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Kentucky Cooperage Tours – American Whiskey News

Kentucky Cooperage Tours
Mon.-Fri. ♥ 9:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
712 E. Main St.
Tel. 270.692.4674 for further details.
Kentucky Cooperage makes the charred oak barrels critical for the production of bourbon. See how “charring” is done, how staves are shaped, how hoops are put in place and how barrels are made leak proof without manmade sealers.

Whiskies of the World Upcoming Whisky Dinner With Ed Kohl – Scotch Whisky News

Upcoming Whisky Dinner
(From Sam at Impex) We are going to launch Chieftain’s at the San Francisco City Club on August 12th.  It will be a four course dinner featuring the following:
“Since 1936, Ian Macleod Distillers, through its dedication to tradition and quality, has amassed an unrivaled cask stock from Scotland’s many distilleries. [...]


I gave a five star rating to the first Noh bottling I ever tasted and I have just given a four star rating to the second one. I like this stuff a lot.

But the Noh series, the brainchild of the Number One Drinks Company, has a wider significance than just offering some nicely packaged, tasty whiskies. It has, with one exception, featured single casks from Kirin Group’s Karuizawa distillery in Nagano Prefecture. For years now, the news coming out of Karuizawa has been almost entirely negative. The last time I checked with the Kirin press office, they confirmed to me the distillery had been mothballed. The most recent official bottling was a 2007 12-year-old Karuizawa Wine Cask, to mark the 12th anniversary of the museum on the site of the distillery.

And yet, while Kirin appear to have left the distillery to slowly slip into oblivion, Europe has been all abuzz with Karuizawa. That is largely thanks to Number One Drinks. The Noh bottlings, which are only part of their Karuzawa offerings, have really added to the excitement. Here is a full list of the Noh series to date:
1. Karuizawa 1995 (bottled 2008) Cask No. 5004. 63 percent alcohol. 186 bottles (from a Japanese wine cask)

2. Karuizawa 1995 (bottled 2008) Cask No. 5007. 63 percent alcohol. 246 bottles (from a Japanese wine cask, exclusive to Taiwan)

3. Karuizawa 1977 (bottled 2008) Cask No. 7026. 62.8 percent alcohol. 528 bottles (exclusive to La Maison du Whisky)

4. Karuizawa 1995 (bottled 2009) Cask No. 5039. 59.4 percent alcohol. (reduced for Norway) 222 bottles (from a Japanese wine cask, exclusive to Norway)

5. Hanyu 1988 (bottled 2009) Cask No. 9306. 55.6 percent alcohol. 625 bottles

6. Karuizawa 1976 (bottled 2009) Cask No. 6719. 63 percent alcohol. 486 bottles

7. Karuizawa 1977 (bottled 2010) Cask No. 4592. 60.7 percent alcohol. 190 bottles

The next release is expected to be another 1977 Karuizawa and a 1994 bottling (Karuizawa 1994/2010. Cask No. 270. 62.7 per cent alcohol) is being done for La Maison du Whisky ready for Whisky Live Paris in September.

Marcin Miller at Number One explains the concept behind the series:

“We feel it is important when we bottle a whisky in the ‘official’ Vintage Series that it should be true to the distillery character. For example, the 1985 #7017 was, for me, archetypal Karuizawa; big, bold, uncompromising, complex and reminiscent of an autumnal forest walk (pine, mushroom, truffle) with plenty of sherry and mixed nuts. The same applies to classics like the Karuizawa 1967 and 1971.

“Occasionally we come across a cask that doesn’t fit in with the traditional Karuizawa flavour profile; for example, we unearthed a few Japanese wine casks, that is to say casks formerly used to mature Japanese red wine (classic Bordeaux blend in style). Obviously, the whisky from these casks was different to the majority of sherry butts we have bottled from that distillery. We felt they needed to be presented differently (and that is where the Noh series comes in).

“In terms of a ‘theme’ to the series, I am tempted to say they are unusual whiskies which deserve eye-catching presentation. Although the majority of bottlings have been from Karuizawa, the Noh Series is not limited to that distillery; we bottled a Hanyu cask last year and there may be releases from Chichibu and other distilleries in due course.”

Miller explains that the striking labels come courtesy of an exclusive arrangement with the Kamiasobi Noh Troupe ( in Japan. They first made contact with Kamiasobi at Whisky Live! Japan 2008, where the troupe performed extracts from a play about the God of Whisky. Now, Number One pays a royalty to use images of the theatre group’s masks and figures on its bottles .

“Noh is one of Japan’s oldest performing arts, dating back to the 14th century; we felt that association with classical culture and the opportunity to create some striking labels was worth pursuing,” Miller says. “The utilitarian packaging of Karuizawa’s Vintage Series is perfect for our single cask selections. However, David Croll and I agreed that we could create a range that perhaps had greater impact, combining stunning whisky with arresting designs.”
What with Ichiro Akuto’s uber cool card series, Full Proof Europe’s risque butt wiggling labels, innovative labeling is nothing new to the indy Japanese whisky makers. The Noh series is an interesting and classy addition to this scene and the whisky inside the bottles is, in my experience so far, very good indeed.

Only 88 Chances Left To Win A Once In A Lifetime Irish Whiskey Experience – Irish Whiskey News

Only 88 Chances Left to Win a Once in a Lifetime Irish Whiskey Experience
Master of Malt are offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to win a free trip for two to the Cooley distillery in Ireland. The prize includes flights; wining and dining in Dublin; and two nights stay at a luxurious hotel.
Following the [...]

WhiskyFun Celebrates 8th Birthday – Whisky News

On July 28th (yesterday) WhiskyFun celebrated their 8th Birthday.
As well as tasting & nosing an astonishing 7,000 drams!
Happy Birthday WHISKYFUN! (and Serge).
And a massive well done and THANK YOU for your leadership, encouragement and friendship.
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Highland Park 15yo (43%, OB, +/-2009) – Scotch Whisky Tasting Note

Highland Park 15yo (43%, OB, +/-2009)
On the nose there’s good depth and honeyed smokiness along with citrus rind, plump raisins and hints of cocoa. Well, this is very nice. With some more time in the glass the smoke and the depth increases. The smoke is not Islay style but a welcome addition to the mix; [...]

Ralfy Publishes Episode #144 – Scotch Whisky News

.. ‘whisky reviews’ gets to number 144 with a joint review of a 1960’s Haig Gold Label and a 2010 version.   What was interesting was how remarkably similar they both were.

Whiskies of the World, Saturday, March 26, 2011 – Scotch Whisky News

Whiskies of the World, Saturday, March 26, 2011
From the World of Whiskies Team;
We’ve received plenty of constructive feedback on the last WoW event and we just want to let you know that we’re listening.  That’s why we’ll be back on the San Francisco Belle for a proven good time in 2011. With more elbow room [...] is 8 years old

Lagavulin To Sponsor The 2010 Islay Jazz Festival – Scotch Whisky News

Diageo has announced that its iconic Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Lagavulin™ is sponsoring this year’s Islay Jazz Festival.
The Islay Jazz Festival is a well-established annual event that takes place over a weekend in September, attracting hundreds of jazz lovers to Islay from Scotland, the rest of the United Kingdom, and overseas. The dates of [...]