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Ezra Brooks® Launches New Straight Rye – American Whiskey News

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Ezra Brooks® Launches New Straight Rye

Brand Adds Rye Whiskey to Family Lineup 

(St. Louis) January 12, 2017 – The iconic brand Ezra Brooks® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a new addition to its product lineup: Ezra Brooks® Straight Rye. The brand, which dates back to 1957 and has been a part of Luxco’s portfolio of whiskeys since 1993, will continue to provide variants for consumers that celebrate the modern gentleman in all of us.

Ezra Brooks Straight Rye, a genuine straight rye whiskey, is made from the finest ingredients available and bottled at an honest 90 proof. This rye whiskey offers slightly sweet and oaky tones with a warm, spicy finish – making it perfect for crafting classic cocktails or enjoying on the rocks. It is available nationally starting this month in 750ml and 50ml bottles.

“In the past 12 months, we have seen rapid growth in the rye category, up 27 percent*, which indicates consumers are interested in more rye whiskey products,” says Fletcher Buchman, brand manager at Luxco. “Ezra Brooks’ recent packaging refresh has elevated the brand to the same high-quality of the bourbon found inside the bottle.”

Ezra Brooks’ updated look includes a new corked bottle with a premium matte-finish closure capsule. In addition, a higher end label offers the bottle a craftier look and feel. The brand has recently earned top honors at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, taking Gold for Old Ezra Seven Year and Silver for both Ezra Brooks Black Label and Ezra B 12 Year Single Barrel in 2015.

The brand family – all offered in 750ml bottles and ranging in suggested retail prices of $11.99 to $26.99 – includes:

n  Ezra Brooks Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, bottled at 90 proof and offering a mellow flavor with hints of spice and chocolate and a smooth finish.

n  Old Ezra Seven Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, bottled at 101 proof and aged a full seven years for a buttery long finish and deep, rich taste.

n  Ezra Brooks Bourbon Cream, bottled at 25 proof and offering a rich caramel and toffee flavor with a smooth, creamy finish.

n  Ezra Brooks Blended Whiskey, bottled at 80 proof and offering a genuine Kentucky sour mash recipe with a light, warm finish.

Lux Row Distillers – a new distillery experience currently being built in Bardstown, Kentucky – will be the future home of Ezra Brooks, along with other Luxco bourbon brands. To follow the progress of the construction and for more information, please visit www.luxrowdistillers.com/, as well as Facebook and Instagram pages.

For more information about Ezra Brooks, please visit www.ezrabrooks.com/

*Source: NABCA 9L R12 through September 2016.

For more information, please contact:

Pia Reinhold at preinhold@commongroundpr.com

Kelsey Arends at karends@commongroundpr.com

About Luxco

Luxco, Inc. is a leading producer, importer and marketer of beverage alcohol products. Our mission is to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our consumers, associates and business partners. Founded in St. Louis in 1958, where it is headquartered, it is owned and operated by the Lux family. Its portfolio of brands include: Juarez Tequila & Triple Sec, Pearl Vodka, Everclear Grain Alcohol, Arrow Cordials, El Mayor Tequila, Ezra Brooks & Rebel Yell Bourbons, Lord Calvert Canadian Whisky, St. Brendan’s Irish Cream, Salvador’s Cocktails, Yago Sant’ gria and other well-recognized brands. For more information about the company, visit www.luxco.com/.

The Whisky Shop “Last of our Exclusive Aberfeldy Single Casks!” – Scotch Whisky News

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Good as Gold

The Pitilie Burn in the town of Aberfeldy is one of the few places in Scotland where would-be prospectors still come to pan for gold, but you needn’t get your pick-axe out to find the precious stuff – simply open a bottle of one of our exclusive Aberfeldy single cask expressions! With only a few bottles remaining in stock, now is the time to strike gold!

Free delivery on UK orders over £100 Next day delivery available on UK orders

Aberfeldy 1991Single Cask


This limited edition single cask expression from Aberfeldy distillery in Perthshire was distilled in 1991 before spending 24 years in cask no. 6394. Bottled on 1st October 2015 at a strength of 53.5% abv, only 195 bottles are available, each one exclusive to The Whisky Shop. A delicate sweetness in the mouth with smooth creamy toffee notes, desiccated coconut mingling with a twist of lime and a wisp of smoke to finish.

£320 Buy Now

Aberfeldy 1996 Single Cask


The whisky for this Aberfeldy bottling was distilled in 1996 and was specially selected by members of The W Club and The Whisky Shop Edinburgh staff in March 2013. Exclusive to The Whisky Shop, this is a fabulous single cask expression. Brimming with vanilla notes stewed fruits, this fabulous expression also packs some typical warming oak flavours from the fairly long maturation.

£160 Buy Now

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Old & Rare: 20% Saving” – Scotch Whisky News



We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be attending the new Old & Rare Whisky Festival next month, see below for more details. In celebration, we’re offering a massive 20% saving on whiskies 20 years old and over.  It’s a fantastic opportunity to buy some of our oldest and rarest casks at a great price.  But hurry, offer ends midnight on Wednesday 25 January and our casks are limited in availability.

How to redeem: Simply use promo code OLD&RARE at our online checkout, the discount will be applied to all whiskies 20 years and over.  Sorry discounted parcels and other offers do not apply, and discount cannot be applied retrospectively.  Offer available online and at our Members’ Rooms, ask at the bar for more details.

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



Lagavulin 8 Year Old Limited Edition Islay Single Malt at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News


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Lagavulin 8 Year Old Limited Edition Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($59.99)

Whisky Advocate: “Light in color it may be, but this is no wimp. The nose goes straight to the shore with mineral and salt, but its also sweet, which allows it to be fresh, lively, yet balanced. The palate delivers some menthol, bay laurel, more brininess, a hint of malt, and Parma violet. Everything remains very breezy, with peat smoke being blown from a kiln into salt-laden air. I prefer it to the 12 year old and the price is fantastic. (Summer 2016, Dave Broom)”

K&L Notes: The 200th anniversary bottling of Lagavulin is finally here! A limited edition eight year old single malt whisky that packs all the peat, smoke, salt, and classic Islay flavor of the beloved distillery into a younger, brighter, more assertive expression. Sure to sell fast and sure to be one of the more popular whiskies we sell this year! The special edition celebrates a visit to the distillery be Alfred Banard (author of the classic “The Whisky Distilleries of Scotland”), where he recollected tasting a delicious eight year expression.



Rare Islay Whisky from 1964 at Abbey Whsiky – Scotch Whisky News

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Gold Bowmore | 44 Year Old – 1964

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Distilled in 1964, Gold Bowmore is the third and final limited edition release in Bowmore’s special Trilogy series. A 44 year old single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a combination of bourbon & sherry casks at the legendary No.1 Vaults on Islay, only 701 bottles of Bowmore Gold were bottled in 2009 at 42.4%.

Each release in this rare trilogy was distilled in 1964, this particular Bowmore vintage has produced some exceptional whisky, including Gold, rated in the high 90’s by many whisky experts & writers worldwide.


Chicago Cubs and Jim Beam® Bourbon Announce Legacy Partnership – American Whiskey News


Chicago Cubs and Jim Beam® Bourbon Announce Legacy Partnership

CHICAGO – Two American icons are converging as Jim Beam® Bourbon, the world’s No. 1 bourbon, and the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs have signed a multi-year Legacy Partnership beginning in 2017.

In the history-making pairing, the Cubs have named Chicago-based Beam Suntory, the world’s third largest premium spirits company, as the Official Spirits Partner of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field. The exclusive distilled spirits sponsorship will feature multiple brands from Beam Suntory including Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark® Bourbon, EFFEN® Vodka and Hornitos® Premium Tequila.

As part of the partnership, Jim Beam will have long-term naming rights to the new first base club at Wrigley Field, as well as a new left field bar concept at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona. The upper deck patio at Wrigley Field will feature a Jim Beam theme for two seasons leading up to the space’s transition to an upper level club. The existing Hornitos Hacienda, which was named in 2015, will remain in the left field bleachers. The deal also includes in-game signage behind home plate and on the Wrigley Field video board; fixed signage along the third base wall; presenting sponsorship of several promotional giveaways throughout the season; and other digital and hospitality activations at Wrigley Field and Sloan Park.

To reinforce this partnership with Cubs fans, Maker’s Mark has launched a Chicago Cubs-themed, limited-edition bottle offered in stores throughout the Chicagoland area; Jim Beam will release a Chicago Cubs co-branded offering by springtime. The announcement comes on the heels of Beam Suntory’s global headquarters move from Deerfield, Illinois, to downtown Chicago in the last month, and unites America’s favorite pastime with its native spirit.

“This dynamic partnership underscores our focus on the City of Chicago, our company’s new hometown, and our broader efforts to be where our consumers work and play,” said Beam Suntory CEO Matt Shattock. “After a truly historic World Series, we’re thrilled to be the Official Spirits Sponsor of the 2016 World Series Champions and can’t wait to make history with Cubs fans for years to come.”

“Our organization and fans value partners who have a strong commitment to Chicago,” said Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney. “Jim Beam has made its commitment clear by calling Chicago home and making an investment in the Cubs to help ensure our long-term success. We’re thrilled to welcome Beam Suntory as a Legacy Partner and know our fans will enjoy their premium spirits at the Friendly Confines.”

Beam Suntory becomes the 11th Legacy Partner of the Chicago Cubs, joining Advocate Health Care, American Airlines, Anheuser-Busch, ATI Physical Therapy, Nuveen, Sloan Valve Company, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Toyota, Under Armour and Wintrust.

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.

The West Coast Whisky Fèis July 2017 – Scotch Whisky News

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Town of Oban plays host to new whisky festival Oban, 16th January 2017 The resort town of Oban, home to one of Scotland’s most venerated distilleries, is to be the location for a new whisky festival celebrating the water of life.

The West Coast Whisky Fèis will take place in July of this year, and is the brainchild of Oban Whisky and Fine Wines, a local retailer of the spirit.

Euan Finlayson, proprietor of Oban Whisky and Fine Wines, said, “we wanted to create an event that shows off the incredible whiskies that the west coast has to offer. The aim is to offer a range of whiskies and masterclasses that can appeal to newcomers and aficionados alike.”

The main venue for the event will be Skipinnish Cèilidh House. This will have exhibits from distillers that are based all along the west coast of Scotland. Ticket holders will be given their own dram glass and will be able to take samples from all of the exhibitors who are present. Water will be available to allow people to cleanse their palates between tasting and there will also be spittoons to allow attendees to try the different whiskies without ending up too worse for wear.

In addition, Oban Distillery will be holding masterclasses in their own premises. These will be based around their world famous whiskies. Other masterclasses will be available on the day. The other exhibitors will be more than happy to have a chat about their produce as well.

Local food producers will be selling their wares in the Cèilidh House should anyone get a bit peckish after a few drams. There will also be a nosing competition where attendees can attempt to identify various whiskies by smell alone. The entrant who is closest to being correct will win themselves a bottle of single malt whisky.

There will be a Fèis shop in the Cèilidh House where attendees can pick up a bottle of whichever whiskies took their fancy during their sampling session. Subsidised delivery will be available for people who don’t want to have to lug bottles around with them after they leave.

The Cèilidh House will be open from 12pm to 6pm on 22nd of July 2017. There are likely to be other supporting events during the day which will be announced via the event’s Twitter and Facebook feeds closer to the time. Samples are included in the event ticket price and masterclasses are available for an additional fee.

For further information, please visit www.westcoastwhiskyfeis.co.uk.


Press enquiries to: James Galbraith, james@whiskyfix.com, +44/0 1631 570586 Latest updates at: www.facebook.com/westcoastwhiskyfeis/, twitter @westwhiskyfeis



Burns Night with the Whisky Lounge – Whisky News

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Well how was it for you?…

Speaking personally, I laid like a twitching mess for the last two weeks as we finally finished our Christmas run-in here at TWL HQ. Recovery I believe it is called. Very enjoyable. Much needed.

However, it is now time to come out of our collective festive hibernation and once again hit the road with our first series of tastings. As many of you are already aware, our Burns’ series is a fantastic excuse to all get together at the start of the year for some whisky merriment and celebration.

Due to unprecedented demand, we have had decided to put additional nights on in London, York and Manchester. So if you fancied coming along, but couldn’t because the date didn’t work or it had already sold out, then now is your chance. Don’t miss out a second time!

Oh, and good folks of Birmingham, we now have a date for you too – hurrah! See below…


19th January Birmingham           BOOK HERE

25th January Liverpool                BOOK HERE

26th January Brighton                 BOOK HERE

26th January London (NEW)       BOOK HERE

26th January Leeds                     BOOK HERE

26th January York (NEW)           BOOK HERE

27th January Manchester (NEW) BOOK HERE

For those of you still unable to make it for whatever reason, we have also released a limited number of Burns’ Night Tasting Packs. Priced at just £25 plus postage, these are perfect for those of you looking for a Burns’ Night for one (or two if you’re feeling generous).

They contain 6 whiskies to sample, plus notes on all of the whiskies and some Burns’ facts and poetry. In fact, the only thing it doesn’t contain is the haggis, neeps and tatties! These would not look good after 24 hours with a courier!

Click HERE to find out more or to purchase!


Finally, and as it is the 1 year anniversary of its arrival, we have a quick competition surrounding the TWL Landie…

Anyone who spots it (stationery obviously) and can take a quick selfie with it and tweet the image, tagging @thewhiskylounge, with the hashtag #TWLLandieSelfie. The best ones will get a free ticket to one of our tastings or festivals, so get involved!

For those of you who haven’t seen her before, he she is, drinking in the sun on Islay at Finlaggan. Gorgeous. The views not bad either!

Just a quick note to those of you waiting for a response if you emailed us over the Xmas period:
Please be patient! We only re-opened yesterday and Georgina and Vicky are furiously going through the inboxes answering emails as quickly as they possibly can! You will get a response soon!

Anyway, we will have plenty more to tell you about over the coming weeks but that’s it for now!


Eddie, Amanda, Rupert, Georgina, Vicky and Guy
The Whisky Lounge Team

Four Roses 8 Year, 11 Month Old “K&L Exclusive” Single Barrel OESO Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey – American Whiskey News


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Four Roses 8 Year, 11 Month Old “K&L Exclusive” Single Barrel OESO Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) ($64.99)

The first selection from our 2016 trip to Four Roses has arrived and it’s absolutely as charming as we remember it. Aged just a hair short of nine years, this OESO selection has a mash bill of 75% corn, 20% rye, and 5% malted barley and uses the O yeast strain known for imparting a rich, full-bodied, and vanilla-laden character onto the whiskey. Bottled at 53.25% ABV, the bourbon is full of sweet oak and baking spices galore on the nose. The palate follows suit with vanilla, cinnamon, and cloves balanced by the sweetness from the charred barrel notes. Simply put, it’s the type of whiskey you look forward to coming home to. It’s full of flavor, never overpowering despite the cask strength power, and balanced on all fronts. It’s not difficult to understand, nor is it hiding many deeper secrets. It shows you everything it has right off the bat: creamy vanilla, lots of sweet spice, and a healthy dollop of oak for good measure. Another winner purchased directly from the Four Roses cellar.

Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 13, 2017

This barrel of Four Roses is pretty and delicious. It is soft and round with a rich body and vanilla aromas. There is a bright fruity sweetness that makes this single barrel so nice because it is balanced and supple.

Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 13, 2017

The OESO is sweet and spicy. There’s plenty of fruit character juxtaposing cedar-y spice and a caramel coated, toasted cereal sweetness. The finish shows good length, but what distinguishes this one for me is the way it manages to have both density and intensity, and yet maintain a brightness and vibrancy despite it. While fully mature and rich, this isn’t one of those foghorn, basso-profondo, cask strength offerings.


The Macallan 21 Year Old – Single Cask – Limited Special Release – Scotch Whisky News

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The Classic Cask Macallan 21 Year Old

Embracing the defining elements of sophistication and exceptional quality. It is the ultimate expression of handcrafted excellence. Discover the delicate flavours and remarkable smoothness offered from The Macallan 21 year old.

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