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Masterclasses at Whisky Live Singapore 2017 – Whisky News

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Masterclasses at Whisky Live Singapore 2017 (Day 1) – Only valid for Whisky Live Singapore 2017 ticket holders 

Date: 25 November 2017

Organiser: La Maison Du Whisky

Time: 1245-1915

Venue: STPI Gallery, 41 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238236

Where to get your tickets: http://peatix.com/event/307853

Ticket price: $25

**MASTERCLASS TICKETS ARE ONLY VALID FOR WHISKY LIVE SINGAPORE 2017 TICKET HOLDERS**

Meet and learn from the biggest names in the industry in a conducive and entertaining environment with those who share the same interest and passion in whiskies and spirits. Seats are limited to a maximum of 30 for each masterclass.

1245 – 1345: Nikka Masterclass – Further Potential of Coffey Stills with Emiko Kaji, Nikka Whisky International Business Development Manager Following the success of Coffey Grain and Coffey Malt, Nikka is expanding its Coffey range with its signature Coffey Stills. Emiko Kaji, International Business Development Manager, will conduct an in-depth masterclass and tasting session featuring Nikka’s new releases, Coffey Gin & Vodka.

[SOLD OUT] 1415 – 1515: Bruichladdich & Octomore Masterclass – The Eight Series with Chloe Wood, Bruichladdich Ambassador Be the first in Singapore to experience the Octomore 8’s Series, the first-ever full collection by the world’s most heavily peated single malt, presented in Singapore for the very first time by Bruichladdich Brand Ambassador Chloe Wood. A born and bred Ileach (i.e. a person from Islay, Scotland), Chloe is a cornucopia of fascinating tales from the fabled island of peated whiskies, speaking in Singapore for the first time. This will be one session of Octomore firsts that is not to be missed.

1545 – 1630: Old Pulteney Masterclass – “Come take a journey through the Maritime Malt”

Come share the ultimate experience for Scotch whisky enthusiasts with a special guest appearance from the Brand Ambassador of Old Pulteney Single Malt Whisky. Old Pulteney, the world’s best premium single-malt whisky, which obtained top honors at the World Whiskies Awards 2016 as “World’s Best Single Malt Whisky” as well as “World Whisky of the Year” in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible Awards 2012. This exclusive master class will offer whisky enthusiasts an opportunity to try the world’s best single-malt whisky that is unique and distinctive in both taste and character.

1700 – 1745: Kavalan Masterclass – “Beyond your Imagination”

Established in 2005, Kavalan is Taiwan’s first whisky maker and the nation’s only family-owned whisky distillery. While it is now recognised as one of the world’s finest distilleries, 10 years ago Taiwan-made whisky was inconceivable. Dreaming big and thinking laterally has enabled Kavalan to single-handedly create one of the world’s newest whisky-producing nations. Join the Kavalan Masterclass to taste their multi award-winning whiskies and learn more about this incredible journey.

1815 – 1915: Amrut Masterclass – “The Pioneers of Single Malt“ Amrut Single Malt Whisky is a product of many years of research to produce whiskies that match world standards. Whisky manufactured from selected Indian barley grown at the foot of the Himalayas. Whisky matured in unique tropical conditions at an altitude of 3000 feet above sea level in Bangalore, the Garden City of India.

The Whisky Exchange “In Their Own Words – Stewart Buchanan, Glendronach” – Scotch Whisky News

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In Their Own Words – Stewart Buchanan, Glendronach

Glendronach brand ambassador Stewart Buchanan led a great masterclass at this year’s Whisky Exchange Whisky Show in which he delved into the distillery’s past and showed various drams from yesteryear as well as more modern bottlings. This is what he had to say:

Stewart Buchanan, brand ambassador for Glendronach, Benriach and Glenglassaugh

‘Anyone who knows Glendronach will say it’s “sherry, sherry, sherry, sherry, sherry, sherry”, but it wasn’t always that way – we used to use bourbon barrels, too

‘We were the last coal-fired distillery in Scotland – we removed the coal fires in 2005’

‘Glendronach means “valley of the brambles”

Glendronach has a lovely oily nature to the spirit, and there’s also a delicious stewed-barley element, too. ‘In Alfred Barnard’s The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom which was published in the 1880s, he described Glendronach 8 Year Old as “like a brandy liqueur”, and people do tell me that Glendronach has a Cognac-like feel to it’

‘You can fill 100 oloroso sherry casks and leave them to age, and in one of them the whisky will be as light as tea, while the whisky in another will be as dark as Coca-Cola! Some of the oloroso casks we buy are more than 80 years old and they give great complexity’

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Glendronach is known for its big, rich style, accentuated by maturation in ex-sherry casks

We don’t have much of the 33 Year Old left. We’ve only got about three bottles. [Former head honcho] Billy Walker wasn’t happy with us because we drank one of them one day!’

‘A grapefruit note is a great sign of an old, vintage whisky

‘I’m very conscious that what we’re making now, people will be drinking in 40 years’ time

You know life is good when you’re sitting in an armchair with a glass of Glendronach 18 Year Old in your hand’

Ralfy Publishes Ralfy Review #691 – Scotch Whisky News

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Ralfy double-takes on a double-cask with Ralfy Review 691 - Macallan 12yo Double Cask @40%vol:

Tom Foolery Bourbon at K&L California – American Whiskey News

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Tom’s Foolery Bottled In Bond Single Barrel #31 Ohio Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $49.99 View

Tom’s Foolery continues to deliver on the promise of providing ultra high quality craft whiskey at absolutely amazing prices. Tom and Lianne Herbruck are the perfect partners, not only are they the sweetest most down to earth distillers on this continent, they truly care about making the very best possible whiskey the old fashioned way. They’re also super chill so when they sent out this sample of BIB bourbon at just under 5 years old I jumped at the chance to bottle, but I asked if we could push the bottling date till exactly five years, their response was “No problem!” So here we have a wonderful classic Tom’s BIB aged in their unheated warehouse to perfection. It’s got all the robust rich pot still character that we’ve come to expect from Tom, but just one year older. Unlike Kentucky bourbon, which relies on Patent Warehouses to enhance the presence of the oak in the whiskey, the Tom’s whiskey pulls out oak only in the summer and enters a deep freeze in the winter, this oxidative phase adding texture and depth. As usual, this whiskey loves air. The powerful graininess falls away and reveals an exotic bouquet of special teas and rare fruit. This barrel was distilled on May 4th, 2012 from 72% yellow dent corn, 16% winter rye, and 12% malted 6 Row barley. Fermented and distilled in the old Michter’s Jug House system and filled at 120.5 proof into a char 4 barrel from Independent Stave. Harvest proof was 123.13 and Bottled in Bond at 100 proof.

Tom’s Foolery Single Barrel #127 Cask Strength Ohio Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml) $49.99 View

We already know that Tom and Lianne Herbruck make incredible Bourbon and spectacular Apple Jack, but their most exciting product might just be the Rye whiskey. Our first barrel of Rye from Tom’s Foolery was bottled in bond distilled from Rye, Malted, Rye, Corn and a tiny dash of malted barley. That was an experimental mash bill and this one is equally unique. Our first might arguably be described as a Kentucky style rye mash bill; I wanted to explore the possibility of doing something that alluded to the original home of the special stills that created this whiskey. The distillery in Schaefferstown where these stills came from is well east of the Monongahela River valley where once the great whiskey of the same name ruled over nearly all others it, but still cranked out some killer rye. Monongahela existed thanks to hundreds of small scale farm distillers across Pennsylvania and Maryland and would have easily been the most popular and available whiskey in the US before prohibition. Now at Tom’s Foolery, they’re about as close to those old farm distillers as any one in the states today. This awesome whiskey was distilled from 70% local winter rye and 30% malted Canadian rye. After souring and mashing in cooker #2 and four days in their cypress fermenters, it was distilled on Dec 10th, 2012. The distillation yielded 36.4 gal of pure magic at 159.8 proof. Cut to 109.8 proof for barrel entry in a Cooper’s Select Char 4. This whiskey is 4.5 years old and bottled at cask strength.

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Whisky Wednesday Reviews Glen Scotia 25yo – Scotch Whisky News

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Arguably, one of the single greatest whiskies that has ever touched my lips. An all bourbon cask matured, Campbeltown whisky, aged for as long as I’ve existed on the planet and bottled at a higher strength, with no chill filtration and at natural colour. This is one of the best whiskies that I’ve ever come across and by all means, one of the most well balanced as well. A true stunner from the guys and gals at Glen Scotia, their 25YO is to die for. Cheers!

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New Single Barrel of Auchroisk 23 Year at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

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New Single Barrel of Auchroisk 23 Year

While our previous cask of Auchroisk 15 year was a hot deal while it lasted, this advanced and equally brilliant 23 year old edition may have it beat. Absolutely brimming with sweet stone fruit, rock sugar candy, and syrup, this barrel of 53.3% cask strength single malt whisky from Diageo’s Highland distillery brings yet another bang for your buck under the guise of Old Particular. The nose has all the classic aromas of malted barley, vanilla, and oak spices, but it’s the initial blast on the palate where this whisky ultimately shines. Rich and robust on the finish, it’s a classic Scottish malt through and through and the unbeatable price reflects our continued effort to combat the current market forces with affordable, mature, and exciting whiskies straight from the source. If you’re a fan of straight-up single malt, not saturated sherry or super peaty whiskies, but old school, fruit and vanilla-laden Scotch with a rich and supple mouthfeel, then it doesn’t get better than this Auchroisk 23. The Johnnie Walker distillery makes classically flavored whiskies much like its neighbor Benrinnes, loaded with cocktail fruit, sweetness and charm. Any time I can nab a single barrel of 23 year old Highland whisky of this quality (at cask strength, no less) for under $100, I’m going to take that offer. I’m expecting about 200 experienced K&L whisky customers to do the exact same thing.

1994 Auchroisk 23 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) – $89.99

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The 2017 Compass Box “Single Double” at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

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The 2017 Compass Box “Single Double”

At Whiskyfest last week we had the good fortune to meet up with John Glaser of Compass Box and in the snagged a few more bottles of the 2017 version of “The Single Double.” A blend of a single malt from the Glen Elgin distillery and a single grain from Girvan, it masterfully combines decadance with refinement. For fans of Compass Box, this is one whisky you won’t want to miss.

Compass Box “2017 The Double Single” Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) – $159.99

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Brand New from the Glenfiddich Experimental Series at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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New Release

The third release in the Glenfiddich Experimental Series, this 21 year old has been finished in casks that previously held icewine – a sweet wine produced from grapes that have frozen on the vine and are picked by moonlight at temperatures of -10ºC. Now available to pre-order at The Whisky Shop, while stocks last.

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GLENFIDDICH WINTER STORM

This Speyside single malt has been finished for six months in French oak Icewine casks from the renowned Peller Estate winery in Niagara, Canada. After visiting the estate in January 2016, Malt Master Brian Kinsman experimented with various combinations of Glenfiddich and icewine casks, finding that only the rarer whiskies could cope with the extra intensity. The result is Winter Storm, a limited edition 21 year old bottled at 43% abv.  The nose has tropical fruit notes and candied sweets with an underlying wine character. The palate has soft candied fruits, Turkish Delight, lychee and a rich drying sensation, before a short and crisp finish.

£199 Pre-Order Now
Orders will be dispatched w/c 16th October

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Ralfy Publishes Ralfy Review #690 – Scotch Whisky News

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Ralfy helps you deal with a tired old auction whisky with Ralfy Review 690 - Blending-up an 1980’s auction whisky

Smooth Ambler Tasting at the Whisky Shop #SFO – American Whiskey News

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Thursday, October 19th, 5-7PM:

Bourbon Tasting: Smooth Ambler

Hailing from West Virginia, Appalachia distillery Smooth Ambler is a world-class spirit crafter. From grinding their own carefully selected regional grains, to labeling and signing each bottle, Smooth Ambler does everything by hand, the old-fashioned way. Their signature bourbon, Contradiction, has been highly praised by mixologists and bourbon fans alike, scoring 96 points in the 2017 American Bourbon category for The Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

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