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Woodford Reserve releases new expression for its Distillery Series — Bottled in Bond – American Whiskey News


Woodford Reserve releases new expression

for its Distillery Series — Bottled in Bond 

(Versailles, KY November 26, 2018) — Woodford Reserve has released a new expression as part of its annual Distillery Series — Bottled in Bond.

It is available at Woodford Reserve Distillery and select Kentucky retailers at 90.4 proof for a suggested retail price of $49.99 for a 375 ml bottle.

The Bottled in Bond Act of 1897 requires whiskey to be produced by one distiller at the same distillery within one 6-month distillation “season.” The product must be aged for at least 4 years in a federally bonded warehouse at 100 proof.

“Given the historical nature of our distillery — a National Historic Landmark — it is only appropriate that one of the oldest distilleries in the country releases an expression in the oldest federal designation for bourbon,” said Master Distiller Chris Morris.

Morris created the Distillery Series to highlight Woodford Reserve’s creative line of complex offerings and to showcase the brand’s commitment to innovation and premium craftsmanship. There are three annual releases of the distillery series. 

Tasting Notes:

Color: Honey topaz.

Aroma: A complex medley of tropical fruit, apple and grape brandy.

notes filling  a nutty graham cracker crust drizzled with honey and toasted coconut sprinkles.

Taste: Tart green apple pie, with a graham cracker crust spiced with a dash of cinnamon. Poached pear and floral notes round out the palate.

Finish: A dry apple peel sweet sweetness lingers on.

About Woodford Reserve:

Tucked in the heart of thoroughbred country in Versailles, Kentucky lives the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery, the birthplace of Woodford Reserve. A National Historic Landmark, the Woodford Reserve Distillery represents craftsmanship with a balance of historic heritage and modern practices. Woodford Reserve is a product of the Brown-Forman Corporation, a premier producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands including Jack Daniel’s, Finlandia, Korbel, Tequila Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, and Chambord. Please enjoy your bourbon responsibly. To learn more about Woodford Reserve, visit us www.woodfordreserve.com or www.facebook.com/woodfordreserve.

Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 50% Alc. by Vol., produced by the Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, KY ©2018


Mossburn Whisky Tasting December 8th, 2018 at the Whisky Shop #SFO – Scotch Whisky News


Saturday, December 8th, 2-5 PM:

Scotch Tasting: Mossburn 

Expand your whisky knowledge at our expert-presented traditional whisky tasting, featuring Scotland independent bottlers Mossburn.

The Mossburn signature line is a masterfully blended whisky, double-matured in three different cask woods to create rich and smokey flavors. In addition to masterful blenders Mossburn is also a discerning bottler of less commonly seen and notable whiskies, including limited-edition releases from select Highland and Speyside distilleries like Blair Athol, Ardmore and Craigellachie to name a few.

We’ll be pouring a variety of new and rare Mossburn releases, with whisky experts present for all your whisky questions.

More Details & RSVP


A New Limited-Release from the Crown Jewel of Peated Whisky: Ardbeg 22 Year Old – Scotch Whisky News


The Highly-Anticipated Release from Ardbeg’s “Twenty Something” Series
Ardbeg 22 Year Old “Twenty Something”
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

“It offers an incredibly flavourful, silky quality which is exceptional. I can think of no better way to celebrate those whisky lovers who helped keep Ardbeg alive during its darkest days.”
—Dr. Bill Lumsden, Ardbeg Director of Distilling

At long last, the highly anticipated third release from Ardbeg’s “Twenty Something” series is now available. Arguably the finest of the trio, the 22 Year Old is a masterful single malt that celebrates the revival of a brand that nearly went extinct back in 1996. For those who may not know the story, Ardbeg had fallen on hard times starting in the 1980s and produced only sporadically through to 1997, when they were purchased by Glenmorangie, thus beginning their renaissance. This bottling, which was distilled back in 1996, is one of the last produced in the previous era using the now retired still that currently rests in Ardbeg’s courtyard. In short, the 22 Year Old is a piece of Scotch history and a testament to those who kept the brand alive during its dark years. Matured in ex-Bourbon barrels and bottled at 46.4%, it is an exotic dram that Ardbeg’s distillery manager, Mickey Heads, describes as having “luscious tropical fruits, peppermint tea and sweet vanilla toffee…with mouth-watering sweet smoke.” Ardbeg is always a collector’s favorite, and we expect this rare release to be swept up in no time. Don’t miss out on one of the most coveted whiskies in the market.

Ardbeg 22 Year Old “Twenty Something” Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($549.99)

The Ardbeg distillery has become the darling of the peated whisky world over the last two decades. Things seemed bleak for the distillery in the 1980s. The distillery was basically mothballed from 1981 until 1989. It was only for the strong will and dedication of a small group of dreamers that any whisky was distilled there between 1989 and 1997. That’s the year that the distillery was purchased by Glenmorangie and the complex process of re-launching the line was begun. By 1998 the distillery was running at full steam. Only a few years later and the Ardbeg craze would be in full swing. Those early years saw the release of countless legends, both vintage and experimental, but creating a new whisky line without any stock is not easy. Now Ardbeg is one of our most popular single malts, but finding stock older than 10 years is next to impossible. After building an incredible array of NAS offerings, they’re finally able to offer mature stock from the intermittent ‘90s period. The “Twenty Something” line is drawn from the oldest and rarest Ardbeg still in barrel and represents a level maturity that has not existed on the open market for more than a decade. This is the third iteration of the ultra high-end offering and is probably the best of the three. This highly collectable rarity is already sold out in most of Europe and fetching very high prices on the secondary market. We’ve been afforded a relatively healthy allocation, but it won’t last long and when it’s gone it will be gone forever.


Glen Grant with Master Distiller Dennis Malcolm October 31st at The Whisky Shop #SFO – Scotch Whisky News


October 31st, 5-7PM:

Glen Grant with Master Distiller Dennis Malcolm

What better Halloween treat than a tasting featuring legendary Speyside distillery Glen Grant, presented by Master distiller Dennis Malcolm! Malcolm joins us all the way from Scotland to present a variety of Glen Grant’s new and award-winning releases.  

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The Whisky Show Old & Rare 2019 – Whisky News


23-24 February 2019
Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow


Now that The Whisky Show in London is done and dusted, we’re looking forward to 2019 with The Whisky Show: Old & Rare in Glasgow. The dram list is already more impressive than last year’s, and we will be announcing even more fantastic whiskies over the coming weeks – keep your eyes peeled.



We’ve confirmed a selection of new exhibitors for 2019 including world-renowned whisky collector Hideo Yamaoka, leading Edinburgh whisky bar Usquabae and Limburg regular Magnus Fagerström. The drams they’ve already confirmed are spectacular – you can find the current list on our website.


Hundreds of old and rare whiskies to buy by the dram
Two-course brasserie lunch
Tasting Glass
Option to purchase tickets to once-in-a-lifetime masterclasses



Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 February 2019

Grand Central Hotel
99 Gordon St
Glasgow, G1 3SF

Saturday – £75
Sunday – £75
Weekend – £135



Products are offered subject to the following terms and conditions:

1. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

2. We do not issue physical tickets. When you make your booking, your name will be added to a guest list for the event.

3. In the case of cancellation on part of the organisers, the full ticket price will be refunded to you. We reserve the right to make cancellations up to 24 hours before the event.

The 2018 Kilchoman Sauternes Cask Has Arrived! – Scotch Whisky News



The Sauternes Cask Finish follows a range of wine cask releases we’ve bottled over the previous five years. This latest offering differs in that it was initially matured in ex-bourbon barrels before being transferred into fresh Sauternes hogsheads for five months prior to bottling. This finishing period allows the caramel and vanilla influence of bourbon barrels to be accentuated by the buttery sweetness of the desert wine casks. Meanwhile the classic peat smoke and citrus character of the Kilchoman spirit brings a distinct depth and punch to the whisky, emphasised at the increased strength of 50%.

We have previously favoured full-term maturation for our wine cask releases, bottling fully matured Port, Madeira, Red Wine and Sauternes editions every other year since 2013. The Sauternes Cask Finish approach has arguably provided a more balanced character, combining both the maritime peat smoke and tropical fruit typical of Kilchoman with the softer buttery floral notes characteristic of the Sauternes casks.

  • Every bottle of Kilchoman is hand bottled on Islay at a minimum of 46% ABV allowing for the full-bodied character of the whisky to shine through.
  • Kilchoman Distillery ships all their barrels whole directly to Islay. Their Bourbon Barrels are sourced exclusively from Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky, and their Sherry Casks from Miguel Martin in Jerez, Spain.
  • Kilchoman Distillery’s stills are amongst the smallest in Scotland, increasing copper contact and creating unmatched balance and complexity.
  • Kilchoman Single Malt is never chill-filtered or colored; the whisky is a pure, unfiltered representation of traditional whisky distilling.

Nose: Maritime peat smoke, citrus and tropical fruit with hints of buttery sweetness.

Palate: Soft creamy chocolate and liquorice with waves of peat smoke, cinnamon and mixed fruit.

Finish: Layered peat smoke and fruit with lasting honey sweetness.

Please feel free to reach out for more details on the bottling: office@impexbev.com

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society October 2018 Outturn Alert – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS Oct2018

This October Outturn is a rollercoaster for the senses with 24 new single cask whiskies to taste and explore – including two new distilleries and a single malt from a closed distillery. Make sure you don’t miss out this First Friday, click over to our website now and browse the full listing ahead of the release on Friday, 5 October at 9am.


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


Whisky Lounge Events and News – Whisky News


Greetings Fellow Whisky-Lovers!

As I write this the wind and rain is battering TWL HQ, ushering in autumn proper. We hope you are all safe as Bronagh continues to batter us.

Thoughts now turn to whisky! Our first festival of the autumn takes place tomorrow in Liverpool and from then on we have another festival every few weeks – more about how you can still get involved in these later.

It would not be autumn without our autumn tastings series’! The perfect excuse to get out of the house for a couple of hours and socialise with fellow whisky lovers or loungers. In September we have the last few remaining dates of the hugely popular Mackmyra series. October sees our second outing of what we hope will become a regular thing with the Whisky Lounge Quiz, and November is our ever-popular Blind Islay.
See details for all of these below…


Our next series, in October (apart from Manchester), sees the return of our popular, but still new, Whisky Lounge Quiz Night!

The aim of these tastings are to not only give you some tasty drams to get your lips around, but to also see what you have learned so far in your whisky journey.

This takes the form of an easy-going and, most of all, fun, pub-style quiz between whiskies.
Bring your friends and form a team or come on your own and we’ll find you a team.

Prizes await the winning teams…

Dates & Venues

Thursday 11th October
London – Marlborough Arms
Newcastle – Blackfriars

Friday 19th October
York – Brigantes

Monday 29th October
Sheffield – The Sheffield Tap

Tuesday 30th October 
Leeds – The Northern Monk

Wednesday 31st October
Liverpool – Fly in the Loaf

Thursday 1st November
Manchester – Britons Protection

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Our final tasting series of the year sees us looking at, and tasting, all things Islay.

With the weather normally closing in by November, what better way to warm the cockles than sampling some delicious, smokey uisgea beatha?

Join us as we salute the beautiful island and her whiskies.

Oh, and as the name suggests, the tasting is blind in order to both test your palate and remove preconceptions…

Dates & Venues

Saturday 17th November
Newcastle – Blackfriars

Wednesday 21st November
Sheffield – The Sheffield Tap

Wednesday 28th November
Liverpool – Fly in the Loaf

Thursday 29th November
London – Marlborough Arms

Friday 30th November
York – Brigantes
Manchester – Britons Protection


A few places are still available for the final legs of this fantastic series that has been brilliantly received.

Come and taste single cask whiskies from Sweden’s premier single malt. With the opportunity to purchase casks or pre-order a very special TWL Exclusive bottling…

Dates & Venues

Tuesday 25th September
Leeds – The Northern Monk
Sheffield – The Sheffield Tap

Wednesday 26th September 
Liverpool – Fly in the Loaf

The guys from Mackmyra’s UK and Swedish offices will be on hand on each night to ensure you get the maximum information and authenticity and these tastings are sure to be a lot of fun too!

We challenge you to have more fun anywhere – with your clothes on – for £20!


After Liverpool this weekend, we look forward to our home festival in York! There are still come tickets available for both sessions but not too many, so don’t hang around if you haven’t already booked yours…

Yorkshire Festival Tickets and Masterclasses

And talking of festivals….

Don’t forget the following taking place soon!

Don’t forget to read…

The Gateshead Whisky News with Gateshead TWL Correspondent, Lee Connors

(It’s well worth reading, but don’t take our word for it as our blog is now a top 10 UK whisky blog…)

The latest edition is now out and can be read HERE!

And finally…

Competition Time!

As some of you may know 2018 marks our 10th Birthday and we have been doing various things all year to celebrate. Now we would like you to do something for us! We have a burning desire to get both our Facebook likes and our Twitter followers up to 10,000 in our birthday year. So we would like you to send us your favourite TWL related photos via email. Each week we will post our 3 favourites on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Then the photo with the most likes or comments will win 4 golden wristsbands to a festival of their choice in 2019. Simples! We are starting this competition today and it will run every week until the end of the year so you have plenty of time to get involved.Well that’s all for now, stay out of the wind with a dram in hand and sing hallelujah!

Amanda, Guy, Rupert, Vicky, Connas, Chris
The Whisky Lounge Team


We turn 10 years old in 2018
Come and help us celebrate in style at one of our nationwide festivals or tasting events.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “The 1920 summer Olympics” – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS 66.114

66.114 – The 1920 summer Olympics

“Aromas hurdled out of the glass with the scintillating energy of a gold medallist clad in fur and smoking a cigar. The intensity became a sprint through clouds of hickory smoke and Pedro Ximenez sherry vapourising on hot coals. “

Age: 16 years

Price: £69.00


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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