Casks of Distinction: Serious Scotch from Single Casks

Casks of Distinction: Serious Scotch from Single Casks

Monday 30th May 2022
by Tod Bradbury

Elusive individual bottlings from The Casks of Distinction series are available for the first time. 


There’s a golden star catching the eye of rare whisky devotees. An emblem very rarely seen but one that holds great prestige. This is the golden star of Cask of Distinction: from a discrete programme of ultra-luxurious Scotch casks, only a handful ordained each year, shared directly from the distilleries to the collectors around the world. 

Whisky:  The 39 Year Old Port Ellen

Whisky: The 39 Year Old Port Ellen

Wednesday 13th March 2019
by Tod Bradbury

This April, Port Ellen will unveil the oldest liquid to be release from their stock and made available to the public. Port Ellen: Untold Stories The Spirit Safe. 

A 39-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky and the first exclusive release in a series of high aged whiskies from this revered distillery. The Port Ellen Untold Stories Series is an exploration into the innovative and trailblazing background of this iconic Islay distillery. Closed over thirty years ago in 1983, set to remain silent for all time, it is now to be reopened in 2021. While the world waits for it to start production again, only a finite amount of its original stock remains, having gained cult status with collectors and connoisseurs alike.

The 39-Year-old will represent one of the last chances to own a piece of Port Ellen history, before the distillery begins creating new legendary whiskies. The ultimate expression of Islay, the copper stills that made this unique tasting malt may be long gone, but the people of the Port Ellen distillery carefully kept these memories alive.  Distilled in 1978, this elegant and complex Single Malt Scotch Whisky, expertly married from a selection of ex US-Bourbon and ex European Sherry refill casks, is one of extraordinary character.

Whisky: The Old and Rare Show, Glasgow

Whisky: The Old and Rare Show, Glasgow

Monday 11th March 2019
by Tod Bradbury

This year Justerini & Brooks attended The Whisky Exchange’s Old & Rare show in Glasgow. Celebrating the great and good of the rare spirits collecting world, Justerinis rubbed shoulders with the very best connoisseurs, independent bottlers, auction houses and collectors.

With the likes of G&M, Whisky auctioneer, Auld alliance and Whisky Auction in attendance it was an incredibly exciting, vibrant and busy show this year! Featuring a hand-picked selection of over 30 of some of our finest Single malts and blends from across Scotland. With over 10 malts from our Rare Malts collection alone It was clear that our stand was going to be popular. *

In my opinion It was some of the old blends that stole the show. Both 1940s White Horse and Johnnie Walker red were two of the most popular (is the cat out of the bag that these actually contain 1920s distilled Lagavulin, Port Ellen or even the ultra-rare and mythical Malt Mill?).  Alongside our very own J&B 1749 limited edition bottling. Featuring a 1749 replica bottle (we have some originals in St James dinning room if there is any interest – just don’t drop them please!)

Whisky: The Art of Blending at Justerini & Brooks

Whisky: The Art of Blending at Justerini & Brooks

Tuesday 19th June 2018
by Tod Bradbury

Last month, Justerini & Brooks welcomed the Master Blender of Johnnie Walker, Jim Beveridge, to 61 St James’s for a Signature Blend experience. 

As part of the Justerini & Brooks whisky offering, clients have access to not only rare, one-off bottlings and casks but also the opportunity to create completely unique and bespoke blends. As Justerinis’ whisky specialist, I am often hot-footing it across the globe, introducing clients to the joys of this golden liquid, so I was delighted to be a little closer to home last month, ready to sniff, swirl and sample an exquisite selection of whiskies that would make up a totally bespoke blend. Joined by Jim Beveridge, Stuart Morrison & George Harper, from Diageo’s Whisky Specialist Team, the fortunate clients set about creating a own unique Johnnie Walker blend tailored to their exact taste. 

As guests arrived, the sun-kissed dining room at St James Street filled with energy and excitement. Jim, Stuart & George introduced our clients to the varieties of whisky on offer; the multiple flavour styles, ages, and finishes, which included rare, highly-aged examples and, in some cases, whisky from closed or ‘silent’ distilleries.