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Impeccably crafted flavours of Scotland: Diageo introduces the 2017 Special Releases Collection – Scotch Whisky News

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Impeccably crafted flavours of Scotland: Diageo introduces the 2017 Special Releases Collection

Ten impeccable limited edition Scotch Whiskies will be released in limited quantities this autumn, as part of Diageo’s annual Special Releases collection. Highly anticipated by enthusiasts and collectors worldwide, the limited edition natural cask strength bottlings are rigorously selected each year, to form a rare and sought after collection.

For the first time ever, a limited edition Blended Malt Scotch Whisky containing whiskies from all twenty-eight active Diageo distilleries has been released. The COLLECTIVUM XXVIII is the tenth bottle to make up the Special Releases collection and the fourth NAS Malt Whisky in this series to date. Clear amber in appearance, the liquid is described as ‘enjoying real depth’ with a palate ‘all the way from dry and nutty to rich and chocolatey, with zestiness and sweetness.’

Meticulously crafted and beautifully packaged, the collection comprises some of the rarest and oldest liquids from both classic and unknown, closed distilleries. Each whisky within the range offers complex flavours of the highest quality, delivering truly memorable taste experiences for those lucky enough to drink them.

The 2017 Special Releases collection offers an extra special and rare gift alternative for this Christmas, with the whiskies in the range retailing from £90 for the LAGAVULIN 12 year old, to £2,625 for the PORT ELLEN 37 year old.

Dr Nick Morgan, Diageo’s Head of Whisky Outreach said: “The Special Releases range is always a highlight in our calendar year, it reflects the truly extraordinary range of stocks our blenders have available to them. The variety and quality of whiskies in the collection is simply impeccable. We’re looking forward to sharing this year’s collection with the world and in particular keen to see the response to the new COLLECTIVUM XXVIII.”

The PORT DUNDAS 52 year old is the oldest whisky ever released in the series, as well as the oldest bottle to ever be released by the Port Dundas distillery. The second release from the original distiller’s stocks, this is the fourth time a Single Grain Scotch Whisky has been included in an annual release. The liquid is described as ‘an excellent example of a very old grain… astonishingly rich and complex’. The GLEN ELGIN 18 year old has also made a welcome return to the range this year, a third release in this series, crafted from ex- Bodega European oak butts.

Each whisky in the 2017 Special Releases range is a limited edition, rare bottling, with four originating from closed distilleries. These whiskies have been crafted to deliver memorable taste experiences unlike any other, to be cherished and enjoyed responsibly.


Autumn 2017, from specialist retailers in Northern Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa and selected Asian markets.

List of 2017 Special Releases

BLAIR ATHOL 24 year old

Distilled 1993 ABV 58.4%

Region: Highlands

Cask: Ex-Bodega European Oak Butts

Max. 5,514 available worldwide

BRORA 34 year old

Distilled: 1982 ABV 51.9%

Region: Coastal Highlands

Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads

Max. 3,000 available worldwide

CAOL ILA 18 year old

ABV 59.8%

Region: Islay

Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads

Limited quantities available worldwide


Distilled: NAS ABV: 57.3%

Region: Speyside, Islay, Island, Lowland, Highland

Cask: Blend of Refill American Oak Hogsheads, Refill European Oak Butts, Ex-Bodega European Oak and First Fill Bourbon Casks

Limited quantities available worldwide

CONVALMORE 32 year old

Distilled: 1984 ABV 48.2%

Region: Speyside

Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads

Max. 3,972 available worldwide

GLEN ELGIN 18 year old

Distilled: 1998 ABV 54.8%

Region: Speyside

Cask: Ex-Bodega European Oak Butts

Max. 5,352 available worldwide

LAGAVULIN 12 year old

ABV 56.5%

Region: Islay

Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads

Limited quantities available worldwide

PORT DUNDAS 52 year old

Distilled: 1964 ABV 44.6%

Region: Lowlands

Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads

Max. 752 available worldwide

PORT ELLEN 37 year old

Distilled: 1979 ABV 51%

Region: Islay

Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads & Refill

American Oak Butts

Max. 2,988 available worldwide

TEANINICH 17 year old

Distilled: 1999 ABV: 55.9%

Region: Coastal Highlands

Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads & Refill American Oak Barrels

Limited quantities available worldwide

About the Special Releases

During the late 1980s, the benchmark expressions of single malt whiskies from six single malt distilleries became well known under the CLASSIC MALTS name. Interest in older and rarer malt whiskies in general also grew during this period. One product of this was the RARE MALTS, a series of rarer releases begun in 1995, and which ended in 2005. There remained a demand for unusual, distinctive, often older, unrepeatable cask strength bottlings, usually of the CLASSIC MALTS. Such bottlings allowed collectors, connoisseurs and enthusiasts to enjoy and experience remaining older stocks, and/or unusual expressions of a distillery’s character – a treasure trove of priceless malts.

To satisfy this demand, the Special Releases series was born in 2001, and the annual collection – with familiar names and some surprises – has been eagerly awaited by enthusiasts ever since.

Blair Athol, Brora, Caol Ila, Collectivum XXVIII, Convalmore, Glen Elgin, Lagavulin, Port Dundas, Port Ellen, Teaninich

About Diageo


Diageo is the world’s leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, beer and wine. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Buchanan’s and Windsor whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Baileys, Captain Morgan, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is a global company, with its products sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit us at For our global resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives, visit

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Irish Distillers’ prestige range of Irish whiskeys has demonstrated its unrivalled quality at The Irish Whiskey Masters 2017, scooping 12 out of the 52 medals on offer. 10 Gold medals were awarded across the portfolio, while Single Pot Still Irish Whiskeys, Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength and Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy, were recognised with coveted Master medals.

Redbreast reinforced its position as the world’s most awarded Single Pot Still Irish whiskey after also winning four of the portfolio’s 10 Gold medals for its Redbreast 12 Year Old, 15 Year Old, 21 Year Old and recent Lustau Edition. METHOD AND MADNESS, Irish Distillers’ new and experimental range of super premium Irish whiskeys, rose straight to the top of the table with Gold medals presented to the Single Malt Irish Whiskey enhanced with French Limousin Oak and Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Finished in French Chestnut expressions.

Each family of Irish whiskeys from The Midleton Distillery won at least one leading medal, reinforcing the exceptional quality and craftsmanship found across the prestige portfolio. Key Gold medal results were awarded to Redbreast 12 Year Old, Green Spot, Powers Three Swallow Release, Midleton Very Rare 2016 and METHOD AND MADNESS Single Malt Irish Whiskey enhanced with French Limousin Oak.

Brian Nation, Master Distiller at Irish Distillers, said: “It has been a tremendous awards season, so far, for our Prestige family of Irish whiskeys with 75 individual awards. Each prize is a reminder of the timeless quality that continues to pour out of Midleton Distillery, Co. Cork, and gives credence to the hard work and dedication of the production team, past and present. Sláinte!”    

Full results from The Irish Whiskey Masters 2017

  • Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength – Master
  • Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy – Master
  • Midleton Very Rare 2016 – Gold
  • Redbreast 12 Year Old – Gold
  • Redbreast 15 Year Old – Gold
  • Redbreast 21 Year Old –  Gold
  • Redbreast Lustau Edition – Gold
  • Green Spot – Gold
  • Powers Three Swallow Release – Gold
  • Powers Signature Release – Gold
  • METHOD AND MADNESS Single Malt Irish Whiskey enhanced with French Limousin Oak – Gold
  • METHOD AND MADNESS Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Finished in French Chestnut – Gold
  • METHOD AND MADNESS Single Grain Irish Whiskey Finished in Virgin Spanish Oak – Silver


About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer 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 fastest-growing Irish Whiskey, experiencing 27 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 5.7m cases in 2016. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 60 of those experiencing double- or triple-digit growth.

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Powers & 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. In 2015, we completed a €220m investment which doubled 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 world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 8,682 million in FY16. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: 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, Kahlúa and Malibu liqueurs, Mumm and Perrier‐ Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, Graffigna and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,000 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 85 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics. Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.


Distiller Allisa Henley stamping barrels

Distiller Allisa Henley Stamping Barrels

SAZERAC’S Tennessee Distillery kicks off whiskey distillation 

            Newport, tn (Aug. 9, 2017) Distilling has commenced in Tennessee as Master Distiller John Lunn and Distiller Allisa Henley have cranked up their pot stills and started distilling Tennessee whiskey.

A few months ago, John and Allisa sourced sugar maple from a sawmill in Tennessee and burned four ricks in John’s backyard to make the charcoal they are using for the Lincoln County process, essential for making Tennessee whiskey. To be classified a Tennessee whiskey the whiskey must be filtered through maple charcoal, which distinguishes it from bourbon whiskey.

John and Allisa began filling barrels with their newly made whiskey on July 5th, a fitting day to start a new American-made product, on the heels of our nation’s 241st birthday.  The whiskey will be aging in the barrels for several years, although the age, brand name, and even the distillery name has not yet been decided. Announcements will be forthcoming as new developments are made.

“We’re so excited to start distilling and to have the opportunity to make Tennessee whiskey again,” said John Lunn, master distiller. “We did a lot of tweaking to get the distillation just right, but we’re really happy with how it turned out and are anxious to taste it along its aging journey.”

About the Sazerac Company

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





Back in 2008, Glenmorangie created Astar (Scots Gaelic for “journey”), a single malt whisky entirely matured in bespoke oak casks from the Ozark mountains of Missouri, designed to impart the wood’s maximum flavour to the spirit.  Today, Glenmorangie Astar returns with a limited-edition release.

Glenmorangie has always regarded the oak casks in which whisky matures as vital to the quality of the final spirit. Such is the distillery’s dedication to sourcing the ideal wood for whisky maturation, that its skill in cask management has been long renowned throughout the industry.

The Astar’s custom-made casks began their journey in the Ozark mountains of Missouri, where Glenmorangie carefully selected slow-growth oak trees, for their porous structure. Staves were cut from these oaks to the Distillery’s exact specifications. Then, they were left to season in the open air for at least two years, to breathe and soften. After being coopered into oak casks, they were gently toasted to contribute further flavours of almond and coconut. Filled with bourbon, they were set aside to mature for four years to smooth away any rawness.  Finally, they were emptied, shipped to Scotland and filled with Glenmorangie’s delicate and complex spirit, for a long, slow maturation.

Astar’s first, limited release was much coveted. And ever since, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks, Dr Bill Lumsden, has longed to revisit the single malt’s unique character. But casks designed to such precise specifications require many years and much dedication to create.  Indeed, they are so rare, that it has taken Dr Bill almost a decade to orchestrate the whisky’s return.  For 2017, he brings Astar back to life in a new limited-edition which displays all the smooth, creamy depths for which its predecessor was renowned.  Delivered at a slightly lower strength, Astar’s renaissance also delivers a newfound richness and complexity.

Dr Bill said: “At Glenmorangie we are always searching for perfection – and Astar’s first release, entirely matured in our designer casks, was a momentous step on our journey. I’m delighted to be able to share the 2017 release with more single malt lovers – and to celebrate with them the whisky’s wonderfully creamy, spicy aromas and silky tastes of soft fruit smothered with vanilla custard.”

Glenmorangie Astar is non-chill-filtered for extra texture and bottled at 52.5% ABV. Available in the UK from September priced at RRP: £74.00.

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Tasting Notes:

Colour: Bright gold

Aroma:  Rich, sweet and fruity with fresh bright floral top notes. At full strength, the aroma is rich in butterscotch and honey, drizzled with fresh mint and a burst of coconut. The nose is full of citrus: freshly squeezed lemons fill the nose. With water, the sweetness intensifies. White sugar, lemon meringue, then creamy and luscious sweet fruits: pineapple, pears and peaches in vanilla ice-cream.

Taste: The mouth-feel is deliciously smooth, rich and creamy, full of sumptuous sweet and fruity flavours.  The taste is exceptionally well-rounded and balanced.  Initially crème-brulée emerges with more tropical and stone fruits.  Apricots smothered with vanilla custard.  Hazelnuts in soft buttery fudge mix with some clove spiciness and toasted oak.  Shortly after, the palate is gently cleansed by a hint of cooling mint and fresh menthol.

Finish: Long and smooth with a lingering mix of honey and almond, coconut ice and traces of aniseed.

About Glenmorangie:

Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky originates in the Scottish Highlands where, at the Glenmorangie Distillery, it is distilled in the tallest malt whisky stills in Scotland for a purer spirit, expertly matured in the finest oak casks for great depth, and perfected by the Men of Tain, who have passed their skills down the generations, often from father to son.  These select craftsmen go to unseen lengths to ensure that Glenmorangie is made in the same unhurried, uncompromising way as it always has been.  The Distillery was founded in 1843 and is renowned as a pioneer in its field, uniting tradition with innovation.

About Glenmorangie’s designer casks:

Glenmorangie has long been renowned as a pioneer in wood management.  As part of its ongoing pursuit of perfection, the Highland Distillery began to develop its designer casks programme in 1991, as ideal casks were becoming increasingly hard to find.  Glenmorangie was the first distillery to adopt the recommendations of an official research programme and to begin using casks made from specific wood, air-dried for precise periods. Glenmorangie has used its hand-selected, slow-growth, American white oak casks for the entirely bespoke maturation of Glenmorangie Astar, and to inform the character of the Distillery’s signature whisky Glenmorangie The Original.  The Distillery continues to lead the field in wood-management techniques.

About the journey of the designer casks:

Glenmorangie is renowned throughout the whisky industry for its expertise in wood management.  The Distillery sources the slow-growth American white oak of its designer casks from the Ozark Mountains, in Missouri.  Such oaks tend to grow on north-facing slopes – areas that have less light, more shade, and less moisture in the soil.  The resulting tight-grained structure of their wood has higher concentrations of the naturally-occurring compounds lignin and lactone, which bring to the whisky silky, creamy textures and flavours of vanilla, coconut, almond and honey flavours.  The slow-growth trees which Glenmorangie selects have an abundance of early wood – the wood that is formed from spring growth.  Although late wood (grown in summer and autumn) typically makes up the bulk of a tree’s woody material, early wood is more porous.  And so, it allows more contact between spirit and wood, bringing more wood flavours to the whisky.  When cut into staves, the wood is air-seasoned for about two years, to break down the internal structure of the wood, and release softer, sweeter flavours.  Without air-drying, a bitterness and astringency may be detectable.  The staves are then handcrafted into casks, lightly toasted and heavily charred to Dr Bill Lumsden’s precise specifications, and filled with bourbon for at least four years, for seasoning.  Only then, are the casks ready to make the journey to the Glenmorangie Distillery to be filled with its delicate spirit.  Their overall effect is to bring a sweeter, richer, smoother, more rounded profile to the whisky.

About Dr Bill Lumsden:

Dr Bill Lumsden is Glenmorangie’s acclaimed Director of Whisky Creation, Distilling & Whisky Stocks.  Dr Bill is regarded by the malt whisky industry as an innovator, creating whiskies which have revolutionised the single-malt market.  In recognition of his team’s work, The Glenmorangie Company was named Distiller of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) in 2012.  Dr Bill, who has a PhD in biochemistry, has combined art and science in his work since he joined The Glenmorangie Company in 1995.  He is renowned for his groundbreaking wood management techniques, experimentation with exceptional casks at various ages, and use of extra-maturation.  Dr Bill has won a series of prestigious awards and accolades.  He recently added to his plaudits by winning the International Whisky Competition’s award for Master Distiller of the Year 2016 and 2017.  He was further honoured with the title of Master Distiller/Blender of the Year, at Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky 2016 awards.

Responsible Drinking:

The Glenmorangie Company advocates responsible drinking and suggests that drinkers savour Glenmorangie whiskies in moderation and in line with recommended daily guidelines for alcohol consumption.






Our exclusive auction of Israel’s First Single Malt Whisky from the country’s first whisky distillery, Milk & Honey is live!

This is an exciting opportunity to secure a unique and historic whisky, place your bids now on bottles number 1 through to 100!



The distillation of this historical whisky is part of the distillery’s “Experimental Series” that took place before all the industrial equipment was purchased. The barrel was distilled together with internationally renowned master distiller, the late Dr. Jim Swan, as part of his role as consultant to the distillery at the time.

Every part of the whisky making process has taken place in Israel and thanks to the surrounding hot climate conditions the 3 year old single malt spirit has developed a mature and complex character well beyond its years.

Aged in new 225 litre American oak casks for two and a half years before being finished in ex-bourbon barrels, the tasting notes are an enticing mix of citrus, spice and marzipan – light bodied and finely balanced.


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Established in 2012, the team behind Israel’s first whisky distillery are dedicated to creating world-class whisky using traditional custom-built equipment and high quality ingredients.

Recent years have seen awards and plaudits shower down upon distilleries that have pioneered whisky production within their own countries, think of Taiwan’s Kavalan and Japan’s Yamazaki.

We have no doubt that Milk & Honey could well be the next to follow in their footsteps, making this a very exciting opportunity to secure one of their first bottlings!

The Auction is live until Monday 21st August, there is no fee to register on our site, our commission structure is very competitive and we offer worldwide shipping. For our terms and conditions please click here.

Happy bidding!

Jack Daniels Red Dog Saloon Limited Edition Bottle – American Whiskey News


Red Dog Saloon Limited Edition Bottle

Though the town of Lynchburg has been dry for over 100 years, it should come as no surprise that the home of Jack Daniel’s wasn’t always that way. In fact, in 1892, Lynchburg was home to over 300 residents and no fewer than two bars. In 1​892, Mr. Jack opened ​the Jack Daniel’s Red Dog Saloon on the Lynchburg Town Square. Mr. Jack had been inspired by the bustling saloons and bars of Nashville and decided that opening a bar in his hometown would be a good way to expand his whiskey business and, more importantly, bring the townsfolk of Lynchburg together. But Mr. Jack didn’t open just one bar, he opened two. The sophisticated White Rabbit Saloon and the more raucous Red Dog Saloon.

The Red Dog Saloon is thought to have sat where the town gazebo is now, but most knowledge surrounding the bar remains speculative at best. Even its name is shrouded in mystery. Did Jack have a dog that was red in color? Is it a reference to his amber whiskey? There is little written about it, so we may never know more than the stories we hear from the generations before.

In honor of this historical debut, we are offering a special edition bottle to commemorate ​the 125th Anniversary. It is available in limited quantities across the US for a suggested retail price of $28.99 for a 750ml bottle. 


World Class Wins for International Beverage Brands – Scotch Whisky News

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World Class Wins for International Beverage Brands

The International Beverage portfolio of premium whiskies and gin has been impressing judges across the globe as the business celebrates a glittering medal haul in leading industry competitions this year.

Spirits from the company’s five distilleries in Scotland– Pulteney, Balblair, Balmenach, Knockdhu and Speyburn – have triumphed with over 50 Gold and Silver medals at five of the world’s most highly rated awards: the International Wine & Spirits Competition, the New York International Spirits Competition, the International Spirits Challenge, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and The Global Gin Masters.

Leading the field is Balblair, which won a dazzling Double Gold in San Francisco and Gold at the IWSC for Balblair 1999 Vintage, with further IWSC and ISC Golds for Balblair Travel Retail exclusives and nine Silver medals for the Highland Single Malt across various other competitions.

The Speyburn team were also celebrating, with Speyburn Arranta Casks receiving particular recognition with Double Gold in San Francisco, Gold at the IWSC and Gold at the ISC. Speyburn Bradan Orach and Speyburn 10 Year Old also both won Gold in New York and San Francisco respectively, with the Speyside Single Malt winning seven additional Silver medals in the field.

There was more good news with anCnoc 12 Year Old scooping Double Gold in San Francisco, with the Highland Single Malt gaining three further Golds at the IWSC, ISC and in New York, alongside four additional Silver medals. The company’s premium blended whisky, Hankey Bannister Original, also took home Gold in San Francisco, as did Caorunn Small Batch Scottish Gin and Old Pulteney 12 Year Old in New York. Old Pulteney also scooped a further two Silver medals for its 12 Year Old and 35 Year Old single malts at the IWSC.

International Beverage Marketing Director Karen Walker commented: ‘This has been an exciting first half of the year for our business and despite the tough competition out there, our brands are once again gaining recognition amongst industry leaders and peers. My thanks and congratulations go to the skilled and talented teams at the distilleries and across our business who have delivered these wonderful wins for our brands. Going forward we will continue to invest in our distilleries and in our brands to make sure that we continue our winning form and deliver the most exceptional quality spirits for our drinkers to enjoy.’

About International Beverage Holdings

International Beverage Holdings Limited is one of the industry’s most dynamic global drinks businesses. Established in 2006 as the international arm of ThaiBev, the company specialises in developing distinctive, premium local brands for global growth, with a portfolio that is led by a range of high quality Scotch whiskies and includes some of the fastest growing and most prestigious beers, spirits and whiskies on the market today. These high quality brands are enjoyed by consumers in over 85 global markets and include:

  • Chang, Thailand’s iconic global beer brand
  • Single Malt Scotch Whiskies: Old Pulteney, Balblair, anCnoc, Speyburn
  • Blended Scotch Whiskies: Hankey Bannister, Catto’s, MacArthur’s
  • Caorunn, a super premium small batch distilled Scottish Gin infused with 5 Celtic botanicals
  • Thai spirits: Phraya, Mekhong

International Beverage’s international operation is headquartered in Hong Kong, with two major bases in China and Scotland and a growing number of regional hubs around the world. The business is focused on the delivery of winning investment, sales and marketing strategies and is committed to producing brands of character, representing the care and craftsmanship of the people that make them – from the brewers of Chang Beer in Thailand, to the distillers of the fine single malt Scotch whisky Old Pulteney in Scotland. Crucially, the global development of every brand continues to be rooted in its home territory, supporting the company’s mission to build authentic brands of outstanding character.

International Beverage is investing in ambitious growth across its global operation, employing over 850 highly skilled people across production, sales, marketing and finance, together forming an effective and expert international team.

Buffalo Trace Distillery OPENS NEW E. H. TAYLOR TOUR, INCLUDES “BOURBON POMPEII” – American Whiskey News

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Sixth Complementary Tour Offered at this National Historic Landmark Distillery

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (August 3, 2017) Buffalo Trace Distillery kicks off its long-awaited tour to its famous “Bourbon Pompeii” on Monday, August 7th, 2017. Officially called the E. H. Taylor Tour, the tour will visit three sites at this National Historic Landmark Distillery, two of which have not been open to the public for touring previously. The tour will visit the Old Taylor House, a small white house built in the 1790s, which is the oldest house in Franklin County. Built by Commodore Richard Taylor, E. H. Taylor’s great-grandfather, the Old Taylor House has been a residence, a small hospital and a laboratory.  After it had sat vacant for a number of years, Buffalo Trace restored it a few years ago and now uses it for internal meeting space.  It has not been open to the public for touring until now.

            The second stop on the E. H. Taylor Tour will be the much talked about O.F.C. Building, better known by its nick name “Bourbon Pompeii.” This building is a true historic gem in the chronicles of American bourbon distilling, with the original foundation wall built by Taylor in 1869, and then a second foundation Taylor built in 1873 when he set out to build the industry’s first “modern” distillery.  The fermenting vats inside were found intact and date back to 1883.  The foundation and the vats were covered with a cement floor when the building was decommissioned in 1958 and forgotten, until 2016 when Buffalo Trace began work on the O.F.C. Building to turn it into meeting and event space. That plan was altered upon discovery of this rare archeological treasure, although the upper levels of the building will still be used as event space as originally planned.  One of Taylor’s fermenters will also be re-lined with copper as Taylor had originally designed it, for usage in the near future. These are unique finds, and may arguably be called the oldest, most intact distillery in existence in the United States; as intact remains of early buildings and equipment on most distilleries are completely removed during development and expansion.

            The third stop on the E. H. Taylor Tour will take guests inside Warehouse “C,” located across from the Visitor Center. This warehouse was built by Taylor in 1884 and is a beautiful brick and limestone structure that holds about 25,000 barrels.  All of the E. H. Taylor, Jr. line of whiskies reside in this warehouse, along with other brands distilled by Buffalo Trace. Taylor was known for his innovation and quality, which is evidenced by his inclusion of steam heat in the warehouses for the winter months, and the fine architectural details found in his buildings. Buffalo Trace still heats its warehouses to this day, (and is one of the only distilleries to do so) which forces its bourbons to receive a full cycle of aging year round instead of lying dormant in the barrel when the temperature dips in the 40s (Fahrenheit,) as it is known to do quite often in Kentucky winters!

            After visiting Taylor’s barrel warehouse, guests will then return to Buffalo Trace’s Visitor Center where they will enjoy a complimentary tasting to round out their tour.  The new E. H. Taylor Tour will last about an hour and is complimentary. It will run Monday-Friday at 2:30 p.m. Reservations are required for this tour and can be made online here:


About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1786 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year.” Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit


1792 Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Wins Silver at 2017 International Spirits Challenge – American Whiskey News

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1792 Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Wins Silver at 2017 International Spirits Challenge 

        BArdstown, KY (Aug. 2, 2017) – 1792 Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey received high praise and recognition at the 22nd International Spirits Challenge where it was awarded Silver. This year, more than 1,300 entries from nearly 70 countries around the globe took part in the competition.

        Justin Smith, awards organizer stated, “This year has seen more entries than ever before, with producers looking to benchmark their spirit at the very highest level.”

The ISC is judged by a panel of renowned judges with different specialties within the spirits industry. The competition, in its 22nd year, promotes outstanding quality spirits from all over the world and enforces a rigorous and independent judging process, thus driving this competition to be considered among the most prestigious spirits competitions.

Results from the 2017 International Spirits Challenge can be found HERE . 

About Barton 1792 Distillery

Barton 1792 Distillery is part of Barton Brands.  Barton Brands has facilities in Bardstown, Ky., Carson, Calif., and Baltimore, Md. Barton Brands is owned by the Sazerac Company, an American family-owned company based in New Orleans, La. Barton 1792 Distillery was established in 1879 and continues today as the oldest fully-operating Distillery in the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” The Distillery is located on 196 acres and includes 28 warehouses, 22 other buildings, the Morton Spring and the Tom Moore Spring.  Distilling, aging and bottling fine Bourbon whiskey are hallmarks of the historic Barton 1792 Distillery. 1792 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is produced at Barton 1792 Distillery. This whiskey is named for the year Kentucky became a state and is the recent gold medal winner at the 2015 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition. To learn more visit

Lord Calvert® Canadian Whisky Launches Second Edition of Ducks Unlimited Decanter – Canadian Whisky News

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Lord Calvert® Canadian Whisky Launches Second Edition of Ducks Unlimited Decanter

Limited Edition Decanter Launching Nationwide and Now Available Online

(St. Louis) August 3, 2017 – Lord Calvert® Canadian Whisky has launched the second edition of Ducks Unlimited decanter, available nationally in September. The attractive second edition design includes a yellow Labrador Retriever fetching a canvasback, the largest diving duck found in North America, in the water.

The brand announced a partnership with Ducks Unlimited, the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, in 2016. The partnership showcases the strong Canadian heritage of both Lord Calvert Canadian Whisky and Ducks Unlimited, as well as their passion for the outdoors.

Each custom 750ml decanter is hand-painted and hand-filled with smooth and flavorful Lord Calvert Canadian Whisky for a SRP of $99.99. In addition, a portion of the proceeds will be used to preserve waterfowl and wetland habitats across North America.

“Last year’s decanter was a success and sought after and we are pleased to continue our partnership with Ducks Unlimited and their mission to conserve and restore America’s wetlands,” says Fletcher Buchman, brand manager at Luxco. “In addition, we are looking forward to making these collectible decanters even easier for consumers to purchase and enjoy.”

The decanters – both the 2016 edition and the 2017 edition – will now be available for purchase online—unfilled— for consumers who would like to collect both editions. Consumers can find a link for purchase at The 2016 edition of the decanter is available now for purchase and the 2017 edition will be available online in September. The decanters will sell for $65.

Lord Calvert Canadian Whisky is distilled in the heart of Canada, offering a smooth flavor with a touch of sweetness from a mixture of rye, corn, wheat and barley mash distilled and aged for 36 months. The brand recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Photos of the decanters are available upon request. For more information about this product, please visit, or

About Luxco

A leading producer, supplier, importer, and bottler of beverage alcohol products, Luxco’s mission is to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of consumers, associates and business partners. Founded in St. Louis in 1958, Luxco remains locally owned and operated by the Lux family. Currently, Luxco is constructing its first bourbon distillery – Lux Row Distillers – bringing the Lux family’s legacy to the heart of Bourbon Country in Bardstown, Kentucky. Lux Row Distillers will be home to many of the company’s bourbon brands, such as Rebel Yell, Blood Oath, David Nicholson, and Ezra Brooks. Luxco has also built a new distillery in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico – Destiladora González Luxco – where the company’s 100 percent agave tequilas, El Mayor and Exotico, will be produced. Luxco’s innovative and high-quality brand portfolio also includes Everclear Grain Alcohol, Pearl Vodka, Saint Brendan’s Irish Cream, and other well-recognized brands. For more information about the company and its brands, visit

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