Archive for February, 2020




Also named Best American Whiskey Visitor Attraction of the Year 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Feb. 18, 2020) –The Icons of Whisky America Awards by Whisky Magazine named Buffalo Trace Distillery the 2020 Distiller of the Year and Visitor Attraction of the Year at a recent ceremony in New York City. The magazine also awarded E.H. Taylor, Jr. Straight Rye as the Best American Rye Whiskey of 2020.

“From our whiskies to our guest experience, our team at Buffalo Trace is focused on producing the very best, so we’re honored to be recognized in both respects,” Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley said. “These awards encourage us to continue investing in the Distillery, increase our whisky production, maintain our uncompromising quality standards, innovate through experimentation and win even more awards!”

Buffalo Trace Distillery focuses tirelessly on producing great whiskies, which have garnered more than 1,000 awards over the years, distinguishing it as the World’s Most Award-Winning Distillery.

As the popularity of its whiskies continues to grow, the Distillery has embraced an ongoing $1.2 billion investment to expand its distilling capabilities and make more whiskey. This investment includes the recent installation of four brand new 22-foot tall cookers, four new fermenters which each hold 92,000 gallons of mash, and seven new warehouses which each hold 58,800 barrels, with two more under construction and several more on the way.

The Icons of Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year award follows Buffalo Trace’s recent announcement that it welcomed nearly 300,000 visitors over the course of 2019; a record-breaking 35 percent increase over the previous year.

In keeping with the Distillery’s commitment to provide a top-notch visitor experience, Buffalo Trace has begun working to expand its Visitor Center further back into its existing building, which will ultimately triple the size of the current Visitor Center and allow the Distillery to better accommodate the continued tourism growth. This renovation comes just five years after its last Visitor Center expansion, and is anticipated to be complete later this year. The expanded space will allow Buffalo Trace to further develop its visitor experience with new tour routes, tasting and events spaces and archive exhibits. More information about Buffalo Trace’s Distillery and Visitor Center expansions can be found here.

In addition to these two Icons of Whisky America awards, and award for Best American Rye, five other whiskies from Buffalo Trace received medals at the American 2020 World Whiskies Awards.

Gold Medal Winner:

  • Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Silver Medal Winners:

  • W. L. Weller 12 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bronze Medal Winner:

  • W. L. Weller Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Whiskies in each category were subject to blind tastings in a three-round judging process to reward and promote the world’s best whiskies to consumers and trade across the globe.  The winners from the World Whiskies Awards and the Icons of Whisky Awards America 2020 will now compete with counterparts from all over the world, and global winners will be announced March 26 in London. For more information about the World Whiskies Awards visit, and for more information about the Icons of Whisky 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 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.Smith Bowman Distillery Highly Commended for American Visitor Attraction of the Year

 FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA (Feb. 19, 2020) – John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey was named America’s Best Non-Kentucky Single Barrel Bourbon at a recent ceremony in New York City where Whisky Magazine announced the 2020 American World Whiskies Awards.

At the same ceremony, A. Smith Bowman Distillery was highly commended for the magazine’s 2020 Icons of Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year, America.

“Producing quality spirits is our top priority, so we are thrilled our John J. Bowman is receiving recognition as the category winner,” said Master Distiller Brian Prewitt. “It is also an honor to be runner-up for Visitor Attraction as we thoroughly enjoy sharing the distillery and our rich history with our guests on our complimentary tours.”

Whiskies in each category were subject to blind tastings in a three-round judging process to reward and promote the world’s best whiskies to consumers and trade across the globe.  The winners from the World Whiskies Awards and the Icons of Whisky Awards America 2020 will now compete with counterparts from all over the world, and global winners will be announced March 26 in London. For more information about the World Whiskies Awards visit, and for more information about the Icons of Whisky visit

About A. Smith Bowman

A. 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

Game of Thrones 40% off sale at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

Save 40% on Game of Thrones!

⏰ Time is ticking on some of our biggest ever deals ⏰

With 40% off for a limited time only this your chance to experience some fantastic whiskies that may have been overlooked last year including single malts from legendary distilleries such as Clynelish, Dalwhinnie and TaliskerPre-order the last remaining bottles now!

Bottles are selling FAST, so don’t miss out!

🚚 Free UK Delivery on all orders over £25 📦
🌎 We also ship worldwide! 🌍

New Arrivals at K&L California – American Whiskey News

First up, is the Heaven Hill American Whiskey Tasting set. Featured in this set is one 100ml sampling of Bernheim Wheat Whiskey, Larceny Wheated Bourbon, Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon, Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, and Pikesville Rye. Essentially, the best brands from one of America’s most famous distilleries. Elsewhere you’ll find this set priced at $50, but we are offering at a one-time price of $19.99. This is an outstanding value and the perfect opportunity to explore the impressive range Heaven Hill offers. We’ve already had quite a run on these tasting sets and expect to blow through the remaining balance in a matter of days. Whether you are a whiskey drinker yourself or looking for a gift, this jaw-dropping value is a can’t miss opportunity.

Another great find four our whiskey drinkers is the Doc Swinson 15 Year Old “Rare Release” Exploratory Cask Series Nonchillfiltered Small Batch Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. As Bourbon collectors already know all too well, bottlings with significant age-statements like this one are increasingly hard to come by, and when they do, they cost a king’s ransom. $150 is a bargain for a whiskey of this pedigree. Bottled at cask strength and with the kind of powerful profile Bourbon drinkers crave, the juice here is nothing short of incredible. While we secured as many bottles as we could, deals like this are about as rare as they come. Please don’t sleep on this one, as it’s sure to sell out in a flash.

Heaven Hill American Whiskey Tasting Set 5-Pack (5x100ml) (Elsewhere $50) $19.99 View This tasting set features five 100 ml glass tubes: one each of Bernheim Wheat Whiskey, Larceny Wheated Bourbon, Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon, Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, and Pikesville Rye. It’s a tour of nearly every mashbill from the legendary Heaven Hill portfolio at a stunning price. CAN NOT SHIP – only available via Will Call and Local Delivery

Doc Swinson 15 Year Old “Rare Release” Exploratory Cask Series Nonchillfiltered Small Batch Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) $149.99 View Opportunities like this one are about as rare as hen’s teeth in the whisky world. Even more unusual about this incredible offering is the climate we’re in today. Bourbon is absolutely on fire. Anyone with any interest in alcohol is aware that old bourbon is next to impossible to get. Even if you get access to whisky over 12 years old, it’s likely valued by the seller at several multiples above the retail price. Most of the time those old whiskies aren’t even from Kentucky. When they are actually distilled in Kentucky, their value goes even higher. So to be able to offer our customers a significant quantity of old Kentucky bourbon at a reasonable price is an absolute privilege. Add the fact that it’s cask strength, real small batch and sold exclusively at K&L in California and you’ve got a recipe for an absolute legend. The parcel is less than 20 barrels, mingled together before leaving KY to protect the identity of the manufacturer. The mashbill gives us a few clues to the source: 78-79% corn with near equal parts of rye and barley. Similar recipes are produced everywhere from Beam to Heaven Hill or Buffalo Trace. Why would anyone sell off such excellent barrels? Likely they couldn’t market such a small parcel and didn’t want the stocks to bolster a local competitor. Lucky for us it left KY to be bottled in Washington state for this upstart brand and out of nowhere we get the most exciting new bourbon of 2020. Great old Kentucky Bourbon at retro prices.

Very Olde St. Nick “Summer Rye” Ancient Barrel Reserve Cask Strength Rye Whiskey (750ml) $199.99 View The Very Olde St Nick brand has long been a cult favorite. Initially bottled by Julian Van Winkle and subsequently by the Willett Family, VOSN now has its very own home in Bardstown – The Preservation Distillery. Of course, this old rye whiskey wasn’t distilled there, but drawn from the brands oldest stocks. The distillery is committed to producing whiskey the old way and sources it’s grains from local farms, mills on-site and always sour mashes. There’s no way of knowing just where this special old rye came from, but it’s widely considered one of the best bottles of rye coming out of Kentucky and the first time we’ve ever been able to sell this incredible brand stateside. How they’ve secured these great old ryes remains a mystery, but what’s not a secret is how quickly they’ll sell out. Don’t miss it.

Fancy a 50 Year Old? 🥃 It’s Your Chance to Win… – Scotch Whisky News

It’s no joke – we bet you fancy this 50-Year-Old.

To celebrate the upcoming Glasgow International Comedy Festival next month, we’re giving you the chance to win a Grand Prize of a bottle of our highly coveted and rare 50-year-old Blended Scotch Whisky, as well as the chance to win a Runner-up Prize of pair of tickets to one of the many festival shows, including Jimmy Carr, Steve Martin, Janey Godley and more.

Entering is easy – just head on over to our Facebook page and tell us the best joke you’ve ever heard ‘over a dram.’ Terms and Conditions Apply. Competition closes 3.03.20.


Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Hop to it!” – Scotch Whisky News

Spring is finally on the way, and we’re looking forward to saying goodbye to dark nights and dreary weather. We’ll be rejoicing with a look at spring festivities from around the world, and whiskies that can be enjoyed as we welcome the new season.

If March can’t come quickly enough, we’re releasing six preview bottlings this afternoon before the full Outturn lands on Friday, 6 March at 9am. Hop to the website now before they all disappear!


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


Lux Row Distillers Re-Launches Daviess County Kentucky Straight Bourbon – American Whiskey News

Lux Row Distillers Re-Launches Daviess County Kentucky Straight Bourbon 

BARDSTOWN, KY (February 19, 2020) – To pay homage to the rich distilling tradition of Daviess County, Kentucky, Lux Row Distillers is re-launching Daviess County Kentucky Straight Bourbon – an ultra-premium family of bourbons, with three variants.

This unique bourbon launches this week and consists of a mixed mash bill of both wheated and ryed bourbons for a balanced sweetness and spice. The three variants in this line are Daviess County Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Daviess County Kentucky Straight Bourbon – Cabernet Sauvignon Finish and Daviess County Kentucky Straight Bourbon – French Oak Finish.

“The combination of mash bills really sets this bourbon apart – the smooth wheated mash bill and the traditional spicy ryed mash bill come together for a balanced taste profile,” says John Rempe, Head Distiller at Lux Row Distillers.

All three variants are bottled at 96 proof in attractive 750ml bottles with an embossed shoulder and topped with a natural cork. The Cabernet Sauvignon Finish has been rested for six months in cabernet sauvignon barrels from the Napa region in California for an additional level of complexity, while the French Oak Finish has been rested in French oak barrels for six months for a hint of dry oak.

“The secondary aging in the cabernet sauvignon and French oak barrels adds a nice extra layer of flavor with a slight sweet fruitiness and oaky caramel undertones,” adds Rempe.

The brand, bought by the David Sherman Corporation in 1993, honors Daviess County, which boasts a long history of distilled spirits and iconic distilleries that helped Kentucky earn its reputation as the home of great bourbons. One of the first distilleries in that area, Daviess County Distilling Company, with heritage dating back to 1874, was one of the few distilleries to survive prohibition.  It helped pave the way for the nearly 20 other large distilleries that operated in Daviess County by the early 1900s. Today, only three remain, but the county’s significance in bourbon history lives on.


Real roots, real family, real products: Lux Row Distillers – a bourbon distillery experience on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail – is a family-owned venture, bringing the Lux family history and spirits tradition to the bourbon industry. Lux Row Distillers is the home of Luxco’s bourbon brands, including Rebel Yell, Blood Oath, David Nicholson and Ezra Brooks Kentucky Straight Bourbons.

Located in the heart of Bardstown, Kentucky, the 18,000-square foot Lux Row Distillers includes a visitor center, barrel warehouses, a tasting room, and event space, making for an all-encompassing bourbon experience. The 80-acre property is home to an 18th century stone house – which is registered as a National Historic Place – and a long, tree-lined driveway providing a scenic entrance to the distillery.

For more information about the distillery, visit You can also like Lux Row Distillers on Facebook at or follow the distillery on Instagram @luxrowdistillers

Introducing: Strathclyde 50 Year Old 1969 Sovereign Exclusive Whisky

New Exclusive 1969 Vintage Whisky

Strathclyde 50 Year Old 1969 Sovereign Exclusive

Specialist online whisky shop,, is proud to release an exclusive single cask single grain whisky distilled at the Strathclyde Distillery, Glasgow.

Matured in a single cask refill barrel #17254 for The Sovereign series. Bottled in October 2019 by Hunter Laing & Co. exclusively for, with a yield of just 150 bottles.

Strathclyde Distillery was established in 1927 in Glasgow, to supply malt whisky to blending houses. The distillery was established on a site which had previously supported mills in Moffat Street by the south bank of the River Clyde in the heart of Glasgow.

Strathclyde Distillery is a Lowland grain whisky distillery equipped with two Coffey continuous stills for grain whisky production and also a further five Coffey continuous stills which produce neutral spirit. Loch Katrine situated amongst the hills to the north of Glasgow provides the water. In 1957 Kinclaith malt distillery was constructed within the Strathclyde Distillery complex but closed in 1975 and was dismantled the following year.

Strathclyde 50 Year Old Sovereign | 1969 | | 40.1%

Available exclusively from, shipping to customers Worldwide including the United States of America, Canada and Japan.

Strathclyde 50 Year Old Sovereign Exclusive | 1969 | The Whisky Barrel and Hunter Laing & Co| 40.1%

Price: £399.95 GBP inc VAT / $431.75 USD (+ P&P) *

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Q) What is the product called?
A)  Strathclyde 50 Year Old 1969 First Editions Exclusive

Q) When will this product be released/was it released?
A) February 2020.

Q) Where is it available?
A) Scotland, off-trade,

Q) Is this product already available in other markets?
A) Scotland only, ships worldwide.

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A) £399.95 GBP inc VAT / $431.75 USD (+ P&P) *

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Q) How many bottles are there?
A) 150 bottles from a single cask.

Q) What is the ABV of this product?
A) 40.1% ABV natural cask strength.

Q) Why has this product been launched?
A) Limited Edition single cask exclusive for whisky shop.

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Note to Editors

The Whisky Barrel is a specialist online whisky and spirits merchant based in Fife, Scotland and was established in 2007. In 2019 The Whisky Barrel won The Queens Award for Enterprise: International Trade. The Whisky Barrel is also a winner of the Whisky Magazine Online Retailer 2018 and was International Wine & Spirits Competition runner-up in 2016.

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*NEW RELEASE* Special Cask – American Oak Apera Single Cask – Australian Whisky News

American Oak Apera Cask TD0265

Our first Special Cask for 2020 is now ready for release exclusively to our mailing list members.

Special Cask Edition #6, TD0265, was distilled in April of 2008 and decanted in October last year for a maturation of 11 years and six months. Aged in a 300-litre, first fill American oak ex-Apera (Australian sherry-style fortified wine) cask, and bottled at 47.6% abv, this whisky is the first of its kind to be released by Sullivans Cove.

“This unique Apera cask yielded a luxurious, velvety delight with layers of nostalgic confectionery and aromatic spice. Highly nuanced and beautifully balanced, this is a truly memorable whisky. “
– Kirsten Laurie, Production Manager


NOSE: Apricot jam and ripe nectarines in a big old barn full of freshly harvested hay. There’s also baked apples with raisins and delicate spices, heaps of buttery caramel and toasted malt, and a hint of freshly pressed linen.

PALATE: Rich, creamy and viscous with a burst of Maltesers followed up by apricots and plums dusted with cocoa powder. Plenty of chewy caramel, dried fig and clove balanced out with a touch of refreshing sea salt.

FINISH: Refined tannins balance perfectly as it swells towards a decadent finish of dulce de leche and bread-and-butter pudding along with cocoa, pepper and toasted marshmallow. Wonderfully delicate and complex.

Please Note: Purchase of this release is strictly limited to one bottle per person.

Click the link below to purchase.


Due to changes in Australian law, we are now required to collect date of birth information for every sale of alcohol. On the CART page, you will now be required to enter your date of birth before proceeding to checkout. You will be required to enter your date of birth for every transaction, even if you already have a Sullivans Cove account. We apologise for any inconvenience, and if you have any questions about this change, please don’t hesitate to email us!

Scotch Whisky Auctions “Edinburgh, we’re coming!” – Auction Whisky News


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