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Hot on the heels of its recent ‘Best Irish Whiskey’ trophy at the 2021 International Spirits Challenge, Jameson is launching a 50% ABV, or 100-proof[2], limited edition of its triple-distilled Black Barrel whiskey – great to gift (and even better to keep) this Christmas.

Jameson Black Barrel Proof is made from pot still and grain whiskey matured in a combination of American oak, sherry casks and double charred ex-bourbon barrels to give an even deeper flavour experience. Uniquely, this expression will be bottled at 50% ABV and without chill filtration. The result is a rich, smooth expression that showcases the benefit that the tradition of barrel charring can add to the world’s favourite Irish whiskey[3].

“Jameson Black Barrel is a triple distilled blend of our small batch grain and traditional single pot still Irish whiskey and boasts a robust spiciness, with flavours of butterscotch and fudge. Paying tribute to the cooper’s skill, maturing a portion of our whiskey in double charred barrels brings out sweet and spicy characteristics in abundance as it penetrates deeper into the charred oak,” explains Irish Distillers’ Master Distiller Kevin O’Gorman.

“Like every family, Jameson is made up of individual characters with their own distinct personalities. Bottling Jameson Black Barrel at a higher strength is a great way to accentuate the already beloved characteristics of this unique whiskey to create a totally new experience for whiskey enthusiasts.

“So, if a full strength whiskey that’s bursting with aromas of toffee and fudge, complemented by a spicy character and a rich vanilla finish, sounds like it’s for you – or maybe even for someone you know –

then you’ll find that Black Barrel Proof is a great addition to the Jameson family this Christmas. Slainte!”

Set to appeal to whiskey fans seeking to explore a more intense flavour experience this Christmas, the limited-edition release of Jameson Black Barrel Proof will be available online at and via select outlets in Ireland and at Dublin Airport from early November at RRP of €60. 

Best served in a cocktail or maybe over ice, but always with friends!

Tasting notes by Master Distiller Kevin O’Gorman:

Nose: Butterscotch sweetness and creamy, toffee, fudge aroma.

Taste: Rich smooth taste with a deep intensity and dialled up spicy notes, complemented by vanilla sweetness.

Finish: Smooth and rich finish with a hint of vanilla lingering on the palate. 



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 8.6m cases in 2021. 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.

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 €8,824 million in FY21. 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 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 Sustainability and Responsibility roadmap supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “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. 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 and Eurostoxx 50 indices.

[1] Best Irish Whiskey trophy at International Spirits Challenge 2021, Double Gold Medal from San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2021, Gold Outstanding and 98 points from International Wine and Spirits Competition 2021

[2] Proof is twice the measure of alcohol content by volume. For example, a whiskey with 50% alcohol is a 100-proof whiskey.

[3] Jameson is the world’s bestselling (IWSR 2020) and most awarded Irish whiskey based on the tasting results of the six most influential tasting competitions over the past ten years (2011-2021), including The Irish Whiskey Masters, IWSC, ISC, Beverage Testing Institute, San Francisco World Spirits Competition and Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

Gordon & MacPhail Glenburgie 1995 25 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

Glenburgie 1995 25 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice

G&M present this single cask showcasing red apple, lime, honeysuckle, black pepper and tropical fruits. A limited-edition bottle, exclusive to The Whisky Shop, this single cask from Glenburgie is limited to only 137 bottles. Bottled by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail, this Speyside single malt whisky has been carefully matured a single ex-bourbon barrel, filled in 1995 and bottled in 2021 at a cask strength of 55.8% abv. It is free from chill-filtration and exhibits a natural colour. This exceptional one-off whisky offers notes of red apple and lime zest on the nose, complementing a subtle honeysuckle. Flavours of cracked black pepper give way to tropical fruits on the palate, before a medium finish with lingering hazelnuts.

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New Release – Compass Box – No Name No.3 at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News



70cl | 48.9% ABV 

No Name was not supposed to become a series, but Compass Box have enjoyed showcasing different heavily-peated malt whiskies within a consistent recipe structure. The interplay of smokiness between all three is completely different, showing that peat is far from one-dimensional. This completes a compelling trilogy. It boasts high density phenols with tarry notes that fans of the series will recognise from the original No Name. At the same time, it boasts a flamboyant fruitiness that builds on that of No Name, No. 2.

This final version has been based around Malt Whisky from the Laphroaig Distillery, aged in recharred hogsheads. Compellingly waxy, fruity and sooty Malt Whisky from the Bowmore Distillery supports this. Fruity and silky unpeated malts, and a little of the Compass Box Highland Malt Blend, complete the recipe.


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Isle of Raasay Single Malt R-02 at The Whisky Exchange – Scotch Whisky News

Released recently, we have the second flagship single malt from Hebridean distillery Isle of Raasay. The R-02 is created from two peated and unpeated spirits that have been matured separately in three different types of casks — fresh Chinkapin oak, first-fill rye whiskey and first-fill Bordeaux red wine — before being married together.

The result is a lightly peated dram with subtle smokiness, balanced by rich dark fruit flavours, including blackberry, raspberry and plum. This naturally golden whisky was produced using mineral-rich water from their distillery well and bottled at 46.4% ABV. A first of this cask combination and a bold entry into the core range of Raasay’s first legal distillery.


R-02 is a lightly peated, fruity single malt from Isle of Raasay distillery, made with a blend of peated and unpeated spirit that has been matured in a combination of first-fill ex-rye whiskey casks, virgin Chinkapin oak and first-fill Bordeaux wine casks. The result is notes of dark berries, earthy smoke, subtle sea salt and juicy plums throughout the palate.

Hamish’s Highlights: The Loch Fyne Caol Ila 10 Year Old at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

Hamish’s Highlights:
The Loch Fyne Caol Ila 10 Year Old

The Loch Fyne Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 + free glass!


One of our very own; so we can make some guarantees with this one. This Caol Ila single cask whisky was aged for 10 years, and has a yield of only 414 bottles. This one is of course free from chill filtration and artificial colouring and presented at a hearty 57.2% abv. Bottled by none other than yours truly, we couldn’t be happier to celebrate this number from one of Islay’s great historical distilleries.

Nose: herbaceous, smoked meats, oily.
Palate: big body, confectionary, a waft of smoke.
Finish: peppery warmth, smoke lingering.

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First to know: new Johnnie Walker Ghost and Rare 👻 at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

Pittyvaich – the latest in the Ghost & Rare series

Johnnie Walker have unveiled their latest Blue Label offering – a ghostly dram with Pittyvaich spirit at its heart, blended with seven other rare whiskies. Known as one of the shortest-lived distilleries in Scotland, Pittyvaich gained a lasting legacy since its closure in the early 90s.

Butterscotch, apples, pears, and cinnamon on the nose leads to a tantalising palate with hints of orchard fruits, dark fruit, and sweet berries. The finish is beautifully balanced, with supple notes of honeycomb and oak warmth.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare: Pittyvaich Description

A ghostly spirit, this dram primarily comes from the ‘ghost’ distillery of Pittyvaich. Closed down in 1993 after an 18 year run, it is known as one of the shortest-lived distilleries in Scotland. But in that time, it was able to distill a variety of incredible whiskies, known and loved by connoisseurs around the world. Whisky from that distillery is at the heart of this limited edition blended malt, along with another seven rare whiskies. Arriving in a sensational bottle and packaging, this is bottled at 43.8% abv and is (quite literally) full of spirit.

On the nose lies notes of butterscotch, apples, pears, and cinnamon. Tantalise your tastebuds with hints of orchard fruits, dark fruit, and sweet berries. The finish is beautifully balanced, with supple notes of honeycomb, soft wood, and a gentle sweetness.

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Glen Elgin & Linkwood Signatory Exclusives at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

2007 Glen Elgin 14 Year Old “Signatory K&L Exclusive” Hogshead Cask Strength Collection Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

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Aged 14 years, matured in hogshead. Distilled on 5/1/2007. Bottled 5/21/2021 53.2%ABV. Cask No 800253.

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2010 Linkwood 11 Year Old “Signatory K&L Exclusive” Charred Wine Hogshead Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

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Aged 11 Years, this extraordinary Linkwood is a beautiful dark amber due to the charred wine hogshead it was aged in. Distilled on 5/18/2010. Bottled 5/24/2021. 59.2%ABV.

New Sherry Cask Whisky from Edradour! 💥 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Edradour 12 Year Old

2009 vintage IBISCO cask strength cask #166 at 56.7%. The latest of this heavily sherried monster from Pitlochry. Edradour 12 Year Old 2009 vintage Highland single malt Scotch whisky. Single sherry butt #166 bottled in a Ibisco decanter on 6th September 2021. 647 bottles.

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Edradour Distillery was formed in 1825 by a group of eight local farmers. Situated at Milton of Edradour near Pitlochry and still just a farm sized distillery equipped with a Morton refrigerator to cool the worts and two wee stills with their spirit cooled in a single worm tub. Whilst ranked amongst the small working distilleries in Scotland its owners Signatory Vintage have plans to increase its size and output. Official distillery releases include the Edradour 10 Year Old, Barolo Cask and Sherry Cask Ibisco decanters.

Morrison Distillers Collection at Inverurie Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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Singular Caol Ila 12 Year Old Sherry Refill for a Jaw-Dropping Price – Scotch Whisky News

A Screaming Deal on a One-of-a-Kind Islay Stunner
2008 Caol Ila 12 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) ($74.99)
“Damn, this is a great whisky.” — Andrew Whiteley, K&L Spirits Buyer

Today’s offer gets right to the heart of what our Exclusive Cask program is all about. This incredible 12 Year Old refill Sherry butt represents one of our hands-down best single-cask buys of the year. Simply put, you won’t come across a better age-stated Islay malt for the price. Even the lower-proof distillery Caol Ila is going for around $100 on most shelves these days. So, to find a perfectly aged single-cask with an utterly unique Sherry expression for under $75? Well, that’s just unheard-of. As spirits buyer David Othenin-Girard describes, “it has gorgeous snappy peat, fabulously luscious texture, and a long, smoldering finish.” Spirits buyer Andrew Whiteley puts it even more succinctly: “At the obscenely low price, this is a no brainer.” Scotch enthusiasts will take note of the unparalleled value on offer in this cask, so anyone looking for a singular expression of one of Islay’s most beloved distilleries should act fast. This beauty will disappear in a flash.

2008 Caol Ila 12 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) ($74.99)

K&L Notes: Sometimes Scotch doesn’t make any sense. One year we’re able to offer an incredible deal on young Caol Ila, and the next year the same supplier has raised the price by 40%. Douglas Laing, however, has consistently offered us exceptional Caol Ila at ridiculously low prices. This refill Sherry butt is no exception, and while we talk about this as being “young,” these stocks, which we’ve now been buying for several years, really aren’t so young anymore. We had a stupendous 11 Year Old version last year, which sold out on pre-arrival, and we couldn’t believe they had another slightly older cask aged in refill Sherry at nearly the same price. This isn’t the dark, overpowering sherry that some would prefer, but it does add nuance and depth to the already extremely delicious Caol Ila malt. There aren’t a lot of affordable cask-strength, single-barrel Islay’s in the world these days, so we’re really happy this butt turned out nearly 400 bottles. Nevertheless, they’ll be gone way too quickly.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 13, 2021

I can’t stress enough how light the color of this whisky is. Pale straw—not at all what you’d expect when reading ‘Sherry butt’ in the description. If I didn’t know better, I’d say it had to be a fino cask just on color, but it’s hard to believe it wouldn’t be called out as such if that were the case. Likely, just an old, classic refill that imparted its color to some previous whisky. Now, with that housekeeping out of the way … damn, this is a great whisky! I don’t know if it’s the cask influence or just the malt that day, but it feels smokier than a typical Caol Ila. Darker in flavor despite the color. Behind that brooding smoke is the pretty and easy-going fruit the distillery is famous for, but you’ve got to part the streaming smoke from the cold beach bonfire to find it. A little water and you’ve got more of a classic Caol Ila feel—lots of stone fruit, bright zippy citrus, a little seaweed, a bit of BBQ hardwood smoke, and length for days. At the obscenely low price, this is a no brainer. It’s pretty close to the wholesale cost of the OB 12-year these days.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 10, 2021

When we say refill Sherry, we mean it. This one is the color of white wine. That’s a good sign in my book. While I love peat and sherry together, there can be a loss of the purity that I often crave, especially when I’m reaching for a Caol Ila. That’s not say this cask is merely a vessel—it’s got some unique character that I’d attribute to the larger container, but nothing that I’d necessarily describe as “Sherry”. These Caol Ila’s we’re getting are starting to get up there in age, and I just can’t believe we’re able to do it for $75. I can’t even get the low-proof distillery bottling on the shelf for under $100 these days. Anyway, I won’t ask too many questions why, but we’ll just keep buying them until our suppliers get wise. Again, the color is white wine. The nose is dark, wet, smoldering peat, somewhat outside the norm for Caol Ila. Behind that, you’ve got salted fish, gooseberries, mesquite, and menthol. On the palate, a darker, smoldering peat than we’re used to at first, but it quickly brightens with some lovely citrus and yellow fruit. The texture is very rich, and the finish is extremely long. With a few drops of water, we’re much closer to the classic, linear peat profile. Less fish and more citrus on the nose, with a palate featuring gorgeous snappy peat, fabulously lus​cious texture, and a long, smoldering finish. Caol Ila is just so damned good, we can’t get enough of it.

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