Archive for November, 2020





Hanyu Ichiro’s Full Card Series whisky from Club Qing

(Four of the 54 bottles)

Today at Bonhams Fine & Rare Wine and Whisky sale in Hong Kong, the Hanyu Ichiro ‘Full Card Series’ whisky of 54 bottles sold for a sweeping combined total of HK$11,890,360/ US$1,520,000, setting a new world auction record for a whisky series. The legendary set was previously a two-time world-record setter for the most expensive series of Japanese whisky at auction, also established by Bonhams in 2015 (for HK$3,797,500) and 2019 (for HK$7,192,000) respectively.

Daniel Lam, Bonhams’ Director of Wine & Spirits, Asia, commented: “Today, Japanese whisky set a new market high point. We are thrilled to establish yet another world auction record with the Hanyu ‘Full Card Series.’ The bidding for the 54 lots was spirited and global, with strong participation from young collectors under 40 years old. This fully demonstrates the universal appeal of whisky, and the deep market appetite for what is now ready to be one of the most collectable categories for the next generation.” 

Hanyu Distillery and the ‘Full Card Series’

Founded in 1941 by Isouji Akuto, a 19th generation descendant of a long line of sake brewers producing Scotch-style malt whisky, the Hanyu distillery ceased production in 2000. But not before Ichiro Akuto, grandson of Isouji, stepped in to secure the 400 premium whisky casks left from the distillery. An avid whisky lover like his grandfather, Ichiro personally selected the prized amber liquid to be bottled for each ‘card’ released between 2005 and 2014, ensuring that the Hanyu legend lives on.

The Club Qing Collection

On offer this time was the reputable collection from Club Qing, a world-acclaimed whisky bar in Hong Kong specialising in Japanese whisky and rare old Scotch whisky, founded by Mr. Aaron Chan in 2015. Over the past five years, this collection has been admired as a centerpiece in the bar and a destination piece by thousands of whisky aficionados from around the globe.

Mr. Aaron Chan formed his collection over a decade prior to the bar’s opening, sourcing each of the 54 bottles – including many ultra-rare first-editions – globally before they became available in the auction market.

Quick stats:

Hanyu Ichiro’s ‘Full Card Series’ whisky from the Club Qing Collection

·         All 54 lots 100% sold

·         Combined total: HK$11,890,360/ US$1,520,000

·         Pre-sale total estimate: HK$6,380,000-9,780,000

·         Four first-edition bottles far exceeded expectations:

o    Hanyu Ichiro’s Malt-King of Diamonds, 1 of 124 bottles Sold for HK$ 620,000. Estimate: HK$ 300,000 – 500,00.

o    Hanyu Ichiro’s Malt-Jack of Clubs, 1 of 124 bottles Sold for HK$ 744,000. Estimate: HK$ 250,000 – 350,000

o    Hanyu Ichiro’s Malt-Queen of Hearts, 1 of 125 bottles Sold for HK$ 682,000. Estimate: HK$250,000 – 350,000

o    Hanyu Ichiro’s Malt-Ace of Spades, 1 of 122 bottles Sold for HK$ 682,000. Estimate: HK$300,000 – 500,000

Fine and Rare Wine and Whisky Auction date: 20 – 21 NovemberAuction venue: Bonhams Hong Kong Saleroom, 20/F, One Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit

KAMIKI INTENSE WOOD has been awarded “BEST IN SHOW” from Sunset International Spirits Competition – Japanese Whisky News

KAMIKI INTENSE WOOD has been awarded “BEST IN SHOW” from Sunset International Spirits Competition.

Osaka, JAPAN, 23th November 2020, Kamiki Intense Wood whisky is awarded Best in Show in Luxury Japanese Whisky category, from one of the important international competitions which is sponsored by Sunset Magazine, the leading media brand of the Western lifestyle – Sunset International Spirits Competition 2020!

About.Kamiki Intense Wood Whisky

Kamiki INTENSE is an exclusive version of Kamiki ORIGINAL whisky has a smooth taste, complex flavor and driven by pure malted barley. There is no age statement on the product. It has been aged in oak barrels minimum of three years and second aged in non-charred local cedar casks longer than Kamiki ORIGINAL for bolder taste lovers.

For further information please visit

About Sunset International Spirits Competition 2020:

SUNSET Magazine, the leading media brand of the Western lifestyle, is the proud sponsor of the Sunset International Wine Competition and Sunset International Spirits Competition. For further information please visit:

Our Latest GlenAllachie Exclusive Single Cask is Here! – Abbey Whisky News

GlenAllachie Abbey Whisky Exclusive

Following on from our exclusive Daftmill release, we’re delighted to introduce the latest Abbey Whisky exclusive, a truly exceptional single malt from GlenAllachie distillery. Billy and his team have done incredible work producing some cracking drams over recent years and we’re incredibly proud to put our name to this single cask bottling, which in our humble opinion, is a beaut!


Abbey Whisky Ltd
Sorley’s Brae
Dollar, FK14 7AS
United Kingdom

Virginia Distillery 🥃 Journey Cask Caledonia: Release Date 11/30 – American Whiskey News

Journey Cask Caledonia: Release Date 11/30

The Journey Cask Collection is an opportunity to pay tribute to mentors who influenced the creation of Virginia Distillery Co. This year’s release honors Master Distiller Jim McEwan and his role in achieving distilling excellence.

Bottled at cask strength (62% ABV), Journey Cask Caledonia is a single cask offering, showcasing a heavier style, with depth of color and notes of dark toffee and crème brûlée. Only 144 bottles were produced of this specialty whisky from one of Islay’s most famous distilleries.

Caledonia is a limited distillery only release, available for shipping to addresses in the state of Virginia as well as curbside pickup. Bottles will be on sale through our website here beginning at 1:44pm ET on Monday, November 30th, 2020


Hart Brothers Old Pulteney 14 Year Old at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Old Pulteney 14 Year Old

TWB Festive Pick!

The classic salty coastal notes combined beautifully with sweet, fruity, spicy notes from the sherry butt maturation. Lovely stuff! Old Pulteney 14 Year Old 2006 vintage Highland single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask sherry butt distilled January 2006, bottled July 2020 by Hart Brothers. Pulteney Distillery was established by James Henderson in 1826 in the coastal town of Wick, Caithness. Pulteney is a Highland malt whisky distillery equipped with worm tubs to cool the spirit from its single pair of particularly short stills. Thomas Telford designed the lade which originally carried all the water into the distillery, and a fragment of his stone channel survives in the back yard. The Old Pulteney 12 Year Old, 17 Year Yld and 21 Year Old form the core range supported by Clipper and Navigator in the non-aged bottling series.

£102.76 / €115.63* / $114.15*

Ralfy “An apology to malt-mates”

An apology to malt-mates.

Whyte & Mackay goes the extra mile (or 50,000 miles!) – Scotch Whisky News

Whyte & Mackay goes the extra mile (or 50,000 miles!) to raise

£114,841 for mental health charities

Employees at Glasgow based Whyte & Mackay have completed a mammoth virtual adventure taking them around the world twice in aid of mental health charities.

A team of 200 employees walked, ran, rowed or cycled, totting up enough miles to go around the world twice. The challenge started in July with the initial goal to travel around the world only once. This week (6 October) the epic challenge drew to a close after the team clocked up 50,000 miles.

The challenge – Whyte & Mackay Cares – was inspired by the feats of Sir Captain Tom Moore, and has raised £114,841 for mental health charities around the world nominated by the team.

Employees based in Canada, USA, Mexico, Taiwan, Hong Kong, UAE, South Africa, Germany, France, Spain and Russia took part in the challenge alongside their UK-based colleagues to raise money for charity and support their colleagues through a challenging and uncertain time for everyone.

Nick Garland, for Whyte & Mackay said: “We’re incredibly proud of the team and pleased with the total fundraising figure from Whyte & Mackay Cares.

“The challenge came about as a way to bring the team together virtually and encourage people to stay physically and mentally healthy during a very uncertain time.

“Charities like SAMH have been providing vital support to people who have been struggling and we are delighted to go some way in helping this continue.”

Jo Anderson, Director of External Affairs at SAMH, said: “Lockdown and beyond has been such a difficult time for most, and for many people it has exacerbated challenges that they were already facing.

“We’d like to thank the whole team at Whyte & Mackay for their incredible fundraising efforts: they will really help us to continue to provide support to those in our communities who need it.” 

To mark the end of the challenge and on the week of World Mental Health Day, the team at Whyte & Mackay had a virtual event to bring everyone together and hand the cheque of £93,632 over to Billy Watson, Chief Executive at SAMH.

SAMH has a dedicated Coronavirus mental health information hub for anyone looking for help or support during the pandemic, which can be found on its website –

Find out more and look back on the team’s challenge by following them on Instagram @WhyteandMackayCares / #WhyteandMackayCares.

About Whyte & Mackay Group Ltd.

Whyte & Mackay was founded in Glasgow in 1844, and today celebrates its 175th anniversary with a multi-award-winning portfolio of brands which includes The Dalmore, Jura, Tamnavulin and Fettercairn whiskies alongside its namesake Whyte & Mackay Blended Whisky.

The award-winning whisky makers are proud partners of Flor de Caña, Camus and RumChata distributing their distinctive brands in the UK, while in recent years their focus on pioneering innovation has seen them reveal a plethora of brand extensions and new to world brands. From an exclusive 50 Year-Old Highland Single Malt from The Dalmore celebrating the career of Master Distiller Richard Paterson to a full range revamp on Jura. In the last twelve months, more than five new brands have been revealed, to name a few – Shackleton, Woodsman, and Wildcat, as well an independent boutique bottling arm The Whisky Works, fronted by whisky maker, Gregg Glass.

The global spirits business is headquartered in the heart of Glasgow, and employs over 500 people around the globe, across five international offices, five distilleries and a state-of-the-art bottling plant in Scotland.

Today, with the support of its owners Emperador Inc,. Whyte & Mackay is building a progressive, passionate and ambitious company for the future. Emperador is a subsidiary of Alliance Global Group, Inc (an international conglomerate listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange). 

About SAMH

Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity.   Today, in over 60 communities we work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others.  These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.

Visit or follow @SAMHTweets, SAMHmentalhealth on Facebook and samhscotland on Instagram for more information.

Stephen Rankin named among the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury – Scotch Whisky News

Stephen Rankin named among the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury

–Gordon & MacPhail’s Director of Prestige included in Walpole’s 2020 Power List–

An Elgin-based director of whisky creator Gordon & MacPhail has been honoured as one of the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury.

Stephen Rankin, the company’s Director of Prestige and fourth-generation member of the owning family, has been included in the 2020 Power List from Walpole – the official luxury sector body and widely regarded as ‘the home of British luxury’.

The list recognises the individuals and brands who despite enormous challenges throughout 2020, have continued to deliver success in the luxury sector.

For Gordon & MacPhail, celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, the recent highlight has been the launch of four extremely rare and unique commemorative whiskies released to honour the Elgin company’s milestone.

Alongside the four commemorative whiskies, Gordon & MacPhail has also launched a new film serialisation charting the company’s 125-year story. The ‘Chapters’ series of five short films includes personal reflections from over 20 contributors, including fellow Walpole Power List honourees Conor O’Leary, managing director of Gleneagles, Simon Cotton, CEO of Johnstons of Elgin and Knut Wylde, general manager of The Berkeley hotel.

The short film series can be viewed at

Stephen Rankin said: “It’s an honour to be named one of the country’s most influential people in luxury. I’m in great company among some of the industry’s greatest – some of whom I’m proud to call friends.

“It’s particularly poignant to be recognised in such an important year for Gordon & MacPhail, as we celebrate over a century in whisky creation. Despite challenging circumstances, the whole team and I are proud to continue our pursuit of whisky perfection for people to enjoy all over the world.”

Walpole acknowledged Stephen’s role in bringing the company’s history, heritage and whiskies to life in entertaining ways, stating: “With over 20 years’ experience in the world of Single Malt (as well as Wine and Spirits), Stephen Rankin’s contribution to the industry was recognised in in 2019 when he was made a Master of the Quaich: the highest honour possible in the Whisky industry.

“Alongside fellow family members and colleagues, Stephen has contributed to the growth of the 125-year-old family firm Gordon & MacPhail, and the release of some of the rarest and most iconic whiskies in the world. His work today is focused on engaging with consumers around the world, and bringing to life the wonderful story of Gordon & MacPhail through their truly unique and rare portfolio of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.”


About Gordon & MacPhail Whiskies

For over 125 years, Gordon & MacPhail has been driven by a simple mission: to create single malt Scotch whisky of exceptional quality.

Through four generations of family ownership, the company has matched spirit from over 100 Scottish distilleries to its own bespoke casks.

It is this unique depth and breadth of experience that enables Gordon & MacPhail to combine oak, spirit and time to create a portfolio of iconic whiskies found nowhere else in the world.

  • ‘Discovery’ – This flavour-led range is the perfect introduction to our portfolio of quality single malt Scotch whiskies
  • ‘Distillery Labels’ – A range celebrating our long-standing relationships with Scotland’s distilleries
  • Connoisseurs Choice’ – The heart of our portfolio. Always unique, these non-chill-filtered, natural coloured, small batch expressions are genuine one-offs.
  • ‘Private Collection’ – Greatly-aged single malts from celebrated, little-known, or closed distilleries specially selected by members of the Urquhart family
  • Generations’ – A prestigious collection of old, rare, and exclusive masterpieces

Bowmore® Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Aston Martin Unveil First Collaboration with Introduction of BLACK BOWMORE® DB5 1964 – Scotch Whisky News

Bowmore® Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Aston Martin Unveil First Collaboration with Introduction of


1964 Provides Inspiration to Showcase Craftsmanship and Innovation

to Unite Bowmore and Aston Martin

Islay, Scotland (November 20, 2020) Bowmore®, the oldest licensed distillery on Scotland’s isle of Islay, and Aston Martin have unveiled their first collaborative creation: Black Bowmore DB5 1964.  This striking concept brings together an iconic whisky and a legendary car in a bottle of equal parts, featuring exceptional single malt and a genuine Aston Martin DB5 piston.

With only 25 bottles for sale, this exceptionally rare 31-Year-Old Black Bowmore DB5 1964 is a celebration of time and a definitive moment in history for both Bowmore and Aston Martin. It is also a celebration of shared values and passions, as it showcases great innovation and invention.

A beautifully inspiring masterpiece, this unique, handcrafted vessel houses an equally exceptional Black Bowmore single malt. The significance of 1964 is paramount, as it represents a truly defining era of evolution for both Bowmore and Aston Martin.

For Bowmore, 1964 is arguably one of the most significant points in the distillery’s 240-year history. The arrival of a new boiler allowed the distillery to enter the modern age of distilling, as coal fires made way for steam in heating the stills. It was the first distillation from this new boiler that produced the spirit which was to become the iconic Black Bowmore, a sublimely rich and decadent single malt reflected in awe-inspiring deep darkness.

First distilled on November 5, 1964, Black Bowmore has become one of the rarest and most sought-after single malt whiskies ever created. This latest release represents only the sixth bottling of this exquisite single malt. Since 1993, there have only been approximately six thousand bottles of Black Bowmore made available, thus adding to the desirability of this iconic whisky.

David Turner, Distillery Manager at Bowmore commented, “1964 represents a significant date in the modern history of the distillery. Not only a key moment in how we distilled our spirit, but perhaps even more significant as this very spirit went onto create Black Bowmore. These defining moments are fundamental to the history of Bowmore. This collaboration with Aston Martin has allowed us to once again showcase this iconic single malt in the most incredible way.”

For Aston Martin, this was the era of their most iconic car. Launched in 1963 to considerable acclaim, the Aston Martin DB5 is now widely regarded as ‘the most famous car in the world’, not least by virtue of its links to the world’s most celebrated secret agent in 1964.

On its debut, the DB5 represented a subtle but important evolution over its immediate predecessor, the DB4 Series 5, not least by virtue of an increase in engine capacity to 4.0-litres. This of course made the DB5 that much more of a sporting saloon which, combined with its exceptional styling, helped it to become one of the most desirable and admired sports cars of its generation. Sir David Brown, the then owner of Aston Martin Lagonda and the man who gave his initials to the ‘DB’ lineage, said of the car: “I believe it is the essential character of the DB5, and its ability to perform perfectly in all conditions, that makes this car so intensely satisfying to own.” It is this relentless pursuit of power with purpose that still helps to define the appeal of Aston Martin today.

Marek Reichman, Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda, said: “This exciting new association with Bowmore gives us the perfect opportunity to celebrate a vital part of our star-studded history by combining the unrivalled appeal of the iconic DB5 with the cultured flavours of this world-renowned single malt.”

In keeping with a commitment to true craftsmanship, the Black Bowmore DB5 bottle itself is handcrafted by Glasstorm, a bespoke contemporary glass studio, based in North East Scotland. With more than 50 years of glass design, sculpting and creative expertise, each bottle took up to one week to complete, reflecting the continued thread of attention to detail and skill which defines this collaboration.

Black Bowmore DB5 1964 is presented in a handmade presentation box, itself a work of art. Inspired by the distillery’s coastal home, the deep blue color and wave embossing evoke a true sense of place. Created from the finest string-grain calfskin, featuring a custom solid brass latch and hinges, plated with nickel, reflective of the DB5.

The partners are set to unveil a series of collaborative projects and products over the coming months and years, ranging from exceptional experiences to design-led product initiatives with the goal of offering fans of the brands, across a broad spectrum, the opportunities to connect with the partnership.

As world class luxury brands Bowmore and Aston Martin urge consumers never to drink and drive. Drink Smart® messaging will be integrated into all brand activations around the partnership; while the dedicated Drink Smart® platform ensures communication with legal-purchase age adults about making informed, responsible choices.

Black Bowmore DB5 1964 will be available from late Autumn 2020 with a suggested retail price of $65,000.

Tasting Notes: Black Bowmore DB5 1964, 31 Years Old – 49.6% ABV

Aged for 31 years exclusively in Williams & Humbert Walnut Brown Oloroso Sherry Butt

On the eye: Deep obsidian black

Breathe in: Layers of ripe exotic fruits and creme caramel. As time moves on soft tobacco smoke, aromatic orange peel and rich black cherry come to the fore 

Taste: Intense flavors of mango, passion fruit and acacia honey interwoven with a powerful combination of coffee and tobacco smoke

Savor: A wonderfully long and decadent finish with tropical fruits and spice, defining more than 240 years of craftsmanship  


Aston Martin Lagonda is a luxury automotive group focused on the creation of exclusive cars and SUVs. The iconic Aston Martin brand fuses the latest technology, exceptional hand craftsmanship and timeless design to produce models including the Vantage, DB11, DBS Superleggera and the new SUV, DBX.  Based in Gaydon, England, Aston Martin Lagonda designs, creates and exports cars which are sold in 51 countries around the world.

Lagonda was founded in 1899 and Aston Martin in 1913. The two brands came together in 1947 when both were purchased by the late Sir David Brown. 


Founded in 1779, Bowmore® is the oldest licensed 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 savored 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.

Bowmore USA domestic product range: Bowmore 12 Year Old, 15 Year Old, 18 Year Old and 25 Year Old.; Facebook | Twitter | Instagram: BOWMORE

About Beam Suntory Inc.

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

Give the gift of time this Christmas with Glengoyne – Scotch Whisky News

We understand that everyone has their own unique characteristics which make them special; it’s the same for our whiskies. That’s why we’ve put together this gifting guide to help you choose the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Whichever gift you choose though, remember that we are Scotland’s most Unhurried whisky distillery. That means that when you give Glengoyne this Christmas, you’ll be giving the gift of time.



Give the whisky lover you know the gift of time with the three 20cl bottles Time Capsule gift set, each whisky is packed with complex, fruity flavours. Start with the lemon zest and toffee apples of our 12 Year Old. Then work your way up to spicy vanilla fruit, ripe apples and a rich, luxurious mouthfeel of the 18 Year Old  – it’s practically made for this time of year.



For the first time this year we have our very own fully recyclable gift wrapping paper and tag. So, let our distillery team take care of the gift wrapping with your chosen gift while you take the time to reward yourself…..



We’ve teamed up again with John Lowrie Morrison OBE to release a seasonal Glengoyne jigsaw. This beautiful item is available for £10 when purchased with a 70cl bottle priced below £100 or is free of charge with the purchase of a 70cl bottle priced above £100.


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