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The world’s first 100% community-owned whisky distillery, GlenWyvis Distillery, based in Dingwall in the Highlands of Scotland, has launched its second open share offer and is welcoming new investors from around the world, to become involved, as they aim to raise an additional £750,000.

With almost £200,000 raised already, the additional funds are being used to accelerate the new distillery’s brand and visitor centre development, to bring gin distilling to Dingwall and to reduce commercial lending costs.

The distillery, which will be entirely powered by green energy, is currently being built at the Heights of Docharty by Dingwall and is on-schedule to open this November. The stills and mash-tuns are now in place and recruitment underway for the master distiller and visitor centre development officer.

Talking about the second share offer, founder and managing director John McKenzie of GlenWyvis Distillery said: “We are making great progress with the distillery build which can now be seen in its stately position from the town below and right across the glen with a wealth of stunning landscapes all around.

“Our sights are firmly set on the first run of spirit in November this year and our second share offer will ensure we maintain our momentum, as we move into our branding and development phase.”

John added: “We are seeing a great deal of interest from international visitors, as we are sited in the Highlands of Scotland but also on the North Coast 500 route and near to some of the prime “Outlander” locations*. We are also within easy reach of Culloden and many clan sites making it an ideal addition to a visitor’s itinerary.

“By investing in the community share offer, it will make it all the more exciting and interesting for investors to come and see the distillery they have invested in, at first hand and really feel a part of the first ever community-led malt whisky distillery.”

Second Share offer investment

GlenWyvis already has some 2,600 members who invested in the original share offer in 2016 and this new share offer opportunity capitalises on continued interest from locals and visitors alike. The minimum investment is £250 for all investors, and supporters will also be able pay extra to have their name added to the distillery wall or the “path to the stills”.

Simon Walker, Head of Campaigns at said: “The GlenWyvis Distillery is a truly unique project to create the world’s first 100% community-owned whisky distillery. Following last year’s successful crowdfunding campaign with over £2.6 million raised, we’re delighted that the team has decided to use once again for the next phase of funding.

“As a project which gives people a chance to play an active role in this venture, we’re excited to see not only the development of the distillery itself, but how the community continues to work together to make the project a reality. We look forward to raising a glass with John and his team over the next couple of months.”

Full details of the open share offer naming options are available on the GlenWyvis Distillery website at

Investment can be made online via or

Josh Office Manager beside new stills at GlenWyvis Distillery

Josh Office Manager beside new stills at GlenWyvis Distillery


*North Coast 500 and Outlander interest

Increased tourism interest in the area has come about as a result of the North Coast 500 route taking in Dingwall, where GlenWyvis has set up its new interim visitor centre, GlenWyvis Basecamp. The Dingwall area has also seen an influx of “Outlander” fans as they look for the site of the original “Ferintosh” distillery – which produced the historical whisky of choice of lead character “Jamie”, before moving on to another Outlander location-stop at nearby Castle Leod in Strathpeffer – the inspiration for Castle Leoch in the TV series.

Single Malt Whisky Entirely Matured in Designer Casks Makes a Return – Scotch Whisky News


Single malt whisky entirely matured in designer casks makes a return

Glenmorangie Astar’s reintroduction celebrates Distillery’s ongoing commitment to cask innovation

In 2008, on its ceaseless quest for perfection, Glenmorangie created The Astar (Scots Gaelic for “journey”), a single malt whisky entirely matured in bespoke oak casks from the Ozark mountains of Missouri, designed to impart the wood’s maximum flavour to the spirit. Today, Glenmorangie Astar returns with a limited-edition release which brings a new richness and complexity to its silken depths – and renews the Highland Distillery’s homage to the power of wood.

Glenmorangie has always regarded the oak casks in which whisky matures as vital to the quality of the final spirit. Such is the Distillery’s dedication to sourcing the ideal wood for whisky maturation, that its skills in cask management have been long renowned throughout the industry. In the casks created for The Astar’s precious releases, Glenmorangie brings all of its expertise to bear. Every step of their design has a direct influence on the whisky’s tastes and aromas.

The Astar’s custom-made casks began their journey in the Ozark mountains of Missouri, where Glenmorangie carefully selected slow-growth oak trees, for their porous structure. Staves were cut from these oaks to the Distillery’s exact specifications. Then, they were left to season in the open air for at least two years, so that they might breathe and soften, gaining the whisky’s first hints of vanilla and crème brulée. After being coopered into oak casks, they were gently toasted to contribute further flavours of almond and coconut. Filled with bourbon, they were set aside to mature for four years to smooth away any rawness. Finally, they were emptied, shipped to Scotland and filled with Glenmorangie’s delicate and complex spirit, for a long, slow maturation.

The Astar’s first, limited release was much coveted. And ever since, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks, Dr Bill Lumsden, has longed to revisit the single malt’s unique character. But casks designed to such precise specifications require many years and much dedication to create. Indeed, they are so rare, that it has taken Dr Bill almost a decade to orchestrate the whisky’s return. For 2017, he brings The Astar back to life in a new limited-edition which displays all the smooth, creamy depths for which its predecessor was renowned. Delivered at a slightly lower strength, The Astar’s renaissance also delivers a newfound richness and complexity.

Dr Bill said: “At Glenmorangie we are always searching for perfection – and The Astar’s first release, entirely matured in our designer casks, was a momentous step on our journey. I’m delighted to be able to share the 2017 release with more single malt lovers – and to celebrate with them the whisky’s wonderfully creamy, spicy aromas and silky tastes of soft fruit smothered with vanilla custard.”

Milroys Fine and Rare Tasting with Jolyon Dunn, Monday 4th September – Whiskey News


Fine and Rare Tasting with Jolyon Dunn, Monday 4th September

Returning to Milroy’s for the final time this year is our Fine and Rare Tasting. We are excited to open the bottles at the end the shop to share with you, our lovely customers! The evening will showcase some of the finest whiskies bottled over the last 50 years!

This event will seek to demonstrate the ways in which these whiskies deserve their cult status amongst whisky drinkers, as well as examining the value of collecting and how to buy in the fine and rare world. Limited spaces available.

Please call the shop if you have any questions about the event on 0207 734 2277. P.S That is a 1969 Old Overholt Rye 1810, we can’t wait to try it!

Tickets at £95


Scotch Malt Whisky Society “September Outturn Alert” – Scotch Whisky News

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September Outturn Alert

September Outturn goes on sale this First Friday at 9am. This month delivers an exotic cargo of flavours to taste and explore with 19 marvellous malts, including our first ever blended malt Scotch whisky. Don’t miss out on your favourite bottlings, click over to our website now and read the full listing ahead of the release.



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

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 173: North British 21 Year Old 1995 North Star Spirits – Scotch Whisky News


Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 173: North British 21 Year Old 1995 North Star Spirits

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, tries a single grain. North Star Spirits is fast becoming one of Mark’s favorite independent bottlers. So far, all the stuff he has tried from them has been top notch. In May 2017 they released a single grain from the Lowland distillery North British – just outside Edinburgh – that matured for 21 long years. North British has no official bottlings to speak of, because the production is destined for the blending industry.

Five-star success for Chivas Brothers’ distilleries – Scotch Whisky News

Aberlour Distillery WI

Five-star success for Chivas Brothers’ distilleries

Scotch whisky and premium gin producer Chivas Brothers is in high spirits after three of its Speyside distilleries were awarded five-star status.

The visitor centres at Aberlour Distillery, Strathisla Distillery and The Glenlivet Distillery have been praised for providing ‘Exceptional Customer Experiences’ during a recent VisitScotland assessment.

The appraisals were carried out as part of VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance Grading Scheme, which is designed to inspire and encourage improvement within the visitor attraction sector by helping participating attractions to achieve their full potential and provide the best possible experience.

Visitor attractions are assessed across a wide range of criteria from the quality of the pre-arrival booking process to staff hospitality and friendliness, experience upon arrival, and catering and retail, with each of Chivas Brothers’ visitor centres scoring above 85 per cent to retain the highest ranking of five stars.

Commenting on the fantastic achievement, Chivas Brothers’ Visitor Centres Manager Caroline Mitchell said: “We are absolutely delighted that three of our Speyside distilleries have once again been awarded five stars for providing outstanding customer experiences.

“The achievement is a huge credit to each of our visitor centre distillery teams at Aberlour, Strathisla and The Glenlivet, which go above and beyond to ensure we maintain our high standards and provide excellent customer service across the board.”

The VisitScotland accreditation bolsters the success of Chivas Brothers’ Aberlour Distillery after Visitor Centre Supervisor Rikki Scott scooped the Whisky Magazine Global Icons of Whisky Award earlier this year.

Glenlivet Royal Opening


About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky and the No.1 Scotch whisky in China; Ballantine’s, Europe’s No.1 Scotch whisky; The Glenlivet, the single malt whisky that set the standard; and Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky range. The portfolio also includes two of the world’s leading English gins – Beefeater, the world’s most awarded premium gin, and Plymouth gin – plus a selection of highly acclaimed single malt whiskies, including Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa, Strathisla and Tormore. The range is completed by a collection of blended Scotch whiskies operating in many of the world’s key whisky markets which includes 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch.

Strathisla Distillery 1 WI

Whisky Auctioneer August Auction Now Live – Whisky News



Whisky Auctioneer is gearing up for an exciting announcement very soon, but before we get to that we first need to introduce our August Auction! 

A wonderfully varied and interesting range of bottles have come through our doors this month, from dusty vintage gems to shiny premium releases, we’ve seen it all. 

We guarantee that this is an auction worth exploring. You never know what you might discover and there’s no better time or place to start than with our featured highlights below!




This month we feature some fascinating vintage whiskies and spirits dating back to the middle of the last century. Originally purchased from Hay & Son Ltd. Sheffield, the collection includes several of these stunning 1950s Glenlivet bottlings! 



A particularly special Macallan released in 1982 to mark the 25th anniversary of the Italian importers Rinaldi Brothers Inc. It doesn’t get much better than this! 



An unusual bottle with a tale to tell! It is believed that the entire shipment of 247 bottles was lost in transit to the US only to be found years later and returned to Glenmorangie, where the majority are still held. 



A set of 9 single cask bottlings released to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Moon Import. Renowned for their colourful label art, as this collection clearly demonstrates! 



What a treat it is to feature both incredible bottles in the auction! One of the rarest and most sought after Japanese whiskies around, the Monochrome Joker is one of only 241 bottles, containing liquid distilled in 1985. 



This month’s auction is an American whiskey bonanza with an incredible range of Pappy bottlings alongside many other rare and unusual bourbons! 

Our August Auction is live until Monday 4th September, there is no fee to register on our site, our commission structure is very competitive and we offer worldwide shipping. For our terms and conditions please click here.

Happy bidding!


If you are in the London or M6/M40 area and have bottles that you would like to enter for auction get in touch now to arrange your free pick up!


The Whisky Shop #SFO “Catch Exclusive Whiskies at the Kilchoman Tasting Tour!” September 9th, 2017 – Scotch Whisky News


Kilchoman West Coast Tasting Tour

Saturday, September 9th 10AM-7PM

Come by for a day of Kilchoman’s finest whiskies! Starting at 10am, we’ll be pouring a variety of Kilchoman’s releases, presented by members of the Kilchoman family themselves. For the tour, Kilchoman distillery released a limited release of Machir Bay, bottled at cask strength. These collectible custom-labeled bottles are only available during the tasting, and any remaining will travel with Kilchoman to their next location- if you want one, arrive early! Additionally, you can talk Kilchoman with the sons of the distiller – George and Peter, dressed in Scottish regalia, while they sign your tour bottle, or anything else you want to bring for them to sign.

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“Dram Good Netherlands – The Final Chapter” – Scotch Whisky News

lastcallDram Good Netherlands – The Final Chapter

All good things must come to an end, and for Pat Dunlop of the end of his adventures in the Netherlands has come a bit sooner than expected. Fear not however, as his imminent return to Canada can only spell exciting new things and signal the beginning of a brave new chapter for The Whisky Mafia. To read more about the impending departure, and to catch up on the Netherlands saga in its entirety, click here.



Whisky Wednesday Reviews Pappy van Winkle Range – American Whiskey News


Welcome to our newest series! Over the next six weeks, we’ll be reviewing and assessing the Pappy Van Winkle range and in all honesty this is something that I didn’t think we’d be able to do at any point with this channel. Starting off with the 10, we’ll be walking you all through the 12, 15, 20, 23 and something special at the end as well. Keep an eye out for the whole series over the next few weeks and we can all discuss how spectacular these bourbons are to drink! – Sit down interview with, Preston Van Winkle.


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