Whiskey Obsession Schedule, Panels, and Classes! – Obsessive Whisky News

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Seventh Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival

April 10 to 13, 2019

Sarasota, Florida

Schedule of Events, Panelists, and Masterclasses

Spirit Guide, Inc. presents the Seventh Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival, April 10 to 13, 2019 in Sarasota, Florida, in partnership with Whiskey and Barrel Nite and Dave Sweet. Whiskey Obsession presents four days of classes, tastings, lunch and dinner pairings, interactive panel discussions, VIP pours, a fabulous grand tasting with hundreds of whiskies and cocktails, plus free closing night party with live music. Last year, Whiskey Obsession attracted 3,500 attendees from 20 states and Canada and is one of the nation’s largest festivals. Take your friends and take a cab! Whiskeyobsessionfestival.com.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Whiskey Obsession Kickoff Dinner @ Sarasota Yacht Club (SYC), 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Deconstruction of the Balcones Texas Single Malt with Winston Edwards

The Seventh Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival kicks off with an elegant dinner pairing hosted by Winston Edwards, Balcones National Distillery Ambassador featuring a special four course menu from executive chef Anthony Puccio. Experience the three wood finished whiskies that make up the Texas Single Malt, bottled exclusively by Barrel and Bottle, along with the official Texas Single Malt from Balcones. Tickets are $125 per person. Open to the public; SYC membership not required.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Two Panelist Small Group Dinners @ The Hyatt Sarasota, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $125 per person for either dinner and include meal, whiskies and commemorative Tervis custom tumbler. Limited to 20 guests each.

World Whiskey Dinner

Join Ashok Chokalingam, Global Ambassador and Assistant Distiller at Amrut Distillery for an intimate three course dinner featuring four award winning whiskies from Bengaluru, India: Amrut Single Malt, Amrut Fusion Single Malt, Amrut Peated Single Malt, and Amrut Naarangi Single Malt.

Single Malt Scotch Dinner 

Join Nicholas Pollacchi, Single Malt Director at Jura Single Malt for an intimate dinner paired with four Scotch whiskies: Jura 10 Year, Jura 12 Year, Jura Seven Wood and a surprise.

The Panel of Whiskey Experts Interactive Tasting @ The Hyatt Sarasota, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. 

This unique panel of distillers and ambassadors share their award winning whiskies from Colorado, Scotland, and India in an interactive tasting. The panel is co-moderated by Samara Rivers and

Turner C. Moore. Tickets are $75 and seating is limited to 130 guests. Panelists and whiskies:

Jenny Bartels, Brand Ambassador at Breckenridge (Breckenridge PX Sherry Cask Bourbon)

Rob Dietrich, Master Distiller at Stranahan’s (Stranahan’s Snowflake)

Ashok Chokalingam, Assistant to Master Distiller at Amrut (Amrut Madeira Cask)

Nicholas Pollacchi, Single Malt Director at Whyte and Mackay (Jura 18 Year)

Stephanie Ridgway, Manager of Brand Education at International Beverage (Speyburn 15 Year)

Raj Sabarwahl, Founder at Glass Revolution Imports (Murray McDavid Ordha Meas 13 Year)

Corky Taylor, Chairman at Peerless (3 Year Small Batch Rye)

Andrew Weir, Brand Director at Pernod Ricard (Aberlour Casg Annamh)

Late Night Whistle Pig Rye Showcase at The Social Eatery and Bar 10:00 p.m. until late.

Steward of the Brand Ingrid Rodriguez will serve cocktails and samples of Whistle Pig Rye at The Social, with light bites and DJ for the late night crowd. Tickets are $25 and include specialty cocktail, whiskey samples and commemorative Tervis custom tumbler (tumblers are limited to first 40 guests due to inventory constraints).

Friday, April 12, 2019

The Dalmore Single Malt Scotch Masterclass at The Bijou, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Join Nicholas Pollacchi, Single Malt Director at Whyte and Mackay, for a sumptuous lunch masterclass at featuring The Dalmore, single malt Highland Scotch, at Sarasota’s Bijou restaurant. Tickets are $40 per person and include meal, single malt Scotch whiskies and commemorative Tervis custom tumbler.

 

Grand Tasting and Masterclasses @ The Hyatt Sarasota, 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

With hundreds of whiskies and cocktails available to sample, the Grand Tasting features dozens of the world’s premium global brands as well as emerging craft distillers from around the country. All tickets include Whiskey and Barrel Nite’s custom infused dinner buffet and hors d’oeuvres sponsored by Four Roses Bourbon, as well as a one year subscription to Whisky Advocate, the world’s leading whisky magazine. Limited booth space still available – see contact information at the bottom of the page.

  • 7:00 p.m. VIP Admission
  • 7:15 p.m. Class I begins (open to GA ticket holders; ends at 8:00 p.m.)
  • 8:00 p.m. General Admission; VIP Lounge Opens
  • 8:30 p.m. Class II and III begin (end at 9:15 p.m.
  • 10:15 p.m. Last Pour
  • 10:30 p.m. Event concludes

Masterclasses just added!

Class I — 7:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Four Roses Single Barrel Deconstruction with Cile Moreno

Class II — 8:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.  Amrut Indian Whisky with Ashok Chokalingam

Class III — 8:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Glengoyne Single Malt Scotch with Gordon Dundas

Three ticket levels are available:

VIP $195:

  • VIP admission is limited to 200 guests and includes one commemorative Glencairn glass and

one hour early entrance at 7:00 p.m.

  • VIP Lounge brought to you by Whiskey Barrel Nite (8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
  • VIP pours of premium, fine, and rare spirits (details will be available on the event website).   At

least 25 premium whiskies will be available during VIP hour.

  • One $50 retail voucher for purchases placed with our online retail partner, CaskCartel.com.

Bottles will not be sold directly at the show.

  • Greater opportunity to interact with distillery ambassadors and industry professionals.
  • Unlimited tasting of over 200 spirits.
  • Priority seating at classes and other WOF events during the Festival.

General Admission $95:

  • Limited to 500 guests includes one commemorative Glencairn glass; entrance at 8:00 p.m.
  • Unlimited tasting of several hundred whiskies and cocktails.

Companion $45:

  • Limited to 75 guests includes entrance with VIP or general admission ticket holders.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Women of Whiskey Brunch @ Sarasota Yacht Club, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

We are thrilled to present the Women of Whiskey Brunch in partnership with the Sarasota Whisky Society, Bourbon Women and the Black Bourbon Society. The event emcee Jennifer Wells and moderator Peggy Noe Stevens will lead a panel of prominent women making contributions to the whiskey industry, including:

  • Jenny Bartels, Brand Ambassador at Breckenridge

Breckenridge Port Cask High Proof Bourbon

  • Ingrid Rodriguez, Steward of the Brand at Whistle Pig

Whistle Pig Old World and Piggyback Rye

  • Samara Rivers, Founder of the Black Bourbon Society

Uncle Nearest 1856, Single Barrel Whiskey

Two whiskies from each panelist will be paired with a special menu created by SYC Executive Chef Anthony Puccio. Tickets are $45 per person and include meal, whiskies and commemorative Tervis custom tumbler. Open to the public; SYC membership not required.

Sips, Suds, and Smokes presents Beer, Bourbon, and Cigars @ Smokin’ Joes, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Join Bob Howell, Maury Jayson, and Mike Woods from Sips, Suds and Smokes radio show for a multi-faceted pairing of cigars and whiskey. This fun, casual event will be held at at Smokin’ Joes on Main Street. Cost is $25 and includes cigars, beer, and whiskey samples.

Whiskey Rocks Closing Night Party at JDub’s Brewing Company, 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Whiskey Rocks continues its third year with live music by Ship of Fools with whiskey samples and cocktails, food trucks, and of course JDub’s craft beer.

Tickets and information are available at whiskeyobsessionfestival.com.

For more information contact Turner C. Moore at 941.400.9889,

Turner@WhiskeyObsessionFestival.com or Dave Sweet at 847-840-3914,

DaveSweet@WhiskeyandBarrelNite.com

Video: https://youtu.be/qilNWayZxhc

Website: www.whiskeyobsessionfestival.com

Website: https://whiskeyandbarrelnite.com

Whiskey Obsession Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhiskeyObsessionFestival

Whiskey and Barrel Nite Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whiskeyandbarrelnite

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/whiskey-obsession-schedule-panels-and-classes-obsessive-whisky-news/

Whiskey Obsession Schedule, Panels, and Classes! – Obsessive Whisky News

WO2

Seventh Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival

April 10 to 13, 2019

Sarasota, Florida

Schedule of Events, Panelists, and Masterclasses

Spirit Guide, Inc. presents the Seventh Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival, April 10 to 13, 2019 in Sarasota, Florida, in partnership with Whiskey and Barrel Nite and Dave Sweet. Whiskey Obsession presents four days of classes, tastings, lunch and dinner pairings, interactive panel discussions, VIP pours, a fabulous grand tasting with hundreds of whiskies and cocktails, plus free closing night party with live music. Last year, Whiskey Obsession attracted 3,500 attendees from 20 states and Canada and is one of the nation’s largest festivals. Take your friends and take a cab! Whiskeyobsessionfestival.com.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Whiskey Obsession Kickoff Dinner @ Sarasota Yacht Club (SYC), 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Deconstruction of the Balcones Texas Single Malt with Winston Edwards

The Seventh Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival kicks off with an elegant dinner pairing hosted by Winston Edwards, Balcones National Distillery Ambassador featuring a special four course menu from executive chef Anthony Puccio. Experience the three wood finished whiskies that make up the Texas Single Malt, bottled exclusively by Barrel and Bottle, along with the official Texas Single Malt from Balcones. Tickets are $125 per person. Open to the public; SYC membership not required.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Two Panelist Small Group Dinners @ The Hyatt Sarasota, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $125 per person for either dinner and include meal, whiskies and commemorative Tervis custom tumbler. Limited to 20 guests each.

World Whiskey Dinner

Join Ashok Chokalingam, Global Ambassador and Assistant Distiller at Amrut Distillery for an intimate three course dinner featuring four award winning whiskies from Bengaluru, India: Amrut Single Malt, Amrut Fusion Single Malt, Amrut Peated Single Malt, and Amrut Naarangi Single Malt.

Single Malt Scotch Dinner 

Join Nicholas Pollacchi, Single Malt Director at Jura Single Malt for an intimate dinner paired with four Scotch whiskies: Jura 10 Year, Jura 12 Year, Jura Seven Wood and a surprise.

The Panel of Whiskey Experts Interactive Tasting @ The Hyatt Sarasota, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. 

This unique panel of distillers and ambassadors share their award winning whiskies from Colorado, Scotland, and India in an interactive tasting. The panel is co-moderated by Samara Rivers and

Turner C. Moore. Tickets are $75 and seating is limited to 130 guests. Panelists and whiskies:

Jenny Bartels, Brand Ambassador at Breckenridge (Breckenridge PX Sherry Cask Bourbon)

Rob Dietrich, Master Distiller at Stranahan’s (Stranahan’s Snowflake)

Ashok Chokalingam, Assistant to Master Distiller at Amrut (Amrut Madeira Cask)

Nicholas Pollacchi, Single Malt Director at Whyte and Mackay (Jura 18 Year)

Stephanie Ridgway, Manager of Brand Education at International Beverage (Speyburn 15 Year)

Raj Sabarwahl, Founder at Glass Revolution Imports (Murray McDavid Ordha Meas 13 Year)

Corky Taylor, Chairman at Peerless (3 Year Small Batch Rye)

Andrew Weir, Brand Director at Pernod Ricard (Aberlour Casg Annamh)

Late Night Whistle Pig Rye Showcase at The Social Eatery and Bar 10:00 p.m. until late.

Steward of the Brand Ingrid Rodriguez will serve cocktails and samples of Whistle Pig Rye at The Social, with light bites and DJ for the late night crowd. Tickets are $25 and include specialty cocktail, whiskey samples and commemorative Tervis custom tumbler (tumblers are limited to first 40 guests due to inventory constraints).

Friday, April 12, 2019

The Dalmore Single Malt Scotch Masterclass at The Bijou, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Join Nicholas Pollacchi, Single Malt Director at Whyte and Mackay, for a sumptuous lunch masterclass at featuring The Dalmore, single malt Highland Scotch, at Sarasota’s Bijou restaurant. Tickets are $40 per person and include meal, single malt Scotch whiskies and commemorative Tervis custom tumbler.

 

Grand Tasting and Masterclasses @ The Hyatt Sarasota, 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

With hundreds of whiskies and cocktails available to sample, the Grand Tasting features dozens of the world’s premium global brands as well as emerging craft distillers from around the country. All tickets include Whiskey and Barrel Nite’s custom infused dinner buffet and hors d’oeuvres sponsored by Four Roses Bourbon, as well as a one year subscription to Whisky Advocate, the world’s leading whisky magazine. Limited booth space still available – see contact information at the bottom of the page.

  • 7:00 p.m. VIP Admission
  • 7:15 p.m. Class I begins (open to GA ticket holders; ends at 8:00 p.m.)
  • 8:00 p.m. General Admission; VIP Lounge Opens
  • 8:30 p.m. Class II and III begin (end at 9:15 p.m.
  • 10:15 p.m. Last Pour
  • 10:30 p.m. Event concludes

Masterclasses just added!

Class I — 7:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Four Roses Single Barrel Deconstruction with Cile Moreno

Class II — 8:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.  Amrut Indian Whisky with Ashok Chokalingam

Class III — 8:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Glengoyne Single Malt Scotch with Gordon Dundas

Three ticket levels are available:

VIP $195:

  • VIP admission is limited to 200 guests and includes one commemorative Glencairn glass and

one hour early entrance at 7:00 p.m.

  • VIP Lounge brought to you by Whiskey Barrel Nite (8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
  • VIP pours of premium, fine, and rare spirits (details will be available on the event website).   At

least 25 premium whiskies will be available during VIP hour.

  • One $50 retail voucher for purchases placed with our online retail partner, CaskCartel.com.

Bottles will not be sold directly at the show.

  • Greater opportunity to interact with distillery ambassadors and industry professionals.
  • Unlimited tasting of over 200 spirits.
  • Priority seating at classes and other WOF events during the Festival.

General Admission $95:

  • Limited to 500 guests includes one commemorative Glencairn glass; entrance at 8:00 p.m.
  • Unlimited tasting of several hundred whiskies and cocktails.

Companion $45:

  • Limited to 75 guests includes entrance with VIP or general admission ticket holders.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Women of Whiskey Brunch @ Sarasota Yacht Club, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

We are thrilled to present the Women of Whiskey Brunch in partnership with the Sarasota Whisky Society, Bourbon Women and the Black Bourbon Society. The event emcee Jennifer Wells and moderator Peggy Noe Stevens will lead a panel of prominent women making contributions to the whiskey industry, including:

  • Jenny Bartels, Brand Ambassador at Breckenridge

Breckenridge Port Cask High Proof Bourbon

  • Ingrid Rodriguez, Steward of the Brand at Whistle Pig

Whistle Pig Old World and Piggyback Rye

  • Samara Rivers, Founder of the Black Bourbon Society

Uncle Nearest 1856, Single Barrel Whiskey

Two whiskies from each panelist will be paired with a special menu created by SYC Executive Chef Anthony Puccio. Tickets are $45 per person and include meal, whiskies and commemorative Tervis custom tumbler. Open to the public; SYC membership not required.

Sips, Suds, and Smokes presents Beer, Bourbon, and Cigars @ Smokin’ Joes, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Join Bob Howell, Maury Jayson, and Mike Woods from Sips, Suds and Smokes radio show for a multi-faceted pairing of cigars and whiskey. This fun, casual event will be held at at Smokin’ Joes on Main Street. Cost is $25 and includes cigars, beer, and whiskey samples.

Whiskey Rocks Closing Night Party at JDub’s Brewing Company, 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Whiskey Rocks continues its third year with live music by Ship of Fools with whiskey samples and cocktails, food trucks, and of course JDub’s craft beer.

Tickets and information are available at whiskeyobsessionfestival.com.

For more information contact Turner C. Moore at 941.400.9889,

Turner@WhiskeyObsessionFestival.com or Dave Sweet at 847-840-3914,

DaveSweet@WhiskeyandBarrelNite.com

Video: https://youtu.be/qilNWayZxhc

Website: www.whiskeyobsessionfestival.com

Website: https://whiskeyandbarrelnite.com

Whiskey Obsession Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhiskeyObsessionFestival

Whiskey and Barrel Nite Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whiskeyandbarrelnite

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/whiskey-obsession-schedule-panels-and-classes-obsessive-whisky-news/

Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey Refreshes Bottle Design – American Whiskey News

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Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey Refreshes Bottle Design

(Lebanon, Ky.) March 11, 2019 –Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey has a new look. The new bottle features white paint over the embossments, making the intricate font and design more prominent and adding to the vintage and craft look of the bottle.

“The new look is reminiscent of the porcelain painted ‘bar back’ bottles that were popular with so many brands in the late 1800’s,” says Steve Beam, president and head distiller at Limestone Branch Distillery. “This was the time when my great-grandfather, Minor Case Beam, was in his distilling heyday – this new look is a nod to his legacy.”

Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey, launched in 2017, features straight rye whiskey with a sherry cask finish and is bottled at 90 proof. Available in 750ml bottles and aged two years, Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey offers a warm rye spice complemented by the dried fruit notes from being finished in a sherry cask barrel. The combination offers depth to the overall experience of this whiskey.

The award-winning Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey has also been called out in this spring’s Tasting Panel magazine and given a score of 94 points. The magazine notes “the fragrant nose of jasmine and caramel is illuminating…luscious notes of sweet peat and honeyed apples, peppercorns and peach blossoms are elegant, while its perfume carries through to the maple and dried-peach finish.”

The whiskey was inspired by Beam’s long family history in the distilling industry – Steve Beam is a seventh-generation distiller. “This rye whiskey is a tribute to my heritage – from the details in the finishing to Minor Case Beam’s original crest as a special touch –now this beautiful bottle is even more visible behind the bar.”

The whiskey is offered nationwide for the suggested retail price of $42.99. The new bottle packaging is also available for sale at Limestone Branch Distillery.

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. With a history of distilling on both sides of their family – Beam and Dant – the brothers are seventh-generation distillers. In 2015, they brought the Yellowstone brand back to the family and launched a limited edition bourbon to commemorate the brand’s 105th anniversary.

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

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/minor-case-straight-rye-whiskey-refreshes-bottle-design-american-whiskey-news/

Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey Refreshes Bottle Design – American Whiskey News

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Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey Refreshes Bottle Design

(Lebanon, Ky.) March 11, 2019 –Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey has a new look. The new bottle features white paint over the embossments, making the intricate font and design more prominent and adding to the vintage and craft look of the bottle.

“The new look is reminiscent of the porcelain painted ‘bar back’ bottles that were popular with so many brands in the late 1800’s,” says Steve Beam, president and head distiller at Limestone Branch Distillery. “This was the time when my great-grandfather, Minor Case Beam, was in his distilling heyday – this new look is a nod to his legacy.”

Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey, launched in 2017, features straight rye whiskey with a sherry cask finish and is bottled at 90 proof. Available in 750ml bottles and aged two years, Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey offers a warm rye spice complemented by the dried fruit notes from being finished in a sherry cask barrel. The combination offers depth to the overall experience of this whiskey.

The award-winning Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey has also been called out in this spring’s Tasting Panel magazine and given a score of 94 points. The magazine notes “the fragrant nose of jasmine and caramel is illuminating…luscious notes of sweet peat and honeyed apples, peppercorns and peach blossoms are elegant, while its perfume carries through to the maple and dried-peach finish.”

The whiskey was inspired by Beam’s long family history in the distilling industry – Steve Beam is a seventh-generation distiller. “This rye whiskey is a tribute to my heritage – from the details in the finishing to Minor Case Beam’s original crest as a special touch –now this beautiful bottle is even more visible behind the bar.”

The whiskey is offered nationwide for the suggested retail price of $42.99. The new bottle packaging is also available for sale at Limestone Branch Distillery.

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. With a history of distilling on both sides of their family – Beam and Dant – the brothers are seventh-generation distillers. In 2015, they brought the Yellowstone brand back to the family and launched a limited edition bourbon to commemorate the brand’s 105th anniversary.

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

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/minor-case-straight-rye-whiskey-refreshes-bottle-design-american-whiskey-news/

Bowmore 25 Year Old

Bowmore 25 Years is a mix of American bourbon and a large proportion of Spanish sherry casks.

It used to be bottled at 40% (black label), then as a Small Batch release. Now it’s part of the core range at 43% ABV with a white label.

 

 

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(43%, OB +/- 2018)

Nose: nicely mellow but aromatic. Gentle smoke, with jammy sherry fruits, hints of cedar oak and plenty of cooked fruits in the background. A little chocolate, berries, toffee. There’s a thicker side (blackberries) but also a bright, slightly acidic fruitiness (raspberry and lime). Cinnamon and tobacco too. Mouth: a little disappointing now. It’s thin, with some burnt oak, salted notes and cocoa. There’s sherry and there’s this nice fruitiness (pink grapefruit) but also a faint hint of lavender (not 1980s amounts though). Clove, nutty notes. Finish: long, fairly dry and spicy, with toasted oak, espresso, herbs and still a little grapefruit.

Hard to score: the nose was nice enough, but on the palate it feels slightly disjointed and lacking some richness. The regular price is quite ambitious (see TWE) but it’s now heavily discounted over at Master of Malt.

Score: 86/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/bowmore/bowmore-25-years/

A Maker’s Mark Exclusive—Barrel #906—Limited Availability – American Whiskey News

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Kentucky Bourbon at Its Finest
Maker’s Mark 46 “KL Exclusive Barrel #906″ Private Select Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) ($69.99)
“This may be the most exciting Maker’s barrel we’ve done to date.”
—David Othenin-Girard, KL SoCal Spirits Buyer

Traveling to Maker’s Mark to see their gorgeous distillery in Loretto is a rite of passage for any bourbon lover, so when we sent our SoCal Store Manager Resident Kentuckian to visit this historic distillery it was a very special occasion. Illya loves bourbon and he knows exactly what kind of bourbon he likes: big, rich, bold, and powerful. That’s why letting him loose in the Maker’s Mark creation lab was so exciting. We spent hours in there examining every combination and he ultimately developed what I believe to be our most successful Maker’s Private Barrel to date. Previously, we’ve avoided experimenting with more intense chars for fear that the bourbon, which spends 90-120 days soaking with staves, might end up unbalanced. Instead, we stuck to flavors that seemed to complement the already sweet, supple qualities of the Maker’s Cask Strength base.

How wrong we were! Illya, using his good sense and excellent palate, added a hefty dose of “Roasted French Mocha” staves to the two we typically use, American Pure and Seared French. The resulting bourbon is one of the most complex and opulent we’ve ever bottled. And Illya’s signature is on the back of every single bottle. We’ve had incredible success with the Maker’s Private Select program, but it’s clear we’re only scratching the surface of what this incredible, innovative barrel program is capable of.

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Maker’s Mark 46 “KL Exclusive Barrel #906″ Private Select Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) ($69.99)

The extremely popular Maker’s Private Select barrel program has become one of our favorite. Maker’s has always had some serious cache, but their consistency and commitment to their original product line might have hurt their clout with the cognoscenti. But over the last few years they’ve started to introduce new products many of which have become go-to products for our customers. This trend has culminated in the creation of the Private Select program, which offers accounts an opportunity to create their own finishes onto of the already delicious Maker’s Cask Strength flavor profile. They start with a small batch dump of cask strength (10 barrels). Used barrels are then popped open and filled with a special selection of 10 custom staves of various toast and char levels. In this case, LA manager Illya Haase determined the recipe. We’ve got 2 staves of Baked American Pure adding deep vanilla and sweet woodiness. 3 Seared French Cuvee staves offering bold cinnamon and a balancing tannin. And 5 Roasted French Mocha (a first for any KL Private Select) adding dense dark coffee, cocoa, and subtle licorice to the mix. All in all this is the most unique and intriguing Private Select we’ve done to date. Truly the total package, with an integration right out of the bottle that isn’t always evident in these barrels. I liked this one at cask strength with no water. Bravo Illya, bravo!

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: January 23, 2019

Another MONSTER from the Maker’s Mark Private Select line. This one was built and brought to you by our illustrious LA Manager Illya Haase. Illya happens to be from Northern Kentucky and he just happened to be on vacation with his family when I had planned to be at the Maker’s Mark distillery to select a barrel. So he did what any serious bourbon love would and raced to meet me in Louisville. Building your own bourbon at Maker’s Mark is not an opportunity anyone should pass up. And Illya has some very clear ideas about what he likes in bourbon. We spent a good 90 minutes tasting and blending the various staves in the lab at Maker’s. And while I’ve got my biases in the blending room, I have to say, Illya opened my eyes to some seriously exciting possibilities. Namely that the some of the staves we’ve avoided in the past because their character stood out in blending trials, could offer you an integrated bourbon once the actual process had been run. And while this cask falls well outside our normal recipe, it hits all the notes that Illya was looking for. Big bold spice, tempered by rich sweet vanilla. Dense textured sweet fruit balanced by an inviting sweet fruit. My fears of the Mocha staves turning bitter were completely unfounded. This may be the most exciting Maker’s barrel we’ve done to date and certainly offers an exceptional contrast to all the others we’ve done. Kind of proof of concept for our friends at Maker’s in my opinion. Top tier stuff.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 08, 2019

Each Maker’s Mark Private Select Barrel is unique . This selection is rich and sweet with vanilla and spice undertones. It has mouth coating flavors but is not too heavy.It should be on the top of the list for anyone looking for a wheated Bourbon. Barrel 906 tasted much better after a touch of water, which opened it up and made it lively and delicious.

Will Blakely | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 03, 2019

One of the most rich and dense barrels of Maker’s I’ve had the pleasure of tasting. First whiffs evoke mocha and spice with just a hint of vanilla and leather. The taste of rich, candied fruit is balanced nicely by rye spice and well curated heat. But that’s not all – there’s tons of vanilla, caramel and fudge throughout. The finish brings a buttery sweetness and warming cinnamon. I highly encourage you to pick one up before they’re gone.

Illya Haase | KL Staff Member | Review Date: January 29, 2019

Maker’s Mark 46 “KL Exclusive Barrel #906″ Private Select Kentucky Bourbon is finally here! Being a Kentuckian, I am proud to say, that it is one hell of a bottle!I was very lucky to taste this barrel and at the first whiff you are in for something special. Out of the gate, catch that big blast of mocha. Cinnamon, burnt brown sugar, sweet corn vanilla and dried fruit are a few others that rise out of the glass. First sip, note the candied Red Hots, then on to the baked pear and butterscotch. A little dash of water punches up the spice component. For a completely different glass of bourbon, the finish is pure heaven, captivating; with just the right amount of burn and bite that feels like a warm blanket that coats every inch of you.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/a-makers-mark-exclusive-barrel-906-limited-availability-american-whiskey-news/

JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL ENGRAVED at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL ENGRAVed

Johnnie Walker Blue Label is the pinnacle of Blended Scotch Whisky making from Johnnie Walker. Only 1 out 10,000 casks is deemed to be of sufficient character to deliver its remarkably smooth signature taste, and these casks are drawn from the largest reserves of whisky in the world. Blue Label is a big flavoured whisky that reflects the Walker belief that neither whisky age alone, nor whisky from a single location, is enough to achieve the creation of a masterpiece today. Layers of big flavour, deep richness and smoke, layers of honey and fruit and an incredibly smooth finish deliver this truly rare character.

£159.00 (Including Engraving) – Buy Now

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/johnnie-walker-blue-label-engraved-at-the-whisky-shop-scotch-whisky-news/

Port Askaig 34 Year Old

Port Askaig Islay whisky

Port Askaig Islay whisky

After an excellent Port Askaig 33 Years for the US, a new sample landed on my desk of a Port Askaig 34 Year Old. A single cask release from 1983.

We can never be sure, but this should be Caol Ila.

 

 

Port Askaig 34 Year OldPort Askaig 34 Year OldPort Askaig 34 yo 1983
(49,7%, Elixir Distillers 2018, ex-bourbon hogshead, 180 btl.)

Nose: a very graceful nose. Plenty of beeswax notes, with light buttery touches and a lot of honey. A couple of pineapple cubes. Cuban cigars, a hint of old wardrobes and car workshops. Warm hay. Chamomile. Candied oranges and vanilla. A little mint tea. Mouth: ooh, oily and quite punchy after all these years. Some burnt oak, smoky liquorice and hints of wet limestone. Then waxy notes again, some olive oil and grassy hints. Growing sweeter, with peppered lemon candy and chocolate with salt. Camphor and honey(suckle). Lanolin. Finish: long and leafy, with mentholy smoke and grasses.

Graceful, complex and just a superb balance of sharpness and vanilla roundness. I know Port Ellen has been hyped, but these Caol Ilas are on the same level and if you think about it, more reasonably priced. One hell of a dram. Available from The Whisky Exchange.

Score: 93/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/caol-ila/port-askaig-34-year-old/

The Whisky Shop “Hey, Get stocked up for St.Patrick’s Day!” – Irish Whiskey News

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Get stocked up for st.patrick’s day

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner!

Whether you’re attending a party, catching up with friends or having a quiet night in, celebrate St.Patrick’s Day with a dazzling Irish dram. Order today to ensure UK delivery in time for St. Patrick’s Day!

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TULLAMORE D.E.W. 12 YEAR OLD

Like Tullamore D.E.W. Original, Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Old Special Reserve is a triple distilled blend of all three types of Irish whiskey but with a high proportion of pot still and malt whiskeys, matured in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks, for 12 to 15 years. A very fine aged whiskey with great complexity.

£61.00 – Buy Now

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Yellow Spot

Yellow Spot Whiskey was last seen in Ireland in the 1950s and 60s but recently reintroduced. Created and sold by Mitchell Son Wine and Spirit Merchants, Yellow Spot is a 12 year old single pot still whiskey made using three different cask types – American Bourbon barrels, Spanish sherry butts and Spanish Malaga casks resulting in a superbly complex whiskey with fresh and sweet top notes.

£89.00 – Buy Now

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Powers John’s Lane

This expression celebrates the origin of the Powers whiskey tradition and provides a glimpse of the whiskey style that made Powers famous. Using a pot still distillate which is true to the original style of John’s Lane, the whiskey has been matured for not less than 12 years, mainly in first fill American bourbon casks, with a small contribution of distillate which has been matured in Oloroso sherry butts. The result is a Single Pot Still whiskey of outstanding flavour and complexity which provides a fitting tribute to the spiritual home of one of Ireland’s most loved whiskeys.

£58.00 – Buy Now

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TULLAMORE D.E.W. 14 YEAR OLD

This Irish single malt whiskey from Tullamore D.E.W. is triple distilled and matured in ex-bourbon casks for most of its life before being finished in four different casks: bourbon, Oloroso sherry, port and Madeira. The nose is fruity with citrus, apple and mango atop rich honey and vanilla. The palate has fresh green fruits, toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of ginger. The finish brings malty notes with some milk chocolate and a touch of spice.

£57.00 – Buy Now

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Green Spot

Green Spot is a non-age statement single pot still Irish whiskey and is comprised of pot still whiskeys aged between 7 and 10 years old. The whiskey has matured in a combination of new bourbon and refill bourbon casks as well as sherry casks.

£44.00 – Buy Now

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Roe Co.

A premium blended Irish whiskey, Roe Co. is a blend of single malt and grain whiskeys matured in ex-bourbon American oak, a high percentage of which are first-fill. Developed by Diageo Master Blender, Caroline Martin, in a process that took over two years, Prototype 106, was chosen specifically to hold up in cocktails as well as to be enjoyed neat or with water. Roe Co. is fragrant and rounded with notes of soft spice, mellow spun sugar and warm hints of woody vanilla. The balance of the blend is immediately evident on the palate with a velvety texture and sweet flavours including spiced pears and vanilla, while a gentle creaminess lingers in the finish.

£35.00 – Buy Now

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Tullamore D.E.W.

Tullamore Dew is the original blended Irish whiskey, known the world over for its smooth and gentle complexity. For one, it is triple distilled and patiently aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks, developing its distinctive smoothness. Secondly, being a blend of all three types of Irish whiskey, it has a gentle complexity.

£30.00 – Buy Now

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Slane Irish Whiskey

Created by the Earl of Mountcharles, this blended Irish whiskey is produced at the iconic Slane Castle just outside Dublin. Slane unusually uses a triple cask blend to add complexity, with a Virgin American oak cask, a seasoned freshly drained American whiskey cask and an Oloroso sherry cask. The nose is sweet with fruity notes of melon and oaky spice. The palate brings banana cream pie, cloves and toffee, before a fruity finish with lingering raisins and melon.

£32.00 – Buy Now

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JAMESON BLACK BARREL

A tribute to the cooper’s method of charring barrels, this Irish whiskey is a triple distilled blend of small batch grain and traditional Irish pot still whiskeys in twice charred casks. Intense vanilla sweetness and caramel alongside toasted wood, fruits and warm spice.

£49.00 – Buy Now

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/the-whisky-shop-hey-get-stocked-up-for-st-patricks-day-irish-whiskey-news/

Loch Fyne Whiskies “Explore Bunnahabhain 1997 Palo Cortado” – Scotch Whisky News

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Explore Bunnahabhain 1997 Palo Cortado

This limited edition from Bunnahabhain was distilled in November 1997 and matured for more than two decades before being finished in Palo Cortado casks. Palo Cortado is a rare variety of sherry with the richness of Oloroso and the crispness of Amontillado. Bottled in April 2018 at a strength of 54.9% abv, this Islay single malt is limited to just 1,620 bottles.

£350.00 – BUY NOW

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/loch-fyne-whiskies-explore-bunnahabhain-1997-palo-cortado-scotch-whisky-news/