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Compass Box Scotch Whisky Maker “Help our hospitality community today”

KINDNESS. COMMUNITY. CREATIVITY.

Three hugely important things right now. Vital, in fact.

For all of our 20 years at Compass Box, we’ve had incredible support from the hospitality industry. And now during these difficult times, this community really needs ours.

So we’re offering limited edition Compass Box t-shirts, sweatshirts and tote bags, with the funds raised going to those in need.

The proceeds will go to supporting Another Round, Another Rally and the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation in the US, and equally deserving initiatives across the rest of the world. You can also simply donate whatever you can afford. Together we can make a real difference.

So be kind. Have hope. Look after each other. And please support creatively by visiting www.bonfire.com/store/compass-box

Thank you.

John & the Compass Box team

Compass Box Whisky Co.
Chiswick Studios
9 Power Road
London, England W4 5PY
United Kingdom

Whisky & Donuts™ Paring – Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old Exclusive 🍩🥃 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Whisky & Donuts™ Featuring Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old

Stunning Pairing

Whisky & Donuts are all about the art of pairing. Specifically, fine whisky and artisan donuts. In their most recent post – follow @whiskyanddonuts on Instagram for more – they featured our love sherried Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old TWB Originals® and a delicious strawberry chocolate donut.

Read the full paring and see more images in our latest blog HERE

ALL PHOTO CREDIT WHISKY & DONUTS

Shop – Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old Originals® – £99.00


New Edradour Ballechin Oloroso at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Edradour Ballechin
10 Year Old SFTC

Ballechin 10 Year Old Oloroso

These little pocket-rocket Straight From The Casks are brimming with flavour. Cask strength 60.3%, peated Edradour whisky matured in an Oloroso cask.

Shop – Edradour 10 Year Old – £70.00

 

Scotch Malt Whisky Society April 2020 Outturn Alert – Scotch Whisky News


There are few things which seem certain just now, but one thing you can always rely on is the Society bringing you a colourful collection of casks on the First Friday of each month. Since we’re spending a bit more time indoors, this month we’re encouraging you get creative in the kitchen and use some store-cupboard staples to make the perfect food pairing for your whisky.

You’ll find a mouth-watering selection of whiskies alongside culinary inspiration in this month’s Outturn, released at 9am on Friday, 3 April. Hop to the website to browse the release ahead of the big day.

READ OUTTURN       VIEW ALL WHISKIES

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

Contact: sales@smws.com 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

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Blood Oath Pact No. 6 Launches This Spring Finished in Cognac Barrels – American Whiskey News

Blood Oath Pact No. 6 Launches This Spring Finished in Cognac Barrels

Bourbon Series Continues To Release Successful Expressions

BARDSTOWN, KY (March 24, 2020) – In its sixth year, the Blood Oath ultra-premium bourbon series continues to see unique expressions – Blood Oath Pact No. 6 launches this spring. The series – a creation of Lux Row Distillers’ Head Distiller and Master Blender John Rempe – combines three selected bourbons, expertly blended for a distinctive whiskey.

For Pact No. 6, Rempe chose a 14-year ryed bourbon with notes of oak and leather, melded with an 8-year warm toasty ryed bourbon and complemented them with a 7-year ryed bourbon rested in cognac casks. The memorable combination brings caramel notes and hints of spice, along extra flavor from the cognac barrels.

“This particular pact is special in that the cognac barrels added some sweetness and a slight fruity, brandy flavor to the bourbon, creating an amazing taste profile,” says Rempe. “When selecting these bourbons, I wanted to see how these flavors meshed together and I have to say the result was spectacular.”

As with all the other expressions, Pact No. 6 is a limited edition, never to be made again, with only 17,000 cases being produced and sold globally. This expression continues with the tradition of a 98.6 proof and packaged in an intricate wooden display box, with the 750ml bottle being topped with a natural cork and emblazoned with John Rempe’s signature. The suggested retail price is $99.99.

“The Blood Oath series launched in 2015 and it’s hard to believe we have already created more than half a decade of Pacts,” adds Rempe. “I’m honored to see consumers searching for the new release every year and get as excited as I am when a new Pact hits the shelves,” adds Rempe.

ABOUT LUX ROW DISTILLERS

Real roots, real family, real products: Lux Row Distillers – a bourbon distillery experience on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail – is a family-owned venture, bringing the Lux family history and spirits tradition to the bourbon industry. Lux Row Distillers is the home of Luxco’s bourbon brands, including Rebel Yell, Blood Oath, David Nicholson, Ezra Brooks and Daviess County Kentucky Straight Bourbons.

Located in the heart of Bardstown, Kentucky, the 18,000-square foot Lux Row Distillers includes a visitor center, barrel warehouses, a tasting room, and event space, making for an all-encompassing bourbon experience. The 80-acre property is home to an 18th century stone house – which is registered as a National Historic Place – and a long, tree-lined driveway providing a scenic entrance to the distillery.

For more information about the distillery, visit www.luxrowdistillers.com. You can also like Lux Row Distillers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/luxrowdistillers or follow the distillery on Instagram @luxrowdistillers.

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

GLOVE BOX SONATA IN B MINOR

CASK NO. 89.10

CASK:  Refill butt

AGE:  7 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Young & spritely

DAFFODILS CAPTURED IN HONEY

CASK NO. 72.67

CASK:  1st fill barrel

AGE:  9 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Sweet, fruity & mellow

A WAFER A WHILE

CASK NO. 112.46

CASK:  1st fill Moselle oak hogshead

AGE:  14 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Sweet, fruity & mellow

CREAM OF THE CROP

CASK NO. 113.22

CASK:  1st fill barrel

AGE:  8 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Juicy, oak & vanilla

SMOKY, MALTY MINERALITY

CASK NO. 53.284

CASK:  Refill hogshead

AGE:  10 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Lightly peated

FLAMINGOS SMOKING PIPE TOBACCO

CASK NO. 10.179

CASK:  1st fill barrique

AGE:  12 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Heavily peated

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THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO CANADIAN DISTILLERIES – Canadian Whisky News

THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO CANADIAN DISTILLERIES
The Portable Expert to Over 200 Distilleries and the Spirits they Make (From Absinthe to Whisky, and Everything in Between)
By: Davin de Kergommeaux and Blair Phillips

From award-winning author of Canadian Whisky, Davin de Kergommeaux, comes an up-to-the minute and definitive guide to over 200 distilleries across Canada and the array of spirits they make. 

The Definitive Guide to Canadian Distilleries is an indispensable guide to the past, present and future of Canada’s distilleries. Written by bona fide Canadian spirits expert Davin de Kergommeaux, this book covers more than 200 of the most exciting and cutting-edge distilleries, large and small, who are shaping the industry today.

Just a decade ago, fewer than a dozen distilleries, concentrated in two provinces, produced almost all the spirits (mainly whisky) made in Canada. Today, there is a movement afoot in Canada’s spirits world. There has never been a better selection of rich specialty spirits–from gin to moonshine, from flavoured vodka to liqueurs–to tempt the palate and supplement your long-time favourites. Despite flourishing public enthusiasm for Canada’s distillers, other than incomplete and inaccurate web-based information, no one has offered consumers an all-inclusive guide… until now.

Using a trademark (and witty) blend of narrative, tasting notes, inventive cocktail recipes and vibrant photos, de Kergommeaux shares the unique genesis of each of these distillers who are pushing the boundaries and flavours of spirits of all kinds. Divided geographically with suggested distillery routes, and filled with key tour information as well as breakout features of the most exciting people and spirits today, The Definitive Guide to Canadian Distilleries is a treasured souvenir and fun companion to the distilleries in every corner of the country, and a must-have guide for curious drinkers and expert connoisseurs alike. 

Himself

Author Bio: DAVIN DE KERGOMMEAUX is a drinks writer, public speaker and spirits judge, recognized as the world expert on Canadian whisky. He has travelled to four continents to visit spirits producers and distilleries, and make presentations about Canadian spirits. In 2016 the Globe and Mail named him one of the 50 most influential Canadians in food and drink, then in 2018 the New York Times said his significance in the revival of Canadian whisky could not be overstated.

BLAIR PHILLIPS is a lifestyle and spirits writer specializing in Canada’s growing landscape of spirits and distilleries. He is the Canadian contributing editor for Whisky Magazine and writes for the popular Distiller app. He also contributed features for drinkingmadeeasy.com during the TV Series’ three season run. He judges several spirits competitions including the World Whisky Awards and Canadian Whisky Awards.

Two Highly Anticipated Cask Strength Releases from Kaiyo — Mizunara Oak Aged Whisky at K&L California – Japanese Whisky News

New Exclusives from the Most Exciting Project in Japanese Whisky

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.

We’ve featured several different bottlings from the Kaiyo brand in recent years, all of which have been exceptional and count among the most interesting (and delicious) expressions out of Japan that we’ve had the good fortune to taste. We are especially excited to feature two new exclusives that have been bottled at cask strength. These bottlings, as is standard for Kaiyo, have been aged in Mizunara oak and spent months in the hull of a ship while traversing the globe. It may sound like a lot of effort to put into a bottle of whisky, but the results are nothing short of spectacular. While many of the details behind this pair remain frustratingly scarce, what we do know is that they will satisfy one’s craving for the best in Japanese whisky, and at a very affordable price. Each possesses its own distinctive stamp, while offering a layered complexity only found in bottlings that cost three to four times the price. It goes without saying that these whiskies are very rare and are already causing a stir among collectors. If you’ve enjoyed Kaiyo in the past, then you simply must treat yourself to this breathtaking pair. For us, they represent the very pinnacle of Japanese whisky. Quantities will not last, so make sure to secure your bottles today.

Like so many Japanese whiskies that have come to the market in recent years, Kaiyo remains an enigma. It tastes delicious, there is a tantalizing background story to the brand, but the level of detail a whisky geek desires always seem in short supply. No matter, ultimately when the price is right and the whisky tastes great, we are here to pull the trigger. The two casks are similar in their story, but very different in the final profile. Both are Japanese in origin, presumably teaspooned malt from the same source. They were placed into Mizunara oak for nearly 7.5 years and then each made Kaiyo’s hallmark ocean voyage. The gentle rocking, salt air, temperature and humidity changes are all a part of the whisky’s story. Once they disembarked from their ship their stories diverge. Cask #541 sees a year long finishing in a refill hogshead barrel. This adds a bit of complexity to the profile yet preserves the Mizunara oak as the defining characteristic. It’s a masterclass in Mizunara. Over time in glass you can pick out a wide array of sweet tropical notes ranging from juicy fruits to toasty coconut and a cabinet full of exotic spices. At 56% ABV and unchillfiltered, there is power, weight, and texture to bolster what is otherwise an elegant and complex dram.

Kaiyo K&L Exclusive Cask #541 Cask Strength Japanese Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 24, 2020

The first selection ever of a Kaiyo single cask. After 7.4 years in Mizunara oak, this beauty was transferred to a 2nd fill hogshead for a little mellowing. It’s chockablock full of vanilla, coconut, honey and sandalwood. The stylistic preference in Japan for whiskies that are balanced and nuanced is clearly present, but this is not a shy malt. The barley shines from the get go, but add a little water and it explodes. At 56% ABV it’s a robust and full throttle whiskey that screams of its time in Mizunara with its bold and spicy wood profile.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 24, 2020

The enigmatic and opaque Kaiyo whisky has become a staple on our shelves. It does a lot of things right in the very complicated Japanese whisky genre while maybe skirting some of the most obvious pitfalls. And I still have no information about what is actually in these bottles, but we can assume that these have been aged in Japanese Mizunara and are likely sourced from malt distilled in northern Japan (Hokkaido & Sendai). And while these distilleries are some of the world’s finest, it is clearly the barrel who is the star of the show here. Interestingly, the two barrels we purchased (541 & 543) are pretty different despite having the same proof and specs on the bottle. This cask is the most quintessential expression of the flavors I’d expect from Mizunara. The nose is tight at first and needs a drop or two of water to open up. Now we get tons of sandalwood, ceremonial incense, plum wine, coconut husk. On the palate, tons of red cherry and big spice – cinnamon, clove, nutmeg etc. It’s long, bold and peppery. This one is really pretty intense, designed for those who like more intense flavors. Adding water doesn’t necessarily diminish that but adds some depth and sweetness.

Kaiyo K&L Exclusive Cask #543 Cask Strength Japanese Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)

Cask #543 has a much more unique finishing than #541. After its ocean stint the whisky was transferred to a ruby port pipe for a year. The dark red fruited wine cask has lent a wide array of flavors to frame the initial Mizunara aging. Dark chocolate, dried dates, ripe currants, and sweet raisins all meld with the sandalwood and coconut of the oak. Unchillfiltered and bottled at 56% ABV.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 24, 2020

Like its sister cask, this comes from some of Kaiyo’s oldest stocks. After nearly seven and half years in Japanese Mizunara oak the whisky was transferred into a ruby port pipe for another year of finishing. The result is a spectacular array of red fruits and raisins to frame the spicy yet tropical flavors of Mizunara oak. The hallmark sandalwood notes are particularly persistent on the finish. It’s amazing how much power the famed Japanese wood carries into the spirit, and to see it with a unique finish that compliments it so well is a real treat. With a dash of water a much more complex array of red currants, dusty cocoa, and candied nuts come forward on the nose and palate. It’s as though that water is the key that unlocks the port pipe’s Mizunara cage.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 24, 2020

These wild casks of Japanese Mizunara Oak aged whisky have been are a bit of a mystery, but tasting them side by side is a really interesting experience. While cask 541 had tons of spice, this one has much more fruit. The nose starts with classic Mizunara plum spice, but melds into a complex bouquet of wild honey, baked apple, earthy malt and fresh oak. The softer nose doesn’t translate to the palate and we’ve still got that bold oak and spice from the Mizunara taking over. Yet here more subtlety, more malt and a bit more sweetness. There’s something that reminds me distinctively of Ben Nevis, which would be appropriate considering the assumed source. A very interesting offering indeed.

The Singleton – Paragon of Time Collection at Hard to Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

The Singleton

Paragon of Time Collection

1964 · 53 Year Old

£26,400

ADD TO BASKET

A sensational release from The Singleton brand. Matured in a single hogshead cask and bottled at 40.6% abv, The Singleton of Dufftown 53 Year Old 1964 Vintage is the first in the whisky brand’s new Paragon of Time Collection.  This is a real rarity and a real collectors piece for those looking to add to their collection.

The 53 Year Old will be presented in a crystal decanter and housed in a wooden presentation case, with a piece of the original cask incorporated into the packaging.

The Singleton has also partnered with award-winning artist Cai Zhi Song to celebrate the release by creating a commemorative sculpture called Blossom. It surpasses the brand’s previous oldest release by some way.  Previously it was  the 40-year-old Glendullan single malt from the whisky’s Forgotten Drop series released in 2018.

The whisky is said to feature ‘scented hand-cream, rose water and exotic tropical and berry fruit’ notes on the nose, with ‘dried figs and a suggestion of toffee’ on the palate



Bimber goes virtual to keep the spirit alive

 

Bimber goes virtual to keep the spirit alive

London’s Bimber Distillery has today announced that it will be “keeping the spirit alive” as part of the industry’s wider response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The distillery will be moving towards significantly broadening its digital offerings by producing a range of virtual tours and online tasting events so that enthusiast communities can continue to enjoy the Bimber experience from the comfort of their own homes.

In addition, in conjunction with a number of other spirit distilleries, Bimber will be assisting local front-line workers by producing 200 litres of much needed supplies of hand sanitiser from its stock of new make spirit.

Master Distiller Darius Plazewski said “We are gravely concerned about the significant threat that COVID-19 presents. By taking these steps to pivot our business to support both the nationwide health effort, and those staying at home, we hope we can make a difference and at the same time keep the spirit alive.”

Notes  

  • Hand sanitiser production 

200 litres of hand sanitiser will be offered free of charge to local front-line workers. The distillery will not be producing sanitising products for commercial sale. 

  • 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.


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