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Loch Fyne Whiskies 🧨 Get into the Chinese New Year Spirit! – Scotch Whisky News

Get into the Chinese New Year spirit!

Raise a toast to the Year of the Ox with one of these exceptional whiskies, featuring special bottlings from Johnnie Walker and Glenfiddich. Or try something new with Ming River Baijiu: a classic Chinese spirit that won’t be like anything you’ve ever tried before…

Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Year of the Ox
£224.00

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John Walker & Sons
King George V
£550.00

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society “January Outturn alert” – Scotch Whisky News

The wait is almost over! The January Outturn is nearly here, ready to kick off a new year of flavour exploration. We are only a couple of days away from being able to deliver whiskies to our members in Europe again, so we have decided to hold off from releasing the Outturn until we can all share it together. The full Outturn will now go on sale to all members at 12 noon (UK time) on Tuesday, 19 January.

In the meantime you can head over to our website and browse the bottlings. We have a whirlwind of 29 new casks for you to dive into, featuring a mouth-watering array of Flavour Profiles. Will you start 2021 with some familiar flavours, or try something a bit more adventurous?

Apologies, but we need to add a short delay to the release of the January Outturn. We want to include our EU members in the launch but during testing, we discovered a glitch in the new payment system we’ve set up especially for them post Brexit. The extra time will allow us to resolve the issue.

Many thanks for your understanding and patience, we hope you’ll agree that it is worth the wait to be able to allow all members to enjoy our new bottlings. Sharing has always been at the heart of everything we do.

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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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A “Blink-and-You’ll-Miss-It” Single Cask Whiskey from Clear Creek – K&L California Whiskey News

A “Blink-and-You’ll-Miss-It” Single Cask Whiskey from Clear Creek
Clear Creek McCarthy’s “Hard Water Exclusive” Single Barrel #168 Cask Strength Oregon Single Malt Whiskey (750ml) ($89.99)
“We can’t imagine having found a better barrel ourselves.” — David Othenin-Girard, K&L SoCal Buyer

NOTE: Our walk-in retail locations are currently closed. We have curbside pickup and low cost (often 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.

It’s been nearly a decade since we last offered a cask strength bottling from McCarthy’s. This is not for lack of trying but is a testament to just how in-demand these category-defining whiskies are. As a result of bar closures, one of our favorite whisky bars in San Francisco, Hard Water, could not take their exclusive allocation of this coveted spirit. While we would have much preferred to have enjoyed this single malt while taking in the view at Pier 3 along the Embarcadero, circumstances make it possible for us to offer it here. At full proof, this incredible single malt really shows its outsized personality. We could go on and on, but we will simply summarize by saying this is American single malt at its very best. If you’ve ever enjoyed a bottle of McCarthy’s, then you absolutely must pick this one up. And if true Scotch is your thing, we urge you to compare this beauty against your favorite Islay—to say it holds its own would be an understatement. There’s no way this whiskey will be around for long, so make sure to get a jump on it before it is gone for good.

Clear Creek McCarthy’s “Hard Water Exclusive” Single Barrel #168 Cask Strength Oregon Single Malt Whiskey (750ml) ($89.99)

The wonderful McCarthy’s Single Malt whisky has been a staple on our shelves since Steve McCarthy first thought to import Scottish peated malt and distill the grain on his little Holstein pot still. Steve is one of the godfathers of American craft distilling and fired up his first still to make pear eau-de-vie in 1985. His interesting idea to blend very smoky spirits with active air-dried Oregon oak is one of the great revelations in craft whisky. In so many ways, Steve was ahead of his time. We were lucky years ago to bottle their first cask strength barrel for K&L and we’re just as proud to have this exceptional barrel in stock. That first barrel we did, all those years ago, pissed more people off than perhaps any other special bottling we’ve done to date. Steve was only filling a couple of barrels a year and so our one barrel depleted the entire country’s stock for the year by half. Our friends at Hard Water in San Francisco selected this special cask and while it’s not nearly as impossible to get a single barrel of McCarthy’s now, this is the only one they’ve bottled for California at cask strength. We’re sad that things are such that Hard Water isn’t able to sell this barrel themselves, but we’re honored to be able to share it with the world. We can’t imagine having found a better barrel ourselves. It was bottled at cask strength of 111.2 proof without chillfiltration on February 3rd, 2020.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 13, 2021

We’ve always had a great relationship with Clear Creek and that’s not changed since Steve McCarthy handed over the reins to Hood River Distillers back in 2014. While we’ve consistently stocked the regular whisky and the excellent eau-de-vie, we’ve not been offered the opportunity to sell cask strength single barrel McCarthy in nearly a decade. So when I got a call from the distributor that one of our favorite bars in San Francisco wasn’t able to take their barrel due to restaurant closures, I jumped at the chance to help. Of course, we tasted the whisky before buying it and were quickly reminded of what we loved all those years ago about the cask strength version of this special distillate. At full proof, there’s an added depth and weight that’s simply lost when brought to proof. The color is deep copper. The nose is a gorgeous mixture of sweet oak spice, mesquite smoke, espresso bean, ripe plums and hints of salinity. It’s smoke but not as obviously peated as the standard release, showing a lot more oak influence in a good way. On the palate the opposite is true. A slightly Band-Aid-y but much more obvious peat comes rushing straight through the center of the palate at first with the sweet oak and bold spice kicking up behind. The palate is relatively oily and round but the bold spice is nearly as strong as the peat. With a drop of water this gorgeous spirit finally relinquishes some of the spice and the whole thing seems to open up quite perfectly. More obvious malt, some citrus and earthy smoke on the nose now. A perfectly balanced peat on the palate with a clear line to Islay now, showing some more yellow citrus and much more salinity. This is incredibly good whisky considering the age and offers a glimpse of what American craft distillers could be doing if they followed in the footsteps of the category’s founders. Some might enjoy the overt woodiness straight out of the bottle, which is nicely balanced and not at all astringent, but with water we start to really see this thing click into gear. A great barrel and hopefully one of more to come in the future.

Welcoming back an Old Perth friend – Scotch Whisky News

Old Perth Blended Malt

An Old Friend

The Scottish city of Perth was historically the home of many a whisky company. It was the blending capital of the world where great whisky brands were created however, as the companies moved away, Perth became the forgotten whisky city.

Relaunching early January 2021, Old Perth is a range of Blended Malt Scotch Whiskies. The range exclusively uses sherry-matured malt from a selection of Scotland’s finest distilleries, located in the Glenlivet region of Speyside. The desire of the Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers team is that their whisky, Old Perth, will help restore the tradition of blending great whiskies in Perth, Scotland.

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Part III, The Finale of our GlenAllachie Trilogy is here – Scotch Whisky News

TyndrumWhisky.com

Brings you our GlenAllachie Trilogy

Part III

After two releases, this third and final release takes the best of part I & II.

All we’re saying is – Buy It.

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An Exclusive Caol Ila 10 Year Old at Strikingly Low Price – K&L California Scotch Whisky News

A Most Memorable Islay Malt at a Ridiculous Price
2010 Islay Strait (Caol Ila) 10 Year Old “Sovereign” K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Finish Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($69.99)
“… this is one of the biggest scores we’ve had in a while.”
— David Othenin-Girard, K&L SoCal Spirits Buyer

NOTE: Our walk-in retail locations are currently closed. We have curbside pickup and low cost (often 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.

One of the truly great distilleries of Islay is Caol Ila. The string of casks from them that we’ve presented over the years has served to burnish their impeccable reputation, making them strong favorites among our customers. You can add to this long line of incredible casks the 2010 Islay Strait (Caol Ila) 10 Year Old “Sovereign.” A “teaspooned” rendition, it is one of the most unique offerings we’ve had the pleasure to taste. Because a touch of Bunnahabhain has been added to this cask, we are able to offer it for a meager price, making it one of the sharper Scotch buys on our shelves. Smokey and with Caol Ila’s trademark fruitiness, this malt takes wonderfully to its sherry cask influence. A hauntingly seductive dram, it shows a delightful interplay of sweet and savory tones. 10-year-olds from Caol Ila are often priced well above the $100 mark, so finding this one for $70 is quite remarkable. Any fan of Caol Ila will want to experience this one-of-a-kind expression. As with all of our cask exclusives, there’s never enough to go around, so make sure to act quickly to add this beauty to your collection.

2010 Islay Strait (Caol Ila) 10 Year Old “Sovereign” K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Finish Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($69.99)

Anyone who has taken the ferry to the Isle of Islay from Kennacraig to Port Askaig has seen this special distillery from a unique vantage point. As you motor up the Islay Strait to the port the ferry begins a big sweeping turn into the harbor and you get a spectacular view off the starboard side of Caol Ila’s warehouses and massive distillery. It’s a special introduction to the spectacular beauty of Islay. If you were to skip the port and carry on up the strait you would find Bunnahabhain, and so it was a natural choice for the teaspoon of liquid gold we needed to add to the cask and bring the price of this 10-year-old down far below the $100 mark. Caol Ila’s natural fruity and smoky profile meshes wonderfully with a sherry butt finish that adds an impressive dark color and nutty flavor to a perennial favorite.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 05, 2021

The simple fact that we can get and sell Caol Ila over 10 years old for less than $70 as a cask strength single barrel makes us take notice. Islay’s unsung giant, the Caol Ila distillery looks out of the Straits of Islay, offering one of the most impeccable views from any still house in the world. Finished for some time in a nice sherry butt, likely one reused from another bottling rather than one of those seasoned ones, this Caol Ila is the perfect contrast to the linear, saline-driven version we bottled with Old Particular this year. Several of my customers have mentioned that it reminds them of peated sherried Bunnahabhain and I have to say I must agree. Indeed, there is some Bunnah in this little blend, but not enough to augment the character of this special barrel. The color is an inviting russet. The nose offers a great mixture of peat and sherry that doesn’t lean too heavily on either element. Bacon smoke, leather, ignited citrus oils, fresh innertube—very savory but not that hit of ocean or peat you might expect. On the palate—this is where it hits! Bit burning bunches of moss, chocolate orange truffle, black pepper, finally some saltiness as the finish grows. The spirit is quite fat and lengthy. With water, we lose some of the savory bacon notes on the nose, now more orange and spice. Big sweetness on the palate now and it remains extremely expressive and bold, with a tingly spicy finish. I love it both ways, but I’m going to lean toward straight.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2021

This particular bottling is perhaps one of the starkest examples of why we teaspooned so many casks this year. Ten-year-old cask strength Caol Ila (without the sherry finish) should cost at least 90 or 100 bucks. Add in a healthy sherry influence and you’re likely talking $120-$150 through normal channels with today’s tariffs. Our close partnerships and a teaspoon of Bunna have tanked the price of this dram to $70/btl. Irrespective of price, the whisky itself is perfect. It’s got tons of salt and smoke on the nose stirred together with the attendant scents of a fresh baked mixed berry pie. The palate is big and rich for a 10-year-old thanks to the fine sherry finish. Orange marmalade and toast with salted butter showcase classic Caol Ila character. A bit of burnt bacon fat jibes with cut apples and just a bit of the fine, humid woody smell of a dunnage warehouse. It’s a complex 10-year-old from one of the most important distilleries in Scotland, all at a truly unbeatable price point. The only thing that’s not to love is there is only one cask of it.

Lost Distillery Caledonian at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Caledonian 39 Year Old 1980

Closed in 1988 and demolished, this is a rare release from this lost Lowland, Edinburgh Distillery. Only 111 hand-blown decanters bottled August 2020. Matured in a single cask Refill American hogshead #92569, bottled 54.4%. Caledonian 39 Year Old 1980 vintage Lowland single grain Scotch whisky. Single cask Refill American hogshead #92569. Distilled 3rd August 1990 & bottled 13th August 2020 by Gordon & MacPhail for the Private Collection series. Just 111 hand-blown crystal decanters have been produced.

Aroma Sweet pineapple and baked apple aromas are complemented by hints of beeswax polish. Soft cane sugar comes to the fore alongside white chocolate and vanilla pod.

Taste Soft black pepper and cocoa powder flavours lead to sweet, dried mango. Subtle notes of candied lime and mouth-warming ginger transform into fresh banana bread.

Finish Long lasting and vibrant with lingering fruit and soft pepper on the finish.

In its day the Caledonian Distillery was a huge business located at the west end of Princess Street in in the heart of the city of Edinburgh. Founded by Menzies, Bernard and Craig in 1855 complete with its own huge railway yard which sat next to the Edinburgh to Glasgow railway line. At the time of opening the Caledonian’s grain whisky was in demand for the newly developed whisky blending business and was used by Andrew Usher a pioneer of the technique. Closed in 1988 the site was cleared and redeveloped for housing and business use.

£1,100  / €1,223  / usd$1,239 / cad$1,900*

New Year = New Whiskies From Whiskies of the World – Irish Whiskey News

NEW YEAR = NEW DRAMS

Start 2021 with your new favorite whiskies straight from the Emerald Isle as part of our first-ever Irish Whiskey Experience. Early bird pricing at $75 available till January 28. Limited quantities available. Grab yours today before it’s too late!

FEATURED WHISKIES INCLUDE:
Bushmills Original
Bushmills Red Bush
Bushmills Black Bush
Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt
Bushmills 16 Year Old Single Malt
Bushmills 21 Year Old Single Malt
Bushmills 12 Year Old Single Malt
Bushmills Causeway Collection
Proper No. Twelve
The Sexton Single Malt Whiskey

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Relaunch of Old Perth Whisky – Pre Order Open Now at Tyndrum Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Available for Pre Order

Relaunch of Old Perth

The relaunched Old Perth is a range of Blended Malt Scotch Whisky – will restore tradition by blending in Perth and exclusively using sherry matured malt from a selection of Scotland’s finest distilleries, located in the Glenlivet region of Speyside.

OLD PERTH THE ORIGINAL £31.50

The relaunched Old Perth is a range of Blended Malt Scotch Whisky which will restore tradition by blending in Perth and exclusively using sherry matured malt from a selection of Scotland’s finest distilleries, located in the Glenlivet region of Speyside.

The Original has sophisticated sherry-sweet tones and subtle spice at the heart, giving way to warm dried fruits and honeyed cloves.

Non chill filtered, no added colour.

The Old Perth Original is setup to be a malt drinker’s everyday dram.

From Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers.

OLD PERTH CASK STRENGTH £41.00

The Cask Strength in The relaunched Old Perth is a range of Blended Malt Scotch Whisky – will restore tradition by blending in Perth and exclusively using sherry matured malt from a selection of Scotland’s finest distilleries, located in the Glenlivet region of Speyside.

The Cask Strength has an earthy palate with ginger and cinnamon spice, this unadulterated whisky is bottled at cask strength to reveal a full bodied aroma.

Non chill filtered, no added colour.

The Old Perth range is setup to be a malt drinker’s everyday dram.

From Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers.

BUNNAHABHAIN DISTILLERY 23 Year Old 1997 The Golden Cask Exclusive at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

BUNNAHABHAIN DISTILLERY 23 Year Old 1997 The Golden Cask Exclusive

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old

Exclusive 1997 vintage from the Golden Cask. 52.3% for a very tasty £135!

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1997 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Single bourbon cask #CM265 bottled October 2020 by House of Macduff for the Golden Cask series. 277 numbered bottles exclusive to The Whisky Barrel.

Nose: Peat smoke, brine, pineapple, cinnamon, creme brulee.

Taste: Sea salt, bonfire smoke, vanilla ice cream, ripe banana, sea air.

Finish: Long and oily, with more salt and smoke and pineapple.

Bunnahabhain Distillery was established in 1881 on the north eastern tip of the Isle of Islay by the shore of Bunnahabhain Bay and overlooking the Sound of Islay. All the building materials were transported by puffer and unloaded at the distillery pier. Now tucked away at the end of the single track ‘main’ road with spectacular scenery all the way. Bunnahabhain Distillery is equipped with four huge pear shaped stills and produces Scottish malt whisky which is released in blends and in single malt and single cask bottlings. A participant in Feis Ile, the annual Islay Festival of Malt and Music. Core editions include Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old and 18 Year Old.

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