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Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Canada July 2018 Outturn – Scotch Whisky News

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July Outturn brings whisky of the finest pedigree with six new single casks with distinguished character. Discover the divine diversity of these rare breeds and follow your nose to flavour.

CASK NO. 9.126  ICE CREAM IN AN ORCHARD

11 years old; refill barrel; 56.7%; Spicy & sweet

Sweetly fragrant like orchard blossom, violets and roses. Then spiced apples and plums with a waxy finish of mint ice cream and vanilla.

CASK NO. 112.19  QUIRKY, KOOKY, FUNKY

17 years old; 2nd fill barrel; 56.2%; Juicy, oak & vanilla

The nose combines cereal, grass and lemon puffs with putty, paint and cigar ash. The palate is sweet and viscous with funky features.

CASK NO. 93.79  OILED UP AND FRISKY

10 years old; 1st fill barrel; 56.9%; Young & spritely

The sweet oiliness of walnuts and clotted cream combines with a frisky freshness as spearmint meets with cloves, cinnamon and baked apple pie.

CASK NO. 36.135  EXOTIC, EXCITING, EDGY

19 years old; refill barrel; 56.7%; Spicy & sweet

Indian spiced salad, Caribbean spiced gulab jamun followed by bird’s nest soup and Moroccan pickled aubergines – clearly out of the ordinary.

CASK NO. 10.125  CHARRED STICKS IN A HONEY POT

9 years old; refill barrel; 61.1%; Lightly peated

Mineralic crushed flint combined pink wafer biscuits and salted pistachio nuts beside the charred embers of a bonfire doused in runny honey.

CASK NO. 53.244  VANILLA CHIMNEY STACKS

7 years old; refill hogshead; 58.8%; Peated

Delightfully sweet – tinned fruit cocktail and custard tarts with chestnuts being roasted on a driftwood bonfire beside salty sea waves.

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Macallan “The Dark Side of Crystal” – Scotch Whisky News

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A DEEP AND SMOKY CHARACTER

Crafted to reflect the diverse history of The Macallan single malt and house a subtly smoky Macallan, M Black is the latest and most complex release in The Macallan Decanter Series. It celebrates the mastery, creativity and character that defines the very heart of The Macallan’s single malt.

An evolution of the iconic M Decanter, M Black continues the collaboration between three masters of their crafts: The Macallan, Fabien Baron and Lalique. At the heart of Baron’s design vision are the six facets of the decanter that pay homage to the Six Pillars foundation stones that define the character of The Macallan.

Fashioned in the highest-grade black crystal for the first time, and crafted from a very limited number of casks, The Macallan M Black tells its own story of exceptional cask ageing and the commitment taken to nurture and mature The Macallan spirit.

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A NEW RELEASE OF THE BELOVED BALVENIE “PEAT WEEK” AT K&L CALIFORNIA – Scotch Whisky News

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Another cracking smoky whisky from the newly beloved Peat Week series by The Balvenie. For one week every year, The Balvenie Distillery closes normal operations and distills exclusively heavily peated malt. The peat itself is different from the stuff you’d find on Islay because the organic composition differs from region to region. The terrestrial peats of the highland are composed of shrubs, heather, and other highland greenery that have lower phenol levels than the bogs of Islay. Balance is made up by guaiacol and non-phenolic smoke elements. The resulting whisky is something totally different from what the average Balvenie drinker might be expecting, yet familiar in some respects. The backbone of sweet heather and honey wraps around the earthy smoke perfectly. The sweet vanillins of the 100% American oak soften the kick of the remaining phenols and add nuance to spicy guaiacols perfectly. The higher proof and non-chill filtration provide texture, depth and richness. This is definitely peaty, but there’s so much else going on here that I’d imagine even the most sensitive palate would appreciate it. One of our favorite yearly releases and one of the most innovative products on the market, proving that the sometimes stodgy Scotch industry still has some tricks up its sleeve after all.

2003 Balvenie 14 Year “Peat Week” Vintage Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)

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EXCLUSIVE SINGLE CASK STUNNERS FROM DICKEL AT K&L CALIFORNIA – American Whiskey News

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It was this past September that we last received a shipment of single barrel exclusives from George Dickel. While not technically bourbon, these Tennessee whiskeys immediately grabbed the attention of wheated bourbon fans — revealing much the same profile as the most coveted bottlings in this category, but without cracking the $50 mark. Sweet, rich, and high proofed, they are precisely what the discerning bourbon drinker is looking for. As we anticipated, they flew out the door, so we’ve gone back and secured three more barrels. This set is every bit as impressive as the first, and are truly astounding finds — especially when you consider their price-to-quality ratio. By their very nature, quantities are super limited, so don’t wait too long to pick up these exclusive stunners.

Another recent arrival is the truly stunning Balvenie “Peat Week.” An outlier in Balvenie’s portfolio, this bold and smoky concoction is not some clever marketing ploy, but a truly unique expression from a distillery that’s made its name with subtle and nuanced Scotches. Consistently one of our favorite annual releases, this year’s expression is heavenly. It is crafted in a way that will appeal to longtime Balvenie fans, as well as the most ardent followers of Ardbeg, which is to say, it shows the perfect amount of smoke without masking the underlying complexity for which Balvenie is so well known.

And for our gin aficionados, we have available the much-lauded Malacca from Tanqueray. This Old Tom style was an underground success when it was released in 1997 until its mothballing a few short years later. Thankfully, with the rise of interest in artisanal gins, Tanqueray decided to reintroduce their delightful take on Old Tom. Citrusy, fresh, and with a soft approach, it is perfect for anyone who is on the hunt for the perfect mixing gin that also drinks beautifully on its own.

EXCLUSIVE SINGLE CASK STUNNERS FROM DICKEL

When you talk to passionate bourbon drinkers today, most of them are looking for the rich, sweet, boldly flavored, high-proof editions that seem to have completely evaporated from today’s market. Part of the reason the Van Winkle expressions (and the Weller bourbons by default) became so beloved, besides the pull of pop culture, has to do with their sweeter profile due to the lack of rye grain in the mash bill as a balance. While not technically categorized as bourbon (even though it qualifies as such, Dickel goes by Tennessee whiskey), the distillery’s high corn, low rye mash of 84% corn, 8% rye and 8% malted barley results in a whiskey brimming with sweetness and lighter on the peppery and herbaceous elements. The only thing that’s ever kept Dickel from becoming the next big thing in the American whiskey scene is the low proof, but that’s where the company’s single barrel program comes in. Each K&L selected single cask of Dickel comes with a 9-year age statement and 51.5% ABV, dialing up the sweetness and sending serious bourbon fans into a frenzy.

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George Dickel “K&L Exclusive” 9 Year Old Single Barrel #L8040K1007 Tennessee Whiskey (750ml) ($44.99)

Barrel K1007 is bold and spicy on the nose but big, sweet, and woody on the palate. This Tennessee Whiskey has the smooth finish you’d expect from its more famous cousin, bourbon.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 20, 2018

If you’ve loved the previous Dickel selections we’ve bottled, this is a worthy follow up. It’s big, bold, and spicy but with the classically smooth finish you want from Dickel. That spice is like you’ve mixed cinnamon and clove together with fresh saw dust. It’s beautiful and full and the perfect playmate for many different cocktails, especially those with a sweet vermouth.

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George Dickel “K&L Exclusive” 9 Year Old Single Barrel #08D09F70415 Tennessee Whiskey (750ml) ($44.99)

Barrel 0415 is amazingly different from the majority of the Dickel barrels we have selected. There is a fruity component here that you just don’t often see in Bourbon (or Tennessee whiskey). In a way it seems to drink backwards from the other Dickel selections. It begins sweet, floral, and compels you to linger on the nose. The palate shows that signature smooth sweetness, and then Wham! the spice on the finish brings it all together.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 20, 2018

This is the most compelling of the Dickel Barrels to date. It’s noticeably different from anything else we’ve bottled before. While many single barrels are a riff on a theme, the nose here just jumps out as being wildly different. It’s fruity, intense, a bit floral, and is the kind of whiskey you’d be happy to nose all night long. The only problem with that plan is that it is so big, full, and rich on the palate that you’d be missing out on the sweet profile and long clean finish.

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George Dickel “K&L Exclusive” 9 Year Old Single Barrel #L7233K1007 Tennessee Whiskey (750ml) ($44.99)

Barrel #1007 is the corniest of the bunch (in a good way) with lots of sweet grainy aromas and notes of buttered popcorn with baking spices on the palate. It’s never sweet or overtly rich, however, in spite of those characteristics. The finish is spicy and lively with hints of barrel char and rich oak that linger for minutes. It’s a whiskey for those looking for bourbon-like alternatives that still retain their favorite flavors.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

George Dickel is like your favorite musician. Any album they put out you just have to listen to because they’re all so damn good. This new barrel is no exception. It might be because I’ve been drinking so much of it that the twists and turns a new barrel brings stand out in interesting ways, but I think this is the best barrel of the season (and I’m afraid our last for a while). There is a darker caramel note here – almost fudge like. The wood spice takes a back seat to the sweetness of the corn itself. Endlessly smooth and still peppy at 103 proof, this is another home run.

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The Glenlivet Code at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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$126.28

ABV: 48.0%
BOTTLER: Distillery
REGION: Speyside

Glenlivet Code Speyside single malt Scotch whisky. Limited edition for you to crack the whisky’s combination of aromas and flavours. *LIMIT OF 1 BOTTLE PER CUSTOMER* Having out-grown his distillery at Upper Drumin George Smith built a new distillery in 1858 at Minore just short distance upstream of the River Livet and which he opened the following year and named Glenlivet Distillery. During the 1850s the Edinburgh firm of Andrew Usher produced the first vatting of malt whiskey from a single distillery using a number of different vintages of Glenlivet whiskey. Following expansion in 2010 this distillery is now equipped with fourteen stills making it one of the largest malt whiskey distilleries in Scotland. The range includes Glenlivet Founders Reserve and Nadurra.

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THE MACALLAN REVEALS LATEST LIMITED-EDITION WHISKY: EDITION NO.4 – Scotch Whisky News

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THE MACALLAN REVEALS LATEST LIMITED-EDITION WHISKY: EDITION NO.4

AN EMBODIMENT OF THE NEW SPEYSIDE DISTILLERY

New York, July 11, 2018 – The Macallan has unveiled Edition No.4 – a new limited-edition whisky. The fourth release in the innovative Edition Series, Edition No.4 embodies the craftsmanship and pioneering design of the new Macallan Distillery in Speyside, Scotland, which opened in June 2018. The liquid  demonstrates the mastery of whisky making on the estate since 1824 and is another exceptional example of The Macallan’s dedication to quality.

Edition No.4 explores the whisky making process, exposing the detail of its creation for true transparency. This limited-edition whisky has been shaped by the use of incomparable oak casks, which are the single greatest contributor to the outstanding quality, natural colors and distinctive aromas and flavors of The Macallan. Nick Savage, The Macallan’s Master Distiller, has handpicked casks to reflect a modern flavor profile while staying true to The Macallan Sherry-seasoned oak casks maturation.

The meticulous attention to detail and quality in the oak cask selection brings different dimensions as each cask imparts its own influence to the whisky, delivering surprising aromas and character. Crafted from a combination of European and American oak casks, Edition No.4 presents a zesty, vibrant and invigorating single malt that brings notes of rounded honey, sweet toffee and citrus fruits.

While previous releases, Edition No.1 and Edition No.2, highlighted the influence each cask has on the taste and flavor of the whisky, Edition No.3 provided an insight into the aromas. Edition No.4 stands out by revealing the structure of the whisky, drawing parallels on how the new Macallan Distillery is constructed, and showcases the lengths The Macallan goes to when creating single malts.

Taking inspiration from the structure of the new distillery, Edition No.4 exposes the role of each cask in the making of the whisky. European oak Sherry-seasoned casks from Tevasa provide the foundation, contributing rich notes of dried fruit and delivering a layer of wood spices and root ginger, while European oak Sherry-seasoned casks from Jose y Miguel Martin and Diego Martin Rosado shape the form of the whisky, offering notes of dried fruit, dates and figs.  American oak Sherry-seasoned casks from Vasyma balance the structure, imparting vanilla, toffees and butterscotch. The capstone which completes the composition is represented through refill sherry-seasoned oak casks, bringing the bright, lively character of citrus fruits.

Nick Savage, The Macallan Master Distiller, notes: “Edition No.4 is a celebration of The Macallan’s whisky making heritage as we enter an exciting new era, marking the coming together of our history and new horizons in the creation of two structural masterpieces: a remarkable whisky and a magnificent new distillery.”

With an ABV of 48.4% and a natural color of burnished copper, Edition No.4 is a distinct whisky that pushes the boundaries of innovation and reflects the passion, traditions and craftsmanship that goes into the art of the perfect cask selection.

The Edition No.4 limited edition pack featuring a hand signed print of The Macallan Distillery by Magnum photographer Paolo Pellegrin will be available in select retailers across the US as of July 2018 for a SRP of $100.

For further information visit: https://www.themacallan.com/

Tasting notes:

Color: Burnished copper  

Nose: Bold and rounded honey with a sweet toffee apple note. Orange zest follows a background of ginger and nutmeg. Robust, polished matured oak comes at the end in contrast to the subtle green wood and floral undertones.

Palate: Nutmeg with wood spices and green cloves open up immediately, with a calm following the intense beginnings, leaving a sweet and vanilla viscous mouth coating.

Finish: Fruity with oaky sweetness, long and lasting.

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About The Macallan

Founded in 1824 in the heart of Speyside, The Macallan is one of the world’s’ most admired and awarded single malt whiskies. The reputation of The Macallan is based on a product of outstanding quality and distinctive character, founded upon a set of guiding principles, the Six Pillars. An unrivalled obsession with quality has been the hallmark of The Macallan since its’ founding by Alexander Reid on a plateau above the river Spey in north-east Scotland. The distillery is surrounded by the 390 acre Macallan estate, with Easter Elchies House at its center, a Highland Manor built in 1700.

For more information visit www.us.themacallan.com. The Macallan can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Old Tullymet Scotch Whisky at The Party Source – Scotch Whisky News

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Old Tullymet Scotch Whisky – A truly historic Scotch whisky, with roots dating back over 200 years, this blend takes its name from the now-shuttered Tullymet Highland Single Malt Distillery (originally Auchnagie Distillery).  A key malt component in the famous blending giant, Dewar’s, Tullymet quickly gained notoriety for outstanding quality, but could not keep up with demand.  That same quality continues today with this affordable blend containing a high percentage of single malt – at least 25%.  With loads of dried fruits, nuts, vanilla, and warm baking spices, it’s a fruitcake in a glass.  Enjoy neat, on the rocks, or in a highball with a twist of lemon.  Slainte!

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society July Update: Numbers dwindling – Scotch Whisky News

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JULY OUTTURN UPDATE

Numbers from this month’s Outturn are dwindling, hunt down your favourite flavour before these rare breeds become extinct. To help keep you on track, here are some tasty targets to aim for – order now to avoid disappointment.

THE CHARLIE MACLEAN MASTERCLASS

Charlie MacLean joined the Society at its outset in the early 1980s and became a chair of the Tasting Panel in 1992. This July we’re celebrating our long-standing relationship with Charlie and reflecting on his involvement with us as we discuss his journey with whisky.

Throughout the month, Charlie will be sharing his extensive knowledge in the form of whisky masterclass videos, helping you experience our exceptional single cask,single malt whiskies
at their best.

First up, he explains how to approach the Society’s cask strength bottlings.

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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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The Whisky Barrel Release STRATHCLYDE 30 YEAR OLD 1988 GLASGOW GARDEN FESTIVAL #62125 – Scotch Whisky News

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The Whisky Barrel releases their latest exclusive bottling, 

Specialist online whisky shop, TheWhiskyBarrel.com, is proud to release an exclusive single grain Scotch whisky from Strathclyde Grain Distillery to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Glasgow Garden Festival.

The Garden Festival took place in Glasgow between the 26th of April and 26th of September 1988 and attracted over four million visitors. It was one of the five National Garden Festivals and the only one in Scotland.

The National Garden Festivals were based on the German post-war ‘Bundesgartenschau’ idea for reclaiming large areas of disused or neglected land in cities. The Glasgow site is now home to the Glasgow Science Centre and a digital media village on the banks of the River Clyde.

Strathclyde Grain Distillery sits within the Gorbals district of Glasgow, just along the River Clyde from where the Garden Festival took place. The distillery is Glasgow’s only grain distillery but hasn’t always just made grain whiskies. A set of stills was installed in 1956 and the distillery produced a single malt, Kinclaith. In 1975 Strathclyde stopped producing malted whisky and turned to producing grain whisky for blends. There are no official bottlings of Strathclyde or Kinclaith available.

Strathclyde 30 Year Old 1988 is available exclusively from TheWhiskyBarrel.com. Distilled on the 9th of June 1988 and bottled on the 10th of June 2018. Single barrel #62125; there are just 137 bottles available. There will be a restriction of two bottles per customer in the interest of fairness.

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

Strathclyde 30 Year Old Glasgow Garden Festival | 1988 | TheWhiskyBarrel.com| 54.3%

Tasting notes 

Colour: Golden syrup.

Nose: Sweet butterscotch and toffee. 

Taste: Caramelised sugar, rich toffee and Scottish vanilla tablet. 

Finish: Medium dry, satisfying finish with hints of fudge and toffee lingering. 

Price: £130 GBP / $143 USD (+ P&P) 

The Whisky Barrel E: info@thewhiskybarrel.com
Visit www.thewhiskybarrel.com T: +44 (0)845 2248 156
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Q) What is the product called?
A) Strathclyde 30 Year Old 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival

Q) When will this product be released/was it released?
A) Wednesday 11th July 2018.

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

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

Q) How much is it?
A) £130 GBP / $143 USD (+ P&P)

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

Q) What is the ABV of this product?
A) 54.3% 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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The Whisky Barrel releases their latest exclusive bottlings, Irish Single Malt, 14 Year Old, 2003, Exclusive Malts – Irish Whiskey News

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The Whisky Barrel releases their latest exclusive bottlings, Irish Single Malt, 14 Year Old, 2003, Exclusive Malts 

Specialist online whisky shop, TheWhiskyBarrel.com, is proud to release another fantastic Irish Single Malt from a mystery distillery on the Cooley Peninsula in Ireland.

The Irish Single Malt 14 Year Old 2003 is the follow-up to last year’s sell-out sister cask.

The Whisky Barrel has teamed up with The Creative Whisky Company to bring you a second helping of this great malt. Its providence is a secret distillery in Ireland. Single cask whiskey releases from this distillery are rare, making this bottling even more interesting.

Irish whiskey is enjoying a booming resurgence with new distilleries popping up across the Emerald Isle.

Distilled in a refill-sherry Hogshead on the 15th of December 2003, cask number 200503, bottled in June 2018 with an ABV of 50.5%, yields just 264 bottles. This Irish Malt was very popular last year, not least because it is something of an unusual and very interesting product. This new release is more of the same; put simply, a must-try.

The Creative Whisky Company, based in Dumfries & Galloway, bottles a wide range of malt whiskies. The company specialises in Exclusive, single cask, single malt whiskies.

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

Irish Single Malt 14 Year Old | 2003 Exclusive Malts| 50.5%

Tasting notes 

Colour: Copper gold.

Nose: Lots of golden syrup and crisp apples. 

Taste: Crisp green apple peel mixed gently with melted brown sugars. Malt biscuits wrapped up in a sweet melody of tropical fruits, melon and a hint of citrus. Extra weight is brought by the heavy sherry cask influence, adding to the silky mouthfeel. 

Finish: Dry and sweet with a good length. 

Price: £57.14 GBP / $64.43 USD (+ P&P) 

The Whisky Barrel E: info@thewhiskybarrel.com
Visit www.thewhiskybarrel.com T: +44 (0)845 2248 156
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Notes:-

  1. Q) What is the product called?
    A) Irish Single Malt, 14 Year Old, 2003, Exclusive Malts
  2. Q) When will this product be released/was it released?
    A)  Friday 6th of July 2018.Q) Where is it available?
    A) Scotland, off-trade, TheWhiskyBarrel.com.

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

    Q) How much is it?
    A) £57.14 GBP / $64.43 USD (+ P&P)

  1. Q) Who handles the product’s distribution?
    A) In-house at TheWhiskyBarrel.com.

Q) What is the ABV of this product?
A) 50.5% ABV natural cask strength.

  • Q) Why has this product been launched?
    A) Limited Edition single cask bottled exclusively by Berry Bros. & Rudd 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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