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Bowmore Islay Single Malt Whisky Announces Release Of Bowmore 1957 – 54 Years Old – Scotch Whisky News

Bowmore Islay Single Malt Whisky Announces Release Of Bowmore 1957 – 54 Years Old

~ The Oldest Bowmore and Oldest Islay Single Malt Ever Released ~

A Whisky Collector’s Dream Come True:

Bottles No. 1 and No. 2 to be Auctioned at Bonhams in Edinburgh and New York City this October with net Proceeds Donated to Charity

Islay, Scotland (September 17, 2012) – Bowmore®, the first Islay Single Malt whisky, will release its oldest ever expression this October: the exceptionally rare Bowmore 1957, 54 Years Old. Not only is this the oldest whisky the distillery has ever released, it is also the oldest IslaySingle Malt ever released. Distilled in 1957 and bottled in 2011, this marvel has been lying in wait in the finest oak for over half a century in Bowmore’s legendary No. 1 Vaults, the oldest maturation warehouse in Scotland. With only 12 bottles in existence worldwide, this is the rarest Bowmore and will no doubt become one of the most sought-after and collectible Single Malt Scotch Whiskies in the world.

Bottles No. 1 and No. 2 will be offered at a public auction at esteemed international auction house Bonhams in Edinburgh on Oct 10 and in New York City on Oct 28 with a minimum reserve set at £100,000 per bottle (approx. $155,000). All net proceeds from both saleswill be donated to five Scottish charities.

Many generations have been the custodians of Bowmore 1957’s long journey from cask to bottle. Beginning in 1779 when Bowmore was established through to the present day, the distillery team has served as guardians of Bowmore’swhisky-making traditions and its inventory, safeguarding them so that future generations can continue to experience the unique spirit that is Bowmore. Bowmore 1957 was as much nurtured by the people as it was by its cask and the ancient distillery walls.

A collection of 1957 casks were bottled in 1995 but one in particular was held back from the outset as it was clear that it was more special and exceptional than the rest. Since 1995, the whisky in that cask has been examined every six months to check the quality, taste, developments and changes; closely watched to see how long the whisky could mature without losing Bowmore’s signature trait of a sweet/smoky balance.

Andrew Rankin, Morrison Bowmore’s Chief Blender, comments: “Upon checking the whisky in early 2011, we knew it had reached perfection at 54 years of age. Bowmore 1957 has withstood the test of time astoundingly well and is nothing short of brilliance in a glass.”

The Auction

Widely considered as one of the leading collectible Single Malts in the world, the Bonhams’ auctions for the Bowmore1957 are certain to quicken the heartbeats of whisky collectors around the world. Auctions are slated for Edinburgh on October 10 ( and in New York City on October 28 ( with bids accepted live in each location as well as live internet bidding. Enquiries regarding bidding can be directed to The minimum reserve set by Bonhams is £100,000 per bottle, the highest reserve ever set for a Single Malt Whisky. Says Martin Green, Bonhams’ Whisky Specialist, “We, at Bonhams, are very excited to offer at auction the rarest and oldest expression of Bowmore. This iconic bottling, the most mature spirit ever to come from Islay, has been watched over for 54 years and is in impeccable condition.”

The Charitable Donation

Morrison Bowmore Distillers, producers of Bowmore, have chosen to donate all the net proceeds of both auctions to five Scottish charities that encompass a variety of worthy causes: ALZHEIMER SCOTLAND (care for people with dementia, their caregivers and families); THE BEATSON ONCOLOGY CENTRE (care for cancer patients receiving treatment in the west of Scotland); CHAS (children’s hospice services); ERSKINE (medical care for Armed Forces); and MARIE CURIE CANCER CARE (cancer care and research). Mike Keiller, Morrison Bowmore Distillers ChiefExecutive Officer, says: “The notion of having a cask from 1957 that can still produce something so glorious shows the acute attention to detail and care that we pride ourselves on at Morrison Bowmore. The fact that we can take some of the precious cargo from this cask to help the lives of so many across many different communities through our charitable contribution, we thought we should help Scottish charities with this rare piece of Scotch whisky history.”

The Unique Presentation

Bowmore has been distilling and perfecting its celebrated Single Malt on Islay since 1779, using time-honored traditions that have not changed since. Bowmore is one of the few distilleries that still turns its floor-malted barley by hand, checks the germinating barley by rolling it between finger and thumb and judges the “middle cut” of new made spirit by eye to determine the best liquid to fill the casks that will mature into well-aged Bowmore.

No attention to detail has been missed in making this precious spirit, and thesame hand-crafted thoughtfulness has been applied to the vessel and presentation box that carries the Bowmore 1957. Each of the 12 bottles has been hand-blown and sculpted by two of the world’s foremost glass artists Brodie Nairn and Nichola Burns, into the shape ofwaves reminiscent of those that constantly crash against the No. 1 Vaults’ sea-facing walls, whilst the glass is inlaid with shimmering flecks of platinum.

Adorning each bottle is a platinum neck collar, hand-engraved with the bottle number and spirit strength, and platinum stopper hand-crafted by Hamilton & Inches, Warrant Holder to the Queen. The bottle and accompanying glasses and water pitcher, also hand-blown by Nairn and Burns, are nestled in a presentation box created by acclaimed woodworker Peter Toaig, using hand-selected pieces of Scottish Oak. View artisans’ videos here:

The Allocation Of 12 Bottles

Only 12 bottles of the rarest Bowmore 1957 have been created. Two of these will be auctioned, two have been retained for the Morrison Bowmore archives and the remaining eight will be available for purchase by the public solely at the Bowmore Distillery on Islay. The retail price for Bowmore 1957 will be £100,000 (approx. $155,000). Islay is the whisky-making mecca for many aficionados and those people who make the special journey to purchase Bowmore 1957 will be captivated by this magical island’s craggy coasts, windswept moors and friendly inhabitants.

The Cask Maturation And Tasting Notes

Bowmore 1957 (42.1%) is a symphony of aromas and flavors never before experienced. After distillation, the new spirit was placed into a second fill sherry cask (where it spent 43 years) and then in2000 was moved into a second fill bourbon cask. At first breath, an elixir of blueberries and wild figs with mellow almonds, tropical fruit and rich oakyovertones hits the nose. The palate reveals layer upon layer of sweet and refined ocean tastes with soft blueberries, cassis and figs, sea salt and fresh eucalyptus. Next, a wisp of teasing smoke and traces of dark chocolate fusewith notes of grapefruit and juicy oak, carried along by a warming marine breeze. This sensory journey ends with a long and whispering finish of cassis, bergamot and star anise.

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The Bowmore Distillery

Founded in 1779, Bowmore is the oldest Distillery on Islay. Islay malts are famous for their characteristic smokiness and Bowmore is no exception. Bowmore carefully smokes its malt and uses skills handed down from generation to generation to craft a perfectly balanced single malt. Bowmore’s adherence to traditional production methods helps to shape the character of its single malts – they are one of only a few distilleries anywhere which still produces its own floor malted barley, hand-turned by traditional wooden malt shovels. It draws water from the Laggan River, with its rich peaty overtones, and it’s the same Islay peat that fires the malt drying kiln.

Bowmore Distillery’s close proximity to the sea is also vital in determining the final character of the spirit. The famous Bowmore No. 1 Vaults is where most of the whiskies spend their time resting quietly in the cool,dark, damp cellars below sea level, oblivious to the waves thrashing the Vault’s sea-facing wall. They mature in oak casks, previously used for bourbon, sherry or claret, gradually developing rich and mellow flavors. It’s this combination of peat, barley, sea breeze, water, wood, people and tradition that together create the perfectly balanced warm and smoky character of Bowmore single malt whiskies.

The Bowmore domestic product range:

Bowmore Legend

Bowmore 12 Years Old

Bowmore 15 Years Old ‘Darkest’

Bowmore 18 Years Old

Bowmore 25 Years Old


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a furtherthree in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plusdetails of Bonhams specialist departments go to



by Pat Roberts

Where Flavour Is King’ showcases products’ credentials rooted in the big, bold flavours of Johnnie Walker whisky

Johnnie Walker, the world’s number one Blended Scotch Whisky, is this week launching a new global advertising campaign. Entitled ‘Where Flavour Is King’, the campaign focuses on the array of rich and intense flavours that are found in each blend of Johnnie Walker whisky.

From its origins in 1820, the Johnnie Walker label has always been committed to its quest to blend whiskies of exceptional flavour, refusing to compromise on quality. This dedicated attitude to finding exotic and exciting tastes takes the product on a special journey of distillation, maturation and blending, to produce the ultimate, unrivalled blend. The flavours, derived solely from the simplest ingredients of barley, water and peat, are mythically transformed through distillation and years of maturation in charred wood casks before being unleashed through the craft of the master blender.

This unique flavour production and craft of blending, which is at the heart of the Scotch, is reflected in the collection of campaign images, as consumers are transported to a mysterious and evocative world, featuring giant fruit smashers, towers of spices, honey cauldrons and fire-breathers.

Where Flavour is King – Black Label

The new, vibrant campaign and its collection of stunning images will be supported by an above the line campaign across outdoor and radio, as well as bespoke promotional materials, delivering rich consumer experiences in the on and off trade. The campaign will also feature social media activation that will centre on a unique Facebook app, taking consumers on an exotic and engaging journey through the layers, flavour and wonderful ways to enjoy Johnnie Walker.

‘Where Flavour Is King’ was written and produced by UK ad agency LOVE, and led by creative director Chris Myers. The campaign images were shot by renowned photographer Finlay MacKay over five days in London, England in April 2012. The extensive production – led by award-winning set designer Robin Brown, Michelin star food stylist James Hayward and Fashion Director of GQ Style in the UK, Luke Day – required a drawing room to be built from scratch, featuring dramatic lighting, giant fruits and 6ft tall bottles of Johnnie Walker Whisky. A short behind-the-scenes film about the making of the campaign images can be accessed here.

Gavin Pike, Global Brand Director for Johnnie Walker, said the campaign would help drive consumer awareness of the range of tastes across the brand portfolio:

“The new campaign, ‘Where Flavour Is King’, will open consumers’ eyes to the depth and variety of flavour that exists across the Johnnie Walker whisky taste spectrum. By creating a unique image for each variant of Johnnie Walker whisky, the consumer will be able to make an instant, tangible association with the power and depth of flavour of each blend. For example our Red Label shot centres around spices and fresh fruit, whereas the Black Label campaign highlights rich fruits and vanilla, with the distinctive Johnnie Walker smoky finish.

We’re thrilled to be able to Keep Walking in the footsteps of John Walker, dedicating ourselves to the pursuit of flavour and are positive that ‘Where Flavour Is King’ will provide even deeper levels of consumer engagement than in previous campaigns.”

The first market to launch ‘Where Flavour Is King’ is Africa, followed by Australia, Brazil, Global Travel, Russia & Hong Kong, later this year. European markets will roll out from July 2013.


Ernie-Ernst J. Scheiner, The Gateway to Distilleries

The famous coppersmiths Forsyths bought the site of the well-known Speyside distillery Caperdonich at Rothes in 2010. As they did not intend to distil whisky but needed some more space for their manufacturing business Glen Grant’s twin sister distillery was bulldozed one year later. However, the manufacturer of distillation equipment saved the mash tun, the washbacks and the four pot stills. They were moved to the scrap yard.

Founded by the owner of the neighbouring Glen Grant Distillery, James Grant, in 1897-98, the newly built distillery was closed just after three years of production due to negative impact of the infamous Pattison Crash. In 1965 „Glen Grant No. 2“ was reopened under the name of CAPERDONICH. Two more pot stills were installed by the Glenlivet Distillers Ltd. However, production life had been short again when „The Secret Well“ was made silent by its new owners Pernod Ricard in 2002.

From scrap back to production

Richard Forsyth sold one pair of the four Caperdonich pot stills to the Belgian Owl Distillery which is situated near the vibrant economic and cultural centre of Liège in Wallonia, Belgium.

Master Distiller Étienne Bouillon’s huge success with his much acclaimed whisky made solely of Belgian spring barley brought instantly the micro distillery to a bottleneck after the first Owl Whisky was released in 2007. „The demand has been overwhelming since then. It was much higher than our production capacity of 20.000 bottles per year.“ 95% of their whiskies are consumed in Belgium.

The Owl Distillery’s two vintage Swiss alambic pot stills date back to 1890. Their small size and their age made further production increases impossible. „We considered their renovation, dropped this idea, and planned a new set of pot stills. While planning we still looked out for old used pot stills,“ the distiller recalls their difficult situation.

The founding team around Etienne with Christian Polis and farmer Pierre Roberti was absolutely lucky when Jim McEwan of Bruichladdich Distillery gave them a vital hint. Talks and discussions began. In the end Richard Forsyth sold one pair of the four Caperdonich pot stills which were originally built by his forefathers in 1898.

Étienne Bouillon was more than happy, his dream came true and above all resulted in the aquisition of a renowned pair of beautiful Victorian pot stills. By summer 2013 the 11,000 litre wash still and the 8,000 litre spirit still will be distilling a Belgian type of „Caperdonich new make spirit.“ A new set of mash tun and washbacks will be installed by Forsyths whereas the original Caperdonich mash tun will be displaced at the new distillery.

The production site will be moved to a former monastery, now a ruaral farm near Fexhe-le-Haut-Clocher west of Liège where the Belgian Owl Whisky matures already. „We will also have a visitor centre in the heart of Hesbaye to teach tourists different ways of whisky production,“ explains Katia Guidolin, the Assistant Manager, „we want people to appreciate our Belgian quality product amidst the fertile barley fields.“

„We are very, very lucky,“ says Christian Polis, who is in charge of finance, „our new distillery project will be co-financed by the influential MEUSINVEST GROUP, which supports various business enterprises in the Province of Liège.“

The new distilling business has started. „We offer the first 200 casks of the Private Angel Range to the whisky enthusiasts around the world,“ tells Étienne Boullion, „and you may place your order from now on.“

Tasting Notes: The Belgian Owl 48 Months, 46% abv

What a fulminant bundle of pleasing aromas! They are fruity and floral, joined by toffee, vanilla and wood flavours. What a wonderful lasting richly textured mouthfeel! The whisky pleases velvetly, runs smooth like cream, offers some sweetness, creates notes of coffee and chocolate. There is an excellent harmony between nose and palate. The new make is indeed perfectly distilled and by no means pungent, very clean, floral and fruity in abundance, smooth and by no means not harsh. Despite its young age the Belgian Owl is full of harmony and delight. It matured in a first-fill Bourbon cask from Heaven Hill Distillery in Kentucky, U.S. It is bottled non-coloured, non-chillfiltered and was reduced with natural water. Whisky like it should be!

For further information open a photographic tour at The Gateway to Distilleries and visit The Owl Distillery at

Photos are copyright Ernst J. Scheiner 2012

TOP the  Caperdonich stills

MIDDLE Passionate Master Distiller Etienne Bouillon and his 1890 Alambics

BOTTOM the Bottle and the Glass

SULLIVANS Cove Tasmanian Single Malt Whisky Now in Dubai Airport – Australian Whisky News

SULLIVANS Cove Tasmanian Single Malt Whisky now in Dubai Airport

Sullivans Cove, Tasmania’s multi award winning luxury single malt will be available at the Le Clos store in Dubai airport as of November this year. This is the first Tasmanian whisky to be stocked at the top end store which is famous for setting a world record after a customer spent US$107000 on eight bottles of wine in 2010 and was voted “Travel Retail Operator of the Year” in 2009.

“Tasmanian whisky is really taking off across the world, mainly because of its extremely high quality. We are seeing a growing cult following for our whiskies, and recognition such as this to be stocked next to the world’s best wines and spirits in a store of the caliber of Le Clos is further testament to the hard work that we are doing here at home”, said Patrick Maguire, Master Distiller of Sullivans Cove. He added, “I am really proud that Sullivans Cove is leading the way for Tasmanian whiskies.”

Fraser Jones, Single Malt Category Manager at Le Clos said: “We are really excited to stock Sullivans Cove, the quality is excellent and it is great to bring new, unexpected single malts to the consumer, especially when they are as good as this one. With its ideal whisky climate, Tasmania is fast becoming a strong contender at the luxury end of the single malt market.”

Sullivans Cove is one of the most highly awarded Tasmanian whiskies, consistently winning Gold at the world’s most prestigious blind tasting competitions including Jim Murray’s Liquid Gold Awards, The Spirits Business’s Spirits Masters and the World Whisky Awards.

About Sullivans Cove

Sullivans Cove Tasmanian Single Malt is an exceptional, multi award winning, small batch luxury whisky from Tasmania. Made by traditional methods using only Tasmanian barley and water, the whisky is not chill filtered nor are any flavours or colours added. Each barrel is bottled individually to capture subtle variances that occur from barrel to barrel. The result is one of the best new whiskies on the market.

Tasmania Distillery Pty Ltd

Bowmore: A Very Rare Unveiling… Part 3 All Will Be Revealed Monday September 17th – Scotch Whisky News

This month Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky will announce a particularly extraordinary and precious bottling. Unlike any limited edition previously released, this Bowmore expression has been slumbering quietly in our legendary No.1 Vaults on Islay for many, many years. It has now been enveloped in liquid glass hand-blown and sculpted by two of the world’s foremost glass artists.

Here is a taster of something magical. Please take a short moment to watch

The .wmv for Windows

The .mov for macs

And of course the article on the website

Have a wonderful weekend. All will be revealed Monday…

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Sirius – A Glowing Collection of Super Nova Whiskies Shared by Mahesh Patel – Scotch Whisky News

Sirius – A Glowing Collection of Super Nova Whiskies shared by Mahesh Patel.


The Exclusive World launch of ‘SIRIUS’- a super premium luxury whisky collection was held in association with the Diamond Jubilee celebrations for the sixty years of the Mercedes – Benz Club on July 13th, 2012 at the ‘Mercedes-Benz World’ in Surrey, England. Set numbers one to six of this new range have been specially packaged for Mercedes – Benz Club sixtieth celebrations and available to club members only.

Sirius is a super-premium, boutique collection of the very finest and rarest whiskies the world has to offer, rigorously selected at the peak of their perfection. Each bottling is extremely limited in number and comprises long aged whiskies that have thrived and blossomed through many decades slowly maturing in casks. These whiskies are the brightest stars in Scotland’s dark distillery warehouses, now finally brought out into the light. They are the epitome of exclusivity; truly the best of the best.

Sirius is the personal creation of whisky connoisseur and collector Mahesh Patel. Given Mahesh’s passion resulting in his personal journey around 97 of Scotland’s finest distilleries, he is in a unique position to be able to select what he feels are the best of the best without fear or favour, without prejudice and hand cuffs and is free to choose what he likes, at its optimal age drawn direct from his favourite barrels.

Patel has one of the most impressive palates in the world and is unique in being able to acquire and taste the world’s finest and rarest whiskies. This expertise allows him to select the very best of the best and has led him to craft and create a new range of whiskies.

Targeting and appealing to true connoisseurs, people who enjoy a passion for great whisky and celebrate exclusivity and authenticity, Mahesh Patel has tested and now launched Sirius. Each whisky is personally hand-picked by him after sampling hundreds of casks from many individual distilleries, and rejecting all but those with the most compelling combination of rarity and quality.

Sirius bottlings comprise individualistic whiskies of great integrity and merit, representing a variety of styles, genres and countries of origin. Setting convention aside, two of the four expressions chosen for the World Premiere Release are single grain Scotch whiskies, while the others are single malts.

Bottled at natural cask strength and natural colour without any chill filtration ensures these sublime single cask selections are as pure and natural as is possible and offer consumers the experience of “straight from the wood”.

The four whiskies selected for the World Premiere release are The Dalmore 1967 (89 bottles RSP £3,500), Fettercairn 1966 (39 bottles RSP £1,750), North British 1962 (158 bottles RSP £1,250) and Carsebridge 1965 (63 bottles RSP £1,000). The entire collection of four is specially priced at £6,500 RSP, with only 13 sets available to the World. An exclusive partnership between ‘Sirius ‘and ‘ The Whisky Shop’ chain, UK’s largest whisky specialist retailer promises to showcase these rare offerings to a discerning audience. Sirius officially went on sale at all twenty whisky Shop locations nationwide on July 17th, 2012 and has already enjoyed strong sales success.

PRE APPROVED QUOTES Sirius Founder, Mahesh Patel

“I see Sirius as my guiding star, igniting my passion resulting in my quest to discover new whisky experiences seeking out the finest and rarest liquid gold samples, wherever in the world they can be found, so that I can share this with other like minded connoisseurs.”

Ian Millar, Global Brand Ambassador, Glenfiddich Single Malt, William Grant & Sons Distillers Ltd.

“I have known Mahesh Patel for several years now through various visits to Scotland and whisky tastings across the length and breadth of the US. Mahesh’s knowledge of single malt and in particular high end single malt is well known within the whisky fraternity and I am sure that few, if any, could better him on this subject. He is held in high regard by many whisky producers in Scotland and the US. Mahesh, all the best my friend!”

David Robertson, Rare Whisky Director, Whyte & Mackay Distillers.

“Mahesh Patel is on a mission. A mission to seek out the very best. The best of the best. Without prejudice he assesses whiskies on their qualitative merit. Not age. Not distillery. Not cask. Not region. Not country. He wants to share his passion, knowledge and expertise with those who crave excellence. I am astonished at the lengths to which he has gone over the last five years to deliver on his mission.

“I have been fortunate to know Mahesh Patel for some three years, and look forward with delicious anticipation every time he announces he has a hidden gem to share. I have sampled his new range from Sirius and can confirm beyond doubt that these are amongst the finest aged whiskies I have had the pleasure of tasting. Well done Mahesh, and I wish you every success!”

Dominic Roskrow, international drinks writer and whisky consultant.

“Mahesh Patel has a passion, enthusiasm and knowledge of whisky that few can match. His familiarity with whisky comes from the top down, because he is fortunate enough to have tasted and purchased some of the world’s rarest and most expensive malts, but he is no whisky snob. His enthusiasm has taken him across the world to visit distilleries, and his thirst for new tastes and flavours mean that he has sought information from the finest source possible – the distillers, blenders and whisky-makers themselves. He is a true advocate for our industry.”

Andrew Torrance, Managing Director of The Whisky Shop.

“We are delighted to be stocking the Sirius range of vintage whiskies. Our collectable and rare whiskies are growing very well at the moment and this range sits perfectly. These whiskies are I am sure going to be very sought after.”


Bottle numbers one through six of each expression have been exclusively bottled for the Mercedes Benz Club to celebrate the club’s diamond jubilee sixty years (1952 to 2012). These six sets represent one set for each decade.

Mahesh’s personal whisky collection is valued at £2M plus.

Mahesh has tried the rarest whiskies on the planet such as Dalmore Trinitas, Glenfiddich Janet Sheeds, Macallan 1926, Glenfiddich 1937, Ardbeg Double Barrel, Dalmore Oculus, Glenlivet 70yo, Mortlach 70yo, and many others – which gives him true credibility in benchmarking and selecting the very best.

He is the creator of Universal Whisky Experience that promotes luxury whisky tastings which first aired in 2011 and was followed up in 2012 by and even more successful event.

He was made a member of ‘The Keepers of the Quaich’ in October 2011.



Lagavulin Jazz Bottling 2012


by Pat Roberts

Following last year’s exceptionally well-received release, a special limited-edition bottling of Lagavulin™ Single Malt Scotch Whisky will be on sale to Festival ticket holders during the 2012 Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival (14 – 16 September).

The bottling, which like last year’s release carries a jazz motif on its neck label, is an edition of 624 bottles, sourced from a single Refill Sherry Butt (No. 1894) filled on 7th May 1997.

It is bottled at a natural cask strength of 54.5% ABV, and priced at £85 UK RRP.

The main label carries the signature of warehouseman Iain McArthur, who has worked at Port Ellen, Caol Ila and Lagavulin for 42 years.

Any bottles not sold during the Festival will remain on sale, but available only to personal shoppers at the Distillery.


The Islay Jazz Festival
The Festival ( has been running since 1999. Since then the Festival has promoted musicians from over 25 countries and presented fifteen world premieres and is today regarded as a significant jazz event in the UK calendar.

Diageo’s famous Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Lagavulin™ first sponsored the Festival in 2010.

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Icons of Whisky Scotland – Whisky Retailer of the Year Single Outlet

Icons of Whisky Scotland – Whisky Retailer of the Year Online Outlet

Inveraray based Loch Fyne Whiskies has won both retail shop and online outlet categories in Whisky Magazine’s prestigious Icons of Whisky awards – the first time ever one retailer has achieved success in both categories.

The annual awards, started in 2002, celebrate the people and places behind the greatest whiskies of the world and the Argyllshire specialist business has featured in every award year to date, culminating in this year’s double triumph.

Commenting on the online award for one of the judges simply said, “Visit the site and see how to do it.” At the same time, the small shop in scenic Inveraray’s Main Street was praised for a “formula that cannot be beaten – or copied. Warm and approachable staff and a great range”.

Established in 1993 Loch Fyne Whiskies is a whisky destination for fans of the dram. The small but well stocked shop carries a comprehensive range dedicated only to Scotch whisky with the very knowledgeable staff supported by an extensive array of tasting stock. This expertise has been imaginatively extended at to make finding your next dram easy, no matter how little the browser’s first-hand knowledge of the subject may be. One innovation is that’s online customers can choose from a large selection of ‘FreeWee’ tasters.

Others recognised as Icons in this year’s awards include Morrison Bowmore Distillers, Edinburgh visitor attraction The Scotch Whisky Experience and The Edrington Group as brand innovator of the year.

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