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Friday, May 23, 2014


Posted on 23/05/2014by Pat Roberts

Caol Ila Feis2014 bottling

Caol Ila Feis2014 bottling

To mark this year’s Islay Festival of Malt & Music, Lagavulin and Caol Ila Distilleries have now announced details of their special Festival natural cask strength bottlings available only to visitors.

The CAOL ILA™ special bottling was personally selected by David Wood, Caol Ila Distillery Manager. It was distilled in 2002 and has been matured in Refill American Oak Hogsheads. It has been bottled at 55.5% ABV in an edition of 1,500 bottles.

David Wood’s tasting notes read:

Nose: Soft, elegant, vanilla, sea breeze, touch of smoke, meadow flowers.

Palate: Developing peat smoke, spice, vanilla. Citrus fruits. Typical Caol Ila character. Oily and acidic.

Finish: Exceedingly long. Smoke lingers as the vanilla and sea breeze fades.

Lagavulin Feis2014 bottling

Lagavulin Feis2014 bottling

The LAGAVULIN™ bottling is drawn from casks filled in January 1995. Matured in European Oak Sherry Butts, the liquid was personally selected by Lagavulin warehouseman Iain McArthur. At 54.7% ABV, it comes in an edition of 3,500 bottles.

Tasting notes offered by Georgie Crawford, Distillery Manager at Lagavulin, state:

Nose: Neat the initial nose is boat tar and peat ash balanced out with spicy sweet stewed apples.  Water releases some star anise and sweeter wood smoke.

Palate: Without water there is hot ash up front smoothing away to reveal hints of marzipan.  Water brings out a sharp sweetness of floral perfume.

Finish: Long, initially hot and dry with sweetness developing.  A good lingering Lagavulin with plenty of damp wood and peat ash in the finish.

Both whiskies are priced at £99 per bottle. Sales are limited to two bottles per personal visitor.

Georgie Crawford commented:

“Once again we are pleased to be able to present two very appealing and exceptional whiskies from Lagavulin and Caol Ila.

“The Festival gets stronger and better every year, and all of us at Lagavulin and Caol Ila Distilleries hope that this year’s special Fèis bottlings, and those offered by other distilleries on this wonderful island, will add to the delight of those visitors who come to celebrate Islay’s great whiskies and whisky-making traditions with us during the Fèis.” 

Diageo asks Fèis visitors to consume their whiskies responsibly.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Barterhouse Kentucky Bourbon


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Uisce Beatha Real Irish Whiskey wins GOLD at the prestigious Los Angeles International Craft Spirits Competition


LOS ANGELES, May 21, 2014  ROK Drinks, part of ROK Stars PLC, the consumer goods and environmental technologies company, has announced its Uisce Beatha Real Irish Whiskey has been awarded a Gold Medal at the prestigious International Craft Spirits Competition held in Los Angeles between May 6 and 8.

Evaluated in a blind-tasting process by two dozen respected and influential judges and hosted by Forrest Cokely, an expert in the field of spirits, mixology and a judge at many spirits events worldwide, all brands entered for the awards are scored on a 100 point scale based on key characteristics such as appearance, taste, aromatics, flavour, mouth-feel and finish.

Commenting, Jonathan Kendrick, Chairman of ROK Stars, said, "Winning a gold medal at the International Craft Spirits Competition is the highest achievement as this is a blind-tasting event and, as such, is considered to be one of the most prestigious spirits competition in the world. We and our fast-growing network of distribution partners around the world are delighted because while we are very proud of our contemporary and sophisticated design and packaging of Uisce Beatha Real Irish Whiskey, to have our premium blend whiskey recognised for its gold medal-winning quality is fantastic."

ROK Drinks was co-founded by John Paul DeJoria, known as "America's favourite entrepreneur" and British entrepreneur Jonathan Kendrick.

John Paul DeJoria is best known as co-founder of Paul Mitchell, the largest privately held hair care business in North America, as well as being the co-founder of Patron Tequila, the world's Number 1 premium Tequila brand.

First distilled by Irish monks more than 1,000 years ago, the term "whiskey" is derived from the ancient Gaelic "Uisce Beatha," meaning "Water of Life," and is pronounced "ish-ka ba-ha."

Uisce Beatha Real Irish Whiskey is a blend of Irish single malt and grain whiskies which have been matured for at least 4 years in ex-Bourbon American oak casks to deliver a soft, subtle and delicately sweet flavour with a long, malty finish.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Laphroaig - Islay Single Malt


Monday, May 19, 2014

Austin Spirits: Austinites on fast track to debut a new whiskey that is classically Austin (9 Banded Whiskey)

AUSTIN, Texas, May 19, 2014 -- Austin Spirits announces the upcoming introduction of 9 Banded Whiskey, a new product that will be the premier Austin-based whiskey on the market. Led by CEO Gary Crowell, one of the original forces behind the wildly successful Deep Eddy Vodka, and partner Paul Groepler, who launched Austin-based Tequila Ambhar, Austin Spirits will debut 9 Banded Whiskey in October during the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Crowell and his four partners Sean Foley, Paul Groepler, Whitney Kroenke, and Chris Ogden, see the opportunity in a liquor market where whiskey is one of the fastest growing categories and classic cocktails made with whiskey are making a comeback. Crowell says the distinctly Austin whiskey, branded and named after Texas's beloved nine-banded armadillo, will capture the classic Austin vibe of the 1970s and 80s.

"People are clamoring for more things authentically Austin," said Crowell. "Music venues like the once-iconic Armadillo World Headquarters embody the spirit of 9 Banded Whiskey. It will feel like a piece of Austin that's hard to come by anymore."

Austin locals and visitors will have their first chance to try 9 Banded Whiskey during ACL in October. Crowell added, "ACL attendees are our target demographic: folks who love Austin's vibrant scene and appreciate great music and great whiskey."

Once the product is firmly established in Texas, the company's growth strategy will focus on sports and entertainment industries. The partners have established ties to the University of Texas and Texas A&M, as well as numerous relationships to sports and entertainment organizations nationally.

Austin Spirits will begin scheduling tastings for 9 Banded Whiskey after September 1, 2014.

Jim Beam - Quarter Cask Finished


Maker’s Mark - Governor’s Mansion 100


Cutty Sark - Prohibition Edition


Monday, May 12, 2014

Jack Daniels Fire

Available now….There’s a new Fire Chief In Town.