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Heaven Hill Distilleries Unveils New Packaging for Its World Renowned Rittenhouse Bottled-In-Bond Straight Rye Whisky – American Whiskey News


Heaven Hill Distilleries Unveils New Packaging for Its World Renowned Rittenhouse Bottled-In-Bond Straight Rye Whisky 

New “Retro” Labels Inspired by Original Rittenhouse Packaging of the 1930′s 

LOUISVILLE, KY — One of the most iconic brands in the American Whiskey category is getting a total makeover—and everything old is new again. 

Rittenhouse Bottled-In-Bond Straight Rye Whisky, a favorite of mixologists and whiskey aficionados and a brand at the forefront of the rye renaissance, is getting a label redesign, using graphic elements from its original post-Prohibition packaging. Designed to create a more premium look that reinforces the authenticity and historic significance of the brand, the new labels and capsule closure evoke the Art Deco style of the 1930′s, when the brand was first introduced. 

Rittenhouse Bottled-In-Bond is a longtime favorite of mixologists who consider it the “go to” brand for classic rye cocktails such as original Old Fashioneds, Manhattans or Sazeracs. With a spicy, bold 100 proof flavor, and aged according to “Bottled-In-Bond” government regulations, Rittenhouse provides a cocktail with rye “backbone” which stands out among mixers and modifiers. The brand was in short supply for several years, as the sudden resurgence of traditional straight rye whiskey saw much of the existing stock snapped up, primarily by on-premise accounts, while new barrels were waiting to come of age. Now that inventories of barrels laid down during that shortage are maturing, additional cases should be made available to the retail or off-premise segment. And given the number of new rye brands introduced since the rye boom began some 8-10 years ago—many of whom are non-traditional “blending” ryes or even Canadian variants—the need to stand out on retail shelves as a classic American Straight Rye becomes more important, making the redesign of the Rittenhouse package very timely. 

The new labels maintain some of the key graphic elements of the previous packaging, such as the burgundy and black color palette and the brand logotype, but utilizes it in a completely redesigned face label that is based on classic Art Deco Rittenhouse Rye labels of the 1930′s, when the brand was known as Rittenhouse Square Rye. The main graphic motif that has been revived from the original packaging is the diamond geometric design around the logotype, which also contains the “100 proof” and the “Straight Rye Whisky” designation, as in the original post-Prohibition labels. The new redesign also brings back the tax stamp, which was originally mandated as proof of the “bottled-in-bond” status, with a printed neck capsule that adds a classic and more upscale feel. 

The new packaging will be unveiled on the 750ml size, which will remain at the national suggested retail price of $24.99, and will begin appearing on retail shelves and back bars in June. 

“Rittenhouse, like several other traditional American Straight Ryes, has probably seen more activity and interest in the past 8 or 10 years than it saw in the 70 years prior,” noted Susan Wahl, Senior Brand Manager for American Whiskeys at Heaven Hill. “There has been an amazing and truly unprecedented resurgence in straight rye, and for those few of us who have made it for decades in limited quantities, it is both an opportunity and a challenge to produce enough to meet sudden record demand. We are now starting to see our stocks come in line, so we can begin to more aggressively pursue new distribution, and this package redesign is the best evidence of that growth.” 

Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whisky (traditionally spelled without the “e”) was founded immediately after Prohibition as a traditional, Pennsylvania style rye, a style that was originally far more popular than Bourbon. Spicier and fruitier than the more grassy and vegetal Maryland style ryes of the day, Rittenhouse was an important brand during the early years of the modern distilled spirits business, and production was suspended during World War II so the distillery could make alcohol for the war effort. After resuming production, the straight rye category began a slow decline due to the increasing popularity of Scotch Whisky and Bourbon. Some ten years ago, after Single Barrel and Small Batch Bourbons began to capture consumer interest, mixologists and American whiskey aficionados rediscovered straight rye, leading first to a shortage, and now to a boom. 

Founded in 1934, Bardstown, KY-based Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. (www.heavenhill.com) is the nation’s largest independent, family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer and the world’s second-largest holder of Kentucky Bourbon. Heaven Hill’s diversified portfolio of brands includes Evan Williams Bourbon; Burnett’s Vodkas and Gin; HPNOTIQ and HPNOTIQ Harmonie Liqueurs; Admiral Nelson’s and Blackheart Rums; The Christian Brothers Brandies; PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur; Lunazul Tequila and Rittenhouse Rye Whisky. Heaven Hill reminds you to “Think Wisely. Drink Wisely.”

The Whisky Lounge “Spirit of Indie Whisky Tastings” – Scotch Whisky News


I hope you had a great Easter, whatever you got up to.

Our next series of tastings starts in just 7 days so it’s time to get involved!

After intensive looks at whiskies from Ireland and India, we felt we were long overdue in getting back to basics and tasting Scotch whiskies from some of our favourite ‘Indie’ bottlers.

Often the source for whiskies for the ‘purist’ in us, Indie bottlers regularly bottle whiskies at cask strength and from a single cask. These casks have been ‘liberated’ from brokers and distillers and are a glimpse into how whisky was bought and sold going back hundreds of years.

Due to generally less ‘flamboyant’ packaging and marketing spends, Independent bottlers often represent excellent value for money as well as tasty whiskies! 

Once again we will be tasting 6 excellent whiskies and asking your palates to do the talking and judging…


LONDON           Wednesday 30th April          THE RED LION, CROWN PASSAGE, SW1
BRIGHTON        Thursday 1st May                 HILTON METROPOLE, KINGS STREET
NEWCASTLE      Friday 2nd May                    BLACKFRIARS, FRIAR ST.
SHEFFIELD        Tuesday 6th May                  THE SHEFFIELD TAP, SHEFFIELD STN.
LIVERPOOL        Wednesday 7th May             JENNY’S BAR, FENWICK ST.
LEEDS               Thursday 8th May                THE CROSSKEYS, WATER LANE
MANCHESTER    Friday 9th May                     BRITONS PROTECTION, B’WATER ST.
YORK                Saturday 10th May               BRIGANTES, MICKLEGATE

Just check your diaries and then click on that date and venue combination that works best for you!

We look forward to seeing you at a tasting soon.


Eddie and Team Whisky Lounge

Sample Single Malt Scotch Whisky in Atlantic City, Wyoming at The Miner’s Delight Inn – Scotch Whisky News

© Robert Hall 2012 roberthall.com

Join us twice a month to sample single malt Scotch whisky:

First Friday in May 2014 you’ll sample 3 top-shelf features then pick 2 malts from our single malt menu. $40

Second Saturdays, monthly, we’ll feature 3 malts. You’ll roll a die and taste a regional malt whisky then pick a connoisseur’s choice for your 5th dram. $25

85 single malt Scotch whiskies from 56 Scotch distilleries fill our bar

- 64 at or above 46% abv

– 27 at cask strength

— 22 single casks

What’s all this mean?

watch Mark Gillespie’s WhiskyCast HD: “Life on the Road with Whisky’s Wanderers

 Kelsey Dayton: “… bellying up to the bar for a splash of Scotch,” The Washington Post, Feb. 6, 2014

Kavalan Single Malt Whisky Tasting May 14th, 2014 – Taiwan Whisky News

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COMPANIONS OF THE QUAICH & LEGACY LIQUOR STORE VANCOUVER WEDNESDAY, MAY 14TH 7:30PM – 9:30PM. Open to members and non-members, please join us for a whisky tasting & dinner as we sample our way through our feature distiller, Kavalan WhiskyTaiwan Single Malt and the following offerings: Concertmaster, Soloist single casks, Sherry and Bourbon oak. Less than 5 years after its construction, Taiwan’s Kavalan distillery shocked the world with its impressive 3 year old single malt whiskies. With the assistance of whisky industry Top Gun Jim Swan the distillery was able to turn its scorching hot climate to its advantage. Not even a decade later Kavalan is still turning heads and taking the world by storm. – See more here 


“Springbank 21 Year Old” Fine & Rare in Stock Now at Mora’s Fine Wine & Spirits (E. Setauket, New York) – Scotch Whisky News


Springbank 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch - $428.99

(1 bottle available) 

Nationwide shipping available! 

AA Springbank 21

Mora’s Fine Wine & Spirits




Ardbeg Distillery Announces Kiwis First In The World To Taste 2014 Limited Edition – Scotch Whisky News

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Ardbeg distillery announces Kiwis first in the world to taste 2014 limited edition

— Limited Edition whisky will be released on Ardbeg Day – 31st May 2014 —

Ardbeg, four-time winner of the World’s Best Scotch Whisky award, will launch its highly anticipated Limited Edition Ardbeg Auriverdes on Ardbeg Day, the distillery’s annual global celebration of all things Ardbeg. This year, Kiwis beat the rest of the world and will be first to taste the new single malt.

A distillery known for its cult following, Ardbeg invites New Zealand whisky enthusiasts to lead the worldwide celebration of Ardbeg Day on 31 May at Ardbeg embassies, House of Whiskey in Auckland, Regional Wines & Spirits in Wellington and Whisky Galore in Christchurch where Ardbeg Auriverdes will be exclusively available in very limited quantities.

The 2014 Limited Edition has been matured in American oak casks with specially toasted cask lids, tailor-made for this unique product. The new toasting technique gives the whisky a unique flavour profile with the lids producing a mocha coffee flavour at one end, flowing into creamy vanilla at the other – truly a dram of two halves!

“Kiwi Ardbeg fans will be thrilled to be first in the world to try the much anticipated Auriverdes. I have no doubt we will see a repeat of last year, with Embassies packed full of Ardbeg fans throughout the day,” says Rai Banbury, Ardbeg senior brand manager.

Distilled with equal measures of skill and passion, Ardbeg Auriverdes was named for the golden colour of the whiskey (auri) and the classic green Ardbeg bottle (verdes). Auriverdes is also the nickname of Brazil’s national football team, hosts of this year’s world cup. Taking inspiration from ‘peat football’ and Islay’s rich football heritage, New Zealand Ardbeg embassies and 120 other countries worldwide will kick off Ardbeg Day with football inspired events in-store.

Ardbeg Auriverdes follows the highly acclaimed Limited Edition Ardbeg Galileo, which scooped the ‘World’s Best Single Malt’ at the World Whisky Awards 2013.

Auriverdes celebrates the Islay Festival (the Feis Ile), of which Ardbeg Day marks the culmination, running from 23rd to 31st May 2014. It has become a key date in the calendar of malt whisky aficionados around the world, with thousands of them making the trip to the Island of Islay annually.

To find out more about Ardbeg Day, join the Kiwi celebration and become a committee member, visit:



NZ Ardbeg Day Events on Saturday 31st May 2014:

• Whisky Galore, 66 Victoria Street, Central City, Christchurch. 11-5pm

• House of Whiskey, 50 Courthouse Lane, Auckland, CBD. 11-5pm

• Regional Wines & Spirits, 15 Ellice St, Mt Victoria, Wellington. 11-5pm 

Ardbeg Day:

Ardbeg Day will be celebrated at the distillery on Saturday 31 May 2014 and at participating Ardbeg Embassies around the world. For full details go to www.ardbeg.com  

Ardbeg Auriverdes Tasting Notes:

Aroma: Tarry and herbal notes with hints of mocha.

Taste: Coffee grounds pass to smoked root vegetables, while maple-cured bacon collides with hot-smoked salmon. 

Finish: A lingering, smoky vanilla note.

Ardbeg Auriverdes is non chill-filtered for extra texture and mouth feel.

 About Ardbeg:

Ardbeg prides itself on being the ‘Ultimate Islay Malt Whisky’. Established in 1815, Ardbeg is revered by whisky connoisseurs around the world as the peatiest, smokiest and most complex of all the Islay malts. Despite this, Ardbeg is renowned for its delicious sweetness, a phenomenon that has affectionately become known as ‘the peaty paradox’.

Jolly Toper Whisky Tastings – 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.

Future dates:

10th Anniversary of Canongate Tastings tasting  24.04.14 £28/25*   ***SOLD OUT *** but no waiting list started yet…

These five drams mean that in ten years we have tried whisky from every distillery in Scotland to have bottled their whisky since Maltmill closed in the 1950s (oops! except Kininvie)

Balmenach-Glenlivet Scotch Malt Whisky Society fresh Bourbon barrel cask strength

Glendullan-Glenlivet bottled exclusively for McBains of Dufftown by Gordon & MacPhail

Royal Lochnagar 17yo 1996 – 03/14 rum cask 606 bottles 57.4% Cadenheads

Dufftown-Glenlivet 34yo 1979 – 03/14 sherry cask 48.0% Cadenheads

Scapa 20yo 1983 – 2013 58.6%

Recent Cadenheads Bottlings 1.5.14 £TBC*

Dalmore 37yo cask strength

Bladnoch 23yo cask strength

Bowmore 13yo 46%

Benriach 18y 46%

something from a non Bourbon cask

8.5.14 Final (?) Marie Curie tasting £20 – 100% of ticket price goes to Marie Curie

Glencraig 22yo cask strength single cask Cadenheads

Glendronach 14yo single Oloroso butt cask strength

3 more drams perhaps including single Islay malt (Bowmore?) 21yo 46% The Wine Society, Ledaig 42% and one more-

feel free to donate another bottle and/or raffle/auction prizes

P/O/U/R/S 15.5.14 £TBC*

THE BEST CADENHEADS HAS No. 3, WEDNESDAY  21.05.14 £TBC but about £50

Those whisky daft Danes are back with the usual request – pour the 5 best drams Cadenheads currently have – hang the price.

Glenfiddich 1972 41yo cask strength £450 retail, Macduff 24yo single sherry cask cask strength, Longrow sherry cask 10yo cask strength then possibly Auchentoshan 21yo maybe Ben Nevis 17yo or Glen Lossie 20yo Bourbon hogshead, but we’ll wait and see what the next couple of bottling program offers…

P/O/U/R/S 29.5.14 £TBC*

P/O/U/R/S 12.6.14 £TBC*

P/O/U/R/S 26.6.14 £TBC*

P/O/U/R/S 10.7.14 £TBC*

P/O/U/R/S 24.7.14 £TBC*

Coming in August

- On a Saturday evening our second tasting on a canal barge, new route from Linlithgow, featuring 5 closed distilleries which were located alongside a canal: Glen Mhor, Littlemill, Port Dundas, Rosebank and St. Magdalene. Tickets circa £35.

- our initial walking tour of Edinburgh -visit sites of interest to whisky enthusiasts and try 5 drams connected to the capital and learn of the role ‘Auld Reekie’ played in Scottish whisky’s rise to prominence. Drams include Caledonian, North British, a 1970s bottled Queen Anne, Glen Kinchie and one other.

Future themed tastings: a vertical Glendronach tasting and Canadian whiskies.


Scotch Malt Whisky Society “1st Friday Outturn Tasting” Friday May 2nd, 2014 Victoria BC – Scotch Whisky News

Here are the details for the event:

Date: Friday May 2nd, 2014

Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Please note we will start promptly right at 6:30; doors open 6:15pm

Location:   The Strath Ale Wine & Spirit Merchants, 919 Douglas Street, Victoria

The Maple Room, above the Sticky Wicket Pub, entrance on Courtenay Street

Price: $35 each for Members & Partners, $45 for Non-Members/Guests   

(Not a member? Here’s your chance! Click HERE)


Space is strictly limited, so you must register in advance.  Guests are welcome, but we now have to restrict it to one guest per member. Members will always have priority. To secure your place you need to pre-pay.

IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY BOOKED, CONTACT US VERY SOON, as the event always sells out. 

The whiskies have already arrived in the store and they are another unique selection of cask strength drams. 

Please email, drop into the store or phone with credit card details (we do not keep card details on file) Email: whisky@strathconahotel.com  Phone: 250-370-9463 . Once your seat(s) are paid for by phone you will receive an email confirmation from me and this is your virtual Ticket.  If you pay in person in the store you will receive a receipt. We are also accepting bookings already for June, when First Friday falls on June 6thAs a heads –up, the August First Friday will NOT be on Friday August 1st as we are busy with monthly inventory.  An alternate date will be announced soon. 


Please remember these are cask strength whiskies, so you should not be driving home after the tasting. 


Colin Southcombe
General Manager
The Strath Ale Wine & Spirit Merchants
919 Douglas Street, Victoria BC, V8W 2C2
Tel: 250-370-9463
Email: whisky@strathconahotel.com


Aberdeen University Malt Whisky Society TASTING TONIGHT! – Scotch Whisky News

Welcome back to Aberdeen!

Hope you all had a great Easter Holiday! 
Wednesday 23rd of April: Society Tasting (6.30pm in Bookends, @Butchart )

We will have some super whisky on offer and you will be able to buy your hoodie!


You can order your hoodies now. Please download this form and give it to us tomorrow with £18 and we will order them for you to collect before the end of the semester.

ALL members must renew their membership for this year.
Please see details below about how to do this.


We also need to get EVERYONE to become a member of the Malt Whisky Society.
To do this follow these steps:
1. Go to www.ausa.org.uk
2. Register a new account
3. Search for “Malt Whisky Society”
4. Add “Malt Whisky Society Student Membership” (£2) to your basket (like amazon.com)
5. Go to your basket – you MUST add “Societies Union” membership (£2) before you can pay
6. Follow payment instructions – you NEED a credit/debit card to pay.
7. Bring along your reference on a bit of paper/your mobile phone to the next whisky event and we will give you your membership card.

It is possible to pay for membership with cash at the Butchart Recpetion desk during opening hours. 

Whisky Wednesday Reviews Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey – Irish Whiskey News


This week Joe Ellis reviews the Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey! 




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