Archive for June, 2018




Award-winning Cotswolds Distillery has successfully raised £3 million of equity through the crowdfunding platform Crowdcube and private investors. After exceeding the initial target of £2 million in just a week, the funding period was extended due to overwhelming interest, resulting in one of Crowdcube’s biggest equity raises of 2018.

The funds raised will be invested in building the Cotswolds Distillery business and brand, from advertising and marketing to expanding and deepening sales and distribution networks. The hiring of a new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) will also be integral to the growth and development of the brand.

Cotswolds Distillery recently announced plans for a new visitor centre at its Stourton site, housing tasting rooms, an expanded shop, exhibition space and café. This equity raise will allow for an improved and enhanced customer experience for the 30,000 visitors who travel to the distillery annually to participate in the Visit Britain award-winning tour, cementing its position as one of the top visitor attractions in the Cotswolds.

Dan Szor, Founder and CEO of the Cotswolds Distillery said, “We are overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of our new investors and the belief they’ve shown in the distillery. The total raised will transform the business, but we’re equally delighted to have gained over a thousand new shareholders – their support will carry us through the next chapter in the company’s journey and we couldn’t be more excited for it.”

In 2015, Cotswolds Distillery raised £1.5m of equity through CodeInvest. With this latest round of crowdfunding with Crowdcube, Cotswolds Distillery welcomes over 1,200 new investors to the business, raising the distillery’s profile even further around the globe.

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The Cotswolds Distillery:

Located in Stourton, Shipston-on-Stour, the distillery has become a premier local attraction, offering tours and tastings daily, and now receives 30,000 visitors a year.

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky was launched in October 2017. It has been aged in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels and specially shaved, toasted and re-charred red wine barriques. It is bottled non-chill filtered, with no added colour and at 46% ABV. RRP £44.95. Each bottle lists the barley variety, harvest year and local Cotswolds farm it was grown on.

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky is available nationally and in 12 countries across the world. Key UK retailers include Majestic Wine, The Whisky Exchange and Laithwaites.

The distillery also produces the Cotswolds Dry Gin, which was named Best London Dry at the 2016 World Gin Awards and received the top Gold Outstanding award in the 2017 International Wine and Spirits Competition. Difford’s Guide recently ranked the Gin as one of the top 20 Gins available in a survey of 450 brands.

Cotswolds Dry Gin is on sale nationally and in over 23 countries.  Key national accounts include Waitrose, Majestic, Oddbins, Laithwaites, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, and Fortnum & Mason.

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Isle of Raasay Distillery is delighted to announce that its Visitors Centre has been awarded VisitScotland’s highest ‘Five Star Visitor Attraction’ accreditation, joining the ranks of some of the most unforgettable locations in the country.

Raasay Distillery is pioneering a new provenance for Scotch Whisky and, since opening the visitors centre in January 2018, it has become a popular tourist destination for whisky pilgrims. Visitors to the Raasay Distillery can now experience first-hand the exciting journey from converting a disused Victorian building to handcrafting the first Isle of Raasay single malt.

Raasay Distillery is independently owned by co-founders Alasdair Day and Bill Dobbie. The pair worked with local architect Olli Blair (ABIR Architects) and Allen Associates to incorporate Borodale House, a disused Victorian villa, within the design for a modern distillery, visitors centre and accommodation.

Alasdair Day comments: “We were delighted to receive a five-star rating from VisitScotland for our visitor centre. It reflects all the great work by our talented team, who have managed to set a high standard in such a short amount of time.”

Distillery tours cater for all levels of whisky knowledge, from the curious to the connoisseur, and offer an insight into the innovative whisky making process. Raasay Distillery’s tour guides are local islanders who share their unrivalled knowledge of Raasay’s geography and community. The distillery offers eight tours per day, seven days a week, throughout the year. Raasay Distillery predicts that this modern Visitors Centre will bring a significant number of new visitors to the island.

Chris Taylor, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director, adds: “It is commendable that the Isle of Raasay Distillery Visitor Centre has achieved 5 Stars so soon after opening in January 2018. Delivering a quality experience that not only meets but exceeds visitor expectations is crucial in making Scotland a must-visit, must-return destination.

“I am delighted that Raasay’s first legal distillery and visitor centre has proved such a success and has been so well-supported by the island community. Just a few minutes’ walk from the ferry terminal, it is in an ideal location to attract visitors through its doors. “Quality Assurance means stars on the door and a great deal more.

It is about the entire visitor experience and driving improvement in that experience throughout the country.”

Raasay Distillery is also the only distillery in Scotland to provide luxury accommodation within the same building. Three of the bedrooms offer views of the Cuillin mountains on Skye, while the other rooms overlook the production yard and are designed for the ultimate whisky lover. Raasay Distillery is also planning a calendar of events throughout the year, including Raasay Tunes which celebrates local musicians, and is an integral part of the annual ‘Whisky, Fire and Song’ community festival. The distillery is an ideal destination for whisky tourists and those looking for an unusual off-the-beaten track holiday.


RAASAY DISTILLERY: Raasay Distillery began producing whisky in September 2017. It is owned by independent Scottish whisky company R&B Distillers. Co-founder Alasdair Day embodies this coupling: his great-grandfather, Allan MacDonald, hailed from the Hebrides, while his other great grandfather, Richard Day, was a master-blender in the Scottish Borders during the early 19th Century.

The former, on Raasay, is now a reality. In February 2016, the Highland Council granted permission for the construction of a distillery on Raasay. Subsequent grants were secured from the Food Processing Marketing and Co-Operation Grants Scheme, as well as the Highlands and Islands Enterprise for the development of a visitor centre, which is projected to bring 12,000 visitors to Raasay in its first year.

Raasay Single Malt will be ready to drink from 2020 and will encapsulate the rugged elegance of the island terroir. The high mineral content of the island’s water, which filters through the volcanic rock of Dun Caan, will be integral to the flavour of the whisky. A long fermentation time helps to retain the minerality, resulting in a fruity whisky that will become a characteristic of Raasay single malt.

The team hold the long-term ambition of using all-local ingredients – water, peat and barley – to create a spirit that is a true reflection of this uncommon provenance. In June 2017, Raasay Distillery commenced a barley trial with farmers and crofters to assess the possibility of growing barley locally and concluded that Bere and IsKria (ancient and Icelandic varieties respectively) can be grown the island. Raasay Distillery intend to create a special release of 100% Raasay single malt.

Isle of Raasay Distillery is will produce Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

• Capacity: 94,000 LPA
• Fermentation Time: 96-110 hours
• Spirit Still: 3,600 L
• Wash Still: 5,000 L
• Washback Size: 5,000 L
• Maturation: All maturation on site

Produced using local water supply at every stage of distillation and reduction


Developed over the last four decades in partnership with the tourism industry and informed by visitor research, VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance schemes are world-leading. QA stars alongside online reviews give visitors a balance of objective and subjective views to assist in their decision making and expectations.

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Raasay Distillery, Borodale House, Isle of Raasay, Kyle IV40 8PB
T: 01478 470178
Opening times: 10am – 5pm
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Wednesday, June 20th, 3-6PM Single Cask Nation with Joshua Hatton at The Whisky Shop #SFO – Scotch Whisky News


Wednesday, June 20th, 3-6PM

Single Cask Nation with Joshua Hatton

Treat yourself to a variety of Single Cask Nation bottlings presented by scotch expert and whisky entrepreneur Joshua Hatton! Established in 2011, independent bottlers Single Cask Nation have faithfully dedicated themselves to selecting and bottling the world’s finest and rarest single casks of whisky.

 As the man behind Single Cask Nation, Joshua Hatton brings a wealth of whiskey expertise and industry stories to accompany his whiskies. Anyone who wishes to know more about the greater world of whisky and independent bottling is sure to enjoy this tasting.

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The BenRiach Batch 15yo at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News


The BenRiach Batch 15

The latest batch of single cask releases from The BenRiach distillery is now available to pre-order. Aged between 9 and 26 years, each one is limited to just a few hundred bottles. These releases are always highly sought-after by collectors so pre-order now to avoid disappointment.

From £79
Orders will be dispatched week beginning 18th June

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New Arrivals and Back In Stock at K&L California – Whisky News


Kaiyo The Peated Mizunara Oak Japanese Whisky (750ml)$109.99 View

Woodinville Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)$36.99 View

Woodinville Straight 100% Rye Whiskey (750ml )$39.99 View





TPS PRIVATE BARRELWhile visiting the Gordon & Macphail Headquarters in Eglin, Scotland we had the pleasure of entering their Liquid Library. G&M has the most prolific catalog of liquid Scotch history on the planet. After sampling through Single Malts of old we were presented with the opportunity to select an exclusive cask of our own. Ultimately we decided on a Craigellachie 1997.This 19yr expression, Cask No. 118, distilled November 11, 1997, bottled in September 2017 is unchill filtered, natural color, from a refill American Hogshead. The nose displays elderflower, exotic fruit, and citrus peel. The palate brings light pepper, a bouquet of orchard fruit, banana, citrus, a touch of toasted oak, with a balanced creamy mouthfeel. This is a true crowd pleaser, whether you’re a connoisseur, or just making your entry into the fabulous world of single malt.

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Specialty Scotch single malt producer, Bunnahabhain has won three double gold medals at the prestigious 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition in the United States.

The double golds were awarded to the Islay distillery’s 12- and 25-year-old single malts, as well as to the newest single malt whisky in the collection called Stiùireadair (not available in South Africa).

Known for its un-chillfiltered single malts that offer a richness of colour, aroma and flavour, the distillery is one of the only Islay producers to make use of a natural spring water source and unpeated barley in the production of most of its single malts, imparting a very gentle profile to the range.

Bunnahabhain, founded in 1881, is pronounced Bŭ-na-ha-venn and means ‘mouth of the river’ in Scots Gaelic, referring to the Margadale River that flows close by. The range is made by Dr Kirstie McCallum who heads the Bunnahabhain team of skilled whisky blenders.

Loved by new whisky lovers and seasoned aficionados alike, the collection available in South Africa, including 12-, 18-, and 25-year old, is exclusive to fine whisky outlets including Whisky Brother in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, Wild About Whisky in Dullstroom, as well as Makro and Norman Goodfellows outlets nationwide, and from

The price of Bunnahabhain ranges from R750 to R1 500 to R5 000 for its 12-, 18- and 25-year-old whiskies respectively.

Bunnahabhain 12- and 18-year-old single malts will be offered for tasting at the upcoming Whisky Live Celebrations tasting event at the Sibaya Casino in Durban from 21 to 23 June.  Tickets are available at  Go to for more information, or send an e-mail to

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John J. Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon Named “Chairman’s Trophy Finalist” at 2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge – American Whiskey News

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John J. Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon named “Chairman’s Trophy Finalist”

at 2018 ultimate spirits challenge 

Five A. Smith Bowman spirits take home honors

Fredericksburg, VIRGINIA (May 23, 2018) Judges awarded five spirits from A. Smith Bowman Distillery high honors at the 2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, and named one a Chairman’s Trophy Finalist for the second year in a row.  New to the 2018 Challenge were three Tinkerman’s Gin expressions, crafted by Master Distiller Brian Prewitt and released in limited markets earlier this year, which scored well in their USC debut.

For the second year in a row, 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.”

Also for the second year in a row, Bowman Brothers Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey was awarded the distinction of “Excellent, Highly Recommended.”

Tinkerman’s Gin “Sweet Spice” and “Citrus Supreme” were awarded the distinction of “Excellent, Highly Recommended” and “Curiously Bright & Complex” was judged to be “Very Good, Strong Recommendation.”

This competition, in its eighth 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 2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge can be found at

About A. Smith Bowman

A. 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


Amber Glen Blended Scotch Whisky Wins Silver Medal at London Spirits Competition – Scotch Whisky News


Amber Glen Blended Scotch Whisky Wins Silver Medal at London Spirits Competition.

London, Amber Glen Blended Scotch Whisky won a Silver medal at the first-ever London Spirits Competition, which took place in March 2018.

“We are tremendously pleased that Amber Glen performed so highly at the 2018 London Spirits Competition. As in order to receive this distinction, Amber Glen Blended Scotch Whisky needed to score 76 to 89 in three different categories: Quality, Value and Packaging”.

“Winning this award on our home ground is particularly important to us, as it is the ultimate seal of approval and attestation that our superbly crafted 3-year-old Blended Scotch Whisky was selected by the judging panel from amongst our peers, on merit for its excellence”. Said, CEO Samuel Minionis.

Amber Glen Blended Scotch Whisky is now available at selected retail stores, restaurants, clubs & bars in London, Shanghai & Kathmandu. Try it soon at a bar near you.

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Survey reveals Dad jokes, fashion sense and dancing as the culprits of embarrassment

Highland whisky distillery Tomatin has unveiled the most embarrassing father traits after surveying the nation ahead of Father’s Day this weekend (Sunday 17th June).

Results revealed a mere 19% of Scots thought their dads were the funniest members of their family, compared to 20.3% in the rest of the UK.

In celebration of dads across the UK and their groan-tastic gags, Tomatin surveyed the public and found 23.5% Scots found their dad’s jokes were the most embarrassing trait, compared to 14% of the rest of the UK.

Jennifer Masson, Marketing Manager of Tomatin, said, “Most dads are notorious for their fashion sense, dancing and jokes – much to the embarrassment of their children. So, we thought in celebration of Father’s Day this weekend, we would ask the Scottish public to find out what they think and what better way to raise a glass to all the dads out there!”

In close second, 15% of Scots thought their dad’s dancing was the most embarrassing trait, compared to 11.9% of the UK.

However, Scottish dads can redeem themselves, as 7.6% of the UK said their dad’s fashion sense was the most embarrassing trait, while only 6.5% of Scots said their dad’s style was a major fashion faux-pas.

Comedy veteran Fred MacAulay also delivered the top five dad jokes as voted for by the public in a quirky video.

Fred added, “The Dad joke is notoriously unfunny — steeped in captain-obvious observations and painful puns, so it was a bit of a challenge delivering them with comedy kudos, but it was really good fun.”

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Based in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, Tomatin Distillery is famous for its award-winning whisky range including its non-age statement ‘Legacy’ single malt, and its 12, 14, 18 and 36-year-old whiskies. Shop the full range ahead of Father’s Day online at

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