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Jolly Toper Edinburgh Januray to July 2011 Tasting Schedule – Scotch Whisky News

Proposed program January to July 2011:-
Tomintoul, 21yo, 33yo 43%, Old Ballantruan 50%, port finish 46%, sherry finish
Ben Nevis: Cadenheads 12yo 57.1%, 10yo 46%, single blend, single grain, Cadenheads ‘dumpy’ 06/1965 – 12/1981 16yo
Arran: peated, ‘Oran Mor’ 56.4%, 10yo 57.1% Bourbon cask, Cadenheads (?) plus another one
Bladnoch: Rare Malts 23yo, Cadenheads 17yo 55.1%, peated, sherry cask [...]

University of Aberdeen Malt Whisky Society Early 2011 Tastings – Scotch Whisky News

Coming up in 2011…!
Wemyss Malts
Springbank Malts
Diageo Classic Malts
And many many more..!
University of Aberdeen Malt Whisky Society
The Butchart Centre
University Road
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire AB24 3UT

WhiskyFest 2011 Dates & Limited Time Ticket Discount – Scotch Whisky News

Special $15 Discount for a Limited Time* Save money and avoid sellout: Order Now. WhiskyFest tickets make great holiday gifts!
11th Annual WhiskyFest Chicago
Friday, April 15, 2011 | 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Hyatt Regency Chicago on the River Walk
5th Annual WhiskyFest San Francisco
Friday, October 7, 2011 | 6:30 – 9:30 pm
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
14th Annual WhiskyFest New [...]

Binny’s Chicago New Year’s Whisky Sale – Scotch Whisky News

Bushmills Irish Whiskey…$16.99
Canadian LTD 1.75L…$11.99
Chivas Regal Scotch…$18.99
Cutty Sark Scotch 1.75L…$19.99
Early Times 1.75L…$16.99
House Of Stuart Scotch 1.75L…$14.99
Jameson Irish Whiskey 1.75L…$34.99
Johnnie Walker Blue Label…$159.99
Johnnie Walker Black Label 1.75L…$49.99
Seagram’s Crown Royal…$17.99
Seagram’s VO 1.75L…$17.99
Southern Comfort 1.75L…$19.99
Don’t forget to use your Binny’s Card! Get discounts on mixed case wine purchases and work towards a 2% rebate on every $500 of [...]

The Malternative Week, two Bas Armagnac

Bas-Armagnac Tariquet 1988/2005 (45,5%, OB, Chateau du Tariquet) – Bas-Armagnac Ducor 1990 (47.6%, Desbons, Jean Boyer, +/-2008) – MUSIC: Wynton Marsalis


Whisky type
Pure Malt  Blended whisky

Update 28.12.2010: Atsushi Horigami at Bar Zoetrope has very kindly put me straight on whether or not this is a vatted malt or a pure malt. The Japanese classification on the label describes this as “Ikkyu”, which, by definition, excludes pure malt and single malt.

Review by Nonjatta contributor – Dramtastic:

“Dunbar Pure Malt (Kirin-Seagram). 42 per cent alcohol.
Nose: Plasticine, cardboard, glue, oak, orange, candle wax, licorice… urinal cakes.
Palate: Quite bitter, with Plasticine, peanut shells, liquorice, oak. I hesitate to say urinal cakes again, as this might imply I’ve tried them, but this, I imagine, is what they might taste like.
Finish: Short and bitter with Plasticine, glue, orange and liquorice. The orange and licorice does not redeem this. Overall, the flavours don’t integrate well at all.
General comment: This doesn’t taste or smell much like whisky, though the orange and liquorice may indicate some sort of Bourbon barrel influence.From nose to finish this is rather unpleasant. A complete misfire from Kirin.
Rating: 60/100″ (Dramtastic’s ratings explained.)

Nonjatta note: It is not entirely clear from the label in the photo whether this is a blend or a pure malt. The marketing description however talks only about malts and so Dramtastic and I are going with the “pure malt” description. Not all of those malts are necessarily Japanese. The “Dunbar” name is clearly a Scottish reference, but the sketch on the label appears to be of Fuji-Gotemba distillery. It was bottled at Kirin’s distillery some time before 2002 (it is labelled as “Kirin Seagram” whisky and the Kirin-Seagram Ltd. joint venture was renamed as Kirin Distillery Co., Ltd. in 2002.) I suspect it might be considerably older than that.


Reflecting the global reach of Ballantine’s, almost 100 international guests, from countries such as Poland, Czech Republic and Ukraine, gathered in Scotland this month for a two day event to celebrate the centenary year for Europe’s No 1 Scotch whisky brand, Ballantine’s Finest.
Taking place in [...]

Two Laphroaig Videos From Simon Brookings – Scotch Whisky News

Laphroaig Ambassador Simon Brooking recently shared the below video links, created based on conversations heard amongst our Friends of Laphroaig. We thought you might enjoy the videos – feel free to pass along to fellow Friends and Laphroaig lovers.
Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

More Reasons to Celebrate at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society – Scotch Whisky News

Society 2011 Burns Celebrations
There is one statue of him in New York’s Central Park and several in China.  Bob Dylan described him as his “biggest inspiration”, his birthday is celebrated in the Kremlin and his work has been in films from Sex and the City to It’s a Wonderful Life…
Join us this January as we [...]

The Octave Range – Last Minute Promotional Offer From Duncan Taylor – Scotch Whisky News

“Octave Invigorated” Our Octave Cask range has invigorated the Single Malts and Single Grains industry.
After a second maturation of three months, the octave cask has breathed new life into the whisky, quickly changing hue, taste, form and character of the spirit. The whisky is rejuvenated, a little more aggressive, with the commanding presence of a [...]