New Zealand 1988 (TWE exclusive)

New Zealand 1988 - TWE exclusive

New Zealand 1988 - TWE exclusive

This New Zealand whisky was distilled at the closed Willowbank distillery in Dunedin (also known as Wilson / Milford / Lammerlaw). It was the world’s souternmost distillery until its dismantling in 1997. The stills were sold to a rum company and all remaining casks were bought by the Australian whisky lover Greg Ramsay and his associates.

Although it was bottled in 2017 (like all of the New Zealand Collection expressions, or so it seems) this 1988 single cask has recently been released as a Whisky Exchange exclusive.



New Zealand 29 Years 1988 - Whisky ExchangeNew Zealand 29 Years 1988 - Whisky ExchangeNew Zealand 29 yo 1988 (55,3%, New Zealand Malt Whisky Co for The Whisky Exchange 2017, cask #47, 206 btl.)

Nose: fruity spirit with lots of floral overtones (iris and subtle whiffs of potpourri) and a backbone of sawdust and oak polish. Tinned peaches, pineapples and bananas, hints of vanilla cake and frangipane. Star anise and cinnamon, a little mint as well. Quite exotic and fragrant. Mouth: going back and forth between exotic fruits (mango, passion fruit) and punchy oaky notes (grass, cinnamon, gentian). A subtle lactic touch (banana / vanilla yoghurt perhaps). Some chilli heat, ginger and menthol. A slight mineral note too. Finish: long, tense and woody, with green tea, underlying buttery notes and liquorice.

Interesting whisky, aged in a rather assertive way. Rich and fairly unique, also quite exotic, not unlike some Irish whiskeys but with less finesse. Expensive though – the downside of buying whisky from a lost distillery. Only available from The Whisky Exchange.

Score: 86/100

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Attend a super-exclusive Octomore event with The Whisky Shop 🥃 – Scotch Whisky News

Win Tickets To A VERY Exclusive
Octomore Event

How would you like to attend a super-exclusive Octomore event in London?

Enter our ballot now for a chance to be there!

Thursday 2nd April

Taking place at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, a unique venue for unique whiskies, this event is your chance to experience the spirit of Octomore like never before!

At the event you’ll have the opportunity to taste each whisky from the Octomore 10 range centered around the screening of a brand new sensory Octomore film.

Fancy a chance of winning? Buy any bottle of Octomore at before 15th March to be entered into our ballot.

This is a VERY exclusive event not open to the general public. Don’t miss out on your chance to be there!

Full terms and conditions can be found here

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Online Platform Goes Against the Grain with Whisky Cask Auctions – Scotch Whisky News

The third Cask 88 Online Cask Auction, ‘Against the Grain’ will open on Friday 31 January 12 noon GMT, and end 10 days later on Sunday 9 February 5pm GMT. When the platform launched in June 2019, it was the first and only online platform dedicated to auction of whisky casks. You can view the details here

Scottish whisky broker and award winning independent bottler Cask 88 have announced their third auction, bidding for which opens at the end of the month. When the platform launched in June 2019, it was the first and only online platform dedicated to auction of whisky casks. The third Cask 88 Online Cask Auction, ‘Against the Grain’ will open on Friday 31 January 12 noon GMT and end 10 days later on Sunday 9 February 5pm GMT. Seven lots are featured, representing a range of diverse spirit and cask types, including two casks of grain whisky, two casks of new make spirit from Isle of Arran distillery and malt whiskies maturing in ex-Bourbon, ex-sherry and ex-rum casks. The oldest whisky in the collection is a 45 year old grain whisky cask from Invergordon distillery. All the liquid is distilled and stored in Scotland.

“Our third cask selection showcases the diversity of the whisky cask market,” said Head of Content Sam Laing. “Whisky enthusiasts are not limited by what the major producers choose to bottle and put to market. Whether they love well-matured grain whisky, malts with an uncommon cask finish, or they simply want to observe a delicious new spirit as it matures and develops over time, cask ownership gives them the opportunity to find something unique, and then to put their own stamp on it.”

“We’ve had a great response so far to our cask auctions,” said Cask 88 Director, Patrick Costello. “Our public platform offers full transparency, and an innovative way for our clients to engage with the whisky cask market. It has even given a boost to our traditional sales, as auction visitors, curious to learn more, approach us for our weekly cask list. We look forward to welcoming more sellers and buyers to the platform in the coming months and years.”

The Cask 88 Online Cask Auction platform only lists casks from private individuals, with careful consultation with the seller. Lots are always publicly visible on the Cask 88 website, and each cask undergoes a verification process to confirm ownership and provenance before going online. All casks over three years of age must have been regauged within the last 18 months to be considered for the auction. A sample from each cask is reviewed by the Cask 88 in-house team, who, among them, have sat on tasting panels for, and advised, top names in whisky, such as the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, the Waldorf Astoria, the Peninsula Shanghai and The Scotch Whisky Experience.

Potential bidders will need to register before they can view active auctions and receive authorisation to bid. The final hammer price includes the cost of the cask and the first two years of storage. All other costs related to storage, removal from bond, insurance, regauging, sample withdrawal, transportation and bottling will be the sole responsibility of the buyer. This includes VAT and any UK excise duty. A buyer’s commission of 10% is added to the hammer price of all lots. Cask 88 accepts payment via bank transfer/BACS and all major credit and debit cards.

Once they have made their purchase, buyers will be eligible for the same level of service as provided to all clients of Cask 88. Casks are stored in a bonded warehouse in Scotland, and after purchase, clients are welcome to visit their cask and to have samples delivered to them. If they choose to bottle the cask down the line, Cask 88 offers packaging and labelling design services and supports clients throughout bottling and export of the final product. To register to bid and view active lots, visit

About Cask 88
Whisky cask broker and independent bottler Cask 88 is on a mission to take discerning clients on a journey from cask to glass, by offering clients the opportunity to select, purchase, label and package their own exclusive whisky drawn from the finest Scottish whisky casks. The company founders have been trading collectible single malt since 1987 and opened the Asia office in 2013; now Cask 88 offers a wide selection of old and rare casks from world-renowned distilleries, and provides end-to-end care that includes cask procurement and storage, bespoke packaging design and bottling services. An extensive inventory and expansive global network provide an unparalleled selection of fine whiskies, which attracts a wide clientele from London, Hong Kong and Beijing to New York. Twitter @88Cask

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Speyside 21 Year Old 1995 Whisky Broker

Distilleerderij: Speyside
Regio: Schotland (Speyside)
Fles: Speyside 21 Year Old 1995/2017 WhiskyBroker, Sherry Butt #32, 100 bts
Kleur: koper
ABV: 55.1%


Ik beken, de officiële releases van de Speyside Distillery (of het nu de oude Speyside of de nieuwe Spey bottelingen betreft) konden mij nooit echt bekoren. Maar bij onafhankelijke bottelaars zit er af en toe wel een mooi pareltje tussen en ik liet me vertellen dat deze op sherrygerijpte twintiger van Whisky Broker wel erg mooi is. Nou, dan wil ik het nog wel eens proberen!

Zoete neus op boterbabbelaars en zoete boerenboter. Erg romig. Evolueert een beetje naar karnemelk (daar heb je dat typische zuurtje dus weer). Iets van rozijnen en perzik, maar op de achtergrond. Gek genoeg krijg ik amper fruit, wat bij een sherryvat meestal toch wel anders is. Maar dat gezegd zijnde vind ik deze snoeperig zoete neus best aangenaam. Hint van kruidnagel. Na enkele ogenblikken komen daar wat herbale toetsen bij. Maar dat deze spirit meer dan twee decennia op een sherryvat heeft doorgebracht, zou je niet zeggen.

Stevige aanzet. Zoet en kruidig, maar ook flink herbaal. Het zoete doet me denken aan rozijnen en chocolade, terwijl de kruiden zowel nootmuskaat, gember als groene tuinkruiden betreft. Maar hij blijft toch wel een beetje scherp. Scherper dan wat je op die leeftijd zou mogen verwachten, meen ik.

De afdronk is erg warm en kruidig, maar nu steekt er een grootse bitterheid op die me naar een glas water doet reiken. Dat kan toch niet de bedoeling zijn?

Stukken beter dan de officiële releases en een fractie van de prijs. Maar een topper is het niet. Hij proeft veel jonger dan zijn 21 jaar. Bedankt, Anthony!


Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 12-06-2019
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Campbeltown Malts Festival 2020 – Schedule Announcement – Scotch Whisky News

Campbeltown Malts Festival 2020

First Announcement – 30th January 2020

We are delighted to announce our first detailed programme for the Campbeltown Malts Festival 2020. The festival will take place from Tuesday 19th – Friday 22nd May and during the four day event, Kintyre’s quality spirits will be celebrated.

To view the full details of all the events from Springbank, Kilkerran and Cadenhead’s – click here

To join the Society contact them at Springbank Society

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The Whisky Exchange London Bridge – Whisky News

Welcome To
The Whisky Exchange
London Bridge

We are delighted to announce that we have now returned to our spiritual home – London Bridge is where The Whisky Exchange opened its first shop back in 2006, and it’s an area that has always been close to our hearts.

To celebrate the occasion, we are inviting all of our old friends and customers for an evening of drinks discovery – on us!

The Whisky Exchange London Bridge, on the doorstep of Borough Market, is a treasure trove of more than 2,500 whiskies and with a brand new distillery school soon to be opened downstairs.

We know that good drinks are best enjoyed with good company, so we would like to invite you to be amongst the first to experience our exciting new shop and meet the dedicated team behind it.

This is a free event, but please be sure to book spaces for all guests using the link below – just to make sure we have enough glassware!

The Whisky Exchange London Bridge
Launch Night Tasting
Thursday 6 February
6 – 8pm


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Happy New Year from Glenfarclas! ~ Scotch Whisky News

On the last working day of 2019, the team gathered for a group picture to celebrate the end of another successful year, and raise a toast to the last decade at the annual Christmas party.

Over the last decade, Glenfarclas has experienced some of the busiest periods of production since legal distilling began at the distillery some 180 years ago. Record-breaking production levels have been expertly overseen by our fantastic production team, who were also paramount to the successful introduction of upgrades to the still house in summer 2019.  As John Grant said at the Christmas party, “I couldn’t work it!” However the Grant family has complete faith every valued member of their highly experienced team.  It seems fitting for this record breaking production decade to be rounded off with Callum Fraser being named the Icons of Whisky Scottish Distillery Manager of the Year, an award he dedicated to the whole team – without them, none of these incredible achievements would have been possible.

Over the last 10 years the accolades didn’t stop at production. As our popularity grew, record levels of Glenfarclas Single Malt Scotch Whisky were exported to 90 different countries all around the world.  Our thanks go to everyone who makes this possible: from the office team who handle the export and logistics so our whisky gets to you, our loyal whisky aficionados; to the faithful warehouse team who work tirelessly to ensure an ever higher numbers of casks are sleeping peacefully in our traditional dunnage warehouses; not forgetting the visitor centre team (past and present) who every year welcome record numbers of visitors.  To end the 2010s as the Icons of Whisky Scottish Distillery of the Year was a fitting conclusion to what has been a remarkable 10 years of change, growth and teamwork.

The office staff at Glenfarclas posing for their annual Christmas jumper photo, when they collected money and gifts for a local children’s charity (MFR Cash for Kids Mission Christmas).

The Chancellor’s Cask

In our last newsletter we shared how Kenneth Clarke, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, filled a cask of Glenfarclas in 1994 and came back 25 years later to approve it for bottling. In November, John Grant (Chairman of Glenfarclas and 5th generation of the Grant family) met Kenneth Clarke and James Simpson in London to hand over the proceeds from this very special bottling to the Salvation Army, the charity of Mr Clarke’s choice. We were delighted to learn that the Salvation Army chose to allocate these funds to the highlands of Scotland, so they will be doing good close to home. A handful of these bottles are still available from the Visitor Centre.

Glenfarclas 2020 Events

January 31stAn Exclusive Evening with Glenfarclas  (Love Lane Brewery, Liverpool)
February 13th-15thCinderella Whisky Festival
February  7th – 9th  Alkmaar Whisky Festival, Holland
March 14th/15thRoma Whisky Festival
March 21st Hong Kong Whisky Festival
March 26th – 28thWhiskyschiff Luzern
April 25th/26thLimburg Whisky Festival
April 29th – May 4th Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

… More to follow!

Archie Jackson chose the 2019 Distillery Exclusive well, as it went onto win gold at the Scottish Field awards in the £50-£100 category and took the trophy in the summer challenge.  This is now sold out, however we will have a new distillery exclusive available soon, watch this space!

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Innovative program at the First Lady of Waikiki begins its second year with an izakaya-style event

This is a perfect pairing for the traveler looking for a food and beverage event to pair with their Hawaiian vacation.

Jonathan Armstrong, the West Coast Brand Ambassador for House of Suntory joins Chef Colin Sato as a Master at this event featuring highly allocated whisky paired with Izakaya-style bites. With over 10 years of experience in the spirits industry, Jonathan has an extensive background in bartending, craft spirits and hospitality on both the East and West coasts including the cities of Philadelphia, New York and Los Angeles.

The Moana Masters event starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 29

To add to the excitement and glamour of this evening event, Jonathan will provide a Step Repeat for guests to take photos and share on their social accounts. And guests will be able to enjoy a casual setting in the oceanfront Grand Salon. Music and lighting set the mood for this Masters event.

Once our guests have enjoyed the welcome cocktail and photo session, Jonathan and Colin will start the formal program. Guests will be seated classroom style and will enjoy the two masters speak. Jonathan will provide a background about each of the four featured whisky and will mix the cocktails during the teaching. And Colin will demo a few of his Izakaya-style dishes that will be served alongside the drinks.

Colin’s menu includes the following:
 Smoked Kanpachi kama, radish, yuzu kosho
 Seared Hokkaido scallops, heart of palm, smoked trout roe
 Duck Confit basteeya, preserved lemon, smoked plum jam
 Santa Barbara Uni, truffle kahuku corn croquette
 Wagyu Beef, short rib arancini, bone marrow bearnaise

Jonathan will be serving the following whisky:
 Hibiki 17 (served neat)
 Yamazaki 12 (Yamazaki High Ball)
 Toki Japanese Whisky (Toki Smash)
 Hakushu 12 (served neat)

The cost is $150 per person including gratuity, plus taxes and Box Office fees. Tickets are available at

Guests will leave with a swag bag and recipes from Jonathan and Colin. The price includes complimentary four-hour valet parking or self-parking at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani parking garage.


HIBIKI 17: Hibiki Whisky is a harmonious blend of innumerous malt and grain whiskies which are meticulously blended to create a full orchestra of flavors and aromas. Seductive, blossoming and enigmatic, Hibiki Whisky celebrates an unrivaled art of blending, fine craftsmanship and a sense of luxury from the House of Suntory. Hibiki was launched in 1989 to commemorate Suntory’s 90th anniversary, and has ever since been embraced as the paragon of The Art of Japanese Whisky, the very product of Japanese nature and her people. Hibiki Whisky is not only Japan’s most highly awarded blended whisky, but among the most prestigious and honoured whiskies in the world.

Nose: Peach, apricot, melon rose, lily, lemon leaf
Palate: Toffee, black cherry, vanilla, and Mizunara Japanese oak.


YAMAZAKI 12: From Yamazaki was born the surprising, delicate yet profound experience of Japanese single malt whisky. Made at Yamazaki Distillery, the soul place of Japanese whisky, its signature multi-layered taste is highly praised by whisky connoisseurs all over the world. Today, Suntory Single Malt Whisky Yamazaki Whisky is not only the No.1 single malt whisky in Japan, but is also enjoyed in more than 35 countries. Born in 1984, Suntory Single Malt Whisky Yamazaki marked 60 years since the first drop of whisky was made at the Yamazaki distillery. It was here that Keizo Saji pioneered the Japanese single malt whisky. The name “Yamazaki” speaks of the confidence and pride of the distillery’s founding history. The calligraphy was done by Saji himself, and represents Suntory’s passion and celebrates the birth of the Japanese single malt.

Nose: Peach, pineapple, grapefruit, clove, candied orange, vanilla, Mizunara Japanese oak.
Palate: Coconut, cranberry butter, sweet ginger,


TOKI JAPANESE WHISKY: Toki means “time” in Japanese. It’s a concept rich in meaning the world over, but particularly in Japan where respect for tradition and reinvention sparks a powerful creative energy. Inspired by that interplay, Suntory Whisky Toki™ brings together old and new -the House of Suntory’s proud heritage and its innovative spirit- to create blended Japanese whisky that is both groundbreaking and timeless.

Nose: Basil, green apple, honey
Palate: Grapefruit, green grapes, Peppermint, thyme


HAKUSHU 12: From Suntory’s mountain distillery nestled deep in the untouched forests of Mt. Kaikomagatake, comes the fresh and gently smoky Suntory Single Malt Whisky Hakushu. Released in 1994, in celebration of 70 years of whisky making at the House of Suntory. Hakushu single malt whisky captures the distinctive profile of Hakushu distillery, which is represented by its light, fruity and slightly sweet smoky taste. Through the careful blending of a variety of casks at Hakushu distillery, this uniquely awakening and verdant single malt is born.

Nose: Basil, pine needle, green apple
Palate: Sweet pear, mint, kiwi


Here’s the link to purchase tickets to the event.

And here’s a link to book rooms if someone is interested in staying at this historic and beautiful hotel.

Dara Young
Director of Public Relations
Marriott Waikiki Complex
(808) 931-8409

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Glen Els 5 Year Old 2011 Malaga Cask

Distilleerderij: Hammerschmiede
Regio: Duitsland
Fles: Glen Els 5 Year Old 2011/2016 Malaga Cask, Batch L-1735, 256 bts
Kleur: brons
ABV: 47.7%

Ahornsiroop met Kruidnagel

Een Malaga Cask? Dat zie je niet zo vaak. Deze zoete, Spaanse dessertwijn wordt gemaakt van Pedro Ximenez en Moscateldruiven. Eens benieuwd wat het vat gedaan heeft met de jonge spirit van deze Duitse distilleerderij. Deze Glen Els is immers maar 5 jaar oud.

Hola, dit is een heerlijke neus! Donkerzoete toetsen van pure chocolade, geroosterde amandelen, pruimen en licht rottende appelsienen (dat laatste is géén off-note!). Dit is echt succulent en uitnodigend. Nog wat humidor, zwarte bosbessen, kokos, leder en meubelpoets. Zacht gekruid op nootmuskaat en kaneel. Heerlijk!

Olieachtig en zoet bij aankomst. Eerst komen de chocolade en donkerzoete vruchten, dan pas schieten de kruiden in actie. De appelsienen evolueren naar rood fruit, terwijl de noten steeds meer naar de voorgrond komen. Midpalate verschijnt er zelfs een zilte toets, klein maar onmiskenbaar. Ahornsiroop met kruidnagel krijg ik op de één of andere manier niet meer uit mijn hoofd.

De afdronk is zonder meer lang te noemen, erg zoet en lekker kruidig. Licht zilt versus flink zoet op het sterfbed. De kruiden deemsteren langzaam weg.

Wauw! Dit vat heeft de spirit van Glen Els alvast erg mooi vormgegeven. Dit is een geweldige whisky geworden – zeker als je de jonge leeftijd in acht neemt. Indrukwekkend.


Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 30-07-2019
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Spey 25 Year Old 1990

Distilleerderij: Speyside
Regio: Schotland (Speyside)
Fles: Spey 25 Year Old 1990, OB 2016, American Oak Barrel #27, 250 bts
Kleur: licht goud
ABV: 55.1%


Sinds de laatste overname van deze distilleerderij – door Harvey’s in 2013 – werd de naam van de whisky gewijzigd van het eerder pompeuze en verwarring stichtende Speyside naar simpelweg Spey. Het is een erg jonge distilleerderij, trouwens. George Christie begon met de bouw in 1962 (hij had tien jaar eerder de North of Scotland graandistilleerderij uit de grond gestampt), maar het duurde maar liefst tot 1987 voordat ze klaar was. En dan duurde het nog eens drie jaar – 1990, dus – voordat de eerste spirit uit de stills stroomde. En in die optiek is dit een belangrijk weetje, want we proeven een single cask uit dat eerste jaar dat de nieuwe eigenaars in 2016 op de markt brachten – slechts 250 flessen sterk!

De neus is erg nutty. Denk hazelnoten, amandelen en zelfs gezouten pinda. Iets van nougat. Vanille en moutsuikers zorgen voor een zoetje, maar erg fruitig durf ik deze niet noemen. Peer, misschien? Er zit bovendien een licht zure toets aan die me niet meteen bekoort. Zacht gekruid. Alles wij elkaar een erg lichte en onschuldige neus, die veel jonger aandoet dan de kwarteeuw dat deze whisky rijpte.

Op smaak begint het erg zoet en flink kruidig (peper, nootmuskaat, zoethout), bijna pikant, maar komt er plots wel een grote bitterheid opzetten. Ik kan me niet van de indruk ontdoen dat het een erg vermoeid vat was, want deze malt is duidelijk spirit-driven. Heeft erg weinig om het lijf.

De afdronk is bitterzoet, met de nadruk op bitter. Wat jammer.

Ik snap dat de nieuwe eigenaars graag eens uitpakten met een vaatje van het eerste uur, uit nostalgische overwegingen. Maar erg lekker is dit niet, en bijgevolg zijn hoge prijskaartje niet waard. Toch bedankt, Tom.


Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 12-06-2019
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