Thursday, June 02, 2016


Number One Drinks has announced that it has teamed up with US based spirits specialist, Sutcliffe & Son, to distribute its range of small batch Scotch whiskies across the UK and Europe.

The Exceptional (43% ABV) is a series of three small batch malt, grain and blended whiskies, which have been finished in first-fill Oloroso sherry casks. Selected from several different Scotch distilleries, including rare casks from closed distilleries.
The Exceptional - Malt, Grain & Blended Small Batch Scotch Whiskies

Don Sutcliffe, Managing Director of Craft Distillers and Willie Phillips, former Managing Director of The Macallan, have joined forces to create The Exceptional series of small batch Scotch whiskies.

Don and Willie formed a lasting friendship when they met over 25 years ago. Sutcliffe, who was instrumental in the development of The Macallan in the US, being largely responsible for the success on the west coast and Phillips, the former managing director of the iconic Macallan Distillery for 23 years had always envisioned a future project together.

With unparalleled access to some of the finest casks of whisky in Scotland and enlisting the help of master blender, Bill Arthur, their early ambition has come to fruition with the development of The Exceptional.

Commenting on the partnership, Marcin Miller, Managing Director of Number One Drinks, said: “Sutcliffe & Son are the perfect fit for our portfolio and we look forward to introducing these outstanding whiskies to enthusiasts across the UK and Europe.”

Number One Drinks was founded in August 2006 to import and distribute Japan's finest whiskies throughout Europe. It now holds exclusive worldwide distribution rights for brands including Chichibu, Hanyu and Karuizawa.

The first three bottlings in The Exceptional series will be available from specialist retailers for a RRP of £86,00.

Posted by Steve Rush