A Bridge To Another Time— K&L Exclusives “Carsebridge 52 Year Old & Cameronbridge 26 Year Old” – Scotch Whisky News


Spectacular Single Grains that Harken Back to a Bygone Time

A large proportion of Scotch over the last 50 years was produced at two distilleries located in Fife near the Firth of Forth. The Cameronbridge and Carsebridge are two of the largest whisky distilleries in history. Both adopted the new grain distillation technology developed by the Irish inventor Aeneas Coffey in the mid 19th century. This new technology allowed for the production of vast amounts of whisky at a fraction of the cost, and the early adoption of the new technology is part of what made Scotch whisky so popular around the world for so long.

The light, low flavor whisky was used to cut and soften the more powerful single malts, which had previously not been readily exported in bottle. But the new-found style had appeal and value that single malt scotch did not. The merits of blending are what pushed Scotch whisky to the forefront of the industry. While the common trope in the old guard of Scotch drinkers is that single malt is the way to go, we’re slowly starting to open up the world of single grain. As it has become clear to a growing number of curious drinkers, single grain is so special—different, but special. It might take 30 years for the stuff to start tasting good, but when it does it can truly change one’s mind about the category.

These two Bridge distilleries, one long closed and the other now the largest grain distillery in Europe, represent the very best of what single grain has to offer: wonderful nuance, subtle but distinct character, and stupendous value. We’re moving into a new period of appreciation for this entire category, and there’s no better place to get great grain whisky than KL.


1991 Cameronbridge 26 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($79.99)

This is a sister cask to our huge hit with the 25 year old Cameronrbridge earlier in the year. The only difference now is that it comes in a year older. Cameronbridge is one of Diageo’s workhorse grain whisky distilleries, creating the backbone for its world famous brands like Johnnie Walker and White Horse, while simultaneously serving as the home for grain neutral products like Tanqueray and Pimm’s. The dual purpose site is one of the biggest producers of spirit in the UK and because of that volume we can secure incredible pricing on very old whisky. If you have followed our single grain bottlings over the years, you will know what is to be had here. If you are new to old grain stocks, this is the perfect introduction. It’s luscious, incredibly smooth, and shows a beautiful array of fruit, wood, and spice. All at an extraordinary price for the age.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 13, 2018

This tiny cask of Cameronbridge is one of the oddest and most interesting grains we’ve ever bottled. Full of green, almost oceany, flavors it’s nothing like most of the middle aged grains we buy. Powerful aromas of salty moss, old oak and forest floor continue on the palate, but are bolstered by sweet oak and funky spice. The twinge of mushroom character and fresh forest floor notes have the strangest similarity to one my favorite distillers—Springbank. Not that we’re in the same territory, but more like an allusion—the literary device of grain whisky. A fun one to be sure and considering the odd nature and low output, this one likely won’t last too much longer.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 01, 2018

Creamy vanilla, soft brioche, caramelized sugar. This is a little sugar and spice and everything nice for your winter holiday cheer. A lively citrus note keeps things particularly festive. A bit of maple syrup and caramel round out the brighter sweet tones with a heavier bass note. Just a faint herbal thread in the background keeps things from getting cloyingly sweet and provides enough backbone to still call this sweeter-than-usual grain whisky balanced. It’s an easy choice on this one, as I’m fairly confident no one would be disappointed to have this in their glass.


1965 Carsebridge 52 Year Old “Sovereign” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($349.99)

Closed in 1983, the once prolific stocks of Carsebridge are running low. At one time the large grain distillery in the town of Alloa was one of Scotland’s biggest. When the whiskey industry fell on hard times due to massive oversupply, Carsebridge was an early victim and eventually was completely demolished in 1992. Diageo, the outgrowth of DCL, did retain the cooperage for some years, but even that was closed in 2011. It’s not every day that we get to the see the whiskies of yore and have access to them at such reasonable prices. Distilled in 1965, this beauty has spent 52 long years in a refill hogshead and it has naturally proofed itself down to a very drinkable 43.4% alcohol. Never bottled as an official distillery bottling, the only Carsebridge to ever reach the open market is in the form of independent bottlings of well aged stocks. Unfortunately, those days too are likely coming to a close as it is becoming harder and harder to find these ancient whiskies.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 13, 2018

It’s still incredible to me that we’re still able to sell whisky distilled before the moon landing. This whisky, likely forgotten somewhere deep in a dank Scottish warehouse, survived the blenders for more than a half century to end up here in our store. What’s even more incredible is how overtly delicious this one is. The concentration after 50+ years creates an aromatic character almost like cognac, but without the syrupy sweetness. You’d expect the thing to be bitter with extracted oak by this age, but you’d be wrong. It’s sweet, nutty and packed full of rancio fruit. This is a singular experience that just can’t be had anywhere else in the whisky drinking world. A steal and a deal considering the only other 50+ year old grain whisky being sold in the States costs $900 and a sister cask of this same whisky costs $550 in London.

William Beare | KL Staff Member | Review Date: January 08, 2019

Drinking whiskey this old is like watching your grandpa dance. After too many years some whiskeys just lose a bit of luster. The hop goes out of their two-step. But when you find one who still can move, it’s captivating and beautiful. It’s pure grace with the added value of wisdom lending efficiency to every step and movement. The Carsebridge 52 makes me think of Christopher Walken at 60 years old nailing perfect plié after perfect plié in the lobby of the LA Grand Hotel for a music video. It’s so elegant, right from the nose, giving waves of dulce de leche, soft brown leather, and cardamom spice. And– true to my simile– simply dances across your tongue, smooth as can be. As some of my colleagues noted, the fruit takes a few sips to emerge, but dried apricot comes out on the finish, along with a bit of salted caramel pudding, and soft layers of cedar cigar box. Magnificent!

Jackson Lee | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 28, 2018

Nothing like Scotch for breakfast; what better way to start your day than with a 52-year-old dram? Before I even had my coffee I was pouring a sample into my glass when I found it on my desk this morning. If this didn’t wake me up, my coffee had no chance, but any residual grogginess evaporated and was instead replaced by heavenly wafts of rich brown sugar, candied figs, strawberries and cream with a little tangerine peel timidly showing through. If you’ve never had a 52-year-old Scotch for breakfast, you’re missing out. The texture alone was ethereal: light yet silky, super smooth with notes of marzipan and canned mandarin oranges. The finish was long, reminding me of a fruit salad cup, strawberry gummies, and butterscotch with a nice warmth to remind me that while it is not a major food group, it’s still exciting to mix up your morning routine.

Cameron Price | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2018

A beautiful single grain whisky that presents a luscious caramel and toffee nose with a side of shortbread. It’s as smooth as smooth comes, like a rich golden river of love streaming into your stomach.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2018

Myyyyyyy goodness! Honey and baking spices jump out of the glass followed by scents of toasty caramels, juicy summer peaches, and fresh cherries. The palate is incredibly smooth and not over-oaked at all despite its considerable age, ending with flavors of toffee-covered nuts.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2018

“If I could save time in a bottle/The first thing that I’d like to do/Is to save every day/’Til eternity passes away/Just to spend them with you” Sovereign has done the hard work of capturing time in a bottle. At first blush, this whisky is quite dry, but after a sip or two a shocking amount of fruit presents itself. It’s lush with stone fruits and pears. For those who prize “smooth” above all else in their whisky, it is impossible to surpass the rich, velvety quality of this dram. Darker notes of milk chocolate and dusty cocoa weave in and out of the glass. The angel’s share of this cask is enormous. It’s one of 157 bottles and proofed naturally to 43.4% alcohol. For comparison, most hogshead barrels yield about 250 bottles. Those are some thirsty angels, and with one taste, it’s obvious why.

Alex Schroeder | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2018

This grain whisky is very vivacious on the nose: hints of stone fruit, honey, spice, saw dust, and unsweetened dark chocolate. On the palate, it is naturally proofed down to 43% abv, so it is incredibly smooth to drink. It leaves warm, toasty flavors of caramel, cream, vanilla, dark cocoa, and honeyed cereals lingering for over a minute. The complexity and integration are stunning after 52 years sitting in the barrel. What a special treat to taste such an old, lively whisky!


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/a-bridge-to-another-time-kl-exclusives-carsebridge-52-year-old-cameronbridge-26-year-old-scotch-whisky-news/

Forty Creek Rye Named 2019 Whisky of the Year – Canadian Whisky Awards 2019


Forty Creek Rye Named 2019 Whisky of the Year

VICTORIA, Jan. 18, 2019 / – The best whisky in Canada is an all-rye whisky, distilled 22 years ago at Forty Creek Distillery in Grimsby, Ontario.

After blind tastings of well over 100 whiskies, 10 independent whisky experts have declared Forty Creek 22-year-old Rye as Canadian Whisky of the Year in the ninth annual Canadian Whisky Awards.

Held each January at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria, BC, as part of the Victoria Whisky Festival, the Canadian Whisky Awards recognize the very best whiskies produced in Canada.

Awards founder, Davin de Kergommeaux described Forty Creek 22 year-old Rye as: “A huge, yet elegant rye whisky, just bursting with complex flavours.”

Other top accolades went to whiskies from JP Wiser’s, Canadian Club, Crown Royal, and Gooderham and Worts. Forty Creek founder, John K. Hall was announced as the first member of the Canadian Whisky Hall of Fame, while Dr. Don Livermore was named the Blender of the Year.

“Every year the whiskies are just that much better than the year before,” said de Kergommeaux as he revealed the winners. “Top whiskies from five or six years ago might earn a silver medal today. The competition is that intense.”

As the Canada’s pre-eminent Canadian whisky competition, the independent judging panel, served up some surprise honours to relative newcomers such as Saskatchewan’s Last Mountain distillery which took home top spot as Microdistillery of the Year.

If this year’s record setting submissions are an indication, Canadian whisky fans have an extremely exciting 2019 to look forward to.

Note to editors:

About the Canadian Whisky Awards The Canadian Whisky Awards, held annually in conjunction with the Victoria Whisky Festival, recognize the very best Canadian whiskies and encourage distillers to maintain the highest quality standards. To qualify, the whisky must be distilled and matured in Canada. An independent panel of whisky experts selects the winners after tasting each whisky blind. Operated on a not-for-profit basis, the Canadian Whisky Awards are fully independent of the Canadian whisky industry.

Photo caption: Forty Creek distiller, Bill Ashburn (centre) accepts the award for Whisky of the Year from head judge and awards founder, Davin de Kergommeaux (l), and co-host Heather Leary (r).

Photo Credit: Jen Steele

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/forty-creek-rye-named-2019-whisky-of-the-year-canadian-whisky-awards-2019/

Park Avenue Liquor Shop “#10yearchallenge = 10% Off 10 Year Olds” – Whisky News

Park Ave

10% OFF Select 10 Year Olds

May as well make the #10yearchallenge viral sensation work to your advantage

Oh silly social media!

The latest viral trend sweeping through social media platforms is the #10yearchallenge – Basically people are just posting images of themselves next to an image of them 10 years later. We know ~ Fascinating. So while you’re currently being subjected to this viral sensation we thought we’d turn it into a fun opportunity for you. The listed 10 year old spirits in this email are 10% Off through the end of January. Only these select bottles.

Use the Promo Code: 10YEAR (in Caps) 

Please contact us with any questions and don’t forget to RSVP if you’re interested in attending our ‘Burns Night’ after-hours single-malt scotch tasting on the 25th.  

Jonathan, Eric Marlon
The Park Avenue Liquor Shop
270 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016



WhistlePig 10 Year Old Straight Rye 

Nose: Allspice, orange peel, anise, oak, char and caramel

Palate: Sweet, hints of caramel and vanilla, followed by rye­spice and mint

Finish: Long finish, warm butterscotch and caramel.

PRICE: $90



 Ardbeg 10 Year Old Islay Single Malt  

“For peat lovers, Ardbeg 10 Year Old is probably the highest-quality ‘entry-level’ single malt on the market, and the distillery many Islay connoisseurs would choose as their favorite. A whirlwind of peat and complex malty flavors”.  

PRICE: $75



Widow Jane 10 Year Old Straight Bourbon 

AROMA:  Butter, cream and toffee.

TASTE: Honey and cherry wood. 

FINISH: Charred oak, orange peel and smooth spicy finish.

PRICE: $85



Yame ‘Eight Goddesess’ 10 Year Old

Japanese Whisky 

Yame – Eight Goddesses – is a Japanese Whisky blended from whiskies matured in oak for 10-13 years inspired by the mythical Yametsu Hime said to protect the scenic mountainous beauty of the Yame Region, home of the famed Kitaya distillery.

Super Mellow, Delicate notes of Vanilla interlaced with Citrus.

PRICE: $65



– Bushmills 10 Year Old –

Single Malt Irish Whiskey 

“A superb 10 year old Irish single malt and winner of Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey at the 2007 World Whiskies Awards.  Aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-oloroso sherry casks.

The Wisky Bible previously awarded  Bushmills 10 year old 92.5 points.

Nose: Banana skins.

Palate: Medium, very fruity, chocolate pudding.

Finish: Floral, tannic”.

PRICE: $63



 – Ben Nevis 10 Year Old –  

Single Malt Scotch 

Ben Nevis 10 Year Old is a superb introduction to the distillery’s style. Full-bodied with a whiff of peat, lots of tropical fruit, and hints of coffee and dark chocolate, this is a great example of western Highland whisky.Nose: Fresh and quite dry. A supple greenness with soft leafy notes with a rich fruitiness. Hints of orange and Seville marmalade with a light vinous character and nutty undertones.Palate: Gentle dryness. Toffee. Looming omnipresent are solid peat notes with a bitter sweetness.Finish: Silken, toffee and caramel notes balanced with a touch of ‘mochaccino’ and dark chocolate.PRICE: $98 AFTER DISCOUNT: $88.20  

Once again this offer is through the end of January. Discount applies ONLY to listed items and CANNOT applied to any other bottles. We are not responsible for any typographical errors or the Jets hiring a Head Coach that the Dolphins just fired. Notes and descriptions are not necessarily the opinion of Park Ave. Please contact the store with any questions.

The Park Avenue Liquor Shop | 212-685-2442 | 212-689-6247 |  parkaveliquor.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/park-avenue-liquor-shop-10yearchallenge-10-off-10-year-olds-whisky-news/

Game of Thrones Single Malt Whisky Collection at Nickolls & Perks – Scotch Whisky News


After the release of the Johnnie Walker White Walker blended Scotch in late 2018, It proved to be a prelude to the main event of HBO and Diageo collaborating on the Game of Thrones Single Malts Collection – a series of eight limited edition single malt whiskies all paired with one of the iconic Houses of Westeros, as well as the “Night’s Watch”.




Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/game-of-thrones-single-malt-whisky-collection-at-nickolls-perks-scotch-whisky-news/

1994 Miltonduff 24 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength – Scotch Whisky News


1994 Miltonduff 24 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($129.99)

The strikingly underappreciated Miltonduff distillery is unique in so many ways. Built on the site of an old mill for the Pluscarden Abbey, the distillery’s old stone buildings hide one of Speyside’s most delicious malts. Originally a Priory founded by King Alexander II in 1230, the area became renowned for illicit distillation. Originally licensed in 1824, the name, Milton, was taken from a still that operated on the property. The Duff family owned the lands surrounding the abbey, hence the name Miltonduff. The malt became an important component of the renowned and still well-regarded Ballentine’s blend. Small quantities are released via trades to independent bottlers, but the new owners (Chivas Regal) haven’t made an effort to market the malt as a standalone whisky. Its quality and rarity mean that bottlers often charge a premium and we’ve seen countless young offerings for over $100, but when this cask of full matured Miltonduff came our way we knew we couldn’t say no. Just a few months shy of that magic 25 year old age statement which would have added a solid 40% to the price tag, this is one old Speysider you can’t afford to miss. The older Ballentine’s blends are regularly awarded high praise from the critics and Miltonduff is a big part of that story. This old elegant whisky is the most approachable of the 20+ year old single casks that we’ve brought in this year – full of fruit, malt and unprecedented purity.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 13, 2018

Pour little Miltonduff. Nobody seems to want to admit that this stuff is world class. Critics ignore it, amateurs are unaware of it and aficionados dont even pretend to understand it. It took us a while to sell the last exclusive Miltonduff because most people wouldn’t get on board. When they finally got around to tasting it, the stuff flew out the door. This cask might sadly suffer a similar fate. Waiting on our shelves to be discovered, but the lucky few who dip their toes in without bias, will be rewarded handsomely. Quite an old school nose, with hints of citrus, wisps of clean smoke, marzipan and savory herbs. The somewhat subdued nose is in total contrast to the massive intensity of the palate. It’s all citrus, cake frosting and herbs again though, none of the smoke. A bit of camphor and warming minty green tea finish. With water, it just explodes with flavors offering an absolutely stunning bouquet of aromatic complexities. It’s a terrible shame that more people arent jump all over this beauty, but if you don’t act soon you might just miss the malt of your dreams. Once the geeks get a hold of this one I think theyll be hoarding it.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 10, 2018

We don’t get to see a lot of Miltonduff which is ashamed. It offers a wonderful flavor prospective to the single malt selection at KL. The nose has bright nice pear fruit like aromas that have wax and honey undertones. In the mouth the entry is sweet, followed with concentrated flavors that have dried fruit nuances. There is a long finish. I thought the Miltonduff 24 was enjoyable with and without an addition of water.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 01, 2018

An especially clean and pure spirit, even at such an age. Miltonduff is most well known for being the top dressing malt for Ballantine’s wonderful and elegant blends. It’s quite a rare thing to see it bottled on its own as a single malt, and we’re supremely happy to have had the chance to do it. There is lots of butterscotch and Werther’s Original cream and caramel notes to this malt. A bit of buttered popcorn and a fine drizzle of melted milk chocolate round it all out. For those who normally drink the classic malts of Glenfiddich and Glenlivet, this is a luxurious rise to the top of that style ladder without paying the premium associated with the very old bottles from those illustrious distilleries. Not a hint of smoke here, just a little dried nuttiness and faint herbal note round out everything with a slight savor. At the natural cask strength of 50.8% ABV, this is utter perfection.


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/1994-miltonduff-24-year-old-old-particular-kl-exclusive-single-barrel-cask-strength-scotch-whisky-news/

7 deadly sins WHISKY tour, Northern Ireland….


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7 deadly sins WHISKY tour, Northern Ireland

Five days and nights in Belfast, a vibrant city with so much to see both in the city and surrounding areas, this is a tour Paul, Mark and Sean love to bits! Five days, five nights, seven deadly sins!

Day 1.  Welcome to Northern Ireland and the Country’s capital Belfast, where you  will stay for your duration of your tour. We start this morning  taking a tour of Belfast with some Game of Thrones locations en route, (quite different as your driver spent years as a soldier on the streets of the city during the troubles).  Free time to pub crawl in Belfast.  Your driver lives locally so knows the good spots in the city, overnight Belfast.

Day 2.  We head up the outstanding North Antrim Coast, visiting various Game of Thrones locations, such as Ballintoy Harbour which was the back drop for Theons return to the Iron Islands – and where the burning at the stakes was held on the beach, Portsteward Strand.  Early scenes of the Dothraki on horse back were filmed here, also the coast of Dorne, Downhill beach, which was the shores of dragonstone’s. The Dark hedges, which was the Kings road and one of the most requested locations to visit, were planted in the 18th century to impress visitors by the Stuart family.  Visit Cushendun Caves, where the red priestess Melisandre gave birth to the shadow creature.  See Larrybane Quarry, where Renly Baratheons camp in the storm lands and where the tournament in which Brienne of Tarth is introduced. Time for lunch in the Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy, it also has a GoT themed room and the fantastic door of thrones No6 to 10 carved from the trees of the Dark Hedges. There’s a a private dining room set in the world of GoT complete with banners and its’ own replica Iron Thrones.  We also visit Giants Causeway and Bushmills Distillery – In the small village of Bushmills, on the banks of the river you’ll find the oldest working distillery in Ireland, for over 400 years kept to the philosophy that hand crafting small batches is the way to produce beautifully smooth tasting Irish whiskey.  Matured in Sherry Casks is Paul’s favourite. Black Bush combines a high amount of malt whiskey matured in former Oloroso Sherry casks, with a sweet, batch-distilled grain whiskey. Return to Belfast where you stay overnight.

Day 3.  This morning we head down to Castle Ward, where in the opening scenes (season one), the 5 stark children and the bastard John Snow each adopt a Direwolf pup.  Get to meet real Direwolfs Odin and Thor and the chance to dress up in the costumes for photo ops.  Visit the castle where Bran falls from the window ledge in the winter fell courtyard and the cottage (aka) the Brothel of Winterfell. Then we drive to Echlinville Distillery – Northern Ireland’s first licensed distillery in over 125 years distilling its first spirit in 2013. Tours will be personally welcomed and guided through the process, from the barley arriving from the fields, to the maturation warehouse where the Angels are certainly enjoying their share. And after you have discovered the flavour, colour and mouthfeel of our spirits, relax and enjoy drinks of your choice in our bar. Tanks are also on this tour! Return to Belfast. Shall we blend tonight darling? https://whiskytours.scot/dunvilles-old-irish-whiskey

Day 4.  A drive south of the Border today, to the Great Northern Distillery  a private company owned by the Teeling Family, Jim Finn and David Hynes who between them established the Cooley Distillery and rebuilt the Kilbeggan Distillery before selling them in 2012. The Town of Dundalk has always been ideally suited to foster a distilling industry with access the purest water from the nearby Cooley Mountains. Since the late 1600’s brewing has been at the heart of Dundalk with breweries in the area. The Dundalk Distillery operated in the Town between 1708 and 1926. Two of the distillery buildings, the grain store and maltings, still exist and now house the County Museum and Dundalk Library. The Distillery operates two distinctive distilleries pot stills and columns that produce a diverse range of Irish whiskey spirit’s including grain, triple malt, double malt, peated malt and pot still whiskey. The distillery has a current capacity of 16 million litres of spirit with an opportunity to expand production. We spend some time down here in the Republic, with free time in Dundalk to experience the local pub scene. Back to Belfast.

Day 5. This morning a drive to Gosford Castle and park.  The castle has become known as the gloomy home of HouseTully. It was first seen in season 1 when Rob Stark executes Richard Karstark for treason and later used for season three’s gory Red Wedding in which several main characters were killed. Then a visit to Armagh to see the two main churches in the city situated on two hills, one Protestant and one Catholic.  Return to Belfast, your final night.

Whisky pubs we recommend in Belfast; The Harp Bar, incorporating the Dunville Swinging Diddy Lounges is decorated in plush red velvet fabrics and adorned with antique furnishings resonant with Victorian Belfast. Walls and cabinets feature rare memorabilia inspired by the building’s origins as a bonded warehouse – the headquarters of The Old Bushmills Distillery Company. Paul’s favourite Belfast bar.  The New Orpheus. The Orpheus: Ballroom of Romance has been a vision of Willie and Joanne Jack, alongside their late business partner and friend, Bruce Kirk. An extension to the Harp Bar on Hill Street Belfast, The New Orpheus is a stunning monument to one of Belfast’s lost architectural treasures, the Orpheus Ballroom, York Street (1932). The Dark Horse and you can enjoy some of the finest coffee and Suki tea served in Belfast. You can also appreciate the superb decor and special atmosphere with beautiful antique surroundings, furniture and artefacts from some of the city’s most famous hotels and buildings from bygone times – all providing a rare and unique glimpse of Belfast’s historical past…Nestled along a narrow, cobbled alleyway, The Duke offers a traditional Belfast welcome of craic, music and humour in contrast to the modern, fashionable establishments currently blowing into the surrounding streets.  All these bars are owned by rhe same people and, all within yards of eachother, but YOU MUST pay a visit here, in the midst of all the bars; The Friend at Hand is a unique whiskey off-licence combined with a mini museum charting the whiskey distilling history of Belfast. Browse and buy from the biggest collection of Irish Whiskeys available anywhere and get exclusive access to own brand 13yr old whiskeys. https://whiskytours.scot/seven-deadly-sins-whisky

Paul McLean

Your Host Paul Mclean

Some further reading  https://whiskytours.scot/whisky-or-whiskey

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/7-deadly-sins-whisky-tour-northern-ireland/

White Walker: by Johnnie Walker at The Park Ave Liquor Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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White Walker: by Johnnie Walker 

 “This limited edition bottle utilizes thermochromic ink to give fans a frosty surprise message when frozen. With flavor notes like caramelized sugar, vanilla, and fresh red berries, White Walker by Johnnie Walker makes for a delicious serve. The new blend is best served ice cold, inspired by the White Walkers beyond The Wall.”

PRICE: $39/btl 

~ IN-STOCK ~  


We are not responsible for any typographical errors or why Sansa and Arya Stark look nothing alike. Please contact the store with any questions.

The Park Avenue Liquor Shop | 212-685-2442 | 212-689-6247 |  parkaveliquor.com

Park Ave

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1995 Blair Athol 23 Year Old “Old Malt Cask” K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength – Scotch Whisky News

KL Blair Athol

One-of-a-Kind Single Malt You Won’t Find Elsewhere

“There’s no reason a whisky this good and this old should be this inexpensive.”
—David Othenin-Girard, KL SoCal Spirits Buyer

Almost never seen in the United States, Blair Athol is a rare treat for collectors of Scotland’s finest drams. The bottling featured here, a 23 Year Old that was brought up in sherry cask, counts among the best expressions we’ve ever encountered. Heady, expressive, and with a seemingly unending cascade of Amontillado spice, it is a pure delight from start to finish. Blair Athol has developed something of a cult following over the years, and based on the balanced power this 23 Year Old reveals, it’s all too easy to see why. Because of its scarcity, one might expect this scotch to cost twice the price, but that’s the beauty of our direct-import program—we are able to offer it at an unbeatable price. We urge you to scroll down and read our staff reviews, as they paint a picture of a Highland malt of the highest caliber. Previous casks of Blair Athol have sold out in no time, and we expect much the same of this magnificent expression.

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1995 Blair Athol 23 Year Old “Old Malt Cask” KL Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($109.99)

The exceptional Blair Athol Distillery sits just outside the picturesque town of Pitlochry at the base of the great Cairngorm Mountains. This small stone distillery has provided KL with several of our most renowned single barrels, namely a few old refill casks from Signatory, which were dark refill sherry butts. This barrel showing up just a few years after those exquisite examples of this low-key distillery further proves that sherry and Blair Athol play in perfect harmony. Famous in the U.K. as the home of the well-regarded Bell’s Blend, it has no real no real presence in the States. Nonetheless, it’s become sought after partly due to our efforts and because more of our customers are heading over to Scotland. Since invariably a stop in the quaint little village just to the north of the distillery is recommended, every year more people coming home dreaming about it. Once you taste that flora and fauna expression, it must feel rather tragic to realize that no regular expression of this lovely malt is available in the U.S. So when this stupendous cask popped up, we knew we had to nab it. I’d happily sell this exceptional whisky, filled into a fresh sherry butt back in 1995, for $200. I absolutely think it’s worth that much. We crushed the 26 Year Old from Signatory (albeit slightly older and darker) at $180 a bottle years ago. While it might not be as unique as some of the year’s other offerings, it’s is easily the most lovable malt of the season and another insane value from OMC.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 14, 2018

The lovely Blair Athol distillery is the spiritual home of the Bell’s Blend, which gets a bad rap from some whisky geeks, but when we see the excellent distillery in the warehouse we take note. Very few things are more appealing to me than an extremely affordable Blair Athol charged from a sherry. One whiff and we knew we had to have this majestic barrel. The nose has a big note of Oloroso, but also some complex malty fruit in the background. With a bit of water, dark fruit compote, exotic spices, and a subtle, almost Amontillado-like savory quality, emerge. On the palate it’s wonderfully textured with big taffy notes and a woodsy herbal quality—although much cleaner after water than the Ben Nevis, it still has a bit of funk to start. This is a total no brainer—an ultra-balanced, but overtly sherried malt in what might be arguably its perfect state of maturation. You barely notice the high proof, but it does love a little dollop of spring water, which opens it up in the most impressive way. Those that love the balance between dark sherry tones and rich maltiness will want to load up on this while it’s still around. There’s no reason a whisky this good and this old should be this inexpensive.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 11, 2018

Once again we have Blair Athol on the shelves! It has been far too long and I’ve fielded too many customer requests from people hoping for a bottle of our previous casks to pop up. While a touch younger and nowhere near as dark in sherry color, this wonderful cask shows off all of the splendor of sherry-aged Blair Athol with more sophistication than our previous bottlings. The chocolate fudge and spice cake of the sherry butt is more deeply integrated and the nutty texture and earthy flavors of the malt shine through. Don’t let that gentle sounding description fool you. The nose is just as robust as the first fill sherry monsters of yesteryear, but the palate doesn’t attack you, it lulls you into a false sense of security instead. At nearly 60%, for all its grace, this malt still packs a wallop. With a water addition it softens (a little) and exposes more of a dried orange peel and caramelized candied almond profile. A big malt for those who want power in their glass. And all for a pittance in comparison to the pair of 1988s we’ve offered in the last couple of years.

William Beare | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 25, 2018

It’s a cold and blustery evening here in Redwood City as I take my first few sips of the Blair Athol 23. The days are getting shorter and the winds are picking up. But in a large, deep glass, just the nose on this feels like a space heater for my soul. There is a small handful of fire in each inhale, but such a seductive, sweet fire that you feel dared to keep breathing deeper. The palate is filled with sweet honeycomb wax—unbelievably textural with a healthy dose of orange zest and a nutty finish. Well worth the price tag, and way too easy to drink for your own good.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 25, 2018

There’s big fruit on the nose with notes of syrupy brandy cherries coming in first, followed by orange zest, kumquat, and apricot. Nice bright caramel and rock candy scents come through next, then just a little earthiness and a whisper of smoke. The palate is initially dominated by salted caramels and stone fruit flavors, but then there’s a bold transition to cherries, spices, and some leather in a nicely long finish.

Jackson Lee | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 21, 2018

This cask offering from Blair Athol is unapologetic in the way it presents itself. When first poured into the glass, notes of iodine, peat, astringent, leather, and oak are apparent—stereotypical but then a honeyed apricot and Nilla wafers come in to soften those hardened players. On the palate that sweetness at the end of the nose comes through on the tip of your tongue, hitting you with sweet cashew brittle and green apple undertones. The finish is long and you get a little spice and heat on the end, while that sweetness keeps its promise to the end, drawing out notes of pencil shavings after it..

Anthony Russo | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2018

This is a highlight of what Scotland’s Highland region can achieve. This whisky typically goes into a bottling that does not reach the United States, so just the opportunity to taste it is incredibly special. The nose is wildly interesting, loaded with all types of fruits and spices. The palate definitely follows up nicely with a flavor I did not expect: a touch of malty sweetness that keeps the finish long. I am very excited about this release, especially at the price/cask strength ABV.


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/1995-blair-athol-23-year-old-old-malt-cask-kl-exclusive-single-sherry-butt-cask-strength-scotch-whisky-news/

New: Ardmore 30 Years // Suntory Ao // Royal Lochnagar 30 Years

As you may know, the shutdown of the US government also has consequences for the whisky industry. The Tax Trade Bureau is not accepting submissions of new alcohol labels, which means no new whiskies can be approved for sale in the US. As their COLAs listing is an interesting sources for upcoming releases, we now have little to announce…


Ardmore 30 Year Old

Ardmore 30 Year Old

Ardmore has bottled a 1987 vintage 30 Year Old exclusively available from The Whisky Exchange. Matured in refill barrels and then finished in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels, it is said to have lots of fruity notes alongside the smoke.

The reasonable price makes this an attractive offer. Check The Whisky Exchange if you’re interested.



Suntory Ao - World Whisky

Suntory Ao - World Whisky

Suntory Ao is a blended whisky made with spirit from five countries: Scotland, Ireland, America, Canada and Japan. Beam Suntory obviously owns Suntory but also Yamazaki, Bowmore, Laphroaig, Kilbeggan and Cooley, among others.

As you may know, a lot of whiskies marketed as ‘Japanese’ are already blended with spirit from Scotland or Canada – a creative solution for the general shortage of true Japanese whisky. Regulations in Japan are quite flexible, and as long as the spirit passes through Japan at some point, it can be sold as Japanese whisky. Let’s hope this Suntory Ao is a step towards more transparency for the entire Japanese industry.



Royal Lochnagar 30 Years

Royal Lochnagar 30 Years

A cask of Royal Lochnagar was gifted to Prince Charles to mark the 140th anniversary of the first royal visit to this distillery by Queen Victoria. Recently in November, the Prince turned 70 and and requested the contents to be bottled, with proceeds being donated to his own charity foundation.

Cask number #1129 (refill American oak) yielded 206 bottles and 186 of these will be sold via ballot through The Whisky Exchange.

Enter here to get a chance to grab a bottle



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Things that may not have been widely announced but that grabbed my attention in shops recently…

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/whisky-news/ardmore-30-years-suntory-ao-royal-lochnagar-30-years/






Hamilton, Bermuda 8 January 2019 To mark the Year of The Pig on 5 February, a limited edition and travel retail exclusive DEWAR’S® 18YO Chinese New Year gift tin is now on sale in stores across Asia Pacific and at Dubai Airport.

The demand for DEWAR’S in Asia Pacific GTR is growing fast with strong double-digit sales growth year on year.  Amongst Chinese shoppers, its popularity is even stronger with demand doubling year on year (Bacardi figures to end November 2018).  DEWAR’S is the fastest growing blended scotch whisky in the top 10 for the global travel retail channel (5yr CAGR, IWSR 2017),

Double-aged in oak casks for extra smoothness, the DEWAR’S 18YO Blended Scotch Whisky is a creamy, full and well-rounded blend. Honeyed in taste with a hint of Marzipan and silky finish, presented in a striking, limited edition travel retail exclusive 1-litre presentation box.  Recommended price is $99 USD (local market prices may vary).

Priced at $99, the 1-litre gift tin is available from the following 15 airport and land border retail locations:  Auckland (ARI Lagardère), Bangkok (King Power), Beijing (Sunrise), Dubai (Dubai Duty Free), Hong Kong Airport (Lagardère), Hong Kong Border (Anway), Kuala Lumpur (Eraman), Seoul (Lotte Shilla), Shanghai (Sunrise), Sri Lanka (Dufry Flemingo), Taipei (Everrich), Zhuhai (Zhuhai duty free)


About the Bacardi Global Travel Retail Division

The Bacardi Global Travel Retail Division is a stand-alone business unit of Bacardi Limited. Through Bacardi’s portfolio of premium and super-premium brands, including BACARDÍ® rum, GREY GOOSE® vodka and flavoured vodkas, 42BELOW® vodka and flavoured vodkas, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE, PATRÓN® tequila, GERMAIN® liqueur, BARON OTARD® cognac and BÉNÉDICTINE® DOM® liqueur, the Bacardi Global Travel Retail Division creates unique and innovative experiences for travellers.

DEWAR’S 18YO is part of the portfolio of Bacardi Limited, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited and Patrón Spirits International AG. DRINK RESPONSIBLY


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/dewars-18-yo-limited-edition-chinese-new-year-gift-tin-scotch-whisky-news/