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Chicago’s Hometown Spirits Company Donates Hand Sanitizer During Covid-19

Chicago’s Hometown Spirits Company Donates Hand Sanitizer During Covid-19

April 16, 2020 (CHICAGO) – Chicago-based Beam Suntory donated 2,000 gallons of its hand sanitizer to support local medical professionals, first responders and health facilities combatting COVID-19 in Illinois. Beam Suntory will continue to work closely with public officials to understand the most urgent needs and supply this critical product as available.

“Everyone at Beam Suntory is grateful to all those working so tirelessly on the front lines to protect our communities, and we’re proud to support their efforts,” said Albert Baladi, President and CEO at Beam Suntory. “Chicago thrives when neighbors support neighbors, and that’s helped inspire our team to rapidly repurpose part of our operations to produce hand sanitizer so that we can help meet the urgent needs of our city.”

Beam Suntory has also donated hand sanitizer to first responders, medical professionals, and other essential service providers in Kentucky. The company has adapted the pilot plant within its Global Innovation Center in Clermont, Kentucky into a space that safely and efficiently meets the stringent demands of producing FDA-approved hand sanitizer.

“In an unprecedented public health emergency, it’s critical that our community comes together to create a united front. When Beam Suntory reached out to my office about shifting their production to hand sanitizer, I was glad to connect its team with local hospitals and first responders,” said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. “I’m grateful that organizations like Beam Suntory are adapting during this time of crisis to support our community and Chicagoans battling coronavirus on the front lines.”

“COVID-19 has absolutely disrupted our lives in Chicago; however; I am appreciative of the local philanthropic and business community, like Beam Suntory, via their donation of hand sanitizer to be used by first responders and medical personal on the front lines of treatment to our infected citizens.  I continue to encourage all to give as much as you can to those right now that need it the most,” said U.S. Representative Danny K. Davis.

“Beam Suntory’s actions support countless Chicagoans working day and night to fight this disease and demonstrate the vitally important role Chicago businesses play in our City’s response to this crisis and our future recovery,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “I am grateful for our hometown company’s partnership during this difficult time, and look forward to Beam Suntory and its employees continuing to thrive in Chicago for years to come.”

In addition to hand sanitizer production, Beam Suntory has donated $1 million to the United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) and the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation in partnership with Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits. These organizations provide critical support for the bar and restaurant community by providing financial aid and other resources for workers who are most impacted by COVID-19. The company’s Maker’s Mark brand has also partnered with the LEE Initiative to expand its restaurant worker relief program to cities including Chicago.

Beam Suntory’s hand sanitizer donation is just the most recent example of the company’s commitment to Chicago. The company is partnering with City Colleges of Chicago to develop beverage management concentrations at the Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute. Classes are expected to begin this fall. Beam Suntory also partnered with the Friends of the Chicago River to improve conditions in local forest preserves and along the Chicago River, including near Beam Suntory’s global headquarters at the Mart.

You can learn more about Beam Suntory’s international donations and commitments during COVID-19 by visiting its website: and following the company on Twitter: @beamsuntory or LinkedIn:

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

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Shop Old Particular at Milroys of Soho – Scotch Whisky News

The Old Particular Collection

Here at Milroys we have always loved the rare, unusual and special one off cask. Douglas Laing delivers that on multiple levels by finding the those dark corners in warehouses across Scotland where those whisky gems hide. Here are some of those gems from the Old Particular range, reviewed by our very own Soho whisky bar team.

Eddy on Inchgower 21

“Oh this Inchgower 21 is like an old friend visiting, bringing with it so many memories? I remember the first time we had this in the bar, it got a lots of attention, no wonder ! It’s sweet, gentle and elegant full of Speyside character is all what you want in a old and well matured dram. I once had a gentleman that kept refusing samples of different whiskies based on colour and label, so after the 3rd refusal I decided to give him a taste of this, but blinding the label and its colour. He was overwhelmed as he described it as of honey and ice cream. He a bought a bottle on the spot. For me this is one of those distilleries that you don’t get your hands on easily, Douglas Laing should be thanked for such a pleasure.”

Katie on Caol Ila 14

This 14 year old unpeated – yes, unpeated Caol Ila! – makes for a treat for Caol Ila fans, or those looking for a gentle Islay sip. This has all the gentle earthy and ozone notes of usual Caol Ila without any smoke, resulting in a deliciously umami and elegant character. Vanilla, lemon zest, black tea and ginger are some of many exotic notes to be found here. Now, if only we were drinking it on an Islay beach.

Jason on Jura 12

This Jura was left to mature in an ex-refill bourbon barrel. Subtle hints of dried fruit, citrus, vanilla, with spice on the back end which has only been enhanced by sherried fruitiness, and just a hint of smoke like a spent memory of childhood camp fires.

Some tend to pass it by because of it’s pale straw colour, well, I see that as challenge. Grabbing the bottle and putting it right in front of the them so they can get a good look at it, their face changing, eyes brows coming down and chin boss going up in the usual expression of ‘I’m not sure about this one’, by this time I already have a glass in my hand ready to pour a small taste. They try it. I win.

In this line of work you come across a lot of Independent bottling’s that make you wonder why the distillery doesn’t follow suit. Douglas Laing just get it right. A lot.

Frankie on Braeval 18

Braeval Distillery, also known as Braes of Glenlivet, one of the highest distillery in Scotland – (355m above sea level). I guess not many people heard of this distillery as most of their spirit distilled goes for blending primarily into Chivas Blends, and you may see some independent bottlers bottled as single cask sometimes. I still remembered the first time when I tried this dram, It reminded me one of my fall road trip in Japan. I was taking a break at a tea house, enjoying some spiced biscuits and buttery jam toast in the mountain forest with the lovely woody dry leaves smell surrounding me.


The Good Dram Show – Episode 360 ‘Bellevoye Blended French Malt Whisky’ – French Whisky News

Welcome to this weeks episode of the show. Today I’m looking at the Bellevoye range of blended French malt whiskies.

Episode 360

Distillery Focus: Smooth Ambler at Hard To Find Whisky – American Whiskey News

Founded in 2009, Smooth Ambler Spirits produce small batch, artisan American whiskies in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia. Set among historic mountains and rich earth, Smooth Ambler pulls the best ingredients from the region – real mountain water and locally grown grain.

Curated by a truly dedicated team, Smooth Ambler whiskies are known as much for bold yet balanced flavour as they are for pride of place. It’s easy to see why each and every whiskey is best enjoyed one slow sip at a time. Delicious flavours, accessible and easy-drinking, these whiskeys are meant to be savoured and enjoyed!


Scotch Malt Whisky Society May 2020 Outturn Alert – Scotch Whisky News

May First Friday is around the corner, and we’re inviting you to unleash your wild side to celebrate the wonderful diversity of both our whisky and our members. Flock over to the website and explore the new Outturn ahead of Friday’s release, where you’ll find bottlings from all 12 flavour profiles as well as three colourful festival casks.


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video


Buffalo Trace Distillery Releases Experimental Wheat Bourbon – American Whiskey News

Buffalo Trace Distillery Releases

Experimental Wheat Bourbon

Bourbon Aged Four Years, Cut with Water, Aged Eight More Years

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (April 23, 2020) Buffalo Trace Distillery is releasing its first experimental whiskey for 2020, a wheat recipe bourbon aged for four years, cut with water, then re-barreled and left to age for another eight years.

The barrel, filled with Buffalo Trace’s wheat mash recipe and entered into the barrel at 114 proof, was put away to age in one new barrel on Dec. 10, 2007. After four years of aging in Warehouse C the barrel was removed, the bourbon was cut with water to lower it down to 100 proof, and then put back into the same barrel and left to age another eight years in the same warehouse.

Although unusual to interrupt the aging process, the distilling team at Buffalo Trace is pleased with the results.  “We’ve always known water was a necessary component in making whiskey,” stated Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley. “This experiment helped us to understand how important a role water actually plays in whiskey production.  The result of this experiment led us to a bourbon that is actually one of my favorite experiments.”

Wheatley describes this bourbon as having a “nose that is sweet and floral, with notes of oak, vanilla, and a bit of leather. There’s a really smooth creamy mouthfeel here.  The taste is a pleasing balance of butterscotch, honey, and wood with a crisp finish.”

This is the 23rd  experimental release from Buffalo Trace Distillery, having started with its first experimental release in 2006. In total, there are more than 25,000 experimental  barrels of whiskey aging in the warehouses of Buffalo Trace Distillery, the largest number of experimental barrels ever held in inventory at the National Historic Landmark Distillery, and most likely the world. Each experimental barrel has unique characteristics that differentiate them in distinct ways. Some examples of experiments include unique mash bills, types of wood, and different barrel toasts. Buffalo Trace also has an experimental warehouse, Warehouse X, which is designed to explore the extent of environmental influences on the flavor profiles of whiskey.

The Experimental Collection is packaged in 375ml bottles, and each label includes all the pertinent information unique to that barrel of whiskey. These whiskeys retail for approximately $46.99 each and will be available in May.  Experimental Collection releases are generally quite small and have limited availability.

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 35 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” and its William Larue Weller and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac were named 2nd and 3rd finest whiskeys in the world, respectively, in the “Jim Murray Whiskey Bible 2020.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 1,000 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit

Diageo Celebrating World Water Day 2020 – Whisky News

Water is our most important ingredient, but is also a precious shared resource which is coming under increasing pressure in many parts of the world. Water is essential to our production processes and used widely throughout our value chain. It is vital to ecosystems, local economies, communities in which we live and work, and especially to grow the crops we use. Managing our impact on water, and being good stewards of this resource, is our highest environmental priority.

The Whisky Shop “Take £15 off our Inchmurrin Single Cask”  🥃 – Scotch Whisky News

We want to thank you! 

We hugely appreciate your custom and support during these difficult times. To say thank you, we’re offering you £15 off our exclusive Inchmurrin 2004 Single Cask with online discount code thankyou15.

As well as £15 off, you’ll receive a free gift of Loch Lomond whisky tumblers with your order!

A single malt distilled at Loch Lomond Distillery, Inchmurrin spirit is light and fruity, becoming more floral and grassy during maturation. Distilled in November 2004, this particular expression was matured in a single French oak barrel for 15 years and bottled in December 2019 at a natural cask strength of 54.6% abv. Highly exclusive, just 393 bottles exist!

The thankyou15 code is valid for one use per customer on our exclusive Inchmurrin Single Cask only, until Sunday, 31st May (and while stocks last). Simply enter the code at check out, whether you are registered with us or not.

Buying gifts for friends? Feel free to purchase multiple bottles, with £15 taken off each one.

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Independent Bottler Focus – That Boutique-y Whisky Company at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

That Boutique-y Whisky Company is a multi-award-winning independent bottler established in 2012, bottling exceptional single malts, blended malts, blended whiskies, grain whiskies, bourbons and more from around the globe. These whiskies are small batch, expertly sourced and adorned with cultish graphic novel style labels! On a mission to open up the big world of whisky, TBWC was named Brand Innovator of the Year at Icons of Whisky Awards 2020.


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