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Independent Bottlers Join Forces As SMWS Owner Artisanal Spirits Acquires Single Cask Nation


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)'s parent, Artisanal Spirits Company, which also owns JG Thomson & Co, has acquired another fan favourite independent bottler Single Cask Nation.

Founded in 2011 by Jason Johnstone-Yellin and Joshua Hatton, Single Cask Nation currently holds a global base of 10,000 fans, with its single largest market being the US.


“This acquisition aligns with our ambition to thoughtfully expand the portfolio while staying true to our core mission to captivate a global community of whisky adventurers with rare and exceptional bottlings.

This is also very much an investment in Jason and Joshua themselves who have cultivated a global following and stellar reputation as thought leaders in the world of whisky. They will both add a tremendous wealth of knowledge, experience and passion to our business and we’re looking forward to welcoming them and their followers to the family.”

Andrew Dane, CEO of Artisanal Spirits Company


Joshua (left) and Jason (right), co-founders of Single Cask Nation.


“In a way, by joining Artisanal Spirits Company we’re coming full-circle in our whisky journey,... 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 pretty wild.”

Jason Johnstone-Yellin, co-founder of Single Cask Nation


“Jason and I have certainly never been short on ideas. With the resources and wealth of experience to draw from at Artisanal Spirits Company, we’ll now be able to bring those ideas to life and more incredible whisky to the Nation. I can’t wait for everyone to see what’s coming next.”

Joshua Hatton, co-founder of Single Cask Nation


The two co-founders of Single Cask Nation will remain in charge of the business.




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