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The Macallan Unveils New ‘Rare Cask’

The Macallan introduces the all new ‘Rare Cask’ to its core range of expressions in the U.S. The new expression is crafted only from handpicked, Spanish oak sherry seasoned casks – amongst the most precious and scarce in single malt whisky. Taking inspiration from The Macallan’s iconic triangle and intended to showcase the whisky’s stunning natural…

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Brown-Forman to Build Old Forester Distillery on Whiskey Row

Brown-Forman Corporation announced on Thursday that it will open a distillery and bourbon experience for its founding brand, Old Forester, in two historic buildings on West Main Street in Louisville, Kentucky. Brown-Forman expects to open the Old Forester Distillery in the fall of 2016, building on the company’s strong bourbon whiskey heritage by creating a…

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The Glenlivet Unveils New Winchester Collection

Last week marked the inaugural release from The Winchester Collection: the world’s first series of rare and precious 50-year-old single malt Scotch whiskies from the single malt that started it all. “Vintage 1964” is the first release from this exclusive collection, which is anticipated to become one of the most sought after and priceless whisky collections…

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Glenmorangie Taghta Project Finally Comes to Completion

After eighteen long months, Glenmorangie has unveiled its latest single malt – Taghta – the world’s first ‘crowd-sourced’ whisky for distribution. Whisky enthusiasts from over 30 countries have helped craft and create this new whisky through the Glenmorangie Cask Masters program. Now, just 12,000 bottles of Taghta will be released globally, only available to people registered…

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Margie Samuels of Maker’s Mark Joins Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame

Margie Mattingly Samuels, who created the distinctive name, cutting-edge design and iconic red wax of her family’s Maker’s Mark distillery, will be inducted next week as the newest member of the prestigious Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. Mrs. Samuels is the first woman directly connected with a distillery to receive the Bourbon industry’s highest honor, and…

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Buffalo Trace Announces 2014 Antique Collection

We are all fully aware that Buffalo Trace releases their highly anticipated Antique Collection of whiskeys each year around the end of September to early August. This year’s 2014 collection is no different and will once again feature the five limited-release whiskeys of various ages, recipes and proofs. As far as details go, here is what loyal…

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Jim Beam Releases Latest Lineup of Signature Craft Expressions

Yesterday, Jim Beam announced the release of two rare, ultra-premium expressions as part of its Jim Beam Signature Craft line – Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask and Jim Beam Harvest Bourbon Collection. The Jim Beam Signature Craft line is a series of innovative, limited released, small batch bourbons that showcases some of the finest hand-crafted and rare liquids…

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Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2013 Review

One of the more recent distilleries that are now coming of age – Kilchoman (pronounced Kilhoman), Islay’s eighth distillery, was established in 2005. Kilchoman is one of the smallest distilleries on Islay and the first to be built on the island in 125 years. It is also what is known as a “farm distillery,” growing…

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Berentzen USA Announces New Bushel & Barrel

Berentzen, one of the leading beverage groups in Germany, has officially launched Bushel & Barrel, a blend of Kentucky straight Bourbon whiskey and Berentzen Apple Liqueur, which is made from some of the highest quality ingredients such as premium harvested apple bushels and grain that has been the Berentzen spirit standard for years. “For more than…

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Jura ‘Brooklyn’ Now Spreads its Way Across the US

A tale of two islands – In 2013, Jura brought together 12 respected Brooklyn artisans to co-collaborate on Kings County’s first single malt Scotch whisky. Jura was long intrigued by Brooklyn, a geography that similarly defies convention. Jura’s rogue of a Master Distiller, Mr. Willie Tait, traveled across the Atlantic to the streets of Williamsburg,…

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Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist Review

Today, I’ve decided to jump into a couple contrasting Islay malts. First up, we have the 1990 vintage Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist (Arry nam Baysht), which in Gaelic means “shelter of the beast.” After diving into this softer, more mature Ardbeg, I’ll be pouring a glass of the young and sherried Kilchoman Loch Gorm, although…

ROK Stars’ Uisce Beatha Real Irish Whiskey Enters US Market

As part of the continued growth in today’s expanding whisky industry, ROK Spirits, co-founded by entrepreneurs John Paul DeJoria and Jonathan Kendrick, is gearing up to launch Uisce Beatha Irish Whiskey in Europe and the US in the coming months. Following the agreement of an exclusive distribution partnership with ROK Stars PLC, Uisce Beatha Real…

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Bowmore Releases Second Round of The Devil’s Casks

Some exciting news has recently flowed from the Bowmore distillery. After the highly acclaimed The Devil’s Casks 10-year-old hit the market by storm, selling out in European markets rather quickly, the distillery has decided to continue producing this full-on sherried Islay beast with Small Batch Release II. If you are not familiar with the marketing story…

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The Balvenie 30 Year Old Review

Back in April, my friend Gino, Manager of Kappy’s Medford, my favorite wine & spirits store in the Greater Boston Area, invited me to a private dinner and tasting at Capital Grille Boston hosted by The Balvenie Brand Ambassador, David Laird. First, if you live in the Boston area and have yet to visit Capital…