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Don’t Be Fooled by the Name—This Limited Edition is No Lightweight 

PARK CITY, Utah (March 17, 2016) — Come see the light! High West Distillery, Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870, releases a limited edition 14-Year Light Whiskey. Beginning March 19, this special bottling is available exclusively to visitors at the High West Distillery at Blue Sky Ranch, followed by a roll out at the High West Saloon & Distillery in historic Old Town Park City on April 16. 

“At High West, we believe education leads to appreciation so we wanted to shed some light on this rarely discussed type of whiskey,” says High West founder David Perkins. “This is a spirit that’s not likely to be available again for a long time.” 

Light whiskey denotes a grain spirit that’s been distilled at a higher proof than a straight whiskey — between 80-95% alcohol by volume (ABV) versus less than 80% ABV respectively. It’s typically used as a component in about 95% of the world’s blended whiskeys. In the U.K., what they call grain whiskey is essentially the same thing as light whiskey. 

“This whiskey was distilled at a higher proof on the still, which reduces the heaviness of the flavors, and reveals more floral and fruit subtleties,” said High West master distiller Brendan Coyle. “It was aged in used barrels, as opposed to first-use charred barrels, which lends more elegant complexities with a spirit-forward character.” 

High West discovered 100 stunning barrels of light whiskey at MGP made from corn that was distilled between 1999 and 2001, aged in second-fill barrels. That wood aging imparted a traditionally light spirit with lovely vanilla and white chocolate notes, and an intriguing Concord grape overlay—to anything but typical results. 

High West encourages you to indulge in this special offering all on its own—neat, with a touch of water, or on the rocks. The 14-Year Light Whiskey will retail for $99.95.

The Whisky Exchange “World Whiskies Awards 2016 – who won?” – Scotch Whisky News


World Whiskies Awards 2016 – who won?

Today is the start of Whisky Live London (tickets still available here) and that means that last night marked the announcement of the winners of the World Whiskies Awards 2016.


The World Whiskies Awards judges – if you look very carefully you can see the top of my head

I’ve been a judge for the awards for the past two years, and have been waiting patiently since the beginning of February to find out which whiskies have won this time. The judging process began back in December, when the panel of judges received packs of anonymously labelled samples to taste and score. The results were collated and a smaller group of judges met in person at the Honourable Artillery Company on the edge of the City of London on 1 February to try the highest-scoring whiskies from the first round and select the best of the best.

Now, after six weeks of waiting, the winner of the prestigious World’s Best Single Malt award has been revealed:

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Old Pulteney 1989 Lightly Peated

It’s the latest peaty-cask dram from owners Inver House, where they have matured the traditionally unpeated spirit from their distilleries in casks that once held smoky whisky. The rumour was that the original Balblair release was created due to someone not checking the casks before filling them, but whether this was a happy accident or deliberate decision, congratulations go to Old Pulteney – it may not be the best-known distillery, but with a Jim Murray ‘Best Whisky in the World’ award for the 21 Year Old and a WWA World’s Best Single Malt under it’s belt, I suspect we might see more from them in the coming years.

Unfortunately, our handful of remaining bottles sold out within minutes of the result being announced, but we have a lead on some more – you can sign up to receive an email if we do get more stock on this page by hitting the Notify Me button.

You can find all of the category winners that we have in stock over on our World Whiskies Awards 2016 Winners page and all of the winners on the World Whiskies Awards website.


Scotch Malt Whisky Society “PARCEL PASSION: SMWS BOTTLES LOVE COMPANY” – Scotch Whisky News

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Is your SMWS bottling all alone? Cheer it up with a crowd of friends in one of 6 superbly priced parcel offers online now. Attractive opposites, Paddy’s Package are always up for the mighty craic. Get your dancing shoes on with the Disco Fever Case or enjoy the full taster menu with sophisticated foodies, the Sherry Popping Pair. Whatever you love to do with friends, your bottles want to join in the fun – invite these excellent value characters over before they leave town next week…


A delightfully confusing pair; the peated dram is sweet, the sweet dram turns to savoury, gorgeous dried fruit flavours enhance both. Be warned; once you pop…

Old & dignified

9.104 Lychee Martini
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33.143 Thank you and goodnight!

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The very best Irish drams; shining like emerald, priced like ancient beach glass – an opportunity not to be missed to snap up two outstanding staff favourites.

Deep, rich & dried fruits

117.5 Smouldering, brooding and alluring
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Sweet, fruity & mellow

117.3 Hubba-bubba, mango and monstera

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Outstanding value for two lesser known but complex beauties – don’t knock grain whisky until you’ve tried a Society grain!

Sweet, fruity & mellow

G7.8 Sweet seduction in a car-wash
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G7.7 Old Codger with a Jammy Dodger

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

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Spirit of Toronto 2016: Masterclasses Now Online – Whisky News

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Website now fully updated

With tickets going on sale this coming Tuesday March 29 at 10am, the Spirit of Toronto website has now been fully updated including the schedule for our 2016 Masterclass Series. For those of you attending the show for the first time, these are seated tutored tastings presented by a variety of guest speakers on the lower level of Roy Thomson Hall.

Masterclass seats may be reserved when tickets for this year’s show go on sale. Those of you opting for Early Admission will attend one of the pre-show sessions starting at 5:30pm, with priority entry into the main tasting hall when the class is over.

2016 Masterclass Series

The schedule for our 2016 Masterclass Series is now online and we’re happy with the variety it offers, be it something that appeals to seasoned connoisseurs, novice tasters or those simply looking for an adventure on the palate.

Kicking off our 2016 series is another exceptional opportunity to travel back in time with Angus MacRaild. ‘American Whiskey: A History Lesson’ starts off in 1916 with a taste of pre-Prohibition whiskey, travelling through to the present with a look at some of the most famous names in the industry.

The history lesson continues as Matt Jones presents ‘Legends of Bourbon’ with his take on the figures that have made America’s whiskey great, while those in a less studious frame of mind might prefer to don a fancy hat and join Matt on the outdoor terrace for a ‘Kentucky Derby Social’. This will be a relaxed pre-show session of mint juleps, live bluesgrass and a mouthwatering Derby-inspired menu as Matt explains all about “the most exciting two minutes in sport.”

You can never go wrong with the classics and with that in mind we are pleased to be presenting an enviable selection of single malt Scotch whisky from some of Scotland’s finest distilleries including Benromach, Tomatin, Old Pulteney, Glenfiddich, The Malt Distillers Collection (Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa) and Dewar’s Fine Whisky Emporium (Aberfeldy, Craigellachie, Aultmore and Royal Brackla). Closer to home Dr. Don Livermore returns with his arsenal of award-winning whiskies including his latest opus, Last Barrels, as part of ‘Canadian Whisky Trailblazers’.

Lastly, those of you in the mood for something different will certainly find it with the bold, rustic flavours of armagnac courtesy of the House of Delord, while rum fans will be spoilt for choice as we welcome Master Distiller Shaun Caleb from El Dorado in Guyana, and author Wayne Curtis who will be educating guests on the category’s best kept secret, rhum agricole.

The Fine Print

For those of you attending the show for the first time, masterclasses are seated tutored tastings presented by a variety of guest speakers on the lower level of Roy Thomson Hall. Seating may be reserved when purchasing tickets for this year’s show as of Tuesday March 29 at 10:00am.

Early admission includes seating in the masterclass of your choice at 5:30pm, with priority entry into the main tasting hall when the class is over. The remainder of the classes are scheduled for 7:00pm and 8:30pm and may be reserved at a cost of $15 HST included per person per class.

Automatic Ticket Notification

Those subscribed to this list will receive an automatic notification the night before tickets go on sale, Tuesday March 29. We’re often asked about the best way to purchase tickets in order to secure your first choices but regrettably we can offer no guarantees as tickets will be available online, by telephone and in person, and all three purchase methods are certain to experience a queue. Nonetheless, we look forward to welcoming you back on May 7—see you then!

Back in Stock at K&L California – Whisky News


United States

Angel’s Envy 100 Proof Rye Whiskey (750ml) (one bottle limit) $74.99 View

W.L. Weller Special Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) (1 Bottle Limit) $17.99 View

Willett Distillery 3 Year Old Kentucky Rye Whiskey (750ml) $44.99View


Isle of Jura 10 Year Old Single Malt Whisky (750ml)  $42.99 View

Isle of Jura Superstition Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $49.99 View


Green Spot Single Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey (750ml) $44.99 View

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Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)
San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA


BenRiach is Delighted to Launch The Very First Edition of its New Cask Strength Release – Scotch Whisky News

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BenRiach is today (17 March 2016) delighted to launch the very first edition of its new Cask Strength release.

Like the critically-acclaimed GlenDronach Cask Strength batches which have been eagerly snapped up by whisky enthusiasts worldwide, BenRiach plans to regularly release new batches from its award-winning Elgin distillery.

The whisky chosen for Batch 1 is classic BenRiach in style. You will be treated to a voluptuous sweet taste of honey, soft fruits and gentle spices – but at a cask strength of 57.2% ABV, it packs a real punch!

Master Blender Billy Walker’s tasting notes show that the whisky chosen as the Batch 1 Cask Strength is absolutely outstanding.


Gleaming harvest gold with a burnished copper edge.


Sweet toasted oak spices are interwoven with roasted orchard fruits and dusted with cracked barley. Black vanilla pods, desiccated coconut and a gentle floral note add complexity to the ripe, fruit-laden nose.


An excellent example of the delicious BenRiach character. Creamy heather honey pours over a medley of apples, pears and apricots. Subtle notes of candied peel and fresh ginger give a delicate warmth and lead to a classic combination of vanilla, toasted coconut and sweet barley in the luscious, velvety finish.

Sales Director Alistair Walker said: “Cask Strength Batch 1 is another momentous and exciting “first” for the BenRiach distillery.

“This stunning Speyside whisky, with all its classic BenRiach characteristics, is the first Cask Strength expression to be added to our core range, allowing us to showcase the true BenRiach style in its most natural state – straight from the cask to the bottle, non-chill filtered and at its natural colour, allowing the distillery’s unique spirit to shine through.

“It is an incredibly fine dram and I am confident it will prove as successful as our wonderful GlenDronach batches.”

The BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 1 is available from specialist whisky retailers soon.

Keep an eye on our website ( and Facebook pages over the coming weeks for more information on the BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 1, tasting notes and exclusive product photography.

New Rare Gordon & MacPhail Single Malts at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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Rosebank 1990 – Rare Old / Bot. 2015

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A 1990 vintage Rosebank bottled by whisky gurus Gordon & MacPhail. Bottled in 2015 for their fantastic Rare Old series, Rosebank distillery fell silent in 1993 so releases like this example are becoming harder to find of late.


Port Ellen 1980 – Rare Old / Bot. 2015

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A 1980 vintage Port Ellen, filled by Gordon & MacPhail in 2015. Aged for around 35 years, only 236 bottles have been filled at 46% vol.


Coleburn 1981 – Rare Old / Bot. 2015

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Only 161 bottles of this rare Coleburn single malt Scotch whisky were filled by Gordon & MacPhail for their Rare Old series. Distilled in 1981 and bottled in 2015, Coleburn distillery closed in 1985 and has since been dismantled.


St.Magdalene 1982 – Rare Old / Bot. 2015


A 1982 vintage from the sadly now closed distillery, St Magdalene (Linlithgow). Bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 2015 at 46% vol, as part of their fantastic Rare Old series.


Brora 1982 – Rare Old / Bot. 2015

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With Brora distillery being dismantled in 1983, releases from this Lost Distillery have become rather rare and hard to come by. This 1982 vintage has been bottled by Gordon MacPhail in 2015 as part of their Rare Old series. One of only 365 bottles filled…


Amrut Single Malt Whisky Masterclass with Global Brand Ambassador Ashok Chokalingam – Tuesday 29th March at 7.30pm – Indian Whisky News


Amrut Single Malt Whisky Masterclass with Global Brand Ambassador Ashok Chokalingam – Tuesday 29th March at 7.30pm 

The team at Tomoka Spirits Boutique in St. Albans, Hertfordshire are delighted to announce a very special tasting of Amrut Indian Single Malt Whisky with this year’s Icon’s of Whisky ambassador of the year, Ashok Chokalingam. 

We will be exploring the history of this iconic Indian whisky distillery and tasting 6 different expressions, including the award winning Fusion, Portonova and Kadhambam and a very rare limited edition mystery bottling! 

Tickets are £20 per person and are strictly limited. 

For more information click here

Please email us on or call on 01727 894869 to book your tickets. 

Tomoka Spirits Boutique

5a Christopher Place

St. Albans, Herts. AL3 5DQ


World’s Best Single Pot Still Whiskey Available at Mitchell & Sons Dublin – Irish Whiskey News




“The bouquet is full of dry humidor, rich stewed fruit, marshmallow and vanilla. Almonds and dark honey dominate the palate, with hints of creme brûlée and dark sugar. The finish is long with some gentle liquorice spice.”  €69.95 *limited availability


Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #575 – Scotch Whisky News


ralfy dives into the peat-monster loch with Whisky Review 575 – Laphroaig 10yo re-reviewed 2016

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