Blood Oath Pact No. 6 Launches This Spring Finished in Cognac Barrels – American Whiskey News

Blood Oath Pact No. 6 Launches This Spring Finished in Cognac Barrels

Bourbon Series Continues To Release Successful Expressions

BARDSTOWN, KY (March 24, 2020) – In its sixth year, the Blood Oath ultra-premium bourbon series continues to see unique expressions – Blood Oath Pact No. 6 launches this spring. The series – a creation of Lux Row Distillers’ Head Distiller and Master Blender John Rempe – combines three selected bourbons, expertly blended for a distinctive whiskey.

For Pact No. 6, Rempe chose a 14-year ryed bourbon with notes of oak and leather, melded with an 8-year warm toasty ryed bourbon and complemented them with a 7-year ryed bourbon rested in cognac casks. The memorable combination brings caramel notes and hints of spice, along extra flavor from the cognac barrels.

“This particular pact is special in that the cognac barrels added some sweetness and a slight fruity, brandy flavor to the bourbon, creating an amazing taste profile,” says Rempe. “When selecting these bourbons, I wanted to see how these flavors meshed together and I have to say the result was spectacular.”

As with all the other expressions, Pact No. 6 is a limited edition, never to be made again, with only 17,000 cases being produced and sold globally. This expression continues with the tradition of a 98.6 proof and packaged in an intricate wooden display box, with the 750ml bottle being topped with a natural cork and emblazoned with John Rempe’s signature. The suggested retail price is $99.99.

“The Blood Oath series launched in 2015 and it’s hard to believe we have already created more than half a decade of Pacts,” adds Rempe. “I’m honored to see consumers searching for the new release every year and get as excited as I am when a new Pact hits the shelves,” adds Rempe.

ABOUT LUX ROW DISTILLERS

Real roots, real family, real products: Lux Row Distillers – a bourbon distillery experience on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail – is a family-owned venture, bringing the Lux family history and spirits tradition to the bourbon industry. Lux Row Distillers is the home of Luxco’s bourbon brands, including Rebel Yell, Blood Oath, David Nicholson, Ezra Brooks and Daviess County Kentucky Straight Bourbons.

Located in the heart of Bardstown, Kentucky, the 18,000-square foot Lux Row Distillers includes a visitor center, barrel warehouses, a tasting room, and event space, making for an all-encompassing bourbon experience. The 80-acre property is home to an 18th century stone house – which is registered as a National Historic Place – and a long, tree-lined driveway providing a scenic entrance to the distillery.

For more information about the distillery, visit www.luxrowdistillers.com. You can also like Lux Row Distillers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/luxrowdistillers or follow the distillery on Instagram @luxrowdistillers.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/blood-oath-pact-no-6-launches-this-spring-finished-in-cognac-barrels-american-whiskey-news/

Blood Oath Pact No. 6 Launches This Spring Finished in Cognac Barrels – American Whiskey News

Blood Oath Pact No. 6 Launches This Spring Finished in Cognac Barrels

Bourbon Series Continues To Release Successful Expressions

BARDSTOWN, KY (March 24, 2020) – In its sixth year, the Blood Oath ultra-premium bourbon series continues to see unique expressions – Blood Oath Pact No. 6 launches this spring. The series – a creation of Lux Row Distillers’ Head Distiller and Master Blender John Rempe – combines three selected bourbons, expertly blended for a distinctive whiskey.

For Pact No. 6, Rempe chose a 14-year ryed bourbon with notes of oak and leather, melded with an 8-year warm toasty ryed bourbon and complemented them with a 7-year ryed bourbon rested in cognac casks. The memorable combination brings caramel notes and hints of spice, along extra flavor from the cognac barrels.

“This particular pact is special in that the cognac barrels added some sweetness and a slight fruity, brandy flavor to the bourbon, creating an amazing taste profile,” says Rempe. “When selecting these bourbons, I wanted to see how these flavors meshed together and I have to say the result was spectacular.”

As with all the other expressions, Pact No. 6 is a limited edition, never to be made again, with only 17,000 cases being produced and sold globally. This expression continues with the tradition of a 98.6 proof and packaged in an intricate wooden display box, with the 750ml bottle being topped with a natural cork and emblazoned with John Rempe’s signature. The suggested retail price is $99.99.

“The Blood Oath series launched in 2015 and it’s hard to believe we have already created more than half a decade of Pacts,” adds Rempe. “I’m honored to see consumers searching for the new release every year and get as excited as I am when a new Pact hits the shelves,” adds Rempe.

ABOUT LUX ROW DISTILLERS

Real roots, real family, real products: Lux Row Distillers – a bourbon distillery experience on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail – is a family-owned venture, bringing the Lux family history and spirits tradition to the bourbon industry. Lux Row Distillers is the home of Luxco’s bourbon brands, including Rebel Yell, Blood Oath, David Nicholson, Ezra Brooks and Daviess County Kentucky Straight Bourbons.

Located in the heart of Bardstown, Kentucky, the 18,000-square foot Lux Row Distillers includes a visitor center, barrel warehouses, a tasting room, and event space, making for an all-encompassing bourbon experience. The 80-acre property is home to an 18th century stone house – which is registered as a National Historic Place – and a long, tree-lined driveway providing a scenic entrance to the distillery.

For more information about the distillery, visit www.luxrowdistillers.com. You can also like Lux Row Distillers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/luxrowdistillers or follow the distillery on Instagram @luxrowdistillers.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/blood-oath-pact-no-6-launches-this-spring-finished-in-cognac-barrels-american-whiskey-news/

Two Highly Anticipated Cask Strength Releases from Kaiyo — Mizunara Oak Aged Whisky at K&L California – Japanese Whisky News

New Exclusives from the Most Exciting Project in Japanese Whisky

NOTE: In accordance with local directives, our walk-in retail locations are currently closed. We have low cost and free delivery options available in ZIP codes where we can ship lawfully, including anywhere in California. We can also include any new or existing will call orders in your delivery batch. Choose local delivery at checkout to learn if you qualify.

We’ve featured several different bottlings from the Kaiyo brand in recent years, all of which have been exceptional and count among the most interesting (and delicious) expressions out of Japan that we’ve had the good fortune to taste. We are especially excited to feature two new exclusives that have been bottled at cask strength. These bottlings, as is standard for Kaiyo, have been aged in Mizunara oak and spent months in the hull of a ship while traversing the globe. It may sound like a lot of effort to put into a bottle of whisky, but the results are nothing short of spectacular. While many of the details behind this pair remain frustratingly scarce, what we do know is that they will satisfy one’s craving for the best in Japanese whisky, and at a very affordable price. Each possesses its own distinctive stamp, while offering a layered complexity only found in bottlings that cost three to four times the price. It goes without saying that these whiskies are very rare and are already causing a stir among collectors. If you’ve enjoyed Kaiyo in the past, then you simply must treat yourself to this breathtaking pair. For us, they represent the very pinnacle of Japanese whisky. Quantities will not last, so make sure to secure your bottles today.

Like so many Japanese whiskies that have come to the market in recent years, Kaiyo remains an enigma. It tastes delicious, there is a tantalizing background story to the brand, but the level of detail a whisky geek desires always seem in short supply. No matter, ultimately when the price is right and the whisky tastes great, we are here to pull the trigger. The two casks are similar in their story, but very different in the final profile. Both are Japanese in origin, presumably teaspooned malt from the same source. They were placed into Mizunara oak for nearly 7.5 years and then each made Kaiyo’s hallmark ocean voyage. The gentle rocking, salt air, temperature and humidity changes are all a part of the whisky’s story. Once they disembarked from their ship their stories diverge. Cask #541 sees a year long finishing in a refill hogshead barrel. This adds a bit of complexity to the profile yet preserves the Mizunara oak as the defining characteristic. It’s a masterclass in Mizunara. Over time in glass you can pick out a wide array of sweet tropical notes ranging from juicy fruits to toasty coconut and a cabinet full of exotic spices. At 56% ABV and unchillfiltered, there is power, weight, and texture to bolster what is otherwise an elegant and complex dram.

Kaiyo KL Exclusive Cask #541 Cask Strength Japanese Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: March 24, 2020

The first selection ever of a Kaiyo single cask. After 7.4 years in Mizunara oak, this beauty was transferred to a 2nd fill hogshead for a little mellowing. It’s chockablock full of vanilla, coconut, honey and sandalwood. The stylistic preference in Japan for whiskies that are balanced and nuanced is clearly present, but this is not a shy malt. The barley shines from the get go, but add a little water and it explodes. At 56% ABV it’s a robust and full throttle whiskey that screams of its time in Mizunara with its bold and spicy wood profile.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: March 24, 2020

The enigmatic and opaque Kaiyo whisky has become a staple on our shelves. It does a lot of things right in the very complicated Japanese whisky genre while maybe skirting some of the most obvious pitfalls. And I still have no information about what is actually in these bottles, but we can assume that these have been aged in Japanese Mizunara and are likely sourced from malt distilled in northern Japan (Hokkaido Sendai). And while these distilleries are some of the world’s finest, it is clearly the barrel who is the star of the show here. Interestingly, the two barrels we purchased (541 543) are pretty different despite having the same proof and specs on the bottle. This cask is the most quintessential expression of the flavors I’d expect from Mizunara. The nose is tight at first and needs a drop or two of water to open up. Now we get tons of sandalwood, ceremonial incense, plum wine, coconut husk. On the palate, tons of red cherry and big spice – cinnamon, clove, nutmeg etc. It’s long, bold and peppery. This one is really pretty intense, designed for those who like more intense flavors. Adding water doesn’t necessarily diminish that but adds some depth and sweetness.

Kaiyo KL Exclusive Cask #543 Cask Strength Japanese Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)

Cask #543 has a much more unique finishing than #541. After its ocean stint the whisky was transferred to a ruby port pipe for a year. The dark red fruited wine cask has lent a wide array of flavors to frame the initial Mizunara aging. Dark chocolate, dried dates, ripe currants, and sweet raisins all meld with the sandalwood and coconut of the oak. Unchillfiltered and bottled at 56% ABV.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: March 24, 2020

Like its sister cask, this comes from some of Kaiyo’s oldest stocks. After nearly seven and half years in Japanese Mizunara oak the whisky was transferred into a ruby port pipe for another year of finishing. The result is a spectacular array of red fruits and raisins to frame the spicy yet tropical flavors of Mizunara oak. The hallmark sandalwood notes are particularly persistent on the finish. It’s amazing how much power the famed Japanese wood carries into the spirit, and to see it with a unique finish that compliments it so well is a real treat. With a dash of water a much more complex array of red currants, dusty cocoa, and candied nuts come forward on the nose and palate. It’s as though that water is the key that unlocks the port pipe’s Mizunara cage.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: March 24, 2020

These wild casks of Japanese Mizunara Oak aged whisky have been are a bit of a mystery, but tasting them side by side is a really interesting experience. While cask 541 had tons of spice, this one has much more fruit. The nose starts with classic Mizunara plum spice, but melds into a complex bouquet of wild honey, baked apple, earthy malt and fresh oak. The softer nose doesn’t translate to the palate and we’ve still got that bold oak and spice from the Mizunara taking over. Yet here more subtlety, more malt and a bit more sweetness. There’s something that reminds me distinctively of Ben Nevis, which would be appropriate considering the assumed source. A very interesting offering indeed.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/03/two-highly-anticipated-cask-strength-releases-from-kaiyo-mizunara-oak-aged-whisky-at-kl-california-japanese-whisky-news/

Palatial surroundings for whiskey by Paul Mclean of MCLEANSCOTLAND Whisky Tours

Palatial surroundings for whiskey

The Palace Bar in the heart of Dublin City, Ireland. The Bar is long and narrow inside you need to be slim! This wee pub has been the haunt of some of the best writers in the country for generations. The Irish Times is the best paper in the country and it is a stones throw away. For years journalists and writers of the Times have come to the bar for beer’s, ales, whiskey’s and wines. Charles Acton, Brendan Behan, John Banville, Liam MacGabhann, Maeve Binchy, Vincent Browne, Garret Fitzgerald. All of these names passed through the corridors of the Times, and Palace bar.

Nae loud music or dancing here, just drinking and conversation. The Victorian pub built in 1823, and in the mid 1940s was sold for an extortionate amount of money. Many questioned if  Bill Aherne the buyer at the time, was off his head, considering the astronomical fee for the little pub. But Aherne believed he was getting a bargain. So it was, in 1946 Bill Aherne shelled out the £27,000 for pub and became Palace Bar’s new owner. If you go into the Pub today you won’t see Bill Aherne, you will see his grandson William and his father Liam. It was from the 1930s to the 1960s that some of Ireland’s most talented writers, poets and journalists were regulars. They drank at the Palace largely because Robert M. Smyllie drank there. Smyllie was editor of the Irish Times from 1934 to 1954. So he stopped in often, and the city’s literary talent followed, hoping to get a piece commissioned. Four bronze plaques set in stone on the ground outside depict regulars: Brendan Behan, Patrick Kavanagh, Flann O’Brien and Con Houlihan. Liam Aherne, can remember a certain Mr Kernoff putting up his art pieces. His studio was off the South Circular Road, on Stamer Street. Kernoff’s work was under appreciated until his later years. But over the decades, dozens of his paintings were sold at the Palace, usually for £10 to £20, if you were lucky. The Palace’s decor is the same today as it was when it first opened. When in Dublin I usually am to be found in here at least once a day, so if you want some grand chat, talk or just listen, and you can actually get in, then do so.  They have a huge selection of every imaginable Irish whiskey behind the bar.

Once in, look and listen, locals and tourists alike are here, when I was in last time it was fun. Sat sittin at the bar was an old guy with a dram and half pint chaser, he was chatting to two pals. All three looked like they could do with a good meal, and a shave. Sliding up a bit to get a better listen, their conversations made me laugh, women, drinks, friends, but most of all, horses. Now I know a wee bit about horses – my grand dad bred them doon in Kilkenny, and I worked on an equestrian magazine for a while. They were talking about racehorses, they knew stable boys and jockey’s that much was clear. All talking about how horse racing is a big con, fixed, the boys and jockeys know, now I had a better understanding. My grand dad had told us this years ago. One old timer saw me listening and nodding to myself, he wagged a finger callin me over. As you do, I turned round to see who he was calling, it was myself. I pointed to my own chest, he nodded, I went over. Asked if I knew anything about horses, I told him what I knew. They ordered drinks and a Coleraine for me. We talked for at least an hour before one had to go. I bought a round or two of the turf style, was enjoying this. Turns out one used to be a jockey, one a journalist – horse racing – and the other a writer of novels. One of my best ever nights in Dublin.  Paul McLean aka Sean Daley

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/03/palatial-surroundings-for-whiskey-by-paul-mclean-of-mcleanscotland-whisky-tours/

1997 Ledaig 21 Year Old “Chieftain’s” K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt – Scotch Whisky News

One of the Year’s Best Single Malt Buys
1997 Ledaig 21 Year Old “Chieftain’s” KL Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Unchillfiltered Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($149.99)
“…this is sure to become a collectors item.” — Andrew Whiteley, KL NorCal Spirits Buyer

NOTE: In accordance with local directives, our walk-in retail locations are currently closed. We have low cost and free delivery options available in ZIP codes where we can ship lawfully, including anywhere in California. We can also include any new or existing will call orders in your delivery batch. Choose local delivery at checkout to learn if you qualify.

As one of the last great finds from the now retired Chieftain’s label, this 21 Year Old from Ledaig has all the makings of a collector’s favorite. Hailing from Tobermory, the only distillery on the Isle of Mull, this single malt exclusive is not only exceptionally rare but it is also very sharply priced. While we have offered Ledaigs before, rarely, if ever, do we find one that’s been aged in a sherry cask. Such a treatment takes this spirit to a whole new level, offering an engaging interplay of smoke, sherried richness, and a whirl of exotic spice. Simply put, it is downright delicious. Ledaig is one of the world’s great peated whiskies, and this a gorgeous example of the style. Savvy collectors have already added this charmer to their collection, and we expect what remains won’t last long. We are sad to see these fine expressions from Chieftain’s go, but what a brilliant conclusion to such an exceptional run of independently bottled whiskies.

1997 Ledaig 21 Year Old “Chieftain’s” KL Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Unchillfiltered Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($149.99)

The odd and wonderful Tobermory distillery is one of Scotland’s most picturesque and divisive. Only the Jura Distillery has more disperate opinions of their products. But something that almost every peat lover can agree on is the fact that the distiller’s peated line, Ledaig, is an absolute dream. And it’s remained in relative obscurity until recently. We’ve had a good deal of independents offer us Ledaig over the years, but it’s almost always young stocks in very quiet hogsheads. That’s simply because the mark is only produced a few weeks out of the year and is turning out to be pretty sought-after by drinkers across the world, so we’re not seeing high quality older expressions very often. When we do it’s NEVER in sherry. This distillery needs these barrels for their limited releases and rightfully so – there’s nothing better than an old smoldering Ledaig in an active sherry. No cask this year will offer more deliciousness for your dollar. Old, peated, cask strength sherry butt from a tiny distiller for under $150.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 07, 2019

This absolutely gorgeous Ledaig is going to easily qualify as one of the best buys of the year. It’s hard to argue that Ledaig isn’t one of the most exciting spirits coming out of Scotland these days, but the distillery bottlings are getting more and more expensive. The Tobermory Distillery has also been closed for the last two years, which doesn’t do anything to ease the price pressures of this small operation. Regardless of the incredible price compared to distillery bottlings, this cask will almost certainly be a total sleeper. Not because it lacks merit in any sense, but simply because it’s not as flashy or obvious as the rest of the line up from Chieftain’s. Nonetheless, for those who take the plunge they’ll be rewarded with one of the most complex whiskies in our portfolio this year. A nose of smoldering cigars and high-end soy sauce. It’s not so abruptly peaty on the nose, but deeply umami with wide range of savory aromas that make you instantly salivate. The sherry is definitely there, but we’re on the sweet roasted orange peel side of the spectrum rather than the raisins and roasted nuts. On the palate the saltiness starts to take over and definitely more obvious peat. Smoked fish, smoked herbs, smoked meats, salty, dense, sooty and savory. Some dried citrus, nut butter and sweet barrel spice to balance out the absurdity of it all. This one may not be for everyone, but it’s goddamned delicious and absolutely unique.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: March 03, 2020

One of the great peated whiskies of Scotland, but sadly often overlooked. This particular cask is an incredible rarity and smells of apple crisp and quality tobacco burning hot. Cooked fruits mingle with caramel, burnt orange peel, nutmeg, a sprinkling of seasalt and a faint background of iodine and herbs. A bit of water and it opens into more of a saddle shop complexity of leather and oil. The savory components make this a perfect whiskey for deep contemplation. It’s more subtle than many an Islay dram. A dream for any lover of island malts. Add to the exquisite nature of the whisky itself that Chieftain’s is no longer in the independent bottling business and this is sure to become a collectors item.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 22, 2019

This cask of Ledaig from Tobermorey Distillery is expressive, interesting and inviting. Without water there are smoke, malt, and a hint of mineral-like flavors. With a little water it opens up and comes together. In the nose there is smoke with aromas of brine and malt. In the mouth, the smoke, malt, and brine flavors create a single malt that is delicious and lively. This cask of Ledaig is something to sip and think about.

Jackson Lee | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2019

This dram from Ledaig was extremely robust. The aromas from the glass dominated the room with iodine, tanning leather, Baker’s chocolate and preserved cherry. I got an undertone of funk mixed with the iodine, which dissipated with time and caused me to revisit the glass a few times. The palate still exhibited signs of iodine detected in the nose but added in pencil shavings and peppered jerky. After the addition of water, sweet Schezuan peppers and cherries appeared but for a brief moment. As expected from the nose, the finish was long and reminded me of fruity Korean beef jerky.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/03/1997-ledaig-21-year-old-chieftains-kl-exclusive-single-sherry-butt-scotch-whisky-news/

A Bourbon Distillery on a Tear Rolls Out Three More Stunners – American Whiskey News

A Bourbon Distillery on a Tear Rolls Out Three More Stunners
“Bardstown is manufacturing hit after hit with every new release.”
— Andrew Whiteley, KL NorCal Spirits Buyer

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For a few years now, we’ve enjoyed tremendous success with the line-up of highly unique, expertly crafted whiskeys from Bardstown Bourbon Company. Eponymously named for the town at the epicenter of the Kentucky bourbon tradition, this distiller maintains a healthy respect for its roots while also pushing the innovative envelope in its blending practices and collaborative ventures. The second releases of the Discovery and Fusion Series represent some of the most distinctive profiles in their respective classes. The Discovery #1 thrilled us and anyone we turned on to it, and the #2 has seemingly set a new bar for that already impressive collectible bottling. The Fusion Series #2 is just about the greatest sequel you could wish for to follow the Fusion Series #1, which was Whiskey Advocate’s #11 whiskey of 2019. If these two weren’t enough, Bardstown also carries out a truly inspired collaborative program, sourcing barrels from top-notch breweries, distilleries, wineries, and cideries across the U.S. This newest edition features barrels that once aged the world-famous Prisoner red wine, and the result is nothing short of pure hedonism. Those who’ve partaken of the previous Bardstown releases will know what’s on offer here, and those who haven’t should pay serious attention to these stupendous new editions. The quality curve is exponential here, and Bardstown Bourbon Company is a name to follow.


Bardstown Bourbon Company “Fusion Series #2” Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
($59.99)

The new release of Bardstown’s Fusion delivers the goods. While series #1 won big accolades as Whiskey Advocate’s #11 best whiskey of the year in 2019, we expect big things for Series #2. We here we have the same 60% Bardstown whiskey to 40% 12 year old sourced juice (74% corn, 18% rye, 8% malted barley). Bardstown delivers 18% of their wheated bourbon and 42% of their high rye recipe to the blend, but in this series, the BBC whiskies have grown a little older. The rye component is more assertive, yet so is the wheat. It’s a spicy and creamy combination that drinks easy. The edges of series #1 have been rounded off and the whisky feels more complete.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 05, 2020

The Bardstown collaborative approach extends well beyond their unique finished barrels. They involve the entire Bardstown team in the blending process, bringing together their distilling, culinary (they operate an exceptional restaurant) and beverage (and a top notch bar program) teams to make sure they have a blend that truly reflects what they’re trying to accomplish. They’ve succeeded in a big way. The first release of Fusion won major accolades, both from us here at KL, and folks like the Whisky Advocate – who named it #11 on their top 20 whiskies for 2019. I daresay, that Fusion #2 is a better whiskey. It makes use of 40% 12 year old KY Bourbon and the 60% remainder is a combo of Bardstown’s wheat and high rye distillate. The whisky is very similar to series #1, but the hard edges have been sanded down. It’s more round and supple. The rye component stands out a little more in flavor, but it really maintains the supple creamy wheat texture. It is an impeccable blend of different ages and mashbills in one of the best new bourbons to hit the market in 2020.

Andrew Tobin | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 10, 2020

Bardstown’s Fusion Series 1 was one of my favorite bottles of bourbon we carried while it lasted. I went through 2 or 3 of them easily and the rest of the staff in SF was equally fond. When the series 2 came in I eagerly bought a bottle as I wanted to see what their evolution as distillers and blenders was going to be like. A little tight when I first opened it. I let the bottle sit for a few days (yes, whiskey too can benefit from breathing). Upon second approach the bottle was much more aromatic with notes of baking spice, cherry and apricot, roasted almond and hazelnut. This has to be one of the softest palates of any bourbon at nearly 100 proof. The mouth explodes up front with fruit and spice and sits soft and round on the mid palate with the roasted nut, and toffee. The finish is full of burnt caramel, Baker’s chocolate, and tons of wood spice. Very different from the original offering, you can really see what an extra year of maturation does to their own distillate and makes me excited for what they have to come!

Bardstown Bourbon Company “Collaboration Series – The Prisoner” Red Wine Barrel Finished Bourbon (750ml) ($129.99)

The next in line from Bardstown’s epic collaborations is “The Prisoner.” This world-famous Napa Valley red blend meshes perfectly with the 9 year old Tennessee distillate over 18 months of finishing. Bottled at an even 100 proof, it’s everything you love about The Prisoner delivered into whiskey form. It’s rich and complex – a hedonistic combination of blackberries, cherries, honey, vanilla, oak, baking spice, and a touch of grape sweetness.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 05, 2020

Bardstown is manufacturing hit after hit with every new release. The Prisoner Collaboration is sure to be no different. The world famous Prisoner Red Blend is a wine that smacks of sweet red fruits and barrel spice. These things play perfectly with the 9 year old Tennessee mashbill. The whisky shows gobs of black cherries, honey glazed corn, peanut butter nuttiness, tons of vanilla and complex wood. It’s a big, sweet, luxurious bourbon.

Bardstown Bourbon Company “Discovery Series #2” Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) ($129.99)

It’s hard to imagine an improvement over Discovery Series #1, but Bardstown has done it. Number two is a blend of whiskies all over 10 years old. The make up is 44% 10 year (75% corn, 13% rye, 12% barley), 39% 12 year (74% corn, 18% rye, 8% barley) and 17% 14 year old whiskey (78% corn, 10% rye, 12% barley). The blend here shows more wood and intense rye spice than Series #1. It’s a big whiskey in a big bottle that delivers a big value for the most discerning bourbon drinkers.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 05, 2020

Discovery Series #1 was a huge hit with staff and customers alike. I think batch #2 will shake the bourbon industry. It’s exceptional. Everything in the blend is over 10 years old. The rye in the mashbills really stands out. It’s a large-and-in-charge whiskey that carries a ton of spice. Yet it doesn’t lack for sweetness. It’s full of caramel, maple syrup, and vanilla notes. The oak is very pretty and well integrated. A sweet cherry cola profile fills the middle of the palate. It’s balanced and very sippable at 122.2 proof. A supremely high quality whisky that is worth buying in multiples. You’ll definitely want one or two to drink now and a couple to stash in the collection for later.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/03/a-bourbon-distillery-on-a-tear-rolls-out-three-more-stunners-american-whiskey-news/

Chivas Brothers Ltd

Chivas Brothers
111-113 Renfrew Road
Paisley, Renfrewshire
PA3DY
United Kingdom
Tel +44 141 531 1801
http://chivasbrothers.com

Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is een van ’s werelds grootste drankenconcerns met hoofdkwartier in Parijs. Ze zijn in niet minder dan 80 landen actief en stellen zo’n 18.000 mensen te werk. Naast Absolut Vodka, Beefeater gin, Martell Cognac, Havana Club rum, Malibu, Perrier-Jouët, Mumm champagne en Jameson Irish Whiskey, hebben ze ook een belangrijke voet aan de grond in de Schotse whiskyindustrie.

De Schotse whiskypoot is ondergebracht in Chivas Brothers Ltd. Ze bezitten Aberlour, Caperdonich, Glenburgie, Dalmunach, Glen Keith, Strathisla, Longmorn, Miltonduff, The Glenlivet, Strathisla, Tormore en Scapa. Strathclyde, de grain distillery in de Lowlands, behoort hen ook toe. Daarnaast hebben ze nog een heleboel blends op de markt. Denken we maar Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, White Heather, Long John, Passport, Clan Campbell, King’s Ransom… de lijst gaat nog even door.

1909

 Chivas heeft zijn hoofdkwartier in Paisley, vlakbij Glasgow en begon zijn geschiedenis in Aberdeen in 1801, toen John Forrest een kruidenierszaak opstartte, die in 1838 werd overgelaten aan William Edward. Niet veel later trad James Chivas toe. Na de dood van Edward kwam John Chivas, jongere broer van James, in de zaak en werd ze herdoopt tot Chivas Brothers. Hoewel na hun dood de zaak werd overgenomen door zakenlui buiten de familie, bleef de naam behouden.

In 1949 werd het bedrijf opgekocht door drankengigant Seagram, inclusief Strathisla. In 1957 werd dan Glen Keith vlakbij Strathisla neergepoot. Aangezien de verkoop bleef boomen werd in de 1970s Allt-a-Bhaine en Braeval gebouwd om te kunnen blijven voldoen aan de vraag. In 1975 werden daar Glenlivet, Glen Grant, Aberlour, Edradour, Longmorn en Benriach aan toegevoegd. Sinds 2001 is Chivas onderdeel van Pernod Ricard, die een groot deel van de portfolio van Seagram overneemt.

Range

De range van Chivas Brothers kent bijna geen einde. Laat ons daarom even focussen op hun vlaggenschip: Chivas Regal. In 1909 werd de blend voor het eerst gelanceerd en wel meteen als 25-jarige, bedoeld als super premium blend voor de jet set in de States. Het werd meteen een bestseller. Maar oorlog, droogdlegging en een beurskrach gooiden roet in het eten. Na enkele moeilijke jaren komt een 12-jarige expressie uit. Het duurt nog tot 1997 alvorens de 18-jarige op de markt komt, maar het moutgehalte ligt aanzienlijk lager dan bij de vorige versies.

In 2013 verrast Chivas met de Chivas Regal Mizunara, die rijpte op Japanse eik. Zeker ook het vermelden waard is de Royal Salute, een luxe blend als eerbetoon aan de Britse kroon.

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Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1996 Sherry Cask from Gordon & MacPhail at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Caol Ila 23 Year Old Connoisseur’s Choice

A 1996 vintage and most recent bottling in the CONNOISSEURS CHOICE range from Gordon MacPhail. Beautiful colour from a single refill sherry butt #16075 at 58.3%. Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1996 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whiskey. Single cask refill sherry butt #16075. Distilled 1996 bottled 2020 by Gordon MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice series. 519 bottles.

Caol Ila Distillery is famous for the stunning view from its still house windows looking out across the Sound of Islay and for the objects which have passed by including naval battleships, submarines and whales. Caol Ila was established in 1846 by Hector Henderson on a sheltered but rocky stretch of coast on north east Islay. Now the largest malt whiskey distillery on Islay it produces peated and some un-peated malt whisky with the distillery range including Caol Ila 12 year old and the Distiller’s Edition. Caol Ila participates in Feis Ile, the annual Islay Festival of Malt and Music.

Shop – Caol Ila 23 Year Old – £188.00

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Irish Single Malt Whiskey 17 Year Old 2001 Rolf Kaspar

Distilleerderij: Onbekend
Regio: Ierland
Fles: Irish Single Malt Whiskey 17 Year Old 2001/2019 Rolf Kaspar for Hotel Essener Hof, cask #3379, 221 bts
Kleur: licht goud
ABV: 55.9%

Fruitkauwgum

Begin 2019 werd deze 17-jarige Ierse whiskey – waarvan de afkomst geheim wordt gehouden – gebotteld door het Duitse Rolf Kaspar voor het Hotel Essener Hof in Essen, Duitsland. De bottelaar en het hotel werken vaker samen om tastings te geven van zowel whisky als gin en andere distillaten.

De neus prikkelt een beetje, maar offreert wel onmiddellijk erg snoeperige en tropische fruit toetsen. Ik lijk te ruiken aan een potje roomijs met mango- en kiwismaak, overgoten met een siroop van ananas en perzik. Na enkele ogenblikken verschijnt er nog een grassige toets en iets van noten. Zalig zomers.

Op smaak komt al dat tropische fruit direct terug, zij het wel in erg snoeperige, bijna kauwgumachtige vorm. Hij kan de tropische, fruitige belofte van de neus niet helemaal waarmaken. Dat neemt niet weg dat dit erg aangenaam is. Op het randje van guimauve, maar jammer genoeg net niet. Wel een pittig pepertje om één en ander wat punch te geven.

Hoewel neus en smaak erg goed meevallen, is de finish een tikkeltje te bitter en te droog om top te zijn.

De gasten van het 4-sterren Essener Hof mogen zich gelukkig prijzen dat dit op het schap staat. Erg leuke Ierse single cask whiskey aan een mooie prijs. Je kan hem vandaag de dag nog vinden voor zo’n 100 EUR.

85/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 29-12-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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Cooley 11 Year Old 1992 Malts Festival 2019 Cadenheads

Distilleerderij: Cooley
Regio: Ierland
Fles: Cooley 11 Year Old 1992/2019, Cadenhead’s Big Open Day Tasting 2019
Kleur: goud
ABV: 53.4%

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Controverse

Het was u wellicht ook opgevallen: de whiskey werd gedistilleerd in 1992 en gebotteld in mei 2019. Dan moet hij dus 27 jaar oud zijn. Toch staat er op het label slechts 11 Year Old. Hoe dat komt? Wel… een Irish Whiskey mag enkel zo genoemd worden indien hij ook in Ierland gerijpt heeft, maar dit vat werd al in 2003 naar Schotland verhuisd om daar nog 16 jaar extra te rijpen. Vreemde regelgeving maar there you have it.  En Cadenhead is niet vies van een controverse meer of minder, natuurlijk.

De neus maakt duidelijk dat dit een Connemara in vermomming is. De turf is herkenbaar, zij het wel dat hij in plaats van rokerige toetsen nu eerder boerderijgeuren voortbrengt. Daarnaast flink wat zoetigheid in de vorm van gedroogd fruit. Denk ananas, perzik, mango en limoen. En wat lekker, zeg!

Heerlijke body en onmiddellijk mondvullend. Je kan deze bijna kauwen. Opnieuw flink wat geel en gedroogd fruit, maar nu ook wat kiezels en gyproc. Ik moet bijna aan Springbank denken. Meloen, ananas, mango en flink wat turf. Nu toch een mooie rookontwikkeling. Hij wordt lekker kruidig en zet je mond helemaal warm. Heerlijk!

De afdronk is lekker lang, bijna pikant, met een zalige balans tussen rokerigheid en fruitigheid.

Uitstekende Cooley die dankzij de veel langere rijping dan het label doet vermoeden, flirt met tropisch fruit terwijl er nog voldoende rokerigheid is om hem lekker spannend te maken.

88/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 26-12-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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