Archive for May, 2011

Eagle Rare Bourbon Launches Second Annual Rare Life Award – American Whiskey News


Award Winner Will Receive a $20,000 Donation to the Charity of their Choice

 FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY. – Eagle Rare Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey has won its share of honors and awards. Now the bourbon is sharing its passion for excellence for a second year in a row by opening the nomination season for the 2012 Rare Life Award. 

This past February, the 2011 Rare Life Award was awarded to Grand Prize winner Master Gunnery Sergeant Charles Padilla for his incredible story.  After more than 20 years of service in the Marine Corp, Padilla ran 3,530 miles across America to raise money to benefit wounded soldiers. For his amazing story, Eagle Rare donated $10,000 to the Semper Fi Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit set up to provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.        

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 Rare Life Award at The award will be awarded to a person with an amazing life story that demonstrates the bourbon’s core values of courage, leadership, survival, heroism, devotion and character. The 2012 Grand Prize award winner will be awarded a $20,000 donation to the charity of their choice. In addition, six others will be selected and awarded $2,000 to the charity of their choice. Entries will be posted at the Eagle Rare website online and the general public can vote on who they think most embodies the “Rare Life” core values through January 5, 2012. All winners will be chosen from the top 20 stories that receive the most votes and will be announced in early February 2012.

“We are thrilled to double the prize money for the 2012 Rare Life Award,” said Kris Comstock, Eagle Rare Brand Manager. “Last year we received hundreds of nominations and we hope to hear more amazing stories this year. This country is filled with courageous, generous and hardworking people who lead rare lives every day. We want to hear their stories. Eagle Rare Bourbon embodies life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This award will honor those who do the same. We can’t wait to hear their stories and award them.”

About Eagle Rare Bourbon

Eagle Rare Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey is part of the award-winning Buffalo Trace Distillery, a family-owned company based in Frankfort, (Franklin County), Kentucky. The distillery’s rich distilling tradition dates back to 1787 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee. Eagle Rare Bourbon is a ten-year-old single barrel bourbon that has won multiple awards, including five double gold medals from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. To learn more about Eagle Rare visit

Isabella’s Islay… redux The Whisky Exchange Blog “A Call To Arms” – Expensive Scotch Whisky Bottle News


Isabella’s Islay…redux

It seems that my rant last week about the Isabella’s Islay, the “World’s most expensive whisky”, has come to the attention of LBC, the folk that are producing the product. I was having a bad day, slightly worse the wear after a visit to Balvenie’s Whisky Den (of which more in a later post – …(please click on the link below to read the remainder of the article)…


The Fuss

The Fuss


Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #203 – Scotch Whisky News


… need any advice concerning whisky hip-flasks? Ralfy can help with …. Whisky Review 203 – Advice about whisky hip-flasks.

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Malt Maniacs Publish A New E-pistle – Scotch Whisky News


The Malt Maniacs have published a new E-pistle by founding member Louis Perlman called ‘Guilty Pleasures’ and it can be viewed at

New Whiskies from Douglas Laing & Co LTD at Single Malts Direct – Scotch Whisky News





       Clynelish 21yo         
                    £79.99 inc VAT                   

Craigellachie 14yo
£55.00 inc VAT

Fettercairn 13yo
£44.99 inv VAT   

        Glen Ord 21yo           
         £59.99 inc VAT          

         Littlemill 19yo          
£67.99 inc VAT
Lochside 21yo
£94.99 inc VAT

    Miltonduff 12yo       
    £44.99 inc VAT       

         Mortlach 13yo         
        £49.99 inc VAT       

      Strathisla 18yo        
              £59.99 inc VAT                

          Tamnavulin 18yo       
£59.99 inc VAT

Tobermory 14yo
£48.99 inc VAT


Port Ellen 30yo
£304.99 inc VAT

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New Distillery Visitor Centre Opens On Isle of Jura – Scotch Whisky News


New Distillery Visitor Centre Opens on Jura
Isle of Jura Distillery has marked the first day of this year’s Feis Ile with the opening of a new £100,000 Visitor Centre.
The Jura Distillery Visitor Centre, on the same site as the former distillery shop, offers visitors a glimpse into the history and legends of Jura along with an opportunity to savour an authentic taste of single malt from the distillery. The centre also serves as the base of operations for the distillery’s tours.
The Visitor Centre takes its inspiration from the island’s legends and symbols, reflecting its literary, cultural and mythical heritage in West of Scotland folklore. Designed to replicate a traditional Hebridean bothy, there is a tasting unit which will serve rare Jura expressions alongside its core range, and a tasting table with a copper Diurachs’ symbol set into the centre. Photos of Diurachs past and present adorn the gallery wall, including key figures from the distillery’s 200 year history, bringing to life many of the associated myths and legends.
Inside the Jura Distillery Visitor Centre guests can purchase an array of Jura merchandise, including hats, jackets, glassware and chocolates, alongside Jura’s extensive range of core and rare whiskies.
Isle of Jura is hoping that the new Visitor Centre will create a long-lasting impression for the island’s rising visitor numbers. Since 2007, visitor numbers have steadily increased year on year, a considerable achievement given the island’s ‘unget-at-able’ location. The increased interest is a reflection of Jura’s strength in the single malt market and the growing trend for whisky tourism.  Jura single malt is now the third largest malt in the UK, with year on year growth of 60% across its key markets.
Distillery Manager Willie Cochrane commented:
“Many of those who make the effort to visit Jura do so because of our fine whisky and the rich culture of our remote island. Having a visitor centre that reflects the history and culture of our island, whilst matching the quality of our single malt, will provide our guests with a truer experience of what Jura is all about. More importantly, they will hopefully be more inclined to buy some of our fine whisky and share the magic of Jura with their friends and family!”
About Jura

Off the west coast of Scotland lies one of nature’s best kept secrets, the Isle of Jura.  Populated by a community of less than 200, known as Diurachs (the Gaelic name for the people of Jura), it is a place of myth, legend and intrigue – and an award-winning range of single malt whiskies which hold the promise of good fortune for all those that believe.
There are four classic bottlings in the Jura Collection:  Origin 10, Superstition, Diurach’s Own and Prophecy.  Many of the Jura whiskies have their own distinctive drinking rituals, but one cuts across the range.  Islanders believe that it brings good fortune to knock on wood before they drink a dram. 
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The Whisky Exchange Blog Comments on “The Balvenie Whisky Den” London – Scotch Whisky News


The Balvenie Whisky Den

The folks over at William Grant & Sons like a bit of interesting marketing. Their portfolio stretches outside of the world of whisky, with both Hendrick’s and Sailor Jerry Rum on the books, and over the last few years they’ve been doing some interesting things. We’ve had locked boxes of whisky sent out to a …  (please click on the link below to read the remainder of the article)…


Shackleton’s McKinlay Whisky in South Africa – Scotch Whisky News


This last weekend I happened to be in Cape Town when I was told the Bascule Whisky Bar at the Cape Grace Hotel had a bottle of the Mackinlays (Shackleton’s) replica in stock having been flown in personally by the hotel’s UK agent. On Sunday morning I was there and Bradley, the bar manager, had the as yet unopened bottle ready. On looking for the (normal?) tear strip to open it and not finding anything it crossed my mind it might be a screw cap so a knife was used to cut the foil neatly off.

Then the penny dropped, we were handling a bottle ostensibly made prior to 1907 and whilst screw tops were in use for foodstuffs since the middle 19th century they were probably not used on whisky bottles then. And so it proved, when the foil was removed a cork sealed the bottle but different to the modern corks, this had a thin flat top unlike the thicker plastic  coated tops of today. What was most interesting was, as this thin lip could easily break with continued use the bottle came provided with an alternative cork, a robust round V shaped stopper contained in it’s own little hessian bag. What attention to detail!

The whisky itself was excellent, pale gold color, very good legs, floral nose, no peat, neat it tasted of biscuit,cereal and brown sugar. With water the sweetness became more apparent, honey, nuttiness and hints of nutmeg. The finish was long and lingering and overall I gave it 88 points, not bad for a blended malt.

Sadly we will not be seeing  much of this here as the bottle is 70cl and our regulations stipulate 75cl but I have heard rumours that one of our liquor chains has put in an order so perhaps W&M are producing a run in the bigger size.

Anyway it was an auspicious moment for me especially as the hotel is convinced I was the first person in SA to taste this whisky here and be that true or not I enjoyed the occasion.

One final question, on the label is a red circle with the letters ML inside and they are also on the box. What do they represent, surely not the name of the producers because that would be CM – do you perhaps know the answer?

Joe Barry – South Africa

Update – 31/05/2011 – In my article on Shackletons Mackinlay whisky (30th May) I queried the significance of the letters ML on the bottle. Nobody could tell me so I contacted Rob Bruce, PR man at W&M, who advised they stood for Mackinlay Liqueur but after 1949 (when liqueur was not allowed) it was changed to Mackinlay Legacy! Interesting, no wonder no-one knew! –  Joe


‘Vignettes – Moments in Whisky’ is a new category on Whisky Intelligence and Joe’s article in the very first. Please feel free to submit your own vignette and maybe we’ll publish it!

Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #202 – Scotch Whisky News


… in lieu of an Annual Whisky Festival, Ralfy at offers a Vlog instead… Whisky Review 202 – Glenfarclas 10yo.

Sip to the sounds of a Speyside symphony!


WhiskyCast Publishes Episode #318 – Scotch Whisky News


Chuck Cowdery was writing about Bourbon back in the days when few people were paying attention to America’s Native Spirit, and his work has earned him a spot in the Bourbon Hall of Fame. The author of “Straight Bourbon” and “The Bourbon Country Reader” tells us about Kentucky’s love-hate relationship with Bourbon, long-gone distilleries, and the rebirth of interest in Bourbons. In the news, new whiskies from Jim Beam, Bunnahabhain, and Laphroaig, the Islay weather report, and a chat with “Whisky Classified” author Dr. David Wishart.

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