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Limestone Branch Distillery Launches Yellowstone® Limited Edition – American Whiskey News

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Limestone Branch Distillery Launches Yellowstone® Limited Edition

Kentucky Straight Bourbon 2019 

(Lebanon, Ky.) July 24, 2019 – Limestone Branch Distillery introduces the 2019 variety of Yellowstone® Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon, set to hit the market in August. This year’s edition includes a hand-picked selection of the most unique barrels – those hidden gems in the rick house – including barrels of extra-aged nine-year and 12-year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

“I tasted many quality, mature Kentucky Straight Bourbons in order to find the right two ages for this year’s release – I had a certain taste profile in mind and I sought those barrels that matched it,” says Steve Beam, head distiller at Limestone Branch Distillery. “The barrels I chose were in different parts of the rick house and each barrel’s unique location contributed to the taste profile and complexity of this bourbon. When combined, these extra-aged bourbons create a mature and complex bourbon with robust spice and oaky undertones.”

Yellowstone has been one of Kentucky’s favorites since 1872. This year’s edition brings cinnamon notes with toffee, dried fruit and a hint of citrus to the palate, followed by a dry finish of brown sugar and oak. Using Beam’s expertise and honed palate, only the finest barrels were chosen for this year’s release.

Bottled at 101 proof and available in 750ml bottles nestled in commemorative tubes, the 2019 Yellowstone Limited Edition continues to honor the long-standing tradition.

Approximately 12,500 bottles of this bourbon are being produced at Limestone Branch Distillery, and the suggested retail price is $99.99.

About Limestone Branch Distillery 

Steve Beam and his brother Paul Beam opened Limestone Branch Distillery in 2011, with the goal of crafting the finest whiskey in small batches, honoring their long family heritage. With a history of distilling on both sides of their family – Beam and Dant – the brothers are seventh-generation distillers. In 2015, by partnering with Luxco, they brought the Yellowstone brand back to the family, just in time to commemorate the brand’s 105th anniversary. As one of the founding members of the Kentucky Craft Bourbon Trail, Limestone Branch Distillery is located in Lebanon, Ky., in the heart of bourbon country.  The distillery is well-known for its handcrafted products, including Yellowstone Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Yellowstone Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon and Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey.

For more information on Limestone Branch Distillery and Yellowstone, please visit, or

Hart Davis Hart to Host Second Spirits-Only Auction on August 15th & 16th – Auction Whisky News

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Hart Davis Hart to Host Second Spirits-Only Auction on August 15th & 16th

Featuring Exceptional Macallan, Karuizawa, Double Eagle Rare and More

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(July 23, 2019—Chicago, IL) – Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. is thrilled to announce its second Mobile-Only Auction of Finest & Rarest Spirits. The two-day sale will rival the auction house’s first spirits-only auction in size and quality. Taking place on August 15 & 16, the sale will feature over 1,880 lots of unique and one-off bottles estimated to realize $1.3-2.0 million. Bidders can utilize HDH’s industry-leading bidding platform, available via their mobile app or online at

The August auction features fine and rare spirits dating back to 1896 and includes the chance to purchase American Bourbon & Rye, Scotch, Japanese Whisky, Cognac and more. One of the highlights of the sale is a single bottle of Macallan 65 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Lalique Decanter VI, Distillery Bottled (lot 330, est. $50,000-75,000). The sixth and final bottling in The Macallan’s The Six Pillars Collection is some of the oldest whisky released by the distillery. Only 450 bottles were released and HDH is pleased to offer bottle 236.

Bourbon enthusiasts should note two single-bottle lots of Double Eagle Very Rare 20 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Buffalo Trace Distillery (lots 353, 1597, est. $11,000-17,000). This very rare bourbon has matured for twice as long as the standard Eagle Rare and is a true collector’s item.

Those searching for Japanese Whisky should browse the extensive selection including a historic bottle of 1975 Karuizawa Single Cask Malt Japanese Whisky, Cask #6736, Bottled by Number One Drinks Company (lot 61, est. $3,200-4,800). The distillery closed its doors in 2011, and this is a true rarity and a bottle of legendary status in the world of whisky.

Cognac lovers should note a single bottle of Courvoisier Cognac, Succession JL (lot 322, est. $2,000-3,000) and a single bottle of Rémy Martin Louis XIII Grande Champagne Cognac, Late-Baccarat Era (1964-1968) (lot 345, est. $1,500-2,200). The limited-edition Courvoisier, Succession JL was created to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the crowning of Napoleon and is a blend of the house’s finest cognacs from 1910 to modern vintages.

HDH is thrilled to offer spirits connoisseurs the opportunity to bring home these unique bottles. Don’t miss the chance to bid on the incredible selection of spirits included in the August 15th & 16th Mobile-Only Auction of Finest & Rarest Spirits. Bidders should register via HDH’s mobile app or online at to place absentee and live bids.

As always, Hart Davis Hart is committed to offering well-stored, carefully inspected bottles. Bidders should feel free to contact the bidding department at or 312.445.0100 of they have any questions about the bidding process or specific lots.

Important Collection Information:

All purchases in the August 15 & 16 Mobile-Only Auction of Finest & Rarest Spirits must be collected by the Buyer or Buyer’s agent at HDH’s warehouse and are subject to all Illinois state and local taxes (10.25%).

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Highlights of the August auction:

Lot 61 (est. $3,200-4,800)

1975 Karuizawa Single Cask Malt Japanese Whisky, Cask #6736, Bottled by Number One Drinks Company (1 700ml b)

Lot 294 (est. $4,800-7,500)

NV Macallan M Black Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 1824 Masters Series (2018), Distillery Bottled (1 b)

Lot 330 (est. $50,000-75,000)

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NV Macallan 65 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Lalique Decanter VI, Distillery Bottled (1 b)

Lots 336, 1256-1258, 1633 (est. $8,000-12,000)

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NV Old Rip Van Winkle 25 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Decanter, Bottled by Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery (Buffalo Trace) (1 b)

Lot 345 (est. $1,500-2,200)

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NV Double Eagle Very Rare 20 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Buffalo Trace Distillery (1 b)

Lots 428, 1029 (est. $6,500-9,500)

1980 Buffalo Trace Straight Bourbon Whiskey, O.F.C., Buffalo Trace Distillery (1 b)

Lot 1061 (est. $3,000-4,500)

NV Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash Whiskey, Bottled by Michter’s Distillery (1 b)

Lot 1128 (est. $5,000-7,500)

NV Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23yr Straight Bourbon Whiskey (2018 Bottling), Bottled by Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery (Buffalo Trace) (3 bs)

Lot 1452 (est. $3,500-5,500)

1965 Springbank Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Local Barley, Distillery Bottled (1 b)

Lot 1504 (est. $4,800-7,500)

NV Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23yr Straight Bourbon Whiskey (ca. 1998), Bottled by Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery (1 b)

Lot 1630 (est. $3,000-4,500)

1971 James Thompson & Brother Final Reserve 45 Year Old Bourbon Collector’s Package, Bottled by James Thompson & Brother (2 Multiple Formats)

Lot 1693 (est. $2,800-4,200)

NV Hakushu 25 Year Old Single Malt Japanese Whisky, Limited Edition, Hakushu (Suntory) (1 700ml b)

Lot 1708 (est. $5,500-8,500)

NV Hibiki 17 Year Old Blended Japanese Whisky, Distillery Bottled (6 bs)

The Inagural Whisky Colours Festival – Whisky Festival News


10 to 14 October 2019

The Inagural Whisky Colours Festival

Sorry you have not heard from us for a while.  This Newsletter is focused on our new festival which we launched earlier this year which some of you will be aware of.


The first Whisky Colours Festival will be held from 10 to 14 October 2019.  It is a celebration of all things whisky and is centred in Dufftown, the malt whisky capital of the world.  We have been inspired by the vast range of whisky colours that are mirrored in the beauty of the phenomenal autumn scenery in and around Dufftown with the woodlands displaying their stunning colours and the bright golden barley in the fields.  Ypu will be able to get up close and personal with some of the biggest names in the whisky industry to provide a truly intimate whisky experience.  Our aim is to bring you extra special whisky experiences with an autumnal theme that will be truly something to remember.

We are partnering with Tannochbrae Restaurant, Cragganmore Distillery, Glen Moray Distillery and Glenfarclas Distillery for dining and tasting experiences.   We are teaming up with Morrison & MacKay and the Highlander Inn, to bring a unique autumnal tasting and lunch.  There will also be masterclasses from the likes of Adelphi, Berry Bros & Rudd, Kilchoman Distillery, Murray McDavid and Speyside Distillery.  There is also a special tour to Aberlour Distillery with a walk to Linn Falls. With more to be announced.

The festival will culminate in a closing event hosted by key partner Tannochbrae Cuisine that will bring together all elements of the festival: whisky, music and food with lots of fun.   The festival website is the place to go for details on all the events (  Tickets are on sale now and the programme as it stands is below.


Bladnoch 1988 Connoisseurs Choice at The Green Welly Stop – Scotch Whisky News


Bladnoch 1988 Connoisseurs Choice

This release is from Bladnoch Distillery. Coming in the ‘Cask Strength’ range of Connoisseurs Choice.

Distilled: 1988
Bottled: 10th of April 2019
Batch number: 19/006
Cask Type: Refill American Hogshead
Aged for 30 Years
One of only 155 bottles


Sweet crisp red apples with a nutty edge. Hints of toasted malt complement orange blossom and stewed rhubarb. Sweet chilli spice lingers on the finish

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Whisky Wednesday Reviews …. – Whisky News


….We’re waiting for the details…update…it looks like due to technical issues Phil will not publish this week.

Heaven Hill Distillery Announces Release of 2019 Parker’s Heritage Collection Limited Edition Bottling – American Whiskey News


Heaven Hill Distillery Announces Release of 2019 Parker’s Heritage Collection Limited Edition Bottling

13th edition of the annual ultra-premium release is a Heavy Char Rye Whiskey, continues the distillery’s commitment to support ALS research and patient care

BARDSTOWN, KY – Heaven Hill Distillery announced today the 2019 limited edition release of Parker’s Heritage Collection Heavy Char Rye Whiskey, the first Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey of the series. The 13th edition will ship nationally beginning in September at an SRP of $149.99.

As one of the only heritage distilleries to consistently produce all five styles of American Whiskey, this edition of Parker’s Heritage Collection showcases Heaven Hill’s traditional Rye Whiskey mashbill. This edition, however, differentiates itself through its aging process. Instead of aging in Level 3 charred barrels, as is customary for most Heaven Hill products, this Rye Whiskey was aged in Level 5 charred barrels for eight years and nine months on the seventh floor of Rickhouse Y. Level 5 charred barrels are charred 50 seconds longer than the Level 3 barrels.  This more intense char allows the liquid to penetrate deeper into each barrel stave, interacting further with the oak and extracting deep notes of spice and wood on the resulting flavor.

Bottled at 105 proof (52.5% abv) and non-chill filtered to preserve all the flavor compounds, the limited edition bottling honors the original concept of the Parker’s Heritage Collection – to showcase the quality and broad range of the Heaven Hill portfolio. With more than 1.5 million barrels in inventory, this collection produces an innovative, highly sought after bottling each year and now serves as a remembrance of the collection’s namesake

“As the second largest holder of aging American Whiskey, Heaven Hill Distillery has the privilege of showcasing the quality and range of our distilling craft through the Parker’s Heritage Collection,” said Susan Wahl, Group Product Director at Heaven Hill Distillery. “We continue this series with thoughtful offerings that showcase the care and attention to detail for which Heaven Hill Distillery is known. Parker was involved in the development of this bottling over eight years ago and will continue to leave his mark on many future bottlings. It is in tribute to Parker and his legacy that we continue to support ALS research and patient care with this series.”

The late Heaven Hill Master Distiller Parker Beam, for whom the acclaimed series is named, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also called ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2010. The past six editions from 2013-2018, including the “Promise of Hope” Bourbon, the “Original Batch” Straight Wheat Whiskey, the Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey, the 24-Year-Old Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon, the 11-Year-Old Single Barrel, and Orange Curaçao-finished Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, respectively, have raised over one million dollars toward ALS research and patient care through contributions made by Heaven Hill for each bottle purchased. With the 2019 Heavy Char Rye Whiskey edition, Heaven Hill will again contribute a portion of the proceeds from each bottle sold to the ALS Association.

Packaged in the same upscale 750ml bottle as the previous twelve editions, but with a green colored label, the newest Parker’s Heritage Collection is available in a three-bottle case and will be available at retail starting in September. With previous releases having won multiple awards from Whisky Advocate magazine, Whisky Magazine and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the series stands as some of the most critically lauded American Whiskeys in recent memory. Past bottlings have won awards ranging from “Best North American Whiskey” to “American Whiskey of the Year” to “Best of Show, Brown Spirits.”

ABOUT HEAVEN HILL DISTILLERY: Founded in Kentucky by the Shapira family in 1935, Heaven Hill Distillery continues its legacy as one of the foremost American Whiskey producers. Heaven Hill has cultivated the traditions and history of America’s Native Spirit with its fierce independence, passionate family ownership, dedication to quality, and thoughtful innovation. Today, Heaven Hill Distillery maintains over 1.5 million barrels aging in 58 warehouses throughout Nelson and Jefferson Counties. It is home to an award-winning collection of American Whiskeys including Elijah Craig Bourbon, Larceny Bourbon, Evan Williams Bourbon, Pikesville Rye Whiskey, Rittenhouse Rye Whisky and Parker’s Heritage Collection. Heaven Hill Distillery currently holds the title of 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Best in Show Whiskey, and previously held titles of 2018 San Francisco Spirits Best Bourbon, 2017 Whisky Advocate Whisky of the Year, 2016 Whisky Magazine Distillery of the Year, 2016 Whisky Advocate American Whiskey of the Year and 2016 Rye Whiskey of the Year from “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.” For more information, please visit

The Whisky Exchange “Diageo Special Releases 2019 – announced!” – Scotch Whisky News


After 2018’s super-early April announcement of Diageo’s annual Special Releases collection surprised everyone, we’ve been wondering what they were up to this year. The radio silence has now been broken, and the first tidbits of information about the range of whiskies has now landed.

Don’t know what the Special Releases are? Learn all about them in our handy guide: Diageo Special Releases – what are they?

Diageo Special Releases 2019: the line-up

This year’s collection will feature eight new cask-strength Scotch whiskies, and they’re all single malts this time.

The line-up is:

  • Cardhu 14 Years Old
  • Cragganmore 12 Years Old
  • Dalwhinnie 30 Years Old
  • Lagavulin 12 Years Old
  • Mortlach 26 Years Old
  • Pittyvaich 29 Years Old
  • Talisker 15 Years Old
  • The Singleton of Glen Ord 18 Years Old

It’s an interesting selection, with some potentially very interesting whiskies. It’s also missing a couple of things that we’ve come to expect.

Missing in action

Firstly, there’s no blended malt this year. The past two releases have seen Collectivum XVIII and Cladach in the line-up, both blended malts with a theme – the former was made up of single malts from Diageo’s 28 working distilleries and the latter featured whiskies from coastal distilleries. They both divided opinion, but I’m sad to see them go. Unless there’s a mysterious ninth bottle waiting in the wings for a late announcement, as both Collectivum and Cladach were…

Secondly, there’s no grain whisky this time. The past four years have seen long-aged single grains, from the comparitively youthful Cally 40 Year Old, to the elegantly wizened Port Dundas 52 Year Old, but this time the focus is back on malt.

And there’s no Caol Ila. A mainstay of the collection since almost the beginning, the yearly release of Caol Ila Highland is the general public’s only chance of getting its hands on this otherwise unobtainable unpeated version of the Islay whisky. It’s been a reasonably priced hit in every year’s line-up, so it’s both unexpected and sad not to see it this time.

What’s new?

While the Lagavulin 12 Year Old is an old friend, and most of the rest of the list are drams that are reminiscent of ones we’ve had before, there are a few whiskies in the announcement that have piqued my interest:

Talisker 15 Year Old – I do love a Talisker and, after last year’s eight-year-old release picked up fans, I’m intrigued to see what they do with an older entry in the Special Releases collection. The announcement described it as ‘A sweet, yet deep and spicy bottling layered with unmistakeable maritime flavours’ – that suggests a sherry-matured dram to me. Will it be a replacement for the Caol Ila Highland or something a bit different?

Mortlach 26 Year Old – the now discontinued Mortlach 25 Year Old, launched a few years back as part of the revamped range, remains one of my favourite whiskies from the distillery. However, will this 26-year-old focus on a bourbon-cask maturation, as the 25 did, or will it go for the more traditional sherry maturation?

Cragganmore 12 Years OldCragganmore was one of my first whisky loves, but even so a 12-year-old release wouldn’t normally inspire much interest from me. However, this one has an interesting word hidden in the short description we’ve been sent: ‘A complex and intriguing bottling that combines Speyside elegance with a touch of spice and smoke’. Smoke. Hmm…are they talking a touch of char or have they been playing with peat? Only time will tell…

We expect to see the Diageo Special Releases 2019 arrive in the Autumn, and until then all we can do is wait. Along with the current heat wave, it’s another reason to wish for the summer to end sooner rather than later.

If you want to see what’s happened in previous years, we’ve got details and tasting notes for the past decade of releases here on the blog: 2008 pt1/2008 pt2200920102011201220132014201520162017 and 2018.

We still have a few bottles from previous year’s releases – you can find them on our Diageo Special Releases page.

Introducing Jura Aged 21 Years: Time & Tide – Scotch Whisky News


Introducing the two newest additions to our whisky family, Jura Aged 21 Years: Time and Tide.


In the vast wilderness of our tiny island home, it’s easy to lose track of time. But if you stop a moment in that beautiful wilderness and listen to the silence, the only sound to be heard soon helps you find it once more: the tide. Like the whisky in our casks, it’s an irresistible reminder of time’s power.




A Travel Retail Exclusive, this exclusive 21 year old single malt is part of our Aged Vintage series. Bottled at 47.2% ABV. Sweet island smoke is revealed in this dark amber autumn gold spirit. Matured for 21 years in American White Oak ex-bourbon barrels and finessed in ex-peated malt casks.



An exclusive 21 year old single malt from the Aged Vintage series. Bottled at 46.7% ABV. Sweet and smoky from 21 long years of maturation first in American white oak ex-bourbon barrels and further finessed with a spicy character from hand-selected virgin American White Oak casks.

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Bunnahabhain & Tobermory Tasting at the Whsky Shop #SFO August 2nd, 2019 – Scotch Whisky News


Friday, August 2nd 5-7 PM: 

Scotch Tasting: 

Bunnahabhain & Tobermory 

Presented by whisky expert John Pauley, this tasting features Islay distillery Bunnhabhain and Tobermory of Mull. Pourlist yet to be determined – RSVP to be notified when pours are revealed.

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