Archive for April, 2021



Speciality Brands, the premium spirits agency, is capitalising on Waterford’s successful introduction to the UK and launching Grattansbrook 1.1, the first Single Farm Origin whisky available exclusively in the market.

The whisky is the first release from the 2015 harvest of Taberna barley from Grattansbrook farm in Co. Kildare. Situated on a flat, fertile flood plain of the River Barrow, Andrew Bergin’s family have farmed here for nine generations. The farm follows the ‘Farming for Nature’ protocol, managing the land to bring biological benefits to its limestone soil.

Grattansbrook 1.1 is non-chill-filtered and has been aged for over three years and ten months in multiple casks including first-fill, virgin US & French oak. It shows great depth of flavour with an ever-evolving complexity.

Chris Seale, Managing Director, Speciality Brands says “Waterford launched to great acclaim last year as the quality of the spirit and its modern, disruptive approach have both resonated with British whisky enthusiasts. We’re thrilled to be releasing the  first UK exclusive, Grattansbrook 1.1. This is an exceptional whisky which really stood out for us and we’re hoping its distinctive character will appeal to whisky drinkers across the country”. 

The new whisky will be available at specialist retailers and selected on-trade outlets from this month. The launch will be supported by dedicated tastings run by Speciality Brands’ team of whisky ambassadors.

Waterford’s Single Farm Origin series explores Irish “teireoir”, focusing on different types of barley, grown in different areas of Ireland with various microclimates and growing conditions to demonstrate how it affects the flavour of the whisky.

In an effort to encourage drinkers to further explore their whiskies, each Waterford bottle carries a unique digital number – the TÉIREOIR code – which introduces the Irish farm and its farmers, the casks used to compose the whisky and an array of media. Grattansbrook 1.1 code can be seen here.

Waterford Grattansbrook 1.1 is available from 6 April 2021 via Speciality Brands RRP:  £70

For sales inquiries please contact sales@


Tasting notes: Waterford Grattansbrook 1.1 Single Malt has a rich texture with a dry and oily finish. Notes of raisins, cocoa powder, marzipan, green tea, white grapes and brown sugar can be found on the nose, accompanied by citrus zest, toffee, exotic spices and banana on the palate.

About Waterford:

There’s been a brewery here on the banks of the River Suir since 1792. Today’s Waterford Distillery, the technological marvel we call the Facilitator, enables us to create elite whisky. State-of-the-art equipment marries with ancient knowledge, local Irish barley with extended fermentations, unhurried distillation with a spectrum of exceptional oak. Thus we can reveal the ultimate expression of terroir, farm by farm, harvest by harvest. Unique distillates, new starting points, & beguiling expressions of place. After maturing for several years in the best of French and American oak, we believe these component “single”, single malts – a solo voice, a solo terroir – each one exhibiting its own nuances, will come together a chorus of flavours layering on top of each other, the total sum of its parts, making what we humbly believe to be most profound single malt whisky ever created. It is this whisky that we are striving for – our ambition, our destination, our raison d’être.

This year, Waterford was awarded with the prestigious Global Icons of Whisky Brand Innovator of the year for 2021. 

About Speciality Brands:

Speciality Brands is a premium drinks agency representing some of the world’s finest spirits, including Nikka, Kavalan, Michter’s, Diplomático, Cocchi, Beluga, Black Tot rum and Tapatio. A dedicated team of well-respected drinks industry personalities including award-winning mixologists, top brand ambassadors, experienced account managers and marketing experts is led by Managing Director Chris Seale. The agency’s passion is delivering first class products, in-depth educational trainings and impeccable service levels to the premium on-trade and retail sectors.

SAP56 Honors Canada’s History of Whisky and Maple – Canadian Whisky News

SAP56 Honors Canada’s History of Whisky and Maple

March 2021, Montreal, Canada

The next generation of whisky is here and it is winning the world over! According to the World Whiskies Awards SAP56 was named Canada’s Best in the Flavored Whiskey category for 2021. SAP56 is the product of grade A maple syrup and exquisitely aged Canadian whisky. Crafted using traditional techniques and steeped in a deep-rooted tradition and heritage, SAP56 embodies the origins of maple sugaring and high-quality whisky. Welcome to the launch of SAP56 Maple Whisky!

With the utmost respect for our legacy, from the great Canadian maple trees of Quebec, SAP56 is 100% natural with 50% less sugar than a traditional flavored whisky. Which is great news considering the folks at The Whisky Wash explain “Flavoring agents and specifically natural ones have an expected market growth at over 5% from 2019 to 2025 including those used for alcoholic beverages and flavored whiskey.

Canadian Whiskies have a rich history that dates back to the 18th century which, as Davin De Kergommeaux, best-selling Author and Whisky Aficionado states, “It’s a sad fact that Canadian whisky doesn’t get its due. I am committed to changing that by correcting misconceptions with facts.” Davin has authored three books currently in circulation, Canadian Whisky, the Portable Expert, Canadian Whisky, the New Portable Expert and The Definitive Guide to Canadian Distilleries.

SAP56 is a 5 year Canadian Whisky with a mash bill of 85% corn, 10% rye and 5% barley. The flexibility with grains makes for an adaptable style that allows for creativity, mixability and innovation. It ranks in the category of high-end flavored whisky and appeals to both connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike. This product launch is perfectly timed as the trend for flavored whiskey and demand for natural organic product offerings is on the rise. Comments from Forbes Magazine indicate, “Canadian whisky remained the best-selling imported whisky by volume with 17.9 million cases/$2.13 billion.”

Adam Duhamel, the owner and creator behind SAP56 says, “For me, the greatest memories of my childhood are when my dear family friends would bring me to their sugar shack. I felt so privileged to be able to contribute and have so much fun making the maple syrup. It was unforgettable.” Fast forward 35 years and SAP56 was finally realized with profound heart and soul by a born and bred Québécois. Duhamel will tell you that, “As part of SAP56’s special formula, our passionate artisans oversee a 56-day harvesting and processing period of pure maple water, resulting in a Grade A maple syrup with a robust taste and deep amber color.” In a blind tasting Adam can easily pick out which maple syrup he selected for his recipe vs any other Quebec maple syrup on the market.

Adam Duhamel feels fortunate to have grown up in an environment where morals and honest values were the norm.” SAP56’s has been a labor of love, and we are excited to introduce our passion to the US market and global retailers in 2021”.

More about SAP56 Maple Whisky: Proud to be launching with Mash and Grape and is available direct to consumer in states where legal (or delivery where applicable) by ordering with

Contact Speakeasy Wine & Spirits, LLC

Trade Inquiries: Alicia Vargo Distribution Inquiries: Chris Stevens

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Springbank Society Tasting Packs! (Join today to become a Member!) – Scotch Whisky News

Online Tasting Week Information 2021

We are delighted to provide you all with further details about our upcoming Online Tasting Week.

From Monday 10th to Friday 14th May 2021, we will be hosting a range of tastings featuring whiskies from Springbank, Glengyle and Cadenhead’s. The tastings will be presented by members of our team and broadcast live via Facebook and YouTube each evening.

There will be tasting packs to accompany each event and there will also be a number of bottles released to celebrate our Online Tasting Week.

The tasting packs along with exclusive Online Tasting Week bottles of Hazelburn, Springbank, Longrow and Kilkerran will go on sale on Monday 12th April. Cadenhead’s bottles will go on sale during the Online Tasting Week – more information on all of these bottles is included later in this announcement.

Please note that Springbank Society and Cadenhead’s Club members will be given the first opportunity to purchase our Online Tasting Week products. On Monday 12th April from 10am to 1pm UK time (3 hour time frame), members will have exclusive access to the products to make their purchases. On the same day from 2pm UK time, the purchasing page will then be made accessible to the public with all remaining stock.

Springbank Society and Cadenhead’s Club members will receive an email, on the above date, containing a link to the purchasing page. This page will be through the Cadenhead Shop website ( and the link will be sent at 10am (UK time). Members will have until 1pm (3 hour time frame) to secure their purchases.

From 2pm, the page will then be accessible via the homepage of where members of the public can make their purchases.

Online Tasting & Pack Information

Monday 10th May – Kilkerran 15yo Single Cask Tasting

Join David Allen, Grant Macpherson and Nicole Lindsay in this special tasting to try all 13 single casks which were bottled for selected markets around the world to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the reopening of Glengyle Distillery. A once in a lifetime opportunity to try all casks side by side, in a single sitting. You will also get the opportunity to taste the exclusive Kilkerran Online Tasting Week bottle. The tasting will start at 7:30pm (UK time) and can be viewed on Facebook @KilkerranSingleMalt and on YouTube @ J & A Mitchell.

The tasting pack will include fourteen 1cl samples and the whiskies are as follows:

Kilkerran 15yo Bourbon Wood – 53.1% (UK)

Kilkerran 15yo Bourbon Wood – 53.5% (Austria, Canada and South Korea)

Kilkerran 15yo Rum Wood – 53.2% (Distillery Exclusive)

Kilkerran 15yo Madeira Wood – 51.1% (Taiwan)

Kilkerran 15yo Fino Wood – 51.6% (Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland)

Kilkerran 15yo Fino Wood – 52.0% (China)

Kilkerran 15yo Fino Wood – 52.1% (Belgium)

Kilkerran 15yo Port Wood – 51.2% (Denmark)

Kilkerran 15yo Port Wood – 51.5% (Germany)

Kilkerran 15yo Port Wood – 51.8% (Italy)

Kilkerran 15yo Oloroso Wood – 51.5% (USA)

Kilkerran 15yo Oloroso Wood – 52.0% (Japan)

Kilkerran 15yo Oloroso Wood – 52.6% (France)

Kilkerran 5yo Heavily Peated Online Tasting Week – 58.2%

Price of Pack: £40.00

Tuesday 11th May – Cadenhead’s Warehouse Tasting

Join Cameron McGeachy and Jenna McIntosh from inside the Cadenhead’s warehouse as they guide you through all 6 of the interesting and varied drams in your pack. This is a chance to taste them all before the bottles go on sale later in the evening. The tasting will start at 7:30pm (UK time) and can be viewed on Facebook @WmCadenheadLtd and on YouTube @ J & A Mitchell.

The tasting pack will include six 2cl samples and the whiskies are as follows:

Irish 10yo – 48.8%

Inchmurrin 24yo – 48.7%

Cadenhead’s Anomaly Blended Malt – 49.4%

Tomatin 10yo – 53.7%

High Coast 7yo – 61.8%

Caol Ila 15yo – 54.6%

Each of the above casks will be bottled and these will be available for sale immediately following this tasting. People who have bought packs for this tasting will have first access to purchase these bottles – with a public sale at a later date (subject to availability).

Price of Pack: £40.00

Wednesday 12th May – Springbank: New and Forthcoming Releases Tasting

Enjoy Springbank’s New and Forthcoming Releases in the company of David Allen and Grant Macpherson. The tasting will include samples of new and forthcoming releases of Springbank, Longrow and Hazelburn alongside samples of three of our exclusive Online Tasting Week bottles. The tasting will start at 7:30pm (UK time) and can be viewed on Facebook @officialspringbankwhisky and on YouTube @ J & A Mitchell.

The tasting pack will include six 2cl samples and the whiskies are as follows:

Hazelburn 15yo Online Tasting Week –  54.9%

Hazelburn 21yo – 46.0%

Springbank 12yo Cask Strength – 55.4%

Springbank 8yo Online Tasting Week – 56.5%

Longrow 17yo Online Tasting Week – 50.5%

Longrow Red 14yo 2022 Release – 52.7%

Price of Pack: £35.00

Thursday 13th May – Cadenhead’s Recent Highlights Tasting

The Cadenhead’s team will be on hand again to lead a tasting featuring 6 of our recent favourites. Celebrating the range of whiskies we have to offer, this tasting provides a varied look at Cadenhead’s bottlings with each one being carefully selected by the team to accurately reflect the company today. The tasting will start at 7:30pm (UK time) and can be viewed on Facebook @WmCadenheadLtd and on YouTube @ J & A Mitchell.

The tasting pack will include six 2cl samples and the whiskies are as follows:

Glenallachie-Glenlivet 12yo – 61.7%

Jura 11yo – 55.2%

Fettercairn 31yo – 54.7%

Paul John 7yo – 55.4%

Highland Park 28yo – 58.7%

Ledaig 12yo – 55.8%

Price of Pack: £40.00

Friday 14th May – Springbank: Sherry Cask Tasting 

Marketing Manager Nicole Lindsay hosts Director of Production Findlay Ross as he gives you a sneak preview of Springbank’s upcoming Sherry series with a selection of 6 ‘in motion’ cask samples. Questions in advance of the tasting are welcomed, ideally about Springbank and Sherry! The tasting will start at 7:30pm (UK time) and can be viewed on Facebook @officialspringbankwhisky and on YouTube @ J & A Mitchell.

The tasting pack will include six 2cl samples and the whiskies are as follows:

Springbank 9yo Oloroso – 58.3%

Springbank 4yo Manzanilla – 57.9%

Springbank 5yo Fino – 59.1%

Springbank 6yo Amontillado – 58.0%

Springbank 7yo Palo Cortado – 56.9%

Springbank 8yo Pedro Ximénez – 57.1%

Price of Pack: £35.00
Please note that there will be a limit of 1 Kilkerran pack and 2 of each other pack, per transaction.

Online Tasting Week Bottle Information

As well as the tasting packs which will be on offer for each tasting, we will also be releasing special ‘Online Tasting Week’ bottles. Below are the details of each release:


Our Kilkerran Online Tasting Week Bottle is a 5yo Heavily Peated whisky which has been matured in Fresh Oloroso casks. This has been bottled at 58.2% and will retail at £50.00. The tasting notes for our Kilkerran Online Tasting Week Bottle are:

Nose: A peaty punch carried on the salty sea breeze. There is a malty sweetness, and strong maritime influence, reminiscent of fishing nets, seashells and brine of the harbour. A sweet and savoury hint of warm popcorn.

Palate: The coastal sweet characteristics continue accompanied by nutty, sweet notes of dark chocolate, marzipan, toasted almonds and blackened, bubbling marshmallows over the bonfire. There is a hint of savoury oak smoked cheese.

Finish: Robust peat smoke characteristics remain with hints of sweet, baked pineapple.


Our Hazelburn Online Tasting Week Bottle is a 15yo whisky which has been matured in Fresh Oloroso casks. This has been bottled at 54.9% and will retail at £85.00. The tasting notes for our Hazelburn Online Tasting Week Bottle are:

Nose: Sweet and citrusy orange marmalade, with a ‘green’ herbaceous note like tomato plant leaves in the greenhouse. There is a cleansing eucalyptus influence and a nostalgic, musty hint of well-thumbed bank notes.

Palate: The sweet, zesty, dusty notes continue along with the refreshing hint of mint. A slight, sweet spiciness of grated nutmeg follows along with dried apricots, mango and hard-boiled sweets.

Finish: Refreshing, zestiness prevails with notes of lemongrass and dried fruits followed with warm toasted brown bread.


Our Springbank Online Tasting Week Bottle is an 8yo whisky which was matured in Refill Bourbon casks for 6 years followed by 2 years in Fresh Pedro Ximénez casks. This has been bottled at 56.5% and will retail at £60.00. The tasting notes for our Springbank Online Tasting Week Bottle are:

Nose: Rich, sweet and savoury with notes of juicy red apples, smoked cheese and treacle. There are hints of mahogany and sugar coated cola cubes.

Palate: Dried fruits and nutty characteristics; dates, walnuts, dried apricots and ripe figs. A buttery biscuit flavour develops. Warm shortbread and baked apple crumble with a hint of vanilla and sprinkling of crushed sea salt.

Finish: The sweet caramel sweetness of cola cubes continues, with notes of dates, prunes and a smoky, ashy finish; reminiscent of smouldering embers in the fireplace.


Our Longrow Online Tasting Week Bottle is a 17yo whisky which has been matured in Fresh Rum casks. This has been bottled at 50.5% and will retail at £100.00. The tasting notes for our Longrow Online Tasting Week Bottle are:

Nose: This Longrow is packed with tropical fruit juicy sweetness; coconut, bananas, pineapple, molasses and a hint of spice.

Palate: Fruity and sweet with notes of ripe apricots, vanilla custard and demerara sugar. There is a delicate, herby characteristic like newly harvested hops.

Finish: The finish is biscuity with typical coastal sea salt, brine and integrated peat smoke. A true Longrow dram from Campbeltown via the Caribbean!

Please note that there will be a limit of 2 of each bottle, per transaction.

Cadenhead’s Warehouse Tasting Bottles

Cadenhead’s Online Tasting Week Bottles will be sold after the Cadenhead’s Warehouse Tasting on Tuesday 11th May.

These bottles will initially be available to customers who purchased tasting packs for the Online Cadenhead’s Warehouse Tasting. These customers will receive an email (sent to the email address you used when buying your packs) on the evening of the Warehouse Tasting with details on how to purchase bottles. Like all the other Online Tasting Week products, these bottles will be sold through Subject to availability, a public sale will take place at a later date.

Please see tasting details for more information on the six whiskies that will be available to purchase. Prices will be confirmed via email at a later date.


We have been working on our shipping since the UK left the EU at the beginning of the year. This has been quite a complicated process and we hope that relations between our country and others within the EU will develop to be less restrictive. However, for now, we have found that we are no longer able to ship alcohol to many of the countries we previously could. The pandemic is also causing an extra layer of complication.


Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

Should your country no longer be listed, you may ship to an alternative address where alcohol is permitted to be sent if you have the opportunity to do so. Please note we will continue to review the countries we can ship to on a regular basis.

Orders placed outside of the UK, including all of Europe and the EEA, are now subject to taxes and duty on arrival at the destination country. The delivery price quoted on our website does not include these charges. We do not control import duty charges nor are we liable to pay any of these charges which must be paid by the recipient.   It is important you check local taxes and duty before purchasing bottles and/or packs. Should goods be refused, we cannot guarantee you will be refunded as these may be destroyed.

Due to the majority of our staff currently working from home, there will be no-one in the office to receive telephone enquiries. 

To join the Springbank Society contact them at

Book a Glengoyne online tasting! – Scotch Whisky News

For those who are unable to visit Glengoyne right now, we can bring Glengoyne to you! From the comfort of your own home, why not book the distillery’s Online Whisky Tasting experience.

Our Distillery Ambassadors will have you nosing, swirling and tasting in no time. Each experience will last 1 hour and features a tasting of four distinct drams of Glengoyne Highland Single Malt.

For more information, visit Alternatively, if you wish to book a private group you can email

In addition, please note that currently we can only ship to UK addresses. For further details visit


ralfy review 871 Extras – single malts are the future of flavour. – Scotch Whisky News

ralfy review 871 Extras – single malts are the future of flavour.



Brendan Buckley, International Marketing Director at Irish Distillers, has been inducted into the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame – a permanent tribute honouring individuals who have made a lasting contribution to the world of whiskey. He was presented with the distinguished honour in recognition of his personal contribution to the growth of the Irish whiskey category on the global stage at the 2021 Whiskey Magazine Awards this evening.

Buckley joined Irish Distillers in 2001 and since then has been instrumental in the development of its leading portfolio of Irish whiskey brands as well as innovation across the business. His marketing leadership and approach to brand building has played a key role in the development of Jameson into a global top 10 spirit brand and to place it among the top 5 whiskeys in the world.

While Jameson might garner the international headlines, one of Buckley’s most notable achievements has been born from his passion for Irish whiskey and his crusade to revive Ireland’s unique whiskey style – single pot still Irish whiskey.   Working with the Masters in Midleton Distillery, over the past decade Brendan has spearheaded the rejuvenation of this category and of brands such as Redbreast, The Spot Range and Midleton Very Rare. Positioning these brands amongst the very top echelon of world whiskeys, today they are firmly placed alongside the finest Scotch, bourbon and Japanese whiskeys.  Further evidence of the renaissance of this whiskey style can be seen in the number of new Irish distilleries who produce, or who plan to produce single pot still Irish whiskey.

In partnership with his colleagues in Midleton, Brendan has overseen the development of new expressions such as Redbreast Lustau Edition, Redbreast 27 Year Old, Midleton Very Rare Barry Crockett Legacy, Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach and the rebirth of the historic Spot Range. In the past six months, he oversaw the re-introduction of Blue Spot, re-uniting the legendary Spot Family for the first time in over half a century. Additionally, Brendan inspired the introduction of the pioneering Method and Madness brand which has sought to push the boundaries of Irish whiskey through the generations of expertise of the Midleton Masters in conjunction with the inquisitive minds of Midleton’s apprentice whiskey makers.

“I am truly honoured and humbled to join the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame,” comments Buckley. “It has been a pleasure to play a part in helping Irish whiskey regain its rightful place among the world’s leading spirits, and to see Jameson recognized and loved the world over. Having the opportunity to revive single pot still Irish whiskey and breathe new life into brands such as Redbreast or to create new brands such as Method and Madness, has also been a professional and personal achievement for which I consider myself very lucky.  I want to thank the devoted production, marketing and innovation teams at Irish Distillers, both past and present, whose dedication to craft and brilliance has contributed to the expansion of the category. While I look back on the past decades with immense pride, I am also extremely excited about what the future of Irish whiskey holds.”

Conor McQuaid, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman at Irish Distillers, adds: “It is an absolute pleasure to offer my congratulations to Brendan upon his induction to the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame. This honour demonstrates his role in strengthening the Irish Distillers’ portfolio, through ground-breaking marketing and innovation over the years. From his stewardship of Jameson toward being a global icon to the resurrection of the single pot still category which has changed the Irish whiskey landscape, to the birth of the experimental Method and Madness brand, Brendan’s marketing vision continues to shape the Irish whiskey category’s reputation for excellence.”

The 2021 Whisky Magazine Awards, which also recognise the most exquisite whiskeys from across the globe, saw Redbreast 21 Year Old being crowned World’s Best Pot Still Irish Whiskey. The accolade is a testament to the consistency in quality of single pot still Irish whiskey craftmanship at Midleton Distillery and further strengthens Redbreast’s position as the most decorated pot still Irish whiskey in the world.


About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is one of Ireland’s leading suppliers 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 bestselling Irish whiskey, experiencing 30 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 8m cases in 2019. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 70 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 €400 million 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 No.2 worldwide producer of wines and spirits with consolidated sales of €9,182 million in FY19. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has developed through organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard, which owns 16 of the Top 100 Spirits Brands, holds one of the most prestigious and comprehensive brand portfolios in the industry, including: 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’s brands are distributed across 160+ markets and by its own salesforce in 73 markets. The Group’s decentralised organisation empowers its 19,000 employees to be true on-the-ground ambassadors of its vision of “Créateurs de Convivialité.” As reaffirmed by the Group’s three-year strategic plan, “Transform and Accelerate,” deployed in 2018, Pernod Ricard’s strategy focuses on investing in long-term, profitable growth for all stakeholders. The Group remains true to its three founding values: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust, and a strong sense of ethics. As illustrated by the 2030 roadmap supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “We bring good times from a good place.” In recognition of Pernod Ricard’s strong commitment to sustainable development and responsible consumption, it has received a Gold rating from Ecovadis and is ranked No. 1 in the beverage sector in Vigeo Eiris. Pernod Ricard is also a United Nation’s Global Compact LEAD company.

Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

The English Whisky Company “We’ll see you very soon!” – English Whisky News

Only a Few Days To Go…

From Monday 12th April, we are re-opening our doors and can’t wait to welcome you back.

Our shop will re-open, fully stocked with our complete range of English whisky, along with a great range of glassware, clothing and gifts.  Feel free to pop into browse!

The beautiful river walk within the distillery grounds will also be open.

Our friends at OakVilla Restaurant will also be opening their doors for the first time for outdoor service only.  A beautiful stretch tent will keep the rain off, should the weather not be perfectly sunny.

They will be open from 9am -5pm.  Their menus can be found at

Tours of St George’s Distillery will re-commence from 17th May 2021. For more information or to book your tour see below:



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FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that Brough Brothers Distillery in Louisville is the newest and 42nd member of the non-profit trade group that unites and leads Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry.

Brough Brothers Distillery is the first and only African American-owned, licensed and operating distillery in the state of Kentucky. It was founded by Victor, Bryson and Christian Yarbrough, three brothers who were born and raised in Louisville.

The distillery, located at 1460 Dixie Highway, opened in December 2020. The brothers chose the Park Hill community location as a way to support local businesses and economic growth in the historically underserved area of Louisville’s West End.

Brough Brothers Bourbon is currently available on shelves, an 82-proof whiskey with a mash bill of 75 percent corn, 21 percent rye and four percent malted barley. The sleek bottle features drawings of Kentucky’s vibrant culture: Bourbon, basketball, boxing, horse racing and Louisville’s iconic skyline.

“The KDA congratulates Brough Brothers for their vision and perseverance in an industry that has largely remained inaccessible to minority entrepreneurs,” KDA President Eric Gregory said. “Their success as the state’s first African American-owned, licensed and operating distillery is a long-overdue step for our industry.”

Brough Brothers Distillery CEO Victor Yarbrough said, “It is an honor to be recognized and accepted as a KDA member. We thank the KDA and its members for their tremendous support as we strive to build a legacy that Kentucky will be proud of.”

Pauline Rooney, Chairwoman of the KDA Board of Directors, said, “This is a welcome and significant breakthrough in the history of Kentucky Bourbon. Our members offer their full support as Brough Brothers expands its operations and provides tourism and employment opportunities as they help revitalize local businesses and the proud heritage of Louisville’s West End.

“We are honored to welcome them to our growing family of Kentucky’s finest distillers,” said Rooney, who is Vice President of Distillation and Maturation for Diageo North America.

Founded in 1880, the KDA is the state’s voice for Bourbon and spirits issues. Its diverse membership produces the overwhelming majority of the world’s Bourbon, from legendary, global brands to emerging micro distilleries that are building the next generation of the timeless craft.

Brough Brothers Distillery is the KDA’s 24th Craft-level member, aging less than 10,000 barrels a year, and joins an impressive list of flourishing distilleries in the Louisville area, including Angel’s Envy, Brown-Forman, Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Heaven Hill, Michter’s, Old Forester, Rabbit Hole, Stitzel-Weller, Barrell Craft Spirits, Copper & Kings, Kentucky Peerless and Moonshine University.

For more information, visit Brough Brothers Distillery website at

Jessica Pendergrass, KDA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Panel Co-Chair and General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Heaven Hill Brands, said the addition of Brough Brothers brings much needed perspective to the industry.

Victor and Christian serve on the KDA DEI Advisory Panel, a group of community and business leaders that steer and guide initiatives for the industry. “African-Americans have helped to build and shape our industry, and we need these resilient, entrepreneurial, and empowered voices at the table,” Pendergrass said.

“It has been inspiring getting to know the tremendous men behind Brough Brothers Bourbon. Victor and his brothers came together on this project with purpose and passion – to connect the Black community to economic opportunities in the Bourbon industry, to find ways to elevate and educate the community, and to give back to the community they know and love.

“We can all take a lesson from the intentionality behind their business.”

In addition to the DEI Advisory Panel, the KDA is taking steps to cultivate a culture of diversity, inclusivity, meaningful engagement and collaboration within the industry.

Last year, the KDA created the Lifting Spirits Foundation to fund scholarships at the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Kentucky State University’s distilling and fermentation programs to benefit Black, LGBTQIA, women, people of color and other minority and underrepresented groups.

The scholarships, coined “KDA Scholars,” will be funded for many years to come at these flagship institutions. The non-profit group also is working to build similar scholarships at other Kentucky educational institutions in an effort to expand opportunities for traditionally underrepresented, young professionals to launch meaningful careers in Kentucky’s Bourbon and distilled spirits industry.

Bourbon is one of the Commonwealth’s most historic and treasured industries, a booming $8.6 billion economic engine that generates more than 20,100 jobs with an annual payroll topping $1 billion each year, and is one of the state’s main tourism drivers through the KDA’s Kentucky Bourbon Trail® adventures.

“We are committed to these initiatives and doing more to create long-term, permanent and historic change in our industry,” Gregory said. “We have a lot of work to do – but we can and will do more to lead our industry, and we are grateful to Brough Brothers for their leadership and support.”

Founded in 1880, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association is the legendary voice for Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Its diverse and growing membership produces the overwhelming majority of the world’s Bourbon, from historic, global brands to emerging micro distilleries that are fostering the next generation of the Commonwealth’s landmark economic engine and its thriving, timeless craft. Member benefits include media relations, international trade development, private sampling events, technical assistance, economic development support, networking, legal defense, marketing strategies, governmental and regulatory advocacy and innovative tourism experiences through the KDA’s world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® adventures. A 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization, the KDA maintains an open membership policy, champions a strong commitment to the responsible and moderate consumption of spirits, and fights to curb underage drinking and drunk driving. Learn more at and

The Macallan: An Estate, A Community and A Distillery at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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The Macallan:
An Estate, A Community and A Distillery

The Sir Peter Blake collaboration is back!

Back in stock we have the highly sought after collaboration between the art and whisky worlds, celebrating both The Macallan’s rich legacy and Sir Peter Blake’s remarkable contribution to the art scene. Named An Estate, A Community and A Distillery, the bottle is displayed in a custom box inspired by Sir Peter Blake’s art, alongside a certificate outlining the history and heritage on which the art was based, and Blake’s artwork printed on a scroll.

The whisky is the colour of cinnamon, with notes of dried fruits, cracked black pepper, treacle, vanilla and a rich cacao finish. Sounds absolutely lovely!

With only six bottles available for sale at The Whisky Shop and to avoid the disappointment of an almost instant sell out like the last time, we have decided to run a ballot to register your interest to buy. The ballot closes on Wednesday 21st April and if selected you will be contacted and directed to a link to purchase this unique expression.

If you are looking to add something really special to your collection then don’t hesitate to enter the ballot below!

The Macallan:

An Estate, A Community and A Distillery


Enter Ballot Here

We wrote an article in the latest edition of Whiskeria on a dicussion with Sir Peter Blake and Lead Whisky Maker from The Macallan, Sarah Burgess, about the creative process behind this recent collaboration.

Read Whiskeria here!

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