What’s New at The Park Avenue Liquor Shop – Whiskey News

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New Arrivals at the Park Avenue Liquor Shop.
Use Code: SPRING for 10% Off items featured in this article

Sprung!

Spring is here and so are some fun new arrivals at Park Ave. While March pushes and pulls with the whole ‘Lion Lamb’ thing – we thought we’d tell you about them. There is of course some ‘brown spirits’ but also some refreshing winks towards the warmer weather. Don’t forget – If you purchase any of the bottles featured in this email – Use the code: SPRING in all caps to receive 10% off that item. And if you haven’t already – there’s still time to RSVP to our next ‘Park Avenue – After Hours’ on Wednesday, April 3rd.

One last thing…Yeah Baseball season!!!

Cheers!
Jonathan, Eric Marlon
The Park Avenue Liquor Shop
270 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
212-685-2442
jonathan@parkaveliquor.com
eric@parkaveliquor.com
whiskyconn@gmail.com
www.parkaveliquor.com

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Uncle Nearest
1856 Premium Whiskey

Years back in LYNCHBURG, TENNESSEE, the name Nathan “Nearest” Green always meant something special. Hailing from Maryland, Uncle Nearest made his way southwest to Tennessee. He is the first African-American master distiller on record in the United States and thought to be responsible for helping perfect the Lincoln County Process, a requirement in being categorized as Tennessee Whiskey.

Nose: Bales of hay, dried grass, stone fruit notes of ripe peach and apricot, caramel corn and sweet maple.
Palate: Spicy caramel up front with the proof, hints of maple then mellows with dried fruit and floral notes. Sweetness and spice reminiscent of freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookies.
Finish: Long and rich finish, lingers pleasantly sweet on the palate, notes of vanilla.

PRICE: $65/btl

PA2The Senator ~ 6 Year Old Rye

6 year old Rye. 95% rye, 5% barley. Bottled in 2018. est proof 121 (barrel proof). Distilled 2012 Indiana (MGP). Blend of 10 selected barrels. Limited Edition.. Just 6 available. $94/btl. ‘Nuff said.

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7 Year Old Dailuaine
bottled by Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Only 744 bottles were made of this sherry butt beauty. Distilled 11-2010 Bottled 07-2018.
Nose: Freshly cuts grass and sun soaked hay stacks.
Plate: Juicy strawberries blended with marzipan and raspberries.
Finish: Toasted barley ice-cream, candied ginger with a velvety smooth feel.
PRICE: $57/btl

This discount offer is while supplies of each item listed, lasts or the end of March. Discount applies ONLY to listed items and CANNOT applied to any other bottles. We are not responsible for any typographical errors or the New York Football Giants off-season plans. Please contact the store with any questions.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/whats-new-at-the-park-avenue-liquor-shop-whiskey-news/

Sullivans Cove ~ American Oak – Including Our *Oldest Release To Date* – Tasmanian Whisky News

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Available now are two different casks of our American Oak expression: one 12 year old and one Old Rare 18 year old  – the oldest whisky ever released by Sullivans Cove.

American Oak is our most awarded style, the first Australian whisky to receive Liquid Gold Status in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible and the only Australian whisky to ever be awarded “Best Single Cask Single Malt” at the World Whiskies Awards. Aged in 200L American oak ex-bourbon barrels, every small bottling reflects the unique characteristics of each individual cask.

Our American Oak bottlings are generally aged between 10-12 years and are a brilliant showcase of Tasmanian barley, with notes of bright grain and fruit as well as soft oak, vanilla and caramel.

But on rare occasions, our skilled distillers also identify a cask with the specific characteristics that lend to extended maturation. These Old Rare casks are aged for a minimum of 16 years, and express incredible texture and complexity as well as surprising freshness given their age.

Today’s release gives you the opportunity to try either or both of these iconic Australian whiskies.

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American Oak Single Cask TD0149

Cask TD0149 was aged in a 200 litre American oak ex-bourbon cask for just over 12 years. Bottled at 47.4% ABV, this cask produced only 239 bottles.

Nose: Apricot, lemon curd, caramel fudge, grapefruit, warm cantaloupe, hazelnut chocolate, and aromatic oak spice

Palate: Lemon verbena, vanilla bean, stone fruit, malt grain and shortbread

Finish: Liquorice allsorts, fennel seeds, marshmallow, blackcurrant, pastry and shortbread

“A really textural and warming drop, this whisky is still fresh and bright, with all the warmth of a bakery on a winter’s morning.”
Heather Tillott, Production Manager

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/sullivans-cove-american-oak-including-our-oldest-release-to-date-tasmanian-whisky-news/

SECOND FIFE WHISKY FESTIVAL PROVES A SELL-OUT SUCCESS – Scotch Whisky News

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SECOND FIFE WHISKY FESTIVAL PROVES A SELL-OUT SUCCESS

The organisers of Fife Whisky Festival have toasted a sell-out success and announced its return for a third year in 2020.

Businesswomen Justine Hazlehurst and Karen Somerville’s second event was praised for “reinforcing Fife’s status as a whisky destination.”
Around 600 whisky-lovers from across the UK and further afield attended tasting sessions at the Corn Exchange in Cupar during the two-day festival.
Fife’s only whisky festival also boasted a whisky-themed dinner with guest speaker Karen Betts, Chief Executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, at Lindores Abbey Distillery in Newburgh.

Following the festival, Ms Betts said: “Fife is going through a whisky renaissance. From Lindores Abbey to Kingsbarns, Daftmill to InchDairnie, these distilleries are adding a new chapter to the centuries-old story of Scotch Whisky in Fife.

“The Fife Whisky Festival is part of this resurgence and is reinforcing Fife’s status as a whisky destination.

“I was delighted to speak at the Festival’s opening dinner this year, to share stories of Scotch with people both from Newburgh and from the other side of the world, and to enjoy a dram or two in the process.

“I wish the Festival every success in the years ahead.”

Willie Rennie, North East Fife MSP, said: “The Festival was packed with people from across Scotland tasting some of Scotland’s best whisky.

 It was a superbly organised event that I am sure will be a fixture in the calendar now.  It is wonderful to see a growing number of Fife brands feature too with the relatively new distilleries making their mark.”

Whisky connoisseurs enjoyed drams from a wide range of distilleries and independent bottlers plus music from Fife-based duo The Coaltown Daisies during the second Fife Whisky Festival.

The event, sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers and legal firm MacRoberts LLP, showcased the renaissance of whisky-making in Fife by bringing together the best whisky producers from the region and beyond.

The two tasting sessions were sold out with 300 whisky-lovers attending each gathering.

They enjoyed drams provided by more than 30 exhibitors, including Springbank, Inver House Distillers, Adelphi and the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, while the famous Luvians Bottle Shop was on hand for whisky purchases.

They also raised nearly £500 for Age Concern in Cupar with a raffle.

Fife Whisky Festival was launched in 2018 by Ms Hazlehurst, founder of Kask Whisky, and Mrs Somerville, managing director of Angels’ Share Glass.
Mrs Somerville, who was recently appointed by Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) as a member of its Ambassador Programme, said: “We’re delighted with how the event went and the feedback we received from exhibitors who said it was once again well organised and attended.
“This year we added the dinner with Karen Betts which gave people the chance to experience whiskies they would never normally have chance to try – Deanston Distillery, for example, brought along a limited edition.

“Brand ambassadors spoke about their whiskies and it felt special to hold the event at Lindores Abbey – the spiritual home of Scotch Whisky.”
Ms Hazlehurst said: “We’re really pleased that we were able to continue the success of the first event – there was a good atmosphere and people told us how much they enjoyed the festival.

“It was also fantastic to be able to introduce our first Welsh exhibitor Penderyn Distillery who proved popular at the Saturday tasting sessions.
“We’re now planning our 2020 event which will follow a similar format and we will finalise and announce the dates soon.”

Meanwhile, Cupar councillor Karen Marjoram praised Fife Whisky Festival for boosting the local economy and is looking forward to next year’s event.
She said: “I’m delighted to see the Festival become an annual event because it really livens up our town and helps put us on the map.

“There was an increase in the number of people in town using local shops and cafes during the festival which is a boost for our economy and creates a real buzz about Cupar

“It’s good to have an additional cultural event on our calendar each year especially one which enhances Fife’s reputation as a whisky destination.”

For more details about the Festival, visit www.fifewhiskyfestival.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/second-fife-whisky-festival-proves-a-sell-out-success-scotch-whisky-news/

New: Deanston Stout Cask // Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2012 // Wolfburn 375

Deanston Dragon's Milk Stout finish

Deanston Dragon's Milk Stout finish

Deanston is working on an interesting finished expression. The upcoming Deanston Stout Cask Finish uses barrels from Dragon’s Milk, a stout beer from the New Holland Brewing Company in Michigan which uses bourbon barrels for maturation. These are then passed on to Deanston for a six month finish. Bottled at 50,5% ABV and judging by the provenance of the casks, this could be a US exclusive.

 

 

Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2012

Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2012

This limited yearly edition of Port Charlotte only uses barley from local Islay farmers. A terroir whisky, and soon the 2012 edition will be available, bottled at 50% ABV.

As a side note, Bruichladdich will soon also release the Black Art 07.1, a 25 year-old version distilled in 1994. Only 8500 bottles, 48,4% ABV.

 

 

Wolfburn Small Batch 375

Wolfburn Small Batch 375

The latest releases in the Small Batch series from Wolfburn is the Wolfburn Small Batch 375. It is made with unpeated spirit, matured in half-size first-fill bourbon barrels of only 100 litres, as well as second-fill Oloroso sherry hogsheads. Around 4 years old and bottled at 46%.

 

 

Also interesting

Things that may not have been widely announced but that grabbed my attention in shops recently…

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/whisky-news/new-deanston-stout-cask-port-charlotte-islay-barley-2012/

Octomore 10 Dialogos at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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Octomore 10 Dialogos

This third limited edition 10-year-old from the Octomore range was distilled at Bruichladdich in 2008 using 100% Scottish grown Optic barley. Matured in a selection of bourbon, cognac, port and virgin oak casks, it has been bottled at 56.8% abv and is super-heavily peated at 167ppm. Only 12,000 bottles have been filled as part of the Dialogos series from the Islay distillery.

On the nose there is a rich chocolate and tobacco note, followed by vanilla custard and blueberries. The palate is warming and spicy with tobacco, old leather, icing sugar and a wonderfully earthy peat smoke. The finish brings more oak and coconut to balance the peat, with a touch of vanilla re-emerging.

£160.00 – Buy Now

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/octomore-10-dialogos-at-the-whisky-shop-scotch-whisky-news/

BenRiach, Glendronach, and Glenglassaugh Tasting March 30th, 2019 at The Whisky Shop #SFO – Scotch Whisky News

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Saturday, March 30th 1-5PM: 

 BenRiach, Glendronach, and Glenglassaugh

One of our most popular scotch tastings returns! Benriach, Glendronach, and Glenglassaugh will be tasted at this event. Presented by distillery representatives and our own in-store whisky experts, scotch connoisseurs and newcomers to the the world of traditional scotch are sure to enjoy this tasting.

Click Here to RSVP

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/benriach-glendronach-and-glenglassaugh-tasting-march-30th-2019-at-the-whisky-shop-sfo-scotch-whisky-news/

Mature Scotch Closeouts: Glenturret 30 & 34, Speyside (Glenfarclas) 40 & 41 at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

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Once in a blue moon, we are approached by one of our Scotch suppliers with a deal that’s simply too good to pass up. This is one of those occasions. Looking to move some inventory, Alexander Murray presented us with this quartet of mature whiskys at prices we simply couldn’t believe. As an independent bottler, Alexander Murray is well known for serving up some of the best values in the whisky biz, but this set takes things to another level entirely. We love opportunities such as this, as it enables us to offer some truly special whiskys to a much broader audience. We urge you to scroll below for the full details on these remarkable drams, as each possesses a personality and character that’s all its own. These are exactly the kind of whiskys that collectors search for far and wide. As you might expect, quantities are exceptionally limited and demand will be high, so you definitely don’t want to sit on your hands for this one.

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1986 Glenturret 30 Year Old “Alexander Murray” Cask Strength Small Batch Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $230) ($149.99)

After years of absolutely nobody ever asking about Glenturret, it’s suddenly become a place of serious intrigue. We hadn’t seen a good cask of Turret since 2015, but this year we received a massive sherry bomb from Old Particular, which was easily one of the best values we bottled all year. Then we get word their owners, the Edrington Group, are looking to sell the distillery after years in the shadows of their other two properties, Macallan and Highland Park. The spiritual home of the Famous Grouse blend, Glenturret is not Scotland’s most luxurious, but it does boast one of the oldest histories of distillation in Scotland. They claim that illicit distillation was occurring on the site in Crief as far back as 1717. The distillery buildings are hidden below the road and guarded by a large copper grouse. The small distillery boasts only 2 stills and produces less than 350 thousand liters of spirit a year. Compare that to the more than 8 million being made at Macallan and you can see why Edrington felt they wouldn’t miss the little guy. Ultimately, the Highland distillery produces a very solid spirit and when we can offer old cask strength Turret for a great price, we’ll always say yes. This small batch is drawn from three refill hogsheads and bottled at cask strength without chill filtration or coloring of any kind.

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1984 Glenturret 34 Year Old “Alexander Murray” Cask Strength Small Batch Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $250) ($179.99)

The underappreciated Glenturret Distillery isn’t on most single malt drinkers’ radar, but their position as one of the component whiskies to the popular Famous Grouse blend means they don’t have to be. They haven’t marketed any distillery bottlings in the States and the demand for the blend has meant very little makes it out to the independent bottlers. But our friends at Alexander Murray have had good success with bottling large volumes of malt for big box retailers and that’s allowed them access to some exceptional stocks at very reasonable prices. As they become more comfortable with bottling products at cask strength and marketing them to specialty retailers like KL, we find more and more exceptional products that we can work with. This wonderful 34-year-old single malt is a perfect example. Originally priced to sell upwards of $300, the final bits of this need to move out of the warehouse so they’ve offered us an exceptional deal for the whole lot. While this one doesn’t have the power or intensity of the 30 year, it shows more complexity and tons of nuance. It’s very rare that we see even mediocre single malt at cask strength of this age for anywhere close to these prices, but almost unheard of from a relatively rare distillery like Turret. If this is the kind of product we continue to see from Alexander Murray, you can expect to see a lot more of it on the shelf in the future.

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1972 Speyside (Glenfarclas) 40 Year Old “Alexander Murray” Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $700) ($474.99)

There has been wild speculation about where these outrageous 40-year-old single malts from Alexander Murray have come from. While many have speculated that these are from Glen Grant or Glenlivet, one little taste will tell a different story. And indeed, the supplier has confirmed, that while they are legally prohibited from revealing the source of this special whisky, it is from what some consider to be the FINEST Speyside whisky distillery in Scotland. That special, independently-owned plant on the road between Ballindaloch and Aberlour is a darling of many. Famous for big bold sherry, their single vintage family casks have become extremely expensive. So we were very surprised to hear that our friends at Alexander Murray had secured some older stocks, which they bottled way back in 2012-13. They’ve been trickling out to the market as people catch wind of their provenance and that they were well worth the extremely high prices that were originally asked. Some of the softest, roundest malt we’ve ever seen, there’s little opportunity to explore malt this old at anywhere close to this price. The only serious complaint is that it was bottled at 40%, which is a sacrifice we can live with, considering distillery bottlings from this vintage can cost several thousand dollars. It might not be the big, powerful sherry bomb that some aficionados expect, but it is easily the best 40-year-old malt $500 can buy.

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1972 Speyside (Glenfarclas) 41 Year Old “Alexander Murray” Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $800) ($499.99)

There has been wild speculation about where these outrageous 40-year-old single malts from Alexander Murray have come from. While many have speculated that these are from Glen Grant or Glenlivet, one little taste will tell a different story. And indeed, the supplier has confirmed, that while they are legally prohibited from revealing the source of this special whisky, it is from what some consider to be the FINEST Speyside whisky distillery in Scotland. That special independently owned plant on the road between Ballindaloch and Aberlour is a darling of many. Famous for big bold sherry, their single vintage family casks have become extremely expensive. So we were very surprised to hear that our friends at Alexander Murray had secured some older stocks, which they bottled way back in 2012-13, . They’ve been trickling out to the market as people catch wind of their provenance and well worth the extremely high prices that were originally asked. Some of the softest, roundest malt we’ve ever seen, there’s opportunity to explore malt this old at anywhere close to this price. The only serious complaint is that it was bottled at 40%, which is a sacrifice we can live with considering distillery bottlings from this vintage can cost several thousand dollars. It might not be the big powerful sherry bomb that some aficionados expect, but it is easily the best 40-year-old malt $500 can buy.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/mature-scotch-closeouts-glenturret-30-34-speyside-glenfarclas-40-41-at-kl-california-scotch-whisky-news/

Whisky Tasting Diploma Launched by Edinburgh Whisky Academy – Scotch Whisky News

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Whisky Tasting Diploma Launched by Edinburgh Whisky Academy

Whisky enthusiasts, brand ambassadors, whisky and hospitality professionals and sommeliers are set to benefit from the Edinburgh Whisky Academy’s latest course – a Diploma in the Art of Tasting Whisky.

Fully accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), the one-day course will offer candidates the chance to learn about the human olfactory system, flavour development and the influence of oak in the whisky-making process. Odour recognition tests will challenge them to recognise different smells and each participant will be taught a variety of different assessment techniques to boost their flavour recognition and flavour description skills. They will learn about the role of wood in the development of whisky flavour, including the different reactions that take place during maturation.  Candidates will also test a variety of differently-aged spirits and whiskies before moving on to learn about flavour manipulation.

The Diploma is the third whisky course to be launched by the Edinburgh Whisky Academy, which has provided training for some of Scotland’s top distillers and hospitality providers, including Ian Macleod Distillers, Chivas Brothers, Edrington, Montpeliers, and Whyte Mackay.

The business was founded by Managing Director, Kirsty McKerrow, who worked as the Swedish brand ambassador for Glenmorangie and Ardbeg, among other whisky labels. Her family is steeped in whisky heritage; her forefathers starting Mackinlay’s whisky in 1815.  She established the Edinburgh Whisky Academy in 2015 to fill what, she felt, was a vital gap in the Scotch Whisky education market.

Managing Director, Kirsty McKerrow said; “When I started out as a brand ambassador, despite growing up surrounding by whisky heritage, I would have loved to have access to the more in-depth information that we now provide on our courses, which I know would have greatly helped me in my work.  Whisky is an incredibly complex spirit, with legions of fans across the globe, who have a desire to learn more about the whisky-making craft. This latest course will help whisky professionals and those involved in the hospitality industry to gain the knowledge that can help them deliver a richer whisky experience for their customers, and also offers enthusiasts the chance to delve deep into their favourite topic.”

Other courses offered by the Edinburgh Whisky Academy include the Introduction to Whisky Certificate, an online course aimed at whisky industry professionals, retailers, distributors, tour guides, hospitality staff and enthusiasts who perhaps can’t visit Scotland.  The Academy’s Diploma in Single Malt Whisky is the only one of its kind and offers a fully SQA-accredited qualification for brand ambassadors, spirits retailers, whisky and hospitality professionals, whisky writers and bloggers and distillery guides.

The first Diploma in the Art of Tasting Whisky takes place on 3 April at Arniston House, Midlothian and includes a formal assessment that candidates must pass in order to achieve their SQA certificate.  A further four courses are currently scheduled for 2019. Course costs are £480 per person, including VAT.

www.edinburghwhiskyacademy.com

 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/whisky-tasting-diploma-launched-by-edinburgh-whisky-academy-scotch-whisky-news/

Glen Grant 1948 (Gordon & MacPhail)

A Glen Grant 1948, a stunning 70 years old and still at a respectable strength of 48.6%. It is the latest addition to the Private Collection range from Gordon MacPhail.

Like the 1948 cask #1369 I could try a few years ago, this is a first-fill sherry butt but a mild one so to speak. It is presented in an engraved, hand-blown crystal decanter, framed in a wooden presentation case.

 

 

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Nose: starts on typical brass polish with a sweet, honeyed undertone. Rubbed petals, hints of fennel and cut herbs. Mentholated notes, maybe teak oil. After Eight. Cigar boxes. Apricots and orange peel. In the background there’s a hint of dried porcini and old books. A whiff of smoke and old leather as well. A bit fragile but really great complexity. Mouth: a surprisingly dark profile which the colour of the whisky doesn’t suggest. Mexican chocolate, smoke and tobacco leaves. Coffee or even tar liqueur. Old Pu-Erh. Sappy oak. Then cardamom, cloves, aniseed and cough syrup. Very herbal towards the end (reminding me of an old Jerez Quina I once had). Finish: medium, with many teas and herbs, a sourness of charred oak but also dark cocoa.

Always a pleasure to try such an old malt. Maybe not because it is the best whisky ever, but because such old drams are so different from all others. Oak influenced of course but not tannic. Excellent. Available from The Whisky Exchange (brace yourself).

Score: 91/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/glen-grant/glen-grant-1948-gordon-macphail/