A. Smith Bowman Distillery Releases Limited Edition Gingerbread Beer Finished Bourbon – American Whiskey News

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A.  Smith Bowman Distillery Releases Limited Edition Gingerbread Beer Finished Bourbon

Fredericksburg, VA. (Oct. 2013) Just in time for fall, A. Smith Bowman announces the release of its Abraham Bowman Limited Edition Gingerbread Beer Finished Bourbon.

The barrels used for this bourbon have had quite a journey, starting with originally aging Bowman Brothers Bourbon from 2004 to 2012.  In 2012, four used barrels were given to Hardywood Brewery located in Richmond, Va. upon which the Brewery aged its award-winning Gingerbread Stout inside for 12 weeks.

In February 2013, the barrels were returned to A. Smith Bowman and were filled with bourbon that had been made in April 2006 and then aged for another two months.  The bourbon was then removed and put into used bourbon barrels, where it was left to age for four more months.

In total, the Abraham Bowman Gingerbread Beer Finished Bourbon has been aged seven years and three months. Tasting notes for the bourbon describe it as toasted graham crackers and gingerbread spice. Wonderful toasted nut, cinnamon and clove, followed by hints of fruity nut bread. This bourbon has a medium palate weight and pleasantly moderate finish.

“The Gingerbread Beer Finished Bourbon has a great nose and taste starting with its spicy entry and rounding out with a pleasant finish,” said Brian Prewitt, master distiller, A. Smith Bowman Distillery. “It’s been a fun experiment to be a part of and I’m looking forward to coming up with more experiments under the Abraham Bowman line in the future.”

The Abraham Bowman Limited Edition Whiskey Gingerbread Beer Finished Bourbon will be available starting in October.  It is a very limited supply.  Suggested retail pricing is $69.99 and Alcohol by Volume is 45% (90 proof.)

About A. Smith Bowman

A. Smith Bowman’s distilling roots date back to the years before Prohibition when the Bowman family had a granary and dairy farm in Sunset Hills, Virginia. They used excess grain from the family estate to distill spirits. In 1934, after the Repeal of Prohibition, Abram Smith Bowman and his sons continued the family tradition and built a more modern distillery in Fairfax County, Virginia called Sunset Hills Farm.  In response to the rapid rise of taxes in Northern Virginia, the Distillery was moved in 1988 and is now nestled in Spotsylvania County near the city of Fredericksburg, 60 miles away from the original location.

As a small and privately owned company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery continues the time-honored traditions on which it was founded. Considered a micro-distillery by today’s standards, A. Smith Bowman produces an assortment of hand-crafted spirits distilled from only the finest natural ingredients and using the latest technology. This micro-distillery focuses on the production of premium spirits honoring the legacy of Virginia’s first settlers. For more information on A. Smith Bowman, please visit www.asmithbowman.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2013/10/a-smith-bowman-distillery-releases-limited-edition-gingerbread-beer-finished-bourbon-american-whiskey-news/

Bulleit Bourbon 10 Years

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Bulleit BourbonIn the 1830s, as a tavern keeper in Louisville, Augustus Bulleit set himself on a mission: to create a bourbon unique in flavour. Unfortunately he died suddenly (or rather vanished) and his bourbon adventure was lost as well, until in 1987 his great-great-grandson Tom Bulleit revived the brand (currently under the wings of Diageo, that is). As of 2008 the brand is also being exported to certain European markets and Australia.

Bulleit bourbon is distilled at the Four Roses distillery in Kentucky and aged in small batches. First they only had a NAS version (said to be around 6 years old), known for its relatively high share of rye in the mash (about 30%). In 2011 a Bulleit Rye was introduced (95% rye). Obviously the modern Bulleit recipe isn’t related to the original one, which would have contained about two-thirds of rye.

At the beginning of 2013, this Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old was launched.



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Nose: a nicely elegant nose with lots of fragrant cinnamon and vanilla, as well as some dry herbal notes. Plenty of toasted oak with traces of polished furniture. Hints of dried fruits as well. Marzipan. There’s a uplifting, spicy rye element, but it’s very well balanced and an attractive ensemble. Mouth: a big spicy kick now. A lot of oak, mint / eucalyptus, pepper and this special rye touch. Herbal tea. Liquorice. Less elegant than on the nose, this is very oak-driven and there’s just traces of fruity sweetness. Finish: moderate length, really dry and oaky. Returns to cinnamon and vanilla in the very end.

This is a very spicy and oaky bourbon. I love the nose for its dry / sweet balance and overall elegancy, but the palate is a little too much. I hear a lot of people actually prefer the NAS version. Around € 75.

Score: 82/100

Article source: http://www.whiskynotes.be/2013/usa-bourbon/bulleit-bourbon-10-years/

The World’s Most Exclusive Scotch Whisky Auction, London, October 2013 – ‘Exclusive’ Scotch Whisky News

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The Worshipful Company of Distillers is delighted to remind you that our unique autumn event is taking place at Apothecaries’ Hall, in the heart of the city of London, on Thursday 17th October 2013.

 Please click here to find further information about the inaugural Distillers’ Charity Auction.

 Run by Christie’s, the auction will be limited to 50 highly collectible lots, including bottles of great historical significance, rare bottlings, and whiskies not commercially available, generously donated from private collections as well as company archives and stocks.

 Click here for the application form to attend the Auction in person and receive your copy of the Auction catalogue priced £100, telling the story behind each whisky in this extraordinary collection, or register to bid by telephone.

 We hope you can join us for an unforgettable evening,

 Brian W. Morrison
The Master

A flavour of lots on offer
1964 Bowmore
1946 The Macallan (pictured)
1956 Bowmore (pictured)
Johnnie Walker Director’s Blend series (2008-2013)
Hazelwood collection
The Dalmore 1964 One Off bottling
Laphroaig HRH visit
North British 50 Years Old
The Macallan Easter Elchies opening
Glenury Royal 50 Years Old one off

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For more information or to reserve a catalogue, please contact:

Assistant Clerk, Mrs. Kim Lyons

Email: KLyons@lbmw.com

Telephone: 020 7960 7173

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2013/10/the-worlds-most-exclusive-scotch-whisky-auction-london-october-2013-exclusive-scotch-whisky-news/

New Releases: Auchentoshan, Bowmore & Glen Garioch – Scotch Whisky News


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It’s been a busy few months for Morrison Bowmore (the owners of Auchentoshan, Bowmore and Glen Garioch), so we thought we would sum it up just in time for Bowmore’s newest and most exciting release of the year – The Devil’s Cask.


Bowmore Devil’s Cask, 56.7%abv, Bottled 2013, Sherry Casks

Limited release 10 year old Bowmore matured solely in sherry casks, a stunning dram full of peat and spice.   Tasting Note: Rich peat and a hint of blood oranges on the nose. Rich dried fruits, a hint of coffee and liquorice with the peat showing well on the finish.



Bowmore 23 Year Old, 50.8% Port Matured

Incredibly this Bowmore has been aged entirely in Port casks for its entire 23 years, demonstrating perfect cask selection that has resulted in a wonderful whisky.   Tasting Note: Rich smoke, sea salt and a leathery aroma. Dark fruits, blood oranges and deep spicy peat smoke dominates the palate. The blood orange and earthy peat linger on the finish.


Email lee.tomlinson@milroys.co.uk to pre-register interest


Glen Garioch Virgin Oak, 48%abv, Bottled 2013, Virgin Oak Cask  

This Glen Garioch has been fully matured in North American Virgin (or new) Oak Casks, for a rich and spicy flavour profile.

Tasting Note: A rich buttery aroma with higher notes of orange zest and caramelised sugar greet the nose. This is followed by melted chocolate, old fashioned marmalade and Scotch Tablet on the palate, leading into a lingering, spicy finish.



Glen Garioch 1999, 56.3%abv Distillery Bottled, Oloroso Sherry Cask

The latest Glen Garioch vintage release is a fourteen year old sherry matured cask from 1999. This Highland malt has been fully maturated in ex-Oloroso Sherry Casks for a deep and warming character.   Tasting Note: Maple syrup and Demerara sugar form a sweet and alluring aroma that lead to deeper notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and rum-soaked sultanas on the palate with a gloriously syrupy mouth feel. The finish kicks off with classic sherry cask raison notes leading into dark chocolate and liquorish allsorts.



Auchentoshan Virgin Oak, 46%abv, Bottled in 2013, Virgin Oak Cask

The Auchentoshan Virgin Oak has been fully matured in new American oak casks for a powerful yet complex flavour profile.   Tasting Note: The nose brings together the jammy sweetness of Auchentoshan new-make spirit with the bolder notes of fresh American oak. The palate allows the fruity subtleties to play off the spicy oak notes with a slight florality emerging towards the finish.


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2013/10/new-releases-auchentoshan-bowmore-glen-garioch-scotch-whisky-news/

Old Pulteney Navigator at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Old Pulteney Navigator (46%)

Limited release to commemorate 2013 Clipper Round the World yacht Race reflecting the distillery’s maritime heritage.

Matured in American bourbon and Spanish
sherry casks.

Buy – $51.44

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2013/10/old-pulteney-navigator-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/


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AIDAN BOWIE from THE BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE HOTEL is selected to represent Europe in transatlantic bartender swap

LONDON. 2nd OCTOBER 2013: Last night, Aidan Bowie from TheBlythswood Square Hotel in Glasgow, battled it out against 11 of the most talented and creative bartenders on the continent to become the European winner of the Auchentoshan Switch – the transatlantic mixology competition like no other. Aidan’s prize will be to “switch” continents with the North American winner and spend two weeks working in the prestigious Dead Rabbit in New York City.

Last night’s European final was held at a unique warehouse location in London Bridge where the finalists were put through a series of challenging mixology tasks that were judged by an esteemed panel:

* Rachel Barrie, Auchentoshan Master Blender

* Edmund Weil, co-owner, Nightjar

* Ryan Chetiyawardana (AKA Mr Lyan), cocktail genius

In each round, the finalists demonstrated their skill and creativity in front of the judges and guests. The first round ‘Creativity and Presentation’ saw the bartenders present their original competition entry of their Auchentoshan Three Wood creation. Round two ‘Working Under Pressure’ tested bartenders’ ability to think on their feet with a secret bag of ingredients given to them just minutes before their presentation. The final round, ‘A Cocktail Showdown’, saw the two outstanding finalists create Rachel Barrie’s favourite cocktail, Blood and Sand.

The competition has been happening throughout the summer, with mixologists from the UK, Sweden, Germany and across the pond in North America entering via the Auchentoshan website and then attending regional heats in their countries. The actual Switch will take place in 2014 when the North American bartender will spend two weeks at the highly acclaimed Nightjar in Old Street, London. The North American final takes place in New York City at the end of this month.

Jennifer Meenan, Brand Manager for Auchentoshan said “This year’s Auchentoshan Switch has seen such a high level of skill from the bartending world. We wanted the competition to reflect the brand’spersonality and we feel that last night’s European final did just this with something totally unique. We can’t wait to see what happens in the North American final. Next stop New York.”

Edmund Weil, competition judge and soon to be mentor of the North American winner alongside the Nightjar team, commented: “The Switch finalists showed so much talent and passion in their Auchentoshan Three Wood creations, the judges were blown away and some difficult decisions had to be made but Aidan just had the edge”.

Award winning Auchentoshan Three Wood is the chosen expression for all Auchentoshan Switch entries as its complex flavours add tremendous dimension to whisky cocktails. As with all Auchentoshan whisky, Three Wood is triple distilled, which produces an immensely smooth spirit. It is matured in three different types of casks – first in North American Bourbon casks, then in Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks and finally in Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks, a wood famed for drama and darkness. This triple cask maturation produces a rich whisky with deep toffee and sherry oak influences, a touch of hazelnut with hints of cinnamon and lemon and a butterscotch sweetness that adds to the overall complexity. It is  produced at the Auchentoshan Distillery which was established in 1823 and has produced triple distilled whisky since this time. It is located in the Lowland region of Scotland, on the outskirts of Glasgow and is the city’s only distillery. Its name, pronounced “ock-un-tosh-un”, means “corner of the field” which is evident to visitors as the distillery sits near farmland on the banks of the River Clyde, in the shadow of the Old Kilpatrick hills between Glasgow and Loch Lomond.

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For more information please visit www.auchentoshan.com


The Nightjar is situated

129 City Rd, London, Greater London, EC1V 1JB. www.barnightjar.com

The Dead Rabbit is situated 30 Water Street, New York.


Auchentoshan – The Modern Classic

-­‐ A traditional and authentic single malt, distilled three times and matured in the finest wood
-­‐ A whisky produced with passion and enriched with heritage
-­‐ Favours the classic but with a nod to the contemporary
-­‐ It’s a combination of two worlds; old and new
-­‐ It’s a throwback to the future
-­‐ It’s style not fashion
-­‐ The very best of the past with the very best of the present…

Auchentoshan Classic is available to buy from a wide range of retailers including Asda, Waitrose, and a range of on line retailers and whisky specialists with a RRP approx £27.00.

As Glasgow’s closest Distillery, Auchentoshan is truly unique as it is the only distillery to use a third still in the whisky making process. It means Auchentoshan is the only Single Malt Scotch whisky to triple distil every single drop. This third distillation takes the new spirit to 81.5% ABV (not 70% which is achieved through only distilling twice) making it the highest distillate of any Scottish distillery. The result is a light and delicate single malt of unmistakable smoothness.

Awards 2011


− Gold Medal, 1975 Bourbon
− Best in Class Silver, 18YO
− Best in Class Silver, Classic

International Spirits Challenge

− Silver Media, 1975 Bourbon
− Silver Medal, Valinch
− Silver Medal, Three Wood

Scottish Design Awards

− Best Packaging – Auchentoshan Travel Retail Award

Awards 2012

San Francisco Spirits Competition

− Double Gold Medal, Three Wood
− Silver Medal, Classic
− Silver Medal, 12YO

World Whiskies Awards:

− Best Lowland – Auchentoshan 1999 Wine Matured

Ultimate Spirits Challenge:

− 94 points/Excellent-Highly Recommended – Auchentoshan Three Wood

Ultimate Cocktail Challenge:

− Chairman’s Trophy – Best Scotch Whisky in a classic Rusty Nail cocktail – Auchentoshan Three Wood

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2013/10/the-auchentoshan-switch-european-winner-is-announced-scotch-whisky-news/

GlenDronach 2002 (cask #710)

This GlenDronach 2002 was bottled for The Whisky Fair (check the related GlenDronach 1993 for The Whisky Agency). These 2002 casks are the oldest ones filled at the distillery under the new ownership, after it had been mothballed since 1996.

It was drawn from a Pedro Ximénez sherry puncheon (bigger than a hogshead, smaller than a butt). Not sure whether this means full maturation or just a finishing period like here.


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(52,8%, OB for The Whisky Fair 2013, Pedro Ximénez puncheon #710, 665 btl.)

Nose: honey, maple syrup and a caramel mocha latte note. Some spicy notes like cinnamon and candied ginger. Sweet nuts. Some brown sugar and sourish red berries. Leather. Hints of smoke or toasted oak in the background. Overall less profoundly sherried than you would expect. Mouth: again quite spicy, quite some white pepper at first, then also cinnamon and cloves. Dark chocolate. Plenty of classic sultanas, plums and dates, as well as a hint of orange jam. A little fudge. Some oak. Finish: long and warming, with the spices up front and a lingering dark plum sweetness behind them.

Quite a spicy GlenDronach, a bit of a ‘punche(on)ed up’ version with some nervous elements alongside more classic notes. Around € 75.

Score: 88/100

Article source: http://www.whiskynotes.be/2013/glendronach/glendronach-2002-710-whisky-fair/

Whisky Ramblings Via Video #64 – Scotch Whisky News


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On the Isle of Jura, on the west coast of Scotland, boasts only one distillery with a rather obvious name: the Isle of Jura distillery. The locals, called Diuriachs, are vast outnumbered by the deer that roam the island. The distillery produces around 2 million litres of spirit per annum. Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, tries the Isle of Jura 16 Year Old, the duty free range offering from this distillery on the Isle of Jura.


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2013/10/whisky-ramblings-via-video-64-scotch-whisky-news/

Glen Grant 1953 G&M at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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Glen Grant 1953 / Rare Vintage / Gordon MacPhail

A 1953 vintage from Glen Grant distillery, matured in first fill and refill sherry casks for over 50 years. Bottled in 2006 by Gordon MacPhail as part of their Rare Vintage series.


£665.00  (£554.17 ex vat)

Click here to buy Glen Grant 1953 Rare Vintage

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2013/10/glen-grant-1953-gm-at-abbey-whisky-scotch-whisky-news/

New City of Waterloo Museum exhibit features Seagram’s V.O. – Canadian Whisky News


New City of Waterloo Museum exhibit features Seagram’s V.O.

(Waterloo, Ont. – Oct. 7, 2013) The City of Waterloo Museum’s latest exhibit, Initial success: 100 years of V.O. Whisky, showcases the product’s 100-year-old history.

What:  Initial success: 100 years of V.O. Whisky    

Where: City of Waterloo Museum, located at Conestoga Mall (near the food court)

When: Oct. 2, 2013 to Jan. 31, 2014 

There is a mystery surrounding the origins and naming of Seagram’s V.O., one of the most well-known whiskies produced at the former Waterloo distillery. Family tradition states that “V.O.” stands for “Very Own,” as this was a whisky blend created for the nuptials of Joseph E. Seagram’s son Thomas to Dorothy Pearson in 1913. Others claim that the initials stand for “Very Old” in keeping with the distiller’s assertion that it was a blend of very old Canadian whiskies.

Initial success: 100 Years of V.O. Whisky traces the product’s 100 year old history, with highlights into the life of Thomas and Dorothy, its production, packaging and marketing while trying to demystify the origins of the initials. Throughout the exhibition, the integral relationship of Seagram’s V.O. with Waterloo is highlighted. Of particular interest are photographs and artifacts from the production and bottling stages at the former Seagram Waterloo Distillery.

No matter what the facts, this famous Canadian whisky is still “honoured the world over” as “only V.O. is V.O.”

The City of Waterloo Museum is open Wednesday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free admission for all.

Information on this exhibit is available by visiting www.waterloo.ca/museum.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2013/10/new-city-of-waterloo-museum-exhibit-features-seagrams-v-o-canadian-whisky-news/