CROWD SOURCED BOURBON FROM BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY NAMED BEST IN SHOW – American Whiskey News

CROWD SOURCED BOURBON FROM BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY NAMED BEST IN SHOW

Weller CYPB and 11 Other Whiskeys Win Awards at North American Bourbon Whiskey Competition

FRANKFORT, KY (Sept. 17, 2019) – Buffalo Trace Distillery bourbon brand, W.L. Weller CYPB (Craft Your Perfect Bourbon) won “Best Of Show” at the 2019 North American Bourbon Whiskey Competition (N.A.B.W.C.). W.L. Weller CYPB is a wheated recipe bourbon and is the result of thousands of whiskey drinkers crafting their perfect bourbon at www.yourperfectbourbon.com.

In addition to the “Best Of Show” award, Buffalo Trace Distillery bourbons received 11 other awards, including two double gold medals. The bourbons were awarded as follows:

  • Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Double Gold
  • W.L. Weller 12yr Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Double Gold
  • Col. E.H. Taylor Jr. Kentucky Straight Barrel Whiskey – Gold
  • Col. E.H. Taylor Jr. Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey – Gold
  • Col. E.H. Taylor Jr. Kentucky Small Batch Whiskey – Silver
  • Eagle Rare 10yr Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Silver
  • W.L. Weller Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Silver
  • Old Weller Antique 107 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Silver
  • Elmer T. Lee Kentucky Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey – Silver
  • McAfee’s Benchmark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Silver
  • Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Bronze

The N.A.B.W.C. promotes excellence in bourbon, whiskey, and moonshine through a double-blind competition. The competition is based on a 100-point scale. The spirits are judged by styles and price categories. The top award in the competition is “Best Of Show.”

“We’re honored to receive not only ‘Best Of Show’ but 11 other awards as well,” Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley said. “Our fans sure know how to pick a good bourbon. Our W.L. Weller CYPB is proof that our fans have award-winning taste.”

To find more information about Buffalo Trace brands, please visit https://www.buffalotracedistillery.com/

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 21 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.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 500 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/2019/09/crowd-sourced-bourbon-from-buffalo-trace-distillery-named-best-in-show-american-whiskey-news/

Glen Scotia and Loch Lomond distilleries to feature on Amazon Prime show – Whisky News

Glen Scotia and Loch Lomond distilleries to feature on Amazon Prime show

The Three Drinkers go behind the scenes at Campbeltown and Alexandria 

One of Campbeltown’s last three remaining distilleries, Glen Scotia, and Loch Lomond Whiskies, The Spirit Of The Open, are set to be featured in an upcoming episode of the popular Amazon Prime television series, The Three Drinkers Do Scotch Whisky.

The show, which is viewed in over 160 countries worldwide, will be returning with its second series in December, where spirits experts – known as the Three Drinkers – Helena Nicklin, Aidy Smith and Colin Hampden-White travel around Scotland, visiting new and historic distilleries alike.

Hailed as the “Top Gear of drinks”, the hit programme highlights some of Scotland’s most popular spirits, along with showcasing some hidden treasures.

Colin Matthews, CEO of Loch Lomond Group, which owns Glen Scotia and Loch Lomond Whiskies, said: “Since becoming a sponsor of The Open Loch Lomond Whiskies is now being recognised worldwide and it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to put Glen Scotia on the global map as part of The Three Drinkers series. It might be the smallest malt producing region, but Campbeltown is packed with history and the contribution it’s made to Scotland’s whisky scene is very special.

“With our Loch Lomond distillery closed to the public this will also be a unique chance for whisky fans to get a glimpse behind the scenes and gain greater insight into our innovative techniques and craftsmanship.

“It’s an honour to host Helena, Aidy and Colin at our award-winning distilleries and we are very much looking forward to seeing Glen Scotia and Loch Lomond on screen.”

Glen Scotia distillery was founded in Campbeltown in 1832 and is one of only three surviving distilleries located there today. During the Victorian era, Campbeltown, which lies at the southern tip of the Kintyre peninsula in Argyll and is the most remote mainland town in Scotland, was once home to over 30 distilleries.

To raise awareness of the importance of the region to Scotland’s whisky heritage, Glen Scotia distillery has been campaigning for Campbeltown to be recognised the “whiskiest place in the world.” In July 2019, a parliamentary motion on the issue lodged at Westminster received cross party support.

The award-winning Loch Lomond distillery was founded in 1814 and can trace its roots back to the Littlemill distillery, which was established in 1772 and is the oldest licensed distillery in the world. Its current malt and grain distilleries, in Alexandria, Dunbartonshire close to the banks of Loch Lomond, were commissioned in 1964 with first distillation in 1966. In addition to incorporating ground-breaking straight-necked pot stills the distillery maintains an onsite cooperage – one of only four in Scotland to do so.

Last year, Loch Lomond Whiskies entered a prestigious, five-year partnership with The Open, golf’s original championship. The partnership with The RA includes support of the AIG Women’s British Open and showcases the full range of Loch Lomond Whiskies on a global scale.

Helena Nicklin said: “We’ve been blown away by how well the series has done in such a short time.

“We’re looking forward to playing up the fun side of our travels with more experimentation with food and drink, eerie ghost stories, ridiculous challenges and all the weird and wonderful tidbits people never knew about Scotland and whisky.”

For more information on Glen Scotia, please visit www.glenscotia.com. 

For more information on Loch Lomond Whiskies, please visit: www.lochlomondwhiskies.com.

About Glen Scotia:

  • Independent distiller Glen Scotia has been producing single malt whisky in Campbeltown since 1832.
  • Glen Scotia is one of three surviving distilleries in Campbeltown.
  • The Glen Scotia 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch was awarded a Double Gold medal at the prestigious 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Almost 30,000 spirits were judged by the competition, the largest number of entries in its 19-year history.
  • Glen Scotia recently enjoyed significant success at the inaugural Scottish Whisky Awards, scooping gold and bronze awards in the Single Malt No Age Statement category for the Double Cask and Campbeltown Harbour whiskies. Glen Scotia 15 year old also won silver in the Single Malt 13-16 year old, and the Glen ScotiaGrand Tour, which replicates the experience of visiting Campbeltown for those can’t travel to the remote distillery, won Best Brand Experience of the year
  • Images and interviews with key staff from Glen Scotia are available upon request
  • Visit Glen Scotia on Twitter: @GlenScotiaMalts, Instagram: @glenscotiamalts and Facebook:  @GlenScotia.

About Loch Lomond Whiskies

  • Loch Lomond Distillery has one of the oldest heritages in the industry. It was founded by American, Duncan Thomas, the owner of the Littlemill distillery which was licensed in 1772. In the 1930s Duncan Thomas was at the forefront of innovation within the Scotch whisky industry and his innovative philosophy is ingrained into everything that is done at Loch Lomond to this day.
  • The multi award winning Loch Lomond whiskies range includes the Loch Lomond 12 Year Old which has been awarded a Gold Medal at the International Spirits Challenge 2017. Other expressions in the range are the single malts Loch Lomond Original; Loch Lomond Classic; Loch Lomond 18 Year Old; Loch Lomond 50 Year Old: the Loch Lomond Island’s Collection which includes the Inchmurrin and Inchmoan ranges as well as the deluxe blend Loch Lomond Reserve
  • Loch Lomond Whiskies was recently also awarded the following medals at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, one of the most prestigious and coveted global competitions:
  • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL: Loch Lomond 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
  • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL: Loch Lomond Signature
  • GOLD MEDAL: Loch Lomond 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
  • Loch Lomond Whiskies signed a five-year partnership with The RA to become The Spirit of The Open in February 2018. The period includes the playing of the landmark 150th Open in 2021 at St Andrews, the home of golf
  • Images and interviews with key staff from Loch Lomond are available upon request
  • Visit Loch Lomond Whiskies on Twitter: @LochLomondMalts, Instagram: @lochlomondmalts Facebook: Loch Lomond Whiskies and at lochlomondwhiskies.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/09/glen-scotia-and-loch-lomond-distilleries-to-feature-on-amazon-prime-show-whisky-news/

Flaviar announces Distillery Tour program for members – Whiskey News

Flaviar announces Distillery Tour program for members

Flaviar announces the launch of its Flaviar Distillery Tour program, which allows members special privileges at top distilleries around the world.

Flaviar, a spirits club designed to help people try more new things more often, has teamed up with over 25 distilleries to kick start the program.

Flaviar members will be able to access an array of special perks and privileges, from complimentary distillery tours and tastings, free distillery swag to meet and greets with master distillers, exclusive access to special drams, and industry discounts on distillery shop produce.

Each distillery chosen to be part of the program has a story to tell and some delicious drams to share including small batch whiskey, Cognac, rum, vodka, gin and liqueurs. From award-winning, family operations; to grain to glass, hyper local distilleries; organic and even kosher operations, all the distilleries involved have one thing in common ‘quality’ at the heart.

Jugoslav Petkovic, co-founder of Flaviar, comments: “There is literally nothing better for understanding a spirit than to visit the place where it is made and to speak to the people pouring their heart and soul into the glass.

“We’ve hand picked some of our favorite producers that will extend special industry privileges to our members and give them more access and opportunity to explore their palates and have a great time.

“There has been a huge increase in visitors to distilleries, in Kentucky alone there have been 1.4m visitors in 2018, which has a huge impact on the local economy. The Flaviar Distillery Tour program is a win-win for everyone, our members get access to a great experience and independent brands are able to reach a highly engaged, spirits enthusiast audience that drive distillery door sales.”

For details of the full line up and how to take advantage of any offers, please visit:

www.flaviar.com/distillery-tours

Flaviar Distillery Tours program distillery partners:

ADCo Distillery, Albany, NY

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary distillery tour tasting for Flaviar members and a guest

+ 10% discount on all merchandise and products from the distillery shop

Alamo Distillery, San Antonio, TX

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary distillery tour tasting (including any limited edition spirits available at the time) for Flaviar members and a guest

+ Free glass

+ 10% discount on all merchandise

Balcones Distillery, Waco, TX

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary general admission tour for Flaviar members and a guest OR a free tasting flight at the bar

+ A free Glencairn Tasting glass + Balcones sticker

+ $10 off a bottle of their choice

+ 25% off all other merchandise

+ Opportunity to meet and greet with Head Distiller Jared Himstedt (subject to availability)

Breckenridge Distillery, Breckenridge, CO

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary high-end whisky flight on a distillery tour (distillery tours are already complimentary) for Flaviar members

+ Every quarter, members can access spirit tastings not available to the general public i.e. Powder Hound, Single Barrel, Dark Arts etc.

+ $5 off all bottles

+ Once a year, members can enjoy one Dark Arts tasting at the restaurant accompanied by a tasty charcuterie plate

The Copper Fox Distillery, Sperryville, VA

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary VIP tour with a whiskey flight and a hands on floor malting experience for Flaviar members and one guest

+ An opportunity for a hands on floor malting experience

+ 15% off retail merchandise with any spirit purchase

The Copper Fox Distillery, Williamsburg, VA

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary VIP tour with a whiskey flight and a hands on floor malting experience for Flaviar members and one guest

+ An opportunity for a hands on floor malting experience

+ 15% off retail merchandise with any spirit purchase

Coppersea Distillery, New Paltz, NY

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary Coppersea Distillery tour and 3-flight tasting experience for Flaviar members and one guest
+ 10% industry discount on other drinks, bottles, and merchandise

Cotswolds Distillery, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire – United Kingdom

Flaviar member benefits:

+ 50% off a distillery tour and tasting for two people (£15, normally £30) for Flaviar members

De Molenberg Distillery, Blaasveld, Belgium

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary tour and tasting of the distillery and brewery for Flaviar members and one guest, free shuttle between the distillery and brewery

+ Free gift from De Molenberg

FEW Distillery, Evanston, IL

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary General Admission for Flaviar members and one guest FEW Spirits’ Distillery Tour Tasting

+ Free gift from FEW Spirits

Hali’maile Distillery, Makawao, HI 

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Discounted tour and tasting for $10

Hardy Distillery, Cognac, France

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary distillery tour for Flaviar members

+ Industry discount on purchases at the distillery shop

John Distilleries Distillery, Karnataka, India 

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Special Flaviar Distillery tour and tastings packages

+ Opportunity to meet the Master Distiller (based on his availability)

+ Exclusive access to the distillery’s Underground Cask Cellar

+ Tasting of the Wort, Distiller’s Beer and New Make Spirit

Kentucky Peerless Distillery, Louisville, KY

Flaviar member benefits:
+ Discounted distillery tour culminating in a tasting of four whiskies at the exclusive speakeasy at Kentucky Peerless Distillery for $15 per person.

Kilchoman Distillery, Islay, Scotland

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Flaviar members receive a 25% discount on the Ultimate Tour

+ Opportunity to meet and greet Anthony Wills, the founder, owner and master distiller of Kilchoman

Kings County Distillery, Brooklyn, NY 

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary tour and tasting including four whiskies for Flaviar members

KOVAL Distillery, Chicago, IL

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary tour tasting passes for Flaviar members and a guest

+ Free VIP swag bag for Flaviar members full of with KOVAL goodies

+ 25% off KOVAL products

Limestone Branch Distillery, Lebanon, KY

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary distillery tour with a cocktail for Flaviar members

+ Meet and greet with the distiller

+ Free glass and a t-shirt or hat

New Holland Brewing Distillery, MI

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary tour of the brewery and distillery for Flaviar members

+ Tasting guided by the New Holland Distiller

NY Distilling Co. Brooklyn, NY

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary tour tasting for Flaviar members

OOLA Distillery, Seattle, WA

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary VIP tour tasting for Flaviar members led by OOLA founder/owner

+ Free OOLA swag bag

+ 25% discount on all cocktail classes, whiskey workshops and events at OOLA distillery

+ 25% off a 3-5L exclusive barrel aged cocktail for events

Sagamore Spirit Distillery, Baltimore, MD

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary Sagamore Spirit Distillery Tours and Tasting, including four whiskey samples for Flaviar members and a guest

Santa Fe Spirits Distillery, Santa Fe, NM

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Special rate for Flaviar members on Distillery tours and tastings at $15

+ 15% discount on purchases

+ 15% discount on the monthly masterclasses (How to make whiskey, cocktail masterclasses etc)

Starward Distillery, Melbourne, Australia

Flaviar member benefits:

+ 20% off Distillery tours and masterclasses including private tours for Flaviar members

+ 10% off bottle purchases excl limited releases

+ 20% off food drink purchased at the distillery bar

Westward Whiskey Distillery, Portland, OR

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary Tour Tasting Experience for Flaviar members plus one guest

+ 20% industry discount on all flights and in-store experiences at the distillery tasting room

Wolfburn Distillery, Thurso, Scotland

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary distillery tour for Flaviar members

+ 10% industry discount on merchandise in the distillery shop

ABOUT FLAVIAR:

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/2019/09/flaviar-announces-distillery-tour-program-for-members-whiskey-news/

Flaviar announces Distillery Tour program for members – Whiskey News

Flaviar announces Distillery Tour program for members

Flaviar announces the launch of its Flaviar Distillery Tour program, which allows members special privileges at top distilleries around the world.

Flaviar, a spirits club designed to help people try more new things more often, has teamed up with over 25 distilleries to kick start the program.

Flaviar members will be able to access an array of special perks and privileges, from complimentary distillery tours and tastings, free distillery swag to meet and greets with master distillers, exclusive access to special drams, and industry discounts on distillery shop produce.

Each distillery chosen to be part of the program has a story to tell and some delicious drams to share including small batch whiskey, Cognac, rum, vodka, gin and liqueurs. From award-winning, family operations; to grain to glass, hyper local distilleries; organic and even kosher operations, all the distilleries involved have one thing in common ‘quality’ at the heart.

Jugoslav Petkovic, co-founder of Flaviar, comments: “There is literally nothing better for understanding a spirit than to visit the place where it is made and to speak to the people pouring their heart and soul into the glass.

“We’ve hand picked some of our favorite producers that will extend special industry privileges to our members and give them more access and opportunity to explore their palates and have a great time.

“There has been a huge increase in visitors to distilleries, in Kentucky alone there have been 1.4m visitors in 2018, which has a huge impact on the local economy. The Flaviar Distillery Tour program is a win-win for everyone, our members get access to a great experience and independent brands are able to reach a highly engaged, spirits enthusiast audience that drive distillery door sales.”

For details of the full line up and how to take advantage of any offers, please visit:

www.flaviar.com/distillery-tours

Flaviar Distillery Tours program distillery partners:

ADCo Distillery, Albany, NY

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary distillery tour tasting for Flaviar members and a guest

+ 10% discount on all merchandise and products from the distillery shop

Alamo Distillery, San Antonio, TX

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary distillery tour tasting (including any limited edition spirits available at the time) for Flaviar members and a guest

+ Free glass

+ 10% discount on all merchandise

Balcones Distillery, Waco, TX

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary general admission tour for Flaviar members and a guest OR a free tasting flight at the bar

+ A free Glencairn Tasting glass + Balcones sticker

+ $10 off a bottle of their choice

+ 25% off all other merchandise

+ Opportunity to meet and greet with Head Distiller Jared Himstedt (subject to availability)

Breckenridge Distillery, Breckenridge, CO

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary high-end whisky flight on a distillery tour (distillery tours are already complimentary) for Flaviar members

+ Every quarter, members can access spirit tastings not available to the general public i.e. Powder Hound, Single Barrel, Dark Arts etc.

+ $5 off all bottles

+ Once a year, members can enjoy one Dark Arts tasting at the restaurant accompanied by a tasty charcuterie plate

The Copper Fox Distillery, Sperryville, VA

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary VIP tour with a whiskey flight and a hands on floor malting experience for Flaviar members and one guest

+ An opportunity for a hands on floor malting experience

+ 15% off retail merchandise with any spirit purchase

The Copper Fox Distillery, Williamsburg, VA

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary VIP tour with a whiskey flight and a hands on floor malting experience for Flaviar members and one guest

+ An opportunity for a hands on floor malting experience

+ 15% off retail merchandise with any spirit purchase

Coppersea Distillery, New Paltz, NY

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary Coppersea Distillery tour and 3-flight tasting experience for Flaviar members and one guest
+ 10% industry discount on other drinks, bottles, and merchandise

Cotswolds Distillery, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire – United Kingdom

Flaviar member benefits:

+ 50% off a distillery tour and tasting for two people (£15, normally £30) for Flaviar members

De Molenberg Distillery, Blaasveld, Belgium

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary tour and tasting of the distillery and brewery for Flaviar members and one guest, free shuttle between the distillery and brewery

+ Free gift from De Molenberg

FEW Distillery, Evanston, IL

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary General Admission for Flaviar members and one guest FEW Spirits’ Distillery Tour Tasting

+ Free gift from FEW Spirits

Hali’maile Distillery, Makawao, HI 

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Discounted tour and tasting for $10

Hardy Distillery, Cognac, France

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary distillery tour for Flaviar members

+ Industry discount on purchases at the distillery shop

John Distilleries Distillery, Karnataka, India 

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Special Flaviar Distillery tour and tastings packages

+ Opportunity to meet the Master Distiller (based on his availability)

+ Exclusive access to the distillery’s Underground Cask Cellar

+ Tasting of the Wort, Distiller’s Beer and New Make Spirit

Kentucky Peerless Distillery, Louisville, KY

Flaviar member benefits:
+ Discounted distillery tour culminating in a tasting of four whiskies at the exclusive speakeasy at Kentucky Peerless Distillery for $15 per person.

Kilchoman Distillery, Islay, Scotland

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Flaviar members receive a 25% discount on the Ultimate Tour

+ Opportunity to meet and greet Anthony Wills, the founder, owner and master distiller of Kilchoman

Kings County Distillery, Brooklyn, NY 

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary tour and tasting including four whiskies for Flaviar members

KOVAL Distillery, Chicago, IL

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary tour tasting passes for Flaviar members and a guest

+ Free VIP swag bag for Flaviar members full of with KOVAL goodies

+ 25% off KOVAL products

Limestone Branch Distillery, Lebanon, KY

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary distillery tour with a cocktail for Flaviar members

+ Meet and greet with the distiller

+ Free glass and a t-shirt or hat

New Holland Brewing Distillery, MI

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary tour of the brewery and distillery for Flaviar members

+ Tasting guided by the New Holland Distiller

NY Distilling Co. Brooklyn, NY

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary tour tasting for Flaviar members

OOLA Distillery, Seattle, WA

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary VIP tour tasting for Flaviar members led by OOLA founder/owner

+ Free OOLA swag bag

+ 25% discount on all cocktail classes, whiskey workshops and events at OOLA distillery

+ 25% off a 3-5L exclusive barrel aged cocktail for events

Sagamore Spirit Distillery, Baltimore, MD

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary Sagamore Spirit Distillery Tours and Tasting, including four whiskey samples for Flaviar members and a guest

Santa Fe Spirits Distillery, Santa Fe, NM

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Special rate for Flaviar members on Distillery tours and tastings at $15

+ 15% discount on purchases

+ 15% discount on the monthly masterclasses (How to make whiskey, cocktail masterclasses etc)

Starward Distillery, Melbourne, Australia

Flaviar member benefits:

+ 20% off Distillery tours and masterclasses including private tours for Flaviar members

+ 10% off bottle purchases excl limited releases

+ 20% off food drink purchased at the distillery bar

Westward Whiskey Distillery, Portland, OR

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary Tour Tasting Experience for Flaviar members plus one guest

+ 20% industry discount on all flights and in-store experiences at the distillery tasting room

Wolfburn Distillery, Thurso, Scotland

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary distillery tour for Flaviar members

+ 10% industry discount on merchandise in the distillery shop

ABOUT FLAVIAR:

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/2019/09/flaviar-announces-distillery-tour-program-for-members-whiskey-news/

Daftmill 2006 Summer vs. Winter

Daftmill distillery, founded in 2003 by brothers Francis and Ian Cuthbert, is one of the smallest and one of the only self-sufficient distilleries in Scotland. It is a true farm distillery, with barley production as their core business for many years. Whisky production is marginal: about 100 casks per year, during short two to three month seasons when there’s less work on the fields.

 

 

People have been raving about the first few Daftmill releases. Buying a bottle was virtually impossible. On the other hand I’ve also read quite a few reports of people who were disappointed by the young, immature character.

When they started distilling in 2005-2006, they used Chariot barley, later this became Optic, Publican, Concerto and Laureate.

 

 

Daftmill 2006 - Summer BatchDaftmill 2006 - Summer BatchDaftmill 2006 11 yo  ‘Summer Batch release’ (46%, OB 2018, first-fill bourbon barrels, 1665 btl.)

Nose: light hints of white grape, banana and tinned pineapple, as well as some lychee and floral notes, like fresh laundry. Rather natural vanilla and minty oak. Also a really nice, waxy character, with some lipstick notes, wet chalk and lemon balm. Mouth: quite spicy, with pepper and nutmeg, moving towards peaches and green bananas. Then a light chalkiness again, creamy latte and hints of coconut. Wet cardboard. Classic zesty lemon peel and grapefruit towards the end, typical Lowlands markers. Finish: medium, with a slightly raw oaky edge, menthol and lemon peel.

Well indeed this is a nice Lowlands whisky with quite a unique profile. Maybe even the next Rosebank in the making, if we allow it to mature further. A little blown up perhaps, but definitely interesting stuff. Long gone, but TWE is still offering samples.

Score: 87/100

 

 

 

Daftmill 2006 - Winter BatchDaftmill 2006 - Winter BatchDaftmill 2006 12 yo ‘Winter Batch release’ (46%, OB 2018, first-fill bourbon barrels #080-085, UK version, 1625 btl.)

Nose: sweeter, more pastry-like, with quite a lot of white chocolate. More obvious vanilla (cake). Hints of horchata and buttery popcorn. Apples, rhubarb and peaches. Still this mineral / waxy side but less pronounced. Mouth: oily, with a big dusty, grainy side, bigger than in the Summer release. Slightly burnt pizza crust and scorched grass. Aniseed and bitterness from the wood. Gingery notes and grapefruit peel, even a slightly soapy edge. Much less impressive than the Summer release, with hardly any fruits.

This feels rougher, with more spices and grassy wood, and fruity notes that struggle to come out. Let’s not get over-excited: this is characterful but also pretty austere (and I’m not the biggest Lowlands fan anyway). TWE has samples if you like.

Score: 83/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/daftmill/daftmill-2006-summer-winter-batch/

BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY RELEASES HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER 2019 ANTIQUE COLLECTION WHISKEYS – American Whiskey News

BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY RELEASES HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER 2019 ANTIQUE COLLECTION WHISKEYS 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Sept. 18 2019) It’s that time of the year – changing leaves, cooler nights and the release of Buffalo Trace Distillery’s annual 2019 Antique Collection of whiskeys. The much anticipated collection will once again feature five limited-release whiskeys of various ages, recipes and proofs.  Here’s what fans can expect:

George T. Stagg

The proverbial powerhouse favorite of the Antique Collection, George T. Stagg, comes in at a lower 116.9 proof this year.  This is the lowest proof in this whiskey’s history. Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley cites barrels located on the lower warehouse floors as the reason. “Many of the barrels for this year’s Stagg composite were taken from the first floor of the warehouse.  The first floor is cooler with higher humidity levels, therefore the alcohol evaporates faster than the water.” The taste, however, is still what Stagg fans can expect, vanilla and toasted oak with a floral undertone, followed by a long finish of cherries, coffee and black pepper.

Past releases of this uncut and unfiltered bourbon have won many top awards, including last year’s release capturing the Chairman’s Trophy at the Ultimate Spirits Competition.  This year’s release contains bourbon from barrels filled in the spring of 2004.  Storage location of these barrels varied across warehouses C, H, I, K, and Q. The evaporation loss for this year’s batch was 56%, a bit higher than last year’s release.

William Larue Weller

The Antique Collection’s uncut, unfiltered, wheated recipe bourbon is William Larue Weller. Previous editions of this wheater have won many accolades, including receiving 5 Stars – Highest recommendation by F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal.  The 2019 offering was distilled in the winter of 2007 and aged in Warehouse I.  This bourbon registers in at 128 proof.  The bold flavors include toasted vanilla and coffee.

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye

Thomas H. Handy is the uncut and unfiltered straight rye whiskey. Last year’s release earned a double gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  This year’s Handy was distilled in the spring of 2013; aged in warehouses K, M, and N, and weighs in at 125.7 proof.  The flavor profile includes creamy butterscotch and vanilla.

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old

Last year’s release went back to Eagle Rare’s roots with a proof change from the previous 90 proof back to 101 proof, in tribute to the original strength used when the brand was launched in 1974.  The proof remains at 101 this year and will continue forward.  The 2018 edition was awarded 92 points at the Ultimate Spirits Competition.  This year’s release was distilled in the Spring of 2002 and has been spending its time aging on the first floor of Warehouse P.  This bourbon tastes of cocoa, caramel, and oak.

Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old

The previous edition of Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old was named “Best Rye Whiskey Aged 11 Years and Over” by “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.”  This 2019 straight rye whiskey release has notable flavors of vanilla and maple syrup, with a finish of black pepper and spearmint. The barrels for this whiskey were filled in the spring of 2001 and it rested on the second floor of Warehouses K and L.

The Antique Collection was introduced more than a decade ago and has become a cult favorite among whiskey connoisseurs. Since 2000 these whiskeys have garnered numerous awards from such notable publications as Whisky Advocate Magazine, Spirit Journal, and “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.”

The 2019 Antique Collection whiskeys will be available in limited quantities starting in late September or early October.  Suggested retail price is $99 each.  For more information visit http://www.buffalotracedistillery.com/brands/antique-collection.

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 21 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.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 500 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/2019/09/buffalo-trace-distillery-releases-highly-sought-after-2019-antique-collection-whiskeys-american-whiskey-news/

BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY RELEASES HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER 2019 ANTIQUE COLLECTION WHISKEYS – American Whiskey News

BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY RELEASES HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER 2019 ANTIQUE COLLECTION WHISKEYS 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Sept. 18 2019) It’s that time of the year – changing leaves, cooler nights and the release of Buffalo Trace Distillery’s annual 2019 Antique Collection of whiskeys. The much anticipated collection will once again feature five limited-release whiskeys of various ages, recipes and proofs.  Here’s what fans can expect:

George T. Stagg

The proverbial powerhouse favorite of the Antique Collection, George T. Stagg, comes in at a lower 116.9 proof this year.  This is the lowest proof in this whiskey’s history. Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley cites barrels located on the lower warehouse floors as the reason. “Many of the barrels for this year’s Stagg composite were taken from the first floor of the warehouse.  The first floor is cooler with higher humidity levels, therefore the alcohol evaporates faster than the water.” The taste, however, is still what Stagg fans can expect, vanilla and toasted oak with a floral undertone, followed by a long finish of cherries, coffee and black pepper.

Past releases of this uncut and unfiltered bourbon have won many top awards, including last year’s release capturing the Chairman’s Trophy at the Ultimate Spirits Competition.  This year’s release contains bourbon from barrels filled in the spring of 2004.  Storage location of these barrels varied across warehouses C, H, I, K, and Q. The evaporation loss for this year’s batch was 56%, a bit higher than last year’s release.

William Larue Weller

The Antique Collection’s uncut, unfiltered, wheated recipe bourbon is William Larue Weller. Previous editions of this wheater have won many accolades, including receiving 5 Stars – Highest recommendation by F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal.  The 2019 offering was distilled in the winter of 2007 and aged in Warehouse I.  This bourbon registers in at 128 proof.  The bold flavors include toasted vanilla and coffee.

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye

Thomas H. Handy is the uncut and unfiltered straight rye whiskey. Last year’s release earned a double gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  This year’s Handy was distilled in the spring of 2013; aged in warehouses K, M, and N, and weighs in at 125.7 proof.  The flavor profile includes creamy butterscotch and vanilla.

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old

Last year’s release went back to Eagle Rare’s roots with a proof change from the previous 90 proof back to 101 proof, in tribute to the original strength used when the brand was launched in 1974.  The proof remains at 101 this year and will continue forward.  The 2018 edition was awarded 92 points at the Ultimate Spirits Competition.  This year’s release was distilled in the Spring of 2002 and has been spending its time aging on the first floor of Warehouse P.  This bourbon tastes of cocoa, caramel, and oak.

Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old

The previous edition of Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old was named “Best Rye Whiskey Aged 11 Years and Over” by “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.”  This 2019 straight rye whiskey release has notable flavors of vanilla and maple syrup, with a finish of black pepper and spearmint. The barrels for this whiskey were filled in the spring of 2001 and it rested on the second floor of Warehouses K and L.

The Antique Collection was introduced more than a decade ago and has become a cult favorite among whiskey connoisseurs. Since 2000 these whiskeys have garnered numerous awards from such notable publications as Whisky Advocate Magazine, Spirit Journal, and “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.”

The 2019 Antique Collection whiskeys will be available in limited quantities starting in late September or early October.  Suggested retail price is $99 each.  For more information visit http://www.buffalotracedistillery.com/brands/antique-collection.

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 21 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.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 500 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/2019/09/buffalo-trace-distillery-releases-highly-sought-after-2019-antique-collection-whiskeys-american-whiskey-news/

Fourteen entries from Buffalo Trace Distillery earn Gold Medals – American Whiskey News

TWO BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY BOURBONS, NAMED “BEST OF CATEGORY” AT 2019 LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS COMPETITION

Fourteen entries from Buffalo Trace Distillery earn Gold Medals 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Aug. 22, 2019) Three Buffalo Trace Distillery spirits were named “Best of Category” at the 2019 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition.  Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon won in the category of Small Batch Bourbon 10 years or less, Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Bourbon was named Best Straight Bourbon 6 years or older. All also were awarded Gold Medals, as were the following spirits:

  • Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Weller Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Weller CYPB Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Old Weller Antique Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • William Larue Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye
  • Elmer T. Lee Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Blanton’s Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon (no age)
  • Benchmark Kentucky Straight Bourbon 

Silver Medals were awarded to:

  • W.L. Weller 12 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Straight Rye Whiskey

This competition, in its thirteenth year, is judged by a panel of the spirit industry’s most renowned judges including award-winning authors, buyers, journalists, educators and bar owners, who rate each spirit on a 100-point scale.

Complete results for the 2019 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition can be found at https://fairplex.com/competitions/spirits-competition/awards-celebration.

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 21 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.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 500 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/2019/09/fourteen-entries-from-buffalo-trace-distillery-earn-gold-medals-american-whiskey-news/

Col. E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch and Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Win Master Medals – American Whiskey News

COL. E.H. TAYLOR JR. SMALL BATCH AND ELMER T. LEE SINGLE BARREL WIN MASTER MEDALS

Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbons Win 10 medals at 2019 American Whiskey Masters Competition

FRANKFORT, KY (Sept. 10, 2019) – Buffalo Trace Distillery bourbon brands, Col. E.H. Taylor Jr. Small Batch and Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel won master medals at the 2019 American Whiskey Masters competition. In addition to the two master medals, Buffalo Trace Distillery bourbons received eight other medals. Five gold medals and three silver medals were awarded as follows:

  • Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Gold
  • Eagle Rare 10yr Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Gold
  • Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Gold
  • Col. E.H. Taylor Jr. Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey – Gold
  • Old Weller Antique 107 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Gold
  • Weller Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Silver
  • Weller 12yr Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Silver
  • Weller CYPB Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Silver

All awards are given at the discretion of the judges through a blind tasting. The panel of judges consisted of leading spirits specialists.

“We’re honored to receive these awards, especially the master medals,” Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley said. “Our team at Buffalo Trace takes pride in our work and these awards honor the efforts we put in every day.”

To find more information about Buffalo Trace brands, please visit https://www.buffalotracedistillery.com/

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 21 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.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 500 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/2019/09/col-e-h-taylor-jr-small-batch-and-elmer-t-lee-single-barrel-win-master-medals-american-whiskey-news/

Method & Madness Acacia & Cherry wood

Method  Madness whiskey - Acacia  CherryMethod  Madness whiskey - Acacia  Cherry

Mildleton distillery launched two new expression in their experimental Method Madness series.

Both are matured in a combination of bourbon and sherry oak, but they are finished in two wood types that are rarely used for the maturation of whiskey. The first one is Wild Cherry Wood, never used before, which is characterised by its porousness and greenish hue.

The other one is finished in Acacia wood, famous for ageing French white wines, and already used by Bushmills some time ago. This type of wood has a much tighter grain and a redder colour.

Obviously this is where Irish whiskey distillers can colour outside the lines set by Scotch regulations. Good idea to take advantage of this and come up with something new.

 

 

Method  Madness Wild Cherry woodMethod  Madness Wild Cherry woodMethod Madness ‘Wild Cherry Wood’
(46%, OB 2019, 2500 btl.)

Nose: a lot of bananas, both green ones and banana ice cream. Also pine cones and carpenter workshop, a hint of potpourri and bergamot tea. Coconut flakes. Ginger cookies. Very aromatic, in a solventy, woody way but really interesting. Mouth: like a very active first-fill bourbon cask at first. Gingery notes, pencil shavings, pepper and fruit tea. There’s a creamy banana / vanilla syrup sweetness to keep it in check though. Increasing minty / eucalyptus notes. Finish: medium, on pears and peppery oak.

A green, aromatic kind of woody character here, which matches the spirit. A successful experiment in my opinion. Available in Ireland, the UK, travel retail and a couple of other markets.

Score: 83/100

 

 

 

Method  Madness Acacia WoodMethod  Madness Acacia WoodMethod Madness ‘Acacia Wood’
(46%, OB 2019, 2500 btl.)

Nose: this is drier, with less brightness. There’s tobacco and plenty of herbs and spice (Colombo spice, clove). Still a firm, slightly musty woodiness – I would still say sandalwood but that’s silly in this case. Hints of caramelized almond / hazelnut pastries and cocoa powder. A light rummy touch too. Mouth: this feels much rougher. Nice mocha, toasted nuts and burnt sugary notes but also a pungent grainy side and lots of wood spice. Less balanced. Hints of peppered dark chocolate. Finish: quite long, lots of clove and charred wood.

Closer to a sherry cask maturation, with generous spices that make it a little less balanced in my opinion. Available only from Celtic Whiskey Shop.

Score: 79/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/irish-whiskey/method-madness-acacia-cherry-wood/