The Virginia Distillery Company Has A New Look – America Whiskey News

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The new website is live!

Check out our new look and feel

We thank you all for your patience as we completely overhauled our online presence. Our new, beautiful www.vadistillery.com is up and ready for you to have a look around. We’ve incorporated some great new features and some beautiful photography to go along with our new email format and our invigorated social media presence. As things get more and more exciting around here, we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop every step of the way.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/10/the-virginia-distillery-company-has-a-new-look-america-whiskey-news/

A New Look for TWE – Website Updates – Whisky News

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A new look for TWE – website updates

If you have a look at The Whisky Exchange website today, you may notice a few differences. By which I mean we’ve totally revamped the site.

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Our new front page – isn’t it pretty?

We’ve been doing little tweaks over the past few years, but we decided that it was time to overhaul the site’s look and feel, as well as drop in a few new bits and pieces that you’ve been asking for. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s new.
First up is the new look. The site is now mobile friendly, with a responsive design that will work on phones, large screens and everything in between – change the size of your web browser and things will resize so as to best to fit your screen. Here’s the same page on my phone, iPad and desktop; click to show them full size:

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On desktop

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On tablet

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On mobile

We’ve also upgraded our tasting notes, with our product pages now telling you much more about what drinks taste like, with key flavours and styles now added. We’ve not filled those in for everything yet, but we’re adding more every day.

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Guess the whisky… (click for the answer)

We’ve added more information all over the site, from the product pages through to our category, brand and distillery pages. If you want to know more about port or the difference between the types of American whiskey, then it’s all there – just click the ‘Discover more’ link.

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More filters…

Behind the scenes we’ve also been adding information, and our searching and filtering is now even better. Typing into the search box will now offer more suggestions, as we’re tapping into much more information than on the old site. As one of the largest sellers of old and rare bottles online, we thought we’d make it easier for you to focus on either those or newer bottles – every product list on the site now has three tabs to help you quickly switch what you’re looking at: all, standard and old rare.

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Wishlists!

 One of the most commonly requested features for the website has been wishlists, and we can now happily announce that we have them – just click the ‘Add to wishlist’ button that’s on every product page to start building one. This is just version one, and we’ve got lots of ideas on how to make them better that we’ll be rolling out over the coming months.
We’ll be continuing to add information and enhancements, so keep an eye out for more changes in the future. Any comments or suggestions, please drop them in a comment below – we always welcome feedback.
Originally published on The Whisky Exchange Blog – A new look for TWE – website updates

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/10/a-new-look-for-twe-website-updates-whisky-news/

INTERVIEW WITH PAUL DAVIS Nephin Distillery – Nephin (pronounced Nay – Fin) Whiskey Company – Irish Whiskey News

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INTERVIEW WITH PAUL DAVIS Nephin Distillery – Nephin (pronounced Nay – Fin) Whiskey Company 

Nephin Whiskey Company opened the first distillery in the west of Ireland for 100 years. There are many new distilleries either in progress, or planned for Ireland in these coming years, Paul, Can I ask why Lahardaun, Mayo?   Both myself and my wife (Jude) had bought a holiday home here a number of years ago and fell in love with the location. On one side we have the peak of Nephin mountain which dominates the landscape and on the other side we have the blue of Lough Conn. In between we have the peat bogs that have been used for generations in the area for fuel for heating. It always struck us that this would be a great place for a whiskey bar, but footfall was always light. Then just over a year ago I came across this particular site in the heart of the village and I knew that it was the perfect location for a distillery. It had the history of local stills (making traditional uisce beatha albeit illegally) and a great sense of community. We both knew it was the right spot to start the business.

Opening ceremony, who cut turf, laid a stone etc?   This was a great occasion. We had An Taoiseach Enda Kenny launch the distillery. It was attended by most of the locally elected representatives, local councilors and most of the residents of the area. We had speeches from the CEO of Mayo County Council and the Local Enterprise Offfice. To be honest it was a great day with huge support for the enterprise.

Will this have any impact on the local community? (good or bad)  It will create 18 jobs locally. These will be full time. It will create a cooperage onsite whereby we will train up initially two new coopers. We will have the tourist side which will bring in over 40,000 visitors per year – currently the village would have less than 5000 visitors per year. So economically it will be very positive for the village. We are also working with a couple of the businesses on a redevelopment plan for the village itself to enhance it. You can see the proposed development in the pictures attached.

Please explain what Traditional Craft Irish Whiskey is and how it is different?  We use the word Traditional because we will be peating our whiskey. This would have been how the malted barley would have been dried previously but has since lost out to larger distilleries in more urban settings. We will also be doing small batches of single malt with a range of finishes.

Type of whiskey? Peated single malt will be the primary product, but we will be producing the first peated pot still in Ireland as well.

Do you have any plans for various finishes, ie; sherry, port, wine etc? Yes , we will be laying down a proportion of our whiskey in bourbon casks, sherry casts , port casks, and will be looking at using perhaps a malbec cask from Argentina, and rum casks as well.

Will you double or triple distill, is there a reason?  We will be triple distilling as this is how the traditional Irish Whiskey was and it delivers a very smooth whiskey.

Will you be marketing special brands? own label, or allowing cask purchasing?  Absolutely, our primary brand will be Nephin but there will opportunities for people to buy casks and have them bottled for themselves. We will be making own label brands.

What is your overall aim for the new distillery?  A centre of excellence for small distilleries in Ireland.

Can you tell me about the equipment?   We are currently in the design phase of the project and as such we are working with number of the suppliers to finalise the design of the production equipment and stills. We are also in the process of sourcing a micro-malting unit as we will be both malting and peating barley on site.

Technical time; where did you get the stills from and the other equipment?  We are currently in the process of selecting the still manufacturer as well as the other equipment. This is quite an exciting time for us as we work with a number of suppliers to innovate the production processes.

What made you select them?  The key will be flexibility of production and the ability to innovate for new products. As a small distillery we will want to have a range of innovations coming on stream and as such the more flexible the production design the better.

What will be the annual total litres distilled?  The total volume we are looking at initially is 254,000 l.p.a rising to 508,000 l.p.a. after three years. The quality of the casks is very important to any distillery, can you tell me who selects yours and where they originate? I myself will be sourcing these and I am currently in conversation with a number of companies in Spain, Portugal , Argentina and the USA.

I believe you have a cooperage and maltings on site?  Yes – this is really important to us as we will be ageing in quarter casks as well as full casks. We are also developing a market for mini-casks handmade on site for the gift market. It is critical that the malting be under our control as we wish to develop some very unique products.

How do you see Irish whiskey in relation to Scotch?   It’s a growing market place but a complimentary one. I believe that we can both gain from the interest in premium whiskeys and not to the detriment of each other. So I believe that for a small distillery like ourselves we can learn a lot from the Scottish distilleries and they too hopefully will have something to learn from us as we progress with this venture.

Who are the People involved and backgrounds?

  • Dr. Paul Davis – Managing Director • Dr. Davis qualified in Bio Technology and worked in including Coca Cola Bottlers before completing his MBA and PhD. He has developed an international reputation as a procurement expert through his founding of the MSc in Strategic Procurement in DCU and his work on the Board of the International Federation of Purchasing Supply Management. In addition to his manufacturing knowledge,he brings obvious expertise in managing the procurement of the distillery setup and both direct indirect supplies for ongoing operations. • Mark Quick – Sales / Financial Director • Mark Quick is a qualified Electronic Engineer with an MBA from Trinity College. He previously founded, managed sold SourceDogg – a multi award winning software product for procurement professionals to source, negotiate with and manage suppliers and supply contracts. As a founder of SourceDogg, Mark secured early stage key clients such as Aer Lingus, Rehab, Rexam, An Garda Siochana and expanded sales internationally including UK, USA Canada. This experience will be replicated in personally securing early stage clients and partnerships for Nephin Distillery. Mark has a strong professional focus on Sustainability and this will be at the core of the new distillery operations and integrated in the marketing of both the spirits and tourism products. • Jude Davis – Operations Director • Jude Davis has a B.Sc in Biotechnology and a Masters in Industrial Engineering. She has worked for Cadbury Ireland limited for five years and was responsible for product and process development on a number of production lines which included chocolate production, caramel production, extrusion technology, tempering and enrobing systems. From 1994 until 2007, she worked for Chivers as Technical and Quality Manager. In that time she was responsible for the operation of the laboratory, which was both a process laboratory and a quality assurance laboratory. She was responsible for all product development, packaging development, food labelling and food legislation compliance within Chivers. Jude was also actively involved in the Technical and Legislation Committee of the Food and Drink Federation.

What are your day to day tasks?  What is your least favourite part of the job? Currently this involves a great deal of co-ordination between the three of us as we develop our processes and finalise the design. The least favourite part of the job currently is not having as much time on the plant as I would wish.

How will you compete against Multinational Corporations?  Innovation of product offerings including the production of peated single malt using barley which has been malted and peated by us.

The Bottles of Nephin Whiskey? They will come in a variety of sizes, but already we have a huge interest in our mini-cask offerings.

WHEN do you think the first bottle will be sold?  We sold through some already on our Crowd Funding site although people will not be able to have them until three years from now.

DO YOU have any idea what a bottle will cost?  We are aiming for the premium and super premium so a standard bottle of Nephin will be starting at around €80 RRP, with prices increasing for the special editions and limited editions we will be producing.

Can these be purchased in cases?  Absolutely , although we are working through our pricing models now with a number of distributors.

Do you have any “special” whiskey planned?   Yes – small batch peated pure pot still – not produced on a single distillery in Ireland to date.

Where will you ship?   Globally – we aim to capture a small

What do you see as your 3 largest markets?  USA , India and continental Europe – we have not decided on single country strategy as yet as we are working with a number of partners on how best to achieve our premium positions.

How many staff do you have on a daily basis? We currently have 3, but are increasing this in January to 5, and the by August we will be employing 18 people.

As a whiskey tour operator this is an important question to me; How will distillery tours be? These will be about 1 hour in length and will take you through from cooperage, malting to distilling and maturation.  (Paul McLean’s note; we will be there in 2015 with our group from Finland!

Who will take them and what will guests discover?  A unique experience in Ireland of a small distillery with staff who are passionate about making whiskey in a time honoured tradition.

Do you intend to offer any masterclasses at the distillery? Or plan to?  We intend to start a distilling and brewing school over the next two years but our primary focus is on whiskey manufacturing.

Finally, what dram do you settle down with at the end of the day? (Scotch or Irish)  For me it will always be a peated Scotch – that is until I make my own here.

THANK YOU PAUL, HOPEFULLY WE SHALL MEET UP NEXT YEAR WHEN WE BRING OUR WHISKEY LOVERS TO VISIT YOU!  PAUL MCLEAN

Should your group, club, or business wish to take a tour here, we can assist;  www.mcleanscotland.com/

Interview by Paul;  www.mcleanscotland.com and www.angelswhiskyclub.com 

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/10/interview-with-paul-davis-nephin-distillery-nephin-pronounced-nay-fin-whiskey-company-irish-whiskey-news/

The ICEBIRG Press creates a better ice sphere maker for whiskey drinkers – Whisky News

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The ICEBIRG Press creates a better ice sphere maker for whiskey drinkers 

Boise, ID, USA – October 20, 2014 – The ICEBIRG Press has created a better ice sphere maker for whiskey drinkers. Owners Jeff and Kevin Brackus, of Advanced Precision Machining Inc. in Meridian Idaho, created the ICEBIRG Press when they were unable to find an ice press on the market without problems. Other ice presses on the market don’t have the advanced features of the ICEBIRG Press like the melt runoff drain/alignment system, multipurpose channel and drain/alignment holes that make it easier to use and a water-tension removal dial that keeps you from fighting with the press to retrieve your ice sphere. The ICEBIRG Press also has air pressure release holes to relieve pressure during the speedy ice sphere creation process.

The ICEBIRG Press uses thermal mass and gravity (no motor or power required) to create a 2.5 inch ice sphere in less than one minute. For whiskey drinkers, a 2.5 inch ice sphere helps enhance your whiskey of choice rather than just making it cold. Developed to exist between a warm stiff “neat” drink and a super cold and diluted “on the rocks” drink, with the ICEBIRG Press you can have the best of both worlds, at a price point that rivals that of other ice presses on the market.

The ICEBIRG Press is currently available through their Kickstarter campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/icebirg/icebirg-ice-ball-pressthe-single-malt-specialty through November 5, 2014.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/10/the-icebirg-press-creates-a-better-ice-sphere-maker-for-whiskey-drinkers-whisky-news/

Jim Beam® Single Barrel Bourbon Announces The Finest Fan “Statements” To Appear On Bottle Labels – American Whiskey News

Jim Beam® Single Barrel Bourbon Announces The Finest Fan “Statements” To Appear On Bottle Labels

Deerfield, Ill. – September 22, 2014 – Today, the world’s No. 1 bourbon is excited to announce the winners of the Jim Beam® “Single Barrel, Single Statement” Contest. Taking crowdsourcing to the next level by allowing fans to help co-create onto actual bottle labels sold in stores, Jim Beam® Single Barrel Bourbon asked its fans to share personal “statements” – their wisdom for enjoying bourbon – that are as individual and unique as the brands’ first-ever single barrel bourbon.

With the same level of dedication and selectivity that goes into finding the less than one percent of barrels that qualify to be chosen for Jim Beam Single Barrel, Fred Noe, Jim Beam’s 7th Generation Master Distiller helped to select the finest six (6) statements from more than three-thousand eligible entries. Winning statements include:

Two (2) Grand Prize Winners:

  • “Toast to the past and the adventure ahead” – Joshua Stewart (Jacksonville, FL)
  • “Sometimes, it’s good to be single” – Jason Reyna (Dallas, TX)

Four (4) First Place Winners:

  • “Single Barrel. Countless memories” – Robert Wyrick (Gibsonville, NC)
  • “Good bourbon is like a good friend: unforgettable” –  Bob Karlovits (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • “Life, like Single Barrel, is best savored slowly” –  Arlene Naganawa (Seattle, WA)
  • “The taste of great family tradition” – Jerry Thompson (Louisville, KY)

“Every bottle of Jim Beam Single Barrel bourbon represents individuality – not only with the distinct flavor and personality of the liquid itself, but also with its hand-written bottle labels and the distillers’ wisdom that’s printed on the back labels,” said Noe. “We were thrilled with the response from our fans to share their statements and be a part of our craft-making process.”.”

The Jim Beam® “Single Barrel, Single Statement” contest was held between July 16 and August 17. During that time fans of legal drinking age were asked to share their “single statement” – their wisdom for enjoying bourbon within 50 characters or less at www.JimBeamSingleStatement.com – for a chance to be featured on the actual bottle labels of Jim Beam® Single Barrel.

Jim Beam® “Single Barrel, Single Statement” Prizing Details

The six winning statements will begin appearing on bottle labels of the super-premium Jim Beam® Single Barrel bourbon in stores across the nation starting in early 2015.

In addition to having their names and statements printed on bottle labels sold across the nation, all six winners will receive an authentic Jim Beam® Single Barrel Bourbon barrelhead, customized with their name and statement, autographed by Noe.

The two Grand Prize Winners will also receive a once-in-a-lifetime, private bourbon tasting in their hometown with friends and Noe in early-December.

To view the six winning statements mocked up as bottle labels, visit www.JimBeamSingleStatement.com.

About Jim Beam® Single Barrel Bourbon

  • Jim Beam® Single Barrel, the first ever single barrel bourbon from Jim Beam, is a smooth and approachable hand-crafted Kentucky Straight Bourbon bottled at 95 proof to commemorate the first barrel of Jim Beam made in 1795.
  • Less than one percent of barrels qualify to be chosen for Jim Beam® Single Barrel with each producing more than 200 bottles that are individually bottled and hand-numbered with care to ensure a unique taste profile and premium quality for a perfectly crafted bourbon.
  • Barrels are carefully selected from a range of racks that excludes the top and bottom to ensure the perfect taste, consistency and color of this new, super-premium expression that marks the historic and exciting move by Jim Beam into the quickly growing arena of premium bourbons.
  • Jim Beam® Single Barrel is a rich, full-bodied bourbon with well-balanced notes of vanilla, oak and caramel. The aroma carries a rich oaky background with a light spiciness.
  • Jim Beam® Single Barrel is the perfect sip and savor bourbon to enjoy neat or on the rocks.

For more information on Jim Beam® Single Barrel, please “like” Jim Beam on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jimbeam), follow @jimbeam on Twitter or visit www.jimbeam.com/single-barrel.

About Beam Suntory Inc. 

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the flagship Jim Beam bourbon and Yamazaki Japanese whisky, as well as world renowned premium brands including Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek bourbons, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s,  Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur.  The company generates annual worldwide sales of approximately $4.6 billion excluding excise taxes.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and entrepreneurial culture.  Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan.  For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/10/jim-beam-single-barrel-bourbon-announces-the-finest-fan-statements-to-appear-on-bottle-labels-american-whiskey-news/

Jim Beam Continues Flavor-Infused Bourbon Innovation With Release Of Jim Beam Kentucky Fire™

Jim Beam Continues Flavor-Infused Bourbon Innovation With Release Of Jim Beam Kentucky Fire™

Deerfield, Ill. – October 7, 2014 – Jim Beam® Bourbon is kicking things up a notch with its third flavored whiskey offering. Jim Beam® Kentucky Fire™, the latest flavored bourbon expression by the world’s No. 1 bourbon, features the flavor of red hot cinnamon liqueur to deliver a fiery kick and a smooth finish that makes for a perfect shot.

“We’ve led the category in flavor innovation in recent years with Red Stag by Jim Beam, Jim Beam Maple and Jim Beam Honey, but our latest flavor certainly turns up the heat,” said Chris Bauder, General Manager of Whiskies at Beam Suntory. “We’re thrilled with the initial excitement we’ve seen for Jim Beam Kentucky Fire and are thrilled to continue to bring new and interesting flavor options to our fans and those who are new to whiskey.”

Jim Beam Kentucky Fire is bottled at 70-proof. It delivers an intense, sweet taste that complements the Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey it’s made by, with a smooth cinnamon finish. Jim Beam Kentucky Fire is the perfect bourbon to enjoy as a shot, chilled, straight, or on the rocks, and is ideal for anyone who already enjoys flavored whiskey.

To support the launch, Jim Beam will release a collection of digital videos featuring the ultimate cinnamon bourbon-inspired shot rituals for Jim Beam Kentucky Fire fans – proving that there is truly no wrong way to get #FiredUp. Starting in late-September, these videos will be available on Jim Beam’s social channels including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Examples of Jim Beam Kentucky Fire bourbon’s tongue-in-cheek shot rituals include:

  • “The Slow Burn” (Step one, prepare your palate; step two, take a shot of Jim Beam Kentucky Fire slow)
  • “The Kentucky Standard” (Step one, order a round of Jim Beam Kentucky Fire; step two, drink it!)
  • “The Kentucky Tycoon” (Order shots of Jim Beam Kentucky Fire for the whole bar, make it rain fire)

As part of the brand’s digital marketing campaign in support of the launch, Jim Beam’s digital AOR, Mekanism, will run the digital videos on various online, mobile, social and experiential channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, ESPN, AOL, Kargo, Viacom, and NBCUniversal. The digital advertisements will run through early November 2014.

Jim Beam® Kentucky Fire™ In the News:

Jim Beam Kentucky Fire has already generated substantial interest from whiskey enthusiasts. Geoff Kleinman from DrinkSpirits.com noted that the spice level in Jim Beam Kentucky Fire is “balanced with the underlining sweetness, and addition of subtle whiskey notes are all exactly where they need to be for this kind of product”(August 2014).

AskMen’s.com writer Robert Haynes-Peterson stated that Jim Beam Kentucky Fire “The result is sweet, but not sickly so, with the bold, woody bourbon doing some of the heavy lifting” (August 2014). Peterson also stated in Examiner.com that “as a chilled shot, it (Jim Beam Kentucky Fire) works perfectly, and the herbaceous complexity of the bourbon counterpoints the cinnamon liqueur better than the brash sweetness of Canadian whisky commonly used in other “hot” flavored whiskeys” (July 2014).

Jim Beam Kentucky Fire is available now in select bars and retail locations nationwide and has a suggested retail price of $15.99 for 750mL. Price varies by market and product size, which includes 50mL, 375mL, 750mL and 1L.

For more information, like Jim Beam’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/JimBeam), follow the brand on Twitter (@jimbeam) or visit www.jimbeam.com/kentucky-fire. 

About Beam Suntory Inc. 

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the flagship Jim Beam bourbon and Yamazaki Japanese whisky, as well as world renowned premium brands including Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek bourbons, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s,  Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur.  The company generates annual worldwide sales of approximately $4.6 billion excluding excise taxes.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and entrepreneurial culture.  Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan.  For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/10/jim-beam-continues-flavor-infused-bourbon-innovation-with-release-of-jim-beam-kentucky-fire/

This and That at K&L California – Whisky News

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Scotland – Single Malt Scotch

  • Compass Box Great King Street “Glasgow Blend” Scotch Whisky 750ml – 7 available ($42.99)
  • Compass Box “The Lost Blend” Blended Malt Whisky 750ml – 9 available ($104.99)
  • Bank Note Blended Whisky 1.75L (cannot ship) ($34.99)

United States – Bourbon and Rye

  • Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old KL Exclusive Cask Strength Single Barrel #793 Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml (3 bottle limit) ($54.99)
  • Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old KL Exclusive Cask Strength Single Barrel #849 Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml (3 bottle limit) – 10 available ($54.99)
  • Angel’s Envy 100 Proof Rye Whiskey 750ml (one bottle limit) – 6 available ($67.99)
  • Micther’s US #1 Small Batch American Whiskey 750ml – 1 available ($44.99)

KL Wine Merchants

http://www.klwines.com

Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)
Email: wine@klwines.com
San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/10/this-and-that-at-kl-california-whisky-news-2/

Auchentoshan® Single Malt Lowland Scotch Whisky Introduces Auchentoshan® American Oak – Scotch Whisky News

Auchentoshan® Single Malt Lowland Scotch Whisky Introduces Auchentoshan® American Oak

Glasgow, Scotland (October 7, 2014) – Auchentoshan® Single Malt Lowland Scotch Whisky known for triple distilling every single drop, introduces Auchentoshan® American Oak. Releasing flavor layers of vanilla, caramelized sugars, coconut and oak spices, Auchentoshan American Oak is the first ever Auchentoshan to be matured exclusively in first fill ex bourbon casks. The name harkens to the 100 year old oak trees (of the Quercus alba species) grown in the North American mountains which become bourbon casks that will eventually age Auchentoshan Scotch Whisky’s newest expression. Auchentoshan American Oak will become a permanent member of the core Auchentoshan portfolio, which includes 12 Years Old and Three Wood. Auchentoshan American Oak is available nationwide with a suggested retail price of $39.99/750ml.

Auchentoshan is Always Triple Distilled
Auchentoshan prides itself in its unique tradition of triple distilling every single drop. This means that the spirit produced reaches 81.5% alcohol by volume, significantly higher than most single malt whisky distilleries in Scotland. The lightness of the liquid enables it to more readily absorb every characteristic it is exposed to in the cask.

American Oak Maturation
Auchentoshan creates a smooth and complex spirit that ages beautifully in first fill ex-bourbon casks. The North American oak barrels used for American Oak maturation are first seasoned with American bourbon whiskey, which serves to remove the harsher bitter oak tannins and break down the oak to re lease even more vanilla, coconut and silky maturation oils.

Judicious Cask Selection
The maturing Auchentoshan spirit is regularly sampled by Rachel Barrie, Auchentoshan Master Blender, drawing hundreds of samples from different positions in the warehouse. Auchentoshan has found that higher positions in the warehouse promote more spice and intense bourbon vanilla extraction from the oak, whereas casks matured nearer ground level promote softer peach and citrus fruit top notes and silky coconut. Barrie hand selects the casks that are then married together for several months to achieve a multi-layered balance of vanilla sweetness, clean citrus scent and a refreshingly smooth taste.

With a nod to its triple distillation and American oak maturation, Auchentoshan American Oak presents several cocktails where American Oak can be used as a delicious substitute:

Make it a Triple | Riff on a cocktail that is typically made with Irish whiskey, Auchentoshan American Oak works well because of its triple distillation.

  • 1 oz. Auchentoshan® American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • .25 oz. Lillet® Vermouth
  • .25 oz. Pierre Ferrand® Dry Curacao
  • 2 Dashes Orange Bitters

Stir all ingredients together and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with lemon peel.

Seelbach | A pre-prohibition cocktail famously made with bourbon, Auchentoshan American Oak works well here because of its bourbon barrel maturation.

  • 1 oz. Auchentoshan® American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • .25 oz. Pierre Ferrand® Dry Curacao
  • 7 dashes Angostura® Bitters
  • 7 dashes Peychaud’s® Bitters
  • .25 oz. Champagne

Stir ingredients over ice, strain into a chilled flute, top with Champagne and lemon twist garnish.

Triple A | Punch created by Julieta Campos of The Berkshire Room, Chicago.

  • 1 oz. Auchentoshan® American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • .25 oz. Ginger Syrup
  • .5 oz. Lemon Juice
  • .25 oz. Apricot Liqueur
  • .25 oz. Aperol® Aperitif

Serve in tumbler/punch cup. Top with a few Maldon® salt flakes.

TASTING NOTES: Auchentoshan American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40% ABV
To the eye:  Bright gold.
To the nose:  Bourbon vanilla and coconut with layers of zesty citrus fruit.
To the tongue:  Refreshingly smooth yet lively with vanilla cream, coconut and white peach.
To the end:  Crisp, with sugared grapefruit and a hint of spice.

ABOUT AUCHENTOSHAN SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

The award winning Auchentoshan portfolio includes Auchentoshan 12 Year Old, Three Wood, 18 Year Old and the limited release 21 Year Old, in addition to select vintage, limited edition releases. Auchentoshan is available nationwide in the U.S and in more than 45 countries worldwide. The Auchentoshan portfolio is imported to the U.S. by Beam Suntory, Inc. For more information about Auchentoshan, visit www.auchentoshan.com, https://www.facebook.com/auchentoshan, and on Twitter @theauchentoshan.

ABOUT BEAM SUNTORY INC.

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the flagship Jim Beam bourbon and Yamazaki Japanese whisky, as well as world renowned premium brands including Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek bourbons, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s,  Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur.  The company generates annual worldwide sales of approximately $4.6 billion excluding excise taxes.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and entrepreneurial culture.  Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan.  For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/10/auchentoshan-single-malt-lowland-scotch-whisky-introduces-auchentoshan-american-oak-scotch-whisky-news/

Lots and Lots at the Party Source – Whisky News

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Here’s a quick update of products that showed up this week. Some are new arrivals and some are back in stock. Our Private Barrels from Wild Turkey, Ridgemont Reserve and Buffalo Trace have finally arrived. We can’t stress enough how good our Russell’s Reserve Barrel #556 is.

Cheers,
-The Party Source Spirits Department

AA Private

RUSSELL’S RESERVE Single Barrel Bourbon TPS Private Barrel – $48.99

WILD TURKEY Kentucky Spirit Bourbon TPS Private Barrel – $43.79

1792 RIDGEMONT RESERVE Barrel Select Bourbon TPS Private Barrel – $23.49

BUFFALO TRACE Bourbon TPS Private Barrel – $22.49

AA PS II

JACK DANIEL’S Winter Jack Tennessee Cider – $17.99

AMRUT Single Malt Whisky – $44.99

AMRUT Single Malt Whisky Fusion – $51.99

AMRUT Single Malt Whisky Intermediate Sherry – $102.99

AMRUT Single Malt Whisky Cask Strength – $58.99

AMRUT Single Malt Whisky Peated – $51.99

AA PS III

GARRISON BROTHERS Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey Fall 2013 – $79.99

GARRISON BROTHERS Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey Fall 2014 – $79.99

GARRISON BROTHERS Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey Spring 2014 – $79.99

BLACKADDER Raw Cask Single Malt Scotch Bladnoch 1991 22 Year – $168.99

BLACKADDER Raw Cask Single Malt Scotch Bunnahabhain 1990 24 Year – $168.99

BLACKADDER Raw Cask Single Malt Scotch Clynelish 1995 19 Year – $154.99

BLACKADDER Raw Cask Single Malt Scotch Glen Ord 1996 18 Year – $119.99

A.D. RATTRAY Cask Islay Single Malt Scotch – $68.99

WOODSTONE CREEK Single Malt Whiskey Sherry Cask 13 Year – $139.99 (750ml), $73.99 (375ml)

CANADIAN HUNTER Rye Canadian Whisky – $8.99

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/10/lots-and-lots-at-the-party-source-whisky-news/

Top Picks & New Arrivals at K&L California – Whisky News

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Canada – Other Spirits

  • Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve Canadian Whisky 750ml – 10 available ($23.99)
  • Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve Canadian Whisky 750ml (ships as 1.5L due to bottle shape) – 4 available ($46.99)

United States – Bourbon and Rye

  • High West KL Single Barrel Rendezvous Rye Whiskey 750ml ($69.99)
  • Hooker’s House Bourbon 750ml ($35.99)
  • Peach Street Colorado Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml – 10 available ($62.99)
  • Willett Pot Still Reserve Bourbon 1.75L (ships as 6L champagne) – 3 available ($89.99)

KL Wine Merchants

http://www.klwines.com

Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)
Email: wine@klwines.com
San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/10/top-picks-new-arrivals-at-kl-california-whisky-news-5/