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Buffalo Trace Distillery Releases Col. E.H. Taylor, Jr. Cured Oak Bourbon Whiskey – American Whiskey News

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Limited Edition 17-Year-Old Bourbon Coming Soon  

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (March 17, 2015) – Buffalo Trace Distillery continues its homage to former Distillery owner Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. with a special release bourbon whiskey aged in cured oak barrels.  This 100 proof, Bottled-In-Bond, small batch bourbon was aged in Taylor’s warehouse “C” at Buffalo Trace Distillery.

The barrel staves used for this special release were allowed to dry outside in the open air for 13 months, more than twice as long as standard barrel staves. Most white oak barrel staves used for Buffalo Trace’s bourbons are placed outside for 6 months before being fashioned into whiskey barrels.  Collaborating with barrel manufacturer Independent Stave Company back in 1998, this extra aging curing process allowed the wood to dry even longer, eventually allowing the whiskey to extract more rich and complex flavors deep within the oak.

After crafting and filling these unique barrels, they were then aged inside of Taylor’s iconic brick and limestone warehouse “C,” built in 1881.  After seventeen years of aging in the cured oak, this bourbon whiskey delivers an aroma rich with inviting tobacco and dried fruit. A complex flavor meets the mouth with well-rounded notes of vanilla, toffee, and figs, followed by undertones of dry oak. The body is medium with a long, dry finish.

This Cured Oak Bourbon is the seventh and latest release in the collection of  E. H. Taylor, Jr. whiskeys, rounding out the collection of Old Fashioned Sour Mash Bourbon, Single Barrel Bourbon, Warehouse C Tornado Surviving Bourbon, Barrel Proof Bourbon, Straight Rye Whiskey, and Small Batch Bourbon. The Sour Mash and Warehouse C Tornado Surviving bourbons were one time only releases and are no longer available.

The Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. collection was first released in early 2011 and several subsequent releases have followed.  Like some of the previous releases, this one-time-only bottling is very limited.   Also consistent with past releases, Cured Oak Bourbon displays a vintage label and is offered inside a distinct canister reminiscent of Taylor’s whiskey package from one hundred years ago. Uniquely new for this release, each 6 bottle case will be shipped in an impressive wooden box, modeled after the wooden crates used by Taylor to transport goods during the days before Prohibition.

Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr.  is widely considered one of the founding fathers of the bourbon industry, fighting for the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, nearly three decades after he purchased the distillery that is known today as the Buffalo Trace Distillery. During his time, Taylor implemented several innovative methods still used today by Buffalo Trace, such as climate controlled aging warehouses. In addition to his bourbon interests, Taylor had political ties. He was the great-nephew of President Zachary Taylor and elected the mayor of Frankfort, state representative to the Kentucky General Assembly and a member of the State Senate.

This special bottling of Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Cured Oak Bourbon Whiskey will be available late March in limited supply.  The suggested retail price is $69.99 per 750ml bottle.

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 Col. 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 www.buffalotracedistillery.com

WHAT’S NEW THIS SPRING at Glencairn Crystal – Whisky News

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March has been another very busy month for us. We were at Nth 2015 Universal Whisky Experience in fabulous Las Vegas. After that, we attended the World Whisky Awards closely followed by Whisky Live in London. All the events were fantastic with a real buzz about them. At the same time our design studio and production facility have been very busy on a number of exciting and challenging projects we’ll tell you more about in the coming months.

There will be no letting up as we move forward into April. We’ll be attending a number of events around the world including three in America. You can read all about this by clicking the news section below.

We’ve also produced a Case Study on our recent collaboration with new Irish distillery Teeling. It’s free to download and read, as are all our Case Studies. Lastly to give you an insight into the work that our talented teams carry out in general, you can watch a short film about Glencairn in this email too.

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CASE STUDY – THE CHALLENGE OF A NEW BRAND RELEASING A VINTAGE PRODUCT Find out how a new Dublin distiller overcame the odds to produce a range of vintage whiskies. Click HERE

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LATEST NEWS: ATTENDING ADI, BINNY’S & WHISKYFEST 2015 Find out what we’ve been upto and where we’re going next. Click HERE

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11 Langlands Avenue
Kelvin South Business Park
East Kilbride, GlgG75 OYG
United Kingdom




I can’t believe it’s over 9 years ago now that I was standing in the still room at Kilchoman Distillery on Islay tasting some of their very first new make spirit and thinking ‘Mmm, that’s good – can’t wait to taste it as whisky’. Since then we’ve been watching with great interest as their range of whisky has developed and expanded and are really excited that on Thursday 30th April George Wills (son of founder Anthony Wills) will be coming along to present a tasting of whiskies from the distillery.

This farm sized distillery was established in 2005 and was the first new distillery to be built on Islay for over 120 years. As much as possible of the production process is carried out on site – from growing and malting around 1/3 of their own malt through to bottling all their whisky. They produce what is definitely an Islay whisky in style but one that very much has its own character – fruity sweetness combines with layers of peat smoke and results in a well balanced and delicious malt. On the night we will be tasting some of the core range, some limited editions plus something a little bit extra special… Certainly a tasting not to be missed by all you peat heads and for those who have yet to discover the joys of peat this might be the one that wins you over!

Tickets are £15 per person and will be available to buy from 12.30pm on Tuesday 31st March online or by ‘phone only. Please note, no bookings will be taken before this time and the maximum number of tickets per booking is 6.

See below for all the details and if you have any queries just contact us.

Fran and Ken
Arkwrights Whisky and Wines

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Name Kilchoman Whisky Tasting
Date Thursday 30th April 2015

Time 7.00 for 7.30pm
Venue Stanton House Hotel, Stanton Fitzwarren

Details Admission to the tasting is by ticket only, and the whiskies tasted will be available to purchase on the night so come prepared. Tickets are £15 per person, and this also entitles you to a discount of £3 against a bottle of one of the featured whiskies if bought or ordered on the night of the tasting.

Tickets are very strictly limited, and allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Arkwrights reserve the right to restrict the number of tickets per customer and as these tastings usually sell out within hours it is best to book as soon as the tickets are released. To buy tickets just log on to www.whiskyandwines.com from 12.30pm on Tuesday 31st March and place an order for the number you require. Please note, we cannot accept provisional bookings and payment must be made when booking. Refunds for tickets are not available except in exceptional circumstances.

Jolly Toper Benrinnes Tasting April 2nd 2015 EDINBURGH – Scotch Whisky News

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Benrinnes Distillery

Thursday 2nd April 2015 £23/20* 7.30pm

Benrinnes 25yo 1988 – 07/13 Bourbon hogshead 270 bottles 53.0% Cadenheads

Benrinnes Special Release 23yo 1985 sherry casks 58.8%

Benrinnes 21yo 1983 – 2004 40% private bottling

Benrinnes Flora & Fauna 15yo 43%

Crawford’s 5 Star

* £3 discount to members.

Contact the Jolly Toper himself HERE to reserve your spot

Scotch Whisky Auctions 48th Auction – Scotch Whisky News

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Hi folks. The 48th auction – marking our fourth birthday – is now live.



Kind Regards from Glasgow

The SWA Team

Africa – the next big whisky market? – Big Whisky Market News

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Africa – the next big whisky market?

We all know the big whisky world markets, North America, South America, Europe, Aisia, Scandinavia, Russia etc etc. but what about Africa? Africa is a continent NOT a country, a billion people. It is 54 countries. And changing by the day it seems. Poverty and a rich top shelf (like anywhere) blend in a hot religious and ethnic mix. Famine, wars and poverty are the daily norm, a growing middle class, so what chance whisky?

Johnnie Walker have found their way. Diageo and Pernod Ricard are the giants. Diageo established itself through a Guinness brewery in Nigeria in the 1960’s. Whisky is the most popular alcohol in Africa and Scotch the most popular whisky. Diageo sells to the premium markets in Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, Angola, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and plans to extend into Ethiopia, Angola and Mozambique. Who knew there were whisky markets there? Certainly not me. My view of Africa as a whole is probably blighted by the news media; poverty and war. So who are the players and where do they play? As afore mentioned, the big boys are already in.

Nairobi ; A bar in the Westlands district – pool tables, flat-screen televisions, and middle income 20-somethings. drinking Scotch.   A Johnnie Walker tv ad, shows an African dressed as “Johnnie Walker” in red tailcoat and cravat, carrying an iPad, hostesses with glasses of Red Label. A Johnnie Walker app going on about the character of the dram a flavour experience no other ordinary whisky can match, it says, c’mon JW, they may be up and coming, may be getting more wealthy and able to afford the dram, but they are not daft! According to research, as many Africans get richer, they drink Scotch, according to the Scotch Whisky Association. Johnnie Walker is doing even better: sales doubled in east Africa in 2010, to 790,000 litres. By global standards, Africans don’t drink much whisky. Each Nigerian sups a third of a glass each year on average. A Frenchman gulps doon 40. Diageo has a 20-storey ad on the side of a skyscraper in Nairobi showing JW Black. Africans will drink it to show off (like many a place), with its patronage on culture, whiskies with distinctive labels do well. A bottle of JW Red in a Kenyan market goes for $11 (obviously they do not have to pay the sassunach tax).

Countries such as South Africa, Angola and Morocco offer an opportunity for growth in whisky sales. Tanzania and Ethiopia have emerging Scotch Whisky markets where Scotch is an aspirational drink. The opportunities are great but the challenges even greater methinks. Protecting consumers from counterfeit products, ensuring recognition of Scotch Whisky as a drink made in accordance with the Scotch Whisky Regulations. For instance, a haul of smuggled whisky was discovered at the port in Libya’s capital, Tripoli. It is also illegal to drink alcohol in the Muslim North African. Ethiopia has a good club, Addis Ababa Whisky Club. A fellow Angel Hans Offringa told me a story of North Africa, he was offered bottles of “John Walker”, with the exact same logos and design as JW!

Let’s move south … Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky is distilled and double matured at The James Sedgwick Distillery situated near the foothills of the Bainskloof Pass in Wellington – a 45 minute drive from Cape Town, where South Africa’s first Single Grain whisky is created. In 1850 James Sedgwick, captain of the clipper “Undine” and the pioneer after whom our whisky distillery is named, sailed into Table Bay and decided to make it his home. Nine years after settling at the Cape, he established “J. Sedgwick & Co, purveyor of quality liquor, tobacco and cigars” and in 1886 the company purchased a distillery in the picturesque town of Wellington. The rest, as they say, is history.

And guess what? Aye there is always a Scot aboot; Scot, Andrew Geddes Bain built the Bainskloof Pass which winds across the Limietberg, connecting the town of Wellington to the interior. The Pass was completed in 1853, named after the pass builder Andrew Geddes Bain, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky is crafted from only the finest South African grain. It’s then distilled and double matured, living its first three years in first-fill bourbon casks before released and re-vatted for a further two years in first-fill bourbon casks. Another award winning brand sneaking out from here is the Three Ships range, tried em, good! Still in SA; WhiskyBrother, Johannesburg’s first speciality whisky store and part of our Angels network. Specialising only in whisky, this new store offers famous blends to lesser known independent single malts, in-house whisky geeks assist with in-depth info and offer recommendations based on taste preferences. WhiskyBrother aims to offer the largest range of whiskies under one roof in South Africa.

To end this wee trip to the Dark Continent, let’s build on some real positives. This year we are looking after a pipe band from Jo Berg; South African champion grade 2 and grade 4 pipe bands of The Transvaal Scottish Pipes and Drums. They are here to take part in the “Worlds” in Glasgow this August. The world champion pipe bands competition attracts bands from the world over (we are also looking after bands from Canada and USA). Whilst here, they will also be making a visit to Tullibardine distillery in Perthshire and sampling many drams in and around Glasgow – look out for them at the Pot Still. Last year we enjoyed the company of 6 guys from Kenya on a whiskey tour of Ireland, including Tullamore, Kilbeggan, Jamesons distilleries etc, plus many tasting events in and around Dublin, they went home … happy! Even came back to us asking about purchasing casks! Finally, there were the fantastic couple from Jo Berg (again) who won a prize with Diageo, who hired us to design and undertake a Diageo distillery tour for them; Oban, Talisker, Blair Atholl among the visits – in the middle of December, not what they were used to.

So, how to end? I am not privy to the big boys plans and only tell my stories from information gained on tour, chatting to fellow Angels and contacts in the industry. But I am sure there will be an explosion of whisky (and whiskey) into the continent not so far away, if it has not already happened. It can’t be long before a new distillery opens up or a new independent arrives. We welcome the day. Now, after all this heavy thought, it’s late, am going to settle down with a nice bottle of THREE SHIPS 10 YEAR OLD SINGLE MALT. Launched in 2003 as a limited release, I was lucky enough to be “gifted” this on my birthday, slainte!


Smokehead Is On Fire at Ambrosia Awards 2015 – Scotch Whisky News

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Smokehead is on fire at Ambrosia Awards 2015

Smokehead Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky is celebrating after picking up a duo of Gold awards at this year’s prestigious Ambrosia Awards, held during IndSpirit on 16 January, 2015.

Amongst hugely esteemed company, the rich and powerful malt scooped gold in the Product of the Year category and another in the Excellence in Packaging (Graphics) category.

The annual awards are held as part of Asia’s biggest trade event, IndSpirit, which took place this year at Leela Ambience, Gurgaon, India. Both events are coordinated by Ambrosia Magazine, India’s only AlcoBev publication.

Commenting on the awards, Iain Weir, Marketing Director for Ian Macleod Distillers (who own Smokehead), said: “We are delighted that Smokehead has won in these prestigious categories, especially as we were up against such tough competition. Smokehead is vigorous and unapologetic about its big, intense and peaty flavours ensuring that it stands out from the crowd.”

He continued: “India is one of the fastest growing and most exciting markets for whisky and we are very grateful to get this high profile exposure.”

IndSpirit is a trade event aimed at bringing together the opinion leaders of the spirits, beer and wine world to discuss issues about this emerging market and share knowledge with the trade. It offers the best platform to national and international spirits, beer and wine producers to showcase their products and culminates with the awards ceremony.

Smokehead is a fiercely independent, mysterious and boisterous malt of the highest quality. Shunning traditional whisky packaging, Smokehead’s tactile metal presentation tin demands attention and maximises its impact using embossed and debossed techniques to heighten the 3-D ‘reality’ of the pack design, creating a premium tactile feel.

Bottled at 43% ABV, Smokehead is a rich, seaweedy and intensely peaty Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, not for the faint hearted.  With immense fresh and fruity flavours that burst with notes of sherry, iodine, toffee, smoke and sea salt, Smokehead hits the palate like a cannonball!

New Blackadder Bottlings Arrive in British Columbia – Scotch Whisky News

New Blackadder Bottlings Arrive in British Columbia

We are excited about the latest batch of Blackadder to arrive in BC!

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Raw Cask Peat Reek 59.8%

RAW Cask offering of the incredibly popular “Peat Reek” series. Selected only from casks of whisky produced using malted barley that has been heavily impregnated with the phenols and creosols of a gently smouldering peat fire. Multiple layers of Islay smoke to discern and enjoy.

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Legendary Cask Strength 1988 23 YO

This bottling is from a mature single cask of what is today classed as Blended Malt Whisky. The whisky in this Legendary bottle comes from only two of the most highly respected distilleries on Speyside, aged and matured twenty three years married together in cask. The high end blend.

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Black Snake Vat 1. 3rd Venom

Solera style aging! Aged single malt whiskies (from non-disclosed distilleries) are married into a vat, and then are transferred to a PX or Olorso sherry cask for finishing. When the whisky is ready, two thirds of the cask is bottled and labelled as a “Venom”. The remaining third then meets the next vatting resulting in a subsequent strain of “Venom”.

For further enquiries please email Nick at Fountana Beverage

News from The Famous Grouse – Scotch Whisky News



March has been another busy time for the team at Scotland’s Oldest Distillery.  We’ve featured just some of what’s been going on in this article but to find out more why not take a look at our blog and catch up with all our latest news?



As a departure from the more traditional distillery tour we have just launched 5 new experiences allowing our visitors to engage with whisky in new and innovative ways.
Find out more about our new experiences here


Global Icons of Whisky Awards

The team are delighted to be included in the top 3 whisky visitor attractions in the world. Find out the full story about this prestigious event here

Aberlour – A’Bunadh Cask Strength Single Malt at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News


  • Aberlour – A’Bunadh Cask Strength Single Malt 750ml ($64.99)
    96-100 points Wine Enthusiast: “Intriguing and challenging bouquet of aromas of roasted nuts, old leather, black pepper, old oak and dried fruit. Palate entry is aggressive in spirit, but sweet and pruny; midpalate is drier and features tastes of leather and grain. Aftertaste teems with oak resin, hard cheese (meaning, rancio), candied nuts, candied fruit and dark honey. Add mineral water.” (12/2009) 90 points Whisky Advocate: “Amber, with shades of ruby. Notes of complex honey-drenched fruit (sultana, marmalade, peaches, apples), toffee, treacle, and hint of mint. Full, rich texture and lush body. Long, warming, moderately spicy finish. (Vol. 17, #2)” Wine Spectator: “Brave the cask-strength heat and be rewarded by a malt that’s welcoming and complex. Sherry and cherry dominate at first, but a cereal-granola-honey quality and a licorice note flirt from behind the curtain. The essential candy element returns on the finish. ” (02/2011) K&L Notes: Pronounced “a-boon-arh,” which means “the origin” in Gaelic. Made the way whisky was produced in the 1800s, A’bunadh from Aberlour is not chilled-filtered and is bottled at a cask strength 59.5%. Slowly matured in rare Oloroso sherry butts, this malt is filled with rich, smooth, complex flavors.

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


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