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PORT CHARLOTTE (BRUICHLADDICH) 10 YEAR OLD at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


ABV: 50.0%
AGE: 10 Year Old
CASK TYPE: American oak & wine cask matured
BOTTLER: Distillery

Port Charlotte 10 Year Old Islay single malt Scotch whiskey distilled at Bruichladdich Distillery. Heavily peated malt whisky distilled using Scottish grown barley. Matured in first fill and second fill american oak, second fill french wine casks. Bruichladdich Distillery was established in 1881 by the Harvey family of distillers based in Glasgow. Situated on the Rhinns peninsular on the island of Islay close and close to the sandy bays of Loch Indaal. Re-opened in 2001 with much of the original Victorian equipment restored to working order. The first release of Bruichladdich’s new whisky was the highly acclaimed PC5, the first release in the limited Port Charlotte range. Also producing very highly peated Octamore, Organic using Islay grown barley, and triple and quadruple distilled single malt and single cask releases. Bruichladdich distillery participates in Feis Ile, the annual Islay Whisky Festival.

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Inver House Distillers reports steady sales as focus continues on global brand growth – Scotch Whisky News

Martin Leonard appointed as Director of Inver House Distillers.

Inver House Distillers reports steady sales as focus continues on global brand growth

Inver House Distillers Ltd, the Scotch whisky subsidiary of global drinks business International Beverage Holdings Ltd, has reported steady sales for the year to September 2017 and an ongoing focus on the future of its brands.

The results reflect the Airdrie-based Company’s continued investment in stock for future sales (up 3% from last year) and support for the global growth of its award-winning premium spirits portfolio – with a solid performance in core markets for single malt Scotch whisky brands Old Pulteney, Speyburn, anCnoc and Balblair, plus the premium blended Scotch Hankey Bannister.

A long term investment plan behind the Company’s super premium Scottish gin Caorunn delivered a particularly strong performance in the results, with sales value growing by 34% in 2017 (47% growth in the UK market and 46% in the vital travel retail channel).

The Company also continues to invest in its distilleries, most notably a £3 million green initiative at Balmenach Distillery, the home of Caorunn Gin, to install a new anaerobic digestion system to significantly reduce the site’s carbon footprint.

The financial results in summary:

  • Turnover at £62.7 million, was at a similar level to the prior period.
  • Gross profit margins were slightly down on the prior period at 36.6%, core brands making up a larger % of the sales.
  • Other operating expenses increased as more monies were invested behind promoting the brands.
  • Operating Profit at 12.2% reflects investment behind brands reducing profits in current year.
  • Profit before tax at 11.5% down on the prior year percentage of 14.1%.
  • Caorunn Gin sales continue to grow at double digit level.
  • Continued investment in stocks for future brand growth – up 3% to £118m.

2017 key financial information for the Year

2017                  (12 Months) 2016              (9 Months)
  £000 % £000 %
Sales 62,705 47,989
Cost of sales -39,743 -29,959
Gross profit 22,962 36.6% 18,030 37.6%%
Other operating expenses -15,292 -24.4% -10,831 -22.6%%
Operating profit 7,670 12.2% 7,199 15.0%%
Interest -470 -0.7% -451 -0.9%%
Profit before tax 7,200 11.5% 6,748 14.1%%
Tax -1,496 -2.4% -1,403 -2.9%%
Profit after tax 5,704 9.1% 5,345 11.1%%

Martin Leonard, Inver House Distillers’ Managing Director commented:

‘These results are as we expected and show that the business is in a strong position and delivering on our long term strategy to build on our highly successful brands in global markets. We are also committed to investment programmes at our distilleries, to ensure they are in good shape to deliver increased demand for stock in the future, where possible using the latest green technology and processes to protect the environment surrounding each site.

‘In terms of our brands, Caorunn is a very good example of our strategy in action. A 47% growth figure in the UK market demonstrates how our production, sales and marketing skills and long term approach can build a brand to become one of the UK’s best sellers in what is an extremely competitive sector. We are investing heavily in supporting our brand portfolio to compete in the global market, with a recent relaunch for Speyburn in the UK and US, and further brand projects planned in the near future. Our spirits also continue to be recognised with ‘best in class’ medals at some of the world’s top drinks industry competitions, and they continue to grow despite difficult trading conditions and general uncertainty in the marketplace’.


About International Beverage Holdings

International Beverage Holdings Limited is one of the industry’s most dynamic global drinks businesses. Established in 2006 as the international arm of ThaiBev, it specialises in developing distinctive, premium local brands for global growth, with a portfolio that is led by a range of high quality Scotch whiskies and includes some of the fastest growing and most prestigious beers, spirits and whiskies on the market today. These high quality brands are enjoyed by consumers in over 85 global markets and include Chang Beer, Mekhong, Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Hankey Bannister blended whisky and Caorunn Gin.

Focus brands

Old Pulteney is one of the world’s finest and most distinctive single malt Scotch whiskies. Known as ‘The Maritime Malt’, it is crafted in the windswept coastal town of Wick, home to the Pulteney Distillery which is one of the most northerly on the Scottish mainland. The distillery was established in 1826 in the heart of ‘Pulteneytown’, the town created to house fishermen during Wick’s famous herring boom which once drew a fleet of over 1000 boats and 7000 workers to this remote and rugged harbour. Old Pulteney is the embodiment of this place, its people and its remarkable history. The skilled Pulteney Distillery team continues to craft whisky using the most traditional and time-honoured techniques that most others have long abandoned. This includes the uniquely shaped Pulteney stills, which are reflected in the design of the Old Pulteney bottle on shelves today.

Speyburn is home to a multitude of award-winning and single malt Scotch whiskies; the result of an outstanding natural environment and an insistence on using a combination of the most traditional methods of production with innovative approaches. Established in 1897, by John Hopkins, Speyburn currently has three core expressions – Bradan Orach, Speyburn 10 Years Old and the newly released Speyburn 15 Years Old. Speyburn has been awarded for its quality products and ambition, winning Distillery of the Year 2017 at the New York International Spirits Competition (NYISC), as well as a host of gold medals from some of the world’s most prestigious wines and spirits competitions.

Balblair distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in the Scottish Highlands. Established in 1790, the distillery building and its warehouses sit on the original site to this day. Balblair whiskies are released as vintage expressions, only when they have reached their exact point of ‘optimum maturation’, the peak of perfection.

anCnoc is produced at Knockdhu Distillery – established in 1894 and one of the smallest and most enchanting in the Scottish Highlands. It is renowned the world over by malt enthusiasts for bringing a contemporary twist to the traditions of fine malt whisky, producing a single malt that is accessible and versatile for all occasions. anCnoc Cutter has been ranked in the Liquid Gold category of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2016 with a score of 96.5 adding to anCnoc’s portfolio of award-winning expressions. Whiskies in this category are deemed by Jim Murray as “superstar whiskies that give us all a reason to live.” The anCnoc 18 year old was also awarded the title of Best Highland Single Malt in the 13-20 year old category at the World Whisky Awards 2016. 

Caorunn is a super-premium, small batch distilled gin from the Scottish Highlands, launched by International Beverage Holdings in 2009. With its roots in Celtic culture and heritage, Caorunn is a slow paced, small batch distilled gin made in a unique copper berry chamber at the Balmenach Distillery in Speyside. Five unique Celtic botanicals give Caorunn a subtlety and complexity that make it more than just a gin. This extra dimension means it can be mixed and enjoyed in a whole host of exciting ways, from classic and contemporary cocktails to the simplicity of our perfect-serve G&T with fresh red apple.

Auchentoshan Three Wood Single Malt at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

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Auchentoshan Three Wood Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($56.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: “The name of this whisky is a nod to how its matured in three different casks: American Bourbon, Spanish oloroso and Pedro Ximénez Sherry. Its robust, with a deep amber hue and rich caramel scent. The flavor profile shows toffee, campfire smoke and a mouthwatering butterscotch note on the exhale. It almost reads like a peated Bourbon. (KN)” (12/2015)

K&L Notes: A favorite of the employees at Auchentoshan and many at K&L, the Three Wood is deep amber in color, nutty, rich and aromatic on the nose. It’s extremely full on the palate, sweet sherry flavors complement the high tones and fruity nature of the spirit. The finish is long and warm. Aged in Bourbon, Oloroso Sherry, and Pedro Ximenez casks the Three Wood is the perfect combination.

Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 30, 2018

This is a wonderful single malt for those looking for an easy drinker. The the nose is light and pretty with a hint of bees wax. In the mouth it is light and delicate with the sherry aging adding juicy notes. What makes this single so nice is that all of the flavor aspects are balanced and harmonious. There is a delicious finish.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 25, 2018

Filled in 3 different barrel types, this dram showcases American Bourbon casks, Spanish Olorosso butts, and unctuous Pedro Ximenez casks. This cask regimen does several things. The bourbon highlights the inherent fruity, vanilla cake, and creme brulee character of the spirit. The Olorosso adds gobs of cocoa, nuttiness, and toffee. And of course, the PX dials up a beautiful sweetness, intensity, and raisined fruits. While this triple casks regime adds layers of complexity, body, and richness, it also belies the notion that Lowland whisky is light and simple. At just $56.99 this is a shameless sherry dram for every day enjoyment. While the lowlands does have some highly coveted bottles, it’s this kind of easy enjoy-ability that makes it such a special place for whisky.

Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 22, 2018

The Three Wood beautifully showcases the movement away from age statements and toward creative cask finishes. On the nose, it immediately offers enticing aromas of dried fruit, orange peel, caramelized sugar and ample spice. On the palate, it tastes full and complex despite its three distillations. Vanilla and dry sherry dominate at first but give way to soft tones of toffee and raisins. Typical of lowland malts, the finish brings a lingering nutty sweetness, but with a hint of charred wood. Altogether, it makes for an endlessly enjoyable dram that satisfies most any palate. I highly recommend this bottle for fans of bourbon or Irish whisky trying to break into Scottish single malts. It’s also a great pick for scotch drinkers looking for something new in a sherry-focused style.


A World of Whisky at The Whisky Shop – Whisky News


From Dufftown to Dublin, Craigellachie to Kentucky, Tobermory to Tokyo, whisky has travelled around the world and found a home on the shelves of thirsty connoisseurs all over the globe. Whether you prefer your smoky Islays or dabble in a dram from Japan, you’ll find what you’re looking for at The Whisky Shop – including some exclusive single casks not available anywhere else!

Next day UK delivery available
International shipping

Japanese Whisky

Yamazaki 12 Year Old


£129 Buy Now

Hibiki 17 Year Old


£495 Buy Now

Hakushu 12 Year Old


£195 Buy Now


Kilchoman 2007


£115 Buy Now

Glen Scotia 2006 Bourbon Cask


£85 Buy Now

Balblair 1997


£140 Buy Now


Amrut Distillery Featured at The Whisky Shop #SFO – Indian Whisky News


Saturday, July 14th 2:30-5:30 PM

Whisky Tasting: World Whiskies featuring Amrut

Expand your whisky knowledge at our world whiskies tasting! While Scotland is the home of Scotch, fine whiskies can be found the globe over, each presenting a particular twist on single malt distilling.  We’ll be pouring Amrut whisky at this event, with more to be revealed as event approaches. RSVP to be notified as we reveal more whiskies!

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Chris Goodrum Reviews North Star Spirits in Episode #273 – Scotch Whisky News

Chris Goodrum

A highly anticipated episode of the show featuring the new releases from North Star Spirits (Series 005).

Bladnoch unveils luxe bicentennial dram – Scotch Whisky News


Bladnoch unveils luxe bicentennial dram

Scotland’s southernmost distillery, Bladnoch, has launched a special Bicentennial Release as a celebration of its rich history and a toast to its new chapter of renaissance.

Offering the perfect balance between provenance and progression, Bladnoch is enjoying an exciting revival in its 200th year, having been bought by Australian entrepreneur, David Prior in 2015. Changing fates and fortunes over the years resulted in the distillery switching hands several times, before it fell silent and ceased production. Inspired by its story and charm, Prior and his team have set about turning this important piece of Scotch whisky history into a modern day distilling operation with production recommencing last year.

Made from just two exceptional casks of whisky distilled in 1988, the release is limited to just 200 bottles. Initially matured in Oloroso Sherry, the special malt was finished for the last 18 months in Moscatel casks. Described by Master Distiller, Ian Macmillan, as “Chestnut gold in colour, our bicentennial release has lovely rich sherry and acacia aromas with notes of dark chocolate, sweet oak and citrus with a long and satisfying finish. This is a fantastic whisky to mark this incredible milestone and I’d say it is best enjoyed shared, and savoured, with friends and family.”

Bottled at cask strength 41.2% ABV, the new malt will be available in select international markets for an RRP of $8,800AUD per bottle. The release is presented in a luxurious gold and glass bottle with a heavy gold stopper, designed by David Prior.

Commenting on the Bladnoch journey so far, David Prior said: “In the last three years, we have significantly invested in Bladnoch to revive whisky production, as we strive to give Scotland’s most southerly distillery back its true title as the ‘Queen of the Lowlands’.

“We may be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the distillery, but Bladnoch’s renaissance chapter is only just beginning.”

Crafted using only the purest ingredients – pristine water from the River Bladnoch and Scottish barley – Bladnoch malts are non-chill filtered and naturally coloured. The range includes Samsara, Adela 15 Year Old and Talia 25 Year Old. Bladnoch’s sister expression, Pure Scot, offers a zesty and versatile blended Scotch whisky.

To find out more about Bladnoch’s Bicentennial Release and its international availability, please visit www.bladnoch.com


Bicentennial Release tasting notes:

Colour: Chestnut gold

Nose: Lovely rich old sherry aromas, acacia, honey, beeswax, orange, fruitcake, a whiff of coffee and a hint of chocolate

Palate: Soft, rich, and silky sherry flavours, dark chocolate, ginger, spicy citrusy notes, balanced sweet oak and a hint of ground black pepper

Finish: Warming with a honeyed spiciness, satisfying and long

41.2% ABV

Whiskies of the World “San Jose and San Francisco 2019 Tickets are Now Live!” – Whisky News


San Jose and San Francisco 2019 Tickets are Now Live!

Austin (#WOWAUS) happens Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the Vault Space.
Tickets are available here.

Dallas (#WOWDAL) happens Friday, September 21, 2018 at Frontiers of Flight Museum
at Dallas Love Field. Tickets are available here.

Houston (#WOWHOU) happens Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Silver Street Studio.
Tickets are available here.

Atlanta (#WOWATL) happens Friday, November 2, 2018 at The Intercontinental Buckhead.
Early Bird tickets are available here.

San Jose (#WOWSJ) happens Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Forage
Early Bird tickets are available here.

San Francisco (#WOWSF) Happens Saturday March 23, 2019 on the San Francisco Belle Yacht.
Early Bird tickets available here.

Lets talk about it! Be sure to use the hashtags
when talking about all the WOW shows on social media!


Whiskies of the World 7 Night European River Cruise in June of 2019

Registration has opened for Whiskies of the World European River Cruise 2019. Cruise the Danube River through Austria, Hungary, Germany, and Slovakia on AmaWaterways new ship, the AmaMagna. Of the many exciting features of this trip, we really love that there is a true tasting experience each night for dinner, pairing your food with whiskies. Contact matt@matt.travel with any questions and to secure your spot. Click here for more details!

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1792 Bourbon Tasting at The Whisky Shop #SFO – American Whiskey News


Friday, July 13th, 5-7PM

1792 Bourbon  

“Big, weighty-rye with an attitude. In a herd of any 30 random bourbons, this one would stand out by nose alone… Fabulously different and wholly adorable.”
-Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible on 1792

Start your lucky weekend with a taste of bourbon! A high-rye bourbon created with precise craftsmanship, 1792 is a smooth, balanced, and flavorful whiskey. We’ll be pouring a variety of their new, rare, and award winning releases at this in-store tasting, presented by whisky experts.

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LOCH LOMOND 1999 PAUL LAWRIE AUTOGRAPH EDITION at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News



ABV: 50.8%
CASK TYPE: American Oak Matured
BOTTLER: Distillery
REGION: Highland

Loch Lomond 1999 vintage Highland single malt Scotch whisky. Matured in refill American oak hogsheads and ex-Bourbon barrels. Limited edition release collaboration between Henry and golfer Paul Lawrie for the Open Championship 2018. Loch Lomond Distillery is equipped with three different types of sills and was established just to the south of the Loch Lomond in 1964. There are two pot stills, six pot stills with rectifying columns in place of swan necks, a Coffey continuous still and additional continuous stills that produce grain whiskey. Thus Loch Lomond Distillery produces malt and grain whiskey. Inchmurrin malt whiskey is produced using malt spirit distilled in the two pot stills fitted with rectifying columns in place of swan necks. The Loch Lomond single malts include a 12 Year Old and an 18 Year Old.

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