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It’s not every day that a 19-year old gets to race a Lamborghini, but Sandy Mitchell from Forfar is doing that on a regular basis.

Thanks to sponsorship from Black Bull Scotch Whisky, the global spirits brand based in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Mitchell is set to race in not 1 but 2 of the biggest platforms for GT racing.

The intense, high-speed six-round championship is fought out on a number of America’s iconic racetracks, including Road America and Laguna Seca. The season gets underway this weekend (April 5-7) at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, before heading to Watkins Glen in June.  After that, he will head back into the Blancpain Endurance Cup at Monza on 13th and 14th April, driving for the Black Bull Barwell Racing Team.  Competing in two different Lamborghini Squadra Corsa cars will test the limit of the young racing driver but he’s well prepared.  “I know the Lamborghini really well having driven for the Black Bull Barwell Racing Team last year and so I know how to handle it.” said Sandy,  “The car in the Trofeo Championship is different, but I’ve been out there testing it with the Wayne Taylor Racing team and feel confident that I can produce race winning pace from the start.”



Chairman of sponsors, Black Bull Scotch Whisky, Euan Shand commented; “We’ve sponsored Sandy long before he could legally drive on the road.  Aged 15, we saw Sandy’s potential and we have backed his racing career since then.  We think Sandy has the ability to reach the ultimate prize which is Le Mans and the European and American platforms he will race in this year prepares him beautifully for that opportunity.”

The Scots teenager will drive the No. 1 Prestige Performance Wayne Taylor Racing Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo (Pro), in partnership with 26-year-old Italian, Andrea Amici.

Mitchell, a race winner in both Blancpain and British GT championships, is part of the Lamborghini Squadra Corse GT3 Junior Program and a member of the prestigious British Racing Drivers’ Club Rising Star scheme.  “This is a fantastic opportunity to further my career, and I have to thank both Black Bull Whisky and Wayne Taylor Racing, plus Prestige Performance, for the opportunity,” Mitchell said.  “I felt it was important this year to increase my seat time in a competitive environment, and to be able to race in one of the highest-profile championships in America will significantly develop my experience.”

Wayne Taylor Racing has a winning record in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo, having clinched seven North American Pro-Driver, team and dealer championship titles.  They were also crowned the overall 2017 Lamborghini Champions at the World Finals in Imola, Italy.

Black Bull Scotch Whisky dates back to 1864.  The award-winning brand boasts 6 aged blended whiskies within their portfolio and exports to 50 countries globally.

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Beam Suntory Wins World’s Best Blended Whisky – Japanese Whisky News

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Beam Suntory Wins World’s Best Blended Whisky

[For Immediate Release, March 2019] Last night, Beam Suntory won two top awards at the annual World Whiskies Awards in London, picking up the World’s Best Blended Whisky for the sixth time and was placed in the iconic ‘Hall of Fame 2019’.

Presented by and The Whisky Magazine, the World Whiskies Awards is a prestigious, global competition which recognises outstanding quality and excellence in whisky. This is the sixth time that Beam Suntory has received the ‘World’s Best Blended Whisky’ award. The first time was in 2010 and it was the first Japanese company to do so. Speaking of the win, Chairman of the World Whiskies Awards and Editor of The Whisky Magazine, Rob Allanson, said: “Hibiki 21 Years Old is consistently and excellently well blended whisky and very well put together. The scores from the judging panel mirror that and to win blind in such a prestigious category is pretty impressive.”

At the event, Suntory’s Global Brand Ambassador, Mike Miyamoto, was placed in The Whisky Magazine “Hall of Fame”, an award which celebrates those who have made a lasting contribution to the whisky industry. Speaking of being awarded with this prestigious title, Mike Miyamoto said: “I am incredibly humbled to receive this award and really didn’t expect it. I have worked in this industry for a long time because I just love whisky. Our industry is full of passionate people who know and love their whisky and our business depends on these people. These are the people who have really given me this award.”


About Suntory Whisky Hibiki 21 Years Old 

This whisky is a blend of rare and meticulously selected mature malt and grain whiskies aged over 21 years. With aromas of sweet dried fruit and a spicy flavor, it is characterized by a solemn, refined richness and profound, lingering echoes.

Award Names and Recipients 

World’s Best Blended Whisky:
Suntory Whisky Hibiki 21 Years Old

Hall of Fame 2019: 

Mike Miyamoto – Suntory Global Brand Ambassador

About Beam Suntory 

The House of Suntory Whisky is the founding house of Japanese whisky. A legacy of three master blenders and three generations of innovators, Suntory was created by the Founding Father of Japanese whisky, Shinjiro Torii. Suntory was established in 1899 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Since 1923, as the pioneer of Japanese whisky, Suntory Whisky has been renowned for its House of Master Blenders and for their Art of Blending. Suntory Whiskies are subtle, refined and complex. The portfolio feature two single malt whiskies, one blend and one grain whisky including Yamazaki—Japan’s #1 Single Malt, multi-layered and profound, Hakushu—verdant, fresh, and delicately smoky, Hibiki— the noble blend, Japan’s most highly awarded blended whisky and the mild, smooth, single grain, Chita— the serenity of Japanese whisky.

Beam Suntory Celebrates World Water Day, Deepening Commitment to Water & the Environment – American Whiskey News

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World leader in premium spirits expands partnership near flagship Kentucky distillery, and introduces programs near Chicago global headquarters

CHICAGO, March 22, 2019 – Beam Suntory, a world leader in premium spirits, has deepened ties with a leading conservation and education organization neighboring its largest distillery in Kentucky, and forged a new relationship with a river protection organization near its global headquarters in Chicago.

The maker of Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon, Courvoisier cognac and Hibiki Japanese whisky announced these developments in recognition of World Water Day.

“Water is at the center of nearly every product we create,” Beam Suntory Chairman & CEO Matt Shattock said. “We are committed to preserving and protecting this precious natural resource, and the surrounding environment, for future use in our products, and for the communities where we live and work.”

Inspired by parent company Suntory Holdings’ leadership in this area, Beam Suntory has established Natural Water Sanctuaries at its Maker’s Mark distillery, and near its Jim Beam distillery. The Jim Beam Natural Water Sanctuary is an Alliance with Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, the largest privately held contiguous forest block in the Eastern United States dedicated to conservation and education.

Beam Suntory and Bernheim recently extended their partnership to a five-year agreement, with the goal of protecting water quality, restoring wildlife habitats, and reintroducing native plants and trees on Bernheim grounds immediately adjacent to the Jim Beam distillery. They will also work to enhance environmental education in the community, within Beam Suntory, and at visitor experiences at both locations.

To celebrate World Water Day, the Jim Beam American Stillhouse team is teaming up with Bernheim representatives to share the importance of protecting water and the environment with distillery visitors. Guests will receive a reusable water bottle, Jim Beam will make a donation to further environmental education, and legal-drinking-age guests can enjoy specially themed cocktails.

Beam Suntory is also forging a partnership with the Friends of the Chicago River, a 40-year-old organization working to improve the health of the Chicago River system for the benefit of people, plants and animals. The partnership is focused on preserving and protecting the local waterway, and will include regular employee volunteer commitments.

Beam Suntory has eliminated the use of plastic straws at its global headquarters, and has committed to eliminate single-use plastics for food and beverages by the end of 2019. Within the last year, Beam Suntory employees have volunteered to clear waterways in Singapore, Taiwan, California and Chicago, and plant trees in Japan, Madrid, New York and Kentucky.

About Beam Suntory Inc.

As a world leader in premium spirits, Beam Suntory inspires human connections. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands, Suntory whisky Kakubin, and Courvoisier cognac, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s and Legent bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Hornitos and Sauza tequila, EFFEN and Pinnacle vodka, Sipsmith and Roku gin, and Midori liqueur.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and a vision of Growing for Good. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit and

About Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
Bernheim’s mission is to connect people with nature. Bernheim is the largest privately held contiguous forest block in the Eastern United States dedicated to conservation and education. Bourbon maker Isaac Wolfe Bernheim established the arboretum and forest in 1929 as a gift to the people of Kentucky. Fun, educational programs, diverse tree collections, 40 miles of hiking trails and varied landscapes are available every day except December 25 and January 1. Admission is free weekdays and to members. Weekends and holidays have a $5 environmental impact fee per vehicle. Schools and tour groups are welcome; please call in advance for scheduling and fees. Bernheim is located in Clermont, Ky., about 20 minutes south of the Louisville airport. From I-65 take exit 112 and follow the signs. Bernheim is a non-profit organization that relies on memberships, grants and donations for support. Come visit and enjoy the beauty of nature.

About Friends of the Chicago River
Friends of the Chicago River is an award-winning nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve and protect the Chicago River for people, plants and animals. With over 10,000 members, volunteers, and online advocates, Friends works to make the river healthier and more accessible, while building awareness of the benefits that a clean, healthy river can bring to the surrounding community. Friends of the Chicago River is working to make the Chicago River one of the world’s great metropolitan rivers. For more information please visit our website

7th Annual Step Ahead Awards Recognize Women for Excellence in Manufacturing – Whisky News

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The Manufacturing Institute Will Honor Beam Suntory’s Victoria MacRae-Samuels

Chicago, March 1, 2019 – The Manufacturing Institute announced they will award Victoria MacRae-Samuels, Senior Director, Global Quality at Beam Suntory, with the Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Award. The STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory-floor to the C suite.

“I am honored to receive the 2019 STEP Ahead Award from the Manufacturing Institute, an organization that recognizes the invaluable role of women in business,” Victoria MacRae-Samuels said. “During my tenure in the spirits industry, I have seen how recruiting that attracts more women to STEP careers has positively impacted the growth of our global business. I am proud and humbled to represent these women – within Beam Suntory and beyond our walls – as a leader in manufacturing.”

The STEP Ahead Awards are part of the larger STEP Ahead initiative, launched to examine and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research, and leadership for attracting, advancing, and retaining strong female talent. In five years, STEP Ahead Award winners have impacted more than 300,000 individuals—from peers in the industry to school-aged children. Women constitute one of manufacturing’s largest pools of untapped talent. Women totaled 47 percent of the U.S. labor force in 2016, but only 29 percent of the manufacturing workforce. Not only does the STEP Ahead initiative bolster manufacturing’s attractiveness to women, it also plays an important role in improving the perception of careers in the industry among younger generations.

“Women are the single largest pool of untapped potential talent within the manufacturing industry, and we must continue to do everything we can to promote gender diversity within this field,” Keira Lombardo, Chair of STEP Ahead and executive vice president of corporate affairs and compliance for Smithfield Foods said. “The STEP Ahead Awards program not only recognizes the incredible women in manufacturing who have an impact on the daily lives of people all over the world, it sends an incredibly powerful message to the next generation of female leaders that the manufacturing industry offers innovative and fulfilling careers in which women can thrive.”

On April 11, The Manufacturing Institute will recognize 130 recipients of the STEP Ahead Awards at a reception in Washington, D.C. The STEP Ahead Awards program will highlight each honoree’s story, including their leadership and accomplishments in manufacturing.

“Providing more opportunities for women in manufacturing is more than just the right thing to do. At a time when manufacturers face a workforce crisis, and with women still constituting less than a third of manufacturing workers, it’s clearly critical to the future of our industry and the economy,” Carolyn Lee, executive director of The Manufacturing Institute said. “The Manufacturing Institute’s STEP Ahead awards—which provide today’s female leaders in manufacturing the recognition they deserve while simultaneously elevating role models that can inspire future generations to join them—are an important element of our commitment to helping foster a 21st-century manufacturing workforce by developing current leaders and engaging future ones.”

About Beam Suntory Inc. 
As a world leader in premium spirits, Beam Suntory inspires human connections. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands, Suntory whisky Kakubin, and Courvoisier cognac, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek and Basil Hayden’s bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Hornitos and Sauza tequila, EFFEN and Pinnacle vodka, Sipsmith and Roku gin, and Midori liqueur.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and a vision of Growing for Good.  Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan.  For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit and

About the Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. As a non-partisan organization, the Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge information and services to the nation’s manufacturers. The Institute is the authority on the attraction, qualification and development of world-class manufacturing talent. For more information, please visit




Lindores Abbey Distillery is to release a commemorative edition of its Aqua Vitae, Aqua Vitae Thabill, in honour of the all-star chess tournament that will take place at the distillery on 25th and 26th May. Players taking part include World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, former World Chess Champion Viswanathan ‘Vishy’ Anand and Ding Liren, three-time Chinese Chess Champion. 

Normally made from an unaged, malt-based spirit, the basis of the Thabill will be an exquisite 18-month old Lindores spirit which has been maturing in oak casks from Thiron-Gardais in France. The town is home to Tiron Abbey, the mother abbey of the Tironensian order and sister abbey to Lindores along with Kelso and Arbroath.

The name Thabill refers to an inventory of the abbey which took place in the 1480s and mentioned ‘twa pairs of thabills wt thair men’ – two chessboards with their pieces, in today’s parlance. Chess has been a part of the abbey’s history for more than 500 years, and this spirit is a fitting tribute to the game of kings. 

Only 500 bottles will be produced, making this an extremely rare opportunity to sample the most mature Lindores spirit thus produced. The bottles will be sold both online at and in the distillery shop, and will cost £150. A proportion of the proceeds from the sales will be donated to STAR, the distillery’s chosen charity which provides a safe, happy place for children in foster care to be reunited with siblings who have been placed in separate homes.

The tournament will take place over two days and the games will be played in the distillery itself, overlooking the abbey ruins. The games will be streamed on screens throughout the visitor centre for the public (the game-side seats are by invitation only).


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Lindores Abbey was founded in 1191 by David Earl of Huntingdon, on land overlooking the River Tay which was given to him by his brother, King William I. It was visited by Kings and Queens, warriors and statesmen. William Wallace took refuge there with 300 of his men after their victory over the English. It is considered by many to be the spiritual home of scotch whisky, as the earliest record of the spirit cited by the exchequer roll for 1494 is a commission from King James IV to Friar John Cor of Lindores Abbey to make ‘eight bols of malt.’

Aqua Vitae – the first release from this historic site is a tribute to the origins of Scotch as we know it today – the earliest ‘aqua vitae’ was made at Lindores Abbey as long ago as 1494. Distilled in pot stills, our malt spirit is then infused with a blend of spices and herbs, including cleavers, lemon verbena and sweet cicely, which all grow in our gardens amidst the grounds of the ancient Abbey. It is entirely natural, un-chill-filtered, with no added sugars.

Magnus Carlsen is a Norwegian Chess Grandmaster, the World #1 and World Chess Champion. An exceptional chess prodigy, he became a chess grandmaster in 2004, at the age of 13 years, 148 days, making him the third youngest grandmaster in history. He is the highest rated player in the world and in the history of chess, with a peak rating of 2882.

Viswanathan Anand, known popularly as “Vishy”, is an Indian chess Grandmaster and former World Chess Champion. Anand was the first Indian to win the FIDE World Chess Championship in 2000 and since then he has won this Championship in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012. He remained the undisputed World Champion from 2007 to 2013.

Ding Liren is a three-time Chinese Chess Champion (2009, 2011, 2012) and has represented China at all four Chess Olympiads from 2012 to 2018, winning team gold medals in 2014 and 2018 and individual bronze and gold medals in 2014 and 2018 respectively. In August 2015, he became the second Chinese player to break into the top 10 of the FIDE world rankings.

Award-winning Norfolk business launches its latest single malt whisky in time for St George’s Day – English Whisky News


With less than 3000 bottles of Virgin Oak, can you afford to miss out?

Award-winning Norfolk business launches its latest single malt whisky in time for St George’s Day

The English Whisky Co. is delighted to herald the release of its latest single malt, The English – Virgin Oak.

The English – Virgin Oak, is a small batch release of single malt whisky by the award winning English Whisky Co.


The very limited edition release offers only 2689 bottles to go around the whole world with a release date of 4 April 2019. The English – Virgin Oak has matured gently in casks laid down at St George’s Distillery in Roudham, Norfolk before it’s bottling in March 2019. The English – Virgin Oak has spent the last six years maturing in American oak virgin oak casks and has gained heavily from these beautiful cask, the result is a rich and spicy malt that captures the oak’s signature nods to vanilla, chocolate, toffee and spices and finishes with a warm, lingering heat.

Andrew Nelstrop, Owner of The English Whisky Co., says “What started off as an experiment has turned out to be a winner. We are really thrilled with this single malt whisky. The whisky is rich and oily with hints of honey, toffee and chocolate; a taste of chocolate and cloves lingers on the palate. What is there not to like?”

For more information about The English Whisky Co., please contact Andrew Nelstrop on 07836 235519 or

Visit The English Whisky Co. website,



  • The English Whisky Co., based at St George’s Distillery at Roudham in Norfolk, was England’s first registered whisky producer for over a century. It was founded by the Nelstrop family in 2005. Andrew Nelstrop currently runs the operation.
  • Not only has St George’s Distillery been voted best tourist attraction by the EDP Awards, its chief distiller, David Fitt, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Distiller of the Year award and its single malts have been voted best European whiskies five years in a row – an accomplishment never before held by any whisky brand.
  • Tasting Notes Virgin Oak White Small Batch #1 2019
    • Nose: Coconut and liquorice with hints of toffee and dark chocolate. Light vanilla and rich oak. Wood spices, think cloves and nutmeg.
    • Taste: Rich and oily. Spicy, the notes of dry oak and vanilla come through. Hints of honey, toffee, chocolate and cloves linger on the palate.

Ardara Distillery bringing whiskey production back to Donegal – Irish Whiskey News




Sliabh Liag Distillers apply for planning permission

Sliabh Liag Distillers have taken the first step in their ambitious plan to bring whiskey distilling back to Donegal for the first time in 177 years.  The distillery which produces The Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey, has acquired the Show Field in Ardara, and will be formally submitting a planning application to Donegal County Council this week.

Led by company directors, James and Moira Doherty and James Keith, construction for the whiskey distillery is scheduled to start later this year, subject to planning approval, with distilling operations commencing in 2020. The new building has been carefully designed by Corner Stone Architecture to complement the village and its natural surroundings.

The new €6m distillery aims to employ at least 40 people and will have the capacity to produce 400,000 litres of pure alcohol per annum, which equates to approximately 1700 filled casks, and over 1.2m bottles of whiskey when the spirit is finally sold.  As well as producing whiskey, the company’s An Dúlamán gin still will be moved from its current location in Carrick to the new building, and a visitor centre is also planned.  The visitor centre will include a poitín museum, exhibition space, tasting bar and shop and will be an additional reason for tourists on the Wild Atlantic Way to stop in Ardara.  There will be no café or restaurant, with visitors encouraged to make use of the village’s many offerings.

The company plans to create a number of brands, including the Ardara and Sliabh Liag single malt and pot still whiskeys, heavily peated and authentic to the style of 19th century whiskeys from the county.

Commenting on the news, James Doherty, Managing Director of Sliabh Liag Distillers, said: “The design of the development is a mix of contemporary and traditional finishes which complement the village of Ardara. We have put considerable thought into the visitor experience and aim to create an opportunity for visitors to park in the village, walk along the Owentocker river, across a new footbridge and into the Show Field. It is important to us that local businesses benefit from the foot fall, and if we can get visitors walking in the village, increasing their dwell time, then so much the better for the entire community.”

“Enhancing Ardara’s offering to its community and visitors has been a major consideration throughout the design process.   We intend to conserve the portion of the land nearest to the village as an open green space, with walk ways and ponds providing a beautifully landscaped area to be enjoyed by everybody,” added James.

Gavin Shovelin of Corner Stone Architecture said: “We have really enjoyed working on this exciting project and designing such a major landmark for what is my home town. We see spin offs for all aspects of the community and have designed a building that we think is truly unique but will look very much part of the town.”

Following a public consultation in Ardara on 2nd April at The Nesbitt Arms Hotel, the Planning Application is being submitted on the 4th April.



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Monday 1st April, 2019: Independent family distillers, William Grant & Sons UK has confirmed that former Artesian bartender, Alex Walker, has taken on the role of National Brand Ambassador for Glenfiddich, with immediate effect.

Alex’s new role will see him focus on elevating brand awareness and understanding, by bringing to life Glenfiddich’s experimental nature; and bridging communications between the brand and whisky drinkers, bars & restaurants, retailers and press.

Alex takes over from Stephen Rutherford, who previously held the role as Glenfiddich National Brand Ambassador, up until last year when he took on the position of Glenfiddich UK Brand Manager.

Stephen Rutherford, Glenfiddich UK Brand Manager said: “Alex has proved himself to be an exceptional candidate and a passionate whisky enthusiast, ticking all of the boxes for the role. He is a welcome addition to the team and I look forward to working with him to drive Glenfiddich’s brand advocacy forward with the exciting upcoming projects we have lined up.”

Alex said: “I am extremely excited to be joining the William Grant & Sons UK family. It is a huge honour and privilege to work for a brand that represents over 130 years of history, heritage, and experimentation. I can’t wait to be part of this journey and help craft future success for Glenfiddich!”


About Alex Walker:

Alex has travelled much of the world pursuing his passion for whisky and has a strong interest for the hospitality industry. He began his career in Australia, before returning to the UK, to work at Elixir Tonics & Treats, one of Manchester’s best-known neighbourhood bars. In 2016 he moved to London, where he worked in two of the city’s (and the world’s) most prestigious hotels bars; The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy and Artesian at The Langham.

Alex’s reputation precedes him, with his portfolio of successes including the Jack Daniels Tennessee Calling III Winner 2018, Beefeater MIXLND UK finalist and Global Finalist 2018 and UK winner of the 1800 Visionaries 2017.  During his career, he has also developed a flair for detail as he judged the finals of both the 1800 Visionaries UK 2018 and The Herno Gin Cup UK 2018.

You can follow him on Instagram: @Alexanderjameswhisky

About William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons, Ltd. is an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1887. Today, the luxury spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distils some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world’s favourite single malt Glenfiddich®, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts and the world’s third largest blended Scotch Grant’s® as well as other iconic spirits brands such as Hendrick’s® Gin, Sailor Jerry®, Milagro® Tequila, Tullamore D.E.W Irish Whiskey, Monkey Shoulder, and Drambuie.

For more information please visit: Follow us on Instagram: @WilliamGrantUK




Israel’s first whisky distillery names award-winning

Maverick Drinks exclusive UK distributor for its unique portfolio


Tel Aviv – March 2019: The Milk & Honey Distillery (M&H Distillery) has named Maverick Drinks as the exclusive UK distributor for its collection of whiskies, gins and herbal liqueurs.

Founded in 2012, The M&H Distillery is the first whisky distillery to open in Israel. Dedicated to genuine artisanal processes and passionate about creating high-quality liquid, The M&H Distillery’s team creates young single malt spirit, Levantine Gin and herbal liqueurs. They will be bringing Israel’s first Single Malt Whisky to the UK market in late 2019.

The M&H Distillery is located in the vibrant city of Tel Aviv which, with a raft of cocktail bars and restaurants opening in recent years, has become a destination for discerning food and drink aficionados.

Due to Tel Aviv’s hot and humid weather, The M&H Distillery’s whisky matures and extracts barrel flavour quickly, giving its young spirit plenty of flavour and characteristics of a whisky aged for much longer in a colder climate. Its current Young Single Malt is matured in three types of cask (bourbon, red wine and Islay) providing intense notes of black cherry and red berry fruits with hints of vanilla, candyfloss and a subtle smokiness.

Also in The M&H Distillery’s core range is its award-winning Levantine Gin, which features local botanicals like Za’atar (hyssop), lemon peel, orange and lemon verbena, and is also available oak aged. The distillery also makes an interesting herbal liqueur called ROOTS filled with delicious regional ingredients such as cardamom, thyme, almonds, coriander and jasmine. The final piece in the puzzle is the New Make, which is the base for all of the M&H Spirits, including the Young Single Malt and the Levantine Gin. All five spirits, alongside The M&H Distillery’s burgeoning range of products, will join the Maverick Drinks portfolio and are available to UK partners now.

Michael Vachon, Maverick’s Head of Brand Development, says; “The M&H Distillery is rightfully taking its place as a leader in the New World whisky category. Israel’s Mediterranean climate, unique among significant whisky producers, coupled with the innovative production methods laid down by the late Dr Jim Swan, an expert on warm weather distilling, mean their spirits have a real depth and maturity to them that is on par with (or better than) many much older whiskies.”

Eitan Attir, CEO of The M&H Distillery said: “The M&H Distillery is very enthusiastic about this future long term partnership with Maverick Drinks, who we believe is the best partner to develop and build the brand. The UK is one of our first markets outside of Israel and we are excited to bring to the country a bit of our Tel Avivian sun and fine spirit.”

The M&H Distillery joins Maverick Drinks’ growing roster of unique international craft spirits brands including Ableforth’s, Balcones, Bluecoat Gin, Brenne, Darkness!, Drinks by the Dram, Empirical Spirits,  FEW Spirits, Kyrö Distillery Company, Mr Lyan, New York Distilling Company, Oslo Distillery,Smooth Ambler, St George Spirits, Teeling, That Boutique-y Gin Company, That Boutique-y Rum Company, That Boutique-y Whisky Company, Widow Jane and Wolfburn.

For more information about The M&H distillery, visit

About The Milk & Honey Distillery

Milk & Honey Distillery (M&H), established by entrepreneur and investor Gal Kalkstein, is Israel’s first whisky distillery. The distillery produces high quality distillates and a commission on the first Israeli whisky, the first of which is being aged in casks and will be available at the end of 2019. All raw materials, equipment, casks and processes were selected to ensure that the final product – whether white distillates or aged whisky – meets the highest quality standards and taste. Milk & Honey received guidance and advice from Dr. Jim Swan, a world-renowned master distiller. All the products of the distillery are kosher.

About Maverick Drinks 

Maverick Drinks is on a mission to help its partners reduce their reliance on mainstream brands by introducing them to better quality products that their customers will love. Consumers are increasingly looking for products with provenance, authenticity and craftsmanship and Maverick Drinks is leading the craft spirits movement in the UK, having been awarded IWSC Spirits Distributor of the Year in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Our spirits are made available through our ever-growing network of partners, which include drinks wholesalers, high street outlets, online retailers and many more.

‘Ten Wee Drams’ April 11th, 2019 Raasay Distillery – Scotch Whisky News

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‘Ten Wee Drams’

On April 11thRaasay Distillery will be hosting a live performance of ‘Ten Wee Drams’, a new set of works for solo bass and contrabass clarinet commissioned and performed by celebrated musician Sarah Watts. 

Sarah Watts has been hosting annual clarinet and bass clarinet courses on the Isle of Raasay for ten years. To celebrate this milestone anniversary she commissioned the composition of ten pieces which will be premiered at the Raasay Distillery this April.

Each Wee Dram takes inspiration from past and current culture, heritage, folklore and landscape of Raasay. Nine of the Wee Drams are by Scottish based composers Piers Hellawell, Alasdair Nicolson, Stuart MacRae, Iain Matheson, Oliver Searle, Jane Stanley, Pete Stollery, William Sweeney, and Sarah Watts. The tenth is by emerging composer Adam Lee – winner of the Ten Wee drams student competition.

The concert will take place in the distillery Gathering Room from 2.30pm (doors open at 2pm) with stunning views over to Skye, the afternoon will feature Sarah performing the Ten Wee Drams in a set lasting approximately 45 minutes. This event is free to attend and there will be a licensed bar, tea, coffee, and cakes.

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