Artisanal Spirits Company launch new brand


The Artisanal Spirits Company, owner of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS), has launched a new brand focused on small batch malt whiskies, grain whiskies, rum and gin that revives the J.G. Thomson Co heritage.

The J.G. Thomson brand was inspired by its namesake, a wine and spirits merchant in Leith in the 1700s. The building is known as The Vaults and it is now home to an SMWS members’ room and head office of The Artisanal Spirits Company.

The first batches of its core range include three no-age statement blended malt whiskies, two limited edition aged whiskies, a rum and a gin.

David Ridley, managing director at the Artisanal Spirits Company, said: “We’ve been inspired by Edinburgh’s Thomson family who became renowned for their spirits’ business back in the 1700s.

“The new J.G. Thomson will be constantly on the lookout for new spirits, influences, flavours and tastes to explore from around the world to meet the growing appetite for high-quality spirits, especially the rising interest in blended malts, from discerning and adventurous drinkers looking to taste something new and extraordinary.”