GlenDronach 1993 26yo & Old Pulteney 2006 #1448 Single Casks at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

GlenDronach 1993 26 Year Old #7434

This Speyside single malt was distilled at GlenDronach in July 1993 and laid down in a single Oloroso puncheon to mature for more than a quarter of a century. Bottled in 2019 at a natural cask strength of 54.2% abv, this 26-year-old expression has been specially selected for The Whisky Shop customers. Only 665 bottles have been filled, each one individually numbered.


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Don’t miss Old Pulteney 2006 #1448

This single malt was distilled in 2006 at Old Pulteney in Wick, Caithness. Matured for more than a decade in cask #1448, this expression was selected for bottling in 2019 as a limited edition exclusively for members of The W Club. Only 276 individually numbered bottles have been filled, each one presented at a natural cask strength of 51.4% abv.

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Springbank Society News – Scotch Whisky News

Society Release 

We would like to thank you for your patience while we prepare the next society release.  We have had to delay the society bottling while we try to bottle and ship our regular releases before the current Brexit deadline to ensure our markets have sufficient stock in time for the busy festive period.  We are however using this time to work on a new online platform for members where you will be able to order future society bottles.  This is part of a program of planned initiatives to give our dedicated members the best possible experience from the society.  The next bottling will be available in November.

Longrow 21

History in the making! We are introducing a new member to the Longrow family, the Longrow 21yo. A historic moment for the distillery and Longrow as we continue to grow older stocks of whisky, allowing us to expand our range.  This will be available to purchase from Friday 18th October and will be available in all our existing markets worldwide,  although availability in each market will vary due to shipping schedules. The Campbeltown Cadenhead’s shop will be selling this bottle for £185.00 and, as with our Springbank 21yo, there will be a £10.00 discount for Society members.

In the interest of your fellow Society members, we ask that you refrain from posting this information on Social Media.

A new addition…

We would like to formally welcome Nicole Lindsay to the Springbank Sales Team as our new Regional Sales Manager.  Nicole hales from Islay where she worked at Kilchoman Distillery as the Visitor Centre Manager.  Nicole looks forward to meeting you on the road and will be at Whisky Live Taipei showcasing Kilkerran on the 9 – 10th November, so make sure and say hello if you’re attending!


The Springbank Team

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Glen Grant with Robin Coupar at The Whisky Shop #SFO Oct 19th, 2019 – Scotch Whisky News

Saturday October 19th 2-5 PM

Glen Grant with Robin Coupar 

Join us for a tasting of Glen Grant single malt scotch presented by whisky expert and reknowned brand ambassador Robin Coupar!

Established in 1840, the centuries-old Speyside malt remains one of the biggest selling single malts in the world. Guest will be treated to rare favorites and new releases from the centuries old distillery, with whisky experts present for all your scotch questions.

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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

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Ardbeg 19 Year “Traigh Bhan” Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

Ardbeg 19 Year “Traigh Bhan” Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

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SKU #1439409

Named after Islay’s Traigh Bhan beach, known locally as the Singing Sands, the whisky will be available in limited batches produced on an annual basis. The whisky’s recipe is set to change with each batch, creating subtle differences between future iterations. Each batch of Ardbeg Traigh Bhan will feature a unique code on the carton and bottle, which drinkers can enter into the distillery’s website to find out more about the story of the whisky. Dr Bill Lumsden, Ardbeg’s director of distilling, whisky creation and whisky stocks, said, “A new, permanent aged Ardbeg is a rare occurrence, and cause for celebration. We hope that, by slightly tweaking the batch recipe year-on-year, Ardbeggians can have some fun exploring the finer details of this ever-changing dram.” Matured in American oak and ex-oloroso Sherry casks before being bottled at 46.2% abv, Ardbeg Traigh Bhan’s 2019 expression is said to have “intense and rugged notes of smoked chili, chocolate, and paprika with waves of toasted oak and roasted tea leaves on the palate.”

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Brexit – whatever happens…there will always be whisky – Scotch Whisky News

The Society is a place for fun and light-hearted whisky chat where we leave politics at the door so forgive us while we turn serious for a moment and address the UK’s situation with regard to leaving the European Union.

Since the UK voted for Brexit in 2016, we have been following developments closely, although like everyone else we’d need a crystal ball to accurately predict what might happen after October 31.

Whatever transpires, we’re confident we have the measures in place to ensure the continued supply of our bottles to our members in Europe. However, we’re also aware that if Brexit does take place on 31 October we may face some delays in delivery.

With that in mind, we’ve pulled together some multi-bottle deals, exclusively for our EU members, which we hope will keep you stocked up in case our delivery times are slightly longer than normal.

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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Whisky Hammer October 2019 Auction Now Live – Auction Whisky News

October auction is now LIVE!

Place your bids from Friday 18th October until Sunday 27th October at

Every month, we present an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits to our members right across the globe. You will find everything here from limited edition releases and vintage bottles to whole casks of rare whisky. There is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest or enjoy!

Highland Park 50 Year Old 

Longmorn 1961 (Private Collection) from Gordon MacPhail 

Macallan 30 Year Old (1989) Hogshead #2807 

Selling whisky? Why not arrange the pick-up of your bottles using our global courier service? If you’re based in Scotland, you might want to arrange the personal collection of your bottles. Wherever you’re based in the world, we will make getting your bottles into our monthly auction as simple as possible. Get in touch with the Whisky Hammer team now by dropping them a message at

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Knob Creek® Bourbon Introduces Limited Time Expression Knob Creek® Quarter Oak – American Whiskey News

Clermont, KY – Knob Creek® Bourbon, a leader in the Small Batch Bourbon category for more than 25 years, is excited to announce a new, limited edition bourbon in its award-winning portfolio, Knob Creek® Quarter Oak. This special, limited-time release uses a secondary finishing approach to continue the vision founding distiller Booker Noe set for Knob Creek decades ago: to craft bourbon with the fullest flavors characteristic of pre-prohibition style.

With its latest release, Knob Creek explores and deepens the influence of oak on its flagship bourbon. Knob Creek Quarter Oak takes the brand’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, crafted in the pre-prohibition style fans expect from Knob Creek, and finishes it for a minimum of four years in quarter cask, American oak barrels to increase the amount of contact between the whiskey and wood. A small amount of this unique, secondarily finished whiskey – which delivers richer notes of oak – is then mingled with Knob Creek® Kentucky Straight Bourbon to create the final product that boasts a harmonious balance of oak influence and traditional, sweeter notes.

“When Dad created Knob Creek in the early 90s, he wanted to bring back the big, bold flavors that bourbon offered before the days of Prohibition,” said Fred Noe, Booker’s son and Beam Family 7th Generation Master Distiller. “Dad loved to experiment in his quest for flavor, and I like to think we carry on that same spirit today with releases like this. Finishing our full-flavored liquid in quarter casks delivers a really nice, deepened wood flavor to the bourbon our fans enjoy.”

Knob Creek Quarter Oak is bottled with the following characteristics:

  • Proof: 100
  • Color: Dark Honey
  • Aroma: A nice blend of brown sweets, char and toasted oak with hints of dried fruits
  • Taste: Sweet, heavy oak with background notes of char, dried fruits and brown spices
  • Finish: Slightly sweet charred oak with a lingering dryness
  • Cocktail Suggestion: Knob Creek® Quarter Oak Collins 
      • 2 parts Knob Creek® Quarter Oak
      • 1 part simple syrup
      • ¾ part lemon juice
      • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
      • 1 part soda water
    • Combine all ingredients except soda water into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake 10-15 seconds until well chilled. Separate tins and add a splash of soda water into the cocktail. Top the tin with a strainer and strain slowly into a Collins glass filled with ice.
    • Garnish with a lemon wheel and brandied cherries.

Knob Creek Quarter Oak is now available nationwide with a Suggested Retail Price of $49.99 for a 750mL bottle.

For more information about Knob Creek Quarter Oak and Knob Creek’s award-winning bourbon and rye portfolios, please visit or visit with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Knob Creek® Bourbon
Part of the original small batch bourbon collection from Kentucky, Knob Creek® Bourbon has set the standard for super-premium bourbon for more than 25 years, crafting an extraordinary full-flavored bourbon with a rich taste. Introduced in 1992 by founding distiller Booker Noe, who pioneered the small batch bourbon movement, all Knob Creek expressions are patiently aged in new, maximum charred American Oak barrels and bottled in unique flask-shaped packaging. No matter the expression, Knob Creek’s hard-earned flavor is crafted without shortcuts, and upholds the standards for what great whiskey ought to be. In recent years, Knob Creek has expanded its portfolio, introducing Knob Creek® Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon (120 proof/60% alcohol by volume) in 2011, Knob Creek Straight Rye Whiskey (100 proof/50% alcohol by volume) in 2012, Knob Creek Single Barrel Select Rye Whiskey (115 proof/57.5% alcohol by volume) and Knob Creek Cask Strength Rye Whiskey, a limited-edition offering, (119.6 proof/ 59.8% alcohol by volume), both introduced in 2018.

About Beam Suntory Inc.
As a world leader in premium spirits, Beam Suntory inspires human connections. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands, Suntory whisky Kakubin and Courvoisier cognac, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s and Legent bourbon; Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki and Toki Japanese whisky; Teacher’s, Laphroaig and Bowmore Scotch whisky; Canadian Club whisky; Hornitos and Sauza tequila; EFFEN, Haku and Pinnacle vodka; Sipsmith and Roku gin; and Midori liqueur.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and vision of Growing for Good.  Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan.  For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit and

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Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2020 – Whisky News

Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2020

* Sazerac sweeps the board in World Whisky of the Year awards.
* Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2020 hands US distiller unique 1-2-3.
* Rags-to-riches 1792 Full Proof Bourbon is planet’s finest.

Jim Murray has handed an unprecedented triple crown to Kentucky whiskey in the latest edition of his best-selling annual Whisky Bible.

And on unveiling the 2020 World Whisky of the Year Awards, the renowned Industry guru has created another first by giving all top three accolades for the finest new drams on earth to the same whiskey company, New Orleans-based Sazerac.

Top prize of World Whisky of the Year goes to the 1792 Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon from the Barton 1792 distillery, a whiskey Jim Murray describes as “melodious, mysterious and slightly exotic” with a nose of “near-perfect proportions” and with an “unfaltering” finish when tasted.

Only 25 years ago, Jim Murray branded Barton the worst distillery in Kentucky – but now, under Sazerac stewardship, it has become the world champion.

The runners-up – from 1,250 new drams tasted by Jim Murray this year – are both Buffalo Trace brands: bourbon William Larue Weller 125.7 proof, the latest version of last year’s victor, and Thomas Handy Sazerac Rye 127.2 proof.

Jim Murray said: “There will be eyebrows raised and claims of favouritism which, of course, is never the case with the Whisky Bible: I call it exactly as I see it. Once I knew the top three were from the same company, I spent two extra days running through my top ten whiskies once more…and the results came out exactly the same!

“For the 1792 Distillery to win World Whisky of the Year is extraordinary because when I first went there some 25 years ago, the then-owners had no interest in high-end whiskey. The oldest they produced was a 6-year-old which I thought was one of the most complex on the market but still undercooked. I implored them then to bring out something much older.

“It is wonderful that my gut instinct of 25 years ago has been vindicated under the ownership of Sazerac, who have turned a potentially great distillery into something truly magnificent.

“If anyone tries to convince you the romance of whiskey is dead and gone or has all been confected then don’t you believe them. For where else could such an ugly duckling become so beautiful a swan?”

Sazerac president Mark Brown said: “To not only be named World Whisky of the Year but also to have our whiskeys named second and third finest is astonishing. We could not be happier or more motivated to continue to strive for perfection in the American whiskeys we make.”

Sectional winners include: the Taiwanese Nantou Distillery Omar Cask Strength Bourbon Cask (Single Cask of the Year); Glen Grant Aged 18 Years Rare Edition (Scotch); Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost Rare (Blended Scotch); Penderyn Single Cask no.M75-32 (European); Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt (Japanese).


Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2020 contains taste notes for around 5,000 drams. Available from 17/10/19 at all good bookshops, retailers and, priced £14.99. Press enquiries: Vincent Flint-Hill +44 (0)117 317 9777;

Our mailing address is:

Dram Good Books Ltd
Unit 2, Barnstones Business Park
Towcester, Northants  NN12 8JJ
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Malt Whisky Yearbook 2020

Rond deze tijd van het jaar is het altijd uitkijken naar Ingvar Ronde’s Malt Whisky Yearbook. Opnieuw steekt het boek tjokvol interessante artikels van top notch whiskyschrijvers als Gavin D Smith, Jonny McCormick, Ian Winiewski, Neil Ridly, Charles MacLean en Joel Harrison.

Traditiegetrouw staat de informatie over alle operationele Schotse distilleerderijen en hun laatste releases, Japanse whisky en nieuwe, maar ook gesloten distilleerderijen, centraal.

Tussen de distilleerderijprofielen publiceerde Ingvar interview met zogenaamde Pioneers of Whisky, allemaal whiskymakers die aan het begin van hun avontuur staan. Zo kan je onder andere kennismaken met Annabel Thomas van Ncnéan, Desiree Whitaker van Cardrona, David Vitale van Starward en David Zibell van Golani.

De goed gestoffeerde artikels in deze editie zijn wederom erg boeiend:

  • Foreign Ownership of Sctoch Whisky
  • The Feast From the Yeast
  • Supermarket Sweep
  • Whisky Regions – are they still relevant
  • Innovations Within Boundaries

Het zijn stuk voor stuk informatieve en goed geschreven artikels.

Het tweede deel van het boek wordt gedomineerd door statistieken, distilleerderijen wereldwijd, onafhankelijke bottelaars en de op handen zijnde nieuwe releases.

Het jaarboek is sinds begin oktober beschikbaar bij verschillende Whiviesponsors en hoort in elke whisky-liefhebbers boekenkast te staan. Het is mijn ‘go to’ boek voor informatie tijdens het schrijven van notes en artikels en het enige boek dat constant op mijn bureau ligt. Een échte whisky bijbel! En dat alles voor niet eens 20 EUR!

(Thank you, Ingvar, for signing my copy!)

Malt Whisky Yearbook 2020
298 pagina’s, Engels
Ingvar Ronde
MagDig Media Ltd
ISBN 978-0-9576553-6-2

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Diageo Special Releases 2019 (+prices)

Special Releases 2019 + price - Diageo

Special Releases 2019 + price - Diageo

Diageo Special Releases: Mortlach, Glen Ord, Pittyvaich

Diageo Special Releases: Mortlach, Glen Ord, Pittyvaich



Diageo has announced the Special Releases 2019, themed “Rare by Nature”. For the first time it seems there is a visual theme in the whole series, with these jungle / retro plant motifs and animals. Most whiskies are in the same bottles and nicely match in terms of colour and identity. Although this is a nice touch, I suspect some people may be disappointed that whiskies are not presented in their own traditional brand identity (e.g. the typical Lagavulin dark bottle), breaking their collection a little.

Here are the confirmed details, including the recommended prices. I hope to add my tasting notes in the future.

  • Cardhu 14 Year Old
    55%, Amontillado casks, around € 140
  • Cragganmore 12 Year Old
    58,4%, smoky version, around € 100
  • Dalwhinnie 30 Year Old
    54,7%, around € 600
  • Lagavulin 12 Year Old
    56,5%, around € 130
  • Mortlach 26 Year Old
    53,3%, 3888 btl., around € 1800
    First-fill Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso seasoned casks
  • Pittyvaich 29 Year Old 1989
    51,4%, 5568 btl., around € 390
    Finished in Oloroso PX seasoned casks
  • Talisker 15 Year Old
    57,3%, around € 130
  • Singleton of Glen Ord 18 Year Old
    55%, around € 150
    “lively rich fruit spiced oak”, probably sherry matured


Cask Strength Special Releases

Perhaps a little underwhelming (or accessible, depending on your view). The Special Releases are starting to become a series known for their cask strength rather than for exceptionally old releases from distilleries that are otherwise unavailable. We used to have 30-40 year-old whiskies at the top, now it’s mostly 10-20 years of age. No special blend this year, no grain whiskies either.

That said, I’m looking forward to the Talisker at cask strength, the Mortlach from first-fill sherry casks and the Pittyvaich which is hopefully along the lines of last year’s offering. That Mortlach is so expensive though!


Buy Special Releases 2019

The Special Releases 2019 can already be (pre-)ordered through The Whisky Exchange or Whisky Shop. Other retailers will probably follow soon.



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