Archive for January, 2018

Canadian Whisky Awards 2018 – Canadian Whisky News

Canadian Whisky of the Year 2018 Wisers 35

VICTORIA, Jan. 19, 2018 /CNW/ - The verdict is in. As the popularity of Canadian whisky continues its meteoric ascent, a jury of ten independent whisky experts has named Wiser’s 35-year-old the very best of the best. 

The whisky was proclaimed Whisky of the Year in Victoria B.C. on Thursday, January 18, at the eighth annual Canadian Whisky Awards gala. Distillers, brand ambassadors, and fans alike came together to celebrate and raise a glass to the passion and craftsmanship of Canadian whisky.

Chairman of the judges, Davin de Kergommeaux, described Wiser’s 35-year-old as: “An elegant and complex beauty with depth of flavour and no rough edges.”

Other top accolades went to whiskies from Caribou Crossing, Crown Royal, Collingwood, Forty Creek, Gibson’s Finest, and Highwood Rye.

“Canada’s whisky makers have responded to skyrocketing interest in Canadian whisky with a wealth of new high-end releases,” said de Kergommeaux as he revealed the winners. “Canadian Club released a 40-year-old whisky and Corby Distillers bottled a cask strength version of connoisseur’s favourite, Lot No. 40.”

As the country’s preeminent Canadian whisky competition, the independent and blind judging panel, served up some surprise honours to relative newcomers such as Saskatchewan’s Last Mountain distillery and Yukon’s Two Brewers which took home top spot as Microdistiller of the Year.

Canadian distillers released more small-batch and luxury whiskies in 2017, than ever before. Corby Distillers, for instance introduced four new limited release whiskies, Forty Creek went back to first principles with a whisky named Heritage, and Collingwood released Double Barrel, a Canadian whisky made in an American style.

If this year’s record setting submissions are an indication, Canadian whisky fans have an extremely exciting 2018 to look forward to.

The list of all the winners is now available at 


About the Canadian Whisky Awards
The Canadian Whisky Awards, held annually in conjunction with the Victoria Whisky Festival, recognize the very best Canadian whiskies and encourage distillers to maintain the highest quality standards. To qualify, the whisky must be distilled and matured in Canada. An independent panel of whisky experts selects the winners after tasting each whisky blind. Operated on a not-for-profit basis, the Canadian Whisky Awards are fully independent of the Canadian whisky industry.

SOURCE Canadian Whisky Awards


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Corby Distillery team accept Whisky of the Year for JP Wiser’s 35 year old. L to r: Brand director Chris Bhowmik, Colin MacDougal, Spencer Gooderham, Co-host Heather Leary, Chair & Co-host Davin de Kergommeaux and Dave Mitton.

Photo Credit: Jen Steele




New Vintage is Latest Addition to Prestigious Fine & Rare Collection 

January 17, 2017 (New York, New York) – The Macallan, the world’s most admired single malt Scotch whisky, has unveiled a new release in its highly regarded Fine & Rare collection, the 1977 vintage.

The Macallan Fine & Rare collection, created to identify the very best of The Macallan’s finest maturing stock, features some of the greatest vintage single malts ever released. The 1977 vintage – of which only 4 bottles are allocated to the US market this year – continues to add to the liquid history of The Macallan, offering new insights into the aroma and flavor characteristic of this exquisite single malt.

“The release of the 1977 Fine & Rare vintage adds an outstanding whisky to this collection of unique and mature expressions of The Macallan,” said The Macallan’s Master Distiller, Nick Savage. “The full, rich, classic Macallan body holds the supporting characters of sweet apples & vanillas, to give an all-encompassing whisky. A hint of peat in the background draws inspiration from The Macallan heritage, balanced with maturation in a smaller hogshead cask for a rich, yet delicate experience. The 1977 Fine & Rare vintage has reached its gentle maturity over 40 years and represents the classic Macallan style.”

Charlie Whitfield, Manager of Prestige Whiskies at The Macallan, said: “Now 15 years since its launch, with more than 50 individual vintages releases, The Macallan Fine & Rare Collection retains its status as one of the most iconic ranges within the world of single malt. The most recent vintage released took the collection up to 1991, but now we take a few steps back in time to the late 1970s. A superb single cask whisky from a memorable year, when cinema-goers were first introduced to George Lucas’ Star Wars and the world mourned the death of Elvis Presley. On The Macallan Estate on September 26th 1977, our predecessors filled one particular Hogshead, amongst many Sherry-seasoned casks, not knowing the fate that lay ahead 40 years later.”

Over the years, the Fine & Rare collection has underpinned The Macallan as the world’s most valuable and collectable single malt whisky, dominating auctions around the world and setting world record prices, both at auction and private sale.

The 1977 Fine & Rare vintage comes from Cask No.8661 and has an ABV of 48.5%. The release will be limited to 4 bottles in the US market this year, with a similar amount expected next year. There is a suggested retail price of approximately $15,000 USD per 750ml bottle. For purchasing inquiries, please email:

Tasting notes:

Color:  Golden Barley

Nose:  Classic aromas of rounded citrus fruit and lemon zest, sweet apples and vanilla. Toasted oak delivers delicate wood smoke in the background.

Palate:  Wood spice, sweet citrus and soft peat. Soft yet intense.

Finish:  Lingering notes of fruit and resinous oak afford a long finish.

ABV: 48.5%

Bottles produced: 151

About The Macallan

Founded in 1824 in the heart of Speyside, The Macallan was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed. Since then it has built a reputation as one of the world’s finest single malt whiskies.  The story of The Macallan is built on the Six Pillars, each influencing the whisky in its own distinct way.  From the spiritual home of Easter Elchies House; curiously small stills giving richness to the pure spirit; finest cut of the distillation, to exceptional oak casks which account for up to 80% of the final flavor in the whisky; natural color and finally peerless spirit, The Macallan itself.

Wood sits at the heart of The Macallan. The vital contributing influences of Spain, North America and Scotland, together with true mastery, set it apart from the rest. For more information on The Macallan, visit The Macallan can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


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Hi Folks – here at Whisky Galore Auctioneers we have decided to run a FREE Competition for the next few weeks for one lucky prize winner to be drawn at random to WIN The Experimental Range from Glenfiddich ie 1 x Bottle of  IPA, XX, Winter Storm – you’ve got to be in it to WIN it.

So Why not pop along to our website complete registration on our site and we will automatically register you into his exciting Competition.

This is also a very busy and exciting weekend for Whisky Galore Auctioneers as we will be attending and taking part in the National Whisky Festival on Saturday 20th January 2018 Venue: SWG3, 100 Eastvale Place, Glasgow, G3 8QG.

So please feel free if you are attending to come over to our Stand and say hello to Paul and myself (Stephen) the owners of Whisky Galore Auctioneers so that you can put a face to the name.

We will also have a few bottles of Winter Storm for you to try as well as many other varied and different Whiskies so come on over and have a dram and say Hello!

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REMEMBER: Our next auction goes LIVE next Thursday 25th January 2018, so its still not too late to get any last minute bottles into us (we do not work 9-5pm we will work on to have these in on time for you).

With regards to Registering on our Website you automatically become a member of our Inner Circle, we have recently had very positive feedback regarding this we have been able to point our customers in the direction of collecting various collectible Whiskies and have recently started a new section on “Spotting Fakes and Forgeries”, where we look for our customers to let us know things they do to make sure they’re bottles are the real deal, and we are happy to pass on these top tips to our members.

So don’t delay you can sign up and help us on our journey to becoming more than just an Auction Site…..  Kindest Regards

Whisky Galore Auctioneers Ltd

Glen Grant 1962 (2006) by Gordon & MacPhail at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Glen Grant 1962 First fill sherry hogshead 40%


Glen Grant 1962 Speyside single malt Scotch whisky. Matured in First fill Sherry casks and bottled 2006 by Gordon & MacPhail for the Distillery Labels series. Nose: Rich Sherry, mulled fruits with hints of menthol and aniseed. Honey notes also present with a touch of linseed oil. Charred oak aromas. Taste: Sherry wood with sweet spices (mustard seeds and peppercorns). Resinous with hints of treacle, liquorice and orange peel.  Established in 1840 by brothers James and John Grant, the business prospered and in 1897 Glen Grant No. 2 Distillery was established across the road in order to meet the high demand for Glen Grant whiskey. During the late nineteenth century a Victorian garden was laid out in the valley behind the distillery and is now open to distillery visitors. Glen Grant is a Speyside malt whiskey distillery situated in Rothes equipped with eight stills and an on-site bottling plant. Gordon & MacPhail has released some rare vintage single malts dating back to the 1950s.

TWB 10 Yrs

Ralfy Publishes Ralfy Review #709 – Scotch Whisky News


Ralfy uncovers an obscure and delicious malt in Ralfy Review 709 – Glentauchers 14yo @45.8%vol (The Single Cask)

The Essence of Suntory Whisky for Pre-Order at dekantā – Japanese Whisky News


The Essence of Suntory Whisky for Pre-Order at dekantā

TOKYO — 16 January 2018 – Japanese whisky fans worldwide can order these limited release, creative new whiskies from Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita, otherwise only available in Japan, through dekantā.com.

Due for release on 27 February 2018, The Essence of Suntory collection includes three brand new expressions from the Japanese whisky giant, now available for worldwide delivery from Japanese spirit specialists dekantā. Shoppers at dekantā will be among the first to own and experience these limited release whiskies, as the world’s largest e-commerce retailer for high end Japanese spirits is one of few, if not the only, online stores stocking the new The Essence of Suntory releases.

Cask strength, limited releases, of single malt and single grain whiskies, The Essence of Suntory expressions offer surprising takes on produce from favourite Japanese whisky distilleries. The branding of this bottle range has moved away from the iconic Suntory branding of their other single malt ranges, Yamazaki and Hakushu, in both shape, colour and labelling. With slim bottles and label designs showcasing modern Japanese art, they exemplify a fresh, adventurous new look for Suntory.

The Essence of Suntory Single Malt Yamazaki Peated Malt 2018 12 year old (500ml, 49% ABV) offers sweet berry notes and acidity joined by the influence of gentle smoke. The Essence of Suntory Single Grain Hakushu Rye Type 2018 (500ml, 57% ABV) is aged for 4 years, a surprising single grain, rye expression from Hakushu. The use of rye brings a rich, deep spice to pair with the green, fruity Hakushu character, offering a whisky with great balance. The Essence of Suntory Single Grain Chita Wine Cask 4 year Finish 2018 (500ml, 49% ABV) is a rare 16 year old single grain whisky, which has spent 4 years finishing in a wine cask, resulting in plum-influenced sweet and sour notes on the palate, with a smooth mouthfeel and mellow aroma.

“We have always prided ourselves on being able to bring an authentic Japanese whisky and cultural experience to customers worldwide, that they would only otherwise find on a visit to Japan,” said Founder Makiyo Masa. “We’re delighted to offer these extremely exclusive limited release bottles to fans of Japanese whisky worldwide and congratulate Suntory on their creativity, which has brought such exciting diversity to their offering of Japanese whiskies.”

The Essence of Suntory Whisky – Yamazaki Peated Malt 2018, The Essence of Suntory Whisky Hakushu Rye Type 2018 and The Essence of Suntory Whisky – Chita Wine Cask 4 Year Finish 2018 are available for pre-order from the dekantā website, with worldwide shipping beginning in March. Quantities are limited and the bottles are expected to sell out quickly.


About dekantā

dekantā offers customers access to the world’s largest online selection of authentic Japanese Spirits and has delivered to 127 countries across every continent in the world. A family owned and run business, dekantā’s founders have been selling collectibles since 1985 and specialize in rare, collectible, and new release single malt Japanese whisky. dekantā offers worldwide delivery on an extensive range of Japanese single malt whisky, Japanese grain whisky and Japanese blended whisky, in addition to Scottish whisky released for the Japanese market only.

Consumers who would like to learn more about Japanese whisky should visit the dekantā website, which boasts the most extensive repository of information dedicated to Japanese whisky, including distillery history and tasting notes for each bottle. Bilingual concierge service is available 24 hours a day, providing expert recommendations in both English and Japanese.
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Kilkenny Whiskey Guild Tasting – Irish Whiskey News

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The recent Kilkenny Whiskey Guild (KWG) tasting event – an occasion in celebration of Irish Distillers next chapter in its Virgin Irish Oak Collection of Single Pot Still Irish Whiskeys; Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest edition. This exceptional offering has been finished in barrels made from Irish oak grown in the Bluebell Forest of Castle Blunden Estate in County Kilkenny. Host Eddie Langton (KWG and Langton’s Hotel) was in good company in Kilkenny Castle with guests including the following;

Cyril Briscoe, KWG

Paddy Purser, Forestry Consultant

Dave McCabe, Midleton Blender

Ger Buckley, Midleton Master Cooper

Jim Rafferty, KWG and The Dylan Whisky Bar

Kevin O’Gorman, Midleton Master of Maturation.

Patrick Blunden, Castle Blunden

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Sullivans Cove 17yo American Oak – Cask HH0312 Now Available – Australian Whisky News


Sullivans Cove
American Oak
Cask HH0312


This 200L American Oak ex-bourbon cask produced only 200 bottles in the classic Sullivans Cove American Oak style.

A limited number of bottles from this cask are available now on our online store.

American Oak Cask HH0312, a seventeen year old whisky, was distilled in May of 2000 and bottled in July of 2017.

“This whisky has an incredible range of flavours. It’s inspiring to see an Australian whisky of this age with such depth and complexity.”
Heather Swart, Distiller

Please click on the link below to purchase ($295 per bottle).

Sherry Aged Scotch Every Whisky Lover Should Try at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Sherry Cask Matured Scotch

Some of the richest and fruitiest whiskies you can taste are matured in sherry wood. Here’s a choice selection of the very best Scotch single malts and blends, old and new, based on customer feedback in 2017.


TWB 10 Yrs

SUNDAY 21st 2018 Westland Single Malt Dinner at the Parker House, Boston – American Whisky News

Federal Boston

Westland Whiskey Dinner
Sunday, January 21 6:30pm
Omni Parker House Hotel
60 School St, corner of Tremont, Boston
Reservations 617-725-1600


As always with Frank Weber’s special dinners this will be a wonderful evening with excellent food and on-point service.

Westland Distillery feels that coastal Washington State with its cool foggy climate and abundant peat bogs is most like Scotland with all the natural ingredients to make fine single malt whiskies, They work with the best quality products at the start so the final product is wonderful. This young distillery is already doing some very nice work with a bright future.

Westland’s American Oak Single Malt, Sherry Wood Single Malt, and Peated Single Malt will be featured at the dinner. All have received a strong praise from the likes of the Whiskey Advocate, and the Whiskey Bible, and been medalled at Spirits Competitions in both Europe and America.

Take a warming break and enjoy what will be a great dinner with some wonderful whisky and wine. You won’t be able to beat the price either.

Roasted Butternut Chowder with Apples and Bacon

Served with Westland American Oak Single Malt

Loin of Pork Scaloppine,

Oven Risotto with Kale Pesto, Red Cabbage in Brown Butter

Served with a wedge of Acorn Squash

Served with Dom Brunet Pinot Noir 

Mixed Lettuces with Grapefruit, Goat Cheese and Black Pepper

Served with Westland Sherry Wood American Single Malt

Prosecco Sorbet

Artisanal New England Cheeses

Served with Westland Peated American Single Malt

$59.00 per person plus tax and gratuity



Joe Howell

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