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Glenmorangie Beyond the Cask Surfboard Launch – Scotch Whisky News

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Glenmorangie takes to the waves:

Whisky casks reimagined as limited edition handmade wooden surfboards

Glenmorangie Original goes Beyond the Cask in a creative partnership born from the love of wood

In the latest of its Beyond the Cask creative collaborations, Glenmorangie takes to the waves in partnership with Grain Surfboards of Maine, New England USA – visionary creators of hand-built wooden surfboards.

The signature white oak casks for Glenmorangie Original are only ever used twice in their whisky-making lifetime, guaranteeing this single malt’s famously complex and multifaceted flavour. Now, to celebrate the wood that makes the whisky, the dedicated craftspeople at Grain Surfboards have built a series of exclusive limited-edition Glenmorangie Original wooden surfboards using reclaimed staves from Glenmorangie barrels.

As Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks, explains, such special wood deserves another chapter in its story:

“Distillation in Scotland’s tallest stills, and ten years of maturation in our ex-Bourbon casks, used only twice, gives Glenmorangie Original an incredibly smooth and round character. 

“But people often ask us what happens to those casks after their whisky-making life is over. Beyond the Cask is our way of working with people who share our creative vision, passion and patience, to take this wood on another step in its journey. 

“Grain Surfboards are true experts in their field and, like us, they believe in taking time to truly understand the character of wood. Working with them is a great way to reinvent the casks that give Glenmorangie Original its depth of flavour, and give them a new lease of life beyond the Distillery. ”

The partnership brings together for the first time two brands who live the ideals of true craftsmanship: the iconic distillers whose ‘Men of Tain’ have been perfecting the art of whisky-making for 175 years; and the surfing artisans inspired by traditional boat-building techniques whose love of wood is embodied in surfboards like no other. The connection runs deep, for both New England and the Scottish Highlands offer some of the most prized cold-water surfing in the world.

Like Glenmorangie Original, Grain’s surfboards are a product of time, patience and a true affinity for the qualities of wood. Hand-finished and meticulously “bookmatched” to showcase continuous patterns, Grain Glenmorangie Original surfboards represent a step away from mass-produced boards and a return to handmade values. Each board unites Grain’s signature material, Maine-grown northern white cedar, with reclaimed western red cedar and wood from 12 oak staves – so surfers will be riding the waves on approximately half a cask.

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As Grain Surfboards founder Mike LaVecchia explains, the two companies came together over shared ideals:

“We’re both strong brands with true craftsmanship at our core, so we were thrilled to work with Glenmorangie on this project. We’re really proud of these boards. It’s incredible that you can take a piece of wood that’s already worked hard and then give it a new life as something absolutely beautiful.”

Together, Glenmorangie and Grain Surfboards present a surfboard that’s not just a piece of sporting equipment, but an object with a rich history that brings together many different elements in harmony.

This is the third collaboration in Glenmorangie’s Beyond the Cask series and follows the world’s first sunglasses made from ex-whisky casks, produced by British brand Finlay & Co in 2016, and the world’s first bicycles made from ex-Glenmorangie casks, launched in 2017 with Renovo Hardwood Bicycles of Portland, Oregon.

The limited-edition Grain Glenmorangie Original surfboards are available to order from www.grainsurfboards.com from September 2018, at $5,500 (approximately £5,000 pending exchange rate).  You can also view a film about the collaboration, directed by Sébastien Zanella, at www.glenmorangie.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheGlenmorangie

Glenmorangie Original tasting notes:

Colour: Bright gold

Aroma: The scent of citrus and ripening peaches is softened by the aroma of vanilla.

Taste: First, vanilla is detected on the tongue before it ripples along the palate bringing a burst of flowery fruitiness.

Finish: About a minute after tasting, you are left with a clean and salving aftertaste with hints of orange and peach. RRP: £37, www.clos19.com

Awards:
Glenmorangie The Original has a host of accolades to its name. Most recently, in 2016, Glenmorangie The Original was awarded gold at the prestigious International Wine and Spirits Competition and at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  Glenmorangie Original was last year again awarded 94 out of 100 by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, which describes the single malt as “complexity at its most complex”.

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. The Distillery was founded in 1843 and is renowned as a pioneer in its field, uniting tradition with innovation.

About Grain Surfboards:

Established in 1999 in Maine, USA, Grain Surfboards formed from a desire to create classic surfboards for an environmentally conscious generation of surfers. With an appreciation for sustainability and heritage at its core, Grain Surfboards create hand-built wooden surfboards using boatbuilding techniques, renewable resources and craftsmanship. 

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.

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Diageo unveils 2018 Scotch Whisky Special Releases Collection – Scotch Whisky News

Diageo unveils 2018 Scotch Whisky Special Releases Collection

Impeccably crafted and beautifully packaged, the 2018 Special Releases collection encompasses some of the rarest and oldest whiskies from famous, lesser known and often closed distilleries.

Diageo has today unveiled its 2018 Special Releases Collection – with ten remarkable limited-edition Scotch Whiskies released as part of this annual series.

Eagerly anticipated by whisky enthusiasts and knowledge hunters worldwide, the limited-edition natural cask strength bottlings are meticulously hand-selected each year by a masterful blending team, to form a rare and sought-after collection.

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“The Special Releases launch is a highlight in ours and every whisky lovers calendar year. It’s a collection that allows both knowledgeable whisky fans and those new to Scotch to hunt out truly unique limited editions. The exceptional variety and quality of whiskies in this year’s collection will not disappoint, and we’re looking forward to sharing all of the stories behind the bottles.”

Donald ColvilleDiageo’s Global Malts Ambassador

This year’s collection celebrates a year of firsts, from the first inclusion of an INCHGOWER bottling, to the ingenious and unique five-cask process used to triple mature THE SINGLETON GLEN ORD 14 year old.

In April this year we announced our biggest single investment in Scotch whisky tourism, which will see investment to Diageo’s famous visitor distilleries: Lagavulin, Talisker, Glen Ord, Oban, Dalwhinnie, Blair Athol, Cragganmore and Royal Lochnagar – in order to support the growth of single malt Scotch whisky.

About Diageo’s 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.

The Macallan “The Art of the Cask” – Scotch Whisky News

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The Macallan Rare Cask is crafted to showcase complexity and depth, and is drawn from the broadest spectrum of casks used in maturation on The Macallan Estate. Hand-picked by our whisky making team, the combination of sherry seasoned American and European oak casks – a high proportion of them first fill – create a remarkably rich and unique whisky.

The Macallan Rare Cask Batch No.1, 2018 Release introduces a new look for Rare Cask, designed to give greater insight into our whisky making process. This first batch is one of three batches to be released this year, with four planned for subsequent years. Each limited release batch represents the volume of only 50 oak sherry butts.

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Jura 12 Year Old 2006 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Jura 12 Year Old 2006

Single cask sherry butt expression of the Island distillery situated on the edge of the Atlantic. Leather, tobacco, porridge, sweet spices and barley sugar; what a treat! Jura 12 Year Old 2006 vintage Island single malt Scotch whisky. Single sherry butt #15182 bottled 2018 by Hunter Laing & Co. for the First Editions series. 267 bottles. A big and initially sweet nose followed by grist and cereal. The palate reveals sweet barley, vanilla, oak and spice whereas the finish has more sweet barley, spice and porridge. The first Isle of Jura Distillery was built at Craighouse on the Isle of Jura off the west coast of Scotland in 1810 but closed in 1901 and was subsequently demolished. The present Isle of Jura Distillery, was designed by William Delmé Evans and opened in 1963, is equipped with four stills and produces mainly un-peated whiskey with a little peated produced once each year. The Jura participates in Feis Ile, the Islay Festival of Malt and Music. Jura Superstition, Jura Prophecy and Jura 21 Year Old are included in the official distillery releases.

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ROYAL CANADIAN SMALL BATCH CANADIAN WHISKY WINS GOLD AT 2018 INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRIT COMPETITION – Canadian Whisky News

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ROYAL CANADIAN SMALL BATCH CANADIAN WHISKY WINS GOLD AT 2018 INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRIT COMPETITION 

         MONTREAL, CANADA (Sept. 12, 2018) – Judges awarded four Canadian whiskies from the Sazerac Company with high honors at the 2018 International Wine & Spirit Competition, awarding one Gold, one Silver Outstanding, and two Silver medals.        

Gold medal:

  • Royal Canadian Small Batch Canadian Whisky

Silver Outstanding medal went to:

  • Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky

Silver Medal winners were:

  • High River Canadian Blended Whisky
  • Rich & Rare Reserve Canadian Blended Whisky

The International Wine and Spirit Competition was founded in 1969 and is the premier competition of its kind in the world. Its aim is to promote the quality and excellence of the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs.

All entries are first blind tasted in groups divided by variety, region and vintage as necessary, by professional expert judges (by glass, not bottle) and then the top products are sent for detailed chemical and microbiological analysis. This analysis is crucial as in some instances the results of this analysis may lead to marks being deducted or even outright rejection.

Complete results for the 2018 International Wine & Spirits Competition can be found online at www.iwsc.net.

About Sazerac

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

TWO A. SMITH BOWMAN SPIRITS TAKE HOME HONORS AT THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL WINE AND SPIRITS COMPETITION – American Whiskey News

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TWO A. SMITH BOWMAN SPIRITS TAKE HOME HONORS AT THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL WINE AND SPIRITS COMPETITION

Fredericksburg, VIRGINIA (September 6, 2018) Judges awarded two spirits from A. Smith Bowman Distillery with one Silver Outstanding and one Silver medal at the 2018 International Wine & Spirit Competition, held earlier this summer in London, England.

Awarded a Silver Outstanding medal was John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Silver Medal winner was Bowman Brothers Small Batch Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

The International Wine and Spirit Competition was founded in 1969 and is the premier competition of its kind in the world. Its aim is to promote the quality and excellence of the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs.

All entries are first blind tasted in groups divided by variety, region and vintage as necessary, by professional expert judges (by glass, not bottle) and then the top products are sent for detailed chemical and microbiological analysis. This analysis is crucial as in some instances the results of this analysis may lead to marks being deducted or even outright rejection.

Complete results for the 2018 International Wine & Spirit Competition can be found at www.iwsc.net.

About A. Smith Bowman

  1. Smith Bowman’s distilling roots date back to the years before Prohibition when the Bowman family had a granary and dairy farm in Sunset Hills, Virginia. They used excess grain from the family estate to distill spirits. In 1934, after the Repeal of Prohibition, Abram Smith Bowman and his sons continued the family tradition and built a more modern distillery in Fairfax County, Virginia called Sunset Hills Farm.  The Distillery was moved in 1988 and is now nestled in Spotsylvania County near the city of Fredericksburg, 60 miles away from the original location.

As a small and privately owned company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery continues the time-honored traditions on which it was founded. Considered a micro-distillery by today’s standards, A. Smith Bowman produces an assortment of hand-crafted spirits distilled from only the finest natural ingredients and using the latest technology. This micro-distillery focuses on the production of premium spirits honoring the legacy of Virginia’s first settlers. Its various brands have won more than 100 awards in the past five years, including “World’s Best Bourbon” in 2016 for its Abraham Bowman Port Finished Bourbon and again in 2017 for its John J. Bowman Single Barrel at the World Whisky Awards.  For more information on A. Smith Bowman, please visit www.asmithbowman.com.

BARTON 1792 DISTILLERY BOURBONS RECEIVE TOP AWARDS AT 2018 INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRIT COMPETITION – American Whiskey News

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BARTON 1792 DISTILLERY BOURBONS RECEIVE TOP AWARDS

AT 2018 INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRIT COMPETITION 

BARDSTOWN, kENTUCKY (September 5, 2018) – Eight bourbons from Barton 1792 Distillery received high honors at the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition held in London, England earlier this summer. Among those honors received were five Silver Outstanding Medals for Barton 1792 Distillery.

Barton 1792 Distillery bourbons awarded “Silver Outstanding” include:

  • 1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1792 Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1792 Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1792 High Rye Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1792 Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Other Barton 1792 Distillery bourbons receiving awards include:

  • Very Old Barton 90 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Silver Medal
  • Very Old Barton 80 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Bronze Medal
  • Kentucky Tavern Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Silver Medal

The International Wine and Spirit Competition was founded in 1969 and is the premier competition of its kind in the world. Its aim is to promote the quality and excellence of the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs.

All entries are first blind tasted in groups divided by variety, region and vintage as necessary, by professional expert judges (by glass, not bottle) and then the top products are sent for detailed chemical and microbiological analysis. This analysis is crucial as in some instances the results of this analysis may lead to marks being deducted or even outright rejection.

Complete results for the 2017 IWSC can be found at www.iwsc.net

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 2017 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition. To learn more visit www.1792bourbon.com.

JAMESON COLD BREW SET TO REFRESH “IRISH WHISKEY AND COFFEE” – Irish Whisky News

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JAMESON COLD BREW SET TO REFRESH

IRISH WHISKEY AND COFFEE

Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, is set to pilot a new and innovative take on the classic combination of Irish whiskey and coffee; Jameson Cold Brew. Jameson Cold Brew will be trialled in limited quantities from September 2018 in response to the growing global appetite for Irish whiskey, quality coffee and coffee-driven cocktails such as the espresso martini.

 Jameson Cold Brew is a combination of triple-distilled Jameson Irish Whiskey and refreshing cold brew coffee extract, crafted from the finest, 100% Fairtrade arabica beans from Columbia and Brazil. The result is a smooth, new Irish whiskey experience, with a bold coffee taste balanced with charred wood on the palate and a warming mouthfeel on the finish.

Underpinning the long-standing association between Jameson and coffee, Jameson Cold Brew is best served over ice or in a coffee cocktail such as the Jameson Cold Brew martini or the Jameson Cold-Fashioned. The pilot innovation is set to inspire bartenders and appeal to lovers of whiskey, coffee and food with a new Jameson experience that can be enjoyed from day to night.

Jameson Cold Brew is set to tap into the rise in popularity of both Irish whiskey and coffee culture in key cities around the world, typified by all-day coffee shops that cater for both a daytime caffeine fix and evening cocktail experience. Bottled at 35% ABV, the new release will debut in the Jameson Distillery Bow St, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Dublin Airport from September 2018 at an RRP €28.50.

Brendan Buckley, Strategy, Innovation and Prestige Director at Irish Distillers, commented: “Over the past ten years, we have seen the continued rise in popularity of both Irish whiskey and craft coffee culture, and while the two are no strangers in the glass we wanted to modernise this iconic duo. Jameson Cold Brew combines the best of both worlds in a new and refreshing way and we are confident that Irish whiskey and coffee fans alike will enjoy the taste experience it offers.”

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Notes to Editors

 Jameson Cold Brew tasting notes:

Appearance: Rich dark brown

Aroma: Intense rich coffee bean aromatics combined with vanilla nuttiness of Jameson

Taste: Distinctive, bold and natural with refreshing coffee impact followed by charred wood from the pot still whiskey contribution on palate. Full bodied, smooth and warming on mouthfeel 

About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers 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 28 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 7.3m cases in 2018. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 80 of those experiencing double- or triple-digit growth.

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Power & 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. Since 2012, we have invested over €250m to double 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 € 9, 010 million in 2016/17. 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, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier- Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,500 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 86 “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. www.pernod-ricard.com

Whiskey Obsession Festival Presents the Pappy Van Winkle Flight and Dinner November 2nd, 2018 – American Whiskey News

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Whiskey Obsession Festival Presents the Pappy Van Winkle Flight and Dinner

with Whiskey Expert Tom Fischer

The Whiskey Obsession Festival in conjunction with Spirit Guide, Inc. is thrilled to announce the Pappy Van Winkle Flight and Dinner with Tom Fischer of the Bourbon Blog, Friday, November 2, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Francis in downtown Sarasota, Florida. This is the first time on the Gulf Coast of Florida that the entire range of these rare and expensive American Bourbon whiskies will be available to sample. For the whiskey fan, it’s a once in a lifetime event.

The Van Winkle line is composed of five fine Bourbon whiskies – Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year, Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year, Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year, Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year, Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year – and the Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 Year Rye. Cost is $295 per person and includes four course dinner. Tickets are limited to 35 guests.

Our speaker is whiskey expert Tom Fischer, founder of BourbonBlog.com, the country’s premier resource for American Whiskey and Bourbon commentary. He is the creator of the world’s first ever Whiskey Sommelier Program with students from around the globe. Tom was one of the first to report on the intense interest in Pappy Van Winkle bourbon that began over a decade ago and he continues to follow this premier brand. Tom is also a Kentucky Colonel, an honor bestowed on him by the governor of the state.

The Seventh Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival (WOF) will be held April 10 to 13, 2019 in Sarasota, Florida. Whiskey Obsession is the largest world whiskey festival in the U.S., with four days of classes, tastings, lunch and dinner pairings, expanded bartender academy, interactive panel discussions, cigars, VIP pours, a fabulous grand tasting with hundreds of whiskies and cocktails to sample, plus free live music street party in the heart of downtown. A portion of festival proceeds is awarded to a qualified 501c3 annually.

Tickets and information are available at whiskeyobsessionfestival.com.

For more information contact Turner C. Moore, 941.400.9889

Email: Turner@WhiskeyObsessionFestival.com

Video: https://youtu.be/5yeO5p3Vfl0

Whiskey Obsession Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhiskeyObsessionFestival

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The Whisky Shop “Secure your bottle now – while stocks last” – Scotch Whisky News

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The Diageo 2018 Special Releases are only a click away

This year the 2018 Special Releases include mouth-watering expressions from Talisker, The Singleton of Glen Ord, Pittyvaich, Oban​, Lagavulin​, Inchgower, Carsebridge, Caol Ila​ and Cladach, ranging from 8 years to a whopping 48 years old.
Welcome Cladach (Gaelic word for shoreline) a debut appearance in the series. This spectacular whisky is a blended malt designed to “capture the character of Scotland’s coastline”. It has been created with spirit from the Caol Ila, Clynelish, Lagavulin, Oban, Inchgower and Talisker distilleries.

Click here to view the full range: 

Available while stocks last!

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