Archive for November, 2015

Back in Stock at K&L California – Whisky News


Suntory Hibiki 12 Year Japanese Whiskey 750ml (Ships as 1.5L) (1 bottle limit) ( $89.99) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: “With a little water, this golden blended whisky opens up to delicate, nuanced honey and floral aromas and flavors. Finishes smoky, dry and brisk.” (03/2011) K&L Notes: Gold Medal, 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Malt whiskies matured 12 years or longer are perfectly matched with mellow grain whiskies of the same age to create this Hibiki offering. Also included is some whisky from casks formerly used in long-term aging of Japanese plum liqueur, which helps bring out the sweet floral notes on the nose and palate that Suntory whisky is known for. Adding venerable malt aged more than 30 years further brings out the bouquet and adds body to the palate.

Midleton Very Rare Irish Whiskey 2015 Release 750ml  $139.99 

Bowmore 21 Year Old “500th Anniversary” Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky   $599.99 

Bruichladdich Octomore 5 year old Release 1.1 Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Elsewhere 900) $699.99 

Whistle Pig 12 Year “Old World Marriage” Rye Whiskey 750ml (1 bottle limit – ships as 1.5L)  $119.99 

K&L Wine Merchants

Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)


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2015 Whisky of the Year at Hard to Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News


Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #562 – Irish Whiskey News

Ralfy_zpsf0666f22 finds that rare and unusual creature which is an Irish Indi-bottler who ‘craft’ presents their bottling with Whisky Review 562 – Knappogue Castle 14yo single malt @ 46%vol


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Newly renovated distillery offers visitors spirited insights into past and present innovations

Hamilton, Bermuda, November 17, 2015 – Steeped in history and nestled in the heart of the Scottish Highlands is a recently refurbished heritage center for John Dewar & Sons’ DEWAR’S® Aberfeldy Distillery.

Each year, thousands of visitors tour DEWAR’S Aberfeldy Distillery to learn more about the DEWAR’S® portfolio – and the care with which its award-winning blended Scotch has been produced since 1846. John Dewar and his two sons, John Alexander and Tommy, who began as small wine and spirits merchants laid the solid, sustainable foundation for what is now DEWAR’S, a top-selling global brand – part of the Bacardi family of brands.

The center features interactive displays, newly released historic memoirs and a café featuring a locally sourced menu. “It’s not just about the quality of the food, but it’s also about reducing our impact on the environment,” says Charlotte Brown, General Manager, DEWAR’S Aberfeldy Distillery Visitor Centre. “Our cakes, our scones and our soup all are made here in Aberfeldy to lessen the impact of shipping goods far distances.”

Innovations at DEWAR’S Aberfeldy Distillery are part of a broad scope of sustainability initiatives for John Dewar & Sons, producers of DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky, WILLIAM LAWSON’S® Blended Scotch whisky and the single malt brands of ABERFELDY®, AULTMORE®, CRAIGELLACHIE®, THE DEVERON® and ROYAL BRACKLA®.

The heritage center also features a robust recycling program and fuel-efficient transportation.

“The explorer bus we sponsor is equipped to carry bicycles, giving visitors the option to hop on and off at various points – and travel about in a sustainable fashion.” explains Brown.

As part of the Bacardi group of companies, John Dewar & Sons honors the spirit of sustainability with these benchmarks at its five malt distilleries:

  • 34 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2006
  • 46 percent reduction in water use since 2009
  • 30 percent reduction of waste to landfill since 2010

Since 2006, when Bacardi began tracking its global impact on the environment, it has reduced nonrenewable energy use by nearly 28 percent and decreased its greenhouse gas emissions from production by more than 28 percent. Building on current programs and efficiencies that reduce its environmental impacts, the Bacardi Limited “Good Spirited” sustainability program sets specific goals in three areas to help reach its vision of a net zero impact:

  1. Responsible Sourcing: Bacardi strives to obtain all raw materials and packaging from sustainably sourced, renewable or recycled materials while maintaining or enhancing the economic status of growers and suppliers. By 2017, the goal is to obtain 40 percent of the sugarcane-derived products used to make its rum from certified, sustainable sources – and 100 percent by 2022. This pledge from Bacardi is an industry first.
  2. Global Packaging: Bacardi commits to use eco-design to craft sustainability into its brand packaging and point-of-sale materials. By 2017, Bacardi plans to reduce the weight of its packaging by 10 percent and achieve 15 percent by 2022.
  3. Operational Efficiencies: Bacardi continues to focus on reducing water use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with a 2017 goal to cut water use by 55 percent and GHG emissions by 50 percent. In addition, Bacardi aims to eliminate landfill waste at all of its production sites by 2022.

To learn more about Bacardi Limited and its “Good Spirited: Building a Sustainable Future” environmental initiative for sourcing, packaging and operational efficiencies across the entire Bacardi family of premium spirits and wine brands, visit

About John Dewar & Sons Ltd.  John Dewar & Sons Ltd. employs 300 people at seven locations throughout Scotland. The Company currently operates whisky distilleries in Aberfeldy, Macduff, Aultmore, Craigellachie and Nairn with ageing, blending, bottling and packaging facilities in Glasgow and additional maturation facilities in Poniel in Central Scotland.

DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky, the world’s most-awarded blended Scotch; WILLIAM LAWSON’S® Blended Scotch whisky, the world’s second fastest growing Scotch; and the single malt brands of ABERFELDY®, AULTMORE®, CRAIGELLACHIE®, THE DEVERON® and ROYAL BRACKLA® are part of the portfolio of Bacardi Limited, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.

About Bacardi Limited

Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, produces and markets internationally recognized spirits and wines. The Bacardi brand portfolio comprises more than 200 brands and labels, including BACARDÍ® rum, GREY GOOSE® vodka, DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, MARTINI® vermouth and sparkling wines, CAZADORES® 100% blue agave tequila, and other leading and emerging brands including WILLIAM LAWSON’S® Blended Scotch whisky, ERISTOFF® vodka, and ST-GERMAIN® elderflower liqueur.

Founded 153 years ago in Santiago de Cuba on February 4, 1862, family-owned Bacardi manufactures its brands at 29 facilities and sells in more than 160 countries. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited.

The Whisky Exchange “Digital Entrepreneur Awards 2015 – we are the champions!” – Whisky News


Digital Entrepreneur Awards 2015 – we are the champions!

At The Whisky Exchange, we don’t like to blow our own trumpet, but now and again it’s nice to share a little good news. Last week, we were delighted to be named E-commerce Business of the Year at the Digital Entrepreneur Awards 2015.


Stuart Peskett (middle) and Raj Chavda (right) of The Whisky Exchange collect the E-commerce Business of the Year award from Cube3 CEO Karl Barker

The ceremony was held at Manchester’s Palace Hotel, with high-profile judges including Ann Summers CEO Jacqueline Gold; Ben Gallop, the BBC’s Head of Sport Interactive; and Phil Jones, MD of Brother UK.

The award was based on companies’ overall approach to business, rather than any single aspect, and we hope that the changes we have introduced to our site over the past 12-18 months contributed to our success. These changes include:

TWE Director Sukhinder Singh said: ‘While we have won several awards in the drinks industry before, it is very humbling to be recognised from a wider perspective, especially from a number of experts in the online arena. We have revamped our website in the past year and introduced a number of innovative new features – and we have many more exciting things to bring you in 2016 and beyond.’

For more information on the awards, click here, and thank you again for your continued support of The Whisky Exchange.


Black Friday Sale at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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The Black Friday sale at the Whisky Barrel starts at 10AM TODAY!


The sale runs 10AM to Midnight.

A Blog Post will be live at 9:50AM (UK) Today

Black Friday at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News


New Single Cask Whisky at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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“Single Cask Barrels are very unique as wood is a living material, maturation may vary considerably from one cask to another making the whisky from every cask unique and unrepeatable.”

Macallan 28 Year Old – 1987 / Cask 3330

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Limited stock!

A 28 year old single cask Macallan, bottled by Càrn Mòr for their rather special Celebration of the Cask Black Gold range. Distilled 13th June 1987 and left to mature in single sherry hogshead #3330 until 2015. Beautiful colour on this Speyside malt, a small release of only 240 bottles.


Clynelish 19 Year Old – 1996 / Cask 8801

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Limited stock!

An 19 year old Clynelish single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Celebration of the Cask Range from Càrn Mòr. Distilled 8th October 1996, bottled 26th October 2015 with only 295 bottles filled from single cask 8801.


Tamnavulin 24 Year Old – 1991 / Cask 1139

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Limited stock!

A 1991 vintage Tamnavulin, bottled by Càrn Mòr for their Celebration of the Cask range. Aged for 24 years in single cask #1139, bottled in 2015 at 50.6% vol with an outturn of 237 bottles.


GlenDronach 19 Year Old – 1995 / Cask 4943

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UK Exclusive!

The first of two UK exclusives bottled late 2015 from GlenDronach distillery. Single cask #4943, distilled in 1995 has been aged for 19 years before being bottled at cask strength, 56.9% vol. An outturn of 633 bottles.

RRP £109.00


GlenDronach 20 Year Old – 1995 / Cask 4074

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UK Exclusive!

The second of two UK exclusives bottled late 2015 from the GlenDronach distillery. Single cask 4074, a 20 year old release matured in a Pedro Ximénez sherry cask before being bottled at cask strength, 52.8% vol with 735 bottles filled.

RRP £116.99


BenRiach 18 Year Old – 1998 / Cask 85089

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Limited stock!

A small release of only 167 bottles filled from single cask #85089. This 1998 vintage BenRiach has been aged in a bourbon barrel for 18 years before being bottled in 2015 at cask strength, 59.5% vol.


Highland Park 25 Year Old – 1990

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Limited Stock!

A cask strength Highland Park 25 year old from Hart Brothers. Bottled for their ‘Finest Collection’, this Island single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 1990 and left to mature until 2015, where it was bottled straight from cask at 47.5% vol.


Abbey Whisky Ltd

Registered Office

Dollar, FK14 7AS

United Kingdom

Glenfarclas 15yo Gift Pack at TB Watson – Scotch Whisky News

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Glenfarclas 15yo 46%

Gift Pack with 2 miniatures, 1 each of 21yo & 25yo. (miniatures worth £25 for the both)

Limited availability

What’s not to like?

Colour: A rich golden amber. Nose: Complex, sherried, deliciously peated, light butterscotch aromas, with a hint of dried fruit. Flavour: Full bodied with super balance of sherried sweetness, malty tones and peaty flavours. Finish: Long lasting, gloriously sherried, sweet, gently smoky, and distinguished.

Comment: “With greater complexity than our younger whiskies, this is a great whisky drinker’s whisky. We bottle this at 46% simply because my grandfather preferred it at this strength. It’s still a family favourite.”


T.B.Watson Ltd. 11/17 English Street. Dumfries, ScotlandDG1 2BU. United Kingdom

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GlenDronach Single Casks at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


GlenDronach Single Casks


Glendronach 19 Year Old 1995 #4943 Single Oloroso sherry puncheon bottled exclusively for the United Kingdom market. Glendronach 19 Year Old 1995 vintage Highland single malt Scotch whiskey. Single Oloroso Sherry Puncheon #4943 bottled September 2015. 663 numbered bottles exclusive for the United Kingdom market.

Nose: A perfect marriage of roasted apples and golden sultanas. A drizzle of maple syrup balances with warm oak spices and candied peel to give a well-rounded aroma.

Palate: A crisp citrus twist flows though sherry poached pears and ripe yellow plums. A warming white pepper spice mellows to hints of cedar wood and stewed barley to give a long, ever-changing palate.

Buy – $131.78


Glendronach 20 Year Old 1995 #4074 Single Pedro Ximenez puncheon bottled exclusively for the United Kingdom market. Glendronach 20 Year Old 1995 vintage Highland single malt Scotch whiskey. Single Pedro Ximenez Puncheon #4074 bottled September 2015. 735 numbered bottles exclusive for the United Kingdom market.

Nose: Sugared almonds and glazed dates, dusted with vanilla and cinnamon, which hold a gentle warmth of cracked black pepper.

Palate: Vibrant oak spices flood through rich, dark Mediterranean fruits; waves of treacle toffee and roasted coffee beans add a tremendous sherried depth to the classic finish.

Buy – $140.13

Glendronach malt whisky distillery was established north east of Huntley in Scotland’s Highland whisky region by James Allardice in 1826. The malting floors at Glendronach Distillery closed in 1996 and it was the last distillery in Scotland to heat its stills directly with flames from a coal-fired furnace, until it had to comply with new regulations in 2005. Glendronach Distillery is resplendent with a traditional cask iron mash tun, wooden washbacks, four stills matures its malt whisky in top quality sherry casks. Glendronach Distillery has a distillery visitor centre offering a range of distillery tours and the distillery participates is the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

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