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Announcing Decadent Drinks Ltd the home of Whisky Sponge – Scotch Whisky News

Announcing Decadent Drinks Ltd the home of Whisky Sponge

Decadent Drinks is the result of an experiment with independent bottling that got out of hand. What started as a collaborative side project between Iain McClune and Angus MacRaild, quickly grew arms and legs and has now become a terrifyingly real and busy company.

We attempt to source and bottle natural, charismatic, crazy but always excellent Whiskies.  We aim to have new bottles coming out every month!

We have a few whiskies available for you at the moment including:

Equinox and Solstice Edition No.2

This edition is for the 2021 summer solstice and contains a 10 year old Highland Single Malt that we have named ‘Candlekitty’ – we’re confident you can work out what we mean by that.

It is composed from an assemblage of three consecutive first fill bourbon barrels, all filled in 2010 and bottled at this series’s set bottling strength of 48.5%.

The whisky has bags of the classical waxy distillery character while also displaying bright fruit tones, natural sweetness and subtle coastal freshness as well. It’s the perfect summer sipper and would also be superb in a highball.

Caol Ila 9 Year Old Whisky Sponge Edition No.32

We return once again to the malt whisky enthusiast’s comfort blanket that is Caol Ila. For this edition we took a refill hogshead from 2007 and a rejuvenated (de-char – re-char) hogshead from 2011 and smooshed them together. The natural strength was surprisingly low so we left it where it was at 53.6%. The result is a 9 year old that is rich, oily, complex and hugely satisfying.

We suggest you enjoy it in a sun lounger in the rain, wearing nothing but a pair of salmon-hide slippers to protect you from the midgies while thumbing an old 1st edition copy of Alfred Barnard’s legendary magnum opus from 1887 : Whisky Investment Companies Of The United Kingdom.

Secret Speyside 1990 Whisky Sponge Edition No.29

This very special bottling commemorates that time the Earth was accidentally destroyed by a reversing hyper-galactic Salmon stillhouse because Jan Birch was distracted by the amusing properties of zero-gravity dramming.

The whisky inside this bottle hails from an unspeakable and mysterious distillery in the town of Rothes. Known locally only as ‘the second least amusing of our distilleries – several of which are in fact quite dull so potentially not that amusing at all’.

This bottling is the result of a cosmic collision of two refill hogsheads. Bottled with slight reduction to our commonly enjoyed ‘seshing ABV’ of 48.5%.

Please enjoy it responsibly and do not attempt to adjust the fabric of space time or operate a microplane while under the influence.

You can sign up to hear about our new releases by registering your interest at www.decadent-drinks.com.

All of our whiskies are available directly from our website at www.decadent-drinks.com and we ship globally, including to the USA.

Lindores Abbey MCDXCIV Single Malt Whisky at The Whsiky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Lindores Abbey MCDXCIV
Single Malt Whisky

Lindores Abbey MCDXCIV Core Release 2021

We’re delighted to have back in stock at TWB this bourbon, sherry and wine cask matured Fifer! First matured in 2017, this is a soft and a mellow single malt with a creamy texture with flavours of orchard fruits, vanilla and spices. Lindores Abbey MCDXCIV Core Release Lowland single malt Scotch whisky. Matured in Bourbon, Oloroso Sherry and STR Red Wine Barrique casks.

Nose: Elegant, soft, mellow vanilla, caramel notes playing with orchard fruits and sweet pear drops. Reminiscent of toffee apples.

Taste: Smooth with a creamy texture and a perfect balance of mellow vanilla, dried fruits, citrus touches with a hint of spicy notes and a pleasant lingering finish.

Finish: Medium length, delicate lingering finish.

Lindores Abbey Distillery was established in 2017 on the site of the historic Lindores Abbey in Newburgh, Fife. Recognised as the site of the first written reference to whisky distillation in Scotland. The project to sympathetically build a distillery at the site began in 2013 with the Visitor Centre opening and distillation commencing in 2017. The first Lindores single malt Scotch whisky will be released in the Summer of 2021 with a commemorative bottling and standard release.

Lindores Abbey MCDXCIV Core Release – £43 / €42 / $50 / c$62

Malt Messenger No. 124 – ‘We have some cool new whiskies… what else would we be writing about?’ – Cool Whisky News

Wherever you are, I hope this finds you well and enjoying your summer. It’s been a busy month, despite the fact that the Stampede is typically one of our slowest weeks. As I’ve indicated before, we are busy getting our new website ready to launch, so I’ll keep my intro a little shorter and less wordy than usual.

Yesterday we received our 2nd ever Elijah Craig KWM Single Barrel Bourbon. It is fresh, fruity, and very well-balanced. In my humble opinion, it is a single malt drinker’s Bourbon, and the timing is perfect. This is whisky with summer written all over it!

We have a massive shipment of whiskies from the Boutique-y Whisky Co. which have just landed in AB, and I mean massive. We have 18 new Boutique-y products. We’ve been expecting them since March/April, and there is another equally large order due in 2-3 weeks. There are some real gems in here, and they have, as always, beautiful labels. Don’t be surprised if we line up a tasting or two built around them this fall. We’ll be opening some of them in the days ahead because…we want to try them for ourselves!

We also have an exciting trio of whiskies from the High Coast Distillery in Sweden, courtesy of the importer Truth Malters. There is the sherry bomb “Cinco“, and a pair of whiskies we are really excited about, matured in Sherry and Hungarian oak. Exclusive to KWM in Calgary, these whiskies are part of a new range highlighting Canadian artists, and also fine whisky.

We’ve also just received long-overdue top-ups of whisky from both Ardbeg and Nikka. So, as always, more than a few things to burn a hole in your pocketbook.

Finally, we also have a couple of upcoming tastings, one a blind single malt tasting, and the other focused on Bourbon. Lots to digest in this full Malt Messenger.

As always, in the event of a discrepancy in price, the point of sale at KWM will be taken as correct. Please don’t hesitate to email me with any questions, comments, or requests. But be patient, I may be head down, working on our new website, which will be launching next month … I know you’ve heard that before.

Sincerely,

Andrew Ferguson

Kensington Wine Market

IN THIS EDITION

1. New Elijah Craig KWM Single Barrel Bourbon

2. Up-Coming Tastings

3. New Whiskies from Sweden’s High Coast Distillery

4. A Boat Load of New Boutique-y Whiskies Pt.1

5. Introducing: Old & Rare Heritage Tormore 31 Year

6. Ardbegs Back In-Stock

7. Nikka Whiskies Back In-Stock

NEW ELIJAH CRAIG

KWM SINGLE BARREL BOURBON #2


Our second KWM Exclusive Single Barrel of Elijah Craig has just landed. This new barrel is from the 5th floor of Rickhouse EE, which means it was exposed to intense heat, surely speeding up its maturation. There are only 198 bottles at 47%, and if demand is anything like that for our last Elijah Craig, they won’t last long!

Elijah Craig KWM Single Barrel Bourbon 2 – 47% – Barrel #6022738 – Rickhouse EE, Floor 5 – My Tasting Note: “Nose: decadent, toasty and perfumed with soft fruits; butter tarts, apple pie, and vanilla fudge; peaches and dried apricot; firm but tamed oak and rye spice. Palate: soft and spicy with notes of corn, wheat and rye; the wheat add a touch of delicacy while the rye kicks up the spice; could the juiciness be the malt? more baked apple, dried apricot and peaches in cream; a touch nutty, more butter tarts and warm pecan pie thrown in for good measure with fresh whipped cream; with patience even more layers, Strawberry Shortcake and caramel corn. Finish: long, fresh and sweet; it clings gently to the palate while slowly fading into toasted oak and spices. Comment: it’s no secret that I’m a bit of a malt snob; Evan’s the one with a Bourbon tooth around these parts; but I’m digging this Bourbon, it is complex without being overly oaked; great neat, but I bet it would be a fine base for a Side Car or The Improved Cocktail.” – $68

NEW WHISKIES FROM

SWEDEN’S HIGH COAST DISTILLERY

We have three new whiskies from Sweden’s High Coast Distillery (formerly known as Box). The distillery’s importers, Truth Malters, seem set on building interest and excitement in the brand just as they’ve done with Kavalan. And the whiskies so far have really impressed us.

The first two whiskies are exclusive to KWM, and feature custom artwork, commissioned as part of Truth Malter’s new C.L.A.S.S range. C.L.A.S.S. – The Canadian Local Artist Selected Series is split into 2 branches – 1 for whisky enthusiasts and 1 for whisky & cigar lovers to pair and enjoy. Each release will showcase Canadian artists’ creative works on a bespoke label and includes a label-art card that is hand-signed by the artist.⁠ The first set are all by Fred Thomas, who is a well-known Metis Visual Artist, Tattoo Artist, and Muralist from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Fred’s passionate work explores graffiti, street art, and tattoo cultures. When he isn’t applying his art at Osborne Village Ink, or spending time with his family & friends, Fred can be found searching for forgotten surfaces to bring new life to.

The third whisky, the High Coast Cinco, is a limited release finished in 5 different types of Sherry…⁠

High Coast Cigar C.L.A.S.S. 01 Hungarian Oak – 62.1% – 500ml – 4 Year – Unpeated – My Tasting Note: “Nose: very fruity with varnished oak and freshly polished Italian leather loafers; dried apricots, papaya chunks and dehydrated apple slices; bright citrus tones and Five Alive fruit juice; becomes beefier with chicken stock and hints of Beef Bourguignone. Palate: big, jammy and viscous the whisky is immediately sweet and fruity; more Beef Bourguignone, and roasted chicken with root vegetables; then the fruits roll in, more dried apricots, dehydrated apple slices and papaya atop a leather of honey; baklava, marzipan and roasted pineapple; and decadent spices to boo: sliced fresh ginger, cardamom and candied fennel. Finish: long, warming and rich; the palate is coated with a tangy mix of dried fruits, honey and stewed beef; decadent and gently spiced. Comment: this is big, rich and fruity with a bold profile capable of holding its weight with a fine cigar; of the two limited releases, this one is my staff’s favourite.” $175+gst

High Coast C.L.A.S.S. 01 Sherry Cask – 58.3% – 500ml – Oloroso Sherry Cask – 5 Year – Unpeated – My Tasting Note: “Nose: nutty with leather, tobacco and macerated fruits; roasted pine nuts, fig jam and fruit roll ups; firm spices with grape-y fruits and a hint of grappa. Palate: Round, rich and fruity with loads of fruit, spices, chocolate and classic sherry tones; nutty; a touch of chewy malt, dark chocolate and firm earthy spices: fennel, clove and anise; raisins, dates, figs and Glosset Raisins; sticky toffee pudding with treacle sauce drowning in vanilla ice-cream. Finish: still nutty, warm, coating and subtly malty; more sticky toffee pudding, dried dark fruits, chocolate, leather and tobacco. Comment: it is almost shocking to believe that this whisky is just 5 years old… but then we’ve long been impressed by the quality of whisky being made at the High Coast Distillery; and it doesn’t hurt that this was finished in a very small bespoke sherry cask; of the two limited releases, this is my favourite.” – $175+gst

High Coast Cinco – 50.5% – Matured in Bourbon & Finished in 5 Different Types of Sherry Seasoned Cask – Producer Description: “Cinco is Spanish for the number five. For Cinco we have used a number of barrels that previously matured five different styles of sherry. The five varieties are Oloroso, Fino, Pedro Ximénez, Amontillado and Palo Cortado. ” Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Heaps of deep dark sherry notes and red fruit – exactly what you want and expect from a  “Sherry Whisky”. Reminiscent of that ‘mmmm’ thick red berry used in the filling of tarts and pies. Loads of sweetness with milk chocolates and citrus mixed with subtle spices. A superb 5 sherry cask blended nose. Palate: Soft spices with leathery oak playfully hiding amongst sweet dark fruits and vanilla with more of that red pie filling. Balanced sherry, cinnamon and sweetness. Speckled earthy notes and then met with more milk chocolate sweetness with some butterscotch, which didn’t appear on the nose at all – a new surprise. You’ll always know this is the Cinco. Finish: The finish is medium to long. PX and Oloroso notes are more defined on the roof while the rest of your mouth is entertained by sweet spices. You’ll remember this one and distinguish it in any blind tasting, with a smile.” – $170

UP-COMING TASTINGS

Stumbling Blindly Into Some Exciting New Whiskies
·     Date: Thursday, July 29·     Time: 8 PM·     Cost: $40·     Pick-Up Date: Available Now·     Only 14 spots left!
Andrew couldn’t help himself… he saw a few new arrivals and, wanting to taste them himself, threw together a wee lineup. Also – and this is an important point – he wanted the tasting to be blind. Our range is, as usual, 7 whiskies deep, all of them single malts, stretching up to 27 years of age! They range in style from light and floral, to big and spicy, to almost over-the-top peated. We’d really like to tell you what the whiskies are – as we know it would whet your appetite even more! – but then it wouldn’t be a blind tasting, would it? 8 PM Thursday, July 29. 7x50ml samples. *SAMPLES READY FOR PICK UP NOW!

Bourbon: Straight from Kentucky and Beyond
·     Date: Thursday, Aug 12·     Time: 8 PM·     Cost: $40·     Pick-Up Date: Available Now·     Only 20 spots left!
Let’s be honest: Evan should have done this last month, but things got in the way. That is why he is breaking Kensington Wine Market’s unofficial moratorium on August tastings to bring you a lineup of Bourbon (and one Rye, because why not?) that he has been impatiently waiting to sample. Rules are meant to be broken – just like bottles are meant to be opened. Join Evan in celebrating both concepts online this upcoming Thursday, August 12th at 8 PM. Your 40 bucks get you seven 15ml samples and a Zoom link that will feature Evan and hopefully somebody far more interesting from KWM to chat with. *SAMPLES READY FOR PICK UP NOW!

A BOATLOAD OF NEW BOUTIQUE-Y WHISKIES

PT.I … AND YES THERE IS A PT.II!

We have just received our biggest order ever from our friends at the Boutique-y Whisky Company. It was placed in November/December and supposed to be here in March/April, but Covid-19… but Brexit… but container shortages… but port strike… but-but-but… it is finally here. Funny story though: we placed another order in April/May, and it will be here in a week or two as well! What can we say? It’s chaos out there with shipping, and that was before the BC wildfires and further restrictions of freight by rail. But it’s whisky, and it matured years, if not decades, before bottling, so we can be patient!

Although I am extremely excited about these whiskies, it is a lot to digest all at once, so we’ll be spreading out the releases by a few weeks. This is only Pt. 1, with Pt. 2 set to be announced in early August!

The Boutique-y Whisky Company isn’t just another independent bottler, it is a whisky company with a playful personality that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The whiskies all have illustrated labels that are not only fun and engaging but also tell a story about the whisky within and the distillery it came from. They are usually worth a close inspection, as there are almost always subtle but telling little clues buried in them.

Most important is the quality of the liquid, and in that department, we have yet to be disappointed by their whiskies. We are dropping 18 new whiskies to start, including a pair of Ben Nevis, a closed distillery, a rarely seen style of Bruichladdich, and more than a few other gems. Most of them are limited to little more than a dozen bottles.

The whiskies all have good reviews and some of them have been tasted by our staff and customers via our 2020 Whisky Calendar or one of the many other Boutique-y tastings we’ve done over the Covid era. The sherried young Rye is an eye-opener, and the lactic Jura is a really cool expression I just can’t stop nosing. There are also a few whiskies we almost never see from independent bottlers and a few others with cult followings that we expect to sell out quickly!

The two Ben Nevis are curiously priced, with the 22-year-old being cheaper than the 21, but the latter is from a much more recent batch. So perhaps the 22 year is underpriced? In either case, the 21 year appears to be sherried!

The labels on these whiskies are awesome, and the small photos to the right just don’t do them justice. You can check them out, as well as the story behind the artwork on our website.

1. Boutique-y Ben Nevis Batch #7 22 Year – 48.8% – 500ml – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Honeyed almonds, juicy cherries and a lick of salt cutting through the sweetness. Palate: Sweet and rich at first with a burst of sharp cranberries and more of those honey flavours. Finish: A touch of cinnamon and a peppercorn spice, all mingling with the honey, which prevails until the end.” – $210 – 88.71pts Whisky Base – Limit 1 Per Customer

2. Boutique-y Ben Nevis Batch 15 21 Year – 48.5% – 500ml – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: orange milk chocolate wrapper with the perfect balance of light and shade. Palate: Chocolate orange again on the palate but it explodes into a firework of bright and bitter zesty citrus that fades to reveal more complex malty biscuity undertones. Finish: Pleasing freshness lingers on with a certain red fruit jaminess emerging which leaves the lips smacking.” – $275

3. Boutique-y Blended Malt #1 Batch #1 18 Year (cough: “Balvenie”) – 47.3% – 500ml – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Bright punchy tropical fruits lead, with pear drops, and fresh white grapes following. Taste: Zesty lemons, a pinch of pepper and a citrus fizz. Finish: The citrus flavours add to the crisp finish. There’s more grape and a lingering taste of hops.” – $135 – 85.67pts Whisky Base

4. Boutique-y Caperdonich Batch #5 22 Year – 48.6% – 500ml – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Apple turnovers, rose water, a touch of barrel char and ground ginger. Palate: Herbaceous at first with thyme and mint, followed by toasted oak and burnt sugar. Finish: Lemon peel, resinous oak, icing sugar and turmeric.” – $550 – Limit 1 Per Customer!

5. Boutique-y Cambus Batch #11 28 Year – 47% – 500ml – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Malted milk biscuits, stewed apples and hints of vanilla. Palate: A warm oily mouthfeel, fiery kicks of aniseed. Finish: A long peppery finish with a teaser taste of creme caramel.” – $198

6. Boutique-y Glengoyne Batch 2 19 Year – % – 500ml – Producer Tasting Note:Nose: At first there’s cobnuts and pepper before sweeter notes of vanilla and freeze dried raspberries come through. There’s the richness and bitterness of dark cocoa nibs too. Taste: Peppery spice fills the mouth before more of that vanilla arrives. There’s juicy tropical fruit flavours coming through with time. Finish: The spiciness dies away to reveal creamy cereal notes and lingering vanilla flavours.” – $355 – Limit 1 Per Customer!

7. Boutique-y Glentauchers Batch 8 21 Year – % – 500ml – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Lots of fruit on the nose – there’s pears, peaches, banana leaf and candied citrus too.Palate: More delicious fruits fill the mouth with just a prickle of woody spice beneath. Finish: A final juicy burst of fruit followed by a spicy, dry end.” – $175

8. Boutique-y James E Pepper Bt.1 3 Year – % – 500ml – Producer Tasting Note: Nose: Toasted oats, barley and sticky dates lead with a vanilla sweetness following. Palate: An initial flood of sweetness, followed by cinnamon, cloves and other warming spices. Finish: Spices fade away to leave a buttery, creamy flavour. ” – $95 – This was a hit during the Boutique-y Greatest Hits Tasting this Spring!

9. Boutique-y Inchgower Batch 3 14 Year – % – 500ml – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Floral notes lead, with a hint of citrus fruit and orange zest. Palate: An oaky warmth is followed by tropical fruits and caramel. Finish: A smooth finish with lingering suggestions of salted caramel and more tropical fruit.” – $115

10.  Boutique-y Inchmurrin Batch 3 20 Year – % – 500ml – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Sweet notes of freshly baked pain aux raisin, there’s sweet figs and stewed apples too. Palate: Initially there’s warming spices and woody hints with an underlying sweetness. Finish: Apple crumble and custard on an autumnal day.” – $140

11.   Boutique-y Single Malt Irish Whiskey #1 Batch 3 13 Year – % – 500ml – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Grassy with oodles of fruit, including apricot, pineapple, orange, apple and orange. A little marzipan with breakfast cereal notes. Palate: Rich, creamy and bursting with the fresh fruit, particularly apricot, raspberry and orange. Finish: Fresh fruit sweetness of peaches and stewed plums, with a slight nuttiness coming through.” – $125

12.   Boutique-y Single Malt Irish Whiskey #1 Batch 4 14 Year – % – 500ml – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Bucketfuls of apricot, pear and nectarine. Cereal notes and creamy vanilla broken up by fresh herbs. Palate: Citrus zest and kitchen spices mixed with melting chocolate – creamy but light. Finish: Fresh fruit sweetness of peaches and stewed plums, with a slight nuttiness coming through.” – $125

13. Boutique-y Jura Batch 5 20 Year – 48.2% – 500ml – Producer Tasting Note: Nose: Light hints of treacle and salted butter emerge through nutty barley, sugary biscuit dough and cut grass. A little coastal air and soft, oily smoke is present underneath. Palate: Waxy orange peel, dark chocolate and sweet gingerbread combine among butterscotch and white fruit. Milky coffee adds a little pleasant bitterness later on with dry oak and a herbaceous element. Finish: Madeira cake, a touch of lime zest and brown sugar linger.” – $180 – This was a hit in the 2020 KWM Whisky Calendar!

14.   Boutique-y Ledaig Batch 17 17 Year – 48.1% – 500ml – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Ripe and cooked tropical fruits, peach cobbler and hints of meatiness, then beeswax, heather honey and slightly drier oak. Palate: Stone fruit, brown sugar, burnt wood and salt-washed rocks initially. On the mid-palate, there’s sweet spices and prickly tannins followed by tinned pineapple and Frazzles. Finish: A little salt and some medicinal elements linger among more fruity sweetness.” – $300 – Limit 1 Per Customer

15.  Boutique-y Lochindaal Batch 1 9 Year – 50.1% – 500ml – Producer Tasting Note:Nose: Grassy peat and grapefruit peels, with a whiff of salted caramel brownie developing. Palate: Spicy as it opens with black pepper and smoke, though soft apricot tempers the heat. Slightly medicinal peat develops. Finish: Lasting hints of sticking plasters and fruity esters.” – $175 – 88.17pts Whisky Base – Limit 1 Per Customer

16.  Boutique-y Longmorn Batch 3 10 Year – 48.3% – 500ml – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Chocolate orange and buttered brioche. Palate: Rich and full-bodied with raisins, stewed fruits and butterscotch. Finish: Buttery, velvety mouthfeel, lasting warming finish.” – $130

17.  Boutique-y Mackmyra Batch 2 5 Year – 50.3% – 500ml – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Bubblegum was my first impression! It’s very sweet. The aromas are light, and the sweet shop continues with foam shrimp. Lightly toasted bread, oak, and vanilla follow along with notes of dry summer grasses. Palate: Hints of vanilla, caramel and honey, slowly developing notes of exotic fruit; papaya, and some toasted bread. Finish: A sweet and spicy finish, that turns dry with oak tannins.” – $115

18.   Boutique-y Tobermory Batch 9 24 Year – 49.1% – 500ml – No Tasting Note At Present – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: A general air of atmospheric library with pencil shavings and malty with an herbaceous twist of oregano and basil. Palate: Rolling tobacco with coconut, raisin and cloves. Finish: Ffennel, hints of smoke and a fleeting glimpse of some really lovely creme brulé, biscuity notes.” – $275

INTRODUCING: THE OLD & RARE

HERITAGE TORMORE 31 YEAR

This one came out of the blue. Only two bottles are coming to KWM of this 31-year-old Tormore, distilled in 1988 and matured in an Oloroso Sherry Butt before bottling at 49.1%. It was part of the Old & Rare “Platinum Heritage Range.”

Old & Rare Tormore 1988 – 49.1% – 31 Year – Oloroso Butt – Producer Tasting Note: “This amber-coloured whisky matured in an Oloroso sherry butt has lashings of hazelnuts, coffee, chocolate and tobaccos on the nose. Spicy and nutty on the palate with a touch of toffee leading to a long, rich, peppery finish.” – $800

ARDBEGS BACK IN-STOCK!

One of the whiskies most affected by shipping-related challenges has been Ardbeg. So when it appeared back in stock a few weeks ago, we grabbed what we could. Rumours of shortages of Ardbeg 10, Corryvreckan, and Uigeadail abound. Hopefully, they will turn out to be exaggerated!

The following Ardbegs are Back in Stock, and we’ve asked Curt, our most devoted and passionate Ardbeg Anorak, to sum them each up in a few words for you:

Ardbeg 10 Year – 46% – Curt Says: “Maybe the most bestest (yep, that’s a word now) 10-year-old flagship expression on the market. If your home bar doesn’t have a bottle of this whisky, I hate to break it to you, but you’re doing it wrong. Smoke, citrus, vanilla, and…somehow…the distilled essence of Islay all snugged in the sexiest green bottle on the market. Tip: (This may seem blasphemous – it did to me at first – but trust…) an Ardbeg 10 Caesar is heaven.” – $90

Ardbeg An Oa – 46.6% – Curt Says: “Arguably the most balanced of the Ardbeg core range. An Oa comes across almost like the lovechild of Corryvreckan and Uigeadail, but…brought down to a more manageable bottling strength for those that don’t always want their tastebuds to feel like they’re being sandblasted by crushed diamonds. And please…it’s pronounced ‘AN O’, not AN OWAH.” – $100

Ardbeg Corryvreckan – 57.1% – Curt Says: “This one goes to 11! If you’ve dipped your tastebuds in a glass of Ardbeg at some point, you’ll know what the brand is all about. Even so, this one will come as a surprise to most. Named for the Corryvreckan whirlpool that roils and smashes the sea between the isles of Islay and Jura, this malt is as fierce as they come. My favorite of the range.” – $130

Ardbeg Uigeadail – – Curt Says: “A stone cold classic now. Uigeadail, or Oogie (as it is affectionately known) is a game-changer for most people who try it. It immediately divides your personal whisky journey into ‘pre-Uigeadail’ and ‘post-Uigeadail’ periods. An absolutely unforgettable whisky that entwines blindingly heavy peat and jammy, spicy sherry. Almost two decades after launching, Oogie still commands attention (and a seemingly nonstop parade of awards).” – $120

NIKKA WHISKIES BACK IN-STOCK!

We have one new and a number of returned Nikka Whiskies in stock. Let’s start with the new, Nikka Days, which is a young, no fuss, Blended Japanese whisky. No word yet if it will be followed by a Nights edition…

Nikka Days – 40% – Producer Description: “A delicate balance is achieved by the skillful blending of mellow grain whiskies and slightly peated malts. With impressive floral aromas, this expression offers an extremely silky mouthfeel and fruity flavors that rise and expand, leaving behind a delightful aftertaste.” – $58

And on the returning side of things, the following Nikkas are back in stock, though some of them are not expected to last long. The Coffey Malt and Miyagikyo are increasingly rare at the moment, and tightly allocated… and From the Barrel is always running out!

1. Nikka From the Barrel – 51.4% – Producer Description: “The complex formula is created by blending more than 100 different batches of malt and grain whiskies. After blending, the whisky is filled into used barrels and matured for another few months. This “marriage” process harmonizes all components in the formula, resulting in a mellow taste. Bottling is controlled at 51.4% ABV, almost equivalent to 90 British proof, that Nikka blenders determined through repeated experiments to achieve the ideal taste profile.” – $62

2. Nikka Coffey Grain – 45% – Producer Description: “This is a signature grain whisky which was released in 2012. Predominantly made from corn, whisky distilled in a Coffey still is matured in old casks such as re-filled, remade and re-charred casks originally made from American oak to deliver the sweet and mellow flavors of Coffey distillates.” – $85

3. Nikka Coffey Malt – 45% – Producer Description: “This unique expression was developed in 2013 as a result of Nikka’s continuous experiments to widen the variety and offer more excitement to aficionados. Made from 100% malted barley, whisky distilled in a Coffey still is matured in old casks to enhance the rich maltiness, complexity and a silky texture. This expression is not categorized as “malt whisky” but as “grain whisky” since it is not distilled in a pot still.” – $95

4. Nikka Yoichi NAS – 45% – Producer Description: “This no-age-statement version was released in 2016 as a permanent product that truly captures the authentic style of Yoichi malts, when all age-statements were discontinued. Vatting various different malt whiskies together, this bottling expresses a delicate balance between peaty, smoky and fruity aromas.” – $92

5. Nikka Miyagikyo NAS – 45% – Producer Description: “This no-age-statement version was released in 2016 as a permanent product that showcases the elegant style of Miyagikyo malts, when all age-statements were discontinued. This bottling has estery aromas generated by carefully selected yeast strains along with distinctive Sherry cask influence.” – $92

6. Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt (The Old Packaging) – 43% – This whisky is a stunner both as an NAS, or No Age Statement whisky, and as a Blended Malt or Pure Malt as they still call them in Japan. Composed of whiskies from Nikka’s Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries, the whisky is named for the company’s legendary founder Masataka Taketsuru. The whisky is said to consist of malts that are on average 10 years of age with a high proportion of fruities Miyagikyo whiskies. – $96

7. Super Nikka – 43% – Producer Description: “Super Nikka is a classic style of blended whisky with gentle peatiness and hints of vanilla and sherry. These beautiful flavors are rounded and well-balanced with a smooth texture and mellow mouthfeel.” – $76

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Two Trees Beverage Co. Inc. Introduces Two New Seasonal Flavored Whiskeys – American Whiskey News

Two Trees Beverage Co. Inc. Introduces Two New Seasonal Flavored Whiskeys 

Toast to Fall and Holiday Seasons with NEW Two Trees Pumpkin Spice and Peppermint Flavored Whiskeys

(FLETCHER, NC) July 14, 2021 – Two Trees Beverage Co. Inc. introduces Two Trees™ Pumpkin Spice and Peppermint wood-crafted flavored whiskeys. Both of the new varieties will start shipping to retail and on-premise operations such as bars and restaurants that sell adult beverages mid-September. Both of the new varieties are available in 750 mL bottles, are 70 proof and 35% ABV.

Two Trees™ wood-crafted flavored whiskeys are created by pairing specific grains with wood varieties that are toasted to perfect char-levels to deliver rich flavor profiles that carry a hint of smokiness.

Two Trees™ Pumpkin Spice whiskey is a taste you’ll fall for with flavor notes reminiscent of seasonal pumpkin and toasted cinnamon, with a sweet aromatic taste of ginger and allspice.

The company describes Two Trees™ Peppermint whiskey as both naughty and nice and likely something Santa himself would enjoy near a fire, with a flavorful aroma of candy canes and creamy peppermint flavor.

Chad Slagle, Two Trees Beverage Co. CEO, said, “Unique product varieties such as these tend to expand category sales vs cannibalizing existing sales. Our exclusive and proprietary process delivers exceptional taste on a consistent basis with differentiation that consumers cannot find anywhere else.”

The new whiskey products are available in six count cases and have a suggested retail price of $21.99 per bottle. Those interested in ordering the new items should contact Chip Flanders at 803-767-1322 or email: info@twotreesdistilling.com

Just like all of the spirits that Two Trees produces, the Two Trees™ Pumpkin Spice and Two Trees™ Peppermint whiskeys are sustainably matured. The Two Trees™ process leads to conservation in forestry, reduced emissions and reduced environmental footprint overall as well as other positive impacts pertaining to social and community responsibility.

“We enjoy showcasing our exceptional, intriguing tastes through our Two Trees™ portfolio and providing great examples of ways that our company can help retailers and other beverage brands diversify portfolios through our third-party manufacturing and private-label capabilities,” said Chris Sellers, president of Two Trees Beverage Co. Sellers added, “Companies that are looking to integrate sustainability into product development for adult beverages should contact us for information on our eco-friendly processes that deliver rapidly matured products in a consistent manner for profitable growth. By following best practices for maturation, the industry can take a mature approach to the environment and sustainability as well.”

About Two Trees Beverage Co. Inc.

Two Trees Beverage Co. Inc. reverently provides an improved, first-to-market maturation process to produce award-winning spirits, beer, wine and RTDs. Through its proprietary, rapid-aging process, Two Trees Beverage Co. develops premium craft beverages at scale with consistency in a sustainable and socially responsible manner using an endless combination of wood types and flavoring. Two Trees Beverage Co. offers rapid-aging on a contract basis to address consumer demand for premium products and improve speed-to-market for retailers and manufacturers while reducing the industry’s dependency on wood supply. Two Trees Beverage Co. provides third-party manufacturing for private label, new and established beverage brands that are looking for ways to diversify portfolios, and improve taste experiences. The Two Trees Beverage Company portfolio of brands includes Tim Smith Spirits– Climax™ Spirits and Southern Reserve™, Two Trees™ Whiskey, Two Trees™ Vodka, Two Trees™ flavored whiskey portfolio, plus the Two Trees™ folklore brand series which includes, Snarly Yow™, Owl Head™, Wampus Cat™ and Old Fyre Dragaman™. For more information, visit twotreesbeverage.com.

Glenallachie 10YO TyndrumWhisky Exclusive Cask #3032339 – Scotch Whisky News

Glenallachie 10YO TyndrumWhisky Exclusive Cask #3032339

Last few bottles left!

1 of only 92 bottles available
Distilled back in 2011, and bottled 2021.
Aged for 10 years in oak casks
Finished for 9 months in reconstructed ex sherry wood octave casks
Cask No: #3032339

Notes from Duncan Taylor PRE Octave (ie before it was put into Octave cask): Grassy, lemon sponge, caramel, vanilla, stewed apples.

This release:
Caramel Latte, macaroons, herbal, cloves, fudge.

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The Whisky Exchange ‘Just in: Laphroaig 10yo Cask Strength Batch 13’ – Scotch Whisky News

Every year, Laphroaig launches a new cask-strength edition of its flagship 10-year-old whisky. It dials up Laphroaig’s trademark coastal peaty character – run through with medicinal notes of iodine and fruity peat – and gives lovers of the distillery’s distinctive whisky an absolute treat.

This year’s release has just arrived and is on sale now – if you love big, smoky whiskies, then make sure you get a bottle.

A smoky, complex bourbon barrel matured whisky from Laphroaig, this is the 13th edition of the Islay distillery’s ever-popular Cask Strength 10 Year Old single malt. Bottled in 2021, aromas of sweet biscuits, smoked cedar and Manuka honey mingle with pipe tobacco, old leather, candle wax and hints on vanilla on the nose. The palate offers notes of burnt oak, barbecued marshmallow, toffee, sea salt and Belgian caramel waffles, as well as roasted coffee beans, sticky toffee pudding and white pepper, wrapped in waves of peat smoke.

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The Whisky Exchange Elixir House, Whitby Avenue, Park Royal, London NW10 7SF, UK.

*UPCOMING RELEASE* Two Sullivans Cove French Oak ex-Tawny Whiskies – Tasmanian Whisky News

Two French Oak ex-Tawny Single Cask Whiskies

Our next release will be two French Oak ex-Tawny single cask whiskies, TD0290 and TD0300. This is the first time we have had two mature at the same time and ready to be released together. On Monday 26th of July, 2021, these two exceptional French Oak ex-Tawny whiskies, both aged for more than 12 years, will be available to purchase via ballot.

TD0290 French Oak ex-Tawny

TD0290 was filled on 12 June, 2008 and aged for 12 years and 10 months in a 300L French Oak ex-Tawny cask yielding 433 bottles. A lovely example of a first fill French Oak ex-Tawny cask; neither the oak nor the pre-fill (Tawny) overbear the spirit. A thick silky texture gives an excellent foundation for the flavour that follows. Fresh orange and a bowl of mixed berries fill the palate initially; then it’s all about the chocolate fudge. A hint of linseed, vanilla musk, ginger cake and honey. A nice sensation of ginger, both the warming and cooling feeling, and then we round back to the fruit, but this time plum jam and blackcurrants.

TD0300 French Oak ex-Tawny

TD0300 was filled on 23 July, 2008 and aged for 12 years and 8 months in a 300L French Oak ex-Tawny cask yielding only 337 bottles. The aroma is distinctly coastal and sweet, reminiscent of salted caramel. The palate starts with a rolling texture. The damp embers get in there early, and there’s a moist toasted note, like roasting pineapple (with a distinctly Tequila-esque vibe). Orange and poppy seed cake. Cola and apricot jam on the sides of the sides of the palate, and the saliva glands are triggered. Medjool dates (we are in Tawny territory, after all) and shortbread.

Full tasting notes and cask details can be found on the product page via this link. 

These whiskies will be released via ballot. The ballot will open for 24 hours from 11:00am Hobart time on Monday 26th of July, 2021. Further details will be sent prior to the ballot opening. A note on our ballot system. Our policy is one bottle, per person, per household. Our fraud detection algorithm detects multiple entries and removes them to ensure our whisky lands in the hands of our genuine supporters, so to ensure your entry counts, please enter once only. If you have any questions around our ballot process, you can email us at info@sullivanscove.com Successful entries will be notified shortly after the ballot closes.

Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant 44 Year Old 1976 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Glen Grant 44 Year Old 1976

Private Collection from G&M. Refill American Hogshead #12403 at 53.4%.  Rare with just 40 bottles in the lovely art-deco decanter and box.

Tropical fruits, honeycomb and coconut. Vanilla pods, banana and mature oak. Strawberries and cream with Seville oranges. Toasted almonds, baked apples and grapefruit. Long finish with citrus and hazelnuts. Wow.

Glen Grant 44 Year Old 1976 vintage Speyside single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask Refill American Hogshead #12403. Distilled 1976 & bottled 2021 by Gordon & MacPhail for the Private Collection series. Just 40 hand-blown crystal decanters have been produced.

Established in 1840 by brothers James and John Grant, the business prospered and in 1897 Glen Grant No. 2 Distillery was established across the road in order to meet the high demand for Glen Grant whiskey. During the late nineteenth century a Victorian garden was laid out in the valley behind the distillery and is now open to distillery visitors. Glen Grant is a Speyside malt whiskey distillery situated in Rothes equipped with eight stills and an on-site bottling plant. Gordon & MacPhail has released some rare vintage single malts dating back to the 1950s.

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Balvenie – Rare Marriages Single Malt – 25 Year Old at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

25 Year Old | 48% ABV | 70cl

Introducing The Balvenie 25

The most elegant expression of extraordinary depth and perfect balance. A beautiful, fruity Single Malt Whisky aged for 25 years.

A Flawless Marriage

European and American casks are brought together to craft something truly intricate and balanced.

Rich, Matured & Honeyed

The Balvenie’s signature flavours: runny honey with an underlying rich oakiness, with unfolding layers of fresh fruit, marshmallow and cinnamon.

£599.95

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Gordon & MacPhail Linkwood 40 Year Old 1980 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Linkwood 40 Year Old 1980

Bottled in October 2020, another spectacular vintage from G&M.  193 bottles from refill cask #8248 with lovely Autumnal fruits, polished leather, a hint of spice and toasted oak.

Rich vanilla and fresh autumnal apple aromas combine with notes of polished leather and oak.

Sweet flavours of orange marmalade lead to fried mango and underlying passionfruit.

Chili spice and toasted oak are complemented by subtle aniseed. A medium-bodied and long-lasting finish with lingering hints of grapefruit.

Linkwood 40 Year Old 1980 vintage Speyside single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask refill hogshead #8248. Distilled September 1980 & bottled October 2020 by Gordon & MacPhail for the Private Collection series. Just 193 hand-blown crystal decanters have been produced.

Linkwood Distillery was established in 1821 by Peter Brown in the Speyside whisky region. This is a malt whisky distillery equipped with six stills and whilst a large percentage of Linkwood whisky flows into blends an increasing volume is appearing as single malt whisky. There are some excellent independent releases including vintages such as Linkwood 1969 and Linkwood 1972 from Gordon & MacPhail.

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