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DECADENCE DEFINED “Introducing The Macallan Rare Cask” – Scotch Whisky News

The Macallan Rare Cask


Introducing The Macallan Rare Cask

Since 1824, The Macallan name has been a guarantee of unrivalled craftsmanship and quality.  And now there is a new whisky bearing this name; a single malt born from this unwavering endeavour.  This is Macallan Rare Cask, the embodiment of our obsession.

Rare Cask is crafted by our Master Whisky Maker from a small proportion of maturing casks at The Macallan distillery.  These casks are handmade from Spanish and American oak; and are the best in the business.   Wood defines the flavour of The Macallan, with over 60% of the character comes from the cask it is aged in.  But as the name suggests, there is more to this story.  Rare Cask is truly rare.  This rarity comes from the fact that some of the casks used in the creation of this whisky will never be used again.

The Macallan Rare Cask captures a true decadence; its creation goes beyond any other Macallan whisky and its rarity is absolute. It is a single malt of such diversity and intricacy it challenges the very conventions of whisky creation.  It is almost a reinvention by design, but yet The Macallan at its core.

Bob Dalgarno, the Master Whisky Maker is responsible for creating Rare Cask, testing his knowledge and skill to create a whisky worthy of The Macallan name.  “Rare Cask is about firstly identifying a selection of casks which can truly be called rare.  Each of the cask styles result in different character, so each imparts their own distinct influence on the final whisky.”

With a rich mahogany red hue, The Macallan Rare Cask showcases two of The Macallan’s greatest strengths, exceptional oak casks and natural colour, which are combined with knowledge, skill, passion, commitment and creativity.  A whisky produced through meticulous dedication to wood.  Some would call this an obsession. We call it The Macallan.

The Macallan Rare Cask is available from specialist whisky retailers including The Whisky Shop and has a RRP of £200.

The Macallan Rare Cask Bottle


About Rare Cask

Rare Cask is a truly individual Macallan whisky.  It has been crafted from whiskies selected from 16 individually different casks profiles –the most ever used in a single Macallan whisky.

Less than 1% of the casks maturing are selected for Rare Cask, some of these are no longer available. Owing to the number of cask types involved and the length of time it takes to identify them, it takes longer to create than any other The Macallan. This is an extremely rewarding whisky owing to the complexity of flavour.

Rare Cask has been crafted from Spanish and American sherry seasoned oak casks, a high proportion of them being first fill, including some of the most precious and scarce casks.  Collectively these factors have given rise to an exquisite whisky with a splendidly rich and resonant hue, and an unmistakably woody whisky.

Soft notes of opulent vanilla and raisin pique the nose, giving way to a sweet ensemble of apple, lemon, and orange. All balanced by a spicy quartet of root ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. On the palate this spicy quartet are unwavering. Oak resonates, timeless, polished and rich. Vanilla and chocolate lead the finale along with a light citrus zest. The finish of this naturally occurring mahogany-red spirit is full, warming and woody.

The Macallan Rare Cask is available from specialist whisky retailers including The Whisky Shop and has a RRP of £200. 

About The Macallan

Founded in 1824 in the heart of Speyside, The Macallan was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed. Since then it has built a reputation as one of the world’s finest single malt whiskies.  The story of The Macallan is built on the Six Pillars, each influencing the whisky in its own distinct way.  From the spiritual home of Easter Elchies House; curiously small stills giving richness and fruit to the pure spirit; finest cut or the best of the best of the distillation to exceptional oak casks which account for over 60% of the final whisky; natural colour and peerless spirit, The Macallan itself.

Wood sits at the heart of The Macallan.  The vital contributing influences of Spain, North America and Scotland, together with true mastery, set it apart from the rest.

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Just Whisky “Highland Park Valhalla” – Scotch Whisky News

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Highland Park has caught the imagination in recent years with their effective use of Norse legends and the integration into Orkney’s heritage and culture. The Valhalla Collection, which we’re focusing on here specifically is the most recent themed set from Highland Park. This built upon the achievements and experience gained from the Earl Magnus Editions although it’s not a recipe for success as the Warrior series demonstrated. 

It was this trio celebrating local nobles that inflamed the collector and investor market thanks to the heritage styled labels, bottle design and wooden boxes that protected the whisky. These can be a real pain to unlock and no doubt assisted the team when they moved onto the Valhalla concept. An additional learning point was the release numbers for each of the Magnus releases, as these varied hugely and caused an avalanche of demand and bitterly disappointed enthusiasts unable to secure a bottle.


The Valhalla Collection debuted with the release of Thor in 2012. For those of you who weren’t interested in whisky back then, this release caused a huge debate with many criticising the pricing and packaging. The argument was that Thor was all presentation and little else. Priced at £120 for a 16 year old whisky also came under fire and for a while it seemed many turned their back on the concept.  

I can recall being at the distillery around this time and Thor’s were in ….. Read more at Just Whisky’s Blog. – Our Latest Auction Is Now Live! – Scotch Whisky News


Our latest auction is now live, and will run until Tuesday 4 August, closing from 7.30pm BST.

You can now bid on your favourite bottles or simply add them to your Watch List and place your bid any time you like.

You can bid in two ways: either increase the highest bid by a fixed amount, or place your maximum bid straightaway – ideal if you can’t be online on the last day of our auction. Be the first to bid!

View our current auction

Get bidding, and good luck! The Whisky Auction team.


Glendronach 15 Year Old at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Glendronach 15 Year Old

Revival Discontinued! Bidding a fond farewell (while stocks last) to the Highland favorite which will disappear until 2018.

Buy – $61.34


Scotch Malt Whisky Society “August Previews: All things Summer” – Scotch Whisky News

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Summer fetes rich with the heady aromas of home made jam and freshly baked treats; rosemary-skewered bangers on the open fire; ocean spray topping the sea wall as you ride past on your motorcycle… However you love to enjoy this brief, beautiful season, the first nips from the August Outturn are sure to make the perfect sundowners.

Oily & Coastal

4.209 The Cinderella cottage

Chilly cottage, damp plaster and salt encrusted windows. Old cinders in the grate reignited with heather, peat. Grilled sausages with rosemary. A makeshift feast of prawn crackers, dimsum and tempura shrimps with sesame seeds. Crispy skinned baked apples in the embers.

19 years old
Refill ex-bourbon hogshead

66.71 An apothecary on a motorcycle

The nose has wood and clean smoke, suggesting first aid boxes, hospital laundries, menthol-suffused saunas and motorcycle workshops. The palate delivers menthol cigarettes, pan-drops, spicy fennel seed sausages, smoked mussels, embers, bicycle repair kits, light smoke and some pleasant balancing sweetness.

12 years old
Refill ex-bourbon barrel

Old & dignified

G1.13 Summer Fete and flower shows

Summer fetes with peach jam, banana bread, golden plums. Airfix paint and crisp florals. Sweet and short as Scottish summer. Pink wafers, warm scones, homemade chocolate truffles and caramel coffee cake. Greenhouse aromas mingled with warm wood of old deck chairs.

36 years old
Refill ex-bourbon hogshead

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ Contact: or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

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Buffalo Trace Distillery Opens Its New Technically Advanced Distribution Center – American Whiskey News


 Buffalo Trace Distillery opens its new technically advanced Distribution Center

$20 million dollar investment joins two other expansion projects Buffalo Trace completed this month 

            Franklin Co, Frankfort, Ky. (July 21, 2015) – Buffalo Trace Distillery has completed the construction of its 83,000 square foot revolutionary new distribution center, which uses satellite technology to store and retrieve pallets of finished goods. Buffalo Trace Distillery is believed to be the first spirits supplier to use this system, called an automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS).

            The AS/RS occupies 46,574 square feet inside the distribution center and contains three storage and retrieval machines (or cranes) which operate in three aisles, serving storage lanes five deep, and storing pallets six levels high.  The cranes are each wrapped in Buffalo Trace’s logo, and have been named Albert, George, and Edmund in honor of Buffalo Trace’s founding fathers, Albert Blanton, George T. Stagg and Edmund Haynes (or “E. H.”) Taylor. Each crane can induct/output 55 pallets of finished goods per hour or a total of 165 pallets moving within the system.  The AS/RS contains 20 pallet staging lanes which can hold 180 total pallets.  To see a short video of the AS/RS in action, click here:

            The new distribution center connects to Buffalo Trace’s existing distribution center, making the total square footage of the center now 134,840 square feet.          The new addition was artistically designed in keeping with the existing look and feel of the existing buildings on the 224-year-old campus, making it look like it has been in place for quite some time rather than brand new.

“We’re pleased our business has grown enough to support the need for this new highly advanced distribution center,” said Mark Brown, president and chief executive officer, Buffalo Trace Distillery. “We look forward to being able to serve our customers in a more efficient manner and having the capacity for even further growth in the future.”

Gray Construction, a nationally ranked design-build contractor, was responsible for the design and construction of the distribution center and Westfalia Technologies, Inc., installed the AS/RS.

            This $20 million investment is part of parent company Sazerac’s $71 million investment in the state of Kentucky at its three distilleries: The Glenmore Distillery in Owensboro is receiving a new 223,000 square foot distribution center which should be completed later this year or early 2016, and the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown added new equipment to improve production capacity.    In addition to Sazerac’s $71 million investment, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) granted tax incentives totaling approximately $7.4 million between the three Sazerac sites.

            This is the third construction project Buffalo Trace has completed this month, in early July a 5,500 square foot expansion of its Visitor Center was unveiled, which contained event space which includes four tasting bars.  Also in early July, the Distillery opened its refurbished Old Taylor House, which dates back to the late 1700s and is the oldest residential property in Franklin County.

            A private grand opening of the Distribution Center will be held in late July for media and other invited guests.

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 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

Midlands Whisky Festival 18 & 19th September, 2015 – Scotch Whisky News

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Midlands Whisky Festival

Friday 18 – Saturday 19 September 2015 We’re lining up some real treats for you for the 8th Midlands Whisky Festival: Award-winning World Whiskies from India, USA & Japan. First UK tasting of new Nikka Japanese Whisky range. Whiskies from Ireland, Wales and of course, Scotland! Laphroaig 200th Anniversary special drams Masterclasses from Colin Dunn, Stefanie Holt, Ian Buxton and others Great food, great atmosphere, great value!




Private Barrel Update From The Party Source – American Whiskey News


In Stock:

1792 Small Batch Bourbon TPS Private Barrel #40 and #11 – $25.99

BUFFALO TRACE Bourbon TPS Private Barrel #7 – $23.99

FOUR ROSES Barrel Strength OESK Bourbon TPS Private Barrel – $59.99

FOUR ROSES Barrel Strength OESF Bourbon TPS Private Barrel – $59.99

JEFFERSON’S Reserve Very Old Bourbon TPS Private Barrel #856 – $39.99

BLANTON’S Single Barrel Bourbon TPS Private Barrel #37 and #96 – $57.99

Future Private Barrels:

1792 Small Batch Bourbon TPS Private Barrel #10

BUFFALO TRACE Bourbon TPS Private Barrel #111, #162 and #169*

CROWN ROYAL Canadian Whisky TPS Private Barrel #30

EAGLE RARE TPS Private Barrel #170*

FOUR ROSES Barrel Strength OBSF, OBSQ*

MASTERSON’S Rye Finish in French Oak TPS Private Barrel #40

SMOOTH AMBLER Old Scout Single Barrel Bourbon TPS Private Barrel #1288*

W.L. WELLER 107 Antique Bourbon TPS Private Barrel #118*

WOODFORD RESERVE Double Oaked Bourbon TPS Private Barrel *John Hughes Collection

Barrels to hit later in the year…

FOUR ROSES Barrel Strength OBSV and OBSO (Bottled in Sept.)

1792 Small Batch Bourbon TPS Private Barrel #7 and #8

BUFFALO TRACE Bourbon TPS Private Barrel #43, #67 and #203 J

EFFERSON’S Reserve Very Old Bourbon TPS Private Barrel #843

KNOB CREEK Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon TPS Private Barrel #1726B

The Party Source, 95 Riviera Drive, Bellevue, KY 41073.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “THREE JAPANESE BOTTLINGS BROUGHT TO LIGHT” – Japanese Whisky News

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After our thrilling discovery of a first bottling hiding in the warehouse last week, we thought we’d better go back for a closer look. It turned out to be a great idea because we found three exquisite Japanese malts lurking in the shadows! Even more exciting, 120.8 A surge of sweet peat had been exclusive to our venues on its original release and has never been sold around the UK. Prepare to snag yours from 9am sharp on our sales line (0131 555 2929) – even limited to one bottle per member, these divine drams won’t be hanging around for long…

Sweet, fruity & mellow

124.5 Juicy fruits and spicy oak £275

23 years old
First fill ex-bourbon hogshead
Only 18 bottles found!

The nose has attractive wood aromas and attractive fruits (tutti-frutti, pineapple, lemon) plus coconut, honey and vanilla. The palate is full of juicy fruits, and vanilla…

Old & dignified

116.20 Fascinating complexity and finesse £296

26 years old
Virgin oak puncheon
Only 30 bottles found!

Fascinating nose – model-making, lacquered wood; crab boxes and lapsang souchong in a diesel truck; vanilla, coconut, honey and embers…


120.8 A surge of sweet peat £160

13 years old
Second fill hogshead
Only 24 bottles found!

Salt and pepper cashews, smoked vanilla and pickled ginger with a wave of delicate incense. Roast pork, peppered mackerel and pungent peat smoke (also cloves, cinnamon, star anise). With water, the peat really surged…

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ Contact: or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

BENROMACH 10 YEAR OLD SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY at Robbie’s Drams – Scotch Whisky News


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£29.99 – £34.99

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