Compass Box Whisky “How we made: Tobias & the Angel” – Scotch Whisky News

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Tobias the Angel 

A culmination of nearly two decades of work: an especially precious limited edition.

Here’s how we made Tobias the Angel

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For almost as long as Compass Box has existed, we have held a special reverence for single malt whiskies produced at the Clynelish and Caol Ila distilleries. Since our sadly-lost blend Eleuthera, we have known how wonderfully these two single malts complement each other. Therefore, when we were offered extremely old and special parcels of whiskies, one from each distillery, rather than allocate them to separate projects we were inspired to bring them together once more.

There is nothing else in Tobias the Angel, just this magical pairing of single malt whiskies.

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Every Compass Box release has a concept at its core, something that connects spirit, name and packaging design. While reading a biography of Leonardo da Vinci, John discovered the painting ‘Tobias and the Angel’, and the biblical story behind it. The naïve young man assisted by the divine angel expresses how we see the relationship between the aromatic smokiness of Caol Ila distillery and the ethereal character from Clynelish distillery.

2019 marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death; five centuries on, da Vinci’s blend of art and science is unparalleled. It is an inspiration for how we approach our whiskies.

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The ‘Tobias and the Angel’ painting was produced at the studio of Andrea del Verrocchio, where the young Leonardo worked as an apprentice. To Leonardo are credited the small dog and the gleaming fish carried by Tobias. The beauty of the work, and its gravitas, made it a natural fit for this special limited release.

Fortunately for us, the painting resides at the National Gallery in London, not far from the Compass Box office and blending room. We requested and received permission from the Gallery to use the painting for our bottle’s artwork, paying a royalty for the privilege.

If you find yourself in London, we highly recommend a visit to see the painting in all its considerable glory.

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Due to the age of the single malts which have gone into Tobias the Angel, the likelihood that we’ll see two parcels of the same calibre come across our blending table again soon is sadly very low. We, therefore, believe that this is the rarest and most precious whisky we have ever produced.

Two decades of esteem, experimentation and experience have culminated in this limited edition of just 2,634 bottles worldwide.

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Tobias the Angel exhibits the aromas of distant bonfires, before leading into an ethereal herbal and fruit character. These two distinct and exquisite styles would not have been possible without the extended periods of maturation both whiskies have enjoyed.

The pedigree here is, in our opinion, of the highest calibre; the combination has exceeded even our expectations, creating something wholly original and of otherworldly quality.

Tobias the Angel is best appreciated sipped at bottling strength. Like other works of great and lasting beauty, it is even better shared.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/compass-box-whisky-how-we-made-tobias-the-angel-scotch-whisky-news/

TOMATIN RELEASE THE NEWEST EDITION OF THE WAREHOUSE 6 COLLECTION, THE 1975 – Scotch Whisky News

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TOMATIN RELEASE THE NEWEST EDITION OF THE WAREHOUSE 6 COLLECTION, THE 1975 

12th March 2019: Tomatin, the award-winning Highland distillery has today announced the release of its third expression of the acclaimed Warehouse 6 Collection; 1975.

Distilled on 8th December 1975, this precious spirit has been gently maturing for the past 43 years in Warehouse 6, laid low on antique wooden rails above cool earthen floor and stacked single level, in a traditional dunnage warehouse.  Nestled in a quiet corner of the distillery, Warehouse 6 houses the distillery’s most treasured casks. At Tomatin’s very core, Warehouse 6, is a truly special place.  

The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection, has spent over four decades slowly maturing in a hand-selected Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butt, cask number 35834. This limited and luxurious cask has wielded just 300 bottles at 46.5%. 

Stephen Bremner, Managing Director of Tomatin, said: “I’m so pleased to announce the release of The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection; these limited-edition expressions from the Warehouse 6 collection enjoy the perfect atmosphere during maturation, providing the flawless environment for exquisite whisky to come to life in all its glory.” 

The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection is encased in a hand-blown Glencairn Crystal decanter within an exquisite case fitted with a unique opening mechanism, featuring two rose gold metal buttons on the sides. Accompanied with glasses decorated with solid copper bands, a solid copper stopper and a numbered certificate detailing the story of the whisky. Stitched and debossed details on the leather wrap adds to the elegance. Protected in a secure material bag for transit and deliver, the 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection offers the ultimate in luxury.

Graham Eunson, Distillery Manager at Tomatin, said: “With patience comes reward, The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection provides a perfect harmony of tropical and dried fruits, dark chocolate and warm spicy notes balanced with the complex background aromas created by decades of slow oxidation in its unique warehouse locale before a long and elegant finish.”

The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection is expected to retail for £2,400 in the UK for a 70cl bottle, and is available to purchase from specialist retailers worldwide.

Notes 

Tomatin Distillery has been producing and blending malt Scotch whisky since 1897. Over the last 50 years, the distillery has borne witness to vast change. At its peak in the 1970s, Tomatin was the largest distillery in the world operating 23 stills and producing 12 million litres of alcohol every year. Over the last decade, significant time has been invested in rediscovering the distillery, people and values, and in refining the business model to move away from the formerly lucrative bulk commodity market to now focus on Tomatin’s core range of single malts, The 1975 release is a part of Warehouse 6’s limited edition range, which includes the 1971 and the 1972.

Tomatin is located in the Scottish Highlands (near Inverness) and is famous for its portfolio of soft and mellow whiskies, including a core range, a limited-edition range and a premium archive range (prices range from £35 – £10,000). Tomatin is one of the fastest growing whisky brands in the UK and recently announced that it is officially the fastest growing top ten single malt whisky in the USA. Tomatin recently reported its turnover increased by almost 25% during the company’s most recent financial year (Dec 2016 – Dec 2017). Tomatin won Distiller of the Year 2016 and Brand Innovator of the Year 2017 at the Icons of Whisky Scotland Awards.

 About the The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection:

  • Cask Number: 35834
  • Cask Type: Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butt
  • Strength: 46.5% alc./vol.
  • Distilled on: 8th December 1975
  • Number of bottles: 300

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/tomatin-release-the-newest-edition-of-the-warehouse-6-collection-the-1975-scotch-whisky-news/

TOMATIN RELEASE THE NEWEST EDITION OF THE WAREHOUSE 6 COLLECTION, THE 1975 – Scotch Whisky News

Tomatin 75

TOMATIN RELEASE THE NEWEST EDITION OF THE WAREHOUSE 6 COLLECTION, THE 1975 

12th March 2019: Tomatin, the award-winning Highland distillery has today announced the release of its third expression of the acclaimed Warehouse 6 Collection; 1975.

Distilled on 8th December 1975, this precious spirit has been gently maturing for the past 43 years in Warehouse 6, laid low on antique wooden rails above cool earthen floor and stacked single level, in a traditional dunnage warehouse.  Nestled in a quiet corner of the distillery, Warehouse 6 houses the distillery’s most treasured casks. At Tomatin’s very core, Warehouse 6, is a truly special place.  

The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection, has spent over four decades slowly maturing in a hand-selected Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butt, cask number 35834. This limited and luxurious cask has wielded just 300 bottles at 46.5%. 

Stephen Bremner, Managing Director of Tomatin, said: “I’m so pleased to announce the release of The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection; these limited-edition expressions from the Warehouse 6 collection enjoy the perfect atmosphere during maturation, providing the flawless environment for exquisite whisky to come to life in all its glory.” 

The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection is encased in a hand-blown Glencairn Crystal decanter within an exquisite case fitted with a unique opening mechanism, featuring two rose gold metal buttons on the sides. Accompanied with glasses decorated with solid copper bands, a solid copper stopper and a numbered certificate detailing the story of the whisky. Stitched and debossed details on the leather wrap adds to the elegance. Protected in a secure material bag for transit and deliver, the 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection offers the ultimate in luxury.

Graham Eunson, Distillery Manager at Tomatin, said: “With patience comes reward, The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection provides a perfect harmony of tropical and dried fruits, dark chocolate and warm spicy notes balanced with the complex background aromas created by decades of slow oxidation in its unique warehouse locale before a long and elegant finish.”

The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection is expected to retail for £2,400 in the UK for a 70cl bottle, and is available to purchase from specialist retailers worldwide.

Notes 

Tomatin Distillery has been producing and blending malt Scotch whisky since 1897. Over the last 50 years, the distillery has borne witness to vast change. At its peak in the 1970s, Tomatin was the largest distillery in the world operating 23 stills and producing 12 million litres of alcohol every year. Over the last decade, significant time has been invested in rediscovering the distillery, people and values, and in refining the business model to move away from the formerly lucrative bulk commodity market to now focus on Tomatin’s core range of single malts, The 1975 release is a part of Warehouse 6’s limited edition range, which includes the 1971 and the 1972.

Tomatin is located in the Scottish Highlands (near Inverness) and is famous for its portfolio of soft and mellow whiskies, including a core range, a limited-edition range and a premium archive range (prices range from £35 – £10,000). Tomatin is one of the fastest growing whisky brands in the UK and recently announced that it is officially the fastest growing top ten single malt whisky in the USA. Tomatin recently reported its turnover increased by almost 25% during the company’s most recent financial year (Dec 2016 – Dec 2017). Tomatin won Distiller of the Year 2016 and Brand Innovator of the Year 2017 at the Icons of Whisky Scotland Awards.

 About the The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection:

  • Cask Number: 35834
  • Cask Type: Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butt
  • Strength: 46.5% alc./vol.
  • Distilled on: 8th December 1975
  • Number of bottles: 300

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/tomatin-release-the-newest-edition-of-the-warehouse-6-collection-the-1975-scotch-whisky-news/

Whiskey Obsession Schedule, Panels, and Classes! – Obsessive Whisky News

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Seventh Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival

April 10 to 13, 2019

Sarasota, Florida

Schedule of Events, Panelists, and Masterclasses

Spirit Guide, Inc. presents the Seventh Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival, April 10 to 13, 2019 in Sarasota, Florida, in partnership with Whiskey and Barrel Nite and Dave Sweet. Whiskey Obsession presents four days of classes, tastings, lunch and dinner pairings, interactive panel discussions, VIP pours, a fabulous grand tasting with hundreds of whiskies and cocktails, plus free closing night party with live music. Last year, Whiskey Obsession attracted 3,500 attendees from 20 states and Canada and is one of the nation’s largest festivals. Take your friends and take a cab! Whiskeyobsessionfestival.com.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Whiskey Obsession Kickoff Dinner @ Sarasota Yacht Club (SYC), 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Deconstruction of the Balcones Texas Single Malt with Winston Edwards

The Seventh Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival kicks off with an elegant dinner pairing hosted by Winston Edwards, Balcones National Distillery Ambassador featuring a special four course menu from executive chef Anthony Puccio. Experience the three wood finished whiskies that make up the Texas Single Malt, bottled exclusively by Barrel and Bottle, along with the official Texas Single Malt from Balcones. Tickets are $125 per person. Open to the public; SYC membership not required.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Two Panelist Small Group Dinners @ The Hyatt Sarasota, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $125 per person for either dinner and include meal, whiskies and commemorative Tervis custom tumbler. Limited to 20 guests each.

World Whiskey Dinner

Join Ashok Chokalingam, Global Ambassador and Assistant Distiller at Amrut Distillery for an intimate three course dinner featuring four award winning whiskies from Bengaluru, India: Amrut Single Malt, Amrut Fusion Single Malt, Amrut Peated Single Malt, and Amrut Naarangi Single Malt.

Single Malt Scotch Dinner 

Join Nicholas Pollacchi, Single Malt Director at Jura Single Malt for an intimate dinner paired with four Scotch whiskies: Jura 10 Year, Jura 12 Year, Jura Seven Wood and a surprise.

The Panel of Whiskey Experts Interactive Tasting @ The Hyatt Sarasota, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. 

This unique panel of distillers and ambassadors share their award winning whiskies from Colorado, Scotland, and India in an interactive tasting. The panel is co-moderated by Samara Rivers and

Turner C. Moore. Tickets are $75 and seating is limited to 130 guests. Panelists and whiskies:

Jenny Bartels, Brand Ambassador at Breckenridge (Breckenridge PX Sherry Cask Bourbon)

Rob Dietrich, Master Distiller at Stranahan’s (Stranahan’s Snowflake)

Ashok Chokalingam, Assistant to Master Distiller at Amrut (Amrut Madeira Cask)

Nicholas Pollacchi, Single Malt Director at Whyte and Mackay (Jura 18 Year)

Stephanie Ridgway, Manager of Brand Education at International Beverage (Speyburn 15 Year)

Raj Sabarwahl, Founder at Glass Revolution Imports (Murray McDavid Ordha Meas 13 Year)

Corky Taylor, Chairman at Peerless (3 Year Small Batch Rye)

Andrew Weir, Brand Director at Pernod Ricard (Aberlour Casg Annamh)

Late Night Whistle Pig Rye Showcase at The Social Eatery and Bar 10:00 p.m. until late.

Steward of the Brand Ingrid Rodriguez will serve cocktails and samples of Whistle Pig Rye at The Social, with light bites and DJ for the late night crowd. Tickets are $25 and include specialty cocktail, whiskey samples and commemorative Tervis custom tumbler (tumblers are limited to first 40 guests due to inventory constraints).

Friday, April 12, 2019

The Dalmore Single Malt Scotch Masterclass at The Bijou, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Join Nicholas Pollacchi, Single Malt Director at Whyte and Mackay, for a sumptuous lunch masterclass at featuring The Dalmore, single malt Highland Scotch, at Sarasota’s Bijou restaurant. Tickets are $40 per person and include meal, single malt Scotch whiskies and commemorative Tervis custom tumbler.

 

Grand Tasting and Masterclasses @ The Hyatt Sarasota, 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

With hundreds of whiskies and cocktails available to sample, the Grand Tasting features dozens of the world’s premium global brands as well as emerging craft distillers from around the country. All tickets include Whiskey and Barrel Nite’s custom infused dinner buffet and hors d’oeuvres sponsored by Four Roses Bourbon, as well as a one year subscription to Whisky Advocate, the world’s leading whisky magazine. Limited booth space still available – see contact information at the bottom of the page.

  • 7:00 p.m. VIP Admission
  • 7:15 p.m. Class I begins (open to GA ticket holders; ends at 8:00 p.m.)
  • 8:00 p.m. General Admission; VIP Lounge Opens
  • 8:30 p.m. Class II and III begin (end at 9:15 p.m.
  • 10:15 p.m. Last Pour
  • 10:30 p.m. Event concludes

Masterclasses just added!

Class I — 7:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Four Roses Single Barrel Deconstruction with Cile Moreno

Class II — 8:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.  Amrut Indian Whisky with Ashok Chokalingam

Class III — 8:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Glengoyne Single Malt Scotch with Gordon Dundas

Three ticket levels are available:

VIP $195:

  • VIP admission is limited to 200 guests and includes one commemorative Glencairn glass and

one hour early entrance at 7:00 p.m.

  • VIP Lounge brought to you by Whiskey Barrel Nite (8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
  • VIP pours of premium, fine, and rare spirits (details will be available on the event website).   At

least 25 premium whiskies will be available during VIP hour.

  • One $50 retail voucher for purchases placed with our online retail partner, CaskCartel.com.

Bottles will not be sold directly at the show.

  • Greater opportunity to interact with distillery ambassadors and industry professionals.
  • Unlimited tasting of over 200 spirits.
  • Priority seating at classes and other WOF events during the Festival.

General Admission $95:

  • Limited to 500 guests includes one commemorative Glencairn glass; entrance at 8:00 p.m.
  • Unlimited tasting of several hundred whiskies and cocktails.

Companion $45:

  • Limited to 75 guests includes entrance with VIP or general admission ticket holders.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Women of Whiskey Brunch @ Sarasota Yacht Club, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

We are thrilled to present the Women of Whiskey Brunch in partnership with the Sarasota Whisky Society, Bourbon Women and the Black Bourbon Society. The event emcee Jennifer Wells and moderator Peggy Noe Stevens will lead a panel of prominent women making contributions to the whiskey industry, including:

  • Jenny Bartels, Brand Ambassador at Breckenridge

Breckenridge Port Cask High Proof Bourbon

  • Ingrid Rodriguez, Steward of the Brand at Whistle Pig

Whistle Pig Old World and Piggyback Rye

  • Samara Rivers, Founder of the Black Bourbon Society

Uncle Nearest 1856, Single Barrel Whiskey

Two whiskies from each panelist will be paired with a special menu created by SYC Executive Chef Anthony Puccio. Tickets are $45 per person and include meal, whiskies and commemorative Tervis custom tumbler. Open to the public; SYC membership not required.

Sips, Suds, and Smokes presents Beer, Bourbon, and Cigars @ Smokin’ Joes, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Join Bob Howell, Maury Jayson, and Mike Woods from Sips, Suds and Smokes radio show for a multi-faceted pairing of cigars and whiskey. This fun, casual event will be held at at Smokin’ Joes on Main Street. Cost is $25 and includes cigars, beer, and whiskey samples.

Whiskey Rocks Closing Night Party at JDub’s Brewing Company, 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Whiskey Rocks continues its third year with live music by Ship of Fools with whiskey samples and cocktails, food trucks, and of course JDub’s craft beer.

Tickets and information are available at whiskeyobsessionfestival.com.

For more information contact Turner C. Moore at 941.400.9889,

Turner@WhiskeyObsessionFestival.com or Dave Sweet at 847-840-3914,

DaveSweet@WhiskeyandBarrelNite.com

Video: https://youtu.be/qilNWayZxhc

Website: www.whiskeyobsessionfestival.com

Website: https://whiskeyandbarrelnite.com

Whiskey Obsession Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhiskeyObsessionFestival

Whiskey and Barrel Nite Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whiskeyandbarrelnite

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/whiskey-obsession-schedule-panels-and-classes-obsessive-whisky-news/

Whiskey Obsession Schedule, Panels, and Classes! – Obsessive Whisky News

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Seventh Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival

April 10 to 13, 2019

Sarasota, Florida

Schedule of Events, Panelists, and Masterclasses

Spirit Guide, Inc. presents the Seventh Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival, April 10 to 13, 2019 in Sarasota, Florida, in partnership with Whiskey and Barrel Nite and Dave Sweet. Whiskey Obsession presents four days of classes, tastings, lunch and dinner pairings, interactive panel discussions, VIP pours, a fabulous grand tasting with hundreds of whiskies and cocktails, plus free closing night party with live music. Last year, Whiskey Obsession attracted 3,500 attendees from 20 states and Canada and is one of the nation’s largest festivals. Take your friends and take a cab! Whiskeyobsessionfestival.com.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Whiskey Obsession Kickoff Dinner @ Sarasota Yacht Club (SYC), 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Deconstruction of the Balcones Texas Single Malt with Winston Edwards

The Seventh Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival kicks off with an elegant dinner pairing hosted by Winston Edwards, Balcones National Distillery Ambassador featuring a special four course menu from executive chef Anthony Puccio. Experience the three wood finished whiskies that make up the Texas Single Malt, bottled exclusively by Barrel and Bottle, along with the official Texas Single Malt from Balcones. Tickets are $125 per person. Open to the public; SYC membership not required.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Two Panelist Small Group Dinners @ The Hyatt Sarasota, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $125 per person for either dinner and include meal, whiskies and commemorative Tervis custom tumbler. Limited to 20 guests each.

World Whiskey Dinner

Join Ashok Chokalingam, Global Ambassador and Assistant Distiller at Amrut Distillery for an intimate three course dinner featuring four award winning whiskies from Bengaluru, India: Amrut Single Malt, Amrut Fusion Single Malt, Amrut Peated Single Malt, and Amrut Naarangi Single Malt.

Single Malt Scotch Dinner 

Join Nicholas Pollacchi, Single Malt Director at Jura Single Malt for an intimate dinner paired with four Scotch whiskies: Jura 10 Year, Jura 12 Year, Jura Seven Wood and a surprise.

The Panel of Whiskey Experts Interactive Tasting @ The Hyatt Sarasota, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. 

This unique panel of distillers and ambassadors share their award winning whiskies from Colorado, Scotland, and India in an interactive tasting. The panel is co-moderated by Samara Rivers and

Turner C. Moore. Tickets are $75 and seating is limited to 130 guests. Panelists and whiskies:

Jenny Bartels, Brand Ambassador at Breckenridge (Breckenridge PX Sherry Cask Bourbon)

Rob Dietrich, Master Distiller at Stranahan’s (Stranahan’s Snowflake)

Ashok Chokalingam, Assistant to Master Distiller at Amrut (Amrut Madeira Cask)

Nicholas Pollacchi, Single Malt Director at Whyte and Mackay (Jura 18 Year)

Stephanie Ridgway, Manager of Brand Education at International Beverage (Speyburn 15 Year)

Raj Sabarwahl, Founder at Glass Revolution Imports (Murray McDavid Ordha Meas 13 Year)

Corky Taylor, Chairman at Peerless (3 Year Small Batch Rye)

Andrew Weir, Brand Director at Pernod Ricard (Aberlour Casg Annamh)

Late Night Whistle Pig Rye Showcase at The Social Eatery and Bar 10:00 p.m. until late.

Steward of the Brand Ingrid Rodriguez will serve cocktails and samples of Whistle Pig Rye at The Social, with light bites and DJ for the late night crowd. Tickets are $25 and include specialty cocktail, whiskey samples and commemorative Tervis custom tumbler (tumblers are limited to first 40 guests due to inventory constraints).

Friday, April 12, 2019

The Dalmore Single Malt Scotch Masterclass at The Bijou, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Join Nicholas Pollacchi, Single Malt Director at Whyte and Mackay, for a sumptuous lunch masterclass at featuring The Dalmore, single malt Highland Scotch, at Sarasota’s Bijou restaurant. Tickets are $40 per person and include meal, single malt Scotch whiskies and commemorative Tervis custom tumbler.

 

Grand Tasting and Masterclasses @ The Hyatt Sarasota, 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

With hundreds of whiskies and cocktails available to sample, the Grand Tasting features dozens of the world’s premium global brands as well as emerging craft distillers from around the country. All tickets include Whiskey and Barrel Nite’s custom infused dinner buffet and hors d’oeuvres sponsored by Four Roses Bourbon, as well as a one year subscription to Whisky Advocate, the world’s leading whisky magazine. Limited booth space still available – see contact information at the bottom of the page.

  • 7:00 p.m. VIP Admission
  • 7:15 p.m. Class I begins (open to GA ticket holders; ends at 8:00 p.m.)
  • 8:00 p.m. General Admission; VIP Lounge Opens
  • 8:30 p.m. Class II and III begin (end at 9:15 p.m.
  • 10:15 p.m. Last Pour
  • 10:30 p.m. Event concludes

Masterclasses just added!

Class I — 7:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Four Roses Single Barrel Deconstruction with Cile Moreno

Class II — 8:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.  Amrut Indian Whisky with Ashok Chokalingam

Class III — 8:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Glengoyne Single Malt Scotch with Gordon Dundas

Three ticket levels are available:

VIP $195:

  • VIP admission is limited to 200 guests and includes one commemorative Glencairn glass and

one hour early entrance at 7:00 p.m.

  • VIP Lounge brought to you by Whiskey Barrel Nite (8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
  • VIP pours of premium, fine, and rare spirits (details will be available on the event website).   At

least 25 premium whiskies will be available during VIP hour.

  • One $50 retail voucher for purchases placed with our online retail partner, CaskCartel.com.

Bottles will not be sold directly at the show.

  • Greater opportunity to interact with distillery ambassadors and industry professionals.
  • Unlimited tasting of over 200 spirits.
  • Priority seating at classes and other WOF events during the Festival.

General Admission $95:

  • Limited to 500 guests includes one commemorative Glencairn glass; entrance at 8:00 p.m.
  • Unlimited tasting of several hundred whiskies and cocktails.

Companion $45:

  • Limited to 75 guests includes entrance with VIP or general admission ticket holders.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Women of Whiskey Brunch @ Sarasota Yacht Club, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

We are thrilled to present the Women of Whiskey Brunch in partnership with the Sarasota Whisky Society, Bourbon Women and the Black Bourbon Society. The event emcee Jennifer Wells and moderator Peggy Noe Stevens will lead a panel of prominent women making contributions to the whiskey industry, including:

  • Jenny Bartels, Brand Ambassador at Breckenridge

Breckenridge Port Cask High Proof Bourbon

  • Ingrid Rodriguez, Steward of the Brand at Whistle Pig

Whistle Pig Old World and Piggyback Rye

  • Samara Rivers, Founder of the Black Bourbon Society

Uncle Nearest 1856, Single Barrel Whiskey

Two whiskies from each panelist will be paired with a special menu created by SYC Executive Chef Anthony Puccio. Tickets are $45 per person and include meal, whiskies and commemorative Tervis custom tumbler. Open to the public; SYC membership not required.

Sips, Suds, and Smokes presents Beer, Bourbon, and Cigars @ Smokin’ Joes, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Join Bob Howell, Maury Jayson, and Mike Woods from Sips, Suds and Smokes radio show for a multi-faceted pairing of cigars and whiskey. This fun, casual event will be held at at Smokin’ Joes on Main Street. Cost is $25 and includes cigars, beer, and whiskey samples.

Whiskey Rocks Closing Night Party at JDub’s Brewing Company, 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Whiskey Rocks continues its third year with live music by Ship of Fools with whiskey samples and cocktails, food trucks, and of course JDub’s craft beer.

Tickets and information are available at whiskeyobsessionfestival.com.

For more information contact Turner C. Moore at 941.400.9889,

Turner@WhiskeyObsessionFestival.com or Dave Sweet at 847-840-3914,

DaveSweet@WhiskeyandBarrelNite.com

Video: https://youtu.be/qilNWayZxhc

Website: www.whiskeyobsessionfestival.com

Website: https://whiskeyandbarrelnite.com

Whiskey Obsession Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhiskeyObsessionFestival

Whiskey and Barrel Nite Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whiskeyandbarrelnite

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/whiskey-obsession-schedule-panels-and-classes-obsessive-whisky-news/

A Maker’s Mark Exclusive—Barrel #906—Limited Availability – American Whiskey News

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Kentucky Bourbon at Its Finest
Maker’s Mark 46 “KL Exclusive Barrel #906″ Private Select Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) ($69.99)
“This may be the most exciting Maker’s barrel we’ve done to date.”
—David Othenin-Girard, KL SoCal Spirits Buyer

Traveling to Maker’s Mark to see their gorgeous distillery in Loretto is a rite of passage for any bourbon lover, so when we sent our SoCal Store Manager Resident Kentuckian to visit this historic distillery it was a very special occasion. Illya loves bourbon and he knows exactly what kind of bourbon he likes: big, rich, bold, and powerful. That’s why letting him loose in the Maker’s Mark creation lab was so exciting. We spent hours in there examining every combination and he ultimately developed what I believe to be our most successful Maker’s Private Barrel to date. Previously, we’ve avoided experimenting with more intense chars for fear that the bourbon, which spends 90-120 days soaking with staves, might end up unbalanced. Instead, we stuck to flavors that seemed to complement the already sweet, supple qualities of the Maker’s Cask Strength base.

How wrong we were! Illya, using his good sense and excellent palate, added a hefty dose of “Roasted French Mocha” staves to the two we typically use, American Pure and Seared French. The resulting bourbon is one of the most complex and opulent we’ve ever bottled. And Illya’s signature is on the back of every single bottle. We’ve had incredible success with the Maker’s Private Select program, but it’s clear we’re only scratching the surface of what this incredible, innovative barrel program is capable of.

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Maker’s Mark 46 “KL Exclusive Barrel #906″ Private Select Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) ($69.99)

The extremely popular Maker’s Private Select barrel program has become one of our favorite. Maker’s has always had some serious cache, but their consistency and commitment to their original product line might have hurt their clout with the cognoscenti. But over the last few years they’ve started to introduce new products many of which have become go-to products for our customers. This trend has culminated in the creation of the Private Select program, which offers accounts an opportunity to create their own finishes onto of the already delicious Maker’s Cask Strength flavor profile. They start with a small batch dump of cask strength (10 barrels). Used barrels are then popped open and filled with a special selection of 10 custom staves of various toast and char levels. In this case, LA manager Illya Haase determined the recipe. We’ve got 2 staves of Baked American Pure adding deep vanilla and sweet woodiness. 3 Seared French Cuvee staves offering bold cinnamon and a balancing tannin. And 5 Roasted French Mocha (a first for any KL Private Select) adding dense dark coffee, cocoa, and subtle licorice to the mix. All in all this is the most unique and intriguing Private Select we’ve done to date. Truly the total package, with an integration right out of the bottle that isn’t always evident in these barrels. I liked this one at cask strength with no water. Bravo Illya, bravo!

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: January 23, 2019

Another MONSTER from the Maker’s Mark Private Select line. This one was built and brought to you by our illustrious LA Manager Illya Haase. Illya happens to be from Northern Kentucky and he just happened to be on vacation with his family when I had planned to be at the Maker’s Mark distillery to select a barrel. So he did what any serious bourbon love would and raced to meet me in Louisville. Building your own bourbon at Maker’s Mark is not an opportunity anyone should pass up. And Illya has some very clear ideas about what he likes in bourbon. We spent a good 90 minutes tasting and blending the various staves in the lab at Maker’s. And while I’ve got my biases in the blending room, I have to say, Illya opened my eyes to some seriously exciting possibilities. Namely that the some of the staves we’ve avoided in the past because their character stood out in blending trials, could offer you an integrated bourbon once the actual process had been run. And while this cask falls well outside our normal recipe, it hits all the notes that Illya was looking for. Big bold spice, tempered by rich sweet vanilla. Dense textured sweet fruit balanced by an inviting sweet fruit. My fears of the Mocha staves turning bitter were completely unfounded. This may be the most exciting Maker’s barrel we’ve done to date and certainly offers an exceptional contrast to all the others we’ve done. Kind of proof of concept for our friends at Maker’s in my opinion. Top tier stuff.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 08, 2019

Each Maker’s Mark Private Select Barrel is unique . This selection is rich and sweet with vanilla and spice undertones. It has mouth coating flavors but is not too heavy.It should be on the top of the list for anyone looking for a wheated Bourbon. Barrel 906 tasted much better after a touch of water, which opened it up and made it lively and delicious.

Will Blakely | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 03, 2019

One of the most rich and dense barrels of Maker’s I’ve had the pleasure of tasting. First whiffs evoke mocha and spice with just a hint of vanilla and leather. The taste of rich, candied fruit is balanced nicely by rye spice and well curated heat. But that’s not all – there’s tons of vanilla, caramel and fudge throughout. The finish brings a buttery sweetness and warming cinnamon. I highly encourage you to pick one up before they’re gone.

Illya Haase | KL Staff Member | Review Date: January 29, 2019

Maker’s Mark 46 “KL Exclusive Barrel #906″ Private Select Kentucky Bourbon is finally here! Being a Kentuckian, I am proud to say, that it is one hell of a bottle!I was very lucky to taste this barrel and at the first whiff you are in for something special. Out of the gate, catch that big blast of mocha. Cinnamon, burnt brown sugar, sweet corn vanilla and dried fruit are a few others that rise out of the glass. First sip, note the candied Red Hots, then on to the baked pear and butterscotch. A little dash of water punches up the spice component. For a completely different glass of bourbon, the finish is pure heaven, captivating; with just the right amount of burn and bite that feels like a warm blanket that coats every inch of you.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/a-makers-mark-exclusive-barrel-906-limited-availability-american-whiskey-news/

Heaven Hill Distillery Announces Spring 2019 Edition of the Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Series – American Whiskey News

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Heaven Hill Distillery Announces Spring 2019 Edition of the Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Series

BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Heaven Hill Distillery announced today the release of the Spring 2019 edition of Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Comprised of barrels produced in September of 2005, and bottled in February of 2019, the third release ushers in the latest hallmark series to the bottled-in-bond legacy.

Bottled in an ornate decanter, the spring edition denotes a green label, which will stay consistent across all spring releases. As was the case for the past editions, this edition’s tax strip, which has always been a signature of transparency on bottled-in-bond products, will disclose when the liquid was produced and bottled. The Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond spring edition will be available in the 750ml size on an allocated basis. It meets the strict requirements of a bottled-in-bond: the product of a single distillery from a single distilling season, aged a minimum of four years, and bottled at 100 proof or 50% alcohol by volume. The third edition is available at a suggested retail price of $130.

As a leader of the Bottled-in-Bond category, Heaven Hill is proud to offer a premium, allocated product within this special class that showcases the authenticity and quality of the American Whiskey portfolio. Acquired in 1999 by Heaven Hill, the legendary Old Fitzgerald line is well-known for its distilling pedigree and intriguing story behind its namesake, John E. Fitzgerald.

ABOUT HEAVEN HILL DISTILLERY: Founded in Kentucky by the Shapira family in 1935, Heaven Hill Distillery continues its legacy as one of the foremost American Whiskey producers. Heaven Hill has cultivated the traditions and history of America’s Native Spirit with its fierce independence, passionate family ownership, dedication to quality, and thoughtful innovation. Today, Heaven Hill Distillery maintains over 1.5 million barrels aging in 57 warehouses throughout Nelson and Jefferson Counties. It is home to an award-winning collection of American Whiskeys including Elijah Craig Bourbon, Larceny Bourbon, Evan Williams Bourbon, Pikesville Rye Whiskey, Rittenhouse Rye Whisky and Parker’s Heritage Collection. Heaven Hill Distillery currently holds the title of 2018 San Francisco Spirits Best Bourbon, 2017 Whisky Advocate Whisky of the Year, and previously held the titles of 2016 Whisky Magazine Distillery of the Year, 2016 Whisky Advocate American Whiskey of the Year and 2016 Rye Whiskey of the Year from “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.” For more information, please visit www.heavenhilldistillery.com.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/heaven-hill-distillery-announces-spring-2019-edition-of-the-old-fitzgerald-bottled-in-bond-series-american-whiskey-news/

NEW B2B RESOURCE ‘MYDIAGEO’ HELPS OUTLETS TO OPTIMISE THEIR OFFERINGS

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NEW B2B RESOURCE ‘MYDIAGEO’ HELPS OUTLETS TO OPTIMISE THEIR OFFERINGS

Immediate release: Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, has launched an innovative new online platform, designed to provide its on-trade partners with information, training and advice to help boost their company’s growth.

Launching this month, MyDiageo is a free technical resource that offers customers a wealth of category, brand and training content, as well as featuring an innovative online beer diagnostic tool, providing support to outlets and helping them solve beer equipment issues with ease.

MyDiageo recognises the important role that digital plays; with many licensees investing in online presence and looking to online resources for support.  The platform will be available on mobile, tablet and desktop, making it perfectly suited to the fast-paced and increasingly connected lives of Diageo’s on-trade customers.

As customers log in to the website, they will be presented with five key, easy to navigate sections; ‘My Events’, ‘My Offering’, ‘My Social’, ‘My Staff’ and ‘My Quality’, which provide dedicated tools and advice to help outlets deliver the best offering; whether it’s enhancing their expertise through training modules or using the innovative diagnostic tool to resolve equipment issues 24/7. Each of the five sections will offer licensees a wealth of advice, downloadable and printable assets that can be utilised to compliment or improve an outlet’s offer.

Sashi Sangala, Head of MyDiageo in Europe comments, “MyDiageo will enable us to transform how we partner and service our customers end to end – the possibilities are endless, and we are at the beginning of an exciting journey.

“We’re passionate about putting our customers at the heart of everything we do – independent research[1] revealed that licensees are looking for convenience, flexibility and advice on how they can improve their business. We have no doubt that MyDiageo will become an invaluable tool for licensees to help grow and develop their offering.”

To take advantage of this free offering, on-trade owners should sign up now by visiting MyDiageo.com.  If they sign up before 9th March 2019, they will be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets to the England vs Scotland Six Nations match on 16th March. See attached full TCs.

MyDiageo is available to on-trade customers in Great Britain and Ireland.

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About MyDiageo:

We believe that every outlet no matter how big or small should have access to the latest category insight and tools. The five key sections of MyDiageo are listed below:

  • MYEVENTS

Identify and maximise the key occasions for your outlet, from sports tournaments to cultural events. Receive tips, assets serve strategies to drive your sales.

  • MYOFFERING

The right range of products, displayed in the right way can drive sales. Find the tools and advice to you need to deliver the best offering and maximise value.

  • MYSOCIAL

Make the most of this important communication tool to take advantage of the increasingly connected lives of consumers. Access downloadable social assets and great offers from our digital partners.

  • MYSTAFF

Explore our training modules for your staff to help enhance expertise on a range of topics from brilliant menus to in-depth beer knowledge.

  • MYQUALITY

Make use of a range of tools to help you maintain and promote the great quality drinks in your outlet. Troubleshoot quality issues using the self-serve quality diagnostic tool; automatically log and track unsuccessful fixes with engineers for a call back.

For further information visit www.mydiageo.com

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About Diageo:

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits, beer and wine categories.  These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Buchanan’s, Windsor, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and GUINNESS.

Diageo is a global company, and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world.  The company is listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO).  For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com.  Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice.

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[1] Qualitative commissioned research performed by Incite November 2018

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/new-b2b-resource-mydiageo-helps-outlets-to-optimise-their-offerings/

Whisky Hammer March 2019 Auction Now Live! – Whisky Auction News

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MARCH AUCTION NOW LIVE!
(ends Sunday 24th March)

…place your bids at www.whiskyhammer.co.uk

With an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits there is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest, enjoy!

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/whisky-hammer-march-2019-auction-now-live-whisky-auction-news/

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

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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

SAVE 16%

Now £125.00

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/loch-lomond-1999-paul-lawrie-autograph-edition-at-loch-fyne-whiskies-scotch-whisky-news/