A. SMITH BOWMAN DISTILLERY AWARDED TWO GOLD MEDALS AT THE 2019 SAN FRANCISCO WORLD SPIRITS COMPETITION – American Whiskey News

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A. SMITH BOWMAN DISTILLERY AWARDED TWO GOLD MEDALS AT THE 2019 SAN FRANCISCO WORLD SPIRITS COMPETITION

Three A. Smith Bowman spirits received Bronze 

FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA (May 16, 2019) – At this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition, two Gold medals were awarded to whiskies from A. Smith Bowman Distillery. Its John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon and Abraham Bowman Limited Edition Port Finished Bourbon each received top honors. Three other A. Smith Bowman spirits received Bronze for a total of five medals among the near 3,000 competing spirits.

Gold

  • John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Abraham Bowman Limited Edition Port Finished Bourbon Whiskey

Bronze

  • Bowman Brothers Small Batch Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Abraham Bowman Limited Edition Vanilla Bean Virginia Whiskey
  • Isaac Bowman Port Finished Bourbon Whiskey

Forty-four of the industry’s finest spirits experts reviewed each entry in a blind taste test to award top selected spirits. All Silver, Gold, Double Gold and Premium awarded whiskies will be featured in the August 2019 issue of The Tasting Panel Magazine. Results from the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition can be found at http://sfspiritscomp.com/results/overview.

About A. Smith Bowman

  1. Smith Bowman’s distilling roots date back to the years before Prohibition when the Bowman family had a granary and dairy farm in Sunset Hills, Virginia. They used excess grain from the family estate to distill spirits. In 1934, after the Repeal of Prohibition, Abram Smith Bowman and his sons continued the family tradition and built a more modern distillery in Fairfax County, Virginia called Sunset Hills Farm.  The Distillery was moved in 1988 and is now nestled in Spotsylvania County near the city of Fredericksburg, 60 miles away from the original location.

As a small and privately owned company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery continues the time-honored traditions on which it was founded. Considered a micro-distillery by today’s standards, A. Smith Bowman produces an assortment of hand-crafted spirits distilled from only the finest natural ingredients and using the latest technology. This micro-distillery focuses on the production of premium spirits honoring the legacy of Virginia’s first settlers. Its various brands have won more than 100 awards in the past five years, including “World’s Best Bourbon” in 2016 for its Abraham Bowman Port Finished Bourbon and again in 2017 for its John J. Bowman Single Barrel at the World Whisky Awards.  For more information on A. Smith Bowman, please visit www.asmithbowman.com.

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TWO BARTON 1792 DISTILLERY BOURBONS AWARDED DOUBLE GOLD AT 2019 SAN FRANCISCO WORLD SPIRITS COMPETITION – American Whiskey News

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TWO BARTON 1792 DISTILLERY BOURBONS AWARDED DOUBLE GOLD AT 2019 SAN FRANCISCO WORLD SPIRITS COMPETITION

Four other Barton 1792 whiskies awarded silver 

BARDSTOWN, kENTUCKY (May 15, 2019) –The 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition announced this year’s results, awarding Double Gold to two bourbons from Barton 1792 Distillery. In total, whiskies from Barton 1792 Distillery received six medals from the competition out of the record breaking 3,000 spirits entered.

Double Gold

  • 1792 Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Very Old Barton 90 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Silver

  • 1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Very Old Barton 80 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Kentucky Tavern Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Zachariah Harris Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 

Forty-four of the industry’s finest spirits experts reviewed each entry in a blind taste test to award top selected spirits. All Silver, Gold, Double Gold and Premium awarded whiskies will be featured in the August 2019 issue of The Tasting Panel Magazine. Results from the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition can be found at http://sfspiritscomp.com/results/overview. 

About Barton 1792 Distillery

Barton 1792 Distillery is part of Barton Brands.  Barton Brands has facilities in Bardstown, Ky., Carson, Calif., and Baltimore, Md. Barton Brands is owned by the Sazerac Company, an American family-owned company based in New Orleans, La. Barton 1792 Distillery was established in 1879 and continues today as the oldest fully-operating Distillery in the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” The Distillery is located on 196 acres and includes 28 warehouses, 22 other buildings, the Morton Spring and the Tom Moore Spring.  Distilling, aging and bottling fine Bourbon whiskey are hallmarks of the historic Barton 1792 Distillery. 1792 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is produced at Barton 1792 Distillery. This whiskey is named for the year Kentucky became a state and is the recent gold medal winner at the 2017 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition. To learn more visit www.1792bourbon.com.

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Kilchoman STR Cask Matured at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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Kilchoman STR Cask Matured

Distilled in 2008, this limited edition single malt whisky from Islay has been matured in special STR (shaved, toasted and re-charred) casks. This process adds a great interaction from the cask, resulting in a big and bold flavours.

“Rarely have I tasted such a fruit-forward Kilchoman that accentuates the peaty, smoky character rather than masking it. The summer fruits and citrus combine with an earthy peat smoke character to create a combination of flavours that I haven’t tasted in our whiskies before.”

James Wills, Sales and Marketing Manager

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GEORGE DICKEL ENTERS BOTTLED IN BOND CATEGORY WITH 13-YEAR-OLD LIMITED RELEASE – American Whiskey News

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GEORGE DICKEL ENTERS BOTTLED IN BOND CATEGORY WITH 13-YEAR-OLD LIMITED RELEASE 

Cascade Hollow Distilling Company Releases Latest Innovation that’s a High Quality Whisky and Great Buy for Whisky Lovers 

TULLAHOMA, TN, May 15, 2019 – In 1897, the federal government enacted The Bottled in Bond Act to help guarantee a spirit’s authenticity and quality. Fast forward more than 120 years, Nicole Austin – General Manager and Distiller of Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. – is trying her hand at this special offering and reinforcing George Dickel’s commitment to making unique, high quality whisky available at a great value with the release of George Dickel Bottled in Bond as her first innovation since joining the company in 2018.

George Dickel Bottled in Bond Tennessee Whisky is a limited release, 13-year-old whisky that has already racked up a score of 95 (on a scale of 100) and earned the designation of “Best Buy” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Additionally, George Dickel Bottled in Bond took home a Gold medal this spring at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

At 100-proof (50% ABV), George Dickel Bottled in Bond offers a bold and assertive profile with a well-balanced finish highlighted by tastes of light honey, tropical fruit, warm spices, and a touch of leather. George Dickel Bottled in Bond has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $35.99, making it a must-try for whisky lovers.

The first bottles of George Dickel Bottled in Bond will be available for purchase in the Bottle Shop at Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. this Friday, May 17, and then will roll out to retailers nationwide later in the month. For information on the distillery and Visitor’s Center, please visit www.georgedickel.com.

“We wanted George Dickel Bottled in Bond to be rooted in authenticity, quality and truth, reflective of the values we feel are most important when making Tennessee’s finest whisky,” said Austin. “The aged whisky stocks we have access to here at Cascade Hollow are absolutely beautiful, and it’s important to me that we create whisky that’s sure to be a great value for the quality you’re getting.”

To be labeled as Bottled in Bond, a spirit must be: composed only of the same class and type of spirits, the product of one distillation season by one distillery (distilled by Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. at Cascade Hollow Distillery, DSP-TN-2, during the fall season of 2005), unaltered from the original condition or character, stored in oak containers a federally bonded warehouse under U.S. government supervision  (stored at Cascade Hollow Distillery in Tullahoma, TN) for at least four years (13 years old) and bottled at 100 proof (50% ABV) and reduced in proof only by the addition of water to not less than 100 proof. George Dickel Bottled in Bond has been aged and bottled according to this special set of regulations from the U.S. government’s Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits.

While Nicole Austin recommends first trying the whisky neat or on the rocks to realize the full flavor profile, George Dickel Bottled in Bond can also lend a beautiful backbone to popular cocktails like the Old Fashioned or Manhattan.

George Dickel Bottled in Bond has a mash bill of 84% corn, 8% rye and 8% malted barley. It is chill charcoal mellowed like the rest of the George Dickel Tennessee Whisky portfolio, which helps it get that the smooth mouthfeel for which the brand is best known.

As with all the whiskies in the George Dickel family, your friends at Cascade Hollow encourage you to sip this new offering the same way it’s made – slowly and responsibly.

About George Dickel Tennessee Whisky 

Back in the late 1800’s, George Dickel worked to fulfill his dream for crafting the smoothest Tennessee Whisky around.  Over a century later, we continue to honor George’s timeless values and tradition.   Legend has it that early on George discovered that whisky made in the cold winter months tasted smoother.  Today we honor this tradition by chilling our whisky before filtering it through sugar-maple charcoal so it’s mellow as moonlight just how George liked.  For more information, please visit www.GeorgeDickel.com and always remember to drink responsibly.

About DIAGEO

DIAGEO is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan’s whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.

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

 Follow us on Twitter for news and information about DIAGEO North America: @Diageo_NA.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/06/george-dickel-enters-bottled-in-bond-category-with-13-year-old-limited-release-american-whiskey-news/

SEDUCTIVE SILKIE IRISH WHISKEY LAUNCHES IN UK – Irish Whiskey News

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SEDUCTIVE SILKIE IRISH WHISKEY LAUNCHES IN UK

Fresh from widespread acclaim in its homeland, the award-winning and legendary Silkie blended Irish whiskey is now available to UK drinkers. Named after the mythical seals that transform into irresistible maidens when ashore Donegal’s beaches, the whiskey is as smooth as its name suggests.  Available from Amazon, Master of Malt and Whisky Exchange at an RRP of £32.99 for 70cl (40%ABV).

Created by James Doherty, a returning Donegal ‘scatterling’, Silkie is made from a blend of carefully selected malt and grain whiskeys.  By using a higher malt percentage – with malts aged up to eight years including some sherry wood – James is able to produce a signature-soft mouth feel and silken, easy character.

On the nose, Silkie evokes brisk green apples opening to a more honeyed butteryness. On the palate, it suggests orange zest, digestive biscuits and stem ginger, all with the signature softness. The rich, sweet taste provides a sublimely gentle finish.

Commenting on the arrival into the UK, James Doherty, Managing Director, Sliabh Liag Distillers said: “As a young lad, my mother used to tell me all about the silkies emerging from the wild Atlantic ocean and beguiling the men they encountered.  We’ve worked hard to create a blended Irish whiskey that is rich, soft and very easy-drinking and are confident drinkers across the UK who encounter our Silkie will be as equally mesmerised by it as the Donegal seafarers of old were by its namesake.”

Given its soft character, Silkie can easily be enjoyed neat but also works superbly as an Old Fashioned cocktail, especially if rhubarb bitters are used instead of the traditional Angostura variety. For a more refreshing drink, a “Silkie Rua” – Silkie with ginger ale garnished with an orange peel twist hits the spot.

Notes 

  • Sliabh Liag (pronounced ‘sleeve league’) Distillers is committed to reclaiming the distilling heritage of Donegal. In addition to Silkie, the company also produces An Dúlamán Irish Maritime Gin at its distillery, near Carrick.  Planning has also been submitted for a new distillery at Ardara, co Donegal.
  • Silkie and An Dúlamán are both distributed by Vine Distribution Services in the UK. Established in 2000, Vine Distribution Services (VDS UK Limited) are importers and distributors of premium drinks and other FMCG brands in the UK. Founded by Steve Brown and Paul Macgregor, VDS is a sales, marketing and distribution company that specialises in the development of premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic brands.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/05/seductive-silkie-irish-whiskey-launches-in-uk-irish-whiskey-news/

Feis Ile 2019: Ardbeg Drum – Pre-order Now From Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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A Taste of the Islay Festival

Festival season is in full swing and the biggest of them all kicked off this week on Islay. Every year, the Queen of the Hebrides sees its population swell with whisky lovers from around the world, all eager to get their hands on the highly sought-after festival bottlings from each of the island’s distilleries.

Didn’t make the trip? Not to worry – we’ve got the limited edition Ardbeg Drum available to pre-order now so you can get a taste of the festival from the comfort of your own home!

Ardbeg Drum

70cl / 46% abv

Every year Ardbeg release a limited edition to celebrate Ardbeg Day at the Islay Festival and 2019’s release is Ardbeg Drum, inspired by Islay’s history of carnivals. In a first for Ardbeg, this release has been matured in ex-bourbon casks and then rested for a time in ex-rum casks from the Americas.

£99

Expected w/c 3rd June

Pre-Order Now

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BBQ pioneer teams up with Johnnie Walker Black – Scotch Whisky News

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BBQ pioneer teams up with Johnnie Walker Black

Introducing Berber Q’s Johnnie Ginger  –

“Celebrate National BBQ Week with a Johnnie Ginger at Berber Q Grill House”

Get down to Berber Q this National BBQ Week to experience their Johnnie Walker Johnnie Ginger; the perfect pre-dinner drink for your BBQ banquet!

The limited edition cocktail was crafted by Josh Katz, founder of London’s trendy BBQ joint, Berber Q, to celebrate National BBQ Week. Expertly designed to complement Berber’s famous Joojeh Chicken Kebab, the charred and smokey notes of the chicken are perfectly countered by the light and summery cocktail.

Available at Berber Q Grill House from 27th May – 2nd June and priced at £9 the Johnnie Walker, Johnnie Ginger is a smooth start to your barbecue and works wonderfully well for al fresco dining and summer sunshine.

No fear if you miss the rush to get a table at Berber Q, the Johnnie Walker, Johnnie Ginger is easily recreated at home with every day, store bought items – please find the recipe below.

Josh Katz, founder of Berber Q commented: “What a taste experience, the Johnnie Walker Johnnie Ginger is the perfect start to a barbecue and pairs perfectly with our house Joojeh Chicken Kebabs. The smokeyness of the charred chicken is offset by the smooth whisky and is given a spicy lift by the inclusion of ginger ale. You’ll have to move quickly if you want to sample the Johnnie Walker, Johnnie Ginger in its true home, although, it’s a cinch to make at home if you can’t make it to our restaurant.”

Berber Q Grill House is an East London BBQ restaurant by barbecue pioneer Josh Katz. Inspired by the ingredients and flavours of the Middle East, North Africa and across the Ottoman, Berber Q is flourishing in the ever popular BBQ market.

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338 Acton Mews

Haggerston

London

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Johnnie Walker – Johnnie Ginger (2 units):

The recipe:

50ml Johnnie Walker Black

15ml lime juice

35ml pressed Granny Smith apple juice

35ml ginger ale

And a little pinch of Zaatar for that Berber touch

The method:

Shake the mix with one ice cube for no longer than 5 seconds

Place the mix in a High-ball glass filled with ice

Top it all up with ginger ale

Garnish with a dehydrated apple wheel and mint sprig

Please drink responsibly and do not forward to anyone under the age of 18.

About Diageo

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan’s whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.

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

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/05/bbq-pioneer-teams-up-with-johnnie-walker-black-scotch-whisky-news/

BenRiach, Glendronach & Glenglassaugh at The Whisky Shop #SFO May 31st, 2019 – Scotch Whisky News

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Friday, May 31st 5-7PM: 

 BenRiach, Glendronach, and Glenglassaugh 

One of our most popular scotch tastings returns! BenRiach, Glendronach, and Glenglassaugh will be tasted at this event, presented by whisky expert Rory Glasgow. With a wide pourlist of new and rare scotches to share, both scotch connoisseurs and newcomers to the the world of traditional single malt are sure to enjoy this tasting.

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The Cotswolds Distillery “Join us at our Summer Festival!” – English Whisky News

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JOIN US AT OUR SUMMER FESTIVAL

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We are very excited to announce that we are holding a summer festival on Saturday 17th August – the Cotswolds Distillery Festival. We will be bringing together some of the best live music, delicious food and drink here at our distillery in the beautiful surroundings of the North Cotswolds. For a limited time only, we will be offering Early Bird discounted tickets, so don’t miss out!

From 12pm – 8pm you’ll be able to relax and enjoy a day filled with incredible blues, jazz, swing and rock music from 7 different acts, including the legendary swing, rhythm blues band King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys, 1970’s rock band Yellow Dog with their hit song ‘Just One More Night’ and Hipkiss fronted by Patsy Gamble and Muddy Manninen (ex. Wishbone Ash).

We have chosen a number of local food producers from the Cotswolds, so whether you’d like pizza, paella, tacos or a BBQ, we are guaranteed to have something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. Of course, being a distillery, there will also be plenty of refreshments! We will be serving our award-winning Outstanding Natural Spirits throughout the day from cloudy GTs to cocktails, and our good friends from Hook Norton Brewery will have a large range of beers to choose from.

If you’d like to take advantage of our discounted tickets then please head to our website via the link below where you can purchase tickets. Early Bird tickets cost £20 each and tickets for children under the age of 16 cost £5.

BUY TICKETS HERE

 

If you have any questions, please get in touch at events@cotswoldsdistillery.com. Free parking will be available onsite all day during the festival. Keep an eye out on our social media platforms for more information and updates on the festival.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/05/the-cotswolds-distillery-join-us-at-our-summer-festival-english-whisky-news/

Spring Scotch Specials – K&L Exclusives at Terrific Pricing – Scotch Whisky News

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Deep Discounts on Collectible, Aged Scotch

It’s time for a little Spring cleaning here at KL, so we’ve sharpened our pencils and slashed the prices on a set of aged Scotches that are sure to tempt more than a few collectors. This set represents some of the finest values you’ll find in Scotch, anywhere. From the extraordinary 29 Year Old Single Grain from Cambus to the amazingly soft and seductive 30 Year Old Strathclyde, these are delightfully unique bottlings you won’t find anywhere else and at prices that will make your jaw drop. This is a last-of-bin offer, so once they are gone, they are gone for good. This is a terrific opportunity to stock up, while saving a bundle!

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1995 Loch Lomond (“All Malt”) 22 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Previously $90)
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We have two amazing rarities from the reclusive Loch Lomond distillery this year. A unique facility, Loch Lomond makes every type of whisky they need for their blends in house. This means they operate a huge number of both pot stills and column stills. They make whisky in damn near every combination, from heavily peated single malts to peat-free malt and multiple varieties of grain whisky. This 22 year old is technically a single grain, but as grain whisky can be made from any grain, this so happens to be made from malted barley. Think of this as a much, much older version of Nikka Coffey Malt. As fans of our extensive grain program know, when grain whisky gets over the two decade mark, it’s a whole new ballgame. The richness of time shows itself in what is otherwise a traditional blended whisky filler. Add to that the inherent complexity of malt as the grain for this cask and you’ve got fireworks. At first subtle, but building steadily into a crescendo of fruit, fudge, and spice, this is a sexy little number to add to your drinking portfolio.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 13, 2018

Here is a weird one! I’ve never had a grain whisky anything like this little puppy. The distillery, which has since changed hands, used to get in lots of trouble trying to sell this stuff as “pure malt” before the SWA banned the terminology. Now we’re the beneficiaries of those oddball experiments. The nose is filled with vibrant orchard fruit, much more expressive than most grain whiskies at this age. Subtle hints of green tea, toasted sour dough, vanilla wafers. The palate has tons of green apple, white pepper, sugar candies and fresh herbs. A playful example of the interesting things that happen when you distill 100% malt mash on a column still!

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1990 Port Dundas 28 Year Old “Sovereign” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Previously $100) $79.99

Built in 1811, Port Dundas grew throughout the 19th and early 20th century by absorbing neighboring producers. It quickly became Scotland’s largest distillery. During its long history on the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal in Glasgow, this grain whisky powerhouse provided much of the juice for the Johnnie Walker and White Horse blended whiskies. With Diageo’s expansion and modernization of Cameronbridge in the early 2000s, production at Port Dundas ceased, and in 2011 the landmark site was completely demolished. That closure makes this 28 year old single grain whisky a veritable piece of history. And at the same time, one of the most affordable ghost distilleries available on the market. Nearly every time we have the opportunity to purchase old grain from Port Dundas at this kind of price, we have to take it. The whisky is too enjoyable to pass up. Just as it’s been a workhorse for blenders for 200 years, it’s a workhorse in nearly every KL staff member’s whisky collection.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 17, 2019

I often talk about how Single Grain shouldn’t be seen as some type of Single Malt light or an offshoot of bourbon, but should really be treated as a stand-alone category that should be judged on its own merits. That’s why we thought it was so important to offer a diverse selection of well-aged grain at reasonable prices. We’ve managed to amass a collection of nearly ever active grain distillery (save for Girvan) along with several ghost distillers, all in the $100 range and absolutely delicious. Anybody who can wrap their brains and palates around the subtle complexities of grain whisky should consider amassing as many of these awesome examples as they can afford, not only for the exquisite learning experience, but simply because we’re not sure when we’ll have this kind of broad access again. This lovely Port Dundas is not the typical thing we get on these grains. Subtle is normally the name of the game, but this Dundas pops right out of the glass with a tinned pineapple, bake apples, toffee and lemon meringue. The oak is very much on the back burner with the vibrant, zesty fruit taking over. Touches of savory cereal qualities come in for a growing finish that goes darker and exhibits tiny bits of oak char and vanilla bean. A fun one that’s more expressive than your average grain.

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1988 Cambus 29 Year Old “Sovereign” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Previously $100) $89.99

The shuttererd Cambus distillery had a spectacular history in the development of modern whisky and has had an equally important, albeit shorter and more recent, history in KL’s direct import program. At the dawn of the 20th century, not everyone was in agreement that grain whisky produced on a Coffey still could actually be considered whisky. The extraordinary quality of Cambus was a key component in establishing that precedent, which is a huge part of today’s whisky trade. In fact, for many years, Cambus formed a large portion of Johnnie Walker Blue. Unfortunately for whisky fans everywhere, Cambus was closed by Diageo in 1993. As a result, every dram is a piece of history and one step closer to the extinction of a classic. With stocks dwindling, we are thrilled that we have yet again been able to grab a cask for your and our drinking pleasure. Nearly 30 years in barrel has resulted in this grain whisky being devilishly smooth. The soft fruit and surprisingly subtle barrel influence goes down much too easily.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 17, 2019

I often talk about how Single Grain shouldn’t be seen as some type of Single Malt light or an offshoot of bourbon, but should really be treated as a stand-alone category that should be judged on its own merits. That’s why we thought it was so important to offer a diverse selection of well-aged grain at reasonable prices. We’ve managed to amass a collection of nearly ever active grain distillery (save for Girvan) along with several ghost distillers, all in the $100 range and absolutely delicious. Anybody who can wrap their brains and palates around the subtle complexities of grain whisky should consider amassing as many of these awesome examples as they can afford, not only for the exquisite learning experience, but simply because we’re not sure when we’ll have this kind of broad access and outrageous pricing again. This Cambus is probably the friendliest of the set. Having seen significant evaporation in its nearly 30 years, the bottle is light on its feet, but no slouch. Expect a head blast of shaved coconut and spiced apple. The palate is easy and round with a tiny salinity that keeps it exciting. Long and easy, the subtle coconut continues but brings in a sweet taffy and caramel covered nougat. I hate to say “a beginner’s grain”, because I don’t want to scare away the initiated, but this one will pass anyone’s smell test.

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1988 North British 30 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Previously $120) $99.99

A co-op of sorts, the North British distillery was founded in Edinburgh in 1885 by a group of gentlemen looking to break into the grain whisky business. At the time, there was a virtual monopoly on grain production controlled by a company called DCL. North British found great success and has grown its production over the years due to the tremendous quality and quantity of their primarily maize or wheat distillate. The knock-on effects of this enormous production are incredibly inexpensive, yet quite well-aged stocks of premium grain whisky on the blending and independent bottling market. Something of a wheelhouse for KL, we are always excited to bring great old grain into California whenever we can. Even if you don’t believe you’ve tasted North British before, you almost certainly have. Its sweet grain whisky finds its way into such notable blends as Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark, Chivas Regal, and JB. In a great irony, these blends (and the North British distillery itself) are all owned by Edrington and Diageo, the direct outgrowth and descendants of DCL, the company that North British was founded to compete with in the first place. No matter! The whisky is delicious, it’s inexpensive, it’s available, and it’s ready to drink!

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 14, 2019

The plethora of old grain in our portfolio at the moment shows just how much we think of these bottles. They offer some of the best value on the planet in the Brown Water category. I mean seriously, 30 year old cask strength whisky for a buck twenty? In 2019?!? The NB30 bottle is decadent. It’s creamy, loaded with syrup, citrus peel, vanilla and a bit of nougat. The finish flourishes with loads of sweet barrel spice. At 49.4%, it’s almost too friendly.

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1987 Strathclyde 30 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Previously $120) $99.99

What began as a neutral spirit facility in 1927 to produce buckets of gin has grown into one of the most successful grain whisky operations on the planet. Starting in ’57, for nearly 20 years it also discretely housed a malt facility going by the name of Kinclaith before being converted to focus exclusively on grain whisky. While historically some of the distillate would end up in Ballantine’s and Teacher’s blended whiskies, the distillery is owned today by Chivas Brothers. The grain production is wheat based giving this 30 year old whisky an amazingly soft and creamy feel.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 14, 2019

Round, like a loaf of freshly baked bread, the nose of this whisky makes no secret about the fact that it’s going to be a soft and easy drinker. It just smells comforting and pleasant, like a warm, corner store bakery. A little sweet spice of wood comes through the nose, but the magic really happens when you get around to tasting it. Honeyed graham crackers, nutmeg, and cinnamon coat your palate, as a little browned butter shines through. Toast sprinkled with vanilla sugar comes to mind. It’s full and gentle, but with a slight piquant note from the 51.8% cask strength. It’s one of those ‘practically perfect in every way’ kinda whiskies.

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