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Wine Warehouse Selected as California Distributor for Virginia Distillery Company – American Whiskey News

Wine Warehouse Selected as California Distributor for Virginia Distillery Company 

LOVINGSTON, Va. – Virginia Distillery Company, the largest independently owned American Single Malt distillery in the United States, is pleased to announce Wine Warehouse as their California distributor.

“As a family-owned whisky producer, we’re proud to be working with Wine Warehouse, a multi-generational, family-owned and operated company dedicated to supporting boutique brands,” said Virginia Distillery Company’s CEO Gareth H. Moore. “Our Courage & Conviction line sets a new standard for American whisky and now Californians will have access to each expression, as well as our VHW series through our partnership with Wine Warehouse.”

Virginia Distillery Company produces a few thousand cases of their award-winning whiskies annually, including their flagship American single malt Courage & Conviction. Aged a minimum of three years, Courage & Conviction is distilled on-site using 100% North American malted barley and mountain spring-fed water. The flagship whisky is matured in old world sherry casks, traditional bourbon barrels and re-coopered cuvée wine casks which adds intensity and complexity to the spirit. The distillery released solo bottlings of each Courage & Conviction cask this spring.

In addition, the distillery offers the award-winning VHW series, made with 100% malted barley. Showcasing both Old and New World whisky-making, the award-winning line marries whisky made on-site in Virginia with whisky from Scotland.

“The U.S. is making some amazing single malts and the category is on a great trajectory,” said Wine Warehouse’s director of spirits Brandon Bartlett. “We’re honored to have this amazing lineup of whiskies to add to our portfolio of premium spirits at Wine Warehouse. We’ve had our eye on Virginia Distillery Company for a while and this is the perfect time to bring our houses together.”

For more information about the distillate and cask data for each batch of Courage & Conviction, as well as bottling and process information for consumers, visit

For more information about Wine Warehouse, visit

For more information about Virginia Distillery Company, visit

About Virginia Distillery Company

Staffed by a local Virginia team mentored by Scottish consultants with decades of experience, Virginia Distillery Company is the largest dedicated American Single Malt whisky distillery in the U.S. The distillery has a current annual production volume of 80,000 4.5L cases and growing. At full capacity, the distillery can produce over 8,000 casks yielding 350,000 4.5L cases annually. The distillery produces Courage & Conviction American Single Malt on-site using malted barley from North America and water from Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. In addition, the distillery offers the award-winning VHW series, made with 100% malted barley. Showcasing both Old and New World whisky-making, the award-winning line marries whisky made on-site in Virginia with whisky from Scotland.



A Nippon Whisky Collection online-only sale returns with fresh-to-market editions from the early years of the ‘big eight’ Japanese distilleries 

A cask of Macallan-1991-#21429-18/029/1
Distilled 12th December 1991 at the Macallan Distillers Limited, Craigellachie.

Estimate: HK$3,200,000-4,000,000

For many whisky aficionados, owning a cask of whisky was once perhaps the pinnacle of their collecting journey. But as the market matures and collectors explore wider possibilities, whisky casks are now accepted by many even at the early stage of forming their collection. Old casks, especially from prestigious distilleries, are extremely rare, but a prime “all-rounder” example – a 30-year-old Macallan 1991 whisky cask – is appearing at Bonhams Fine and Rare Whisky sale in Hong Kong on 20 August.

Distilled by Macallan in December 1991, the cask was re-racked in 2017 with sherry. Sherry is the preferred choice of wood to give whisky a unique impact of clove, resin, dried fruit and tannin – a sweet palate which most drinkers will find approachable. Its high alcohol content at around 51.5% ABV makes it a highly desirable choice for both long-term collecting and for eventually yielding around 202 bottles for enjoyment. The cask carries an estimate of HK$3,200,000-4,000,000, which translates into a competitive per-bottle price at about HK$14,800.

Daniel Lam, Bonhams Director of Wine and Spirits, Asia, commented: “Whisky casks hitting 30 years old or above are exceedingly rare in the current market. This 1991 Macallan cask on offer in our August sale is an all-rounder of its class: it comes from a prestigious distillery, is casked in top-notch wood, a high alcohol content, and an attractive estimate. We expect a lot of interest as the market now matures towards collecting casks.”

Bonhams currently holds the world auction record for a whisky cask. A rare 30-year whisky sherry hogshead cask from Macallan Distillery achieved HK$4,464,000/ US$572,000 at Bonhams Fine and Rare Wine and Whisky sale on 15 November 2019.


After a 100% “white-glove” achievement in March, the online-only sale of A Nippon Whisky Collection returns from 26 July to 2 August on Around 50 lots strong, the sale spotlights a range of fresh-to-market whiskies from the very early years of the eight most internationally-sought-after Japanese distilleries, namely Karuizawa, Hanyu, Yamazaki, Hakushu, Yamazakura, Miyagikyo, Yoichi and Saburomaru. Highlights include:

(From left to right)

·         山崎 Yamazaki-Noblesse Oblige-25 year old. Est. HK$60,000-80,000.

·         山崎 Yamazaki-1984-20th Anniversary of WakuWaku. Est. HK$38,000-50,000.

·         余市 Yoichi-1976-15 year old-#126121. Est. HK$20,000-26,000.

·         Ichiro’s Malt Pulse・Moment-律動・刹那. Est. HK$30,000-40,000.

Sale: Fine and Rare Whisky 20 August 202120/F, One Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Sale: “A Nippon Whisky Collection” Online-only Sale 26 July – 2 August

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

The Whisky.Auction August 2021 Preview – Whisky Auction News


Gems from Japan.
A selection of outstanding Japanese whiskies in our August sale.



Old, rare and discontinued malts feature in our upcoming auction.


Scotch Malt Whisky Society FIND YOUR PERFECT PARTNER – Scotch Whisky News


As we head into August, we will be exploring the art of whisky and food pairings, but in typical Society fashion – we’ll be focusing on a more unconventional menu with which to match your Society drams.

While you will have to wait a bit longer before we tantalise you with the culinary creations, we are releasing five preview casks from the August Outturn today to whet your appetite.


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


Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old 1975 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old 1975

Single PX sherry hogshead from the second release of the single cask series under the stewardship of Billy Walker back in 2015. 205 numbered bottles. Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old 1975 vintage batch 2 Highland single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask Pedro Ximenez Sherry Hogshead #3171 bottled September 2015. 205 bottles. Nose: Cocoa dusted figs and dates combine with cinnamon and gentle white pepper to give a delicate warmth. Palate: Gentle waves of dark toffee flow over rich fruit cake and orange peel. An intriguing cigar box spice note on the delicately sherried palate.

Glenglassaugh Distillery is a Highland malt whisky distillery situated at Sandend Bay near Portsoy on the Banffshire coast with views north over the Moray Firth and the North Sea and is one of just a very few truly coastal Highland malt whisky distilleries. Glenglassaugh Distillery was established by James Moir and opened in 1875. This distillery was substantially re-built in 1959 and re-opened in 1960 only to close in 1986. However, Glenglassaugh was back in production in December 2008 and is now owned by Brown Forman of America.

Shop – Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old 1975

Scotch Whisky Auctions “122nd live and in full swing!” – Whisky Auction News

The temperature here in Scotland may be dropping but things are hotting up in our 122nd Auction. Ending Sunday 1st August –  don’t lose your bottle!

New releases this month are plentiful, from the Macallan Concept No.3, Ardbeg 8 Year Old For Discussion and plenty of Lindores to be had.

Fresh in from Campbeltown is Springbank’s Hand Filled Distillery Exclusives. Call us biased but these are sure to be tasty and of course cask strength!


Big Peat is a small batch vatted Islay malt whisky from Douglas Laing: a shovelful of Islay single malt Scotch whiskies including those distilled at Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore, and Port Ellen, with each bringing different qualities to the blend. 

Buy it now in auction 122 with no additional buyers premium.

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We continue to offer free doorstep collections for over 10 bottles or collectively worth a minimum of £1000. Contact us to find out more and check availability. Collection requests can be made here.

The Good Dram Show – Episode 424 ‘Character of Islay Whisky Company’ – Scotch Whisky News

Welcome to this weeks episode of the show in which I’ll be taking a look at the Character of Islay Whisky Company’s range of bottlings.



Enhancing The Award-Winning Yamazaki Collection 

The new Yamazaki 25 Single Malt Whisky captures the depth, complexity, and treasure  

of a quarter century of Yamazaki 

Chicago, IL (July 26, 2021) – With the launch of the reformulated Yamazaki® 25 Single Malt Whisky, the House of Suntory honors the birthplace of Japanese whisky, capturing and celebrating the pioneering roots of one of the world’s greatest whiskies. Yamazaki 25 Single Malt Whisky is blended from rare whiskies aged over a quarter of a century in the place Shinjiro Torii chose to begin the illustrious journey of Japanese whisky.  

Fifth generation Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo has returned to the roots of what made Yamazaki quintessentially Yamazaki. Yamazaki Single Malt celebrates the profound spirit of its soul place – deep, complex and multi-layered with fruit and Mizunara notes. For Fukuyo, Yamazaki 25 was a journey in rediscovering what is Yamazaki, the pioneer of Japanese Whisky. Now, Yamazaki 12, Yamazaki 18 and the reformulated Yamazaki 25 all contain carefully blended liquid components aged in American oak, Spanish oak and Japanese Mizunara oak.

“My inspiration for Yamazaki 25 was the Yamazaki 1984 statement that was awarded the ultimate recognition of the Supreme Champion Spirit at the International Spirits Challenge in 2010,” said Shinji Fukuyo. “We went back to the key component whiskies of Yamazaki. We deliberately chose to feature the depth and profound nature of the notable Japanese Mizunara Oak. For in its meticulous balance with the American and Spanish Oak, Yamazaki’s signature multi-layered taste profile and complex aroma is accentuated.” 

Yamazaki means “mountain cape” originating from the two Japanese characters⼭(yama – mountain) and崎 (saki – cape), referencing its unique geographic location –  surrounded by a range of forest covered mountains. Since 1923, Yamazaki Distillery has been globally acclaimed as Japan’s first and oldest malt distillery. Nestled proudly on the periphery of Kyoto, the area around Yamazaki Distillery has been long referred to as “Minaseno” famous for its exquisite natural water, even mentioned in the Man’yoshu, the ancient anthology of Japanese poetry. Home to Sen no Rikyu, Master of “The Way of Tea” and his renowned “Rikyu no Mizu” (water of the imperial villa), the waters of Yamazaki are selected by the nation’s Ministry of Environment as one of Japan’s one hundred best natural mineral waters.

In 1984, following the pioneering spirit of Shinjiro Torii, second generation Master Blender Keizo Saji introduced Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky to commemorate the 60 years since the first drop of whisky was made at the Yamazaki distillery. Since then, Yamazaki has continuously paved the way for Japanese whisky. In  2003, Yamazaki was the first Japanese whisky to be awarded the Gold Medal at the International Spirits Challenge. Today, Yamazaki is embraced as one of the best single malts of the world, with Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 being awarded the World’s Best Whisky in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2015. This year, 18 years after receiving its first Gold Medal, the reformulated Yamazaki 25 again received a Gold Medal from the 2021 International Spirits Challenge.

The new Yamazaki 25 enhances the award-winning Yamazaki collection, consistently showcasing the House of Suntory’s diversity of making and art of aging. Meticulously composed of rare malt whiskies, all aged over 25 years in American, Spanish and Mizunara Oak casks, this masterpiece single malt embraces a complex flavor profile highlighting dried-fruit aromas, balanced with hints of tart and subtle sweetness, all enveloped in its signature, noble, sandalwood bouquet of Mizunara casks, for a deep and lingering finish.

Fukuyo suggests Yamazaki 25 to be enjoyed neat in your favorite whisky glass to savor your special moments.

Reformulated Yamazaki 25: Tasting Notes 

COLOR: Amber

NOSE: Mizunara spiced notes of incense, followed by a complex bouquet of dried kaki persimmon and satsuma orange notes.

PALATE: Mizunara sandalwood notes that open and deepen into complex layers of dried kaki persimmon subtle sweetness, tart yuzu notes with gentle shoga ginger spicy notes

FINISH: Profound long finish of Mizunara spiced subtly sweet and tart wood notes that remain with lingering smoky accents.

The bottle label is 100% handcrafted mulberry Echizen paper produced via a slow process of drying on wood boards (a traditional Japanese method).

Yamazaki 25 Single Malt Whisky is presented at 43% alcohol by volume (86 proof) with a suggested retail price of $2,000.00 (750ml).


Since 1923, Suntory has been renowned as the pioneer of Japanese whisky for its House of Master Blenders and for their Art of Blending. The founding father of Japanese whisky Shinjiro Torii built Japan’s first malt whisky distillery in Yamazaki, and the Suntory legacy continued with Torii’s son, Keizo Saji, Suntory’s second master blender who continued to establish distilleries including the Hakushu distillery. As the generations of Suntory’s master blenders carry on, Suntory Whisky remains committed to heritage and innovation. The House of Suntory Whisky has been named four-time Distiller of the Year at the International Spirits Challenge in London, UK (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014). Most recently in 2021, The House of Suntory was named Japanese Distiller of the Year.

Suntory Whiskies are subtle, refined and complex. The portfolio includes two single malt whiskies:  Yamazaki—Japan’s N°1 Single Malt, multi-layered and profound, Hakushu—verdant, fresh, and delicately smoky; and two blends: the noble blend, Hibiki—Japan’s most highly awarded blended whisky and Suntory Whisky Toki.                @suntorywhisky                     #suntorywhisky 


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 On The Rocks Premium Cocktails.

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

Brothers Smuggle Whisky Across The Corryvreckan – 1st August – Scotch Whisky News

The Māori brothers founded Whisky and Waves, an ocean awareness charity, to call attention to the vulnerability of the earth’s beautiful waterways. They united on creating a campaign that would encourage a wider global responsibility for overfishing, poaching and environmental waste which have all destroyed marine populations and polluted the seas. The pair felt a special calling to work with Sea Shepherd on this project, whose charity work includes protecting Maui’s dolphins endemic to New Zealand. Teaming up with Signatory, one of the UK’s largest independent whisky bottlers, the drams will be used to create bespoke cask whiskies, which will be sold later this year to raise money to help protect and conserve New Zealand’s waters.

Des McCagherty of Signatory Vintage commented:“Signatory is delighted to be working with Whisky & Waves on their latest charity swim. The whole team have nothing but admiration for Nick, Alex and all the other swimmers as they once again take on such a challenging swim, in aid of such a worthy cause as Sea Shepherd. We are proud to be a part of the creation of a unique whisky, with the profits going to an international campaign to help protect the world’s oceans.”

The brothers now based in the UK both work in the new world whisky scene. Nick is the Managing Director for Edinburgh’s innovative Holyrood Distillery, whilst Alex is Head of Events for Atom Brands, whose clients include the famous independent whisky bottling brand Boutique-y Whisky Company. Both working in the drinks industry, the pair decided to tackle the global water problem in the sphere of whisky and in 2019 already raised $11,000 for Sea Shepherd.

Shelter Point’s Newest Whisky Release “Single Cask 7” – Canadian Whisky News

Shelter Point’s newest release

“Single Cask #7”

Single Cask #7
The Taste of Islay

New Peated Single Cask Shelter Point Release! Attention Shelter Point Fans: As of right now, you can visit and purchase a bottle of our 7th ever Single Cask Release.

This one-of-a-kind cask contained both unmalted single grain barley and malted wheat, both matured in ex-bourbon American oak before a marriage and 18-month finish in a unique Quarter Cask from the infamous Isle of Islay. The resulting whisky is a rich and peat-laden punch of remarkable Shelter Point whisky, presented at full cask strength.

This smaller cask produced an extremely limited run of less than 150 bottles, and this is an Online Exclusive release that won’t be sold in stores. Guaranteed to sell out extremely quickly, so claim yours before it’s all gone!

As a bonus bit of fun and trivia about this release, we had some help from our good friend Rob at YouTube’s Whisky in The 6, who helped us narrow down the selection from a range of samples we sent his way earlier this year. He absolutely picked a winner!

Cheers and thanks,

Single Cask #7 is available in a 750ml ($85) and be purchased online at

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