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Glen Grant 40 Years Old 1980 Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Glen Grant 40 Years

1980 vintage cask #37. A beautiful distillery and whisky to match with this superb single cask. Glen Grant 40 Year Old 1980 vintage Speyside single grain Scotch whisky. Single cask Refill American hogshead #37. Distilled February 1980 & bottled September 2020 by Gordon & MacPhail for the Private Collection series. Just 105 hand-blown crystal decanters have been produced.

Nose : Citrus zest aromas combine with pineapple and subtle white chocolate. An undertone of green apple develops giving way to coconut and fresh herbs.

Palate : Soft pepper leads to smooth flavours of dried bananas with a hint of smoke. Sweet tropical fruit combines with rich orange and baked pear.

Finish : A medium-bodied finish with lingering mixed nuts and cocoa powder.


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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.

ICHIRO’S MALT & GRAIN JAPANESE WHISKY 2020 at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Japanese Whisky News


This limited edition bottling is a celebration of Ichiro’s best Malts – a prized possession for anyone who is lucky enough to get a hold of a bottle! An award-winning blend from of the most ambitious Japanese distillers in the business.

Ichiro’s Malt & Grain
Limited Edition 2020

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Nose: rich aromas with hints of sulphur.

Palate: sticky toffee apples with bursts of spearmint.

Finish: a delicate lingering peat smoke.

LAPHROAIG 10 YEAR OLD CASK STRENGTH at The Whisky Exchange – Scotch Whisky News


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.

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.


Whisky Wednesday Reviews Clonakilty Port Cask Finish – Irish Whiskey News


Port…do you like it as a cask finish?

I typically haven’t. Odd exceptions have been from Glen Scotia and Talisker, but everything has left me feeling like it doesn’t really work. It exaggerates alcohol and always leaves a slightly burnt taste in my mouth. But not anymore!

This port cask finish from Clonakilty has changed my opinion, or atleast opened it up to the world of port. Drenched in peaches, cherries and red grapes – it has managed to work in tandem with the spirit and develop into a welcomg style, combining the best of Ireland and Portugal into one!

The finale in our Clonakilty series!

Sotheby’s and The Distillers’ Charity Announce Partnership to Host Three Auctions of Ultra-Rare and Unique Scotch Whisky and Experiences – Scotch Whisky News

Sotheby’s and The Distillers’ Charity Announce Partnership to Host Three Auctions of Ultra-Rare and Unique Scotch Whisky and Experiences



Sotheby’s and The Distillers’ Charity

Announce Partnership to Host Three Auctions of

Ultra-Rare and Unique Scotch Whisky and Experiences

First ‘One of One’ Auction to Take Place at Barnbougle Castle near Edinburgh

LONDON, 28 July 2021 – The Distillers’ Charity and Sotheby’s today announce a six-year partnership to host three biennial auctions of ultra-rare and unique Scotch whiskies and experiences under the name “The Distillers One of One”. The first Distillers’ One of One auction – comprising one-off, never-to-be-repeated lots specially created and donated by leading Scotch Whisky distilleries – will take place at Barnbougle Castle on the outskirts of Edinburgh on Friday 3 December 2021. There will be over 40 lots, which will showcase the excellence in craftsmanship, innovation and value of Scotch Whisky, ranging in estimates upwards to £250,000.

The Distillers’ Charity is the philanthropic arm of The Worshipful Company of Distillers. Proceeds from the One of One auction will benefit a fund, which has been created by The Distillers’ Charity focusing on supporting disadvantaged young people in Scotland, transforming their life chances and empowering them to create positive change in their lives and communities. Working with charity partners, including The Prince’s Foundation which offers education and training programmes, the Youth Action Fund will provide young people with opportunities to develop life skills, discover their values and be work-ready.

The Prince’s Foundation’s President, HRH The Prince of Wales, Duke of Rothesay, has sent The Distillers’ Charity a warm message of support saying how pleased he was that the combined forces of the Scotch Whisky industry were standing alongside each other to benefit countless young people and provide them with the tools they require to become vital members of their communities. 

Jonathan Driver, Master of The Worshipful Company of Distillers, said: “Our ties with the Scotch Whisky Industry have been invaluable in creating this landmark sale, and the generosity shown has been overwhelming. Across the spectrum of the industry from independents to family-owned and global companies, we have come together in a collective endeavour to support the youth of today in Scotland through practical training and education. We are also delighted to have Sotheby’s on board to help with our philanthropic mission which will have far-reaching benefits for decades to come.”

Jamie Ritchie, Worldwide Head of Sotheby’s Wine and Spirits, commented: “Working closely with The Distillers’ Charity and The Worshipful Company of Distillers, we will harness our knowledge and expertise in hosting auctions to create a regular series of sales that will not only shine a light on the Scotch Whisky industry but also raise valuable funds to support disadvantaged young people in Scotland.”

Further information about the contents of The Distillers One of One will be distributed by Sotheby’s and The Distillers’ Charity in the autumn.

The History of the Springbank Distillery – New Video – Scotch Whisky News

The History of the Springbank Distillery – New Video

In the first of an ongoing series, whisky broker and consultant Mark Littler has released an in-depth history of the Springbank distillery on his You Tube channel.

The 17 minute video features an account of the Campbeltown distillery, tracing its origins in the early 19th century, through the hardship of the early 20th century, the problems caused by the whisky loch in the 1980s and the rise to prominence in the last 30 years.

Future histories planned for similar videos include the Macallan distillery and the Brora/Clynelish distilleries.

You can watch the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu3xucufdus&t=63s

I ❤ Islay Whisky at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

From Islay, With Love

A Scotch whisky paradise

Boasting a high concentrations of distilleries, Islay produces some of the most sought after and widely loved Scotch whiskies. From the heavily peated to stunning sherry casks, we have in big catalogue of old, rare and ‘everyday’ whiskies from this wee gem of an island.

Browse Islay Whisky at TWB

Little Brown Dog Indian Rye 2017 Single Cask at Inverurie Whisky Shop – American Whiskey News


Little Brown Dog Indian Rye 2017 Single Cask *1 Bottle per Person*


Indiana Rye Whiskey 2017

Bottling Notes:

Little Brown Dog’s latest release of a single cask bottling of Indiana Rye 2017.

Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Colour | Cask Strength | Single Cask

Tasting Notes:

Nose: Pain d’épice (french cake) modelling clay, and sawn wood.

Palate: yams, lantern fruit, maroon glacé

Finish: Clove oil, pink grapefruit

58.7% ABV




Linkwood 2008 Little Brown Dog at Tyndrum Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

New from Little Brown Dog

The whisky coming out of LBD are quite something, and if you tasted the Brandy/Cognac release they had a little while ago, this one is sure to whet your appetite, a Linkwood finished in a Brandy Cask. This latest single cask release from Little Brown Dog is from Linkwood Distillery. Linkwood 2008 Single Cask has been finished for 6 months in the Petit Chien Brun French Brandy Cask that was released earlier this year. Non chill filtered, cask strength and natural colour..

Linkwood 2008

Linkwood, finished in a Brandy Cask, and bottled at 54.5% abv.

A nose of Soor plooms and gooseberries


Cask Strength 54.5%.

Colour – Castrol R
Nose: melon, soor plooms, gooseberry fool
Palate: bonne maman rhubarb jam, antique shop, pruneaux
Finish: stem ginger syrup, grape nerds and black pepper

From Little Brown Dog

The Green Welly Stop
Tyndrumwhisky, Tyndrum
Crianlarich, Perthshire FK20 8RY
United Kingdom

Silver Seal Clynelish & Longmorn at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

1993 Clynelish 22 Year Silver Seal “Whisky is Class…ical – Elisir D’Amore” Single Cask #7562 Highland Single Malt Whisky (700ml) (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere 600) $400.00 View

This exceptional barrel of Clynelish was selected by the unparalleled palate of Signor Massimo Righi for his wild “Whisky is Class…iscal” series of single cask single malts. Each is named for a classical piece of music and this one for composer Gaetano Donizetti which premiered in Milan on May 12th, 1832. Bottled in 2016 at cask strength without chill filteration only 259 bottles were produced. Only 36 have been secured for the US market and they’re already trading in Europe at a significant mark up from our price.

1984 Longmorn 30 Year “Silver Seal – Wild Life Collection” Single Sherry Butt #3212 Speyside Single Malt Whisky (700m (Pre-Arrival) $599.99 View

An ultra rare long aged expression from the well regarded Longmorn Distillery bottled under the attractive Silver Seal “Whisky is Nature: Wild Life Collection” is adorned with the powerful and majestic Leopard to match the grace and depth of this fantastic single sherry butt distilled over 30 years ago. Distilled in 1984 and bottled in 2015 at cask strength, it’s clearly true that Massimo Righi’s Silver Seal line has access to product almost no one else can match. Finding a Longmorn aged this long is next to impossible and even more unusual to find a cask strength single barrel expression. Only 12 bottles are available for the entire US and they’re sold exclusively at K&L Wine Merchants.

In late December of 2020, the TTB quietly passed a regulation that allowed 700ml bottles to be imported into the US. While this might not seem like big news, it is actually a windfall for spirits lovers as it unlocks a stash of previously untapped bottlings to our shores. We could not be more excited, as it quickly adds another dimension to our unparalleled spirits program. Above you’ll find some of our first discoveries in this format, and they are all incredibly rare and rewarding mature Scotch collectibles that also present remarkable value compared to other standards from the distilleries. If these are any indication of what’s to come, those extra 50ml will not be missed.

Email: wine@klwines.com
Phone: (877) KL-WINES (Toll Free 877.559.4637)
K&L Wine Merchants 3005 El Camino Real Redwood City, CA 94061 USA
San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA

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