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Scotch Malt Whisky Society April 2018 Outturn – Scotch Whisky News Apr 2018

In celebration of Tartan Day, April Outturn brings a colourful parade of flavour with 7 spectacular single casks, all marching to a different beat.


10 years old; refill barrel; 58.1%; Light & delicate

Walking through an apple orchard with coloured candy floss. Water released a cool mountain spring flowing over mossy rocks and iced mocha.


9 years old; refill barrel; 58.8%; Sweet, fruity & mellow

A fascinating mix of Middle Eastern fruits was followed by quince jelly. Water released sugar cane juice and fresh sweet peppermint creams.


8 years old; refill barrel; 61.8%; Spicy & sweet

The nose has aromatic herbs, scented leather, honey and tropical fruit. The palate combines perfumed sweetness, acidic fruit and warm spice.


14 years old; 1st fill PX butt; 59.5%; Spicy & sweet

A gently fragrant introduction shrouds a hidden door of dark and spicy indulgence. Previously matured in an ex-oloroso sherry butt.


22 years old; 1st fill toasted oak hogshead; 57.5%; Deep, rich & dried fruits

Frightfully delightful – the nose has polished wood, spun sugar, coffee with Danishes, raisins, dates, orange peel and floral confectionery. The palate is textured, warming and flavoursome, with maple syrup on French toast, crème brûlée, rum and raisin and sinfully sweet cinnamon.


12 years old; refill barrel; 55.5%; Lightly peated

The sweet scent of a Thai starter platter with smoky spicy prawn crackers and a chili dip combined with menthol and lavender essential oil created a very chilled-out atmosphere. Water added a Smoky Grove cocktail and loose ginger tea with lemongrass.


18 years old; refill oloroso butt; 56.8%; Peated

Smoked fish with seaweed and driftwood concealed behind a sweet disguise of spiced apple crumble, dessert wine and Battenberg cake.

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A New “K&L Exclusive” Maker’s Mark That’ll Have Bourbon Fans Cheering – American Whiskey News


A Dangerously Delicious Bourbon of from a Historic Distillery
Maker’s Mark “K&L Exclusive” Private Select ($69.99)

One of the most successful programs in our Spirits Department is the Private Select project done in partnership with Maker’s Mark. Through this innovative program our spirits buyers are given the opportunity to blend their own unique K&L bottling based on the addition of different wood stave types to the barrel of Maker’s 46. The barrel is then aged in a specially designed warehouse carved into the side of a hill that allows the perfect ageing conditions. The results carry the trademark characteristics of Maker’s Mark, yet possess their own distinctive stamp.

Our buyer, David Othenin-Girard, hit this most recent edition right on the mark (or should we say, the Maker’s Mark?). Rich, layered, infinitely complex, it is pretty much Bourbon nirvana. Be sure to read David’s note below, as he delves into the painstaking process involved in crafting this truly singular bottling. It is clear no stone was left unturned and this Bourbon is all the better for it. Coming from only one barrel, there is a limited amount of the Bourbon to go around, so time is of the essence in securing this treasure. Whether you are a longtime fan of Maker’s, or simply love a classically styled bottle of Bourbon with a special twist, the Private Select belongs on your shortlist.

Maker’s Mark “K&L Exclusive” Private Select Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) ($69.99)

Maker’s Mark 46 Cask Strength Private Select is BACK! We’ve been incredibly successful with the exciting program from our friends in Loretto. Usually bourbon “innovation” is a category I like to avoid, but Maker’s Mark is pushing the limits of tradition with this unique program. Adding specially toasted staves to cask strength Maker’s barrels? Why adulterate such a perfect thing? The reasoning from Loretto was that the consistency between casks due to Maker’s Mark’s special warehouse management negated much of the excitement of a standard single barrel program. The solution was to incorporate the successful Maker’s 46 system into the barrel selection process. 5 stave types, 12 slots, and 90 days in the cool dugout warehouse built specifically for this program. The key, of course, is to add something special to the already exceptional juice without taking anything away. Given all the possible permutations, it was easy to eliminate the staves that had a more overt influence on the spirit. This left the “Baked American” and “Seared French Cuvee” split evenly, which offered interesting additional aromas (baking spice, vanilla bean, a toasty smoke) without masking completely the special Maker’s profile. We tossed in a couple 46 staves to give a bit something extra. It’s all a bit dicey since you’re blending samples rather than tasting a finish product, but when the whiskey arrived everything was there in perfect harmony. Allow some air to open it up; once it does it absolutely sings!


David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 03, 2018

While selecting single barrels is good fun it’s also bit nerve racking. You open a cask and stick your nose in the glass and often have to make a decision relatively quickly on the quality of the juice. After 10 years though I’m pretty confident in my palate, but there’s still a feeling that each barrel is a bit of a referendum on my taste. But of course, I don’t make the whiskey that we sell, I just buy it! That’s what makes these Maker’s Mark Private Selects so interesting. This is the first time, outside of blending in Scotland, that I’ve truly had a hand at whiskey creation. I took my time with it. The whole operation is kind of outrageous. Maker’s Mark has built a custom warehouse into the side of the hill behind the distillery. They had planned to build out the warehouse inside the hill underground, but an esoteric Kentucky law prohibits the aging of bourbon underground. So instead this massive warehouse is built against the hill, the coolest – in temperature and style – I’ve ever seen. Right in the center of this heavily traffic tourist attraction is a private tasting area enclosed in glass. There they’ve got samples of the five stave types aged and ready to be sampled along with expressions of EVERY barrel bottled to date. You sit down in this extremely well-appointed room at the Maker’s Distillery in Loretto and watch as tourists gawk behind thick glass walls. It’s all a bit over the top, these random people examining you as you blend the various flavors. That of course didn’t detract from the exciting task at hand. The key to building a great whiskey in this program is to influence and enhance without masking the inherent deliciousness of the Maker’s itself. I tried every possibility, equal parts of each expression? Nope, felt muddled and unbalanced. Tiny bits of each with a high level of American. Definitely not, even the tiniest addition of the Mocha stave and you start to get a bitter note that is very UN-maker’s in my opinion. In an effort to be innovative and not rehash recipes we’d already bottled, I started to toy with different proportions of the three staves that I felt actually enhanced the whiskey drinking experience, those being the “Baked American Pure #2″, The “Seared French Cuvee” and the classic “Maker’s 46.” Each offered a subtle, but distinct addition to the potpourri of delicious sweet flavors that make Maker’s one of the world’s best bourbons. I ultimately settled on something that I felt was going to retain the balance and sweetness of Maker’s, but enhance the barrel and add additional complexity. I waited nearly 6 months to find out how my experiment developed. On first nosing, I was astonished by how prominent the woodsy staves showed. I honestly thought I’d missed the mark completely. But I set my glass down and returned in 15 minutes to a totally different whiskey. The nose is constantly morphing beast, bold and full of spice, but tempered with gorgeous sweet tea, peach, and fresh vanilla. I knew this whiskey would be rich, but it’s absolutely thick on the palate. Creamy and sweet up front with a big bold spice on the back. The finish is all vanilla bean, roasted coffee beans, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and dark wood. This CERTAINLY is not how I imagined this whiskey to be, but it IS absolutely delicious. Warming rich and overtly pleasurable with tons of nuance and depth. The scariest thing is how good the glass smells when you’ve finished your pour – that always means I end up pouring another. Dangerous…

Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 05, 2018

I had a customer today ask me if we had any great bourbon in stock that he had not tasted yet which got me to thinking about the bourbon, or American whiskey, market as a whole. To be sure there is a ton a good bourbon in the world now, but it is also sometimes difficult to get a great bourbon. Which is why I have liked the Private Select that Maker’s started last year. More than just another single barrel program the Private Select allows those who decided to partake a chance to really play with the flavor through the selection of the staves. In addition, the cask strength allows these barrels to really shine. The selection we have here is all about the exotic spice and beautiful rich chocolate. That being said the classic vanilla and baking spice are still present along with more exotic spice notes and everything is cranked up to be completely unabashed.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 04, 2018

This cask is Maker’s all the way, but with an extra spicy and chocolate driven twist and full proof to boot. The rich creamy vanilla and shortbread cake are full throttle. The mocha, coffee, and spicy cinnamon and cloves sing out on the finish. David OG has done a hell of a job blending this masterpiece together. If you’ve been a fan of the other Private Select editions in the past, this will offer you a brand new experience while feeling like you’re visiting an old friend.

Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 02, 2018

If the Wathen’s single barrel smells like a Butterfinger, this one smells like a Milky Way. At 55.05%, its no baby, but its certainly has loads of creamy caramel flavor. Even more pronounced on the palate, this Maker’s barrel really stands out with a touch a water, which brings out the woody phenols.



The Glenlivet Code at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News



The Glenlivet Code

Inspired by the iconic British code breakers of Bletchley Park, this limited edition challenges whisky fans’ to put their senses to the test to decipher the tasting notes of The Glenlivet Code. Crafted with casks never before used in The Glenlivet, the flavour promises to be a completely new experience.

Aspiring code breakers are invited to join an interactive adventure by scanning the bottle’s code in the Shazam app. Those who manage to pass the ultimate flavour test will be presented with a cipher of their tasting notes and a score comparing their accuracy to that of Master Distiller, Alan Winchester.

£100 Pre-Order Now
Orders will be dispatched w/c 16th April

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The Glenlivet Code and Glenmorangie Grand Malt Vintage 1989 at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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We have some tremendous new releases available at Loch Fyne. Two brand new limited editions from The Glenlivet and Glenmorangie have just gone on pre-order……..

The Glenlivet Code


£100 Pre-Order Now

Glenmorangie Grand Malt Vintage 1989


£550 Pre-Order Now


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Glenmorangie’s Vintage Collection honours former still house’s final spirit – Scotch Whisky News


Glenmorangie’s Vintage Collection honours former

still house’s final spirit

— Second release in Bond House No. 1 Collection showcases whisky part-matured in ex-Côte-Rôtie casks —


Spirit from the final days of Glenmorangie’s former still house is celebrated in the inimitable cask assemblage of Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1989, the first Glenmorangie expression to be part-matured in rare ex-Côte-Rôtie casks. This rich and complex single malt whisky is the second limited release in Glenmorangie’s prized Vintage Collection – Bond House No.1 – which explores some of the Highland Distillery’s most prestigious parcels of aged whisky. Marked for greatness from their year of origin, each expression has been captured in its prime by Glenmorangie’s whisky creators – and is deemed ready to share only at the perfect moment of maturation.

The story of Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1989 begins with some of the last spirit ever to emerge from the Distillery’s former still house, home to Scotland’s tallest stills for more than a century.  Soon after the expression’s spirit was distilled, Glenmorangie’s signature stills were moved from this venerable, yet modest-sized building, signalling the end of an era.  Instead, as the Distillery sought to meet whisky lovers’ growing desire for its single malt, Warehouse No.1, the largest of Glenmorangie’s 19th century Bonded Warehouses – and namesake of the Vintage Collection – was transformed into the renowned still house which houses the stills used today to create Glenmorangie’s spirit.

While this distinctive vintage lay maturing in the finest casks, its extraordinary flavour captured the imagination of Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks: he vowed to celebrate its character in a remarkable assemblage, which would honour the former still house’s legacy.  Harnessing his renowned creativity, he arranged for select parcels of 1989’s spirit to be finished in a handful of highly sought-after casks – the most prestigious of which once contained Côte-Rôtie wines.  Just as they reached their prime, he reunited these exquisite parcels in a momentous single malt, distinguished by its intriguing softness, oaky depths and hints of ripe, red fruits.

Dr Bill said: “After 27 years of patient maturation, I knew that Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1989 was ready to share.  Each cask in the assemblage had been carefully chosen to complement the exquisite depths brought to the whisky by the parcel finished in ex-Côte-Rôtie casks.  The resulting expression beautifully balances the subtle finesse of Glenmorangie’s spirit with a rare richness and intensity.  Connoisseurs will delight in its smoky and sweet aromas – extraordinarily varied for a whisky of such age.  It is peppery on the palate, with glorious, full tastes of baked apples and buttery fudge, leading to a long and powerful finish brimming with honey, notes of leather and classic wood spices.”

Glenmorangie Grand Vintage 1989 will be available from specialist retailers and Clos 19 ( from Friday 6th April, RSP: £550.

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Tasting Notes:

Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1989 is chill-filtered and bottled at 43% ABV.

Colour: Russet

Nose: Toasted marshmallow, almond, and a curious, perfumed top note.  Some classic, buttery notes of vanilla and fudge, then a burst of fruit notes.  Baked apples, red fruits, blackcurrants, some tropical fruits, fragrant wood smoke, freshly baked bread and beeswax.

Taste: An oily, viscous mouthfeel with a gentle peppery sensation on the palate.  More baked apples, fudge and gentle citrus flavours.

Finish: Floral orange blossom and honey, hints of eucalyptus oil and sweet aniseed, along with some leather and oak.  With water, more tropical fruits and an intensified citrus note, like dried zest of clementine.  The long finish ends with classic wood spices and oak shavings.

About the Bond House No.1 Collection:

The Bond House No.1 Collection is an exclusive collection of vintage expressions, all exceptionally fine and smooth.  The series, which celebrates Glenmorangie’s most prestigious aged whisky, has been created for connoisseurs and collectors.  Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1990, released in 2016, was the first expression in the collection.  It has been lauded by industry experts, winning first place at the International Whisky Competition, in the category Single Malt Whisky 12 Years and Over, and gold medals at the International Wine and Spirits Competition and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1989 is the Collection’s second release.

About Glenmorangie:

Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky originates in the Scottish Highlands where, at
the Glenmorangie Distillery, it is distilled in the tallest malt whisky stills in Scotland for a purer spirit, expertly matured in the finest oak casks for great depth and perfected by the Men of Tain.  The Distillery was founded in 1843 and is among the pioneers in its field, uniting tradition with innovation.

About Dr Bill Lumsden:

Dr Bill Lumsden is Glenmorangie’s acclaimed Director of Whisky Creation, Distilling & Whisky Stocks.  Dr Bill is regarded by the malt whisky industry as an innovator, creating whiskies which have revolutionised the single-malt market.  In recognition of his team’s work, The Glenmorangie Company was named Distiller of the Year at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2012.  Dr Bill, who has a PhD in biochemistry, has combined art and science in his work since he joined The Glenmorangie Company in 1995.  He is renowned for his groundbreaking wood management techniques, experimentation with exceptional casks at various ages, and use of extra-maturation.  Dr Bill has won a series of prestigious awards and accolades.  He recently added to his plaudits by winning the International Whisky Competition’s award for Master Distiller of the Year 2016 and 2017.  He was further honoured with the title of Master Distiller/Blender of the Year, at Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky 2016 awards.

About the creation of Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1989:

Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1989 has its own unique story to tell.  Created from select parcels of 1989’s distinctive spirit – some of the last ever distilled in Glenmorangie’s traditional still house – this exquisite expression is the Distillery’s first single malt whisky ever to be part-matured in ex-Côte-Rôtie wine casks.  Wines from the prestigious Côte-Rôtie appellation (French for ‘roasted slopes’) are named after the steep hillsides on which the vineyards are located – and the long hours of sunshine they receive. The wines are created from the rare co-fermentation of Shiraz and Viognier grapes, bringing forth contrastingly floral and meaty aromas.  Glenmorangie has never before harnessed the power of ex-Côte-Rôtie casks – and Dr Bill was inspired to discover the character they might bring to Glenmorangie’s soft spirit, by judiciously finishing a tiny parcel of 1989 spirit within.  He then united this precious parcel with spirit from the same vintage, finished in a handful of other prestigious casks, such as superior ex-wine casks, finest ex-Oloroso sherry casks and superior ex-bourbon casks.  And in this remarkable assemblage, he realised his vision for the powerful complexity of Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1989.

About Glenmorangie’s traditional still house:

At the centre of the Distillery, today welcoming visitors from around the world, are the sandstone walls of Glenmorangie’s former still house.  This traditional building was constructed in 1887.  That year, the Distillery was rebuilt by its new owners – a consortium of businessmen who bought it from Ann Matheson, widow of Glenmorangie’s founder William Matheson, who ran the Distillery for 25 years after her husband’s death in 1862.  At first, this still house contained just two of Glenmorangie’s signature copper stills, the tallest in Scotland.  Then, as the world’s appetite for Glenmorangie grew, their number increased to four, in 1977.  In 1990, Bonded Warehouse No.1 was transformed into a new still house, capable of housing further stills – and the former still house, for so long a vital part of Glenmorangie’s story, prepared for its own renaissance.  Converted into a part of the new reception centre and museum soon after, it now brings the Distillery’s past alive
for the many visitors who journey across the globe, to discover the place in which Glenmorangie has been crafted since 1843.

About Bonded Warehouse No.1:

Warehouse No.1 was the largest of the traditional 19th century Bonded Warehouses at the Glenmorangie Distillery, with a capacity of up to 2,000 casks.  It was unusually tall, with three storeys.  In 1990, Warehouse No.1 was transformed into the Distillery’s still house, allowing Glenmorangie to meet the surging demand for its finest single malt from whisky aficionados around the world.  As the very heart of the Distillery, this majestic building became home to eight of Glenmorangie’s signature tall stills. The exceptional height of the building and of Glenmorangie’s stills – renowned as the tallest in Scotland, with necks the same height as an adult male giraffe – has led it to be known fondly as Glenmorangie’s Highland cathedral.  Today, there are 12 stills.

Responsible Drinking:

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

The Whisky Barrel releases their latest exclusive bottling, GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1993 Exclusive – Scotch Whisky News

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The Whisky Barrel releases their latest exclusive bottling, GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1993 Exclusive. 

Specialist online whisky shop,, is proud to release an exclusive single cask bottling of the Highland distillery, GlenDronach, known for its famous sherry cask single malts. This 25 Year Old 1993 vintage single Sherry Butt Cask #658 has been hand selected under the guidance of Brown-Forman.

It is well known that a 1993 vintage GlenDronach has become something of a rarity. Casks laid down in this year are never short of praise. selected this 1993 vintage amongst others as it clearly stood out as a perfect example of the full bodied Highland single malt.

The GlenDronach Distillery sits in the valley of Forgue, deep in the East Highland hills near Aberdeenshire. It is named after the source of its water; the Dronac burn. Founded in 1826, the distillery was one of the first licensed distilleries. Throughout the years, GlenDronach has maintained its true Highland style that stands it out from other malts. Renowned as the masters of sherry cask maturation, these Highland whiskies are well recognised by their deep colour and rich flavours.

GlenDronach has a very strong reputation in the whisky world. The Highland distillery under the ownership of Brown-Forman has continued to release highly prized single cask scotch. The Whisky Barrel is, therefore, delighted to have 557 bottles of this exclusive GlenDronach 1993 vintage cask #658.

Available exclusively from The Whisky Barrel, shipping to customers Worldwide including the United States of America, Canada and Japan. 

GlenDronach 25 Year Old Exclusive | 1993 | Cask #658 for | 59.3% 

HI-RES Glendronach 25 year old 1993 exclusive bottle and glass FULL

Tasting notes 

Colour: Ruby red

Nose: Cloves, eucalyptus, oak, orange peel, plum pudding and toffee 

Taste: Dry oak, milk chocolate, cinnamon custard, blackcurrants and liquorice. 

Finish: Long and sweet. 

Price: £250 GBP (£208.33 ex. VAT) / $295 USD (+ P&P) 

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Q) What is the product called?
A) GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1993 Exclusive.

Q) When will this product be released/was it released?
A) Friday 6th of April 2018.

Q) Where is it available?
A) Scotland, off-trade,

Q) Is this product already available in other markets?
A) Scotland only, ships worldwide.

Q) How much is it?
A) £250 GBP (£208.33 ex. VAT) / $295 USD (+ P&P)

Q) Who handles the product’s distribution?
A) In-house at

Q) What is the ABV of this product?
A) 59.3% ABV natural cask strength.

Q) Why has this product been launched?
A) Limited Edition single cask distillery exclusive for The Whisky Barrel. 

The Whisky Barrel is a speciaslit online whisky and spirits merchant based in Fife, Scotland and  was established in 2007. The Whisky Barrel won Whisky Magazine Online Retailer 2018 and was International Wine & Spirits Competition runner-up in 2016.

N.B. Prices correct at the time of publishing and are subject to currency fluctuation.



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Rare and Collectable Bourbon from as early as 1985

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (April 3, 2018) – This spring Buffalo Trace Distillery will unveil three new O.F.C. Vintage bourbons. These rare bottles are each vintage dated according to the specific year in which the bourbon was distilled at Buffalo Trace Distillery. This vintage release includes bourbon whiskey from the years 1985, 1989 and 1990.

The three unique vintages are extremely rare, as only one barrel was bottled from each year noted. Very little whiskey remained in these three barrels. The 1985 barrel yielded 61 bottles in total. The 1989 barrel had even less bourbon inside, only enough to fill 18 bottles. The 1990 barrel produced 63 bottles.

These vintage-dated bourbons honor the National Historic Landmark’s original name – the O.F.C. Distillery – renowned for producing top class whiskey during its tenure.

This is actually the second release of the O.F.C. Vintage whiskey, but the first offered for sale. In the fall of 2016 Buffalo Trace Distillery released three vintage-dated bourbons, exclusively to non-profit organizations at no charge to raise money for their causes. Those bottles, from 1980, 1982, and 1983 were auctioned at charity last spring, and raised nearly $1.2 million for a variety of causes such as cancer services, cystic fibrosis, leukemia and lymphoma, children’s rights, autism, military veterans, animal protection, arts foundations, and many more.

As with the initial release, each of these O.F.C. Bourbon vintages are packaged in a crystal bottle with real copper lettering in-laid in the bottle with a hand applied paper label. The label on the back of the bottle notes the milestones for the vintage year of the bottle. Each bottle will be nestled in a wooden display box containing a provenance card with the same information found on the back label.

These vintage bottles will be released in April 2018. Suggested retail pricing for a bottle of one of these collectable and very limited O.F.C. Vintage Bourbons is $2,500.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 21 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year by Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018.  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 500 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit

Smugglers’ Notch Distillery ADDS BOURBON BARREL AGED MAPLE SYRUP TO ITS LINEUP! – Whiskey News


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A sweet success with Smugglers’ Notch Maple Works

Jeffersonville, Vermont – Smugglers’ Notch Maple Works™, the sister company to Smugglers’ Notch Distillery, is excited to introduce their Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup. They single-source their 100% pure, organic, Vermont maple syrup and age it for approximately 4 months in their own Smugglers’ Notch Distillery’s award-winning bourbon whiskey barrels. During this time the syrup gives up some of its sweetness to the barrel and takes on a delicious bourbon flavor. The result is non-alcoholic, slightly less sweet, slightly thicker syrup with a lovely oak and bourbon flavor.

Smugglers’ Notch Maple Works™ Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup is Grade A, dark robust syrup with a rich color and caramel flavor notes. Of course, it’s perfect for pancakes and waffles, but this syrup also rises to the occasion when used in a BBQ sauce, a glaze for fish or chicken, added to a cocktail or your morning coffee, or even drizzled over ice cream.

Recent studies show maple syrup has quite a bit of nutritional value. Containing several natural minerals such as calcium, manganese, potassium and magnesium, maple syrup is a natural resource for gut health, relieving chronic inflammation, brain health and has antioxidant properties. It has been shown to help prevent cancer, support the immune system, lower blood pressure and slow the aging process. According to Smugglers’ Notch Distillery co-owner, Jeremy Elliott, “Single sourcing 100% pure maple syrup from a local Vermont producer was a natural and obvious choice for us. It’s the best maple syrup around and aging it in our bourbon barrels just brings it up a notch higher.” So, why not go ahead and satisfy that sweet tooth with something that tastes amazing and is naturally good for you, too?

Product Details:
– 100% Pure Organic Vermont Maple Syrup
– Aged 4 months in Award-Winning Bourbon Whiskey Barrels
– Less Sweet, Slightly Thicker
– 4 Sizes, 100mL, 200mL, 250mL, 375mL – distributed by Smugglers’ Notch Distillery®(SND) located in Jeffersonville, Vermont.

Smugglers’ Notch Maple Works™ is the sister company to Smugglers’ Notch Distillery. Smugglers’ Notch Maple Works is a true Vermont collaboration. Single-sourcing 100% pure organic maple syrup from Craig Walker, a local, lifelong maple syrup producer, located in Underhill, VT. Smugglers’ Notch Maple Works™

Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup is hand bottled and labeled one bottle at a time and distributed through Smugglers’ Notch Distillery in Jeffersonville, VT.

Smugglers’ Notch Distillery offers extraordinary small batch, American-made spirits that have received accolades from both beverage industry connoisseurs and hundreds of fans alike. Since launching their flagship Double Gold Award-winning Vodka back in 2010, they have gone on to craft several award-winning spirits including two types of Gin, a Bourbon Barrel Aged Rum, Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Maple Bourbon, a Wheat Whiskey, and most recently a Gluten Free Organic Vodka with $1 of each bottle sale going to help fund breakthrough cancer research worldwide. They have also had three limited releases, Maple Rum, Rye and Dead Buck Whiskey. Visit them in Jeffersonville, VT at the distillery/tasting room or at one of their other Vermont tasting rooms to sample their products and hear more about their story. Find more info at and


Smugglers’ Notch Distillery/Smugglers’ Notch Maple Works
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Scotch Malt Whisky Society “COLOURFUL SINGLE CASKS ALERT: READ ONLINE NOW” Scotch Whisky News

SMWS April 2018


In celebration of Tartan Day this First Friday, April Outturn brings a colourful parade of flavour with 21 spectacular single casks, all marching to a different beat.  Dive head-first into our diverse drams to find the perfect dram to toast the day and explore our exclusive parcels. Don’t wait – click over to our website now and read the full listing ahead of the release on Friday 6 April, 9am.


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


Pulteney 10 Year Old 2007 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Pulteney 10 Year Old 2007

Rarely do we see independently bottled Pulteney from the distillery in Wick. Our chums at Morrison & MacKay have bottled up a 2007 vintage matured in bourbon barrels showing the true charm of this fabulous malt.

Buy – £46.21


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