Don Sutcliffe, Managing Director of Craft Distillers and Willie Philips, former Managing Director of Macallan, have said they have always wanted to work on a project together and after many many years of discussion they finally found the right time to do so. A meeting of minds and passion for a product in which they have both spent their lives specialising in and a product that has been the base of their long standing friendship. It is only through their extensive experience in the industry and the contacts they have managed to build over the years, that they have been able to make this possible. But primarily they are Whisky lovers and that is what makes this project so special.
Don and Willie blend aged whiskies from selected barrels from different distilleries, which have been picked according to their individualistic nature, purity of flavour and unique characteristics. They’re range consists of three small batch blended whiskies; The Exceptional Grain, The Exceptional Blend and The Exceptional Malt, all of which are married together in sherry casks and bottled at 43% ABV. The Exceptional Grain is a blend of very special aged Scotch grain whiskies composed of a selection of casks from North British, Loch Lomond, Strathclyde, Cameronbridge and Carsebridge distilleries. The Exceptional Blend is made up of selection of mature grain and malt casks from North British, Strathclyde, Cameronbridge, Glenfarclas, Ben Nevis, Alt-a’Bhainne, Auchroisk, Glenallachie, Westport, Macallan and a vatted barrel of three storied family owned Speyside distilleries. And The Exceptional Malt is formed from a special range of mature casks, including Glenfarclas, Ben Nevis, Alt-a’Bhainne, Auchroisk, Glenallachie, Westport, Macallan and a vatted barrel of three storied family owned Speyside distilleries.
What makes them unique is that rather than sticking to prearranged styles and seeking consistency year to year, The Exceptional Whisky Company will offer unique whiskies upon each release, all of which will be determined by their own qualitative and stylistic distinction.