Project Molecule

The Recipe for Successful Brand Management

Concept - Creative Design - Reprographics – Plate Making - Label Printing - Glass Production
Liquid and Filling - Packaging and Finishing - Delivering - Tasting

It takes a combination of unique skills and special ingredients to create the perfect single malt Scotch whisky. From sourcing the finest barley and pure Scottish water to gently ageing the spirit in oak casks, it’s a time-honoured process.

When we were creating (Wh)15 premium single malt whisky, we also recognised the power of effective combinations. So we brought together a team of industry-leading companies – innovators and experts in design and reprographics, printing and foiling, bottle manufacture and packaging.

The result is (Wh)15, an exceptional 15-year-old whisky with a distinctive character, a contemporary look, and a powerful message. It’s an example of technology meeting tradition – a demonstration of what can be achieved through collaboration and the sharing of ideas. 



Project Partners

Amorim TopSeries

Amorim Top Series Unit, part of the Amorim Group, the world’s leader in the production of natural bottle closures, responds effectively to our customer’s individual needs by developing innovative, customized solutions, with a dozen of strategically located distribution units. We currently export to 100 countries in all continents.  

Top Series is an exclusive range of capsulated cork stoppers that feature distinctive closure solutions for the world’s most celebrated spirit brands.   

Top Series is available in four market segments - prestige, elegance, premium and classic value. Throughout the range, Top Series combines inspirational design with the superior technical and environmental performance of natural cork.   

Providing a wide variety of stopper solutions, the Amorim Top Series Unit offers its clients customized technical consultancy and reference prototyping services. Amorim Top Series Unit has invested in the most advanced technology and this is reflected throughout the Top Series range. With Top Series, we have produced the most prestigious natural closure for the world’s most distinguished spirits.  

Mr Eduardo Sousa | |


A global supplier of foils, films and laminates.

API is a leading manufacturer and distributor of foils, laminates and holographics which provide exceptional brand enhancement and protection for products worldwide.

Operating from fifteen locations across Europe, America and Asia, API’s product packaging solutions help companies across a wide-range of industry sectors including alcoholic drinks, confectionary, tobacco, perfumery, personal-care, cosmetics and healthcare.

Through its Holographics division API is also a trusted supplier of custom optical solutions to protect secure documents and branded goods against counterfeit and fraud.

For more information on API and its range of foil, laminate and holographic brand enhancement products visit its website at   

Mr Richard Fowler | |


Solutions for the digital printing market.

Provider of innovative solutions for the digital printing market, as well as flexographic printing, large format, and the design and production of packaging.

Mr Łukasz Szymanski | |

DS Smith

DS Smith Packaging Consumer

We specialise in the design and production of premium packaging for the wine, spirits and cosmetics markets. We aim to be more than a packaging manufacturer. Our thinking goes beyond the product to help maximise the value of your brand in the consumer market. We work with you to deliver innovation and unique solutions to increase your sales, reduce your supply chain costs, manage risk and environmental impact.

Our area of expertise covers cartons, gift pack, rigid box and POS display. Operational and service excellence combined with an impressive track record in NPD and innovation is our core business.

Mr Frank McAtear | |


Global supplier for the packaging and labels, sign and display, commercial printing and publishing industries

The Esko product portfolio supports and manages the packaging and print processes at brand owners, retailers, designers, packaging manufacturers and print service providers. For 9 out of retail 10 packages, Esko solutions are used in packaging management, asset management, artwork creation, structural design, prepress, 3D visualization, plate making, workflow automation, quality assurance, sample-making, palletization, supply chain collaboration and the production of signage and displays.

The Esko solutions consist of an extensive suite of software and two hardware product lines: CDI flexo computer-to-plate imagers and Kongsberg digital cutting systems, complemented with professional services, training and consultancy.

Enfocus, with its suite of automation solutions and PDF quality control tools for printers, publishers and graphic designers, and MediaBeacon digital asset management (DAM) solutions, are part of Esko.

Mr Marc De Mey | |

Evolve Creative

Leader in Creative Design

Web | Print | 3D Mock Ups | 3D Stores | Product Renders | Animation | Luxury Packaging | Packaging Visualization | Brochures | Product Finishing

Mr Andy Maddock | |

Flexo Concepts

Innovative Manufacturer of Doctor Blades Solutions

Flexo Concepts introduced its first TruPoint™ doctor blade to the printing industry in 1989. Since then, our company has grown to include MicroClean™ anilox roll cleaning technology as well as a variety of cleaning solutions and pressroom supplies.

We strive to meet the needs of flexographic and offset printers by providing smarter solutions that improve print quality, lower costs, reduce anilox damage and enhance workplace safety. In addition to providing quality products, customer service is a priority and we strive to make doing business with us easy so that you can spend time focusing on growing your business.

Mr Ken Theriot | |


Leading global producer of speciality high performance films for food packaging, tobacco overwrap and labels.

Innovia Films is a leading global manufacturer of two ‘families’ of speciality products supplied into the packaging, labels, tobacco overwrap and securities markets - Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) and Cellulose based films.

Our films are sold to converters, brand-owners and end-users across the globe. They become part of the packaging, labelling or overwrap solution for some of the world’s best known brands across a wide variety of everyday consumer goods. These include chocolates, perfume, cheese, tea, shampoo, cigarettes, beer and biscuits.

We have production sites in the UK, USA, Belgium and Australia and operate a network of sales offices, agents and distributors throughout the world.

Mr David Carruthers | |

JFM Plates

Your perfect partner in print...

Founded in 1979 by John McKee, we have over 35 years experience in the printing industry. We are proud of our roots, being one of the oldest reprographic studios and still family owned! We pride ourselves in offering our customers a wealth of knowledge and experience in many aspects of print. This, coupled with a friendly and personal approach, makes JFM your perfect partner.

We have a strong and loyal customer base both in the UK and overseas.

Embracing the very latest in digital imaging and automated workflow, we remain at the forefront of flexographic reproduction, investing heavily in cutting edge technology and equally as important our highly experienced team!

JFM Plates specialise in supplying the print and packaging industry with reprographic services and finished printing plates. We have a strong partnership programme within the trade ensuring that our business partners and customer receive the very best in service and quality.

Mr Mark McKee | |

Loch Lomond Group

Independent distiller, blender and bottler of Scotch Whisky

Our portfolio includes Loch Lomond Single Malt which has been distilled and crafted on the banks of Loch Lomond since 1814 and Glen Scotia Single Malt, a Campbeltown single malt hailing from the Victorian “whisky capital of the world”. Loch Lomond is also renowned for premium grain and blended scotch whisky. Each is a fine example of its region and style, redolent of the landscape and history which has shaped Scotland's unique spirit.

Mr Jim Tierney | |

Mark Andy

Total Solutions Partner to the Label & Packaging Industry

We work diligently in support of our mission to be 'the supplier of choice throughout the product life cycle, offering high quality innovative solutions that drive customer profitability.'  

Partnering with Mark Andy means access to award-winning technologies including Mark Andy flexographic and digital printing presses, Rotoflex offline finishing systems, and the largest global support team in the industry.

Mr Phil Baldwin | |


Creating Packaging Excellence

Brand Management | Digital Artwork | Packaging Design | Technical Artwork | Reprographics | 3D Prototypes | Mock Ups

Mr Steven Barron | |


The experts in high-end packaging glass

  • More than 200 years of experience in the production of glass
  • 6 production sites in Austria, Great Britain, France, Czech Republic and Poland
  • 3 decoration sites in Great Britain, France and Poland
  • 37 production lines
  • 2200 employees worldwide
  • 2.6 billion glass containers produced per year
  • Europe’s only manufacturer of packaging glass aimed at Healthcare & Consumer, Perfumery & Cosmetics, Prestige Spirits as well as Tableware markets
  • One-stop-shop for development, production, decoration and closures

Mr Gary Steen | |


To discuss (Wh)15, purchasing bottles after Labelexpo and the benefits of multi-supplier collaboration, please email Mark McKee at:

If you would like to discuss the creative aspect of this project, and your next exciting project, please email: Andy Maddock at

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