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Johnnie Walker Blenders Batch 10 year old Triple Grain American Oak Blended Scotch Whisky
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The “Blender’s Batch” series of experimental whiskies from Johnnie Walker highlight the broad range of flavors that can be achieved from even the slightest variations in blending and maturation. In this latest release, the focus is on three different grain whiskies. Made from wheat, barley and corn, some were distilled at the now-closed Port Dundas distillery. These grain whiskies are blended with malts from two distilleries, Cardhu and the always excellent Mortlach. The nose is fat and sweet with hints of sweet spices and citrus peel. The palate is surprisingly chewy with a sweet grain character and baking spice. A slight whiff of smoke creeps in on the long, soft finish.


Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition Blended Scotch
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Thousands of thirsty Americans survived the dark age of prohibition thanks to Captain William McCoy, who bravely smuggled Cutty Sark Scotch into the country to quench the peoples’ thirst. It is because of his efforts that Cutty Sark was often referred to as “The Real McCoy”. Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition celebrates Captain McCoy and this 100 proof blend is amazingly complex and delightful for such an affordable dram. Prohibition delivers on quality much like the piano playing of McCoy Tyner on his record, The Real McCoy. Now that we’re thinking about it, this is actually a great dram for sipping while listening to your favorite Jazz record; but back to the whisky. On the nose this blend is pleasantly complex and full bodied. Aged in American oak casks, classic flavors of tropical fruit, vanilla, toffee, and spice intermingle nicely. The taste reveals a fantastic balance of sweetness and spice with almonds, cacao, orchard fruits and baking spices working in concert together much like a rhythm section backing a soloist. The finish is warm and pleasant with peppercorn and spice fading softly with toffee, vanilla, and orchard fruit.


Kavalan Whisky from Taiwan - Now Available

If you’re not familiar with the incredible whiskies coming from the Kavalan Distillery in Taiwan you’ve really been missing out. Over the last several years, few distilleries have garnered more praise or won more awards. Considering Kavalan is ten years young, this is a tremendous feat and much of their success can be attributed to the late, great Dr. Jim Swan. Dr. Swan guided Kavalan for the past ten years and helped establish the unique character that has won them so much praise. We were lucky enough to enjoy a dram or two with Dr. Swan and treasure the wonderful conversations we had over whisky. He is greatly missed, but his legacy lives in each of these wonderful whiskies he helped bring to life.


 
Kavalan Amontillado Cask botled at Cask Strength
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Gorgeous color on this malt, with lush fruit, marzipan, toasted almond, toffee, and spice up front. The taste reveals dark stewed fruits, caramelized sugar, and spice. The finish is long and warming with pepper spice and dark fruits fading.


Kavalan Manzanilla Cask bottled at Cask Strength
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On the nose, this malt is layered quite nicely with ripe tropical fruits, cacao, toffee, and a tinge of salt and spice. The taste releases more tropical fruits, soft citrus, spice and herbs. The finish is well rounded with fruit and spice fading slowly.


Kavalan Moscatel Cask Bottled at Cask Strength
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The nose on this Kavalan is simply sublime. Dark cocoa, dark stewed fruits, caramelized sugars, toffee and baking spice. The taste reveals multi-layered complexities of butter soaked fruits, toasted almond, cocoa, and soft spice. The finish is long with fruit and spice fading ever so softly. A real stunner.


Kavalan Pedro Ximenez Sherry Cask Bottled at Cask Strength
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Pedro Ximeniz and single malt go together like a horse and carriage. Truly love and marriage with this offering from Kavalan. The nose is robust with classic jammy PX notes alongside soft herbal tones, citrus, dark fruits, and baking spice. The taste gives us more pronounced fruits, oak spice, sultanas, and raw honey. The finish is long with fruit and spice fading slowly. Goodbye tax refund.


Kavalan Port Cask Bottled at Cask Strength
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On the nose, red berry, walnut, and almond up front. Soft citrus, and oak spice in the back. The taste holds dark chocolate, dark fruits, red berry, oak spice, and a touch of vanilla. The finish is wonderfully long with red berry and oak spice fading last. A special dram for the anoraks of the malt world.


Double Matured Cognac

As much as we love a fine Cognac at the Whiskey Hotline, Cognac’s consistent production methods and an overall lack of innovation make for a somewhat stagnant category that just doesn’t generate the same level of excitement that whiskey does. Thankfully the masterful blenders at Pierre Ferrand are here to shake things up a bit. The first edition of their Renegade Barrel is a cognac that has been double matured, a rarity in itself. It aged first in traditional Cognac casks, and then finished for a time in Sauternes casks.


Pierre Ferrand Renegade Barrel Cognac
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Wow, what a nose. Waves of tropical fruit, banana, and fruit cocktail syrup balanced by some light and spicy oak. The palate is very full bodied for a Cognac, and starts with a burst of fruit just like the nose. Loads of tropical fruit with honey and caramel and a hint of spicy oak at the back. A little pepper to balance things out in the finish, with the honeyed fruits lingering longest. Our new favorite cognac.


In Case You Missed It

Macallan Edition No. 2
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The newest release in Macallan’s yearly Edition Series has arrived. Edition No 2 is a collaboration with the Roca brothers of acclaimed restaurant El Celler De Can Roca from Girona, Spain. Seven different casks from four different bodegas have been blended to create this luscious single malt. On the nose, notes of bright orange and citrus jump with some sherried fruits and ginger in the background. The palate is big and round with dark fruits, marmalade, and baking spice leading to a long, richly sherried finish layered with more spices and citrus. Bottled at a generous 48.2% this is classic Macallan sherried goodness but with more balance from the pronounced citrus notes. It’s great to see a Macallan offering this tasty at a reasonable price.


The Whiskey Hotline

Teeling 24 year old Irish Single Malt Vintage Reserve Collection
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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style with the oldest bottling we’ve seen yet from Teeling. Distilled in 1991 and aged in Bourbon barrels and then finished in Sauternes casks. This single malt was distilled with a small portion of peat-smoked malt, and the Sauternes finishing balances that whiff of smoke with a delicate fruit. The fruit is immediately apparent on the nose with hints of apricot and golden raisins with a bit of smoke. Light and delicate on the palate, but with a robust flavor. The fruit from the nose is there, but a layer of honey and nuttiness runs throughout. The finish is long and full of fruit, with lingering oak and soft spices. A real stunner, and just about the oldest Irish Whiskey you can find.


Teeling, the only working distillery in Dublin, also makes a nice selection of malt, grain, and blended whiskies.




Teeling Whiskey Single Grain Irish Whiskey
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This beautiful expression of Irish single grain was aged in Cabernet barrels. On the nose, lovely red berries and soft orchard fruits mingle with spice. On the taste, grapes and more red fruits with soft anise. The finish is pleasantly drying with oak laden tannins and fruit spice.


Teeling Whiskey Single Malt Irish Whiskey
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Irish single malt tends to be a bit more on the fruity side of flavor spectrum, and this dram takes that theme and does not disappoint. On the nose, dark stewed fruits and soft citrus mingle with lovely caramelized sugars and soft oak tannins. The taste brings in all the flavors on the nose along with some vanilla and anise. The finish is long and pleasant with sweet fruit flavors lovely oak undertones.


Teeling Whiskey Small Batch Irish Whiskey
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This small batch blended whiskey brings both elements of malt and grain into balance with a dose of rum. On the nose, orchard fruits, red fruits, and fig intermingle pleasantly with rich dark rum and oak spice. The taste reveals all of the flavors on the nose along with some clove and oak tannin. The finish is nicely layered with fruit, rum, and rich oak spice.


Yellow Spot 12 year old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
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One of our all-time favorites here at the Whiskey Hotline. Aged for 12 years, this beauty shines right away on the initial nosing. Bananas, orchard fruits, raisins, dark stewed fruits, spice, and vanilla. The taste reveals orchard fruit, caramel grains, anise, and vanilla. The finish is quite long and pleasant with a touch of pear and apricot showing up in the end with anise and barley fading ever so slowly.


West Cork Distillers Irish Single Malt Aged 12 years Finished in Rum Casks
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Bright, juicy fruit nose, almost like canned fruit cocktail syrup. Soft pepper on the background bring some balance to the aroma. Fruit first on the taste followed immediately by soft anise and French oak spice with a subtle rum/molasses undertone. Gorgeous finish highlighted by brown sugar and dry pepper.


West Cork Distillers Irish Single Malt Aged 12 years Finished in Sherry Casks
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Soft fruit cocktail syrup with vanilla and spice. Absolutely perfect taste with sherry flavors adding a fat round quality to the overall fruity flavor. Soft spice here with fruit cocktail and dark stewed fruits dominating. The finish is quite nice with an overall beautiful bell curve of tastes building and fading slowly in perfect harmony. Jut an exceptional whiskey.


West Cork Distillers Irish Single Malt Aged 12 years Finished in Port Casks
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Unsurprisingly more fruit (primarily cherries) tucked in the back here with darker fruits and sugars up front. All together more spicy on the nose. Nice fruit on the palate with a focus on dry spices and anise. The feel is round, but pleasantly dry. A beautiful Whiskey.


2003 Exclusive Malts 12 year old Irish Single Malt Cask #509 from Refill ex Sherry Hogshead
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On the nose caramel, brown sugar, sultanas, and a buttery quality blend perfectly. The palate is pleasantly fat. On the taste, the sherry influence shows up with more sultanas, vanilla, toffee, and brown sugars. The finish is medium in length with warming spices, sultanas, toffee, and a buttery nuttiness. 336 bottles from cask number 509. Distilled December 15th, 2003 and bottled February 2016. Bottled at 53.6% abv from a refill ex-Sherry hogshead.



More Headlines from the Hotline
1792 Binny’s Handpicked Full Proof
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On the nose, big red apple skins and lush tropical fruit flavors along with vanilla and soft baking spices. The taste reveals big tropical fruits and pleasant oak spice. The finish fades slowly with oak spice, clove, and tropical fruit fading back in late for a wonderfully long finish.


Jefferson's Ocean Aged at Sea Bourbon Cask Strength Voyage #10
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The journey was worth the wait. Jefferson’s Ocean has always been an intriguing bourbon, being aged at sea and all. This batch actually visited 5 continents and crossed the equator 4 times on its journey. That slight hint of salinity added by its time at sea works wonders with the caramel notes already present in the bourbon. As usual, bottling at cask strength makes everything bigger, bolder, and better.


Wyoming Whiskey Limited Edition Double Cask Straight Bourbon Finished in Sherry Casks
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Wyoming Whiskey continues to elevate the game. This newest delivery  from Kirby, Wyoming is a five year old wheated bourbon finished in  sherry casks. These finishing barrels are actually a combination of  two different barrels that formerly held px sherry and red wine. The  barrels are somewhere between  40 to 60 years old. The blender’s skill is on full display here with the sherry complementing the mature bourbon, instead of dominating it. On the nose, cooked wheat and corn  mingling with stewed dark fruits, vanilla, clove and a sprinkle of  cinnamon. The mouthfeel is quite round and chewy. On the taste,  vanilla, corn, dark fruits and soft spice. The finish is long and  pleasant with red fruits and oak spice fading away slowly. Just an  extremely well put together whiskey. Highly recommended by the whiskey  hotline. 


2011 Wyoming Whiskey Outryder American Straight Whiskey Bottled in Bond
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Another amazingly delicious barrel of whiskey from Wyoming. The mainstay in the stable is wheated bourbon but this new offering is a blend of wheated bourbon and American whiskey. The mashbill on the American component is 40% corn, 40% rye, and 20% malted barley. The added depth of rye in this blend really jumps out and provides complex layers of flavor. On the nose, warm rich toffee, wintergreen, clove and vanilla with cinnamon. The taste reveals layers of toasted oak, clove, vanilla, toffee, dark red fruits and cooked grains. The finish is warm and pleasant with spice fading slowly. A must try.


Christian Brothers Sacred Bonded Brandy
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This is the first grape based bottled in bond Brandy in America. Aged in white oak American barrels at Heaven Hill in Kentucky, this brandy is four years of age and bottled at 100 proof. A real treat in the American Brandy category. On the nose, this brandy exudes oak flavors, dark rich ripe fruits, herbal tea and touch of vanilla. The palate reveals wonderful structure with rich oak tones, clove, and anise. The finish reveals dark stewed fruits and warm oak spice. Lovely brandy more akin to whiskey than what you might expect from a grape based brandy.


Now Available: Eden Mill Gin

The good folks at Eden Mill revitalized the tradition of distilling in St. Andrews, back in 2012. This site was previously distilled on way back in 1810 by the famous Haig distillers. Eden Mill makes beer, whiskey and gin at this point. When The Whiskey Hotline is in Scotland, we usually find ourselves in The Kingdom of Fife, where Eden Mill is located. This gin is always a welcome respite from the long journey over the ocean. We’re so happy to finally be able to enjoy a tipple of Eden Mill gin back home now.


Eden Mill Original Gin
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On the nose, citrus peel, soft spice, clove, and ripe tropical fruits. On the taste, juniper and pepper, with soft berry notes, and a touch of seabuckthorn. The finish highlights a citrus note, crisp and clean.


Eden Mill Love Gin
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More of a command rather than a tonic. Love gin is a blend of exotic fruits and Scottish flowers. On the nose, soft juniper, fruit and berries with soft grapefruit. The taste releases dark dried fruits, citrus, and sweet edible flowers. The finish is lovely with dark fruits, and vanilla coated flowers. Absolutely gorgeous and refreshing. With a touch of tonic water, this gin turns pink.


Eden Mill Oak Gin
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On the nose, this barrel finished gin has notes of juniper, bright pepper, oak, vanilla, and orange citrus. On the taste, cinnamon, clove, orchard fruit and more citrus. The finish is long and warming with a prominent, rich cocoa element lingering.


Eden Mill Hop Gin
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The perfect gin for the IPA drinker. Hops lead the way on the nose with coriander, fruit, and soft juniper. The taste has citrus rind, citrus hops, juniper, and soft fruit. The finish is long, and on the bitter hoppy side. A lovely hopped up treat.


Introducing Infuse Spirits Vodkas

If you’ve been reading the Whiskey Hotline long enough, you know that we only talk about flavored vodka if we’re making fun of it. However, we need to make an exception to that rule because these are some serious vodkas. It’s obvious just by looking at them, as they are infused with real fruit and spices. When the rest of the flavored vodka aisle looks and tastes like it is one chemical bond away from being a plastic, these are some real standouts.

Infuse Spirits Vodka Origin
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Balanced and inviting, this vodka leans toward a sweeter side. Wonderfully refreshing, and great on its own or in a cocktail. Distilled from corn, the mouthfeel is full, and the finish is clean.


Infuse Spirits Vodka Peach
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One of the best infused vodkas we’ve tasted. Big round peach flavors blend perfectly in this easy drinking vodka. Made with real fruit for a truly natural taste.


Infuse Spirits Vodka Cinnamon Apple
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Crisp apple flavors on the nose with just the right amount of cinnamon to balance the sweet with spice. Clean and pleasantly sweet, this vodka is dangerously drinkable.


Infuse Spirits Vodka Lemon
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As with the other flavors, the fruit macerating in the bottle just looks inviting. On the nose, you’re greeted with pleasant lemon peel and citrus flavors. The taste does not disappoint on its own or in a delicious martini.


Two New Picks from Islay
2005 Exclusive Malts Laphroaig 11 year old Hogshead Binny's Handpicked Cask
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Finding a single barrel of Laphroaig is a real treat for us. This one is 11 years old and bottled at 56.9% abv. Aged in a refill hogshead, the nose reveals brine, butter, dark stewed fruit skins, and of course peat smoke. Fat and viscous on the tongue with soft fruit, smoke, and a dose of pepper. The finish is quite elegant with smoke and pepper fading alongside subtle sweet vanilla and fruit flavors. A real stunner with its elegance and balance. We only have 293 bottles, so grab them while you can, they’ll disappear quickly.


2011 Kilchoman 100% Islay 6th Edition 5 year old ex Bourbon Barrel # 194/2011 Binny's Handpicked
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This 5 year old malt was aged in ex-Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels, and bottled at 58.3% abv. The nose is lightly sweet with a dose of citrus, olive, and light peat. The taste has some guava, butterscotch, vanilla, smoke, and soft oak spice. The finish is lovely with smoke, vanilla candy, and pepper fading slowly. This is our 5th single barrel of Kilchoman, and made 100% from barley grown on Islay.


In Case You Missed It
Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Decades Bourbon
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If you missed out on the first Master’s Keep release you weren’t the only one, there just wasn’t much around. Thankfully the Turkey team has blended a larger batch for the second release, “Decades.” It’s a blend of 10 to 20 year old bourbons bottled at 104 proof. At $149.99 it isn’t exactly an everyday sipper, but considering the age and proof it is a solid value.


Rhine Hall Bierschnaps Distilled from Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels Produced on Fulton Street in Chicago375mL ...

Bierschnaps? Distilled beer, basically. But unlike whiskey the beer is finished before distillation, hops and all. The result is more roast grain flavor, and a hint of hops. So where did the beer come from? We can’t say exactly, but we can say it is a stout that was aged in bourbon barrels and brewed on Fulton Street.


St. Pat's The Whiskey Hotline Way
Jameson Blended Irish Whiskey Special Edition Label
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"The bouquet features charred paper smells of toasted walnuts, roasted chestnuts, paraffin, cardboard, parchment, dry grain and herbs. Entry is grainy sweet and moderately oily; the midpalate stage is loaded with grainy breakfast cereal flavors and, at times, even comes off like oatmeal. Ends well on an oily, satiny note." 85-89 pts. Reviewed by: The Wine Enthusiast


The Dubliner Irish Whiskey Bourbon Cask Aged
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On the nose, this Irish blend is sweet and honeyed with vanilla and orchard fruits. On the taste, more honey with the addition of malt and spice. The finish is on the sweet side with soft pepper. Aged in bourbon casks and bottled at 80 proof. 


Bushmill's Red Bush Irish Whiskey
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Classic Bushmills aged exclusively in ex-Bourbon barrels gives this offering a warm rich vanilla and toffee flavor to complement round soft fruits and toasted grain. Light and easy, and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day preparations.

 

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