Archive for 2019






Preview: 13 – 16 August, 2019

Bonhams Hong Kong Gallery
20F, One Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong 

Hong Kong – Bonhams, the international auction house, presents a rare opportunity to avid whisky aficionados to acquire the most coveted and rarest collection of Japanese Whisky with the sale of the Hanyu Ichiro’s Full Card Series in its forthcoming Fine & Rare Wine and Whisky auction on 16 August 2019 in Hong Kong.

Carrying an estimate of HK$4,500,000 – 6,000,000, the celebrated collection comprises 54 bottles representing each of the playing card in a full pack. Each ‘card’ was bottled from a single cask of premium whisky ranging in production years from 1985 to 2014 from the acclaimed closed distillery of Hanyu.

In 2015, Bonhams was the first auction house to sell the Full Card series, which set the world record for the most expensive Japanese whisky collection at HK$3,797,500 – a record that Bonhams still holds to date and anticipates to surpass with the current lot.


Daniel Lam, Bonhams’ Director of Wine & Spirits, Asia, comments, “Four years since the Hanyu Ichiro’s Full Card Series set the world auction record at Bonhams, the current market demand is at its strongest for Japanese Whisky. It is believed that no more than four sets of Full Card Series exist in the world. Over the years, moreover, many bottles have either been consumed or strictly kept in private, making it harder than ever to assemble a complete – and with such trusted provenance – series.”

Founded in 1941 by Isouji Akuto, a 19th generation descendant of a long line of sake brewers to produce Scotch-style malt whisky, the Hanyu distillery ceased production in 2000. But not before Ichiro Akuto, grandson of Isouji, stepped in to secure the 400 premium whisky casks left from the distillery. An avid whisky lover like his grandfather, Ichiro personally selected the prized amber liquid to be bottled for each ‘card’ released between 2005 and 2014, ensuring that the Hanyu legend lives on.



Chichibu Single Malt Whisky 

In the spirit of his family legacy, Ichiro Akuto established Venture Whisky Co. in Chichibu City in 2004, and three years later opened the Chichibu Distillery. Since then the Chichibu Distillery has been producing award winning Single Malt Whisky and drawing significant interest on a global scale. 

In Bonhams May 2019 sale, a total of 18 lots of Chichibu Single Malt whiskies were 100% sold with over half exceeding high estimates, reflecting a strong market appetite. For this forthcoming sale, Bonhams responds to this demand with an offering of over 30 individual bottles, including:

  • Chichibu-Galaxy Express 999-2010-#711 (1)

Speyside Region Malt-Galaxy Express 999-18 year old-#1027 (1)

2 bottles

Estimate: HK$23,000–28,000

  • Chichibu New Born-2008-#82

1 bottle

Estimate: HK$10,000–14,000 


Highland Park 50 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Estimate: HK$ 200,000 – 260,000

Directly from the Highland Park Distillery, the 50 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is the distillery’s oldest and most prestigious release for nearly a decade. With a very limited release of only 274 bottles, each one is individually numbered and hand-signed by Whisky Maker Max McFarlane.

As part of the total package under the auction offer, this lot also includes an immersion trip to the very heart of Highland Park Distillery. The tour accommodates 2 guests who will be looked after on the ground by dedicated Highland Park colleagues on a 3-day visit program. Refer to the department for further details.

Macallan Lalique Genesis 72 Year Old Decanter

Estimate: HK$ 800,000 – 120,000

The oldest aged statement of Macallan whisky to have been ever released in the market.

From an esteemed private collector, we are presenting a total of 47 lots of wine with a total estimate starting at HK$1.25 million. Highlights include:

  • 9 vintages of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Le Montrachet including the legendary vintage 1985
  • 8 vintages of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche in peerless condition
  • A superb line up of star Bugundian producers including the Armand Rousseau, Liger-Belair, and Domaine Ramonet
  • An exceptional selection from the right bank such as Château Petrus 1989, Château Le Pin 1999, and Château Ausone 2000 
Fine and Rare Whisky and Wine Sale
Bonhams Hong Kong Gallery, 20F, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong
Preview: 13 – 16 August 2019
Auction: Friday 16 August 2019, at 3pm
Specialist: Daniel Lam, Bonhams’ Director of Wine & Spirits, Asia


About Bonhams 

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit

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K&L Exclusives from Old Malt Cask—Single Malt Rarities at Unbelievable Prices


Exceptional Casks at Remarkable Prices

Last week, we offered five of the rarest most expensive casks you’ll see from K&L this year. We’ve decided to start offering single malt on pre-arrival again, because it offers our best customers an opportunity to take advantage of lower prices while letting them secure the products they know they’ll want later this year. We started selling single malt in advance of its arrival nearly a decade ago, but back then no one knew that we were building the country’s premier single cask whisky program. Now the true connoisseurs agree that K&L is the ONLY place to consider when buying independently selected single malt scotch. We’ve built that reputation on years of selecting exceptional casks and offering them to customers at incredible prices, and there’s absolutely no better way to buy these incredible malts than before they’ve left Scotland. Not only are you getting a better price than you’ll be offered come fall, you’re also making sure you don’t miss out on some of the most incredible casks of the year. Today’s offer is all about value. It’s a bevy of high-quality, Speyside blue-chip malts all WELL below market prices. If you compare these casks to great offerings from years before, you’ll notice a trend that’s almost unheard of in Scotland – PRICES ARE LOWER! At no time in our history of selling single malts have we managed to negotiate such advantageous terms as those we’ve acquired here—you are the beneficiary of that work. Take advantage now or pay MORE in the fall.

Mortlach 9 Year Old “Old Malt Cask” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)These products are expected to arrive for shipment or pickup by September 2019.

Nobody ever believes us when we find delicious young Mortlach. Everyone wishes it was heavily sherried and 30 years old, but they can’t all be beasts. This special whisky is no less impressive than one of its older siblings just for different reasons. The wonderful distillery on edge of Dufftown is one of the few that we haven’t yet been allowed to visit. Their recent release of some proper single malt in a relatively affordable price point is one of the most successful new offerings from Diageo and a complete reversal from the dismal attempt they made to over-premiumize the distillery a few years ago. That said, there’s no one who questions the inherent quality of the top notch spirit coming out of Mortlach. We’re always looking to offer something from them, young or old, because we know that no matter who picks it up, there’s a great chance they’ll enjoy it. The beefy, almost savory style isn’t simply the result the distillery’s predilection for Sherry barrels, but the result of an unusual distillation schema equating to 2.81 distillations. We usually expect more distillation to offer a softer smooth product, but in this case the odd mixture of distilled heads and tails blended offers something far from expected. Never a slouch even if not coupled with the Sherry it loves so well, this gorgeous cask offers you the true nature of this wild distillate on full display. A relatively active hoggie does little to tame the beast within. Bottled at 57.8%, add a bit of water.

Longmorn 14 Year Old “Old Malt Cask” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

I’ve never really understood Longmorn. It’s an absolutely top notch distillery, well-regarded by critics and consumers alike, that seems to have absolutely no presence on the whisky stage at all. Sure the owners put out a passable 16-year offering that could cost you more than $140 a bottle, but they don’t seem to make much of an attempt to sell it to anyone. Understand, that every drop diverted to the single malt program is another drop not going into the Chivas blends, which are of course far more lucrative from a profit standpoint, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt either brand to put a little more effort into reestablishing this malt as one of the top names in Scotland. Most of what anyone knows about Longmorn is known through independent bottlers, in particular Gordon & Macphail. In fact, we don’t see tons of this stuff on the market, but when we do we always stop to check it out. Due to the scarcity they tend to be rather expensive even in their youth, but this little cask has pushed back against that bias. And while Longmorn certainly has a propensity to be absolutely stunning at 25+ years of age, I’ve become completely enamored with this youthful style. At 14 years old in a relatively mild refill hoggie, the Longmorn’s true character comes out. Malty, sweet, clean, almost singing. This one is all about freshness and finesse, with the oak stuffed in the boot and the malt with both hands on the wheel. Don’t be shy about adding water here, as this one loves to swim.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 16, 2019

Utterly approachable and sublimely sippable is what you’ll find in this special Longmorn. The slightly shy debut here is just a ploy. The nose starts with subtle white and yellow fruits, flinty chenin blanc from Saumur, wet stones, and tea biscuits. On the palate, it’s like cotton candy sweet with a slight herbal tinge to keep it exciting. But one tiny splash of water and we’re in a whole different territory. Poire Williams eau-de-vie, premier cru chablis, persimmon, and yuzu peel. The sweetness has turned to pure weight on the palate. Almost chewy in texture, the pear continues but brings along honeysuckle, pepper, and licorice root. A tempting, teasing, subtle malt, that ultimately unveils itself to be a true beauty with some coaxing and kind words. Should be one of the best buys of the year.

Auchroisk 24 Year Old “Old Malt Cask” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

We can wax poetic about the magnificence of the unsung distillery hidden off the road in between Craigellachie and Keith. But this bottling is simply a value proposition. There’s absolutely nothing on the market this old, this good and this cheap. Auchroisk is not a really well-known distillery, but our customers have been treated to some rather lovely versions over the years. In fact, we just recently bottled a 21-year-old that we thought to be pretty dainty, but the fact that this one is three years its senior and similarly priced made it a must-buy. Auchroisk is one of these ’70s workhorse distilleries built in an era when Scotch seemed unstoppable. Justerini & Brooks used this facility as vatting facility to consolidate malts from the Highlands before sending them south for final blending. The young distillery is quite attractive visually despite being designed for modern efficiency. But the name has been a sore spot for the owners, who can’t seem to make up their minds. They’re worried the non-Scots won’t be able to pronounce it and they’re right. Everyone gets it wrong. But that doesn’t make this whisky any less tasty. A phenomenal value is only worth it if the product delivers, and this fabulous cask definitely does. Vibrant, sleek, almost sexy, this malt punches way above its weight class. The only question now is how many you can fit in the bunker?


Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Smashing summer” – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS Summer 19

Smashing summer

We’ve been inspiring you with summer serves throughout July, and now we’re adding six more fresh summer casks for you to choose from. Offering a wealth of flavours across five different profiles, plus a rum that will transport your mind to the beaches of Trinidad, they’re the perfect selection to help you continue to serve up summer.

 Please join the Society to purchase their bottlings!

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


Blood Oath Pact #5 Bourbon at K&L California – American Whiskey News


Blood Oath Pact #5 Bourbon (750ml)

SKU #1413452

Distiller’s notes: “A masterful union of three well-bred bourbons. One, a 13-year mahogany bourbon, un-apologetically peppery with shavings of dark chocolate. Two, an 11-year silky, wheated bourbon rich with vanilla and honey. And three, an 8-year find, finished in Caribbean rum barrels to impart orange, brown sugar and warm island spice. Every sip, an uncharted, sensory adventure. Blood Oath Pact 5 adds additional flavors with the Carribean Rum Cask Finish.”



Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 266: Ardbeg Grooves – Scotch Whisky News


Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 266: Ardbeg Grooves

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, tries an Ardbeg! This Grooves was the limited release for Ardbeg Day 2018. Mark admits that he was a bit Ardbeg-tired as he felt the special releases did not live up to the standard range. So his expectations for this Grooves were not that high. By the way: Grooves refers to the… err… grooves that appear when charring the red wine casks that were used for this release. But despite his misgivings, this turned out to be a fun and interesting expression!


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Irish Distillers, makers of some of the world’s most enjoyed whiskeys, has regained its ‘World Whisky Producer of the Year’ crown at the International Spirits Challenge – winning the Trophy for the first time since 2016 at the prestigious awards ceremony in London last night.

Caption: The Irish Distillers team collect the World Whisky Producer of the Year Trophy at the 2019 ISC ceremony

Irish Distillers scooped the highest recognition for World Whisky at the competition after scoring the highest medals across its family of Irish whiskeys – beating out whiskey portfolios from Ireland, Japan and the USA. The result follows a stellar year at the competition for Midleton Distillery in which it scooped an outstanding 24 medals, including four new Double Gold medals.

Introduced to celebrate the very best in show, whiskeys across the Jameson, Powers and Midleton

ranges were the only Irish whiskeys tasted at the competition to receive the Double Gold honour in 2019. Midleton Very Rare Barry Crockett Legacy, introduced in 2011 as part of Irish Distillers’ commitment to rejeavenating the single pot still Irish whiskey category, scooped a Double Gold medal and also went on to win the Tasting Tropy for the best Irish whiskey.

The International Spirits Challenge also honoured Midleton Very Rare 2018, Powers Three Swallows Release and the newly-released Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength with Double Gold medals, in addition to 5 Gold medals for Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition, Jameson 18 Year Old, Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength, Redbreast 21 Year Old and Powers Gold Label.

On the continued success of the 2019 awards season, Master Distiller Brian Nation commented: “We are delighted to reclaim our place as World Whisky Producer of the Year at the ISC and to see such excellent results continue across the portfolio as we move further into the 2019 awards season. It’s fantastic to see the Midleton Very Rare family perform so well – an appropriate accolade for the pinnacle of Irish whiskey. These awards are a tribute to the craftsmen and women at Midleton Distillery Co. Cork, past and present, who work tirelessly to produce whiskeys of unrivalled quality. We look forward to seeing what the remainder of the 2019 will bring!”

Now in its 24th year, the International Spirits Challenge is one of the oldest spirits tasting competitions of its kind, promoting outstanding quality spirits from across the globe for almost a quarter of a century. The competition is founded on a rigorous and independent judging process, which serves to encourage the high calibre of spirits, designs and campaigns entered into the competition each year. 

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Full results from the International Spirits Challenge 2019:

  • Irish Distillers – World Whisky Producer of the Year
  • Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy – Tasting Trophy / Double Gold medal
  • Powers Three Swallow Release – Double Gold medal
  • Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength (Batch 1) – Double Gold medal
  • Midleton Very Rare 2018 – Double Gold medal
  • Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength – Gold medal
  • Redbreast 21 Year Old – Gold medal
  • Powers Gold Label – Gold medal
  • Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition – Gold medal
  • Jameson 18 Year Old – Gold medal
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey – Silver medal
  • Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition – Silver medal
  • Jameson Signature – Silver medal
  • Jameson Crested – Silver medal
  • Jameson Black Barrel – Silver medal
  • Jameson Cooper’s Croze – Silver medal
  • Jameson Blender’s Dog – Silver medal
  • Jameson Distiller’s Safe – Silver medal
  • Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest – Silver medal
  • Red Spot Single Pot Still – Silver medal
  • METHOD AND MADNESS Single Pot Still – Silver medal
  • Redbreast 12 Year Old – Silver medal
  • Redbreast Lustau Edition – Silver medal
  • Redbreast 15 Year Old – Silver medal
  • Powers John’s Lane 12 Years Old – Silver medal 

About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of some 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 29 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 7.3m cases in 2018. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 80 of those experiencing double- or triple-digit growth.

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Power & 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. Since 2012, we have invested over €250m to double 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 €8,987 million in FY18. 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, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,900 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 86 “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.

Wolfburn Wins Top International Honours – Scotch Whisky News

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Wolfburn Wins Top International Honours

Wolfburn’s Langskip single malt whisky has scooped the coveted ‘Best In Show’ award – and won a double gold medal – at the Singapore World Spirits Competition. Langskip also surpassed 29 other brands to be voted ‘Best Scotch Whisky’. It is the second such honour awarded to Langskip following its 2018 release, having already been awarded a double gold medal at the 2018 FiftyBest awards in the US.  Wolfburn’s inaugural Northland expression also won a gold medal at the FiftyBest awards.

“Our hand-crafted whisky is made, matured and bottled on-site by a small but dedicated team of distillers. We’re incredibly proud of the way Wolfburn is made,” says Mark Westmorland, Global Brand Ambassador. “We do everything the traditional way, with great care, and without haste. The resulting whisky continues to win fans all around the world. It’s a wonderful project to be associated with and we’re all hugely proud of what the distillery is achieving.”

The distillery itself has also been bestowed with honours, recently being acclaimed ‘Best Scotch Craft Distillery in the World’ by the highly prestigious Tokyo Whisky and Spirits Masters.  Wolfburn’s whisky is now distributed in 27 countries globally.

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  1. Wolfburn range of whiskies
  2. Wolfburn Distillery production team: L-R: Iain Kerr (manager), Charlie Fraser, Max Paul, Charlie Ross, Innes Mackintosh


The original Wolfburn Distillery was founded just to the west of Thurso by William Smith in 1821.  In its day it was one of the largest distilleries in Scotland, producing, according to HMRC records, 28,056 “gallons of proof spirit” in a single year.  Taking its name from the stream that provided the water – the Wolf Burn – the distillery operated until around 1870.  The reasons for its closure are lost in time, but by 1877 the newly produced Ordnance Survey maps showed it being in ruins.

In 2011 plans were laid to resurrect the old distillery. Construction began in 2012 and in January 2013 the new Wolfburn Distillery commenced production, thereby becoming the most northerly distillery on the Scottish mainland.  Situated 300m from the site of the original distillery, the new Wolfburn operates in much the same way as the old: craftsmen use traditional methods to produce fine spirit, which is laid down in best quality oak casks to await the day when it is bottled as single malt scotch whisky.  Wolfburn’s single malt scotch whiskies are now available in 27 countries globally.

Wolfburn Distillery, Henderson Park, Thurso, Caithness KW14 7XW


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Holyrood Distillery announces an opening date of 30 July and launches bookings for visitor tours 

Holyrood Distillery, which will be the first single malt whisky distillery in the centre of Edinburgh for almost 100 years, has today revealed its opening date of 30 July, while also launching bookings for its tour experiences.

Bookings for Holyrood’s range of daily guided distillery tours, all of which focus on exploring flavour, are now open via its website at with tickets for adults starting at £14.

The opening day and first tour of the distillery on Tuesday 30 July will be a historic occasion for the capital and the whisky industry, as there hasn’t been an operational single malt distillery in central Edinburgh since 1925 when The Edinburgh Distillery (aka Glen Sciennes) closed.

The distillery, which will produce single malt whisky alongside a range of gins and gin liqueurs, has been built in a former railway goods shed dating back to 1831. Located on the edge of Holyrood Park and close to popular Edinburgh Festival Fringe venues The Pleasance and George Square, the new distillery is within easy walking distance of the city’s main attractions, including The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It is also a short walk or bus ride from Waverley Station.

With its central location, visitor experiences and shop, the aim is to offer a major visitor attraction for both tourists and locals. The distillery will focus on the creation of maximum flavour in all the spirits it produces.

Holyrood Distillery is the notion of Canadian Rob Carpenter who, in 2013, first had the idea for a distillery and visitor experience in central Edinburgh. Rob, who founded the Canadian branch of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society together with his wife Kelly, has brought his vision to life in partnership with co-founder David Robertson, who has 25 years’ experience in the industry.

Spirit production will be handled by distillery manager Jack Mayo, previously of The Glasgow Distillery, alongside distillers Ollie Salvesen and Elizabeth Machin. All three are graduates of Heriot-Watt University’s renowned Brewing and Distilling course. In total, the project has already created 30 new jobs.

Holyrood Distillery’s founder Rob Carpenter said: “I’m thrilled to announce that we’ll open the doors to our distillery on Tuesday 30th July. It’s been an incredible journey to get to this point, and to be able to bring back single malt whisky back to the heart of Edinburgh for the first time in almost 100 years is a true privilege. A big thank you is also owed to our neighbours who have been patient with the build over the past year.”

Debs Newman, Holyrood’s Visitor Experience director, added: “Today is a big day for us as we open up our bookings for our range of tours. Offering great tours for our visitors is an integral part of the distillery design, and there are a range of tours available to visitors to suit all levels of interest, with even more variety to come in future.

“Given our location in the centre of Edinburgh, we’re within easy walking distance of the city’s major attractions so we’re ready to welcome everyone, from locals to tourists, to explore what we have created and the amazing world of flavour in both whisky and gin.”

Further information:

Twitter @Holyroodwhisky

Facebook @Holyrooddistillery

Instagram @Holyrooddistillery


  • Holyrood Distillery will open to the public in July 2019.  It is the first single malt whisky distillery in the heart of Edinburgh for almost 100 years. The last working distillery in the capital was Andrew Usher’s Edinburgh Distillery (aka Glen Sciennes) which closed in 1925
  • The distillery project cost approximately £6.7m, backed by £5.8m fundraising
  • The build took a year and the distillery is housed in a Class B listed building built in 1831 as part of one of the first railways in the UK
  • Holyrood Distillery will focus on innovation and the creation of robust flavours through different production approaches, initially focusing on four flavour profiles:
    • Smoky
    • Fruity / Floral
    • Sweet
    • Spicy
  • The team’s three distillers are Dr Jack Mayo, distillery manager; Ollie Salvesen, Distiller; Elizabeth Machin, Distiller
  • Holyrood Distillery was founded by Canadian couple, Rob and Kelly Carpenter and Scot, David Robertson. Rob co-founded the Canadian branch of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society with wife Kelly, while David has 25 years’ experience in the industry with The Macallan and The Dalmore as well as co-founding Rare Whisky 101
  • As well as distilling single malt whisky, Holyrood Distillery produces award-winning gins and liqueurs on its specially designed gin still
  • The distillery, which is located in the heart of Edinburgh, features a visitor centre and shop. Tours and tasting experiences will run daily throughout the year

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Bottling – One Giant Leap at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Exclusive Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Bottling

One Giant Leap Deanston 10 Year Old

Friday the 19th of July, 2019, Fife, Scotland

Specialist online whisky shop,, is proud to release an exclusive single malt Scotch whisky distilled at Deanston Distillery to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing in 1969.

One Giant Leap
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Deanston 10 Year Old, 2009 Vintage

On the 20th of July 1960 Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon in what was one of the most historic, scientific, culturally significant events of the 20th Century. Those famous words spoken by Armstrong really do sum up the event – “one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” And fifty years on, we’re all still talking about it.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, has selected a single cask of Deanston single malt Scotch whisky. Distilled in March 2009, this whisky has been aged for 10 years before bottling in June 2019 at 61.6% ABV. Matured in a single American oak first fill Pedro Ximenez sherry hogshead (cask reference #WB1003), this whisky is limited to just 276 numbered bottles.

Deanston Distillery was established near Doune in 1965, the same decade as the Moon landing. It is located within a huge old weaving mill dating from 1785 and distillation commenced in 1966. This is a Highland malt whisky distillery equipped with an open topped cast iron mash tun and four gleaming copper stills.

Available exclusively from, shipping to customers Worldwide including the United States of America, Canada and Japan.

One Giant Leap Deanston 10 Year Old | 2009 | | 61.6%

Tasting notes
Colour: Deep sherry.
Nose: Rich, sweet and fruity sherry notes. Milk chocolate coated raisins.
Taste: Stewed soft fruits with abundant ripe plums and sun kissed raisins. Dark brown sugar and a hint of citrus.
Finish: Long, sweet and spice finish. Dried fruits and a hint of pepper.

Price: £120 GBP inc VAT / $122USD (+ P&P) *

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Q) What is the product called?
A)  One Giant Leap Deanston 10 Year Old 2009 Exclusive.

Q) When will this product be released/was it released?
A) Friday the 19th of July 2019.

Q) Where is it available?
A) Scotland, off-trade,

Q) Is this product already available in other markets?
A) Scotland only, ships worldwide.

Q) How much is it?
A) £120GBP / $122USD (+ P&P)

Q) Who handles the product’s distribution?
A) In-house at

Q) How many bottles are there?
A) 276 bottles from a single cask limited to one bottle per customer.

Q) What is the ABV of this product?
A) 61.6% ABV natural cask strength.

Q) Why has this product been launched?
A) Limited Edition single cask exclusive for whisky shop.


The Whisky Barrel is a specialist online whisky and spirits merchant based in Fife, Scotland and  was established in 2007. In 2019 The Whisky Barrel won The Queens Award for Enterprise: International Trade. The Whisky Barrel is also a winner of the Whisky Magazine Online Retailer 2018 and was International Wine & Spirits Competition runner-up in 2016.

*N.B. Prices correct at the time of publishing and are subject to currency fluctuation.



Amrut AATMA Indian Single Malt Whisky at Park Ave Liquor Shop – Indian Whisky News



Indian Single Malt Whisky 

“Aatma is a Hindi word meaning “Soul” or “Spirit” which we thought was an appropriate name for a Single Cask offering, as it reflects the soul of the whisky. It is non-chill filtered, and has no color added. This will be a collector’s portfolio whisky. This seven year old whisky is rare. The climate for whisky aged in Bangalore, India equates to whisky from Scotland that is more than 3 times the actual age, so the taste profile is similar to a 21 year old or greater.”

PRICE: $250/btl

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