Archive for 2019

Kilkenny Whiskey Guild Bars Take Home Top Honours at The Icons of Whisky – Iconic Whisky News

Paris Texas wins Pub Of The Year and Jim Rafferty of The Dylan Whisky Bar wins Bar Manager Of The Year. 

Wednesday 20th November: Having already won Innovative Pub Of The Year earlier in the evening, Kilkenny’s PARIS TEXAS went on to scoop the overall Irish Pub of the Year at the annual gala event at The Concert Hall in the RDS. Over 1700 applications were made to the awards this year and after receiving the award Pat Crotty, owner of Paris Texas said – “We are delighted and honoured to be recognised by our peers as the best pub in Ireland for 2019. We have a great team that work hard every day to deliver an experience that we hope will bring our loyal customers back again and again. Our innovation award recognises that we do things a little differently and we will not be resting on any laurels. We have more plans to improve the Paris Texas experience again in 2020.”

Jim Rafferty receiving his Icon Of Whisky Award

Thursday 21st November: At the annual Icons Of Whisky Awards ceremony held at the Iveagh Garden Hotel in Dublin, Jim Rafferty of The Dylan Whisky Bar in Kilkenny Whiskey Guild was awarded Bar Manager Of The Year. On receiving the award Jim said – “It is a great honour to receive this fantastic award and to be recognised by the industry. It is the culmination of a lot of hard work and I am particularly grateful to the support of my team at The Dylan Whisky Bar and colleagues in the Kilkenny Whisky Guild as well as the Irish Whiskey industry as a whole. It is a very exciting time to be involved in Irish Whiskey and I look forward to more growth and innovation in the category to celebrate and promote”.



MONTREAL (Nov. 26, 2019) – Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky received a Gold medal at the prestigious 2019 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition. Silver medals were also awarded to Royal Canadian Whisky and High River Canadian Whisky.

Caribou Crossing is the world’s first single barrel Canadian whisky. Each barrel is chosen for its rich and complex flavor to the exacting standards of the world-renowned Master Blender, Drew Mayville.

Silver medal winners, Royal Canadian Whisky and High River Canadian Whisky are said to have shown refinement, finesse, and complexity, and were deemed to be among the best examples of their categories.

Full results have been released and published on the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition (NYWSC) website,

About Sazerac

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



A Huntly based whisky firm has clinched the coveted ‘Grain Independent Bottler of the Year” award at Whisky Magazine’s Independent Bottlers Challenge.

They scooped the top prize at the annual awards which were held in the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh on Friday.  The Independent Bottlers Challenge, which has been running for 14 years, aims to reward the world’s finest whiskies and is known as the ‘Oscars’ of the whisky industry.

The whisky firm also came home with Silver Awards for their Octave Range Bunnahabhain 2014, Invergordon 2007 and a Port Dundas 1973 from their Premium Octave collection, one of a series of 8 whiskies that were only launched in October.

Commenting on their latest award success Chairman Euan Shand said; “ We are incredibly proud to see the quality of our grain whiskies recognised in such a big arena and against such fierce competition.  This is thanks to the calibre of whiskies that we’ve accumulated over the years, many from distilleries that no longer operate.  It’s great to see that our whiskies really stood out to the judging panel.”

Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky are renowned for the quality of their whiskies including single grains. They were one of the first independent whisky companies to launch and develop the market for this type of whisky, having released single grains for over 20 years.  Grain whisky is distilled in column stills rather than pot stills, which can give it a lighter and sweeter character. However if lovingly aged in quality casks, such as the ones Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky have, it can create wonderful whiskies that are great value for money.

Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky Limited matures whiskies in the best ex sherry and ex bourbon casks. Since the company’s inception in 1938 they have accumulated one of the largest privately-owned cask collections, with many casks up to 60 years old maturing in the company’s warehouses.  Distributing globally to over 50 countries, the company has offices in Huntly, Aberdeenshire and Los Angeles.

The award-winning whiskies are available to purchase from specialist retailer outlets including The Spirits Embassy –


Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky has ownership of one of the largest privately-held collections of rare scotch whisky casks. The company has been “laying down” casks from premium Scottish distilleries for decades and has, in recent years, made its branded products available to whisky connoisseurs throughout the world.

A. Smith Bowman Distillery Announces Limited Abraham Bowman Whiskey Release – American Whiskey News

A. Smith Bowman Distillery Announces

Limited Abraham Bowman Whiskey Release 

Extremely Limited Twice Finished Whiskey

Released Only at Distillery

               Fredericksburg, VA. (Dec. 18, 2019) A. Smith Bowman Distillery announces the latest release in its Abraham Bowman line of experimental whiskey, the Abraham Bowman Twice Finished Whiskey.

This limited release began in December 2006 when seven charred oak barrels were filled and laid to age peacefully for eight years and three months. From there, these barrels were consolidated into two-and-a-half barrels to be finished. First the whiskey was finished in Potomac Point Winery port barrels for four years and seven months. Then it was transferred into sauterne barrels for two months before being bottled yesterday, bringing the total age of this whiskey to 13 years.

The Twice Finished Whiskey was bottled at 100 proof, and will be very limited. These bottles will only be released to Virginia through the A. Smith Bowman Distillery gift shop on Saturday, Dec. 21 while supply lasts.

Tasting notes describe “upfront notes of sweet honey, and caramel with dried fruits from the port barrel lingering in the background. Heavy toasted oak flavors with a creamy mouthfeel and sweetness from the finishes coming through. The flavor finishes dry with coffee, dried figs, and hints of leather lingering on the palate.”

The Abraham Bowman Limited Edition Bourbon Whiskey is part of a series of limited-edition whiskies, named after Abraham Bowman, the commander of the 8th Virginia Regiment in the American Revolutionary War. Each edition of the Abraham line is a different expression and a new release is offered a few times a year.  This is the 19th release in the Abraham line.  The Abraham Bowman Twice Finished Whiskey will only be available at the A. Smith Bowman Distillery gift shop. Quantities are very limited. The Abraham Bowman series aims to release new and different expressions of innovative whiskey for each release, so it is unlikely this exact bourbon will be repeated. The total age of this bourbon is 13 years and it is bottled at 100 proof. These 750 ml bottles have a suggested retail price of $69.99.

About A. Smith Bowman

  1. Smith Bowman’s distilling roots date back to the years before Prohibition when the Bowman family had a granary and dairy farm in Sunset Hills, Virginia. They used excess grain from the family estate to distill spirits. In 1934, after the Repeal of Prohibition, Abram Smith Bowman and his sons continued the family tradition and built a more modern distillery in Fairfax County, Virginia called Sunset Hills Farm.  The Distillery was moved in 1988 and is now nestled in Spotsylvania County near the city of Fredericksburg, 60 miles away from the original location.

As a small and privately owned company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery continues the time-honored traditions on which it was founded. Considered a micro-distillery by today’s standards, A. Smith Bowman produces an assortment of hand-crafted spirits distilled from only the finest natural ingredients and using the latest technology. This micro-distillery focuses on the production of premium spirits honoring the legacy of Virginia’s first settlers. As Virginia’s oldest and most award-winning distillery, its various brands have earned numerous prestigious awards over the years, including John J. Bowman Single Barrel, which received a gold medal at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. For more information on A. Smith Bowman, please visit

Christmas gifting – Tickets now on sale for Burns Night 2020 Celebrations at Milroys – Scotch Whisky News


Friday 24th January 2020 at Milroys Soho & Milroys Spitalfields

Burns Night Celebrations at Milroys with Crabbie Whisky (Spitalfields) & Port Askaig (Soho) on 24th January 2020.
There will be plenty of whisky (as part of your ticket price), haggis, poetry, music and laughter in honour of Scotlands favourite poet !

Buy tickets for Spitalfields

Buy tickets for Soho

Gie him strong drink until he wink,
That’s sinking in despair;
An’ liquor guid to fire his bluid,
That’s prest wi’ grief and care:
There let him bouse, an’ deep carouse,
Wi’ bumpers flowing o’er,
Till he forgets his loves or debts,
An’ minds his griefs no more.

Sleigh, what?! We’ve got winter opening hours and it’s snow laughing matter… – Scotch Whisky News

Last New Whisky of 2019! Bruichladdich Single Cask at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Bruichladdich 14 Year Old 2003 Single Cask

Brand New UK Exclusive Release

The latest single cask release from Islay. Matured in bourbon and Calvados casks and bottled at a huge 60.8%. Secure yours now! Bruichladdich 14 Year Old 2003 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Single Calvados cask #10/179-1 bottled December 2018 for the United Kingdom market. 438 bottles. MAXIMUM 2 BOTTLES PER CUSTOMER.

Bruichladdich Distillery was established in 1881 by the Harvey family of distillers based in Glasgow. Situated on the Rhinns peninsular on the island of Islay close and close to the sandy bays of Loch Indaal. Re-opened in 2001 with much of the original Victorian equipment restored to working order. The first release of Bruichladdich’s new whiskey was the highly acclaimed PC5, the first release in the limited Port Charlotte range. Also producing very highly peated Octamore, Organic using Islay grown barley, and triple and quadruple distilled single malt and single cask releases. Bruichladdich distillery participates in Feis Ile, the annual Islay Whisky Festival.

Buy – Bruichladdich 14 Year Old 2003 – £159.22

New Arrivals at K&L California – American Whiskey News

New Riff “Single Barrel” Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $49.99 View

High West “American Prairie” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Armagnac Finish Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $54.99 View

Burns Night at the The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar – Whisky News

Burns Night at the The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar

Enjoy an evening of glamour and opulence at The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar this Burns Night. Their current Interpreted Magic menu delves into the fabled history, dark drama and timeless romance embedded in the mysterious world of magic and boasts a refined signature offering, including a well-chosen, in-depth whisky selection. The bar’s enhanced roster of whiskies focuses on rare, valuable bottles and world whiskies, which are all found in the third section in the menu, entitled ‘The Prestige’. This segment is shaded with black and represents the end of the evening or, in this case, the finale. Expanding its representation of world whiskies, and offering small, rare batches, the whiskies at the Beaufort Bar range in style, age, region and complexity, pleasing both malt connoisseurs and curious neophytes. Lesser-known world whiskies to try in the Beaufort Bar, as recommended by Elon Soddu, Head Bartender of Beaufort Bar.

Kavalan Concertmaster:”Full of flavour and attitude, with a port cask finish affording a rich and decadent lingering smoothness”
Karnog Sauternes Cask: “A peated French single malt finished in sauternes casks with an amazing complexity delivered by competing sweetness and smoke”.
Starward 10th Anniversary: “Australian single malt finished in a variety of Australian wine casks, this one weighs in at 52% abv but you’d never know it, it’s stunningly smooth”

To make a reservation please call 020 7420 2111 or email

Monkey Shoulder X Skylight Rooftop – Burns Night Celebration  – Scotch Whisky News

Monkey Shoulder X Skylight Rooftop – Burns Night Celebration 

On Saturday 25th January, Monkey Shoulder whisky will be taking over London’s most imaginative rooftop destination, Skylight at Tobacco Dock for one of London’s biggest Burns Night celebrations. In honour of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns, the rooftop will undergo a boozy makeover by Monkey Shoulder, bringing with them signature whisky tipples a-plenty. Entertainment, aside from the rooftop ice rink, will come from traditional Scottish bag-pipers, a highland dance performance, special poems and surprise tasting opportunities throughout the night. Expect music, singing, dancing and poems.

With a wide array of seating to choose from, guests will be able to cosy up under the heated pergola or grab a table or booth on the lower level. Skylight’s rooftop igloos will also be available to book as well as cosy huts – the perfect place to pull up a blanket and sip on hot-toddies to warm the cockles. Street food will also be available to purchase.

Saturday 25th January

5pm – 11pm

£8 – £16 Including welcome drink

Ice skating is not included in the entry ticket but can be purchased at the venue for £12 for 45 minutes.






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