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Dutch Spirits


Leading Dutch distiller, Dutch Spirits, plans to take full advantage of the current global Bourbon Boom by unveiling a new packaging for its Old Samuel range as it looks to increase the brand’s global availability.

Old Samuel is sporting a new, sleek, black packaging for its Bourbon Reserve and four liqueurs: Honey, Cherry, Cinnamon and Almond flavours. The new, eye-catching packaging reflects the liquid’s quality. It will also enable the award-winning bourbon to stand out

on shelves while confidently competing with other brands of the category. Each label of the range is colour-coded to create cohesion but also distinction between the various styles.

The move is also accompanied by a 40% production increase YOY, as the brand, which is currently available in the UK, has already secured major listings in Holland and Poland and is looking to expand outside Europe.

Andy Mallows, Dutch Spirits’ MD comments: “Bourbon is having its moment and it is a good opportunity for us to increase the reach of our Old Samuel brand. It has been doing extremely well in the UK and we are keen to introduce it to other markets worldwide. The liquid is award-winning and the brand packaging had to evolve to reflect its quality. We are now confident that it will appeal to bourbon-lovers worldwide”.

The new Old Samuel packaging is being rolled-out globally from September onwards.



Dutch Spirits (formerly known as Toorank) is a family-owned distiller based in Zevenaar, Holland, has over 25 years’ experience within the spirits category and was founded by Metaxa in 1978. The company currently supplies four key markets, Holland, UK, USA and Poland and trades in 50 markets worldwide.

Dutch Spirits’ workforce is over 100 strong and its two main production facilities are in Holland and Poland and they currently have the capacity to produce 90 million bottles per year. Its Dutch base in Zevenaar was chosen due to its proximity to a pure water source – an essential ingredient to all its drinks. Filtered through fine sand and stone layers, the water comes directly from the surrounding hills, which were formed during the last ice age. The soft and crystal-clear water comes from a well with a depth of 200 metres.

Dutch Spirits currently has its own portfolio of brands, including the super-premium Sloane’s Premium Dry Gin and produces a further 1,300 products in partnership with over 225 clients.

Over the last ten years, the company’s portfolio has received over 266 medals in the International Wine and Spirits Competition including six ‘Gold Best in Class’, four ‘Gold’, 15 ‘Silver Best in Class’ and 27 ‘Silver’ awards.




Perth-based Whisky Auctioneer offer up a never before seen collection of incredible vintage whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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Perth-based Whisky Auctioneer offer up a never before seen collection of incredible vintage whiskies.

The rarest and oldest vintages from Scotland’s most sought after distilleries will go under the hammer in an exclusive online auction held by Whisky Auctioneer. (

The private collection, brought together over many years of devoted searching, consists of 104 iconic ‘dumpy’ bottlings released by Cadenhead’s. As Scotland’s oldest independent bottler, Cadenhead’s have long been known for releasing stunning whiskies but none more so than those from this range.

The entire collection has an estimated worth of over £100,000, with many of the individual bottles expected to fetch in excess of £2000.

Scotland’s most collectible distilleries, both open and closed, will feature in the auction. Amongst the lots on offer will be some incredible 1950s vintages, including examples from Talisker, Highland Park, Springbank and Mortlach. Accompanying these will be no less than six 1960s Bowmore and an extremely rare Ardbeg from 1965, which is one of only 20 released.

With the growing scarcity of vintage whisky many of these bottles have not appeared at auction in recent years. Examples such as a Rosebank 1966 and Glenlivet 1954, that not so long ago were making in the region of £200 at auction, are expected to make ten times this amount in today’s market, highlighting the current demand for bottles of this nature.

Commenting on the auction, Managing Director of Whisky Auctioneer Iain McClune said, ‘This is a truly stunning group of bottles, the like of which we have never seen together in one auction before. Examples from this bygone era of whisky production have become increasingly elusive in recent years, making them exceptionally desirable both to whisky enthusiasts and those looking to invest.’

Whisky Auctioneer specialises in auctioning fine, old, rare and collectible whisky. This exclusive one off auction will go live on Friday 6th October and run until Monday 16th October.

For further information about the auction please visit

Or contact:

Joe Douglas at Whisky Auctioneer: / 01738 245576


Introducing Old Pulteney 25 Years Old – Scotch Whisky News


Introducing a new whisky to our fleet

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of Old Pulteney 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

 Pulteney Distillery has released its eagerly anticipated 25 Year Old expression. Sheltered from a fast-changing world, this rare expression, mellowed for a quarter of a century, has matured in the invigorating sea air of Wick.

Aged at its own steady pace, the elegant whisky began its journey in ex-bourbon American oak barrels for 22 years. Its spicy sweetness was later granted depth and colour by ex-oloroso Spanish oak butts until it reached the premium age of 25.

With a glimmering bronze colour, Old Pulteney 25 Year Old contains mature and fragrant flavour notes. The expression opens with heavy spices and dark chocolate which effortlessly lead to rum-soaked raisins and lime honey, punctuated with clean notes of orange peel and baked apples.

The flavour is firmly anchored in bitter chocolate and creamy vanilla with hints of toffee sweetness and crisp overtones of fresh lemon and coconut. The finish is long and spicy with a glimpse of dried fruit cake and exotic wood, ensuring each dram reflects its expert craftsmanship with a rich and satisfying taste.

Taste OId Pulteney 25 Year Old

We’re offering guests at The Whisky Show from 30th September to 1st October 2017 the first opportunity for you, our fans, to enjoy a sample our newly released Old Pulteney 25 Year Old while stocks last! To request your sample simply show this email to the Old Pulteney team at the exhibition. Sláinte!

Venue: Old Billingsgate, 1 Old Billingsgate Walk, London, EC3R 6DX.

What’s On – Drams and Dining at Tor Na Coille Hotel October 6th, 2017 – Scotch Whisky News


What’s On – Drams and Dining at Tor Na Coille Hotel

Event:                            Tor Na Coille Whisky Tasting Dinner

Venue:                           Tor Na Coille Hotel, Inchmarlo Road, Banchory, Kincardineshire, AB314AB

Date and time:          Friday 6th October 2017; 7 for 7.30pm

Price:                             £45 per person

Booking:              or 01330 822242

As the nights draw in, there’s nothing better than a good dram to keep you warm. So why not visit the Tor Na Coille hotel in Banchory for a night celebrating the amber nectar – alongside the region’s finest fare?

After a Bruadar whisky liqueur welcome drink, you’ll enjoy a delicious three course meal, cooked up by Tor Na Coille’s award-winning chefs. Drawing upon Deeside’s unparalleled larder, each course will perfectly complement the whiskies on offer.

Alongside your meal, you will sample three sumptuous whiskies: an Old Perth sherry cask blended malt, a Big Strand Islay single malt, and a Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Speyside 1991 sherry butt cask-strength malt. And, of course, you’ll be free to peruse the hotel bar’s fantastic selection of malts after dinner.

At just £45 per person, this is a great opportunity to sample whiskies discovering the subtle – and sometimes not so subtle – differences between the regions. Call 01330 822242 or email for more information and to book.

Lagavulin 16 Year Old Engraved at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News


Lagavulin 16 Year Old Engraved

Make your Lagavulin that little bit more personal with our bespoke engraving service. Aged in oak casks for at least 16 years, this much sought-after single malt has the massive peat-smoke that’s typical of southern Islay – but also offering a dryness that turns it into a truly interesting dram.

£68 Buy Now

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Ralfy Publishes Ralfy Review #686 – Scotch Whisky News


Ralfy meets up with the latest ‘version’ of a big peat-hitter with Ralfy Review 686 – Laphroaig 10yo @40%vol (2017)





Ballantine’s, the No. 2 Scotch whisky in the world, takes an innovative move into the Single Malts category, with the launch of three new Single Malts.

Always known for doing things differently, Ballantine’s will give consumers a unique opportunity to experience the flavour of the three signature malts that form the heart of Ballantine’s whisky. The Glenburgie, Miltonduff and Glentauchers Single Malts are all aged 15 years old and stay true to the Ballantine’s brand whilst retaining their own distinct personalities:

  • Glenburgie forms the heart of Ballantine’s whisky character, delivering concentrated fruitiness and honeyed sweetness. Perfectly balanced, with aromas of soft red apples and pears, this whisky has a full and velvety texture and a long, round finish
  • Miltonduff is the foundation of Ballantine’s whisky character bringing warmth and power. Floral with a subtle hint of cinnamon spice, this whisky is extremely smooth with gentle liquorice flavours and a long, warm finish
  • Glentauchers delivers the smooth and delicate lingering finish of Ballantine’s. With hints of delicate floral heather on the nose and soft berries and barley sugar sweets on the palate, this whisky has an incredibly long, luscious finish

Peter Moore, Ballantine’s Global Brand Director comments: “The Single Malts category is dynamic and continues to grow rapidly as more consumers become lovers of this iconic Scottish spirit.

“As a globally known brand, we are sure that consumers will have confidence in the quality and credibility of these new Single Malts as they are widely recognised as the signature malts that form the heart of Ballantine’s,” adds Moore. “Ballantine’s has never been one to pick the obvious route – we do things differently and create our own path to success. All of this is core to the Ballantine’s brand and our launch of three new Single Malts is yet another example of celebrating and staying true to our roots.”

As consumers taste the individual flavour profiles of Glenburgie, Miltonduff and Glentauchers, they will discover over 190 years of heritage and tradition born in the historic Speyside region of Scotland.

Taiwan, the 4th largest whisky market by value and the most vibrant Single Malt market in the world, is the first country to officially launch the Ballantine’s Single Malts Series. From 23 September to 1 October, consumers in Taiwan will be able to learn about its ‘stay true’ heritage and innovative spirit through an interactive experience in the heart of Taipei. Through this experience they will be among the first to taste the three unique flavours of the Ballantine’s Single Malts.

The Ballantine’s Single Malt Series is bottled at 40% ABV and available to purchase in domestic markets at an RRP of $56 USD and in Travel Retail Asia for 70cl bottle ($80 USD Litre equivalent).

 The release of the series is a testament to the spirit of George Ballantine and the remarkable people, places and events that have been part of the brand since 1827.

Tasting Notes: 

The Glenburgie Single Malt

  • Nose: Perfectly balanced with aromas of sweet soft red apples and blackcurrant. Allied with this is wonderful honeycomb candy sweetness.
  • Taste: Full and creamy with a velvety smooth texture (honey). This whisky is bursting with fruity sweet orange flavours.
  • Finish: Very long, sweet and round.

The Miltonduff Single Malt

  • Nose: Rich fruity and sweet. Flavours of peaches in syrup, juicy sweet orange and creamy soft toffee with a hint of toasted almonds.
  • Taste: Sweet scented floral flavours. Extremely smooth with milk chocolate flavours and hints of cinnamon spice, cloves and liquorice root in the background.
  • Finish: Very long, warm and sweet.

The Glentauchers Single Malt

  • Nose: Bursting with sweet citrus fruit flavours (tangerine and sweet clementine) with hazelnut notes and a hint of delicate floral heather coming through the background.
  • Taste: Coats the mouth with smooth, soft berry flavours of raspberry and blackcurrant, combined with a tantalising taster of barley sugar sweets.
  • Finish: Incredibly long and luscious. 

About Ballantine’s

Ballantine’s is the No.1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the No.2 Scotch whisky in the world with the range selling over 70 million bottles a year worldwide. Ballantine’s has won more than 130 trophies and medals at international competitions in the past 10 years for its outstanding quality, as a result of its unique richness of character and perfect balance. The range, from Ballantine’s Finest to the exclusive 40 Year Old, is the most extensive in the world of Scotch and is maintained by Master Blender Sandy Hyslop, continuing the brand’s tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827. In 2013, Ballantine’s continued its innovative approach by launching Ballantine’s Brasil, a spirit drink made from selectively cask steeping Scotch whisky with Brazilian lime peel.


About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s no.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 world’s No.1 single malt whisky; 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.


Just landed… Kings County Bottled-in-Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey – American Whiskey News

Kings County

Just landed… Kings County Bottled-in-Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey  

Voted by the American Distilling Institute as 2016 distillery of the year, Kings County Distillery is New York City’s oldest operating whiskey distillery, the first since Prohibition. Kings County is among the very first craft distillers to release a style of whiskey that can be considered the highest class of American whiskey.

Bottled-in-bond is a designation that refers to American whiskeys (and some brandies) that are distilled, aged, and bottled entirely at one distillery, from barrels filled in one season, by one distiller. Furthermore, the whiskey must be four years old and bottled at precisely 100 proof. In the old days, this was a way to protect the consumer from brands that were merely bottling up whiskey from other distilleries and blending or adulterating that whiskey.

In an era when consumers still sometimes have a hard time knowing exactly where their whiskeys actually come from, bottled-in-bond best expresses the advantages Kings County enjoys by making all their whiskey in-house from grain to bottle. Kings County Bottled-in-Bond was released to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the Bottled-In-Bond Act of 1897; it’s smooth, bold, spicy and complex with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper and vanilla.

Kings County is distributed in the UK by Amathus Drinks PLC. For more information, please contact

Code Product Name   RRP
AWKBIB Kings County Bottled-in-Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey 50% 20cl £34.75

The Valkyries ride back to Loch Fyne! – Scotch Whisky News


Highland Park Valkyrie

The first in the Viking Legends series from the Orkney distillery, this Island single malt dials up the Orkney peat to give a richer, honeyed sweetness than the 12 year old. Matured in a combination of first-fill American sherry oak, bourbon casks and Spanish sherry oak as well as a selection of refill casks, the packaging has been created by Danish designer, Jim Lyngvild, who is of Viking lineage himself.

£54.99 Buy Now

Highly limited availability
Orders will be dispatched week beginning 2nd October

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Great new whiskies from Blair Athol, Ben Nevis and Port Charlotte at the Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

TWB 10 Yrs

Great new whiskies from Blair Athol, Ben Nevis and Port Charlotte


10th Anniversary Releases

Last remaining bottles of the first three Whisky Barrel exclusives.

Dumbarton 30 Year Old 1987  – Buy £102.96

Irish Single Malt 13 Year Old 2003 – Buy £48.79

Laphroaig 6 Year Old 2011 – Buy £46.19

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