Arran 21 Year Old

Arran distillery celebrated its 21st anniversary in 2016 and they already had a limited anniversary bottling, but we had to wait some more before a wider public release was announced.

Launched at the end of 2018, this new Arran 21 Years is the oldest official expression to date. A mixture of bourbon and sherry casks.

 

 

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(46%, OB 2018, first edition, 9000 btl.)

Nose: sweet fruit candy with mocha and toffee. Takes a while to open up. Apricots and pineapple, as well as rhubarb jam and dried fruits like prunes. Walnuts and cigar boxes. Hints of buttery pastry and herbs. Mouth: much more spicy. Ginger, cinnamon and pepper, including some charred wood. Malty notes and a light bitterness. Also dark chocolate and hazelnuts, later also walnuts. Back to sweet berries and light floral hints. Finish: medium, more of this dark chocolate character with spices and bitter orange.

A nice nose, a bit darker than expected, but I must say I expected more fruitiness and complexity on the palate. The oak spices are starting to become quite heavy. Available from Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange among others.

Score: 85/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/arran/arran-21-years/

Arran 21 Year Old

Arran distillery celebrated its 21st anniversary in 2016 and they already had a limited anniversary bottling, but we had to wait some more before a wider public release was announced.

Launched at the end of 2018, this new Arran 21 Years is the oldest official expression to date. A mixture of bourbon and sherry casks.

 

 

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(46%, OB 2018, first edition, 9000 btl.)

Nose: sweet fruit candy with mocha and toffee. Takes a while to open up. Apricots and pineapple, as well as rhubarb jam and dried fruits like prunes. Walnuts and cigar boxes. Hints of buttery pastry and herbs. Mouth: much more spicy. Ginger, cinnamon and pepper, including some charred wood. Malty notes and a light bitterness. Also dark chocolate and hazelnuts, later also walnuts. Back to sweet berries and light floral hints. Finish: medium, more of this dark chocolate character with spices and bitter orange.

A nice nose, a bit darker than expected, but I must say I expected more fruitiness and complexity on the palate. The oak spices are starting to become quite heavy. Available from Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange among others.

Score: 85/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/arran/arran-21-years/

Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey Refreshes Bottle Design – American Whiskey News

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Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey Refreshes Bottle Design

(Lebanon, Ky.) March 11, 2019 –Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey has a new look. The new bottle features white paint over the embossments, making the intricate font and design more prominent and adding to the vintage and craft look of the bottle.

“The new look is reminiscent of the porcelain painted ‘bar back’ bottles that were popular with so many brands in the late 1800’s,” says Steve Beam, president and head distiller at Limestone Branch Distillery. “This was the time when my great-grandfather, Minor Case Beam, was in his distilling heyday – this new look is a nod to his legacy.”

Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey, launched in 2017, features straight rye whiskey with a sherry cask finish and is bottled at 90 proof. Available in 750ml bottles and aged two years, Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey offers a warm rye spice complemented by the dried fruit notes from being finished in a sherry cask barrel. The combination offers depth to the overall experience of this whiskey.

The award-winning Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey has also been called out in this spring’s Tasting Panel magazine and given a score of 94 points. The magazine notes “the fragrant nose of jasmine and caramel is illuminating…luscious notes of sweet peat and honeyed apples, peppercorns and peach blossoms are elegant, while its perfume carries through to the maple and dried-peach finish.”

The whiskey was inspired by Beam’s long family history in the distilling industry – Steve Beam is a seventh-generation distiller. “This rye whiskey is a tribute to my heritage – from the details in the finishing to Minor Case Beam’s original crest as a special touch –now this beautiful bottle is even more visible behind the bar.”

The whiskey is offered nationwide for the suggested retail price of $42.99. The new bottle packaging is also available for sale at Limestone Branch Distillery.

About Limestone Branch Distillery

Steve Beam and his brother Paul Beam opened Limestone Branch Distillery in 2011, with the goal of crafting the finest whiskey in small batches. With a history of distilling on both sides of their family – Beam and Dant – the brothers are seventh-generation distillers. In 2015, they brought the Yellowstone brand back to the family and launched a limited edition bourbon to commemorate the brand’s 105th anniversary.

For more information on Limestone Branch Distillery, please visit www.limestonebranch.com or www.facebook.com/limestone-branch-distillery.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/minor-case-straight-rye-whiskey-refreshes-bottle-design-american-whiskey-news/

Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey Refreshes Bottle Design – American Whiskey News

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Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey Refreshes Bottle Design

(Lebanon, Ky.) March 11, 2019 –Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey has a new look. The new bottle features white paint over the embossments, making the intricate font and design more prominent and adding to the vintage and craft look of the bottle.

“The new look is reminiscent of the porcelain painted ‘bar back’ bottles that were popular with so many brands in the late 1800’s,” says Steve Beam, president and head distiller at Limestone Branch Distillery. “This was the time when my great-grandfather, Minor Case Beam, was in his distilling heyday – this new look is a nod to his legacy.”

Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey, launched in 2017, features straight rye whiskey with a sherry cask finish and is bottled at 90 proof. Available in 750ml bottles and aged two years, Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey offers a warm rye spice complemented by the dried fruit notes from being finished in a sherry cask barrel. The combination offers depth to the overall experience of this whiskey.

The award-winning Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey has also been called out in this spring’s Tasting Panel magazine and given a score of 94 points. The magazine notes “the fragrant nose of jasmine and caramel is illuminating…luscious notes of sweet peat and honeyed apples, peppercorns and peach blossoms are elegant, while its perfume carries through to the maple and dried-peach finish.”

The whiskey was inspired by Beam’s long family history in the distilling industry – Steve Beam is a seventh-generation distiller. “This rye whiskey is a tribute to my heritage – from the details in the finishing to Minor Case Beam’s original crest as a special touch –now this beautiful bottle is even more visible behind the bar.”

The whiskey is offered nationwide for the suggested retail price of $42.99. The new bottle packaging is also available for sale at Limestone Branch Distillery.

About Limestone Branch Distillery

Steve Beam and his brother Paul Beam opened Limestone Branch Distillery in 2011, with the goal of crafting the finest whiskey in small batches. With a history of distilling on both sides of their family – Beam and Dant – the brothers are seventh-generation distillers. In 2015, they brought the Yellowstone brand back to the family and launched a limited edition bourbon to commemorate the brand’s 105th anniversary.

For more information on Limestone Branch Distillery, please visit www.limestonebranch.com or www.facebook.com/limestone-branch-distillery.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/minor-case-straight-rye-whiskey-refreshes-bottle-design-american-whiskey-news/

Bowmore 25 Year Old

Bowmore 25 Years is a mix of American bourbon and a large proportion of Spanish sherry casks.

It used to be bottled at 40% (black label), then as a Small Batch release. Now it’s part of the core range at 43% ABV with a white label.

 

 

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(43%, OB +/- 2018)

Nose: nicely mellow but aromatic. Gentle smoke, with jammy sherry fruits, hints of cedar oak and plenty of cooked fruits in the background. A little chocolate, berries, toffee. There’s a thicker side (blackberries) but also a bright, slightly acidic fruitiness (raspberry and lime). Cinnamon and tobacco too. Mouth: a little disappointing now. It’s thin, with some burnt oak, salted notes and cocoa. There’s sherry and there’s this nice fruitiness (pink grapefruit) but also a faint hint of lavender (not 1980s amounts though). Clove, nutty notes. Finish: long, fairly dry and spicy, with toasted oak, espresso, herbs and still a little grapefruit.

Hard to score: the nose was nice enough, but on the palate it feels slightly disjointed and lacking some richness. The regular price is quite ambitious (see TWE) but it’s now heavily discounted over at Master of Malt.

Score: 86/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/bowmore/bowmore-25-years/

Port Askaig 34 Year Old

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Port Askaig Islay whisky

After an excellent Port Askaig 33 Years for the US, a new sample landed on my desk of a Port Askaig 34 Year Old. A single cask release from 1983.

We can never be sure, but this should be Caol Ila.

 

 

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(49,7%, Elixir Distillers 2018, ex-bourbon hogshead, 180 btl.)

Nose: a very graceful nose. Plenty of beeswax notes, with light buttery touches and a lot of honey. A couple of pineapple cubes. Cuban cigars, a hint of old wardrobes and car workshops. Warm hay. Chamomile. Candied oranges and vanilla. A little mint tea. Mouth: ooh, oily and quite punchy after all these years. Some burnt oak, smoky liquorice and hints of wet limestone. Then waxy notes again, some olive oil and grassy hints. Growing sweeter, with peppered lemon candy and chocolate with salt. Camphor and honey(suckle). Lanolin. Finish: long and leafy, with mentholy smoke and grasses.

Graceful, complex and just a superb balance of sharpness and vanilla roundness. I know Port Ellen has been hyped, but these Caol Ilas are on the same level and if you think about it, more reasonably priced. One hell of a dram. Available from The Whisky Exchange.

Score: 93/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/caol-ila/port-askaig-34-year-old/

The Whisky Shop “Hey, Get stocked up for St.Patrick’s Day!” – Irish Whiskey News

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Get stocked up for st.patrick’s day

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner!

Whether you’re attending a party, catching up with friends or having a quiet night in, celebrate St.Patrick’s Day with a dazzling Irish dram. Order today to ensure UK delivery in time for St. Patrick’s Day!

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TULLAMORE D.E.W. 12 YEAR OLD

Like Tullamore D.E.W. Original, Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Old Special Reserve is a triple distilled blend of all three types of Irish whiskey but with a high proportion of pot still and malt whiskeys, matured in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks, for 12 to 15 years. A very fine aged whiskey with great complexity.

£61.00 – Buy Now

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Yellow Spot

Yellow Spot Whiskey was last seen in Ireland in the 1950s and 60s but recently reintroduced. Created and sold by Mitchell Son Wine and Spirit Merchants, Yellow Spot is a 12 year old single pot still whiskey made using three different cask types – American Bourbon barrels, Spanish sherry butts and Spanish Malaga casks resulting in a superbly complex whiskey with fresh and sweet top notes.

£89.00 – Buy Now

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Powers John’s Lane

This expression celebrates the origin of the Powers whiskey tradition and provides a glimpse of the whiskey style that made Powers famous. Using a pot still distillate which is true to the original style of John’s Lane, the whiskey has been matured for not less than 12 years, mainly in first fill American bourbon casks, with a small contribution of distillate which has been matured in Oloroso sherry butts. The result is a Single Pot Still whiskey of outstanding flavour and complexity which provides a fitting tribute to the spiritual home of one of Ireland’s most loved whiskeys.

£58.00 – Buy Now

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TULLAMORE D.E.W. 14 YEAR OLD

This Irish single malt whiskey from Tullamore D.E.W. is triple distilled and matured in ex-bourbon casks for most of its life before being finished in four different casks: bourbon, Oloroso sherry, port and Madeira. The nose is fruity with citrus, apple and mango atop rich honey and vanilla. The palate has fresh green fruits, toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of ginger. The finish brings malty notes with some milk chocolate and a touch of spice.

£57.00 – Buy Now

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Green Spot

Green Spot is a non-age statement single pot still Irish whiskey and is comprised of pot still whiskeys aged between 7 and 10 years old. The whiskey has matured in a combination of new bourbon and refill bourbon casks as well as sherry casks.

£44.00 – Buy Now

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Roe Co.

A premium blended Irish whiskey, Roe Co. is a blend of single malt and grain whiskeys matured in ex-bourbon American oak, a high percentage of which are first-fill. Developed by Diageo Master Blender, Caroline Martin, in a process that took over two years, Prototype 106, was chosen specifically to hold up in cocktails as well as to be enjoyed neat or with water. Roe Co. is fragrant and rounded with notes of soft spice, mellow spun sugar and warm hints of woody vanilla. The balance of the blend is immediately evident on the palate with a velvety texture and sweet flavours including spiced pears and vanilla, while a gentle creaminess lingers in the finish.

£35.00 – Buy Now

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Tullamore D.E.W.

Tullamore Dew is the original blended Irish whiskey, known the world over for its smooth and gentle complexity. For one, it is triple distilled and patiently aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks, developing its distinctive smoothness. Secondly, being a blend of all three types of Irish whiskey, it has a gentle complexity.

£30.00 – Buy Now

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Slane Irish Whiskey

Created by the Earl of Mountcharles, this blended Irish whiskey is produced at the iconic Slane Castle just outside Dublin. Slane unusually uses a triple cask blend to add complexity, with a Virgin American oak cask, a seasoned freshly drained American whiskey cask and an Oloroso sherry cask. The nose is sweet with fruity notes of melon and oaky spice. The palate brings banana cream pie, cloves and toffee, before a fruity finish with lingering raisins and melon.

£32.00 – Buy Now

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JAMESON BLACK BARREL

A tribute to the cooper’s method of charring barrels, this Irish whiskey is a triple distilled blend of small batch grain and traditional Irish pot still whiskeys in twice charred casks. Intense vanilla sweetness and caramel alongside toasted wood, fruits and warm spice.

£49.00 – Buy Now

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/the-whisky-shop-hey-get-stocked-up-for-st-patricks-day-irish-whiskey-news/

GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival (2018)

No need to tell you the story of this whisky. GlenDronach 15 Years Revival was revived for the second time in 2018 under the new owners Brown Forman.

It is now a mix of Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks, whereas the old Revival was only matured in Oloroso. Although the label still mentions the same age, it is in fact younger than the old version.

 

 

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(46%, OB 2018, PX + Oloroso sherry)

Nose: a lot more spirity than I remember the old version, like a boozy cake. Plums and maple syrup. Plenty of orange marmalade, some butter pastry and malty notes. Cloves and chestnut. Lighter and thinner, more marked by spices than by fruits. Mouth: same feeling, although the thickness of the GlenDronach spirit is still present. More on the lighter end though, with honeyed notes, golden raisins and leather at the top and malty notes, herbs and spices at the base, but less of that chewy sherry in the middle. Nutmeg and liquorice, light fruit cake. Leafy touches. Hints of burnt brown sugar. Finish: medium, back towards oranges, ginger and spices.

This is just not in the same league as the previous Revival, even though on its own it is not a bad whisky by any means. Compared to my open bottle of a 2014 bottling, it is thinner, more wood-driven, more modern if you like. Younger indeed. Available from Master of Malt and TWE.

Score: 84/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/glendronach/glendronach-revival-15-years-2018/

GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival (2018)

No need to tell you the story of this whisky. GlenDronach 15 Years Revival was revived for the second time in 2018 under the new owners Brown Forman.

It is now a mix of Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks, whereas the old Revival was only matured in Oloroso. Although the label still mentions the same age, it is in fact younger than the old version.

 

 

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(46%, OB 2018, PX + Oloroso sherry)

Nose: a lot more spirity than I remember the old version, like a boozy cake. Plums and maple syrup. Plenty of orange marmalade, some butter pastry and malty notes. Cloves and chestnut. Lighter and thinner, more marked by spices than by fruits. Mouth: same feeling, although the thickness of the GlenDronach spirit is still present. More on the lighter end though, with honeyed notes, golden raisins and leather at the top and malty notes, herbs and spices at the base, but less of that chewy sherry in the middle. Nutmeg and liquorice, light fruit cake. Leafy touches. Hints of burnt brown sugar. Finish: medium, back towards oranges, ginger and spices.

This is just not in the same league as the previous Revival, even though on its own it is not a bad whisky by any means. Compared to my open bottle of a 2014 bottling, it is thinner, more wood-driven, more modern if you like. Younger indeed. Available from Master of Malt and TWE.

Score: 84/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/glendronach/glendronach-revival-15-years-2018/

Nickolls & Perks Exclusive GlenDronach Single Cask 11 Year Old! – Scotch Whisky News

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We are thrilled to announce this specially-selected single cask from one of our favourite distilleries bottled exclusively for Nickolls Perks. Distilled in February 2007 and carefully matured at GlenDronach in single Pedro Ximénez Puncheon cask #7675 for 11 years, the result is simply something we had to share with our customers. Bottled in 2018 at a natural cask strength of 60.1% ABV, only 683 bottles were produced.

70cl, 60.1%
£75

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TASTING NOTES
BY CRAIG MILLS (NICKOLLS PERKS)

NOSE:
Opens with rich ginger cake, chocolate bitters, Seville orange marmalade and cinnamon rolls along with stewed black fruits. Plenty of inviting Sherry wood character (think aromatic nut brittle and sherry soaked tiramisu sponge), hints of treacle tart and fragrant tobacco in the mix too.

PALATE:
A big delivery of chocolate fudge cake, aromatic sweet Sherry wood, toasted hazelnuts, plum pudding and lots of spice mid palate (clove nutmeg). A burst of orange rind follows and chewy treacle toffee on a warming yet remarkably elegant body for its abv.

FINISH:
Stem ginger, more chocolate (Snicker bars?) and dark honeycomb. Treacle nut brittle, lasting aromatic spices and finishing firm and dry with late caramelised walnut and banana bread.

COMMENTS: 
Your only problem is deciding if you prefer this with or without water. Either way we are not just saying this because it has our name on it but this is a classic GlenDronach, well balanced and complex and dangerously moreish!

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/nickolls-perks-exclusive-glendronach-single-cask-11-year-old-scotch-whisky-news/