Archive for September, 2012

Scotch Whisky Auctions “The 18th Auction is Now Live!” – Scotch Whisky News

The 18th auction is now live at Scotch Whisky Auctions. See fr yourself at THE 18th Auction

Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review 306 – Japanese Whisky News takes time to explore a rare gem, and rather obscure malt with Whisky Review 306Karuizawa 1990 @ 56.1%

Laphroaig Live: Tonight – Scotch Whisky News

I’m now here in the beautiful city of Nuremberg; it’s hard to believe that this will be the sixth show that we have put on since we first dreamt up Laphroaig Live back in 2007!

The production team have already started setting everything up and I’ve had a chance to look around this wonderful location. I’ve seen quite a bit of Germany the past few days as I held tastings on Monday, Tuesday and yesterday and I have two more on Friday and Saturday in Hamburg and Berlin, should be great fun.

Pierre Thiebaut, founder of and one of tonight’s panellists, is here and he is currently recording a podcast about his experience so far. I’ll send you the link once he has finished it.

Anyway, we have a lot to do today so I will keep it short. Don’t forget to tune in to tonight at 9pm (German time) for the live show. If you haven’t yet checked what time this will be in your time zone, you can do so here:

I’m looking forward to receiving your questions later. Remember that, as always, if your question is read out then you will be sent a special prize!


John Campbell
John Campbell
Distillery Manager, Laphroaig

Caribou Crossing Single Barrel READY FOR The Holidays – Canadian Whisky News

Caribou Crossing Single Barrel

READY FOR the holidays

Luxury Canadian Whisky Brand Is Turning Heads in the Whiskey World; Gift Box Makes It Ideal for the Gift Giving Season

New Orleans, LA (Sept. 2012) – All decked out and ready to go is how Sazerac describes its award-winning single barrel Canadian whisky, Caribou Crossing.

Packaged in a rich, royal blue bag and nestled inside an elegant gift box, this whisky is perfect for the upcoming holiday season. And it’s not just pretty packaging, Caribou Crossing Single Barrel has won a multitude of awards since its introduction in 2010, including:

· A “93” rating from John Hansell at The Whisky Advocate

· Chairman’s Trophy and “92” rating at the 2012 Ultimate Spirits Challenge

· Gold medal at the 2012 Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition

· Silver medal at the 2012 New York World Wine and Spirits Competition

· “2010 Canadian Whisky of the Year” by

· Double gold medal at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

· Gold medal and “90” rating meaning “exceptional” from (Beverage Testing Institute)

· Silver medals and best in class at the 2010, 2011 and 2012 International Wine and Spirits Competition

The barrels used for Caribou Crossing were hand-selected by Sazerac’s Canadian Whisky Maker Drew Mayville. He selected the most mature and flavor-rich samples available and oversaw the bottling of each individual barrel. Each bottle of Caribou Crossing has its own subtle uniqueness. Whisky buffs can expect to taste radiantly-hued nectar with a nod to the tantalizing silky texture provided by the barrel. The rye grain cuts through the wood flavors making its spicy presence known without risking the creamy vanilla custard smoothness. The finish is oak with an orangey tang.

Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky is available at retail for $49.99 for a 750ml bottle.

About The Sazerac Company

Sazerac is based in New Orleans, Louisiana and is one of New Orleans’ oldest family owned, privately held companies. The company has operations in New Orleans, Louisiana; Frankfort, Bardstown, Louisville and Owensboro, Kentucky; Fredericksburg, Virginia; Carson, California; Baltimore, Maryland; and Montreal, Canada. For more information, please visit

The Whisky Exchange Jack Daniel’s “White Rabbit Saloon ” – American Whisky News

Jack Daniel’s White Rabbit Saloon

The folks at Brown-Forman have a good problem – when you’re the people behind the world’s biggest American whiskey, what new products do you make? They could happily continue selling nothing but regular Old No.7 (Jack Daniel’s to the layperson) … Continue reading >>

T.B.Watson Ltd – The Drambusters “Bruichladdich Tasting with Craig Johnstone” – Scotch Whisky News

Bruichladdich Malt Whisky Tasting
Friday October 12th at The Station Hotel

7.30 for 7.45pm, £14 per member

With guest speaker Mr Craig Johnstone

Our guest speaker is Craig Johnstone, Brand Development Manager for Bruichladdich. This will be Craig’s first visit to Dumfries and he is really looking forward to meeting everybody having heard so much about us all from Jim & Duncan as well as other distilleries that have hosted tastings for us.

To date, we don’t have the list of whiskies that will be tasting on the evening but we are confident that we will have some sumptuous drams on offer. This tasting always fills up quickly, so if you wish to come along, please reply promptly using the booking form in with your snail mail newsletter (Drambusters only)

If you are not a Drambuster but wish to try some fantastic Bruichladdichs, then we are also doing a Bruichladdich Master Class at our whisky festival on November 24th. Click here for more details. There are limited seats left.

This will be our last whisky tasting prior to our Whisky Festival in November. Visit Drambusters to jin today!

Whisky Ramblings Via Video #22 – Scotch Whisky News

Whisky Ramblings Via Video #22

Mark Dermul, Belgian Whiskyblogger, tasted the ‘space age’ Ardbeg, the much coveted and rapidly becoming scarce Ardbeg Galileo, finished in Marsala wine casks. Overhyped or worth seeking out? Find out!

New Arrivals & Back in Stock at K&L California – Whisky News

(a handful of our favorites also listed in the New Arrivals and Back in Stock sections)

1994 Laphroaig 18 Year Old K&L Exclusive Chieftain’s Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($139.99)
One of the great visits from our 2012 visit to Scotland was Laphroaig distillery, where we learned many new stories concerning its fascinating history. The whisky’s special combination of sea, smoke, and brine has had a magical effect on people over the years. In 1908, manager Ian Hunter decided to make Laphroaig one of the first distilleries to market itself as a single malt, rather than sell it off for blends. What an idea! Shortly after that, a failed attempt to purchase Laphroaig (as well as a childish attempt to block their water supply with large rocks) led Peter Mackie to build the now-defunct Malt Mill with Laphroaig’s exact specifcations, hoping to recreate that unique flavor (he couldn’t). Laphroaig was one of the first distilleries to have a female manager (Bessie Williamson) and they’re one of the few today that still malts their own barley. Despite their repuation for forward-thinking, they continue to operate very traditionally, making only one type of spirit and filling into only one kind of barrel – first-fill Bourbon casks. While Laphroaig does not sell casks directly, we were able to broker one via Chieftain’s exclusively for K&L. This 18 year beauty has everything we love about mature Laphroaig – medicinal notes, brine, and campfire smoke in a more subdued state, mixing brilliantly with soft vanilla and wood spice. It’s classic in every way and at full proof – no water added. A fantastic whisky from an iconic distillery’s older stock. (David Driscoll).

(items coming into our inventory for the first time)

1993 Linkwood 19 Year Old Chieftain’s Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml – 10 available ($135.99)

1989 Miltonduff 22 Year Old Chieftain’s Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml – 5 available ($179.99)

United States – Bourbon and Rye

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old Rye Whiskey 750ml ($41.99)

(items we’ve carried in the past that have just arrived again)

Scotland – Single Malt Scotch

Isle of Jura Prophecy Single Malt Whisky 750ml – 5 available ($59.99)

Sheep Dip Blended Malt Scotch 750ml – 8 available ($39.99)

United States – Bourbon and Rye

Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon 750ml (Ships as 1.5L) ($24.99)

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

Glann ar Mor Distillery Appoints Importer for Sweden – Brittany Whisky News

Glann ar Mor Distillery appoints importer for Sweden

September 2012

Glann ar Mor, the artisan distillery from Brittany is delighted to announce it has appointed Symposion International AB for the distribution of its whiskies in Sweden.

Glann ar Mor’s owner, Jean Donnay said : “We regard Sweden as a priority market with a high potential for our whiskies and are very happy to work with Symposion International AB who offer just the right profile for our distillery : a team of passionate and dedicated people specialized in the marketing of premium spirits”.

Symposion based in Malmö represents in Sweden some famous producers such as Gordon & MacPhail, Springbank and Nikka Whisky.

Glann ar Mor is a craft distillery producing its whiskies by the seaside on the Northern coast of Brittany in pure Celtic tradition, doing it the old fashion way with live flame heating for its two pot stills, worm tub condensers, wooden washback and ultra slow distillation.

The un-peated Glann ar Mor and the peated Kornog will be introduced in Sweden by Symposion at the Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival held on 27-29 September & 4-6 October. Both single malts are already well established in the whisky community, having benefited from multiple awards and tasting reviews, including in particular a “Liquid Gold Award” for Kornog in the two latest editions of Jim Murray’s “Whisky Bible”.

For more information contact :
Symposion International AB, Stortorget 29, 211 34 Malmö, Sweden
Phone: +46-40-174600

Longrow Red at T.B. Watson Ltd – Scotch Whisky News

Cask Type: Seven years in refill bourbon, four years in Cabernet Sauvignon hogsheads.
Cask Origin: Angoveʼs Long Row, Australia.
Colour: Red
Nose: A real treat. Sweet in the beginning; raspberry jam and hints of rose petal. As the nose develops it reveals a light peatiness, with cherries, red grapefruit and blood oranges.
Palate: Oh thereʼs the peat! Initially oaky and leathery with a little bit of tobacco and salt, the Cabernet Sauvignon influence appears later with some blackberries and cinnamon. A very chewy dram.
Finish:Long and peaty. Definitely coastal in style, there is a touch of mellow fruitiness here too.


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