Archive for April, 2021

Distillery Focus – The Irishman Premium Irish Whiskey – Irish Whiskey News


First created by Bernard Walsh in 2007, The Irishman comprises a range of triple-distilled Irish Whiskeys, with an emphasis on Single Malt. The idea behind the Irishman is to learn from the past to create the future. This is through the recreation of age-old recipes which create unrivalled expressions for a new generation of Whiskey enthusiasts.



Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 379: Big T 1960 vs 2000s – Scotch Whisky News

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 379: Big T 1960 vs 2000s

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, does a head-to-head. Big T is a blend with Tomatin as its fingerprint malt. Today Mark puts a release from the 1960s head-to-head with a recent release. It will not come as a surprise that they are very different.

Earth Day Champions: UK Introduces world’s largest American white oak repository and genome mapping study with Maker’s Mark® – American Whiskey News

Earth Day Champions: UK Introduces world’s largest American white oak repository and genome mapping study with Maker’s Mark® 

LORETTO, Ky., (April 22, 2021) – This Earth Day 2021, the University of Kentucky is proud to announce the establishment of the world’s largest repository of American white oak as part of their groundbreaking effort with Maker’s Mark® to conserve, explore and secure the future of American white oak. The massive effort at Star Hill Farm, home to the iconic Maker’s Mark Distillery, represents the most comprehensive natural range of white oak to date anywhere in the world. The American white oak repository is part of a larger mission to transform the conservation of a species critical to many American industries, including Kentucky bourbon, and to prioritize the present and future of forests and rivers.

UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources tree improvement specialist Laura DeWald is leading a project collecting more than 300 unique families of white oak from across the United States to plant at Star Hill Farm. The first planting took place on April 15, successive plantings over the next several years will result in the largest single white oak genetic repository in the United States. This repository will provide the foundation for research and tree improvement to address current and future threats to white oak trees and the millions of acres of forests they dominate. It will also support white oak-dependent industries that contribute billions of dollars to rural and urban economies across the region.

This American white oak repository is the second phase of an unparalleled collaboration between UK and Maker’s Mark, which also includes the world’s first comprehensive effort to map the white oak genome. Working with Maker’s Mark and the cooperage Independent Stave Company, the UK team is studying the genetics of the mother tree, called “MM1” at the Star Hill Farm, which is one of the oldest white oaks in Kentucky. It has been exposed to incredible climate variations and is estimated to be 300 to 500 years old. Data from this study will give UK, ISC and Maker’s Mark information about the longevity, disease resistance and vitality that American white oak can offer to the bourbon industry and beyond.

“We have lost or are fast losing some of our most valuable tree species in the U.S. such as ash, chestnut and elm due to disease and pests,” said Seth DeBolt, Beam Institute director. “This collaboration, the combination of the white oak genetic fingerprint and the germplasm planted solely at Star Hill Farm, will allow us to prepare for any future risk to this organism. In simple terms, if a risk arises, we can look for examples of natural variation within the germplasm that can tolerate new pests or even different climates. Maker’s Mark is absolutely leading the way in the bourbon industry when it comes to looking at the sustainable future of the natural resources used to make bourbon. If other threatened species had this level of support, we would have a huge leg up in protecting our ecosystems.”

Rob Samuels, eighth-generation whiskey producer at Maker’s Mark, said the distillery k is committed to the partnership.

“We’re so honored to work with the experts from UK who share a common passion with our team for ensuring the sustainable future of the American white oak, and we’re excited for Star Hill Farm to be the new home of this essential repository and study, in addition to the home of Maker’s Mark Bourbon,” he said. “At Maker’s Mark we are fully committed to going beyond the practice of being good stewards of the environment, as we aim to be one of the most environmentally conscious and beneficial brands in the world.”

“To do something like this that talks about the sustainability of a tree species, it will take a long time for the work being done here to come to fruition, so it takes a vision and commitment,” said Jeff Stringer, UK Forestry and Natural Resources department chair. “Maker’s Mark understands that. They have seen that vision and understand it and are in it for the long haul. They are willing to put in the effort and resources to make this work. It may take 50, 70, 90 years for any barrels to come from this research and that’s a long-term vision that many companies don’t have these days. Maker’s Mark does.”

The partnership between UK and Maker’s Mark began nearly two years ago as one piece of the iconic bourbon brand’s vision to protect and sustain natural resources by not only supporting the white oak forest, but regenerating forest production with healthy, sustainable and superior trees. This unique collaboration highlights the unparalleled passion and emphasis that Maker’s Mark is pushing forward to protect the state’s natural resources, which will be vital to the future of bourbon, Kentucky’s signature beverage.

“The commitment of Maker’s Mark and Independent Stave Company will substantially improve the sustainability of this species, other forest species and this signature industry,” said Nancy Cox, UK vice president for land-grant engagement and dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “We cannot thank them enough for their partnership, vision and sense of community.”

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, through its land-grant mission, reaches across the commonwealth with teaching, research and extension to enhance the lives of Kentuckians.

Aberfeldy 28-Year-Old at Milroys of Soho – Scotch Whisky News

Aberfeldy 28-Year-Old

-A Milroy’s Bottling for jazzed

Tasting Notes
Rich notes of manuka honey, Madagascan vanilla and custard tarts harmonising with a cacophony of kiwi, coconut and pear drops.

About Jazzed
We are thrilled to announce another collaborative whisky bottling with jazzed!

Many of the greatest Jazz legends enjoyed a good scotch; Herbie Hancock appeared on posters for Chivas Regal, and despite being signed by Jack Daniel’s, Frank Sinatra was much fonder of a single malt.

Jazzed is the world’s first app dedicated to jazz, soul and blues where you can listen, watch and read. Explore over 50 hand curated audio-channels. Search and listen to over 10 million tracks, read articles, watch videos and gain exclusive access to jazzed Live, streaming artists from iconic jazz clubs worldwide.

The Event – Live Stream From Jazz Cafe

We’ll be showcasing our bottling at the first in a new series of jazzed Live shows. Airing exclusively on the jazzed app on International Jazz Day, Friday 30th April at 8pm, it stars pianist and composer and Snarky Puppy band member Bill Laurance in an intimate live performance from the Jazz Café London.

– All you have to do is order your bottle and your account will be set up and sent to you! –

About Aberfeldy

Built on the banks of the River Tay in the Scottish Highlands, Aberfeldy Distillery produces an unusually honeyed and delicate whisky. It’s been operating since 1898, and produced whisky for Dewar’s Blend which is a staple of bars the world over. Very rarely sipped as a Single malt, let alone aged until 28-years-old, this single cask is very special indeed.

Strictly limited to 234 bottles and aged in an ex-bourbon cask that was filled back in 1991, our Aberfeldy is bottled at a natural cask strength of 47.7%.


(inc UK Delivery & jazzed Premium Membership worth £70)

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🥃 AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE: Virginia Distillery Courage & Conviction New Offerings – American Whiskey News

New Expressions of Courage & Conviction: Now Available Nationwide 🥃

We’re excited to announce that new offerings of Courage & Conviction American Single Malt whisky have arrived for online purchase in Virginia as well as 40+ states through our 3rd party partner.

  • Courage & Conviction Bourbon Cask
  • Courage & Conviction Cuvée Cask
  • Courage & Conviction Sherry Cask

Each expression is an American Single Malt whisky, aged a minimum of three years on-site at our distillery in Lovingston, Virginia. Get FREE SHIPPING on orders over $100.


Our Dedication to Nancy Fraley

We’re extremely proud to announce that this batch is named in honor of Nancy Fraley. As a Master Blender and International Consultant, Nancy has been a wonderful mentor to our team at Virginia Distillery Co. over the years.

Learn about everything that went into this batch, including when the spirit was distilled, the time in barrels, angel’s share, bottling run timing, sensory notes, and much more.


Join Us Thursday on Facebook Live

If you’d like to learn more about the nuances of each whisky, join us for a virtual whisky tasting via Facebook Live on Thursday, April 29th at 7pm ET.

We’ll be discussing tasting notes, the differences between each expression, and have a Q&A session with the team. We’re looking forward to spending some time with you over a dram.


Virginia Distillery Company
299 Eades Ln
Lovingston, VA 22949

News on the new issue! – Whisky Magazine News

News on the new issue

The latest edition of Whisky Magazine, issue #175, publishes very soon!

This issue looks at how whisky brings us together, what really drives our love of the spirit and how we can keep this community thriving for many years to come. From collecting vintage drams, to shaping the future of those yet to come, this issue examines exactly what makes our whisky family just that – a family.

We’ve also got our usual tempting assortment of tasting reviews of whiskies from around the world, alongside features, interviews, distillery focuses, and more.

We hope you enjoy this issue!

Christopher Coates
Whisky Magazine

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Haven’t got your hands on a copy of issue #175 yet? 


New Release – The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No. 4 – The Lakes Distillery – English Whisky News

Nestled in the Lake District is a stunning English distillery. The Lake District has long been a crucible for creativity, a place in which the imagination can flourish. The Lakes Distillery was founded here, to take advantage of the creative aura produced by such natural beauty. Every expression from the distillery is influenced by their surroundings and they state that the inspiration of their art is nature.

The Whiskymaker’s Reserve is an artistic exploration of oak and blending. This exploration results in a Single Malt Whisky that is true to their Sherry-led house style, with an experimental twist.

Every bottle of Whiskymaker’s Reserve is individually numbered and the limited nature of these expressions has made them exceptionally popular, with the first three releases selling out fast.


The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No. 4

70cl | 52% ABV

Matured in the finest meticulously sourced Oloroso, PX and red wine casks. The nose is rich with Manuka honey, sun-dried dates and roasted cashew nuts; layers of dried fruits, nuts and spice on the palate create a long and vibrant finish. Enjoy as you please. Try adding a few drops of water to open up the flavours.


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Whisky Wednesday Reviews Buffalo Trace: A History in Three Glasses~ American Whisky News

Buffalo Trace is a product that is very close to my heart. Bourbon as a whole is, but Buffalo provides me with an extremely fond memory.

This whisky, this distillery, is drenched from head to toe in physical history and almost tells the story of Bourbon perfectly through most of its range.

Harrison Blanton, Albert Blanton, Edmund H. Taylor, George T. Stagg. Let alone the brands they now produce in William Larue Weller and Pappy Van Winkle. The worlds most awarded distillery, a distillery that made me excited about American whisky when I was just starting out, as indeed it should for you.

Now, cocktails are a decisive thing. I never used to make them at home, the magic of a well put together menu and a bartender working their magic on a house serve was a spectacle on a night out which is slowly coming back.

But as the popularity of the Old Fashioned continues to rise, and the Highball has its Spring and Summer revival. Cocktails at home should be easy and comfortable. Here we want to show you how easy and tasty they can be, I mean it’s me making them. If I can do it, so can you!



Irish Distillers, makers of some of the world’s most enjoyed whiskeys, has joined forces with Eight Degrees Brewing to create a second experimental limited edition of the beloved Jameson Crested.

Launching this month, Jameson Crested Finished in Devil’s Ladder Belgian Tripel Barrels is the next step in an exciting collaboration between Irish Distillers and its Co. Cork neighbour, Eight Degrees.

Making the most of their close relationship, in 2020 Eight Degrees finished their Beligian Tripel craft beer in Jameson sherry casks. Named Devil’s Ladder after the best-known hiking route up Ireland’s tallest peak, the beer truly takes taste to new heights.

Always seeking an opportunity to innovate, Jameson returned the compliment by selecting a special whiskey to mature in the beer-soaked barrels. After four months of maturation, the result is a stunning evolution of Jameson Crested, with abundant spices, floral hops and sweetness, while the oak and malt work in tandem to add a toasted cereal character.

“It’s no secret that the flavours found in beer and whiskey complement each other,” explains Irish Distillers’ Blender Dave McCabe.

“We are delighted that in recent years our relationship and indeed proximity to Eight Degrees Brewing here in Cork has created a canvas for collaboration and experimentation in this space, both as part of the Jameson Caskmates Series and beyond.

“The Belgian Tripel beer finish brings a balanced contribution to Jameson Crested, accentuating elements such as sweetness in the form of vanilla and brown sugar, as well as a roasted malt character and elevated clove notes,” adds McCabe.

Daniel O’Shea, Head Brewer at Eight Degrees Brewing adds: “It was in the spirit of innovation that we decided to rest Devil’s Ladder in Jameson sherry casks, adding sweetness and Christmas cake notes to our Belgian Tripel. We are thrilled that the story has now come full circle, with our beer imparting a delicate hoppy character to this iconic Irish whiskey.”

A limited-edition release of fewer than 6,000 bottles, Jameson Crested Finished in Devil’s Ladder Belgian Tripel Barrels will launch in O’Brien’s Wines from 23rd April, specialist retailers off licenses from 26th April, and select markets through Jameson’s online shop at from 28th April priced at €50 (70cl)[1].


Jameson Crested Finished in Devil’s Ladder Belgian Tripel Barrels Tasting Notes, by Dave McCabe, Blender, Midleton Distillery 

Nose: Initial notes of clove spice and cinnamon along with rich caramelised brown sugar and a roasted malt character that complements the sherry casks’ influence of toasted oak and dried fruits.

Taste: Round with abundant spices and a delicate floral hoppy character. Vanilla sweetness comes to the fore with a soft fruit note lingering in the background while the oak and malt work in tandem adding a toasted cereal element to the whiskey.

Finish: Lingering with the spices slowly fading, allowing the sweet nature of the oak and malt to remain until the very end.

How to Drink:

Enjoy neat to get the best of this liquid or pair with a craft beer (Eight Degrees Devil’s Ladder Belgian Tripel). For something mixed try:

An Chéad Chéim / The First Step 

Ingredients: 35.5ml Jameson Crested X Devils ladder, 150ml freshly squeezed Apple Juice (or store-bought cloudy apple juice), 3 dashes of cardamom bitters.

To Make: Fill Glass with ice. Pour whiskey. Add apple juice. Add 3 dashes of bitters, quick stir. Garnish with apple fan or wedge, serve. 

About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines, and producer of some of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson, our brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish whiskey. Jameson is the world’s bestselling Irish whiskey, experiencing 30 years of consecutive growth up to 2019 and hitting sales of 7.6m cases in 2020. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets.

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Power & Son, John Jameson & Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network. Since 2012, we have invested over €400 million to double our production and bottling capacity to meet global demand for our products. In 2018, Irish Distillers acquired Eight Degrees Brewing.

We employ over 600 people across our operations in Cork and Dublin.

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the No.2 worldwide producer of wines and spirits with consolidated sales of €9,182 million in FY19. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has developed through organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard, which owns 16 of the Top 100 Spirits Brands, holds one of the most prestigious and comprehensive brand portfolios in the industry, including: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute, and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard’s brands are distributed across 160+ markets and by its own salesforce in 73 markets. The Group’s decentralised organisation empowers its 19,000 employees to be true on-the-ground ambassadors of its vision of “Créateurs de Convivialité.” As reaffirmed by the Group’s three-year strategic plan, “Transform and Accelerate,” deployed in 2018, Pernod Ricard’s strategy focuses on investing in long-term, profitable growth for all stakeholders. The Group remains true to its three founding values: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust, and a strong sense of ethics. As illustrated by the 2030 roadmap supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “We bring good times from a good place.” In recognition of Pernod Ricard’s strong commitment to sustainable development and responsible consumption, it has received a Gold rating from Ecovadis and is ranked No. 1 in the beverage sector in Vigeo Eiris. Pernod Ricard is also a United Nation’s Global Compact LEAD company.

Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

New Exclusive: Caol Ila 2005 15yo Refill Sherry Cask #301507 Connoisseurs Choice at The Whisky Exchange – Scotch Whisky News

New Exclusive: Caol Ila 2005 15yo Refill Sherry Cask #301507 Connoisseurs Choice

We’ve spent the past year lining up great exclusive releases to appear over the coming months, and the latest bottle has just landed: a specially selected refill-sherry cask, bottled for us by the team at Gordon & MacPhail – Caol Ila 2005 15yo Cask #301507.

Connoisseurs Choice

Gordon & MacPhail is one of Scotland’s oldest independent bottlers. It started in 1895 as a grocers in Elgin in the heart of Speyside and have been laying down stocks of great whisky ever since. It moved into the hands of the Urquhart family in 1915, and ever since they have been working to ensure that there’ll be interesting whisky in the warehouse for future generations.

The Connoisseurs Choice range (no apostrophe) appeared in 1968 and was a ground-breaking range of single malts in a sea of blended whisky. It was curated by George Urquhart, the second generation of the family to run the company, who helped lay the foundations of the Gordon & MacPhail’s incredible stocks and brought single malt to the world.

We’ve been working with G&M for years, and are very pleased that they let us have this single cask release of Caol Ila, bottled exclusively for us as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range.

Caol Ila 2005 15 Year Old Refill Sherry Cask

The mixture of peat smoke and sherry used to be very rare in the whisky world, although the past few years have seen more casks hit the market. It’s a difficult combination to get right, but when it works it can be an excellent marriage. When a sample of this whisky landed on TWE boss Sukhinder Singh’s desk, it was an immediate yes.

Distilled at Caol Ila, the whisky was filled into cask in 2005 and bottled on 6 January 2021 at 15 years old. It spent the intervening years in a refill sherry hogshead, which is a great combination: the more subtle – but definitely still obvious – sherry influence works well with the fruity and smoky Islay spirit, complementing rather than swamping it.

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Nose: Singed fruit cake and liquorice sticks lead, with sea-side ozone, breaking waves and cold cast-iron stoves to follow. Burning leaves build along with buttered toast, tar, lime, sweet and spicy baked apples.

Palate: Rich and thick, with mint, raisins and cherry slowly enveloped by damp peat smoke, dark chocolate and lime jelly. Leafy notes develop – freshly fallen pine needles and autumnal forest floors. Spiced shortbread, fiery aniseed balls and tarry liquorice linger.

Finish: Mint and lemon jelly, chocolate lime sweets and tingling spice slowly fade.

There are only 266 bottles of this Caol Ila and we’ve already opened one to taste ourselves. If you want one of the remaining 265, head to The Whisky Exchange website or drop by one of our London shops – make sure you check the opening hours before heading down and give them a ring to check they still have some bottles left.

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