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Clynelish 18 Year Old at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Clynelish 18 Year Old

Clynelish 18 Year Old 1997 vintage ‘The Highland Mariner’ Highland single malt Scotch whiskey. Single cask hogshead bottled 2015 by Wemyss Malts. 341 bottles. The hardy Highland Mariner enjoys a costal walk beyond this hogshead. Clynelish Distillery is a malt whisky distillery situated at Brora on the Sutherland coast in Scotland’s Highland whisky region. The original Clynelish Distillery was founded in 1819 by the Marquis of Stafford and a new Clynelish Distillery was built in 1967 close-by the original. The new distillery has been enlarged in recent years and is now a major contributor to the Johnnie Walker range of blended Scotch. Visitors are welcomed at Clynelish Distillery Visitor Centre which offers tours around the new distillery and the opportunity to view parts of the original Clynelish Distillery. ‘The Highland Mariner’ 1997 single cask expression of the Highland distillery bottled by Wemyss Malts.

Buy – $99.87


Whisky Wednesday Reviews Cragganmore 12yo – Scotch Whisky News

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This week Joe Ellis reviews Cragganmore 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.




San Francisco Whiskies of the World March 26th, 2016 – Whisky News

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San Francisco Whiskies of the World® 

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Benefitting the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund San Francisco Saturday, March 26, 2016 6:00pm – 9:00pm (5:00pm-6:00pm Dram Club & VIP Hour) SF Belle Hornblower Yacht (remains docked) #WOWSF

Whiskies of the World® Expo brings together distillers from around the world to share their finest spirits and knowledge with whisky enthusiasts. Discover the Art of Whisky in the company of connoisseurs and whisky celebrities.

What to Expect: 

    More than 200 expressions of Scotch, Bourbon, Irish, Canadian and other whiskies from around the world

Whisky seminars

Whisky and food pairings

Whisky and cigar pairings

When: Saturday, March 26, 2016 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (Dram Club & VIP hour begins at 5:00pm)

Where: SF Belle Hornblower Yacht (remains docked) Pier 3 Embarcadero, Washington, San Francisco, CA 94111 – United States

Tickets: Dram Club $185.00

VIP ticket $160.00

General admission ticket $130.00

Guests must be 21 years or older to attend. Valid photo ID required.

Hotel For San Francisco:

Hilton San Francisco Financial District Hotel

750 Kearny Street ▪ San Francisco ▪ CA ▪ 94108

Rates: $179 a night with $30 self-parking Ask for the Whiskies of the World room block.

The Reservations Department may be reached toll free at 1-800-424-8292.

What does my ticket include?

Hundreds of whiskies from all over the world to taste, food for pairing, a whisky tasting glass, a cigar Cut and Smoke.

What does Dram Club include?

    One-year Dram Club Membership

VIP only pours

Dinner Buffet

Cigar Cut and Smoke


Special Tasting Glass

Friday Night Dram Club Party

What does VIP include?

    VIP only pours

Easier access to brand ambassadors, distillers and blenders.

Less wait time for samples

A complimentary whisky seminar based on availability

Masterclasses for Whiskies of the World San Francisco 2016

Guests will deepen their knowledge and appreciation of whiskies through our Masterclasses, 45-minute guided tastings of a variety of whisky expressions not sampled during the main event.

David Perkins (High West): Because whiskey matters

An overview of the “why’s” behind High West, our products, and why Utah of all places

Join David Perkins, Founder of High West Distillery, for some “why’s” behind High West and a glimpse into High West’s journey from a silly idea to attempting to become a full-fledged distilling business with a big dream. David will share the stories behind High West: Why Utah? Why the products High West has? Why blend? Why a mountain distillery?

Why do you want to sign up for this seminar? You will taste High West’s core range and some yet-to-be released products made on High West’s new Forsyths pot at the world’s only distillery dude ranch.

Masterclass Pour: Double Rye, American Prairie Bourbon, Rendezvous Rye, Campfire (and some special pours)

Josh Gelfand (The Glenlivet): The Craft of the Cask

Join Master of Scotch, Josh Gelfand, to explore the artistry involved in cask selection, maturation techniques and to learn how different types of wood are used for the complex flavors of Speyside’s signature single malts from The Glenlivet and Aberlour. This exciting tasting will highlight a diverse range of single malts, including cask strength and non-chill filtered varieties. Don’t miss your opportunity to compare and contrast The Glenlivet 15 French Oak Reserve, The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection, Aberlour 12, and Aberlour A’bunadh.

Master of Whisky (Diageo): TBD


Cigars and Whisky: Partagas cigars with a malt and a bourbon 

Welcome Lana Fraser, the premium event manager for General Cigar Company whose factories are located in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Lana’s specialty is consumer education on handcrafted premium cigars. Ms. Fraser will team up with our whisky ambassadors to guide you on a sensory journey utilizing Partagas cigar with a bourbon and a malt.

Whisky Hammer Website Launch – Whisky Auction News

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Website Launch 

Whisky Hammer is delighted to announce the launch of its exciting new whisky auction website.

As an introductory offer, Whisky Hammer is offering 0% commission for sellers, an ideal time to sell and save auction fees.


Sovereign Scotch Whisky – Fueling the Grain Whisky Renaissance – Scotch Whisky News


“Grain whisky?” our customers ask scratching their heads, “What is that exactly?” Good question because it’s never really been a topic of clear discussion in the Scotch whisky business. Single malts are obviously made from single malt whisky – 100% malted barley distilled in copper pot stills. So what’s grain whisky? Grain whisky is what’s added to single malt whisky to create “Blended Whisky” like Johnnie Walker or Dewars. It’s usually made from corn, wheat, or rye and distilled in a giant column still much like Bourbon. Until recently, however, you rarely saw grain whisky sold on its own, independent from the blended genre. Our buyers have been doing their darndest to bring grain whisky out of the shadows and into the spotlight, forming a relationship with the Sovereign whisky company out of Glasgow and purchasing single casks with serious age to facilitate that mission. The result has thus far been incredible (as have the prices).

For a deeper look into the specifics of grain whisky, check out our article here about grain distilleries from our On The Trail blog.

For a look at our latest K&L Exclusive grain whisky arrivals, check out our most recent arrivals below:


1989 North British 25 Year Old Sovereign K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whisky (750ml) ($109.99)

Just outside of Glasgow sits the North British grain distillery, a facility that uses unmalted grains like corn and wheat and distills them on a column still to produce grain whisky–one of the more misunderstood personalities of the whisky universe. Most of you have had grain whisky before, you’ve just had it in conjunction with single malt whisky in expressions like Johnnie Walker or Chivas. Grain whisky is what’s ultimately combined with single malt whisky to create “blended” whisky (hence the name). What hasn’t been clear to most drinkers until rather recently, however, is how wonderful grain whisky can be on its own, especially when aged twenty years or more. This 25 year old North British cask of goodness brings a mouthful of cereal sweetness, rounded fruit flavors, and a biscuity butteriness that pleases the senses in a way that only something that straightforward can do. At 57.5%, there’s plenty of heat behind all that dessert-like flavor, allowing you to toss in a few ice cubes without really diluting the flavor whatsoever. If you’re new to the grain whisky game, this is a great place to start.

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 26, 2016
Anyone out there enjoying the amazing Nikka Coffey Grain Japanese whisky? Anyone? Consider this North British expression to be a 25 year old version of that. Two and a half times the age, two and a half times the flavor, and two and a half times the concentration of oak, but for less than double the price. That’s the power of direct purchasing, folks. Hot whiskies for hot prices.


1988 Cambus 26 Year Old Sovereign K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whiskey (750ml) ($119.99)

Whereas comparable single cask of editions of the now-closed Cambus distillery have sold for $200 or more, our direct import program continues to provide incredible value to customers interested in cutting out the middleman. This 26 year old beauty of a grain whisky is tailor-made for fans of the Nikka Coffey Still expression, albeit this one is much, much older and at full proof. The fruit and vanilla have never been richer, the palate has never been smoother, and the whisky never more drinkable than it is in this 26 year old Sovereign edition of Cambus. The whisky is practically begging to be consumed over ice and tossed back with reckless abandon. But that would probably do a disservice to the complexity that looms underneath all that obvious deliciousness. This is liquid butterscotch. It’s a cookie biscuit distilled into whisky form and put into a beautiful bottle, exclusively for K&L customers.

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 26, 2016
The defunct Cambus grain distillery has been a great source of great whisky for us over the years. Finding these 25+ year old barrels of superb softness with enticing drinkability has helped to re-craft the image our customers previously held concerning grain whisky. This is a beautiful Scotch whisky, gentle and pleasing in its inherent nature, but complex with subtle stonefruits and lithe accents of oak. From a closed distillery to boot.


1988 Invergordon 27 Year Old Sovereign K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whisky (750ml) ($129.99)
Fresh off our most recent delivery are two new single barrels of Invergordon, a Whyte & Mackay Highland grain distillery that sits along the waters of the Cromarty Firth north of Inverness. For those of you who still can’t wrap your heads around grain whisky, just imagine Bourbon distilled to a higher proof and aged like single malt in various types of refill barrels. It’s basically high proof, column still whisky made from corn, wheat, or unmalted barley that’s pumped out in mass quantities to mix into blended Scotch. Because of that rather dubious reputation for quality, prices for grain whisky remain low. But because of our extensive tasting and sampling in the genre, we’ve learned that very old grain whiskies. This 27 year old is textbook grain whisky, nothing more and nothing less. It’s fruity and round on the entry with a soft mouthfeel and a lovely note of vanilla on the finish. It’s no frills, no fuss whisky. It’s just flat out delicious.

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 26, 2016
To Scotland’s far north, between Inverness and Brora, lies the Invergordon distillery, along the waters of the Cromarty Firth. This 27 year old single cask of Invergordon whisky is like Scotch Bourbon in a sense–distilled from corn on a column still, but aged in used oak rather than new charred oak, and matured in a cool climate, rather than the flux of hot and cold experienced in Kentucky. This Invergordon has bold flavors of vanilla and toasted nuts with an accent of spice on the finish that rises with the glow from the higher proof. It’s a whisky that’s practically begging for ice (and a glass, of course).

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Whiskey Obsession Festival March 30th to April 1st, 2016 Sarasota, Florida – Whisky News


Whiskey Obsession has become one of the biggest whiskey events in the Southeast, this year it’s March 30 to April 1, 2016, with dozens of master distillers and professional brand ambassadors presenting over 250 whiskies from around the world to around 650 guests. The Festival features three nights of whiskies and cocktails, master classes, interactive panel discussion and tasting, VIP pours, and a massive grand tasting.

The Panel of Whiskey Experts; the four distillers and four ambassadors on  Thursday 3/31/16: Chris Morris, Woodford Reserve distiller and the President of the Kentucky Distillers Association; Pam Heilmann, Michter’s distiller; Brendan Coyle, High West distiller; Rob Dietrich, Stranahan’s distiller; plus Bernie Lubbers from Heaven Hill; David Blackmore from Glenmorangie; Philip Pepperdine from Bowmore; and Gardner Dunn from Yamazaki. These are only a few of the industry professionals participating over the three day Festival.

Video:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=effaR6VmB6g (2016)

             and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVwmQOkOVfs (2015)

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/sarasota_whiskey_obsession

Website: http://www.whiskeyobsessionfestival.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Exploring-Whiskey

Brora 37 year old (2015) at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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Brora 37 year old – 2015

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Introducing one of the most collectable whiskies of 2015 at a price that will make you ask, “How many can I buy?” We have a limited amount of bottles left, so orders will be sold on a first come first served basis. Give your whisky collection a head start with this rare Highland gem. Was £1300 Save £174. In stock and available for immediate delivery.

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Glendronach 24 Year Old Grandeur Batch #6 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Glendronach 24 Year Old Grandeur Batch #6

Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Glendronach 24 Year Old Grandeur Highland single malt Scotch whiskey. Batch #006 matured in Oloroso sherry butts. Limited release. A truly memorable and captivating GlenDronach expression.

Nose: A magnificent combination of honey-drenched dates and succulent raisins which gently ebb and flow with waves of delicate orange blossom, mint and cracked black pepper. Hints of glazed cherries and toasted almonds perfectly complement the seductive nose. A nose to be appreciated slowly and often.

Palate: A fabulously full-bodied, vibrant palate captures a multitude of classic sherry cask characteristics. The delicate sweetness of rum-soaked golden sultanas refines rich espresso, dark chocolate and treacle toffee. Zesty orange oil softens to a deep clove spice and prolongs the ever changing palate. A sublime example of understanding the relationship between cask and single malt perfectly.

Finish: The Grandeur 24 years old encapsulates the perfect harmony of exquisite sherry oak casks, masterful maturation and traditional, crafted Highland single malt. A dram to be savoured in order to reveal the depth of dramatic flavours held in the glass. A truly memorable and captivating GlenDronach expression.

Glendronach malt whisky distillery was established north east of Huntley in Scotland’s Highland whisky region by James Allardice in 1826. The malting floors at Glendronach Distillery closed in 1996 and it was the last distillery in Scotland to heat its stills directly with flames from a coal-fired furnace, until it had to comply with new regulations in 2005. Glendronach Distillery is resplendent with a traditional cask iron mash tun, wooden washbacks, four stills matures its malt whisky in top quality sherry casks. Glendronach Distillery has a distillery visitor centre offering a range of distillery tours and the distillery participates is the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.



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The Benromach Distillery Company Ltd. today reveals one of their rarest expressions to date, Benromach 35 Years Old, an exclusive whisky crafted at the distillery before the Urquhart family, owners of leading whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail, revived it in 1998.

Handcrafted using the finest natural ingredients at the Forres distillery, Benromach 35 Years Old is an exceptional whisky with real heritage and an original tale or two, having been laid down to mature in the 1980’s.

Golden amber in colour, Benromach 35 Years Old (ABV 43%) is a most satisfying Speysider with cinnamon hints and beeswax polish, stewed pear and a delicate charred Oak edge.

The bespoke decanter style bottle protecting the precious whisky is encased within a wooden presentation box, reflecting the various elements which have gone into making the whisky; the copper stills, the dark, grained wood of the original washbacks, and the white of the limewashed distillery walls.

This rare whisky, dating back to a time before Benromach was restored in the ‘90s, exudes the heritage of the Speyside distillery. Created under the watchful eye of Donald MacDonald, former Distillery Manager, the casks this whisky was matured in have long been a part of the Benromach history. Willie McArthur, former malt man and warehouseman, was one of the workers responsible for protecting the precious casks remaining in the bonded warehouses.

Benromach Distillery Manager Keith Cruickshank said: “Benromach 35 Years Old is a very special whisky for everyone at the distillery, as very few casks of Benromach remain from this time period.

“Benromach today is created respecting the traditional working practices of yesteryear and is lovingly handcrafted by sight, by sound, and by touch, using the finest natural ingredients.

“The 35 Years Old is the perfect dram to toast the past, present and future of Benromach.”

Benromach 35 Years Old is available to purchase at specialist whisky retailers with an RRP in the United Kingdom of £425. Prices may vary in international markets due to duty and import taxes. For more information on Benromach, and to explore the wide range of expressions available, please visit www.benromach.com.


Benromach 35 Years Old, 43% ABV

Colour: Golden amber

Aroma without water: rich sherry influences with orange marmalade, kiwi and grapefruit aromas, complemented by gorgeous cinnamon spice

Taste without water: initially, it is sweet on the palate with honey, fruitcake, ripe banana and melon flavours. Watch out for the smooth white chocolate edge as it develops, combined with a soft menthol note, giving a full body and long and smooth fruity finish

Aroma with water: sherry influences with honey, blackcurrant and beeswax polish aromas, complemented by a subtle hint of cloves

Taste with water: a fabulous combination of white pepper followed by dried tobacco, dewy stewed pear, raisin and zesty orange peel flavours, heightened by a delicate edge of charred oak… the result of lingering for over three decades in oak casks.

About Benromach

Originally built in 1898, Benromach Distillery was brought back to life when leading whisky specialists Gordon & MacPhail purchased it in 1993. The distillery was extensively re-equipped over a five-year period before it was officially opened by HRH Prince Charles in 1998.

In reopening Benromach Distillery, Gordon & MacPhail decided to create a classic Speyside single malt – a style that draws its influence from Speyside whiskies pre-1960s.

Benromach Distillery is located on the outskirts of the ancient market town of Forres. A four-star visitor centre is open to the public throughout the year for tours and tastings. Benromach Distillery is a member of the world famous malt whisky trail.

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The New ‘Chiefs’ in Town: Chieftain’s Run #9 From Impex Beverages – Scotch Whisky News


Since 1936, Ian Macleod Distillers, through its dedication to tradition and quality, has amassed an unrivaled cask stock from Scotland’s many distilleries. This enviable collection includes extremely rare malts, some from closed or mothballed distilleries. The Chieftain’s collection hallmark is that each bottling must be fit for a King, a Leader or,  in the Celtic world, a Chieftain. The small batch releases of Chieftain’s are selected for the Spring and Autumn collections each year with a variety of distilleries, vintages, wood maturations and strengths. Please welcome Chieftain’s Run #9.

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1996 Fettercairn 19 yr, Highland (Oloroso Finish) 57.4%

Nose:  Cottonseed, green apple, marzipan nougat Palate:  Creamy, soft spice of cinnamon and nutmeg Finish:  Long with sweet toffee and light spice.

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1997 Mortlach 18 yr, Speyside (PX Cask Finish) 46%

 Nose:  Heavy sweet sherry nutty Palate:  Creamy sweet sherry, hazelnuts, walnuts and tar Finish:  Sherry-ed malt moving to a creamy nutty finish

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1996 Braeval 19 yr, Speyside (Beaune Cask Finished) 46%

Nose:  Toffee, nougat, wood tones with vanilla Palate:  Creamy, bright spicy anise, vanilla Finish:  Lingering with a blended mix of flavors and slight peat

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1997 Linkwood 17 yr, Speyside (Oloroso Finish) 46%

Nose:  Light tar, sherry and wood tone Palate:  Sweet malt, nutty, some camphor Finish:  Spicy malt finishing sweet

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1995 Glen Grant 20 yr, Speyside (Bourbon Finish) 55.1%

Nose:  Light and fruity, soft malt Palate:  Fruity, moving to a creamy toffee flavor with sweet malt. Finish:  Mouth-coating with a sweet, spicy malt finish

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