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The Whisky Barrel releases their latest exclusive 10th Anniversary Whiskies! – Scotch Whisky News

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The Whisky Barrel releases their latest exclusive 10th Anniversary Whiskies!  

Specialist online whisky shop, TheWhiskyBarrel.com, is proud to release Dumbarton 30 Year Old 1987 Sovereign and Carsebridge 44 Year Old 1973 Sovereign 10th Anniversary bottlings. 

These are the sixth and seventh additions to The Whisky Barrel’s range of exclusive bottlings commemorating the 10th anniversary of the retailer established in 2007 and which is now renowned as one of the world’s leading whisky and spirits merchants.

The Dumbarton 30 Year Old 1987 Sovereign

The Dumbarton 30 Year Old 1987 Sovereign was distilled at the now lost Dumbarton Distillery in the Lowland region of Scotland and bottled by Hunter Laing & Company Ltd exclusively for The Whisky Barrel. Aged for 30 years in cask refill #HL14247 yielding 160 bottles at natural cask strength.

Dumbarton Distillery was a single grain distillery built in Dumbartonshire in the 1930s, at which time it was the largest in Scotland. Dumbarton closed in 2002 and has since been demolished, making The Whisky Barrel’s exclusive Dumbarton 30 Year Old 1987 Sovereign a very special addition to any collection.

The Carsebridge 44 Year Old 1973 Sovereign

The Carsebridge 44 Year Old 1973 Sovereign was distilled at the now lost Carsebridge Distillery in Alloa and bottled by Hunter Laing & Company Ltd exclusively for The Whisky Barrel. Aged for 44 years in refill hogshead cask #HL14189 yielding 150 bottles at natural cask strength.

Carsebridge distillery dates to 1798, making malt whisky at first before moving to grain whisky production in 1850. The distillery was destroyed by fire in 1902 but underwent a major re-development and was doing well again by 1927. By 1980 Carsebridge was the largest grain distillery in Scotland but it closed in 1983 and was the demolished in 1992. All that is left of the distillery are very few casks in warehouses across Scotland which makes the Carsebridge 44 Year Old 1973 Sovereign a rare and special find for cognisors and collectors alike.

Both notable bottlings are available exclusively from The Whisky Barrel, shipping to customers Worldwide including the United States of America, Canada and Japan. 

https://www.thewhiskybarrel.co.uk/dumbarton-30-year-old-1987-sovereign-10th-anniversary-14247.html

https://www.thewhiskybarrel.co.uk/carsebridge-44-year-old-1973-sovereign-10th-anniversary.html

Tasting notes for The Dumbarton 30 Year Old 1987 Sovereign: 

Colour: A soft pale gold colour.

Nose: A gentle nose of vanilla and toffee.

Taste: The palate is fruity and sweet with notes of citrus coming through.

Finish: A lovely clean finish with just a hint of smokiness. 

Price: £93.92 GBP / $103 USD (+ P&P)

Tasting notes for The Carsebridge 44 Year Old 1973 Sovereign: 

Colour: A vivid golden whisky.

Nose: A complex nose with pleasing notes of cocoa and sweet berries.

Taste: The palate is smooth with traces of caramel and those sweet berries coming through.

Finish: The finish is long and satisfying. 

Price: £177.65 GBP / $192 USD (+ P&P) 

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In their own words – Dan Szor, founder, Cotswolds Distillery – English Whisky News

In their own words – Dan Szor, founder, Cotswolds Distillery

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Dan Szor is the founder of Cotswolds Distillery. He left behind a career in finance to follow his love of whisky and build the first distillery in the area. After years of development and hard work, he and his team released their first whisky in October 2017.

‘It was June 2012. I was looking out of my bedroom window in my house in the Cotswolds. It was beautiful day, the wind was rippling through the barley and I had a thought: “why hasn’t anyone made whisky out of this barley?”‘

‘[Building a distillery] was just a passing idea and I pushed it out of my head for a few months. I went full circle and went back to the one person I knew in the industry, the guy who sold me my barrel of whisky. While at Bruichladdich on my annual barrel-hugging visit in May of 2013, I asked to see Jim McEwan. I said, “I’ve had this idea of building a distillery in the Cotswolds and I can’t think of anyone to tell me if it’s a crazy or not besides you.” He told me, “You’ve got to do it – follow your dream.”‘

‘What grows here is a mix of fruit and cereals. You get apples, pears, plums, damsons – the hedgerows are full of different things. And you get tons of cereal, including some of the best barley. To me, the flavours of a Cotswolds whisky ought to be predominantly fruit and grain’

‘How do you design that kind of whisky? For that we enlisted the help of the late, great Jim Swan, who was a integral part of the team, even as short as his time with us unfortunately was. He was immensely important and he will live on in our whisky’

‘In terms of imbuing the whisky with a sense of place and terroir, it all starts with the barley, which true to my original vision/epiphany moment is all locally grown’

‘Another thing that’s cool is that we are, to my knowledge, one of only two whiskies in all of Great Britain that are in production and on sale that are 100% floor malted. The other one is Springbank, so we’re in good company’

‘[Jim Swan] felt very strongly that it was all about fruit: a good fruity new make will make a good whisky. For Jim, that started in the mash tun with a very long four-day fermentation. Why is four days important? Your alcohol is created in about two days, but its the third and the fourth day which provide you with a lot of what will create the esters [chemicals that create fruity flavours] in your whisky. The best time to inhale our wash is day four. You get these amazing banana, fruit salad and pineapple notes coming off and they come through in the distillation’

‘Our stills are called Mary and Janis. We’ve not gone with posh English names – you get a lot of Prudences and Constances and Patiences in the gin world – we’ve gone with American rock instead. Mary is Proud Mary, because she keeps on burning (she’s our wash still), and Janis is Janis Joplin, because we take a little piece of her heart every day’

‘The biggest part of the story and where Jim had a big effect was in the wood. He personally designed the barrel which is responsible for most of the flavour profile of our flagship whisky – the STR: shaved, toasted and recharred. You take a wine barrel and make it into a whisky barrel by charring’

‘Every six months we get a shipping container of incredibly juicy first-fill bourbon barrels. When they come to us they’ve never been disassembled and have only just been dumped – you could get high from just standing in the container’

‘It was my decision to combine the STRs with first-fill bourbon casks. We experimented with lots of different ratios and settled on 70:30 – our flagship whisky is 70% STR and 30% first-fill bourbon’

‘In terms of where we’re going, we’ll be peppering the world with fun, thought-provoking, interesting and novel small-batch stuff, hopefully cask strength. But in terms of what our flagship whisky will be 20 years from now, I don’t know. I’m just hoping I’ll be around to make that call’

‘Why do all of this? Because it’s fun. If you can’t have fun doing this, then why are you in this business? There are much easier ways of making money in this world’

‘A big part of the reason for doing this was a change of life. Moving out to the Cotswolds is a funny thing to do for a guy who grew up on 98th and Madison in New York. I don’t regret it in the slightest’

You can also sign up to receive a notification when the Cotswolds Single Malt whisky is back in stock – our first delivery sold out in days.

 

WhiskyFest 2018 Tickets Now On Sale – Whisky News

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WhiskyFest 2018 Tickets Now On Sale

That’s a wrap on the 2017 WhiskyFest events! What a wonderful season of great whiskies, attendees, and exhibitors! We couldn’t do it without you and we truly appreciate your support. Tickets for all 2018 WhiskyFest events are now on sale. The holidays are just around the corner and what better gift for the whisky lover in your life? WhiskyFest is the leading whisky festival in North America, offering over 350 whiskies, one of a kind seminars hosted by the best in the business, and the chance to talk with other whisky-minded folks! Early bird pricing is available in limited quantities while supplies last. Don’t miss out on significant savings!

Buy your tickets today.

The Whisky Shop “Notre Dram de Paris” – Whisky News

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Notre Dram de Paris

Our Paris boutique is one of the most stylish whisky shops in the world and it has the whisky to match! With incredible bottles including rare and limited editions also available on our French website, you needn’t book a flight to get your hands on these whiskies.

International shipping available Just click ‘Translate this page’ in your browser

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Yamazaki Mizunara 18 Year Old 2017

This 18 year old single malt from Japan’s Yamazaki distillery is aged exclusively in Mizunara oak casks – a rare and sought after species of oak which grows only in a few districts of Japan, central and northern China, Korea, eastern Mongolia and eastern Siberia. The result is an expression with an exquisite balance of subtlety, refinement and complexity, limited to just 1,000 bottles worldwide and presented in a case made from recycled Suntory casks.

A fragrant and oily top-note of aromatherapy oil and sandalwood on the nose, before mangoes and over-ripe bananas emerge. The palate is dry and nutty overall with rich walnut and nutmeg.

€1,750 Buy Now

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Glen Grant 18 Year Old

The award-winning Glen Grant 18 Year Old has all the characteristics of a modern Speyside whisky: it’s refined, silky, exuberant and well-balanced. The nose is delicate with floral aromas and some vanilla to the fore. The influence of the wood is then revealed with notes of sweet spices and pastries. On the palate, subtle notes of caramelised cereals, raisin and vanilla emerge, before hazelnut and sweet spices in the long finish.

€115 Buy Now

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Macallan Ruby

The king of the Macallan 1824 series – this is the top whisky in this range of non-age statement single malt whiskies. This ‘jewel in the crown’ is a Ruby, with the darkest hue having spent the longest time in only the very finest sherry casks. The colour has been taken on naturally with no artificial colouring, and is a direct reflexion of the quality of this incredible Macallan expression.

€225 Buy Now

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Port Dundas 52 Year Old

One of the 2017 Special Releases from Diageo, this Lowland single grain whisky was distilled at the Port Dundas distillery in Glasgow in 1964. Matured for more than half a century in refill American oak hogsheads, this is the oldest Special Release to date, with only 752 bottles available worldwide at a strength of 44.6% abv.

€865 Buy Now

New Arrivals at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

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1995 Miltonduff 22 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $89.99 View

Lagavulin “2016 Edition” 12 Year Old Natural Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Previously $130) $99.99 View 

Ardbeg “Twenty Something” 23 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $549.99 View

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Limited Edition Jim Beam® Distiller’s Cut Offers Bourbon Lovers a Memorable Taste For The Holidays – American Whiskey News

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Limited Edition Jim Beam® Distiller’s Cut Offers Bourbon Lovers a Memorable Taste For The Holidays

CHICAGO, Nov. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Jim Beam®, the world’s No. 1 bourbon, has released Jim Beam® Distiller’s Cut, a premium, unfiltered*, 100-proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This limited time offering was personally selected by Fred Noe, Jim Beam’s seventh generation Master Distiller, and is available nationwide.

“We skipped the chill filtration process, so the liquid gets from barrel to bottle a little differently,” said Noe. “The result is unique to other Jim Beam offerings, with a fuller taste and longer finish compared to your typical bourbon.”

Jim Beam Distiller’s Cut is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey aged five to six years that features a medium body and combines caramel sweetness with charred oak, enriched with light fruit notes. The premium expression offers a smooth and complex mouthfeel with a warm, lightly charred oak finish – the perfect gift for a bourbon lover looking to try something different this holiday season. It has a dark amber color with aromas of soft charred oak, sweet caramel, vanilla and hints of dried fruit.

“At Jim Beam, we are consistently innovating to offer our consumers a wide range of products. Jim Beam Distiller’s Cut is different from our other products because of the post-aging process,” said Rob Mason, Vice President of North American Whiskey at Beam Suntory. “Our Master Distiller has decided to release this batch at a time when bourbon drinkers, more than ever, are anxious to discover something unique.”

After aging, bourbon typically goes through a chill filtration process, which involves forcing the liquid through a dense filter to remove fatty acids formed during distillation. Jim Beam Distiller’s Cut skips this step, which results in a fuller taste and palate feel. This can also cause the liquid to look cloudier compared to filtered bourbons, especially on the rocks.

Jim Beam Distiller’s Cut is best enjoyed neat or on the rocks and has a suggested retail price of $22.99 for 750ML. Find it at select retailers nationwide starting this month, on shelves alongside Jim Beam’s other premium offerings including Jim Beam Black® Bourbon, Jim Beam® Double Oak Bourbon finished in oak, Jim Beam® Rye Whiskey and Jim Beam®Bonded Bourbon.

For more information on new Jim Beam Distiller’s Cut, follow Jim Beam on Twitter (@jimbeam) and Instagram (@jimbeamofficial) or visit http://www.jimbeam.com.

*Jim Beam® Distillers Cut Bourbon is only quality screened to remove barrel char pieces from the liquid.

Jim Beam® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 50% Alc./Vol.

©2017 James B. Beam Distilling Co., Clermont, KY.

About Beam Suntory Inc.
As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Hornitos and Sauza tequila, EFFEN and Pinnacle vodka, Sipsmith gin, and Midori liqueur.

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

Beam Suntory Donates $100,000 to Holiday Meals for the Military – Whiskey News

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Beam Suntory Donates $100,000 to Holiday Meals for the Military

Chicago – November 20, 2017 – Beam Suntory, the world’s third-largest premium spirits company, has donated $100,000 to Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit that builds strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive in the communities that they’ve worked so hard to protect. Since 2008, the world leader in bourbon has supported Operation Homefront, raising its total cash and in-kind contribution to more than $3.4 million. The funds will support Holiday Meals for Military, a program providing more than 8,400 family meals across the country this holiday season, run by Operation Homefront.

The Holiday Meals for Military program dates back to Thanksgiving 2009 at a supermarket in Utica, N.Y., near Fort Drum. A soldier, there with his wife and infant, had a handful of groceries they could not afford. A Beam Suntory employee in line behind them intervened and picked up the $12 cost, but was inspired to do much more.

“The holidays can be a particularly difficult time for military service men and women and we are proud to support those who defend our freedoms and their families, who are truly our nation’s silent heroes,” said Beam Suntory Chairman and CEO Matt Shattock. “It’s been incredibly inspiring to see this program grow from that first donation to the distribution of thousands of meal kits today.”

“The holiday season can be a very challenging time of the year for military families – particularly those who are on a very tight budget,” said Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray Jr., president and CEO of Operation Homefront.  “Our highly valued Holiday Meals for Military program has provided meals to more than 300,000 military family members over the past several years and I am proud to say Beam Suntory has been a driving force behind our important work.  We are grateful to an amazing Beam team for all they do to help us help these deserving families thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.”

Beam Suntory employees are also volunteering to help pack meal kits across the country. Since Holiday Meals for Military’s inception, Beam Suntory employees have volunteered thousands of hours to help pack and distribute family meals.

About Beam Suntory Inc.
As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Hornitos and Sauza tequila, EFFEN and Pinnacle vodka, Sipsmith gin, and Midori liqueur.

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

About Operation Homefront 
Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive—not simply struggle to get by—in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront expenditures go directly to programs that support tens of thousands of military families each year. Operation Homefront provides critical financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing and family support services to prevent short-term needs from turning into chronic, long-term struggles. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the support from thousands of volunteers, Operation Homefront proudly serves America’s military families.  For more information, visit OperationHomefront.org.

Eighth Annual Ultimate Whisky Experience Tickets Available Now! – Whisky News

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Hello Old Friend” – Scotch Whisky News

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Well hello, where have you been all this time? Christmas is the perfect time to catch up with old friends, so we’ve just released two new casks from distilleries we haven’t seen in a while. Full of juicy fruits and mouth-watering sweet flavours both these whiskies are delicious, delightful and decadent. Limited bottles are available, order now to avoid disappointment.

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Cask No. 65.5  Old-school Speyside Age: 21 Years Price: £175

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Cask No. 68.10 Delicious, delightful, decadent! Age: 7 Years Price: £48

To Join:

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

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Ralfy Publishes Ralfy Review #698 – Scotch Whisky News

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Ralfy has audio issues with Ralfy Review 698 - Glencadam 10yo @ 46%vol

 


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