Auchentoshan 1990 (for CWS China)

Here’s another one of these interesting bottlings exclusive to the Chief Whisky Society in China.

It’s an Auchentoshan 1990, 27 years old and bottled from a single Oloroso sherry cask. Notice the brown hue, rather than the full-blown reddish tint that we would expect from first-fill sherry these days.

 

 

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(53,1%, OB for CWS China 2017, first-fill Oloroso, 512 btl.)

Nose: not the classic Oloroso style indeed. There’s brown sugar, leafy notes, overripe pear and oranges instead of figs or raisins. Goes on with hay, leather, dried flowers, cloves and Dulce de Leche (love that). Nicely different. Mouth: a spicy, leafy profile again, full of ginger, cloves, cinnamon and hints of Medjool dates. Some tobacco and Seville oranges. Roasted nuts with a bitter hint of Turkish coffee towards the end. Hints of sherry brandy rather than Oloroso wine. Finish: long, still very spice-driven with bitter oranges.

Interesting Auchentoshan, because it has this Brandy de Jerez profile rather than a classic Oloroso style. European oak, probably. Good selection.

Score: 88/100

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Great Whiskies for Burns Night at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Great Whiskies for Burns Night

We’ve selected some super single malts, that would be perfect for any Burns Supper. From Bruichladdich to Caol Ila; and Ben Nevis to Benrinnes. Burns Night on the 25th January each year marks the birth in 1759 of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. It is a celebration of the life and works of ‘Rabbie’ and traditionally sees a Burns supper enjoyed with Scottish Haggis and a Scotch Whisky. Here we have 25 of our top picks of Scotch Whisky (and a Rabbie’s Rum) for celebrating Burns Night. “Freedom an’ whisky gang thegither”

Whether you’re having a quiet night at home or a proper Scottish ceilidh, we’ve got some excellent Exclusives to suggest for Burns Night.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/great-whiskies-for-burns-night-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/

Burns Night at the Park Avenue Liquor Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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Help us celebrate 

‘Burns Night’  

the way it was intended…

By drinking Single Malt Scotch!

It’s like a birthday party ~

without the birthday boy!

‘Burns Night’ is Friday, January 25th.  If you have no plans, want to know what that’s all about or just want to sample some phenomenal single malt scotch ~ you’re invited.

Park Ave – After Hours is celebrating this controversial yet somehow beloved Scotsman.

Four single malts from four different distilleries will be poured and there won’t be a haggis in sight!

We know this is short notice but these events tend to fill-up so please RSVP- ASAP.

Details are below. 

Cheers!
Jonathan, Eric Marlon
The Park Avenue Liquor Shop
270 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
212-685-2442
jonathan@parkaveliquor.com
eric@parkaveliquor.com

PA1 These event fill up so please RSVP – ASAP. We are not responsible for any typographical errors nor do we endorse the life and times of Robert Burns. Please contact the store with any questions.

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

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The Whisky Exchange “The Perfect Burns Night Dinner” – Guid Auld Scotch Drink” – Scotch Whisky News

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The Perfect Burns Night Dinner – Guid Auld Scotch Drink

At the end of the month is one of the biggest dates in the Scottish calendar. When it comes to excuses for a party, at least. Less than a month after Hogmanay and it’s time for another night of celebration – 25 January is Burns Night.

Who was Robert Burns?

For those who don’t know the work of Robert Burns, he was a Scottish writer, who was born on 25 January 1759 – hence the date of Burns Night – and died in 1796. In his time he was a not only a writer and poet, but also a farmer and an exciseman, working a beat in the lowlands that included checking up on at least Annandale distillery.

He is one of the most influential writers in Scottish history, and his influence is still felt today. In honour of his life, his birthday has now become a day of celebration, with Burns Suppers and parties popping up around the world.

Sowing the seeds of Burns

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a bit of a fan of Burns and his poetry, with the seeds sown at my first Burns Supper at The Whisky Exchange in Vinopolis. Franchi Ferla of Simply Whisky stalked the floor while telling the tale of Tam o’ Shanter – still one of my favourite Burns poems – and I was a convert.

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Simply Whisky do Burns Night – If you see these two at the front of a Burns Supper, you’re in for a treat

Since then, I’ve expanded on my Burns Night obsession each year, with posts on food and beer ideas, ginny alternatives to whisky, a spot of poetry and keeping things more traditional. Strangely, the one thing I’ve not looked into is what whisky to drink with your Burns Supper.

A traditional Burns Supper can take many different forms – there have been suppers for more than 200 years and things have changed a lot over that time. However, here’s a skeleton of how things usually go and what we’d recommend – feel free to add bagpipers and as many courses as you like.

Before Dinner

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As an opening dram of the evening, we’d go for something lighter and more aperitif-like. To keep with the Burns theme, we’ve chosen Arran Robert Burns Single Malt, the ‘official’ Robert Burns whisky. We’re not entirely sure what makes it official, but it’s the perfect start to an evening of whisky, food and poetry.

Some hae meat an canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thankit.
– The Selkirk Grace, the traditional opening to dinner

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The Soup

Some like a Scotch Broth, some a Cullen Skink, but if I’m about to chow down on a hearty main course, then Cock-a-leekie is the soup I want to start with. As the name suggests, it’s a chicken and leek soup, traditionally with prunes in the mix. I like the recipe on GreatBritishChefs from Graeme Taylor of A Scots Larder – it’s a bit more substantial than some, has carrots for extra sweetness and has the prunes cooked in from the beginning rather than used just as a garnish.

On thee aft Scotland chows her cood,
In souple scones, the wale o’food!
Or tumblin in the boiling flood
Wi’ kail an’ beef;
– Scotch Drink. Burns liked a bit of beef and cabbage soup

To go with the soup, we’d go for something lighter and sweeter, although with enough weight not to get lost – something that will pair rather than contrast with the homely, comfort-food character of chicken soup. We’ve chosen Bruichladdich Islay Barley. It’s buttery and creamy, like most Bruichladdichs, with a touch of grain sweetness. Our second choice is Glen Grant 18 Year Old. More delicate than the Bruichladdich, it’s got more sweetness and a touch of dried fruit richness hiding at the back – just the thing to pair with a prune-tinged Cock-a-leekie.

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The Haggis

The arrival of the haggis is the centrepiece of a Burns Supper. Cooked in whatever manner you wish (I like to wrap mine in foil and roast it), it should be brought in whole and presented to the assembled throng. It’s at this point that the most famous bit of dinner poetry is read – Address to a Haggis. This is the important bit:

His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An cut you up wi ready slight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright
Like onie ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reekin, rich!

That means it’s slicey-slicey time. Cut open the Haggis and make sure it gets served quickly: haggis is at its best when hot. It’s usually served with neeps and tatties – mashed turnips and potatoes – and a sauce that often has a bit of whisky in. Just make sure you don’t pour whisky over the haggis: it’s not a Christmas pudding.

With the simple application of heat, a magical transformation occurs – warm-reekin, rich!

To go with the main course, you need something a bit more robust – haggis is a peppery beast, with strong flavours throughout, and the neeps and tatties normally have more than their fair share of butter. Our first pick is our Whisky-Exchange-exclusive Glenfarclas 2007 Marriage of Casks. It’s rich, spicy and very sherried, without getting too heavy – it won’t be cowed by a weighty haggis. And as an alternative, something a bit smoky: Talisker 2007 Distillers Edition – it’s got the classic salt, pepper and smoke Talisker character with an extra hit of richness from its amoroso finish. An excellent match.

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The Dessert

Dessert often gets a bit forgotten at Burns Suppers. However, when it comes to rib-sticking puds, the Scottish know a thing or two.

If you look beyond the deep-fried Mars Bar (no matter what The Three Drinkers recommend), there’s a whole raft of options, with Clootie Dumpling sitting at the top of my puddin’ pile. However, after a hearty serving of haggis, there’s only one dessert for me: cranachan.

It’s a Scottish riff on a style of pudding that pops up wherever there is milk: cream, something sweet, something crunchy and something fruity. Eschewing the southern decadence of the Eton Mess’s meringues, cranachan is straight-down-the-line Scottish: cream, heather honey, oats and raspberries. With maybe a splash of whisky. Just a splash…

Some experimental cranachans, including a rather tasty one using gooseberries…

Matching whisky and creamy things can be difficult, but we reckon something fruity will give an extra layer of flavour. Our first fruity dram is Ben Nevis 10 Year Old. It’s got a whiff of smoke and a rich chocolate background, but it’s also packed with tropical-fruit flavour – it’ll cut through the cream and compliment the berries. Our second choice is our exclusive Glenlivet 1981 from Signatory. It’s got orchard and stone fruit in spades, and has a rich, sherry-cask backbone that’ll make sure the cranachan doesn’t take over.

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After Dinner

Once the eating has finally finished, it’s time for some more whisky, and a bit of a sing-song. Arguably Burns’ most famous poem is one that people around the world sing without realising it’s one of his: Auld Laing Syne. It’s not all his own work, but he added some verses to an old folk song, and it’s thanks to him that it’s spread as far as it has.

While it’s best known as a new year song, it’s also traditionally sung at the end of a Burns Supper. It’s a song about remembering friendship and times past – the perfect end to the evening.

If you’re singing, you need a drink in your hand, and we’d go for something big and special. Our first choice is the Whisky-Exchange-exclusive Speyside 1973 bottled by The Whisky Agency. It’s packed with tropical and dried fruit, with the fruity spirit amplified by maturation in a sherry cask – we think it might have been a fino cask. Our second choice is even bigger and more sherried – our exclusive Edradour 2005 oloroso sherry cask. It’s a sherry monster, with loads of dried fruit and spice, just the thing for toasting the end of the perfect Burns Supper.

Scotch Drink

Whatever you do this Burns Night, make sure you raise a dram to the Ploughman Poet – as if we need an excuse to drink some guid auld scotch drink.

O thou, my muse!
guid auld Scotch drink!
Whether thro’ wimplin worms thou jink,
Or, richly brown, ream owre the brink,
In glorious faem,
Inspire me, till I lisp an’ wink,
To sing thy name!
Scotch Drink, my favourite Burns poem

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Whisky Sale at the Whisky Shop #SFO – Scotch Whisky News

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Robert Burns Whisky Sale

In celebration of Burns Night (Jan. 25th)

our Robert Burns single malt is 10% off!

The only single malt endorsed by The World Robert Burns Federation, Arran Distillery’s Robert Burns whisky is a crisp, fruity dram with a free tasting glass included in the price.

Limited number available! Click here for more details and Purchase link

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/whisky-sale-at-the-whisky-shop-sfo-scotch-whisky-news/

Whisky Sale at the Whisky Shop #SFO – Scotch Whisky News

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Robert Burns Whisky Sale

In celebration of Burns Night (Jan. 25th)

our Robert Burns single malt is 10% off!

The only single malt endorsed by The World Robert Burns Federation, Arran Distillery’s Robert Burns whisky is a crisp, fruity dram with a free tasting glass included in the price.

Limited number available! Click here for more details and Purchase link

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/whisky-sale-at-the-whisky-shop-sfo-scotch-whisky-news/

Whisky Sale at the Whisky Shop #SFO – Scotch Whisky News

AA Arran Burns

Robert Burns Whisky Sale

In celebration of Burns Night (Jan. 25th)

our Robert Burns single malt is 10% off!

The only single malt endorsed by The World Robert Burns Federation, Arran Distillery’s Robert Burns whisky is a crisp, fruity dram with a free tasting glass included in the price.

Limited number available! Click here for more details and Purchase link

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/whisky-sale-at-the-whisky-shop-sfo-scotch-whisky-news/

LAPHROAIG 8 YEAR OLD 2010 STRICTLY LIMITED EXCLUSIVE at the Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Laphroaig
8 Year Old 2008
Williamson
$70.31

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Laphroaig 8 Year Old 2010 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask hogshead selected and bottled at cask strength October 2018 by Morrison MacKay exclusively for The Whisky Barrel. 284 bottles. Laphroaig Distillery was established in 1815 on the rocky south coast of the Isle of Islay off the west coast of Scotland. This malt whiskey distillery continues to malt barley using its traditional malting floors and malt kiln. In 1994 the distiiley was awarded the Royal Warrant. The core range is quite extensive and supplemented by limited releases including a 21 year old was issued in 2015 to celebrate 21 years of Friends of Laphroaig. Independent bottlings are also available from Signatory, Cooper’s Choice and Hunter Laing. Laphroaig distillery also participates in Feis Ile, the Islay Festival of Malt and Music.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/laphroaig-8-year-old-2010-strictly-limited-exclusive-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/

LAPHROAIG 8 YEAR OLD 2010 STRICTLY LIMITED EXCLUSIVE at the Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Laphroaig
8 Year Old 2008
Williamson
$70.31

SHOP NOW

Laphroaig 8 Year Old 2010 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask hogshead selected and bottled at cask strength October 2018 by Morrison MacKay exclusively for The Whisky Barrel. 284 bottles. Laphroaig Distillery was established in 1815 on the rocky south coast of the Isle of Islay off the west coast of Scotland. This malt whiskey distillery continues to malt barley using its traditional malting floors and malt kiln. In 1994 the distiiley was awarded the Royal Warrant. The core range is quite extensive and supplemented by limited releases including a 21 year old was issued in 2015 to celebrate 21 years of Friends of Laphroaig. Independent bottlings are also available from Signatory, Cooper’s Choice and Hunter Laing. Laphroaig distillery also participates in Feis Ile, the Islay Festival of Malt and Music.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/laphroaig-8-year-old-2010-strictly-limited-exclusive-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/

LAPHROAIG 8 YEAR OLD 2010 STRICTLY LIMITED EXCLUSIVE at the Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Laphroaig
8 Year Old 2008
Williamson
$70.31

SHOP NOW

Laphroaig 8 Year Old 2010 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask hogshead selected and bottled at cask strength October 2018 by Morrison MacKay exclusively for The Whisky Barrel. 284 bottles. Laphroaig Distillery was established in 1815 on the rocky south coast of the Isle of Islay off the west coast of Scotland. This malt whiskey distillery continues to malt barley using its traditional malting floors and malt kiln. In 1994 the distiiley was awarded the Royal Warrant. The core range is quite extensive and supplemented by limited releases including a 21 year old was issued in 2015 to celebrate 21 years of Friends of Laphroaig. Independent bottlings are also available from Signatory, Cooper’s Choice and Hunter Laing. Laphroaig distillery also participates in Feis Ile, the Islay Festival of Malt and Music.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/laphroaig-8-year-old-2010-strictly-limited-exclusive-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/