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Here is the latest update on the shipping restrictions from The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt:

The Whisky Exchange is currently only shipping to the following US States. (Note that Illinois is NOT one of the states they are shipping to currently):

We are able to deliver your order only to the following states:

Alaska (Anchorage only)

California

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Idaho

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Nebraska

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

Oregon

Rhode Island

Texas

Vermont

Virginia

Wyoming

 

Masters of Malt has currently stopped ALL shipping to the US. They posted the below on their blog on April 18th:

Shipping to the USA

By Master of Malt on April 18, 2018, 12:00 pm

Ok, there’s no way to sugar coat this, so we’re just going to come right out and say it – as of today, we’re stopping delivery to the US.

We’d love to be able to have some idea how and if this is going to change in the future, but we just don’t want to give any false hope.

Suffice to say, 2 things are true:

You guys in the USA are extremely important to us, and we are *incredibly* sorry about this.

We are working very hard on ways to be able to provide services again with the help of wholesale and retail partners based in-country.

Thank you for all your incredible support over the years.

The Chaps at Master of Malt

 

The issue for Master of Malt is that since AB Inbev is a distributor in the United States, they legally cannot act as a retailer. It would violate the three tier system.

If and and when I see further updates, I will keep you all posted.

Brother Bass

I can’t make this up.

A pricey dram that’s all about marketing. There’s a VR app to experience while you sip. Sip what? A Macallan (admittedly high end) NAS malt that centers on sherry casks. And just so you don’t miss that, they will cut it with a 30 year old sherry. Now strap some big old goggles to me so I don’t have to look at it and it’s easily worth $95.

Bozhemoi!

Did anyone pick up a bottle of this year’s limited edition NAS to celebrate Ardbeg Day? Bottles are now readily available at most Binny’s (but NOT Highland Park for whatever reason.) Priced at $119, I don’t suspect that they will be fast movers given that I can still find Dark Cove at Binny’s too. But, I hear it’s a pretty worthwhile release.   This release contains spirit that has been aged in virgin oak casks from the Black Sea area of Russia along with the traditional ex-Bourbon casks.   These Black Sea casks provide deep flavors not found in the typical ex-bourbon casks.   I think a head-to-head against Dark Cove and Ardbeg 10, is necessary.

I will try to remember to post my offline tasting notes tomorrow.   Looking forward to this one!

Beverly Lanes in Arlington Heights had a selection that included a Highland Park 12, a Glenfiddich 12 and a Macallan 15.

I went with the Macallan expression in hopes that it may boost my scores. Teamed with a box of charity-sale-Mint-Meltaways and these guys are dead in the water.

Game 1: 214

Game 2: the world…

I thought I’d share this article from one of our featured links, scotchwhisky.com, listing out the exciting list of distilleries set to open in 2017.