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Scotch whisky stalwart Michael Urquhart appointed as 2021 president of the prestigious IWSC – Scotch Whisky News

Scotch whisky stalwart Michael Urquhart appointed as 2021 president of the prestigious IWSC 

-Former Gordon & MacPhail managing director to take up high-profile industry position-

Michael Urquhart, former managing director of family-owned Scotch whisky and premium spirits specialist Gordon & MacPhail, has been named 2021 president of the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC).

The IWSC’s president represents the organisation’s objective to promote the production of quality wines and spirits throughout the world.

From the beginning, IWSC says it has placed special emphasis on the analysis and independence of its judging process and it is now one of the oldest and most respected industry competitions. It has hundreds of international experts – including buyers, producers, distillers, sommeliers, distributors and influencers – judging wines and spirits throughout the year.

Michael replaces 2020 president Tamara Roberts, CEO of English wine producer Ridgeview. He is the first Scotland-based president since former chair and chief executive of Edrington Sir Ian Good who held the position in 2009. Other iconic members of the wine and spirits industries who have been president include Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, Wolf Blass, Robert Mondavi and Napa Valley winemaker, Warren Winiarski.

Michael retired as managing director of Elgin-based Gordon & MacPhail, the fourth-generation business owned by the Urquhart family, in 2014 and stepped down from the board in 2017 after serving over 36 years in the company.  He travelled extensively throughout the world promoting single malt Scotch whisky bottled by Gordon & MacPhail and also from the family’s owned distillery, Benromach.

Becoming president of the IWSC adds to the many accolades Michael has received as a result of his dedication to the Scotch whisky industry.  In 1999 he was made a Keeper of the Quaich and in 2012 a Master of the Quaich in recognition of services to the promotion of Scotch whisky worldwide. At the end of 2013, The Whisky Advocate, one of North America’s leading drinks publications presented Michael with a Lifetime Achievement Award.  He was also inducted to the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame in 2014.

Michael Urquhart said: “It’s a real privilege, and I’m humbled, to be chosen as president of such a prestigious organisation as the IWSC. I believe this is a reflection of Gordon & MacPhail’s standing in the drinks industry and I thank all those involved in our family business for their support and contribution to our success over the years.

“I’ve always had the greatest respect for the IWSC and the excellent work it does in maintaining and developing the high-quality reputation of the global wine and spirits industry. I’m very much looking forward to getting behind the IWSC and ensuring it continues to work in the best interests of the entire industry.”

Christelle Guibert, IWSC CEO, said: “We’re delighted to be able to name Michael Urquhart as our new president. The president is chosen for their stature and reputation in the wine and spirits industry, and Michael perfectly fits this remit. He has dedicated his life to representing high quality sprits, in particular Scotch whisky, through his family’s business, Gordon & MacPhail. We’re sure Michael will continue to build the excellent, long-standing reputation of IWSC.”

Ewen Mackintosh, managing director at Gordon & MacPhail, said: “We have seen first-hand how hard Michael has worked for our family business and on behalf of the Scotch whisky industry as a whole. This is yet more well-deserved recognition for Michael, and Gordon & MacPhail, and we’re sure he will be an excellent president.”


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About Gordon & MacPhail

Gordon & MacPhail is a family owned premium spirits company based in Elgin, Scotland. Owner of Scotch whisky distillery, Benromach and The Cairn, Gordon & MacPhail is also a Scotch whisky maturation expert, the owner of Scottish Gin brand, Red Door and the operator of a wholesale business in the United Kingdom selling premium Scotch whiskies and spirits, along with a high-quality retail outlet.

Benromach Distillery

The company owns Benromach Distillery located in Forres in Moray.  Benromach Single Malt Scotch Whisky is handcrafted using traditional methods by a small team of distillers using the finest Scottish barley and the purest spring water from the nearby Romach Hills. The multi award-winning portfolio of single malts is enjoyed by whisky drinkers worldwide.

The company launched Red Door in the summer of 2018. Created at Benromach Distillery, this award winning, small batch Scottish gin now forms a strategic part of the company’s product portfolio.

The Cairn

Work commenced in July 2020 on the company’s second distillery, overlooking the River Spey towards the Cairngorms.  The new site will add further distillation capacity and brand ownership to the company’s asset base and is a key part of the plans to continue building a long-term sustainable business.  A high-quality visitor experience offering tours and tastings will also attract visitors from around the world.

Gordon & MacPhail Whiskies

Since the founding of the business in 1895, Gordon & MacPhail has sent casks to Scotch whisky distilleries throughout Scotland to be filled with new-make spirit, before being left to mature for many years either at the distillery or in their bonded warehouses in Elgin.  The Gordon & MacPhail portfolio offers some of the world’s most unique and rare Single Malt Scotch Whiskies to discerning whisky drinkers globally.

Bimber Distillery adds two new releases to its Small Batch collection – English Whisky News


Bimber Distillery adds two new releases to its Small Batch collection 

Batch 002 of Ex-bourbon Oak Casks and Batch 003 of Oloroso Cask will be available to order directly from the distillery from Wednesday 25th November

Latest Small Batch releases have been produced to meet growing global demand for the London-based distillery’s single malt whiskies

Bimber Distillery today announced the upcoming release of two new batches from its popular range of Small Batch single malt whiskies. The Ex-bourbon Oak Casks Small Batch single malt has been crafted from a vatting of carefully selected American Oak ex-bourbon casks laid down in 2016 – Bimber’s first year of production. Batch 002 is bottled at 52.2% ABV, limited to 2950 bottles and will be available at an RRP of £65.

Oloroso Cask Small Batch has been produced from a vatting of 1st fill ex-bourbon casks that have been finished in Spanish oloroso sherry casks. Batch 003 is bottled at 51.4% ABV, limited to 980 and will be available at an RRP of £75.

Whilst the cask composition of both new bottlings remains the same as previous batches, the taste profile of each instalment changes as the distillery’s stock continues to mature. As such, each subsequent Small Batch release offers a deeper understanding into the continued progression and versatility of Bimber’s characterful spirit.

Speaking of the new Small Batch releases, Bimber spokesperson Matt McKay said: “We’re thrilled to close out what has been a tremendous year for Bimber with the release of two new bottlings from our popular Small Batch range. The newest editions of our Ex-bourbon Oak Casks and Oloroso Cask Small Batch expressions offer existing Bimber drinkers a continued insight into the development of our maturing stock. But at the same time, they also provide those newer to Bimber with a perfect entry point to our range.”

He added: “Despite the tests and trials of the last nine months we’ve seen the demand for our products grow exponentially. There’s a real thirst for Bimber and the team is working hard to quench the continued global demand for our single malt whiskies.”

Both of the new Small Batch expressions were crafted to Bimber’s exacting standards. The spirit was produced from the distillery’s single farm barley and malted on a dedicated floor at Warminster Maltings before being fermented for seven days in bespoke, on-site constructed American oak washbacks. Distillation took place in Bimber’s customised stills which possess an increased copper surface area, which results in a light, fruit-forward, layered new make spirit.


Bimber Ex-Bourbon Oak Casks Small Batch 002  

A vatting of American Oak ex-bourbon casks  

Nose: Bright and elegant fruits – ripe apples together with apricots and peach melba. Split vanilla pod and sponge fingers are joined by coconut shavings and freshly toasted bread

Taste: Fruit-forward and with a delightfully syrupy body. Apricot halves and fresh peaches are perfectly balanced against vanilla-imbued crème patisserie and elegant peppery spiciness.

Finish: Lingering stone fruit sweetness and enduring spice   

2,950 bottles


52.2% ABV

RRP £65

Release date: Wednesday 25th November 2020

Bimber Oloroso Oak Casks Small Batch 003 

Matured in 1st fill ex-bourbon barrels, then finished in casks which previously held Spanish Oloroso sherry.   

Nose: Cinnamon rolls, freshly baked waffles and sweet buns sit with fresh and dried red berries whilst stem ginger is tempered by vanilla cream and lemon posset

Taste: Elegantly textured and with plentiful rich sherried notes – bright red berries, chopped bananas and chocolate-dipped walnuts. Golden syrup and pineapple chunks join cinnamon dusting and scorched orange peels

Finish: Sustained refined spicing alongside receding sweet sherry    

980 bottles


51.4% ABV

RRP £75

Release date: Wednesday 25th November 2020  

About Bimber  

Bimber Distillery produces world-class single malt whisky, handcrafted with passion in West London. As a leading distiller of English whisky, we combine generations of rich distilling heritage with the finest quality ingredients to create the ultimate craft whisky experience.




The GlenDronach Distillery is pleased to announce  the eighteenth batch of its acclaimed Cask Bottling collection. Eighteen casks dating from 1990 to 2009 have been personally selected by Master Blender, Dr Rachel Barrie, specially chosen for their exceptional character, to celebrate and share some of the finest Single Malt Scotch Whisky from the Highland distillery.

Whether they have previously housed sweet and rich Pedro Ximénez, dry and nutty Oloroso, or in selected expressions fruit-laden Port from the Douro Valley; each cask presents uniquely remarkable characteristics whilst remaining distinctively of The GlenDronach.

The GlenDronach Cask Bottling Batch 18 features many expressions of note, including two rare 30 year old casks from 1990 and a European allocated Port Pipe cask from 1992, aged 27 years.

The distillery’s newly enhanced tasting bar will be the only location in the world where all eighteen bottles will be available to try by the dram.

 Master Blender, Dr Rachel Barrie, said:

“The GlenDronach Cask Bottling Batch 18 is a celebration of the distillery’s time-honoured mastery and a showcase of the finest of what this richly-sherried Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has to offer.

This long standing, much loved release is a focal point to each year, demonstrating the exquisite character of our whiskies, through these exceptional casks which I have carefully hand-selected. Each cask individually explores the sophistication, powerful intricacy and rich layers of Spanish sherry cask maturation found in every expression of The GlenDronach.

From the rare vintage casks of 1990 with exquisite layers of dark chocolate and the elegant Victoria plum, date and bramble preserve notes in the 1992 Port Pipe, to the distinctive fruitcake and toasted raisin notes in the 2009 Pedro Ximénez Puncheon, each cask encapsulates The GlenDronach house style; robust, elegant and full-bodied. All eighteen casks are bottled without chill filtration for richness, at high strength and are naturally deep in colour.”

The GlenDronach Cask Bottling Batch 18 will be available to purchase from specialist retailers from November 2020 in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and for the first time since Brown Forman’s stewardship of the distillery commenced, four casks will be available in the USA from 2021. Prices range from RRP £97 to £861, depending on age and cask type. Global markets may vary.

Please see details below on cask availability by region. Depending on the expression, the ABV ranges from 48% to 61.9%. As with all The GlenDronach expressions, each is non-chill filtered and draws all its natural colour from the cask in which it rests.

European Allocated Casks:

2091, 648, 4363, 7411, 5897, 7006, 7276

Tasting Notes

2009 CASK 2091
Aged 10 Years
Appearance: Copper Gold
Nose: Crystallised orange melds with dark fruitcake, hazelnut and raisin, topped with marzipan and ginger.
Palate: Fruitcake filled with toasted raisin, orange peel and almond develops into lingering gingerbread and ground nutmeg.
ABV: 61.9%
Bottles: 692

2008 CASK 648
Aged 11 Years
Appearance: Polished Brass
Nose: Mocha chocolate and clotted cream with fig, date, candied grape and apricot.
Palate: Sweet and richly fruity with plum, apricot and bramble jam, and lingering hints of grape and crystallised ginger.
ABV: 61%
Bottles: 682

1994 CASK 4363
Aged 26 Years
Appearance: Treacle
Nose: Walnut and aromatic musk interwoven with earthy bramble and ginger emerge through resinous oak, leather and
Palate: Rich dark fruits and mellow spices unfold with almond and walnut oil, finishing with mandarin and waxed yellow plum.
ABV: 52.8%

Bottles: 692

1992 CASK 7411
Aged 27 Years
Appearance: Treacle
Nose: Sherry soaked raisin, toffee and sultana pudding, with blackberry preserve, antique leather and cedar cigar box.
Palate: Stewed plum, apricot purée and sultana cake with orange caramel brittle, treacle and clove.
ABV: 53.2%
Bottles: 658

1992 CASK 5897
Aged 27 Years
Cask Type: PORT PIPE
Appearance: Deep Auburn
Nose: Elegant Victoria plum, date and bramble preserve with waxed orange, rose honey and ginger-spiced dark chocolate.
Palate: Sultana and walnut cake laced with lemon, ginger and nutmeg, interwoven with the lingering finish of dark chocolate
ABV: 48%
Bottles: 853

1993 CASK 7276
Aged 27 Years
Appearance: Mahogany
Nose: An exquisite balance of plum, sweet date and cherry cake, with mulled wine, spiced orange and antique walnut.
Palate: Plum, maraschino cherry and prune interweave with mandarin and pomelo, finishing with dark chocolate, sultana and
ABV: 53.7%
Bottles: 699

1990 CASK 7006
Aged 30 Years
Appearance: Tawny Brown
Nose: Exquisite layers of dark chocolate, maraschino cherry and the finest Italian leather with bramble rose.
Palate: Blackberry jam and cherry chocolate with yellow plum, spiced cocoa and a lingering mineral finesse.
ABV: 51.4%
Bottles: 402
APAC/Canada/IMEA Allocated Casks:
2039, 8558, 7465, 6049, 6735, 336, 9333

2009 CASK 2039
Aged 11 Years
Appearance: Brass
Nose: Blackcurrant and chocolate covered gooseberry with oak resin and larchwood.
Palate: Bramble preserve with blood orange, velvety oak tannin and lingering spiced plum sweetness.
ABV: 59.3%
Bottles: 728

2008 CASK 8558
Aged 12 Years
Appearance: Polished Copper
Nose: Golden fruit marmalade and toffee nut brittle, with chestnut and cranberry infused with aniseed, clove and date oil.
Palate: Rich malt and raisin with honeyed treacle and blackberry syrup, with the lingering finish of fennel and liquorice root.
ABV: 59.4%
Bottles: 710

1994 CASK 7465
Aged 26 Years
Cask Type: Oloroso Puncheon
Appearance: Burnished Gold
Nose: Rounded and rich treacle toffee, sherry and butterscotch, with orange peel and baked apple.
Palate: Stewed apple and candied grape with mocha, treacle and lingering baked orange.
ABV: 51.4%
Bottles: 676

1992 CASK 6049
Aged 27 Years
Appearance: Burnished Ruby
Nose: Dark chocolate coated cherry and Victoria plum, with layers of toasted winter spice, angelica, walnut and mint.
Palate: A swathe of silk velvet carries cherry and plum dusted with cocoa, becoming earthy bramble vine and lingering white
ABV: 49.2%
Bottles: 694

1993 CASK 6735
Aged 27 Years
Appearance: Dark Mahogany
Nose: Plum and blackberry liqueur with chocolate and hazelnut praline, and the warmth of freshly baked gingerbread.
Palate: Spiced fruitcake with treacle and angelica crescendos to demerara sugar, star anise and lingering espresso cream.
ABV: 51.6%
Bottles: 694

1992 CASK 336
Aged 28 Years
Appearance: Dark Bronze
Nose: Stewed orange and plum with eucalyptus, leather, ripe apricot and golden fruit.
Palate: Black cherry cake, clove and raisin, with a lingering orange marmalade and a velvet toasted oak finish.
ABV: 57.1%
Bottles: 494

1990 CASK 9333
Aged 30 Years
Appearance: Mahogany
Nose: Exquisite balance of stone fruit, mandarin and roast chestnut with chocolate, red grape and rose pepper.
Palate: Toffee orange and silken red grape, with cherry, chocolate and lingering chestnut oak.
ABV: 50.5%
Bottles: 696
USA Allocated Casks (Available from 2021):
3017, 1928, 5287, 7102

2008 CASK 3017
Aged 12 Years
Appearance: Warm Autumn Gold
Nose: Candied fruit, spiced vanilla and sandalwood with caramelised sultana and mixed nuts.
Palate: Honeyed mead and orange marmalade on toast with ground nutmeg, ginger and lingering dark vanilla.
ABV: 59.8%
Bottles: 628

2005 CASK 1928
Aged 14 Years
Appearance: Honeyed Gold
Nose: Sweet ginger, morello cherry and cinnamon spice with mocha, wild raspberry and mint.
Palate: Seville orange, blackberry and cherry cake, with gingerbread, sweet malt spice and dark chocolate mint.
ABV: 58%
Bottles: 612

1994 CASK 5287
Aged 26 Years
Cask Type: Port Pipe
Appearance: Chestnut Gold
Nose: Highland toffee and walnut with dark chocolate truffle and the seductive scent of an earthen floored warehouse.
Palate: Walnut and black truffle with lingering toffee, cocoa and dark bramble fruit.
ABV : 51.3%
Bottles: 638

1993 CASK 7102
Aged 27 Years
Appearance: Treacle
Nose: Spiced bramble and toasted cinnamon with dark vanilla, walnut and the subtle fragrance of Oloroso cream sherry.
Palate: Morello cherry, mixed spice and raisin with lingering treacle, date and ginger fruitcake
ABV: 51.4%
Bottles: 633

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About The GlenDronach Distillery:

Nestled in the valley of Forgue, deep in the East Highland hills, is The GlenDronach, one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland. The GlenDronach is of true Highland style: a complex and full bodied spirit, perfect for slow maturation in Spanish sherry oak. At The GlenDronach Distillery, we have carried forth the tradition of our founder James Allardice since 1826, maturing our whisky in the finest Spanish Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucía in Spain.

Our richly-sherried Highland Single Malts are recognised for their deep colour and complex flavour profiles, which range from the sweet fruity flavours of the Pedro Ximénez casks we select, to the dry and nutty notes of our Oloroso casks.

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Whisky by way of France! Alfred GIRAUD French Malt Whisky – French Whisky News

Alfred GIRAUD French Malt Whisky is made for those who challenge convention—explorers of taste who refuse to be bound by tradition, willing to take risks in the pursuit of perfection. With close to 100 years of experience crafting some of the world’s most coveted cognacs, the Giraud family draws on its mastery of blending to establish a new tradition of French malt whisky—bold yet remarkably refined, a balance of nature and creativity.

Breaking from tradition, Phillippe Giraud, created this French Malt Whisky by combining his family’s cognac expertise and personal passion for whisky after working for a renowned Scotch producer. Merging techniques honed by the Giraud family of celebrated cask makers and cognac cellar masters since 1873, their unique processes for milling, mashing, fermentation, distillation and blending result in an exceptionally powerful aromatic palette. From grain-to-glass, the Giraud family is meticulous in sourcing the finest French ingredients. From the locally-farmed barley used in their own malts to seeking out the finest French single malts and casks to create their notable blends, layering the flavors of multiple French malts is the backbone of the Alfred GIRAUD French Malt Whisky signature taste.

HERITAGE by Alfred GIRAUD French Malt Whisky

An annual release of 23 Casks.

A generous, welcoming French malt whisky that is smooth and subtle.

HERITAGE is a blend of three non-peated French malt distillates matured in three types of casks: predominately those used to age extra-old cognacs, as well as new French Limousin and American oak casks. The blend is then matured exclusively in extra-old cognac casks until the flavor is perfectly balanced.

ABV: 45.9%

SRP: $155 for 750ml

HARMONIE by Alfred GIRAUD French Malt Whisky

An annual release of seven casks.

An intense and complex French malt whisky, elegant with subtle hints of peat.

HARMONIE is a blend of two non-peated French malt distillates matured in three types of casks: those used to age extra-old cognacs, as well as new French Limousin and American oak casks. The double malt is then matured exclusively in extra-old cognac casks. Next, it is blended with a lightly peated French malt distillate before being returned to the same extra-old cognac casks to mature until the flavor is perfectly balanced.

ABV: 46.1%

SRP: $190 for 750ml

Springbank Society Newsflash: Springbank 17yo + Longrow 21yo – Scotch Whisky News

From tomorrow, Friday 20th November, the following whiskies will be for sale in the UK and some of Europe. Due to shipment times, releases throughout the rest of the world will be at different dates.

Springbank 17Y/O MADEIRA WOOD (47.8%) 

The Campbeltown Cadenhead shop will be selling this for £94.00

Our limited edition Springbank release for 2020 is a Springbank 17Y/O Madeira wood. This rich and fruity dram has been matured for fourteen years in a combination of bourbon and rum barrels, followed by three years in fresh madeira hogsheads.

Nose: Sweet and Jammy. There are aromas of parma violets, boiled sweet and buttery tablet with a note of fennel. Sticky ginger cake, strawberry jam with a tang of grapefruit and lemon sherbet. There is a familiar coastal saltiness on the nose. 

Palate: The briny, maritime characteristics follow through with light peat smoke. Sticky toffee pudding, caramelised sugar and a spicy, herbal hint of black cracked pepper and tea leaves. 

Finish: The finish is nutty, smooth and slightly woody. Notes of walnuts and pecans with subtle peat smoke to the end.

Longrow 21Y/O (46%) 

The Campbeltown Cadenhead shop will be selling this for £186.00
There is a £10.00 Society discount available for this bottle.

This is our 2nd annual release of Longrow 21yo. Following on from last year’s release, our Longrow 21yo 2020 edition is predominantly matured in Oloroso sherry casks – 95% sherry and 5% bourbon to be exact. This is the dram to keep our sales team warm throughout the long Campbeltown winter nights.

Nose: A sweet yet meaty dram with aromas of glazed cherries and cured meats. Stewed dark plum notes and chewy black wine gums. Maple syrup and crispy bacon with a medicinal influence from the robust peat smoke. A vibrant nose with a touch of zesty orange peel.  

Palate: Sweet, smokey and waxy with a twist of citrus. Caramel shortbread with marzipan, lemon zest and a dusting of icing sugar. Wax crayons and rich dried fruits with a touch of clove spice. 

Finish: Rich and plummy with flavours of black forest gateaux, bitter chocolate and soft dark fruits. There is a recognisable cereal, earthy, farmyard characteristic in the finish. 


The Springbank Team

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The Whisky Exchange “Happy Birthday, Mr. Walker” – Scotch Whisky News

Celebrating 200 years of the finest blended Scotch whisky

Since starting out life two centuries ago as John Walker & Sons, a grocer in Kilmarnock, Scotland, Johnnie Walker has gone on to produce the world’s most-famous and best-selling whisky, with sales amounting to more than 200 million litres every year. To mark the company’s two-hundredth year, it has released a spread of special, limited-edition versions of the classic Johnnie Walker range bearing brand-new artwork, as well as a selection of celebratory blends featuring old and rare whiskies from closed distilleries.

Plus, if you’re planning for Christmas, we’ve a host of gift packs at a plethora of price points, so whether you’re looking for a stocking-filler or a show-stopper, there’s a Johnnie Walker gift set to fit the bill.


Personalised Johnnie Walker

Just the thing for the festive season, you can personalise a range of Johnnie Walker bottles on our website, including options to add your own messages, photos and designs to Black Label, Double Black, Gold Label and Green Label.


Whisky Wednesday Reviews GlenAllachie 15yo – Scotch Whisky News

You asked, we did. Glenallachie 15.

Festooned with Virgin Oak, Oloroso and Pedro Ximinez sherry, at 46%, natural colour and non-chill filtered. Well, what else do you say? Billy Walker. Speyside. Loads of sherry.

However, with the interplay between the three cask types, typical notes of ‘Christmas cake’ and ‘rasins’ are put to one side for thick butterscotch and toffee. Sweet tobacco and dark chocolate carrying a bitter and pleasant contrast to that lusciously indulgent nose. Wonderful!

Three Incredible Christmas Gifts for the Ultimate Whisky Lover – Whisky News!

Three Incredible Christmas Gifts for the Ultimate Whisky Lover 

Earlier in the year Mark Littler Ltd garnered worldwide attention when they brokered the sale of a Macallan 28 Bottle Vertical for £44,000. In the runup to what is set to be a unique Christmas Mark Littler Ltd. have added three more attention grabbing products on their online shop.

Christmas Gifts for the Ultimate Whisky Lover  

The first of the three Christmas must haves is an extremely rare Balvenie 1937 50-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Distilled in the same year that former King Edward VIII married American divorcee, Wallis Simpson, and J.R.R Tolkien’s famed novel The Hobbit was published, this bottling contains some of the oldest Balvenie stock left in the world.

These bottles were originally sold by Milroy’s of Soho and only 500 bottles of this expression were ever produced back when Balvenie was a little known Scotch whisky. This may well be one of just a few of these unique whiskies left in the world, and the only one available at retail in the world today is on the Mark Littler online shop for £45,000.

Next up on the ultimate gift list is a dream collection of whisky amassed by their clients over many years. It is what Mark Littler Ltd. are calling ‘The Collector’s Collection’.

The collection consists of 19 rare bottles of whisky and cognac, including expressions from cult distillery Brora, luxury distillery Macallan and a bottle of Louis XIII Black Pearl 100-year-old cognac. Also in the collection is a bottle from Japanese distillery, Karuizawa, bottles of which are currently some of the most sought-after bottles of Japanese whisky in the world, with a bottle selling at auction for £363,000 earlier this year.

The collection purchased individually would cost over £110,000 at retail. The collection is available through Mark Littler’s online store for £85,000.

Lastly, and arguably a must-have for anyone who calls themselves a whisky-lover, is a personalised whisky number plate: WH15 SKY. This is the best, legal personalised number plate on the market for anyone who loves whisky, and allows the owner to share their passion with the world.

The number plate is available for £14,750 from the Mark Littler Ltd shop with all legal documents for a UK registered vehicle.

About Mark Littler LTD

Mark Littler Ltd. are whisky and antiques brokers and to date they have sold well over £2 million worth of whisky and antiques for their clients. Their new online store aims to get the best prices for sellers and buyers in an increasingly competitive market.

By listing bottles and objects of interest for sale directly from the seller the shop offers two advantages; sellers can get more for their bottles than they would do via auction, while buyers get a reduction over buying from traditional retail sites but with the convenience and surety of a retail purchase compared to auction. 



Balvenie 50 year old:

The Collector’s Collection:

WH15 SKY number plate:


Mark Littler

01260 218 718



Following on from Tomatin’s rare whisky auction with The Grand Whisky Auction which raised over £11,000 for Maggie’s Highlands, Tomatin Single Malt are celebrating their combined fundraising successes of 2020 with the launch of an exceptionally limited edition unique expression of Tomatin Single Malt.

Tomatin Single Malt married archived samples together to yield just 40 extremely rare bottles of Tomatin x Maggie’s Highland. The expression contains whisky matured in Bourbon, Oloroso, Moscatel, refill American and European oak casks, ranging in age from 11 to 36 years old. Whisky connoisseurs lucky enough to get their hands on a bottle, can expect an incredibly complex single malt, with flavours spanning tropical and citrus fruits to rich spices and dark chocolate.

The launch of the Tomatin x Maggie’s Highlands bottle follows Tomatin’s recent rare whisky auction with The Grand Whisky Auction, which saw the distillery raise over £11,000 for the charity, tipping the grand total of charitable donations to Maggie’s Highlands since 2018 over the £50,000 barrier! The auction allowed for a number of rare bottles and distillery experiences to be up for grabs. A full list of finalised donations for each item can be found below:

  • #190697 – Tomatin – Five Virtues (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal & Water) Limited Edition (Charity Lot) – Sold for £440.00
  • #190698 – Tomatin – 32 Year Old #001 1981 Bottle #2 (Charity Lot) – Sold for £880.00
  • #190700 – Tomatin – 36 Year Old 1977 Batch #1(Charity Lot) – Sold for £900.00
  • #190701 – Tomatin – 30 Year Old 1976 (2007) Limited Release (Charity Lot) – Sold for £480.00
  • #190703 – Tomatin – 1980 Release #994 Single Cask (Charity Lot) – Sold for £380.00
  • #190704 – Tomatin – 40 Year Old 1967 Vintage (Charity Lot) – Sold for £780.00
  • #193142 – Tomatin – “Money Can’t Buy” Distillery Experience (Charity Lot) 4 People – Sold for £920.00
  • #190699 – Tomatin – 1970 Vintage Single Cask #12267 (Charity Lot) – Sold for £720.00
  • #190706 – Tomatin – 50 Year Old 1967 5cl (Charity Lot) – Sold for £580.00
  • #193091 – Tomatin – New 1st Fill Bourbon Barrel 2020/21 #TBC – Bulk 200L 63.5% | Held In Bond (Charity Lot) – Sold for £4600.00
  • #190702 – Tomatin – 30 Year Old Centenary Decanter 1897 – 1997 90cl (Charity Lot) – Sold for £680.00

The Tomatin x Maggie’s Highland limited edition bottle is available to buy via Tomatin’s online shop here for £120 or in store at their Visitor Centre from this Friday, while stocks last.

The Whisky Shop Black Friday starts NOW! 💥 – Black Friday News

Black Friday at The Whisky Shop starts now!

Each evening this week, we’re slashing prices on a some of your best-loved bottles – and tonight’s line-up has something for everyone.

Like what you see? Grab these before they go! And stay tuned for even more deals throughout the week.

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