Archive for September, 2015


OFSM Experimental Sept 15



Two Entry Proofs for this Experiment make up the last

Experimental Collection Release for 2015  

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Sept. 22, 2015) Buffalo Trace Distillery has returned to its roots with the latest release in their long-running experimental whiskey program, a bourbon made using an old-fashioned process of souring the mash.  Distilled in May of 2002, this Old Fashioned Sour Mash experiment used Buffalo Trace’s proprietary mash.  The bourbon was cooked and cooled to standard; however, the similarities stop there. The mash was allowed “to sour” before yeast was added to start the fermentation process, a method long abandoned due to its more laborious process.

This sour mash method differs from the more common process used today by nearly all bourbon manufacturers. The routine method calls for cooking and cooling the mash, and then immediately adding yeast and a small amount of previously distilled mash (or “setback”) as it cools to sour the mash.   The traditional old-fashioned sour mash process fell out of favor many years ago, and it was not until a gathering of distillery “old timers” that Buffalo Trace was inspired to revive it.

After the sour mash was distilled, it was entered into barrels at two different entry proofs, 105 and 125. Aged for 13 years on the seventh floor of Warehouse I, the two different entry proofs took on unique characteristics. The 105 entry proof delivers a light body, with notes of vanilla and fruit, and a dry, nice finish, while the 125 entry proof offers a medium flavored body, with spicy flavors mingled with caramel, and a balanced pleasing finish.

These barrels are part of more than 4,000 experimental barrels of whiskey aging in the warehouses of Buffalo Trace Distillery. Each of them has unique characteristics that differentiate them in distinct ways. Some examples of experiments include unique mash bills, types of wood, and different barrel toasts. In order to further increase the scope, flexibility, and range of the experimental program, an entire micro distillery, named The Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. “OFC” Micro Distillery, complete with cookers, fermenting tanks, and a state-of-the-art micro still has been constructed within Buffalo Trace Distillery. Buffalo Trace has increased its commitment to experimentation with the recent addition of its Warehouse X. Although small in size, Warehouse X is designed to explore the extent of environmental influences on the flavor profiles of whiskey.

The Experimental Collection is packaged in 375ml bottles, with two bottles from each entry proof in a case. Both entry proofs were bottled at 90 proof.  Each label includes all the pertinent information unique to that barrel of whiskey. These whiskeys retail for approximately $46.35 each and will be available in late September, 2015. Experimental Collection releases are generally quite small and have limited availability. For more information on the Experimental Collection or the other products of Buffalo Trace Distillery, please contact Elizabeth Hurst at

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1773 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 being listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 17 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named “Brand Innovator of the Year” by Whisky Magazine at its Icons of Whisky America Awards 2015.  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 300 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit

First Release in History-Inspired Smugglers’ Series from the Isle of Arran Distillery – Scotch Whisky News

Arran Smugglers

Taking the Arran Waters

First Release in History-Inspired Smugglers’ Series from the Isle of Arran Distillery

As the award-winning Isle of Arran Distillery approaches its 21st year, it is celebrating the renowned whisky-making heritage of its island home with the first release in its Smugglers’ Series.

The Smugglers Series honours the tradition of the illicit whisky trade that operated from Arran and up the Clyde to Glasgow. Each new release will be ‘smuggled’ in unique packaging reminiscent of the hiding places used in the 18th and 19th centuries. Smugglers’ Series Vol. 1 ‘The Illicit Stills’ features hidden packaging that mimics a beautiful hardbound book, complete with a cut-out compartment that conceals the bottle.

The whisky itself pays homage to the distillery’s forebears with an Arran dram of a robust body and heavier peat influence, redolent of the whisky produced on the island in days gone by. Perfectly balanced by the sweetness of older Bourbon barrels and the rich and fruity influence of Port Pipes, the historic malt is a fresh, full bodied and complex dram evocative of this distillery’s independent character.

Euan Mitchell, managing direct of Isle of Arran Distillery said: “We’re justifiably proud of the whisky-making heritage of the island. Visitors have long been fascinated in the illicit industry that ran between Arran and Glasgow in centuries past.

“With the distillery turning 21, it felt like the perfect time to commemorate that exciting time in Scotch whisky’s heritage with a series that pays homage to its ancestors whilst looking forward to the distillery’s future.”

Non-chill filtered and with no artificial colouring, this special edition has a rusty colour of iron barrel chime rings. A subtle nose of peat hints at a robust character. A palate of juicy plums gives way to white grapes and a blast of spicy ginger.

Each dram finishes with a lasting flavour of dried apricots fading into salty, maritime notes – evoking the dying embers of smugglers’ signal fires on windswept beaches.

An Arran dram of true unbridled character, reminiscent of the trade which gave rise to the illustrious reputation of ‘the Arran water’. Bottled at 56.4.% ABV, ‘The Illicit Stills’ is a Limited Edition with only 8,700 bottles released worldwide.

UK RSP £84.99


For more information visit

* Accolades for Isle of Arran Distillery include Winner for: Best New Exporter (2004), Queen’s Award for International Trade (2005), Scottish Distiller of the Year (2007) and Scottish Drinks Producer of the Year (2007.)

Product awards include: Best Whisky Liqueur (2007), ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 12 Years & Under’ for The Arran Malt Amarone Cask Finish (2008) ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 11-15 Years’ for The Arran Malt Sherry Single Cask 1998 (2010) and ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 11-15 Years’ for the Icons of Arran Peacock (2011.) ‘Double Gold Award’ for Arran’s 14 Year Old Single Malt and ‘Gold Award’ for Arran’s 10 Year Old Single Malt at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2012). Double Gold in awards (2012). Double Gold Medal for the 12 year-old Cask Strength in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2013). Double Gold for both the 10 year-old and 12 year-old Cask Strength at the China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards 2014.

GlenDronach Single Casks – Batch 12 at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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GlenDronach Single Casks – Batch 12

For Batch 12, we see 9 casks in total, vintages ranging from 1972 to 2004. As with previous Batches of single cask GlenDronach, the emphasis is firmly on sherry cask maturation.

Making a stellar comeback, we see the inclusion of a 1972 vintage; the 1st ’72 that’s been part of a Batch release since Batch 9, back in 2013.

The youngest within the range is an 11 year old from 2004, aged in a single PX sherry puncheon. As far as we’re aware, this is the first time we’ve seen a release from this vintage included within any batch of single casks…

We now have all 9 casks available for pre-order.

Click here to order…

Abbey Whisky Ltd

Registered Office

Dollar, FK14 7AS

United Kingdom

Made at High West – Exclusive to Park Ave – American Whiskey News

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Park Avenue Liquor Shop’s newest exclusive:

High West Double Rye ~ Finished 9 months in a 36th Vote – Aged Manhattan Barrels

Park Ave, goes High West.

An exclusive bottling from the folks at High West has been a goal of ours for some time. Basically ever since we first tasted their original ‘Bourye’ bottling many years ago. We are not ashamed to say that we put our tireless reps Eliza and Troy – as well as Proprietor Dave Perkins through the ringer trying to find something we were excited to put our name on.

This barrel was love at first sniff.

And it only got better from there.

We landed on a unique barrel of High West ‘Double Rye’ that has been finished, nuanced, super-charged and awesome-fied (that’s a real thing, look it up) by an additional 9 months in a cask used to age their barreled Manhattan cocktail. Affectionately known as “36th Vote”.

9 months later – we’re the proud parents of 233 bottles of delicious exclusive Rye.

Below you will find photos and official notes from Dave Perkins himself.

Jonathan & Eric
The Park Avenue Liquor Shop
270 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016


“My first thought is it’s like a juicy slice of Big RedTM gum. Sweetness from the vermouth is definitely present along with green elements like fresh Rosemary and forest-pine. Overall there’s rounded spicy cherry theme that makes it yummy/sweet.”
High West Proprietor; Dave Perkins 9-24-15


High West’s Eliza Czander, “Rep/Whi-Ski Bunny” & Dave Perkins, Proprietor showing off our exclusive bottling.

 High West Double Rye Whiskey Manhattan Barrel Finish ~ Park Avenue Limited Release $55

This exclusive bottling is limited to 233 bottles so get it while its 105.2 Proof! We are not responsible for any typographical errors or this Sunday’s ‘Blood Moon’ event. Please contact the store with any questions.

The Park Avenue Liquor Shop | 212-685-2442 | 212-689-6247 |

Whisky Wednesday Reviews Glenfiddich 18yo – Scotch Whisky News


This week Joe Ellis reviews the Glenfiddich 18 Year Old Ancient Reserve


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Only 2,000 bottles of Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish available globally from

Harrods, Selfridges, The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop

ABV 53.9% | 700ml | RRP from £650 


Islay Single Malt Whisky is proud to announce the launch of Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish, the first-ever Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky to be finished in precious, hand-crafted Japanese Mizunara oak casks. Set for global release on 1 September 2015, the limited edition Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish brings together two of the world’s most renowned whisky islands – Islay, Scotland and Japan – to create a refined, elegant and complex Single Malt unlike any other before it. 

With only 2,000 bottles produced, Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish is a skilled marriage of Scottish strength and passion with Japanese elegance and refinement. Although cultures and languages differ, craftsmanship is revered and understood in both Islay and Japan. As the first Islay Single Malt distillery and a pioneer of innovation, Bowmore is proud to combine the best of the east and west as the first distillery to mature Scotch whisky in Japanese Mizunara oak casks.


Bowmore’s renowned Malts have been distilled on the Scottish island of Islay since 1779, making it the first of Islay’s eight distilleries and one of Scotland’s oldest. Produced in exactly the same way for over 200 years and matured in Bowmore’s legendary No. 1 Vaults, Bowmore is widely acknowledged to be among the finest, most beautifully balanced Single Malts in the world.

On the other side of the globe, Japan has also become renowned for its superior quality of Single Malts and excellent craftsmanship. In the north of the country, Japan’s revered Mizunara oak is left to grow for up to 300 years before being handcrafted into casks using time-honoured techniques known only to a select few. Notoriously difficult to work with but prized for its flavours, casks made from Mizunara are among the rarest, treasured and most sought after in the world.

To create Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish, a selection of the very finest Mizunara oak casks handcrafted in Japan embarked on the 6,000 mile journey across two oceans to Islay before being laid to rest in Bowmore’s No.1 vaults. This limited-edition release represents one of the first occassions in which Japanese distillers have spared their precious Mizunara casks for a whisky outside of Japan. Bowmore was chosen due to its long and proven history of innovation and craftsmanship reflecting the same skills and values that have been passed down from generation to generation to create the Mizunara oak casks. 


The legendary Mizunara casks became home to Bowmore’s celebrated Single Malt, taming its tempestuous mix of peat smoke, spice, vanilla and citrus fruit. The enchanting result combines a spicy, mellow taste of sweet vanilla, cedar wood, exotic mango and honey rose blossom along with Bowmore’s signature peatiness to create a refined, elegant complexity of floral spice and fragrant smoke, carried on a fresh ocean breeze.

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About Bowmore

Founded in 1779, Bowmore is the oldest distillery on Islay, one of the Scottish isles which make up the region known as the ‘Islands’ in the lexicon of Whisky.  The other regions are the Highlands, Speyside and the Lowlands.  Islay malts are famous for their characteristic smokiness and Bowmore is no exception; the malt is carefully smoked in a peat-fired kiln, using skills handed down from generation to generation to craft a perfectly balanced Single Malt.

Bowmore’s adherence to traditional production methods helps to shape the character of its Single Malts. Today, it prides itself as one of the rare distilleries that still produces its own floor malted barley, hand-turned by a traditional wooden malt shovel and hand drawn machinery.  Water for the whiskies is specially drawn from the Laggan River, with its rich peaty overtones – the same Islay peat that fires the malt-drying kiln.

Bowmore Distillery’s close proximity to the sea is also vital in determining the final character of its spirit. The legendary Bowmore No. 1 Vaults is where most of the whiskies spend their long lives resting quietly in the cool, dark, damp cellars below sea level, oblivious to the waves thrashing the vault’s sea-facing wall.

They mature in oak casks, previously used for bourbon, sherry or claret, gradually developing rich and mellow flavours.  It is this combination of peat, barley, sea breeze, water, wood, people and tradition that together create the perfectly balanced warm and smoky character of Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.

About Islay

Islay is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides, and is also known as “The Queen of the Hebrides”. Its mild climate and rich peaty soil make it ideal for creating whisky, and despite having a population of not much more than 3,500, it is home to no fewer than eight working distilleries.

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About Beam Suntory Inc.

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and commitment to Growing for Good.  Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan.  For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit and

The Whisky Exchange “Port Askaig – new batches and very old drams” – Scotch Whisky News


Port Askaig – new batches and very old drams

We always look forward to new releases from Speciality Drinks Ltd. As a sister company of The Whisky Exchange, we hear whispers of what’s coming next and get an occasional taste, and we’ve been eagerly awaiting this latest launch – four new releases in the Port Askaig range of single malts.


Port Askaig. The petrol pump is out of shot behind the trees on the left…

Rather than a distillery, Port Askaig is one of the two main ports on Islay, and if you’ve visited the island by ferry, there’s a 50/50 chance that you’ve been there. It’s not a heaving metropolis, with a small ferry terminal, a pub, a shop and a single petrol pump. As one of the entry points to the island, it’s a perfect name for an Islay whisky. Especially as the other port is Port Ellen, a name which has already been taken…

They don’t reveal which distilleries the whiskies are from, although theories have been wafting around the internet since the range first appeared in 2009. However, at the launch tasting at TWE London Bridge this week, Speciality Drinks King of Casks Oliver Chilton dropped a minor bombshell – including the latest releases, there are now whiskies from three different distilleries in the range.

Let the speculation commence.



First up is a replacement for Port Askaig 15 Years Old. Many of the whiskies in the PA line-up are bottled in small batches, and the 15 is one of them. Now that it’s running low (stock up now, 15yo fans), they’ve put together another batch of whisky distilled around the same time. It’s still a mixture of ex-sherry and ex-bourbon casks, but now a year older.

Oliver’s Tasting Notes:

Honeyed and autumnal tones combine with Islay smoke and charcoal dust. Sherry casks bring in richer fruity notes but still allow the clean, crisp spirit to shine through.

This is a big, bold and peaty dram, delivering the classic balance of flavours Port Askaig has become known for.



Next we have something different: an ongoing bottling. Getting a guaranteed supply of smoky Islay whisky is hard. With the popularity of peat going through the roof, everyone’s after smoky whisky and there’s not enough to go around. Fortunately, the Speciality Drinks team have done the impossible, and will be able to continue to produce the new 100° Proof for the foreseeable future.

Bottled at a punchy 57.1% ABV (100° proof in the old system of measurement) it’s something that you don’t see often – high-strength, smoky whisky from Islay at less than £50. We approve.

Oliver’s Tasting Notes:

Sweet fruit, peat smoke and a wonderful minerality.

Fresh and vibrant, delivering peat reek and citrus on the palate which stay with you into the finish.



The third of the new releases is another replacement, although keeping the same age statement – a new 30-year-old Port Askaig. This new batch was vatted from only three casks, selected to have some oomph, despite having been maturing for 30 years. Ollie and the team have chosen well, with more smoke than you often find in Islay whisky of this age, but with the elegance and refinement that you would hope for.

Oliver’s Tasting Notes:

Matured for more than 30 years in American oak casks, much of the heavy smoke and medicinal notes has been softened and complemented with honeysuckle and autumn fruit.

Freshly baked banana bread and sticky liquorice sweets create a moreish dram to be savoured late in the evening.



The final new release is something very special – Port Askaig 45 Years Old. You rarely see Islay whisky this old, and the Speciality Drinks team were very pleased to find the casks, hidden away for a special occasion. It started out as five sherry butts, which had lost a lot of spirit to the angels over the years. These were reracked into just three of the casks, and then married for a year before bottling. The result was worth the wait.

Oliver’s Tasting Notes:

Even before you taste this, your senses are filled with full, thick, ripe fruit and heavy, sweet, sticky nectar. A touch of menthol gives a clue to long ageing of this whisky.

Rich Navel oranges and fleshy mango sit on a thick and warming palate, with flavours reminiscent of green tea, mint leaves and tropical fruit. The flavours are incredibly well balanced with elegance and poise.

The finish is clean and long with carefully balanced minerality.

You can find all of these as well as the rest of the Port Askaig range over on the Whisky Exchange website. Speciality Drinks will also be presenting all of the whiskies, including the four newbies, at The Whisky Show in a couple of weeks – if you’re coming along, pop by and say hello to Oliver. Make sure to tell him your theories about which distilleries the whiskies are from, he loves that…

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “OCTOBER PREVIEWS: AL FRESCO DINING” – Scotch Whisky News

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Not what you might expect on the first (astronomical) day of autumn but our pre-emptive peek at October’s Outturn reveals a wealth of foody flavours – and it’s all served outdoors! Whether you love seafood on the beach or cake in the garden, grab a generous helping tonight because these treats won’t be on the table for long.

Sweet, fruity & mellow

46.34Honey in a sunny garden

A delicately perfumed nose, with potpourri, honeysuckle, pear, pineapple, vanilla and gorgeous heather honey; coconut, leather and tobacco later. The palate is lively but creamy and sweet, with rich honey spread on salty buttered crumpets…

22 years old
Refill ex-bourbon hogshead

Oily & coastal

53.226 Teddy Boys at the beach

Rock (pool) and roll! An old boat alight with a splash of diesel. Pisco sours and pork rolls with gherkin pickle. Sparks of pickled ginger and salted lemon fly. Roll-ups waft with an oily slick. Olive oil cake with lemon icing…

15 years old
Refill ex-bourbon hogshead


29.169 Beach bonfires, creels and boats
The nose evokes bonfires on stony beaches, creels, boatyards, teriyaki mackerel and mechanic’s overalls; Lapsang Souchong and cigarillos later. The complex, sophisticated palate has dried fruits, Parma violets & a feast of seafood…

20 years old
Refill ex-bourbon barrel

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*We release a small number of bottles as a preview – it’s one of the perks of being an email subscriber! But don’t worry if you don’t get one tonight; the majority of bottles are released on First Friday.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ Contact: or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

Party Source News – Whisky News



KILKERRAN Bourbon Cask and Sherry Cask – These are both back, and new. How is that? They’re still the Kilkerran WIP (Work in Progress) Bourbon and Sherry casks respectively, but these are the 7th iteration. From the folks who originally founded Springbank in Campbeltown, Scotland, these are delightful drams.


A.D. RATTRAY Cask Collection Ben Nevis 17yr TPS Private Barrel – This is a limited edition TPS Private Bottling! Ben Nevis is an excellent scotch distiller and near and dear to our hearts and palates here at TPS. This is something special for any Scotch enthusiast.


CADENHEAD’S Tamnavulin-Glenlivet 22yr – Tamnavulin, comparatively, is a younger Scotch distillery that began in 1966. Nearly all of the whisky produced is used for blending, with very little being released as a single malt. Furthermore, its doors were closed in 1995 and didn’t reopen until 2007. This selection was distilled in 1992, and bottled in 2014. Only 234 bottles were filled!

Producer Feature; Four Roses

Four Roses is fresh on our minds after a trip this past Tuesday to Cox Creek to pick out a few new TPS Private Barrel selections. Four Roses is somewhat of a house favorite here at The Party Source. While on the trip we were told that a number of stories exist as to the origin of the name, Four Roses. The story behind the name that was told to us on this last trip goes like this: Founder Paul Jones Jr. was quite keen on a certain young lady he had met. After proposing a number of times to said young lady, and subsequent rejections, he sent a letter to her regarding an upcoming town ball. He said that if she accepted this, his final proposal for marriage, she was to show up to the ball with red roses. When she came to the ball, she had a bouquet of four red roses. Thus he named his business to honor his great love. This version even differs from the story on the website; but never let the truth get in the way of a good story!

With a history dating back to the late 1800’s, there’s more story than we can share here. However, if you’re interested in more Four Roses history click here For now, we have quite a few selections from Four Roses to share.

>>>Click HERE to Shop FOUR ROSES

Private Barrel Update

We are flush with excellent selections and more are being bottled, palletized, and shipped as you read this. If you love our private barrels, bookmark this link and check back regularly. Some of these go quite quickly!


Whisky Lounge Events October 2015 – Whisky News


Into the Autumn…

Wow, it has been a busy September already here at Whisky Lounge HQ!

First up were the Liverpool and York(shire) Whisky Festivals on the 5th and 12th September, which were both massive sold-out events, whilst we are currently in the final throws of our ‘Kavalan Vs Scotland’ series. No rest for the proverbial!

Into October, we have our final festival of the year – The 6th Manchester Whisky Festival – and an exciting new tasting series ambitiously combining whisky and chocolate. I say ambitiously as the number of chocolates required for this undertaking is both mind-blowing and mouth-watering!

We also have news of our first two festivals of 2016 – Newcastle and London…

Read on…



We have thought for a long time that it would be great to pair whisky with some kind of sympathetic food-stuff. Chocolate has always been high up the hit-list and when we were approached by the good folks at the ‘Highland Chocolatier’, we thought it is time to go for it.

Iain Burnett has been creating his own truffle-based chocolates for some years now, winning awards and fans the world over. We are incredibly lucky to be working with him and to be including his chocolates in these tastings The chocolates combine some pretty intricate and clever combinations and we are therefore having to intensively road-test them for you – we get all the dreadful jobs!

You will be leaving these tastings in a complete lather, having had all pleasure centres quite roundly…pleasured!


TUES. 13th OCT. SHEFFIELD, The Tap, Sheffield Station, 7pm
WEDS. 14th OCT. LONDON, Salt Bar, Seymour St., W2, 7pm
WEDS. 14th OCT. LIVERPOOL, Jenny’s Bar, Fenwick St., L2, 7pm
FRI. 16th OCT. MANCHESTER, Britons Protection, Gt. Bridgwater St, 7pm
SAT. 17th OCT. NEWCASTLE, Blackfriars, Friar St., NE1, 7pm
THURS. 22nd OCT. LEEDS, The Cross Keys, Water Lane, LS2, 7pm
THURS. 22nd OCT. BRIGHTON, The Hilton Metropole, Kings Street, 7pm
SAT. 31st OCT. YORK, Brigantes, Micklegate, YO1, 7pm

Click on the relevant date and venue for you or, if you can’t make it, we are intending on having a tasting pack available – keep an eye on the website shop for these.



Aside from everything else, we are gearing up for our final festival of the year. The Manchester Whisky Festival also happens to be one of our biggest events of the year, attracting more visitors and exhibitors than ever before!

This year we have moved to the glorious and more than atmospheric Manchester Town Hall. On a site visit this week, Amanda was actually left speechless, which as many of you will know, doesn’t happen often – it was literally that good! After 4 different venues over the past 5 festivals, we think we have finally found the event’s new permanent home and we look forward to many years at the Town Hall.

Old friends such as Chivas, Diageo, Inverhouse and Amrut will be there along with newbies such as The Lakes Distillery, Wemyss and Nikka, plus welcome returns for Kavalan and Whyte & Mackay.

This year see us splitting the sessions during the day to enable more people to come, but also to ensure there are fewer people in one ‘hit’, so you should find it a little less frenetic than perhaps in previous years. The sessions are 11am-3pm and 4pm-8pm.

As always, tickets are selling very fast and we are nearing capacity, particularly for the later session so we would urge you to get booking if you haven’t already.

As always, your £30 gets you a commemorative Glencairn tasting glass, a bottle of water and a festival guide, plus access to more whiskies than you can shake a stick at – much more than a visit to the pub or bar would yield in the same time!

Masterclasses will be announced next week so watch this space but in the meantime click on the below link or the banner above to get booking.

Manchester Whisky Festival, Saturday 24th October, Town Hall, 11am-3pm, 4pm-8pm

…Newcastle and London Festival News…

It may seem a little early to be thinking about 2016 but if we don’t, who else will?!
A couple of dates to put straight in your diaries now…

Newcastle Whisky Festival 2016 Saturday 12th March Civic Centre
London Whisky Weekender 2016 Friday/Saturday 1st/2nd April Oval Space

We will be releasing early-bird tickets for both of these in the next couple of weeks so please watch this space very carefully!



Liverpool and York Festivals

As mentioned above, both of these events took place over the last few weeks. Both were a roaring success …

Competition Time

Well less a competition and more a chance for you to have your say!

We would like to hear from as many as possible of you – the most important people in this equation – on what you would like to see from us.

Be it a particularly theme for our tastings, an area of the country you feel we should be servicing, an exhibitor you would love to see at our events or a general suggestion. Any and all constructive suggestions will be welcomed.

We will then put these in a box and draw a winner and send them something nice to enjoy.

Want to get involved and help shape our and your whisky future? Click HERE.

Next Month

We have news on our 2016 Blind Islay Fury tastings that take place in November, 2016 festival updates and more. Don’t forget to keep checking the website for new events…

That’s all for now folks, but enjoy the weather this week, enjoy some drams and we hope to see you at a TWL event soon.

Eddie, Amanda and Joe
The Whisky Lounge Team.


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