“Clydeside Distillery was a favourite for us in 2019” by Paul Mclean of Mclean Scotland Whisky Tours

Left to right; Andy, Paul, Liz and Mark, a few of the MCLEANSCOTLAND team who gathered for Christmas 2019 in Glasgow

Clydeside Distillery was a favourite for us in 2019

As the first operational Single Malt Scotch Whisky distillery in the city centre in over a century, Clydeside combines the old with the new; much like ourselves!    They gave us a unique whisky experience steeped in industrial heritage, combining state-of-the-art technology with traditional distilling methods and a set of drams and foodie nibbles to make it an ever lasting memory. Bridgeen Mullen took charge of our day there, she is the Visitor Centre Manager – the entire distillery team, tour guides and retail staff, to production and distillers are passionate and give visitors from all over the world a memorable five-star whisky experience. We can vouch for that; Liz, Paul, Andy and Mark all enjoyed the visit as a part of the MCLEANSCOTLAND Christmas woo hoo! Opened in 2017 the Clydeside combines a contemporary structure with an old Pumphouse, now becoming a whisky expertise and heritage centre. It is currently producing what will be a high-quality Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. The distillery offers a range of tours and tastings, working with Bridgeen we have our own bespoke tours arranged for our tours, by the way we recommend the food choices and these will feature in our tours there.  The Pumphouse used to control the entry gate to the Queen’s Dock – ships exporting whisky to the four corners of the world, how we get corners on a globe defeats me, but you know the craic. On a more personal note, during distillery construction, the Morrison family discovered that Chairman Tim Morrison’s great grandfather had in fact built the Queen’s Dock. These kinds of connections, create a warmth and familiarity that echoes throughout the Distillery. With an excellent shop selection of whisky from across Scotland, and bespoke branded items and gift vouchers, The Clydeside offers a fantastic option for those looking to buy gifts.

ALL IN ALL, A VERY WORTHWHILE TOUR HERE, IT’S AN EXPERIENCE, you can call in (as we will be doing) for the shop and food/drinks without doing the tour if you wish.  PAUL, MAY 2020

Impex “The Awards Just Keep on Coming!” – Whisky Award News

We are so proud of our brands and grateful for your support in making them shine!

Following up on our last article we wanted to share with you the results from some other amazing spirits competitions out there. The prestigious International Spirits Competition, Fifty Best, World Whisky Masters, Frankfurt International, Whiskies of the World Awards, and Gin Masters found our brands delightful!


“We are delighted to have won our 50th award in only 3 years with news of a prestigious Double Gold and five Golds at this year’s International Spirits Challenge (ISC). Now in its 25th year, the ISC promotes outstanding quality spirits from across the globe. The competition receives more than 1,700 entries from nearly 70 countries.” ~ The GlenAllachie Distillery


Port Askaig 8 yr won Best in Show – Gold Outstanding and Best in Class – Gold from the Whiskies of the World awards!
Check out where Port Askaig is distributed in the U.S. by visiting Grapein.

The credit for this gorgeous photo goes to Melissa Ginzburg, one of our excellent reps.  You can follow her on Instagram @notoriousgzbz


Kilchoman Machir Bay just keeps on winning gold medals and anyone who has tasted it is not surprised.  This core expression, which is the flagship of the Kilchoman range, stands for superb quality and taste, especially for an Islay Scotch. Check out where Machir Bay is distributed by visiting Grapein.


M&H Classic Single Malt brought home golds from both ISC and Frankfurt International and earned a Double Gold from Fifty Best.  This distillery from Tel Aviv is taking the world by storm with their latest releases.


The Matsui Distillery has been making amazing whisky since 1910. Following their success with USC, three Kurayoshi expressions brought home Gold from the International Spirits Challenge this year. Check out where Kurayoshi is distributed in the U.S. by visiting Grapein.

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Glengoyne Distillery Scoops a Gold Award… – Scotch Whisky News


Today, the distillery celebrates being awarded gold at this year’s inaugural International Spirits Challenge Tourism Awards.

Renowned as the most authoritative and influential spirits competition in the world, the International Spirits Challenge, in its 25th year, introduced the ISC Tourism Awards to recognise innovation and excellence among global distilleries.

Commenting on the gold-winning entry, the ISC judges said:Glengoyne’s rural distillery provides visitors with a magnificent experience set against a truly beautiful backdrop. It is a credit to the region, but it has also refused to rest on its laurels and continues to innovate and improve.”


Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare: Port Ellen at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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The Whisky Shop “Just in: Golden Cask Range ✨” – Scotch Whisky News

New on the shelf:
House of MacDuff’s Golden Cask range

Looking for a truly special, one-of-a-kind whisky?

House of MacDuff’s Golden Cask range offers a collection of specially selected whiskies that best represent the region and distillery of their origin. Free from chill-filtration, each bottle is one of a limited number, with no two casks tasting the same.

Add an exceptional new bottle to your collection: shop the range before they’re gone!

Discover how we made Compass Box Hedonism Felicitas – Scotch Whisky News


A vibrant and stately re-imagining of the whisky that launched Compass Box…


In 2000 we created Hedonism, the whisky that started the Compass Box story. Our latest limited edition is both a celebration of where we have come from, and the beginning of another exciting chapter.


What makes up Hedonism Felicitas? The largest single component hails from the now-closed Port Dundas Distillery. Distilled in 2001 and aged – as we later learned – in Sherry butts, it provides notes of sweet wood spice, toffee and honey. These flavours are balanced by the graceful vanilla creaminess and orchard fruit intensity of whisky from the Strathclyde Distillery, distilled in the 1980s, and the passion fruit, cardamom and coconut notes of two small parcels from the North British Distillery produced in the nineties. The majority of the components were distilled before we released the very first Hedonism.


James Saxon explains: “The whisky from the Port Dundas Distillery proved a crucial component, yet it came in disguise. The casks had been identified on our records as first fill ex-Bourbon barrels and they behaved like especially active examples of this cask type. Clarification revealed them to be refill Sherry butts, an unusual cask in which to mature grain whisky. With these Sherry butts included, Hedonism Felicitas suddenly found its anchoring richness. And then there was the bottling strength – at 53% ABV the flavours really sang.”


To celebrate our 20th anniversary, our Founder John Glaser is hosting a live interactive tasting of the new limited edition on 27th September 2020. We’d love you to join us, either with your own bottle, with our signature Hedonism, or just to hear more about the story of this whisky. To sign up, please see below. For those who have already registered, we will share more details with you next week ahead of the tasting. We look forward to seeing you there!


Canadian Distilleries News “Alberta Premium Cask Strength Named World Whisky of 2020” – Canadian Whisky News

Alberta Premium Cask Strength Named World Whisky of 2020

Long-time favourite Canadian rye whisky, Alberta Premium is gaining world renown after beating out over 1250 other whiskies, to be named World Whisky of the Year in the popular Jim Murray Whisky Bible for 2021.

According to Mr. Murray, Alberta Premium Cask Strength (61.5% abv) will delight “any whisky lover on the planet looking for a huge but nearly perfectly balanced experience. And with rye at its most rampantly beautiful, this is something to truly worship.”

We’ve been praising Calgary’s Alberta Distillers Limited for along time, and so has Mr. Murray who named Alberta Premium his Canadian Whisky of the Year in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

A Gold Medal for Alberta Premium Cask Strength and an Award of Excellence for Distillery of the Decade, won by Alberta Distillers Ltd. at the Canadian Whisky Awards in Victoria last January foretold this latest accolade.

“On behalf of the entire Alberta Distillers team, we are honoured to have Alberta Premium Cask Strength named “World Whisky of the Year,'” said George Teichroeb, General Manager of Alberta Distillers Limited. “We are incredibly proud of our Alberta Distillers team for creating such a unique and beautiful world-class whisky, and continually pushing the boundaries of what Canadian whisky can be.”

For more information on Alberta Premium Cask Strength and Alberta Distillers, visit Or, for a real deep dive into Canadian whisky pick up a copy of the book, Canadian Whisky: The New Portable Expert.

The Definitive Guide to Canadian Distilleries

If a copy of our book has found its way to you, why not post a photo of it along with a few notes on social media and help us spread the word. Include your favourite spirit and tag us @davindek and we’ll publish a selection of your photos online and in our next newsletter.


Davin & Blair
Authors of The Definitive Guide to Canadian Distilleries

Amazon Canada · Chapters/Indigo · Amazon US · Barnes & Noble ·
Independent book sellers in Canada

The Definitive Guide to Canadian Distilleries is available in e-book too. Huge thanks to Amazon and Chapters for supporting this.

Here too is a list of independent bookstores in Canada that offer delivery.

And, a quick reminder to whisky producers that entries are now open for the 2021 Canadian Whisky Awards

Hakushu 18 Year Old – Whisky Spotlight – Japanese Whisky News

Experience one of the most awarded Japanese Whisky releases, the iconic Hakushu 18 Year Old.

Discover the famous whisky from one of Japan’s most renowned distilleries.

Hakushu Distillery – Towering Above The Competition

Hakushu is the highest operational distillery in Japan, towering over its competitors at a height of more than 2000 feet above sea-level. It is a Suntory distillery and, while not quite as globally famous as Yamazaki, the quality of single malt whisky produced here is nothing short of outstanding.

Hakushu is known to use one of the most pristine water supplies in the whole of Japan, drawn from reserves at the base of Mount Kai Komagatake. The water here has a very low mineral content and is much softer than that found elsewhere in the country, and this helps the distillery to create a refreshing, crisp and well-balanced range of expressions.

Hakushu Distillery - Towering Above The Competition

Many of the whiskies created here are lightly peated, giving peat lovers the perfect ‘in’ to the world of Japanese whisky. On top of receiving the recognition of critics, experts and fans around the world, the distillery’s expressions have also picked up a whole host of awards that highlight the effective processes and expertise of those behind their whisky production.

Masterfully Crafted Whisky

It’s hard to pick a winner from Hakushu’s varied range, but the 18 Year Old has to be right up there. This is a whisky that is so smooth, well-balanced and complex that it comes incredibly close to perfection. Made up from a selection of carefully matured whisky, that has been under the eagle-eye of the master distiller for at least 18 years, this refreshing dram has it all.

Elegant & Complex Flavors

Both sherry influences and bourbon influences can be detected through rich fruits, citrus, honey, apricots and sweet dark chocolate. These are all supported by that lightly peated character that also brings slight floral notes to the table. The peat opens up with more time spent in the glass and a little burst of lemon juice makes itself known too. All the while, very gentle cinnamon and cloves hide in the background, but they’re certainly detectable to a trained nose.

Award Winning Single Malt

The extensive and delightful range of notes, combined with the unparalleled smoothness, have led the Hakushu 18 Year Old to pick up multiple awards throughout the years. In 2016, it won “Best Japanese Single Malt Whisky” at the World Whiskies Awards, on top of a Double Gold in San Francisco in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Recent Hakushu 18 Awards:

  • Gold Award (International Spirits Challenge, 2009, 2013 – 2014)
  • Gold Award (International Spirits Challenge, 2016 – 2017)
  • Double Gold Medal Award (San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2015 – 2016)


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Golds and Silver medals for Wemyss Malts Limited Edition Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

Wemyss Malts has triumphantly achieved five medals at this years International Spirits Challenge  and to celebrate we are offering two free Wemyss Malts branded Glencairn glasses with any order including one of the award winning bottles. 

Now in its 25th year, the International Spirits Challenge was founded on a rigorous and independent judging process, which serves to encourage the high caliber of spirits, designs and campaigns entered into the competition each year. Receiving more than 1,700 entries from nearly 70 countries worldwide makes the ISC a truly global competition. It is supported by many of the world’s leading spirits producers as the international standard for quality and excellence.

All five of Wemyss Malts entries to this years competition won medals:

The Hive Batch Strength – Batch No.002 won a gold medal
Spice King Batch Strength – Batch No.002 won a silver medal
Peat Chimney Batch Strength – Batch No.002 won a silver medal.
Nectar Grove Batch Strength won a gold medal
Velvet Fig Aged 25 Years won a gold medal 

Don’t Miss The World’s Most Elusive Japanese Bottles – Japanese Whisky News

Don’t Miss The World’s Most Elusive Japanese Bottles

Don’t miss the world’s most elusive Japanese Bottles. Explore our selection of Disappearing Drams now.

Discover the famous whisky from one of Japan’s most renowned distilleries.

Collectible and highly distinguished, our selection of rare Japanese Spirits offers bottles that will take your collection to the next level. Many of these iconic spirits are on the verge of being extinct from our inventory, with highly limited quantities and little chance of future availability. That’s why we’re featuring the “Disappearing Drams” — a collection of our most limited bottles, with less than three remaining in stock.

These elusive bottles have become the hidden gems of the Japanese Spirits world and earned a prominent place among the most elite expressions of all time. From the elegantly designed bottles to the world renowned spirits contained within, each masterpiece represents one of the best releases Japan has ever produced.

Now is your last chance to add these unique bottles to your collection and experience them before they are gone forever.


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