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Longrow Red and Kilkerran 8yo Cask Strength Available Today! – Scotch Whisky News

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From today, Friday 12th February the following whiskies will be for sale in the UK.

Due to ongoing delays in shipping, they will not be available in Europe yet but will follow soon. Keep in touch with your local Springbank stockist to alert you when the new expressions arrive.

Due to shipment times, releases throughout the rest of the world will be at different dates.

Longrow Red (52.5%ABV) 

This edition of 10,000 bottles has been matured for 7 years in bourbon casks then a further 3 years in refill malbec red wine casks. The Malbec barriques for this expression have been sourced from De Toren Private Cellar in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Nose

Aromas of chewy vanilla fudge and butterscotch with a hint of tart and sticky stewed rhubarb and grape juice.

Palate

Delicate peat smoke is balanced with notes of juicy red apples and ripe black cherries. Freshly baked pretzels, vanilla and sugar-coated almonds offer buttery, sweet characteristics whilst there is a developing earthy hint of tobacco leaves towards the end.

Finish

The ashy, earthy, buttery characteristics continue with notes of burnt embers and warm buttered toast.

Available from 10am at Cadenhead’s Campbeltown, Cadenhead’s Edinburgh and Cadenhead.shop for £57.00 .

PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO SOCIETY DISCOUNT
AVAILABLE ON THIS BOTTLE.

BUY HERE: FRIDAY 10AM (GMT)

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Shipping to UK and Rest of World only. Shipping to EU not currently available. 

Available at local retailers, if you are interested in this edition click below to find one near you.

UK RETAILERS

ALSO, BEING LAUNCHED ON FRIDAY…

Kilkerran 8-Year-Old Cask Strength (56.9%ABV.) 

Springbank’s sister distillery, Glengyle, will also be launching a new edition of Kilkerran 8-Year-Old Cask Strength.

This cask strength whisky has been fully matured in fresh sherry oloroso casks, giving it a rich, dark, treacly colour.

Nose

Well-balanced, rich and softly peated.

Juicy and sticky with notes of maraschino cherries, vanilla fudge, toffee pudding and coffee beans. Jam and fruit, balanced with a light smoky aroma.

Palate

Lovely dark fruit flavours continue with plum, cherry and sweet raspberry. Cooking apples, lemon glazing, a dusting of dark chocolate powder and a dry yet delicate peat smoke towards the end. A familiar coastal brine influence draws out the unique Campbeltown characteristics.

Finish

Notes of sea salt, dark cacao, smouldering campfire, sandalwood, BBQ meat and dry peat smoke.
Available from 10am at Cadenhead’s Campbeltown, Cadenhead’s Edinburgh and Cadenhead.shop for £48.00.

PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO SOCIETY DISCOUNT
AVAILABLE ON THIS BOTTLE.

BUY HERE: FRIDAY 10AM (GMT)

Please join the Society to reveal the link!

Shipping to UK and Rest of World only. Shipping to EU not currently available. 

Available at local retailers, if you are interested in this edition click below to find one near you.

UK RETAILERS

Slainte,

The Springbank Team

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New Arrivals and Back in Stock at K&L California – Whisky News

Dalwhinnie “Winter’s Frost Game of Thrones House Stark” Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $48) $21.99 View

Part of Diageo’s line of eight single malt whiskies to commemorate the eighth and final season of HBO’s hit television series Game of Thrones that is based on the novel of the same name, and the A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels, by George R.R. Martin. House Stark is located in the northern part of Westeros, and is known for its cold temperatures. Dalwhinnie is one of the highest-altitude distilleries in Scotland and resembles Winterfell in its remote and frigid location.

Doc Swinson’s “Alter Ego Triple Cask” Sherry & Cognac Finished Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $54.99 View

One of the latest additions to Doc Swinson’s lineup of whiskies aged in a variety of different cask types, the Triple Cask is finished with two different types of Sherry Butts (PX & Oloroso), Cognac Puncheons and a long resting period in ex-Cognac Foeders. The Sherry Butts come from Montilla-Moriles Spain where their Sherry Solera Pyramids date back to the 1920’s.

Heaven Hill Bottled In Bond Whiskies Collector Set (5x750ml) (Elsewhere $212) $149.99 View

Outer quote mark In 2018, Heaven Hill discontinued its 6 year old bottled in bond bourbon that was sold only in Kentucky, but now has roared back with this widely available 7 year old. While the bottled in bond designation isn’t necessarily a quality guarantee, this whiskey more than proves its merit. It’s explosive, bold, and buttery, with warm flavors of honey-roasted peanuts, caramel, chocolate, corn muffins, licorice, and cinnamon, all accented by notes of savory herbs, cloves, white pepper, tobacco, and an earthy undertone. Well-integrated big oak, sweetness, and spice combine to create grace, power, and length. This is pure bourbon bliss, at a very approachable price. *Number 4 in the 2019 Top 20* (DF, Winter 2019) Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

*NB: Partial Returns not accepted, all 5 bottles required* The Bottled In Bond Act was passed on March 3rd, 1897. This is perhaps the most important piece of spirits related legislation in the history of the United States. Not only did it establish the most rigorous standard for any distilled spirit in the world, it was also a critical change to tax law that allowed us to have great and relatively inexpensive whiskey. To be bottled in bond a spirit must meet a number of requirements. Most importantly for today’s whiskey consumer, spirit that is BIB must be a minimum of 4 years of age. In addition it has to be distilled in a single distillation season (Jan-Jun or July-Dec) by a single distiller at one distillery. That single season whisky must then be aged in a bonded warehouse and ultimately bottled at exactly 100 proof. The label must identify where it was distilled and who bottled it. In the case of Heaven Hill, no one has a larger or better portfolio of Bottled In Bond whiskies. This item includes 5 full-sized bottles: Henry McKenna – winner of best in show at SF Spirits in 2019. This bottle alone averages about $85 bucks since this prestigious award was bestowed upon it. A bottle of Heaven Hill 7 year – #4 on Whisky Advocates Top 20 Whiskies of 2019 (elsewhere $70). This 5 pack is rounded out by 3 other extraordinary whiskies: Even Williams BIB Bourbon, Rittenhouse BIB Rye, and Mellow Corn BIB Corn Whiskey. All stone cold classics and staples in any well stocked bar.

J&B Rare – The Unexpected Whisky at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

J&B RARE

ELEVATE THE ORDINARY

ADD TO BASKET

Blended Scotch Whisky

70cl 40% ABV

Easy to drink and even easier to mix, no drinks trolley is complete without J&B Rare. A beautifully balanced blended Scotch whisky, made from a unique blend of 42 malt and grain whiskies, each one intrinsic to its subtle, smooth and complex flavour. The result is a light-bodied, fruity whisky with delicate smoky notes that will perfectly compliment your favourite whisky cocktails.

Few whisky brands have a history as gripping and original as J&B Rare, a Scotch that bears the name of a love-struck Italian (Justerini) and a canny Englishman (Brooks), made world famous in the 1930s. At the heart of J&B Rare are whiskies from some of the finest Speyside malts including Knockando, Glen Spey, Auchriosk and Strathmill, which provide the fruity, fresh quality and give J&B Rare its light colour. Added to that are some of the finest grain whiskies Scotland has to offer to create a fresh and vibrant blend.

Fruity and aromatic on the nose with notes of soft apple and pear, J&B Rare is naturally pale in colour, with layers of rich vanilla and a well-balanced, smooth finish. Matured in oak casks for a minimum of three years, the finer ‘heart malts’ are aged for longer to add fullness and depth of flavour, creating the unique taste of J&B Rare.

A PERFECTLY BALANCED BLEND

WITH SPEYSIDE AT ITS HEART, J&B RARE HAS A LIGHT FLAVOUR PROFILE. READY TO BE ENJOYED NEAT, ON THE ROCKS, OR AS THE PERFECT CANVAS FOR WHISKY COCKTAILS.

£22.95

American Whiskey 12: News on your new issue! – American Whisky News

 

News on the new issue

The latest edition of American Whiskey Magazine, issue 12, publishes very soon! But while you’re waiting for your copy to land on your doorstep, here’s an exclusive sneak peek into what we’ve got waiting for you…

As always, we love to hear your thoughts on the magazine – please feel free to contact us here.

We hope you enjoy this issue!
Phoebe Calver
Editor
American Whiskey

Dekanta Japanese Whisky World – Shizuoka Distillery Tour – Japanese Whisky News

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

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

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Whisky Magazine Issue 173 Out Now – Whisky Magazine News

News on the new issue!

The latest edition of Whisky Magazine, issue #173, publishes today!

Our cover story looks at the family bonds that underpin the whisky industry, and how the craft of whisky-making is so often passed down through the generations. Whether you really do believe that there’s something special about family-owned business, or maybe you think it’s just outdated tradition, our contributor Mark Jennings is here to set things straight. From Cotswolds to Lambay, from old to new, different families tell their stories and their experiences of creating whisky.

Haven’t got issue #173 yet? Get your copy HERE

Let us know your thoughts on Twitter @Whisky_Magazine or Instagram @Whisky_Magazine, or on Facebook @WhiskyMagazine

Christopher Coates
Editor
Whisky Magazine

Loch Lomond Whiskies kicks off PRO14 Rugby’s Coach Of The Month – Scotch Whisky News

LOCH LOMOND WHISKIES KICKS OFF  

PRO14 RUGBY’S COACH OF THE MONTH  

This month, The Spirit of PRO14 Rugby launches the inaugural Coach of the Month award presented by Loch Lomond Whiskies. The accolade celebrates the excellence achieved by the winner and their team’s successes over the previous month which mirror the spirit of Loch Lomond Whiskies.

Beginning in January 2021, Loch Lomond Whiskies would like fans to vote for their Coach of the Month. Nominees will be put forward by PRO14 Rugby’s podcast ‘Under the Sticks’, who will explore those coaches who have demonstrated the spirit to drive their teams to success, with key characteristics such as passion, innovation, inspiration and teamwork traits that are shared with Loch Lomond Whiskies premium whisky range.

Fans can vote on PRO14 Rugby’s channels with the winner announced at the end of the week. And in return the Coach of the Month presented by Loch Lomond Whiskies will receive a bespoke 18 year old single malt from the multi-award winning Loch Lomond Whiskies range.

David Jordan, Tournament Director, PRO14 Rugby said: “Our tournament provides so many challenges where our coaches must blend tactical and technical nous, a savviness in the recruitment market and ensure they are bringing through the next generation of international talent to the PRO14 while also managing some of the biggest talents in the game.  

“As a result, we have some very innovative coaches in our tournament and in partnership with Loch Lomond Whiskies it’s terrific that we can highlight their successes on a monthly basis.”

The first Coach of the Month Award, presented by Loch Lomond Whiskies will be announced on Friday 5th February.

Earlier in 2021, multi-award winning Loch Lomond whiskies announced it will partner with PRO14 Rugby for the next three years. To learn more about the PRO14 Rugby partnership and to discover the Loch Lomond Whiskies range, go to: www.lochlomondwhiskies.com   

About Loch Lomond Group 

Loch Lomond Group is a multi-award winning leading international distiller of malt, blended and grain whisky with a rich heritage dating back to the foundation of its unique Littlemill Distillery (Scotland’s oldest distillery) in 1772. Its brands are present in over 120 countries around the world. Its key premium Scotch whisky brands include Loch Lomond – “The Spirit of the Open”, Glen Scotia, a Campbeltown malt whisky from the west coast, and Littlemill, the oldest licensed distillery in Scotland. It also produces High Commissioner and Loch Lomond blended Scotch whiskies, as well as Glen’s Vodka, Scotland’s number one vodka brand, and Ben Lomond, premium Scottish Gin.   

With production sites across Scotland, Loch Lomond Group is one of the few distillers in Scotland to have a fully integrated production and supply capability. It operates three distilleries – Two (malt & grain) at Loch Lomond Distillery in Alexandria, Dunbartonshire which has on-site cooperage facilities and Glen Scotia distillery in Campbeltown, Argyll. The group also owns and operates Scotland’s largest independent bottling plant in Catrine, Ayrshire.  

About Loch Lomond Whiskies 

Loch Lomond distillery has been producing the finest single malt whiskies since 1814. The multi award winning Loch Lomond whiskies range includes the Loch Lomond 12-Year-Old which has been awarded the Platinum Award in 2020, one of only 7 single malts to be awarded this honour at the San Francisco World Spirits Challenge 2020. Other expressions in the range are the single malts Loch Lomond Original; Loch Lomond Classic; Loch Lomond 18-Year-Old; Loch Lomond 50-Year-Old; the Loch Lomond Island’s Collection which includes the Inchmurrin and Inchmoan ranges as well as the deluxe blend Loch Lomond Signature and Loch Lomond Single Grain  

Loch Lomond Inchmoan 12-Year-Old has been awarded Best Highland Single Malt 12 Years and Under at the 2018 World Whiskies Awards and a Gold Medal at the 2020 San Francisco 2020 Awards  

Loch Lomond Whiskies was recently also awarded the following medals at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition: 

    • PLATINUM: Loch Lomond 12-Year-Old  
    • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Inchmurrin 12-Year-Old  
    • GOLD MEDAL – Inchmoan 12-Year-Old  

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Loch Lomond 18-Year-Old   

In 2018 the company signed a five-year partnership with The R&A for Loch Lomond Whiskies to become “The Spirit of The Open”. The period includes the playing of the landmark 150th Open in 2021 at St Andrews, the home of golf. 

For further information visit Loch Lomond Whiskies on Twitter: @LochLomondMalts, Instagram: @lochlomondmalts Facebook: Loch Lomond Whiskies and at www.lochlomondwhiskies.com

Join the English Whisky Members Club! – English Whisky News

Join the English Whisky Members Club! 

Receive 6 x bottlings a year – one bottle delivered bi-monthly

Discounts on all future purchases

Unlimited St George’s tours free of charge and free guest passes.

Each members bottle is carefully selected to showcase the work of our distillers. Some bottles will be unique for our members and some will be tasters of launches to come.  

From £10.33 pcm

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Mark Littler Ltd Update Help Customers Sell their Whisky Even More Easily – Whisky News

Mark Littler Ltd Update Help Customers Sell their Whisky Even More Easily

Mark Littler Ltd has been helping private whisky owners sell their whisky online since 2016. In 2021 their updated website and services makes the process even easier.

As a private owner of whisky it can be difficult to know where to start when looking to sell whisky, whether it be rare bottles or whisky casks. With over four thousand visitors a month using their whisky-value webpage and another two thousand a month using their How to Sell Whisky Online blog,  Mark Littler Ltd have recently updated the sell whisky side of their website to help whisky owners looking for a way to legally sell their whisky.

The turbulent year of 2020 saw Mark Littler Ltd launch their exclusive online shop and their auction coordination service, which along with their traditional private buyers system aims to help customers find the most suitable route for selling their whisky in the way that meets their needs. The new webpages reflect the recently added services and help potential sellers explore the options to find out which might be most suitable for them.

The new sell bottles pages also include 39 guides to some of the most collectable single malt whiskies of the moment with 11 new pages dedicated to collectable Japanese whisky.

“We have seen a significant increase in interest in Japanese single malt whisky with our buyers over the last 12-24 months, which we think is in part driven by the success of Karuizawa and partly due to the 25% tariff on Scotch whisky that was introduced in America. Hopefully the end of the tariff is in sight, but we don’t see the popularity of Japanese whisky fading any time soon.”

Contact

Mark Littler
01260 218 718
mark@marklittler.com
Link please click HERE

Distillery Focus – Wolfburn at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

THE FIRST AND LAST WHISKY  DISTILLERY ON THE SCOTTISH MAINLAND

In 1821 William Smith founded a distillery on the outskirts of Thurso and named it Wolfburn after the watercourse it drew from, “burn” being the Scots word for stream or small river. Despite great success in its early years, the distillery suffered greatly after the war and by the 70s it was recorded on the first ever Ordnance Survey map in ruins.

In 2011 planning began to reinstate the Wolfburn brand and distillery. By 2013 Shane Fraser from Glenfarclas and Iain Kerr from Glenlivet have joined and the distillery is once again in operation. 150 years after its inception and just a short walk from the original distillery site. Since then, they have released  a number of well-received expressions and won a plethora of coveted awards.

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