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Bimber announces the release of distillery exclusives – English Whisky News

Bimber announces the release of distillery exclusives

Four limited edition releases will be available for visitors to purchase at the distillery from Thursday 20th February

Three single cask expressions: Sherry Cask, Virgin Cask and Peated Finish will be joined by a small batch release of the distillery’s new make spirit

Bimber, which was recently named ‘Craft Producer of the Year’ at the 2020 World Whisky Awards, today announced the release of its first distillery exclusive bottlings.

Three single cask expressions all bottled with natural colour and no chill-filtration will be available from Thursday 20th February for visitors to the distillery to purchase, alongside bottles of ‘filling strength’ new make spirit.

Sherry Cask #34 was laid down in 2016, Bimber’s first year of production and is bottled at 53.9% ABV. 65 bottles are available at a price of £80.00.

Virgin Cask #28, also from 2016, has been matured in American oak and is bottled at 53.1% ABV. 70 bottles are available at a price of £75.00.

Peated Finish #64PF is Bimber’s first ‘finished’ whisky release. Following an initial maturation in ex-bourbon the liquid was transferred to an ex-Islay quarter cask for one year of additional maturation and then bottled at 54.2% ABV. 100 bottles are available at a price of £75.00.

New Make Batch 172 has been produced to meet the high levels of interest from enthusiasts for exploring Bimber’s light and fruity spirit character before it begins its maturation journey. 100 bottles of this initial batch have been produced. They are bottled at ‘filling strength’ 63.5% ABV and are available at a price of £38.00.

Each of the distillery exclusive expressions were crafted to Bimber’s exacting standards. The spirit was produced from the distillery’s single farm barley and malted on a dedicated floor at Warminster Maltings before being fermented for seven days in bespoke, on-site constructed American oak washbacks. Distillation took place in Bimber’s customised stills, which possess an increased copper surface area, resulting in a light and fruity, but layered new make spirit.

Speaking of the distillery exclusive releases, Founder and Master Distillery Darius said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer visitors to Bimber three truly special single casks bottlings to take home after finishing their tours of our distillery. These casks were selected by the team because of their reflection of our naturally fruit-forward style, but also as a demonstration of the remarkable versatility of our single malt whisky. Whilst the three casks offer a diverse array of aromas and flavours, Bimber’s spirit character runs strongly throughout each release.”

He added: “Throughout 2019 we received many requests to bottle our new make spirit. We’re therefore thrilled to now offer distillery visitors a spotlight on our house style before our spirit has been laid down for maturation.”


Bimber Distillery Exclusives 

Release date: Thursday 20th February – only available at Bimber Distillery. Limited to one (of each different bottling) per person.

Sherry Cask #34

Nose: Decadent chocolate and Dulce de leche sauces sit with well-worn leather and dusty bound books. Redcurrants, snowberries and orange peels are joined by golden syrup and perky cinnamon spicing

Taste: Rich, full-bodied and weighty – Cinnamon buns, chocolate gateaux and dried berry-packed cake are joined by cracked leather, burnt honeycomb and reduced orange liqueurs

Finish: Lingering berries sit with cinnamon spicing and fading tobacco notes

65 bottles



RRP £80.00

      Virgin Cask #28

Nose: Freshly picked apples and pear drops are joined by crisp cereals. Rich toffee is spiced with nutmeg, whilst tanned leather sits with freshly planed oak

Taste: Split vanilla pods and thick, creamy custard sit with burnt toffee and maple syrup. Running throughout – juicy red berry fruits and gentle toasted cereals

Finish: Gentle cask char and fading pepperiness

70 bottles



RRP £75.00

      Peated Finish #64PF

Nose: Crisp and clean with aromas of fresh peach, toffee and vanilla cream alongside floral notes of juniper, wispy smoke and tobacco leaves

Taste: A bolder palate with a rich, oily and full mouthfeel. Stone fruits and lime zest are joined by crumbled biscuits whilst charcoal and medicinal peat smoke run throughout

Finish: Lingering smokiness punctuated by a fizz of white pepper

100 bottles



RRP £75.00

New Make Spirit Batch 172

100 bottles



RRP £38.00

About Bimber

Bimber Distillery produces world-class single malt whisky, handcrafted with passion in West London. As a leading distiller of English whisky, we combine generations of rich distilling heritage, with the finest quality ingredients to create the ultimate craft whisky experience.

GlenDronach Appreciation Society | Abbey Whisky Exclusive GlenDronach 1992 Single Cask – Scotch Whisky News

After many months of careful planning, Abbey Whisky and Sean Russell, The GAS founder are thrilled to introduce this exclusive single cask GlenDronach! A stunning example of an exquisite, old and rare GlenDronach. The liquid has been drawn from a Pedro Ximénez Sherry Puncheon after 27 years in cask. Beautifully presented, including an exclusive GAS branded Copita tasting glass. Due to anticipated high demand, numbers will be strictly limited and drawn via ballot.

12 lucky winners will also have their bottle personally signed by Master Blender, Rachel Barrie.


70cl | 54.5% Vol

Click the link below to sign-up to the ballot, for a chance to purchase this rare and exclusive bottling.

Good luck!

Ballot closes 23:59 GMT, 25th February..!

Enter Ballot

N.B  – Once you’ve entered your details including the email that this mail was sent to, you should receive the following message. This confirms that you’re in the ballot! 

‘THE SPIRIT OF SONG’ AN EVENING OF MUSIC AND WHISKY at Glengoyne Distillery – Scotch Whisky News



Glengoyne Distillery, Dumgoyne. Glasgow, G63 9LB

March 20th 2020 7pm

Tickets priced £13.50 are available from EVENTBRITE

The Spirit of Song is a brand-new event hosted by Scottish singer-songwriter Kerri Watt. Born out of Kerri’s appreciation for two of Scotland’s biggest exports – whisky and music – this will be an intimate night filled with acoustic music by Scottish artists. Guests will also receive a dram of Glengoyne’s world famous whisky on arrival.

This first show, of what is intended to be an ongoing series, will be a very special all female line up in conjunction with “Write Like A Girl” to celebrate March’s Women’s History Month. Kerri will be joined by Liv Dawn (runner up of the BBC Scottish Songwriter Award) and Beth Keeping (founder of movement “Write Like A Girl”), with one further name to be announced,

Having spent the last few years touring around the UK and Europe opening for the likes of Coldplay, Keith Urban, Celine Dion, Embrace and Nina Nesbitt plus regular trips to Nashville to perform in ‘writers-rounds’ Kerri is coming home to support the local talent that helped her get started. Set against the magical backdrop of the Glen lit up at night, the show will take on a writers-round format with the 4 performers on stage together sharing their stories and songs – a really special way to experience the music by these exciting up-and-coming artists.

About Kerri Watt kerriwatt.com 

Best known for her blend of pop-rock songs with a difference, Scottish singer-songwriter and musician Kerri Watt is a festival staple, a favourite on BBC Radio 2, and a regular face and voice in the media. Since her debut single in 2015 Kerri has amassed many career highlights including festival slots at Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and British Summer Time in Hyde Park, has shared the stage with the likes of Keith Urban, Coldplay and Embrace, and released a collection of singles that have been playlisted on radio stations including BBC Radio 2. Now signed to Cooking Vinyl she will release her debut album ‘Chasing Aeroplanes’ later this year.

About Glengoyne glengoyne.com

Glengoyne is one of the leading premium malt whiskies in the world. An award winning malt, it’s the product of remarkable ingredients, an unconventional process, world class wood and the pride and passion of its people. Glengoyne is a beautiful wee distillery that creates a wonderful dram through Scotland’s slowest distillation. Visit for tours, tastings and our unique blending session.

Mulberry Bank Auctions “Whisky Cask Sale Wednesday 26th February 2020” – Scotch Whisky News

Mulberry Bank Auctions Spring Whisky Cask Auction will take place on Wednesday 26th February at 2pm!

If there are particular casks that you are interested in samples will be available at the saleroom (note that these are on a first come – first served basis as we have limited supplies of some of the samples). For those  looking to arrange telephone lines, this needs to be done by 12 noon on Wednesday 26th by contacting us on 0141 225 8181 or e-mailing info@mulberrybankauctions.com or stewarts@mulberrybankauctions.com . To bid online, you will need to register for the sale through either of our online portals at www.easyliveauction.com or www.the-saleroom.com .

The best of luck in your bidding.

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old – Only £34 – at Tyndrum Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old – Only £34

This whisky is the stuff tales are made of and inside the new bottle, the whisky speaks for itself. The nose offering a fresh and aromatic experience with a subtle whiff of smoke floating through the air. The taste starts with a light fruit and nut appeal that leads to a spectacular malty sweetness, finishing into a beautifully rich full-bodied, lingering experience.

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Midleton Very Rare introduce the oldest ever Irish whiskey collection, Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection – Irish Whiskey News

Midleton Very Rare introduce the oldest ever Irish whiskey collection,
Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection
A new chapter for Irish luxury

February 2020 sees the launch of the first release from Ireland’s oldest ever whiskey collection. Midleton Very Rare, renowned as the Pinnacle of Irish Whiskey, is produced in Midleton Distillery, Co. Cork, Ireland and the Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection is a collection of six releases. The first is a 45-year-old Irish single malt. There will be one release annually until the year 2025, ranging in age from 45 to 50 years old, all from the fabled Old Midleton Distillery (operating 1825-1975). The last release will coincide with Old Midleton Distillery’s 200th birthday.

A ‘silent’ distillery is one that has closed its doors and been lost to ages past, achieving almost mythical status. As rumours of this ‘unicorn’ whiskey swirl around the whiskey world, these precious bottlings have become highly sought after by whiskey enthusiasts. A traditional distillery, Old Midleton Distillery was famous throughout the world for Irish whiskey, but when it closed its doors for the last time in 1975, it became an iconic part of Irish distilling legend.

While other silent distilleries have re-opened and been brought back to life, Old Midleton has been fully decommissioned and will never produce again. Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Chapter One will be the first official release from Old Midleton Distillery in 16 years and the collection represents some of the last drops of this inimitable spirit before the distillery closed its doors forever.

When the spirit for Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection Chapter One was laid down in 1974 under Master Distiller Emeritus Max Crockett, a year before the closure of Old Midleton Distillery, it was part of a series of innovative trials never to be released or repeated. Crockett’s experimentation with peated single malt whiskey from 1964 to 1974 will come to light for the very first time through this release which paves the way for new beginnings in the world of ultra-rare, luxury Irish whiskey.

Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection Chapter One is the only release in this collection to have been created as a peated single malt – pure innovation for Irish whiskey at the time, and rare still today. Decades in the making, the third-fill sherry cask cask that has influenced this whiskey has been lying dormant for 45 years. This makes it one of the world’s rarest whiskeys by its very nature. The cask contributes notes of ripe honeydew melon, red berries and sweet spices of toasted oak.

Master Distiller Emeritus Barry Crockett, son of Max Crockett, recalls sourcing the peat for this 45 year old expression, which will be the last peated whiskey ever from Old Midleton Distillery. During this time, Barry was learning his trade from his father, Max Crockett, the ‘forefather’ of modern-day Irish whiskey. In recent years it has been the work of Master Distiller Brian Nation to monitor, sample and determine the ideal bottling time for this rare whiskey laid down by his predecessors. Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection represents a unique opportunity to taste the work of three legends.

Staying true to its proud Irish heritage and luxury craftsmanship, Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Chapter One will be decanted into handblown and etched crystal decanter bottles, produced by Ireland’s Waterford Crystal, with each of the bottles individually numbered. The bottle comes displayed in a wooden cabinet handcrafted by Irish designer, John Galvin, using wood up to 200 years old from ancient reclaimed whiskey vats. This further cements Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection as the ideal treasure for any whiskey enthusiast.

Barry Crockett, Master Distiller Emeritus: “It’s remarkable that 45 years on we could even be speaking about a whiskey which was distilled in the very final period of the Old Midleton Distillery. It is the ultimate heirloom and memento of the dedication to precise malt preparation, brewing and distillation skills of generations of distillers at Midleton. Furthermore, it’s among the very last remaining whiskey distilled through the largest pot still in the world, a skill which in its own right required great refinement of the distiller’s art.”

Brian Nation, Master Distillers at Irish Distillers: “One of the most wonderous parts of my job is that I am often responsible for safekeeping the legacy of another. For many years now, my colleagues and I have been caring for the work of Max and Barry Crockett, to determine the optimum time to share it with the world. The team at Midleton Distillery is extremely proud that the time has finally come to introduce the Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection.”


RRP: €35,000, £32,000, $40,000
ABV: 51.2%
Availability: 48 750ml bottles in Ireland, UK, France and US

Two bottles will be sold via ballot system on The 1825 Room, the Midleton Very Rare online members’ programme. Whiskey lovers can register their interest to be entered into a lottery to purchase a bottle from 9pm on 18th February for one week.

Tasting notes by Master Distiller Brian Nation

Nose: The first impression is very rich with deep, dark spices on a satisfying antique oak base. An earthy note of freshly cut peat, along with chamois leather, is lifted by a twist of grapefruit. The very old sherry wine seasoned hogshead cask contributes a touch of ripe honeydew melon and red berries as well as the sweet spices of toasted oak.

Taste: Instantly rich with the initial peppery spices slowly softening as the influence of the malted barley shows through. Liquorice root, barley sugar and honey bring some sweetness, just given a little edge by a touch of sherbet. All build on a solid foundation of toasted oak.

Finish: The rich spices and malted barley are slow to fade.

About Midleton Very Rare

Midleton Very Rare is the ultimate expression of craftsmanship from Midleton Distillery. Created in 1984, by Master Distiller Emeritus Barry Crockett, only two Master Distillers have had the privilege of preserving its legacy.

Once a year, Master Distiller Brian Nation hand-selects the finest and rarest whiskeys from the inventory of Midleton Distillery before blending them to create a true whiskey masterpiece, often referred to as the ‘pinnacle of Irish whiskey’. The artistry and expertise of the cask selection process for Midleton Very Rare’s annual vintage ensures that only the finest whiskeys bear the prestigious name. The 1825 Room, an online membership platform giving exclusive access to rare releases and insights into the world’s most sought-after Irish whiskey, invites whiskey enthusiasts to learn more about the other expressions in the range. Namely the Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach series, which derives its name from ‘Irish Oak’ as the first Irish whiskey to be finished in virgin Irish Oak, and Midleton Very Rare Barry Crockett Legacy, a tribute to an iconic figure both in the history of both Midleton Distillery and Irish whiskey. For more information or to become a member visit midletonveryrare.com

About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of some 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 30 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 7.7m cases in 2019. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 70 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 at Midleton Distillery and bottling capacity at Fox and Geese in Dublin 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 No.2 worldwide producer of wines and spirits with consolidated sales of €9,182 million in FY19. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has developed through organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard, which owns 16 of the Top 100 Spirits Brands, holds one of the most prestigious and comprehensive brand portfolios in the industry, including: 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’s brands are distributed across 160+ markets and by its own salesforce in 73 markets. The Group’s decentralised organisation empowers its 19,000 employees to be true on-the-ground ambassadors of its vision of “Créateurs de Convivialité.” As reaffirmed by the Group’s three-year strategic plan, “Transform and Accelerate,” deployed in 2018, Pernod Ricard’s strategy focuses on investing in long-term, profitable growth for all stakeholders. The Group remains true to its three founding values: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust, and a strong sense of ethics. As illustrated by the 2030 roadmap supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “We bring good times from a good place.” In recognition of Pernod Ricard’s strong commitment to sustainable development and responsible consumption, it has received a Gold rating from Ecovadis and is ranked No. 1 in the beverage sector in Vigeo Eiris. Pernod Ricard is also a United Nation’s Global Compact LEAD company. Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

1792 Small Batch Bourbon Receives Gold at American World Whiskies Awards – American Whiskey News



            BARDSTOWN, kENTUCKY (Feb. 20, 2020) – Two of Barton 1792 Distillery’s whiskies received medals at the 2020 American World Whiskies Awards presented by Whisky Magazine.

1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey received a Gold Medal and 1792 Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey received a Bronze Medal at a recent ceremony in New York City.

            “We are very thankful to receive these recognitions,” Master Distiller Danny Kahn said. “Producing top-quality whiskey is truly a team effort and everyone at Barton 1792 is dedicated to accomplishing that goal. These awards are another indication of that commitment.”

Whiskies in each category were subject to blind tastings in a three-round judging process to reward and promote the world’s best whiskies to consumers and trade across the globe.  The winners from the American World Whiskies Awards 2020 will now compete with counterparts from all over the world, and global winners will be announced March 26 in London. For more information about the World Whiskies Awards visit www.worldwhiskiesawards.com

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, and is named for the year Kentucky became a state. The Distillery has garnered a number of prestigious awards for its whiskies, including its 1792 Full Proof, which was named the World Whiskey of the Year by “Jim Murray Whiskey Bible 2020.”  To learn more visit www.1792bourbon.com.

The Whisky Exchange “CHARITY TASTING: A TOUR OF AUSTRALIA” – Charity Whisky News


Hosted at our Covent Garden shop, this charity tasting has been set up as part of a month of activity by The Whisky Exchange to help contribute to the Australian bushfire relief effort. Come along and sample some excellent Australian drinks including Four Pillars gin, Regal Rogue vermouth, Starward whisky and more – not to mention a whole spread of Australian wines, hand-picked by our head buyer, Dawn Davies MW – all for just £15.


Scotch Whisky Auctions “Auction 107 is now LIVE…😬 It’s a whopper!” – Scotch Whisky News

Welcome all whisky aficionados, connoisseurs and collectors alike. Tis’ our 107th auction and it’s a whopper. February brings us moonshine liquid goodies from the US of A, some beautiful looking bottles from the far east and even some new releases from the new Macallan distillery.

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