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anCnoc Whisky Launches New 18 Year Old Single Malt – Scotch Whisky News


anCnoc Whisky Launches New 18 Year Old Single Malt

anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has announced the release of its eagerly awaited 18 year old expression. With only 1000 cases available worldwide, this very special single malt from Knockdhu Distillery will join the brand’s award winning portfolio, which celebrates the traditional art of whisky making with a modern twist.

Matured in hand selected Spanish oak ex-sherrycasks and American oak ex-bourbon casks, each 700ml bottle will retail at £70 with an ABV of 46%. On the palate, the non chill-filtered single malt is bursting with oriental spices and toasted vanilla, with a full bodied taste and a surge of honey and caramel to finish.

The packaging stays true to anCnoc’s trademark minimalistic style, featuring an artful depiction of the landscape surrounding Knockdhu.

anCnoc Assistant Brand Manager, Stephanie Bridge commented:

“2014 has been anCnoc’s most ambitious year to date: we revealed a peated global collection in April, two new expressions for the travel retail market and our hugely popular 2000 Vintage. anCnoc18 years old has been eagerly anticipated for a number of years, it’s a fantastic whisky and the unique packaging, still distinctively anCnoc, will be a visually striking addition to any collection or a welcome Christmas gift!”

anCnoc, which is part of the Inver House Distillers portfolio, is a brand closely associated with the arts and renowned the world over by malt enthusiasts for bringing a modern twist to the traditions of fine whisky, producing a single malt that is accessible and versatile for all occasions. The brand launched its peated collection earlier this year with four expressions of varying peat strength – aiming to help drinkers find a dram to suit their palate and to ‘shine a light’ on the dark, enigmatic world of peat.


About anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is produced at the Knockdhu Distillery which was established in 1894 and is one of the smallest and most enchanting in the Scottish Highlands. It’s renowned the world over by malt enthusiasts for producing a single malt that makes every day a special occasion.

The new peated collection from anCnoc aims to unravel the mysteries of peated whisky for modern drinkers, this new range fromtheKnockdhu Distillery features anCnoc’s classic light, easy-drinking style but with a dark, distinctive and smoky twist.The first four releases in the collection Rutter, Flaughter, Tushkar and Cutter were unveiled earlier this year.

About International Beverage

International Beverage Holdings (http://www.interbevgroup.com/) was established in 2005 as the international arm of ThaiBev, one of South East Asia’s leading alcohol beverage companies. With a network of regional offices in Asia, Europe and North America, the company is responsible for the production, sales, marketing and distribution of a portfolio of premium global brands in over 80 countries and territories.

Inver House Distillers (http://www.inverhouse.com/) is globally integrated into International Beverage Holdings and drives the distillation and maturation of Scotch through its five distilleries.

International Beverage brands include:

  • Chang Beer: Thailand’s iconic beer brand
  • Single Malt Scotch Whiskies: Old Pulteney, Balblair, anCnoc, Speyburn
  • Blended Whiskies: Hankey Bannister
  • Mekhong: ‘The Spirit of Thailand’ since 1941
  • Caorunn – a small batch distilled Scottish Gin infused with 5 Celtic botanicals
  • The company’s success is built on the combination of a strong understanding of local cultures and markets with the creation of a truly global operational network. Brand building pays respect to heritage, provenance and craftsmanship whilst delivering innovative and highly effective strategies at global level. A skilled and dedicated team of more than 12 nationalities speaking over 14 languages delivers the highest standards of customer service and attention to detail across all aspects of the business.

The Exclusive Malts Batch # 6 is available in USA! – Scotch Whisky News

Impex 2014


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ImpEx Beverages, Inc. is delighted to announce the new release of widely popular Exclusive Malts Expressions. After a careful selection process, the new five casks have been bottled and are currently en route to the United States. They should be available in November 2014. Please check the next pages for more information and prices. 

 ImpEx Beverages encourages responsible drinking

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Ph. 650-872-1113, Fax 650-872-1114



 Ben Nevis’ 98 15 yr Highland

102.20 proof

Matured in a Port Cask

Situated at the foot, and named after Scotland’s tallest mountain, the Ben Nevis distillery has spent much of its life contributing to blended Scotch intended for the Japanese market. Its whisky is often full-bodied and robust, and this cask does not disappoint with an added sweetness from the Port cask maturation.

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RRP $ 139.99


Littlemill’ 88 25 yr Lowland

103.80 proof

Matured in a Sherry Cask

A rare gem from a now lost distillery. Littlemill was demolished in 2004 and only a few casks remain of this wonderful, fruity whisky. This cask has slowly matured for 25 years in a refill ex-Sherry hogshead, resulting in a rare example from this exceptional, yet sadly missed distillery.

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RRP $ 229.99


Speyside’04 10 yr Speyside

115.40 proof

Matured in a Port Cask

This cask distilled at an undisclosed Speyside distillery near Aberlour, is a brute of an offering. Full bodied, sweet and fruit-laden this cask has been bottled at natural cask strength. So it may take a moment or two to show its full complexity, and, perhaps a drop or more of water to really bring it to life.

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RRP $ 109.99


‘Ledaig’ Tobermory’97 17 yr Island

109.80 proof 

This smoky Island whisky is distilled on the Isle of Mull at the Tobermory distillery – a distillery not normally associated with smoky whisky. Using dried peat in the kilning process, the barley is infused with the peat smoke. This results in a whisky redolent with bonfires, barbecues and burning heather. A real distillation of the Islands of Scotland.  

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RRP $ 149.99


Tomatin’04 10 yr Highland

114.80 proof

Matured in a Sherry Cask

Situated just outside the Highland city of Inverness, Tomatin Distillery was once the largest in Scotland providing its malt whisky to most of the large blenders. Now its sought-after whisky can be found as a single malt. This cask, matured solely in a refill ex-Sherry cask is full of the sweet fruit associated with this wonderful distillery.

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The Whisky Exchange “Paul John prize draw winner, and more competitions to come” – Whisky News

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Paul John prize draw winner, and more competitions to come…

As mentioned on the blog previously, we’ve recently run a prize draw with our friends at Paul John: everyone who bought a bottle of Edited, Brilliance, Peated Selected Cask or the Classic Select Cask was entered into a draw to win a £500 shopping trip on The Whisky Exchange website. Our trusty random number generator was fired up and a winner chosen.

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Paul John prize draw winner, Mags Brolly

We’d like to congratulate Mags Brolly of north London on winning the prize, and also on her excellent choice in festive spirits, including another bottle of Paul John whisky.

It’s not our only prize draw – we are giving away bottles of Grey Goose vodka and Rémy Martin XO Excellence Cognac, and a huge £1,000 shopping voucher giveaway in conjunction with the folks at Chivas Brothers is now up on the site. Click through those links to find out how to enter, and keep an eye on The Whisky Exchange website, as we’ve got even more up our sleeves…


Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach Now Available at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach 

Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach (which means “smoky mist”) is, unusually, a peated expression from one of Islay’s few  unpeated distilleries. A small batch release, with the peatiness harking back to Bunnahabhain of the 1800s.

Although there is no age statement on the bottle, we hear that this has been matured in ex-bourbon casks for around ten years and is bottled un-chill-filtered, to retain the oily character along with the wonderful harmony of flavours.

Click here to buy – £60

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Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #502 – Scotch Whisky News


www.ralfy.com examines the different experience of a 40% malt and a cask strength malt with Whisky Review 502Isle Of Arran 12yo cask malt @ 53.9 %vol


Famous Grouse


With Christmas just around the corner, you are probably scratching your head wondering what to gift your loved ones this year.

Well look no further than The Famous Grouse where our selection of premium and exciting gifts are guaranteed to spread festive cheer this Christmas. From personalised bottles to some of the most indulgent whiskies around, we have the perfect present for that special person in your life.

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The Famous Grouse Personalised Bottle – A Gift To Treasure

Why not make your loved ones famous this Christmas by gifting a personalised bottle of Scotland’s favourite whisky, The Famous Grouse? This timeless keepsake is the perfect memento to acknowledge your talented relatives or for remembering that special event you shared together. And this year, for the very first time, your personalised gift can also include a photograph.

The personalise label is completely free, all you have to do is purchase a bottle of The Famous Grouse and visit http://www.makesomeonefamous.com/ to upload your photo and required text. The free label will then be delivered direct to your door ready for you to attach.

Behind the label is also something special. The Famous Grouse is a blend of the finest malts and grains, married and matured in sherry casks, skilfully brought together by the Master Blender to create a rich and well-rounded whisky.

For a winter warmer, try The Famous Hot Toddy. Take 50ml of The Famous Grouse, one teaspoon of heather honey, a squeeze of lemon juice, some winter spices such as cloves, cinnamon, and star anise, add earl grey tea bag, and top with hot water. Please note each Hot Toddy contains 2 units of alcohol and tea bag should be removed before drinking.

RRP £17.10 for 70cl bottle or £23.10 for 1L bottle. Label is free.

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The Black Grouse – For the distinctive character

The Black Grouse is a bold and distinctive whisky with an intriguing blend of smoky, peated malts – perfect for the family member with a unique character of their own. The whisky is an intriguing blend of The Famous Grouse with specially selected peated malts giving the whisky its distinct smoky smooth flavour profile. On the palate, the peaty character comes through in spice and dried fruit flavours, and smoky oak that leaves a long aromatic finish. For a simple Christmas cocktail, we recommend The Black & Black – The Black Grouse with cola and a twist of orange.

The Black Grouse is available in all major retailers. A special gift pack will be available in Waitrose stores from December.

RRP £18.64  

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The Black Grouse Alpha Edition – Perfect for those long, dark winter nights

Indulge your loved ones this Christmas with The Black Grouse Alpha Edition. Created by blending a greater concentration of aged, peaty malt whiskies to achieve a fuller, richer, premium whisky – The Black Grouse Alpha Edition is the perfect whisky to savour as the nights draw in. This whisky is a perfectly balanced, rare blend that has a flamboyantly rich and sweet at first before giving away to layers of smoke. The Black Grouse Alpha Edition is presented in a striking gift box, which tells the story of this rich, smoky premium liquid and the bird that it is named after.

Available from selected Waitrose stores.

RRP £36.49 

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The Naked Grouse – For the sophisticated whisky drinker that savours a dram

The Naked Grouse is a unique and expertly crafted, small batch blended Scotch whisky containing hand-blended world-renowned malts that combine to produce a sweet, rich and smooth taste. The exceptional blend was inspired by William Gloag of The Famous Grouse family and his pioneering discovery of sherry cask maturation. This innovative process, along with an enduring legacy of expertise, creates a stunning example of the blender’s art and results in a sophisticated dram with notes of cherry compote, spicy cinnamon and dark chocolate.

For a classic cocktail this Christmas, treat yourself to The Naked Grouse signature serve The Old Fashioned. Simply put a small heap of ice into the bottom of the glass then pour in the whisky, bitters and sugar syrup in any order. Stir vigorously for 20 seconds, before garnishing with orange zest. This serve is a simple combination of traditional ingredients resulting in a smooth and sophisticated drink with lots of taste.

The whisky is available in high end bars and retail outlets such as Sainsbury’s.

RRP £25

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Ginger Grouse – The whisky ginger beer – Refreshingly FAMOUS


Ginger Grouse, the whisky ginger beer with a splash of The Famous Grouse whisky, citrus notes and warming spice. This refreshingly Famous serve (4.0% ABV) is also perfect as a mulled Christmas serve. So, why not spice things up this Christmas with a fiery Mulled Ginger Grouse? This cosy cocktail is made by heating apple and pear juice in a pan with mulled winter spice teabags until warm. Then simply add the Ginger Grouse and a few slivers of orange peel and heat again to your desired temperature.

Available from all major supermarkets.

RRP £2.25

For further Christmas gift inspiration, take a look round our online shop at www. www.thefamousgrouse.com/shop .

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About The Famous Grouse

The Famous Grouse is the no. 1 whisky in Scotland and no. 4 standard blended whisky worldwide (IWSR data 2012).

The Famous Grouse is exported to over 100 countries.

Created in 1896 by founder Matthew Gloag, it was originally called The Grouse Brand. The brand became so popular that on August 12th 1905 it was renamed The Famous Grouse. The Famous Grouse Experience is located at Scotland’s oldest working distillery –  Glenturret.

Originally established as a single malt distillery in 1775, today The Famous Grouse Experience is  the most visited distillery in Scotland (www.thefamousgrouse.com/experience).

New Arrivals & Back in Stock at K&L California – Whisky News



United States – Single Malt Scotch (Obviously NOT SCOTCH! – WI)

  • Seven Stills Chocasmoke Whiskey 375ml ($35.99)


Scotland – Single Malt Scotch

  • Springbank 21 year old 2012 Release Single Malt Whisky 750ml – 2 available ($449.99)

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Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)
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San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA


The Whisky Exchange “Kilchoman Land Rover Tour – making tracks” – Scotch Whisky News


Kilchoman Land Rover Tour – making tracks

It’s been more than two years since we last held a Kilchoman tasting at TWE Vinopolis, which showcased the first releases of 100% Islay and Machir Bay, along with the precursor to Loch Gorm. With the first six-year-old whiskies now released by the distillery, we were delighted to see how things are progressing.


The Kilchoman team have been travelling around Europe in a Land Rover, holding tastings as they go

This autumn, founder Anthony Wills’s three sons embarked on a tasting tour of Europe in their new Land Rover, although as George pointed out, his younger brothers James and Peter got the better deal: ‘They spent four weeks visiting eight countries in September; I got two weeks around the UK in November – it’s not quite the same!’ Monday 10 November was the turn for us to host one of the legs, and for one night only, Peter joined George to take charge of proceedings.


Peter Wills from Kilchoman

The first spirit ran off the Kilchoman stills at the end of 2005, but as with many new distilleries, most of the production in the early days was sold to private customers (at around £1,000 per cask) to generate revenue until the whisky had reached the required three years to be released. As a result, the casks used for the current core range date from 2007-8. Peter took us through the three core expressions (100% Islay, Machir Bay and Loch Gorm), along with this year’s limited releases of Port Cask Matured and Original Cask Strength, to give us a real snapshot of the distillery’s current offerings.


Kilchoman 100% Islay 4th Edition, 50%, £63.95

The lightest style of Kilchoman, 100% Islay is made using barley grown and malted on-site. Peated to 20-25ppm, this is aged for around five years in ex-bourbon barrels from Buffalo Trace, of which the majority are first-fill.

Nose: Sweet, with cream, vanilla and nutmeg joined by a hint of smoke.
Palate: Sweet and creamy with lemon and lime combining with vanilla and peat smoke towards the end.
Finish: Medium in length with the peat smoke slowly building, although staying at a low intensity.
Comment: It’s been a while since I tasted this, and it’s even better than I remember. The extra 4% abv (compared to the rest of the range) helps the creaminess of the spirit to shine through – an excellent example of gently peated Islay.


Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014 Edition, 46%, £39.45

Machir Bay is aged in a combination of 90% ex-bourbon barrels and 10% ex-oloroso sherry casks for five to six years. Peated to 50ppm using barley from Port Ellen maltings.

Nose: Sweet, vanilla intermingles with lemongrass and a hint of peat.
Palate: Rich and creamy, with the initial sweet vanilla turning into dark chocolate, spicy clove and peat smoke.
Finish: Medium-long, with dark chocolate, clove and peat smoke.
Comment: This displays the best of both worlds: creamy, sweet vanilla from the bourbon barrels and dark chocolate and clove from the oloroso casks. These flavours are then beautifully integrated with the peat smoke – an exceptional whisky for the price.


Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2014 Edition, 46%, £57.95

Aged exclusively in ex-oloroso sherry casks for five years, this is peated to 50ppm. The most sought-after whisky in the range, this annual release sells out within weeks.

Nose: Sweet toffee and butterscotch combines with BBQ smoke and oranges.
Palate: Rich and creamy, yet also elegant, with orange, dark chocolate, sweet nutmeg spice and well-integrated peat smoke.
Finish: Medium in length, with sweet nutmeg and gentle peat.
Comment: I’m a big fan of sherry-matured smoky whiskies and this never fails to disappoint. It’s hard to believe it’s both only five years old and (technically speaking) so highly peated. Beautifully integrated, with all the flavour components in the right place.


Kilchoman 2011 Port Cask Matured, 55%, £69.95

One of the distillery’s ongoing experiments with different cask types (they have Madeira and Sauternes casks in the warehouses, too), this sold out almost immediately after release in September. The success means a follow-up is planned, but as no-one knew if the experiment would work, you’ll have to wait at least another three years.

Nose: Red-fruit rich (strawberry and raspberry), with a hint of peat in the background.
Palate: Warming yet surprisingly elegant for a whisky at 55% abv. The red-fruit notes from the nose are more intense, with red cherry appearing. Again, the peat smoke is very much in the background.
Finish: Medium in length with strawberry and the light peat smoke joined by milk chocolate.
Comment: If I’d tasted this blind, I would have said it was both older and lower in alcohol. For me, Kilchoman have bottled this at the right time – matured for much longer, the wood influence would have started to become overpowering. A stunning (and rare) example of port-matured peated whisky.


Kilchoman Machir Bay Land Rover Tour 2014, 58.8%

A special bottling limited to just 30 bottles to be sold at each of the 13 legs of the UK tour, this is a cask-strength edition of Machir Bay (peated to 50ppm and aged in ex-bourbon barrels (90%) and ex-oloroso sherry casks (10%)). Please note this bottling is only available through our London shop and will not be sold on our website. At the time of writing, it has a few bottles left – please call 020 7403 8688 to check availability.

Nose: Ripe plums, with more stewed fruit appearing with time. Vanilla and clove are joined by a hint of peat smoke.
Palate: Big and bold, with notes of plum, black cherry, dark chocolate, clove and peat smoke.
Finish: Medium-long and slightly drying, with spicy clove and peat smoke.
Comment: It is easy to see the family resemblence to the standard 46% version. The flavour profile is similar, but with everything turned up a notch in intensity, although, as seems to be the distillery’s trademark, it is so well integrated that the peat smoke isn’t overwhelming.


Kilchoman Original Cask Strength 5 Year Old, 59.2%, £68.95

Released last month, this cask-strength bottling was aged in a total of 35 ex-bourbon barrels for five years, of which most were first-fill. Peated to 50ppm, this should be the most powerful whisky of the evening.

Nose: Creamy with vanilla joined by tropical fruit notes of pineapple and mango with the peat smoke, once again, in the background.
Palate: Warming, with a creamy texture and notes of sweet vanilla, honeydew melon, backed up by peat smoke and an intense maltiness.
Finish: Long, with the peat slowly building.
Comment: A great whisky for the forthcoming colder nights, this is warming, and while the peat is more pronounced than the five previous whiskies, at no stage is it overpowering.

This tasting was further evidence that Kilchoman has great potential for the coming years, and I can’t wait for the first 10-year-old (or older) release, when we can compare them with similar-aged releases from their neighbours. A staple of our Islay whisky offering, it’s easy to forget the oldest Kilchoman releases are just six years old. Onwards with the tour…

Port Charlotte Islay Barley at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Port Charlotte  Islay Barley

Distilled at Bruichladdich using 100% Islay-grown barley harvested in 2008. Matured by the shores of Loch Indaal this is a Scotch of flawless provenance.

PC Islay Barley $70.34


Bowmore Whisky Tasting 26th November at 7.00pm at Nickolls & Perks – Scotch Whisky News

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A Bowmore Whisky Tasting
26th November at 7.00pm

A taste of Islay, accompanied by Oysters and Chocolate!

As the winter months close in on us quicker than ever, we are very excited to hold a Bowmore Whisky tasting presented by UK Brand Ambassador for Bowmore, Jane Ashley.

We will be tasting 6 glorious drams from Bowmore in the 16th Century cellars at Nickolls & Perks.

We are also giving you whisky drammers the chance to taste the 10 year old Devil’s cask release from Bowmore, yes that dram is devlishly hard to get your hands on indeed! Selling out in a matter of hours.

Starts 7.00pm

Whiskies on Taste:

Bowmore 12 Year Old
Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest
Bowmore 18 Year Old
Bowmore Tempest Cask Strength Batch 5
Bowmore 10 Year Old Devil’s Cask Batch 2!
Bowmore 16 year old 1990 Sherry Matured 53.8 %

Starts 7.00 pm N&P Cellars
Email us for further details
Tickets just £20.00 each. Click here to buy now

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