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Auchentoshan® Single Malt Lowland Scotch Whisky Introduces Auchentoshan® American Oak – Scotch Whisky News

Auchentoshan® Single Malt Lowland Scotch Whisky Introduces Auchentoshan® American Oak

Glasgow, Scotland (October 7, 2014) – Auchentoshan® Single Malt Lowland Scotch Whisky known for triple distilling every single drop, introduces Auchentoshan® American Oak. Releasing flavor layers of vanilla, caramelized sugars, coconut and oak spices, Auchentoshan American Oak is the first ever Auchentoshan to be matured exclusively in first fill ex bourbon casks. The name harkens to the 100 year old oak trees (of the Quercus alba species) grown in the North American mountains which become bourbon casks that will eventually age Auchentoshan Scotch Whisky’s newest expression. Auchentoshan American Oak will become a permanent member of the core Auchentoshan portfolio, which includes 12 Years Old and Three Wood. Auchentoshan American Oak is available nationwide with a suggested retail price of $39.99/750ml.

Auchentoshan is Always Triple Distilled
Auchentoshan prides itself in its unique tradition of triple distilling every single drop. This means that the spirit produced reaches 81.5% alcohol by volume, significantly higher than most single malt whisky distilleries in Scotland. The lightness of the liquid enables it to more readily absorb every characteristic it is exposed to in the cask.

American Oak Maturation
Auchentoshan creates a smooth and complex spirit that ages beautifully in first fill ex-bourbon casks. The North American oak barrels used for American Oak maturation are first seasoned with American bourbon whiskey, which serves to remove the harsher bitter oak tannins and break down the oak to re lease even more vanilla, coconut and silky maturation oils.

Judicious Cask Selection
The maturing Auchentoshan spirit is regularly sampled by Rachel Barrie, Auchentoshan Master Blender, drawing hundreds of samples from different positions in the warehouse. Auchentoshan has found that higher positions in the warehouse promote more spice and intense bourbon vanilla extraction from the oak, whereas casks matured nearer ground level promote softer peach and citrus fruit top notes and silky coconut. Barrie hand selects the casks that are then married together for several months to achieve a multi-layered balance of vanilla sweetness, clean citrus scent and a refreshingly smooth taste.

With a nod to its triple distillation and American oak maturation, Auchentoshan American Oak presents several cocktails where American Oak can be used as a delicious substitute:

Make it a Triple | Riff on a cocktail that is typically made with Irish whiskey, Auchentoshan American Oak works well because of its triple distillation.

  • 1 oz. Auchentoshan® American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • .25 oz. Lillet® Vermouth
  • .25 oz. Pierre Ferrand® Dry Curacao
  • 2 Dashes Orange Bitters

Stir all ingredients together and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with lemon peel.

Seelbach | A pre-prohibition cocktail famously made with bourbon, Auchentoshan American Oak works well here because of its bourbon barrel maturation.

  • 1 oz. Auchentoshan® American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • .25 oz. Pierre Ferrand® Dry Curacao
  • 7 dashes Angostura® Bitters
  • 7 dashes Peychaud’s® Bitters
  • .25 oz. Champagne

Stir ingredients over ice, strain into a chilled flute, top with Champagne and lemon twist garnish.

Triple A | Punch created by Julieta Campos of The Berkshire Room, Chicago.

  • 1 oz. Auchentoshan® American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • .25 oz. Ginger Syrup
  • .5 oz. Lemon Juice
  • .25 oz. Apricot Liqueur
  • .25 oz. Aperol® Aperitif

Serve in tumbler/punch cup. Top with a few Maldon® salt flakes.

TASTING NOTES: Auchentoshan American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40% ABV
To the eye:  Bright gold.
To the nose:  Bourbon vanilla and coconut with layers of zesty citrus fruit.
To the tongue:  Refreshingly smooth yet lively with vanilla cream, coconut and white peach.
To the end:  Crisp, with sugared grapefruit and a hint of spice.


The award winning Auchentoshan portfolio includes Auchentoshan 12 Year Old, Three Wood, 18 Year Old and the limited release 21 Year Old, in addition to select vintage, limited edition releases. Auchentoshan is available nationwide in the U.S and in more than 45 countries worldwide. The Auchentoshan portfolio is imported to the U.S. by Beam Suntory, Inc. For more information about Auchentoshan, visit www.auchentoshan.com, https://www.facebook.com/auchentoshan, and on Twitter @theauchentoshan.


As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the flagship Jim Beam bourbon and Yamazaki Japanese whisky, as well as world renowned premium brands including Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek bourbons, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s,  Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur.  The company generates annual worldwide sales of approximately $4.6 billion excluding excise taxes.

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 entrepreneurial culture.  Headquartered in Deerfield, 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.

This and That at K&L California – Whisky News


Scotland – Single Malt Scotch

  • Compass Box Great King Street “Glasgow Blend” Scotch Whisky 750ml – 7 available ($42.99)
  • Compass Box “The Lost Blend” Blended Malt Whisky 750ml – 9 available ($104.99)
  • Bank Note Blended Whisky 1.75L (cannot ship) ($34.99)

United States – Bourbon and Rye

  • Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old K&L Exclusive Cask Strength Single Barrel #793 Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml (3 bottle limit) ($54.99)
  • Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old K&L Exclusive Cask Strength Single Barrel #849 Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml (3 bottle limit) – 10 available ($54.99)
  • Angel’s Envy 100 Proof Rye Whiskey 750ml (one bottle limit) – 6 available ($67.99)
  • Micther’s US #1 Small Batch American Whiskey 750ml – 1 available ($44.99)

K&L Wine Merchants


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


CHIVAS BROTHERS NEW CASK STRENGTH (50cl) RELEASES at Royal Mile Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News




20 year old


16 year old


14 year old

If you have ever attended our annual Whisky Fringe event you should be familiar with our ‘Half Time Orange’ dramming concept. What’s more if you visited the Pernod Ricard stand when the whistle was blown, you would have been treated to some quite exceptional ‘drawn straight from the cask that very week’ samples from the esteemed Mr Logan. On several past occasions he has provided quite stunning drams from the lesser known distilleries of Glenburgie, Miltonduff and Glenallachie. Which is why we are very excited to get our hands on these new additions to the Chivas Brothers Cask Strength range (click on the link for the full range, including new Scapa and Tormore) which were previously only available to purchase when actually visiting the distilleries.

WW1 Remembrance Bottling From The English Whisky Company – English Whisky News


New release WW1 Remembrance In light of the momentous occasion that 2014 signifies – a century since the start of WW1. We thought this was a date worth noting and so have designed a label, bottle and contents worthy of remembering 1914 and those that fought for us. The whisky itself has gentle undertones of smoke and an earthiness to it – our way of giving a nod to the battlefields. The English Whisky Co. are going to donate £2 to the Poppy Appeal for each bottle sold. The bottling is limited to 1499 bottles.

Chapter 13 Batch 3 Tasting Notes

Nose Sweet raisins, warm vanilla and slightly spicy. Hints of bread and butter pudding and caramelised sugar. Also a slight savoury and earthy background note.

Palate Initially dry, then sweet, spicy (think white pepper), malty and oaky. Again the savoury, earthy notes come through. Slight touch of anise along with lovely warm vanilla, just like a vanilla sponge fresh from the oven. Finish is long and the dryness kicks

£49.99 A donation of £2 per bottle to Poppy Appeal



Whisky Wednesday Reviews Bruichladdich – Scotch Whisky News


This week Joe Ellis reviews Port Charlotte Scottish Barley Heavily Peated Bruichladdich! 





NZ Joins the Greats of World Whisky – New Zealand Whisky News

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NZ Joins the Greats of World Whisky

Oamaru, New Zealand– Oct 7, 2014 – New Zealand has become the first nation outside Japan and Europe to mature and release a 25 year old Single Malt whisky. Following extensive barrel selection, the company has released a limited quantity of just 484 bottles onto the market.

“We are so grateful for the international support of the world’s whisky community over the last four years, which has given us the confidence to launch our 25 year old,” says company CEO Greg Ramsay. “We are already humbled by the pre-orders and glowing feedback of those who have taken their first sips.”

The 25 year old, made from 100 per cent malted New Zealand barley distilled in the lost Dunedin distillery, has been aging in American Oak, ex-bourbon barrels from Four Roses Distillery  for a quarter of a century. The rich flavours have softened and sweetened into a complex array of tropical fruits, butterscotch, toasted orange peel and a hit of sea spray.

The 25 year old is a salute to the craftsmanship of those early distillers, including Cyril Yates who played a hand in this newly released drop. “It’s got to be made properly all the way through from the farmer growing barley to the cooper sealing up the staves, and then it does the magical maturation in the barrel before coming out as liquid gold,” explains Yates who dedicated 40 years of his life to the New Zealand whisky industry.

The New Zealand Whisky Company is a success story that signals a revival of the whisky industry in New Zealand. “The whisky was once distilled by Seagram’s in Dunedin before the distillery was sold in 1997 as part of a global rationalization” explains Kay Hansen, who in her four years working in the Oamaru Cellar Door and Bondstore, has been identified as having a rare talent for combining barrels for the batch production.

“Kay’s palate is no-nonsense; she doesn’t get all tied up in disappearing cinnamon, or a bounce of Marzipan. She combines barrels that complement each other with layers of sweetness, spices, a creamy mouth-feel and a moreish aftertaste,” comments Greg Ramsay. “I think Kay might be the first lady in the history of the world of whisky, entrusted in delivering a 25 year old Single Malt.”

Kay continues, “my barrel selection all goes back to what I enjoy seeing in visitors at our Cellar Door, often first-timers or ‘whisky virgins’ as I call them, and the look of total satisfaction as they discover the variety of flavours that only Single Malt provides. So I want to put together whiskies that are broad and open up with water, but without any particular flavour that is too dominant or in your face.”

Following an international design competition, the packaging for the 25 year old emerged. Greg Walko and Petra Kosik, hailing from a small Hungarian design studio took honours, trumping a strong international field. With its contemporary styling, the packaging brings a quarter-of-a-century-old drop into the modern day.

In London last year, the New Zealand Whisky Collection’s DoubleWood won the category for Best Australasian Blend, while the South Island Single Malt was awarded the DoubleGold at the San Francisco Spirits Competition.

As well as regaining the foothold once held across New Zealand by Wilsons, the whisky is now exported from Oamaru and available across Canada, the UK, Australia and Europe. The 25 year old is now available for pre-order at www.thenzwhisky.com.

More information about the New Zealand Whisky Company is available at www.thenzwhisky.com

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Jolly Jaunt Annandale Distillery Visit ~ 12 October, 2014 – Scotch Whisky News


Jolly Jaunt
Annandale Distillery Visit
12 October, 2014

Jolly Toper on the Road

Prior to its official opening, the distillery invited Jolly Toper to organize a sneak peak tour of the facility, for a group of twenty-five whiskyphiles from the Edinburgh area. A rare glimpse into a distillery that is yet to begin production was quite a treat, particularly considering this is a Lowland distillery. When it begins production, which may peak at 250,000 liters per year capacity, Annandale will serve as Scotland’s most southerly active distillery.


Touring and Tasting

The day-long trip included an assembly in central Edinburgh and a pleasant two-hour coach ride through the Scottish Borders to Dumfries and Galloway. Upon arrival the visitors assembled at the Village Inn in Kirtlebridge, a few miles from the distillery. Because of the space available and construction works still in progress, the visitor team was divided in two manageable groups. Jolly Toper’s program included an educational tasting on closed distilleries—a lineup of five whiskies—but in a manner slightly different from his usual tasting program. It proved to be an interesting approach. After the first group departed for the distillery, the others engaged in a three-whiskies tasting session. Upon the return their roles changed. Later, the groups joined into another session with two more whiskies.

This approach has created an inspiring whisky experience, which became a conversation topic in the aftermath. The members of each group compared notes on the first three separately-tasted whiskies and the distillery tour with their counterparts.


Equal Attention to Past and Future

At the distillery, Michael Hanratty, Annandale’s Whisky Experience Manager, took special care in giving equal attention to everyone, answering questions about its past, present, and projections for the future. Here, one feels that “the present is the fruit of the past and contains the seeds of the future,” as a scholar of culture, E. Rostlund, once noted. Emphasis on history is evident in an attempt to integrate the distillery into the landscape and cultural context. Remnants of the 19th century masonry, discovered during the recent construction, have been preserved to illustrate this very point. Future visitors will be in position to learn about the four iterations of Annandale Distillery, its place in the industry and the local and overall Scottish history.


Within the Walls

Inside, creating an aesthetically pleasing environment has received much attention. This is particularly evident—to the visitors’ great satisfaction—in the open floor still room. A comment that this was one of “the most beautiful” in Scotland was not inappropriate. The photographs speak even louder than words. Stills, slightly elevated from the washbacks made of Douglas fir, make for an enjoyable view the moment a person steps in the room. Condensers are outside. Although it does not appear that way, the stills are actually at the ground level, because the building is dug into the ground.  The future tasting room leaves an impression of a cozy place where the visitors will have fun. Distillery’s theme of rock and crafted wood are represented in the tasting room, too. During our visit the work to finish the details was still ongoing.


Wrapping Up

Time flies by fast when people have fun. After the tour and the final part of the tasting, an occasional pint and a war story or two, the group gathered for the departure. In a cheerful mood Jolly and the Topers carried conversations about the latest adventure to Edinburgh. Already in the making are future Jolly Jaunts to other Scotch whisky destinations.


Whiskies tasted:

North of Scotland 1972 42yo single grain bottled by Pearls of Scotland
Littlemill 22yo bottled by Cadenheads
Cambus 22yo single grain from a re-filled sherry butt bottled by Signatory
Caperdonich 1999 bottled by Gordon & MacPhail
And a peaty dram to finish: Machir Bay 2014 release from Kilchoman


About: Jolly Toper Whisky Tastings (jollytoper.com) is Edinburgh’s premier whisky tasting event. Regularly scheduled and the special events are designed for novices and experts alike and take place in different venues, including tastings on a canal barge, whisky walks, and most recently a tasting on the road while visiting a distillery. The latter, under that name Jolly Jaunt, has been created to accommodate customers’ growing requests for a niche-type touring of distilleries. Contact at info@jollytoper.com or +44 (0)757 434 694. Facebook: http://goo.gl/CzSIWD

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From now is available the New Hidden Spirits Independent Label Release;

Blair Athol “BLA.214″ is an 11 years old Highland Single Malt Scotch whisky matured in ex bourbon hogshead.

BLA.214 is an elegant Single Cask Whisky full of character.

BLAIR ATHOL 11yo “BLA.214″ (2002 – 2014)

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 BLAIR ATHOL distillery

Independent Label: Hidden Spirits;

Bottling: Independent (Hidden Spirits);

 Single Malt Whisky Region: Highland;

Distillery: Blair Athol;

Aged: 11 yo (2002- 2014);

Matured: Ex-bourbon hogshead;

Cask number: ref. 10614;


Available from October 2014 HERE

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Mortlach 25yo at Royal Mile Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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Following the modest, recent release of Mortlach Rare Old, the new super-dooper, super premium Mortlach 25 year old has finally arrived! Mortlach is described as ‘The Beast of Dufftown’ for its rich and powerful flavours, which might partly have something to do with the unique and complicated partial triple distilling process. Previously used primarily for adding depth to some great whisky blends, Mortlach is now enjoying some seriously heavy investment, which will double the capacity of the distillery and firmly reposition the brand straight to the top of the global luxury and travel market. We have been fortunate enough to sample a wee dram and it doesn’t disappoint. After tasting it (click through for our tasting notes) one member of staff remarked; ‘If a had the money in my hand right now, I wouldn’t hesitate in handing it over for this bottle of Mortlach.’

Welcome to the Haig Club at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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Welcome to Haig Club

Forget everything you thought you knew about Scotch. Haig Club is a new Single Grain Whisky developed in partnership between Diageo and global sporting icon David Beckham and British entrepreneur Simon Fuller. Seen by many to be Scotland’s hidden gem, single grain whisky is being predicted by experts as the next trend in whisky.

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Haig Club has an ultra-smooth taste, with delicious notes of butterscotch and toffee. This makes it enjoyable served neat, over ice or in a long refreshing cocktail.

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