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Longmorn 23 Year Old Single Malt Scotch – Now Available at the LCBO – Scotch Whisky News


Longmorn 23 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Now available at and In-Store

Ever the perfectionist, Longmorn founder John Duff took every step to ensure the best for his whisky. Longmorn is the product of exceptional talent and precision.

Known for its great quality and taste, natural ingredients give Longmorn its unique Speyside character, using water from the local springs, barley from Moray and peat from nearby sources.

Longmorn 23 year old is the pinnacle of the Longmorn range, full of richly profound flavours. A rare and exquisitely crafted single malt, rested for more than two decades in the finest, hand selected traditional oak casks chosen to complement the flavours of the Longmorn spirit.

Now available online and in select LCBO stores in limited quantities, this is a perfect addition to your single malt collection.

The Dead Rabbit at Park Ave Liquor Shop – Irish Whiskey News

Park Ave

The new name in  

Irish Whiskey

The Dead Rabbit

From the NYC bar with the same name…

The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog is celebrating its 5th Anniversary with the launch of their very own five year old Irish Whiskey. We’ve only stocked the whiskey for a couple of weeks and the reports have all been positive. This St. Patrick’s Day ~ pull a five year old Dead Rabbit off your shelf!

Jonathan, Eric & Marlon
The Park Avenue Liquor shop
270 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
212-685-2442 PH
212-689-6247 FAX (Marlon)

Dead Rabbit

~ The Dead Rabbit ~
5 Year Old Irish Whiskey  

“When it comes to whiskey, wood matters. We use two types: firstly, we age our whiskey in old, seasoned bourbon casks. This lends a distinctly American accent to an Irish story. We then finish Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey* in small, specially made, first-fill American oak barrels.  

The smaller the barrel, the better the whiskey-to-wood ratio. The result is real depth and depth and character over a lingering note of bourbon vanilla sweetness. 

A unique five-year-old blend of Irish malt and grain whiskey finished in half-sized, specially crafted virgin American oak barrels. crafted by world renowned whiskey expert and Master Distiller, Darryl McNally.”  


Dark golden honey


Rich overtones of bourbon and vanilla 


Irish Whiskey heart, with a burst of bourbon vanilla attitude


A long vanilla finish

(88 proof) 

PRICE: $38/btl  

*“The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey is crafted by Master Distiller, Darryl McNally of the Dublin Liberties Distillery, in Dublin’s traditional home of distilling.

The building is over 400 years old and, believe it or not, was once a tannery where rabbit fur was processed. In whiskey, as in life, some things are just meant to be.”

We cannot guarantee bottle availability but will always do our best to fulfill your order. We are not responsible for any typographical errors or or the lack of Free Agency agreements thus far by the NY Giants. Please contact the store with any questions.

The Park Avenue Liquor Shop | 212-685-2442 | 212-689-6247 |

Balblair 1991 3rd Release at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Balblair 26 Year Old 1991 vintage Highland single malt Scotch whisky. Double matured in first fill Spanish Sherry Oak Butts. Nose: Rich citrus fruits, toffee and chocolate developing into juicy apricots with just a hint of liquorice in the background. Palate: Rich creamy chocolate and layers of stewed apples and pears. Christmas pudding with hot vanilla sauce on the finish. Balblair Distillery was originally established by John Ross at his Balblair Farm just to the west of Ederton by the southern shore of the Dornoch Firth. Whilst distillation was probably in progress as early as 1749 Balblair malt whiskey distillery was officially established in 1790. Then a short move into new Balblair Distillery buildings situated right beside Ederton railway station in 1894. Balblair is a fantastic Scottish Highland malt distillery which has retained its round red brick chimney, single pagoda roof and dunnage warehouses. The Balblair Vintage series encompasses single malts from the 1970s to the 2000s.

Balblair 1991 3rd Release 46.0% 26 Year Old 1991 Sherry & Bourbon Cask Matured




A Grooves


Ardbeg Day falls on Saturday, 2nd June 2018. This year, the Islay distillery will be rolling back the years to the Ardbeg Village of the late 1960s 

Each year, Ardbeg Day marks the end of Islay’s Festival of Music and Malt, Fèis Ìle, with a global celebration of the untamed spirit of Islay. Eagerly anticipated by Ardbeggians and smoky malt whisky enthusiasts the world over, this year will take them back in time for a celebration of all things ‘Peat & Love’.

Inspired by the alternative lifestyle and unorthodox spirit of a previous generation, Ardbeg will release this year’s celebratory Limited Edition, Ardbeg Grooves. In his latest experiment, Dr Bill Lumsden, Ardbeg’s Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation and Whisky Stocks has used re-toasted red wine casks to mature a portion of the whisky. While still sticky with the residue of the wine, these casks were intensely charred to produce heavy grooves into the surface of the wood, a technique that has produced more intense flavours. The result is a whisky aromatic with smoked spices, distant bonfires and chilli-seasoned meats.

Meanwhile, all across the world, Committee Members and lovers of smoky malt will be invited to don their flares, channel some ‘flower power’ and celebrate their passion for the peaty whisky they “dig” above all others.

Distillery Manager Mickey Heads said: “The Ardbeg Village of the 1960s was a very different place – a groovy wee community, with its own post office, billiards hall, two choirs and even a football team. These days the Ardbeg community is a worldwide one, and Ardbeg Day is the best way for us all to come together and raise a dram to the ultimate Islay single malt.”

Ardbeg Day in the UK will play host to a live online tasting, broadcasting to all Ardbeg Embassies nationwide, uniting them in a celebration of Islay’s peatiest malt. The day will also see the launch of Ardbeg’s Summer of Peat & Love Campaign, where Ardbeg’s own 1960s inspired VW van will tour the country making stops at a number of leading music festivals, bars and Ardbeg Embassies serving smoky drams to the masses, spreading a taste of Islay’s ‘Peat & Love’ and good vibes along the way. More details on Ardbeg’s Summer of Peat & Love will be released in the forthcoming weeks.

The Committee release of Ardbeg Peat & Love bottled at 51.6% goes on sale at 9am on 14th March 2018, RRP: £89. Committee Members will receive a link to purchase their own special bottle.

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Ardbeg Day:

Every year, the Islay Festival of Malt and Music takes place in May or June on Ardbeg’s island home. On the Festival’s final Saturday, Ardbeg Day, the Distillery traditionally throws open its doors to welcome fans from all over the world. In 2012 Ardbeg Day became a global event, enabling the whisky’s passionate international following to take part in a worldwide celebration of all things Ardbeg in their own country. Recent Ardbeg Day themes have included the Islay-limpics and the Peat Football World Cup, while in 2015, Ardbeg Day celebrated the single malt’s 200th anniversary by looking forward 200 years to a retro-futuristic version of Islay in 2215.  For 2016, Ardbeg Day became Ardbeg Night, as fans across the globe recalled Islay’s dark past as a smugglers’ haunt. And in 2017, Ardbeg Day plunged deep under the sea for another legendary celebration.

Ardbeg Grooves:

Ardbeg Grooves is a limited-edition bottling created to celebrate Ardbeg Day 2018. It is the Distillery’s first whisky with a heart matured in wine casks that have been intensely charred to carve heavy grooves in the surface of the wood. The result is a whisky with perfect harmony between smouldering, smoky cinnamon and the sweetness of vanilla popcorn, treacle and pear – with an intensity Ardbeg lovers will adore.

Tasting notes:

Ardbeg Grooves is non-chill filtered and bottled at 46% ABV. 

Nose: Intense aromas of smoked cinnamon and paprika, antique leather and saddle soap, with classic Ardbeg scents of pine resin, tar and briny sea spray in the background. A distant hint of a fragrant bonfire by the shores of the distillery and, finally, an unusual savoury note, like chilli-seasoned meats. A little splash of water releases some beautiful, unexpected aromas: lavender scented soap, ground white pepper, floral and herbal notes entwined. Fresh flowers mix with coriander leaves and mint.

Taste: A powerfully salty mouthfeel drifts into sweet vibes of treacle toffee, vanilla popcorn, salted fruits with soot and tar. Again, those distinctive savoury notes of smoky BBQ, paprika and mustard spice, fading into an unexpected haze of smoked pears and apples, almost like pear cider. 

Finish: Smoked paprika and bonfires with a mellow sweetness throughout.


Ardbeg is The Ultimate Islay Single Malt Whisky. Established in 1815, Ardbeg is revered by whisky lovers around the world as the peatiest, smokiest and most intense of all the Islay malts.  Despite its smokiness, Ardbeg is renowned for its delicious sweetness, a phenomenon that has affectionately become known as ‘the peaty paradox’.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Ardbeg suffered from an uncertain future and it was not until it was purchased by The Glenmorangie Company in 1997 that the Distillery was saved from extinction.  Since then, the Distillery has risen like a phoenix and today Ardbeg is well established as a niche, cult malt, with a passionate following.  

Ardbeg Committee:

The legacy of the whisky was safeguarded in 2000 by the formation of the Ardbeg Committee.  The Committee is made up of thousands of Ardbeg followers in 130 countries worldwide who are keen to ensure that “the doors of Ardbeg never close again”.  Committee members are regularly consulted on new bottlings and expressions and are offered exclusive Committee bottlings. Members also receive invitations to special gatherings, tastings and events.  The Committee, chaired by Mickey Heads, is free to join at


Since 2008, Ardbeg has won more than 50 gold and double gold medals in key whisky competitions. Ardbeg was voted ‘World Whisky of the Year’ twice by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible (2008, 2009) and has twice been awarded ‘World’s Best Single Malt’ at the World Whiskies Awards (2010, 2013). At the 2014 Global Icons of Whisky Awards, Mickey Heads was voted ‘Distillery Manager of the Year’. The following year, Ardbeg’s expressions took the top three spots in Whisky Advocate magazine’s review of the best single malt Scotch whiskies under US$100. Meanwhile, both Ardbeg Corryvreckan and Ardbeg Uigeadail have been awarded gold medals at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. In 2017 Ardbeg Kelpie, released to celebrate Ardbeg Day, was named Whisky of the Year International Whisky Competition.

The Glenmorangie Company:

The Company is one of the most renowned and innovative distillers and marketers of Scotch whisky brands worldwide and is part of Moët Hennessy, the wine and spirits division of Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.  Headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, the Company produces Glenmorangie Highland Single Malt whisky and Ardbeg Islay Single Malt.

Responsible Drinking:

Ardbeg and The Glenmorangie Company advocate responsible drinking and suggest that drinkers savour Ardbeg whiskies in moderation and in line with recommended daily guidelines for alcohol consumption.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Exotic Cargo Batch Two” – Scotch Whisky News



Prepare your senses for sherry-soaked bliss, batch two of Exotic Cargo has landed on Leith shores. With overwhelming approval from members on our first bottling, we’re continuing our journey into flavour by releasing another batch of our blended malt. This second bottling is also from a selection of ex-sherry casks containing whisky distilled in 2006 and matured from day one in first-fill Spanish oak hogsheads. We selected these casks due to the intensity of their sherry influence, giving this new 11-year-old blended malt bottling an added richness and a longer finish.

With a Deep, Rich & Dried Fruits flavour profile, members can expect an enticing mix of intense sweetness and exotic fruity splashes. Bottles are likely to sell fast, please order now before this new batch sets sail.

In order to share this bottling with as many members as possible, purchases are limited to 2 bottles per member.  Additional or duplicate orders exceeding this limit will be cancelled and refunded.


“A sumptuous nose! A banana sprinkled with brown sugar and gleefully blowtorched followed by suggestions of trail mix, malt loaf and touches of mint tea. Water brings earth after rainfall, bracken and still-warm coal hearths. The palate is dense and chocolatey with notes of various cured meats, wet earth, sorrel, dried herbs, turmeric and pears baked in cognac. There is a beautiful and curiously old-school aspect to the sherry. ”

Age: 11 years
Casks: First-fill Spanish oak hogsheads
Price: £47


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video




Milk & Honey Distillery – Israel’s first whisky distillery

is launching a second edition of its single malt whisky Experimental Series

After making history on International Whisky Day 2017 with the first single malt whisky in Israel, the Milk & Honey Distillery will launch a second edition of single malt whisky at “Whisky Live 2018 “

After making history in 2017 with the first  ever single malt whisky in Israel, sold at a particularly successful international public auction, Milk & Honey Distillery is launching an exclusive second edition of lightly peated  single charred barrel.

Similar to the first single malt whisky, this cask is also part of the Experimental Series, distilled in the early stages of setting up the distillery – before establishing the distillery in south Tel Aviv and acquiring the current industrial equipment, and before crowd-funding through Indiegogo. This cask was distilled during April 2014.

Distillation of the cask was carried out in a small pot still in a warehouse in the Sharon region by head  distiller Tomer Goren, accompanied by the late Dr. Jim Swan, an international master distiller, in his role as consultant to the distillery at the time. This was a period of experimentation for Dr. Swan and Tomer Goren, using various interesting raw materials, and in this special cask they first experimented with peated malt, which was crafted in house and gave the  distillate light smoky notes.

The liquid was aged and matured over 43 months in two types of barrel – first in a new 225 liter American oak cask, and then, after 28 months, it was transferred to an ex-bourbon cask for the remainder of the period in the distillation warehouse in Tel Aviv, and bottled at the optimal time.

This series is a harbinger of what is to come: a unique Israeli whisky, mature for its age thanks to aging in Israel’s hot climate.

The Milk & Honey Distillery products, including the single malt, are distributed and marketed exclusively by Hacarem Spirits Ltd., and sold at hundreds of points of sale across Israel. The second edition of single malt whisky can be tasted and purchased for the first time at ” Whisky Live 2018″ event. Afterwards the new single malt will be available at specialized stores around the country. 

Tasting impressions

Nose – a delicate maltiness with a hint of lemon in the background, combined with light oak notes and cinnamon, all enveloped in light  peat smoke  appearing in the background.

palate – light-bodied with a malty sweetness, lemon and orange peel notes followed  by a light tang of black pepper and delicate peat smoke. These combine to make a whisky that is both balanced and complex.

Finish – long. Delicate peat dominates the finish, with a hint of maltiness in the background and dark chocolate notes.

General – a balanced and complex whisky. The combination of delicate maltiness and light  peat that creates an interesting whisky that develops as you drink.

Price: Edition 2 Single Malt Whisky 500 ml NIS 449 

About the distillery

The Milk & Honey Distillery is the first and largest whisky distillery in Israel. The distillery produces superior spirits, and is working on an Israeli single malt whisky to be marketed commercially, whose first edition, the Founders Edition, sold out in a successful crowd-funding campaign, is aging in barrels and will see the light in 2019. All the raw materials, equipment, barrels, and processes have been chosen with the aim of ensuring that the final product – whether clear spirit or aged whisky – meets the most stringent standards of quality and taste, without making compromises or cutting corners on the long journey to produce the whisky: guidance and advice from the late Jim Swan, a world-renowned master distiller specializing in hot climate aging; specially designed equipment; carefully selected barrels; and the best raw materials available.

The Milk & Honey Distillery

16 HaTehiya St., Tel Aviv – 03-6320491

Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2008 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2008

Single cask bourbon barrel bottled January 2018 by Gordon & MacPhail for the Cask Strength series. Rich peat smoke, ripe banana, nectarine and pear flavours. Vanilla aromas lead to green app;es and citrus. The palate is peppery with ripe banana, nectarine and pear flavours. Rich peat smoke on the finish.  Caol Ila Distillery is famous for the stunning view from its still house windows looking out across the Sound of Islay and for the objects which have passed by including naval battleships, submarines and whales. Caol Ila was established in 1846 by Hector Henderson on a sheltered but rocky stretch of coast on north east Islay. Now the largest malt whiskey distillery on Islay it produces peated and some un-peated malt whiskey with the distillery range including Caol Ila 12 year old and the Distiller’s Edition. Caol Ila participates in Feis Ile, the annual Islay Festival of Malt and Music.

Buy – £49.61


Introducing Compass Box Hedonism, The Muse – Scotch Whisky News


Hedonism, The Muse – Coming Soon!

We are proud to introduce Hedonism, The Muse on International Women’s Day 2018, continuing our observance of this day over the past decade, as a recognition of women in whisky.

Hedonism will always be special to us as the whisky that launched the company over 17 years ago.  When we recently discovered a cask of exceptional aged grain whisky in the spectrum of flavours of a Hedonism whisky, we were compelled to return to the concept once again.

Hedonism, The Muse combines this single cask with other rare and remarkable grain whiskies of varying ages from four distilleries to create a whisky that has all the flavour hallmarks of the classic Hedonism, with even greater depth and intensity.
Celebrating the fact that women now make up the majority of our team here at Compass Box, this special limited edition bottling reimagines the image of the woman portrayed at the centre of all our Hedonism labels – the first woman, as far as we know, ever to feature on a Scotch whisky label.

Hedonism, The Muse will be available from March. 

Above all, share & enjoy!

Whiskymaker John Glaser



To mark the fourth limited edition expression of Hedonism, we will be opening the Compass Box archive for the first time to create a one-of-a-kind lot for The Distillers’ Charity Auction 2018.

The Distillers’ Charity Auction is a unique event organised by The Worshipful Company of Distillers that will take place on 10th April 2018 at Mercers’ Hall in London.  The auction aims to support the Livery Company’s vision of improving alcohol education, training and vocational opportunities for young people.

Regular news updates, including details of the lots as they become available, will appear on the event website, below.



In 2016, our Scotch Whisky Transparency campaign set out to effect a change in the regulations governing the ability of Scotch whisky producers to communicate complete information about the age of their products.  With Scotch whisky regulations in the news once again, visit our website for the latest update on the fight for greater transparency


Sullivans Cove Cask Strength American Oak – Cask TD0137 – Tasmanian Whisky News


Sullivans Cove Cask Strength
American Oak – Cask TD0137

We’re thrilled to release our first cask strength whisky from our core range in many years – American Oak Cask TD0137.

Distilled in September of 2006 and bottled in December of 2017, this eleven year old, single cask single malt was aged in a 200L American Oak ex-bourbon cask. It is bottled at cask strength, a massive 69.1% ABV. There are only 172 bottles of this whisky.

“We generally bottle our single cask whiskies at 47.5%, because they’re usually too powerful at cask strength, but when we tasted this cask, we knew adding water would be a shame. This a rare opportunity to try Sullivans Cove right out of the cask.”

Patrick Maguire, Head Distiller.

Now available to Australian residents on our online store.

Please click on the link below to purchase ($400 per bottle)




The Roaring Twenties at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News


There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t hear the same questions from our thirsty, whisky-loving customers: “Hey David, when do you think they’ll put the age statement back on (fill in the blank)?” While brands, advertisers, bartenders, and retailers alike can do their best to direct the conversation towards the actual flavor of whisky rather than its maturity, no one can deny the importance of that number. We’re living in the age of the sophisticated consumer. Our clients want to know exactly what they’re drinking and use each tasting experience to further their understanding of single malt as a whole, yet more and more we’re seeing NAS (no age statement) whisky expressions from most of the major companies continue to dominate the market due to a lack of mature inventory.

As I think we’ve all experience at this point, the proliferation of NAS whiskies has put a premium on whiskies with an actual age statement. If they’re bottled at full proof, you can add an additional 25-30% to the cost. Ten year old expressions are moving to upwards of $50, while fifteen year old malts now hover around the $100 mark, making our full proof, single barrel expressions from Old Particular look mighty attractive when compared to the current market conditions. But you’ve heard this all before. As you’re all aware, finding a whisky with richness, maturity, and the influence of two decades or more in oak (at cask strength, no less), isn’t easy for under $150, let alone $100. With the pound gaining strength against the dollar, keeping these bargain costs is becoming more of a challenge, but as you all know we’re committed to giving our whisky-loving customers as many top-notch bargain options as possible, hoping to keep your liquor cabinet stocked with as many unique, delicious, and 20+ year old selections as we can—all for less than a hundred bucks.

Ultimately, we’re here as your trusty guide in the great hunt for delicious booze and boutique bottlings at reasonable prices. Here are the latest two K&L exclusive releases from our friends at Old Particular:

1997 Auchentoshan 20 Year Old “Old Particular” Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky $89.99 – Auchentoshan, while typically overlooked as a light-bodied Lowlander, has been on the ups over the last few years thanks to a shot in the arm from Beam-Suntory who have rediscovered the dependable whisky as of late. In a series of new expressions, from the American Oak to the recently-released Bartender’s Malt, the focus on value has been front and center, while improving the quality of the malt, which in our opinion has never been better. Thanks to a new appreciation for Auchentoshan with our customers, we’ve been digging deep into some of Scotland’s warehouse archives, hoping to continue that value streak with some older, single barrel, cask strength additions and we’ve found yet another winner with this new 20 year old cask. Bold at 57% ABV and with loads of vanilla from the oak, this is Auchentoshan with heft and punch, but simultaneously easy to drink with lighter fruity notes and heather on the finish. While pricing for NAS cask strength whiskies is now creeping up near $100 a bottle, we’re thrilled to move ahead with actual 20+ year old selections from top distilleries for the same cost. Those looking for value have come to depend on Auchentoshan as of late, and they’ll find more of the same in this expression.

1991 Cameronbridge 25 Year Old “Old Particular” Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky $79.99 – Cameronbridge is one of Diageo’s workhorse grain whisky distilleries, creating the backbone for its world famous brands like Johnnie Walker and White Horse, while simultaneously serving as the home for grain neutral products like Tanqueray and Pimm’s. The dual purpose site is one of the biggest producers of spirit in the UK and because of that volume we were able to snag a very hot price on a 25 year old single grain Scotch barrel, mellowed naturally at a very drinkable 45.9% ABV cask strength. Those who enjoy the simple pleasure that is grain whisky will find nothing new here, just a great value from the still misunderstood genre. Loads of vanilla and caramel mix with candied orange and spicy oak to create a smooth and supple finish. Imagine drinking the foundation of Johnnie Walker Blue on its own, with no water added, and that about summarizes the experience here. It’s magical on the rocks.

-David Driscoll


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