Three Ships Select 5YO LR


To thank dad for being the great man that he is, choose the proudly South African, Three Ships Premium Select 5 Year Old, gold medal winner at the 2014 International Spirits Challenge (ISC) held annually in London and announced on 5 June.  

The whisky, an artful blend of grain and malt whiskies, is crafted by master distiller Andy Watts, who for the past 23 years has firmly placed the South African whisky industry on the global map. The whisky is produced at The James Sedgwick’s Distillery in the Boland town of Wellington, along with the Three Ships Select, Three Ships Bourbon Cask and the limited-edition Three Ships 10 Year Old Single Malt. 

The Three Ships Premium Select 5 Year Old is a tribute to the time Andy spent on the Isle of Islay where many years ago, he fell in love with the island and its iconic peaty whiskies. Andy uses peated barley, distilled in copper stills along with grain spirit, distilled in column stills, to create a beautifully balanced and well-integrated blended whisky. The whisky spends five years in oak developing its aromatic, full peaty and fruity character. Andy recommends enjoying this full bodied whisky neat with a dash of water and pairing it with blue cheese, chicken liver pâté, smoked chicken or Pancetta. 

The Three Ships Premium Select 5 Year Old is available from leading liquor outlets and retails for about R125.

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Ardbeg Auriverdes

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Ardbeg Auriverdes logoAs a yearly tradition, Ardbeg releases a new limited expression for Ardbeg Day. This year, the result is Ardbeg Auriverdes.Its name is inspired by Brazil: Auri means golden (the liquid) and verde is green (the bottle). I really, really don’t care for these kind of half-baked marketing tricks – come on, Ardbeg tied in with a World Cup – why?

Ardbeg Auriverdes is a ‘designer whisky’. It has been distilled in 2002 and matured in second fill American oak casks, with custom toasted lids. Ardbeg has done some pretty successful experiments with toasted oak before (think of Ardbeg 1998 cask 1189 and cask 1190). In this case one cask head was toasted lightly (to invoke vanilla flavours) and the other one more dark (to invoke mocha).

You could buy Ardbeg Auriverdes at one of the Ardbeg embassies, but you’ll have a hard time chasing it now.


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(49,9%, OB 2014, 6660 btl.)

Nose: Ardbeg alright. Typical iodine, peat and a pickled green pepper / mustard sharpness. Burnt toast and tarry ropes. Smoked fish. Soft citrus. Hints of coffee, although I’m not getting the big emphasis on mocha aromas that Ardbeg is promoting. Peppery notes. A tire shop. Chalky notes. Also a roundness – I wouldn’t call it fruity but there are estery notes and vanilla nonetheless. Complex and balanced. Mouth: starts with a slight sweetness (sweet bacon) before it turns to big smoke and lots of medicinal notes. Also faint bitter notes: grapefruit zest, roasted coffee beans. A little more narrow than the nose. The mocha does come out in the aftertaste. Mouth: really long, sooty, with some dark chocolate and a pronounced oakiness.

Great nose, with maybe a little too much sharpness on the palate to be entirely stunning, but it’s way better than what I expected from what’s essentially a result of clever marketing. One of the best modern Ardbegs in my opinion. Around € 100.

Score: 89/100

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Father’s Day Favorites at Park Avenue Liquor New York – Scotch Whisky News

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Exclusive offers for one-of-a-kind Dads from the Park Ave Liquor Shop.

Dad needs a drink.
This Father’s Day, get the special Dad in your life a bottle that is as unique as he is. The Park Avenue Liquor Shop has some great, exclusive bottles that recently arrived on our shelves. All are limited edition and can only be found here but we think ‘Dad’ is worth it. See below for some great gift options and feel free to contact us with any questions.

Jonathan Eric
The Park Avenue Liquor Shop
292 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Adopt a bottle of Orphan Barrel: Barterhouse Bourbon

This hard-to-find 20 year old bourbon from Diageo is creamy, smooth and has very approachable dessert-like notes. Think honey, vanilla, orange creamsicle, peach pie and a medley of tropical fruits. The mashbill is 86% corn, 8% barley and 6% rye. In other words this is not an oaky bourbon. An easy-going bourbon for an easy-going Dad.
Rated 90 by Whisky Advocate

New Exclusive Bottlings at the Park Avenue Liquor Shop.

The Single Malt Whisky Society:
Highland Park 1989, 24 year old
Park Avenue Liquor Shop Exclusive

“Hunting Hound on Holiday”
Our newest exclusive is our first in collaboration with The Scotch Malt Whiskey Society. Code 4.180 translates as follows – 4 = Highland Park Distillery and 180 means this is their 180th private cask from that distillery. This 24 year old has been named, “Hunting Hound on Holiday.” Why? Well that’s a ‘Society Secret’. What we can tell you is that on the nose is mixture of sea-salt, peat, leather and ripe cheries. The palate is rich, chewy, and has a balance that’s both sweet and woody. At the finish you’ll experience a long buttery brightness.
Only 213 bottles have been made. (Ex-bourbourbon Hogshead cask.)
Price: $225/bottle

A.D Rattray: Littlemill
1991, 22 year old
Park Avenue Liquor Shop Exclusive

Littlemill. Big Scotch.
Coming to us from the Lowlands via A.D. Rattray is this unique Littlemill bottling. We purchased cask #558 for its impressive and complex notes. This un-chill filtered, cask strength beauty has a bouquet of fresh cut hay, dry fruits and peppers. On the palate is sweet vanilla, more green peppers and sugar/cinnamon. It all ends with a satisfying, spiced finish.
Only 273 bottles have been produced. (Hogshead cask.)
Price: $160/bottle


Compass Box: The Peat Monster
10th Anniversary ~ Cask Strength, Limited Release
Park Avenue Liquor Shop Exclusive

Our very own ‘Monster’
“As you’d expect, solid peat is the first thing out of the glass, but this isn’t just a peat beast. Underneath are honey, dried fruit, and malt. The palate is all about balance, with honeyed malt raisin, and oak spice all complementing smoky peat. A lush mouthfeel makes you forget it’s cask strength. A pure love note in a glass from Compass Box to Park Avenue Liquor. 95 Points ”
– Whiskey Advocate (Summer 2014 issue)
Only 300 bottles have been made.
Price: $120/bottle

Due to ever-changing inventory, we cannot guarantee bottle availability. Please contact the store with any questions. Not responsible for any typographical errors.

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Loch Fyne Whiskies “Kilchoman Machir Bay 2013 – Tasting Review” – Scotch Whisky News

10 years ago if I had said the words “Kilchoman Distillery” you wouldn’t have had a clue what I was talking about. However, today Kilchoman Distillery, the first distillery to be established on the island of Islay in over 124 year, is kicking up quite the storm within the whisky world.

The distillery itself, which is one of the smallest in Scotland, is located on a quaint farm on the western side of Islay. The distillery only started bottling single malt whisky in 2008.

In 2012 they released Machir Bay 2012, Kilchoman’s core expression which later that year went on to win the prestigious IWSC 2012 Gold Medal – Best in Class. We remember tasting that very whisky ourselves and being blown away with what this small new farm distillery had managed to produce.

So today we sit down with the next in the line, the Machir Bay 2013 eager to see how this spectacular whiskies character has developed.

The Machir Bay 2013 is a vatting of 4 and 5 year old ex-bourbon casks, with the 4 year casks being finished in Oloroso sherry butts for 4 weeks prior to bottling at 46% ABV.

John MacLellan, the manager at Kilchoman Distillery says;

The 2013 Machir Bay displays further evolution of the 2012 release, showing more maturation flavours from the excellent cask regime and is softer and more rounded with lovely creamy mouth- filling flavours.”

As we tear away the seal and uncork the bottle an excitement grows. The Machir Bay 2012 was one of that years stand out whiskies for us and has been a personal favourite of mine ever since. Pouring myself a dram, I can hardly contain myself; will my old friend surprise?

Lifting the glass to the nose I am instantly transported to Islay. I am greeted by that classic Islay peat, bold and smoky it lingers yet dancing in the background are some softer fruitier notes. On the palate these fruits get more room to come forward. There is a sweetness, a soothing vanilla which in true Islay style leads to a long and rounded finish.

Having had time to dwell on my thoughts, I would definitely say that the Machir Bay 2013 is still a strong dram.  What I noticed with the 2013, compared to the 2012, is that the finish is harsher; it packs more of a peppery punch. As a fan of big peaty characters, I can appreciate this though and found it to be rather warming; the perfect dram for when the cold Autumn nights start to draw in.

Overall, I would say that my preference still lies with the Machir Bay 2012, but fans of the 2012 and Kilchoman Distillery will in no way be disappointed.

Discover this whisky for yourself, buy a bottle of Kilchoman Machir Bay 2013 today!


Next time I will be continuing the story of Machir Bay by reviewing the Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014 release!

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Arran 17yr Limited Release Available in USA! – Scotch Whisky News


Arran 17yr Limited Release Available in USA!

We are very proud to introduce the Arran 17-year-old, the second in the trilogy of limited edition Single Malts leading up to the first ever official 18-year-old. This Limited Edition release of The Arran Malt at 17 year-old has been produced from un-peated malted barley and matured in the finest ex-Sherry casks. The whisky has not been artificially colored and has not been chill filtered at bottling thus retaining the full range of aromas and flavors which typify this unique Island Single Malt. Only 9,000 bottles of The Arran Malt 17-Year-Old have been released worldwide. A simply stunning whisky!

Bottled at 46% ABV

Tasting Notes
Color: Antique Gold with copper highlights
Aroma: Warm spices, candied citrus peel and tinned mandarins with classic Arran orchard fruits.
Palate: Sweet spice and cigar tobacco. Water adds depth and reveals dark chocolate and orange oil.

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New Whiskies, Father’s Day Gifts & USA Shipping Recommences From Arkwrights – Whisky News


All sorts of interesting new whiskies and spirits have been arriving through our door over the last few months and now we’ve got our lovely new shelving (thanks Chris the Chippy!) it’s a lot easier to browse through it all.  If you aren’t able to visit us in person then it’s also really easy to browse our new Scotch Whisky arrivals and other New Products online.  If you’re a peat lover then don’t miss out on the two peated releases from AnCnoc – Flaughter and Rutter, we can thoroughly recommend them.  If peat’s not your style then there are plenty of other delights, including the new Arran 17 year old, and if you enjoy making cocktails the Plum Sake we now stock tastes luscious on its own as well as in cocktails (see below for recipe).

With Father’s Day less than 2 weeks away (June 15th) then now’s the time to start thinking about what to buy for your Dad (and we don’t mean a pair of socks…).  We’ve got some suggestions for you in our Father’s Day gift section that cater for all tastes and budgets, and you might also want to have a browse through our Father’s Day Gift Guide.  Just contact us if you need any further advice/inspiration!

One final piece of news, we have now recommenced shipping to the USA and at very competitive rates.  Check out our Delivery page for more information.

Fran and Ken
Arkwrights Whisky and Wines




I was fortunate enough to attend the release tasting for this smoky whisky from Suntory’s Hakushu distillery and it was fascinating to taste through the component whiskies of various ages and from differing cask types that went into creating this expression. Fresh, minty and smoky it’s perfect for summer – I loved it.

Buy Online: £39.99


A real cracker of a whisky! Tomatin, but not as you know it. Rich and really smoky. We tried this at around 10am and were savouring the taste for the rest of the morning.

Buy Online: £ 199.99

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society “June Outturn: A Carousel of Flavours” – Scotch Whisky News


This month’s bottlings will hook you in and give you a surprise every time. Maybe you’ll give the contortion of complex flavours in ‘A Rollercoasterboaster!’ a whirl. Or perhaps it’ll be the ‘Autumn fairground dram’. Alternatively, breathe in the nostalgia of ‘Like summer’ with exhilarating notes of “toffee apples”, “coconut wafers” and “candy floss” – it will take you back, up, down, and round and round…

Young spritely

26.101 An autumn feast at springtime
Special Queen Street 10 Year Anniversary Label
BUY £55.70

9.87 The Banks of the Seine
BUY £44.00

Spicy sweet

37.57 A Rollercoasterboaster!
BUY £107.00

G7.6 Like summer
BUY £69.80

121.71 Eating the Italian way
BUY £48.10

Old dignified

72.40 An infinity of concinnity
BUY £161.00

35.109 A class act
BUY £116.40

39.96 The Sultan’s Treasure Chest
BUY £131.10

Light delicate

10.78 Sing along with Julie Andrews
BUY £49.00

Juicy, oak vanilla

5.37 Lazing on a Sunday afternoon
Exclusive to June Trio

73.63 Vanilla Spice Latte
BUY £45.00

Oily coastal

3.221 Starry, starry night
BUY £76.00

Lightly peated

66.48 Autumn fairground dram
BUY £45.00


53.208 Old bagpipes under a bed in Islay
BUY £62.40

Browse all bottlings

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ Contact: or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

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Glen Garioch 1992 (Liquid Library)

Another Glen Garioch – 1992 this time. Bottled just now, as part of the new Liquid Library series.


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Nose: again a rounder version, with tangerines, lemon liqueur and honey. Light vanilla (orange cake) and almonds. Grassy notes in the margin, a few mineral touches and metal polish. Mouth: oranges again, then darker notes (toffee, caramel), moving towards burnt toast. Maybe peat? Candied ginger as well. Pear jelly beans. And back to more austere notes, rooty notes and zesty grapefruit. Interesting combination. Finish: medium long, partly sweet, partly zesty, with a decent amount of herbs and some cold ashes.

An entertaining Glen Garioch again, I’m quite convinced by this mix of different elements. Around € 115.

Score: 87/100

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Highland Park 12 – Malt of the Month at The Whisky Exchange – Scotch Whisky News


Highland Park 12 – Malt of the Month

We do lots of special offers over on The Whisky Exchange website, and every month we choose a new Malt of the Month to do a great deal on. While we’ve been doing this quietly for a while, we’ve decided to make a bit more of a song and dance about it, and are kicking off with a great whisky – Highland Park 12 year old.

Malt of the Month isn’t about rare and hard-to-find whiskies, but instead the fantastic drams that we sometimes overlook. Highland Park 12, upsettingly, often falls into that category.

Consistently one of the best-value single malts on the market, Highland Park 12 combines the maritime climate of Orkney with the island peat’s heathery smoke and lots of fruity flavour.

Highland Park 12

Highland Park 12 year old, 40%. £27.95 this month, usually £30.95.

Nose: Salted lemons, a whiff of charcoal smoke, crunchy green apples, tropical fruit chews, unripe mango, beeswax, honey, dusty wood and fruity dark chocolate – maybe chocolate limes? It develops in the glass, picking up more fruit and slowly losing some of the citrus notes.

Palate: It starts with syrup sweetness, quickly moving on to sour and creamy wood, with more tropical chews, pineapple and smoked orange rind.

Finish: Smoky wood, malt syrup, green pine cones and woody spice.

Comment: While the older and more expensive Highland Parks have often become legendary, this shows that even at the other end of the scale, they know what they’re doing.

While the Highland Park 18 year old is the big award winner in their lineup – with 95+ point entries in The Whisky Bible, and The Spirits Journal having to create a Hall of Fame so that the HP18 could be retired from entering (and winning) their awards every year – but the 12 year old props up the range: a perfect everyday dram for those who know the distillery, and a great place to start if you don’t.

A cracker, and £3 off for the whole of June. Grab a bottle over on the Whisky Exchange website.

Originally published on The Whisky Exchange Blog – Highland Park 12 – Malt of the Month

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Cadenhead’s Small Batch Collection Caol Ila 22 Year Old on Special at Federal in Boston – Scotch Whisky News

Federal Wine  Spirits

Cadenhead’s Small Batch Collection
Caol Ila 22 Year Old 52.2%
One Week Special on a Federal wine Exclusive


The William Cadenhead Company has claim to being Scotland’s oldest independent bottler, making fine handcrafted spirits since 1842. They have been owned for the last forty years by the family that owns the famous Springbank Distillery. Cadenhead made a brief appearance in the American market in the ‘90s but we haven’t been able find it since.

Caol Ila is the largest of all the Islay distilleries. Malt lovers prize Caol Ilas because because they have a softer, subtler smoke than many others on the island.

Aged for 22 years, this cask strength bottling is one of the oldest Caol Ilas we have been offered in quite some time. It’s is a wonderful peaty whisky for the warmer months (or the colder ones!) as it shows very little oak but has very nice depth. Like other Cadenheads it is all natural, not chill-filtered and with no caramel coloring.

We took all we could. There is no more at Cadenhead. We have only 18 bottles of this rare old malt. Our sale will go for only a week or until they are sold, whichever comes first. 

Cadenhead Caol Ila  22 Y.O. 52.2%

Nose: Fruity and malty, dark fruits, black currants followed by rhubarb and custard.
Palette: Toffee, hints of peat /smoke, peanut butter, oily, mellow and soft smoke.
Finish: Dry Finish

Regularly 199.99 — On Sale 169.99  –  one week only

Joe Howell

Federal Wine Spirits

Phone: 617-367-8605


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