Archive for February, 2011

Jolly Toper Tastings Edinburgh – Update – Scotch Whisky News


All whisky tastings take place on Thursday nights from 7:30pm until approximately 10pm at the Tolbooth Tavern, 167 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotchland. At least 5 drams, cask strength being the preferred option when a choice is available and affordable.

Thursday March 17th:- P/O/U/R/S £20/17*

Thursday March 31st:- World Whiskies £19/16*

Czech republic : Hammerhead 20yo single malt 40.7%

Japan : Yamazaki Puncheon 48%

U.S.A. : Rocky Mountain Rye 16yo 46%

England : Saint George rum cask 46%

India : Amrut Kadhambam 50%

Thursday April 14th:- P/O/U/R/S £20/17*

Thurs. April 28th:- Tomintoul £15/12* – ticket includes £5 off a bottle from the Tomintoul  range

21yo 40%
33yo 43%
Old Ballantruan peated 50%
12yo port finish 46%
12yo oloroso sherry finish 40%

Thursday May 12th:- P/O/U/R/S £20/17*

Thursday May 26th:- non-Scottish peaty drams £tbc

India: Amrut 62.8%
U.S.A.: McCarthy’s
Japan: t.b.c.
England: St. Georges
Ireland: Cooley

Thursday June 9th:- P/O/U/R/S £20/17*

Thursday June 23rd:- Arran £tbc

Machrie Moor peated 46%
‘Oran Mor’ 56.4% sherry cask 236 bottles
10yo 57.1% Bourbon cask 219 bottles Loch Fyne Whiskies bottling
Cadenheads 1998 12yo 57.4%
plus another one to be confirmed

Thursday July 7th P/O/U/R/S £20/17*

Thursday July 21st Lagavulin £tbc

Distiller’s Edition 1994 – 2010 43%
16yo 43%
1995 12yo European oak 48% Friends of Classic Malts
and a fifth expression to be confirmed

Future Themes:

18yo- ‘Us’ and ‘Them’: comparisons of distillery bottlings with independant expressions – Highland Park, Glendronach and Tamdhu
Ben Nevis: Cadenheads 1996 – 03/2009 12yo 57.1% Bourbon hogshead 256 bootles, 10yo 46%, single blend, single grain, Cadenheads ‘dumpy’ 06/1965 – 12/1981 16yo 46%
Bladnoch: Rare Malts 23yo, Cadenheads 17yo 55.1% Bourbon hogshead, peated, sherry cask plus one other example
peaty blends 40%: Islay Mist, Islay Hallmark 8yo, Black Bottle 10yo, Black Grouse, Black Bottle, plus a special guest (Brora or Port Ellen) Template design by Web-Kreation

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society March Previews: Brown Sugary Goodness – Scotch Whisky News


March Previews: Brown Sugary Goodness

With March First Friday just around the corner we’ve decided to release two sweet little numbers early – a taste of what’s to come..

Buy March Previews 121.40 & 7.63 for £85 (save £17.50)

121.40 Black tea with brown sugar
Highland Island
£40.00 inc. free p&p
Twiglets, Marmite Cheddars and yeasty brown-bread buns, so the intense sweetness when we tasted came as a surprise –Muscovado sugar, molasses, treacle – giving way to meaty, Marmite flavours

7.63 In place of pudding
Speyside Lossie
£62.50 inc. free p&p
Excellent colour, with a rich scent of French apple tart, then peaches and custard, then settling as syrup sponge with stem ginger and Crunchie

March Outturn Released:
Thu 3 Mar (just around midnight!)

February Outturn Offers (ends Thu 4 Mar):
53.146 & 36.51 for £90 (save £17.70)
THREESOME: 29.89, 64.28 & 44.48 for £131 (save £26.40)
CASE OFFER: 53.146, 36.51, 29.89, 64.28, 44.48 & 1.156 for £259.50 (save £50.00)
Society Tastings & Events (48 Society tastings online)
Wokingham Preview Tasting – Cantley House Hotels, Fri 25 Feb
Harrogate Preview Tasting – Hotel du Vin, Fri 25 Feb
Stirling Preview Tasting – Golden Lion Hotel, Fri 25 Feb
Birmingham Preview Tasting – Malmaison, Fri 25 Feb
Brighton Preview Tasting – Hotel du Vin, Fri 25 Feb
6 Nations Ireland V Scotland Lunch – The Vaults, Sun 27 Feb
6 Nations Ireland V Scotland – Queen Street, Sun 27 Feb
Bon Voyage Tasting – The Vaults, Wed 2 Mar
New Outturn & Sunday Roast Tasting – The Vaults, Sun 6 Mar

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ
Contact: or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm).

Visit the Society at for your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers.

Springbank Distillery Open Day UPDATE – Scotch Whisky News


Kintyre Express will be running a boat from Troon to Campbeltown for the open day at a cost of £80 return.   They will depart Troon at 9.30 am and return 16.30 pm.  Go to  to book tickets.

Springbank Open Day

Thursday 19th May is the date for this year’s open day.   We will have two single casks to bottle on the day, I will get more information on the casks very soon.   We will of course have Masterclasses with Frank, Gavin and Peter.   The cost this year for the Masterclasses will be £15 and will include a glass.

Tastings in the Warehouse will also be part of the open day, at a cost of £5 which will include a discount voucher for Cadenhead Whisky Shop.

At set times throughout the day there will be free distillery tours for people who do not wish to participate in the Masterclasses.

Grant is again hosting a Cadenhead Tasting in the Tasting Room in the afternoon.   The cost of tickets will be £20 and places will be limited.

We will also have food from Auntie Mo, Food from Argyll, Seafood from McMillan Smokehouse.   A bar will be provided by Fyne Ales who will be joining us for the first time with some of their fine ales (of course).

John Brown will be there with his wood carvings – some nice new creations this year from John.   The Blacksmith’s Shop is setting up a stall to show off some of their metal art work  and hopefully they will also bring along a wood burning stove that we can gather round if it’s cold.   Various other craft stalls will also be there.

Gavin’s team will be preparing some half casks for sale as garden tubs, they also have some cask ends – do you fancy having your date of birth stencilled on one of these?

Music will be provided by local artistes.

We thought that this year we would have a BBQ and a tiny wee bonfire at about 6.30 pm, with maybe a Spooks tour round the warehouses.   I know it will not be dark but we won’t put the lights on so that you get really frightened.   I believe there are lots of spiders in the warehouses away at the back in the dark bits so I won’t be going in there!!!

Fyne Ales have agreed to stay with us for the BBQ at night and hopefully we will have some music too – maybe a piper in the warehouse to add to the atmosphere.   If you’re lucky you might even see some of the angels.

If you would like to book Masterclasses or the Cadenhead Tasting, let me know.

Contact Janet via  for your chance to join the Springbank Society. 

Universal Whisky Experience Featured in The Robb Report – Whisky News


Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend.  I just wanted to bring this fantastic article on the Universal Whisky Experience to your attention.  We are pleased that such a well regarded, well recognized publication has taken notice of this event.   The excitement about the event is growing and we could not be more pleased.  We’ve just welcomed a national cigar partner and will share more news about that shortly.  If you know of anyone who may be interested in attending The Universal Whisky Experience there are still tickets available.


Mahesh Patel


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Ludo From Grant’s Scotch Whisky Has A Request – Scotch Whisky News


Happy Monday everyone,

Today, I would like to ask for your help.

Our company archives feature a rather impressive collection of old bottles of Grant’s but there is one which Paul, our archivist and occasional guest blogger, would like to have more examples of, for posterity. The bottle in question and pictured below is the first triangular… (click on the link below to read the rest of the post).

Kind regards,


The Whisky Exchange Scoops Independent Spirit Retailer of the Year, Sponsored by Glengoyne – Scotch Whisky News



Edinburgh: The Whisky Exchange has scooped Independent Spirit Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Glengoyne, for the third time in a row at The Drinks Retailing Awards 2011.


Presented in a glittering ceremony at The Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday 1 February, the awards recognise the most outstanding retailers in the take-home drinks market, bringing together the leading lights in retail to recognise innovation and best practice across the sector. This year’s event was hosted by TV presenter and wine expert Olly Smith and marks 10 years of the prestigious awards, known in the industry to have one of the most rigorous and thorough judging processes in the business.


Sukhinder Singh of The Whisky Exchange said of the Award: “It is a real honour and true testament to the dedication and skill of the whole team to be awarded this prestigious title for the third year in a row. It is fantastic that great brands like Glengoyne are supporting independent retailers as they are a much loved by whisky enthusiasts.”

Neil Boyd, UK Commercial Manager for Ian Macleod Distillers commented: “Independents and specialists have a vital role to play in today’s marketplace which is why we chose to sponsor this important category. We were very impressed with the quality of the entrants and would like to congratulate The Whisky Exchange on a great hat-trick of awards.”

Multi Gold Award-winning Glengoyne is one of the leading premium malt whiskies in the world and has been distilled at Glengoyne distillery since 1833. The Glengoyne portfolio consists of the 10 Years Old, 12 Years Old, 12 Years Old Cask Strength, 17 Years Old , 21 Years Old and Vintage 1972 as well as other limited edition special bottlings.

Glengoyne Highland Single Malt is distilled slower than any other Scotch whisky. Its high quality and smooth taste is attributed to this slow distillation, which is about one third the normal rate.

For further details on stockists and distribution details for Glengoyne and other Ian MacLeod Distillers brands, contact Alan Wardrop, UK Sales Manager, Ian Macleod Distillers, 01506 852205.

For more information on The Whisky Exchange please visit

For more information on The Drinks Retailing Awards visit

Distilled more slowly for the highest quality. Glengoyne – THE REAL TASTE OF MALT.

Glengoyne encourages responsible drinking

Scotch Whisky Tasting at Federal Wine & Spirits Boston – Scotch Whisky News


Scotch Tasting

This Thursday, February 24th.4:30 P.M. & 6:00 P.M.

Joe writes,

Please note the time change on the first tasting. Please don’t come to the 6:00 P.M. tasting before 10 minutes of 6:00. Thank You!!!!

With the frigid weather a tasting just seems like the thing to do, so make sure to stop in and taste some wonderful single malts. Some of the whiskies that will be tasted are limited releases that have been sold out, so this may be your last chance to try these single malts. Sale Prices are limited to stock in hand.

A couple of months ago I was with Jim McEwan as he was releasing The Black Art. He was very excited about this very special release. To the best of my knowledge, Federal is the only store in this state with Black Art and there is not much of it (Don’t Wait).

We will taste the following malts.

Regular Price: Sale Price:

Blackadder Teaninich 24 Y.O. 54.3% $224.99 $194.99

Balvenie New Oak 17 Y.O.    43% $139.99 $109.99

Bruichladdich Black Art 19 Y.O. 51.1%  $164.99 $149.99

Bruichladdich Celtic Nations 46%      $74.99 $64.99

Bruichladdich Sassicia 46% $84.99 $74.99

Craigellachie G&M  14 Y.O.      43% $72.99 $64.99

Federal Wine & Spirits

Phone: (617) 367-8605

Whisky Israel Announces The “GlenDronach Time” Competition – Scotch Whisky News


The Whisky Israel blog has announces the “GlenDronach Time” competition and a  chance to win a 15 year old GlenDronach ‘Revival’.

All you have to do is answer 4 questions regarding the GlenDronach distillery , and become a fan of whisky Israel’s twitter, or FaceBook page.

More information here:


The Malt Advocate Whisky Awards – So Far… Whisky News


The Malt Advocate Whisky Awards – So Far…

Malt Advocate Whisky Awards “Scotch Whisky Single Malt of the Year”: Glenfarclas 40 year old
Malt Advocate Whisky Awards “Scotch Whisky Blend of the Year”: Compass Box “Flaming Heart”
Malt Advocate Whisky Awards “Irish Whiskey of the Year”: Redbreast 12 year old
Malt Advocate Whisky Awards “Canadian Whisky of the Year”: Forty Creek Confederation Oak
Malt Advocate Whisky Awards “American Whiskey of the Year”: Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (2010 Release)
Malt Advocate Whisky Awards “Artisan Whisky of the Year”: Kilchoman (Summer 2010 Release)
Malt Advocate Whisky Awards “Best Buy Whisk(e)y of the Year”: Tie – Evan Williams & Very Old Barton 6 Year Old Bottled in Bond
Malt Advocate Whisky Awards “World Whisky of the Year”: Amrut Fusion

The remainder to be announced on these dates;

February 24th: Pioneer of the Year
February 25th: Industry Leader of the Year
February 26th: Distillery of the Year
February 27th: Lifetime Achievement Award
February 28th: Top Ten New Whiskies (Not officially an award, but more of a recognition.)

More to follow at

Knob Creek® Introduces Its First-Ever Single Barrel Bourbon – American Whiskey News


Knob Creek® Introduces Its First-Ever Single Barrel Bourbon

Knob Creek® Single Barrel Reserve Demonstrates Continued Innovation and Leadership in the Super-Premium Bourbon Category.

Clermont, KY (February 16, 2011) – Nearly two decades after Booker Noe, grandson of Jim Beam and sixth-generation distiller, first introduced Knob Creek®, the distillery unveils its first-ever single barrel bourbon, Knob Creek® Single Barrel Reserve. In keeping with Knob Creek’s philosophy that handcrafting superior quality bourbon is worth the effort, the new Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve is naturally aged for a full 9
years and bottled at 120 proof (60% alcohol by volume).

Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve is carefully hand-selected, barrel-by-barrel, to be a unique expression of Knob Creek’s rich, mature flavor. Naturally aged in new, charred American Oak barrels, Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve is bottled at near barrel proof to maintain its strong, rich flavors and aromas. Unlike other bourbons, which are blended together from multiple barrels to create a uniform taste, each barrel of Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve, once hand-selected, is cut with water and bottled individually in order to preserve its integrity and unique flavor profile. This process allows for variations in taste, color and aroma in each batch of bourbon.

“We pay close attention to the barrels we select for Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve as we want to ensure that we’re bottling an extraordinary bourbon with a complex balance of aroma and taste,” said Fred Noe, seventh-generation Beam family distiller and son of Booker Noe. “I recommend enjoying this new bourbon neat, on the rocks or cut with a bit of water in order to best appreciate its depth and fullness of flavor.”

Incredibly smooth and nuanced, this new bourbon features even more of the rich wood and signature vanilla, caramel and smoky notes that bourbon lovers have come to expect from Knob Creek, the world’s number one selling Super-Premium bourbon.

“Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve is the latest innovation in our bourbon portfolio,” said Rob Mason, U.S. director of Bourbons at Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc. “We are especially thrilled to introduce our first single barrel bourbon offering, and to further strengthen our already-established credibility in the Super-Premium category.”
Initial reaction from bourbon experts to the new expression has been extremely positive.

John Hansell, Publisher and Editor of Malt Advocate, wrote: “This is a stylish, big, broadshouldered bourbon with a thick, sweet foundation…peppered with spice…and dried fruit.”

Kevin Gray, editor at, notes: “Knob Creek drinkers, and bourbon fans in general, would do well to secure a bottle.”

Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve is available in limited quantities and retails for a suggested price of $39.99 for a 750ml bottle. For more information about Knob Creek and Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve, go to or visit us on Facebook® at


About Knob Creek®

Knob Creek® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is aged nine years at a sophisticated 100 proof (50% alcohol by volume), and is named after the small town in Kentucky where President Abraham Lincoln was born. Knob Creek is the only brand that puts as much effort into our passions as you do into yours – handcrafting extraordinary bourbon with intriguing taste and bottled in unique flask shaped packaging, which has helped make it the number one selling Super-Premium bourbon in the world. Knob Creek is part of The Small Batch Bourbon Collection®, credited with driving growth in the bourbon category at the high-end. Today, these ultra-premium bourbons continue to grow at a faster pace than premium bourbons. For more information on Knob Creek, visit

About Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc.

Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc. (“Beam Global”) is one of the world’s largest premium spirits companies, encompassing a portfolio of nearly 100 brands (including eight of the world’s top-100 premium spirits brands), more than a dozen global operating and commercial facilities and 3,500 employees worldwide. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for our brands, including Jim Beam® Bourbon, Sauza® Tequila, Canadian Club® Whisky, Courvoisier® Cognac, Teacher’s® Scotch Whisky, Maker’s Mark® Bourbon, Laphroaig® Scotch Whisky, Cruzan® Rum, Hornitos™ Tequila, EFFEN® Vodka, Larios® Gin, Whisky DYC®, DeKuyper® Cordials and Knob Creek®
Bourbon. Growth through innovation is a key strategy at Beam Global, with Red Stag by Jim Beam® Bourbon, Cruzan® 9 Rum, Maker’s 46™ Bourbon and Courvoisier® 12 Cognac and Courvoisier® 21 Cognac all being launched as new products over the past two years. Beam Global is part of Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE:FO), a leading consumer brands company. For more information on Beam Global, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, visit and

Knob Creek® Single Barrel Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 60% Alc./Vol. ©2011 Knob Creek Distillery, Clermont, KY. Facebook® is a registered trademark of Facebook, Inc.

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