Archive for September, 2017

Abbey Whisky Celebrates 10 Years on-line with…a Clynelish 20 Year Old – 1997 | Cask 9441! – Scotch Whisky News


#AW10 Can you believe it? We’re celebrating 10 years online and we’re going to party like it’s 2008! To mark the occasion, we’ve bottled what we believe to be some of our finest drams to date! Watch this space for further details in the coming days… But for now, here’s a fine selection of new drams that have just landed!

Clynelish 20 Year Old – 1997 | Cask 9441


A 20 year old single cask Clynelish, matured in a sherry puncheon! Distilled in 1997 and matured in single cask 9441 until 2017, then bottled by Càrn Mòr for their Celebration of the Cask series. 581 bottles filled from cask at 57.0% vol.


Whisky Wednesday Completes His Pappy van Winkle Oddessy – American Whiskey News


Well, we’ve done it. The full, standard range (minus the rye) of PVW bottling’s. It’s been an honor to get to try all of these bottles to such a degree and be able to showcase them all for you folks!

This is nowhere near as dry as you’d think it would be, it’s actually unexpectedly sweet. Butterscotch, milk chocolate and a lovely tingle of barrel spice that picks up some of those sweeter notes and transports them into a new level of complexity, in what is the oldest bourbon I’ve ever knowingly tried. I hope you all enjoyed the series, cheers!

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FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Sept. 19, 2017) Whiskey lovers rejoice, Buffalo Trace Distillery is releasing its 2017 Antique Collection. The highly anticipated collection will once again feature five limited-release whiskeys of various ages, recipes and proofs. Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley notes, “The team had another great year with the Antique Collection.  From distillation, to barrel selection, to bottling, this year’s collection showed very well.  I was particularly excited about the William Larue Weller with its extra richness, and the Eagle Rare 17 seemed more rounded and full of flavor.  None of these disappointed.”

Here’s what fans can expect this year:

George T. Stagg

The powerhouse favorite of the Antique Collection, George T. Stagg weighs in at 129.2 proof this year.  Past releases of this uncut and unfiltered bourbon have won many top awards, including “5 Stars – Highest Recommendation” by F. Paul Pacult’s The Spirit Journal. This year’s release contains bourbon from barrels filled in the spring of 2002. This batch contained 309 barrels, a few more than last year.  Storage location of these barrels varied across warehouses C, K, M and Q.  This whiskey tastes of expresso, chocolate fudge and tobacco.

William Larue Weller

The Antique Collection’s uncut, unfiltered, wheated recipe bourbon is William Larue Weller. Previous editions of this wheater have won many accolades, including a Double Gold Medal at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and “Bourbon of the Year” by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2017.  The 2017 offering was distilled in the winter of 2005 and aged in Warehouses D, I, and P.  This bourbon registers in at 128.2 proof.  The bold flavors include toffee, marshmallow and leather.

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye

Thomas H. Handy is the uncut and unfiltered straight rye whiskey. Previous editions of this whiskey have been named “World Whisky of the Year” by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible and “World’s Best American Whiskey” by Whisky Magazine.  This year’s Handy was distilled in the spring of 2011; aged on the third, fourth and fifth floors of Warehouses K, L, and Q, and weighs in at 127.2 proof.  The flavor is described as fig, allspice and cinnamon.

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old

The previous edition of this bourbon was honored with a Silver Outstanding Medal at the 2017 International Wine and Spirits Competition. The 2017 edition has been aging on the first, second and third floors of Warehouses C, K and P.  This 90 proof bourbon was aged for seventeen years and tastes of oak, tobacco, toffee and vanilla.

Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old

Last year Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old received “4 Stars – Highly Recommended” by F. Paul Pacult’s The Spirit Journal.  This 2017 straight rye whiskey release has notable flavors of leather, clove and all-spice.  The barrels for this whiskey were filled in the spring of 1998, and then put into a stainless steel tank in 2016 to stop further aging and evaporation.

The Antique Collection was introduced more than a decade ago and has become a cult favorite among whiskey connoisseurs. Since 2000 these whiskeys have garnered numerous awards from such notable publications as Whisky Advocate Magazine, Spirit Journal, and Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.

The 2017 Antique Collection whiskeys will be available in limited quantities this October.  Suggested retail price is $90 per bottle.  For more information visit


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 is 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

Isle Of Raasay Distillery Launch – Scotch Whisky News


Dave Broom & Alasdair Day Photo Scott Mooney

Craft whisky makers R&B Distillers are in the final stages of building of the first (legal!) whisky distillery on the remote Scottish island of Raasay. The distillery officially opened this weekend with Raasay Scotch ready to drink by 2020.

Notable features of the launch included the Isle Of Skye pipe band marching off the Skye to Raasay ferry and leading a procession of islanders, press, founders and VIPs up the hill to the new distillery, which began distilling on Saturday​​​​​​​​​​.

The opening party included a tour of the distillery, a ribbon cutting ceremony led by whisky writer, Dave Broom, and co-founder of R&B Distillers, Alasdair Day, and was followed by a drinks reception in the new visitors centre. In the evening, a full banquet with speech by co-founder Bill Dobbie was followed by a ceilidh at Raasay House into the wee hours of the morning.

Nestling into the magnificent volcanic plug Dùn Caan, with stunning views across the sound to the Cuillin mountain range on Skye, the Isle of Raasay Distillery will possess some of the finest views of any distillery.

Visitor Experience Manager, Iain Hector-Ross, describes the unique location of the distillery: “It may only be 14 miles long and just three miles across at its widest point but Raasay is an ideal place for making whisky. Fertile soils for growing barley and an abundance of water, or uisge in Scots Gaelic, provide perfect conditions for making uisge beatha, the water of life: whisky.”

When the visitors centre opens in October, visitors will be taken on a fascinating and in depth tour around this unique distillery: they will learn about the unusual geology that influences the flavour of Raasay Scotch; spot the resident bat population in the ‘Bat Hotel’ and visit the Celtic Well that provides water to the distillery.

Whisky aficionados will also be able to prolong their visit by signing up for membership to R&B Distillers’ whisky clubs – 10 year membership to Na Tùsairean Club or a ‘Taster Membership’ – which offer one night’s stay per year of membership in the premium accommodation in the beautifully restored Borodale House.

Benromach Triple Distilled & Cissac Finish at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Benromach Triple Distilled & Cissac Finish

Two new 2009 vintage releases from Benromach Distillery.  Benromach Distillery was designed by Charles C. Diog and constructed at Forres in the Speyside whiskey region for D. McCallum and F.W. Burickman in 1898. Following numerous periods of closure, it was purchased in 1993 by Gordon & MacPhail who charged up its single pair of stills in 1998 and have nurtured Benromach ever since. Striking new labelling combined with an increasing range of single malts is forging a very popular brand of single malt whiskies which includes Benromach Organic, Benromach Peatsmoke and Benromach 10 Year Old

Benromach 2009 Triple Distilled – £45.92

Benromach 2009 Chateau Cissc Finish – £40.30

TWB 10 Yrs

The Glenrothes ~ #Single Cask 8377 ~ 32 Years Old – Scotch Whisky News


The Glenrothes online shop is now open. 

To celebrate the transition of The Glenrothes from Berry Brothers & Rudd to the Edrington Group, we are contacting you as a loyal follower, to offer you the first chance to purchase the exclusive #SingleCask8377. Distilled on All Hallow’s Eve in 1985 with a limited release of just 200 bottles.

#SINGLE CASK 8377 A 32 year old Glenrothes | Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Non-chill filtered, natural in colour and bottled at cask strength, this is a distinctive expression which boasts an abundance of flavour.

We can now offer you the chance to purchase and enjoy the ethereal nature of this Glenrothes single cask, with fruity notes of mango and kiwi, resinous cedar character, and hinting gently at jasmine. Finishing firmly with fresh tobacco and lingering woody spices.

Limited to a release of 200 bottles. £375.00 Price includes UK VAT and duty ABV: Cask Strength approx. 50% | Volume: 70cl



Ardbeg “An Oa” Islay Single Malt at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

An Oa

For the first time in a long time, we’ve got a permanent new member of the Ardbeg portfolio to tell you about. This isn’t some new committee release or another $100+ bottle of limited edition, space-themed, gimmick-oriented Islay malt. This is the new “An Oa,” a reasonably-priced and absolutely delicious new addition to the trio of 10 year, Uigeadail, and Corryvreckan that not only brings value back into the LVMH peated empire, but also seriously flavor and enjoyment. Believe it or not, it’s not always easy to enjoy a bottle of whisky when it costs you three figures, you can only buy a limit of one bottle, and you’re scared to drink each sip for fear you’ll never be able to replace the experience. With the An Oa, Ardbeg is bringing not only functionality back to their core range, they’re bringing fun and flavor, to boot. The An Oa is the best new Ardbeg I’ve tasted in more than five years and it’s the roundest and easiest to drink of the regularly available editions. While it doesn’t pack the power that both the Uigeadail and Corryvreckan offer with their bold proofs, it makes up for it with richness and a rounded sweetness on the finish. You get all the peat, brine, smoke, and salt that you could ever want, but with more texture and perhaps finesse-not something we normally associate with the beastly Islay profile. In any case, this is the first bottle of Ardbeg in some time that I’ve been adamant about buying for my own personal daily enjoyment, not just my collection.

Ardbeg “An Oa” Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) – $59.99 – From the distillery: a welcome new addition to the Ultimate range. Ardbeg An Oa is singularly rounded, due in no small part to time spent in our newly established bespoke oak Gathering Vat where whiskies from several cask types – including; sweet Pedro Ximenez; spicy virgin charred oak; and intense ex-bourbon casks, amongst others – familiarize themselves with each other. The result is a dram with smoky power, mellowed by a delectable, smooth sweetness. Hallmark Ardbeg peat, dark chocolate and aniseed are wrapped in smooth, silky butterscotch, black pepper and clove, before rising to an intense crescendo of flavour. Bottled at 46.6%



Chateau Cissac 2017 bottle box (reduced file size)


The Benromach Distillery Company Ltd has added to its Wood Finish portfolio with the Benromach Chateau Cissac Wood Finish 2009.

This single malt whisky offers a unique flavour profile as a result of a final finishing period in hand-selected wine casks from the distinguished French wine region of Haut-Médoc near Bordeaux.

The Benromach Chateau Cissac (ABV 45%) was finished in first fill Chateau Cissac casks for 25 months after being filled into first fill Bourbon, resulting in an initial peppery taste with sweet vanilla and creamy milk chocolates notes and hints of red wine tannins and lingering peat smoke.

Benromach Distillery Manager Keith Cruickshank said: “Our latest Wood Finish expression is a welcome addition to our growing family of Speyside single malt whiskies. Our previous wood finish expressions, including Benromach Sassicaia and Benromach Hermitage, have proved to be very popular and we are looking forward to hearing what whisky lovers think of this Chateau Cissac. It certainly has plenty of character so I’m sure this new single malt will be appreciated by new and existing Benromach fans around the world.

“Those who enjoy our flagship 10 Years Old will enjoy the chance to experience Benromach in a different way. The maturation in wine casks from the distinguished region creates a distinct flavour in the whisky and allows a truly unique character to develop.”

This new Benromach Wood Finish is available to purchase at specialist whisky retailers with an RRP of £39.75. Prices may vary in export markets because of duty and import taxes.

For more information on Benromach, please visit

Notes to Editors

Tasting notes

Pour a good dram into a glass, noticing the dark gold colour, swirl it around and take some little sniffs to enjoy the aroma without water. The fabulous influence of the Château Cissac casks will be immediately apparent, with melon notes, red apples, delicate and zesty orange peel and dark chocolate. There’s also an underlying floral note and a delightful charred oak edge; the Benromach signature.

Now take a sip and enjoy the taste without water. It’s slightly peppery on the palate with sweet vanilla, creamy milk chocolate and there’s even refreshing lemon and limeade flavours with a nod and a wink towards the effervescent. Satisfying hints of red wine tannins emerge, complementing a lingering peat smoke.

Now add some water, swirl it around and savour the aroma with water. There are hints of pressed green apple and pear… and delicate oak aromas develop, complemented by the lingering peppermint.

Take a good sip and roll it around your mouth enjoying the taste with water. At first you’ll sense some spiciness and cracked black pepper. A slight bitterness develops, with grapefruit and orange peel. Now you may detect deeper hints of bonfire embers, complemented by Brazil nuts and gorgeous cocoa flavours.

About Benromach

Originally built in 1898, Benromach Distillery, was brought back to life when leading whisky specialists Gordon & MacPhail purchased it in 1993. The distillery was extensively re-equipped over a five year period before it was officially opened by HRH Prince Charles in 1998.

In reopening Benromach Distillery, Gordon & MacPhail decided to create a classic Speyside single malt – a style that draws its influence from Speyside whiskies pre-1960s.

Benromach Distillery is located on the outskirts of the ancient market town of Forres. A four star visitor centre is open to the public throughout the year for tours and tastings. Benromach Distillery is a member of the world famous malt whisky trail.

The Cube – bringing mainstream spirits to consumers in Cameroon – Scotch Whisky News

The Cube – bringing mainstream spirits to consumers in Cameroon

The Cube - bringing mainstream spirits to consumers in Cameroon

Cameroon is the first country in Africa to bottle Black & White Scotch whisky

In February, we launched the Cube, our stand alone bottling facility in Douala, Cameroon. This has enabled us to bring accessible and affordable mainstream spirit to consumers in Cameroon for the first time.

Local production is key to achieving our strategy to grow mainstream spirits and shape the beverage alcohol market in Cameroon and Africa. Through the Cube, Cameroon is the first country in Africa to bottle Black & White Scotch whisky, a brand that has strong local appeal.

To support the launch of Black & White in Cameroon, the team leveraged our existing beer platform and route to consumer to bring the product to market quickly, covering about 60% of the country through 37 local distributors.

Diageo has a proud history in Cameroon. Our Guinness brewery in Douala has been part of the community since 1969, and our presence extends beyond our brands and production. Our Water of Life programme has connected 900,000 people across the country to clean water since 2008. We aim to source 70% of raw materials locally by 2020 and have reached 15,000 people with our responsible alcohol use programmes.

Whiski Rooms “Xmas is Coming! Special Festive Offer” – Scotch Whisky News


Special Offer for your Festive Celebrations  We have two venues this year to choose from- both WHISKI Bar and WHISKI Rooms would love to welcome you and ensure you have a great festive time. Our festive menu is available from 1st – 23rd December 2017 and all bookings made on Monday – Wednesday will received a free glass of Prosecco on us. Please see our Xmas menus here and get in touch to book you party time.


WHISKI Rooms Xmas Menu from £25.95

Call us on 0131-225-7224 to book  Whiski Rooms on the Mound for  your festive celebration.

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WHISKI’s Xmas Menu from £23.95

Call us on 0131-556-3095 to book WHISKI on the  Royal Mile for your Christmas celebration.

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