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Planting my flag as a Friend of Laphroaig

One of our members in the Whiskey Lore Whisky Community (Facebook Group) posted a link to a distillery's membership club. This sparked an idea. How about a list of all of the best distillery loyalty clubs and ambassador programs.

SCOTLAND

Ardbeg Distillery (Islay)

  • Name: Adbeg Committee
  • Perks: Special Committee release announcements, newsletter, whisky (UK only - check website). 

Arran Distillery (Arran)

  • Name: Arran White Stag Community
  • Perks: Newsletter, exclusive bottlings, discounts, potential of being on a tasting panel. 

Glenfiddich Distillery (Speyside)

  • Name: Glenfiddich Explorer
  • Perks: Newsletter
    Note: Requires short survey.

Glenlivet Distillery (Speyside)

  • Name: Glenlivet (Guardians) Community
  • Perks: Newsletter, events, access to the Guardian's Library at the distillery, and information on releases

Kilchoman Distillery (Islay)

  • Name: Kilchoman Club
  • Perks: Visit benefits, exclusive discounts on Kilchoman whisky and merchandise, insider information, competitions, and an annual Club specific whisky release.

Laphroaig Distillery (Islay)

  • Name: Friends of Laphroaig
  • Perks: Your own plot of land including collecting rent when you visit the distillery, merchandise, news, special bottlings (may exclude the USA).
    Note: Requires the purchase of a bottle of Laphroaig to receive the sign in code.

Springbank Distillery (Campbeltown)

  • Name: Springbank Society
  • Perks: Free tours and tastings, discounts, shirt and whisky miniature, exclusive bottlings, and newsletter.
    Note: Costs 50 for a lifetime membership.


UNITED STATES

Heaven Hill Distillery (Kentucky)

  • Name: No Name
  • Perks: Membership card that gives you discounts on tours and in the gift shop (excluding alcohol) at Evan Williams Experience and Bourbon Heritage Center, newsletter, insider information.
    Note: It looks like just a newsletter, but the home of Evan Williams, Henry McKenna, Old Fizgerald, Elijah Craig and others unveils some surprise perks in the first email.

High West (Utah)

  • Name: High West Whiskey Club
  • Perks: Newsletter, exclusive event access, insider information.
    Note: Requires a short survey to enter.

Maker's Mark® (Kentucky)

  • Name: Maker's Mark Ambassador's Program
  • Perks: Newsletter, snail mailed welcome kit, surprise items, printable business card, barrel to track through the website.
    Note: Requires a short quiz about Maker's Mark to enter.

Nelson's Green Brier Distillery (Tennessee)

  • Name: Cooper's Club
  • Perks: Along with a newsletter, get a lapel pin, a founder's birthday gift, free yearly tour, and personalized greeting

New Riff Distillery® (Kentucky)

  • Name: New Riff Whiskey Club
  • Perks: Notice of seasonal whiskeys with the ability to pre-purchase