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English Whisky Co. Focuses on Online Sales As Main Revenue Stream – English Whisky News

English Whisky Co. Turns Focus to Online Sales as Shop Closes

The English Whisky Co. took the very hard decision last week to close to visitors, lunch goers and shoppers to help slow the spread of Covid-19.

With its shop and restaurant closed, tours on hold and forthcoming events cancelled, the team at St George’s Distillery in Norfolk is now turning its focus to online retailing as the main method of delivering sales of its world-class whisky to those looking for a treat during the hard weeks ahead.

“We are absolutely devastated by what is happening. Closing St George’s Distillery to visitors was one of the hardest decisions we’ve ever had to make, but it was the right thing to do at the right time,” says Andrew Nelstrop, Managing Director at The English Whisky Co. “However, with many people now confined to their homes, we’re using this opportunity to promote the fantastic range of products we have on offer on our online shop.”

The distiller’s full range of whisky is available to purchase online, including its The English Original and Smokey, liqueurs, whisky cream and a range of gift ideas for people looking for presents for family and friends over the coming months. “We are putting a lot of emphasis on driving sales through our website at this current time and trying to give people something they can enjoy during this difficult time. It’s going to be a tough few months, but we’ll do all we can to continue offering people our award-winning, hand-crafted whisky,” adds Andrew.

The website also sells other whiskies, gins, vodkas, both local and from around the world. For more information on The English Whisky Co. visit



Jack Daniel’s Presents Chase Rice Friday Night Happy Hour

Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. ET on Facebook and Instagram

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. – Jack Daniel’s and Chase Rice have a long history of collaborating to create meaningful moments and memories and that tradition continues this Friday as they come together to host a “Friday Night Happy Hour.” Rice is set to perform songs from his home to benefit Sweet Relief Musicians Fund’s COVID-19 Fund.

Airing live on Rice’s Instagram and both Jack Daniel’s and Rice’s Facebook pages this Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. ET, the virtual concert will feature acoustic performances of current Top 25 single “Lonely If You Are” off his recent chart-topping surprise release The Album Part I and a sneak peak of new music off the forthcoming Part II as well as other hits from his multi-Platinum career.

“We initially had February and March off this year so we could focus on writing and recording The Album Part II, and I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks of the new music we’ve been working on,” says Rice. “I’ve really missed playing for our fans, so connecting with them virtually while raising money for a good cause and drinkin’ some Jack Daniels is a damn near perfect Friday night in my books!”

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity that for the past 24 years has been offering vital assistance to professional musicians and music industry workers in need. The world has been shocked by the devastating effects of COVID-19. Due to massive cancellations, many in the music industry are struggling to find the means to make ends meet during these unprecedented times. Sweet Relief has created a COVID-19 Fund to provide immediate assistance with medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.

“It’s been heartbreaking to see what this virus is doing around the world, and one of the places it’s hit closest to home for me is seeing all of my friends in the music industry lose out on work,” shares Rice. “I’m honored to join Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and my friends at Jack Daniel’s to support our own during this tough time.”

Rice has previously partnered with Jack Daniel’s to give back in other ways, including a private concert at the Tennessee distillery recognizing the nearly 70 percent of firefighters who volunteer their service, which was highlighted by a $75,000 donation to the National Volunteer Fire Council, as well as a flyaway trip for Rice’s most loyal fans to thank them for their role in the chart-topping success of his smash hit “Eyes On You.”

For more information, visit Follow on Twitter and Facebook @ChaseRiceMusic and on Instagram @ChaseRice.

About Chase Rice
With over 1.6 million albums sold and more than 1.1 billion total streams, plus a legion of passionate fans at his high-energy concerts across the globe, Chase Rice has established himself as a powerful force in Nashville and beyond – but he genuinely sees new releases The Album Part I and The Album Part II as the launching pad for music that says what he wants to say, how he wants to say it. With songs such as lead single “Lonely If You Are” featuring sleek rhymes over heartland six strings and keys mixed with EDM-laced drama, this is the same gravely-voiced Chase Rice fans first fell in love with years ago – but better. Freer. Unbeholden and uninhibited, somehow capable of evoking Chris LeDoux and The Chronic, campfire singalongs and stadium anthems, all at once. The series follows his sophomore album, Lambs & Lions, released with Broken Bow Records in 2017 and featuring two-week chart-topper “Eyes On You” – Rice’s first No. 1 as an artist and the most-streamed song of his career with over 350 million streams and counting. Lambs & Lions followed Ignite the Night, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and No. 3 on the all-genre chart, producing a pair of Top 5 hits; “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight.” After supporting Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival stadium tour, Rice has consistently sold out 2,500-3,000 seat venues on his own headlining tours. 2020 will see him join forces with Brantley Gilbert and Rascal Flatts on their nationwide tours.

About Jack Daniel’s

Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the first registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails. Today, Jack Daniel’s is a true global icon found in more than 170 countries around the world and is the most valuable spirits brand in the world as recognized by Interbrand.

Sazerac Company Adds Production Of Hand Sanitizer  On Industrial Scale To Help With Covid-19 Crisis

Sazerac Company Adds Production Of Hand Sanitizer 

On Industrial Scale To Help With Covid-19 Crisis

America’s Largest Producer of Distilled Spirits Set to Produce Millions of Bottles of Sanitizer 

LOUISVILLE, KY (March 27, 2020) – The Sazerac Company, the largest producer of distilled spirits in North America, has started producing hand sanitizer for some of the world’s largest organizations in healthcare, government, military, retail, distribution, airline, pharmacy, and banking industries.

            “We have seen the great need for hand sanitizer from industries across the board – many of these organizations are desperate, as supplies have dwindled,” said Matt Maimone, Sazerac’s chief operating officer. “We are adding production capacity to cope with the massive industrial demand.  We have received requests to date for over five million bottles of sanitizer, which we are prepared to meet, and possibly more, across our sites in North America.”

            “A very well deserved shout-out to goes to our workforce who have stepped up to meet this significant challenge in addition to continuing to produce many of the world’s best whiskeys and spirits; their desire to contribute to helping those in need has been inspiring and very much appreciated,” added Maimone.

The initial run of sanitizer started Friday, March 27th at its Buffalo Trace Distillery in Franklin County, Kentucky, but Sazerac’s other plants across the country are gearing up to produce as well.

            If your business has a need for industrial hand sanitizer, fill out this form or email and someone from Sazerac will get back to you.

About Sazerac

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

Compass Box Scotch Whisky Maker “Help our hospitality community today”


Three hugely important things right now. Vital, in fact.

For all of our 20 years at Compass Box, we’ve had incredible support from the hospitality industry. And now during these difficult times, this community really needs ours.

So we’re offering limited edition Compass Box t-shirts, sweatshirts and tote bags, with the funds raised going to those in need.

The proceeds will go to supporting Another Round, Another Rally and the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation in the US, and equally deserving initiatives across the rest of the world. You can also simply donate whatever you can afford. Together we can make a real difference.

So be kind. Have hope. Look after each other. And please support creatively by visiting

Thank you.

John & the Compass Box team

Compass Box Whisky Co.
Chiswick Studios
9 Power Road
London, England W4 5PY
United Kingdom

Whisky & Donuts™ Paring – Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old Exclusive 🍩🥃 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Whisky & Donuts™ Featuring Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old

Stunning Pairing

Whisky & Donuts are all about the art of pairing. Specifically, fine whisky and artisan donuts. In their most recent post – follow @whiskyanddonuts on Instagram for more – they featured our love sherried Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old TWB Originals® and a delicious strawberry chocolate donut.

Read the full paring and see more images in our latest blog HERE


Shop – Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old Originals® – £99.00

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

Founded in 1897, Tomatin grew to become the largest malt whisky distillery in Scotland supplying fine malt whisky to blenders across the country. Like many others, Tomatin fell victim to the whisky crash of the early 1980’s but was rescued by Japanese investors in 1986. Tomatin’s continued success today is down to a focus on their Single Malts rather than bulk production and also their use of high quality first fill American Oak and Sherry casks, giving subtlety and finesse to the high quality spirit.

Located in the Scottish Highlands Tomatin continues to impress with its fruity, rich and intense flavours.  Alongside classic Bourbon and Sherry cask matured whiskies, you will find a range of innovative limited releases and rare, well aged bottlings from exceptional older casks.  From the 12 Year Old through to the much vaunted Warehouse Collection, Tomatin whiskies are accessible and provide superb value for money.




The world’s leading whisky club is helping to lift spirits by bringing its community of whisky lovers together with home tastings, online masterclasses and guidance on how to survive this unprecedented period of isolation

In uncertain times, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) is helping to keep spirits high by setting up an online ‘Members’ Room’ where whisky fans can meet up virtually to enjoy a dram, share their experiences and participate in a series of online tastings, from the safety of their own homes.

The Society’s online shop is open for business as normal and their shelves are well stocked with exceptional single cask whisky, ready to be delivered straight to your door. In times of uncertainty, The Society is encouraging members to grab some drams and share them at home.

For non-members, it’s a perfect time to sign up for SMWS membership and become a part of their ‘all together unique’ virtual global community of over 27,000 members.

SMWS offers a print-at-home tasting mat, which can be downloaded here, to guide members through their unique selection of 12 flavour profiles.

The Society will be hosting virtual online tastings, for whisky friends to gather and enjoy their ever-changing range as they’re released.

These tastings and tutorials will give members the opportunity to learn about their selection of wonderful whiskies in the online company of like-minded individuals.

As well as their multi-award winning magazine, Unfiltered, offering members unparalleled access to every corner of the whisky world, SMWS produces a range of rich content, including the Whisky Talk podcast which explores the people and the stories behind the drams.

David Ridley, MD and Chief Member Champion of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, said: “We don’t anticipate any issues right now with online orders and deliveries and we’re looking at how we can continue to bring members together in an online environment to share their love of Society whisky and good company.

“Look after each other, and if you’re stuck at home, at least make sure you’re well stocked with Society whisky to see you, your friends and families through. We look forward to seeing you online.”







About The Scotch Malt Whisky Society 

  • The Scotch Malt Whisky Society was established in Edinburgh in 1983 and now has more than 27,000 members and branches around the world
  • The SMWS bottles rare single malt whisky, and a range of other spirits
  • The Society bottles single malts, unique single casks and exclusive blends
  • The Society has bottled whisky from more than 140 distilleries from Scotland and beyond
  • The Society offers a new batch of around 20 single malt whiskies every month
  • The Society offers a variety of membership packages which can be tailored. Please see
  • For more information about the Society, visit
  • Twitter: @SMWSUK Facebook: @thesmwsuk Instagram: @smws_uk

Bacardi Limited Commits $3 Million to Support the Bar and Restaurant Industry – Whisky News

Bacardi Limited Commits $3 Million to Support the Bar and Restaurant Industry


#RaiseYourSpirits provides financial aid and other relief to those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis

HAMILTON, BERMUDA, March 24, 2020 – Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, today launched #RaiseYourSpirits, an initiative to support bars and restaurants debilitated by the COVID-19 shutdown. We have been devastated to watch our longtime partners and friends lose their livelihoods virtually overnight, as dining out, nightlife and entertainment grind to a halt around the world. Bacardi and our brands including BACARDÍ® rum, MARTINI® vermouth & sparkling wines, GREY GOOSE vodka, PATRÓN® tequila, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin and DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky, pledge $3 Million USD in financial aid and other support to help the people on the frontlines of our industry during this unimaginable time. This donation is in addition to the $1 Million USD pledged by our PATRÓN® tequila brand last week.

There are established non-profits that are providing aid quickly to those in our industry hard hit by this pandemic. Some of the organizations we are working with include Another Round, Another RallyCORE; the James Beard FoundationRestaurant Workers’ Community Foundation; and Tales of the Cocktail®.

And because our business is inherently local, many of our efforts around the world are grassroots – supporting bars and bartenders across countries, cities and neighborhoods to provide real time financial support, meals and other necessities to partners in need.

This is just the start. Our teams are working hard to identify more ways we can assist our on-trade community. We expect more outreach and activations to come. Our local teams, brands, and people are committed to lending a hand as this unprecedented hardship unfolds. Please follow #RaiseYourSpirits on Instagram to join this journey.

“Bacardi is a family company, and for us, business is personal. We always say that love for our brands is built in bars, and now it is our turn to show them our love,” said Mahesh Madhavan, CEO of Bacardi Limited. “We don’t have all the answers today on how best to help everywhere, but we are committed to do what we can to see our industry through this crisis. These may be the darkest of days for bars and restaurants, but I am certain that when we come out on the other side, people will emerge from isolation with a renewed zest to live life to the fullest and celebrate together with friends and family.”

About Bacardi Limited
Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, produces and markets internationally recognized spirits and wines. The Bacardi Limited brand portfolio comprises more than 200 brands and labels, including BACARDÍ® rum, GREY GOOSE® vodka, PATRÓN® tequila, DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, MARTINI® vermouth and sparkling wines, CAZADORES® 100% blue agave tequila, and other leading and emerging brands including WILLIAM LAWSON’S® Scotch whisky, ST-GERMAIN® elderflower liqueur, and ERISTOFF® vodka. Founded more than 158 years ago in Santiago de Cuba, family-owned Bacardi Limited currently employs more than 7,000, operates more than 20 production facilities in 11 countries, and sells its brands in more than 170 countries. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited. Visit or follow us on Twitter @BacardiLimited or Instagram @BacardiLimited1862. Enjoy Responsibly!


New Edradour Ballechin Oloroso at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Edradour Ballechin
10 Year Old SFTC

Ballechin 10 Year Old Oloroso

These little pocket-rocket Straight From The Casks are brimming with flavour. Cask strength 60.3%, peated Edradour whisky matured in an Oloroso cask.

Shop – Edradour 10 Year Old – £70.00


Hard To Find Whisky “Distillery Focus: Glenmorangie” – Scotch Whisky News


Glenmorangie was founded in 1843 by William Matheson who converted the Morangie brewery in Tain into a distillery. The character of the whisky owes much to Glenmorangie’s distinctive long necked stills – the tallest in Scotland. Imported from a Gin distillery, these unusual stills produce a light, delicate, fruity spirit with dry, cereal undertones.The majority of the spirit is matured in American oak casks from Missouri that impart flavours of vanilla, tropical fruits, honey, crème brûlée and, in older whiskies, chocolate.

Despite being one of the biggest single malt brands in the world (and the best selling in Scotland), Glenmorangie have always had an innovative approach to cask maturation. They pioneered the practice of “finishing” whiskies, where mature whisky is transferred to ex-wine casks, such as Port, Sherry, red wine, or dessert wine, to create new layers of flavour. Alongside the core range, Glenmorangie continue to release small batches of innovative whiskies matured in unusual casks, and have even experimented with chocolate malt, local barley and natural yeast strains.


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