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TWO KENTUCKY ICONS LINK UP TO CREATE THE JIM BEAM® NATURAL WATER SANCTUARY ALLIANCE AT BERNHEIM ARBORETUM & RESEARCH FOREST – American Whiskey News

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TWO KENTUCKY ICONS LINK UP TO CREATE THE JIM BEAM® NATURAL WATER SANCTUARY ALLIANCE AT BERNHEIM ARBORETUM & RESEARCH FOREST

Alliance aims to protect natural water, restore wildlife habitats and reintroduce native plants and trees

Clermont, Kentucky – March 22, 2018 – Two Kentucky icons are embarking on an alliance to preserve and protect the pristine limestone water in the Clermont area.

Jim Beam, the world’s No. 1 selling bourbon whiskey, and Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest, a 15,625 acre privately held forest just south of Louisville, have joined forces to develop a natural water sanctuary on Bernheim grounds immediately adjacent to the Jim Beam distillery.

Beginning as a one-year agreement, the Natural Water Sanctuary Alliance will protect water quality, restore wildlife habitats, and reintroduce native plants and trees. This group is also working toward a long-term agreement to enhance environmental education, improve watershed protection planning, and secure quality water.

“Great bourbon starts with great water,” said Freddie Noe, eighth generation Beam Distiller. “In fact, the water in Clermont is one of the main reasons my family chose to settle here back in 1795. Jim Beam bourbon gets its distinct and wonderful taste, in part, from the local water, which is filtered naturally through limestone. We’re proud to team up with our neighbors at Bernheim to preserve this vital natural resource.”

The Jim Beam Natural Water Sanctuary Alliance at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest will concentrate on conservation activities across Bernheim, particularly within the Long-Lick and Wilson Creek watersheds. These areas feature large forest expanses, wetlands and the head waters of three creeks and several small lakes that support wildlife, the surrounding communities, and the production of Jim Beam Bourbon.

Through this alliance, Jim Beam will also support Bernheim’s work to protect the federally endangered Indiana Bat, and co-host an annual landowners’ workshop to educate the community and promote best practices in water conservation and forest stewardship.

“The importance of clean water cannot be overstated. It’s essential for wildlife. It’s essential for human life and it’s essential to our economy,” said Mark Wourms, Bernheim’s Executive Director. “We are grateful to have a corporate partner like Jim Beam that values protecting this vital natural resource.”

The Natural Water Sanctuary Alliance is the latest example of Beam Suntory’s dedication to protecting water and the environment, inspired by corporate parent Suntory Holdings, which has established 20 Natural Water Sanctuaries throughout Japan. These more than 20,000 acres of forest protect quality water to supply its facilities, and nurture surrounding communities for many years to come.

“Both the Beam and Bernheim families have deep Kentucky roots and centuries of heritage in the Clermont area,” added Noe. “We have long shared a common respect and love for the land here and we understand the critical role protecting our environment, especially our natural water, plays in our future – not only the future of our business but the future health and well-being of our families, friends and colleagues who call this area home. We feel privileged to be able to give back to the community that has given us so much.”

About Beam Suntory

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.

About Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Bernheim’s mission is to connect people with nature. Bernheim is the largest privately held contiguous forest block in the Eastern United States dedicated to conservation and education.  Bourbon maker Isaac Wolfe Bernheim established the arboretum and forest in 1929 as a gift to the people of Kentucky.  Fun, educational programs, diverse tree collections, 40 miles of hiking trails and varied landscapes are available every day except December 25 and January 1.  Admission is free weekdays and to members.  Weekends and holidays have a $5 environmental impact fee per vehicle.  Schools and tour groups are welcome; please call in advance for scheduling and fees.  Bernheim is located in Clermont, Ky., about 20 minutes south of the Louisville airport.   From I-65 take exit 112 and follow the signs. Bernheim is a non-profit organization that relies on memberships, grants and donations for support.   Come visit and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Whisky Auctioneer March 2018 Auction Now Live – Whisky News

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March 2018 Auction Now LIVE!

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Bowmore 18 Year Old Sherriff’s

Each month we are seeing some fantastic expressions come through our doors. Bottles that have become almost mythical in status make their way to us, and it gives us great pleasure to know we can showcase them.  This is the first time at our auction for this legendary pear shaped Bowmore 18 Year Old.  Certainly one to watch this month!

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Macallan 40 Year Old 2017 Release

Available only by ballot, this non-vintage release from Macallan is limited to just 465 bottles making it extremely collectible. Expertly matured in 3 different types of sherry oak, this expression will be highly sought after by whisky connoisseurs the world over.

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Rittenhouse Rye

One of Heaven Hill’s more elite brands, Rittenhouse’s spirit has been the staple for the crème de la crème of bars around the world. Rittenhouse is famed for its inclusion in a Manhattan and other Rye-based cocktails, but you might want to savour these three just the way they are!

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Gordon and MacPhail Ultra Private Collection

In 2014, Gordon and MacPhail released a set of four vintage Speyside whiskies each carrying a high age and an extremely limited yield. Our March 2018 auction sees two of the four expressions go to auction and they look absolutely stunning. Make sure you don’t miss out!

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Ben Nevis 1996 Sherry Butt #2117 21 Year Old

Distilled in 1996, this cask was bonded on 28th November 1996. RLA/Bulk 498 cask #2236 is a re-coopered ex-Guthrie new fill, and was re-gauged in December 2017.

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Glenmorangie 1974 Pride 41 Year Old

Distilled in 1974 at the distillery in Tain, this well-matured highland single malt is a marriage of Oloroso sherry casks and bourbon casks.

Our March Auction is live until Monday 2nd April, there is no fee to register on our site, our commission structure is very competitive and we offer worldwide shipping. For our terms and conditions please click here.

1976 Carsebridge 40 Year Old “Old Particular – K&L Exclusive” Single Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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1976 Carsebridge 40 Year Old “Old Particular – K&L Exclusive” Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml)

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While most whisky fans think of Port Ellen and Brora when the DCL distillery closures of 1983 are recalled, the company that would eventually become Diageo shut down a number of other whisky facilities that fateful year, including the Lowland grain operation known as Carsebridge. Originally founded in 1798, the distillery functioned as a cooperage after it ceased distilling, but even that process was ended in 2011 when the Diageo barrel operation was moved over to Cambus. Thus, with each drop of Carsebridge that is poured each year, what little remains of the distillery’s stock is slowly extinguished from Scotland’s grain whisky history, making each bottle that exists just a bit more rare. This 40-year edition, distilled in 1976 and bottled for K&L in 2017, represents the holy trinity for Scotch whisky enthusiasts: the combination of price, age, and rarity that historically has sent our customers into a feeding frenzy. Rich and round on the palate with the decadence of four decades in wood, this lively and vanilla-laden Scotch almost comes across like an American Bourbon with its big oak spices and 54% cask-strength proof. Laden with honey on the finish, the bold proof brings home the flavor for a minute-long finish.

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GIRVAN PATENT STILL 25 YEAR OLD At The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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The Girvan Patent Still Single Grain Whisky is produced at the Girvan Distillery in the Lowlands, and the whisky is typically used in the creation of Grant’s blended Scotch, and sold to other blenders. The 25 year old was the first whisky to be released in the Girvan Patent Still range, the first range of single grain Scotch whisky, and is a marriage of whiskies aged in first and second-fill bourbon casks with some whisky aged in sherry wood and virgin oak.

£199 Buy Now

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Whisky Wednesday Reviews Nikka Coffey Grain – Japanese Whisky News

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Nikka Coffey Grain

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A day late but it’s worth the wait! Nikka! A Japanese distiller who have always impressed me, from the standard range all the way through to their high-end bottling’s, they’ve never fallen short of being modern classics in my eyes. Coffey Grain is a high corn base with some malted barley to kick start the alcohol development but with that corn base, a good age range, up to 15YO and some beautiful refill Bourbon casks selections, this thing really flies! Butterscotch, vanilla wafers, caramel, coconut, mango and tons of cheesecake flavours! I love it, it loves me. Let’s just get married?

Cheers

(Better late than never! ~ WI)

Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky scoops prize at the World Whiskies Awards – Scotch Whisky News

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Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky scoops prize at the World Whiskies Awards

Old Pulteney 25 Years Old has picked up a Gold accolade in the Scotch Highlands ‘21 & Over’ category at the prestigious World Whiskies Awards 2018.

The Single Malt Scotch Whisky, released in October 2017, fought off stiff competition from other Scotch Highland whiskies to take the Gold honour at the awards.

The World Whiskies Awards, now in its 11th year, is a global celebration of the very best in all internationally recognised styles, awarding and promoting the world’s best whiskies to consumers and the trade across the globe. This year, the competition received entries from over 20 countries, which were judged by over 50 international judges.

Glimmering bronze in colour, Old Pulteney 25 Years Old contains mature and fragrant flavour notes. The expression opens with heavy spices and dark chocolate which effortlessly lead to rum-soaked raisins and lime honey, punctuated with clean notes of orange peel and baked apples.

The flavour is firmly anchored in bitter chocolate and creamy vanilla with hints of toffee sweetness and crisp overtones of fresh lemon and coconut. The finish is long and spicy with a notes of dried fruit cake and exotic wood, each dram reflecting its expert craftsmanship with a rich and satisfying taste.

Aged at its own steady pace and sheltered from a fast-changing world, the elegant whisky began its journey in ex-bourbon American oak barrels for 22 years before adopting its spicy sweetness, depth and colour from ex-oloroso Spanish oak butts before reaching its premium age of 25. All throughout, this expression is matured in the invigorating sea air of Wick.

Malcolm Waring, Distillery Manager for Old Pulteney, says:

“This is a fantastic accolade for Old Pulteney 25 Years Old. We’re thrilled the expression has won a Gold award having only been released late last year. We’ve worked incredibly hard to create another expression in the Old Pulteney core collection that lives up to the expectations of the others and it’s with great pride that we can announce this whisky is another award winner in our growing portfolio.”

For full information on the awards and the winners, visit www.worldwhiskiesawards.com

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About Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Old Pulteney is one of the world’s finest and most distinctive single malt Scotch whiskies. Known as the ‘Maritime Malt’, it is crafted in the windswept coastal town of Wick, home to the Pulteney Distillery which is one of the most northerly on the Scottish mainland. The distillery was established in 1826 in the heart of ‘Pulteneytown’, the town created to house fishermen during Wick’s famous herring boom which drew a fleet of over 1000 boats and 7000 workers to this remote and rugged harbour.

Old Pulteney is the embodiment of this place, its people and its remarkable history. The skilled Pulteney Distillery team continues to craft whisky using the most traditional and time-honoured techniques that most others have long abandoned. This includes the uniquely shaped Pulteney stills, which are reflected in the design of the Old Pulteney bottle on shelves today.

Matured in hand-selected oak casks, the resulting whisky has been acclaimed for its excellence, its smooth drinking style and faint hint of the sea. Old Pulteney holds the coveted title of ‘World Whisky of the Year’ for 2012 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible – one of the industry’s highest accolades – and most recently the ‘World’s Best Single Malt Whisky’ of 2016 by the prestigious World Whiskies Awards. The whisky also achieved top ten status in the UK single malt market in 2012 and is flourishing in many other countries around the world. 

About International Beverage 

International Beverage Holdings (www.interbevgroup.com) was established in 2005 as the international arm of ThaiBev, one of South East Asia’s leading alcohol beverage companies. With a network of regional offices in Asia, Europe and North America, the company is responsible for the production, sales, marketing and distribution of a portfolio of premium global brands in over 80 countries and territories.

Inver House Distillers (www.inverhouse.com) is globally integrated into International Beverage Holdings and drives the distillation and maturation of Scotch through its five distilleries. The holding was also named ‘Distiller of the Year’ 2017 in the Scotland round of Whisky Magazine’s annual Icons of Whisky Awards and has since won over ten awards at the International Wine and Spirit Competition.

International Beverage brands include:

  • Chang Beer: Thailand’s iconic beer brand
  • Single Malt Scotch Whiskies: Old Pulteney, Balblair, anCnoc, Speyburn
  • Blended Whiskies: Hankey Bannister
  • Mekhong: ‘The Spirit of Thailand’ since 1941
  • Caorunn – a small batch distilled Scottish Gin infused with 5 Celtic botanicals

The company’s success is built on the combination of a strong understanding of local cultures and markets with the creation of a truly global operational network.  Brand building pays respect to heritage, provenance and craftsmanship whilst delivering innovative and highly effective strategies at global level. A skilled and dedicated team of more than 12 nationalities speaking over 14 languages delivers the highest standards of customer service and attention to detail across all aspects of the business.

Dom Whisky Bar Warsaw – Whisky News

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A month ago (February 14th), on the map of Warsaw, appeared the second address for Cocktail Bar Max & Dom Whisky cocktail and whisky bar chain, known to lovers of good cocktails and whiskey. The newest cocktail and whiskey bar is now also on Nowy Świat 32 street (former H & M). It is the fifth location after Jastrzębia Góra (1997/2009), Sopot (2010), Warsaw on ul. Krucza 16/22 (2013) and Wrocław (2015).

The venue at Nowy Świat is 600 square meters filled with 6000 bottles of spirits from around the world. The ground floor was designed for the cocktail part, in which the most attention is drawn by a round bar with a height of 8 meters and located on two floors. The cocktail lovers, in addition to well-known Max fruit cocktails prepared from fresh, exotic fruit, will also find the largest selection of spirits in Poland imported by owners from the farthest corners of the world. The first floor conceals the zone of the Whiskey House, offering lovers of “water of life” a selection of over 4,000 whiskey / whiskey bottles,  which is served by Whisky Ambassadors dressed in a Scottish kilt. The new concept in Cocktail Bar Max & Dom Whiskey chain is ‘Cuban Room’, a zone for rum and cigar lovers. Our address is also the Polish Embassy of Ardbeg. At the opening we hosted such personalities as Ambassador of Cuba together with his wife or Global Brand Ambassador of Ardbeg Scotch whiskeyHamish Torrie.

World Whisky Day May 19th, 2018 – World Whisky News

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A day of global whisky celebration

World Whisky Day invites everyone to try a dram and celebrate the water of life. Events are taking place all over the globe. If you can’t find an event happening near you why not host your own World Whisky Day event? All you need is a bottle of whisky/whiskey to share with your friends.

Head over to www.worldwhiskyday.com where you can register as a user and then register your own event.

Loch Fyne Whiskies “Another Fyne set of deals!” – Whisky News

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Yamazaki 12 Year Old

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Save £33.05
Now £85.95

Macallan Rare Cask

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Save £25
Now £175

Johnnie Walker Double Black Label 

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Half Price
Now £24.50

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K&L Private Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – American Whiskey News

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Old Forester K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #3650 (7th Floor, Warehouse B) Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whisky (750ml) $39.99 View

Wathen’s Private Barrel #59 “K&L Exclusive” Single Barrel Straight Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) $39.99 View

Maker’s Mark “K&L Exclusive” Private Select Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) $69.99 View

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