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Three Incredible Christmas Gifts for the Ultimate Whisky Lover – Whisky News!

Three Incredible Christmas Gifts for the Ultimate Whisky Lover 

Earlier in the year Mark Littler Ltd garnered worldwide attention when they brokered the sale of a Macallan 28 Bottle Vertical for £44,000. In the runup to what is set to be a unique Christmas Mark Littler Ltd. have added three more attention grabbing products on their online shop.

Christmas Gifts for the Ultimate Whisky Lover  

The first of the three Christmas must haves is an extremely rare Balvenie 1937 50-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Distilled in the same year that former King Edward VIII married American divorcee, Wallis Simpson, and J.R.R Tolkien’s famed novel The Hobbit was published, this bottling contains some of the oldest Balvenie stock left in the world.

These bottles were originally sold by Milroy’s of Soho and only 500 bottles of this expression were ever produced back when Balvenie was a little known Scotch whisky. This may well be one of just a few of these unique whiskies left in the world, and the only one available at retail in the world today is on the Mark Littler online shop for £45,000.

Next up on the ultimate gift list is a dream collection of whisky amassed by their clients over many years. It is what Mark Littler Ltd. are calling ‘The Collector’s Collection’.

The collection consists of 19 rare bottles of whisky and cognac, including expressions from cult distillery Brora, luxury distillery Macallan and a bottle of Louis XIII Black Pearl 100-year-old cognac. Also in the collection is a bottle from Japanese distillery, Karuizawa, bottles of which are currently some of the most sought-after bottles of Japanese whisky in the world, with a bottle selling at auction for £363,000 earlier this year.

The collection purchased individually would cost over £110,000 at retail. The collection is available through Mark Littler’s online store for £85,000.

Lastly, and arguably a must-have for anyone who calls themselves a whisky-lover, is a personalised whisky number plate: WH15 SKY. This is the best, legal personalised number plate on the market for anyone who loves whisky, and allows the owner to share their passion with the world.

The number plate is available for £14,750 from the Mark Littler Ltd shop with all legal documents for a UK registered vehicle.

About Mark Littler LTD

Mark Littler Ltd. are whisky and antiques brokers and to date they have sold well over £2 million worth of whisky and antiques for their clients. Their new online store aims to get the best prices for sellers and buyers in an increasingly competitive market.

By listing bottles and objects of interest for sale directly from the seller the shop offers two advantages; sellers can get more for their bottles than they would do via auction, while buyers get a reduction over buying from traditional retail sites but with the convenience and surety of a retail purchase compared to auction. 



Balvenie 50 year old:

The Collector’s Collection:

WH15 SKY number plate:


Mark Littler

01260 218 718



Following on from Tomatin’s rare whisky auction with The Grand Whisky Auction which raised over £11,000 for Maggie’s Highlands, Tomatin Single Malt are celebrating their combined fundraising successes of 2020 with the launch of an exceptionally limited edition unique expression of Tomatin Single Malt.

Tomatin Single Malt married archived samples together to yield just 40 extremely rare bottles of Tomatin x Maggie’s Highland. The expression contains whisky matured in Bourbon, Oloroso, Moscatel, refill American and European oak casks, ranging in age from 11 to 36 years old. Whisky connoisseurs lucky enough to get their hands on a bottle, can expect an incredibly complex single malt, with flavours spanning tropical and citrus fruits to rich spices and dark chocolate.

The launch of the Tomatin x Maggie’s Highlands bottle follows Tomatin’s recent rare whisky auction with The Grand Whisky Auction, which saw the distillery raise over £11,000 for the charity, tipping the grand total of charitable donations to Maggie’s Highlands since 2018 over the £50,000 barrier! The auction allowed for a number of rare bottles and distillery experiences to be up for grabs. A full list of finalised donations for each item can be found below:

  • #190697 – Tomatin – Five Virtues (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal & Water) Limited Edition (Charity Lot) – Sold for £440.00
  • #190698 – Tomatin – 32 Year Old #001 1981 Bottle #2 (Charity Lot) – Sold for £880.00
  • #190700 – Tomatin – 36 Year Old 1977 Batch #1(Charity Lot) – Sold for £900.00
  • #190701 – Tomatin – 30 Year Old 1976 (2007) Limited Release (Charity Lot) – Sold for £480.00
  • #190703 – Tomatin – 1980 Release #994 Single Cask (Charity Lot) – Sold for £380.00
  • #190704 – Tomatin – 40 Year Old 1967 Vintage (Charity Lot) – Sold for £780.00
  • #193142 – Tomatin – “Money Can’t Buy” Distillery Experience (Charity Lot) 4 People – Sold for £920.00
  • #190699 – Tomatin – 1970 Vintage Single Cask #12267 (Charity Lot) – Sold for £720.00
  • #190706 – Tomatin – 50 Year Old 1967 5cl (Charity Lot) – Sold for £580.00
  • #193091 – Tomatin – New 1st Fill Bourbon Barrel 2020/21 #TBC – Bulk 200L 63.5% | Held In Bond (Charity Lot) – Sold for £4600.00
  • #190702 – Tomatin – 30 Year Old Centenary Decanter 1897 – 1997 90cl (Charity Lot) – Sold for £680.00

The Tomatin x Maggie’s Highland limited edition bottle is available to buy via Tomatin’s online shop here for £120 or in store at their Visitor Centre from this Friday, while stocks last.

The Whisky Shop Black Friday starts NOW! 💥 – Black Friday News

Black Friday at The Whisky Shop starts now!

Each evening this week, we’re slashing prices on a some of your best-loved bottles – and tonight’s line-up has something for everyone.

Like what you see? Grab these before they go! And stay tuned for even more deals throughout the week.

New Dalmunach Exclusive at Tyndrum Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Brings you


We have another Exclusive, we’ve managed to get this in the superb Battlehill packaging after some last minute snags at the supplier! Finished in a Sherry Octave Cask and bottled at 54.2% abv, this is Dalmunach, full of vibrancy and lots of similarities to the previous distillery that stood on the site. With only 95 bottles and at least half are sold already, don’t wait long before heading to the site.

Order Now at £52.50 >>


The Party Source Thanksgiving Hours – Party Source News

From Santa’s private collection

Shop The Party Source’s stash of hand-selected private barrel Bourbons. These bottles make great gifts or a lovely addition to your small holiday gathering.

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The Whisky Exchange “Virtual Tastings – December 2020” – Scotch Whisky News

Virtual Tastings – December 2020

After a couple of month away, The Whisky Exchange’s Virtual Tastings are back! Join us for a fantastic pair of December tastings with our friends at Diageo – proper festive treats.

A couple of months off…

Well, we weren’t really ‘away’ as such. We ran the world’s biggest online whisky festival – Virtual Whisky Show – with more than 400 talks across eight days streamed to more than 1000 visitors from more than 50 countries…

December’s Line-up

We’re easing ourselves back into our regular Virtual Tastings with help from a long-time friend – irrepressible Diageo brand ambassador Colin “Ain’t no foolin’” Dunn. He’ll be joined by a couple of his colleagues and our head buyer Dawn Davies to taste through two great line-ups of whisky.

Wednesday 2 December 2020, 7pm GMT – Diageo Special Releases 2020 Virtual Tasting: The annual special releases tasting with Colin is a highlight of our tasting year so we’re very pleased to be able to keep it in the calendar by moving it online. Dawn will be joined by Colin and his podcast buddy, ambassador TJ Littlejohn, to taste through all eight of this year’s Diageo Special Releases – Cardhu 11 Year Old, Dalwhinnie 30 Year Old, Cragganmore 20 Year Old, Pittyvaich 30 Year Old, Singleton of Dufftown 17 Year Old, Talisker 8 Year Old, Lagavulin 12 Year Old and Mortlach 21 Year Old.
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Wednesday 9 December 2020, 7pm GMT – Talisker Virtual Tasting: Talisker ambassador Jason Clark will be joining Dawn and Colin to pull apart the distillery’s range, from 10 Year Old to 25 Year Old, with a few stops on the way with old friends and some treats you might not have tasted – Talisker 10 Year Old, Talisker Port Ruighe Port Finish, Talisker 18 Year Old, Talisker 25 Year Old, Talisker 2007 Distillers Edition and Talisker 8 Year Old from the Diageo Special Releases 2020.
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The future?

These are our final virtual tastings for 2020, but we’ll be back in the new year with more. We may not be able to get together in person to share a drink or two just yet, but we’ll be online with tasty things until that day comes around.

Santa’s Dram: WIN a Bunnahabhain 39 Year Old or a case of six mystery malts! 🎉 – Scotch Whisky News

It’s our biggest giveaway yet! 
Will you find Santa’s Dram in your next order?

Find Santa’s Dram in your next Whisky Shop order and you could be the lucky winner of a Bunnahabhain 39 Year Old or a case of six mystery malts!

To ensure the Christmas spirit is flowing this year, Santa has hidden some of his own personal dram glasses in amongst our orders. Should you find one of his glasses in your order, then we’ll supply the whisky to fill it!

If you find a red Santa’s Dram glass in your order, then you’re the lucky winner of a case of six mystery malts, worth £300. If you find Santa’s one and only golden dram glass, then you get to add a 39-year-old Bunnahabhain to your whisky collection (RRP £11,995). Not bad, huh?

To enter the giveaway, simply purchase anything from from now until midnight on 19th December. Winners will find a Santa’s Dram glass within their order and a letter from Saint Nick himself, detailing how to claim their whisky prize.

As if that wasn’t easy enough, prizes will also be awarded at random to those who share the hashtag #SantasDram via their own social media accounts, tagging @thewhiskyshop. Remember to follow us on social media and keep your profile public so we can see your post.

So, what are you waiting for? Stock up on festive spirits via and get sharing #SantasDram on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to be in with the chance of winning one of Santa’s unbelievable whisky prizes.

Whisky Advocate “Holidays Are Almost Here * Give 2 Gifts for the Price of 1!” – Whisky Advocate News

As America’s foremost spirits magazine, Whisky Advocate is the best gift for your whisky-loving friends and family! They’ll get new product releases and breaking news, hundreds of ratings and reviews, whisky and food pairings, whisky travel, and our highly anticipated ‘Whiskies Of The Year’!

Sotheby’s to offer rare opportunity to acquire the complete Black Bowmore whisky collection direct from the Bowmore Distillery – Scotch Whisky News



Sotheby’s to offer rare opportunity to acquire the

complete Black Bowmore whisky collection

direct from the Bowmore Distillery

 Presented in a bespoke cabinet using genuine artefacts from the distillery, designed by award-winning craftsman, John Galvin 

Landmark offering of five iterations representing the pinnacle of one of Scotland’s greatest distilleries

Auction scheduled for Spring 2021 in Hong Kong

LONDON & HONG KONG, 12 November 2020 – Twenty-seven years after its first release, Black Bowmore has become legendary within whisky circles, both as a hallmark of the distillery’s house style and as a highly desirable collector’s item.  Next year, Sotheby’s – in partnership with Bowmore – will offer a rare opportunity to acquire the complete Black Bowmore single malt whisky collection direct from the Bowmore distillery.  Five archive bottles of Black Bowmore, spanning 1993 to 2016, presented in a truly unique bespoke piece of furniture created by award-winning craftsman John Galvin, will be offered by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong in the spring of 2021. Estimated in the region of HK$4,000,000 (US$500,000 / £400,000), the Black Bowmore ‘Archive Cabinet’ will form the centrepiece of an auction of Finest & Rarest Wines and Spirits. The winning bidder will be invited to the Bowmore distillery for a tasting of Bowmore’s rarest and oldest single malts, with proceeds from the sale donated to an Islay charity, further details to be revealed in due course.

Jonny Fowle, Sotheby’s Spirits Specialist, said: “Black Bowmore is one of my personal favourite whiskies and a dram I have been lucky enough to try on a number of occasions. Its value has increased exponentially over the years, which can be attributed to its undeniable quality and, now that so many bottles have been consumed, its newfound rarity. We are thrilled to partner with Bowmore for this landmark offering in the world of collectible whisky.” 

Adam Bilbey, Head of Sotheby’s Wine, Asia, said: “Since the expansion of our spirits business last year, we have seen enormous growth in the global demand for whisky, particularly in Asia. Having achieved ‘first growth’ status amongst a number of single malt producers, Bowmore has become increasingly collectible. The Black Bowmore ‘archive’ represents a pinnacle in the history of the distillery, marrying five iterations of a classic whisky with the most stunning of designs in which to house them.”

David Turner, Bowmore distillery manager, said: “Black Bowmore truly is the jewel in our crown and it takes its rightful place in the distillery’s history for firmly putting Bowmore on the map as an iconic, collectable whisky.  This full collection of five Black Bowmore bottlings is spectacular, made even more special by the cabinet within which it is beautifully housed.  Each element of the cabinet comes from our home; from the workings of the distillery preserving time gone by.  This exceptional detail not only reflects the craftsmanship inherent in Bowmore, but makes this unique masterpiece rooted in our Islay home.  This means whoever buys this not only owns some of our spirit’s history, but also actual elements of the distillery’s production history.”


Black Bowmore was distilled in 1964 and the spirit filled into oak casks previously used for maturing sweet Oloroso sherry and transferred to the No. 1 vaults at Scotland’s oldest maturation warehouse.  Hidden in a special location, this was the perfect environment for long maturation.  Generations of skilled distillery men oversaw the casks slumbering in their secret location, whilst over the course of fifty years Master distillers perfected the liquid laying within.

Black Bowmore was initially released in 1993 as a 29 year old, with further releases of a 30 year old and 31 year old over the following two years.  It appeared as part of a trilogy in 2007 (42 year old), and finally in 2016 as “the last cask” (50 year old).

Initially sold for £100, “Bowmore Black” became one of the most sought-after whiskies in the world for its tropical fruit flavour.  In 2020, its status is legendary – a whisky that defies expectation and offers an experience like no other, in its alignment of concentration of colour and fragrance, intensity and subtlety, balanced smoke and fruit.


The one-of-a-kind handcrafted archive cabinet showcases authentic items and materials from the Bowmore distillery, connected to the legend of “black”.  An original Bowmore Spirits safe was used in its construction, making the cabinet a completely one-off piece never to be replicated.

Placed inside on handblown glass pillars, each in varying heights corresponding to the age of the whiskies, the bottles are showcased to spectacular effect.  The front of the pillars are highly polished, to create a vertical window to the inside of each pillar that reveals bubbles running vertically.  Capturing the passage of time, the bubbles at the bottom are crystal clear to represent the newly made spirit slowly changing colour from yellow, dark red brown and finally black.

Once the exterior of the cabinet had been carved to mimic patterns in sand created by the movement of water rushing out to sea at low tide, an ancient Japanese technique was used to char its surface to resemble the inside of a cask.  Featuring Scottish oak, custom cask solid bronze, and drawers constructed from the original pine wash back staves and brass whisky safe sourced from the distillery, the cabinet has been handcrafted at every stage of its production.

This unique lot will also include a one-off book which details the journey of Black Bowmore over its five releases and the creation of the cabinet.


A complete distillery owned collection of Black Bowmore from first release to last (1993-2016):

First edition:

  • Release Date: 1993
  • Age: 29 Years
  • Number of bottles: 2000
  • Bottle No.819 

Second Edition

  • Release Date: 1994
  • Age: 30 Years
  • Number of bottles: 2000
  • Bottle: No.18 

Third Edition

  • Release Date: 1995
  • Age: 31 Years
  • Number of bottles: 1812
  • Bottle No.7 

Fourth Edition

  • Release Date: 2007
  • Age: 42 Years
  • Number of bottles: 827
  • Bottle No.2 

Fifth Edition

  • Release date: 2016
  • Age: 50 Years
  • Number of bottles: 159
  • Bottle No.72 

About Sotheby’s Wine

Sotheby’s Wine’s annual worldwide sales in 2019 significantly exceeded $100 million for the second consecutive year, led by a 20% increase in auction sales to a total of $118 million – the highest-ever annual total in Sotheby’s history.

Sotheby’s Wine, with a store located within the auction house’s worldwide headquarters on New York’s Upper East Side, offers a carefully curated selection of wines from the world’s most prestigious producers and important regions. Expertly assembled by Sotheby’s’ experienced specialists, the everevolving selection is built upon lasting relationships with winemakers from across the globe, with prices beginning at just $13.95. With bottles that are ready for immediate consumption, in addition to investment-worthy wines from highly sought-after vintages, each wine is chosen for its expression of its region and value for money. Each bottle selected by Sotheby’s specialist team must pass the brand’s signature “three-glass” tasting guideline, meaning that the tasters must like it enough to want to drink three glasses, or the standard amount enjoyed when sharing a bottle.

The Sotheby’s Wine Store in New York City is located at 1334 York Avenue, and is open Monday through Friday from 10AM to 7PM and Saturday from 10AM to 6PM. Along with a retail location in Hong Kong Sotheby’s Wine also offers all bottles online, 24 hours, at

About Bowmore

Founded in 1779, Bowmore® is the oldest distillery on Islay.  Our maturation warehouse is the oldest in the world and our handcrafted single malt whisky is defined by time and inspired by its home place.

Time is defining at Bowmore® and we tirelessly harness the power of time to shape our whiskies. Our distillery’s adherence to traditional production methods helps to shape the character of our fruity and smoky single malts. Today, we are amongst one of a few 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 proximity to the sea is also vital in determining the final character of its spirit and gives a hint of sea air to the character. 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.

Matured in oak casks, previously used for bourbon, sherry or claret, over time 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 makes Bowmore the exceptional single malt it is today.

Time is marked on each and every bottle of Bowmore, proudly and boldly as a marker of where and when each one’s journey began.  This is our story of time. This is Bowmore; the Art of Time since 1779.

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 and

© 2020 Beam Suntory, Inc., Merchandise Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60654

Ardmore 13 Year Old 2011 Carn Mor at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Ardmore 13 Year Old 2011 Carn Mor

Beautiful presentation. Superb whisky. With a smokey touch for the peated whisky fans combining wonderfully with the sherry cask. Ardmore 9 Year Old 2011 vintage Highland single malt Scotch whisky. Matured in PX and Oloroso sherry casks bottled 2020 by Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers for the Strictly Limited series. 2020 bottles. MAXIMUM 1 BOTTLE PER CUSTOMER.

William Teacher’s son Adam Teacher established Ardmore Distillery in 1898 at Kennethmont in Scotland’s Highland whisky region. He selected an ideal site to the south of Huntly with a plentiful supply of soft highland water from springs on the hills to the north and peat to hand. With Kennethmont railway station on the Great North of Scotland Railway was right next door. Now equipped with eight stills and continuing to supply a large proportion of its malt whisky to blends, the official Ardmore single malt range, including Ardmore Taditional and Ardmore 12 year Port Wood, remains limited.

£46.57 / €51.91* / $51.30*

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