What’s New: Karuizawa, Aberfeldy, Christmas Gifts – Christmas Whisky News

The countdown to Christmas is on. Here’s a rundown of our inspiration for the perfect present, including our curated Christmas drinks gifts selection, new perfect measure sets and The Whisky Exchange e-gift card for those overwhelmed by choice.

The extremely rare Karuizawa 50 Year Old is now available exclusively from The Whisky Exchange, along with a duo of limited-edition single malts from Aberfeldy, finished in red wine casks from both the old world and the new.

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ABERFELDY RED WINE CASK COLLECTION

A series of limited-edition single malts from Aberfeldy, crafted by master distiller Stephanie Macleod. Inspired by her love for fine wines, Stephanie has sought-out top-quality red wine casks from Napa Valley and Tuscany for the 2022-releases.

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NEW PERFECT MEASURE SETS

A range of new tasting sets have arrived, including a set of top-notch single malts from the newest Scottish distilleries, a taste of some of Speyside’s most popular whiskies, plus a selection of spirits exclusive to The Whisky Exchange.

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KARUIZAWA 50 YEAR OLD

The much-anticiapted Karuizawa 50 Year Old from Elixir Distillers is now available. This rare whisky was distilled in 1965 and aged in a solitary sherry butt before bottling in 2017 – only 318 bottles have been filled. Register your interest online by Sunday 4 December 2022 for the chance to purchase.

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SCAPA 2003 19 YEAR OLD

“Lovely, just lovely. I’ve been a huge fan of Scapa ever since trying one of the mid-teens bottlings 10 years ago, and also love when Ballantines produced their heightened Scapa-based expressions. But this is beyond belief. Lovely Scapa minerality and tart apple nose, and so so well balanced.”

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Glengoyne “The Legacy Series Chapter 3” Highland Single Malt ~ Scotch Whisky News

Glengoyne “The Legacy Series Chapter 3” Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

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Glengoyne’s remarkable Leagcy Series continues with this third iteration. Chapter 3 celebrates Sir Arthur John Tedder, the Glengoyne exciseman who helped define the laws for Scotch whisky as we know it today. This release highlights the finest American oak Sherry casks in the Glengoyne warehouse. The cask makeup is 22% first fill Bourbon, 32% American oak Sherry, 8% European oak Sherry, and 38% hand selected refill Sherry and Bourbon casks. It’s a well balanced and nuanced whisky bottled at 48% ABV and without chill filtration or added color. Nose: Mixed berry jam, vanilla apple strudel, deep sherry notes, cinnamon sticks and pear. Taste: Rich body, chewy with boozy raisins, spiced buns, tarte tatin and cream sherry. Finish: Light and fruity, deepens with pineapple, dried fruits dark chocolate and lingering spice.

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Save £37 Bushmills 2000 Ruby Port Cask 💥 – Irish Whiskey News at The Whisky Shop

Save £37 Bushmills Causeway Collection

Bushmills 2000 Ruby Port Cask The Causeway Collection

This dram had a 20-year-long slumber in Portuguese first fill Ruby Port wine casks, bottled in 2021 at cask strength 54.1% abv, free from chill filtration and artificial colouring. The Causeway Collection is a celebration of Bushmills’ rarest and most special casks.

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Bushmills 2000 Ruby Port Cask The Causeway Collection Description

This single malt is a Bushmills 2000 Port Cask single malt whiskey. This dram had a hefty 20-year-long slumber in Portuguese first fill ruby port wine casks. Undergoing a classic triple distillation in November 2000, this was then bottled in 2021 at a cask strength 54.1% abv. It is also from chill filtration and artificial colouring. The Causeway Collection is a celebration of Bushmills rarest and most special casks, gaining inspiration from the Giant’s Causeway that is just down the road from the Old Bushmills Distillery. And this dram is just as grand as you would expect.

The nose is full of juicy raspberry, plums, and dry grapefruit. More red fruits are present on the palate, with strawberry headlining next to caramelised toffee, chilli, and allspice. The finish is sweet, spicy, and lingers delightfully.

Single Malts of Scotland Advent Calendar – Scotch Whisky News

Single Malts of Scotland Advent Calendar

This stunning set features 25 3cl bottlings from some of the most renowned and some lesser known distilleries from Scotland.

Since 2005, Elixir Distillers has bottled its best single casks under The Single Malts of Scotland range, showcasing each distillery’s distinct fingerprint at a precise moment of maturation. Each bottling has a unique cask number and is bottles, without chill -filtration or colouring, at the optimum strength to show off its individual character. The aim is to find and share drams that will create lasting memories through flavour.

From the rugged norther Orkney islands to the gentle malts of the southern Lowlands, they have dug deep into their rich stocks of whisky to find some of the world’s most lauded malts – including Islay’s famous Laphroaig, acclaimed highlander Clynelish and lost Speysider Imperial – while also shining light on some of Scotand’s hidden gems, including Linkwood from Seyside and Ledaig from the Isle of Mull.

Non chill filtered and natural colour

This set contains 3cl samples of the following whiskies:

A Highland Distillery 2008, 13yo, Cask #66, 54%

A Lowland Distillery 2007, 14yo Cask #77, 52.9%

A Speyside Distillery 1990, 31yo, Cask #210000002, 52.6%

An Islay Distillery 1993, 28yo, Cask #406859, 51.2%

Ardmore 1998, 23yo, Cask #750784, 47.9%

Ben Nevis 2012, 8yo, Cask #800214, 57.8%

Benrinnes 2006, 15yo Cask #800214, 56.2%

Blair Athol 2010, 11yo, Cask #302328, 54.7%

Bunnahabhain 2009, 12yo, Cask #42645, 56.3%

Caol Ila 2006, 15yo, Cask #307414, 53.5%

Clynelish 2011, 10yo, Cask #800289, 58.3%

Craigellachie 2011, 10yo, Cask #900093, 61.1%

Dailuaine 2009, 12yo, Cask #787, 54.9%

Deanston 2008, 13yo, Cask #182, 56.8%

Glen Elgin 2008, 13yo, Cask #803873, 52.4%

Glenallachie 2011, 10yo, Cask #900222, 60.7%

Glenlossie 2007, 14yo, Cask #8280, 59.8%

Glentauchers 2011, 10yo, Cask #900247, 63.6%

Highland Park 2011, 10yo, Cask #5, 50.9%

Imperial 1997, 24yo, Cask #203, 51.1%

Laphroaig 2014, 7yo, Cask #221, 61.8%

Ledaig 2005, 16yo, Cask #73, 53.8%

Linkwood 2008, 13yo, Cask #804632, 55.4%

Mannochmore 2010, 11yo, Cask #11274, 58.2%

Teaninich 2006, 15yo, Cask #303007, 57.9%

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SMOKUS FRUTICOSUS – Scotch Malt Whisky Society News

 

SMOKUS FRUTICOSUS

Why is this so ultra-rare? This is our very OWN creation, crafted using malt whisky casks from the islands of Islay and Orkney. Our expert Spirits Team have had some fun here, producing something wonderfully unique. The resulting whisky is sweet, rich and intensely smoky, as the medicinal character of Islay peat marries with the floral and earthy smoke of the Orkney Islands. The spirit of the season in a glass and sure to warm your heart, fingers and toes.

FRUITY FUN TIMES

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

BOWMORE TRIO LEAD BONHAMS FINE WHISKY SALE IN PARIS – Whisky Sale News

BOWMORE TRIO LEAD BONHAMS FINE WHISKY AND SPIRITS SALE IN PARIS

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Paris –Three exceptional bottles of Bowmore lead Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr’s Fine Whisky et Spiritueux d’Exception sale in Paris on Tuesday 6 December 2022. They include a bottle of Bowmore-35 year old-1964 estimated at €16,000-20,000.

Bowmore-35 year old-1964 was released for the UK wine and spirit merchant Oddbins in the year 2000. It is one of only 99 bottles of the legendary sherried vintage 1964 from Bowmore distillery and comes from the same batch of casks as the iconic Black Bowmore series. The trio is completed by a bottle of Bowmore-1956 estimated at €8,000-10,000 and a bottle of Bowmore-1964 estimated at €7,000-9,000. Both bottles were imported by P. Soffiantino & C. S.p.A. and come in their original presentation cases.

The sale, which consists of 227 lots, also offers:

A bottle of Aberfeldy the Gold of Pitilie-28 year old-1985. One of the oldest and rarest malts to be released by Aberfeldy, it is named after the stream from which the distillery draws its water. The Pitilie Burn is also known for its alluvial deposits of Scottish gold. Encased in an ornately cast 22-carat gold collar, this extraordinary bottle is just one of 10 ever released (two of which have been retained by the distillery), and even contains flakes of Scottish gold in the stopper. Estimate: €15,000-20,000.

A bottle of Hanyu Ichiro’s Malt-2 of Spades. Distilled at Hanyu Distillery in 1991 and bottled in 2011 it was imported to the UK by The Number One Drinks Company Ltd. One of the legendary Malt Cards Series, it is estimated at €13,000-20,000.

A bottled of Karuizawa Single Cask-1975.  Distilled by Karuizawa Distillery and bottled on 14 June 2010, it was imported to France by La Maison Du Whisky. Estimate: €16,000-20,000.

Diego Lanza, Bonhams Senior Whisky Specialist, said: “We are fortunate to be offering some very special and sought-after bottles in this sale. The 35 year old 1964 is an extremely rare Bowmore – undoubtedly one of their very best. The Aberfeldy the Gold of Pitilie-28 year old-1985 is very scarce and hardly ever comes onto the open market. Only eight bottles of the ten produced were released for sale and we are offering number 1.”

Sale: Fine Whisky et Spiritueux d’Exception, : 4 Rue de la Paix,  Tuesday 6 December 2022

BONHAMS

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and collectables, motor cars and a luxury division, including jewellery, watches, wine and whisky. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 53 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com

Octomore 13.2 Review

Bruichladdich knows how to usher in fall, hello Octomore 13.2. The mornings and evenings carry a crispness, the leaves are falling as fast as the temperature and my glencairns are carrying more and more peated whiskey in them – well. more than usual anyway. This is my favorite time of the year.

And this year, something special is happening with one of my favorite peated whiskies out there… sherry. The 13.2 isn’t finished in sherry, it’s spent its entire 5+ years maturing in ex-Oloroso casks which, just the thought of, has me drooling.

Let’s get to drinkin’ and see if what’s in the glass is as good as the visions of sherry+smoky whisky dancing in my head.

Octomore 13.2 – Details and Tasting Notes

 

Whiskey Details

Cask Strength | Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color

Style: Single Malt (Scotch)
Region: Islay, Scotland
Distiller: Bruichladdich

Mash Bill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: ex-Bourbon, Ex-Oloroso
Age: 5+ years
ABV: 58.3%

Batch: 13.2
PPM: 137.3
Octomore 13.2 Price: NA – $160*

Related Whiskey

Octomore 10 Years
Octomore 6.1
Octomore 12.2
Octomore 12.1
Octomore 12.3

“Octomore 13.2 offers an alternative maturation to the structural brilliance delivered by its 13.1 counterpart. In an indulgent point of difference, the five-year-old spirit has spent its entire maturing life in Oloroso butts from Fernando de Castilla, Spain.” – Bruichladdich

Octomore 13.2 Tasting Notes

EYE
Amber

NOSE
Peat, strawberry shortcake, orange peels, buttercream frosting, toffee and a touch of sulfur and leather.

Deep and velvety, I could sit and sniff this for days.

PALATE
Earthy peat, dried strawberries, vanilla taffy, toffee, cocoa powder, clove, anise, touch of sulfur and leather.

But if I did sniff it for days then I wouldn’t get to experience this fantastic palate.

FINISH
Long -> Peat, dried strawberries, spice and a touch of sulfur.

BALANCE, BODY and FEEL
Well-balanced, full-bodied, heavy velvety texture.

Octomore 13.2 – Overall Thoughts and Score

When “peat n’ sweet with a touch of sulfur” is done right it creates a multifaceted profile that can’t be beat. And hitting that chord just right is exactly what Bruichladdich have done here. This might be my favorite Octomore ever.

There are other releases that come close, but there is richness, balance, and elegance in this one that truly begets the term “gentle giant”. It hits that perfect balance of sweetness and earthiness that keeps me coming back for more. It’s going to take some restraint to make this Octomore 13.2 last through the winter.

SCORE: 4.5/5 (very good, highly recommended ~ A- | 90-93)

*Disclosure: The bottle for this Scotch review was graciously sent to me by the company without obligation. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.

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Ezra Brooks “Cask Strength” K&L Exclusive Single Barrels ~ Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey News

Ezra Brooks “Cask Strength” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #1225 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $49.99 View

The Ezra Brooks brand has seen a veritable renaissance over the years. Once relegated to the very dusty bottom shelves, the brand has garnered significant new interest thanks to the founding of a new distillery in the historic bourbon capital Bardstown, Kentucky. The excellent barrel is the first we’ve ever sold that was distilled at that new facility. Production is nearly identical to the previous sourced stock, but it’s inviting and unique character is undeniable. Enjoy this single cask, which is sold as “Cask Strength,” but cut to 120 proof, as its the first example of what will certainly become a historically important distiller for decades to come.

Ezra Brooks “Cask Strength” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #7851171 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $49.99 View

The old Ezra Brooks brand has seriously turned around its image over the last several years. What was once a staple of the bottom shelf has now become one of the most exciting brands on the market today. They’ve built a gorgeous new distillery on the outskirts of Bardstown and their parent company Luxco was recently purchased by Indiana distilling giant MGP. Now we’re seeing the first stocks coming from the new distillery being sold alongside the old stocks sourced from the Bernheim distillery in Louisville. Each barrel was hand selected by the buying team at K&L during their visit to the distillery in April of 2022. This barrel was sourced from Bernheim and distilled on November 21 of 2017. In quirky Luxco fashion, they list these barrels as “Cask Strength” on the label, but they’re all cut to 120 proof. This odd and frankly incorrect labelling does not preclude this whisky from excellence. Indeed, it’s extremely well balanced with unbelievable richness and endless complexity.

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