A Bridge To Another Time— K&L Exclusives “Carsebridge 52 Year Old & Cameronbridge 26 Year Old” – Scotch Whisky News


Spectacular Single Grains that Harken Back to a Bygone Time

A large proportion of Scotch over the last 50 years was produced at two distilleries located in Fife near the Firth of Forth. The Cameronbridge and Carsebridge are two of the largest whisky distilleries in history. Both adopted the new grain distillation technology developed by the Irish inventor Aeneas Coffey in the mid 19th century. This new technology allowed for the production of vast amounts of whisky at a fraction of the cost, and the early adoption of the new technology is part of what made Scotch whisky so popular around the world for so long.

The light, low flavor whisky was used to cut and soften the more powerful single malts, which had previously not been readily exported in bottle. But the new-found style had appeal and value that single malt scotch did not. The merits of blending are what pushed Scotch whisky to the forefront of the industry. While the common trope in the old guard of Scotch drinkers is that single malt is the way to go, we’re slowly starting to open up the world of single grain. As it has become clear to a growing number of curious drinkers, single grain is so special—different, but special. It might take 30 years for the stuff to start tasting good, but when it does it can truly change one’s mind about the category.

These two Bridge distilleries, one long closed and the other now the largest grain distillery in Europe, represent the very best of what single grain has to offer: wonderful nuance, subtle but distinct character, and stupendous value. We’re moving into a new period of appreciation for this entire category, and there’s no better place to get great grain whisky than KL.


1991 Cameronbridge 26 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($79.99)

This is a sister cask to our huge hit with the 25 year old Cameronrbridge earlier in the year. The only difference now is that it comes in a year older. Cameronbridge is one of Diageo’s workhorse grain whisky distilleries, creating the backbone for its world famous brands like Johnnie Walker and White Horse, while simultaneously serving as the home for grain neutral products like Tanqueray and Pimm’s. The dual purpose site is one of the biggest producers of spirit in the UK and because of that volume we can secure incredible pricing on very old whisky. If you have followed our single grain bottlings over the years, you will know what is to be had here. If you are new to old grain stocks, this is the perfect introduction. It’s luscious, incredibly smooth, and shows a beautiful array of fruit, wood, and spice. All at an extraordinary price for the age.

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

This tiny cask of Cameronbridge is one of the oddest and most interesting grains we’ve ever bottled. Full of green, almost oceany, flavors it’s nothing like most of the middle aged grains we buy. Powerful aromas of salty moss, old oak and forest floor continue on the palate, but are bolstered by sweet oak and funky spice. The twinge of mushroom character and fresh forest floor notes have the strangest similarity to one my favorite distillers—Springbank. Not that we’re in the same territory, but more like an allusion—the literary device of grain whisky. A fun one to be sure and considering the odd nature and low output, this one likely won’t last too much longer.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 01, 2018

Creamy vanilla, soft brioche, caramelized sugar. This is a little sugar and spice and everything nice for your winter holiday cheer. A lively citrus note keeps things particularly festive. A bit of maple syrup and caramel round out the brighter sweet tones with a heavier bass note. Just a faint herbal thread in the background keeps things from getting cloyingly sweet and provides enough backbone to still call this sweeter-than-usual grain whisky balanced. It’s an easy choice on this one, as I’m fairly confident no one would be disappointed to have this in their glass.


1965 Carsebridge 52 Year Old “Sovereign” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($349.99)

Closed in 1983, the once prolific stocks of Carsebridge are running low. At one time the large grain distillery in the town of Alloa was one of Scotland’s biggest. When the whiskey industry fell on hard times due to massive oversupply, Carsebridge was an early victim and eventually was completely demolished in 1992. Diageo, the outgrowth of DCL, did retain the cooperage for some years, but even that was closed in 2011. It’s not every day that we get to the see the whiskies of yore and have access to them at such reasonable prices. Distilled in 1965, this beauty has spent 52 long years in a refill hogshead and it has naturally proofed itself down to a very drinkable 43.4% alcohol. Never bottled as an official distillery bottling, the only Carsebridge to ever reach the open market is in the form of independent bottlings of well aged stocks. Unfortunately, those days too are likely coming to a close as it is becoming harder and harder to find these ancient whiskies.

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

It’s still incredible to me that we’re still able to sell whisky distilled before the moon landing. This whisky, likely forgotten somewhere deep in a dank Scottish warehouse, survived the blenders for more than a half century to end up here in our store. What’s even more incredible is how overtly delicious this one is. The concentration after 50+ years creates an aromatic character almost like cognac, but without the syrupy sweetness. You’d expect the thing to be bitter with extracted oak by this age, but you’d be wrong. It’s sweet, nutty and packed full of rancio fruit. This is a singular experience that just can’t be had anywhere else in the whisky drinking world. A steal and a deal considering the only other 50+ year old grain whisky being sold in the States costs $900 and a sister cask of this same whisky costs $550 in London.

William Beare | KL Staff Member | Review Date: January 08, 2019

Drinking whiskey this old is like watching your grandpa dance. After too many years some whiskeys just lose a bit of luster. The hop goes out of their two-step. But when you find one who still can move, it’s captivating and beautiful. It’s pure grace with the added value of wisdom lending efficiency to every step and movement. The Carsebridge 52 makes me think of Christopher Walken at 60 years old nailing perfect plié after perfect plié in the lobby of the LA Grand Hotel for a music video. It’s so elegant, right from the nose, giving waves of dulce de leche, soft brown leather, and cardamom spice. And– true to my simile– simply dances across your tongue, smooth as can be. As some of my colleagues noted, the fruit takes a few sips to emerge, but dried apricot comes out on the finish, along with a bit of salted caramel pudding, and soft layers of cedar cigar box. Magnificent!

Jackson Lee | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 28, 2018

Nothing like Scotch for breakfast; what better way to start your day than with a 52-year-old dram? Before I even had my coffee I was pouring a sample into my glass when I found it on my desk this morning. If this didn’t wake me up, my coffee had no chance, but any residual grogginess evaporated and was instead replaced by heavenly wafts of rich brown sugar, candied figs, strawberries and cream with a little tangerine peel timidly showing through. If you’ve never had a 52-year-old Scotch for breakfast, you’re missing out. The texture alone was ethereal: light yet silky, super smooth with notes of marzipan and canned mandarin oranges. The finish was long, reminding me of a fruit salad cup, strawberry gummies, and butterscotch with a nice warmth to remind me that while it is not a major food group, it’s still exciting to mix up your morning routine.

Cameron Price | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2018

A beautiful single grain whisky that presents a luscious caramel and toffee nose with a side of shortbread. It’s as smooth as smooth comes, like a rich golden river of love streaming into your stomach.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2018

Myyyyyyy goodness! Honey and baking spices jump out of the glass followed by scents of toasty caramels, juicy summer peaches, and fresh cherries. The palate is incredibly smooth and not over-oaked at all despite its considerable age, ending with flavors of toffee-covered nuts.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2018

“If I could save time in a bottle/The first thing that I’d like to do/Is to save every day/’Til eternity passes away/Just to spend them with you” Sovereign has done the hard work of capturing time in a bottle. At first blush, this whisky is quite dry, but after a sip or two a shocking amount of fruit presents itself. It’s lush with stone fruits and pears. For those who prize “smooth” above all else in their whisky, it is impossible to surpass the rich, velvety quality of this dram. Darker notes of milk chocolate and dusty cocoa weave in and out of the glass. The angel’s share of this cask is enormous. It’s one of 157 bottles and proofed naturally to 43.4% alcohol. For comparison, most hogshead barrels yield about 250 bottles. Those are some thirsty angels, and with one taste, it’s obvious why.

Alex Schroeder | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2018

This grain whisky is very vivacious on the nose: hints of stone fruit, honey, spice, saw dust, and unsweetened dark chocolate. On the palate, it is naturally proofed down to 43% abv, so it is incredibly smooth to drink. It leaves warm, toasty flavors of caramel, cream, vanilla, dark cocoa, and honeyed cereals lingering for over a minute. The complexity and integration are stunning after 52 years sitting in the barrel. What a special treat to taste such an old, lively whisky!


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/a-bridge-to-another-time-kl-exclusives-carsebridge-52-year-old-cameronbridge-26-year-old-scotch-whisky-news/

Game of Thrones Single Malt Whisky Collection at Nickolls & Perks – Scotch Whisky News


After the release of the Johnnie Walker White Walker blended Scotch in late 2018, It proved to be a prelude to the main event of HBO and Diageo collaborating on the Game of Thrones Single Malts Collection – a series of eight limited edition single malt whiskies all paired with one of the iconic Houses of Westeros, as well as the “Night’s Watch”.




Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/game-of-thrones-single-malt-whisky-collection-at-nickolls-perks-scotch-whisky-news/

Happy New Year from Bartels Whisky – Scotch Whisky News


Happy New Year

We hope you all had a lovely festive time and all the best for 2019


We saw in 2019 nicely with our first festival of the year – Harrow Whisky Festival – It is a two day event at ‘Best Western Plus’ Grims Dyke Hotel in Harrow and tickets are for one of the three tastings or can include an overnight stay and meal in the restaurant.  The food is superb and the hospitality unbeatable.  We already have the dates in our diary for next year.  Please see more information here, if you are local (or even if you’re not)!



The Festival ‘Best Seller’


Cameronbridge 1982

People couldn’t quite believe the price we were selling a 36 Year Old grain for!  It was really nice to see the festivals goers trying and absolutely loving this whisky!  Some of the comments made our day such as ‘the nicest grain they had ever tried!’


New Year Voucher

To Welcome you into the New Year please take advantage of this voucher for 10% off anything you purchase.


Shop Now

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/happy-new-year-from-bartels-whisky-scotch-whisky-news/

Macallan Lalique Six Pillars Collection Leads the way in Record Breaking Online Auction – Whisky News


Macallan Lalique Six Pillars Collection Leads the way in Record Breaking Online Auction

PERTH, SCOTLAND – Bottles from The Macallan Lalique Six Pillars collection have broken auction records after being sold in a recent auction by Whisky Auctioneer (www.whiskyauctioneer.com), achieving a collective hammer price across the four lots of £296,500.

This price surpasses the previous record from November 2018, when four bottles from the same series sold at auction for a collective hammer price of £272,000 according to Rare Whisky 101.

The Macallan Lalique Six Pillars Collection is one of the most exclusive and desirable ranges of whisky in the world. Featuring in the auction was the 50 Year Old, 55 Year Old, 57 Year Old and 60 Year Old.   These lots prompted an enormous amount of interest and bidding activity from across the globe with over 140 bids placed across the four lots. The eventual winners were located in the US, Asia and the UK.

The bottles also played a contributing role in an even larger record being broken. With a total value in excess of £2.6 million, Whisky Auctioneer’s December Auction itself is the highest value online auction ever. Close to £850,000 of this £2.6million came from sales of bottles of The Macallan alone.

These records not only indicate the continuing global demand for buying and selling whisky on the secondary market but also the increasing use of online auctions as a means for private collectors and investors to access old, rare and iconic whiskies.

Iain McClune, director of Whisky Auctioneer, said: “We are beyond delighted to feature these exceptional bottles in our auction. They represent the absolute pinnacle of rare whisky collecting and investing.”

“Our most recent auction result illustrates that the very highest end of the secondary market, which was once the preserve of the traditional auction house and its attendees, is now accessible via online auction. A positive development that makes the buying and selling of whisky an easier and more straightforward process that is open to all.”

It was not just The Macallan that broke records either: Other record-breaking bottles sold within the same auction include the Hibiki Arita Decanter, that achieved a hammer price of £17,500 and the Bruichladdich 1960 Sherry Cask 100 Proof, that achieved a hammer price of £10,000.

It is not unusual for the Perth based company to see records broken in their monthly auctions however the large number witnessed in their most recent auction speaks of an exciting year ahead both for Whisky Auctioneer and the industry as a whole.

The next auction goes live on 25 January and will close on 4 February.

Listings and further information below:








For more information on auctions or to register to participate in the next auction please visit www.whiskyauctioneer.com

Additional Information

  1. Whisky Auctioneer specialises in auctioning whisky, whether it be fine, old, rare, collectable or affordable.
  2. Formed in 2013 and based in Perth, central Scotland, Whisky Auctioneer aims to be the most comprehensive website available for the buying and selling of whisky.
  3. Whisky Auctioneer holds regular monthly online auctions as well as specialist auctions for collectible whiskies and exclusive releases.
  4. To buy or sell on the Whisky Auctioneer website, an account must be first set up here: https://www.whiskyauctioneer.com/register
  5. Social Media Handles:
    1. twitter: @whisky_auction
    2. facebook: @WhiskyAuctioneer
    3. web: whiskyauctioneer.com


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/macallan-lalique-six-pillars-collection-leads-the-way-in-record-breaking-online-auction-whisky-news/

Burns Night at the Park Avenue Liquor Shop – Scotch Whisky News


Help us celebrate 

‘Burns Night’  

the way it was intended…

By drinking Single Malt Scotch!

It’s like a birthday party ~

without the birthday boy!

‘Burns Night’ is Friday, January 25th.  If you have no plans, want to know what that’s all about or just want to sample some phenomenal single malt scotch ~ you’re invited.

Park Ave – After Hours is celebrating this controversial yet somehow beloved Scotsman.

Four single malts from four different distilleries will be poured and there won’t be a haggis in sight!

We know this is short notice but these events tend to fill-up so please RSVP- ASAP.

Details are below. 

Jonathan, Eric Marlon
The Park Avenue Liquor Shop
270 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016

PA1 These event fill up so please RSVP – ASAP. We are not responsible for any typographical errors nor do we endorse the life and times of Robert Burns. Please contact the store with any questions.

The Park Avenue Liquor Shop | 212-685-2442 | 212-689-6247 | parkaveliquor.com

Park Ave

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/burns-night-at-the-park-avenue-liquor-shop-scotch-whisky-news/

10 Year Old Single Cask Whisky at The Inverurie Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News


Aberdeenshire Whisky Embassy

Packed full of Events, Offers and Unique Whiskies this is a must for all North East Whisky fans! Membership also includes an Exclusive


10 Year Old Single Cask Whisky

from a well known Island Distillery….

Whisky just got AWEsome!


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/10-year-old-single-cask-whisky-at-the-inverurie-whisky-shop-scotch-whisky-news/

Fets Whisky Kitchen Vancouver, BC “Douglas Laing Whisky Dinner January 16th 2019″ – Scotch Whisky News


Whisky Dinner Wednesday January 16th @7pm 

It’s Whisky Pairing time again with this time with independant bottler; Douglas Laing.

We are happy to announce our 1st Whisky Dinner of the year. Keith Beattie of Douglas Laing will be traveling from Scotland to host our Whisky Pairing Dinner on Wednesday January 16th at 7pm.

Keith has been in the drinks industry for 2 decades and just recently joined Douglas Laing last year. His role? Head of Commercial, I guess we’ll find out exactly what that means at the dinner.

Douglas Laing Co was established in 1948. As an established independent bottler, Douglas Laing has access to great whisky stocks and has a wonderful lineup of whiskies in their; Remarkable Regional Malts and the Exceptional Single Cask series. Lets show Keith a big Canadian Whisky Kitchen welcome and join us next week for an entertaining evening with great whisky from the warehouses of Douglas Laing.

Our talented kitchen team are, yet again, creating 5 stunning dishes to pair with 5 great whiskies.

This is sure to be another great night of food, whisky and distillery tales.

Why not grab one of our limited tickets and join us on Wednesday January 16th for some great whisky and food.

Tickets are limited and I can assure you, as always, they sell out fast.

Be sure to plan for a safe ride home!

The cost for this event is only $85

click here to register

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/fets-whisky-kitchen-vancouver-bc-douglas-laing-whisky-dinner-january-16th-2019-scotch-whisky-news/




Montreal, Canada (Jan. 8, 2019) – Judges awarded four Canadian whiskies from the Sazerac Company with Silver medals at the eighth annual New York World Wine Spirits Competition, labeling them as outstanding spirits that show “refinement, finesse, and complexity.”

            Silver Medal Winners:

  • Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky
  • Royal Canadian Small Batch Canadian Whisky
  • Rich Rare Reserve Canadian Whisky
  • High River Canadian Whisky

The New York World Wine Spirits Competition consisted of a panel of renowned judges from the New York area that assessed over 340 spirits in the 2018 competition. This two-day event included a blind tasting of participating spirits followed by awards ranging from Double Gold to Bronze.

Complete results of the 2018 New York World Wine Spirits Competition can be found at https://www.nywscomp.com/results/.

About Sazerac

Sazerac is one of America’s oldest family owned, privately held distillers with operations in the United States in Louisiana, Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Maryland, California, and global operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, India, Australia and Canada. For more information on Sazerac, please visit www.sazerac.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/four-canadian-whiskies-from-sazerac-awarded-silver-medals-at-new-york-world-wine-spirits-competition-canadian-whisky-news/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Book Your Burns Events NOW!” – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS Burns19


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/scotch-malt-whisky-society-book-your-burns-events-now-scotch-whisky-news/

The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show “Old & Rare – Macallan masterclass tickets now on sale” – Scotch Whisky News


23-24 FEBRUARY 2019




with Willie Phillips and Sukhinder Singh
Saturday 23 February, 4pm

Tickets are now available



Former Macallan managing director Willie Phillips is credited as the man that made Macallan.

With a pioneering approach to bottling very old and vintage whisky, former Macallan managing director Willie Phillips is the man who made Macallan what it is today. He positioned Macallan as ‘the Cognac of whisky’ and combined irreverent advertising with his dedication to rich new-make spirit matured in sherry casks, creating through the 1980s and 1990s the template for Macallan’s rise to fame.

Join Willie Phillips and Macallan-collecting Whisky Exchange founder Sukhinder Singh for an exploration of old and rare Macallan from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, complete with distillery tales from someone who saw it all.

Please note: you must have a valid ticket to the Saturday 23 February session of The Whisky Show: Old Rare to attend this masterclass.

The line-up:

Macallan 8 Year Old Bottled 1980s
Macallan 12 Year Old Bottled 1980s
Macallan 1974 18 Year Old
Macallan 1968 18 Year Old
Macallan 1958 Bottled 1970s
Macallan 1958 25 Year Old Anniversary Malt



Products are offered subject to the following terms and conditions:

1. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

2. We do not issue physical tickets. When you make your booking, your name will be added to a guest list for the event.

3. In the case of cancellation on part of the organisers, the full ticket price will be refunded to you. We reserve the right to make cancellations up to 24 hours before the event.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/the-whisky-exchange-whisky-show-old-rare-macallan-masterclass-tickets-now-on-sale-scotch-whisky-news/