Archive for July, 2012

Whisky Lounge News – July 2012 – First Brighton & Sheffield Tastings, Whisky Festivals

Greeting Whisky-Drinkers of the UK!

Hope you are enjoying the Great British Summer! Here’s some Whisky Lounge event news to fill your boots with…

Whisky Festivals

Liverpool Whisky Fest
Saturday September 8th, 12-5pm, £25
The next stop on the 2012 Whisky Lounge festival tour and our second venture to Liverpool to deliver yet another galaxy of whisky.
Click here to book now

Manchester Whisky Fest
Saturday September 22nd, 11am-3pm and 4pm-8pm £25 per session
Our 4th whisky festival in Manchester and as always it’s set to be even bigger and better than last year. With new whisky-fun to be had and even more tasty drams on offer to try, it could well be the whisky festival to end all whisky festivals. We managed to claim the biggest one-day whisky festival in the UK last year and we would love to not only claim that prestigious self proclaimed award again, but we would also like to smash last years total of 950 whisky-lovers in one day! Click here to book session 1 and here for session 2 and if you fancy it click here to see 2011’s festival spliced together by Eddie.

York Whisky Festival 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
Saturday October 13th 12-5pm £25
Ten years since the first whisky festival in York, not only a monumental moment for us at The Whisky Lounge but also for all of our good customers/friends who over the years we have shared many a fine dram with and who have supported our vision of Bringing Whisky Back To The People since its conception in 2002. Now as well as some special in-festival treats we’ll also be knocking out the first 100 tickets at the 2002 ticket price, which is the unbelievable cost of just £12.50!!! There is nothing absolutely nothing in the world that would offer better use of £12.50. Incredible. Tickets are live today, right now, quite literally as this email has hit your inbox. So don’t miss out click here to book now.

New Events

Whisky & Seafood – The Return. Newcastle, Blackfriars, Sunday July 29th, 7.00pm
With dishes lovingly prepared by award-winning head chef, Troy Terrington, matched with whiskies, equally lovingly chosen by our very own Eddie Ludlow, this was a massive success last year. A tasting menu of 6 dishes each paired with a sympathetic yet dramatic whisky, the result was dynamite! By popular demand we are attempting the same again but with a different raft of dishes and whiskies for the most demanding of you. A full six course tasting menu and all your drams for £45 – click here to book now.

Bluffers Guide To Whisky, York, Deramore Arms, Heslington, Tuesday July 31st, 7.00pm, £10
A good starting point for anyone wanting to learn their blends from their malts in our home town and only a tenner. Five drams on offer of various styles and getting back to basics. Click here to book.

Charity Tasting at Trembling Madness, York, Saturday July 28th, £10
All proceeds going to the NSPCC and taking place in an centuries old medieval hall on Stonegate. Helping the kids the only way we know how with a Whisky Tasting! Click here to book.


The World Wide Whisky Review, £20
World whisky has long now been the subject of many discussion, whiskies from the most unlikely places are creating quite a stir in the industry and scooping up awards left, right and centre on the international stage. Join as we take you through six of the best, on a whisky tour round the distilling world at what could well be the most exciting whisky tasting of the year. No need to bring your passport all venues are in the UK, details are below. Click on your nearest city to book.

The Blake Hotel, August 28th, 7.00pm
Britons Protection, Saturday September 1st, 7.00pm
Blackfriars, Friday September 14th, 7.00pm
Brigantes, Saturday September 15th, 7.00pm
The Red Lion, Crown Passage, Tuesday September 25th, 7.00pm
Hilton Metropole, Wednesday September 26th, 7.00pm
The Cross Keys, Thursday September 27th, 7.00pm


If you missed out on the Cask Series 3 tasting earlier in the year, you really missed some fabulous bottlings from little old us. Happy days, and good news for you or others who would like to re-visit these amazing bottles…they are now available from the website! These are 20cl size bottles of mainly single cask and cask strength whiskies from the likes of Caol Ila, Bunnahabhain and Cragganmore. We are very proud to call these our own! To view and purchase these bottlings, click here. Series 4 is not far away and word is that there ain’t going to be much in the way of Islay…


Thanks to all of those who pointed out correctly that the website was down for a portion of the weekend just gone. This was due to an issue with the server and it is now back up and running. If anyone tried to log on in that period, many apologies but please try again, it should be good to go now.

Phew, right think that’s the lot and possibly the world record for use of the word Whisky in one email. In fact the first person to get back to us with the whisky word count in this email will get a mystery dram in the post.

As usual you can keep up to speed on all our events by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter @TheWhiskyLounge @TWLAmanda @TWlJoe

Hope to see you for a dram at one of the above events and that you’re all enjoying some tasty tipples.

Happy Dramming!





Eddie Ludlow
Whisky Evangelist

IWSC Spirit Panel Judge 2009-present

Wiser’s Whisky Tasting Exclusive For Globe & Mail Subscribers – Canadian Whisky News

Wiser’s Whisky Tasting Exclusive For Globe & Mail Subscribers 

Globe and Mail subscribers are invited to join Davin de Kergommeaux, certified sommelier and author of Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert, and Wiser’s® Master Blender Don Livermore for a fun and informative whisky tasting to celebrate the re-launch of Wiser’s Small Batch. 

This special tasting will also showcase Wiser’s Legacy and the welcome return of two premium Canadian whiskies, Pike Creek Canadian Whisky® and Lot 40 Canadian Whisky®. 

In the historic Suites at One King West, you will enjoy Canadian whisky, cheese pairings and tasting tips. You will leave with a swag bag featuring a copy of Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert, and Teroforma’s Whisky Stones® courtesy of Indigo. Swag bag valued at over $75! 

When: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Where: One King West (at Yonge), Toronto, ON

Cost: $75, includes whisky tasting, appetizers and swag bag including a copy of the book and Teroforma’s Whisky Stones® 

For more details and to reserve your tickets for this exclusive, Globe and Mail subscribers’ event visit the Globe and Mail website here.

Whisky Live Returns to Shanghai! – Whisky News

Whisky Live Returns to Shanghai!

Mainland China’s biggest whisky festival returns to Shanghai on September 14 and 15. Now in its fourth year, Whisky Live 2012 will showcase the largest collection of deluxe blends and ultra-premium Single Malts ever in China. It has upgraded to a new five star location, Royal Le Meriden on Nanjing Road East.

The festival is known for providing novices and experts alike with a fully interactive, luxurious experience. This year, guests have the chance to browse 33 luxury whisky stands and attend educational workshops and tastings, all hosted by fully-trained brand ambassadors to assist your journey into the world of whisky.

New to this year’s festival is the Collectors’ Zone, which will feature some of the rarest and most expensive vintage bottles of whisky in the world from the 1940’s, 50’s & 1960’s.

Show director Stephen Notman says: “Fun, educational and interactive are the three key pillars that have enabled us to attract a record number of distillers and showcase the world’s oldest and rarest single malts in the world.”

Such record numbers of distillers are comprised of a blend of both old and established distilling nations. International whisky celebrities present at the festival include Glenmorangie’s Dr Bill Lumsden, Master Distiller of Mackmyra Angela D Orazio and Glenfarclas’ Robert Ransom.

This list is also supplemented with bespoke Johhnie Walker and food pairings, the Singleton Education Zone and the Chivas Blending Experience.

The new and improved website will allow whisky lovers the opportunity to get the latest up-to-date news and reviews 365 days a year.

With the highly anticipated announcement of the coveted Icons of Whisky Awards combined with the return of the whisky live passport the 2012 festival promises to be the best yet!


1) For more information and to arrange interviews, please contact Charlotte Middlehurst for English language queries, +86 159 0090 9057: Winnie Wu for Chinese, +86 136 11601491.

2) Whisky Live is the world’s premier whisky tasting and sampling show, taking place in 17 countries from London to Tokyo, Paris to Taipei.

3) Steve Notman is one of the youngest recipients ever of The Keepers of the Quaich award. He is Managing Director of Whisky Live Shanghai and Taipei, Chief Whisky Advisor for Global Spirit Merchants and Whisky Sommelier at the Waldorf Astoria.

4) Whisky Live 2012 will be held at the Le Royal Meridien Hotel, 789 Nanjing Dong Lu, near Xizang Lu, Huangpu District, Shanghai, on September 14 and 15. Tickets: Consumers 150RMB, VIPs 850RMB.


Third Annual Convocation of Companions of the Quaich – Whisky News

Third Annual Convocation of Companions

The Great Gathering of The Quaich
September 7 – 9
Cairn Croft Hotel
6400 Lundy’s Lane
Niagara Falls

Check in Friday 3pm ~ Check out Sunday 11 am

Full package includes: 2 nights accommodation in Courtyard guestrooms;
6 meals (Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner; Sunday breakfast, lunch); complimentary drinks in the Hospitality Room before and after dinner Friday and Saturday; use of heated indoor pool, hot tubs and recreation areas.

An optional Master Class with Macallan & Highland Park Ambassador
Marc Laverdiere is also planned for Saturday afternoon.

Cost per person (including taxes)
Single: $502 Double: $315
Triple: $261.99 Quad: $234.99

To make your reservation for this wonderful weekend break, call the Cairn Croft at 1-800-263-2551 and quote “Quaich Group.” Names of guests, address and a valid credit card number will be required.

*Note: The hotel will not collect the payment for whiskies with dinner. Cost is $15 per evening, total $30 per person. This should be sent in advance to:

Ed Patrick,
206 – 19 Dundonald St.,
Toronto, Ont.
M4Y 1K3

Dundee Dell “MEGA SCOTCH TASTING! Sunday, August 5 @ 4 p.m.” – Scotch Whisky News

Hello Dell Friends!! We have exciting news……. The MEGA SCOTCH TASTING is Sunday, August 5th @ 4 p.m.! This line up looks amazing and we are very excited! Did I mention Black Bowmore, Rosebank 25 year??

The Famous Grouse “The World’s largest bottle of Whisky” – BIG Scotch Whisky News


The Famous Grouse is attempting to set a new Guinness World Record by creating the world’s largest bottle of whisky, to be unveiled on our brand birthday on Sunday 12th August.

Scotland’s favourite whisky is aiming to take the current world record from Jack Daniel’s who entered into the Guinness World Record Book last year by producing a 184 litre bottle. The giant bottle currently being created will hold 200 litres of whisky, equivalent to 8,200 drams, and will be an exact replica of The Famous Grouse iconic bottle.

We would be delighted if you could come along to our free birthday celebrations which will be hosted at The Famous Grouse Experience, Perthshire, Scotland’s oldest and most visited distillery. The giant bottle will be filled in front of a Guinness World Record adjudicator and on display for all to see between 11am-3.30pm. There will be plenty to entertain the whole family including a live jazz band, RSPB activities, face painting, and a Highland games demonstration from Scotland’s strongest man and world record holder himself, Gregor Edmunds.

An exciting new tour will also be launched and distillery tours will be running throughout the day.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family on August 12!

Click here for directions.

FOR A ONCE IN A LIFE TIME CHANCE TO BE A PART OF HISTORY: Please bid on our auction, for two lucky people to help fill the world’s largest bottle of whisky on 12th August and enjoy a 2-night luxury trip to Scotland, with all proceeds going directly to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

Yours Famously,
The Famous Grouse Team

Isle of Arran 2000/2011 The Sleeping Warrior (54.9%, OB, 6000 Bts.) – Scotch Whisky Tasting Note


Isle of Arran 2000/2011 The Sleeping Warrior (54.9%, OB, 6000 Bts.)

A limited edition bottling and a portion of the sales went to support the National Trust for Scotlandto help maintain the foot paths on Goatfell, Arran’s highest peak. The profile of the summits and ridges on the northern end of the isle is referred to as the sleeping warrior due to its resemblance to a resting human figure. Now you know. On the nose there is marmalade, apricot and lemon zest along with tinned fruit salad. There are also significant but not over whelming influences from the cask in the form of some good oak spice but the aforementioned fruits are the real stars of the show. All very rich, concentrated and creamy. The taste is more of the dried fruits but with some good backing from the cask(s) and a welcome arrival is the Arran malt which after a moment or two becomes very chewy. A little water smoothes things out and is a helping hand since without it it’s very strong. The water doesn’t dull the flavour for a moment; it’s all there, bold as brass. The finish is long, spicy and full of the malt and the dried fruits.

  A multi faceted dram with loads of dried fruit and spice. Find one if you can.


88 points

Part 4 of 4 featuring Isle of Arran Whiskies

Nikka Taketsuru – Japanese Malt Whisky (Pure Malt) – Japanese Whisky News

Nikka Taketsuru 12 Year Old

Another wonderful Japanese blended malt whisky from Nikka. Named in honour of Masataka Taketsuru, the creator and founder of Nikka who built his first distillery in Yoichi, Hokkaido in 1934.

Non Scotch 12 Years and Under World Whisky Awards 2012

£41.75 (£34.79 ex vat)

Click here to buy NIkka Taketsuru 12 Year Old

Nikka Taketsuru 17 Year Old

Another cracking dram from the Nikka Taketsuru selection is this 17 year old pure malt. Recently awarded worlds best blended malt at the World Whisky Awards (WWA).

Named in honour of Masataka Taketsuru, the creator and founder of Nikka who built his first distillery in Yoichi, Hokkaido in 1934.

Non Scotch 13 to 20 Years World Whisky Awards 2012

£73.75 (£61.46 ex vat)

Click here to buy NIkka Taketsuru 17 Year Old

Nikka Taketsuru 21 Year Old

A superb tasting dram that cant stop winning awards. Yet again Taketsuru 21 year old from Nikka wins Worlds Best Blended Malt at the World Whisky Awards 2012.

Non Scotch 21 Years and Over World Whisky Awards 2012


(£81.04 ex vat)

Click here to buy NIkka Taketsuru 21 Year Old

Abbey Whisky
0800 051 7737

Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #291 – Scotch Whisky News presents an ultra-branded, smokey, sweet, style-scotch review with Whisky Review #291Johnnie Walker Double Black

Pre-Arrival, Back in Stock & New Arrivals at K&L California – Whisky News

Scotland – Single Malt Scotch

Auchentoshan Valinch Single Malt Whisky 750ml – 4 available ($59.99)

Scotland – Spirits Pre-Arrival

1989 Bunnahabhain 22 Year Old K&L Exclusive “Exclusive Malts” Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Pre-Arrival) ($89.99)
Introducing our newest source for top-quality whisky at wonderfully reasonable price points – the Exclusive Malts! Our partnership with this independent bottler will bring EM expressions for the first time ever to the United States, available only at K&L. Seeing that last year’s trip resulted in almost zero Islay expressions, David and I were eager to make amends this time around. We had already committed to peated whiskies from Kilchoman, Bruichladdich, Laphroaig, and Caol Ila, so when we found a relatively mellow, laid-back, mature malt from Bunnahabhain for a bargain basement price, we figured why not just add it in with the others? The whisky is lithe and lean on the entry with lots of earthy, oily notes and hints of resin with light peat. The low proof makes the whisky entirely drinkable right out of the bottle and the intensity of the vanilla and oil goes all the way to the finish, lingering long on the back end. Complex, mysterious, and understated, much like Bunnahabhain distillery itself. A wonderful whisky at a knockout price. We expect this one to move fast. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)

1992 Longmorn 20 Year Old K&L Exclusive “Exclusive Malts” Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Pre-Arrival) ($89.99)
Introducing our newest source for top-quality whisky at wonderfully reasonable price points – the Exclusive Malts! Our partnership with this independent bottler will bring EM expressions for the first time ever to the United States, available only at K&L. David and I had a field day working through the various casks available in the tiny warehouse outside of Glasgow. Although we had already selected a younger Longmorn expression from Signatory, the distillery has such a great reputation amongst enthusiasts for quality and we were open to bringing in a more mature cask if it tasted great. The nose of this whisky is classic Speyside – that heady mix of vanilla, malted grains, and rich stonefruit. The palate is more of the same: sweet grains, lots of wonderful vanilla and caramel, a finish of soft fruits with a hint of banana. Great Longmorn often doesn’t do a whole lot, but it does what it does very well. There’s not supreme depth or insane complexity going on with this whisky, but there’s a whole lotta deliciousness. Longmorn just simply hits the spot and sometimes that more than enough. Considering the 16 year old distillery bottle sells for well over $100 here in the states, getting this 20 year old single cask at full proof is quite the deal indeed. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)

New Arrivals

United States – Bourbon and Rye

Buffalo Trace K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #74 Kentucky Bourbon 750ml ($24.99)

Scotland – Single Malt Scotch

1990 Samaroli Bunnahabhian Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml – 6 available ($199.99)

United States – Bourbon and Rye

Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Tornado Kentucky Straight Bourbon 750ml – 9 available ($74.99)

K&L Wine Merchants
Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)
San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA

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