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Scotch Malt Whisky Society SEPTEMBER TASTINGS – Scotch Whisky News

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SEPTEMBER TASTINGS

New List Open Tasting – 19 Greville St – Sat 5 Sept  More >

Steak & Whisky Tasting – 19 Greville St – Mon 7 Sept  More >

Steak & Chips Tasting – The Vaults – Fri 11 Sept  More >

Old & Rare Tasting – 19 Greville St – Tue 15 Sept  More >

Dunfermline Preview Tasting – Garvock House Hotel – Fri 18 Sept  More >

York Preview Tasting – Brigantes Bar & Brasserie – Fri 18 Sept  More >

Meet the Brewer Tasting – The Vaults – Wed 23 Sept  More >

Liverpool Preview Tasting – Malmaison – Fri 25 Sept  More >

Newcastle Preview Tasting – The Caledonian Hotel – Fri 25 Sept  More >

New Members’ Tasting – 19 Greville St – Tue 29 Sept  More >

LAST AUGUST TICKETS

Carlisle Preview Tasting – The Hallmark Hotel – Fri 28 Aug  More >

At the Illusionists Table - 28 Queen St – Fringe show More >

Scott Smith: Wonders at Dusk - 28 Queen St – Fringe show More >

FREE ENTERTAINMENT AT THE VAULTS

Monday Night Drop-In: Closed & Old School Whisky Night >  Mon 7 Sept

Monday Night Drop-In: Last Drops Night >  Mon 21 Sept

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ Contact: sales@smws.com 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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Blanton’s Original at K&L California – American Whiskey News

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United States – Kentucky
Blanton’s Original Single Barrel Bourbon 750ml (oversized bottle, ships as 1.5L – 1 bottle limit)   $49.99 Buy

K&L Wine Merchants
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Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)
Email: wine@klwines.com
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Dundee Dell Scotch Whisky Tasting September 13th – Scotch Whisky News

 

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BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY SPIRITS RECOGNIZED AS “OUTSTANDING” IN INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRITS COMPETITION – American Whiskey News

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BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY SPIRITS RECOGNIZED

AS “OUTSTANDING” IN

INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRITS COMPETITION

Eagle Rare receives Gold Outstanding Medal second year in a row 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Aug. 18, 2015) – Buffalo Trace Distillery is continuing its tradition of being the world’s most award-winning Distillery with several new honors from the 2015 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC).  The Distillery earned a total of 11 awards this year, including a Gold Outstanding Medal for its Eagle Rare Bourbon, making this the second year in a row Eagle Rare has received this top honor.

Buffalo Trace Distillery spirits earning awards are as follows:

Gold Outstanding Medal was awarded to:

  • Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Gold Medals were awarded to:

  • Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Wheatley Vodka
  • Silver Outstanding Medals were awarded to:
  • Benchmark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • W. L. Weller 12 Year Old Bourbon
  • Thomas Handy Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Eagle Rare 17 Year Old Bourbon
  • Col. E. H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon

Silver Medal was awarded to:

  • George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • William Larue Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey“The consistency of many of our results in this year’s competition tells us that we’re doing something right,” said Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley. “We are very honored and humbled by our placements at the IWSC.”All entries are first blind tasted in groups divided by variety, region and vintage as necessary, by professional expert judges (by glass, not bottle) and then the top products are sent for detailed (chemical and microbiological) analysis. This analysis is crucial as in some instances the results of this analysis may lead to marks being deducted or even outright rejection.
  • About Buffalo Trace Distillery
  • Learn more at http://www.iwsc.net/.
  • The International Wine and Spirit Competition was founded in 1969 and is the premier competition of its kind in the world. Its aim is to promote the quality and excellence of the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs.
  • The “Gold Outstanding” and “Silver Outstanding” medals are awarded based upon the highest scores within each of those respective categories.

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 http://www.buffalotracedistillery.com/

Save Lars Whisky – The Final Edition – Scotch Whisky News

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Save Lars Whisky – The Final Edition

August 2015

At last, the third and final limited fan edition of the Save Lars Whisky Trilogy has arrived!

The Save the Lars Homestead project, in which the iconic Star Wars movie location was restored by fans from around the world, was a great success. To celebrate, two of the project’s crew – Mark Dermul and Imanuel ‘Manny’ Dijk, both whisky aficionados – released 100 bottles of a wonderful Bruichladdich 20 Year Old 1990.

After searching hard and long Mark & Manny found a worthy successor and were proud to announce the Save Lars Whisky – Second Fan Edition: a fantastic Auchentoshan 24 Year Old 1989, again limited to 100 bottles. The first and second edition are now highly sought after bottles.

And now, after more than a year of searching for an exceptional cask to conclude the bespoke Save Lars Whisky Trilogy, they stumbled upon a sherry cask matured Speyside malt: Balmenach 14 Year Old 2001, bottled at a cask strength of 50,2% ABV!

Click here to find out more about this Final Fan Edition! Yes, you read that right. This is the final edition. So do not miss out on this one! It is your last chance to own one of these bespoke bottles of fine single malt in commemoration of a fantastic project.

Expected bottling date: September 2015. Expected delivery date: October/November 2015.

MAY THE MALT BE WITH YOU.

Tasting Notes

Nose: fairly sweet nose on banana and pineapple, but it is dominated by sweet malt. Some silver polish that I quite like, as if it was poured by R2-D2 on Jabba’s Sail Barge. Some pine and grain biscuits. The fruit evolves towards the candied variety. Some vanilla and gooseberries. Nice nose.

Palate: the arrival is powerful and peppery. Immediately sweet on white fruit, pineapple and some banana (although less than on the nose), but now some citrus fruit kicks in. Think grapefruit and lime. Light and fresh with a good body. This is quite enjoyable.

Finish: the finish may be short, but it is spicy with some pepper at the death.

Lovely and accessible whisky that would do well in Chalmun’s Cantina in Mos Eisley and hence a wonderful conclusion of the bespoke whisky trilogy in commemoration of the Save Lars project.

The Whisky Exchange “Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire – it’s finally here” – American Whiskey News

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Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire – it’s finally here

A reputation is a terrible thing. You post one thing on the internet, more people than expected read it, and from that day on you are ‘that guy who likes Jack Daniel’s Honey‘.

So, when a new JD liqueur hits our shores, who’s the person who gets presented with a bottle and told to write tasting notes? That would be me. The new release in question: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire.

Jack Daniel’s fans are an active, watchful and vocal group. Within minutes of JD producer Brown-Forman announcing a limited, experimental roll-out of a cinnamon-flavoured JD liqueur across a handful of US states last year, the questions as to when we would be stocking it started to appear. Unfortunately we couldn’t get any at the time, but suspected that the limited nature of the launch wouldn’t last long. First they expanded the release to the whole of the USA and now, only 18 months later, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire has hit our shores.

Please stop emailing us about it – you can find it here.

It’s what you’d expect – a mix of Jack Daniel’s Old No.7 and cinnamon liqueur. With the flavoured whiskey market booming and cinnamon quickly becoming the flavour of choice, it was only a matter of time before JD dipped their toes in the water. But how does it stack up?

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire Cinnamon Whiskey Liqueur

Nose: Cinnamon fireballs and Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. Cinnamon is the focus and not much else makes its way through the spicy onslaught.

Palate: Sweet, spicy and alarmingly drinkable – much less fiery than those nose suggests. It has a big hit of cinnamon, a pleasant heat and lots of flavour, but doesn’t take the fire too far. It’s thick and oily in texture, with brown sugar and butter underneath the cinnamon and spice.

Finish: Cinnamon biscuits, more cereal and a hint of barrel char to balance out the sweetness.

Comment: While not wanting to destroy my whisky-connoisseur reputation any more than I already have, this is my favourite of the cinnamon whiskeys on the market. It’s got a concentrated cinnamon core but doesn’t go too far in terms of heat, while also having a rich, rounded and sweet background for when the heat fades.

If you want to join me in liqueur-related shame/enjoyment, then we’re offering an introductory offer of £22.95, £2 off our regular price.

Get it now, while it’s hot! [Ed – We’re done. I told you: no puns]

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K&L California – Glendronach 15 year old “Revival” Single Malt Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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In these intoxicating times of neo-whisky appreciation, we cannot deny that we as a staff are consuming more single malt than ever in our thirty-plus year history. The world has rediscovered its love affair with Scotch and our motivation to bring K&L customers the best whisky deals possible has never been stronger. But that level of consumption does not come without a price. The Scottish whisky industry has seen its star rise over the last decade, but there have been and will continue to be casualties of that success. When you drink whisky faster than the distilleries can age it, shortages arise. In the case of Glendronach, perhaps our favorite Highland distillery and one of our closest partners, the iconic sherry-aged whisky has recently announced the discontinuation of the 15 year expression; one of the most popular whiskies we sell. They’re hoping to get production back online in 2018, but for the time being we’re planning on a three year gap. What we have left is all she wrote, so if you’re a fan of the dark, supple, rich and round character of the Glendronach single malt, now is the time to load up.

Glendronach 15 year old “Revival” Distillery Bottling Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($89.99)

93 points Whisky Advocate: “Deeper, richer, more viscous, and more intriguing than the 12 year old (and not as sappy as the 18 year old). Complex and intriguing, with raisin, orange marmalade, grape skin, sugar plum, cinnamon bun, raspberry preserve, mixed nuts, and coal ash. Nice tannic grip on the finish. The best of the bunch, and very impressive! (Summer 2010) Reviewed by: John Hansell”

K&L Notes: Distillery notes: “Renowned amongst many whisky enthusiasts around the world, this remarkable and full bodied malt is matured for a minimum of 15 years in the finest Oloroso sherry casks. Bottled at 46%, the GlenDronach Revival is non chill filtered and of natural colour. A truly excellent single malt. Appearance: Deep gold with a lovely mahogany heart. Nose: Incredible concentration of aromas. Treacle toffee and chocolate orange. Palate: A very dynamic and full bodied dram for its age. Chewy with coffee chocolate and treacle scones. Conclusions: A veritable feast to enliven the senses.”
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Big rich sherry flavor for those who like their single malt dark like coffee.

James Knight | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 05, 2014

I like Scotch ale, the “wee heavy” beer, and I like this Glendronach 15-year “Revival.” It’s more than a wee bit richer than the 12. It’s spicy, and smoky; candy apples smoking cigarettellos at a pumpkin pie party. Comparisons? Here’s my take: Spicier than Glendronach 12; not quite as intense as Aberlour A’bunadh….but getting there. Way more fiery than Macallan 12, but super sherried and rich. A sort of Lagavulin 16 ashiness on the palate, perhaps. A powerfully inviting detour.

While the older Glendronach whiskies are becoming scarce, that doesn’t mean our friends in Scotland aren’t working on bolder, younger expressions of supreme quality. Glendronach recently released batch three of their cask strength series and we couldn’t have been more blown away by the whisky. While there will be subsequent releases of the cask strength edition over the next few years, supplies will be limited and infrequent. Grab what you can while it’s here!

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Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)

Email: wine@klwines.com

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society “SEPTEMBER PREVIEWS: SMASH HITS” – Scotch Whisky News

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SEPTEMBER PREVIEWS: SMASH HITS

Inside: Get next month’s essential Whisky Smash now! Concerto zenzero reveals 5 easy tricks to spice up your life in a day. The truth about 4 August bottlings even smart people thought were gone forever. This edition is Bursting with interest and imaginings so dive in for all the latest gossip…

Oily & coastal

4.210 Whisky Smash. Trimming your privet hedge, planning your next DIY project or examining an old upturned boat whilst you are drinking a sweet peat smoked infused ‘Whisky Mash’…16 years old.  First fill ex-bourbon barrel £61.20

Old & dignified

37.65 Bursting with interest and imaginings. The nose evokes perfume, leather, toffee, vanilla, blossom honey, sandalwood, sherry-soaked sultanas and a French polisher’s after-shave. The palate is awash with perfumed, exotic fruits…29 years old  Refill ex-bourbon hogshead  £124.60

Spicy & dry

48.61 Concerto zenzero. The nose is a study in ginger (ginger biscuits, iced gingerbread) with cinder toffee, marshmallows and stewed apple and rhubarb. Ginger, cinnamon and chilli give the palate tongue-nipping heat…13 years old  First fill ex-bourbon barrel  £44.70

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THREE BOURBONS FROM BARTON 1792 DISTILLERY RECOGNIZED AS “OUTSTANDING” AT 2015 INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRITS COMPETITION – American Whiskey News

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THREE BOURBONS FROM BARTON 1792 DISTILLERY RECOGNIZED AS “OUTSTANDING” AT

2015 INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRITS COMPETITION 

BARDSTOWN, kENTUCKY (Aug. 20, 2015) –The results from the 2015 International Wine & Spirits Competition are in, and Barton 1792 Distillery has received all around “Outstanding” honors for three of its bourbons.

Facing competition from 90 different countries, Kentucky Tavern Bourbon was awarded a “Gold Outstanding” medal, and the Distillery’s 1792 Small Batch Bourbon and Zackariah Harris Bourbon were each awarded “Silver Outstanding” medals.

The “Gold Outstanding” and “Silver Outstanding” medals are awarded based upon the highest scores within each of those respective categories.

“We could not be more proud of the recognition these three bourbons received,” Ken Pierce, director of distillation and quality assurance, said. “We feel very honored by these wins.”

The International Wine and Spirit Competition was founded in 1969 and is the premier competition of its kind in the world. Its aim is to promote the quality and excellence of the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs.

All entries are first blind tasted in groups divided by variety, region and vintage as necessary, by professional expert judges (by glass, not bottle) and then the top products are sent for detailed (chemical and microbiological) analysis. This analysis is crucial as in some instances the results of this analysis may lead to marks being deducted or even outright rejection.

Learn more at www.iwsc.net.

About Barton 1792 Distillery

Barton 1792 Distillery is part of Barton Brands of Kentucky, with facilities in Bardstown, Ky., Carson, Calif., and Baltimore, Md. Barton Brands is owned by the Sazerac Company, an American family-owned company based in New Orleans, La. Barton 1792 Distillery was established in 1879 and continues today as the oldest fully-operating Distillery in the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” The Distillery is located on 196 acres and includes 28 warehouses, 22 other buildings, the Morton Spring and the Tom Moore Spring.  Distilling, aging and bottling fine Bourbon whiskey are hallmarks of the historic Barton 1792 Distillery. 1792 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is produced at Barton 1792 Distillery. This whiskey is named for the year Kentucky became a state and is the recent gold medal winner at the 2015 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition

Kensington Wine Market is taking pre-orders for its 2015 Kensington Wine Market Whisky Advent Calendar – Whisky News

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Kensington Wine Market is taking pre-orders for its 2015 Kensington Wine Market Whisky Advent Calendar

Kensington Wine Market’s Whisky Advent Calendar is back! Last year’s calendar, our second and the first one we produced entirely in house, was a huge hit. It sold out before it hit the shelves. This year’s is even better. It still includes 24 x 50ml whiskies and a custom Glencarin whisky glass. But, that is not all! We are offering an even wider range of whiskies and we are also including an extra 25th bottle. As a special treat for Christmas morning, there will be a 100ml Scotch Malt Whisky Society single cask bottling. This is a rare treat indeed, and usually only available to Society members. All of this year’s whiskies are different from 2014 and we are really excited about the range. There are 23 single malts from Scotland, Ireland, India and Taiwan, as well as a boutique blend and a boutique blended malt. Whether it is for yourself or to give as a gift, we know it won’t disappoint. Don’t hesitate! This one is sure to sell out fast, and the price goes up September 15!

You can pre-order the 2015 Kensington Wine Market Advent Calendar online, by phone 403-283-8000/888-283-9004 or in store. A $150 deposit will be taken for each calendar requested at the beginning of August. The calendars will be available at the “early bird price” of $375. until September 15th. After September 15th the Calendar’s price will go up to $400. The calendars should be ready for pickup before the end of October.


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