Rhum for your sum

Don Papa ‘MassKara’ (40%, OB, Philippines, +/-2020) – Savanna 5 yo ‘Unshared Cask’ (50%, OB, Salon du Rhum Belgique 2021, cognac cask, 840 bottles, 2020) – Caroni 1997/2020 (49.2%, The Whisky Agency, Keep Going, 262 bottles) – Aguardiente de Panela (43.15%, OB, Mexico, +/-2020) – River Antoine (69%, OB, Grenada, 2020)

Off Their Plate’s Natalie Guo Honored with $50,000 Eagle Rare Life Award – American Whiskey News

Off Their Plate’s Natalie Guo Honored with
$50,000 Eagle Rare Life Award

FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY (Feb. 9, 2021) – In the face of a pandemic, many heroes emerged. Natalie Guo is one such hero. She founded Off Their Plate, a non-profit organization that partners with restaurants to help feed their local communities in crisis. As a result, the Boston, Mass., resident has been given the 2021 Eagle Rare Life Award.

The honor is a $50,000 recognition and charitable donation for an individual who, like the award’s namesake bourbon, finds ways to Reach Higher in fulfilling their American Dream. Guo, born in China and immigrated to the U.S. from Sweden as a child, responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by creating a charity that both revives restaurants struggling with quarantine restrictions, and feeds health care workers and community members in need because of the virus.

She was chosen out of dozens of public nominations and is the 11th recipient of the Eagle Rare Life Award.

“Natalie’s story is exceptional,” said Eagle Rare Bourbon Brand Director Joshua Steely. “She has a truly representative story of pursuing the American dream to enrich her life and the lives of others. That is the embodiment of Reaching Higher. It’s that excellence that not only helps, but also inspires others. It’s truly patriotic and we are proud to recognize her and reward Off Their Plate with the Eagle Rare Life Award.”

Off Their Plate partners with struggling restaurants owned by women or people of color to make hot meals for healthcare workers or people experiencing hunger. Each $100 donation restores restaurant wages to the local economy while providing 10 meals for those in need.

“It was a huge surprise to even be considered for the award,” Guo said. Off Their Plate was built by a community of volunteers who have worked tirelessly to distribute 800,000 meals

across the country in the last nine months. Volunteers and friends like Alexis Harrison, who nominated me for the award, have sprung into action in every direction. This award is really theirs. I’m so honored to accept this grant which will help us continue to do this important work.”

Guo’s creation not only happened in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, but during her studies at Harvard Medical School. She is no stranger to work, however. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School. Along her journey, she has also tutored inner-city children, advised biotech startup companies and worked as a healthcare investor.

The Eagle Rare Life Award honors individuals whose efforts stand out as those who live a Rare Life and Reach Higher to achieve levels of excellence for themselves and their communities. Past winners include individuals who spearheaded efforts to fight childhood cancer, recognize fallen heroes of military service, lead environmental projects and create opportunities for those with disabilities. The individual or individuals are honored with the award while a $50,000 donation is made to the charity of their choice by Eagle Rare Bourbon.

Nominations for the award were accepted until December 20, 2020. The winner was chosen by a team of non-partisan stakeholders.

            For more information about Off Their Plate or to donate, visit offtheirplate.org.

About Eagle Rare Bourbon

Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is distilled, aged and bottled at Buffalo Trace Distillery, the world’s most award-winning Distillery. Named after America’s emblem, Eagle Rare was created in 1975, as the United States prepared to celebrate its bicentennial of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

Like its namesake, Eagle Rare Bourbon symbolizes the American dream, accomplishment, liberty and reaching higher.  Eagle Rare Bourbon is aged ten years and has won a host of awards, including five double gold medals.  The Eagle Rare family consists of Eagle Rare Bourbon (10 years old), Eagle Rare 17 Years old, part of the Antique Collection and Double Eagle Very Rare (20 years old).  For more information on the Rare Life Award or Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, visit https://eaglerarelife.com.

The Whisky Shop Auctions – Auction Ends Tonight! – Auction Whisky News

ENDING SOON: Our latest lots will be going under the hammer on Sunday 7th March at 8pm.


 See our highlights below.


A single malt from the now demolished Inverleven distillery in the Lowlands that was bottled by independent bottler Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Distilled in 1972, it was then laid down in an oak cask for two decades before being bottled in Autumn 1992 at a strength of 58.3% abv.


From London’s Bimber distillery comes this spectacular single malt from single cask #103! The cask was selected by Neil Jamieson and Alan Robertson and bottled exclusively for The Whisky Shop. This expression has been matured in an ex-bourbon cask for an undisclosed length of time, with just 254 bottles produced at a strength of 59.4% abv.


Distilled at the closed – but soon to re-open! – Rosebank distillery in the Lowlands, this release is the fifth bottling in Elixir Distillers’ seven-part Roses Series, which is released every Valentine’s Day and named after different roses which are chosen in relation to the character of the liquid. Using spirit which was distilled in 1990 and 1991, this expression has spent a little over two decades in a combination of ex-Madeira and American oak barrels. Just 633 bottles produced at a strength of 49.5% abv


Distilled at the closed – but soon to re-open! – Rosebank distillery in the Lowlands, this release is the fifth bottling in Elixir Distillers’ seven-part Roses Series, which is released every Valentine’s Day and named after different roses which are chosen in relation to the character of the liquid. This expression has been laid down in oak casks for a little over two decades before just 695 bottles produced at a strength 52.5% abv.


A 19-year-old single malt from Laphroaig that has been bottled by independent bottler, Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Distilled in 2001, it has been matured for 19 years in a refill ex-oloroso Sherry butt. Just 590 bottles were produced under the name “Now let us take a kind farewell”.

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Macduff, Longmorn and Edradour

Macduff 11 yo ‘Batch 6’ (48%, That Boutique-y Whisky Co, 1237 bottles) – Macduff 10 yo ‘Batch 10’ (52%, That Boutique-y Whisky Co, 1160 bottles) – Longmorn 22 yo 1997/2020 (58.7%, Elixir Distillers ‘Single Malts Of Scotland’, cask #163301, hogshead, 240 bottles) – Longmorn-Glenlivet 15 yo (46%, Cadenhead, Dumpy, -/+ 1980) – Edradour 11 yo 2008/2020 (58.3%, OB for The Whisky Exchange, cask #372, 1st fill oloroso sherry butt, 709 bottles) – Ballechin 14 yo 2005/2020 (58.8%, OB for The Whisky Exchange, cask #158, 2nd fill sherry hogshead, 296 bottles)



Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbons Also Receive Nine Medals 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Feb. 23, 2021) –The 2021 American World Whiskies Awards honored W.L. Weller C.Y.P.B. (Craft Your Perfect Bourbon) with two of its highest accolades – Best Kentucky Bourbon and Category Winner.

This bourbon resulted from the Distillery launching an interactive website (www.yourperfectbourbon.com) in the fall of 2015 designed to encourage its fans to share their favorite ideas about a perfect bourbon whiskey. Two years later, 2017, more than 100,000 fans had participated in crafting their perfect bourbon and the results were amazingly similar. In response, Buffalo Trace released a new product to offer fans what they were asking for, a wheat recipe bourbon, aged 8 years on the top warehouse floors and bottled somewhere between 90-99 proof. This crowd-sourced brand, called Weller C.Y.P.B., is short for Craft Your Perfect Bourbon.

Bourbons from Buffalo Trace Distillery also received nine medals at the 2021 World Whiskies Awards, including two Gold medals, two Silver medals and five Bronze medals.

Bourbons receiving Gold medals:

  • Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • W.L. Weller Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbons receiving Silver medals:

  • Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • W.L. Weller 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbons receiving Bronze medals:

  • Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • W.L. Weller Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • W.L. Weller Antique 107 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • W.L. Weller Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

“We are honored to accept these medals and thrilled our Weller C.Y.P.B. was awarded so highly,” Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley said. “As a crowd sourced bourbon, what this tells us is that our fans have great taste! The feedback we receive from our fans is taken very seriously, so it’s great to see that effort rewarded.”

Whiskies in each category were subject to blind tastings in a three-round judging process to reward and promote the world’s best whiskies to consumers and trade across the globe.  The winners from the World Whiskies Awards America 2021 will now compete with counterparts from all over the world, and global winners will be announced in March. For more information about the World Whiskies Awards visit www.worldwhiskiesawards.com.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1775 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 35 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year for 2018 and its William Larue Weller and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac were named 2nd and 3rd finest whiskeys in the world for 2020.  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 1,000 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com



Stay at home, invest in whisky and look forward to celebrating in the future

This is usually the time of year that we are all excited about getting out and celebrating St Patrick’s Day by flocking to the pub and having a few drinks with friends (sorry to remind you of the good old days!) On this day alone, over 5.9 billion dollars are spent globally celebrating the patron saint of Ireland, with over 41% of consumer’s choosing to spend their money on beverages.

This year we may be advised to celebrate virtually in the comforts of our own homes, but why not find a way to take this opportunity to make an investment which will benefit you for many more St Patrick’s Day’s to come?

Rather than drowning your sorrows, Elite Wine & Whisky are offering people a step-by-step guide on how to invest in Whisky; giving them an education behind their investment and the opportunity to see exceptional returns on their capital.

A question you may be asking is; why now, and why whisky? With exceptional returns in recent years (between 12-20%), a better question might be ‘why not whisky?’. But if you are uncertain about adding whisky to your investment portfolio, the principle reasons to invest are not that different to investing in fine wine.

In the last year, there was an extraordinary increase of 40% on rare whisky bottle values, ensuring that it outperformed the established alternative luxury commodities such as watches, art and cars.

Looking back historically, in the 10 years period prior to 2019, classic cars value appreciated 258%, coins 193%, and art 158%, whilst rare whisky excelled above the rest claiming growth of 582%.

Even amidst the backdrop of tariff uncertainty, the export value of global Scotch Whisky exports grew by 4.4% to £4.91billion in 2019 (figures compiled from HMRC export data) with growth in over 100 international markets.

Scotch Whisky is one of the UK’s most lucrative exports, with many distilleries having developed something of a cult following overseas, to the extent where they even produce specifically for certain markets.

So whilst the nation still remains in lockdown and the temptation to splash the cash on material goods has been put on hold, it’s never been a better time to invest money in a tangible, lucrative asset – the biggest struggle is resisting the temptation to drink it this St Patrick’s Day or any other day of the year!

Extremely Limited and Highly Rated Japanese Whisky – Japanese Whisky News

The Essence of Japan: Nagano-Based & Artisanally Made
Hombo Shuzo Mars Shinshu Komagatake “Limited Edition 2020” Single Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml) ($199.99)
“This is the complete package, and a prime contender as one of the year’s tastiest new Japanese whiskies. ” — Whiskey Advocate

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Japanese whisky has been taking the world by storm, and demand always seems to outpace supply. So, when we have one in stock in any quantity, it’s time to shout it from the rooftops. The Hombo Shuzo Mars Shinshu Komagatake “Limited Edition 2020” Single Malt Japanese Whisky is the real deal. While many other brands bring in spirits from other countries to bottle as Japanese or use a rice base to bump up production levels, this bottling is distilled and matured as a single malt in the small village of Miyada in Nagano prefecture. The quality here is unimpeachable, and with Whisky Advocate giving it a strong 94-point review and our own spirits buyers singing this whisky’s praises, there’s no reason for you to delay experiencing this unique bottling for yourself.

Hombo Shuzo Mars Shinshu Komagatake “Limited Edition 2020” Single Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml) ($199.99)

94 points Whisky Advocate: “Prunes, forest honey, vanilla seeds, dark chocolate cookies, and Brazil nut, with hints of chocolate orange and ground pepper: Im hooked. Cocoa, Whoppers, baked orange, jellied peel, jumpy peppery spices, tamarind bark, and milk chocolate pralines on the palate, and chocolate, stewed fruits, and walnut once the strength dies down. This is the complete package, and a prime contender as one of the years tastiest new Japanese whiskies. (JM, Winter 2020)”

K&L Notes: The history of the excellent Mars Distillery is long and complicated. The special stills that now sit at the high-altitude distillery near Nagano were hand-built to the specifications of the preeminent grandfather of Japanese Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru. In the 1950s, Taketsuru-san’s mentor Iwai Kiichiro, who had commissioned his famed voyage to Scotland, designed and built two pot stills for Hombo Shuzo in Yamanashi using Takesturu’s original specifications. The stills were moved to Kagoshima not long after production started and eventually moved again to Nagano in the early 80s. For another decade, Mars Whisky operated their old pot stills from their mountain home, but lackluster demand for whisky caused Hombo to cease operations completely at the plant in 1992. But renewed interest in the late 2000s for Japanese whisky compelled the owners to relaunch the brand and recommission the old pots at Mars Shinshi in Nagano. Now Mars Whisky consists of two distilleries, this one and another at the Mars headquarters on Kumamoto called Tsunuki. Production is tiny compared to their next largest competitors, Suntory and Nikka, but Mars’ single malts have become renowned for their extremely high quality. The 2020 LE is bottled at 50% ABV and aged in primarily ex-bourbon barrels combined with some sherry influence. An excellent example of what the future of craft Japanese whisky looks like and one of the more collectable and unique offerings on the market today.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 02, 2021

The absolutely splendid Komagatake series is finally coming online in a serious way. For the first time in a year, we’ve been given access to significant quantities of their limited edition offerings. While Yamazaki and Nikka get all the hype, Mars Distillery is quietly making some of the best whisky in Japan, and only the real geeks are really tuned into how special these offerings are. Not only is this “real” Japanese, in that it was completely distilled at the Mars facility in Nagano, but it’s also absolutely delicious and polished in a way that many other up-and-coming Japanese brands are not. The excellent malts from the Nagano facility are distilled on two antique copper pots that were built by hand in the 1950s. The resulting spirits tend to offer tons of depth and complexity, and their access to high quality wood, with this release a mix of ex-sherry and American Oak both new and used, creates the perfect opportunity to highlight the wonderful quality coming off those stills. Let’s taste it! The color is pale gold. The nose exhibits obvious dried fruit aromas, stone fruits, and other orchard fruits, plus some twang of new, fresh American oak – cinnamon, vanilla, creamy caramel, etc. On the palate, it continues in this inviting direction with dried plums, complex floral honey, roasted cacao, earthy malt, and hints of menthol. The new wood is nicely balanced by the sweet flavors of the sherry here, and the rich texture keeps it interesting. Extremely drinkable at 100 proof. This is just really fun to drink, and while it’s likely collectable with only 15,000 bottles worldwide, I hope our customers take the chance to taste this special bottle while they can.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 27, 2021

So much of the modern Japanese whisky available in the United States is full of controversy. The majority of new brands are taking Japanese-made rice spirit and labelling it as whiskey for the American market (rice is a grain after all and therefore qualifies for the term in the USA, but such a spirit cannot be called whisky in Japan itself) or they are importing Scotch to Japan and shortly thereafter exporting it as Japanese Whisky. Most American consumers don’t realize that the premium bottle they purchased is in no way Japanese except for maybe the writing on the label. Not so with the Mars distillery. Right on the front of the label it is clearly written: “Distilled and Matured in Miyada, Nagano, Japan.” No questions there. No vague ‘Japanese whisky’ claim to parse. With its origin firmly established, let’s turn to the whisky itself. The 2020 Limited Edition is bottled at 50% ABV and aged in a blend of sherry casks and American white oak casks. It’s a rich nose of over-ripe peaches, vanilla bean custard, and Manuka honey with a faint nod towards the earthy/fruity complexity of fine agave spirits. The palate is lithe and zippy, like a featherweight prizefighter. Orange blossom and cracked peppercorn box with roasted cocoa nibs and jackfruit. The finish is of a medium to long length. It’s intense at first, but moves to a drawn out, almost ghostly impression of the whisky that lingers for a very long time. A very impressive whisky that is poised and complete without ever being heavy handed.

Also available from Mars Distillery:

Hombo Shuzo Mars Shinshu Komagatake “Yakushima Aged Limited Edition 2020” Single Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml) $299.99 View

WIN: a bottle of Redbreast 21 Year Old 🍀 at The Whisky Shop! – Irish Whiskey News

Golden Dram Competition:
WIN a bottle of Redbreast 21 Year Old!

The next edition of our Golden Dram competition is here already! And this one’s a cracker, with a bottle of Redbreast 21 Year Old up for grabs.

We’ve hidden a bottle of Redbreast 21 Year Old in one of our Redbreast 70cl boxes. To enter, simply buy any 70cl bottle from the Redbreast range online before midnight on Wednesday 17th March.

The oldest and richest expression of the Redbreast family, Redbreast 21 Year Old has spent over two decades in bourbon barrels and first-fill oloroso casks, introducing new levels of depth and flavour to its sherry character. Tropical fruits lead on the nose, followed by vanilla and cinnamon on the palate, before a lingering oak spice in the finish. Incredible!

Win or lose, you’ll be gaining a brand new bottle of delicious whiskey! So, what are you waiting for? Enter now while stocks last and you might just be the lucky one to find the golden dram in your order…

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