JVS Brands Win Prestigious Awards

We are proud and exited about recent Awards our Brands received: • Ohishi Single Sherry Cask 93 Points by Whisky Advocate • Ohishi Single Sherry Cask 92 Points by Ultimate Spirits Challenge • 5 Stars/Highest recommendation from Spirits Journal for The Exclusive Malts Islay’07 8yr • 92 points for Tamdhu Batch Strength #002 from Whisky Advocate • 95 points for Tamdhu Batch Strength #002 from Ultimate Spirits... read more

Kilchoman Announces US East Coast Tour

From September 26th to October 9th, the whisky-loving Wills brothers will embark on a tour down the East Cost of the US spreading the word of Kilchoman, Islay’s Farm independent Distillery. James and Peter Wills, sons of Kilchoman Founder Anthony Wills will travel from Boston to Washington DC in their custom Land Rover making stops along the way to share a few drams and a story or two of Kilchoman, Islay and growing up in a distillery. A special edition cask strength, 58.9% ABV, US Tour bottling of the distilleries flagship expression Machir Bay has been created especially for the tour. Just 840 bottles of the special edition will be available exclusively from stops made on their journey. Recently awarded Best No Age Statement Single Malt Scotch at the International Wine & Spirits Competition and Best Peated Scotch Whisky at the International Whisky Competition, Kilchoman has quickly established itself in the whisky world. Tasting during the tour will feature all the latest Kilchoman releases as well as one or two surprises. Check here for more information on Kilchoman. We’ll keep you posted about the Kilchoman... read more

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 5th Edition Is Finally Here!

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 46% ABV SHERRY CASK MATURED This year’s Kilchoman’s Loch Gorm Single Malt Whisky is finally available in the US. Only a limited quantity of the exclusive bottling will be available and, if past releases are anything to go by, it will sell quickly. Loch Gorm, located to the north of the distillery is very peaty in colour, similar to the dark rich colour of our sherry cask matured single malts. This, the 5th installment of the Loch Gorm range has been matured for over six years in Oloroso sherry butts. Named after a famously peaty loch, from which Kilchoman draws water for the production of this and other releases, Loch Gorm is bottled at 46% ABV and is available in the US exclusively through ImpEx Beverages Inc, with a recommended retail price of $99.99. “Loch Gorm’s rich, spicy character sets it apart in the Kilchoman range” Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder & MD Worthy of note, the Robb Report magazine just included Loch Gorm in a list with the most heavily peated Scotches in the world. See post here. Tasting Notes Nose: Spicy and sweet with peat smoke and dark chocolate well integrated. Palate: Soft fruits, well rounded and full of character. Finish: Lingering, sweet and well balanced. Notes: Kilchoman Distillery is a small family run farm distillery based on the rugged west coast of Islay. The distillery was established by Anthony Wills in 2005, the idea was to build a new distillery which took whisky production back to its roots. Anthony and wife Kathy have now been joined by their three sons: George, James and Peter. Kilchoman produces its... read more

2016 International Whisky Competition Official Results

We’re so happy to share with you the results from the 2016 IWC for ImpEx Brands. The big news is that Machir Bay secured the 2nd Place for Best Single Malt Whisky, ahead of so many other Scotch whiskies. This is a magnificent expression, so well made, scoring very high in blind tasting. Full results, awards and winners, please visit Web:www.whiskycompetition.com/2016-results/ Print: www.whiskycompetition.com/s/2016-IWC-Official-Results.pdf The wins are as follow: – Kilchoman Machir Bay:  2nd Place Best Single Malt Whisky  / 1st Place Best Peated Whisky / 2nd Place Best Single Malt Scotch NAS / 1st Place Best Single Malt (Islay)    (94.5)           Whiskies tasted that didn’t win a medal, yet received a good score and will be listed in the 2017 International Whisky Guide: – Kilchoman 2008 Vintage (91.7) – Kilchoman Sanaig ** The Sanaig wasn’t part of the package delivered and not received. The Exclusive Blend 1991 got Bronze in Best Blended Scotch (over 18 Years Old) We are so excited! And hope so are you! Cheers!  ... read more

Tamdhu & Isle of Skye celebrate multiple awards win at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2016

          Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky is toasting a double award win at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, one of the industry’s most prestigious spirits competitions. Tamdhu Batch Strength, the most recent expression released by Tamdhu Distillery, scooped a Double Gold Medal, whilst the classic 10 Year Old was awarded a Gold Medal. This follows Tamdhu’s recent accolade, when Tamdhu Batch Strength was announced as Speyside Single Malt of the Year at the Whisky Advocate Awards earlier this year. The revered competition, which is in its 16th year, took place over three days between 17 and 20 March in downtown San Francisco. The competition saw over 1700 spirits from all over the world being blind tasted by a panel of experts with the finest palates in the industry. Commenting on the awards, Neil Boyd, Commercial Director for Ian Macleod Distillers, said: “Winning such fantastic awards for both Tamdhu 10 Year Old and Batch Strength greatly reinforces the quality of our sherry cask matured whisky. “We always strive to ensure that every drop of Tamdhu is as magnificent as our founders intended and this most recent win once again shows that we are honoring their efforts.” Tamdhu is owned by one of Scotland’s leading, independent family-owned distillers, Ian Macleod Distillers. Tamdhu was born on the banks of the River Spey in 1897. Its quality is defined by the hint of peat in its malted barley, the natural Speyside water that is drawn directly from the Tamdhu spring and the exclusive use of the finest sherry oak casks. Tamdhu is imported by ImpEx Beverages Inc,... read more

Gold & Double Gold Medals by The Fifty Best 2016!!!

We are extremely excited about The Fifty Best 2016 results: – Isle of Skye Aged 8 yrs. Blended Scotch Whisky was awarded a Double Gold medal. – Tamdhu Batch Strength Batch  was also awarded a Double Gold medal. – Arran Machrie Moor received a Gold Medal. – Kilchoman Machir Bay and Kilchoman 100% Islay Release were awarded Gold medals. The complete results are published on TheFiftyBest.com and can be seen here: www.thefiftybest.com/spirits/best_no_age_statement_scotch/ Please feel free to share the good news with everyone! Cheers!... read more

Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting – Friday, March 25th, 2016

  By Sonoma County Single Malt Society: We are excited to welcome back some old friends for our first tasting of 2016. James Wills, son of Kilchoman Distillery founder Anthony Wills, and Louisa Young, Senior Brand Ambassador for Arran Distillery. Some old favorites will be seen again as well as new expressions from these two wonderful distilleries.   When: Friday, March 25th, 6:30pm Check-in with 7:00pm Start Where: Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel Who: James Wills of Kilchoman Distillery and Louisa Young of Arran Distillery            Here is the list we are working on at this time. (Subject to change): – Arran 10 – Arran 12 – Arran Sauternes Finish – Arran Machrie Moor 46% – Kilchoman Machir Bay – Kilchoman Vintage 2008 – Kilchoman Sanaig – Kilchoman ImpEx Evolution Cask #1/2016   There is limited seating for this event. Reservations are required and you can reserve your seat or seats by emailing info@sonomasinglemalt.com and let us know how many seats you require. Once again, reservations are required! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Michael and Fred at info@sonomasinglemalt.com Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon!... read more

Fabulous Scotch Whiskies For Burns Night: Exclusive Malts Featured on Forbes

Read the full article here Need to pick a dram for ‪BurnsNight‬? Forbes Magazine’s Nick on Wine recommends The Exclusive Malts Deanston 1997 for the celebratory’s night supper and we stand behind it! Deanston 1997, The Exclusive Malts Highland, $145 The initial sweet toffee creaminess soon gives way to a typical fiery Highland finish. Despite this, though, it’s a refined and feminine whisky that I can’t wait to try with smoked Scottish salmon.   Read the full article... read more

Featured on Forbes: Arran 14yo & Exclusive Malts Allt-a-Bhainne 22

“Best Expensive Scotch Whisky You’ve Never Heard Of With its creamy, aristocratic polish and haughty demeanor this is Speyside whisky at its show-offy best. Lighter and more elegant than many of its neighbors it’s easy to see why it’s so prized by Pernod-Ricard’s Chivas Brothers as a key ingredient in their Chivas Regal, and why it so rarely allowed out on its own.” Read... read more

Kilchoman to auction first ever 10 year old for Charity

Between the 7th and 14th of December Kilchoman, Islay’s farm distillery, will auction their first ever 10 year old whisky in aid of The Beatson Cancer Charity. Just one bottle from the first cask will be bottled and sold via an online auction with all the proceeds from the sale being donated to charity. Established in 2005, Kilchoman was the first distillery to be built on the famous whisky-making Island of Islay in over 124 years. Kilchoman is the only distillery in Scotland to produce whisky from barley grown and malted on-site. The distillery has been releasing whisky since 2009 however it is yet to reach the landmark 10 years of age. The one-off bottle will be hand bottled by Kilchoman Founder, Anthony Wills directly from Cask No1, filled on the 14th of December 2005. Limited stocks mean that Kilchoman will not release more ten year old whisky for some years however the recent illness of Distillery Manager, John MacLellan and a desire to celebrate the milestone sparked distillery Founder Anthony Wills into planning the unique bottling. Anthony Wills Kilchoman Founder and Managing Director “While our neighbouring distilleries have been celebrating far longer periods in the industry we wanted to acknowledge 10 years of Kilchoman and also raise some money for a very worthy cause which has become close to the whole Kilchoman team”. John MacLellan, Kilchoman Distillery Manager “The work carried out by The Beatson Cancer Charity is exemplary in all aspects of research, treatment and after care”. The online auction will be hosted on the distillery’s website www.kilchomandistillery.com and is scheduled run from 12 noon on the 7th to 12 noon on the... read more

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company @ 10 Best/USA Today

“Bourbon, Rye & Whiskey: Options Outside of Kentucky With nearly 95% of bourbon produced today hailing from The Bluegrass State, a lot of tipplers neglect the outsiders Catoctin Creek Distilling Company | Purcellville, Virginia   Founder/Chief Distiller, Becky Harris Make: Roundstone Rye What makes it different? “Roundstone Rye is made from 100% organic rye, and unlike many craft brands, we make it from scratch here in Purcellville (never bought from larger company liquor stocks). Each batch is lovingly made from 100% rye, fermented on site, distilled and then aged in Minnesota white oak. This care to the craft ensures we deliver a gorgeous single-barrel whisky that emulates pre-Prohibition style rye whisky of the early 1900s.” How should we drink it? “I love drinking it neat, but it is also lovely in a cocktail. My favorite is a Sazerac with the Roundstone Rye.” If you could raise a glass anywhere in the world, where would you be? “I would love to sip cocktails with Earnest Hemingway in Havana. There was just so much going on back then, it would have been fun to be a part of it.”   Read... read more

SevenFifty Launch!

SevenFifty Launch! Introducing SevenFifty, an innovative new optimization platform specifically built for beverage professionals! We’re thrilled to announce that JVS is now a proud partner with SevenFifty in California! SevenFifty is an online portfolio system launched in New York City in 2011 to great acclaim from some of the city’s finest restaurants and stores. Connecting distributors like JVS– who carry boutique brands and hard-to-find vintages– directly with wholesale buyers, SevenFifty has revolutionized our industry and will make buying truly small-batch wine and spirits easier (and more fruitful!) than ever. SevenFifty was built by two industry veterans, Aaron Sherman and Gianfranco Verga, and an awesome developer, Steve Pike, with the buyer and the small distributor/importer in mind. Buyers can create a profile free of charge (through liquor license info), view participating distributors’ portfolios in their entirety, create wish lists, and request to set up a tasting with their wine or spirits rep. In short, it takes the guessing game out of liquor buying and puts more power into the hands of both the buyer and the wholesaler. Reps now have the ability to create custom digital (or print, but we’re feeling green) presentation materials, track tasting/sampling history and buyer reactions, and reference detailed product facts and figures – all in one place! Being a liquor rep is like being a freelance writer: you make your own schedule, but time is money and if you don’t manage it wisely, well, it’s a slippery slope. SevenFifty is here to save the precious minutes of our busy days! We invite you to join us on SevenFifty, peruse our portfolio and discover new spirits in an effort to... read more
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