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The Artisanal Spirits Company, owners of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, have acquired the US-based independent bottler Single Cask Nation from its founders, Joshua Hatton and Jason Johnstone-Yellin. The founders will remain with the company and lead its business from their base in Connecticut, according to a statement released by ASC today.
“In a way, by joining ASC we’re coming full-circle in our whisky journey,” Johnstone-Yellin said in the statement. “It was actually The Scotch Malt Whisky Society that first inspired us to start an independent bottling business in the first place. We’ve admired them (and their whiskies) for years, so to be a sister brand to them now is really exciting.”
The partners founded Single Cask Nation in 2011 as an offshoot of their Jewish Whisky Company, and now sells its single cask whiskies in eight countries. Artisanal Spirits Company CEO Andrew Dane praised their work in the statement. “Along the way, they have cultivated a passionate global following and stellar reputation as thought leaders in the world of whisky. Single Cask Nation is a perfect fit for ASC and our mission to deliver the world’s most exceptional limited-edition whiskies and experiences. They’re going to be a tremendous asset to our team and we’re excited for everything we can accomplish together in the years ahead,” he said.
Former Westland Distillery executive Steve Hawley has also joined the ASC team to build its presence in the United States, the world’s biggest market for Scotch Whisky by value. Hawley will focus on SCN’s business side, allowing Hatton and Johnstone-Yellin to focus on SCN’s whiskies and the “Nation,” a following of more than 10,000 whisky enthusiasts who purchase SCN whiskies through its web site.
WhiskyCast has requested interviews with Hatton and Johnstone-Yellin. This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.
Links: Single Cask Nation