Archive for 2020

Whiskey Website Data Proves That Drinkers Maintain Consistent Bourbon Preference – American Whiskey News

Whiskey Website Data Proves That Drinkers

Maintain Consistent Bourbon Preference 

Crowd Sourced Brand Arriving in Stores Now 

        FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (July 9, 2020) –Buffalo Trace Distillery launched an interactive website ( in the fall of 2015 designed to teach people about bourbon whiskey. Two years later, 2017, more than 100,000 fans had participated in crafting their perfect bourbon and the results were amazingly similar. In response, Buffalo Trace released a new product to offer fans what they were asking for. This crowd sourced brand was called Weller CYPB, short for Craft Your Perfect Bourbon. Now, just two years since the launch of Weller CYPB, the number of people using the website has tripled to 300,000, and the results remain overwhelmingly consistent. The interactive “Craft Your Perfect Bourbon” website data shows whiskey drinkers prefer wheat recipe bourbon, aged 8 years on the top warehouse floors and bottled somewhere between 90-99 proof.

Fans will again have the opportunity to enjoy this crowd-sourced favorite, as the annual release of Weller CYPB will begin arriving in stores this summer. Although very limited, one batch of this bourbon is produced each year. The recommended price is $49.99.

“Two years ago we were amazed to see the website data indicate such a strong preference amongst countless possibilities,” Senior Marketing Director Kris Comstock said. “We took that feedback from 100,000 fans to heart. Now with more than 300,000 participants, it is wonderful to see an overwhelming majority of fans still prefer bourbon with the specifications of our Weller CYPB. We are happy to continue giving bourbon drinkers more of what they crave every year.”

The Craft Your Perfect Bourbon website allows users to choose the recipe and grain percentages, select the warehouse level, how long it ages, and the proof for bottling. The latest website data shows stark differences between each variable and the next closest preference. There is nearly a 50,000 response difference between the wheated bourbon recipe and the second recipe preferred, Rye Mash #1. The data shows 23% of respondents would age their bourbon for eight years, compared to only 10% who would age their bourbon 23 years. About 73% of fans chose to age their perfect bourbon on the top floor compared to the middle or bottom floors, and nearly 48% of fans proofed their bourbon at 90-99.

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 35 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” and its William Larue Weller and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac were named 2nd and 3rd finest whiskeys in the world, respectively, in the “Jim Murray Whiskey Bible 2020.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 1,000 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit

A K&L Exclusive Bourbon Cask from the Cult-Collectible Estate Hillrock – American Whiskey News

A Rare, Single Cask Exclusive from a Cult Distiller
Hillrock Estate Solera Aged Single Barrel K&L Exclusive Cask Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey ($139.99)
“Almost no craft producers have achieved such an innovative and well-polished product.”
— David Othenin-Girard, K&L SoCal Spirits Buyer

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.

We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating, Hillrock Estate is making some of the very best bottlings in the world of craft spirits. Full stop. The pinnacle of Dave Pickerell’s illustrious career, this project is his crowning achievement and serves as a memory of his remarkable and prodigious talents. Crafted using the solera method, this bourbon blends several different whiskeys at different ages in a network of casks, not unlike a fine oloroso sherry. The resulting spirit is nothing short of sublime. Calling this single barrel exclusive complex doesn’t do it justice, as it unfolds with a mind-boggling array of scents and flavors. Not a single expense was spared in the crafting of this singular spirit, and it shows. Its unique style, coupled with the mellowing influence of the sherry casks that finish this spirit, results in a whiskey that’s all but impossible to resist. We count ourselves lucky to have exclusive access to such a remarkable cask. Based on the quality of the whiskey and the estate’s pedigree, we’d expect this to sell for twice the price, making it one of the top buys in craft bourbon. This would make an excellent addition to your own collection or as a gift to the whiskey enthusiast in your life. As with previous releases, we expect our allocation to disappear quickly, so make sure you don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind opportunity.

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

The Hillrock Estate is an historic farm in the Hudson Valley. The Victorian house that sits at the apex of the site overlooks the gorgeous Berkshire mountains in the distance and fields of grain that once produced more than half of the nation’s barley and rye stocks. In the 1800s, the Hudson Valley was home to over 1,000 farm distillers who converted their crops to spirit form when the selling season was over. Jeff Baker, who owns the estate and established its successful sustainable beef operation, tapped the illustrious Dave Pickerell to build a world-class distillery on the exceptional property. Their dream of producing a truly estate-made whiskey was made possible by the ingenious incorporation of a solera aging system. This successive aging process allows for the estate to gradually move from sourced spirit to their own distilled stocks while continually improving quality and average age of the product. The complex system begins with 4 year old straight bourbon sourced from high-quality established distillers before seeing time in American oak, Port, Madeira, and Cognac barrels. The final stage of the process is a long finishing step in very old sherry casks which offer an incredible mellowing effect. By the time the whiskey has reached this step the average weighted age is close to ten years and it will include much older whiskies in the blend. We’ve loved the Hillrock from the start, but jumped at the chance to offer their excellent product at full strength.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 05, 2020

There are few American whiskies that transcend the category’s gruff persona. Sure, there are expensive whiskies being made at craft and industrial distilleries alike, but only a tiny handful capture that nuanced space that could be considered “luxury.” The Hillrock Estate achieves that feeling without even trying. They’ve put so much time, money, energy and thoughtfulness into these products — the inherent quality seeps from the glass with almost perfect restraint. Dave Pickerell (RIP) had a field day making Hillrock. I’d never seen him more proud or excited about one of his products than when he talked about Hillrock. But nothing about the story explicitly implies that it’s a luxury product. After all the “Estate” is actually a farm, but the quality derives directly from a commitment to produce the absolute best regardless of cost. That is true luxury. Almost no craft producers have achieved such an innovative and well-polished product, so when we had the chance to buy this little cask we knew we wanted to pick a good one.

Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 14, 2019

Our friends at Hillrock pull off a very cool way of making a cask strength bourbon. They use the solera method which is traditionally done in Spain and Portugal. Basically, one transfers a liquid from barrel to barrel, older vintages into younger vintages, etc, the oldest mixtures being in the barrel right “on the ground.” In this case, you wind up with a great mixture of 4 year old to 13 year old wonderful whiskeys blended together. A whiff from the glass expresses a mixture of earth, vanilla bean, and cinnamon. There’s a nice touch of heat with a complex blend of wood spice, sweet corn, and caramel. The finish is long and smooth with notes of butterscotch and brown sugar. If you are looking for an adventurous and fun gift for the bourbon drinker in your life…look no further!

Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 11, 2019

A wave of sticky nectars and brown sugar rushes from the glass, betraying the decadence therein. Looking past that, however, one finds subtler aromas akin to fine Armagnac, and perhaps a whiff of flor as though from serious aged sherry. Stewed peaches, cherry compote and crème brûlée achieve an effortless harmony without feeling too heavy. A youthful undercurrent of sweet corn and fresh grass does remind you that this is, in fact, bourbon, but one could easily mistake this for fine brandy. Be sure to pick up this one-of-a-kind bottle before they’re gone.

Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 11, 2019

What a standout! This is one of the most polished cask strength bourbons I have tasted in some time. The aromas of spice cake and dried fruits abound with an underlying subtle grain note. The average aggregated age of 13 years gives this a distinct creaminess on the palate and subdues all of the heat from the high proof. This is a superb single cask that could reach cult status down the road.

Campbeltown – Cancelled Festival – Glen Scotia Release at Tyndrum Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Finally here!

Glen Scotia Campbeltown Festival 2020

Bottled before lockdown, and before the Campbeltown Malts Festival was cancelled, Glen Scotia have this lovely Tawny Port 14YO now available. Blackberry, floral notes and ocean spray on the nose leading to a silky mouthfeel, not to be missed!

It’s finally here!

From the cancelled Campbeltown Malts Festival 2020, we’ve got the Tawny Port Finish Peated 14YO

Matured in American Oak Barrels before being finished in Tawny Port Casks for 6 months, bringing dark fruit and berry flavours that complement the spice and tangy peat finish.

Official tasting notes:

Blackberry, floral notes and ocean spray on the nose, the palate has a wonderful silky mouthfeel and flavours of crisp green apple, peach syrup and vanilla with a honey sweetness. There is a gentle peat smoke with blackcurrant, raspberry and clove spice notes on the finish.

Distilled and bottled by Glen Scotia Whisky Distillery

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Dekanta Japanese Whisky World – Watch Now – Japanese Whisky News

Our new episode of Japanese Whisky World is just minutes away. Tune in now.

Discover the famous whisky from one of Japan’s most renowned distilleries.

All of the Japanese Whisky fun continues this week with our next installment of Japanese Whisky World, hosted by Kilara Sen. Join us for an outstanding evening filled with news, commentary, world-class performances and witty comedy. This week we’re joined by an exceptional lineup of guests from around the globe to share firsthand insights from the world of Japanese Spirits. Watch as Isamu Yoneda shares what he has learned as the head distiller at a new Japanese Whisky distillery, learn more about bento from Shirley Wong and listen to an exclusive performance of Nothingness by instrumental world music band Ten.

2-49-7 Minamiikebukuro Toshima-ku, Tokyo,

Ralfy Publishes Review #833 – Scotch Whisky News

ralfy review 833 – Tobermory 12yo @ 46.3%vol:

Glencairn launches The Glencairn Glassroom – Whisky News

Glencairn launches The Glencairn Glassroom: 

A sneak behind the doors of some of the US’s most trailblazing distilleries with the world’s favourite whisky glass…

As part of this year’s Glencairn Glass 20th Anniversary milestone, the award-winning family owned Glencairn Crystal has launched The Glencairn Glassroom: a compilation of behind-the-scenes Q&A conversations with some of the most innovative and trailblazing American distillers.

The series offers Glencairn’s partner distillers the opportunity to talk candidly about their businesses, backgrounds and personal insights into their whisky journey. From across the US, Glencairn has spoken to some of the most exciting and high profile distillers, as part of the company’s desire to support and promote their much-valued international customers.

Throughout the summer months, interviews will be appearing on a regular basis at showcasing a different distillery, their team and their insights every week. Each interview will be supported through a social media campaign via The Glencairn Glass.

Jason Kennedy, Sales Director at Glencairn Crystal, heads up the US sales side of the business and commented: “In these challenging times, we are very keen to work together and support fellow businesses within the spirits industry. We are proud of our relationships across the world and wanted to highlight these through The Glencairn Glassroom – starting with our friends and counterparts in the US. It provides a chance for the people behind some of the world’s most innovative distilleries to talk openly about their business journeys, whilst wearing their hearts on the sleeve.”

Distilleries that have taken part to date include: Garrison Brothers, Few, Nelsons Green Brier, Balcones Distilling, Heaven Hill, Ironroot, Journeyman and Copperworks.

Interested distilleries wanting to work with Glencairn Crystal and feature in The Glencairn Glassroom should contact Marty Duffy at:

The Glencairn Glassroom is just one of many initiatives being run by Glencairn Crystal this year, as the company celebrates 20 years of The Glencairn Glass. Others include The Glencairn Podglass – a podcast series showcasing the history of the Glencairn Glass, the people who made its creation possible and insights into the whisky industry. The company will also be announcing more initiatives later in the year to mark the momentus occasion for the world’s favourite whisky glass.


The Glencairn Glass is endorsed by the Scotch Whisky Association as the official tasting glass for whisky. Glencairn Crystal makes over 3 million glasses every year, distributed to over 140 countries worldwide.

Glencairn’s clients over the last 20 years include leading drinks companies, brands and other organisations, including: Liverpool FC, BP, Brown-Forman, Cunard, Diageo, Houses of Parliament and Scottish Parliament, Muller, Google and the majority of the Scottish Whisky manufacturers, in addition to many of the international whisky and spirit producers and distillers.

Grand Whisky Auction “July Auction Closing Tonight!” – Whisky Auction News

July Auction Closing Tonight!

Auction Ends Monday July 13th  at 9pm (BST)

There’s over 1,780 lots to bid on this month!

This is our biggest auction to date, meaning an even greater selection of exciting bottles!  They include some pieces of whisky history in the form of a bottle that went down with the S.S Politician, Old and Rare Islay Malts as well as some exciting new releases.

S.S Politician – Whisky Galore 1940’s

A very exciting and rare bottling where you have a chance to own a piece of whisky history! The bottle comes from one of the most famous shipwrecks in history, the S.S Politician.  The SS Politician ran aground off the shores of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides in 1941.  The salvage operation by divers, islanders, and the efforts of custom and excise officials to frustrate this, inspired the novel Whisky Galore. This was adapted for cinema in 1949 and again in 2016. The bottle was recovered by diver George Currie, director of Currie Brothers Limited and can be seen in the picture bottom left. While working on a subsea cable repair from South Uist – Eriskay, the team located the wreck. George said: “As you can see with the smile on our faces, it was a great days diving”.  Everyone in the whisky world is well aware of the significance of the SS Politician, which is why its story has been adapted for cinema twice. The whisky onboard ranged from Gilbey’s, Ballantine’s, VAT 69 and more.

Glenallachie – 2015 Bourbon Barrel #213 65.7% | Held In Bond

A great chance to be the new owner of a 5 (Almost 6) Year Old Glenallachie Single Malt Cask, held in bond at Whisky Broker. Filled on the 10.08.2015, cask #213 has been maturing very nicely and was re-gauged in April 2020. With Billy Walker at the helm, this really is a chance that should not be missed!

There a few key facts and figures that have been listed below for your attention –

Original bulk 193.73L | Fill strength 67% ABV | 129.80L of alcohol.

New bulk 184.46L | New strength 65.5% ABV | 120.82L of alcohol.

Glenfiddich – Guaranteed 47 Year Old 49.6%

A vatting of some of the rarest and most exceptional casks of Glenfiddich single malt whisky. This bottling has been taken from the archives of Glenfiddichs malt masters election – Brian Kinsman. The bottle was gifted to Brian Robertson after at least 30 years of service as a Mashman at the distillery.

Never seen at auction before and is guaranteed to be at least 47 years of age!

Bimber – Oloroso Sherry Butt #544-7/67 – Selfridges Exclusive & Wine

An exclusive partnership between the London distillery and department store Selfridges. This Bimber was made from single farm barley (which was malted at Westminster Maltings) and matured in four 1st fill American Oak Ex-bourbon casks. It was then finished in a 2010 single Oloroso sherry butt from hugely renowned Spanish sherry producer González Byass. Bottled in June 2020 at 51.5% ABV.

Only 937 bottles were produced from Cask #544-7/67. Each tube which cases the bottles has artwork from the Dutch artist and sculptor Eelke van Willegen.

Gonzalez Byass Oloroso 2010 sherry: 750ml, 18%. The renowned Gonzalez Byass one of the most celebrated Bodegas across Spain. This Oloroso 2010 is stunning and very popular.  It is said to be short and dry, with notes of almond, plum and figs. Pair with game, cheese and nuts to bring out its natural, fruity undertones.

New releases in the auction:

Bunnahabhain – 30 Year Old 1989 Spiorad An Dochais Feis Ile 2020

Glenallachie – 13 Year Old 2006 Single Cask #6601 – Spirit of Speyside 2020

Daftmill – 2007 Winter Batch 2020 (EU Release)

Lagavulin – 20 Year Old – Fèis Ìle 2020

Caol Ila – 16 Year Old – Fèis Ìle 2020

Browse and bid on over 1,780 lots at:

Interested in selling whisky in our next auction?

 Contact our team to enquire about our bottle collection options or for a free valuation – we make the process as easy as possible for you:

01463 210 427

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Cotswolds Distillery ~ Now taking bookings for August! – English Whisky News

We’re delighted to announce that as of Monday 3rd August, we will be welcoming visitors to the distillery once again for our Tour & Tastings!

We’re now taking bookings from this date onwards and will continue to run our tours three times a day, seven days a week, at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Please note: our café remains closed until further notice.

If you are going to be joining us on one of our tours, please read the following information before visiting:


Please do not visit us if you have COVID-19 symptoms. These include: a high temperature, a new continuous cough and loss of or change to sense of smell or taste.

Please bring your own face covering which should cover your mouth and nose and will need to be worn during tours.

We will also be asking people to use hand sanitiser which will be available at the distillery.


We have decided to limit the number of people on each tour to a maximum of 8 people.

Social distancing between bubbles at 1 metre + must be adhered to at all times.


We have adapted our tours and the layout at the distillery to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors.


Toilets will be open for those joining us on a tour, including disabled access.

Pre-booking is required, so if you’d like to visit us and learn more about how we craft our range of Outstanding Natural Spirits, please head to our website by clicking on the button below to check availability and book your place.

We hope to see you soon!


Cotswolds Distillery
Phillip’s Field, Whichford Road
Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire CV36 5EX
United Kingdom

Loch Lomond 12 Year Old Open Edition at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

Loch Lomond 12 Year Old Open Edition

Made using only spirit from Loch Lomond Distillery’s straight neck pot stills and fermented using Chardonnay yeast, this limited edition expression allows you to celebrate 2020’s cancelled Open golf tournament in spirit.

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NEW RELEASE – Ardbeg Wee Beastie at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Year Old

 70cl · 47.4% ABV



Ardbeg Wee Beastie has been matured for just 5 years, making it the untamed ‘enfant terrible’ of the whisky world. Whereas most single malts seek the smoothness and balance of older age, Ardbeg know that more time in cask tends to subdue the smokiness that so many whisky fans love. By boldly proclaiming the whisky’s relative youthfulness, Ardbeg invite consumer curiosity and promise a monstrously smoky experience.

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