New Single Malt Scotch Arrivals At The Park Avenue Liquor New York – Whisky News


New Single Malt Scotch Arrivals At The Park Avenue Liquor Shop.

As the Fall season approaches, new releases from the whisky world will begin appearing on our shelves. Park Ave will try to keep you up to date as they arrive. In the meantime, here are some great bottles to get excited about, as the countdown to WhiskyFest begins.

First, we’d like to tell you about a Special bottle for a Special cause.


Jonathan Eric

Park Avenue Liquor Shop

292 Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10017


The Unity Bottle.

Recently, Heaven Hill Master Distiller Parker Beam was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Since being given this diagnosis, Parker is using his Bourbon legacy to bring awareness to the disease, including a special Parker’s Heritage Collection “Promise of Hope” release and a one-of-kind, exclusive bottling.

This exclusive bottling, entitled “Unity”, is a one-of-kind, never-before-done bottling, where the seven Kentucky Bourbon Distilleries have come together to marry their Bourbon into one. There exists within the Bourbon industry a very unique brotherhood among Master Distillers. So, when Parker was diagnosed with ALS, it was natural for him to reach out to this brotherhood and ask for their help. Immediately, he received an overwhelming positive response and some specially selected Bourbon from each.

The result is Master Distillers’ Unity…a skillfully crafted blend of seven Bourbon mashbills bottled unprocessed and unfiltered at 100 proof. It marks the first and only time that these distilleries have come together to produce a united product. Two elegant crystal decanters with silver closures of this rare Bourbon will be offered at the Bonham’s Whisky, Cognac and Rare Spirits auction in New York City on October 13th. These two decanters are enclosed in a specially designed wooden chest, which bears the signatures of all the participating Master Distillers.

All proceeds from the auction will go toward the Parker Beam Promise of Hope, established to raise money for research and patient care by The ALS Association in honor of the 6th Generation Master Distiller. The Park Avenue Liquor Shop asks you to please click on the bottle and take a look.


Kilkerran: “Work in Progress 5″ ~ Sherry Wood

The following notes are from the Kilkerran distillery.

“Released in 2013. Only 9000 bottles available worldwide. Nose: Who’s chocolate orange is this? Dark chocolate, marzipan, honey covered dates and strawberries build up to a very rich and sweet ginger preserve. A very complex nose that doesn’t stop developing in the glass. Palate: The honey covered dates return on the palate mixed with sultanas and black treacle fudge. This dram is as wholesome and tasty as a warm, toasted cinnamon and raisin bagel with real butter melting on top. Finish: Medium, well balanced and round finish, presence of dark chocolate but surprisingly no evidence of peat.”

Our Price: $70/btl


Kilkerran: “Work in Progress 5″ ~ Bourbon Wood

The following notes are from the Kilkerran distillery.

“Released in 2013. Only 9000 bottles available worldwide. Nose: This is evidently a Campbeltown dram. The waxy, lightly smoky nose with hints of leather gives away the origin of this dram. Rich and creamy with hints of American cream soda, apricots, dark fruit and linseed. Palate: Just like previous WIPs the tangy orange and citrus marmalade notes remains. A little bit sweeter than previous WIP releases, with clear presence of apricot jam. There is a great weight of Campbeltown sea air present. Very smooth and fruity. Finish: Fresh, sweet yet dry finish.

Our Price: $70/btl


Laphroaig: Cairdeas ~ Port Wood Edition
Please note: This Laphroaig release is in very limited supply.

“Each year, Laphroaig Master Distiller, John Campbell handcrafts a limited edition malt to celebrate friendship or in Gaelic – ‘Cairdeas’. The 2013 expression has enjoyed double maturation in bourbon and port wood casks to create an exceptional balance of Laphroaig’s signature peat flavor with tangy citrus fruits and a floral finish. Like any ‘friendship’, each blend of Cairdeas is completely unique and is meant to be savored”. – Laphroaig Distillery

“Nose: A wisp of Laphroaig smoke is hiding amongst sliced blood oranges, grapefruit, raspberry bushes and a hint of pot pourri. Clotted cream and lemon zest develop. Palate: Blackcurrants and sweet marmalade with more savoury pepper notes. Finish: Fruity and drying.” – Master of Malt

Our Price: $85/btl


Tullibardine: Sovereign

Adorned with golden detailing, Tullibardine Sovereign is a delicious creamy single malt which was aged in first-fill bourbon barrels before bottling. Expect plenty of vanilla and spice from this Highland Dram.
Tasting Notes by Master of Malt
Nose: Soft vanilla and cocoa butter on the nose. White chocolate, allspice and charred oak.
Palate: A little mixed peel with notes of pear cider, allspice and creamy chocolate. A core of rich malt with hints of maple syrup.
Finish: Spiced, creamy finish. Plenty of vanilla and cinnamon.
Overall: A creamy whisky from some truly delicious casks!

Our Price: $45/btl


Tullibardine: 228 Burgundy Finish

“Barrels, or ‘Pieces’ as they are called in Burgundy, vary in volume from one region to another, because of tradition and the local history of winemaking. In Burgundy a ‘piece’ holds 228 liters. After a long maturation in ex-bourbon oak casks,the Tullibardine 228 Burgindy Finish was re-casked into 228 liter Burgundy barrels from the world famous Chateau de Chassagne Montrachet. This Highland dram is a delightful ruby color and has flavors of vanilla and light chocolate. It has a warming creamy richness with hints of summer fruit.”

Our Price: $63/btl


Tullibardine: 500 Sherry Finish

“Sherry casks come in various sizes. A hogshead contains 250 liters, while a ‘butt’ holds 500 liters. After a long maturation in ex bourbon casks, the Tullibardine 500 Sherry Finish was re-casked into 500 liter Sherry butts for a further period of maturation. The result is an intense dark rich brown whisky with hints of toffee and apples. There is an edge of of cereal notes and on the palate you’ll experience more toffee followed by vanilla, dates and spice.”

Our Price: $63/btl

Due to our ever-changing inventory, we cannot guarantee bottle availability. Prices can change without notice. Not responsible for typographical errors. Please contact the store with any questions you might have.

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The Finest Tradition Continues With The All New Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old – Scotch Whisky News

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The finest tradition continues with the all new Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old

The finest tradition continues with the all new Hankey  Bannister 40 Year Old  Following the international success of  Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old released  originally in 2007, the multi-award winning Blended Scotch Whisky brand, has just unveiled a new expression of its most premium offering. Only 1480 bottles of this rare whisky will be made available over a three year period, starting with 500 released into select markets and travel retail outlets this year.

Finest Spirit
The new Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old is once again a creation of Stuart Harvey, the Master Blender for Inver House Distillers, who hand-selected only the finest casks of whisky maturing in Scotland and combined them artfully. On this occasion very rare Highland malt whiskies, dating from 1970 and 1967, matured in exquisite Spanish sherry hogsheads and butts were combined with even rarer Lowland grain whiskies to create a luxurious and full flavoured Blended Scotch Whisky for the most discerning drinkers. The combination of the most prestigious Highland malts, exceptional casks, over four decades of flavour development and Master Blender’s unparalleled skills and experience, makes for a dram
which stands out in its category. Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old is sure to impress and surprise with its robustness, flavour concentration and balance.

Dark copper-gold in appearance, Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old has comforting sweet vanilla and home-baked cake dough on the nose, with notes of butterscotch, spiced caramelized bananas, candied apricot and baked apples. On the palate it is incredibly rich and complex: spicy and peppery with fruity notes of figs, dates and cinnamon and a subtle, lingering finish of autumn spices with sweet tinges of bitter chocolate and honeycomb toffee.

Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old is bottled at the natural strength of 44.3% ABV, it hasn’t been chill-filtered and delights with a natural colour.

True Character
Exceptional whisky calls for appropriate packaging. Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old is presented in a bespoke decanter crowned with a bold stopper. Each decanter is encased in a keepsake box with a stunning engraved metal closure and supplied with a signed and numbered booklet certifying authenticity.

Lynne Buckley, the Hankey Bannister Brand Manager said:

‘We once again congratulate Stuart Harvey on the great skill he
has shown in creating this new Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old
blend. It is an exquisite whisky that has surpassed our expectations
and is delightful to taste and to look at, thanks to the dedication of
our team in creating such striking packaging to reflect the quality
and rarity of the whisky inside each limited edition box. We are
now looking forward to this year’s allocation of 500 decanters
being released into select markets and to sharing this very special
blend with lovers of fine whisky all over the world.’

 The recommended retail price for Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old in the UK is £800.

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Tomintoul 1972 (Maltbarn)

We’ve seen a lot of Tomintoul 1967-1968 in the last few years, but only one or two Tomintoul 1972’s that I can think of: the Perfect Dram and one in the Private Collection by Gordon MacPhail, with a ridiculous price.

This one is part of the new releases by Maltbarn. Only available from Maltbarn directly or Whiskybase in the Netherlands, there is no more importer for Belgium.


Tomintoul 1972 MaltbarnTomintoul 1972 MaltbarnTomintoul 40 yo 1972
(48,5%, Maltbarn 2012, bourbon cask, 47 btl.)

Nose: like most old Tomintouls, very subtle. Fresh lemony notes, waxed oak and hints of floral honey. Underneath are warm fruity notes, say whitecurrant and dried banana. Hints of buttercups and light mint. Very good but soft. Mouth: nice fruits at first. Melon, orange sweets, lime and quinces. Almond notes. Apple pastry. Sweeter than expected actually. Nice Mānuka honey. The oak slowly appears, but the amount of nutmeg and liquorice is well controlled. Soft herbal touches in the end. Finish: medium long, minty and spicy. Still lots of honeyed notes.

This is a nice Tomintoul, a little fuller and sweeter than most of the other oldies. Highly drinkable – good selection. Around € 220.

Score: 89/100

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Clynelish 34 Year Old 1972 Single Malts of Scotland

Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul vr, september 27, 2013 07:22:28

Bottelaar: Douglas Laing
Regio: Schotland
Fles: Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes, Douglas Laing
Kleur: zonlicht
ABV: 46%


Douglas Laing bracht enkele jaren geleden de reeks
Double Barrel op de markt, een speciale vatting van twee verschillende single
malts. De combinaties lijken mij op het eerste zicht een beetje vergezocht en
ik vraag me af of ze wel zullen werken. Of wat dacht u van Talisker
Craigellachie, Bowmore Glenallachie, Caol Ila Tamdhu, Ledaig
Bowmore, Mortlach Laphroaig, Laphroaig Macallan. Ik bedoel maar.
Laat ik het eens proberen met deze Ardbeg Glenrothes. Gaat de brute
Ardbeg de zachte Glenrothes niet totaal wegdrukken? Ik hou mijn hart vast.

Euh, nee dus. Hoewel de turf van Ardbeg zeker
prominent is en zich vertaalt in gras, mos en natte aarde, komt de subtiele
Glenrothes al snel tevoorschijn. Butterscotch en vanille, maar ook gist en
graan. En flink wat citroenjus, een beetje zest incluis. Dit valt goed mee.

Euh, ja dus. De aanzet is niet echt krachtig,
maar wel kruidig. Fris met opnieuw flink wat turf. Mooie rokerigheid. Assen en
dovend vreugdevuur. Dit is puur Islay. De citrus en vanille hebben moeite hier
doorheen te priemen. Eens dat lukt, krijg je een redelijke mix met de vanille
en honing. Amandelspijs? Zilt versus zoet. Licht drogend. Beetje streng, wel. De neus deed zoeter

Het drogende, bittere effect zet zich vooral door
in de lange finish, die me toch een beetje doet grimassen.

Op de neus was het nog een feest, maar op het
palate en zeker in de astringente finish vind ik de combinatie toch minder
geslaagd. Leuk experiment, maar weinig meer.


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Highland Park Linn Sondek


Highland Park single malt whisky, distributed by Maxxium UK, has embarked on an exciting new partnership with Linn to bring award-winning whisky together with the best music systems in the world, celebrating 40 years of exceptional music performance at home.

In 1973 Linn launched the Sondek LP12 turntable, a product which went on to change the world of hi-fi forever. To mark this anniversary, the makers of the best sound systems in the world have joined forces with Highland Park, the makers of the ‘best spirit in the world’ ¹, to stimulate the senses of music and whisky lovers alike.

United by their Scottish roots and dedication to exceptional quality, the globally renowned companies have combined their expertise and craftsmanship to create a limited edition Sondek LP12 turntable. This collaboration features Linn’s highest performance turntable which has been encased in a beautiful wood plinth, crafted from the solid oak casks used to mature Highland Park whisky. A special bottling of Highland Park 40 year old whisky has been designed exclusively to be paired with the turntable.

With just forty Limited Edition Highland Park and Linn Sondek LP12 Turntables available worldwide, they are expected to sell out quickly and become a highly collectible item.  The turntables can be ordered through Linn’s global network of specialist retailers, priced at £25,000.

Highland Park is crafted at one of the oldest single malt distilleries in Scotland, situated on the remote islands of Orkney.  With its unwavering attention to detail and its commitment to time honoured craftsmanship, Highland Park single malt scotch whisky has long been regarded as one of the best whiskies in the world.

Gerry Tosh, Global Marketing Manager for Highland Park, said “Working with Linn and helping to produce such a special version of their iconic Sondek LP12 Turntable is a great honour. Not only have we helped create a great looking piece of kit, the density of our hand selected, Spanish oak casks has also added to the already impressive sound quality.  The joining together of Linn and Highland Park, makes perfect sense and has created a powerful sensory platform that will appeal to both the whisky lover and the music lover – this is sure to be a highly sought after offering that will be desired by our fans from all over the world.”

Angus Lawrie, Marketing Director for Linn, said: “We’re delighted to be working with such an established and quality driven brand to mark this special occasion. Both Highland Park and Linn have a strong heritage in their respective fields.  We share the same values in terms of passion, innovation and exacting standards to ensure we continue to make world-leading products.”

For more information on Highland Park, visit 

¹ Highland Park 25 Year Old was named joint number on ‘Best Spirit in the World’ this year by American drinks expert Paul Pacult, the first time there has ever been a tie for number one position in the World’s Top 120 Spirits awards. Highland Park 18 Year Old was also named ‘Best Spirit in the World’ by Paul Pacult in both 2009 and 2005 in the Spirit Journal Top 115 Spirits awards.


About Highland Park

Established in 1798 on Orkney, Highland Park is one of the most remote Scotch whisky distilleries in the world. For over 200 years, the distillery has combined time old tradition and the very best craftsmanship to achieve perfection. Its range of 12, 18, 21, 25, 30 and 40 year old single malts is consistently acclaimed by connoisseurs and experts.  Highland Park has won a string of prestigious awards across its portfolio, most recently including category winner at the 2011 World Whisky Awards for its 25-year-old single malt and ‘Best Whisky in the World 2009’ for its 21-year-old expression in the World Whisky Awards, as well as four double gold awards in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2009.

Highland Park 18 year old was named Best Spirit in the World by American drinks expert Paul Pacult in Top 115 Spirits, Spirit Journal 2009 and 2005.

Five keystones contribute to making Highland Park:

  • Hand-turned malt adds to the deliciously succulent, balanced layers of aromatic character found in Highland Park
  • Aromatic peat gives a delectably seductive, luxuriant floral sweetness to Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Cool maturation enhances the smooth character of Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Sherry oak casks contribute to the distinctive richness and multi-dimensional complexity of Highland Park
  • Cask harmonization ensures consistency and balance in Highland Park

Highland Park 40 Year Old 

Released in 2008, Highland Park 40 was named Best New Release of the Year at the World Whisky Awards 2009. It has been largely matured in refill casks, that is to say casks that have previously been used to mature whisky. Every time a cask is used, its ability to impart an influence on the spirit is diminished. When laying down a whisky for extended maturation, such as this, it is important that the cask doesn’t dominate the spirit. If first fill casks had been used, the sweetness (an oak-derived additive quality from the cask) would have been too strident.

Tasting Notes 

Appearance: Rich hues of russet and copper

Nose: Spicy and aromatic with a background of rich dark fruits, Nutmeg, cinnamon, lemon zest and darkest chocolate. The use of refill casks, allows, Highland Park’s trademark smoke to be retained, even after 40 years in wood

Palate:Beautiful balance of sweet toffee notes, dark chocolate, black cherries, honey, sun dried orange zest and aromatic heather peat smokiness

Finish: Rich, long, elegant, smoky and surprisingly sweet. Lingers forever

The long-term nature of the maturation of Highland Park 40 year old allows time for the perfect balance to be achieved. The colour, as with all bottlings of Highland Park, is entirely natural; the delicate coppery paleness of the whisky is down to the judicious use of refill casks. The strength (alcohol by volume) is relatively high at 48.3% to deliver maximum flavour.

About Linn

Linn design and make the best music systems in the world. Based in Scotland and established since 1973, Linn manufacture everything in-house, from the electronics in their industry-leading Linn DS technology to the loudspeakers found in homes around the world. The iconic Sondek LP12 turntable continues to set the standard for vinyl playback and the latest digital stream players out-perform any CD or network music player available. Linn systems are sold through a worldwide network of specialist retailers who also share a passion for enriching people’s lives through music. Linn were awarded a Royal Warrant in 2002 as suppliers of entertainment systems to the Royal Household, and received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation in 2012. Linn also record music and sell high resolution Studio Master downloads. Awarded ‘Label of the Year’ by Gramophone magazine for 2010-11, Linn Records were the first label to release Studio Master downloads without DRM (Digital Rights Management) and the site,, now hosts Studio Master releases from labels including Universal, Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Classics.

About Linn’s 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Sondek LP12 Turntable

Linn’s 40th Anniversary Highland Park Limited Edition Sondek LP12 comprises a Kandid moving coil cartridge, Ekos SE tonearm, Keel sub-chassis and armboard Radikal DC motor and power supply, Urika phono stage and LP12 with solid oak Highland Park whisky cask plinth.

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Old Style, New Style Tasting


  • Benrinnes 19j cadenheads 50,2% 1971/1991
  • Benrinnes 19j 50% 1992/2011 old malt cask
  • bunnahabhain 19j murray mcdavid 1979/1999 46%
  • bunnahabhain 18j 43%
  • glen avon 40%
  • glenfarclass 21j 43%
  • finlaggan
  • finlaggan sweet white wine finish by Maccurve

Whisky & Chocolade Tasting


  • glendullan 11j chieftains chateau palmer wine finish 43%
  • glen moray 12 dun bheagan sauterne finish
  • hazelburn 8j refill sherry CS 58,9% bottled for de bolle
  • highland park 19j signatory CS 56,5%
  • ardmore 43%
  • glengoyne 16j SC 52,3%
  • coal ila 10j 43% dun bheagan
  • laphroiag chieftains 14j 46%

The Independent Battle


  • Mortlach Dun Bheagan
  • Mortlach Gordon & Mac Phail Centurary Reserve 1984 – 1995
  • Mortlach Gordon & Mac Phail sherry
  • Mortlach Dun Bheagan 1996 – 2007 Selected and Botteled for the Whisky festivan Belgium 2007
  • Mortlach Signatory Vintage 1975 Botteled 1997
  • Old Pultney Gordon & Mac Phail
  • Old Pultney Gordon & Mac Phail Private Collection Sauterne wood finish
  • Old Pultney Gordon & Mac Phail Exclusive 1989 – 2008


Poll :

Mortlach Signatory Vintage 1975 Botteled 1997 1  67
Old Pultney Gordon & Mac Phail Exclusive 1989 – 2008 2  100
Old Pultney Gordon & Mac Phail Private Collection Sauterne wood finish 3  117
Mortlach Dun Bheagan 1996 – 2007 Selected and Botteled for the Whisky festivan Belgium 2007 3  117
Mortlach Dun Bheagan 5  137
Old Pultney Gordon & Mac Phail 6  157
Mortlach Gordon & Mac Phail Centurary Reserve 1984 – 1995 7  190
Mortlach Gordon & Mac Phail sherry 8  195