Archive for May, 2012

Ian Macleod Distillers Unveils New Look for Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Ian Macleod Distillers Unveils New Look for Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky

28.05.12, Edinburgh: Independent bottlers and distillers, Ian Macleod Distillers, has revealed a new design for the core expressions of its award-winning Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky range.

Reconnecting the brand with its historic home, the new packaging for Isle of Skye 8 Years Old and 12 Years Old takes direct inspiration from the majestic scenery and romance of Scotland’s famous ‘Misty Isle’.

With a new standout colour palette on the label and bottle top that reflects the Red and Black Hills of the Cuillin Mountains, the new label design introduces a striking watercolour sunset over the Isle of Skye, perfectly showcased by a new premium distinctive bespoke bottle.

Based on a family recipe that blends distinctive peaty Island and mellow Speyside Malts, Isle of Skye was created by the company’s founder Ian Macleod, whose signature appears on the label and bottle top.

The new age-roundel on both the red and cream label of the 8 Years Old and black and gold design of the 12 Years Old adds greater prominence to the age statement, emphasising the premium quality of Isle of Skye. While the majority of Blended Scotch Whiskies are un-aged, Isle of Skye is unusual in its guarantee that all the Single Malts used in its blend recipe are matured in oak casks for at least 8 or 12 years.

This commitment to excellence has led to Isle of Skye being favoured by whisky expert Jim Murray in the 2012 Whisky Bible, rating Isle of Skye 8 Years Old as a ‘superstar whisky that gives us a reason to live’.*

Iain Weir, Director of Marketing for Ian Macleod Distillers commented: “We wanted the new brand design to create an authentic representation of Isle of Skye’s core values – the values that are embedded in its age statement and island heritage. The new packaging will also ensure better shelf-standout and reinforce its position as a premium quality, award-winning Blended Scotch Whisky.

“Famed for its breathtaking scenery and historical legend, Skye has an infinite romantic appeal that we wanted to capture in the Isle of Skye re-packaging. The imagery of the sunset over the Cuillin Mountains suggests a sense of relaxation and contentment. Whether you are toasting your success conquering a Munro or enjoying a reviving dram at the end of a hard day, we want Isle of Skye to be the Blended Scotch synonymous with that sense of achievement, satisfaction and reward.”

The Isle of Skye 8 Years Old is available in a range of sizes (1.5 litre, 70cl, 35cl and 5cl). UK stockists include Scottish Tesco and Asda stores and all good specialist drinks outlets. Isle of Skye 8 Years Old can also be purchased online

Isle of Skye 12 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky is currently only available in international markets including the USA. Other expressions in the range include limited editions 21 and 50 Years Old available in the UK and internationally. The repackaged Isle of Skye range will launch in the USA later this year.

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Tickets Now Available to 2012 Kentucky Bourbon Festival Events – American Whiskey News

Tickets Now Available to 2012 Kentucky Bourbon Festival Events

(Bardstown, KY). Tickets for the Kentucky Bourbon Festival are now available. The 21st annual festival is set for September 11-16, 2012.

Tickets are available for the following events:
• All Star Sampler, (a KDA members Bourbon tasting event) September 12, 2012, $40 each
• Any Way She Like It, review the different aromas and flavor bourbons to pair with food, September 14, $35 each.
• Boots and Bourbon, (come to the Wild Turkey “Sit and Sip” saloon for games, dancing, great food and more) September 13, $45 each.
• Bourbon Cocktail Mixology, Sample an array of Bourbon-based cocktails created by the Bad Girl of Bourbon Joy Perrine. September 13, 14, and 15, $50 each.
• Culinary Art Bourbon-Style Cooking School, enjoy foods prepared with Jim Beam products, September 13, $50 each.
• Let’s Talk Bourbon, breakfast and a detailed seminar on the history and process of making Bourbon at Four Roses Distillery, September 14, $30 each.
• Sip and Savor in the Spirit of Old Kentucky, a food and Bourbon pairing presented by Nick Sullivan from the well known 610 Magnolia Restaurant, Sept 15, $40 each; Learn how and why they pair with the different offerings of food.
• Bourbon Cigars and Jazz, a taste of New Orleans Kentucky style. Cajun foods and Heaven Hill Bourbons while dancing under the stars, September 14, $90 each.
• The Great Kentucky Bourbon Tasting and Gala, our signature black-tie event with a Bourbon tasting, appetizers, meal and dancing, September 15, $140 each.
• Ghostly Spirits of Bardstown, experience another of Bardstown’s spirits, September 13, 14 and 15, 2012, $20 each.
• Backstreets of Bardstown, a horse drawn trolley tour of historical Bardstown, September 14 and 15, 2012, $20 each.
• KBF Poker Run, (ake a motorcycle ride through the countryside while collecting your poker hand with lots of door prizes, and T-shirts, September 15, 2012, $30 per person.

Applications are also available for the following events:
• KBF Golf Tournament to be held at Bardstown Country Club, September 15, 2012 – $125 per person.
• KBF Horseshoe Pitch the Distillery Division to be held on September 9. 2012 – Open Pitch September 15, 2012, $15 entry fee.
• Kentucky Bourbon Shots, photography contest held during festival – free to enter.
• Mixed Drink Challenge to be held on September 12, 2012 – $15.
• Spirit 5K Run and Walk to be held on September 15,2012

Tickets and entry forms are available at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival office, One Court Square, Bardstown or call 800-638-4877 # 4 or 502-348-3623 # 4 or online at

The Whisky Lounge “Leeds Whisky Fest! – This Weekend!” – Scotch Whisky News

Hi all, 

I hope you are enjoying the amazing week of weather we have been enjoying over the last week or so. Perfect whisky weather I say!
I just wanted to draw your attention to the upcoming…
Leeds Whisky Fest! 2012
This Saturday, 2nd June 2012 from 4pm-8pm
The O2 Academy, Cookridge Street, Leeds
How Much?
Last chance for 2 tickets for £40 – tickets are normally £25 each


As always, our Whisky Festivals are second to none in ‘bringing whisky to the people’ around the UK. A wealth of exhibitors from all over Scotland, Ireland, Japan, India and even England are prepared to descend upon the capital of Yorkshire in just a few days time. Included in the mix are Ardbeg, Glenmorangie, Highland Park and Laphroaig as well as the lesser know and independent distillers and bottlers such as Kilchoman, Berry Brothers, Amrut and the fabulous Scotch Malt Whisky Society.
Ticket price includes a commemorative tasting glass, bottle of water, festival guide and all of your drams for the session. No voucher system here!
There are a number of workshops/masterclasses and special events and these can all be viewed on the event page of the website here.
If you have tickets for the early session already, which is now sold out, then you can view the workshops for this session here.
What better way to spend this double bank holiday weekend than with the finest of the whisky industry?!
We look forward to seeing many of you there!
Eddie Ludlow
Whisky Evangelist
IWSC Spirit Panel Judge 2009-present



ImpEx Beverages, Inc. is delighted to announce the release of Kilchoman Machir Bay, the first general release from the distillery. Machir Bay is one of the most beautiful and most visited beaches on Islay. It will be available throughout 2012 and is a vatting of 60% of 3 year, 35% of 4 year and 5% of 5 year old single malt, matured in fresh bourbon barrels from Buffalo Trace, Kentucky. The 4 year old portion was finished in Oloroso Sherry butts for 2 months. It is bottled at 46% unchillfiltered, no artificial color added.

Anthony Wills, Founder and Managing Director of Kilchoman Distillery, commented, ‘Machir Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches on Islay, is close to the distillery and this single malt will give continuity of supply to our customers around the world. Each year, more mature malts will be added to the vatting’.

RRP: $ 54.99

“Free Shipping – Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old Jubilee Malt!” at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

21 Year Old Jubilee Malt II – Exclusive to The Whisky Barrel

Marking 60 years of The Queen’s reign on 2-5th June 2012, this 21 year old Islay single malt Scotch from Bunnahabhain distillery has matured in a fresh sherry butt, specially bottled to commemorate the occasion.

Free Worldwide shipping for our final remaining bottles (while stocks last).

Order now £64.99 (£54.16 ex VAT)

* free standard shipping, offer ends 12-midnight GMT on 1st June 2012 and excludes any other products

A Milestone For Whisky Intelligence – Scotch Whisky News


With this small B&W article/post has achieved a milestone of 5,000 articles/posts dedicated to all types of whisk(ey) since the launch in 2009. Whisky Intelligence would like to take this opportunity to extend a sincere thank you to everybody who has contirbuted, encouraged, read, commented and supported this effort since inception. Work continues apace on the next 5,000 articles & posts…

Sazerac Encourages Gift Givers to Go Canadian for Father’s Day – Canadian Whisky News

Sazerac Encourages Gift Givers to Go Canadian for Father’s Day

Two Canadian Whiskies Make Great Gifts for any Budget

NEW ORLEANS, lA. (May 2012) – Although it may be an American holiday, this Father’s Day, Sazerac is encouraging gift givers to go Canadian – Canadian whisky, that is.

A category that’s on the upswing, the Canadian whisky segment has seen strong growth in the past few years as younger consumers are discovering it and realizing the category has some merit.

And Sazerac is helping that trend with its two premium Canadian whisky offerings, Caribou Crossing, the world’s first single barrel Canadian whisky, and Royal Canadian Small Batch Canadian whisky.

Introduced in 2010, both brands have seen nice growth and distribution has expanded as a result. “Although the Canadian whisky category as a whole remains flat, the premium and super premium category has really taken off,” said Kevin Richards, Canadian whisky brand manager at Sazerac,

Since its introduction, Caribou Crossing has received a myriad of accolades, including most recently the Chairman’s Trophy and a “92” rating at the 2012 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, and a “93” rating from John Hansell at Whisky Advocate. Two years ago the Single Barrel was named “2010 Canadian Whisky of the Year” by; it won a double gold medal at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition; a gold medal and “90” rating from (Beverage Testing Institute); a gold medal and “90” rating at the 2010 Ultimate Spirits Challenge; a silver medal and best in class at the 2010 International Wine and Spirits Competition; and a bronze medal at the 2010 Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition. Whisky buffs can expect to taste radiantly-hued nectar with a nod to the tantalizing silky texture provided by the barrel. The rye grain cuts through the wood flavors making its spicy presence known without risking the creamy vanilla custard smoothness. The finish is oak with an orangey tang.

Royal Canadian Small Batch has its own set of hardware. Its most recent win was a “90” rating in the 2012 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, in addition to its gold medal and “90” rating from (Beverage Testing Institute); a “90” rating from Wine Enthusiast; a silver medal in the 2011 Ultimate Spirits Challenge; and a bronze medal at the 2011 World Spirits Competition. Royal Canadian is sweet and smoky like a Memphis BBQ. The initial sip is velvety smooth with huge flavors. There is a nutty praline sweetness that slides through the creamy rich sensations. The finish is a bold reminder that this is whiskey and the citrus-spicy conclusion just leaves you with the desire for the next notable sip.

Both brands were created by native Canadian Drew Mayville, Sazerac’s master blender. Mayville himself hand-selects the barrel used for Caribou Crossing, choosing the most mature and flavor-rich samples available and overseeing the bottling of each individual barrel. The Royal Canadian Small Batch undergoes a similar stringent selection process under Mayville’s watchful eye. The barrels themselves are from Sazerac’s 270,000 plus Canadian whisky barrel inventory.

The two Canadian whiskies make ideal gifts for Father’s Day, and are at price points for discriminating budgets. The Caribou Crossing retails for $49.99 for a 750 ml and the Royal Canadian Small Batch is $19.99 for a 750 ml.

The Caribou Crossing comes in an elegant gift box, taking care of the gift wrapping for you.

About The Sazerac Company

Sazerac is one of New Orleans’ oldest family owned, privately held companies and has operations in New Orleans, Louisiana; Frankfort, Bardstown, Louisville and Owensboro, Kentucky; Fredericksburg, Virginia; Carson, California, Baltimore, Maryland and Montreal, Canada. For more information, please visit

Scottish Whisky Festivals As Covered by The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

The Whisky Barrel has published a new article covering some of Scotland’s Whisky Festivals:-

The Whisky Shop “Father’s Day Free Postage Promotion” – Scotch Whisky News

Free Postage On All Mail Orders Over £50 To Mainland UK!!

The Whisky Shop Tel 0141 440 0600

New at The Whisky Exchange – Wemyss Malts – Scotch Whisky News

New at TWE – Wemyss Malts

We’re always looking for new and interesting whiskies to put on our shelves here at TWE but somehow we’ve managed to have a hole in our independents lineup around the W-mark. But no longer, as we now have the Wemyss … Continue reading >>

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