Compass Box “Why we made: Myths & Legends” – Scotch Whisky News


Myths Legends is a series of three Limited Edition whiskies, created to challenge certain Scotch “myths” and celebrate the creative opportunities offered by blending.

Here’s why we made our latest release, Myths Legends


In matters of Scotch whisky production, a number of myths have taken root. The role of blending especially is often misunderstood, typically associated only with whiskies of a certain category.

To emphasise the central importance of the blending process to all Scotch whiskies, we have created three distinctive blends. The series opens with two single malts, each the result of blending together a variety of casks from discrete distilleries. The final whisky is a blend of malt whiskies, some fruity and the others peaty, from different distilleries.


In fact, every major brand of single malt blends. Casks filled at the same distillery develop different flavours during maturation, so producers will blend numerous casks together to enhance the complexity of their single malts.

To demonstrate this, Myths Legends I combines two contrasting parcels of whisky from a Northern Highland distillery. Our blend allows the flavours of both parcels to express themselves and reveals a fuller picture of distillery character.


Speyside may be home to the distillery behind Myths Legends II, but the tropical fruitiness and waxy texture of the finished blend have nothing to do with the region.

Instead, the distinctive character of this whisky stems from particular processes at the distillery, maturation in different cask types for different lengths of time, and the choices made in the Blending Room.

To understand the flavours of Myths Legends II, knowing the whisky’s region is not enough.


A distillery’s reputation should never limit how its whiskies are used. If a whisky is truly great, the whiskymaker can emphasise its virtues even further through blending.

For Myths Legends III, we added casks from two celebrated island distilleries to some of the same whiskies used in Myths Legends II. The fruitiness and notes of butterscotch remain, but they are now complemented and enriched by aromatic peatiness.

Creativity and quality matter more than legendary status, or the sanctity of a category.


We love Scotch whisky’s countless stories, but when they impose limits on our enjoyment of the whisky itself it is time to think more critically.

The Myths Legends series encourages whisky fans to examine old assumptions and to trust their own palate as the ultimate arbiter of quality. These whiskies reveal the beautiful forms and captivating flavours we can create through blending.


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Dallas Dhu Distillery Dinner & Dance Saturday November 16th, 2019 – Scotch Whisky News

Join Murray McDavid’s famously hospitable team to celebrate Aceo’s 20th year in the Scotch whisky industry. Do not miss the party in the historic whisky warehouses at Dallas Dhu Distillery.

The doors swing open from 7pm where guests will be warmly greeted with a carefully crafted cocktail, created by the three finalists of the Malt Mixers Challenge.

Throughout the four-course meal, guests will enjoy a variety of entertainment including leading luminaries from the world of whisky, whilst sipping specially selected whiskies.

Following after dinner speeches, there will be a lively blend of traditional and modern music, which is sure to get the crowd up on their feet late into the night.

To apply for one of the limited tickets, please email: or call: 01452 762 024

Dress: Smart/Formal evening attire

Bar: The onsite bar will be able to take payment via cash or card

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Macallan Lalique- 50 year old. Sold for £100,062.


Two bottles of one of the world’s most sought-after whiskies, the Macallan Lalique-50 year old, sold for £100,062 each at Bonhams Fine Whisky sale in Edinburgh on Wednesday 9 October. They had been estimated at £67,000-93,000.  


The Macallan Lalique-50 year old is the first of The Lalique Six Pillars Collection of the distillery’s rarest single malts, released between 2006-2016. Distilled and bottled by The Macallan Distillers Ltd., Easter Elchies, Craigellachie, it is said to have the aroma of cumin, cardamom and maraschino, and a taste of dark prunes and plain chocolate.


Other highlights included A bottle of Karuizawa-50 year old-1965 which sold for £27,562 (estimate: £23,000-25,000.  The Karuizawa distillery, which is now closed, was situated on the slopes of Mount Asama an active volcano in Nagano Prefecture Japan. It was the smallest distillery in Japan and its output is among the rarest and most sought-after of all Japanese whisky.  The Karuizawa was part of a collection of Japanese whisky that sold for a total of £200,000.

Sale: Fine WhiskyLocation: 22 Queen Street Edinburgh EH2Date: Wednesday 9 October at 11 am


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2019 Special Releases Collection Unveiled – Scotch Whisky News

About Diageo’s Special Releases

During the late 1980s, the benchmark expressions of single malt whiskies from six single malt distilleries became well known under the CLASSIC MALTS name. Interest in older and rarer malt whiskies in general also grew during this period. One product of this was the RARE MALTS, a series of rarer releases begun in 1995, and which ended in 2005. There remained a demand for unusual, distinctive, often older, unrepeatable cask strength bottlings, usually of the CLASSIC MALTS. Such bottlings allowed collectors, connoisseurs and enthusiasts to enjoy and experience remaining older stocks, and/or unusual expressions of a distillery’s character – a treasure trove of priceless malts. To satisfy this demand, the SPECIAL RELEASES series was born in 2001, and the annual collection – with familiar names and some surprises – has been eagerly awaited by enthusiasts ever since.

You can view our 2018 Special Release collection here.

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2006 Glenlivet 12YO “Signatory Unchillfiltered Collection” 1st Fill Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength at K&L California ~ Scotch Whisky News

A Divine, Sherried Expression from a Speyside Legend
2006 Glenlivet 12 Year Old “Signatory Unchillfiltered Collection” 1st Fill Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)
“A modern classic and stupendous value.” — David Othenin-Girard, KL SoCal Spirits Buyer

It’s not often one finds a single cask expression of Glenlivet, and rarer still is finding one that’s a sherry first fill. Based on this pedigree alone, one might expect this 12 Year Old to cost upwards of $300. Remarkably, we are offering it for a very approachable $99.99. Sherried expressions of Glenlivet are always huge hits with collectors, and we expect this rendition will command equal interest. A soaring expression, as our NorCal spirits buyer notes, it “leaves nothing to be desired.” A captivating amalgam of exotic fruits, raisins, tea, herb, and sherry notes, it strides confidently from one strength to the next. History has shown that bottlings of this caliber sell out in the blink of an eye. If you gravitate toward a powerful Speyside style, then you owe it to yourself to add this singular expression to your collection.

2006 Glenlivet 12 Year Old “Signatory Unchillfiltered Collection” 1st Fill Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)

For those who’ve been paying attention for the last decade or so, you’ll know that we’ve had some pretty incredible success with Signatory. Likely the most requested and reminisced about product we’d ever bottled from them was a series of heavily sherried Glenlivets we bottled nearly four years ago. Those stupendous casks from this blue chip distillery were really quite rare, and have become legends. But the quality of those incredible offerings and their scarcity resulted in an absolute explosion in their price. What we once stocked for under $100, now were pushing $300. So, we waited. And waited. Finally, nearly four years after our last cask was bottled, we stumbled upon this set of wonderful Glenlivets in the Signatory warehouse. Distilled on November 21 of 2006, this malt was filled into the highest quality sherry casks. Despite the availability of the standard releases, single casks of Glenlivet are a rarity on the market today. Because the distillery needs almost every drop they produce, there’s no need for them to trade or divest stocks to their competitors, as so many other distillers in Scotland do. But what’s shocking is that they’d ever let go of these stupendous casks at all. We are extremely lucky to have access to this incredibly high-quality malt, and this little 12-year-old might turn out to be the cask of the whisky season. Yes, you pay a little premium for Signatory, but it’s damn worth it every time. Sherry lovers rejoice!

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 05, 2019

We’ve been working with Andrew and Des from Signatory Vintage for almost a decade. We’ve been through thick and thin and found some of our most legendary casks in their little warehouses outside of Pitlochry. But few of their stocks have been more popular than the ’96-’97 sherried Glenlivets we sold back in 2012-2015. After a long dry spell, we’ve finally found something of a followup. This seemingly perfect youngish sherry bomb will be the stuff of legends one day. I don’t know what sort of SNAFU must have occurred in the administrative offices at Glenlivet to allow such high quality sherried malt to leave the premises, but I know I’m desperately grateful that they did. This one starts out dark and brooding. The nose is exotic hard wood, bitter herbs (cinchona, gentian), aged black tea, dried apricots, espresso beans, Seville orange peel, raisins, nougat. The palate is bold rich prickly and powerful. Big spice and nutty fudge. With a splash of water, the darkness dissipates revealing the prettiest possible tropical stewed fruits, pipe tobacco, spice box, tiny twinges of herbs again and now green teas. The palate is creamy and open replacing the fudge with vanilla and maple syrup. This one is pretty crushable, so be careful. Ever evolving in the glass, it’s fun to fill it up and adjust as you move through the glass. A modern classic and stupendous value in today’s complicated market.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 24, 2019

The only disappointing thing about this 1st fill sherry cask is that it had a cracked stave and therefore yielded only about half the whisky it should have! Everything else is perfection. Just 301 bottles came out of this butt of singular quality. It’s astoundingly dark in color and must have been dripping wet when filled. Leaving nothing to be desired it’s the epitome of classic sherry – dried Seville oranges, savory herbs, sweet candied nuts, a bit of varnish, dried cocoa powder and raisined grapes, dates, and figs. The weight of the sherry is borne beautifully by the malt backbone. While today Glenlivet is known for its lighter bourbon aged classic 12 year, it’s bottles like this – demonstrating the true range of complexity and nuance of the house that shows why it is one of the worlds’ best selling malts.

Cameron Hoppas | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 24, 2019

This is a sherried whiskey for sure. First thing you notice is how dark that color is. You could mistake it for Grade A maple syrup. It smells phenomenal. The sweet salty sherried notes come into focus with the density of the spirit that shows dark dried fruit, sweet malt and dark spices. It has great sweet caramelized sugar notes–toffee or maple. It has an incredible, mouth-filling, and round texture. This is a powerful whiskey and it’s incredibly smooth.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 24, 2019

Yup, that’s a LOT of Sherry. Scents of dried fruits and nuttiness come out swinging. There is almost a smell of cherries soaking in walnut liqueur and then pecan pralines as well (since no dessert is too decadent, natch). Salted toffee covered with milk chocolate hides the strength of the ABV to a dangerous degree. On the palate, the alcohol is more pronounced with a little bite, but the story here is still focused on the sweets. There’s more fruitiness with dried berries, apricots, prunes, and figs. This is a bold after dinner dram.

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Highland Park has become the official whisky sponsor of Esquire Townhouse 2019

As part of the partnership, the Orcadian distillery has collaborated with Esquire to launch the limited-edition Highland Park Esquire Single Cask

Global Brand Ambassador, Martin Markvardsen, is hosting a series of masterclasses across the event 

14 October, 2019: Highland Park has become the official whisky sponsor of Esquire Townhouse with Breitling, the prestigious annual event hosted by Esquire.

Taking place between 17-19 October at Carlton House Terrace, St James’s, Martin Markvardsen, Highland Park’s Global Brand Ambassador, is set to host a series of workshops where guests will be given the opportunity to learn all about the award winning brand, before indulging in some delicious whisky and food pairings.

To celebrate the partnership, Highland Park and Esquire have collaborated to create the Highland Park Esquire Single Cask. The limited-edition single malt whisky is the first-ever single cask from Highland Park to be released in collaboration with a UK media house and will be served throughout the weekend.

The unique expression, which has notes of heather-honey and aromatic smoky peat, will also be available via The Whisky Shop (, allowing those unable to attend the event – as well as those who loved it so much they want more – the opportunity to purchase it to enjoy at home. RSP £200 ABV 60.3%.

During the event a choice of delicious Highland Park cocktails will be served at the Esquire Townhouse bar including firm favourites the Orcadian Cooler and Salted Honey Old Fashioned.

Scott McCaffer, Brand Manager at Highland Park said: “As demand amongst whisky lovers for new and exciting expressions continues to grow, we’re delighted to launch our latest Single Cask in partnership with Esquire.

“Launching the whisky at Esquire Townhouse is a really exciting opportunity for us as it is the perfect opportunity to engage with likeminded consumers, as well as those interested in exploring the category.”

Alex Bilmes, Editor-in-Chief, at Esquire said: ““We are excited to be working with Highland Park to produce a bespoke Esquire single cask whisky – a genuine first for us. We are looking forward to launching it, and of course, tasting it at Esquire Townhouse in October.”

Esquire Townhouse is an award-winning luxury brand experience featuring a compelling programme of live celebrity interviews, panel debates and masterclasses spanning fashion, culture, food drink, design and travel.

For more information on the event please visit:


About Esquire Single Cask

RRP: £200

ABV: 60.3%

Volume: 70cl 

Tasting notes

Buttery vanilla aroma with a lingering sweet taste on the palette 

About Highland Park, the Orkney Single Malt with Viking Soul:

Whisky has been distilled at Highland Park in Kirkwall, Orkney since 1798.  Founder Magnus Eunson, was a direct descendant of Vikings who settled in Orkney over 1,000 years ago. A butcher and church officer by day and a bootlegger and smuggler by night, he set up an illegal whisky-making operation at a little bothy (a stone hut) at High Park, overlooking Kirkwall.

It is still the site of the distillery today and although we say Highland Park was founded in 1798, that’s actually the year the authorities finally caught up with Magnus.

Few trees survive the gale-force winds on Orkney. This makes the island peat woodless and rich in heather. This then helps create the trademark Highland Park flavour profile of aromatic smoky peat and sweet heather honey.

About Esquire UK

Esquire is the UK’s premium luxury men’s magazine brand. Esquire engages its stylish, sophisticated and affluent audience via an ecosystem which includes a premium bi-monthly print magazine, a dynamic website and digital channels, consumer experiences such as the Esquire Townhouse and Esquire Evenings, a standalone annual print magazine, The Big Watch Book, and a successful series of luxury branded products, the Esquire Edit.

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Alcohol Beverage Industry Veteran Announces Launch Of New Poitín Founder kicks off his family’s legacy of poitín-making with Indiegogo campaign – American Irish Whiskey News

Alcohol Beverage Industry Veteran Announces Launch Of New Poitín Founder kicks off his family’s legacy of poitín-making with Indiegogo campaign.

Decatur, GA, October 3, 2019— After 18 years in the wine and spirits business, Tom Lynch announced his plans for an early 2020 launch of an American-made poitín, which is getting a start now with a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Poitín is a famous and infamous spirit in Ireland and with the Irish diaspora. The spirit is making a (now legal) revival in Ireland and is growing in awareness and popularity in America.

“I’ve been making and marketing wine and spirits brands for 18 years” says Founder Tom Lynch, “but this is different. It is based on my family’s legacy of making great poitín that I heard about when I first went back to Ireland. It is a huge challenge and honor to make a poitín worthy of my family’s nick-name, “The Dinger” which they earned by being the best poitín-maker in their part of County Clare.”

Lynch is partnering with Independent Distilling Company in Decatur, GA. To make his poitín in their small, hand-made, direct-fire heated copper pot still. “That still is a poiín-maker’s dream,” said Lynch.

All proceeds from the crowdfunding go directly into the final stages of product development, initial production, packaging and local marketing. “Crowdfunding contributors love helping dreams come true. We’re being efficient and focused with their money so they will be able to see finished product in stores and pubs and know they had a part in helping to make the dream real,” explained Lynch.

The crowdfunding campaign has contributor “perks” including access to a local launch party and participation in local bottling (take your own bottle home with you after), a chance to be a “Distiller For The Day” where you work to help distill poitín then take home a case with your name on the label as a “guest distiller.” Other perks include a 2-liter barrel of un-aged poitín for contributors to age and/or drink as they choose, a unique 13 bottle vertical of samples taken throughout a 2 year barrel aging process, and a trip to County Clare Ireland, guided by Lynch, including a stop at the old Dinger Lynch farm.

About The Dinger Poitin – Back in the day, in rural parts of Ireland, when you were the best at something you were sometimes called “The Dinger.” When I went back to Ireland and heard my ancestors were “the dinger poitín-makers” before they immigrated, I knew one day I’d make a whiskey so bold and smooth and delicious it would be worthy of that name. The drive to live up to a family legacy of great whiskey-making is what drives us daily as we make small batch, single pot still poitín whiskey. Slainte!

About Independent Distilling Co. – Decatur’s Independent Distilling Co. is a no-frills garage distillery. It’s been more than 100 years since Atlanta was last seen as a hotbed of distilling, but we are finally starting to see glimpses of the city’s former glory. Among the four distilleries now operating in the metro area, Independent Distilling Co. has earned our admiration with its bootstrapped, artisan ways.

If you would like more information on this topic, please contact Tom Lynch at 310-248-0706 or

The Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign can be found at

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GlenAllachie UK Single Casks Batch 2 at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

GlenAllachie UK Single Casks Batch 2

The 2nd batch of special single casks from GlenAllachie distillery, exclusively selected for the UK market. 5 single casks selected for this latest series…

Very limited stock available for all…

GlenAllachie Single Cask 586

GlenAllachie Single Cask 3767

GlenAllachie Single Cask 6580

GlenAllachie Single Cask 6213

GlenAllachie Single Cask 4152


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Aberlour Tasting at The Whisky Shop #SFO October 18th, 2019 – Scotch Whisky News

Friday, October 18th 5-7PM: 


Traditional Speyside scotch pours at this expert presented Aberlour Tasting! We’ll be pouring new and rare drams by the storied distillery, with whisky experts present for all your scotch questions.

 Click Here to RSVP

Complete your Collection

We’re having a massive sale on ‘Game of Thrones’ branded whiskies, with most 50% to 75% off their original sale price! Even if you’re not a series fan, you can get Lagavulin, Talisker, Clynelish, and more single malt scotches at a fraction of the price during this sale.

Click Here for the Game of Thrones Single Malt Sale

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Limited Edition Expression is the First of the Distillery’s “Barrel Finish Series”

TEMPLETON, IOWA (October 3, 2019) – Templeton Rye Whiskey announces Templeton Rye Maple Cask Finish Whiskey, the first limited-edition expression in their innovative Barrel Finish Series. In collaboration with Wood’s Vermont Syrup Company, Templeton Rye Maple Cask Finish has been expertly finished in ex-Templeton Rye American Oak barrels that were specifically seasoned with the finest Maple Syrup, resulting in a whiskey beautifully balanced between subtle tones of sweetness and Templeton’s complex notes of rye spice.

“We were delighted to work with the family at Wood’s Vermont Syrup Company for our Maple Cash Finish Rye Whiskey, the first limited-edition expression in our Barrel Finish Series,” said Tim Grimes, Brand Ambassador of Templeton Rye. “As they were the first company in the Northeast to ever barrel age Maple Syrup and have that process down to perfection, we felt they were the perfect fit for us on this project.”

To make this authentic Maple Cask Finish Whiskey, fresh maple syrup was produced and shipped from the Vermont farm to the Iowa distillery, where the Templeton team then seasoned 80 empty Templeton barrels with the premium Maple Syrup. To ensure the required influence on the wood, the barrels were then turned daily for a two-month period to allow the syrup to soak into the wood staves and maximize the flavors that would later be imparted into the whiskey during the secondary maturation period.

After the maple syrup is removed, the barrels are then filled with Templeton Straight Rye Whiskey and left for an additional maturation period of two months. The resulting expression is a whiskey with new, elegant notes of dark chocolate enhanced by the time in maple syrup barrels.

Templeton Rye Maple Cask Finish is available in limited quantities, producing a total of 4,000 cases of six for the global market. It is bottled at 46% ABV (92 proof) and can be enjoyed neat or on the rocks, and beautifully enhances your classic rye cocktails. For more information on Templeton Rye and their line of whiskeys, visit or follow on Twitter/Facebook at @TempletonRye and Instagram at @TempletonRyeWhiskey.

About Templeton Rye 

Templeton Rye Whiskey, introduced legally in 2006, tracks back to the early 1920s when residents of Templeton distilled a much sought-after rye whiskey. While the whiskey today is different and has evolved, the Templeton portfolio and distillery remains inspired by those original bootleggers and their entrepreneurial spirit. In 2017, Templeton Rye broke ground on the state-of-the-art Templeton Whiskey Distillery and officially opened to visitors in 2018. The distillery in Templeton, Iowa boasts a visitor center, museum, bottling plant, and a 50,000 square foot maturation warehouse with a capacity of 2.6 million bottles per year and the capability to produce all American whiskey styles under one roof. The first distillery run of 100% Iowa-made rye whiskey also took place in 2018 and will be available for consumption in 2022. All current Templeton Rye product available for sale currently has been distilled and aged in Indiana, with blending and bottling taking place at the Iowa distillery. Templeton Rye currently has two core expressions: 4-Year-Old and 6-Year-Old along with the limited-edition releases of Barrel Strength Rye. Learn more about Templeton Rye Whiskey by visiting or follow on Twitter/Facebook at @TempletonRye and Instagram at @TempletonRyeWhiskey.

About Wood’s Vermont Syrup Company 

The Wood’s family-run company has been producing maple syrup in Randolph, Vermont for five-generations. The first generation to settle in Randolph were farmers, who grew and processed all of their food from the land. Today, Wood’s Vermont Syrup Company presides over a 54-acre farm where they tap thousands of trees with buckets and make more than 2,000 gallons of syrup each year.

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