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John J. Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon named “Chairman’s Trophy Finalist” at ultimate spirits challenge – American Whiskey News

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John J. Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon named “Chairman’s Trophy Finalist” at ultimate spirits challenge  

Fredericksburg, VIRGINIA (April 20, 2017) Judges awarded four spirits from A. Smith Bowman Distillery with high honors at the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, and named one a Chairman’s Trophy Finalist.

John J. Bowman Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey was named a “Chairman’s Trophy Finalist,” and was awarded “Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation.” John J. Bowman was also deemed to be a “Great Value.”

Bowman Brothers Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey was awarded the distinction of “Excellent, Highly Recommended.”

This competition, in its seventh year, is judged by a panel of the spirit industry’s most renowned judges including award-winning authors, buyers, journalists, educators and bar owners, who rate each spirit on a 100-point scale.

Complete results for the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge can be found at

About A. Smith Bowman

  1. Smith Bowman’s distilling roots date back to the years before Prohibition when the Bowman family had a granary and dairy farm in Sunset Hills, Virginia. They used excess grain from the family estate to distill spirits. In 1934, after the Repeal of Prohibition, Abram Smith Bowman and his sons continued the family tradition and built a more modern distillery in Fairfax County, Virginia called Sunset Hills Farm.  The Distillery was moved in 1988 and is now nestled in Spotsylvania County near the city of Fredericksburg, 60 miles away from the original location.

As a small and privately owned company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery continues the time-honored traditions on which it was founded. Considered a micro-distillery by today’s standards, A. Smith Bowman produces an assortment of hand-crafted spirits distilled from only the finest natural ingredients and using the latest technology. This micro-distillery focuses on the production of premium spirits honoring the legacy of Virginia’s first settlers. Its various brands have won more than 100 awards in the past five years, including “World’s Best Bourbon” in 2016 for its Abraham Bowman Port Finished Bourbon and again in 2017 for its John J. Bowman Single Barrel at the World Whisky Awards.  For more information on A. Smith Bowman, please visit

Whisky Auctioneer April Auction Now Live – Whisky News




We have a whole galaxy worth of stars to bring you this month. From some incredible vintage gems to the newest and most sought after releases and everything in between, take some time out to stargaze at our stellar April Auction, starting with the dazzlers below!



They don’t come much more vintage or gem like than this 1941 Highland Park! A stunning bottle featuring the iconic St Magnus label, a design that dates back to the 1870s. We have it on very good authority that this tastes amazing!



At last it’s arrived! The second release in a range that recreates the old advertising styles of Macallan, this is a 12 year old limited to 2000 bottles. A distillery only release, don’t miss out!



Originally imported into Italy by Sestante and distributed by Mainardi Import S.R.L Milano, during the late 1980s. This colourful collection consists of some legendary bottlings, including a fantastic Clynelish 1965 24 Year Old!



A very rare Ardbeg, drawn from 2 casks and bottled in 2005 as one of only 261. The packaging includes a lockable glass display case, perfect for starting your very own whisky museum!



Exclusively sold by French retailer La Maison du Whisky in celebration of their 60th anniversary, this beautifully presented bottle sold out instantly last month. With only 60 bottles available that is perhaps not surprising!



A beautiful series from the independent Italian bottler. Includes, amongst others, three incredible Ardbeg 1966 bottles. All single casks and release in limited numbers. Stunning!

Auction runs Friday 28th April to Monday 8th May.

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!

Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak 2016 at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News


Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak 2016

Macallan is the third most popular single malt in the world. Released annually, the 18 year old is matured in the finest sherry casks and is extremely sought after.

The nose has dried fruits, cinnamon and ginger with hints of citrus and vanilla. The palate is rich in dried fruits, spices, orange and woodsmoke notes, while the finish brings more dried fruit and spices along with sweet toffee.

£250 Buy Now

Last remaining bottles

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World’s Most Expensive Whisky Bottle Just a Click Away – Japanese Whisky News


World’s Most Expensive Whisky Bottle Just a Click Away

TOKYO — 25 April 2017 – The Yamazaki 50 year old, which broke records for the most expensive standard whisky bottle sold at auction late last year, is now in stock online only at dekantā.com. Stock is limited to one bottle. Yes, you heard us.

1961: The East German authorities started building the Berlin wall; Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space; and the USSR tested the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated. As dramatic as it was at the time, the Iron Curtain is textbook history, we’re not all living on the moon and neither are we sealed in an underground bunker. This isn’t the first time the state of the world has seemed on the brink of enormous change.

1961 was also the year the Yamazaki 50 year old was sealed in superior Japanese Mizunara oak, not to be opened for another five decades. When the first edition was released in 2005, to great anticipation, its US$9,500 price tag looked pretty steep. Yet, the cost of the first release was only 8.6% of its new record auction price. Editions released of this whisky have consistently sold out within 48 hours of release.

A first edition Yamazaki 50 year old claimed a Guinness World Record for the most expensive standard-format bottle in the history of time when a bottle was sold at a Hong Kong spirits auction for HK$1.003m (US$129,186) last October. The foremost retailer for high end Japanese spirits, dekantā have announced a single bottle of Yamazaki 50 year old single malt is currently available for worldwide delivery from their online store for US$119,999.99. With only 150 bottles ever released, this expression is an extremely rare find.

Presented in an elegant and distinctive box, the Yamazaki 50 year old is an exceptional whisky, representing more than half a century of barrel ageing in just one bottle. At over US$4,286 a dram, this is as decadent a drinking experience as they get.

 Tasting notes offered by Suntory describe a whisky that offers “sweet-sour dried fruits, a full-bodied, silky mouthfeel, and a lingering, slightly smoky aftertaste with mild woodiness.” Quite an exceptional dram, and one that very few can claim to have tasted!

A single bottle is available at dekantā, so Japanese whisky enthusiasts will need to be quick if they want to get their hands on this most exclusive of bottles.

For more information about the Yamazaki 50 year old:


dekantā Founder Makiyo Masa is available for interview. Please RSVP to arrange, Miriam Rune: / 07740 339 628.


About dekantā

dekantā offers customers access to the world’s largest online selection of authentic Japanese Spirits and has delivered to 127 countries across every continent in the world. A family owned and run business, dekantā’s founders have been selling collectibles since 1985 and specialize in rare, collectible, and new release single malt Japanese whisky. dekantā offers worldwide delivery on an extensive range of Japanese single malt whisky, Japanese grain whisky and Japanese blended whisky, in addition to Scottish whisky released for the Japanese market only.

Consumers who would like to learn more about Japanese whisky should visit the dekantā website, which boasts the most extensive repository of information dedicated to Japanese whisky, including distillery history and tasting notes for each bottle.

Bilingual concierge service is available 24 hours a day, providing expert recommendations in both English and Japanese.

About Yamazaki distillery

Founded in 1923 by Master Distiller Shinjiro Torii, the founder of Suntory, Yamazaki is Japan’s oldest commercial whisky distillery. For the first 10 years of operation, Yamazaki was managed by the legendary Masataka Taketsuru, the ‘Father of Japanese Whisky’ and founder of Nikka Whisky. It is held in high regard for the quality of the local water, which was named by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment as one of the best mineral sources available in Japan.
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Maltstock SoS Promo tour 2017 – Whisky News


Chichibu @ Maltstock


Great news! Japans most exiting distillery: Chichibu is coming to Maltstock again this year! Yumi Yoshikawa will be flying in to be with us, and share a dram in the autumn sun! Want to know anything about Japanese whisky? She can tell you tuns of stories and give you inside information about this beautifull distillery. Besides that, we are delighted to have her sparkling personality around us again!


SoS Promo tour

Spot the Maltstock promo car!

Be scared… be very scared ;) From the 25th of April untill the 5th of May the Maltstock team can be found in Scotland! We’ll be roaming the Speyside during the Spirit of Speyside Festival again.

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So… if you see us, wave, scream, shake hands with us and make a selfie with our Maltstock promo car. Responsibly of course, making selfies in front of a driving car is not safe.



Want to know what Maltstock is all about? There is only one way to find out! Buy your Maltstock ticket and experience our unique weekend of total and utter relaxed whisky fun! They are limited so don’t wait and be disappointed!


Gordon and MacPhail May 22nd at Milroys of Soho – Scotch Whisky News


Gordon and MacPhail  May 22nd

Gordon & MacPhail is an independent bottler and distiller of Scotch Whisky, founded in 1895 and located in Elgin in the north-east of Scotland. It is a family business owned by the Urquhart Family. Come & join us for a wonderful evening discovering some of the G&M single malt whisky range.



Kilkerran and Springbank at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News



Kilkerran 12 Year Old Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($64.99)

When the doors opened at the Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery in March of 2004, it became the first new distillery to open in Campbeltown in more than 125 years. Campbeltown, once the center of whisky production for Scotland, had been hit hard over the last century and had dwindled down to two distilleries – Springbank and Glen Scotia. When the SWA threatened to take away the Campbeltown appellation, Springbank was told a region needed at least three distilleries to consider itself a specific locale. The decision was then made to reopen the long-dormant Glengyle distillery located immediately next door to Springbank. Kilkerran is the name that was chosen for the single malt produced at Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery because the name Glengyle is already used for a blended Highland malt and they also wished to avoid any possible confusion between the newest single malt to come from the Campbeltown region and a pre-existing blended Highland malt. The flavor of the Kilkerran is a little bit of everything, but it most closely resembles a more expressive version of Oban 14. If you like light, yet round; soft, yet supple; and mild, yet slightly peaty whiskies with perfect harmony and balance, this one’s for you.

Springbank 25 Year Old Campbeltown Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($799.99)

This is a much-anticipated new release from Springbank, the oldest independent family-owned distillery in Scotland. It’s been matured in Bourbon, Sherry, and Port casks for a trifecta of deep, nuanced flavor. From the producer: “The nose is rich with a peated Port influence. It’s redolent of the dunnage warehouse in which it was matured. Fruity too, but this time berries to the fore: blackberries, cranberries, and strawberries. The Port wine influence is perfectly balanced with flavours of sherry, plum jam, blood oranges, and pink grapefruit. The finish is long, soft and elegant, with earthy, peaty and woody qualities.” There are only 1200 bottles of this in the world, so snatch this up!






Fourteen spirits from Buffalo Trace Distillery receive top honors 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (April 19, 2017) Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey received a Chairman’s Trophy at the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, where a total of 14 spirits from Buffalo Trace Distillery were awarded top honors. Three whiskies from Buffalo Trace were also named Chairman’s Trophy Finalists; Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey and Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Bottled in Bond Straight Rye Whiskey.

            Those awarded as “Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation” include:

  • Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Sazerac Rye Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Bottled in Bond Straight Rye Whiskey

Those awarded the distinction of “Excellent, Highly Recommended” were:

  • Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Benchmark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Blanton’s Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream

Awarded the distinction of “Very Good, Strong Recommendation” were:

  • Benchmark Peach Flavored Whiskey
  • Benchmark Brown Sugar Flavored Whiskey

Awarded the distinction of “Good, Recommended” was:

  • Benchmark Apple Flavored Whiskey
  1. H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch, Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Sazerac Rye, Benchmark, Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream, Benchmark Peach Flavored Whiskey, and Benchmark Brown Sugar Flavored Whiskey were deemed to be “Great Values.” Receiving a designation as “Tried & True” were E. H. Taylor Jr. Single Barrel, Blanton’s, Sazerac Rye and Stagg Jr.

This competition, in its seventh year, is judged by a panel of the spirit industry’s most renowned judges including award-winning authors, buyers, journalists, educators and bar owners, who rate each spirit on a 100-point scale.

Complete results for the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge can be found at

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1773 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 a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 17 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named “Brand Innovator of the Year” by Whisky Magazine at its Icons of Whisky America Awards 2015.  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 300 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit

Announcing Tipperary Irish Whiskey Arrival in the U.S. – Irish Whiskey News

We’re happy to share some great news with you:


is available in the U.S. for the first time! Featuring two expressions – “Knockmealdowns” and “Watershed”.



 The first of our Limited Edition Mountain Range, “The Knockmealdowns” is created from only 6 casks, matured in Ireland for 10 years in ex-bourbon barrels. The whiskey is cut to 47% with water from Ballindoney farm in Tipperary, owned by our co-founding family, the Ahearns.

The nose opens with fresh oak, developing into hot caramel sauce with notes of chocolate and vanilla.
The palate is smooth and light, sweet honey cut through with citrus notes, then becoming savoury, peppery and round in the mouth.

The finish lingers, oak with drying tannins and just a touch of ginger spice.



 Only six first-fill bourbon casks are chosen for each batch of Watershed, carefully selected for quality by our Malt Master, Stuart Nickerson. After being cut to 47% with our Ballindoney water, we number every bottle individually, so each one is special.
Try Watershed, and taste Tipperary.

The nose opens with fresh oak, developing into hot caramel sauce with notes of chocolate and vanilla.
The palate is smooth and light, sweet honey cut through with citrus notes, then becoming savoury, peppery and round in the mouth.

The finish lingers, oak with drying tannins and just a touch of ginger spice.

“We’re delighted to be adding Tipperary Irish Whiskey to our portfolio. It fits our philosophy of developing craft spirits brands, which is echoed by the people behind the distillery”
~ Sam Filmus, President GRC Imports

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THE LOST DISTILLERY COMPANY at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whsiky News



In the last century, almost one hundred of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries have been closed or destroyed. This accounts for nearly half of all distilleries that have ever existed in Scotland. Global economic downturn, over-production, world wars and prohibition have all contributed to the loss of so many distilleries. As a result of all of these factors, many unique and venerable brands have been lost to the world. Until Now… “The Lost Distillery Company creates present day expressions of these lost whisky legends.” Next day delivery available on UK orders


The Lost Distillery Co. Lossit

Part of the Classic Selection from The Lost Distillery Co., this marriage of 100% aged single malt Scotch whiskies aims to recreate the whisky of the now lost Lossit distillery of Islay. Operational from 1817-1867, Lossit was a farm distillery that became the biggest producer of whisky on Islay during the industry’s formative years. The nose has the characteristic peat along with pear and almond milk. The palate is elegant with a peat and pepper balance, before smoke flows to a long finish.

£49.99 Buy Now


The Lost Distillery Co. Jericho

A superb blended malt Scotch whisky which seeks to reinterpret the whisky of the now lost Jericho distillery of Aberdeenshire. Operating from 1822-1913, including a name change to Benachie in its latter stages, the distillery was one of the first to adopt sherry casks for maturation. The nose offers fruitcake, tangerine and marzipan. The palate has notes of fresh coffee and soft wood spices, while the finish is rich in sweet spices.

The Lost Distillery Co. Gerston

This blended malt Scotch whisky aims to recreate the style of whisky from Caithness’ now lost distillery of Gerston in Halkirk. Operational from 1796-1882, Gerston was a favourite among such famous figures as the Duke of Wellington and Sir Robert Peel as well as enjoying export to Calcutta and Buenos Aires. The nose has sweet toffee and ripe fruits. The palate brings soft caramel with a salty note, before a whiff of smoke and lingering salt in the finish.


The Lost Distillery Co. Auchnagie

Auchnagie is a marriage of 100% aged single malt Scotch whiskies, recreating the signature malt of the now lost Auchnagie Highland distillery. One of several farm distilleries in the Ballinluig area of Perthshire during the 19th century, Auchnagie was founded in 1812 and had a varied existence until it was acquired by John Dewar & Son to form the heart of the Dewar’s blend. The nose is floral with honey and ceral notes. The palate is rich in dried fruit with peppery aspects, before a citrus influence in the sweet finish.

£49.99 Buy Now

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