Bunnahabhain Moine Bordeaux Red Wine Cask at Milroys of Soho – Scotch Whisky News


Bunnahabhain Moine Bordeaux Red Wine Cask, 58.1%

Limited stocks

For the first time Bunnahabhain have fully matured their whisky in red wine casks from the famed region of Bordeaux. Not only this but this new limited release is also peated, which has created a wonderful combination of sweetness, spice and smoke. A cask strength delight that we’d be sure to recommend to any whisky lover.

Westward American Single Malt Whiskey to Join Distill Ventures Portfolio – American Whiskey News

Westward American Single Malt Whiskey to Join Distill Ventures Portfolio

Award-winning leader in rapidly growing American single malt whiskey category joins with Diageo-backed accelerator, Distill Ventures

Westward Whisky

Westward American Single Malt is a celebration of the American pioneer spirit, inspired by the best of the American craft beer and whiskey traditions. Brewed and distilled using locally malted Pacific Northwest barley and ale yeast, perfected by years of maturation at the distillery’s rack house, and mingled in small batches, Westward is the culmination of a quest to produce a whiskey that embodies the spirit of the Pacific Northwest and draws inspiration from Oregon’s deeply-rooted craft brewing culture.

Founder Christian Krogstad began distilling American single malt whiskey when he founded House Spirits Distillery nearly 15 years ago. A promising North American whiskey category, American single malts grew 131% from 2014-2017, according to IWSR.  In 2015, under the direction of CEO and Co-Owner Thomas Mooney, Westward became the largest independent distiller of American single malt whiskey when it built its new Portland, Oregon distillery. On a typical day, the distillery team brews 3,000 gallons of pale ale whiskey wash, which is double-pot distilled to produce enough whiskey to fill five to six new barrels of Westward American Single Malt whiskey.

The investment by Diageo through Distill Ventures includes both the current distillery in Portland and the Westward American Single Malt brand and inventory. Enabling capacity expansion of nearly 40 percent next year, the investment will allow the Westward brand to continue to meet growing demand using only whiskey that is produced from scratch at its Portland facility, as it has done from the start.

Founded in London in 2013, Distill Ventures is the world’s first accelerator dedicated to spirits, with the mission to support entrepreneurs on their quest to establishing and scaling brands for future generations of consumers. The company is active in both traditional spirits categories and emerging drinks categories across Europe, Asia and, for the past two years, North America.  As is customary with all companies that work with Distill Ventures, the founders and current investors of Westward whiskey will retain majority ownership and continue to run the business independently as the company continues to expand and introduce the brand to a broader global audience.

Thomas Mooney, CEO and Co-Owner of Westward American Single Malt whiskey, said: “We are thrilled to bring our Westward American Single Malt whiskey into the Distill Ventures family, an exciting and logical next step as we expand our brand across the United States and into export markets around the world. This strategic partnership with Distill Ventures and Diageo brings deep production expertise, an enhanced route to market, and the capital that we need to realize the full potential of our Westward American Single Malt whiskey program.”

Gonzalo de la Pezuela, Managing Director, Distill Ventures North America added “The Distill Ventures model offers the best entrepreneurs the opportunity to scale and grow their businesses independently with specialized acceleration resources on a global basis.  Our team is deeply committed to working with strong founders like Westward’s Thomas Mooney and Christian Krogstad, who deliver on innovation and excel at brand building.  Westward American Single Malt whiskey is an unparalleled spirit that perfectly delivers on the vision of placing a US brand amongst the world’s most coveted single malts.

Eugene Khabensky, Ventures Director, Diageo, said: “As a global spirits leader, we are thrilled when a high quality brand like Westward joins the Distill Ventures family. As a company built from founder-led brands, we are excited to support two great new entrepreneurs, Thomas Mooney and Christian Krogstad, as they accelerate Westward to the next level. We believe this brand has the potential to thrive in the emerging American Single Malt whiskey category.”

The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak 2018 at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News


The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak 2018

This is the modern interpretation of the Macallan style for which the distillery is so well known – refined, rich, and rounded with plenty of sherry cask influence. Very definitely a dram to be enjoyed with friends. Fresh fruit salad and cloves on the nose, dark fruits, Christmas cake and rich almonds emerging in the palate, before stewed apples and sweet prunes in the finish.

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Canadian Whisky News by Davin de Kergommeaux – Canadian Whisky News


Canada Distils

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After what seems an eternity of planning, traveling from coast to coast, and writing, Blair Phillips and I are overjoyed that our forthcoming book, called Canada Distils, will be published on the Appetite by Random House imprint of Penguin Random House Canada. Thank you to everyone who has helped and hosted us in our travels so far. We’re not done yet, so don’t be surprised if we call or drop by looking for information.

The book profiles of all of Canada’s operating distilleries, large and small, along with little-known details for visitors and armchair visitors alike. There is so much more between the pages, but you’ll just have to be patient to find out what.


Shortlist announced

International Wine and Spirits Competition

Spirits Communicator of the Year 2018 

From IWSC media release:

“Four stars of the spirits industry have been chosen to go forward to the shortlist of the IWSC’s prestigious Spirit Communicator of the Year award.

“Amanda Victoria, Davin de Kergommeaux, Tom Sandham, and Eric Zandona were selected as the four finalists by a panel of judges which included Louisa Humm, head of brand communications at Pernod Ricard, drinks journalist Douglas Blyde, editor of Olly Wehring, spirits consultant Veronika Karlova, IWSC general manager Adam Lechmere, and last year’s winner and editor/co-founder of Gin Foundry Olivier Ward.

“The Spirit Communicator of the Year award, sponsored by Chivas Brothers, recognises an individual or organisation whose communication skills have made an exceptional contribution towards promoting and increasing public awareness in spirits.

“The winner will be announced at the IWSC Awards Banquet on 14 November 2018 at the Guildhall in London.”


The Strath / Shelter Point exclusives

Two new Shelter Point whiskies, both exclusive to The Strath liquor store in Victoria are well worth hunting down. Shelter Point is really coming into its own and The Strath has picked two of its honeyest honey barrels to release as single-cask whiskies. A Classic Single Malt distilled in 2011 and an Avant-Garde Barley from 2013 are both bottled at 57.3%.

Look for typical lush malty notes in the Classic, underscored by baking spices, citrus fruit and fresh bread. Avant-Garde Barley matured in a Vancouver Island blackberry wine barrel, bursts with jammy fruit, toasted grain and citrus hints.


Yukon’s Two Brewers

Meanwhile, in Whitehorse, Two Brewers continue to impress with their latest whiskies including Release 10, their first cask-strength whisky to date. Bottled at 58%, its grassy notes, sweet tobacco and cereals bask in a gentle bed of Werther’s caramel.

A Pedro Ximinez finish adds sweetness and ripe fruity tones to Release 9, which is bottled at 46%.


Canadian Rockies 17 Year Old

All the excitement about the recently released Canadian Rockies 21 may have overshadowed another real gem of a whisky. Sourced from Highwood Distillers in Alberta, Canadian Rockies 17 year old is one more example of the glories of slow maturation. Canadian Rockies 17, bottled at 50% abv, delivers all the spiciness, luscious corn and crisp clean woody notes we’ve come to expect in well-aged corn whisky.


Banff Whisky Experience

On September 28 & 29, the inaugural Banff Whisky Experience will offer 15 master classes for curious drammers who want to experience new whiskies. My two classes alone include whiskies very few people will have tasted before.

This is shaping up to be one of Canada’s premiere whisky events, and you certainly can’t complain about the location. The complete schedule is now available at

Click “Buy Tickets” or go to:

Space is limited, so book soon!


Canadian Whisky Awards 2019

Mark your calendars. The 2019 Canadian Whisky Awards have not yet been announced officially, but if you are planning to attend the gala presentation, reserve Thursday, January 17 at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria.  See you there. Invitations for producers to enter their whiskies in the awards will be forthcoming.


Blue Mountain Whisky Tasting 

On November 10, 2018, Grand Central Lodge at Blue Mountain in Collingwood, Ontario, will treat whisky lovers to a grand tasting along with food, cocktails and a cigar pairing. Tickets can be purchased at or


Canadian Whisky, the book 

Everything you ever wanted to know about Canadian whisky, but didn’t know where to look. Now in the second printing of its second edition. Available at bookstores across Canada and the US, and from online sellers.

New Arrivals and Back In Stock at K&L California – Whisky News


Michel Couvreur “Peaty Overaged” K&L Exclusive Malt Whisky (750ml) $79.99 View

Invergordon 26 “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) $89.99 View

Port Dundas 28 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) $89.99 View

Michel Couvreur 16 Year Old “Mrs Couvreur” Single PX Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $299.99 View

Phone: (877) KL-WINES (Toll Free 877.559.4637)
K&L Wine Merchants 3005 El Camino Real Redwood City, CA 94061 USA
San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA


Longrow Sherry Wood at Milroys of Soho – Scotch Whisky News


Longrow Sherry Wood, 57.8%

First distilled in 1973 Longrow is a double distilled, heavily peated single malt produced at Springbank Distillery in Campbeltown. The malt is peat dried for up to 48 hours to give the whisky a unique Campbeltown style smoky character, Less than 100 casks of Longrow are filled each year.

1 bottle per customer

(Customers outside the UK please contact the shop for shipping costs)


Robbie’s Whisky Merchants – September 2018 New Arrivals – Scotch Whisky News



Good Morning Ladies & Gents.

A quick update on a few stock items that may be of interest. We have listed below a selection of new whiskies for your perusal. Please note that the stock that we carry of these products is very limited. This is only a tiny representation of our Single Malt Whisky Range, for more details on the full selection visit our New Arrivals, Old & Rare, Collectible, Luxury and our Non-Auction sections online.

Click on the red seal to take you to New Arrivals.

Kind Regards


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Bartels Whisky “Who likes Dalmore?” – Scotch Whisky News


‘Luxury-focused Highland single malt Dalmore has released a 45-year-old expression, The Dalmore 45, priced at £10,000 a bottle.’


But you don’t have to worry – you can get your own Dalmore here for a fraction of the price! Just £89.50.

Please visit our online shop for more info & Tasting Notes.

ONLY 5 BOTTLES LEFT of this fantastic Whisky – when its gone its gone.


Bartels Whisky, 4 The Old Glebe, Loughborough, LecLE12 8LB, United Kingdom


Loch Fyne Whiskies “Personalised Engraving ~ Message on a Bottle!” – Scotch Whisky News

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Personalised Engraving ~ Message on a Bottle!

If there’s one thing that makes your favourite dram better, it’s receiving it from someone special. But what makes it extra special is when they’ve also had a declaration of their undying love for you inscribed in the glass! You don’t have to go that far with your own engraving, but maybe note the occasion and who it’s from – they’ll love it!

We ship all over the world,
from our front door to yours!

 The Loch Fyne The Living Cask Batch 6 Engraved



The Loch Fyne The Living Cask 1745 Engraved



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The Archive Team, Scotland – We Are Diageo – Scotch Whisky News

The Archive Team, Scotland – We Are Diageo

With over 5,000 square metres of storage, our archives can cover 55 football pitches. Meet Diageo’s team of archivists, passionate custodians of our global brand’s heritage. Our archivists discuss their experiences working for Diageo and why they enjoy being a part of the team. With over 400 years of heritage, our team of archivists maintain our treasure chest of stories, brands, images and bottles, ensuring history remains an important part of our DNA.

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