Cotswolds Distillery Opening – English Whisky News

We’re delighted to announce that this week we will be opening our doors to the public once again!

On Thursday 2nd July, we’ll be reopening our shop at the distillery in Stourton as well as our shop in Bourton-on-the-Water, and on Friday 3rd July our shop in Broadway will reopen. Head to our website to find the revised opening hours by clicking the button below.

Please note: our café and toilets are closed until further notice and Tour Tastings are cancelled until the 3rd August.


We want to assure you that we’re working hard to keep our staff and our visitors safe, and COVID-19 measures in line with government guidelines will be in place at all sites. If you’d like to visit us at one of our shops, here are a few things to bear in mind:


Please do not visit us if you have COVID-19 symptoms. These include: a high temperature, new continuous cough and loss of or change to sense of smell or taste. All our shop staff will be wearing masks.


We’ve added signage to help keep customers stay socially distanced. Please ensure you keep 2 metres apart from others at all times.


We’ll be limiting the number of people in our shops to ensure people remain socially distanced.


We will only be accepting card payments and will no longer be accepting cash as a payment method for the time being.


We’ll be carrying out extra cleaning to keep our shops as clean as possible for you and hand sanitiser is available for you to use. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Kind regards,

The Cotswolds Distillery.

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2008 Glendronach 11 Year Old K&L Exclusive First Fill Single Oloroso Puncheon #2988 Cask Strength – Scotch Whisky News

NOTE: In accordance with local directives, our walk-in retail locations are currently closed. We have curbside pickup and low cost (often free) delivery options available in ZIP codes where we can ship lawfully, including anywhere in California. We can also include any new or existing will call orders in your delivery batch. Choose local delivery at checkout to learn if you qualify.

2008 Glendronach 11 Year Old KL Exclusive First Fill Single Oloroso Puncheon #2988 Cask Strength Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky ($99.99) After a nearly half decade hiatus, we’re back with a distillery-bottled exclusive single cask of ‘Dronanch. This delicious barrel was selected by our two spirits buyers, Andrew and David, way back in May of 2019. This Oloroso puncheon was filled September 17 of 2008 and bottled at the beginning of 2020 at cask strength without chill-filtration. Glendronach has become one of Scotland’s most well regarded and consistently delicious producers. The distillery was officially founded 1826, just outside the town of Huntley in a hidden valley in the rolling hills of the Eastern Highlands. The distillery was refurbished with two additional stills in the ’60s and was one of the last distilleries to stop using coal to fire the stills. The floor maltings continued to operate until 1996. GlenDronach had long been renowned for its use of sherry casks, but not until the BenRiach company purchased the distillery in 2008 did it become a serious contender in the eyes of whisky aficionados. This would have been one of the first whiskies distilled by the new owners. In 2016, Brown-Forman purchased Glendronach and its sister distilleries. Now, we finally have access to single casks from this special distillery once again. Holding nearly 100L more than a standard sherry butt, this first fill sherry puncheon has everything you’ve come to expect from this excellent distillery – bold, rich, and powerful. There are few better on the market than this special malt from the Valley of the Brambles.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: June 24, 2020I’ve always had a soft spot for this wonderful distillery. It was one of the first distillers to sell us single casks way back in 2011. Then they had significant old stocks at outrageously low prices. Part of what made Glendronach a household name was access to these stocks, a fact I try to impress on every distillery trying to make waves in today’s cutthroat Scotch market. There is in fact very little room for BS any longer in this category. Things that aren’t priced fairly or don’t have the provenance to garner high prices simply don’t sell. As Glendronach became more prominent and it’s older stocks dwindled, our access did as well. Now products that we once sold for $150, would cost us $3-400. So we took a step back. And when Glendronach sold in 2016 we were prepared to say good buy to the single cask program forever. Amazingly, the new owners have refreshed attitude toward this program and acknowledged immediately that continuing the line would be a crucial aspect of their marketing strategy. But, we were still seeing single casks in the over 18 year range priced well over $400 so we were skeptical that we’d find something that worked. So, when we dropped by the distillery in the Spring of 2019, we weren’t sure what would be on offer. Our only stipulation was that it be less than $100 on the shelf. I was prepared to taste through 5-6 year old stock, but our old friend Rachel Barrie instead offered us two choices, PX and Oloroso Puncheon just under 12 years old. These were some of the first stocks distilled after Billy Walker had taken over the distillery and a perfect example of the quality the new owners had brought to the old distillery. Both were excellent, but we were only allowed one. It wasn’t an easy choice, but we ended up going with the puncheon because it more than exemplified the “classic” ‘dronach flavor profile. And while this is a first fill it’s not one of the motor oil dark malts. Instead its full of nuance, depth and balance. Over a year after our original selection, this cask is finally here. Even with tariffs, Glendronach honored their commitment to keep the price under $100 and we couldn’t be more proud to be selling this gorgeous cask of this special malt. IT’s difficult to find a better OB in the shop right now and for $100 this a no brainer for any lower of high proof sherry. The color is deep copper. The nose is a heady mixture of medium roast coffee beans, fig jam, jamon, burnt orange peel and graphite pencil shavings. The palate is surprisingly sweet considering the strong oloroso influence – full of dried apricots, plums, old leather, dark chocolate, roasted almonds and fudge candy. Chewy and textured, the finish builds into a long spicy beast. I wouldn’t add more than a drop or two of water, but if you do you’ll find the dark roasty flavors take a back seat to the fruit, followed by more exotic wood and spice. I rarely perfer young cask strength whisky with out ANY water, but this one I think doesn’t benefit much from the addition. The sweetness on the palate totally hides the 60% abv, but the big spicy finish keeps you from forgetting what you’re drinking. It’s a lovely example of what’s going on at this special distillery in the modern era and a great sign for what is to come of the next decade. They’re still making some serious juice here and hopefully we’ll continue to be able to offer casks that deliver on the promise of value and quality that built the Glendronach name.

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Bimber partners with Selfridges to launch González Byass Oloroso Sherry Finish – English Whisky News

Bimber partners with Selfridges to launch

González Byass Oloroso Sherry Finish

London’s Bimber Distillery today announced the upcoming release of an exclusive single malt whisky created in partnership with high-end department store Selfridges.

The Bimber González Byass Oloroso Sherry Finish was initially matured in ex-bourbon casks before being finished in an outstanding 2010 vintage oloroso sherry butt from renowned Spanish sherry producer González Byass.

936 bottles have been produced and will be available directly from Selfridges (both in all stores and online) from Monday 6th July. Retailing at £79.99, the limited edition release is adorned with artwork inspired by the work of Dutch artist and sculptor Eelke van Willegen.

The expression was crafted to Bimber’s exacting standards. The spirit was produced from the distillery’s single farm barley and malted on a dedicated floor at Warminster Maltings, before being fermented for seven days in bespoke on-site constructed American oak washbacks. Distillation took place in Bimber’s customised stills which possess an increased copper surface area, resulting in a light, fruit-forward, layered new make spirit.

The spirit was initially matured in four 1st fill American oak ex-bourbon casks. These casks were then expertly married and finished in a single oloroso sherry butt from González Byass – one of the most renowned and celebrated Spanish bodegas. The result is an adventure through richness and spice with layers of jammy red berries and plump raisins enlivened by delectable cinnamon and nutmeg spices.
Speaking of the release, Bimber Distillery spokesperson Matt McKay said “We’re extremely proud that our first retail partnership is with a brand of such high esteem. As a London-based distillery, we’re thrilled to be working with a retailer whose history has been inherently tied to our capital city for over a Century.

The Selfridges exclusive Bimber González Byass Oloroso Sherry Finish showcases our versatile fruit-forward single malt, whilst celebrating our shared London heritage.”


Bimber González Byass Oloroso Sherry Finish

Nose: Bright, jammy red berries sit with gingerbread and a slice of rich fruit cake, whilst stewed apples and pear juice are lifted by cinnamon and nutmeg spices

Taste: Velvety in texture with pineapple cubes and sliced bananas served alongside plump raisins, sultanas and fig rolls. Vanilla cream is enlivened by piquant pepperiness, stem ginger and cinnamon sticks with a perfect balance throughout

Finish: Enduringly rich with opulent fruitiness tempered by aromatic oak

936 bottles



RRP £79.99

Available exclusives from Selfridges (in stores and online) from 6th July 2020

About Bimber

Bimber Distillery produces world-class single malt whisky, handcrafted with passion in West London. As a leading distiller of English whisky, we combine generations of rich distilling heritage, with the finest quality ingredients to create the ultimate craft whisky experience.

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2006 Highland Park 12 Year Old “K&L Exclusive” Cask #5036 First Fill European Oak Sherry – Scotch Whisky News

Among the Finest Whiskies Money Can Buy
2006 Highland Park 12 Year Old “KL Exclusive” Cask #5036 First Fill European Oak Sherry Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky ($159.99)
“This will easily be one of the best whiskies of the year at any price point.”
— David Othenin-Girard, KL SoCal Spirits Buyer

NOTE: In accordance with local directives, our walk-in retail locations are currently closed. We have curbside pickup and low cost (often free) delivery options available in ZIP codes where we can ship lawfully, including anywhere in California. We can also include any new or existing will call orders in your delivery batch. Choose local delivery at checkout to learn if you qualify.

While $160 might seem a lot for a 12-year-old single malt, the cask highlighted here is no ordinary bottling. First, it comes from Highland Park, one of the most celebrated distilleries in all of Scotland. Second, it is aged in a first fill European cask that was shipped directly from Jerez, and casks of this quality come at premium based on their exceptional quality and scarcity. Third, it clocks in at a staggering 132 proof, making it a spirit of unparalleled potency. Add all this up and you have one of the most thrilling opportunities we’ve seen this year. As the tasting notes below will attest, this is a multi-dimensional affair that delivers all the best Highland Park has to offer. The fact is, a whisky of this pedigree could cost three times the price and still be considered an outstanding buy. Because we have a strong relationship with Highland Park, we have access to some of their very finest casks, and this is undoubtedly among the best we’ve encountered. Simply put, this is a single malt no serious whisky collector should be without. It’s not often magical expressions like this one come along, making this a rare opportunity to own one of the best 12-years money can buy.

2006 Highland Park 12 Year Old “KL Exclusive” Cask #5036 First Fill European Oak Sherry Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($159.99)

After last year’s successful campaign of single casks from Highland Park, this exceptional distillery is back at it again. Last year, after years of being denied of the privilege, we finally secured a cask of the venerated Orkney producer’s finest. That was a single second fill hogshead and it was, by all accounts, a monster. How could we possibly top that glorious offer? Well, since we sold out in a matter of weeks, we figured we probably never would. But Highland Park pulled out all the stops and searched deep in their warehouses for something that could possibly match the unctuous character of that amazing bottle. We’re very lucky to have a great relationship with the owners of the distillery, so we had first crack at this year’s offerings. This first fill European oak sherry hogshead is a stunner. On paper it looks similar to the previous cask, but you’ll note the distinction in the source of the wood. European oak is much rarer than American oak when it comes to sherry and it’s reserved typically for only the highest quality wines. American oak is abundant and cheap and more forgiving, offering stronger vanilla notes and softer tannins. The bold richness of the European oak requires decades on the bodega’s soleras to soften and because they’re so expensive and prized by the producers, less of it gets discarded for use in Scotland. Put the finest spirit into the finest wood and you’ve got a recipe for something magical. That’s exactly what we’ve got here. Don’t forget to add a splash of water.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: June 23, 2020

A veritable powder keg. This whisky is as beastly now that it’s bottled as the day we first sampled it. It’s wound up tight just waiting to burst forth. The European oak is simply stunning. The depth of the sweet baking spices is rivaled by the bright fresh cracked pepper and balanced out perfectly by Highland Park’s signature heather peat smoke. The nose is bold and dry at first – raisined fruit and citrus peel fight against a beautiful oxidized nuttiness. The rich orange marmalade comes out with a touch of water as do the sweeter more candied sherry notes. The finish is a long dissertation on chocolate and nuts and how well they go together. When you take something as great as Highland Park and select out only the finest barrels of the highest quality and bottle them at full proof – it’s pure magic. Truly a bottle to hang your collector’s hat on.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: June 22, 2020

Some bystanders might glance at the price of this cask and balk, but anyone who’s more concerned with getting the best possible quality than pinching pennies will take a second look. Not many blue chip distillers are willing to bottle single cask for us and Highland Park isn’t throwing us their leftovers with this program. This is top-tier single malt with pedigree. In addition to that, this product is the exact same price as last year’s cask and comes from even more prized stocks than last year’s. It’s first fill, meaning it was dumped in Jerez after years of maturing sherry and immediately filled with this spirit on arrival in Scotland. It’s European oak, a rarity that costs both the bodega and the distiller a significant premium over the much more common American oak hogshead. And finally, it’s a whopping 132 proof, bordering on hazmat. The resulting whisky is beyond what I would normally describe as a bomb. It’s more like an ICBM. Let’s have a taste. The color is mahogany. The nose is unusually restrained considering the color and proof. It’s almost asleep at first pour. Subtle hints of chocolate powder, dried fruit, cinnamon and clove. But, one tiny sip and you realize the immensity of this whisky is completely masked. It’s thick. Coating the mouth and offering endlessly deep layers of oloroso, hints of salty, clean smoke, dried apricots, hot candies, caramelized pecans. Complete devastation. Just a few splashes of water and the nose opens to meet the palate. Unusually, I think there’s a careful balance to reach on that front, with the power and depth of the whisky and the great complexity meeting somewhere between 110-120 proof. Add slowly and let it find itself. Once it’s there, expect that on the nose chocolate powder will to turn to molten fudge. Candied mango, sultanas, the finest old teak, far away pipe smoke, and hints of the ocean smashing onto rock. On the palate, now we have all the spices, Manuka honey, a perfect wafting background smoke. A steep, strong whisky that requires a good deal of time to fully appreciate, but once you reach the top, you’ll find few better views. This will easily be one of the best whiskies of the year at any price point.

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Loch Lomond Whiskies pay tribute to 149th Open – Scotch Whisky News

Loch Lomond Whiskies pay tribute to 149th Open

Independent distiller adds special edition to range

Loch Lomond Whiskies, the Official Spirit of The Open, has unveiled a new special edition single malt to mark the Championship that was due to take place in July this year.

The Loch Lomond 12 Year Old The Open Special Edition 2020 was created to celebrate The 149th Open at Royal St George’s in Kent, which has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is the first time since WWII that the Championship will not be played.

The special edition, crafted by master blender Michael Henry, showcases Loch Lomond’s unique straight neck pot still, and is created from a Chardonnay wine yeast, a fermentation process that’s rarely used in whisky distilling as it requires greater time to achieve the final liquid. Full of lively flavour, hints of grapefruit and vanilla syrup are balanced with cinnamon and lime juice.

Priced at £50 RRP with an ABV of 46%, 3,000 limited-edition bottles will be released globally in early July, giving both whisky and golf fans the opportunity to experience The Open in spirit from their homes.

Loch Lomond Whiskies’ became The Official Spirit of The Open in 2018, and although the Championship will not be played as planned in 2020, Loch Lomond’s Open Special Edition pays tribute to golf’s original championship. The 149th Open will now be played at Royal St George’s in July 2021, with The 150th Open at St Andrews moving to 2022.

Colin Matthews, CEO of Loch Lomond Group, said: “Of course we, like thousands of golf enthusiasts around the globe, were disappointed to learn of the cancellation of The Open this year, but given the current circumstances, it’s absolutely the right decision.

“Our Loch Lomond 12 Year Old The Open Special Edition 2020 is a very special limited edition, showcasing Loch Lomond’s style beautifully, and will allow thousands of golf and whisky fans around the world to raise a dram during these difficult, unprecedented times.

“We are very proud of our partnership with The Open, allowing us to raise awareness of the Loch Lomond Whiskies range among golf lovers all over the world. We are very much looking forward to visiting Royal St George’s for the first time as the Spirit of The Open next year.”

Michael Henry, Master Distiller added: “It has been a real pleasure crafting this limited edition to mark The 149th Open. We are one of very few distilleries

currently using wine yeasts in the fermentation process, which brings a unique and vibrant flavour to the finished liquid. As a distillery we are perfectly placed to be able to develop these rare expressions, which is ideally suited to our preference for longer fermentation times, combined with the control we have over the final character using our straight-necked stills.”

Loch Lomond Whiskies, based in Alexandria near Loch Lomond, agreed a five-year partnership with The RA, organisers of The Open, in February 2018.  Known as “The One”, The Open is the most international of the major championships with qualifying events across five continents.

Neil Armit, Chief Commercial Officer at The RA, said: “Loch Lomond Whiskies’ special edition products have already proven to be a hit with fans of The Open, bringing together two of Scotland’s greatest exports beautifully: golf and whisky.

“Although we will have to wait until next year to visit Royal St George’s, fans will still be able to enjoy a taste of The Open from home until we all meet again at the famous Kent links in 2021.”

The Loch Lomond 12 Year Old The Open Special Edition 2020 will launch for sale in early July. For more information, please visit

Tasting Notes:

Nose – Grapefruit, apple and vanilla syrup

Taste – Lively almost effervescent mouthfeel. Honey sweet, green fruits – apple, pear and kiwi, gentle cinnamon spiciness

Finish – Long finish with powdery sherbet and lime juice 

About Loch Lomond Whiskies

  • Loch Lomond Distillery has one of the oldest heritages in the industry. It was founded by American, Duncan Thomas, the owner of the Littlemill distillery which was licensed in 1772. In the 1930s Duncan Thomas was at the forefront of innovation within the Scotch whisky industry and his innovative philosophy is ingrained into everything that is done at Loch Lomond to this day
  • The multi award winning Loch Lomond whiskies range includes the Loch Lomond 12-Year-Old which has been awarded the Platinum Award in 2020, one of only 7 single malts to be awarded this honour at the San Francisco World Spirits Challenge 2020. Other expressions in the range are the single malts Loch Lomond Original; Loch Lomond Classic; Loch Lomond 18-Year-Old; Loch Lomond 50-Year-Old; the Loch Lomond Island’s Collection which includes the Inchmurrin and Inchmoan ranges as well as the deluxe blend Loch Lomond Signature and Loch Lomond Single Grain
  • Loch Lomond Inchmoan 12-Year-Old has been awarded Best Highland Single Malt 12 Years and Under at the 2018 World Whiskies Awards and a Gold Medal at the 2020 San Francisco 2020 Awards
  • Loch Lomond Whiskies was recently also awarded the following medals at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition:
    • PLATINUM: Loch Lomond 12 Year Old
    • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Inchmurrin 12 Year Old
    • GOLD MEDAL – Inchmoan 12 Year Old
    • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Loch Lomond 18 Year Old
    • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL: Loch Lomond 10 Year Old
  • Loch Lomond Whiskies signed a five-year partnership with The RA to become The Spirit of The Open in February 2019. The period includes the playing of the landmark 150th Open in 2021 at St Andrews, the home of golf.

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Whiskies of the World American Whiskey Tasting July 5th, 2020 – American Whiskey News

Come celebrate America’s traditional sips along with a full range of American Whiskey this 4th of July holiday weekend for our special virtual tasting on Sunday, July 5th at 5PM PST.

We will cover a full range of flavor profiles demonstrating American ingenuity. We will cover bourbon, rye and corn whisky.  Why is corn whiskey not bourbon? Taste the difference between rye and malted rye. Discover some other great grains made into whisky and what is ASM.

Each tasting kit contains  0.50 oz. samples of nine whiskeys. Guests will receive a link to join our brand ambassadors for a private, Zoom conference where you can talk amongst yourselves, and describe what you’re seeing, smelling and tasting!

Tasting Kits can be purchased in these cities: San Jose, San Francisco, Pleasanton, and  Oakland. Pre-purchase kits now for pickup starting July 2nd, 

San Jose: Haberdasher  (Available for purchase beginning Monday, June 29.)
San Francisco: Shovels Bar  
Pleasanton: Beer Baron
Oakland: Beer Baron

Pour List Includes
Belle Meade Bourbon
Catoctin Creek Rabble Rouser BIB
Barber Lee Malted Rye
KOVAL Single Grain Oat
KOVAL Four Grain
Balcones Baby Blue
Breckenridge Bourbon PX Sherry
Breckenridge Bourbon Port
Del Bac Whiskey Dorado Mequite Smoked

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THE LOCH FYNE THE LIVING CASK 1745 – Scotch Whisky News

THE LOCH FYNE THE LIVING CASK 1745 – Scotch Whisky News


Winner of a liquid gold award in the 2016 Jim Murray whisky bible – scoring an impressive 94.5 points.

Carefully selecting a used bourbon cask with tight staves and a good heritage, we created a marriage of what we considered to be the ‘the best’ Islay single malts. And so The Living Cask® was born, with that combination of Islay malts at its heart forevermore. Respecting our Inveraray roots, we christened it The Living Cask 1745 in a nod to the year the town was founded by The Duke of Argyll.

You can buy and enjoy The Living Cask 1745 today. It’s a very fine dram, and its excellent Islay credentials can be tasted in every drop – no wonder it won a Liquid Gold award in Jim Murray’s 2016 Whisky Bible.

Jim Murray’s official tasting note:

n23.5 an intriguing two-toned nose which, if you concentrate on one side, offers firm smokiness giving further edge to the unyielding malts; and from the other angle is a complete softie…! t23.5 the delivery takes the path of the second option with an immediate eiderdown softness on delivery but doesn’t duck out of juicy and, at times, forceful barleysugar then Fisherman Friend notes…all very sweet shop; f23.5 remains silky; now with a few spices joining the rolling smoke; b24 one of the best whiskies ever created at quarter to six in the evening….and one quite impossible not to love. 46.3%

Please note: Our Loch Fyne Whiskies products are presented in handmade glass bottles. Due to their handmade nature, these bottles can show small imperfections such as grooves and seams in the glass.


Distillery/Brand The Loch Fyne

Classification Scotch Whisky

Region Islay

Style Blended Malt

Size 50cl

ABV 43.6%

Age Statement ~ No Age Statement

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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 320: Port Dundas 20 Year Old 1990 Diageo Special Edition – Scotch Whisky News

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 320: Port Dundas 20 Year Old 1990 Diageo Special Edition

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky vlogger, found an older release of grain. Port Dundas closed just shy of two centuries of operation. The distillery closed the doors on the 1st of July 2009. The demolition of the iconic chimney was even broadcast live on television. Mark will taste an older one that Diageo launched in their yearly Special Editions of 2011. It was the first grain ever in that bespoke series. First it matured for three years on bourbon casks, then it got an impressive 17 year old second maturation on a combination of European oak, first fill bourbon casks and fomer sherry casks. The color says it all!

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Virgin Kilian Five ~ Whisky made in Germany – Whisky News

Virgin Kilian Five

Whisky made in Germany

Ernie Scheiner, The Gateway to Distilleries

Sankt Kilian Distillers of Lower Frankonia stand for an exemplary innovation on the German and international whisky market. Master Distiller and Managing Director Mario Rudolf may draw to the full. The equipment of the distillery is largely Scottish, the temperature controlled wooden fermenters are from Dufftown, the onion shaped short neck pot stills were manufactured by Forsyth in Rothes. The Irish distilling expert David F. Hynes – Cooley and Great Northern – implemented also Irish tradition into the distilling process by fitting a water cooled reflux pipe into the lyne arm of the spirit still. German craftsmen set up the pipes and wires. The inter-European cooperation lead to a unique state of the art distillery in a small village Rüdenau near the Main River. Non-peated barley comes from the region and is malted exclusively by the Maltster Weyermann whereas Boort Malt from Glenesk in Angus supplies peated malt varieties (54ppm).  Mario Rudolf who is a Master Brewer with a degree in Brewing is the first German distiller to cultivate the Scottish barley variety Laureate by a biological farmer in a neighbouring village this year.

The first peated and non-peated spirits were double distilled in 2016. They mature in a huge variety of casks. Over 200 different cask types modify the aromas of the spirits in steel racked warehouses at the distillery. Thousands of casks lie in a nearby Bunkers which were used by the U.S. Army during the Cold War.

The origin of the casks, their different sizes and various sorts of wood – in the European Union distillers may use any kind of wood for their whisky maturation – allow the Kilian distilling team to experiment the impact of charred, toasted wood from oak to mulberry, acacia et cetera. In the racks you may find casks which held Bourbon, white or red wine, rum, Sherry, cider, beer or even Jägermeister. The large variety of wood is highly exceptional in the whisky industry and makes for rather astonishing aroma profiles. Rudolf and his young team generate a diversified portfolio of whiskies that is rather exceptional in Germany and Europe. The annual production capacity was 200 000 LPA in 2019. Rudolf has developed wood management to perfection.

Investor and owner Andreas Thümmler, who is from Rüdenau where the distillery is located, has been persueing strategies to become the best German whisky producer. The corporate finance manager is a whisky enthusiast and collector. He has created a trusting framework in which his team can work creatively. The previous four St. Kilian Signature Editions as well as the multipied Distillery only bottlings have proved the positive results of their whisky making approach. The reception of Kilian whiskies has been consistently positive: Jurors of the latest World Whisky Awards 2020 voted St. Kilian the best Single Malt of Germany.

Not only Kilian‘s cask management is innovative and exemplary. In October 2019 German and Austrian Distillers made an excursion – organized by The Gateway to Distilleries – to the prominent tonelerias in Montilla and Jerez. The impact was tremendous. Just recently Mario Rudolf has initiated a sherry-liqueur wine experiment in an most inspiring way. His objective is to find out in which kind of Andalusian barrel their peaty and non-peaty spirits receive and develop a diversified aroma profile. Not many small scale distilleries can afford such a mid-term project.

“From the following five tonelerias with the corresponding Bodegas we recently received a truckload of great barrels directly from Andalusia:

– Toneleria Tevasa Jerez – Bodegas Baron Sanlúcar de Barrameda

– Toneleria Hudo Jerez – Bodegas Williams Humbert Jerez

– Toneleria del Sur (Casknolia) Montilla

– Bodegas Xeranthia Jerez and Bodega Malaga Virgen Malaga (Casknolia)

– Toneleria Juan Pino Montilla – Bodegas Sanchez Romate Jerez

– Toneleria Rodriguez Montilla – Bodegas Navarro and Rodriguez Montilla.”

From these cooperages and bodegas, which are largely appreciated worldwide among whisky makers, Kilian distillery selected casks seasoned with either Oloroso or Pedro Ximénez liqueur wines. In Spring 2020 they had recieved butts from the toneleria Paez in Jerez. Very special casks which held previously Manzanilla wine – a rather dry sherry from Palomino grapes came from the cooperage Tevasa in Jerez. The casks were seasoned in a renowned Bodega in the seaside town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Other hogsheads came from a famous Jerez Bodega not to be named.

Virgin Oak influences the new Kilian FIVE

The latest St. Kilian Signature Edition FIVE was realeased on the German Whisky Day 2020, 27th June. Whiskies blended from virgin casks only is quite a challenge for any whisky maker, because of the structural impact of the tannins from the oak. The Kilian whiskies of the vatting matured over three years in five different virgin-oak casks to create an aromatic and challenging composition of flavours. The fast maturing Kilian spirit, the mild climate of the region, the warehouses and the exceptional wood of the virgin casks have induvidually contributed to the character of the Signature Malt. It seems as if the spirit plays well with the tannins of the oak wood regarding the aroma profile. Rudolf proudly says: “Soft, rounded aromas and mild taste of delicately spiced oak convey the feeling of a refreshing walk though the woods. The vatting is a result of five different geographical destinations of the oak barrels. They come from cooperages in Hungary, Germany and America.“

The Kilian Single Malt Whisky “Made in Germany” is made of 100% German barley malted by the Franconian Malster Weyermann. A long fermentation period guaranteed a high level of fruitiness of the wash. The high reflux of heavy alcohols in the spirit still and a gentle double distillation formed an aromatic clean spirit with notes of ripe apples and pears. It is the basis of the new unpeated Kilian Edition.

For the Cuvée FIVE Master Blender Rudolf selected a range of whiskies which were drawn exclusively from virgin oak casks, i.e. they absolutely had not held any liquid before filling with Kilian malt spirits. Within a period of only about three years they have developed aroma profiles perfectly well. The individual impact of the virgin casks is shown in the five deconstruction samples. From subtle sweetness to prominent spicyness, from light to dark fruit. It is a variation of its kind. The smaller the cask the more colour and tannins appear.

Rudolf’s vatting recipe is quite astonishing. Full transparency is his production policy. Aroma and taste of the Kilian Signature Edition FIVE were largely influenced by the following cask selection. The aroma comes from:

34% from a 190 l cask made of American white oak, charring level three, by the Cooperages ISC and East Bernstadt, U.S.

26% from a 190 l cask set up with European oak by an Austrian cooperage. Rudolf: „They are very rare casks and no longer in production as European oak is very difficult to handle for this size of casks. They had a tendency of leaking.“

20% from a 200 l cask, a special hybrid barrel made of charred American oak staves and toasted French oak staves by World Cooperage, U.S.

13% from a 50 l cask, German fine grain Palatian oak – Traubeneiche -, medium toasted plus, Cooperage Markus Eder, Germany

7% from a 100 l cask made of Hungarian sessile oak by the coopers of Dolium Cask and Timber Manufacturing Ltd., Budapest 

What does the new Kilian Five taste like?

St Kilian‘s latest creation offers an amber colour with some slight reddish reflections. Strong but not pungent alcohol impressions flow into the nose which are followed by an impressive bundle of sweet fruity notes of dark fruit. One might also think of some freshly pressed quince juice. These impressions are joined by subtle woody aromas, accompanied by a prominent spicy herbal note plus some fresh ginger tones. The alcohol as such is very well integrated and by no means dominant on the palate. Pronounced long lasting sweetness and a smooth oiliness make the Fiver a pleasant and charming dram despite its high bottling alcohol concentration of 52,5 % abv. However, the finish is rather dry. Vanilla notes reverberate discreetly, sweetness and fruity impressions are lingering slowly.

Master Distiller and Blender Rudolf presents an exciting and harmoniously well balanced German Whisky. Edition Five has got an international rarity value due to the originality of its virgin cask recipe. The young Single Malt is a pleasure and delight. It tastes delicious and has got a pleasant smooth mouthfeel. The new Kilian is a tasty and charming whisky. However, by addition of some drops of still water the whisky some of its exciting character shaping spicy notes will be vanishing. The Kilian Signature Edition Five is not artificially coloured with sugar caramel and not chill-filtered. It is bottled in a designed bottle which represents the shape of the spirit still.

The high alcohol content of 52.5 % vol. gives this edition, which is limited to 6,000 bottles, a rather stringent aromatic appearance. Rudolf: “The wash was distilled between October 2016 and April 2017 and the mélange was created in April 2020.” The final result is a profound German whisky with a high rarity value. Above all, this non-peated Kilian version is pleasing nose and palate, too. It is a fine tipple.

The Kilian Signature Edition Five is available in miniature bottles 0.05 l. The whisky may be ordered directly from Sankt Kilian distillery or at whisky retailers in Germany. Recommended retail price is 39,90 Euro for a  0,5 l bottle.

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Milroys online Tasting with Colin & Simo July 8th, 2020 – Whisky News

Colin  Simo
Tastes  of  Scotland

Tastes of Scotland Online Tasting 7:00pm 08/07/20

Please join us for a night with two of the industry’s biggest legends our very own Simo and the notorious Colin Dunn. Through the evening they will take you through some of their favourite bottlings from across Scotland, you will be spending the evening tasting through a range of six whiskies from some of the best distillers, independent bottlers, and a couple of our own tasty Milroys expressions.

Colin Dunn

Colin has been part of the whisky industry for 35 years having a hand in bringing Suntory to the UK while working for Morrisons Bowmore. Now he lays his hat with Diageo as the Global Whisky Ambassador. Colin’s enthusiasm for all things whisky is only surpassed by the stories he has. These will transport you to a damp peat bog or a still house with a scent of malt and spirit.


The one and only Simo owner of Millroys, rider of Harleys and seller of Whiskies.

Amongst running the shop and bars he has led the Milroys team to help bring some incredible liquid to market that spans the whisky world whether that would be a cloudberry wine cask Mackmyra or a 24-year Old Glenfarclas.

A little known fact is that Simo decided to buy Milroys after trying a Carn Mor bottling of a 1989 Bunnahabain, so we are very excited to include another Carn Mor, the Dailuaine 1995 celebration of the cask to this tasting.

 This online tasting includes:

An invitation to join Colin and Simo on 8th July at 7:00pm (GMT) for an online tasting experience, also a flight of 6 25ml drams of :

Lagavulin 8 Year Old, 48%
Dailuiane 22 Year Old ,1995, Càrn Mòr, 43.6%
Mortlach 20 Year Old, 43.4%
Cragganmore 12 Year Old, (Special Release 2019), 58.4%
Compass Box, Great King Street Artist’s Blend: Milroys, 49.0%
Glenfarclas 24 Year Old, Milroys Exclusive, 50%,

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