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Issue 131 - Ask the Expert

Whisky Magazine Issue 131
October 2015


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My family in America has been bringing us Kessler Whisky. We have looked for this in the UK, but we cannot find it anywhere. It says on the bottle ‘as smooth as silk' and it is! Do you know if it is possible to get it imported to this country?
W. D. Woodward

Kessler Whiskey is an American blended whiskey that can trace its roots back to 1888. Beam Suntory own the brand at present, and they report that it enjoys its position as the no. 2 selling American Blended Whiskey on the market. Julian Kessler himself coined the catchphrase regarding his whisky tasting as smooth as silk. Reportedly, he was a natural born salesman, selling his whiskey from saloon
to saloon around the end of the 19th and early 20th Century.

Unlike blended Scotch whisky, American blended whiskey can contain Bourbon or rye mixed with grain neutral alcohol, so it is much cheaper to produce. The only bottle of Kessler whiskey I can find for sale online in the UK is a vintage 1.75l bottle at Master of Malt. They are a great source of antique whiskies as well as stocking a wide range of American whiskeys. They date their Kessler bottle as being produced in the 1980s and it is on sale for £216 at the time of writing. Bear in mind that in the United States, a modern day 1.75l bottle of Kessler whiskey costs just $19.

A regular supply of Kessler whiskey for consumption in the UK looks like it might be a costly enterprise for your family to deliver, in order to keep you well stocked. As American blended whisk...

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