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Distillery Hopes to Raise $500,000 for Charity  

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Aug. 21, 2019) – Earlier this spring, Buffalo Trace Distillery announced the offering of 400 limited edition bottles from its sixth millionth barrel of bourbon to non-profits across the country.  The bottles are being offered at no charge for the charities to auction off and raise money for their worthwhile causes.

Non-profits had until July 1st, 2019 to apply for a bottle, and selections have been made. All organizations selected received an email notification. The selected charities can be viewed here.

“From organizations focused on those with autism to others helping veterans, we hope these wonderful charities can use these rare bottles to boost fundraising,” said Kris Comstock, senior marketing director.  “We hope these individual non-profits can collectively raise a half million dollars for their various causes.  So if there’s a charity event near you, go bid on a bottle!”

The six millionth barrel bottles of Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey are aged 10 years, 11 months and are packaged in a numbered collector’s edition hardwood showcase box that includes a piece of the charred oak stave from the historic barrel and small brochure explaining the significance of this collector’s edition. The bottles are 375ml (the smaller size allows for more charities to take part) and have a handwritten description on the bottle explaining the significance. All recipients of the bottles have been notified and all bottles will be shipped by the end of August.

This commemorative bottling of the Buffalo Trace Sixth Million Barrel is not available in stores. Bottles were only made available to non-profit organizations in the United States wishing to raise funds for their charity. Recipients will have until Dec. 31, 2019 to auction the bottle.

This is the third time Buffalo Trace Distillery has offered commemorative bottles for non-profits to use for fundraising purposes.  In 2011 the Distillery offered its Millennium Barrel of bourbon, put up to age on Dec. 31, 1999. That effort raised more than $150,000 for various charities across the U.S.  In 2016, its inaugural O.F.C. Bourbon Whiskey from 1980, 1982 and 1983 were released in the same manner, and non-profits reported back they had raised more than a million dollars for charitable causes.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 21 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year by “Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 500 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit



Whisky fans can enjoy a packed programme of events when Fife Whisky Festival returns to the Kingdom next March.

Tickets go on sale for the third Fife Whisky Festival on Saturday September 7 while the showcase event was launched with a Twitter Tasting session on Wednesday August 28.

The online session – under the hashtag #fifewhiskyfest – will give whisky lovers the chance to discover what a team of bloggers thought about four delicious drams which they tasted blind.

Fife Whisky Festival co-founders Justine Hazlehurst, of Kask Whisky, and Karen Somerville, of Angels’ Share Glass, will also joined the Twitter Tasting.

Mrs Somerville said: “We thought a blind tasting on Twitter would be a great way to kick off the 2020 event and we lined up four fantastic drams lined up for our testers to try.

“It was a fun way of giving whisky fans a taste of what’s to come next March when we’re excited to be hosting our third festival.”

The three-day 2020 event runs from March 6-8 and opens with a whisky-themed dinner at Lindores Abbey Distillery in Newburgh on the Friday evening.

The Festival, sponsored by legal firm MacRoberts LLP and global construction company ISG, continues on Saturday March 7 with two tasting sessions at the Corn Exchange in Cupar.
It closes on the Sunday with a special event at Kingsbarns Distillery near St Andrews.

Local MSP Willie Rennie welcomed the return of the Festival which has been credited with boosting’s Fife’s economy.

He said: “I’m delighted to see the Fife Whisky Festival return for its third year, becoming a fixture in the calendar.”

“I was fortunate enough to attend this year’s event which was superbly organised and a huge success – it was packed with people from across Scotland tasting some of the country’s best whisky.”

“It is great to see a growing number of Fife brands featuring too with the relatively new distilleries we have making their mark.”

“I can’t wait to see what next year’s festival brings but I am sure it will continue to reinforce Fife’s status as a whisky destination.”

The first Fife Whisky Festival took place in 2018 after Ms Hazlehurst and Mrs Somerville, an Ambassador for Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES), joined forces to bring whisky back to the Kingdom of Fife.

It proved a major success and was followed by a bigger and better second event in March this year.

Ms Hazlehurst said: “We’re pleased with the way the Festival continues to go from strength to strength attracting visitors from across Scotland and further afield and really putting Fife on the map as a whisky destination.”

“We’ve got several new exhibitors for the 2020 event, including Edinburgh’s Holyrood Distillery and Tullibardine Distillery in Blackford, and will also be welcoming back our regulars from Fife and elsewhere.

“There will be something for everyone who loves whisky to enjoy and we’re looking forward to a great weekend.”

The Festival will feature two tasting sessions on the Saturday with drams on offer from more than 30 distilleries and independent bottlers including Springbank, Kingsbarns, Fraiser of Scotland, Ben Nevis and Paul John Whisky.

The famous Luvians Bottle Shop, the festival’s on-site official retailer, will be on hand for whisky purchases and there will be food stalls run by local businesses throughout the day.

Euan Duncan, Partner and Chair of sponsors MacRoberts, said: “MacRoberts are thrilled to be able to offer our support to the Fife Whisky Festival 2020 as part of our commitment to the wider Food & Drink market in Scotland.

“The sector is growing and the event marks an exciting opportunity for both established and emerging brands to not only showcase Fife Whisky, but also some of the best that Scotland has to offer.”

To buy tickets, from Saturday September 7, and for more details about Fife Whisky Festival, go to

The Whisky Exchange Whisky of the Year – nominations are open – Whisky News

The Whisky Exchange Whisky of the Year – nominations are open

It may be sweltering outside, but it’s time for us to start the process for an annual winter event – the unveiling of The Whisky Exchange Whisky of the Year!

Whisky of the Year

Every year since 2014, we have crowned one whisky with the illustrious title of our Whisky of the Year. Until now, the process has been quite simple: we asked the Whisky Exchange team and industry experts to nominate whiskies, whittled that list down to just eight, and then ran a tasting in London where the attendees voted for the winner.

We’ve had an excellent range of winners, from famed Scottish peaty drams to the suprise winner of last year’s competition – Michter’s Sour Mash, an American whiskey…

Previous winners: 2019 – Michter’s Sour Mash. 2018 – Bowmore 15 Year Old, 2017 – Kilchoman Machir Bay, 2016 – Talisker 2003 Distillers Edition, 2015 – Glendronach 15 Year Old Revival, 2014 – Glenfarclas 15 Year Old.

It’s worked rather well for the past six years, but this time we want to try something different and get more of you involved.

This year, we want you to nominate your favourite whiskies and vote on the final result.

How it works

We’ll be doing this in several stages. Firstly, nominations are now open – head to the nominations page and you can choose up to three whiskies that you think should be the winner. Once nominations close, the three most popular public nominations will be joined by three chosen by The Whisky Exchange team to make up our final six.

Then we move on to stage two: the blind tasting. While we’ll still be running a tasting here in London (details to come closer to the event), we will also be making up tasting packs so you can join in at home as well.

Coming soon – Whisky of the Year judging sets. We won’t know what they’ll actually look like until we close nominations, but it’ll be something like this.

Whisky of the Year judging sets will be on sale for one month, starting in mid-October, with online voting open for everyone who buys one. The votes will be combined with the ones from the London tasting and a winner will be declared.

Nominate early, nominate often!

So, get nominating! Any whisky (or whiskey) that meets the following criteria is eligible:

It must be less than £65
It must be 48% ABV or less
It must be an ongoing release – no special editions

Head over to the nominations page, choose your three favourite drams, and then await the shortlist and the judging sets. In the meantime you can sign up to receive an email when they go live on the Whisky of the Year tasting sets page.

We look forward to seeing what you choose…

Nominations close on 8 September 2019 and the judging sets will be on sale from mid-October. Voting closes in November (exact date TBC) and we’ll announce the results later in the month.

Cadenhead’s International 27th Small Batch Release (August 2019) – Scotch Whisky News

International 27th Small Batch Release (August 2019)

This is the last bottling of the summer.
Well kind of – given Autumn really starts September 21st)

Before we start, let’s answer a typical question we get with every release! “Why some products have sold out before they get a chance to buy?”

This can happen as it will with the gold label bottles in this release. Especially Benrinnes 21yo we will only have 3 bottles available at best.

So why so few? It’s all down to how many bottles we get from a cask and in the case of the small-batch, it’s going to more than 9 shops, unlike the Authentic collection. Small Batch is a worldwide release so a lot more shops to divide the stock between.

We will be saying this time and time again in the future as much as we did in the past,
“Look beyond the label and age statement”, otherwise you can miss out on some incredible drams.

Be honest, how many of you will read this newsletter and see an age statement of say 8 years, and move on to the next ignoring the information about the cask! I know I do it even myself when the release sheets come in. I am like the rest of you – get excited about the older vintages or what gold label is coming in next? I then go back and read the notes, over and over again to make sure I have not missed anything.
Such as the amazing Paul John 6 small batch from last winter, or Benrinnes 23; that stunning small batch from a few months back.

Let’s not dwell on the things you can’t get, but rather on the things you can! First, let’s look back to Small Batch No 26, as it was the start of the summer releases with the most incredible selection of small-batch whiskeys.

The list below contains the ones we in at the London Shop think are the best examples of whisky you can get, especially if you are trying to put together a home bar or small tasting selection.
Far too many people get caught out trying to get the same style or older vintages because they see others do the same thing!

Variety is best especially if you want to avoid being so dedicated to one brand style or expression, just to realize that you need deeper and deeper pockets.

DAILUAINE 2004 14 Y/O 46% Pineapple with orange on the nose with butterscotch lemon and lime toasted almonds with a finish of mint and green tea – a truly enjoyable dram.

CAMBUS 1988 30 Y/O 46.1% Closed distillery. (yes we have another out today) One of the best examples of how good a vintage grain whisky can be with the most enjoyable palate of Rich soft Banana bread with raisin butter on the nose. The palate gives incredible hints of dark chocolate sauce with some ginger ice cream blueberries and summer fruits. The finish is superb with the perfect balance of honeycomb and praline, with sugar coated almonds, as this goes even smoother than we can list with any tasting note review.

Check out our web shop for more Small Batches you might have missed.
Now the Authentic Collection!

GLENTAUCHERS 2007 12 Y/O 59.3% Nose: Vanilla cream sponge, spearmint and a hint of rosemary. Taste: Very creamy but with satsuma notes, dried bananas, toffee sweets and strawberry yoghurt. Finish: Long and creamy with inter mingling fruits. This is one of the most enjoyable younger vintages we have had from this respected distillery.

FETTERCAIRN 11yo (2007) 57.6% Nose: Milk chocolate, sponge cake and lemon curd. Green olives and pecans. Taste: Spiced apple chutney, lemon meringue pie and hints of cranberries and greek yoghurt. Finish: Toasted pine-nuts, marshmallows and custard creams with a touch of eucalyptus.What a great dram this turned out to be and a worthy addition to the range of vintages we have released over the years from this distillery.

GLEN SPEY 17yo (2001) 54.5% Nose: Cinnamon buns, apple strudel and dried fruits with a hint of lemongrass and dandelions.Taste: Creamy and nutty, nougat, salted peanuts and the some mint notes and dry white wine. Finish: Lemony with hints of flint and basil.

Glen Spey distillery founded as the Mill of Rothes distillery in 1878 by James Stuart & Co, who later in 1886 purchased the Macallan distillery. The distillery was sold around 1887 for the sum of £11,000 – ignoring the inflation, sounds less than a price of a modern car! Around 1920, the distillery has the obligatory fire that seems to have happened to so many distilleries. This malt is one of the main components of some of the world’s great blends, being one that any master blender should enjoy using when crafting a blend.

NOSE: Custard creams, hints of pork crackling, candy floss and traces of peanut butter.
PALATE: Coconut flakes, dried banana chips, hint of pickled ginger, watercress and milk chocolate with yoghurt covered raisins.
FINISH: Long and creamy with hints of wasabi and green tea.

AN IRISH DISTILLERY SINGLE MALT 10 YEARS OLD 47.4% – 70CL – Distilled in 2006
NOSE: Vanilla with pineapple, almonds, peaches and lemongrass.
PALATE: Creamy with tropical fruits, kiwi, papaya and passion fruit. Hints of mango and toffee sauce.
FINISH: For something so fresh the finish is big and syrupy with bags of fruit. Dangerously drinkable.

NOSE: Rich fruity nose, dried fruits with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.
PALATE: Thick and chewy, obvious sherry influence but still with some toffee in the background. Dark chocolate shavings with raspberries and dark cherries.
FINISH: Long dry sherry notes with some marzipan and maraschino cherries and gingerbread.
This was originally a Puncheon that was re-racked into two fresh sherry hogsheads in August 2017, before being vatted together for this bottling.

NOSE: Eucalyptus, orange zest, peach skins and green olives.
PALATE: Lime zest, mango, lychee and apricots with golden syrup and butter popcorn.
FINISH: Big and fruity but lots of golden syrup and soft flinty notes.

NOSE: Gingerbread smothered in melting salted butter, apricot yogurt with pineapple fritters and banana bread.
PALATE: White chocolate buttons, lemon drizzle cake, and almond flakes. Soft lime zest and green apple skins.
FINISH: Spiced apples with runny honey and butterscotch sweets.

NOSE: Vibrant fruits, strawberries, raspberries, red-currants and banoffee pie.
PALATE: Mix of creamy vanilla along with sweet syrupy fruits. Marzipan, cola cubes and lemongrass.
FINISH: Mixed fruit yoghurt with whipped cream and pine nuts
This is a vatting of one bourbon Hogshead of 2006 Ord, married with another cask of 2006 Ord, that had been re-racked in a Madeira cask since 2017.

NOSE: Honey, spice, marshmallows and crunch nut cornflakes. Creamy with a lemon balm note running through the middle
PALATE: Caramel wafers, honeycomb, satsumas and peaches in syrup.
FINISH: Long lingering honey, apple juice and star anise.

NOSE: Oily and herbal, fennel, fried sage and a hint of coriander – mix with olive oil, lemongrass, and chorizo.
PALATE: Some dry smoke mixed with ripe fruits, kiwi, mango, peaches, and dried apricots.
FINISH: Long lingering syrupy fruits with a hint of dry smoke.

NOSE: Really creamy and oily, with paraffin smoke, lime pickle, and petrol lawnmowers.
PALATE: Dry smoke gives way to initially sour apples then becomes creamier with gooseberries and licorice.
FINISH: Oily smoke and fruit – a classic.

NOSE: White crab meat, black olives, overripe fruits and pork pies.
PALATE: Olive oil, cream cheese, pineapple, a hint of paprika.
FINISH: Long and chewy a little dusty, some popping candy and orange bitters.

NOSE: Juicy fruits, faint warming spices and apricot jam.
PALATE: Proper old school mouth feel, chewy and fruity with passion fruit, guava and blood orange.
FINISH: More chewy fruit with soft spice that fades away – a dram to savour. A blended malt bottled from a single cask that was married together in 2004.

That’s it for now! We might be in touch again soon, as we head into the new whisky season of 2019/20 – oh and we might be in touch with some other exciting news as well !! For those who like a surprise or 2 keep checking the web shop around September 14th you never know what will arrive.

All the best Cadenhead’s London

Cadenheads Whisky Shop & Tasting Room
26 Chiltern Street, London, W1U 7QF


Macallan Estate (2019) at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

New To Loch Fyne Whiskies 

Macallan Estate (2019)

70cl / 43% abv
Limited to 1 per customer
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Price drop on our exclusive 10 Year Old Ardbeg/Mortlach Double Barrel at The Green Welly Shop – Scotch Whisky News

From £56.99 to only £48.00

We’re clearing some space for exciting new releases, but here’s an opportunity to get one of our fantastic exclusives at a bargain price of only £48.

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Bowmore® Unveils 36-Year-Old Dragon Edition, The First Release In A New Chinese Exclusive Series – Scotch Whisky News

Bowmore® Unveils 36-Year-Old Dragon Edition, The First Release In A New Chinese Exclusive Series

August 2019 – Bowmore® Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky has announced the release of Bowmore® 36-Year-Old Dragon Edition, a new expression from the world’s oldest Scotch maturation warehouse, the famous No.1 Vaults.

Featuring the mythical Chinese dragon, the 36-year-old whisky pays homage to the iconic Bowmore 30-Year-Old Sea Dragon, which celebrated a famous myth of Islay. Renewing this tradition, the new expression celebrates the mythical creatures that live on in Chinese culture today.

The first of a series of four, the 36-Year-Old liquid has been specially selected from the same parcel of sherry casks used to create the iconic Bowmore 30-Year-Old Sea Dragon, exclusively released to Asia in 2012. Born and shaped by time, the mythical dragon featured on the bottling ensures balance in everything – just like Bowmore’s master distiller. With only 888 bottles available, matched with the pedigree of the iconic 30-Year-Old Sea Dragon, this incredible expression will be highly prized and sought after from whisky enthusiasts across China.

The 36-Year-Old Dragon Edition is an exquisite example of Bowmore’s rich fruit and smoke house style. With a rich dark natural colour, the whisky offers aromas of tropical fruit, toffee apple and caramelised orange with a hint of pine needle scent. It finishes with a floral and peppery tinge, balanced by oak spices and a touch of iodine. This carefully crafted single malt is best savoured neat or over ice.

David Turner, Bowmore® Distillery Manager, comments: “This new expression is a homage to the 30-Year-Old Sea Dragon that’s been much loved and collected by Bowmore fans across China. Born from an island that is rich with heritage and legends, Bowmore is celebrating the legendary creatures of Chinese mythology that are the protectors of people – just as Bowmore has protected and matured this precious liquid for 36 years. We’ve taken this amazing legacy and renewed it for the next generation of whisky drinkers”.

John Lomas, Prestige Director Beam Suntory, stated: “Bowmore is an incredible single malt with an iconic legacy. Today it continues to create some of the finest whisky in the world. With this new release of Bowmore 36-Year-Old Dragon edition, we are renewing this story for the next generation. We believe the time we’ve invested in perfecting our craftmanship over the last 50 years is shown in the quality of our whisky producing, and we’re excited to share this.”

Bowmore® 36-Year-Old Dragon Edition will be exclusively available at Whisky L and through select outlets from August at $2000.

Tasting notes:

  • Colour: (natural) Burnt Umber
  • Nose: Scented wood, cedar, beeswax, tropical fruit, toffee apple, old leather, coconuts, rich Demerara sugar, cinnamon, a touch of aniseed, liquorice, caramelised orange peels and ginger.
  • Palate: Dried fruits, sultanas, Corinth raisins, roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate.
  • Finish: Floral, peppery with oak spices and iodine.
  • Bottled at natural colour and strength

Founded in 1779, Bowmore® is the oldest distillery on Islay, one of the Scottish isles which make up the region known as the ‘Islands’ in the lexicon of Whisky.  The other regions are the Highlands, Speyside and the Lowlands.  Islay malts are famous for their characteristic smokiness and Bowmore® is no exception; the malt is carefully smoked in a peat-fired kiln, using skills honed over two centuries to craft a perfectly balanced Single Malt.

Time is savoured at Bowmore® and the distillery’s adherence to traditional production methods helps to shape the character of its Single Malts. Today, it prides itself as one of the rare distilleries which still produces its own floor malted barley, hand-turned by a traditional wooden malt shovel and hand drawn machinery.  Water for the whiskies is specially drawn from the Laggan River, with its rich peaty overtones – the same Islay peat that fires the malt-drying kiln.

Bowmore® Distillery’s close proximity to the sea is also vital in determining the final character of its spirit. The legendary Bowmore® No. 1 Vaults is where most of the whiskies spend their long lives resting quietly in the cool, dark, damp cellars below sea level, oblivious to the waves thrashing the vault’s sea-facing wall.

They mature in oak casks, previously used for bourbon, sherry or claret, gradually developing rich and mellow flavours until the expertise of our whisky makers deems them ready for bottling.  It is this combination of peat, barley, sea breeze, water, wood, people and tradition that together create the perfectly balanced warm and smoky character of Bowmore® Single Malt Scotch Whiskies. Through peerless maturation expertise and sense of timing, Bowmore® is “Time, Savoured®” – a rich reward for those that appreciate the value of time and an exquisite whisky coveted the world over.


  • ISC 2018 | Gold for 15 Year Old (GTR)
  • ISC 2018 | Gold for 18 Year Old
  • IWSC 2018 | Gold for 15 Year Old
  • IWSC 2018 | Gold for 18 Year Old
  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018 | Gold for 12 Year Old
  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018 | Super Gold for 18 Year Old
  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018 | Super Gold for 15 Year Old Darkest
  • ISC 2017 | Gold for 12 Year Old
  • ISC 2017 | Gold for 18 Year Old (GTR)
  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017 | Gold for 18 Year Old
  • International Spirits Challenge 2017 | Gold for 12 Year Old
  • International Spirits Challenge 2017 | Gold for 18 Year Old (GTR)

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About Beam Suntory
As a world leader in premium spirits, Beam Suntory inspires human connections. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands, Suntory whisky Kakubin and Courvoisier cognac, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s and Legent bourbon; Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki and Toki Japanese whisky; Teacher’s, Laphroaig and Bowmore Scotch whisky; Canadian Club whisky; Hornitos and Sauza tequila; EFFEN, Haku and Pinnacle vodka; Sipsmith and Roku 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 vision of 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




‘The Gathering’ encourages SMWS members from all over the globe to make the pilgrimage to their spiritual home at The Vaults, Leith 

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) is hosting ‘The Gathering’, a week-long celebration of its Leith origins that will bring members together to discover and share wonderful whisky experiences. The festival is taking place from Monday 2 to Sunday 8 September at The Vaults and other iconic Leith venues.

‘The Gathering’ encapsulates what it means to be a member of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, with a jam-packed week of fun-filled whisky-themed events. Festivities include a fascinating walking tour of Leith’s illustrious whisky history, an exclusive whisky and Leith food pairing, tasting and film screenings at renowned Leith venues, as well as member events in the courtyard of the spiritual home of the Society, The Vaults.


The SMWS is now a truly global membership organisation, with members and partner bars across the world. For those who can’t make the journey to Leith, SMWS will share the spirit of The Vaults through an integrated online tasting experience. The Virtual Tasting, hosted by SMWS Master Ambassador John McCheyne, will be screened live from The Vaults to the world via Facebook on Saturday 7 September.

Branches across Europe including Munich, Paris and Stockholm will also be holding The Gathering events at their venues for local members from August 20 to September 21.


The SMWS will celebrate the arts and film that support its unconventional nature with festivities going beyond The Vaults to other iconic Leith venues, with exclusive screenings at the beautiful Leith Theatre, as well as The Biscuit Factory.

The whisky experts have partnered with local producers, including a colourful food pairing with the much-loved Kilted Donuts, who will be pairing five of their sweet and savoury donuts with delicious SMWS whiskies.

Throughout the week, SMWS member and history enthusiast Justine Hazlehurst will be hosting regular walking tours of Leith, getting up close to the area’s intriguing history and whisky heritage.

Jan Damen, Operations Director at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, said: “As a Society, we’re always striving to ensure that our global members feel connected to one another and are able to share their whisky experiences together.

“This is a rare opportunity for our members from all over the world to come together and congregate at The Vaults for a series of unique events. We look forward to welcoming whisky lovers from near and far.”

For details on all the events and to buy tickets, visit:


About The Scotch Malt Whisky Society 

  • The Scotch Malt Whisky Society was established in Edinburgh in 1983 and now has more than 26,000 members and branches around the world
  • The SMWS bottles rare single cask, single malt whisky, and a range of other spirits
  • The Society bottles single malts, unique single casks and exclusive blends
  • The Society has bottled whisky from more than 138 distilleries from Scotland and beyond
  • The Society offers a new batch of around 20 single cask, single malt whiskies every month
  • The Society offers a variety of membership packages which can be tailored. Please see
  • For more information about the Society, visit
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Springbank Society Newsletter: August 2019 – Scotch Whisky News

Springbank Society Newsletter:  August 2019 

We’re delighted to say it is time for the next Society Quarterly Newsletter. Throughout this email you will learn about Distillery developments, get the first look at upcoming releases and follow the Sales Team event schedule.

As we approach the end of summer we are busy bottling our core range and our exciting new release of Springbank 15 year old Rum Wood, which we’re sure you are all eager to try. Campbeltown and our distilleries have enjoyed being busy with many summer visitors who we suspect are bringing the good weather.

This month we have details of where our Sales Team will be travelling to over the next few months and a round-up of distillery news, letting you know what has been happening (and what we are planning for the future) at Springbank and Glengyle, in Campbeltown and beyond.

Distillery News

We enjoyed having a variety of scholars on site over 10 weeks to complete the whisky school, with this year being the first to have the ‘blend your own’ Springbank as part of the week long learning. June 3rd saw our first ever ‘Barley to Bottle’ tour guests, which was a great experience for staff and guests alike, and we look forward to welcoming many more over the coming years.

Production has continued at Springbank, with malt floors having to be worked extra carefully as we move into the hottest part of the year and the challenge of keeping the germination temperatures under 20 degrees celsius becomes more difficult. The traditional way of doing things invariably involves a lot of extra work, but it’s definitely worth it.

Mashing and distilling at Springbank has settled down after a few equipment issues earlier in the year. The 1,000th cask of 2019 was filled on the 11th of June and we are on course to fill around 1800 casks this year, which means that progress on the new bonded warehouse is important so that we have somewhere to house them in the coming years. We expect the new warehouse to be completed sometime in 2020 but it has been fascinating to watch the removal of the old ruined walls, the excavation and piling of the ground, and now the foundations going in.

Glengyle continues to wait patiently until we return to production in September, the equipment is receiving some TLC with washbacks one and two due to be replaced in August and the boiler serviced around the same time.

Sales Team Events

We kicked off the summer with our Malts Festival where lots of fun was had by all, especially the Sales Team. I’m sure you are all still thinking about that Springbank Society tasting. We would like to give everyone a massive thank you for joining us at our Malts Festival and we hope to see you next year.

At the beginning of May we welcomed Cara Wilson to the Springbank and Kilkerran Sales Team. Cara is a local girl from the island of Gigha and was part of our whisky school when she was studying at Campbeltown Grammar School. Last summer Cara worked on the Springbank Tours Team before returning to University to complete her degree in International Business Management. We have now enticed Cara back to Campbeltown to join our Sales Team and she is excited to meet all the Springbank and Kilkerran supporters on her trips home and abroad.

Once again we have been travelling far and wide to share the story of Springbank and Kilkerran. David has been across the globe from South Africa to the west coast of the USA. Melanie continued our Kilkerran focused tours in Germany and France where she survived 40 degree weather. Although it was when she returned to sunny Campbeltown Melanie managed to get sunburnt on the golf course. Ronan had many Kilkerran adventures to Seoul, London and finishing on the Cannongate hosting a tasting with the Cadenhead Edinburgh shop. Grant got to the Ayrshire coast for the day.

In the upcoming months you’ll be able to catch us all around the world again.


25th – 1st: David Allen will be jetting off to China on Kilkerran duty, with further visits to Hong Kong and Macau.

31st: Grant Macpherson will be in at the Spirit of Alba Gin & Whisky Festival in Kirkintilloch with our Kilkerran products.


2nd – 4th: Cara Wilson will be in Amsterdam visiting a few top mixologists with Journalist, Sharon van Lokhorst, along with some Springbank tastings around Amsterdam as well.

6th – 7th: Ranald Watson and Cara Wilson are in Malzfabrik, Berlin presenting Springbank and Kilkerran masterclasses at the beer and whisky festival.

7th: Grant Macpherson will be dramming under the railway arches of ‘the Loco Klub” at Whisky Bristol’s Underground.

14th: Melanie Stanger will be at Oban Whisky Festival with Kilkerran, while Grant Macpherson visits Aberdeen Whisky National.

19th: Melanie Stanger will be holding a Kilkerran tasting at The Clydeside Distillery.

22nd: Melanie Stanger and Cara Wilson will both be in Paris at Salon Dugas whisky show presenting Springbank and Kilkerran.

27th – 29th: Ranald Watson, David Allen, Grant Macpherson and Cara Wilson will be at The Whisky Show in London pouring some Springbank and Kilkerran drams.


5th: Grant Macpherson will be at the Whisky Lounge in York, while David Allen is at the Alhambra Whisky Festival both presenting Kilkerran.

4th – 5th: Cara Wilson will be flying off to Geneva Whisky show to present Kilkerran.

8th – 12th: David Allen will be visiting Denmark for a Springbank tasting tour. While Cara Wilson will be travelling around Belgium for a Kilkerran tasting tour.

11th: Grant Macpherson will be in Kirkcaldy for the evening holding a Springbank and Kilkerran tasting.

12th: Grant Macpherson will be in Dundee at the Whisky Social presenting Kilkerran.

17th: Melanie Stanger will be attending the M&P Festival in Warsaw with Springbank and Kilkerran.

19th: Grant Macpherson will be pouring Springbank and Kilkerran at Wee Dram Fest in Bakewell.

23rd – 25th: Cara Wilson is flying off to Denmark to host a series of Kilkerran tastings.

23rd: Grant Macpherson will be attending the Inverarity121 Wine & Spirits Fair in Glasgow.

25th – 26th: Grant Macpherson is at the Manchester Whisky Lounge for Kilkerran.

28th – 29th: Cara Wilson is in Austria at Vienna’s Bar & Spirits Festival and then will be hosting a Springbank tasting in Innsbruck on Tuesday 29th.

27th – 3rd November:  Melanie Stanger is jetting off to Alberta Canada, holding tastings in Willow park and presenting Springbank and Kilkerran at Calgary Co-op Whisky festival.


1st – 3rd: Springbank and Kilkerran will be presented at Whisky Life Prague.

2nd: Grant Macpherson will be showcasing Kilkerran at Nottingham Whisky Lounge.

9th: Grant Macpherson and Donald Brown will be enjoying Glasgow Whisky festival, pouring both Springbank and Kilkerran.

9th – 10th: Cara Wilson and David Allen are in Belgium at Spirits in the Sky with Springbank and Kilkerran stands and a Springbank Masterclass. The rest of the team will be in both Villlngen Whiskymesse and Whisky Live Taipei.

16th: Grant Macpherson will be at Leicester Whisky Festival, whilst Melanie Stanger is at Liverpool Whisky Lounge both presenting Kilkerran.

18th – 22nd: David Allen will be flying to Israel to hold a series of Kilkerran tastings.

22nd – 23rd: Grant Macpherson is in Dublin pouring Kilkerran and Springbank at Whiskey Live. 

22nd – 24th: The team will be presenting Kilkerran and Springbank at Interwhisky in Frankfurt.

28th – 30th: Melanie Stanger and Cara Wilson will be jetting off to Switzerland to join Whiskyschiff in Zurich.

30th: Ranald Watson and Grant Macpherson are at Drambusters in Dumfries pouring Kilkerran and Springbank.

Events taking place further in the future will be included in the next Quarterly Newsletter and, please remember, the Events Section of the Springbank Website is updated whenever we have new information to share with you all.

Springbank Website – Events Page

New Releases

As we approach Autumn we have some exciting new releases and a brand new addition to our core range.

September/October  2019 

Springbank 12yo cask strength.

The next addition of our 12yo cask strength series will soon be available.  This batch will depart from the usual sherry dominant maturation recipe, with a greater bourbon influence.

Springbank 15yo Rum Wood. 

An exciting rum matured Springbank bottled at cask strength.  9,000 bottles will be available worldwide.

Kilkerran Peat in Progress – Batch 2. 

The next installment of Kilkerran’s heavily peated series is almost ready to bottle and we can’t wait for you all to try it.

Given the uncertainty of Brexit on 31st October, we are also looking to bring forward a number of our winter releases to ensure we can despatch them to our customers all over the world without delay. These will include an exciting new whisky for our core range; Longrow 21yo! We love it and can’t wait for you to try it too.

There will also be new editions of Springbank Local Barley and Kilkerran 8yo cask strength. Look out for Society alerts and social media updates for more information on when these will be available.

We are sure you will all be anticipating the next Society bottling which is scheduled later this year. We are currently pilfering samples from our warehouses to find something suitable; any special requests?


This year we are celebrating Glengyle Distillery’s 15th anniversary after we re-opened it in 2004. To commemorate our achievement this we are releasing a series of 15 year old single casks to a number of selected markets. Some of you may also have seen the 15 year old Kilkerran rum wood which was exclusively sold at our Springbank Distillery and Campbeltown Cadenhead shop.

Glengyle distillery tours are now stand alone and no longer an added extra to our Springbank tours, which has been popular with Kilkerran fans. Further a field our sales team have been busy with Kilkerran tasting tours bringing along past and future releases to share the evolution of Kilkerran.

Social Media

You can follow Springbank on Social Media:

Facebook – Official Springbank Whisky

Twitter – @Springbank1828

Instagram- springbank1828

You can follow Kilkerran Single Malt on Facebook and Instagram too.


The Springbank Team

To join the Society contact them at Springbank Society


Virginia Distillery Company “Prelude: Courage & Conviction Release and Pre-Sale” – American Whiskey News

Sunday, September 1st 12pm-6pm
Virginia Distillery Company | Lovingston, Virginia

Have the courage of your convictions” was the guiding principle of our founder, Dr. George G. Moore. That same passion and dedication has led us to pioneer a new, world-class American Single Malt: Courage & Conviction.

Be the first to experience an early look into this new line with the release of
Prelude: Courage & Conviction on Sunday, September 1st at our Visitors Center in Lovingston, Virginia.  Learn more about the release event HERE.

This whisky will also be available at select Virginia ABC stores during the month of September and in other markets across the U.S. in October.  Can’t make it to the release party?  You can pre-order your bottle now for delivery in October!

Pre-Order Prelude: Courage & Conviction

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