Sunday, September 21, 2014

Where does your Bourbon really come from?

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Click the link for more info: Bourbon Whiskey Family Tree

Kentuckians like to tell you that 95 percent of the world's bourbon comes from their state. What they won't tell you is that pretty much every last drop of that bourbon comes from a handful of conglomerate distilleries. In this chart—excerpted from The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining, on shelves now—the guys behind Brooklyn's oldest craft distillery parse out, once and for all, the complicated kissing cousins of the bluegrass state's bourbon industry.

A new limited edition 100 Proof Cutty Sark is now available in the US!

Click the link for more info: Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition

Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition Scotch Whisky
50% ABV (100 US PROOF)
Released 90 years after the end of the era which it celebrates, Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition has been crafted as a salute to the notorious Captain William McCoy, who smuggled Cutty Sark blended Scotch whisky into America during the Prohibition era of the 1920s. Captain McCoy’s impeccable reputation for fairness and dealing only in the finest, genuine and unadulterated liquor gave rise to Cutty Sark being referred to as “The Real McCoy”. Prohibition Edition is bottled at 50% ABV (100 Proof – USA Measure), whilst our regular Cutty Sark blend is 40% ABV. This is a “small batch” blend of the finest single malts and top-quality grain whiskies. Hand-selected American oak casks give subtle signature flavours of vanilla and citrus fruits, whilst the overall flavours and finish are extremely smooth and thrillingly complex. The black glass bottle has a cork seal – reflecting the traditions of the time.

A new addition the the Laphroaig range is now available in the US! Introducing Laphroaig Select.

Click the link for more info: Laphroaig Select Scotch Whisky

Laphroaig Select takes its name from the special selection of American and European casks, chosen for their unique character that they give during maturation. Our Inspiration for our new Global expression has been take from history – 70-80 years ago, the time of the last family member owner of the distillery, Ian Hunter. Ian was one of the biggest influences in the history of Laphroaig indeed he was one of the first distillers to travel to bourbon county in the USA to identify new sources of casks that would give him greater consistency as well as new flavours. He later married this ‘new’ style of Laphroaig with his traditionally matured (European cask) Laphroaig.

Inspired by his early work , we have used Oloroso sherry butts, straight American white oak (non-filled with bourbon), PX seasoned hogsheads, Quarter Casks and finally of course first fill Bourbon Casks. This varied cask maturation technique enabled us to create 6 new flavour combinations that were then tested with our FOL’s to choose their favourite style and indeed name. 

A new Irish Whiskey is available in the US!

Click in the link for more information: Teeling Irish Whiskey

Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey
Our Flagship Irish whiskey and our attempt to create the most interesting Blended Irish whiskey. This small batch bottling consists of hand selected casks which are given further maturation in ex-rum barrels imparting extra character and smooth flavour unique to Irish whiskey. By bottling at 46% with no chill filtration completes an Irish whiskey of true character.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A New Bourbon Whiskey from the heart of Moonshine country.

We were browsing the isles of a local liquor store, when we came upon this curious new whiskey. A Bourbon made in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri.

Here's the official release from the distillery website:

Ozark Distillery Bourbon Whiskey

 We bottled our first batch in January 2014!
Several batches of Ozark Bourbon Whiskey is now resting comfortably in New Charred Oak Barrels. Everyone asks when it will be ready and the answer to that questions is, when its ready! Time, humidity, temperature, the wood of the barrel, and the quality of the spirits in the barrel all play a role in making hand crafted Ozark Distillery Bourbon Whiskey. We bottled our first barrels in January 2014. The next batch should be aged and ready by April 1st. We will not rush to bottle our whiskey until it is ready.

Our take on this, is it's fresh, sweet, with some herbal notes, and a bit of spicy rye in the long finish. It is not particularly complex, but it is very drinkable on it's own, and with it's light sweet character, it should make an excellent mixer for Bourbon based cocktails!

Here's a link to their website: OZARK DISTILLERY

They also make moonshine, flavor infused moonshine, and vodka.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Glenlivet Distillery to expand NÀDURRA into a range of cask finished Single Malts.

Here at the Malt Research Institute, Glenlivet's Nàdurra is by far our favorite in the distillery's range of Single Malts, so this sounds like exciting news! More cask strength whiskies from Glenlivet, with no chill-filtering, and now with different cask finishes? You guys had us at Nàdurra!

Click the link for the full article: The Glenlivet Nàdurra expands into a range of cask experiences.

Whisky Wisdom #13 Ron Martin Quote.

Ten Of The World's Oldest Distilleries!

Who knew the top three aren't even in Scotland. In fact, one of the top three is in the U.S.

Click the link for the complete list: Ten Of The World's Oldest Distilleries!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Whisk(e)y News: Is A Whiskey Shortage Coming?

Click on the link for the full article: The Great Whiskey Shortage

Whisk(e)y News: Diageo using colorful labeling to attract younger consumers. Good idea or bad?

Click the link for the full article: The Singleton attracts youth with colorful releases

Whisky Wisdom #12 Johnny Carson Quote.

Isle of Islay Distilleries, Scotch Whisky Production.

You don't really realize what a giant Caol Ila is, until you see this list. On the other end of the Islay whisky production spectrum, you can see how Kilchoman Distillery is truly a craft distillery when compared to the others.

How Tough Are Scotsmen?

The Scotch Whisky Guide - Gentleman's Gazette

Click the link for the full article: Gentleman's Gazette Scotch Whisky Guide

This is one of the best articles we've read, on defining what Scotch whisky is! Share it with your whisky loving friends. 

Whisky Wisdom #11 Warren Ellis Quote.

Elmore Leonard's character driven Justified, a whiskey lovers dream?

Click the link for the full article: FX hit drama Justified whisky lover's dream

I love whisky, and I really like Justified, but calling it "a whisky lover's dream" might be a bit of a stretch.

Whiskey 101: Whiskey is safer to drink than water!