Bunnahabhain 9 Year Old 2008 Feinkost Reifferscheid

Distilleerderij: Bunnahabhain
Regio: Schotland (Islay)
Fles: Bunnahabhain 9 Year Old 2008/2017 Feinkost Reifferscheid, cask #3813649
Kleur: licht goud
ABV: 52.5%


Feinkost Reifferscheid is een familiale delicatessenzaak in hartje Bonn, Duitsland, opgericht in 1890 en vandaag de dag gerund door Bärbel en Lutz Reiferscheid. Sinds 1993 verkopen ze ook whisky. Regelmatig bottelen zij whisky voor hun zaak, alsook voor de door het koppel in 2002 opgerichte whisky club Friends of Single Malt Bonn. In 2017 was het de beurt aan deze jonge Bunna, die na rijping van 9 jaar nog een finish kreeg op een fresh sherry octave gedurende 9 maanden.

Zachte neus op boomgaardfruit (denk appels en peren), maar met een ondertoon van rottende planten. Een beetje vuil, maar net niet storend. Daaronder zit nog een toets van zure snoepjes en limoensap. Een druppel olijfolie. De finish op het sherryvat voegt er een toets van perzik en sultana aan toe, maar ook een hint van vers afgestreken lucifer.

Hij is verrassend zacht op de tong en erg helder, als u begrijpt wat ik bedoel. Wit en geel fruit, witte peper, wat eikenhout en rook. Midpalate wordt hij erg zoet op perzik en mandarijn. De turf is beheerst, maar prominent.

De afdronk mag er wezen: warm, kruidig, zoetzuur en peaty.

Mooie, jonge Bunna, hoewel de neus even wennen is.


Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 08-02-2020
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=6133

Introducing WhistlePig HomeStock Whiskey Created by WhistlePig Whiskey In Collaboration with Flaviar – Whiskey News

Introducing WhistlePig HomeStock Whiskey Created by WhistlePig Whiskey In Collaboration with Flaviar

Blended Together, While Apart

Limited edition WhistlePig expression crowd-blended by whiskey lovers during lock down released to raise money for U.S. Bartenders 

[May 11, 2020]: Shoreham, Vermont. WhistlePig Rye Whiskey is pleased to announce the introduction of WhistlePig HomeStock Whiskey, a whiskey blended together, while apart.  The limited edition whiskey was created via a virtual crowd blending experience in collaboration with Flaviar, a leading online spirits club. WhistlePig will donate 20% of online sales via Flaviar Caskers from HomeStock to the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) Foundation’s Emergency Assistance Program, which provides COVID-19 Relief Grants to bartenders. HomeStock is the first variant from WhistlePig’s award-winning portfolio that stretches outside of the Rye category, also using Wheat and Barley whiskeys.

WhistlePig HomeStock Whiskey is a result of an innovative, multi-faceted immersive crowd-blending experience designed to lift spirits and raise vital funds for the U.S. bar industry community. The collaboration between WhistlePig Flaviar and the entrepreneurial nature of both companies ensured this concept went from idea to reality in just a matter of weeks. An engaging exclusive content program was created and hundreds of WhistlePig ‘Blend Your Own’ whiskey kits were dispatched to a combination of Flaviar’s membership of whiskey enthusiasts and industry professionals, who were asked to experiment at home before submitting their preferred recipe. The at home blending kits included samples of WhistlePig Rye, wheat and barley whiskeys, along with blending tools and instructions, were universally welcomed by whiskey lovers stuck indoors.

Pete Lynch, WhistlePig’s Master Blender, is no stranger to crowd-blending, which has formed the basis of WhistlePig’s award-winning FarmStock range, but he would usually host sessions around the country in person. Adjusting to the times, he shared his expertise via a video from the WhistlePig Farm and distillery in Vermont and written instructions. With the submissions received, Lynch analyzed the data and determined the three most popular styles of whiskey submitted.

Thousands of consumers tuned in to Flaviar’s social media pages to take part in a live blending session, hosted on April 28 by spirits industry veteran, Dan Dunn and Lynch. During the live stream, all three whiskeys were blended, tasted and then voted upon to decide which should be bottled as WhistlePig HomeStock.

Despite over half of the submissions being Rye dominant, the surprise winner, with 44.1% of the votes on the night, was Blend Number 3, which involved 45% Rye, 30% Wheat and 25% Barley.

Jeff Kozak, CEO, WhistlePig Whiskey, adds “HomeStock is a truly special blend for us, not only due to how it was made but it’s the first time we’re releasing a whiskey that features something other than Rye. We’re thrilled that this blend got voted as the winner, it could be a sign of things to come from us in the future as a natural extension of our famed FarmStock range.”

Grisa Soba, Co-Founder of Flaviar, comments: “We’re going to be talking about this period in history for a long time, and what we all did to stave off cabin fever. Instead of saying they learnt how to make sourdough or banana bread like some kind of quarantine cliché, Flaviar members will be able to brag about learning to blend whiskey during lock down and being part of a piece of liquid history that they can now own and savor. Exclusive content and experiences like this have always been a big part of Flaviar and we’ve just taken it to another level.”

On the nose, HomeStock is sweet and fruity, with pipe tobacco, vanilla and orange vest.  Upon tasting, one will experience a big hit of baking spice with toffee, with nutmeg, roasted nuts, ripe berries and a great mouthfeel. The finish on HomeStock is long, spicy and lovely.

WhistlePig HomeStock Whiskey is now available for pre-order via Flaviar and Caskers, priced at $72.99 per 750ml.  


Founded in 2008, WhistlePig Rye Whiskey is the premier aged Rye whiskey, featuring the bold and often untapped flavor of Rye. WhistlePig Whiskey is leading a surge of innovation in the emerging field of North American whiskey. As the most decorated Rye whiskey – having received the coveted ‘Best in Show Whiskey’ title from the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, WhistlePig is widely viewed as the world’s finest Rye. With the opening of its distillery on its 500-acre Vermont farm in the fall of 2015, WhistlePig has also become one of the leading farm-to-bottle Rye whiskeys in the world. For additional information please visit whistlepigwhiskey.com. Please enjoy WhistlePig Rye Whiskey Responsibly.


Founded in 2012, Flaviar is the world’s largest premium spirits club, with operations in the US and Europe. Flaviar offers a better way to experience fine spirits. Flaviar members enjoy a full suite of benefits including quarterly tasting boxes and full-size bottles sent directly to their home, invitations to exclusive spirits events, access to rare and original spirits available only to members, free shipping, over 200K member reviews and more.

Flaviar is here to help more people try more new things more often.

Flaviar membership is $300 per year, or $95 a quarter.

For more information visit www.flaviar.com

You’ve got to try this!

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/introducing-whistlepig-homestock-whiskey-created-by-whistlepig-whiskey-in-collaboration-with-flaviar-whiskey-news/


Glenallachie Distillery.


The award-winning Speyside whisky company is teaming up with ImpEx Beverages to distribute its whiskies across the United States

The multi award-winning GlenAllachie Distillery is extending its reach across the USA with the news that it has appointed ImpEx Beverages as its new exclusive importer.

The appointment, which begins on May 1st, will see California-based ImpEx Beverages as the new exclusive US Importer for the brands and The GlenAllachie becoming available in more states in the US.

Through the new commercial relationship, The GlenAllachie Distillers Company core range of single malts and MacNair’s Lum Reek blended malt will be distributed into around 20 additional states including key markets such as Texas and Colorado. ImpEx has been importing and distributing whiskies and spirits across the US since 2008.

David Keir, Sales Marketing Director at GlenAllachie, said: “We’re very excited about this partnership with ImpEx who have many years of experience building brands and I’m looking forward to working with their team growing The GlenAllachie across the USA.”

Sam Filmus, President of ImpEx Beverages, noted: “We have been following The GlenAllachie for a long time and are thrilled to now be a part of its future success in the US Market.  The quality whiskies that Billy Walker and his team produce are a fantastic addition to our premium whisky portfolio.”

The news follows a sustained period of growth and success since Master Blender and entrepreneur Billy Walker and his team acquired The GlenAllachie Distillery in 2017 and formed The GlenAllachie Distillers Co

In March, Walker won the prestigious Icons of Whisky Global Master Blender / Distiller of the Year award at the Whisky Magazine Awards. At the same awards, the MacNair’s Lum Reek 21-year-old won World Whiskies Awards World’s Best Blended Malt. The GlenAllachie 10-year-old Cask Strength Batch 3 also won Best Scotch Speyside Single Malt.

In addition, The GlenAllachie also collected a remarkable hat-trick of Double Gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The prestigious Double Gold medals were awarded to the 12, 15, and 25-year-old Single Malts. MacNair’s Lum Reek Blended Malt Scotch 12-year-old won a Gold medal.

Prior to this, in September 2019, The GlenAllachie was voted Scottish Distillery of the Year at the inaugural Scottish Whisky Awards.

The GlenAllachie has a number of new products in the development pipeline, including a new batch of Wood Finishes, with the US release expected to be in early 2021. In May, its Visitor Centre also reaches its 1st Anniversary.


The GlenAllachie Distillery, sitting in a 20-acre site in Speyside, was designed by William Delme-Evans – the architect behind Jura, Macduff and Tullibardine – and was built in 1968. It has four stills and, unusually, two separate spirit safes, one for each set of stills.

In 2008, a new chapter began for Sam Filmus, after years in the business captaining JVS Wines Import. With ImpEx Beverages, his vision was to import premium and rare Spirits from around the world, with special emphasis on the best of what Scotland has to offer.

Further information on the distillery and company can be found at www.theglenallachie.com

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MacNair’s Facebook – @macnairs

ImpEx Facebook – @ImpExBev

ImpEx Twitter – @ImpExBev

ImpEx Instagram – @ ImpEx_Bev

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/impex-beverages-will-bring-the-glenallachie-to-more-whisky-fans-across-the-usa-scotch-whisky-news/

WhisQy – whisky in quarantaine – verslag

Ik beken: ik mis mijn tastings in de Ghelamco arena. Ik mis het contact met gelijkgezinden die samen een goed glas proeven en gezellig keuvelen over het vloeibare goud. Ik mis de grapjes, de late uren, het kameraadschap… maar met deze corona-crisis is het voorlopig niet mogelijk die nog te laten doorgaan.

En dus zat ik al snel te broeden op een alternatief. Lang duurde het niet of het idee om virtuele tastings te geven was geboren. WhisQy, met de Q van quarantaine, was al snel geboren. Ik plan een tasting, mensen schrijven zich in en krijgen de samples opgestuurd en op het afgesproken tijdstip komen we samen, zij het wel online. Via videostreaming. Moet kunnen.

Op donderdag 7 mei 2020 was het zover. WhisQy – Edition #1 – ‘Goodness, Gracious Grain!’. In deze tasting proefden we samen – zoals de naam al aangaf – niet minder dan 7 graanwhisky’s, waaronder drie van reeds gesloten distilleerderijen.

Ik was van mening dat ik me erg goed had voorbereid, had een paar testopnames gemaakt, een goed gestoffeerde PowerPoint presentatie opgesteld, alle technische do’s en don’ts van StreamYard doorgenomen, enfin… ik dacht dat ik er helemaal klaar voor was.

Tot ik donderdag 7 mei online ging.

Nu, pas op, niet dat het is misgelopen – ik kreeg heel veel positieve feedback – maar er waren toch een paar zaken die minder goed liepen als ik had gehoopt.

Zo kende de eerste editie voor sommige liefhebbers toch een beetje een valse start. En dat had alles te maken met het feit dat ze mijn live-stream niet onmiddellijk konden vinden.

Hij verscheen namelijk veel lager in mijn profiel op Facebook dan ik had gedacht. Ik had de tasting aangekondigd via StreamYard op 3 mei – dus 4 dagen op voorhand, wat me een goed idee leek – maar dat betekende blijkbaar dat de kijkers terug moesten scrollen naar die oorspronkelijke aankondiging. Tja… dat wist ik niet. En dus zat ik nog maar tien minuten in de uitzending toen mijn smartphone begon te zoemen en trillen. Ik had meteen begrepen dat er iets mis was. Volgende keer kondig ik het pas drie uur voor uitzending aan, zodat de post mooi bovenaan in mijn profiel te vinden is. Tip: je kan ook op mijn profiel naar mijn videos zoeken. Daar verschijnt die namelijk ook onmiddellijk.

Het volgende probleem was het feit dat mijn beeld, ondanks aangesloten op 4G, te vaak vastliep (alvast naar mijn gading). Nu is het wel zo dat in deze lockdown social media en vooral streaming diensten nooit eerder gezien verbruik kennen. Toch denk ik dat het de volgende keer beter zal gaan, want dan zal ik rechtstreeks met de router verbonden zijn en mag zoonlief een boek lezen in plaats van te gamen (yeah, right…). En nog was ik niet aan het eind van mijn zorgen.

Om de boel gezellig interactief te maken, konden jullie commentaren op Facebook zetten die ik dan live zou kunnen volgen en zelfs op het scherm laten verschijnen. Dat lukte maar niet. Ik dacht alle settings juist gezet te hebben. Maar ze kwamen niet door. Vrouwlief wees me er op dat jullie wel degelijk massaal reageerden. Maar ik zag niets binnenkomen. U begrijpt dat mijn bloeddruk ondertussen al een beetje begon te stijgen, nietwaar?

Tijdens de pauze ging ik naarstig op zoek naar die settings… om vast te stellen dat ze allemaal correct stonden! Miljaarde… wat nu? Te mijner verdediging: achteraf via StreamYard vernomen dat Facebook op die dag problemen had om commentaar op te laden. Het lag dus niet aan mij, niet aan u en niet aan StreamYard. Het was een bug op de smoelenboek. Daar zijn we vet mee, natuurlijk. Naar het schijnt zou het ondertussen opgelost moeten zijn. Fingers crossed (lees: ik ga toch nog eens testen alvorens weer live te gaan).

Gelukkig lukte het wel om enkele gasten in de studio te krijgen. Mijn goede vriend Manny had zo zijn eigen probleempjes. Op zijn laptop werkte wel de microfoon, maar de camera niet. Hij schakelde over op zijn smartphone en had nu wel beeld, maar geen klank. Ah, Manny… always good for a laugh. De andere gasten waren duidelijk zicht- en hoorbaar. Maar er verscheen ook een zekere ‘Lurker’, wiens camera ook niet aanstond. Bleek dat toch wel een trol te zijn, zeker. Tja, ik had – om het de kijkers makkelijk te maken – de URL naar de studio op het scherm gezet. Dan loop je inderdaad het risico zo’n flauwe grappenmaker op bezoek te krijgen. Geen ramp, ik smeet hem er onmiddellijk weer uit en noteerde in mijn post action report: laat enkel bezoekers toe die je kan zien en kent.

Het was wel mooi om vast te stellen dat we – ondanks het feit dat er maar 30 deelnemers waren (lees: 30 mensen die een setje hadden ontvangen) – meer kijkers hadden. Ondertussen heeft de video zelfs meer dan 400 views gekend. En ook tijdens de live-uitzending bleken enkele mensen uit de whisky industrie te zijn langsgekomen. Tof! Zo was Gordon Dundas (vroeger bij Auchentoshan, dan naar Glengoyne en nu nauw verbonden aan de herrezen Rosebank) online en reageerde blij verrast toen we onze laaste grain uitschonken: Port Dundas. Want inderdaad, hij is een afstammeling. Hij postte vrolijk: ‘Ah, the family distillery!’. De whisky die we proefden bleek dan ook nog eens bijzonder lekker te zijn.

Omdat de technische laagstandjes ervoor zorgden dat het minder interactief was dan gehoopt, moest ik zelf de twee uur volpraten. Niet dat ik daar veel moeite mee heb, maar ik was achteraf toch bekaf. Ongetwijfeld had dat ook met het stressniveau te maken dat ik beleefde omwille van het feit dat het niet 100% naar mijn goesting verliep.

Maar aan het van rit bleek iedereen zich toch geamuseerd te hebben, kreeg enkele toffe reacties en dat was toch een hart onder de riem. Met de feedback die ik kreeg, ging ik meteen aan de slag om de volgende uitzending nog beter te maken.

WhisQy – Edition #2 – ‘Kilchoman Kaleidoscope’ is gepland voor donderdag 28 mei, start om 20u. Het evenement staat ondertussen op mijn Facebook-pagina, dus u kan daar alle info vinden om in te schrijven, maar wacht niet te lang, want er zijn maar 30 setjes beschikbaar, natuurlijk. Maar het wordt een kanjer van een tasting met niet minder dan 8 Kilchoman op vatsterkte. En… enkele verrassingen. Maar daar kan ik nog niets over zeggen. Ah, ja… anders zou het geen verrassing zijn (doh!).

De line-up kan ik u alvast verklappen:

  1. Kilchoman Machir Bay 10th Anniversary Tour 2015 – 58.9%
    2. Kilchoman 4 Year Old 2009/2014 Original Cask Strength – 59.2%
    3. Kilchoman 3 Year Old 2007/2010 Fresh Bourbon Cask for Belgium – 62.4%
    4. Kilchoman 7 Year Old 2011/2019 Madeira Cask (Twin Cask Release) Prima Vinum – 56.2%
    5. Kilchoman 5 Year Old 2012/2017 Red Wine Matured Douro Valley Portugal – 50%
    6. Kilchoman 7 Year Old 2012/2019 Rum Finish Single Cask for The Nectar – 55.8%
    7. Kilchoman 3 Year Old 2011/2014 Port Cask Matured – 55%
    8. Kilchoman 12 Year Old 2006/2019 Single Sherry Cask Jeroen Koetsier – 55.3%

Ik hoop dat jullie over enkele weken weer mee zullen genieten van WhisQy, van uit uw kot!

May the Malt be with you!

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=6154

Willett 4 Year: A Can’t-Miss, Cult-Caliber Whiskey at K&L California – American Whiskey News

A Balanced and Beautiful Rye from a Heralded Kentucky Estate
Willett Family Estate 4 Year Old Cask Strength Kentucky Rye Whiskey (750ml) ($59.99)

NOTE: In accordance with local directives, our walk-in retail locations are currently closed. We have low cost and free delivery options available in ZIP codes where we can ship lawfully, including anywhere in California. We can also include any new or existing will call orders in your delivery batch. Choose local delivery at checkout to learn if you qualify.

Willett is one of the biggest names in American craft whiskey. Bottlings from this Kentucky estate always disappear in a flash and are coveted by collectors the world over. So it was only natural that when we were offered a 4-year cask strength expression from this prized distiller, we secured as much as we could. If you love a classic, well-balanced rye, then this is the bottle for you. The juice is distilled by Willett’s property just outside of Bardstown, so you know that quality will be second to none. As with all things Willett, it has all the drive and power you’ve come to expect while never sacrificing subtlety and nuance. At $60, this is a steal for a rye of this caliber making it an excellent candidate to add to your regular repertoire. Given the limited availability of this bottling, we don’t expect it to be around long. This is not an offer to sleep on.

Willett Family Estate 4 Year Old Cask Strength Kentucky Rye Whiskey (750ml) ($59.99)

The flagship, own-distilled rye from Willett Family is handcrafted by our good friends outside of Bardstown. The batches are tiny and have become extremely limited releases. Each batch is bottled at cask strength without chill filtration. Here are tasting notes from Bill Thomas of the Jack Rose Dining Saloon from a recent batch: “The barrels that went into this small batch combined to make an amazing drinker. Nose: Beautiful layering of brandied cherry over a mildly tart cherry. It opens up with time and is reminiscent of cutting into your dessert with your fork which releases cinnamon and baking spices with just a hint of oak to remind you that this is high proof youthful. Palate: A robust rye with dark cherry, burnt vanilla, and spices for days. It’s a delicious rye with a weighty mouthfeel. Balance: It’s insanely well balanced with the alcohol so perfectly integrated at 115 proof you’ll forget it’s there, but you’ll find yourself smiling more and happier with each dram. Finish: the finish is long and the spices dominate this batch, while the cherry does punch its way through to the surface.” Batches are not numbered and are distinguished only by their proof. For that reason we are unable to provide details on the batch proof or number in advance.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/willett-4-year-a-cant-miss-cult-caliber-whiskey-at-kl-california-american-whiskey-news/

New from Wolfburn: Two Special Releases – Scotch Whisky News

New from Wolfburn: Two Special Releases – Scotch Whisky News

Highland Whisky Festival

Early in 2020, Wolfburn agreed to take part in this year’s Highland Whisky Festival, which was scheduled for May.  A special bottling was planned – and then coronavirus came along and scuppered the plans for the festival.  But by the time the lockdown started, production of the special bottles had already begun.  On the basis that many of use could use a chuckle during these trying times, we decided to press ahead with the “cancelled” special release – as you can see from the label!  Crafted from spirit matured for seven years in quarter casks, it’s a lovely wee drop of whisky, and we hope it brings a smile to your face too!

ON THE NOSE – Fresh spring aromas abound: cut grass meets summer meadows, with traces of baked apple and sultanas.

ON THE PALATE – The freshness continues, but now melded with a subtle sweetness reminiscent of ripe fruit. Plums and pears are both here, and there’s a lovely hint of heather honey.

THE FINISH – Fruit flavours fade away, while gentle sweet tones remain to the very end. The final impression is a gentle hint of caramel and butterscotch. Truly scrumptious.

70cl 46% vol


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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/new-from-wolfburn-two-special-releases-scotch-whisky-news/



  • A new whisky from The Balvenie, The Edge of Burnhead Wood 19-Year-Old, will be released on 1st May 2020 and joins The Balvenie Stories collection, first launched by the distillery in May 2019
  • The latest whisky tells a tale of exploration and craft, culminating in the first ever expression of The Balvenie made entirely from ingredients grown on its Dufftown estate
  • The Edge of Burnhead Wood is a delicately fruity and fragrant expression of The Balvenie, crafted with heather
  • The Balvenie Stories collection celebrates human stories of endeavour and unexpected twists, as told by its craftsmen at the distillery in Dufftown, Scotland
  • Drinkers can listen to the story behind the creation of The Edge of Burnhead Wood, as well as the three other expressions in the collection, via a specially recorded podcast series by the curators of the liquid at here

Today The Balvenie announces the release of The Edge of Burnhead Wood 19-Year-Old, the latest addition to the coveted Balvenie Stories range — a collection of single malt whiskies representing tales of character, endeavour and generational knowledge gathered at The Balvenie Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. The expression brings the total number of bottles in the Stories range to four, joining The Sweet Toast of American Oak 12-Year-Old, A Week of Peat 14-Year-Old and A Day of Dark Barley 26-Year-Old. Each liquid brings to life a distinct narrative of the human touch, skill, and emotion behind every liquid produced by The Balvenie.

Inspired by the fragrant, heather-cloaked highlands which surround The Balvenie Distillery, The Edge of Burnhead Wood celebrates the pastoral tale of how The Balvenie craftsmen experimented with the distillery’s natural resources to find the perfect match between fresh heather and barley.  The expression, which is made from locally sourced ingredients found in the distillery grounds — home-grown barley malted at The Balvenie Maltings, water from the Convel hills, and fresh heather from Burnhead Wood — retains the familiar robust Balvenie taste, with a delicate fruitiness, as well as notes of light spice and juicy fruits. A balanced honeyed sweetness and spicy outburst with hints of cloves and caramelised baked dates develops to reveal an underlying oaky dryness, whilst a lingering oaky finish features notes of fragrant dried blossom.

Commenting on the release of The Edge of Burnhead Wood The Balvenie Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE says: “Stories are the lifeblood of The Balvenie Distillery and are deeply embedded in all the work that we do. The story behind The Edge of Burnhead Wood captures the majestic Speyside landscape and the inventive essence of The Balvenie’s loyal and determined craftspeople. In this way, The Edge of Burnhead Wood sums up the spirit of the work carried out at The Balvenie Distillery; The Balvenie remains true to the techniques and stories passed down by its craftsmen from generation to generation, while also looking forward by exploring new techniques, flavours and marriages to develop unique and original Balvenie expressions.”

Drinkers can hear the story of The Edge of Burnhead Wood via a specially recorded podcast series, featuring the craftsmen behind the expression, as well as The Balvenie Global Ambassador Gemma Paterson and Malt Master David C. Stewart. This podcast will be available at Burnheadwood.com and on Spotify, and can be accessed by scanning a QR code on the bottle with a Smartphone.

Storytelling is carried through every aspect of The Edge of Burnhead Wood with its tale depicted on the whisky’s packaging in a bespoke illustration from British artist and printmaker Andy Lovell. Andy’s work, which draws its inspiration direct from the distillery, can also been seen across the labels for the entire Balvenie Stories range. It uses bold, hand-made gestural marks to build up images that capture the evocative light and atmosphere of the distillery’s landscape. The texture and tactility of Andy’s work emphasises the importance of the human hand in the production of The Balvenie whiskies and the spontaneity and life that comes from The Balvenie’s artisanal ways of working.

The Edge of Burnhead Wood 19-Year-Old will launch globally on 1st May 2020 and will be available in select whisky retailers, RRP £260.00

The entire Balvenie Stories collection is currently available in select whisky retailers, at the following prices; The Sweet Toast of American Oak 12-Year-Old (RRP £45.00), The Week of Peat 14-Year-Old (RRP £65.00) and A Day of Dark Barley 26-Year-Old (RRP £600.00).



The Edge of Burnhead Wood is available at Whisky retail specialists and prestige on-trade outlets nationwide. Stockists include The Whisky Shop, The Whisky Exchange, Master of Malt, Grapevines﷟ 

About audio content;

The recorded stories and guided whisky tasting content is available in podcast format, and hosted on the most popular podcast platforms, allowing for playback on home devices such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

About The Balvenie Stories;

The Edge of Burnhead Wood – Aged 19 Years – 48.7% ABV 

  • Tasting Notes:
    • Nose: Lively and vibrant, this Balvenie has notes of fig and geranium oil perfectly balanced with fresh herbal undertones reminiscent of green woodland.
  • Taste:Flavours of honey, cloves and caramelised baked dates are layered on top of delicate citrus and spice. The sweetness reveals an underlying oaky dryness.
  • Finish: Lingering, oaky, dried blossom.

May 2019 releases:

The Sweet Toast of American Oak – 12 –Year-Old – 43% ABV 

  • Tasting Notes:
    • Nose: Lusciously malty with some sweet fudge, followed by citrusy and oak vanilla aromas with layers of spicy oak notes of ginger and cinnamon.
  • Taste:Candied orange and lemon peel, vanilla toffee and butterscotch, layers of blossom honey, some melted brown sugar and oak spices at the end.
  • Finish: Rich and malty with gentle waves of oak vanilla and subtle spices.

The Week of Peat – 14-Year-Old – 48.3% ABV 

  • Tasting Notes:
  • Nose: Gentle sweet peat smoke, lighter floral notes and delicate butterscotch honey.
  • Taste: Velvety and round to taste with the peat smoke balancing citrus flavours, oaky vanilla and blossom honey.
  • Finish: Gentle smoke with a lingering and creamy vanilla sweetness.

A Day of Dark Barley – 26-Year-Old – 47.8% ABV

  • Tasting Notes:
  • Nose: Big malty notes, soft brown sugar, vanilla toffee, blossom honey and a mild oaky spiciness.
  • Taste: Syrupy with a toffee sweetness, some citrusy notes of tangy orange peel, followed by oak vanilla and a touch of cinnamon and ginger spices at the end.
  • Finish: Enduring gentle waves of vanilla and oak spices.

About The Balvenie: 

  • The Balvenie is a unique range of single malts created by David Stewart MBE. The Balvenie Malt Master was awarded an MBE for services to the Scotch whisky industry by Queen Elizabeth II in 2016. Each expression has a very individual taste, but is rich, luxuriously smooth and underpinned by the distinctively honeyed character of The Balvenie.
  • The Balvenie is dedicated to the five rare crafts that are used to create The Balvenie’s distinctive taste. It is the only distillery that still grows its own barley, uses traditional floor maltings and keeps both coppersmiths and coppers on site – making The Balvenie the most handcrafted of single malts.
  • The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky is produced by William Grant Sons Ltd, an award-winning independent family-owned distiller founded by William Grant in 1886 and today run by his direct descendants.
  • For further information on The Edge of Burnhead Wood and The Balvenie entire range, visit https://www.thebalvenie.com/.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/the-balvenie-unveils-new-expression-to-join-the-celebrated-stories-collection-scotch-whisky-news/




FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (May 5, 2020) – Buffalo Trace Distillery continues its homage to former Distillery owner Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. with a special release 18 year old bourbon whiskey which is a marriage of three mashbills, two rye bourbon mashbills and one wheated bourbon mashbill.

This 100 proof Bottled-In-Bond small batch bourbon was put into barrels in 2002. Barrels chosen for this special batch release matured using one of three Buffalo Trace mashbill recipes; wheated bourbon, rye bourbon #1 and rye bourbon #2. The whiskey from these 18-year-old barrels was married together to make this limited edition offering.

Tasting notes describe this bourbon as having a nose of vanilla butter cake, a taste of caramel and cinnamon, and a finish of toasted oak, cinnamon, and a hint of spearmint.

The Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. collection was first released in early 2011 and several subsequent releases such as Single Barrel, Barrel Proof, Straight Rye Whiskey, and Small Batch Bourbon have followed.  A previous limited release, E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon, was named World Whiskey of the Year by renown whiskey reviewer Jim Murray in 2018.

Like some of the previous releases, this one-time-only bottling of E. H. Taylor, Jr 18 Year Old Marriage is very limited.   Also consistent with past releases, this bottle displays a vintage label and is offered inside a distinct canister reminiscent of Taylor’s whiskey package from over one hundred years ago. These six bottle cases will be shipped in an impressive wooden box first used for the Cured Oak release in 2015.  The boxes are modeled after the wooden crates used by Taylor to transport goods during the days before Prohibition.

            Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr.  is widely considered one of the founding fathers of the bourbon industry, fighting for the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, nearly three decades after he purchased the distillery that is known today as the Buffalo Trace Distillery. During his time, Taylor implemented several innovative methods still used today by Buffalo Trace, such as climate controlled aging warehouses. In addition to his bourbon interests, Taylor had political ties. He was the great-nephew of President Zachary Taylor and elected the mayor of Frankfort, state representative to the Kentucky General Assembly and a member of the State Senate.

            This special bottling of Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. 18 Year Old Marriage Bourbon Whiskey will be available starting in June in limited supply.  The suggested retail price is $69.99 per 750 ml bottle.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 35 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year by “Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018” and its William Larue Weller and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac were named 2nd and 3rd finest whiskeys in the world, respectively, in the “Jim Murray Whiskey Bible 2020.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 1,000 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/buffalo-trace-distillery-releases-colonel-e-h-taylor-jr-18-year-old-marriage-american-whiskey-news/

Bruichladdich 25 Year Old 1994 Black Art 07.1

Distilleerderij: Bruichladdich
Regio: Schotland (Islay)
Fles: Bruichladdich 25 Year Old 1994/2019, Black Art 07.1, 12.000 bts
Kleur: koper
ABV: 48.4%


De meest recente release in de Black Art Series is samengesteld met vaten die in 1994 te slapen werden gelegd. Laat dat nu net het jaar zijn waarin de distilleerderij ook voor lange tijd sloot (ze werd pas in 2001 heropend door Mark Reynier en de zijnen). In het promoboekje dat bij de fles komt, staat bij vattype ‘only Adam knows’. Hiermee wordt natuurlijk de jonge Master Distiller Adam Hannett bedoeld, die deze Black Art creëerde.

De neus offreert elke keer je je neus in het glas steekt iets anders. Lekker gelaagd en complex. Bloedappelsienen, pomme d’amour, stekelbessen, rabarberconfituur, rozenwater, walnoten en snuiftabak geserveerd op een eikenhouten plankje. Doet me zelf even aan een armagnac denken. Erg rond, erg mooi.

Op smaak is hij bitterzoet en lekker gekruid. De zoetzure toetsen van het citrusfruit worden ondersteund door kaneel en zoethout, maar… er zit ook een zalig zilt randje aan! Dat had ik niet verwacht. Na enkele ogenblikken begint hij wel wat droog te worden, maar storen doet het allerminst.

De malt blijft lekker lang hangen en vertoont plots wat maritieme elementen. Geweldige finish.

Prachtige Black Art release. Graag draag ik deze tasting notes op aan Duncan McGillivray, die in de week waarin ik deze whisky proefde overleed. Hij was één van de sterkhouders van Bruichladdich tot 1994 en werd bij de heropening prompt terug in dienst genomen. Enkele jaren geleden ging hij met pensioen. Moge hij in de hemel nog van vele drams genieten!


Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 11-03-2020
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=6124

Celebrate World Whisky Day with these exquisite expressions – Whisky News

World Whisky Day (16th May 2020) is just around the corner, and the question of which whisky to celebrate with remains a question on everybody’s lips. There are few things more perfect than a fine whisky; patiently matured and rich with flavour, taking the drinker on an unforgettable taste journey. Bringing together the finest ingredients and flavours, here is a selection of stand-out whiskies perfect to raise a Dram with for World Whisky Day, including classics from The Macallan, Maker’s Mark, The House of Suntory, and more.

Bowmore 15 Year Old 

Bowmore is Islay’s oldest distillery, and home to the world’s oldest whisky maturation warehouse, the No. 1 Vaults. Matured first in bourbon barrels then Oloroso casks, there’s no finer example of a sherry cask finish than Bowmore 15 Year Old. The final three years spent in Oloroso sherry casks give Bowmore 15 Year Old the rich, deep colour and robust warming finish.

RRP: £60

Available to purchase from The Whisky Exchange and Amazon

The Macallan Estate 

The Macallan Estate, created by Whisky Maker Sarah Burgess, is a tribute to The Macallan’s heritage and home. It is an extremely special new single malt containing rare spirit from a proportion of the barley grown at Easter Elchies estate, which is distilled just once a year over the course of a single week. The liquid delivers a subtle hint of citrus which balances the traditional sherried richness, resulting in a complex single malt with an extraordinarily long finish.

RRP: £195

Stockists: The Whisky Shop and The Whisky Exchange


Highland Park 16 Year Old Twisted Tattoo 

In collaboration with Danish tattoo artist and modern-day Viking Soul, Colin Dale, Highland Park 16 Year Old Twisted Tattoo’s bold design celebrates the tattoo as a mark of both standing apart and being part of a tribe – just like Highland Park. The expression’s exquisite tasting notes include the likes of sweet vanilla, sun-ripened peaches, and full-bodied red wine, finished with a light peat smoke.

RRP: £80

Stockists: Master of Malt and The Whisky Shop


Laphroaig Lore 

By maturing the liquid in small batches in five unique casks, Laphroaig has created a liquid that is rich, complex, varied and above all, storied. Laphroaig Lore uses different aged liquids ranging from 7 to 21 years, which allows the richest possible flavour. As the name suggests, this offering from Laphroaig is inspired by the knowledge and traditions passed down from generation to generation of its distillery managers, blenders and craftsmen.

RRP: £80

Stockists: Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange

Maker’s 46

The first bourbon in Maker’s Mark’s wood-finishing series, Maker’s 46 was created by Bill Samuels, J., to amplify the flavours he loves most in Maker’s Mark. The innovative wood-stave-finishing process starts with fully matured Maker’s Mark at cask strength, after which 10 seared virgin French oak staves are inserted into the barrel. The liquid is then finished for nine weeks in a limewood cellar, resulting in a bolder and more complex flavour, but without the bitterness typical of longer-aged whiskies.

RRP: £40

Stockists: Amazon and Master of Malt


Meaning ‘time’ in Japanese, Toki brings together old and new – the House of Suntory’s proud heritage and its innovative spirit. A blended Japanese whisky that is both ground-breaking and timeless, the finish is subtly sweet and spicy with a hint of vanilla oak, white pepper and ginger.

RRP: £35

Stockists: Tesco and Master of Malt



Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/celebrate-world-whisky-day-with-these-exquisite-expressions-whisky-news/