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After the dramatic success of its first commercial bottlings, which sold out within a matter of hours in major retailers across Europe, terroir-driven producer Waterford Distillery has brought forward four new whisky bottlings to meet demand.

The Single Farm Origin whiskies form part of Waterford’s highly sought-after range of uber-provenance, natural single malt whiskies, which explore Irish terroir one farm, once place, at a time.

Influenced by the world’s greatest winemakers, Waterford Distillery obsessively brings the same intellectual drive, methodology & rigour to single malt whisky. For the first time the focus is on barley, the origin of whisky’s complex flavours. Irish barley is widely considered to be the world’s finest.

Waterford’s Single Farm Origin whiskies are expressions of precision and purity showcasing barley flavours derived from individual Irish farms and harvests.


The debut of two entirely new Single Farm Origins editions are:

Ballymorgan: Edition 1.1 – grown by Robert Milne on one of Ireland’s premier malting barley terroirs – the famous Clonroche Series in Co. Wexford, with its loamy, clay soils derived from slate and granite.

Sheestown: Edition 1.1 – grown just outside the historic town of Kilkenny on an undulating, well-drained, lowland terroir predominantly derived from limestone, by Phil O’Brien, father of one of our distillery workers.

In addition, a reprise of the original two sold out bottlings, slightly older second editions, has been brought forward to meet demand:

Bannow Island: Edition 1.2 – the second release, now 3 months older, was grown by Ed Harpur on the extreme southern coast of Co. Wexford, where salt-laden Atlantic winds and sandy soils create a unique, if challenging, terroir.

Ballykilcavan: Edition 1.2 – the second release, now 3 months older, uses barley grown by David Walsh-Kemmis west of the Barrow in Co. Laois in the barley heartlands, where his fertile fields are sheltered by ancient woodland.

Bottled at 50% ABV without colouring, chill-filtration or any additives – totally natural – each bottle is priced at €70-80/£70 and will be available from specialist retailers from the end of July 2020 onwards.

9,300 bottles of each whisky will be available throughout Europe, Taiwan and Japan, with totally unique Single Farm Origins coming to the US in September.

Supporting the unparalleled provenance is the full disclosure on each whisky, including barrel breakdown, barley agronomy, farm origin maps, distillation data, farm photography and field audio accessed via each bottle’s unique TÉIREOIR Code.

Waterford Distillery Founder & CEO Mark Reynier says: “We knew there was great interest from the inquisitive, curious and open-minded in our unique philosophy but we were totally unprepared – and mighty humbled – by such an enthusiastic reception. We know this has meant some frustration for people getting their hands on a pair, but please bear with us.

“Our distributors say this is the most successful launch of a new distillery brand they have ever seen, and we have all been taken off guard. Everyone associated with Waterford Whisky from farmers to maltsters to distillers to warehousemen should be very proud. Sure, it’s early days, but our novel, traceable, transparent, terroir approach seems to have found a niche appreciated by today’s enlightened consumers.”

Just landed: Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak 🥃 at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

Just landed:
Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak 2020


Introducing the latest release from Macallan’s Sherry Oak range. This sublime release has been matured in carefully selected sherry casks from Jerez, packing plenty of spice and notes of dried fruit, orange, ginger   and cinnamon..

Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak 2020 Description

Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak 2020 is the latest release from Macallan’s Sherry Oak range. As usual, this sublime release has been matured in carefully selected sherry casks from Jerez incorporating spice and dried fruit.

The Macallan’s curiously small spirit stills are the smallest on Speyside. Their unique size and shape give the spirit maximum contact with the copper, helping to concentrate the ‘new make’ spirit and provide the viscosity and rich, fruity, full-bodied flavours so characteristic of The Macallan. There are fourteen of these curiously small spirit stills, crafted from copper, each holding an initial ‘charge’ of 3,900 litres. These stills are so famous that they have appeared on the back of a Bank of Scotland £10 banknote!

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Lagavulin 2003 Distillers Edition at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Lagavulin 2003

Distillers Editions. Take this classic Islay Scotch whisky and give it an extra oomph with double maturation in pedro ximenex cask. Yes please! The second maturation in Pedro Ximinez brings a great fruity backbone to this Lagavulin, which balances greatly with the big bold classic smoke you would expect from Islay’s greatest distillery.


Lagavulin Distillery was established in 1816 by John Johnston on the rocky south coast of the Isle of Islay. In 1908 the Malt Mill Distillery was built next to Lagavulin Distillery but closed in the early 1960s and, whilst some of its buildings remain as part of Lagavulin, the Malt Mill is now a lost distillery. Lagavulin has four stills and produces superbly balanced peated whisky. The core range is limited to the Lagavulin 16 Year Old and Distillers Edition with a limited edition single cask bottling produced each year for Feis Ile, the Islay Festival of Malt and Music.

 £94.02 / $97.74* / €104.30*

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Virtual Japanese Whiskey Tasting of Fukano & Ohishi Japanese Whiskies at The Whisky Shop #SFO Saturday, July 18th – Japanese Whisky News

Saturday, July 18th, 5:30PM:

Virtual Japanese Whiskey Tasting: 

 Fukano & Ohishi with Chris Udhe

Whether you’re a curious newcomer or Japanese whiskey fanatic, this virtual tasting is not one to be missed! Presented by ‘Whisky Evangelist’ and SoCal Whisky Society founder Chris Udhe, this zoom tasting features Ohishi and Fukano distilleries. You’ll get in-depth knowledge about the Japanese whiskey making process & history, plus a chance to ask all your whiskey related questions.

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Ralfy Review #832 EXTRAS “Decent N.A.S. Whiskies” – Scotch Whisky News

ralfy review 832 Extras – Introducing some decent N.A.S. whiskies.

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[Liège, Belgium]: DEXOWL S.A. today announced a new partnership with Lion Imports LLC. This partnership will initiate the distribution of Belgian Owl Whiskies throughout the United States.

“We are absolutely delighted with this partnership with Dexowl, exclusive worldwide dealers of Belgian Owl Whiskies. The utmost quality of these premium whiskies will please the most demanding palates.” say Cameron KATLIN, CEO and son Kadin, COO at Lion Imports LLC.

“We are extremely pleased with this new partnership, a new fundamental step in the journey Belgian Owl have made towards becoming one of the most prestigious Single Malt Whisky brands. Lion Imports LLC have demonstrated an excellent professional standing for long and this partnership fast appeared as being a major strategic move” says Frédéric SENET, SVP Global Sales & Marketing at Dexowl.

The United States are a key market within the scope of Dexowl worldwide development, with some other important deals to be announced soon in several whisky fans’ countries.

Being awarded several times as Single Malt Whiskies of the Year by Jim Murray (the Whisky Bible), the Belgian Owl non-aged spirit and whiskies will fulfill the most demanding expectations of whisky connoisseurs.

Dexowl are the exclusive dealers of the premium Belgian Owl Whiskies, which have already conquered Europe with their exceptional quality.

Lion Imports LLC, based in Oklahoma City (OK), are dedicating their business to importing exclusively high-end alcoholic beverages, backed by a large network of first-class distributors.

Scotch Whisky Auctions “We’re coming to London!” – Auction Whisky News

We are pleased to be offering our complimentary collection service in London this weekend.

Sunday 12th July 2020
6-8pm by appointment only
St Paul’s Hotel, Hammersmith, W14 0QL

Collections are limited and by appointment only. If you would like to attend please call the office on 0141 243 2585 to book an appointment.

Please do not attend without an appointment or if you are feeling unwell in line with COVID 19 guidelines.

Additionally, please complete a Submission Sheet. This must be handed to the collections team.

Twisted Highland Park – Mega Deal with Limited Stock at Tyndrum Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

a Big Discount

16 Year Old Twisted Tattoo

Spanish Rioja Wine Casks, Highland Park and a Big Discount, now available online. Limited stock available.

Flavours: Sweet vanilla, sun-ripened peaches, summer berries, full-bodied red wine, light peat smoke.

153 casks, 16YO Highland Park, and a Big Discount, get yours at this price while you can.

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Port Askaig & Single Malts of Scotland Tasting July 11th, 2020 at The Whisky Shop #SFO – Scotch Whisky News

Saturday, July 11th, 5:30PM:

 Port Askaig & Single Malts of Scotland

Delve into the world of Scotch whisky at our our expert presented virtual tasting! This free tasting features ‘Single Malts of Scotland,’ an independently bottled collection of single casks & small batch scotch, plus peaty bottlings from award-winning Islay distillery ‘Port Askaig’.  Guests will learn about the different scotch whisky producing regions and get a behind-the-scenes look at independent bottling & single cask processes.

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Distillery Focus: Glenfiddich at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Located in Dufftown in Speyside, Glenfiddich produces the world’s most popular single malt whisky. William Grant and his nine children built the distillery in 1886 with the aid of a single stone mason. Now run by the fifth generation of the Grant family, the distillery has grown to become one of the largest in Scotland. In 1963, Glenfiddich launched their first single malt, effectively creating the modern single malt whisky category at a time when blends accounted for nearly 100% of Scotch whisky production. Glenfiddich’s character is traditionally light, delicate, and approachable with flavours of citrus, apple, and pear. Older whiskies often feature a higher proportion of ex-Sherry casks, adding weight, fruit, and complexity.


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