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In Preparation of National Scotch Whisky Day: 5 New Scotch Whiskys You Need to Try


National Scotch Whisky Day

With July 27 being National Scotch Whisky Day, we couldn’t think of a more appropriate time to highlight several new Scotch Whiskys that have recently popped on our radar.

Scotch, obviously, comes from Scotland and, more specifically, is produced in five regions: Highlands, Lowlands, Speyside, Islay, and Campbeltown. Through a combination of terroir, heritage, and technique, each region produces whisky with distinct qualities and characteristics of that region. While not all regions are represented below, here are a few new whiskys we recommend trying.

anCnoc Flaughter
anCnoc (pronounced a-NOCK) recently released two new expressions that are all about the peat. Flaughter (pronounced FLAH-ter) is named after the Flaughter spade used to remove the top layer of peat which is richer, more rooty and produces more peat reek. Flaughter is part of a Limited Edition Peaty Collection that explores the bolder, smokier aspect of their classic Highland flavor in three different expressions. Pale gold in color, Flaughter is heavy on the peat, weighing in at 14.8 PPM of peat. It is robust and earthy and full of warm smoke, fruit, and honey.

Auchentoshan American Oak
Released in May 2014, Auchentoshan American Oak is a triple distilled single malt aged in first fill bourbon casks hailing from one of the Lowland’s last remaining distilleries. This is a great whisky for someone looking to get into scotch, especially if they already enjoy bourbon as notes of vanilla and caramel are readily available much like one might find in American whiskey. The level of smoke on this is low so it’s a great scotch to introduce to those who are still unsure how they feel about peat smoke.

The Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask
Balvenie, the Speyside Single Malt Scotch distillery famous for their DoubleWood, has announced their newest release: The Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask. Much like their original Balvenie Single Barrel 15, each bottle will denote the barrel number it came from and what number bottle it is from that barrel. As I have personally found between different bottles of Balvenie Single Barrel 15 from different barrels, as well as having nosed casks in Speyside, the variation between casks is enormous. For this release, no more than 650 bottles will be drawn from each European oak sherry butt, which this whisky has been exclusively aged in for at least 15 years. Looks for notes of dried fruit and nuttiness coming from the Oloroso sherry casks.

The Glenglassaugh Distillery Revival
Making its American debut is Glenglassaugh and their Revival Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Appropriately named, Revival is the first whisky from the re-born Glenglassaugh distillery which was first opened in 1875 and mothballed in 1986 until production resumed in 2008. Revival is aged in a mix of ex-red wine and first fill bourbon casks before being finished in rich sherry casks and bottled at 46%. Look for notes of orange, sherry nuttiness, charred oak, and honey.

Laphroaig Select
Laphroaig, the Islay distillery known for the smoky peat and essence from the sea characteristics of their scotch, has just released a new expression: Laphroaig Select. Laphroaig Select takes some of their benchmark offerings–Quarter Cask, PX Cask, Triple Wood and Ten-Year Old Casks–and blends them together to create a whisky that creates a harmony of peat, oak and sweetness. To finish, during the peak of Scottland’s summer, final maturation takes place in new American Oak, which is rarely used in Scotch.

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Six Liter Bottle of The Macallan M Sells for Record $628,000


The Macallan 6 litre Decanter

The Macallan M broke records recently when a rare 6 liter version of the Scotch whisky sold for US $628,000 at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. The auction commemorated the global launch of M. Four 6 liter decanters were created by LALIQUE, the largest they’ve ever made. Each decanter required the work of 17 craftsmen, including two with the prestigious title, “Meilleur Ouvrier de France”, with each taking over 50 hours to complete.

Of the four, two will be archived by The Macallan and one has been committed to a private collector in Asia. The fourth, Constantine (named, as are the other three, after Roman emperors), uniquely features the engraved autographs of the three principal creators – LALIQUE/Silvio Denz, Fabien Baron and Bob Dalgarno. This highly collectable creation was made available as part of the Finest and Rarest Wines and The Macallan auction by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong on Saturday, 18 January 2014.

The previous record was set in New York in 2010, also by The Macallan, with The Macallan 64 years old in LALIQUE Cire Perdue which sold for US$460,000.

Thankfully, the net proceeds of the auction were donated to local Hong Kong charities.

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Japan’s Suntory Plans to Purchase Jim Beam


Beam Inc.

It was announced today that Japanese booze conglomerate Suntory Holdings Ltd. is in the process of acquiring Beam Inc. Suntory, who already owns Yamazaki Japanese whisky and Bowmore Scotch, will now add iconic brands like Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Teacher’s and Laphroaig Scotch to their portfolio, effectively making them the third largest spirits company in the world. It was reported that the deal was worth $16 billion, including $2 billion of assumed debt that Suntory will take on. See the full post »

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George Dickel to Launch Unaged White Whisky


Dickel No. 1

George Dickel has recently announced that they will be releasing an unaged white whisky. Called The No. 1 Foundation Recipe, it is the same distillate that goes on to become George Dickel No. 8, No. 12 and Barrel Select. The difference? It’s not rested in barrels to mature. Aside from that, it will utilize the same grain bill, the same Cascade Spring water and the same filtering method using their signature Chill Charcoal Mellowing process.

According to the distillery, “George Dickel No. 1 is a 91-proof (45.5 % ABV) whisky with a clear appearance and initial aroma that is soft, yet full of raw grain. Those raw notes vanish upon a mellow and smooth first taste, with a creamy and sweet corn flavor. The Chill Charcoal Mellowing process gives the liquid a soft, smooth finish.”

Distributed nationwide beginning in Jan., George Dickel No. 1 will retail at a suggested price of $21.99 for a 750 mL bottle.

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Count Down December with Master of Malt’s Whisky Advent Calendar


Whisky Advent Calendar

Like whisk(e)y or know someone who does? Want to learn more about whisk(e)y or know someone who does? Look no further than Master of Malt’s Whisky Advent Calendar.

What better way could there be to count down the each day of December with a different dram of Bourbon, Japanese whisky, or Scotch?

Aside from the the Whisky Advent Calendar pictured above, Master of Malt also offers a Premium Whisky Advent Calendar which highlights higher end whisky and a Givent Calendar with an incredible array of gins.

Whisk(e)ys included in the Whisky Advent Calendar are:

– Yamazaki 12 Year Old
– Grants 25 Year Old
– Evan Williams Single Barrel
– Mackmyra Brukswhisky
– Bowmore 15 Year Old
– Scapa 16 Year Old
– Glencadam 21 Year Old
– Blue Hanger 9th Release
– Tomintoul 14 Year Old
– Dalmore 18 Year Old
– Auchentoshan Three Wood
– Chivas Regal 18 Year Old
– Yellow Spot 12 Year Old
– Talisker Port Ruighe
– Nikka Whisky From The Barrel
– Balcones Texas Single Malt
– Glen Garioch 12 Year Old
– Johnnie Walker Platinum
– Balvenie 17 Year Old Doublewood
– Smooth Ambler 7 Year Old Bourbon
– Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Distillery Edition
– Balvenie Carribean Cask
– The Glenlivet Nadurra
– Glenfarclas 40 Year Old

To learn more, visit Master of Malt online.

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America’s Oldest Veteran Drinks Whiskey and Smokes Cigars Every Day

Beverage News

Mr- Overton 2013-08-07 15-58

Veteran’s Day is once again upon us and as a combat veteran of Iraq, this holiday certainly hits close to home for me. And, as a journalist covering the wide world of beverage, I love when these two worlds collide; and collide they do with a multitude of veterans now working in the beverage industry. And while that’s a great story in itself, that’s not what this is about. This is about one veteran in particular and one who is the oldest known veteran still alive.

How old? 107 years old. You can’t live that old without medicine and Richard Overton isn’t shy about it either, but it’s not the medicine you’d think. His medicine you ask? Whiskey. Just whiskey.

Overton takes whiskey with his morning coffee as well as the occasional pour of whiskey in the evening with some soda water. Daily cigars, of course, are thrown in there as well for prosperity.

When asked by Fox News about whiskey, Overton told them “Whiskey’s a good medicine. It keeps your muscles tender.”

At 107 years old and still driving a car and walking without a cane, who can argue with that?

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Woodford Reserve Announces Limited Edition Malt Offerings


Woodford Reserve Master's Collection

New World and Old World are terms often thrown around with wine, but not so much in the realm of other libations. Of course, they exist with beer, whiskey, and more. For beer, you have classic Old World beers like Rodenbach Grand Cru which could be compared to the New World variants of American Wild Ales from Russian River Brewing Co. With whiskey (or whisky), you have Scotch from Scotland (Old World) and you have Bourbon from the United States (New World). But have you ever been curious how the two differ at their most basic levels? It’s hard to compare the two as the ingredients and processes are so different between them, but Woodford Reserve was curious and decided to play around with it.

A key difference between the two is the barrel in which the spirit is matured. Scotch utilizes used barrels to mature their spirit whereas Bourbon uses new, charred casks to mature theirs. One lets the grain shine through and the other lets the impact of the new wood have more of a presence.

Woodford Reserve is taking the best of both worlds (no pun intended) with their Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Double Malt Selections. Taking the same liquid, one will undergo new barrel maturation and the other a used barrel maturation to give whiskey enthusiasts a side by side comparison of the role in which the barrel plays.

Look for Woodford Reserve Straight Malt Whiskey and Woodford Reserve Classic Malt to debut in individual 750mL bottles starting November 1.

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anCnoc Single Malt Scotch Whisky Announces Peter Arkle Limited Edition Series “Bricks”


anCnoc Bricks

anCnoc (pronounced “a-nok”) has recently announced the release the the third offering in their Peter Arkle Limited Edition Series. The series is in collaboration with Peter Arkle, an illustrator who is an avid fan of whisky. For each offering, AnCnoc will make a limited edition whisky limited to just 1,000 cases and Peter Arkle will illustrate the packaging with something that inspired him during the process or from the distillery.

With anCnoc “Bricks”, it was the distillery’s history itself that inspired him. Peter Arkle explains, “I have loved working with anCnoc and am very proud of our latest limited edition. The distillery at Knockdhu is such a great place and I had a fantastic time visiting there. This particular illustration for me really shows the heart and history behind the distinguished taste of the brand.” The name Bricks and correlating artwork was inspired by the brick walls of anCnoc’s Knockdhu Distillery, which first opened in 1894.

anCnoc “Bricks” is limited to just 1,000 cases beginning July 1 and according to Distillery Manager Gordon Bruce, “Bricks” has signature honey and lemon notes with a spicy taste of citrus, sherry and dark chocolate.

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