Archive for January, 2020

Pure Perfection in a Classic Single Malt: Glenburgie 21 Year Old at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

A Perfectly Aged Speysider at an Amazing Price
1998 Glenburgie 21 Year Old “Old Particular” Single Refill Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky ($109.99)
“This whisky should be twice the price considering the quality. Exceptional!” — David Othenin-Girard, K&L SoCal Spirits Buyer

As an integral component to wildly popular Ballantine’s, Glenburgie has a reputation for crafting single malts that are smooth, easy-drinking, and, above all, delicious. We couldn’t believe our good fortune when we happened upon this 21-year-old cask. Typically, Ballantine’s scoops up every barrel it can from Glenburgie, so finding aged expressions like this one is no simple task. And what a rendition it is! Exotic and engaging, it serves up tropical flavors of mango and papaya, along with more traditional notes of vanilla, wood spice, and honey and beeswax. When it comes to Speyside single malts, Glenburgie makes some of our very favorite expressions and this cask-strength stunner is no exception. What makes it so compelling, aside from the dazzling array of flavors and aromatics, is its easy-going delivery. Add a sprinkle of water and enjoy with abandon. It harkens back to the old-school malts that we so enjoyed twenty-plus years ago. $110 is a bargain for a bottle with this kind of age statement and pedigree. Give this 21 Year Old a spin, and we guarantee it’ll become your go-to dram. It’s just that good.

1998 Glenburgie 21 Year Old “Old Particular” Single Refill Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($109.99)

The home of Ballantine’s – the world’s second largest whisky seller. Nearly every precious drop of Glenburgie stays “in the family,” so we were duly excited when we were offered the chance to bottle our own cask – at 21 years old no less. On the northern edge of Speyside, Glenburgie has a long history with multiple ownership interests like so many famous Scottish distilleries. Built in 1829, the distillery changed hands a number of times before settling into the Hiram Walker portfolio in 1936 and forevermore being associated with the Ballantine’s brand. The distillery was demolished and rebuilt in 2004 to incorporate more capacity. Distilled in 1998, this cask comes from the original distillery. As the heart of Ballantine’s, you’d expect this cask to be smooth and easy drinking and it is. The rich sweet malt is made more complex by a fresh hay note and loads of honey, toffee, and sweet spice. Take advantage of the chance to experience Glenburgie as a single malt while you have it, The rarity of this cask combined with the strong direct pricing means it won’t be available for long.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 25, 2019

Glenburgie is one of a few distilleries we rarely see at the bottlers as it seems Ballentine’s needs every drop. But when we do find a good Burgie it can really sing. I find the very best Burgies have a distinct and undeniably delicious fruit quality leaning toward the mangoes and melons that are oh so rare in modern malt. This is a truly exceptional value considering the age and rarity of this special malt and we’re right in that gorgeous territory that Burgie does best. Tense and tight at first, some air and the tiniest drop of water start things off and the powerful fruit aromatics just pop. Intense nose of kiwi, banana, dragonfruit and mango. Behind that some unusual mineral oils or maybe ginseng. On the a palate the stupendous wild fruit is now coupled with a very complex set of spices – mint, coriander, ginger, dill and licorice. A total roller coaster and exactly the type of malt I love to drink on the daily. This whisky should be twice the price considering the quality. Exceptional!

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 03, 2020

With Scottish single malts offering an amazing array of flavors, it’s not really correct to say there is an archetypal profile – but this is a stone cold classic. Almost a caricature of single malt. It has barley, fruit, wood, spice, and sweetness wrapped in a velvet cloak and drizzled with honey. It smells like my grandfather at 5 o’clock. It’s sweet cereal driven at first and has a robust layer of tropical fruits just under the surface, like an açai bowl. The palate is fleshed out by a perfect level of wood spice, cinnamon, flaky pastry crust, and sweet vanilla. Crushable comes to mind. A little water and even more sweet fruit abounds, but so too does the spice pick up. Everything opens just a little bit. It’s the kind of malt that other malts wish it could be. At 21 years old and just pushing the $100 mark slightly, it’s the kind of malt we used to know and love and just so rarely see today.

Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 06, 2020

This is a great single malt and is a super value for a 21 year old single malt. In the nose it is like sweet honey with a touch of beeswax. In the mouth these sweet honey notes continue in a full bodied and rich treat. Secondary flavors of spice and savory add complexity and make this a wonderful drinking experience. I think that this selection tastes best with a small splash of water.

Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 02, 2019

The whisky in this bottle dates back to before the Glenburgie distillery was completely rebuilt in 2003-2004. Very fruity, floral, and leathery right off the bat. There’s a good amount of playfulness here which makes for a fun dram. I pick up a lot of red fruits (fresh and dried), then spice, wild flowers, and gentle caramel. Citrus and cream then green apple come next. The palate is still very fruity, but increases dramatically in malt character and oak spice. The addition of water enhances this dram nicely, adding elements of buttered bread with berry compote.

Eighth Annual Whiskey Obsession is Wednesday 4/29/20 in Tampa! – Whisky News

Whiskey Obsession is Moving to Tampa in 2020!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at the Armature Works

6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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Tickets and information are available at whiskeyobsessionfestival.com.

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Tyndrum Whisky “Latest Bruichladdich Release – Laddie Crew Virgin Oak” – Scotch Whisky News

As chosen by Susan in our team who was part of the crew who picked this cask back in November! BRUICHLADDICH 2007 LADDIE CREW, VIRGIN OAK CASK #3668.  Vintage: 2007 (12th December 2007)
Cask type: Virgin Oak. Cask no: 3668. Barley type – Golden Promise Chalice.  1 of 300 bottles available. Exclusive Laddie Crew UK bottling.

AVAILABLE HERE

ralfy review 810 – Ben Nevis 10yo @ 46% (2020) – Scotch Whisky News

ralfy review 810 – Ben Nevis 10yo @ 46%vol: (2020)

ralfy.com climbs Ben Nevis !

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JACK DANIEL’S TENNESSEE FIRE UNVEILS PACKAGE REDESIGN – American Whiskey News

JACK DANIEL’S TENNESSEE FIRE UNVEILS PACKAGE REDESIGN

Launched in 2016, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire is the #4 Flavored Whiskey Brand Globally

LYNCHBURG, Tenn., (JANUARY 23, 2020) – The Jack Daniel Distillery announces today a package redesign for Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire launching in January 2020. The new look is intended to be more premium, fit better with the Jack Daniel’s Family of Brands and improve visibility in bars and restaurants.

Jack Fire launched globally in 2016 and has since become the #4 selling flavored whiskey in the world. Crafted with Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey and naturally infused with a proprietary cinnamon liqueur for a smooth and delicious taste, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire enable friends of Jack a new way to enjoy Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey.

“Jack Fire is a complex Jack Daniel’s that delivers the bold character of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey with the warm, smooth finish of cinnamon,” said Alicia Johnson, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire Brand Manager. “This new package design more accurately communicates to our consumers the flavor and taste expectations for the delicious cinnamon whiskey it contains.”

The new look will begin hitting shelves across all global markets beginning in January. For Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire news and updates, follow the brand on social media at Facebook (Facebook.com/JackTNFire), Twitter (Twitter.com/JackFire) and Instagram (Instagram.com/JackFire).

About Jack Daniel’s:

Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the first registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails. Today, Jack Daniel’s is a true global icon found in more than 170 countries around the world and is the most valuable spirits brand in the world as recognized by Interbrand.

Please Drink Responsibly.

JACK DANIEL’S and TENNESSEE FIRE are registered trademarks of JACK DANIEL PROPERTIES INC. ©2020. Jack Daniel’s.  Whiskey Specialty, 35% ALC./VOL.(70 proof). Produced and Bottled by JACK DANIEL DISTILLERY, Lynchburg), TENNESSEE, U.S.A.

Buy VIP Tickets for WhiskyFest Chicago at Early Bird Prices! – Whisky Fest News

A Rare, Collectible Set from a Single Malt Master at a Sharp Price – Scotch Whisky News

A Rare, Collectible Set from a Single Malt Master at a Sharp Price

Macallan 12 Year Old “Double Cask Lunar New Year 2020” 2-pack Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (2x750ml) ($119.99)

As a way of celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Rat, Macallan has assembled a two-pack collection of their famed 12 Year bottling with a special double wood treatment. As we’ve come to expect from Macallan, this malt is nothing short of exquisite. Wine Enthusiast instructs: “Sip or mix this single malt, aged in American and European ex-sherry barrels. Mellow honey and smooth, nutty flavors taper off into a long fade that shows vanilla, citrus, sweet spices and a hint of cocoa.” A scan of online prices will reveal this set is priced $150 elsewhere, but we have it for a very reasonable $119.99. This is an impressive value from Speyside’s most celebrated distillery. This is a must-have for collectors of Macallan, but will prove a huge hit with anyone who enjoys a classically sippable Speyside. Precious few of these sets were made available, so you’ll need to act quickly to secure your bottles. We can’t think of a better way to welcome the new 2020 lunar cycle.

Macallan 12 Year Old “Double Cask Lunar New Year 2020” 2-pack Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (2x750ml) ($119.99)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: “Sip or mix this single malt, aged in American and European ex-sherry barrels. Mellow honey and smooth, nutty flavors taper off into a long fade that shows vanilla, citrus, sweet spices and a hint of cocoa. (KN)” (12/2017)

K&L Notes: The Macallan has revealed stunning new limited edition packaging for the Double Cask 12 Years Old expression to celebrate the forthcoming Lunar New Year, as the Year of the Rat beckons. Now in the third year of this collectible, limited release, The Macallan Lunar New Year package joins the annual series to commemorate the zodiac on the Chinese calendar. Distillery note: “Creamy butterscotch with a hint of toffee apple, candied orange, vanilla custard and newly felled oak. Deliciously honeyed, wood spices and citrus, balanced with raisins and caramel. Oak lingers, warm, sweet and drying.”

Exclusive GlenAllachie single sherry casks 13, 15 & 18 years at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

GlenAllachie Single Casks

Back in-stock… while stocks last! These richly sherried single malts from the resurgent Speyside distillery are hot stuff including the rare 18, 15 & 13 Year Old Oloroso & PX casks for the UK market only.

Buy – GlenAllachie Single Casks – UK Exclusives

Whisky Wednesday Reviews a 1950’s White Horse Blended Scotch Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Cheaper by the Dram have hit another historical ball out of the park. 1950’s White Horse, the heart malt being Lagavulin; assisted by a sprinkling of Maltmill! One of the rarest and definition of ‘unicorn’ whiskies that have ever existed! Cheers! (This video goes live 7AM UK time).

BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY CONTINUES RECORD-BREAKING VISITATION STREAK – American Whiskey News

BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY CONTINUES

RECORD-BREAKING VISITATION STREAK

Nearly 300,000 Guests Visited Historic Distillery in 2019 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Jan. 21, 2020) – Buffalo Trace Distillery experienced phenomenal tourism growth over the past decade, having increased visitation to the National Historic Landmark Distillery by 466 percent since 2010.

The Distillery ended 2019 having welcomed a record-breaking 293,996 visitors during the calendar year. This is a 35 percent increase in visitation over the previous year.

Over the course of 2019, Buffalo Trace reached significant milestones in its ongoing $1.2 billion investment to make more whiskey and accommodate the increased visitation.

This fall, repairs, restoration and painting kicked off behind the scenes at Buffalo Trace, specifically behind the back wall of the Visitor Center. Though having just completed an expansion of its Visitor Center in 2015, Buffalo Trace is again expanding in order to accommodate the continued tourism growth.

Much of the construction and expansion work will continue to take place out of the way and will have minimal impact on guests visiting the Distillery, as the Visitor Center will be expanding further back into the building it currently resides. Work will take place behind the back wall until the expansion work is complete. Then the existing Visitor Center will receive updates and work will be completed to make the building a cohesive space. The Distillery anticipates the Visitor Center expansion to wrap up later this year.

The expanded Visitor Center will be utilized to exhibit more Distillery archives, and as the expanded space will back up to the recently completed fermenter expansion, the Visitor Center will have backdoor access to the whiskey making process, allowing for new and updated tour routes. The expanded space will also supply another event location for hosting evening parties.

Just as tourism continues to grow, so is demand for more bourbons made by Buffalo Trace, which is why the Distillery made some major upgrades to expand its distilling capabilities in 2019, embracing the first large scale structural expansion on the campus since the end of Prohibition.

Right before Christmas, the Distillery started up its brand new, 22-foot cookers for the first time. A recap of this milestone can be viewed here, and downloaded here. Four of these massive cookers, which are responsible for pressure cooking the milled grains before they are cooled and fermented, were installed in 2019. The new cookers span three floors in height, and the Distillery had to remove the roof of its Mash House to lower them into the building.

This, and several other Distillery upgrades Buffalo Trace has been working on over the past year will allow the Distillery to greatly increase its whiskey production, as demand for its whiskies continues to grow.

Along with the cooker upgrade, the distillery installed four new fermenters this past summer, after having to raise the roof by nine feet. The fermenters are 92,000 gallons a piece – the same size as Buffalo Trace’s other fermenters. Additionally, a new cooling tower, which cools down the grains after they are cooked into mash, was added.

All this whiskey has to go somewhere to age, so the Distillery has been busy on that front too. Six new warehouses which each hold 58,800 barrels now stand on the farm adjacent to the Distillery, with two more under construction, and many more planned over the next several years. Latest new barrel warehouse progress can be viewed, and downloaded here.

“The growth we are seeing in all aspects of the Distillery is really exciting,” Meredith Moody, director of homeplace development said. “We are eager to show all of our distilling upgrades to new and returning guests on our updated Hard Hat Tour. It’s a whole new experience, whether you are a first time visitor or have toured many times.”

Buffalo Trace is currently offering a modified Hard Hat Tour, which takes guests through the recent fermenter expansion. The Distillery anticipates reincorporating the updated Mash House into the Hard Hat Tour route by early February once final construction elements are complete in that building. For more information about tours and to make reservations visit https://www.buffalotracedistillery.com/visit-us/our-tours.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 35 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year by “Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018” and its William Larue Weller and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac were named 2nd and 3rd finest whiskeys in the world, respectively, in the “Jim Murray Whiskey Bible 2020.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 1,000 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com


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