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Mortlach 18 Year Old 1997 Wilson & Morgan

Distilleerderij: Mortlach
Regio: Schotland (Speyside)
Fles: Mortlach 18 Year Old 1997/2016 Wilson Morgan, Marsala Finish, cask #12841, 277 bts
Kleur: vol goud
ABV: 56.9%


Deze release van de Italiaanse bottelaar Wilson Morgan betreft een Mortlach die, na een rijping op bourbonvat, nog een finish van maar liefst 18 maanden kreeg op een Marsala wijnvat. Hij werd gebotteld in hun bekende ‘Barrel Selection’-reeks op vatsterkte.

De neus begint eerder gesloten, maar na enkele ogenblikken krijg ik de typische umami spirit van het huis, aangevuld met groene toetsen. Hoewel ik best wat fruit en noten krijg, blijft dit toch erg onder de radar, omdat de aandacht van je neusvleugels volledig wordt opgeëist door groene kruiden, groentesoep, OXO en… turf? Absoluut groene neus en eigenlijk onherkenbaar als Mortlach, maar tegelijkertijd erg aangenaam. Hij wordt wel zoeter naarmate hij mag ademen en ook het licht drogende effect van de Marsala ontbreekt niet.

Wat een geweldige body! Lekker waxy en licht pikant (peper, nootmuskaat) en flink wat citrusfruit. Denk mandarijnen, citroenen en Sevilla appelsienen. Noten arriveren (dankuwel, Marsala) met ontbijtgranen in het kielzog, terwijl woodsmoke verschijnt en de groene kruiden langzaam verdwijnen. Ik krijg toch weer iets van turf, hoor. Verrassend, maar erg aangenaam.

De afdronk is lekker lang en vertoont nu wel alle kenmerken van Mortlach, zijnde mineraliteit, bijenwas, woodsmoke met een mooi bittertje op het sterfbed.

De neus was even wennen, maar als je deze malt voldoende tijd geeft, blijkt het toch een machtige Mortlach te zijn. Robuust en toch elegant. Pakweg 120 EUR. Die betaal ik met plezier voor deze fles.


Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 09-08-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=4797

New: Brora 40 Years // Glenmorangie Truffle Oak // Karuizawa Ambassadors Collection

Brora 40 Year Old (2019)

Brora 40 Year Old (2019)

Diageo will release a new Brora 40 Year Old celebrating the 200th anniversary of the distillery. It is a vatting of 12 American oak hogsheads from 1978, bottled at 49.2% ABV. Only 1819 bottles will be available, reflecting the year of opening.

At around € 5000 this doesn’t come cheap, but interestingly it is cheaper than the Brora 40 Years released in 2014 which was around € 7500.

Brora is set to reopen next year – construction work is underway.



Karuizawa Ambassadors Collection

Karuizawa Ambassadors Collection

Elixir Distillers donated an exclusive bottle of Karuizawa Ambassadors’ Collection to raise money for The Ben at auction. It is a marriage of single malts from 1972 through to 1999 aged in sherry casks and bottled at 59.1% ABV. Only two of these bottles exist, one of which will stay in the Elixir archives.

Proceeds raised will be donated the The Benevolent Society of Licensed Trade in Scotland, a charity supporting people who have worked in the licensed trade.

You can register for the auction through Whisky.auction now. It goes live on 18 August and ends 27 August. Last year a similar bottle of Karuizawa 50 Years was auctioned for £ 100,100.

I will be able to post my review of this unique dram soon.



Glenmorangie Turffle Oak Reserve 26 Years

Glenmorangie Turffle Oak Reserve 26 Years

Glenmorangie already launched a Truffle Oak expression back in 2005, finished in porous grained virgin oak casks made of truffle oak sourced in the Black Forest in Germany.

This was 1st April 1993 and it looks like the distillery is set to release another bottling from the same parcel of casks, now 26 years of age. Bottled at 55.7% ABV although this might change upon bottling.



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Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/whisky-news/brora-40-years-glenmorangie-truffle-oak-karuizawa-ambassadors-collection/

Scotch Whisky Auctions “Free E.U. & U.K. Courier Collections” – Auction Whisky News

Scotch Whisky Auctions “Free E.U. U.K. Courier Collections” – Auction Whisky News

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/08/scotch-whisky-auctions-free-e-u-u-k-courier-collections-auction-whisky-news/

Whisky Hammer August 2019 Auction Now Live! – Whisky Auction News

AA Whisky Hammer


(ends Sunday 25th August)

…place your bids at www.whiskyhammer.co.uk

With an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits there is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest, enjoy!


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/08/whisky-hammer-august-2019-auction-now-live-whisky-auction-news/

GLENROTHES 22 YEAR OLD 1997 CARN MOR BLACK GOLD #7168 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Glenrothes 22 Year Old 1997 vintage Speyside single malt Scotch whiskey. Single cask sherry puncheon #7168 bottled April 2019 by Morrison MacKay for the Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Black Gold series. 590 numbered bottles.


Shop £360.00

Glenrothes Distillery was established in the narrow valley of the Rothes Burn on the west side of Rothes in the Speyside whisky region by James Stuart Co. in 1878. This is a large malt whiskey distillery owned by Berry Bros Rudd of London, with eighteen washbacks, ten copper stills singing in their own mighty cathedral and has retained its traditional pagoda roof. Popular distillery releases include Glenrothes 1995, 1998 and Glenrothes Peated.


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/08/glenrothes-22-year-old-1997-carn-mor-black-gold-7168-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/

New Scotch and Bourbon Study & Certification Program Announced – Whisky News

New Scotch and Bourbon Study Certification Program Announced

The Council of Whiskey Masters​ in Los Angeles is introducing a dedicated certification program for whiskey. Two separate Level 1 tracks, Certified Scotch Professional (CSP)​ and Certified Bourbon Professional (CBP)​, are now open for student enrollment.

While several organizations have offered credentialing programs for spirits, no specialized and rigorous self study program has been available globally for Scotch or Bourbon, nor for whiskey in general. The market gap to offer a credential program that can gain the same industry trust as the leading wine and sommelier certifications can hereby be filled.

With growing interest for Scotch and Bourbon, beverage professionals and hobbyist can formalize their dedication to whiskey through a demanding study and examination program, from anywhere in the world.

Candidates enrolled in the CSP​ or CBP​ programs (Level 1) receive a detailed 100-page study guide to prepare for the exam. The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions, with an exam time of 1 hour. Passing grade is 80%. Exam dates are offered 4 times a year in local exam centers everywhere in the United States, Europe and Canada. Candidates receive a diploma and a lapel pin upon passing the exam, and may carry the corresponding postnominal after their name.

Passing either Level 1 exam (Scotch track or Bourbon track) allows candidates to register for the comprehensive Certified Whiskey Specialist​ (CWS;​ Level 2) exam, and they can later proceed to the Master of Scotch​ (SM​, Level 3) and Master of Whiskey​ (WM​, Level 4) levels.

Program and registration information, as well as curriculum overview and sample exam questions, can be found at www.WhiskeyMasters.org.

Contact email: Office@ScotchMasters.org


Master of Whiskey – Study and Certification Program
Level 1: Certified Scotch Professional (CSP)​ OR Certified Bourbon Professional (CBP)
(open for enrollment now)
Level 2: Certified Whiskey Specialist (CWS)
Level 3: Master of Scotch (SM)
Level 4: Master of Whiskey (WM)

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/08/new-scotch-and-bourbon-study-certification-program-announced-whisky-news/

Beam Suntory Investing $60 Million in Clermont, Reintroducing the James B. Beam Distilling Co – Whisky News

CLERMONT, KY, July 25, 2019 – Today, Beam Suntory is breaking ground on the Fred B. Noe Craft Distillery, which will be the home of future innovation and provide opportunities for education and hospitality. The new distillery is part of a larger $60 million investment to re-establish the James B. Beam Distilling Co. in Clermont, which encompasses the production operations for the flagship Jim Beam® brand, as well as small-batch brands like Booker’s®, Baker’s®, Basil Hayden’s® and Knob Creek®, and next generation brands like Legent™ and Little Book®, and the visitor experience.

Beam Suntory is excited to honor our roots by investing in the James B. Beam Distilling Co., and setting ourselves up for a bright future in Kentucky and around the world,” said Albert Baladi, President CEO, Beam Suntory. “With nearly 225 years behind us, we are proud of our history of entrepreneurialism, craftsmanship and innovation.  As the world leader in bourbon, we are thrilled to be laying the foundation for the next 225 years.

The James B. Beam Distilling Co. was the company’s name immediately following Prohibition and will serve as the name of Beam Suntory’s Clermont operations going forward.

The Fred B. Noe Craft Distillery, named for 7th Generation Master Distiller Fred Noe, will serve as the home for small-batch bourbons like Booker’s and Baker’s, the next-generation brand Little Book, created by 8th generation Beam Distiller Freddie Noe, and serve as a functional production facility to explore new fermentation and distillation techniques. It will be located on the James B. Beam Distilling Co. site in Clermont, Kentucky.

“At Beam Suntory, we like to say that we’re all One Big Family, and what we’re beginning here today reinforces our leadership in bourbon, and sets us up for the future,” said Freddie Noe. “Now I can’t think of anyone who’s set up the future of bourbon any better than my dad, so I can hardly begin to express my pride in naming this new distillery after him.”

As part of its tourism investment, Beam Suntory will elevate its visitor experience in Clermont, KY and give consumers more reasons to visit, including behind-the-scenes tour across the family of brands from Jim Beam to Basil Hayden’s to Legent, a tasting room, and even customizable experiences.

Beam Suntory recently announced Jim Beam’s $5 million donation to the University of Kentucky, the largest philanthropic donation on company record, to establish the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits. This institution, designed in partnership with the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Distillers Association, will educate the next generation of distillers through a first-of-its-kind curriculum that covers the skills needed to succeed in the distilled spirits industry at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels.

Each year, Beam Suntory invests more than $500 million to make bourbon in Kentucky.

About Beam Suntory
As a world leader in premium spirits, Beam Suntory inspires human connections. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands, Suntory whisky Kakubin and Courvoisier cognac, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s and Legent bourbon; Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki and Toki Japanese whisky; Teacher’s, Laphroaig and Bowmore Scotch whisky; Canadian Club whisky; Hornitos and Sauza tequila; EFFEN, Haku and Pinnacle vodka; Sipsmith and Roku gin; and Midori liqueur.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and vision of Growing for Good. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/08/beam-suntory-investing-60-million-in-clermont-reintroducing-the-james-b-beam-distilling-co-whisky-news/

Exclusive Girvan 40 Year Old 1979 Single Cask at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Girvan 40 Year Old Single Cask

Distilled May 1979 – bottled May 2019 for the Sovereign label series exclusively for The Whisky Barrel.

Celebrating that special day? A landmark birthday or anniversary? This single cask hogshead has yielded just 291 bottles. Aromas of blackcurrants, toffee apples and mint with flavours of raspberries, blackberries and green herbs. This golden whisky has a nose of blackcurrants, toffee apples and mint. The palate is mellow but sweet with notes of raspberries, blackberries and green herbs. The finish is long, with lingering spice.

Girvan Distillery is a Scottish Lowland grain whisky distillery situated on the Ayrshire coast. It looks out to the island of Ailsa Craig the source of granite from which curling stones are shaped. William Grant and Sons Ltd opened this distillery in 1963 to supply grain whiskey to their blends of scotch but with careful maturation in quality casks Girvan is also able to produce excellent single grain whiskies.

Shop – Girvan 40 Year Old – £224.95

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/08/exclusive-girvan-40-year-old-1979-single-cask-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/

Kaiyo “The SHERI” Mizunara Oak Finished Japanese Whisky – Japanese Whisky News

Kaiyo “The SHERI” Mizunara Oak Finished Japanese Whisky (750ml)

$129.99 SKU #1425020 View

The next installment of Kaiyo’s excellent Japanese whisky. Only 450 cases released world wide. Aged in Olorosso and PX casks and finished in Mizunara oak.

By: Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: 7/21/2019 |

By: Cameron Hoppas | KL Staff Member | Review Date: 7/14/2019 |

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/08/kaiyo-the-sheri-mizunara-oak-finished-japanese-whisky-japanese-whisky-news/

Introducing The Macallan Boutique, London Heathrow Terminal 5 – Scotch Whisky News


We are pleased to announce the opening of our latest Macallan Boutique in London, Heathrow airport. As a ‘home away from home’ the luxury Boutique offers guests the chance to discover and purchase some of our most prestigious whiskies, including expressions from our Fine and Rare collection.

The custom lattice centrepiece echoes the architecture of our brand home in Speyside, Scotland. Step through this portal to the world of The Macallan through a multisensory experience that celebrates our unwavering dedication and continual pursuit of excellence. Our Boutique team are ready to welcome you at Heathrow Terminal 5.


The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience, The Macallan Distillers Ltd,
Easter Elchies, Craigellachie AB38 9RX Scotland
Telephone: +44 (0)1340 318 000

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/08/introducing-the-macallan-boutique-london-heathrow-terminal-5-scotch-whisky-news/