Archive for September, 2016





– New permanent expression launched to celebrate the modern British Monarchy –

Royal Salute, the exceptionally crafted and aged Scotch whisky, has unveiled Royal Salute 32 Year Old Union of the Crowns, a new exquisite blend that unites precious single malt and grain whiskies aged for a minimum of 32 years. Celebrating the creation of the modern British Monarchy, which is the source of the brand’s inspiration and values, the expression will appeal to aficionados looking for a rare whisky experience and will be available exclusively through global travel retail.

Royal Salute 32 Year Old Union of the Crowns pays tribute to the events of 1603, when King James VI fused three mighty kingdoms to create the modern British Monarchy. Reflecting the significance of this historical event, the rare single malts in Royal Salute 32 Year Old Union of the Crowns also show the power of unity, combining precious whiskies to create an incredible experience that can boast to be greater than the sum of its parts.

Exceptional whiskies aged for over 32 years have been hand-selected from some of the best distilleries in Scotland, such as: Longmorn with its creamy texture; the characteristically fruity Glen Keith; the sweetness of Tormore and the richness of Braeval as well as long-since closed distilleries – Lochside and Caperdonich. With all of these elements combined the final expression offers a rich and fruity nose with flavours of soft caramel toffee, dark chocolate and orange with a touch of ginger cake.

Reflecting the rare liquid within, Royal Salute 32 Year Old Union of the Crowns is presented in an elegant porcelain flagon, made from the purest clay, water and tempered fire. The flagon, which takes ten days to make at the hands of highly skilled craftsmen, is embossed with a distinguished hand-hammered silver plaque, while a black stone set on a silver crown tops the bottle. Each bottle is unique, with the glaze giving every flagon an individual patina, the result of a secret firing process. The story of the Union of the Crowns is brought elegantly to life through the flagon’s long neck, which is decorated with a rose, a thistle and a shamrock.

Peter Moore, Prestige Brand Director at Chivas Brothers, commented: “We are very pleased to present Royal Salute 32 Year Old Union of the Crowns, a truly precious blend of aged whiskies. This unique Scotch unites the timeless tradition of our skills and history with a contemporary understanding of the whisky experience preferred by today’s discerning spirits drinkers. The British Monarchy has been at the heart of the brand since its foundation in 1953 and, as a true representation of the exquisite craft of the Royal Salute blending team, we expect this new expression to become a sought-after collector’s item for international travellers.”

Royal Salute 32 Year Old Union of the Crowns will be available in global travel retail from September 2016 at an RRP of 380 USD or local equivalent.



Tasting notes:

      • Nose: Rich and fruity with notes of  peaches in sweet syrup, soft caramel toffee, cinnamon  and a hint of luxurious dark chocolate.
      • Taste: Full and exquisitely smooth, sweet orange flavours balanced with soft ripe pear and a hint of liquorice and ginger cake.
      • Finish: Long, sweet and smooth.

About Royal Salute

Royal Salute is a careful blend of matured malt and grain whiskies – with its youngest whisky matured for a minimum of 21 years. Created to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, which was honoured with a traditional 21 gun salute, Royal Salute is steeped in tradition, while still firmly engaged in the modern world by constantly pushing the art of blending into new, creative and ambitious forms. Royal Salute is deeply involved in polo – the world’s oldest surviving team sport and a game that’s expanding in the modern era. The brand sponsors more than 15 international tournaments from the UK and the USA through Argentina and China to Korea.

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s n°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.

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 8,682 million in FY16. 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 85 “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.

What’s on at Dornoch Whisky Festival: Saturday 29th October – Scotch Whisky News


The second day of the Dornoch Whisky Festival 2016 includes our main tasting event, The Gala Tasting, at the Dornoch Castle Hotel, a Ceilidh, BBQ, tastings, tours and amazing menus throughout the town.

You can book online now here: All events outside of Dornoch include return transport.

Independant Bottling Masterclass, Carnegie Whisky Cellars: 11am, £50pp The Carnegie Whisky Cellars opened in May this year. Not only do they run fantastic tasting sessions, but they also have a whisky shop selling a wide range of whiskys from around the world. Join them for a preview of 6 of the showcased northern distilleries at the festival. We’ll be opening some very special independent bottles for your enjoyment.

The Dalmore Discovery Distillery Tour: 11am, £30pp The Dalmore Distillery sits on the banks of the Cromarty Firth overlooking the Black Isle.  This award winning Highland Single Malt is renowned for its rich sherry cask finishes and rare expressions. The Dalmore Discovery Distillery tour gives a rare insight into the skill, expertise and craft that goes into each precious drop of The Dalmore.

Signet Tour of Glenmorangie: 11am, £30pp Glenmorangie Distillery sits on the shores of The Dornoch Firth, just south of Dornoch. To complement your Distillery Tour a visit to our Signet Room is included, where you can sample Glenmorangie Original and Glenmorangie Signet which is one of our rarest expressions and undoubtedly the richest whisky in our range. A complex vatting of our oldest whisky stocks combined with whiskies matured in the world’s most expensive designer casks we bring alive Glenmorangie Signet’s rich dark layers of flavour with a very unusual and alluring sonic tasting experience.

The Gala Tasting: 12pm, £25pp Come along and sample a wide range of malt whisky from local distillers including BalblairClynelishThe DalmoreGlenmorangieGlen OrdOld Pulteney Wolfburn, as well as Gordon & Macphail, BenromachGlen Scotia, GlenturretAnnandale and Douglas Laing. And we are very excited to announce that our very own Dornoch Distillery will have gin to sample in this year! There will be a FREE cheese and bread table, chocolates, cakes and even a Chocolate and Whisky pairing Masterclass run by Whisky Corner (only available to people attending the Gala Tasting, £15 per person) There will also be food available ranging from Tapas to Burgers! Tickets are £25 each for which you will receive a Goody Bag with pen, bottle of water, Gala Tasting brochure,  voucher card to be exchanged for drams (with option to purchase more) and a Glencairn tasting glass.

A Taste of the Highlands Tour: 3pm, £150pp Charles Maclean was trained in ‘the sensory evaluation of potable spirits’ by the Scotch Whisky Research Institute in 1992 and has presented numerous tastings and talks in the U.K. and abroad for whisky companies, corporations, universities and clubs, and on radio and TV. He is a member of the Judging Panel (Spirits) of the International Wines & Spirits Competition, and was runner-up as ‘Communicator of the Year’ in the 2003 IWSC Awards. We are delighted to welcome Charles to the Dornoch Whisky Festival and you can be assured of an entertaining and informative “Taste of the Highlands”. The venue is newly opened Carnegie Whisky Cellars in the old Courthouse building. The atmospheric tasting room is housed in the 200 year old original court record vault – complete with steel security door and Caithness slab flooring. 16 places are available at this exclusive event, at £150 per person

Dinner Service at Links House: 6.30pm, £55 You can always expect wonderful food and wine when you visit the award winning Links House.  Their head chef’s focus is on seasonal delicacies, locally sourced from a selection of specialty suppliers. We offer a small choice menu constructed daily dependent on our chef’s network of specialty suppliers. Whether fresh Dornoch mussels, Langoustines from nearby Scrabster or game from Bonar Bridge, you will find it delightful. Complimentary dram/ Prosecco and canapés upon arrival.

BBQ and Ceilidh at the Dornoch Castle Hotel: from 7pm After an afternoon of whisky tasting, sit back, relax and enjoy a Barbeque to recharge your batteries and get ready for a traditional Ceilidh! The Barbeque runs from 7pm and is £8 per person. The Ceilidh starts at 9pm so stick around and finish off the evening in true Highland style- Get your dancing shoes on and dance to the music of the Red Reel Ceilidh Band – with Magnus Orr on the pipes.

Start planning your weekend now!

Whisky Auction September Auction Now LIVE – Whisky Auction News

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Auction ends on Tuesday 4 October


The worldwide demand for Speyside malt Macallan has reached Beatlemania-like levels. Like The Fab Four, Macallan is a clean-cut dram, with honest, fruity flavours and crowd-pleasing sherry-cask influence. This auction we have desirable age-statement and vintage bottlings, Anniversary Malts, 18 Year Olds and pre-war greats 1937 and 1938 from Gordon & MacPhail.

Ain’t Too Proud To Ardbeg

Big, brash and smoky, Ardbeg is more akin to The Rolling Stones – some would think twice about taking a bottle home to their parents. Following the 1997 resurrection, Ardbeg began releasing heavily peated limited editions bottled at cask strength for members of the Ardbeg Committee; look out for Still Young, Almost There and Renaissance, as well as more recent limited editions – Galileo, Airigh Nam Beist and Ardbog – that pay homage to wood policy, peating and Islay folklore. .

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Announcing: A Lagavulin Masterclass with Federal Boston Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 – Scotch Whisky News


The Olde Mouldy and Federal Wine & Spirits present A heartfelt, happy 200th birthday to Lagavulin!

{a masterclass dreamed up by a trio of peat-freaks with overactive imaginations}

Wednesday, November 2, 6-8pm at Journeyman restaurant 9 Sanborn Court, Somerville, Massachusetts advance tickets required*

Ah, Lagavulin. You probably have a bottle of the smoky, sultry 16-year-old sitting on your shelf right now. It is so beloved that comedian Nick Offerman has recorded a number of brilliant videos that pay homage to the Hebridean giant. But unlike some distilleries that have several expressions at different ages, with Lagavulin, the 16 is all you get … or is it?

Join Joe Howell of Federal Wine, and Tania and Nate of the Olde Mouldy (Nate formerly of Federal too!) as we taste Lagavulins you never knew existed (nor could have afforded had you known) alongside the distillery’s classic offerings in a night of stories, conviviality, history, and no small amount of reverence for a once-in-a-lifetime assemblage of whiskies.

This year, to celebrate its 200th birthday, Lagavulin has released a limited edition 8-year-old expression in a nod to Alfred Barnard, whose 1867 travelogue chronicled his visit to a great many distilleries, including Lagavulin, where he quite enjoyed their 8-year-old single malt. We’ll taste it, and everyone who attends the tasting will receive an entire bottle to enjoy at home (our humblest apologies, we mean the new release, not the 19th century bottling).

We will of course taste Lagavulin’s flagship 16-year-old (a good place to get our bearings), as well as the Distiller’s Edition, which is finished in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks.

Then we’ll disinter some relics of yesteryear in order to fully grok Lagavulin’s potential.

Last year Joe attended Islay’s enormously popular malt and music festival, Feis Ile. He brought home a bottle released exclusively for the event, available only at the distillery, that sold out within hours.

We’ll taste Lagavulin’s two oldest-ever releases, the 30-year-old and the 37-year-old. They were both distilled in 1976 and broke records for price as well as age (also they’re delicious – Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored them each 107).

Quite uncharacteristically, 2007 saw the first ever 21-year-old release that deviated from Lagavulin’s heretofore established norm by being heavily sherried. Some people say sherry can mask a distillate’s subtleties, but most say that this beast is the best whisky they’ve ever tasted.

Lastly, we’ll try something so unspeakably rare that it couldn’t even be called legendary, because legends can’t form around a whisky that never properly existed. Few know that the building currently serving as Lagavulin’s visitor’s center used to be a distillery in its own right – Islay’s other lost distillery, Malt Mill. It was never bottled as a single malt, but the Olde Mouldy has procured a bottle of blended whisky from the 1940s called Mackie’s, rumored to contain roughly 50% Malt Mill, for us to taste. It’s the closest any one of us could hope to come to experiencing this long-closed chapter in Islay’s history.

Upon the conclusion of the tasting, food will be available from Journeyman and the full Olde Mouldy whisky menu will be on offer to celebrate the heartfelt, happy (belated) first birthday of the Olde Mouldy.

Tickets: $355 per person, includes a tasting of 8 whiskies and a bottle of the limited-edition 8-year-old (bottle must be picked up at Federal Wine & Spirits). To reserve a seat, email with your name, phone number and the number of tickets you would like, and we will contact you for payment information.

*Space is extremely limited due to the greed of a couple of angels who thought it was OK to keep drinking after the damn whisky was bottled.

Joe Howell

Federal Wine & Spirits


Phone: (617) 367-8605


Whisky Wednesday Explores Bourbons – American Whiskey News


Whisky Wednesday explores the beauty of blending bourbon.





First Offering Only Available to Non Profits for Fundraising Efforts 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (September 21, 2016) This fall, Buffalo Trace Distillery will release three unique vintage-dated bourbons honoring the National Historic Landmark’s original name – the O.F.C. Distillery. During Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr’s tenure, the O.F.C. Distillery was renowned for producing top class whiskey. The first vintages of O.F.C. Bourbon Whiskey coming in November are sure to be collector’s items and will be offered exclusively to non-profit organizations at no charge to raise money for their causes.  Although these rare whiskeys will not be available in stores or bars and restaurants, later vintages will be released to the overall market starting in the Spring of 2017.

All of the O.F.C. collection releases will be vintage dated according to the specific year in which the bourbon was distilled at Buffalo Trace Distillery. Each hand-cut crystal bottle will feature the vintage year on the label.

The first release is comprised of only 200 bottles; 100 bottles from the year 1980, 50 bottles from 1982, and 50 bottles from 1983.  Future releases will unveil whiskeys from the 1990s, including a 1993 vintage and several consecutive vintage years thereafter. Subsequent O.F.C. releases will follow year after year as vintages are produced and reach maturity.

Straight Bourbon whiskey must be aged in oak for at least two years, but these O.F.C. releases matured much longer. Recipe and age will vary by vintage, but many are expected to mature for twenty years or more. Barrels are evaluated regularly and some whiskey will be removed from the barrels as taste reaches the peak of flavor.

The packaging for O.F.C. matches the splendor of the whiskey itself, in lead free crystal bottles with detailed fluting engraved into the mold. Glass artisans cut the shoulder facets using equipment created exclusively for Buffalo Trace Distillery.  Each bottle then is manually polished to achieve maximum glass brilliance before in-laying cut copper lettering to spell out “O.F.C.” on the front.  A paper label is then hand applied below with the vintage prominently noted, along with a label on the back of the bottle noting the milestones for the vintage year of the bottle.  For example, the 1980 label memorializes the U.S. Ice Hockey team’s stunning victory over the Soviet Union, along with pop culture happenings and Ronald Reagan’s presidential election.  The bottle is then given one last polish for the ultimate premium presentation, while a cork stopper with a copper top adorns the top of the bottle to finish out this stunning bottle.

This bottle is a replica of an O.F.C. decanter dating back to the early 1900s found in the Buffalo Trace Distillery archives.  Equally as impressive as the bottle is the display box in which the bourbon is presented. The dark wooden box prominently bears the O.F.C. name in copper, along with a copper plaque depicting the year the bourbon was distilled. Upon opening the revolving door on the wooden case, the bottle is proudly displayed on a small riser, commanding attention as its prized possession is revealed. A provenance card is inside each display box, containing the same information found on the back label. Finally, each box is then packaged in a tasteful cream colored bag to protect it from any damage before placing it into the shipping boxes.

Non-profit organizations located in the United States who are interested in obtaining a bottle to use as a fundraiser for their charity should visit to fill out an application.  To be considered, organizations must submit an official U.S. non-profit tax ID number and use the bottle for fundraising purposes only. Applications will be taken online only and recipients of the bottles shall be notified by email by November 1st, 2016, at which time bottles will be shipped free of charge. Charities will have until March 1st, 2017 to auction their bottle and report back to Buffalo Trace Distillery how much money was raised.

      This is the second time Buffalo Trace Distillery has partnered with non-profit organizations to raise money. In 2011, the Distillery gave away 174 bottles of its Millennium Barrel, the last bourbon barrel filled on the last day of the last century. In total more than $150,000 was raised for various charities across the United States, with the top organization raising more than $7,000 for their cause.

      “These vintages are certainly unique and special whiskeys. We hope this O.F.C. collection can pay tribute to the many years gone by here at the Distillery. Each vintage has a story to tell indeed,” stated Kris Comstock from Buffalo Trace Distillery.  “To offer this first release to charitable organizations for their fundraising efforts makes this even more rewarding. We expect bottles to raise upwards of $10,000 each for worthy causes.”

Collectors interested in a chance to participate in a fundraiser can start checking the website in November for a list of non-profit organizations who will receive bottles for fundraisers.

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

TWE Tasting – Glenrothes – golden years – Scotch Whisky News


Glenrothes – golden years

Speyside distillery Glenrothes bucks the trend by releasing its whiskies by vintage rather than with an age statement. Since 2010 it has been under the sole ownership of wine merchant (and independent bottler) Berry Brothers & Rudd. We welcomed brand heritage director Ronnie Cox to host our latest TWE tasting.

Ronnie Cox, brand heritage director of BB&R Spirits

In their own words – Ronnie Cox

If you don’t like the whisky, keep adding water to it. I have a colleague who loves drinking whiskies at 50%+ ABV – I think he has a tongue like a Highland cow, a very clever Highland cow’

Someone told me they were getting Guatemalan bananas when tasting. I think he was showing off, so I asked him “do you mean in a bunch or singular!”. With tasting notes you can get people who disappear up their own backsides’

Richard Paterson has this habit of launching whisky into the air. I was on the stand next to him once and I kept getting drenched. The next time he was about to do it, I got everyone on the stand to fill their glasses with water and launch it back – he didn’t do it again! I still think he’s a wonderful guy, though’

‘You should have light whiskies before dinner and heavier whiskies after. If you had vintage port before the meal and Champagne after, it’d be like having dinner in your suit and going clubbing after pudding

‘One of the investors in building the distillery was the Scottish Presbyterian Church of Knockando. The irony is, every Sunday parishioners had been told “thou shalt not drink – it’s the devil’s brew!”

‘I only ever knew John Ramsay [retired master blender] as a bolt-upright pillar of society. But I found out he used to play the hind legs of a donkey in children’s panto in Glasgow – to add spice he used to take a squeezy bottle of water, lift his legs up and drench the front row during the show.’

‘We offer a service to authenticate old bottles of our whisky. You can send a bottle, we’ll verify it and send it back with a certificate. It’s it’s fake though, we’ll destroy it. We haven’t received any bottles in the past few years.

Until dramming stopped in the 1970s, workers would have up to five doubles a day. The local postman used to turn up every day at 11am as he knew he’d get some whisky’

‘I can guide people around the distillery and the complexity of the whisky, but what I cannot and will never do is teach you how to enjoy whisky. Only you can do that, and practice makes perfect


We tasted

The tasting line-up

  • Bourbon Cask Reserve – formerly known as Alba Reserve, this is Glenrothes’ kosher-certified release aged entirely in American oak – full of coconut and vanilla flavours
  • Sherry Cask Reserve – classic sherried Speyside whisky with notes of dried fruit, ginger, orange peel, crème brûlée and wood spice
  • Vintage Reserve – a marriage of 10 vintages ranging from 1989 to 2007, this is an easy-drinking and creamy introduction to Glenrothes with notes of red berries and nuts
  • Vintage 2001 (bottled 2014)– a classic Speyside whisky with notes of fruit cake, vanilla, cream and nutmeg
  • Vintage 1995 (bottled 2014)– partly matured in first-fill sherry casks, this is the sweetest Glenrothes currently available with notes of honeyed butterscotch, rich fruit and exotic spice
  • Vintage 1988 (bottled 2011)– aged for more than two decades in a combination of American and Spanish oak, this is rich and full bodied with candied orange peel and fruit compote flavours
  • Sample Room 1973 (bottled 2000) – Ronnie brought this along from his personal collection. Rich, complex and mouthwatering with lots of fruit: pineapple, peach, mango and orange.

Whisky of the night

The 1973 was a special treat and a completely different beast from the whiskies distilled in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. There is one whisky that shone for me from the current range though: the sweeter 1995. The vintage was historically important, too, as it was the first laid down by Berry Brothers with the intention of being bottled as a single-vintage whisky.


Glenrothes 1995, bottled 2014, 43%

Nose: Sweet nose of butterscotch, toffee and orange with a hint of black pepper.

Palate: Rich, sweet and creamy with notes of butterscotch, cinnamon, vanilla, lemon meringue, treacle and hazelnuts.

Finish: Long with sweet toffee and tangy lemon.

Comment: This is a whisky that was made for those with a sweet tooth, but the sweetness is balanced by the creamy texture and it isn’t cloying. A dram that works as a palate cleanser between starter and main, but will also hold its own after dinner.

Ronnie referred to the range in terms of enjoying them with food. From the lighter Bourbon Cask Reserve to the rich 1988, Glenrothes bottlings differ from easy-drinking to big and complex, while keeping to the distillery’s elegant and fruity house style – of course they are just as enjoyable on their own, too.

One whisky we didn’t taste on the night is a new innovation for Glenrothes: Peated Cask Reserve. Finished in Islay-whisky casks, this is a rare chance to enjoy a 20-year-old-plus whisky for under £50 and great value for money.

You can see all the Glenrothes whiskies available at The Whisky Exchange here.

Originally published on The Whisky Exchange Blog – Glenrothes – golden years

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Scotch Whisky Auctions 66th Auction Newsletter – Auction Whisky News

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Hello and welcome to the newsletter for our 66th Auction,

This month’s auction is bursting at the seems with a dazzling array of drams from across the world and back through time as well.

Big Peatrie’s vLog once again gives us all a preview of the beautiful bottles here.

Starting us off this month is the distillery that launched the single malt revolution, Glenfiddich. In particular we have a wonderful 1939 50 year old. One of the world’s most sought-after whiskies, this outstanding bottle leads a parade of older vintages including ones from 1964, 1968, 1976 – the Concorde Exclusive, and two from 1978.

Glenfiddich’s sister distillery Balvenie offers us a wonderful 1967 40 year old single cask that was bottled exclusively for Heathrow’s Terminal 5 and is one of only 109 bottles.

Karuizawa makes a sizeable contribution to the top table this month with several cracking bottles. First up is 45 year old which is rumoured to have been the last of the 1967 casks left when it was bottled in 2012.

There is also a wonderful but delicate Karuizawa from 1965. This 21 year old was bottled by Mercian for its Ocean brand. We also have a bottle of the Uniting Nations 40 year old Essence of Karuizawa, a wonderful blend of 45 year old Karuizawa and 40 year old single malt from an unnamed Scottish distillery.

Blended whisky offers us more wonderful examples this month and in a league of its own stands the Directors Blends from Johnnie Walker. This complete collection of rare and wonderful whiskies represents the pinnacle of the blender’s art.

There is also a bounty of blended beauties in the shape of a Black & White from 1928, a rare old Vat 99, a Sandy MacDonald Spring Cap, a Thomson’s Deer-Stalker and an Antiquary 1977.

Next up is a wonderful old Glendronach which hails from the 1930s and proclaims itself as, “Most suitable for medicinal purposes”. Also from the 1930s is a wonderful Linkwood 1939 bottled by Gordon & Macphail.

Gordon & Macphail once again brings us some venerable Mortlachs, two that are 50 years old, one is from 1938 and the other is a mini distilled in 1936. This auction also sees a 20cl bottle of Gordon & Macphail’s 70 year old.

Dalmore shines brightly again this month with Constellation 19 year old, a 10cl sample of its magnificent 50 year old and an 40 year old Astrum.

Bowmore brings us one of its legendary bottlings in a bottle of its Black distilled in 1964 and bottled at 42 year old. We also have 30 year old bottled from a hogshead filled on the day of the Queen’s visit in 1980.

There are many magnificent Macallans in this month. This long list starts with a 1946 52 Year old, we then have a 1949 40 year old from Signatory, a series of Sixties distillations; 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966 and a lovely little Fine & Rare mini from 1972.

Springbank, Strathisla, Ord, Glen Moray, Longmorn and Laphroaig all bring us some wonderful examples of whisky distilled in the 1960s.

There is a wonderful Van Winkle Hand Made 16 year old, a Yamazaki 1993 which was bottled for Maison du Whisky, a Midleton 1984 Very Old and a Richard Hennessy cognac which contains spirit that is nearly 200 years old!

There are, as always, plenty of delicious drinking drams and many more exciting whiskies from all over the globe in this month’s auction so please take time to get in and have a look around. And remember, Don’t Lose Your Bottle!

All the best from us here at SWA HQ!


Federal Boston “Special Kilchoman Bottling Available Wednesday Only!” – Scotch Whisky News


Kilchoman Tasting and Bottle Signing
Special Tour Bottling and T-Shirt announced
Wednesday, September 28th.  2:30 P.M.  –  3:45 P.M.

We’re excited and honored to have the whole Wills family, owners of the Kilchoman distillery on Islay, stop by Federal on their East Coast tour on Wednesday afternoon. Anthony Wills and his sons Peter and James have taken a short break away from the pot-stills (don’t worry, someone’s still there making whisky while the Wills are away) to come meet the people who know and enjoy their great products and to make some new fans as well.

They’re bringing with them a special tour bottling only available that day that’s at cask strength and very reasonably priced and you receive a t-shirt with the purchase of the tour-bottling (and only with the purchase of the tour-bottling).

These folks are coming all the way from Islay to see you and taste you on their great single malt whisky, so please come and say hello and make them feel welcome. Bring your friend, co-worker, your boss. Signed bottles make great gifts. It’ll be a wonderful afternoon — almost like being on Islay.


Machir Bay 46%    Regularly: $64.99  –  At the event: $58.99

Sanaig  46%          Regularly: $74.99  –  At the event: $67.99

100% Islay 6th edition        Regularly: $119.99  –  At the event: $107.99

Loch Gorm ( Sherry) Regularly: $94.99  –  At the event: $89.99

Cask Evolution       $140.00 (Net)

PLOWED Casks          Regularly: $142.99  –  At the event: $134.99

 Tour Bottling 58.9% Should be: $79.99 –  Sale price: $74.99

Please pass this on to any friends who are whisky enthusiasts!


Joe Howell
Federal Wine & Spirits
Phone: (617) 367-8605



Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #599 – Scotch Whisky News


Ralfy compares costs of aged blends and an aged single malt with Whisky Review 599 – Cutty Sark 12yo Scotch

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