Archive for September, 2019

Whisky Hammer September 2019 Auction Ends Soon – Whisky Hammer News

AA Whisky Hammer


(ends Sunday 29th September.)

…place your bids at

With an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits there is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest, enjoy!


Whisky Wednesday ReviewsOld Forester 86 Proof – American Whisky News

At last! I can finally talk about the wonderful Bourbon that is, Old Forester. I’m no stranger to some of Kentucky’s finest; this stuff is up there with some of the best and with a price tag that doesn’t break the wallet. 72% corn, 18% rye and 10% malted barley provide a flavour profile that’s drier but still very welcoming with juicy fruits, fruit cordials and nutty, spicy rye. Enjoy!

Whisky Reviews every Wednesday ~ ~



FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Sept. 18 2019) It’s that time of the year – changing leaves, cooler nights and the release of Buffalo Trace Distillery’s annual 2019 Antique Collection of whiskeys. The much anticipated collection will once again feature five limited-release whiskeys of various ages, recipes and proofs.  Here’s what fans can expect:

George T. Stagg

The proverbial powerhouse favorite of the Antique Collection, George T. Stagg, comes in at a lower 116.9 proof this year.  This is the lowest proof in this whiskey’s history. Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley cites barrels located on the lower warehouse floors as the reason. “Many of the barrels for this year’s Stagg composite were taken from the first floor of the warehouse.  The first floor is cooler with higher humidity levels, therefore the alcohol evaporates faster than the water.” The taste, however, is still what Stagg fans can expect, vanilla and toasted oak with a floral undertone, followed by a long finish of cherries, coffee and black pepper.

Past releases of this uncut and unfiltered bourbon have won many top awards, including last year’s release capturing the Chairman’s Trophy at the Ultimate Spirits Competition.  This year’s release contains bourbon from barrels filled in the spring of 2004.  Storage location of these barrels varied across warehouses C, H, I, K, and Q. The evaporation loss for this year’s batch was 56%, a bit higher than last year’s release.

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 receiving 5 Stars – Highest recommendation by F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal.  The 2019 offering was distilled in the winter of 2007 and aged in Warehouse I.  This bourbon registers in at 128 proof.  The bold flavors include toasted vanilla and coffee.

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye

Thomas H. Handy is the uncut and unfiltered straight rye whiskey. Last year’s release earned a double gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  This year’s Handy was distilled in the spring of 2013; aged in warehouses K, M, and N, and weighs in at 125.7 proof.  The flavor profile includes creamy butterscotch and vanilla.

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old

Last year’s release went back to Eagle Rare’s roots with a proof change from the previous 90 proof back to 101 proof, in tribute to the original strength used when the brand was launched in 1974.  The proof remains at 101 this year and will continue forward.  The 2018 edition was awarded 92 points at the Ultimate Spirits Competition.  This year’s release was distilled in the Spring of 2002 and has been spending its time aging on the first floor of Warehouse P.  This bourbon tastes of cocoa, caramel, and oak.

Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old

The previous edition of Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old was named “Best Rye Whiskey Aged 11 Years and Over” by “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.”  This 2019 straight rye whiskey release has notable flavors of vanilla and maple syrup, with a finish of black pepper and spearmint. The barrels for this whiskey were filled in the spring of 2001 and it rested on the second floor of Warehouses K and L.

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 2019 Antique Collection whiskeys will be available in limited quantities starting in late September or early October.  Suggested retail price is $99 each.  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 21 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year by “Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 500 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit

Whisky Cask Company, Brings in Leading Whisky Experts – Scotch Whisky News

Whisky Cask Company, Brings in Leading Whisky Experts

The launch of the Whisky Cask Company brings together some of the top names in the whisky industry. Whisky experts David Harvey and Stuart Nickerson have teamed up with Whisky Cask Company, to bring single malt to the global market.

With a combined experience of over 60 years – more years than some of the most soughtafter single malts are aged – the brains behind the Whisky Cask Company have come together to produce unique, premium single malt Scotch whisky.

David Harvey introduced to Ross Archer, Head of Operations at Whisky Cask Company by a mutual friend, they soon realised their mutual long-term passion for Scotland’s famous amber spirit. Archer’s love for Scotch whisky and business expertise is complemented perfectly by Harvey’s knowledge from his many years of working in the wine and spirit industry. Harvey’s background in fine wine adds another dimension to the wealth of experience that he offers to the Whisky Cask Company.

What the Whisky Cask Company does differently is using wine casks for maturing its new make spirit, instead of bourbon casks that are the current standard in the industry. Using his extensive knowledge of the flavour profiles of wines and spirits from all over the world, Harvey ensures even the new make spirit has an extra element of luxury. He describes his
diligent process, “What we do is we taste new make before we commit to ageing it, so the raw ingredients that we put into our special French casks is something where we are involved in the quality control process, as it’s important just to know where you are starting.”

The company is working with the best barrel makers from France, exercising their knowledge about how important cask influence really is on the flavour of Scotch. As new make must spend a minimum of 3 years in the cask in order to be legally called Scotch whisky, the cask has a huge influence on the flavour of the finished product. The team all agree that France is the world leader in top quality barrel production, and the single malt they are producing will have subtle notes of oak from the casks, setting it aside from the bourbon flavours that currently dominate the Scotch market.

Harvey has tasted a wealth of wines and spirits from all over the world since his career began at Harvey’s of Bristol in 1993. Through his rich experience, he is able to identify exactly the elements needed to make an exceptional whisky, as well as having an inside knowledge as to where the market is heading.

Stuart Nickerson of the Malt Whisky Company also lends his years of experience to the business venture. He started his career in 1981 at Bells Scotch Whisky as a chemical engineer, and his engineering background gives him a unique insight into Scotch whisky production. Through his time in the industry, he has watched Scotch production transform from a technical perspective. He led the re-establishment the Glenglassaugh distillery in 2008, restarting production after a 22-year hiatus, turning a profit within 3 years of taking over as managing director. At the Glenglassaugh distillery, he was able to experiment with lots of different casks for maturation through a range of different launches and has a wealth
of knowledge in what materials to use to achieve a great flavour profile.

The Whisky Cask Company looks set to bring a boost to a traditional British Industry, and they are confident that their years of experience will produce a whisky of a quality that speaks for itself. With such well-established industry leaders at the helm, the Whisky Cask Company is ready to become a rising star in the single malt Scotch whisky industry, and they aim to lead the way in innovation to produce premium, unique spirits like no other. They ensure that the quality of their Scotch whisky is second to none, not only through combined expertise but also through passion, because as David Harvey says, “Hand on heart, there is nothing like Scotch whisky.”

The Whisky Cask Company brings the Finest Scotch to a Global Market. For additional information, visit

New Milroys Members Club – Whisky News

The Dram House


The new four storey Townhouse will house a basement cocktail bar called the proofing room, a ground floor whisky bar with over 1000 whiskies to marvel at and a Private Members Club with a cigar terrace and The Sample Room.

The Dram House is a members club above Milroys Whisky Bar in Spitalfields, a part of London’s oldest whisky specialist, Milroys of Soho. Established in 1964 by Jack and Wallace Milroy and remains a centre for whisky enthusiasts worldwide.

The Dram House was a name first posited by legendary brothers Jack & Wallace Milroy on one of their tours of Asia. During a successful mission to introduce fine Scottish whisky to the Japanese market, the brothers were considering naming whisky bars The Dram House to share their passion with as many people as possible. Unfortunately this had not been realised until today.

The bar is London’s finest members club for whisky aficionados. Members can enjoy some of the finest spirits available above Milroys Whisky Bar in Spitalfields. The club boasts a private cigar terrace, as well as a tasting room for up to 25 people. Events at The Dram House are tailored to a knowledgeable consumer, providing some of the most unique tastings in the city.

Pre-order Highland Park 40 Year Old 2019 Release at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

Highland Park 40 Year Old 2019 Release

Highland Park 40 Year Old is the oldest permanent addition to the Orkney based distillery. Pre-order this stunning expression today.

Highland Park 40 Year Old 2019 Release
70cl / 43.2% abv

Crabbie 30 year old Speyside Single Malt 2019 Release at The Inverurie Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

Hot off the Press!!!

We don’t have an image yet as this is literally  live from the John Crabbie distillery!

Be the first to get in in this eagerly anticipated release….we only have a handful to sell

A sumptuous and highly collectable Whisky from John Crabbie’s.

This 1988 Distilled 30 year old comes from a very well known but unnamed Speyside Whisky Distillery specialising in Sherry Cask Whisky, using the same liquid as previous 25 and 30 year old releases.

This is a highly sought after whisky and will not be around long. A fantastic price for a 30 year old from this hugely collectable distillery





Wednesday 9 October – Thursday 10 October 

London, UK – In the early 1900s, when Tennessee was a wet state, Jack Daniel was inspired by the bars he saw in Nashville – ranging from questionable joints to fine establishments – and, ever the entrepreneur, decided to open two saloons in his native Lynchburg – the White Rabbit and Red Dog. This year to celebrate London Cocktail Week’s 10th anniversary and to host the final of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Calling IV cocktail competition, these two saloons will be resurrected for two nights only on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th October from 6pm to late. Situated opposite each other, clean graffiti will guide guests to experience both pop-up bars that will be taking over Stoke Newington’s Original Sin as Red Dog and one of the World’s 50 Best Bars Mint Gun Club as White Rabbit. 


Proud to sit as comfortably in the best hotel bars as it does in rock ‘n’ roll dive bars, Jack Daniel’s is offering something for everyone this London Cocktail Week with its pop-up bars White Rabbit, which was once home to Tennessee’s finest cocktails  and most elegant and well-heeled clientele, and Red Dog – a Tennessee dive bar personified. Manned by two teams of six of the UK’s best bartenders, each bar will be offering a series of bespoke, crafted cocktails to reflect the original saloons.

Journey down to the basement of Original Sin’s Red Dog, kick the jukebox into action and pull up a stool at Jack Daniel’s quintessential honky-tonk dive bar. With its wooden bar and open brickwork adorned with vintage neon signs, US flags and scrap metal license plates, guests will be transported to the dusty roads of Nashville whilst they sip on their drink of choice in the most dubious of joints. For a more refined experience follow the sound of piano keys over the road to Mint Gun Club’s White Rabbit saloon. Enter through a hidden bookcase into a 1920s style bar where an old-style cinema projector will play out vintage footage, with fringed lampshades hanging elegantly over its impeccable bar serving exquisitely sophisticated cocktails.

With each bar vying for the title, hop across the road and back again to decide which is your favourite bar as the two teams go head-to-head to be crowned the winner. Inspired by the mentorship of Jasper ‘Jack’ Daniel by Dan Call and Master Distiller Nearest Green, Tennessee Calling IV sees industry visionaries Tom Loosli of Original Sin and Rich Hunt of Mint Gun Club sharing their knowledge, expertise and secrets of the trade with their teams to create the winning saloon.






About Jack Daniel’s

Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the first registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails. Today, Jack Daniel’s is a true global icon found in more than 160 countries around the world and is the most valuable spirits brand in the world as recognized by Interbrand.

About Brown Forman

For more than 145 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s & Cola, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Finlandia, Korbel, el Jimador, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Canadian Mist, Herradura, New Mix, Sonoma-Cutrer, Early Times, Chambord, BenRiach and GlenDronach. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by nearly 4,600 employees and sold in approximately 160 countries worldwide. For more information about the company, please visit

The Whisky Exchange “WHAT KIND OF CASK ARE YOU?” – Scotch Whisky News


The theme of  Whisky Show 2019 is The Journey of the Cask – a journey which begins prior to, then runs parallel to, the journey of whisky itself. To help you get excited about casks and, hopefully, about this year’s Whisky Show (not to mention provide a fun and engaging way to learn about wood, whisky, and the relationship between the two) we’ve put together this fun quiz to determine, more or less, what kind of cask you most resemble.

Let’s start off easy: of the following, which would be your preferred snack?

( )  Scotch egg

( )  Crisps (potato chips, y’all)

( )  Oatcakes

( )  Cheese is the best snack

( )  A banana

( )  None of the above. Give me yoghurt or give me death

We say holiday, you say…?

( )  Cycling in Southern France

( )  White sandy beaches on an island somewhere

( )  European city break

( )  Roadtrip, stateside

( )  Staycation in Devon

( )  Sailing around the Horn

Choose a hot drink

( )  Tea, please!

( )  Coffee. Now. Thank you.

( )  Hot chocolate.

( )  Bovril… Look, I just really love golf, okay?

( )  Lemsip. My glands hurt.

( )  Grande Chai Tea Latte.

What kind of flavours do you primarily look for in your whisky?

( )  Elegant and floral.

( )  Fresh fruit and vanilla.

( )  Dried fruit and nut.

( )  Malt and honey.

( )  Rich fruit and spice.

( )  Whatever’s new and exciting.

What’s your favourite journey?

( )  The Journey of the Cask, obviously.

( )  Catching the train into London every year to attend Whisky Show.

( )  The Lord of the Rings.

( )  That of Daenerys of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Protector of the Realm, Lady Regent of the Seven Kingdoms, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons from the grand hope of Westeros and People’s Champion to widely reviled, wild-eyed city-burner in the space of a single episode.

( )  Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s BBC-documented odyssey, Long Way Down.

( )  Stop it.

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Secrets from The Vaults” – Scotch Whisky News


This month saw SMWS members from all over the world make the pilgrimage to our spiritual home at The Vaults, and to celebrate, we’ve selected three extra special casks from the depths of our warehouse to share with our members.

These three magnificent bottlings will go on sale at 2pm (GMT) on Monday, 23 September. Due to their rarity and age, numbers are extremely limited, and sales of each cask will be restricted to one per member, so head to the website in plenty of time.

Drams this good deserve to be opened, shared and appreciated, so please don’t be one of those members who sells them to an auction site.

Please note, bottles are for presale, and will begin shipping the week of 14 October.


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video


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