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For over 200 years, Ardbeg has been made on the small, remote Scottish Isle of Islay. Some people travel to Ardbeg along the winding road from Port Ellen. Others follow their nose, their destiny or the advice of a good friend. Ardbeg has been called “as close to perfection as makes no difference,” by whisky connoisseurs. Proof then, that Ardbeg truly deserves its incredible reputation as a whisky that’s worshipped around the world.
The ten-year-old single malt, Glenmorangie Original, is produced by marrying the delicate spirit that emerges from Scotland’s tallest stills, with first and second fill American white oak casks. It is here, maturing for ten long years in a range of ex-bourbon casks such as their famous slow-grown and air-dried ‘designer casks’ from Missouri, that their raw spirit develops a perfect balance between sweetness and complexity. The result is a mature spirit that is soft, mellow, creamy and perfect for enjoying at any time.
Tomatin, Cu Bocan
Tomatin’s biggest customer in the 1960’s and 1970’s was Japan’s largest drinks producer – Takara Shuzo Ltd. In the 1980’s Takara Shuzo joined forces with the respected trading company Okura and purchased the distillery, forming the Tomatin Distillery Company Ltd and thus creating the first fully Japanese owned Scottish distillery in 1986. At that time almost all of Tomatin’s output went into blended whisky. Since that time, the focus has changed and a strategy to grow the Tomatin brand in its own right emerged.
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Ranger Creek is a combined brewery/distillery proudly located in San Antonio, TX. They make beer and whiskey in their “brewstillery” by hand one batch at a time with lots of love and attention. As a combined operation, they can do things to highlight the relationship between beer and whiskey that no one else can, like age their own beer in their own bourbon barrels and distill their beers into whiskeys.
William Grant & Sons
Balvenie, Glenfiddich, Monkey Shoulder, Tullamore DEW
William Grant’s simple legacy to create ‘the best dram in the valley’ inspires the company in all its ventures. Indeed, Glenfiddich has grown to become the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky, found in homes and bars on every continent in the world. While The Balvenie is the malt whisky enthusiasts’ malt of choice, Grant’s Scotch whisky is also one of the best loved, and through its iconic bottle, most recognized blended whiskies in the world.
Tamdhu, Kilchoman, Arran
Kilchoman Distillery was founded in 2005 and is the first distillery to be built on Islay in over 120 years. It is a farm distillery and a proportion of the barley used in production is grown and malted at the distillery. Kilchoman displays all that is great about the grass-roots traditions of Scotch whisky distilling. As well as being one of only a handful of distilleries still practicing floor malting, barley is also grown on the farm, making Kilchoman the only distillery to complete all parts of the whisky making process on site. Kilchoman truly is Islay’s farm distillery – from barley to bottling.
Tomintoul Distillery lies beautifully located near to the village of Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands of Scotland, in the prestigious Glenlivet Estate at the heart of the Speyside region. Tomintoul single malt whisky is a testament to their master distiller, Robert Fleming, whose family has been making whisky in the Speyside Glenlivet region for four generations. Inspired by tradition, he has produced a single malt of unique quality, which is now available in six expressions, each of which is smooth and mellow.