Yellowstone® Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon 2018 Launches this Month – American Whiskey News

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Yellowstone® Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon 2018 Launches this Month

(Lebanon, Ky.) September 12, 2018 – Limestone Branch Distillery introduces the 2018 variety of Yellowstone® Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon, the third and final barrel finishing experiment by Limestone Branch Distillery, set to hit the market in October. This year’s final limited edition combines hand-selected, Kentucky Straight bourbons, ranging from four to 12 years in aging and finished in No. 3 char wine casks. Same as with the 2017 edition, this year’s special edition also includes Limestone Branch Distillery’s own distillate, carefully made with their signature heirloom white corn.

“The Yellowstone Limited Edition variants have been an incredible outlet for my creativity and flair for experimenting,” says Steve Beam, president and distiller of Limestone Branch Distillery. “We started the process in 2016 and I am proud of the three limited editions we created – and how they are linked to each other.”

Beam tells the story of the evolution of these three variants. “In 2016, we finished our Limited Edition bourbon in specially selected new wine barrels, which lent their special flavor to that year’s celebrated bourbon, but their journey had barely begun. Later that year, after the bourbon was dumped and bottled, the same 28 barrels were lightly charred and we filled them with our 2017 Limited Edition bourbon. This year, we took the very same barrels – now rich with complexity – and deeply charred them before filling them with our 2018 Limited Edition.”

The barrel journey, and the hand-selected bourbon used in these products, created a rich flavor profile. Beam notes that the heavy char over bourbon-wet oak produced a rich palate of burnt sugar, deep caramel and a lingering essence of crème brulée.

Bottled at 101 proof and available in 750ml bottles signed by Steve Beam and nestled in commemorative tubes, the 2018 Yellowstone Limited Edition marks the final piece of this award-winning trilogy.

Approximately 12,000 bottles of this bourbon are being produced this fall at Limestone Branch Distillery, and the suggested retail price is $99.99.

About Limestone Branch Distillery

Steve Beam and his brother Paul Beam opened Limestone Branch Distillery in 2011, with the goal of crafting the finest whiskey in small batches, honoring their long family heritage. With a history of distilling on both sides of their family – Beam and Dant – the brothers are seventh-generation distillers. In 2015, by partnering with Luxco, they brought the Yellowstone brand back to the family, just in time to commemorate the brand’s 105th anniversary. As one of the founding members of the Kentucky Craft Bourbon Trail, Limestone Branch Distillery is located in Lebanon, Ky., in the heart of bourbon country.  The distillery is well known for its handcrafted products, including Yellowstone Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Yellowstone Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon and Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey.

For more information on Limestone Branch Distillery and Yellowstone, please visit  www.limestonebranch.com, www.yellowstonebourbon.com or  www.facebook.com/limestone-branch-distillery.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/09/yellowstone-limited-edition-kentucky-straight-bourbon-2018-launches-this-month-american-whiskey-news/

Kilchoman & Exclusive Regions Whisky Tasting at the Whisky Shop #SFO Sept 22nd, 2018 – Scotch Whisky News

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Saturday, September 22nd 11AM-5:30PM

Scotch Tasting: Kilchoman Exclusive Regions

Join us this Saturday for a taste of Islay, Speyside, and Orkney Scotch, presented by whisky expert Sam Filmus! Some of our own favorites from the Exclusive Regions line will be poured, as well as rare drams from Kilchoman Distillery.

Pourlist:

Exclusive Regions Speyside

Exclusive Regions Orkney

Kilchoman Single Malt Scotch

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/09/kilchoman-exclusive-regions-whisky-tasting-at-the-whisky-shop-sfo-sept-22nd-2018-scotch-whisky-news/

BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY RELEASES MUCH ANTICIPATED 2018 ANTIQUE COLLECTION WHISKEYS – American Whiskey News

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BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY RELEASES MUCH ANTICIPATED 2018 ANTIQUE COLLECTION WHISKEYS

Change in the Lineup: Eagle Rare 17 Year Old Bourbon will now be 101 proof 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Sept. 18, 2018) Fall is upon us, and that means Buffalo Trace Distillery is releasing its annual 2018 Antique Collection of whiskeys. The highly anticipated collection will once again feature five limited-release whiskeys of various ages, recipes and proofs, with one notable change, Eagle Rare 17 Year Old Bourbon will now be 101 proof.  Here’s what else fans can expect:

George T. Stagg

The powerhouse favorite of the Antique Collection, George T. Stagg weighs in at 124.9 proof this year.  Past releases of this uncut and unfiltered bourbon have won many top awards, including last year’s release nabbing a Double Gold Medal at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. This year’s release contains bourbon from barrels filled in the spring of 2003. This batch contained 284 barrels, not quite as much as last year’s yield, but still significantly more than the yield from previous years.  Storage location of these barrels varied across warehouses C, H, I, K, P, and Q.  This whiskey tastes of dark chocolate, espresso, and tobacco.

William Larue Weller

The Antique Collection’s uncut, unfiltered, wheated recipe bourbon is William Larue Weller. Previous editions of this wheater have won many accolades, including a Double Gold Medal at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and “Bourbon of the Year” by “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2017.”  The 2018 offering was distilled in the winter of 2006 and aged in Warehouses C, I, K, L, M, and Q.  This bourbon registers in at 125.7 proof.  The bold flavors include dried fruit, fig, and caramelized vanilla.

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye

Thomas H. Handy is the uncut and unfiltered straight rye whiskey. “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2018” named previous years’ releases “Best Rye Whiskey with no age statement.”  This year’s Handy was distilled in the spring of 2012; aged in warehouses I and L and weighs in at 128.8 proof.  The flavor profile includes hints of allspice, teaberry, and clove.

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old

This year’s release is going back to its roots with a proof change from the previous 90 proof back to 101 proof, in tribute to the original strength used when the brand was launched in 1974.  This will be a permanent change to the proof for the Eagle Rare 17 year old from this year forward.  The 2018 edition was distilled in the Spring of 2000 and has been spending its time aging on the first, second and fifth floors of Warehouse C.  This bourbon tastes of toasted oak, coffee, spearmint, and butterscotch.

Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old

Last year Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old was named “Best Rye Whiskey Aged 11 Years and Over” by “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2018.”  This 2018 straight rye whiskey release has notable flavors of dark chocolate, tobacco, and cinnamon. The barrels for this whiskey were filled in the spring of 1998.

The Antique Collection was introduced more than a decade ago and has become a cult favorite among whiskey connoisseurs. Since 2000 these whiskeys have garnered numerous awards from such notable publications as Whisky Advocate Magazine, Spirit Journal, and “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.”

The 2018 Antique Collection whiskeys will be available in limited quantities starting in late September or early October.  Suggested retail price is $99 each.  For more information visit http://www.buffalotracedistillery.com/brands/antique-collection.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 21 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year by “Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 500 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/09/buffalo-trace-distillery-releases-much-anticipated-2018-antique-collection-whiskeys-american-whiskey-news/

2003 AND 1990 VINTAGE LIMITED EDITIONS CÙ BÒCAN RELEASED – Scotch Whisky News

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2003 AND 1990 VINTAGE LIMITED EDITIONS CÙ BÒCAN RELEASED

Cù Bòcan has added two more limited edition single malts to the range with the launch of 2003 and 1990 vintage releases.

The 2003 vintage limited edition Cù Bòcan (aged 15 years old) has been bottled at a strength of 46% and sits alongside the standard edition. It has been matured in peated Islay ex-Sherry butts and is only available while stocks last. This full bodied single malt has coastal peat smoke notes which are perfectly balanced with winter spices and orchard fruits.

The special 1990 vintage release was distilled on 17 October 1990 and has been matured in peated Islay ex-Bourbon barrels. In their past lives, the casks were home to one of Islay’s peatiest potions and hints of the untamed spirit have been working their smoky magic over the years. The final creation, at 52.9% strength, is smoky, with notes of tropical fruits and warm spices. Only 1,400 bottles of this rare whisky are available worldwide.

The Cù Bòcan brand is named after a mythical Highland hellhound which was rumoured to haunt the village of Tomatin and was launched in 2013 as a lightly peated alternative to the traditional fruity flavours of Tomatin single malt. The distillery has been producing peated malt for the last week of every year since 2005, and in recent years has been experimenting with different levels of peatiness (PPM) in order to diversity their offering in the coming years.

These latest releases follow previous limited editions including the 2006 vintage in 2017, the 1988 and 2005 vintages in 2016, the Virgin Oak, Sherry and Bourbon expressions in 2015 and the 1989 vintage in 2014.

Lorraine Waddell, Brand Manager, commented:

“As the Cù Bòcan brand continues to grow – sales have grown 15% year to date on last year – our followers have been eagerly awaiting news of the next limited editions to complement the standard edition, which is available all year round.”

The 2003 vintage is currently being rolled out worldwide and is expected to retail at £85.00 and the 1990 at £230.00.

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For more information about the Cù Bòcan brand please contact Lorraine Waddell, Brand Manager on 01463 572 727 or lorraine@tomatin.com.

  1. Website: www.cu-bocan.com
    1. Facebook: www.facebook.com/cubocan
    2. Twitter: www.twitter.com/cubocanwhisky
    3. Instagram: www.instagram.com/cubocanwhisky
    4. In 2005, the decision was made to produce a peated single malt and for the last week of production that year a batch of Optic Barley peated to 15ppm was used to produce about 60,000 litres of lightly peated spirit which was filled into a variety of different cask types.
  1. Then, on September 3rd 2013 this lightly peated whisky produced at Tomatin was released as Cù Bòcan – A single malt at 15ppm matured in a combination of Bourbon, Sherry and Virgin Oak casks. Since then, the Cù Bòcan brand has grown with a number of vintage releases as part of the brand limited edition collection.
  1. The distillery is owned by Japanese company Takara Shuzo: http://www.takarashuzo.co.jp/english/index.html

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/09/2003-and-1990-vintage-limited-editions-cu-bocan-released-scotch-whisky-news/

Whisk(e)y News From Park Ave Liquor Shop #NYC – Whisky News

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New Arrivals on our  

Whisk(e)y wall.

As the rain pours down here in NYC – we remembered that our favorite thing about water is how it can expand the nuances of whisk(e)y. Then when we realized it has been awhile since we told you about some new arrivals. So – Happy reading and hopefully…ordering:)

Please contact us with any questions you might have.

Note – We will be closed Wednesday, September 19th in observance of Yom Kippur.

Cheers!
Jonathan, Marlon Eric
The Park Avenue Liquor Shop
270 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
212-685-2442
jonathan@parkaveliquor.com

whiskyconn@gmail.com
eric@parkaveliquor.com
www.parkaveliquor.com

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Glenrothes ~ ‘Whisky Maker’s Cut’

Matured only in first fill sherry seasoned oak casks, and bottled at natural color at a strength selected by our Master Whisky Maker. Creamy vanilla, orange peel and nutmeg character.

Aroma: Resinous, candied peel and fresh oak notes.
Taste: Rich, spicy, creamy vanilla and orange peel.
Finish: Long, fruity, orange peel notes with a hint of nutmeg.

PRICE: $88/btl

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’08 Ardmore by Mossburn: No. 6

“This is a 9 year old Ardmore single malt, independently bottled by Mossburn, owners of the Torabhaig distillery on the Isle of Skye (its own whisky is waiting to come of age, in case you were wondering).”

Nose: Freshly baked pretzels, cedar, dry smoke.
Palate: Lemon drizzle cake, milky coffee, earthy peat and peppercorn.
Finish: Waves of vanilla and a floral, oak smoke.”

PRICE: $71

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Pinhook 2018 Bourbon release

Each fall, Pinhook releases a new bourbon connected to a promising young thoroughbred horse. The whiskey in each release is the best expression of their barrels at that moment in time. They blend and proof each release to be as unique as the horse on the label. The result is an annual vintage of Pinhook Bourbon that become instant collectibles. While it is impossible to know if the horse on the bottle will go all the way to the Kentucky Derby, there is no gamble on the quality of what’s inside. “Bourbon Country” is the 8th release. It’s been aged more than 3 years at Castle and Key Distillery in Millville, KY . Notes: A vibrant burst of ripe pear and baked apricot up front seamlessly give way to toffee, dates, and vanilla bean. A lingering and lifting finish of cinnamon, cedar, and peppercorn round out this complex, and exceptionally balanced expression.

PRICE: $55/btl

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Boone County Distilling Co. 12 Year Old

“Boone County, once the largest producer of bourbon in Kentucky, has resurrected local distilling under the name Boone County Distilling Company and the launch of “Eighteen 33″- a 12 year-old straight bourbon whiskey. It has been profiled as rich and full bodied in the mouth with an almost everlasting finish, notes of aged oak, vanilla, caramel, and a hint of cinnamon.”

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PRICE: $75

Corsair Ryemageddon

Corsair Ryemageddon American Rye Whiskey is distilled from a mash of 80% malted rye grains and 20% chocolate rye grains. After the grains have been harvested by local farmers, they are mashed and fermented before being twice distilled, first through an antique wash still and then again through a 240-gallon copper-pot still. It has an aroma of milk chocolate and peanut butter, along with notes of fresh rye toast, baking spices and buttered bread on the palate. The flavors lead gently to a warming finish with a touch of fruit, butter and vanilla.

PRICE: $53/btl

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Matsui Whisky by Matsui-Shuzo The Kurayoshi 1910 Sherry Cask

Matsui Shuzo is known in Japan as both a sake brewery and shochu distillery. While the juice in Kurayoshi is 100% malted barley, the spirits themselves have been sourced from distilleries around Scotland before making their journey to Japan, where they are blended with Japanese-distilled malted barley then aged (3-18 years).

Nose: Walnuts and chocolate peanuts, with a touch of cranberry.
Palate: Sultana and honeyed bread, with a lingering touch of ground ginger.
Finish: Crunchy brown sugar, stewed pears and blueberries.

PRICE: $82

Due to ever-changing inventory, we cannot guarantee bottle availability. We are not responsible for any typographical errors or the New York Giants ‘revamped’ Offensive Line. 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/2018/09/whiskey-news-from-park-ave-liquor-shop-nyc-whisky-news/

Isle of Arran Distillers move closer to completion of new distillery as stills arrive – Scotch Whisky News

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Isle of Arran Distillers move closer to completion of new distillery as stills arrive 

Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd have edged closer to the completion of their new Lagg Distillery, having recently welcomed the arrival of their new custom-made copper pot stills to the island.

Following their departure from Rothes on the east coast of Scotland, the stills made the ferry journey from Ardrossan to Brodick on Thursday 30th August, before travelling down to the Lagg Distillery site early the following morning.

Master Distiller James MacTaggart, along with Graham Omand, the newly appointed Lagg Distillery Manager, and Faye Waterlow, the Lagg Visitor Centre Manager, were on site to welcome the copper pot stills to their new home, where they will begin the production of the signature Lagg Single Malt in early 2019.

The copper pot stills were manufactured by renowned still-maker, Forsyths. They have been specifically tailored to create a heavily-peated (50ppm) earthy spirit that will become the flagship Lagg Single Malt. It is expected that this spirit, despite being very different in nature, will retain many of the characteristics that are the staple flavours of the celebrated Arran Malt.

The wash still has a capacity of 10,000 litres and the spirit still a capacity of 7,000 litres. The new Lagg stills will allow for a production level within the first year of 200,000 litres of alcohol.

Speaking about the arrival of the stills, James MacTaggart said: “The copper pot stills will now be installed into their new home and complete a commissioning phase. The anticipation of waiting for them and then watching them arrive has created a great buzz on the site and on the island.

“Now the stills are here, it truly feels like the start of an exciting new chapter, not just in the story of whisky production on Arran, but for the island as a whole. I look forward to working closely with Graham to ensure that they get up-and-running and that the spirit produced at Lagg is of the highest quality.”

As well as the arrival of the stills, the three warehouses on site at the Lagg Distillery have been completed and the keys have officially been handed over from the construction team to Isle of Arran Distillers. This allows the team based at Lagg to start preparations to store the casks that will be filled at the new distillery.

When fully operational in 2019 the Lagg Distillery will increase Isle of Arran Distillers production capacity to 2 million litres. Furthermore, the total visitor numbers to both distillery sites is expected to exceed 200,000 by 2020.

To see footage of the stills arriving at Lagg Distillery, and to find out how you can become part of a new island whisky legacy, please click here.

In other news, the Isle of Arran Distillers have launched a search for the official poem of the Lagg Distillery, which will be immortalised at the site.  Budding writers have been tasked with producing a poem that beautifully captures the Isle of Arran’s history, landscape or, quite simply, it’s spirit – whisky or otherwise.

The closing date for entries is Friday 14 December and the winner and two runners up will be announced on Burns Night, Friday 25 January 2019. As well as being immortalised within the Lagg Visitor Centre, the winning entry will be exclusively published in Scottish Field magazine, the official media partner for the competition. The winning poet will also be invited to the official opening of the new Lagg Distillery Visitor Centre in Spring of next year. The two runners up will receive an exclusive Lagg Distillery goodie bag.

All entries can be submitted to Scottish Field magazine by emailing Kenny Smith at ksmith@scottishfield.co.uk with the subject ‘Isle of Arran Distillers – Poetry Competition’.  Entrants will also need to include in their name, contact information and date of birth as this competition is only open to those over the age of 18.

Poems can also be submitted by post using the following address:

Kenny Smith

Scottish Field

496 Ferry Road,

Edinburgh,

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Notes:

Accolades for Isle of Arran Distillery include Winner for:

Best New Exporter (2004), Queen’s Award for International Trade (2005), Scottish Distiller of the Year (2007) and Scottish Drinks Producer of the Year (2007) Scottish Field Visitor Experience of the Year 2014 2015

Drinks Business Best Contribution to Wine and Spirits Tourism (2017)

Best Brewery/Distillery Tour – Scottish Outdoor Leisure Awards (2017)

Product Awards include:

Arran 10 year -old: San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold Medal (2018). International Wine Spirits Competition Gold Medal (2018). Category Winner and Gold Medal ‘Best Scotch Under 12 Years’ Islands Non-Islay at the World Whiskies Awards (2018). International Spirits Challenge Silver Medal (2018). Ultimate Spirits Challenge 91 points (2018). Ultimate Spirits Challenge Cocktail Commendation for the Rob Roy (2018). Double Gold Medal China Wine Spirits Best Value Awards (2014)

Arran 18 year-old: International Wine Spirits Competition Gold Medal (2018) Category Winner Gold Medal ‘Best Scotch 13-20 Years – Islands (Non- Islay) World Whiskies Awards (2018). International Spirits Challenge Silver Medal (2018)

Quarter Cask ‘The Bothy’: Category Winner Gold Medal ‘No Age Statement Single Malt’ for The Bothy Batch 3 World Whiskies Awards (2018). International Wine Spirits Competition Silver Outstanding Medal (2018). International Spirits Challenge Silver Medal (2018)

Arran Lochranza Reserve: International Wine Spirits Competition Silver Outstanding Medal (2018), International Spirits Challenge Silver Medal (2018)

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/09/isle-of-arran-distillers-move-closer-to-completion-of-new-distillery-as-stills-arrive-scotch-whisky-news/

Whisky Wednesday Reviews Old Pulteney Huddart – Scotch Whisky News

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NEW OLD PULTENEY! The Huddart, in some ways, a classic example of the OP brand, in some ways, not. It has character elements of the 12, it’s layered with vanilla, salt and a nice dollop of lemon/natural yogurt smells. The place where it changes up is the use of finishing the whisky in a peated cask. A cask from a distillery that has held peated spirit. Using this opens up different and new elements of OP that may have been missing over the last few years. Cheers!

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/09/whisky-wednesday-reviews/

ABERFELDY 25 YEAR OLD 1993 CONNOISSEURS CHOICE at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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ABERFELDY 25 YEAR OLD 1993 CONNOISSEURS CHOICE

$545.78

ABV: 58.8%, AGE: 25 Year Old, VINTAGE: 1993, CASK TYPE: First fill Sherry puncheon, BOTTLER: Gordon MacPhail, REGION: Highland

Aberfeldy 25 Year Old 1993 vintage Highland single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask First fill Sherry puncheon bottled June 2018 by Gordon MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice series. 444 bottles. Brothers John and Tommy Dewar established Aberfeldy Distillery in 1896 and commenced distilling there two years later in order to guarantee a supply of quality Scottish malt whiskey for their John Dewar Sons range of blended scotch. Aberfeldy is a Highland malt whisky distillery situated in the heart of the Perthshire countryside and these days produces malt whiskey for its Aberlour 12 Year to Aberlour 21 Year Old range of single malts. This Highland malt whisky distiller’s four copper stills produce both un-peated and mildly peated whiskey. Aberfeldy’s old malt barns house Dewar’s World of Whiskey visitor centre.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/09/aberfeldy-25-year-old-1993-connoisseurs-choice-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/

Whisky Weekend, Grimsby September 22nd & 23rd, 2018 – Canadian Whisky News

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Whisky Weekend is our annual celebration of all things Canadian – and more importantly all things Forty Creek!  Each September, we open the doors of our distillery in Grimsby to offer our Forty Creek fans unprecedented behind-the-scenes access.  With tours, tastings, seminars and more, Whisky Weekend is a fully immersive experience.

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Whisky Weekend also marks the official launch of annual limited release.  The 2018 edition of Whisky Weekend will take place on September 22 23.  We look forward to seeing you then!

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/09/whisky-weekend-grimsby-september-22nd-23rd-2018-canadian-whisky-news/

Old Particular is Back at K&L California! Featuring Port Dundas 28-Year-Old, Invergordon 26-Year-Old – Scotch Whisky News

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A Pair of Old Particulars That’ll Scratch Your Whisky Itch

It’s been a few months since we last offered an Old Particular selection, but, as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait. In this case, we have two very good things to reward your patience. The Port Dundas 28-Year-Old and Invergordon 26-Year-Old are hand-selected picks that will leave many a whisky lover beaming. Aged to perfection, these single grain whiskies are not only a pure delight to drink, but their prices (like all of our Old Particular selections) are unbelievable good. Nowhere else will you find whiskies with age statements like these so affordably priced. Both expressions are soft and pure, revealing the subtle complexity that only 20-plus years in a barrel can offer. Both are bottled at cask strength, which means there’s some power here, but nuanced tones are the name of the game. Having arrived just in time for the fall, these are contemplative whiskies to sit back and enjoy on a cool evening. If you’ve enjoyed the single grain whiskies from Old Particular before, then you’ll certainly want to pick up this tantalizing pair.

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1991 Invergordon 26 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($89.99)

Invergordon is a grain distillery situated north of Inverness on the Cormarty Firth. They’ve specialized in production of grain whisky for blends, but like so many things in whisky, with a little time comes greatness. We’ve snagged this cask of 26 year old grain whisky to showcase just how complex single grain can be on its own. It is the kind of dram you can come back to over and over again and pick apart the intricacies that only two and a half decades in cask can provide. Think of this like over-proofed, over-aged bourbon, but for under $100 bucks and without the intense tannin that comes from decades in heavily charred new oak.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 12, 2018

I used to look at single grain like single malt-light. Great values and solid whiskies, but never with the oomph I was craving until they were 40+ years old. But my views on single grain have been amended in the past few years as I got more experience enjoying the delicate subtleties of our single cask selections. It’s one thing to taste and determine if these whiskies are valuable and saleable, it’s quite another to sit down and drink a bottle over the course of a few days, weeks or months. I do find that that’s what it takes for me to become intimate with a whisky and while it’s easy to tell good from bad whisky in a tasting environment, I consider an open bottle on the shelf a long term relationship. Like any relationship it evolves. I’ve found my relationship with this category evolving as well. While it’s undeniable that single malt is king, it’s really hard to argue that, for those who crave a nuanced and long term relationship with their tipple of choice, single grain offers a lot of benefits. The first thing about this Invergordon, like many great single grains, is that the first nosing is pleasant and appealing, but never grabs hold of you like a big bold Islay or chewy Highlander. But, if you sit for a while and let the whisky come to you instead of forcing yourself onto what you believe it should be, there’s so much more going on there. The easy going flavors of coconut and candied sugar evolve into a timid yet vibrant mixture of dried citrus, wet gravel, agave nectar, honeysuckle and vanilla flower. And despite all the very subtle lissome aromas on the nose, the moment this stuff hits your lips, it explodes. Rich, buttery, warm and structured, there’s absolutely nothing boring about this! Some of the citrus comes through as well the darker rock tone from the nose. Otherwise, we’re moving more toward yellow plums and cream soda. Some cracked pepper and woodsy barrel spice keep it nice and dry, but I’d avoid putting any more than the tiniest drop of water here just to open up the nose. This is esoterica for the masses, opaque, in need of a bit of teasing to open up, but with just the right amount of life to keep you coming back.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 12, 2018

KL has championed single grain whisky for a long time. Every time we have a new cask land, this approach is reaffirmed. It’s an incredibly affordable alternative to single malt and offers a unique look at impressive age statements without breaking the bank. My favorite thing about old grain is the slightly tropical, often coconut, notes that develop around the 20-25 year mark. It’s a lovely flavor and this bottle of Invergordon has it in spades. Not to mention all of the other complexity and nuance that develops in that kind of time frame. It’s an array of vanilla and wood spice intermixed with fruits, nuts, and glazed donuts. It holds its 55.5% proof perfectly. Drink it neat or with a drop of two of water to really open things up. An ice cube doesn’t go too far if you like to cool things down. Hell, at this price, you can afford to mix it into your favorite version of a Horse’s Neck. It’s a perfect match with the spice of the ginger.

Miles Philippe | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 13, 2018

A lovely, sweet vanilla nose is the first thing that greets you in this Scotch! Honey comes second, followed by baked pears glazed in sugar, fresh out of the oven with some nutmeg on top. The texture is soft and enveloping; as if you bundled up in a great big blanket made out velvety gold. The finish leaves notes of marzipan, caramel, dark honey, and baking spices that bid you farewell like old friends; one of those goodbyes that take half an hour and that no one wants to end.

Shaun Green | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 12, 2018

When a single grain Scottish whisky hits it right, the experience is incredible. The Invergordon 26 definitely hits the mark. Very smooth and creamy texture even at full proof, then it opens and becomes more fruity and honeyed. Non peaty and extremely high quality whisky with age, elegance and power – and at an extremely attractive price. Don’t let the single grain designation throw you, it’s fantastic! What’s not to like here?

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 07, 2018

Single barrel cask strength grain whiskeys have been very popular at KL. This selection of Invergordon is a good reason why. It is soft, mature and mellow. Without water the nose is reserved and opens up with a splash of water showing pretty floral and caramel aromas. Without water, in the mouth it is reserved again, but really opens up with some water becoming creamy with subtle soft spice. Interesting and easy, the Invergordon is worth taking a look at.

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1988 Port Dundas 28 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($89.99)

Closed by Diageo in 2009, Port Dundas was formerly a grain distillery that operated in North Glasgow, providing the base whiskies for White Horse and Johnnie Walker. Over the years we have bottled a number of wonderful old grain casks for reasonable prices, and today is no exception. This 28 year old beauty is a candyland of excitement. It has flashes of sweet stone fruit and strawberry preserve. The palate jumps from toasted, candied coconut to vanilla shortbread and then back to honey granola and cinnamon sugar toast. There is a glazed nutty finish and enough punch from the 52.9% alcohol to keep everything on track and never cloying. The days of drinking closed distilleries at reasonable prices feel like they’re long gone, but in the grain whiskey sector, the dream of drinking distilleries past is alive and well!

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

Port Dundas has distilled some of the best single grain whisky I’ve ever tasted. What was a simple whisky in its youth has concentrated after nearly thirty years in a refill hogshead into something utterly delectable. This whisky is all about nuance, showing impeccable but slightly shy orchard fruit on the nose. With air it starts to open up, reminding me of Williams Birne eau-de-vie, a light toasty nose of creamy grain, and hints of herbs and dried leaves. On the palate, we have tons of candied apple, big vanilla bean, sprinkled with a little cocoa. I love to sell these as drier less oaky bourbon although we’ll never know if it was distilled from corn or wheat, but this is the perfect gift for someone when you don’t know their tastes, or if you want to offer something unusual without scaring off your less experienced friends. Plus-28 years for less than $90, that’s impressive on its own.

Shaun Green | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 12, 2018

The 28 year old Port Dundas from Old Particular shows a wonderful shortbread and apricot nose with a nice lemon rind citrus thread. It has a great grip to it at full proof or with a touch of water, but the water really opens this up to a broad fruity and slightly spicy palate, finishing with a great dose of grain and spice. It’s hard to believe this was meant for blending into JW Red or White Horse; it’s fantastic! I love the single grain whiskies from Scotland as a nice counterpoint to the single malts, showing why whisky is the king in Scotland!

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 08, 2018

Another good example of cask strength grain whisky. The Port Dundas showed best for me without water. The nose was expressive with delicate caramel notes. In the mouth this is a whisky of finesse, with delicate and layered caramel notes that are enjoyable and interesting. Addition of water continued the same flavor profile but everything was softer and lighter.

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