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Whisky Wednesday reviews Pappy van Winkle 20yo – American Whiskey News



How often do you hear me talking about twenty-year old Bourbon? Never? Yeah, I thought so as well. I’m honestly perplexed that this product can actually exist, let alone having the ability to try and review it. 

At this point in the PVW range, we’re seeing and tasting things that are so unlikely to be released from any distiller. Not only do you have to consider the evaporation per year (8-12%) but also sitting in virgin oak for a minimum of two decades. Thankfully, utilizing a wheated mash bill has helped massively, although I would probably consider this the driest of the range so far but it also has some wonderful exotic elements of watermelon and clean citrus notes. A Masterclass in how to manage old bourbon of there ever was one. Cheers!

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In honour of the wood which matures The Original, Glenmorangie has formed an innovative collaboration with bicycle pioneer Renovo, to create a ground-breaking limited edition of bicycles from the whisky’s casks.

It takes a decade of patient maturation in the finest casks – only ever used twice – to create the smoother, rounder taste of Glenmorangie’s signature single malt, The Original. Inspired by the character that the ex-bourbon casks bring to the whisky, the award-winning Highland distillery brings new life to their staves, in the world’s first bicycles made from whisky casks.

Renovo shares Glenmorangie’s passion for wood – its founder was so inspired by the material’s superior abilities to create a smoother ride, that he designed the first engineered wooden bicycle more than a decade ago.  When the casks’ work at the distillery is done, their staves are shipped from Scotland to Renovo’s workshop in Oregon, in the U.S.  There, with a meticulous precision which echoes Glenmorangie’s uncompromising dedication to whisky creation, they are crafted into Glenmorangie Original bicycles. Each contains about 15 staves in a frame which reflects the curvature of the casks.

Since 1843, Glenmorangie has been renowned for its innovative whisky creation and expertise in wood.  While many distilleries may fill casks up to five or six times, the casks of The Original are used only twice – ensuring they always remain full of flavour, to enrich the spirit within. From first-fill casks, the whisky gains wonderful wood notes of vanilla, almond, coconut and honey.  The second-fill casks invite the citrus tones of Glenmorangie’s spirit to shine through.  Together, they create The Original’s soft and smooth style.

Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling & Whisky Creation, said: “Glenmorangie is renowned for using the finest casks just twice, to create the smoother, rounder profile of The Original – a whisky which beautifully balances hints of ripening peaches and citrus fruits with creamy, vanilla notes, to delight malt connoisseurs and amateurs alike. This pioneering collaboration with Renovo brings new life to the casks which inspire our whisky. Each one of these limited-edition bicycles is a fitting celebration of our expertise in wood and shared passion for creativity.”

Renovo’s founder Ken Wheeler, said: “We are so excited to be working with Glenmorangie, a distillery with which we feel such affinity.  Renovo is dedicated to honouring wood in the creation of our bicycles, engineered to perfection for a smoother ride.  And these beautiful machines, uniquely fashioned from Glenmorangie’s staves, will inspire anyone with a taste for innovation.” 



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About Glenmorangie:

Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky originates in the Scottish Highlands where, at

the Glenmorangie Distillery, it is distilled in the tallest malt whisky stills in Scotland for a purer spirit, expertly matured in the finest oak casks for great depth, and perfected by the Men of Tain.  The Distillery was founded in 1843 and is renowned as a pioneer in its field, uniting tradition with innovation.

Glenmorangie Original bicycles:

Inspired by a shared passion for innovation with wood, Glenmorangie’s collaboration with Renovo celebrates the casks of Glenmorangie Original – the signature expression of Glenmorangie’s spirit. The hollow frame of each Glenmorangie Original bicycle is created from about 15 staves, taken from the casks in which Glenmorangie Original was matured.  Each is uniquely designed to embrace the trapezoidal shape of each stave, as well as the curve of the barrel in the frame’s down tube – the largest tube on the frame.  When shipped to Portland, the staves were first kiln dried to ensure their suitability for Renovo’s purposes.  Then the staves’ charred surfaces were smoothed away, before they were handcrafted into frames by Renovo’s select craftsmen – each taking more than 20 hours to create.  The frames, which vary in size to accommodate different riders (from 52-61cm), incorporate the American oak of Glenmorangie’s staves, alongside a small proportion of darker sapele wood, which brings an intriguing colour contrast to the wood of the staves. Given a durable coating, decorated with Glenmorangie’s Signet icon and individually numbered, these bicycles, which weigh around 18lb, (8.1kg) form a beautiful and functional tribute to the character of Glenmorangie Original. RRP: £5,400 

List of participating outlets: 

On Premise

  • Boisdale Canary Wharf (Bicycle Display & Cocktail Fair)
  • Boisdale of Bishopsgate (Cocktail Fair)
  • Boisdale of Mayfair (Cocktail Fair)
  • Boisdale Belgravia (Cocktail Fair)

Off Premise:

  • The Whisky Shop Piccadilly (Bicycle Display and Whisky Tasting with UK Brand Ambassador Max Helms)
  • Soho Wine Supply (Bicycle Display and Whisky Tastings with UK Brand Ambassador Max Helms)
  • Luvians Bottle Shop @ St Andrews (Bicycle Display and Whisky Tastings with UK Brand Ambassador Max Helms)

Beyond the Cask:

Glenmorangie’s collaboration with Renovo is the second partnership in the Distillery’s Beyond the Cask series, which celebrates the casks in which Glenmorangie Original is matured, by repurposing their staves in innovative ways.  Last year, Glenmorangie created an exquisite limited edition of the world’s first Scotch whisky sunglasses, with renowned British eyewear designer Finlay & Co.

About Renovo:

Founded in 2007 by Ken Wheeler, Renovo pioneered the first engineered wooden bicycles.  Ken, an avid touring cyclist, has a background in aircraft design, and was inspired to create bicycles out of wood because of the material’s superior engineering properties: it shows less fatigue than other materials and excels at absorbing vibration – ensuring a smoother ride.  Committed to creating fine quality bicycles, Renovo feels a strong affinity with Glenmorangie. Like the distillery, Renovo combines traditional materials and innovative thinking, for inspirational results.

Responsible Drinking:

The Glenmorangie Company advocates responsible drinking and suggests that drinkers savour Glenmorangie whiskies in moderation and in line with recommended daily guidelines for alcohol consumption.

Collectivum XXVIII at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News


Collectivum XXVIII

This unique release is a master blend of malt whiskies from all 28 of Diageo’s operational single malt distilleries. With a limited availability worldwide, this blended malt with whisky from five of Scotland’s regions is presented at a strength of 57.3% abv.

The nose is spicy-sweet and fruity with green leaves and rich vanilla, before herbal notes, mint toffee and candied fruits. The palate balances sweetness and acidity, with nuts and spice leading, followed by a building candy and barley sugar influence. Almonds and citrus develop and are joined by rich dark chocolate. The finish is warming and buttery, with a touch of sharp fruit.

£150 Pre-Order Now

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K&L California “Collabor&tion Bourbons – A New Project You Don’t Want To Miss” – American Whiskey News


“I’ll give you my honest opinion: they’re both very, very good and completely different than anything else in the market right now.” David Driscoll, K&L Assistant Head Buyer

For those on the hunt for the next big thing out of Bourbon County, we have precisely the bottles you are looking for. Our old friends at Copper & Kings have joined forces with Bardstown Bourbon Company (BBCo for short) to craft a pair of Bourbons that offer equal parts pure deliciousness and intellectual engagement. The skinny is this, BBCo took two ten year old MGP-distilled whiskies and finished them for eighteen months – one in a brandy barrel and the other in a Mistelle cask – both of which were provided by Copper & Kings. We’ll cut to the quick and simply say the results are nothing short of ethereal.

Each are endowed with a classic bourbon core of figs, caramel, and raisins but are also wonderfully accented by the Copper & King casks. As our Spirits Buyer, David Driscoll notes, there’s simply nothing in the market quite like them. Copper & Kings has a proven track record of crafting some truly amazing spirits and given what we’ve seen from BBCo in this project, we expect many more good things from them in the future. Given the unique nature of these bottlings, we’ve decided to offer them on a pre-arrival basis. If you want to be the first kid on the block with one of the most exciting spirits we’ve seen this year, then order-up and lock-in your bottles now. Only 200 bottles of each are available.

Check out David Driscoll’s blog post for the full story on these amazing Bourbons.


Bardstown Bourbon Company “Collabor&tion – Brandy Barrel Finish” Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) ($124.99)

The Collaboration series is the first release of whiskey from Kentucky’s soon-to-be star Bardstown Bourbon Company, a project done in “collaboration” with Louisville brandy specialists Copper & Kings. Using 10 year old stocks of Bourbon distilled at MGP in Indiana, BBCo finished each of the whiskies for an additional 18 months in two different types of casks: American brandy and Muscat Mistelle. Made from 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% malted barley, the Collabor&tion expression aged in Copper & Kings American brandy barrels is bottled at cask strength of 113 proof and offers classic, yet bold Bourbon flavor with vanilla, oak spices, and a concentrated richness that speaks to the age of the whiskey. We tasted this on our initial visit to the distillery this past summer and instantly fell in love with the additional fruit and subtle sweetness added from the brandy barrel finishing. It has all the classic flavors of great Bourbon but with extra lift and roundness on the finish. In the spirit of collaboration, the teams at BBCo and Copper & Kings really knocked this one out of the park. NOTE: Due to the shape of the Collabor&ation bottle it cannot be consolidated with other bottles shipping and must ship in its own individual package.

Bardstown Bourbon Company “Collabor&tion – Mistelle Barrel Finish” Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) ($124.99)

Made from 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% malted barley, the Collabor&tion expression aged in Mistelle barrels has an incredible viscosity and chewiness to its texture from the time spent in the used casks. Mistelle is unfermented grape juice (in this case Muscat) fortified with un-aged brandy (Muscat eau-de-vie) and then aged in bourbon barrels for 18 months. The empty barrels are deeply and highly caramelized with the grape sugars and fruit essences and the Collabor&tion whiskey aged in these barrels is pure joy. It’s a completely novel sensory experience; deeply concentrated, rich whiskey that has a supple, fruity, and absolutely delicious finish. It’s both an incredibly unique and divine tasting experience. Bottled at 47% cask strength ABV. NOTE: Due to the shape of the Collabor&ation bottle it cannot be consolidated with other bottles shipping and must ship in its own individual package.

These products are expected to arrive for shipment or pickup by October, 2017.


The Kitchen at St. Georges Distillery is Now Open – English Whisky News



We are thrilled to announce the opening of The Kitchen, our new restaurant set in the grounds of St Georges Distillery, home to The English Whisky Co. We’ve created a relaxing and comfortable environment for you to enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch or simply coffee or cake. In addition to our restaurant, we also have  outside seating on the terrace to enjoy those warm summer days. We are open 9am – 4.15pm seven days a week.




If you’re visiting ‘The Kitchen’ why not make time to take a tour at the distillery or take a  walk down to the river and see more of what St. George’s has to offer.



Ralfy Publishes Ralfy Review #684 – Scotch Whisky News


Ralfy explores a peaty mid-highlander with Ralfy Review 684 - Ballechin 10yo @ 46%vol






Japan’s Oldest Whisky Distillery Releases Limited Edition Offering

Aged For 18 Years Exclusively In Japanese Mizunara Oak

CHICAGO, IL (September 12, 2017) – For more than three generations, the master blenders at Suntory Whisky, the founding house of Japanese Whisky, have devoted themselves to pursuing the harmony of Japanese nature and craftsmanship. One of the most impressive examples of this pursuit is found in Mizunara, the Japanese oak. The wood from this rare and demanding tree inspired Suntory to take a momentous step forward in whisky making, both in perfecting new cask-making techniques and in creating flavors never before tasted in whisky. Suntory’s blenders have brought the essence of the noble Mizunara into a peerless liquid – tantalizingly spicy, redolent of incense and uniquely Japanese.

Revealing their mastery of the Art of Mizunara, The House of Suntory Whisky proudly introduces The Yamazaki® Mizunara 2017 Edition™ available as of October 2017. 

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The Mizunara cask is a perfect expression of “Tsukuriwake” – the art of diversity in whisky making. Diverse grain types, as well as fermentation, distillation and maturation techniques, underpin Suntory’s legendary Art of Blending. This diversity enables Suntory to produce more than 100 different malt and grain whiskies at the Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita distilleries and allows Suntory complete self-sufficiency in the creation of its blends.

It is at Yamazaki, Japan’s oldest malt whisky distillery and the House of Suntory’s soulplace, where the art of “Tsukuriwake” is pushed the furthest. Built in 1923 by Shinjiro Torii, the founding father of Japanese Whisky, Yamazaki produces a wide variety of malt whiskies. Only Yamazaki whiskies—and only a few—have had the privilege of maturing in Mizunara casks, creating one of the most uniquely flavored and distinctly Japanese whiskies in the world.

For Suntory’s fourth Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo, every creation is a new journey to achieve the exquisite balance of subtlety, refinement and complexity that is the hallmark of all Suntory whiskies. In his pursuit of true “Mizunara-ness,” he tasted a few hundred Mizunara whiskies and made selections with varying ages, from 18 years old and beyond. A very small portion exceed even 50 years of maturation, which give this limited edition an incomparable depth and a flavor that lingers long after the liquid has passed the lips.

Fukuyo knew from the start that the Yamazaki Mizunara 2017 Edition was not intended for a familiar, relaxing moment. He wanted this uniquely Japanese whisky to be dramatic and unforgettable:

“I wanted to reveal the whisky’s soul that is the Art of Mizunara—a heightened sense and awakened palate engaged through aromas and flavors never known before. Encountering it should be a moment of epiphany.”

Pioneering the Mizunara Cask

It is said that in the early 1940s, Suntory’s blenders began small scale experiments with Mizunara. But it wasn’t until the end of World War II, when it became difficult to import wood, that Suntory truly focused on mastering the homegrown Mizunara cask.

Although only found in a few regions within Japan, it wasn’t Mizunara’s rarity that presented the greatest challenge to cask makers. It was the hard, permeable nature of the wood. The name Mizunara comes from the tree’s high moisture content – in Japanese “mizu” means water and “nara” means oak. Its permeable character is less than ideal for cask making since liquid can easily seep through the wood. And because Mizunara is a hardwood, it can be difficult to shape and join with the precision needed to prevent leaks.

Through great perseverance, Suntory’s craftsmen mastered the art of Mizunara cask-making by learning how to identify the right trees to make perfectly true casks. Although rarer, Suntory’s cask makers found that straight grain trees are less permeable. Trees suitable for cask making must have grown perfectly straight and have a diameter of at least 27.5 inches. They also tend to be far older than trees used in other casks.

In keeping with Suntory’s deep respect for the environment, trees are only cut if their removal will not jeopardize the health of the forest.

Taste Blessed by The Passage of Time

Throughout their long history using Mizunara casks, Suntory’s blenders have observed that age is the key to unlocking the signature taste of Mizunara whisky. A long maturation period reveals the distinctive spiciness and incense-like flavor of sandalwood and aloe wood that Suntory considers as the quintessential “Mizunara-ness.”

With many other cask types, whisky usually reaches a maturation peak at some point. But even at 50 years and beyond, the top-note and after-taste aromas of Mizunara whiskies are generally still improving. This unique ability to support long-term aging affords endless opportunities to experience the evolution and refinement of Mizunara whiskies over time.

Tasting Notes

Color:  Amber

Nose:   Rich and elegant fragrance, aloe wood, cinnamon

Palate:  Condensed sweetness, silky texture, dry fruits, coconut, orange marmalade

Finish:  Distinctive spiciness lingers with Japanese incense, aloe wood, cinnamon and tartness

Yamazaki Mizunara Cask 2017 Edition is presented at 48% alcohol by volume (96 proof) with a suggested retail price of $1,000.00 (750ml). The bottle label is 100% handcrafted mulberry Echizen paper produced via a slow process of drying on wood boards (a traditional Japanese method). The wood box that encloses the bottle is made of cask material used in the aging of Suntory whisky.


Suntory was established in 1899 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. 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 Suntory Whisky Toki – ideal for Japanese highballs.

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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, Hornitos and Sauza tequila, EFFEN and Pinnacle vodka, Sipsmith gin, 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 Chicago, 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 www.beamsuntory.com/ and www.drinksmart.com.

Introducing Speyburn 15 Years Old – Scotch Whisky News


Whisky from the heart of Speyside

Introducing Speyburn 15 Years Old

We’re thrilled to introduce you to a new limited release expression, Speyburn 15 Years Old.

The 15 Years Old is created using fresh spring water from the Granty Burn, a stream flowing with soft and clear spring water and a major tributary of the River Spey. This unique expression has been matured in American oak and Spanish oak casks, adopting the fragrant Speyside air and surrounding rich woodland over time to become a full-bodied and vibrant dram.

The distinctive amber liquid with golden highlights, has the aroma of subtle dark chocolate, vanilla, orange, raisins and spice. The rich taste is bursting, with notes of citrus fruits and has a creamy, warm and long-lasting finish.

Click here to discover more about Speyburn 15 Years Old

For the first time in five years Speyburn has a new look

To complement the launch of Speyburn 15 Years Old we are also excited to reveal that the complete Speyburn collection has also had a make-over.

The refreshed packaging pays homage to Speyburn Distillery and it’s 120 years of whisky-making traditions, whilst also showcasing the natural landscape of the distillery’s home in the heart of Speyside. Each release in the collection features photography of the iconic distillery and the stunning surrounding Speyside landscape. Each pack continues to carry the brand’s iconic leaping salmon emblem, a tribute to the River Spey which is as famous for its salmon fishing as it is with its relationship with whisky.  The bottle is now presented in a premium carton, perfect for any gifting occasion.

The new packaging will be rolled out Globally over the coming months but why not click visit our website now for an opportunity to see our new look now!

Buy Port Ellen 33 Year Old at Milroys of Soho – Scotch Whisky News

Port Ellen XOP

Port Ellen is the name for collectors Islay whiskies. The distillery closed in 1983, having enjoyed a phenomenal reputation amongst whisky drinkers, the remaining stocks are in serious demand.

This release in the XOP range has been ageing slowly in refill casks for 33 years, making it from the last year of Port Ellen’s distillation. With such a demand, future releases will only become more valuable as scarcity will drive this wonderful spirit off our shelves.

Nose: Soft peat, with delicate vanilla spice and a hint of lemon sherbert.
Palate: Smoky, charred pineapple intertwined with sweet barley and toffee apple.

Web Exclusive Price: £1329.05

Buy Port Ellen 33 Year Old


This is an excellent example of a beautifully aged, single cask Bowmore. Douglas Laing have tirelessly selected this extremely rare whisky for us to taste.

Nose: Sear air, gentle peat and soft parma violets.
Palate: Smokey and rich with vanilla and fudge.

Late 80s Bowmores are a shop favourite, and with time these will be harder to find. This week it is at this exclusive web price.

Web Exclusive Price: £255.95

Buy Bowmore 25 Year Old

Vintage Glenrothes: brand new single casks at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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New Releases

The new releases are coming thick and fast with three new single cask vintages from Glenrothes in Speyside arriving this week. Now available to order online, only a few hundred bottles of each have been produced, each one exclusive to the UK market.

Next day UK delivey available
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Glenrothes 1976


 Glenrothes 2000


Glenrothes 2006


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