35 Year Old Single Cask Karuizawa

1981 Karuizawa Release

An ultra rare Karuizawa that has just been released in December 2018. Distilled in 1981 and bottled in 2017 from a single sherry cask. Only very few bottles of this whisky have been made available to retail, meaning this is an extremely rare opportunity to acquire such a coveted bottle of whisky.

Karuizawa Japanese whisky ranks alongside Macallan as the most desirable whisky for collectors and drinkers alike. What sets Karuizawa apart, is the fact it was Japan’s smallest distillery until its destruction in the year 2000. Famed for it’s high quality sherry cask matured whisky, there are very few bottles remaing on the open market.

This bottling of 35 year old Karuizawa from a single sherry cask (#6183) is likely one of the last bottlings to hit the open market. The cask itself was acquired by a private collector and shared amongst friends before relinquishing the last remaining bottles to Scottish retail.

Only 486 bottles of this Karuizawa have been produced.

Available at Whiskyfix.com

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Three whiskies from one of Speyside_s versatile distilleries.

A trio of Benriach

1. Benriach 1994 Peated Single Cask Whisky – This UK exclusive limited release captures the unique Benriach character perfectly. Individually hand numbered, non chill filtered and bottled at cask strength, each single cask is truly a one-off.

Bottled from bourbon cask number #2859, this 22 year old peated Benromach was distilled on 15/07/1994 and bottled November 2016.

2. Benriach 22 Year Old Dark Rum Finish – A one-off release by Benriach Distillery, this has been initially matured in ex-bourbon casks and subsequently finished in Jamaican dark rum casks.

Nose: Vanilla, wood polish, coconut and milk chocolate.

Palate: Mollasses, figs, butterscotch and citrus fruits.

Finish: Sweet with hints of spicy oak.

3. Benriach 1997 Dark Rum Single Cask – This UK exclusive limited release captures the unique Benriach character perfectly. Individually hand numbered, non chill filtered and bottled at cask strength, each single cask is truly a one-off.

Bottled from cask number #8634, this 19 year old dark rum matured Benromach was distilled on 04/07/1997 and bottled November 2016.

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Peat and Love

Ardbeg ‘Grooves’

The 2018 Feis Ile Release from Ardbeg has been now been released to the masses. It has been laid down in intensley charred wine casks producing heavy grooves on the surface of the wood. Ardbeg Grooves is a one-off release to celebrate Ardbeg Day so to get a bottle you’ll need to get your groove on.

Nose: Smoked cinnamon and paprika, antique leather, tar, sea spray and mint.

Palate: Salted fruits, soot, tar, mustard spice and smoky bbq.

Finish: Mellow sweetness and distant bonfires.

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Expert hails Distillery’s new permanent release

Ardbeg An Oa is “beautifully delicious”

World whisky authority Jim Murray has given Ardbeg’s newest permanent expression an emphatic seal of approval. In his 2018 Whisky Bible, he lauds Ardbeg An Oa as “beautifully delicious”, awarding the expression 95.5 points out of a possible 100. Murray also heaps praise on other permanent expressions from the Islay Distillery, hailing Ardbeg Corryvreckan as a category winner.

Smoky, sweet and singularly rounded, Ardbeg An Oa is the first new permanent expression to emerge from Ardbeg for almost a decade. Released from September 2017, it is inspired by the Mull of Oa – the most untamed part of The Ultimate Islay Malt’s remote Scottish island home – and is uniquely created in Ardbeg’s Gathering Vat. There, parcels of whisky which include the richness of spirit matured in Pedro Ximénez casks, the spice of a parcel aged in virgin oak, and all the hallmark intensity of Ardbeg matured in ex-bourbon barrels, come together to form an single malt far more complex and rounded than the sum of its parts.

In the latest edition of his Whisky Bible, considered the world’s leading whisky guide, Murray delights in Ardbeg An Oa. He describes its nose as “Ardbeg at its driest and most sooty”. The whisky’s taste is “sublimely textured with an immediate roll call of sugars”, he says, adding: “The transformation from the delicate, molassed sugars into a softer vanilla is… effortless and easy. It is also beautifully delicious… I’d never say ‘whoa’ if someone poured me An Oa…”

Ardbeg An Oa is available to buy for £52.00. Click here to buy

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Benromach release exclusive new whisky to celebrate!

Benromach 20th Anniversary

Benromach have celebrated 20 years since re-opening the Speyside Distillery with the release of a limited edition of just 3,000 bottles. The Benromach 20th Anniversary whisky is made from spirit distilled in 1998, when the distilley re-opened after laying shut for fifteen years.

It has been matured in first fill oak casks and left to mature for 20 years in Benromach’s tradional dunnage warehouse.

Nose: Fruit cake, demerara sugar, citrus fruits and dark chocolate.

Palate: Orange zest, stewed fruits, ginger, toffee and liquorice.

Finish: Charred oak, subtle spice and a light touch of smoke.
Buy Benromach 20th Anniversary Whisky now at WhiskyFix.com

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The results are in for the best selling on-trade whisky brands worldwide.

Best Selling Whisky Brands 2019

Johnnie Walker is the big beast of these parts- it’s topped the poll 10 of the past 11 times. As the biggest-selling scotch globally and backed by Diageo’s distribution and bar-world contacts, it’s no surprise this grand old brand is dominating. In about a quarter of bars, Johnnie Walker was found to be the house pour, and a top-three choice in a third. So while Walker walked it this year, we’ve seen further consolidation of popularity for the malts that lie beneath it. Making up the top four are Laphroaig, The Macallan and Talisker.

In the past few years of this report we have spoken of how bartenders have moved on from the thinking that blends are more mixable than malts, with seven of the bestselling 10 this year single malts – and that remains the overarching trend. Laphroaig, though a lot less likely than Johnnie Walker to be the house pour (for obvious reasons), is the go-to smokey scotch of a list that includes four peated malts.

Almost half of bars polled suggested it was within their three most-used scotch whiskies. Macallan is one of the few malts of a million cases (give or take) and competes with Glen ddich and The Glenlivet worldwide. In the high-end international bar it is the clear winner in its eld and this year takes the trending title too.Talisker, meanwhile, may be much smaller but, like Laphroaig, has a cult following in the bar trade. We’ve also seen something of a comeback from the other big blends.

Bacardi’s Dewar’s reputation seems to be slowly climbing in estimations and our ranking – where it’s up to h – with cask nishes piquing the interest of bartenders. Chivas likewise has climbed the table up to sixth, putting last year’s bad performance behind it.

*Source – Drinks International

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The merging of two great distilling nations.

Bowmore Mizunara Cask

Bowmore Mizunara Cask Whisky – 53.9% / 70cl

We are very proud to present Bomore Whisky distilled in the 1990’s and finished in incredibly rare Japanese Mizunara casks – a first for Scotch whisky.

Mizunara casks are very rare with only 100 being made every year and here we see the merging of two great distilling nations.

There is less than 2000 botlles of the Bowmore Mizunara available worldwide.

Nose: Spicy, mellow sweetness carried on a fresh ocean breeze.

Palate: Sweet vanilla, cedar wood, exotic mango and honey rose blossom.

Finish: Floral spice and fragrant smoke.

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Read tasting notes on a brand new release from Glengyle Distillery

Brand New Kilkerran Whisky Just Released

Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery re-opened in 2004, following closure in 1925. Kilkerran Single Malt is a lightly peated, double distilled whisky which is not chill filtered and has no added colouring.

This is part of an annual limited edition release of Kilkerran whisky which has been 100% matured in bourbon casks.

Nose – Waxy with vanilla pods, lemon sponge, candy floss, malted barley and digestive biscuits.

Palate – Watermelon, lime and lemon zest, green apples, pencil shavings, salted peanuts, golden syrup with light mineral notes.

Finish – An excellent balance of peat smoke; Earthy, briny and hints of liquorice, leaving you yearning for more.

£54.00

Buy Kilkerran 8 Year Old Cask Strength Whisky

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Christmas in a glass.

Christmas Gift Ideas

Three Must Have Stocking Fillers

Exciting new releases from whiskyfix.com

With Christmas almost upon us here at Whisky Fix HQ, we have come up with three whiskies we feel embody everything we love about the festivities. With 2pm Wednesday being the cut off to guarantee delivery for Xmas day, you still have time for those last minute gifts.

Christmas cake in a glass is often how this whisky was referred to before being discontinued in 2014. Thankfully The Glendronach 15 Year Old is back and it is as delicious as we remember. Stock is strictly limited due to the unforseen demand for the return of this cult whisky.

The Laphroaig 10yo Cask Strength is always a highlight as far as yearly batch bottling’s go and once again, this one does not disappoint. Full of iodine aromas, tarry ropes and creaminess, it’s a must for the legions of Laphroaig fans worldwide.

Award for surprisingly amazing whisky of the year goes to Talisker 8 Year Old. An unexpected addition to the Diageo Special Release range, this malt has received global adulation from fans of peaty, coastal whisky. The only downside is the small number of bottles produced.

Slainte and Merry Christmas!!!

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Including a brand new Oban 21

Diageo Special Releases

It is exciting times here at Whisky Fix HQ as the new releases of our favourite malts are arriving day by day! Its hard to pick our favourites but these three whiskies have made made it into our top 5 ‘whiskies we’ve tried in 2018’ list.

Obviously we’re biased towards Oban (with the distillery being across the road), but nothing prepared us for how complex and characterful this fully sherry cask matured Oban 21 year old would be.

The Laphroaig 10yo Cask Strength is always a highlight as far as yearly batch bottling’s go and once again, this one does not disappoint. Full of iodine aromas, tarry ropes and creaminess, it’s a must for the legions of Laphroaig fans worldwide.

Award for surprisingly amazing whisky of the year goes to Talisker 8 Year Old. An unexpected addition to the Diageo Special Release range, this malt has received global adulation from fans of peaty, coastal whisky. The only downside is the small number of bottles produced.

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