This and That at K&L California – Whisky News

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Scotland – Single Malt Scotch

  • Kilchoman 100% Islay 3rd Edition Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml – 7 available ($84.99)

United States – Bourbon and Rye

  • Lock Stock Barrel 13 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml (one bottle limit) ($119.99)
  • Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old Bourbon 750ml – 5 available ($36.99)
  • Tuthilltown Hudson Maple Cask Rye (375ml) – 7 available ($49.99)

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New Arrivals and Old Favorites Back in Stock at Mora’s Fine Wine & Spirits (E. Setauket, New York) – Scotch Whisky News

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New Arrivals and Old Favorites Back in Stock at Mora’s Fine Wine Spirits (E. Setauket, New York)

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The Arran Malt Devil’s Punchbowl Chapter II Single Malt Scotch 106.2 Proof – $134.99 (6 bottles in stock)

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Glen Grant Five Decades Single Malt Scotch 92 Proof – $137.99 (6 bottles in stock)

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Kilchoman Machir Bay 2013 Single Malt Scotch 92 Proof – $55.99 (6 bottles in stock)

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Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest Single Malt Scotch 86 Proof – $69.95 (3 bottles in stock)

Mora’s Fine Wine Spirits

www.moraswines.com

631-941-4458

sev.clemens@moraswines.com

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BALLANTINE’S 12 FINDS THE PERFECT ‘BALLANCE’ – Scotch Whisky News

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BALLANTINE’S 12 FINDS THE PERFECT ‘BALLANCE’  

Ballantine’s, the No. 1 whisky in Europe, has partnered with award-winning Swedish design trio FRONT to create Ballance, a unique and limited edition serving ritual for its Ballantine’s 12 expression.

Ballance features a series of handcrafted objects which appear suspended in mid-air, creating a super premium design collectible. Comprising five essential items to create the perfect serve of Ballantine’s 12, the sculpture is inspired by the delicate balance of flavours of this popular whisky and the artistry of Sandy Hyslop, Ballantine’s Master Blender.

The foundation of the Ballance sculpture is a solid oak coaster, inspired by the oak casks used to mature Ballantine’s whiskies. A contemporary, elegant whisky glass balances a trio of pieces; a copper ice bowl, in a tribute to the stills used in the distillery, a square shaped water jug, whose shape mirrors the silhouette of the Ballantine’s 12 bottle, and – precariously balanced at the sculpture’s summit – a copper spoon.

Each element of Ballance has the Ballantine’s 12 by FRONT design collaboration burned, etched or stamped onto it so that they also stand alone as collectibles.

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Sofia Lagerkvist of FRONT explains the design inspiration for Ballance: “We spent time with Ballantine’s Master Blender, Sandy Hyslop, in Scotland and we learned that his craft is a highly skilled balancing act: first in channeling the influences of nature in ageing this particular Scotch whisky for a minimum of 12 years. Then, in blending Ballantine’s 12, the flavours of an extensive collection of single malts and grains have to be precisely balanced to achieve a consistently smooth finish every time.

“Our design objects often communicate a story about process and, with Ballance, we were inspired by the materials involved in crafting Ballantine’s 12 to create our serving ritual.  We also like to prompt curiosity and challenge perception. The magical elements of the sculpture are a stylish, fun and very modern tribute to the alchemic transformation conducted by the Master Blender, whose unique skills have been passed down from generation to generation.”

Sandy Hyslop, Ballantine’s Master Blender, commented: “It was fascinating spending time with FRONT and exploring our shared passion for excellence. Ballance is as beautiful as it is functional – lending elegance and theatre to the serving ritual. With Ballance, the ultimate aim is for whisky connoisseurs to discover their own perfect balance in enjoying Ballantine’s 12.”

Only 150 units of Ballance will be released. Each set will have a recommended retail selling price of £350 or equivalent (currency dependent). Stockist information can be found at www.ballantines.com. 

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About Ballantine’s

Ballantine’s is the No. 2 ultra-premium Scotch whisky in Asia, No. 1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the range sells over 70 million bottles a year worldwide. Ballantine’s has won more than 120 trophies and medals at international competitions in the past 10 years for quality, as a result of its unique richness of character and perfect balance. The range, from Ballantine’s Finest to the exclusive 40 Year Old, is the most extensive in the world of Scotch and is maintained by the latest in a tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827.

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits. Chivas Brothers is the global leader in luxury Scotch whisky and premium gin. Its portfolio includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch. 

For further information please visit http://www.chivasbrothers.com/

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Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1979 9th Release

Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul vr, september 27, 2013 07:22:28

Bottelaar: Douglas Laing
Regio: Schotland
Fles: Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes, Douglas Laing
Kleur: zonlicht
ABV: 46%

Double
Trouble

Douglas Laing bracht enkele jaren geleden de reeks
Double Barrel op de markt, een speciale vatting van twee verschillende single
malts. De combinaties lijken mij op het eerste zicht een beetje vergezocht en
ik vraag me af of ze wel zullen werken. Of wat dacht u van Talisker
Craigellachie, Bowmore Glenallachie, Caol Ila Tamdhu, Ledaig
Bowmore, Mortlach Laphroaig, Laphroaig Macallan. Ik bedoel maar.
Laat ik het eens proberen met deze Ardbeg Glenrothes. Gaat de brute
Ardbeg de zachte Glenrothes niet totaal wegdrukken? Ik hou mijn hart vast.

Euh, nee dus. Hoewel de turf van Ardbeg zeker
prominent is en zich vertaalt in gras, mos en natte aarde, komt de subtiele
Glenrothes al snel tevoorschijn. Butterscotch en vanille, maar ook gist en
graan. En flink wat citroenjus, een beetje zest incluis. Dit valt goed mee.

Euh, ja dus. De aanzet is niet echt krachtig,
maar wel kruidig. Fris met opnieuw flink wat turf. Mooie rokerigheid. Assen en
dovend vreugdevuur. Dit is puur Islay. De citrus en vanille hebben moeite hier
doorheen te priemen. Eens dat lukt, krijg je een redelijke mix met de vanille
en honing. Amandelspijs? Zilt versus zoet. Licht drogend. Beetje streng, wel. De neus deed zoeter
vermoeden.

Het drogende, bittere effect zet zich vooral door
in de lange finish, die me toch een beetje doet grimassen.

Op de neus was het nog een feest, maar op het
palate en zeker in de astringente finish vind ik de combinatie toch minder
geslaagd. Leuk experiment, maar weinig meer.

82/100

Geproefd
door Mark Dermul op 30-06-2013
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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Port Ellen Old and Rare 30 year old – Available at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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Port Ellen Old and Rare 30 year old – limited to only 120 bottles – only available while stocks last!

The Whisky Shop are proud to introduce the stunningly limited single cask Port Ellen Old and Rare 30 year old.

One of only 120 bottles ever produced and bottled at a natural cask strength of 53.9% volume this limited edition will not last long.

A robust peaty leathery nose initially masking a spicy citrus zest.
A strong island feel of peat notes is found at the front of the tongue but a light citrus fruit and honey taste found at the back.
A long finish brings through the light subtle zestiness. An example of this fine Islay whisky.

Simply click here to buy £899.99

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Port Ellen 29 Year Old 1978 8th Release

Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul vr, september 27, 2013 07:22:28

Bottelaar: Douglas Laing
Regio: Schotland
Fles: Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes, Douglas Laing
Kleur: zonlicht
ABV: 46%

Double
Trouble

Douglas Laing bracht enkele jaren geleden de reeks
Double Barrel op de markt, een speciale vatting van twee verschillende single
malts. De combinaties lijken mij op het eerste zicht een beetje vergezocht en
ik vraag me af of ze wel zullen werken. Of wat dacht u van Talisker
Craigellachie, Bowmore Glenallachie, Caol Ila Tamdhu, Ledaig
Bowmore, Mortlach Laphroaig, Laphroaig Macallan. Ik bedoel maar.
Laat ik het eens proberen met deze Ardbeg Glenrothes. Gaat de brute
Ardbeg de zachte Glenrothes niet totaal wegdrukken? Ik hou mijn hart vast.

Euh, nee dus. Hoewel de turf van Ardbeg zeker
prominent is en zich vertaalt in gras, mos en natte aarde, komt de subtiele
Glenrothes al snel tevoorschijn. Butterscotch en vanille, maar ook gist en
graan. En flink wat citroenjus, een beetje zest incluis. Dit valt goed mee.

Euh, ja dus. De aanzet is niet echt krachtig,
maar wel kruidig. Fris met opnieuw flink wat turf. Mooie rokerigheid. Assen en
dovend vreugdevuur. Dit is puur Islay. De citrus en vanille hebben moeite hier
doorheen te priemen. Eens dat lukt, krijg je een redelijke mix met de vanille
en honing. Amandelspijs? Zilt versus zoet. Licht drogend. Beetje streng, wel. De neus deed zoeter
vermoeden.

Het drogende, bittere effect zet zich vooral door
in de lange finish, die me toch een beetje doet grimassen.

Op de neus was het nog een feest, maar op het
palate en zeker in de astringente finish vind ik de combinatie toch minder
geslaagd. Leuk experiment, maar weinig meer.

82/100

Geproefd
door Mark Dermul op 30-06-2013
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 Wilson & Morgan

Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul vr, september 27, 2013 07:22:28

Bottelaar: Douglas Laing
Regio: Schotland
Fles: Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes, Douglas Laing
Kleur: zonlicht
ABV: 46%

Double
Trouble

Douglas Laing bracht enkele jaren geleden de reeks
Double Barrel op de markt, een speciale vatting van twee verschillende single
malts. De combinaties lijken mij op het eerste zicht een beetje vergezocht en
ik vraag me af of ze wel zullen werken. Of wat dacht u van Talisker
Craigellachie, Bowmore Glenallachie, Caol Ila Tamdhu, Ledaig
Bowmore, Mortlach Laphroaig, Laphroaig Macallan. Ik bedoel maar.
Laat ik het eens proberen met deze Ardbeg Glenrothes. Gaat de brute
Ardbeg de zachte Glenrothes niet totaal wegdrukken? Ik hou mijn hart vast.

Euh, nee dus. Hoewel de turf van Ardbeg zeker
prominent is en zich vertaalt in gras, mos en natte aarde, komt de subtiele
Glenrothes al snel tevoorschijn. Butterscotch en vanille, maar ook gist en
graan. En flink wat citroenjus, een beetje zest incluis. Dit valt goed mee.

Euh, ja dus. De aanzet is niet echt krachtig,
maar wel kruidig. Fris met opnieuw flink wat turf. Mooie rokerigheid. Assen en
dovend vreugdevuur. Dit is puur Islay. De citrus en vanille hebben moeite hier
doorheen te priemen. Eens dat lukt, krijg je een redelijke mix met de vanille
en honing. Amandelspijs? Zilt versus zoet. Licht drogend. Beetje streng, wel. De neus deed zoeter
vermoeden.

Het drogende, bittere effect zet zich vooral door
in de lange finish, die me toch een beetje doet grimassen.

Op de neus was het nog een feest, maar op het
palate en zeker in de astringente finish vind ik de combinatie toch minder
geslaagd. Leuk experiment, maar weinig meer.

82/100

Geproefd
door Mark Dermul op 30-06-2013
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

  • Reacties(0)http://blog.whivie.be/#post2162

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Bruichladdich Whisky Tasting Vancouver, BC Wednesday, the 16th of October – Scotch Whisky News

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Thomas Chen Barry Dunner

request the pleasure of your company

at our Premium Series

Bruichladdich Whisky Tasting

Wednesday, the 16th of October

two thousand and thirteen, at seven thirty pm

A Veritable Vertical

Sample five 20-year old + Bruichladdich whiskies

Cuvee 640 Eroica

Cuvee 382 La Berenice

Cuvee 407 PX

20 year old Bourbon Cask

22 year old Laddie

 Venue

Legacy Liquor Store

1633 Manitoba St, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0B8

• Seating limited to 25 guests •

RSVP  

Companions of the Quaich
140-6751 Graybar Road,
Richmond, V6W 1H3
email info@vanquaich.com

 Programme

Whisky tasting: 7:30 pm
Casual attire
Quaich Members: $65
Non-members: $75

(Payment must be received by cheque or cash in advance of the event)

 The Companions of The Quaich is a non-profit society dedicated to sharing knowledge and enjoyment of Single Malt Whisky.

A ‘Quaich’ is the traditional Scots drinking vessel for whisky.The name comes from the Gaelic ‘cuach’ which means ‘cup’.

www.vanquiach.com

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Exclusive Abbey Whisky Gift Sets at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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Abbey Whisky Glass Gift Sets

A selection of our own label malts now available in these charming 10cl bottles, complete with Abbey Whisky tasting glass. These unique whisky gift sets are ideal for anniversaries, birthdays or weddings. The pocket sized bottle fits snugly into most sporrans!

Abbey Whisky 50 Year Old / Glass Gift Set

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This 50 year old single malt whisky from Speyside is the oldest and rarest in ‘The Secret Casks’ series. To think this whisky has been slumbering in casks for as long as 50 years is truly amazing, the involvement of the flavours combined, produce a stunning dram.

£67.50 (£56.25 ex vat)

Click here to buy Abbey Whisky 50 Year Old / Glass Gift Set

Abbey Whisky 40 Year Old / Glass Gift Set

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The 40 year old whisky is a stunning example of an aged single malt Scotch whisky. 40 years of age, a dram that has beautiful deep flavours that have not been over powered from the long rest in cask. This is a dram that you just can’t get enough of.

£44.50 (£37.08 ex vat)

Click here to buy Abbey Whisky 40 Year Old / Glass Gift Set

Abbey Whisky 30 Year Old / Glass Gift Set

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This beautiful 30 year old single malt distilled at secret distillery in Speyside is the youngest dram in our Secret Casks Series. Lots of sweet wonderful flavours combined with ripe golden delicious apples. The flavours get deeper and more intense when the dram warms up a little. It’s not in any way over sweetened; it’s perfectly balanced with great complexity. A dram you could nose all day, lovely!

£28.50 (£23.75 ex vat)

Click here to buy Abbey Whisky 30 Year Old / Glass Gift Set

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old / The Rare Casks

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A wonderful dram (if we do say so ourselves). The natural cask strength of 44% is surprising given its age but once explored it reveals a delicate but perfectly balanced depth of flavour. Warning! This is a very moreish, easy drinking dram that displays all the wonderful characteristics you would expect from a peated Islay malt whisky.

£18.50 (£15.42 ex vat)

Click here to buy Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old / The Rare Casks / Whisky Gift Set

Caperdonich 17 Year Old / The Rare Casks

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This magnificent Caperdonich 17 year old was the 1st release in ‘The Rare Casks’ series by Abbey Whisky. This limited edition release was distilled in 1995 and left to rest for 17 years before being bottled in 2012.

£16.50  (£13.75 ex vat)

Click here to buy Caperdonich 17 Year Old / The Rare Casks/ Whisky Gift Set

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GLEN GARIOCH LAUNCHES FIRST VINTAGE MATURED SOLELY IN SHERRY CASKS – Scotch Whisky News

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GLEN GARIOCH LAUNCHES FIRST VINTAGE MATURED SOLELY IN SHERRY CASKS 

Limited Edition Glen Garioch Vintage 1999

Glen Garioch has released its inaugural expression to be matured solely in Oloroso sherry casks, as part of the Highland distillery’s small batch vintage programme.

Hand selected at the peak of perfection, the Glen Garioch Vintage, distilled in 1999 is non-chill filtered to retain its authentic, full-bodied Highland character.

Handcrafted and matured in sherry casks for 14 years at the Highland Distillery in the heart of the rural village of Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, this heart-warming dram captures the essence of Scottish Highland charm. The Oloroso sherry casks have influenced this robust spirit to give the malt its dark, sweet fruit, treacle and maple syrup notes and spicy, syrupy taste.

With just 1,000 cases available globally, the Glen Garioch Vintage 1999 is sure to become a favourite with malt enthusiasts when it hits the shelves of specialist whisky and liquor stores from October.

Rachel Barrie, Master Blender for Morrison Bowmore Distillers, said, “This is a full-bodied malt with exquisite rich fruit, chocolate and toffee notes, which really captures the essence of the Highlands.

“Hand picked and bottled at 56.3% ABV to bring out the rich spicy flavours of the Vintage 1999 really showcases the quality of the spirit produced from this small artisan distillery through our limited edition programme.

“This is an exciting small-batch release that encapsulates the rare find that is Glen Garioch itself and I’m sure will be a favourite with any whisky enthusiast.”

Available from selected specialist retailers from the end of September, Glen Garioch Vintage 1999 is bottled at 56.3% ABV will retail at circa £59.99.

Tasting notes:

Walnut brown in colour, the 1999 Vintage is full-bodied and intensely sherried with a syrupy mouth coating texture. Treacle toffee, chocolate and maple syrup soak into the palate, carrying the tingly warmth of nutmeg and ginger spices, tangy orange marmalade and dates into a long, deep finish of raisins, caramelised toffee and liquorice.

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NOTES –

Product images are available on request Glen Garioch, pronounced Glen Geery, founded in 1797 is one of the oldest remaining distilleries in Scotland The distillery lies on rising ground at the picturesque town of Oldmeldrum, just 17 miles north-west of Aberdeen Glen Garioch was relaunched in October 2010 with a core range of two single malt whiskies – the Glen Garioch 1797 Founder’s Reserve, a non chill-filtered single malt bottled at 48% ABV and the Glen Garioch 12 Year Old, non chill-filtered single malt bottled at 48% ABV after maturing in bourbon and sherry casks.

Glen Garioch is owned by the Morrison Bowmore Distillers Limited which also produce Bowmore and Auchentoshan.

Visit www.glengarioch.com for more information.

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