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Wolfburn Appoints Maverick Drinks as UK Distributor – Scotch Whisky News

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Wolfburn Appoints Maverick Drinks as UK Distributor 

Wolfburn Distillery has signed craft spirits specialist Maverick Drinks as its UK distributor. Winner of the 2016 IWSC Spirits Distributor of the Year award, Maverick is the perfect partner for Wolfburn’s award-winning range of single malt scotch whiskies.

‘For Wolfburn it’s a great step forward,’ comments Shane Fraser, distillery manager. ‘We’re hugely proud of our hand-crafted whiskies so it makes a lot of sense to team up with Maverick Drinks, as they’re at the forefront of the spirits revolution in the UK with a genuine focus on craftsmanship and quality.’

The symmetry between Maverick and Wolfburn extends beyond corporate ethos, with both companies having come top in class in recent International Wine & Spirits Competitions: Wolfburn scooped the gold medal at the recent IWSC Hong Kong awards, while Maverick was awarded the prize for IWSC Spirits Distributor of the Year. Wolfburn’s ‘Northland’ expression has now won an unprecedented four consecutive gold medals in international competitions.

‘We’re absolutely thrilled to represent Wolfburn in the UK.’ says Michael Vachon, Maverick Drinks’ Head of Brand Development. ‘Wolfburn have everything we look for in a brand: extraordinary quality, great design, and amazing people. Shane and his team have a burgeoning reputation for making some of the best whisky in the world and I know we’re going to have a great time working together.’

ABOUT WOLFURN: 

The original Wolfburn Distillery was founded just to the west of Thurso by William Smith in 1821. In its day it was one of the largest distilleries in Scotland, producing, according to HMRC records, 28,056 “gallons of proof spirit” in a single year. Taking its name from the stream that provided the water – the Wolf Burn – the distillery operated until around 1870. The reasons for its closure are lost in time, but by 1877 the newly produced Ordnance Survey maps showed it being in ruins.

In 2011 plans were laid to resurrect the old distillery. Construction began in 2012 and in January 2013 the new Wolfburn Distillery commenced production, thereby becoming the most northerly distillery on the Scottish mainland. Situated 300m from the site of the original distillery, the new Wolfburn operates in much the same way as the old: craftsmen use traditional methods to produce fine spirit, which is laid down in best quality oak casks to await the day when it is bottled as single malt scotch whisky. Wolfburn’s single malt scotch whiskies are now available in 24 countries globally.

ABOUT MAVERICK DRINKS:

Established in 2013, Maverick Drinks brings great drinks and craft spirits to the UK. We represent a number of distilleries from the UK, US and Europe and distribute craft and well-sourced spirits throughout the UK. We focus on craft spirits because consumers are increasingly looking for products with provenance, authenticity, and craftsmanship they admire.

Maverick Drinks was awarded IWSC Spirits Distributor of the Year in 2014 and 2016 and our portfolio now includes some of the finest and most award-winning spirits in the world, which we make available through our ever-growing network of partners in the UK: drinks wholesalers, high street outlets, online retailers, and more.

Maverick Drinks continues to lead the UK in distributing craft spirits whilst also working with trade organisations and industry bodies to drive awareness of the global trends in craft distilling.

Wolfburn Distillery, Henderson Park, Thurso, Caithness KW14 7XW

www.wolfburn.com

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Milroys of Soho GlenDronach Single Cask – Scotch Whisky News

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“Each year, Master Distiller, Billy Walker, specially selects a handful of individual casks from the warehouses at the GlenDronach Distillery, to be bottled as the GlenDronach ‘Limited Release’.”

Milroys Glendronach

The Single Cask selection are some of the most eagerly anticipated bottles of the year.  From the germination of the barley to the flow of the purest middle cuts of distilled spirit, every step in the GlenDronach journey is taken with meticulous care and immaculate timing. Their malt mill, glistening copper mash tun and traditional wooden washbacks form part of a vigorous but carefully attended process. Without a doubt, this year has not disappointed.

“The ‘Sherry Connoisseurs’ strike again”

Milroys web store currently have 4 bottlings in stock. Each bottle having its own nuanced flavour profile based around a strong Pedro Ximénez barrel style. Rich Chocolate and plums accompanied by stewed fruits and walnuts. Truly delightful.

Glendronach Single Cask, #4418, 1995, 21YO, 52.6%

Glendronach Single Cask, #3379, 1994, 22YO, 52.8%

Glendronach Single Cask, #43, 1993, 24 YO, 59.2%

Glendronach Single Cask, #89, 1992, 25YO, 58.1%

Shop GlenDronach

Kentuky Whisky at K&L California – American Whiskey News

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United States – Kentucky

Jim Beam K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #JB5456 Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) (Previously $35)  View

Baker’s Bourbon (750ml) (Previously $55)  View

1902 Belmont 8 Year Old Bottled in Bond Handmade Sour Mash Whisky (750ml) (Previously $2500)  View

1941 Pebbleford 8 Year Old Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon (750ml) (Previously $2000) View

1979 Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year Bourbon (750ml) (Previously $5000)  View

Phone: (877) KL-WINES (Toll Free 877.559.4637) Email: wine@klwines.com

K&L Wine Merchants 3005 El Camino Real Redwood City, CA 94061 USA San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA

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Macallan Sienna Price Reduction at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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While Hamish is away on his holidays we have decided to reduce some of your favourite whiskies. Starting with this sherry bomb from Macallan. Packed with sweet richness, now available at an eye watering price of £67.99! Just don’t tell Hamish!

 £67.99 Buy Now
(Was £82)
Available while stocks last
Online offer only

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Sweet 10% Saving ith The Scotch Malt Whisky Society – Scotch Whisky News

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Often overlooked and considered a humdrum dram, we’re exploring the world of sweet whiskies as we continue our journey into different flavour experiences. From lighter fruity and mellow whiskies to rich full-bodied spicy flavours, sweet styles are wonderfully varied and complex. We’ve hand picked a sweet selection of whiskies to showcase that diversity.

From now until Thursday, 29 June, buy any Sweet, Fruity & Mellow or Spicy & Sweet whisky and enjoy a 10 per cent saving using code: SWEETOFFER.

Parcel offers are not included, the offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers, exchanged for cash or given retrospectively. Thanks for your understanding.

EXPLORE SWEET WHISKIES

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!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

Knob Creek® Bourbon Celebrates 25 Years With Limited Edition Anniversary Release – American Whiskey News

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Knob Creek® Bourbon Celebrates 25 Years With Limited Edition Anniversary Release

Clermont, KY (June 15, 2017) – In 1992, Sixth Generation Beam Master Distiller Booker Noe created Knob Creek® Bourbon to restore the standards of pre-prohibition style whiskey, pushing the boundaries of an entire category with the introduction of super-premium, small batch bourbon.

Twenty-five years later, Booker’s son and SeventhGeneration Master Distiller Fred Noe is celebrating this milestone with the launch of an exclusive, limited-edition release ­– Knob Creek® 25th Anniversary Bourbon. Uniting the signature whiskey making styles of Booker and Fred Noe for the first time, Knob Creek 25th Anniversary Bourbon is a cask strength and unfiltered1 single barrel bourbon, aged in barrels for twelve-to-thirteen years and personally selected by Noe for this historic occasion.

“When Dad introduced Knob Creek and the Small Batch Bourbon Collection 25 years ago, he created it with the flavor, care and craftsmanship that defined high-quality, full-flavored bourbon,” said Noe. “I am honored to keep this tradition alive every day, and am proud to celebrate 25 years with our fans by releasing a special product that features Dad’s preferred ‘uncut and unfiltered’ style, combined with my passion for single barrel bourbons.”

With this unique combination, Knob Creek 25th Anniversary offers fans the truest expression of Knob Creek Bourbon, as close to standing in the rack house as possible. It features slight nuances in proof and tasting notes within each bottle, while still holding true to the brand’s overall taste profile. Each commemorative bottle is presented in a premium, wooden box and features a special label, including a handwritten bottling date and proof.

Knob Creek 25th Anniversary Bourbon is available nationwide in limited quantities for a suggested retail price of $129.99 for a 750ml bottle. This commemorative release offers the below characteristics, with each bottle’s unique tasting notes varying slightly:

  •        Age: Between 12 ­– 13 years
  •        Proof: Cask strength varies by barrel, ranging from 120 to 125 proof
  •       Color: Deep amber
  •       Taste: Each bottle features nuanced variations of deep, full vanilla with a surprisingly sweet and nutty flavor
  •        Aroma: Each bottle features nuanced variations of robust vanilla and caramel; slightly smoky, complemented by rich notes of oak
  •        Finish: Long and full

In addition to the launch of Knob Creek 25th Anniversary Bourbon, 2017 proves to be an exciting, milestone year for Knob Creek and its fans. The brand launched a new campaign, titled “This Creek Runs Full,” at the start of the year driven by multiple consumer touchpoints, including print, social and digital media; out-of-home advertising; experiential on- and off-premise activations; and public relations. The brand also recently unveiled a new website, which will be expanded to include an e-commerce page later this summer, featuring merchandise and apparel for consumer purchase. In addition, Knob Creek is excited to collaborate with the Goose Island Beer Company on their Black Friday release of Bourbon County Reserve Brand Stout, aged in Knob Creek bourbon barrels.

For more information about this release or Knob Creek’s 25th anniversary, please visit the newly updated www.KnobCreek.com or contact beam@wearemultip.ly.

About Knob Creek® Bourbon

Knob Creek® Bourbon has been making extraordinary full-flavored bourbon with intriguing taste and bottled in unique flask shaped packaging for 25 years. Aged in new, charred American Oak barrels and bottled at an honest 100 proof, Knob Creek® Bourbon upholds the standard for what great bourbon ought to be with its big, full signature flavor. Launched in early 1992, at a time when the term “super-premium” bourbon didn’t exist, Knob Creek® Bourbon is named after the small town in Kentucky where President Abraham Lincoln was born. In recent years, Knob Creek has expanded its portfolio releasing Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve (120 proof / 60% alcohol by volume) in 2011 and Knob Creek Rye (100 proof / 50% alcohol by volume) in 2012 and Knob Creek Smoked Maple (90 proof / 45% alcohol by volume) in 2013.

About Beam Suntory Inc.

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Hornitos and Sauza tequila, EFFEN and Pinnacle vodka, Sipsmith gin, and Midori liqueur.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and commitment to Growing for Good. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com and  www.drinksmart.com.

Whisky Auctioneer June 2017 Auction Now Live -Scotch Whisky News

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June Auction Now Live

Summer has officially arrived here in beautiful Scotland, with temperatures easily hitting the high teens! If things are getting hot where you are why not step into the shade and take a moment to cool down and browse our June Auction? 

This month features some incredible premium releases, stunning old vintages and superb independent bottlings, as well as everything else in between. Below are just a few highlights to whet your appetite. 

Dalmore 50 Year Old Decanter

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It doesn’t get much more premium than a 50 Year Old Dalmore! Presented within a crystal decanter and accompanied by a fine brass bound lockable hard wood case this is one of only 60 incredible bottles. 

Laphroaig 1970 Samaroli

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Bottled in 1986 for legendary Italian importer Samaroli. One of only 720 and considered a masterpiece by Whiskyfun’s Serge Valentin! 

Macallan Nicol’s Nectar

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A very rare Macallan, one of only 120 bottles produced in 1996 to mark the retirement of Peter Nicol from the distillery after 43 years of service. 

Bunnahabhain 1947 Single Cask 28 Year Old

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A stunningly old vintage from this Islay distillery, bottled by Matthew Gloag & Son of Perth in 1975 at 28 Years Old. A fantastic opportunity to gain a window into our whisky past! 

Springbank 1966 Local Barley 30 & 31 Year Old

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The ‘Local Barley’ bottlings from the mid 1960s have attained legendary status and we are delighted to feature two wonderful examples in our current auction. 

Glenfiddich 1959 Private Vintage

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Another wonderful single cask bottling from Glenfiddich’s Private Vintage range. Hand bottled in 2006 after over 46 years of maturation. 

There is no registration fee, our commission structure is very competitive and we offer worldwide shipping. For our terms and conditions please click here. 

Happy bidding!

 

NEW REGIONAL SERIES FROM THE EXCLUSIVE MALTS at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

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NEW REGIONAL SERIES FROM THE EXCLUSIVE MALTS

A la what we’ve seen with Douglas Laing over the last year, David Stirk, the man behind the Exclusive Malts independent bottlings, has put together a new regional series of 100 proof whiskies meant to highlight the distinct characters of Scotland’s regional styles. Unlike the Laing editions, however, these are all single cask expressions. All are bottled at 100 proof, as well. They’re quite striking and well-priced, to boot. I jumped all over them after tasting through the line-up.

Exclusive Malts “Regional Series” 12 Year Old Single Grain Whiskey (750ml) ($49.99) - This Port Dundas 12 year edition showcases the simple pleasure of great grain whisky with exotic macaroon coconut flavors, rich oak, barrel spice, and plenty of punch from the higher proof. It drinks like a bolder and rounder version of the Nikka Coffey grain for a better price.

Exclusive Malts “Regional Series” 8 Year Old Peated Highland Single Malt Whiskey (750ml) ($49.99) - This 8 year old peated Ardmore showcases the difference between Island peat and Highland peat, with a lighter, fruitier smoke influence that tastes more like a campfire than a the medicinal phenols of Islay. Lovely richness and creaminess accent the finish.

Exclusive Malts “Regional Series” 8 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Whiskey (750ml) ($49.99) - This 8 year old Glentauchers is a chewy and unctuous sherry-aged delight with an extra kick from the 100 proof ABV.

Exclusive Malts “Regional Series” Islay Single Malt Whiskey $49.99 ($49.99) - While not labeled as such, this is an all-Laphroaig bottling that drinks like a softer, more lush version of the standard 10 year, albeit at a higher proof.

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Springbank 21 Year Old 1995 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Springbank 21 Year Old 1995 vintage Lowland single malt Scotch whiskey. Single cask hogshead distilled December 1995 and bottled May 2017 by Hunter Laing & Co. for the Old & Rare Platinum Selection. Presented in a giant 1.5 litre Magnum bottle. 32 numbered bottles. Springbank Distillery was established in 1828 in Campbeltown at the foot of the Mull of Kintyre on the west coast of Scotland. Springbank produces three different types of single malt whisky Hazelburn which is non-peated and triple distilled, Longrow which is highly peated and double distilled and Springbank which is medium peated and partially triple distilled having been distilled two and a half times. Barley is spread across traditional malting floors at Springbank where it germinates and is then dried on the perforated floor of the malt kiln. The Springbank 10 Year Old, 15 Year Old Local Barley and Springbank 21 Year old annual release are very popular whiskies.

£,1080.04

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Ralfy Publishes Ralfy Review #661 – American Whiskey News

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Ralfy grabs some B.I.B. Rye with Ralfy Review 661 - Ritenhouse Rye B.I.B. @ 50%vol

 


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