Archive for 2016

Scotch Whisky Auctions 69th Auction – Whisky News


Hi folks. We are five days into the 69th auction, which will run this month until Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

The auction has no set end time, to defeat sniper software, but experience says in usually runs until about 8.30pm UK time.

We hope you are enjoying the auction, which, as usual, has some incredible lots.

Besty wishes for 2017 from the SWA team in Glasgow


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Welcome to the Cask & Barrel Club! New Year – Free Gear – Scotch Whisky News



It’s time to cheers for the New Year! Bring in 2017 with a clink!

Spend $150 or more and receive a complimentary set of Cask & Barrel Club snifters*

*Offer ends January 2nd or while supplies last.







Bushmills, Co. Antrim, 19 December 2016:  Bushmills Irish Whiskey today announced the 2016 release of two rare, small batch 16 and 21-year-old single malts, both of which are matured and finished in three different cask types to create uniquely rich flavour profiles.

Both of these aged single malts from Ireland’s oldest working distillery boast a long list of international awards, recognising the immense craftsmanship that lies behind them. Only a small select number of casks of Bushmills small-batch, triple-distilled malt whiskey are matured to this age for release in these annual limited editions.

Colum Egan, Master Distiller at Bushmills Irish Whiskey, said: “To craft malts of this age and quality calls for all our expertise and knowledge. By carefully nurturing a small number of casks in our warehouses so that they age in the optimal conditions, we can draw layers of exquisite flavours from the wood, ensuring they are perfectly balanced with the unique distillery character of the unique Bushmills spirit made from 100% malted Irish barley.”

The complex and fruity Bushmills® 16 Year Old single malt has been aged for at least 16 years in a combination of Bourbon casks and Oloroso Sherry butts, before being vatted and married for nine months in large old Port pipes.

This careful ageing and finishing has produced a smooth and sweet single malt that tastes mature beyond its years, with flavours of honeyed nutty maltiness, toasted wood and sweet Port wine. Bushmills 16 Year Old single malt has won more than two dozen gold awards in international competitions.

Even rarer is the remarkable Bushmills® 21 Year Old single malt, the jewel in the crown of the Old Bushmills Distillery. Matured in American oak Bourbon and old Oloroso Sherry casks for at least 19 years, it spends two further years marrying in Madeira wine casks to craft a single malt of incredible depth, richness and complexity. With a mellow maltiness, with notes of wood and raisin, toffee sweetness, soft spice with hints of vanilla, dark chocolate, mint and leather.

The indulgent and smooth Bushmills 21 Year Old single malt is critically acclaimed, with a string of international awards to its name and has been classed at Best Irish Single Malt in Jim Murray’s 2017 Whisky Bible.

Colum Egan added: “With a heritage of more than 400 years of whiskey making in Bushmills, we know that only a combination of patience and great dedication to our craft makes such great whiskey possible.

“There is strong demand for Irish single malts, so we’re delighted to release these rare expressions for the ultra-premium end of the Irish whiskey category. Bottled at 40% ABV, they are both limited editions and will be available only from specialist independent retailers and on-trade outlets.



Bushmills 16 Year Old

Nose: Honeyed almonds, vanilla oakiness and delicate port wine notes.

Palate: Unique complexity, honeyed, nutty maltiness; toasted wood; sweet port wine flavours.

Finish:  Deep, sweet wine and fruit.

Bushmills 21 Year Old

Nose: Honeyed malt, wood, raisins, dark chocolate and a hint of mint.

Palate:  Wonderfully complex: mellow maltiness, wood, raisins, toffee sweetness, spice, vanilla and dark chocolate; hints of mint and leather.

Finish:  Lingering, with a slightly dry maltiness, wood and raisins.

The First World Whisky Forum, February 9-10th 2017 – World Whisky News


The 1st World Whisky Forum, February 9-10th 2017

A stage for the new wave of distilleries from around the world This is where ideas are born, innovations presented and established truths challenged. The vision is to create a stage for the new wave of distilleries and whisky stakeholders from around the world who put innovation, rethinking and – of course – craftsmanship first. The world’s first World Whisky Forum is hosted at Box Distillery, Sweden, February 9-10th 2017.

There are rapid and very exciting developments in the whisky business. New, experimental projects from traditional whisky countries, and even more exciting new distilleries from countries not traditionally associated with whisky making, are challenging the business and pushing the boundaries, resulting in whisky with new expressions and styles. Some of the most prominent figures in this movement will be at World Whisky Forum.

Dave Broom, an internationally renowned whisky writer, will moderate our ten guest speakers and host the audience as we enjoy interesting panel debates and discussions. The theme is New frontiers in the World of Whisky and we will focus on three subjects: developing new whisky styles, learning from the past and establishing brand identity.

Speakers: Ichiro Akuto and Yomi Yoshikawa from Chichibu Distillery, Jasmin Haider-Stadler from Distillery Haider/Roggenhof, Ludo Ducrocq and Kevin Abrook from William Grant & Sons Distillers Ltd, Tony Reeman-Clark from Strathearn Distillery, Matt Hofmann from Westland Distillery, Roger Melander from Box Distillery, Patrick van Zuidam from Zuidam Distillers, Ian Palmer from InchDairnie Distillery and Steven Kersley from BrewDog. We are very pleased with this line up!

Read more about the speakers, topics and program at We are happy to answer all your questions regarding World Whisky Forum and the first event.

World Whisky Forum is a stage for the new wave of distillers and whisky stakeholders around the world who put innovation, rethinking and, of course, the craftsmanship first. Swedish Box Distillery is the initiator, but the forum will be developed together with some of the most experienced and outspoken whisky authorities. It is a recurring event that will take place every eighteen month. Join us February 9th-10th 2017 at Box Distillery, Sweden, for the world’s first World Whisky Forum.


Whisky Obsession March 29th – April 1st 2017 – Whisky News


The Fifth Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival will be held from March 29 to April 1, 2017 in Sarasota, Florida. With 2,500 guests enjoying twenty-five different classes and tastings over four days, Whiskey Obsession is the largest festival in the U.S. celebrating whiskies from around the world.  

Tickets for all the events including our lunch and dinner classes, interactive panel discussion, and grand tasting are available at – a great holiday gift for friends, family, or yourself! 

Join us for the biggest and best Whiskey Obsession Festival yet.  Cheers! 

Turner C. Moore  



Whisky Hammer December Auction Now Live – Whisky Auction News



DECEMBER AUCTION NOW LIVE (ends Sunday 8th January)

…place your bids at

With an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits in over 500 lots, there is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest, enjoy or gift this Christmas! The auction is slightly longer than usual due to the festive period – ending on Sunday 8th January.


Whisky Wednesday Glenfarclas Vintage 1994 – Scotch Whisky News


Finishing off the Christmas season in style, Glenfarclas! Now, typically for people that know my drinking habits, Glenfarclas isn’t something that normally makes my drinks shelf. I’ve always found it a bit too subtle. However, times change and after searching for a number of years, i’ve finally found a Glenfarclas that ticks all of my boxes.

This 1994 vintage was bottled in 2014, at the age of twenty-years old. It has everything that you could ever want from a rich and sweet Speysider! It’s such a buttery style of single malt which sadly only has a wee bit left in the bottles. Thank you to my work colleagues who bought this for me in 2015 for my birthday, they know me better than i know myself. Enjoy, folks!

View the review here





East Tennessee Distillery allows Sazerac Company

to start producing Tennessee Whiskey 

LOUISVILLE, KY (Dec. 22, 2016) The Sazerac Company has purchased a distillery located in Newport, Tenn. The purchase is of the Distillery only, not any brands.  All employees at the Distillery will be retained, including Master Distiller John Lunn and Master Blender Allisa Henley.

The purchase will allow Sazerac to start producing Tennessee whiskey, using the Lincoln County process.  (The Lincoln County process is a filtration process through charcoal chips before it goes into the barrel.)

“We see a lot of potential in the distilling capabilities of this operation,” said Mark Brown, president and chief executive officer, Sazerac.  “We are excited to have the talents of John Lunn and Allisa Henley on board and we look forward to utilizing their expertise to start laying down true Tennessee whiskey.”

Sazerac will begin investment into the Distillery to modify the pot stills for the Lincoln County process. It is expected the Distillery will be up and running producing Tennessee whiskey in early 2017.  The purchase price is not being disclosed.

About the Sazerac Company

        Sazerac is one of America’s oldest family owned, privately held distillers with operations in Louisiana, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, New Hampshire, Maryland, California, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. For more information on Sazerac, please visit

The Whisky Exchange “Our Favourite Whiskies of 2016” – Whisky News


Our Favourite Whiskies of 2016

As we approach the end of 2016, it’s time to look back at the TWE blog team’s favourite whiskies of the past 12 months. It doesn’t have to be a new release; just the drams we happened to taste this year that we loved the most. So, what did we go for? Read on…



My choice goes to a whisky from a distillery that’s under the radar for most drinkers, despite sharing a name with a rather famous mountain that happens to be Britain’s tallest: Ben Nevis. Located in the western Highlands, the distillery stays firmly in the shadows, despite being owned by high-profile Japanese whisky giant Nikka.

The whisky I’ve chosen is Ben Nevis 10 Year Old, a robust, full-flavoured dram that oozes notes of orange peel, chocolate, coffee and a touch of peatsmoke. What really impresses is the complexity – this dram tastes much older than 10 years, and I would put money on the liquid being closer to 15 years old or even more.

There’s something delightfully old school about the packaging, too – a welcome break from the try-hard glitz and glamour of some bottles – and it says to me that all the hard work has been spent on the liquid, which, when you taste it, is definitely the case. Oh, and a bottle will set you back less than £40 – I’m struggling to think of many whiskies that offer so much for the price.



My favourite whisky of the year is one that surprised me – Inchmurrin 12 Year Old. For years, Loch Lomond Distillers, the maker of Inchmurrin, hasn’t had a great reputation, but since a recent change of ownership it has been making waves. Inchmurrin 12 appeared at The Whisky Show in 2015 and reports were impressive – stacks of tropical-fruit flavour. The whisky lived up to its reputation and I’ve spent this year shocking people by revealing that the whisky that they’ve just drunk is an Inchmurrin.

Nose: Creamy and fruity, with apple sauce, mango, pineapple and vanilla.

Palate: All of the fruit: sultanas, grapes, apples, pears, candied lemon, sweet mango and dried papaya. Hints of spice build as it warms in the mouth.

Finish: Short, with a hint of fruity sorbet.

Keep an eye on Loch Lomond, as the new Inchmurrin is just the first step. The distillery’s relaunched single grain is excellent (and very well priced) and there’s much more to come.



It’s hard to choose just one whisky as the best I’ve tried this year, but one that I consistently come back to is an old favourite – Amrut Fusion. Sitting in the middle of the Indian distillery’s range in smoky terms, it’s a fusion of barley: unpeated from northern India and peated from Scotland.

It’s wonderfully complex and moreish with notes of orange, black pepper, vanilla and light smoke. A superb example of the top-quality whiskies coming out of India today, I love showing this blind at tastings and seeing people’s reactions when they discover where it’s from – give it a try and prepare to have your perceptions challenged!

All three whiskies are available on our website; keep your eye on the blog for our favourite spirits of 2016, too.

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