Archive for 2010

Jolly Toper Tasting Edinburgh July 22nd REMINDER – Scotch Whisky News

Tolbooth Tavern Edinburgh

Tolbooth Tavern Edinburgh

All whisky tastings take place on Thursday nights from 7:30pm until approximately 10pm at the Tolbooth Tavern, 167 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotchland. You’ll find this location on Google Maps at the bottom of the page.

Tickets : £17*/20 or when a tasting’s theme requires buying more expensive bottles the increase will be reflected proportionally in the ticket price.

At least 5 drams, cask strength being the preferred option when a choice is available and affordable.

Refunds only possible if tasting not sold out or if ticket can be resold.

The tastings aim to inform and entertain. The relaxed approach is still structured and props are used so the tastes and smells of the various influences on production can be experienced first hand, for example there will be the opportunity to smell and/or taste both malted and un-malted barley, yeast and new make spirit.

The tasting usually ends with a raffle where every entrant wins a miniature’s worth of whisky left over from previous tastings, entry to the raffle is an additional £2 and any further donations being collected for World Vision’s ‘Sponsor a Child’ scheme (we’ve collected more than £1500 to date).

All tastings include oatcakes, shortbread and chocolates. The Tollbooth offers meals up to the time of tasting.
ENTRY BY PREPAID TICKET ONLY – prices from £17* *first timers & members discount, 13 month membership = £10, 2nd year’s membership £5 then all subsequent years free. Want to taste the whiskies but can’t attend? We can bottle them for you to take away. Empty minis always appreciated.

22.7.10 Old/Sherried/Peaty/Rare/Unusual £t.b.c. including:-

Rare Ayrshire (Ladyburn) 1975 45.2% Signatory

Laphroaig Cairdeas (11yo to 19yo) 2010 Feis Ile 57.3%

Glenrothes 1990 – 02/08 17yo 46% sherry butt 395 bottles Cadenheads

Glentauchers 2006 -2009 46% barrel 921 20cl bottles Carn Mor

Potter’s Distillers, Kelowna, British Columbia 15yo Indian Corn Cadenheads

Four Roses, Yeasts and Mashbills Blackfriars, Newcastle Upon Tyne – American Whiskey News


Four Roses, Yeasts and Mashbills
Blackfriars, Newcastle Upon Tyne 
Friday August 6th 2010, 7.30pm 


£20.00 / ticket   

Julian Howard makes his first trip to The Whisky Lounge in Newcastle – aside from the Whisky Festival of course! He is going to introduce a fascinating tasting of not only ‘bottled’ products, but also cask samples that demonstrate the amount of forethought and research that goes into putting Four Roses Bourbons together. The distillery uses a unique recipe of not only yeasts, which most Scottish distilleries could learn a thing or two from, but also mashbills. A mashbill, basically, is the recipe of grains that will make up the Bourbon – the proportion of corn, rye and barley used.

YOU are going to have a unique insight into the world of a Kentucky distiller and his secret recipes. This is bound to be a fantastic evening and tickets as always are limited.

As always each tasting is designed to be fun and enjoyable for all levels of whisky drinker, and is not a lecture. You will almost certainly learn something new every time, but if you don’t walk out with a smile on your face then we have done something wrong!

You will not be sent a ticket through the post. Your details will be added to the event register and all you need to do is print the payment confirmation page and bring it with you to the event.


Arran OB Sherry Cask #513 [Oran Mor] At Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News


Arran OB Sherry Cask 513 1998 12yo 56.4%alc. [Oran Mor]

Distilled: 20.4.98

Bottled: 3.7.10

Cask # 513 limited to 326 bottles

Known here as Arran “Oran Mor” after the Glasgow pub where a bunch of notorious drunks were assembled under Arran’s tutelage. By some bizarre and no doubt illegal voting system we ‘chose’ this as their next single cask bottling… However check the “Arran LFW” bottling (above) for something really worthwhile.

This sherry cask (of 326 bottles) exhibits the winey characters of a single malt. The aroma is vibrant, quite bitter which comes as a vinegar-Sauternes note and some nuts. To taste there is a fizz of butterscotch, an oaky-oiliness and some mint.

Water reveals dark, bitter chocolate and the signature Arran digestive biscuits come through at last. Good sherry-style malt.

On the Flavour Map, plonk it about square E3
Complex & Delicate

Arran Cask 513
Barcode: 5060044481147

Price excluding VAT: £38.72
£45.50 Including VAT at 17.5%


Order yours from Loch Fyne Whiskies via





New Cherry flavor closely follows the runaway success of Evan Williams Honey Reserve

BARDSTOWN, KY—Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., the country’s largest independent family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer, announces the release of Evan Williams Cherry Reserve Kentucky Liqueur, a new product that marries extra-aged Evan Williams Bourbon with natural cherry flavor.  Bottled at 70 proof and available in both a 750ml and 50ml size, Evan Williams Cherry Reserve will be shipping to select markets across the country in September at a suggested retail price of $14.99 for the 750ml bottle.

The launch of Evan Williams Cherry Reserve follows closely on the heels of the hugely successful introduction of Evan Williams Honey Reserve, which launched in the Fall of 2009. Since that time, it has had both great sales success and critical acclaim, including winning a Silver Medal at the most recent San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Both the Evan Williams Cherry and Honey Reserves take advantage of established trends in the distilled spirits industry in general and the American straight whiskey category in particular.  Among these is the ongoing success of flavored spirits, whose growth is more than double that of unflavored spirits; as well as the continued popularity of Bourbon, especially Evan Williams, which showed double digit sales percentage increases in both 2008 and 2009. Heaven Hill fully anticipates that infusing Evan Williams extra-aged Bourbon, the second largest selling Bourbon brand in the United States and the world and a “Best Buy Whiskey of the Year” winner, with natural cherry will yield similar success as that achieved with Evan Williams Honey Reserve.

Like the Honey Reserve, Evan Williams Cherry Reserve is packaged in the highly-recognizable square Evan Williams bottle, with a clear label carrying the Evan Williams logo and a stylized rendition of cherries. With a black and red capsule closure, the packaging draws on the equity of the Evan Williams brand franchise, but with a contemporary flair.  Bottled at an approachable 70 proof, and infused with natural cherry taste that complements its sweet, easy-to-drink Bourbon flavor, Evan Williams Cherry Reserve lives up to its tagline of “Smooth Bourbon. Cherry Zing.”

“We have seen remarkable success with Evan Williams Black Label and now Evan Williams Honey Reserve,” stated Heaven Hill brand manager Susan Wahl.  “Given the strength of the Evan Williams brand franchise and the proven success of the flavored Bourbon sub-category, we believe it is the perfect time in which to launch Evan Williams Cherry Reserve.  And with a very approachable price point and a full range of retail and on-premise marketing materials available, we are expecting our customers to do some real ‘cherry picking’!”

To help merchandise the brand, Evan Williams Cherry Reserve is supported by an array of retail promotional materials—including a permanent wire rack and header card, shelf talkers, case cards, cold box clings and a 50ml counter unit—allowing off-premise operators to create impactful displays that will capture consumer attention.  In order to generate sampling in bars and restaurants, on-premise POS including T-shirts and shot glasses will also be made available.  A targeted trade advertising schedule will also help create awareness among the key retail and on-premise audiences.  All materials utilize striking visuals and the “Smooth Bourbon. Cherry Zing.” positioning, rendered in red and black graphics.  Support materials also emphasize that Evan Williams Cherry Reserve can be consumed as a shot or in a variety of delicious simple cocktails such as the Cherry Breeze, Cherry Twist Margarita and Cherry Cola.

Founded in 1934, Bardstown, KY-based Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. ( is the nation’s largest independent, family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer and the world’s second-largest holder of Kentucky Bourbon. Heaven Hill’s diversified portfolio of brands includes The Christian Brothers Brandies; Evan Williams and Elijah Craig Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskeys; Burnett’s Vodkas and Gin; Hpnotiq Liqueur; PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur; Lunazul and Two Fingers Tequilas, and Dubonnet Aperitif.



Canadian Whisky. Org Is Launched! Canadain Whisky News


Davin de Kergommeaux of the Malt Maniacs has launched a new website dedicated primarily to Canadian Whisky;

At long last…

Take a look…

Davin at work...

Davin at work...

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America Publishes July “Outturn” – Scotch Whisky News


Our friends at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America have released their ‘July’ edition of “OUTTURN” which features their excellent bottling list.

Visit the Society at  and


The Whisky Still Wants YOU! – Scotch Whisky News




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WIN A BOTTLE OF BENRIACH 25YO – Scotch Whisky News


Competition from BenRiach Distillery;


We’ve got 3 bottles of the superb BenRiach 25yo up for grabs. For your chance to win, simply sign up to our e-newsletter.

Winners will be selected at random on September 1st 2010.

Good Luck!



Glann ar Mor Distillery The “96 Isles and 5 Whiskies Cruise” Dinner – Brittany Whisky News


The “96 Isles and 5 Whiskies Cruise” dinner


Dear Whisky Friends,

A very special and exclusive dinner organized by Glann ar Mor Distillery will take place on Saturday18Th September, boarding from Lezardrieux harbour on the Northern coast of Brittany. After a visit of the nearby distillery, a magic cruise will take us from isle to isle in the beautiful Brehat archipelago on an old fishing boat, while we will be dining with rare whiskies including Celtique Connexion, Glann ar Mor and Kornog.


We will be sailing on the “Nebuleuse”, a former Dunde tuna boat of 89 tons, 19 meters long and 6 meters wide built in 1949.


To join us for this exciting event, you will find full details and booking form on the distillery’s webpage dedicated to this event at
Price for the full afternoon and evening program is 225 € per person, and in order to guarantee optimum comfort aboard there are only 24 bookings available.

Place and time : 18 September at 02:00 PM at Glann ar Mor Distillery, then boarding at 04:15 PM in Lezardrieux (22740 Brittany, France).

Yech’ed Mad !

Martine and Jean DONNAY
Contact :

Glann ar Mor
The Celtic distillery with a Breton Heart


The Whisky Barrel Stocks Rare Auld Laphroaig & More – Scotch Whisky News


Laphroaig 13 Year Old
Rare Auld, 1997 Vintage

Single cask #56512 bottling from Duncan Taylor.

Bottled at full strength (55.1%) a complex and zesty example of the smoky Islay single malt.

£56.99 (£48.50 ex VAT)


& More…

Glendronach 14 Year Old Sauternes Finish £41.99 £35.74 ex VAT
Glendronach 14 Year Old Virgin Oak Finish £41.99 £35.74 ex VAT
Glendronach 15 Year Old Moscatel Finish £43.99 £37.44 ex VAT
Glendronach 20 Year Old Tawny Port Finish £63.99 £54.46 ex VAT
Glen Scotia 19 Year Old Rare Auld £68.99 £58.71 ex VAT
Tamdhu 40 Year Old 1968 Vintage £169.99 £144.67 ex VAT
Hanyu 23 Year Old £449.99 £382.97 ex VAT

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