Penderyn Madeira Has A Sexy New Look! – Welsh Whisky News

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Penderyn Madeira Now Comes in a Sexy New Bottle!

Even though these expressions have recently won Gold awards, they don’t need all that bling to look sexy.


Nose: A classic freshness with aromas of cream toffee, rich fruit and raisins.

Palate: Crisp and finely rounded, with the sweetness to balance an appetizing dryness.

Finish: Notes of tropical fruit, raisins and vanilla persist.

Balance: Oaky vanilla tones; dry sweetness.

As always, Penderyn expressions in the U.S. are non-chill filtered and have natural, golden color.  


Nose: aromas of dark fruit and rich toffee mingle with green apples and hazelnuts to create a deeper mystery.

Palate: rich sweetness gives way to refreshing dryness.

Finish: sweet notes of toffee and sultana persist in the long finish.

Balance: Sherry and oak; winter spices.

If you’ve made it this far in the article, then here’s a beautiful video about the bottle from the designer, Glenn Tutssel.  Enjoy!

Thanks again for being part of our family and enjoying these fine whiskies with us!

We’ll be in touch about other exciting news as the year drinks on … 

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SMWS 33.136a


The next bottling in our 35th anniversary series, 33.136 Halcyon tarfest brings mineralic bluster, tarry rope, kelp, simmering peat oils, cured meats and pine resin. A wonderful taste experience for the peat lover.

HOW TO BUY: Due to the anticipated excitement and demand for 33.136, we’re inviting members who would like to buy a bottle to enter our lucky draw, where we’ll pull names at random from our hat. We’re introducing this based on members’ feedback on similar releases. We know some members will be disappointed, but we feel this is the fairest option for everyone interested in buying a bottle.

Please note: All entries must be received by midnight on Monday, 24 September, as we’ll be notifying winning members the next day. All winners must then contact us within 48 hours to purchase their bottle (that’s 10am on Thursday 27 September), otherwise we’ll pull another name from our hat. It’s one bottle per member, which we strongly suggest you open and enjoy – don’t be that member who puts their bottle straight into auction!


Email us:

Ballot closes: Monday, 24 September, midnight

Winners contacted: Tuesday 25 September

Winner Reply: Thursday 27 September, 10am


SMWS 33.136


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


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Yellowstone® Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon 2018 Launches this Month – American Whiskey News


Yellowstone® Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon 2018 Launches this Month

(Lebanon, Ky.) September 12, 2018 – Limestone Branch Distillery introduces the 2018 variety of Yellowstone® Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon, the third and final barrel finishing experiment by Limestone Branch Distillery, set to hit the market in October. This year’s final limited edition combines hand-selected, Kentucky Straight bourbons, ranging from four to 12 years in aging and finished in No. 3 char wine casks. Same as with the 2017 edition, this year’s special edition also includes Limestone Branch Distillery’s own distillate, carefully made with their signature heirloom white corn.

“The Yellowstone Limited Edition variants have been an incredible outlet for my creativity and flair for experimenting,” says Steve Beam, president and distiller of Limestone Branch Distillery. “We started the process in 2016 and I am proud of the three limited editions we created – and how they are linked to each other.”

Beam tells the story of the evolution of these three variants. “In 2016, we finished our Limited Edition bourbon in specially selected new wine barrels, which lent their special flavor to that year’s celebrated bourbon, but their journey had barely begun. Later that year, after the bourbon was dumped and bottled, the same 28 barrels were lightly charred and we filled them with our 2017 Limited Edition bourbon. This year, we took the very same barrels – now rich with complexity – and deeply charred them before filling them with our 2018 Limited Edition.”

The barrel journey, and the hand-selected bourbon used in these products, created a rich flavor profile. Beam notes that the heavy char over bourbon-wet oak produced a rich palate of burnt sugar, deep caramel and a lingering essence of crème brulée.

Bottled at 101 proof and available in 750ml bottles signed by Steve Beam and nestled in commemorative tubes, the 2018 Yellowstone Limited Edition marks the final piece of this award-winning trilogy.

Approximately 12,000 bottles of this bourbon are being produced this fall at Limestone Branch Distillery, and the suggested retail price is $99.99.

About Limestone Branch Distillery

Steve Beam and his brother Paul Beam opened Limestone Branch Distillery in 2011, with the goal of crafting the finest whiskey in small batches, honoring their long family heritage. With a history of distilling on both sides of their family – Beam and Dant – the brothers are seventh-generation distillers. In 2015, by partnering with Luxco, they brought the Yellowstone brand back to the family, just in time to commemorate the brand’s 105th anniversary. As one of the founding members of the Kentucky Craft Bourbon Trail, Limestone Branch Distillery is located in Lebanon, Ky., in the heart of bourbon country.  The distillery is well known for its handcrafted products, including Yellowstone Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Yellowstone Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon and Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey.

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The Whisky Show “Final masterclasses revealed!” – Whisky News


29-30 SEPTEMBER 2018

The Whisky Show 2018



We’re very pleased to announce the final masterclass of the 10th anniversary Whisky Show.

Three Pillars of Islay Sunday 30 September 2018
4.30-6.30pm. £75

Join three of Islay’s best known whisky personalities – Lagavulin and Port Ellen’s Georgie Crawford, Ardbeg’s Jackie Thomson and Bruichladdich’s Lynne McEwan – for a slice of island life.

Tickets for this class are on sale now!


Please note: you must have a valid ticket to the Sunday of The Whisky Show to attend this masterclass.

Buy Sunday Tickets 


Products are offered subject to the following terms and conditions:

1. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.
2. We do not issue physical tickets. When you make your booking, your name will be added to a guest list for the event.
3. In the case of cancellation on part of the organisers, the full ticket price will be refunded to you. We reserve the right to make cancellations up to 24 hours before the event.

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Cu Bocan Dark Bacground 2003  1990 (Low Res)


Cù Bòcan has added two more limited edition single malts to the range with the launch of 2003 and 1990 vintage releases.

The 2003 vintage limited edition Cù Bòcan (aged 15 years old) has been bottled at a strength of 46% and sits alongside the standard edition. It has been matured in peated Islay ex-Sherry butts and is only available while stocks last. This full bodied single malt has coastal peat smoke notes which are perfectly balanced with winter spices and orchard fruits.

The special 1990 vintage release was distilled on 17 October 1990 and has been matured in peated Islay ex-Bourbon barrels. In their past lives, the casks were home to one of Islay’s peatiest potions and hints of the untamed spirit have been working their smoky magic over the years. The final creation, at 52.9% strength, is smoky, with notes of tropical fruits and warm spices. Only 1,400 bottles of this rare whisky are available worldwide.

The Cù Bòcan brand is named after a mythical Highland hellhound which was rumoured to haunt the village of Tomatin and was launched in 2013 as a lightly peated alternative to the traditional fruity flavours of Tomatin single malt. The distillery has been producing peated malt for the last week of every year since 2005, and in recent years has been experimenting with different levels of peatiness (PPM) in order to diversity their offering in the coming years.

These latest releases follow previous limited editions including the 2006 vintage in 2017, the 1988 and 2005 vintages in 2016, the Virgin Oak, Sherry and Bourbon expressions in 2015 and the 1989 vintage in 2014.

Lorraine Waddell, Brand Manager, commented:

“As the Cù Bòcan brand continues to grow – sales have grown 15% year to date on last year – our followers have been eagerly awaiting news of the next limited editions to complement the standard edition, which is available all year round.”

The 2003 vintage is currently being rolled out worldwide and is expected to retail at £85.00 and the 1990 at £230.00.


For more information about the Cù Bòcan brand please contact Lorraine Waddell, Brand Manager on 01463 572 727 or

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    4. In 2005, the decision was made to produce a peated single malt and for the last week of production that year a batch of Optic Barley peated to 15ppm was used to produce about 60,000 litres of lightly peated spirit which was filled into a variety of different cask types.
  1. Then, on September 3rd 2013 this lightly peated whisky produced at Tomatin was released as Cù Bòcan – A single malt at 15ppm matured in a combination of Bourbon, Sherry and Virgin Oak casks. Since then, the Cù Bòcan brand has grown with a number of vintage releases as part of the brand limited edition collection.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 214: Teaninich 10 Year Old 2006 Cadenheads

Niek’s 1974 Birthday Bash

EventsGeplaatst door Mark Dermul ma, september 17, 2018 06:56:49

‘Hey, Mark, ik zou voor mijn verjaardag een tasting willen
geven aan vrienden en familie. Ik plan 7 flessen uit mijn geboortejaar open te
trekken. Bij deze zijn jij en Sofie uitgenodigd’.

Nou, dat is wel een uitnodiging die ik niet zou afslaan.
Niet alleen is Niek als meer dan twintig jaar één van mijn beste vrienden, maar
bovendien zag ik het helemaal zitten om allemaal whisky, stuk voor stuk
gedistilleerd in 1974, te proeven. Liquid
, noem je zoiets. Ik zag het al helemaal voor me: gezellig met het
vrouwtje aan de tafel aanschuiven, niet zelf moeten presenteren, maar heerlijk
genieten… Maar dat was zonder de waard gerekend.

‘Oh, ja, gij klapt dat wel aan elkaar voor mij zeker?’

Nu moet ik bekennen dat, mocht Niek het aan iemand anders
gevraagd hebben, ik toch wel een beetje in mijn gat gebeten zou zijn geweest,
dus deed ik het met heel veel plezier.

En plezier hebben we gehad, amai. Flink gelachen. En
heerlijk spul geproefd. Een topavond, zoals u hieronder zal kunnen lezen.

Locatie was de prachtige Rolf Benz Lounge van Interieur
Vanderwaerden op de vierde verdieping in de Ghelamco Arena – met zicht op het
voetbalveld van AA Gent. Zeker een bezoekje waard, overigens.

Terwijl de genodigden druppelsgewijs binnenstroomden,
schonk Niek een aperitiefje: 1808 Barely Legal Rum van de Illegal Tender Rum
Company uit Australië, een flesje dat hij van zijn meeste recente reis had
meegebracht. Deze ongerijpte rum heeft trouwens al wat mooie prijzen in de
wacht gesleept. Leuke start van de avond.

Nadat iedereen geknuffeld en gekust had, kon ik – na een
korte introductie door de jarige gastheer – aan de slag.

Alvorens de eerste whisky te schenken wilde ik wel eerst
wat vertellen over zowel Niek als over 1974, kwestie van het thema van de avond
niet uit de weg te gaan. Want 1974 was nu niet bepaald een topjaar. Immers, het
was het jaar waarin enkele rampen zich hadden voltrokken: Turkish Airlines 981
stort neer, Turkse troepen bezetten Cyprus, Cycloon Tracy veegt het
Australische Darwin van de kaart, ABBA wint het songfestival…

Gelukkig was het niet allemaal kommer en kwel. De Duitsers
gaven de Hollanders lik op stuk in de Wereldbekerfinale, Queen brengt Niek’s
favoriete nummer uit en Volkswagen lanceert de Golf als opvolger van de Kever
(Willy – vader van Niek – reed in 1974 met zo’n Kever en Niek rijdt vandaag met
een Golf, stel je voor… Sterker nog, Willy is van ’47 en Niek van ’74… spooky…
daar bestaan complottheorieën over!). De eerste F-16 Fighting Falcon doorkruist
de hemel.

Maar bovenal, in 1974 werden heel wat celebrities geboren.
Denken we maar aan Joaquin Phoenix, Robbie Williams, Christian Bale, Leonardo
Di Caprio en… tromgeroffel… mijn makker Niek Verniers.

Ja, Niek en ik hebben al heel wat watertjes doorzwommen. We
zijn beiden verslingerd aan Star Wars en whisky – een geweldige combinatie. Zo
hebben we samen al flink wat edities van FACTS achter de rug, waar we
verantwoordelijk zijn voor de guest stars (en dus al flink wat avonturen met
acteurs en actrices hebben beleefd – sommige niet voor publicatie vatbaar),
trokken we samen al een paar keer naar Schotland en hebben we – met de hulp van
zijn lieftallige eega en fotografe Ilse Everaert – een boekje geschreven over
onze favoriete hobby.

Enfin, u begrijpt het al… we zijn onafscheidelijk, door dik
en dun (waag het niet!). Maar na deze lyrische beschrijving van onze
vriendschap vond ik het welletjes en werd het hoog tijd om aan de slag te gaan
met de flessen, waarvan het goedje gedistilleerd in het jaar waarin Magda haar
zoon op de wereld had gezet: 1974.

Glen Grant 5 Year Old 1974 – 40%

‘Zo maken ze hem niet meer, meneer’. Ge moogt gerust zijn.
Deze ogenschijnlijk lichte en zeer toegankelijke whisky deed al snel menig
wenkbrauw in appreciatie omhoog schieten. Ja, licht en toegankelijk, tuurlijk,
wat had je dan gedacht. Maar heerlijk zoet en fruitig en een pak complexer dan
zijn huidige tegenhanger. En na een half uurtje in het glas werd hij nog beter
(toegegeven, na een uur was hij dood).

Port – Brechin 1974/1993 – Gordon Macphail Connoisseur’s Choice – 43%

Deze distilleerderij is al sinds 1983 gesloten en in 1990
werd er een supermarkt neergepoot. De whisky, die ondertussen langer op fles
zat dan in het vat, was een specialleke.
Een beetje een vuile jongen, hoewel we niet van een echte off-note konden
spreken, maar het OBE loerde wel om het hoekje. Dat gezegd zijnde, vond ik ‘m
verrassend fruitig en best lekker. Voor mij was het de op één na beste van de

Benrinnes 1974/2008 – Gordon Macphail Connoisseur’s
Choice – 43%

We bleven nog even bij Gordon Macphail en proefden
een erg fruitige en zeer aangename Benrinnes die meer dan 3 decennia mocht
slapen in de warehouses in Elgin alvorens onze smaakpapillen te verblijden.
Trouwens, wist je dat Niek en Ilse de Benrinnes (een berg van 841 meter hoog)
beklommen hebben en op de top zo’n drammetje hebben baasgemaakt? Zonder mij!
Da’s lef hebben. Enfin, daar moeten we het tijdens de pauze maar even over

Na de pauze was het tijd voor de echte kleppers.

Macallan 23 Year Old 1974 – Hart Brothers – 43%

Hart Brothers werd opgericht in 1988. Toen ze hun tienjarig
bestaan vierden – in 1998 dus – bottelden ze deze 23-jarige Macallan. Zoals te
verwachten was, betrof het een zeer lekkere en erg fruitige maar toch een
tikkeltje atypische whisky van deze Rolls Royce onder de Speysiders. Ik vond
hem vooral erg consistent. Neus, smaak en finish lagen perfect in elkaars
verlengde. Alle aanwezigen, ook Niek’s ouders en schoonouders, waren het er
over eens: dit is een whisky die iedereen zal lusten.

Inchgower 36 Year Old 1974 – The Nectar of the Daily
Drams – 47.3%

Nou, dit was voor mij de topper van de avond. Niet zozeer
omdat het de oudste (qua rijping) van de avond was (hoewel dat natuurlijk wel
het karakter van deze whisky gevormd heeft), maar omdat hij een absoluut
geweldige smaaksensatie opleverde. Dit werkpaard produceert bijna uitsluitend
voor de blenders, dus moet je wel uitwijken naar onafhankelijke bottelaars wil
je deze malt proeven. Maar dat is meer dan de moeite waard.

30 Year Old 1974 – Rare Malts – 54.9%

De favoriet voor de meerderheid was deze 30-jarige Linkwood
uit Diageo’s terecht volprezen Rare Malts reeks. Voor mij was het een blij
weerzien. De enige whisky die ik eerder al had geproefd. En ja, dit is een
geweldige topper en bovendien een whisky die een explosie van fruit vertoont
als je er een paar druppeltjes water aan toevoegt, iets wat Niek liever niet
doet, maar vanavond op mijn aanraden toch probeerde met een grote glimlach tot
gevolg. Kijk eens aan…

Vintage 1974 /1992 – 43%

U weet uiteraard dat Ledaig de geturfde versie van
Tobermory is. Deze whisky – die wederom al langer op fles zit dan dat hij in
het vat heeft doorgebracht – vertoonde op de neus echter geen spoortje rook
meer. Integendeel, hij was erg fruitig en ronduit schitterend. Niemand had dat
verwacht, ook Niek niet en ik al helemaal niet (want dan had ik ‘m niet
achteraan op de tasting gezet). Maar een waardige afsluiter, zeker weten.

Het fijne aan deze line-up – afgezien van het feit dat het
natuurlijk allemaal oude whisky is – was dat elke whisky van een erg goeie
kwaliteit was. Er zat geen enkele whisky tussen die niet bekoorde. Geen enkele
valse noot. 1974 mag dan misschien een rampjaar geweest zijn, whisky maken
konden ze alleszins. Dat ik dit heb mogen meemaken (werken, ja!), zeg.

Goeie whisky, goeie vrienden, goeie grappen… het zou zo
maar de slogan van een goedkope blend kunnen zijn, maar het omschrijft de avond

Afsluiten deed ik met een kort (eigenlijk veel te lang)
overzichtje van Niek’s whiskyreizen, waaruit duidelijk werd dat hij al meer
distilleerderijen bezocht heeft – zowel in Schotland, maar ook in Japan en
Australië – dan ik ooit in mijn leven zal doen (wat ik hem niet in dank afneem,
ge moogt gerust zijn), wat aantoont dat Niek een kenner is (hoewel hij te
bescheiden is om dit zelf toe te geven, hij noemt zichzelf gewoon liefhebber – my ass!). De enige reden waarom ik hem
nog niet unfriend heb, is het feit
dat hij meestal de reis begint en afsluit met Auchentoshan.

Alle gekheid op een stokje… Niek, bedankt makker. En niet
alleen voor deze tasting uiteraard. You know what I mean, brother. Wij gaan nog veel herinneringen maken!

May the Malt be with you!

PS. Bedankt voor de foto’s, Rik!

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Glengoyne 30 Year Old

This high-end Glengoyne 30 Years was first released in November 2017 as a limited edition. A batch of 13 casks was selected: one third of first-fill European oak sherry butts and two thirds refill sherry butts. Quite possibly the perfect recipe for old sherry bottlings, if you ask me.

I won’t talk about the packaging too much, but it comes in a wooden box with a rose gold plated cask bung. It will be repeated as a yearly release.



Glengoyne 30 Year OldGlengoyne 30 Year OldGlengoyne 30 yo
(46,8%, OB 2017, 6000 btl.)

Nose: truckloads of red plums, figs and juicy cherries. Lovely fruitiness including a nice tart edge. Blood oranges indeed. Fragrant raspberry jam. Rum raisins. Hints of leather, mint and a touch of jasmin or old roses. Beautiful freshness. Some ginger and cinnamon, nicely polished oak here. Mouth: very rich, deeply sherried but always with this fruity character. Morello cherries, plums, raisins. Orange peel. Christmas cake. Cinnamon and all-spice – the oak is present but it doesn’t dominate in any way. Hints of chocolate and a little espresso. Fruit teas. Complex and elegant. Finish: very long, velvety with drying oak spices and lingering fruits.

I love it when sherry bottlings bring out fruity notes instead of focusing on darker toffee / chocolate notes. So there you have it, this is my favourite official Glengoyne. Reminds me of that Malts of Scotland Diamond bottling – just delicious whisky. Available from Master of Malt. I had it at 93, but I hesitated.

Score: 92/100

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Whisk(e)y News From Park Ave Liquor Shop #NYC – Whisky News

Park Ave

New Arrivals on our  

Whisk(e)y wall.

As the rain pours down here in NYC – we remembered that our favorite thing about water is how it can expand the nuances of whisk(e)y. Then when we realized it has been awhile since we told you about some new arrivals. So – Happy reading and hopefully…ordering:)

Please contact us with any questions you might have.

Note – We will be closed Wednesday, September 19th in observance of Yom Kippur.

Jonathan, Marlon Eric
The Park Avenue Liquor Shop
270 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016


Glenrothes ~ ‘Whisky Maker’s Cut’

Matured only in first fill sherry seasoned oak casks, and bottled at natural color at a strength selected by our Master Whisky Maker. Creamy vanilla, orange peel and nutmeg character.

Aroma: Resinous, candied peel and fresh oak notes.
Taste: Rich, spicy, creamy vanilla and orange peel.
Finish: Long, fruity, orange peel notes with a hint of nutmeg.

PRICE: $88/btl


’08 Ardmore by Mossburn: No. 6

“This is a 9 year old Ardmore single malt, independently bottled by Mossburn, owners of the Torabhaig distillery on the Isle of Skye (its own whisky is waiting to come of age, in case you were wondering).”

Nose: Freshly baked pretzels, cedar, dry smoke.
Palate: Lemon drizzle cake, milky coffee, earthy peat and peppercorn.
Finish: Waves of vanilla and a floral, oak smoke.”

PRICE: $71


Pinhook 2018 Bourbon release

Each fall, Pinhook releases a new bourbon connected to a promising young thoroughbred horse. The whiskey in each release is the best expression of their barrels at that moment in time. They blend and proof each release to be as unique as the horse on the label. The result is an annual vintage of Pinhook Bourbon that become instant collectibles. While it is impossible to know if the horse on the bottle will go all the way to the Kentucky Derby, there is no gamble on the quality of what’s inside. “Bourbon Country” is the 8th release. It’s been aged more than 3 years at Castle and Key Distillery in Millville, KY . Notes: A vibrant burst of ripe pear and baked apricot up front seamlessly give way to toffee, dates, and vanilla bean. A lingering and lifting finish of cinnamon, cedar, and peppercorn round out this complex, and exceptionally balanced expression.

PRICE: $55/btl


Boone County Distilling Co. 12 Year Old

“Boone County, once the largest producer of bourbon in Kentucky, has resurrected local distilling under the name Boone County Distilling Company and the launch of “Eighteen 33″- a 12 year-old straight bourbon whiskey. It has been profiled as rich and full bodied in the mouth with an almost everlasting finish, notes of aged oak, vanilla, caramel, and a hint of cinnamon.”

PRICE: $75

Corsair Ryemageddon

Corsair Ryemageddon American Rye Whiskey is distilled from a mash of 80% malted rye grains and 20% chocolate rye grains. After the grains have been harvested by local farmers, they are mashed and fermented before being twice distilled, first through an antique wash still and then again through a 240-gallon copper-pot still. It has an aroma of milk chocolate and peanut butter, along with notes of fresh rye toast, baking spices and buttered bread on the palate. The flavors lead gently to a warming finish with a touch of fruit, butter and vanilla.

PRICE: $53/btl


Matsui Whisky by Matsui-Shuzo The Kurayoshi 1910 Sherry Cask

Matsui Shuzo is known in Japan as both a sake brewery and shochu distillery. While the juice in Kurayoshi is 100% malted barley, the spirits themselves have been sourced from distilleries around Scotland before making their journey to Japan, where they are blended with Japanese-distilled malted barley then aged (3-18 years).

Nose: Walnuts and chocolate peanuts, with a touch of cranberry.
Palate: Sultana and honeyed bread, with a lingering touch of ground ginger.
Finish: Crunchy brown sugar, stewed pears and blueberries.

PRICE: $82

Due to ever-changing inventory, we cannot guarantee bottle availability. We are not responsible for any typographical errors or the New York Giants ‘revamped’ Offensive Line. Please contact the store with any questions.

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Isle of Arran Distillers move closer to completion of new distillery as stills arrive – Scotch Whisky News


Isle of Arran Distillers move closer to completion of new distillery as stills arrive 

Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd have edged closer to the completion of their new Lagg Distillery, having recently welcomed the arrival of their new custom-made copper pot stills to the island.

Following their departure from Rothes on the east coast of Scotland, the stills made the ferry journey from Ardrossan to Brodick on Thursday 30th August, before travelling down to the Lagg Distillery site early the following morning.

Master Distiller James MacTaggart, along with Graham Omand, the newly appointed Lagg Distillery Manager, and Faye Waterlow, the Lagg Visitor Centre Manager, were on site to welcome the copper pot stills to their new home, where they will begin the production of the signature Lagg Single Malt in early 2019.

The copper pot stills were manufactured by renowned still-maker, Forsyths. They have been specifically tailored to create a heavily-peated (50ppm) earthy spirit that will become the flagship Lagg Single Malt. It is expected that this spirit, despite being very different in nature, will retain many of the characteristics that are the staple flavours of the celebrated Arran Malt.

The wash still has a capacity of 10,000 litres and the spirit still a capacity of 7,000 litres. The new Lagg stills will allow for a production level within the first year of 200,000 litres of alcohol.

Speaking about the arrival of the stills, James MacTaggart said: “The copper pot stills will now be installed into their new home and complete a commissioning phase. The anticipation of waiting for them and then watching them arrive has created a great buzz on the site and on the island.

“Now the stills are here, it truly feels like the start of an exciting new chapter, not just in the story of whisky production on Arran, but for the island as a whole. I look forward to working closely with Graham to ensure that they get up-and-running and that the spirit produced at Lagg is of the highest quality.”

As well as the arrival of the stills, the three warehouses on site at the Lagg Distillery have been completed and the keys have officially been handed over from the construction team to Isle of Arran Distillers. This allows the team based at Lagg to start preparations to store the casks that will be filled at the new distillery.

When fully operational in 2019 the Lagg Distillery will increase Isle of Arran Distillers production capacity to 2 million litres. Furthermore, the total visitor numbers to both distillery sites is expected to exceed 200,000 by 2020.

To see footage of the stills arriving at Lagg Distillery, and to find out how you can become part of a new island whisky legacy, please click here.

In other news, the Isle of Arran Distillers have launched a search for the official poem of the Lagg Distillery, which will be immortalised at the site.  Budding writers have been tasked with producing a poem that beautifully captures the Isle of Arran’s history, landscape or, quite simply, it’s spirit – whisky or otherwise.

The closing date for entries is Friday 14 December and the winner and two runners up will be announced on Burns Night, Friday 25 January 2019. As well as being immortalised within the Lagg Visitor Centre, the winning entry will be exclusively published in Scottish Field magazine, the official media partner for the competition. The winning poet will also be invited to the official opening of the new Lagg Distillery Visitor Centre in Spring of next year. The two runners up will receive an exclusive Lagg Distillery goodie bag.

All entries can be submitted to Scottish Field magazine by emailing Kenny Smith at with the subject ‘Isle of Arran Distillers – Poetry Competition’.  Entrants will also need to include in their name, contact information and date of birth as this competition is only open to those over the age of 18.

Poems can also be submitted by post using the following address:

Kenny Smith

Scottish Field

496 Ferry Road,





Accolades for Isle of Arran Distillery include Winner for:

Best New Exporter (2004), Queen’s Award for International Trade (2005), Scottish Distiller of the Year (2007) and Scottish Drinks Producer of the Year (2007) Scottish Field Visitor Experience of the Year 2014 2015

Drinks Business Best Contribution to Wine and Spirits Tourism (2017)

Best Brewery/Distillery Tour – Scottish Outdoor Leisure Awards (2017)

Product Awards include:

Arran 10 year -old: San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold Medal (2018). International Wine Spirits Competition Gold Medal (2018). Category Winner and Gold Medal ‘Best Scotch Under 12 Years’ Islands Non-Islay at the World Whiskies Awards (2018). International Spirits Challenge Silver Medal (2018). Ultimate Spirits Challenge 91 points (2018). Ultimate Spirits Challenge Cocktail Commendation for the Rob Roy (2018). Double Gold Medal China Wine Spirits Best Value Awards (2014)

Arran 18 year-old: International Wine Spirits Competition Gold Medal (2018) Category Winner Gold Medal ‘Best Scotch 13-20 Years – Islands (Non- Islay) World Whiskies Awards (2018). International Spirits Challenge Silver Medal (2018)

Quarter Cask ‘The Bothy’: Category Winner Gold Medal ‘No Age Statement Single Malt’ for The Bothy Batch 3 World Whiskies Awards (2018). International Wine Spirits Competition Silver Outstanding Medal (2018). International Spirits Challenge Silver Medal (2018)

Arran Lochranza Reserve: International Wine Spirits Competition Silver Outstanding Medal (2018), International Spirits Challenge Silver Medal (2018)


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From Chivas Masters UK champion to Global Brand Ambassador 

September 13th 2018 – Bartender, whisky aficionado, and UK winner of the 2017 Chivas Masters Cocktail Competition, Rhys Wilson, has joined Chivas as Global Brand Ambassador. Rhys steps in to a leading role where he will share his passion for Scotch whisky on the global stage and bring to life Chivas’ belief that blended is better, in life and in Scotch.

Rhys brings an incredible blend of industry knowledge, experience and success to the role. Formerly General Manager at London’s Happiness Forgets, winner of Best International Cocktail Bar at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards, Rhys will be drawing on his 10 years of industry experience to deliver captivating experiences and tantalising serves for Chivas.

Speaking for the first time as the new Chivas Global Brand Ambassador, Rhys comments: “Taking part in the Chivas Masters was a huge turning point in my career, helping me learn a lot about myself, Scotch whisky and the path towards achieving success as a team. Perhaps most importantly though, it gave me the opportunity to become part of the Chivas family and really be inspired by the brand and its values. I’m honoured to now have the opportunity to help bring these values to life and work with the Chivas community around the world.”

Richard Black, Global Marketing Director for Chivas, adds: “We are delighted to welcome Rhys to the team as we have witnessed his charisma and dedication to the brand through his involvement with the Chivas Masters and believe he will bring a fresh new perspective to the role. We’re looking forward to working closely with him as he helps to strengthen our relationships with the bartending community and showcase our award-winning portfolio as we move from strength to strength globally.”

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About Chivas

Chivas believes that blended is better, in life and in Scotch. The original luxury blended Scotch whisky, Chivas’ belief in blending was instilled by founding brothers, James and John Chivas, who pioneered the art of blending in 19th century Scotland. Since then, Chivas has been integral to the growth of the Scotch whisky category worldwide – by bringing together the best malt and grain whiskies to create something extraordinary.

Chivas believes in the power of blending in life, as well as in Scotch. In bringing people together to create a greater whole – which is why Chivas is proud to be the global spirits partner of Manchester United, the world’s biggest football club; and in blending ambition with generosity and using success to enrich the lives of others – which is why the Chivas Venture supports social startups with $1m in annual funding.

Chivas blends its home in Speyside, Scotland, with more than 100 countries across the globe, who together have made Chivas the global success it is today, selling more than 4.2 million 9L cases every year. The Chivas range blends timeless classics with modern innovation, including: Chivas 12, Chivas Extra, Chivas XV, Chivas Mizunara, Chivas 18, Chivas Ultis, Chivas 25, Chivas Regal The Icon, and the Global Travel Retail exclusive Chivas Brothers Blend.

Chivas. Success is a blend.

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