Archive for December, 2019

Wyoming Whiskey Releases Outryder 7-Year-Old Straight American Whiskey – American Whiskey News

Wyoming Whiskey Releases Outryder 7-Year-Old Straight American Whiskey

Kirby, WY (Dec. 4, 2019) Wyoming Whiskey is releasing a 7-year-old expression of its signature Outryder Straight American Whiskey January 2020. 

Outryder, the only Bottled in Bond whiskey from Wyoming, was first released in October 2016, representing Wyoming Whiskey’s first use of rye, along with corn and malted barley. It quickly became a favorite amongst whiskey connoisseurs across the country and has a history unlike any other product in the Wyoming Whiskey portfolio.  The story of how the product first came to be gives it notoriety that can’t be created in a marketing meeting.

Those who have been following the brand for the past decade may recall that Bourbon Hall of Famer and former Maker’s Mark Master Distiller Steve Nally was hired to run all production in Kirby when the company was created. He was instrumental in developing the Small Batch mash bill and selected yeasts that yielded specific taste profiles. It was Steve’s expertise in wheated bourbon making that caused the brand’s production to commence on July 4, 2009.

Following the early trend in rye whiskeys circa 2010, Co-Founder David DeFazio put a pointed request in with Nally that he develop a rye. Nally expressed reluctance to follow orders, telling DeFazio that “No, I don’t want to make rye” and clearly communicated his distaste for the spirit.  Over a few months, the founders strongly encouraged the Bourbon Hall of Famer to reconsider his position and Nally ultimately surrendered to the request —albeit defiantly.  Two different whiskies were laid down in November and December of 2011 at the behest of DeFazio and his partner Brad Mead. Nally made nearly 100 barrels of “rye” and 200 barrels of bourbon made with rye.

A couple of years after these whiskies were made, Nally left Wyoming Whiskey to return home to spend more time with his family and pursue other projects. Fast forward to 2016 when it was time to bottle the nearly 5 year-old-barrels of bourbon and “rye”.  Wyoming Whiskey’s Distiller, Sam Mead, called DeFazio to explain that the whiskey Nally produced was only 48% rye, which disqualified it from the rye whiskey category.  The team was stunned and dumbfounded. How could it be?

DeFazio paid a phone call to Nally and said “I want you to know that the “rye” you made is spectacular … but why did you only use 48% rye in the mash bill?” Nally responded with an implied smirk, “Because I told you I didn’t want to make rye.” To hear a snippet of the story from David DeFazio himself, check out this video on The Spirit Guide Society’s recent Instagram post.

With a phenomenal high-rye whiskey that did not meet the legal 51% requirement to be called a rye, Wyoming Whiskey was left with no choice but to develop a straight, and distinct, American whiskey from Nally’s two whiskies.  The first whiskey contains 48% winter rye, 40% corn, and 12% malted barley and the second reflects a traditional bourbon mash bill of 68% corn, 20% winter rye, and 12% malted barley.

Wyoming Whiskey master blender, Nancy Fraley, fine-tuned the Outryder expression through barrel selection and its specific blending process. Fraley gave Outryder excellent marks, going so far as to say that it is her favorite Wyoming Whiskey product. Fraley’s tasting notes for the 2020 release of Outryder is as follows:

COLOR: bronze to copper

NOSE: The 2020 release of Outryder is now 7 years, 10 months of age and has gained more matured, complex aromas in the arid climate of Kirby, WY.  This season’s Outryder features savory, sweet, and spicy notes of dried tobacco leaves, Jamaican allspice cake batter with golden raisins, almond butter, old cedar chest, and walnut baklava drizzled with dark honey and orange blossom water.

PALATE: The initial entry is of candied ginger, followed by mid-palate waves of sweet black tea with bruised mint leaves, grilled hazelnuts, Mexican dark hot chocolate, and cream cheese on a toasted cinnamon bagel.

MOUTHFEEL: Light to medium viscosity, with peppery mint and roundness on the palate.

FINISH: Long and luscious, with winter peppermint fading to brown butter and orange marmalade.

Consistent with Bottled in Bond requirements Outryder is bottled at 100 proof.

A total of 577 4.5L cases of Outryder will be available for purchase throughout the U.S. at the suggested price of $75.00 beginning in January.

“Steve Nally remains a great friend of the brand and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome of his defiance,” said DeFazio. “The result is an exceptional Straight American Whiskey that we couldn’t have mastered better if we had planned it.  At nearly eight years of age, its character is remarkable.”

The remaining stock of Outryder—available in limited annual supply— will be released in 8, 9 and 10-year-old expressions over the next three years until the last batch of barrels are harvested in 2022.

Wyoming Whiskey is holding fast to its western heritage, producing whiskey the right way, not the easy way: from the ground up. Using water sourced from a mile-deep limestone aquifer and all Wyoming-sourced, non-GMO ingredients, Wyoming Whiskey respects the maxims of great bourbon, yet also reflects the feel and taste of the place it was made. Since day one, every drop of Wyoming Whiskey has been made in Kirby.

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About Wyoming Whiskey—The Whiskey of the West

Based in Kirby, Wyoming, Wyoming Whiskey has had a simple goal: to create America’s next great bourbon. That goal has evolved to include all whiskies. The company and their products are a collaboration between its partners and 97,818 square miles of Wyoming. The Mead family first came to Wyoming as ranchers in 1890 and the state defines them, and their whiskey.  They use the finest corn, winter wheat, winter rye, barley, and water from the Big Horn Basin and promote Wyoming’s natural and human resources.  Every drop of this bourbon is 100% Wyoming. To learn more, visit

In store Tastings at the Whisky Shop #SFO Dec 16th through December 21st, 2019 – Whisky Tasting News

Next Week at The Whisky Shop:

Tastings continue next week with Jameson Irish Whiskey, Compass Box, and award-winning local distilleries. 

Monday, December 16th 3-6PM:

Irish Whiskey Tasting: Jameson

Wednesday, December 18th 5-7PM:

Australian Whiskey: Starward

Thursday, December 19th, 5-7PM: Scotch Tasting: 

Compass Box Whisky

Friday, December 20th, 5-7PM:

Local Spirits: Hotaling & Co.

Saturday, December 21st 2-5PM:

Glen Grant with Robin Coupar



New Littlemill Old & Rare 30 Year Old at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Littlemill 30 Year Old 1988

Single cask 1988 vintage from Hunter Laing’s Old & Rare label. Bottled August 2019 and just 243 bottles from a refill hogshead at 57.1% Littlemill Distillery was established in 1772 to the west of Bowling by the north shore of the River Clyde and on the main road into Glasgow. Subsequent modifications during the 1930s resulted in a number of novel features including double ventilation towers which sat over a single drying kiln and pot stills with rectifiers rather than the traditional swan necks. The combination of pot and column stills in Littlemill Distillery was designed to produce malt whisky which was expected to mature quickly. When production ceased in 1992 Littlemill Distillery was the oldest working malt whiskey distillery in Scotland. Closed in 1994 and demolished in 2006 and now Littlemill is a lost Scottish distillery although the shell of the manager’s house remains

Shop – Littlemill 30 Year Old 1988 – £530.66

Signatory Caperdonich 23 Year Old at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Caperdonich 23 Year Old

1995 vintage single cask for the Signatory 30th Anniversary series.

Shop £374.95

Caperdonich 23 Year Old 1995 vintage Speyside single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask refill sherry hogshead #95050 bottled June 2018 for the Signatory Vintage 30th Anniversary series. 265 bottles. Caperdonich Distillery was founded in 1897 and its two stills were fired up a year later. Established beside the North of Scotland Railway in the north west corner of Rothes. But Caperdonich opened just as demand for whisky crashed and it closed in 1902 it remained mothballed until 1965 but closed permanently in 2002. And was demolished in 2011. Caperdonich whiskey went primarily into blended scotch but a small volume continues to be released by independent bottlers, featuring in the Old & Rare single cask releases of Hunter Laing. A lost Scottish Speyside malt whisky distillery.

Talisker 18yo at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Talisker 18 Year Old

2019 bottling year of the single malt from the Isle of Skye distillery. Always a bestseller at TWB and it’s not hard to see why; a sweetly rich and warming dram with just a hint of smoke. Unmissable this festive season!

Buy – Talisker 18 Year Old – £85.76

Direct from the Land of Milk and Honey, a Whisky You’ll Just Have to Try – Israeli Whisky News

Single Malt Whisky is produced throughout the world; most notably in Scotland where Single Malt Scotch Whisky has been produced for centuries. The rest of the world has been slowly catching up to Scotch Malt Whisky but, really, it’s been in the past 5-10 years that consumers the world over started paying attention to producers in countries such as Japan, Wales, Belgium, England, France, Germany and now, Israel.

ImpEx Beverages has been focusing on and importing smaller, Independent Single Malt distilleries and producers since the company started in 2008. The company has aligned itself with distilleries such as Kilchoman (Scotland), Penderyn (Wales), and Gouden Carolus (Belgium) over these years and is proud to announce they’ve partnered with Tel Aviv’s (Israel) The M&H Distillery (also commonly known as The Milk & Honey Distillery).

The M&H Distillery had caught the eye of ImpEx Beverages, in part, because the distillery itself shares an origin story with Kilchoman, Penderyn, and Gouden Carolus. That origin is Dr. Jim Swan.

Dr. Jim Swan, sadly now passed, had over 40 years in the industry and was known as “the Einstein of whisky” and “the ultimate whisky troubleshooter”. In his career Dr. Swan has consulted with distilleries such as the aforementioned Kilchoman, Penderyn, & Gouden Carolus but also Clydeside, Annandale, Kavalan, Cotswold, Amrut, and many more. While ImpEx Beverages has been importing Kilchoman since 2010, began importing Penderyn in 2018, and began importing Gouden Carolus in 2019 they’ve been keeping an eye on The M&H Distillery because, in part, this was Dr. Swan’s final project.

Another reason ImpEx Beverages kept an eye on The M&H Distillery is that their quality of spirit preceded them.  The word throughout the whisky industry was that something very special was being produced in Tel Aviv.  Something special indeed, inspired by the innovative and vibrant culture there.

“To be honest, I’ve had an eye on The M&H Distillery since I heard they broke ground  way back in 2014.” says Sam Filmus, President and Managing Director of ImpEx Beverages. “Like Kavalan and Amrut,” Filmus continued, “The M&H Distillery is located in an extremely hot climate so their maturation will not only be swift but unique. The way the flavors are extracted from the wood will simply be different than what you’d expect from, say, a Single Malt Scotch Whisky producer.”

“We are honored and excited to start our US journey with ImpEx Beverages, Inc. as our strategic partner and be a part of its excellent craft portfolio” says M&H CEO Eitan Attir.  “We look forward to meeting the American consumers and introducing them to our quality spirits.”

“To many, Kosher practices and products (and the certification thereof) are a testament to a specific quality standards, but to some it’s also a religious practice.” says Joshua Hatton, Regional Sales Executive, ImpEx Beverages.  “But what I enjoy about M&H and their whiskies is that the focus is first on making great spirits and secondly on the Kosher aspect.  They are, first and foremost, a spirits producer, and one that ensures everything they produce meets Kosher standards.”

While The M&H Distillery makes a range of spirits from whisky to gin to liqueurs, ImpEx Beverages will be importing two whisky SKUs, exclusively crafted for the U.S.  These exclusive Small Batches are a preview to their commercial release that will be in the U.S. in mid-2020 with the M&H Classic Single Malt Whisky.

Whisky in Bloom Double Cask is bottled at 46% ABV and was matured in a combination of ex-Bourbon and STR casks.

Whisky in Bloom Lightly Peated is bottled at 46% ABV and was matured in a combination of ex-Bourbon, STR, and ex-Islay (smoky Scotch whisky) casks.

Both whiskies have been bottled without chill-filtration and without any caramel color added.

Suggested Retail price for both whiskies is: $55.00.

Please feel free to reach out for more details on the bottlings:

Spirit of Toronto 2020: Tickets go on sale March 16, 2020 – Whisky News





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Tickets on sale March 16!

Mark your calendar – tickets for Spirit of Toronto 2020 go on sale Monday March 16 at 10am through Roy Thomson Hall’s box office. If you are subscribed to this list then you will get an automatic reminder the night before, as well as updates on the features, guests and masterclasses for 2020.

Can’t wait until then? Shopping for the whisky lover on your gift list? We can help!

Tis the Season for Giving…

Once again we are pleased to offer a limited number of gift certificates, that can be redeemed for General Admission tickets to Spirit of Toronto’s main showcase on Saturday April 25 at Roy Thomson Hall.

Gift certificates are $175 each which includes all fees and taxes. To purchase please visit our website at the link below:

Spirit of Toronto 2020 Gift Certificates

Gift certificates will be sent as a PDF by email, and include a unique barcode number which the recipient must register with us along with their name and mailing address. The physical tickets will be sent out March 16 by Roy Thomson Hall.

Please note that these gift certificates are for general admission only; masterclasses cannot be reserved before March 16. Gift cardholders interested in attending a class will be able to do so by contacting the box office directly and purchasing a seat reservation as an add-on to their General Admission ticket. (Please note that the usual box office fees will apply to any masterclasses that are purchased as an add-on.)

Happy Holidays and See You in 2020!

Hand-picked Gift Ideas from The Whisky Exchange – Scotch Whisky News

We know how hard picking presents can be, so consider this a helping hand. We’ve chosen a selection of gifts to cover all bases so that no matter who you’re buying for, we’ve something to fit the bill. If you still can’t find what you want or you’d like some more advice, feel free to visit our website and use our Live Chat function to speak to a member of staff. We’ll be more than happy to help!


Cadenhead’s London – Scotch Whisky News

We are almost at the end of the year for the releases, it has been a busy year one way or another, we have seen some amazing whiskies and more recently the introduction of a new world range of spirits like the new single cask Armagnac, Cachaca and Calvados with the additional vintages added to the Cognacs.

What will be next? Time will tell I guess, but before we try to guess too much – let us look at the current range.

Some classic drams have been added to the release like the very enjoyable Speyside distillery 28 years old. This dram is one to look at, as it’s a great age and taste, excellent in the finish and it seems to grow with every sip.

We have an incredible Ord distilled in 2008, that’s a true classic of the distillery style. This one has rich and complex mid palate tones, that lead to a really nice and creamy finish, adding some twists and turns as it draws you back in again and again.

Deanston is back with the rum cask! If you have ever had a Deanston then you will understand how great a quality distillate this can be! Especially with the rum cask, their product keeps the familiar elements of Deanston, whilst offering somewhat different perspective to their delicious range of flavours. We can’t recommend Deanston enough as a single malt!

Sherry cask whisky is also included in this release, but with a twist, as it’s a single cask Grain from Strathclyde distillery. You will be expecting extremely elegant, smooth and rich offering.

Also a charming Glentauchers is included in this release, being a classic Speyside single malt packed with flavour that never fails to deliver. It’s one of those surprising younger vintages that stand out nicely.

Benrinnes is another favourite here in London! This vintage was distilled a few months after the London Shop was opened in 1995, so this is a great dram to talk about with the anniversary year coming up in 2020.

Cadenheads Whisky Shop & Tasting Room
26 Chiltern Street, London, W1U 7QF

Whisky Engraving at The Whisky Shop – Whisky News

Add the personal touch 🖋

Our bespoke engraving service now has more bottles than ever before!

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