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Pour & Sip April 2021 Box

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Whiskies from Ireland, Illinois, Israel, and Scotland (they couldn’t all begin with the letter ‘i’!) are packed into April’s Pour & Sip box, with a mystery Scotch single grain, and smoky Highland single malt rounding off this wonderful selection. There’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s dive in! 


Whisky Works Glaswegian 29 Year Old: A well-aged single grain from a mystery distillery which ‘once stood at the heart of Scotland’s waterways’ in the eponymous Scottish city. Its years were spent in American white oak barrels, so there’s heaps of buttery sweetness to enjoy. 


FEW Rye Whiskey: Distilled in Evanston, Illinois, FEW Rye is made with a mash bill of 70% rye, 20% corn, and 10% malted barley – so there’s all those herbaceous, spiced notes from the lead grain among a melange of fruitier flavours. 


Milk & Honey Classic Single Malt: A single malt from Milk & Honey, Israel’s first whisky distillery based in Tel Aviv! It’s matured in ex-bourbon and virgin oak casks, as well as Burgundy red wine-seasoned STR casks (which stands for shaved, toasted and re-charred), imparting lots of red fruit and chocolatey flavours in this rich whisky. 


Cù Bòcan Signature: Cù Bòcan (pronounced ‘coo-bock-can’) is the name for Tomatin Distillery’s smoky series of single malts. This Signature expression is matured in a trio of ex-bourbon, ex-Oloroso sherry, and North American virgin oak casks, imparting creamy, tropical notes; spicier flavours; and zesty, refreshing nuances respectively. 


Waterford Arcadian - Gaia 1.1: The Waterford team in Ireland created the Arcadian series to look at terroir in barley, and this is its first release, Gaia 1.1, an organic single malt. It’s distilled from Irish barley grown by seven different farmers, and matured in a combination of first-fill American oak, and smaller proportions of French oak, virgin American oak, and ex-Vin Doux Naturel (naturally sweet wine) casks.

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Waterford Arcadian - Gaia 1.1

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The riverside Waterford Distillery wanted to delve into the concept of terroir in barley with its Arcadian series, and the first release in the range was Gaia 1.1, Ireland’s first organic single malt — certified by the Organic Trust and all!

The whisky (not a typo — the distillery goes against the grain and prefers the spelling rather than ‘whiskey’) is distilled from Irish barley grown by seven different farmers, and matured in four cask types: predominantly first-fill American oak, with smaller proportions drawn from French oak, virgin American oak, and Vin Doux Naturel (naturally sweet wines). It’s an intriguing whisky to say the least, with the unusual barley character really shining through in a well-balanced combination of sweet, herbal, and savoury flavours.

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Whisky Works Glaswegian 29 Year Old

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Independent bottler Whisky Works decided to keep an air of mystery around this single grain Scotch, keeping the distillery from which it hails a secret! The name is a clue, and we know that it’s from a now-closed grain distillery which, according to the bottler, ‘once stood at the heart of Scotland’s waterways’.

It was exclusively matured in American white oak barrels for 29 years, stored in traditional dunnage warehouses — these are usually built with a slate roof, thick stone walls, and an earthen floor. This type of warehouse keeps very cool and doesn’t see much temperature fluctuation, allowing whisky to rest there for many, many years without much loss to the angel’s share. The vanilla, tropical-forward flavours imparted by the oak go gloriously well with the orchard fruit and buttery grain sweetness of the whisky, making for an easy-sipping, yet complex expression.

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Cù Bòcan Signature

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Cù Bòcan (pronounced ‘coo-bock-can’) is the name for Tomatin Distillery’s smoky series of single malts, and this is the Signature release! The series is named after a local legend about a ghost-like dog that wanders the Scottish Highlands, though once it’s touched it disappears into a cloud of smoke.

Tomatin distils its peated barley for the series during just one week a year in the winter, so each batch is limited. This is no peat bomb, rather a gently smoky expression, and was drawn from a trio of ex-bourbon, ex-Oloroso sherry, and North American virgin oak casks. The bourbon gives those classic tropical, creamy nuances, while the sherry cask imparts drier spices and coffee flavours, and the virgin oak brings a refreshing, clean, and subtly zesty dimension to the whisky.

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Milk & Honey is Israel’s first whisky distillery, established in 2012 in Tel Aviv! While its very first limited-edition single malt was released in 2017 (which was also Israel’s first single malt), this is its first core single malt, which was released in 2020. The whisky is matured in ex-bourbon and virgin oak casks, as well as Burgundy red wine-seasoned STR (shaved, toasted and re-charred) casks.

STR casks were pioneered by the legendary, late Dr Jim Swan (given the title ‘the Einstein of whisky’), and the charring helps sweeten the notes from the wine. With 300 or more days of sun each year, the warm climate accelerates the effects of ageing, so though this doesn’t carry an age statement it packs in plenty of flavour!

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few-rye-whisky

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FEW Spirits is based in Evanston, Illinois, a city which has strong historical connections with distilling and alcohol — though not in the most positive way! The distillery describes its home as the birthplace of Prohibition (a law which it was under for over 100 years) and the home of temperance, a movement which also promoted abstinence from alcohol in the 1800s.

In a rather tongue-in-cheek move, founder Paul Hletko named his distillery
after the initials of Frances Elizabeth Willard, a key figure in the women’s temperance movement. Not letting history deter him, he made it instead, as FEW was the first distillery in Evanston in 160 years! This is its Rye whiskey boasting a mash bill of 70% rye, 20% corn, and 10% malted barley, so while there’s a good helping of spice in here, it’s also wonderfully fruity and earthy.

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Pour & Sip March 2021 Box

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March marks a very exciting month for Pour & Sip, as we present to you our first themed box! We’re celebrating women in whisky with these five tasters, from blenders and distillers to business leaders and ambassadors – find out more about them here. These expressions will take you through taste to Scotland, Ireland, and Kentucky.


Compass Box Juveniles: A collaborative limited-edition blended malt, bringing together four single malts: fruity Strathmill, herbal Balmenach, waxy Clynelish, and red fruit-forward Glendullan. The whisky is drawn from a combination of refill hogsheads, re-charred hogsheads, and both first-fill and refill sherry butts.


Roe & Co Irish Whiskey: The first (and so far, only) release from Dublin’s Roe & Co, which marries a classic Irish blend of malt and grain whiskeys. It’s matured exclusively in ex-bourbon casks, a high proportion of which are first-fill. Full of tropical, creamy, and honeyed sweetness. 


Deanston 18 Year Old: A well-aged expression from Deanston, initially matured in second-fill casks before it was moved to first-fill American oak Kentucky bourbon casks for a shorter finishing period. A waxy, buttery Highland single malt.


Scallywag: A blended malt from independent bottler Douglas Laing, made with whiskies exclusively from the Speyside region. Malts from the Mortlach, Macallan, and Glenrothes distilleries feature, with 65% drawn from first fill ex-Spanish sherry butts, and the rest from ex-bourbon casks.


Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old: A high-rye bourbon from Bulleit, with a mash bill of 68% corn, 28% rye, and 4% malted barley. It spent its 10 years of ageing in charred American white oak casks, with a rich balance of creamy sweetness and spicier notes.

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Scallywag

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This is Scallywag from family-run independent bottler Douglas Laing, a blended malt inspired by the many cheeky fox terriers the family has owned! It’s comprised of a blend of Speyside malts, including whiskies from the Mortlach, Macallan, and Glenrothes distilleries. A generous 60% was drawn from first fill ex-Spanish sherry butts, bringing dark chocolate and spices to the flavour profile, with the rest coming from creamier ex-bourbon casks.

Cara Laing isn’t just the granddaughter of the brand’s founder, Fred Douglas Laing, she’s director of whisky for the company too, and worked for many iconic Scotch distilleries before landing in the role. She even became one of the youngest women to be appointed as a Keeper of the Quaich in 2014, an exclusive (and invite-only) community of people recognised for their outstanding contributions to Scotch whisky!

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Deanston 18 Year Old

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This well-aged Highland single malt is from Deanston, known for its light, waxy new make spirit. This 18 Year Old became part of the distillery’s core range in 2015, having spent the majority of its time in second-fill casks, though it was then finished in first-fill American oak Kentucky bourbon casks. Expect heaps of buttery, vanilla-forward sweetness from the finish, bottled without chill filtration at 46.3% ABV.

Julieann Fernandez is Deanston’s master blender, though this wasn’t part of her original plan – she originally studied Forensic Science at university! It looks like her laboratory skills are being put to great use in the blending studios now.

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Roe & Co Irish Whiskey

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A classic Irish blend of malt and grain whiskeys, Roe & Co was launched in 2017, marking Diageo’s return to the growing Irish whiskey category! It’s solely matured in ex-bourbon casks (a high proportion of which are first-fill, meaning that this is the first time it’s been used to mature another whiskey), so there’s a lot of that creamy, honeyed bourbon influence to be enjoyed.

Roe & Co is powered by an awesome all-female team, with head distiller Lora Hemy and master blender Caroline Martin leading the line-up. Martin boasts nearly 40 years of experience under her belt, and over the course of two years she trialled over 100 prototype blends until finally landing on this winning recipe!

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Compass Box Juveniles

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We’ve got a collaborative limited-edition whisky here from independent bottler Compass Box, which joined forces with Paris wine bar Juveniles Bistrot à Vins! Rather heart-warmingly, the blended malt was made to celebrate friendships. Four single malts make up the whisky, with fruity Strathmill, herbal Balmenach, waxy Clynelish, and red fruit-forward Glendullan, drawn from a combination of refill hogsheads, re-charred hogsheads, and both first-fill and refill sherry butts. Phew!

The woman in whisky in question here is Jill Boyd, who joined the team as whisky maker in 2018 – which is quite a role considering the many distilleries the bottler sources its liquid from. Seeing as wine experts also had a hand in creating this one, it’s not out of place alongside a cheese board!

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Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old

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A lesser-spotted age statement whiskey from Kentucky’s Bulleit Bourbon here! It spent its decade of maturation in charred American white oak, and thanks to its mash bill of 68% corn, 28% rye, and 4% malted barley, there’s a good balance of warming spices and creamy, vanilla-forward flavours.

Jenna Ba is the Bulleit Global Brand Ambassador, joining Diageo after collecting vast industry experience working in private members clubs and luxury hotels in London, to consulting for bars around the world. Jenna has an eye for innovation and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the pursuit of great drinks.

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Pour & Sip February 2021 Box

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We’re taking our taste buds to Scotland, India, Japan, and back to Scotland in this Pour & Sip box. With smoky expressions and lighter floral blends, this is great to explore the many styles of whisky. Let’s get stuck in!


  • Kilchoman Machir Bay Cask Strength: A Iimited-edition single malt from Islay’s Kilchoman distillery, matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks and bottled up at a burly 58.6% ABV. Lots of classic Islay peat to enjoy, balanced by vibrant citrus and herbaceous notes.

  • Amrut Fusion: This blend from Amrut in India gets its name from the combination of Indian-grown barley and peated Scottish barley that goes into it! It’s matured in the warmer Indian climate, needing less time in the cask than its Scottish counterparts. Fresh fruit, gentle smoke, and spices galore! 

  • Arran Port Cask Finish: A single malt from the Isle of Arran off the west coast of Scotland, first launched in 2010. It spent around eight years in American oak before it was moved to ex-Port casks for its finishing period, imparting creamy sweetness and jammy fruit, respectively, balanced by the savoury nature of the Island whisky itself. 

  • Mars Maltage Cosmo: An intriguing blended malt from the Mars Shinshu distillery, which is blended and bottled at the site in Japan – though features malts from undisclosed Scottish distilleries alongside a good proportion of Japanese whisky. Lots of light, delicate florals and fruity notes to enjoy! 

  • Tomintoul Cigar Malt: A classic sherried Speyside whisky from Tomintoul, which has taken on the affectionate nickname ‘the gentle dram’ thanks to its mellow flavour profile. Some rarely-seen peated Tomintoul single malt has been added to this expression, with all the malts used either fully matured or finished in Spanish Oloroso sherry butts.

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    amrut-fusion-whisky

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    A fun and delicious release from Amrut over in India, Fusion gets its name because it’s not just made with Indian-grown barley, but peated barley from Scotland, too! Because of the hot climate, Amrut’s whisky isn’t matured for as long as its Scottish counterparts – up to 12% of the liquid is lost each year to the angel’s share (compared with just 2% in Scotland), so any longer in the cask and there wouldn’t be much left!

    It’s a super versatile dram which was even named best whisky for a Rob Roy in the 2012 Ultimate Cocktail Challenge, though if you’re not up for mixing then it’s a superb sipper, too. Fresh fruit, gentle smoke, and spices galore!

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    Mars Maltage Cosmo

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    This blended malt comes to us from the Mars Shinshu distillery, based at just over 798 metres above sea level with a glorious view of Mt. Komagatake. It opened in 1985, though it was forced in 1992 to close due to lack of demand. It opened up again in 2012 to much better circumstances, and one of the expressions to come from the distillery since its reopening is this one, Mars Maltage “Cosmo”.

    The name is a nod to the distillery’s location, and the stunning night sky that can be seen from its mountainous spot. While it’s blended and bottled at the site in Japan, and does feature a proportion of Japanese whisky, you’ll also find malts in here from undisclosed Scottish distilleries. Lots of light, delicate florals and fruity notes to enjoy!

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    Tomintoul Cigar Malt Whisky

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    Over in Speyside, you’ll find the Tomintoul Distillery, built in 1964. It’s gained the affectionate nickname ‘the gentle dram’, because of its mellow flavour profile. This is its Cigar Malt, a single malt specifically designed to be paired with cigars (though it is certainly just as delicious on its own!).

    Master distiller Robert Fleming added some rarely-seen peated Tomintoul single malt to the expression, and all the malts used have either been fully matured or finished in Oloroso sherry butts sourced from Andalucia, Spain. Creamy malt, rich sherry, and a whisper of peat smoke make for a thoroughly toasty whisky.

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    The Arran Distillery is found on the Isle of Arran, an island off the west coast of Scotland. Founded back in 1993, the distillery is known for its many cask-finished whiskies, and while many have come and gone this Port Cask Finish (first released in 2010) has stuck around – and for good reason!

    While this is a no-age-statement single malt, we do know that it initially spent around eight years in American oak, before it was moved to ex-Port casks for its finishing period. The creaminess of the initial maturation and bundles of jammy fruit from the finish both complement the savoury nature of the Island whisky itself, all presented at a generous 50% ABV.

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    kilchoman-machir-bay-cask-strength-whisky

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    A burly, limited-edition whisky from Islay’s Kilchoman distillery! It was only founded in 2005 at the Rochside Farm, near Machir Bay – after which this whisky is named – and was in fact the first distillery to be built on Islay in 120 years. The small-scale producer is unusual in that it grows and malts its own barley on-site, where the maturation and bottling takes place, too. It only matures its single malts in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, and this Cask Strength edition is no different!

    Bottled up at a generous 58.6% ABV, there’s that Islay peat alongside vibrant citrus and herbaceous touches. 

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