Happy Holidays from Sullivans Cove



Dear Supporters,

It’s been an incredible year for us at Sullivans Cove, so we’d like to take the chance to say thank you for all your support, and to reflect on our achievements in 2018.

Topping this list was winning “World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt” for a 16 year old bottling of our American Oak (Cask HH0351) at the World Whiskies Awards. Following this, we broke the record for the highest price ever paid for an Australian whisky, just under $12,000, and were able to donate all of the proceeds to charity. As our second major global award after being named “World’s Best Single Malt” in 2014, this year’s win solidifies Sullivans Cove’s position as one of the most highly-awarded whisky distilleries in the world.

Our other major milestone was our Head Distiller Patrick Maguire’s induction into the global Whisky Hall of Fame. This was a huge moment both for him personally and for us as a distillery. Pat is only the second Aussie ever inducted, and it places him among a small group of the most influential whisky personalities in the world.

Sullivans Cove successfully launched two new products with our XO Single Cask and XO Double Cask brandies that are already winning international awards both for taste and design. We’ve also launched a new series of limited edition whiskies beginning with our American Oak Tawny release, and we’ve made an incredible collaboration whisky with Melbourne bar Whisky Alement, all of which were huge successes.

We’ve also had fantastic events and tastings across Australia, the UK and Singapore, partnering with some of the most respected whisky bars and retailers in each country. Our friends in the industry have been making good use of Sullivans Cove barrels, too, with barrel-aged beer from Last Rites, cider from Willie Smiths, and even chocolate from Loving Earth hitting the market in 2018.

At the distillery, our Cellar Door team have done an amazing job making our tours and tastings more interactive and engaging, and we continue to see more visitors from Australia and overseas every day. If you’ve never been to the distillery, or if it’s been a couple of years since you’ve had a chance to visit, we’d love to have you around for a whisky or two in 2019.

There’s even been a few new additions to the Sullivans Cove family with several of our team welcoming new babies this year, so huge congratulations to them. We’re building the next generation of distillers both figuratively and literally around here!

Next year is the 25th anniversary of the founding of Sullivans Cove, another incredible milestone both for us and the Australian whisky industry as a whole. You can expect to see big celebrations and a couple of very special whisky launches, as well as plenty of fun projects, events and improvements.

Wishing you all the very best this holiday season, and from all of us to you, thank you!


The Sullivans Cove Team

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/12/happy-holidays-from-sullivans-cove/

Cadenhead’s London “A Year Of Taste”- Scotch Whisky News

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A Year Of Taste

Before we sign off for the year we have one final newsletter for 2018. We don’t really have anything new for you, just wanted to have a quick catch up before you all settle down for the holiday season with your selected drams.

2018 has been an incredible year, in which we had the opportunity to share some amazing whiskies rums with our old and new customers. It was a year of surprises and lessons, as time after time we learnt to look beyond the label.

We were particularly proud to release several stunning young whiskies, which showed us how much wood treatment has improved over the years. Of course we should not forget about the older drams, which as expected, made people excited and thirsty for more mature flavours.

We were glad to see how our world whisky range expanded with numerous excellent drams. One of the really interesting ones was the English 8, which completely caught us off-guard, imagine, in our very own homeland.

There were several favourites over this year, such as Mortlach 29, Ben Nevis 21, Linkwood 30 and Ledaig 20, giving wonderful older expressions from these distilleries. For us, bottling such whiskies is a calling and dedication, which we happily share with our customers.


Where we have a few bottles left, we have linked to them…


  1. Creations 10.
  2. Macduff 29.
  3. Paul John 6 SB / Kilkerran 12 (Yes 2 at No 3)
  4. Ledaig 20
  5. Mortlach 29


  1. Kilkerran 12 46%
  2. Paul John 6 SB
  3. Cameronbridge 29
  4. Speyside 23
  5. Fettercairn 29


  1. Kilkerran 11
  2. Paul John 6
  3. Laphroaig 20
  4. Springbank 21
  5. Cameronbridge 29 (London Label)


The top whiskies  chosen by the people in 2018 – the best of the best, or assumed maybe?

In reverse order…

No 10. Springbank (Any and all)

No 9. Dailuaine 13 46%

No 8. Kilkerran 8 Cask Strength

No 6. Fettercairn 29

No 4. Linkwood 30

No 3. Speyside 23

No 2. Paul John 6 S/Batch

No 1. Cameronbridge 29 (London Label)

So, what do you think?

Let me point out first, why the almighty Springbank range is No10 in the list. It was due the pressure on the supply on demand.

On the other end we had the amazing (and controversial) Cameronbridge 29, which caused tears of joy, mostly. The Cameronbridge 29 was selected by one of the London Tasting Panels, and it even visited a few of the Vintage 21+ tastings and private events leading to those who tried it to love it. For some club members Cameronbridge was a dram of some controversy because it was NOT and Islay or Littlemill. Given it was tasted by a lot of people and liked by over 75% of those on the panels, it was also one of the most popular whiskies of the year.


This year consisted of numerous tastings, which we did in and outside of the shop. It seems that the demand for such tastings is getting higher and next year looks thirstier than ever for our organised tasting sessions. We will be introducing a new type of tasting, which will provide people with a whole set of new flavoursome adventures in the world of spirits.

We here at the London shop were really impressed by the great work done in our Campbeltown office and it seems that success is continuing next year as well. If you want to be part of this and jump on the train of the winners, keep yourself updated by joining the club, we have the Cadenhead Club and Springbank Society packs available in the store right now, for more info call us on 0207 935 6999

Shop opening hours December 24th To January 5th

  • Monday 24th Christmas Eve 10:30AM – 4:00PM, orders can be collected until 6:30PM
  • Tuesday 25th Closed
  • Wednesday 26th Closed
  • Thursday 27th 11AM – 5:30PM
  • Friday 28th 11AM – 6:30PM
  • Saturday 29th 10:30AM – 6:30PM
  • Sunday 30th Closed
  • Sundays as normal
  • Monday 31st 10:30AM – 4:30PM
  • Tuesday 1st January 2019 Closed
  • Wednesday 2nd 11AM – 6:00PM
  • Thursday 3rd 11AM – 6:00PM
  • Friday 4th 11AM – 6:00PM
  • Saturday 5th 10:30Am – 6:30PM

Regretfully, we will not be sending anymore web orders until December 27th.

We at Cadenhead’s Whisky shop London, would like to wish you a merry Christmas and Happy new Year!

Cadenheads Whisky Shop Tasting Room
26 Chiltern Street, London, W1U 7QF

AA Cadenheads

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/12/cadenheads-london-a-year-of-taste-scotch-whisky-news/

Stourbridge 2019 Tickets on Sale Now!

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22-23 MARCH 2019
– Stourbridge Town Hall –

We are delighted to kick 2019 off by welcoming you to Stourbridge Town Hall for a two-day whisky extravaganza. Joined by over 50 brands and more than 300 whiskies on taste, this year’s show is set to be a big one. We’ve also released a small number of Early Bird tickets for both days this year so grab them early before they’re all gone!




We know how interesting it is to taste old and perculier bottlings from a bygone era so Nickolls Perks will be presenting you with the Old Rare bar. You’ll find whiskies from closed distilleries, old bottlings from the 80s, 70s and even older, amongst many more.


Looking to get a further insight into tasting some seriously spectacular whisky? Look no further than our range of masterclasses on offer. In the past years we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming the likes of George S Grant from Glenfarclas, Richard Patterson AKA ‘The Nose’ and Laphroaig Distillery Manager John Campbell.

Masterclass information and tickets coming soon.


Midlands Venue

It’s just a few days until Christmas and we’re feeling festive so we thought we’d release Early Bird tickets for both days this year saving you £5. Hurry! We don’t expect them to last very long.

Early Bird Friday ticket £30 £35
Early Bird Saturday ticket £35 £40
Premium Saturday ticket £75



Friday 22nd 6pm – 9:30pm
(9:10pm last pour)
Saturday 23rd 12pm – 5:00pm
(4:40pm last pour)

Please arrive early to avoid potential queues


Stourbridge Town Hall
(opposite Nickolls Perks’ Shop)
Crown Lane

Click HERE for directions

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/12/stourbridge-2019-tickets-on-sale-now/

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 229: Laphroaig Select – Scotch Whisky News


Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 229: Laphroaig Select

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, tries another Laphroaig. The Laffie Select jumps on the bandwagon of the NAS hype. The name Select points to the selection of casks that was used for the composition of this new release, being oloroso sherry butts, PX seasoned hogsheads, quarter casks and straight American white oak (probably virgin wood). According to the website, this enabled them to discover 6 new taste combinations. The final selection for bottling was done by their fanbase, the Friends of Laphroaig.


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/12/marks-whisky-ramblings-229-laphroaig-select-scotch-whisky-news/

Hankey Bannister 21 Year Old Expression re-launched as new blend and design unveiled – Scotch Whisky News

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Hankey Bannister 21 Year Old Expression re-launched as new blend and design unveiled

Hankey Bannister, the award-winning blended Scotch whisky from International Beverage, has today (Thursday 13th December) unveiled a striking new design and blend for its 21 Year Old Partners’ Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky.

The company’s Master Blender Stuart Harvey has hand selected rare and exceptional casks to craft the blend, each allowed to rest for a minimum of 21 years in the finest Spanish ex-sherry and ex-bourbon oak, as well as American oak ex-bourbon casks. The result is an indulgent and luxurious Scotch, perfect for special occasions and gifting.

The influence of contrasting wood imbues Hankey Bannister 21 Year Old Partners’ Reserve with a complex, characterful flavour. Spanish casks slowly create distinctive aromatic nuances of spiced citrus fruit, with chocolate and raisin on the palate. Creamy vanilla and toffee overtones are derived from the American oak, culminating in a smooth, creamy, slightly spicy chocolate finish.

Complementing the quality of the whisky is a new super-premium geometric bottle, enhanced by gold foil decoration, an embossed metallic label and a dark wood cork closure. A soft leather-like, subtly embossed box completes the exquisite packaging.

The new 21 Year Old release is part of Hankey Bannister’s ongoing investment to bring the story and sartorial appeal of its pioneering founders to life – the ‘style’ of flamboyant London socialite Beaumont Hankey and the ‘substance’ of his astute business partner, Hugh Bannister.

Hankey Bannister Brand Manager Lynne Buckley commented: ‘We believe that this striking new pack works brilliantly in communicating Hankey Bannister’s substance with style brand story, whilst also reflecting the exceptional quality of the whisky. There is huge demand in the global marketplace for a blended whisky that combines a high quality product with a distinctive brand story and, with Hankey Bannister, we are spoiled on both counts. Our founders provide us with a rich brand proposition. And whilst centuries may have passed, the qualities they stood for – tradition, craftsmanship, originality, sophistication and style – are all completely relevant for modern-day whisky drinkers.’

Hankey Bannister 21 Year Old Partners’ Reserve is crafted to an original recipe from single malts selected from International Beverage’s five distilleries, which are then expertly combined with more delicate Grain whiskies to produce a unique blend. Produced as a small batch of just 3000 bottles, it retails at £105 and will be available in Hankey Bannister’s core markets across Russia, Eastern Europe and Asia from December 2018. 

About Hankey Bannister

Messrs Hankey and Bannister’s wines spirits business was originally established in 1757 at John Street in London’s stylish West End. When these two remarkable men took charge, their focus was on making superior Scotch whisky blends to suit the sophisticated tastes of their renowned society clients – which included The Prince Regent, William IV, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and writer Evelyn Waugh. In 1901 Hankey Bannister received its first royal warrant from George V, with a second being granted in 1940 by George VI – extended for a further ten years in 1950.

Hankey Bannister was purchased by Inver House Distillers, now part of International Beverage, in 1988. The blend is meticulously crafted to the original recipe of its founders, using the finest Highland malts in the International Beverage portfolio, including single malts from Pulteney, Balblair, Knockdhu, Speyburn and Balmenach distilleries. These are then expertly combined with more delicate grain whiskies to produce a distinctive blend.

The resulting whisky has been highly acclaimed, with Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old winning Gold at the World Whiskies Awards 2014 and International Spirits Challenge; and Hankey Bannister Heritage Blend receiving Gold again at the World Whiskies Awards 2018.  To this day, the unique blend of charisma and acumen of Messrs Hankey and Bannister – their ‘substance and style’ – continues to be celebrated and appreciated by whisky drinkers around the world. 

About International Beverage Holdings

International Beverage Holdings Limited is one of the industry’s most dynamic global drinks businesses. Established in 2006 as the international arm of ThaiBev, the company specialises in developing distinctive, premium local brands for global growth, with a portfolio that is led by a range of high quality Scotch whiskies and includes some of the fastest growing and most prestigious beers, spirits and whiskies on the market today. These high quality brands are enjoyed by consumers in over 85 global markets and include:

  • Chang, Thailand’s iconic global beer brand
  • Single Malt Scotch Whiskies: Old Pulteney, Balblair, anCnoc, Speyburn
  • Blended Scotch Whiskies: Hankey Bannister, Catto’s, MacArthur’s
  • Caorunn, a super premium small batch distilled Scottish Gin infused with 5 Celtic botanicals
  • Thai spirits: Phraya, Mekhong

International Beverage’s international operation is headquartered in Hong Kong, with two major bases in China and Scotland and a growing number of regional hubs around the world, such as the USA. The business is focused on the delivery of winning investment, sales and marketing strategies. International Beverage is committed to producing brands of character, representing the care and craftsmanship of the people that make them – from the brewers of Chang Beer in Thailand, to the distillers of the fine single malt Scotch whiskies Old Pulteney and Speyburn in Scotland. Crucially, the global development of every brand continues to be rooted in its home territory, supporting the company’s mission to build authentic brands of outstanding character.

International Beverage is investing in ambitious growth across its global operation, employing over 850 highly skilled people across production, sales, marketing and finance, together forming an effective and expert international team. In 2011 the International Beverage portfolio outperformed the market with outstanding sales across all categories.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/12/hankey-bannister-21-year-old-expression-re-launched-as-new-blend-and-design-unveiled-scotch-whisky-news/


Founders Choice Whisky


Cotswold Distillery launches cask strength, single malt whisky, The Founders Choice

The whisky has rich and intense maturation, fruity spirit, toffee, oak and red fruit notes

The Founders Choice is available now from specialist retailers with an RRP of £64.95

The release comes one year after the highly anticipated launch of the distillery’s flagship whisky, the Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky

Award-winning Cotswolds Distillery has launched its cask strength single malt whisky expression, the Founder’s Choice.

The whisky, aged in their shaved, toasted and re-charred American oak red wine barrels and has a rich and intense maturation. The cask has a fruity spirit, with toffee, oak and red fruit notes as well as a beautiful deep colour.

Dan Szor, founder and CEO of the distillery said: “We were very fortunate to work with the late Dr Jim Swan on developing our wood programme – one of his key innovations was the ‘STR’ cask and it has always been my favourite of all our casks. Jim’s suggestion to me was that one day we release a 100% STR-aged whisky at cask strength and, based on the extremely positive reaction from everyone that’s tried it, that is what I’ve decided to do.”

The STR casks were designed by Dr Swan to optimise the extraction of flavour and colour from the oak, giving an extremely active maturation whilst avoiding the need for smaller cask sizes, which can sometimes result in an over-oaked effect. The intensely rich single malt has notes of dark chocolate and dried figs on the nose, with a warm palate of fresh red fruits and butterscotch. The finish has hints of spicy oak, dried fruit and a lingering nutty note.

Founder’s Choice is bottled at cask strength (60.9% ABV) non-chill filtered and with no added colouring. The whisky is available in specialist retailers from November at an RRP of £64.95.

The release comes one year after the highly anticipated launch of the distillery’s flagship whisky, the Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky. Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky has gone on to win nine medals and awards in its first year, and the distillery picked up a total of five ‘Liquid Gold Awards’ (scores of 94/100 or higher) in Jim Murray’s recently published Whisky Bible 2019. 


Founders Choice 

Founders Choice is available to purchase from Harvey Nichols and specialist retailers Master of Malt and Gordon and MacPhail.

The Cotswolds Distillery

Located in Stourton, Shipston-on-Stour, the distillery has become a premier local attraction, offering tours and tastings daily, and now receives 30,000 visitors a year.

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky was launched in October 2017. Each bottle lists the barley variety, harvest year and local Cotswolds farm it was grown on. It recently won Gold at the New York World Wine Spirits Competition and took 2 stars (one of only two whiskies to do so) in the 2018 Great Taste Awards.

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky is available nationally and in 12 countries across the world. Key UK retailers include Majestic Wine, The Whisky Exchange and Laithwaites.

For more information, please visit www.cotswoldsdistillery.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/12/growing-in-strength-cotswolds-distillery-releases-cask-whisky-english-whisky-news/

Incredible and Limited Mature Scotch Exclusives from Iconic Distilleries at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News


Incredible and Limited Mature Scotch Exclusives from Iconic Distilleries

The experience of enjoying extremely well aged Islay whisky is one you’ll never forget, a rite of passage for any serious Scotch lover, and no bottler will offer such a spectacular experience and value for your dollar than our “Old Particular” line. Every year we peer deep into the Scottish warehouses to find something unprecedented to bring back to our customers. Often, however, the very best isn’t unearthed, it is awarded. We’re extremely lucky to have built trusted relationships with our vendors over the years. Indeed it is thanks to our loyal customers that we’re afforded the incredible accesses that we do have. And when we inquire about what special malts might be hiding in the old warehouses at Douglas Laing, we are offered a plethora of rare casks. Often due to their incredible rarity, the price outweighs their potential viability, but on occasion, our suppliers bestow us with casks so special rare and delicious we must consider them. And even in those cases, a rare cask requires a value judgment. But when we see similar independently bottled single casks and distillery bottlings on the market for 200-300% more than what we are offering, we know we’re onto something.

That’s exactly what we’re looking at here. Two ultra rare Islays in completely different styles, aged beyond anything readily available on the market today. The first from the gorgeous Bunnahabhain near Port Askaig was distilled over 30 years ago. This unpeated Islay is still distinctly of that magical place and its 30 years in a refill sherry butt make it one of the most intriguing and unique casks we’ve ever bottled. The distillery offers a 25 year that pales in comparison to the depths of this cask, which often fetches upwards of $700.

The second is our old friend Caol Ila. The other distillery on the northern shore of Islay is one of the most underappreciated distilleries available today. We’ve had great success previously with old casks from this legendary distiller, but each additional year that goes by makes these old stocks more and more prized. The distillery’s 35 Year Old offerings command upward of $1000. The prices aren’t low, but the value is high.


1988 Bunnahabhain 30 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Refill Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($275.00)

Bunnahabhain whisky is a perfect fit for refill sherry maturation, and especially for long-term aging. And 30 years is a perfect age for any Scotch, especially from one of the world’s great distilleries. $275 is an absurdly low price for these two things in combination. In short, this opportunity was too good to pass up. This is as good as whisky gets, in our opinion. It’s dark, rich, and loaded with complexity. The unpeated, slightly saline and very full nature of Bunnahabhain plays perfectly with the refilled sherry butt. Over 30 long years, the whisky naturally proofed itself down to 44.5% ABV — a delightful bit of perfection for drinking neat. It’s rare that you taste something so special that everything around you drops away and time seems to stop. This is that whisky. Consider that the distillery’s 25-year bottling will easily run you $600 bucks or more, and the $275 for this 30-year cask feels like a gift. In fact, it’s the perfect gift to give your dearest friends and maybe even get a second one for yourself.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 12, 2018

Few whiskies will match the majestic complexity of old Bunnah in sherry. The fact that it’s in second fill makes it that much more special. Imagine where this butt might have been 18 years before it was filled a second time in 1988—probably in some old bodega’s oloroso solera dating back decades. So a refill cask from the ‘80s was likely originally coopered sometime around the First World War. The nearly century long journey of that barrel to our supplier’s warehouse and eventually to your glass makes this bottle particularly interesting. But ultimately, it’s the destination that makes it truly special. The otherworldly flavors that emanate from the glass are completely bewitching. A complex stew of dark fruit, exotic woods (particularly sandalwood and mahogany), burnt orange peel and this wonderful strange exotic salt. The palate is rich but not stewed or thick. Tons of bold spice and no bitterness even after 30 years. The lowish proof feels somehow like a benefit for once, but DO NOT add water as it’s in perfect balance right out of the bottle – a drop of water creates an interesting change in the nose but breaks the delicate palate. A truly distinguished old Islay unlike any other we’ve ever sold and not likely to be repeated ever again.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 30, 2018

Unquestionably one of the finest bottles we have ever sold. The specs are flawless. The price, while high, is an absolute steal. The deep mahogany color entrances you from the get-go. You don’t even have to lift the glass to your nose to be hit with the sweet smell of cream, roasted pecans, caramelized sugar, and a faint sherry rancio note. Dive in and the full sensual glory of toffee, apple pie, and caramels fills you with joy. After you come to, you might lift the glass to your mouth and let the richness of the spirit roll over your tongue. An ever-changing array of sweet fruits, damp earth, fresh cream butter, rancio, chocolate, brandied pears cascades down your palate. The finish is dry and spicy with the sweetness of flamed orange peel lingering behind. It’s long and clean, endlessly pleasant and certainly of a quality you will not forget.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 06, 2018

A mature single malt that is lively and drinking well now. The nose is rich and full with sweet floral and dried fruit aromas. In the mouth it is a delicious nectar with rich malt and dried fruit flavors that are mouth-filling. There is a long finish. It was perfect without added water.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 30, 2018

The nose is so floral, spicy, and heady! There’s lavender, lily, and lilac with clove and cardamom pods creating a very deep potpourri aroma verging on burning incense intensity. It also possesses aromas of toasted and candied nuts baking in butter. The ocean brine flavors here will be welcomed by any fan of Bunnahabhain (or other classic island Scotches for that matter). The palate gets dessert-oriented with the candied nuts showing up big, followed by flavors of apple pie and saltwater taffy. As sugar-oriented as it seems initially, when this Scotch moves into its final stages there’s bold leather, herbaceous notes, and brine as it ends very, very dry.

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1984 Caol Ila 34 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($375.00)

No distillery is more representative of the state of the Scotch industry than this bewitching peater on the northern coast of Islay. The excellent shoreside stills have dutifully cranked out unbelievably delicious peated whisky since 1846, but it wasn’t until the malt floors were closed and the distillery began buying barley from the Port Ellen maltings that the current house style truly solidified. Caol Ila is known for their 12 Year Old in the US, but a huge majority of the spirit gets blended into the Johnnie Walker line. While the line has become slightly more available in the last few years, it still remains pretty elusive, especially in a significantly aged form. The last distillery on Islay where ultra-mature stocks are not in the $1,000 range, but they probably deserve to be. The spirit is impeccable and easily one of the most undervalued malts in Scotland. Oftentimes when we lament the loss of the old great peater Port Ellen, we’re reminded how lucky we are to have the beautiful beast that sits just north of Port Askaig. A 34 Year Old PE would easily cost you $1,500. Of course, whiskies of that age are always extremely rare, but this Caol Ila represents some of the most valuable stocks. The standard 30 Year Old, which is not available in the US, easily fetches over $500 in Europe. This single cask, nearly a half decade older than that, offers one of the best values for old Islay anywhere in the world. Absolutely no old peater offers as much luxury for your dollar.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 12, 2018

I literally said the words, “holy sh*t” under my breath when I first tasted this special cask. Now we’re no strangers to old Caol Ila—in fact we seek it out like blood hounds. Why? Because it’s one of the only old Islay heavy hitters that has been available at semi-reasonable prices. Well, at least up until now. All but this one very special source have dried up or are becoming so prohibitively expensive that they effectively don’t exist in our world. It’s true that last year we bottled a sister cask to this one and for $25, but this whisky is in a whole other league. That’s not to imply that last year’s special whisky was a slouch by any means and the appreciation this year is relatively minimal compared to other casks. Stocks similar to the ’83 Signatory 30 year we bottled 5 years ago (retail $300) would now retail for at least $1000. Old bottles from that same period are still selling around the world for around $700. If you’re lucky you might find the bottler’s current release in Europe for $500+ and if the distillery releases a 35 Year, it will command upwards of $1000 as well. But this whisky is more than just a good deal. It’s an absolute star. The first moment the whisky hits your glass you’re blasted with massive billowing smoke. As it aerates it begins to offer some more nuance—lemon skins scorched in a pile of burning spices, the embers of a fire on an Islay beach—the smells of the bay, dried seaweed, and fresh peat burning in homes over the hill. On the palate this thing just about cuts you in half. Sooty bold peat, oyster shell, brine, tangy lemon rind, ashen embers of expensive incense. The finish is long and lingering. Too long to calculate as it forces another sip. Normally I’d recommend avoiding water on something this old, but the beast can handle it. With just the tiniest drop of water, the whole package coalesces. Salted fruits, cured meats, smoked salty fish, high end nori, sweet Meyer lemon. On the palate the water actually brings the oily texture out, revealing an almost thick mouth feel that coats every taste bud and drowns it in sooty sea spray and sweet citrus. An absolute star that probably deserves to be much more expensive, but I hesitate to anoint it with the term “value.” Just too good to be ignored.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 01, 2018

“Buried how long?” Almost 35 years. “You had abandoned all hope of being dug out?” “Long ago.” My personal tastes for whisky have changed dramatically over the years. I’ve at times found myself going gaga over loaded sherry bombs, exalting the finesse of delicate drams, and seeking out the peatiest of peatys. One thing that has been a constant over the last decade of my Scotch drinking life is my affection for well-aged smoke. As heavily peated spirits age the intensity of the smoke falls away into richness and body. It’s a particular and special characteristic that cannot be counterfeit or short cut. This specimen is a perfect example of why it is so compelling. I’m not saying this isn’t a smoky whisky, it certainly is. It’s just also so much more than that. The smoke has become a rich and oily slip’n’slide of flavor. There is a slight brine characteristic to it, not iodine, but a lighter kind of salinity. Sweet malt marries perfectly with a bit of tangy BBQ sauce. The freshness of fruit, once readily apparent in this whisky’s younger days has developed into a rich tapestry of salted and cured fruits. A refilled hogshead was undoubtedly the perfect vessel for this whisky, tame enough to stand up to many long seasons in the warehouse, and rich enough to make sure that this whiskey, after many long years in darkness would be “recalled to life.”

Jackson Lee | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 06, 2018

As a casual drinker of Caol Ila, I was very much looking forward to trying this dram and it didn’t disappoint. Classic Caol Ila honeyed smoke on the nose, much like a slow smoked honey ham, followed by a little peat, green apple, and sweet soy sauce at the end. The palate mirrored the smoked honey note I got on the nose but also included pencil shavings, charred strawberry, and a hint of brine. That brine became more noticeable throughout the finish, pairing with a sweet note that reminded me of salted caramel just not quite as….caramel-y; add wood and a nice fruity note and it’s a wrap!


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Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Glasgow Old & Rare Show: Member Offer” – Scotch Whisky News


If you’re searching for a truly exceptional whisky experience as a Christmas gift, whether it’s for you or a loved one, then look no further. Not your ordinary style of whisky festival, The Old Rare Whisky Show celebrates the world of fine, rare and antique single malts and spirits. The equivalent of drinking unicorn tears, guests are able to sample unique and unrepeatable drams from an exclusive selection of independent companies and collectors.


Good news, as a Society member you’ll be able to enjoy a £10 saving on day tickets. Taking place over the weekend of 23-24 February, you just need to select whether you want to attend on the Saturday or Sunday and simply enter your special member code at the checkout.


Saturday:      Join the SMWS  to find the code!
Sunday:         Join the SMWS  to find the code!

Tickets usually cost £75 but as a member you’ll only have to pay £65. Each ticket includes:

  • Entrance to the show and access to hundreds of old and rare whiskies
  • Your own show tasting glass
  • Buffet lunch to enjoy during the show

Masterclasses and drams are not included in the ticket price – there’s something for all tastes and wallets at the show, with drams starting from £2 onwards.

For members who have already bought their ticket to the event, that’s excellent news – we’re sorry you didn’t get the discount but come see us at our stand, we have a special dram in store for you.



The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video


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Gold dust whisky tickets sell out in 24 hours – Scotch Whisky News

Behind The Scenes At Glengoyne

Gold dust whisky tickets sell out in 24 hours 

Glengoyne superfans rush to pick up bucket list

experience and keys to the distillery

Tickets to a closed doors, behind the scenes experience at Glengoyne Distillery have sold out within 24 hours after single malt fans from around the world rushed to pick up the bucket-list experience and keys to the distillery.

The exclusive event will see the single malt whisky distillery close its doors to the public and for the first time in its 185 year history on Saturday 16th February hand over the keys to the 36 lucky ticket holders.

Ticket holders who have each paid £180 for their tickets will have exclusive access to the distillery and the undivided attention of the key people who make Glengoyne, including the Distillery Manager, Malt Master, and International Brand Ambassador, who will take the Glengoyne fans through the unhurried whisky-making practices that have been handed down through generations at Glengoyne.

Katy Macanna, Brand Manager for Glengoyne said: “We knew this was going to be a popular, bucket list event, but the speed at which the tickets sold has exceeded our expectations.  Glengoyne is proud to have such a strong and loyal following, and we are looking forward to giving ticket holders the experience of a lifetime.”

Glengoyne Distillery, by Glasgow is widely considered one of the most beautiful in Scotland.  Ticket holders will experience in depth tours, hands-on activities and immersive whisky tastings, including an exclusive first taste of Glengoyne’s not-year-released new whisky for 2019. The event will culminate in a three-course, whisky-paired lunch. Attendees will also leave the distillery with a signed bottle of Glengoyne’s much-anticipated new release.

To find out more about future exclusive events at Glengoyne Distillery, sign up to the Glengoyne Family at http://www.glengoyne.com/our-family.



About Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky:

Glengoyne, uncompromising in its pursuit of excellence, runs its stills more slowly than any other distillery in order to create the complex, sweet flavours for which the malt is known. The Glengoyne Highland Single Malt range is matured in the finest sherry casks from within its traditional dunnage warehouses.

Nestled into Dumgoyne Hill with the hills of Loch Lomond in the distance, Glengoyne is considered one of Scotland’s most beautiful distilleries. Just 14 miles north of Glasgow, Glengoyne sits on the border behind the Highland and Lowland whisky regions. Glengoyne Distillery is owned by one of Scotland’s leading independent, family-owned distillers, Ian Macleod Distillers.

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Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Unveils One of World’s First 3D Printed Cocktail Bars – American Whiskey News

The experience features 3D printed cocktails by robotics pioneer Benjamin Grimeil who worked closely with local mixologists. Paired with 3D printed cocktails, guests also enjoyed 3D printed light bites and musical performances from local Oakland artists, Meklit Hadero – a renowned singer whose beats, lyrics and rhythms are derived from the environment using star mapping technology, and Club Chai DJs 8ulentina and Foozool – resident artists who will be spinning set lists inspired by the frontier spirit and cultural heritage of Oakland. The entire 3D Printed Frontier is enhanced by the magic of Tanya Orellana and Elaine Buckholtz – a highly awarded lighting and projection team who’ve leveraged the latest in technology to create a unique ambiance fit for this frontier experience.

“There is nothing like this out there! We are flipping the script on how we share Bulleit with people by creating experiences inspired by the frontiers of the past, to forge new frontiers today,” said Sophie Kelly, Sr. Vice President of DIAGEO North American Whiskeys. “From reimagining what a bar could be, to partnering with cutting edge mixologists and robotics pioneers to print 3D cocktails, this experience defies convention in order to redefine tradition, taking people on a journey that explores new frontiers. We’re proud to call Oakland’s Sixteenth Street Station home for these events and even prouder that our partnership will assist in the urban renewal of this cultural landmark and spectacular space.”

Play Video: A Classic Bulleit Whiskey Drink Now 3D Printed

Play Video: The 3D Printed Frontier

Bulleit Frontier Whiskey 3D Printed Frontier Event

In addition to occupying the Sixteenth Street Station for The Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier, Bulleit will also make a monetary donation to BRIDGE Housing, the nonprofit affordable housing developer that owns the Station, which helps revitalize the West Oakland area through inclusive programming. The donation builds on the Bulleit brand’s continued investment to support urban renewal and will serve to preserve the community’s rich culture for generations to come.

To create the bar at the Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier, the FAR team studied the Bulleit bottle label to understand how its unique shape and positioning formed such an iconic design for one of the nation’s fastest growing whiskeys. Instead of a traditional drawing of the design, FAR based their design on an algorithmic script that defines the geometry of the piece through a series of digital data sets. The bar’s copper surface was inspired by the amber color of Bulleit Bourbon. Taking the bar from design to production was a unique challenge due to the intricacies of the fine lattice structure that are inherent to 3D printing. FAR and Bulleit collaborated to design and redesign the lattice structure more than a dozen different ways to allow for varying densities in different areas of the bar to maximize visual impact, but still cater to the functional needs the bartenders who are the backbone of the Bulleit brand.

“Partnering with Bulleit was exciting because it gave us the opportunity to think about 3D printing with a frontier spirit, and to design a bar that conceptually and technologically brings the spirit of doing things differently to life,” said Marc Frohn, FAR Co-Founder and Lead Architect. “We reimagined the support structure inherent to 3D-printing – one that is normally not visible – to become the bar itself. Light then turns this lattice bar into a lantern animating the raw spaces the bar inhabits.”

Machine Histories, a design and fabrication studio, then 3D printed the bar which took over 2,000 hours of man and womanpower, not including the hundreds of hours invested in design and engineering. Some of the most technologically advanced 3D printing equipment in the world produced the roughly 3,000 3D printed components, 1,700 struts, and over 1,300 nodes in this one-of-a-kind design. Normally, a project like this could take years to complete, but thanks to the collaboration between all parties working in tandem, the bar was finalized in a little over three months. The bar is printed from glass filled nylon using SLS (selective laser sintering) – an advanced process reflective of the brand’s commitment to use some of the most modern whiskey making technology possible at the bar’s ultimate home at The Bulleit Distilling Co.

“Bulleit really challenged us to collaborate with a number of partners to rethink what is possible and throw traditional guidelines out the window,” said Jason Pilarski, Partner at Machine Histories. “That sense of freedom was scary and liberating all at the same time, but ultimately inspired this truly innovative intersection of art, design and technology.”

The Sixteenth Street Station will host The Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier for the series of private invite only events where Bay Area adults can check out the artists and the latest in 3D printing technology. The Bulleit Frontier Works: 3D Printed Frontier experience will then embark on a national tour including its next stop in Austin, TX in 2019. For more information about the Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier, adults 21+ can check out @Bulleit on Instagram to learn how makers, artists and frontiersmen and women can get involved and create their own awe on the cultural frontier.

Bulleit Frontier Works: 3D Printed Frontier follows on the heels of previous Bulleit Frontier Works programs, TATTOO (where Bulleit created the world’s largest tattoo billboard in partnership with 24 American tattoo artists), TATTOO BOTTLES (where the brand tattooed select designs from some of the nation’s most popular tattoo artists directly onto Bulleit Bourbon bottles), NEON (featuring a one-of-a-kind neon light art exhibit at Los Angeles’ Grand Central Market) and IMPRESSIONS (a series of impression illustrations launched at the iconic Frieze Art Fair in New York City). For a closer look at Frontier Works, follow Bulleit on Instagram @Bulleit and check out the hashtag #FrontierWorks.

Whether enjoying a classic Bulleit Rye Old Fashioned or new age, 3D printed Bulleit Bourbon Beta Test cocktail (a technological and gastronomical feat given the complexity of whiskey’s makeup), adult consumers who join Bulleit on the modern cultural frontier are always encouraged to drink responsibly.

About Bulleit Frontier Whiskey
Bulleit is one of the fastest-growing whiskeys in America, founded in 1987 by Tom Bulleit, who attributes that growth to bartenders and cultural partners who’ve adopted it as their own. The Bulleit Frontier Whiskey portfolio is distilled and aged in the Bulleit family tradition, using a distinctive high rye recipe, which gives them a bold, spicy taste. Most recently, Bulleit Barrel Strength Bourbon won a Double Gold medal and Best Straight Bourbon at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

In 2017, Bulleit celebrated its 30th anniversary with the opening of a new, state-of-the-art distillery located in Shelbyville, Ky. In 2019, a Visitor’s Center will open at the Bulleit Distilling Co. in Shelbyville to share our modern, technological and sustainable approach to making great whiskey. Fans are invited to learn more about the past, present and future of Bulleit by visiting the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at Stitzel-Weller in Louisville, KY., a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour. For more information, visit www.bulleit.com or follow @Bulleit on Instagram.

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/2018/12/bulleit-frontier-whiskey-unveils-one-of-worlds-first-3d-printed-cocktail-bars-american-whiskey-news/