GLEN GRANT: A SPECIAL BURNS NIGHT TASTING WITH DENNIS MALCOLM & JIM MURRAY

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GLEN GRANT: A SPECIAL BURNS NIGHT TASTING
WITH DENNIS MALCOLM JIM MURRAY

Friday 25 January
7.30pm-9pm
£35

Limited Spaces. Tickets on sale now.

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Glen Grant Master Distiller  Sir Dennis Malcolm, Whisky Bible author Jim Murray and a selection of their favourite drams – what more could you wish for this Burns Night?

Let Dennis Malcolm, the man behind the liquid, guide you through six of Glen Grant’s esteemed expressions. He’ll be joined by top whisky writer Jim Murray, who has awarded Glen Grant 18 Year Old the title of Scotch Whisky of the Year in his best-selling, annual Whisky Bible for the past three years.

We will end the evening with a QA session and a book signing.

“Once more the stunning Glen Grant 18 Year Old single malt carried the banner for Scotland, displaying Speyside Whisky in its most sparkling light.” – Jim Murray

THE LINE-UP

Glen Grant 10 Year Old
Glen Grant 12 Year Old
Glen Grant 18 Year Old
Whisky Bible 2019 ‘Second Finest Whisky in the World’
Whisky Bible 2017-2019 ‘Scotch Whisky of the Year’
Glen Grant 12 Year Old Non Chill Filtered
Glen Grant 170th Anniversary Limited Edition
Special Mystery Dram

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DENNIS MALCOLM

Dennis Malcolm is the multi-award winning Glen Grant master distiller and the curator of the distillery’s spirit. He has worked for Glen Grant for more than five decades, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the industry.

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JIM MURRAY

Jim Murray was one of the first full-time whisky writers and his Whisky Bible is the world’s biggest-selling and most influential annual whisky guide.

FRIDAY 25 JANUARY
7.30PM-9PM

£35

“O thou, my muse! Guid auld Scotch drink!” – Robert Burns

BOOK NOW

VENUE

THE WHISKY EXCHANGE FITZROVIA

90-92 GREAT PORTLAND STREET
LONDON
W1W 7NT

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/glen-grant-a-special-burns-night-tasting-with-dennis-malcolm-jim-murray/

GLEN GRANT: A SPECIAL BURNS NIGHT TASTING WITH DENNIS MALCOLM & JIM MURRAY

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GLEN GRANT: A SPECIAL BURNS NIGHT TASTING
WITH DENNIS MALCOLM JIM MURRAY

Friday 25 January
7.30pm-9pm
£35

Limited Spaces. Tickets on sale now.

BOOK NOW

Glen Grant Master Distiller  Sir Dennis Malcolm, Whisky Bible author Jim Murray and a selection of their favourite drams – what more could you wish for this Burns Night?

Let Dennis Malcolm, the man behind the liquid, guide you through six of Glen Grant’s esteemed expressions. He’ll be joined by top whisky writer Jim Murray, who has awarded Glen Grant 18 Year Old the title of Scotch Whisky of the Year in his best-selling, annual Whisky Bible for the past three years.

We will end the evening with a QA session and a book signing.

“Once more the stunning Glen Grant 18 Year Old single malt carried the banner for Scotland, displaying Speyside Whisky in its most sparkling light.” – Jim Murray

THE LINE-UP

Glen Grant 10 Year Old
Glen Grant 12 Year Old
Glen Grant 18 Year Old
Whisky Bible 2019 ‘Second Finest Whisky in the World’
Whisky Bible 2017-2019 ‘Scotch Whisky of the Year’
Glen Grant 12 Year Old Non Chill Filtered
Glen Grant 170th Anniversary Limited Edition
Special Mystery Dram

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DENNIS MALCOLM

Dennis Malcolm is the multi-award winning Glen Grant master distiller and the curator of the distillery’s spirit. He has worked for Glen Grant for more than five decades, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the industry.

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JIM MURRAY

Jim Murray was one of the first full-time whisky writers and his Whisky Bible is the world’s biggest-selling and most influential annual whisky guide.

FRIDAY 25 JANUARY
7.30PM-9PM

£35

“O thou, my muse! Guid auld Scotch drink!” – Robert Burns

BOOK NOW

VENUE

THE WHISKY EXCHANGE FITZROVIA

90-92 GREAT PORTLAND STREET
LONDON
W1W 7NT

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/glen-grant-a-special-burns-night-tasting-with-dennis-malcolm-jim-murray/

GLEN GRANT: A SPECIAL BURNS NIGHT TASTING WITH DENNIS MALCOLM & JIM MURRAY

TWE1

GLEN GRANT: A SPECIAL BURNS NIGHT TASTING
WITH DENNIS MALCOLM JIM MURRAY

Friday 25 January
7.30pm-9pm
£35

Limited Spaces. Tickets on sale now.

BOOK NOW

Glen Grant Master Distiller  Sir Dennis Malcolm, Whisky Bible author Jim Murray and a selection of their favourite drams – what more could you wish for this Burns Night?

Let Dennis Malcolm, the man behind the liquid, guide you through six of Glen Grant’s esteemed expressions. He’ll be joined by top whisky writer Jim Murray, who has awarded Glen Grant 18 Year Old the title of Scotch Whisky of the Year in his best-selling, annual Whisky Bible for the past three years.

We will end the evening with a QA session and a book signing.

“Once more the stunning Glen Grant 18 Year Old single malt carried the banner for Scotland, displaying Speyside Whisky in its most sparkling light.” – Jim Murray

THE LINE-UP

Glen Grant 10 Year Old
Glen Grant 12 Year Old
Glen Grant 18 Year Old
Whisky Bible 2019 ‘Second Finest Whisky in the World’
Whisky Bible 2017-2019 ‘Scotch Whisky of the Year’
Glen Grant 12 Year Old Non Chill Filtered
Glen Grant 170th Anniversary Limited Edition
Special Mystery Dram

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DENNIS MALCOLM

Dennis Malcolm is the multi-award winning Glen Grant master distiller and the curator of the distillery’s spirit. He has worked for Glen Grant for more than five decades, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the industry.

TWE3

JIM MURRAY

Jim Murray was one of the first full-time whisky writers and his Whisky Bible is the world’s biggest-selling and most influential annual whisky guide.

FRIDAY 25 JANUARY
7.30PM-9PM

£35

“O thou, my muse! Guid auld Scotch drink!” – Robert Burns

BOOK NOW

VENUE

THE WHISKY EXCHANGE FITZROVIA

90-92 GREAT PORTLAND STREET
LONDON
W1W 7NT

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/glen-grant-a-special-burns-night-tasting-with-dennis-malcolm-jim-murray/

10 Year Old Single Cask Whisky at The Inverurie Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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Aberdeenshire Whisky Embassy

Packed full of Events, Offers and Unique Whiskies this is a must for all North East Whisky fans! Membership also includes an Exclusive

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10 Year Old Single Cask Whisky

from a well known Island Distillery….

Whisky just got AWEsome!

TAKE A LOOK

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/10-year-old-single-cask-whisky-at-the-inverurie-whisky-shop-scotch-whisky-news/

Imperial 23 Year Old 1995 Cask #4191 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Imperial
23 Year Old 1995
Cask #4191
$211.30

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Imperial 23 Year Old 1995 vintage Speyside single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask bourbon barrel #4191 of the lost distillery. Selected and bottled October 2018 by Morrison MacKay exclusively for The Whisky Barrel. Just 42 numbered bottles. Maximum 1 bottle per customer.

Imperial Distillery was designed by Charles C. Doig and established in 1897 by Thomas Mackenzie at Carron in the heart of the Speyside whiskey region. Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and a huge golden crown was placed upon the pagoda roof of one of Imperial Distillery’s two malt kilns to commemorate the occasion. Imperial Distillery was equipped with four huge stills but closed in 1998 and was demolished in 2013. A new distillery called Dalmunach has been built on the site and opened in 2015. Independent releases of Imperial malt whiskey feature in the Signatory Vintage ranges and those of Gordon MacPhail.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/imperial-23-year-old-1995-cask-4191-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/

1995 Blair Athol 23 Year Old “Old Malt Cask” K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength – Scotch Whisky News

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One-of-a-Kind Single Malt You Won’t Find Elsewhere

“There’s no reason a whisky this good and this old should be this inexpensive.”
—David Othenin-Girard, KL SoCal Spirits Buyer

Almost never seen in the United States, Blair Athol is a rare treat for collectors of Scotland’s finest drams. The bottling featured here, a 23 Year Old that was brought up in sherry cask, counts among the best expressions we’ve ever encountered. Heady, expressive, and with a seemingly unending cascade of Amontillado spice, it is a pure delight from start to finish. Blair Athol has developed something of a cult following over the years, and based on the balanced power this 23 Year Old reveals, it’s all too easy to see why. Because of its scarcity, one might expect this scotch to cost twice the price, but that’s the beauty of our direct-import program—we are able to offer it at an unbeatable price. We urge you to scroll down and read our staff reviews, as they paint a picture of a Highland malt of the highest caliber. Previous casks of Blair Athol have sold out in no time, and we expect much the same of this magnificent expression.

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1995 Blair Athol 23 Year Old “Old Malt Cask” KL Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($109.99)

The exceptional Blair Athol Distillery sits just outside the picturesque town of Pitlochry at the base of the great Cairngorm Mountains. This small stone distillery has provided KL with several of our most renowned single barrels, namely a few old refill casks from Signatory, which were dark refill sherry butts. This barrel showing up just a few years after those exquisite examples of this low-key distillery further proves that sherry and Blair Athol play in perfect harmony. Famous in the U.K. as the home of the well-regarded Bell’s Blend, it has no real no real presence in the States. Nonetheless, it’s become sought after partly due to our efforts and because more of our customers are heading over to Scotland. Since invariably a stop in the quaint little village just to the north of the distillery is recommended, every year more people coming home dreaming about it. Once you taste that flora and fauna expression, it must feel rather tragic to realize that no regular expression of this lovely malt is available in the U.S. So when this stupendous cask popped up, we knew we had to nab it. I’d happily sell this exceptional whisky, filled into a fresh sherry butt back in 1995, for $200. I absolutely think it’s worth that much. We crushed the 26 Year Old from Signatory (albeit slightly older and darker) at $180 a bottle years ago. While it might not be as unique as some of the year’s other offerings, it’s is easily the most lovable malt of the season and another insane value from OMC.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 14, 2018

The lovely Blair Athol distillery is the spiritual home of the Bell’s Blend, which gets a bad rap from some whisky geeks, but when we see the excellent distillery in the warehouse we take note. Very few things are more appealing to me than an extremely affordable Blair Athol charged from a sherry. One whiff and we knew we had to have this majestic barrel. The nose has a big note of Oloroso, but also some complex malty fruit in the background. With a bit of water, dark fruit compote, exotic spices, and a subtle, almost Amontillado-like savory quality, emerge. On the palate it’s wonderfully textured with big taffy notes and a woodsy herbal quality—although much cleaner after water than the Ben Nevis, it still has a bit of funk to start. This is a total no brainer—an ultra-balanced, but overtly sherried malt in what might be arguably its perfect state of maturation. You barely notice the high proof, but it does love a little dollop of spring water, which opens it up in the most impressive way. Those that love the balance between dark sherry tones and rich maltiness will want to load up on this while it’s still around. There’s no reason a whisky this good and this old should be this inexpensive.

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

Once again we have Blair Athol on the shelves! It has been far too long and I’ve fielded too many customer requests from people hoping for a bottle of our previous casks to pop up. While a touch younger and nowhere near as dark in sherry color, this wonderful cask shows off all of the splendor of sherry-aged Blair Athol with more sophistication than our previous bottlings. The chocolate fudge and spice cake of the sherry butt is more deeply integrated and the nutty texture and earthy flavors of the malt shine through. Don’t let that gentle sounding description fool you. The nose is just as robust as the first fill sherry monsters of yesteryear, but the palate doesn’t attack you, it lulls you into a false sense of security instead. At nearly 60%, for all its grace, this malt still packs a wallop. With a water addition it softens (a little) and exposes more of a dried orange peel and caramelized candied almond profile. A big malt for those who want power in their glass. And all for a pittance in comparison to the pair of 1988s we’ve offered in the last couple of years.

William Beare | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 25, 2018

It’s a cold and blustery evening here in Redwood City as I take my first few sips of the Blair Athol 23. The days are getting shorter and the winds are picking up. But in a large, deep glass, just the nose on this feels like a space heater for my soul. There is a small handful of fire in each inhale, but such a seductive, sweet fire that you feel dared to keep breathing deeper. The palate is filled with sweet honeycomb wax—unbelievably textural with a healthy dose of orange zest and a nutty finish. Well worth the price tag, and way too easy to drink for your own good.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 25, 2018

There’s big fruit on the nose with notes of syrupy brandy cherries coming in first, followed by orange zest, kumquat, and apricot. Nice bright caramel and rock candy scents come through next, then just a little earthiness and a whisper of smoke. The palate is initially dominated by salted caramels and stone fruit flavors, but then there’s a bold transition to cherries, spices, and some leather in a nicely long finish.

Jackson Lee | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 21, 2018

This cask offering from Blair Athol is unapologetic in the way it presents itself. When first poured into the glass, notes of iodine, peat, astringent, leather, and oak are apparent—stereotypical but then a honeyed apricot and Nilla wafers come in to soften those hardened players. On the palate that sweetness at the end of the nose comes through on the tip of your tongue, hitting you with sweet cashew brittle and green apple undertones. The finish is long and you get a little spice and heat on the end, while that sweetness keeps its promise to the end, drawing out notes of pencil shavings after it..

Anthony Russo | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2018

This is a highlight of what Scotland’s Highland region can achieve. This whisky typically goes into a bottling that does not reach the United States, so just the opportunity to taste it is incredibly special. The nose is wildly interesting, loaded with all types of fruits and spices. The palate definitely follows up nicely with a flavor I did not expect: a touch of malty sweetness that keeps the finish long. I am very excited about this release, especially at the price/cask strength ABV.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/1995-blair-athol-23-year-old-old-malt-cask-kl-exclusive-single-sherry-butt-cask-strength-scotch-whisky-news/

New: Ardmore 30 Years // Suntory Ao // Royal Lochnagar 30 Years

As you may know, the shutdown of the US government also has consequences for the whisky industry. The Tax Trade Bureau is not accepting submissions of new alcohol labels, which means no new whiskies can be approved for sale in the US. As their COLAs listing is an interesting sources for upcoming releases, we now have little to announce…

 

Ardmore 30 Year Old

Ardmore 30 Year Old

Ardmore has bottled a 1987 vintage 30 Year Old exclusively available from The Whisky Exchange. Matured in refill barrels and then finished in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels, it is said to have lots of fruity notes alongside the smoke.

The reasonable price makes this an attractive offer. Check The Whisky Exchange if you’re interested.

 

 

Suntory Ao - World Whisky

Suntory Ao - World Whisky

Suntory Ao is a blended whisky made with spirit from five countries: Scotland, Ireland, America, Canada and Japan. Beam Suntory obviously owns Suntory but also Yamazaki, Bowmore, Laphroaig, Kilbeggan and Cooley, among others.

As you may know, a lot of whiskies marketed as ‘Japanese’ are already blended with spirit from Scotland or Canada – a creative solution for the general shortage of true Japanese whisky. Regulations in Japan are quite flexible, and as long as the spirit passes through Japan at some point, it can be sold as Japanese whisky. Let’s hope this Suntory Ao is a step towards more transparency for the entire Japanese industry.

 

 

Royal Lochnagar 30 Years

Royal Lochnagar 30 Years

A cask of Royal Lochnagar was gifted to Prince Charles to mark the 140th anniversary of the first royal visit to this distillery by Queen Victoria. Recently in November, the Prince turned 70 and and requested the contents to be bottled, with proceeds being donated to his own charity foundation.

Cask number #1129 (refill American oak) yielded 206 bottles and 186 of these will be sold via ballot through The Whisky Exchange.

Enter here to get a chance to grab a bottle

 

 

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Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/whisky-news/ardmore-30-years-suntory-ao-royal-lochnagar-30-years/

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1982 Signatory 30th at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Port Ellen
35 Year Old 1982
Signatory 30th
$1,664.36

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Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1982 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask refill sherry butt #2040 bottled June 2018 for the Signatory Vintage 30th Anniversary series. 567 bottles.

Port Ellen Distillery was established by Alexander K. Mackay on the southern coast of the Isle of Islay at Port Ellen in 1825. Port Ellen was a malt whisky distillery but closed in 1983 and whilst some of the distillery buildings remain Port Ellen drum maltings occupy part of the site. During the winter of 1823-24 James Fox tested his newly designed spirit safe at Port Ellen Distillery prior to its introduction in all Scottish licenced distilleries by 1825 in order to comply with enactment of the Excise Act of 1823. Thus Port Ellen Distillery was the first Scottish distillery to install a spirit safe and James Fox was paid £428 for his work. Official bottlings of Port Ellen single malt whisky include the Port Ellen Annual Release and independent release from Hunter Laing Co. are highly prized.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/port-ellen-35-year-old-1982-signatory-30th-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/

Fets Whisky Kitchen Vancouver, BC “Douglas Laing Whisky Dinner January 16th 2019″ – Scotch Whisky News

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Whisky Dinner Wednesday January 16th @7pm 

It’s Whisky Pairing time again with this time with independant bottler; Douglas Laing.

We are happy to announce our 1st Whisky Dinner of the year. Keith Beattie of Douglas Laing will be traveling from Scotland to host our Whisky Pairing Dinner on Wednesday January 16th at 7pm.

Keith has been in the drinks industry for 2 decades and just recently joined Douglas Laing last year. His role? Head of Commercial, I guess we’ll find out exactly what that means at the dinner.

Douglas Laing Co was established in 1948. As an established independent bottler, Douglas Laing has access to great whisky stocks and has a wonderful lineup of whiskies in their; Remarkable Regional Malts and the Exceptional Single Cask series. Lets show Keith a big Canadian Whisky Kitchen welcome and join us next week for an entertaining evening with great whisky from the warehouses of Douglas Laing.

Our talented kitchen team are, yet again, creating 5 stunning dishes to pair with 5 great whiskies.

This is sure to be another great night of food, whisky and distillery tales.

Why not grab one of our limited tickets and join us on Wednesday January 16th for some great whisky and food.

Tickets are limited and I can assure you, as always, they sell out fast.

Be sure to plan for a safe ride home!

The cost for this event is only $85

click here to register

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/fets-whisky-kitchen-vancouver-bc-douglas-laing-whisky-dinner-january-16th-2019-scotch-whisky-news/

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 232: Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1982 Signatory 30th Anniversary – Scotch Whisky News

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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 232: Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1982 Signatory 30th Anniversary

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, tries a legendary whisky. For the 30th anniversary of independent bottler Signatory, Andrew Symington and his team selected a wide range of exquisite single casks and released them in luxurious boxes with two complimentary glasses. Mark tries try the ultimate release in this series: the Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1982. Flabbergasting, but expensive. Then again… you only live once.

https://youtu.be/U6QqYbTuCl0

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/marks-whisky-ramblings-232-port-ellen-35-year-old-1982-signatory-30th-anniversary-scotch-whisky-news/