Waterford Distillery has bottled Ireland’s most heavily-peated whiskies of all time: Peated: Lacken and Peated: Woodbrook

    The bottlings form the latest additions to the distillery’s Arcadian Farm Origins, which revel in the old ways of whisky production, and follow the first Irish-peated whiskies experienced for generations

    By combining 100% Irish barley with purely Irish peat, both whiskies display unique flavour profiles

    13th September 2023: Waterford Distillery, producer of naturally flavoursome single malts, has today announced the launch of Peated: Lacken and Peated: Woodbrook, the most heavily-peated Irish whiskies of all time.

    Made from barley grown on two distinct Single Farm Origins, Lacken in Co. Wexford and Woodbrook in Co. Dublin, the new single malt whiskies use the old ways of whisky production of Irish peat to impart more unique flavours, at a phenol parts per million (PPM) rate of 57ppm and 74ppm respectively. This makes them the most heavily-peated Irish whiskies ever produced.

    The two new bottlings are the latest additions to Waterford Distillery’s Arcadian Farm Origins series, joining Peated: Fenniscourt and Peated: Ballybannon, which were released in August last year, and were the first in generations to use real Irish peat in whisky production. The series also includes the world’s first Biodynamic whisky, and Ireland’s only Organic whisky.

    By harvesting barley from Lacken and Woodbrook farms, and combining it with Irish peat from the ultra-deep inland of Ballyteige Co. in Kildare, Waterford Distillery has produced whiskies with rich, distinct, and complex flavours, each displaying the nuances of their respective terroir-derived flavours.

    As with other Waterford Distillery releases, a unique TÉIREOIR CODE on each bottle provides unprecedented validation and verification of its individual journey from barley to bottle – harvested, stored, malted, distilled and matured. Every meaningful detail of the whisky is offered openly.

    Mark Reynier, Waterford Distillery Founder and CEO, says:

    “Our ongoing exploration into the old ways of whisky-making have taken us, once again, to forgotten flavours: Irish peat, the original taste of Irish whisky. Having demonstrated the unique flavours from our first peated Single Farm Origins, and that terroir trumps peat, we decided to dial up the smoke.

    “This new brace of Single Farm Origins – using Irish peat and Irish barley – have been peated to levels higher than most of the famous Islay whiskies, and certainly the most for an Irish whisky. And guess what? Those terroir flavours are still distinct and still apparent.”

    Tasting Notes by Ned Gahan, Head Distiller at Waterford Distillery

    Peated: Lacken

    Appearance: Virgin olive oil with tears to match.

    Nose: High-toned, vibrant, fresh smoke-on-the-breeze-on-a-spring-morning style of peat.

    A coastal walk; brine, oyster shells, barley sugar and orchard fruits: soft apples and pear skins. A little warm hay too as it opens in the glass.

    Taste: Full-bodied, oily, unctuous. Grist, driftwood, campfire and creosote. Sheepswool and Lapsang Souchong tea. Juiciness comes in the form of white peach and apple sauce.

    Finish: Complex cigar tobaccos, green tea and tar.

    Peated: Woodbrook

    Appearance: Pale straw with oils that are in no hurry.

    Nose:  Lemon skins, beeswax and recently-extinguished candles. Freshly-torched crème brûlée. Very fresh, with meadow flowers and hemp alongside a light, complex touch of medicine cupboard.

    Taste: Dry spices, dry rub and shortbread biscuit. The ashes of a beach campfire. Preserved lemons and Lapsang Souchong tea. Very citrusy – lemon oils and thick-cut lime marmalade.

    Finish: Long with more of the spices and comforting bonfire tones emerging.

    The new Peated: Lacken and Peated: Woodbrook will be available to purchase at, with a RSP of approximately €95/£90 (varying by location).

    About Waterford Distillery 

    Waterford Whisky produces the most naturally flavoursome single malts.

    It is the world’s largest producer of organic and biodynamic whiskies.

    It is agricultural produce, not a manufactured product.

    Unashamedly influenced by the world’s greatest winemakers, Waterford Whisky obsessively brings the same intellectual drive, methodology and rigour to barley – the very source of malt whisky’s complex flavour.

    Extolling a hundred exclusive farms of Irish-grown barley, the distillery searches for natural flavours via three paths: its Single Farm Origins pursue the individualism of terroir-derived flavour; its Arcadian Farm Origins express the intensity of flavour from alternative philosophies and long-forgotten varieties; whilst its Cuvée Concepts revel in the ultimate complexity, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

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  • September 21, 20231993 Springbank 25 Year Old “The Perfect Fifth” First Fill Sherry Butt No. 315 Cask Strength Single Malt ~ Scotch Whisky News

    1993 Springbank 25 Year Old “The Perfect Fifth” First Fill Sherry Butt No. 315 Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

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    An absolute gem in the Perfect Fifth line up. At 96 points it’s close to the legendary Highland Park they’ve also bottled, but for half the price. Jim Murray says, “Anyone who remembers the old Springbank 25-year-olds of the early 1990s will recognize this aroma as a direct descendent – indeed it is near enough identical in both weight and character. The huge, nuggety oak is faultless (this must have come from a cask which had been seasoned in the old – virtually lost – style). Salt dominates but there are dried apricots and spiced pear, too. Meanwhile the vaguest of peaty notes (and I mean the odd atom here and there!) teases away as a barely audible background noise, which automatically becomes louder the moment you spot it. Taste: A malt on the threshold of perhaps dallying too closely with the oak. But that coastal-style bite makes just the right contact with the salty tannins and cocoa-laden phenol to make a course for more complex and satisfying port. Just enough oil makes the middle rich and promises a long finale. Finish: Drier, as is to be expected, as the tannins raise their game. Still salty, but a little barley sugar and lemon juice lightens the intensity, though – happily, but not too much; the residual oils ensure the finish is of extraordinary length. Balance: A real return to the past here with Springbank in its most full-bodied, uncompromising and complex style which those of us who discovered the distillery in the 1980s remember with great affection.”

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  • September 21, 2023KWM 2023 Whisky Calendar Early Bird Special Pricing Extended! – Whisky Advent News

    KWM 2023 Whisky Calendar

    Early Bird Pricing Ends Friday

    SAVE $40 with the Pre-Pay Pre-Order Offer!

    We wanted to take one final opportunity to remind you that the early-bird deadline is fast approaching. It was technically midnight tonight, but we have decided to extend it through midnight, Sunday, September 24, to give everyone a little more time. September is a busy month with summer vacations coming to an end and kids going back to school.

    After Sunday, September 24, the price for the KWM 2023 Whisky Calendar goes up from $250+gst to $290+gst!


    Andrew Ferguson

    Kensington Wine Market

    About the KWM 2023 Whisky Calendar

    The KWM Whisky Calendar, aka “25 Days of Dram Fine Whisky”, is back for the 10th straight year. Not only will it have a fresh new look this year, but it will be in a completely redesigned box. This year’s Calendar includes 25 28ml premium whiskies and a custom logo wee Glencairn glass. You can follow along on the KWM Blog starting December 1st, or on one of our various social media channels as we introduce and discuss each day’s whisky.

    We will be revealing the design for the KWM 2023 Whisky Calendar in a few weeks’ time!

    We will also be hosting Whisky Calendar Recap Tastings throughout the month of December. Purchasers and recipients of the KWM 2023 Whisky Calendar will be able to join us for any or all of the 5 virtual tastings on December 5, 10, 15, 20 and after Christmas on the 27th, at 7 PM MT. Each of them will cover the 5 previous day’s whiskies in the Calendar.

    Every year someone asks the question, but we always keep the exact calendar whisky list a secret, as there are too few surprises left in this life… But we can tell you this year’s Calendar includes 3 KWM exclusive casks, a Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling, at least five whiskies in their 20s, and more new distilleries and producers than we have featured in a long time. We are confident that this is the best Whisky Calendar lineup we have ever pulled together because we weren’t limited by what was available to us in 50mls!

    Best of all, if you select the pre-pay preorder option, you will save $40… but this offer is only open for two weeks, until midnight, Sunday, September 24th!

    We anticipate the KWM 2023 Whisky Calendars should be ready for pick up by October 31st.

    Two Options to Order

    the KWM 2023 Whisky Calendar

    1) KWM 2023 Whisky Calendar Pre-Pay Early Bird Special OfferSelect this option if you wish to save $40 on the regular price of $290, by prepaying now in full (please note this cannot be combined with other offers or discounts). You will be charged $250+gst when we receive your order. – EARLY BIRD PRICING OPTION ENDS ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th, 2023!

    2) KWM 2023 Whisky Calendar Pay Later Full PriceIf you want to reserve a KWM 2023 Whisky Calendar and pay the full price of $290+gst later, please select this option to submit your order, and you will not be charged until a few days before the Calendar is ready for pick-up.

    Please order online if you can (using the links above), or by phone at 403-283-8000 if you can’t. 

    As always, in the event of a discrepancy in price, the point of sale at KWM will be taken as correct. Please don’t hesitate to email me with any questions, comments, or requests.


    Andrew Ferguson

    Kensington Wine Market


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  • September 21, 2023🍍 Our Tantalisingly Tropical Exclusive 27YO Glenburgie Gordon & MacPhail Bottling 🍍 – Scotch Whisky News

    Glorious Glenburgie with a tropical twist

    Discover this hidden Speyside gem through a richly fruit-forward lens

    A 27 year old release bottled exclusively for our bar and shop by Gordon & MacPhail

    Glenburgie 27 Year Old 1996 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Milroy’s Exclusive


    Here at Milroy’s we’re passionate about sourcing and sharing exquisite whiskies. This means bottling remarkable casks when we find them – and that’s exactly what we did with this Glenburgie refill bourbon barrel.

    Distilled way back in 1996, this is a delectably tropical release is bursting with bold stewed fruit and vibrantly funky notes. Usually reserved for blends, this is a rare chance to experience this Speyside distillery in unadulterated form.

    Secure your release from our online store now, or pop in to our Soho shop and bar. It’s available by the bottle to take away, or by the dram to taste!

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    Milroy’s of Soho
    3 Greek St, London W1D 4NX

  • September 21, 2023Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila 2007 15YO Connoisseurs Choice #311967 at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Islay Whisky News

    Caol Ila 2007 15 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice #311967

    This peated 1994 vintage has spent its entire life in a single Oloroso sherry puncheon with a yield of only 653 bottles. As part of the revered Gordon & MacPhail’s Connoisseurs Choice range of single casks, this Caol Ila was distilled in 2007 and is exclusively available from The Whisky Shop. It spent its life in a first-fill sherry butt for the whole 15 years, before being bottled at a cask strength of 59.2% abv, free from chill filtration and at natural colour.

    Discover aromas of rich smoke, vanilla, and raspberry, moving to a palate of warming love, tangerine, and black pepper. The finish is spicy with lingering forest fruits and the smoky embers of a bonfire.


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