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Yamazakuru Blended Whisky at Abbey Whisky – Japanese Whisky News


Yamazakura Blended Whisky

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Japanese Blended Whisky

Sasanokawa Shuzo

Yamazakura is a blended whisky from Japan, created from a combination of four malt & grain whiskies. Yamazakura takes its name from two Japanese symbols, ‘Yama’, meaning mountain and ‘Sakura’ which refers to cherry trees, symbol of ‘ephemeral beauty’.

Distillery:  Yamazakuru

Bottler:  Sasanokawa Shuzo

Bottle Size:  70cl

ABV (Strength):  40

Style:  Japanese Blended Whisky


Secrets of a Highland heirloom inspire Glenmorangie Cadboll – Scotch Whisky News


Secrets of a Highland heirloom inspire Glenmorangie Cadboll

Whisky finished in ex-sweet French wine casks brings dessert-like flavours to Travel Retail

A centuries-old Highland heirloom is the inspiration for the dessert-like flavours of Glenmorangie Cadboll, the latest release in Glenmorangie’s Travel Retail Legends Collection. Finished in barriques which previously held sweet French wines such as those of Muscat and Sémillon grapes, this rich and sweet single malt whisky is a fitting celebration of the Scottish artistry and French influences which shape its namesake, the Cadboll Cup.

Exclusive to Travel Retail, the Glenmorangie Legends Collection is a unique series of single malt whiskies which showcases Glenmorangie’s pioneering wood expertise through innovative cask assemblages and intriguing extra-maturations. Each expression in the collection (Glenmorangie Duthac, Glenmorangie Tayne, Glenmorangie Cadboll and limited-edition Glenmorangie Tarlogan) is inspired by the legendary lands which have homed Glenmorangie’s Highland Distillery since 1843.

Glenmorangie Cadboll, the collection’s third permanent release, pays homage to a precious 16th century silver wine cup long treasured by the MacLeods of Cadboll, whose connections with Glenmorangie’s homeland run deep. In 1699 they created Glenmorangie’s Highland home, Glenmorangie House (then Cadboll House) a few miles from where the Distillery now stands.

Inspired by the heritage Glenmorangie shares with the cup, Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s acclaimed Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks, set out to create a whisky which would evoke its craftsmanship – and hint at the sweet wines of the 16th and 17th centuries it might once have held. Reflecting the Highland provenance of the cup, which is in the collections of National Museums Scotland, he selected a parcel of spirit which had spent its life in ex-bourbon casks in the Distillery’s warehouses, not far from Glenmorangie House. Then in tribute to its French elements, he chose superior casks which formerly contained his most favoured sweet French white wines, including those of Muscat and Sémillon grapes, in which the expression would be extra-matured.

Dr Bill said: “The Cadboll Cup’s secret past is fascinating. Even now, no one knows who crafted the cup – or how its marriage of Highland and continental design came to be. Glenmorangie Cadboll is our sumptuous celebration of its contrasting character. The whisky’s aromas of baked bread and toasted brioche remind me of France. It is delightfully smooth and sweet on the palate, with tastes of mint humbugs, milky toffee and a long finish, full of old-fashioned confectionery. I hope the travelling connoisseur will enjoy this sweet tribute to our homeland’s heritage.”

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society “January Outturn: Burns Night Celebration” – Scotch Whisky News

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With Christmas and New Year fading fast in our memories, we can’t wait for the next special occasion. This year brings the Society’s 35th anniversary and we’re looking forward to sharing some good times with our members.



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Indulge in a sophisticated soirée with our celebratory bottling 7.195 If Rabbie Burns did afternoon tea. Sweet, fruity and mellow, let this charming whisky captivate your senses with delicious banana bread, crystallised ginger, spiced apricot chutney and the aroma of a red, red rose.

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



More Accolades for ImpEx Expressions!! – Whisky News

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Check Out These Fantastic Whisky Advocate Reviews!!

If you thought the previous email had all the achievements we received this year, you were mistaken. 

This year, Whisky Advocate compiled a list of their Top 20 Whiskies of the year.  Below are a couple of really distinguished highlights from that list which we’re especially proud of.  

Earning 93 points, Tamdhu Batch Strength #002 came in at #8!!

Check out Susannah’s tantalizing description below the tantalizing image.

 Tamdhu BS

“Historically used for blending, Tamdhu flies under the radar of many scotch aficionados. But this underappreciated Speyside whisky compares well with more famous sherry bombs by offering a sweet, savory, slightly funky depth. At first sniff, Tamdhu seems like it might knock you out with one blow—but this gentle giant is a lover, not a fighter. Viscous and meaty, this cask-strength stunner reveals dried fruit, dark chocolate ganache, ginger spice, and saline minerality, thundering softly into a long finish.” ~ Susannah Skiver Barton

Coming in at #20 with 90 points, Fukano Japanese Whisky – 2017 made the list! 

In fact, this is the only Japanese whisky to make it to the list!! If you like Japanese whiskies you must try Fukano; it’s unlike anything else!  If you haven’t tried Japanese whiskies yet, you must; it’s unlike anything else!   Check out Jonny’s mouth-watering review below the image. 


“Japanese rice whiskies enjoy a cult following for their delicate flavors. This Fukano stands out with its ethereal fruity delights, the result of meticulous vigilance to preserve the spirit’s subtle nature. It brings a supple nose of lychee, ripe peaches, Smarties, watermelon, allspice, and white pepper. A light, slightly syrupy texture is underscored by watermelon and raspberry as it unwraps peach, nectarines, rhubarb, and custard candy, fruit Life Savers, stewed fruits, red berries, and light citrus. Fukano promises to broaden our whisky horizons.” ~ Jonny McCormick

Thanks again for being part of our family and enjoying these fine whiskies with us. We look forward to bringing you more excellent whiskies in 2018!

Happy New Year!

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Poetic Pair” – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS Poetic Pair


Wax lyrical with this poetic pair of single casks, the unique character of each whisky is sure to spark conversation and debate. Be transported to a lunch beach party with 10.136 West coast feast or enjoy some medicine for the soul with the deep, rich and dried fruit flavours of 63.44.

60 Available – £ 109


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


Impex Beverages “2017 Was Full of Awards and Recognitions!! – Whisky News

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Check Out These Amazing Awards!!

2017 was a bountiful year with regards to awards and medals for the ImpEx family. We are truly blessed and grateful for these gifts, and we hope you got a chance to enjoy them with us!

Check out some of the highlights below:

Port Askaig received the highest honors – 5 Stars from Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal! This is a huge deal as he’s one of the toughest critics around!


Tamdhu 10 picked up a Double Gold medal from The Fifty Best! This is a huge honor and continues to show what a fantastic ongoing expression this is.


Last but certainly not least, Exclusive Malts Irish ’03 13yr made it to Whisky Advocate’s Top 10 Winter 2017 Buying Guide! They are very selective when it comes to their recommendations, and they chose well.

And since it’s not too late to get a New Year’s gift, you can still pick this one up for your favorite Irish whiskey lover!


This gorgeous whiskey has taken on a lot of sherry character from the refill sherry hogshead: cherry, prune, chocolate orange, baked pineapple chunks, and toasted spice. A good weighty structure boasting deep citrus intensity, with ginger and pepper snapping at its heels; a sensation only intensified with water. Lush fruits, butterscotch, and milk chocolate, with a finish of lively spices, stone fruits, and zesty orange muffins. (276 bottles) —Jonny McCormick

Lastly, we want to thank you all for being part of our family and partaking in this celebration with us.

We look forward to what 2018 will bring us!

Happy New Year!

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society January Previews: Bold New Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News


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We’ve released five preview bottles from next month’s Outturn that are perfect for New Year flavour adventures. Beat the January blues by exploring this colourful collection of bold new whiskies.   A great opportunity to buy before First Friday but be quick to order, only a limited number of bottles are available ahead of the full Outturn release on Friday, 5 January at 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





Just 465 bottles to be released worldwide, following the successful 2016 release 

December 18th, 2017 (New York, New York) – The Macallan, the world’s most admired single malt Scotch whisky, unveils its latest exceptional whisky in the coveted Sherry Oak range, The Macallan 40 Years Old. This highly collectible, limited-release whisky represents only the third non-vintage release of a 40 year old expression to come from the iconic Speyside distillery, and will be sought after by connoisseurs around the world. The Sherry Oak 40 years old reveals the unrivalled commitment to the mastery of wood and spirit, for which The Macallan has been known since it was established in 1824 and marks the pinnacle of the Sherry Oak Range.

Exclusively matured in hand-picked Oloroso sherry seasoned oak casks from Jerez, Spain, this rich and intense single malt is a testament to The Macallan’s exceptional oak casks, which are sourced, crafted and seasoned under the watchful eye of the Master of Wood and delivered to the demanding specifications of the Master Distiller and his team.

Once filled, the maturing spirit has remained undisturbed in the same casks for 40 years and it is these oak casks that are the single greatest contributor to the outstanding quality, natural color and distinctive aromas and flavors which lie at the heart of this rare Macallan single malt whisky.

When matured exclusively in sherry seasoned oak casks from Jerez, the robust, fruity and full bodied ‘new make’ spirit is transformed into a whisky of great richness and character. Crafted from an intriguing combination of three casks – 2 sherry butts and 1 sherry hogshead, The Macallan Sherry Oak 40 years old is a rich and complex whisky displaying a natural deep copper color.

On the nose there are hints of sultanas, gingers and wood spice against a backdrop of sweet cinnamon and citrus, while the palate opens with soft cinnamon spices leading into date and figs, before giving way to a long, rich finish with a lingering cinnamon spice.

Nick Savage, The Macallan Master Distiller, said: “After a gentle slumber for over 40 years in our exceptional sherry seasoned oak casks, this rare single malt is full of rich flavor and a beautiful natural color. The Macallan Sherry Oak 40 years old is an outstanding and distinctive addition to our collection of unique, mature whiskies and is testament to our enduring desire to create peerless single malts. We invest more in sherry seasoned casks than any other distillery in sourcing, crafting, seasoning and caring for our casks to create the depth, complexity and richness of flavor for which The Macallan is renowned.”

The Macallan Sherry Oak 40 years old forms part of The Macallan Sherry Oak Range which features a series of single malt whiskies matured exclusively in hand-picked sherry seasoned oak casks from Jerez for richness and complexity. Each expression is characterized by spice, dried fruits and mature oak with a depth of flavor developing through the range.

To create The Macallan Sherry Oak Range, The Macallan works very closely with fully integrated ‘tree to finished seasoned cask’ companies in Spain, to identify the oak trees, fell them sustainably, saw and air dry the oak staves, before shipping them to Jerez in southern Spain for further air-drying to reduce the moisture further still. The casks are then crafted and seasoned for 18 months with dry Oloroso sherry, before making the journey up to Scotland where they are filled with The Macallan ‘new make’ spirit to mature for decades.

The Macallan Sherry Oak 40 years old has an ABV of 44%. The 2017 release will be available starting in late December 2017 and will be limited to 465 bottles worldwide, with only 70 bottles allocated to the USA at a suggested retail price of approximately $9,000.

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Whisky Makers Notes:

Color: Deep Copper

Aroma: Sultanas with gingers and wood spice. A background of sweet cinnamon and citrus emerges

Palate: Opens with soft cinnamon spices, quickly developing into a mouth coating of date and figs

Finish: Long, rich with a lingering cinnamon spice

About The Macallan

Founded in 1824 in the heart of Speyside, The Macallan was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed. Since then it has built a reputation as one of the world’s finest single malt whiskies.  The story of The Macallan is built on the Six Pillars, each influencing the whisky in its own distinct way.  From the spiritual home of Easter Elchies House; curiously small stills giving richness to the pure spirit; finest cut or the best of the best of the distillation, to exceptional oak casks which account for up to 80% of the final flavor in the whisky; natural color and finally peerless spirit, The Macallan itself.

Wood sits at the heart of The Macallan. The vital contributing influences of Spain, North America and Scotland, together with true mastery, set it apart from the rest. For more information on The Macallan, visit The Macallan can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

A New Release Awakes from its 40-year slumber – Scotch Whisky News


A single malt of great richness and character

The Macallan Sherry Oak 40 Years Old – 2017 Release is a new limited edition single malt which marks the pinnacle of the Sherry Oak range. This is the third non-vintage release of a 40 years old expression from The Macallan.

This rare single malt was matured for 40 years in an intriguing combination of three different types of sherry-seasoned cask to create its distinctive style – complex, with a natural deep copper colour, and rich and intense character defined by dried fruits, ginger, wood spice and cinnamon.

This highly collectable release of only 465 bottles is available from December 2017 in select locations worldwide including the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa; as well as exclusive airport retail stores and The Macallan Distillery. A small number of bottles will also be available through The Macallan Online Shop in 2018 with delivery to selected countries. We will be in touch early next year with further details.



K&L California Whisky News: Featuring A Trio of Sovereign Bottlings for the Holidays – Scotch Whisky News


It’s that time of the year again; the lead up to the Christmas season when I like to do a special whisky offer in a trio. In the past it’s been Four Roses barrels (the three gifts of the magi), but for 2017 I’m bringing you three very special barrels using code names to hide their true identities. In order to understand the secret contained inside each very special Sovereign bottle, you have to understand a bit about how the Scotch industry works and what teaspooning means. There’s a long history of barrel trading and brokering between blenders and distilleries in Scotland, and some producers are very protective of their name brand. As you’ve likely noticed, we’ve been able to secure single cask selections from top names like Bowmore, Caol Ila, and Highland Park over the years, and those distilleries allow us to use the name, but others take more drastic measures. By adding a teaspoon of a second single malt whisky into the barrel, the whisky instantly becomes a blended malt rather than a single malt, rendering the labeling of that whisky as a single distillery illegal. Hence, all these whiskies say “Blended Malt” rather than “Single Malt” and we’ve used code names to refer to each edition.

 1997 Hector Macbeth 20 Year Old “K&L Exclusive – Sovereign” Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky – $99.99

This 20 year old Hector MacBeth single barrel comes from one of the Grant family’s famous Glens and it only takes one sip of this rich, supple, and oak-laden whisky to instantly recognize that classic profile. While the 21 year old distillery version of this whisky will run you $150 or more, this cask strength, single barrel 20 year old release offers a serious bang for your buck proposition in exchange for the anonymity. The initial flavors are oily with vanilla and sweet resin and brandied peaches, moving quickly into concentrated oak, toasted barley, and creme brulee. The finish is dry and spicy and at 56.4% the heat is on! Of the three Sovereign teaspooned casks we have to offer this December, the Hector MacBeth is the darkest, oakiest, and most concentrated of the bunch and when you taste it there’s really no doubt about where it was made. You’ve seen the ubiquitous green tins for the 12 year lining the major liquor stores and airport duty free shelves all over the world, the mark of the deer above the distillery name. This is a 20 year old, single barrel cask strength edition of that classic Highland profile for a cool $99.99. Why the deal? Because of the small teaspoon of a second whisky added into it. I’ll take that deal every time, however. I’m guessing at least 200 other fans of the Glen will take the plunge with me.

We have to be very careful revealing the source of this particular barrel as we got in trouble last time around from the distillery, who wanted to know where we had tracked it down and how it made its way into our hands! All I can tell you for right now is that it was made by one of the most famous producers in the Speyside and that it tastes every bit as soft, creamy, succulent, and refined as all of the official distillery releases. If you’re a classic Highland fan who loves the purity of single malt that tastes like fruit, barley, oak, and spice, then you’re going to treasure this bottle. It’s simply Scotch whisky perfection without gimmicks, barrel enhancements, or any other unnecessary additions.


1995 John McCrae 22 Year Old “K&L Exclusive – Sovereign” Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky – $99.99

This round, luscious, soft-textured 22-year-old malt whisky is from Scotland’s Speyside region, made at a very famous distillery renowned for its doublewood expressions and its famed wooden blending vats, sometimes referred to as tuns. While there’s no sherry maturation in this single hogshead, this whisky is grace and elegance defined: golden grains, supple vanilla, richly-textured stone fruit, and generous oak on the finish. Independent casks from this distillery are almost never available, making this John McCrae a true rarity for those in the know.

Those of you who just bought our 24 year old Old Particular cask on pre-order, might also want to have a look at this special 11 year old mystery barrel from “William Hepburn” as both ultimately emanate from the same place. This 11 year old edition is distilled Highland refinement in a bottle. It’s gorgeous from front to back, no frills, nothing out of the ordinary, just classic sweet stone fruit, grains, vanilla, oak, and malt flavor at full proof with no water added. The only thing that’s been added is a teaspoon of a second malt whisky, rendering this barrel a “blended malt” rather than a single malt. That means 99.99999999% of it is from….William Hepburn….and the other .000000001% is from somewhere else. That’s why the price is so good. I’ll take the secret deal over the expensive brand name every day of the week.


2006 William Hepburn 11 Year Old K&L Exclusive “Sovereign” Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky $49.99

This 11 year old William Hepburn comes from a distillery in the Speyside known for its sherry matured 12 year and 18 year old editions, as well as its Fine Oak collection. While recently offering up a Classic Cut higher proof edition, rarely do we see non-sherried editions of this whisky at full proof. Despite the 56.9% ABV, the renowned elegance of this distillery shines through here with soft stone fruits (pears and nectarines), supple vanilla, and creamy malt flavor highlighted with oak spices on the finish. Highland whisky fans will be thrilled with the bolder, more concentrated edition of a classic profile. Fans of the big Mac will rejoice, snagging a serious discount with this teaspooned edition.

Until next time!

- David Driscoll, K&L Assistant Head Buyer


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