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Ardbeg Ar11 (Elements of Islay)

Ardbeg Ar11 is one of the latest Elements of Islay releases. Matured in a combination of American oak ex-bourbon and first-fill Pedro Ximénez sherry butts.



Ardbeg Ar11 - Elements of IslayArdbeg Ar11 - Elements of IslayArdbeg Ar11 2000 (56,8%, Elements of Islay 2019, 840 btl.)

Nose: pretty exemplary. Black raisins, figs, oranges, poached pears, with a nice juicy sour touch (rhubarb compote, citrus). Cold ashes and tar, seaweed, lovely tobacco notes and hints of leather. Light pencil shavings. Actually fairly elegant and not over-PX-ed, I like that. Mouth: much more intense now, with a blast of camphory peat and rich smoke. Big peppery notes too, as well as clove, before it goes off to dark chocolate, liquorice, raisins, brine and tapenade, burnt caramel, dark roast coffee and herbal notes. Quite massive now. Water brings out more mocha and more woody notes. Finish: long, with a return of plummy notes, alongside aniseed and peppery oak.

It’s only so often that you see Ardbeg sherry bombs, but they tend to be really good. Recommended. Sold out from The Whisky Exchange, I believe, but it may pop up at other retailers as well.

Score: 90/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/ardbeg/ardbeg-ar11-elements-of-islay/

Whisky Wednesday Reviews Laphroaig Cask Strength Batch 11 58.6% – Scotch Whisky News


 It’s Laphroaig Cask Strength, no need for other words.

Whisky Reviews every Wednesday ~ Facebook.com/whiskytube ~ Twitter.com/whiskytube ~ Youtube.com/whiskywednesday

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/whisky-wednesday-reviews-laphroaig-cask-strength-batch-11-58-6-scotch-whisky-news/

New GlenAllachie Single Casks at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

2019 GlenAllachie Casks UK Exclusives

Five single casks exclusive to the United Kingdom market. 2008-2011 vintages matured in sherry, Madeira and Marsala casks.

Shop – GlenAllachie UK Single Casks 2019

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/new-glenallachie-single-casks-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/

2006 Glenlivet 12YO “Signatory Unchillfiltered Collection” 1st Fill Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength at K&L California ~ Scotch Whisky News

A Divine, Sherried Expression from a Speyside Legend
2006 Glenlivet 12 Year Old “Signatory Unchillfiltered Collection” 1st Fill Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)
“A modern classic and stupendous value.” — David Othenin-Girard, KL SoCal Spirits Buyer

It’s not often one finds a single cask expression of Glenlivet, and rarer still is finding one that’s a sherry first fill. Based on this pedigree alone, one might expect this 12 Year Old to cost upwards of $300. Remarkably, we are offering it for a very approachable $99.99. Sherried expressions of Glenlivet are always huge hits with collectors, and we expect this rendition will command equal interest. A soaring expression, as our NorCal spirits buyer notes, it “leaves nothing to be desired.” A captivating amalgam of exotic fruits, raisins, tea, herb, and sherry notes, it strides confidently from one strength to the next. History has shown that bottlings of this caliber sell out in the blink of an eye. If you gravitate toward a powerful Speyside style, then you owe it to yourself to add this singular expression to your collection.

2006 Glenlivet 12 Year Old “Signatory Unchillfiltered Collection” 1st Fill Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)

For those who’ve been paying attention for the last decade or so, you’ll know that we’ve had some pretty incredible success with Signatory. Likely the most requested and reminisced about product we’d ever bottled from them was a series of heavily sherried Glenlivets we bottled nearly four years ago. Those stupendous casks from this blue chip distillery were really quite rare, and have become legends. But the quality of those incredible offerings and their scarcity resulted in an absolute explosion in their price. What we once stocked for under $100, now were pushing $300. So, we waited. And waited. Finally, nearly four years after our last cask was bottled, we stumbled upon this set of wonderful Glenlivets in the Signatory warehouse. Distilled on November 21 of 2006, this malt was filled into the highest quality sherry casks. Despite the availability of the standard releases, single casks of Glenlivet are a rarity on the market today. Because the distillery needs almost every drop they produce, there’s no need for them to trade or divest stocks to their competitors, as so many other distillers in Scotland do. But what’s shocking is that they’d ever let go of these stupendous casks at all. We are extremely lucky to have access to this incredibly high-quality malt, and this little 12-year-old might turn out to be the cask of the whisky season. Yes, you pay a little premium for Signatory, but it’s damn worth it every time. Sherry lovers rejoice!

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 05, 2019

We’ve been working with Andrew and Des from Signatory Vintage for almost a decade. We’ve been through thick and thin and found some of our most legendary casks in their little warehouses outside of Pitlochry. But few of their stocks have been more popular than the ’96-’97 sherried Glenlivets we sold back in 2012-2015. After a long dry spell, we’ve finally found something of a followup. This seemingly perfect youngish sherry bomb will be the stuff of legends one day. I don’t know what sort of SNAFU must have occurred in the administrative offices at Glenlivet to allow such high quality sherried malt to leave the premises, but I know I’m desperately grateful that they did. This one starts out dark and brooding. The nose is exotic hard wood, bitter herbs (cinchona, gentian), aged black tea, dried apricots, espresso beans, Seville orange peel, raisins, nougat. The palate is bold rich prickly and powerful. Big spice and nutty fudge. With a splash of water, the darkness dissipates revealing the prettiest possible tropical stewed fruits, pipe tobacco, spice box, tiny twinges of herbs again and now green teas. The palate is creamy and open replacing the fudge with vanilla and maple syrup. This one is pretty crushable, so be careful. Ever evolving in the glass, it’s fun to fill it up and adjust as you move through the glass. A modern classic and stupendous value in today’s complicated market.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 24, 2019

The only disappointing thing about this 1st fill sherry cask is that it had a cracked stave and therefore yielded only about half the whisky it should have! Everything else is perfection. Just 301 bottles came out of this butt of singular quality. It’s astoundingly dark in color and must have been dripping wet when filled. Leaving nothing to be desired it’s the epitome of classic sherry – dried Seville oranges, savory herbs, sweet candied nuts, a bit of varnish, dried cocoa powder and raisined grapes, dates, and figs. The weight of the sherry is borne beautifully by the malt backbone. While today Glenlivet is known for its lighter bourbon aged classic 12 year, it’s bottles like this – demonstrating the true range of complexity and nuance of the house that shows why it is one of the worlds’ best selling malts.

Cameron Hoppas | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 24, 2019

This is a sherried whiskey for sure. First thing you notice is how dark that color is. You could mistake it for Grade A maple syrup. It smells phenomenal. The sweet salty sherried notes come into focus with the density of the spirit that shows dark dried fruit, sweet malt and dark spices. It has great sweet caramelized sugar notes–toffee or maple. It has an incredible, mouth-filling, and round texture. This is a powerful whiskey and it’s incredibly smooth.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 24, 2019

Yup, that’s a LOT of Sherry. Scents of dried fruits and nuttiness come out swinging. There is almost a smell of cherries soaking in walnut liqueur and then pecan pralines as well (since no dessert is too decadent, natch). Salted toffee covered with milk chocolate hides the strength of the ABV to a dangerous degree. On the palate, the alcohol is more pronounced with a little bite, but the story here is still focused on the sweets. There’s more fruitiness with dried berries, apricots, prunes, and figs. This is a bold after dinner dram.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/2006-glenlivet-12yo-signatory-unchillfiltered-collection-1st-fill-single-sherry-butt-cask-strength-at-kl-california-scotch-whisky-news/




Highland Park has become the official whisky sponsor of Esquire Townhouse 2019

As part of the partnership, the Orcadian distillery has collaborated with Esquire to launch the limited-edition Highland Park Esquire Single Cask

Global Brand Ambassador, Martin Markvardsen, is hosting a series of masterclasses across the event 

14 October, 2019: Highland Park has become the official whisky sponsor of Esquire Townhouse with Breitling, the prestigious annual event hosted by Esquire.

Taking place between 17-19 October at Carlton House Terrace, St James’s, Martin Markvardsen, Highland Park’s Global Brand Ambassador, is set to host a series of workshops where guests will be given the opportunity to learn all about the award winning brand, before indulging in some delicious whisky and food pairings.

To celebrate the partnership, Highland Park and Esquire have collaborated to create the Highland Park Esquire Single Cask. The limited-edition single malt whisky is the first-ever single cask from Highland Park to be released in collaboration with a UK media house and will be served throughout the weekend.

The unique expression, which has notes of heather-honey and aromatic smoky peat, will also be available via The Whisky Shop (www.whiskyshop.com), allowing those unable to attend the event – as well as those who loved it so much they want more – the opportunity to purchase it to enjoy at home. RSP £200 ABV 60.3%.

During the event a choice of delicious Highland Park cocktails will be served at the Esquire Townhouse bar including firm favourites the Orcadian Cooler and Salted Honey Old Fashioned.

Scott McCaffer, Brand Manager at Highland Park said: “As demand amongst whisky lovers for new and exciting expressions continues to grow, we’re delighted to launch our latest Single Cask in partnership with Esquire.

“Launching the whisky at Esquire Townhouse is a really exciting opportunity for us as it is the perfect opportunity to engage with likeminded consumers, as well as those interested in exploring the category.”

Alex Bilmes, Editor-in-Chief, at Esquire said: ““We are excited to be working with Highland Park to produce a bespoke Esquire single cask whisky – a genuine first for us. We are looking forward to launching it, and of course, tasting it at Esquire Townhouse in October.”

Esquire Townhouse is an award-winning luxury brand experience featuring a compelling programme of live celebrity interviews, panel debates and masterclasses spanning fashion, culture, food drink, design and travel.

For more information on the event please visit: https://hearstlive.co.uk/esquiretownhouse/


About Esquire Single Cask

RRP: £200

ABV: 60.3%

Volume: 70cl 

Tasting notes

Buttery vanilla aroma with a lingering sweet taste on the palette 

About Highland Park, the Orkney Single Malt with Viking Soul:

Whisky has been distilled at Highland Park in Kirkwall, Orkney since 1798.  Founder Magnus Eunson, was a direct descendant of Vikings who settled in Orkney over 1,000 years ago. A butcher and church officer by day and a bootlegger and smuggler by night, he set up an illegal whisky-making operation at a little bothy (a stone hut) at High Park, overlooking Kirkwall.

It is still the site of the distillery today and although we say Highland Park was founded in 1798, that’s actually the year the authorities finally caught up with Magnus.

Few trees survive the gale-force winds on Orkney. This makes the island peat woodless and rich in heather. This then helps create the trademark Highland Park flavour profile of aromatic smoky peat and sweet heather honey.

About Esquire UK

Esquire is the UK’s premium luxury men’s magazine brand. Esquire engages its stylish, sophisticated and affluent audience via an ecosystem which includes a premium bi-monthly print magazine, a dynamic website and digital channels, consumer experiences such as the Esquire Townhouse and Esquire Evenings, a standalone annual print magazine, The Big Watch Book, and a successful series of luxury branded products, the Esquire Edit.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/highland-park-becomes-exclusive-whisky-sponsor-of-esquire-townhouse-scotch-whisky-news/

Alcohol Beverage Industry Veteran Announces Launch Of New Poitín Founder kicks off his family’s legacy of poitín-making with Indiegogo campaign – American Irish Whiskey News

Alcohol Beverage Industry Veteran Announces Launch Of New Poitín Founder kicks off his family’s legacy of poitín-making with Indiegogo campaign.

Decatur, GA, October 3, 2019— After 18 years in the wine and spirits business, Tom Lynch announced his plans for an early 2020 launch of an American-made poitín, which is getting a start now with a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Poitín is a famous and infamous spirit in Ireland and with the Irish diaspora. The spirit is making a (now legal) revival in Ireland and is growing in awareness and popularity in America.

“I’ve been making and marketing wine and spirits brands for 18 years” says Founder Tom Lynch, “but this is different. It is based on my family’s legacy of making great poitín that I heard about when I first went back to Ireland. It is a huge challenge and honor to make a poitín worthy of my family’s nick-name, “The Dinger” which they earned by being the best poitín-maker in their part of County Clare.”

Lynch is partnering with Independent Distilling Company in Decatur, GA. To make his poitín in their small, hand-made, direct-fire heated copper pot still. “That still is a poiín-maker’s dream,” said Lynch.

All proceeds from the crowdfunding go directly into the final stages of product development, initial production, packaging and local marketing. “Crowdfunding contributors love helping dreams come true. We’re being efficient and focused with their money so they will be able to see finished product in stores and pubs and know they had a part in helping to make the dream real,” explained Lynch.

The crowdfunding campaign has contributor “perks” including access to a local launch party and participation in local bottling (take your own bottle home with you after), a chance to be a “Distiller For The Day” where you work to help distill poitín then take home a case with your name on the label as a “guest distiller.” Other perks include a 2-liter barrel of un-aged poitín for contributors to age and/or drink as they choose, a unique 13 bottle vertical of samples taken throughout a 2 year barrel aging process, and a trip to County Clare Ireland, guided by Lynch, including a stop at the old Dinger Lynch farm.

About The Dinger Poitin – Back in the day, in rural parts of Ireland, when you were the best at something you were sometimes called “The Dinger.” When I went back to Ireland and heard my ancestors were “the dinger poitín-makers” before they immigrated, I knew one day I’d make a whiskey so bold and smooth and delicious it would be worthy of that name. The drive to live up to a family legacy of great whiskey-making is what drives us daily as we make small batch, single pot still poitín whiskey. Slainte!

About Independent Distilling Co. – Decatur’s Independent Distilling Co. is a no-frills garage distillery. It’s been more than 100 years since Atlanta was last seen as a hotbed of distilling, but we are finally starting to see glimpses of the city’s former glory. Among the four distilleries now operating in the metro area, Independent Distilling Co. has earned our admiration with its bootstrapped, artisan ways.

If you would like more information on this topic, please contact Tom Lynch at 310-248-0706 or thedingerpoitin@gmail.com

The Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign can be found at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-dinger-poitin/x/22229018#/

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/alcohol-beverage-industry-veteran-announces-launch-of-new-poitin-founder-kicks-off-his-familys-legacy-of-poitin-making-with-indiegogo-campaign-american-irish-whiskey-news/

The Good Dram Show – Episode 335 ‘Weird American Stuff!’ – American Whiskey News

Welcome to this week’s episode of the show in which I’ll be looking at some slightly left of centre American whiskies. Watch it to find out exactly what these weird whiskies are!


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/the-good-dram-show-episode-335-weird-american-stuff-american-whiskey-news/

Big Peat Christmas 2019 Available Now from Tyndrum Whisky! – Scotch Whisky News

Big Peat Christmas 2019

Under 11 Weeks until the Big Day!

The much-anticipated annual festive release this year shows Big Peat carefully selecting the casks for “his” 2019 Christmas expression, rolling a cask out of the cold, dark Islay warehouse on a snowy night. The premium gift tube glitters with the winter snowfall against the dark night’s sky. In its usual fashion, the Christmas Edition is bottled without colouring or chill-filtration, and at natural cask strength of 53.7%, delivering the ultimate distillation of Islay.



The Green Welly Stop
United Kingdom

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/big-peat-christmas-2019-available-now-from-tyndrum-whisky-scotch-whisky-news/

GlenAllachie UK Single Casks Batch 2 at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

GlenAllachie UK Single Casks Batch 2

The 2nd batch of special single casks from GlenAllachie distillery, exclusively selected for the UK market. 5 single casks selected for this latest series…

Very limited stock available for all…

GlenAllachie Single Cask 586

GlenAllachie Single Cask 3767

GlenAllachie Single Cask 6580

GlenAllachie Single Cask 6213

GlenAllachie Single Cask 4152


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/glenallachie-uk-single-casks-batch-2-at-abbey-whisky-scotch-whisky-news/

Aberlour Tasting at The Whisky Shop #SFO October 18th, 2019 – Scotch Whisky News

Friday, October 18th 5-7PM: 


Traditional Speyside scotch pours at this expert presented Aberlour Tasting! We’ll be pouring new and rare drams by the storied distillery, with whisky experts present for all your scotch questions.

 Click Here to RSVP

Complete your Collection

We’re having a massive sale on ‘Game of Thrones’ branded whiskies, with most 50% to 75% off their original sale price! Even if you’re not a series fan, you can get Lagavulin, Talisker, Clynelish, and more single malt scotches at a fraction of the price during this sale.

Click Here for the Game of Thrones Single Malt Sale

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/aberlour-tasting-at-the-whisky-shop-sfo-october-18th-2019-scotch-whisky-news/