Dec 072013

white north dakota

Old World Spirits | Belmont, California

100% White North Dakota Winter Rye Whiskey  90 proof 45% ABV

Hand-crafted in California in small batches, released as single barrel releases.

Double-distiled on a custom still designed by master distiller, Davorin Kuchan.

Aged in Charred White MN Oak Casks. Mashed, Fermented, Distilled like an Eau De Vie.

“Like biting into a fresh loaf of Rye Bread” “Setting a new standard for the finest American Rye”


Nov 172013

great southern, australian whisky, non-chill filteredGreat Southern Distilling Company | Albany, Western Australia

Our Limeburners Single Malt Whisky, is made by using some of the best barley in the world which is produced locally in the South West of WA.  We are fortunate to be able to source our barley directly from fields in the region. Our whisky is made in single batches and every release is a single barrel ‘expression’.  Whilst always maintaining the wonderful characteristics of this hand distilled single malt whisky, each expression has unique qualities.   As a result of this single batch process each expression is a limited edition of between 100 and 320 bottles (depending on cask size and strength).  As there are so few bottles per batch, it is common for us to sell out of a particular barrel release very quickly.

iwsc, hand distilled

Sep 032013

koval bourbon whiskey bottleKoval Distillery | Chicago, Illinois USA

KOVAL Distillery’s organic, single barrel bourbon has the requisite mash bill of at least 51% corn, but instead of the usual rye or wheat supplement, they have included one of the main cereals of Asia and Africa. Millet is a gluten-free ancient sustenance grain, and like corn, has a history of working in the spirits industry, albeit in Nepal, where it has long been celebrated as a libation of choice.
Tucked away in a charred new American oak barrel to age, millet and corn learn to complement each other, neither taking the lead. Out of the bottle, this duet opens with notes of mango chutney, while the millet renders a soft whisper of vanilla throughout. Then harmonizing, the grains sing with the sweetness of apricot custard. This pair finishes with peppery caramel, a diminuendo into a wisp of clove-spiked tobacco lingering on the tongue.

Aug 022013

koval white rye whiskey bottleKoval Distillery | Chicago, Illinois USA

American Distilling Institute, USA

Destillata Spirits Competition, Europe

Peppery and floral notes overflow in this white whiskey, which some compare to aquavit. It is a traditional American spirit. George Washington made it in his distillery, and it was common in the New World before the rise of bourbon after the Whiskey Rebellion. Our White Rye is perfect when sipped neat but also excellent over ice or in classic and contemporary cocktails. Barely touching the barrel before being bottled, this is the true essence of rye without being overshadowed by oak.

Jul 012013

san francisco world spirits competition 2012 gold medal winnerBalblair Distillery | Edderton, Scotland

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2012 Gold Medal


The first release of Balblair 2001 is sparkling gold in appearance.


This full bodied malt displays unmistakable Balblair characteristics: floral notes and aromas of fresh fruits such as oranges, apples and lemons. The American oak ex-bourbon casks used for maturation impart distinctive toffee and vanilla flavours.


On the palate it is sweet and spicy; fresh fruits dominate and combine with toffee to create a balanced flavour and a long lasting finish.

Jun 212013

smokey islay malt

Ardbeg Distillery | Port Ellen, Scotland

Every year from the end of May through early June, the Scottish island of Islay welcomes hundreds of Scotch-lovers for its Festival of Malt and Music. This weeklong tribute to everything whisky culminates in Ardbeg Day when the distillery opens its doors to Ardbeg lovers from around the world. Recognizing that not all Ardbeg fans can make the pilgrimage to the Land of Peat, last year Ardbeg launched Ardbeg Day celebrations worldwide along with a limited edition Ardbeg Day bottling so that fans could join in the festivities wherever they were.

Ardbeg Day was such a success, that they’re doing it all over again for 2013. Only this time, they’ve renamed it Ardbog Day in honor of the newest limited edition release – Ardbog! Crafted from ex-Manzanilla matured Ardbeg and bottled at 52.1% ABV, Ardbog is expected to be as well-received as last year’s Ardbeg Day and Galileo, which each won impressive accolades from the 2013 Jim Murray Whisky Bible and the 2013 World Whisky Awards, respectively.

In addition to the much-anticipated release of Ardbog, 2013′s events will enable many more fans to drink in the spirit of celebration! These events include promotions, tastings, parties, and plenty of fun activities happening around the world. Details and registration for the U.S. events can be found at: Much like Ardbeg, the celebration is expected to be big and untamed, so immediate registration is recommended to secure a spot in this very spirited affair!

Ardbog Tasting Notes

Color - deep ochre

Aroma - deep, enticing waves of pecan nuts, salty toffee & caramels, fudge, leather and a distinct whiff of herbs, lavender and violets.  The smoke is soft and aromatic, and is interwoven with salty, savory notes, like Iberico ham (de bellota) and olives

Some water brings forth herbal, perfumed notes, smoked rhubarb, aged balsamic vinegar and some salty, ‘graphite’ notes reminding you of the Manzanilla cask element

Texture/taste - a full, oily/tingly mouthfeel leads into a powerful, salty, savory burst of flavors – salted cashews and peanuts, clove, aniseed flavored toffee, green olives and a curious hint of anchovy. A long, lingering aftertaste, in which the classic Ardbeg sweetness (like a hint of maple syrup) is kept in check by oak tannins, clove and coffee grounds

About Ardbeg
Ardbeg prides itself on being the ‘Ultimate Islay Malt Whisky’.  Established in 1815, Ardbeg is revered by connoisseurs around the world as the peatiest, smokiest and most complex of all the Islay malts widely available. Despite its smokiness, Ardbeg is renowned for its devilishly delicious sweetness, a phenomenon that has affectionately become known as ‘the peaty paradox’.

Responsible Drinking
Ardbeg and The Glenmorangie Company advocate responsible drinking and suggest that drinkers savor whiskies in moderation and in line with recommended daily guidelines for alcohol consumption.

Source: Ardbeg

whiskey typography

Jun 142013

speyburn 10yo canisterSpeyburn Distillery | Rothes, Scotland

Speyburn Single Malt Scotch Whisky was first distilled on the 15th December 1897. The distillery owner, John Hopkins, defied the odds to make sure that the first cask was filled in this year, to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

The picturesque distillery lies on the northern edge of Rothes, in the heart of the Speyside region. Our whisky quietly matures in American and Spanish oak casks in traditional stone-built warehouses and very little has changed in our distilling methods in more than a hundred years.

The result is a classic Speyside single malt; golden amber in colour with a floral and citrus nose. It’s medium-bodied and easy to drink, with a delicate, fruity character and a dry, complex finish.

  • Distilled in the famous Speyside region of the Scottish Highlands using the fresh, clear waters of the Granty Burn.
  • First produced on the diamond jubilee year of Queen Victoria.
  • Elegant bottle packaged in an attractive gift tube.
Jun 102013

ancnoc 12yo single malt bottle packshotKnockdhu Distillery | Knock, Scotland

Knockdhu Distillery, established in 1894 and one of the smallest and most enchanting in the Scottish Highlands, is renowned the world over by malt enthusiasts for producing a Single Malt that makes every day a special occasion.

The Knockdhu Distillery nestles under the mysterious Knock Hill, known to locals by its Gaelic name of anCnoc. Curiously, the Single Malt produced from the Knockdhu Distillery is not named after the Distillery. It is proudly named after the anCnoc, which provides the source of the pure crystal spring water that is an essential element of anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Tasting Notes

Soft, very aromatic with a hint of honey in the foreground. Amber with a slight yellow hue. Sweet to start with an appetising fruitiness and a long smooth finish.

Jun 042013

vintage bottle eadar dunBalblair Distillery | Edderton, Scotland


Within the sight of the Balblair Distillery, on the ancient plain of Eadar Dun, lies a great stone monument, erected over four millennia ago by a race now lost to history.

It was this race, the Picts, who for a period took their place in the annals of Scottish history and imbued the stone with their myth and legend.

It is this sacred stone, the ‘Clach Blorach’, meaning sharp stone, which has inspired Balblair. The Pictish symbols and ancient legends, ageless in a time of change, are part of the very essence of Balblair.


Balblair Distillery, located in the Northern Highlands of Scotland was founded by John Ross in 1790 on the shores of the Dornoch Firth in the village of Edderton. This village takes its name from the ancient settlement of Eadar Dun, meaning ‘between the forts’. It is on the very hills where these ‘forts’ reside that the pure water of the Allt Dearg burn runs freely, supplying the distillery with the same rich source for over 200 years.


Every year the Distillery Manager, John MacDonald, selects the finest examples of Balblair from the maturing whiskies which he believes best exemplify Balblair Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky: rich spices; fruits and a pleasant leathery note. Of the thousands of barrels sampled each year, only a limited number are bottled as Balblair Vintage Single Malt capturing the very essence of Balblair.

Tasting Notes

Balblair 2000 is bright golden in appearance.

A superbly well balanced, full-bodied malt with aromas of pears, pineapple and green apples; hints of honey and vanilla, that come from the long years of maturation in American ex bourbon oak barrels, can also be detected, adding to the complexity of this exceptional Vintage.

On the palate the sweet, honey, floral notes combined with hints of coconut and rich spices lead to a smooth, long lasting and warming finish.

May 282013

old pulteney bottle and tube promo

The Pulteney Distillery | Wick, Scotland

In 1826 when James Henderson founded the most northerly distillery on the British mainland, there were plenty more fish in the sea.

The Highland town of Wick was at the centre of a ‘herring boom’, becoming the largest and wealthiest fishing port in Europe. Barrels of silver and gold left the harbour of Wick (there were no roads).

The herrings were silver, the gold was Old Pulteney single malt scotch whisky.

Today, ‘the silver darlings’ have long gone but the Pulteney distillery still produces ‘unashamedly excellent’ single malt whisky – tangy, dry, and with a mineral-salted spiciness that evokes the rugged, windswept character of the far north. It is the unique history of the town, its people and their distillery that makes Old Pulteney The Maritime Malt.