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Wright and Brown Tasting at the Whisky Shop #SFO March 1st, 2019 – American Whiskey News


Friday, March 1st, 5-7PM:

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Wright and Brown

Distilled in American-made copper whisky stills, each Wright and Brown release is truly handcrafted. First, the distillers seek out the most flavorful non-GMO grains, working with local organic farms to get the best ingredients. Every step of the whisky process is then done in-house, from milling the grain to mashing, fermenting, distilling, aging, and finally bottling. The result is a decadently flavorful small-batch whiskey, made right here in the Bay Area.

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Benromach starts 2019 in style with two rare and aged vintage expressions: Benromach Heritage 1972 and 1977 available worldwide – Scotch Whisky News

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Benromach starts 2019 in style with two rare and aged vintage expressions

Benromach Heritage 1972 and 1977 available worldwide 

The Benromach Distillery Company Ltd has announced the release of two Heritage expressions, Benromach Heritage 1977, an exclusive 41-year-old single cask vintage (49.6% abv) and Benromach Heritage 1972, a rare 46-year-old single cask vintage (55.7% abv).

Matured in single Refill American Hogsheads, these sought-after expressions are both available for worldwide sale from 21st February 2019. Benromach Heritage 1977 offers a smooth dram with hints of spice, while Benromach Heritage 1972 is brimming with exotic fruit flavours leading to an ashy smoke finish.

Benromach Heritage 1977 displays flavours of warm apple pie, poached pear and hints of ginger, mixed with subtle floral notes complemented by rich apricot jam. Only 122 decanters of this single cask vintage were bottled from cask number 1269 on 8th October 2018.

Also launching today, Benromach Heritage 1972 has a golden amber hue with a tempting nose of vanilla custard, honey and tropical fruits, with intriguing hints of mature oak and an edge of fresh menthol.  With lingering oak flavours and hints of smoke on the finish, just 75 decanters of this single cask vintage were bottled from cask number 4471 on 11th December 2018.

Keith Cruickshank, Benromach Distillery Manager, said: “We’re proud to build on the popularity of previous Benromach vintage releases from the 1970s with these unique single cask bottlings that represent different moments in time from the distillery’s rich history.

“Through careful monitoring and regular sampling throughout the maturation process, these remarkable releases have been aged to over 40 years each. Both golden amber single malts are brimming with fruity flavours and subtle oak notes.  The release of these vintage expressions is an outstanding start to an exciting year for Benromach.”

Both expressions are beautifully presented in a decanter-style bottle with shapes and textures inspired by the distillery. The bottle has a copper-foil embossed label and nestles in a dark oak wooden box, representing the original washbacks at Benromach. The copper cut medallion on the packaging signifies the moment in time when the distillers cut to the sweet heart of the spirit run.

Benromach 1977 and 1972 will be available worldwide from 21st February 2019. Benromach 1977 has a recommended retail price (RRP) of €1,500 (£1,250) while Benromach 1972 has an RRP of €1,750 (£1,500). Prices in local markets will vary depending on local taxes and duty.

Benromach is one of only a few distilleries in Scotland to use traditional methods, without any automated machinery. The small team of distillers employ all their senses when crafting the classic Speyside single malt Scotch whiskies, managing the process by sight, sound and touch to create the unique, handcrafted and authentic Benromach taste.

For more information about Benromach, and to explore the range of expressions available, please visit:

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Benromach Heritage 1977 Tasting Notes

First, lift your glass of Benromach Heritage 1977 to the light and appreciate the lustrous Golden Amber hue created by lingering for 41 years in a single Refill American Hogshead. Take a short inhalation, appreciating the wonderful aromas without water… enjoy the tantalising notes of warm apple pie, poached pear and hints of ginger, mingling with subtle floral notes complemented by rich apricot jam.

Now take a sip. Savour the notes of velvety crème brûlée beautifully balanced by undertones of warm pepper. Add a few drops of water and take time to enjoy the nose as it develops…  Vibrant citrus and floral aromas emerge, followed by fragrant vanilla.

Now lift it to your lips and enjoy a slow sip… Sweet heather honey and soft peaches mingle with smooth milk chocolate. Candied citrus peel leads to a touch of oak and tobacco on the finish.

Benromach Heritage 1972 Tasting Notes

First, lift your glass of Benromach Heritage 1972 to the light and appreciate the lustrous golden amber hue created by lingering for 46 years in a single Refill American Hogshead. Take a short inhalation and enjoy the tantalising notes of vanilla custard, honey and baked pineapple, mingling with intriguing hints of beeswax polish, mature oak and an edge of fresh menthol.

Savour the smooth sweetness beautifully balanced by a gentle dash of warm pepper. Add a few drops of water and take time to enjoy the nose as it develops with gorgeous aromas of exotic fruits come to the fore with top notes of toasted coconut and zingy lime.

Enjoy a slow sip, experiencing notes of tropical fruits which soften and mingle with hints of pear drops, leading to lingering oak notes and hints of ashy smoke on the finish.

Benromach Distillery
Originally built in 1898, Benromach Distillery was brought back to life when the Urquhart family realised a lifelong dream to own a distillery and purchased it in 1993. The distillery was extensively re-equipped over a five-year period before it was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Rothesay in 1998.

In reopening Benromach Distillery, the Urquhart family wanted to create a single malt whisky that has a classic Speyside character: beautifully balanced with a light touch of smoke.

Benromach Distillery is located on the outskirts of the ancient market town of Forres. A five-star visitor centre is open to the public throughout the year for tours and tastings. Benromach Distillery is a member of the world-famous Malt Whisky Trail.

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Hey, have you seen our collection of Whisky Shop exclusive bottles? – Scotch Whisky News


Take a look at our exclusive bottles

Here at The Whisky Shop we pride ourselves in offering the very best whiskies for you. We also strive to source exclusive bottles that you won’t find anywhere else. We have a fantastic selection, take a look at our top picks.

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Glendronach 1993 Single Cask Exclusive

This Highland single malt was distilled in February 1993 at GlenDronach and matured for a quarter of a century in a single Pedro Ximenez puncheon. Chosen exclusively for The Whisky Shop’s customers and bottled in May 2018, only 631 bottles have been produced, each one at a strength of 51% abv. Described by Charles MacLean as a ‘superlative example of sherry cask maturation’, this impressive dram is an excellent example of The GlenDronach’s ‘big sherry’ style, bringing notes of Christmas cake, dried fruits and dark chocolate.

£210.00 – Buy Now

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Highland Park 2006 Single Cask
W Club Exclusive

This single cask from ‘the Orkney Malt with Viking Soul’ was distilled at Highland Park distillery in 2006 and matured in a fist-fill American sherry oak puncheon for 11 years before bottling in 2018. Selected by a tasting panel of W Club members, only 615 bottles have been filled at a natural cask strength of 67% abv, exclusively for members of The W Club.

Charles MacLean described this release as “polished chestnut in colour (conkers), the initial nose-feel is very prickly. A dense, fruity top note (cherry sweets?), with light wood notes, and a subtle thread of fragrant smoke in the back. Water opens it up, with maritime scents, marzipan, desiccated coconut and dry peat. At natural strength the taste starts sweet and fruity, then dries dramatically; water tames it and makes it more accessible.”

Awarded 91 points in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2019.

£95.00 – Buy Now

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Exclusively for Members of The W Club

Already a member? Log in to buy this members-only bottling. Not a member? Sign up today from just £20 per year to get your hands on this fantastic exclusive and a host of other benefits!


Inchmurrin 2001 single cask exclusive

Distilled at Loch Lomond distillery in Alexandria in August 2001 and matured in a single cask (#4049) for 17 years before bottling in October 2018 exclusively for The Whisky Shop. Only 200 bottles have been filled, each one at a natural cask strength of 54.1% abv. Crisp with a syrupy sweetness and some orange peel followed by barley sugar notes. There is toffee, ginger spice and creamy oak vanilla at the end. A syrupy sweetness at first, then a touch of lemon peel, some brown sugar, creamy vanilla and gentle waves of ginger spice at the end.

£85.00 – Buy Now

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Balblair 1997 single cask exclusive

Distilled at Balbalir in 1997 and filled to cask no. 913, this Highland single malt has been hand-selected and bottled exclusively for The Whisky Shop customers. Bottled in 2017 at a strength of 51.4% abv to showcase the fantastic natural character that caught our attention.

Charles MacLean’s tasting notes:
“The colour of aged Alsace wine, excellent beading. A prickly nose-feel with a fruity top note (tropical fruit salad), pink bubblegum in the middle, on a faintly earthy base note. Sweet and spicy to taste, with scented sweets and fresh coconut. Water calms both aroma and taste; the former becomes more dusty, the latter softer and sweeter.”

£140.00 – Buy Now

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Glenkeir treasures craigellachie 9 year old

This 9 year old single malt from Craigellachie distillery has been specially selected and bottled exclusively for The Whisky Shop customers as part of our Glenkeir Treasures collection. Distilled on 14th July 2008, we’ve chosen to bottle this Speysider at a preferred strength of 40% abv. The nose is rich in honey-coated peaches and mangoes, toasted poppy seed and a hint of liquorice. The palate is rich and waxy with the bite of blood orange and a touch of white pepper, mellowing to creamy candy and sherbet. The finish has some classic Craigellachie earthy notes, with a slightly oily, charcoal finale.

£50.00 – Buy Now

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K&L California “Gordon & Macphail Closeouts — Remarkable Opportunities on Scotch Classics” – Scotch Whisky News


A Can’t-Miss, Closeout Opportunity from a Scotch Master

Gordon & Macphail Company, one of our most trusted sources for Single Malt Scotch, recently ended their relationship with their American importer. Such changes are often a boon for the consumer, as there’s a rush to move inventory, which results in deep discounts. Featured here are the fruits of this recent upheaval—a set of highly collectible Scotches at shockingly low prices. We’ve hit the jackpot with a treasure trove of exceptional malts from across the G&M range being sold for at or below wholesale cost. Never before have we seen such incredible deals on Gordon & Macphail’s core offerings, staples of our shelves, and certainly worth every penny at their original price. We could have just taken the stock and sold what we had at a huge margin, but we want to get this stuff moving. Rest assured you will never see these products at a lower price, and our competitors will be blowing up every step of the distribution chain when they read this email. Unfortunately, there’s no chain left to rattle, but rest assured these stocks won’t last long.


Auchroisk 9 year Gordon & Macphail “Connoisseur’s Choice” Single Malt $60 $34.99 View
Benromach 10 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $50 $39.99 View
2005 Caol Ila Cask Strength Gordon & MacPhail Single Malt Whisky $100 $69.99 View
1998 Ledaig 18 Year Old Gordon & Macphail “Connoisseur’s Choice” Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Previously $130) $130 $79.99 View
Glenburgie 21 Year Old Gordon & Macphail Single Malt Scotch Whisky $150 $99.99 View
Balblair 21 Year “The Macphail’s Collection” Gordon & Macphail Single Malt Scotch (750ml) $160 $109.99 View
Linkwood 21 Year Old Gordon & Macphail Speyside Whisky (750ml) $170 $109.99 View
Old Pulteney 21 Year Old “The Macphail’s Collection” Gordon & MacPhail Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $170 $109.99 View
Mortlach 25 Year Old Gordon & Macphail Single Malt Scotch Whisky $220 $149.99 View
1974 Benromach 41 Year Old “Vintage” Single Cask #1583 Speyside Single Malt $1900 $1,400.00 View


Bunnahabhain 30 Year Old 1988 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Bunnahabhain 30 Year Old 1988

Single cask sherry puncheon bottled in 2018 by Wemyss Malts. Sweet sherry and rich fruit flavours from this Islay malt whisky. Bunnahabhain 30 Year Old 1988 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky ‘Luxury Damson Jam’. Single cask sherry puncheon bottled 2018 by Wemyss Malts. 612 bottles. A puncheon with heady rich fruit and a tart sweetness.

Bunnahabhain Distillery was established in 1881 on the north eastern tip of the Isle of Islay by the shore of Bunnahabhain Bay and overlooking the Sound of Islay. All the building materials were transported by puffer and unloaded at the distillery pier. Now tucked away at the end of the single track ‘main’ road with spectacular scenery all the way. Bunnahabhain Distillery is equipped with four huge pear shaped stills and produces Scottish malt whisky which is released in blends and in single malt and single cask bottlings. A participant in Feis Ile, the annual Islay Festival of Malt and Music. Core editions include Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old and 18 Year Old.

Shop – Bunnahabhain 30 Year Old – £279.95

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Award-winning Cotswolds Distillery releases limited edition whisky to raise money for Lord Mayor’s Appeal – English Whisky News

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Award-winning Cotswolds Distillery releases limited edition whisky to raise money for Lord Mayor’s Appeal

  • Limited edition Lord Mayor’s Reserve Single Malt Whisky launches to the general public
  • 700ml bottles available exclusively from Cotswolds Distillery online shop with an RRP of £64.95

The Cotswolds Distillery is set to release a limited run of its Single Malt Whisky in homage to the 691st Lord Mayor, Peter Estlin. Named Lord Mayor’s Reserve, the special cask has been created to help raise money for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal – a charity that aims to make London a more inclusive city.

The current Lord Mayor of London, Peter Estlin, is a keen whisky fan and part owner of the first full-scale whisky distillery in the Cotswolds. To create this special bottling several of his personal casks have been blended with the first ever release of a sherry cask-aged whisky.

A blend of first-fill bourbon and red wine casks from the Lord Mayor’s private reserve, with a touch of Pedro Ximenez-cask aged single malt whisky. The new-make spirit is matured to 63.5% ABV in the Lord Mayor’s ex-bourbon casks and shaved, toasted and re-charred American oak red wine barriques.

These three casks were blended in roughly equal measures and then re-casked for an additional month. The addition of the sherry cask has added a different layer of spice and fruit to the flagship single malt. The special bottle has been diluted to 46%, non-chill filtered and without any additional colouring.

Daniel Szor, Founder of the Cotswolds Distillery, said: “We’re really proud to make such a fine whisky for such a worthy cause on behalf of a prestigious distillery family member. We began making this release the same way as our flagship single malt but have been able to experiment and create a distinctive blend that we hope will help the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.”

Tasting notes include Seville orange, warming cinnamon notes, hazelnut and barley sugar with a dry and nutty finish, and lingering oak spice.

The limited edition Cotswolds Distillery Lord Mayor’s Reserve Single Malt Whisky is available exclusively from the distillery website with an RRP of £64.95.


The Cotswolds Distillery

Located in Stourton, Shipston-on-Stour, the distillery has become a premier local attraction, offering tours and tastings daily, and now receives 30,000 visitors a year.

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky was launched in October 2017. Each bottle lists the barley variety, harvest year and local Cotswolds farm it was grown on. It recently won Gold at the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition and took 2 stars (one of only two whiskies to do so) in the 2018 Great Taste Awards.

In Jim Murray’s 2019 Whisky Bible, the Cotswolds Distillery received 5 ‘Liquid Gold’ awards. Three of Cotswolds’ whiskies scored 95 points, with all of the distillery’s samples scoring over 88 out of 100.

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky is available nationally and in 26 countries across the world. Key UK retailers include Waitrose & Partners, Majestic Wine, The Whisky Exchange, Harrods and Laithwaites.

The distillery also produces Cotswolds Dry Gin, which was named Best London Dry at the 2016 World Gin Awards and received the top Gold Outstanding award in the 2017 International Wine and Spirits Competition. Difford’s Guide recently ranked the Gin as one of the top 20 Gins available in a survey of 450 brands.

The Cotswolds Distillery featured at number 8 in report compiled by independent research agency Beauhurst and Syndicate Room revealing the 100 fastest-growing private companies in the UK.

Cotswolds Dry Gin is on sale nationally and in over 25 countries.  Key national accounts include Waitrose & Partners, Majestic, Oddbins Laithwaites, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, and Fortnum & Mason.

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Glengoyne 30 Year Old Returns – Scotch Whisky News



Twelve sherry casks, three decades, one exceptional whisky

The wait is finally over as the highly anticipated Glengoyne 30 Year Old is available once again. A testament to the time we take to perfect our Single Malt Whisky, the striking natural amber colour of this limited edition whisky has been crafted from 12 sherry casks, hand selected by our Malt Master, John Glass.

As a nod towards our traditional cask sampling method, each bottle is presented in a luxurious solid oak box, with a rose gold bung topper. Non-chill filtered and bottled at 46.8% ABV, pour a dram and you’ll discover notes of cinnamon, cloves and tangy marmalade.


Bursting with untold complexities, just 5,200 bottles are available globally from independent and specialist retailers, as well as direct from Glengoyne Distillery. Priced at £700 per bottle, please call +44 (0)1360 550 254 to place your order.


Robbie Hughes
Distillery Manager

Glengoyne Distillery, Dumgoyne, Near Killearn, Glasgow G63 9LB
Tel. +44 (0)1360 550 254

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Scotch Whisky Auctions 95th Auction Now Live – Scotch Whisky Auction News


Hi folks, that’s us live with the 95th auction! Happy bidding!

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Bowmore 26 Year Old SMOKED PICO DE GALLO WEMYSS at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Bowmore 26 Year Old

1992 vintage single cask Hogshead of the Islay malt whisky bottled by Wemyss Malts. 235 bottles. Bowmore 26 Year Old 1992 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky ‘Smoked Pico De Gallo’. Single cask hogshead bottled 2018 by Wemyss Malts. 235 bottles. A lime-like and peppery hogshead with mild smoke and fruit notes.

Bowmore Distillery was established by David Simpson in 1779 on the Isle of Islay. Situated by the shore of Loch Indaal it is amongst the oldest working distilleries on Islay and one of the oldest malt whisky distilleries in Scotland. Bowmore Distillery continues to produce a proportion of its malted barley on its own traditional malting floors and malt kilns. Bowmore Distillery is a participant in Feis Isle, the Islay Festival of Malt and Music during which special bottlings. Popular official bottlings include Bowmore 12 Year Old, 15 Year Old and 25 Year Old.

Shop £276.46

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