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Bimber debuts Ex-bourbon Oak Casks Small Batch and six single cask releases – London Whisky News

Bimber debuts Ex-bourbon Oak Casks Small Batch and six single cask releases

Batch 001 of Bimber’s Ex-bourbon Oak Casks will be available to order directly from the distillery from 9th June

Latest Small Batch release is joined by six cask strength, single cask releases for both UK and export markets

London’s Bimber Distillery today announced the upcoming release of seven new expressions including the follow-up to the popular Re-charred Oak Casks Small Batch single malt.

The Ex-bourbon Oak Casks single malt has been crafted from a vatting of American Oak ex-bourbon casks laid down in 2016 – Bimber’s first year of production.

The initial batch (001) is bottled at 51.8% ABV, limited to 1948 bottles and will be available directly from the distillery’s online shop for £65.

Also being released on the 9th June are a selection of six cask strength, single cask releases, with three produced for the UK and three sister casks available for export markets.

The UK releases will be available directly from Bimber’s online web shop on the 9th June. The export releases will be available via specialist retailers in: Belgium; Denmark; France; Germany; Italy; Netherlands; Poland; Singapore and Taiwan.

Each of the new expressions were crafted to Bimber’s exacting standards. The spirit was produced from the distillery’s single farm barley and malted on a dedicated floor at Warminster Maltings before being fermented for seven days in bespoke, on-site constructed American oak washbacks. Distillation took place in Bimber’s customised stills which possess an increased copper surface area, which results in a light, fruit-forward, layered new make spirit.

Speaking of the new releases, the Bimber Founder and Master Distiller said: “Whilst the last few months have presented challenges to the distillery and my team, it is a great pleasure to unveil our latest English single malt whiskies. Our newest small batch release is very much the successor to our Re-charred Oak Casks single malt – it skilfully demonstrates how ex-bourbon wood perfectly complements the underlying character of our accessible fruit-forward spirit.”

He added “Alongside our newest small batch release, we’re excited to be offering a range of single cask expressions, all of which celebrate and showcase a different aspect of our spirit’s versatile style.”


Bimber Ex-Bourbon Oak Casks Small Batch

A vatting of American Oak ex-bourbon casks

Nose: Green apple peels and dried stone fruits are joined by milk-soaked breakfast cereals, whilst vanilla sponge cake and desiccated coconut sit with buttered toast

Taste: An impactful combination of bright orchard fruits, baked apricots and sprightly pepper spicing sit with gently charred oak and creamy vanilla

Finish: Lasting sweetness tempered by persistent spicing

1,948 bottles
51.8% ABV
RRP £65

Release date: 9th June

Bimber single cask releases

UK market releases

Ex-bourbon Cask #8
267 bottles
RRP £79.95

Virgin Cask #7
249 bottles
RRP £79.95

Sherry Cask #42
329 bottles
RRP £84.95

Export market releases

Ex-bourbon Cask #15
264 bottles
RRP £79.95

Virgin Cask #94
263 bottles
RRP £79.95

Sherry Cask #41
335 bottles
RRP £84.95

UK market release date: 9th June 2020
Export market release date: From mid-June 2020

All UK releases (Ex-bourbon Oak Casks and 3x single casks) are initially limited to one (of each different bottling) per person

About Bimber

Bimber Distillery produces world-class single malt whisky, handcrafted with passion in West London. As a leading distiller of English whisky, we combine generations of rich distilling heritage with the finest quality ingredients to create the ultimate craft whisky experience.

Ultimate Rare Cask – Macallan 1969 – Scotch Whisky News

Ultimate Rare Cask – Macallan 1969

Distilled in 1969, and surprising in its complexity and depth, this cask was drawn from the broadest spectrum of casks used in maturation on The Macallan Estate. Hand-picked by our whisky master Howard Cai, the 50 years of the dedicated maturation from the best sherry cask – delivers an exquisite and unmistakably woody whisky with a rich hue. Its combines knowledge, skill, passion, commitment and creativity to present a remarkable whisky worthy both of the brands. Only 69 bottles will be released.

About Howard Cai 

Established in 2009, Howard Cai Select is China’s first independent Single Malt Whisky bottler. A life member of The Keepers of the Quaich and renowned whisky expert, Howard has made it his mission to broaden people’s appreciation for fine Scotch Whisky in China. Howard successfully pairs these whiskies with Nouveau-Chinese cuisine in his exclusive fine-dining establishments. Each hand-picked cask is aged and bottled in Scotland at its original strength. Then detailed information of when the whisky was distilled and bottled is provided, guaranteeing provenance. Each batch is a truly unique experience.

For more information about Howard Cai Select Single Cask please contact:



With Father’s Day on the horizon, this morning we have restocked our online shop and released several new single cask whiskies.

Included in the new releases are two Glenrothes single casks like the stunning 31 year old sherry Butt matured Glenrothes called ‘Patchouli and Sandalwood’ a punchy and sweet Croftengea from Loch Lomond Distillers called ‘Crofter’s Bonfire’.

We have also restocked several single cask releases that had previously sold out.

Quantities are limited so grab a bargain while stocks last!


Macallan Sherry Oak (2020 Edition) at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

The Macallan

Sherry Oak – 2020 Edition

18 Year Old · 70cl · 43% ABV



The 2020 release of The Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak has arrived! This hotly anticipated annual release is widely considered to be one of the world’s finest whiskies – the gold standard and definitive expression of sherried excellence!

This luxuriously decadent single malt whisky was matured exclusively in Oloroso Sherry seasoned oak casks from Jerez. Once filled, they remained undisturbed for 18 long years, resulting in a whisky of great depth, richness, and complexity, with characteristic flavours of raisin, mature oak, and warming ginger spice.

Benromach unveils new look – Scotch Whisky News

Benromach unveils new look

— New look Benromach launched, same character and taste remains —

Benromach has launched a bold new look inspired by the Speyside distillery’s history and traditional approach to making their multi-award-winning single malt whisky.

Made by hand for genuine character, Benromach is a traditional Speyside distillery owned by a family intent on producing single malt the right way. Its small team of distillers rely entirely on their expertise and senses to make the finest handmade whisky, matured exclusively in first-fill casks, with a subtle smoky character and authentic Benromach taste.

The new look comes off the back of numerous recent awards for Benromach Single Malt Whiskies.  In May, Benromach 15 Years Old received a Double Gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition – an accolade only given to a liquid if the judging panel unanimously awards it a Gold rating and considers it to be among the finest products in the world.  Benromach 10 Years Old was awarded Gold at the same competition.

Commenting on its new look, Andrew Hannah, Head of Brand at Benromach, said: “We took inspiration for our new look from the hand-painted sign that used to adorn the roof over the kiln, along with the distinctive red doors around the distillery and the iconic red-brick chimney.

“The design aims to convey the genuine handcrafted care that goes into Benromach and to serve as a promise that every drop is made in Forres using just four ingredients: barley, water, yeast and the expertise of our distillers.

“Although the design for Benromach has changed, the character, taste and quality of our award-winning single malts remains the same.”

The new look Benromach 10 Years Old, 15 Years Old and 2009 Cask Strength Vintage are exclusively available from The Whisky Exchange in the United Kingdom for the next three months. The specialist on-line drinks retailer named Benromach 15 Years Old as its ‘Whisky of the Year 2020’ in a blind tasting last year.  The whiskies will also be available in specialist retailers in France and Germany from the beginning of June, before being rolled out to markets around the world over the next few months.

For more information about Benromach and its new look, visit To find out more about The Whisky Exchange and the expressions available, visit



  • Benromach 10 will be available from £39.99 // EUR €49.99
  • Benromach 15 will be available from £59.99 // EUR €69.99
  • Benromach Cask Strength 2009 will be available from £54.99 // EUR €64.99

About Benromach Distillery

Originally built in 1898, Benromach Distillery was brought back to life when the Urquhart family realised a lifelong dream to own a distillery and purchased it in 1993. The distillery was extensively re-equipped over a five-year period before it was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Rothesay in 1998.

In reopening Benromach Distillery, the Urquhart family wanted to create a single malt whisky that has a classic Speyside character: beautifully balanced with a light touch of smoke.

Benromach Distillery is located on the outskirts of the ancient market town of Forres. A five-star visitor centre is open to the public throughout the year for tours and tastings. Benromach Distillery is a member of the world-famous Malt Whisky Trail.

For more information, visit:

About The Whisky Exchange

Founded in 1999, The Whisky Exchange is the leading global retailer of whiskies and fine spirits, with an award-winning online shop and two stores in Covent Garden and Great Portland. A third store is due to open soon in London Bridge.

As a family company, The Whisky Exchange believes in excellent products at competitive prices and exceptional service. The company’s philosophy is simple – never rest on your laurels. The team, led by founders and brothers Sukhinder and Rajbir Singh and buyer Dawn Davies MW, is constantly trying to find new products with genuine heritage and quality in all drinks categories, while continuing to innovate and ensure its website and shop are the best in the business. Above all, the company is built on its amazing range and its people. It is responsible for the loyal and ever-expanding fan base from around the world.

The Whisky Exchange in numbers: 4,000 whiskies including 3,000 single malt Scotch whiskies; 500 Cognacs and Armagnacs; 500 rums; 450 gins; 200 bourbons; 150 Tequilas; one retailer. 

London Shops:

2 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9HH/ Tel: 020 7100 0088

90-92 Great Portland Street, London W1W 7NT/ Tel: 020 7100 9888

Online: Tel: 020 8838 9388

10th Street Distillery’s STR Cask aged Single Malt Wins Double Gold Ahead of New Launch – American Whisky News

10th Street Distillery’s STR Cask aged Single Malt Wins Double Gold Ahead of New Launch

Find this unpeated whisky at California retailers and Select Online stores — 

San Jose, CA (May 18, 2020)STR Single Malt, from San Jose’s 10th Street Distillery, was recently awarded a Double Gold from the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The influential award, announced in March at one of the last major spirits industry events before California’s shelter-in-place order took effect, follows 10th Street’s Double Gold at the 2019 New York World Wine and Spirits Competition for its Peated Single Malt American Whisky.

Following this esteemed recognition, the first launch (2,000 bottles) of STR Single Malt (ABV 46 %, MSRP $65) is now available at retailers across California, including Total Wine and More; Palo Alto Fine Wine and Spirits; The Whisky Shop  and San Francisco Wine Trading Company in San Francisco; Vintage Wine Merchants and Don’s Liquors in San Jose; and Mission Wine and Spirits in Pasadena. Please visit retailer web sites for current COVID-19 hours and service options. In addition, several retailers, including Vintage Wine Merchants and The Whisky Shop will ship to certain approved states.

STR Single Malt unpeated whisky is an all-American creation, matured in ex-bourbon casks that have been shaved, toasted, and re-charred (STR) to impart some of the flavors of freshly-charred wood, without being overwhelmed by oak notes from direct immersion in virgin American Oak barrels.  This strikes a balance between the oak influence from new casks prevalent in American whiskies and used barrels common in traditional Scotch techniques.  10th Street uses their own process to condition the barrels used in STR Single Malt, and uses domestic two-row malted barley, double distills in all-copper pot stills and, finally, bottles without chill-filtering, to preserve complexity. STR Single Malt is one of only a few American single malts to use STR barrels.

“For our first unpeated product, we wanted to create a distinctive single malt whisky that strikes a balance between the influence of the freshly charred American oak, and classic malt notes. Using specially prepared STR barrels allowed us to bring in the caramel, almost candy-like notes from the wood and pair them with the malt coming from our copper pot double-distilling process.  The result is a delicate, yet flavorful whisky that is truly unique” says Virag Saksena, CEO, 10th Street Distillery. 


Nose: Lightly spicy with overtones of sweet caramel and butterscotch
Color: Light golden
Palate: Complex cherry-like sweetness with notes of vanilla bean, nutmeg, and clove
Finish: Smooth and round, filled with decadent flavors of candied fruits
ABV: 46%
MSRP: $65

Try STR Single Malt unpeated American whiskey neat, with a splash of water, over ice, or in cocktails such as the “Miracle on 10th Street,” crafted by Stephen Shelton at Lexington House, Los Gatos:



  • 1 1/2 oz of Butter-Washed 10th Street STR Single Malt
  • 4 dashes of Tiki Bitters (any type will do, based on your preference)


Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice, stir well and strain over into an old-fashioned glass with a nice clear ice cube from Clear Ice Co. of San Jose. No garnish. Sip and enjoy this pure, creamy, and balanced whisky old fashioned.

About 10th Street Distillery:

San Jose’s first craft distillery, 10th Street Distillery was founded by two engineers with just one objective – creating world-class whiskies. A grain-to-glass distillery, it reinterprets time-honored traditions using modern techniques and engineering ingenuity to create its award-winning products. Their first product is a Peated Single Malt Whisky, a new American classic that respects tradition, but is not afraid to forge a new path.

Big Savings Come in Small Bottles—The Coastal Malts 3-Pack for Under $40 – Scotch Whisky News

Don’t Miss This Classic Scotch Whisky Trio at Unbelievable Pricing
Classic Malts “Coastal Collection”
Talisker 10, Clynelish 14, Caol Ila 12
Single Malt 3-Pack x 200ml (Previously $80)

NOTE: In accordance with local directives, our walk-in retail locations are currently closed. We have curbside pickup and low cost (often free) delivery options available in ZIP codes where we can ship lawfully, including anywhere in California. We can also include any new or existing will call orders in your delivery batch. Choose local delivery at checkout to learn if you qualify.

Just because we buy in bulk to secure the best pricing available, that doesn’t mean our customers have to do the same. For our Scotch whisky fans, we’re thrilled to offer this outstanding bundle of three 200ml bottles of Scotland’s most iconic coastal distilleries at half off its original retail price. Yes, we bought the mother lode, but that was only so we could pass the savings on to our devoted clientele. The Diageo Classic Malts 3-packs have always been a fun novelty for aficionados and a charming alternative format for spirits novices introducing themselves to Scotch, but today they also become one of the best deals in our inventory. For less than $40, this trio of Talisker 10-year, Clynelish 14-year, and Caol Isla 12-year brings you all the classic peaty, smoky, briny character of these three iconic lowland brands at a price per volume that actually bests that of the standard 750ml formats. It’s truly unheard-of, indeed. This 3-pack makes a perfect unconventional entry in any tasting session with friends, but it’s equally ideal for keeping a well-stocked home bar for occasional use without breaking the bank. Maybe you’re even extremely proactive with your holiday shopping and like to get it done early (very, very early). In that case, check off all the whisky fans on your list and move on with your summer. The multi-faceted appeal of this 3-pack is unmatched, and at this price you can afford to think outside the box. That’s what these sets are for in the first place.

Classic Malts “Coastal Collection” (Talisker 10, Clynelish 14, Caol Ila 12) Single Malt 3-Pack x 200ml (Previously $80) ($39.99)

The classic malts gift packs are always such a fun way to try some of Scotland’s most renowned distilleries, but we often don’t stock them due to the premium the small sizes usually command on price terms. But we’ve been lucky enough to secure a huge quantity of these packs at 50% off their standard retail price, which, coupled with the massive price increases on these same malts in the standard size, has made these gift packs one of the absolute best deals we’ve seen out of Scotland in years. Here you get three of Diageo’s famous “coastal” malts on offer—the pointed peatiness of Caol Ila, the briny smoke of Talisker and the waxy fruitiness of Clynelish, available for a limited time at significantly lower cost by volume than the standard size bottles. There is absolutely no better way to buy any of the classic malts than in this excellent gift pack. (Contains 1 x 200ml each of Talisker 10, Clynelish 14, Caol Ila 12)

Just launched: Fettercairn 16 Year Old 🥃 at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

New on the shelf: Fettercairn 16 Year Old

Introducing the first release of Fettercairn 16 Year Old, available to buy exclusively from The Whisky Shop for the month of June. Distilled with chocolate malted barley, this limited edition expression has been matured in first-fill American ex-bourbon casks, before being enhanced in select sherry and port casks.This is a malt that perfectly embodies Fettercairn’s signature fruity flavour. Enjoy notes of vanilla and ginger and sun-kissed raisins on the nose, as well as peach, banana and chocolate on the palate.

Be the first to get your hands this delicious dram!


Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Here comes the sun” – Scotch Whisky News

The month is drawing to a close and we’re already looking ahead to June; a time for warmer weather, longer evenings and celebrating the summer solstice. While we enjoy a sun-downer on the year’s longest day, our friends in the southern hemisphere will be cosying up with a dram on their shortest, but luckily – there’s a Society flavour for every occasion!

If you can’t want for the official start of summer, we’re releasing five preview bottlings this afternoon before the full Outturn lands on Friday, 5 June at 9am. Hop to the website now before they all disappear!


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


An Exclusive Cask of Heaven Hill 10 Year with a European Pedigree – American Whiskey News

2009 Heaven Hill 10 Year Old “Archives Whisky From The Whiskybase Team” K&L Exclusive Single Cask #496 

NOTE: In accordance with local directives, our walk-in retail locations are currently closed. We have low cost and free delivery options available in ZIP codes where we can ship lawfully, including anywhere in California. We can also include any new or existing will call orders in your delivery batch. Choose local delivery at checkout to learn if you qualify.

Some of the most exciting projects in the world of whiskey are the bottlings coming from the Whiskybase Team. By taking classic American whiskies and aging them in Scotland, these bottlers have placed a uniquely European imprint on a classic American style. This 10-year-old barrel from the famed Heaven Hill distillery has undergone this unique aging process, and the results are nothing short of breathtaking. Yes, you get all the orchard fruit and vanilla one expects, but there’s also an added element of European refinement that takes things to another level. Wonderfully complex and irresistibly delicious, it is a marriage of styles that whisk(e)y lovers of all stripes will enjoy. Clocking at a whopping 133.2 proof, this is no shrinking violet, but Whiskybase is very adept at balancing the spirit’s heat against its sweetly seductive oak. All it takes is a splash of water to make this beauty sing—and what a song to behold. We couldn’t be more pleased to have access to this exclusive barrel, offering what was once only available in Europe. Our exclusive price of $120 makes this unique expression all the more tempting. For those looking to expand their whiskey horizons, we strongly recommend this spellbinding single cask expression.

2009 Heaven Hill 10 Year Old “Archives Whisky From The Whiskybase Team” K&L Exclusive Single Cask #496 American Whiskey (750ml) ($119.99)

The wonderful whiskies coming from the WhiskyBase team are finally available in the US and K&L is the exclusive retailer for the brand throughout California. One of the oddities of the Scottish whisky industry has been the release of several American whiskies from bourbon mashbills aged partially in Europe. These weird, wonderful whiskies have been released by famous names like Cadenhead’s and The Boutique-y Whiskey Company, but we’ve rarely seen these unusual products imported back into the US. Now, thanks to our relationship with the wonderful team making Archives, we’ve secured one of just a handful of these excellent Heaven Hill barrels that have made their way back into the US. There are huge differences in maturation between Scotland and Kentucky, but there’s still something inherently bourbon-y about this special spirit. This whiskey spent six years in Kentucky in used cooperage before making the journey to Scotland for four more years. The aromatics still rest resoundingly in the realm of sweet orchard fruit and vanilla, but instead of caramel and spice, it’s ripe, fresh fruit. Instead of pungent and smoky, the vanilla is subtle and floral. Behind the pretty aromatics are powerful exotic flavors. At an impressive 133.2 proof you’d expect the heat to be overwhelming without the sweetness of new oak, but this remains surprisingly supple and drinkable. We do recommend a splash of water and while its provenance is unusual, it remains a distinctly American spirit unlike any other.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 26, 2020

This oddity is part of a particular category of American whiskeys aged partially out of the country. This one spent at least six years in Kentucky before making the transatlantic journey to Scotland for further aging and bottling. Distilled at the Heaven Hill facility in Louisville known as Bernheim, it was aged in second use American oak for its entire life. We call this “the devil’s cask,” as it’s bottled at a staggering 133.2 proof, making the abv precisely 66.6%. The nose is fiery and raw at first, arresting, to say the least. Behind the intense nose are candied fruits and dried cinnamon. While I don’t usually recommend adding water to cask strength bourbon (this isn’t bourbon, but still), this loves water as well as any single malt would. Once you’ve added some water, the bourbon character becomes much more evident. It reveals a beautiful balance between sweet stewed fruit, exotic spices, and elegant vanilla. Once it hits your lips, we’re distinctly into bourbon territory, with a rich texture and a bold sweetness. We’ve moved more toward the orchard fruits, dried apple, and hints of mango, with a building spice on the finish. It is an excellent spirit that doesn’t fit any category well, but drinks like a dream. Don’t forget to give it a good splash to unlock its character. It’s a shame this style is considered an oddity, but considering how delicious and unusual this is, I wish we could have stuff like this all the time! Grab it while it lasts, as we’ve only got one barrel for the whole year.

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