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

Whisky Live 2017

Whisky Live 2017

Thanks to everyone who came to see us at Whisky Live back in March/April!

Stand & applaud our 50 Year Old Blended Scotch!

Stand & applaud our 50 Year Old Blended Scotch!

The cricket season is upon us and we're waving our metaphorical cricket bat at the whisky blenders pavilion today as we score an incredible half century!

That's right, the latest batch of our award-winning Blended Whisky #1 is 50 Years Old. It follows the well-rounded style of the previous batches and there'll be 2,000 bottles available.  This is a chocolate lover's dream without the unnecessary calories! The nose opens with a rich dark chocolate note, while the palate yields velvety chocolate, and to finish? All the richness of a Black Forest Gâteau! It's not all chocolate mind, but it is seduction in a bottle!

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This beautiful Blended Scotch has a recommended retail price of £147.95, and will be available from fine retailers soon.
Off-trade/on-trade enquiries should be directed to our UK distributor, Maverick Drinks.

A Champion for our first batch of Cameronbridge

A Champion for our first batch of Cameronbridge

Congratulations to tiddlywinks icon Dr. Patrick Barrie, who not only won the National Singles Competition, but also regained the World Singles Title over the weekend,

At the beginning of the month, we launched our first ever batch from the Cameronbridge Distillery and announced our sponsorship of seven-time Tiddlywinks World Singles Champion, Dr. Patrick Barrie. As luck would have it, the good doctor was getting ready to compete in the National Singles Competition at the time,  which was to be held at Downing College, Cambridge on 22-23 April 2017. 

Earlier this week, we received some exciting correspondence from Dr. Barrie. 

Over the weekend, I was able to play a World Singles challenge match against Larry Kahn, the top American tiddlywinks player. (Possibly) inspired by the whisky connection, I won by a 25-17 scoreline to regain the World Singles title. So I'm now a world champion again :-)”

“Also over the weekend, I won the National Singles title again. A certain amount of luck was involved, but I'm a happy bunny.”

Dr. Patrick Barrie, the face of our Cameronbridge Single Grain, is now an eight-time Tiddlywinks World Singles Champion. It looks like our toast to Dr. Barrie’s efforts may have been instrumental in aligning the winks for this victory!

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

Tiddlywinks & Cameronbridge, like a Squidger* & a Wink!

Tiddlywinks & Cameronbridge, like a Squidger* & a Wink!

Introducing our first batch of Single Grain Scotch Whisky from Cameronbridge, sponsoring the UK’s seven-time Tiddlywinks World Singles Champion Dr. Patrick Barrie!

The world is full of photoshopped celebrities promoting unfeasibly priced products. Modern ambassadorial marketing is simply not cricket! We want to find honest, real people who are passionate about their sport in a way that reflects our approach to whisky. Hiring a professional sportsman with their bouffant hair, hipster tattoos, and a fake tan is just not us, so it gives us enormous pleasure to announce our sponsorship of seven-time Tiddlywinks World Singles Champion, Dr. Patrick Barrie (also of Cambridge University’s Department of Chemical Engineering fame) in the National Singles Competition being held at Downing College, Cambridge on 22-23 April 2017.

Our first ever batch from the Cameronbridge Grain Distillery is a 24 Year Old, and a limited release of just 211 bottles. It's a soft, and gentle single grain, with notes of icing sugar, runny honey and rich golden syrup on the nose, while waves of vanilla, fresh pencil shavings and a gentle peppery spiciness come across on the palate.

Join us with our Tiddlywinks Toast to Dr. Barrie's bid to represent the United Kingdom in the next World Championship!

May your Carnovskys** be many, your Scrunges*** few, and when the Tiddlies are counted may you be crowned champion anew!

This cracker**** will be available from fine retailers soon. Off-trade/on-trade enquiries should be directed to our UK distributor, Maverick Drinks.

* Squidger: the disk used to shoot the winks towards to pot or indeed your opponent's winks
** Carnovsky: a successful pot from the baseline
*** Scrunge: to bounce out of the pot
**** Cracker: a shot that knocks one wink off the top of another while simultaneously squopping**** it
***** Squop: when you tactically land your wink on top of another wink to stop it being played

It's Raining Grain in more ways than one, Hallelujah!

It's Raining Grain in more ways than one, Hallelujah!

We've got three new releases to wave our flag about today, and waving our flag is exactly what we're doing right now. Can you see us? We're giddy with excitement with these new batches; Two Single Grains, and a Single Malt from a long closed Islay distillery, but it'll be raining grain at all three sites right now.

Port Ellen is sadly no longer a working distillery, it closed in 1983. However it'll still be raining grain there as its maltings, opened in 1974, remains in operation. It now supplies the majority of Islay's Distilleries with their requirements, produced to their exact specifications. Our sixth batch is a 33 Year Old, bottled at 47.5% abv with just 250 bottles filled. It has everything you'd expect from this legendary distillery, including the earthy smoke that seems to last for an eternity.

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We've got two new single grains to announce too. Our third batch from the Girvan Distillery is a 53 Year Old, which is very old. It's almost as old as the distillery itself, as spirit only started flowing at this Ayrshire dsitillery on Christmas Day 1963, which is an odd day to start work. There are just 278 bottles at 41.5% abv from this release.

We're onto Batch 13 from the Invergordon Distillery, and whilst the number 13 is considered to be unlucky for some, there'll be 453 lucky whisky fans who'll be able to grab a bottle of this gorgeous grain. Bottled at 49.6% abv this is a real sweetie, with notes of Demerara sugar, and sawn hardwood on the nose.

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This trio of tempting treats will be available from fine retailers soon. Off-trade/on-trade enquiries should be directed to our UK distributor, Maverick Drinks.

It's not an Illusion - It Really is Our First Batch of Cooley!

It's not an Illusion - It Really is Our First Batch of Cooley!

We’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by showing off our very first batch of single malt whiskey from Ireland’s Cooley distillery!

Last month we launched our first bottlings of Irish whiskey - these proved to be very popular indeed (they were particularly lovely, too). We reckon you’ll be excited to hear that we’ve got an Irish whiskey encore ready just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, right? Behold, our first batch of single malt from the Cooley distillery, aged for 17 years before we got our hands on it! Don’t stare at the label too long, though. It’s a bit confusing. Not even sure how the artist did it, to be honest. We’re certain it’s some sort of sorcery.

This will be available from fine retailers soon. Off-trade/on-trade enquiries should be directed to our UK distributor, Maverick Drinks.

No, we've not lost our marbles!

No, we've not lost our marbles!

Although we're often told that we've lost our marbles by the tone of some of our Boutique-y labels, our latest addition to the collection, announcing our first ever batch from Speyside's Glen Elgin Distillery, paints a rather traditional Scottish country scene.

It is said that the former manager of Glenfarclas, William Simpson, along with Banker James Carle, found Glen Elgin in 1898. While this indeed was a lucky find (it wouldn't happen these days) their luck ran out just five months after starting production in May 1900, when it had to close, and it was lost again. It wasn't until 1906 that it was found once more and production recommenced.

It's no secret that Glen Elgin has been one of the signature malts of some legendary blends, but our first release from this Speyside distillery is an elegant 25 Year Old SIngle Malt. With notes of rich honey, pineapple cubes, and a hint of tangerine, we've bottled it at it's natural strength at 48.1% abv and there'll be just 315 numbered bottles. I'd find one quickly if I were you!

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This elegant Glen Elgin will be available from fine retailers soon. Off-trade/on-trade enquiries should be directed to our UK distributor, Maverick Drinks.

It's been a busy February...

It's been a busy February...

Just when you thought it was safe to look at our blog without being tempted to add more delicious whiskies to your collection, we unleash 11 more new bottlings!

We continue to be very busy bees indeed. Did you think it was impressive that we released 11 new bottlings in the shortest month of the year? Well guess what? We're going to double that number - yes, we've got 11 more bottlings to unveil!

Liquid History with three Long Gone Glorious Grains!

That's right, we've bottled three single grains from closed distilleries. Our second batch from Edinburgh's long closed grain distillery, affectionately know as 'The Cally' is a 29 Year Old. The Caledonian distillery closed in 1988, and this cracking example of their single grain has notes of fresh fruit and vanilla pod. There are just 310 bottles at 47.7% abv

The Garnheath Distillery was a short-lived distillery in Airdrie. When opened in 1965, it had both continuous stills and pot stills for malt whisky production.  Production of their malt whisky stopped in 1985 and grain whisky the following year. Our first batch is a 42 Year Old, it has notes of buttery vanilla and apricots. We've filled just 120 bottles at 44.3% abv, but what's going on on this label?

Our second batch from the Carsebridge distillery is another 52 Year Old. Tristan Stephenson and Thomas Aske have been joined at the Black Rock's tree trunk table by Black Rock Operations Manager Arnaud Chevalier and Black Rock Manager Thomas Solberg! 285 bottles were produced, bottled at 41.7% abv.

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A Campbeltown Malt, a Lowland Malt, and an American Rye walk into a bar...

There's no punchline to that joke. All we've got it tasty drinks for talented distillers - much better than some pithy quip, we're sure you'll agree. First up is our third batch of single malt from Campletown's very own Springbank distillery! This one is a 21 year old whisky, and it tastes as good as it looks... 415 bottles were produced, and were bottled at 48.2% abv.

We'd also like to introduce you to our first batch of Bladnoch single malt! It was aged for 26 years, and we have bottled 165 bottles at 47.8% abv. The label takes a closer look yeast cells, and a very broad look at the Andromeda galaxy.

Another first - it's our first rye from California's craft distilling whizz-kids, St George Spirits! This is a 2 year old rye, and the features what we think should have been Time Magazine's Machine of the Year 1982 - Jörg Rupf's still. 400 bottles were produced at 55% abv.

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A Pair of Islay Malts...

We've set our sights off the west coast of Scotland for the next two new releases - it's two whiskies from the Isle of Islay! Say hello to our third batch of Lagavulin single malt, aged for 10 years. Those pirates do look mightily familiar though... There are just 365 bottles of this, so grab yourself one for your Captain's Quarters before they're all gone.

Our third batch of Bruichladdich is ready to ship out, too! There's no prizes for figuring out all the references to classic Bruichladdich bottlings on the label, apart from the feeling of being very smart indeed. Batch 3 is a release of 275 bottles, with an abv of 52.4%.

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And a Pair of Speysiders too!

From Islay, we head back to the mainland and over to Speyside for two more tasty bottlings! This one is Batch 4 from The Glenrothes Distillery, a 23 Year Old with notes of blackcurrants, blackberries and dried apricots - there are three of your five-a-day already (we are not doctors). 430 bottles at 48.6% abv have been filled, corked and sealed.

Our fourth batch from The Mortlach Distillery is a 22 Year Old, and there are just 200 bottles of this release. It’s another beast from Dufftown, bottled at 52.6% abv, with peaches, fresh pencil shavings, polished wood and a meaty honeyed glaze.

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Another Secret Distillery?

Have you noticed we like a secret once in a distillery? We do. Very much so. In fact, we love them so much that we're not even going to tell you about our second batch of Secret Distillery #1. We're going to keep this incredibly well-Sherried 9 year old single malt from a fantastic Speyside distillery a secret from everyone. Not a word about this rich, chocolatey whisky will leave our lips. We won't even tell you that 1,220 bottles were produced, or that it was bottled at 51.7% abv.

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These delicious delights will be available from fine retailers soon. Off-trade/on-trade enquiries should be directed to our UK distributor, Maverick Drinks.