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Whisky Magazine Issue 137

Irish whiskey, touring the Hebrides and an American whiskey supplement on Kentucky Bourbon

Tue 16 Aug 2016

Kingsbarns announces Founders' Club instalment plan

Kingsbarns Distillery is delighted to announce that its Founders' Club membership is now available to buy through an instalment plan.

The Visitor Centre was opened on St Andrews Day 2014 by the Wemyss family owners and the founder, local man Douglas Clement. Distilling started in January 2015, with the first cask filled in March that year. Scotch whisky has to mature for at least 3 years before it can be bottled, so Kingsbarns Single Malt Whisky won't be available until later in 2018.

The Founders' Club is an exciting chance for whisky enthusiasts to enjoy being a part of the journey for this new distillery. The Kingsbarns Distillery Founders’ Club is open to just 3000 members worldwide. Initially, a welcome pack is sent to all members, consisting of a 20cl bottle of Kingsbarns Distillery New Make Spirit, a Founders' Club Glencairn glass, a membership badge and welcome letter.

Special members' events are also being planned, such as the Founders' Club dinner and free daytime tours on 3 September, recently announced to the current members who will have the privilege of being the first to taste the 18 month old spirit drawn from the very first cask.

William Wemyss, one of the Wemyss family owners and Managing Director at Kingsbarns Distillery explains further: "The first ever bottles of Kingsbarns Single Malt will be bottled exclusively for members of our Founders' Club. It is expected that some of the first casks ever filled will be selected for this first bottling around mid 2018. Members will receive a bottle of this exclusive Kingsbarns Founders' Club Reserve, enabling them to become one of the very first to taste Kingsbarns Single Malt. Following that, each year for 4 subsequent years, members will receive a further Founders’ Club Reserve bottle, allowing members to enjoy the progression of our single malt."

Membership is priced at £500 plus shipping charges, ranging from UK at £40, Europe at £90, USA at £160 and other selected parts of the world at £300. Membership can be purchased in one payment or now spread over 12 months for an additional £20 administration charge.

Full details are available on the Kingsbarns Distillery website or in the Visitor Centre.
Tue 16 Aug 2016

The Whiskey Affair returns to Reading in October

The Whiskey Affair continues it’s nationwide tour by returning to Reading on the 22 October 2016. Coming on the back of their hugely successful Guildford event, it’s a lively and fun night out for any fans of whiskey where they can discover new brands and blends. With the event split into four sections - scotch, bourbon, whiskey and whiskey cocktails - there’s something for all levels of knowledge from beginners right through to connoisseurs.

The event takes place at The Great Hall, London Rd, Reading, RG1 5QA and has two sessions. The afternoon session is 1pm-5pm and the evening 7pm-11pm. Tickets are £8 each and available here

This new festival started in London last year and has moved nationwide in 2016. It originated from a simple idea: to allow people to comprehensively explore the world of whiskey.

For the Whiskey Affair Reading, they’ve stepped it up another gear. Alongside live music and representatives from the brands, they’ve got tasting sessions, free samples from a number of new brands, an array of spectacular moonshines from the guys at Shine London (warning: it packs a punch!) All these factors and more mean you’re in for a great night and even friends and partners with no interest in whiskey can sample the cocktail menu and still enjoy the night. And who knows - with a variety of whiskeys ranging from smooth bourbons to spiced whiskies, you may even be able to change their minds...

Organiser Catherine Jackson is keen to evangelise about the whiskey possibilities and share her enthusiasm with a wide audience: “Back when I started my affair with whiskey, I had so many friends who were knowledgeable about different whiskeys and I was often lost as to where to start. I wanted to dip my toe into the differences and similarities within the brands and learn how to judge which finishes and ages suited my tastes more but I wanted to do so with friends and have a good night out at the same time.

"There are some wonderful, smaller independent distillers involved next to household names so there is a true mix of brands to sample. We’ll have wonderful live music from Becki Short and speakers to provide our entertainment for the evening and a photo booth will allow a permanent (and occasionally risqué!) memory of the night. It’s going to be great fun and we can’t wait to share it!”

Contact: Catherine Jackson (07815) 478999 Email:

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