A Rare, Limited Edition Wheated Bourbon that’s Sailed the Seven Seas – American Whiskey News


A Unique Bourbon that Wonderfully Blends Salty with Sweet

Jefferson’s “Special Wheated Mashbill” Ocean Voyage #15 Aged at Sea Very Small Batch Straight Bourbon ($82.99)
“One of the most lovable little whiskies Jefferson has released in years.”
– David Othenin-Girard, KL Spirits Buyer

When it comes to Bourbon, Jefferson’s is among our favorites for innovative, cutting-edge bottlings. Take for example the Ocean Voyage #15, in order to age this wheated bourbon, Jefferson’s sent it on an ocean voyage, stopping at no less than thirty ports, and crossing the equator four times. This highly unusual maturation process was done to impart a unique maritime influence on the whiskey. The end product offers a classic wheated profile of caramel and vanilla, but is also joined by flavors of brine and sea salt. This combination is every bit as delicious as it is rewarding.


While we don’t know where Jefferson’s is sourcing their bourbon, we do know it is of the top quality. Rounded, expressive, and engaging, it has the body to hold up to such a rigorous aging process, while at the same time is mellow enough to really highlight the ocean’s influence. Anyone who has enjoyed the earlier editions of the Ocean Voyage will definitely want to give the #15 a spin, as it very well could be the best to date. As you might expect, production is very limited, so this charmer won’t remain on our shelves for long. Don’t miss out on one of the more creatively matured (and delicious) whiskeys on the market today.

Jefferson’s “Special Wheated Mashbill” Ocean Voyage #15 Aged at Sea Very Small Batch Straight Bourbon (750ml) ($82.99)

This limited edition Jefferson’s Ocean Voyage is the first and only wheated bourbon to be aged at sea and visit five separate continents before being bottled. Jefferson’s Bourbon has always been a producer focused on innovation, and the Ocean Voyage program is perhaps their most ambitious yet. They’ve had incredible success with the very unusual aging regime and this is easily the best we’ve tried yet. Something about the soft sweetness of the wheated mash bill and the tangy saline of the ocean influence work absolute wonders. This is one of the most exciting and delicious new wheated bourbons released in some time. With the popularity of the Van Winkle and Weller brands, wheated bourbon has become all the rage. But simply removing the rye from a mash bill doesn’t inherently make a whiskey better; it actually makes it less flavorful. Buffalo Trace has mastered the art of crafting wheated bourbons, but some of the new wheaters don’t hold up to the hype. The Jefferson’s Ocean lays an entirely new set of flavors on top of the familiar wheated profile. It’s hard to say exactly where Jefferson’s is getting the juice, but they’ve recently purchased nearly $4 million worth of Bourbon so one would assume the source is of the highest quality. Expect a nose of rich salted caramel, rich vanilla, and sea spray. The most obvious sea influence we’ve seen on one of these since Voyage #1. On the palate it’s ultra dense and viscous with sweet corn bread and barrel spice balancing the saline.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: May 18, 2018

We’ve always enjoyed the Ocean Voyage in the past, even if the slightly higher cost seemed a touch gimmicky. It’s really solid bourbon with that little salty twang, but to be honest, the spicy side of the rye mash bill kind of masked any serious ocean influence. This softer, sweeter wheated Bourbon is better suited for the subtle influence of the ocean aging. They’ve obviously started with really solid bourbon, which is the key to the success of any of the “innovative” bourbon products. The whiskey, whose origins remain a secret, could come from any of the many high quality wheat producers, although it seems to have been distilled in Kentucky. The special wheated mash bill offers a much more supple and rounded whiskey to begin with, and the sweetness balances out the briny background note perfectly without masking the obvious ocean influence. That influence comes from a journey unlike any other in modern bourbon production. Visiting more than thirty ports and crossing the equator four times, the whiskey is subjected to some of the most extreme heat and humidity our planet has to offer. The result is one of the most lovable little whiskies Jefferson’s has released in years. It might not have the pedigree of the old age-stated stuff, but I would challenge anyone to argue that it isn’t more enjoyable than any release from this great little producer in the last several years. Like all the Ocean Voyages, a portion of the proceeds go to Ocearch for the study and preservation of sharks in the North Atlantic. So, you can drink well and do good at the same time.


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/05/a-rare-limited-edition-wheated-bourbon-thats-sailed-the-seven-seas-american-whiskey-news/

Port Askaig 14 Years

Released this week, Port Askaig 14 Year Old Bourbon Cask is a new bottling from a distillery in the north-east corner of Islay, better known for its unpeated whisky. Sounds like Bunnahabhain to me.

It is peated, distilled in 2004 and as always it is a limited release, composed from 11 first-fill bourbon casks (Port Askaig batches are never bigger than 40 casks).



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Nose: quite bright and orchardy, think juicy lemons, stewed pears and apples. Hints of lager and coastal notes (sea spray, shells on the beach). Ink and gentle peat which works nicely alongside the bright fruits. Mouth: smoky and earthy, showing plum sweetness and crème brûlée before moving towards crushed peppercorns and a charred, slightly acrid note. Malty notes, mild peat, all-spice. Slightly less balanced than on the nose. Finish: long, with salted caramel and brandy poached pear.

Sometimes I have difficulties with peated (Moine) Bunnahabhain, especially when they release it with an unnecessary wine finish. This bourbon version is gentle, fruity, and really sparkles. Around € 80 from The Whisky Exchange.

Score: 86/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/bunnahabhain/port-askaig-14-years/

Ardmore 20 Year Old

Ardmore 20 Year Old is a 1996 vintage, lightly peated and double matured in first-fill bourbon casks and ex-Islay casks. An outsider in the NAS-oriented core range and particularly well priced if you look around.



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(49,3%, OB 2017)

Nose: nice ashy peat, with a slight chalky note and also a hint of antiseptics. That must be the Islay cask, it’s not something you’d expect in Ardmore. Behind it there’s a ripe fruitiness of melons, sweet lemons, bergamots and honey. Vanilla and light pepper. Menthol cigarettes. Fresh leather (my first school bag). Mouth: quite oily and fat, with nice fruity notes again (though less tropical). Peaches, pears, lime. Hints of camphor and charcoal. Growing grassy and salty notes towards the end. Finish: medium long, still quite grassy and briney, with very light herbal notes.

I love the combination of tropical fruitiness and peat, so I’m not complaining here. It’s very good, although some would say the salty Islay character makes it less typically Ardmore perhaps. Recommended nonetheless, especially since since it’s quite cheap from Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange.

Score: 88/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/ardmore/ardmore-20-years-1996/

Whisky Wednesday Reviews Balblair – Scotch Whisky News



Balblair, a distillery, that for those who know it are aware of it’s powerhouse presentation and delightful craft when it comes to delivering whiskies that are ready to bottled to suit them rather than the rest of the current market. Previously, the 1990, 2003 and 1997 have all received high praise from myself and Joe, let alone the rest of the whisky world. This bottle is laced with classic Balblair contrast, a nose of sweet chocolate orange and sticky toffee – backed up by a luxurious palate that continues the flavours from the nose – the finish is spicy and herbaceous which for me takes us back to classics like the 2003 2005 vintages which lure you in with a sweet style and then hit you with classic Highland clout towards the end. She’s a beauty! Cheers!

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/05/whisky-wednesday-reviews-balblair-scotch-whisky-news/




Auchentoshan is on the hunt for the best bartending talent to enter its global cocktail competition

May 2018: Auchentoshan® is on a mission to find creative bartenders to join its international bartender collective as it announces the launch of its New Malt Order 2018 competition. Launched in 2016, the New Malt Order is a growing community of likeminded bartenders who share a passion for shaking up the world of single malts.


The urban malt from the city of Glasgow, is challenging entrants to create a cocktail that captures the essence of its triple distilled malt whisky and takes inspiration from the bartender’s home city. Successful bartenders will be given the once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit the home of Auchentoshan® in Glasgow, be immersed in the city’s culture and create an exclusive liquid with Master Blender, Ron Welsh (pictured below). The winners will go behind the scenes at the distillery and select from casks, blend, bottle and even have their say on the final packaging of this rare and unique single malt.



This year Auchentoshan® will celebrate its urban heritage and challenge bartenders to share their own city’s unique character captured in an Auchentoshan cocktail. The competition is now open and bartenders from the UK, Canada, Russia, Australia and Germany are being encouraged to enter via Instagram for a chance to become part of the New Malt Order global collective.

Judged by the best in the business, winners of this once in a lifetime experience will be announced this September. 

Auchentoshan The Bartender's Malt 01


Launched in 2016, The New Malt Order is not only a competition but a growing global community of passionate bartenders who are pushing boundaries, breaking rules and taking single malt whisky to new places and new faces.


Bartenders’ Malt 01 | Released July 2017

In 2016, the inaugural 12 bartenders from some of the world’s best bars designed a punchy 47% ABV malt to stand-up in cocktails including Bobby Burns, Vieux Carré, and the classic Old Fashioned.

Colour: Gold- copper with subtle grassy reflections

Nose: Dried apricots, milk, chocolate, honey and green tobacco leaf

Palate: Delicate floral cherry blossom and buttery brioche undercut by zesty notes of ginger

Auchentoshan NMO

Bartenders’ Malt 02 | Released later in 2018

Bartenders’ Malt 02, created by 2017’s cohort of international bartenders, will be released exclusively to the on-trade later in 2018.

Speaking about the upcoming release, Master Blender Ron Welsh, said: “We’ve put together a blend that matches their requirements as bartenders, so nice high strength and lots of flavour. It’s one of the best Auchentoshan®’s I’ve ever tasted.”

Charles Roche from Scout in London, a member of The New Malt Order: “Being a member of the New Malt Order is amazing. It’s about blending a whisky by bartenders, for bartenders.”

Scott Milne, International Brand Manager, Beam Suntory: “We are excited and proud to announce that Auchentoshan®’s New Malt Order competition is returning for the third consecutive year in 2018. We are passionate about building an army of single malt advocates and championing creative bartending on a global scale. We’re looking forward to seeing how the entrants capture their city in a cocktail and welcoming the winners to the home of Auchentoshan®.


The competition is open from Tuesday 1 May, with entries to be submitted by Saturday 30 June.


Enter on Instagram by posting:

  1. A photo of a cocktail that embodies your city (no branding or people to be included)
  2. Tag @theauchentoshan and use #newmaltorder so we can track your entry
  3. Tag your bar (e.g. @scoutldn)
  4. Post details of your cocktail’s ingredients and methodology
  5. Post an outline of your City inspiration behind the cocktail

To find out more and to enter, visit

www.instagram.com/theauchentoshan or www.auchentoshan.com/newmaltorder






The Auchentoshan New Malt Order collective:

Name                          Country                      Bar

Jack Wareing UK Dandelyan (2016)
Georgia Billings UK Plateau (2016)
Jan Jehli Germany Parlous Bar (2016)
Lucia Schurmann Germany Galander (2016)
Michele Heinrich Germany Kinly Bar (2016)
Oliver Stern Canada Toronto Temperance Society (2016)
Valerie Alvardo USA Terminal Bar Union Station (2016)
Kristina Magro USA Fulton Market Kitchen (2016)
Jonathan Shock USA Gallagher’s Grill (2016)
Tommy Klus USA La Moule (2016)
Linus Morgan Sweden Tap Room Kungsholmen (2016)
Charlotte Halsius Sweden Ling Long (2016)
André Duncan Canada Bar consultant (2017)
Karl-Martin Edin Sweden Open/Closed (2017)
Sascha Geiersberg Germany Luna Lounge (2017)
Christian Herberholz Germany Das Schwarze Schaf (2017)
Nicholas Incretolli Canada Bar Sazerac (2017)
Robert Kramer USA The Brick Yard (2017)
Charles Roche UK Scout (2017)
Lachlan Rooney UK The Voodoo Rooms (2017)
Jeremiah Schenzel USA Daps (2017)
Nathaniel Smith USA Spoon Stable (2017)
Filipp Vovnenko Russia The Balance (2017, pictured above)
Kimber Weissert USA Butcher and Rye (2017)

Awards for Auchentoshan:

Bartenders’ Brand Awards 2018 | Silver for Auchentoshan Bartenders’ Malt 01

IWSC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan American Oak

IWSC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan Three Wood

IWSC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan 12 Year Old

IWSC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan 18 Year Old

IWSC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan 21 Year Old

IWSC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan Blood Oak

ISC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan Three Wood

ISC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan Blood Oak

ISC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan 12 Year Old

ISC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan 18 Year Old

ISC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan 21 Year Old 

About Auchentoshan®

After 200 years of urban life in Glasgow Auchentoshan is part of the city and the city is part of Auchentoshan. It is the only Single Malt Scotch Whisky to triple distil every last drop to create its delicate flavour. Smooth, but gusty. Approachable but deep. Auchenstoshan is the alternative malt for newcomers and whisky lovers alike. 

About Beam Suntory Inc.

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Hornitos and Sauza tequila, EFFEN and Pinnacle vodka, Sipsmith gin, and Midori liqueur.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and commitment to Growing for Good.  Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan.  For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com.

© 2016 Beam Suntory Inc., Merchandise Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60654

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/05/auchentoshan-is-rallying-bartenders-to-join-its-global-collective-the-new-malt-order-scotch-whisky-news/

Glen Elgin 1997 (Gordon & MacPhail)

This Glen Elgin 1997 is part of the recently rebranded Connoisseurs Choice range from Gordon MacPhail. Bottlers are often making a special effort when (re-)launching a series so we have high expectations…

For me Glen Elgin is synonymous to fruity spirit (long fermentation times), sometimes slightly tropical. We’ve had great examples from independent bottlers – the owner (Diageo) isn’t really promoting it as a single malt.



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Nose: very jammy and perfectly clean. Juicy raspberries, cassis juice, cherry jam and fresh plums. Orange liqueur. Hints of oak polish. Gentle hints of espresso and toasted oak. Toffee apple and light vanilla. Rather perfect. Mouth: starts fruity but there’s a huge impression of vermouth after that, never had it like this before but it’s lovely. Think light winey notes mixed with orange peel, clove and cinnamon. Refreshing whiffs of menthol. Leathery touches and cocoa. Subtle roasted nuts and oak again. Finish: long, on light charred notes, Oloroso and chocolate.

I already tipped you off about this one a few weeks ago. After trying it, I feel sorry for not having bought more of it myself, it is downright delicious. Around € 150 but sold out in the usual places.

Score: 91/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/glen-elgin/glen-elgin-1997-connoisseurs-choice/

Bruichladdich 13 Years (TBWC)

Bruichladdich 13 Year Old from the latest batch of That Boutique-y Whisky Company releases. Would it be possible to give a bit more information about the wood guys?



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Nose: very nice, a rather unique profile that reminds me of Benromach’s excellent 10. A mix of mineral notes, dried grasses, overripe banana, hints of melons, as well as a faint farmy note. Pineapple slices and dried orange, a touch of ozone. Really good. Mouth: similar mix of mineral notes, a little kirsch, and fruity notes. Lemons, oranges, melons, a little plum eau-de-vie. Soft herbs and white pepper in the background, as well as some toasted oak. Finish: medium long, natural, with a little custard and a coastal / mineral edge.

I love this style, rather anti-modern and smartly executed. Austerity and fruits, hand in hand, and this farmy edge… Gotta love Bruichladdich. Around € 90 from Master of Malt.

Score: 89/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/bruichladdich/bruichladdich-13-years-boutiquey-whisky/

Tamdhu Batch Strength 003 Scoops Double Gold – Scotch Whisky News

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Tamdhu Batch Strength 003 Scoops Double Gold 

Tamdhu Batch Strength 003 has been rewarded for its exceptional quality with gold medals from both the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) and the International Spirits Challenge (ISC).

Launched this year in February, Batch Strength 003, bottled at 58.3%, is the third edition in Tamdhu’s award-winning Batch Strength Series.  Each batch in the series is distinctive, differs slightly in style and strength and is bottled un-chillfiltered.

The prestigious SFWSC and ISC competitions are considered two of the most respected and influential spirits competitions in the world, renowned for their integrity and impartiality.

The stringent judging processes for both competitions saw Tamdhu Batch Strength 003 blind tasted by an esteemed panels of industry judges.   The SFWSC gold medal is awarded to products deemed ‘exceptional’ and a medal from the ISC is ‘an outstanding achievement that underlines a producer’s commitment to quality and innovation’.

Commenting on the Gold awards for Batch Strength 003, Iain Weir Brand Director for Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky said:

“To receive a gold medal from two of the most highly respected spirit competitions in the world is a wonderful testament to the quality of Batch Strength 003.

It is an exceptional single malt with a natural colour, complex richness, deep intensity and long finish, 100% matured in hand-selected sherry oak casks. Congratulations must really go to the team at Tamdhu Distillery. Once again they have worked their magic to create a gold winner for the Tamdhu Batch Strength Series.”


Tasting Notes Batch Strength 003:

Nose:  Vanilla, winter berries and freshly-shelled nuts – with aged oak and warming spices.

Palate:  Sherry oak at first, then dried fruit and warming spice. A drop of water reveals fresh citrus zest and rich apricot.

Finish: Freshly baked fruitcake with orange peel, complex and malty, long after the first sip.

Tamdhu Batch Strength 001 was named Speyside Single Malt of the Year at the 22nd Annual Whisky Advocate Awards in December 2015. Further awards have included a Double Gold Medal for Batch Strength 001 and 002 at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2016/2017, a Gold at the International Spirits Competition 2017 for Batch 002 as well as winning in the Non-Age Statement category at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards last year also.

Tamdhu is owned by one of Scotland’s leading, independent family-owned distillers, Ian Macleod Distillers and was born on the banks of the River Spey in 1897. Its quality is defined by the hint of peat in its malted barley, the natural Speyside water that is drawn directly from the Tamdhu spring and most importantly the 100% exclusive use of only the finest sherry oak casks for the richest taste and deep natural colour.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/05/tamdhu-batch-strength-003-scoops-double-gold-scotch-whisky-news/

Royal Salute’s stunning new Royal Wedding Edition – Scotch Whisky News

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The ‘King of Whisky’ unveils exclusive commemorative blend

Royal Salute, the exceptionally crafted and aged Scotch whisky, has launched its exquisite Royal Wedding Edition – a true collector’s item in tribute to the upcoming nuptials of HRH Prince Henry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle.

Continuing Royal Salute’s long legacy of celebrating British royal milestones, just 70 bottles of this outstanding and extremely rare whisky have been created, with each housed in an elegant Dartington Crystal decanter.

This whisky has been carefully crafted by Royal Salute Master Blender, Sandy Hyslop, who has brought together some of the oldest and rarest whiskies from the Royal Salute collection to create an exclusive expression like no other. In honour of the bride’s heritage, this unique blend has been fully matured in 100% American oak casks – a first for Royal Salute – resulting in a long and creamy finish.

This exceptional unveiling is not only a tribute to the royal couple, but also a celebration of Royal Salute’s long-standing tradition of commemorating momentous British royal occasions. With an impressive portfolio that includes The Diamond Tribute and 32 Year Old Union of the Crowns, the Royal Wedding Edition is in esteemed company.

Royal Salute Brand Ambassador, His Grace The Duke of Argyll, explained: “The marriage of HRH, Prince Henry of Wales, to Ms Meghan Markle, will be one of the most exciting events this century. Since its creation in 1953 in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, Royal Salute has enjoyed a long and proud heritage of celebrating historic British royal events – and we believe this remarkable new blend is a perfect tribute to such a special moment in history.”

The Royal Wedding Edition is fittingly housed within a striking Dartington Crystal decanter engraved with a unique number and displayed in a hand-crafted American Oak box. The decanter is further enhanced with delicate images of roses, thistles and barley, while the inside of the box is adorned with flowers and foliage in a subtle nod to Harry and Meghan’s spring nuptials. Images of vivid daffodils celebrate Harry’s title as Prince Henry of Wales and California poppies feature in tribute to Meghan’s birth place of Los Angeles.

The Royal Salute Royal Wedding Edition presents an incredibly sweet nose with notes of luxurious vanilla ice cream and soft chocolate fudge, followed by mandarin orange and a dusting of spicy cinnamon. Whisky aficionados fortunate enough to sample this stunning blend will discover a rich, fruity, and incredibly well-balanced taste, with flavours of ripe tropical banana and juicy charred pineapple. The luscious syrupy texture rolls into a hint of almonds and indulgent dark chocolate ginger sweets. Its distinctive flavour is complemented by an incredibly long and sweet finish with creamy vanilla in abundance.

Royal Salute Master Blender, Sandy Hyslop, said: “It was a pleasure to create such a special whisky for HRH Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle. By marrying together some of the oldest and rarest whiskies in our portfolio, and aging them in American Oak casks, I have created a harmonious blend to match the coming together of such an iconic couple.”

The Royal Salute Royal Wedding Edition is available at selected retailers and through special enquiry at an RRP of $10,000 (US) per flagon. For more information, whisky connoisseurs can contact Royal Salute at contact@royalsalute.com.


About Royal Salute

Royal Salute is a careful blend of matured malt and grain whiskies – with its youngest whisky matured for a minimum of 21 years. Created to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, which was honoured with a traditional 21 gun salute, Royal Salute is steeped in tradition, while still firmly engaged in the modern world by constantly pushing the art of blending into new, creative and ambitious forms. Royal Salute is deeply involved in polo – the world’s oldest surviving team sport and a game that’s expanding in the modern era. The brand sponsors more than 15 international tournaments from the UK and the USA through Argentina and China to Korea. www.royalsalute.com 

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is a global drinks producer and exports company steeped in Scottish heritage. It is the only Pernod Ricard business dedicated entirely to Scotch whisky and comprises a prestigious range of single malt and blended whiskies. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet. With a multitude of awards and accolades for its quality, craftsmanship, industry-leading sites and award-winning campaigns, its brands are at the heart of moments of connection across the globe.

The company comprises 1,600 employees, 14 Scotch distilleries, two bottling facilities and over 300 warehouses across its 26 sites including Orkney, Scotland and London.

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 8,558 million in 2014/15. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and VinSprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Kahlúa and Malibu liqueurs, Mumm and Perrier- Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, Graffigna and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,000 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 85 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics.

Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/05/royal-salutes-stunning-new-royal-wedding-edition-scotch-whisky-news/

1997 Bowmore 20 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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1997 Bowmore 20 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($149.99)

Another classic 20 year old Bowmore beauty from our friends at Old Particular has landed to make 2018 another banner year for our whisky import program. This 52.7% ABV stunner packs a healthy dollop of smoke along with tropical fruits and notes of citrus with plenty of length through the finish. The peat isn’t nearly as pronounced in this expression as it was in the previous edition, so fans of Talisker or other mildly peated malts might want to take a look at this one. The finish is sweetly smoked with a coastal sea air element, notes of vanilla, and lots of spice. It’s hard to go wrong with classic Bowmore at full proof, especially at this age.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: April 18, 2018

If I had to pick one distillery to drink for the rest of my life, Bowmore would definitely be in the running. They do some solid and safe stuff at the distillery, but where it truly shines are the single casks. I’m not sure why we’ve had such incredible luck with this distillery, but we’ve literally purchased every casks we’ve tasted distilled in the last several years (save the 1971 at Signatory, but only because it was $1000+ a bottle). While there was a weird period at the distillery from the early 80s to the mid 90s, they seem to have cycled through those casks and we’re not seeing the perfumed weird stuff any longer. What we have seen has been so delicious and diverse I just never get tired of them. Even more impressive is that we’re able to get old Islay whisky from a blue chip distillery and not charge $300 a bottle! Even though we’ve done two others this year already this cask was so different and absolutely delectable we couldn’t resist it. You may think you have enough Bowmore, but you’re wrong. It opens with a classic Bowmore nose, medium intensity peat, sea spray, wet earth, bright citrus fruit and herbs. Crystalline and absolute purity on the palate with the sweet tropical fruit, citrus peel and smoke working together in gorgeous harmony. The first whisky for Springtime! I like this better than the last cask by a few ticks and with a drop of water it’s one of the more inviting Bowmore we’ve ever bottled.

Alex Schroeder | KL Staff Member | Review Date: April 12, 2018

I havent been so excited about single barrel Islay since our last Bowmore, and this is every bit as good as that was! It is creamy and delicate on the nose, with notes of orange marmalade and just a hint of peat. On the palate, its incredibly velvety and smooth, with fresh notes of tropical fruit, a creamy malt texture and an underlying peat that is robust without being invasive perfect integration. This is the best deal in scotch we have, so it certainly wont last long.

David Driscoll | KL Staff Member | Review Date: April 12, 2018

This 20 year old Bowmore is more like an edition of the Compass Box Flaming Heart than a concentrated single cask expression. It’s so balanced with mild peatiness and plenty of sweet vanilla to add richness on the finish. Fans of more gentle Islay flavors will go gaga for this as everything is in perfect harmony here, even at 52.7%. Add this to your bar at your own peril: it’s too delicious to sip slowly.


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