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Wednesday 21 September 2022


 Sotheby’s Hollywood AUCTION Nets $2 Million in Sales


According to Whisky Advocate of May 2022, a time capsule of scotch whisky destined for Hollywood A-listers helped Sotheby’s to stage its largest ever Scotch Whisky auction on May 10. During the financial crash of 2008, an entrepreneur from southern California bought a shipping container of valuable bottles from a struggling U.S. whisky broker who had hoped to sell them to people in the movie industry. Instead, they went under the hammer in New York 14 years later as Sotheby’s auctioned the Hollywood Collection and Part 4 of the Three Continents Collection for a total hammer price of $2,034,100 (Sotheby’s pre-sale estimate was $1,481,750 – $2,063,050).

This one was a true celebration of Scotch, with over 1,100 lots on offer from 91 single malt and grain distilleries representing all regions of Scotland (discover the top 10 distilleries at this sale ranked by hammer price below). It was one of the most comprehensive sales of scotch from closed distilleries in the U.S. for many years, with bottlings from the Inverness distilleries Millburn, Glen Albyn, and Glen Mhor, plenty of Port Ellen from Islay, Convalmore, Dallas Dhu, Imperial, and Caperdonich from Speyside, Glenury Royal and Hillside distilleries in the eastern Highlands, and Littlemill and St. Magdalene from the Lowlands. Only Rosebank was conspicuous in its absence.

Unlike Sotheby’s American Muscle Collection, which sold largely to U.S. buyers, this sale attracted an international audience spread evenly between North America, Asia, and Europe, with 42% of bidders new to Sotheby’s. Around 40% of bidders were younger than 40 years old. Macallan was the focus for the day’s highest prices, though the headline bottles did not break any records. An increasingly rare find at auction this decade, the Macallan Millennium 50-year-old 1949 decanter sold for a hammer price of $32,000, the highest bid of the sale, but that was only the fifth-highest price of the seven of these bottles auctioned internationally since January 2021. Whisky Auctioneer achieved a bid 46% higher than Sotheby’s in January, selling a bottle for $46,811.


The Macallan Fine & Rare 50-year-old 1952 Cask No. 627 attracted a hammer price of $26,000 at Sotheby’s, slightly up on Sotheby’s performance of $24,000 or so in recent years, but again, an online auction solicited a bid 25% higher at $32,552 for the same bottle eight days earlier. The other end of the scale proved far more interesting, where there were some amazing vintage bottlings sold at bargain prices. A bid of $150 could secure a bottle of Singleton of Dufftown 28-year-old or a bottle of Campbeltown Loch 25-year-old blended scotch, while $200 was sufficient to pick up a Glenrothes 1984, a bottle of Gordon & MacPhail Speyburn 18 year old 1971, or for single grain fans, a bottle of Cadenhead’s Dumbarton 32 year old 1962. For lovers of 20th-century Scotch, Sotheby’s was definitely the place to be.




Macallan Millennium Decanter 50 year old 1949, 43%


Balvenie 50 year old 1937, 42%


Bowmore 40 year old 1955, 42%


Springbank Millennium Collection 50 year old, 40.5%


Whyte & Whyte Clynelish (Brora) 28 year old 1965, 50.7%


Highland Park 40 year old 1958, 44%


Glenfarclas 1953 The Coronation, 51.1%


Glendronach Single Cask 43 year old 1971, 48.6%


Ardbeg Provenance 1974, 54.7%


Auchentoshan 44 year old 1966, 40.9%


This is a copy of Sotheby’s Hollywood Ending Nets $2 Million in Sales.


72-yr-old single malt fetches over $54,000 in HONG KONG auction

This was the first time that a 1948 Glen Grant whisky, by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail, was offered in an auction. The whisky, the oldest from the Glen Grant distillery, was in a Dartington crystal decanter with an American black walnut presentation box.

This 72-year-old bottle of Glen Grant single malt whisky from Scotland fetched more than USD 54,000 in an auction in Hong Kong in May 2021. It was number 88 of 290 decanters bottled by the company and was auctioned off by Bonhams, fetching a price of 421,600 Hong Kong dollars (USD 54,300) including premium. The bottle had a book estimate of 300,000 to 380,000 Hong Kong dollars.

35-year-old Hibiki whisky Kutani ceramic decanter fetches 372,000 Hong Kong dollars (USD 48,000)

Despite the economic uncertainty brought by the pandemic, interest in rare whiskies remains high. Compared to other investment commodities, collectable whisky has done well in the past 10 years with a four-fold increase in prices, according to the whisky specialist at Bonhams. The other whiskies featured in that auction included a 35-year-old Hibiki whisky from Japan in a Kutani ceramic decanter that sold for 372,000 Hong Kong dollars (USD 48,000).


 The Timeless Whisky Collection

Sotheby’s New York is to auction what it says is the highest-value whisky collection sold in a single auction in the U.S. Not that this is the largest ever: more sizable collections have been broken up and sold in different locations. This collection, built over many years by an anonymous California-based collector, has been valued at $1.55-$2.15 million and includes over 60 bottles aged 50 years old or above. Bidding is open online and will conclude with a live auction on September 23 at 10 a.m. EDT, as reported by Whisky Advocate.

The highlight of the sale is a complete six-bottle set of the well-known Macallan Six Pillars Collection (Est. $400,000–$600,000), including a bespoke burr elm display podium, and a “Lalique experience” consisting of a stay at Villa Rene Lalique in Alsace and dining at its 2 Michelin Star restaurant for the winning bidder and a guest.


There are plenty of less expensive whiskies to consider; the 497 lots, consisting of 565 bottles, have a median lot estimate of $1,000–$1,300. Single malt scotches from 44 different distilleries are represented among the 512 bottles of scotch whisky. Islay is the most abundant whisky region in this sale with 36% of the bottles, followed by 24% from Speyside and 15% from Campbeltown. Time and age are dominant themes throughout, with the bottles aged 50 years or older originating from 18 single malt scotch distilleries. More than 80 bottles come from 8 closed distilleries in Scotland and Japan. Overall, many of Sotheby’s estimates look rather cautious, so bidders can expect a number of the lots to exceed their high estimates.

A deep dive into the catalogue reveals a greater number of independent bottlings than official distillery bottlings of scotch whisky (56% vs 44%). Of the independent bottlings, 37% are from Hunter Laing & Co. Ltd, 19% from Gordon & MacPhail, and 16% from Douglas Laing & Co., although the Gordon & MacPhail bottlings are the most valuable independent bottlings by some margin. This collection shows the former owner’s preferences for particular brands and regions, while other distilleries are completely unrepresented. There are more than 80 bottles of Springbank, for example, but no bottles of Longrow, Hazelburn, Kilkerran, or Glen Scotia from Campbeltown. Nor are there Jura, Kilchoman, or distillery bottlings from Bruichladdich, no grain whisky, no Irish whiskey, and only two blends.

There are over 50 larger bottles on sale (1.5-litre bottles)—large format bottles are popular among wine collectors due to the differences in maturation and scarcity, but those factors are less relevant for whisky collectors, so you simply have twice as much of the same whisky. From Japan, there are a few Karuizawa, Hanyu, and Yamazaki bottlings. From the U.S., there are some Hirsch, Van Winkle, and a reasonable selection of WhistlePig The Boss Hog. Closed distillery bottlings make up 15% of the sale, with 44 bottles of Port Ellen and 23 bottles of Littlemill on offer. Admirably, again, the selection is eclectic to the collector—there are bottles of Dallas Dhu, Glen Mhor, Rosebank, and Kinclaith, yet no St. Magdalene, Glenury Royal, or Convalmore bottlings.  


Which lots offer the best value? Depending on your budget, look to the Speymalt Macallans at the start of the sale, the Benromach 35-year-old is well-priced (est. $500–$600), and consider picking up the Glenfiddich 40-year-old (est. $2,400–$3,500) given that the new edition will cost $4,600. There are multiples of many bottles, for example; there are four bottles of Glenrothes John Ramsay for sale (est. $500–$750), which cost $1,000 on release in 2009. There are two Gordon & MacPhail Glenlivet 70-year-olds in the sale; the one distilled in 1940 has a low estimate of $6,000, while it’s $22,000 for the other bottle distilled in 1943. There are Port Ellen bottlings with low estimates below $1,000, and I would snap up the Springbank while you can. Undoubtedly, the Timeless Whisky Collection at Sotheby’s offers both the strategic single malt scotch collector and the discerning drinker plenty of scope to acquire a number of fine bottles and take them home to enjoy.







The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collection (6 bottles)




The Macallan in Lalique 72 YO Genesis Decanter




Black Bowmore The Last Cask 50 YO




Bowmore 1961 50 YO




The Macallan 1949 50 YO Millennium Decanter




Karuizawa Budo Collection 1981 (3 bottles)




The Macallan Fine & Rare 1938 31 YO




Ardbeg Double Barrel 1974 (2 bottles)




Gordon & MacPhail Pvt Collection Glenlivet 1943 70 YO




The Macallan 40 YO 2017 release



All data and images from Whisky Advocate's Auction Preview 13 Sep 22

Monday 19 September 2022


 cost of scotch to double by mid-2023

Latest survey finds 30% of Scotch distillers expect energy costs to double in the next 10 months; with 72 % expecting shipping costs to go up by a further 50%.

Scotch Whisky distillers have called on the new Prime Minister and Chancellor to back the industry in the Autumn Budget by cancelling the planned double-digit tax increase.

The tax burden on the average-priced bottle of Scotch Whisky already sits at 70% due to high rates of spirits duty. A new survey reveals over half of Scotch Whisky distillers have seen their costs double in the last 12 months and expect further increases in the next year.

A survey conducted by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) found that 57 % of distillers have seen energy costs increase by more than ten % in the last year, with nearly a third (29 percent) seeing their energy costs double. Nearly 40 % of businesses, which produce the UK’s number one food and drink export, reported shipping costs doubling in the last 12 months, with 43 % also reporting supply chain cost rises of more than 50 %.

The survey also found most distillers see costs rising further over the next year, with 57 %of businesses expecting energy costs to go up by a further 50 % and nearly three quarters (73 %) anticipating another 50 % increase in shipping costs. However, despite rising costs, the industry expects to continue to invest in operations and the supply chain. 57 % of distillers reported an increase in their number of staff in the past 12 months, with all respondents expecting to need to add to their workforces in the coming year.

The Scotch Whisky Association has called on the new Prime Minister and HM Treasury team to commit to supporting the industry by not increasing excise duty in an Autumn Budget.

The Association is of the view that the industry is delivering much-needed growth for the UK economy through investment, job creation and rising revenue to the Treasury. But this survey reveals that distillers are investing in growth despite the economic headwinds and rising costs of business.

The industry has shown remarkable resilience, but this cannot be taken for granted. The Autumn Budget must support the Scotch Whisky industry which is a crucial driver of growth in the economy, particularly across Scotland. UK excise duty on Scotch Whisky and other spirits is already one of the highest in the world, calling for no spirits duty increase in the budget. Any such increase would compound the cost of business pressures companies are facing, add at least 95p of duty alone onto every bottle of Scotch Whisky, and further fuel inflation.

Saturday 17 September 2022


 RECORD SETTING Cask to be bottled over five years

On 25th November 1975, Scotch history was created at the Ardbeg distillery on the Scottish island of Islay, unknown to the master distiller. In an era when the distillery still malted its barley onsite, a smoky, balanced spirit was laid down in two separate casks ̶ ̶ a bourbon and an Oloroso sherry. For 38 years the casks lay there till in 2014, Bill Lumsden, Ardbeg’s director of whisky creation, decided to marry the two casks. The whisky was transferred to a single refill Oloroso cask– simply named ‘Cask No 3’.


That rare cask of single malt whisky was sold on 11 July 2022 by Ardbeg distillery for a record £16m, breaking the earlier record of £1 million set in just April this year for a cask of 1988 Macallan. Ardbeg said, "Cask No. 3" was bought by an unnamed female collector based in Asia through a private sale. Experts said the sale surpassed all auction records for a single malt cask. The cask is the oldest ever released by Ardbeg, which closed twice in the 1980s and 1990s before being bought by the Glenmorangie Company in 1997.

The Ardbeg spirit, distilled in 1975, contains sufficient spirit to fill 440 70cl bottles, valuing each one at £36,000.

As part of the deal, over the next five years, Islay-based Ardbeg will continue to mature Cask No. 3 in a secure location on Islay for its owner. Every year, she will receive 88 bottles from the cask. By 2026, this Ardbeg enthusiast will possess a unique vertical series of rare Ardbegs from 1975, aged 46, 47, 48, 49 and 50 years old.

The spirit's tasting notes on its aroma say: "Brazil nuts in toffee fill the nose, followed by linseed oil, a suggestion of flowering blackcurrants, sweet, aromatic peat smoke and a hint of tobacco".

Just 25 years ago, Ardbeg was on the brink of extinction, but today it is one of the most sought-after whiskies in the world. Today Ardbeg is the world’s most highly awarded smoky single malt whisky. Since 2008, it has won more than 50 gold and double gold medals in key whisky competitions.

The magic of selling old and rare whisky is that you either have it or you don’t have it. You can’t turn back the clock and distil a 1975-Ardberg in 2022. This whisky has survived close to 50 years. It has taken a lot of patience and care. In the case of this whisky, it’s not just that it’s rare and old but it is also exceptional in quality.

Premiumisation is happening across many categories. People want to drink either the cheapest or the best. Recent times have shown a requirement for increased capacity, as demand exceeds supply. Old and rare whiskey is a finite resource. It can only reduce. Every time someone opens a bottle it is one less. Some people may buy it for an investment and that’s perfectly alright but 99 per cent of what is sold is drunk.

However, there is no denying that rare whisky has become an investment. In 2019, a 60-year-old bottle of a very rare 1926 Macallan single malt fetched nearly £1.5 million. Over the last decade, rare whisky has been the top-performing asset class in the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index. The index which tracks the sale of rare bottles sold at auction has increased in value by 428 per cent in the last decade and 9 per cent in the last year.



Monday 12 September 2022



ELIXIR Distiller's Profile:

Elixir Distillers was established as Speciality Drinks in 1999 by brothers Sukhinder and Raj Singh, who also launched the Whisky Exchange retail website the same year. The Whisky Exchange offers more than 9,000 products, including 4,000 global whiskies, of which 3,000 are single malt Scotch whiskies. The other categories include 400 Champagnes, 800 Cognacs and Armagnacs; 700 rums; 600 gins; 300 aperitifs; 400 Tequilas and mezcal and it is today the internet’s leading specialist retailers of fine spirits and liqueurs. The Whisky Exchange was sold to Pernod Ricard in 2021 for US$500 million. 

Speciality Drinks first began to release whiskies under The Single Malts of Scotland banner in 2005. The following year saw the launch of the Elements of Islay range, while Port Askaig was introduced later in 2009. The company changed its name to Elixir Distillers in 2017. They set about creating a new distillery on Islay, procuring the land in 2015. After rumours went around that this would be named Farkin distillery, the brothers revealed just ahead of Feis Ile 2022 that the new distillery would carry the name Fortintruan.


London-based Elixir Distillers is an independent bottler specialising in whisky, predominantly Scotch but also Japanese, Irish and American whiskies. Elixir Distillers serves as the home for the creation, blending, bottling and international sales of all spirits created by the company. The company’s three core whisky brands are Elements of Islay, Port Askaig and The Single Malts of Scotland, while it also bottles navy rum under the Black Tot brand. 

The Single Malts of Scotland range provides independent bottlings of vintage single malt Scotch from many distilleries and at a variety of ages. The number of Single Casks sold is amazing.

The Elements of Islay are a collection of Islay malt whiskies, the inspiration for which is rooted in traditional medical laboratory labels and packaging. The range is bottled from small batches of casks, with each label depicting the distillery’s ‘Element’ symbol alongside a batch number, for example, Lp1 for Laphroaig. In 2016, a small batch blended malt was introduced called Peat, bottled at 45% ABV and cask strength.

Port Askaig – the name of a port on the island’s east coast, and not a distillery – comprises the no-age-statement Cask Strength expression, along with an eight-year-old. Each year limited edition aged expressions are added to the range.

Elixir Distillers is a prolific cask-strength distillery with multiple casks in the market. It currently exports its products to over 20 international sites.

Glen Elgin 2009 11 YO, Single Malts of Scotland 70cl 58.4% ABV Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Glen Elgin was Founded by William Simpson and James Carle in 1898, right before the whisky boom bubble burst. Production at Glen Elgin officially started on May 1, 1900. The architect Charles Doig (designer of many a distillery and invented of the ‘Doig ventilator’ or pagoda roof seen atop most malt distilleries) predicted that no other distillery would be built in Speyside for at least 50 years. He was right (the next distillery to be built was Tormore, in 1958).

A 2009 Glen Elgin single malt from independent bottler Elixir Distillers that was matured in a single hogshead for 11 years, before being bottled in July 2021 as part of its Single Malts of Scotland series. Aromas of vanilla sponge, custard-filled pastries with pink icing, nectarine, mandarin, kiwi, red grapes and honeysuckle fill the nose, complemented by notes of custard, peach chutney, fruit pastilles, heather honey and vanilla ice cream throughout the palate.

Released On 27th May 2022

Teaninich 2007-09 11 YO Reserve Cask Parcel #5 70cl 48% ABV Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Teaninich is a Highland distillery used as a workhorse by Diageo to produce malt for its blends - principally Johnnie Walker, but also Vat 69 and Haig.

Built in 1817, Teaninich has been owned by Distiller's Company Ltd (DCL, later to become part of Diageo) since the 1930s. Teaninich was expanded in 1970 with the addition of a building housing six new stills, referred to thereafter as the 'A-side'. The original four stills then became known as the 'B side', which continued to run until 1984, when it was mothballed.

In 1985 the A-side was also mothballed but recommenced production in 1991 after a gap of six years. The B side comprising four original stills and the 19th-century distillery buildings never resumed production and was dismantled and demolished in 1999.

Teaninich is unique in that, instead of a mash tun, it uses a filter press (typically used in beer brewing) to extract the sugars from the malt. This process uses a different kind of mill, as it is essential there are no husks in the ground malt, and it is more efficient than the mash tun system, permitting faster extraction of the sugars. The distillery has a large output of four million litres/year.

A Teaninich single malt from independent bottler Elixir Distillers, matured in a batch of five ex-bourbon casks that were filled between 2007 and 2009, before being bottled in 2021 as part of its Single Malts of Scotland Reserve Casks series. In essence, a sizeable portion of the contents are over twelve years of age, the youngest being eleven years and some months. Aromas of golden-syrup-sponge, matcha lattes and kiwi fill the nose, subtly complemented by notes of mint chocolate, Madeira cake, tinned peaches, rosemary and basil throughout the palate.  These fairly high-strength bottlings (48% ABV) are non chill-filtered and do not have additional artificial colouring.

Released On 27th May 2022

Linkwood 2006 14 YO Single Malts of Scotland 70cl  57.4% ABV Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Linkwood is another of the light Speyside camp. The new make has the aroma of a spring meadow – mixing cut grass, apple and peach blossom. This is a 2006 Linkwood single malt from indie bottler Elixir Distillers that was matured for 14 years in a single hogshead, before being bottled in April 2021 as part of its Single Malts of Scotland series. Aromas of mint tea, freshly-cut flowers, tarte tatin and freshly-baked pastries fill the nose, complemented by notes of honey cake, elderflower and lemon drizzle cake, warm croissants and pain au raisin throughout the palate.

Located on the outskirts of Elgin, Linkwood was established in 1821, but only started production in 1824 after the 1823 Excise Act. It was completely rebuilt in 1874 and existed as an independent distiller, run by an Elgin-based whisky broker, until 1932 when it joined the DCL stable. In 1972, a new distillery was built opposite the old buildings. Both plants ran until 1985 when the original ceased production, although it was still used as an experimental site – it was here that a lot of Diageo’s research into copper, reflux and the effect of worm tubs took place. In the late 1990s it was on the shortlist to become the Speyside representative in The Classic Malts range.

In 2012, the old building was demolished as part of yet another upgrade. This time six new washbacks were installed in a new distillery along with two new stills. Capacity is now in excess of 5.5m litres per annum. A number of independent bottling are seen, mainly from Gordon & MacPhail of Elgin – often from ex-Sherry casks. Elixir has also used typical Speyside new make for its 2021 bottling and later release.

When mature, however, although Linkwood's freshness is retained, the palate reveals a thick texture which slows the whisky down in the mouth. It is this combination of texture and delicacy which makes it prized by blenders – and much loved by malt whisky aficionados. The fragrance is achieved by creating very clear wort, having a very long fermentation and distilling slowly to maximise copper conversation in pairs of stills in which the spirit is unusually larger than the wash, allowing even more copper contact.

Only 282 bottles were produced and can be purchased online.

Elixir Distillers and Impex Beverages will be bringing the first batch from the Single Malts of Scotland to America, and that batch of 10 independent bottlings will be available exclusively in the United States. Malts in this line come from a variety of Scottish distilleries, such as Caol Ila, Imperial, Glenrothes, and Ben Nevis. The releases are each limited runs in either small batch or single cask format, with casks yielding between 92 and 607 bottles, and will be exclusive to the U.S. market. The intention is to launch two runs of releases per year.

Released On 27th May 2022

Caol Ila 2009 11 YO  Single Malts of Scotland 70cl  59.8% ABV  Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky


Caol Ila, pronounced 'Cull-Eela', is a distillery situated on the North-Eastern shores of Islay with magnificent views across the Sound of Islay to the spectacular Paps of Jura. Re-opened on 25th August as Caol Ila, it serves as the Islay Home of Johnnie Walker. Most Caol Ila bottled as a single malt lies on the milder end of the peat spectrum (as opposed to heavy-hitters like Ardbeg and Laphroaig), but it's definitely a fully peated single malt (35ppm), and uses the same malted barley (from the maltings at Port Ellen) as the 35ppm peated malt used by Lagavulin.

Distillers at Caol Ila continue with traditional methods of malt whisky production to ensure the distinctive quality of its malt whisky. The barley used today uses pure spring water rising from limestone in the adjacent Loch Nam Burn, then falling to the sea at Caol Ila. The owners of the Islay distillery have been granted permission to extend its off-sales area and make changes to its layout ahead of its public reopening, which was on schedule for and met, 25 August 2022. It is the largest distillery on Islay with an output of 6.3 million litres and is used widely across most blended Scotch and Malt brands. 

This is a 2009 Caol Ila single malt from indie bottler Elixir Distillers, matured in a single hogshead for 11 years, before being bottled in March 2021 as part of its Single Malts of Scotland series. Aromas of peat smoke, coal soot, sea breeze, grapefruit, vanilla sponge and blackcurrant juice fill the nose, complemented by notes of grapefruit, salted cashew nuts, lemon drizzle cake and smoked ham throughout the palate.

Released On 21st March 2021

Elixir Distillers also use this single malt with its much-vaunted balanced smoke, phenol and consistently high quality for bottlers abroad. Another Single Malts of Scotland Caol Ila 11 YO 2009 is an Islay single malt from the prolific distillery bottled especially for a few Dutch specialist whisky retailers and was distilled on the 16th of October 2009 and matured in a bourbon hogshead, number 319089. It was bottled on the 20th of June 2021 at 50% ABV, non chill-filtered and with no added colour, as a limited single cask of 339 bottles.

Nose: Aromas of pickled capers, tangy tomatoes, barbecue sauce, sea breeze, peat smoke, maritime tang and citrusy, likely lemon peel

Palate: Honey-smoked ham, barbecued pineapple, elderflower, fresh citrus, minerals, green tea, seawater and delicate peat smoke

Finish: drier, peat, salt and grapefruit with some ashy notes

Released on 22 July 2021

Benrinnes 2006 15 YO Single Malts of Scotland 70cl 55.3% ABV Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Benrinnes distillery ‘The Ben’, located on the lower slopes of Speyside’s sentinel mountain, is another of those intriguing distilleries which produces a highly individual make but which – due to its demand by blenders – has never become a front-line single malt.

It has six stills which are run in two pairs of three. For years a form of partial triple distillation was utilised to help promote a meaty/sulphury new make character. The low wines from the first distillation were split into strong and weak feints. The lower-strength portion was redistilled in the middle still and split into two again, with the stronger part [strong feints] being carried forward, the weaker being retained for the next charge. The strong feints were then mixed with the highest strength distillate from the wash still and redistilled in the spirit still.

Everything is run through worm tubs which are kept very cold, adding weight and meatiness to the spirit. In recent years, this complex distillation has been simplified.

Occasionally seen as an independent bottling, the clearest manifestation of its meaty quality (which puts it in a similar stylistic camp as Dailuaine, Mortlach and Cragganmore) is exploited by Elixir.

A 2006 Benrinnes single malt from independent bottler Elixir Distillers that was matured in a single hogshead for 15 years, before being bottled in July 2021 as part of its Single Malts of Scotland series. Aromas of waffles and maple syrup, cinnamon, apples and pecans fill the nose, complemented by notes of chewy toffee, lemon drops, caramel, desiccated coconut, garden herbs and warm spice throughout the palate.

Released On 27th May 2022

Glentauchers 1997 23 YO Single Malts of Scotland 70cl 53.2% ABV Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky  

Glentauchers’ new make has always gone into blends which lie on the lighter side of the flavour spectrum, initially Buchanan’s and Black & White, and these days Ballantine’s. Accordingly, the set up – long ferments, slow distillation – has always been one where flowers have been preferred to earthy weight.

Glentauchers’ new make has always gone into blends which lie on the lighter side of the flavour spectrum, initially Buchanan’s and Black & White, and these days Ballantine’s. Accordingly, the set up – long ferments, slow distillation – has always been one where flowers have been preferred to earthy weight.

Another member of the ‘1890s gang’, Glentauchers was established in 1898 by James Buchanan & Co. to provide fillings for its Buchanan’s and Black & White blends. Experiments in ‘continuous pot still distillation’ were tested here (and at Convalmore) at the start of the 20th century. This involved running a 100% barley mash through an adapted pot still. Production was upped considerably in 1966 when the number of stills increased from the original pair to half a dozen.

Glentauchers was one of the many distilleries which fell foul of the slump in demand in the early 1980s and was mothballed in 1985. It was, somewhat surprisingly at the time, snapped up by one of Diageo’s rivals, Allied Distillers, in 1989 [the Allied estate became part of Chivas Brothers in 2005] when it became a named component of Ballantine’s, although the firm didn’t restart production until 1992.

It is not commonly seen as a single malt other than as a bottling from Independent Bottlers. However, in July 2017 Glentauchers was released as a 15-year-old single malt (alongside expressions from Glenburgie and Miltonduff) under the Ballantine’s brand.

A 1997 Glentauchers single malt from independent bottler Elixir Distillers matured in a single barrel for 23 years, before being bottled in July 2021 as part of its Single Malts of Scotland series. Aromas of beeswax, Tonka bean, almond paste, raspberry lemonade, candied orange peel and meadow flowers fill the nose, complemented by notes of warm cherry pie, pineapple jelly, ground ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon pastries and dried lemon throughout the palate.

Released On 20th May 2022

A small list is placed infra for an insight into the type and volume of business Elixir Distillers are involved in.

  • Caol Ila 35 yo (50.9%, Single Malts of Scotland ‘Director’s Special’ 2020)
  • Croftengea 15 yo 2006 (53,2%, Elixir Distillers ‘The Whisky Trail Silhouettes’ 2021, hogshead #342, 269 btl.)
  • Ben Nevis 6 yo 2015 (58,4%, Elixir Distillers ‘The Whisky Trail Silhouettes’ 2021, barrel #319, 256 btl.)
  • Caol Ila 8 yo 2013 (60,6%, Elixir Distillers ‘The Whisky Trail Silhouettes’ 2021, hogshead #304580, 291 btl.)
  • Carsebridge 48 yo 1973 (56,3%, Elixir Distillers ‘The Whisky Trail Silhouettes’ 2021, ex-sherry butt #111864, 462 btl.)
  • Port Askaig 10 yo ‘10th Anniversary Edition’ (55,85%, Elixir Distillers 2019, 10.000 btl.
  • Port Askaig 18 Years (USA exclusive)
  • Port Askaig 25 Year Old (USA)
  • Port Askaig 25 yo (45,8%, Elixir Distillers 2019, 3000 btl.)
  • Ardmore 1998 (Single Malts of Scotland)
  • Clynelish 2010 (Single Malts of Scotland)
  • Bruichladdich 1992 (Single Malts of Scotland)
  • Highland Park 1995 (Single Malts of Scotland)

More details are available at this link and this second link.