Heaven Hill Distillery Announces Larceny Barrel Proof Series Nationwide – American Whiskey News

Heaven Hill Distillery Announces Larceny Barrel Proof Series Nationwide

Barrel Proof offering becomes first line extension for Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

First launched in 2012, Larceny is one of the most successful new-to-the-world Bourbons in the past decade, enjoying both critical and consumer acclaim. Leveraging the success of the mainline brand, Larceny Barrel Proof offers whiskey fans an opportunity to taste Larceny as Heaven Hill’s Master Distiller does, straight out of the barrel. Each release will be bottled at barrel proof, non-chill filtered and available at a suggested retail price of $49.99.BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Heaven Hill Distillery today announced the first line extension of Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Larceny Barrel Proof. Released on an allocated basis three times per year, the first release of this wheated Bourbon will ship with great consumer anticipation in January 2020 after already receiving a Double Gold from the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Larceny Barrel Proof will be an ongoing offering released three times per year: January, May and September. Each release will have varying proofs and consist of barrels aged six to eight years. A naming convention for the release is shown on each bottle. The alpha character in the naming convention designates which batch of the year that bottle came from, the numeral that follows represents the month of the release, and finally the last two digits indicate the corresponding year of the release. For example, the first release will be A120, with “A” representing the first batch of that year, “1” representing January, and “20” representing the year 2020.

The new release will be offered in the traditional, distinctive Larceny pinched-waist, flask-shaped 750ml bottle, with the hallmark skeleton key logo and John E. Fitzgerald signature carried by a black label. The lower face label denotes “Barrel Proof” in red and includes the batch number, proof, and alc/vol for each particular release.

“Larceny’s wheated Bourbon mashbill delivers a taste profile that is very approachable and smooth, a true crowd-pleaser. The addition of this non chill filtered, barrel proof offering to the Larceny family allows us to showcase a deeper character, richness and depth of flavor from our wheated Bourbon mashbill,” said Heaven Hill Distillery Group Product Director Susan Wahl. “Drawing from its lineage within the Old Fitzgerald family, Larceny Barrel Proof is an opportunity for Bourbon fans to taste a historical ‘wheater’ in its purest form.”

Larceny is the heir to the wheated Bourbons that make up the historic Old Fitzgerald franchise acquired by Heaven Hill Distillery in 1999. Continuing the tradition of Old Fitzgerald using wheat in place of rye as the secondary grain in the mashbill, Larceny uses more wheat than any of its competitors for a softer, rounder character. The brand is inspired by the history of John E. Fitzgerald, who as a treasury agent in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s was one of the only people legally allowed to carry the keys to the barrel storage rickhouses. With a discerning palate for fine Bourbon, John E. Fitzgerald often used his rickhouse keys to gain access to some of the finest Bourbon barrels for himself. Those barrels from which he chose to help himself were often referred to as “Fitzgerald barrels” around the distillery.

ABOUT HEAVEN HILL DISTILLERY: Founded in Kentucky by the Shapira family in 1935, Heaven Hill Distillery continues its legacy as one of the foremost American Whiskey producers. Heaven Hill has cultivated the traditions and history of America’s Native Spirit with its fierce independence, passionate family ownership, dedication to quality, and thoughtful innovation. Today, Heaven Hill Distillery maintains over 1.6 million barrels aging in 58 warehouses throughout Nelson and Jefferson Counties. It is home to an award-winning collection of American Whiskeys including Elijah Craig Bourbon, Larceny Bourbon, Evan Williams Bourbon, Pikesville Rye Whiskey, Rittenhouse Rye Whisky and Parker’s Heritage Collection. Heaven Hill Distillery currently holds the title of 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Best in Show Whiskey, and previously held titles of 2018 San Francisco Spirits Best Bourbon, 2017 Whisky Advocate Whisky of the Year, 2016 Whisky Magazine Distillery of the Year, 2016 Whisky Advocate American Whiskey of the Year and 2016 Rye Whiskey of the Year from “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.” For more information, please visit www.heavenhilldistillery.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/heaven-hill-distillery-announces-larceny-barrel-proof-series-nationwide-american-whiskey-news/

Speyside Malt 2005 (Maltbarn)

Unnamed Speyside single malt distilled in 2005 and bottled by Maltbarn. Based on similar releases from other independent bottlers, it is probably a Mac.



Speyside Malt 2005 - MaltbarnSpeyside Malt 2005 - MaltbarnSpeyside Malt 14 yo 2005 (50,4%, Maltbarn 2019, sherry cask, 175 btl.)

Nose: very juicy, bright and lightweight sherry. Marmalade, sour berries, mirabelles and greengages. Apple peel. Hints of (somewhat prickly) oak varnish and a slight grassiness. A little pipe tobacco and almond in the background. Mouth: similar to what the big M is releasing lately. Malty notes, marmalade and citrus again, now more nutty notes as well (walnuts, almond). A little ginger cake, white pepper and soft resinous herbs, as well as some plain oak. Jaffa cake. Finish: quite long, with a toasted, grassy edge and hints of dried fruits.

By no means a sherry powerhouse, but still a nice modern whisky with juicy fruits and balanced oak. Around € 100 from Maltbarn direct.

Score: 86/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/undisclosed/speyside-malt-2005-maltbarn/

Glen Flagler 5 Year Old

Distilleerderij: Glen Flagler
Regio: Schotland (Lowlands)
Fles: Glen Flagler 5 Year Old Rare All Malt Scotch, OB 1970s
Kleur: witte wijn
ABV: 40%

Alive Kicking

In 1964 pootte Inver House Distillers een graandistilleerderij neer op het industrieterrein Moffat in Airdrie zo’n 20 kilometer ten oosten van Glasgow. De graanwhisky zou de naam Garnheath meekrijgen. Maar zoals bij vele graandistilleerderijen in die tijd, werden er ook pot stills geïnstalleerd. Bij Garneath (of is dat Moffat?) werden drie malts geproduceerd: Glen Flagler, Killyloch en Islebrae. Die laatste werd nooit als single malt gebotteld, de eerste twee wel. Maar ik hoef er geen tekening bij te maken dat ze nog moeilijk te vinden zijn, wetende dat de distilleerderij al in 1985 terug dicht ging. Fast forward naar 2019 en een vriend in Holland doet een ontdekking in zijn kelder: een aantal flessen Glen Flagler 5 Year Old. Ik kon er twee te pakken krijgen en ben daar best blij om. Het is de tweede Glen Flagler ooit die ik proef, kan je nagaan!

Toegegeven, ik moest hem na het schenken een kwartier laten staan om de OBE wat te laten optrekken. Groot was mijn vrees dat deze na bijna 50 jaar op fles kapot zou zijn, maar die vrees bleek ongegrond. Hij is alive kicking, lentefris en op en top Lowland. Citroengras, vanille, appeltjes en een umami toets die ik enkel kan omschrijven als een verse snede rosbief. Nice!

Ondanks het lage ABV en de jonge leeftijd (qua rijping, bedoel ik dan) heeft deze een mooie body, is licht pikant op witte peper en vertoont een mooie frisheid van munt. Opnieuw lentefruit. Denk citroenen, kruisbessen en een enkele dadel. Iets van koffiekoeken met abrikozen. Dit is verrassend lekker.

In finish is middellang en wordt zelfs een beetje romig. Aangenaam verrast!

Ah, vloeibare geschiedenis en bovendien erg lekker. Wat ben ik hier blij mee. Bedankt, Jan!


Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 16-08-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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2005 Laphroaig 13 Year Old “Chieftain’s” K&L Exclusive

2005 Laphroaig 13 Year Old “Chieftain’s” KL Exclusive Single 1st Fill Sherry Butt Islay Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) $149.99 View

The magical distillery on the south shore of Islay, like all south shore distillers, is quite unlike any other. But Laphroaig has a certain place in the hearts of the hardest core peat lovers. They’re the last distiller down there to malt a portion of their barley on site. Their complex system of tiny stills create the most peculiar and enticing peated spirit in the world. The quality and consistency of their casks is second to none. But over the last decade, what was once a staple in the independent bottling repertoire has completely disappeared. Laphroaig is simply not selling casks any longer. And when we do find casks they’re usually in very inactive hogsheads and declassified to their trade name, “Williamson.” Now that’s not a huge problem because Laphroaig always tastes good, but bottlers can’t replace even those few casks the prices have gone absolutely bonkers. Signatory recently bottled a sister cask those we sold here just three years ago for $200, Laphroaig from the Fall of 1997, for $700. And by god those bottles sell. But a beautiful butt for a not completely abhorrent price, we jumped all over it. Thank the Lord of the Isles that we did, as it’s a complete and utter masterpiece. Some purists askew the idea of Laphroaig in active sherry, but much of the experience is limited to low proof distillery bottlings and finishes. It’s truly a stupendous find and going to be one of those casks that people remember for years to come. Collectors and drinkers alike take note.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/2005-laphroaig-13-year-old-chieftains-kl-exclusive/

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.



GlenAllachie 15 YearsGlenAllachie 15 YearsGlenAllachie 15 yo (46%, OB 2019, Oloroso + PX sherry )

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/

Brora 40 Year Old 1978 – 200th Anniversary

Brora 40 Year Old 1978 – 200th Anniversary

Distilleerderij: Brora
Regio: Schotland (Highlands)
Fles: Brora 40 Year Old 1978, 200th Anniversary, OB 2019, 1819 bts
Kleur: goud
ABV: 49.2%

Instant Classic

Brora, opgericht in 1819, viert dit jaar haar 200-jarige bestaan. Dat het in stijl gevierd wordt, is een understatement. Een 40-jarige Brora, gerijpt in 1978, in een oogstrelende verpakking (het prijskaartje van 4.600 EUR is dan weer een doorn in het oog!), gelimiteerd op 1819 flessen, doet menig liefhebber watertanden, ondergetekende incluis. Hij is, samen met de Port Ellen 39 Year Old 1978 Untold Stories, de ultieme bekroning van de cult die rond deze gesloten (maar binnenkort te heropenen) distilleerderij bestaat.

Het eerste wat opvalt is de fruitigheid. Hij barst van de appels en bananen, flirt even met de tropen, wordt dan plots een tikkeltje snoeperig (als van bubblegum), offreert een bijzondere waxiness en schillen van een verse perzik, gevolgd door een heel subtiel – maar echt heel subtiel – streepje rook. De frisheid van een blaadje munt. Dit is een instant classic. Hij mocht gerust nog een vuiltje hebben, maar dat is er helemaal uitgerijpt. In de plaats krijg je een elegante dame in je glas. Indrukwekkend.

Heerlijk krachtig, waxy, minty en gepeperd op smaak. Knapperige appels, zachte banaan, roze pompelmoes met een toefje tannine en een bijzondere herbale toets. Denk kampfer en munt. Ik beken… ik stak mijn tong in het glas om zelfs de laatste druppel op te likken. Goddelijk.

De afdronk mocht absoluut wat langer, wat mij betreft. Hij ging terug richting bubblegum en banaan, alvorens een je met een gelukzalige glimlach op je tronie te verlaten.

Mocht deze fles een kwart kosten van de prijs die er voor gevraagd wordt, denk ik wel dat ik mijn kop zo zot zou laten maken om een fles aan te schaffen en open te ploppen. Want hij is absoluut goddelijk lekker. Maar mijn whiskybudget kan dit niet trekken. Ik vraag me ook af hoeveel van deze 1819 flessen ook effectief geproefd zullen worden, in plaats van te verdwijnen in de atoomschuilkelders van de investeerders. Het idee alleen al. Jammer.


Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 06-10-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5062

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.


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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/



One of the world’s top whisky Master Blenders, also known as the ‘First Lady of Scotch’, has been recognised with one of the industry’s most prestigious accolades by being inducted as a ‘Keeper of the Quaich’ at a private ceremony held at Blair Castle last night (Monday 7 October).

With over 27 years of experience in the industry, Dr. Rachel Barrie is the Master Blender for Brown-Forman’s Scotch Whisky portfolio of The GlenDronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh. Last year, Rachel was the first female Scotch whisky Master Blender to receive an Honorary Doctorate and be inducted into Whisky Magazine’s illustrious ‘Hall of Fame’.

At The GlenDronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh distilleries, Rachel is responsible for developing, testing and expertly fine-tuning each distillery’s unique signature character and range of expressions. Throughout her career, Rachel has tasted in excess of 150,000 casks of Single Malt Scotch Whisky, which continues to boom in exports with overseas category sales growing 7.8% by value to £4.7bn last year.*

The Keepers of the Quaich is an international society established by the Scotch whisky industry to celebrate the outstanding commitment of those who produce and promote the world’s finest distilled spirit. Only a small number of people are nominated for the title for showing extraordinary dedication to and passion for their craft.

Originally from Inverurie in Aberdeenshire, an area rich in Scotch history, Rachel was long destined for a career in Single Malt whisky creation. After studying chemistry at the University of Edinburgh, she began as a research scientist at the Scotch Whisky Research Institute. She then moved into production at The Glenmorangie Company, becoming Master Blender in 2003. During this time Rachel also managed the stocks for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, before moving to Morrison Bowmore Distillers with Bowmore, Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch, working latterly with Laphroaig and Ardmore. Rachel was appointed as
Master Blender for Brown Forman’s Single Malt portfolio in 2017, then in 2018 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Edinburgh University as well as being inducted into the Whisky Hall of Fame.

Commenting on the appointment to the international society, Dr. Rachel Barrie said:

“Being inducted as a Keeper of the Quaich is a very proud moment in my career. The society brings together those leading the way in Scotch whisky from all corners of the world, and to be part of this highly revered body is an honour, as we continue to push boundaries in perfecting our magnificent spirit.”

“My ambition has always been to unlock the secrets of Scotch whisky making and provenance, to develop and nurture richness of character and celebrate it with the world; it’s an honour to be recognised for this and to be in such esteemed company.”

Annabel Meikle, Director at Keepers of the Quaich added:

“The ceremony and banquet at Blair Castle for new Keepers of the Quaich is a true celebration of Scotch whisky, and we are proud to welcome new Keepers into the Society in recognition of their incredible service to the industry and wealth of knowledge. I often think of the Society as the most inclusive yet exclusive whisky club in the world, and it’s always a great moment to see new inducted Keepers becoming recognised for their prestigious work in the Scotch whisky industry.”



For nearly 150 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Cola, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Finlandia, Korbel, el Jimador, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Canadian Mist, Herradura, New Mix, Sonoma-Cutrer, Early Times, Chambord, BenRiach, GlenDronach, Glenglassaugh and Slane. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by over 4,700 employees and sold in more than 165 countries worldwide. For more information about the company and its corporate responsibility efforts, please visit http://www.brown-forman.com/.



Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/master-blender-dr-rachel-barrie-inducted-as-a-keeper-of-the-quaich-at-prestigious-ceremony-scotch-whisky-news/




Refreshing apple liqueur crafted with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey available in October 

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (October 2, 2019) – The Jack Daniel Distillery introduces Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple, a blend of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey with finely crafted apple liqueur. The newest member of the Jack Daniel’s family launches nationally in October.

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple is crafted from Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, charcoal mellowed and matured in new American oak barrels, and apple liqueur made from the highest quality ingredients to deliver a delicious Jack Daniel’s experience. Jack Apple is a deliciously smooth and refreshing apple-flavored whiskey that’s uniquely Jack.

“Mr. Jack was known for being an innovator and always exploring how to do things differently, including adding different flavors and ingredients,” said Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett. “Tennessee Apple couples the character of our Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey with the taste of crisp, green apples. It’s like a freshly picked apple in a glass of Jack.”

At 70 proof, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple features a perfect blend of green apples enhanced by the sweet bold notes of Jack. It hits shelves nationally October 1 in 50 ml, 375 ml, 750 ml and 1-liter bottle sizes with a suggested retail price of $26.99 for 750 ml. 

About Jack Daniel’s

Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the first registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails. Today, Jack Daniel’s is a true global icon found in more than 170 countries around the world and is the most valuable spirits brand in the world as recognized by Interbrand.

Your friends at Jack Daniel’s remind you to drink responsibly.

JACK DANIEL’S, OLD NO. 7, and TENNESSEE APPLE are registered trademarks. ©2019 Jack Daniel’s. Whiskey Specialty, 35% Alcohol by Volume (70 Proof). Jack Daniel Distillery, Lynchburg, Tennessee. JackDaniels.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/jack-daniels-announces-launch-of-tennessee-apple-american-whiskey-news/

Johnnie Walker ‘The John Walker’

Bottelaar: Johnnie Walker
Regio: Schotland
Fles: Johnnie Walker ‘The John Walker’, OB 2011
Kleur: koper
ABV: 40%


The John Walker is een blend die in de categorie ‘super de luxe’ valt. Voor de luttele som (sarcasm, anyone?) van 2.600 EUR krijg je een unieke blend in een Baccarat kristallen decanter met een 24-karaats vergulde nek en een prachtig gelakt kastje eromheen. De inhoud is een eerbetoon aan de oprichter van het bedrijf. Daarom wordt hij soms ook de Founder’s Blend genoemd. Hij is samengesteld met enkel whisky’s die er al waren toen Mr Walker – Johnnie voor de vrienden – zelf actief was. Slechts 9 distilleerderijen en ze worden gehuwd in een speciaal daarvoor uitgekozen 100-jarig vat. Dat vat heeft nu alles gegeven wat het kon, dus komt er een eind aan deze serie. Hoog tijd dus, om hem toch een keertje te proeven.

Goh, wat een neus! Diep en rijk aan sappig fruit – peren waarvan het sap langs je kin loopt en licht bittere, doch erg zoete appelsienen. Leder. Vanille. En een zacht spoortje rook. Mooi, mooi, mooi.

De body is licht, maar de smaak is geweldig. Vanille en wat kruidige eik komen eerst, om dan gevolgd te worden door mandarijn en pomelo, roze pompelmoes, pomme d’amour en flink wat geroosterde noten. Opnieuw dat spoortje rook dat hem diepgang geeft, zonder zich op te dringen. Bijna als muzak. Elegant, hoor.

Maar dan die afdronk. Nu komt die rokerige toets echt mooi tot uiting. Terwijl de fruitigheid (vooral citrus) langzaam wegdeemstert en de noten hun laatste adem uitblazen, blijft de rook je mond verwennen met een hartverwarmende gloed.

Alles aan deze whisky straalt luxe en weelderigheid uit. Gelukkig is de liquid zelve dat ook. Het gebeurt niet vaak dat ik een blend 90 scoor, maar voila, deze heeft dat dubbel en dik verdiend. Klasse!


Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 06-10-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5059