Yamazaki & Hakushu at Single Malts Direct – Japanese Whisky News

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Yamazaki Distillers Reserve Japanese Malt Whisky 43% | 70cl

Yamazaki, at the foot of Mt. Tenno on the outskirts of Kyoto, is the birthplace of Japanese whsiyk. Yamazaki malt whisky with a long tradition of Yamazaki distillery since 1923 is matured over several beautiful Japanese four seasons; spring with flowers, summer with luxuriant vendure, autumn with red leaves and winter with snow. This single malts whisky is made only from Yamazaki malt whiskt carefully selected by its blenders. It has a soft, elegant fragrance, and its sweet, mellow flavour spreads while the clean aftertaste continues comfortably.

Tasting notes.

Colour: Gold

Nose: Strawberry, Cherry, Mizunara

Palate: Raspberry, White peach, Touch of coconut

Finish: Sweet vanilla, Clean finish with hint of cinnamon

Price:£36.66 ex VAT
£43.99 inc VAT

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Hakushu Distillers Reserve Japanese Malt Whisky 43% | 70cl

In 1973, the Hakushu Distillery was built in a dense forest at the foot of Mt. Kaikomagatake with numerous streams including Ojira River, one of the top 100 spring waters in Japan. Various blessing of the forest such as natural water of the southern Japan Alps purified by granite rocks, Japan’s distinctive four seasons, majestic forest atmosphere full of inspiration, and the enriching and intense climate caused by the altitude richly mature the whisky. The “Single Malt Whisky Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve” born in Hakushu distillery is a refreshing whisky characterised by the brisk aroma and flavour that remind of fresh green in the forest. Enjoy a new whisky experiance that makes you feel as if it take you to the forest.

Tasing notes.

Colour: Light Gold

Nose: Peppermint, Melon, Cucumber

Palate: Yuzu, Grapefruit, Lemon thyme

Finish: Refreshing, Subtle smoke

Price:£36.66 ex VAT
£43.99 inc VAT

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/yamazaki-hakushu-at-single-malts-direct-japanese-whisky-news/

Jim Beam® Taps Fans’ Own Personal “Statements” To Help Co-Create Bottle Labels For Its New Single Barrel Bourbon – American Whiskey News

Jim Beam® Taps Fans’ Own Personal “Statements” To Help Co-Create Bottle Labels For Its New Single Barrel Bourbon

With the Jim Beam® “Single Barrel, Single Statement” Contest, the world’s No. 1 bourbon celebrates the launch of Jim Beam® Single Barrel by showcasing fans’ “bourbon wisdom” on actual bottle labels

Deerfield, Ill. – July 16, 2014 – Each bottle of Jim Beam® Single Barrel, the first-ever single barrel offering from the world’s No. 1 bourbon brand, exemplifies individuality – not only with the distinct flavor and personality of the bourbon itself, but also with its hand-crafted and hand-written bottle labels. And to celebrate its launch, Jim Beam announces today that it’s giving fans across the U.S. the opportunity to take part in the craft-making process with the launch of the Jim Beam® “Single Barrel, Single Statement” Contest.

Today through August 17, anyone of legal drinking age can share their unique “single statement” – whether it’s a favorite toast, how to sip a great glass of bourbon, whom to enjoy it with or where to drink it – at www.JimBeamSingleStatement.com for a chance to be featured on actual bottle labels of this super-premium bourbon. 

“As a brand rooted in making history, we wanted to allow our fans to make their own history by helping co-create bottles of Jim Beam® Single Barrel with their words (and names) on actual bottle back labels,” said Vanessa Jenkins, Senior Brand Director at Beam Suntory. “With 219 years and seven generations of Beam heritage, we feel the time is right to include our fans in our first-ever single barrel product.”

Fred Noe, Jim Beam’s 7th Generation Master Distiller, will select the six (6) finest statements that will be featured on the back label of actual bottles of Jim Beam® Single Barrel sold in stores nationwide, joining select Jim Beam® craftspeople whose statements are also currently featured on the inside back labels of bottles of Jim Beam® Single Barrel currently in market.

“Jim Beam® Single Barrel is special because it represents more than just the great liquid in our bottles,” said Noe. “We are excited to give our fans a chance to be part of our story and have their unique words on our labels. It’s the perfect way to finish off this super-premium bourbon in a one-of-a-kind, personalized way that only Jim Beam can deliver.”

Jim Beam® “Single Barrel, Single Statement” Contest Details
In addition to having their names and statements printed on bottle labels sold across the nation, six (6) First Prize Winners will receive an authentic Jim Beam® Single Barrel barrelhead, customized with their name and statement, autographed by Noe. Then Fred will select two (2) Grand Prize Winners who will receive a once-in-a-lifetime, private bourbon tasting in their hometowns with friends and Noe himself.

To enter the contest, Jim Beam® fans 21 years of age and over can share their “statement” (within 50 characters) and a brief description of the context or story around their statement at www.JimBeamSingleStatement.com. Fans can enter the Jim Beam® “Single Barrel, Single Statement” Contest from July 16 – August 17, 2014, with winners being announced on Jim Beam® social channels the week of September 15, 2014. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Must be legal resident of the 50 United States and 21 years of age or older to participate. Void where prohibited. Subject to complete official rules located at www.JimBeamSingleStatement.com. Contest begins July 16, 2014, and ends August 17, 2014.

Throughout the contest entry period, fans will be able to watch a series of web videos featuring Noe and other Jim Beam® craftspeople to find out their role in the Jim Beam® Single Barrel process and for inspiration for their own “single statements.” 

For more information on the Jim Beam® “Single Barrel, Single Statement” Contest, please “Like” Jim Beam® on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jimbeam),  please “Follow” @jimbeam on Twitter, or visit www.JimBeamSingleStatement.com to enter.

About Jim Beam® Single Barrel Bourbon
•    Jim Beam® Single Barrel, the first ever single barrel bourbon from Jim Beam, is a smooth and approachable hand-crafted Kentucky Straight Bourbon bottled at 95 proof to commemorate the first barrel of Jim Beam® made in 1795.
•    Less than one percent of barrels qualify to be chosen for Jim Beam® Single Barrel with each producing more than 200 bottles that are individually bottled and hand-numbered with care to ensure a unique taste profile and premium quality for a perfectly crafted bourbon.
•    Barrels are carefully selected from a range of racks that excludes the top and bottom to ensure the perfect taste, consistency and color of this new, super-premium expression that marks the historic and exciting move by Jim Beam into the quickly growing arena of premium bourbons. 
•    Jim Beam® Single Barrel is a rich, full-bodied bourbon with well-balanced notes of vanilla, oak and caramel. The aroma carries a rich oaky background with a light spiciness.
•    Jim Beam® Single Barrel is the perfect sip and savor bourbon to enjoy neat or on the rocks.

About Beam Suntory Inc.
As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the flagship Jim Beam bourbon and Yamazaki Japanese whisky, as well as world renowned premium brands including Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek bourbons, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s,  Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur.  The company generates annual worldwide sales of approximately $4.6 billion excluding excise taxes.

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

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/jim-beam-taps-fans-own-personal-statements-to-help-co-create-bottle-labels-for-its-new-single-barrel-bourbon-american-whiskey-news/

Ailsa Bay Distillery

Tullibardine 34 Year Old 1980 Malts of Scotland

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul zo, augustus 10, 2014 07:41:07

Bottelaar: Malts of Scotland
Regio: Schotland (Highlands)
Fles: Tullibardine 34
Year Old 1980/2014 Malts of Scotland, Sherry Hogshead #MoS14023, 146 bts
Kleur: oud goud
ABV: 48,3%

Mokerslag

Een paar maanden
geleden (mei 2014) zette ik de nieuwe range officiële Tullibardine aan de
lippen, maar qua leeftijd komen die niet in de buurt van deze nieuwe Malts of
Scotland-botteling, die maar liefst 34 jaar rijpte op een sherryvat.
Tullibardine 1980, het is de eerste keer voor mij. Hij werd gedistilleerd in
mei 1980 en gebotteld in juni 2014.

Heerlijk zoete neus
op cacaoboter, geprakte banaan met bruine suiker, mirabellen, honing, bijenwas,
kruisbessen, maraschinokersen, vanille, amandelen en een hint van suikerspin.
Ja, dit is ronduit heerlijk! Ik kan niet meteen de vinger leggen op de kruiden,
maar ik zou durven zweren dat ik kaneel en saffraan ruik. Bangelijke neus, echt
waar. Dit is een feest. Als hij dat volhoudt op smaak, hebben we een winnaar.
Ook verdund. Je mag er wel niet teveel water aan toevoegen, natuurlijk. Met
water wordt hij wat groener. Tuinkruiden, bedoel ik dan.

Hij is bijzonder
romig op smaak, maar mierzoet met een zuurtje. De kruiden exploderen nu:
gember, nootmuskaat, kaneel, kruidnagel. Phew! Ik krijg het er warm van. Het
fruit van de neus keer weer, maar opgesmukt met wat appelsien. Zesty! Ondanks
het betrekkelijk bescheiden ABV heeft deze toch een flinke mokerslag in huis.
Lekker, hoor, ondanks dat de neus meer beloofde. Hij is meer dan fruitig genoeg
om als winnaar bestempeld te worden. Met water wordt hij iets minder fruitig en
kruidig, maar eerder groen – maar waarom zou je hier water aan toevoegen?

De finish is lang,
warm, zoet en tovert een glimlach op mijn gezicht.

Geweldige
Tullibardine. Water toevoegen hoeft niet, maar kan wel. 200 EUR? Dat vind ik
niet overdreven voor zo’n kanjer.

89/100

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door Mark Dermul op 31-07-2014
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America “August 2014 Outturn” – Scotch Whisky News

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The Society is having a Summer Sale until August 11th

Members receive 10% off all Society bottle orders placed through August 11th.

Cask No. 64.50                         $180 

Impressionist oil painting 

Speyside, Lossie 

The nose neat greeted us with fresh, floral and fruity aromas in the air. Warming sunshine, turquoise sky, fluffy white clouds, lots of birds tweeting in an orchard of flowering apple and peach trees with countless daffodils blossoming in the meadow. All very delicate with a vibrant mix of colours like an impressionist painting – you get the picture. The taste, much more intense, best described as a mixture of various Indian spices together with the fragrant, sweet and warm flavour of ground cinnamon like the German ginger cake Lebkuchen. With water sweeter aromas appear, bourbon vanilla, pancakes with melted butter and maple syrup and the taste fresh and sweet like a mango lassi with ginger nut biscuits. 

Drinking tip: Picnic in the meadow 

Colour: Sauternes wine

Cask: Refill barrel

Age: 23 years

Date distilled: February 1990

Alcohol: 56.4%

USA allocation: 120 bottles 

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Cask No. 3.215                                   $150 

Weird but wonderful 

Islay 

Gentle waves of smoke lapped across the nose – peat burning among sand dunes, perfumed wood smoke from a campfire – but also acid drops, chalk, hazelnut, charcoal, old leather books, sea-salt, lavender and violets – certainly complex. The unreduced palate seemed initially meaty – salty cured ham and Italian salami with caraway and peppercorns – quite delicious – then other things opened up – sweet smoke, charred oak, perfumed soap and fresh laundry. Water brought some fruit to the nose (perfumed peach, ripe Charentais melon). The palate now married a make-up bag to a first aid box; (slightly) weird but wonderful stuff from Islay’s oldest distillery. 

Drinking tip: For summer evenings in the garden – when the bats come out 

Colour: Pale primrose gold

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 18 years

Date Distilled: April 1995

Alcohol: 55.2%

USA allocation: 96 bottles

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Cask No. 41.58                                   $100 

Juicy, juicy, tart and fruity 

Speyside, Spey 

Someone described the initial nose as ‘half-constructed flat-pack furniture – wood, glue and puzzlement’; then we got custard creams, jammy dodgers, vanilla, lemon bonbons, pears in custard, sugared almonds and marzipan – sweetly attractive, in other words. The palate was busy; bittersweet, tart and fruity, with gooseberry jam, grapefruit, blackcurrant, lime pastilles and dark chocolate orange – plus light perfume and liquorice tingles at the end. The reduced nose found green apple, floral notes and pepper – pretty dynamic stuff. The palate became juicy and fruity (tinned pears, sherbet lemons, Starburst) with varnished wood – the flat-pack furniture finally completed. The distillery lies near Carron. 

Drinking tip: Quite a juicy, chirpy wee number – for a garden celebration or to spice up an outdoor tea-party 

Colour: Habitat pine

Cask: First-fill barrel

Age: 10 years

Date distilled: August 2003

Alcohol: 61.5%

USA allocation: 108 bottles 

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Cask No. 123.8                                             $120 

In the Spanish mountains 

Highland, Southern 

From the nose, we conjured an image of Spanish mountain villages – horses, hay-wains, orchards, citrus groves, rose gardens, sunshine on rosemary and rustic farm-labourers whittling wood. We also found plentiful sweetness in plum jam, juicy raisins, chocolate, toffee, marshmallows and fig rolls. Water brought out raspberry notes and Sangria. The palate was fruity, winey and tasty, with various jams, dried figs, vanilla sponge, Soreen and granola, but spicy notes of ginger, clove and chilli tweaked our tongues. Water sweetened it further resolving those tweaks into tingles –cranachan, jam tarts, Pavlova and posh Pimms. The distillery is near the West Highland Way. 

Drinking tip: Will get a conversation going, for sure 

Colour: Deep rose gold

Cask: Refill port pipe

Age: 12 years

Date Distilled: April 2001

Alcohol: 59.2%

USA allocation: 60 bottles

Please visit the Scotch Malt Whisky Society at http://www.smwsa.com/

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/scotch-malt-whisky-society-august-2014-outturn-scotch-whisky-news/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Canada August Outturn – Scotch Whisky News

Words to live by!! The August Outturn is full of great bottles, so keep calm, put your feet up and find the perfect scotch for you. For full tasting notes please visit http://www.smws.ca.

Cask No. 125.67 Clean and innocent
14 years old; 1st fill barrel; 58.7%
The nose is sweet (honey, meringue, toffee, creme brulee) and pleasantly woody (tea chests, coconut, polished Steinway) with lemon, leather, vanilla and elderflower. The palate evokes wooden toys, sticky with love and sweets (creme eggs, ice cream, custard) – fruitily perfumed with water.

Cask No. 77.30 Attractively accessible and mouth-watering
9 years old; refill hogshead; 61.9%
An attractive nose, brimming with barley sugars, fondants and shortbread; added interest from fresh linen, pear sorbet and orange zest; water brings mango, lime and daffodil stems. The easy-drinking, mouth-watering palate has stewed apples, pineapple tarts, toffee, tablet and sherbet fizz.

Cask No. 9.78 White chili chocolate
11 years old; 1st fill barrel; 59.3%
Sweet aromas dominate; brown sugar, golden syrup and cream of coconut. The taste is devilishly hot and lip tingling like white chili chocolate. With water fresher and slightly herbal on the nose and wonderfully smooth and creamy, white chocolate lime mousse, on the palate.

Cask No. 3.201 Scented wood smoke, lavender and violets
24 years old; 2nd fill sherry butt; 50.8%
Lots of scented wood-smoke on the nose – also polished furniture, rosemary, leather, marmalade on toast, toffee, cedar and carbolic. The palate has nice viscosity, wood smoke and ash (leather armchair by a log fire), charred orange peel, lavender and parma violets.

Cask No. 29.131 Buttercups, bothies and BBQs
17 years old; refill barrel; 60.6%
The unusual nose eventually balances sweetness and smoke – sugar puffs, vanilla and honey against coal, charred mackerel, rock-pools and oil lamps in bothies. The palate has caramelized onions, burnt schnitzel, mustard, tar, ash and smoke; lavender and buttercups in the background.

Cask No. 53.200 A day at the beach
18 years old; refill sherry butt; 59.8%
On the beach with fresh seaweed and overgrown wooden groynes next to a harbour where the boats are landing their catch. The taste is like fresh oysters with Tobasco and honey butter roasted scallops. Adding water, like eating ashy marshmallows and fresh rhubarb with an agave syrup.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/scotch-malt-whisky-society-of-canada-august-outturn-scotch-whisky-news/

Tullibardine 34 Year Old 1980 Malts of Scotland

Tullibardine 34 Year Old 1980 Malts of Scotland

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul zo, augustus 10, 2014 07:41:07

Bottelaar: Malts of Scotland
Regio: Schotland (Highlands)
Fles: Tullibardine 34
Year Old 1980/2014 Malts of Scotland, Sherry Hogshead #MoS14023, 146 bts
Kleur: oud goud
ABV: 48,3%

Mokerslag

Een paar maanden
geleden (mei 2014) zette ik de nieuwe range officiële Tullibardine aan de
lippen, maar qua leeftijd komen die niet in de buurt van deze nieuwe Malts of
Scotland-botteling, die maar liefst 34 jaar rijpte op een sherryvat.
Tullibardine 1980, het is de eerste keer voor mij. Hij werd gedistilleerd in
mei 1980 en gebotteld in juni 2014.

Heerlijk zoete neus
op cacaoboter, geprakte banaan met bruine suiker, mirabellen, honing, bijenwas,
kruisbessen, maraschinokersen, vanille, amandelen en een hint van suikerspin.
Ja, dit is ronduit heerlijk! Ik kan niet meteen de vinger leggen op de kruiden,
maar ik zou durven zweren dat ik kaneel en saffraan ruik. Bangelijke neus, echt
waar. Dit is een feest. Als hij dat volhoudt op smaak, hebben we een winnaar.
Ook verdund. Je mag er wel niet teveel water aan toevoegen, natuurlijk. Met
water wordt hij wat groener. Tuinkruiden, bedoel ik dan.

Hij is bijzonder
romig op smaak, maar mierzoet met een zuurtje. De kruiden exploderen nu:
gember, nootmuskaat, kaneel, kruidnagel. Phew! Ik krijg het er warm van. Het
fruit van de neus keer weer, maar opgesmukt met wat appelsien. Zesty! Ondanks
het betrekkelijk bescheiden ABV heeft deze toch een flinke mokerslag in huis.
Lekker, hoor, ondanks dat de neus meer beloofde. Hij is meer dan fruitig genoeg
om als winnaar bestempeld te worden. Met water wordt hij iets minder fruitig en
kruidig, maar eerder groen – maar waarom zou je hier water aan toevoegen?

De finish is lang,
warm, zoet en tovert een glimlach op mijn gezicht.

Geweldige
Tullibardine. Water toevoegen hoeft niet, maar kan wel. 200 EUR? Dat vind ik
niet overdreven voor zo’n kanjer.

89/100

Geproefd
door Mark Dermul op 31-07-2014
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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Distiller Expands Whiskey Recommendation Engine to include Social Features – Whisky News

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Distiller Expands Whiskey Recommendation Engine to include Social Features

Whiskey recommendation engine, Distiller, overhauled their platform on Thursday, July 31, to introduce the Distiller Community, with a suite of new features that helps connect whiskey lovers from all around the world. Share opinions, comment, like, and follow what’s going on from the new “Feed” located on a user’s profile, or directly from every whiskey page in Distiller.

Available on iOS, Android and web, Distiller’s whiskey recommendation engine uses tens-­of-­thousands of data points to analyze flavor profiles, price, reputation, even ‘giftability’ of a whiskey brand. Users activate the recommendation algorithm by answering a few questions about their tastes, and context on the situation, or can search for something more specific like scotch under $50.

New features

Notes Tab on Bottle Pages:

Read notes from other Distiller community members.

Liking and Commenting:

Like and comment on what other users are saying about whiskeys in Distiller.

Following:

Follow other users, see their Top Shelf, Collection, Wishlist, and read reviews.

Activity Feed

 

People Search:

Search for fellow whiskey lovers by toggling between “Whiskeys” and “People” on the search page, and can follow them directly from the search results, or click to see a user’s profile.

● Set notes to “private,” or keep them public to share with everyone.

About Distiller

Distiller is a discovery and recommendation companion that was developed for the beginners, adventurous, and discerning to explore their personal tastes and learn more about the craft, history, culture, and world of whiskey. Powered by a personal passion for whiskey and curated by respected whiskey professionals, Distiller is redefining the education and discovery element of the whiskey experience. Distiller is based in Seattle, WA and backed by Votiv Capital. Learn more at www.drinkdistiller.com , on Twitter at @drinkdistiller  and on Facebook at http://facebook.com/drinkdistiller

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/distiller-expands-whiskey-recommendation-engine-to-include-social-features-whisky-news/

Buffalo Trace Distillery Releases Fourteenth Round of Single Oak Project Bourbon – American Whiskey News

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Buffalo Trace Distillery Releases Fourteenth Round of

Single Oak Project Bourbon  

Experiment Focuses on Wood Seasoning and Char Level, with Insights from Industry Expert  

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Aug. 5, 2014) – Barrel stave seasoning and barrel char levels are the latest variables Buffalo Trace Distillery attempts to examine with the release of its fourteenth round of the Single Oak Project Bourbon.  This release features bourbons which were all aged in barrels made from the bottom half of the tree, while keeping the other variables such as entry proof (at 125), and warehouse type (all aged in Warehouse K, a wooden floor warehouse) the same.  The remaining variables, recipe (wheat or rye), grain size, barrel stave seasoning, and char level vary. 

To further explore the results of using different char levels and stave seasoning, Buffalo Trace turned to barrel expert Brad Boswell, president of Independent Stave Company, the cooperage Buffalo Trace partnered with on the Single Oak Project.  “Charring the wood breaks it down quickly and certainly changes the flavor, in a more intensive way than just seasoning. Charring provides more of the vanilla and caramel characters coming from the barrel.

A number three char (which is what Buffalo Trace used on some of the barrels in this release) takes approximately 45 seconds while a number four char (the other char level Buffalo Trace used on the barrels in this release) takes approximately 55 seconds.  The lighter char preserves more of the natural oak aroma and flavor (think a little spicy, a little earthy, with a touch of cedar). The heavier char provides more color and caramelization. Tannins will vary between these two types of barrels. The heavier char can also provide for more of a sweet smoke note that is often desired.” said Boswell. 

“Stave seasoning allows the wood to slowly break down (degrade) whereas charring and toasting breaks down the wood much more quickly. When the wood air seasons, the microbial activity breaks the wood down and the rain leaches out some of the tannins. The freezing and thawing breaks down the wood. Even the UV light breaks down the wood to some extent. The flavor of the wood changes as it breaks down.

Barrels with extended air seasoning with charring will provide a slightly different array of flavors as compared to barrels with less air seasoning and then similarly charred. The levels of smokiness, vanillin, caramelization, and tannin will vary between the two types of barrels,” continued Boswell.

If past online votes are any indication, fans prefer a lighter #3 char with a six month barrel stave seasoning, as barrel #82 remains in the lead for the past several months in a row.  Barrel #83 is right behind it though, with a darker, #4, char and also a six month stave seasoning.

            Reviews are still being encouraged, as two more releases will take place before this project ends in the summer of 2015.  More than 4,000 reviews have been given so far on www.singleoakproject.com.             

            The Single Oak Project is part of an intensive research project Buffalo Trace Distillery started conducting in 1999 by hand picking 96 trees with different wood grains and then dividing them into a top and bottom piece, yielding 192 unique sections. From there, staves were created from each section and were air dried for either 6 months or 12 months. After all the staves were air dried, a single barrel was created from each tree section, resulting in 192 total barrels. These barrels were given either a number three or a number four char and then filled with either wheat or rye recipe bourbon.

            To further the variety of experiments, the barrels were filled at two different proofs, 105 and 125 proof.  And if this wasn’t enough, two completely different warehouses were used, one with wooden floors and one with concrete floors.  In total, seven different variables were employed in Buffalo Trace’s ultimate experiment.

            For eight years the Distillery continued with its tracking process, creating intricate databases and coming up with a potential of 1,396 tasting combinations from these 192 barrels!

            The Single Oak Project Bourbon is being released in a series every three months from 2011 through 2015 until all of the 192 barrels have been released. The first release hit select stores in 2011.  This fourteenth release will reach stores towards the end of August. Like all the other releases, the quantities are very limited. Every case will contain 12 bottles, each from a different barrel. The fourteenth release is made up of barrel numbers 2, 12, 34, 44, 66, 76, 98, 108, 130, 140, 162, and 172. All releases will be packaged in a 375ml bottle. Suggested retail pricing per bottle is $46.35.   

            At the conclusion of the Single Oak Project, the Distillery plans to take the top rated Single Oak Project Bourbon and make more just like it, under the Single Oak name.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1786 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year.” Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/buffalo-trace-distillery-releases-fourteenth-round-of-single-oak-project-bourbon-american-whiskey-news/

Only 1 Month Until Maltstock 2014! – Whisky News

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The Relaxed Whisky Weekend
5 – 7 September 2014

Only 1 month till Maltstock 2014!

Just one month to practice for the whisky quiz, to save for the raffle, to train your liver, to get some extra sleep, to decide which whisky you will be bringing, to buy earplugs, and also just one more month you have to wait.

Let us announce some feature:
– Blind bottle battle
– the Whisky Belle – Campfire tasting
– Friday Pizza day!
– Relaxed Raffle prices
– Masterclass deadline

Blind Bottle Battle:

You have the best club bottling in the world you want everybody to know about? You have a stunning private bottling you want to share? Want to have your random bottle of whisky judged by your peer knowledgable Maltstock guests and win fabulous prizes? Besides having a fair chance at immortal fame and glory? Have a crack at it all in our Blind Bottle Battle!! Bring an extra bottle and have it brought to a blind tasting during Maltstock at the Gathering.

Compete in one of two categories:
– non Scotch whisk(e)y
– 50% + VOL Scotch

There is a prize for the winner bottle in every category and a prize for the best tasting note.

The rules are simple:

1. The bottle must fit into one of the named categories and be submitted to the Maltstock crew unopened before Saturday the 6th of September at Maltstock.
2. One bottle per team/ person can be submitted per category.
3. Relax! it’s just for fun remember?
4. It is fun to know about the prize of the bottle so be so kind as to share it with us and everybody else.

Annabel Meikle tasting:

With great pleasure we announce that Annabel Meikle is coming to Maltstock this year. The Whisky Belle will host a tasting for you at the campfire place. She will be at Maltstock the whole weekend, so there’s plenty of opportunity to take a selfie with Annabel. thewhiskybelle.com

Friday = Pizza day!!:

Instead of Chinese food we are doing something different this year. We have freshly baked pizza. Ecopizza.nl is bringing their ovens and Chefs to make delicious pizza for you to enjoy.

This will take a bit more time. So dinner will be more relaxed. Don’t worry, with 1.5 pizza per person there’s more than enough for everyone.

Win a free stay at Dornoch Castle or 100,- Pounds bar credit:

Dornoch castle have very kindly donated a few amazing prizes for you to win at Maltstock this year:
– 2 nights BB in a double/twin room
– 1 night BB and dinner in a double/twin room
– a whopping 100,- pounds bar credit

Last but not least (Let us know which Masterclasses you prefer):

Try not to forget to let us know which Masterclasses you prefer!!!! Do this before 24 August!! Otherwise we won’t be able to assign Masterclasses to you. Thanks!

See you in about a month, we can’t wait!

Relaxed greetings,
Annette, Bob, Klaas, Stan, Teun and Jeroen

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/only-1-month-until-maltstock-2014-whisky-news/

Top Picks, New Arrivals & Back in Stock at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

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TOP PICKS!

  • Ardbeg Corryvreckan Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Elsewhere $82) ($69.99)
    96 points Whisky Advocate: “Powerful, muscular, well-textured, and invigorating. Even within the realm of Ardbeg, this one stands out. The more aggressive notes of coal tar, damp kiln, anise, and smoked seaweed are supported by an array of fruit (black raspberry, black cherry, plum), dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, bacon fat, kalamata olive, and warming cinnamon on the finish. Quite stunning! (Vol. 18, #3)” KL Notes: 2009 Scotch Whisky of the Year from the Malt Advocate! Named for Europe’s largest whirlpool, this whisky is now available on a full time basis, having replaced the beloved Beist. Like the whirlpool, Ardbeg Corryvreckan is heady, intense and powerful. Its finish is long and deep, leaving the sipper with a lingering, mysterious and enticing taste. It is without a doubt one of the best Ardbeg’s ever created and lends a bit of richness to balance out the spicy flavors. Lots of peat, lots of power, but always perfectly balanced. A malt to savor.

NEW ARRIVALS

  • Kilkerran “Work In Progress” #6 Bourbon Cask Single Malt Whisky 750ml – 9 available ($64.99)
  • Kilkerran “Work In Progress” #6 Sherry Cask Single Malt Whisky 750ml – 10 available ($64.99)

BACK IN STOCK

United States – Bourbon and Rye

  • Angel’s Envy 100 Proof Rye Whiskey 750ml (one bottle limit) – 4 available ($67.99)
  • Blanton’s Original Single Barrel Bourbon 750ml (oversized bottle, ships as 1.5L) – 1 available ($46.99)
  • Rock Hill Farms Kentucky Straight Bourbon 750ml (ships as 3L) – 4 available ($44.99)

KL Wine Merchants
http://www.klwines.com
Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)
Email: wine@klwines.com
San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/top-picks-new-arrivals-back-in-stock-at-kl-california-scotch-whisky-news-3/