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A Brand New Longrow Plus Some Peat & Sweet Treats at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News


Longrow, Ardbeg, Glenmorangie & more!

This week we welcome the all-new 2016 bottling of the Longrow 18 Year Old from our friends down the road at the Springbank Distillery. We take a look at what makes it so different and explore some of our other whiskies with peat and sweet tendencies!

Longrow 18 Year Old 2016 Edition

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This peated and twice-distilled expression comes from Campbeltown’s oldest remaining distillery. This time round, Springbank have matured the spirit in 60% rum casks and 40% refill sherry casks where before it spent its 18 years in 100% sherry casks.  The nose is spicy with cinnamon, ginger, pear and pastry. The palate is buttery with ginger developing into marzipan and coconut. Juicy apples and a thick sweetness of sugar cane molasses emerges thanks to the rum cask influence. The finish is peat and spice with hints of nutmeg and burnt embers.

£110 Buy Now

Ardbeg Dark Cove

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This brand new expression from Ardbeg was released to mark Ardbeg Night during the Islay Festival and celebrates the long gone days of illicit stills and bootleggers trying to slip casks past the dreaded Excise Men.  Matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and dark sherry casks, the nose entices with dark chocolate, treacle toffee and distant bonfires. The palate is smouldering with charcoal and wood polish with raisins and dates emerging, while the finish is long and spicy with cured ham and squid ink noodles lingering.

£110 Buy Now

Lochside 52 Year Old Sovereign

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This Single Grain Scotch Whisky was distilled at the Lochside Distillery in Montrose before being aged for more than half a century in a single refill hogshead. Bottled at a cask strength of 48.1% abv.  The nose is complex with notes of dark fruits, candle wax and furniture polish. The palate is ripe with rich forest fruits and hints of green moss and wood fire smokiness. The finish is long and warm with lingering oak notes gathered over 52 years.

£960 Buy Now

Jura Tastival 2016


Only available while stocks last, this limited edition was released to celebrate the 2016 Jura Tastival festival. With only 2000 bottles made available to the UK market, this is one to catch before it’s gone!  Offering flavours of toffee apples, vanilla and ginger tantalising the palate, this expression is the result of a triple sherry finish combining 19 year old, 15 year old and 14 year old malt from the Isle of Jura.

£95 Buy Now

Glenmorangie Milsean

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Matured in a bourbon cask, this expression would have already been sweet as is, but determined to replicated the flavours of traditional sweet shops Glenmorangie finished this expression off in flame toasted Portuguese wine casks. Truly remarkable this expression has a hint of tingling spice and chilli, which gives way to a sweet boastful flavours. Candy, citrus zest, tart, plummy fruits, cherries, nectarines, plums and melons to name but a few of the flavours present in this whisky… this is a whisky with a difference.

£76 Buy Now

Bruichladdich PHD_135 Feis Ile 2016 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Bruichladdich PHD_135 Feis Ile 2016 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky


Bruichladdich 15 Year Old 2001 vintage PHD_135 Islay single malt Scotch whiskey. Limitly peated matured in bourbon casks, wine casks and ACE-ed in virgin oak for one month. 1,881 numbered bottles for the Islay Festival 2016. Bruichladdich Distillery was established in 1881 on the Rhinns peninsular on the island of Islay close by the sandy bays of Loch Indaal. Re-opened in 2001 with much of the original Victorian equipment restored to working order. The first release of Bruichladdich’s new whisky was the highly acclaimed PC5, the first release in the limited Port Charlotte range. Also producing very highly peated Octamore, Organic using Islay grown barley, and triple and quadruple distilled single malts. The Bruichladdich distillery visitor centre offers distillery tours including the bottling hall and the distillery participates in Feis Ile, the annual Islay Whisky Festival.


Whisky Wednesday & Ben from “A Dram A Day” reviews The Glenlivet Guardians Chapter Single Malt – Scotch Whisky News

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This week Joe Ellis teams up with Ben from “A Dram A Day” YouTube reviewer and reviews The Glenlivet Guardians Chapter Single Malt,





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National contest seeks nominations to award $80,000

FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (May 31, 2016) – Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is seeking nominations of people who dedicate their lives to helping others for its annual Rare Life Award competition. Now in its seventh year, the contest will award $80,000 to winners. To date, the Rare Life Award program has donated a total of $320,000 to 42 charities across the United States.

Nominations are now being accepted online at www.eaglerarelife.com. The 2017 Grand Prize winner will receive a $50,000 donation to the charity of their choice. Six runners-up will receive $5,000 for their charities.

The Rare Life Awards honor individuals who exhibit courage, leadership, survival, devotion, character and heroism. Those making nominations will identify which Rare Life value their nominee’s story best represents. The general public will vote for the person who most embodies the “Rare Life” core values, with the top 30 across all categories considered for the Grand Prize and the top five in each category considered for a runner-up prize. Nominations and voting are open beginning today and continue through Jan. 4, 2017. Winners will be announced in March of 2017.

“The accomplishments of our past winners are incredible, and we look forward to more stories of everyday people making a difference,” said Kris Comstock, Eagle Rare Bourbon brand manager. “We are honored to help bring awareness to charities working to make the world a better place, and to people who truly embody what it means to live a rare life.”

About Eagle Rare Bourbon

Eagle Rare Bourbon Whiskey is part of the award-winning Buffalo Trace Distillery, an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, (Franklin County), Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich distilling 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. Eagle Rare Bourbon is a 10-year-old bourbon that has won multiple awards, including five double gold medals from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. To learn more about Eagle Rare, visit www.eaglerarelife.com.



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Introducing a new core expression from Isle of Arran: Arran 18 yr old

~ Independently Owned & Independently Minded ~



We are proud to present the first ever 18 year-old in Arran core range when distillery turns 21. The Arran 18 year-old is a wonderfully balanced expression of The Arran Malt which displays the tremendous depth of character of our Distillery.

Caramelised citrus and tropical notes on a background of toasted oak have created an intense, well rounded dram with charm and personality. A balanced mix of our finest aged ex-Sherry and ex-Bourbon Casks, this fully mature expression of The Arran Malt is exceptional. We are the only Distillery on the Isle of Arran and a proudly independent Scottish Company. We celebrate 18 years of independence with pride.

Tasting Notes

Color: Honeyed gold

Aroma: Baked peaches with syrup and toasted almonds. Vanilla and light cinnamon spice.

Palate: Sweetness dances on the tongue with chocolate, ginger, caramelised brown sugar and vanilla. Water uncovers floral notes and aromatic orange fondant creams.

Finish Long, lingering and luxurious. The classic Arran citrus and orchard fruits mingle with milk brioche and dark chocolate. A memorable depth of character, Arran is fully mature at 18 years-old.

RRP  $140.00

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MS Society Auctions Rare Whisky to Raise Vital Funds for Research – Scotch Whisky News

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MS Society auctions rare whisky to raise vital funds for research

The MS Society is auctioning a rare bottle of 1980 Bowmore Single Malt Whisky from the Queen’s Cask to raise money for multiple sclerosis research. This is only the sixth bottle to ever be released from the cask; the five previous have all raised substantial sums for charities.

A cask of whisky was given to Her Majesty the Queen when she visited the Bowmore Distillery on the Isle of Islay in 1980. In 2002, the cask was bottled to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee – the bottles were specially designed and placed in commemorative boxes with individually numbered labels.

629 bottles were delivered to various Royal Palaces – but only six bottles have ever been released, with the permission of the Queen, to be auctioned to raise money for charities. One of those bottles made more than £60,000.

Michelle Mitchell is chief executive of the MS Society: “We’re incredibly grateful to have been given this bottle of whisky from the Queen’s Cask. We want to use this amazing opportunity to raise as much as we can to fund multiple sclerosis research.

“More than 100,000 people are living with MS in the UK and it’s an unpredictable and debilitating condition. We’ve already made important breakthroughs and we’re now at the start of a generation of MS research that holds incredible promise. The money raised from this auction could make a huge difference.”

The silent auction ends on 30 June at midday and there’s a reserve of £10,000. Anyone who wants to make a bid should email Fiona Foulkes, Special Events Manager at the MS Society on fiona.foulkes@mssociety.org.uk


About multiple sclerosis

  • MS affects more than 100,000 of us in UK
  • MS symptoms typically appear when people are in their 20s or 30s
  • MS attacks the nervous system. Symptoms include sight loss, pain, fatigue, incontinence and disability
  • MS is unpredictable – one day you can be fine, the next you might lose your sight or be unable to move

About the MS Society

  • The MS Society is the leading UK charity for people with MS
  • We have a free helpline – 0808 800 8000 and information can be found on our websitewww.mssociety.org.uk/
  • We’re funding research to stop MS, we’re now at the start of a generation of MS research that holds incredible promise
  • With your help we’ll beat MS

The Exclusive Dram Team – Scotch Whisky News


The Exclusive Dram Team are thrilled to announce that we are now open for pre-orders with order fulfilment to take place from the 14-07-16. We are a new family run business set up to fulfil everyones needs to sample the Rare and Luxurious whisky the world has to offer. We have whisky ranging from the 47 year old Glendronach to Mackmyra – Moment Bärnstvn, come in and have a look there is something for everyone. 

Come visit us at www.theexclusivedram.co.uk 

Best Regards
David Smith
The Exclusive Dram Team


The Whisky Exchange “Get ready for Independence Day!” – Whisky News


Get ready for Independence Day!

It’s just a couple of weeks until 4 July – Independence Day – and to celebrate, we’ve selected some of our favourite whiskies, all ideal if you’re planning a party, whether you’re in the US or not. We’ve chosen whiskies from across the globe – smooth bourbons, complex Scotch, whisky from the Far East and a mix of ages and prices, so you’re sure to find something good.


First up, two great bourbons from Blanton’s. Blanton’s Original is an award-winning textbook example – each bottle is filled from a single unblended cask. The Gold Edition is sensational, too. Bottled at 103 proof, it’s bursting with aromas of dried fruit, milk chocolate and honey. Ironically, it’s very hard to find in the US itself – but we have it!


A trio of tasty Scotch whiskies next, all exclusive to The Whisky Exchange. We are lucky enough to be able to taste individual whiskies straight from the cask and bottle them for our customers. One example is Clynelish 1996 18 Year Old, a big, rich, sherried whisky we selected from independent bottler Signatory Vintage. Another is Kilchoman 2010 PX Finish, a delicious mix of peaty Islay whisky given an extra layer of rich fruit and spice from extra maturation in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks.

The third Scotch is a mature, venerable example from one of the best-known Speyside distilleries: Glenlivet. This sherry-matured example was distilled back in 1981, and adds a rich layer of spice to Glenlivet’s fruity spirit. You won’t find these whiskies anywhere else.


Our two Irish whiskeys have more in common than just provenance. Both were chosen by our customers at an Irish Distillers tasting we held in London (read more about it here). The first, Redbreast 1999 Sherry Cask, was aged for around 15 years, with vanilla, coffee and wood spice the dominant notes. The second is a 1991 Midleton aged for 24 years in a first-fill bourbon cask – a cinnamon-tinged whiskey with delicious vanilla and tropical-fruit notes. Both are exclusive to The Whisky Exchange.


Our final two whiskies are from Asia. The Nikka 12 Year Old is the latest release from this revered Japanese distillery – it’s an excellent blend, with toffee, butterscotch and fruit cake the key notes. And from Taiwan, we have Kavalan Solist Bourbon Cask – a rich, fruity whisky aged in ex-bourbon oak. Kavalan has won acclaim from renowned whisky writers around the world – definitely one to try.

Nine whiskies covering a wide range of styles, flavours and ages – all are available here. Choose your favourite and have a great 4th of July!

Tasting Recap: Gordon & MacPhail with Joe Swanson at Federal Boston – Scotch Whisky News

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Tasting Recap: Gordon & MacPhail with Joe Swanson

Last weeks Gordon & MacPhail Tasting with Joe Swanson was a very nice evening and the malts showed very well.  If you weren’t able to join us, but are looking to maybe get a gift or for yourself or somebody else (perhaps a father), we want to make sure the chosen scotch will be enjoyed. To better assist with that, use the notes to see what works best for you, and if you need any help call Joe at 617-367-8605.

Blair Athol  9 Y.O. 46%   regularly $74.99  –  on sale $67.99  delicate sherry influences with toasted malt and citrus fruit aromas. Hints or white pepper, orange and strawberry initially on the palate, with a lingering milk chocolate edge.

Longmorn 12 Y.O. 43% regularly $72.99 –  on sale $65.99 Sherry and fruit aromas with influences of ripe summer fruits and figs. A little pepper with a milk chocolate edge. Stewed fruits and almond flavors develop. This is a great malt for the season and all year round.

Mortlach 15 Y.O. 43%  regularly $94.99  –  on sale $84.99 On the nose initially sweet, fresh and fragrant with a distinct malty nose. Citrus elements develop – fresh orange peel. Well rounded. Palate:  More subtle sweetness, hints of candied fruits. A rounded sherry edge is evident and some raisin and sultana notes emerging. Add a little water and it opens nicely. Every one should try a Morty. Precious single malt .

Secret Stills Islay 14 Y.O. 45% regularly $79.99 – on sale $71.99 Light fresh and malty with some smoke.  Not heavy on the peat, really nicely balanced, intricate and very special. A very morish malt. Very Bowmoreish.

Highland Park 24 Y.O. 43%  regularly $239.99  –  on sale $219.99 Sweet vanilla with pear and toffee aromas. A subtle smokey undertone develops. The palate is peppery initially with sweet  strawberry and raspberry  flavors. The finish is creamy with a milk chocolate edge. Just Splendid.

Caol Ila Cask Str. 59.5% regularly $119.99 – on sale $107.99 – Sweet cured bacon, with banana and vanilla aromas. The palate is peppery with apple, peat complimented by a lingering peat smoke edge.

Sale prices in effect until Friday, June 24th

Joe Howell

Federal Wine & Spirits

Email: info@federalwine.com

Phone: (617) 367-8605

Web: http://www.federalwine.com/






A Premium Blend Where Old Meets New

Deerfield, IL (June 8, 2016) – Japan is a land of contrasts and paradox: its culture holds a deep reverence for ancestry and heritage, but also a fascination with the future; and its people respect tradition, but they constantly reinvent and reinterpret the world around them. The House of Suntory, the founding house of Japanese Whisky, is proud to introduce a whisky that extends that thread forward: Suntory Whisky Toki™. Respectful of heritage, inspired by reinvention, Suntory Whisky Toki expresses both what is authentic and what is next. 

Suntory Whisky Toki, which launches exclusively in the U.S. this month and in Canada in July at a suggested retail price of $39.99, is a blend of carefully selected whiskies from the House of Suntory’s globally acclaimed Hakushu Distillery, Yamazaki Distillery and Chita Distillery. Traditionally crafted according to Suntory’s Art of Blending philosophy, the expression features the quintessential characteristics of a Suntory blend: exquisite balance, harmony and oneness.


While Suntory Whisky Toki respects tradition, it also challenges whisky convention by rethinking the hierarchy of its components. Suntory blends often use Yamazaki malts as their key component. Inspired by the spirits of innovation, the House of Suntory’s fourth Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo took a fresh approach with Suntory Whisky Toki, selecting the singular Hakushu American white oak cask malt whisky — with its unique freshness, mellowness and spectacular green apple notes — as one of the blend’s two pillars. To complement that selection, Fukuyo chose Chita heavy-type grain whisky as the blend’s second pillar, adding a clean taste with notes of sweetness and vanilla.

By pairing these seemingly dissimilar but deeply accordant whiskies, Fukuyo’s insight overturned the old relationship between malt and grain and created a blend that is both groundbreaking and timeless.


Traditionally in Suntory blends, grain whiskies have played merely a supporting role, acting as a broth or dashi to accentuate key malts. But the unrivalled sophistication and wide range of grain whiskies produced at Suntory’s Chita distillery led Shinji Fukuyo to rethink that role. He saw these whiskies, with their exquisite balance of complexity, subtlety and refinement, not as a scaffold for the heroic malt to ascend but as true heroes in their own right.

This unique encounter between Hakushu malt and Chita grain whiskies gives Suntory Whisky Toki its silky taste and vivid character. To give the blend greater depth and complexity, Fukuyo carefully selected two Yamazaki malts. Yamazaki American white oak cask malt whisky harmonizes the Hakushu and Chita components, while bringing roundness and reinforcing the sweetness of Chita heavy-type grain whisky with peach and custard aromas. Finally, Yamazaki Spanish oak cask malt whisky adds woody and bittersweet notes to the blend. The result is a vivid, well-balanced and silky blend with a subtle sweet-and-spicy finish.


The smoothness of Suntory Whisky Toki allows for exceptional versatility — the expression can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, as a highball or mixed as a cocktail. The Suntory Whisky Toki highball is recommended for those interested in experiencing how whisky is enjoyed in Japan today. 

The highball is an artful blend of whisky and sparkling water over a generous serving of ice. In the 1950s, the highball was a favorite of whisky drinkers in Japan. The Japanese praised this simple, stylish cocktail as a refreshing way to drink whisky. They also loved how well it paired with Japanese cuisine. Since then, Suntory has played an important role in reestablishing the highball as a popular cocktail for a new generation of whisky drinkers.

To make the Toki highball in the proper Japanese serving ceremony, fill a tall glass to the brim with ice. Add one measure of whisky. Stir to cool the whisky and glass. Again add ice to the brim. Pour three measures of chilled sparkling water along the side of the glass to avoid melting the ice or bursting the bubbles. Add a twist of lemon. Enjoy.

TASTING NOTES – Suntory Whisky Toki (43% Alc./Vol. 750ml)

Color: clear gold

Nose: basil, green apple, honey

Palate: grapefruit, green grapes, peppermint, thyme

Finish: subtly sweet and spicy finish with a hint of vanilla oak, white pepper and ginger


Since 1923, as the pioneer of Japanese whisky, Suntory Whisky has been renowned for its House of Master Blenders and for their Art of Blending. The founding father of Japanese whisky, Shinjiro Torii, built Japan’s first malt whisky distillery in Yamazaki, near Kyoto—a region known for the purity of its water, where the traditional Japanese tea ceremony was born. Torii dreamt of creating an authentically Japanese whisky by choosing a terrain and climate completely different to that of Scotland, thereby cultivating unique conditions for maturation.

In 1972, Torii’s son Keizo Saji, Suntory’s second master blender, built the Chita grain distillery near Nagoya to produce more of their own high quality grain whiskies. In 1973, Saji founded the Hakushu distillery amidst the deep forests of Mt. Kaikomagatake in the Japanese Southern Alps. Its high altitude and lush environment is what differentiates Hakushu from other distilleries.

With three distilleries and a great diversity in whisky making (different still shapes, five types of cask, and three varieties of wood), Suntory produces over 100 malt and grain whiskies which amounts to the whole of Scotland’s production.

With respect to heritage and a commitment to innovation, third generation master Blender Shingo Torii, and grandson of Shinjiro, now leads this most highly awarded House of Japanese Whisky. Today the House of Suntory Whisky has been named four-time Distiller of the Year at the International Spirits Challenge in London, UK (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014).

Suntory Whiskies are subtle, refined and complex. The portfolio includes two single malt whiskies:  Yamazaki—Japan’s N°1 Single Malt, multi-layered and profound, Hakushu—verdant, fresh, and delicately smoky; and two blends: the noble blend, Hibiki—Japan’s most highly awarded blended whisky and now, the new Suntory Whisky Toki.

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About Beam Suntory Inc.

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka and Midori liqueur.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and commitment to Growing for Good. Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit http://www.beamsuntory.com/ and http://www.drinksmart.com/.

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