JUST WHISKY “Vintage Macallans headline exceptional July 2019 Auction” – Scotch Whisky News


Vintage Macallans headline exceptional July Auction

Auction Ends Sunday 21st @ 8pm!

The Macallan 72 Years Old headlines an extraordinary July auction of rare and valuable bottles at Just Whisky Auctions, with over 175 lots from Macallan alone spanning decades of releases by the world’s most renowned distillery. A plethora of 2018 releases including the 52 Years Old and 50 Years Old are joined by an exceptional array of vintage releases. From oddities like ‘The New Range Rover’ to old-style releases like the cask-strength collection, through to legendary bottlings like the 1949 Millenium Edition and 1948 Select Reserve, rarely have so many Unicorn Macallans been auctioned at once.


Macallan 72 Years Old – Lot 680861

Macallan’s oldest ever whisky was released in 2018 to great fanfare and rightly so, with every drop miraculously surviving a lifetime in cask. Launched as a Genesis Decanter to celebrate the opening of the new distillery, the 72 Years Old is a meeting of the respected past and bold future of Macallan – incredibly mature spirit, housed in an elegant bottle created by Lalique to mirror the new Macallan’s strikingly futuristic design.


Macallan 1949 Millenium Edition – Lot 680988

Launched to celebrate the coming of the Millenium (remember that?), this now legendary bottle comes complete with a key to keep it locked in its beautiful hard-wood display case. Ironically, behind a lock and key is where the Millenium normally stays hidden, with few making it to auction. Distilled 14th January 1949, this is Macallan of the old-school – great aged whisky presented with a sense of refinement.


Macallan 1948 Select Reserve – Lot 681001

This exquisitely presented Macallan is one of just 366 bottles, each given an individual day of the year for 1948 (a leap year) to act as a unique identifier, with no two bottles the same. Unusually for Macallan, the 1948 Select Reserve is heavily peated and smoky due to the post-war rationing of coal in Britain forcing the distillery to malt with a higher amount of peat than it otherwise would. Bottled in 1999 after 51 years of maturation exclusively in Sherry casks, the 1948 is a time-capsule showcasing a style of Macallan that will never be made again.

These and 1,100 other lots are all open for bidding until Sunday at 8pm UK time


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Heaven Hill Distillery Launches “Tales from the Hill” Podcast – American Whiskey News


Heaven Hill Distillery Launches “Tales from the Hill” Podcast

BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Heaven Hill Distillery today launched a new podcast, “Tales from the Hill,” to share the story of Heaven Hill in a way that has never been done before. Produced by Mark Gillespie, host of the number one whiskey podcast “WhiskyCast,” Tales from the Hill takes an intimate, in-depth look at the people, places and products that have shaped Heaven Hill Distillery since 1935.

Season one takes the listener on a six-episode a journey into the heritage and legacy of Heaven Hill. Each episode contains exclusive interviews from the people who know Heaven Hill best and provides a unique, behind-the-scenes look at how Heaven Hill went from filling the first barrel to a portfolio of award-winning whiskeys almost 85 years later. From President Max Shapira to expert taster Tawnie Gootee, each person interviewed provides listeners with a window into the largest independent, family-owned and operated distillery in America.

Explore how Heaven Hill’s tradition of distilling informs today’s decisions to nurture American Whiskey toward a more vibrant future. Listen to the introductory episode and episode one now, with new episodes available every Tuesday for the next five weeks following the launch date. Learn more, subscribe, listen, and review here.

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ABOUT HEAVEN HILL DISTILLERY: Founded in Kentucky by the Shapira family in 1935, Heaven Hill Distillery continues its legacy as one of the foremost American Whiskey producers. Heaven Hill has cultivated the traditions and history of America’s Native Spirit with its fierce independence, passionate family ownership, dedication to quality, and thoughtful innovation. Today, Heaven Hill Distillery maintains over 1.5 million barrels aging in 58 warehouses throughout Nelson and Jefferson Counties. It is home to an award-winning collection of American Whiskeys including Elijah Craig Bourbon, Larceny Bourbon, Evan Williams Bourbon, Pikesville Rye Whiskey, Rittenhouse Rye Whisky and Parker’s Heritage Collection. Heaven Hill Distillery currently holds the title of 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Best in Show Whiskey, and previously held titles of 2018 San Francisco Spirits Best Bourbon, 2017 Whisky Advocate Whisky of the Year, 2016 Whisky Magazine Distillery of the Year, 2016 Whisky Advocate American Whiskey of the Year and 2016 Rye Whiskey of the Year from “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.” For more information, please visit www.heavenhilldistillery.com.

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Clynelish 2010 (Single Malts of Scotland)

Elixir Distillers presented a dozen of new Single Malts of Scotland bottlings recently. One of them is this Clynelish 2010, probably the youngest expression I’ve tried from this distillery so far (not counting a few NAS releases).



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(55,7%, Single Malts of Scotland 2019, ex-bourbon barrel #700039, 176 btl.)

Nose: lovely marshmallow and guimauve notes alongside the typical paraffin! Also candy apples, banana milkshake and pineapple cubes. Scented candles. A pleasant freshness (grassy touches, lemon and star anise) which balances the candied notes. Hints of orange blossom locum too. Pretty great so far. Mouth: sweet and fruity again, hints of melons, lime and peaches. Hints of eau-de-vie. The oak is bigger now (pepper, grassy oak) with salty notes and light resin. Simpler but so easy to like. Finish: long, more on grapefruit, vanilla and lemon zest.

Very good young Clynelish. Not very complex and a bit different from older expressions, but the fruity notes and marshmallow (and the price) make it a no-brainer really. It seems to be sold out at The Whisky Exchange, maybe from partners?

Score: 89/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/clynelish/clynelish-2010-single-malts-of-scotland/

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 266: Ardbeg Grooves

Caol Ila 26 Year Old 1983 The Perfect Dram

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul za, juli 13, 2019 07:04:01


Regio: Schotland (Islay)
Fles: Caol Ila 26 Year Old 1983/2009, The Perfect Dram, Refill Sherry Wood, 240
Kleur: brons
ABV: 55.3%


Deze Caol Ila 1983 van The Perfect Dram werd
een decennium geleden gebotteld. De release leverde 240 flessen op vatsterkte
op. Fantastisch bronzen kleurtje, overigens.

Nou, dat moet wel een superactief vaatje
geweest zijn, want het distilleerderijkarakter van Caol Ila is totaal
onherkenbaar geworden. Hoewel ik dat een beetje jammer vind, kan ik niet anders
dan toegeven dat de neus wel absoluut geweldig is. Een heleboel orangettes,
snuiftabak, hazelnoten, pomme d’amour, mokatine, espresso en cuberdons. Dat het
om een Islay gaat kan je afleiden uit een beetje zachte rook, natte rotsen, een
hint van mercurochroom turf met een zoetje.

Op smaak komt Caol Ila al wat beter tot zijn
recht, zeg maar. Ja, de sherry met zijn appelsienen, honing en pruimen en al
die andere zalige zoetigheden worden nu mooi tegengas gegeven door licht
medicinale turf, een hint van kelp en assen. Mooie kruidigheid, ook.
Nootmuskaat, peper, zoethout en saffraan.

De afdronk blijft maar duren en houdt een mooi
evenwicht tussen de zoete en maritieme elementen, met pruimtabak en droog hout
op het sterfbed.

Ik heb al vaak gezegd dat ik de combinatie
turf/sherry niet altijd makkelijk vind. Maar hier werkt het perfect. Dit is een
absolute stunner!


Geproefd door
Mark Dermul op 31-05-2019
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BenRiach 21 Years Temporis

BenRiach Temporis is a 21 years old peated expression matured in a combination of bourbon barrels, virgin oak, Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez casks. Launched mid-2018 it replaced the BenRiach Authenticus.



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(46%, OB +/- 2019)

Nose: ashy, with warm coal smoke and plenty of charcoal. Perhaps a bit warmer and more shy than most siblings from Islay. Then some caramelized butter pears, dark plums and raisins, maple syrup and a kind of synthetic, almost perfumed vanilla. Mouth: again a creamy type of peat, with roasted pineapple and maple syrup again. Red berry jam, cinnamon and Christmas spice. Burnt nuts and anise. Peppery notes grow stronger. Maybe a rubbery touch as well. Finish: long, peppery and smoky with some Christmas pudding underneath.

Mellow peat and the distillery’s rich fruity notes add up nicely. I’m not fond of the funny fragrant side but otherwise a complex dram and a nice alternative to Islay peat. Available from The Whisky Exchange or Master of Malt for instance.

Score: 85/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/benriach/benriach-temporis-21-years/

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 265: Smoky Scot – Scotch Whisky News


Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 265: Smoky Scot

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, tries the Smoky Scot! While there is no mention of the distillery on the label anywhere, it is clear that this is an Islay whisky. In fact, this is a 5 year old Caol Ila that matured on bourbon casks, before being bottled at 46% by Aceo Ltd. And guess what? It’s a stunner and absolute bang for your buck!


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/07/marks-whisky-ramblings-265-smoky-scot-scotch-whisky-news/

The Matsui Kurayoshi Mizunura Cask at Park Ave Lquor Shop – Japanese Whisky News


The Matsui Kurayoshi Mizunura Cask

Japanese Single Malt Whisky  

“Kurayoshi distillery is nestled in the heart of nature, close to mount Daisen and its fresh, soft spring. Located in Tottori, Japan. The Matsui Mizunara Cask has been aged in Japanese oak known as Mizunara. Oaky with hints of oriental spices, rich mouth feel and toffee-like sweetness.” 

PRICE: $93/btl

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Prime whiskies you won’t find anywhere else – Scotch Whisky News

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Whiskies you won’t find anywhere else 

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A Classic Bottling for All Fans of Japanese Whisky Suntory “Hibiki Japanese Harmony – Japanese Whisky news


A Classic Bottling for All Fans of Japanese Whisky
Suntory “Hibiki Japanese Harmony” ($74.99)
“Exemplary blending skills and classically Hibiki.” —Whisky Advocate

While age-statement whiskies from Japan appear to have gone the way of the dodo, that doesn’t mean you can’t still get your whisky fix from the Land of the Rising Sun. Suntory’s “Hibiki Japanese Harmony,” while not bearing an age-statement, still offers the classic profile collectors and connoisseurs expect from this legendary distiller. While there may have been a bit of skepticism when Suntory announced the inaugural release of “Harmony,” any hesitation was quickly swept away upon tasting. A beautiful whisky by any measure, it is delightfully complex while remaining approachable and utterly delicious from the first sip to the last. Smoky flavors mingle with subtle touches of oak, lemon, toffee, and vanilla. Perhaps most striking is how gracefully elegant the delivery is, especially given its underlying power and verve. Very attractively priced at under $75, the “Harmony” is a very affordable way to enjoy a classic Japanese whisky from one of the most highly regarded distillers in the world. Our allocations of “Harmony” always sell in the blink of an eye, so don’t delay in securing your bottles.

Suntory “Hibiki Japanese Harmony” Japanese Whisky (750ml) ($74.99)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: “The newest blended whisky offering from Hibiki is burnished gold in the glass and has a bold aroma that mixes vanilla, fresh pear and a hint of smoke. The smokiness comes forward at the first sip, wrapping around a core of oak and vanilla custard and finishing long, with a mouthwatering bitter chocolate note. *Best of 2016* (KN)” (03/2016)

90 points Whisky Advocate: “Poised and complex, with typically lifted fruitiness: strawberry ice cream, pineapple, peach, balanced by delicate oak, bamboo shoot-like delicacy, then lemon. The palate is more rounded than that very forward nose, with toffee notes adding some weight. A touch of smoke comes along in the mid-palate, before fruits and caramelized coffee biscuits. Water allows the flavors to flood the palate. Exemplary blending skills and classically Hibiki. (DB, Winter 2015)” (12/2015)

Wine Spirits: “You can’t be a Japanese whisky enthusiast without having noticed that there’s a shortage of the stuff. What once was readily available is now hard to find. What once was affordable now costs various bodily limbs. It is due to more than a fad. The best Japanese whisky is remarkable stuff, and none are better than the top single malts from Suntory, Yamazaki, Hakushu and the blended whisky Hibiki. Hibiki comes in 12-, 17- and 21-year-old expressions, but even the youngest of these is now allocated. Harmony, the newest release, carries no age statement, indicating that it contains younger whiskies than other bottlings. Nevertheless, this is a welcome concession, with Suntory’s classic sense of balance, nuance and delicacy. *Best of 2015* (JM)” (11/2015)

KL Notes: The newest incarnation of Suntory’s hugely popular Hibiki series, this time without an age statement attached. The same soft, mellow, vanilla-laden flavor is still here, however. It’s a true harmony of pure Hibiki flavor.

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

If you haven’t had Hibiki Harmony recently, you must retry it. In all honesty, it’s not something we’ve opened for the staff here in a long time since it is so tightly allocated and sells out so quickly. It just wasn’t necessary. With our most recent drop of one of the most asked for Japanese whiskies on the market, I decided it was time to make sure the staff all knew what exactly we had. I must say, I was blown away by the richness in particular. The flavors are a delight, with crisp apple, fresh stone fruits, a touch of piquant pepper and a surprising amounts of vanilla and caramel. The palate has much more weight, presumably from a higher malt content, than I recall. It coats the tongue, but is never heavy. The finish is clean and bright and decidedly entices you to have another sip. We spend most of the year out of stock on this whisky just sadly telling customers, “no, it’s not available.” Today, we are sitting flush and want to let everyone know it’s here. The trick is, with the insane popularity of all true Japanese whisky, it won’t be here for long.


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/07/a-classic-bottling-for-all-fans-of-japanese-whisky-suntory-hibiki-japanese-harmony-japanese-whisky-news/

Glencairn Crystal shines as it delivers 15 consecutive years of global growth – Whisky News

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Glencairn Crystal shines as it delivers 15 consecutive years of global growth 

Family business demonstrates its global success and resilience as it reveals it has doubled sales every five years since 2004

  • Glasgow based crystal glassware company has doubled sales every five years since 2004.
  • Custom decanters (for the worlds’ rarest and most expensive spirits*) and unique glassware have driven the family business’ growth – up by a fifth in the last year. In the last eighteen months Glencairn has delivered projects that contribute to sales of £100 million.
  • Over 65,000 Glencairn Glasses** are now sold per week globally.

Award winning family business Glencairn Crystal – owned and run by the Davidson family – has released its end of year figures to reveal an unbroken run of 15 years of continued business growth.

In 2004 the East Kilbride based company turned over £858K with the latest figures in 2019 reaching an unprecedented £11.3 million.

The exponential growth of the business comes from, not only existing markets, but the expansion into new markets – China being the largest that the company has gained traction in over the past 12 months. The US continues to provide huge growth for Glencairn and is now worth some £4m a year of the company’s business with US online sales alone accounting for nearly £1 million worth of this.

Glencairn now ships to 95 countries worldwide, working with over 600 distilleries directly.

*Some of the company’s most high-profile decanter projects include luxury bespoke decanters for a single malt whisky that have been hand engraved using rare gemstones. In the past year the company has been commissioned by over 30 different brands to create bespoke packaging for some of the oldest and most luxurious single malt whiskies ever released.

Scott Davidson, New Product Development Director at Glencairn said: “We are so proud of the success we have achieved in this past year. Our hardworking team and the worldwide growth of the spirits market, specifically whisky, has meant that we have been able to capitalise on what we do best – provide clients with a high-end customer service they can’t get anywhere else.”

He continued: “Above all else we continue to put our customers and their needs first – something that is demonstrated through fifteen years of continued growth.’

For more details about Glencairn Crystal, please visit www.glencairn.co.uk

**The Glencairn Glass is endorsed by the Scotch Whisky Association as the official glass for whisky.


Glencairn’s clients include leading drinks companies, brands and other outlets, including: BP, Brown-Forman, Cunard, Diageo, Houses of Parliament, Muller, Google, Scottish Parliament, Liverpool FC and the majority of the Scottish Whisky manufacturers, in addition to many of the international whisky and spirit producers.

Created in 2001, the Glencairn Glass has seen an average year on year global sales increase. Often referred to as the official tasting glass, the company makes over 3 million per year, across hundreds of brands, distributed to over 90 countries worldwide.

Glencairn has previously won The Queen’s Awards as follows:

  • The Queens Award for Enterprise 2017 and 2012
  • The Queens Award for Innovation 2006 (with the Glencairn Whisky Glass)

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/07/glencairn-crystal-shines-as-it-delivers-15-consecutive-years-of-global-growth-whisky-news/