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WhiskyFest 2019 Tickets–Perfect Holiday Gifts. Treat Yourself Too! – Whisky News

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Japanese Whiskeis at The Part Source – Japanese Whisky News

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Greetings Spirits Enthusiasts,

Turning Japanese?  I really think so.  Japanese whiskies have become more and more in demand over the past several years, and rightly so.  But instead of endlessly searching for that ever-elusive Yamazaki or Hibiki, try one of these newly available items currently gracing our shelves that deserve a place on yours. We’ve got some really exciting recent additions to our growing Japanese whisky arsenal, both malt and rice, including hand-selected casks from Ohishi, and private Party Source selections from Compass Box and Kilchoman.  Just in time to warm our hearts and hearths this holiday season, these make perfect gifts for your Scotch-loving loved ones.

Konnichiwa,

-The Party Source Liquor Department

From Eigashima comes Akashi blended whisky and Akashi Ume plum (just plumb delicious) flavored whisky.  Mars Shinshu brings us corn-heavy Iwai and Iwai Tradition. Ichiro’s Malt and Grain from Chichibu Distillery features a Japanese malt base combined with whiskies from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, and the US. The Kurayoshi Pure Malts (8 and 18 year) from Matsui Whisky blend sourced Scottish malt with Japanese malt.

AKASHI Grain Whiskey | $45.99
This whisky is blended in the Scotch tradition, with Japanese precision, the malt is lightly peated, and vatting is mostly ex-bourbon, balanced by White Oak

AKASHI Ume Plum Whisky | $35.99
This sweet whisky is born out of the Japanese tradition of Ume-Shu, which translates as Plum Alcohol. In late May and early June, hard, green, sour plums are harvested and combined with neutral spirit and rock sugar, then aged for 6 months to a year. Akashi does nearly the same with this version, allowing freshly harvested plums and rock sugar to rest in mature whisky. Here they remain for 6 months to a year, resulting in this simple twist on a Japanese classic.

MARS SHINSHU Iwai Whisky | $33.99
Kiichiro Iwai, the name sake for this Mars Whisky, was a silent pioneer of Japan whisky. This whisky is inspired by great whiskies of America. A majority of corn balanced with light malt aged in ex-bourbon barrels. Ideal for daily sipping, in a mint julep or an old fashioned.

MARS SHINSHU Iwai Tradition Mars Whisky | $54.99
This is malt driven spirit is truly a reflection of contemporary Japanese whisky. Incredibly balanced, soft and layered. A blending of sherry, bourbon and wine casks with hints, delicate hints of peat make for a harmonious whisky that would make Iwai-san proud.

ICHIROS Malt and Grain Whisky | $104.99
Distilled by the legendary king of Japanese distilling: Ichiro Akuto This blend is comprised of whiskies from distilleries in “the big 5” – Scotland, Canada, England, Ireland and the U.S., also including Ichiro Akuto’s young malt and grain whisky stock. A genuine ‘worldwide blended whisky.’

KURAYOSHI Pure Malt Whisky 8YR | $88.99
The malt aromas and sweet, refreshing fruit notes are reminiscent of pale golden and dry orange colors. The palate is sweet and stands out with fragrances of vanilla and nuts. The mouth-feel is very soft. The finish is smooth.

KURAYOSHI Pure Malt Whisky 18YR | $229.99
Released in April 2016, the Kurayoshi Pure Malt 18 Years Old Whisky is a boutique Japanese whisky produced by the Matsui distillery. Located in Tottori, a coastal prefecture on southern Honshu, the whiskies produced by the Matsui distillery are characterised by aging with the pure underground waters of Daisen Mountains.

RICE WHISKIES

Fukano rice whisky is made from 100% malted rice and is aged in new charred oak barrels.  Having the fine distinction of cracking the Whisky Advocate’s Top 20 Whiskies of 2017, it achieves a remarkable balance of confectionery sweetness and warm, toasty spice.  Ohishi Whisky is distilled from malted and unmalted rice and is rested in either brandy or sherry casks.  These unique whiskies are unlike any we’ve tried before.  The brandy cask imparts light citrus and floral notes, while the sherry cask showcases ripe dark fruits with hints of vanilla and cocoa.  We’re delighted to have two (one of each!) private single casks of these wonderfully singular whiskies, and we hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we do.  Kanpai!

FUKANO Whisky | $93.99
Founded in 1823, Fukano Distillery is located in Hitoyoshi City, of the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan on the island of Kyushu. Hitoyoshi is surrounded by mountains and is known for its pure water and nature. 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 in a pot still. These releases are very limited in nature and only a few casks are bottled each year. For 2016 they have released a few single new oak casks and also one white label marriage of sherry and new oak casks.

OHISHI Whisky Sherry Cask TPS Private Barrel | $79.99
From the Kumamoto Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan, the Ohishi Sherry Cask is a whisky distilled from rice and aged in first and second fill sherry casks. The Ohishi Distillery uses at least 30% gohyakumanishi rice grown on its own fields, rounded out with mochi rice Kumamoto. Founded in 1872, this is one of the oldest distilleries in Japan, located on the banks of the Kuma River, a water source that is prized for its purity.

OHISHI Single Brandy Cask | $79.99
The Brandy Cask expression of Ohishi is a blend of ex-Cognac barrels between 3 and 25 years of age. The resulting spirit is delicate, yet angular, with notes of citrus, black peppercorn, and vanilla.

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THE MACALLAN UNVEILS THE 1978 FINE & RARE VINTAGE – Scotch Whisky News

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THE MACALLAN UNVEILS THE 1978 FINE & RARE VINTAGE

New Release Joins Ranks of the Greatest Vintage Single Malts Ever Released

Monday, December 17, 2018 (NEW YORK, NY) The Macallan, the world’s most admired single malt Scotch whisky, has unveiled a new release to its highly regarded Fine & Rare collection, the 1978 vintage. This highly exclusive spirit will be limited to 243 bottles globally with only five bottles allocated to the US market this year.

Made with the very best of The Macallan’s finest maturing stock, The Macallan Fine & Rare collection features some of the greatest vintage single malts ever released. The 1978 vintage offers a unique taste of oak spice, orange and delicate peat smoke with a soft and silky finish.

“The release of the 1978 Fine & Rare vintage brings another outstanding whisky to this unique collection of mature Macallan expressions,” said The Macallan’s Whisky Maker, Steven Bremner.  “Matured in a second fill remade American oak Hogshead cask, this vintage alludes to a period in time when some peated expressions of The Macallan were laid down. The peated smoke element of this cask stands out, as it is unusual in The Macallan to find peated smoke alongside some of the characteristics synonymous with American oak – apricot, vanilla and toffee.  Being a remake refill hogshead, there is a charming mystery in not knowing which original casks were carefully crafted together to create this unique cask which has delivered an exceptional vintage. Intertwined and ever present peat smoke enhance this whisky which, on the palate, delivers oak spice and bitter orange which lifts in sweetness. The 1978 Fine and Rare vintage delivers a soft, silky and creamy mouth feel, finishing on peated orange sweetness following 39 years of maturation on Speyside.”

Jaume Ferras, The Macallan Prestige Marketing Director said, “Since launching The Macallan Fine & Rare Collection in 2002 we have created a whisky legacy of over 50 individual vintages of The Macallan. Each unique expression is unmistakably Macallan and part of an unrivalled collection representing eight decades and we are delighted to add the latest release, The Macallan 1978 Fine & Rare.  This single cask whisky was laid down in the year that Superman first burst onto cinema screens, the first test tube baby was born and NASA unveiled the first group of women astronauts.  In that same year, on November 20th this remade Hogshead was filled for the second time, with the team on site that day having no way of knowing that 40 years later the cask would be selected to part of this incredible legacy of vintage Macallan.”

Since 2002, the Fine & Rare range has played a significant role in establishing The Macallan as the world’s most valuable and collectable single malt whisky and has picked up record breaking auction sales across the world. Perfect as a collectable, luxury gift and for celebrating special moments, the 1978 vintage joins a range of highly admired whiskies.

The 1978 Fine and Rare vintage will be limited to five bottles in the US market this year, with a suggested retail price of approximately $11,700 USD per 750ml bottle. For purchasing inquiries, please emaiml: Inquiries.us@themacallan.co

Tasting Notes:

Color:  Autumn oak

Nose:  Initial rich ginger and antique oak, moving into dried apricot, vanilla toffee and deep orange oil with a dash of nutmeg and peat smoke intertwines

Palate:  Oak spice, bitter orange turning sweet, balanced with delicate peat smoke

Finish:  Soft, silky and creamy, finishing on peated orange sweetness

ABV: 59.2%

Bottles Produced: 243

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 or the best of the best 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 www.us.themacallan.com. The Macallan can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Burns Night Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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Raasay While We Wait 2018- £53

Raasay Distillery has now launched Raasay While We Wait 2018 – the fourth expression to date of the brand’s independently bottled single malt – which was created as a representation of the flavours that drinkers can expect from future Raasay scotch whisky. The release of Raasay While We Wait 2018 begins the countdown to 2020 when the first ever Raasay single malt in Scotch whisky history will be released. Designed as a peaty and fruity single malt, each iteration of Raasay While We Wait has been crafted through the vatting of two malts from a single Highland distillery – heavily peated at 45ppm and unpeated – matured in bourbon barrels and finished in Tuscan Montechiari wine casks.The team at Raasay Distillery are keen to push the boundaries of the spirit, exploring the effect that different finishing times and casks have on the flavour profile of the spirit.

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The Tweeddale: Grain of Truth – £50

Heritage brand The Tweeddale has now added a new single grain whisky to its repertoire – Grain of Truth. The Tweeddale was first blended in 1820 in Coldstream in the Scottish Borders, and later continued by Richard Day from 1895 to 1940. In 2009 Alasdair Day – great-grandson of Richard Day – decided to recreate The Tweeddale and to continue Richard Day’s eminent legacy. Grain of Truth represents Alasdair Day’s latest effort to create a memorable, rich and complex single grain whisky, based on traditional Victorian craftsmanship with innovative maturation techniques. Grain of Truth possesses an uncommon composition of 50% wheat and 50% malted barley. The spirit was matured in bourbon barrels and finished for nine months in fine Oloroso sherry hogsheads imbuing the whisky with rich and warming honey and orange notes on the nose. This evolves into touches of dark chocolate and cognac on the palate, which is balanced by Oloroso, orange and dark chocolate notes, with a dry and spicy finish. Grain of Truth is delicious neat, on the rocks or with a mixer.

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Also, if you are compiling a ‘Things to do for Burn’s Night’ guide please see the below suggestion from Raasay Distillery. 

Isle of Raasay Distillery’s Burns and Whisky Weekend package – £339

The Isle of Raasay Distillery is hosting a Burns and Whisky Weekend a stone’s throw away from where the poet, Sorley Maclean, was born. The offering includes a two-night stay for two including all meals, checking in Friday 25th January and checking out Sunday 27th January 2019. Guests will dine at the distillery on Friday evening and enjoy a hearty lunch on Saturday before an exclusive whisky tasting and warehouse tour with the distillery’s co-founder, Alasdair Day. The weekend will finish in style with a traditional Burns supper on the Saturday evening, featuring traditional Scottish dishes, from traditional haggis to rhubarb cranachan with homemade shortbread and whisky fudge. Please see more information here

Bunnahabhain 27 Year Old 1989 Old & Rare at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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27 Year Old 1989
Old & Rare
£365.20

Bunnahabhain 27 Year Old 1989 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask refill hogshead bottled March 2017 by Hunter Laing and Co. for the Old & Rare Platinum collection. 198 bottles. A beautifully colour whisky with a delicious nose of home baking and creamy caramel followed by a delicate floral note and a hint of seaweed. On the palate it is smooth and creamy with vanilla the primary taste, then bananas and pears adding fruitiness and body. Ths leads to a late salty note at the end, leaving a dry, long lasting finish. Bunnahabhain Distillery was established in 1881 on the north eastern tip of the Isle of Islay by the shore of Bunnahabhain Bay and overlooking the Sound of Islay. All the building materials were transported by puffer and unloaded at the distillery pier. Now tucked away at the end of the single track ‘main’ road with spectacular scenery all the way. Bunnahabhain Distillery is equipped with four huge pear shaped stills and produces Scottish malt whiskey which is released in blends and in single malt and single cask bottlings. A participant in Feis Ile, the annual Islay Festival of Malt and Music. Core editions include Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old and 18 Year Old.

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Brand New Bottling at Bartels Whisky – 36 YO Single Grain Cameronbridge – Scotch Whisky News

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Aged 36 Years

Single Grain – 40.3%vol – Cask No. 8289 – 192 bottles

We are pleased to bring you a brand new bottling bought from Bartels Whisky. Single Grain Cameronbridge.  From a single cask (cask no. 8289) 192 bottles were produced.  Distilled 15/02/1982 and bottles 26/11/2018.

All bottles are Free, Next Day Delivery.

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TOMATIN RELEASES ITS FIRST 50 YEAR OLD DISTILLERY BOTTLING – Scotch Whisky News

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TOMATIN RELEASES ITS FIRST 50 YEAR OLD DISTILLERY BOTTLING

Tomatin, the award-winning Highland whisky distillery, has today (Monday 17th December) announced the release of its highly anticipated single malt, the Tomatin 50 Year Old, distilled on 24th November 1967.

Following 50 years of maturation at the distillery, the deep-honey coloured expression has been bottled in its most natural form, yielding just 70 special bottles at 45.3% abv.

Stephen Bremner, Managing Director of Tomatin, said: “It is with great pleasure that we announce the release of Tomatin’s oldest expression – the Tomatin 50 Year Old. This special expression has been quietly resting for half a century,  and it is wonderful to see it presented in all its glory.”

The whisky, finished in a first fill Oloroso Sherry Butt, cask number 35817, is encased within an individually numbered, handblown Glencairn crystal decanter. The decanter is luxuriously presented within a striking Italian crafted wooden box, furnished with soft, premium Italian leather. Sealed with a wooden transit cork, an engraved, solid brass gold-plated and glass stopper is also provided. Each box comes with an individually-numbered book, hand-signed by Distillery Manager, Graham Eunson. Finally, a premium leather carry bag completes the presentation. 

The Tomatin 50 Year Old delivers a myriad of rich and complex flavours. On the nose, aromas of freshly felled oak in an orchard of apples, pears and plums can be expected. Once on the palate, it releases bursts of exotic tropical fruits and dried apricots, sweetened with flavours of vanilla toffee, crème caramel and flame raisins. Spice and fruits balance perfectly, providing a luxurious and velvety finish.

Graham Eunson, Distillery Manager at Tomatin, said: “This dignified expression is elegant and flavourful – a complex whisky with layers of taste sensations to delight the senses. Those privy to a taste of this whisky can expect warming spices which are mellowed by lashings of Manuka honey.”

The Tomatin 50 Year Old is the distillery’s oldest expression and is expected to retail at £10,000 for a 70cl bottle in the UK within specialist retailers.

Notes: 

Tomatin Distillery has been producing and blending malt Scotch whisky since 1897. Over the last 50 years, the distillery has borne witness to vast change. At its peak in the 1970s, Tomatin was the largest distillery in the world operating 23 stills and producing 12 million litres of alcohol every year. Over the last decade, significant time has been invested in rediscovering the distillery, people and values, and in refining the business model to move away from the formerly lucrative bulk commodity market to now focus on Tomatin’s core range of single malts, the release of Tomatin 50 year old is a testament to that dedication.

Tomatin is located in the Scottish Highlands (near Inverness) and is famous for its portfolio of soft and mellow whiskies, including a core range, a limited-edition range and a premium archive range (prices range from £35 – £2,500). Tomatin is one of the fastest growing whisky brands in the UK and recently announced that it is officially the fastest growing top ten single malt whisky in the USA. Tomatin recently reported its turnover increased by almost 25% during the company’s most recent financial year (Dec 2016 – Dec 2017). Tomatin won Distiller of the Year 2016 and Brand Innovator of the Year 2017 at the Icons of Whisky Scotland Awards.

About The Tomatin 50 Year Old:

  • Cask Number: 35817
  • Cask Type: First fill Oloroso Sherry Butt
  • Strength: 45.3% alc./vol.
  • Distilled on: 24th November 1967
  • Number of bottles: 70

The Whisky Lounge Burns’ Tastings 2019 – Scotch Whisky News

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If you were to say Robert Burns’ birthday is just an excuse for us to break out the good stuff, we would say ‘No, no, no, no!’…and then we might soften a little and say, ‘well…maybe’.

The truth be told, is somewhere in-between, with a respectful nod to the Bard but with the emphasis very much on the whisky aspect of the evening.

Funny that with a company name like ours…

What you can be sure of is that we will be bringing some of our favourite drams and you can be sure we only drink the good stuff…

We’re also including an authentic and tasty half time supper of Haggis, neeps and tatties.

This tasting features 6 whiskies and as usual you won’t be tasting these whiskies alone, you’ll be in the company of fellow whisky folk and of course one of our whisky experts, who will be on hand to entertain and enlighten you in the ways of the dram.

January 22nd

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Burns’ Tasting 2019 – Sheffield

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Platform 1B, Sheffield Station

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https://thewhiskylounge.com/event/burns-tasting-sheffield-2019/

January 23rd

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Burns’ Tasting 2019 – Liverpool

Fly in The Loaf

13 Hardman Street

Liverpool, L1 9AS

https://thewhiskylounge.com/event/burns-tasting-liverpool-2019/

January 24th

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Burns’ Tasting 2019 – York

Brigantes

114 Micklegate

York, YO1 6JX

https://thewhiskylounge.com/event/burns-tasting-york/

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Tamdhu 30 Year Old 1988 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Tamdhu 30 Year Old 1988

Single cask sherry butt bottled November 2018 for Old & Rare Platinum. Three decades in sherry oak has resulted in all the sweet, rich and creamy flavours you’d expect from this Speyside distillery. Just 184 numbered bottles. Tamdhu Distillery was founded in Speyside in 1896 and in production the following year. Designed by Charles Doig this distillery was originally equipped with two stills that were increased to four in 1972 and then six in 1975 in order to cope with the ever increasing demand for Famous Grouse and Cutty Sark blends of scotch to which Tamdhu was a major contributor. When the nearby railway station closed in 1965 the ticket office was subsequently converted into the Tamdhu Distillery visitor. But the visitor centre closed and then the distillery itself in March 2010 and with it the last working Saladin malting boxes in Scotland. A year later and Ian Macleod Distillers purchased Tamdhu Distillery and re-opened it in 2012. Single malts include Tamdhu 10 Year Old and Batch Strength.

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K&L California “Our Top Picks for Your End-of-Year Celebrations” – Whisky News

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Exclusive Spirits

At K&L, we have a very robust direct-import spirits program. Our buyers fan the globe searching for those special gems you won’t find anywhere else—and at unbeatable prices. This list represents some of our sharpest buys from this category and includes some very special K&L exclusive bottlings.

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel “#17-400″ (Rick House D, Floor 3, Row 30, Level 1) K&L Exclusive Kentucky Straight Bourbon (750ml )$64.99 View

1996 Auchroisk 21 Year Old “Hepburn’s Choice” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $89.99 View

1982 Cambus 35 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) $179.99 View

1984 Caol Ila 34 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)$375.00 View

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