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The 2017 Kilchoman 100% Islay Limited Release Has Arrived! – Scotch Whisky News

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The 2017 Kilchoman 100% Islay Limited Release Has Arrived!

All parts of the production process for the 100% Islay have taken place at the distillery – from barley to bottle; grown, malted, distilled, matured and bottled, making for a unique character. Kilchoman distillery is proud to be the only Islay distillery distilling single malt from barley both grown and malted on Islay. Bottled at 50% ABV and peated to a lower level to that the other releases, 100% Islay has a lighter, fresher feel to it. Citrus and lemon notes come through with soft peat smoke and a long smooth finish. First launched in 2010, a new edition of the 100% Islay has been released every year since.

• Every bottle of Kilchoman is hand bottled on Islay at a minimum of 46% ABV allowing for the full-bodied character of the whisky to shine through.
• Kilchoman Distillery ships all their barrels whole directly to Islay. Their Bourbon Barrels are sourced exclusively from Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky, and their Sherry Casks from Miguel Martin in Jerez, Spain.
• Kilchoman Distillery’s stills are amongst the smallest in Scotland, increasing copper contact and creating unmatched balance and complexity.
• Kilchoman Single Malt is never chill-filtered or colored; the whisky is a pure, unfiltered representation of traditional whisky distilling.

Nose: Light, fresh and vibrant with soft peat smoke.

Palate: Fresh and light with citrus and lemon notes with sweetness on the finish.

Finish: Long, clean and sweet with graceful peat smoke.

“At seven years old, this is the most mature 100% Islay we have released to-date, we are very proud of it’s quality as well as the traditional methods revived to create it”.

Free Worldwide Shipping On The Multiple Award Winning Tomatin 36 Year Old – Scotch Whisky News



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Ardbeg Kelpie Only £91.98! at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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Ardbeg Kelpie Limited Stock!


Ardbeg Kelpie Only £91.98!

Ardbeg Kelpie, matured in Russian virgin oak casks, produced from wood grown on land in the Adyghe Republic, near the Black Sea. Released during Ardbeg day, towards the end of the Feis Ile 2017, bottled at 46% vol.



Whisky Wednesday Reviews Akashi 15yo – Japanese Whisky News


It’s not everyday that you get to try, as well as talk about one of the rarest Japanese whiskies in the world. One of only 795 bottles across the planet, Akashi 15yo is a combination of twelve and a half years in a former Pedro Ximinez cask and then being further transferred into a Konara cask (Same family as Mizunara/Japanese White Oak) – As a result of these huge flavors and made by a distillery who are most renowned for producing, Sake. This charming little pearl from the Far East is arguably one of the best whiskies that I’ve ever tried. Subtle and robust all at the same time, it sets your sense alight with ginger, sage, pork, slightly off sherry notes, white pepper and cedar wood. A truly mysterious and complex whisky from what is a relatively unknown distillery in the world of whisky. Cheers!

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Wolfburn Appoints Maverick Drinks as UK Distributor – Scotch Whisky News

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Wolfburn Appoints Maverick Drinks as UK Distributor 

Wolfburn Distillery has signed craft spirits specialist Maverick Drinks as its UK distributor. Winner of the 2016 IWSC Spirits Distributor of the Year award, Maverick is the perfect partner for Wolfburn’s award-winning range of single malt scotch whiskies.

‘For Wolfburn it’s a great step forward,’ comments Shane Fraser, distillery manager. ‘We’re hugely proud of our hand-crafted whiskies so it makes a lot of sense to team up with Maverick Drinks, as they’re at the forefront of the spirits revolution in the UK with a genuine focus on craftsmanship and quality.’

The symmetry between Maverick and Wolfburn extends beyond corporate ethos, with both companies having come top in class in recent International Wine & Spirits Competitions: Wolfburn scooped the gold medal at the recent IWSC Hong Kong awards, while Maverick was awarded the prize for IWSC Spirits Distributor of the Year. Wolfburn’s ‘Northland’ expression has now won an unprecedented four consecutive gold medals in international competitions.

‘We’re absolutely thrilled to represent Wolfburn in the UK.’ says Michael Vachon, Maverick Drinks’ Head of Brand Development. ‘Wolfburn have everything we look for in a brand: extraordinary quality, great design, and amazing people. Shane and his team have a burgeoning reputation for making some of the best whisky in the world and I know we’re going to have a great time working together.’


The original Wolfburn Distillery was founded just to the west of Thurso by William Smith in 1821. In its day it was one of the largest distilleries in Scotland, producing, according to HMRC records, 28,056 “gallons of proof spirit” in a single year. Taking its name from the stream that provided the water – the Wolf Burn – the distillery operated until around 1870. The reasons for its closure are lost in time, but by 1877 the newly produced Ordnance Survey maps showed it being in ruins.

In 2011 plans were laid to resurrect the old distillery. Construction began in 2012 and in January 2013 the new Wolfburn Distillery commenced production, thereby becoming the most northerly distillery on the Scottish mainland. Situated 300m from the site of the original distillery, the new Wolfburn operates in much the same way as the old: craftsmen use traditional methods to produce fine spirit, which is laid down in best quality oak casks to await the day when it is bottled as single malt scotch whisky. Wolfburn’s single malt scotch whiskies are now available in 24 countries globally.


Established in 2013, Maverick Drinks brings great drinks and craft spirits to the UK. We represent a number of distilleries from the UK, US and Europe and distribute craft and well-sourced spirits throughout the UK. We focus on craft spirits because consumers are increasingly looking for products with provenance, authenticity, and craftsmanship they admire.

Maverick Drinks was awarded IWSC Spirits Distributor of the Year in 2014 and 2016 and our portfolio now includes some of the finest and most award-winning spirits in the world, which we make available through our ever-growing network of partners in the UK: drinks wholesalers, high street outlets, online retailers, and more.

Maverick Drinks continues to lead the UK in distributing craft spirits whilst also working with trade organisations and industry bodies to drive awareness of the global trends in craft distilling.

Wolfburn Distillery, Henderson Park, Thurso, Caithness KW14 7XW

Milroys of Soho GlenDronach Single Cask – Scotch Whisky News


“Each year, Master Distiller, Billy Walker, specially selects a handful of individual casks from the warehouses at the GlenDronach Distillery, to be bottled as the GlenDronach ‘Limited Release’.”

Milroys Glendronach

The Single Cask selection are some of the most eagerly anticipated bottles of the year.  From the germination of the barley to the flow of the purest middle cuts of distilled spirit, every step in the GlenDronach journey is taken with meticulous care and immaculate timing. Their malt mill, glistening copper mash tun and traditional wooden washbacks form part of a vigorous but carefully attended process. Without a doubt, this year has not disappointed.

“The ‘Sherry Connoisseurs’ strike again”

Milroys web store currently have 4 bottlings in stock. Each bottle having its own nuanced flavour profile based around a strong Pedro Ximénez barrel style. Rich Chocolate and plums accompanied by stewed fruits and walnuts. Truly delightful.

Glendronach Single Cask, #4418, 1995, 21YO, 52.6%

Glendronach Single Cask, #3379, 1994, 22YO, 52.8%

Glendronach Single Cask, #43, 1993, 24 YO, 59.2%

Glendronach Single Cask, #89, 1992, 25YO, 58.1%

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Kentuky Whisky at K&L California – American Whiskey News


United States – Kentucky

Jim Beam K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #JB5456 Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) (Previously $35)  View

Baker’s Bourbon (750ml) (Previously $55)  View

1902 Belmont 8 Year Old Bottled in Bond Handmade Sour Mash Whisky (750ml) (Previously $2500)  View

1941 Pebbleford 8 Year Old Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon (750ml) (Previously $2000) View

1979 Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year Bourbon (750ml) (Previously $5000)  View

Phone: (877) KL-WINES (Toll Free 877.559.4637) Email:

K&L Wine Merchants 3005 El Camino Real Redwood City, CA 94061 USA San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA


Macallan Sienna Price Reduction at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News


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While Hamish is away on his holidays we have decided to reduce some of your favourite whiskies. Starting with this sherry bomb from Macallan. Packed with sweet richness, now available at an eye watering price of £67.99! Just don’t tell Hamish!

 £67.99 Buy Now
(Was £82)
Available while stocks last
Online offer only

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Sweet 10% Saving ith The Scotch Malt Whisky Society – Scotch Whisky News


Often overlooked and considered a humdrum dram, we’re exploring the world of sweet whiskies as we continue our journey into different flavour experiences. From lighter fruity and mellow whiskies to rich full-bodied spicy flavours, sweet styles are wonderfully varied and complex. We’ve hand picked a sweet selection of whiskies to showcase that diversity.

From now until Thursday, 29 June, buy any Sweet, Fruity & Mellow or Spicy & Sweet whisky and enjoy a 10 per cent saving using code: SWEETOFFER.

Parcel offers are not included, the offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers, exchanged for cash or given retrospectively. Thanks for your understanding.


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

Knob Creek® Bourbon Celebrates 25 Years With Limited Edition Anniversary Release – American Whiskey News


Knob Creek® Bourbon Celebrates 25 Years With Limited Edition Anniversary Release

Clermont, KY (June 15, 2017) – In 1992, Sixth Generation Beam Master Distiller Booker Noe created Knob Creek® Bourbon to restore the standards of pre-prohibition style whiskey, pushing the boundaries of an entire category with the introduction of super-premium, small batch bourbon.

Twenty-five years later, Booker’s son and SeventhGeneration Master Distiller Fred Noe is celebrating this milestone with the launch of an exclusive, limited-edition release ­– Knob Creek® 25th Anniversary Bourbon. Uniting the signature whiskey making styles of Booker and Fred Noe for the first time, Knob Creek 25th Anniversary Bourbon is a cask strength and unfiltered1 single barrel bourbon, aged in barrels for twelve-to-thirteen years and personally selected by Noe for this historic occasion.

“When Dad introduced Knob Creek and the Small Batch Bourbon Collection 25 years ago, he created it with the flavor, care and craftsmanship that defined high-quality, full-flavored bourbon,” said Noe. “I am honored to keep this tradition alive every day, and am proud to celebrate 25 years with our fans by releasing a special product that features Dad’s preferred ‘uncut and unfiltered’ style, combined with my passion for single barrel bourbons.”

With this unique combination, Knob Creek 25th Anniversary offers fans the truest expression of Knob Creek Bourbon, as close to standing in the rack house as possible. It features slight nuances in proof and tasting notes within each bottle, while still holding true to the brand’s overall taste profile. Each commemorative bottle is presented in a premium, wooden box and features a special label, including a handwritten bottling date and proof.

Knob Creek 25th Anniversary Bourbon is available nationwide in limited quantities for a suggested retail price of $129.99 for a 750ml bottle. This commemorative release offers the below characteristics, with each bottle’s unique tasting notes varying slightly:

  •        Age: Between 12 ­– 13 years
  •        Proof: Cask strength varies by barrel, ranging from 120 to 125 proof
  •       Color: Deep amber
  •       Taste: Each bottle features nuanced variations of deep, full vanilla with a surprisingly sweet and nutty flavor
  •        Aroma: Each bottle features nuanced variations of robust vanilla and caramel; slightly smoky, complemented by rich notes of oak
  •        Finish: Long and full

In addition to the launch of Knob Creek 25th Anniversary Bourbon, 2017 proves to be an exciting, milestone year for Knob Creek and its fans. The brand launched a new campaign, titled “This Creek Runs Full,” at the start of the year driven by multiple consumer touchpoints, including print, social and digital media; out-of-home advertising; experiential on- and off-premise activations; and public relations. The brand also recently unveiled a new website, which will be expanded to include an e-commerce page later this summer, featuring merchandise and apparel for consumer purchase. In addition, Knob Creek is excited to collaborate with the Goose Island Beer Company on their Black Friday release of Bourbon County Reserve Brand Stout, aged in Knob Creek bourbon barrels.

For more information about this release or Knob Creek’s 25th anniversary, please visit the newly updated or contact

About Knob Creek® Bourbon

Knob Creek® Bourbon has been making extraordinary full-flavored bourbon with intriguing taste and bottled in unique flask shaped packaging for 25 years. Aged in new, charred American Oak barrels and bottled at an honest 100 proof, Knob Creek® Bourbon upholds the standard for what great bourbon ought to be with its big, full signature flavor. Launched in early 1992, at a time when the term “super-premium” bourbon didn’t exist, Knob Creek® Bourbon is named after the small town in Kentucky where President Abraham Lincoln was born. In recent years, Knob Creek has expanded its portfolio releasing Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve (120 proof / 60% alcohol by volume) in 2011 and Knob Creek Rye (100 proof / 50% alcohol by volume) in 2012 and Knob Creek Smoked Maple (90 proof / 45% alcohol by volume) in 2013.

About Beam Suntory Inc.

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Hornitos and Sauza tequila, EFFEN and Pinnacle vodka, Sipsmith gin, and Midori liqueur.

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

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