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E.H. TAYLOR SMALL BATCH RECEIVES “CHAIRMAN’S TROPHY” AT ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE – American Whiskey News

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E.H. TAYLOR SMALL BATCH RECEIVES “CHAIRMAN’S TROPHY” AT ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE,

THREE OTHER BUFFALO TRACE WHISKIES NAMED FINALISTS

Fourteen spirits from Buffalo Trace Distillery receive top honors 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (April 19, 2017) Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey received a Chairman’s Trophy at the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, where a total of 14 spirits from Buffalo Trace Distillery were awarded top honors. Three whiskies from Buffalo Trace were also named Chairman’s Trophy Finalists; Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey and Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Bottled in Bond Straight Rye Whiskey.

            Those awarded as “Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation” include:

  • Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Sazerac Rye Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Bottled in Bond Straight Rye Whiskey

Those awarded the distinction of “Excellent, Highly Recommended” were:

  • Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Benchmark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Blanton’s Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream

Awarded the distinction of “Very Good, Strong Recommendation” were:

  • Benchmark Peach Flavored Whiskey
  • Benchmark Brown Sugar Flavored Whiskey

Awarded the distinction of “Good, Recommended” was:

  • Benchmark Apple Flavored Whiskey
  1. H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch, Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Sazerac Rye, Benchmark, Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream, Benchmark Peach Flavored Whiskey, and Benchmark Brown Sugar Flavored Whiskey were deemed to be “Great Values.” Receiving a designation as “Tried & True” were E. H. Taylor Jr. Single Barrel, Blanton’s, Sazerac Rye and Stagg Jr.

This competition, in its seventh year, is judged by a panel of the spirit industry’s most renowned judges including award-winning authors, buyers, journalists, educators and bar owners, who rate each spirit on a 100-point scale.

Complete results for the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge can be found at www.ultimate-beverage.com/usc2017results.

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 www.buffalotracedistillery.com.

Announcing Tipperary Irish Whiskey Arrival in the U.S. – Irish Whiskey News

We’re happy to share some great news with you:

TIPPERARY IRISH WHISKEY

is available in the U.S. for the first time! Featuring two expressions – “Knockmealdowns” and “Watershed”.

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“KNOCKMEALDOWNS”

 The first of our Limited Edition Mountain Range, “The Knockmealdowns” is created from only 6 casks, matured in Ireland for 10 years in ex-bourbon barrels. The whiskey is cut to 47% with water from Ballindoney farm in Tipperary, owned by our co-founding family, the Ahearns.

TASTING NOTES
The nose opens with fresh oak, developing into hot caramel sauce with notes of chocolate and vanilla.
The palate is smooth and light, sweet honey cut through with citrus notes, then becoming savoury, peppery and round in the mouth.

The finish lingers, oak with drying tannins and just a touch of ginger spice.

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“WATERSHED”

 Only six first-fill bourbon casks are chosen for each batch of Watershed, carefully selected for quality by our Malt Master, Stuart Nickerson. After being cut to 47% with our Ballindoney water, we number every bottle individually, so each one is special.
Try Watershed, and taste Tipperary.

TASTING NOTES
The nose opens with fresh oak, developing into hot caramel sauce with notes of chocolate and vanilla.
The palate is smooth and light, sweet honey cut through with citrus notes, then becoming savoury, peppery and round in the mouth.

The finish lingers, oak with drying tannins and just a touch of ginger spice.

“We’re delighted to be adding Tipperary Irish Whiskey to our portfolio. It fits our philosophy of developing craft spirits brands, which is echoed by the people behind the distillery”
~ Sam Filmus, President GRC Imports

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THE LOST DISTILLERY COMPANY at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whsiky News

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THE LOST DISTILLERY COMPANY

In the last century, almost one hundred of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries have been closed or destroyed. This accounts for nearly half of all distilleries that have ever existed in Scotland. Global economic downturn, over-production, world wars and prohibition have all contributed to the loss of so many distilleries. As a result of all of these factors, many unique and venerable brands have been lost to the world. Until Now… “The Lost Distillery Company creates present day expressions of these lost whisky legends.” Next day delivery available on UK orders

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The Lost Distillery Co. Lossit

Part of the Classic Selection from The Lost Distillery Co., this marriage of 100% aged single malt Scotch whiskies aims to recreate the whisky of the now lost Lossit distillery of Islay. Operational from 1817-1867, Lossit was a farm distillery that became the biggest producer of whisky on Islay during the industry’s formative years. The nose has the characteristic peat along with pear and almond milk. The palate is elegant with a peat and pepper balance, before smoke flows to a long finish.

£49.99 Buy Now

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The Lost Distillery Co. Jericho

A superb blended malt Scotch whisky which seeks to reinterpret the whisky of the now lost Jericho distillery of Aberdeenshire. Operating from 1822-1913, including a name change to Benachie in its latter stages, the distillery was one of the first to adopt sherry casks for maturation. The nose offers fruitcake, tangerine and marzipan. The palate has notes of fresh coffee and soft wood spices, while the finish is rich in sweet spices.

The Lost Distillery Co. Gerston

This blended malt Scotch whisky aims to recreate the style of whisky from Caithness’ now lost distillery of Gerston in Halkirk. Operational from 1796-1882, Gerston was a favourite among such famous figures as the Duke of Wellington and Sir Robert Peel as well as enjoying export to Calcutta and Buenos Aires. The nose has sweet toffee and ripe fruits. The palate brings soft caramel with a salty note, before a whiff of smoke and lingering salt in the finish.

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The Lost Distillery Co. Auchnagie

Auchnagie is a marriage of 100% aged single malt Scotch whiskies, recreating the signature malt of the now lost Auchnagie Highland distillery. One of several farm distilleries in the Ballinluig area of Perthshire during the 19th century, Auchnagie was founded in 1812 and had a varied existence until it was acquired by John Dewar & Son to form the heart of the Dewar’s blend. The nose is floral with honey and ceral notes. The palate is rich in dried fruit with peppery aspects, before a citrus influence in the sweet finish.

£49.99 Buy Now

Flora and Fauna with Colin Dunn May 8th at Milroys of Soho – Scotch Whisky News

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Flora and Fauna with Colin Dunn May 8th

Respected whisky ambassador Colin Dunn takes us on a delightful journey showcasing some of Diageo’s most interesting single malts in the form of their wonderful Flora & Fauna single malt range.

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Hazelburn 13 Year Old at Loch Fyne Whiskeis – Scotch Whisky News

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Hazelburn 13 Year Old

Limited to only 12,000 bottles worldwide this Hazelburn 13 Year Old Sherry Cask is full of sweet notes that will keep you coming back for more. Notes of orange and strawberry jam are apparent throughout. Look out for a touch of chocolate and even a hint of creme brulee.

£62 Buy Now

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Whisky Mash Exhibitors A Dram-Good Selection For Aberdeen’s Connoisseurs – Scotch Whisky News

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Whisky Mash Exhibitors A Dram-Good Selection For Aberdeen’s Connoisseurs 

The Whisky Mash Festival, an annual event dedicated to showcasing the very best from well-established Scotch whisky distilleries and new independent bottlers, today announces a dram-good full line-up for its exhibition in Aberdeen next month.

Lucky connoisseurs of the amber nectar will be treated to exhibits and the latest tipples from Aultmore, The Balvenie, Black Bull, Chivas, Craigellachie, The Deveron, Dewar’s, Eden Mill, Glen Garioch, Glenfiddich, The Glenlivet, Murray McDavid, The Octave and Royal Brackla.

Now in its third year, the event, which hosts one session in the afternoon and one in the evening, has gained popularity year-on-year and is hotly anticipated to be a sell out at the city’s Douglas Hotel on Sunday 28th May 2017.

Paul West, Whisky Mash Festival coordinator and owner of popular local cigars, ale, scotch and coffee venue, CASC, comments: “We are thrilled to announce such a fantastic line up for this year’s festival and proud to have the support of such a wide network of whisky brands, with more still to be unveiled.

“Ticket holders will be in for a fantastic event this year, with four master classes to be presented by some of our exhibitors. These will offer guests a unique insight into the flavours, distilling techniques and tastings of some rare, quality Scotch whiskies.

“As well as these specialist insights, we are looking forward to welcoming music performances throughout the afternoon and into the evening. While most people will be there to enjoy the drams on offer, there’s always a need to soak up the alcohol, so will also have some fantastic food on offer too.

“There’s nothing else quite like this in the area offering a specialist, up-close insight from the whisky distilleries themselves, so we are really looking forward to hosting another fantastic event and sharing it with around 600 likeminded whisky lovers in the area.”

Tickets for Whisky Mash Festival 2017 are £25 + VAT from www.whiskymash.co.uk and include event access to session one (12 noon – 3.30pm) or session two (4.30pm-8pm), 10 x drink tokens, a Glencairn whisky glass and a bottle of mineral water.

All attendees must be of 18 years or over and bring a valid ID with them on the day.

For more information visit www.whiskymash.co.uk or contact Paul West at CASC on 01224 212373 or contact the team at info@cascbar.co.uk

Notes: 

About Whisky Mash Festival: Launched in 2015, Whisky Mash Festival was borne from a want to showcase the very best in Scottish whisky with likeminded individuals. The Whisky Mash Festival is coordinated and hosted by CASC, a bar owned and run by Paul West on Aberdeen’s Merchant Quarter that specialises in cigars, ale, scotch and coffee.

Sample the finer things in life at Tor Na Coille Whisky Club – Scotch Whisky News

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Sample the finer things in life at Tor Na Coille Whisky Club

This is not your father’s whisky tasting.

There will be no corduroy, cardigans or chin-stroking.

Just good whisky. And lots of it.

Join whisky connoisseurs Sandy Kenneway and Steven McConnachie for a guided tour of Scotland’s national drink, sampling malts from across the country and learning about what makes good whisky. For just £20 per person, you can sample several whiskies in some of the most beautiful surroundings on Royal Deeside on 5 May, 2 June, 7 July and 4 August. Or, for those keen to visit all sessions, get four for the price of three with a block booking.

With decades of experience in the whisky industry between them, Sandy – who has led tastings at festivals across Scotland – and Steven – a whisky expert from renowned bottler Murray McDavid – will debunk the myths surrounding the whisky making process and highlight the subtle differences between different regions and expressions.

Sitting amongst acres of private wooded ground, the four-star Tor Na Coille Hotel offers stunning panoramic views of Royal Deeside. Each of the Victorian country house hotel’s rooms and suits is uniquely decorated, giving them all a distinct personality of their own.

The Tor Na Coille Whisky Club will run from 7pm on 5 May, 2 June, 7 July and 4 August at £20 per person. Block book all four sessions and pay just £60. Visit www.tornacoille.com for more information about the hotel, and email info@tornacoille.com or call 01330 822242 to book.

ROYAL SALUTE 21 YEAR OLD GIFT PACK at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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Royal Salute 21 Year Old Gift Pack

This limited edition gift pack designed by Tom Lane, one of Britain’s foremost calligraphy artists and illustrators, contains a bottle and miniature of Royal Salute 21 Year Old. Initially produced in 1953 for the Queen’s coronation and drawing from the exceptional range of casks laid down over the years by Chivas Brothers in the Highlands of Scotland, Charles Julien, Master Blender, skilfully married the powerful flavours of whiskies aged no less than 21 years to craft a blend fit for royalty.

£135 Buy Now

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25 Copper Circle VIP Club Memberships Available Now! – American Whiskey News

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25 Copper Circle VIP Club Memberships Are Available Now!

The first 25 Copper Circle VIP Club memberships are now available and we are offering early access to members of our e-mail list!

Copper Circle members enjoy first access to specialty releases, fun whisky release parties, and many other members-only gifts and perks. The club will be announced to the public on Monday so be sure to claim your spot this weekend!

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Membership Includes:

• Two or three bottles (based on membership level) of our Spring Chardonnay Finished Commonwealth Collection Release
• Two or three bottles (based on membership level) of our Fall Cider Finished Commonwealth Collection Release
• VIP first access to other specialty releases
• Spring & Fall whisky release parties at the distillery for you and a guest *Your whisky will be available at these parties. Shipping is not available at this time but may be in the future.
• Two “Welcome to the Club” Copper Circle Cocktail Cups (see photo to the right)
• Annual “members-only” Copper Circle gift in years two and beyond
• 20% Off tours, tastings, and merchandise (whisky is excluded from discounts)
• First access to purchase tickets for all public events at our Visitors Center

Our first Copper Circle whisky release party will be on Saturday, May 13th. Pick up your copper cocktail cups & Spring Chardonnay Finished bottles while enjoying tastings and appetizers in our Whisky Loft!

Membership Cost:

TIER ONE: $385 per year (includes tax) for a four bottle membership with access to all Copper Circle perks (2 bottles per release- 4 bottles annually) (Retail Value: $620)

TIER TWO: $550 per year (includes tax) for a six bottle membership with access to all Copper Circle perks (3 bottles per release- 6 bottles annually) (Retail Value: $750)

Membership fees are charge bi-annually. Whisky must be picked up within one year of the release date or the member forfeits the bottles. Cancellation requests must be made by e-mail to coppercircle@vadistillery.com at least 30 days prior to the next whisky release date. Whisky purchases are non refundable per Virginia ABC rules.

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Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #644 – Scotch Whisky News

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Ralfy plays spot-the-malts in Ralfy Review 644Johnnie Walker Platinum 18yo @40%vol


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