Over Jimmy

Lid van de whiskyclub en een beetje een zelf knutselaar van deze website...

Heaven Hill Brands Signs Agreement to Acquire Black Velvet Canadian Whisky – Canadian Whisky News

Heaven Hill Brands Signs Agreement to Acquire Black Velvet Canadian Whisky

Black Velvet is the second-largest selling Canadian Whisky worldwide, named for its velvety smooth taste. The Black Velvet brand fills an important gap in Heaven Hill’s broad distilled spirits portfolio by substantially expanding sales activities in the Imported Whisky category and fits perfectly with its portfolio of high volume, quality brands like Evan Williams Bourbon, Burnett’s Vodka, Deep Eddy Vodka, Admiral Nelson’s Rums, and Christian Brothers Brandies.BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Heaven Hill Brands, the largest independent, family-owned and operated distilled spirits supplier based in the U.S., has signed an agreement to acquire Black Velvet Canadian Whisky, the second-largest selling Canadian whisky in the world, from Constellation Brands Inc. The purchase will be made through a subsidiary of Constellation, The Black Velvet Distilling Company located in Lethbridge, Canada. The sale is expected to close in the second half of 2019, subject to regulatory approval.

“We are excited to add Black Velvet to our iconic group of brands and look forward to growing this historic brand in the months and years ahead,” said Max L. Shapira, President of Heaven Hill Brands. “As we continue to build our business based on strategic acquisitions and innovation, Heaven Hill’s commitment to quality continues to steer the positive outlook for our diverse portfolio.”

In addition to acquiring Black Velvet, Heaven Hill will purchase the historic Black Velvet Distilling facility, one of the eight traditional Canadian distilleries in operation. The acquisition includes all the distilling operations, aging and bottling facilities and the remaining portfolio of Canadian Whisky brands owned by Constellation, which includes Black Velvet, MacNaughton, McMasters, and the international business of the Schenley brands – Golden Wedding and OFC. Canadian Whisky made up 7.3% of total distilled spirits volume in 2018 according to Beverage Information Group, the largest segment of all total Imported Whiskey. The Canadian Whisky category is approximately 16.8 million cases, with Black Velvet volume representing almost two million cases in the U.S. in 2018. Perella Weinberg Partners LP acted as exclusive financial advisor to Heaven Hill Brands with respect to the transaction.

Black Velvet was developed in 1946 and was first introduced to the market in 1951. Brothers Walter and Alfred Gilbey entered the spirits industry in England in 1857. After experiencing tremendous growth, the brothers expanded the business opening their first gin distillery in England in 1872, and eventually expanding to Canada in 1906. Due to high demand in Canada, the brothers built the WA Gilbey Distillery producing the first drops of Canadian Gilbey spirits on September 11, 1933. Distillers Crosbie Hucks and John S. Napier joined the team developing a number of Canadian Whiskies, with Black Velvet rising to the top due to mass consumer interest. The 1970’s brought growth for the Canadian Whisky category and in turn, IDV, now Diageo, built Palliser Distiller in Lethbridge, Alberta. The distillery has since been re-named The Black Velvet Distilling Company where the product is still produced today.

ABOUT HEAVEN HILL BRANDS: Founded in 1935, Bardstown, KY -based Heaven Hill Brands (www.heavenhill.com) is the nation’s largest independent, family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer and the world’s second-largest holder of Kentucky Bourbon. Heaven Hill’s diversified portfolio of brands includes Evan Williams Bourbon; Larceny; Elijah Craig and Henry McKenna Bourbons; Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey; Burnett’s Vodkas and Gin; Admiral Nelson’s and Blackheart Rum; Hpnotiq Liqueur; The Christian Brothers Brandies; PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur; Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur; Lunazul Tequila; Carolans Liqueur and Black Velvet Canadian Whisky.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/08/heaven-hill-brands-signs-agreement-to-acquire-black-velvet-canadian-whisky-canadian-whisky-news/

Mortlach 13 Year Old 1997 Silver Seal

Distilleerderij: Mortlach
Regio: Schotland (Speyside)
Fles: Mortlach 13 Year Old 1997/2010 Silver Seal, Sherry Cask #348
Kleur: mahonie
ABV: 60.5%

Glimlach

Silver Seal is een Italiaans onafhankelijk bottelaar met een ijzersterke reputatie. Ik heb al enkele van hun releases kunnen proeven en Massimo Righi – ik mag hem Max noemen – weet zijn vaten echt wel uit te kiezen. Bijna tien jaar geleden kwam hij opzetten met deze Mortlach uit 1997. Hij is dus amper 13 jaar oud, maar heeft nog wel een ABV van meer dan 60%. Oh, dat kleurtje! Dit zou wel eens écht The Beast of Dufftown kunnen worden.

Donkerzoet op pure chocolade, espresso met karamel, pruimen en verse vijgen. Een karrenvracht aan honing en toffee. De neus is eerlijk gezegd redelijk rechttoe-rechtaan, maar wel erg aantrekkelijk.

Ondanks het hoge ABV komt hij aangenaam binnen, mierzoet en umami (Yes! Eindelijk nog eens een ‘vlezige’ Mortlach). Mooie verderzetting van de neus, niet bepaald complex maar wel erg smaakvol en rond. Mondvullend. Doet je automatisch glimlachen. Lekker pittig gekruid, ook, met zelfs een beetje een florale, geparfumeerde toets. Maar alles binnen het aanvaardbare, hoor! Dit is echt wel een sherrymonstertje, maar de spirit verliest zijn eigenheid niet.

De finish is de dooddoener. Lang, warm, gekruid, drogend, bitterzoet en simpelweg heerlijk.

Jong, krachtig beest en een absoluut geweldige smaakexplosie.

87/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 14-06-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=4794

Caol Ila 2005 (G&M for The Whisky Exchange)

The second Gordon MacPhail exclusive celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Whisky Exchange is this Caol Ila 2005, bottled from a refill sherry hogshead.

 

 

Caol Ila 2005 - Gordon  MacPhail for TWECaol Ila 2005 - Gordon  MacPhail for TWECaol Ila 14 yo 2005 (54,5%, Gordon MacPhail for The Whisky Exchange 20th Anniversary 2019, refill sherry hogshead #19/051, 142 btl.)

Nose: clean but surprisingly medicinal as well. Creosote, smoked bacon and iodine. Lemon juice and cold ashes. Gets sweeter as it opens up, with vanilla cake in the background. Mouth: strong, showing plenty of medicinal peat again, ashes, but now slightly richer due to a bigger amount of sweet notes. Yellow raisins, toffee and a hint of mocha. Light pepper. Finish: long, leafy, on liquorice and faint fruity notes.

Solid whisky, as expected, with the sherry adding some sweetness. Maybe not special enough a 20th anniversary though? Exclusively available from The Whisky Exchange.

Score: 87/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/caol-ila/caol-ila-2005-gordon-macphail-whisky-exchange/

Caol Ila 2005 (G&M for The Whisky Exchange)

The second Gordon MacPhail exclusive celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Whisky Exchange is this Caol Ila 2005, bottled from a refill sherry hogshead.

 

 

Caol Ila 2005 - Gordon  MacPhail for TWECaol Ila 2005 - Gordon  MacPhail for TWECaol Ila 14 yo 2005 (54,5%, Gordon MacPhail for The Whisky Exchange 20th Anniversary 2019, refill sherry hogshead #19/051, 142 btl.)

Nose: clean but surprisingly medicinal as well. Creosote, smoked bacon and iodine. Lemon juice and cold ashes. Gets sweeter as it opens up, with vanilla cake in the background. Mouth: strong, showing plenty of medicinal peat again, ashes, but now slightly richer due to a bigger amount of sweet notes. Yellow raisins, toffee and a hint of mocha. Light pepper. Finish: long, leafy, on liquorice and faint fruity notes.

Solid whisky, as expected, with the sherry adding some sweetness. Maybe not special enough a 20th anniversary though? Exclusively available from The Whisky Exchange.

Score: 87/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/caol-ila/caol-ila-2005-gordon-macphail-whisky-exchange/

Mortlach 26 Year Old 1987 Adelphi

Distilleerderij: Mortlach
Regio: Schotland (Speyside)
Fles: Mortlach 26 Year Old 1987/2014, Adelphi, Refill Sherry Cask #3106, 241 bts
Kleur: koper
ABV: 58.4%

Ballen

Onafhankelijk bottelaar Adelphi – die ondertussen ook de Ardnamurchan distilleerderij uit de grond heeft gestampt – bottelt graag single casks op vatsterkte. Dit is er zo eentje, van The Beast of Dufftown. Deze Mortlach uit 1987 rijpte op een refill sherry vat gedurende 26 lange jaren. Ik beken: dit is er eentje waar ik naar uitgekeken heb.

Ja! Erg zoete en aromatische neus met enerzijds de ietwat umami spirit van Mortlach en anderzijds de mooie sherryinvloeden van het vat. Denk ananas, lychee, perzik en acaciahoning, terwijl er wat hout op de achtergrond verschijnt, alsof je in het atelier van de meubelmaker staat. Een mooie florale hint. Zeg maar oranje potpourri. Dit is erg mooi.

Prima sterkte en naast de onmiddellijk zoete toetsen ook meteen flink wat kruiden. De speekselklieren gaan in overdrive. Deze mag je gerust pikant noemen. Kruidnagel en chili pepers, gekonfijte gember en zoethout. Kruidenthee. Het fruit gaat mooi de gekonfijte en gedroogde richting uit met appelsien op kop. Iets van munt. Prachtig mondvullend.

De afdronk is erg, erg lang, met wat aardse toetsen en iets van cacaopoeder.

Deze doet erg aan de officiële 20 denken, maar dan met ballen aan zijn lijf. De naam Beast of Dufftown waardig. Bedankt, Marcel.

87/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 14-06-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=4791

Arran Lochranza Castle at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Arran Lochranza Castle

21 Year Old second release of the Explorer series.

Shop £299.95

Arran 21 Year Old Island single malt Scotch whiskey. Matured in sherry hogsheads and Amontillado sherry casks. Second release of the Arran Explorers Series. Limited edition release of 9,000 bottles. MAXIMUM 2 BOTTLES PER CUSTOMER.

Arran Distillery was commissioned by the Isle of Arran Distillers in 1995 and lies amid stunning scenery just to the south of Lochranza on the northern tip of the Isle of Arran. This distillery has four stills, dunnage warehouses, a visitor centre offering distillery tours and a distillery café. Arran distills both un-peated and peated malt spirit and matures its whiskey in sherry, bourbon, port and wine casks in order to produce an ever-evolving and expanding range of whiskies including Arran single malts such as Arran Machrie Moor and The Illicit Stills, and Arran blended scotch.

 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/08/arran-lochranza-castle-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/

Introducing Jura Two-One-Two – Scotch Whisky News

The first release in the Two-One-Two series of annual limited editions, this Island single malt was distilled at Jura in 2006 and matured for 13 years in American white oak ex-bourbon barrels before being finished in casks made from Chinkapin oak, a type of wood native to east and central North America. This series celebrates the Jura community of around 212 islanders.

70cl / 47.5% abv
£90.00

Buy Now

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/08/introducing-jura-two-one-two-scotch-whisky-news/

A Special Discounted Price on a Limited-Edition Campbeltown Scotch – Scotch Whisky News

A Spectacular Blended Malt That’s More than the Sum of its Parts
Douglas Laing’s “The Gauldrons” Batch #1 Limited Edition Campbeltown Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($59.99)
“The Remarkable Regional Malts series from Douglas Laing remains one of Scotland’s best kept secrets.”—David Othenin-Girard, KL SoCal Spirits Buyer

If you’ve yet to try a bottling from Douglas Laing’s Regional Malt series, you’ll serve yourself well by picking up their memorable “The Gauldrons” Batch #1. This blended malt whisky joins the best from Campbeltown and to excellent effect. As our NorCal spirits buyer, Andrew Whiteley, notes, it is “an incredible array of sea salt, sweet malt, light peat, and a pinch of grass all in a supple and medium rich texture.” Essentially, it is everything one could look for in a classic Campbeltown malt. With a splash of water, this dram opens up, revealing its full character and becoming supremely quaffable in the process. We’ve secured a very sharp price, which means you can add this satisfying malt to your bar without taking a big bite out of your booze budget. Our allocation is limited, and with our special pricing, it won’t be long for the shelves. Don’t miss out on this exceptional, under-the-radar find.

Douglas Laing’s “The Gauldrons” Batch #1 Limited Edition Campbeltown Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($59.99)

Gauldrons means “Bay of Storms”, and according to the bottler, this Scotch evokes “the ghosts of the long lost distilleries that once proudly proclaimed Campbeltown Scotland’s Whisky capital. The Gauldrons is a marriage of the finest Campbeltown Malts, bottled in tiny batches at 46.2% ABV, and proudly produced without coloring or chill-filtration. On the nose, one detects a dry saltiness with sweet cereal and a late hint of gentle peat smoke. The palate is initially dry (beachy and maritime) warming to crunched sugar, barley, and oak. The warmingly spiced finish brings puffs of smoke and rock pools with a dark sugar sweetness.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: July 25, 2019

The Remarkable Regional Malts series from Douglas Laing remains one of Scotland’s best kept secrets. This ultra-high quality single malt is blended expertly from some of the country’s finest stocks. The result is some of the most seamless and affordable malt whiskies on the market today, but no one stateside seems to have noticed. We continue to get amazing pricing on some of their limited releases, and this is one that is exclusive to KL in California. The nose has a purity of malt that is rare these days. Salty, zesty barley, bright stone fruit, cookie dough, tiny hints of smoldering oak, and barrel spice. Bright, linear, refreshing and ultra clean on the palate, this is somehow quintessentially Campbeltown in a way that none of the actual Single Malts of the region capture as well. There’s none of the Scotia funk or the Springbank peat—instead, just this wonderful tension of fruit, malt, and oak. Bold and linear, without a drop of water, but once added it becomes dangerously quaffable. Be sure to grab it while you can, as no telling if we’ll ever get more and certainly never again at this price.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: July 25, 2019

Douglas Laing is killing it with their regional malt blends. The Campbeltown is the newest in the lineup and instantly became my favorite. While only three distilleries are in operation in Cambeltown today, you can bet that the majority of this blend comes from Springbank, Glengyle (Kilkerran) or Glen Scotia—there may be some of Cambeltown’s long lost distilleries kicking in it too. The result, regardless of who makes up the blend, is an incredible array of sea salt, sweet malt, light peat, and a pinch of grass—all in a supple and medium rich texture. It’s pretty much the perfect essence of what was once the whisky capital of Scotland and at an extremely affordable price. Gauldrons is a great dram to make a staple of your home bar.

Stefanie Juelsgaard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: July 30, 2019

This particular bottling really inspired me as an ode to what an amazing region Campbeltown is. A “Blended Malt”, the whisky components in this bottle come from the three Campbeltown distilleries. Once nearly declassified for having so few distilleries, Campbeltown represents a very unique area of Scotland and its whiskys taste like none other. The sweet, smooth body, light iodine and saline notes, accompanied by just a touch of peat smoke is something special. I’m proud of Douglas Laing for showcasing this beautiful spot.

Will Blakely | KL Staff Member | Review Date: July 25, 2019

If anyone is curious about what separates Campbeltown malt from the rest of the mainland or its counterparts on Islay, I would show them the Gauldrons. The welcoming smell of barley fields kissed by sea air is enough of a selling point for this region’s extraordinary whiskies in and of itself. Beyond that, honey-coated golden apple lights up the palate followed by delicious dark chocolate. Crunchy cereal and pleasant wood smoke linger, finishing with just a hint of meaty umami. There is definitely some older whisky in the blend, giving it a touch more weight and texture than Springbank’s 10 year release. Whether new to Campbeltown or just looking for a new everyday, this is a great choice.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: June 13, 2019

Another great blend of single malts from the people at Douglas Laing. When master blenders like the Laings combine different single malts, it brings out the best and most interesting flavors that the single malts have to offer. The Gauldrons is a very successful example of this. The nose is interesting and mysterious, with sweet notes and a hint of salt. In the mouth it is creamy, oily, and complex with a sweet finish that has light smoke notes.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/08/a-special-discounted-price-on-a-limited-edition-campbeltown-scotch-scotch-whisky-news/

JACK DANIEL’S ANNOUNCES NEXT LIMITED-EDITION WHISKEYS IN TENNESSEE TASTERS’ SELECTION LINEUP – American Whiskey News

New experimental whiskeys will be available at the Jack Daniel Distillery and select stores across Tennessee

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (July 10, 2019) – The Jack Daniel Distillery has announced the release of the next two whiskeys in its Tennessee Tasters’ Selection series – Barrel Proof Rye, which is available now, and Reunion Barrel #2, which will be available this fall. Tennessee Tasters’ Selection is Jack Daniel’s line of limited-release, experimental whiskeys, each carefully chosen by Jack Daniel’s Master Tasters to deliver unique and diverse experiences.

Like the rest of the Tennessee Tasters’ Selection products, Barrel Proof Rye and Reunion Barrel #2 will be sold exclusively at the Jack Daniel Distillery and select stores throughout Tennessee. Each release is approximately 24,000 bottles and is followed by a new, limited release every few months.

Additional features of Barrel Proof Rye and Reunion Barrel #2 include the following:

  • Barrel Proof Rye – a 127.6-proof whiskey reflective of the taste and quality of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye. Each charred-oak barrel provides a unique whiskey taste, with a 70 percent rye grain bill, complex fruity flavors and toasted oak notes.
  • Reunion Barrel #2 – a whiskey thick with vanilla and oak notes, finished in oatmeal stout beer barrels that give a creamy texture with hints of oats, coffee and chocolate-covered cherries.

“Our Master Tasters continue to amaze us throughout this series, and both Barrel Proof Rye and Reunion Barrel #2 are outstanding examples of that,” said Master Distiller Jeff Arnett. “We’re thrilled to release the first rye whiskey in this series through Barrel Proof Rye, which is sure to be a fan favorite for anyone who enjoys our Tennessee Rye. And we can’t wait for the fall release of Reunion Barrel #2, as the beer barrel finish is a new experiment that we can’t wait to share as a limited release.”

While each whiskey offers a unique taste, color and proof, they are all sold in 375-ml bottles at a price of $39.99 and available in limited quantities at the Jack Daniel Distillery and select stores across Tennessee. The bottles reflect sample bottles used daily by Jack Daniel’s Master Tasters and include a customized label, distillery name embossment on the front, and “Taster Sampler Bottle” mark on the back of the glass structure.

About Jack Daniel’s

Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the first registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails. Today, Jack Daniel’s is a true global icon found in more than 170 countries around the world and is the most valuable spirits brand in the world as recognized by Interbrand.

Your friends at Jack Daniel’s remind you to drink responsibly.

JACK DANIEL’S and OLD NO. 7 are registered trademarks. ©2019 Jack Daniel’s. Tennessee Whiskey 40% Alcohol by Volume (80 Proof). Distilled Bottled by Jack Daniel Distillery, Lynchburg, Tennessee. JackDaniels.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/08/jack-daniels-announces-next-limited-edition-whiskeys-in-tennessee-tasters-selection-lineup-american-whiskey-news/