Archive for July, 2009

News from Federal Wine & Spirits in Boston

New Releases Malts: Blackadder ReleasesBuy Now and Beat The Whisky Tax!!!


Joe writes,
These were not large bottlings. We are down to the last few of some, and the tax man will be doing a dance on my whisky bottles and on your whisky budget. Aug 1st.
Most bottlings are Raw Cask (Cask Strength) three at 46%. I have tasted most of these single malts . The quality is fantastic . Some are from closed distilleries, hard-to-find bottlings sought out by whisky fanatics.
Blackadder is a small, hand-crafted brand less broadly known, but highly prized by malt connoisseurs. Their Raw Casks are as close as you can get to tasting single malts direct from the cask. Adding water to these cask strength single malts makes them bloom in aroma and flavor. Then you will really taste the quality and the depth of these whiskies.

Peat Reek 46% $76.99 A wonderfully peated single malt from Islay.

Aberlour 17 Y.O. 46% $107.99 This is a fairly sweet malt with a little peat and a long, delicately smokey finish.

Auchroisk 18 Y.O. 46% $110.00 A classic fruity and sweet Speyside malt with full rounded flavor and a long lingering finish.

Lochranza 11 Y.O. 53.6% $120.00 (Isle Of Arran) An Arran showing a touch more peat than the distilery bottling, Very Nice.

Isle of Jura 14 Y.O. 55.6% $125.00 A wonderful example from this distillery, should be better known. Distillery manager Willie Tate who has been at Federal, may have distilled this gem from Jura, where Orwell wrote 1984. Was his Jura this good!!!!!

Tomatin 17 Y.O. 59.1% $145.00 This Highland single malt should be seen by more.

Balmenach 17 Y.O. 57.4% $165.00

Linkwood 17 Y.O. 56% $165.00 Well sherried & wonderful, shows why the blends take most of the stock. A crowd pleaser!!!!!

Mortlach 17 Y.O. 58.4% $175.00 A dryer, maybe Fino sherry cask, a multi layered single malt. Very Nice.

Lochside 26 Y.O. 55.8% $265.00 (Closed Dist.) A wonderfull single malt with amazing exoctic Asian fruit, great balance, and a long elegant finish. 3 bottles left!

Blairfindy 31 Y.O. 43% $275.00 This sherried Speyside whisky gives a big rich, slightly chewy feel on the palate which gives way to a long, sweet and exceptionally fruity finsh. A Classic from this unnamed distillery.

Glenury Royal 34 Y.O. 47.7% $325.00 (Closed Dist.) A class act. Stunning!!!!
3 bottles left.

Len Rothenberg

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Please pass this on to any friends who are whisky enthusiasts!

Len Rothenberg
Federal Wine & Spirits


Phone: (617) 367-8605

News from Loch Fyne Whiskies – 2


Loch Fyne Whiskies News has posted a new item, ‘Octomore 2’

140 ppm peating levels at distillation from Bruichladdich…


Octomore 2
62.5% abv
£76.50 inc vat
£66.52 ex vat

You may view the latest post at

Best regards,
Loch Fyne Whiskies


News from Loch Fyne Whiskies – 1


Loch Fyne Whiskies News has posted a new item, ‘Aultmore CC 1995’


Aultmore CC 1995
43% abv
£26.60 inc vaT
£23.13 ex vat

You may view the latest post at

Best regards,
Loch Fyne Whiskies


Reminder – Gordon & MacPhail Scotch Tasting

Gordon & MacPhail Scotch Tasting
Tasting Today; Scotches will be available to order at discount price until Friday
Tuesday July 28th. 5:00 P.M. & 6:00 P.M.
with importer Matt Chivian

With weather like Scotland, why not have a Scotch Tasting!!!
This Tuesday we will show some of the best priced, best values in Single Malts of this Year.
We will taste three very good eight-year-old single malts, all Great Values$$

A single malt three years shy of forty, called by some “The Rolls Royce of Single Malts!”

This is one you do not want to miss!

Glenrothes 8 Y.O. 43% Reg. $34.99 – Sale $31.99

Tamdhu 8 Y.O. 43% Reg. $34.99 – Sale $31.99

Highland Park 8 Y.O 43% Reg. $34.99 – Sale $31.99

Craigellachie 15 Y.O. 43% Reg. $78.99 – Sale $63.99

Isle of Jura 14 Y.O. 46% Reg. $75.99 – Sale $62.99

Especially for the tasting we have gotten in some very hard-to-find Glencarn Single Malt Scotch Glasses. People at the tasting ,or who order before it can add one at $5 for each bottle of scotch ordered.
If any are left after the tasting, we will offer them at their regiular $12.99 price on a first come, first served basis.

And the Bonus:

Macallan 37 Y.O. 53.3% Reg. $450.00 – Sale $399.99

You will not find many Sherried Macallans out there, even from the distillery itself. This Amazing single malt is precious. It is a Scotch that will not be replicated or forgotten or.
It is an elegant, well balanced malt with great depth, very multi layered, and a long , gracious finish. If this were a distillery bottling the price would be at least $2500. Don’t miss it.

Buy your malts now…
Massachusetts sales tax on spirits goes into effect August 1!

Please pass this on to any friends who are scotch enthusiasts.

Joe Howell
Federal Wine & Spirits


Phone: 617-367-8605

Whisky Fun Has a Birthday July 28th, 2009

Our friend Serge Valentin at Whisky Fun today celebrates the 7th birthday of Whisky Fun and has posted an amazing number of tasting notes and music reviews during the last 7 years.

Whisky Fun was registered on the 28th of July 2002.




Miltonduff 8yo (43%, Duncan Taylor, Battlehill)


Another bottling from Duncan Taylor under the Battlehill name, bottled at 43% and youngish at 8 years old. The nose is of over ripe banana, toffee, tinned fruit salad, cedar and dry dusty malt with a very slight metallic back ground. After a few minutes green notes pop up; cut grass and some pepper followed by some sweetness. An intriguingly pleasant nose. After another short period the dry dusty malt (think of being in the malt barns or even in close proximity to the mill). The taste is clean and vibrant and very fruity at first followed by malt and jam like flavours. Huge fruit and malt that goes on and on. After a very short period chocolate pops up (dark chocolate) with a continuation of the malt and banana theme. The finish is of malt, hints of leather, liquorice and fruit and mildly bitter cold tea (depends whether you take sugar in your tea I suppose) and a final dramatic arrival of the combined dusty dry malt (huge) and banana.

What a pleasant dram.

Score 84 points.

C$68 (a steal).


Tullamore Dew launches first Single Malt

This is some old news however it is still worthwhile;


C&C International is adding a 10 Year Old Single Malt to its Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey range where it joins the three existing blends – Standard, 10 Year Old Reserve and 12 Year Old Special Reserve.

The new whiskey will be rolled out across the world from May 2009.

Aged in a variety of Old Bourbon, Dry Oloroso Sherry, Madeira and Port casks, Tullamore Dew 10 Year Old Single Malt is being described by the company as “a singularly rich and mellow expression of a legendary Irish whiskey”.

Distillery notes characterise the whiskey as:

Colour: Deep amber gold.
Aroma: Quite an intense malty, fruity and toasted wood aroma. Intriguing floral, toasted wood and vanilla notes, with a hint of sherry Christmas cake.
Taste: Wonderfully rich, spicy and complex. Really mellow and rounded.
Finish: A smooth finish with malt and sherry notes slowly fading.

Tullamore Dew’s first Single Malt will also be the most expensive product in the range.

“At the same time as building the standard blend to over 600,000 cases, we have been working towards a complete line-up of ages, flavours and qualities to meet growing consumer demand for Irish whiskey experiences” says C&C International marketing manager, Ann O’Leary.

“Adding a Single Malt to the collection is a very prestigious step for the number two Irish whiskey brand in the world.”

New Tullamore Dew 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish whiskey will be available in 700ml and 750ml sizes, packed in cases of 6.

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for further information:  Mike Spreckley/Lena Keolian
     Spreckley Partners Ltd, London
     Tel: +44 (0)20 7388 9988


22 April 2009

News from Maltstock Festival in Holland


Hello whisky friends,

Only 6 weeks to Maltstock. A lot of work has been done over the last few weeks and we have some exciting news for you.

Free masterclasses
At Maltstock all masterclasses are free. We do however ask you book your masterclass(es) in advance. On our website you will find all planned masterclasses under “program”. Very soon you will be able to book the free masterclasses online.

Old bottlings at Maltstock
The well known Dutch whisky collector Jeroen Koetsier will also be present at Maltstock. He will be brining some great old bottlings for you to try. Also he will be brining a few very nice Japanese whiskies. These bottlings will not be free, but will be cheaper than at a regular festival

Scottish breakfast by Hotel Veldenbos.
We’re very happy to have Hotel Veldenbos to come over and make sure you all get a great Scottish Breakfast. For those of you who are not yet familiar with Hotel Veldenbos, they are the next best whisky weekend to Maltstock. It’s a hotel-restaurant in the beautiful Dutch “Veluwe”, which is one of Holland’s most beautiful nature area’s with great walking opportunities. They have a very nice collecting of over 350 whiskies. And every evening you can enjoy a terrific whisky diner at the restaurant. They are very passionate about whisky and make some great dishes prepared with whisky.

Maltstock on Single Malt TV
Perhaps you already saw the interview Single Malt TV did with Teun van Wel on Maltstock. If not you can watch the interview here:  Also check out the SMTV blog: SMTV will be following Maltstock and most likely will be coming over to cover the event.

If you haven’t booked your place at Maltstock yet, please do so as soon as possible. We currently still have a few beds left. And remember everybody is welcome. You do not have to be part of a whisky club.

Looking forward to meeting you all in September. See you at Maltstock!

Teun, Bob & Maltstock team

MacLeod’s Isle of Skye 8yo (43%, Ian MacLeod, +/-2009, 750ml)

From the label; “An exceptionally smooth and mellow Scotch whisky blend containing a high proportion of Island and Speyside malts.” The nose reveals the distinctive & pleasant characteristic of grain whisky along with some sweetness and wood notes; some oak spiciness. Fruit cake and brine. Quite unlike most blends. The taste is gentle and rounded and quite delicious with some very sweet smoke intermingled with light coal tar, warming, some hints of bandages or Hessian. Mild banana. A very gentle mouth feel. The finish is long and warming with more smoke, followed by the sweetness and the mild banana, dry oak notes and cold tea (without milk or sugar). Extraordinarily good.

US$27 in the USA. Worth twice as much actually. Find it and try it. Don’t think, just do it.

Score 85 Points. (Sample compliments of Sam Filmus of ImpEx Beverages Inc)

Visit Isle of Skye Blend at


A Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting in Germany

Tasting 1: The Power and the Glory, Running on two consecutive evenings (Friday & Saturday, 11th & 12th September)

A cosy, relaxed and informal tasting of six very rare and now hard to find bottlings. The tasting will be held in Erding (close to Munich) just a few minutes walk from Erding S-Bahn station and will include 2cl of each whisky, water and bread to clear the palate between drams, a mixed platter of hams and cheese, plus some rich chocolate and smoked salmon, specially selected to accompany the whiskies and enhance the flavour experience. 

Glenburgie; 15 years old, 1992-2007, CS (distillery only) edition, 58.8% ABV

Dallas Dhu; 21.2.1978 – 2.8.2001, 23y,  cask 344, Bottle 109 / 844, 46% ABV

Macallan 18y, 1979-1997, dated classic label, 43% ABV

Ardbeg 1974, Signatory (dumpy bottle), Casks 662 & 1034, bottle 50 / 362, distilled 22.3.1974, bottled 6.4.1998, 51.2% ABV

Bowmore 17y, First fill Sherry Butt, cask 2060, 19.8.1991-3.11.2008, 56.2% ABV

‘Port Charlotte’ PC7, 7 years old, 61% ABV

The price of this tasting is 50 Euros per person.

Please contact Keith Wood at

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