The oldest bottling in the 2018 edition of Diageo's Special Releases and the sole grain whisky entry: a 48 year old from closed Carsebridge distillery – it closed back in 1983. This is a classic old grain whisky, matured in refill American-oak hogsheads to ensure that the spirit wasn't overwhelmed by wood influence.
One day, just for fun, we put some rye whiskey into barrels originally used to age wine. When we mixed the 'vermouth-ed' (Vya, Madera, CA) and the 'syrah-ed' (Qupé, Santa Maria, CA) we discovered an all-natural, not disgustingly sweet whiskey for the rest of us.
Where did "Yippee Ki-Yay" come from? Is it a real expression of joy popular with cowboys in the 19th century Western United States? Is it part of the greatest one liner in movie history? Was it influenced by the phrase 'Yippie-yi-yo-ki-yay' from the 1936 hit song "I'm an Old Cow Hand from the Rio Grande" about a 20th-century cowboy who has little in common with cowpunchers of old and sung by Bing Crosby in the film "Rhythm on the Range" (also sung later by Roy Rogers and Frank Sinatra) and considered one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time? We're not sure. But we are sure we like how we feel when we say it... and recommend you use it every chance you get.
We confess...we didn't coin the term "Yippee Ki-Yay". Moreover, we didn't paint the picture on the front label. It's an historic poster (Gift of The Coe Foundation and Henry B. Balink) now at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming (centerofthewest.org, you really ought to visit). Furthermore, we didn't distill the whiskeys in this bottle - it's our Double Rye! However, we did come up with a combination that we think will make you say...Yippee Ki-Yay drinkers of horrible tasting cheap flavored uisge beatha! One day, just for fun, we put Double Rye! into oak barrels that had originally been used to age two different types of wine and discovered an all-natural, not disgustingly-sweet sipper for the rest of us.
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Eric Church 750ml
Unwind in luxury with a glass of Crown Royal Salted Caramel Flavored Whisky. With notes of indulgent salted caramel and the scent of vanilla oakiness that impart lush creaminess,
First created in 1939 as a gift for the king and queen of England, a Canadian entrepreneur created a blend of 50 whiskies and wrapped a bottle in a regal purple bag with gold stitching. Affectionately named "Crown Royal", our whisky maintains the integrity and quality of our process today as it was first presented to English royalty. Blended with 50 distinct whiskies, Crown Royal assures decadence in every bottle of our signature whiskies. Please drink responsibly., One 750 mL bottle of Crown Royal Salted Caramel Flavored Whisky, Infused with notes of indulgent salted caramel and the scent of vanilla oakiness, Robust, full-bodied blended Canadian whisky, 70 proof, Matured to perfection, Meticulously blended with 50 distinct and rich whiskies,
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Unwind in luxury with a glass of Crown Royal Peach Flavored Whisky. To create this extraordinary blend, fresh Georgia peaches are harvested, de-stoned, pressed and strained to preserve their bright, aromatic taste. Then, our master blender infuses the juicy flavor for a vibrant and delicious whisky with luscious notes of creamy vanilla and a decadently sweet finish. Made with the signature smoothness of traditional Crown Royal, our peach flavored whisky will enhance a cozy cocktail party or rooftop celebration. Enjoy our whisky mixed with iced tea for a refreshing tasting cocktail. First created in 1939 as a gift for the king and queen of England, a Canadian entrepreneur created a blend of 50 whiskies and wrapped a bottle in a regal purple bag with gold stitching. Affectionately named "Crown Royal," our whisky maintains the integrity and quality of our process today as it was first presented to English royalty. Blended with 50 distinct whiskies, Crown Royal assures decadence in every bottle of our signature whiskies. Please drink responsibly.
Did you know that less than 1% of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey barrels will ever be selected as single barrels? In order to be a candidate for our Uncle Nearest 1820, the whiskey must be aged a minimum of 11 years, with a cask strength above 108, and each one is hand-picked by our founders and approved by a panel of whiskey industry professionals. These barrels are exceptionally rare and the whiskey is worth the wait.
Even as it backed off of a heavy commitment to expanding its Scotch footprint, British drinks colossus Diageo began a major expansion into bourbon. Part of this was investing in giving Bulleit a distillery and other infrastructure to call its own, and the other part was in taking the aged stock it had piled up in the Stitzel-Weller warehouses in Shively (a neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky) and bottling it in various limited edition releases. One of those was Blade And Bow 22 Year Old.
Let’s say the average consumer, shopping for an old bourbon, is on the internet doing due diligence before buying a $150 bottle. Something critical for that person to understand is that, following the lead of a few key individuals, most bourbon bloggers have a strong bias against Diageo, and Blade And Bow 22 Year Old suffered for it.
Blade And Bow is made from two stocks of very aged whiskey, coming from the Heaven Hill-owned Bernheim Distillery and the Sazerac-owned Buffalo Trace Distillery. However, Diageo can’t just up and say it’s from Bernheim and Sazerac, presumably because of the confidentiality agreements that are standard in the bourbon industry. They give the street addresses instead, because the law requires them to say where the whiskey was made, even when they can’t say who made it.
When a trendy, popular independent bottler describes its products in a similar way (say, High West or Barrell Bourbon), the bourbon blogging clique praises them to the heavens for their transparency, and rightfully so. When Diageo does it, they mock and deride them for it.
A 15 year old from the Mortlach distillery, aged in first fill and refill sherry casks before bottling for Gordon and MacPhail.
Midleton Very Rare Vintage Release Irish Whiskey 750ml
This bourbon started out as an experiment with just three bourbon barrels on Trey’s friend, Chris Fischer of OCEARCH’s ship, in a curious effort to discover what would happen if bourbon was left to weather the extreme elements: temperature fluctuations, salt air and the gentle rocking of the ship. The result was a thick, dark bourbon that showcases complex flavors reminiscent of other spirits; the almost black color and caramel flavors resemble a dark rum as the sugars within the barrels caramelized; the briny, savory taste from the barrels breathing the sea air is reminiscent of Islay Scotch; and at its core, it’s a true bourbon. Due to a massive demand from consumers, Trey has now commercialized this experiment and sent hundreds of barrels around the world.
Maker's 46 is created by taking fully matured Maker's Mark bourbon and placing it in a barrel with ten charred wooden staves (all 46) in it to create more wood influence, more caramel, more... YUM. The whisky is then aged in these modified barrels for an additional three months to maximize the flavor impact of the staves. We love Maker's 46 and so when the opportunity arose to create our own private barrel, we jumped at it. Here's how it works:
A distinctive member of the Jack Daniel’s family, the Green Label bottle is either loved or hated but still always talked about. This whiskey has a smoother taste and lighter color, but while it is not nearly as popular as the Black Label brand, there is something about this bottle that collectors around the world can’t get enough of. Most likely it is the mystery of the Green Label bottle that keeps its popularity high, as there are frequent rumors of it being discontinued. Not knowing if or where one might find it next, along with the constant threat of extinction, is enough to keep anyone’s interest…
Utah, USA- A limited-edition blend of 10- to 14-year-old straight Bourbon and Rye whiskeys. Released once per year and blended in great secrecy, the Bourye is a collector's whiskey, prized for its intense honeyed-fruit character, rich caramel notes, and toasted vanilla flavors.
Single Rack Black 12 Year Old uses a traditional bourbon mash bill of corn, rye and malted barley creating a distinct spirit profile.
The selected rack must meet our highest standards for character, body and overall flavor before being used to craft this prestigious and robust Kentucky bourbon.
Flavored whiskeys are not for everyone and not every bottle produced is worth noting. This is particularly true for fans of straight whiskey. There are a few exceptions, though, and Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey is one of those shining stars.
This is a honey liqueur that is blended with the famous Tennessee whiskey. It does not have that cloying or artificial flavor found so often in flavored whiskey. Instead, it is a perfect marriage of true honey flavor blended with the one and only Jack Daniel's.
A 13 year old variation on Douglas Laing's spectacular Scallywag blended malt Scotch whisky! Boasting a selection of Speyside malts within its recipe (all aged for at least 13 years for this expression), Scallywag is a well-Sherried treat for the tastebuds.
The Epicurean Lowland Blended Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml
But what exactly is a Vatted Malt? It is what the Scotch Whisky industry has traditionally called “a marriage of Malts”. Similar to a "Single Malt" (blended malts from a "single" distillery) Big Peat contains malt whisky ONLY from the Islay distilleries of Caol Ila, Bowmore, Ardbeg and Port Ellen.
Big Peat is a feisty Islay character that a sweet side too – ‘he’ carries a big peaty (“phenolic”), beachy, oceanic, rather ashy selection of malts only from the island of Islay. It's not chill filter – and you will detect a massive amplification of sea-faring qualities on the nose, palate, and finish.
This blended Scotch whisky comes from the Chivas brothers in Aberdeen, Scotland, and has been delighting connoisseurs of the spirit for years. In addition to its name coming from the salute, every bottle of Royal Salute 21 Year Old 80 Proof whisky is aged for 21 years to provide a smooth and flavorful experience. As you sip, you will taste notes of chocolate, dried fruit, caramel, and toasted oak. A subtler layer of white raisins and cherry blossoms remains behind after you've finished your beverage.
Chivas Regal Extra is the most rich and intense Chivas yet. Made with some of our rarest whiskies and malts aged in sherry casks from the Oloroso sherry bodegas in Spain, Chivas Regal Extra's taste profile is bold and deep. Made for those who expect more from their whisky.
A richly indulgent blended Scotch whisky from longtime favourite, Chivas. The Chivas Regal 18 Year Old was personally created by Master Blender Colin Scott, including over 20 single malts from around Scotland. Look, you can even see his name on the presentation box. Definitely no stranger to awards, this one. It even took home the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014 Trophy for Blended Scotch Whisky! A supreme sipper, but also rather good for cocktails if you fancy giving them an upgrade.
An exquisite whisky to celebrate one of the greatest managers in the history of football, Sir Alex Ferguson. An exclusive 13 year old blend - in tribute to the 13 English league titles won with Manchester United under his management. Because blended is better, in life and in Scotch.
Chivas Regal is a world-famous Scotch blend which was first made in the early 20th century by Chivas Brothers. The company can trace its roots back to 1801, with the opening of a grocers at Number 13 King Street, Aberdeen. Selling luxury food, coffee and spices, it wasn't until half a century later that the company started to make whisky, and then not until post-US Prohibition that Chivas Regal 12 Year Old was first officially released. F. Paul Pacult described Chivas Regal 12 as "the blend for grown-ups", awarding it an impressive 9 out of 10. It's a very apt statement - this is a very refined blended whisky, with herbs, honey and fruit leaping forth on the palate. Regularly lauded by the critics, this is a superb blend in its price category, representing great value for money.
Inspired by the Gaelic word meaning 'intrepid and daring', Arranta Casks Single Malt has been crafted using specially selected, first fill ex-bourbon casks in American Oak, to give this spicy Scotch whisky a uniquely bold and characterful flavour profile. Our Distillery Manager hand-selects each one, marking it with his distinctive 'A-star' seal of approval.
This stunning Speyburn was matured in American oak and Spanish oak casks for 18 years before being bottled at 46% ABV. This bottling is dedicated to Speyburn’s distillery manager Bobby Anderson, as in a happy coincidence 2018 is his 18th year at the distillery.
Hailing from the far North East of Scotland, off the Caithness coast, Stroma Malt Whisky Liqueur takes it name from the windswept Orcadian Isle. Stroma originates from the Norse meaning 'island in the stream' which also refers to the dangerous currents on the island's shores, including the infamous 'Swilkie' whirlpool. Stroma's lighthouse warns ships of these nearby powerful currents.
What's that we spy off the starboard side? It's a new single malt whisky from Old Pulteney! The Navigator is a maritime malt aged in a mix of ex-sherry and bourbon casks in celebration of the distillery's history with the ocean and the old sea dogs that sail it.
A distinctively smoky take on Old Pulteney celebrating our birthplace. Freshly ground spices and soft vanilla balance the notes of smoke and peat fire. There are both richly sweet and distinctly salty coastal flavours in the background, together reminiscent of salted caramel.
Following on their their phenomenal 40 year old release a little while back, the Old Pulteney distillery in Wick have produced another stunningly well-aged single malt. The limited edition 35 year old was matured in American ex-bourbon and Spanish ex-Sherry casks, selected specially for this release by Old Pulteney distillery manager Malcolm Waring, and bottled with no chill-filtration at 42.5% ABV. It comes presented in a wooden case featuring a porthole - a reference to Old Pulteney's close relationship with all things nautical.
The 12 year old expression from Old Pulteney released in mid-2018 was entirely aged in bourbon casks, resulting in a heavy influence of bourbon sweetness - which helps to balance the characteristic coastal salinity of the whisky. An excellent introduction to Old Pulteney (though well worth a look even if you've already been introduced).
The oldest of three Mortlach single malts unveiled in mid-2018 (alongside the Mortlach 12 Year Old and Mortlach 16 Year Old), this expression matured for 20 years exclusively in sherry casks. Intensely flavoursome stuff (as we've come to expect from Mortlach).
Part of a trio of expressions announced in 2018 (which also included a 12 Year Old and a 20 Year Old), this 16 year old Mortlach single malt is drawn from sherry casks - the rich sweetness complements the intense spirit that the distillery is known for. Expect dark fruit, treacle and punchy Christmas spice notes from this one...
This is a 12 year old single malt produced at the Mortlach distillery in Speyside, unveiled in 2018 as part of a trio (including a 16 Year Old and a 20 Year Old). This particular expression features the subtitle The Wee Witchie, which comes from the name of the tiny still that distils a portion of the whisky. It's drawn from bourbon and sherry casks, and packs a hearty punch of meaty Mortlach-y malt at its core, supported by dried fruit and toffee notes.
McClelland's Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml
This 18 year old Macallan single malt sits at the peak of the Triple Cask range (which replaced the Fine Oak range in mid-2018). With maturation taking place in a combination of European sherry seasoned casks, American sherry seasoned casks and American ex-bourbon casks, this expression boasts bountiful notes of vanilla, dried fruit and woody spice.
"Smells of chocolate-covered orange, dry malt and oak; aeration stimulates dry breakfast cereal, lanolin, beeswax and palm oil aromas. Entry is layered by sweet grain, oak barrel, vanilla wafer, toffee and fudge; midpalate gives off wave after wave of integrated spirit, grain, wood and acidity. A perfect Speyside single malt."
The Sherry Oak 25yr was described by Wine & Spirits Magazine as “the single malt against which all others must be judged.” It epitomizes the renowned and classic Macallan style, matured exclusively in Sherry-seasoned casks, predominantly crafted from European oak. This oak species is abundant in tannins, which helps give the dark and golden natural colors to the whisky, along with a rich flavor profile, led by spices and dried fruits.
The Macallan Sherry Oak 18 Years Old forms part of our Sherry Oak range which features a series of single malt whiskies matured exclusively in hand-picked sherry seasoned oak casks from Jerez for richness and complexity. A full bodied palate of mature oak, ginger and raisin flavours is complimented by a light mahogany natural colour.
The Macallan Estate is the Whisky Maker's tribute to the Macallan's heritage and home. Containing rare spirit from the distillery's precious estate-grown barley, The Macallan Estate delivers a subtle hint of citrus which balances the traditional sherried richness, resulting in a complex single malt with an extraordinary long finish.
To produce the whiskey, The Macallan used barley that is grown in the fields on The Macallan Estate, and is selected for its unique character and is reserved for their most exclusive editions.
Double Cask Gold is the new name for Gold as part of Macallan's relaunched range introduced in 2018. Aged in a combination of first fill and refill sherry casks, it is designed to sit between the now-defunct 10yo Sherry Oak and 10yo Fine Oak bottlings.
An exciting new age statement expression from Macallan that's matured in a combination of American and European Sherry oak for a minimum of 12 years. Here, the proportion of American oak ex-Sherry casks is higher than in the 12 Year Old Sherry Oak, but no ex-bourbon casks are used as they are in the 12 Year Old Fine Oak release.
The Macallan Classic Cut - 2019 Edition is the third edition in the limited annual series that celebrate our ongoing commitment to seek out the extraordinary and in doing so, create whiskies of unique character. This exceptional single malt offers a dominant sweetness and balanced flavours, realised through its slightly higher ABV of 52.9%.
Released as part of Macallan’s ever-wonderful Sherry Oak range comes this 12 Year Old. It has spent its entire maturation in sherry-seasoned oak casks from Jerez, and is bottled at 40% ABV after its 12 years of ageing. It’s full of all those hallmark dried fruit and marmalade notes we’ve come to know and love from a sherried Macallan.
Royal Brackla was the first distillery to be allowed to use the 'Royal' title, and 2015 saw it get its own range of single malts. Part of the Last Great Malts series, the 16 Year Old is finished in first-fill oloroso sherry casks and is sweet and spicy, with a hint of smoke in the mix, too.
This is a whisky bottled at it's absolute peak. A perfect maturation and an example of the inimitable nature of truly great old Scotch. Not over-oaked in the least allowing the whisky to joyfully show-off all of its secondary and tertiary maturity. Most impressively there is still grain at the heart here as well as plenty of distillery character. The palate is satin, pure luxury (a term we do not use freely), like a massage for your taste buds, The flavors are scintillating with a percolating harmony that hits on stewed fruits, smoke, spice and espresso beans. The finish crescendos and lasts long after your final sip and it's here across the mid-palate that the hallmarks of this distillery reveal themselves again with tropical and exotic notes of lychee, grilled pineapple, tinned peaches and candied ginger. Almost miraculously these flavors keep going eventually resolving into white tea, chess pie and salted banana taffy. Absolutely remarkable.
Aultmore 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml
Aultmore 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml
Aberfeldy 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml
Here we have Laphraoig's wonderful batch-released cask strength 10 Year Old! It's spent its maturation in charred oak barrels, so you can expect all those smoky maritime notes alongside nutty, oaky vanilla. The single malt is only barrier-filtered, meaning that only the small char particles in the liquid are removed. Weighing in at 58.6% ABV, this is a classic and punchy Islay whisky.
A much loved release from Laphroaig. This was originally launched for the duty free market, and it is a tour de force from the Islay distillery. First off, they mature this in bourbon barrels, before transfer into quarter casks, and a third maturation in Oloroso sherry European oak butts. Astonishing with oodles of peat smoke and sweetness.
Laphroaig Quarter Cask is a sparkling gold colour and has an immediate aroma of peat smoke underlined by hints of coconut cream. There are flavours of peat smoke alternating with a gentle sweetness and a hint of salt on the palate of this full-bodied long finishing Scotch whiskey.
Laphroaig Lore is a 2016 addition to the distillery's range. Made up of whiskies aged in a combination of quarter casks, sherry casks and reused peated casks. This is rich and classically peaty with a spicy chili bite and a long, sweet aftertaste.
Created by Distillery Manager John Campbell, Laphroaig Lore is said to be the richest ever Laphroaig! Named after the skills passed down over the generations, this permanent addition to the range is matured in a combination of casks including first fill Sherry butts and quarter casks and is said to contain some of their "most precious stock".
Glen Grant recently launched Glen Grant 15 Year Old single malt Scotch Whisky into the U.S. market. This is the third new aged variant from Glen Grant to reach the states, joining the 12 and 18 year old expressions, which launched last year.
House tully's ancestral keep, Riverrun, spans the junction of the Red Fork of the Trident and the Tumblestone River. Ruling as lord of the riverlands, under the house sigil of a silver trout flashing above the rushing water, House Tully embodies the surge of the rivers among which they live. With the determination of river waters that never cease moving, they formed powerful alliances and fight against the current for family, duty and honor.
Oban 18 Year Old Limited Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml