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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL ENGRAVED at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News



Johnnie Walker Blue Label is the pinnacle of Blended Scotch Whisky making from Johnnie Walker. Only 1 out 10,000 casks is deemed to be of sufficient character to deliver its remarkably smooth signature taste, and these casks are drawn from the largest reserves of whisky in the world. Blue Label is a big flavoured whisky that reflects the Walker belief that neither whisky age alone, nor whisky from a single location, is enough to achieve the creation of a masterpiece today. Layers of big flavour, deep richness and smoke, layers of honey and fruit and an incredibly smooth finish deliver this truly rare character.

£159.00 (Including Engraving) – Buy Now

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Judging Panel Revealed in Inaugural Whisky Awards – Scotch Whisky News


Judging Panel Revealed in Inaugural Whisky Awards

The national awards programme for Scotch whisky has unveiled its judging panel as the competition opens for entry for the first time.

The Scottish Whisky Awards has recruited a panel of 45 experts including 7 of some of the world’s best whisky tasters who will be trusted to assess samples in the new annual competition.

Included in the international line-up are judges from across the UK as well as Taiwan, Canada, Netherlands, Sweden, France and Germany.  Many will gather in Edinburgh later this year to judge 16 categories which cover both business achievements and taste.

Professor Alan Wolstenholme, Chair of the Judging Panel, welcomed the news, commenting:

“Invitations to join the Scottish Whisky Awards have gone around the world and we are delighted at the positive responses which allow us to gather together one of the most influential and highly regarded whisky competitions of the current day.

“Scotch is in the middle of an exciting revival.  These awards will promote our unique position as the global leader in the craft of whisky distilling at home and abroad.  For Scottish distillers, blenders and bottlers, winning a Scottish Whisky Award will project our best products across the world and further promote our position as the home of whisky.”


Alan Wolstenholme, Chair of the Scottish Whisky Awards


The panel is split with judges serving on either a business panel or a taste panel.  The business panel assesses written entries which companies must submit in order to qualify for the taste competition.  The taste panel meets at the end of May in Edinburgh to assess what is expected to be one of the most exciting line ups of traditional and modern whiskies.

The taste competition will be operated under strict blind tasting conditions and will assess four main categories of Scotch; Single Malt, Blend, Blended Malt and a Speciality category.   Six business categories are also open to entry and include Brand Experience, Tourism Destination and Community Contribution.  The ultimate award of the programme is for Scottish Whisky Distillery of the Year, presented to the distillery team which has demonstrated a successful year in people, product and profit.

According to statistics published by HM Revenue and Customs, the export value of Scotch whisky grew by 7.8% to £4.7 billion in total last year, with exports to the US rising to £1.04 billion.

The programme has been created by PR and events company, KDMedia who have 17 years’ experience running awards events.


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/judging-panel-revealed-in-inaugural-whisky-awards-scotch-whisky-news/

Napa Valley Museum Yountville presents its 2nd Annual Tartan Day Whisky Tasting – Whisky News


Napa Valley Museum Yountville presents its
2nd Annual Tartan Day Whisky Tasting
at the CIA at Copia in Napa

Saturday, April 6, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Includes tour of the new “France is a Feast” Pop-Up Exhibit

March 7, 2019 Napa, California. The Napa Valley Museum Yountville brings its popular series of Whisky Tastings to the CIA at Copia in Napa, with more wonderful whiskies and surprising food pairings – curated by Scotch whisky expert James Forbes.

Gather your clan and head for the CIA at Copia in Napa on Saturday, April 6 at 6:00 pm, when we once again observe Tartan Day — that holiday celebrating the best of Scotland — with our 2nd Annual Tartan Day Whisky Tasting. You’ll first tour the pop-up version of our “France is a Feast” exhibit at 6:00; then the tasting starts at 6:30 pm (ends at 8:00 pm).

As last year’s sold-out Tartan Day tasting, and November’s sold-out exploration of “Splurge Worthy Whiskies” proved, single malt whiskies are more popular than ever – and of course, Scotland makes the best in the world! Explore Scotch whisky under the expert tutelage of James Forbes, creator of the Dramophone Whisky app (www.bearshead.com) and Chieftain of Scotland’s popular Lonach Highland Gathering Games (www.lonach.org). Learn to identify in greater depth Scotch’s different regions and how a distillery’s microclimate affects the taste of its whisky.  In the Napa Valley we are all experts at food pairing, so come and discover how Scotch Whisky is the answer to those tricky dishes that don’t naturally work with wine.

The evening includes a curated tasting of five great whiskies, food pairings, and a chance to tour the pop-up exhibit “France is a Feast: the Photographic Journey of Paul Julia Child.” Tickets are $50 Museum Members; $65 Non-members; $75 at the door.  The CIA at Copia is located at 500 1st Street, Napa, www.ciaatcopia.com. Want dinner after the Tasting? The Restaurant at CIA Copia is open until 10 p.m.; reservations available now at therestaurantatciacopia.com. 

Sláinte Mhath! 


The Napa Valley Museum Yountville is located at 55 Presidents Circle in Yountville, and is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 to 4 pm. The Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing unique experiences that enrich the cultural fabric of our community through exhibitions and educational outreach. For more information, call 707.944.0500, email info@napavalleymuseum.org, or visit our website at www.napavalleymuseum.org.


About the CIA at Copia: The CIA at Copia, located at 500 1st Street in downtown Napa,

is an immersive food lover’s destination, open to the public, as can only be imagined by The Culinary Institute of America, the world’s premier culinary college.  CIA has opened its doors to the public and invites guests to get lost in the exciting world of food and wine at this epicurean destination. Offering a state-of-the-art facility, complete with a stadium-sized teaching kitchen, demo theaters, an exclusive food museum featuring culinary artifacts, an Emporium selling gems you never knew you needed from one-of-a-kind kitchen antiques to hand-crafted culinary wares and wines by local artisans, and a gourmet restaurant, there is truly something for everyone.

Peruse the daily class schedule to enroll in a CIA-caliber cooking classes for the home chef (or spend a week in a bootcamp (if you dare), enjoy seasonal events including an outdoor screening series under the stars, or engage in food discussions with expert speaker panels. Take in the best views in downtown Napa from the outdoor garden, upper deck terrace, or amphitheater as you wind down  with a glass of wine in hand.  Let us entertain you, as we feed your curious mind and your hungry stomach.  For more information about The CIA at Copia, visit the website www.ciaatcopia.com and follow on Instagram (@CIAatCopia), Facebook (@CIAatCopia) and Twitter (@CIAatCopia).

Saturday, April 6, 2018 at 6:00 PM

2nd Annual Tartan Day Whisky Tasting

Tickets are $50 members; $65 non-members; $75 at the door (online sales end 12 pm 4/6)
Information and tickets at www.napavalleymuseum.org

Direct Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/napa-valley-museum-yountvilles-2nd-annual-tartan-day-whisky-tasting-tickets-58190437164

Contact: Laura Rafaty, Executive Director, Napa Valley Museum Yountville
laura@napavalleymuseum.org; Office (707) 944-0500 x 110; Mobile (415) 279-2652

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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


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


Hints of honey cured meats mingling with orange marmalade.


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/

Coming Soon – Springbank 21yo – Scotch Whisky News

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Coming Soon – Springbank 21yo 

We are delighted to confirm the upcoming release of the new Springbank 21yo 46%. This release will be available in Europe from Friday 15th March 2019. The latest edition of our 21yo was matured in 45% Port casks and 55% Rum casks and bottled at 46%. There are approximately 3600 bottles available worldwide.

Tasting Notes 

Nose: A delightful fruitiness bursts through; watermelon, strawberry laces, brambles and blueberries followed by crushed vanilla pods and glazed cherries.

Taste: Chocolate covered oranges and Caramel shortcake! Deliciously full bodied, with tropical fruit squash, gingerbread and dried mango.

Finish: A captivating Campbeltown Malt; sea salt, oily and fruity. Lemon sherbet, whipped cream, apple peel and salted pretzels complete this beautiful dram!

This bottling will be available in Europe from Friday 15th March 2019 – please note that the release date in various markets and countries is likely to vary. For details on when the Springbank 21yo is available near you please consult your preferred Springbank retailer or visit the “Where to Buy” section of our website to find a Springbank stockist.

  • The Campbeltown Cadenhead shop will be selling this bottle for £186.00
  • There will be a £10.00 discount for society members that can be applied to this bottle
  • This is not a Society exclusive release.

Society Bottle

And before we go, we would like to offer a gentle reminder that the new Society Bottle, the Longrow 11yo Refill Re-charred Sherry bottling, will be available to purchase online from 12 noon (GMT) on Monday 11th March 2019.

We will send you all an email with the relevant link once the page goes live.


The Springbank Team

To join the Springbank Society please contact them at Springbank Society society@springbank.scot

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/coming-soon-springbank-21yo-scotch-whisky-news/

Introducing GlenDronach Master Vintage 1993 (Limited Edition) – Scotch Whisky News


GlenDronach Master Vintage 1993 Aged 25 Years

GlenDronach have been on a quest for nearly two centuries, to master a signature style which is elegant, rich and robust, maturing The Glendronach in the finest sherry casks from Andalucia, Spain. Malt aficionados give the highest of praises to sherry casks laid down in 1993 and The GlenDronach 1993 Master Vintage shows that such reverence is well-deserved. A small number of Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks have been hand-selected to create a marriage of exceptional richness and complexity. The result is a truly masterful expression from The GlenDronach.

After twenty-five years in the finest sherry wood, The Glendronach 1993 Master Vintage is an  extraordinary limited edition Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Expect profound layers of  depth  and complexity, leading to an exceedingly long, voluptuous and memorable finish.

£250.00 – Buy Now

Unique | Different | Interesting


Buy GlenDronach Master Vintage 1993 Today

Tasting Notes

Colour: Mahogany with a golden walnut hue.

Nose: Rich brandy-laced fruitcake and marzipan on a base of smoked walnut and toasted sultana bread.

Taste: Sip cocoa-dusted coffee and sultana brioche enlivened by a twist of baked orange  rind and the juiciness of prune oil.

Finish: Savour the long velvet taste of rich cocoa and dates as pecan toffee lingers  into the sumptuous finish.

ABV: 48.2%

£250.00 Buy Now

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


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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GLENDRONACH 25 YEAR OLD 1993 MASTER VINTAGE at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News



Glendronach 25 Year Old 1993 Master Vintage Highland single malt Scotch whisky. Limited release matured in Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks. MAXIMUM 1 BOTTLE PER CUSTOMER. Nose: Rich brandy-laced fruitcake and marzipan on a base of smoked walnut and toasted sultana bread. Taste: Sip cocoa-dusted coffee and sultana brioche enlivened by a twist of baked orange rind and the juiciness of prune oil. Finish: Savour the long velvet taste of rich cocoa and dates as pecan toffee lingers into the sumptuous finish.

Shop – GlenDronach Master Vintage – $282.03

Glendronach Distillery was established north east of Huntley in the Highland whiskey region by James Allardice in 1826. The malting floors at Glendronach Distillery closed in 1996 and it was the last distillery in Scotland to heat its stills directly with flames from a coal-fired furnace, until it had to comply with new regulations in 2005. Glendronach Distillery is resplendent with a traditional cask iron mash tun, wooden washbacks, four stills. Famous for its well-aged and top quality sherried single malt, for example Glendronach 21 Year Old Parliament, and single cask releases. The distillery is now owned by Brown Forman of America.

TWB 337

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Longrow 11yo Refill Re-charred Sherry Society bottle – Scotch Whisky News

Springbank Society

Springbank Society 

New Society Exclusive Release: Longrow 11yo Refill Re-charred Sherry, 56.9%

It is about time we released a new Society Bottling, don’t you think? Planning for this release started months ago in Springbank Towers so we are all just as excited as you guys that this bottling is almost here – not long to go now!

This Longrow 11yo Re-fill Re-charred Sherry bottling is available from 12pm (GMT) on Monday 11th March and will be sold online through the Cadenhead’s website  –  we will provide a link via email to allow you to purchase a bottle when the web page goes live. Email and phone orders will not be accepted.

Cask type;    Refill re-charred sherry butts

Distilled;    November 2007

Bottled;     March 2019

Strength;    56.9%

Outturn;    2,250 bottles

Price;         £55.00

Tasting Notes :

Nose : Toffee apples, orange peel and marmalade shreds. Burnt caramel and Jaffa cakes

Taste : Chocolate eclairs, smoked beef jerky, chunky peanut butter and pistachio

Finish : Ginger, sea salt, smoked gouda cheese, milk chocolate, raisins, walnuts and pumpkin pie

Please note: You will require your society number. If you are unsure of what your society number is please contact us at the usual email address: society@springbank.scot.

The Longrow 11yo, 56.9%, Society bottle is limited to one per member.  Should stock remain after initial orders have been processed, we will make a further announcement to alert members that they can purchase a second bottle.

Once again, the bottles will go on sale at 12pm (GMT) and a link will be provided in an email when the web page goes live on the day of sale. Full terms of sale will be included on the web page too.

If you have any questions in the meantime ( on how to join the Society), please email us: society@springbank.scot


The Springbank Team

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/longrow-11yo-refill-re-charred-sherry-society-bottle-scotch-whisky-news/