Archive for August, 2013

Ralfy Publishes Whiskey Review #388 – American Whiskey News

Ralfy_zpsf0666f22 takes a trip to Kentucky U.S.A. with Whisky Review 388 – Four Roses Single barrel Bourbon

Whisky Innovators Team Up to Unveil DELILAH’S Limited Edition whisky to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Legendary Chicago Punk Rock Whisky Bar – Scotch Whisky News


Whisky Innovators Team Up to Unveil DELILAH’S Limited Edition whisky to
Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Legendary Chicago Punk Rock Whisky Bar
Unique Style of Compass Box Whisky is created; a Shot and a Beer, Please!

“Everyone who comes to Delilah’s knows you can drink your whisky any way you like. It’s a mutual perspective John Glaser and I share that inspired our collaboration,” said Mike Miller, owner of Delilah’s. I have a deep appreciation and respect for John’s philosophy and talents and am honored to mark twenty years of combining great music and great whiskies with a Compass Box whisky blended uniquely for us and our community.”

– Mike Miller, Owner of Delilah’s

Through a shared vision that a great whisky should be enjoyable to all, boutique Scotch whiskymaker and craft blender, Compass Box Whisky Co., and Delilah’s, Chicago’s legendary punk rock bar have collaborated to create DELILAH’S – a limited edition Compass Box whisky to celebrate the bar’s 20thanniversary. Only 6,000 bottles of this eponymous craft Scotch whisky will be available in select markets worldwide – 4,800 of them in the US – following its debut in Delilah’s bar in Chicago on 29th August 2013.

DELILAH’s is a combination of single malt and single grain whiskies aged in a mix of experimental new American oak barrels which give the whisky a delicious sweetness. Bottled at 40%, DELILAH’S has an intense richness yet is subtly complex with honeyed and seductive fruity notes and hints of cereals and vanilla cream.

“Mike wanted a Scotch whisky that, in his words, ‘thinks it’s a Bourbon,’ so we sourced some single malts aged in new American oak hogsheads, something that’s very hard to find in Scotland,” said John Glaser, Compass Box founder and whiskymaker.“The result is a Scotch with a big, luscious vanilla-oak character that has echoes of Bourbon flavor. This makes it dangerously easy to drink neat and perfect served as a shot with a beer—the way a lot of whisky is enjoyed at Delilah’s!”- John Glaser, Compass Box founder and whiskymaker Just as this commemorative whisky is a twist on more traditional Scotch, so Compass Box has used it to create a twist on the Mint Julep, the perfect refreshing way to celebrate summer and Delilah’s anniversary:

Delilah’s Julep
2 oz Delilah’s whisky
1/3 oz honey syrup
10 mint leaves,
Crushed ice
Fill glass with crushed ice, add whisky and syrup. Rub mint leaves around rim of glass before mixing in.

Delilah’s Anniversary Day – Thursday, August 29th, 2013 #DelilahsWhisky

In the spirit of Mike Miller and with the support of their local communities, a celebration dubbed “Delilah’s Day” will take place on August 29th at Delilah’s, unveiling its eponymous Scotch whisky along with artwork by eight local artists who have each created a one-of-a-kind piece inspired by their personal connections with Delilah’s. Their works will be on display at the bar through Thursday, 3rd October.

The evening would be incomplete without the music that made Delilah’s known as one of the best rock bars in Chicago and beyond. DJ and bar owner Casino El Camino from Austin, TX, a longtime friend and inspiration for Miller and his own bar, will be spinning throughout the night. Other DJs will include Jump Up! Records’ Ska, Reggae DJ Chuck Wren, and a visit from Fisto the Clown.

In addition to being served at the iconic bar itself, DELILAH’S will be available from 30th August for approximately £52 (70cl) at fine spirits shops in selected markets worldwide, but especially the USA. For more information on DELILAH’s, visit and
ABOUT JOHN GLASER – American ex-pat John Glaser started Compass Box Whisky Company from the kitchen of his west London home in 2000. Having started his career on a path to become a winemaker, then re-routing himself through the corporate world and ending up as marketing director for Johnnie Walker in London, Glaser has a unique perspective on both the creation and the marketing of Scotch.

Glaser established Compass Box based on his commitment to evolving practices in the industry to make great Scotch whisky more approachable and relevant to more people. From the beginning, his vision has been to create one of Scotland’s finest and most exciting whisky companies, re-establishing the standards for quality and style in the industry.

ABOUT COMPASS BOX ( – The Compass Box Whisky Company is a boutique Scotch whiskymaker and craft blender, started in 2000 by John Glaser. Compass Box produces and bottles a range of Scotch whiskies, available in over 25 countries around the world. A four-time winner of the Whisky Magazine Innovator of the Year award, Compass Box is known throughout the whisky world for quality, innovation and passion for great whisky. The Compass Box signature range of whiskies includes Asyla, Oak Cross, The Peat Monster, The Spice Tree and Hedonism. They also produce limited release whiskies annually, and Orangerie, a Scotch whisky infusion. Their latest creation is a ground breaking range of Blended Scotch whiskies called Great King Street. The first is called Artist’s Blend.

ABOUT MIKE MILLER – Mike Miller has been theowner and operator of Delilah’s in Chicago since 1993. Writer, designer, film maker, teacher, spirits judge and world traveler, Mike let’s his interests and discoveries guide him and his business decisions – determined to offer to the world his vision of fun by bringing different elements of life and art together to create an ever-evolving canvas. Miller also plays pinball at and operates Bottom Lounge, a live music venue he opened in 2008 in Chicago’s West Loop.

ABOUT DELILAH’S ( – Delilah’s has been Chicago’s premiere cavern tavern since it opened in 1993. Delilah’s is open every night of the year and features nightly Rock and Roll DJs, local art exhibitions, film screenings and a world class selection of beer and spirits – including more than 600 whiskies! Delilah’s has been recognised internationally for its selection of whiskies, its juke box, its special custom whisky releases and for its overall atmosphere. Voted Esquire’s ‘Best Dark Bar in America!’ British beer and whisky writer Michael Jackson said “Delilah’s is the most important bar in America.”

Forty Creek Whisky Weekend September 28 & 29, 2013 – Canadian Whisky News






Discover Pulteney Distillery – Scotch Whisky News

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Discover Pulteney Distillery

The home of Old Pulteney lies a long way north, but for connoisseurs of the Maritime Malt, there’s nowhere more rewarding when it comes to sampling this wonderful whisky than our historic Wick distillery. Here you’ll find yourself captivated by a location which has for nearly two centuries embodied the essence of the town’s heritage, its enduring association with the sea and its people – and a distillery tour will bring to life a dram of our award-winning single malt in a way that will linger long in the memory. Also featuring a fantastic visitor centre and Old Pulteney shop, a trip to Pulteney Distillery will reward all those who travel to this very special part of Scotland. Click here to find out more about the Pulteney Distillery.

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Glen Grant 25 Year (Pre-Prohibition US bottling) Single Malt Whisky ($7,999.99) – Scotch Whisky Indulgence


Glen Grant 25 Year (Pre-Prohibition US bottling) Single Malt Whisky – 1 available ($7,999.99)
This little piece of history is one of a kind. It is very unusual to see pre-prohibition Single Malt as most product at the time was shipped and consumed directly from the barrel. However, certain industrious importers were known to bottle small amounts of very special whisky for various reasons. This may be the last time I expect to see anything like this available. This is a merchant bottling, imported and bottled by Morten & Co. Usually we use the address on the bottle to help date the contents, as Morten has two confirmed places of business and we know when they moved. This particular specimen has absolutely no business address (save it’s state of import New York), so we assume the bottle was filled quite early, say before 1906. The glass manufacturer, an England based company, operated continuously between 1870 and the early 1900s. Hence, we can deduce that this bottle was most likely filled sometime before 1906 and after 1870. That means is was dist illed only 25-30 years after the distillery was founded. Please note that the word “whiskey” is spelled incorrectly and has no baring to the bottles provenance, as merchants regularly bottled Scotch under both spellings. The label is faded, but legible. The bottle is absolutely one of a kind. (David Othenin-Girard, K&L Spirits Buyer)

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New Sourthen Comfort Commercial “Karate” – American Whiskey News


The new Southern Comfort commercial called “Karate” which will begin airing in the US at the beginning of September. The new spot is a follow up to the “Shampoo” spot which debuted a few weeks ago. Here is a link to the new Karate spot:


Some interesting things to point out about the spot:

– For the “Whatever’s Comfortable” campaign, we were/are casting for people that naturally embody the Whatever’s Comfortable attitude. The character in the launch spot (“Beach”) was an example of that. The character getting his hair washed in “Shampoo” is also a great example of that, which is further revealed in “Karate”. The actor was chosen for the role after the creatives at Wieden + Kennedy saw his casting tape, in which it was clear that he naturally embodies the Whatever’s Comfortable attitude. Based on that casting tape (in which he did karate) the director (Tim Godsall) and the creative team wrote a second script based on who he naturally was.

– The actor is actually skilled in the martial arts and owns a handful of dojos.

– The director was Tim Godsall, who has directed all the Southern Comfort spots in the campaign.

– The song is called “I’m a Fool to Care” by Les Paul & Mary Ford.

Speyburn Orvis Contest Winners Announced – Scotch Whisky News

Speyburn LogoOrvis prize draw winner announced

We were delighted to see so many Clan Speyburn members enter our exclusive competition to win a high-quality Orvis backpack and duffel bag set, and our congratulations go to winner George H Lee.

We’ve enjoyed a productive partnership with Orvis – the country clothing and equipment experts – for a number of years and, as George revealed on learning of his success, he’s a fitting winner of this handsome prize. “I find it quite appropriate to win Orvis luggage,” he told us. “I first tasted Speyburn at an Orvis event and enjoyed it on my next fishing excursion!”

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Isle of Arran Devil’s Punch Bowl Chapter II Has Arrived in the USA! – Scotch Whisky News

Devil's Punch Bowl Chapter II - Angels & Devils

ImpEx Beverages, Inc. is delighted to announce that the amazing Isle of Arran Distillery expression Devil’s Punch Bowl Chapter II has arrived in USA!

Chapter II of The Devil’s Punch Bowl is a true contrast of light & shade hence the title ‘Angels & Devils’. The 1997 and 1998 hogsheads chosen provide the foundation for this whisky and add rich and satisfying depth.

Tasting Notes: Nose: Dried fruits, light spice and cigar box Palate: Dark chocolate and butterscotch Finish: Fresh citrus, Earthy, light twist of smoke

Here is the link for video presentation

RRP is $ 130.00

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Old Pulteney “The Lighthouse Collection” Blazes Travel Retail Trail – Scotch Whisky News

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The Lighthouse Collection” blazes Travel Retail trail

 There’s no better time to travel abroad for Old Pulteney devotees, with our exclusive Travel Retail expressions featuring in travel outlets from the end of this month. ‘The Lighthouse Collection’ features three distinctive and colourful additions to the Pulteney range – Noss Head, Duncansby Head and Pentland Skerries. Each bears the name of a lighthouse close to our coastal Wick distillery and their launch celebrates our long-standing maritime heritage. With their eye-catching packaging, this superb trio of highly individual whiskies will soon enjoy an unmissable presence across airport duty free stores and a range of travel retail outlets – you can learn all you need to know about each of them here.

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New Release in the Icons of Wales Series – Penderyn Independence – Welsh Whisky News


Following on from the release of the first in the Icons of Wales series – The Red Flag edition, Penderyn Distillery is pleased to announce the release of the second in the series – ‘Penderyn Independence’

Independence commemorates the signing of the American Declaration of Independence in 1776. The emerging statesman Thomas Jefferson, who went on to become one of America’s most famous Presidents, was one of the fifty-six men who adopted the Declaration of Independence. Wales is a small country with an equally small population yet Jefferson and fully fifteen of his fellow signatories came from Welsh roots.

‘Penderyn Independence’ is beautifully presented and wrapped in a copy of the Declaration, accompanied with a quill. The front of the presentation box also highlights the signatories from the Declaration.

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