Our Port Ellen 33 Year Old Named Scotch Whisky Taste Master!

Our Port Ellen 33 Year Old Named Scotch Whisky Taste Master!

Our sixth batch of Port Ellen single malt won an enviable award from The Spirits Masters on Friday - Scotch Whisky Taste Master!

We're always very excited to add more awards to our already sizeable collection (not that we're bragging or anything - good heavens, no!), so it's with great pride to announce that we snapped up a big one at The Spirits Masters 2017 on Friday...

Our bottling of 33 year old single malt from the legendary Port Ellen distillery was named Scotch Whisky Taste Master! There is only one Taste Master awarded per competition to the spirit deemed best in its class, and our Port Ellen 33 Year Old was up against stiff competition, with over 200 entrants in the running for this coveted title. To say we're chuffed to bits would be an understatement!

A very excited Adam and Dave with a very award-winning whisky.

A very excited Adam and Dave with a very award-winning whisky.

Since we're talking about it, we reckon that it's probably worth revisiting the this glorious whisky's tasting note. You know. For scientific purposes only.

Nose: Smoky toffee, salty BBQ’d lemons and a damp earthy forest floor.
Palate: Rich, sweet, and smoky, Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum, spicy citrus notes and a deep, earthy smoke.
Finish: Salty liquorice, a citrus tang and earthy peat that lingers for an eternity.

And that's not all! The 15th batch of our bottling of Invergordon single grain Scotch whisky also picked up a Master Medal at The Design & Packaging Masters! A bounty of brilliant awards!

These award-winning whiskies are available from fine retailers at the following recommended retail prices:

  • Port Ellen 33 Year Old - £999.95
  • Invergordon 42 Year Old - £106.95

Off-trade/on-trade enquiries should be directed to our UK distributor, Maverick Drinks.

Another Macallan Bottled by our Fair Hands!

Another Macallan Bottled by our Fair Hands!

We've gone and bottled another new batch of Macallan single malt - it's a properly well-Sherried superstar!

Our independent bottling of single malt from the magnificent Macallan distillery have been much adored by many (and taken home a few awards, we might add!), so it's always exciting when we have a new batch to present to you lot. If you couldn't guess where this preamble was headed, we're going to spell it out for you...

Here's out newest bottling of Macallan single malt. It's 25 years old. It's bursting at the seams with Sherried brilliance. Only 31 bottles were produced. We're still not sure if the still on the label are actually that small or if the man is a giant. Ta-da, voilà, and other exclamations of that sort.

This mighty Macallan will be available from fine retailers at the following recommended retail price:

  • Macallan 25 Year Old - £497.95

Off-trade/on-trade enquiries should be directed to our UK distributor, Maverick Drinks.

Behold, Our First Japanese and Swedish Whiskies!

Behold, Our First Japanese and Swedish Whiskies!

Love whiskies from far-off lands? You're in luck, as we've got our very first Japanese and Swedish whiskies ready for you!

We've got a pair of very exciting, hotly-anticipated whiskies to share with you lovely folks today - both of which come from far-off lands! If you consider yourself a bit of a whisky globe-trotter, these will be right up your alley...

First up is our Japanese Blended Whisky #1 - a 21 year old expression boasting plenty of sweet caramel and runny honey notes, with intriguing red chilli notes cutting through deftly. Japanese whisky has garnered quite the reputation in recent years, and our first ever bottling of Japanese whisky is an excellent example as to why. There's 940 of these available, and we reckon they'll be gone quick as a flash!

Secondly, we've got our first bottling of Swedish single malt from the Mackmyra distillery! Even at just three years of age, this is a complex dram with loads and loads of delicious fresh fruit notes. Only 220 bottles of this Swedish single malt was produced. Now, what's the Elvish word for friend, again?

These are available from fine retailers at the following recommended retail prices:

  • Japanese Blended Whisky #1 21 Year Old - £167.95
  • Mackmyra 3 Year Old - £127.95

Off-trade/on-trade enquiries should be directed to our UK distributor, Maverick Drinks.

Shower me with Sugar Lumps, Part 2

Shower me with Sugar Lumps, Part 2

Our Lovely Horse is back! Our inaugural release received much acclaim and was awarded Gold medals from The Irish Whiskey Masters 2017, and The International Spirits Challenge 2017 earlier this year. so we thought we'd best get onto a new batch as soon as possible.

This latest release of Irish Single Malt Whiskey #1 is a 13 Year Old and we’ve squeezed a whopping 2,200 bottles at 48.4% abv for our second batch.

With notes of banana custard, jasmine, and a subtle hint of saxophone solo on the label, Irish eyes will be smiling once more. So here's to me, and here's to you, and here's to love and laughter. Sláinte mhaith!

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This Irish Single Malt Whiskey #1 is available from fine retailers now with the recommended retail price of £59.95

Off-trade/on-trade enquiries should be directed to our UK distributor, Maverick Drinks.

We're 5 Today!

We're 5 Today!

Five years ago today, we announced our first four bottlings. Today we have 100 labels and have released over 230 batches, and are as passionate as ever about bringing great whisky to you.

Our first four batches hailed from two open distilleries, Ardbeg, and Macallan, and two long closed: Caperdonich and Port Ellen. Earlier this year we released our sixth batch of Port Ellen, and our next batch of Macallan will be number 10.

Did you know that there are 95 long-established single malt distilleries in Scotland? There’s a further 18 that have started making single malt since 2000, too. We’ve now bottled 59 of those established distilleries – there’s still a few to we’d like to get our hands on, and we're already working on that so watch this space!

Over the last five years we’ve managed to get our hands on some fabulous casks from long closed distilleries, and have released single malts from Brora, Littlemill, Port Ellen, Caperdonich and Ayrshire. It’s not all been Scotch whisky though. We’ve bottled whisky from around the world too, with single malts from Australia, England, Germany, India, Ireland, The Netherlands, and Switzerland, plus bourbon and rye whiskey from the United States.

And let’s not forget the wonderful single grain whiskies. Six of the seven Scottish single grain distilleries have found their way into our bottles (Cameronbridge, Girvan, North British, Strathclyde, Invergordon and Loch Lomond). We’ve also released whisky from five of the seven recently closed distilleries too; Cambus, Caledonian, Carsebridge, Garnheath, and Port Dundas.

We’ve also tried our hand at blending with and have released three blended Scotch whiskies,, simply Blend #1, #2 and #3, and a handful of Blended Malts; from our ‘tea-spooned’ Blended Malts #1 and #3 to our true Blended Malt #2 and Islay Blended Malts #1 and #2

Accolades have been plentiful, and this year has been our most successful to date, We’ve picked up numerous awards at major competitions with a Gold Medal at this year’s San Francisco Spirits Competition for our Blended Whisky #1, Batch 5.

At The International Spirits Challenge ceremony the Trophy for the best Grain Whisky was awarded to our 43 Year Old Invergordon, Batch 11. Golds were awarded to our Irish Single Malt Batch 1, Blended Whisky #1 Batch 3, Blended Whisky #1, Batch 5, Blended Whisky #2 Batch 2, and Invergordon Batch 11.  We picked up six silver medals too – quite the catch!

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The International Wine & Spirits Competition saw our latest batch of Port Ellen awarded Gold Outstanding, while our Blended Whisky #3. Batch 1, and Glenturret Batch 2 also picked up Golds. Three Silver-Outstanding, three Silver, and one Bronze completed the haul.

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And The Spirits Masters competitions yielded 3 Masters, one each for our Invergordon Batch 3, Blended Whisky #1 Batch 5, and Blended Malt #1 Batch 3, along with nine Golds and two silvers.

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This year we’ve also released a number of batches for the US market, spreading the Boutique-y Whisky love around the world. 

That’s not all: we’ve got plenty of new releases in the warehouse that we’ll be announcing throughout the rest of 2017, including some new batches and some exciting new labels. Even better, why not ring in the festive season with our Boutique-y Whisky Advent Calendar? Sample a Boutique-y Whisky every day during Advent, with a different 30ml dram behind every window.  Order yours now from our fine retailers!

 Boutique-y dram a day? Behold our Advent Calendar!

Boutique-y dram a day? Behold our Advent Calendar!

We’ve teamed up with our pals at Drinks by the Dram to present you with a box of liquid magnificence: a daily dose of splendiferous whisky in the run-up to Christmas in the form of That Boutique-y Whisky Advent Calendar!

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Back by popular demand, our Advent Calendar features 24 different 30ml drams, giving you the tastiest possible daily treat in the run-up to Advent.

But we’ve not tucked just any whisky behind each of those windows – from incredible single casks and irresistible single malts to blended malts and grains (and not one but TWO 50 year old whiskies), the assortment is extraordinary.

Where can I get my hands on this box of brilliance, we hear you cry?! Check out 31 Dover, Amazon and Master of Malt and make sure you’re all set to count down to Christmas in the best possible way.

Off-trade/on-trade enquiries should be directed to our UK distributor, Maverick Drinks.

We've reached a century!

We've reached a century!

That's right! Today we can proudly announce our 100th line with the release of our first ever single malt from the Speyburn Distillery.

Since launching in September 2012 with our first four releases, That Boutique-y Whisky Company has now bottled 100 different malts, blends, grains and more, with this Speyburn being our 100th first batch!

We've filled just 233* bottles at 49.5% of for our inaugural release from the Speyburn distillery, and our 7 Year Old has notes of grassy summer meadows with hints of orange oil.

*In addition to the 233 standard 50cl bottles we've also filled a one-of-a-kind special one litre bottle to mark this milestone and raise money for the charity Malaria No More UK.

Our one-off one litre bottle features hand-painted gold detail and a specially created presentation box, plus the bottle has been ‘pimped’ by prominent Speyburn enthusiast Jan Birch of Drumnadrochit. (Birch will require no introduction to Whisky Sponge readers).

The Charity Auction is running *NOW* over on Master of Malt - ending at 14:00 (BST) Monday 24th July - with everything raised (net of any applicable VAT) donated to Malaria No More UK! Dig all the pennies out from between the sofa cushions and raise money for an incredible cause!

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This splendid Speyburn is available from fine retailers now with the recommended retail price of £46.95

Off-trade/on-trade enquiries should be directed to our UK distributor, Maverick Drinks.

Bang a gong! Get it on!

Bang a gong! Get it on!

It was a Boutique-y-ful evening at The International Spirits Challenge 2017 awards on Wednesday evening.

That Boutique-y Whisky Company walked away with an impressive haul of Gold and Silver medals, but the icing on the cake to the glittering awards event was picking up the Best Scottish Single Grain Trophy for our Invergordon 43 Year Old - Batch 11

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Invergordon 43 Year Old - Batch 11 was released earlier this year in March, a batch of just 186 bottles.

Tasting Notes
Nose: Sweet coffee, caramel, hints of cloves, cinnamon and some polished coconut timber
Palate: Sweet coffee candy,vanilla syrup and woody spices; clove, black cardamom, and just a hint of toasted coconut.
Finish: Waves of spiced vanilla with toasted coconut.

Adam Wyartt Global Brand Manager for Atom Brands picking up the coveted Trophy

Adam Wyartt Global Brand Manager for Atom Brands picking up the coveted Trophy

Our current release - Batch 15, a 42 Year Old - was launched at the beginning of July and is available from fine retailers now.

Off-trade/on-trade enquiries should be directed to our UK distributor, Maverick Drinks.

99 Not Out!

99 Not Out!

We've got two new releases to shout about today including our 99th first batch, and hence a new label, from New York Distilling Company.

Our first ever batch from the New York Distilling Company is a two year old Rye and we've filled 600 bottles at 53% abv. The NYDC use 72% rye in their mashbill, all grown 'locally' within New York State. Although local, the farm is still a good five hour drive from Brooklyn! This first batch has been finished in Applejack casks.

We've also got a new batch from Islay's BruichladdichBatch 7 is a 15 Year Old, with just 420 bottles at 52.2% abv and has those classic laddie notes; beautifully balanced, with a creamy sweetness of honey and custard cream biscuits, while notes of heather bring a herbal element.

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This brace of small batch whiskies are available from fine retailers now at the following recommended retail prices:

  • New York Distillery Company Batch 1, 2 Year Old - £37.95
  • Bruichladdich Batch 2, 15 Year Old - £69.95

Off-trade/on-trade enquiries should be directed to our UK distributor, Maverick Drinks.

A closer look at... The Zuidam Distillery

A closer look at... The Zuidam Distillery

The Zuidam family founded their Dutch distillery in 1975 and have amassed more than 50 years of distilling experience between them. However, it wasn’t until 1998 that they started making whisky and their Millstone label was born. Thank heavens they did! Our 6 Year Old Single Malt from them is a belter!

Zuidam Distillers was founded by Fred van Zuidam back in 1975, starting with just one small copper pot still and a passion to produce exceptional quality liqueurs, gin, and vodka. It took a good ten years to gain a solid reputation within the Netherlands, but business took a major step forward when Fred’s wife Hélène joined the company and redesigned the product packaging. It’s still very much a family business, their two sons now running the distillery, albeit under the ever watchful eyes of their parents.

About the distillery
From its humble beginning the distillery has continued to invest and is now state of the art. Recent expansion has added 1,000 square metres to their current site and there are plans underway for a second distillery.

When the business started there was just one small copper pot still in a 300 square metre distillery. They now operate six stills; two 8,500 ltr, one 2,000 ltr, two 1,500 ltr and one 850 ltr.

Full scale whisky production started in 1998, but trials started as early as 1994 with a few casks produced each year. The Millstone brand was born in 2007 with the first release of a whisky from the distillery, bottled as a five year old.

The distillery is equipped with two mash tuns now, one for malt and one for rye and genever. There are also ten washbacks.

They’ve experimented over the recent years with different grains, and have been looking at some of the older varieties of barley, the train of thought being that if older varieties of vines with lower yields have greater flavour, would the same apply to barley? They currently use seven types of yeast which are giving different flavour profiles.

Fermentation is carried out at low temperatures and in small batches. They also have a much longer fermentation time, around five days.

Whisky is double distilled in handcrafted copper pot stills. The combination of the long fermentation and their small stills produce a very delicate and fruity new-make spirit. While the stills may be small, there is a very high surface area in comparison to the amount of low wines being distilled, The increased copper contact during distillation stimulates the formation of complex and fruity esters.

Maturation is generally carried out in small barrels. They use new American white oak barrels, as well as first fill ex-bourbon and Oloroso Sherry casks. The warmer, drier climate of the Netherlands speeds up maturation however the Angels Share is a little higher at 4-5% per year, more than twice that of Scotland’s rate.

Did you know?
Up until recently all of the malted barley was milled by traditional Dutch windmills. The increased demand, and hence production means that the seven windmills can no longer keep up with all of their requirements, but it is still an important part of their process. This traditional way of milling causes almost no increase in the temperature of the grain and thus helps preserve the wonderful aromas.

The distillery started growing their own barley last year and looking to expand with other grains this year. They are hoping to be self sufficient within 5 years.

While they are still well known for their Genever and other spirits, Whisky now takes up 50% of their production capacity.

About our bottling
Our first batch from Zuidam Distillers is a six year old, bottled at 48.7% abv. It recently won a Silver medal at the recent International Spirits Challenge 2017The label features Master Distiller and Managing Director Patrick van Zuidam alongside one of their malt milling windmills. There are just 637 bottles available.

Tasting notes:
Nose: Toffee apples, Big Red, Caramac bars, red rope liquorice and hints of bay leaf.
Palate: Sweet creamy and fruity Campino sweets, sticky liquorice, caramel, green anise and clove studded oranges.
Finish: Long with menthol notes and golden syrup.

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This delectable Dutch single malt is available from fine retailers now. Off-trade/on-trade enquiries should be directed to our UK distributor, Maverick Drinks.

Four new releases! It's easy as 1 2 3 & 5

Four new releases! It's easy as 1 2 3 & 5

For those of you keeping count, these four new batches bring our 2017 release tally up to 36! If you're not, you can always count on us to continue bringing you interesting whiskies.

We've got four more whiskies to announce today, including our first ever bottling from Switzerland. There's also two single malts and a single grain from Scotland.

The Langatun Distillery was founded in 2007 by Hans Baumberger. The distillery is named after the old name for the village of Langenthal where his great grandfather's brewery and distillery was built. This first batch is a triple distilled single malt, it has matured for five years in a well travelled cask, and there are just 314 bottles. With notes of nutty malt complete with a layer of melted chocolate and fruit, and just a hint of earthy peat.

Hot on the heels of Dr Patrick Barrie's 8th Tiddlywinks World Singles title, we've released a second Batch of Single Grain from the Cameronbridge distillery in 'celebration' of his fantastic achievement. It's another 24 Year Old, and a release of just 171 bottles. Another sweet grain with butterscotch and chocolate mints, while five-spice and cinnamon add depth to the sweetness.

We've also got a new batch from Islay's Oldest Distillery, Bowmore. This third batch is the first with an age statement, 24 Years Old. There's just 90 bottles of this release. Expect glorious coastal notes alongside a vibrant fruitiness.

Our final release in this announcement is a 25 Year Old from SpringbankBatch 5 is a release of just 146 bottle. From its colour, you can tell it has been been matured in ex-cola cans (this is a blatant lie!). With a struck match smokiness, there's hints of ham, and juicy notes of blackberries from this oily, mouthcoating Campbeltown malt.

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These small batch whiskies are available from fine retailers now at the following recommended retail prices:

  • Langatun Batch 1, 5 Year Old - £78.95
  • Cameronbridge Batch 2, 24 Year Old - £72.95
  • Bowmore Batch 3, 21 Year Old - £123.95
  • Springbank Batch 5, 25 Year Old - £274.95

Off-trade/on-trade enquiries should be directed to our UK distributor, Maverick Drinks.

We're going to need a bigger trophy cabinet!

We're going to need a bigger trophy cabinet!

That Boutique-y Whisky Company (that's us by the way!) have picked up a fist full of medals at recent Spirits competitions on both sides of the pond!

Officially released just last week, our latest batch of Blended Whisky #1, a 50 Year Old, is already a double Gold Medal winner! It has been awarded Gold at both the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017 and the International Spirits Challenge 2017!

Whilst some of these releases may be a little harder to find, the stunning Blended Whisky #1 Batch 5 - made exclusively with whiskies aged for over 50 years was officially launched only last week, and many of the others can still be found at these fine retailers.

All of these award-winning whiskies are also available in 3cl samples from Drinks by the Dram