Archive for May, 2017

Irish Distillers’ Prestige Range of Irish Whiskeys Scoops Ten Top Tasting Awards – including Best Irish, Best Single Pot Still and Best Blended Irish Whiskeys – Irish Whiskey News

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Irish Distillers’ Prestige Range of Irish Whiskeys Scoops Ten Top Tasting Awards – including Best Irish, Best Single Pot Still and Best Blended Irish Whiskeys 

The Irish Distillers family of prestige Irish Whiskeys has been awarded 10 gold or above medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and International Spirits Challenge 2017. Top honours were awarded to Redbreast 15, Best Single Pot Still Whiskey and Best Irish Whiskey, and Midleton Very Rare, Best Blended Irish Whiskey, at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

In addition, Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength claimed its third Double Gold medal in a row at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition – a testament to the consistency in quality of Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey craftsmanship at the Midleton Distillery. The array of gold medals, around half of the 22 decorations awarded to Irish Distillers across the two prestigious tastings, cements Redbreast as the most awarded Single Pot Still Whiskey in the world.

Yellow Spot 12 Year Old followed up a near-perfect 99/100 points at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge with a Gold medal at the International Spirits Challenge, whereas Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy was honoured by the same competition with the sixth Gold medal since its release in 2011.

In total, the prestige range from Irish Distillers secured four Double Gold and six Gold medals across the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) and International Spirits Challenge (ISC):

  • Redbreast 15 Year Old: Best Irish Whiskey, Best Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey and Double Gold medal (SFWSC)
  • Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength: Double Gold medal (SFWSC)
  • Midleton Very Rare: Best Blended Irish Whiskey and Double Gold medal (SFWSC)
  • METHOD AND MADNESS Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Finished in Chestnut: Double Gold medal (SFWSC)
  • Midleton Dair Ghaelach: Gold medal (SFWSC)
  • Redbreast 21 Year Old: Gold medals (SFWSC and ISC)
  • METHOD AND MADNESS Single Malt Irish Whiskey Enhanced with French Limousin Oak: Gold medal (SFWSC)
  • Yellow Spot: Gold medal (ISC)
  • Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy: Gold medal (ISC)

Billy Leighton, Head Blender at the Midleton Distillery, County Cork, commented on the awards: “We are delighted with the continued success of Redbreast and the breadth of Midleton’s prestige Irish Whiskey family in global spirit tasting competitions – our whiskeys continue to achieve great things and we are incredibly proud of them. The quality of our whiskeys is testament to the hard work and dedication of the production team at Midleton Distillery, past and present. Lest we forget the skilled distillers and blenders that laid down and observed these whiskeys mature over the years, in the hope that they would be enjoyed years later – it’s great to see that they certainly are being enjoyed!”

Now in its 17th year, the San Francisco World Spirits Challenge is one of the most influential spirits competitions in the world and is judged by a line-up of esteemed drinks journalists, producers and experts. Run each year in partnership with respected drinks trade bible, Drinks International, the International Spirits Challenge is one of the most authoritative and influential spirits competitions in the world and celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year.



About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish Whiskeys. Led by Jameson, our brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish Whiskey. Jameson is the world’s fastest-growing Irish Whiskey, experiencing 27 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 5.7m cases in 2016. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 60 of those experiencing double- or triple-digit growth.

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Powers & Son, John Jameson & Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network. In 2015, we completed a €220m investment which doubled our production and bottling capacity to meet global demand for our products.

We employ over 600 people across our operations in Cork and Dublin. 

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, Kahlúa and Malibu liqueurs, Mumm and Perrier‐ Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, Graffigna and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,000 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.

Revisiting The Macallan’s original print, press and film advertising – Scotch Whisky News



Folio commemorates the legendary Macallan advertising campaigns of the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s; that took the brand to a wider audience for the first time. The series draws together a curious memorandum of stories, anecdotes, drawings and photographs that map the story of The Macallan from a remote farmstead on the River Spey to a whisky that is enjoyed the world over.

First released in 2015, the series is made up of 24 individual releases that celebrate The Macallan across three decades of storytelling.



Two years after the release of Folio 1, the second instalment in this limited series of Archival Bottlings represents the print, press and film advertising from 1980 – 1994 and is accompanied by a hardback book including a foreword by Sir John Hegarty.

A limited number of Folio 2 will be available for visitors to purchase at The Macallan Distillery from Monday 29th May on a first come first served basis, restricted to one per person.

If you are unable to make it to the distillery in person, Folio 2 will also go on sale in our Online Distillery Shop later this year for £195.00. To be notified when Folio 2 becomes available to purchase online, please follow the link below.


The Macallan Distillers Ltd, Easter Elchies, Craigellachie, AB38 9RX, Scotland

Smooth Ambler at Milroys of Soho – American Whiskey News


Smooth Ambler

Long time residents of the Greenbrier Valley, West Virginia, both TAG Galyean and John Little knew that they wanted to make something, something that would leave a mark on Greenbrier County and the folks that call it home, something to be proud of.  That’s when TAG came across the TIME article featuring the re-emergence of craft distilling in the United States. With a sly comment of, ‘we should do this, in your garage…I’m serious’, began the journey of Smooth Ambler Spirits.



This Whiskey from Smooth Ambler is a blend of two whiskeys. One in fresh american oak casks and one in a re-charred cask.  Sweet and spicy, this release is not one to miss and sits at a generous 49.5%



Smooth Ambler Wheated Bourbon

This is the first wheated release to come from the distillery’s own stocks. This release from Smooth Ambler is made from a wheated mashbill.   Rich in caramel and with a slight spice, this whiskey has a delightful whiff of orange peel and tobacco.


Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Big & Beautifully Balanced” – Scotch Whisky News



Big & Beautifully Balanced

We’ve released four preview bottlings from June Outturn, an opportunity to buy before next month’s First Friday.  Big and beautifully balanced, explore sweet and smoky sensations, layers of dark toffee and chocolate and a realm of tropical fruit salad. Be quick to order, only a limited number of bottles are available ahead of the full Outturn release on Friday 2 June, 9am.

June Outturn Previews

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

Whisky Wednesday – Reviews Dailuaine 16yo – Scotch Whisky News


I LOVE DAILUAINE!!! I really do, it’s such an underrated distillery. All the balls and elegance of Mortlach, but without the modern pricing…..This, now, old school example of their style is something that I’ve had love and gratitude for, since i bought my first bottle of it about I’ve years ago. I’ve got a few more tucked away for my latter drinking years. It’s got colouring in it, it’s chill-filtered, but as always, when it tastes this good, who cares!

A true showcase of distillery style, from rich and fruit nose, through to spicy and slightly savory/smokey finish. A true icon in my eyes and a few others as well, i imagine. Cheers!

Whisky Reviews every Wednesday



SAZERAC’S Tennessee Distillery burning for Whiskey Production – American Whiskey News


SAZERAC’S Tennessee Distillery burning for Whiskey Production 

            Newport, TN (2017) Some distillers take pride in being hands on in their whiskey production, but Master Distiller John Lunn and Distiller Allisa Henley took that to a whole new level in late March when they unloaded four ricks of sugar maple wood from the trailer hitched to the back of John’s pick-up truck and began burning it in his backyard.

            Burning maple creates the charcoal for the Lincoln County process, essential for making authentic Tennessee whiskey, something Lunn and Henley are anxious to do now that they have joined the Sazerac family.  Late last year, Sazerac purchased the distillery in Newport Tennessee, and although the distillery has yet to have a formal new name, Lunn and Henley are not letting that stop them from making authentic Tennessee whiskey.

            “We know it’s going to take many years for this whiskey to age up, so we were anxious to get started on production as soon as possible,” stated Henley. And what a start! The wood was sourced from a sawmill in Tennessee and each rick contains pieces of maple approximately two inches by two inches and stacked in a specific way to let air flow through for a more consistent burn. Lunn and Henley took extra care in burning this charcoal and plan to be involved very closely in each step of the production process to ensure the highest quality Tennessee whiskey is produced.

            “We believe we can produce a better charcoal ourselves rather than buying it from a third party,” said Henley. “It is a very controlled process. We don’t want it to burn too long, but not too short either.”  To be classified a Tennessee whiskey the whiskey must be filtered through maple charcoal. The charcoal mellowing process will influence the whiskey making for a unique finish that distinguishes it from bourbon.

            Lunn and Henley will continue to burn more wood themselves as it is needed for the future, but for now, the next step is whiskey production. “The grains are in, the charcoal is ready, the barrels are here and we’re gearing up to start distilling in our pot stills, so stay tuned for more updates,” added Henley.

            The Tennessee whiskey, like the distillery, does not have a brand name yet, but announcements will be forthcoming as new developments are made.  To see the video of John and Allisa’s hands on maple charcoal burn, click here

About the Sazerac Company

         Sazerac is one of America’s oldest family owned, privately held distillers with operations in Louisiana, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, New Hampshire, Maryland, California, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Australia and Canada. For more information on Sazerac, please visit

Whisky Auctioneer May Auction Now Live – Whisky News


May Auction Now Live!

If you can’t make it to Islay for Feis Ile this year then why not distract yourself with our magnificent May Auction. Featuring a stunning array of rare and unusual bottles from across the decades it is your very own whisky festival to experience from the comfort of your armchair! 

Take a look at just a few highlights below… 

Balvenie 1951 Vintage Cask


An incredible bottle! Distilled in 1951 and bottled in 1996 at a stunning 45 years old. The vintage cask range from Balvenie is a fantastic insight into whisky from a bygone era. This is bottle number 1 of only 90 released. 

William L Weller 1981 19 Year Old


An unusual older example of W.L. Weller’s wheated Kentucky straight bourbon. Don’t miss your chance to pick up this lovely little rarity! 

Rosebank Selection


We are delighted to see such a beautiful selection of Rosebank in our May Auction. Whiskies from this closed Lowland distillery are becoming increasingly scarce, if you’re missing one from your collection now’s the time to rectify that!  

Bowmore 1964 Gold Bowmore 44 Year Old


The third and final release from this famous series, the gorgeous Gold Bowmore was matured in a mixture of bourbon and sherry casks. One of only 701! 

Clynelish Ainslie & Heilbron Bottlings


Old Clynelish bottlings have an enormous cult following, no surprising really as they are fantastic and such a contrast to the distillery’s style today. The current auction features some fabulous examples! 

Laphroaig 10 Year Old Circa 1940s


We love these evocative old bottles with their simple yet striking label designs. We estimate this charming example of Laphroaig to date from the 1940s. 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! 


Exclusive Malts Batch #13 Has Arrived, Featuring Exclusive Regions! – Scotch Whisky News

Exclusive Malts Batch #13 Has Arrived, Featuring Exclusive Regions!









Loch Fyne Whiskies “Get our exclusive Fèis Ìle 2017 Laphroaig now!” – Scotch Whisky News


Fèis Ìle 2017 Exclusive

First Editions Laphroaig 2006: Fèis Ìle 2017 Loch Fyne Exclusive

The 2017 Islay Festival of Music & Malt kicks off today and we’re celebrating with a special single cask Laphroaig bottled exclusively for Loch Fyne Whiskies!

Distilled in 2006 at Laphroaig distillery, this Islay single malt spent 11 years maturing in a refill sherry butt before being bottled in 2017 by independent, family-run bottlers Hunter Laing & Co. Presented at a cask strength of 57.6% abv without chill-filtration or colouring, only 120 bottles have been produced and they are already selling fast in our shop, so be quick if you want to get your hands on this Loch Fyne exclusive!

£175 Buy Now

Only available while stocks last

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