GlenAllachie 15 Year Old

GlenAllachie recently added a sherry cask finished GlenAllachie 15 Years to its core range. One of the first projects Billy Walker started working on when he acquired the distillery in 2017.

It has been matured in ex-bourbon and finished in Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, both puncheons and hogsheads.

 

 

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Nose: fairly rich, with sweet fruits (blackcurrant jam, orange liqueur, bananas) and cinnamon pastry. Feels a little ‘pressure-cooked’. A lot of milky chocolate and a little marzipan. Leathery notes. Mouth: creamy fruits (soaked raisins, fig syrup, red gummi bears), mixed with Christmas cake, butterscotch and nutty notes, mainly walnuts. Some oaky touches: white pepper and a light charred bitter edge. Finish: medium, on raisins and oak spice.

Not bad, but it feels a little engineered with a slightly synthetic, syrupy coating but not entirely integrated. Available from The Whisky Exchange or Master of Malt for instance.

Score: 81/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/glenallachie/glenallachie-15-years/

Extremely Rare Glenfarclas 50 Year Old at the Inverurie Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

Glenfarclas 50 Year Old Limited 2019 Release

Glenfarclas Highland Single Malt has released a much anticipated 50 Year Old, with only 146 bottles are available to the UK market.

Bottled at the natural cask strength of 40.6% ABV and natural colour, this Single Malt is a rare taste of history. Befitting of a whisky of such rarity, the Single Malt has been bottled in a crystal decanter created by Glencairn Crystal, hand decorated in copper with a heavy copper stopper. The decanter sits within a red mahogany piano-finished gift box, reflecting the autumnal hues of Speyside.

Tasting notes

Colour: Dark Amber

Nose: Fresh sweet sherry which is both youthful and complex at the same time. In the glass, it develops aromas of Scottish fudge and butterscotch.

Flavour: Lots of spice along with Oloroso soaked raisins and rich dark chocolate.

Finish: Perfect combination of sherry, spice and alcohol which results in an extremely long, beautiful finish. A wonderful example of Glenfarclas at 50 years old.

£11,500.00

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/extremely-rare-glenfarclas-50-year-old-at-the-inverurie-whisky-shop-scotch-whisky-news/

WHISKY DISTILLERY OF THE YEAR MARKS MILESTONE BY LAUNCHING LIMITED EDITION RELEASES – Scotch Whisky News

WHISKY DISTILLERY OF THE YEAR MARKS MILESTONE BY LAUNCHING LIMITED EDITION RELEASES

On the second anniversary of its purchase by Billy Walker, The GlenAllachie reveals Batch 3 of its Cask Strength series and five new single casks

Two years to the day since being bought by Billy Walker and hot on the heels of winning Scottish Whisky Distillery Of The Year, The GlenAllachie is launching Batch 3 of its Cask Strength series, and a new collection of five UK exclusive single casks.

Batch 3 of The GlenAllachie’s Cask Strength series is a 10-year-old single malt which has been specially selected by master distiller Billy Walker, who took over the Speyside distillery with Trisha Savage and Graham Stevenson on 3rd October 2017. Bottled unchilfiltered at 58.2%, the whisky was matured in Speyside in first and second-fill Bourbon, PX puncheon, Oloroso hogshead and virgin oak casks.

With only 3,500 cases available worldwide, Batch 3 (£58.99) offers what Walker describes as a ‘big experience’ of dark chocolate, heather honey, sweet spices and orange peel.

The batch of five GlenAllachie single casks, which have also been handpicked by Billy Walker from among the 50,000 casks at the Speyside distillery, are available exclusively in the UK.

The batch comprises a 10-year-old Marsala hogshead (£85), a 12-year-old Madeira hogshead (£95), a 13-year-old PX Hogshead (£100), a 15-year-old Oloroso puncheon (£110), and an 18-year-old PX Hogshead (£135).

Each single cask release demonstrates the exceptional casks to be found in GlenAllachie’s warehouses and Walker’s meticulous approach to wood management which sees him use his experience and expertise to steer the unique interaction of wood, spirit and subsequent flavour development.

The new releases come at a momentous time for the distillery. Two years on from being purchased by Walker, The GlenAllachie recently earned the prestigious Scottish Whisky Distillery Of The Year award at the inaugural Scottish Whisky Awards in Edinburgh. Prior to that, in August, the distillery also added a 15-year-old single malt to its multi award-winning core range.

In July, the distillery revealed its first Wood Finish range, which comprises three expressions. In May, the distillery unveiled its visitor centre and shop, welcoming visitors to the distillery for the first time since it was built in 1967.

The distillery’s team has also grown – in the last two years, the headcount has risen from 7 to 22 people following the recent addition of Ronan Currie to the sales team.

Walker said: “It’s an incredibly exciting time for The GlenAllachie. A lot has happened and changed since we took over exactly two years ago – from opening our new visitor centre to winning the Scottish Whisky Distillery Of The Year award last month.

“One thing that hasn’t changed however is our dedication to selecting the finest casks from the stocks we’re fortunate to have in our warehouses and using our passion for wood management to bring whisky fans truly exceptional releases.

“Batch 3 of our Cask Strength series, and the new collection of five single casks, are wonderful examples of the exceptional whisky that can be found among our 50,000 casks.”

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

Facebook – @TheGlenAllachie

Twitter – @TheGlenAllachie

Instagram – @theglenallachie_

MacNair’s Facebook – @macnairs

 

TASTING NOTES

GlenAllachie 10 year old Cask Strength Batch 3 – 58.2%

  • Colour: Rich Mahogany
  • Nose: A big experience of dark chocolate, raisins and heather honey, with layers of sweet spice and orange peel.
  • Taste: Rich notes of dark chocolate, raisins, treacle and heather honey, with sweet spices, orange peel and hints of eucalyptus.

GlenAllachie 18yo PX Hogshead cask # 4152 – 55.1% – 307 bottles

  • Colour: Mahogany.
  • Nose: Orange zest and green apples, with hints of dark chocolate and cinnamon.
  • Taste: Honeycomb and barley sugar fused with layers of raisins, treacle, orange peel and sweet spices.

GlenAllachie 15yo Oloroso Puncheon cask # 6213 – 56.7% – 354 bottles

  • Colour: Mahogany.
  • Nose: Plantains, heather honey, orange zest and a hint of cinnamon.
  • Taste: Rich spices infused with treacle, raisins, orange peel and dark chocolate.

GlenAllachie 13yo PX Hogshead cask # 6580 – 60.1% – 323 bottles

  • Colour: Intensely Rich Mahogany.
  • Nose: Dark chocolate, mocha, honey and sweet spices.
  • Taste: A fantastic fusion of mocha, dark chocolate, orange zest, treacle, mint and cinnamon.

GlenAllachie 12yo Madeira Hogshead cask # 3767 – 60.8% – 289 bottles

  • Colour: Deep Bronze.
  • Nose: Pineapples, orange zest, sweet spice and mint.
  • Taste: A storm of apricots, pineapple and coconut, fused with cinnamon and a hint of mint.

GlenAllachie 10yo Marsala Hogshead cask # 586 – 57.4% – 283 bottles

  • Colour: Copper Bronze.
  • Nose: Orchard fruit, pineapple, cinnamon and a hint of mint.
  • Taste: A storm of heather honey, raisins, orange peel, toffee and apricots, with sweet cinnamon in the background.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/whisky-distillery-of-the-year-marks-milestone-by-launching-limited-edition-releases-scotch-whisky-news/

WHISKY DISTILLERY OF THE YEAR MARKS MILESTONE BY LAUNCHING LIMITED EDITION RELEASES – Scotch Whisky News

WHISKY DISTILLERY OF THE YEAR MARKS MILESTONE BY LAUNCHING LIMITED EDITION RELEASES

On the second anniversary of its purchase by Billy Walker, The GlenAllachie reveals Batch 3 of its Cask Strength series and five new single casks

Two years to the day since being bought by Billy Walker and hot on the heels of winning Scottish Whisky Distillery Of The Year, The GlenAllachie is launching Batch 3 of its Cask Strength series, and a new collection of five UK exclusive single casks.

Batch 3 of The GlenAllachie’s Cask Strength series is a 10-year-old single malt which has been specially selected by master distiller Billy Walker, who took over the Speyside distillery with Trisha Savage and Graham Stevenson on 3rd October 2017. Bottled unchilfiltered at 58.2%, the whisky was matured in Speyside in first and second-fill Bourbon, PX puncheon, Oloroso hogshead and virgin oak casks.

With only 3,500 cases available worldwide, Batch 3 (£58.99) offers what Walker describes as a ‘big experience’ of dark chocolate, heather honey, sweet spices and orange peel.

The batch of five GlenAllachie single casks, which have also been handpicked by Billy Walker from among the 50,000 casks at the Speyside distillery, are available exclusively in the UK.

The batch comprises a 10-year-old Marsala hogshead (£85), a 12-year-old Madeira hogshead (£95), a 13-year-old PX Hogshead (£100), a 15-year-old Oloroso puncheon (£110), and an 18-year-old PX Hogshead (£135).

Each single cask release demonstrates the exceptional casks to be found in GlenAllachie’s warehouses and Walker’s meticulous approach to wood management which sees him use his experience and expertise to steer the unique interaction of wood, spirit and subsequent flavour development.

The new releases come at a momentous time for the distillery. Two years on from being purchased by Walker, The GlenAllachie recently earned the prestigious Scottish Whisky Distillery Of The Year award at the inaugural Scottish Whisky Awards in Edinburgh. Prior to that, in August, the distillery also added a 15-year-old single malt to its multi award-winning core range.

In July, the distillery revealed its first Wood Finish range, which comprises three expressions. In May, the distillery unveiled its visitor centre and shop, welcoming visitors to the distillery for the first time since it was built in 1967.

The distillery’s team has also grown – in the last two years, the headcount has risen from 7 to 22 people following the recent addition of Ronan Currie to the sales team.

Walker said: “It’s an incredibly exciting time for The GlenAllachie. A lot has happened and changed since we took over exactly two years ago – from opening our new visitor centre to winning the Scottish Whisky Distillery Of The Year award last month.

“One thing that hasn’t changed however is our dedication to selecting the finest casks from the stocks we’re fortunate to have in our warehouses and using our passion for wood management to bring whisky fans truly exceptional releases.

“Batch 3 of our Cask Strength series, and the new collection of five single casks, are wonderful examples of the exceptional whisky that can be found among our 50,000 casks.”

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

Facebook – @TheGlenAllachie

Twitter – @TheGlenAllachie

Instagram – @theglenallachie_

MacNair’s Facebook – @macnairs

 

TASTING NOTES

GlenAllachie 10 year old Cask Strength Batch 3 – 58.2%

  • Colour: Rich Mahogany
  • Nose: A big experience of dark chocolate, raisins and heather honey, with layers of sweet spice and orange peel.
  • Taste: Rich notes of dark chocolate, raisins, treacle and heather honey, with sweet spices, orange peel and hints of eucalyptus.

GlenAllachie 18yo PX Hogshead cask # 4152 – 55.1% – 307 bottles

  • Colour: Mahogany.
  • Nose: Orange zest and green apples, with hints of dark chocolate and cinnamon.
  • Taste: Honeycomb and barley sugar fused with layers of raisins, treacle, orange peel and sweet spices.

GlenAllachie 15yo Oloroso Puncheon cask # 6213 – 56.7% – 354 bottles

  • Colour: Mahogany.
  • Nose: Plantains, heather honey, orange zest and a hint of cinnamon.
  • Taste: Rich spices infused with treacle, raisins, orange peel and dark chocolate.

GlenAllachie 13yo PX Hogshead cask # 6580 – 60.1% – 323 bottles

  • Colour: Intensely Rich Mahogany.
  • Nose: Dark chocolate, mocha, honey and sweet spices.
  • Taste: A fantastic fusion of mocha, dark chocolate, orange zest, treacle, mint and cinnamon.

GlenAllachie 12yo Madeira Hogshead cask # 3767 – 60.8% – 289 bottles

  • Colour: Deep Bronze.
  • Nose: Pineapples, orange zest, sweet spice and mint.
  • Taste: A storm of apricots, pineapple and coconut, fused with cinnamon and a hint of mint.

GlenAllachie 10yo Marsala Hogshead cask # 586 – 57.4% – 283 bottles

  • Colour: Copper Bronze.
  • Nose: Orchard fruit, pineapple, cinnamon and a hint of mint.
  • Taste: A storm of heather honey, raisins, orange peel, toffee and apricots, with sweet cinnamon in the background.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/whisky-distillery-of-the-year-marks-milestone-by-launching-limited-edition-releases-scotch-whisky-news/

Irish Single Malt 2002 (Artful Dodger)

Artful Dodger is a young bottler but they’ve managed to impress a couple of times already. Here’s an Irish single malt 2002, one of their latest releases.

 

 

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Nose: a whole range of yellow fruits. Mirabelles, bananas, pears and greengages. Sometimes a bit fresher, sometimes more syrupy. A little honey. Light wood spice and soft green notes, like ferns and grass. Mouth: quite vivid. There’s a similar fruitiness (Poire Williams, plums, melons) with more greenness now. Apple peels. Herbs, menthol, a slightly bitter, grassy edge. Floral touches too. A bit hot, water helps to bring out more banana and vanilla. Finish: medium, fruity, half sweet, half grassy. Some white pepper.

A nice Irish malt that benefits from a bit of water. Bright fruits with a greenish side. Available from The Whisky Exchange.

Score: 86/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/irish-whiskey/irish-single-malt-15-years-artful-dodger/

Irish Single Malt 2002 (Artful Dodger)

Artful Dodger is a young bottler but they’ve managed to impress a couple of times already. Here’s an Irish single malt 2002, one of their latest releases.

 

 

Irish Malt 2002 - Artful DodgerIrish Malt 2002 - Artful DodgerIrish single malt 15 yo 2002 (57,9%, Artful Dodger 2019, ex-bourbon cask #346, 291 btl.)

Nose: a whole range of yellow fruits. Mirabelles, bananas, pears and greengages. Sometimes a bit fresher, sometimes more syrupy. A little honey. Light wood spice and soft green notes, like ferns and grass. Mouth: quite vivid. There’s a similar fruitiness (Poire Williams, plums, melons) with more greenness now. Apple peels. Herbs, menthol, a slightly bitter, grassy edge. Floral touches too. A bit hot, water helps to bring out more banana and vanilla. Finish: medium, fruity, half sweet, half grassy. Some white pepper.

A nice Irish malt that benefits from a bit of water. Bright fruits with a greenish side. Available from The Whisky Exchange.

Score: 86/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/irish-whiskey/irish-single-malt-15-years-artful-dodger/

Bruichladdich Organic 2010 // Islay Barley 2011 // Bere Barley 2010

Bruichladdich continues its barley explorations and has just released three new barley-driven whiskies:

  • Bruichladdich Organic 2010 from barley raised at Mid Coul Farms, matured in ex-bourbon casks, accredited with organic certification
  • Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2010 is using this rare low-yield barley strain, grown in four farms on Orkney. It is aged entirely in ex-bourbon American oak casks.
  • Islay Barley 2011 is matured in 75% ex-bourbon casks and 25% ex-wine casks (Spanish oak).

By the way, Bruichladdich planted 60 different barley varietals around the distillery, to witness which ones grow best on Islay. Gotta love this kind of scientific approach.

 

 

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(50%, OB 2019)

Nose: fresh but fairly neutral, with a floral side. Buttery malt with bready notes, as well as some grassy notes, pears and lemons. Grainy biscuits. Light hints of wet limestone and earth in the distance. Mouth: the fruitiness comes out more, with some vaguely tropical notes of pineapple and banana. Creamy texture. Then moving towards grapefruit and lemon balm. Some waxy notes. Mint and light herbal touches. Even a salty touch. Finish: quite long, still a bit salty, with more mineral notes, grassy oak and grapefruit.

Great start, the combination of fruits with mineral and coastal notes works well. Great depth and complexity is rather high already. Available from Master of Malt or The Whisky Exchange for instance.

Score: 88/100

 

 

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Nose: fresh and quite gentle in comparison to the Islay Barley, with cereals, sourdough and a marked waxy character up front. Loads of freshly pressed apple juice, with light grassy notes, pine wood and lemon syrup in the background. Gooseberries. Soft mint and vanilla. A hint of tobacco too. Mouth: nicely thick and creamy but also surprisingly youngish now, showing hints of pear drops and bubblegum. Then some mineral notes, lemon syrup and floral notes. Hints of honey and sweetness from the oak. Finish: medium long, still quite sweet and fruity, with fresh oak spice.

A well made, fun Laddie. I love the nose of this Bere Barley, but it looses some points on the palate, showing too much youth in my opinion. Other reviewers love it, but I’m not getting the magic. Not available (yet?).

Score: 84/100

 

 

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Nose: more old-style, with more ‘bite’. Sharper notes and more coastal tang. Crisp apple, lemon and a hint of green melon. Aniseed and spiced bread. Some greasy, chalky, slightly industrial notes, even a farmy edge, I love that. Mouth: oily, citrusy and coastal, though feeling a little green. Plenty of apples, with growing grapefruit and a hint of unripe pineapple. Salty notes, liquorice, tobacco and firm oak spices (pepper, ginger). The green, punchy side grows stronger after a while. Finish: quite long, zesty, with caraway seed and pepper.

Better than the Islay Barley 2007 in my opinion. A very characterful nose and a muscular palate. Less elegant than the Bere Barley perhaps but overall a more entertaining whisky. At this price, a no-brainer. Available from Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange.

Score: 89/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/bruichladdich/bruichladdich-organic-2010-islay-barley-2011-bere-barley-2010/

Laphroaig 30 Year Old – The Ian Hunter Story – at Nickolls & Perks – Scotch Whisky News

THE IAN HUNTER STORY
BOOK ONE: UNIQUE CHARACTER

“A Laphroaig for moments in your life
to be savoured and celebrated in style”
– John Campbell, Distillery Manager

LAPHROAIG 30 YEAR OLD
THE IAN HUNTER STORY
70cl | 46.7%

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A series to celebrate the legacy of
Ian Hunter, the last man of the Johnston family
to own and manage this iconic distillery,
between 1908 and 1944.

Ian shaped the style of Laphroaig
making it the whisky it is today,
and we thank him for that.

TASTING NOTES

NOSE
Sweet and medicinal with manuka honey, light peat smoke, cooked apple and rosemary vanilla. Orgeat syrup and a hint of lemon peel complete the aroma.

PALATE
Peaty and peppery with notes of herbs, cedar, kumquat zest and gorse flower. A sweetness of custard cream and vanilla pods.

FINISH
Coastal with subtle iodine, sea salt and seaweed notes. A touch of coffee and oaky character.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/laphroaig-30-year-old-the-ian-hunter-story-at-nickolls-perks-scotch-whisky-news/

An Irrefutably Great Trio from One of the Most Exciting Distilleries in the World “New Riff Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey” at K&L California – American Whiskey News

Award-Winning Whiskeys from a Thrilling New Distiller
“If New Riff is not on your radar, you need to follow them.
They’re one of the most exciting new distilleries in the world.” — Fred Minnick for Forbes

New Riff founders Ken Lewis and Jay Erisman have decades of experience in the spirits industry, specifically on the retail side of the business. Ken founded The Party Source—the largest independent retail shop in Kentucky. Jay was his spirits buyer—the man responsible for doing things like bottling single casks of Pappy back in the day. In 2014, eager to take the next step in their careers, Ken decided to sell the shop to his employees and build a brand new distillery in the parking lot. From day one, the vision has been to make quality whiskey. Jay and Ken, while two of the most knowledgeable people on the retail side of the spirits business, had in fact never made whiskey before. So, they hired Larry Ebersold and Brian Sprance to dial it in. Larry was the former master distiller at Seagram’s, known today as LDI and the source of the vast majority of “craft” whiskey on the market. Brian was a longtime brewing manager at Boston Beer Company. Together, these two guys have as much experience fermenting and distilling at the highest level as nearly anyone on the planet.

Available in California exclusively from KL Wine Merchants, we are proud to partner with another fiercely independent family-owned spirits business to bring some of the best whiskey on the market to our customers.The result is a crack team of experts start to finish—production on through to marketing and sales—all with a palate for the good stuff. Their commitment to excellence goes well beyond hiring the best in the business. They have a few uncompromising values when it comes to their whiskey. It will always be unchillfiltered, and every drop is bottled-in-bond in accordance with the oldest and highest quality standard in American whiskey (unless it’s a single cask at full proof). Their first release came in the fall of 2018 when the youngest barrels were aged up to the minimum 4-year-old requirement to be bottled-in-bond. By March of 2019, they won Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits competition for all five of their entrants—the bourbon, rye, single barrel bourbon, and two fabulous gins. It is the most impressive haul by a new distillery we have ever seen.

New Riff Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) ($44.99)

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: August 20, 2019

The importance of what New Riff has done can’t be stated in a single review. The true magnitude of their accomplishments can only be understood when looking at the larger picture of the American whiskey industry and where they fit into it. As with any whiskey though, the story isn’t fully told until you get it in your glass and judge for yourself. I love the combination of richness and spice in the bourbon. In particular, the high (30%) rye content really amps up the experience. While the sweet vanillins and caramels of the barrel create a base for the whiskey, it’s the high toned peaks of rye aromatics that make the pour sing. Pepper and cinnamon abound, but the touch of dried alfalfa adds the savor needed to make it a complete drinking experience, not just a sweet and spice bomb. The finish lingers, both long and well rounded. Perfect at 100 proof, as required by the Bottled-In-Bond Act of 1897, you have many options for enjoying this one. Neat is never a bad idea, but the savory notes play extremely well with vermouth if you want to mix up some cocktails. There is enough punch that a little water or ice isn’t going to dilute you past the point of intense aromatics and flavor either.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 26, 2019

Easily one of the most exciting new distillers in KY, and we’re proud to be the partner for these incredible products. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill craft distillery, this is a proper, modern Kentucky style distillery. It’s not a tiny capacity, working on experiments and trying to reinvent the wheel. They’re just cranking out great whisky and we’re along for the ride. The flagship BIB bourbon is extremely well balanced and proof positive that craft whiskey doesn’t need to be old to be delicious. I’m not sure if they’re heat-cycling these warehouses, but they are rubbing all the edges of this little gem. A soft nose of sweet tea, deep oak, caramelized orange peel, and hints of earthy maltiness. On the palate it’s somewhat tropical, with a strawberry candy front palate building into a strong spice toward the back. It’s not a slouch and definitely has a spice backbone that’s going to suit lovers of Four Roses or Wild Turkey just fine. Despite the name, New Riff isn’t new school at all. Just great classic bourbon from an independent distillery that we’re unbelievably lucky to be a part of.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: August 25, 2019

This is a medium bodied bourbon with a wonderful sweet nose with caramel notes. In the mouth there are caramel and honey flavors with a pleasing dry finish. I though that it was very good with and without the addition of water. It will be great alone or in cocktails.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: August 20, 2019

Balsa wood, incense, and musky cologne emerge from the glass. Cinnamon, clove, and other earthy spices come to the fore and dominate the nose of this bottled-in-bond bourbon that’s woody and peppery enough to make one wonder if it’s a rye. There’s just enough caramel to keep things in bourbon territory though, with freshly sliced vanilla bean and nutmeg creeping in and making the nose a bit more rich and voluptuous. It’s woodier on the palate with more bold spice character as well. This is definitely a great whiskey for lovers of high-rye bourbons.

New Riff Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml) ($44.99)

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: August 20, 2019

When you start a new distillery, it’s not uncommon (for the savvy operators) to hire a longtime industry pro to make sure the setup of the facility is up to snuff. If you’re really dedicated to making great whiskey, you hire the best. If you’re dedicated to making great rye, that means you find the man who has a reasonable claim to having distilled more rye whiskey than anyone on earth. Larry Ebersold spent 40+ years making whiskey at what is today known as MGP—at one time the largest whiskey distillery on the planet—and he is responsible for making an enormous portion of the bourbon and rye available on the market today. The investment in great people has paid off in a big way for New Riff. They let Larry order up the “small” distillery of his dreams and implemented a few new ideas he had that were not in the cards at a massive facility like MGP. A bit unusual in that it is 100% rye (95% rye and 5% malted rye) this is a dissertation on why rye is such a compelling distillation grain. It’s both spicy in flavor and plush on the palate. There is a small floral and grassy component that is intense but not perfumy or overly sweet. The cinnamon and pepper that is so clear in the high-rye bourbon, counterintuitively melts into the core of this 100% rye. Bottled-in-bond, this Fall 2019 bottling is a masterpiece and rightly deserves to be where New Riff hangs their hat.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 26, 2019

While everyone is talking about the New Riff bourbons, I think it’s the rye that’s secretly their most exciting product. New Riff bourbons are high rye already, but they follow sort of the standard Kentucky process. With the rye, New Riff is actually riffing a bit on the classic Larry Ebersold Seagram’s mashbill that’s made the rye from the distillery down river so famous. This is 100% rye with 5% of that being malted rye. The resulting whisky is earthy and complex. It doesn’t have the obvious mint qualities of some other 100% ryes, instead replacing those with a dark underbrush aroma that’s really appealing. Still, an evergreen quality and some sweet oak give this an obvious forest essence that I think will become a hallmark of New Riff’s wonderful ryes. The palate is very forgiving without relinquishing the savoriness, but offering tons of flambeed citrus, roasting herbs, Manuka honey and a round creamy texture. This one loves a bit of water.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: August 20, 2019

This bottled-in-bond no chill-filtered Kentucky rye has a gorgeous and incredibly aromatic nose. It’s so floral at the start, but not without spicy and fruity notes. This is a bit of a slow-burner rye, where you almost expect it to be a softy push-over, but rest assured that this grows bolder the more you sniff. After the fresh-cut flowers, apple and cinnamon come out strong. But for me, it’s not like a friendly baked apple pie – no, this is fresh ground cinnamon powder dashed onto just-cut green apples. This is intense. There’s more spice on the palate that lights you up without blowing your head off. Charred oak meets fresh cut wood with incense before getting spicy again with a dose of cooling mint to spare your tongue from the burn. This is a fun little trip of a rye.

New Riff “Single Barrel #15-4076” Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) ($49.99)

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: August 20, 2019

Distilled in the fall of 2015 and bottled in the fall of 2019, barrel #15-4076 clocks in at 112.4 proof. More than one of our staff members muttered impressed profanities under their breath upon tasting this barrel. It’s jammed with expanding flavors ranging from caramel, chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg, to sandalwood, mint, tangy apples, cracked pepper and varnish. The proof is high, but the heat is remarkably restrained. It’s an easy sipper even at cask strength. Of course like all of their whisky – it’s bottled without chill filtration. Just raw, unadulterated whiskey goodness. Selected for exceptional quality and bottled one barrel at a time, the single barrel SKU never gets old. Each one is a unique, but complete expression of the quality New Riff produces every day.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 26, 2019

While the bottled in bond stuff has proved to be superlative at this new distillery in Northern Kentucky, it will surely be the wonderful single barrels that seal the deal with so many whisky fanatics. These barrels deliver so much depth and complexity, I’m always shocked that we’re able to sell them for so little. So few of Kentucky’s great distillers are offering us cask strength single barrel and going forward we’ll be scouring New Riffs warehouses for the very best cherries. This barrel shows a very different character than the standard BIB right now. The nose explodes out of the glass with exotic aromas: sandalwood and white flowers, grilled stone fruits, and surprisingly low spice on the nose. On the palate here comes the oak spice and vanilla! Long, warming cinnamon, and slight hints of roasted corn. A pretty tidy package filled with tons of flavor and wrapped in a silk ribbon.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: August 25, 2019

This barrel is elegant and layered. The nose is soft and inviting. In the mouth it is light and on the sweet side. With a splash of water it really opens up with the bright sweetness and delicate flavors coming together.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: August 20, 2019

Cinnamon, clove, and burnt sugar waft up from the glass on this deceptively easy to drink cask strength bourbon. I’m pretty used to drinking high-proof whisk(e)y, but this is dang friendly and I’m not sure I would peg it as cask strength if it was handed to me blind. Spearmint and eucalyptus create a lovely relaxing balm with other herbal and medicinal notes. The palate is fairly earthy and herbal with tea notes that then go in a creme brulee direction. Adding water offers exciting changes to the whiskey with more florality emerging and snappy spices. Pepper, dark caramel, and toasted oak spice linger in the very long finish.

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Hockey Hall of Famer Ed Belfour Launches Second Career: Belfour Spirits – American Whiskey News

Hockey Hall of Famer Ed Belfour Launches Second Career: Belfour Spirits

Ultra-Premium Whiskey Brand Debuts with Three Products in Illinois and Texas

DALLAS (Oct. 1, 2019) – Belfour Spirits proudly announces the launch of its ultra-premium whiskey brand and family of products, The Spirit of Champions™. The company is founded and led by Hockey Hall of Famer, Stanley Cup winner and Olympian Ed Belfour who teamed up with his son and daughter to translate his on-ice intensity into a new passion: hand-crafting spirits with unique character for whiskey aficionados and cocktail enthusiasts.

“There are a lucky few who do what they love, not once in a lifetime, but twice,” said Ed Belfour, president and CEO of Belfour Spirits, who retired in 2008 after 21 years of playing professional hockey. “For me, this is the perfect career, post hockey. There are so many similarities in this business to the sport – the competition, the art of distilling, the creativity in barrel selection, the dedication required, the camaraderie of the team. I feel blessed to work alongside my family and work to build what I hope is a second legacy for the Belfour name.”

The Belfour Spirits’ debut has been marked with high regards already from industry tasters, including Mark Gillespie of WhiskyCast, who rated the Bourbon Whiskey Finished with Texas Pecan Wood a 93 and the Rye Whiskey a 91, both out of 100 points.

A Five-Year Training Camp

For the past five years, two generations of the Belfour family (including Ed, son Dayn, 30, and daughter Reaghan, 27) have been working toward one goal: to produce a whiskey worthy of a championship; one that tastes as luxurious as its unique packaging: a 1920s-inspired, decanter-like bottle with a pattern that resembles cut crystal.

But additional generations of Belfours had a hand in this in the 1930s. “My grandparents in Canada were moonshiners, so we like to think this was our destiny,” Ed says.

Applying lessons learned by both father and son during their respective, professional hockey careers and industry education from attending two whiskey schools (Canadian Craft Distilling Institute in Kelowna, B.C., and Moonshine University in Louisville, Ky.), they have used teamwork, patience and attention to detail to distill 1,700 barrels of whiskey to date.

From Barrel to Bottle

All but 12 of its 1,700 barrels were distilled and continue to age in Statesville, N.C., by Ed and Dayn, in partnership with Southern Distilling.

They made the other 12 barrels first during Dayn’s internship at Woody Creek Distillery in Basalt, Colo. Those barrels aged the brand’s Limited Edition Straight Rye Whiskey. Fewer than 2,700 bottles exist and all are presented in a one-of-a-kind collector’s bottle and box.

“We meticulously handcraft in small batches, paying attention to the art of barrel selection, charring and blending, and marrying that with the science of fermentation, distillation and aging,” said Dayn Belfour, vice president of distilling and production for Belfour Spirits, who played professional hockey as a goalie until he was 26. “Our whiskey is intentionally well balanced, not too heavy with sweet or spice, and every bottle is infused with our family’s shared, immense passion.”

Three spirits are included in the brand’s debut: 

Rye Whiskey                                                                          47% ABV, 94 Proof, 750 ML

A nontraditional tasting Rye Whiskey, this spirit honors a nostalgic mash bill profile and has unexpected flavors for its kind.

  • Appearance: Golden honey, medium amber
  • Nose: A burnt sea salted vanilla caramel aroma, leather
  • Taste: Sweet caramel, butterscotch, cinnamon
  • Finish: Full-bodied velvety warmth that lingers with a peppermint finish 

Bourbon Whiskey Finished With Texas Pecan Wood                   46% ABV, 92 Proof, 750 ML

The majestic beauty of a 300-year-old, oversized pecan tree on the old Belfour ranch in North Texas inspired this unique spirit. This Bourbon Whiskey aged in American white oak barrels then spent extra time mellowing with added staves of Texas pecan wood, imparting subtle notes of brown sugar and heavy notes of smoky roasted pecan.

  • Appearance: Golden honey, light amber
  • Nose: Nutty, butterscotch, crème brulee
  • Taste: Smoky vanilla, molasses
  • Finish: Long mellow warmth with a rich mouthfeel layered with vanilla 

Limited Edition Straight Rye Whiskey                                50% ABV, 100 Proof, 750 ML

This Limited Edition is offered at 100 proof and presented in an autographed collector’s bottle, featuring a 1 oz. chalice cork that is plated in sterling silver.

  • Appearance: Golden honey, light amber
  • Nose: Smoke pear, plum, dark chocolate
  • Taste: Light almond, white pepper, pear, apple
  • Finish: Elegant lingering smoke, lasting warmth

Southern Glazer’s Wine Spirits will distribute Belfour Spirits in Illinois and Texas beginning Oct. 1, 2019. Consumers are encouraged to visit their local fine spirits stores and restaurants to inquire about the availability of Belfour Spirits.

About Belfour Spirits

Led by Hockey Hall of Famer Ed Belfour, Belfour Spirits is an ultra-premium whiskey producer known for its spirits’ unique character and stunning packaging. In 2014, the Belfour family began their journey to hand craft exceptionally smooth and well-balanced whiskey made from the finest ingredients. Today, the company has distilled and is aging more than 1,700 barrels of whiskey. Belfour Spirits distributes in Illinois and Texas with additional markets expected to follow in 2020. To learn more, visit belfourspirits.com.

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