Archive for January, 2014


Corsair Artisan


Corsair crushed it this weekend at the Wizards of Whisky awards, winning “American Craft Distillery of the Year,” and a host of other medals and awards. This follows Corsair’s big 2013 win of “Craft Distiller of the Year” from Whiskey Magazine. Other notable awards included “American Whisky of the Year” and “American Grain Other Whisky of the Year” for Corsair Nashville Bourbon.
Saturday, January 25th, was Corsair’s 6 year anniversary, and this is the best anniversary/birthday present they could have received.

American Craft Distiller of the Year: Corsair
American Whiskey of the Year: Corsair Nashville Bourbon
American Other Grain of the Year: Corsair Nashville Bourbon

Corsair Nashville Bourbon
Corsair Quinoa

Corsair Ryemeggadon
Corsair Triple Smoke

“We are a small distillery, but we have big dreams. Our goal from day one has been to distill the best whiskey in the world, and Wizards of Whisky has been a great competition to be part of,” said Darek Bell.

Distillery owners Darek Bell, Andrew Webber, and Amy Lee Bell are thrilled. The American craft whiskey field has gotten incredibly competitive, with 500 new distilleries launching this year according to the American Distilling Institute’s president Bill Owens, making this win even sweeter for 6 year old Corsair. Winning against so many competitors is a real honor for the owners.

“It is exciting to compete in the International competitions, and compete with the best whiskeys in the world in front of top International judges and whiskey experts,” said cofounder Andrew Webber. Wizards of Whisky is the brainchild of whisky author, judge, and expert Dominic Roskrow.

2014 has started off with a bang for Corsair. Corsair Quinoa whiskey won an “Innovator of the Year” award for Whisky Magazine, the second innovator award for Corsair Distillery.

Corsair does not source its whiskey from large distillers, but hand distills each batch in small pot stills.

Since its inception 6 years ago, Corsair has won 74 medals and awards at international spirits competitions. Publications and media outlets such as The New York Times, Food and Wine, The Atlantic, Saveur, Tastings, Chilled, Imbibe, Beverage Industry, Beverage World, In The Mix, Whisky Magazine, Time Out New York, Garden and Gun, Whisky Advocate, Southern Living, Details, Men’s Health, Esquire, Wine Enthusiast, CBS News, Food Republic, and Maxim have featured and praised Corsair’s spirits and Corsair Distillery as a whole.

Twitter: @corsairartisan
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The Whisky Sale at Milroy’s of Soho – Scotch Whisky News



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Scottish Whisky Crusies – Scotch Whisky News

 AA Scottish Cruise

Introducing Scottish Whisky Cruises. We offer our guests a unique journey. Approaching these iconic distilleries and their surrounding nature from the oak decks of an ex-wooden warship provides an unforgettable experience that few visitors will ever get to enjoy.

Our chef prepares all meals onboard with the emphasis being on fresh Scottish food and using whisky in a variety of ways.

Onboard whisky tastings are hosted in the oak paneled Officer’s Mess with the addition of food pairings to local produce adding a different dimension to your whisky experience. Our unique approach to whisky cruising ensures a magical journey for all of our guests.

AA Scotch Whisky Cruises II

Our boat, the Gåssten, is one of the last wooden warships ever built and she provides the perfect platform to experience this inspirational coastline and spiritual home of Single Malt. 

AA Scotch Whisky Crusies III
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Keens Steak House Robbie Burns Tasting with David Blackmore February 7th, 2014 – Scotch Whisky News

AA Keens

Masters Series Winter 2014

Join us for a series of tastings featuring wine and spirits
chosen by one of America’s foremost wine and spirits authorities,
F. Paul Pacult, editor of The Spirit Journal.

Monday, February 3, 7:00 p.m.  

with David Blackmore, Master Brand Ambassador, 

The Glenmorangie Company 

This evening continues the custom of celebrating the life and work of Scotland’s Robert Burns, the composer of Auld Lang Syne, A Red, Red Rose, Tam O’Shanter, Ode To A Haggis, and many more.
Robbie Burns Night at Keens is an annual festival of bagpipe music, searing poetry, haggis and, most of all, the sensory enjoyment of 100% barley malt whiskies produced at two iconic distilleries, Glenmorangie in Tain and Ardbeg on Islay. 

$95 per person

For reservations call Keens Steakhouse (212) 947-3636
– Please register early as we expect this event to sell out –

Click Here to Download Registration Form PDF

Please fax back to us at (212) 714-1103

Top Picks & New Arrivals at K&L California – Whisky News



  • Blanton’s Original Single Barrel Bourbon 750ml (oversized bottle, ships as 1.5L) ($46.99)
    95 points Wine Enthusiast: “Pour it, and let it sit awhile; this one opens up and gets more aromatic, rich and flavorful, like wine. It starts off with a candied sweetness and touches of coconut and tea on the nose, then opens up to deeper caramel tones. Orange and caramel flavors, mellow, smooth, linger on the finish. Light-bodied, despite the bold, luxurious flavors. And oh, that pretty bottle, like an oversized perfume flask. Add this one to your gift list.” (09/2010) Wine Spectator: “Custard, pepper, orange peel and grassy rye fill the nose. In the mouth, it’s a breakneck ride: an initial rush of dry corn and grassy rye, a broad wave of sweeter corn in the middle, and a finish of sugar and rough spearmint. One of the first specialty Bourbons, and still one of the best. ” (02/2012) K&L Notes: The nose is very deep and satisfying. The taste has a masterful start with powerful dry vanilla notes in perfect harmony with strong hints of honey and caramel. The long, creamy caramel holds the fort until some late soft peppers arrive to spice things up. The underlying dryness amid the spice and honey really makes for a bourbon that should suit all tastes. “Double Gold Medal” winner at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
  • Eagle Rare Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon 750ml ($24.99)
    Buffalo Trace was named Distiller of the Year by Whisky Magazine in 2005 and 2007 and by the Wine Enthusiast in 2006. Paul Pacult of the The Spirit Journal gave it four stars and said: “Easily one of the most tactile yet assertive and expressive bourbons I’ve tasted in the last two years; fasten your seatbelts.” Honey-colored, with aromas of toasted wheat bread and hints of tobacco, opening up to almond butter, melon and lanolin. On the palate it is oily and toasty with flavors of cereal grains and oak. The finish is long and corn sweet with a little spice.


Scotland – Irish and Blended Scotch

  • Ballantine’s 17 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml ($89.99)

Scotland – Single Malt Scotch

  • Aberlour 18 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Whisky 750ml – 4 available ($89.99)
  • BenRiach 12 Year Old Horizons Triple Distilled Single Malt Whisky 750ml – 5 available ($82.99)
  • BenRiach 17 Year Old Septendicum Single Malt Whisky 750ml – 6 available ($89.99)
  • BenRiach 25 Year Old Authenticus Single Malt Whisky 750ml – 4 available ($279.99)
  • Glenmorangie Companta Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($99.99)
    Glenmorangie’s 2014 special edition Companta is finally here! Hot off the heels of winning “Best Whisky of the Year” from Jim Murray for their 2013 special edition Ealanta, this year’s limited release utilizes red wine barrels from both Burgundy and the Rhone to infuse a red-fruited character that marries beautifully with the supple texture of Glenmorangie whisky. Using both American oak and cooperage from Clos de Tart winemakers, Dr. Bill Lumsden (Glenmo’s head of whisky creation) managed to transfer all of the fresh cherry and raspberry aromas of the legendary pinot noir over to the nose of the Companta whisky. The color is a pale burgundy in the glass and a delicate note of cherry cordial is present. The palate, however, delivers classic whisky character, albeit rather desserty in style: spice cake, fudge, and cocoa dominate the flavor profile, but the finish is dry and spicy. Overall, it’s a wonderfully-balanced malt and a huge f eather in the cap for Lumsden; taking a style of whisky (red wine enhanced single malt) that has rarely offered greatness and making it absolutely great. Whereas we had plenty of last year’s Ealanta in stock up until the “Best Whisky” award was announced, we doubt our customers will have that luxury this time around. Companta is one of the most anticipated limited releases of 2014 and it’s a great way to start off the year. There might be back-to-back accolades in Glenmorangie’s future. These will go fast.

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


Macallan 42 Year Old 1969 Decanter £12,000.00 (| incl. tax) at Single Malts Direct – Scotch Whisky News

Macallan 42 Year Old 1969 Decanter | incl. tax: £12,000.00

Duncan Taylor Rarest is a collection of single cask whiskies no longer widely available, bottled at natural cask strength and unfettered by chilled-filtration. Carefully selected from the company’s coveted reserves, Duncan Taylor Rarest delivers unparalleled levels of luxury and refinements. Rarest Macallan 1969, the series inaugural release, is presented in a decanter of exquisite crystal, intricately engraved and adorned with hand cut silver. Bringing its 42 years journey full circle, Rarest Macallan 1969 is housed in an elegant display case, honed by our cabinet maker from the very cask that matured it to perfection. Generations of passion, knowledge and craftsmanship drive Duncan Taylor Scotch whisky today. Duncan Taylor Rarest is the culmination of the company’s vision; to provide the most authentic Scotch whisky without compromise…


Buffalo Trace Bourbon Amps Up with Annual Battle of the Bands Contest Returns with $10,000 Cash Prize – American Whiskey News

Buffalo Trace

Buffalo Trace Bourbon Amps Up with Annual Battle of the Bands Contest Returns with $10,000 Cash Prize


Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whiskey is thrilled to announce the return of its most popular online contest, Battle of the Bands. The contest has a new wrinkle in its fourth year, with a panel of judges now determining the $10,000 Grand Prize Winner. As with last year’s battle, artists are encouraged to upload their music to the Buffalo Trace online jukebox, earning “shots” (votes) from the Saloon community.

The top vote-getting bands from each month, January through August, will earn a $500 cash prize and a spot in the September finals. The eight finalists will compete to make it to the final three bands, with the ultimate winner being determined by the panel of judges. The panel of judges consists of four individuals with experience in the music and entertainment industry.

“We love bourbon and great music,” said Buffalo Trace Brand Manager, Kris Comstock. “Both take talent, patience and dedication to the craft. Over the past few years, we’ve offered obscure bands some great exposure and prize money. This year’s champion will take home $10,000.”

The contest can be accessed in the Buffalo Trace Saloon at and through Facebook at . Must be 21 years or older to enter.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is a family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1786 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee. Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year.”

Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit



The Whisky Exchange ‘Glenfarclas Cask Selection Masterclass with George S. Grant’ – Scotch Whisky News


Glenfarclas Cask Selection Masterclass with George S. Grant 

For our February whisky tasting we are delighted to welcome Glenfarclas Brand Amabassador George Grant to The Whisky Exchange at Vinopolis to take us through some highlights from their incredible range of whiskies. The Grant family have owned the distillery since 1865 and George is the sixth generation to have been involved in the day to day running of the company. Glenfarclas are one of the very few remaining truly independent and family-owned distillers in Scotland. We’ve long been fans of the distillery and George hosted our inaugural whisky tasting back in August 2006. 

Glenfarclas are renowned for using ex-sherry casks during maturation, which produce a distinctive, rich and indulgent style of whisky. This was shown to be popular when TWE customers voted Glenfarclas 15yo as our ‘Whisky of the Year’ in December, and we have decided to select a vintage batch of Glenfarclas to be bottled exclusively for TWE. 

As part of the tasting George will be bringing us a number of samples to choose from and the decision of which to bottle will be made by those at the tasting. 

Exact details of the cask samples will be announced on the night, but we can reveal the rest of the line-up:

– Glenfarclas 15yo (TWE ‘Whisky of the Year 2013’)

– Glenfarclas 21yo

– Glenfarclas 25yo Quarter Cask

– Glenfarclas 40yo

– Glenfarclas 1979 Family Cask X #8791 

An incredible line-up and a fantastic opportunity to help us choose a whisky – one not to miss. 

The tasting will take place on Monday 10th February, 7:30pm.

£30 per ticket

As ever, tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis and are limited to two per customer 

Tickets go on sale at 3pm on Wednesday 29th January

Book your ticket:

Call us: 020 7403 8688 or visit our shop


Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky Tasting February 12th, 2014 – Scotch Whisky News

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The Vancouver whisky club ‘Companions of the Quaich’ invite you to enjoy a unique opportunity to sample Duncan & Taylor premium whiskies, ranging from 14 – 40 years old and worth over $1,000 – including the likes of Mortlach and Linkwood. Duncan Taylor is among the top 3rd-party bottlers of old and rare Scotch single malt whiskies. The whiskies will be presented by Roberto Roberti.

Companions of the Quaich Duncan & Taylor Whisky Tasting


Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm
Date: February 12th, 2014;
Location: Legacy Liquor Store, Olympic Village
$50: Companions of the Quaich members
$60: Non-members 

Payment methods:
Paypal or interact e-money to:
Or, send cheque to payable to:  ‘Companions of the Quaich’
140-6751 Graybar Road, Richmond, BC, V6W 1H3


Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #425 – Scotch Whisky News

Ralfy_zpsf0666f22 gets all woody with Whisky Review 425What is Cask Maturation of Scotch

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