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Lux Row Distillers Opens in Bardstown

Bardstown, Kentucky’s newest whiskey distillery quietly filled its first barrel on januari 10th, 2018. Lux Row Distillers , which is located just a few miles from Jim Beam and Heaven Hill , among others, is the first whiskey distillery owned by Luxco , a St. Louis-based spirits company that also sells vodka, gin, tequila, rum, and liqueurs. Luxco’s whiskey brands—which include Ezra Brooks , Rebel Yell , David Nicholson , and Blood Oath —are currently produced for the company at unnamed distilleries.

Although not on the scale of the planned Kentucky Owl Park , which will be located just a...

Läs mer http://whiskyadvocate.com/lux-row-distillers-opens-bardstown/

How to Make Smoked Cocktails at Home

If you really want to wow someone, there’s nothing like starting a fire. And when it comes to smoked cocktails, the effect is about much more than presentation—although it’s certainly Instagram-worthy too.

“The aromatic qualities of smoke add a dryness that’s more of a perception, rather than a reduction of sugar. You also get more tannic qualities of the wood,” explains Ben Potts, bar manager and owner of Miami’s Beaker & Gray .

And of course there’s the smell of whatever you smoke, which contributes another layer to your drink. “The aroma excites the palate and adds depth to the...

Läs mer http://whiskyadvocate.com/make-smoked-cocktails-at-home/

Smoked Sazerac

Perfect for fall, the Solstice Sazerac uses high-rye bourbon rather than rye whiskey, which dampens the spice flavors of the traditional Sazerac. “The cinnamon syrup adds back a baking spice element, and the cinnamon smoke mixed with orange zest adds an interesting dimension to a well-known cocktail,” explains Ben Potts, bar manager of Miami’s...

Läs mer http://whiskyadvocate.com/smoked-sazerac-cocktail/

Speyburn 15yo

After years of perceived neglect, Inverhouse Distillers have revitalised the Speyburn brand somewhat, with a tummy tuck, a minor facelift, and the odd botox injection here and there. The new branding is quite sleek and unfussy, and the new 15 year old has been causing a bit of chatter in various whisky circles. I agree [...]...

Läs mer http://www.edinburghwhiskyblog.com/2018/01/15/speyburn-15yo/

Glenglassaugh: Revival, Evolution and a new chapter

When it comes to revivals, Glenglassaugh has had one of the more impressive crawls back from the dead in recent years. A decade of stuttering resurrection has been rewarded with the dawning of a new era for the distillery, with a future that’s still to be decided.

The distillery is a few miles to the east of the Highland/Speyside border, on the coast at Sandend. Rather than the more maritime spirits that many coastal distilleries produce, Glenglassaugh focuses on old-school fruity flavours. While that fruitiness is reminiscent of sister distillery Benriach ‘s famous character, Glenglassaugh has a more modern feel...

Läs mer http://blog.thewhiskyexchange.com/2018/01/glenglassaugh-revival-evolution/

Ardmore Tradition

In 2007 the release of Ardmore Traditional Cask (46% ABV) was the first official single malt from the Ardmore distillery. A fairly young whisky (one of the early NAS expressions), but it was finished in 125-litre quarter casks which offers a speedy maturation and masks part of its youth. Good value for money made it quite popular in the lightly peated category.

Fast forward to 2014: I reviewed Ardmore Legacy and wrote that it was going to replace Traditional Cask, but they brought it back in 2015 as Ardmore Tradition , still at 46% but only available in travel retail....

Läs mer https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/ardmore/ardmore-tradition/

Bladnoch 1990 (Antique Lions of Spirits)

From the latest batch of Antique Lions of Spirits bottlings : Bladnoch 1990 from a bourbon cask.



imageBladnoch 27 yo 1990 (49,4%, Antique Lions of Spirits ‘Butterflies’ 2017, bourbon cask, 276 btl.)

Nose: warm fruity notes (mirabelles, apricots, clementines, papaya) with hints of vanilla and polished oak. Honey, buttercups, subtle linseed oil. Sweet lemons. A very warm, almost tropical version. Mouth: the lusicous fruits are still there (apricots, grapefruits, limes) but it gets a little grassier now, more typically Bladnoch if you like. Fresh minty notes, as well as some star anise. Peppercorns. Green tea. Lightly bitter herbs....

Läs mer https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/bladnoch/bladnoch-1990-antique-lions-of-spirits/

Green Spot Chateau Montelena

Green Spot Château Montelena is a new limited edition of the Irish Green Spot brand (pot still whiskey crafted at Midleton distillery, also see Yellow Spot ). It has been matured in bourbon and sherry casks and finished for 12 months in French oak casks previously filled with Zinfandel wine from Chateau Montelena located in Nappa Valley.

It is the second release in the Wine Geese series , following the Château Léoville Barton finish in 2015. When Chateau Montelena was introduced in oktober 2017, it had been postponed a little because of the devastating fires in California. So far very...

Läs mer https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/irish-whiskey/green-spot-chateau-montelena/

Is Tobermory becoming more-y

Tobermory 21 yo 1996/2017 (51.5%, Douglas Laing, Old Particular, refill hogshead, cask #11768, 290 bottles) - Tobermory 22 yo (51.5%, Valinch & Mallet, cask #17-2022, 124 bottles) - Tobermory 21 yo 1996/2017 (56.7%, Dramfool, bourbon hogshead, 247 bottles) - Tobermory 1995/2017 (48.6%, Whic Whiskycircle, sherry octave finish, 231 bottles) - Tobermory 14 yo 1997/2011 (50%, Liquid Treasures, refill sherry) - Tobermory 23 yo 1994/2017 (57.9%, Sansibar, PX sherry, 242 bottles)...

Läs mer http://www.whiskyfun.com/2017/Is-Tobermory-becoming-more-y.html

New Johnnie Walker, Tennessee Rye Whiskey Chinese New Year Macallan

The winter months can be quiet on the new whisky front. After the rush of holiday releases, many distillers pause for a breath and to look ahead to the rest of the year. But even in januari lull, there are new bottles to keep things interesting.

First up, Johnnie Walker ‘s newest Blenders’ Batch is launching at travel retail stores around the world. The blend is finished in sherry casks, which results in sweet fruity flavors. The Blenders’ Batch releases have varied widely and show off the diversity of flavor profiles blending can achieve. Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Triple Grain...

Läs mer http://whiskyadvocate.com/new-johnnie-walker-tennessee-rye-whiskey-chinese-new-year-macallan/

Green Spot Chateau Montelena

januari is a struggle. There’s no denying it. Those heady, festive, and seemingly endless, days around Christmas and New Year where having a gin and tonic and a mince pie for brunch is totally acceptable (just me…?) are long gone. The cruel reality of getting ‘back to normal’ and getting ‘back into a routine’ hits [...]...

Läs mer http://www.edinburghwhiskyblog.com/2018/01/12/green-spot-chateau-montelena/

New: Glenlivet Code // Darkness sherry bombs // Laphroaig Cairdeas Fino


The Glenlivet Code

It looks like The Glenlivet will try to repeat the Glenlivet Cipher story with a new whisky called The Glenlivet Code . The label is similar so they’ll probably recycle the matte black bottle as well. It comes at 48% ABV.




Darkness first-fill sherry bombs

Sherry bomb alert! Every bottling in the Darkness range has been finished for at least three months in tiny first-fill 50-litre sherry casks. There are now five new releases available from Master of Malt:

Läs mer https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/whisky-news/glenlivet-code-darkness-sherry-bombs-laphroaig-cairdeas-fino/

Invergordon 25 Years / 43 Years (Darkness!)

So I bought samples of both grain whiskies in the recent batch of Darkness bottlings: an Invergordon 25 Year Old (PX cask) and Invergordon 43 Year Old (Oloroso cask).

Grain whisky matured / finished in sherry casks (especially first-fill) is rare, but I’ve had some great experiences  before.



imageInvergordon 25 yo (46,1%, Darkness 2017, Pedro Ximénez cask, 100 btl., 50 cl)

Nose: nice and rich. The expected plums and raisins, moving towards very jammy blackcurrants and cassis. Plenty of cinnamon pastry. Muscovado. Light hints of coconut, but this is not the usual Batida de Coco profile of common...

Läs mer https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/grain/invergordon-25-years-43-years-darkness/

Glenury Royal 1984 (Gordon MacPhail)

I can still count the number of Glenury Royal reviews on one hand and it isn’t likely to change of course. The distillery fell silent in 1983 and was closed for good in 1985. Now there are apartments on the site.

This Glenury Royal 1984 was bottled in 2012 by Gordon & MacPhail (who else). It must have been one of the last casks being filled – and one of the last to be bottled…?



imageGlenury Royal 28 yo 1984 (46%, Gordon & MacPhail ‘Rare Old’ 2012, refill sherry butt R0/12/05, 430 btl.)

Nose: old-style and rather understated....

Läs mer https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/glenury-royal/glenury-royal-1984-gordon-macphail-rare-old/

Working on Linkwood, part deux

Linkwood 21 yo 1995/2017 (51.5%, Douglas Laing, Old Particular, refill hogshead, cask # 11599, 234 bottles) - Linkwood 21 yo 1995/2016 (51.5%, Douglas Laing, Old Particular, refill hogshead, cask # 11357, 283 bottles) - Linkwood 1995/2015 ?Summer Breeze? (46%, Wemyss Malts, hogshead, 374 bottles) - Linkwood-Glenlivet 24 yo 1992/2017 (50.9%, Cadenhead, Small Batch, hogsheads, 384 bottles) - Linkwood-Glenlivet 24 yo 1992/2017 (54.9%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, bourbon hogshead, 240 bottles) - Linkwood 22 yo 1972 (54.3%, OB, Rare Malts, +/-1995)...

Läs mer http://www.whiskyfun.com/2017/Working-on-Linkwood-part-deux.html

Crazy rums, a sequel

Uitvlugt 26 yo 1990/2017 (51%, Silver Seal, Demerara, cask #27, 219 bottles) - Worthy Park ?marsala? (60%, OB, Jamaica, double matured, 2017) - Diamond 14 yo 2003/2017 (59.1%, Cadenhead, barrel) - Foursquare 11 yo 2006/2017 (60.9%, Cadenhead, Barbados) - Trinidad Distillers 12 yo 2005/2017 (67.4%, Cadenhead, Trinidad, barrel) - Haitian Rum 7 yo (46%, Cadenhead, Green Label, +/-2017) - Trinidad Distillers 25 yo 1991/2017 (64.3%%, Cadenhead, Trinidad, barrel) - Hampden 6 yo 2010/2016 ?LROK? (60%, Habitation Velier, La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary, Jamaica)...

Läs mer http://www.whiskyfun.com/2017/Crazy-rums-a-sequel.html

Reviewing the Whisky Club 28/10, Zurich Airport

Today we have a guest post from a Shai, a friend who gets to travel around way more than me or the average person (or a dozen of them). If you have ever been looking for a decent whisky in an airport lounge, you know it’s hard to get by, but a whole whisky club in a lounge? That’s unique. Shai has visited the club is happy to report back to you all:

As part of their recent overhaul of the Terminal E lounges, Swiss Airlines recently opened a whisky bar called Whisky Club 28/10 in their Senator lounge at...

Läs mer https://whiskygospel.com/2018/01/08/reviewing-the-whisky-club-28-10-zurich-airport/


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