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Dumbarton 29 Year Old 1987 Sovereign #13049 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Dumbarton 29 Year Old 1987 vintage Lowland single grain Scotch whiske. Single barrel #13049 bottled November 2016 by Hunter Laing & Co. for the Sovereign series. 235 bottles. This dark gold whisky has a well-rounded nose of sweet vanilla custard, chocolate shortbread and a slight lemon zest at the end. Rich and creamy on the palate with vanilla pods, butterscotch sauce and soft fruits. The finish is long and sweet with a gentle citrus aftertaste. Dumbarton Distillery is a lost Lowland grain distillery opened by Hiram Walker in 1938 on the site of the former McMillan shipyard. The distillery sat on the banks of the River Leven and River Clyde in Dumbarton and was equipped with one continuous still manufactured in Cincinnati. It was one of the largest grain distilleries in Scotland however it closed in 2002 with most of its buildings demolished by 2008. Spirit was produced primarily from maize with water originating from Loch Lomond with spirit destined for Ballantyne’s blends. Single cask bottlings have been released by Hunter Laing & Co.

Dumbarton 29 Year Old 1987 Sovereign #13049


ABV: 54.7% ~ Age: 29 Year Old ~ Vintage: 1987 ~ Cask Type: single barrel ~ Cask #:#13049 ~ Bottler: Hunter Laing & Co. ~ Region: Lowland ~ Type: Single Grain Scotch


An Exclusive Islay Single Cask – PORT CHARLOTTE 11 YEAR OLD – Scotch Whisky News



The Classic Cask Port Charlotte unveils complex and distinctive flavours from the refill bourbon barrel.

The orange citrus aromas along with the smoky and floral finish have made this wonderfully composed dram into a definite crowd pleaser.

COLOR: Mid gold

NOSE: Peat smoke, toffee and hints of ripe apricot

PALATE: Briny leading to smoke, orange citrus and peach

FINISH: Long and smoky with floral at the end.



The Whisky Shop “Last of our Exclusive Aberfeldy Single Casks!” – Scotch Whisky News

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Good as Gold

The Pitilie Burn in the town of Aberfeldy is one of the few places in Scotland where would-be prospectors still come to pan for gold, but you needn’t get your pick-axe out to find the precious stuff – simply open a bottle of one of our exclusive Aberfeldy single cask expressions! With only a few bottles remaining in stock, now is the time to strike gold!

Free delivery on UK orders over £100 Next day delivery available on UK orders

Aberfeldy 1991Single Cask


This limited edition single cask expression from Aberfeldy distillery in Perthshire was distilled in 1991 before spending 24 years in cask no. 6394. Bottled on 1st October 2015 at a strength of 53.5% abv, only 195 bottles are available, each one exclusive to The Whisky Shop. A delicate sweetness in the mouth with smooth creamy toffee notes, desiccated coconut mingling with a twist of lime and a wisp of smoke to finish.

£320 Buy Now

Aberfeldy 1996 Single Cask


The whisky for this Aberfeldy bottling was distilled in 1996 and was specially selected by members of The W Club and The Whisky Shop Edinburgh staff in March 2013. Exclusive to The Whisky Shop, this is a fabulous single cask expression. Brimming with vanilla notes stewed fruits, this fabulous expression also packs some typical warming oak flavours from the fairly long maturation.

£160 Buy Now

The Macallan 21 Year Old – Single Cask – Limited Special Release – Scotch Whisky News

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The Classic Cask Macallan 21 Year Old

Embracing the defining elements of sophistication and exceptional quality. It is the ultimate expression of handcrafted excellence. Discover the delicate flavours and remarkable smoothness offered from The Macallan 21 year old.

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K&L California Whisk(e)y News – Whisky News



Hello everyone!

We’ve got some exciting things to talk about today, including our first co-sponsored event with the Alamo Drafthouse on Mission St. in San Francisco where we’ll be bringing you…

A K&L “Drink & Watch” Movie Special Featuring Director Steven Soderbergh Live in Person!

On Monday night, January 23rd, starting at 7 PM, we’ll be teaming up with the gang at the Alamo Drafthouse to bring you a screening of Steven Soderbergh’s Academy Award-winning film Erin Brockovich, featuring a live Q&A session with the director himself (hosted by yours truly) and a meet-and-greet cocktail party after the show. As some of you know, I’ve written a column on the K&L spirits blog for years called “Drink & Watch,” where I pair alcohol with movies rather than food. Mr. Soderbergh, who for some reason gets a kick out of those articles, thought it might be fun to take this idea and turn it into a party. As many of you also may know, the Alamo Drafthouse allows you to order food and alcoholic beverages while you’re watching a film, so we’re planning a special cocktail list with Steven’s drink of choice: Singani 63, the grape-based Bolivian spirit he discovered while filming Che on location. We’re big supporters of the brand here at K&L, but we also understand that the spirit needs a bit of an introduction. That’s why we’re inviting you out to the movies on Monday the 23rd to watch a great film, drink some great Singani cocktails, listen to Steven talk about the film, then have a drink with the man at our private after-party. It’s the most exciting event we’ve ever hosted, in my opinion!

Tickets (21 and over) are available here via the Alamo Drafthouse website where you can choose your own seat and reserve your spot:


Drinks are not included with admission, but there will be a specialty menu for you to order from while in attendance.

I’ll be there with Mr. Soderbergh in tow. We’re looking forward to hosting you!



As the market for unique and interesting Bourbon continues to be crowded, competitive, and catty, you’ve got to rely on your strengths as a retailer. As a buyer, I think my biggest strength (and maybe my only redeeming quality, to be honest) is my palate; the ability to know what tastes good and what doesn’t. You might think quality is an obvious characteristic to everyone, but believe me it isn’t. Anyone can pick the oldest cask in the line-up, or the one with the highest proof. You don’t need to be a whiskey master to do that. But when the stocks start dwindling and everything is less than nine years old (as is the case right now at Four Roses), you’re going to figure out real fast who can assess the winners and who can’t.

I offer as proof of our fine palates this delicious new Four Roses selection that we picked out this past Fall. It’s a hair under nine years old and it’s nothing short of scrumptious. I think just about everyone in the Redwood City store went in for a bottle after tasting it this week. It’s just a charming bottle of booze!

Four Roses 8 Year, 11 Month Old “K&L Exclusive” Single Barrel OESO Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey $64.99 – The first selection from our 2016 trip to Four Roses has arrived and it’s absolutely as charming as we remember it. Aged just a hair short of nine years, this OESO selection has a mash bill of 75% corn, 20% rye, and 5% malted barley and uses the O yeast strain known for imparting a rich, full-bodied, and vanilla-laden character onto the whiskey. Bottled at 53.25% ABV, the Bourbon is full of sweet oak and baking spices galore on the nose. The palate follows suit with vanilla, cinnamon, and cloves balanced by the sweetness from the charred barrel notes. Simply put, it’s the type of whiskey you look forward to coming home to. It’s full of flavor, never overpowering despite the cask strength power, and balanced on all fronts. It’s not difficult to understand, nor is it hiding many deeper secrets. It shows you everything it has right off the bat: creamy vanilla, lots of sweet spice, and a healthy dollop of oak for good measure. Another winner purchased directly from the Four Roses cellar.


After the madness of the holiday rush ended, I went back to some of our favorite suppliers to see if there were any trophies left unclaimed. It turns out that Compass Box had a few gems still available, so I snagged the last few bottles of each. The “Three Year Deluxe” was one of my favorite whiskies of the year, so don’t sleep on these:

Compass Box “Three Year Old Deluxe” Limited Edition Single Malt Whisky $279.99 – Composed of less than 1% three year-old malt whisky produced near the village of Brora, 90% malt whisky of an unstated age from the same distillery and around 9% peaty malt whisky distilled on the Isle of Skye, regulations only permit us only to share details of the age of the youngest component! No matter. For it is this three year-old that is most important to this whisky. Aged from new-make spirit in first-fill American oak casks, the rich vanilla notes, waxy mouthfeel and decadent baked orchard fruit notes from the larger parcel of Highland malt whisky provide a beautiful platform on top of which the brooding qualities of the peaty malt whisky and the clean, bright character of the three year-old parcel are able to shine.

Compass Box “The Circus” Limited Edition Scotch Whisky $249.99 – Limited Edition release of 2,490 bottles worldwide. Bottled March 2016. Producer Taste Notes: A lithe frame and opulent mouthfeel showcasing the supple softness of mature grain and the complexity of aged Blended Scotch Whisky. Brimming with dried fruit character, a luscious maltiness and nuances of almond and hazelnut.

Compass Box “Spice Tree – Extravaganza” Limited Edition Malt Whisky $139.99 – This is a blend of 60% aged malt whisky from the Clynelish distillery, 20% aged malt whisky from the Dailuaine distillers, and 20% aged malt whisky from the Teaninich distillery. This blend is then matured for another four and a half years in 49.8% first filled Sherry butt, 2.6% American oak, 27.7% light/medium toast hybrid cask, 4.3% refill hybrid cask, and 15.6% heavy toast hybrid cask. The hybrid casks are specially created by Compass Box with toasted cask heads that impart more oak flavor to the spirit, resulting a very rich whisky.

Our new container of Old Particular single malt docks in Oakland next week! I’m looking forward to sharing some of those casks with you shortly. Watch the spirits blog as well for news about our new Italian amaro finds, and check out our upcoming Armagnac adventures tomorrow at On the Trail.

Have a great weekend!

David Driscoll Assistant Head Buyer


Single Cask Springbank at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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Single Cask Springbank

We’ve always been big fans of the distillery down the road, Campbeltown’s Springbank. Now we have something extra special to bring you from the region’s oldest operational distillery: a single cask expression bottled at cask strength available while stocks last at Loch Fyne Whiskies. Looks like Friday 13th might be your lucky day!

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Springbank 1992 21 Year Old


Available at Loch Fyne Whiskies while stocks last

A single cask expression distilled on 18th December 1992 at Campbeltown’s Springbank distillery. Aged for 21 years in cask no. 326 before bottling in March 2014 at a natural cask strength of 51.6% abv.

£220 Buy Now

Mystery Islay Moscatel Cask at the Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Mystery Islay Moscatel Cask

Matured in a Moscatel cask selected and bottled by Creative Whisky Co. The distillery takes it’s water from Loch Nam Bam and features tours of a whietwashed distillery. £38.56



Scotch Malt Whisky Society “January Update: Top Five Favourites” – Scotch Whisky News

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Last week’s January Outturn brought us a marvelous mix of interesting and unusual casks with a great range around £50 or less, for those feeling the festive over-indulgence. Don’t miss out on these never-to-be-repeated single casks, we’ve picked our top five favourites still available in our online shop.

Looking for some tasty savings? Pick-up one of our parcel offers, choose between our Day & Night Pair, Spectacular Trio or Flavour Feast Case, all at great January prices.


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

Nikka 40yo at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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A true whisky masterpiece, bottled to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Nikka. This very special Japanese single malt whisky was created using some of the oldest stock from Nikka’s portfolio, including a 1945 vintage malt whisky from the Yoichi distillery and Miyagikyo malt from 1969. A very rare and limited Japanese release.

Nikka 40 Year Old

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Canada January 2017 Outturn – Scotch Whsky News


If your New Year resolution is to enjoy more great whisky, then you’ve come to the right place.  Let the January Outturn awaken your senses – new year, new whisky adventures!


11 years old; 1st fill barrel; 60.4%; Juicy, oak & vanilla

Aromas of lemon sponge cake, lemon sorbet and a light lemon linguine with the palate carrying on the theme; zesty lemon tart and caramelized lemon rice pudding. Water added to the lemon sweetness floral notes with a lip-smacking frozen sherbet cocktail.


18 years old; refill barrel; 57.9%; Sweet, fruity & mellow

Prosecco, sponge fingers in strawberry jelly, perfume and Mojito aromas. Water made it lightly floral (nasturtium), dusty (hay and sherbet lemons) and summery (Victoria sponge and fruit squash). Light and milky flavours – lemon meringue pie and a fruit smoothie.


14 years old; 2nd fill Sauternes hogshead; 56.8%; Light & delicate

This is a ‘whispering dram’.  Listening carefully we ‘heard’ gorse bushes on a cliff side and vanilla & Tonka bean scented candles. Diluted, perfumed hand cream and silky smooth on the palate.  This whisky previously inhabited an ex-bourbon hogshead.


23 years old; refill hogshead; 60.3%; Juicy, oak & vanilla

Delicate, yet lively, the nose has honey, vanilla, waffles and orange blossom, but mainly fruit (lemon drizzle cake, melon, tangerine, strawberry). The palate balances mouth-puckering citrus (lemon sherbet, lime zest) with crème anglaise and French fancies; dry woody spices to finish.


24 years old; 2nd fill hogshead; 57.6%; Old & dignified

Which dessert were in? Apricot tart, lemon curd or spiced apple pie? Vanilla pods sprouted from the icing sugar as we passed dunes of coconut and Turkish delight. On the horizon… an oasis of green apple trees beside a lake of Manuka honey and cream.


9 years old; refill barrel; 59.4%; Lightly peated

Aromas of wet rope on a sandy beach, seaweed and Iberico ham made this a maritime, salty and slightly smoky experience whilst on the palate, a seafood barbecue. Water added smouldering tractor tires and a ploughman’s platter on the beach.


16 years old; refill barrel; 51.6%; Peated

The nose is suffused with smoke, tar, seaweed and lemon squeezed scallops – plus toffee popcorn and Parma violets. The deeply satisfying palate has lavender, liquorice, wood embers, ash and tarry ropes on a wooden boat. Aromatic, invigorating and full of personality.

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