Boutique-y Dave Takes A Closer Look At 2018

Boutique-y Dave Takes A Closer Look At 2018

Settle yourself down by the Christmas tree with a sip of something delicious-y and a box of tissues to hand. We’ve asked Boutique-y Dave to look back at 2018 - and there won’t be a dry eye (or glass) in the house by the time you’ve finished reading this.

A Look Back At 2018

As I get older the years seem to speed by ever faster, and 2018 has followed the trend running away with such pace I was almost out of breath by the end of November. But looking back through the year, we have covered an awful lot of ground, in terms of distance travelled, and milestones reached!

It has been a record year for new releases, easily surpassing our 2016 record of 66 new batches for the UK market back in July. Even while writing this summary, the number has been rising and last night I counted 165 releases! It’s not only UK releases that have kept us busy this year though. Special releases have gone out to a number of our distributors around the globe as well.

New Labels

We’ve introduced a huge number of new labels this year, FORTY to be precise, keeping the very talented artist Emily Chappell super busy!

There are 95 ‘established’ malt whisky distilleries in Scotland (the youngest in my list being Kilchoman in 2005) and to date, we have bottled 72 of these 95 (I’ve included the ‘teaspooned malts’ and the secret distilleries in this total).  In 2018 we released our first batches from Tamnavulin, Dalmore, Tamdhu, Glen Ord, Tomatin, Inchgower, Glenlivet, Glencadam, Dufftown, Glendullen, and most recently Balmenach, Teaninich, and the long closed Rosebank!

There are of course many new distilleries that have opened since 2005, and continue to be opened, but I only review these at the end of the year. In 2018 that number has risen to 27, and to date, we’ve managed to bottle one from this list.

We continue to seek interesting whiskies from around the world, and 2018 also saw our first releases from New Zealand, South Africa's Three Ships, Swedish distillers Smögen, Swiss distillers Santis, The Cotswolds distillery from England, a Karuizawa from Japan, and a number of US whiskey makers; from Tennessee Bourbon, the Reservoir Distillery, James E Pepper, Heaven Hill, and Distillery 291.

Out and about

Once again I’ve been to Whisky Festivals up and down the country, meeting some fabulous people and sharing some wonderful whiskies, from Soho down to Brighton - I must have played them all! I’ve picked up whisky glasses from most events over the years, and this had to stop, I simply cannot house any more whisky glasses! You really don’t need to know just how many whisky glasses I have, but it went into three digits sometime ago.

However, I found a solution to my magpie habit during 2018. I can still pick up a festival glass, and take it home at the end of the day. To ease the storage problem, I’ve been taking the glass along with me to the next festival to find a new home.


Spirit of Speyside

In early May I headed up to the Spirit of Speyside. It was both mine and the brand’s first time at this festival although I had visited the are many times before. My first event was a tasting in conjunction with Mike Lord and his Dufftown Whisky Shop team at St James Hall. Wherever possible I like to hold tastings blind, not to catch anybody out, but to simply remove any preconceptions about the whisky we’re tasting. As it was our first time in Speyside I decided that all of the whiskies should be recent/current releases from Speyside distilleries. To reveal each whisky this time, I had our labels printed up on canvas and auctioned them all off at the end of the tasting, raising an impressive sum for The Whisky Shops’ chosen charity.


I also found myself hosting a tasting alongside the ‘Whisky Bard’ himself, Robin Laing, at a gala dinner at the Tannochbrae Guest House in Dufftown. Robin is one of Scotland's premier folk singer-songwriters, and a prolific writer too - one of my favourite books is ‘The Whisky River’ which tells the story of the Speyside Distilleries. I’d chosen an eclectic mix of Boutique-y releases for this dinner, and chef James had matched a whisky with each of the courses. I even cheekily sneaked in an English whisky to finish the evening off!

Fear not - I’m currently making plans for SoS 2019.

Feis Ile

Then at the end of May I headed to Islay for the very first time and held a couple of Boutique-y Whisky tastings aboard the S/V Irene while moored at Port Ellen Harbour.

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Port Ellen harbour is a fabulous setting for a whisky tasting, especially when the sun is out! Being aboard a historic yacht added to the atmosphere, although being boarded by a very noisy party from The Flying Dutchman during the first tasting wasn’t in my plans. Fortunately the second tasting later on in the week wasn’t interrupted.

The weather was kind throughout my stay, so kind in fact I think I might have even got a touch of sunstroke after Bruichladdich day despite doing my best to keep out of the sun wherever possible.

I’m certainly looking forward to hosting some similar tastings at next year’s Feis Ile, so keep your eyes peeled!


This year I’ve also spread my wings a little further afield with trips to support our distributors across the world; With Bresser and Timmer in The Netherlands at The Den Haag Whisky Festival, with Mac-Y in Denmark and their Rum and Whisky Festival held in Frederiks, with Hua Yang in Taiwan for Whisky Live Taipei and with Whisk-E in Japan at the recent Tokyo Whisky Festival. I have spent a fair bit of time in South East Asia in my earlier career, but I’d never been to Taiwan and Japan before.

I’d like to say thank you to a few people who have stepped in to help at some of the busier UK shows; to Emily Tedder and Claire Vokins, aka the ‘Dream Team’ for their help during two busy London shows, and to Sorren Krebs (aka @ocdwhisky) who stepped in to fly solo at a couple of festivals for me when I was required elsewhere.


It’s been another successful year for That Boutique-y Whisky with many of our releases picking up awards from the key award bodies; The Scotch Whisky Masters, The Irish Whiskey Masters, The World Whisky Masters, The International Wine and Spirits Competition, The International Spirits Challenge and most recently were were awarded Independent Bottler of the Year for both American Whiskey and Scottish Highland Whisky by Whisky Magazine.

I changed my career for whisky. Just ten years ago I knew nothing about whisky at all. Then one whisky, brought to me by a work colleague, friend, and whisky enthusiast, changed my world completely. From whisky curious, to whisky blogger, to being awarded an Icon of Whisky award for World Whisky Brand Ambassador of the Year earlier this year was simply mind blowing!

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There are so many people within the industry that have supported me along the way, far too many to list here, but you know who you are, and I thank each and everyone of you!

I’m signing off for 2018 and taking the rest of the year off! (you’ll still see me on Twitter I dare say!) so I’m going to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year!

Thank you all for making so many memories this year. I’m looking forward to sharing my passion for Boutique-y Whisky all over again next year!

Happ-y 6th Boutique-y Da-y

Happ-y 6th Boutique-y Da-y

There are many, many things we love about our beloved That Boutique-y Whisky Company but, we'd typing until our fingers cramp. And of course, we’ve got blends to be blending, teaspoons to be spooning and other important whisky matters to attend to. In honour of That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s 6th birthday, we’ve chosen 6 defining moments in our whisktory to share with you.

Shhh...'tis a secret announcement

Shhh...'tis a secret announcement

We've got two secret single malts to announce today, one from Speyside and one from Islay. The distillery names shall not be mentioned at all, so please don't ask!

The first is long aged single malt from Speyside - our first ever batch from Speyside Distillery #1 is a 50 year old! That's right, this treacle-coloured malt has been slumbering for over half a century. Just 604 bottles were filled at 48.6% abv.

The second secret hails from Islay. It's our first batch under the Islay Distillery #3 label, but you may recognise the artwork... It's a heavily peated 7 Year Old, so you can expect plenty of those yummy medicinal notes here. Bottled at 49.2% abv, we've filled just 830 bottles.

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

  • Speyside Distillery #1 50 Year Old - £609.95
  • Islay Distillery #3, 7 Year Old - £47.95

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

More Octomore and more!

More Octomore and more!

We've got four new releases to shout about today. Whoop! A heavily peated Octomore, two Speysiders from Benriach and Glen Moray, and a single grain from Loch Lomond.

First up is our second batch of Octomore, a 10 Year Old bottled at 48.8% abv. We've filled 1,195 bottles of this ultra heavily peated Islay single malt from the Bruichladdich distillery. Expect medicinal notes alongside salty sea spray.

Our first (in this announcement) whisky from Speyside hails from the Benriach distillery. Batch 5 is a 6 Year Old bottled at 49.7% abv, and just 377 bottles have been filled. This ain't your usual Speyside malt though, as it's a peated Benriach, mmmm very interesting!

It's been five long years since our last batch from the Glen Moray distillery, so we're pretty excited about our latest batch. Our second batch is a 10 Year Old bottled at 48.6% abv. Just 376 bottles of this charming Speysider have been filled. If you like banana bread, you're going to love this!

A fourth batch of single grain from the ever adaptable Loch Lomond distillery is our final new release today. There are 502 bottles of our 21 Year Old bottled at 48.4% abv. Think of buttered corn on the cob with a dusting of black pepper. It's dangerously drinkable!

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

  • Octomore Batch 2, 10 Year Old - £174.95
  • Benriach Batch 5, 6 Year Old - £54.95
  • Glen Moray Batch 2, 10 Year Old - £54.95
  • Loch Lomond Batch 4, 24 Year Old - £49.95

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

Double Bunnahabhain!

Double Bunnahabhain!

We've got not one but two new batches of Bunnahabain being released today, alongside whisky from Inchgower and Port Dundas!

First up we've got Batch 5 of our Bunnahabhain bottlings - this one is an 11 year old expression from the Islay-based distillers, bottled at 49.5% ABV. Though youthful, this is a complex dram boasting winter spice, salted peanut and flapjack notes. 1,091 bottles were produced.

Now, if you got quite a lot of enthusiasm for Bunnahabhain (enthusihabhain?), perhaps you're already looking forward to Batch 6. Well, surprise! Batch 6 is already here! It's a 26 year old single malt, bottled at 41.9% ABV with a small run of only 129 bottles. Grab one while you can!

With the Bunnahabhain boffins satiated, we look to Speyside for something a little different - our third batch of Inchgower! This 14 year old from Inchgower is packed to the brim with orchard fruit and honey, making it a great dram for the warm summer evenings we're experiencing at the moment. 1,096 bottles were produced.

And finally, our newest batch of single grain from Port Dundas has arrived too! A wonderfully creamy 8 year old single grain from the sadly closed distillery in Glasgow. 521 bottles were produced, bottled at 53.6% ABV.

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

  • Bunnahabhain Batch 5, 11 Year Old - £73.95
  • Bunnahabhain Batch 6, 26 Year Old - £159.95
  • Inchgower Batch 3, 14 Year Old - £54.95
  • Port Dundas Batch 2, 8 Year Old - £34.95

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

The Reservoir Four have arrived on our shores!

The Reservoir Four have arrived on our shores!

Along with some top-notch new batches, we've got a quartet of brand new bottlings from Reservoir Distillery!

We've got plenty of new releases for you lucky folks today, so grab your glasses and get ready for some deliciousness - including four different expressions all from the same distillery...

The aforementioned distillery is the Reservoir Distillery in Virginia, and the four expressions explore the profiles of three major grains used in bourbon production. The initial three are each made with a single grain - there's a 100% Corn bottling, a 100% Rye bottling and a 100% Wheat bottling - while the Bourbon is a combination of these three grains. Each expression has been aged for 2 years before we bottled it up.

We've also got another first for you today - our first blend of Scottish and Japanese whisky! This 21 year old expression is made from Scottish and Japanese malt and grain whiskies, and has been bottled at 43% ABV. 1,100 bottles were produced, each featuring a dragon and a lion on the label, seemingly getting ready to fight. Honestly though, if a fight between a lion and a dragon did happen, the dragon would clearly win. It can spit fire.

With all these new whiskies, perhaps it's time for something old? Very old, perhaps? With that in mind, take a peek at our fourth batch of Miltonduff, which has been aged for 40 years! Boasting a dark hue and an ABV of 47%, there are only 478 bottles of this whisky, so grab one while you can!

The second batch of our Blended Malt #3 ready to hit the stage! This wonderful 'teaspooned' malt is a 21 year old expression, made almost entirely with whisky from one distillery (alongside a touch of whisky from a different distillery). 1,323 bottles were produced.

We've also got the newest batch of Ardmore single malt bottled up for you to sink your teeth into! This time, we've bottled a 14 year old whisky from the distillery, and it's definitely one for those of you who love your peaty treats. A release of 582 bottles.

And finally, say hello to our latest batch of Glen Elgin! This 22 year old single malt is an enjoyably spicy tipple, with enough banoffee pie notes to balance it all out. We've got 434 bottles ready for you to crack open.

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

  • Reservoir Corn Batch 1, 2 Year Old - £54.95
  • Reservoir Rye Batch 1, 2 Year Old - £54.95
  • Reservoir Wheat Batch 1, 2 Year Old - £54.95
  • Reservoir Bourbon Batch 1, 2 Year Old - £54.95
  • Blended Whisky Batch 1, 21 Year Old - £119.95
  • Miltonduff Batch 4, 40 Year Old - £194.95
  • Blended Malt #3 Batch 2, 21 Year Old - £77.95
  • Ardmore Batch 2, 14 Year Old - £61.95
  • Glen Elgin Batch 2, 22 Year Old - £83.95

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

Surf and Turf anyone?

Surf and Turf anyone?

Two new releases to shout about today; one from the hills of Speyside the other from Islay's coast.

Our sixth batch from the turf of Speyside's Benrinnes distillery is a 26 Year Old. The Benrinnes distillery was completely rebuilt in the 1950s and is long associated with Crawford blended Scotch whisky. Nothing of the original distillery remains today, and the partial triple distillation process that used to be the norm has been abandoned recently. Just 164 bottles at 50.8% of this release have been filled.

A new batch of Laphroaig, our third so the label says, comes from the surf of Islay. Once again the lads from Living Room Whisky are immortalised on our Laphroaig label. This latest release is a 13 Year Old and we've filled 916 bottles at 49.7% abv

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This duo of delights are available from fine retailers at the following recommended retail prices:

  • Benrinnes Batch 6, 26 Year Old - £118.95
  • Laphroaig Batch 3, 13 Year Old - £88.95

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

A Trio of Batch #1 Releases and a Handful of New Batches

A Trio of Batch #1 Releases and a Handful of New Batches

Say hello to three completely new Boutique-y releases, as well as a few delicious new batches of old favourites...

We figured we'd start the show with a show-stopper in every sense - it's our very first bottling of Dufftown single malt, and it's a 40 year old expression! Look closely at the label and you may spot a few familiar faces... Only 164 bottles were produced.

How about another first, eh? We've also released batch 1 of Glendullan single malt! It's a youthful 7 year old single malt from the Glendullan distillery, bottled at 51.7% ABV. Just 387 bottles were produced, each adorned with a label featuring a scene at the Space Olympics. Don't ask why. We barely know either.

A third first, you say?! Of course! Behold - the first batch of our Blended Malt #5! Those of you with an extensive knowledge of Boutique-y labels might recognise some of the characters on this 21 year old whisky's label as they enjoy some delicious pie. A release of 449 bottles.

We've also got some new batches of top notch whiskies, including batch 8 of Springbank single malt! It's a deliciously sherried 21 year old expression, with a core of earthy smoke hiding beneath the sweetness. 911 bottles were produced.

Up next is batch 5 of Glenrothes single malt, this time matured for 20 years before we got our hands on it for bottling. Just 225 bottles were released, so if you simply adore gorgeous Glenrothes whisky, you'll want to grab one while you can.

Finally, we've gone and bottled up another batch of Strathmill single malt! Sitting at 21 years old, this whisky boasts plenty of fruity esters, oloroso sweetness and a hint of charred oak. A release of 401 bottles.

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

  • Dufftown Batch 1, 40 Year Old - £238.95
  • Glendullan Batch 1, 7 Year Old - £39.95
  • Blended Malt #5 Batch 1, 21 Year Old - £87.95
  • Springbank Batch 8, 21 Year Old - £339.95
  • Glenrothes Batch 5, 20 Year Old - £104.95
  • Strathmill Batch 6, 21 Year Old - £89.95

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

Ten New Batches of Indie Boutique-y Whisky

Ten New Batches of Indie Boutique-y Whisky

We've got a ten new batches of single malt Scotch whiskies to share with you today - so let's get stuck in!

We've been very busy indeed getting a whole load of brand new batches from top Scotch whisky distilleries, including a few that we haven't bottled in quite a while. Well now is the time to enjoy the fruits of our labour as we show off ten new bottlings!

So, let's start with a bang - 29 year old Macallan! Oh yes. We've managed to get our hands of an absolutely brilliant 29 year old single malt from the Speyside-based distillery, and it's been bottled at 47.3% ABV with an outturn of only 217 bottles.

Continuing on the Speysider theme, behold our fourth batch of Auchroisk! A youthful though flavoursome expression from Auchroisk, matured for just 7 years before we bottled it up at 52.1% ABV. 502 bottles were produced.

Everyone is talking about Islay these days, what with Fèis Ìle 2018 happening and all. It only seems right that we unveil our fourteenth batch of Ardbeg! This smoky treat was aged for 12 years before being bottled at 49.2% ABV, with 1,928 bottles being made.

After it's first batch, we heard a call for "More Dalmore!" Well, we're more than happy to oblige! We've bottled another batch of Dalmore single malt, this time aged for 14 years before being bottled at 51.3% ABV. 811 bottles are ready to find new homes.

It's been a few years since we bottled up some Blair Athol single malt, so we decided to change that! Observe, it's our second batch of Blair Athol, aged for 17 years and bottled at 48.8% ABV. Only 502 of these bottles were produced.

Speaking of whiskies that we haven't bottled in a while, we've also managed to bottle our second batch of Inchmurrin single malt from the Loch Lomond distillery! It's a 23 year old expression, bottled at 47.3% ABV with an outturn of 285 bottles.

We've also bottled our fifth batch of single malt from the Strathmill distillery. At this point, we may have ran out of 'Goldilocks & the Three Bears'-based puns to announce these whiskies, so we'll just stick with "It's yummy". Batch five is 11 years old, bottled at 51.1% ABV and with an outturn of 702 bottles.

Feast your eyes upon the fantastic Fettercairn that we've just bottled! This one is 21 years old, bottled at 48.6% ABV with 669 bottles produced. Packed to the brim with caramelised fruit and vanilla-rich barley, this one.

Goat and whisky enthusiasts will be more than happy to here that we've bottled our second batch of Inchgower single malt! This one is 17 years old, and has been bottled at 47.4% ABV with an outturn of 225 bottles.

And finally, say hello to our fourth batch of Linkwood single malt! It's 11 years old, and has been bottled at 51.2% ABV with an outturn of 956 bottles. We're still rather pleased with the Ship of Theseus/Only Fools and Horses/actual whisky story referencing label.

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

  • Macallan Batch 13, 29 Year Old - £999.95
  • Auchroisk Batch 4, 7 Year Old - £44.95
  • Ardbeg Batch 14, 12 Year Old - £114.95
  • Dalmore Batch 3, 14 Year Old - £74.95
  • Blair Athol Batch 2, 17 Year Old - £59.95
  • Inchmurrin Batch 2, 23 Year Old - £72.95
  • Strathmill Batch 5, 11 Year Old - £39.95
  • Fettercairn Batch 3, 21 Year Old - £67.95
  • Inchgower Batch 2, 17 Year Old - £59.95
  • Linkwood Batch 4, 11 Year Old - £36.95

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

A Massive Medley of New Releases!

A Massive Medley of New Releases!

We're always busy here at TBWC HQ, and we've been particularly active as of late - as demonstrated by this litany of new bottlings!

It's time for another huge haul of new That Boutique-y Whisky Company bottlings to fly the coop, so to speak. The TBWC HQ is a bit fancier than a coop. There's significantly less hay than your everyday coop - which is a blessing and a curse, really. Sometimes you really just want a big pile of hay to sleep in. Anyway. Whisky!

It's been quite a while since we bottled a Caperdonich single malt, but the Caperdonich drought (Caperdrought? Does that just sound like an intense lack of capers?) has ceased! Our first batch of Caperdonich with an age statement - this one is a 22 year old expression, bottled at 48.6% ABV. Only 250 bottles of this rare single malt were produced.

We've just bottled our 11th batch of single malt from the Islay-based Bruichladdich distillery, and this one is a wonderfully flavoursome expression. Bottled at 13 years old, with an ABV of 47.6%, expect oodles of juicy fruit notes and a hint of salinity. 478 bottles were produced.

We're heading to the Lowlands for this next one - it's Batch 4 of our Auchentoshan! This one was matured for 24 years, and bottled at 50.6% ABV. A classically gentle Lowland, with a zesty kick of citrus at its core. A release of 542 bottles.

"Pack it up, pack it in, let me begin..." to tell you about our newest bottling of Allt-á-Bhainne single malt! For Batch 5, we've bottled up a terrific 22 year old expression, with only 222 bottles produced. Couldn't have planned that better if we tried.

It's important to remember that Scotland isn't the only place that makes whisky - why not branch out a little bit and treat yourself to a fantastic Single Malt Irish Whiskey! We've bottled this stunning expression at 8 years old and 45.7% ABV, producing 876 bottles.

Fancy branching out even further? Well then, why not try something very new indeed - our first batch of Tennessee Bourbon Whisky #1! It's a brilliant 14 year old bourbon, bottled 52.2% ABV. With 547 bottles produced, don't expect these to stick around for long...

We've bottled another stunning Aultmore! Batch 8 is a 20 year old expression, bottled at 52.1% ABV with an outturn of 997 bottles. The shark and velociraptor remain at odds with each other. Some things never change.

We've got a new bottling of Benrinnes, too! For Batch 5, we got our hands on a splendidly delicious 17 year old single malt, and bottled it at 47.6% ABV. A release of 940 bottles.

People keep sending things into space (cars, botanicals, humans), with the intent of finding a planet which is completely covered in fur, like on the label of our Blended Whisky #2. None have been successful, but never fear - we've released a new batch to reignite the fires of discovery! This one is 22 years old, and 1,650 bottles were produced.

Many moons ago we released our first batch of Dailuaine. Seems like it's about time we got our act together and bottled Batch 2, don't you think? Well surprise! We predicted that you would agree with that question and have Dailuaine Batch 2 already ready! It's a 15 year old expression, bottled at 47.5% ABV with an outturn of 950 bottles.

The hits keep coming - we've got Batch 5 of our Glen Keith single malt ready to go! We've bottled another wonderful 24 year old whisky from the distillery in Speyside, producing 377 bottles presented at 49.1% ABV.

Feast your eyes upon our first BenRiach bottling with an age statement. This is a 9 year old single malt, presented at 51.7% ABV and with 2,501 bottles produced. We thought 2,500 bottles wouldn't be quite enough.

Another first - our very first bottling of Glencadam single malt is here! A youthful expression, bottled at 6 years old at 47.5% ABV, but it's by no means a straightforward dram. 454 bottles were produced.

Finally, we couldn't help but treat you to another excellent single grain from Invergordon! For Batch 16(!), we've bottled a 10 year old single grain, boasting a vanilla-forward flavour profile with hints of floral freshness in the background. 217 bottles were produced.


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

  • Caperdonich Batch 5, 22 Year Old - £249.95
  • Bruichladdich Batch 11, 13 Year Old - £76.95
  • Auchentoshan Batch 4, 24 Year Old - £129.95
  • Allt-á-Bhainne Batch 5, 22 Year Old - £87.95
  • Single Malt Irish Whiskey Batch 2, 8 Year Old - £52.95
  • Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey #1 Batch 1, 14 Year Old - £76.95
  • Aultmore Batch 8, 20 Year Old - £69.95
  • Benrinnes Batch 5, 17 Year Old - £67.95
  • Blended Whisky #2 Batch 3, 22 Year Old - £63.95
  • Dailuaine Batch 2, 15 Year Old - £54.95
  • Glen Keith Batch 5, 24 Year Old - £97.95
  • BenRiach Batch 4, 9 Year Old - £59.95
  • Glencadam Batch 1, 6 Year Old - £41.95
  • Invergordon Batch 16, 10 Year Old - £37.95

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

Release The Peat! (and some old grain)

Release The Peat! (and some old grain)

Good things come in threes, so they say, so here are three new releases to tempt you. Two from Islay (renowned for its peated whiskies), and a rather refined and long aged blended grain.

Our first ever release under the brand spanking new Octomore label is a 6 Year Old. And what a label it is, cracking work Emily! Octomore is the name for the the most heavily peated barley distilled at the Bruichladdich distillery. You wanted phenols, and this comes fully loaded with all of them! 796 bottles have been filled at 50.4% abv

There's a new release from Bowmore too, a 15 Year Old bottled at 48.3% abv. It's our eighth batch from Islay's oldest distillery, and we've filled 904 bottles! Expect all of the traditional Bowmore sweet smoky leafy notes wrapped in a sea breeze. 

Our final announcement in this trio of taste bud ticklers is a 50 Year Old Blended Grain. It's a new label too, but Batch 1 was sneaked out in our Advent Calendar at the end of 2017. Just 60 bottles will be available of this fine old grain whisky. Check out the label, most of our tasting notes can be found within (not the ship obviously)

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

  • Octomore Batch 1, 6 Year Old - £144.95
  • Bowmore Batch 8, 15 Year Old - £77.95
  • Blended Grain Batch 1, 50 Year Old - £164.95

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Whisky for dogs is here!

Whisky for dogs is here!

That Boutique-y Whisky Company teams up with some of the world’s best distilleries and pet nutritionists to create and independently bottle ‘whisky’ for dogs under the brand That Boutique-y Canine Company!

UPDATE: Sorry poochy pals - this announcement definitely had something to do with today's date being the 1st of April...

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Sharing whisky is one of life’s true pleasures. Up until now, only humans have been able to bond over a dram, cementing friendship over a love of the water of life. Now, for the first time ever, dog lovers can share their favourite dram with their four-legged friends, thanks to clever developments in pet nutrition and our vision to spread whisky love to everyone whether they have two legs or four!

Introducing That Boutique-y Canine Company! How does it work? Whisky is bad for dogs! We agree. By working closely with nutritionists from Dynamite Dog Dietics, we have found a way to molecularly bond flavour compounds commonly found in whisky to proteins in organic chicken, venison and rabbit (meats identified as providing the most nourishment to dogs). Through cooking this meat at a high temperature, the modified juice can be extracted, resulting in a liquid that looks like whisky with similar aromas, but is totally free from alcohol, and offers the highest nutritional values.

Not only can you share a dram with your beloved best friend, but the perfect balance of water, protein and the vitamins and minerals from the flavour compounds can help promote a shiny, glossy coat (for your dog, you should probably stick to our regular whisky).

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The first batch of our That Boutique-y Canine Company bottlings for dogs features a range of whiskies, taking in the incredible spectrum of aromas and flavours found in drams across Scotland and beyond:

Invergordoggie: The lightest of our Canine Whiskies, mainly extracted from organic chicken. Perfect for your dog while you indulge in the outstanding Invergordon 42 Year Old. Just 300 bottles are available in the first batch.

Aberfetchy: A sweet, juicy Canine Whisky, mimicking the fruits inherent in classic Aberfeldy, thanks to the whisky’s long fermentation time. For your dog’s human companion, pair with our Aberfeldy 21 Year Old. Our largest outturn, there are 600 bottles available.

Clyneleash: Extracted from meats cooked for longer to preserve the waxy character that Clynelish expressions are known for. Pour this for your pooch while you sit back with our Clynelish 24 Year Old bottling. 350 bottles have been made available.

Highland Bark: Not forgetting the smoky island malts, we worked with Dynamite Dog Dietics to keep the phenol count high even after the flavour compounds were molecularly bonded with the meats. This was our most challenging Canine Whisky to create, and we’ve proudly paired it with our Highland Park expression, with. 450 bottles available.

Beagle Rare: Take your pooch beyond Scotland without the need for a pet passport with the incredibly soft, inherently sippable Beagle Rare. A treat for dogs everywhere, and far more readily available than its American whiskey counterpart!

Himilayamazaki: The rarest of our Canine Whisky expressions, Himilayamazaki is made with mountain water from Japan to boost the mineral content for your dog. Because of the limited supply of this water, just 50 bottles are available. Humans can sip Japanese Blended Whisky #1 alongside their hounds to max out the enjoyment!

While That Boutique-y Canine Company bottlings are only suitable for dogs, we plan to roll  out whiskies for other pets in due course, including as That Boutique-y Whiskers Company, That Boutique-y Rodent Company and even That Boutique-y Equine Company for whisky-loving equestrians. Watch this space!

Each bottle of TBWC For Dogs is available in 500ml formats to complement our human TBWC bottlings. Prices start from £19.99, available from all good pet stores soon!