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Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 24 Year Old, E.H. Taylor Four Grain More New Releases

While pondering the pricing on high-end bottles and anticipating future releases from Old Montreal Distillery , take a few moments to read up on this week’s newest whiskies.

The latest Orphan Barrel bourbon is launching, and it will be familiar to fans of the brand. Rhetoric 24 year old follows up on the previous four releases at 20, 21, 22, and 23 years old with one more year of age and a tiny bump in proof to 45.5% ABV. It also has gone up a bit in price to $130. Quantities are limited.

Meanwhile, Buffalo Trace Distillery is also re-releasing...

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What’s Driving the Price of High-End Whiskies?

Examine some whiskies from Whisky Advocate’s 2017 Top 20 . Number 3,  Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Decades —a mix of bourbons aged between 10 and 20 years—costs $150. Yet number 10,  Glen Moray 18 year old, comes in at just $90, while number 15, Kentucky Peerless Straight Rye —a 2 year old craft whiskey—is $125. Meanwhile, Old Rip Van Winkle 25 year old hit the market last year at $1,800, while Michter’s Celebration —a 33 year old bourbon—has a recommended retail price of $5,000. They’re all whiskies, made from grain and aged in barrels—so why such a massive disparity?


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Scottish Distillers Are Making Rye Whisky—Sort Of

Scotland is undergoing a rye renaissance that has spiced up the debate about what can and cannot be produced in a Scotch whisky distillery. At least eight distilleries including Bruichladdich , InchDairnie , and Lone Wolf have been experimenting with rye, and while the spirit is aging in casks, distillers are busy scrutinizing the rules to work out how they can bottle it without falling foul of the Scotch Whisky Regulations, which dictate what can and cannot be labeled as scotch.

Single malt Scotch whisky must be produced from 100% malted barley and must be distilled on a pot still,...

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How to Appraise and Insure Your Whisky Collection

You’ve amassed a collection of whiskies, properly inventoried every bottle—and if you haven’t, read this guide —and now you want to make sure that your investment is secure. It’s time to get an appraisal. Whether it’s for insurance purposes, or because you are selling at auction, an accurate valuation of your whiskies will be essential. And who knows? Your collection maj be worth much more than you think.

Why Insure Your Bottles?

“Insurance is there to put you back in the same financial position that you were in immediately prior to an insured event happening, such as a loss,” explains...

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Canada’s Newest Whisky Comes from the Oldest Part of Montreal

Canadian whisky is making a return to its historic roots. On februari 14th, 2018, New Orleans-based Sazerac Company announced it was distilling in the historic Montreal neighborhood of Old Montreal—the very cradle of Canadian whisky. It was in Montreal that early Canadian distillers began making spirit from grain, rather than the then-dominant molasses. And now, with the opening of Old Montreal Distillery, whisky spirit is flowing in the city once again.

The distillery was established in the 1920s as Meagher Distillery, producing liqueurs and later genever. After several decades under the majority ownership of Dutch spirits firm DeKuyper, for the...

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Wild Turkey Longbranch, Balvenie DoubleWood Anniversary Edition More New Whiskey

It’s Friday the 13th, but don’t get spooked—this week’s new whiskeys are all perfectly normal. In fact, Diageo just announced news of its 2018 Special Releases —most of them, that is.

First up, Wild Turkey has announced a new, permanently available bourbon called Longbranch, which master distiller Eddie Russell made in partnership with creative director (and film actor) Matthew McConaughey. It’s 8 years old and filtered through both American white oak and mesquite charcoals, and it costs $40. Since McConaughey’s stamp of approval is on it, I’m guessing this whiskey is all right, all right, all right (or even better...

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Is It Too Late to Collect Whisky?

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” The same might be said of buying whisky. As barely a month passes without a whisky setting a new record auction price, it would be easy to think it’s too late to join the party. It doesn’t help that there’s always some curmudgeon around boasting of the good ol’ days, when fine bottles of whisky were affordable and could be picked up off the store shelf. Times maj have changed, but there’s no point in thinking about what could have been. With some...

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New Whiskies To Try at WhiskyFest D.C. 2018

WhiskyFest descends on the nation’s capital on april 17th, giving local whisky lovers the chance to taste from among hundreds of scotches , bourbons and ryes , craft whiskey, and more. One of the best reasons to attend? The opportunity to try brand-new whiskies, practically fresh from the barrel. These are seven of our top picks, but there are many, many more— check out the full pour list .

Haven’t gotten your tickets yet? Sort that out first , then read up on how t o make the most your evening . See you on the 17th!

Glenmorangie Spìos

Glenmorangie releases...

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The 2018 Diageo Special Releases Are Coming

Diageo has announced nine out of its ten Special Release Collection whiskies for 2018. As it did last year, the company is keeping details of the tenth whisky under wraps until later in the year. Last year’s surprise whisky was Collectivum XXVIII, a blended malt containing whiskies from all 28 of Diageo’s malt distilleries.

Collectors and savvy drinkers maj notice a couple of gaps in this year’s list. For the first time since the Special Releases were launched in 2001, there’s no Port Ellen or Brora among them. That doesn’t mean there is no Port Ellen or Brora whisky left...

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The 10 Most Collectible Distilleries

An artist’s career is not built upon a single painting, but on a body of work. These distilleries have delivered a breadth and depth of whiskies that puts them at the top of many collector wish lists . While there are individual bottlings from American and Irish distilleries that attract collectors, none have earned the dedicated following of these masters. Sadly, like many artists, some of these distilleries achieved their greatest appreciation only long after their death.


No longer in the shadow of Glenfiddich, the ingenuity of David Stewart’s creations in the marrying tuns over the last decade have...

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Discovering New Whisky Worlds at the End of Every Dram

Many whisky lovers feel a sense of sadness at the end of a good dram. But for Ernie Button, a drained glass is an opportunity to dive even deeper. When he’s done with a drink, rather than just putting the dirty glass into the dishwasher, Button uses it to create otherworldly pieces of art.

Button’s collection of photographs, called “ Vanishing Spirits: The Dried Remains of Single Malt Scotch ,” shows how every glass of whisky can yield unique patterns, “like snowflakes,” he says. Here’s how it works: whisky that dries in the bottom of a glass does so irregularly,...

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6 Great Bourbon and Rye Picks for WhiskyFest D.C. 2018

WhiskyFest returns to the Capital City on april 17th, and—with hundreds of whiskies to choose from—it’s going to be an unforgettable night for whisky lovers. Whether you want to go deep on scotch , Irish, craft whiskey, or other styles, there will be plenty of delicious drams to tempt your palate. For lovers of American whiskey, use this guide to get started, and consult the full list of pours to determine your can’t-miss whiskeys.

As you’re planning your evening, check out our guide to making the most of the event. And if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, get them...

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Macallan 50, Dalmore 45, Glenlivet Code More New Whisky

It’s a big week for well-aged scotch. Macallan is releasing a 50 year old single malt that aged in a single Spanish oak sherry butt, while Dalmore has unveiled a 45 year old which includes whiskies finished in two vintage tawny port pipes. The Macallan 50 year old costs $35,000, and only 200 bottles are available (35 for the U.S.), while The Dalmore 45 year old rings up at $12,500 with 500 bottles for sale.

Meanwhile, Glenlivet is reprising the same elements of mystery that surrounded its Alpha release a few years ago. The Glenlivet Code is a Speyside single...

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6 Must-Try Scotches at WhiskyFest D.C. 2018

WhiskyFest alights on the nation’s capital on april 17th, and it’s the perfect chance for whisky lovers to seek out new, rare, and classic drams from all around the world. Of course, scotch whisky will be flowing in great abundance, and this year’s event offers many fantastic whiskies for the scotch enthusiast to revisit or discover for the first time. Here are a few of our top picks.

Be sure to check out the full list of pours , as well as our guide to getting the most out of WhiskyFest. And if you don’t have your tickets yet, get...

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A Guide to Whisky Antiquing

From the outside, whisky collecting seems like an exclusive sport, a world of international auction houses, unattainable Japanese whisky, and pre-Prohibition bottles of bourbon. But not everyone who appreciates art has to own a Basquiat. Beyond the most rarefied whiskies and record-breaking bottles is a much larger, much more accessible realm of collectible whiskies. Collecting doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming—and above all else, it should be fun.

Collecting Types

There are a few kinds of whisky collectors. Trophy hunters might buy for personal satisfaction or investment, but they tend to target rare current releases—think Pappy Van Winkle...

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How to Track Down—And Get—Rare Whisky

Finding rare whisky on the shelf—a practice dubbed “ whisky antiquing” —isn’t seek and destroy, but rather, a search and enjoy mission. Follow these steps to securing liquid gems.

Assess Your Aspirations

Record an inventory of the whiskies you own and the styles you drink most. You probably already have more expertise than you even realize, so apply extra focus here when hunting.

Establish a Perimeter

Pick a central starting point and establish a radius for your search. Search for “liquor stores,” “wine shops,” “package stores,” and “wine and spirits” on Yelp and Google Maps. Chart a route, paying close...

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Can’t Get Pappy? Try These Wheated Bourbons Instead

Pappy Van Winkle is coveted by so many, and yet—thanks to its scarcity and often inflated prices—enjoyed by so few. But most folks don’t even realize what makes it special: Pappy—along with the other offerings in the Van Winkle line, aside from the rye—is a wheated bourbon. That means the secondary grain in its mashbill is wheat, rather than the much more common rye. This creates a slightly sweeter, fruitier, and, yes, smoother bourbon that many drinkers find quite appealing.

Savvy whiskey lovers have learned to quit wasting their time and money on locating Pappy and instead have begun to...

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