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Heaven Hill Distillery Announces Release of 2017 Parker’s Heritage Collection Limited Edition Bottling – American Whiskey News


Heaven Hill Distillery Announces Release of 2017 Parker’s Heritage Collection Limited Edition Bottling

Eleventh Edition of annual ultra-premium release will honor late Heaven Hill Distillery Master Distiller Emeritus Parker Beam and continue support of ALS research and patient care

BARDSTOWN, KY— Heaven Hill Distillery announced today the 2017 limited edition release of Parker’s Heritage Collection – an 11-year-old, Single Barrel Bourbon. The eleventh edition will be shipping into select markets across the country beginning in September.

The 2017 edition showcases what Parker felt was one of his greatest achievements throughout his more than 50 years of distilling experience – the introduction of Heaven Hill’s single barrel Bourbons. Aged in Parker’s favorite rickhouse location, Deatsville, the sixth-generation Master Distiller would have described these bottles as “just good Bourbon.” Bottled at 122 proof (61% abv) and non-chill filtered, the Bourbon tastes of heavy spice and oak, with a hint of smoke and raisin, followed by a long and dry finish.

The annual release of Parker’s signature line is one of the most highly anticipated bottlings for whiskey and Bourbon lovers worldwide, as the collection produces an innovative, coveted product each year and now serves as a remembrance of the collection’s namesake. Parker’s Heritage Collection was originally conceived to showcase the extraordinary quality and broad range of Heaven Hill’s American Whiskey holdings, as Heaven Hill boasts the world’s second largest inventory of aging American Whiskey.

The late Heaven Hill Distillery Master Distiller Emeritus Parker Beam, for whom the acclaimed series is named, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also called ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2010. The past four editions from 2013-2016, including the “Promise of Hope” Bourbon, the “Original Batch” Straight Wheat Whiskey, the Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey, and the 24-Year-Old Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon respectively, have raised over half a million dollars toward ALS research and patient care through contributions made by Heaven Hill for each bottle purchased. Heaven Hill will continue with this cause-related campaign, and will contribute $10 from the average national retail cost of $129.99 of each 750ml bottle sold of this year’s release to the ALS Association. With every past edition of Parker’s Heritage Collection quickly selling out, the company expects to continue to generate significant dollars for this effort in Parker’s memory.

“Through Parker Beam’s leadership and influence, the history of Kentucky Bourbon and Heaven Hill’s American Whiskey heritage has an enduring foundation of quality, transparency, and passion,” said Susan Wahl, Group Product Director at Heaven Hill Distillery. “We are proud to continue offering the Parker’s Heritage collection in his memory and continue to support ALS research and patient care efforts.”

Packaged in the same upscale 750ml bottle as the previous ten editions but with a gray colored label, the Parker’s Heritage Collection 11-Year-Old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey bottling reflects the care and craftsmanship of its contents. Available in a three bottle case, it will be featured on the shelves and back bars of the nation’s finest spirits retailers and on-premise accounts starting in September. With previous releases having won multiple awards from Whisky Advocate magazine, Whisky Magazine and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the rare bottlings stand as some of the most critically lauded American Whiskeys in recent memory. Past bottlings have won awards ranging from “Best North American Whiskey” to “American Whiskey of the Year” to “Best of Show, Brown Spirits.”

About Heaven Hill Distillery Founded in Kentucky by the Shapira family in 1935, Heaven Hill Distillery continues its legacy as one of the foremost American Whiskey producers. Heaven Hill has cultivated the traditions and history of America’s Native Spirit with its fierce independence, passionate family ownership, dedication to quality, and thoughtful innovation. Today, Heaven Hill Distillery maintains over 1.2 million barrels aging in 54 warehouses throughout Nelson and Jefferson Counties. It is home to an award-winning collection of American Whiskeys including Elijah Craig Bourbon, Larceny Bourbon, Evan Williams Bourbon, Pikesville Rye Whiskey, Rittenhouse Rye Whisky and Parker’s Heritage Collection. Heaven Hill Distillery previously held the titles of 2016 Whisky Magazine Distillery of the Year, 2016 Whiskey Advocate American Whiskey of the Year and 2016 Rye Whiskey of the Year from “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.” For more information, please visit

Heaven Hill reminds you to “Think Wisely.  Drink Wisely.”

The Whisky Exchange “Bourbon vs Scotch: what’s the difference?” – Scotch/Bourbon News


Bourbon vs Scotch: what’s the difference?

To non-whisky drinkers, Scotch and bourbon are the same thing. A dark spirit, made with the same ingredients and aged in the same barrels. Right? Wrong. The two drinks have a lot in common but there’s also a world of difference, which we’ll explain for you.


Scotch: No prizes for guessing this one: Scotch whisky must be made in Scotland. Not only that, to use the term ‘Scotch whisky’ on the label, the whisky must be bottled in Scotland, too (with the exception of blended whisky).

Bourbon: Contrary to popular opinion, bourbon does not have to made in Kentucky. It can, in fact, be made in any US state, but the limestone water found in Kentucky makes it an ideal location – the limestone filters out impurities such as iron.

95% of bourbon is made in Kentucky


Scotch: Scotch single malt whisky must be made with 100% malted barley; grain whisky is generally made with a combination of malted and unmalted barley, as well as wheat.

Bourbon: Bourbon must be made with a basic recipe (‘mash bill’) of at least 51% corn (maize), with the remainder made up of rye, wheat and barley. The greater the proportion of corn in the recipe, the sweeter the bourbon; rye-heavy bourbons will have a spicier taste.


Highland distillery Glenmorangie has the tallest pot stills in Scotland


Scotch: The method in which Scotch whisky is distilled depends on the style or category: single malts are generally double-distilled (sometimes triple-distilled) in pot stills, while grain whiskies will be distilled in a column still. As always, there are exceptions: Mortlach single malt, for example, uses a complicated ‘2.81’ system involving a combination of pot stills.

Bourbon: Almost all bourbon is firstly distilled in a column still, then the spirit undergoes a second distillation in a modified copper pot still known as a ‘doubler’ (or ‘thumper’).


Whisk(e)y draws much of its flavour from the barrel it is matured in


Scotch: People who make Scotch whisky have a lot to thank the bourbon industry for. Bourbon distillers are only allowed to age their spirit in new oak casks; after they’ve been used once, the casks are no use to them, so the majority gets sold to Scotch producers, who are more than happy to age their whisky inside them. Scotch distillers have much more freedom when it comes to ageing their whisky, and use a huge variety of casks, including those which formerly contained wine, port, or even Cognac.

Bourbon: The other big difference between the Scotch whisky and bourbon is the climate. The warmer temperatures of Kentucky mean that evaporation rates are much higher, so the bourbon matures much quicker than its Scottish equivalent – about twice as fast.


It is extremely difficult to talk about a generic style for either Scotch whisky or bourbon, but there are some general flavours you can expect, depending on the style.

Scotch: There is no single generic Scotch whisky style – a light, grassy Speysider has little in common with a robust, peaty monster from Islay. Moreover, due to factors including cask type, peating level and length of maturation, Scotch whiskies can be elegant and floral, rich and spicy, or even have a salty, maritime character.

Bourbon: A bourbon made with a high proportion of corn will taste sweeter than one with a hefty dose of rye. It is also fair to say that bourbons will generally have a sweeter taste than most Scotch whiskies, and will often display notes of toffee, cinnamon and vanilla (the latter from the American oak it is matured in).

When comparing Scotch whisky and bourbon, it is impossible to say whether one is better than the other; it is more a question of which spirit you prefer. Most bourbons are made in an approachable style, but there are plenty of Scotch whiskies that are soft and subtle, too. We would recommend trying a few of each and building your whisky repertoire – we have plenty to choose from! Happy drinking.

James E Pepper’s 1776 Bourbon Tastign at The Whisky Shop #SFO August 12th, 2017 – American Whiskey News


Saturday, August 12th


James E Pepper’s 1776 Bourbon

Go back to the roots of whiskey with the infamous James E. Pepper. Since the 1800s, James E. Pepper’s distillery has been producing whiskeys, and while it went silent in 1958, has recently begun releasing new whiskies. After extensive research to match the flavor profile of the original, “Old Style” James E. Pepper whiskey, the current ‘1776’ line was released to wide acclaim, earning gold medals at both San Francisco and New York World Spirits competitions.

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August Tastings at Milroys of Soho – Whisky News


August Tastings at Milroys of Soho

Every Monday here at Milroys we host one of our infamous tastings in the comfort of London’s Oldest Whisky Specialist.


Aug 7th – Scotland Vs the World Our Scotland v. The World tasting pitches the best that the Scottish can muster against whiskies from the rest of the world.

Saturday Aug 12th – Introduction to Whisky This tasting is perfect for newcomers and connoisseurs alike. We only open whisky that we want to drink too, so expect the very best!

Monday Aug 14th – Hunter Laing Tasting As the Laing family have been in the Scotch Whisky business for more than three generations, the company has acquired not only a great deal of experience but, just as importantly, vast stocks of some of the most sought after whiskies in Scotland. 

Monday August 21st – Douglas Laing Douglas Laing specialise in the selection and release of specialist, craft Scotch Whiskies.


Milroy’s of Soho
3 Greek Street
London, England W1D 4NX
United Kingdom

Milroys of Soho “Old Pulteney? Discontinued?” – Scotch Whisky News


Old Pultney 21 Discontinued?

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”

― Coco Chanel

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Supplies of Old Pulteney 21-year-old have been on allocation since it was named ‘World’s Best Whisky’  2012 Scoring a record-equalling 97.5 points out of 100. Old Pulteney 21 was matured in ex-bourbon casks with spirit from ex-Oloroso sherry casks, second fill American oak and Spanish oak first fill. Old Pulteney 21 is excellence in its truest form. The news has left Milroys utterly melconcholic. But wait, there is a whiff of good news.  We have 5 left, some of the last in London.

Grab your now, before they’re all gone




Ballantine’s celebrates 10 years as the official Scotch whisky sponsor

July 2017, Ayrshire – Spanish player, Rafa Cabrera-Bello completed an unforgettable four days today by winning the Aberdeen Asset Management (AAM) Scottish Open after a thrilling play-off against Englishman Callum Shinkwin. Sponsored by Ballantine’s Scotch whisky, the event is one of the European Tour’s flagship tournaments and precedes the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Golf Club.

Cabrera-Bello was crowned champion of Scotland’s national open after an excellent week of highly competitive golf in challenging and testing conditions. The final day started with some of the world’s most popular golfers in contention. European Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter and Matt Kuchar from America were among those poised to make a challenge on the Dundonald Links on Scotland’s Ayrshire coast.

The Spaniard won his third European Tour victory with a birdie at the first extra hole after hitting a brilliant approach shot into the par-five 18th from 275 yards.

Ballantine’s is the No.1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the No. 2 Scotch whisky in the world. Its association with golf started in 1960 when the first Ballantine’s tournament took place at Wentworth Club and it has been a proud official sponsor of the Scottish Open for the past decade.

Peter Moore, Global Brand Director of Ballantine’s Prestige commented: “We are very proud that Ballantine’s is yet again a part of the prestigious Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open for the 10th year running. This year, the standard was higher than ever, with the tournament bringing together world-class players for an absolutely wonderful week of golf. We congratulate Rafa Cabrera-Bello on his fantastic win at this legendary tournament and hope that he has a chance to enjoy his Ballantine’s 30 Year Old when he returns home.”

Ballantine’s presence at this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open included: on-course signage and player awards, including a bottle of Ballantine’s 17 Year Old for a birdie on the 17th hole, a bottle of Ballantine’s 21 Year Old for the lowest round of each day, and a bottle of Ballantine’s 30 Year Old for the winner.

About Ballantine’s

Ballantine’s is the No.1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the No.2 Scotch whisky in the world with the range selling over 70 million bottles a year worldwide. Ballantine’s has won more than 130 trophies and medals at international competitions in the past ten years for its outstanding quality, as a result of its unique richness of character and perfect balance. The range, from Ballantine’s Finest to the exclusive 40 Year Old, is the most extensive in the world of Scotch and is maintained by Master Blender Sandy Hyslop, continuing the brand’s tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827. In 2013, Ballantine’s continued its innovative approach by launching Ballantine’s Brasil, a spirit drink made from selectively cask steeping Scotch whisky with Brazilian lime peel.

Twitter: @Ballantines




About Ballantine’s in Golf:

Ballantine’s has a rich history in golf dating back to 1960 when the first Ballantine’s sponsored golf tournament was played at Wentworth Club in England. Ballantine’s founded the Ballantine’s Championship in 2008, remaining title sponsor of the tournament until 2013. Ballantine’s has also been a sponsor of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open since 2007. 

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky and the No.1 Scotch whisky in China; Ballantine’s, Europe’s No.1 Scotch whisky; The Glenlivet, the world’s No.1 single malt whisky; and Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky range. The portfolio also includes two of the world’s leading English gins – Beefeater, the world’s most awarded premium gin, and Plymouth gin – plus a selection of highly acclaimed single malt whiskies, including Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa, Strathisla and Tormore. The range is completed by a collection of blended Scotch whiskies operating in many of the world’s key whisky markets which includes 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch.

Twitter: @ChivasNewsRoom 

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 8,558 million in 2014/15. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Kahlúa and Malibu liqueurs, Mumm and Perrier- Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, Graffigna and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,000 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 85 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics. Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

GLYNNEVAN Double Barrelled Canadian Rye Whisky Now Available at the LCBO – Canadian Whisky News


GLYNNEVAN Double Barrelled Canadian Rye Whisky Now Available at the LCBO

It’s time to create a new whisky tradition in Ontario! Our GLYNNEVAN Double Barrelled Canadian Rye Whisky has left the shores of Nova Scotia’s remote Eastern Shore and is now available at select LCBO whisky shops in Ottawa, Toronto and Woodbridge.

A new Canadian tradition where the spirit of prairie grain comes to rest in oak barrels in our distillery on the historic Guysborough harbour, we’re proud to bring our Double Barrelled Rye to Ontario. Barrel aging by the Atlantic lends a distinct Maritime character to our small batch spirits, a character that lives in the blood of many Ontarians whose families found their start on Canada’s East Coast.

For Ontario whisky drinkers who are new to GLYNNEVAN, our Double Barrelled Rye opens with layers of aroma starting with sweet rye spices and honey, followed by toasted oak, vanilla, cinnamon and a hint of tropical fruit. The taste is sweet and creamy delivering vanilla, spice, hazelnut, butter, toffee, and caramel. The finish is long and warm, the perfect toast to the people who matter most in your life.

GLYNNEVAN Double Barrelled Rye received the Silver Medal for Canadian rye whisky at the San Francisco World Spirits Championship and is now finally available in Ontario for you to enjoy. You can find your bottle here.

We look forward to hearing how you celebrate with GLYNNEVAN Double Barrelled Rye Whisky and invite you to share your new traditions with us on our FacebookInstagram and Twitter page.

Littlemill 25 Year Old 2015 Release at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News


Littlemill 25 Year Old 2015 Release

The Collector’s Loft, Littlemill

50.4% vol. / 70clcl


Ex VAT £1,875.00

This 25 year old Lowlands Single Malt comes from the now lost Littlemill distillery on the banks of the River Clyde in Bowling near Glasgow. Born from a selection of 10 casks from 1989 and 1990, hand-picked by Master Blenders John Peterson and Michael Henry to best represent the quality and style of whisky from the distillery which closed in 1994 and burned down in 2004. The liquid has been drawn from American and European oak casks and married together and finished in first fill European Oloroso sherry casks.

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Dailuaine 2006 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Dailuaine 2006 Connoisseurs Choice

Sherry cask matured and bottled 2017 by Gordon & MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice series. Chocolate, almonds, apricot and orange peel make for a delicious expression of the Speyside single malt. Dailuaine Distillery was established by William Mackenzie in 1851 at Carron in the heart of the Speyside whiskey region. In 1889 Charles C. Doig was commissioned to design a new roof for its malt kiln and he duly produced the Doig pagoda roof, the first of which was installed here at Dailuaine. The design proved successful, was rapidly adopted by other distilleries and nowadays it is the symbol of our traditional malt whiskey distilleries. Unfortunately, Doig’s original roof was destroyed during a fire in 1917. Dailuaine 16 Year Old and Special Releases alongside regular independent bottlings are available.

Buy – £42.55

TWB 10 Yrs

Ralfy Publishes Ralfy Review #669 – Whisky News


Ralfy explains what you need to know with Ralfy review 669 - Advice on drinking old vintage liquors

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