November 20,2020

Oregan based distillers Westward have launched their third permanent expression, the Westward American Single Malt Pinot Noir Cask.

Westward American Single Malt Pinot Noir Cask is a truly elegant whiskey, influenced by Oregon’s premier grape varietal: Pinot Noir. This blend of cask-finished whiskeys is created in partnership with a handful of iconic Willamette Valley producers, including Bergstrom Wines and Suzor Wines, among others.

The spirit reflects the vibrance of the winemaking region’s signature grape while allowing the bold, robust notes of the whiskey to shine.

Westward’s Pinot Noir Cask begins with original Westward American Single Malt, which is made from scratch using Pacific Northwest two-row barley, brewed with American pale ale yeast for outstanding flavor, double pot distilled for exceptional character, and matured in 2-char, kiln dried 53-gallon new American oak barrels.

The whiskey is then finished for up to two years in French Oak wine casks that previously held Pinot Noir. It is bottled at 90 proof (45% ABV)

“At Westward, there are no shortcuts, and therein lies the beauty. We pursue perfection by raising a world class whiskey through our long, slow, process,” said Thomas Mooney, CEO and Co-Founder, Westward Whiskey. “Today, we celebrate the culmination of a project we have worked on for the last two years.

“Our new custom bottle and design expresses the uncompromising spirit of the American Northwest, and they represent Westward’s meticulous devotion to our process, culture, climate, and ingredients. We’re thrilled to introduce a new, elevated visual identity that further highlights the beauty of our award-winning whiskeys.”

Westward’s new visual identity and packaging was developed in collaboration with Pearlfisher, an award-winning design agency. The company’s enthusiastic group of creatives worked diligently to capture the essence of Westward and its commitment to quality.

As part of this redesign, Westward has also unveiled a new brand home at

Westward’s new visual overhaul is a tribute to this sentiment, and the cuts and edges reflected in the bottle mirror the raw beauty and dramatic mountain ranges found in the American Northwest, Likewise, the new, angular label is designed to reflect the mountain peaks of Westward’s origin and capture the craftsmanship that goes into perfecting its whiskeys every day.


Ahoy, Matey! Arrrrrrrdbeg Releases A Rye Whiskey

January 23,2021

Islay Scotch brand Ardbeg has unveiled its first rye cask-matured whisky with a pirate theme which they are naming Arrrrrrrdbeg.

Created to commemorate the retirement of distillery manager Mickey Heads, the 51.8% ABV expression has a spicy mouthfeel with fruit and gentle smoke. The bottle design depicts Heads as a salty seadog and was created by Brazilian artist and graphic designer Butcher Billy.

Head, who has been with Ardbeg since 2007, said “It was an absolute pleasure to spend the last 13 years heading the crew at the greatest distillery on earth. I had the best team of people anyone could wish for and I’m proud that we’ve been responsible for producing so many wonderful Ardbegs along the way.

“As for this bottling, well I’m honoured that a place that has already given me so much would celebrate my retirement in such a thoughtful way. And to have my image on a bottle, that’s a dream come true.

“Who knows what retirement holds for me, but I know I’ll be spending a lot of time out fishing. And, as ongoing chairman of the Ardbeg Committee, I’m sure I’ll be dropping by the distillery often.”

As part of the launch, Heads has also recorded a farewell tasting film and Q&A for fans to watch from home. There is also a downloadable kit with pirate props, which can be found at

Dr Bill Lumsden, director of whisky creation at Ardbeg, added: “Working with Mickey has been an absolute joy. He’s somebody with a genuine passion for Ardbeg and we hope that this bottling will take pride of place in his collection. He’s presided over many momentous Ardbegs over the years, but this ‘end of an era’ edition is a special one.

“The spirit inside is pretty special too: Arrrrrrrdbeg! is the distillery’s first-ever ex-rye cask whisky. With notes of smoked banana and pear, sweet toffee and that distinctive Ardbeg smoke, it’s the perfectly peaty parting gift.”


The Cooper Spirits Company Launches Lock, Stock & Barrel 20-Year Rye Whiskey

January 22,2021

Independent, family-owned US spirits brand, Cooper Spirits Co have launched the latest in their Lock, Stock & Barrel range, a 20-year-old Rye Whiskey.

Hand-selected by late spirits luminary, and third-generation distiller Robert J. Cooper, the barrels were sourced from Alberta Distillers Ltd. Aged in newly charred – not toasted – American oak barrels, the whiskey is made from a rare mash bill of 100% rye grain in copper pot stills.

Cooper anticipated the boom in rye whiskey by buying barrels of prime Canadian stock and then sitting on the liquid for years before releasing Lock Stock & Barrel, a 13-year-old straight rye whiskey, in 2013. That release was followed by the 16-Year and 18-Year, both of which won double gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

“To say that Rob Cooper was a pioneer in the spirits industry is an understatement,” said Chad Solomon, Cooper Spirits’ Director of Trade Advocacy and Innovation.

“Rye was only in the infancy stages of its revival when Rob began purchasing barrels, cultivating an incredible library built for long aging. His foresight has allowed us to continue producing premium spirits like the Lock, Stock & and Barrel line, and I’m proud to continue this legacy with the launch of the 20-Year.”

Lock, Stock & Barrel 20-Year avoids being ‘over charred’ due to the cold climate, 3.5 barrel-char, and lack of toasting, providing a rich and robust, yet balanced, flavor.

The expression features notes of warm spiced date cake, toffee, baking spice, dried apricot, cantaloupe, and peppery rye spice.

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January 21,2021

Scotland’s Stirling Distillery, who are. known best for their gin, has launched a series of single cask whiskies as its inaugural whisky release.

The expressions, which are being released under the name Sons Of Scotland, are both made using sourced whisky that has matured in ex-Bourbon hogsheads for eight years.

Sons of Scotland The Cashly and Sons of Scotland The Arngibbon have been named after Stirlingshire distilleries that were operational during the 18th and early 19th century.Stirling Distillery plans to add two further expressions to the label, using whiskies sourced from Lowland and Island distilleries in Scotland.

Cameron McCann, co-founder of Stirling Distillery, said: “We’re pleased and proud to be releasing whisky from the Castle Rock. What makes us especially excited about our Sons of Scotland range is the chance to start a new chapter in Stirling’s whisky history while celebrating Stirlingshire’s rich whisky-making heritage.”

The Cashly offers aromas of eucalyptus and green apple followed by flavours of butter toast, stewed apples and a gentle spice pepper. While the Arngibbon is said to have aromas of custard creams, peaches, vanilla and a hint of heather moor, followed by notes of oak and soft butter tablet on the palate.

For more information on Sons Of Scotland (and Stirling Distillery) go to



January 19,2021

The new Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey brand, Coalition is releasing three 100% rye whiskey expression that have been finished in ex-Bordeaux wine barrels.

Coalition Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey Finished in Margaux Barriques is bottled at 45.4% ABV and features ‘delicate and gentle flavours of red fruit and floral aromas’.

The brand’s Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey Finished in Pauillac Barriques has an ABV of 46.3% and flavours of black fruit and spice, while Coalition Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey Finished in Sauternes Barriques (47.1% ABV) offers ‘velvety flavours of dried fruit and honey with an engaging sweet spice’.

The brand, developed by former Russian Standard USA CEO Leonid Yangarber, alongside Kentucky Artisan Distillery owner Steve Thompson and wine consultant Ludwig Vanneron, comprises a blend of five-year-old rye produced by the Kentucky Artisan Distillery in Crestwood, Kentucky.

Thompson said: “While most rye whiskeys use malted barley or added corn, Coalition Whiskey is made completely from rye. It’s a more expensive way to go, but there was truly no other way to create that truly deep, rich and spicy flavour we knew would be the ideal match for our velvety Bordeaux wine barrel finishing.”

After maturing in American oak for five years, the whiskey is then transferred to ex-wine casks selected by Vanneron. Coalition has bottled whiskeys finished in Margaux barriques, Pauillac barriques, and Sauternes barriques.

“It took the inspection of nearly 150 barrels just to find the perfect 25 we are using to finish our rye whiskey,” Vanneron said.

Yangarber added: “Our goal with Coalition Whiskey is to coax even more flavour out of our 100% rye whiskey. A keen understanding of the science behind rye whiskey served as the foundation for this grand experiment.

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January 15,2021

Irish Whiskey distiller Teelings have released the fourth, and final, expression in their Brabazon single malt series. which is limited to 10,000 bottles.

Distilled in 2007, the Single malt has been aged in rare Carcavelos Port barrels. Dating back to the 18th century, Carcavelos Port is a style of Portuguese fortified wine that was historically produced just outside of Lisbon.

The Series 4 Brabazon Bottling has an ABV of 49.5%, and is said to have soft citrus fruit flavours and a ‘distinctive, effervesce-style spice’.

Jack Teeling, founder and managing director of Teeling whiskey, said: “Our aim with our Brabazon bottling series is to create full-bodied tasting experiences for people who enjoy the added complexity and taste that fortified wine maturation imparts.

“We now complete the series with our final bottling, this time using barrels previously used for a rare white Port, which produces a very unique expression of Teeling and Irish whiskey.

“This is a fitting end to our award-winning series, which celebrates the combination of old and new as well as highlighting our unique approach to making Irish whiskey and our spirit of innovation.”

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