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Second Year of Corn – A New Variety – Planted 

Harlen thumbs up 2015 crop

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (June 23, 2016) A little over a year ago, Buffalo Trace Distillery quietly purchased an additional 293 acres of farm land adjacent to the Distillery, with the intention of building more barrel warehouses to meet the growing demands of bourbon. In the meantime while permits were being secured for the new construction, Buffalo Trace decided it would be “fun” to plant its own corn, with an idea of creating its own farm to table “single estate” bourbon experience.

But it couldn’t be just any corn that was planted, the Distillery wanted to plant something that had historical meaning to this 243-year-old National Historic Landmark. Research began, and soon a strain was identified that dated back to 1876, around the same time E. H. Taylor, Jr. was making his mark on Buffalo Trace. The strain originated from a White Mastodon variety and through selection techniques in isolation it became “Boone County White,” after a farmer named James Riley coined the name. Coincidentally, Harlen Wheatley, Master Distiller at Buffalo Trace, was born in Boone County, Ky., making that strain even more fitting.

After planting 18 acres of the non-GMO white corn in the summer of 2015, Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley and his team eagerly watched the corn sprout up and begin to grow, and grow, and grow!  And harvest time, the stalks were well over 12 feet tall! The corn was harvested in August of last year and the grain was processed to be dried. After drying all winter, the corn was fermented and distilled at Buffalo Trace on May 31, 2016. All told, 117 barrels of the Boone County White Corn variety were distilled and are now aging in Buffalo Trace’s warehouses, to be taste tested periodically over the next few years to check on progress, and then eventually released, provided the taste profile is up to Buffalo Trace’s rigorous standards.

Now, in 2016, the cycle is beginning again, with Buffalo Trace planting its second year of non-GMO corn, this time Japonica Striped Corn, a strain originally from Japan and dating back to the 1890s. This variety will have variegated leaves of green, white, yellow and pink stripes with dark purple tassels and burgundy kernels. Typically used as an ornamental corn, this variety will be a true experiment to see how it tastes once fermented and distilled next year!  In addition to both the Boone County and Japonica Striped corn being from E. H. Taylor, Jr.’s era, both are dent corn varieties, which have a high starch content and are ideal for distilling, unlike traditional sweet corn one might see in the grocery store.  Buffalo Trace uses a different variety of dent corn in the distillation of the rest of the bourbons in its portfolio.

Buffalo Trace Distillery intends to plant a different variety of corn each year at its farm so each year in the future there will be a unique release.  Name, age or price of this future bourbon has not yet been determined.

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 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 Lounge June 2016 Newsletter – Whisky News


With June 20th now passed we are officially in summer and very excited to share all the latest (and forthcoming!) happenings at TWL.

We’ve got more festivals and more tastings for you to get stuck into, as well as some very special backstage tour trips to Speyside and Islay. Read on for all the juicy info….

Our string of festivals later on in the year are now on sale! EARLY-BIRD TICKETS are selling out fast but there are still some available for selected sessions – click on the links below to grab yours before they all go!

3rd September: Liverpool Whisky Fest: BUY TICKETS

10th September: Yorkshire Whisky Fest: BUY TICKETS

22nd October: Manchester Whisky Fest: BUY TICKETS

12th November: Birmingham Whisky Fest:  BUY TICKETS


Join us on a ‘back-stage tour’ to 2 iconic whisky regions where you get to meet the band and get to taste the really good stuff…details below.



Our first backstage trip of the year. This time we’re heading off to one of the most iconic whisky making regions on the planet – Speyside. This iconic region is home to nearly half of Scotland’s distilleries and provides the back-drop to some of the worlds most famous single malts.




Prepare yourself for the trip of a lifetime… It cannot be emphasised enough what a life-changing and incredible journey of discovery this is. Trips to distilleries, warehouses, casks, beautiful scenery, amazing food, whisky, more whisky and for good measure, some more whisky!



Guide to Whisky

For those looking to find out more about ‘the water of life’, having perhaps enjoyed one or two drams, then this is for you. A tasting of six whiskies will help bring it all to life whilst learning why whisky tastes the way it does.

July 31st London Salt Bar: Tickets

August 9th Sheffield Sheffield Tap: Tickets

August 10th Liverpool Jenny’s Bar: Tickets

August 11th Brighton Nightingale Room: Tickets

August 11th M’chester Britons Protection: Tickets

August 11th Newcastle Blackfriars : Tickets


Whisky School

Find out how whisky is made and discover the different styles produced all over Scotland and the rest of the World. Attendees will also get the chance to blend their very own whisky, choose a brand name for it and take a miniature of it home with them!

July 9th York, Hotel Du Vin : Tickets

July 16th, Newcastle, Blackfriars : Tickets

July 30th, London, Malmaison : Tickets

Sept 17th, York, Hotel Du Vin : Tickets

Sept 24th, Newcastle, Blackfriars : Tickets

Oct 1st, Manchester, Malmaison : Tickets

That’s all for now folks! We look forward to seeing you soon at a TWL event near you!


Eddie, Amanda, Joe, Olly and the Whole Whisky Lounge Team!



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Early Bird Sale Ends June 30 (TODAY!) for Whiskies of the World – Austin, Houston and Atlanta! – Whisky News


It’s time to buy your tickets!

There are only six days remaining to take advantage of our early bird pricing. We hope you will join us in anticipation of a savory evening full of great whisky flavors and more. Early Bird tickets are refundable within a two-week notice. We feel you shouldn’t be penalized for buying early should unforeseen circumstances create a conflict in your schedule.Buy your tickets for our event(s) in Austin, Houston and Atlanta today! For more information about our events, visit our website


Glenglassaugh 51 Year Old – 1963 at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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Glenglassaugh 51 Year Old – 1963

The oldest cask available from the distillery has been chosen for this very special release. Distilled in 1963 single cask #3301, a bourbon barrel was filled 15th February 1963 and left to slumber for an incredible 51 years.


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Whisky Ramblings Via Video #135 – Dutch Whisky News


Whisky Ramblings Via Video #135

Mark Dermul, Belgian Whisky blogger, tries a new Dutch single malt. Dutch single malt? That is not something you see every day. DenHool is triple distilled from summer barley grown by a Dutch famer who has now installed his own equipment. The whisky matured on bourbon casks and PX sherry casks and is a surprising treat.



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Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky, has crowned Alejandro Millan Ponce de Leon from Instituto Culinario de Mexico and Bootlegger in Puebla, Mexico as the 2016 Chivas Master. The first major bartending competition to be held in Shanghai saw Alejandro overcome fierce competition from 14 of the world’s most innovative bartenders over a five-day final.

Alejandro also led a group of fellow finalists to victory who, as a team, were awarded the title of ‘Chivas Masters Collective’ for their pop-up bar, The Beach Brothers @ Logan’s Punch. The team, comprising of Santiago Ortiz Jacome from Spain, Ben Rojo from the United States, Stanisław Domin from Poland, and Tomáš Melzer from Czech Republic will all embark on a once in a lifetime trip to the Tales of the Cocktail 2016 festival in New Orleans to learn from some of the industry’s most renowned bartenders.

Due to his team spirit, hospitality and outstanding drink creations Alejandro was awarded the overall Chivas Masters title. The expert panel of judges were impressed by Alejandro’s winning local cocktail, ‘El Jornalero’, which displayed a culinary connection with his region’s indigenous ingredients and showed a great authenticity tying it to the roots of his Mexican culture.

The accolade of Chivas Master will take Alejandro on a bespoke trip to one of the world’s most iconic bars in a city of his choice to create a signature Chivas cocktail as a lasting contribution to the global competition.

The 2016 Chivas Masters judging panel boasted some of the world’s top industry leaders: Chris Lowder, head bartender at the Four Seasons in Seoul; Naren Young, head bartender at Dante in New York City; industry legend Dre Masso; and Leo Robitschek, bar director of New York’s Eleven Madison Park, who each coached the finalists in a series of workshops and judged competitors on their bartending talent and ability to lead, mentor and inspire a team.

Alejandro commented: “The global Chivas Masters final in Shanghai has opened my eyes and I hope that I have shown just what Mexico can do. It is a huge honour to hold the title of Chivas Master. The support of my team in Mexico and the amazing bartenders around me here at the global final has showed me that true brotherhood exists, and being able to work with these people is a great privilege.”

Max Warner, Global Brand Ambassador for Chivas Regal, commented: “The third year of the Chivas Masters global bartending competition has shown the world that a great cocktail is more than just an exceptional spirit base, which is of course essential: teamwork and collaboration are also key components in delivering a memorable drinking experience. Our winner Alejandro epitomised these values, underpinned by truly outstanding bartending skills – a worthy winner, supported by his team.”

The 15 competing bartenders earned their place at the global final by impressing at national heats, where they were challenged to recreate Chivas Regal’s journey across the globe. Creating serves that were inspired by the classic cocktails of New York to the booming bars of Shanghai via their home country, all cocktails were designed to enhance Chivas Regal’s smooth and generous house style – a feat that the bartenders were asked to replicate in the Chivas Masters global final this week.

Dre Masso remarked on the outstanding quality of entrants in the Chivas Masters 2016 global final: “On behalf of the wider judging panel it was fantastic to see such a resourceful, innovative and skilful group of bartenders competing – all of the finalists in Shanghai proved themselves to be at the top of their game. However, Alejandro is a fantastic winner, both due to his exceptional talent behind the bar and his camaraderie throughout the finals. I can’t wait to see how his career progresses – I expect great things.”


About Chivas Regal Launched in 1909, Chivas Regal is the world’s first luxury whisky and is considered to be a timeless classic, renowned for its benchmark quality and taste, style, substance and exclusivity. A truly global brand, Chivas Regal has been integral to the growth of the Scotch whisky category worldwide and today sells 4.5 million 9L cases annually in more than 150 countries across the globe. With generosity, entrepreneurship and integrity at the heart of Chivas Regal, the brand launched its successful Win the Right Way campaign in 2014, which aims to inspire a new generation whilst making a positive impact on the lives of others. The Chivas Regal range includes Chivas 12, Chivas 18, Chivas 25 and the Global Travel Retail exclusive, Chivas Brothers Blend. In October 2014, Chivas Regal announced the addition of a fifth permanent expression in the Chivas Regal family, Chivas Regal Extra, a new blend with a unique richness derived from selective maturation in rare ex-sherry casks. In 2015, the iconic brand welcomed the pinnacle of the range with the introduction of the new ultra-prestige blend, Chivas Regal The Icon.

About Chivas Brothers Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s No. 2 in wines and spirits. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky and the No.1 Scotch whisky in China; Ballantine’s, Europe’s No.1 Scotch whisky; The Glenlivet, the single malt whisky that set the standard; and Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky range. The portfolio also includes two of the world’s leading English gins – Beefeater, the world’s most awarded premium gin, and Plymouth gin – plus a selection of highly acclaimed single malt whiskies, including Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa, Strathisla and Tormore. The range is completed by a collection of blended Scotch whiskies operating in many of the world’s key whisky markets which includes 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch. @ChivasNewsRoom

About Pernod Ricard Pernod Ricard is the world’s No. 2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 8,558 million in 2014/15. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Kahlúa and Malibu liqueurs, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, Graffigna and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,000 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 80 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics. Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

Wemyss Malts Midsummer Single Cask Release of 2016 – Scotch Whisky News

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Wemyss Malts Midsummer Single Cask Release of 2016

As  we  gather  to  celebrate  the  longest  day  –  midsummer,  Independent  bottler  Wemyss  Malts releases a  gathering  of nine  new single cask whiskies ranging from 18 to 27  years  old.  As always the descriptive names of these whiskies are based on the flavours and aromas discovered by the Wemyss tasting panel.

The full single cask list of this release comprises of:

“Arbor in Bloom” 1995 (20yo) single cask from Glen Grant Distillery, Speyside
“Summer Breeze” 1995 (20yo) single cask from Linkwood Distillery, Speyside
“Spiced Rum Baba” 1988 (27yo) single cask from Glenrothes Distillery, Speyside
“Fields of Barley” 1990 (24yo) single cask from Bunnahabhain Distillery, Islay
“Lemon Buttered Kippers” (18yo) single cask from Bunnahabhain Distillery, Islay
“Briny Tangle” (25yo) single cask from Bowmore Distillery, Islay
“Banquet of Fruits” (21yo) single cask from Aberfeldy Distillery, Highlands
“Nuts about Pears” (24yo) single cask from Blair Athol Distillery, Highlands
“Mocha Moment” (27yo) single cask single grain from Invergordon Distillery

William Wemyss, Founder and Managing Director at Wemyss Malts, commented: “As there are more hours of daylight today, we’ve released  a larger batch of  nine single casks to provide an opulent  choice  of  drams  to  enjoy  through  the  long  evening  light.  From  the  topical  “Summer  Breeze” and “Fields of Barley” to  “Arbor in Bloom”  and “Banquet of Fruits”,  all are ideal for joining in with the midsummer revelries.”

Selected by the ever diligent Charlie Maclean each cask is limited to only a few hundred bottles with suggested retail prices ranging from £80 to £150. These bottlings will be available in selected retailers in the UK, EU and key Asian markets.

Notes :

 Edinburgh  based  Wemyss  Malts  is  owned  by  the  Wemyss  family  and  their  family  seat  is
Wemyss Castle in Fife where they’ve lived since the 1300s.

Wemyss Malts has an ongoing blended malt whisky range comprising: The Spice King, The Peat Chimney and The Hive;  single malt single cask bottlings and blended Scotch range, Lord Elcho.

Kiln Embers, 2015’s heavily peated, non  chill-filtered  release from Wemyss Malts has been awarded  gold  medal  by  the  World  Whisky  Awards  in  the  category  of  best  Scotch Blended Malt – No Age Statement.

The Wemyss family premium wines and spirits brands also include boutique gin Darnley’s View,  together  with  the  premium  wine  estate  of  Rimauresq  Cru  Classé  in  Cotes  de Provence.

The  family  has  opened  a  single  malt  distillery  at  Kingsbarns,  near  St.  Andrews  in  Fife

Single Malts to add to the Collector’s Cabinet From The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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Malts for the Collector’s Cabinet

This week we are bringing you some of our favourite collector’s items in our range. With single malts from Talisker to Ladyburn and everywhere in between, there is something for all tastes.

Free delivery available on all orders over £75 Next day delivery available

The Macallan 30 Year Old


This 30 year old expression from the Macallan Highland distillery is described as “heady and aromatic” and as with all the Fine Oak series, it is matured in a combination of both ex-sherry and ex-bourbon casks. Showcasing a lighter style of Macallan than the Sherry Oak series, with more distillery character coming through, this expression is bottled at a strength of 43% abv.

£1,850 Buy Now

Ladyburn 1974 40 Year Old The Whisky Shop Exclusive


Hailing from Scotland’s shortest-lived distillery, this 40 year old is one of the rarest malt whiskies in the world. Built on the site of William Grant & Sons’ Girvan grain distillery, Ladyburn produced malt whisky for less than 10 years from 1966 to 1975 before being demolished. One of the last remaining casks from Ladyburn, Cask 89/199 No.74 was filled in 1974 and aged in the warehouses at Girvan until its 40th birthday on 21st November 2014. This Whisky Shop Exclusive is limited to only 157 bottles.

£2,597 Buy Now

Glenfiddich Rare Collection 1992 Single Cask The Whisky Shop Exclusive


Hand-selected by The Whisky Shop and Glenfiddich Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, this expression was chosen to celebrate the founding of The Whisky Shop in 1992. The very first release from the Glenfiddich Rare Collection, this single cask is available exclusively from The Whisky Shop and is limited to only 200 bottles. Matured in a refill bourbon cask distilled on the 13th March 1992, bottled at 55.6% abv. This whisky really shows off the Glenfiddich distillery character, with lots of sweet, fruity notes with apple and pear and just a hint of oak and spice.

£1,200 Buy Now

Tobermory 42 Year Old


Only 650 bottles of this limited edition Island Single Malt have been produced by the Tobermory Distillery of Mull. Presented in a striking box with a rotating door that reveals the bottle with a backdrop of the famous Tobermory harbour painted by Angus Stewart and containing some of the first spirit to be made at the distillery when it reopened in 1972, this expression is sure to make a welcome addition to the discerning collector’s cabinet. For those who open the bottle, intense sherried whiffs of tobacco smoke, liquorice, chestnuts and cocoa powder await. The taste is rich and luxurious with dark chocolate, coffee and spicy dried black fruits, while the finish is long, dry and spicy.

£2,500 Buy Now

Talisker 1953 24 Year Old Connoisseur’s Choice


While Queen Elizabeth II was crowned this Single Malt was being distilled on the shores of Skye. This amber toned whisky was matured for 24 years and bottled in 1977 at 43% abv. The nose is reminiscent of Winter on the shores of Skye with seaweed, pepper and some saltiness. The palate has maritime pepperiness running through with salt, phenol and some suppressed chili spice notes. The finish is medium long with salt and pepper aspects being revealed.

£3,000 Buy Now

Glenfarclas 1994 The Whisky Shop Exclusive


Bottled exclusively for The Whisky Shop and limited to only 1200 bottles, this expression from the family-owned Glenfarclas distillery is our very own award-winner! Scoring an impressive 95.5 in the 2016 Jim Murray Whisky Bible, this Speyside Single Malt received the coveted Liquid Gold Award. The nose has intense layers of sultanas and dessert wine, the palate offers juicy grape, toasted oak, sauternes and marmalade, while the finish is medium with notes of cocoa and vanilla.

“…not far off God’s gift to present day sherried malt whisky” – Jim Murray

£84 Buy Now

Ardbeg Dark Cove

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A deliciously dark expression from the Islay distillery, this limited edition was released to mark the end of Ardbeg Day during the 2016 Islay Festival of Music & Malt. Matured in ex-bourbon and dark sherry casks, this expression harks back to the days of illicit stills and whisky smugglers hoping to avoid the notorious Excise Men. The nose entices with dark chocolate, rich treacle toffee and distant bonfires, while the palate is smouldering with charcoal and wood polish, with raisins and dates emerging from the shadows. The finish is long and spicy with cured ham and squid ink noodles lingering.

£110 Buy Now

Whisky Auction “Our June auction is now LIVE!” – Scotch Whisky News

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June auction is now LIVE!

Our latest auction is now live and will end on Tuesday 5 July.

Yet again, there’s a strong selection of Japanese and Scotch whisky. From Japan, we have many vintages of Karuizawa, some very rare Hanyu Card Series bottlings, including the Joker Monochrome, as well as Yamazaki 1990 Sherry Butt.

We also have 27 Manager’s Dram bottles; they were never released for sale but only given to members of staff – look for the missing one in your collection. For peat lovers, we have a fantastic lot: 11 bottles of Bruichladdich Octomore from 01.1 to the first 10 Year Old bottling, while fans of sherry-matured whisky can bid on four great vintages of Glenfarclas from the 1950s.

And once again there is a strong line-up of miniatures: Macallan 1975 Fine & Rare with a very rare neck label, Macallan Private Eye, a few Cadenhead’s sets and many more. Good luck with your bids!

You can bid in two ways: either increase the highest bid by a fixed amount, or place your maximum bid straightaway – ideal if you can’t be online on the last day of our auction. Be the first to bid!

Whisky Wednesday Reviews the Bladnoch Connoisseurs Choice 1993 Vintage – Scotch Whisky news

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This week Joe Ellis reviews the Bladnoch Connoisseurs Choice 1993 Vintage.

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