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Review: Ten To One Single Cask Reserve Rum 17 Years Old

Ten To One Single Cask Reserve Rum 17 Years Old

Christopher Null May 9, 2021

Ten To One, a blender of unique multinational rums, is out with its first reserve bottling, paying tribute to the company’s birthplace of Trinidad and Tobago. Ten To One Single Cask Reserve is a limited bottling of just four hand-selected casks of 17 year old Trinidadian rum.

Clearly well-aged with a rich nose that evokes leather, oiled wood, slick raisins, and spicy gingerbread, this is an evocative rum, albeit one which is filtered through the heaviness that comes with very old rums — showing notes of asphalt and tar, giving it a certain gritty (but not unwelcome) quality.

The palate’s a bit rough to start, with a touch of hogo despite this likely being a column-distilled rum. Overripe pineapple and lime leaf notes kick in soon and override any early booziness, and again a hefty leather note builds as the rum develops in the glass. Notes of tobacco and more of that gingerbread provide balance against the fruit, and the finish is surprisingly restrained on the whole. Burly and seductive, it’s a rum that admirably threads the needle between freshness and austerity, though you’ll certainly pay for the privilege to sip at it.

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Loch Lomond Group appoints new head of GTR

Whisky producer Loch Lomond Group has appointed a new managing director of global travel retail. 

Fashion specialist Catherine Bonelli takes up the post following roles at Italian fashion house Paul & Shark and Lacoste.

Colin Matthews, CEO of Loch Lomond Group, said: "It is with great pleasure that we welcome Catherine to Loch Lomond Group as managing director of global travel retail.

"With vast experience and knowledge of the sector, we are confident that she will make a very positive impact on our GTR offering across the world."

Catherine said: "Loch Lomond Group has a fantastic range of brands and it is a real honour to join the company. 

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Johnnie Walker keeps walking as it launches its biggest ever sustainability push

Johnnie Walker keeps walking as it launches its biggest ever sustainability push

Johnnie Walker – the world’s best-selling Scotch[1] – has launched The Next Steps initiative, its most ambitious sustainability drive to date, putting the focus firmly on more sustainable socialising for everyone.

The initiative is a wide-ranging action plan that will see Johnnie Walker keep walking to become more sustainable by design from ‘grain to glass’. The initiative is part of the brand’s ongoing efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, restore natural landscapes and reinvent how its whisky is made, distributed and enjoyed in every corner of the world.

Included in the programme is a series of environmental commitments which, by 2030, will ensure:

100% of Johnnie Walker whisky production is net-zero carbon.100% of Johnnie Walker distilleries harness renewable energy.All packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable.Investment in projects to restore peatland and plant and protect trees in Scotland.A reinvention of the drinking experience to be more sustainable, and engagement with people around the world on the importance of ‘sustainable socialising’.

“Johnnie Walker is built on a legacy of making positive, progressive choices – our own ‘Keep Walking’ mantra is shaped by that thinking. When we look at the world around us it’s clear that we all have a role to play in protecting the planet and its resources. We can either see what’s happening and choose to do nothing or we can keep walking, taking every step we can to reduce our impact. We believe there is only one choice to make.”

Julie Bramham

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As some of you well know, we celebrate our Birthday Sale every year, in mid-May. We’re turning 29 years old this year, which means our 30th Anniversary is not far off!

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Celebrate World Whisky Day with a Transatlantic Whisky and Cheese Pairing – Whisky News

Celebrate World Whisky Day with a Transatlantic Whisky and Cheese Pairing

The perfect way to celebrate World Whisky Day this May?  Join an exquisite whisky and cheese pairing, which combines New York excellence with Scottish romanticism and storytelling.

Away from the Ordinary, a company which provides luxury whisky tastings, and New York based Bedford Cheese Shop are – for the first time – collaborating on a bespoke and artisanal whisky and cheese pairing event. Attendees will be guided through the narrative and tasting notes of five hand-selected Scottish whiskies along with five carefully paired exquisite cheeses.

On Thursday 20th of May at 7pm EST, US attendees will join this unique event via Zoom, sampling some of the most delicious and delectable cheeses and whiskies in the world. Tickets are now available for purchase at www.watchwithwhisky.com and start at $220 per person, plus shipping costs.

World Whisky Day invites everyone to try a dram and celebrate the water of life. Taking place annually on the third Saturday in May, this special occasion is celebrated by whisky lovers worldwide with tastings, events and gatherings.  This year, World Whisky Day will take place on Saturday the 15th of May.

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Exclusive Dornoch Single Malt Release to Raise Funds for India’s Covid-19 Relief – Auction Whisky News

Exclusive Dornoch Single Malt Release to Raise Funds for India’s Covid-19 Relief

Phil and Simon Thompson of Dornoch Distillery donate exclusive bottlings to raise money in support of the country’s urgent crisis.

Phil and Simon Thompson of Dornoch Distillery have partnered with Whisky Auctioneer to offer their support to India’s urgent Covid-19 relief efforts, as the country records 20 million coronavirus cases and saw a single-day death toll of 3,780 on Wednesday 5 May.

The brothers have donated 11 unique and highly limited bottles as bonus entries to Whisky Auctioneer’s April Auction (which ends on Monday 10 May) with all proceeds going directly to two Covid-19 relief programs in India.

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Book Review: 101 Gins To Try Before You Die

101 Gins To Try Before You Die

Christopher Null May 8, 2021

Honestly, I don’t think there are 101 gins you need to try before you die. I would be surprised if there were 20.

Ian Buxton makes a case for the former, however, in his slim, straightforward book — which was recently revised and updated, and it’s easy to get sucked in. The usual suspects are here — Beefeater, Tanqueray (Ten, not the standard expression), Gordon’s, and Hendrick’s — but so are some thoughtful, unusual choices —  Elephant, Rock Rose, and Ungava, for example.

But the book is best of all is when Buxton writes about gins I’ve never heard of. Sharish Blue Magic? Jawbox? Diplome? Shed 1 Cuckold’s Revenge? Some of these sound quite interesting, for sure.

Buxton writes with breezy authority — though often with more breeze than authority — about each of the 101 gins, with each pick filling a two-page spread. Picture and specs on the left, page-long writeup on the right. It’s just enough text to read while you’re sipping a martini made with the gin you just bought because Buxton recommended it, and the pint-sized book fits well on the bartop for guests to peruse while you’re doing their bidding.

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Review: Absolut Watermelon Vodka

Absolut Watermelon Vodka Bottle

Mike Gerrard May 8, 2021

If you’re going for a flavored vodka, it may as well be something natural and appropriate for the season, like watermelon, and from a reliable brand like Absolut. Last summer we reviewed a limited edition Ciroc Summer Watermelon Vodka, so how do the two compare?

Well, Ciroc’s label admitted to the use of some artificial flavors, but Absolut makes no mention of those. It appears to be their standard vodka infused with natural watermelon flavors, with nothing else added. Note: Red coloring on the bottle glass does serve to give the vodka a watermelon-hued appearance, but the spirit itself is crystal-clear when poured.

On the nose this is more pleasant and simple than the Ciroc version, with just the fruity freshness of watermelon coming through, plus a hint of strawberry. The palate is similar, and does what it says on the label: It delivers a refreshing summery taste of fresh watermelon, with a dash of berry sweetness.

This isn’t a vodka meant for sipping neat, though, but rather for turning into long and thirst-quenching drinks for a sunny day. Mixed about 2:1 with soda water and a slice of lime, it hit the spot, and you could certainly throw it into a sangria with no regrets. In short, it delivers no surprises but stands as a perfectly pleasant summer vodka to have on hand.

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Is the Aluminum Shortage Hurting Monster Beverage?

Photo of a Monster Energy can, resting on a bed of ice cubes.

Energy-drink giant Monster Beverage (NASDAQ:MNST) reported first-quarter earnings on Thursday, May 6. The results were roughly in line with Wall Street's expectations, but that felt like a letdown for a company that usually trounces analyst targets across the board. Market makers certainly took it that way, pushing Monster's shares 5% lower on Friday.

A global shortage of aluminum cans played a role in limiting Monster's financial results, but exactly how big of a difference did this industrywide issue really make? Let's have a look.

Image source: Getty Images.

What's going on?

Monster's net sales rose 17% year over year in the first quarter, landing at $1.24 billion. Your average analyst would have settled for $1.22 billion. Bottom-line earnings increased by 14% to $0.59 per diluted share. Here, the Street view called for $0.61 per share. Given that Monster doesn't give analysts official guidance targets to work with, I think it's fair to say that this report was broadly in line with expectations.

Management pointed out that aluminum shortages weighed on Monster's operations in North America and Europe. That's a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has limited mining operations around the world and wreaked havoc on the supply and-demand situation on a country-by-country basis. The quicker a region is coming back from last year's coronavirus recession, the harder it is to find aluminum at reasonable prices. On the earnings call, co-CEO Hilton Schlosberg said that aluminum prices are up 84% in the U.S. and 71% in Europe, compared to the year-ago period.

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R4G to Help US Fans Fund 2023 Women's Soccer Group Trips to Australia and NZ

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Staffing Agency, Recruiting for Good is rewarding referral participation with funding savings for passionate fans and friend group trips to 2023 Women's Soccer.

Love to Travel + Party + Follow Team USA at 2023 Women's Soccer With Fans and Friends ...Join the Club!”

— Carlos Cymerman, Fun Advocate+Founder, Recruiting for Good

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Dessert Catering Expands to Events and Weddings


ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES, May 8, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Savvy Treats, an artisan bakery and pastry shop located in Rockville, Maryland has recently expanded itsdessert cateringservices to serve DC, Virginia and Maryland for both private and corporate events. For decades Savvy Treats has designed custom wedding cakes and wedding dessert bars for clients in the Maryland, DC and Virginia area. Savvy Treats dessert catering specializes in custom styled, luxury dessert buffets, candy dessert catering and sweet stations for all occasions.

Dessert Catering Menu Options

Savvy Treats new dessert catering services are available in a variety of different dessert options, so you can wow any guest at your next wedding or big event. Savvy Treats also can customize all dessert catering options to accommodate budgets for every size wedding and event, For inspiration for your next event, download our dessert menu available for catering here.

About Savvy Treats Bakery

With over 30 years of baking experience, we pride ourselves on creating custom dessert options for any event or gathering such as weddings, holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. Our options include custom cupcakes, special occasion cakes, wedding cake designs, and now locally delivered dessert catering services.

Our Bakery

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Customer opens fire on deputy during dispute over alcoholic beverage at NW Houston restaurant

… A confrontation over an alcoholic beverage at a northwest Houston restaurant … of the restaurant with the beverage when the deputy confronted them …

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Review: Very Old Barton 100 Proof

Very Old Barton 100 Proof

Drew Beard May 8, 2021

Back in 2018, we offered up our Top 10 Best Bourbons Under $20. Since then, prices have continued to creep northward on most of that list, surpassing the modest dollar threshold we set at the time. Heaven Hill’s aged-stated and bonded White Label, which earned top honors on that list, was such a coveted bargain that the brand executives in Bardstown decided to discontinue it, releasing another bottled-in-bond not long after which was only a year older but triple the price. Thankfully, a few on the old list still remain safely in the “under $20” category, among them Very Old Barton 100 Proof.

Very Old Barton is produced by Sazerac at the Barton Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky. Like so many great lower shelf bourbons, it was once age-stated at a respectable six years. The age statement and the “bottled-in-bond” designation have since gone away, no doubt a sacrifice to the economics of bottling bargain bourbon during a whiskey boom. Those bottles each punched well-above their weight at the same modest price point, but, the current, no-age-stated, 100 proof offering is no slouch, either.

The nose is dominated by dusty oak notes that are, at first, pretty burly, but the alcohol never comes across as overly punchy. With only a little air time, a light butterscotch and vanilla bean sweetness builds, along with a distinct dusting of cinnamon sugar. The palate cuts a pretty classic initial profile with brown sugar and baking spice. It’s on the lighter side, but there’s still an oily chewiness that imparts more body than your typical bottom shelf offerings. The heat comes hard and fast up front, but it recedes just as the flavors begin to build into the mid-palate with a glimmer of dark cherry and a subtle milk chocolate note hanging on into the medium-length finish.

I picked up my bottle of Very Old Barton 100 Proof for $15 plus tax, but the word is out, so it’s getting harder and harder to come by. I won’t be surprised if Sazerac eventually brings back the six-year age-statement and the “bottled-in-bond” designation…and triples the price. Until then, this one remains one of the better bargain bourbons out there.

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Go full bloom with this very berry flower power tea

… add depth to our wholesome beverage. A more healing, soothing brew …

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Sotheby’s First Auction of American Whiskeys 100% Sold, Soars to Nearly $1M – American Whiskey News

Sotheby’s First Auction of American Whiskeys 100% Sold, Soars to Nearly $1M

Earlier today, Sotheby’s first American Whiskey auction, The Thoroughbred Collection, was 100% sold totaling an impressive $965,813—triple the overall pre-sale low estimate. Featuring over 250 lots of the rarest American Bourbon and Ryes ever produced, the auction also marked the first single-owner spirits sale in the US, which was accrued over decades by a dedicated and knowledgeable anonymous private collector.

Concluding on the eve of the Kentucky Derby horse race, the collection was fittingly led by Kentucky whiskeys; the top lot was a LeNell Red Hook Rye 24 Year Old Barrell, which doubled its pre-sale high estimate, selling for $43,750. Other notable lots included an A.H. Hirsch Reserve 18 Year Old 46.5 abv from 1974 that achieved $40,000, 20x its pre-sale low estimate and the oldest vintage in the sale, an Old Sunny Brook 7 Year Old 100 Proof from 1912, soared to $12,500, over 35x its pre-sale low estimate.

About Sotheby’s

Established in 1744, Sotheby’s is the world’s premier destination for art and luxury.  Sotheby’s promotes access, connoisseurship and preservation of fine art and rare objects through auctions and buy-now channels including private sales, e-commerce and retail. Our trusted global marketplace is supported by an industry-leading technology platform and a network of specialists spanning 40 countries and 50 categories, which include Contemporary Art, Modern and Impressionist Art, Old Masters, Chinese Works of Art, Jewelry, Watches, Wine and Spirits, and Interiors, among many others.

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The Whisky Exchange “Where to drink whisky outside in London” – Scotch Whisky News

Where to drink whisky outside in London

In a month where we’re all rediscovering our love of lolling about with friends in beer gardens, we wanted to highlight some of the places where you can also sip a dram or two in the sunshine. With terraces that range from super swanky to the cosy and curbside, these bars all have something great to offer whisky lovers – just make sure you get your booking in quick.

Solas at The Savoy Court

If you’re a fan of Bowmore, the new pop-up bar at the Savoy Hotel might be the perfect place to treat yourself to a decadent dram. Named Solas after the Gaelic for ‘light, joy and comfort’ – and who doesn’t need some of that right now? – the bar is designed to be a feast for the senses: illuminated by a huge chandelier from which decanters, stoppers and crystal shards are suspended, it offers a mixture of specially-designed whisky cocktails, a range of Bowmore single malts that includes the 27-year-old Timeless series, and a mouthwatering selection of fresh seafood. The three words you never knew you needed in your life? Bowmore oyster luge.

Solas is open Monday-Thursday, 4pm-10pm & Friday-Sunday, 12pm-10pm at the Savoy, WC2R 0EZ.


A firm favourite with those of us who enjoy the ‘occasional’ whisky and cigar, Boisdale’s generously-sized terrace is equipped with heaters and snuggly blankets, making it a comfortable option whatever the weather. It’s currently serving both drinks and food, with some seriously tempting happy hour offers available too. If you’re a City type, their splendid Canary Wharf venue also has a large terrace with the same offering.

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The Whisky Shop Auctions After-Hours: Drop your bottles off at the Inverness shop! – Auction Whisky News

The Whisky Shop Auctions After-Hours: Drop your bottles off at the Inverness shop! – Auction Whisky News

May 8th, 2021

Do you want to sell your whisky in our next auction?

Drop your bottle(s) off with Scott at The Whisky Shop Inverness, and we’ll do the rest for you – at no cost at all!

Every Tuesday evening, manager and whisky expert Scott Dunn will be keeping The Whisky Shop Inverness open after closing time (6-9pm) for anyone looking to sell a bottle. Your appointment will be private, and a dram will be poured for you upon arrival!

Why sell with us?

0% Sellers Commission ✔️

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Limited Release – Talisker Xpedition Oak 43 Year Old at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

43 Year Old   |   70cl   |   49.7% ABV   |   1,830 Bottled

In 1830, the MacAskill brothers rowed across the Atlantic from the Isle of Eigg to the formidable shores of the Isle of Skye. There they ended one adventure and began another – Talisker.

The Talisker Xpedition Oak series is a new adventure entirely: a whisky shaped by nature. The series was born to celebrate wild whisky making with a collection of rare aged single malt scotches that have been shaped by the natural elements – finished in casks including staves that have been on a wilderness journey to reveal a truly rare and unique whisky.

Talisker staves have travelled with renowned adventurist, James Aiken as he single-handedly traversed the same route travelled by the rowers of the exhilarating Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – the premier event in ocean rowing that sees competitors race across more 3000 miles of untamed sea – from La Gomera, Canary Islands, to Antigua.

After being aged for over 4 decades, the Talisker 43yr Xpedition Oak was finally finished in 10 casks, each of which included a few staves that traversed the harsh and beautiful elements of the Atlantic with wild spirit James Aiken – this is Talisker’s finest expression of Made by the Sea to date.

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Calumet Farm 15 Year Old “Single Rack Black” at K&L California – American Whiskey News

May 8th, 2021

Calumet Farm 15 Year Old “Single Rack Black” Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $119.99 View

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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 382: Auchentoshan 26 Year Old Darkness Master of Malt – Scotch Whisky News

May 8th, 2021

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 382: Auchentoshan 26 Year Old Darkness Master of Malt

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, tries something special. Darkness is a series from Master of Malt in which the whisky is finished for at least three months in small sherry octave casks. In their own words: ‘subtlety, poise and elegance have no place here.’ The small casks obviously mean there is a lot of contact between the spirit and the wood. Let me do the test with my favorite Lowlander that matured for no less than 26 years on a bourbon cask before hibernation some three months on the small sherry cask.


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