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Gordon & MacPhail is releasing its last cask laid down in the 1940s from Milton Distillery, today known as Strathisla. This is the oldest and last ever single malt to be released by Gordon & MacPhail to carry the Milton Distillery name.

Matured in a cask filled for Gordon & MacPhail, the 72-Year-Old Gordon & MacPhail 1949 from Milton Distillery is exceptionally rare, with only 180 bottles available worldwide. The title pays homage to the distillery’s original name given by founder George Taylor, and it represents one of very few releases ever to carry the Milton name.

In the mid-1940s, the site was undergoing several changes in ownership which resulted in the eventual name change to Strathisla in 1951. The picturesque distillery, with its distinctive twin pagodas, has been in continuous production since the 1700s.

Despite the varied challenges of the whisky industry including economic depression and war, Milton continued to operate even when the majority of whisky production was halted in the 1940s due to a post-war scarcity of barley.

It was thanks to close ties with Milton that the precious spirit was entrusted to Gordon & MacPhail’s to mature in a first-fill Sherry puncheon, where it would gently slumber for 72 years, finally bottled at a remarkable ABV of 48.6%.

Gavin D Smith, whisky expert, noted:

Retailing at £50,000*, the whisky has been described by renowned whisky writer Gavin D Smith as “gloriously drinkable.”

He continues, “Once again, Gordon & MacPhail has delved into the darkest recesses of their Elgin warehouse and come up with a unique chapter in Scotland’s liquid history. This is the first time in my career that I’ve sampled a whisky distilled at Milton Distillery - prior to it becoming known as Strathisla - which illustrates just how truly precious and important this release is.”

Ewen Mackintosh, Managing Director at Gordon & MacPhail, said:

Ewen Mackintosh, Managing Director at Gordon & MacPhail adds: “Milton, or Strathisla as it is known today, has small copper stills with a distinctive shape that helps to give the spirit its rich, fruity and full-bodied character. Decades of experience led us to fill the spirit into a first fill Sherry puncheon for long-term maturation.

“Having carefully assessed its progress down the decades, we feel now is finally the right moment to reveal this landmark single malt to enthusiasts and collectors. In terms of rarity, this deserves true ‘icon status. A Gordon & MacPhail whisky of this age bearing the Milton name has never - and will never – be seen again. Its long maturation has seen the cask gift the spirit notes of toffee, spice and a hint of smoke not traditionally found in more modern Speyside releases.

“Whether it was produced under the name Milton or Strathisla, greatly aged single malts from the site have always been met with anticipation. Given that so few releases have ever carried the Milton name – and that this bottling represents the oldest and our last - we expect demand for the 180 decanters to be extremely high.”

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Vancouver, BC (July 20, 2022) - Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, the iconic ‘Castle in the City,’ is the proud owner of The Dalmore 30 2021 Edition, an elegant single malt 30-year-old whisky, now exclusively being poured at Notch8 Restaurant. 

The Dalmore is regarded as one of the most prestigious spirits in the world, and the perfect one-ounce pour of The Dalmore 30 2021 Edition will be offered exclusively at Notch8 for $500 CAD, where guests can sip on the scotch with a specialty handcrafted glass. Fairmont Hotel Vancouver will also offer an exclusive Dalmore scotch pairing dinner experience that takes guests on a journey of 75 Years of Dalmore, featuring The Dalmore 12, 15, 18 along with the grande dame Dalmore 30 2021 as the finale, each course expertly paired with dishes by Notch8 Executive Chef, Danai Hongwanishkuhl. The dinner is available from $755.00 CAD per person plus taxes and gratuity. Subject to availability, the dinner can be reserved for groups of six to 12 with seven days' advance notice by contacting the restaurant at

“We often host clientele at Notch8 who enjoy finer experiences,” comments Adam Laker, General Manager at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. “This scotch is in itself a part of history and years of elegant craftsmanship and it blends beautifully with the heritage and grandeur of our hotel and restaurant.”

Notch8 Restaurant has become a beloved dining and cocktail bar destination in Vancouver for locals and visiting guests alike. With a luxurious and contemporary design inspired by the romance of travel, Notch8 brings an era of glamour to the lobby of Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Named after a train’s top speed, achieved only by the most skilled conductors, Notch8 pays homage to the hotel’s storied history and legacy as an iconic hotel along the Canadian Pacific Railway. 

TASTING NOTES (750 ml, 42.8% ABV): • An exceptional single malt matured in American white oak ex-bourbon casks and finished in rare Tawny Port pipes which previously held Graham’s 30-Year-Old Tawny Port.

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(July 20, 2022, Fort Worth, TX) – Trinity River Distillery® announces the hiring of its new Master Distiller, Brett Luchesi. Brett has been a part of the industry for 11 years, starting out with Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits in San Diego, CA.  He has played crucial roles in distillery build outs, design, layout, process piping, recipe formulation, spirit portfolio growth, large alcohol brand acquisitions, distillery consulting, and process efficiencies.  His dedication and craft have been recognized and awarded nationally and internationally. “I am thrilled to be a part of Silver Start Spirits,” Luchesi states. “It's a tight knit team, they share my values in doing this the right way and making the highest quality products possible. My family and I are excited to be a part of the Fort Worth community."

CEO and President Thomas Ingham states, “We are very excited to welcome Brett to the Trinity River Distillery® family.  Brett is a creative thinker that brings a wealth of knowledge as a former Head Brewer with Ballast Point Brewing Company, as well as Lead and Head Distiller with craft distilleries in the Southwest and West coast.  He understands how to combine artistry and process to make a great product.”

Since launching in 2012 Trinity River Distillery®, with its Silver Star® brands, has been making some of the finest tasting spirits produced in the great state of Texas.  Each brand is made with nature's finest rainwater collected on-site in 13,000-gallon storage tanks on-site at their iconic near-downtown Fort Worth facility that Ranch Style Beans used to call home.

The current portfolio of Silver Star® brands includes:

Award-winning Silver Star® Vodka, is 100% Gluten Free. We use the nest hand-selected Texas corn and purified Texas rainwater. Silver Star® Vodka is naturally smooth, slightly sweet, and tastes great on the rocks or used in one of your favorite cocktails.

Award-winning Silver Star® Whiskey is a traditional bourbon mash, comprised of Texas corn, rye, and barley. After distillation, the whiskey is placed into charred, single-use, American white oak barrels and laid to rest. After barrel aging, we cut to proof using purified Texas rainwater. Silver Star® Whiskey is a uniquely smooth, slightly sweet everyday drinking whiskey

barrels of charred American white oak and laid to rest. Silver Star® Whiskey is a uniquely smooth, slightly sweet everyday drinking whiskey.

Award winning Silver Star Texas Honey® is made with Silver Star® Whiskey comprised of Texas corn, rye, and barley. We then fold in natural Texas wildflower honey and cut to proof using purified Texas rainwater. Silver Star Texas Honey® is a favorite among mixologists, chefs, and all honey lovers

1849, Silver Star Texas Bourbon Whiskey® is made from our preferred mash of Texas grown corn, rye and barley and aged in new American white oak barrels for 3 years. e result is a balanced straight bourbon whiskey that has become a favorite of mixologists. We named it “1849” in honor of the establishment of Fort Worth, Texas by Mexican American War hero, General William Jenkins Worth. It’s not only characterized by a legend and a legendary city, but it’s the true spirit of the modern west.

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New York, N.Y. (July 19, 2022)—Brother’s Bond Bourbon has launched its first limited-release Brother’s Bond Original Cask Strength Bourbon, available via ReserveBar pre-sale starting today.

Launched in 2021, Brother’s Bond Bourbon was created by longtime friends and on-screen brothers Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley. The brand is rooted in their friendship and their love of high-quality bourbon.

“When we were creating the Brother’s Bond Original Cask Strength, we knew that we wanted to make a smooth bourbon with big flavors,” says Paul Wesley. “As an unfiltered and uncut bourbon, we feel our cask strength is complex enough to satisfy the whiskey aficionado but will also entice the whiskey novice to begin delving deeper into the whiskey world."

Brother’s Bond Bourbon is one of the fastest-growing ultra-premium bourbon brands, with over 100,000 cases shipped across the US and is available in 35 states. Distilled and aged in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, the latest addition to the portfolio is undiluted, unfiltered, and uncut. Brother’s Bond Bourbon Original Cask Strength is a limited release of 70 of the finest Brother’s Bond Bourbon barrels, offering whiskey connoisseurs an ultra-premium whiskey with a higher ABV. Masterfully blended, this expression is a complex whiskey with aromas of ripe banana, walnut, leather, subtle smoke and lingering rye spices that lead to a luxurious and balanced finish. Most recently, Cask Strength was awarded a Gold medal at the 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

“We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who has welcomed us into the whiskey industry. Our ever-growing love for fine quality spirits inspired us to create the Brother’s Bond Original Cask Strength Bourbon,” states Ian Somerhalder. “As we continue to expand our portfolio, we want consumers to be assured that they are getting an ultra-premium liquid that will exceed their expectations.”

Available now on ReserveBar for exclusive pre-sale and soon to a few select retailers, Brother’s Bond Cask Strength Bourbon has a 57.9% ABV and a suggested retail price of $79.99.

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Benromach Distillery in Speyside has announced it will be launching its second annual release of Benromach 40 Year Old on Tuesday 19 July, with just over 1,000 bottles of this rare, single malt available to whisky enthusiasts globally.

The launch follows a prestigious award win for Benromach 40 Year Old at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2022, where it won ‘Best in Show’. 

Bottled at a cask strength of 57.6% and natural colour, Benromach 40 Year Old, 2022 release, spent over four decades maturing in sherry casks. The result is an exquisite single malt and the distillery’s oldest annual release.

With hints of roasted hazelnuts, baked apple, dark chocolate and mature oak, this newly released Benromach 40 Year Old builds on the rich ginger and stewed fruit aromas displayed in its first annual batch release.

Keith Cruickshank, Distillery Manager at Benromach, said: “This rare whisky truly is something special and reflects the nuance and character of the casks it has been matured in. Fragrant cinnamon and ginger spices complement flavours of Seville oranges, sweet Morello cherries, stewed berries and a hint of roasted hazelnut.  This is combined with baked apple, liquorice, subtle black pepper and rich dark chocolate notes, before finishing with forest fruits and mature oak.”

The single malt is displayed in a striking black stained solid oak wooden box with copper- coloured detailing and printed metal plaques. The dark amber single malt is presented in the bespoke Benromach bottle which features a heavily embossed and gold foiled label to complete the quality feel.

Benromach 40 Year Old 2022 is priced at £2,000. Prices in international markets may vary due to local taxes and import duties. 

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