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  • Handy & Schiller Barreled Cocktails Awarded at The Fifty Best Competition’s First Ready-to-Drink Cocktail Tasting – American Whiskey News October 31, 2020

    Handy & Schiller Barreled Cocktails Awarded at The Fifty Best Competition’s First Ready-to-Drink Cocktail Tasting

    Barrel-Aged Cocktails Claim Double Gold and Silver Medals 

                New Orleans, LA (Oct. 22, 2020) – In the first year that The Fifty Best wine and spirits competition has held a ready-to-drink (RTD) cocktail tasting, both of the Handy & Schiller Barreled Cocktails claimed prestigious honors.

    Handy & Schiller Old Fashioned and Handy & Schiller Manhattan competed among 71 contenders for their respective titles. The Old Fashioned was awarded the Double Gold medal, and the Manhattan was awarded a Silver medal.

    A panel of judges made up of wine and spirits journalists, spirits professionals, wine and spirit retailers, mixologists, spirits consultants and connoisseurs blind-tasted the RTD cocktails and rated them individually on a five-point scale. After tallying the scores, medals were awarded based on the judges’ impressions.

    The Handy & Schiller Old Fashioned is made using Buffalo Trace Distillery’s flagship Buffalo Trace Bourbon and Peychaud’s Bitters and is aged in Buffalo Trace barrels. The Handy & Schiller Manhattan is made using the award-winning Sazerac Rye Whiskey, vermouth and Peychaud’s Bitters, and is aged in Sazerac Rye barrels. Both the Old Fashioned and Manhattan are barrel-aged in the warehouses at Buffalo Trace Distillery. Suggested retail pricing for each bottle is $39.99

    These two barreled Cocktails are named for two people who had a great impact on the rich cocktail culture in New Orleans, Thomas Handy and John Schiller. Schiller was a New York bartender who found his way to New Orleans and by 1860, began operating the world-famous Sazerac Coffeehouse in the French Quarter. Handy, originally from Maryland, worked for Schiller at the Sazerac Coffeehouse, and later went on to establish a successful importing and wholesale liquor business. Together, in New Orleans, these two people played a role in the early days of cocktail making that helped set the standard and inspiration for cocktails.

    Complete results for The Fifty Best, along with tasting notes, can be viewed here:

    www.thefiftybest.com/cocktails/best_ready_to_drink_cocktails_part_1/

    About Sazerac

    Sazerac is one of America’s oldest family owned, privately held distillers with operations in the United States in Louisiana, Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Maryland, California, and global operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, India, Australia and Canada. For more information on Sazerac visit https://www.sazerac.com/

  • A. D. Rattray “Whisky From The Cask and Personalised by Hand” – Scotch Whisky News October 31, 2020

    WHISKY FROM THE CASK

    Personalised by hand

    The perfect whisky gift. Every bottle is unique.

    Our personalised Whiskies From the Cask are single cask whiskies, bottled straight from the cask at cask strength. Once filled, the bottle is dipped in wax and completed with a handwritten label that includes all the whisky details, date bottled and your name or message. Simple choose a whisky, select a bottle size and tell us the message you would like written on the label.

    PERSONALISE YOUR BOTTLE

  • NEW WEMYSS SINGLE CASK COLLECTIONS IN STOCK – Scotch Whisky News October 31, 2020

    NEW SINGLE CASK COLLECTIONS IN STOCK

    We have delved into our whisky archives and carefully selected the last bottles from several of our previous single casks to create these unique whisky collections. Whether you’re an avid collector or a tasting enthusiast, these one-of-a-kind collections are a fantastic compliment to any whisky portfolio. Each unique set highlights a particular flavour style that can be found in Scotch whisky, from exotic fruits to rich bakery delights. There is only one of each of these single cask collections so grab them while they are still available from our online shop.

    WEMYSS MALTS ONLINE SHOP

  • 1995 Aberlour 25 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Hogshead Cask Strength Speyside Single Malt ~ Scotch Whisky News October 31, 2020

    1995 Aberlour 25 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Hogshead Cask Strength Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival)

    $299.99

    The gorgeous little distillery at the entrance of the tiny town of the same name has quietly become one of the Scotch-loving world’s darlings. The distillery, owned by blending giant Chivas Brothers (Pernod Ricard), was built in 1879 and features two 21 thousand-liter wash stills and a pair each of spirits stills, 20 and 15 thousand liters. The distillery’s name means “mouth of the babbling brook,” and indeed a stream meanders next to the distillery, but the distillery’s water comes from Ben Rinnes like many of the other distilleries around the famous mountain. We’ve never been offered a barrel of Aberlour, much less one of such astonishing age. While the distillery itself has been focused on NAS bottlings like their popular A’Bunadh series, the older expressions have become extremely rare. This single hogshead was selected not only for the incredible provenance and rarity, but also its extreme deliciousness. Unlike many modern Aberlours, which have become synonymous with hardcore sherry, this is much more nuanced and idiosyncratic. While by no means a value buy, it does represent a malt that is otherwise unobtainable at nearly any price and its inherent quality and unique character easily merit the price of entry. Only 184 bottles came out of this old hogshead. It was bottled at cask strength without chill-filteration or coloring of any kind.

  • ralfy review 848 – Three great single malts for 2020 October 31, 2020

    ralfy review 848 – Three great single malts for 2020