Both Port Askaig Expressions Entered Took Home The Gold From the San Francisco World Spirits Competition!

110 PROOF  NOSE:  Old-fashioned liquorice, saltwater taffy, fresh oyster shells and citrus spray. PALATE:  Sharp and stony initially, with an intense minerality that quickly becomes sweet and spiced – rich lemon oil with peat smoke, dark chocolate and crunchy barley sugar. The spice grows, adding stewed apple with cinnamon, along with heavy charcoal smoke. FINISH:  Cinnamon spice slowly fades to a flavor of dried apples and pears. 8 YEAR NOSE:  Zesty lemon, smoke, and iodine notes come say “hello” at first sniff, followed by buttery vanilla and cut grass. PALATE:  Surprisingly sweet with caramel paste, honey-glazed barbecued bacon slices, lemongrass and charcoal. FINISH:  The finish is a bit spicier. The perfect companion for a BBQ evening with some friends. Review by Anne-Sophie Bigot of... read more

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 Challenge • 95 points for Kilchoman Machir Bay 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
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