Speyside Distillery Tasting at Federal Wine & Spirits Boston April 26th, 2018 – Scotch Whisky News


Single Malt Scotch Tasting
This Thursday, April 26th
4:30 OR 6:00 PM
Speyside Distillery
with Ed Kohl


We’re excited this week to have importer and industry veteran Ed Kohl joining us for a rare appearance to lead a tasting of his new partner, Speyside distillery!

Speyside Distillery (which is in Speyside, the region) was the ongoing dream of submarine captain, George Christie. Construction on the distillery was started in the 1960’s and was completed in 1987, with distillation beginning in 1990. Fermentations are long and distillation is slow, everything goes at its own pace at Speyside.

The distillery is now in the hands of The Harvey Family, who have strong ties to the whisky industry (Lord Byron presented his friends with “Harvey’s Spey Whisky” upon his wedding in 1815, though obviously it was a different “Spey”). These days, most of the whisky is destined for Asian markets, especially Taiwan, though Ed Kohl may have swayed them to work more with the States.

Pricing for this week only will be as follows:


Cuveé – Regular Price – Sale Price

Tenne – $49.99 – $44.99
Trutina – $56.99 – $51.99
Fumare – $56.99 – $51.99
Chairmen’s Choice – $114.99 – $100.00
18 Tear Old – $134.99 – $114.99
Benn Dubh – $58.99 – $52.99
Six Isles – $49.99 – $44.99

Joe Howell




Over 200,000 Guests Visited Historic Distillery in 2017, Expansion Set to Accommodate More

FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY (Jan. 18, 2018) Bourbon sales continue to grow, and bourbon tourism is growing at an equally rapid pace, at least for Buffalo Trace Distillery. In 2017, this National Historic Landmark Distillery set a new record for visitation, ending the year with 201,491 guests. This is an increase of 18% in visitation over last calendar year, and a total increase of 287% since 2010.

“It took us 15 years to get to 100,000 visitors, but only three years to get to 200,000, so the momentum just keeps going,” said Meredith Moody, marketing services director. Buffalo Trace is already looking at ways to expand its Visitor Center, which was just expanded in 2015 to accommodate its ever-increasing needs. The expansion is part of the $1.2 billion dollars Buffalo Trace plans to spend in the next ten years to accommodate not only more visitors, but more bourbon barrels and more bottling lines.

As previously announced, Buffalo Trace is building new barrel warehouses on the farm it owns adjacent to the Distillery, at a rate of one new warehouse every four months for the next ten years. These new warehouses will hold 58,000 barrels, and construction on the first one is nearly complete.

Buffalo Trace will also expand its distilling operation, which includes new mash cookers, a boiler and fermenters. In order to make room, the existing bottling hall will be moving to another area on site starting this spring/summer and the bottling lines will be modernized to allow for more efficiency and better capacity. This is the first large scale structural expansion at Buffalo Trace Distillery’s campus since the 1950s.

“We are bursting at the seams, so to speak, in all areas, distillation, bottling and tourism, so we’re looking forward to our new expansion,” added Moody.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American 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 as well as is 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 www.buffalotracedistillery.com.

Scotch Whisky Auction 82nd Auction Now Live – Scotch Whisky News


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that’s us live with the 82nd auction.

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Balblair launches new 1991 and 2000 limited editions – Scotch Whisky News

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Balblair launches new 1991 and 2000 limited editions 

Premium global whisky brand, Balblair, is, this month (January 2018) unveiling the limited-run second release of its 2000 vintage and the third release of its 1991 vintage.

Matured and bottled at one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland, Balblair whiskies are crafted and timed to perfection, and bottled at the exact point of optimum maturation.

The second release of the 2000 has been matured for 13 years in American oak, ex-bourbon casks and five years in first fill Spanish oak butts. The liquid is bright copper in appearance and the nose is full-bodied with aromas of seasoned oak, baked red apples and fruitcake, followed by warming vanilla and ripe tropical stone fruits.

The second release of the 2000 features ground spices and old hardwood which build up to brighter flavours of tinned pineapples, bitter orange peels and honey. The finish graduates slowly with lasting sweetness, creaminess and notes of bitter chocolate.

The third release of the 1991, matured for 24 years in ex-bourbon, American oak casks with a further three years in first fill Spanish oak butts, does not disappoint.

Bright amber in colour with rose gold highlights, the nose is expansive and complex with rich citrus fruits and vanilla notes as well as toffee and chocolate. Notes of honey, winter spices and apricot, with a hint of liquorice are imparted from the bourbon barrels and Spanish oak butts used in the maturation process.

The palate features Balblair’s signature citrus orchard flavour profile and is followed with rich creamy chocolate and layers of poached apples and pears, Christmas pudding and hot vanilla sauce. It finishes with sparkling orange and toasted coconut overtones accentuating full-bodied sweetness of vanilla and caramel creating a rich and celebratory dram.

Matt Jamieson, Balblair Global Brand Manager said: “At Balblair, we only release our whisky when its ready and these new vintages are no exception. Both featuring a very different nose and palate, the 2000 and 1991 are exquisite drams which are sure to appeal to the most discerning of whisky drinkers.”

 Established in 1790, Balblair distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland. Its location on the Dornoch Firth is intrinsically linked to the process with its water source in the Allt Dearg burn water flowing nearby.

Balblair 2000 and Balblair 1991 will be available globally online, and in independent and specialist retailers.

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Balblair distillery is the oldest working distillery in the Scottish Highlands, initially established in 1749 and the first official records of it from 1790. The distillery building and its warehouses sit on the original site to this day.

Balblair whiskies are only released when they have reached their exact point of ‘optimum maturation’, the peak of perfection.

About International Beverage Holdings

International Beverage Holdings (www.interbevgroup.com) was established in 2005 as the international arm of ThaiBev, one of South East Asia’s leading alcohol beverage companies. With a network of regional offices in Asia, Europe and North America, the company is responsible for the production, sales, marketing and distribution of a portfolio of premium global brands in over 80 countries and territories.

Diageo in 1999 – Johnnie Walker launch ‘Keep Walking’ campaign – Scotch Whisky News

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Diageo in 1999 – Johnnie Walker launch ‘Keep Walking’ campaign

On 17 December 2017, Diageo turned 20 years old. To celebrate this milestone Diageo is looking back over 20 years of its history and highlighting memorable moments since it was formed back in December 1997. 1999 marked the launch of the iconic Johnnie Walker ‘Keep Walking’ campaign that transformed the brand as it was rolled out globally.

In 1999 Johnnie Walker launched ‘Keep Walking’ – the brand’s first ever global advertising campaign. This new global positioning transformed Johnnie Walker into a global leader and saw the brand grow from strength to strength. The pioneering campaign saw Johnnie Walker’s famous Striding Man icon change direction to appear to be walking forward, and was launched in every market around the world.

The first ever ‘Keep Walking’ TV advert starred Harvey Keitel and first aired in 1999.

First created in 1908, the Striding Man has become one of the world’s most recognised brand icons and is symbolic of progress for all those who enjoy Johnnie Walker.

To this day, Keep Walking uses the metaphor of a journey to deliver real stories of achievement. It inspires people to think of their own journey of progress – and do something about it.

As the biggest whisky brand in the world, Johnnie Walker and its slogan has been adopted and embraced everywhere, as a rallying cry for progress, as encouragement in adversity, as a joyful expression of optimism and as the best piece of advice you’re ever likely to hear.

The Party Source Now Delivering in Northern Kentucky!  – American Whiskey News

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Greetings Everyone,

Just in time for the holidays, The Party Source is proud to announce that we are now offering local delivery in Northern Kentucky! Two-hour local deliveries can be made the same day or scheduled up to 90 days in advance. All of the products listed on our website are eligible for local delivery or in-store pickup to help make your holiday party planning more convenient. We look forward to bringing the same outstanding customer service we offer in-store directly to your front door. Keep an eye out for our new van around town, and be sure to read all the details below.


-The Party Source
100% Employee-Owned

The Whisky Barrel Supporting Poppyscotland – Scotch Whisky News



Throughout the month of November 2017 The Whisky Barrel is supporting Poppyscotland. So for all orders placed with Gift Wrapping, we will donate the full gift wrapping proceeds (approx. $4.40 USD) to Poppyscotland. So if you are thinking of buying a scotch whiskey gift this month, or in preparation for Christmas, come to The Whisky Barrel to provide a little support for a great cause.


“Poppyscotland provides life-changing support to our Armed Forces community.  We reach out to those who have served, those still serving, and their families at times of crisis and need by offering vital, practical advice, assistance and funding.

Buying and wearing a poppy helps fund our vital, life-changing support for the Armed Forces community.  This year we’re encouraging you to go the #ExtraMile in showing your support.  Every extra penny raised for the Scottish Poppy Appeal will make a massive difference to someone who urgently needs our help. Visit our website and be inspired to go the #ExtraMile this year: http://www.poppyscotland.org.uk/extra-mile/

Poppyscotland was established in 1921 as ‘The Earl Haig Fund Scotland’. Since then, the name has changed to Poppyscotland and has merged The Royal British Legion (TRBL), which operates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Consequently this is largest charity group supporting the Armed Forces Community across the whole of the UK.



We are delighted to be able to provide support and raise awareness for this great cause throughout the month of November 2017 and coinciding with Remembrance Sunday on 11th November 2017. We are all too aware of the significant contributions made by those serving and those who have served in the Armed Forces in the UK and abroad. And it is especially relevant as some of us have family and friends who have served in the Armed Forces. Therefore, The Whisky Barrel hopes to take this opportunity to thank the Armed Forces Community in this small way and we hope you will help us to do so too.


Simple. Place an order for scotch, whiskey, rum or gin on our website throughout November 2017. Include Gift Wrapping at the basket stage. Complete you order. Poppyscotland will receive ALL proceeds of the Gift Wrapping. That’s approx. $4.40 USD for each bottle gift wrapped. Simply tick the Gift Wrapping option in your shopping basket.

It’s a small donation but it makes all the difference to help the Armed Forces Community in Scotland. So, if you need a whiskey, rum or gin gift, come to The Whisky Barrel for your gift wrapping; help support Poppyscotland.

Slainte Mhath


  • For more information on how we are supporting Poppyscotland, please contact us at info@thewhiskybarrel.com
  • Poppyscotland will receive ALL proceeds of Gift Wrapping during November 2017
  • Please use Poppyscotlands hastag, #ExtraMile, if sharing on Social Media platforms.
  • Finally, for more information on Poppyscotland and the work they do, visit http://www.poppyscotland.org.uk/


Whisky Hammer August Auction Now Live – Whisky News

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AUGUST AUCTION NOW LIVE (ends Sunday 27th August)

…place your bids at www.whiskyhammer.co.uk



Your chance to bid on one of the world’s rarest whisky!

Released by Macallan to commemorate the new millennium, this whisky is among the most sought after bottles in the world – distilled way back in 1949 (14th January) and released at 50 years old the whisky is presented in a stunning decanter designed by Caithness Glass.

The bottle is also accompanied with a stopper whereby the copper used both on the stopper and around the neck of the bottle was retrieved from the No. 9 spirit still at the Macallan distillery.

A truly exceptional and luxurious bottle presenting the unique opportunity to own one of only 900 bottles ever released.

With an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits there is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest, enjoy!


Glenmorangie triumphs at prestigious industry competition with seven gold awards – Scotch Whisky News


Glenmorangie triumphs at prestigious industry competition with seven gold awards

Glenmorangie has won the most gold medals for Scotch Whisky in an acclaimed competition which celebrates the very best of the spirits industry.

Glenmorangie’s signature expression, Glenmorangie Original, upheld its industry reputation at the annual International Wines and Spirits Competition (IWSC), with the perfectly balanced spirit awarded a gold medal alongside six additional whiskies from the Highland distillery.

The core range of whiskies is celebrated with gold medals awarded to ruby port cask finish Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban; Sauternes cask finish Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or; travel retail exclusive Glenmorangie Duthac and Glenmorangie Extremely Rare 18 Years Old.

The distiller’s new innovations were also lauded with gold medals awarded to Glenmorangie Bacalta, the intriguing latest addition to the sought-after Private Edition, alongside the first release from Bond House No. 1 collection, Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1990.

Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation and Whisky Stocks, said: “Glenmorangie Original is the cornerstone of each and every Glenmorangie whisky and it’s an honour to receive continued recognition from a globally respected competition.

“All of our whisky range is skilfully and passionately created, so it is a wonderful reflection when we receive such positive, independent verification from the prestigious IWSC.”

Now in its 48th year, the IWSC sets the standard for industry excellence, receiving entries from over 90 countries worldwide, judged by a panel of 400 handpicked master blenders, whisky writers and wines and spirits buyers.

Whisky Auctioneer May Auction Now Live – Whisky News


May Auction Now Live!

If you can’t make it to Islay for Feis Ile this year then why not distract yourself with our magnificent May Auction. Featuring a stunning array of rare and unusual bottles from across the decades it is your very own whisky festival to experience from the comfort of your armchair! 

Take a look at just a few highlights below… 

Balvenie 1951 Vintage Cask


An incredible bottle! Distilled in 1951 and bottled in 1996 at a stunning 45 years old. The vintage cask range from Balvenie is a fantastic insight into whisky from a bygone era. This is bottle number 1 of only 90 released. 

William L Weller 1981 19 Year Old


An unusual older example of W.L. Weller’s wheated Kentucky straight bourbon. Don’t miss your chance to pick up this lovely little rarity! 

Rosebank Selection


We are delighted to see such a beautiful selection of Rosebank in our May Auction. Whiskies from this closed Lowland distillery are becoming increasingly scarce, if you’re missing one from your collection now’s the time to rectify that!  

Bowmore 1964 Gold Bowmore 44 Year Old


The third and final release from this famous series, the gorgeous Gold Bowmore was matured in a mixture of bourbon and sherry casks. One of only 701! 

Clynelish Ainslie & Heilbron Bottlings


Old Clynelish bottlings have an enormous cult following, no surprising really as they are fantastic and such a contrast to the distillery’s style today. The current auction features some fabulous examples! 

Laphroaig 10 Year Old Circa 1940s


We love these evocative old bottles with their simple yet striking label designs. We estimate this charming example of Laphroaig to date from the 1940s. There is no registration fee, our commission structure is very competitive and we offer worldwide shipping. For our terms and conditions please click here. 

Happy bidding! 


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