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BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY RELEASES COLONEL E.H. TAYLOR, JR. FOUR GRAIN BOURBON WHISKEY – American Whiskey News

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BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY RELEASES

COLONEL E.H. TAYLOR, JR.  FOUR GRAIN 

BOURBON WHISKEY 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (March 14, 2017) – Buffalo Trace Distillery continues its homage to former Distillery owner Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. with a special release bourbon whiskey made using four grains in the bourbon recipe.  This 100 proof, Bottled-In-Bond, small batch recipe bourbon was aged for 12 years and is a limited edition release.

            Made from a distinct bourbon recipe using corn, rye, wheat, and malted barley, this bourbon was distilled in 2005, entered into the barrel at 104 proof, and has a distinctly different flavor profile from the typical rye and wheat recipe bourbons made at Buffalo Trace Distillery.  These four grains were chosen since they are the four grains E. H. Taylor would have had access to when he set up shop at Buffalo Trace in the late 1800s. During the 1860s, Taylor traded in grains and learned that they can vary tremendously from different farmers and harvests. Taylor consistently wanted the products produced in his distillery “of upmost class,” right down to the grains.

The impetus behind this multi grain recipe was based on the success of Buffalo Trace’s existing rye and wheat bourbons, harkening back to Taylor’s thinking of using the best of the best. “We wanted to extract everything we like from both the rye and the wheat mashbills we currently use and combine them to see how they react,” said Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley. “Not surprisingly, it added complexity to the finished product.”

Tasting notes describe this bourbon as “opening with an inviting aroma, with the first sip bringing a lot of character.  Caramel notes are touched by sweet vanilla and caramel corn, then underwritten by slightly smoky flavors and oak tannins. It maintains a smooth evenness between the four grains interacting with the charred oak barrel.  Overall, quite different yet very balanced.”

The Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. collection was first released in early 2011 and several subsequent releases have followed.  This Four Grain Bourbon is the ninth and latest release in the collection of  E. H. Taylor, Jr. whiskeys, rounding out the collection of Old Fashioned Sour Mash Bourbon, Single Barrel Bourbon, Warehouse C Tornado Surviving Bourbon, Barrel Proof Bourbon, Straight Rye Whiskey, Small Batch Bourbon, Cured Oak Bourbon and Seasoned Wood Bourbon. The Sour Mash, Warehouse C Tornado Surviving, Cured Oak and Seasoned Wood Bourbons were one time only releases and are no longer available.  Another release of the Four Grain Bourbon will be released again in Spring of 2018.

Like some of the previous releases, this limited edition will be hard to find. Also consistent with past releases, the Four Grain Bourbon displays a vintage label and is offered inside a distinct canister reminiscent of Taylor’s whiskey package from over one hundred years ago. These six bottle cases will again be shipped in an impressive wooden box first used for the Cured Oak release.  The boxes are modeled after the wooden crates used by Taylor to transport goods during the days before Prohibition.

            Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. is widely considered one of the founding fathers of the bourbon industry, fighting for the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, nearly three decades after he purchased the distillery that is known today as the Buffalo Trace Distillery. During his time, Taylor implemented several innovative methods still used today by Buffalo Trace, such as climate controlled aging warehouses. In addition to his bourbon interests, Taylor had political ties. He was the great-nephew of President Zachary Taylor and elected the mayor of Frankfort, state representative to the Kentucky General Assembly and a member of the State Senate.

            This special bottling of Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon Whiskey will be available starting in April in limited supply.  The suggested retail price is $69.99 per 750ml bottle.

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 Col. 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/.

R&B Distillers – 10 year membership to an exclusive whisky club – Na Tùsairean Club – Scotch Whisky News

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R&B Distillers – 10 year membership to an exclusive whisky club – Na Tùsairean Club

R&B are building the first distillery on the Isle of Raasay in Scotland. Na Tusairean Club members are given the opportunity to invest in an evolving craft whisky brand and to add rare and exciting new drams to their personal whisky libraries. Members will receive an annual supply of single malt including:

  • 1 bottle (annually) of rare whisky from the first 100 casks of Raasay single malt which will be bottled from 2020.
  • A bottle of lightly-peated Raasay While We Wait – a preview of the flavours of Raasay whisky to come – until the Raasay whisky is available to drink.
  • Two miniatures of every full bottle received, enabling Dad to sneak a dram without breaking into his valuable collection.

Membership also entitles the drinker to exclusive use of luxury members’ lounge and accommodation on Raasay (one night’s stay per year of membership). Featuring five en-suite bedrooms – three with striking views of the Cuillin mountain range on the neighbouring island of Skye and two rooms looking directly onto the distillery itself – aficionados will be able to experience the rugged beauty of the island as well as witness the fascinating distilling process in action.

Membership is valued at £1990 worth of benefits for 10 years but is priced at £999 (one of payment) or £55 a month over 18 months.

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New Releases From Old Particular: Dynamite 20 and 33 Year Old Selections at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

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New Releases From Old Particular: Dynamite 20 and 33 Year Old Selections

Since we started working with the Old Particular brand back in 2015, we have unveiled one outstanding find after another. It has been a thrilling ride and one we hope to continue in perpetuity as these selections offer that often sought but rarely found combination of scarcity and quality, while at the same time remaining affordably priced. Those who have been following this program since its inception will already know the range and depth of whiskies offered is impressive. Our most recent finds from Arran and the now shuttered distillery of Carsebridge very much continue in this tradition of exceptionalism.

On the more nuanced side of the spectrum is the 20 Year Old Arran which offers delicate flavors on a frame that is never too brusque or overpowering. An ideal pick for those who enjoy a scotch that reveals its inner intensity through restraint. The 33 Year Old Carsebridge for its part reveals layer upon layer of complexity. Notable for its smooth approach this is one of those scotches that goes down almost too easily. Both can be had for under $100 which is almost an unthinkable price given their age and pedigree. Historically we have sold through our “Old Particular” releases in a flash and expect much the same from these.

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1996 Arran 20 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($89.99)

Arran has been one of our favorite independent producers at K&L for some time with its versatile line-up of Island malts with a bit more Highland character. While the standard Arran editions can vary from sweet sherry to subtle peat, this 20 year single barrel from our Old Particular label is classic Scotch through and through. The key components in the flavor profile are vanilla, sweet barley, soft stone fruit, and just a little bit of salt. Fans of balanced, complex, and easy to drink mature malts are going to fall on their faces for this whisky. It’s round on the palate, but the 52.7% ABV adds an extra lift with hints of oak spice and a flurry of sweetness on the finish. It’s another classic Scotch for a fantastic price due to our relationship abroad and the current advantage in the dollar to pound ratio.

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 08, 2017

Arran has captured the hearts of whisky fans everywhere who DON’T want intense, overproofed, or heavily-polarized expressions. For people who want their Scotch to taste like Scotch (just really, really good Scotch), Arran has become a ballast in a sea of saturation. The classic flavors of vanilla from the oak and sweet malt from the whisky itself are mellowed perfectly from two decades of maturity in cask. The extra proof adds a little zip at the back, but this is an utterly drinkable whisky. It begs you for more after each sip is finished.

Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 12, 2017

I love whiskey from Scotland all throughout the year, however on a warm day I find myself drifting toward lighter less peaty variations of the booze I love. Fortunately for me, and those like me, we have a new Old Particular here to help with these cravings. This 20 year old bottling of Arran smells like milk chocolate and summer hay, with a little vanilla thrown in for good measure. On the palate there is a wonderful mix of salty green apple, malts, and a touch of vanilla and spice. The salty note lingers on the finish with baking spice and some heat that definitely go the distance. Another killer cask from our friends at Old Particular.

Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 10, 2017

This is for those who want a rich and mouth-filling single malt. It is big, creamy and fruity with plenty of malt flavors. There are undertones of island influence with a kiss of salt. Even with all of the juicy richness there is a nice dry finish. This Arran does not have a smoky and peaty profile.

Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 08, 2017

This has bright fruity aromas on the nose like green apple and orange zest, which slides into a richer profile on the palate: crème brulée, vanilla, and clove. I have never had an Arran I did not love, and this 20-year-old is hitting all the right notes. It makes for an utterly satisfying Scotch whisky drink!

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1982 Carsebridge 33 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)

While it closed only a year after the whisky in this bottle was distilled, just because the former Carsebridge distillery is gone forever doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy its splendor still today! Luckily for us there are still a number of delicious and mature expressions available on the independent market and this is one of them. If there’s one thing we can help take credit for here at K&L, it’s been helping to remove the undeserved stigma associated with grain whisky in the Scotch industry. This 33 year old edition distilled in 1982 should please both fans of blended whisky and single malt alike. It’s a literal definition of the word smooth as this elixir absolute glides over the palate with a richness and concentration of oak from more than three decades in wood. While it’s bottled at 45.4% cask strength, that’s a very drinkable proof that offers up full concentration without the dilution. Fans of our previous grain whisky editions will want to snatch this one up fast. Not only is it old and rare, it’s also a serious crowdpleaser!

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 08, 2017

I still get a reasonable amount of requests for old whiskies from “closed” distilleries, especially the ones that went down in the early eighties due to the whisky economy at the time: Port Ellen, Brora, Banff, and others. But while those whiskies will cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars per bottle at this point, there’s another little guy that went silent from that era called Carsebridge; albeit this facility made grain whisky, not single malt. It’s because of that fact that we’re able to offer a little rarity like this at full proof for $99.99 rather than some other astronomical price. The 33 year age statement should be enough to move most drinkers as is, but that little factoid definitely helps add a bit of romanticism. Carsebridge closed forever in 1983, but the story goes on in this bottle, smooth and round with supple, soft oak flavors and a finish that’s as smooth as silk.

Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 12, 2017

Rich creamy deliciousness, that is what we have here in a bottling of 33 year old Single Grain. Seriously, this has oak and vanilla spice with a lemon cake layer and supple palate resplendent with butterscotch and a long dry finish. Another reason to forget the stigma against grain whiskey and delight in an old bottle that tastes good and is $100.

Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 10, 2017

Particularly easy to drink and enjoy. This grain whiskey has an inviting, sweet caramel nose. In the mouth it is rich and soft and smooth with a creamy mouthfeel. Everything comes together to make this whiskey interesting and fun.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 08, 2017

Ancient Grains. It sounds like a breakfast cereal and in some ways it is. This 33 year old grain beauty taste like a country breakfast; it’s full of molasses and oats, fresh buttermilk pancakes smothered in ripe peaches and maple syrup. There is an array of sweet spices – nutmeg and cinnamon dominate, but cloves also make an appearance. The proof, weight, and texture are nearly perfect. No ice, no water, just pure indulgence in a glass. Let it roll around and enjoy.

Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 08, 2017

Only 233 bottles were made of this gem, from a distillery you probably havent heard of: Carsebridge closed down over thirty years ago! This is the most complex and interesting single grain Ive ever tasted: toffee, orange citrus, peaches, caramel and baking spices. And at just over 45% alcohol, its exceptionally drinkable without the need to water it down.

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New Whisky from Glenturret at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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New whiskies from Glenturret

Glenturret 12 Year Old Single Cask

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We don’t see official distillery single cask bottlings very often, and when they do spring up they are often very expensive. Imagine our surprise when this little number landed. Single sherry butt #110 distilled March 2004 yielding 590 bottles.

£63.44

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Fukano and Ohishi Whiskies at The Whisky Shop #SFO Friday March 31st, 10AM – 7PM – Japanese Whisky News

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Fukano and Ohishi Whiskies

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10AM – 2PM  

Join us March 31st for a full day of world whiskies. From 10AM-2PM we’ll be pouring Japanese whiskies by Ohishi and Fukano distilleries, presented by the distillery owners themselves. Then from 5-7, we’ll be pouring Pürgeist Bavarian whiskey with distillery representatives.  

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Japanese Whiskey Pour List:

Ohishi Brandy Cask
Ohishi Sherry Cask
Fukano Brandy Cask
 

About Fukano:

Fukano Distillery is located in Hitoyoshi City, of the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan on the island of Kyushu. Owner Shigeruriku Fukano is the fifth generation of his family to run the distillery. They use a combination of malted and un-malted rice to make their whisky, resulting in a smooth, deliciously balanced product with hints of old wheated bourbon, sea salt, and caramel. Each bottling of this special, limited edition whisky is only available a few times a year. Our guest Fukano-san is the American sales manager from Fukano Distillery.

 About Ohishi:

 is the closest distillery to the source of the Kuma River, a river renowned for its superior water quality. Blessed with fertile soil and clear underground water, Ohishi Distillery produces it’s own rice for use in their whiskies, with traditionally organic methods – koi fish are employed to keep the rice fields free of weeds. With about 1200 Sherry and Brandy casks, Ohishi Distillery puts a lot of effort into maturing its products over a long period of time, transforming their locally produced rice liquor into engaging and flavorful whiskies. Our guest Oishi-san is the 6th generation master distiller from this distillery.

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Global Whisky Punks Bring Top Drams to your Doorstep – Global Whisky News

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Global Whisky Punks Bring Top Drams to your Doorstep

UNITED KINGDOM — 14 March 2017 – New e-commerce venture Whisky Gallery pledges to deliver the best selection of popular world whiskies to fans anywhere on the globe, at competitive online prices.

Frustrated by delivery restrictions on their favourite drams, young entrepreneurs are leading a new international whisky movement with the public launch of e-commerce website Whisky Gallery. The team sees their venture as a protest against the increasingly elitist nature of the whisky industry, in which prices have soared and exclusivity is cherished.

“It’s an exciting time for world whiskies, with distillers the world over experimenting and taking inspiration from their peers online. As lovers of distinctive, craft whiskies, we don’t think access to the industry’s best should be limited to those with the money to source them,” said Liam Hiller, writer for Whisky Gallery blog and a world whisky enthusiast. “We’re starting small, but our eventual aim is to break down the last barrier to a truly international whisky community, ensuring no dram is out of bounds for our customers.”

Boasting some of the most competitive online prices, which range from $18 to $800, Whisky Gallery offers drams for aficionados on any budget. Founded on the belief that everyone should be able to have their favourite drams delivered straight to their door, the venture aims to make shopping for the best of world whiskies convenient and affordable.

In addition to an enormous selection of Scotch whiskies, Whisky Gallery hosts a varied selection of the world’s favourite whiskies, from Irish whiskey, American Bourbon and Japanese whisky. “Whisky Gallery offers whisky lovers the chance to sample international treats or stock up with a whisky for every occasion, no matter where they are in the world,” said Hiller.

Great whisky makers represented in the collection include Scottish distillers Aberlour, Macallan, Caol Ila, Bruichladdich and Lagavulin, and Japanese whisky masters Hakushu, Hibiki and Yamazaki. Consumers can get acquainted with the basics of whisky appreciation and learn about the top distillers at Whisky Gallery blog.

Notes:

Liam Hiller writes for Whisky Gallery blog and is passionate about world whiskies. To arrange an interview or a guest article, please RSVP Miriam Rune: miriam@whiskygallery.com  / 07740 339 628.

About Whisky Gallery

With a range that includes Scotch whisky, Bourbon, Japanese and Irish, Whisky Gallery offer a large selection of the world’s most popular whiskies for global home delivery.

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Like Whisky Gallery on Facebook: facebook.com/WG.whiskygallery/

The Whisky Exchange “My love affair with Irish whiskey” – Irish Whiskey News

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The water wheel at the Old Midleton Distillery

My love affair with Irish whiskey

Many people believe that whisky is all about Scotch. Even though whiskies from other countries such as Japan, Taiwan and Ireland are pretty good, why bother when you have such an array of styles from Scotland?

The truth is that what I find in Irish whiskey, I cannot find in any other whisky. There is an elegance and fruitiness that is unique to these style of whiskies, the older whiskies even have a tropical-fruit character that is a personal favourite.

Irish whiskey styles

What makes these whiskeys different? Firstly, they produce a style of whiskey called pot still – this is whiskey made with both malted and unmalted barley. Secondly, most of the Irish single malts and pot-still whiskeys are triple distilled rather than the traditional Scottish style of being double distilled. Triple distillation produces a lighter and fruitier style of whiskey, whilst the pot-still style gives a rich, fuller-style whiskey with complexity and creaminess.

Blended Irish whiskey is also slightly different to Scotch blends in that it usually contains a mix of all three styles of Irish whiskey: single malt, pot still and grain. I find these Irish blends very good – they are great for introducing new people to whisk(e)y and mix very well with water, soda or ginger ale to create long drinks.

In my 30-year whisky journey, I have changed preferences many times. I have been crazy about whisky from sherry casks, then I was a peathead, changing from style to style, although not really from distillery to distillery as you can find many styles even within each distillery. But I never fell out of love with Irish whiskey, and as time evolves, I am more and more in love with it. It is the fruit element that brings me back again and again, as well as the creaminess of the pot-still character.

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The Old Bushmills Distillery in Northern Ireland

POWER OF TWO

In some ways I find the Irish whiskey industry similar to that of Japan. Ireland is dominated by two big players: Irish Distillers and Bushmills; in Japan, it is Suntory and Nikka. In both cases, the distillers in these countries were competitive and did not swap stock for use in blends, as they do in Scotland. They were therefore reliant on their own production to produce enough variants of malt or pot-still whisky that could be used to make up their house blends and core range. And in terms of flavour, both countries produce whisky which are easy drinking; they are different, but are both lighter in style.

In Japan, Yamazaki produces many styles of malt whisky by using different-shaped stills and numerous cut points, whereas Irish Distillers uses a variety of mash bills (as well as different cut points).

Suntory’s core range of Yamazaki whisky consists of the 12 Year Old, 18 Year Old and 25 Year Old, but even though these whiskies are produced in one distillery, they actually contain different styles of malt whisky produced at the distillery. By contrast, Irish Distillers uses its variety of mash bills for its core range of products. This means that all the pot-still whiskies in the range we see are from one distillery: Midleton. Its core range includes Redbreast, Green Spot, Powers John’s Lane and, of course, Midleton.

Irish whiskey companies have been very pioneering and sales of Irish whiskey are growing fast. With this increased popularity, many new distilleries have opened recently and more are in the pipeline; I believe that there are more than 30 current planning applications for new distilleries across Ireland. Watch out, Scotland!

If you have never tried Irish whiskey, I hope I have convinced you to try some. I would recommend the following to begin your journey:

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Teeling Single Grain

Bushmills 10 Year Old

Connemara Green Spot

Redbreast 12 Year Old

Robbie’s Drams Whisky Merchants – March 2017 Newsletter – Scotch Whisky News

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Good Afternoon Ladies & Gents

A quick update on a few stock items that may be of interest. We have listed below a new selection of collectable and investible whiskies for your perusal. That being said, the whiskies listed below are not only collectable and investible, they are also affordable and damn-good drinking whiskies. Please note that the stock that we carry of these products is very limited. This is only a tiny representation of our collectable range, for more details on the full selection visit our Old & Rare, Collectible, Luxury and our Non-Auction sections online.

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Whisky Hammer March Auction Live – Scotch Whisky News

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MARCH AUCTION NOW LIVE (ends Sunday 26th March)

…place your bids at http://www.whiskyhammer.co.uk/

With an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits there is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest, enjoy!

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Whisky Wednesday Review Jameson Crested – Irish Whiskey News

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https://youtu.be/JcTkF1ALwlwJameson Crested Review

Hello everyone! Sadly I missed the boat last week for a Saint Patrick’s day review, but alas, here is my review on Jameson Crested! I’ve always had a love affair with Irish whisky. It culminates everything that is great about whisky as a whole; history, art, work ethic and enjoyment. But the Irish have always had a hearty and rebellious element following them through history, the whisky is no different. The Crested brings more pot still whisky into the mix, a long with focusing maturation more towards the sherry side. It’s a wonderfully affordable, easy drinking product that no whisky drinker should over look. Enjoy!

 


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