Old Particular at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

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Old Particular

The Old Particular brand is a keystone of our spirits department. By working directly with the Douglas Laing Company, we’ve been able to offer some of the finest single malts and single grains at prices you simply won’t find anywhere else. Over the course of ten years, it has become the go-to brand for countless Scotch collectors. Here is a sampling of favorites from this remarkable portfolio.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/06/old-particular-at-kl-california-scotch-whisky-news/

George T. Stagg Named Best Bourbon Whiskey in the World – American Whiskey News

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GEORGE T. STAGG NAMED BEST BOURBON WHISKEY IN THE WORLD

20 Buffalo Trace Distillery spirits recognized at Ultimate Spirits Challenge 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (JUNE 11, 2019) The 2019 Ultimate Spirits Challenge honored 20 spirits from Buffalo Trace Distillery with awards, including a Chairman’s Trophy. George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon received this prestigious award and the acclaim of best bourbon whiskey in the world. Additionally, seven of Buffalo Trace Distillery’s whiskies were named finalists for the Chairman’s Trophy, nine spirits were named a “Great Value” and six received the “Tried and True” award.

“It is a tremendous honor and a testament to the passion of our hard-working team to receive the Chairman’s Trophy for George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon,” said Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley. “The Ultimate Spirits Challenge is a universally recognized indicator of exceptional quality and craftsmanship, and we are thrilled that so many of our spirits were recognized this year.”

Those awarded the distinction of “Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation” were:

  • George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • William Larue Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
    • Finalist for Chairman’s Trophy
  • Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
    • Finalist for Chairman’s Trophy
  • Blanton’s Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
    • Finalist for Chairman’s Trophy
    • Named a “Great Value”
    • “Tried True” Award

“Excellent, Highly Recommended” honors went to:

  • Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
    • Named a “Great Value”
    • “Tried True” Award
  • Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Eagle Rare 17 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
    • Finalist for Chairman’s Trophy
    • Named a “Great Value”
    • “Tried True” Award
  • Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
    • Finalist for Chairman’s Trophy
    • “Tried True” Award
  • Colonel E.H. Taylor Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
    • “Tried True” Award
  • Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Elmer T. Lee Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • W. L. Weller 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
    • Finalist for Chairman’s Trophy
    • Named a “Great Value”
  • W. L. Weller Antique 107 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
    • Finalist for Chairman’s Trophy
    • Named a “Great Value”
  • W.L. Weller CYPB Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Awarded “Very Good, Strong Recommendation” were:

  • Sazerac Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
    • Named a “Great Value”
  • W.L. Weller Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
    • Named a “Great Value”
  • Benchmark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
    • Named a “Great Value”

“Good, Recommended” distinction was given to:

  • Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon Cream

The ninth annual competition is decided by a judging panel of the spirit industry’s most renowned experts including award-winning authors, buyers, journalists, educators and bar owners, who rate each spirit on a 100-point scale.

Complete results for the 2019 Ultimate Spirits Challenge can be found at https://www.ultimate-beverage.com/ultimate-spirits-challenge-USC/2019-spirits-results/.

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/2019/06/george-t-stagg-named-best-bourbon-whiskey-in-the-world-american-whiskey-news/

Whisky category set to grow to £2.44 billion by 2022, inaugural Edrington-Beam Suntory UK Whisky Yearbook forecasts – Scotch Whisky News

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Whisky category set to grow to £2.44 billion by 2022, inaugural
Edrington-Beam Suntory UK Whisky Yearbook forecasts

The whisky category will return to growth over the coming year and, by 2022, will be worth £2.44 billion (up from £2.31 billion in 2018) according to research in the inaugural Edrington-Beam Suntory UK Whisky Yearbook.

The report, designed to be a guide to the trends in the UK whisky market, has been launched by Edrington-Beam Suntory UK to create a comprehensive guide to the key shifts in the category, as well as forecast the underlying trends and their impact.

The research shows that whisky as a whole will grow by £138 million in value in the coming three years – 6% growth over the period – and by over 200,000 cases.

Source: CGA Nielsen sales data for 2018 and IWSR growth forecasts for 2019 and 2022. Volume of 8.4 litre cases and total whisky value

Mark Riley, Managing Director of Edrington-Beam Suntory UK said: “Whisky is one of the most diverse and dynamic of the spirits categories. Our forecast is that it is also one that will see growth over the next three years. Bartenders and retailers tell us that whisky is a key focus for them, with plans to invest in broadening their knowledge and range, ensuring they can accommodate the increasing appetite for the spirit from consumers in both on and off-trade. 

“We would like the Edrington-Beam Suntory UK Whisky Yearbook to become a vital resource to track the changes as they happen and to look at the underlying trends in the category – both as a way to understand the market today and to forecast what is to come – as well as to offer insight into how we navigate the challenges and opportunities presented to us.”

Growth in Scotch single malt and US whisky

The principle drivers of this growth are set to be the Scotch single malt category which Edrington-Beam Suntory UK expects to see grow in value from £394 million in 2018 to £439 million in 2022.

The growth will come as a result of new “accessibly priced” single malts in the market and a closing of the price gap between single malts and blends – encouraging more blends drinkers to “trade up”.

At the same time, existing single malt drinkers are showing strong signs of trading up within the category as they explore limited bottlings and premium releases from the biggest names such as The Macallan and Bowmore amongst others.

Meantime, The Whisky Yearbook research also forecasts that American whiskies will see growth to 2022 – up from £688 million in 2018 to £742 million in 2022.

While there is uncertainty over the current tariffs imposed on US whiskies, the report is optimistic that growth will come from the growing “American premium” brands such as Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek, Bulleit and Woodford Reserve, which are helping to add value to the category.

Mark Riley said: “Our forecast is that Scotch single malt and American whiskies will drive future growth, continuing to attract new consumers to the whisky category and successfully appealing to existing customers with new expressions. Both are seeing customers trade-up as they explore the categories, which is supporting the increase in the value and volume of sales.”

Scotch and US Whiskies Volume Growth to 2022

Source: CGA Nielsen sales data for 2018 and IWSR growth forecasts for 2019 and 2022. Volume of 8.4 litre cases and total whisky value

Scotch and US Whiskies Value Growth to 2022

Source: CGA Nielsen sales data for 2018 and IWSR growth forecasts for 2019 and 2022. Volume of 8.4 litre cases and total whisky value 

Emergent categories in whisky

Further supporting the overall growth of whisky in the coming years will be the smaller sub-categories where growth will be substantial to 2022, according to Edrington-Beam Suntory UK forecasts.

Irish whiskey will grow by £28.5 million from its sales in 2018 to 2022 and is forecast to be worth £163.9 million. This has been largely driven by the category-leading brand, Jamesons, but the wider easing of supply of Irish whiskey into the UK market will support this growth yet further.

The growth of single grain whisky, meanwhile, has been one of the success stories of the last five years and growth will continue as the value of sales will almost double to £42.1 million in 2022 (from £21.5 million in 2018). As with Irish whiskey, a clear market leader – Haig Club – has led the increase, but there are now further brands joining the category which will increase the pace of growth.

Growth in sales of Japanese whisky will accelerate over the coming three years as there is greater volume available for export, as supply has been the only major barrier to its growth hitherto. The total value of sales will rise to £11.7 million by 2022 marking 44.4% growth. Canadian whisky also will grow to become a £9.0 million category over the next three years.

Mark Riley said: “Irish and single grain whiskies have been real success stories over the past twelve months – sharing rapid growth on an already strong base of both volume and value in the market. We expect both to play a greater role in shaping the wider market in the coming years. 

“The supply challenges that have arguably held back growth in Japanese and Canadian whiskies have eased. While there remains a challenge securing enough liquid from leading brands from both nations to satisfy UK demand, there is far greater supply forecast and we predict we will see growth as a result.”

Irish, single grain, Japanese and Canadian Whiskies Volume Growth to 2022 

Source: CGA Nielsen sales data for 2018 and IWSR growth forecasts for 2019 and 2022. Volume of 8.4 litre cases and total whisky value

Irish, Single Grain, Japanese and Canadian Whiskies Value Growth to 2022

Source: CGA Nielsen sales data for 2018 and IWSR growth forecasts for 2019 and 2022. Volume of 8.4 litre cases and total whisky value 

The Edrington-Beam Suntory UK Whisky Yearbook will be published annually and can be accessed digitally at: www.thewhiskyyearbook.co.uk

Notes 

About Edrington-Beam Suntory Distribution UK

Edrington-Beam Suntory Distribution UK is one of the UK’s biggest sprits sales, marketing and distribution companies. It is a joint-venture company jointly owned by Edrington and Beam Suntory.

Edrington-Beam Suntory UK represents leading spirit brands in categories including:

  • Blended Scotch (The Famous Grouse, Naked Grouse and Teacher’s)
  • Malt whisky (Highland Park, Laphroaig, The Macallan, Bowmore, Auchentoshan and Ardmore)
  • Japanese whiskies (Yamazaki, Hibiki, Hakushu, Toki and Chita)
  • Bourbon (Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek)
  • Imported whiskies (Canadian Club and Kilbeggan Irish whiskey)
  • Gin (Roku and Larios)

It also handles UK sales and distribution for Courvoisier cognac, Snow Leopard vodka, Brugal 1888 rum and a portfolio of liqueurs and specialities (including Sourz, Bols liqueurs, Galliano and After Shock).

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/06/whisky-category-set-to-grow-to-2-44-billion-by-2022-inaugural-edrington-beam-suntory-uk-whisky-yearbook-forecasts-scotch-whisky-news/

Invergordon 1974 (Whisky Blues)

We’ve had lots of old Invergordon bottlings but this is the first Invergordon 1974. It was bottled by a Taiwanese bottlers called The Whisky Blues. It comes from a refill sherry butt, which is not very common.

 

 

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Nose: a very balanced grain, with roasted pineapple, hints of creamy coconut but also milk chocolate, raisins and nutty notes from the sherry butt. Some honeyed notes and hints of butter pastry. Whiffs of passion fruit. No chemical notes that you sometimes find in grain whisky, just great. Mouth: tinned pineapple and coconut again, soft leathery notes, mint and vanilla cake. Sweet almonds and raisins. Butterscotch too. Finish: medium long, a bit drier now, more towards bourbon whiskey, with fruity echoes, latte and marzipan.

Very mild and velvety grain whisky, rounded by its age but also by the cask, I suppose. Great balance. Among the best grains I’ve had, actually.

Score: 89/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/grain/invergordon-1974-whisky-blues/

EAGLE RARE AND STAGG JR. NAMED BEST OF CLASS BOURBON, RECEIVE DOUBLE GOLD AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS COMPETITION – American Whiskey News

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EAGLE RARE AND STAGG JR. NAMED BEST OF CLASS BOURBON, RECEIVE DOUBLE GOLD AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS COMPETITION

Buffalo Trace Distillery whiskies win eight top awards 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (MAY 28, 2019) Buffalo Trace Distillery products were recognized with eight top awards at the 8th annual Denver International Spirits Competition, including two Double Gold honors, which were awarded to Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

In addition to the double gold winnings, whiskies from Buffalo Trace Distillery also received three Gold and three Silver awards.

            Gold recipients include:

    • Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
    • Weller CYPB Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
    • Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon Cream

                Silver recipients include:

      • W.L. Weller Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
      • Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
      • Benchmark Old No. 8 Brand Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

      “We are so pleased to be honored with these awards,” Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley said. “Our team is dedicated to producing the highest quality whiskies on the market and being recognized for our hard work is truly humbling.”

      The Denver International Spirits Competition was held in Denver, Colorado, and is the largest professional spirits competition in the Rocky Mountain Region. Winners were selected by a panel of 30 respected spirits authorities who rate entries through a double-blind process on a 100-point scale.

      Complete results for the 2019 Denver International Spirits Competition can be found at http://www.denverspiritscomp.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/2019/06/eagle-rare-and-stagg-jr-named-best-of-class-bourbon-receive-double-gold-at-denver-international-spirits-competition-american-whiskey-news/

      Japanese Whisky Channels Spirit of the Samurai – Japanese Whisky News

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      TOKYO — Monday 10 June 2019 – The world’s foremost online retailer of Japanese whisky, dekantā, have revealed a Mizunara Japanese oak finished private label Japanese whisky, inspired by a Japanese military leader, to mark their fourth anniversary.

      This private label, single cask whisky from dekantā, home to the world’s largest online inventory of Japanese whisky, has spent time maturing in a cask freshly emptied of Scotch whisky from the closed Port Ellen distillery, before being finished in a cask of Japanese Mizunara oak. The Eigashima 2011 Kigai – Ki Series (¥82,000 / USD $749.99; 60% ABV) is a highly limited release of only 352 bottles. dekantā unveiled the design of the new bottling as part of an exclusive event in central Tokyo, which was streamed to their online audience. It is the second release in the Ki Series of Japanese whiskies, the first of which was the Eigashima 2011 Kikou – Ki Series.

      The Eigashima 2011 Kigai is the second in the Ki Series of independently bottled Japanese whiskies from dekantā, so called because each whisky in the series will explore an aspect of life imbued with the Japanese concept of Ki – one of the most meaningful words in the Japanese language. The label and packaging is inspired by a Shōgun military leader of the Samurai caste, and is so named Kigai, meaning ‘strong, willful and unshakeable’ in Japanese.

      “In releasing our fourth anniversary whisky, we wanted to bring together Japanese whisky history with powerful aspects of wider Japanese cultural history,” said dekantā director Makiyo Masa. “The Kigai pays homage to the Scottish education of the ‘Father of Japanese Whisky’ Masataka Taketsuru with its smoky Port Ellen influence, while bringing the whisky firmly back into Japanese territory by the influence of the archetypal Japanese Mizunara wood. The Mizunara tree is the warrior of the Japanese forest, a difficult oak to work with, but a rare jewel imbued with Kigai, and so it brings the spirit of the Samurai to our second private bottling.”

      Tasting notes: The nose offers up buttered toast, lemon zest, cereals, unripened pineapple and varnished oak. Sweet poached pears warm the palate, followed by fruit pastilles, sugared almonds and chilli jam. The sweetness is balanced by gentle hints of peat smoke and subtle wasabi spice that grow in the background. A touch of water brings juicy peach and bolder peaty notes. Building smoke carries a finish of gentle oakiness, hints of green chilli and white pepper spice.

      Eigashima 2011 (Kigai – Ki Series) is priced at an introductory offer of  ¥72,000 / USD $649.99 (which will increase to  ¥82,000 / USD $749.99 after 3 days), available for worldwide delivery from dekanta.com.

      Notes:

      About dekantā

      dekantā offers the world’s largest online selection of authentic Japanese spirits and, since the opening of its online store in 2015, has delivered to 127 countries across every continent in the world. A family owned and run business, dekantā’s founders have been selling collectibles since 1985 and specialize in rare, collectible, and new release single malt Japanese whisky. dekantā offers worldwide delivery on an extensive range of Japanese single malt whisky, Japanese grain whisky and Japanese blended whisky, in addition to Scottish whisky released for the Japanese market only. More recently, Japanese wine has been introduced through the dekantā Cellar, and spirits from wider Asia through dekantā Oriental.

      About Eigashima Distillery

      Fewer than 100 yards from the Harima-nada sea, Eigashima Shuzo is the closest whisky distillery to the coast in Japan, and this is reflected in the savoury, saline pure character of the distillery’s produce. A family owned distillery that has been producing traditional Japanese alcoholic beverages for over three centuries, Eigashima Shuzo was the first Japanese whisky to be granted a license to produce whisky in 1919. Eigashima is still Japan’s smallest whisky producer, with a team of just five people and very limited production.

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      Follow dekantā on Twitter: @dekantawhisky 

      Like dekantā on Facebook: facebook.com/dekantawhisky/

      Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/06/japanese-whisky-channels-spirit-of-the-samurai-japanese-whisky-news/

      Japanese Whisky Channels Spirit of the Samurai – Japanese Whisky News

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      TOKYO — Monday 10 June 2019 – The world’s foremost online retailer of Japanese whisky, dekantā, have revealed a Mizunara Japanese oak finished private label Japanese whisky, inspired by a Japanese military leader, to mark their fourth anniversary.

      This private label, single cask whisky from dekantā, home to the world’s largest online inventory of Japanese whisky, has spent time maturing in a cask freshly emptied of Scotch whisky from the closed Port Ellen distillery, before being finished in a cask of Japanese Mizunara oak. The Eigashima 2011 Kigai – Ki Series (¥82,000 / USD $749.99; 60% ABV) is a highly limited release of only 352 bottles. dekantā unveiled the design of the new bottling as part of an exclusive event in central Tokyo, which was streamed to their online audience. It is the second release in the Ki Series of Japanese whiskies, the first of which was the Eigashima 2011 Kikou – Ki Series.

      The Eigashima 2011 Kigai is the second in the Ki Series of independently bottled Japanese whiskies from dekantā, so called because each whisky in the series will explore an aspect of life imbued with the Japanese concept of Ki – one of the most meaningful words in the Japanese language. The label and packaging is inspired by a Shōgun military leader of the Samurai caste, and is so named Kigai, meaning ‘strong, willful and unshakeable’ in Japanese.

      “In releasing our fourth anniversary whisky, we wanted to bring together Japanese whisky history with powerful aspects of wider Japanese cultural history,” said dekantā director Makiyo Masa. “The Kigai pays homage to the Scottish education of the ‘Father of Japanese Whisky’ Masataka Taketsuru with its smoky Port Ellen influence, while bringing the whisky firmly back into Japanese territory by the influence of the archetypal Japanese Mizunara wood. The Mizunara tree is the warrior of the Japanese forest, a difficult oak to work with, but a rare jewel imbued with Kigai, and so it brings the spirit of the Samurai to our second private bottling.”

      Tasting notes: The nose offers up buttered toast, lemon zest, cereals, unripened pineapple and varnished oak. Sweet poached pears warm the palate, followed by fruit pastilles, sugared almonds and chilli jam. The sweetness is balanced by gentle hints of peat smoke and subtle wasabi spice that grow in the background. A touch of water brings juicy peach and bolder peaty notes. Building smoke carries a finish of gentle oakiness, hints of green chilli and white pepper spice.

      Eigashima 2011 (Kigai – Ki Series) is priced at an introductory offer of  ¥72,000 / USD $649.99 (which will increase to  ¥82,000 / USD $749.99 after 3 days), available for worldwide delivery from dekanta.com.

      Notes:

      About dekantā

      dekantā offers the world’s largest online selection of authentic Japanese spirits and, since the opening of its online store in 2015, has delivered to 127 countries across every continent in the world. A family owned and run business, dekantā’s founders have been selling collectibles since 1985 and specialize in rare, collectible, and new release single malt Japanese whisky. dekantā offers worldwide delivery on an extensive range of Japanese single malt whisky, Japanese grain whisky and Japanese blended whisky, in addition to Scottish whisky released for the Japanese market only. More recently, Japanese wine has been introduced through the dekantā Cellar, and spirits from wider Asia through dekantā Oriental.

      About Eigashima Distillery

      Fewer than 100 yards from the Harima-nada sea, Eigashima Shuzo is the closest whisky distillery to the coast in Japan, and this is reflected in the savoury, saline pure character of the distillery’s produce. A family owned distillery that has been producing traditional Japanese alcoholic beverages for over three centuries, Eigashima Shuzo was the first Japanese whisky to be granted a license to produce whisky in 1919. Eigashima is still Japan’s smallest whisky producer, with a team of just five people and very limited production.

      dekanta.com

      Follow dekantā on Twitter: @dekantawhisky 

      Like dekantā on Facebook: facebook.com/dekantawhisky/

      Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/06/japanese-whisky-channels-spirit-of-the-samurai-japanese-whisky-news/

      Glen Keith Distillery Edition

      An official bottling of Glen Keith – the only one in recent years, I believe, unless you count the Chivas Brothers bottlings as officials. As you know the distillery was mothballed in 1999 until they reopened in 2013.

      It’s called Glen Keith Distillery Edition which is a very nondescript name for a bottling that’s widely available outside of the distillery. Much like the mention ‘distilled by master craftsmen’.

       

       

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      (40%, OB +/- 2018)

      Nose: very accessible, but very attractive as well. A mix of vanilla cake with sweet orchard fruits (apricots, juicy pears, grapes) and light tropical touches (bananas, vitamin juice). Honeyed corn flakes. A hint of Belgian Tripel as well (specifically Karmeliet). Mouth: more middle-of-the-road now. Plenty of malty notes, vanilla custard, nectarines and hints of bourbon wood (faintly plankish, almost perfumed). Grassy notes, ginger and a bit of chocolate in the end. Finish: quite short with oak spice and a grainy note.

      The nose was a pleasant surprise but on the palate it went back to a harmless profile. Honest and reasonably fruity, I could certainly recommend this to blend drinkers looking to move upwards, or as a daily dram. Around € 30 from TWE and Master of Malt, currently further discounted over at Green Welly Stop.

      Score: 81/100

      Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/glen-keith/glen-keith-distillery-edition/

      Crown Royal Pushes The Boundaries Of Innovation With Launch Of Limited-Edition, Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished – Canadian Whisky News

      Crown Royal Pushes The Boundaries Of Innovation With Launch Of Limited-Edition, Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished

      The Noble Collection’s Newest Expression is a Celebration of The Art, Science and Creativity Behind The World’s Best Selling Canadian Whisky

      GIMLI, ManitobaJune 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Crown Royal brand continues to push the boundaries of innovation with different flavor offerings and finishing techniques, most recently highlighted by the introduction of the newest addition to the Noble Collection, Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished. This limited-edition expression showcases Crown Royal Fine De Luxe, the standard of excellence for Canadian whisky, finished in new French oak barrels. The result is a whisky with captivating character, body and structure, that is still undeniably Crown Royal smooth.

      Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished

      Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished

      The Noble Collection is a multi-award-winning series of whiskies that are released on an annual basis. Now in its fourth year, each creation has provided an opportunity to highlight the artistry and skill of the Crown Royal Master Distillers and Blenders, who are dedicated to their craft of creating extraordinary whiskies inspired by the brand’s long and rich history.

      “We’re continuously in awe of our Master Distillers and Blenders’ ability to surprise and delight with interesting takes on whisky, while still maintaining the premium standards of excellence that distinguishes Crown Royal,” said Nicola Heckles, Director, Crown Royal at DIAGEO North America. “Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished is an example of our commitment to innovation and being unabashedly unafraid to try new things we anticipate people will enjoy.”

      The famed French oak used in Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished is sourced from the renowned Vosges region in France, known for its meticulously manicured forests and ideal climate that creates the tightest grain to helps impart subtle flavors and aromas of vanilla and baking spices into the whisky. Once harvested, the oak is open-air seasoned for two years to transform the wood in order to set the stage for the final two-step fire toasting. These precisely toasted new French oak barrels allow the brand to marry Crown Royal Fine De Luxe with rich dark notes of caramel, vanilla and fruit along with a body and structure that can only be achieved through French oak.

      “We are honored to share this exceptional whisky and grateful we were given creative liberty to do so.  Our ability to elevate Crown Royal Fine De Luxe using innovative materials to bring out new flavors was an exciting experience for this team of veteran blenders,” said Mark Balkenende, Master Blender for Crown Royal. “We are always looking for ways to experiment with the brand’s flavor profile and with Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished, it is evident how intentional changes in barrel selection and aging can enhance the flavor while elevating the signature smoothness of Crown Royal Fine De Luxe.”

      Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished is packaged in a sleek bottle with a crystal-cut style base and a resealable cork top. The canister is a rich, deep purple to match the classic Crown Royal regal purple, and it is encased in the brand’s iconic purple bag with gold accents, making this whisky the perfect gift to commemorate special occasions and holidays, including Father’s Day. Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished is 80 proof, 40% Alc/Vol and will be available in limited quantities nationwide at the suggested retail price of $59.99 for a 750 mL bottle.

      Whether sipped neat or on the rocks, however you choose to enjoy the rich taste of Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished, please do so responsibly.

      About Crown Royal 
      Crown Royal Canadian Whisky is the number-one selling Canadian whisky brand in the world and has a tradition as long and distinctive as its taste. Specially blended to commemorate a grand tour of Canada made by King George VIand Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain in 1939, Crown Royal’s smooth, elegant flavor and gift-worthy presentation reflect its regal origins – it is considered the epitome of Canadian whisky.  For more information, visit www.crownroyal.com. Crown Royal encourages all consumers to please enjoy responsibly.

      About Diageo 
      Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan’s whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.

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      K&L California “Wheated Bourbon at its Best—McKenzie Bottled-in-Bond for Only $45!” – American Whiskey News

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      A Spectacular Bourbon at an Unbelievable Price
      McKenzie Bottled-in-Bond Wheated Bourbon ($44.99)
      “The best wheated bourbon on our shelf. Full Stop.” —Andrew Whiteley, KL NorCal Spirits Buyer

      If you are a fan of wheated Bourbons, then you simply must try the McKenzie Bottled-in-Bond. Arguably the finest bourbon in its category, this New York state stunner has all the personality and charm of a Weller or a Pappy, but for a mere fraction of the price. This is the real deal, serving up loads of rich caramel tones along with toffee, vanilla, grain, and nut—all of which work together in perfect harmony. At 100 proof, you might expect something of a powerhouse, but everything is so well balanced, its approach is smoothly seductive. Demand for wheated bourbons remains at an all-time high, so finding this one for just under $45 is a boon. McKenzie has developed something of a cult following here at KL, and we expect that enthusiasm only to climb, especially based on this truly remarkable bottling. Locally sourced grain and an unwavering commitment to producing the finest spirit possible are elemental in McKenzie’s success. Try a bottle and see for yourself!

      McKenzie Bottled-in-Bond Wheated Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) ($44.99)

      One of New York state’s best craft distilleries delivers a masterpiece with a bottled-in-bond wheated bourbon. Situated on the east shore of Lake Seneca in the heart of the Finger Lakes wine country, McKenzie has always made their whiskies with locally sourced NY grain and dedicated themselves to environmental stewardship. They were a huge hit here at KL many years ago when they were brand new with baby aged whiskey. Today they’re better than ever. By law the bottled-in-bond is at least 4 years old, but some of the whiskey here is substantially older than that. The rich and creamy texture is perfect at 100 proof. With the sky high demand for wheated bourbon, I don’t expect us to be able to keep this in stock, but it would be unfair to compare it with Weller or Pappy. The real story here is in the curation of exceptionally high quality grains grown in the bread basket of New York. The distillation ends at a slightly lower proof to preserve more of the inherent wheat and corn flavors in the final product. The quality of the whiskey is superb. It’s dense, rich, smooth as silk, and wildly flavorful.

      Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: June 05, 2019

      The best wheated bourbon on our shelf. Full Stop. A few things are done differently in the production of Mckenzie that contribute to its full and intense flavor. All of the grain is grown locally in New York state before being distilled to a lower-than-normal proof, thus retaining more flavor. The second distillation is carried out on a thumper, an old school technique given up for modern efficiency by most Kentucky producers. It is then barreled at a ridiculously low 100 proof in barrels made from 36-month, air-dried staves. The end result of these expensive choices is that you need to add almost no water when it comes time to bottle – yet again, the result is MORE flavor. Just ask Michter’s, who barrels at 103 proof! Each of these production choices sets Mckenzie apart, but the true test comes down to what’s in the bottle. Pour a slug of this into a glass and let it sit for a moment. You won’t even have to nose the glass before you smell the rich caramel, brown sugar, dried fruits, and mellow grain wafting up. Put the liquid to your lips and the first thing you notice is the texture. It’s full bodied and creamy. The flavors expand across the palate as a repeat of the nose with the added complexity of cinnamon, nutmeg, and very gentle wood tannin. The finish flourishes into an array of pepper, cocoa, caramel, sweet tea, and caramelized sugar. The 100 proof ties every aspect together in harmony. A complete bourbon and an incredible showing for the Burdett, NY distillery.

      Stefanie Juelsgaard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: June 05, 2019

      Could this be the best wheated Bourbon in the store? You need to try it to find out, but everyone at KL is on board with that statement. With some of the big names in wheated Bourbon, like Pappy and Weller, now impossible to come by, it’s really reassuring to know we can still find something of this incredible quality and taste available. It’s great to be able to support the craft distillers in this era of giant conglomerates, and McKenzie’s attention to detail and dedication to this spirit is evident in this bottling. Not too shabby at all.

      Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: June 04, 2019

      A wheated Bourbon for all seasons! I normally gravitate toward high-rye American whiskeys, but I like this wheater because it’s no pushover. The nose begins with some of the more gentle scents one might expect from wheated Bourbon: breadiness, breakfast brioche, butter toffees, and baked fruits. However, this is not any old wheated Bourbon, because it happens to be bottled in bond, which ensures a decent level of maturity and 100 proof. Sandalwood pops out of the oak char notes and then the booze turns spicy (not into Rye territory, but enough to liven the glass). Clove begets allspice begets savory anise that reminds me of European black licorice candies. As the Bourbon ebbs to its long finish, the fruit flavors bob in and out between those spicy notes and polished wood tannins.

      Cameron Hoppas | KL Staff Member | Review Date: June 04, 2019

      A delicious bourbon. I love the rich texture and sweet cereal aromas that the wheat offers. Dried apricot and citrus come through the butterscotch and vanilla notes. Mild soft baking spices, and caramelized wood round out the finish. This whiskey tells a story with a beginning, middle, and end. Either sipping straight or in a classic Old Fashioned, this whiskey is a pleasure unto itself.

      Robert Cash | KL Staff Member | Review Date: April 11, 2019

      Hailing from my home state, the McKenzie Bottled-in-Bond Wheated Bourbon is a fantastically smooth sipper. Made from a mashbill consisting of local corn (70%), red winter wheat (20%), and malted barley (10%), this is a solid effort rivaling what the best names in Kentucky are producing. I thought the nose was beautiful, with notes of vanilla, honey, and subtle spices. On the palate, it’s round, soft, and creamy with hints of caramel, a great mouthfeel, and a long finish. I really enjoyed this neat, but you could certainly add a few drops of spring water if you choose. This is a must have for any whiskey aficionado.

      Will Blakely | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 29, 2018

      From Larceny to Weller, David Nicholson to Pappy, wheated bourbon has always put a smile on my face. McKenzie’s bottled-in-bond offering makes an impressive addition to the list. Alluring aromas of nuts, bananas, and roasted corn make a pleasant enough first impression, but tasting this reveals a plethora of tropical fruits and soft spice. The sweet cereal grain is contrasted nicely by citrus peels and bright acid. With a good body and relatively long finish, this should fit nicely into any whisky collection.

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