with anticipation. However, we will look back on the wonderful, collectable bottles that compelled many keen bidders to part with some hard-earned cash and buy their bottles of choice in the March Global Whisky Auction.

First up was the Macallan 1979 Gran Reserva which is the first and considered the best of the three Gran Reserva releases, this bottle achieved a hammer price of £1400 and is now winging its way to France for the lucky winner of the lot.

We had a couple of bottles from the highly collectable and drinkable closed distillery, Port Ellen. First up was the third bottling from the Diageo Annual Releases from the distillery, which sold for £950. Another bottling from this much-missed distillery was an independently bottled release from Hunter Laing, this being a 35-year-old 1978 vintage that settled on a hammer price of £800.

Another closed distillery bottling, which also made a good return for its seller, was from the Highland distillery Brora. This bottle came from the Rare Malts Selection series and was a 24-year-old distilled in 1977 and sold for £650.

So onward we go to the April auction and already we have some great bottles to pique your interest. Firstly, a couple of bottles from the Orkney Isles are also represented in our third auction, with two whiskies from Highland Park. The first being the 1978 distillation from the Vintage Collection (lot 388) which was only available to buy from travel retail outlets and the second the limited release 1967 Vintage (lot 411).

A couple of bottles from the south coast of the Island of Islay are also ready to go in our next auction. We have the 2016 release of Lagavulin 25-year-old which marked the 200th anniversary of the distillery with a limited-edition release. This bottling was a recognition of the contribution the Lagavulin distillery managers have made in crafting Lagavulin across the years. We also have a limited-edition release from Ardbeg. This whisky was distilled in 1977 and was released in small batches in the early 2000’s perfect for drinking or collecting.

Already we have some wonderful bottles lined up, but there is still time to enter your bottle or a collection of bottles into the April auction. For further details on how to enter your bottles into the auction, please contact or call 0141 248 7283.

Japanese Fukano and Ohishi Whisky Tasting at the Whisky Shop #SFO – Whisky News


Fukano and Ohishi Whiskies

with Distillery Guests

10AM – 2PM 


 Join us March 31st for a full day of world whiskies. From 10AM-2PM we’ll be pouring Japanese whiskies by Ohishi and Fukano distilleries, presented by the distillery owners themselves. Then after a short break, we’ll be pouring Pürgeist Bavarian whiskey with distillery representatives until 4:30.

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Japanese Whiskey Pour List:

Ohishi Brandy Cask

Ohishi Sherry Cask

Fukano Brandy Cask

Fukano Distillery


Fukano Distillery is located in Hitoyoshi City, of the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan on the island of Kyushu. Owner Shigeruriku Fukano is the fifth generation of his family to run the distillery. They use a combination of malted and un-malted rice to make their whisky, resulting in a smooth, deliciously balanced product with hints of old wheated bourbon, sea salt, and caramel. Each bottling of this special, limited edition whisky is only available a few times a year.

Ohishi Distillery 


Ohishi is the closest distillery to the source of the Kuma River, a river reknowned for its superior water quality. Blessed with fertile soil and clear underground water, Ohishi Distillery produces it’s own rice for use in their whiskies, with traditionally organic methods – koi fish are employed to keep the rice fields free of weeds. With about 1200 Sherry and Brandy casks, Ohishi Distillery puts a lot of effort into maturing its products over a long period of time, transforming their locally produced rice liquor into engaging and flavorful whiskies.

Our guest Oishi-san is the 6th generation master distiller from this distillery.

Our guest Fukano-san is the American sales manager from Fukano Distillery

Companions of the Quaich Vancouver “Tullibardine & Kilchoman” May 4th, 2017 – Scotch Whisky News

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Vancouver Chapter



7 whiskies

Tullibardine & Kilchoman
With Brand Ambassador Roberto Roberti


Tullibardine Sovereign
(Bourbon Cask) 43% ABV

Tullibardine The Murray 12 YO
Cask Strength (Bourbon Cask) 56.1% ABV

Tullibardine 20 YO
(Bourbon Cask) 43% ABV

Tullibardine 25 YO
(Sherry Cask) 43% ABV

Kilchoman Machir Bay
60% Bourbon Cask, 40% Sherry Cask 46% ABV

Kilchoman Sanaig
75% Sherry Cask, 25% Bourbon Cask 46% ABV

Kilchoman PX Cask
BC Exclusive — Cask Strength 56.2% ABV


Vancouver Lawn Tennis Club
Tuesday, May 4, 2017, 7:00pm
Whiskies paired with a meal designed by Chef James


Participants: Limited to 20 guests
Members: $125
Non-members: $140

RSVP: April 10, 2017

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Ralfy Publishes Ralfy Review #637 – Scotch Whisky News


Ralfy has endless fun with Ralfy Review 637 – Opening an old bottle of ‘liqueur’ whisky

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