The Whisky Shop “Hey, Get stocked up for St.Patrick’s Day!” – Irish Whiskey News


Get stocked up for st.patrick’s day

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner!

Whether you’re attending a party, catching up with friends or having a quiet night in, celebrate St.Patrick’s Day with a dazzling Irish dram. Order today to ensure UK delivery in time for St. Patrick’s Day!



Like Tullamore D.E.W. Original, Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Old Special Reserve is a triple distilled blend of all three types of Irish whiskey but with a high proportion of pot still and malt whiskeys, matured in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks, for 12 to 15 years. A very fine aged whiskey with great complexity.

£61.00 – Buy Now


Yellow Spot

Yellow Spot Whiskey was last seen in Ireland in the 1950s and 60s but recently reintroduced. Created and sold by Mitchell Son Wine and Spirit Merchants, Yellow Spot is a 12 year old single pot still whiskey made using three different cask types – American Bourbon barrels, Spanish sherry butts and Spanish Malaga casks resulting in a superbly complex whiskey with fresh and sweet top notes.

£89.00 – Buy Now


Powers John’s Lane

This expression celebrates the origin of the Powers whiskey tradition and provides a glimpse of the whiskey style that made Powers famous. Using a pot still distillate which is true to the original style of John’s Lane, the whiskey has been matured for not less than 12 years, mainly in first fill American bourbon casks, with a small contribution of distillate which has been matured in Oloroso sherry butts. The result is a Single Pot Still whiskey of outstanding flavour and complexity which provides a fitting tribute to the spiritual home of one of Ireland’s most loved whiskeys.

£58.00 – Buy Now



This Irish single malt whiskey from Tullamore D.E.W. is triple distilled and matured in ex-bourbon casks for most of its life before being finished in four different casks: bourbon, Oloroso sherry, port and Madeira. The nose is fruity with citrus, apple and mango atop rich honey and vanilla. The palate has fresh green fruits, toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of ginger. The finish brings malty notes with some milk chocolate and a touch of spice.

£57.00 – Buy Now


Green Spot

Green Spot is a non-age statement single pot still Irish whiskey and is comprised of pot still whiskeys aged between 7 and 10 years old. The whiskey has matured in a combination of new bourbon and refill bourbon casks as well as sherry casks.

£44.00 – Buy Now


Roe Co.

A premium blended Irish whiskey, Roe Co. is a blend of single malt and grain whiskeys matured in ex-bourbon American oak, a high percentage of which are first-fill. Developed by Diageo Master Blender, Caroline Martin, in a process that took over two years, Prototype 106, was chosen specifically to hold up in cocktails as well as to be enjoyed neat or with water. Roe Co. is fragrant and rounded with notes of soft spice, mellow spun sugar and warm hints of woody vanilla. The balance of the blend is immediately evident on the palate with a velvety texture and sweet flavours including spiced pears and vanilla, while a gentle creaminess lingers in the finish.

£35.00 – Buy Now


Tullamore D.E.W.

Tullamore Dew is the original blended Irish whiskey, known the world over for its smooth and gentle complexity. For one, it is triple distilled and patiently aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks, developing its distinctive smoothness. Secondly, being a blend of all three types of Irish whiskey, it has a gentle complexity.

£30.00 – Buy Now


Slane Irish Whiskey

Created by the Earl of Mountcharles, this blended Irish whiskey is produced at the iconic Slane Castle just outside Dublin. Slane unusually uses a triple cask blend to add complexity, with a Virgin American oak cask, a seasoned freshly drained American whiskey cask and an Oloroso sherry cask. The nose is sweet with fruity notes of melon and oaky spice. The palate brings banana cream pie, cloves and toffee, before a fruity finish with lingering raisins and melon.

£32.00 – Buy Now



A tribute to the cooper’s method of charring barrels, this Irish whiskey is a triple distilled blend of small batch grain and traditional Irish pot still whiskeys in twice charred casks. Intense vanilla sweetness and caramel alongside toasted wood, fruits and warm spice.

£49.00 – Buy Now

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Judging Panel Revealed in Inaugural Whisky Awards – Scotch Whisky News


Judging Panel Revealed in Inaugural Whisky Awards

The national awards programme for Scotch whisky has unveiled its judging panel as the competition opens for entry for the first time.

The Scottish Whisky Awards has recruited a panel of 45 experts including 7 of some of the world’s best whisky tasters who will be trusted to assess samples in the new annual competition.

Included in the international line-up are judges from across the UK as well as Taiwan, Canada, Netherlands, Sweden, France and Germany.  Many will gather in Edinburgh later this year to judge 16 categories which cover both business achievements and taste.

Professor Alan Wolstenholme, Chair of the Judging Panel, welcomed the news, commenting:

“Invitations to join the Scottish Whisky Awards have gone around the world and we are delighted at the positive responses which allow us to gather together one of the most influential and highly regarded whisky competitions of the current day.

“Scotch is in the middle of an exciting revival.  These awards will promote our unique position as the global leader in the craft of whisky distilling at home and abroad.  For Scottish distillers, blenders and bottlers, winning a Scottish Whisky Award will project our best products across the world and further promote our position as the home of whisky.”


Alan Wolstenholme, Chair of the Scottish Whisky Awards


The panel is split with judges serving on either a business panel or a taste panel.  The business panel assesses written entries which companies must submit in order to qualify for the taste competition.  The taste panel meets at the end of May in Edinburgh to assess what is expected to be one of the most exciting line ups of traditional and modern whiskies.

The taste competition will be operated under strict blind tasting conditions and will assess four main categories of Scotch; Single Malt, Blend, Blended Malt and a Speciality category.   Six business categories are also open to entry and include Brand Experience, Tourism Destination and Community Contribution.  The ultimate award of the programme is for Scottish Whisky Distillery of the Year, presented to the distillery team which has demonstrated a successful year in people, product and profit.

According to statistics published by HM Revenue and Customs, the export value of Scotch whisky grew by 7.8% to £4.7 billion in total last year, with exports to the US rising to £1.04 billion.

The programme has been created by PR and events company, KDMedia who have 17 years’ experience running awards events.


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The Whisky Exchange “Nine Irish distillers you should know” – Irish Whiskey News


Nine Irish distillers you should know

Posted: 07 Mar 2019 03:29 AM PST

The past few years have seen lots of new Irish whiskies hit the market. Thanks to the increase in popularity and the success of the new releases, there are now as many as 50 distilleries in various stages of planning, building and production across Ireland.

While the future is looking very bright, the present is still pretty impressive. Here are some of our favourite Irish whiskey distillers, old and new, who are already up and running.

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The longest running distillery in Ireland, with a claim of being founded in 1608. It’s a tenuous one, with a license being issued to a distillery somewhere near the current one, but they’ve still been around for a long time. For years, they were one of only two distilleries in Ireland, and are still one of the two biggest names in Irish whiskey around the world.

Along with Black Bush, the quintessential Northern Irish blend, Bushmills also has a range of excellent single malts. And it doesn’t stop there – if you find an old, anonymous Irish single malt, there’s only one place it could have come from…



Midleton is Ireland’s biggest distillery and is best known as the maker of Jameson. Irish Distillers, the company that owns Midleton, rose out of the ashes of the whiskey industry in the 1960s. The Cork Distilleries Company, John Jameson Son and John Power Son merged and focused on developing one distillery that could meet all of their whiskey needs – Midleton.

Since then, the, now renamed, Old Midleton distillery has been replaced by the new, much larger Midleton distillery built next door, and shortly after it opened the Powers John’s Lane and Jameson Bow Street distilleries in Dublin closed. The company has not only ridden out the fallow years, but been at the forefront of driving the industry’s recovery, with Jameson’s huge popularity opening the door for new Irish distilleries.

The pot stills at Midleton are really big – three of them are the largest operating in the world with a capacity of 75,000 litres

Along with Jameson, Midleton also makes Powers and Paddy (the big-name whiskies of John Power Sons and Cork Distillers respectively), and both Redbreast and the ‘Spot’ whiskeys: Green Spot, Yellow Spot and Red Spot. Until recently, Midleton was the only distillery in Ireland, if not the world, making pot still whiskey, and it’s thanks to them that the style didn’t entirely disappear during the 20th century.



The distiller that heralded the Irish whiskey renaissance. Founded in 1987 by John Teeling as Ireland’s third distillery, Cooley was previously a plant making alcohol from potatoes. Teeling added whiskey column stills, following them with pot stills a few years later to create a distillery that could make all the whiskey styles he needed to make a range of Irish whiskeys: Kilbeggan grain (formerly known as Greenore), Kilbeggan blended whiskey and Tyrconnell single malt. The distillery also makes Connemara single malt – a rare peated Irish whiskey.

Teeling sold the distillery to Jim Beam in 2011 and his sons have gone on to found their own distillery in Dublin. More details below…


After Cooley’s emergence as a large player and the subsequent rise in popularity of Irish whiskey around the world, it was only a matter of time before smaller producers started to appear. Dingle was the first of that wave.

Dingle’s first spirit emerged from its stills in November 2012, and the last 6 years have seen a number of small batch releases of both single malt and pot still whiskey – the first pot still whiskey to be sold in Ireland for years that wasn’t made by Irish Distillers.

The distillery’s releases are small – a few hundred bottles drawn from a handful of casks – and they sell out quickly, but they are worth seeking out to see how this pioneering distillery is continuing to develop and refine its style.


Dublin Liberties

Of all the distillers in this list, Dublin Liberties is the newest – the distillery opened last week. Based in the heart of Dublin, the distillery doesn’t have any whiskey of its own yet – Irish spirit has to be aged for at least three years before it can be called whiskey – but the company has launched a range of blended whiskies, also called Dublin Liberties, selected by master distiller Darryl McNally, formerly a distiller at Bushmills.

It’s very new and very shiny

Spirit is now flowing at Dublin Liberties, so expect to see some of the distillery’s own whiskey in 2022.


Pearse Lyons

Pearse Lyons, who passed away in 2018, was an Irish businessman, brewer and biochemist who worked his way through the brewing and distilling industry in the 1970s. In 1980 he founded Alltech, a biotech company specialising in animal feed. He couldn’t stay away from the drinks world, and in 1999 opened the Lexington Brewing company, with Town Branch Bourbon following in 2011.

Picture above; Pearse and Deirde Lyons celebrating the opening of the distillery – this is how to build a distillery in a church

While the company now also has a distillery in Dublin, built in a church in The Liberties, it only opened in 2014 and spirit distilled there is only just becoming whiskey. However, Lyons started the project back in 2005, sourcing whiskey from Cooley. In 2012, the company started making spirit at another distillery, giving it even more stock to play with. Recently, the Pearse range of whiskeys appeared on the market, and the latest iteration, with added age statements, will be landing at The Whisky Exchange soon.



Slane Castle is best known these days as the site of some of Ireland’s most impressive concerts, starting with Thin Lizzy and U2 in 1981, and Metallica next up this summer. Since 2018, the castle has had a sideline – making whiskey.

It’s a really interesting distillery, one of a tiny number which are making grain, malt and pot still whiskey on site. Add to that grain grown on the estate, and plans to play with yeast and barley strains, and you’ve got a whiskey maker to keep an eye on.

The earliest spirit distilled on site will be legally whiskey in late 2021, but in the meantime there is a blended Slane whiskey, made using spirit made elsewhere but matured by the Slane team in a combination of new oak, first-fill bourbon and sherry casks.

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After the Teeling family sold Cooley distillery, it didn’t take long for them to set up a new operation. Eldest son Jack started the Teeling Whiskey Company, with former Cooley colleague Alex Chasko as master blender, and used some of the stock that he’d taken with him from Cooley to create a blended Irish whiskey with the family name on the bottle – Teeling Small Batch. This soon grew into a full range of whiskies that’s still growing today. As soon as Cooley had finished the transition to Beam ownership, Jack was joined by brother Stephen and the planning of their own distillery kicked up a gear.

The distillery is now up and running, and the first release using all its own whiskey has landed on the shelves in Ireland, and will be appearing at The Whisky Exchange shortly. It’s especially exciting, as it’s the first ongoing release of pot still whiskey from an Irish distillery other than Midleton that’s available.


Tullamore DEW

While not that well known in the UK, Tullamore DEW is the second biggest Irish whiskey in the world behind Jameson. The name comes from the location of the original distillery and the initials of one of the distillery’s owners, Daniel E Williams. These days, there is a distillery in Tullamore again, but in the 1960s the name was bought by Powers and until recently the whiskey was made at Midleton.

In 2010, William Grant and Sons – owners of Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Grant’s blended whisky, among others – bought the brand and set about building a new distillery in Tullamore. The distillery opened in 2014 and for the past year has had spirit maturing that is now legally whiskey. For now, the whiskey in bottles of Tullamore DEW still comes from Midleton, but soon enough it’ll all be made at the distillery.

You can find more about Irish whiskey here on the blog, or over on The Whisky Exchange website.

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1987 Invergordon 31 Year Old “Sovereign” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain – Scotch Whisky News


A Terrific Single Barrel with a Big Age Statement to Boot!
1987 Invergordon 31 Year Old “Sovereign” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)
“A real treat for lovers of old complex whisky of any kind.”
—David Othenin-Girard, KL SoCal Spirits Buyer

It’s not often you find a 31-year-old Scotch for under $100, but that’s precisely the beauty of our direct-import spirits program. We track down unique barrels you won’t find anywhere else and offer them at unbeatable prices. This 31-year-old bottling from Invergordon comes to us through the “Sovereign” label and is about as good a single grain as we’ve ever encountered. While the vast majority of Invergordon is destined for blends, occasionally a cask like this one makes its way to the independent bottlers. At 52% a.b.v., it has some power, but like the best single grains, it’s also graceful, subtle, and nuanced. Flavors of caramel, spice cake, coffee, and freshly baked cookies are intertwined with elements of sprightly citrus notes—all to great effect. Everything is so wonderfully balanced and smooth, it’s hard to put the glass down. Based on the quality of the spirit and its very attractive price, this 31 year old is sure to make a lucky few very happy. As with all of our single cask bottlings, there are precious few bottles to go around, and once they are gone, they are gone for good. The moral of the story: you’ll need to act quickly to add this charming dram to your collection.

1987 Invergordon 31 Year Old “Sovereign” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)

It’s not every day you can buy a 30+-year-old whisky for $100! As grain ages it takes on incredible mellow richness. They’re known for being good values, but the market has been pushed up thanks to big age statements in recent years. While we love these old grains, we don’t think you should be paying $200 to $300 for them even with these big age statements. Instead, we’ve secured some of the best single grains at the very best prices. Invergordon is a grain distillery situated north of Inverness on the Cormarty Firth. The absolutely massive distillery produces upwards of 40 million liters of pure alcohol per year thanks to their massive column still. Their production of grain whisky is exclusively destined for the blends, but a few odd casks made it out of the blender’s repertoire and into our glasses. Like so many things in whisky, with time comes greatness and these Invergordons are proof that grain has many facets. Only 293 bottles of this beauty exist. It’s bottled at full cask strength without dilution or adulteration of any kind.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: March 07, 2019

I often talk about how single grain shouldn’t be seen as some type of single malt light or an offshoot of bourbon, but should really be treated as a standalone category judged on its own merits. That’s why we thought it was so important to offer a diverse selection of well-aged grain at reasonable prices. We’ve managed to amass a collection of nearly every active grain distillery (save for Girvan) along with several ghost distilleries all in the $100 to $200 range and absolutely delicious. Anybody who can wrap their brains and palates around the subtle complexities of grain whisky should consider amassing as many of these awesome examples as they can afford, not only for the exquisite learning experience, but simply because we’re not sure when we’ll have this kind of broad access again. Invergordon tends to have a little more herbal and citrus quality than some of its more southerly cousins and this one is no different. Caramel corn, light roast coffee beans, fresh mint, woodsy herbs, and orchard fruit. A bold wild honey cuts through the linear entry and leaves you with a sweet sugar cookie finish. A bit idiosyncratic and proof that all single grain is not just one note, but has potential to offer a range of interesting and unusual flavors. This one might appeal nicely to Highland malt drinkers for its added richness and herbal undertones. A real treat for lovers of old complex whisky of any kind, though.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 15, 2019

While most of the old grain whiskies we bottle are first described as smooth, round, and gentle, this particular cask also has tremendous power. It’s 52% ABV and full of bass tones as well as brown sugar, cask spices, and a noticeable tannin structure. It’s of course amazingly smooth and round after 31 long years in barrel, but the earthy note that undergirds this whisky makes for a grain of unusual complexity as well. With the addition of a little water, the wood spices take a back seat and let the fruit ride shotgun. Winter fruits like apple and orange stand prominently against the backdrop of sweet baking spice. A special single grain for sure.


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Edinburgh Whisky Acedemy ‘Diploma in the Art of Tasting’ launches… – Whisky News


Diploma in the Art of Tasting launches…

The Academy is delighted to announce the inaugural Diploma in the Art of Tasting Whisky will take place on Wednesday 3rd April at Arniston House. This is the first sensory course of its kind with the focus on oak, odour recognition, flavour development and aroma memory.

The material covered on the course is:

  • Anatomy Physiology of Olfactory System (pre-course reading)
  • Multi Sensory Tasting Experience (pre-course reading)
  • Flavour Development
  • The Aroma Journey
  • Influence of Oak

John Ramsay is the Senior Course lecturer and candidates will benefit from his 40 years in the industry, most recently as the Master Blender at Edrington.

Sign up for the Diploma in the Art of Tasting

Edinburgh Whisky Academy
23b Windsor Street
Edinburgh, EH7 5LA
United Kingdom

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‘The Smoker’ will be a bespoke motorcycle expertly crafted by the Ducati Whisperer, Tyler Lunceford 

Smokehead Islay Single Malt Whisky has teamed up with renowned global biking sensation Tyler Lunceford (known as the Ducati Whisperer of the New York tri-state), challenging him to create his boldest motorcycle ever. The project will follow the creation of a customised Ducati bike, captured through a series of episodes*.

US born, Tyler has a workshop in Brooklyn where he has customised bikes for many obsessive bikers and rock stars. He recently moved to Scotland and opened a workshop in Leith, Edinburgh and will produce a custom Ducati, inspired by vintage racing motorcycles, for Smokehead to showcase at key events. The project will run until September 2019, when the finished model, ‘The Smoker’, will be unleashed.



Commenting on the partnership, Tyler Lunceford, of North Motorcycle, said: “I’m excited to be involved with Smokehead. I love the idea of this brand supporting craftsmen and women, and it’s even better as I’m a huge Smokehead whisky fan.

Motorcyclists have an identity; they feel independent and different from other people. When you find something you like, such as a bold, smoky, outrageous whisky that is not for everyone, it gives you a sense of belonging when it is for you.

I’m literally building my dream bike; it will be something that’s never been seen before, something so bold, that even motorbike buffs will be blown away. It won’t be easy, but it’s a great opportunity to make something really special.”

Adding his thoughts, Iain Weir, Smokehead Brand Director, said: “We’re proud to be working with Tyler. His all-round attitude personifies Smokehead – bold, daring and independent. We can’t wait to see the bike unveiled. Just like Smokehead, motorbikes are not for everyone, but that’s okay, and that’s why this partnership works so well.”

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The campaign will share stories of partnerships with the boldest of craftsmen and women that Smokehead is proud to rub shoulders with. Chapter 1 of the project was unleashed in 2018, a successful partnership with Dram Smoke creating a series of ‘Smokehead Feasts’ for media and trade across the UK. Chapter 2 celebrates the collaboration with Tyler.

In late 2018, Smokehead released Sherry Bomb, a heavily peated Islay single malt that has been boldly blasted by sherry casks; following hot on the heels of Smokehead High Voltage, along with their louder and bolder look, which was unveiled in April.

*Smokehead encourages everyone to drink responsibly, and not to drink and ride*






About Smokehead:

  • Smokehead is an Islay Single Malt Whisky and has been given a bold new look by Ian Macleod Distillers.
  • Originally launched in 2006, Smokehead has been labelled the wild one of Single Malt Whisky and is not for everyone.
  • Award-winning premium Scotch whisky that has an attitude-led positioning and heavily peated taste. 

About Ian Macleod Distillers:

  • Established in 1933, Ian Macleod Distillers is one of Scotland’s leading independent, family-owned distillers, blenders and bottlers.
  • Ian Macleod Distillers is the world’s 10th largest Scotch Whisky company, producing and selling over 15 million bottles of spirits every year.
  • Ian Macleod Distillers has built up an enviable portfolio of premium quality spirits and is proud brand proprietor of Glengoyne, Tamdhu, Rosebank and Smokehead Scotch whiskies and Edinburgh Gin to name but a few.

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GLENDRONACH GRANDEUR BATCH 10 27 YEAR OLD at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News


Glendronach Grandeur Batch 10 27 Year Old

This limited edition is the 10th release the GlenDronach Grandeur series. Consisting of hand-selected Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks from some of the distillery’s rarest stocks, this 27-year-old expression has been bottled at a strength of 50.1% abv. Only 2,293 bottles have been produced, each one individually numbered.

Described by Master Blender Rachel Barrie as ‘a symphony of depth and mellow maturity, reminiscent of times gone by. With layers of damson plum, black walnut and truffle on a bed of antique leather and old-fashioned treacle gingerbread, Batch 10 celebrates the robust, full-bodied style of The GlenDronach Distillery.’

£499.00 – Buy Now

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The Whisky Shop “Some more of our favourite sherry casks” – Scotch Whisky News

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Some more of our favourite sherry casks

Mortlach 20 Year old Cowie’s Blue Seal


This 20-year-old Speyside single malt comes from the new Mortlach range, launched in 2018. Known as ‘the Beast of Dufftown’, Mortlach is distilled 2.81 times in a complicated process referred to simply as ‘The Way’. This single malt is dubbed ‘Cowie’s Blue Seal’ in tribute to one of the original Mortlach bottlings dating back to 1909. Matured exclusively in American oak ex-sherry casks and bottled at a strength of 434.4% abv, this expression has waxy notes of overripe fruits, oak and wood spice.

£200.00 – Buy Now

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Tamdhu 30 Year Old Platinum Old Rare


Distilled at Speyside’s Tamdhu distillery in July 1987, this single cask bottling from Hunter Laing Co.’s Platinum Old Rare Selection has been matured in a single sherry butt for three decades. Bottled in July 2017 free from chill-filtration and without articial colouring, only 533 bottles have been produced at a natural cask strength of 53.9% abv. The nose has orange marmalade and candied sweetness with a touch of apricot. The palate brings dried fruits with subtle spices and rich smooth toffee alongside massive sherry notes. The finish has more complex fruits and a developing sweet note atop a hint of honey.

£250.00 – Buy Now

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Glendronach Grandeur Batch 10 27 Year Old


This limited edition is the 10th release the GlenDronach Grandeur series. Consisting of hand-selected Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks from some of the distillery’s rarest stocks, this 27-year-old expression has been bottled at a strength of 50.1% abv. Only 2,293 bottles have been produced, each one individually numbered. Described by Master Blender Rachel Barrie as ‘a symphony of depth and mellow maturity, reminiscent of times gone by. With layers of damson plum, black walnut and truffle on a bed of antique leather and old-fashioned treacle gingerbread, Batch 10 celebrates the robust, full-bodied style of The GlenDronach Distillery.’

£499.00 – Buy Now

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Author’s Series Tormore 1988 Frederick Douglass

Part of the First Editions Authors’ Series of single cask releases from independent bottler Hunter Laing co, this 28 year old Speyside single malt was distilled in November 1988 and matured in sherry butt HL14253. Bottled in October 2017 at a natural cask strength of 54.1% abv, only 244 bottles have been produced, each one presented in a handsome leather case emblazoned with gold lettering. A rich amber coloured whisky, this long-aged Speysider has spent its life in a second-fill European oak sherry butt.

£400.00 – Buy Now

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  • The latest batch of Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength has been unveiled
  • The pinnacle of the Jameson family finishes its maturation in Dublin’s only live Maturation House at Bow Street

Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, has announced that a second batch of Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength will be available from August 2019. The only cask strength Jameson to be available globally, the expression finishes its maturation in Dublin’s only live Maturation House in the Jameson Distillery Bow Street – celebrating Jameson’s Dublin heritage by returning a part of the production process to its original home in Smithfield.

Distilled and matured at the Midleton Distillery, Co. Cork, Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength is the head of the Jameson family. After spending 18 years in a collection of bourbon and sherry casks, the blend of pot still and grain Irish whiskeys has been married together and re-casked in first-fill ex-bourbon American oak barrels for a final six to 12 months in the Maturation House at the Jameson Distillery Bow Street.

‘Marrying’ is a traditional method of re-casking batches of vatted whiskey and re-warehousing it to ensure infusion before bottling. The second batch is presented at 55.1% ABV without the use of chill filtration and will be available in 20 markets from August 2019 at the RRP of €240.

To support the launch, Jameson has partnered with craft Dublin cheesemonger, Loose Canon, to inspire discerning whiskey drinkers to embark on a journey of flavour discovery through whiskey and cheese matching with the Jameson 18 family this St. Patrick’s Day. Each born from a traditional craft production method using careful maturation and offering complex and powerful flavour profiles, Jameson has created a suite of whiskey and cheese pairings and matching principles to encourage Jameson drinkers to get creative this March.

Billy Leighton, Master Blender at Midleton Distillery, commented: “I’ve long had the unique luxury of being able to taste Jameson straight from the barrel at cask strength. With Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength, I’m thrilled that Irish whiskey fans around the world can experience the full intensity of our whiskey or add a few drops of water to enjoy it at their own preferred strength.

“As a tribute to the Jameson distilling legacy in Smithfield, we’ve introduced some methods that would have been employed in days past. The final maturation period in Bow Street is our nod to the traditional “marrying” method. We’ve put our own Jameson stamp on it by using first-fill bourbon barrels, whereas the traditional approach would be to use casks multiple times. I like to think of the whiskey getting engaged in Midleton and then “married” in Dublin!”

Simon Fay, International Marketing Director at Irish Distillers, added: “While Jameson’s approachability has been key to its success, we had an opportunity with the launch of Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength last year to reinforce the more serious whiskey side of the brand’s heritage. Consumers are looking for increased choice in style and quality in Irish whiskey and Jameson, as the category leader, is committed to satisfying this appetite.

“On top of that, our research shows that consumers are increasingly looking for brand experiences and the reaction that we have had from consumers that have been able to experience the sounds, aroma and aura of a functioning maturation room in the heart of Dublin has been phenomenal. Our doors are open and we look forward to welcoming even more whiskey fans to taste a piece of whiskey history.”

Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength is presented in a premium bottle design that truly reflects the quality and rarity of the liquid within. The bottle features 18 facets, one for each year of maturation, and the wooden presentation box celebrates the traditional pot stills used during the production process. In addition, a unique copper coin located underneath Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength bottles provides Jameson fans with access to an exclusive online portal where they can delve deeper into the story of the whiskey which bears the Bow Street name.


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Tasting notes by Billy Leighton, Master Blender at the Midleton Distillery:

Nose: Rich wood-driven influence with deep toffee notes and spice.

Taste: Toffee and oak remain consistent with hints of leather and vanilla along with a subtle sherry nuttiness creating depth and complexity.

Finish: Long and full with the sweet toffee notes slowly fading while the toasted oak and spice linger throughout until the very end

About Jameson 18 Years

Jameson 18 Years, presented at 40% ABV and first released 15 years ago, has become one of the world’s most respected and awarded Irish whiskeys and will remain in the Jameson family, available in key markets globally. Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength Batch One was launched in April 2018, with Batch Two launching in February 2019.

 About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson, our brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish whiskey. Jameson is the world’s fastest-growing Irish whiskey, experiencing 29 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 7.3m cases in 2018. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 80 of those experiencing double- or triple-digit growth.

 rish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Power Son, John Jameson Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network. Since 2012, we have invested over €250m to double our production and bottling capacity to meet global demand for our products. We employ over 600 people across our operations in Cork and Dublin.


About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of €8,987 million in FY18. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and VinSprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,900 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 86 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics.

Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

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2009 Talisker 8 Year Old “Old Particular – K&L Exclusive” Single Barrel Cask Strength – Scotch Whisky News


Limited Availability on an Inspired Single Malt from a Celebrated Distillery
2009 Talisker 8 Year Old “Old Particular – KL Exclusive” Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($72.99)
“Easily one of the best young Taliskers I’ve ever had.” —David Othenin-Girard

We’ve been exploring Scotland and its 120-plus distilleries for the last decade, and part of that journey is finding new and interesting bottlings to offer our customers. However, sometimes you have to step back and appreciate the pillars of an industry for what they are. Not only is Talisker one of the most recognizable single malts in the world, but it’s widely considered one of the very best distilleries of any kind anywhere in the world. While only a small fraction of the malt distilled will ever be sold as a single malt, the distillery’s releases are roundly lauded as the highest quality.

Today’s featured bottling wonderfully captures all the best characteristics of this cherished distillery. Having bottled a few casks over the years, we’re starting to get a sense of the potential of this incredible whisky. At around the eight-year mark, the spirit takes on a new complexity that the younger versions lacked. Adding to the deep briny Talisker character, expect rich, fresh whole grain bread, roasted lemons, almond butter, camphor, raw honey, and freshly shucked oyster. While Talisker is not the peatiest whisky in Scotland, it does offer the most authentic “Island” experience available, transporting its drinkers directly to the Isle of Skye without the hard edge smoke of the south coast Islay distillers. Of all the incredible casks we’ve sold this year, this might be the most interesting. A truly eye-opening offering from one of Scotland’s true “Grand Cru” distillers.


2009 Talisker 8 Year Old “Old Particular – KL Exclusive” Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($72.99)

Talisker has sort of this mythical quality in the pantheon of great malts. The majestic distillery on the banks of Loch Harport has long been a staple of any good Scotch selection thanks to its inclusion in the original “Classic Malt” line-up. While it was always one of the more available high quality malts on the market, Talisker was almost NEVER bottled by independents. Word was that Diageo prohibited the sale of casks to blenders under that name, but a special few bottlers, like Gordon Macphail, had access to filling contracts which allowed them to use the name. Needless to say, the mark was exquisitely rare and we had never tasted a single cask until our friends at Douglas Laing offered one up a few years back. We’ve since bottled a few of these, but have yet to find one as special as this one. While Talisker is moderately peated (circa 22ppm) it has an ocean quality that is almost unmistakable. It’s difficult to pinpoint just where these mindblowing flavors come from, but it must be some combination of the peat and the unusual five still set up. The extreme saltiness makes you believe it’s peatier than it is, but actually it’s the bold malt that is coming through more than the peat.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: January 29, 2019

There’s always a risk when you pick rare casks from a blue chip distillery. Not to mention the fact that you’ll need to pay a bit of a premium, but also these sorts of casks receive an extra dose of scrutiny from our discerning customers. It’s not enough to put out a cask of Talisker just because you can. It needs to be special. We’ve done it a few times in the past and while all those casks were good, none broke the threshold for true greatness like this one has. The 8 year age statement from Talisker is a historical one and the distillery has an incredibly rare LE making the rounds in Europe right now. So we thought we’d have a crack at filling the void that product has left for lovers of the old still on Skye. Here is what to expect. The nose is all salt and lemons. Touches of sourdough and pumpernickel. Not at all as spirity as past barrels have been. We’ve really turned a corner here in terms of maturity. Some big salted orchard fruit chopped and wrapped in nori. On the palate, big ripe Meyer lemons and salty smoke. Tons of grip and bold peat. It’s always surprising that Tali shows so much intensity of smoke and salt when the peat levels are only around 16-20 ppm (half of the big boys on Islay). Savory herbs, fennel, lovage, coriander, but very clean and pointed. With water, the brine fully takes over. For those who like ‘em salty, you’ve found your malt. Basically seawater. Easily one of the best young Taliskers I’ve ever had.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: January 29, 2019

While independent casks of Tali are indeed rare, this bottling is perhaps as classic as Talisker gets. Until 1998, Talisker’s predominantly available malt was 8 years of age. Check. The remote distillery on the Isle of Skye with a very long history has always been unique. Its five still setup really utilizes the wash stills’ unique shape to produce a huge amount of reflux without a ton of copper contact. This contributes to the fruity, yet full bodied and peppery nature of the house. Add to that the peat smoke and saline environs and you have a splendid combination that defines the malts of Talisker. All of that is on full display here. Check, check. It’s like sucking down a fresh oyster while sitting on a beach with a blazing fire keeping you warm. Add to that some salty snacks and you have yourself a Talisker afternoon. The malt carries through in a big way here, there is tons of rich cereal to stand up to that incredible and unwavering salinity. Add to that a chance to enjoy it at full proof and you’ve got the real deal.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 07, 2019

From my experience young Talisker selections are really good. They are lively, expressive and delicious. This Old Particular that was distilled in 2009 is no exception. Without the addition of water the nose is smoke and sea and the mouth is sweet and round. It is the addition of water that makes this product shine. The smoke and sea aromas open up and become more pronounced. The flavors are more open to taste with sweet malt, salt and a kiss of smoke coming through.

William Beare | KL Staff Member | Review Date: January 29, 2019

Step forward and give yourself to the embrace of the ocean. Shake hands and mingle with Leviathans, Krakens and Cthulus, while you share in this mystically wonderful sea-sprayed scotch. The nose of the 8 Year Old Particular Talisker Single Barrel is a powerful melding of seaweed and pepper, with some rich, smoked fish pâté both on the nose and the edges of the palate. Touches of candied citrus rind (more bitter than sweet), with another big dose of smashed peppercorn on the finish. I love Talisker, and found this to be a serious treat, not to mention a re-affirmation of the truly special quality on display at this distillery.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: January 29, 2019

The first sniffs of this bottling remind me of going to the deli and getting cured, pepper-crusted meats. This is Talisker at its full robustness – it’s bold, brash, and unflinching. Because of the young age, the peat feels fully present and this quality pairs perfectly with Talisker’s core characteristics of black pepper spice and sea salt brine. But underneath all that power, there’s a delicacy here as well. There’s soft vanilla notes and some honey sweetness, and there’s scents and flavors of candied tropical fruits and dehydrated pineapple. The more I nose my glass, the more prominently these fruity dessert elements come out. The palate reverses this power-to-delicacy dynamic with the initial flavors focusing on those tropical fruit notes before the spice and smoke come out and build. As the finish comes on, the spice warms the entire mouth and leaves me with the flavors of ash and smoldering campfire embers.


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