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Visit to the Whisky Fair, Limburg, Germany 2017

Hi! Another week and another whisky fair! Now that’s how to start the week in style. I was very lucky to attend to attend the Whisky Fair in Limburg, Germany (http://www.festival.whiskyfair.com/). The only bum note that it wasn’t’ the full Thelma and Louise experience this time as Riki stayed home but a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do.... Click for more

Exciting Things at selectwhiskies.com headquarters

Hello there!

Today is another exciting day for us as we have started to build a new warehouse at Select Whiskies.  Do you think we need one?

 Warehouse unloading


We are looking forward to continuing to stock and expand our range of rare whiskies, and now with our additional warehouse we have the space to do so!


 Unpacking warehouse

We will keep you updated as our warehouse progresses, see our insta!


Today we wanted to focus on Littlemill distillery and why we are all so in love with their whiskies. Littlemill distillery was based in Bowling, West Dunbartonshire but the details surrounding  the founding of the distillery are unclear. From the 1750s we know it was described as part of a purchase of Auchentorlie Estate, changing to Mathew Clark & Co in 1817, the distillery then went on to change hands a few more times before shutting doors in 1929. It then reopened in 1931 til 1994.

One of the main types of whiskies produced at the distillery was Littlemill, a light traditional lowland whisky. Littlemill is very popular for its light fruity notes, oil, hints of coffee, sweetness, nuts and a variety of other light flavours.

Thanks to this wonderful site for background detail http://lostdistillery.com/02lowlands-north-west/littlemill.html

A random fact about Littlemill is that the ‘Hart Brothers released a 20yo bottling of Littlemill to celebrate the Royal wedding of Prince William’ as Serge wrote here:


 Littlemill 12

 And that’s just one of the treasures we are warehousing. To see more more visit here

Whisky Fair Glasgow

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to our first blog of 2017! We are very excited to let you know what Select Whiskies (www.selectwhiskies.com)  has been doing, experiencing and drinking. Naomi and I have been very busy resourcing and stocking up on whiskies after the Christmas rush, we can’t wait for you all to try some of our newest drams this year.

Macallan from Pre War

Our recent adventures took us to Scotland for The Old and Rare Whisky Fair  (https://whiskyshow.com) hosted by The Whisky Exchange in Glasgow. Sunday morning, the 19th of February, we woke up bright and early to catch a 9am flight to Glasgow. After renting a car we arrived at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow, walking in to the building we could already sense the atmosphere and excitement as crowds of people were waiting in the lobby and on the first floor.

Walking into the fair a pleasant and strong aroma of whisky greeted us, welcoming us into a historic room of old and rare whiskies. There were so many amazing bottles to taste, including a bottle from the prohibition era, a White Bowmore, a 70 year old Glenlivet, numerous Macallans bottled in the 1950s and 1960s, Port Ellens, Karuizawas and the list goes on. Several independent bottlers also had stands at the show, a great opportunity to taste some exceptional bottles with independent labels.

Meeting colleagues from Singapore, Belgium, Germany, Italy, France and the UK made the event truly memorable. However, what was even better than seeing our colleagues was meeting all the whisky enthusiasts who had travelled from different parts of the globe to taste some exceptional whiskies. The smiles of contentment around the room were a true testament to the success of the event.

One of our personal highlights was meeting Serge of www.whiskyfun.com  a true whisky enthusiast. We were amazed to learn that whiskyfun.com is a hobby and passion of Serge’s and not his day job! A true gentleman, it was a pleasure to meet him. Our second meeting of note was with Sukhinder Singh, the man behind www.thewhiskyexchange.com . Sukhinder was composed, friendly but clearly a leader in his field.

We were pleasantly surprised to find that the whisky fair attracted people of various ages. There were also a handful of women, an increase from previous fairs we have been to but we would still love to see and meet more women at these tastings! Come on girls.

Overall we had a fabulous day, drank some incredible drams, (don’t worry we are sourcing them for you too!), and met some lovely whisky enthusiasts throughout the day.

Looking forward to hearing from you, and writing to you soon.

Best wishes,

Riki & Naomi




Japanese Whisky are a Big trend in the UK

Japanese Whisky are the big thing in the UK

Have you heard of any of the Japanese whiskies? They are becoming ever increasing popular in the UK market and whisky lovers are giving rave reviews on many of them.

There are many people who still do not realise that the Japanese produce their own single malt and blended whiskies. In fact, Japan is the world’s third largest producer of whisky behind the Scots and the American! They even managed to beat the Irish! The popularity of Japanese whisky has grown to the wider international audience since a Japanese whisky first won a major award in 2001. Following this, Japanese whiskies have won two of the most prestigious prizes at the World Whisky Awards in 2008 – the Yoichi 20 years old won Best Single Malt and the Hibiki 30 years old won Best Blended Whisky. These were the first Japanese whiskies to win such a prize and the results sent shock waves around the whisky world.

But what makes Japanese whisky different?

Each distillery has its own style and method for distilling and maturing whisky, but most follow the traditional Scottish practices. Here are a few facts about the way Japanese whisky is distilled:

  • Some whisky is matured in Japanese oak (called mizunara) that gives different flavours and characteristics.
  • The Japanese climate is more similar to the states of Kentucky and Tennessee in America, than those of Scotland or Ireland. This means that the summers are warm to hot while the winters are cold, making the extremes of temperature that the whisky experiences during maturation much greater. (Something that the Scots have no power to change!)
  • Due to the different temperatures and climate, the whisky matures at a faster rate than in Scotland or Ireland. As in America, the whisky shows more wood influence as a result.
  • By using a bit of Japanese innovation, each distillery can produce a broader range of flavours and styles in their whisky. They achieve this by having different shapes of stills, using different types of yeast for fermentation, using mixes of barley and other grains and experimenting with cask maturation. They are more daring then the Scots, which often leaves room for great experiments with taste.
  • Japanese whisky companies do not share their stocks of whisky when producing a blend, unlike in Scotland or Ireland. Therefore, blends will only consist of whisky produced at a maximum of two distilleries.
  • The whisky is normally distilled twice, as in Scotland, using pot stills.


There are eight Japanese whisky distilleries. They are Chichibu, Eigashima, Fuji-Gotemba, Hakushu, Karuizawa, Miyagikyo, Yamazaki, and Yoichi

Celebrating Eight Decades of Sir Peter Blake

Select Whiskies Feature: Celebrating Eight Decades of Sir Peter Blake.  In June 2012, the godfather of pop art, Sir Peter Blake, celebrated his 80th birthday and to mark this special occasion, Macallan introduced a limited edition art piece; The Macallan and Sir Peter Blake celebrate eight decades. Having previously designed the label for the highly collectable Macallan 1926, back in 1986, the legendary artist and Macallan once again teamed up to bring you a celebration of the last eight decades for both The Macallan and Sir Peter. Working alongside David Holmes, designer of Macallan’s earliest advertising campaign, Sir Peter designed eight labels representing each of his eight decades.

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