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

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Get stocked up for st.patrick’s day

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

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

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TULLAMORE D.E.W. 12 YEAR OLD

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

£61.00 – Buy Now

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Yellow Spot

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

£89.00 – Buy Now

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Powers John’s Lane

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

£58.00 – Buy Now

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TULLAMORE D.E.W. 14 YEAR OLD

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

£57.00 – Buy Now

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Green Spot

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

£44.00 – Buy Now

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Roe Co.

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

£35.00 – Buy Now

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Tullamore D.E.W.

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

£30.00 – Buy Now

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Slane Irish Whiskey

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

£32.00 – Buy Now

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JAMESON BLACK BARREL

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

£49.00 – Buy Now

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

GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival (2018)

No need to tell you the story of this whisky. GlenDronach 15 Years Revival was revived for the second time in 2018 under the new owners Brown Forman.

It is now a mix of Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks, whereas the old Revival was only matured in Oloroso. Although the label still mentions the same age, it is in fact younger than the old version.

 

 

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(46%, OB 2018, PX + Oloroso sherry)

Nose: a lot more spirity than I remember the old version, like a boozy cake. Plums and maple syrup. Plenty of orange marmalade, some butter pastry and malty notes. Cloves and chestnut. Lighter and thinner, more marked by spices than by fruits. Mouth: same feeling, although the thickness of the GlenDronach spirit is still present. More on the lighter end though, with honeyed notes, golden raisins and leather at the top and malty notes, herbs and spices at the base, but less of that chewy sherry in the middle. Nutmeg and liquorice, light fruit cake. Leafy touches. Hints of burnt brown sugar. Finish: medium, back towards oranges, ginger and spices.

This is just not in the same league as the previous Revival, even though on its own it is not a bad whisky by any means. Compared to my open bottle of a 2014 bottling, it is thinner, more wood-driven, more modern if you like. Younger indeed. Available from Master of Malt and TWE.

Score: 84/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/glendronach/glendronach-revival-15-years-2018/

GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival (2018)

No need to tell you the story of this whisky. GlenDronach 15 Years Revival was revived for the second time in 2018 under the new owners Brown Forman.

It is now a mix of Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks, whereas the old Revival was only matured in Oloroso. Although the label still mentions the same age, it is in fact younger than the old version.

 

 

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(46%, OB 2018, PX + Oloroso sherry)

Nose: a lot more spirity than I remember the old version, like a boozy cake. Plums and maple syrup. Plenty of orange marmalade, some butter pastry and malty notes. Cloves and chestnut. Lighter and thinner, more marked by spices than by fruits. Mouth: same feeling, although the thickness of the GlenDronach spirit is still present. More on the lighter end though, with honeyed notes, golden raisins and leather at the top and malty notes, herbs and spices at the base, but less of that chewy sherry in the middle. Nutmeg and liquorice, light fruit cake. Leafy touches. Hints of burnt brown sugar. Finish: medium, back towards oranges, ginger and spices.

This is just not in the same league as the previous Revival, even though on its own it is not a bad whisky by any means. Compared to my open bottle of a 2014 bottling, it is thinner, more wood-driven, more modern if you like. Younger indeed. Available from Master of Malt and TWE.

Score: 84/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/glendronach/glendronach-revival-15-years-2018/

MALTSTOCK 2019 “Relaxed spring is in the air” – Whisky News

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Relaxed spring is in the air

Global warming is kicking in. In February it was 20ºC over here! So spring has already started. Somehow that is very relaxed. And what a relaxed month it has been!

We have started organizing the 2019 edition and that means we can give you a couple of names of relaxed people who will be with us this edition. (See below)

And the whisky festival season is in full swing so we can be found at several different venues, spreading our relaxed flyers and meeting you guys while sharing a couple of drams. Ain’t life wonderful and rel… ah well, you know what

Annette, Bob, Klaas, Stan, Teun

Hielander Festival Alkmaar

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On the 8th and 9th of last month we were at the festival organized by no one less than our breakfast crew: The Hielander Scottish restaurant. It was a great edition and it was very relaxed to meet old and new friends.

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Billy Abbott returns

It always makes us so relaxed when we know Billy Abbott will join us again. So it’s with great pleasure we can now announce he indeed will be at Maltstock 2019! And he will be extra in an extraordinary festive mood. It’s the 20th anniversary of the Whisky Exchange this year. So bring your party hats everyone!

Upcoming events

Maltstock wil be present at:

• Whisky Festival Noord Nederland – www.wfnn.nl – March 29-31
• Whisky in Leiden – www.whiskyinleiden.nl – April 13
• Spirit of Speyside Festival – www.spiritofspeyside.com – May 1-6

Colours of whisky festival

We do like colours! So we’re very excited to hear about a new festival being launched in Speyside this October. Another very good reason to travel to Speyside (and if you need a relaxed travel agent….) The Colours of whisky festival is hosted by the excellent team of The whisky Shop Dufftown. So we have high expectations. Read more on this new festival here

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THE WHISKYBASE GATHERING

9TH AND 20TH OF OCTOBER
2019

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/maltstock-2019-relaxed-spring-is-in-the-air-whisky-news/

The Whisky Exchange “Nine Irish distillers you should know” – Irish Whiskey News

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Nine Irish distillers you should know

Posted: 07 Mar 2019 03:29 AM PST

The past few years have seen lots of new Irish whiskies hit the market. Thanks to the increase in popularity and the success of the new releases, there are now as many as 50 distilleries in various stages of planning, building and production across Ireland.

While the future is looking very bright, the present is still pretty impressive. Here are some of our favourite Irish whiskey distillers, old and new, who are already up and running.

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BUSHMILLS

The longest running distillery in Ireland, with a claim of being founded in 1608. It’s a tenuous one, with a license being issued to a distillery somewhere near the current one, but they’ve still been around for a long time. For years, they were one of only two distilleries in Ireland, and are still one of the two biggest names in Irish whiskey around the world.

Along with Black Bush, the quintessential Northern Irish blend, Bushmills also has a range of excellent single malts. And it doesn’t stop there – if you find an old, anonymous Irish single malt, there’s only one place it could have come from…

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Midleton

Midleton is Ireland’s biggest distillery and is best known as the maker of Jameson. Irish Distillers, the company that owns Midleton, rose out of the ashes of the whiskey industry in the 1960s. The Cork Distilleries Company, John Jameson Son and John Power Son merged and focused on developing one distillery that could meet all of their whiskey needs – Midleton.

Since then, the, now renamed, Old Midleton distillery has been replaced by the new, much larger Midleton distillery built next door, and shortly after it opened the Powers John’s Lane and Jameson Bow Street distilleries in Dublin closed. The company has not only ridden out the fallow years, but been at the forefront of driving the industry’s recovery, with Jameson’s huge popularity opening the door for new Irish distilleries.

The pot stills at Midleton are really big – three of them are the largest operating in the world with a capacity of 75,000 litres

Along with Jameson, Midleton also makes Powers and Paddy (the big-name whiskies of John Power Sons and Cork Distillers respectively), and both Redbreast and the ‘Spot’ whiskeys: Green Spot, Yellow Spot and Red Spot. Until recently, Midleton was the only distillery in Ireland, if not the world, making pot still whiskey, and it’s thanks to them that the style didn’t entirely disappear during the 20th century.

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Cooley

The distiller that heralded the Irish whiskey renaissance. Founded in 1987 by John Teeling as Ireland’s third distillery, Cooley was previously a plant making alcohol from potatoes. Teeling added whiskey column stills, following them with pot stills a few years later to create a distillery that could make all the whiskey styles he needed to make a range of Irish whiskeys: Kilbeggan grain (formerly known as Greenore), Kilbeggan blended whiskey and Tyrconnell single malt. The distillery also makes Connemara single malt – a rare peated Irish whiskey.

Teeling sold the distillery to Jim Beam in 2011 and his sons have gone on to found their own distillery in Dublin. More details below…

Dingle

After Cooley’s emergence as a large player and the subsequent rise in popularity of Irish whiskey around the world, it was only a matter of time before smaller producers started to appear. Dingle was the first of that wave.

Dingle’s first spirit emerged from its stills in November 2012, and the last 6 years have seen a number of small batch releases of both single malt and pot still whiskey – the first pot still whiskey to be sold in Ireland for years that wasn’t made by Irish Distillers.

The distillery’s releases are small – a few hundred bottles drawn from a handful of casks – and they sell out quickly, but they are worth seeking out to see how this pioneering distillery is continuing to develop and refine its style.

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Dublin Liberties

Of all the distillers in this list, Dublin Liberties is the newest – the distillery opened last week. Based in the heart of Dublin, the distillery doesn’t have any whiskey of its own yet – Irish spirit has to be aged for at least three years before it can be called whiskey – but the company has launched a range of blended whiskies, also called Dublin Liberties, selected by master distiller Darryl McNally, formerly a distiller at Bushmills.

It’s very new and very shiny

Spirit is now flowing at Dublin Liberties, so expect to see some of the distillery’s own whiskey in 2022.

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Pearse Lyons

Pearse Lyons, who passed away in 2018, was an Irish businessman, brewer and biochemist who worked his way through the brewing and distilling industry in the 1970s. In 1980 he founded Alltech, a biotech company specialising in animal feed. He couldn’t stay away from the drinks world, and in 1999 opened the Lexington Brewing company, with Town Branch Bourbon following in 2011.

Picture above; Pearse and Deirde Lyons celebrating the opening of the distillery – this is how to build a distillery in a church

While the company now also has a distillery in Dublin, built in a church in The Liberties, it only opened in 2014 and spirit distilled there is only just becoming whiskey. However, Lyons started the project back in 2005, sourcing whiskey from Cooley. In 2012, the company started making spirit at another distillery, giving it even more stock to play with. Recently, the Pearse range of whiskeys appeared on the market, and the latest iteration, with added age statements, will be landing at The Whisky Exchange soon.

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Slane

Slane Castle is best known these days as the site of some of Ireland’s most impressive concerts, starting with Thin Lizzy and U2 in 1981, and Metallica next up this summer. Since 2018, the castle has had a sideline – making whiskey.

It’s a really interesting distillery, one of a tiny number which are making grain, malt and pot still whiskey on site. Add to that grain grown on the estate, and plans to play with yeast and barley strains, and you’ve got a whiskey maker to keep an eye on.

The earliest spirit distilled on site will be legally whiskey in late 2021, but in the meantime there is a blended Slane whiskey, made using spirit made elsewhere but matured by the Slane team in a combination of new oak, first-fill bourbon and sherry casks.

Read more about Slane https://blog.thewhiskyexchange.com/2018/03/slane-distillery/

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Teeling

After the Teeling family sold Cooley distillery, it didn’t take long for them to set up a new operation. Eldest son Jack started the Teeling Whiskey Company, with former Cooley colleague Alex Chasko as master blender, and used some of the stock that he’d taken with him from Cooley to create a blended Irish whiskey with the family name on the bottle – Teeling Small Batch. This soon grew into a full range of whiskies that’s still growing today. As soon as Cooley had finished the transition to Beam ownership, Jack was joined by brother Stephen and the planning of their own distillery kicked up a gear.

The distillery is now up and running, and the first release using all its own whiskey has landed on the shelves in Ireland, and will be appearing at The Whisky Exchange shortly. It’s especially exciting, as it’s the first ongoing release of pot still whiskey from an Irish distillery other than Midleton that’s available.

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Tullamore DEW

While not that well known in the UK, Tullamore DEW is the second biggest Irish whiskey in the world behind Jameson. The name comes from the location of the original distillery and the initials of one of the distillery’s owners, Daniel E Williams. These days, there is a distillery in Tullamore again, but in the 1960s the name was bought by Powers and until recently the whiskey was made at Midleton.

In 2010, William Grant and Sons – owners of Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Grant’s blended whisky, among others – bought the brand and set about building a new distillery in Tullamore. The distillery opened in 2014 and for the past year has had spirit maturing that is now legally whiskey. For now, the whiskey in bottles of Tullamore DEW still comes from Midleton, but soon enough it’ll all be made at the distillery.

You can find more about Irish whiskey here on the blog, or over on The Whisky Exchange website.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/the-whisky-exchange-nine-irish-distillers-you-should-know-irish-whiskey-news/

Benromach weds heavily peated barley with Sherry casks for limited release – Scotch Whisky News

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Benromach weds heavily peated barley with Sherry casks for limited release

Distillery unveils Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured 

The Benromach Distillery Company Ltd has announced the release of Benromach Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured (59.9% ABV), a rich and intense limited-batch expression. Carefully handcrafted using heavily peated Scottish barley, just 6,500 bottles are available in selected markets worldwide from 8th March 2019.

Matured in First Fill Sherry hogsheads and laid down in 2010 before being bottled in 2018, Benromach Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured offers whisky lovers elegant fruit flavours while heightening the smoky notes Benromach is known for.

With a beautiful dark amber hue from the time spent maturing in Sherry hogsheads, the whisky’s sweet flavours are balanced with a hint of white pepper, which gives way to dried fruits complemented by Sherry undertones. The lingering finish offers a seriously smoky edge.

Keith Cruickshank, Benromach Distillery Manager, said: “This is the first time Benromach has released a Sherried Peat Smoke expression and we’re very proud of its unique flavour profile. This expression perfectly balances the smokiness with the sweeter Sherry notes, giving rise to a spectacularly rich and intense dram.

“At Benromach, we handcraft all our whiskies which allows us the flexibility to experiment with different distilling and maturation techniques. Our small batch releases have enjoyed considerable success in the past and for those that enjoy Benromach’s classic style with a wisp of smoke, we’re confident that this new expression will be particularly popular.’’

Benromach Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured is presented in an elegant bottle with shapes and textures inspired by the Speyside distillery. The copper cut medallion on the packaging signifies the moment in time when the distillers cut to the sweet heart of the spirit run.

Benromach Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured has a recommended retail price (RRP) of €74.99 (£64.99). Prices in local markets will vary depending on local taxes and duty.

Benromach is one of only a few distilleries in Scotland to use only traditional methods, without any automated machinery. The small team of distillers employ all their senses when crafting the classic Speyside single malt Scotch whiskies, managing the process by sight, sound and touch to create the unique, handcrafted and authentic Benromach taste.

For more information on Benromach, and to explore the range of expressions available, please visit: www.benromach.com.

Notes to Editors

Benromach Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured Tasting Notes

Colour

A beautiful dark amber hue from many years of maturation in First Fill Sherry hogsheads.

Nose

Hints of honey cured meats mingling with orange marmalade.

Palate

Sweet top notes and a hint of warming white pepper appear, followed by touches of dried fruits. Delicate hints of ginger develop on the tongue with a lingering edge of bonfire embers on the finish.

The addition of water reveals rich fruits, tangy citrus and delicate hints of spice before Sherry gives way to rich smooth chocolate and a lingering edge of seriously smokiness.

Benromach Distillery
Originally built in 1898, Benromach Distillery was brought back to life when the Urquhart family realised a lifelong dream to own a distillery and purchased it in 1993. The distillery was extensively re-equipped over a five-year period before it was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Rothesay in 1998.

In reopening Benromach Distillery, the Urquhart family wanted to create a single malt whisky that has a classic Speyside character: beautifully balanced with a light touch of smoke.

Benromach Distillery is located on the outskirts of the ancient market town of Forres. A five-star visitor centre is open to the public throughout the year for tours and tastings. Benromach Distillery is a member of the world-famous Malt Whisky Trail.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/benromach-weds-heavily-peated-barley-with-sherry-casks-for-limited-release-scotch-whisky-news/

1987 Invergordon 31 Year Old “Sovereign” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain – Scotch Whisky News

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A Terrific Single Barrel with a Big Age Statement to Boot!
1987 Invergordon 31 Year Old “Sovereign” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)
“A real treat for lovers of old complex whisky of any kind.”
—David Othenin-Girard, KL SoCal Spirits Buyer

It’s not often you find a 31-year-old Scotch for under $100, but that’s precisely the beauty of our direct-import spirits program. We track down unique barrels you won’t find anywhere else and offer them at unbeatable prices. This 31-year-old bottling from Invergordon comes to us through the “Sovereign” label and is about as good a single grain as we’ve ever encountered. While the vast majority of Invergordon is destined for blends, occasionally a cask like this one makes its way to the independent bottlers. At 52% a.b.v., it has some power, but like the best single grains, it’s also graceful, subtle, and nuanced. Flavors of caramel, spice cake, coffee, and freshly baked cookies are intertwined with elements of sprightly citrus notes—all to great effect. Everything is so wonderfully balanced and smooth, it’s hard to put the glass down. Based on the quality of the spirit and its very attractive price, this 31 year old is sure to make a lucky few very happy. As with all of our single cask bottlings, there are precious few bottles to go around, and once they are gone, they are gone for good. The moral of the story: you’ll need to act quickly to add this charming dram to your collection.

1987 Invergordon 31 Year Old “Sovereign” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)

It’s not every day you can buy a 30+-year-old whisky for $100! As grain ages it takes on incredible mellow richness. They’re known for being good values, but the market has been pushed up thanks to big age statements in recent years. While we love these old grains, we don’t think you should be paying $200 to $300 for them even with these big age statements. Instead, we’ve secured some of the best single grains at the very best prices. Invergordon is a grain distillery situated north of Inverness on the Cormarty Firth. The absolutely massive distillery produces upwards of 40 million liters of pure alcohol per year thanks to their massive column still. Their production of grain whisky is exclusively destined for the blends, but a few odd casks made it out of the blender’s repertoire and into our glasses. Like so many things in whisky, with time comes greatness and these Invergordons are proof that grain has many facets. Only 293 bottles of this beauty exist. It’s bottled at full cask strength without dilution or adulteration of any kind.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: March 07, 2019

I often talk about how single grain shouldn’t be seen as some type of single malt light or an offshoot of bourbon, but should really be treated as a standalone category judged on its own merits. That’s why we thought it was so important to offer a diverse selection of well-aged grain at reasonable prices. We’ve managed to amass a collection of nearly every active grain distillery (save for Girvan) along with several ghost distilleries all in the $100 to $200 range and absolutely delicious. Anybody who can wrap their brains and palates around the subtle complexities of grain whisky should consider amassing as many of these awesome examples as they can afford, not only for the exquisite learning experience, but simply because we’re not sure when we’ll have this kind of broad access again. Invergordon tends to have a little more herbal and citrus quality than some of its more southerly cousins and this one is no different. Caramel corn, light roast coffee beans, fresh mint, woodsy herbs, and orchard fruit. A bold wild honey cuts through the linear entry and leaves you with a sweet sugar cookie finish. A bit idiosyncratic and proof that all single grain is not just one note, but has potential to offer a range of interesting and unusual flavors. This one might appeal nicely to Highland malt drinkers for its added richness and herbal undertones. A real treat for lovers of old complex whisky of any kind, though.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 15, 2019

While most of the old grain whiskies we bottle are first described as smooth, round, and gentle, this particular cask also has tremendous power. It’s 52% ABV and full of bass tones as well as brown sugar, cask spices, and a noticeable tannin structure. It’s of course amazingly smooth and round after 31 long years in barrel, but the earthy note that undergirds this whisky makes for a grain of unusual complexity as well. With the addition of a little water, the wood spices take a back seat and let the fruit ride shotgun. Winter fruits like apple and orange stand prominently against the backdrop of sweet baking spice. A special single grain for sure.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/1987-invergordon-31-year-old-sovereign-kl-exclusive-single-barrel-cask-strength-single-grain-scotch-whisky-news/

SON OF A PEAT IS BACK BUT HE WON’T HANG AROUND FOR LONG, CATCH HIM WHILE YOU CAN – Scotch Whisky News

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SON OF A PEAT IS BACK BUT HE WON’T HANG AROUND FOR LONG, CATCH HIM WHILE YOU CAN

NEW YORK, NY March 4 2019 – Flaviar today announces the long-awaited return of Son of a Peat, with the release of Son of a Peat Batch 02, an unapologetically peated blended malt Scotch.

Son of a Peat was designed to provide a lip-smacking, smoking gun delight to whisky lovers at an approachable price. It certainly did just that. Son of a Peat Batch 01 received critical acclaim from the industry and consumers alike and sold out in record time.

Son of a Peat Batch 02 is now ready for release and is more than a worthy heir to Son of a Peat’s legacy. It shares the same DNA just with a touch more maturity and sherry richness to make the dram ever more complex yet just as smooth.

Each batch is unique and in short supply, but this is a dram to be enjoyed. Son of a Peat craves company and so members will be able to buy up to three bottles each, subject to availability; one to open, one to gift and one to save for later.

All 2,000 bottles will be available via a lottery system, exclusively to Flaviar members, so everyone gets the same chance to get their hands on this complex, commanding whisky bottled at the peak of its powers. Expect another dark, intense yet strangely warm and welcoming dram from the
ever-mysterious Son of a Peat.

Son of a Peat Batch 02 packs a powerful punch, weighing in at 47.2% ABV. It has been treated with the utmost of respect with each drop being hand blended, bottled, sealed and labelled to protect this most peaty of private labels. Son of a Peat is not to be messed with and so it is brought to you with no added color and non-chill filtered.

Grisa Soba, co-founder of Flaviar, comments: “Years of analyzing data and customer reviews on our platform has helped us understand what a perfect peated malt is for our members, and also what someone new to peated whisky, would enjoy as their first experience of a peated Scotch. With Son of a Peat we’ve been able to satisfy both camps, those that have already fallen for peat and those just starting to explore the peated Scotch world.

“We took our time in creating Batch 02 as it is important to follow up with a dram just as commanding and complex as Batch 01 and which pays serious homage to the peat. As part of our mission to democratize the spirits world – given demand is expected to be high, we’re selling via a lottery system, so every member gets the same chance at scoring a bottle or three at a decent price.”

Register on flaviar.com by 11th March to be in with a chance of bagging a bottle of  Son of a Peat Batch 02. Lucky whisky lovers will be notified by 12th March about whether or not, they get to add this delicious dram to their dream home bar.

Son of a Peat Batch 02 tasting note:

On the palate, there are the usual suspects, peat and smoke with notions of seaweed that take you back tothe Scottish shores. Quickly now, the sweetness of sherry and honeysuckle step forward and clear the smoke, but just for a bit, until the journey continues towards more earthy, oaky and woody flavor nuances. The finish is buttery and long-lasting.

Son of a Peat Batch 02 key facts:

ABV: 47.2%
Volume: 750 ml
Price: $65.00
Style: Blended malt whisky
Country: Scotland
Regions: Islay, Islands, Speyside and Highlands
No of single malts in blend: 9
Age: Up to 20 years old
Cask type: Aged in hogshead, sherry butt casks and used bourbon casks
Style: Blended malt whisky, Non-chill filtered, natural color
Special treatment: Hand blended, bottled, sealed and labeled
No of bottles: 2,000
Status: Son of a Peat Batch 02, launches March 4 2019

Website: sonofapeat.com

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About Flaviar – A members-only community for adventurous spirits enthusiasts. Flaviar is a direct-to-consumer spirits club dedicated to the discovery and enjoyment of fine spirits.

Born out of a frustration with how inaccessible the spirits industry is, Flaviar provides members with unparalleled access and encouragement to explore the world of fine spirits.

Flaviar’s tasting boxes and live experiences showcase everything from small craft producers, sought after names and true hidden gems. Members can access rare spirits from The Vault as well as exclusive bottlings and special private labels at members only prices. Combining straight-talking insider info with personalized recommendations and easy to understand flavor guides, Flaviar helps members cut through a sea of spirits and create an enviable home bar filled with interesting new favorites.

Membership to Flaviar is available for an annual fee of $210. To learn more about Flaviar and to become a member, visit www.Flaviar.com.

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K&L California “Mortlach Strikes a New Path” – Scotch Whisky News

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Mortlach Strikes a New Path

Exciting new things are afoot at the Speyside distiller Mortlach. A re-envisioning of the brand has brought forth three new releases that are already taking the whisky world by storm. Mortlach, affectionately called the “Beast of Dufftown,” has forged its identity by crafting big and burly single malts with tons of personality, and this new line up does not disappoint. The most classic of the malts in their new set is definitely the 16 Year Old “Distiller’s Dram” aged in a combination of refill and first fill sherry barrels of both European and American oak. It’s beautifully balanced, and rich with cocoa, dried fruit, leather, and caramel. The signature meaty richness of Mortlach fills every nook and cranny of your palate. At just $100, it’s a knockout and an incredible value. The 12 Year Old “Wee Witchie” displays the most spirited character of the distillery by nature of being the youngest. It’s aged in ex-bourbon and sherry casks with the natural fruit, marmalade, and meatiness of the new make spirit on full display. For $50 bucks, it is your new daily drinker single malt and deserves a spot in any liquor cabinet. The 20 Year Old “Cowie’s Blue Seal,” exclusively aged in American oak ex-sherry casks, is perfection. For sherry lovers, it’s a clean and robust malt showing off the beastly nature of the distillery, but the careful selection of quality casks for long term aging. Get one for the collection and one to drink now.

While these should eventually be freely available going forward, the initial launch is limited, so you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity and have to wait around for the California market to get reloaded.

Mortlach 12 Year Old “The Wee Witchie” Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (ships like a 1.5 L bottle due to shape) ($49.99)

Finally, a proper distillery bottling of Mortlach. Named for the unusually small 6th still that helps creates Mortlach’s unique 2.81 distilled spirit, the new 12 Year Old replaces the “Rare Old” Mortlach which did not have an age statement. A mixture of ex-bourbon and sherry matured whiskies all aged at least 12 years, this begins to show the incredible depth and potential of this special Speyside distillery. While not as dense and powerful as the older versions, we’re beginning to see why this distillery has been dubbed “The Beast of Dufftown.” Richness and texture are Mortlach’s hallmarks and the 12 Year Old is no slouch in that department. Deep dried fruits and fresh toasted vanilla only hint at the savory beast that might blossom in later years. A welcome addition to the Diageo portfolio.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2019

It’s incredibly refreshing to see some new distillery releases from Mortlach that come in at excellent prices. The 12 year “Wee Witchie,” named for their tiny “extra” still, is robust in flavor, but incredibly smooth and approachable. The meaty character of Mortlach is readily apparent, yet without any trace of the phenolic character the distillery typically shows. This is supple and extravagant daily drinking at its best. Lots of pretty dried fruits and pleasant woody tones carry throughout the nose, palate, and finish.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: March 02, 2019

The new distillery releases of Mortlach are the perfect counter balance to the complete disaster that the previous offerings represent. Each is a wonderful expression of the distillery, somewhat different in style than the next and absolutely reasonably priced. The 12 Year Old captures the essence of Mortlach without pushing the limits too far. This is the perfect expression to introduce someone the Beast of Dufftown. A blend of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks offer tons of classic Mortlach character without totally overtaking the complex maltiness of the spirit. The nose has rich vanilla bean, nougat, caramel and cocoa. The palate brings in some spice and baked orchard fruits with the sherry framing the spicy malt perfectly. A great value at $50.

Stefanie Juelsgaard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2019

Mortlach is known for producing some beefy, big whiskeys, and though the 12 Year Old is certainly not lacking in power, there is an elegance and lift to it I haven’t seen from Mortlach in the past. A rich mouthfeel thanks to the use of French and American oak brings lingering notes of citrus, light spice, and subtle toast. There is no obvious peatiness, only perhaps a very subtle hint of smoke from the barrel char. The distillery style shows through on the finish, which packs some power, savory game notes, and hints of leather. Overall a great offering from Mortlach at a pretty unbeatable price.

Mortlach 16 Year-Old “Distiller’s Dram” Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (ships like a 1.5 L bottle due to shape) ($99.99)

91 points Whisky Advocate: “With worm tubs and a fiendishly complex partial-triple distillation, Mortlach has adhered to an old style of making whisky and older, richer, darker flavors. Big and bold, it is at its best in ex-sherry casks. The nose is meaty (think gravy/beef stock) with fig, raisin, and molasses. In the mouth its concentrated, with good grip and a savory sweetness. A cult malt. (DB, Fall 2011)”

KL Notes: The excellent new 16 Year Old bottled by the Mortlach distillery is a truly welcome expression from “The Beast of Dufftown.” The 16 Year Old replaces the much loved Flora Fauna expression that was never exported to the US and the often maligned 18 Year Old expression that failed to gain a following due to its exceedingly high price. Tons of dense sherry flavors, deep dried berry, and roasted nuts balance perfectly against the bold savory malt character that Mortlach is known for. We’ve long craved an affordable older age-stated bottling from this exemplary Speyside distillery, and now we finally have it. The 16 Year Old is distilled 2.81 times in Mortlach’s unique 6-still set up and aged in a mixture of first sherry and refill butts.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2019

The 16 Year Old is the slam dunk of the new Mortlach lineup. If you only try one bottling, this is the one. It’s exceptional. Robust sherry of the highest quality imparts a bit of rancio which plays perfectly with the natural meatiness of the spirit and a ton of dried sultanas and figs, lending a beautiful supple sweetness. The palate is extremely full, filling every nook and cranny and hitting every taste bud. The finish lingers on and on and is where you really see the quality of the clean sherry casks used.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: March 02, 2019

Easily unseating the old Flora Fauna bottling as the benchmark expression of Mortlach, this distillery seems to sing under sherry and at this age it’s completely developed the dense character and meaty savoriness that we crave from the Beast of Dufftown. On first nosing expect deep dried fruit, dark chocolates, roasted meat juice, tangy clove stuffed pear. Deep and spicy on the palate with the oily texture one demands of the great malts of Mortlach. Hints of fresh herbs, candied tropical fruit and Old Bay spice. Truly a worthy example of this special distillery and well worth the $100 they’re asking.

Stefanie Juelsgaard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2019

It’s almost unheard of to find a 16-year-old sherry cask whiskey of this caliber from such a well-respected producer at this price point. Spicy, dark, bold, and complex, this is Mortlach at its finest. This bottling is a little meatier and with more chocolate notes than the 12 Year Old because of the use of straight sherry cask. Dark, nearly dried fruits meld seamlessly with leather and tobacco notes. The smoke quotient is quite low here, but there is a roasted note coming through. This is complex, smooth, and a great middle ground between the lightness of the 12 Year Old and gaminess of the 20 Year Old.

Mortlach 20 Year Old “Cowie’s Blue Seal” Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (ships like a 1.5 L bottle due to shape) ($199.99)

The elegant older sibling of the two younger bottlings, this wonderful old expression of the special Dufftown distillery is aged exclusively in sherry butts. Deep and complex with tons of richness, the 20 Year Old doesn’t have quite the bite of its younger siblings, but it easily outperforms the old 25 Year Old, which it replaces at a fraction of the price. We don’t see a whole lot of mature sherried Mortlach and there’s no doubt that the distillery is picking the very finest casks for this new expression. Considering where the market is going for older sherried distillery bottlings, the new 20 Year Old is a steal. Now if only we can get them to bottle this as a cask strength single barrel!

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2019

Much more bass tones than the 12 or 16 Year Old releases. This has that big meaty quality of Mortlach underpinned by a very savory wood profile. That base of bass flavors is topped by higher toned citrus, particularly orange peel and a bit of fresh lemon zip. Chocolate and mocha make up the middle and give way to another long and clean finish. If you’re already a fan of Mortlach, this is not to be missed.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: March 02, 2019

The Mortlach 20 Year Old is the most intellectual and brooding of the three new editions. I found it was pretty closed compared to the 16 on first nosing, but with some air and time, its refinement and elegance set it apart from the other two. 100% sherry cask leaves it sitting thick in the glass with a deep, nutty red hue. The nose after some air starts letting go deep savory aromatics and tons of exotic wood. More on the spice, with some dark chocolate again and some deep red fruits as well. Textured and elegant with tons of oils to coat the palate, the beefy qualities build as you continue through the glass. A fine example of what old Mortlach in sherry looks like and certainly a beautiful pour if you really want to sit and contemplate the meaning of life and whatnot.

Stefanie Juelsgaard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2019

This is one of the truest expressions of a Mortlach whiskey, with subtle power, perfectly melded characteristics, and a rich, lingering palate. Carrying the most umami notes of the three expressions, the meatiness is well balanced by dark plummy fruits and Christmas spice. Blackberry and cacao lead and these flavors are backed by earth, leather, and a very subtle barrel char. Though this is a bit more of a splurge, its not too hard to justify from such a classic, highly-respected producer.

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Secret Spirits Press Release – 6th Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Indiegogo Campaign – Scotch Whisky News

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Secret Spirits Press Release – 6th Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Indiegogo Campaign

For 5 years Secret Spirits has taken over 10,000 whisky loving pilgrims on Scotch Whisky Adventures through their independently bottled Scotch Whisky Advent Calendars.

This year they are combining the tradition and heritage of Scotch Whisky with the modern era of E-Commerce and online crowdfunding.

On the 1st March Secret Spirits began their campaign to raise money for the production of their 6th edition. For 43 days whisky lovers will have their chance to join the Secret Spirits whisky adventure train and secure their calendar.

The 6th edition will not be hitting traditional bricks and mortar retailers for the first time as Secret Spirits looks to engage consumers and let them have a say in the whiskies being sourced this year.

Weekly videos, whisky tastings and an array of whisky perks will keep consumers enthralled for the entire duration of the Campaign.

THE CAMPAIGN 

If you love whisky and love journeys, then don’t miss out on Secret Spirits 6th edition. They promise mystery, discovery and delight in every box of whisky adventure.

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