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Raasay Distillery Launches Bespoke 30 Litre Casks – Scotch Whisky News

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Raasay Distillery Launches Bespoke 30 Litre Casks

Proud to chart its own course, Raasay Distillery has today (Wednesday 6th February) launched its bespoke 30 litre casks of Raasay Single Malt.

The new 30 litre ex-Speyside Scotch whisky oak casks are now available to purchase on Raasay Distillery’s website and in person at the distillery.

The smaller casks make the island’s first expression more accessible to whisky lovers and will sit proudly alongside the 190 litre first-fill ex-American whiskey casks currently offered by Raasay Distillery and maturing in the island warehouse. Wood from ex-Speyside casks has been carefully chosen for the smaller casks to ensure the flavours of the final whisky are finely balanced.

All Raasay spirit is produced and distilled on the island, using only Scottish barley, distillers’ yeast and mineral-rich water sourced and filtered directly from a Celtic well on site. A long fermentation period brings a rich, characterful flavour to the Raasay spirit before it even touches the oak of a cask. Once the spirit is ready, both large and small casks are filled by the distillery team and left to age into the first ever Raasay Single Malt.

Distillery Co-founder Alasdair Day said:

“We wanted to make our first single malt more accessible in these new smaller casks. Depending on the angels’ share, after three years we expect to get around 40 bottles from the 30 litre casks, each offering a distinctly different character of Raasay whisky to our other bottlings.”

The 30L casks are small enough to make a perfect present for a loved one or for a special event, while bars or hotels can opt to co-brand their cask and display it on the bar. While the whisky matures, cask owners can come and visit their cask, staying in Raasay Distillery’s four-star accommodation: Borodale House. After the whisky is bottled, owners can also keep their empty cask as a treasured memento.

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In February 2019, the casks are currently filled with unpeated spirit at an alcoholic strength of 63.4% and the distillery will then move to heavily peated spirit later in the year.

30 Litre Whisky Cask: Price: £999

Volume: 30 Litres Expected Bottles: Approximately 40

Cask Type: Ex-Speyside Scotch Whisky oak cask Maturation: Matured on Raasay for 3 years and then bottled.

Keep the cask: You can keep you 30 litre cask once the liquid has been bottled.

190 Litre Whisky Cask: Price: £5,000 Volume: 190 Litres Expected Bottles: Approximately 250 Cask Type: First-fill ex-American whiskey casks. Maturation: Matured on Raasay for up to 10 years, during which time the liquid can be bottled at your discretion.

Raasay Distillery:

Isle of Raasay Distillery opened in September 2017 and became the first “legal” distillery on the beautiful Hebridean island. Co-founded by Scottish entrepreneurs Bill Dobbie and Alasdair Day, Raasay Distillery is designed to produce a contemporary Scottish island malt and catapult Raasay into the global market as Scotland’s newest whisky producing island.

Raasay Distillery is proud to be one of the few 100% Scottish-owned Scotch whisky businesses in Scotland. On the site of the Victorian-era Borodale House, formerly the Isle of Raasay Hotel, is a state-of-the-art modern distillery, offering year-round tours and luxury accommodation, with, arguably, the best view of any distillery in Scotland. The distillery has since received Five-Star Visitor Attraction rating and Four-Star Accommodation rating from VisitScotland for the visitor centre and accommodation respectively.

Isle of Raasay Single Malt will be lightly peated and fruity, utilising the best of the island’s natural elements and reflecting Raasay’s rugged natural beauty. Raasay Distillery uses water from an ancient Celtic well located behind Borodale House at every stage of production, from mashing to fermentation, to cask and bottling strength reduction, to retain natural flavours in the final whisky.

Working with local crofters, Raasay Distillery has successfully grown and harvested barley in a nearby field, the first time that barley has been grown on Raasay in over 40 years. In August 2018, the team produced spirit from the 2017 batch of Raasay barley crop, which will mature into the first ever single malt produced from Raasay-grown barley in 2021.

Raasay While We Wait is an independently bottled single malt – which has been crafted as an accurate preview of Raasay Distillery’s future core style. Designed as a peaty and fruity single malt, each iteration of Raasay While We Wait has been crafted through the vatting of two malts from a single Highland distillery – heavily peated at 45ppm and unpeated – matured in bourbon barrels and finished in Tuscan Montechiari wine casks.

Isle of Raasay Single Malt pre-orders launched – Scotch Whisky News


Today (Thursday 14th February), Raasay Distillery will open up pre-orders for the first ever bottles of Isle of Raasay Single Malt in Scotch whisky history that will be shipped and delivered in time for Christmas 2020.

After a fantastic response from members of Raasay Distillery’s free to join Slàinte Club, the team are delighted to announce that the inaugural release is now publicly available to pre-order on Raasay Distillery’s website for £99.

Produced and distilled on the Isle of Raasay using only Scottish barley, distillers’ yeast, and mineral-rich water sourced and filtered directly from the distillery’s own well – the well of the pale cow/Tobar na Ba Bàine – this is a whisky with a truly Hebridean heart. A long fermentation period of up to 115 hours brings a rich, characterful flavour to this island malt spirit before it even touches the oak of the cask.

This first release of Raasay spirit has matured in first fill bourbon barrels at the distillery warehouse since 2017 and in its final year, it will be finished in Bordeaux red wine casks before being bottled at 46% ABV, non-chill filtered and naturally coloured.




The first Whisky Colours Festival will be held from 10 to 14 October 2019.  It is a celebration of all things whisky and is centred in Dufftown, the malt whisky capital of the world.  The festival will allow you to get up close and personal with some of the biggest names in the whisky industry.

We are partnering with Cardhu, Glen Moray and Glenfarclas Distilleries for dining and tasting experiences; Morrison & MacKay for a unique autumnal tasting; as well as masterclasses from the likes of Adelphi and Berry Bros & Rudd.  Our website is the place to go for updates (www.whiskycoloursfestival.com).

We have been inspired by the vast range of whisky colours that are mirrored in the beauty of the phenomenal autumn scenery of Dufftown and the surrounding area as our woodlands display their stunning colours and the bright golden barley in the fields. Our aim is to bring you extra special whisky experiences with an autumnal theme that will be truly something to remember.

Mike Lord, Keeper of the Quaich and proprietor of The Whisky Shop Dufftown commented, “We want our guests to experience a series of in-depth events, giving exclusive opportunities which truly bring you the very best of whisky from the malt whisky capital.  We are excited to be creating this extensive calendar of events, in a friendly atmosphere at one of the most colourful times of year in Speyside”.

George Grant, 6th generation of the family behind Glenfarclas Distillery, “The Whisky Colours Festival is a brilliant addition to the whisky calendar.  We are working with The Whisky Shop Dufftown on an authentic experience at the distillery during the festival and we look forward to welcoming you to our distillery.”

Each day will include intimate whisky experiences with an autumnal theme, from dinners with revered distillers, sought after masterclasses, food pairing, fun and so much more. The festival will culminate in a closing event hosted by key partner Tannochbrae Cuisine that will bring together all elements of the festival: whisky, music and food with lots of fun.

New events will be added to the festival website when they are finalised with the full programme being finalised by early June.  Tickets will go on sale 1st July.

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A Rarely Available, Must-Have Cult Bourbon at K&K California — Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch B.I.B – American Whiskey News


A Collector’s Favorite Bourbon from Buffalo Trace
Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Bottled in Bond Straight Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) ($39.99)
“If you’re a fan of Buffalo Trace bottlings and you’ve never been able to snag a bottle of their smaller production stuff, this is the perfect place to start.” —Andrew Whiteley, K&L NorCal Spirits Buyer

Featured here is one of the most sought-after and collectible Bourbons in the market today. In the past few years, when we were lucky enough to get a minuscule allocation, it was parsimoniously doled out by the bottle. Everything we acquired would sell out on the site, often in minutes. This time around, however, we were able to secure a large enough parcel of the Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Bottled in Bond Straight Kentucky Bourbon that we are offering it with no limits on a one-time basis. Based on its cult status and its very affordable price of $39.99, we expect it to fly off our shelves. Easily among our favorite bottlings from Buffalo Trace’s impressive portfolio, the E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch with its high corn mashbill and strong wood influence offers the perfect complement of sweet grain and spice. Despite what you might assume given its 100 proof designation, this Kentucky Bourbon has a surprisingly smooth approach that’s perfect for sipping. Considering the overall rarity and incredibly reasonable price, this is one to buy a few bottles for the near term and a few more to store away for a special occasion. Don’t delay, as once our allocation is gone, we likely won’t see another until next year.

Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Bottled in Bond Straight Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) ($39.99)

This bourbon, bottled in bond, was aged for seven years in the famous Colonel Taylor’s warehouse built in 1881. It is the latest from the sought-after E.H. Taylor line from Buffalo Trace Distillery. Soft and subtle, this is easily the most approachable and affordable of the recent Taylor releases. The Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897 means that the bourbon come from barrels all produced at one distillery, in a single season, and then stored in a bonded warehouse for at least four years before being bottled at 100 proof.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 06, 2019

I never thought I’d see the day we could secure enough of this to shout it from the roof tops! Colonel Taylor Small Batch is finally here in more than six-bottle-at-a-time quantities! Hallelujah. If you’re a fan of Buffalo Trace bottlings, and you’ve never been able to snag a bottle of their smaller production stuff, this is the perfect place to start. The high corn mashbill in combination with a big woody profile gives an incredible combination of sweet and spicy without relying heavily on rye grain. The 100 proof required by the bottled-in-bond act is actually a perfect spot for sipping. It’s robust enough to stand up in cocktails and sexy enough to enjoy on its own. The flavors are sweet candied corn, mature floral notes, and tons of spicy wood and clove and burnt orange peel. It’s time to case up, ’cause we have no idea if or when this opportunity will come again.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 07, 2019

It’s been a little while since I’ve sat down and evaluated this product thoroughly. A standard in my back bar when I can get it, but I tend “to drink and not think” this one, if you know what I mean. The fact that it’s recently become slightly more available (for what will certainly be a short period of time) means I get to take some time to consider this one thoroughly. Supposedly the same mash bill as George T. Stagg, I actually get a strong similarity to another famously hard to get Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Rock Hill Farms. Maybe it’s a warehousing thing or the fact that they’re both 100 proof, but the mashbills on the two should be different. The nose still has tons of sweet dark oak spice, strong Tahitian vanilla, and caramel. There are also touches of barnyard and dried vegetation. Big sweet corn appears on the palate with a lovely kick thanks to the higher proof. This is the perfect whisky to go in between Eagle Rare and Blanton’s, and the shoe fits perfectly, figuratively speaking. Sad we don’t get to sell this on the regular, but hopefully more stocks will continue to open up on this excellent brand.

Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 06, 2019

Wow! Great classic bourbon is so hard to find and E.H. Taylor (along with all the stable) is almost always in short supply. Wonderfully spicy and alluring, viscous, and showing the slightly sweet corn and oak qualities I love without being cloying or overly woody. Especially for a 100 proof whiskey, it is amazingly smooth on the palate and finishes super fine.


Highland Park 2002 Single Cask – Loch Fyne Whiskies Exclusive – Scotch Whisky News


Highland Park 2002 Single Cask – Loch Fyne Whiskies Exclusive

We’re down to our very last botles of Highland Park 2002 Single Cask – Loch Fyne Whiskies Exclusive!

Awarded Liquid Gold in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2019 with a score of 96 points!

This release from Highland Park’s Single Cask Series is exclusive to Loch Fyne Whiskies. Distilled on Orkney in 2002 and matured in a single refill butt (number 3374) for 15 years before being chosen for bottling for our customers in 2018. Only 458 bottles have been filled, each one at a natural cask strength of 58.4% abv.

Described by Jim Murray as “breathtaking to the point of whisky life changing”!

Final bottles remaining – Get yours whilst stocks last.

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Buffalo Trace Distillery Releases Double Eagle Very Rare Bourbon – American Whisky News


Buffalo Trace Distillery Releases

Double Eagle Very Rare Bourbon

New Release is a 20-Year-Old Bourbon in a Custom Crystal Decanter

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Feb 6, 2019) – Fans of Eagle Rare Bourbon Whiskey are in for an unexpected treat, as Buffalo Trace Distillery announces the release of an ultra-rare, 20-year-old bourbon called Double Eagle Very Rare.

A luxurious crystal decanter and silver presentation box accompany this limited edition whiskey that has a name with double meaning. The 20-year-old bourbon matured twice as long as the standard Eagle Rare 10-year-old bourbon and the Double Eagle decanter features two beautifully sculptured crystal glass eagles, one inside the bottle, and one serving as the stopper.

The presentation box consists of two sliding doors, imprinted with a design reminiscent of eagle feathers. Sliding open the doors triggers spotlights above and below the bottle, to reveal the beautiful hand blown crystal decanter. Only 299 of these special bottles were produced. An individually numbered letter of authenticity is included with each.

“We’ve been waiting for this whiskey to mature for years. Even after two decades, these barrel are surprisingly balanced. Hints of vanilla, toasted oak and caramel lead to a gracefully aged oaky flavor,” said Kris Comstock, senior marketing director for Eagle Rare.   “We worked on the packaging for more than two years, and finally settled on what we think is a beautiful decanter inside an eye catching, yet tastefully decorated box.  Something that anyone would be proud to display on their bar. And it tastes even better than it looks.”

The suggested retail pricing for Double Eagle Very Rare is $1,999. The next release of this 90 proof whiskey will be spring 2020.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

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 listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 21 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year by Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018.  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 500 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com.

Outstanding Value from a Cherished Island Distillery 1999 Finest Orkney (Highland Park) 18 Year Old “John Milroy” K&L Exclusive Single Refill Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt – Scotch Whisky News


Outstanding Value from a Cherished Island Distillery
1999 Finest Orkney (Highland Park) 18 Year Old “John Milroy” K&L Exclusive Single Refill Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky ($99.99)
“This superb single barrel of Highland Park represents one of the greatest values we’ve ever offered.”
—David Othenin-Girard, K&L SoCal Spirits Buyer

Here we have round two of the absolutely unprecedented single barrel offerings from Highland Park! Last week it was a 12-year-old ex-sherry barrel for nearly $200, but this week it’s all about value. Over the past two years, something very unusual has happened with Highland Park. A distillery that has typically guarded its stock very closely has been popping up at bottlers across Scotland. Word on the street is that Edrington (their parent company) needed cash to fund their outrageous new Macallan distillery. Whether or not those rumors are true, it’s been incredible to finally taste some single barrel Highland Park at full strength from our suppliers. The only problem is that they know what they’ve got is really special, and their prices have reflected this quality.

To get an idea of the current market on Highland Park, consider this: we sold a 20-year-old Highland Park last year from Old Particular for $200 that felt like a deal compared to many other bottlers. We’re also seeing 18-year-old stuff in cask at close to £150 a bottle, which would translate to upward of $250-300 on the shelf stateside. Anything older is just priced out of range of most consumers. Were it not for a bit of perseverance and a keen eye, we’d be selling you this cask for nearly three times the price. That’s why we pay attention. We saw an opportunity and worked hard to get a great price for an incredible whisky that may never be repeated. Cask strength single barrel Highland Park for less than $100? It’s almost unfathomable. But even more special than the price is the gorgeous Orkney whisky inside the bottle. The purity and grace of nearly two decades in barrel with the complex heathery smoke that Highland Park is famous for are truly why we bought this cask. It’s a perfect contrast to the over-the-top flavors of 12-Year we sold. A true old-school glory in our book—the ridiculous price is just the icing on the cake.

1999 Finest Orkney (Highland Park) 18 Year Old “John Milroy” K&L Exclusive Single Refill Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)

The Highland Park distillery has always been a favorite of aficionados. It’s risen to international prominence over the last several years thanks to a strong marketing push from their owners, the Edrington Group. Their move toward highlighting the Orkney’s Viking history has brought about a plethora of unique “limited” offerings and special editions. While many have been very good, the general theme is fewer age statements and higher prices. But, something has happened over the last couple of years. An unbelievable amount of “no name” Orkney casks have popped up at bottlers across Scotland. Most bottlers know that they’ve stumbled on a cash cow. Cask strength single barrel HP commands very high prices on the open market, so our suppliers didn’t think anything of expecting to get £150 ($300+ stateside) per bottle for this stuff. And several bottlers have gone ahead and done just that ’cause why not? The juice is delicious, and it sells well at the higher price. We want to offer value to our customers beyond what the regular market provides. If everyone can do it, we’re probably not interested. So when our friend Doug McIver came to use with this wonderful cask at bargain basement prices, we knew we had a winner. Cask strength single cask HP 18 for $100 retail? We’d buy 10 of these if we could. This is the real deal, old school, naked cask strength Orkney like nothing else on the market today.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 24, 2019

This superb single barrel of Highland Park represents one of the greatest values we’ve ever offered. We worked hard last year to get the price down of a single cask of 20-year-old HP from a refill hogshead. The great HP flood began nearly 3 years ago when I got an email from a supplier in Scotland offering us a parcel of THOUSANDS of Highland Park barrels at between 12-18 years old. I nearly choked on my morning coffee as a read the email. They wanted millions for the lot. While I briefly considered pitching the idea to our owners, I ultimately decided that we’d never be able to handle these quantities at our stores. So over the last couple of years we’ve watched as small lots of HP have popped up at bottlers across Scotland. Most had paid a premium to brokers for the prized malt. We weren’t prepared to indulge them, unless they were superlatively good, like the Old Particular from last year. When we commit to a barrel everything needs to come into place – the flavor, the price, the packaging. It’s gotta tick all the boxes. This is one of those whiskies. While not as heady or sherried as the OP, the purity and overt deliciousness of this cask is profound. The sweet and salt Orkney malt is vibrant and layered but somehow restrained on the nose. Flecks of oyster shell, lemon balm, earthy malt, honeysuckle and white pepper. On the palate that gorgeous Orkney peat pops up. Pristine with something floral behind (heather of course), and oceanic without the iodine of Islay, it’s pretty thick on the palate- oily, camphor, more pepper, bitter oranges, and green teas. Long and lingering. With water the nose opens, and the lemon becomes more prominent. The sweet malt falls away, and more peat comes through for some reason. All in all I’m not sure there’s a better way to spend $100 right now in the store.

Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 03, 2019

A rare treat at an unbelievable price. It starts with a sea breeze and soft golden malt on the nose, with a whisper of smoke. Then all at once the taste blows you away – rich and complex with ample smoke. Earthy citrus, dried fruit, sweet cereal, and decadent fudge all play like a symphony on the palate with saline, fennel, and spice as counterpoint. This feels bright and concentrated, youthful even, but with a sophisticated finish that can only come with age.


Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon and Prestat Truffles at The Whisky Exchange – American Whiskey News


Give the gift of roses this Valentine’s Day with a bottle of Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon, accompanied by Prestat truffles and a… jar? Yes, a jar. I mean… ahem… a jar! I can confirm that context, jar and truffles do indeed make this a novelty, despite what you may think.

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The Whisky Shop #SFO Friday February 22nd, 5-7PM: The Macallan & Highland Park – Scotch Whisky News


Friday February 22nd, 5-7PM:

The Macallan & Highland Park

Treat yourself to some of the most popular whisky names in the world! We’ll be pouring a variety of new releases and highly-rated favorites, with distillery representatives and our own in-store whisky experts present throughout.

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