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Whisky Auctioneer August 2015 Auction – Whisky News

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Our August auction is now live and ends on Monday 7th September 2015!

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We’ve had a busy month updating our website, introducing new features to make bidding and customising our auctions easier! All in time for our largest and most interesting auction to date.

It all starts this month with one of the most desirable Japanese whiskies ever bottled; Karuizawa 1964 48 year old was exclusively bottled for Wealth Solutions and limited to a mere 143 bottles. This well presented stunning whisky has rarely appeared at auction and we are excited to offer this to you in our August sale.

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We are also excited to bring to auction a fantastic collection of bottles from the 1970s (and earlier); a selection of which can be seen below. These incredible bottles really show how distillery styles have changed over the last 50 years, there is also a great selection of unusual blends dating back to as far back as the 1930s.

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Ardbeg Auriverdes originally released on the 31st May 2014 was one of the most talked about releases of last year. This Gold Edition of Ardbeg Auriverdes was released exclusively to bloggers, journalists and ambassadors, never officially released to the public. 

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With close to 20 years of experience in the whisky industry, Whisky Auctioneer specialises in auctioning whisky whether it be fine, old, rare, collectable or affordable. Formed in 2013 and based in Perth, central Scotland, we aim to be the most comprehensive website for the buying and selling of whisky online.


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Isle of Arran Distillers has reported record results with the publication of their latest annual accounts.

The figures to the end of 2014 reveal that turnover rose by 21 per cent and net profit increased by 51 per cent – the best performance posted since the business started in 1995.

Success is being driven by brand sales that are ahead by 25 per cent – in marked contrast to a 7 per cent decline for the Scotch whisky industry as a whole.

The results reflect the underlying strength of the business. After a succession of healthy profits reported over the last five years, turnover for the independent distiller has more than doubled since 2010.

While 2014 saw total Scotch whisky exports fall at their fastest rate for 16 years, export sales for Isle of Arran Distillers climbed, with key markets for growth including Germany, Taiwan and Canada.

The award-winning Arran Single Malts are now available in 45 countries and further markets are being explored.

Managing director, Euan Mitchell, is delighted with the year-end results, saying: “In a challenging period for Scotch whisky our continued growth is testament to a focus on quality and a clear strategy well executed.

“Some people believe when the big companies in the industry sneeze we all catch a cold but this is not our experience. Interest in smaller, independent brands such as ours is surging and we are not even scratching the surface in global terms.”

As well as driving export sales, the Arran Malt is set for increased distribution in the UK with M&S, where two products will be available in stores later in 2015.

A key factor in the recent success of the business has been the repackaging of The Arran Malt core range, which launched in the second half of 2014. Combined with a schedule of limited edition releases, especially the final release of the acclaimed Devil’s Punch Bowl series, helped to grow sales of Arran single malts by 23 per cent over the previous year.

Euan Mitchell added: “We have invested to support the progress we expect to make.

“Two new pot stills are on order and will be installed in late 2016. This will allow production to double beyond one million litres of pure alcohol once fully commissioned.

“We have never been the kind of distillery to produce more than we expect to sell, so this boost in capacity and capability is purely a reflection of the anticipated demand for Arran malts.

“Though never complacent, we look forward with great confidence to celebrating our 21st anniversary in 2016.”


For more information visit http://www.arranwhisky.com/

* Accolades for Isle of Arran Distillery include Winner for: Best New Exporter (2004), Queen’s Award for International Trade (2005), Scottish Distiller of the Year (2007) and Scottish Drinks Producer of the Year (2007.)

Product awards include: Best Whisky Liqueur (2007), ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 12 Years & Under’ for The Arran Malt Amarone Cask Finish (2008) ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 11-15 Years’ for The Arran Malt Sherry Single Cask 1998 (2010) and ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 11-15 Years’ for the Icons of Arran Peacock (2011.) ‘Double Gold Award’ for Arran’s 14 Year Old Single Malt and ‘Gold Award’ for Arran’s 10 Year Old Single Malt at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2012). Double Gold in FiftyBest.com awards (2012). Double Gold Medal for the 12 year-old Cask Strength in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2013). Double Gold for both the 10 year-old and 12 year-old Cask Strength at the China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards 2014.

Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival 2015 – Scotch Whisky News


Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival 2015 

Dufftown 2000, originators of the Autumn Whisky Festival in Dufftown, will again be hosting a full range of events for the Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival from 24 to 28 September 2015.

During the festival, whisky connoisseurs from all over the world will be able to tour and taste an incredible array of fine single malts from a number of the Speyside Distilleries.

Dufftown 2000 will be hosting the “Dramble” on Mon 28 September 2015 where a maximum of 30 persons can walk all the distilleries of Dufftown. Drams will be given at each of the 7 distilleries, including Kininvie & Convalmore.

New for this festival is a Beer & Whisky afternoon at the New Inn at Aberchirder. Gary Smith’s annual beer festival coincides with the Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival in Dufftown and we are offering transport to and from this event where you will be able to sample real ales and selected whiskies.

But there is more – music and dancing to the Ice House Ceilidh Band on Friday Night in the Memorial Hall, the Craft Fayre in the Memorial Hotel on Saturday and Sunday and visits to the outlying distilleries of Speyside.

The best of Scotland’s culture will be on show alongside the celebration of its national drink.

The festival will start with a Whisky Nosing and Tasting – Whiskies of the Speyside line – followed by the Gathering of “Mates of the Whisky Museum” event on Thursday evening in the Memorial Hall.

We will also be arranging our usual complement of bus tours to the distilleries not normally open to the public on each day of the festival.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society SEPTEMBER TASTINGS – Scotch Whisky News



New List Open Tasting – 19 Greville St – Sat 5 Sept  More >

Steak & Whisky Tasting – 19 Greville St – Mon 7 Sept  More >

Steak & Chips Tasting – The Vaults – Fri 11 Sept  More >

Old & Rare Tasting – 19 Greville St – Tue 15 Sept  More >

Dunfermline Preview Tasting – Garvock House Hotel – Fri 18 Sept  More >

York Preview Tasting – Brigantes Bar & Brasserie – Fri 18 Sept  More >

Meet the Brewer Tasting – The Vaults – Wed 23 Sept  More >

Liverpool Preview Tasting – Malmaison – Fri 25 Sept  More >

Newcastle Preview Tasting – The Caledonian Hotel – Fri 25 Sept  More >

New Members’ Tasting – 19 Greville St – Tue 29 Sept  More >


Carlisle Preview Tasting – The Hallmark Hotel – Fri 28 Aug  More >

At the Illusionists Table - 28 Queen St – Fringe show More >

Scott Smith: Wonders at Dusk - 28 Queen St – Fringe show More >


Monday Night Drop-In: Closed & Old School Whisky Night >  Mon 7 Sept

Monday Night Drop-In: Last Drops Night >  Mon 21 Sept

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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

Blanton’s Original at K&L California – American Whiskey News


United States – Kentucky
Blanton’s Original Single Barrel Bourbon 750ml (oversized bottle, ships as 1.5L – 1 bottle limit)   $49.99 Buy

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


Dundee Dell Scotch Whisky Tasting September 13th – Scotch Whisky News



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Eagle Rare receives Gold Outstanding Medal second year in a row 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Aug. 18, 2015) – Buffalo Trace Distillery is continuing its tradition of being the world’s most award-winning Distillery with several new honors from the 2015 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC).  The Distillery earned a total of 11 awards this year, including a Gold Outstanding Medal for its Eagle Rare Bourbon, making this the second year in a row Eagle Rare has received this top honor.

Buffalo Trace Distillery spirits earning awards are as follows:

Gold Outstanding Medal was awarded to:

  • Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Gold Medals were awarded to:

  • Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Wheatley Vodka
  • Silver Outstanding Medals were awarded to:
  • Benchmark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • W. L. Weller 12 Year Old Bourbon
  • Thomas Handy Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Eagle Rare 17 Year Old Bourbon
  • Col. E. H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon

Silver Medal was awarded to:

  • George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • William Larue Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey“The consistency of many of our results in this year’s competition tells us that we’re doing something right,” said Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley. “We are very honored and humbled by our placements at the IWSC.”All entries are first blind tasted in groups divided by variety, region and vintage as necessary, by professional expert judges (by glass, not bottle) and then the top products are sent for detailed (chemical and microbiological) analysis. This analysis is crucial as in some instances the results of this analysis may lead to marks being deducted or even outright rejection.
  • About Buffalo Trace Distillery
  • Learn more at http://www.iwsc.net/.
  • The International Wine and Spirit Competition was founded in 1969 and is the premier competition of its kind in the world. Its aim is to promote the quality and excellence of the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs.
  • The “Gold Outstanding” and “Silver Outstanding” medals are awarded based upon the highest scores within each of those respective categories.

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 17 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named “Brand Innovator of the Year” by Whisky Magazine at its Icons of Whisky America Awards 2015.  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 300 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit http://www.buffalotracedistillery.com/

Save Lars Whisky – The Final Edition – Scotch Whisky News


Save Lars Whisky – The Final Edition

August 2015

At last, the third and final limited fan edition of the Save Lars Whisky Trilogy has arrived!

The Save the Lars Homestead project, in which the iconic Star Wars movie location was restored by fans from around the world, was a great success. To celebrate, two of the project’s crew – Mark Dermul and Imanuel ‘Manny’ Dijk, both whisky aficionados – released 100 bottles of a wonderful Bruichladdich 20 Year Old 1990.

After searching hard and long Mark & Manny found a worthy successor and were proud to announce the Save Lars Whisky – Second Fan Edition: a fantastic Auchentoshan 24 Year Old 1989, again limited to 100 bottles. The first and second edition are now highly sought after bottles.

And now, after more than a year of searching for an exceptional cask to conclude the bespoke Save Lars Whisky Trilogy, they stumbled upon a sherry cask matured Speyside malt: Balmenach 14 Year Old 2001, bottled at a cask strength of 50,2% ABV!

Click here to find out more about this Final Fan Edition! Yes, you read that right. This is the final edition. So do not miss out on this one! It is your last chance to own one of these bespoke bottles of fine single malt in commemoration of a fantastic project.

Expected bottling date: September 2015. Expected delivery date: October/November 2015.


Tasting Notes

Nose: fairly sweet nose on banana and pineapple, but it is dominated by sweet malt. Some silver polish that I quite like, as if it was poured by R2-D2 on Jabba’s Sail Barge. Some pine and grain biscuits. The fruit evolves towards the candied variety. Some vanilla and gooseberries. Nice nose.

Palate: the arrival is powerful and peppery. Immediately sweet on white fruit, pineapple and some banana (although less than on the nose), but now some citrus fruit kicks in. Think grapefruit and lime. Light and fresh with a good body. This is quite enjoyable.

Finish: the finish may be short, but it is spicy with some pepper at the death.

Lovely and accessible whisky that would do well in Chalmun’s Cantina in Mos Eisley and hence a wonderful conclusion of the bespoke whisky trilogy in commemoration of the Save Lars project.

The Whisky Exchange “Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire – it’s finally here” – American Whiskey News

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Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire – it’s finally here

A reputation is a terrible thing. You post one thing on the internet, more people than expected read it, and from that day on you are ‘that guy who likes Jack Daniel’s Honey‘.

So, when a new JD liqueur hits our shores, who’s the person who gets presented with a bottle and told to write tasting notes? That would be me. The new release in question: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire.

Jack Daniel’s fans are an active, watchful and vocal group. Within minutes of JD producer Brown-Forman announcing a limited, experimental roll-out of a cinnamon-flavoured JD liqueur across a handful of US states last year, the questions as to when we would be stocking it started to appear. Unfortunately we couldn’t get any at the time, but suspected that the limited nature of the launch wouldn’t last long. First they expanded the release to the whole of the USA and now, only 18 months later, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire has hit our shores.

Please stop emailing us about it – you can find it here.

It’s what you’d expect – a mix of Jack Daniel’s Old No.7 and cinnamon liqueur. With the flavoured whiskey market booming and cinnamon quickly becoming the flavour of choice, it was only a matter of time before JD dipped their toes in the water. But how does it stack up?

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire Cinnamon Whiskey Liqueur

Nose: Cinnamon fireballs and Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. Cinnamon is the focus and not much else makes its way through the spicy onslaught.

Palate: Sweet, spicy and alarmingly drinkable – much less fiery than those nose suggests. It has a big hit of cinnamon, a pleasant heat and lots of flavour, but doesn’t take the fire too far. It’s thick and oily in texture, with brown sugar and butter underneath the cinnamon and spice.

Finish: Cinnamon biscuits, more cereal and a hint of barrel char to balance out the sweetness.

Comment: While not wanting to destroy my whisky-connoisseur reputation any more than I already have, this is my favourite of the cinnamon whiskeys on the market. It’s got a concentrated cinnamon core but doesn’t go too far in terms of heat, while also having a rich, rounded and sweet background for when the heat fades.

If you want to join me in liqueur-related shame/enjoyment, then we’re offering an introductory offer of £22.95, £2 off our regular price.

Get it now, while it’s hot! [Ed – We’re done. I told you: no puns]


K&L California – Glendronach 15 year old “Revival” Single Malt Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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In these intoxicating times of neo-whisky appreciation, we cannot deny that we as a staff are consuming more single malt than ever in our thirty-plus year history. The world has rediscovered its love affair with Scotch and our motivation to bring K&L customers the best whisky deals possible has never been stronger. But that level of consumption does not come without a price. The Scottish whisky industry has seen its star rise over the last decade, but there have been and will continue to be casualties of that success. When you drink whisky faster than the distilleries can age it, shortages arise. In the case of Glendronach, perhaps our favorite Highland distillery and one of our closest partners, the iconic sherry-aged whisky has recently announced the discontinuation of the 15 year expression; one of the most popular whiskies we sell. They’re hoping to get production back online in 2018, but for the time being we’re planning on a three year gap. What we have left is all she wrote, so if you’re a fan of the dark, supple, rich and round character of the Glendronach single malt, now is the time to load up.

Glendronach 15 year old “Revival” Distillery Bottling Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($89.99)

93 points Whisky Advocate: “Deeper, richer, more viscous, and more intriguing than the 12 year old (and not as sappy as the 18 year old). Complex and intriguing, with raisin, orange marmalade, grape skin, sugar plum, cinnamon bun, raspberry preserve, mixed nuts, and coal ash. Nice tannic grip on the finish. The best of the bunch, and very impressive! (Summer 2010) Reviewed by: John Hansell”

K&L Notes: Distillery notes: “Renowned amongst many whisky enthusiasts around the world, this remarkable and full bodied malt is matured for a minimum of 15 years in the finest Oloroso sherry casks. Bottled at 46%, the GlenDronach Revival is non chill filtered and of natural colour. A truly excellent single malt. Appearance: Deep gold with a lovely mahogany heart. Nose: Incredible concentration of aromas. Treacle toffee and chocolate orange. Palate: A very dynamic and full bodied dram for its age. Chewy with coffee chocolate and treacle scones. Conclusions: A veritable feast to enliven the senses.”
href=”http://www.klwines.com/PersonalReviews/Bio?PRID=163&ReviewerType=S”>David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 19, 2015

Big rich sherry flavor for those who like their single malt dark like coffee.

James Knight | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 05, 2014

I like Scotch ale, the “wee heavy” beer, and I like this Glendronach 15-year “Revival.” It’s more than a wee bit richer than the 12. It’s spicy, and smoky; candy apples smoking cigarettellos at a pumpkin pie party. Comparisons? Here’s my take: Spicier than Glendronach 12; not quite as intense as Aberlour A’bunadh….but getting there. Way more fiery than Macallan 12, but super sherried and rich. A sort of Lagavulin 16 ashiness on the palate, perhaps. A powerfully inviting detour.

While the older Glendronach whiskies are becoming scarce, that doesn’t mean our friends in Scotland aren’t working on bolder, younger expressions of supreme quality. Glendronach recently released batch three of their cask strength series and we couldn’t have been more blown away by the whisky. While there will be subsequent releases of the cask strength edition over the next few years, supplies will be limited and infrequent. Grab what you can while it’s here!

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