Happy Birthday Robert Burns!

Posted Jan 25, 2012 The Wild Scotsman

Happy Birthday Robert Burns!
by Jeffrey Topping

For those of you who do not know this is Robert Burn’s month. Burns is the National Poet of Scotland who wrote in the dialect of the working Scot and not English. If you have never been to a Burn’s dinner to here is address to the Haggis you might recall a tune called, “Auld Lang Syne” on New Years Eve which was written by Burn’s.

So grab some Haggis and a wee dram of Wild Scotsman and salute o’l Robert Burns.

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The State of Scotch a 2011 Year end Review

Posted Jan 1, 2012 The Wild Scotsman

I am pleased to announce that according to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) latest news bulletin, NEW CHAIRMAN FOR SCOTCH WHISKY ASSOCIATION AS EXPORTS BREAK RECORDS posted in December of 2012 that Scotch whisky is, “earning £125 every second for the UK balance of payments. The value of exports over the nine month period totalled almost £3billion – an increase of 23% on the same period of 2010.” The United States led the way with £430.7m in export value and France led consumption (USA 2nd)with 39,409,542 Liters of Pure Alcohol (LPA) exported.

The down side for 2011 was the ruthless and uneducated attack on Scottish Whisky Heritage and Tradition with the full ban of the historical terms “VATTED and PURE” to describe the blending of either Single Malt or Single Grain Scotch whisky from different distilleries. Now we must use the term “BLENDED Malt Scotch whisky” or “BLENDED Grain Scotch Whisky”. If being “accurate” in describing the contents of a bottle was truly at the heart of the issue the SWA would have fully demanded the the term “SINGLE MALT and SINGLE GRAIN” be accurately changed to “Single Blended Malt and “Single Blended Grain” as ALL Single are BLENDS unless they are only bottled out of one (1) cask with the cask number duly noted on the bottle.

We here at Wild Scotsman have taken a few steps backwards over the past few years due to the ailing economy but we have been working on expanding into our new direction of providing top quality privately labeled Scotch Whisky for both “on/off” premise license holders in the USA. With every adversity there is always an opportunity if one can look and work out side the box. For us 2012 is bringing new opportunities with our Private Label Scotch Whisky, Wild Scotsman Scotch Whisky, and whisky related talks and tastings.

New Brands arriving in January 2012!

  • Wild Scotsman Single Cask Series Bottlings:

  • 21yr North Islay is aged exclusively in a Sherry Butt (sorry cannot name this distillery) bottled at 50% alc/vol, no added colour, no chill filtration.

    38yr Bunnahabhain bottled at 51% alc/vol, no added colour, no chill filtration

    From our Family to yours

    Happy New Year!

    Who's behind your brand?

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    State Of Ohio -Not Supporting Ohio Company and Ohio Brand

    Posted Nov 11, 2011 The Wild Scotsman

    State Of Ohio -Not Supporting Ohio Company and Ohio Brand
    by Jeffrey Topping

    In the current economic and political climate in Ohio we have heard a lot about support local business and Ohio companies, however, those statements do not match the actions of the state of ohio. Wild Scotsman has lost 3 of 4 brands in a massive delisting. We willingly gave up two of our four brands to keep our flag ship products on line in Ohio. Now we are only left with Blend No 888 which does not ever bare the name sake of our Company. As Ohio Taxpayers every bottle of liquor on the shelf in Ohio belongs to you. You have a say in what brands Ohio has to carry. If you believe as i do that Ohio should support Ohioans than I ask you to contact the office of John Kaisch and ask him:
    “Why does the State of Ohio not support Ohio business”
    “Why does the State of Ohio support big business over small business”
    Contact: http://governor.ohio.gov/Contact/ContacttheGovernor.aspx
    Select Issue: choose>>other

    My stance and the letter from Ohio:

    Below is the delisting letter from the new head of the Division of Liquor Control. The basic impact to me is that I would need to take the 30% mark down on all my brands and give the state a $9,000 (value of mark down) in a credit to which they would basically buy inventory off credit. This is a loose-loose situation for my brand. A 30% reduction in price is a death nail in trying to re-introduce a brand back into the market. It takes me from $69.99 on the shelf to the mid $40’s. The head of liquor control told my broker that I could reintroduce my brand next year, however, the financial impact to my brand from now to then is detrimental.

    In the past State of Ohio Liquor Control directors took a positive position on Ohio Companies and Ohio Brands even though there were no legislative obligations to do so. Basically, it was good business to support Ohio. The NEW director’s tact seems more lopsided towards large companies/distribution.

    The State of Ohio is also not giving small business the tools to be more competitive with the big companies in regards to beverage sales. We are not allowed to contact spirits samplings within the store like both beer and wine. This is a huge advantage to the large companies as their marketing dollars can make up for this list tool.

    With your help we can support Ohioans, Ohio business, and keep our state friendly to small business.

    Slainte,

    Jeffrey Topping

    September 30, 2011

    Dear valued vendor

    The end of 2011 is fast approaching, and it is time to prepare for 2012. With your support The Ohio Division of Liquor Control has consistently performed month over month. You have brought innovation ”New Product”, price off promotions, Rebates, stack outs and value added packs to our table. We have tried to support your growth plans by buying over 300 new items and features in 2011.

    As you are aware, Ohio Agencies inventory and display on average only 600 items, Ohio DOLC lists, warehouses and stocks over 1700 items, It is now time to consolidate and liquidate.

    In preparation for a great 2012, we need to insure adequate merchandising space in our agencies for your new introductions. The de-list 2011 project is focused on this initiative. If a product is not performing at a comp store sales rate of 2 bottles per month or 1 bottle if over $50.00 then it is time to move on and utilize our space for something new.

    Special consideration has been allowed for SPO, (special order) in support of the broker and supplier efforts we are maintaining items with national account distribution or unique clustering opportunities. Special order, unique or planned limited distributed items which have proliferated beyond their original distribution objective must be scaled back and productivity measurements must be met prior to gaining additional distribution.

    The 2011 DOLC de-list program addresses our mutual objectives. De-listing is only 10% of the opportunity; we accomplish our goal by eliminating unproductive inventory from our agencies. As partners looking forward we are requesting your support in this mission!

    2011 DELIST PLAN

    Attached to this memo is a spreadsheet showing a possible 4 sections: KEEP, DELIST*, DELIST** and KEEP W/CONDITIONS. The Division of Liquor Control is requesting your support in accomplishing our goal.

    >KEEP:

    No action necessary, (You convinced us)

    DELIST* – initial list of brands agreed upon

    >Bottle inventory, retail base price, and total cost of agency inventory (as of 7-30-2011) supplied. You may up date.

    >Sell down Nov, Dec, Jan.

    >Eliminate the need and expense for broker transfer.

    >Focus on in store display work for the holidays.

    >DOLC REQUEST, 30% Mark Down per bottle off the retail price. (Agency inventory)

    …DOLC will accept additional MD should you deem necessary. This will be managed as a Division generated Credit/Debit Memo process with funds withheld from future Bailment Purchase Orders.

    Remove all remaining warehouse inventory by 10-31-11

    DELIST ** (SAME DELIST* requirements)

    KEEP W/CONDITIONS:

    >DOLC will turn these items to NA (non allocate) effective 10-1-2011.

    >Brokers must insure National Account inventory needs are met

    >JAN 15th-2012, NEW REDUCED agency allocation list goes into effect, based on broker or supplier requests or by DOLC best store performance.

    >Reduce the need for broker transfers.

    >Reduce the on hand inventory.

    >Focus on the key agencies supporting the item.

    >Future expansion possibilities via National Account support, product trends and supplier

    Marketing plans in 2012.

    >DOLC REQUEST; 20% Mark Down per bottle off the retail price on all bottles sold from Oct-1-2011 until Jan 31st , 2012 (Agency inventory) If vendors agree to this program new quotes must be submitted showing the price reduction for 11-01-11 (The Division will need quotes by October 10th.) The Division will create Credit/Debit memo(s) to recover funds from future Bailment Purchase Orders.

    (Should a supplier elect to discontinue their item rather than consolidate, 30% mark down on retail base price of all agency inventory is requested. See DELIST* above)

    Together we can clean up years of neglected items, we can clean up the back storage rooms, and we can open shelf space for new and exciting product. Each of you has told me “THIS NEEDS TO BE DONE” now is the time! Please submit your support to Janet Watson NLT October 10, 2011.

    Thanks in advance for your support

    Your 2012 partners at DOLC are looking for a great year

    TOM KAPPA

    Chief of Agency Operations

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    Oliva, Cain, Nub, and Wild Scotsman…OH MY!

    Posted Nov 10, 2011 The Wild Scotsman

    Oliva, Cain, Nub, and Wild Scotsman…OH MY!
    by Jeffrey Topping

    Come join me on Thursday November 10, 2011 at The Wharf “without piers” from 4 to 8pm to sample, Oliva and Cain VS NUB cigars. I will be pouring Blend No. 888 and my Signature Wild Scotsman Black aka Cigar Malt. There are many brands which claim to be made for cigars, Wild Scotsman Black is the only Scotch made by a cigar smoker for cigar smokers. Full Stop!

    "The Real Cigar Malt"

    Gold Medal Winner

    The Wharf
    3464 Pentagon Park Blvd
    Beavercreek, OH 45431
    RSVP: (937) 426-0633
    Time: 1600 to 2000/hrs


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    Name Street City
    LIQUOR AND WINE WAREHOUSE 3440 YORK COMMONS BLVD Dayton
    Marsh Supermarket 982 North Market St Troy
    AIR CITY WINE & LIQUOR 3114 N DIXIE DR., HARRISON TWP. Dayton
    ARROW WINE STORES 615 LYONS ROAD Dayton
    Lofino’s Food Store 3245 E. Patterson Rd Beavercreek
    ARROW WINE STORES 2950 FAR HILLS AVE Kettering
    Kroger 885 Union Blvd Englewood
    MIAMI VALLEY WINE & SPIRITS 943 WEST MAIN STREET Tipp city
    Piqua Beverage Center 633 West High St Piqua
    RITE AID DISCOUNT PHARMACY 2532 EAST THIRD STREET Dayton

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    3rd Annual Whiskey & Fine Spirits Expo

    Posted Oct 27, 2011 The Wild Scotsman

    3rd Annual Whiskey & Fine Spirits Expo
    by Jeffrey Topping

    come join me at the Montage in Indianapolis, IN Friday Oct 28 for the 3rd Annual Whiskey & Fine Spirits Expo put on by our friends at Vine and Table. We will be sampling a variety of Scotch, Irish, American whisk(e)y styles just in time for your holiday gifts.

    Brands:
    Blend No. 888- Hands down the best blended Scotch whisky at less than $27 per bottle

    Wild Scotsman Black Label Vatted malt Scotch Whisky. The only malt whisky made by a cigar smoker for the pure enjoyment of a cigar. Don’t take my word for it…bring a stick and try it yourself!

    "The Real Cigar Malt"

    Gold Medal Winner


    John McDougall’s 13yr Vatted islay- Come taste Islay through the eyes and bottling created by the only living Master Blender and distiller of Scotch Whisky in the world.

    John McDougall Blended Malt Islay 13yr

    Wild Scotsman 15 yr Vatted Malt Scotch Whisky The dram that start it all! My first blended malt creation styled after my experiences in the Lowlands of Scotland. One of the most complex scotch whisky’s on the market today. 95 out of 100 in The Whisky Bible by Jim Murray and a silver medal at the International Wine and Spirits competition in the UK>

    Wild Scotsman 15yr Liquid Gold Award- Jim Murray's Whisky Bible

    Wild Scotsman Caol Ila 27yr


    Wild Scotsman 27yr Single Cask Single Malt Caol Ila only 108 bottles as the rest was used by the Wild Scotsman himself in his blending and private label bottlings.

      Event Location:

    The Montage
    8580 Allison Pointe Boulevard
    Indianapolis, IN 46250
    Get directions
    Phone: 317-577-3663

      Event Time

    VIP Event: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
    General Admission: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

      Event Cost

    VIP Ticket – $125.00
    Regular Admission Ticket – $50.00
    Designated Driver Ticket – $35.00

      Event Contact

    Denis Lynch

    317-817-9463

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    Park Avenue Wine Bar & Merchant -Wild Scotsman Invasion

    Posted Oct 12, 2011 The Wild Scotsman

    Park Avenue Wine Bar & Merchant -Wild Scotsman Invasion
    by Jeffrey Topping

    come join me at Park Avenue Wine Bar & Merchant in Barrington, IL Tuesday October 18. We will be sampling a variety of Scotch whisky styles just in time for your holiday gifts.

    Brands:
    Blend No. 888- Hands down the best blended Scotch whisky at less than $27 per bottle
    John McDougall’s 15yr Bladnoch Single Cask Single Malt at 55.8%. The only distillery approved bottling of Bladnoch sold in the entire USA..full stop!
    Wild Scotsman Black Label Vatted malt Scotch Whisky. The only malt whisky made by a cigar smoker for the pure enjoyment of a cigar.

    "The Real Cigar Malt"

    Gold Medal Winner


    John McDougall’s 13yr Vatted islay- Come taste Islay through the eyes and bottling created by the only living Master Blender and distiller of Scotch Whisky in the world.

    John McDougall Blended Malt Islay 13yr

    Wild Scotsman Caol Ila 27yr


    Wild Scotsman 27yr Single Cask Single Malt Caol Ila only 108 bottles as the rest was used by the Wild Scotsman himself in his blending and private label bottlings.

    Event Location:
    Park Avenue Wine Bar & Merchant
    205 Park Avenue
    Barrington, IL 60010
    Tuesday October 18th from 1730 to 1900/hrs

    Get directions
    (847) 382-3900


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    Cigar Rights of America Charity Cigar Event

    Posted Oct 3, 2011 The Wild Scotsman

    Cigar Rights of America Charity Cigar Event
    by Jeffrey Topping

    Come join me on October 7, 2011 for the Cigar Rights of America (CRA) October Charity event by Cigar Explorer of Columbus, Oh. The event will be held on the roof of the Renaissance Hotel, 50 North Third Street · Columbus, Ohio 43215.

    Participating Cigar Co.:

    Partcipating Retailers:

    Wild Scotsman Scotch Whisky will be pouring the following Brands:
    Blend 888
    Wild Scotsman Black Label aka The Cigar Malt

    "The Real Cigar Malt"

    Gold Medal Winner

    Renassance Hotel

    50 North 3rd Street
    Columbus, OH 43215
    (614) 228-5050

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    Torano Cigar and Wild Scotsman Whisky at The Wharf

    Posted Sep 21, 2011 The Wild Scotsman

    Torano Cigar and Wild Scotsman Whisky at The Wharf
    by Jeffrey Topping

    Come join the Wild Scotsman and Miguel Schoedel of Torano Cigars at the Wharf -without piers cigar shop in Beavercreek, OH. Torano will feature a Wild Scotsman favorite, The Exodus 1959 cigar.

    Gold Medal Winner


    We will be pouring for those of legal age a 1/4 oz sampling of our Ohio approved brands:
    Wild Scotsman Black Label aka the Cigar malt (OH-9606B)
    Blend No. 888 (OH-0950B)

    **please visit your local Ohio retailer for a bottle

    The Wharf
    3464 Pentagon Park Blvd
    Beavercreek, OH 45431
    RSVP: (937) 426-0633
    Date: September 22, 2011
    Time: 1600 to 2000/hrs


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    Check out these Dayton, OH retailers for a bottle near you:


    Name Street City
    LIQUOR AND WINE WAREHOUSE 3440 YORK COMMONS BLVD Dayton
    Marsh Supermarket 982 North Market St Troy
    AIR CITY WINE & LIQUOR 3114 N DIXIE DR., HARRISON TWP. Dayton
    ARROW WINE STORES 615 LYONS ROAD Dayton
    Lofino’s Food Store 3245 E. Patterson Rd Beavercreek
    ARROW WINE STORES 2950 FAR HILLS AVE Kettering
    Kroger 885 Union Blvd Englewood
    MIAMI VALLEY WINE & SPIRITS 943 WEST MAIN STREET Tipp city
    Piqua Beverage Center 633 West High St Piqua
    RITE AID DISCOUNT PHARMACY 2532 EAST THIRD STREET Dayton

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    Cirque du Yelp!

    Posted Sep 17, 2011 The Wild Scotsman

    Cirque du Yelp!
    by Jeffrey Topping

    **This event is now full!** However, still RSVP and get on the waitlist. If spots open up (and they tend to as we get closer to the event), I will let you know!

    This amazing event is now open. It is FREE to attend but you must RSVP by clicking the red button in the top right corner! Welcome to Cirque du Yelp!

    Come one, come all to the greatest show on earth – the Cirque du Yelp, a free carnival themed event with more free food, drinks and entertainment than you can juggle into an entire lifetime.

    This is a one-night only event at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington, KY on October 1st from 8 to 10pm. Guests will be amazed by the wide world of entertainment offered: legendary magicians, epic sword swallowers, Irish tarot card readers, zombie caricaturists, aerial acrobats and so much more!

    Still not convinced? Well, how about coming to see three different Guinness World Record holders perform and marvel at The League of Cincinnati Steampunks’ Tent of Curiosities! Ahha, there it is. Truly, this is an event not to be missed. And yes, it’s all free!

    Attractions include…

    FREE SWEETS FROM…
    Donna’s Gourmet Cookies (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    PhroZen (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    Sugar Cupcakery (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    SugarPlums Cupcakery (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    Sweet Peace Bakery (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    Sweet Petit Desserts (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    Yagööt (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)

    FREE FOOD FROM…
    Bella Luna (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    City BBQ (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    Crock of Love (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    Dilly Café (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    FB’s (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    Fireside Pizza Wagon (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    Gliers Goetta (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    Grandma Debbie’s Kitchen (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    The Skinny Pig (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    Taste of Belgium (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)

    DRINKS PROVIDED BY…
    Christian Moerlein (http://www.christianmo…)
    Coffee Emporium (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    Crispin Hard Cider (http://www.crispincide…)
    Kentucky Ale and Bourbon Barrel Ale (http://www.kentuckyale…)
    Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka (http://www.FireflyVodk…)
    Middle West Spirits (http://www.middlewests…)
    vitaminwater (http://www.vitaminwate…)
    Wild Scotsman Whisky & Spirits (http://wildscotsman.com/)

    Wild Scotsman Logo


    PERFORMANCES BY…
    Pickled Brothers Sideshow (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    Queen City Caberet (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    Zahara’s Tangled Web (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)

    MUSIC BY…
    The Clifton Heights Music Fest & Far-I-Rome Productions (http://www.fariromepro…)
    Queen City Crates (http://www.queencitycr…)
    SHADOWRAPTR (http://shadowraptr.ban…)
    Healing Trapeze (http://www.myspace.com…)

    ENTERTAINMENT BY
    Aerial Acrobatics by Jamming Talent Productions (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    Cincinnati Circus Company! (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    Dante’s Gypsy Circus Dancers (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    Face Painting, Henna Tattoos and Feather Hair Extensions by Fabulous Faces by Jen (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    Internationally Known Balloon Artist Vicky Kimble (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    Irish Tarot Card Reader Patricia Garry (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    Magician Tom James (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    Video and Photos by Aubergine Imagery (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    Zombie Caricatures by Gorgeous Gore Art (http://www.yelp.com/bi…) and (GorgeousGoreArt@facebo…)

    CHARITY SPONSORS
    Hoxworth Blood Center (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)
    The Freestor Foodbank (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)

    CLEANING PROVIDED BY
    VesCo Residential Cleaning (http://www.yelp.com/bi…)

    Free food, free drinks, fun for boys and girls of all ages … unless you’re under 21 (IDs will be checked at the door).

    Cirque du Yelp? It’s going to be … grand

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    Bryant Distribution Fall Preview Show

    Posted Sep 14, 2011 The Wild Scotsman

    Bryant Distribution Fall Preview Show
    by Jeffrey Topping

    Come join me at the The Olmstead in Louisville, KY from 1500 to 1900/hrs for the Bryant Distributing fall preview show.

    You must be a Kentucky on/off premise liquor license holder to attend

    We will be pouring the following brands:

    "The Real Cigar Malt"

    Gold Medal Winner

    The Olmstead
    3701 Frankfort Avenue
    St. Matthews, KY
    (502) 899-7670


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