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New Release – Bowmore Vault Edition Second Release Peat Smoke at Hard to Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

BOWMORE

Vault Edition
Second Release – Peat Smoke

50.1% ABV · 70cl

£69.99

The second release in the Bowmore Vault Edition series has arrived. These expressions are hand-selected to uncover the depth and range of flavour generated by maturation at Bowmore.

Four notable layers characterise all Bowmore whiskies as a result of the rare environment within the iconic No.1 Warehouse. Each release in this four-part series showcases a different layer; Atlantic sea salt, peat-smoked perfection, full-bodied fruitiness and silky sweetness.

This second edition showcases Bowmore’s perfectly balanced smoky character, wisps of Peat Smoke at once enveloping and exciting the senses. Notes of toffee, dried fruit, sea salt and smoke make for a beautifully balanced whisky.

Open the door to a story of deeper character.

“Freedom and Whisky gang thegither!” Celebrate Burns Night with a beautiful new bottle 🥃 – Scotch Whisky News

Drams to raise this Burns Night 

“Freedom and Whisky gang thegither!”

Celebrate Burns Night with the stunning Robert Burns Malt Gift Pack, plus some more irresistible Scotch to mark the occasion.

Free UK Delivery on orders over £99

Robert Burns Malt Gift Pack

70cl / 43% abv

£39.00

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A Pair of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Releases — Easy to Love, Hard to Find – American Whiskey News

Two Rare Old-School Single-Batch Bourbons from a Kentucky Master

Ever since Elijah Craig Barrel Proof won Whiskey of the Year in 2017 from Whisky Advocate it’s been a challenge keeping any of their releases in stock. Thanks to a little year-end love, we were able to secure a sizable portion of Batch B519 and Batch C919. These uncut, unfiltered expressions of Elijah Craig are sublime. Every barrel that goes into Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is twelve years or older and offers a slightly different, yet wholly consistent drinking experience. While each batch possesses its own stamp, they all share a common intensity, a palate-coating delivery, and a satisfying sipability—even at very high proof. The consistent quality of these releases combined with exceptional affordability is unparalleled. The only trick is they never last long, so stock up while you can.

93 points Whisky Advocate: “Keeps true to this award-winning whiskey’s oak-driven style, with aromas of lead pencil, leather, and fresh sawdust, balanced by dense fruitiness and tinged with herbal licorice and eucalyptus. Brawny and tannic on the palate, it’s reminiscent of sucking on a cherry Popsicle stick, balancing sweet caramel, brown sugar, and molasses with persistent oak, cedar shingle, clove, and paprika. A rustic, powerful, and robust bourbon. (JL, Fall 2019)”
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof “Batch B519” Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
($59.99)

K&L Notes: The exceptional full strength version of Elijah Craig has become one of the most well regarded new releases in years. Luckily they’ve been able to offer it at a very reasonable price, and while it continues to be allocated, it is not as elusive as some of the other high-proof, limited releases on the market today. An exceptional bottle that should be on most whiskey lovers’ bucket lists.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 09, 2020

It’s very rare that we can offer more than one batch of ECBP at a time. Given the immense drinkability of these I always finish my bottle or two before the next batch is released and don’t typically get a shot at purchasing more. I relished the opportunity to do a side by side. While both B519 and C919 scream Elijah Craig, they do offer different experiences. B519 has a punchy nose laden with dark cherry fruit, vanilla, baked apples, and a cool cinnamon and fresh sawn oak note that reminds me of a lumber yard after it’s rained. It smells like it’ll be luscious on the palate. And it is. A buttery texture combines with all the sweetest spices on the tongue. It’s a symphony of wood spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. A shocking amount of fruit shows up in addition to all the wood influence. The sweeter caramel and fruit notes are balanced out by pepper – particularly with the addition of a few drops of water. It’s a beautiful whisky with poise and a long, long finish.

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof “Batch C919” Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) ($59.99)

4.5/5 points, John Dover in thewhiskywash.com: “Stimulating the palate and the mind, Elijah Craig has crafted a spicy sipper that will awaken the drinker to the punchier side of the bourbon spectrum with its Barrel Proof distilling. Go in prepared and you will be rewarded with a refined drinking experience lodged firmly in the traditions that make bourbon the drink of choice for so many.” (12/2019)

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 09, 2020

C919 compared to B519 is an absolute monster. Tipping the scales at 136.8% ABV it’s the highest proof Elijah Craig we’ve seen in over 3 years. The nose is full of spice box, petrichor, savory spices, thyme, fresh sliced green apples, and the sweeter notes of butter, cream and heavy caramel. It shares some aromatics with B519 that remind me of a cooperage – full of toasting oak – rather than a lumber yard of fresh sawn wood. The palate is an absolute beast. Packed with dark cocoa powder and sweeter milk chocolates. When you add in water drop by drop each splash looks like it’s creating an oil slick as the fat texture of the whisky comes crashing out of solution. The wood profile changes into more of a barrel house and a summer farmers market. The finish is essentially endless. If you want to tame this one, add lots of water. If you love your bourbon to be confrontational and maybe bite you back, leave it alone and enjoy the ride.

Big Peat 33 Year Old, Cognac & Sherry at Tyndrum Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Big Peat 33 Year Old, Cognac & Sherry

A remarkable marriage of 100% aged single malt whiskies, exclusively from Islay, this 33 years old limited edition bottling shows the more mature side of Big Peat.Finished in a unique combination of French Cognac and Spanish Sherry Casks.

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Loch Fyne Whiskies “Eight new additions to our famous Collector’s Loft that you need in your collection!” 🗝️🥃 – Scotch Whisky News

New Additions To The Collector’s Loft

We’ve just added eight more incredible rare expressions to The Collector’s Loft. Discover some treasure today!

📦 Free UK Delivery on orders over £25 🚚
🌍 We also ship worldwide! 🌎

Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Canada January 2020 Outturn – Scotch Whisky News

New Year, new adventure: excite the senses with our fresh batch of beautifully bold bottlings.

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SOUL O’ PLAYS AND PRANKS

CASK NO. 58.29

CASK:  Refill hogshead

AGE:  10 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Light & delicate

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NUTS, SPICE AND INTRIGUE

CASK NO:  13.70

CASK:  Refill barrel

AGE:  10 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Sweet & dry

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WALKING INTO A FRUIT PUNCH

CASK NO:  35.220

CASK:  1st fill barrel

AGE:  28 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Juicy, oak & vanilla

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SEA, SAND AND SOOT

CASK NO:  10.165

CASK:  Refill barrel

AGE:  11 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Oily & coastal

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DYSTOPIAN CYBERMAN LUBRICANT

CASK NO:  93.116

CASK:  Refill hogshead

AGE:  18 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Lightly peated

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ACME GHOST REPELLENT

CASK NO:  16.38

CASK:  Re-charred hogshead

AGE: 8 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Peated

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The Whisky Shop “Octomore 10.4 Dialogos Virgin Oak – Pre-order today!” – Scotch Whisky News

Octomore 10.4 Dialogos Virgin Oak
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This fourth release in the tenth series of Octomore – Bruichladdich’s super-heavily peated expression – is described as ‘The Outlier’ in the Dialogos series exploring the range beyond its PPM (the measure of peat in phenols per million). Distilled in 2016 from Scottish Concerto barley, peated to 114ppm and aged in virgin Limousin oak casks for three years, this expression is one of the youngest releases from the Octomore range.

Bottled at a strength of 63.5% abv free from chill filtration and artificial colouring, this expression is limited to 12,000 bottles worldwide. This Islay single malt is designed to be compared with the Octomore 10.1 release which is described at ‘The Control’ and is also produced with Scottish-grown barley, but matured for five years in bourbon barrels

£125.00

New Release – Octomore Edition 10.4 at Hard to Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

 

Ochdamh-mòr

OCTOMORE

EDITION 10.4 / 88 PPM / 63.5% ABV / AGED 3 YEARS / VIRGIN OAK

PRICE: £159.95

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SHIPPING FROM WEDNESDAY 15th JANUARY

Octomore has always challenged convention. Many preconceived ideas about whisky have been overturned but perhaps the most provocative stigma still to be shattered is that which surrounds age.

Distilled from Scottish barley in 2016, this three year old Octomore 10.4 is the youngest ever released, yet the most impressive. Standing alone in any heavyweight line-up, the depth, balance and composure of this Virgin Oak release is astounding.

Twenty-eight casks cut from Limousin oak have been subjected to a high toast before making their way to Warehouse 12 for filling. Their high tannic impact is subsided by a high toast level which gives way to a dry fruit character that is impeccably well-rounded.

Macallan “Where Music and Whisky Come Together” – Scotch Whisky News

A HARMONY OF WHISKY AND MUSIC DISTILLED

We are pleased to introduce the second release in this innovative series that fuses the passion behind The Macallan’s whisky making with art, music and culture.

Concept Number 2 is a captivating expression inspired by the similarities in the creative approaches of crafting whisky and creating music. A limited edition whisky created exclusively for Global Travel Retail, Concept Number 2 brings together music and whisky – two of the passions of The Macallan Whisky Maker, Steven Bremner.

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The Macallan Concept Number 2 is now available to purchase at The Macallan Boutiques in Taiwan Taoyuan Airport and London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5; as well as Dubai Duty Free. It will be available in select airports globally from this month onwards.

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The Sleeper of the Season—A 23 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt for Only $119.99 at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

A Best-Ever Rendition of an Oft-Overlooked Single Malt
Allt-a-Bhainne 23 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Refill Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml). ($119.99)
“If you’re going to ever try an Allt-A-Bhainne this is one of the best we’ll ever have.”
— David Othenin-Girard, K&L SoCal Spirits Buyer

While the name Allt-a-Bhainne might be unfamiliar to many, there are plenty of reasons it should make the shortlist for any and every Scotch drinker. This delightful 23-year-old rendition is among the best we’ve had, delivering a malt-forward experience that’s engaging from start to end. Its time in barrel has done wonders for this single malt, adding a compelling array of vanilla and woodsy flavors that act as a perfect counterpoint to this dram’s citrus and grassy flavors. There’s no mistaking its Speyside roots, and it is one of the finer examples we’ve encountered this season. Given its impressive age statement, we’d normally expect to pay upwards of $300 for a whisky of this caliber, but as part of our direct-import program, we have it for a mere fraction of that. We’ve seen no shortage of excellent Scotches this season, but for those looking to branch out and experience something new, this cask strength blockbuster is well worth the price of admission.

Allt-a-Bhainne 23 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Refill Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml). ($119.99)

A workhorse distillery in Speyside, Allt-a-Bhainne was originally built in 1975 to produce a light and fruity malt for Seagram’s blending purposes. In 2001 the distillery was acquired by Pernod Ricard and folded into the Chivas portfolio. Mothballed for a time in the early 2000s after the sale, the distillery has been operating at full capacity since 2005 as we’ve seen everything about Scotch boom. Distilled in 1995, this cask comes from the era when Seagram’s was operating at the top of their game as the largest beverage company in the world, shortly before they imploded. Despite its 23 years in a refill hogshead cask, it’s a very malt-forward spirit. The bright fruit and gentle malt notes take over the glass. It’s on the palate where the extended aging really shows. A broad and luscious texture is the giveaway. In the 2019 whisky landscape, it can be hard to find an 18 year old Scotch at this price point, let alone a 23 year old single cask at full strength.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 22, 2019

There’s no question that this malt will be the sleeper of the season. Allt-A-Bhainne has no particular following and even the most experienced single malt drinker would be hard pressed to give you an intelligent explanation of the distillery profile. So since it’s just a bit more expensive than the rest of the offer and maybe less obvious, it will be overlooked by many. Nonetheless there’s a lot to love about this little whisky. The style is very pretty—unlike some versions of Allt-A which can be funky and mealy, this is like pure Poire Williams eau-de-vie. Pointed and angular in the best way, it’s also showing some herbs, lemon peel, quince and grass. On the palate, it’s medium bodied with clean crystal malt and some pepper, but after water it really opens up. Bright stone fruit, mint, sweet grains, green apples and pastries. If you’re going to ever try an Allt-A-Bhainne, this is one of the best we’ll ever have.

Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 23, 2019

Light, bright, and fruity! Allt-A-Bhainne is part of the foundation of the Chivas Regal blend, but it really shines on its own. This Speyside single malt is quite estery with tons of fresh aromas and flavors. Lemonhead candies, peach, and cherry hit me first, followed by some buttery vanilla wafer cookies and clove. There’s also some nice pine forest notes in the background. On the palate, spice cuts through the fruit and comes in waves, combining with a cocoa element that reminds me of mole chocolate. There’s great oak, cedar, and pine wood flavors that blend nicely with the bolder spice, then cooling menthol.

Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 21, 2019

Baked green apples wafted from the glass as I gave it time to rest in the glass before delving in. Upon closer inspection I discovered sweet notes of treacle toffee and peach skin, which was complemented nicely by a freshness, like pool water, but slightly less chemical. The palate continued with the sweet theme, with pencil shavings, cocoa powder, white nectarine, jasmine tea, and salt water taffy. The texture was soft, not quite oily, but most definitely pleasant. On the finish the sweet note finally made its exit, while leaving way for a fresh apricot note; too easy to drink.

Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2019

This 23 year old is alive and expressive. The nose is very pretty with sweet honey and malt aromas. In the mouth it is light with wax, malt and subtle spice notes. With water, in the mouth it is pure with the same flavors as above but they are more subtle and complex. There is also a wonderfully nice mouth feel and in the nose pretty wax aromas.


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