Heaven Hill Distillery Announces Larceny Barrel Proof Series Nationwide – American Whiskey News

Heaven Hill Distillery Announces Larceny Barrel Proof Series Nationwide

Barrel Proof offering becomes first line extension for Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

First launched in 2012, Larceny is one of the most successful new-to-the-world Bourbons in the past decade, enjoying both critical and consumer acclaim. Leveraging the success of the mainline brand, Larceny Barrel Proof offers whiskey fans an opportunity to taste Larceny as Heaven Hill’s Master Distiller does, straight out of the barrel. Each release will be bottled at barrel proof, non-chill filtered and available at a suggested retail price of $49.99.BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Heaven Hill Distillery today announced the first line extension of Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Larceny Barrel Proof. Released on an allocated basis three times per year, the first release of this wheated Bourbon will ship with great consumer anticipation in January 2020 after already receiving a Double Gold from the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Larceny Barrel Proof will be an ongoing offering released three times per year: January, May and September. Each release will have varying proofs and consist of barrels aged six to eight years. A naming convention for the release is shown on each bottle. The alpha character in the naming convention designates which batch of the year that bottle came from, the numeral that follows represents the month of the release, and finally the last two digits indicate the corresponding year of the release. For example, the first release will be A120, with “A” representing the first batch of that year, “1” representing January, and “20” representing the year 2020.

The new release will be offered in the traditional, distinctive Larceny pinched-waist, flask-shaped 750ml bottle, with the hallmark skeleton key logo and John E. Fitzgerald signature carried by a black label. The lower face label denotes “Barrel Proof” in red and includes the batch number, proof, and alc/vol for each particular release.

“Larceny’s wheated Bourbon mashbill delivers a taste profile that is very approachable and smooth, a true crowd-pleaser. The addition of this non chill filtered, barrel proof offering to the Larceny family allows us to showcase a deeper character, richness and depth of flavor from our wheated Bourbon mashbill,” said Heaven Hill Distillery Group Product Director Susan Wahl. “Drawing from its lineage within the Old Fitzgerald family, Larceny Barrel Proof is an opportunity for Bourbon fans to taste a historical ‘wheater’ in its purest form.”

Larceny is the heir to the wheated Bourbons that make up the historic Old Fitzgerald franchise acquired by Heaven Hill Distillery in 1999. Continuing the tradition of Old Fitzgerald using wheat in place of rye as the secondary grain in the mashbill, Larceny uses more wheat than any of its competitors for a softer, rounder character. The brand is inspired by the history of John E. Fitzgerald, who as a treasury agent in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s was one of the only people legally allowed to carry the keys to the barrel storage rickhouses. With a discerning palate for fine Bourbon, John E. Fitzgerald often used his rickhouse keys to gain access to some of the finest Bourbon barrels for himself. Those barrels from which he chose to help himself were often referred to as “Fitzgerald barrels” around the distillery.

ABOUT HEAVEN HILL DISTILLERY: Founded in Kentucky by the Shapira family in 1935, Heaven Hill Distillery continues its legacy as one of the foremost American Whiskey producers. Heaven Hill has cultivated the traditions and history of America’s Native Spirit with its fierce independence, passionate family ownership, dedication to quality, and thoughtful innovation. Today, Heaven Hill Distillery maintains over 1.6 million barrels aging in 58 warehouses throughout Nelson and Jefferson Counties. It is home to an award-winning collection of American Whiskeys including Elijah Craig Bourbon, Larceny Bourbon, Evan Williams Bourbon, Pikesville Rye Whiskey, Rittenhouse Rye Whisky and Parker’s Heritage Collection. Heaven Hill Distillery currently holds the title of 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Best in Show Whiskey, and previously held titles of 2018 San Francisco Spirits Best Bourbon, 2017 Whisky Advocate Whisky of the Year, 2016 Whisky Magazine Distillery of the Year, 2016 Whisky Advocate American Whiskey of the Year and 2016 Rye Whiskey of the Year from “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.” For more information, please visit www.heavenhilldistillery.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/heaven-hill-distillery-announces-larceny-barrel-proof-series-nationwide-american-whiskey-news/

Glenlivet 11 Year Old 2006 Vintage Sherry Cask #900552 Whisky Barrel Exclusive – Scotch Whisky News

Glenlivet 11 Year Old

2006 vintage single sherry cask #900552 exclusive to TWB.

Shop £179.95

Glenlivet 11 Year Old 2006 vintage Speyside single malt Scotch whiskey. Single cask first fill sherry hogshead #900552 bottled August 2017 by Signatory Vintage for the Un-Chillfiltered series. This is a specially selected release to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of The Whisky Barrel. 316 bottles at natural cask strength.


Having out-grown his distillery at Upper Drumin George Smith built a new distillery in 1858 at Minore just short distance upstream of the River Livet and which he opened the following year and named Glenlivet Distillery. During the 1850s the Edinburgh firm of Andrew Usher produced the first vatting of malt whisky from a single distillery using a number of different vintages of Glenlivet whiskey. Following expansion in 2010 this distillery is now equipped with fourteen stills making it one of the largest malt whiskey distilleries in Scotland. The range includes Glenlivet Founders Reserve and Nadurra.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/glenlivet-11-year-old-2006-vintage-sherry-cask-900552-whisky-barrel-exclusive-scotch-whisky-news/

2005 Laphroaig 13 Year Old “Chieftain’s” K&L Exclusive

2005 Laphroaig 13 Year Old “Chieftain’s” KL Exclusive Single 1st Fill Sherry Butt Islay Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) $149.99 View

The magical distillery on the south shore of Islay, like all south shore distillers, is quite unlike any other. But Laphroaig has a certain place in the hearts of the hardest core peat lovers. They’re the last distiller down there to malt a portion of their barley on site. Their complex system of tiny stills create the most peculiar and enticing peated spirit in the world. The quality and consistency of their casks is second to none. But over the last decade, what was once a staple in the independent bottling repertoire has completely disappeared. Laphroaig is simply not selling casks any longer. And when we do find casks they’re usually in very inactive hogsheads and declassified to their trade name, “Williamson.” Now that’s not a huge problem because Laphroaig always tastes good, but bottlers can’t replace even those few casks the prices have gone absolutely bonkers. Signatory recently bottled a sister cask those we sold here just three years ago for $200, Laphroaig from the Fall of 1997, for $700. And by god those bottles sell. But a beautiful butt for a not completely abhorrent price, we jumped all over it. Thank the Lord of the Isles that we did, as it’s a complete and utter masterpiece. Some purists askew the idea of Laphroaig in active sherry, but much of the experience is limited to low proof distillery bottlings and finishes. It’s truly a stupendous find and going to be one of those casks that people remember for years to come. Collectors and drinkers alike take note.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/2005-laphroaig-13-year-old-chieftains-kl-exclusive/

Step Into Winter with New Smokey Virgin Single Malt Whisky – English Whisky News

Step Into Winter with New Smokey Virgin Single Malt Whisky

The English Whisky Co. is excited to launch its new whisky, Smokey Virgin, a beautifully-balanced and rich Single Malt Whisky that’s perfect for the winter months.

The new Smokey Virgin offers a rich fruitiness given by the virgin cask, along with the wafts of wood fire to give a delightful taste. It’s the perfect tipple to enjoy by the fireside this coming season.

Expect aromas of wood fires, hints of dates and caramel and a lovely rich and oily long finish.

“This whisky has fast become one of my favourites that we currently produce,” says Andrew Nelstrop, MD at The English Whisky Co. “It’s a delicious, balanced and rich single malt that is so moorish that it’s hard to put down!”

The Norfolk-based distillery has produced 2652 bottles of Smokey Virgin, with a 46% ABV.

A family-owned and run business, The English Whisky Co. was the founder of English whisky when it opened its doors 13 years ago. As the industry leader it uses locally sourced ingredients to produces the finest English Single Malt at its distillery in Norfolk.

The new Smokey Virgin is available to order online from www.englishwhisky.co.uk, RRP £51.99.

For images, samples or interviews contact Nikki Whiteford on 07733 261843 or email nikki@nicolawhitefordpr.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/step-into-winter-with-new-smokey-virgin-single-malt-whisky-english-whisky-news/

Wolfburn “Help For Heroes” Charity Special – Scotch Whisky News

Wolfburn “Help For Heroes” Charity Special

The Carnegie Whisky Cellars and Wolfburn Distillery are delighted to announce a limited edition single malt whisky which has been created to raise funds for Help For Heroes (www.helpforheroes.org.uk).  A total of 1939 bottles are being produced by Thurso-based Wolfburn Distillery and will be sold from the Distillery and through the Carnegie Whisky Cellars in Dornoch. The project aims to raise a total of £10,000 for Help For Heroes.

The bottles will be available from both businesses on October 9th 2019 for £79, and will be sold on a strictly first-come-first-served basis.

Supporting both Wolfburn and Carnegie at the launch was inspirational para-athlete and weight lifter Micky Yule.  Formerly a staff sergeant in the Royal Engineers, Micky lost both legs while serving in Afghanistan, and has directly benefitted from his association with Help For Heroes. A living embodiment of Wolfburn’s motto “Fortune Favours The Brave”, Micky put his disabilities behind him, used his rehabilitation as a springboard into para-athletic training, and won his first Gold Medal at the 2016 Invictus Games.

Mark Westmorland, Wolfburn brand ambassador commented: “This is a project that we’re all very proud of – Help For Heroes is an excellent cause, and we’ve crafted a truly special dram for the occasion. It’s made from some of Wolfburn’s oldest spirit, matured in first-fill bourbon casks and subtly married with a small proportion of whisky matured in sherry casks, so it’s a lovely mix of sweet aromas and smokey flavours. It’s a truly beautiful dram!”“Help For Heroes continue to do amazing work for veterans such as myself,” says Micky, “and I’m proud to be part of this project, working with two of northern Scotland’s leading companies to raise much-needed funds. And the whisky tastes amazing too, which makes it all the better!”

Michael Hanratty, manager of Carnegie Whisky Cellars added, “The Help For Heroes project has generated a huge amount of excitement. Since we opened in 2016, Wolfburn’s whisky has been one of our best-selling brands, and this is our fourth partnering project and the second charity fundraising one – it’s an immense amount of fun, and all for a very good cause.”

For further information please contact info@wolfburn.com or whisky@thecarnegiecourthouse.co.uk


The original Wolfburn Distillery was founded just to the west of Thurso by William Smith in 1821.  In its day it was one of the largest distilleries in Scotland, producing, according to HMRC records, 28,056 “gallons of proof spirit” in a single year.  Taking its name from the stream that provided the water – the Wolf Burn – the distillery operated until around 1870.  The reasons for its closure are lost in time, but by 1877 the newly produced Ordnance Survey maps showed it being in ruins.

In 2011 plans were laid to resurrect the old distillery. Construction began in 2012 and in January 2013 the new Wolfburn Distillery commenced production, thereby becoming the most northerly distillery on the Scottish mainland.  Situated 300m from the site of the original distillery, the new Wolfburn operates in much the same way as the old: craftsmen use traditional methods to produce fine spirit, which is laid down in best quality oak casks to await the day when it is bottled as single malt scotch whisky.  Wolfburn’s single malt scotch whiskies are now available in 26 countries globally.

Wolfburn Distillery, Henderson Park, Thurso, Caithness KW14 7XW




The Carnegie Whisky Cellars has quickly established a reputation for excellent service and product knowledge. Since opening the Carnegie Whisky Cellars has become a multi awards winning independent shop and were named the “Off License of the Year 2019” at the “Scottish Independent Retail Awards” We stock a large selection of both official and Independent bottled single malts from across Scotland, alongside a range of Scottish craft gins and other bespoke items.

The Carnegie Whisky Cellars, The Carnegie Courthouse, Castle Street, Dornoch, Sutherland IV25 3SD


Mark Westmorland (L) Micky Yule (R)


Micky Yule has a story like no other!

One of life changing tragedy but also one of unbeatable courage, strength in adversity and profound inspiration.

From losing his legs in an IED (Improvised Explosive Devise) attack in Afghanistan to enduring over 50 Operations to competing in the Rio Paralympics, Invictus Games and taking part in challenge based TV shows on the Discovery Channel. He has over Come adversity that most couldn’t even start to imagine.

Micky now uses his story to inspire people all over the UK to take on the challenges of life, business and goal setting to delivery under pressure. Showing them that with courage, self believe and team work anything is possible.


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/wolfburn-help-for-heroes-charity-special-scotch-whisky-news/

GlenAllachie 15 Year Old

GlenAllachie recently added a sherry cask finished GlenAllachie 15 Years to its core range. One of the first projects Billy Walker started working on when he acquired the distillery in 2017.

It has been matured in ex-bourbon and finished in Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, both puncheons and hogsheads.



GlenAllachie 15 YearsGlenAllachie 15 YearsGlenAllachie 15 yo (46%, OB 2019, Oloroso + PX sherry )

Nose: fairly rich, with sweet fruits (blackcurrant jam, orange liqueur, bananas) and cinnamon pastry. Feels a little ‘pressure-cooked’. A lot of milky chocolate and a little marzipan. Leathery notes. Mouth: creamy fruits (soaked raisins, fig syrup, red gummi bears), mixed with Christmas cake, butterscotch and nutty notes, mainly walnuts. Some oaky touches: white pepper and a light charred bitter edge. Finish: medium, on raisins and oak spice.

Not bad, but it feels a little engineered with a slightly synthetic, syrupy coating but not entirely integrated. Available from The Whisky Exchange or Master of Malt for instance.

Score: 81/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/glenallachie/glenallachie-15-years/

Abbey Whisky Malt of the Month October 2019 Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2008 – Scotch Whisky News

Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2008

An unpeated Islay single malt Scotch whisky from Bruichladdich, distilled using 100% Bere Barley harvested from the Dunlossit Estate in 2007. Matured for 9 years in American oak casks that previously held Bourbon and Tennessee whisky. Bottled at 50% vol at the Bruichladdich distillery itself.

Limited stock available at this price…

Buy Now

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/abbey-whisky-malt-of-the-month-october-2019-bruichladdich-bere-barley-2008-scotch-whisky-news/

Glenlivet 2004 Connoisseurs Choice 14 Year Old Single Cask at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

14 Year Old Single Cask

Glenlivet 2004 Connoisseurs Choice

Single bourbon barrel bottled July 2019 by Gordon MacPhail for the Connoisseur Choice series. Just 162 bottles at cask strength 64.0% Glenlivet 14 Year Old 2004 vintage Speyside single malt Scotch whiskey. Single refill bourbon barrel #19/105 bottled July 2019 by Gordon MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice series. 162 bottles.


Having out-grown his distillery at Upper Drumin George Smith built a new distillery in 1858 at Minore just short distance upstream of the River Livet and which he opened the following year and named Glenlivet Distillery. During the 1850s the Edinburgh firm of Andrew Usher produced the first vatting of malt whiskey from a single distillery using a number of different vintages of Glenlivet whisky. Following expansion in 2010 this distillery is now equipped with fourteen stills making it one of the largest malt whiskey distilleries in Scotland. The range includes Glenlivet Founders Reserve and Nadurra.

Shop – Glenlivet 14 Year Old – £99.24

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/glenlivet-2004-connoisseurs-choice-14-year-old-single-cask-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/



One of the world’s top whisky Master Blenders, also known as the ‘First Lady of Scotch’, has been recognised with one of the industry’s most prestigious accolades by being inducted as a ‘Keeper of the Quaich’ at a private ceremony held at Blair Castle last night (Monday 7 October).

With over 27 years of experience in the industry, Dr. Rachel Barrie is the Master Blender for Brown-Forman’s Scotch Whisky portfolio of The GlenDronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh. Last year, Rachel was the first female Scotch whisky Master Blender to receive an Honorary Doctorate and be inducted into Whisky Magazine’s illustrious ‘Hall of Fame’.

At The GlenDronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh distilleries, Rachel is responsible for developing, testing and expertly fine-tuning each distillery’s unique signature character and range of expressions. Throughout her career, Rachel has tasted in excess of 150,000 casks of Single Malt Scotch Whisky, which continues to boom in exports with overseas category sales growing 7.8% by value to £4.7bn last year.*

The Keepers of the Quaich is an international society established by the Scotch whisky industry to celebrate the outstanding commitment of those who produce and promote the world’s finest distilled spirit. Only a small number of people are nominated for the title for showing extraordinary dedication to and passion for their craft.

Originally from Inverurie in Aberdeenshire, an area rich in Scotch history, Rachel was long destined for a career in Single Malt whisky creation. After studying chemistry at the University of Edinburgh, she began as a research scientist at the Scotch Whisky Research Institute. She then moved into production at The Glenmorangie Company, becoming Master Blender in 2003. During this time Rachel also managed the stocks for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, before moving to Morrison Bowmore Distillers with Bowmore, Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch, working latterly with Laphroaig and Ardmore. Rachel was appointed as
Master Blender for Brown Forman’s Single Malt portfolio in 2017, then in 2018 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Edinburgh University as well as being inducted into the Whisky Hall of Fame.

Commenting on the appointment to the international society, Dr. Rachel Barrie said:

“Being inducted as a Keeper of the Quaich is a very proud moment in my career. The society brings together those leading the way in Scotch whisky from all corners of the world, and to be part of this highly revered body is an honour, as we continue to push boundaries in perfecting our magnificent spirit.”

“My ambition has always been to unlock the secrets of Scotch whisky making and provenance, to develop and nurture richness of character and celebrate it with the world; it’s an honour to be recognised for this and to be in such esteemed company.”

Annabel Meikle, Director at Keepers of the Quaich added:

“The ceremony and banquet at Blair Castle for new Keepers of the Quaich is a true celebration of Scotch whisky, and we are proud to welcome new Keepers into the Society in recognition of their incredible service to the industry and wealth of knowledge. I often think of the Society as the most inclusive yet exclusive whisky club in the world, and it’s always a great moment to see new inducted Keepers becoming recognised for their prestigious work in the Scotch whisky industry.”



For nearly 150 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Cola, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Finlandia, Korbel, el Jimador, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Canadian Mist, Herradura, New Mix, Sonoma-Cutrer, Early Times, Chambord, BenRiach, GlenDronach, Glenglassaugh and Slane. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by over 4,700 employees and sold in more than 165 countries worldwide. For more information about the company and its corporate responsibility efforts, please visit http://www.brown-forman.com/.



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Refreshing apple liqueur crafted with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey available in October 

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (October 2, 2019) – The Jack Daniel Distillery introduces Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple, a blend of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey with finely crafted apple liqueur. The newest member of the Jack Daniel’s family launches nationally in October.

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple is crafted from Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, charcoal mellowed and matured in new American oak barrels, and apple liqueur made from the highest quality ingredients to deliver a delicious Jack Daniel’s experience. Jack Apple is a deliciously smooth and refreshing apple-flavored whiskey that’s uniquely Jack.

“Mr. Jack was known for being an innovator and always exploring how to do things differently, including adding different flavors and ingredients,” said Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett. “Tennessee Apple couples the character of our Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey with the taste of crisp, green apples. It’s like a freshly picked apple in a glass of Jack.”

At 70 proof, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple features a perfect blend of green apples enhanced by the sweet bold notes of Jack. It hits shelves nationally October 1 in 50 ml, 375 ml, 750 ml and 1-liter bottle sizes with a suggested retail price of $26.99 for 750 ml. 

About Jack Daniel’s

Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the first registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails. Today, Jack Daniel’s is a true global icon found in more than 170 countries around the world and is the most valuable spirits brand in the world as recognized by Interbrand.

Your friends at Jack Daniel’s remind you to drink responsibly.

JACK DANIEL’S, OLD NO. 7, and TENNESSEE APPLE are registered trademarks. ©2019 Jack Daniel’s. Whiskey Specialty, 35% Alcohol by Volume (70 Proof). Jack Daniel Distillery, Lynchburg, Tennessee. JackDaniels.com

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