Shortly after opening the Whiskybase shop and listening to members of the Whiskybase community, Menno and CJ realized there were not many independent bottlers with offerings in the Netherlands. But there was quite a lot of interest.
In 2011 they bought their first cask of whisky, this was a Strathmill from 1974 and bottled it under the label Archives.
The success of the first bottling prompted the team to begin searching for even more casks that would help meet the growing demand for exceptional single-cask whiskies –bottled at cask strength.
Because Whiskybase is the largest online community of whisky lovers, the feedback and tasting notes have provided an invaluable feedback loop to the team and this feedback and insights continue to be integral parts of the selection process.
To date, over 120 different Archives bottlings have been released and the Archives brand is now exported to 8 countries worldwide.