Archive for November, 2020

Doc Swinson’s 15 Year Old “Rare Release Batch #8” K&L Exclusive Exploratory Cask Series – American Whiskey News

Doc Swinson’s 15 Year Old “Rare Release Batch #8” K&L Exclusive Exploratory Cask Series

Nonchillfiltered Small Batch Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)

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The return of the wonderful and mysterious Doc Swinson’s 15 Year is upon us. This newest batch is from the same unnamed source and continues to represent some of the best value available for old cask strength bourbon anywhere in the world. The Doc Swinson’s brand was started by a small (and very lucky) bottler in Washington state who’d made a name for themselves finishing Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee whiskies in various wine casks. When they had an opportunity to secure some high-quality mature Kentucky straight bourbon, they jumped at the chance and so did we. The source of this excellent bourbon is so concerned about its identity being revealed that the barrels are dumped in Kentucky before being transported to the bottler in anonymous totes. Usually we insist on having some idea of where the products we sell are produced, but one taste of this stuff and those standards get thrown out the window, as it’s just too good to care to argue with. We will likely never know exactly where it was made, but as long as it keeps tasting this good, we won’t complain. The most special bourbons from Doc are under their “Rare Release” line. This is the 8th release of this truly small batch line, but only the third batch of the unbelievably popular 15 year. This batch contains just 27 barrels and is bottled at 114.2 proof. Another example of why this whisky is one of the most exciting new bourbons on the market today. We love being the California exclusive for this special bourbon.

Octomore at Tyndrum Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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We’re a little late with these coming in.. but they are here now… Octomore 11 range, 11.1, 11.3 and the 10 Year Old (4th Release), then we have the Black Art 8th Edition. The 11.1 is malted to 139.6ppm, distilled in 2014 and 100% Scottish grown Concerto and Propino Barley. The casks matured in are from Jim Beam, Heaven Hill and Jack Daniels! A whopping 59.4% ABV.

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New Glenfarclas Family Casks Summer 2020 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

New Glenfarclas Family Casks Summer 2020

The latest Summer 2020 batch of Glenfarclas Family Casks. The usual epic sherry cask maturation for real vintage Speyside Scotch whisky. Plus a new Highland Edradour sherry cask cousin to join the family gathering…

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New Balblair Age-Statement Collection Arrives in U.S. – Scotch Whisky News

New Balblair Age-Statement Collection Arrives in U.S.

EDDERTON, SCOTLAND, November 17, 2020—Multi-award-winning Highland whisky distillery, Balblair, is pleased to announce that their new age-statement collection of single malt Scotch whiskies will be available in the United States this holiday season. The revamped portfolio was first unveiled in 2019 and includes four whiskies, each showcasing the upmost quality, all of which retain the distillery’s unmistakable signature character. The new age-statement collection replaces all existing Balblair expressions.

The core collection includes:

  • 12-Year-Old (SRP, $69.99): matured in American oak ex-bourbon and double-fired American oak casks, with notes of dried orange, ground spices and sweet vanilla.
  • 15-Year-Old (SRP, $119.99): matured initially in American oak ex-bourbon casks, followed by first-fill Spanish oak butts, with notes of dark chocolate, tropical fruit and creamy vanilla.
  • 18-Year-Old (SRP, $209.99):  matured initially in American oak ex-bourbon casks, followed by first-fill Spanish oak butts, with notes of juicy apricots, vanilla custard and raisins.
  • 25-Year-Old (SRP, $699.99):  matured initially in American oak ex-bourbon casks then reshaped in Oloroso Spanish oak, with notes of oily citrus, chocolate praline, fresh tobacco leaf and blood oranges.

In a move away from the distillery’s recent ‘vintage-only’ approach, the launch of this collection signals a new era for Balblair. While each expression offers its own unique appeal, the series as a whole stays true to Balblair’s house style, following a gentle and considered approach with its focus firmly on quality over quantity – an attribute Balblair has become renowned for since the distillery was established in 1790.

“As one of the oldest working distilleries in the Scottish Highlands, Balblair has a long and rich history of crafting premium single malt Scotch whisky,” said John MacDonald, Distillery Manager at Balblair. “We are proud of our heritage and we will continue to honor our centuries-old traditions, but we also look forward in a quiet pursuit of perfection.”

On the new series, MacDonald also commented, “Our new collection is intrinsically linked to our heritage and is testament to the place and the people behind our whisky, while being emblematic of our ‘True Highland Spirit’.”

Inspired by Balblair’s rich past, the packaging for the new collection is reflective of the distillery’s unique and idyllic location. It takes subtle cues from the surrounding landscape: its pure Highland water source and the Pictish ‘Z-rod’ carvings etched on the ancient Clach Biorach standing stone located on the distillery’s doorstep. A larger logo area and new label font has also been incorporated into the design to create greater on-shelf brand visibility.

“Our whisky hasn’t changed: Balblair will always be a single malt Scotch whisky of premium quality, and remain true to its renowned character, “ said Laura Young, Brand Manager for Balblair. “The updated collection, complete with a new range of age statements and super-premium packaging, is a testament to the dedicated distillers who patiently craft our award-winning Highland whisky.”

Initially introduced in 2019 outside the United States, Laura added, “We’ve had an extremely positive response to the new collection from consumers around the world and we’re excited to now be sharing it with whisky fans in America.”

The Balblair core collection is now available in the U.S. from the brand’s new U.S. importer, Hotaling & Co. Currently distributed across eight states (CA, CO, IL  MA, NH, NJ, NY, and TX), consumers can find the whiskies online and at fine retailers in each market. Beginning in 2021, Balblair will be available in additional markets.

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Balblair Age-Stated Core Collection

Balblair 12-Year-Old (SRP, $69.99)

  • 46% abv, matured in American oak ex-bourbon and double-fired American oak casks
  • Color: Polished gold
  • Aroma: Elegant bright lemon peel layered with creamy vanilla and crisp green apples
  • Palate: Ground spices and dried orange slices enveloped in intense set honey sweetness
  • Finish: Creamy and leathery with notes of sweet vanilla

Balblair 15-Year-Old (SRP, $119.99)

  • 46% abv, matured initially in American oak ex-bourbon casks, followed by first-fill Spanish oak butts
  • Color: Bright amber
  • Aroma: Leatherwood honey and spicy gingerbread followed by juicy prunes and fresh lemon peel
  • Palate: Velvety in texture, bursting with dark chocolate, tropical fruit and spices
  • Finish: Long and mellow with notes of creamy vanilla and citrus

Balblair 18-Year-Old (SRP, $209.99)

  • 46% abv, matured initially in American oak ex-bourbon casks, followed by first-fill Spanish oak butts
  • Color: Oiled cedar
  • Aroma: Rich toffee and baked pears shine bright against an elegant backdrop of new leather
  • Palate: A masterful balance of juicy apricots, seasoned oak and vanilla custard
  • Finish: Long and warming with chords of fresh spices and raisins

Balblair 25-Year-Old (SRP, $699.99)

  • 46% abv, matured initially in American oak ex-bourbon casks then reshaped in Oloroso Spanish oak
  • Color: Hot copper
  • Aroma: Indulgent overripe apricots and dark licorice stand out against polished oak and a touch of saddle wax
  • Palate: Full-bodied with oily citrus, chocolate praline and a faint note of fresh tobacco leaf
  • Finish: Warming with smooth chocolate and blood oranges 

About Balblair

Established in 1790, Balblair distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in the Scottish Highlands.

Its location on the Dornoch Firth is intrinsically linked to the whisky itself, with its water source coming from the nearby Allt Dearg burn. The distillery also sits close to the site of an ancient gathering place for the Picts. On the distillery’s doorstep stands a standing stone and stone circle, erected some 4,000 years ago in the Bronze Age. Known locally as the ‘Clach Biorach’ the standing stone was used to observe the change of seasons by the Picts. They added their own unique markings to the stone and for thousands of years used it as a gathering place.

Today, Balblair prides itself on its true highland spirit, where quality comes before all else.

The distillery, which sits just off the popular North Coast 500 route, welcomed over 10,000 visitors through its doors in 2019, an increase of 7.5% over the previous year.

About International Beverage Holdings

International Beverage Holdings 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.



Tomatin, the award-winning Highland distillery, has today announced that from Black Friday, every sale of its Core Range will be accompanied with two surprise complimentary 5cl miniatures, with combinations worth up to £21.

To celebrate the festive period, the Tomatin Black Friday promotion will run from 27th November until 18th December, exclusively via the online shop. This limited deal will also provide whisky connoisseurs with the chance to sample sister brand Cù Bòcan, who produce an experimental Highland Single Malt that explores innovative finishes to create whiskies full of intrigue and surprise, as part of its complimentary winter offer.

Each purchase of the Tomatin Core Range during the festive period will be accompanied by one mystery additional Core Range expression, as well as one Cù Bòcan creation 5cl miniature – whilst stocks last.

For more detail on the Tomatin Core Range, please visit the Tomatin site here.

PLEASE NOTE: This promotion is only open to people over the age of 18. The promotion will be valid to all purchases made from the Tomatin online shop between 00:01 27th November and 23:59 18th December. For further information on individual products please visit the Tomatin and Cù Bòcan sites. 


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.

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 – £10,000). In the last ten years, Tomatin has secured over 60 prestigious awards in a variety of categories, and in 2019 the distillery celebrated its most successful year ever at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition, securing seven Double Gold awards and four Gold awards.

Distinctive International Whiskies for the Holidays – Whisky News


Distilled in 1989 and gently nurtured for three decades in the No. 1 Vaults, the world’s oldest Scotch maturation house, this rare single malt whisky is defined by the art of time and its influence on Bowmore Distillery’s remote island home, Islay. Aged in the finest Sherry hogshead and bourbon barrels while waves crash against the cellar walls, BOWMORE 30 YEARS OLD (ABV: 45.3%) has a rich fruity flavor with tropical butterscotch notes and rounded by the unmistakable subtle peat smoke for which Bowmore is celebrated. The bottle presentation is a gift itself, showcasing the colors and textures of driftwood, polished sea glass and the turquoise waters of Loch Indaal – all materials found on Islay that are definitively shaped by time.

SRP: $1,850

Availability: Annual limited release of 2,580 bottles globally; available as of December 2020


Merging techniques honed by the Giraud family of celebrated cask makers and cellar masters since 1873, the Alfred GIRAUD portfolio features two limited-production French Malt Whiskies that are meticulously blended and completely dependent on the availability of exceptional casks, including ex-cognac, French Limousin and American oak. A blend of three non-peated French malt distillates that are matured individually and together, HERITAGE (ABV: 45.9%) is complex yet balanced, structured with a full body that leads to a sophisticated and subtly sweet finish; only 23 casks released annually. HARMONIE (ABV: 46.1%), a blend of one lightly-peated and two non-peated French malt distillates, is delicate yet powerful with a rich and balanced palate and a discreet hint of peat; only 7 casks released annually.

SRP: $155 for HERITAGE; $190 for HARMONIE

Availability: At key retailers in select cities, and online at, ReserveBar and Caskers


The Hibiki brand is Japan’s most highly awarded blended whisky and widely considered one of the most prestigious and honored whiskies in the world. Inspired by the riches and subtleties of Japan’s 24 seasons, Hibiki Japanese Harmony (ABV: 43%) is a meticulous blend of the finest selection of malt and grain whiskies from the House of Suntory Whisky’s Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita distilleries. This delicate blend creates a oneness unfolding a full orchestra of flavors and aromas.

Compass Box “For those who joined us on Sunday, and for those who missed it…- Scotch Whisky News


Thanks so much for being a part of our latest Peat Monster Arcana virtual tasting. Founder John Glaser and Whiskymaker James Saxon had a great time as always, and we have enjoyed answering every question that came in during the event. You can read the full Q&A here, which includes the recipe for James’s smoky spin on hot chocolate. We hope it inspires you to get creative with some pairings at home. Keep your eye on our social feeds too for more surprising suggestions, and for those who asked on the day, head to our main website if you’d like to see the recipe wheels of any of our whiskies.


Don’t worry, because you can still recreate the tasting at home. The full video is available to watch here, where you can also download your tasting mat and set-up guide. For this event, author of New York Cocktails, Amanda Schuster, joined us as a special guest to discuss smoky food pairings of either Peat Monster Arcana or The Peat Monster with hot and cold smoked salmon, BBQ ribs, smoked almonds and more. And things got pleasantly geeky when John quoted Jeffery Lindenmuth’s article explaining how stimulating our trigeminal nerve with smoky food or drink could be described as ‘pursuing flavour as a thrill-seeking behaviour’. Read the full piece here.

With December just around the corner, our thoughts are now turning to the holiday season, so watch this space for ideas on how to celebrate the Compass Box way, starting with a video series on pairing cheeses with limited edition whiskies for you to indulge in during the festivities.

The Compass Box Team

Black Friday deals 🌲 at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

Black Friday continues!

Jim McEwan & Robin Laing Live at The Inverurie Whisky Shop December 3rd, 2020 – Scotch Whisky News

Jim McEwan & Robin Laing Live

Thursday, 3rd December

Ticket Increase due to Popular Demand!

Two of whiskies biggest characters are joining Inverurie Whisky Shop owner Mike Stuart in what is sure to be a wonderful exploration of great drams, music and stories.

Jim McEwan, a whisky idol and veteran of over 53 years in the whisky industry will join one of his oldest friends, Robin Laing, whose music and poetry have entertained thousands across the globe, for a chat about their times together in the whisky industry.

Sharing stories over a dram is a favourite past-time for both, and the line up of whiskies we have in store for you is simply sublime. With a focus on Jim’s Islay past – the stuff of legend! – this single cask range will simply blow you away.

We are delighted to now announce the line up for the event:

Bruichladdich Full term Sauternes Cask

14 Years Old, 54.4%

Bowmore David Simpson

20 Years Old, 50.7%

The Cask Whisperer Lochindaal 2007

12 Years Old, 55.5%

Secret Octomore Single Cask

12 Years Old ??%


Raising your glass to the extraordinary

Inverurie Whisky Shop

1 Burnside, Inverurie, AB51 3RY, United Kingdom

Thank you for Supporting Wemyss Malts; there’s no need to rush this Black Friday! – Scotch Whisky News


Thank you for your support over the unprecedented year of 2020. As an independent whisky company, we’re incredibly thankful that you’ve chosen to enjoy Wemyss Malts. With that in mind, we’d like to share our Winter offers that little bit early so you don’t have to rush this year.


Discover the daring side of Highland whisky with FLAMING FEAST.
A Northern and an Island Highland single malt strike together to create the bold Flaming Feast.
Sweet and savoury join forces with honeyed heather and salted scallops.


First-Fill Ex Bourbon Barrels & De-Charred/Re-Charred Hogsheads – 70CL – 46% ABV – 6000 Bottles


Explore the delicate side of Highland whisky with BLOOMING GORSE.

Two Northern Highland single malts are married, bringing a floral, citrus whisky together with a distillery known for its richer, malty characteristic. Named for the distinctive coconut and floral scent of gorse flowers, Blooming Gorse is a delicious whisky to enjoy as an aperitif.


First Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrels & First Fill Ex-Bourbon Hogsheads – 70CL – 46% ABV – 6900 Bottles

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Enjoy 15% off with the code WINTER15


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