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The Crown Royal Cask No 16 Cognac Finish Canadian Whisky

Crown Royal Cask No 16 Cognac Finish The Crown Royal Cask No 16 Cognac Finish Canadian WhiskyA Canadian Blend Matured in Cognac Casks

By Matt Goldstein

The Crown Royal Cask No 16 is a blended Canadian Whisky made up of more than 50 different individually aged whiskies.  Winning the award of best Canadian Whisky of the year by Malt Advocate, the Crown Royal No 16 is a hand crafted blend. The whiskey is matured for the majority of its aging in whiskey barrels but then transferred to oak cognac barrels made from the Limousin forest in France.  The cognac casks are marked with the signature 16 to indicate their place of origin in Limousin.  This is an exceptional Canadian Whisky, with character and complexity not often found in Canadian Blends.  For the first time ever, Crown Royal Master Blender Andrew Mackay brought together Crown Royal Whisky with Cognac.

Crown Royal Cask No 16 Tasting Notes:

With scents of oak, malts, grains and sugar, and a sweet scent with slight hint of honey or syrup, the Crown Royal Cask No 16 is a very smooth whisky.  More complex than the average Canadian whisky but sometimes too smooth and a thin mouth feel with thin smooth finish the flavors of oak are very cognac esque while the flavors of grain distinct to Crown Royal.  This is a very good whiskey for a Canadian Blend.  We highly recommend this for Cognac drinkers.  Priced at about $70.

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Whiskey Magazine: Buffalo Trace is Brand Innovator of the Year

Buffalo Trace LOGO pic 300x150 Whiskey Magazine: Buffalo Trace is Brand Innovator of the YearMaster Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee Named Ambassabor of the Year

FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY – Buffalo Trace Distillery capped off 2011 with two prestigious wins from WhiskyMagazine at its annual Icons of Whisky America 2012 luncheon held late last year in Louisville, Ky.  Buffalo Trace was named “AmericanWhisky Brand Innovator of the Year” for its single oak project, and Elmer T. Lee was named “American Whisky Ambassador of the Year.”  The event honored American distilleries and their work over the past year.

The judges named Buffalo Trace Distillery “American Whisky Brand Innovator of the Year” for its single oak project bourbon, which was described as “remarkable…. will eventually give more knowledge about how whiskey and wood interact together over time.” The Single Oak Project is an intensive project undertaken by the Distillery which examines different variables that affect taste, in hopes of creating the “holy grail” of bourbon.

Elmer T. Lee, named the “American Whisky Ambassador of the Year,” was described by the judges from Whisky Magazine as “92 years old, but still going strong, he has spent years promoting bourbon while not seeking the spotlight for himself.  Still, he picks the casks personally for the whiskey released under his name.”

Buffalo Trace Distillery will go on to compete in these two categories against distilleries from around the world. The world winners will be announced at Whisky Magazine’s World Whiskies Awards to be held in London, England in March.

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Win a Trip to Scotland with Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch!

glenrothes single malt scotch 1 171x300 Win a Trip to Scotland with Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch!Are You The 2012 Glenrothes Vintage Maker

The Glenrothes is launching the second-annual Vintage Maker competition running now till Jan 31. Share Your Glenrothes Vintage Moment and Win A Trip To Scotland.  The Glenrothes is asking you to recall and share a game-changing or halcyon moment in your life, for a chance to travel to Scotland and create the 2012 vintage. The winners will be the entries that in the opinion of the judges best represent the definition of a Glenrothes vintage moment: a perfect combination of time, place, people and/or occasion when everything comes together to create a moment that will stay in the memory forever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OalumKiFzU – “Are You The 2012 Glenrothes Vintage Maker?”

Wondering what the perfect Vintage Moment looks like?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OalumKiFzU
This brand new video shares an inside look at the distillery and highlights the beauty and history of The Glenrothes, from the breathtaking hills of Speyside to the river Rothes and barrels upon barrels of vintage whisky.

See ambassador, Ronnie Cox share his own Vintage Moments here –
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfTuBXMshhI&feature=plcp&context=C3bf4e2fUDOEgsToPDskIfe7PPkSBRgV0aDNoBQ3dd

The Competition
– 4 US winners will be chosen to create the 2012 vintage
– Share your Vintage Moment in 1500 words or less
– Trip takes place in May 2012
– Enter at TheGlenrothes.com or Facebook.com/TheGlenrothes
– Contest ends on Jan 31

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The Tweeddale 12 Year Blended Scotch Whisky: Batch 2

tweeddale 12 year blended scotch whisky batch 2 The Tweeddale 12 Year Blended Scotch Whisky: Batch 2A Non Chill Filtered Scotch Whisky

By Matt Goldstein

Tweeddale blend was first distilled in 1820 in Coldstream Scotland, just a few minutes from the border of England.  Having been shut down during WWII, the Tweeddale Blend was reborn in 2009.  The first batch was produced in 2010 and we were lucky enough to get a taste of Batch 2, bottled in June of 2011. Batch two is made up of single grain whisky aged for more than 15 years sherry cask.  Seven of the eight single malts are from the same casks as batch 1 but a year older, from 12 years old to 21 years old.  A blend of aged single grain whisky and eight individually selected aged single malt whiskies with a high malt content (50% grain, 50% malt), the Tweeddale blend is non chill filtered in keeping with the tradition of the original blend.  Bottled at about 46% ABV, the 12 years aged Tweedale Batch 2 is a solid scotch whisky.  With a thick gold color, the Tweeddale 12 Year is very smooth with a syrupy, fruity flavor with an oak and wood mouth feel.  Sweet, smooth and warm this full bodied and balanced blend with a solid, light and refreshing smokiness.  This is a solid scotch whisky and we definitely recommend it.

Tasting Notes from Tweeddale:

Batch Two (First bottled June 2011, available now)

Nose -mellow, sherry, toffee.

Palate -rich, full yet delicately flavoured

Finish -rounded, with hints of spice.

Just as every batch was slightly different when my Great Grandfather produced it over 70 years ago, my 2nd batch of The Tweeddale Blend is 12 year old.

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Why Jack Daniel’s is Not a Bourbon: The Unique and Signature Charcoal Mellow

Jack Daniels Charcoal Mellow Why Jack Daniel’s is Not a Bourbon: The Unique and Signature Charcoal MellowBy Matt Goldstein

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey is made very much like a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey but can’t be considered bourbon because it’s not from Bourbon county Kentucky.  However, aside from geographical differences, the Jack Daniel’s Charcoal Mellow is unique and signature to Jack Daniel’s.  Jack Daniel’s and Bourbon Whiskey’s are made with the majority of the mash from corn, as opposed to rye or other grains like other whiskies.  However, before Jack Daniel’s is aged in newly charred new American white oak barrels, the Jack Daniel’s is dripped through charcoal.  This charcoal is made from sugar maple being drenched by 140 proof Jack Daniel’s whiskey and set on fire.  The result of the fire is sugar maple charcoal which is then packed into metal vats.  The Jack Daniel’s Whiskey is then slow dripped into the vatted charcoal sometimes taking about 3 days to reach the bottom.  The dripped charcoal mellowed whiskey is then placed in the newly charred white oak barrels for aging and maturation and that is the difference between Jack Daniel’s and Bourbon.

All three types of Jack Daniel’s have three different ages, Jack Daniel’s Old Number 7, Gentleman Jack, and Jack Daniels Single Barrel, but no specific aged is set for any of the whiskies.  Jack Daniel’s allows it’s tasters to decide when the whiskey is ready to be bottled.

Source: Jack Daniel’s, Travel Channel

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The Glenmorangie 18 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch

Glenmorangie 18 Year Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 199x300 The Glenmorangie 18 Years Old Highland Single Malt ScotchThe “Extremely Rare” Single Malt

By Matt Goldstein & Eric Duncan

Distilled and matured in Ross-Shire, the Glenmorangie 18 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is considered “Extremely Rare.”  Once it has spent fifteen years maturing in American white oak bourbon casks, approximately 30% if the whisky is transferred into Spanish Oloroso casks to spend a further three years maturing.  Most scotches are aged for the majority of their maturation in bourbon casks because bourbon casks are only used once, usually aging bourbon in Kentucky for about 3-6 years. Then, the bourbon cask is shipped to Scotland to create single malts and blended scotch whiskies.

In the north of Scotland in the Highlands, the Glenmorangie distillery sits on the shores of Dornach Firth.  Since 1843, Glenmorangie has been distilling single malt Scotch whisky and the 18 year is the magnum opus of this long, rich, critically acclaimed and award winning single malt distillery.  Like many coastal distilleries in Scotland, the salty ocean water air gives the single malt much of its character.

Winning gold gest in Class at the 2011 International Wine & Spirits Competition, the double gold medal for single malts at 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, best Highland Malt at the 2009 World Whiskies Awards, and gold best in class for Highland Malt at the International Wine & Spirit Competition, the Glenmorangie Extremely Rare 18 Years Old has proven it’s stature in double blind taste tests again and again.  Glenmorangie was also named distillery of the year in 2011 at the IWSC after taking 5 gold best in class awards.

Glenmoragnie Single Malt Scotch Logo 300x163 The Glenmorangie 18 Years Old Highland Single Malt ScotchTasting Notes for the Glenmorangie 18 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky:

With a light gold color, slightly sweet in flavor, this whisky is a complex and crisp single malt.  Slightly dry towards the finish with a good, thick mouth feel, there are hints of honey, malt smoke and oak.  This is a beautiful whisky and we are lucky enough to have the pleasure to have tasted it multiple times.  We highly recommend this single malt but there is a steep price tag, about $100.00.

 

From Glenmorangie:

For a whisky of this age this expression has maintained, thanks to our delicate floral spirit and fine Oloroso casks, an incredible degree of vibrancy where the raisiny sweetness of the sherry has been toned down by the nuttiness of the American oak.

ABV: 43%

Aroma

Rich, rounded and sweet with dried fruits and a complex floral fragrance.

 

Taste

The taste is balanced between honey, malt and flowery scents. Dates and figs emerge in the background with a hint of wood smoke.

 

Finish

The finish is long and enticing with the sweetness of dried fruit and subtle dryness of Oloroso nuttiness.

 

Colour

Honeyed gold

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The Tullamore Dew Irish True Irish Whiskey Tour!

Tullamore Dew Irish True The Tullamore Dew Irish True Irish Whiskey Tour!Free Whiskey, Free Food, Music and Poetry Spreading the Irish Love

NEW YORK– Independent, family-owned distillers William Grant & Sons Ltd. today announced the roll-out of a multi-million dollar global investment in Tullamore Dew – the world’s number two Irish whiskey brand – with the launch of a global integrated communications campaign, supporting a groundbreaking, new ‘Irish True’ advertising creative, as well as the announcement of new packaging.

In a radical departure for Irish whiskey, a new global TV and print campaign features striking images and charismatic characters, evoking the true spirit of the Irish: intriguing yet approachable, sociable but serious, humorous and poignant; in a tone of voice that is both poetic and rebellious. The campaign features posters, wall art and digital roll-out in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Philadelphia, supported by under-the-radar events, bringing to life the Irish True Spirit. The stunning new packaging is scheduled for introduction in mid-2012.

Tullamore Dew is currently one of the fastest growing Irish whiskey brands, almost doubling in sales since 2005. The multi-million dollar investment has been prompted by the brand’s rapid growth, driven largely by increased consumer demand for Irish whiskey in the USA and emerging Irish whiskey markets such as the Czech Republic and Germany, where the brand already occupies a leadership position and is outperforming its competitors. William Grant & Sons’ ambition is that investment in a heavyweight integrated campaign and new look packaging will rapidly accelerate the global growth of Tullamore Dew, further strengthening its position as one of the world’s best loved Irish whiskey brands.

The development of the campaign has been helmed by Tullamore Dew Global Brand Director Shane Hoyne, who assembled a stellar team to develop the new brand campaign, collaborating with international agency McCann Erickson, as well as creative radical Jeff Weiss and renowned film maker Jake Scott.

“With Tullamore Dew, we want to establish a different definition of ‘Irishness’ – as something that people can relate to the world over and something that is rooted in the incredible spirit of the people,” Commented Hoyne. “We have significant plans for the future of this fantastic brand. Irish whiskey is an exceptionally dynamic category, and we believe that with this new investment and integrated campaign we can establish Tullamore Dew as a truly global player.”

“We are proud to be bringing this honest representation of the Irish spirit to the United States,” said Laura Gwilliam, Senior Brand Manager for Tullamore Dew in the United States. “From its poetry,music, and unique spirit of rebelliousness to the distinctive camaraderie of a true Irish Pub, Ireland’s cultural contributions to the world have been hugely influential, and we are excited to be bringing that spirit to life here in the U.S.”

About Irish True

‘Irish True’ is Tullamore Dew’s new integrated global brand platform and has been designed to challenge the category advertising norms. ‘Irish True’ reflects the true spirit of the Irish in a tone of voice that is both poetic and rebellious. Daniel E. Williams, who founded the distillery in 1829, refused to compromise as he strove to create a smoother Irish whiskey with gentle complexity and ‘Irish True’ celebrates the spirit of those who stay true in the face of adversity. In an irreverent, tongue-in-cheek execution the TV advert features a trio of Irishmen enjoying a last ‘glasses up’ with their arresting officer; while the poster advertisements feature a series of characters, each with their own dramatic call to action that evokes the essence of the ‘true Irish’ character.

About Tullamore Dew

Tullamore Dew is the second largest Irish whiskey in the world in the fastest growing category. It has been widely acclaimed by whiskey connoisseurs, most recently winning five awards at this year’s prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC), including ‘Gold Best in Class’ for its highly acclaimed Tullamore Dew 10-Year-Old Reserve. The brand has now achieved an impressive record of 29 gold medal awards in the last 10 years.

With an intriguing smooth yet complex character, Tullamore Dew is triple distilled, but is also a unique blend of all three types of Irish whiskeys; the pot still, malt and grain whiskeys. Using only the finest grains and purest water, it is patiently aged in specially seasoned oak casks to develop its complexity – making it the perfect toast when out, or with friends at home. Tullamore Dew is best enjoyed straight up, on the rocks, or served long with soda and a wedge of lime.

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Buffalo Trace Releases Rice Bourbon & Oat Bourbon

buffalo trace bourbon logo Buffalo Trace Releases Rice Bourbon & Oat BourbonLatest Two Experiments by Sazerac

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky –Those creative distillers have been up to it again at Buffalo Trace Distillery. The latest round of whiskies in the Experimental Collection are two bourbons – one made with rice and one made with oats. And like their breakfast-sounding names, both provide a hearty mouthful without being over powerful.                 

“For this experiment, we were curious to taste what would happen when we substituted the rye grain in our traditional recipe with other grains like rice and oats,” said Harlen Wheatley, master distiller at Buffalo Trace Distillery. “The results are very different from each other, and different than typical bourbon, but both are pleasant surprises.”  This whiskey experiment yielded very few bottles, but some will be available in select U.S. stores in late December.Details are as follows:       

Rice Bourbon Whiskey – These barrels were filled on April 30, 2002, and aged on the 7th floor of Warehouse I for 9 years and 5 months.  Corn, malt and rice are the ingredients used in the recipe, resulting in a very clean aroma with the barrel notes of caramel and spice.  A crisp flavor on the tongue is noticed, without any heaviness or oiliness whatsoever. A slight dryness near the end provides a quick finish. It is a very delicate whiskey.  Oat Bourbon Whiskey – These barrels have the same fill date, aging location and aging time as the Rice Bourbon. Corn, malt and oats are the ingredients used in this recipe, resulting in a pleasantly smoky nose with a rich aroma of toasted oats that offers a nice complexity. On the palette, the smokiness intrigues as hints of dried fig and stone fruit come through, and eventually give way to an earthy finish. There are more than 1,500 experimental barrels of whiskey now aging in the warehouses of Buffalo Trace Distillery. Each of these barrels has unique characteristics that differentiate it from all others. Some examples of these experiments include unique mash bills, type of wood and barrel toasts. In order to further increase the scope, flexibility and range of the experimental program, an entire micro distillery, named The Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. “OFC” Micro Distillery, complete with cookers, fermenting tanks and a state-of-the-art micro still has been constructed within Buffalo Trace Distillery.

The Experimental Collection will be packaged in 375ml bottles. Each label will include all the pertinent information unique to that barrel of whiskey. These whiskeys will retail for approximately $46.35 each. They are 45% alcohol by volume. Each experiment is very rare and very limited

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Jack Daniel’s Holiday Select Whiskey & Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Heat Cocktail

jack daniels holiday select whiskey Jack Daniels Holiday Select  Whiskey & Jack Daniels Tennessee Heat CocktailGet Your Holiday Spirit On!

Jack Daniel’s Holiday Select 2011 is now available! The 100 proof whiskey in this limited edition offering was specially selected and drawn from the barrels used to craft the 2011 Holiday Barrel Tree. Only a few bottles were created and locations are selling out quickly. So, be sure to pick up a bottle for the whiskey-lover on your list today! Who needs eggnog? The Tennessee Heat cocktail is sure to become your new holiday favorite.

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The Tennessee Heat Cocktail!

– 1 part Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey

– Hot water

– Squeeze of lemon juice

– Honey to taste

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Home for the Holidays

In honor of our enlisted friends, Jack Daniel’s has launched Operation Ride Home to help soldiers and their families spend the holidays together. Jack Daniel’s has donated $101,000 to launch the campaign which will help purchase plane tickets and pre-paid debit cards for gas, lodging and food so soldiers and their families can travel home for the holidays.

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The Wemyss Malt Spice King 8 Years Aged Whisky

wemyss malts logo The Wemyss Malt Spice King 8 Years Aged WhiskyA Hand Crafted Blended Malt Whisky from Scotland

By Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight

The Wemyss (Pronounced Weems) family of Scotland has been distilling and winemaking since the turn of the 19th century, and barley from the Wemyss estate is actually used in multiple distilleries throughout Scotland.  The Wemyss experience in blending whisky actually came from winemaking.  As all wine is blended, the Wemyss family brought that experience to making their exceptional whisky.  “Up to sixteen different single malt whiskies are expertly blended together before introducing the “signature” malts to create three distinct taste profiles: ‘Spicy’ (Spice King), ‘Peaty’ (Peat Chimney) and ‘Smooth’ (Smooth Gentleman).”  For the Spice King 8 Years aged, the signature malt is from the Highlands, in order to produce a whisky with rich, full and spicy top notes.  All of the blends are bottled at 40% and the range has five, eight and twelve year’s age.

The Spice King 8 Years Old Tasting Notes:

With a solid scent of peat the Spice King is bit thin, with a medium peat flavor.  Slightly sweet with a good spiciness this is a very good whisky.  Smooth and a bit complex the Wemyss Spice Kings 8 Year is perhaps a thicker, more complex and better Johnnie Walker Black and available for about $40 to $45.  We definitely recommend the Wemyss Spice King 8 Years aged and it’s much better than some pricier single malts on the shelf.

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