Knob Creek Marks 30th Anniversary With Oldest Yet

Knob Creek has launched an 18 year old expression, the oldest expression from Knob Creek to-date, and its introduction comes just in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Knob Creek and the Small Batch Bourbon Collection. Aged twice as long as its flagship bourbon and bottled at 100 proof, Knob Creek 18 Year Old offers a complex, yet balanced, liquid due to its mature age.

“As we celebrate 30 years of Knob Creek, it’s clear to me that Dad was ahead of his time in creating innovative expressions with big, bold flavors that defined pre-prohibition whiskey,” said Fred Noe, Booker Noe’s son and Seventh Generation Master Distiller. “This new 18 Year Old liquid is a nod to his vision and commitment to quality and craftsmanship, and I know this is a whiskey he’d be proud to serve. I’m honored to further his legacy with Knob Creek’s oldest and boldest expression yet.”

Knob Creek 18 Year Old is now available nationwide in limited quantities with a suggested retail price of $169.99 for a 750ml bottle.

Gordon & MacPhail Has A New Batch Of Rarities

Gordon & MacPhail is unveiling a collection of exceptionally rare whiskies from closed distilleries across Scotland – a new annual series of single cask releases from its revered liquid library.

The ‘Recollection Series’ features a trove of whiskies from distilleries lost to the mists of time, giving enthusiasts and collectors a unique opportunity to enjoy forgotten masterpieces.

From the Private Collection range, personally selected by members of Gordon & MacPhail’s owning family, come a 1982 from St. Magdalene Distillery (Linlithgow), a 1982 from Glen Mhor Distillery (Inverness), and a 1981 from Lochside Distillery (Montrose). All whiskies are bottled at cask strength and unchillfiltered.

The whiskies, each matured in Gordon & MacPhail’s own casks, exemplify Gordon & MacPhail’s patient approach to maturation, guided by the principle that ensuring quality is always the key motivating factor.

The releases from St Magdalene, Glen Mhor and Lochside distilleries are available worldwide, with other releases in the series available in select international markets.

Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection 1982 from St Magdalene Distillery [RSP £2249.99/ $3499 USD]*

The 39-year-old whisky has been matured in casks #2094 – a refill American hogshead – and will be available worldwide.

About the distillery: Built in the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow in the mid-18th century by Sebastian Henderson who rented the lands of St. Magdalene’s Cross Convent from the Countess of Dalhousie to build the distillery. The operation of St Magdalene throughout the 20th century, though the distillery became one of nine permanently closed by the company in 1983. The distillery was renovated into residential flats in the early 1990s, though its malting barn and kiln, which are registered as C Grade listed buildings, remain.

Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection 1982 from Glen Mhor Distillery [RSP £2249.99/ $3499 USD]*

The 40-year-old Glen Mhor whisky has been matured in a refill Sherry hogshead and will be available worldwide.

About the distillery: Designed by Charles Doig, the distillery was built in in 1892 by John Birnie and Charles Mackinlay. Unusually, the Highland based distillery remained water-powered until the 1950s and had Saladin maltings installed in 1954. It was eventually demolished in 1986.

Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection 1981 from Lochside Distillery [RSP £3199.99/ $4999 USD]*

The 40-year-old whisky has been matured in a refill Sherry hogshead and will be available across worldwide markets.

About the distillery: Lochside was a brewery from 1786 until its closure in 1957. It incorporated a white tower – a classic German brauhaus design – that was reinterpreted by Charles Doig in 1899. The site was then purchased with the new owner installing a Coffey and he set about installing a Coffey still, swiftly followed by four pot stills in 1961. The Coffey still was decommissioned and the distillery ran until the early 1990s before it was finally closed and sold to developers before being demolished in 2005.

GORDON & MACPHAIL RELEASES RECOLLECTION SERIES FEATURING RARE SINGLE MALTS FROM CLOSED SCOTTISH DISTILLERIES – Scotch Whisky News

GORDON & MACPHAIL RELEASES RECOLLECTION SERIES FEATURING RARE SINGLE MALTS FROM CLOSED SCOTTISH DISTILLERIES 

Gordon & MacPhail is unveiling a collection of exceptionally rare whiskies from closed distilleries across Scotland – a new annual series of single cask releases from its revered liquid library.

The ‘Recollection Series’ features a trove of whiskies from distilleries lost to the mists of time, giving enthusiasts and collectors a unique opportunity to enjoy forgotten masterpieces.

From the Private Collection range, personally selected by members of Gordon & MacPhail’s owning family, come a 1982 from St. Magdalene Distillery (Linlithgow), a 1982 from Glen Mhor Distillery (Inverness), and a 1981 from Lochside Distillery (Montrose). All whiskies are bottled at cask strength and unchillfiltered.

The whiskies, each matured in Gordon & MacPhail’s own casks, exemplify Gordon & MacPhail’s patient approach to maturation, guided by the principle that ensuring quality is always the key motivating factor.

The releases from St Magdalene, Glen Mhor and Lochside distilleries are available worldwide, with other releases in the series available in select international markets.

Stuart Urquhart, Operations Director at Gordon & MacPhail said: “We’re excited to release a series that revives and celebrates the spirit and character of these closed distilleries from across Scotland.

“Each remarkable expression is vanishingly rare and captures an unrepeatable moment in Scotland’s rich liquid heritage. Having carefully assessed the progress of each spirit down the decades, we feel now is finally the right moment to reveal these landmark single malts. We hope the annual series will excite single malt enthusiasts keen to try something different, and irreplaceable.”

For more information, visit www.gordonandmacphail.com

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Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection 1982 from St Magdalene Distillery [RSP £2249.99/ $3499 USD]*

The 39-year-old whisky has been matured in casks #2094 – a refill American hogshead – and will be available worldwide.

ABV:8%
Outturn: 165 bottles
Aroma: Baked apple aromas lead to demerara sugar and faint dried herbs. Grapefruit zest develops accompanied by white chocolate and freshly cut grass.
Taste: Dried pineapple flavours infuse with passion fruit and crystallised violet. Lemon curd comes to the fore alongside subtle icing sugar and a faint herbal edge.
Finish:  White pepper and charred oak linger on the finish with citrus fruit.
About the distillery: Built in the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow in the mid-18th century by Sebastian Henderson who rented the lands of St. Magdalene’s Cross Convent from the Countess of Dalhousie to build the distillery. The operation of St Magdalene throughout the 20th century, though the distillery became one of nine permanently closed by the company in 1983. The distillery was renovated into residential flats in the early 1990s, though its malting barn and kiln, which are registered as C Grade listed buildings, remain.

Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection 1982 from Glen Mhor Distillery [RSP £2249.99/ $3499 USD]*

The 40-year-old Glen Mhor whisky has been matured in a refill Sherry hogshead and will be available worldwide.

ABV:8%
Outturn: 174 bottles
Aroma: Rich Sherry influences with toasted hazelnuts and subtle milk chocolate. Morello cherry notes develop alongside sweet treacle toffee.
Taste: Intense stewed fruit leads to pressed apple and demerara sugar. Raspberry compote combines with soft white pepper and a hint of dried tobacco.
Finish: A full finish with citrus and summer fruit.
About the distillery: Designed by Charles Doig, the distillery was built in in 1892 by John Birnie and Charles Mackinlay. Unusually, the Highland based distillery remained water-powered until the 1950s and had Saladin maltings installed in 1954. It was eventually demolished in 1986.

Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection 1981 from Lochside Distillery [RSP £3199.99/ $4999 USD]*

The 40-year-old whisky has been matured in a refill Sherry hogshead and will be available across worldwide markets.

ABV:2%
Outturn: 141 bottles
Aroma: Rich Sherry aromas complement fragrant mandarin peel. Salted almonds come to the fore with raspberry compote and faint malted biscuit.
Taste: Roasted coffee beans lead to walnuts and stewed raisins. Blackcurrant jam accompanies Seville orange peel and red apple.
Finish: A long finish with lingering hazelnuts and cocoa powder.
About the distillery: Lochside was a brewery from 1786 until its closure in 1957. It incorporated a white tower – a classic German brauhaus design – that was reinterpreted by Charles Doig in 1899. The site was then purchased with the new owner installing a Coffey and he set about installing a Coffey still, swiftly followed by four pot stills in 1961. The Coffey still was decommissioned and the distillery ran until the early 1990s before it was finally closed and sold to developers before being demolished in 2005.

*Prices in international markets may vary due to local taxes and import duties.

About Gordon & MacPhail Whiskies

For over 125 years, Gordon & MacPhail has been driven by a simple mission: to create single malt Scotch whisky of exceptional quality.

Through four generations of family ownership, the company has matched spirit from over 100 Scottish distilleries to its own bespoke casks.

It is this unique depth and breadth of experience that enables Gordon & MacPhail to combine oak, spirit and time to create a portfolio of iconic whiskies found nowhere else in the world.

‘Discovery’–This flavour-led range is the perfect introduction to our portfolio of quality single malt Scotch whiskies
‘Distillery Labels’–A range celebrating our long-standing relationships with Scotland’s distilleries
Connoisseurs Choice’ –The heart of our portfolio. Always unique, these non-chill-filtered, natural coloured, small batch expressions are genuine one-offs.
‘Private Collection’–Greatly-aged single malts from celebrated, little-known, or closed distilleries specially selected by members of the Urquhart family
Generations’–A prestigious collection of old, rare, and exclusive masterpieces

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “2022 ADVENT CALENDAR: 25 CASKS FOR CHRISTMAS” – Scotch Whisky News

2022 ADVENT CALENDAR: 25 CASKS FOR CHRISTMAS

What better way to count down the days to Christmas than with 25 different spirited casks? Maybe just a sleek new box to heighten the delight. You’ll find a Society surprise behind each calendar door that is sure to thrill the senses – mini 25ml bottles they each may be but rest assured they are MIGHTY in taste and flavour.

ORDER YOUR ADVENT CALENDAR NOW

VIEW CHRISTMAS COLLECTION

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

Douglas Laing Unveils Spooktacular Campbeltown Bottling: The Gauldrons Cask Strength Limited Edition – Scotch Whisky News

Douglas Laing Unveils Spooktacular Campbeltown Bottling: The Gauldrons Cask Strength Limited Edition

Leading distiller, blender and bottler, Douglas Laing & Co, today announce the second ever limited edition release under their award-winning Campbeltown Malt Scotch Whisky brand: The Gauldrons Cask Strength Edition.

Joining the core expression which launched in 2017 and The Gauldrons Sherry Edition which launched as a limited release earlier this year, the Cask Strength Edition is strictly limited to no more than 3,120 bottles. A marriage of Single Cask Single Malts exclusively from Campbeltown, the Blended Malt has been bottled at a Natural Cask Strength of 53.4% alcohol and is proudly offered without colouring or chill-filtration, in line with the Douglas Laing family’s “As Natural As It Gets” ethos.

The Gauldrons is said to be “inspired by the eponymous dark sandy coves on Campbeltown’s west shores” and literally means “bay of storms”. This latest release is said to “pay homage to the elusive region by encapsulating its dark, mysterious allure – a positioning which is particularly relevant around the forthcoming Halloween season”. Presented in a sleek black bottle with a deep purple wax seal and a glow in the dark label for premium and seasonal appeal.

Commenting on this latest bottling, Cara Laing, Marketing Director, said:

“We’re delighted to launch the second ever limited edition for our Campbeltown Malt Scotch Whisky brand! Bottled at a Natural Cask Strength, the resulting spirit reveals an exceptional combination of smoky sweetness and maritime saltiness – a dram we can’t wait to share with the whisky aficionados of the world. The standout glow in the dark label was a particularly fun piece of innovation and brings an exciting new dimension to the bottling. The phenomenal spirit quality and creative packaging make this new release the ultimate dram to be enjoyed this spooky Halloween season and is one we are incredibly proud of.”

The Gauldrons Cask Strength Edition will be available online and from specialist spirits retailers in Europe, America and Asia from early October 2022 and is expected to retail at £60 / €70. 

Tasting notes    

Classically Campbeltown in style, expect waves of sea air, puffs of gentle smoke, sugary manuka honey and a mouth-coating Cask Strength depth.

ABOUT THE GAULDRONS

Instagram: @thegauldronswhisky

Facebook: /dlthegauldrons 

Established in 2017 by Douglas Laing & Co, The Gauldrons represents the “ultimate distillation of Campbeltown” in a small batch marriage of Single Cask Single Malts exclusively from the Campbeltown region of Scotland. The Gauldrons, literally meaning ‘Bay of Storms’ presents a classically Campbeltown style of salty and maritime with a spicy finish. The Gauldrons is proudly offered at high strength and without colouring or chill-filtration – adhering to the Douglas Laing

family’s ‘As Natural As It Gets’ ethos.

ABOUT DOUGLAS LAING & CO.

www.douglaslaing.com

Douglas Laing & Co. is a leading independent Scotch Whisky distillery, blender and bottler specialising in the selection and release of Single Cask Single and Small Batch Malt Scotch Whiskies.

The company was founded by Fred Douglas Laing in 1948 and is still owned and run by the Laing family – Fred Laing Jr and his daughter Cara Laing.

The company philosophy is to bottle the way the distiller intended – at a high strength and without chill filtration to preserve the robust and unique character of the Whisky. Douglas Laing’s industry reputation and many awards is testament to this ethos.

Douglas Laing’s Remarkable Regional Malts, the Ultimate Distillation of Scotland’s Malt Whisky Regions, encompasses The Epicurean Lowland Malt Scotch Whisky, Timorous Beastie (Highlands), Scallywag (Speyside), The Gauldrons (Campbeltown), Rock Island (Islands) and Big Peat (Islay).

Beyond its Blended Malts expertise, the award-winning Douglas Laing portfolio also includes Provenance, Premier Barrel, Old Particular, Xtra Old Particular and XOP Black, collectively known as the firm’s “Exceptional Single Casks”.

Scotch Whisky Auctions “UK Collections October 2022” – Whisky News

Please see below our collection schedule for the 137th auction. To register your interest please complete the form which can be found HERE

Scotland

Collection Points

Inverness – Tuesday 11th October 2022 – From 11am by appointment
* Request deadline Monday 10th October 2022 at 12 noon

Elgin –  Tuesday 11th October 2022 – From 1.30pm by appointment
* Request deadline Monday 10th October 2022 at 12 noon

Aberdeen – Wednesday 12th October 2022  – from 11am by appointment only
* Request deadline Monday 10th October 2022 at 12 noon

Home Collections – for those customers sending 10 or more bottles or bottles to the value of £1000 and above.

Glasgow/Motherwell  includes all G & ML postcode areas – Wednesday 5th October 2022
*Request deadline Friday 30th September 2022 at 12 noon

Inverclyde & Renfrewshire – Wednesday 5th October 2022
*Request deadline Friday 30th September 2022 at 12 noon

Dumfries –   Monday 17th October/Tuesday 18th October 2022
* Request deadline Monday 10th October 2022 at 12 noon

Dundee –  Tuesday 18th October 2022  – from 11am by appointment only
* Request deadline Monday 10th October 2022 at 12 noon

Perth  –    Tuesday 18th October 2022  – from 11am by appointment only
* Request deadline Monday 10th October 2022 at 12 noon

Ayrshire –  Tuesday 18th October 2022  – from 11am by appointment only
* Request deadline Monday 10th October 2022 at 12 noon

Fife & Kinross – Tuesday 18th October 2022  – from 11am by appointment only
* Request deadline Monday 10th October 2022 at 12 noon

Stirlingshire –  Tuesday 18th October 2022  – from 11am by appointment only
* Request deadline Monday 10th October 2022 at 12 noon

Islay –  Thursday 22nd October 2022
* Request deadline Monday 10th October 2022 at 12 noon

Campbeltown/Oban – Thursday 22nd October 2022
* Request deadline Monday 10th October 2022 at 12 noon

Edinburgh – Monday 26th October 2022
* Request deadline Monday 10th October 2022 at 12 noon

Orkney – Wednesday 26th October 2022
* Request deadline Monday 10th October 2022 at 12 noon

England

England – Home Collections – Thursday 13th October 2022 – Monday 17th October 2022
* Request deadline Monday 10th October 2022 at 12 noon

Collection Points

Manchester – M21 – Sunday 16th October 2022 From 6pm *** New Location ***
* Request deadline Monday 10th October 2022 at 12 noon

London AM – NW2, SW16, E6 –  Sunday 16th October 2022  – from 10am by appointment only
* Request deadline Monday 10th October 2022 at 12 noon
*** New East London Location ***

London Evening – W14 –  Sunday 16th October 2022 – from 6pm by appointment only
* Request deadline Monday 10th October 2022 at 12 noon

Wales

Newport – NP18 – Saturday 15th October 2022 from 9am
* Request deadline Monday 10th October 2022 at 12 noon

Home collections are available for those customers sending 10+ bottles or bottles to the value of £1000. Unfortunately this service is not available in London.

Collections are limited and by appointment only. If you would like to attend please complete the form which can be found here. Please note deadlines apply for collection requests.

It would be appreciated if bottles could be packed for uplift. In addition a submission form and label should be completed. Submission forms can now be completed via your main accounts page.

A winner in our auction? We are now offering a delivery (to collection point) service to customers who are dropping bottles off for a future auction. This service is charged at £12 (inc VAT), optional loss and breakage cover is available.

Submission Form & Label

St Magdalene, quatuor major

St Magdalene 23 yo 1970 (58.43%, OB, Rare Malts, 70cl, 1995)
Linlithgow 27 yo 1974/2001 (50%, Silver Seal, First Bottling, 180 bottles)
St Magdalene 19 yo 1979/1998 (63.80%, OB, Rare Malts)
St Magdalene 39 yo 1982/2021 (54.8%, Gordon & MacPhail, Private Collection, The Recollection, refill American oak hogshead, cask #2094, 165 bottles, 2022)

High West Campfire Whiskey Review (2022)

By Richard Thomas

Rating: B+

The revamped High West Campfire
(Credit: Richard Thomas)

A decade ago, Utah’s High West was a fan favorite, instantly earning a reputation for transparency at a time when a handful of whiskey bloggers led an often trollish obsession among enthusiasts with the sometimes shady marketing employed by non-distiller producers. High West was unusual in not only did they frankly admit that their whiskeys were sourced, but they even specified from who and what their blending proportions were.

Campfire was not just an example of a transparently sourced American whiskey, but also an early example of a whiskey that blended multiple types of whiskey together, or hybrid. In this instance, it’s a mixture of bourbon, rye and Scottish malts. As Padre John wrote in our 2015 review, “According to David Perkins, founder of High West Distillery, the Campfire saga all began at the Bruichladdich Distillery B & B. He and his wife were served an unusual combination of fresh melon and sweet smoke.  He believed it a very unforgettable experience, and the idea struck him to recreate this marvelous experience only with a bourbon as the base.”

High West discontinued Campfire for a brief spell, but has resurrected it this year, albeit with a new formulation. This version draws on stocks of the ubiquitous MGP-made 95% rye, 5% malt rye whiskey; High West’s own in-house rye whiskey; the 75% corn mash bourbon made by MGP; and a blend of malts from Scotland, sourced from undisclosed distilleries. This Campfire 2022 is bottled at 92 proof.

The Whiskey
I’ve never actually found campfire to have the nose of a campfire, which is perhaps a good thing: American whiskeys have no business aping the peatiest beasts of Scotland. This new formulation has a candied core at the scent, smacking of vanilla, honey and butterscotch, tinged with cookie spices and pine needles. The flavor follows almost exactly in this vein, differing only in the addition of a touch of ash, making it everything anyone could ask for from an Scots-American hybrid whiskey. That ash firmly establishes its feet in both identities, and in a way that doesn’t clash. The finish rolls on woody and spicy, but mildly so.

The Price
Officially, Campfire now goes for $79.99

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