Saturday, February 22nd, 1-4PM Glenglassaugh Tasting at The Whisky Shop #SFO – Scotch Whisky News

Saturday, February 22nd, 1-4PM: 

Scotch Tasting: Glenglassaugh 

Presented by whisky expert Rory Glasgow! ‘Glenglassaugh’ – meaning ‘valley of the grey-green place’ -is named from its beautiful surroundings, bordering Speyside, Highland regions at the edge of Sandend Bay. The character of the landscape is very apparent in the whisky; Speyside adding a tropical sweetness, Highland adding depth and richness, and the seaside giving the spirit a coastal charm.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/02/saturday-february-22nd-1-4pm-glenglassaugh-tasting-at-the-whisky-shop-sfo-scotch-whisky-news/

Macallan ~ A Journey of Dedication and Refinement – Scotch Whisky News

Sherry Seasoned Style

The Macallan Sherry Oak range is testament to our unwavering commitment to the mastery of wood and spirit. The range features a series of single malt whiskies matured exclusively in hand-picked sherry seasoned oak casks.

These distinct casks are seasoned with Oloroso sherry in Jerez, Spain before making their journey to our distillery in Scotland to be filled with The Macallan ‘new make’ spirit. The result is a celebration of richness, complexity and remarkable natural colour that has defined these classic single malts.

DISCOVER THE RANGE

Discover the journey of our wood

Every story has its origins. For The Macallan casks it all begins with an acorn.

READ MORE

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/02/macallan-a-journey-of-dedication-and-refinement-scotch-whisky-news/

KILBEGGAN DISTILLING COMPANY INTRODUCES KILBEGGAN® SINGLE POT STILL IRISH WHISKEY – Irish Whiskey News

KILBEGGAN DISTILLING COMPANY INTRODUCES

KILBEGGAN® SINGLE POT STILL IRISH WHISKEY 

Double distilled and matured in Ireland’s oldest continually licensed distillery,
Kilbeggan® Single Pot Still features a rare oats-based mash inspired by late-1800’s recipes

Chicago, IL (February 6, 2020) – Kilbeggan Distilling Company continues to revive Irish whiskey history and tradition with the limited-edition release of Kilbeggan® Single Pot Still, a mixed mash whiskey featuring oats, which were used at Kilbeggan Distillery in the 19th century. Pot Still whiskey is significant, as it is the traditional and distinctive style of Irish whiskey that was first produced in Ireland. The limited-edition Kilbeggan® Single Pot Still Irish whiskey will be available in the United States starting February 2020 with a suggested retail price of $44.99 (750ml).

“This remarkable whiskey is a glorious tribute to the traditional Irish pot still style and the community that kept Ireland’s oldest continually licensed distillery alive over centuries of trial and triumph,” said Michael Egan, U.S. Irish Whiskey Brand Ambassador for Kilbeggan Distilling Company. “It is a truly unique spirit, with a rare mash that has produced a flavor unlike anything available today.”

Featuring a unique mash of malted barley, raw barley and 2.5 percent oats, the whiskey was inspired by recipes used at Kilbeggan Distillery through the late 1800s. In those times, oats were grown across the Midlands Region of Ireland and were commonly used by distillers like the Locke family at Kilbeggan for filtration purposes. The grain also imparts a unique flavor and creamy texture not typically found in Irish whiskey. The subtle influence of oats in this Kilbeggan Single Pot Still expression results in a whiskey that is soft and mellow, with a fresh, fruity palate. It has a light, lingering spice and a rich, creamy mouthfeel.

Double distilled to 86 proof in Kilbeggan’s old copper pot stills – one of which is the world’s oldest working whiskey pot still today – the new spirit is the second limited release to be 100 percent distilled and matured at Kilbeggan Distillery since its restoration in 2010. Kilbeggan Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey is best enjoyed neat or on the rocks due to its soft and round character. It follows the release of Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye, another groundbreaking release and the first modern Irish whiskey of record to feature such a high quantity of rye within its mash.

KILBEGGAN® SINGLE POT STILL | 43% ABV

AROMA               Initial fresh crisp aroma followed by apple, pear, and melon. Jasmine and hazelnut notes combine with a hint of honeycomb sweetness.

TASTE                  Spice becomes apparent, but not overbearing, with summer fruits and citrus. Warming mid palate with a fresh mint leaf flavor leading on to a rich creamy mouthfeel.

FINISH                  Initially soft, mellow, and smooth, with a creamy finish. Lingering spice and a dryness as the oat influence become evident.

Limited Edition Kilbeggan® Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey joins the U.S. portfolio alongside permanent expressions Kilbeggan® Blended Irish Whiskey (40% ABV) and Kilbeggan® Single Grain Irish Whiskey (43% ABV).

Note to Editors: What is Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey?

A single pot still Irish whiskey is produced only in Ireland, at a single distillery that is double- or triple-distilled in copper pot stills from a mix of malted and unmalted barley and up to 5% of other grains.

About Beam Suntory Inc.

As a world leader in premium spirits, Beam Suntory inspires human connections. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands, Suntory whisky Kakubin and Courvoisier cognac, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s and Legent bourbon; Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki and Toki Japanese whisky; Teacher’s, Laphroaig and Bowmore Scotch whisky; Canadian Club whisky; Hornitos and Sauza tequila; EFFEN, Haku and Pinnacle vodka; Sipsmith and Roku gin; and Midori liqueur.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and vision of Growing for Good.  Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan.  For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/02/kilbeggan-distilling-company-introduces-kilbeggan-single-pot-still-irish-whiskey-irish-whiskey-news/

Braeckman 10 Year Old Single Malt Single Barrel

Distilleerderij: Braeckman
Regio: België
Fles: Braeckman 10 Year Old Single Malt, OB 2019, 1st fill bourbon barrel, 500ml
Kleur: goud
ABV: 46%

Korenwijn

Naast single grain, waarvan Braeckman er al een paar op de markt heeft, lanceerde de Belgische distilleerderij zopas ook een 10-jarige single malt die rijpte op een first fill bourbon barrel. Ik proefde hem voor het eerst op het Spirits in the Sky Festival in Brussel in november 2019. Onder de indruk van wat ik proefde, nam ik een sample mee naar huis om nog eens rustig te her-proeven. In tegenstelling tot de single grains van Braeckman – die uit een recept van rogge en gemoute gerst wordt gemaakt – is dit wel degelijk een single malt. Filip Braeckman was zo onder de indruk van dit single barrel, dat hij besloot het op de markt te brengen.

De neus is erg interessant, ondanks het feit dat hij nog wat yeasty is. Boerenboter met rapen en iets van aardappelschillen. Heuse hints van een paardenstal. Lekker farmy en doet me aan mijn hoevevakanties in Limburg denken. Daarnaast een beetje fruit in de vorm van appels en Reine Claude pruimpjes, hint van stekelbes en witte chocolade. Leuk!

Goeie body, maar op smaak kan hij niet onmiddellijk de belofte van de neus invullen. Het komt allemaal redelijk traag op gang. Na voldoende ‘kauwen’ (u weet wat ik bedoel, toch?) verschijnt wat graan, gist en wit brood, belegd met dunne plakjes jonagold appel. De alcohol doet me wel een keer of twee naar adem happen, ondanks de eerder bescheiden 46%. Dit doet me eerder aan een korenwijn dan aan een whisky denken.

De afdronk is verrassend lang en licht drogend.

Hier is volgens mij nog wat werk aan de winkel. Hij vertoont zeker potentieel, maar geeft op smaak nog onvoldoende breedte, als u mij begrijpt. En dit ondanks tien jaar rijping. Een kleine 75 EUR voor 50cl van deze Belgische malt? Nee, dat ga ik niet doen. Maar als prijs geen rol speelt, is dit een leuke aanvulling op je whiskybar.

82/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 01-12-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5669

The Fisherman’s Retreat Edition 4 receives bronze award at the recent 2019 Independent bottlers challenge – Scotch Whisky News

The Fisherman’s Retreat Edition 4 receives bronze award at the recent 2019 Independent bottlers challenge

The Fisherman’s Retreat has received a bronze award for its 4th edition Scottish single malt whisky in the Scotch Islands (non Islay) under 12 year old category.

The 4th Edition from The Fisherman’s Retreat is a 5 year old Arran single cask single malt which had spent its entire maturation in a 100 litre Yalumba Octavius red wine cask. The cask produced 191 500ml bottles at an ABV of 54%

Whisky Legend Jim McEwan who has done the tasting notes for the 4th edition had this to say about The Fisherman’s award winning single malt

“Wow, for one so young it’s amazingly complex, layered and seductive. The flavours of toasted barley, rich wine soaked oak and spicy vanilla is impressive for such a young spirit. Little hints of tangerines and almonds bring amazing Yalumba matured spirit to a most surprising and satisfying conclusion”

The Fisherman’s Retreat Edition 4 is available to purchase on their online whisky shop

https://www.fishermansretreat.com/whisky-shop/

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/02/the-fishermans-retreat-edition-4-receives-bronze-award-at-the-recent-2019-independent-bottlers-challenge-scotch-whisky-news/

Douglas Laing Concludes Old Particular “Elements” Single Cask Scotch Whisky Collection – Scotch Whisky News

Douglas Laing Concludes

Old Particular “Elements” Single Cask Scotch Whisky Collection

Leading Scotch Whisky specialist, Douglas Laing Co, today unveils the concluding chapter in the Old Particular “Elements” Series: Jura 12 Years Old “Water” Edition.

The limited edition Single Cask series, unveiled in 2019, celebrates the natural elements of earth, air, fire and water, and the invaluable contribution each makes to Scotch Whisky. The latest and final edition was finished in a Pedro Ximénez Sherry butt, imparting warming winter spiced and chewy toffee notes to the salty, maritime Jura spirit within.

Proudly offered at natural cask strength and, in line with the Douglas Laing family philosophy, without colouring or chill-filtration, the Old Particular Elements Series is said to epitomise Scotch Whisky that is “truly as natural as it gets”.

The concept is brought to life by intricate illustrated labels, with the latest release featuring crashing waves in honour of the wild waters surrounding the Isle of Jura.

Director of Whisky and third generation in the family business, Cara Laing, comments on the conclusion of the series: “Our Old Particular Elements Series celebrates the natural elements that, combined with human care and attention, produce the Scotch Whiskies that are celebrated the world over. Our cask selection for the Elements Series seeks to embody each of the Elements individually, with the maritime qualities of this particular cask neatly personifying the small but mighty Isle of Jura and its surrounding wild seas.”

The complete Old Particular Elements Series comprises Craigellachie 12 Years Old “Fire” Edition, Cameronbridge 27 Years Old “Air” Edition, Caol Ila 8 Years Old “Earth” Edition and the newly-released Jura 12 Years Old “Water” Edition.

ABOUT DOUGLAS LAING:

www.douglaslaing.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/douglaslaingwhisky

Twitter: @dlaingwhisky

Established over 70 years ago, Douglas Laing Co. is a leading creator and purveyor of the finest Scotch Whiskies, specialising in Single Cask Single Malts and Small Batch Malt Scotch Whiskies. The company was founded by Fred Douglas Laing in 1948 and is still owned and run by the Laing family – Fred Laing Jr and his daughter Cara Laing.

The company philosophy is to bottle the way the distiller intended – at a high strength and non-chill-filtered to preserve the robust and unique character of the Whisky. Douglas Laing’s industry reputation and many awards is testament to this ethos.

In 2015, the firm announced the launch of its first “umbrella” brand – Remarkable Regional Malts – a collection that encompasses Timorous Beastie (Highlands), Scallywag (Speyside), The Gauldrons (Campbeltown), Rock Island (Islands), and Big Peat from Islay, offering the consumer The Ultimate Distillation of Scotland’s Malt Whisky Regions.  The firm’s second umbrella brand, Exceptional Single Casks, launched in 2015, with Provenance, Premier Barrel, Old Particular and Xtra Old Particular.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/02/douglas-laing-concludes-old-particular-elements-single-cask-scotch-whisky-collection-scotch-whisky-news/

BIG PEAT COMPLETES VINTAGE TRILOGY WITH ULTIMATE RELEASE – Scotch Whisky News

BIG PEAT COMPLETES VINTAGE TRILOGY WITH ULTIMATE RELEASE

Big Peat’s Aged Trilogy Series is now complete, as “his” 27 Years Old Black Edition reaches shelves and homes all over the world.

The ultimate release in the Limited Edition collection completes the series of collectable, aged bottlings, also comprising the Gold Edition, aged 25 years and launched in 2017, and 2018’s 26 Years Old Platinum Edition. The premium trio charts the journey of a unique marriage of Islay’s finest aged and rare Single Cask Single Malts over a three year period.

Each is bottled at high alcohol strength – the Black Edition at 48.3% – and proudly offered without colouring or chill-filtration.

Cara Laing, Director of Whisky, said “In 2017 we selected a number of sister casks that were all destined to be bottled within Big Peat’s Vintage Trilogy. Back then we set out bring to life the journey of the spirit with each year that passed, and the experiment has been a fascinating one. Big Peat’s signature sweet smokiness has remained at the heart of the Gold, Platinum and now the Black Edition, but this latest release displays a new complexity that has deepened with the passing of time. This “grown up” limited edition within the Big Peat portfolio will serve to add further credibility to what is undoubtedly a fun brand with very respectable credentials.”

The new Big Peat 27 Years Old Black Edition is available now from specialist spirits retailers globally. Just 3,000 bottles exist.

Big Peat Black Edition 27 Years Old Tasting Notes

Allow a heady, chimney-smoked nose to whisk you off to Big Peat’s Islay home, with hints of briney sea air, chewed leather and a honey sweetness. The refined palate shows a complex amalgam of barbequed meats, coal dust and rock salt, running to a long and satisfying finish with drifting puffs of peat smoke.

ABOUT DOUGLAS LAING CO:

 www.douglaslaing.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bigpeat

Twitter: @remarkablemalts

Instagram: @remarkable_malts

 Douglas Laing Co. is a leading independent Scotch Whisky blender and bottler specialising in the selection and release of Single Cask Single and Small Batch Malt Scotch Whiskies.

 The company was founded by Fred Douglas Laing in 1948 and is still owned and run by the Laing family – Fred Laing Jr and his daughter Cara Laing.

The company philosophy is to bottle the way the distiller intended – at a high strength and without chill filtration to preserve the robust and unique character of the Whisky. Douglas Laing’s industry reputation and many awards is testament to this ethos.

Douglas Laing’s Remarkable Regional Malts, the Ultimate Distillation of Scotland’s Malt Whisky Regions, encompasses The Epicurean Lowland Malt Scotch Whisky, Timorous Beastie (Highlands), Scallywag (Speyside), The Gauldrons (Campbeltown), Rock Island (from the Islands) and Big Peat (Islay). Beyond its Blended Malts expertise, the award-winning Douglas Laing portfolio also includes Provenance, Premier Barrel, Old Particular and XOP, collectively known as the firm’s “Exceptional Single Casks”.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/02/big-peat-completes-vintage-trilogy-with-ultimate-release-scotch-whisky-news/

BIG PEAT COMPLETES VINTAGE TRILOGY WITH ULTIMATE RELEASE – Scotch Whisky News

BIG PEAT COMPLETES VINTAGE TRILOGY WITH ULTIMATE RELEASE

Big Peat’s Aged Trilogy Series is now complete, as “his” 27 Years Old Black Edition reaches shelves and homes all over the world.

The ultimate release in the Limited Edition collection completes the series of collectable, aged bottlings, also comprising the Gold Edition, aged 25 years and launched in 2017, and 2018’s 26 Years Old Platinum Edition. The premium trio charts the journey of a unique marriage of Islay’s finest aged and rare Single Cask Single Malts over a three year period.

Each is bottled at high alcohol strength – the Black Edition at 48.3% – and proudly offered without colouring or chill-filtration.

Cara Laing, Director of Whisky, said “In 2017 we selected a number of sister casks that were all destined to be bottled within Big Peat’s Vintage Trilogy. Back then we set out bring to life the journey of the spirit with each year that passed, and the experiment has been a fascinating one. Big Peat’s signature sweet smokiness has remained at the heart of the Gold, Platinum and now the Black Edition, but this latest release displays a new complexity that has deepened with the passing of time. This “grown up” limited edition within the Big Peat portfolio will serve to add further credibility to what is undoubtedly a fun brand with very respectable credentials.”

The new Big Peat 27 Years Old Black Edition is available now from specialist spirits retailers globally. Just 3,000 bottles exist.

Big Peat Black Edition 27 Years Old Tasting Notes

Allow a heady, chimney-smoked nose to whisk you off to Big Peat’s Islay home, with hints of briney sea air, chewed leather and a honey sweetness. The refined palate shows a complex amalgam of barbequed meats, coal dust and rock salt, running to a long and satisfying finish with drifting puffs of peat smoke.

ABOUT DOUGLAS LAING CO:

 www.douglaslaing.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bigpeat

Twitter: @remarkablemalts

Instagram: @remarkable_malts

 Douglas Laing Co. is a leading independent Scotch Whisky blender and bottler specialising in the selection and release of Single Cask Single and Small Batch Malt Scotch Whiskies.

 The company was founded by Fred Douglas Laing in 1948 and is still owned and run by the Laing family – Fred Laing Jr and his daughter Cara Laing.

The company philosophy is to bottle the way the distiller intended – at a high strength and without chill filtration to preserve the robust and unique character of the Whisky. Douglas Laing’s industry reputation and many awards is testament to this ethos.

Douglas Laing’s Remarkable Regional Malts, the Ultimate Distillation of Scotland’s Malt Whisky Regions, encompasses The Epicurean Lowland Malt Scotch Whisky, Timorous Beastie (Highlands), Scallywag (Speyside), The Gauldrons (Campbeltown), Rock Island (from the Islands) and Big Peat (Islay). Beyond its Blended Malts expertise, the award-winning Douglas Laing portfolio also includes Provenance, Premier Barrel, Old Particular and XOP, collectively known as the firm’s “Exceptional Single Casks”.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/02/big-peat-completes-vintage-trilogy-with-ultimate-release-scotch-whisky-news/

A Rare Perfection Collector’s Duo—14 and 15 Year Old Whiskeys at K&L California – Canadian Whisky News

A Can’t-Miss Pair of Age-Stated Stunners
“Tasting both of these whiskies side by side leaves only the conclusion that there is no blueprint for Rare Perfection. Who can conclude that a Van Gogh is more perfect than a Monet? Perfection can certainly be achieved in more ways than one.” — Andrew Whiteley, KL NorCal Spirits Buyer

Proving once again that our spirits team is at the top of their game, they’ve just come through with a pair of ultra-rare, age-stated Canadian whiskeys. This set comes from our venerable friends at Rare Perfection, the same group that brings us the highly coveted Very Olde St. Nick bottlings, the last round of which sold out in a flash just before Christmas. Both whiskeys were distilled in Waterloo, Ontario from four-grain mashbills then aged in a small, very cold warehouse until they were acquired by the folks at Rare Perfection. Collectors who’ve been savvy (or lucky) enough to get their hands on some of the Very Olde St. Nick will know the impeccable standards that Rare Perfection applies to their selections. The cold storage environment tempers the influence of the wood, resulting in beautiful, refined profiles that are as serious and utterly distinctive as they come. They’re also incredibly limited, and a can’t-miss opportunity like this is unlikely to come around again anytime in the foreseeable future.

Rare Perfection 14 Year Old Canadian Whiskey (750ml) ($159.99)

The Rare Perfection whiskies are just that — exceedingly rare and just about as perfect as whiskey gets. The careful selection for this brand is unmatched in the industry. Nationality doesn’t apply — if it’s a true rarity and the whiskey is great, it can be bottled. You know the palates making these choices are good, since it’s brought to you by the folks at Preservation Distillery in Bardstown — the same people responsible for the Very Olde St. Nick and Wattie Boone bottlings. This current release of Rare Perfection is a story of relationships and serendipity. The barrels for Rare Perfection 14 and 15 were found in the back of a unique warehouse when the new owners took stock of their purchase. Due to mutual friends in the business, the principals of Rare Perfection received a call about these sublime casks. After sampling them without any information they were blown away and asked for specifics. Turns out these ancient casks were made of new charred oak and filled with a Waterloo, Canada distilled four grain bourbon mashbill. They then aged in the single level warehouse which maintained extremely cold temperature year round. Because of this atypical bourbon aging environment the interaction with the wood was dramatically slowed and the final result after 14 and 15 years is indeed Rare Perfection.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: January 30, 2020

It’s remarkable how different this is from its older brother. The nose evokes a deeper, sweeter feeling. The aromas are decadent and nutty. Mounds of candied pecan and walnut atop fudge and hard toffee all drizzled in a butter cream frosting. Wood spice plays more of a secondary role on the nose, but has the same soft yet full presence as the 15 year. Labeled “Overproof 100.7” there is no lack of punch here, but it does evoke the sense of a velvet glove wrapping a confident handshake rather than an iron fist. The flavors dance around, flitting from crushed nuts to sliced fruit and then expressing all of the complexity of a cigar box fresh from the walk in humidor. The four grain mashbill seems to show up more in the 14 year old – there is a hint of fresh cut grass from the rye, like driving past a beautiful golf course in the summer after they’ve mowed. At the same time, the softer wheat component seems more present as well, while the 15 year shows more sweet corn. Tasting both of these whiskies side by side leaves only the conclusion that there is no blueprint for Rare Perfection. Who can conclude that a Van Gogh is more perfect than a Monet? Perfection can certainly be achieved in more ways than one.

Jordan Stone | KL Staff Member | Review Date: January 30, 2020

Those crazy Canucks at Rare Perfection have created a very special whiskey. A 4 grain mashbill aged in a cold North American warehouse resulting in a soft and smooth buttery feel. The smell is butterscotch. The taste is like a warm bowl of cornflakes with vanilla. Any bourbon aficionado should consider tasting this northern gem! This is worth the price. Just great!!

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: January 23, 2020

Coming from an undisclosed distillery and sporting a bourbon-style mashbill, this is an interesting Canadian whiskey. The nose is basically dessert for me. Pecan praline, brown sugar, melted butter, and dark raisins meld and and just keep coming. There’s a touch of oak spice on the nose, but the sweets dominate. For being over 100 proof, this whiskey is darn smooth. There’s more cinnamon and gingersnaps on the palate than on the nose, but this is easy to drink and still rocking the pecan confection angle full blast. The finish moves to a pleasant mix of salty and sweet, and the flavors stay on the tongue forever.

Stefanie Juelsgaard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: January 23, 2020

Both the Rare Perfection 14 and 15 year old are two of the most unique and delicious whiskeys I have tasted, EVER! These whiskeys were originally intended to age for a short period of time, but were forgotten about in the distillery’s sale and the extra time resulted in a fascinating drink. The palate of the 14 year old is buttery with strong coconut notes, Madagascar vanilla bean, brown sugar, and tropical fruit. Almonds, butterscotch, and cinnamon linger on the end, but very little wood tannin comes into play. This is without a doubt one of the best whiskeys I have ever tasted and am a little sad I may never come across something like this again, it is that unique.

Rare Perfection 15 Year Old Canadian Whiskey (750ml) ($189.99)

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: January 30, 2020

There simply aren’t enough superlatives to adequately describe this whisky. The uniqueness of the four grain bourbon mashbill, the extended aging in new charred oak, the cold warehouses, the unfiltered and cask strength bottling, all contribute to a sublime drinking experience from start to finish. It begins when you pop open the bottle – you immediately are greeted with intense caramel and vanilla before you even pour the whisky into your glass. With a pour and a swirl without even bringing the glass to your nose you’re assailed by complex cedar and oak notes, sweet spices, more Madagascar vanilla, Cassia, and a sensation that every corner of your nasal cavity has been filled. Nosing the glass more carefully reveals a pantheon of fruits ranging from crisp apples to decadent candied citrus and exotic tropicals all bathed in fresh sweet cream. It reminds me a bit of decades old single grain from Scotland, but with much more intensity. While it wouldn’t be hard to spend hours nosing this, the palate is where things really start to get interesting. Cracked peppercorn melds with toffee, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla fudge. Incredulity forces a glance at the 119.7 proof on the label – it can’t possibly be that high – but there it is. The whisky carries all of the power of 60% ABV with the grace and subtlety of a master blender’s heavily proofed back nosing glass. The wild fruits abound and the fine wood tannins roll gently around providing structure and verve. The finish is long and lingering, a reprise of the epic dram that seems to have effortless evaporated from your glass.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: January 25, 2020

This is our second bottle of Rare Perfection and the people from Very Old St Nick tell us that it’s coming from the same unnamed Canadian distillery with the same bourbon mash bill, but they’re not giving us much more info than that. It is, however, notably different in that it’s cask strength. Coming in at 119.7 proof, it should appeal to our customers who are always looking for those whiskeys straight from the cask and ready to light their fire. This bottling has a lot of similarities in profile to the 14 year old bottling, but with a couple fun deviations. Still dominant is a luscious dessert character with candied pecans taking the fore. This cask strength version also has aromas of bananas Foster, dark caramel, some red fruit notes, and more spice. The spice really comes through on the palate. This undoubtedly has something to do with the higher ABV, but the spice isn’t just hitting you as alcohol burn. There are peppery elements and clove that really coat the mouth and add a delightful tingle. The dessert elements continue through the palate as well, but the finish is a pleasant warm fuzz of spice medley and nuttiness. Impressive.

Stefanie Juelsgaard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: January 23, 2020

The palate on the 15 year old is slightly more viscous than the 14 year old, and the higher proof obviously adds a bit more of a punch. The flavors seem amplified in this bottling versus the delicate profile of the 14 year. Baked sweet grains with burnt caramel and lemon round out the palate and create a spirit that is unbelievably delicious. This is truly a rare find.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/02/a-rare-perfection-collectors-duo-14-and-15-year-old-whiskeys-at-kl-california-canadian-whisky-news/

New Wolfburn Release: Batch 155 – Scotch Whisky News

New Wolfburn Release: Batch 155

Wolfburn Distillery has today announces its fourth small-batch release, named Batch 155.  Consisting of just 5000 bottles in total, it is the first whisky from Wolfburn to have been matured in one type of cask (first-fill ex-bourbon barrels for close to five years) then finished in another (six months in port hogsheads).  The results are superb: a smooth, rich, easy drinking whisky, rich in colour and with a depth of sweet flavours from the port influence.

‘We’ve crafted Batch 155 from whisky matured in fresh bourbon casks laid down in 2014,’ commented Mark Westmorland, brand ambassador. ‘The spirit had already matured very nicely, even before it was transferred to a series of Fonseca ruby port hogsheads. The result is a truly special single malt, rich in colour and deep in flavour. It has been extraordinarily well received by everyone who’s tried it.’

Like previous Wolfburn small-batch releases, Batch 155 was named after the warehouse in which the casks were matured (Warehouse 1), and the specific row in which the casks were located (row 55).

‘We’ve been asked many times about doing a “finishing”’ comments Iain Kerr, distillery manager. ‘We managed to keep this one under wraps until the last minute. It’s been a lot of fun to make, and the results are really special. I hope our fans and followers around the world enjoy it as much as we do!’

ABOUT WOLFBURN:

The original Wolfburn Distillery was founded just to the west of Thurso by William Smith in 1821.  In its day it was one of the largest distilleries in Scotland, producing, according to HMRC records, 28,056 “gallons of proof spirit” in a single year.  Taking its name from the stream that provided the water – the Wolf Burn – the distillery operated until around 1870.  The reasons for its closure are lost in time, but by 1877 the newly produced Ordnance Survey maps showed it being in ruins.

In 2011 plans were laid to resurrect the old distillery. Construction began in 2012 and in January 2013 the new Wolfburn Distillery commenced production, thereby becoming the most northerly distillery on the Scottish mainland.  Situated 300m from the site of the original distillery, the new Wolfburn operates in much the same way as the old: craftsmen use traditional methods to produce fine spirit, which is laid down in best quality oak casks to await the day when it is bottled as single malt scotch whisky.  Wolfburn’s single malt scotch whiskies are now available in 26 countries globally.

Wolfburn Distillery, Henderson Park, Thurso, Caithness KW14 7XW

www.wolfburn.com 

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