Archive for March, 2010



Chance for consumers to win VIP trip to 2011 Kentucky Derby with collectible bottle

March 26, 2010, Louisville, KY – Like nurturing a champion thoroughbred, the art of crafting fine bourbon whiskey takes time, patience and attention to detail. So it is with Woodford Reserve®, the Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby, which honors the country’s favorite horse race with a limited-edition Kentucky Derby commemorative bottle.  The 2010 bottle features the work of nationally-acclaimed, Louisville-based artist Jeaneen Barnhart.

“When creating this special painting, my intent was to reveal the energy and emulate the figures through loose interpretation of uninhibited line and depth,” said Barnhart. “It’s the heart, the bones, the muscle and the mind that open my eyes to deeper expression.” 

Barnhart’s striking work depicts the vibrancy and intensity of Kentucky Derby racehorses as they charge toward the finish line. The artist’s signature adorns the neck of the bottle, and an attached neck tag bears information about the artist and product. The limited edition liter-size bottle will be available in early April in 42 US states at a suggested retail price of $42.99.

“As a proud supporter of horse racing, it is fitting that Woodford Reserve has been selected once again as the ‘Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby,’ America’s most prestigious horse race,” said Laura Petry, Woodford Reserve brand manager. “We are honored to partner with Jeaneen on this one-of-a-kind bottle that commemorates this historic partnership.”

In addition to purchasing a true collector’s item, consumers can enter into Woodford Reserve’s Kentucky Derby Sweepstakes with a chance to win a VIP trip to the 2011 Kentucky Derby. Though no purchase is required for entry, bottle buyers can enter by registering their bottle’s unique number, printed on the neck label, at Upon registering they will be given a randomly-generated post position, from 1-20, for the 2010 Kentucky Derby. If the horse that starts from their assigned post position wins, he/she will be entered in the grand prize trip drawing. Full details are available, for purchasers and non-purchasers, at

For the twelfth year in a row Woodford Reserve Bourbon has been selected the “Official Bourbon of Kentucky Derby.”  It also sponsors a Grade I race, the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, which is run on Derby Day, May 1, 2010, and has become one of thoroughbred racing’s premier turf events.

About Woodford Reserve®

Woodford Reserve, the “Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby”, is crafted at the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky – the heart of thoroughbred country.

Woodford Reserve is one of the fine spirits produced and marketed by the Brown-Forman Corporation. For 140 years, Brown-Forman has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands.  The company’s brands are supported by nearly 4,000 employees and sold in approximately 135 countries worldwide.  For more information about the company, please visit, and for more information on Woodford Reserve visit  Please enjoy your bourbon responsibly.

About Jeaneen Barnhart

Though her work extends through many subjects and artistic styles, acclaimed Kentucky artist Jeaneen Barnhart is best known for her equestrian drawings and paintings. In 1994 along with her twin, Doreen, the sisters worked side-by-side on their first Kentucky Derby Festival poster. This combination of Jeaneen’s art and Doreen’s design was the inspiration that led them to their own business and way of life, “Twinspired: Art + Design”.  While successfully pursuing separate careers, the twins collaborated on many projects, such as the 1996 PGA Golf Experience Poster, 1997 and 2009 Kentucky Derby Festival Poster and the 1999 St. James Court Art Show Poster. They also partnered on projects for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Ball and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure’s Pink Tie Ball.

After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the prestigious Alfred University, Barnhart earned national acclaim through private commissions as well as gallery exhibits in New York, California, Florida, and Kentucky, where her studio is now located. View more of Barnhart’s work at or

About Churchill Downs®:

Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 1, 2010 and the Kentucky Oaks on April 30, 2010. The track will conduct its 2010 Spring Meet from Saturday, April 24, through Sunday, July 4.  Churchill Downs is scheduled to host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for a record seventh time on Nov. 5 and 6, 2010. Churchill Downs tickets are available at or by calling (502) 636-4400. Additional information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at

Churchill Downs®, Kentucky Derby® and the Twin Spires design are registered trademarks of Churchill Downs Incorporated.

Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 45.2% Alc. by Vol., The Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, KY ©2010.

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Svend Jansen

PR Manager – Woodford Reserve, Canadian Mist, Early Times & Old Forester


850 Dixie Highway

Louisville, KY 40210

WhiskyCast EPISODE 245 – Scotch Whisky News


We know it by many names…White Lightning and Corn Liquor to name a couple. Moonshine whiskey has been a part of American culture for generations, and is still being produced today. Max Watman embraced the moonshine culture for his new book, “Chasing the White Dog,” and shares some of that culture in this week’s episode. We’ll also hear from Kevin Smith of Maker’s Mark about the official name for his new bourbon, “Maker’s 46.” I’ll have tasting notes for it, the new Crown Royal Black, and the Four Roses 100th Anniversary Single Barrel bourbon in the “What I’m Tasting This Week” Department.

Listen to Episode #245 at

March Whisky Madness at Park Ave – Scotch Whisky News


March (Just in time) Whisky Madness at Park Ave

From Jonathan & Eric;

We’re as tired of hearing about “brackets” as the next guy but that doesn’t mean we haven’t created a little Madness of our own here at the Park Avenue Liquor Shop.

For a limited time, we have reduced the price on select Single Malts. There are great deals on bottles from Lagavulin, Tomintoul and more.

To take advantage of these new low prices we ask that you please contact the store and mention the March Whisky Madness promotion.

Reminder: ‘Whisky Live’ is on April 7th here in New York City.
To receive a 20% discount on tickets just enter the code: ny10web29when you order from the Whisky Live website.Click the WhiskyLive logo below to order tickets. We hope to see you at our booth to sample our exclusives!

Lagavulin, 16 Year Old

The Islay representative in the ‘Classic Malts’ series is a deep, dry and exceptionally peaty bruiser. Arguably one of the most pungent of all Islay malts, Lagavulin is  not for the faint-palated. In our experience, Lagavulin devotees are perhaps the most loyal peat freaks. Recently awarded a Silver Medal from the Malt Maniacs. Did you know that Laphroaig is said to be founded by the son of Lagavulin’s founder? (They got it right, finally!)

Old Price: $85
New Price: $68
Contact store to order.


Tomintoul,  27 Year Old

This ‘Gentle Dram’ is a remarkable value for its age, as well as being an excellent example of a vintage Speyside single malt. It has a deep amber color with notes  of tangerines, spice, honey and orange blossom on the nose. The palate is very smooth, rich, fruity and full. You may experience creamy malt and milk chocolate, orange  spice, plus a hint of Sherry (even though it has been aged exclusively in a Bourbon/Oak cask). This expression is excellently balanced and has a finish that is medium in
length, with oranges and cream persisting, along with vanilla fudge and a touch  of drying peat.

International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal

Old Price: $227
New Price: $180
Contact store to order.

Singleton of Glendullan, 12 Year Old

This 12 year old is round, elegant, beautifully balanced and comes from the heart of Speyside. It is made slowly, traditionally, with selected barley and pure water from the high hills above the glen. Long aging in a unique balance of European Sherry Oak and American Bourbon Oak casks allows The Singleton of Glendullan to develop  its rich, smooth character.

Old Price: $46
New Price: $32 – Contact store to order.


The Last Drop, 1960 Vintage, 48 Year old

Notes from John Hansell of Malt Advocate:
Last Drop: A 12 year old blended scotch whisky was created in 1972 consisting of  70 different malt whiskies and 12 grain whiskies. The blend was then placed in  three sherry casks, where it was matured for the past 36 years (highly irregular, to say the least.) The quality of the sherry casks is quite evident, as is the whisky’s age. There’s substantial malt content here too. These three factors, along with  the wide range of malt and grain whiskies, combine to create one of the finest blended Scotch whiskies I have ever tasted. It’s dark, mysterious and enormously complex, with notes of molasses, fig cake, dried fruit, tobacco, dark chocolate, old pot still rum, and polished leather, finishing with lingering cinnamon and mint. There’s
no sign of this whisky getting tired at all. I am pleased they bottled it at natural cask strength and didn’t water it down to 40% or 43% abv, which could have ruined it. Rating = 95

Old Price: $2,100
New Price: $900 – Contact store to order.
(Available in April.)


Due to ever-changing inventory and limited supply – we cannot guarantee bottle availability.

Not responsible for typographical errors. Please contact the store with any questions regarding shipping.


Gauntleys Whisky Newsletter 6 – July 2004 – Scotch Whisky News

Whisky Intelligence has reproduced (with permission) The Gauntleys Whisky Newsletter for July 2004; a small sample of scotch whisky archeology. The author, Chris Goodrum, has some excellent insights of whisky, which makes for excellent reading on a Sunday.  However as you may have noticed we are nearing the end of the series of his excellent newsletters. Enjoy this one !

Dear Whisky Customers


First off I need to make a correction. In the last newsletter I referred to the peatier of the new Bruichladdich spirits as Octavulin, this of course should have been Octomore. The distillery have also asked me to point out that although the whisky will not be available for some time it can be purchased ‘En Primeur’.

Bruichladdich/ Port Charlotte can be purchased in a number of different formats, these are as follows. Please note all prices are UNDERBOND, excluding duty and vat.

Barrels – 200 Litres
Fresh Bourbon £775

Hogsheads – 250 Litres
Refill Scotch £995
Refill Sherry £1200
Fresh Port £1350

Butts – 500 Litres
Refill Scotch £2000
Fresh Sherry £2395

Octomore is current only available “En Primeur” as 1 x 12 case of 70cl bottle for £250.

For full details please contact the distillery directly on or visit their website


The web site has now been updated with tasting notes of their ranges that we are stocking. I hope they encourage you to try them, as they are superb malts.


I was quite happy with the tinkering that I’d embarked upon with regard to the whisky list, until a most extraordinary bottle crossed my path. I tasted it, it being a Blackadder Raw Cask Springbank, and it was incredible, not only did it taste good it had a large proportion of cask floating around in it. Unfiltered it proudly proclaimed, I should think so I thought.

Anyway after a bit of detective work I discovered that Blackadder is Robin Tucek, co-author with John Lamond of the Malt Whisky File.

What he set out to achieve was to select and bottle only individual casks as naturally as possible. Each cask is chosen to represent one of the best examples of its type and age. Their standard bottling strength is 43-45%, but they also bottle a range at natural cask strength, but it is their Raw Cask bottlings that are as Robin told me “Whisky as it used to be, whisky from the old school”. Certainly they are whiskies and then some. Each and every bottle contains its own share of the cask sediments as well as natural oils and fats that might otherwise be left behind. This ensures the maximum possible natural flavour is in each bottle.

So ladies and gentlemen, time to put your underpants on your head, stick two pencils up your nose and say ‘Wibble’, as I introduce which bottlings I have selected for our list.


Auchroisk Raw Cask Distilled 1989 (14 year old) 61.9% £49.95
A deep, rich & complex nose. Sherried yellow/summer fruit, earth, creamy oak. Very intense, very earthy with a touch of peat and smoke. Smooth, rich and spirity on the palate. Initially slightly floral, then oily sherried fruit, earth, honey and a touch of peat. Superb length which finishes dry, yet has a lovely sweet vanilla undertone. A drop of water brings out a vegetal, almost seaweed note on the nose and emphasises the bourbon oak and citrus fruit on the palate.

Strathisla Raw Cask Distilled 1989 (11 year old) 61.3% £47.95
An absolutely stunning bouquet, rich, layered and bursting with extremely rich, sherried fruitcake, a profusion of almond, milk chocolate and oranges when a drop of water is added. A big wow as this whisky passes the lips. Rich and decadently sherried, yet well balanced by the creamy Bourbon oak. First up is a wave of peat, followed by sweet fruits, vanilla and spirit, descending into a rich fruit cake morass. All one can say is that it is a class act.

Tormore Raw Cask Distilled 1990 (12 year old) 65.9% £39.95
Sweet and spirity on the nose with notes of coconuts and apricots and spice. Creamy on the palate, very sweet with gentle peat, chocolate and coconut. Long and sweet yet finishes dry. An excellent pre-dinner dram that is remarkably easy to drink.


Clynelish Raw Cask, Sherry Finished Distilled 1989 (13 year old) 59%£51.95
Spirity on the nose, fruity with a touch of chocolate. Mouth filling, creamy and very sexy with peat, burnt chocolate and pepper. Very long, initially quite rich, with oodles of sherried fruit, but again finishes dry.

Pulteney Raw Cask Distilled 1990 (12 year old) 57.7% £45.95
An intense, complex nose. Lively, spirity and full of the essence of peat and maritime air, fish mongers slabs, grass, lemon, creamy Bourbon, earth, and a floral/violet edge. Underneath lurks a background of deliciously sweet chocolate orange. The palate is superb, starting with the luscious, sweet orange and citrus fruit, descending through layers of creamy oak and peppery fruit, cream, nuts and earth, to finish with a maritime twist and smoky bitter chocolate nuances. A drop of water brings out the oak and lemon aromas and the fruit sweetness on the palate.


Bowmore Raw Cask Distilled 1989 (14 year old) 60.2% £51.95
Straight-ahead fragrant peat smoke with touches of coal tar, vanilla, shaved wood, butter and green plum . Clean, sprightly, mouth-filling, and oily with a good Bowmore character – reedy, smoky, sandy, salty, lots of tar and very peppery at the front of the tongue . A long finish with a late peppery dryness. Rounded, gentle and possibly slightly lighter than distillery bottlings.

Bruichladdich Raw Cask Distilled 1991 (10 year old) 56.1% £41.95
A light, soft and lightly malted nose, with a perfumed note to the delicate peat. Medium bodied, quite rich with a delicately peated floral note. A lovely cask of Laddie, long, elegant and youthful with a darkly soft peat note on the finish.

Caol Ila Raw Cask Distilled 1990 (13 year old) 60.9% £36.95
Aromatic and dry nose. Medicinal, vanilla pod, garden herbs, smoke, butterscotch and orange blossom , and the smell of tar that goes with boats in the harbour – great complexity. The palate is superb, reminiscent of Japanese seaweed crackers with cereal notes tinged with mint. Sweet, chewy, and full of glycerine and a pepperiness that fills the mouth . Water releases exotic fruity notes (juicy pineapple) and peat reek. Light, delicate, easy going and vibrant.

Smoking Islay 55% £37.95
This is a mystery single cask bottling. Technically it is a vatted malt from an Islay distillery and quite interesting it is too. Quite intense earthy-peat bouquet with smoke, candied orange, clean oak, barley sugar & a slight floral violet note. On the palate there is a depth of smoky bourbon oak, cerealy fruit, reminiscent of ‘off the still’ Bruichladdich and a return of the smoke and peat on the middle. A drop of water smoothes out the spirit and brings forth sweet citrus fruit, apricot, barley, malt and spices. Lovely length and tangy finish.


Ledaig Natural Strength Distilled 1992 (8 year old) £36.95
Fresh, strong and oily, with quite a bit of peat smoke to keep you peatophiles happy. The palate is clean and youthfull. With water it becomes sweeter and rather easy to drink. Lots of maritime character, flavourful and a dryish finish and continuing peat smoke.


Lochranza Arran Raw Cask Distilled 1996 (7 year old) £38.95
Crisp, malty and nutty with a light, earthy note. Smooth and sweet to start, then develops a interesting fibrous dryness. Obviously young, but has a delicate charm. Finishes with lemon, then butter. Young, attractive and definitely worth trying.


Glenury Royal Raw Cask Distilled 1973 (30 year old) 50.7% £84.95
Was built in 1836 by the then MP for Kincardine, Captain Robert Barclay, a prominent landowner and renowned long distance athlete. Apparently in 1808 he became the first man to walk 1,000 miles in 1,000 successive hours. He also had a friend at court (whom he referred to as ‘Mrs Windsor’), through whose influence he was permitted to suffix ‘Royal’ to his whisky. Glenury was finally closed in 1985 and the site sold for residential development in 1992.

The nose is aromatic with a trace of sherry and some peat smoke. On the palate it has less sweetness than the nose suggest. Dry, rich and complex, with mature malt, spice and floral notes. The finish is remarkably long.

Pittyvaich Distilled 1976 (24 year old) 43% £?54.95
Built in 1974 as part of Bell’s huge extension programme, close to the older, more traditional Dufftown distillery. In actual fact it was almost an exact copy, with its four stills being exact replicas, and similar storage and vatting facilities. It was eventually closed in 1993.

Sweet, fruity, estery nose, with the faintest traces of aniseed and pepper. Medium bodied, quite sweet tasting with oodles of delicious creamy oak flavours. Smooth and well balanced with a fresh, dry, spicy finish.

We would welcome any comments you would like to make about this newsletter, any of our products, or how we can improve our service. Please note that any comments in this newsletter are attributed to the author and not necessarily the views of Gauntleys of Nottingham. Please feel free to contact us on

Chris Goodrum

Old Pulteney 30yo (44%, OB, +/-2009) – Scotch Whisky Tasting Note


Old Pulteney 30yo (44%, OB, +/-2009)

It is somewhat rare to see any old bottlings of Old Pulteney sporting the official distillery livery. The 21yo/1983 and the 17yo spring to mind however this is a note worthy exception and bottled without chill filtration or the addition of colour. Bravo!

The nose is very pleasing right away light fruit, chocolate, delicate marmalade with oak and ever so gentle leather woven into the background. There are also hints of warm lychee (right off the tree & not store bought), sweet malt and old musical instruments. It’s a collection of aromas that are well integrated and would be the envy of many whiskies. The more time it spends in the glass, the more that is revealed and the delicate aromas are a delight. The taste is gentle with a initial mild flash of peat reek quickly over taken by the malt, fruit and the oak/leather notes followed by some additional gentle sweetness that silkily binds it all together. This is simply delicious. The finish is gentle, warming and long while cycling through the afore mentioned descriptors. The middle finish delivers an excellent bitter oak chocolate mocha moment that is divine. After a short while some really excellent malt pops up followed by some of the fruit and fades away in oaky dryness.

Oooff…what an excellent dram.

£245 at the Whisky Exchange

Score 90 Points


Icons of Arran Series:The Rowan Tree – Scotch Whisky News


Second in the Icons of Arran series:The Rowan Tree

The Rowan Tree has a special place in Scottish folklore and is believed to ward off evil spirits. The Rowan Trees which surround the Isle of Arran Distillery certainly play their part as only the purest spirit is produced here under the watchful eye of our Distilling team. This 1997 Distillation has been aged for 12 years in 10 ex-Sherry Butts specially selected by our Distillery Manager, James MacTaggart. Classic Arran in character this bottling perfectly captures the flamboyant character of the Rowan Tree.

Limited Edition of 6,000 bottles worldwide, Ex-Sherry Butts, Stunning packaging, Bottled at 46%, Non- Chill Filtered, No added Colouring.

Tasting Notes

Nose: The aroma is complex with hints of dark chocolate, cherries and ginger. Mint-toffee and hazelnut emerge with water.
Palate: Rich and creamy on the palate with classic sherry wood notes of dried fruit and spice. A confectionery sweetness mingles beautifully with the intrinsic citrus character of the Arran Malt.
Finish: Much drier on the long finish with an intriguing peppery note developing.

LFW Price £37.50 Due with us end of March(ish) Pre order yours from Loch Fyne Whiskies


Bladnoch Lightly Peated Single Cask At The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Beat the TAX rise: If industry predictions prove correct we are expecting a signifcant rise in alcohol duty on Wednesday 24th March. Beat the Budget by ordering your Easter holiday season drams today.

Bladnoch Lightly Peated
Single Cask (58.2%)

Another gem from Scotland’s most southerly distillery.

An 8 year old peated Lowlander distilled 2001 and bottled at
full strength.

£38.99 (£33.18 ex VAT)


Mclean Scotland PERTHSHIRE WHISKY FESTIVAL 2011 – Scotch Whisky News


Scottish Whisky Tour Specialist

MCLEANSCOTLAND are recognised as one of the best (if not the best) whisky tour companies in Scotland. With vast experience and untold knowledge of the whisky industry, they design whisky tours to suit the client and then add a wee bit more fun into the blend! 





Come and join us in a superb whisky festival held in the County of Perthshire, Scotland in 2011. With a complete itinerary that includes all our Perthshire distilleries… what more could a whisky lover ask for?
This 5 day whisky festival is based in Perth, with daily visits to all local distilleries, whisky dinners, tastings and special  bottles being exclusive to the festival! Upon arrival at your hotel, a welcome pack will be waiting including; The Whisky tasting glass courtesy of Glencairn Crystal engraved with your name. Complimentary copy of Whisky Magazine. Miniatures from various brands. A special full size bottle of exclusive single malt. A full colour printed tour itinerary. Your own personal schedule of chosen events at the festival. 


With a 5 day itinerary, many master classes, gifts, distillery visits and whisky dinners, this is an outstanding festival ready now taking  enquiries.



WHEN the BenRiach Distillery Company purchased GlenDronach two years ago, it signalled a re-birth for this the grandest of East Highland malts.
At the time MD Billy Walker said: “We hope our acquisition of GlenDronach will intrigue, surprise and delight whisky connoisseurs around the world.”
And today (March 25), connoisseurs of re-born GlenDronach will indeed be delighted by the launch of a sublime new thirty-one year-old expression selected personally by Mr Walker – the appropriately-named GlenDronach Grandeur.
It’s set to gladden the hearts of connoisseurs around the world.
Endearing and enduring, the GlenDronach style is that of a big, smooth, sherried whisky – and Grandeur preserves and perpetuates that great tradition.
Marketing Manager Kerry White said: “The whisky bottled as Grandeur has been specially selected by Master Distiller Billy Walker from some of the oldest and most unique Oloroso casks at GlenDronach.
“A vast selection of barrels, hogsheads, puncheons and butts has been maturing in the traditional dunnage warehouses since the 1960s, and it is the most extraordinary and remarkable of these which have been chosen for this very special bottling.
“This superb expression, a thirty-one-year-old at 45.8 vol. cask strength, is a classical representation of the smooth, complex and full-bodied style that the GlenDronach Distillery is famous for. Individually numbered by hand, each bottle is a one-off and truly unique.”
Billy Walker’s tasting notes reveal the remarkable subtleties of Grandeur.
Nose – A tremendous concentration of fruits, nuts and berries enveloped in a coffee and mocha glaze. Subtle sweet sherry notes interact beautifully with sticky date pudding aromas.
Palate – Very big and gusty flavours adorn each mouthful, yet with perfect balance and refinement. Initial spiced orange flavours and rich old Oloroso sherry are met mid-palate with roasted almonds, coffee and treacle. The dry concentrated flavours from the almonds and the oloroso sherry are balanced in perfect harmony with sultanas, chocolate and honey.
Conclusions – This is a rewarding, memorable and captivating GlenDronach expression for a very special occasion.
A pic of the bottle and its packaging is attached.
For more information on availability and pricing, please contact
Ends                                                 25 March 2010
INFORMATION – Kerry White, 01324 682220


Gordon & MacPhail Generations Mortlach 70 – Scotch Whisky History


Whisky Intelligence has received a sumptuos media pack from the kind people at Gordon & MacPhail which includes a sample! A tasting note to follow, hopefully by Monday…..

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