The Good Dram Show – Episode 266 ‘Mossburn Distillers’ – Scotch Whisky News

Chris Goodrum

The Good Dram Show – Episode 266 ‘Mossburn Distillers’ – This episode of the show is dedicated to the brand new independent bottling company Mossburn Distillers and a selection of their inaugural releases.

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A Rare, Limited Edition Wheated Bourbon that’s Sailed the Seven Seas – American Whiskey News


A Unique Bourbon that Wonderfully Blends Salty with Sweet

Jefferson’s “Special Wheated Mashbill” Ocean Voyage #15 Aged at Sea Very Small Batch Straight Bourbon ($82.99)
“One of the most lovable little whiskies Jefferson has released in years.”
– David Othenin-Girard, KL Spirits Buyer

When it comes to Bourbon, Jefferson’s is among our favorites for innovative, cutting-edge bottlings. Take for example the Ocean Voyage #15, in order to age this wheated bourbon, Jefferson’s sent it on an ocean voyage, stopping at no less than thirty ports, and crossing the equator four times. This highly unusual maturation process was done to impart a unique maritime influence on the whiskey. The end product offers a classic wheated profile of caramel and vanilla, but is also joined by flavors of brine and sea salt. This combination is every bit as delicious as it is rewarding.


While we don’t know where Jefferson’s is sourcing their bourbon, we do know it is of the top quality. Rounded, expressive, and engaging, it has the body to hold up to such a rigorous aging process, while at the same time is mellow enough to really highlight the ocean’s influence. Anyone who has enjoyed the earlier editions of the Ocean Voyage will definitely want to give the #15 a spin, as it very well could be the best to date. As you might expect, production is very limited, so this charmer won’t remain on our shelves for long. Don’t miss out on one of the more creatively matured (and delicious) whiskeys on the market today.

Jefferson’s “Special Wheated Mashbill” Ocean Voyage #15 Aged at Sea Very Small Batch Straight Bourbon (750ml) ($82.99)

This limited edition Jefferson’s Ocean Voyage is the first and only wheated bourbon to be aged at sea and visit five separate continents before being bottled. Jefferson’s Bourbon has always been a producer focused on innovation, and the Ocean Voyage program is perhaps their most ambitious yet. They’ve had incredible success with the very unusual aging regime and this is easily the best we’ve tried yet. Something about the soft sweetness of the wheated mash bill and the tangy saline of the ocean influence work absolute wonders. This is one of the most exciting and delicious new wheated bourbons released in some time. With the popularity of the Van Winkle and Weller brands, wheated bourbon has become all the rage. But simply removing the rye from a mash bill doesn’t inherently make a whiskey better; it actually makes it less flavorful. Buffalo Trace has mastered the art of crafting wheated bourbons, but some of the new wheaters don’t hold up to the hype. The Jefferson’s Ocean lays an entirely new set of flavors on top of the familiar wheated profile. It’s hard to say exactly where Jefferson’s is getting the juice, but they’ve recently purchased nearly $4 million worth of Bourbon so one would assume the source is of the highest quality. Expect a nose of rich salted caramel, rich vanilla, and sea spray. The most obvious sea influence we’ve seen on one of these since Voyage #1. On the palate it’s ultra dense and viscous with sweet corn bread and barrel spice balancing the saline.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: May 18, 2018

We’ve always enjoyed the Ocean Voyage in the past, even if the slightly higher cost seemed a touch gimmicky. It’s really solid bourbon with that little salty twang, but to be honest, the spicy side of the rye mash bill kind of masked any serious ocean influence. This softer, sweeter wheated Bourbon is better suited for the subtle influence of the ocean aging. They’ve obviously started with really solid bourbon, which is the key to the success of any of the “innovative” bourbon products. The whiskey, whose origins remain a secret, could come from any of the many high quality wheat producers, although it seems to have been distilled in Kentucky. The special wheated mash bill offers a much more supple and rounded whiskey to begin with, and the sweetness balances out the briny background note perfectly without masking the obvious ocean influence. That influence comes from a journey unlike any other in modern bourbon production. Visiting more than thirty ports and crossing the equator four times, the whiskey is subjected to some of the most extreme heat and humidity our planet has to offer. The result is one of the most lovable little whiskies Jefferson’s has released in years. It might not have the pedigree of the old age-stated stuff, but I would challenge anyone to argue that it isn’t more enjoyable than any release from this great little producer in the last several years. Like all the Ocean Voyages, a portion of the proceeds go to Ocearch for the study and preservation of sharks in the North Atlantic. So, you can drink well and do good at the same time.


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Glenmorangie and Ardbeg strike gold at two influential competitions – Scotch Whisky News

Distilleries’ single malt whiskies honoured with 15 golden accolades

Glenmorangie and Ardbeg single malt Scotch whiskies have triumphed at two prestigious industry competitions, winning a total of 15 gold or double-gold medals. This clutch of awards from the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), is a testament to the outstanding whiskies crafted at the Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Distilleries, owned by The Glenmorangie Company.

Glenmorangie, which has been creating its fine single malt whisky in the Highlands since 1843, won ten awards – five at each competition.

Its success at the SFWSC began with a prized double-gold medal for Glenmorangie Signet. Judges also honoured three of the Distillery’s core expressions – its signature single malt Glenmorangie Original won gold, alongside Glenmorangie Lasanta and Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or from the Extra-Matured Range. Glenmorangie 19 Years Old was also given gold. At the ISC, Glenmorangie Signet won further renown. It earned gold alongside Glenmorangie 18 Years Old, Glenmorangie The Tayne, Glenmorangie Spìos and Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1989.

Ardbeg, the world’s smokiest, peatiest Islay malt whisky, won five further prestigious accolades at the SFWSC. There were plaudits for all the Distillery’s permanent expressions, with Ardbeg Corryvreckan celebrated as Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch – No Age Statement. It was awarded a double-gold medal, alongside Ardbeg An Oa and Ardbeg Uigeadail, while Ardbeg Ten Years Old earned gold. The 2018 Ardbeg Committee Exclusive release of Ardbeg Grooves, released in February this year, was also handed a double-gold medal.

Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation Whisky Stocks for Glenmorangie and Ardbeg, said: “This haul of medals, from two such influential competitions, is a fitting reflection of the dedication with which all at Glenmorangie and Ardbeg pursue their craft – and the exceptional whiskies which result. I’m delighted that industry experts have again rewarded Glenmorangie Original’s smooth and rounded taste, alongside whiskies from the Extra-Matured Range and Glenmorangie Signet. It is inspiring to see Ardbeg’s untamed spirit commended, with awards for all the permanent expressions. Ardbeg Corryvreckan’s peaty, peppery character is undoubtedly worthy of the judges’ highest praise.”

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Barton 1792



 BARDSTOWN, kENTUCKY (May 17, 2018) – Judges awarded six bourbons from Barton 1792 Distillery with high honors at the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, and named three to be “Great Values.”

Those awarded the distinction of “Excellent, Highly Recommended” were:

  • 1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1792 Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Very Old Barton 80 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Kentucky Tavern Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Awarded the distinction of “Very Good, Strong Recommendation” were:

  • Very Old Barton 90 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Zackariah Harris Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

1792 Small Batch and Kentucky Tavern were deemed to be “Great Values.”  Kentucky Tavern also earned the distinction of “Tried True.”

This competition, in its eighth year, is judged by a panel of the spirit industry’s most renowned judges including award-winning authors, buyers, journalists, educators and bar owners, who rate each spirit on a 100-point scale.

Complete results for the 2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge can be found at 

About Barton 1792 Distillery

Barton 1792 Distillery is part of Barton Brands.  Barton Brands has facilities in Bardstown, Ky., Carson, Calif., and Baltimore, Md. Barton Brands is owned by the Sazerac Company, an American family-owned company based in New Orleans, La. Barton 1792 Distillery was established in 1879 and continues today as the oldest fully-operating Distillery in the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” The Distillery is located on 196 acres and includes 28 warehouses, 22 other buildings, the Morton Spring and the Tom Moore Spring.  Distilling, aging and bottling fine Bourbon whiskey are hallmarks of the historic Barton 1792 Distillery. 1792 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is produced at Barton 1792 Distillery. This whiskey is named for the year Kentucky became a state and is the recent gold medal winner at the 2017 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition. To learn more visit

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Honoring “The Conservation Legacy” of the North American Sportsman – American Whiskey News

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Honoring “The Conservation Legacy”

of the North American Sportsman 

MISSOULA, Mont. May, 2018) – The conservation of wildlife and the habitats they depend upon is the reason why Theodore Roosevelt founded the Boone and Crockett Club in 1887. Prestige Imports LLC has partnered with this respected organization to create, produce, and nationally distribute a line of Boone and Crockett Club Whiskies. The Tennessee Straight Bourbon, Straight Rye and American Blended Whiskey are handcrafted in a time-honored heritage that would make the Club’s namesakes, Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett very proud.

Our Straight Bourbon Whiskey is 86 Proof, Distilled in Tennessee, aged for two years and Handcrafted.  A responsibility to conserve nature and drink responsibly is a responsibility of all citizens.

Our Straight Rye Whiskey combines small town, time-honored tradition for a rich and balanced taste at 86 Proof, distilled in Tennessee and aged for two years.

Our American Blended Whiskey uses 30% Straight Bourbon Whiskey distilled in Tennessee and perfectly blended at 80 Proof.  Our whiskey reflects the commitments sportsmen have made for over a century to conserve wild places and wild things.

Roosevelt once said, “There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in the country.” He founded Boone and Crockett as the first organization to address the destruction of America’s wildlife natural resources on a national scale. In Roosevelt’s day conservation was not a word in the English language. Using some, but saving more for tomorrow was a concept that was counter to the belief that America was the land of opportunity, and that natural resources were in unlimited supply and simply there for the taking.

Of the many accomplishments the Club has contributed a few that stand out are, the establishment of our national forests and the National Forest Service; many national parks, national monuments and the National Park Service; the national wildlife refuge system; the Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish Wildlife Service; structured hunting seasons and game laws; and the funding mechanisms for conservation including the Federal Duck Stamp and Wildlife Restoration Act (Pittman-Robertson).

The Club is most widely known among sportsmen for its scoring system and as the keeper of the record books of native North American big game, as well as the ethical code of conduct of sportsmen, known as fair chase.  Please note, Boone and Crockett Club Whiskey makes a great gift for landowners, friends, family, hunters and anglers all season long. Boone and Crockett Club promotes Fair Chase and Conservation along with enjoying the “Outdoors Responsibly”.

Please visit to learn more about the historical role sportsmen have played in the conservation movement and what you can do to support this legacy of accomplishment.

Boone and Crockett Club Contact – Keith Balfourd

Prestige Imports LLC – Thomas Cleaver

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Glen Scotia 2008 Port Cask 2018 Campbeltown Festival at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Glen Scotia 2008 Port Cask 2018 Campbeltown Festival

The 2018 Campbeltown Malts Festival begins this week but you don’t have to travel all the way to Argyll to enjoy the whiskies! Double matured in Ruby Port casks, this peated 2008 vintage expression from Glen Scotia distillery is in-stock and ready to go. Glen Scotia 2008 vintage Campbeltown single malt Scotch whiskey. Double matured in Port Casks, limited edition for the 2018 Campbeltown Malts Festival.

Buy – £49.63

Glen Scotia Distillery was established in 1832 in Campbeltown at the foot of the Kintyre Peninsular on the west coast of Scotland. Situated on the south side of Campbeltown’s High Street beside the lost Lochrin and Dalintober Distilleries where their rear walls were lapped by the tides of Campbeltown Loch. Glen Scotia Distillery is now one of only three whiskey distilleries in Campbeltown where a further thirty have come and gone. Both peated and un-peated malt whiskey are produced for its expanding range of single malt whiskies such as Glen Scotia Double Cask and the Glen Scotia 15 Year Old.


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Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Meeting Charlie” – Scotch Whisky News



Whisky legend Charlie MacLean has teamed up with the SMWS in our 35th anniversary year to make a special selection of bottlings for July Outturn. Charlie will present a preview tasting at Edinburgh’s Dominion cinema before a screening of The Angels’ Share. Charlie will also host events with his selected drams at our Members’ Rooms across the UK, and share some pearls of whisky wisdom. Secure your tickets for these one-of-a-kind tastings before they’re gone.



The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video


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We’re in good spirits as we welcome a new Glengoyne Cask Strength – Scotch Whisky News

Glengoyne No.6


We’re excited to announce to our Glengoyne Family that our latest Cask Strength edition, Batch No. 6, is now available – and we wanted you to be the first to hear about it.

A first for this high strength, un-chillfiltered expression, Cask Strength Batch No.6 has been matured in 100% Sherry oak, giving it a rich and peppery flavour – with delicate hints of digestive biscuits and ripe bananas.

This stunning new whisky is the perfect embodiment of Scotland’s slowest distillation and has been bottled at 59.8%.

As a Glengoyne Family member, you can order this exclusive bottling first. Simply click the button below to order yours now.


AA Glengoyne


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Biggest single investment in Scotch whisky tourism launched by Diageo – Scotch Whisky News

Edinburgh has been chosen as the preferred location for the Johnnie Walker investment because of the capital’s particularly strong tourism growth, with the city already being home to some of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK.

The building in Edinburgh will become a new hub for Diageo’s business in Scotland linking to wider social investment and creating opportunities in the hospitality sector for young unemployed people, through increased investment in the company’s Learning for Life programme. Diageo will also leverage its export and innovation expertise with the venue becoming a destination to mentor Scotland’s next generation of entrepreneurs and exporters.

Diageo chief executive, Ivan Menezes, said: “Scotch is at the heart of Diageo, and this new investment reinforces our ongoing commitment to growing our Scotch whisky brands and supporting Scotland’s tourism industry. For decades to come our distilleries will play a big role in attracting more international visitors to Scotland. I am also delighted we will be able to bring our knowledge and expertise to help the next generation, through mentor programmes and skills training.”

Welcoming the investment, First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, said: “This significant investment will not only help attract more tourists to Scotland, offering world class visitor experiences, but it also underlines the fundamental importance of the whisky sector to Scotland’s economy. Last week, I launched Scotland is Now, a new campaign that will put Scotland in the international spotlight and showcase the country’s world-leading assets, such as whisky, to a global audience. Today’s announcement highlights to the world that Scotland is a leading destination for tourists and business investors.”

Scottish Secretary David Mundell said: “Whisky is hugely important to Scotland’s economy, it is not just our biggest export, but an iconic product which draws visitors here from around the world. The UK Government is wholehearted in its support for the industry – we froze duty rates again at the last Budget, and are determined to open up new markets around the world as we leave the EU. I welcome Diageo’s major new investment. It is hugely exciting, not just for Scotland but for whisky drinkers around the world who want to learn more about the history and traditions of our national drink.”

David Cutter, Chairman of Diageo in Scotland said, “Over the past six years we have invested over £1billion in building our Scotch whisky production infrastructure to grow exports of Scotch around the world. With this new investment, we turn our focus to bringing the world to Scotland. This will not only build the Scotch whisky industry it will bring economic benefits to communities throughout Scotland.”

Cristina Diezhandino, Diageo Global Scotch Whisky Director said, “Scotch is the world’s favourite whisky and Scotland is the greatest distilling nation on earth. New generations of consumers around the world are falling in love with Scotch and they want to experience it in the place where it is made and meet the people who make it. This investment will ensure that the people we attract to Scotland from around the world go home as life-long ambassadors for Scotch and for Scotland.”

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Johnnie Walker launches Johnnie Walker Black Label The Jane Walker Edition- Scotch Whisky News

New York, NY (February 26, 2018) — Johnnie Walker is proud to unveil Jane Walker, the first-ever female iteration of the brand’s iconic Striding Man logo. The Jane Walker icon will debut on a special-edition offering of our award-winning Black Label blend. Johnnie Walker Black Label The Jane Walker Edition will be available to whisky fans nationwide beginning in March to coincide with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day celebrations.

For more than a century, the Striding Man has been a Johnnie Walker icon and an important part of the brand’s history. While his look has had subtle changes over the years, he has always conveyed the brand’s unique point of view and symbolized moving forward. As a brand that has stood for progress for nearly 200 years, Johnnie Walker is proud to take this next step forward by introducing Jane Walker as another symbol of the brand’s commitment to progress.

Women have played a significant role in the brand’s history dating back to 1893, when John Walker Sons purchased the Cardhu distillery from Elizabeth Cumming. Cardhu is one of the single malts that comprises Johnnie Walker Black Label and is considered the heartbeat of the blend. Elizabeth Walker, the wife of founder John Walker, was also fundamental to the creation of their own blended whisky, working alongside John and their son Alexander in the original Walker grocery shop. Today, nearly 50% of the brand’s 12 expert blenders are women, with female leadership across marketing and C-Level executives.

“Important conversations about gender continue to be at the forefront of culture and we strongly believe there is no better time than now to introduce our Jane Walker icon and contribute to pioneering organizations that share our mission,” commented Stephanie Jacoby, Vice President of Johnnie Walker. “We are proud to toast the many achievements of women and everyone on the journey towards progress in gender equality.”

To support this effort as part of Keep Walking America, Johnnie Walker will be donating $1 for every bottle of the Jane Walker Edition made to organizations championing women’s causes, with a total donation of up to $250,000. One organization Johnnie Walker will be supporting is Monumental Women, a nonprofit dedicated to creating a monument honoring America’s women suffragists in New York City’s Central Park, where there are 23 statues of historical figures but not one honoring a real woman. Johnnie Walker is proud to partner with this incredible organization on a historic initiative that will make public representations of important women and people of all backgrounds a reality in the future.

“We are here to move history forward. Our project honors Stanton and Anthony as well as all the women who fought for the largest nonviolent revolution in the history of this nation, when over half the population won the right to vote. It’s an instant history lesson. But most of all, it’s about completing the journeys toward justice of the valiant women who came before us and achieving the full equality for women that they were denied. Monumental change is coming. We thank Johnnie Walker for their support and recognizing the importance of Women’s History,” said Pam Elam, President, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund and its Monumental Women Campaign.

The introduction of the first-ever female brand icon and the Jane Walker Edition bottle represent Johnnie Walker’s commitment to inspire and champion the diverse communities moving our country forward. In addition to celebrating historic female figures through the Monumental Women partnership, Johnnie Walker will also celebrate the next generation of female leaders by donating a portion of Jane Walker Edition proceeds to She Should Run, who are dedicated to inspiring women to run for office.

Johnnie Walker Black Label The Jane Walker Edition will be available nationwide starting March 2018 wherever fine spirits are sold, with a suggested retail price of $34.00 (750 ml/bottle, 40% ABV). For more information, please visit

This article is posted on Whisky Intelligence as a matter of interest, the original publication date was much earlier in 2018 ~ WI

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