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The Single Cask began with the work of our company director, Ben Curtis, during his time acting as a distributor in South-East Asia for a number of Scottish whisky distilleries. Amongst the brands, he worked with was the Glenfarclas. It was the Glenfarclas ‘Family Cask’ range, which introduced him to the unique nature of single cask bottlings. What started out as a personal interest soon grew, leading to the launch of “The Single Cask” brand and the opening of the first “The Single Cask” bar in Singapore and a greater number of our own special bottlings each year.

Nose - Spicy herbal notes, moss and autumn leaves, earthy. Then fine fruits, calvados, juicy ripe sweet apples, a hint of sour cherries and some dry smoke.

Palate - Soft, elegant, warming, sweet, creamy vanilla cream and fruity, pear, with a slightly bitter note, dark chocolate, some coffee and slightly burnt caramel.

Finish - Slightly astringent, with strong cocoa and cream, with fresh notes of cherries.

The Strathmill distillery has long since produced whisky for blending and is notably a component in Old Master, Dunhill, and most significantly, J&B. It was in 1962, that the gin specialists W & A Gilbey merged with United Wine Traders. They subsequently formed International Distillers and Vintners. Justerini and Brooks were among their number, thus the association with J&B.

The distillery was first founded in 1891 in a converted mill as the Glenisla-Glenlivet distillery. It did not become known as Strathmill until four years had passed and W & A Gilbey acquired the distillery for the princely sum of £9,500. During the latter part of the 20th century, International Distillers and Vintners were acquired by Watney Mann and later by Grand Metropolitan. In 1997, Grand Metropolitan merged with Guinness to form Strathmill’s current owners, Diageo.