Archive for November, 2017

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Named 2017 Whisky of the Year by Whisky Advocate – American Whiskey News


Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Named 2017 Whisky of the Year by Whisky Advocate

BARDSTOWN, KY – Elijah Craig Barrel Proof was named Whisky Advocate’s 2017 Whisky of the Year, featured in the Winter 2017 magazine issue. Elijah Craig was chosen from among hundreds of samples submitted globally throughout the year. Whisky Advocate’s Top 20 are chosen each year from a collection of the highest-rated whiskeys nominated by the Buying Guide reviewers, and ranked based on quality, value and availability. Read and watch the full review on Whisky Advocate’s website here.

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof previously earned spirits industry acclaim in 2017 as a World Whiskies Awards’ category winner, receiving Double Gold and Best Small Batch Bourbon – 11 Years and Older at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 95 Points at F. Paul Pacult’s Ultimate Spirits Challenge, and Gold at the SIP Awards. As a small batch, 12-Year-Old Bourbon bottled straight from the barrel three times per year, the nose, taste, and finish are preserved in their simplest form, just as Master Distiller Denny Potter tastes them in Heaven Hill’s central Kentucky rickhouses. Originally scoring a 94 in the Summer 2017 issue of Whisky Advocate magazine, Fred Minnick described Elijah Craig Barrel Proof as a “Pure bliss; must sip.”

“Elijah Craig is an essential part of American Whiskey’s history, and we’re proud to embrace that legacy,” said Master Distiller Denny Potter. “As a nurturer of storied brands, Heaven Hill Distillery has been lifting America’s spirit for more than 81 years.”

The signature Bourbon bears the name of Reverend Elijah Craig, a Bourbon pioneer who is credited with being the first distiller to age his whiskey in charred oak barrels, or the Father of Bourbon. Heaven Hill Distillery preserves the Bourbon making traditions developed by Elijah Craig over two hundred years ago, where local corn and grains are milled and mixed with limestone-rich Kentucky spring water, then fermented and distilled. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is available nationally in limited quantities.

About Elijah Craig Bourbon
The Elijah Craig family of Bourbons is led by the flagship Elijah Craig Small Batch, made exclusively from batches of 200 barrels or less of 8 to 12-Year-Old Bourbon. First brought to market in 1986, Heaven Hill’s Master Distillers were selecting a small number of barrels of the finest Bourbon to make Elijah Craig long before the term “small batch” even existed. It is this attention to detail and superb craftsmanship that give Elijah Craig an ideal balance of age, robust body and rich flavor. Its accolades have included a “Double Gold Medal” at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and two-time “Best of the Best” Bourbon by Whisky Magazine.

This signature spirit bears the name of the Rev. Elijah Craig, “The Father of Bourbon” who established his distillery in 1789. He is credited with being the first distiller to age his Kentucky whiskey in charred oak barrels. The clear, unaged corn liquor became transformed into a bold amber liquid with a distinctively smooth flavor that makes Bourbon what it is. Produced by Heaven Hill Distillery and one of its bestselling Bourbons by case volume, it is complemented by Elijah Craig 12-Year-Old Barrel Proof, Elijah Craig 18-Year-Old Single Barrel and Elijah Craig 23-Year-Old Single Barrel in the portfolio. For more information, please visit

About Heaven Hill Distillery
Founded in Kentucky by the Shapira family in 1935, Heaven Hill Distillery continues its legacy as one of the foremost American Whiskey producers. Heaven Hill has cultivated the traditions and history of America’s Native Spirit with its fierce independence, passionate family ownership, dedication to quality, and thoughtful innovation. Today, Heaven Hill Distillery maintains over 1.3 million barrels aging in 55 warehouses throughout Nelson and Jefferson Counties. It is home to an award-winning collection of American Whiskeys including Elijah Craig Bourbon, Larceny Bourbon, Evan Williams Bourbon, Pikesville Rye Whiskey, Rittenhouse Rye Whisky and Parker’s Heritage Collection. Heaven Hill Distillery previously held the titles of 2016 Whisky Magazine Distillery of the Year, 2016 Whiskey Advocate American Whiskey of the Year and 2016 Rye Whiskey of the Year from “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.” For more information, please visit

Heaven Hill reminds you to “Think Wisely.  Drink Wisely.”






Scotland’s first 100% community-owned and 100% green energy-powered distillery

GlenWyvis Distillery, based in the historic town of Dingwall in the Scottish Highlands, is today celebrating the official opening of the world’s first 100% community-owned whisky distillery. The landmark event on St Andrew’s Day (30.11.17) follows a highly successful crowdfunding campaign and a two-year push to build a distillery that is not only community-owned but also 100% powered by renewable energy.

The community opening, will turn the spotlight of the whisky world on Dingwall, and will be attended by invited guests from the local community and some of the 3,000+ members of the GlenWyvis Distillery Community Benefit Society. One lucky member will be been selected by ballot to ‘cut the tape’ in the stillhouse to mark the occasion.

The new distillery will re-instate the iconic craft of whisky distilling* back into the area, some 90 years after the last local distillery closed. It will be a truly historic moment for GlenWyvis and the town of Dingwall. The journey began with the GlenWyvis launching a highly successful community share offer in 2016 – raising £2.6 million to support its vision for the future. The project has since developed well beyond the greenfield site, to a fully built distillery with its first master distiller and support staff all set for the first run of spirit.

With whisky production beginning, the GlenWyvis team has been working around the clock to prepare the distillery for the official opening on St Andrew’s Day and also to bring the distillation of GlenWyvis gin home to Dingwall in early 2018. This will mark the next exciting phase and establish GlenWyvis as one of a select number of dual whisky and gin distilleries in Scotland.

GlenWyvis Managing Director and Founder, John McKenzie, commented: “From the outset we have envisaged the project as much more than a distillery. We recognised this was an opportunity for all social investors to help reinvigorate the town of Dingwall and build on our whisky heritage* through community-ownership.

“We have undertaken a massive outreach programme to build interest and investment in the project both locally and further afield. Our aim has always been to produce both high quality Scottish whisky and craft gin – and to attract more visitors to the area. We are exploring options for distillery tours and a proposed GlenWyvis visitor experience that will help to benefit the community and develop Dingwall in to a leading craft distillery town in Scotland, and a quality destination on the North Coast 500 tourist route.”

GlenWyvis Chairman, David O’Connor added: “We are now all set to move from commissioning to whisky production, and we are all extremely proud that this ambitious two-year project has reached the stage of the official opening today.

“This is a remarkable community project and the support has been overwhelming. With our second open share offer still ongoing, we have now raised over £3 million in a very short time and I believe that is testament to the enduring appeal of Scottish whisky.

“Over 60% of our members come from the local Highland area, and we’re using barley sourced from the local farmers coop, Highland Grain. I’m immensely proud of the entire GlenWyvis team and we are all thrilled to be officially opening the distillery on St Andrew’s Day.”

The newly appointed Master Distiller, Duncan Tait, will oversee final commissioning and the first the run of new make spirit in and is inspired by the unique possibilities this creates.

Duncan added: “To join a brand-new distillery and shape the flavour profiles of a new single malt from the start is a dream come true. The opening event marks the start of the next stage of this truly inspirational project. After today, we get down to the hard work of distilling a whisky that will put GlenWyvis and Dingwall on the international spirit map.”

Notes to Editors

Second Share offer investment – still open

GlenWyvis already had some 2,600 members who invested £2.6 million in the original share offer in 2016. A second open share offer has brought that total to over 3,150 members – with almost 600 new members investing some £340,000 in less than four months. The open share issue was launched to capitalise on continued interest from locals and visitors alike. The minimum investment is £250 for all investors.

*Whisky has been made in the Dingwall area for centuries. The original Ferintosh Distillery was established just east of Dingwall by the Forbes of Culloden family in 1690. Ferintosh is one of the oldest recorded whisky distilleries and produced a whisky much loved throughout Scotland. Indeed, it was a favourite of Scotland’s great bard Rabbie Burns, who lamented: “Thee, Ferintosh! O sadly lost! Scotland lament frae coast to coast!” … on its closure in 1784. Two other local distilleries, Ben Wyvis in Dingwall and Glenskiach in nearby Evanton, both closed in 1926 – but their names are now remembered with the opening of GlenWyvis Distillery in 2017.

Highland Park The Dark at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News


The brand new limited edition from Orkney’s Highland Park distillery has arrived at The Whisky Shop. Celebrating the winter solstice, The Dark is a 17 year old single malt now available to pre-order.

Highland Park The Dark

Inspired by the winter solstice celebration on Orkney, this limited edition expression from Highland Park has been matured in European oak sherry-seasoned casks for 17 years to deliver a deep and distinctive flavour. Presented at a cask strength of 52.9% abv, with no added colouring, only 28,000 bottles have been produced. Packed with dried fruits, cinnamon, toasted almonds, cedar wood, and fruitcake, overlaid with hints of smoky peat.

£190 Pre-Order Now

Orders will be dispatched w/c 4th December

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Loch Fyne Whiskies “New additions to our Single Cask series” – Scotch Whisky News


The Loch Fyne Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old

This limited edition expression from Bunnahabhain distillery has been hand-picked for our range of single cask releases. Distilled on Islay in September 2005 and matured in sherry cask #1312 for 12 years before bottling in October 2017 at a preferred strength of 46% abv. Only 950 bottles have been produced, each one free from chill-filtration and artificial colouring.

£80 Buy Now


The Loch Fyne Glenrothes 12 Year Old

Hand-selected for our range of single cask releases, this Speyside single malt was distilled at Glenrothes in January 2005. Matured in a single sherry cask (#2012) for 12 years before bottling in September 2017, only 1035 bottles have been produced at a preferred strength of 46% abv, free from chill-filtration and artificial colouring.

£75 Buy Now


The Macallan & Highland Park Tasting at the Whisky Shop #SFO Friday, December 1st 5-7PM – Scotch Whisky News


Friday, December 1st 5-7PM:

The Macallan & Highland Park

Treat yourself to some of the most popular whisky names in the world! We’ll be pouring a variety of new releases and highly-rated favorites, presented by distillery representatives and our own in-store whisky experts.

Pourlist to be revealed as event approaches.

RSVP to be notified as soon as it’s revealed.

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Ralfy Publishes Ralfy Review #700 – Scotch Whisky News


Ralfy re-examines a classic blend with Ralfy Review 700 – Chivas Regal 12yo @ 40%vol: (re-reviewed 2017)


Irish Whiskey Association and Irish Distillers host industry mentoring event in Midleton Distillery – Irish Whiskey News

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Irish Whiskey Association and Irish Distillers host industry mentoring event in

Midleton Distillery

Cooperage and Maturation workshop led by Irish Distillers’ experts 

Midleton, Cork, Staff from 15 Irish whiskey distilleries took part in a landmark mentoring event in Irish Distillers’ Midleton Distillery as part of the Irish Whiskey Association’s (IWA) mentoring programme last week. The IWA mentoring programme involves established global Irish whiskey players such as Irish Distillers and Bushmills offering support to newer market entrants.

Participants in the programme were provided with information and guidance on creating the finest quality Irish whiskey. Through practical demonstrations with established global Irish whiskey companies, participants learn the distillation, maturation and blending secrets that have driven the phenomenal success of this category on the global stage and that has seen Irish whiskey become the fastest growing spirits category in the world.

The workshop on cooperage and maturation aimed to provide new and recent entrants to the Irish whiskey industry with the opportunity to learn first-hand from some of the most experienced craftsmen in the Irish whiskey industry. Elements of the programme included sessions on wood purchasing, the skills of cooperage, cask handling, and the principles of maturation and blending.

William Lavelle, Head of the Irish Whiskey Association stated: “Ireland’s whiskey renaissance has seen the number of operational distilleries increase from 4 to 18 in just four years. Increased competition is very welcome and is helping drive growth and it’s great to see that the competition in our industry is being matched by an amazing sense of solidarity. Our ongoing mentoring programme and last week’s workshop is testament to this solidarity which has at its core a commitment to maintaining the high standards which form part of the rich and long history of Irish whiskey distilling.”

Kevin O’Gorman, Head of Maturation at the Midleton Distillery, stated: “Here at Irish Distillers, we’re always eager to work with people who share our passion for Irish whiskey. Over the years, we’ve always gone out of our way to work with anyone who wanted advice or mentoring on whiskey projects and it’s great to be able to collaborate with even more people thanks to the IWA mentoring programme. Days like this when we get to share insights into our cooperage and maturation approach allow us all to build the positive culture of collaboration that is so prevalent within the industry. Seeing the passion of those working in the emerging Irish whiskey distilleries first-hand is invigorating and knowing that the future of Irish whiskey is in safe hands is truly inspiring.”

About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer 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 28 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 6.5m cases in 2017. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 71 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 and bottling capacity to meet global demand for our products.

We employ over 600 people across our operations in Cork and Dublin.

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About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 9, 010 million in 2016/17. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: 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 employs a workforce of approximately 18,500 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 86 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics.

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Keshav Prakash, the founder-curator of The Vault, inducted of The Keepers of the Quaich – Whisky News


Keshav Prakash, the founder-curator of The Vault, was recently inducted as a life member of The Keepers of the Quaich, an international society which was established by the Scotch Whisky industry to celebrate the outstanding commitment of those who produce and promote the world’s finest distilled spirit. This prestigious society takes its name from the traditional two-handled drinking cup which is described in the ancient Gaelic language of Scotland as a `cuach’ or Quaich, a vessel long associated with friendship and the enjoyment of Scotch Whisky.

With only a limited number of people inducted as Keepers each year to honor their exceptional contribution, the new Keepers must have worked for a minimum of five years in the industry and their nomination is by virtue of industry recognition of their personal contribution to Scotch Whisky. In the last five years, Keshav has diligently worked to create access to produce from boutique independent distilleries, bridging the gap for handcrafted spirits in India, especially in the world of fine whiskies, enriching the experience of whisky connoisseurs and enthusiasts. If Springbank, Benromach and Edradour represent the legendary traditional Scottish malts, Kilchoman, Wolfburn and the award-winning expressions from Compass Box represent the growing contemporary and innovative twist.

To date, just over 2,600 men and women from over 100 countries have received the honor of becoming the ‘Keeper of the Quaich’, a permission into the much guarded hall of fame. `Scotch Whisky was, and remains, the first global spirit and Keepers of the Quaich exists to recognize and celebrate the exceptional contribution of people working in all aspects of the industry, all over the world’ said Peter Prentice, Chairman of the Society.

New Keepers are inducted at a private ceremony held in the Scottish Highlands at Blair Castle, the ancient historic home of the Earls and Dukes of Atholl. This year, it was on the 9th of October, 2017.

The 700-year-old iconic Blair Castle with its Scottish baronial architecture, has been the home of the Atholl family for over seven centuries and has had a rich and diverse history. Serving as the quintessential center for this award ceremony, the arrival ceremony of the new Keepers, Masters and patrons of the society was marked by the grandly decorated castle and the great highland bagpipers music in their traditional highland dress. This was the beginning of more than just an award ceremony. It was a glimpse into the well-choreographed Royal Scottish lifestyle.

The induction ceremony is a grand and confidential ritual, and once this ceremony is complete, the Keepers and Masters are gently led into the glamorous banquet that unfolds in the stunning ballroom of the castle, and this year the prestigious event was addressed by the well-known Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin who spoke about how the sharing of spirits with near and dear ones, marks the building of the best memories.

When Keshav shared the table with the ultimate knowledge house of whiskies, Charles MacLean, Master of the Quaich, a fine gentleman and a gospel to whisky lovers across the world, he knew that this wonderful journey had only just begun. After all, there was the `Master of the Quaich’, and that involves a further ten years of working on his vision – to make The Vault a go-to place for fine spirits experiences, in which the world of Scottish whiskies will continue to play a significant role.

Trivia about the banquet:

Many guests wear traditional quilts made from the special society Tartan.

All guests line up outside the castle and are invited as a couple or individually to walk the red carpet with bagpipers on either side of the carpet.

Red Carpet photography followed by a group photograph once inside.

Those getting inducted and their guest are then led to the VIP reception on the upper level.

En route there is a photograph with the Chairman & Grandmaster of the society.

The VIP reception is attended by the who’s who of the Scottish Whisky Industry.

Guests of those being inducted (Anjan Prakash, wife of Keshav) are then invited first into the ceremony hall to be seated.

No photography is allowed during the ceremony.

A grand sit down banquet follows.

During the banquet there are several speeches, top class music performance by musicians of repute and a special Haggis ceremony.

The best of Scottish Whiskies are generously offered during the dinner.

Note on The Vault:

The Vault is India’s leading, whisky centric, import house representing over 30 small and independent distillers from around the world.

The Vault Collection of Handcrafted & Handpicked spirits are available at the Duty Free Travel Retail section of all major International airports in India. Keshav Prakash’s highly curated offerings of master classes and tasting experiences for corporate and direct consumers are aimed at designing a new culture of fine spirits appreciation. Currently based in Mumbai, The Vault will soon offer access to spirits in the city of Delhi followed by other metros in the country.

Extended information of The Vault is available on

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Old Pulteney & Speyburn Tasting at the Whisky Shop #SFO November 30th, 2017 – Scotch Whisky News


Thursday, November 30th 5-7PM:

Single Malt & Chutney Tasting: 

Old Pulteney & Speyburn 

Join us for a tasting of Speyburn and Old Pulteney whiskies. We’ll be sampling some rare drams as well as new and best selling releases from both distilleries, with distillery representatives and whisky experts present to answer all your whisky questions.  Food pairings will be provided by Mcquade’s Celtic Chutneys! San-Francisco based ‘Chutney Chef’ Alison Mcquade uses local ingredients and delicious whiskies to make unique, award-winning products featured at numerous bay area restaurants and tastings.


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Do Scotch Whisky Regions Still Matter? asks Pat Dunlop of the Whisky Mafia – Scotch Whisky News


Do Scotch Whisky Regions Still Matter? Pat Dunlop of weighs in on the fiery debate. No matter which side of the fence you fall on, you’ll find something to enjoy in this fantastic blog post. Maps, stock photos of Michael Jackson, wit, wisdom and more await within if you click here.

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