Single Malts Direct “NOW SHIPPING TO THE USA” – Whisky News



After many months of hard work, sweat and toil, we at Single Malts Direct are delighted to announce that we have commenced shipping to the United States. I would like to thank those of you who have contacted me directly over the past number of months for your patience while we got all of the pieces of the Jigsaw into place, so “Thank you guys”, and I will contact you all personally. I hope you like the new look website and the selection we are carrying but, as always we want to provide you with the best possible service and DO listen to your ideas and suggestions, so if you have any, please contact me directly

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You will find our carriage rates under the shipping tag on our website, these charges include the FDA charge and a signature charge as our consignments need to be signed for to ensure the recipient is over the age of 21. The only additional charges to this is the cost of the whisky you select (you will get the ex-VAT price) and the US import duty which is calculated at checkout point depending on the strength of the whisky and the size of bottle. e.g. a 70cl bottle at 40% abv = £1.19.


Just for your information, we are also an Independent Bottler and have an extensive range of our own label “Whiskies of Scotland” single malt whiskies bottled at natural colour and natural strength and in a range of sizes, mostly 50cl but also in 70cl and 20cl. The 20cl size allows you to choose a selection from various distilleries, and there’s a couple of blends in the range too. In 2013 our own label whiskies won 6 gold medals and 3 silver medals in the Whisky Magazine’s “Independent Bottlers’ Challenge”.

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Hibiki 12 Years Old Wins a Double Gold Medal at “San Francisco World Spirits Competition” – Japanese Whisky News

Hibiki 12 Years Old Wins a Double Gold Medal at “San Francisco World Spirits Competition” – Japanese Whisky News


Hibiki 12 Years Old Wins a Double Gold Medal
at “San Francisco World Spirits Competition”

Suntory Liquors Limited won a Double Gold Medal in a category with Hibiki 12 Years Old at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SWSC), an international spirits competition held in the United States. This marks the Hibiki brand’s second win here since 2012.

Winning this prize is highly significant, as it further cements Suntory’s reputation for the high quality of our malt whisky and unblended grain whisky as well as our excellent blending techniques. We will use this award as an opportunity to speed up marketing activities for the Hibiki brand inside and outside Japan.

● About the “San Francisco World Spirits Competition”

Now in its fourteenth year, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition is the largest global spirits competition in the United States. Panels of judges include American hotels, restaurants, buyers for large purveyors and journalists who assess the entries and select the winners of Double Gold Medal, Gold Medal, Silver Medal and Bronze Medal awards in each category. The Suntory single malt whiskies Yamazaki 12 Years Old and Hakushu 12 Years Old won Gold Medals at the competition.

● Qualities of Hibiki 12 Years Old

This whisky is blended using painstakingly selected malts aged over 12 years and multiple types of ripe grain malts of the same age. We use plum liqueur cask malts aged in casks for storing plum liqueur to further bring out the gorgeously sweet fragrance that distinguishes Suntory whiskies. It also has a rich, mature flavor through the addition of malts aged more than 30 years.

Competition Summary

▼ Name of Competition
    San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SWSC)
▼ Venue      San Francisco, United States
▼ Judging and Announcement of Results (Local Time)
    Judging took place March 20-23, 2014.
    Results to be announced at the SWSC homepage (
▼ Award Classes, Award Names, and Award Recipients
    Whiskey Class, Other Whisky Category, “Double Gold Medal”
    Suntory single malt whisky Hibiki 12 Years Old

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New Look Benromach Unveiled – Scotch Whisky News

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New Look Benromach unveiled

Benromach Distillery Company Ltd has unveiled a new look for its flagship Benromach 10 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky as the brand continues its strong growth in the domestic and overseas markets.

The new packaging reflects the handcrafted credentials of the single malt whisky which is made in the traditional, time honoured way by just three experienced distillers at the Benromach Distillery on Speyside.

Michael Urquhart Managing Director of Gordon MacPhail, owners of Benromach Distillery Co. Ltd, explained the thinking behind the change: “We wanted our new packaging to reflect the way we make our whisky. Our 10yo has a classic pre-1960s character which arises from the sum of all its parts used to create it. Every cask is hand-filled, hand weighed and hand-stamped before maturing in our traditional dunnage warehouses.

“The new packaging reflects that approach with its hand-cut lettering and its classic heritage colours. Yet at the same time the packaging provides a contemporary, sophisticated, luxury feel that looks to the future of a malt whisky that is very much a growing brand.”

The Benromach stills provided the inspiration for much of the change. The elegant new bottle shape includes a neck and shoulder designed to resemble the shape of the Benromach stills. The foil packaging has been created using an image of the surface of the stills themselves.

The embossed lettering and cut foil on the label create a soft and tactile feel. An innovative lid which doubles as a bottle plinth and leaflet holder provide an unique option for display, and the embossed lettering and cut have enhanced its shelf presence.

The new packaging is launched to the trade at the start of April.

The launch will be supported by a full marketing campaign incorporating a new website featuring a series of beautifully crafted films outlining the Benromach story.

Benromach sales have grown dramatically since the reopening. Sales increased by 29% last year and there is ongoing growth this year of 27%. The company now exports Benromach to 42 countries across the world. In 2013 the company announced an expansion to meet growing demand, including the recruitment of a third distiller and the building of more warehouses.

Benromach 10 Years Old was recently named “Best Speyside Single Malt – 12 Years and Under” at the World Whisky Awards 2014.


Leading malt whisky specialists Gordon MacPhail is the owner of Benromach Distillery. Established in 1898 it changed hands many times and was virtually derelict when the family-owned company bought it in 1993. Following a painstaking restoration and re-equipment, the distillery was re-opened by HRH Prince Charles in 1998.

In reopening Benromach Distillery, Gordon MacPhail decided to create a classic Speyside single malt – a style that draws its influence from Speyside whiskies pre-1960s.

Benromach Distillery is located on the outskirts of the ancient market town of Forres. A four star visitor centre is open to the public throughout the year for tours and tastings. Benromach Distillery is a member of the world famous malt whisky trail.

Benromach 10 Years Old

Benromach 10 Years Old is created from the finest Scottish barley and pure spring water from the nearby Romach Hills. After being matured for at least 10 years, it emerges golden in colour and displays rich fruit, sweet chocolate and delicate spicy aromas. With a rich sherry influence, the mouth-watering palate coats the senses with exotic fruit flavours, toasted malt and a delicate hint of smoke.

The new look for Benromach has been created and designed by Edinburgh based branding agency, Stuff Creative.

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Kininvie 1990 (Batch 001)

Kininvie was the ‘secret distillery’ within the William Grant Sons production site that also houses Glenfiddich and Balvenie. Although its stillhouse was separate, it shared mash tuns and washbacks with the Balvenie.

So far we’ve only seen a couple of Hazelwood-branded releases from these stills. They were only fired when extra blending whisky was required (it’s the core ingredient of Monkey Shoulder) and there was officially never any intent to bottle Kininvie as a single malt. Until this first official bottling that was launched in Taiwan last year. It’s a composition of different bourbon and sherry casks distilled in 1990.


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(42,6%, OB 2013, hogsheads sherry butts, 7000 btl, Batch 001, 35 cl.)

Nose: an elegant nose but also a slightly spirity one. Even at relatively low strength it’s rather neutral. Kirsch or other types of fruit spirit. A lot of vanilla and almonds. Newish oak. A hint of apple, as well as apple blossom. Floral honey. Not bad, just not very expressive. Mouth: very sweet, plenty of apples and honey again. Damsons. Maybe hints of strawberries. Sugared cereals. Some pepper and a general okay note towards the end. Finish: medium long, with apple and hints of chocolate.

I really like The Balvenie and this Kininvie 1990 has a similar character, but on the other hand there’s a strange blend-like side to it as well, including the rough, grainy edges. A malt that’s made to replicate – or reinforce – a blend? Around € 250 for a half bottle – that’s a lot of money, even for one of the rarest names.

Score: 81/100

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Ginger Grouse has today announced its exciting new partnership with Tough Mudder as The Official Pint Partner of Tough Mudder UK. Ginger Grouse is excited to be part of all seven events across the UK, providing the ultimate reward to Mudders as they cross the finish line, as well as to be part of the journey with an obstacle of its own. 

With seven UK events stretching from April to October, involving over 130,000 participants, Ginger Grouse will be there to welcome ‘Mudders’ over the finish line and reward them with a refreshing Ginger Grouse. 

As the ultimate adventure with friends, challenging teams to conquer a gauntlet of exhilarating, yet testing obstacles through grit, determination and camaraderie, Ginger Grouse will also be at the heart of the Mudder season with a signature obstacle at each event – the ‘Arctic  Enema’ – arguably the most ‘refreshing’ of them all, yet very fitting as competitors are submerged in ice. 

In addition to playing host to supporters and rewarding competitors at the finishing line of each event, Ginger Grouse will take over the main bar providing a party like atmosphere for Mudders and spectators to enjoy following their endurance challenge. 

Peter Sandstrom, Marketing Director, Ginger Grouse commented: “We are very excited to sign this new deal as The Official Pint Partner of Tough Mudder UK.  Tough Mudder is set around core values both on the course and in everyday life, inspiring competitors to push the boundaries as the ultimate adventure with friends and having fun along the way – Ginger Grouse shares the same spirit of adventure.” 

The announcement marks an inaugural year for Ginger Grouse, a premium alcoholic ginger beer (4% ABV), following its successful national debut in April 2013. Already well known for its support of rugby in Scotland, as the Official Spirit of Scottish Rugby, Ginger Grouse has become synonymous with adventure, forging a loyal fan-base all over the UK, with Tough Mudder offering a new type of  adventure with friends. 

Currently available in the UK in all major supermarkets including, Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores; as well as independent retailers across the UK.  RRP £2.25 Consumers will also find Ginger Grouse widely available in bars across the UK. 

Please enjoy our whisky responsibly   


About Ginger Grouse:

  • A premium alcoholic ginger beer, featuring a splash of The Famous Grouse whisky, ABV 4.0%
  • Distinct point of difference, with the alcohol content derived from spirit as opposed to made wine or fruit base.
  • RRP £2.25 per 500ml bottle
  • Available in 500ml bottles as well as on draught and PET in selected outlets
  • Currently available in over 4000 on-trade outlets and 7,000 off-trade outlets across the UK including  Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores; and independent retailers and symbol group wholesalers across Scotland 

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About The Famous Grouse (

  • The Famous Grouse is the no. 1 whisky in the UK for both the on and off trade.
  • The Famous Grouse has been the best selling whisky in Scotland since 1980.
  • The Famous Grouse is exported to over 100 countries.
  • Created in 1896 by founder Matthew Gloag, it was originally called The Grouse Brand.
  • The brand became so popular that on August 12th 1905 it was renamed The Famous Grouse.
  • The Famous Grouse Experience is located at Scotland’s oldest working distillery – Glenturret. Originally established as a single malt distillery in 1775, today The Famous Grouse Experience is the most visited distillery in Scotland.(

About Maxxium UK

  • Maxxium is the distributor of The Famous Grouse and the Ginger Grouse in the UK.
  • The Famous Grouse portfolio includes: The Famous Grouse, The Black Grouse, The Naked Grouse and the Ginger Grouse.
  • Maxxium UK Ltd is part of the global sales and distribution alliance between Beam Inc and The Edrington Group.
  • Its UK portfolio of premium brands includes: blended Scotch (The Famous Grouse, Teacher’s and Cutty Sark), malt whisky (Highland Park, Laphroaig, The Macallan, The Glenrothes and Ardmore), imported whiskey (Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek, Canadian Club, Red Stag), cognac and brandy (Courvoisier and Fundador), sherry (Harveys), vodka (Stolichnaya), tequila (Sauza), rum (Brugal and Cruzan), liqueurs and specialities (Sourz, Bols liqueurs, Galliano, Vaccari, After Shock) 

About Tough Mudder: 

Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile (18-20 km) obstacle course challenges designed to test your all-around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. With the most innovative obstacles and over one million participants globally to date, Tough Mudder is the premier obstacle course series in the world. 

Ginger Grouse will support the following UK events: 

London West 26/27.04.14 Culden Faw Estate, Henley

Scotland 14/15.06.14 Dalkeith Country Estate, Edinburgh

Midlands 12/13.07.14 Boughton Estate, Kettering

Yorkshire 02/03.08.14 Broughton Hall, Skipton

South West 16/17.08.14 Cirencester Park, Cirencester

North West 13/14.09.14 Cholmondeley Estate, Cheshire

London South 25/26.10.14 Matterley Bowl, Winchester 

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The Glenlivet Gallow Hill Single Cask Whisky Shop Exclusive Now Available To Order! – Scotch Whisky News


The Glenlivet Gallow Hill Single Cask Whisky Shop exclusive is now available to order! We are still running with free delivery on all orders over £60 delivered to UK addresses!

The Whisky Shop is proud to present another exciting exclusive distillery bottling. Limited to less than 300 bottles this expression is one of the most limited releases ever to come out of Glenlivet. We expect demand to be high and all orders will be processed on a first come first served basis.

The Glenlivet Gallow Hill 16 year old Single Cask tasting notes:

Nose: Bursting with concentrated fruit flavours. Sweet clementine orange and fruity pear complemented perfectly with a sensation of toasted almonds and moist gingerbread.

Taste: Coats the mouth with wonderful sweet orange flavours intermingled with rich milk chocolate and a hint of sweet treacle toffee.

Finish: Long and refreshing.

Bottled at a natural cask strength of 51.8% volume


With spectacular views across Glenlivet, Gallow Hill slopes gently above the distillery. The rugged and remote landscape has hardly changed since George Smith, The Glenlivet founder, first started distilling his whisky all those years ago.

Pre Order today to secure your bottle. Stock arriving on 1st May – £235

Simply Click here to buy

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This & That at K&L California – Whisky News


Japan – Single Malt Scotch

  • Suntory Hibiki 12 Year Japanese Whiskey 750ml (Ships as 1.5L) (1 bottle limit) – 6 available ($64.99)
  • Suntory Yamazaki 12 year old Japanese Single Malt Whiskey 750ml – 2 available ($59.99)

Scotland – Single Malt Scotch

  • BenRiach 17 Year Old Solstice 2nd Edition Single Malt Whisky 750ml – 3 available ($99.99)

United States – Bourbon and Rye

  • Tuthilltown Hudson Baby Bourbon (375ml) – 12 available ($42.99)

KL Wine Merchants
Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)
San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA


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1988 Littlemill 25 Year Old K&L “Exclusive Malts” – Scotch Whisky News


KL Wine Merchants
Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)
San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA


  • 1988 Littlemill 25 Year Old K ;L “Exclusive Malts” Single Barrel Cask Strength Lowland Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($139.99)
    In the pantheon of closed distilleries, Littlemill definitely falls short of top-tier status. Collectors see names like Port Ellen or Brora and they get excited, even reverent about the possiblity of tasting Scotch whisky royalty. Littlemill, however, has never seen its reputation balloon in the new age of romanticism. It’s maintained a more working class status, while other lost distillery bottles continue to double and triple in price. This is fitting, however, when you visit the site where the distillery once stood. The hamlet of Bowling, where Littlemill once operated, has built affordable housing on the ghostly grounds. A bit of ruins still remain, but there’s nothing left to let you know of their importance other than a street sign that reads “Littlemill Place.” You would drive right by it without noticing if you weren’t looking for it, which is exactly the case with this 25 year old cask of Littlemill whisky. If you weren’t lo oking for delicacy and subtle nuance, you could drink this single malt down quickly and think it was cask strength Jameson. But the drinker who appreciates the pure malt flavors on the palate, the little hint of vanilla on the back, and the burst of richness that tickles the finish, will understand its merit. Littlemill will never be recognized like Port Ellen because its flavors and attributes aren’t obvious. This cask is a last gasp at greatness from a name soon to be forgotten; a good-bye gift to whisky lovers who long for the past.



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anCnoc Sheds Light On Its Peaty Side – Scotch Whisky News

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anCnoc sheds light on its Peaty side

At a launch event in Glasgow on Wednesday the 26th  of March anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky unveiled exciting and unexpected additions to its award winning range. Peated whiskies from Knockdhu Distillery, named Rutter, Flaughter and Tushkar; were presented to the media, whisky experts and members of the wider anCnoc community. The release of the Peaty Collection marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the Distillery and is set to delight whisky enthusiasts around the world with a heavier, darker side of the iconic Highland spirit.

Project Manager Stephanie Bridge commented on the prospect of the anCnoc Peaty Collection being a window to the world of smoky whisky for drinkers who previously chose to drink unpeated malts:

“Rutter and our other new Limited Edition peated single malts will form an exciting collection to sit alongside our core anCnoc expressions, offering drinkers a new and perhaps a first experience of peated whisky. These malts have all the exceptional qualities of anCnoc but with a depth and smokiness that will be appealing both to peat aficionados and to drinkers of lighter malts with an interest in finding a peated malt whisky that they understand and enjoy. We’re on a mission to bring our very modern take on the world of peated whisky to our drinkers all over the world and to entice customers to experience this new side of anCnoc.”

The Whisky

While in the early days of Knockdhu’s operation peat was embraced as fuel used for firing stills and drying malted barley, technological advancements changed the way whisky was made in the village of Knock and allowed more gentle, unpeated character of the spirit to be developed over decades. But since early 21st  century peated malt has been used at Knockdhu once again, this time for a few months of the year only, to produce whisky which pays homage to anCnoc’s heritage and sheds light on the darker side of one of Scotland’s most flavoursome distillates. Excellent maturation performance, high flavour concentration and a rare propensity to retain a lot of the distillery style while delivering an uncompromising peaty dimension has led the company to the decision to release this unusual guise of anCnoc as the Peaty Collection.

The whisky is presented in green glass to emphasise its distinctly different character and the three expressions unveiled at the Glasgow launch are named after traditional peat-cutting tools. Uniquely, these three exciting releases, as well as any future additions to the Collection, carry a phenol content statement expressed in parts per million phenols (ppm) allowing the drinkers to make informed decisions and choose the level of smokiness most suited to their palate.

anCnoc Rutter, peated to 11 ppm phenol and matured in American oak hogsheads, is the lightest and freshest of the three releases with notes of delicate spices, juicy pineapples, pear drops and a gentle whiff of vanilla delivering anCnoc’s trademark character under a veil or warming smoke.

anCnoc Flaughter features 14.8 ppm phenol and matured in a selection of American oak casks. A richer, more dominant peat character leads the flavour profile with notes of creamy vanilla, sticky toffee and green apple freshness providing balance. 

anCnoc Tushkar is the most peaty of the three with a phenol content of 15 ppm. Matured in 1st refill American ex-bourbon barrels it offers a great balance between intense smokiness and the rich and rewarding influence of very active oak. Spicy vanilla heart is wrapped in overtones of orange peel, apples and cut flowers.  anCnoc Tushkar is available exclusively in Sweden.

Whisky expert and one of the most revered writers on the subject, Charles Maclean, commented:

“The difference between these three malts is subtle, but apparent. Their overall flavour – i.e. aroma and taste –is nicely balanced, fresh and breezy; their smokiness subtle and understated, while their cheerful simplicity makes them very ‘more-ish’ and easy to drink.”

All anCnoc Peaty Collection expressions are bottled at 46% ABV, non chill-filtered and presented at their natural colour. The RRP for Rutter and Flaughter is £52 in the UK and the Tushkar will retail for 449SEK in Sweden.

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Glenglassaugh Releases First Batch of Single Cask Bottlings – Scotch Whisky News

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Glenglassaugh releases first batch of single cask bottlings

GLENGLASSAUGH has released its first batch of single cask bottlings. 

Revived from the dark and hand-selected by Managing Director and Master Distiller Billy Walker, there are eight phenomenal malts in Batch 1 which range from 45 to 28 years. 

All are crisp, fresh, sweet Highland malts that hit the palate with the power of complex fruit bombs – from apples, bananas, pineapples, grapefruit, prunes and plums to lime, cantaloupe melon and caramelised orange! 

The oldest, cask # 1601, 45 years old, was distilled in May 1968. Bottled at 44.3% vol, this autumn gold veteran is long and luxurious. On the nose, heady red candy apples balance with delicate spiced orange softening to distant pineapple juice. And on the palate, crisp oak spices soften to reveal elegant waves of fresh green apple and wisps of ripe banana. Delicate hints of passion fruit, cedar wood and lime zest bring a fantastic depth to the long finish. 

As a contrast, the youngest in the batch is a 28 year old distilled in February 1986.

This rich amber beauty, cask # 2101, was bottled at 43.7% vol. On the nose, gentle heather honey holds warm cigar box spices. Crisp, freshly-ground barley surrounds soaked raisins and sultanas. And on the palate, a toasted white oak spice runs through Demerara caramelised orchard fruits which mellow to dried apricot and hints of vanilla in the long subtle finish. 

Sales Director Alistair Walker said: “We took over Glenglassaugh last year and were thrilled to discover a treasure trove of old and rare spirits slumbering in the warehouses. Revived from the dark, selected by Billy Walker for their excellence and personality and bottled last month, this is an extraordinary collection of rare casks which will be warmly welcomed by connoisseurs worldwide. Taken together, they are stunning examples of Glenglassaugh at its finest.” 

All eight are presented in a beautiful golden box. 

The batch details are: 

1968 cask # 1601 / 45 years old / Finished in the finest Sherry Hogshead / 44.3% vol

1972 cask # 2114 / 41 years old / Matured in the finest Sherry Butt / 50.6% vol

1973 cask # 6801 / 40 years old / Finished in the finest Manzanilla Sherry Puncheon / 52.1% vol

1975 cask # 7301 / 38 years old / Finished in the finest Oloroso Sherry Hogshead / 40.7% vol

1975 cask # 7801 / 38 years old / Finished in the finest Moscatel Hogshead / 42.4% vol

1978 cask # 1803 / 35 years old / Finished in the finest Sherry Hogshead / 41.6% vol

1978 cask # 1810 / 35 years old / Finished in the finest Port Hogshead / 42.9% vol

1986 cask # 2101 / 28 years old / Finished in the finest Hogshead / 43.7% vol

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