Port Askaig 34 Year Old

Port Askaig Islay whisky

Port Askaig Islay whisky

After an excellent Port Askaig 33 Years for the US, a new sample landed on my desk of a Port Askaig 34 Year Old. A single cask release from 1983.

We can never be sure, but this should be Caol Ila.



Port Askaig 34 Year OldPort Askaig 34 Year OldPort Askaig 34 yo 1983
(49,7%, Elixir Distillers 2018, ex-bourbon hogshead, 180 btl.)

Nose: a very graceful nose. Plenty of beeswax notes, with light buttery touches and a lot of honey. A couple of pineapple cubes. Cuban cigars, a hint of old wardrobes and car workshops. Warm hay. Chamomile. Candied oranges and vanilla. A little mint tea. Mouth: ooh, oily and quite punchy after all these years. Some burnt oak, smoky liquorice and hints of wet limestone. Then waxy notes again, some olive oil and grassy hints. Growing sweeter, with peppered lemon candy and chocolate with salt. Camphor and honey(suckle). Lanolin. Finish: long and leafy, with mentholy smoke and grasses.

Graceful, complex and just a superb balance of sharpness and vanilla roundness. I know Port Ellen has been hyped, but these Caol Ilas are on the same level and if you think about it, more reasonably priced. One hell of a dram. Available from The Whisky Exchange.

Score: 93/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/caol-ila/port-askaig-34-year-old/

Loch Lomond 1999 Paul Lawrie Autograph Edition at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News


Loch Lomond 1999 Paul Lawrie Autograph Edition

This limited edition Highland single malt from ‘The Spirit of the Open’ celebrates the Open Championship and the 1999 Open winner, Paul Lawrie. Distilled in the year Lawrie took the famous Claret Jug trophy, this cask strength expression from Loch Lomond is bottled at 50.8% abv.

Was £150.00

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Now £125.00

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Rosebank Jealousy at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Rosebank 21 Year Old Jealousy Lowland single malt Scotch whiskey. Third release (2019) bottled by Speciality Drinks for The Roses series. 695 bottles.

Shop $2,711.91


Records indicate that a distillery with the name Rosebank was in existence in the vicinity in 1798 and that from 1817 to 1819 James Robertson was also distilling at a Rosebank Distillery in Stirlingshire although the exact location is not clear. The renowned Rosebank was established in Falkirk in 1840 by James Rankine at the junction of the Forth and Clyde Canal and the Union Canal and was equipped with three copper stills and round wooden worm tubs. Rosebank was a malt whisky distillery which produced triple distilled whisky but closed in 1993. Many of Rosebank Distillery’s buildings have been demolished and it is now a lost Lowland malt whisky distillery.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/rosebank-jealousy-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/

The Whisky Shop “Hey, Get stocked up for St.Patrick’s Day!” – Irish Whiskey News


Get stocked up for st.patrick’s day

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner!

Whether you’re attending a party, catching up with friends or having a quiet night in, celebrate St.Patrick’s Day with a dazzling Irish dram. Order today to ensure UK delivery in time for St. Patrick’s Day!



Like Tullamore D.E.W. Original, Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Old Special Reserve is a triple distilled blend of all three types of Irish whiskey but with a high proportion of pot still and malt whiskeys, matured in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks, for 12 to 15 years. A very fine aged whiskey with great complexity.

£61.00 – Buy Now


Yellow Spot

Yellow Spot Whiskey was last seen in Ireland in the 1950s and 60s but recently reintroduced. Created and sold by Mitchell Son Wine and Spirit Merchants, Yellow Spot is a 12 year old single pot still whiskey made using three different cask types – American Bourbon barrels, Spanish sherry butts and Spanish Malaga casks resulting in a superbly complex whiskey with fresh and sweet top notes.

£89.00 – Buy Now


Powers John’s Lane

This expression celebrates the origin of the Powers whiskey tradition and provides a glimpse of the whiskey style that made Powers famous. Using a pot still distillate which is true to the original style of John’s Lane, the whiskey has been matured for not less than 12 years, mainly in first fill American bourbon casks, with a small contribution of distillate which has been matured in Oloroso sherry butts. The result is a Single Pot Still whiskey of outstanding flavour and complexity which provides a fitting tribute to the spiritual home of one of Ireland’s most loved whiskeys.

£58.00 – Buy Now



This Irish single malt whiskey from Tullamore D.E.W. is triple distilled and matured in ex-bourbon casks for most of its life before being finished in four different casks: bourbon, Oloroso sherry, port and Madeira. The nose is fruity with citrus, apple and mango atop rich honey and vanilla. The palate has fresh green fruits, toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of ginger. The finish brings malty notes with some milk chocolate and a touch of spice.

£57.00 – Buy Now


Green Spot

Green Spot is a non-age statement single pot still Irish whiskey and is comprised of pot still whiskeys aged between 7 and 10 years old. The whiskey has matured in a combination of new bourbon and refill bourbon casks as well as sherry casks.

£44.00 – Buy Now


Roe Co.

A premium blended Irish whiskey, Roe Co. is a blend of single malt and grain whiskeys matured in ex-bourbon American oak, a high percentage of which are first-fill. Developed by Diageo Master Blender, Caroline Martin, in a process that took over two years, Prototype 106, was chosen specifically to hold up in cocktails as well as to be enjoyed neat or with water. Roe Co. is fragrant and rounded with notes of soft spice, mellow spun sugar and warm hints of woody vanilla. The balance of the blend is immediately evident on the palate with a velvety texture and sweet flavours including spiced pears and vanilla, while a gentle creaminess lingers in the finish.

£35.00 – Buy Now


Tullamore D.E.W.

Tullamore Dew is the original blended Irish whiskey, known the world over for its smooth and gentle complexity. For one, it is triple distilled and patiently aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks, developing its distinctive smoothness. Secondly, being a blend of all three types of Irish whiskey, it has a gentle complexity.

£30.00 – Buy Now


Slane Irish Whiskey

Created by the Earl of Mountcharles, this blended Irish whiskey is produced at the iconic Slane Castle just outside Dublin. Slane unusually uses a triple cask blend to add complexity, with a Virgin American oak cask, a seasoned freshly drained American whiskey cask and an Oloroso sherry cask. The nose is sweet with fruity notes of melon and oaky spice. The palate brings banana cream pie, cloves and toffee, before a fruity finish with lingering raisins and melon.

£32.00 – Buy Now



A tribute to the cooper’s method of charring barrels, this Irish whiskey is a triple distilled blend of small batch grain and traditional Irish pot still whiskeys in twice charred casks. Intense vanilla sweetness and caramel alongside toasted wood, fruits and warm spice.

£49.00 – Buy Now

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/the-whisky-shop-hey-get-stocked-up-for-st-patricks-day-irish-whiskey-news/

Whisky storms to the top of Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index with 40% annual growth – Scotch Whisky News

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Whisky storms to the top of Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index with 40% annual growth

Edinburgh, UK – The Wealth Report 2019, released today, reveals that new entrant whisky has topped the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index (KFLII), surging in value by 40% over the 12 months to Q4 2018.

The Knight Frank Rare Whisky 100 Index, featured for the first time in the KFLII and compiled by Rare Whisky 101, contains 100 bottles of the world’s most desirable rare Scotch whisky. The index tracks actual UK auction prices of these bottles, finding that over the past ten years values have increased by almost 600%.

The most significant sale of 2018 was a unique bottle of Macallan 1926, hand painted by Irish artist Michael Dillon, that sold for a record-breaking £1.2million in November. This incredible rise in values has been partially driven by the Asian market, as sales of Scotch whisky to India, China and Singapore rose by 44%, 35% and 24% respectively in the first half of 2018 according to the Scotch Whisky Association, with single malts totalling almost 30% of total exports.

Andrew Shirley, editor of The Wealth Report and the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index, commented: “The stunning price growth of rare single malt whiskies shows that the appetite for new “alternative” asset classes remains strong among high-net-worth investors. However, we are seeing growth soften for some of the other asset classes in KFLII like classic cars that had been performing exceptionally strongly. This is partly down to a slowdown in activity by speculative investors and a return to a genuine collector-driven market. Despite this, the best examples in each asset class are still setting records when they come up for sale (see below).” 

Andy Simpson, Co-founder Rare Whisky 101 said: “While rare whisky remains a somewhat fledgling asset class compared to some other passion investments, the market for rare and vintage bottles has witnessed extraordinary growth over the past ten years, both in terms of the volume of whisky being traded and the value of that whisky. The key to rare whisky’s sustained growth as an asset class, is the passion buyers worldwide share for investing, collecting, and occasionally drinking, some of the best and rarest Scotch whisky ever made!” 

The KFLII shows that whisky is followed by coins (12% annual growth) and wine and art (9% growth). In terms of Art – KFLII’s top performing asset class in 2017 – we now track the performance of works by 10,000 artists using the AMR All-Art Index to provide a more complete view of the market.

Record-breaking sales also took place for a number of the KFLII’s other asset classes in 2018:

  • In the classic car market, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO was sold for US$48 million – the most expensive car sold at auction. Another sold privately for a rumoured US$70 million
  • The Marie Antoinette pearl pendant was sold by Sotheby’s for US$36 million, the most expensive piece of pearl jewellery sold at auction
  • Christie’s US$833 million spring sale of objects belonging to the Rockefeller estate was the highest auction total ever for a single collection
  • The US$90 million sale of David Hockney’s Portrait of An Artist in November was a record for a living artist

Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index (to Q4 2018) 

 All data to Q4 2018 except stamps (Q4 2017) and watches (Q2 2018). Reflecting demand Chinese Ceramics have been replaced with Rare Whisky. Following the decision of Stanley Gibbons to cease its coin and stamp indices this data is now provided by Art Market Research. Art is now based on the Art Market Research All Art Index, which tracks around 10,000 painters

Compiled by Knight Frank research using data from Art Market Research.com (art, jewellery, watches, stamps, coins, furniture) Fancy Color Research Foundation (coloured diamonds) HAGI (classic cars) Rare Whisky 101 (whisky) Wine Owners (wine).

Comparative assets 

 Investments of Passion (taken from The Wealth Report Attitudes Survey 2019) Are more of your clients starting to collect investments of passion? 

 For more information, please visit: http://www.knightfrank.com/wealthreport


Knight Frank LLP is the leading independent global property consultancy. Headquartered in London, Knight Frank has more than 15,000 people operating from 418 offices across 60 markets. The Group advises clients ranging from individual owners and buyers to major developers, investors and corporate tenants. For further information about the Company, please visit www.knightfrank.com.

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Loch Fyne Whiskies “Explore Bunnahabhain 1997 Palo Cortado” – Scotch Whisky News


Explore Bunnahabhain 1997 Palo Cortado

This limited edition from Bunnahabhain was distilled in November 1997 and matured for more than two decades before being finished in Palo Cortado casks. Palo Cortado is a rare variety of sherry with the richness of Oloroso and the crispness of Amontillado. Bottled in April 2018 at a strength of 54.9% abv, this Islay single malt is limited to just 1,620 bottles.

£350.00 – BUY NOW

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/loch-fyne-whiskies-explore-bunnahabhain-1997-palo-cortado-scotch-whisky-news/

April’s ‘Park Avenue After Hours’ and First dibs on Last Call for some Single Malts! – Whisky News

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Park Avenue ~ After Hours

April Edition

Let’s Celebrate Spring and Scotch!

On Wednesday, April 3rd – National Ambassador, Holly Seidewand will be here pouring single malts and educating minds. We have a wonderful line-up of drams being featured and as always, it is sure to be a fun time. Details are below ~ Space is Limited!  Also – keeps scrolling to see a list of single malt scotches that are being discontinued. This is your chance for first dibs on the last call for these beauties.

If you and any friends would like to attend – please reach out to us ASAP to have you place confirmed.

Jonathan Eric
The Park Avenue Liquor Shop
270 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016


“After we close, the whisky flows.” 

Wednesday, April 3rd

at The Park Avenue Liquor Shop

270 Madison Ave 


Aberfeldy 12 16

Craigellachie 13 17

Royal Brackla 16

Deveron 12 18

Aultmore 18 

Starts 7:15 – ’til…? 

$100 per attendee

Includes extensive whisky sampling, Kosher bites and a special gift-bag for each guest. 


212-685-2442 = Store

whiskyconn@gmail.com = Marlon

eric@parkaveliquor.com = Eric 

Space is limited so please RSVP…ASAP. Make sure we confirm that you would like to attend. Contact us will any questions.

The final pour.

The following single malts are not going to be available much longer (for different reasons.)

We have received our final shipment and would like you – our loyal followers to know first.

If you’d like any – please contact the store directly.

1992 – ‘Speyside’ (aka Glenfiddich)

25 Year Old

Bottled by ‘The Exclusive Malts’

Only 265 made!



1990 Balblair – Distillery bottle

Distilled ’90 ~ Bottled 2016



1995 – Glen Keith

22 Year Old  

Bottled by ‘The Exclusive Malts’

Only 285 made!



Old Pulteney 17 Year Old – Dist. bottle



‘Speyside’ (aka Glenturret)

8 Year Old

Bottled by ‘The Exclusive Regions’

Cask #561


The Park Avenue Liquor Shop | 212-685-2442 | 212-689-6247 |  parkaveliquor.com

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Judging Panel Revealed in Inaugural Whisky Awards – Scotch Whisky News


Judging Panel Revealed in Inaugural Whisky Awards

The national awards programme for Scotch whisky has unveiled its judging panel as the competition opens for entry for the first time.

The Scottish Whisky Awards has recruited a panel of 45 experts including 7 of some of the world’s best whisky tasters who will be trusted to assess samples in the new annual competition.

Included in the international line-up are judges from across the UK as well as Taiwan, Canada, Netherlands, Sweden, France and Germany.  Many will gather in Edinburgh later this year to judge 16 categories which cover both business achievements and taste.

Professor Alan Wolstenholme, Chair of the Judging Panel, welcomed the news, commenting:

“Invitations to join the Scottish Whisky Awards have gone around the world and we are delighted at the positive responses which allow us to gather together one of the most influential and highly regarded whisky competitions of the current day.

“Scotch is in the middle of an exciting revival.  These awards will promote our unique position as the global leader in the craft of whisky distilling at home and abroad.  For Scottish distillers, blenders and bottlers, winning a Scottish Whisky Award will project our best products across the world and further promote our position as the home of whisky.”


Alan Wolstenholme, Chair of the Scottish Whisky Awards


The panel is split with judges serving on either a business panel or a taste panel.  The business panel assesses written entries which companies must submit in order to qualify for the taste competition.  The taste panel meets at the end of May in Edinburgh to assess what is expected to be one of the most exciting line ups of traditional and modern whiskies.

The taste competition will be operated under strict blind tasting conditions and will assess four main categories of Scotch; Single Malt, Blend, Blended Malt and a Speciality category.   Six business categories are also open to entry and include Brand Experience, Tourism Destination and Community Contribution.  The ultimate award of the programme is for Scottish Whisky Distillery of the Year, presented to the distillery team which has demonstrated a successful year in people, product and profit.

According to statistics published by HM Revenue and Customs, the export value of Scotch whisky grew by 7.8% to £4.7 billion in total last year, with exports to the US rising to £1.04 billion.

The programme has been created by PR and events company, KDMedia who have 17 years’ experience running awards events.


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/judging-panel-revealed-in-inaugural-whisky-awards-scotch-whisky-news/

Napa Valley Museum Yountville presents its 2nd Annual Tartan Day Whisky Tasting – Whisky News


Napa Valley Museum Yountville presents its
2nd Annual Tartan Day Whisky Tasting
at the CIA at Copia in Napa

Saturday, April 6, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Includes tour of the new “France is a Feast” Pop-Up Exhibit

March 7, 2019 Napa, California. The Napa Valley Museum Yountville brings its popular series of Whisky Tastings to the CIA at Copia in Napa, with more wonderful whiskies and surprising food pairings – curated by Scotch whisky expert James Forbes.

Gather your clan and head for the CIA at Copia in Napa on Saturday, April 6 at 6:00 pm, when we once again observe Tartan Day — that holiday celebrating the best of Scotland — with our 2nd Annual Tartan Day Whisky Tasting. You’ll first tour the pop-up version of our “France is a Feast” exhibit at 6:00; then the tasting starts at 6:30 pm (ends at 8:00 pm).

As last year’s sold-out Tartan Day tasting, and November’s sold-out exploration of “Splurge Worthy Whiskies” proved, single malt whiskies are more popular than ever – and of course, Scotland makes the best in the world! Explore Scotch whisky under the expert tutelage of James Forbes, creator of the Dramophone Whisky app (www.bearshead.com) and Chieftain of Scotland’s popular Lonach Highland Gathering Games (www.lonach.org). Learn to identify in greater depth Scotch’s different regions and how a distillery’s microclimate affects the taste of its whisky.  In the Napa Valley we are all experts at food pairing, so come and discover how Scotch Whisky is the answer to those tricky dishes that don’t naturally work with wine.

The evening includes a curated tasting of five great whiskies, food pairings, and a chance to tour the pop-up exhibit “France is a Feast: the Photographic Journey of Paul Julia Child.” Tickets are $50 Museum Members; $65 Non-members; $75 at the door.  The CIA at Copia is located at 500 1st Street, Napa, www.ciaatcopia.com. Want dinner after the Tasting? The Restaurant at CIA Copia is open until 10 p.m.; reservations available now at therestaurantatciacopia.com. 

Sláinte Mhath! 


The Napa Valley Museum Yountville is located at 55 Presidents Circle in Yountville, and is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 to 4 pm. The Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing unique experiences that enrich the cultural fabric of our community through exhibitions and educational outreach. For more information, call 707.944.0500, email info@napavalleymuseum.org, or visit our website at www.napavalleymuseum.org.


About the CIA at Copia: The CIA at Copia, located at 500 1st Street in downtown Napa,

is an immersive food lover’s destination, open to the public, as can only be imagined by The Culinary Institute of America, the world’s premier culinary college.  CIA has opened its doors to the public and invites guests to get lost in the exciting world of food and wine at this epicurean destination. Offering a state-of-the-art facility, complete with a stadium-sized teaching kitchen, demo theaters, an exclusive food museum featuring culinary artifacts, an Emporium selling gems you never knew you needed from one-of-a-kind kitchen antiques to hand-crafted culinary wares and wines by local artisans, and a gourmet restaurant, there is truly something for everyone.

Peruse the daily class schedule to enroll in a CIA-caliber cooking classes for the home chef (or spend a week in a bootcamp (if you dare), enjoy seasonal events including an outdoor screening series under the stars, or engage in food discussions with expert speaker panels. Take in the best views in downtown Napa from the outdoor garden, upper deck terrace, or amphitheater as you wind down  with a glass of wine in hand.  Let us entertain you, as we feed your curious mind and your hungry stomach.  For more information about The CIA at Copia, visit the website www.ciaatcopia.com and follow on Instagram (@CIAatCopia), Facebook (@CIAatCopia) and Twitter (@CIAatCopia).

Saturday, April 6, 2018 at 6:00 PM

2nd Annual Tartan Day Whisky Tasting

Tickets are $50 members; $65 non-members; $75 at the door (online sales end 12 pm 4/6)
Information and tickets at www.napavalleymuseum.org

Direct Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/napa-valley-museum-yountvilles-2nd-annual-tartan-day-whisky-tasting-tickets-58190437164

Contact: Laura Rafaty, Executive Director, Napa Valley Museum Yountville
laura@napavalleymuseum.org; Office (707) 944-0500 x 110; Mobile (415) 279-2652

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/napa-valley-museum-yountville-presents-its-2nd-annual-tartan-day-whisky-tasting-whisky-news/

Nickolls & Perks Exclusive GlenDronach Single Cask 11 Year Old! – Scotch Whisky News


We are thrilled to announce this specially-selected single cask from one of our favourite distilleries bottled exclusively for Nickolls Perks. Distilled in February 2007 and carefully matured at GlenDronach in single Pedro Ximénez Puncheon cask #7675 for 11 years, the result is simply something we had to share with our customers. Bottled in 2018 at a natural cask strength of 60.1% ABV, only 683 bottles were produced.

70cl, 60.1%



Opens with rich ginger cake, chocolate bitters, Seville orange marmalade and cinnamon rolls along with stewed black fruits. Plenty of inviting Sherry wood character (think aromatic nut brittle and sherry soaked tiramisu sponge), hints of treacle tart and fragrant tobacco in the mix too.

A big delivery of chocolate fudge cake, aromatic sweet Sherry wood, toasted hazelnuts, plum pudding and lots of spice mid palate (clove nutmeg). A burst of orange rind follows and chewy treacle toffee on a warming yet remarkably elegant body for its abv.

Stem ginger, more chocolate (Snicker bars?) and dark honeycomb. Treacle nut brittle, lasting aromatic spices and finishing firm and dry with late caramelised walnut and banana bread.

Your only problem is deciding if you prefer this with or without water. Either way we are not just saying this because it has our name on it but this is a classic GlenDronach, well balanced and complex and dangerously moreish!


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/nickolls-perks-exclusive-glendronach-single-cask-11-year-old-scotch-whisky-news/