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BenRiach has today, 14 August, released the latest batch, its eleventh, of single cask bottlings. 

It comprises fourteen superb casks that were bottled in July and all are available as of today, ideal for leisurely summer tasting. 

Ranging from 37 to 9 years old, the much-anticipated release demonstrates a hugely eclectic range of expressions for which Elgin’s award-winning BenRiach is renowned, with astonishing variety across the fourteen casks. These include whiskies in the traditional, classic Speyside style, peated expressions and wood finishes such as Dark Rum, Tawny Port, Madeira, Virgin Oak, Pedro Ximenez Sherry and a Marsala wood finish. 

All fourteen casks have been hand-selected by BenRiach’s Managing Director and Master Distiller Billy Walker who described them as “absolutely special” and added: 

“Wood Management is one of the most important factors in ensuring excellence of quality during maturation. The most important factor is to use top-quality casks – Bourbon barrels, Hogsheads and ex-Wine Seasoned casks – and there is a role in the maturation process for all of these casks. Getting the wood right can be expensive but it’s one of the things I’m most proud of since we took over BenRiach.” 

And what an amazing range there is in Batch Eleven. 

The oldest, 1976 #529, at 44.2% vol, is Sherry Cask Matured and finished in a Bourbon barrel. Fresh crisp oak and cereal combine with sweet plum syrup, developing to an elegant, soft tropical fruit and toasted coconut finish. 

Meanwhile the youngest, 2005 # 3781, at 58.7% vol, a Virgin American Oak Hogshead, offers floods of sweet peat reek in rich caramelised apple and pear, softening gently to dried apricot and desiccated coconut. 

And a third which suggests it will be much sought-after is the 1998 cask # 5171, at 57.9% vol, a triple-distilled Pedro Ximenez Sherry Finish in which vibrant oak spice, orange bitters and dark chocolate give exceptional depth, with stewed barley and orchard fruits softly rolling though the long, ever-changing palate. 

Other expressions in the range boast the taste of “Demerara and boiled sweets”, “luxurious chocolate and roasted coffee beans”, “rich Tarte Tatin” and even “fairground candy apple”. 

The cask details are as follows:

1976 cask # 529 /  37 years old / Bourbon Barrel / Sherry Cask Matured, Bourbon Finish / 44.2% vol. 

1976 cask # 5463 /  37 years old / Bourbon Barrel / Peated, Sherry Cask Matured, Bourbon Finish / 51.9% vol.

1977 cask # 7114 / 37 years old / Hogshead / 48.3%vol. 

1977 cask # 1891 / 37 years old / Dark Rum Barrel / Dark Rum Finish / 43.2% vol.

1978 cask # 5469 / 36 years old / Bourbon Barrel / Sherry Cask Matured, Bourbon Finish / 41.7% vol

1984 cask # 488 / 29 years old / Hogshead / Peated / 51.1% vol. 

1984 cask # 4051 / 29 years old / Tawny Port Hogshead / Peated, Tawny Port Finish / 50.3% vol. 

1994 cask # 1703 / 20 years old / Tawny Port Hogshead / Tawny Port Finish / 55.6% vol. 

1994 cask # 5626 / 20 years old / Madeira Hogshead / Peated, Madeira Finish / 53.2% vol. 

1996 cask # 7176 / 18 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Finish / 52.4% vol. 

1997 cask # 4435 / 16 years old / Marsala Hogshead / Marsala finish / 56.1% vol. 

1998 cask # 5171 / 16 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / Triple Distilled, Pedro Ximenez Sherry finish / 57.9% vol. 

2000 cask # 38131 / 14 years old / Bourbon Barrel / 59.3% vol. 

2005 cask # 3781 / 9 years old / Virgin American Oak Hogshead / Peated, Virgin American Oak finish / 58.7% vol. 

Keep an eye on our website, www.benriachdistillery.co.uk, and Facebook page over the coming weeks for more information on these new releases, tasting notes and exclusive product photography.

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Springbank 21yo Single Cask “Renegade” at Loch Fyne Whiskies! – Scotch Whisky News

Springbank 21 year old single cask “Renegade” is now available to order at Loch Fyne Whiskies!

Specially selected and bottled by Mark Reynier, the former owner of Bruichladdich Distillery.

Springbank aficionados will know that a 21 year old Springbank of any form is rare enough at the moment, but this incredibly unique bottling goes a step further and offers an opportunity to taste the influence of different maturation environments.  This single cask of Springbank was matured for 13 years at Springbank and then moved to the warehouses at Bruichladdich for the remaining 8 years of maturation.  With Bruichladdich being much more exposed to prevailing Atlantic winds and foreshore influences than at Springbank’s warehouses in Campbeltown, some additional “maritime” influences have been imparted to this already exceptional whisky.  To add to its wonderfully complex style the whisky has been matured in a glorious sherry hogshead, resulting in a richly flavoured rare gem.

Springbank whisky is widely classed as one of the most collectable single malts in the world and this limited edition offers collectors an exciting opportunity to add to their collection.

One of only 219 bottles ever produced.
Drawn from sherry hogshead number 118.
Bottled at 46% volume, non-chillfiltered and with no added colouring. 

Click here to buy – £250

Jolly Toper Edinburgh August Update – Scotch Whisky News

Jolly Toper’s whisky tastings normally take place on Thursday nights from 7:30pm until approximately 10pm at  The Kilderkin, 65/67 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, (they do a mean pizza). For more details on the tastings themselves please click here
P/O/U/R/S = Peaty, Old, Unusual, Rare and Sherry cask matured. Recently many people have requested the exact nature of the line up at the ‘pours’ tastings remain secret so a proper ‘blind’ tasting can be held. However I understand some attendees would be more comfortable knowing which drams were to be tasted before committing to attending. If  you don’t want to know the confirmed line up contact us before checking the details listed below.

* = £3 discount for first timers and members. Membership costs £10 for 13 months.

Walking Tour of Edinburgh Sunday 24th August meet at 3pm outside Thomson’s bar, Morrison St, Haymarket £28/25*

We’ll visit a few sites of past distilleries starting at Caledonian then continuing down the Water of Leith. The story of whisky in Edinburgh will accompany the walk and drams. An updated written history will be available.

Caledonian 30yo refill Bourbon barrel cask strength SMWS

Glenkinchie 24yo 49.2% Bourbon hogshead Cadenheads

EH10 blend 40%

Queen Anne blend bottled in the 1970s

North British 24yo 46% 1989 -2014 Bourbon barrel 192 bottles Cadenheads

+ an optional mystery dram for a donation towards Marie Curie


P/O/U/R/S 28th August 7.30pm Kilderkin, Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh £to be confirmed

Spirit of Freedom 30yo 46% blend bottled to commemorate the 700th anniversary of Bannockburn

Glenfarclas 105 60%

Something peaty

Springbank 14yo refill sherry butt local barley bottled for the 10th anniversary of The Springbank Society

Auchentoshan 24yo single cask cask strength Cadenheads


Future themed tastings: a vertical Glendronach tasting, Bottled at the Distillery No.3, sherry casks and Canadian whiskies.


Whisky Wednesday Reviews Benrinnes 15yo PX Finish – Scotch Whisky News


This week Joe Ellis reviews the Darkness Benrinnes 15yo PX Finish Master of Malt bottling. 



American Whiskey “Back in Stock” at K&L California – American Whiskey News


United States – Bourbon and Rye

  • Belle Meade Sour Mash Bourbon 750ml – 0 available ($39.99)
  • Stranahan’s Colorado Small Batch Whiskey 750ml – 4 available ($54.99)
  • Slow Hand White Whiskey 750ml – 5 available ($29.99)

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


The Scottish Government Becomes Official Title Sponsor for the inaugural Whisky L! Beijing – Scotch Whisky News


The Scottish Government Becomes Official Title Sponsor for the inaugural Whisky L! Beijing Whilst Stephen Notman Brings the Newly Rebranded Show back to Shanghai! 

After five years of successfully running Whisky Live Shanghai, Show Directors’ Winnie Wu & Stephen Notman return to the China whisky festival scene under a new brand and city launch in the nation’s capital of Beijing! On the 22 & 23 August, the Scottish Government title sponsored Whisky L! Beijing will be the first whisky festival held in Beijing. The following week the show directors’ will be executing their sixth whisky festival in Shanghai held at Le Royal Meridien on the 29 & 30 August. 

Stephen Notman explains: ‘having successfully founded and ran Whisky Live Shanghai & Taipei for five years, my contract with Whisky Magazine was complete. Notman continues ‘The decision to go independent has allowed us to use the franchise fee which we would pay to the magazine to attract world class whisky commentators and establish Whisky L! Beijing.’ 

This year, both shows have attracted some of the leading commentators in the industry which include Dave Broom, Steven Lin & Charles Maclean along with receiving resounding support from the whisky industry. All of which will be heading up master classes. 

To commemorate the inaugural WhiskyL! Beijing and rebranding, seven of China’s leading Whisky Masters joined the Show Directors’ to select this year’s single cask release. Selected on a blind tasting basis Berry Brothers & Rudd Auchentoshan 2000 Vintage was selected as the show bottling. The first taste of the cask strength release will be tasted from the Stephen Notman tasting glass designed for cask strength whisky and locally produced spirit Baijiu. 

Combined with brand launches, the largest showcasing of whisky ever in China and the creation of the first Whisky L! Whisky Chocolate in association with Austria’s established chocolatier Zotter, the show promises to be a fun, festive but yet educational experience.

Whisky L! stands for Love, Luxury & Lifestyle 

Whisky L!



Whisky L! Beijing

22 -23 August 2014, 14:00 – 20:00pm

The Westin Beijing Chaoyang

7 Dongsanhuan Bei Lu, Chaoyang District

Tel: +86 10 5922 8888 

Whisky L! 北京

2014年8月23日, 14:00 – 20:00pm



电话:+86 10 5922 8888

Whisky L! Shanghai

29-30 August 2014, 14:00 – 20:00pm

Le Royal Meridien Shanghai

789 Nanjing Lu (near Xizang Zhong Lu), Huangpu District

Tel: +86 21 3318 9999 

Whisky L! 上海

2014年8月29-30日, 14:00 – 20:00pm



电话: +86 21 3318 9999


Standard ticket: 200元

VIP ticket: 1,500元

Further information

Web: http://www.whiskyl.com/

WeChat: chinawhiskyguide

The Spirit of Whisky Fringe Award 2014 “Old Pulteney 1990″ – Scotch Whisky News

Spirit of Whisky Fringe 2014

Congratulations to OLD PULTENEY, Gordon Hynd and team of Inverhouse Distillers, winners of this year’s The SPIRIT of WHISKY FRINGE Award. Over the three days of Whisky Fringe, all 1300 visitors had the chance to vote for their favourite whisky, from those sampled. Old Pulteney 1990 Vintage, a lightly peated, limited edition, was clearly voted the outright winner.

As always, commiserations to the runners up. Both the Glenglassaugh and the Ben Nevis are superb and highly recommended, while the new Highland Park Dark Origins was extremely well received. Thanks to all the exhibitors for participating and thanks to all the customers who voted.


OLD PULTENEY 1990 Vintage

~ OLD PULTENEY 1990 Vintage ~
The Spirit of Whisky Fringe 2014

Exclusive Malts at D&M California – Scotch Whisky News

D&M Logo B&W 

“If a cask is missing a certain zing or surprise, we use as many different oak casks (including different oak species) to produce some truly unique and truly outstanding whiskies; Exclusive Malts in Exclusive Casks Creating an Exclusive Range.”

Discounted Items

Bladnoch 21 Year Old Exclusive Malts Bottling
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bowmore 12 year Old Sherry Cask Exclusive Malts Bottling
Single Malt Scotch
Dalmore 18 Year Old Exclusive Bottling
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenrothes 18 Year Old Exclusive Malts Bottling
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
North Highland 17 Year Old Exclusive Malts Bottling
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bunnahabhain 1989 “The Exclusive Malts” Bottling
Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #480 – Scotch Whisky News


www.ralfy.com talks about the merits of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society with Whisky Review 480 – S.M.W.S. Whisky 127/5

BenRiach Batch 11 Single Cask Releases at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News


Introducing the new and limited BenRiach single cask Batch 11 range! 14 unique and individual expressions covering a spectrum of natural colours and flavours! Each expression is very limited and all orders will be dealt with on a first come first served basis.

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 The Whisky Shop
Tel 0141 427 2919

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