Archive for September, 2009

Glenmorangie Tasting with Ambassador David Blackmore at the Dundee Dell in Omaha – Scotch Whisky News

October 1st (Thursday) Single Malt Tasting 7:00 p.m.

Glenmorangie Tasting with Ambassador David Blackmore.

We’re joined by David Blackmore, Brand Ambassador for Glenmorangie. and we’ll tour the recent finishes, as well as Astar, Signet and Sonnalta.

Call or email with reservations… Last year, this event is almost sold out.
David will take us through the new Glenmo line, and we’ve given him carte blanche with the rarities too! The Dundee Dell has over 700 whiskies!

$50 per person. 402.553.9501 or

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Macallan 14yo 1991/2005 (46%, The Alchemist, D04/’99 B07/’05)-Tasting Note


An independent bottling of Macallan selected by Gordon Wright of The Alchemist and this particular example is from a fresh sherry cask. The nose is grassy, of roses, lemon and slight solvent followed by some malt. After a short while the sweetness struggles through the grass and floral and solvent; there is also some light varnish hovering over the malt which continues to pop in and out of the picture. The taste is strong, quite sweet and very malty with a back ground of honey and clove along with a hint of bitter chocolate; there is some marmalade also (the citrus all dressed up). With water the varnish vanishes (it takes a lot of water) and it is sweet and malty, definitely much improved by the addition of water. The finish is very malty along with cocoa powder and very spicy oak. It is very long and the oak is very pleasant, the malt is dominant at this point.

Singularly different from the Official Bottlings and a good example of something unusual from the Macallan Distillery.


Loch Fyne Whiskies Stocks ‘Port Ellen Signatory 1982 27yo’ – Scotch Whisky News


Loch Fyne Whiskies News has posted a new item, ‘Port Ellen Signatory 1982 27yo’

Port Ellen 1982 27yo bottled by Signatory Vintage
59.0% abv
£135.00 inc vat
£117.39 ex vat

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Best regards,
Loch Fyne Whiskies


The Whisky Exchange Now Ships to Sweden – Scotch Whisky News


Helan går till Sverige!

The Whisky Exchange is delighted to announce that we are now able to ship to Sweden!

As far as we are aware, TWE is the first – and only – online retailer to register with the Swedish tax authorities for duty and VAT on alcoholic products.  This means that our Swedish fans can now order whisky from TWE and pay the correct tax and duty online, knowing that their orders will be despatched and delivered safely and legally with no danger of delays, confiscation or extra charges to pay.

This is how it works:

 In the checkout area after you have chosen your products, you will be asked to select your country.

When you select ‘Sweden’, two extra lines will appear in your basket showing the Swedish duty and VAT.

You can click on the question-mark icon beside each of these lines to see a breakdown of how much you are paying for each item in your order.

You can then continue with the checkout process as normal.

When you reach the final checkout page you will be asked to enter your Personal Identity Number (Personnummer).  This is a requirement by the Swedish government to confirm that you are at least twenty years of age. 

 This number is used by us only to verify your age.

Now you can sit back in full confidence and wait for your lovely whisky to arrive!

Don’t forget, if you are a business customer registered for Swedish VAT and the whisky is a business expense you can claim back all the VAT from the Swedish government!

The Whisky Exchange would like to welcome all of our Swedish friends and wish them many happy hours of surfing and safe, secure, worry-free ordering.  Skål!

‘Exclusive Range’ Launched by The Creative Whisky Co Ltd in September 2009 – Scotch Whisky News


Exclusive Range
Launched by The Creative Whisky Co Ltd in September 2009.

The Exclusive Range aims to be affordable, stylish and still of the quality associated with all bottlings from The Creative Whisky Co Ltd. The Exclusive Range are all single cask bottlings, unchil-filtered and uncoloured and bottled at 45%. Each cask has been carefully selected for its uniqueness, complexity and overall quality. Currently these will be available in Japan, Germany, Taiwan, Switzerland and Sweden and available at in the UK. For further information or interest in import/distribution, please contact

Aberfeldy 1999 10yo 45% American oak
Nose: Rich oak and vanilla. Crushed hazelnuts. Creamy.
Palate: Sweet at first with loads of vanilla and cream flavours.
Finish: Extraordinary finish with tropical fruit flavours mixed with a nutty aftertaste.

Bowmore 1995 14yo 45% Refill butt
Nose: Perfumed peat with mild sherry flavours and soft fruits.
Palate: Soft at first with earthy peat and anise.
Finish: Hot and peppery with a sugary-sweet aftertaste.

Clynelish 1997 12yo 45% Refill hogshead
Nose: Rich spices with cloves and grappa-like notes. Hints of lemon.
Palate: Hugely rich and powerful. Sweet and malty with masses of honey and spice.
Finish: Long sweet, honey finish with a spicy-rich aftertaste.

Craigellachie 1996 12yo 45% European oak
Nose: Raisins in syrup. Brown sugar. Vanilla and oak.
Palate: Again loads of raisin flavours ? dry oakiness with a rich spiciness.
Finish: Dry finish with a pine-fresh aftertaste.

Cragganmore 1999 10yo 45% American oak
Nose: Rich and creamy with heavy Sherry notes. Fruit & Madeira cake.
Palate: Deliciously sweet and fruity at first with loads of oak and sherry flavours.
Finish: Long, sweet finish with a richly-fruity aftertaste.

Glen Ord 1999 10yo 45% American oak
Nose: Like a walk through a scented forest. Craemy and rich with lots of malty notes.
Palate: Oodles of rich malt flavours mixed with spicy oak and vanilla.
Finish: A warming, sugary finish with lots of vanilla and cream in the aftertaste.

Longmorn 1998 11yo 45% Refill hogshead
Nose: Honey and malt with brandy butter and Tablet.
Palate: Sweet and malty with rich, jellied fruits and icing sugar.
Finish: Long sweet finish with lots of malt and sweet oak notes on the aftertaste.

Glenrothes 1999 9yo 45% Refill butt
Nose: Raisins in sugar. Heathery-sweet with cloves. Dry.
Palate: Malty with rich plum-cake flavours. Slightly salty.
Finish: Sharp finish with a salty-sweet aftertaste.

Laphroaig 1996 12yo 45% Refill hogshead
Nose: Smoked fish with herbs and spices. Very phenolic.
Palate: Masses of sweet, earthy and herbal peat. Rich.
Finish: Long, hot and spicy with a real earthy aftertaste.

News from Abhainn Dearg Distillery – Scotch Whisky News


Just a quick line for those who would like to see Abhainn Dearg, or at least a glimpse of the distillery on TV including a rather bizarre scene of Marko sitting on Ardroil beach glass in hand?

Jonathan Meades Off Kilter –  is available for the next two days, the Abhainn Dearg Distillery features 38 minutes into the documentary.  The Distillery will also feature early next year when ‘this editor’ got caught up in a BBC Alba documentary series, more on that nearer the date.

In the next few days we hope to send out information on a new ‘Whisky’ course we will be running at the distillery throughout the winter.  We are offering a unique opportunity to join us here at Abhainn Dearg. Places are going to be limited to only three people per week. The course will run on a weekly basis from Tuesday to Thursday, accommodation and meals will be included in the cost of the course, transport isn’t.

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Rosebank 18yo 1990/2008 (50%, Douglas Laing OMC, Refill Butt, C#4655, 672 Bts) – Tasting Note


An individual cask bottling by Douglas Laing under their Old Malt Cask label from a closed Lowland distillery and without chill filtration or added coloring and ‘no nonsense’. The nose is at first fragrant and fruity (citrus rather than field or tree fruit) followed by some light malt. Very light with some hints of heather and very light rose water. Very pleasant and clean. With water it opens up and becomes very sweet with malt, honey and oddly some toasted bread. The aroma is fragrant and flavorful but light. The taste is sweet, fruity and very clean, with the addition of some light malt and nice spice from the oak along with some dryness. A wonderful taste, quite delicious along with some later arrival of cocoa. With water is very sweet and malty but the malt is not over whelming, the sweetness is the larger flavour along with some more of the citrus. The finish is long fruity citrus with some woody dryness and malt.

A delicious Lowlander.


Score 86 Points

WhiskyCast EPISODE 219: SEPTEMBER, 2009 Now Available On-line – Scotch Whisky News

A double feature this week…the latest issue of Malt Advocate is out. John Hansell will give us a preview, and we’ll also talk about next month’s WhiskyFest in San Francisco. Mikael Mossvall of Mackmyra will give us an update on Sweden’s only single malt whisky and plans to export it to the U.S. in 2010. In the news, Jack and Jim pull out of NASCAR, new whiskies from Compass Box, Benromach, and Douglas Laing, and tasting notes for 10 different whiskies!

This week’s Park Avenue Liquor Shop incredibly special deal for WhiskyCast listeners!

Glen Ord 30 Year Old

WhiskyCast listeners will recieve a 25% discount on the newly-released Glen Ord 30YO distillery bottling from the original $240 price to $180.

Contact Park Avenue Liquor Shop at 292 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017  Ph: 212.685.2442  Fax: 212.689.6247 or via their website at 

They will ship both nationally & internationally subject to local regulations.

A New Ralfy Scotch Whisky Video Review #79 Available on line – Scotch Whisky News

Ralfy is at it again, last week he has published two reviews; #77 – Mini-Independent Bottlers & #78 – ‘the bottlers’ Springbank Cask 180 however on Sunday he published #79 on “Time for a Hot Toddy”.

Ralfy at Work

Ralfy at Work

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The Macallan Burns Celebratory bottling – Scotch Whisky News

(Perth, Scotland) To mark the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns’s birth, The Macallan has produced a celebratory bottling which is now available to buy from The Macallan distillery shop at Easter Elchies in Speyside, Scotland, priced £199.

A limited edition of only 250 bottles has been produced and it’s envisaged that these will sell out quickly. The liquid comes from two casks chosen by The Macallan’s whisky maker Bob Dalgarno – one from 1997 and one from 1998, both numbered 1759, the year of Burns’s birth.  The significance of the cask numbers was recognised by Bob and he felt it only appropriate to produce a special bottling for the homecoming year. The rarity of the liquid is a fitting commemoration to Scotland’s famous poet.

The whisky, which is a sherry oak expression with an ABV of 46 per cent, has been placed in a decanter made to an original design, based on the head and shoulders of The Macallan standard bottle. It’s exquisitely packaged in a handmade Scottish red pine wooden box designed by master cabinet maker Harvey McLean, whose workshop is only a few hundred yards from Burns’s birthplace in Alloway. The box carries a specially commissioned enamel plate featuring a portrait of Robert Burns. Each presentation box comes with a unique numbered printing of an individual Burns poem and a copy of an ancient map of ‘Burns Country.’

Ken Grier, Director of Malts for The Edrington Group, commented: “To bring a due sense of historical perspective to this celebratory bottling, we managed to persuade David Holmes and Nicholas Salaman to return to The Macallan to work on this unique project and their work is featured in the accompanying brochure carried within the presentation box. We have created a unique bottling celebrating the birth of the nations bard, linking Scotland’s Master of Poetry with The Macallan – Masters of Spirit and Wood.”

Holmes and Salaman are the two men who helped to bring The Macallan to the attention of a wider public over a period of 30 years.  They worked on The Macallan advertising account when the brand was barely known outside Speyside. They produced over 100 advertisements, posters and commercials in a campaign, through their advertising agency Holmes, Knight Ritchie, that gradually grew in size as The Macallan itself developed – from 101st in the single malt league to number two by value worldwide.

Please savour responsibly


The timeless reputation of The Macallan is founded upon Six Pillars:

The Spiritual Home

Easter Elchies House proudly watches over The Macallan distillery in Speyside, Scotland. Built in 1700, this Jacobean manor house is The Macallan’s spiritual home.

Curiously Small Stills

The Macallan’s curiously small and uniquely shaped copper stills help to concentrate the flavour of the ‘new make’ spirit.

The Finest Cut

The ‘cut’ is the amount of distilled spirit collected from the stills as ‘new make’ spirit. The Macallan takes one of the finest ‘cuts’ of any distillery in Scotland; typically just 16% goes forward to fill or our casks. 

Exceptional Oak Casks

The Macallan’s unfaltering obsession with selecting exceptional oak casks brings an unsurpassed, timeless quality to The Macallan.

Natural Colour

The Macallan insists upon Natural Colour. It is the interaction of spirit and wood alone which delivers the rich variety of colour, aroma and taste evident through out the range.

Peerless Spirit

The Macallan remains the single malt against which all others must be judged. It is celebrated far and wide by experts and discerning drinkers as the world’s most precious whisky.


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