Knob Creek® Bourbon Introduces Limited Time Expression Knob Creek® Quarter Oak – American Whiskey News

Clermont, KY – Knob Creek® Bourbon, a leader in the Small Batch Bourbon category for more than 25 years, is excited to announce a new, limited edition bourbon in its award-winning portfolio, Knob Creek® Quarter Oak. This special, limited-time release uses a secondary finishing approach to continue the vision founding distiller Booker Noe set for Knob Creek decades ago: to craft bourbon with the fullest flavors characteristic of pre-prohibition style.

With its latest release, Knob Creek explores and deepens the influence of oak on its flagship bourbon. Knob Creek Quarter Oak takes the brand’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, crafted in the pre-prohibition style fans expect from Knob Creek, and finishes it for a minimum of four years in quarter cask, American oak barrels to increase the amount of contact between the whiskey and wood. A small amount of this unique, secondarily finished whiskey – which delivers richer notes of oak – is then mingled with Knob Creek® Kentucky Straight Bourbon to create the final product that boasts a harmonious balance of oak influence and traditional, sweeter notes.

“When Dad created Knob Creek in the early 90s, he wanted to bring back the big, bold flavors that bourbon offered before the days of Prohibition,” said Fred Noe, Booker’s son and Beam Family 7th Generation Master Distiller. “Dad loved to experiment in his quest for flavor, and I like to think we carry on that same spirit today with releases like this. Finishing our full-flavored liquid in quarter casks delivers a really nice, deepened wood flavor to the bourbon our fans enjoy.”

Knob Creek Quarter Oak is bottled with the following characteristics:

  • Proof: 100
  • Color: Dark Honey
  • Aroma: A nice blend of brown sweets, char and toasted oak with hints of dried fruits
  • Taste: Sweet, heavy oak with background notes of char, dried fruits and brown spices
  • Finish: Slightly sweet charred oak with a lingering dryness
  • Cocktail Suggestion: Knob Creek® Quarter Oak Collins 
    • INGREDIENTS:
      • 2 parts Knob Creek® Quarter Oak
      • 1 part simple syrup
      • ¾ part lemon juice
      • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
      • 1 part soda water
  • METHOD:
    • Combine all ingredients except soda water into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake 10-15 seconds until well chilled. Separate tins and add a splash of soda water into the cocktail. Top the tin with a strainer and strain slowly into a Collins glass filled with ice.
    • Garnish with a lemon wheel and brandied cherries.

Knob Creek Quarter Oak is now available nationwide with a Suggested Retail Price of $49.99 for a 750mL bottle.

For more information about Knob Creek Quarter Oak and Knob Creek’s award-winning bourbon and rye portfolios, please visit www.KnobCreek.com or visit with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Knob Creek® Bourbon
Part of the original small batch bourbon collection from Kentucky, Knob Creek® Bourbon has set the standard for super-premium bourbon for more than 25 years, crafting an extraordinary full-flavored bourbon with a rich taste. Introduced in 1992 by founding distiller Booker Noe, who pioneered the small batch bourbon movement, all Knob Creek expressions are patiently aged in new, maximum charred American Oak barrels and bottled in unique flask-shaped packaging. No matter the expression, Knob Creek’s hard-earned flavor is crafted without shortcuts, and upholds the standards for what great whiskey ought to be. In recent years, Knob Creek has expanded its portfolio, introducing Knob Creek® Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon (120 proof/60% alcohol by volume) in 2011, Knob Creek Straight Rye Whiskey (100 proof/50% alcohol by volume) in 2012, Knob Creek Single Barrel Select Rye Whiskey (115 proof/57.5% alcohol by volume) and Knob Creek Cask Strength Rye Whiskey, a limited-edition offering, (119.6 proof/ 59.8% alcohol by volume), both introduced in 2018.

About Beam Suntory Inc.
As a world leader in premium spirits, Beam Suntory inspires human connections. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands, Suntory whisky Kakubin and Courvoisier cognac, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s and Legent bourbon; Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki and Toki Japanese whisky; Teacher’s, Laphroaig and Bowmore Scotch whisky; Canadian Club whisky; Hornitos and Sauza tequila; EFFEN, Haku and Pinnacle vodka; Sipsmith and Roku gin; and Midori liqueur.

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 vision of Growing for Good.  Headquartered in Chicago, 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/2019/10/knob-creek-bourbon-introduces-limited-time-expression-knob-creek-quarter-oak-american-whiskey-news/

Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2020 – Whisky News

Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2020

KENTUCKY TIPPLES’ TRIPLE TRIUMPH
* Sazerac sweeps the board in World Whisky of the Year awards.
* Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2020 hands US distiller unique 1-2-3.
* Rags-to-riches 1792 Full Proof Bourbon is planet’s finest.

Jim Murray has handed an unprecedented triple crown to Kentucky whiskey in the latest edition of his best-selling annual Whisky Bible.

And on unveiling the 2020 World Whisky of the Year Awards, the renowned Industry guru has created another first by giving all top three accolades for the finest new drams on earth to the same whiskey company, New Orleans-based Sazerac.

Top prize of World Whisky of the Year goes to the 1792 Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon from the Barton 1792 distillery, a whiskey Jim Murray describes as “melodious, mysterious and slightly exotic” with a nose of “near-perfect proportions” and with an “unfaltering” finish when tasted.

Only 25 years ago, Jim Murray branded Barton the worst distillery in Kentucky – but now, under Sazerac stewardship, it has become the world champion.

The runners-up – from 1,250 new drams tasted by Jim Murray this year – are both Buffalo Trace brands: bourbon William Larue Weller 125.7 proof, the latest version of last year’s victor, and Thomas Handy Sazerac Rye 127.2 proof.

Jim Murray said: “There will be eyebrows raised and claims of favouritism which, of course, is never the case with the Whisky Bible: I call it exactly as I see it. Once I knew the top three were from the same company, I spent two extra days running through my top ten whiskies once more…and the results came out exactly the same!

“For the 1792 Distillery to win World Whisky of the Year is extraordinary because when I first went there some 25 years ago, the then-owners had no interest in high-end whiskey. The oldest they produced was a 6-year-old which I thought was one of the most complex on the market but still undercooked. I implored them then to bring out something much older.

“It is wonderful that my gut instinct of 25 years ago has been vindicated under the ownership of Sazerac, who have turned a potentially great distillery into something truly magnificent.

“If anyone tries to convince you the romance of whiskey is dead and gone or has all been confected then don’t you believe them. For where else could such an ugly duckling become so beautiful a swan?”

Sazerac president Mark Brown said: “To not only be named World Whisky of the Year but also to have our whiskeys named second and third finest is astonishing. We could not be happier or more motivated to continue to strive for perfection in the American whiskeys we make.”

Sectional winners include: the Taiwanese Nantou Distillery Omar Cask Strength Bourbon Cask (Single Cask of the Year); Glen Grant Aged 18 Years Rare Edition (Scotch); Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost Rare (Blended Scotch); Penderyn Single Cask no.M75-32 (European); Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt (Japanese).

Notes

Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2020 contains taste notes for around 5,000 drams. Available from 17/10/19 at all good bookshops, retailers and whiskybible.com, priced £14.99. Press enquiries: Vincent Flint-Hill +44 (0)117 317 9777; vincent@whiskybible.com

Our mailing address is:

Dram Good Books Ltd
Unit 2, Barnstones Business Park
Litchborough
Towcester, Northants  NN12 8JJ
United Kingdom

 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/jim-murrays-whisky-bible-2020-whisky-news/

Diageo Special Releases 2019 (+prices)

Special Releases 2019 + price - Diageo

Special Releases 2019 + price - Diageo

Diageo Special Releases: Mortlach, Glen Ord, Pittyvaich

Diageo Special Releases: Mortlach, Glen Ord, Pittyvaich

 

 

Diageo has announced the Special Releases 2019, themed “Rare by Nature”. For the first time it seems there is a visual theme in the whole series, with these jungle / retro plant motifs and animals. Most whiskies are in the same bottles and nicely match in terms of colour and identity. Although this is a nice touch, I suspect some people may be disappointed that whiskies are not presented in their own traditional brand identity (e.g. the typical Lagavulin dark bottle), breaking their collection a little.

Here are the confirmed details, including the recommended prices. I hope to add my tasting notes in the future.

  • Cardhu 14 Year Old
    55%, Amontillado casks, around € 140
  • Cragganmore 12 Year Old
    58,4%, smoky version, around € 100
  • Dalwhinnie 30 Year Old
    54,7%, around € 600
  • Lagavulin 12 Year Old
    56,5%, around € 130
  • Mortlach 26 Year Old
    53,3%, 3888 btl., around € 1800
    First-fill Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso seasoned casks
  • Pittyvaich 29 Year Old 1989
    51,4%, 5568 btl., around € 390
    Finished in Oloroso PX seasoned casks
  • Talisker 15 Year Old
    57,3%, around € 130
  • Singleton of Glen Ord 18 Year Old
    55%, around € 150
    “lively rich fruit spiced oak”, probably sherry matured

 

Cask Strength Special Releases

Perhaps a little underwhelming (or accessible, depending on your view). The Special Releases are starting to become a series known for their cask strength rather than for exceptionally old releases from distilleries that are otherwise unavailable. We used to have 30-40 year-old whiskies at the top, now it’s mostly 10-20 years of age. No special blend this year, no grain whiskies either.

That said, I’m looking forward to the Talisker at cask strength, the Mortlach from first-fill sherry casks and the Pittyvaich which is hopefully along the lines of last year’s offering. That Mortlach is so expensive though!

 

Buy Special Releases 2019

The Special Releases 2019 can already be (pre-)ordered through The Whisky Exchange or Whisky Shop. Other retailers will probably follow soon.

 

 

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/whisky-news/diageo-special-releases-2019/

Diageo Special Releases 2019 (+prices)

Special Releases 2019 + price - Diageo

Special Releases 2019 + price - Diageo

Diageo Special Releases: Mortlach, Glen Ord, Pittyvaich

Diageo Special Releases: Mortlach, Glen Ord, Pittyvaich

 

 

Diageo has announced the Special Releases 2019, themed “Rare by Nature”. For the first time it seems there is a visual theme in the whole series, with these jungle / retro plant motifs and animals. Most whiskies are in the same bottles and nicely match in terms of colour and identity. Although this is a nice touch, I suspect some people may be disappointed that whiskies are not presented in their own traditional brand identity (e.g. the typical Lagavulin dark bottle), breaking their collection a little.

Here are the confirmed details, including the recommended prices. I hope to add my tasting notes in the future.

  • Cardhu 14 Year Old
    55%, Amontillado casks, around € 140
  • Cragganmore 12 Year Old
    58,4%, smoky version, around € 100
  • Dalwhinnie 30 Year Old
    54,7%, around € 600
  • Lagavulin 12 Year Old
    56,5%, around € 130
  • Mortlach 26 Year Old
    53,3%, 3888 btl., around € 1800
    First-fill Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso seasoned casks
  • Pittyvaich 29 Year Old 1989
    51,4%, 5568 btl., around € 390
    Finished in Oloroso PX seasoned casks
  • Talisker 15 Year Old
    57,3%, around € 130
  • Singleton of Glen Ord 18 Year Old
    55%, around € 150
    “lively rich fruit spiced oak”, probably sherry matured

 

Cask Strength Special Releases

Perhaps a little underwhelming (or accessible, depending on your view). The Special Releases are starting to become a series known for their cask strength rather than for exceptionally old releases from distilleries that are otherwise unavailable. We used to have 30-40 year-old whiskies at the top, now it’s mostly 10-20 years of age. No special blend this year, no grain whiskies either.

That said, I’m looking forward to the Talisker at cask strength, the Mortlach from first-fill sherry casks and the Pittyvaich which is hopefully along the lines of last year’s offering. That Mortlach is so expensive though!

 

Buy Special Releases 2019

The Special Releases 2019 can already be (pre-)ordered through The Whisky Exchange or Whisky Shop. Other retailers will probably follow soon.

 

 

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/whisky-news/diageo-special-releases-2019/

New whisky from North Star Spirits at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Sirius 31 Year Old – 1988 | Limited Release 1
North Star Spirits

A shiny new brand named Sirius has joined the North Star Spirits family and they’ve gone big with the first release. Sirius, is a well aged Blended malt Scotch whisky, born in 1988 and matured in cask for 31 years. Bottled at cask strength and released as part of Cask Series 009.

It could well be the best batch to date. As well as Sirius, we have another 5 tops drams for Cask Series 009, including a new Vega and a special single cask Glenrothes, released to celebrate 10 years of Ralfy.com

BUY NOW

 

 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/new-whisky-from-north-star-spirits-at-abbey-whisky-scotch-whisky-news/

Compass Box “Why we made: Myths & Legends” – Scotch Whisky News

WHY WE MADE MYTHS LEGENDS

Myths Legends is a series of three Limited Edition whiskies, created to challenge certain Scotch “myths” and celebrate the creative opportunities offered by blending.

Here’s why we made our latest release, Myths Legends

LOOKING BEYOND WHISKY’S RECEIVED WISDOM

In matters of Scotch whisky production, a number of myths have taken root. The role of blending especially is often misunderstood, typically associated only with whiskies of a certain category.

To emphasise the central importance of the blending process to all Scotch whiskies, we have created three distinctive blends. The series opens with two single malts, each the result of blending together a variety of casks from discrete distilleries. The final whisky is a blend of malt whiskies, some fruity and the others peaty, from different distilleries.

MYTH 1: SINGLE MALTS ARE THE POLAR OPPOSITES OF BLENDS

In fact, every major brand of single malt blends. Casks filled at the same distillery develop different flavours during maturation, so producers will blend numerous casks together to enhance the complexity of their single malts.

To demonstrate this, Myths Legends I combines two contrasting parcels of whisky from a Northern Highland distillery. Our blend allows the flavours of both parcels to express themselves and reveals a fuller picture of distillery character.

MYTH II: THE REGION DETERMINES THE FLAVOUR

Speyside may be home to the distillery behind Myths Legends II, but the tropical fruitiness and waxy texture of the finished blend have nothing to do with the region.

Instead, the distinctive character of this whisky stems from particular processes at the distillery, maturation in different cask types for different lengths of time, and the choices made in the Blending Room.

To understand the flavours of Myths Legends II, knowing the whisky’s region is not enough.

MYTH III: WHISKIES FROM FAMOUS DISTILLERIES ARE TOO PRECIOUS TO BLEND

A distillery’s reputation should never limit how its whiskies are used. If a whisky is truly great, the whiskymaker can emphasise its virtues even further through blending.

For Myths Legends III, we added casks from two celebrated island distilleries to some of the same whiskies used in Myths Legends II. The fruitiness and notes of butterscotch remain, but they are now complemented and enriched by aromatic peatiness.

Creativity and quality matter more than legendary status, or the sanctity of a category.

CHALLENGE OLD ASSUMPTIONS

We love Scotch whisky’s countless stories, but when they impose limits on our enjoyment of the whisky itself it is time to think more critically.

The Myths Legends series encourages whisky fans to examine old assumptions and to trust their own palate as the ultimate arbiter of quality. These whiskies reveal the beautiful forms and captivating flavours we can create through blending.

FIND OUT MORE

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/compass-box-why-we-made-myths-legends-scotch-whisky-news/

The Whisky Exchange “Whisky Tasting: Diageo Special Releases 2019” – Scotch Whisky News

DIAGEO SPECIAL RELEASES 2019

WITH COLIN DUNN

Wednesday 30 October 2019
7pm-8.30pm
£60

Limited spaces. Tickets on sale now.

BOOK NOW

It’s that time of year again. Days are getting shorter, Autumn leaves are falling, and Diageo – the powerhouse responsible for 29 whisky distilleries and almost a third of the world’s whisky production – has announced this year’s range of limited edition whiskies: The Diageo Special Releases 2019.

We are excited to announce that our annual tasting of the famed Special Releases is here earlier than usual, and attendees will be amongst the first to try the eight new drams.

Join us to celebrate the release of this annual whisky institution in the company of someone who knows more about the whiskies than perhaps anyone else on the planet – Diageo whisky ambassador Colin Dunn.

THE LINE-UP

Cardhu 14 Years Old
Cragganmore 12 Years Old
Dalwhinnie 30 Years Old
Lagavulin 12 Years Old
Mortlach 26 Years Old
Pittyvaich 29 Years Old
Talisker 15 Years Old
The Singleton of Glen Ord 18 Years Old

ABOUT THE HOST

Colin Dunn has worked for Diageo since 2008 and has since established himself as an influential figure within the international drinks scene. Whisky Ambassador for the company’s impressive portfolio, and also a Keeper of the Quaich, he has switched many people on to the vast and varied world of whisky.

Wednesday 30 October 2019
7pm-8.30pm
£60

Limited spaces. Tickets on sale now.

BOOK NOW

VENUE

BROWNS COVENT GARDEN
82-84 ST MARTIN’S LN,
COVENT GARDEN,
LONDON
WC2N 4AG

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/the-whisky-exchange-whisky-tasting-diageo-special-releases-2019-scotch-whisky-news/

MACALLAN LALIQUE-50 YEAR OLD TOPS BONHAMS WHISKY SALE IN EDINBURGH – Scotch Whisky News

MACALLAN LALIQUE-50 YEAR OLD TOPS BONHAMS WHISKY SALE IN EDINBURGH

Macallan Lalique- 50 year old. Sold for £100,062.

 

Two bottles of one of the world’s most sought-after whiskies, the Macallan Lalique-50 year old, sold for £100,062 each at Bonhams Fine Whisky sale in Edinburgh on Wednesday 9 October. They had been estimated at £67,000-93,000.  

 

The Macallan Lalique-50 year old is the first of The Lalique Six Pillars Collection of the distillery’s rarest single malts, released between 2006-2016. Distilled and bottled by The Macallan Distillers Ltd., Easter Elchies, Craigellachie, it is said to have the aroma of cumin, cardamom and maraschino, and a taste of dark prunes and plain chocolate.

 

Other highlights included A bottle of Karuizawa-50 year old-1965 which sold for £27,562 (estimate: £23,000-25,000.  The Karuizawa distillery, which is now closed, was situated on the slopes of Mount Asama an active volcano in Nagano Prefecture Japan. It was the smallest distillery in Japan and its output is among the rarest and most sought-after of all Japanese whisky.  The Karuizawa was part of a collection of Japanese whisky that sold for a total of £200,000.

Sale: Fine WhiskyLocation: 22 Queen Street Edinburgh EH2Date: Wednesday 9 October at 11 am

NOTES 

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com. bonhams.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/macallan-lalique-50-year-old-tops-bonhams-whisky-sale-in-edinburgh-scotch-whisky-news/

2019 Special Releases Collection Unveiled – Scotch Whisky News

About Diageo’s Special Releases

During the late 1980s, the benchmark expressions of single malt whiskies from six single malt distilleries became well known under the CLASSIC MALTS name. Interest in older and rarer malt whiskies in general also grew during this period. One product of this was the RARE MALTS, a series of rarer releases begun in 1995, and which ended in 2005. There remained a demand for unusual, distinctive, often older, unrepeatable cask strength bottlings, usually of the CLASSIC MALTS. Such bottlings allowed collectors, connoisseurs and enthusiasts to enjoy and experience remaining older stocks, and/or unusual expressions of a distillery’s character – a treasure trove of priceless malts. To satisfy this demand, the SPECIAL RELEASES series was born in 2001, and the annual collection – with familiar names and some surprises – has been eagerly awaited by enthusiasts ever since.

You can view our 2018 Special Release collection here.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/2019-special-releases-collection-unveiled-scotch-whisky-news/

Glen Grant 1956 – Mr George Centenary

Glen Grant 1956 - Gordon  MacPhail

Glen Grant 1956 - Gordon  MacPhail

 

Gordon MacPhail have just presented a Glen Grant 1956 ‘Mr George Centenary Edition’ in honour of George Urquhart, the second generation of the family that owns GM and the grandfather of the current directors. It would have been his 100th birthday just now.

He created the Connoisseurs Choice range in 1968, giving little-known distilleries a platform to present their whisky in its purest form, as a single malt.

The spirit, from one of his favourite distilleries Glen Grant, was personally matched by Mr George to a first-fill sherry butt made to his specific requirements. It is bottled after 62 years of maturation and presented in a decanter with a wooden case. Only 235 bottles will be available from specialist whisky retailers for £ 5000.

 

 

Glen Grant 1956 - Mr George CentenaryGlen Grant 1956 - Mr George CentenaryGlen Grant 62 yo 1956 (51,7%, Gordon MacPhail ‘Mr George Centenary Edition’ 2019, first-fill sherry butt #4455, 235 btl.)

Nose: great intensity and aromatics. There’s a wave of oak polish up front, with whiffs of acetone. These fade and anyway, I adore them. Figs and Corinth raisins, lush cherries and blackberry jelly. Then eucalyptus, rosewood and cedar, caramelised brown sugar, old rancio notes and tobacco. Mediterranean herbs add to the freshness. Slightly tense floral notes and honey. Reminds me of the Book of Kells releases, just majestic. Mouth: the oak feels a bit but there’s much more to be discovered. Lots of pipe tobacco and cognac rancio again, then thick blackcurrants, even flashes of clementine and pink grapefruit and marmalade which make it lighter. Moves towards dark chocolate, nuts, clove and allspice. Hints of coffee. Subtle traces of smoked / charred wood. Finish: more chocolate, black peppercorn and oak char.

Quite spectacular how the cask enriched this whisky. A luscious, complex dram that you can nose for hours. It’s neither too dry nor flat, which is sometimes the case at this age. Expensive of course, but a special treat and a very worthy tribute.

Score: 93/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/glen-grant/glen-grant-1956-mr-george-gordon-macphail/