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Sazerac Whiskies Awarded Gold Medals at International Spirits Challenge 2020 – Whisky News

Sazerac Whiskies Awarded Gold Medals

at International Spirits Challenge 2020 

            Louisville, Ky. — (Dec. 10, 2020) – Sazerac brands Paddy’s Old Irish Whiskey, Michael Collins Irish Whiskey and Imperial 12-Year-Old Scotch Whisky earned Gold Medals for their quality and excellence during the 25th annual International Spirits Challenge. These medals were only given to brands that saw exceptional success in the competition’s blind tasting process.

The Tasting Awards were held over 12 days of intense blind tastings by panels of more than 50 experienced industry professionals.  Samples were delivered to the judges in flights of numbered tasting glasses to ensure accuracy.  Each judge assessed the products according to age, region and variety, which is determined by the entrant and verified by the chairman.

Paddy’s Old Irish Whiskey is a triple-distilled spirit from Cork County, Ireland, where it has been produced for almost 250 years. Michael Collins Irish Whiskey is a blended offering named after the legendary Irish revolutionary. The brand was revived by Sazerac in 2015. Imperial 12-Year-Old Scotch Whisky is a blended Scotch noted for its fruity aroma and caramel notes.

The International Spirits Challenge received more than 1,700 entries from nearly 70 countries around the globe in this, its 25th anniversary year. Results from the 2020 International Spirits Challenge can be found at

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

K&L’s Top Exclusive Whiskies: Unrivaled Quality & Unbeatable Prices

For time-sensitive bottles this December, please get your orders in early. Thanks and happy holidays! We appreciate your business. NOTE: Our walk-in retail locations are currently closed. We have curbside pickup and low cost (often free) delivery options available in ZIP codes where we can ship lawfully, including anywhere in California. We can also include any new or existing will call orders in your delivery batch. Choose local delivery at checkout to learn if you qualify.

The heart and soul of our Spirits Department is our Direct Import program. We travel far and wide, meeting with well-established distillers and little-known estates alike, in a never-ending search for bottlings that combine exceptional quality and outstanding value. Our standards are exacting (as are the standards of the producers we work with), as we take great pride in offering our customers the very best expressions to be had, whether it be Scotch, or bourbon, or rum, or any other distilled spirit. Because of the relationships we’ve struck, we have unfettered access to some of the world’s finest spirits. And because we are skipping several tiers of the distribution chain, we are able to offer these gems for a fraction of what you’d expect. As a result, we have built one of the most robust and diverse spirits programs in the country.


Faultline Blended Scotch Whisky (750ml)$24.99 View

2010 Glen Garioch 10 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Hogshead Cask Strength Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $54.99 View

2006 Behind The Highlander (Craigellachie) 14 Year Old “Hepburn’s Choice” K&L Exclusive Single Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $59.99 View

2010 Islay Strait (Caol Ila) 10 Year Old “Sovereign” K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Finish Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $69.99 View

1998 Archiestown Adjacent (Dailuaine) 22 Year Old “Old Malt Cask” K&L Exclusive Single Refill Hogshead Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $109.99 View

2003 Craigellachie 16 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $109.99 View

1997 Hebridean Mulligan (Ledaig) 23 Year Old “Old Malt Cask” K&L Exclusive Single Hogshead Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $119.99 View

1997 Hector Macbeth (Glenfiddich) 23 Year Old “Hepburn’s Choice” K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Finish Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $119.99 View

2008 Highland Park 10 Year Old K&L Exclusive Cask #7774 Refill Sherry Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $139.99 View

1995 Aberlour 25 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Hogshead Cask Strength Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $299.99 View

American Whiskey & Bourbon

John E. Fitzgerald “Larceny – The Quarantine Barrels” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #6625292 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $26.99 View

Ezra Brooks Distiller’s Collection K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #7166876 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $34.99 View

Old Forester K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Warehouse I, Floor 4, #OF201755 Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whisky (750ml) $39.99 View

Rebel Yell Distiller’s Collection K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $39.99 View

New Riff K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #16-10785 Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $49.99 View

Smooth Ambler 5 Year Old “Old Scout” K&L Exclusive Barrel #27990 Straight Indiana Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $49.99 View

Wilderness Trail K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Sweet Mash High-Rye Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $59.99 View

Woodinville K&L Exclusive Single Cask #2556 Cask Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $69.99 View

Wathen’s Barrel Proof “Barrel #99 SoCal Barrel” K&L Exclusive Cask Strength Single Barrel Straight Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) $79.99 View

Hillrock Estate Solera Aged Single Barrel K&L Exclusive Cask Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $139.99 View

The Macallan “Distil Your World: London Documentary” – Scotch Whisky News

Distil Your World brings together The Macallan and the Roca brothers in a journey of discovery, driven by the question: can you distil the essence of a city? It documents how we seek knowledge and insight, and gain inspiration to create something completely unique in the world of whisky and gastronomy.


Distil Your World London Documentary

Available now on Prime Video, Distil Your World London is a documentary that follows The Macallan and the Roca brothers as they seek to distil London, one of the cultural capitals of the world, understanding the flavours, scents, sounds, and people at the heart of the city.

Distil Your World; The London Edition

A unique limited edition embodying London’s special charisma, and capturing the people, experiences, colours and history that ultimately define the city.

The Macallan Distillery Experience, The Macallan Distillers Ltd, Easter Elchies, Craigellachie,

Moray AB38 9RX, Scotland, +44 (0)1340 318 000

45 Year Old 1973 Sovereign Exclusive Blended Scotch Whisky at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


45 Year Old 1973 Sovereign Exclusive

Cask #15894


45 Year Old 1973 vintage blended Scotch whisky. Single cask bourbon hogshead #15894 distilled December 1973 and bottled March 2019 by Hunter Laing & Co. for the Sovereign series. Selected and bottled exclusively for The Whisky Barrel. 300 numbered bottles. This burnished golden coloured whisky is mellow bodied, sweet on the nose, with vanilla ice cream strawberries. It is smooth sweet on the palate with, again, vanilla notes to the fore followed by red berries and a hint of sultanas leading to a long satisfying sweet finish.

Blended Scotch whiskies are produced by blending whiskies distilled at two or more different Scottish distilleries and the whiskies may be single malt whiskies, single grain whiskies, or single malt and single grain whiskies.

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 360: Tobermory 17 Year Old Distillery Exclusive – Scotch Whisky News

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 360: Tobermory 17 Year Old Distillery Exclusive

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, tries a distillery exclusive from Tobermory. This always captures Mark’s attention. After all, if you can only get it at the distillery, surely it must be special. Only 990 bottles of this Tobermory were released after a maturation of 17 years, the last months spent on a Madeira cask. That’s a fortified wine from the eponymous Portuguese island off the coast of Africa.

The Water of Life Film launches with a unique virtual online celebration of Scotch Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

The Water of Life Film launches with a unique virtual online celebration of Scotch Whisky

Burns Night Celebration January 22 – 27, 2021 – A weeklong online celebration of film, whisky, and the personalities who have made scotch what it is today

LOS ANGELES – DECEMBER 21 2020 – Producers Blacksmith + Jones today announced a unique six-day Burns Night Celebration January 22nd – 27th, 2021 to launch the film THE WATER OF LIFE – A WHISKY FILM ( )

The Water of Life is a feature documentary that focuses on the craftsmen, chemists, and renegades at the heart of the whisky revolution that turned the stagnant scotch whisky industry of the 1980s into the titan it is today.

Starting behind the locked gates of an abandoned distillery, Jim McEwan and Mark Reynier — “the most unlikely partnership in the history of whisky” — share their personal experiences of the risk-taking and wild experimentation they used to turn Bruichladdich into a creative and financial powerhouse.

The film also takes you on the journeys of visionaries like Gordon & MacPhail, Billy Walker, Rachel Barrie and David Stewart, whose mixture of talent, chemistry, hard work, grit, and a little sprinkle of magic paved the way for the next generation of innovators like Adam Hannett, Kelsey McKechnie, Liam Hughes, Iain Croucher, and Eddie Brook.

The Water of Life is a uniquely personal perspective on the evolution of whisky by those who lived it – the story of those who played a key part in rediscovering the crafting of the ancient spirit.

Blacksmith + Jones is launching the film alongside Burns Night, which has long been a celebration of the life and poetry of the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Traditionally held on Burns’ birthday (January 25th), it is a gathering of friends celebrating good food, stories, poetry, and of course a few wee drams of whisky. What better way to celebrate all things Scottish then by celebrating all things whisky!?

The Burns Night Celebration will kick off on the 22nd January and run through the 27th January and will offer whisky fans a unique way to experience Burns Night 2021. The virtual online program will include a screening of the film followed each night by a unique hour-long session featuring the stars of the film. There will also be an option to purchase a limited-edition one-off tasting kit specifically curated to accompany the film and take viewers on a taste journey while they watch the movie (where licensing laws permit).

“Our biggest challenge, as with any food or drink film, is you can’t taste the screen. When putting this event together it was important that we found a way to bring not just the story to the screen but to engage the audience in a way whisky does,” said Director Greg Swartz.

“When you take that first sip your senses are bombarded not only with the smell and taste, but it taps into your memories, feelings, and emotions if you let it,” Swartz continued. “Our Burns Night Celebration will bring all the senses together through watching the movie, pairing that with the tasting kits, and offering the opportunity to join the stars to hear them talk more about their passions.”

Executive Producer Brittany Curran said, “We shot, scored, and paced the film purposely to bring the audience on a sensory journey as they watch the story unfold. And we think that that’s pretty unique. We’re excited about it as filmmakers and as whisky geeks.”

“Burns night has always been a night for friends and family together. Since this year that is not an option for so many, we hope that we can provide an opportunity for communal experience. You can watch the film, hear the amazing stories, incredible score and all while having the world’s best whisky. Even if you can’t be in the same room, you can share the same experience,” Producer Trevor Jones said.

For tickets, tasting kits and other offers please go to
Click on Link to see the trailer

About Blacksmith + Jones

Blacksmith + Jones is a media production company that puts story first. Their primary focus has been in documentary style television and short form projects. Principals Trevor Jones and Greg Swartz have decades of experience and have produced shows for NatGeo, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. They have been partners for more than 10 years. The Water of Life is their first feature documentary.

Whisky Hamster Late 2020 Update – Whisky News

The whole team is happy to wish you a Merry Christmas and a very happy new year to come, let’s hope it’s gonna be much less weird than 2020.

On our side, at, what a year it has been. We have been live for 10 months and went from comparing the prices of 4 whisky specialized shops to more than 12 shops today. We went from 2000 whiskies in stock at our partner shops to more than 8000 now. We also have more and more content for you to know about the main whisky regions, whether you are into Campbeltown Scotch Whisky (, French Whisky ( or Taiwanese Whisky ( you can find a detailed description of each region on our website, including fun and historical facts.

We are also working a lot on the quality of our data, we are checking all our product pages one by one in order to ensure our filters are the most efficient and you will be able to find the best price for the whisky of your dream in no times. More than 4500 products have already been manually verified and the work is ongoing.

Thanks again for all the people who are supporting that is helping a lot of whisky fans having access to their favourite bottles at the most affordable price. We have plenty of plans for 2021 and will keep you posted here and on our Facebook page. Don’t hesitate to follow us there not to miss on any of our selected offers (

Loch Fyne Whiskies “WIN a bottle of Glen Scotia 25 Year Old!” – Scotch Whisky News

WIN a bottle of Glen Scotia 25 Year Old!

Hosting a Burns Supper at home on Monday 25 January? Along with traditional treats in the form of haggis, neeps and tatties, you’ll need some Scotch whisky to boot – and we’ve teamed up with the good guys at Glen Scotia to help you out with that!

For Burns Bonus Dram, we’ve hidden a bottle of Glen Scotia 25 Year Old (worth £275!) in one of our Glen Scotia 15 Year Old boxes. To enter, simply buy a bottle of Glen Scotia 15 Year Old online and you might just be the lucky one to find a bonus bottle in your order in time for Burns Night…

Glen Scotia 25 Year Old has been drawn from American oak casks, hand-selected by the distillery’s Master Blender, Michael Henry, to be married in first-fill bourbon casks for up to a year before bottling. Bottled at 48.8% abv, free from chill-filtration and artificial colouring, this spectacular single malt from Campbeltown is liquid gold in a glass.

Win or lose, you’ll be gaining a brand new bottle of delicious whisky! So, what are you waiting for? Enter now while stocks last.

Glen Scotia 15 Year Old
Was: £63.00
Now: £53.00

Buy Now ›

Distillery Focus – Jura at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

The Isle of Jura

Jura is Norse for “deer island” and on the Hebridean island of Jura, the red deer outnumber the human residents by about thirty to one. The distillery use lightly-peated malt which produces a light whisky with an almost oily taste to it.

Jura draws their water from the Bhaile Mhargaidh Spring which produces crystal clear water. Jura Whisky is available in a variety of single malts and vatted malts. The Jura distillery was originally established in 1810 and then reborn in 1963. The remote Isle of Jura has only one road, one pub and one distillery.


Oban & Macallan at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

Oban 18 Year Old “Limited Edition” West Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $139.99 View


Macallan 30 Year Old Sherry Oak Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $4,800.00 View

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