NEW ‘POWERS QUARTER’ PUTS POWERS BACK ON THE DUBLIN WHISKEY MAP – Irish Whiskey News

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NEW ‘POWERS QUARTER’ PUTS POWERS BACK ON THE DUBLIN WHISKEY MAP

– Six bars collaborate to tell the bold story of Powers and its Dublin history – 

Powers Irish Whiskey, which is made by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, has unveiled the Powers Quarter; a collaboration between six Dublin bars that each tell a different chapter of Powers’ Bold Character and its illustrious Dublin whiskey history since 1791.

The six bars lie within walking distance of the old John’s Lane distillery and original Powers bottling hall on Drury Street. The initiative aims to celebrate the historic Powers neighbourhood by bringing to life the bars’ historic links to the brand through Powers-educated bartenders, point-of-sale and signature serves inspired by the unique story of Powers. The Powers Quarter covers the following key Dublin accounts; Thomas House, Market Bar, The Oak, The Swan, Idlewild and John Fallons The Capstan Bar.

The Powers Quarter is supported by social media, PR and a dedicated website on which whiskey fans can a download map and take a virtual tour. The journey is free to participate in for Irish whiskey fans and will also be used by Powers for educational visits with the trade, bartenders and distributors from around the world and within the Pernod Ricard network. There’s also an option to do a guided tour with the Powers global ambassador, Michael Carr, for €60.

Carol Quinn, Archivist at Irish Distillers, commented: “For generations, the Powers distillery at John’s Lane shaped the development of the area around it through the direct employment of families, provision of houses for workers and even the maintenance of the local streets. While Powers went on to become a global success story over the past two hundred years, its heart always remained in Dublin and its public houses over the years.

“In fact, Powers’ founder, James Powers, was a publican himself and his pub on John’s Lane stayed within the family until the closure of the distillery in the 1970s, so it only seems right that we honour the legacy of Powers and bring more of its Dublin history to light through six bars and put Powers firmly back on the whiskey map of Dublin. Across the Powers Quarter, Irish whiskey connoisseurs and casual fans alike can enjoy a sip back in time and learn about the true character of the Powers family as purveyors of Irish whiskey – and with whiskey tourism in Dublin booming to almost 400,000 visitors last year, we are confident that the Powers Quarter will enchant a whole new generation of whiskey fans.”

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About the Powers Quarter

The Powers Quarter experience consists of the following bars, historical facts and signature serves:

  • Thomas House, Thomas Street – a stone’s throw from John’s Lane, this modern-day dive bar is where many workers from the distillery would have dropped into for a drop of whiskey after work
    • Signature serve: Powers Gold Label neat
  • Market Bar, Fade Street – one of Dublin’s most popular gastropubs, on the site of the original Powers bottling hall, which was built in 1889 and shipped Powers Irish Whiskey around the world
    • Signature serve: Powers cocktail menu inspired by the workers of the bottling hall
  • The Oak, Parliament Street – the bar at this cosy pub in the bustling Temple Bar area has been fitted out with panels from the luxury liner ‘Mauretania’, which used to cross the Atlantic, and where Powers was the drink of choice – you could even have a glass delivered to your cabin
    • Signature serve: Powers Irish coffee
  • The Swan, York Street – a family-run pub that has supplied the locals with Powers for more than a hundred years – some of the historic Powers barrel heads can still be seen inside the bar counter today
    • Signature serve: Powers John’s Lane neat
  • Idlewild, Fade Street – a friendly neighbourhood bar and the site on which the first ever miniature spirit bottle in the world was invented by POWERS back in 1889
    • Signature serve: Powers Up cocktail
  • John Fallons The Capstan Bar, The Coombe – a Dublin institution, where workers from the John’s Lane distillery could have enjoyed a whiskey a Century ago – its original Victorian fixtures and Powers mirror still reflect the area’s rich history today
    • Signature serve: two Powers Three Swallow neat, toasted special and crisps to share 

About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson, our brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish whiskey. Jameson is the world’s fastest-growing Irish whiskey, experiencing 28 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 7.3m cases in 2018. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 80 of those experiencing double- or triple-digit growth.

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Power Son, John Jameson Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network. Since 2012, we have invested over €250m to double our production and bottling capacity to meet global demand for our products.

We employ over 600 people across our operations in Cork and Dublin. 

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of €8,987 million in FY18. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and VinSprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,900 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 86 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics.

Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/new-powers-quarter-puts-powers-back-on-the-dublin-whiskey-map-irish-whiskey-news/

Tormore 30 Year Old 1988 The Whisky Barrel Exclusive – Scotch Whisky News

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Tormore 30 Year Old 1988 TWB Exclusive

Single cask hogshead selected exclusively for The Whisky Barrel for the First Editions series. Flavours of toffee ice-cream, apple pie and spices. Just 144 bottles from the Speyside distillery founded in 1958. Tormore 30 Year Old 1988 vintage Speyside single malt Scotch whiskey. Single cask refill hogshead #15453 bottled December 2018 by Hunter Laing Co. for the First Editions series. Selected and bottled exclusively for The Whisky Barrel. 144 bottles. A nose of caramel, citrus fruits, and vanilla. The palate is light and sweet with toffee ice-cram, lemons and apple pie. The finish is long, with a subtle kick of spice.

Buy – £129.95

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/tormore-30-year-old-1988-the-whisky-barrel-exclusive-scotch-whisky-news/

K&L California “A Year of Whisk(e)y in Review” – Whisky News

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A Year of Whisk(e)y in Review

2018 has been a very exciting year for whisk(e)y at KL. From our direct-import exclusives to rare one-off bottlings and everything in between, our shelves have been graced with an impressive bounty. With the year coming to a close, we thought it a perfect opportunity to revisit some of our top whiskey offerings of 2018. Whether you are a whiskey maven from way back or are just beginning to explore, the selections below are sure-fire winners and welcome additions to any collection.

Top Collectibles

The Scotch boom continues to plow full steam ahead with age-statement bottlings garnering the greatest attention. The confluence of demand and the inherent scarcity of these bottlings have driven prices sky high. Thanks to our close relationships with the distilleries and bottlers, we’ve tracked down more than a few of these collectibles at unbeatable prices.

1996 Linkwood 21 Year Old “Signatory” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $129.99 View

1996 Bowmore 22 Year Old “Old Malt Cask” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $149.99 View

2005 Highland Park 12 Year Old “KL Exclusive” Refill Sherry Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $159.99  View

Glengoyne 25 Year Old Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $299.99 View

1965 Carsebridge 52 Year Old “Sovereign” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) $349.99  View

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

 

Old Particular

Our “Old Particular” portfolio continues to be a resounding success. With the proliferation of no-age-statement whiskies, it’s been a boon to have a seemingly unending source of single barrel exclusives that not only carry their age, but also come in a breathtaking range of styles and expressions. Consistently among the top bargains in the market, “Old Particular” is the go-to for scores of whisky lovers.

2010 Glen Garioch 8 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $49.99 View

2006 Balmenach 11 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $54.99 View

2007 Benrinnes 11 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $54.99 View

1995 Loch Lomond (“All Malt”) 22 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) $89.99 View

1994 Miltonduff 24 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $129.99 View

Bourbon

When it comes to spirits in America, bourbon continues to reign supreme. Tried and true brands are snatched up with abandon, while a stream of new distillers continue to enter the market. It truly is the golden era of bourbon. Our buyers David Othenin-Girard and Andrew Whiteley have worked tirelessly to seek out the finest expressions available while leaving the others on the cutting room floor. Below is a small sampling of the fruits of their labor.

Henry McKenna 10 Year Old Bottled in Bond Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) (Elsewhere $32) $29.99 View

Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) $34.99 View

Old Forester KL Exclusive Single Barrel #0755 (Warehouse H, Floor 7) Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whisky (750ml) $39.99 View

Smooth Ambler “Big Level” Wheated Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $54.99 View

Booker’s “Kitchen Table 2018-4” Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $59.99 View

Little Book 2018 Release “Batch #2 – Noe Simple Task” Blended Straight Whiskey (750ml) $79.99 View

Japan Canada

For the discerning whiskey drinker, Japan and Canada continue to be a go-to source. Japan’s top expressions stand shoulder to shoulder with Scotland’s best, while Canada continues to be a driving force of innovation. No matter how you cut it, the whiskies from these countries have rightfully earned their place on the international stage.

Lot 40 Single Copper Pot Still Canadian Rye Whisky (750ml) $31.99 View

Helios Distillery “Kura The Whisky” Rum Cask Finished Pure Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml) $59.99 View

Nikka Coffey Still Japanese Malt Whisky (750ml) $59.99 View

Nikka “Taketsuru” Pure Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml) $59.99 View

Suntory “Hibiki Japanese Harmony” Japanese Whisky (750ml) $64.99 View

Whistle Pig “Farmstock” Rye Crop No. 002 Whiskey (750ml) $69.99 View

Whistle Pig 14 Year Old The Boss Hog 5th Edition “The Spirit of Mauve” Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml – 1 bottle limit, ships as 1.5L) $499.99 View

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/12/kl-california-a-year-of-whiskey-in-review-whisky-news/

K&L California “A Year of Whisk(e)y in Review” – Whisky News

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A Year of Whisk(e)y in Review

2018 has been a very exciting year for whisk(e)y at KL. From our direct-import exclusives to rare one-off bottlings and everything in between, our shelves have been graced with an impressive bounty. With the year coming to a close, we thought it a perfect opportunity to revisit some of our top whiskey offerings of 2018. Whether you are a whiskey maven from way back or are just beginning to explore, the selections below are sure-fire winners and welcome additions to any collection.

Top Collectibles

The Scotch boom continues to plow full steam ahead with age-statement bottlings garnering the greatest attention. The confluence of demand and the inherent scarcity of these bottlings have driven prices sky high. Thanks to our close relationships with the distilleries and bottlers, we’ve tracked down more than a few of these collectibles at unbeatable prices.

1996 Linkwood 21 Year Old “Signatory” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $129.99 View

1996 Bowmore 22 Year Old “Old Malt Cask” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $149.99 View

2005 Highland Park 12 Year Old “KL Exclusive” Refill Sherry Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $159.99  View

Glengoyne 25 Year Old Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $299.99 View

1965 Carsebridge 52 Year Old “Sovereign” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) $349.99  View

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

 

Old Particular

Our “Old Particular” portfolio continues to be a resounding success. With the proliferation of no-age-statement whiskies, it’s been a boon to have a seemingly unending source of single barrel exclusives that not only carry their age, but also come in a breathtaking range of styles and expressions. Consistently among the top bargains in the market, “Old Particular” is the go-to for scores of whisky lovers.

2010 Glen Garioch 8 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $49.99 View

2006 Balmenach 11 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $54.99 View

2007 Benrinnes 11 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $54.99 View

1995 Loch Lomond (“All Malt”) 22 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) $89.99 View

1994 Miltonduff 24 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $129.99 View

Bourbon

When it comes to spirits in America, bourbon continues to reign supreme. Tried and true brands are snatched up with abandon, while a stream of new distillers continue to enter the market. It truly is the golden era of bourbon. Our buyers David Othenin-Girard and Andrew Whiteley have worked tirelessly to seek out the finest expressions available while leaving the others on the cutting room floor. Below is a small sampling of the fruits of their labor.

Henry McKenna 10 Year Old Bottled in Bond Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) (Elsewhere $32) $29.99 View

Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) $34.99 View

Old Forester KL Exclusive Single Barrel #0755 (Warehouse H, Floor 7) Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whisky (750ml) $39.99 View

Smooth Ambler “Big Level” Wheated Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $54.99 View

Booker’s “Kitchen Table 2018-4” Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $59.99 View

Little Book 2018 Release “Batch #2 – Noe Simple Task” Blended Straight Whiskey (750ml) $79.99 View

Japan Canada

For the discerning whiskey drinker, Japan and Canada continue to be a go-to source. Japan’s top expressions stand shoulder to shoulder with Scotland’s best, while Canada continues to be a driving force of innovation. No matter how you cut it, the whiskies from these countries have rightfully earned their place on the international stage.

Lot 40 Single Copper Pot Still Canadian Rye Whisky (750ml) $31.99 View

Helios Distillery “Kura The Whisky” Rum Cask Finished Pure Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml) $59.99 View

Nikka Coffey Still Japanese Malt Whisky (750ml) $59.99 View

Nikka “Taketsuru” Pure Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml) $59.99 View

Suntory “Hibiki Japanese Harmony” Japanese Whisky (750ml) $64.99 View

Whistle Pig “Farmstock” Rye Crop No. 002 Whiskey (750ml) $69.99 View

Whistle Pig 14 Year Old The Boss Hog 5th Edition “The Spirit of Mauve” Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml – 1 bottle limit, ships as 1.5L) $499.99 View

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/12/kl-california-a-year-of-whiskey-in-review-whisky-news/

Comox Valley Whiskey Fest 2019, Feb 2nd – Whisky Fest News!

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Whiskey Fest 2019 tickets are on sale!

Grand Tasting
The Grand Tasting will start at 8pm on Feb 2nd. Those of you who purchase a Masterclass ticket will also be able to attend the Grand Tasting (purchase this ticket only if you do not wish to attend a Masterclass).

Shelter Point Masterclass
Representatives from Shelter Point Distillery will putting on a Masterclass this year.

Whiskey Around the World Masterclass
This Masterclass is presented by Dale Roberts and Maureen Fritz-Roberts of the Old House Law and Notary Public.

Victoria Caledonia Distillery Twa Dogs Brewery Masterclass
Presented by the founder, Graeme Macaloney. Seminar will be held outside in a heated area.

Blended Malts from Rare Drams Masterclass
Join Adam Bradshaw as he takes you on a tour of some limited cask strength blended malts from Douglas Laing’s Regional Malt Collection and Old Perth from Morrison MacKay.

All Masterclasses will be starting at 7pm on Feb 2nd.

COMOX VALLEY Whisky Fest TICKETS

Proceeds from  the Comox Valley Whisky Fest support a number of charitable organizations in the valley and we’re so grateful for your support! Thank you!

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/12/comox-valley-whiskey-fest-2019-feb-2nd-whisky-fest-news/

Japanese Whiskeis at The Part Source – Japanese Whisky News

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Greetings Spirits Enthusiasts,

Turning Japanese?  I really think so.  Japanese whiskies have become more and more in demand over the past several years, and rightly so.  But instead of endlessly searching for that ever-elusive Yamazaki or Hibiki, try one of these newly available items currently gracing our shelves that deserve a place on yours. We’ve got some really exciting recent additions to our growing Japanese whisky arsenal, both malt and rice, including hand-selected casks from Ohishi, and private Party Source selections from Compass Box and Kilchoman.  Just in time to warm our hearts and hearths this holiday season, these make perfect gifts for your Scotch-loving loved ones.

Konnichiwa,

-The Party Source Liquor Department

From Eigashima comes Akashi blended whisky and Akashi Ume plum (just plumb delicious) flavored whisky.  Mars Shinshu brings us corn-heavy Iwai and Iwai Tradition. Ichiro’s Malt and Grain from Chichibu Distillery features a Japanese malt base combined with whiskies from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, and the US. The Kurayoshi Pure Malts (8 and 18 year) from Matsui Whisky blend sourced Scottish malt with Japanese malt.

AKASHI Grain Whiskey | $45.99
This whisky is blended in the Scotch tradition, with Japanese precision, the malt is lightly peated, and vatting is mostly ex-bourbon, balanced by White Oak

AKASHI Ume Plum Whisky | $35.99
This sweet whisky is born out of the Japanese tradition of Ume-Shu, which translates as Plum Alcohol. In late May and early June, hard, green, sour plums are harvested and combined with neutral spirit and rock sugar, then aged for 6 months to a year. Akashi does nearly the same with this version, allowing freshly harvested plums and rock sugar to rest in mature whisky. Here they remain for 6 months to a year, resulting in this simple twist on a Japanese classic.

MARS SHINSHU Iwai Whisky | $33.99
Kiichiro Iwai, the name sake for this Mars Whisky, was a silent pioneer of Japan whisky. This whisky is inspired by great whiskies of America. A majority of corn balanced with light malt aged in ex-bourbon barrels. Ideal for daily sipping, in a mint julep or an old fashioned.

MARS SHINSHU Iwai Tradition Mars Whisky | $54.99
This is malt driven spirit is truly a reflection of contemporary Japanese whisky. Incredibly balanced, soft and layered. A blending of sherry, bourbon and wine casks with hints, delicate hints of peat make for a harmonious whisky that would make Iwai-san proud.

ICHIROS Malt and Grain Whisky | $104.99
Distilled by the legendary king of Japanese distilling: Ichiro Akuto This blend is comprised of whiskies from distilleries in “the big 5” – Scotland, Canada, England, Ireland and the U.S., also including Ichiro Akuto’s young malt and grain whisky stock. A genuine ‘worldwide blended whisky.’

KURAYOSHI Pure Malt Whisky 8YR | $88.99
The malt aromas and sweet, refreshing fruit notes are reminiscent of pale golden and dry orange colors. The palate is sweet and stands out with fragrances of vanilla and nuts. The mouth-feel is very soft. The finish is smooth.

KURAYOSHI Pure Malt Whisky 18YR | $229.99
Released in April 2016, the Kurayoshi Pure Malt 18 Years Old Whisky is a boutique Japanese whisky produced by the Matsui distillery. Located in Tottori, a coastal prefecture on southern Honshu, the whiskies produced by the Matsui distillery are characterised by aging with the pure underground waters of Daisen Mountains.

RICE WHISKIES

Fukano rice whisky is made from 100% malted rice and is aged in new charred oak barrels.  Having the fine distinction of cracking the Whisky Advocate’s Top 20 Whiskies of 2017, it achieves a remarkable balance of confectionery sweetness and warm, toasty spice.  Ohishi Whisky is distilled from malted and unmalted rice and is rested in either brandy or sherry casks.  These unique whiskies are unlike any we’ve tried before.  The brandy cask imparts light citrus and floral notes, while the sherry cask showcases ripe dark fruits with hints of vanilla and cocoa.  We’re delighted to have two (one of each!) private single casks of these wonderfully singular whiskies, and we hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we do.  Kanpai!

FUKANO Whisky | $93.99
Founded in 1823, Fukano Distillery is located in Hitoyoshi City, of the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan on the island of Kyushu. Hitoyoshi is surrounded by mountains and is known for its pure water and nature. Shigeruriku Fukano is the fifth generation of his family to run the distillery. They use a combination of malted and un-malted rice to make their whisky in a pot still. These releases are very limited in nature and only a few casks are bottled each year. For 2016 they have released a few single new oak casks and also one white label marriage of sherry and new oak casks.

OHISHI Whisky Sherry Cask TPS Private Barrel | $79.99
From the Kumamoto Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan, the Ohishi Sherry Cask is a whisky distilled from rice and aged in first and second fill sherry casks. The Ohishi Distillery uses at least 30% gohyakumanishi rice grown on its own fields, rounded out with mochi rice Kumamoto. Founded in 1872, this is one of the oldest distilleries in Japan, located on the banks of the Kuma River, a water source that is prized for its purity.

OHISHI Single Brandy Cask | $79.99
The Brandy Cask expression of Ohishi is a blend of ex-Cognac barrels between 3 and 25 years of age. The resulting spirit is delicate, yet angular, with notes of citrus, black peppercorn, and vanilla.

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Bunnahabhain 27 Year Old 1989 Old & Rare at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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27 Year Old 1989
Old Rare
£365.20

Bunnahabhain 27 Year Old 1989 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask refill hogshead bottled March 2017 by Hunter Laing and Co. for the Old Rare Platinum collection. 198 bottles. A beautifully colour whisky with a delicious nose of home baking and creamy caramel followed by a delicate floral note and a hint of seaweed. On the palate it is smooth and creamy with vanilla the primary taste, then bananas and pears adding fruitiness and body. Ths leads to a late salty note at the end, leaving a dry, long lasting finish. Bunnahabhain Distillery was established in 1881 on the north eastern tip of the Isle of Islay by the shore of Bunnahabhain Bay and overlooking the Sound of Islay. All the building materials were transported by puffer and unloaded at the distillery pier. Now tucked away at the end of the single track ‘main’ road with spectacular scenery all the way. Bunnahabhain Distillery is equipped with four huge pear shaped stills and produces Scottish malt whiskey which is released in blends and in single malt and single cask bottlings. A participant in Feis Ile, the annual Islay Festival of Malt and Music. Core editions include Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old and 18 Year Old.

SHOP NOW

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The Much Anticipated Release of K&L’s Exclusive Barrel of Maker’s Mark 46 – American Whiskey News

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Kentucky Bourbon at Its Finest
Maker’s Mark 46 “KL Exclusive Barrel #905″
Private Select Kentucky Bourbon (750ml)
($69.99)

“Another slam dunk from the little distillery in Loretto.”
—David Othenin-Girard, KL SoCal Spirits Buyer

One of the most successful programs in our Spirits Department is the Private Select project done in partnership with Maker’s Mark. Through this innovative program, our spirits buyers are given the opportunity to blend their own unique KL bottling based on the addition of different wood stave types to a barrel of Maker’s 46. The barrel is then stored in a specially designed warehouse carved into the side of a hill that allows the perfect aging conditions. The results carry the trademark characteristics of Maker’s Mark, yet possess their own distinctive stamp.

Barrel #905 is a magical concoction. Unmistakably a wheated bourbon, it shows a wonderful depth of flavor showcasing flavors of Madagascar vanilla, coconut, toasted marshmallow, and subtle wood spice. Clocking in at 110.1 proof, it isn’t timid, but still manages to show remarkable balance. If you are a fan of Pappy and other high-wheat styles, then you really need to give the #905 a try as it delivers the goods, but for a fraction of the price. If you’ve had previous bottlings of the Private Select, we highly recommend this tantalizing rendition.

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Maker’s Mark 46 “KL Exclusive Barrel #905″ Private Select Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) ($69.99)

We cannot get enough of the wonderful Maker’s Mark 46 cask program. With no end in sight to the clamor for high-proof wheated bourbon like Pappy, any chance we have to snag these barrels we take. Never mind the fact that Maker’s Mark makes some of the very best wheated bourbon on the market, they add a spectacular level of intrigue with the unique 46 program. Each of these casks sees additional aging with added staves hanging in the upright barrels. This allows for a truly amped-up, but perfectly integrated flavor profile. This particular cask has a mix of 6 Baked American Pure 2 staves to dial up the vanilla and sweetness, 3 Seared French Cuvée for amazing spiciness and a little more caramel, and 1 classic Maker’s 46 stave, the only stave used in the original 46 whiskey. The end result is a rocking bourbon that tips the scales at 110.1 proof and is a powerful, sweet, complex and hedonistic dive into wheated bourbon.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 07, 2018

Maker’s Mark Private Select is quickly becoming one of our most beloved single barrel programs. We’ve messed around with several different recipes but this particular mixture of wood types seems to be the sweet spot. Many of our customers have compared these exceptional whiskies to the very best available, if not better. This awesome barrel is just more of the same deliciousness. The incredible, rich, sweet wheat of the cask-strength Maker’s is bolstered significantly by the heady vanilla and spice of the various staves. The powerful concoction is balanced on the palate, drinking way below its proof, with absolutely no burn. Instead, a dark roasty coffee bean and stewed tropical fruit keep the spice and caramel in check on the palate. Another slam dunk from the little distillery in Loretto.

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

For the Private Select program, Maker’s Mark lets us choose the stave types going into the barrel for extra maturation. KL spirits buyers selected a mix of American white oak, extra seared French oak, and a little of the classic Maker’s 46 staves. Bold spice is instantly noticeable with notes of cinnamon, fresh ground pepper, and clove. Then the wash of fresh vanilla bean, creme brulee, and caramel comes through with some fruity elements, most particularly coconut. The different wood types and char levels of the various staves really present themselves on the palate. This bourbon is downright toasty! It has very bold char flavors, a little campfire, burnt marshmallow, and then the coconut comes back all toasted too.

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

The power of this bourbon is terrific. It’s a full throated roar of sweet, spicy, creamy, and woody flavors. The unique Maker’s Private Select program allows us to craft endlessly interesting additions to the already nearly perfect classic Maker’s Mark. Not only is it incredibly satisfying to see the nuance each stave type brings, it’s incredibly delicious. Here we essentially chose to amp up the natural intensity of bourbon by going heavy on the baked American staves, bring in some added wood complexity with the spicy French oak, and one classic Maker’s 46 stave for good measure. Full proof wheaters don’t come along often, especially those with such a pedigree. Barrel 905 is a wonderful example of why KL will continue to support this program as long as they’re willing to keep doing it!

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 29, 2018

This is a really good bourbon. In the past few years bourbons with a high wheat content like Pappy Van Winkle have been very much in demand. The Maker’s 46 is a bourbon with a high wheat content with added barrel influences. The nose is inviting with an expressive sweetness. In the mouth it is rich, elegant and spicy. There is a nice mouthfeel and a long finish.

William Beare | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 27, 2018

The Maker’s Mark Private Select line is where for us, as both retailers and serious whiskey nerds, we really start giddily rubbing our hands together as we get an opportunity to put a truly unique influence on a whiskey we already adore. The whiskey begins as the classic Maker’s– fully matured, but left at barrel-proof. Specially treated staves (the ribs of a barrel) are then added to the pot, and left to age for nine weeks in a cool limestone cellar. The back of the bottle shows which staves were used for this selection– six virgin American oak staves (oven-baked at low temperatures), three ridge-cut, seared French oak staves, and one of the staves used to create the ordinary Maker’s 46 (also French oak at a different level of toast). The nose is full of brown sugar, oak, vanilla, and light winter spice. It hits the tongue with a burst of fruit and baked wood shavings that linger through the finish.

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

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Incredible and Limited Mature Scotch Exclusives from Iconic Distilleries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength

Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength is a blend of pot still and grain Irish whiskeys, and for the first time in the history of Jameson, this is bottled at cask strength (55,3% ABV).

 

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It was matured in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks at the Midleton distillery, then married in first-fill bourbon barrels for one year, resting at the Bow Street distillery in Dublin (where they have a tiny storage facility of just 84 casks…).

 

 

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Nose: toffee and generous earthy spice (ginger, pepper) right away, as well as some vanilla and bourbon-like aromatic wood. Touches of caramel, sweet banana syrup, buttered popcorn and coconut. A little furniture polish. Less sherry than I was hoping for, but nicely thick. Mouth: again this has a slight bourbon whiskey feel, with leathery notes, a little toast, plenty of creamy coconut and this grainy, spicy edge. Nutmeg, vanilla custard, bananas and sweet marzipan. Fresh oak shavings and leather towards the end. Finish: quite long, on charred oak, toffee, nutmeg and a grainy note.

This premium Jameson has a rich wood-driven character, which tends to overtake the fruitiness of the spirit a little. In Ireland you pay € 240, or € 190 from Master of Malt and even less in my part of Europe. It doesn’t disappoint but in my book it doesn’t beat the Redbreast 21 Years either.

Score: 86/100

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