1792 FULL PROOF WINS BEST SMALL BATCH BOURBON – American Whiskey News

1792 FULL PROOF WINS BEST SMALL BATCH BOURBON

Barton 1792 Distillery Bourbons Win Six Medals at 2019 New York World Wine Spirits Competition

BARDSTOWN, KY (Oct. 23, 2019) –  1792 Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon won a Double Gold Best in Class medal at the 2019 New York World Wine Spirits Competition (NYWSC) and was given the title Best Small Batch Bourbon – Up to 10 Years.

Five more Barton 1792 Distillery Bourbons received medals as well. The brands were awarded as follows:

  • Very Old Barton 90 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon – Double Gold
  • 1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon – Silver
  • Kentucky Tavern Kentucky Straight Bourbon – Silver
  • Zackariah Harris Kentucky Straight Bourbon – Silver
  • Very Old Barton 80 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon – Bronze

The NYWSC competition is committed to three principles, legacy, integrity and experience. Through these principles, the spirits are judged by the industry’s most trusted authorities.

 “It is always exciting to see our whiskies win awards, especially when one wins Best Small Batch Bourbon,” Master Distiller Danny Kahn said. “A lot of effort is put into creating these whiskies, and these awards are testament to that hard work.”

Results from the 2019 New York World Wine Spirits Competition can be found at https://www.nywscomp.com/results/

To find more information about Barton 1792 brands, please visit https://www.1792distillery.com/

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 27 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 2018 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition. To learn more visit www.1792bourbon.com.

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A. SMITH BOWMAN BOURBON WIN GOLD MEDAL – American Whiskey News

 A. SMITH BOWMAN BOURBON WIN GOLD MEDAL

 Bourbon Awarded Medal at New York World Wine Spirits Competition 

FREDERICKSBURG, VA (Oct. 30, 2019) – Isaac Bowman Port Finished Virginia Straight Bourbon won a gold medal at the 2019 New York World Wine Spirits Competition (NYWSC).

The NYWSC competition is committed to three principles, legacy, integrity and experience. Through these principles, the spirits are judged by the industry’s most trusted authorities.

 “Receiving a gold  edal at the 2019 New York World Wine Spirits competition is an honor,” Master Distiller Brian Prewitt said. “We are grateful for this recognition.”

Results from the 2019 New York World Wine Spirits Competition can be found at https://www.nywscomp.com/results/

To find more information about A. Smith Bowman brands, please visit https://asmithbowman.com/

About A. Smith Bowman

A. 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. As Virginia’s oldest and most award-winning distillery, its various brands have earned numerous prestigious awards over the years, including John J. Bowman Single Barrel, which received a gold medal at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. For more information on A. Smith Bowman, please visit www.asmithbowman.com

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Myth Busters “Canada’s whisky regulations are stricter than they look!” by Davin de Kergommeaux

Myth Busters

Canada’s whisky regulations are stricter than they look

High Wire’s New Southern Revival Sorghum Whiskey Still 630’s S.S. Sorghum Whiskey would not be considered whisky if they were made in Canada.

A story in this morning’s edition of The Spirits Business draws the misleading and inaccurate conclusion that Canada’s regulations for making whisky are looser than those in the U.S.

Comparing regulations for Canadian whisky to U.S. regulations for bourbon may suit marketing purposes, but is disingenuous. Bourbon is just one of dozens of whisky styles approved by the American TTB.

Because Canada’s whisky regulations are succinct, some people believe they are looser than those of other countries. However, taken together, U.S. regulations offer significantly more options for whisky makers than Canadian regulations do.

Let’s compare Canada’s whisky rules to those of our much-loved cousin to the south:

1. Can Canadian distillers make whisky from pure sorghum juice? Absolutely not, yet American whisky made from the juice squeezed from the sugar cane-like sorghum plant qualifies as whisky under American TTB regulations.

2. Can Canadian spirit be sold as whisky without ever maturing in wood? No it cannot. But American whisky rules allow grain spirit that has barely touched wood to be labeled and sold as whisky.

3. Must American whisky be matured in new barrels only? No, new and used of barrels are both permitted under TTB regulations.

4. Must all American whisky follow specified “mash bills?” Certainly not. There is no restriction on what grains American distillers can use or their proportions. Yes, there are rules that apply to bourbon only, but bourbon is just one part of the American whisky spectrum.

5. Can Canadian distillers include up to 95% neutral spirits in their blends and still call them whisky? No! But according to American TTB regulations it is perfectly fine to do so in the US.

6. Can American distillers add artificial flavouring to their whiskies and still call them whisky? Yes they can, as long as it is “harmless.”

7. Must Canadian whisky taste like whisky? Yes, it must, but there is no such requirement in the US.

Canada’s whisky regulations are short, but don’t be misled. They are much more restrictive than whisky regulations in the US. A close read of the full TTB American whisky regulations shows that they provide almost no restrictions on what distillers can do when making American whisky.

America makes some of the best tasting and best selling whiskies in the world, so let’s not quibble over which country’s rules are the strictest. Rules don’t make whisky, people do, and thank goodness they don’t all do it the same way.

The award winning book, Canadian Whisky The New Portable Expert won the Gourmand Award for Canadian wine and spirts and the Association of Culinary Professionals award for best book about wine, beer and spirits, and was shortlisted for the Taste Canada Awards. It was recently an Amazon No. 1 best seller.
Order your copy here.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/myth-busters-canadas-whisky-regulations-are-stricter-than-they-look-by-davin-de-kergommeaux/

Woodford Reserve Launches Festive Limited Edition – American Whiskey News

CREATE THE PERFECT DRINKS TROLLEY THIS FESTIVE SEASON WITH

WOODFORD RESERVE’S LIMITED EDITION WHISKEY GIFT RANGE 

Thursday 31 October 2019, London UK – Whether for you or a loved one, celebrate with WOODFORD RESERVE®’s unique holiday gift selection, from the Woodford Reserve Bourbon Gift Pack – for those partial to an Old Fashioned cocktail – to the Woodford Reserve Malt, the Scotch drinker’s whiskey of choice. Perfect for seasoned whiskey aficionados and cocktail enthusiasts alike, Woodford Reserve’s award-winning family of American Whiskeys offers a gift that will befit every celebratory occasion this winter. 

A WARM WELCOME FOR WHISKEY LOVERS; FROM RRP £32.00

Revered for its rich and full-bodied flavours brought out by the masterful artisanal process behind every bottle, Woodford Reserve Bourbon is one of the world’s most celebrated bourbons, with over 200 detectable flavour notes. So what better way to gift your loved ones during this year’s festivities than with a bourbon that has truly made its mark and a limited edition bottle. From bold grain and wood notes, to sweet aromatics, spice and fruit, Woodford Reserve Bourbon can be served as a digestif after dinner, on the rocks, or as the basis for a cocktail, thanks to its unique mashbill of 72% corn, 18% rye and 10% malt.

The special limited edition bottle depicts a holiday landscape from the Woodford Reserve Distillery. For over 20 years, guests have visited the national historic landmark to enjoy Woodford Reserve Bourbon, take in the scenery and learn about its history. Painted by renowned Kentucky-based artist, Suzanne Enriquez Dougherty, the snowy scene showcases the stylistic approach to her work bringing the warmth of the holiday spirit at the distillery to life.

Unusual also for being triple distilled for extra smoothness, this iconic spirit is a versatile foundation for your favourite festive tipple. 700ml bottle available from Tesco for RRP £32.00, reduced to £25.00 from 29 October until 18 November. 

AN OLD FASHIONED HOLIDAY; FROM RRP £32.00

Roll out the drinks trolley this December and pour out the world’s number 1 classic cocktail*, the Old Fashioned, with Woodford Reserve’s Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup, created in collaboration with a selection of the world’s best bartenders. Made using bitters, sugars and botanical extracts, the syrup makes light work of the classic American cocktail and has been developed to carefully complement the signature taste of Woodford Reserve Bourbon, including rich fruits, caramel, spices and vanilla – the true taste of the festive season.

Creating an authentic Old Fashioned to pair with the indulgent delights of holiday gatherings couldn’t be easier with one of two distinct gift packs. Choose from either one, featuring both the 60ml Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup and the award-winning 700ml Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Bourbon (available from selected Waitrose and Amazon stores for £32), or the other that comes complete with Old Fashioned glassware and a 200ml bottle of Woodford Reserve (available from selected Sainsbury’s stores at £18).

RECIPE:

  1. Pour 50ml of Woodford Reserve Bourbon into your favourite rocks glass
  2. Add 10ml of Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup
  3. Stir with a large block of ice for 10 seconds and garnish with an orange zest

THE SCOTCH DRINKER’S WHISKEY; FROM RRP £35.00

For those who enjoy a Scotch as they nestle down post-supper but are seeking a new experience, reach for Woodford Reserve Malt. With an emphasis on the nuttiness of grain and toasted oak of the barrel, Woodford Reserve Malt Whiskey gives a more buttery flavour than its bourbon counterpart, an ideal pairing for the rich flavours of any festive dessert.

Whilst most people associate malt whiskey with Scotland, Kentucky has a history of malt whiskey production pre-prohibition, which Woodford Reserve has drawn on for inspiration. Crafted from 51% malt and aged in new charred oak barrels the result is a whiskey that is flavourful with notes of dark chocolate, dried fruits, caramel coated nuts and a trace of toasted coconut.

700ml bottle available from Asda for RRP £35.00.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/woodford-reserve-launches-festive-limited-edition-american-whiskey-news/

Heaven Hill Brands Closes Black Velvet Acquisition – Canadian Whisky News

 

Heaven Hill Brands Closes Black Velvet Acquisition

Black Velvet, named for its velvety smooth taste, fills an important gap in Heaven Hill’s broad distilled spirits portfolio by substantially expanding sales activities in the Imported Whisky category and fits perfectly with its portfolio of high volume, quality brands like Evan Williams Bourbon, Burnett’s Vodka, Deep Eddy Vodka, Admiral Nelson’s Rums, and Christian Brothers Brandies.BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Today, Heaven Hill Brands, the nation’s largest independent, family-owned and operated distilled spirits supplier completed the acquisition of Black Velvet Canadian Whisky, the second-largest selling Canadian whisky in the world, and the historic Black Velvet Distilling facility in Lethbridge, Canada, from Constellation Brands Inc.

“Today we are proud to officially welcome this iconic brand and others into Heaven Hill’s historic portfolio,” said Max L. Shapira, President of Heaven Hill Brands. “The Heaven Hill family is proud to continue the culture of Black Velvet and nurture the unique heritage of this great Canadian Whisky that has built a solid foundation for growth.

Perella Weinberg Partners LP acted as exclusive financial advisor to Heaven Hill Brands with respect to the transaction. The historic Black Velvet Distilling facility is one of the eight traditional Canadian distilleries in operation. The acquisition includes all the distilling operations, aging and bottling facilities and the remaining portfolio of Canadian Whisky brands owned by Constellation, which includes Black Velvet, MacNaughton, McMasters, and the international business of the Schenley brands – Golden Wedding and OFC. Canadian Whisky made up 7.3% of total distilled spirits volume in 2018 according to Beverage Information Group, the largest segment of all total Imported Whiskey. The Canadian Whisky category is approximately 16.8 million cases, with Black Velvet volume representing almost two million cases in the U.S. in 2018.

ABOUT HEAVEN HILL BRANDS: Founded in 1935, Bardstown, KY -based Heaven Hill Brands (www.heavenhill.com) is the nation’s largest independent, family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer and the world’s second-largest holder of Kentucky Bourbon. Heaven Hill’s diversified portfolio of brands includes Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, Larceny, and Henry McKenna Bourbons; Rittenhouse Rye Whisky; Deep Eddy and Burnett’s Vodkas; Admiral Nelson’s and Blackheart Rums; Black Velvet Canadian Whisky; Lunazul Tequila; The Christian Brothers Brandies; HPNOTIQ Liqueur; Carolans Irish Cream Liqueur; PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur; Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/heaven-hill-brands-closes-black-velvet-acquisition-canadian-whisky-news/

BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY RELEASES 1994 VINTAGE O.F.C. BOURBON WHISKEY – American Whiskey News

BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY RELEASES

1994 VINTAGE O.F.C. BOURBON WHISKEY

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Oct. 31, 2019) – Buffalo Trace is unveiling a new O.F.C. Vintage bourbon this fall. The bourbon whiskey in this release was distilled and rolled into the warehouse to rest in 1994, a year which saw box office hits like “Forrest Gump,” “The Lion King” and “Pulp Fiction,” and headlines documented Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as South African president and OJ Simpson’s infamous white Ford Bronco chase.

Now, 25 years later, this vintage collectable bourbon has been bottled and will begin reaching stores in late November, but will be very limited and extremely rare.

This is the fourth O.F.C. Vintage release, and like the previous releases, the 1994 Vintage will arrive in a wooden display box containing a provenance card.  Inside the wooden box lies a crystal bottle with real copper lettering in-laid in the bottle with a hand applied paper label. The label on the back of the bottle notes the milestones for the year 1994. The provenance card contains the same information found on the back label.

The O. F. C. vintage-dated bourbons have a name derived from this National Historic Landmark’s original moniker – the O.F.C. Distillery – renowned for producing top class whiskey during its tenure.

Tasting notes for this bourbon describe lots of cherry on the nose followed by butterscotch with hints of brown sugar and oak. Toasted caramel, cinnamon and oak greet the palate, followed by a long finish of coffee, herbs and oak.

Of the four O.F.C. Vintage releases this is the third offered for sale. In the fall of 2016 Buffalo Trace Distillery released three vintage-dated bourbons, exclusively to non-profit organizations at no charge to raise money for their causes. Those bottles, from 1980, 1982, and 1983 were auctioned at charity and raised nearly $1.2 million for a variety of causes such as cancer services, cystic fibrosis, leukemia and lymphoma, children’s rights, autism, military veterans, animal protection, arts foundations, and many more.

Last year Buffalo Trace released four O.F.C. bourbons to the public, including vintages from 1985, 1989 and 1990 in the spring, and a 1993 vintage in the fall.

Suggested retail pricing for this collectable and very limited 1994 O.F.C. Vintage Bourbon is $2,500.  More information about the O.F.C. line can be found at https://ofcvintages.com.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 21 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year by “Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018” and its William Larue Weller and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac were named 2nd and 3rd finest whiskeys in the world, respectively, in the “Jim Murray Whiskey Bible 2020.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 500 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com

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Peated Perfection: New Dazzling Single Malt Exclusives from Michel Couvreur – Sxotxh Whisky News

We are back with another set of amazing single malt exclusives from Michel Couvreur. These bottlings have earned a cult following and have grown into one of our most successful brands. The late Michel Couvreur was a Belgian wine dealer who moved to Beaune in the 1950s. Then, in the 1960s as he followed his passion, he moved to Scotland to become more involved with the Scotch whisky industry. He had developed a taste for sherry-aged single malt. He worked out a few contracts from suppliers and began purchasing whisky to mature in his own sherry butts that he secured from Jerez. In the ’70s, Michel decided to move back to Beaune, in order to focus more on quality cooperage (Beaune was closer to Spain and easier to work out of) and that’s when he decided to mature his own casks, in his own cellar, that was built deeply into the side of a nearby hill. Michel would contract whisky from Scotland, barrels from Spain, and make his own expressions of single malt whisky from the heart of French wine country. These single malts, while not technically Scotch, soon became the stuff of legends. When our spirits team finally got a chance to taste these coveted single malts, an exclusive deal was struck immediately. The expressions featured here follow in this tradition of excellence and are destined to garner even more adoring fans. Quantities are limited and our allocations always sell out, so don’t miss out on one of the most exciting brands in the world of single malt.


Michel Couvreur “Cap a Pie” Whisky (750ml)
($69.99)

This unusual expression from our dear friends in Bouze-les-Beaune is a slight departure from their usual sherry driven malts. This blend of sherry aged malt whisky and whisky barrel (hogshead) aged grain is similar to their popular “Unique Whisky,” but with a higher proportion of malt aged in medium humid conditions. The result is something awesomely round, but with unparalleled freshness. The little blend dubbed, “Head to Foot” really has it all. This is the complete package for anyone looking for an easy drinker that doesn’t leave you wishing for more. Rich malt flavors meld with hints of tropical fruit, great structure, subtle nutty aromatics, and a long toasty finish. If you’re looking for something that’s not too head strong, yet still keeps you on your toes, don’t look any further than Cap A Pie.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 10, 2019

For a mere 70 bucks, this falls into the category of ‘life’s simple pleasures. “Head to Toe”, it’s a perfect blend. Set aside how wonderful, cool, and unusual Couvreur is as a producer and just taste the whisky. It’s flawless and offers a bit of everything in the whisky-verse. If you’ve ever enjoyed a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue, be prepared to be blown out of the water by this number.

Will Blakely | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 26, 2019

Anyone that tells you blended whisky is inherently inferior needs psychological evaluation to determine who hurt them to make them so cynical. And high-quality malt and grain mixtures don’t need to cost an arm and a leg like Johnnie Blue or Ichiro’s worldwide blend. Before you even raise the glass as far as your lips, enchanting aromas of orchard fruit, sweet grain, and white flowers greet you warmly. Honeyed, nutty, sticky malt and bright, delicate grain find the perfect balance and coax a subtle stone fruit character from the dynamic array of flavors you find in each sip. It’s so fresh and delightful that even casual drinkers may find themselves sitting in front of an empty glass wondering where all the whisky went.

Jackson Lee | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 26, 2019

This would be a great Scotch for anyone looking to try to get into the Islay flavor profile. It was so approachable, I smiled as I smelled and got the warm and fuzzies (and maybe some audible expressions as well). Sweet leather, bacon wrapped apples, and brine remind me of other Islays but with a lot of the medicinal qualities toned down. Sipping this was a very pleasant experience. It’s smooth and balanced with notes of apple, light peat smoke, chocolate covered toffee, and sweet grass which all follow you into the finish. This dram is dangerously delicious for the price and something I could see myself going through multiple bottles of with a group of friends.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: May 27, 2019

This blended whiskey has a beautiful expressive nose that is full of sweet and inviting aromas. In the mouth it is soft and round and very easy to drink. It is on the malty sweet side and will be great alone or on the rocks. The Cap A Pie is not a heavy or concentrated but light and a crowd pleaser.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: May 24, 2019

How is this French family so great at handling Scotch? I don’t know the answer to that question, but it doesn’t matter because they’ve impressed me again. This new offering is buttery with just a touch of smoke on the nose. More sniffs and a few drops of water bring out rich red fruit scents and a pleasant pungent quality. The palate is a bit of a conundrum because the whisky is gentler and yet the peat comes out more as well. Even with more smoke, this whisky is never aggressive. Instead, floral flavors and vanilla bean unfold and lead up to dying campfire finish.

Greg St. Clair | KL Staff Member | Review Date: May 21, 2019

The nose if full of heather and honey and if I didn’t know better I’d think it was a Highland Malt. On the palate you get a very high toned, central focus that makes this spirit seem very elegant. It has a long finish, fresh and uplifting.

Michel Couvreur “Peaty Overaged” KL Exclusive Malt Whisky (750ml) ($79.99)

The chance to work with Michel Couvreur on a special KL whisky project was something that David and I had been dreaming of for years. We had heard the stories. This crazy Belgian had moved to Burgundy in the ’60s, carved out a wine cellar inside a mountain, only to fill it with Scottish single malt whisky instead of Pinot Noir. He set up camp in Beaune, ordered new-made spirit to be delivered by tanker, and drove down to Jerez himself, selecting his own sherry butts to ensure the finest quality casks for his contracted spirit. Unfortunately, Michel Couvreur passed away in 2013 from pancreatic cancer, thus ending the career of one of the industry’s most courageous pioneers. Luckily for us, however, apprentice Jean-Arnaud has carried on after studying under Michel for more than a decade. When we visited the underground cave, we were all in total awe. The tunnels of dripping stone go on forever, and the amount of whisky stored in this secret lair is jaw-dropping. We put our trust completely in Jean-Arnaud and are happy that we did. Our peated version of the incredible sherry expression is a seamless creation that drinks like the best version of Johnnie Black ever, mixed with the most supple and soft expressions of Macallan. It’s a lush, unfiltered, creamy, caramel-laden dream of a whisky composed only of malts 12 years and older. There’s a bit of peat on the finish, but the soft sherry is the star. (NOTE: do NOT cut the hard wax seal, use a wine opener to go through it)

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 14, 2014

The magnificence that is Michel Couvreur has always been clear, but it wasn’t until we stepped into the special cave, carved out of the rock, in Bouze-Les-Beaune, that you can fully appreciate the incredible endeavor and process of this fine producer. While this is by definition NOT scotch, because it is aged outside of the country, the old school practices utilized at here are unusual back in Scotland. The fact that these guys literally drive to Jerez to pick out fresh sherry casks (from Equipos Navazos no less) is totally unique in modern times. In fact, no producer of malt whisky is getting access to fresher barrels than these guys. Despite not being able to use the famous moniker, that does not preclude this from being one of the most authentic and absolutely delicious malts on the market. There is stupendous depth and complexity even at 86 proof. And while the sherry is toned down from the standard version, a subtle fino/amontillado quality exists in the back ground. This is pointed by a fabulous smokey sweetness, which hints at the source whisky. A truly unique gem.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 10, 2019

This has been a favorite bottling of mine every year since it first landed in 2014. This marks our fifth iteration and I believe it may be the finest. The soft sherry is of the highest quality. The malt is all 12 years and up, and the smoke profile is perfect. It has pure sexy peat and is intense yet welcoming. A slight salinity brings freshness to the palate and highlights the brimming sweet fruit. It’s rare to see anything of this quality come together, let alone for 80 bucks.

Jackson Lee | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 02, 2019

Nosing this in the glass was addicting and I had to stop myself before becoming in danger of singeing nerve endings. A sweet hickory smoke softly emanated from the glass with a bit of brine behind it. Working my way past the sumptuous smoke, I got notes of apple skins and barbecued yellow nectarines. The palate was round and soft; I felt no need to add water to this one. Black pepper and honey smoked ham, combined with charred canned pineapple, almost made me feel like I was at a luau. The finish was pleasant, not too long, but had a waxy, spicy play going on, and once everything felt like it was over, a bit of leftover charred pineapple showed up to do one last curtsy.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 09, 2019

This Michel Couvreur Malt Whiskey is a perfect marriage of smoke and sherry aged spirit. It is balanced and not heavy, with the sherry aging adding a kiss of influence but not dominating the spirit, creating a well-integrated whole. There are a nice amount of smoke aromas with subtle sweet undertones. On top of this it is complex and will surprise and delight.

Ryan Woodhouse | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 22, 2014

One of the best bottles of “Scotch” I have had in a long while. I have been moving away from peated malts recently…but this bottle has the perfect marriage of smoke and sherry. The malt has a beautiful chewy texture and richness on the palate (perhaps owing to the fact that they don’t remove any of the first fill sherry barrel residue before bottling). It is brimming with red forest fruits, sweet rancio tones, wood spice and earthy nuances. A really complete drop and serious value for the money, in my book.

Shaun Green | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 07, 2014

I love it! Super creamy with a mild peat, lovely sherry character, and an absolutely wonderful sexy texture on the palate. What an amazingly charming whiskey!

Michel Couvreur “Pale Single Single” Malt Whisky (750ml) ($109.99)

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: July 22, 2016

A single malt from a single cask from this renowned blender is always a treat. Here we’re off the big sherry notes that Couvreur is known for and onto something more malt-driven. Still with that beautiful Burgundian cellar experience, but now pointed with Highland flowers, wild honey, white and yellow fruit. I’m wanting to say this is Clynelish, but cannot confirm. Now that we’re able to list this below $100 it’s a no-brainer and certainly a unique experience that’s not easily replicated anywhere else on the shelf.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: July 25, 2016

Absolutely fantastic. The Couvreur Pale has inviting malt and floral aromas. In the mouth it is soft, round and malty, with subtle dried fruit nuances. A nice long finish helps round out this wonderful whisky.

Michel Couvreur 10 Year Old “V.J. Maturation” KL Exclusive Tissot Vin Jaune Barrel Aged Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($119.99)

Two exceptional names in their respective fields coming together in this extremely rare and unique offering. The Single Malt spirit was distilled on February 5th, 2009, and shipped to the Burgundian cellars carved in the rock in Bouze-les-beaune. There it was filled into 5 casks that had previously held the exquisite Vin Jaune from one of the Jura’s finest producers, Stephan Tissot. After decades being used for this unique wine, something in between grand cru Burgundy and fino sherry, the barrels are completely impregnated with the complex flavors of the special wine. The two producers traded barrels and there is indeed a small batch of Vin Jaune from Mr. Tissot that is aged in ex-whisky barrels from Couvreur’s cellar. But it seems that the whisky maker probably had the better deal, since these old casks are very hard to pry from the cellars of the Jura producers. After 10 full years maturing in the most humid part of Couvreur’s cellars this whisky is now brimming with the intense energy of the special wine that was once made in these barrels and the enigmatic man who made them. This is at full cask strength here with no additives of any kind except for 10 long years in Couvreur’s underground cellars. The whisky displays strong deposits (the lees and the voile) as the barrels were filled fresh without any intervention to remove the leftover wine deposits. This whisky loves a drop of water (just one) to open up the rich complexity and vibrant intensity.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 10, 2019

For those seeking true rarity and exceptionalism, look no further. Miniscule production combined with barrels from one of the world’s finest wine producers (also of tiny production) leads to a whisky of phenomenal complexity and flavor. It’s briny, biological, and fresh, much like the more familiar fino sherry category, but seems to fit even more seamlessly into a whisky than the wines of Jerez. It also possess some of the strong flavors more reminiscent of Baijiu. Wild umami tangos with fruit, salt, and honey drizzled granola. If you’re turned on by the esoteric, don’t miss this. If you collect whisky, don’t miss this. If you you simply love drinking great whisky, don’t miss this. There is truly nothing else like it on earth.

Alex Schroeder | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 11, 2019

This is yet another marvel from the phenomenon that is Michel Couvreur’s whisky. The Belgian scotch-maker in Burgundy puts a truly unique, French twist on this single-malt by aging it in Vin Jaune barrels from a fantastic producer in his own right, Stephan Tissot. The result is amazing. It’s yeasty, nutty, citrusy, honey-laden with the richness of a sherried whisky but with a very different, brighter, unique, delicious profile.

Jackson Lee | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 01, 2019

What a departure from their other offering, Cap a Pie. I wont say completely opposite, but what the Cap a Pie had in smoke and was lacking in medicinal notes, the 10-year V.J. seems to have done the reverse. On the nose I immediately got band aides paired with brine, umeshu plum, roasted toffee, and slight notes of smoked honey and graham crackers. The palate has a bit of five spice to start and then goes into chocolate nougat and a toasted graham cracker and finishes with something that reminded me of the chili mango skewers you can get on the beaches of P.V. The V.J. barrels give this whiskey a sherried characteristic on the nose, so if you like sherried Islays, this is one worth taking a look at.

Will Blakely | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 26, 2019

Fans of Michel Couvreur products should be rejoicing right now, as this unique cask is another show-stopper in their lineup. Truthfully, this should be on any enthusiast’s short-list right now, not solely because of its rarity but mainly because it’s damn fine whisky. Impossibly concentrated and complex for something 10 years old, this hits all the marks. Citrus and sultana on the nose with a hint of bready yeast, it almost feels like a sherry finish. But on the palate, there’s delicate, high-quality malt that melds perfectly with candied citrus peel, apricot and almond, with a generous note of wild honey throughout. The finish is long and soothing, with just enough savory voile and spice to keep it from tasting like dessert. But, sipping this with apricot tarte tatin certainly would not be out of place. With only so many bottles available, get yours before they’re gone.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/peated-perfection-new-dazzling-single-malt-exclusives-from-michel-couvreur-sxotxh-whisky-news/

THE PARTY SOURCE BOURBON HARVEST NOVEMBER 30th, 2019 – American Whiskey News

THE PARTY SOURCE BOURBON HARVEST

The Party Source’s 2nd Annual Bourbon Harvest is Saturday, November 30th from 11am to 5 pm, and we will be featuring all things Bourbon. We will have tastings that will highlight selected Bourbons, Bourbon barreled wines and beers, and so much more. We will also have an exciting selection of rare and highly allocated Bourbons available for purchase throughout the day. Of course, the day’s highlight are our hourly raffles for Old Rip Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace Antique Collection.

RAFFLE SIGNUP

Please read carefully. The Party Source Bourbon Harvest Raffle will be a two raffle process. The first raffle will select participants eligible to purchase one bottle and one bottle only of Old Rip Van Winkle or Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (whichever is available at the time of the raffle). The second raffle will select your place in line for purchase.

Signups must be submitted in-store only. Raffle signups begin Friday, November 1st. No signups may be submitted online in any form and no submissions can be made after midnight, November 23rd. To save time, you may print and fill out your submission form and present it in-store.

We will select first-round raffle winners at random and those winners will be able to participate in The Party Source’s Bourbon Harvest raffle. Winners will receive an email confirmation on November 27th with a time slot and voucher for the Saturday, November 30th raffle. In order to accommodate as many people as possible and in an orderly fashion, we are holding staggered raffles with designated time slots. Each raffle winner will be given a designated time slot. Time slots are not transferable in any way.

Rules for attendees on November 30th:
1. Must be physically present at the Party Source during your appointed time slot. Stand-ins will not be accepted.
2. Must have your emailed voucher printed and with you
3. Must have your valid ID with you at the event. The ID must match the information on your voucher.

We wish you all luck and as always, thank you for shopping with us for all your party needs!

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/the-party-source-bourbon-harvest-november-30th-2019-american-whiskey-news/

Mystery Single Malt with Sam Filmus at The Whisky Shop #SFO November 9th, 2019 – Single Malt News

Saturday, November 9th 

11AM-6PM

Mystery Single Malt with Sam Filmus 

Master of all things single malt, Keeper of the Quaich, and guiding light of JVS Imports, our friend Sam Filmus returns to The Whisky Shop with a selection of world-class single malts! Sam Filmus’ previous tastings have included some of the rarest and oldest drams ever tasted at The Whisky Shop.

Whether you’re looking for a unique new scotch experience, a hard-to-find international whiskey, or simply thirsty for a taste of single malt, this tasting is sure to delight and surprise.

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Complete your Collection

We’re having a massive sale on ‘Game of Thrones’ branded whiskies, with most 50% to 75% off their original sale price! Even if you’re not a series fan, you can get Lagavulin, Talisker, Clynelish, and more single malt scotches at a fraction of the price during this sale.

Click Here for the Game of Thrones Single Malt Sale

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/mystery-single-malt-with-sam-filmus-at-the-whisky-shop-sfo-november-9th-2019-single-malt-news/