EXCLUSIVE SINGLE CASK STUNNERS FROM DICKEL AT K&L CALIFORNIA – American Whiskey News

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It was this past September that we last received a shipment of single barrel exclusives from George Dickel. While not technically bourbon, these Tennessee whiskeys immediately grabbed the attention of wheated bourbon fans — revealing much the same profile as the most coveted bottlings in this category, but without cracking the $50 mark. Sweet, rich, and high proofed, they are precisely what the discerning bourbon drinker is looking for. As we anticipated, they flew out the door, so we’ve gone back and secured three more barrels. This set is every bit as impressive as the first, and are truly astounding finds — especially when you consider their price-to-quality ratio. By their very nature, quantities are super limited, so don’t wait too long to pick up these exclusive stunners.

Another recent arrival is the truly stunning Balvenie “Peat Week.” An outlier in Balvenie’s portfolio, this bold and smoky concoction is not some clever marketing ploy, but a truly unique expression from a distillery that’s made its name with subtle and nuanced Scotches. Consistently one of our favorite annual releases, this year’s expression is heavenly. It is crafted in a way that will appeal to longtime Balvenie fans, as well as the most ardent followers of Ardbeg, which is to say, it shows the perfect amount of smoke without masking the underlying complexity for which Balvenie is so well known.

And for our gin aficionados, we have available the much-lauded Malacca from Tanqueray. This Old Tom style was an underground success when it was released in 1997 until its mothballing a few short years later. Thankfully, with the rise of interest in artisanal gins, Tanqueray decided to reintroduce their delightful take on Old Tom. Citrusy, fresh, and with a soft approach, it is perfect for anyone who is on the hunt for the perfect mixing gin that also drinks beautifully on its own.

EXCLUSIVE SINGLE CASK STUNNERS FROM DICKEL

When you talk to passionate bourbon drinkers today, most of them are looking for the rich, sweet, boldly flavored, high-proof editions that seem to have completely evaporated from today’s market. Part of the reason the Van Winkle expressions (and the Weller bourbons by default) became so beloved, besides the pull of pop culture, has to do with their sweeter profile due to the lack of rye grain in the mash bill as a balance. While not technically categorized as bourbon (even though it qualifies as such, Dickel goes by Tennessee whiskey), the distillery’s high corn, low rye mash of 84% corn, 8% rye and 8% malted barley results in a whiskey brimming with sweetness and lighter on the peppery and herbaceous elements. The only thing that’s ever kept Dickel from becoming the next big thing in the American whiskey scene is the low proof, but that’s where the company’s single barrel program comes in. Each KL selected single cask of Dickel comes with a 9-year age statement and 51.5% ABV, dialing up the sweetness and sending serious bourbon fans into a frenzy.

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George Dickel “KL Exclusive” 9 Year Old Single Barrel #L8040K1007 Tennessee Whiskey (750ml) ($44.99)

Barrel K1007 is bold and spicy on the nose but big, sweet, and woody on the palate. This Tennessee Whiskey has the smooth finish you’d expect from its more famous cousin, bourbon.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: May 20, 2018

If you’ve loved the previous Dickel selections we’ve bottled, this is a worthy follow up. It’s big, bold, and spicy but with the classically smooth finish you want from Dickel. That spice is like you’ve mixed cinnamon and clove together with fresh saw dust. It’s beautiful and full and the perfect playmate for many different cocktails, especially those with a sweet vermouth.

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George Dickel “KL Exclusive” 9 Year Old Single Barrel #08D09F70415 Tennessee Whiskey (750ml) ($44.99)

Barrel 0415 is amazingly different from the majority of the Dickel barrels we have selected. There is a fruity component here that you just don’t often see in Bourbon (or Tennessee whiskey). In a way it seems to drink backwards from the other Dickel selections. It begins sweet, floral, and compels you to linger on the nose. The palate shows that signature smooth sweetness, and then Wham! the spice on the finish brings it all together.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: May 20, 2018

This is the most compelling of the Dickel Barrels to date. It’s noticeably different from anything else we’ve bottled before. While many single barrels are a riff on a theme, the nose here just jumps out as being wildly different. It’s fruity, intense, a bit floral, and is the kind of whiskey you’d be happy to nose all night long. The only problem with that plan is that it is so big, full, and rich on the palate that you’d be missing out on the sweet profile and long clean finish.

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George Dickel “KL Exclusive” 9 Year Old Single Barrel #L7233K1007 Tennessee Whiskey (750ml) ($44.99)

Barrel #1007 is the corniest of the bunch (in a good way) with lots of sweet grainy aromas and notes of buttered popcorn with baking spices on the palate. It’s never sweet or overtly rich, however, in spite of those characteristics. The finish is spicy and lively with hints of barrel char and rich oak that linger for minutes. It’s a whiskey for those looking for bourbon-like alternatives that still retain their favorite flavors.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

George Dickel is like your favorite musician. Any album they put out you just have to listen to because they’re all so damn good. This new barrel is no exception. It might be because I’ve been drinking so much of it that the twists and turns a new barrel brings stand out in interesting ways, but I think this is the best barrel of the season (and I’m afraid our last for a while). There is a darker caramel note here – almost fudge like. The wood spice takes a back seat to the sweetness of the corn itself. Endlessly smooth and still peppy at 103 proof, this is another home run.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/07/exclusive-single-cask-stunners-from-dickel-at-kl-california-american-whiskey-news/

PORT CHARLOTTE (BRUICHLADDICH) 10 YEAR OLD at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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PORT CHARLOTTE (BRUICHLADDICH) 10 YEAR OLD
$55.62
ABV: 50.0%
AGE: 10 Year Old
CASK TYPE: American oak wine cask matured
BOTTLER: Distillery
REGION: Islay

Port Charlotte 10 Year Old Islay single malt Scotch whiskey distilled at Bruichladdich Distillery. Heavily peated malt whisky distilled using Scottish grown barley. Matured in first fill and second fill american oak, second fill french wine casks. Bruichladdich Distillery was established in 1881 by the Harvey family of distillers based in Glasgow. Situated on the Rhinns peninsular on the island of Islay close and close to the sandy bays of Loch Indaal. Re-opened in 2001 with much of the original Victorian equipment restored to working order. The first release of Bruichladdich’s new whisky was the highly acclaimed PC5, the first release in the limited Port Charlotte range. Also producing very highly peated Octamore, Organic using Islay grown barley, and triple and quadruple distilled single malt and single cask releases. Bruichladdich distillery participates in Feis Ile, the annual Islay Whisky Festival.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/07/port-charlotte-bruichladdich-10-year-old-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/

Auchentoshan Three Wood Single Malt at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

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Auchentoshan Three Wood Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($56.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: “The name of this whisky is a nod to how its matured in three different casks: American Bourbon, Spanish oloroso and Pedro Ximénez Sherry. Its robust, with a deep amber hue and rich caramel scent. The flavor profile shows toffee, campfire smoke and a mouthwatering butterscotch note on the exhale. It almost reads like a peated Bourbon. (KN)” (12/2015)

KL Notes: A favorite of the employees at Auchentoshan and many at KL, the Three Wood is deep amber in color, nutty, rich and aromatic on the nose. It’s extremely full on the palate, sweet sherry flavors complement the high tones and fruity nature of the spirit. The finish is long and warm. Aged in Bourbon, Oloroso Sherry, and Pedro Ximenez casks the Three Wood is the perfect combination.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: June 30, 2018

This is a wonderful single malt for those looking for an easy drinker. The the nose is light and pretty with a hint of bees wax. In the mouth it is light and delicate with the sherry aging adding juicy notes. What makes this single so nice is that all of the flavor aspects are balanced and harmonious. There is a delicious finish.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: June 25, 2018

Filled in 3 different barrel types, this dram showcases American Bourbon casks, Spanish Olorosso butts, and unctuous Pedro Ximenez casks. This cask regimen does several things. The bourbon highlights the inherent fruity, vanilla cake, and creme brulee character of the spirit. The Olorosso adds gobs of cocoa, nuttiness, and toffee. And of course, the PX dials up a beautiful sweetness, intensity, and raisined fruits. While this triple casks regime adds layers of complexity, body, and richness, it also belies the notion that Lowland whisky is light and simple. At just $56.99 this is a shameless sherry dram for every day enjoyment. While the lowlands does have some highly coveted bottles, it’s this kind of easy enjoy-ability that makes it such a special place for whisky.

Will Blakely | KL Staff Member | Review Date: June 22, 2018

The Three Wood beautifully showcases the movement away from age statements and toward creative cask finishes. On the nose, it immediately offers enticing aromas of dried fruit, orange peel, caramelized sugar and ample spice. On the palate, it tastes full and complex despite its three distillations. Vanilla and dry sherry dominate at first but give way to soft tones of toffee and raisins. Typical of lowland malts, the finish brings a lingering nutty sweetness, but with a hint of charred wood. Altogether, it makes for an endlessly enjoyable dram that satisfies most any palate. I highly recommend this bottle for fans of bourbon or Irish whisky trying to break into Scottish single malts. It’s also a great pick for scotch drinkers looking for something new in a sherry-focused style.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/07/auchentoshan-three-wood-single-malt-at-kl-california-scotch-whisky-news/

Exclusive Cooley 14 Year Old 2003 Sherry Cask at The Whisky Barrel – Irish Whiskey News

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14 Year Old 2003 Irish Exclusive

Single cask sherry hogshead from a mystery distillery on the Cooley Peninsula. Bottled by our chums at Creative Whisky, this whiskey is a masterclass of tropical fruits and sweet sherry typical of Irish single malts. Just 264 bottles exclusive to The Whisky Barrel. 14 Year Old 2003 vintage Irish single malt whiskey distilled at a secret distillery in Ireland (just off the R173 regional road on the Cooley Peninsula). Single cask sherry hogshead #200503 distilled December 2003 and bottled June 2018 by The Creative Whisky Co for the Exclusive Malts series. Selected and bottled exclusively for The Whisky Barrel. 264 bottles. Cooley Distillery was established on the Cooley Peninsular in County Louth in 1987 by John Teeling. Cooley is an Irish whiskey distillery producing malt whisky, grain whisky, blended Irish whiskey, and both peated and unpeated Irish malt whiskey.

Buy – £57.14

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/07/exclusive-cooley-14-year-old-2003-sherry-cask-at-the-whisky-barrel-irish-whiskey-news/

THE IRRESSITABLE SINGLE CASKS OF JOHN MILROY at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

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THE IRRESSITABLE SINGLE CASKS OF JOHN MILROY

Over the years we’ve worked closely with nearly every Scottish independent bottler. Often times we are the first retailer in the U.S. to feature a particular brand, but it’s not often that we’re able to secure a truly exclusive sale. We’re not an importer and have no particular rights or claims to any brand. Instead, we build relationships through positive interaction and responsible stewardship. We’ve brought many brands to the US that our importers would otherwise not have the opportunity to sell and likewise we’ve secured exclusive rights with certain international brands in California.

The John Milroy line of single malts is precisely one of those relationships. We’re not going over there to select casks. In fact, we rely on the honorable Doug McIvor to make his astute selections for the brand. He is the Director of Spirits for the formidable Berry Bros Rudd Co. in London. This wonderful company is a hybrid of high-end retailer, negociant, independent bottler, and brand incubator. He started his illustrious career running the Milroy of Soho whisky shop – the baby (the shop is tiny) of brothers John and Wallace Milroy. When Jack Milroy sold his diminutive Soho shop, he turned to Doug to help continue his legacy of bottling exceptional single malts.

We’ve tried many times to work directly with BBR and had only limited success. Our industry is a complicated web of relationships, trade agreements, and back channel dealings. Most brands can’t simply turn around and sell products to us directly. We’re just not a big enough fish to fry when it comes to some of the other national relationships BBR has developed over the years. When the Milroy line came up as an independent brand free from the complexities of Berry Bros other dealings, I jumped on the opportunity to work with them. While these aren’t true direct buys and we only take a fraction of the total amount imported, we are negotiating incredibly advantageous pricing and selling these exclusively in California. That means if you live in CA, you’re going to spend 30-50% less for a bottle of Milroy’s than if you lived anywhere else in the world.

After our initial purchase a year ago, we’ve had to wait a long time before the right casks popped up. Since we’re not fully in control and even though Milroy is offering exceptional quality across the board, we simply can’t offer products that don’t provide our customers with the extreme level of value that they expect. We’re lucky to have found these three special casks that represent the ethos brand and its highly distinctive style perfectly; an odd, yet wonderful Island whisky, a shockingly affordable and bizarrely drinkable young peater and a classic zesty summer Speysider. We’re still a few months out from the next big container of whisky (The Season is coming, don’t worry) but these three gorgeous casks will help you bridge the gap.

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2013 Staoisha (Heavily Peated Bunnahabhain) 3 Year Old “John Milroy – KL Exclusive” Single Barrel Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($34.99)

An astonishing whisky in so many ways. We’ve tasted young peaty whisky many times and while it can sometimes be delicious (I’m thinking Kilchoman here), it’s typically much more neutered and spirity than you’d expect. The peatiness can take many years to really poke through, especially when you’ve got high proof and powerful malt to hide behind. This goofy whisky, however, is exactly the opposite. It’s a true peat bomb even at this young age. But that’s not all: the dense ashy smoke is tamed by robust sweet malt and some hints of salty fruit. This is an impressive whisky by any account and while it will by no means be in anyone’s top five, I’ll challenge anyone to name a more interesting and drinkable cask strength peater under $35 that’s even half as good. I’m not sure what they’re doing over there at the bay north of Port Askaig, but there’s definitely something amazing happening there. We can only pray that we’ll continue to see such affordable and delicious whiskies coming out of Scotland in the future.

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2008 Tobermory 8 Year Old “John Milroy – KL Exclusive” Single Refill Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($54.99)

This crazy little Tobermory is exactly what I love about this unique distillery on the Isle of Mull. It was filled into a used sherry butt in 2008. This distillery sometimes gets a bad rap, in particular because the independently bottled stuff is usually filled into 4th and 5th fill cask. The slightly feinty style of the malt really needs some higher quality oak to be softened enough to release its complexity, but once it does it can be an absolute treat. There’s no question that Tobermory has the potential to provide incredible depth and enjoyment, but it’s often a challenging whisky not necessarily designed for the novice. This particular cask represents that dichotomy perfectly. Second fill sherry butts are perhaps the perfect vessel for this funky spirit, adding and taking from the whisky in perfect balance. As expected this whisky is fun and funky, but it also represents one of the starkest examples of the benefits a few drops of fine spring water can bring to a quality single malt like this one. It’s nearly mandatory with something this youthful to at least try it with a few drops of water and thank god we did because this thing absolutely transforms. What was once hard edged and idiosyncratic is now opulent and enlightening. There is a complete turnaround in the glass and one of the most unique and exciting drinking experiences we can offer at any price point. An odd yet beautiful whisky that will appeal to the real malt geek.

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1995 Glen Keith 21 Year Old “John Milroy – KL Exclusive” Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($109.99)

This wonderful cask of Glen Keith was selected by our friend Doug McIvor for its exceptional balance and character. The distillery in Keith has been rare in modern times due to its closure from 2000 until 2013. While it served as a partner to neighboring Strathisla as one of the component malts in the Chivas Blend, it was also the site of much experimentation and some unusual production techniques. There they developed unique yeast strains and alternative ways of peating whisky–namely the use of extremely peaty water to ferment the mash. Keith has long remained out of sight and out of mind of the modern whisky consumer, but now we’re starting to see wonderful casks pop up from the period right before the closure. The gorgeous aromas and purity of malt are astounding. Extremely round, ripe orchard fruit and subtle highland grasses. The seamless body and silky texture are what set this whisky apart and create the perfect frame for the creamy malt and subtle savory nuttiness to balance the zippy citrus and apple fruit. A subtle whisky that might seem a little shy at first, but blossoms into something absolutely lovely. An easy go to for the summer Scotch drinker.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/07/the-irressitable-single-casks-of-john-milroy-at-kl-california-scorch-whisky-news/

THE IRRESSITABLE SINGLE CASKS OF JOHN MILROY at K&L California – Scorch Whisky News

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THE IRRESSITABLE SINGLE CASKS OF JOHN MILROY

Over the years we’ve worked closely with nearly every Scottish independent bottler. Often times we are the first retailer in the U.S. to feature a particular brand, but it’s not often that we’re able to secure a truly exclusive sale. We’re not an importer and have no particular rights or claims to any brand. Instead, we build relationships through positive interaction and responsible stewardship. We’ve brought many brands to the US that our importers would otherwise not have the opportunity to sell and likewise we’ve secured exclusive rights with certain international brands in California.

The John Milroy line of single malts is precisely one of those relationships. We’re not going over there to select casks. In fact, we rely on the honorable Doug McIvor to make his astute selections for the brand. He is the Director of Spirits for the formidable Berry Bros Rudd Co. in London. This wonderful company is a hybrid of high-end retailer, negociant, independent bottler, and brand incubator. He started his illustrious career running the Milroy of Soho whisky shop – the baby (the shop is tiny) of brothers John and Wallace Milroy. When Jack Milroy sold his diminutive Soho shop, he turned to Doug to help continue his legacy of bottling exceptional single malts.

We’ve tried many times to work directly with BBR and had only limited success. Our industry is a complicated web of relationships, trade agreements, and back channel dealings. Most brands can’t simply turn around and sell products to us directly. We’re just not a big enough fish to fry when it comes to some of the other national relationships BBR has developed over the years. When the Milroy line came up as an independent brand free from the complexities of Berry Bros other dealings, I jumped on the opportunity to work with them. While these aren’t true direct buys and we only take a fraction of the total amount imported, we are negotiating incredibly advantageous pricing and selling these exclusively in California. That means if you live in CA, you’re going to spend 30-50% less for a bottle of Milroy’s than if you lived anywhere else in the world.

After our initial purchase a year ago, we’ve had to wait a long time before the right casks popped up. Since we’re not fully in control and even though Milroy is offering exceptional quality across the board, we simply can’t offer products that don’t provide our customers with the extreme level of value that they expect. We’re lucky to have found these three special casks that represent the ethos brand and its highly distinctive style perfectly; an odd, yet wonderful Island whisky, a shockingly affordable and bizarrely drinkable young peater and a classic zesty summer Speysider. We’re still a few months out from the next big container of whisky (The Season is coming, don’t worry) but these three gorgeous casks will help you bridge the gap.

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2013 Staoisha (Heavily Peated Bunnahabhain) 3 Year Old “John Milroy – KL Exclusive” Single Barrel Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($34.99)

An astonishing whisky in so many ways. We’ve tasted young peaty whisky many times and while it can sometimes be delicious (I’m thinking Kilchoman here), it’s typically much more neutered and spirity than you’d expect. The peatiness can take many years to really poke through, especially when you’ve got high proof and powerful malt to hide behind. This goofy whisky, however, is exactly the opposite. It’s a true peat bomb even at this young age. But that’s not all: the dense ashy smoke is tamed by robust sweet malt and some hints of salty fruit. This is an impressive whisky by any account and while it will by no means be in anyone’s top five, I’ll challenge anyone to name a more interesting and drinkable cask strength peater under $35 that’s even half as good. I’m not sure what they’re doing over there at the bay north of Port Askaig, but there’s definitely something amazing happening there. We can only pray that we’ll continue to see such affordable and delicious whiskies coming out of Scotland in the future.

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2008 Tobermory 8 Year Old “John Milroy – KL Exclusive” Single Refill Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($54.99)

This crazy little Tobermory is exactly what I love about this unique distillery on the Isle of Mull. It was filled into a used sherry butt in 2008. This distillery sometimes gets a bad rap, in particular because the independently bottled stuff is usually filled into 4th and 5th fill cask. The slightly feinty style of the malt really needs some higher quality oak to be softened enough to release its complexity, but once it does it can be an absolute treat. There’s no question that Tobermory has the potential to provide incredible depth and enjoyment, but it’s often a challenging whisky not necessarily designed for the novice. This particular cask represents that dichotomy perfectly. Second fill sherry butts are perhaps the perfect vessel for this funky spirit, adding and taking from the whisky in perfect balance. As expected this whisky is fun and funky, but it also represents one of the starkest examples of the benefits a few drops of fine spring water can bring to a quality single malt like this one. It’s nearly mandatory with something this youthful to at least try it with a few drops of water and thank god we did because this thing absolutely transforms. What was once hard edged and idiosyncratic is now opulent and enlightening. There is a complete turnaround in the glass and one of the most unique and exciting drinking experiences we can offer at any price point. An odd yet beautiful whisky that will appeal to the real malt geek.

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1995 Glen Keith 21 Year Old “John Milroy – KL Exclusive” Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($109.99)

This wonderful cask of Glen Keith was selected by our friend Doug McIvor for its exceptional balance and character. The distillery in Keith has been rare in modern times due to its closure from 2000 until 2013. While it served as a partner to neighboring Strathisla as one of the component malts in the Chivas Blend, it was also the site of much experimentation and some unusual production techniques. There they developed unique yeast strains and alternative ways of peating whisky–namely the use of extremely peaty water to ferment the mash. Keith has long remained out of sight and out of mind of the modern whisky consumer, but now we’re starting to see wonderful casks pop up from the period right before the closure. The gorgeous aromas and purity of malt are astounding. Extremely round, ripe orchard fruit and subtle highland grasses. The seamless body and silky texture are what set this whisky apart and create the perfect frame for the creamy malt and subtle savory nuttiness to balance the zippy citrus and apple fruit. A subtle whisky that might seem a little shy at first, but blossoms into something absolutely lovely. An easy go to for the summer Scotch drinker.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/07/the-irressitable-single-casks-of-john-milroy-at-kl-california-scorch-whisky-news/

THE LOWLAND DELIGHTS OF AUCHENTOSHAN at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

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THE LOWLAND DELIGHTS OF AUCHENTOSHAN

Often overlooked, the Lowlands have a tremendous experience to offer. Specifically – an elegant drinking experience for those that actually love to drink their whisky, not just watch it collect dust on the shelf. Featured here is one of our favorite Lowland distilleries: Auchentoshan. The only Scottish malt to be 100% triple distilled, the entire lineup screams elegance and harmony. That’s not to say the whiskies are all light, which is often the notion regarding lowland malts. The base of all Auchentoshan expressions, the unpeated new malt spirit, is light and fruity with a beautiful character reminiscent of a fresh farmhouse ale, complete with a full complement of stone fruit notes and lovely baked-bread aromas. This is the DNA of Auchentoshan – a clean, bright, and fruity malt. This lighter bodied spirit plays very well in a wide variety of casks, but has the intensity of flavor to stand up to even boldest of sherry casks and still hold its character.

Auchentoshan Three Wood Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($56.99)

One of the most impressive bottlings in Auchentoshan’s line up is the humble Three Wood. Filled in three different barrel types, this dram showcases American Bourbon casks, Spanish Oloroso butts, and unctuous Pedro Ximenez casks. This cask regimen does several things. The bourbon highlights the inherent fruity, vanilla cake, and creme brulee character of the spirit. The Olorosso adds gobs of cocoa, nuttiness, and toffee. And of course, the PX dials up a beautiful sweetness, intensity, and raisined fruits. While this triple casks regime adds layers of complexity, body, and richness, it also belies the notion that Lowland whisky is light and simple. At just $56.99 this is a shameless sherry dram for everyday enjoyment. While the Lowlands does have some highly coveted bottles, it’s this kind of easy enjoy-ability that makes it such a special place for whisky.

Auchentoshan “Bartender’s Malt – Edition 1″ Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($44.95)

Equally as noteworthy is the “Bartender’s Malt – Edition 1.” Auchentoshan named this whisky the “Bartender’s Malt” because it was designed and blended by a team of twelve different bartenders from all over the world who helped to select the barrels. Here’s the really compelling part: they used single malt whisky from the 1970s, ‘80s, ‘90s, 2000s, and current decade in the blend, from ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry, ex-wine, and even German oak barrels! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: innovative blends like this are what’s going to drive the business forward, especially in a market where single barrel pricing is proving to be cost prohibitive and access is getting more and more difficult. For a very affordable price, this is a drinker’s whisky. It is absolutely jam-packed with sweet barley flavor, loads of vanilla, spicy ginger, candied orange peel, and a symphony of oak and baking spices on the finish that light up your mouth for minutes with distinct and supple flavors of milk chocolate. Bottled at 47% ABV, it’s got punch as well.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/07/the-lowland-delights-of-auchentoshan-at-kl-california-scotch-whisky-news/

Milroys Web Exclusive: BenRiach & GlenDronach – Scotch Whisky News

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NEW PRODUCTS FROM 
BENRIACH DISTILLERY CO.

BenRiach Single Cask:

2008 / PEATED / PORT CASK
Batch 15. 9 years old, 61.7%, Cask #2048
£69.95
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2007 / PEATED / OLOROSSO SHERRY CASK
Batch 15. 10 years old, 58.3%, Cask #3071
£79.95
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2007 / OLOROSSO SHERRY CASK

Batch 15. 10 years old, 58.5%, Cask #3236
£75.95
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GlenDronach Cask Strength:
OLOROSSO PEDRO XIMENEZ CASKS
Batch 7, 57.9%
£59.95
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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/07/milroys-web-exclusive-benriach-glendronach-scotch-whisky-news/

The 2018 Kilchoman Loch Gorm and Port Cask Matured Are Here! – Scotch Whisky News

This is the second Port Cask Matured expression released by Kilchoman, the first, launched in 2014 being one of the most talked about Kilchoman releases in the distillery’s thirteen-year history.  The 2018 edition is a vatting of thirty ruby port hogsheads filled in 2014, yielding a total of 10,000 bottles.  The distillery’s commitment to full term maturation has continued, with the decision to age only in port casks rather than using such barrels for finishing.  This gives the whisky an added dimension, with layers of red fruits, creamy vanilla and floral sweetness that flood in with the intensity expected of a 50% abv bottling strength.

“Historically our port and sherry matured releases have received a very positive response from the whisky community, I think the 2018 editions are probably the best versions of these expressions we’ve released to date so I’m excited to see the how these latest editions are received”

~ Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder.

Bottled at 50% ABV     ||     RRP: $124.99

Nose:   Red fruits with light citrus, earthy peat smoke and hints of creamy sweetness.

Palate: Redcurrant jam, cinnamon with layers of citrus, floral sweetness and coastal influence.

Finish:  Layers of cooked red fruits, vanilla, peat and lasting intensity.

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KILCHOMAN LOCH GORM 2018 Loch Gorm is the exclusively sherry matured limited edition has been a feature of the Kilchoman range since 2012. The 2018 release of 15,000 bottles is made up of nineteen oloroso sherry butts filled in 2007, 2008 and 2011, containing some of the oldest sherry casks ever filled at Kilchoman.

The Loch Gorm is the only global release from Kilchoman that is matured solely in sherry casks, with its combination of rich sherry notes, cooked fruits and subtle Islay peat, it’s not surprising that this is one of the distillery’s best-selling single malts.

Bottled at 46% ABV     ||     RRP: $109.99

Nose: Orange peel, cloves, mixed spice and cooked fruits.

Palate: A beautiful balance of spicy richness, cooked fruits and peat smoke.

Finish: Mouth filling peat smoke, lasting tropical sweetness and rich dried fruit.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/07/the-2018-kilchoman-loch-gorm-and-port-cask-matured-are-here-scotch-whisky-news/

Springbank 21 Years (Boutique-y Whisky)

This Springbank 21 Years was botted by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It was drawn from Madeira casks, which apparently were also used in the recipe of this year’s Springbank 21 bottled for the Open Day 2018.

It seems Springbank experimented a lot with Madeira wood around 1996-1997.

 

 

Springbank 21 Years - That Boutiquey Whisky CoSpringbank 21 Years - That Boutiquey Whisky CoSpringbank 21 yo (47,5%, That Boutique-y Whisky Company 2018, Batch #8, 911 btl.)

Nose: classic Springbank, showing dusty leather, lamp oil, hints of ‘clean’ flints and roasted nuts. Then more towards orange marmalade and dried figs, apricots, strawberry jam and Christmas cake. Delicate smoke. Cinnamon pastry, roasted chestnuts and tiny hints of pumpernickel. Mouth: less classic and slightly lighter than expected. There’s chocolate and toffee but also (sour) blueberries and apricots. Orange peel. Nice hints of roasted coffee beans and earthy malt in the background, with delicate peat and oak char. Hints of fruit tea as well. Finish: long, with more of the charred notes and treacle.

The Madeira casks help to make this pretty great, if a little uncommon. Highly appealing Springbank, one that comes recommended especially if you want to see a different version. You can get it from Master of Malt.

Score: 90/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/springbank/springbank-21-years-boutiquey-whisky/