Glentauchers 2009 (Cadenhead for Belgium)

Late 2018 this Glentauchers 2009 was bottled by Cadenhead. I found it at whisky shop Windels in Mechelen, which is one of the three Belgian shops responsible for the selection. They call themselves The Whisky Ladies because they have a female chairman in charge of the whisky.

This Glentauchers was finished in a Brazilian rum barrel.



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Nose: typical vanilla and caramel with ripe fruits. Plum eau-de-vie. Apples, green bananas, a hint of tinned pineapple and Haribo bears. Some waxy oak in the background, as well as a hint of fresh laundry. Mouth: punchy and a tad alcoholic, with a bittersweet theme. Green fruits (Granny Smith, green banana, unripe pear) and plain bourbon wood, bringing anise, white pepper and ginger. Zesty citrus and liquorice too. Finish: medium, on zesty citrus with a fizzy touch and oak spice.

A fairly young and ‘green’ Glentauchers. The rum barrel may have added a bit of fruity sweetness but it’s mostly a bourbon influenced malt. Around € 70, still available from Huis Windels and the other shops.

Score: 83/100

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Glen Moray Cider Cask Project

Glen Moray has been involved in an interesting cask sharing project: they lend out whisky casks to the Thistly Cross craft cider company who use it to finish one of their ciders. When the cask are returned, they they are used to finish whisky again.

This led to the Glen Moray Cider Cask Project, a new release in their Curiosity range. I already tried a preliminary Glen Moray 2006 Cider Cask Finish which was a distillery exclusive release.



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(46,3%, OB 2018, 2000 btl.)

Nose: as nice as I remembered. There’s this distinctive combination of candy floss / marshmallow and fresh green apples which make it fresh and summery. Hints of Calvados and cider indeed. Hints of baking spice (ginger, nutmeg) and a light floral and almost vinegary touch (nicer than it sounds). Mouth: light and sherbety, on limes, apples and a little toffee. Vanilla custard. Slightly fizzy with a slight bitter and weirdly chalky edge. Pencil shavings underneath. Finish: medium, sweet with lemons, apples and vanilla.

A slightly curious dram, with nice apple flavours throughout but never exaggerated. As an experiment I would certainly go on with it, although a little tweaking would be welcome. Only in the UK, in fact I can only find it at The Whisky Exchange.

Score: 85/100

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Highland Park 1988 (SV 30th Anniversary)

Number two in our (short) list of reviews of the recent 30th Anniversary bottlings from Signatory Vintage. A 30 years old Highland Park distilled in 1988 and matured in a hogshead.



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Nose: quite fruity (ripe apples, grapefruit, lime) with heathery notes and the typical coastal side. Distinct floral notes too, mixing with hints of beeswax. Just a whiff of earthy peat. Highly polished and inviting. Mouth: a similar bright fruitiness, now clearly more tropical (tangerine, passion fruits, lime, pink grapefruit). Still a waxy feeling, alongside mint and camphor. Leafy touches. Very subtle hints of salted capers and herbal notes. Great mix of drier and rounder notes. Finish: long, maltier, with grapefruit, hints of dried ginger and mineral earthy notes.

Really beautiful Highland Park, slightly feminine in a way and very elegant. Just short of € 500 and maybe too expensive for what it delivers but an outstanding example of this profile nonetheless.

Score: 92/100

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GLENDRONACH26 YEAR OLD 1992 EXCLUSIVE #8315 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News



26 YEAR OLD 1992 EXCLUSIVE #8315

ABV:51.8%  AGE:26 Year Old VINTAGE:1992 CASK TYPE:Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon CASK #:#8315 BOTTLER: Distillery REGION: Highland TYPE:Single Malt Scotch

GlenDronach 26 Year Old 1992 vintage Highland single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon #8315 bottled June 2018. Specially selected and bottled exclusively for The Whisky Barrel. 720 numbered bottles. Nose: Toffee popcorn and chocolate covered caramel nuts. Cantaloupe melon. Palate: Marzipan and sticky toffee. Grass, pineapple skin and hints of freshly ground rose pepper.

Glendronach Malt Whiskey Distillery was established north east of Huntley in the Highland whiskey region by James Allardice in 1826. The malting floors at Glendronach Distillery closed in 1996 and it was the last distillery in Scotland to heat its stills directly with flames from a coal-fired furnace, until it had to comply with new regulations in 2005. Glendronach Distillery is resplendent with a traditional cask iron mash tun, wooden washbacks, four stills. Famous for its well-aged and top quality sherried single malt, for example Glendronach 21 Year Old Parliament, and single cask releases. The distillery is now owned by Brown Forman of America.

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LITTLEMILL 26 YEAR OLD 1988 OLD & RARE EXCLUSIVE at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News




Littlemill 26 Year Old 1988 vintage Lowland single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask refill sherry hogshead distilled November 1988 and bottled March 2015 by Hunter Laing Co. for the Old Rare Platinum Selection. Selected and bottled Exclusively for The Whisky Barrel. Just 150 numbered bottles from this lost distillery. Nose: A light gold whisky with a nose of vanilla custard powder giving way to apples, pears and slightly leafy notes of butterscotch coming through late. Taste: On the palate it has a creamy mouthfeel with butter shortbread at the start, followed by apple skins and a cinnamon note. Finish: The finish is long, dry and slightly fruity, with a hint of oak.

Littlemill Distillery was established in 1772 to the west of Bowling by the north shore of the River Clyde and on the main road into Glasgow. Subsequent modifications during the 1930s resulted in a number of novel features including double ventilation towers which sat over a single drying kiln and pot stills with rectifiers rather than the traditional swan necks. The combination of pot and column stills in Littlemill Distillery was designed to produce malt whiskey which was expected to mature quickly. When production ceased in 1992 Littlemill Distillery was the oldest working malt whiskey distillery in Scotland. Closed in 194 and demolished in 2006 and now Littlemill is a lost Scottish distillery although the shell of the manager’s house remains.

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GLENDRONACH 26 YEAR OLD 1992 EXCLUSIVE #8314 at the Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News



26 YEAR OLD 1992 EXCLUSIVE #8314


ABV: 52.0% AGE: 26 Year Old VINTAGE: 1992 CASK TYPE: Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon CASK #: #8314 BOTTLER: Distillery REGION: Highland TYPE: Single Malt Scotch

GlenDronach 26 Year Old 1992 vintage Highland single malt Scotch whiskey. Single cask Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon #8314 bottled June 2018. Specially selected and bottled exclusively for The Whisky Barrel. 706 numbered bottles. Nose: Dark chocolate, sultanas, dried apricot and figs. Palate: Roasted chestnuts with figs and Christmas spices. Apple and pear compote.

Glendronach Malt Whiskey Distillery was established north east of Huntley in the Highland whiskey region by James Allardice in 1826. The malting floors at Glendronach Distillery closed in 1996 and it was the last distillery in Scotland to heat its stills directly with flames from a coal-fired furnace, until it had to comply with new regulations in 2005. Glendronach Distillery is resplendent with a traditional cask iron mash tun, wooden washbacks, four stills. Famous for its well-aged and top quality sherried single malt, for example Glendronach 21 Year Old Parliament, and single cask releases. The distillery is now owned by Brown Forman of America.

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Tamdhu 10 Years // Tamdhu Batch Strength

Tamdhu with a sherry influence but some 40 years apart…

First there is the Tamdhu 10 Year Old bottled in the 1970s (one of the first single malt bottlings after the 8 Years), then we have the latest Tamdhu Batch Strength released a couple of months ago.



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(40%, OB late 1970s, 75 cl)

Nose: very fresh, with sherry notes (marmalade, raisins, cooked fruits), acacia honey or mead, malty and some floral / minty notes. Soft but very pleasant. Goes on with very light heathery peat and whiffs of old books. Mouth: sweet and creamy, a tad caramelly at first (fudge), then more towards herbal notes with a little smoke. A little grainy / grassy edge in the background. Cooked fruits again, maybe just a little OBE too (silver polish). Finish: quite long, a bit more oak now and the same toffee / fruity sweetness.

Not a well-known classic perhaps, but still a very nice old-style dram. Elegant, fresh (even after so many years in the bottle) and with a lovely whiff of smoke.

Score: 87/100




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(58,3%, OB 2018, Batch #003)

Nose: decomposing leafs and wet earth, mixed with chocolate notes and fudge. Hints of mocha en some pepper. Quite some savoury touches and brown bread. Caramel and overripe plums. Lacking a bit of fresh, fruity notes in my opinion. Mouth: quite heavy, with dark hints of burnt sugar with plenty of spices (cinnamon, pepper, clove). Dark bread again, as well as some green oak. Dark chocolate and hints of espresso towards the end. Finish: long, quite hot, on earthy notes, spices (especially cloves) and burnt sugar.

Not bad. Of course the higher strength makes this come across more powerful, intense and flavoursome, but I’d definitely go for the old style if we bring them down to the same strength. Complexity, depth and elegance is worth more to me than 18% more alcohol. Available from The Whisky Exchange among others.

Score: 82/100

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The Park Avenue Liquor Shop New Year ~ New Goodies – Whisky News

AA Park Ave

Hello 2019!
Here’s your first look at our newest arrivals.

2019 has just begun but exciting
new bottles are already here!

We thought we’d kick-off 2019 by letting you know about some new/rare/limited edition items we’ve just received. Many of these are so new they haven’t reached our website. So if you’re interested in any of them – please call us to secure your purchase. This is your chance to get what you want in case you didn’t…get what you want.

We hope everyone had a great New Year’s Eve and wish you all great health and happiness in 2019.

Jonathan, Eric Marlon
The Park Avenue Liquor Shop
270 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016


Macallan: Year of the Dog.

Limted Edition 2pk of 12yr Double cask 

Macallan’s Chinese New Year Limited Edition Gift Box contains not one, but two identical, commemorative labeled, and attractively packaged 750ml bottles of  Macallan Double Cask 12 Year Old whisky. Only 2,500 sets have been made available in the United States. The concept is that one bottle is meant to be enjoyed on a special occasion with friends and/or family, while the other bottle can be kept as a potential collectible. Or not.

PRICE: $160/per set. Contact the store for availability.


Glendalough 13 Year Old Irish Whiskey 

“The first and only Irish whiskey to have been finished in Japanese mizunara oak casks. First aged in bourbon barrels, this single malt was then transferred to virgin mizunara barrels created by hand at Japan’s only independent cooperage. These lightly charred barrels have added vanilla, sandalwood and a touch of coconut to the whisky, while also increasing smoothness and depth of flavor. A fascinating 13 year old Irish single malt. Stunning stuff from the Glendalough.

Nose: Vanilla ice cream dotted with toffee chunks, orange oil, a touch of pine resin, maybe even a waft of toasted almond.

Palate: Definitely quite nutty – pecan, almond again and chocolate-coated Brazil nuts. Subtly floral at points.

Finish: Notes of coffee bean and honey go on and on.”

PRICE: $110/btl. Contact the store for availability.


Mortlach 12 Year Old ~”The Wee Witchie”

The Beast of Dufftown is back with an entry point 12yr that combines both ex-bourbon and ex-sherry-matured whisky. The balance of casks brings the distillery’s traditionally weighty, dried fruit character against fresh fruit and vanilla notes. The result is a success, combining the best of both of these worlds while still showing off the meaty Mortlach spirit.

PRICE: $66/btl ~ Just arrived. Contact the store for availability.


Aberlour: CASG ANNAMH 

The first release in Aberlour’s Casg Annamh series ~ This expression (named after the Gaelic for “rare cask”) is matured in a trio of cask types, including European oak sherry casks and two sorts of American oak cask. This is a bold, flavorful and exceptionally balanced whisky full of fresh fruit, sherried nuttiness and woody spice.


Milky coffee, flame raisins and plenty of honeyed malt.


Golden Grahams, nectarines, cinnamon and strawberry jam.


Cooking spices, sugary biscuits and red apples.

PRICE: $75/btl. Contact the store for availability.

Once again, please contact the store if you are interested in any of these bottles as all are in limited supply. We are not responsible for any typographical errors or the fact that the NY Giants will most likely NOT draft a QB this year. Please contact the store with any questions.

The Park Avenue Liquor Shop | 212-685-2442 | 212-689-6247 |

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Off-the-Beaten-Path Single Malt Exclusives—Auchroisk and Balmenach at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News


Special Single Malt Finds You Won’t Want to Miss

While Auchroisk and Balmenach might not be the most familiar names in Scotch, that certainly doesn’t mean that they aren’t producing world-class bottlings. Quite to the contrary, they are quietly producing some of the most compelling bottlings in the market. When we originally tasted this pair in Scotland, we were immediately struck by how perfectly composed they were. These are real sleepers that more than deserve their place in the spotlight. The Auchroisk is the perfect pick for those who like their single malts heavy and rich. A Speysider through and through, it is both tropical and spicy with impeccable balance. It’s little wonder this distillery has earned such a devoted cult following. The Balmenach is every bit as compelling, serving up a heady, complex, and wild ride. Malty and rich, but not without its subtle moments, it is sure to become an instant favorite for many. Both are unbelievable values, selling for a fraction of what you’d expect given their pedigree. If you are looking to expand your whisky-drinking horizons, these are well worth the visit.


2006 Balmenach 11 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($54.99)

The Balmenach Distillery is one of Speyside’s oldest. Originally licensed to James McGregor in 1824, it was likely running illicitly for years before. The distillery sits hidden behind Lethendry hill right on the banks of the river Spey outside the town of Cromdale. The distillery has changed hands many times over the last two centuries and was mothballed on occasion as well. In 1997, the distillery was sold to its current owners, Inver House, which also sells the Balblair, Old Pultney, Knockdhu, and Speyburn whiskies. All of those brands have taken center stage over the last decade or so, while the distillery in Cromdale remains more or less unknown to the outside world. Save for a few old Flora Fauna official bottlings, the Balmenach name is not really marketed, and the distillery produces primarily for blending. While the distillery isn’t particularly architectural, the stark white buildings on the green landscape can be quite beautiful. Equally beautiful is the fine spirit coming out of the six pot stills on site. The distillery continues to use worm tubs to condense their spirit, while the relatively tall thin necks of the still provide elegance to the spirit. The resulting whisky is full of rich maltiness and peppery spice. If you love the malt-driven Speyside style then this Balmenach is a must try at this price. Whisky snobs will probably snort at the unknown here, but the adventurous will be roundly rewarded for trying something new. At this price, you can afford to risk it!

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 13, 2018

This gnarly little Balmenach is the first from the distillery we’ve ever bottled. The odd, little-hidden distillery is the unsung hero the year—no one seems to be familiar with it, but everyone who tries it understands why we bought it. After the initial funky whiffs blow off, the whisky opens to an inviting array of malty flavors, grainy and fresh, it takes a drop of water to tease the exceptional nuance of this awesome cask. With water, it delivers marmalade on warm biscuits, freshly picked pears, and then, leaves with digestive cookies and tea. Like a baby’s bum, it is really smooth and soft.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 10, 2018

This is from a distillery that we don’t get to see often as a single-malt bottling. In many ways, it is a very pretty whiskey. The nose is really nice with sweet honey and spice aromas. In the mouth, the sweetness continues but is balanced out with a pleasantly dry finish. With water, it opens up and becomes more complex with honey nuances and a dry finish.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 01, 2018

Both upon first tasting this in Scotland, and again once the cask arrived, the very first thing to pop into my head when nosing the glass is sake. It’s a bit unusual for a whisky to remind me of one of Japan’s other great exports, but there is a magical umami savor in the nose of this whisky, coupled with a delicate fruitiness that I can’t shake as reminiscent of one of the finest Junmai sakes I’ve ever tasted. Moving into the more traditional realm of baked fruit pies and coarse brown sugar in the raw, this whisky also has a gentle and sweet side to it. Baking spices on the back end of the palate coupled with a surprisingly lengthy and dry finish, make this 11 year old from an obscure distillery a secret winner in our extensive lineup of new casks. It is infinitely more complex than you’d expect such a young whisky to be.


1996 Auchroisk 21 Year Old “Hepburn’s Choice” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($89.99)

Let’s get the hardest part out of the way – It’s pronounced “Ah-thrusk.” This non-peated nutty and spicy malt is the result of hot and fast whisky making. A quick mash of the malt, a short fermentation period, and a rapid boil in the wash still leave this whisky heavy and rich. It is a style that makes it a cult favorite for drinkers and blender’s alike. Located just south of the Burn of Mulben and east of the River Spey, Auchroisk was originally built to supply JB with malt for their famous blend. There have been distillery bottlings since 1986, but it is more common to see this gem of a distillery bottled as single casks from independent bottlers. Happily, we work with the best independent bottlers to find the best casks, and this one really shines. The roasted character from the hot production has mellowed over 21 years into a rich and complex blend of honeyed granola and roasted chestnuts. Perfect for a cold winter’s night by the fire.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 13, 2018

Part of the problem with bringing in forty casks at once is that several of our bottlings fall under the radar. In general, were ok with that because once people make it around to tasting the sleepers they begin to realize the incredible diversity of the whiskies that we have to offer. Auchroisk is a good name that almost no one knows. We powered through the last of the limited release this year, which the distillery couldn’t sell at the MSRP of $400, but our customers demolished at $250. Now, we’re offering a similarly aged product from this excellent distillery for only $90, and no one seems to have noticed. Their loss is your gain! This magnificent example of one of the quintessential Speyside flavor profiles is firing on all cylinders. The big nose of cake frosting and oak spice reminds me very much of the 25 year old, but with more purity. The palate is pointed and peppery, until you add the requisite dash of water. Then the nose pops with an opulent mineral quality, something like a northern Rhône white (but not like floral Viognier). The palate is now absolutely overflowing with flavor. Citrus peel, candied apples, malted cocoa, tropical fruit salad—it’s an absolute stunner. When people finally get around to this little whisky, they’ll be kicking themselves they didn’t notice it sooner. And this PRICE, I mean COME ON!

Joe Manekin | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 05, 2018

This is an example of a cask-strength whisky that is surprisingly supple, balanced, rich and showy— just a complete tasting single malt before any water is added. In fact, I don’t think you need to play around with water on this one, it simply tastes great and gives so much right out of the gate. Soft and with a hint tropical notes, it also offers suggestions of Manila mango on the nose. This is an easy-to-drink, delicious single malt for under $90.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 01, 2018

Of the many casks we brought in this year in the sub-$100 range, I think this is my favorite of the no-peat variety. (And not just because it’s the one currently in my glass.) The weight and texture of this malt is gorgeous. It’s perfect without water, being full and nutty. Dominated by golden cereal grain and toasted nuts. The color says bourbon barrel, but the inherent character of the malt makes it feel like it’s seen a short finish in a sherry butt. There is a great spice cake and fresh Dutch crunch roll/brioche note that I almost always associate with sherried whisky. The finish is super clean and lengthy. For me, this is pure enjoyment in a bottle.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 01, 2018

Another hidden treasure from the world of single malts. The nose has honey and wax aromas, but comes across clean and fresh. In the mouth, the entry is sweet with pure and delicate flavors. With water, the nose really opens up with floral notes coming up and, in the mouth, dry flavors balance out the flavor profile. There are no smoke aromas or flavors. A fantastic bargain for single malt lovers.


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Bowmore Springtide

After a travel retail edition in 2014 (white label) this is the wider 2016 release that you can also find in regular stores. Bowmore Springtide is matured predominantly in first-fill Oloroso casks, with some second-fill added. Altough I must add this is based on the white label, this one simply says ‘Finest Oak Casks’.

I’ve had this one in a line-up in a sherried whisky tasting once, where it was very well received.



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(54,9%, OB +/- 2016, 4000 btl.)

Nose: medium sherry, with nice hickory smoke, leather and red berries. Slightly modern with its fresh oak shavings and pencil notes, but but the typical early-2000s fruits are also present (mango mostly). Cinnamon, a little vanilla and cocoa powder. Light maritime notes as well. Mouth: again, very nice flashes of tropical fruits (mango, orange liqueur), mixed with toffee, figs and raisins. Campfire on a beach, as well as crushed peppercorns, a little camphor and ginger. Blackcurrants. Briney notes towards the end. Finish: long, on dried fruits, salted walnuts, spicy oak and smoke.

Nice fruity notes, mellow smoke and a good dose of active wood. It may lack a bit of richness but it’s still a good Bowmore. A little expensive though. Some bottles left, check Master of Malt for instance.

Score: 87/100

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