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Award-Winning Blacks Brewery & Distillery Launch Unique Whiskey Founders Club – Irish Whiskey News

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BECOME PART OF IRELAND’S PROUD WHISKEY HERITAGE

-Award-Winning Blacks Brewery Distillery Launch Unique Whiskey Founders Club-

Initially taking the market by storm in 2013 with their selection of craft beers, Blacks Brewery and Distillery, Kinsale has gone from strength to strength, offering consumers award-winning gin and Ireland’s first and only rum. This dynamic family owned and operated Cork business is constantly innovating and identifying new opportunities which will bring high-quality, great-tasting beers and spirits to consumers.  Their passion and entrepreneurial spirit is once again on display as today they launch the exclusive Blacks Whiskey Founders Club.

Coming hot on the heels of their Silver medal win at the London Spirits Competition for their renowned Blacks Irish Gin, the husband and wife team of Sam and Maud Black wish to open their doors and give other whiskey enthusiasts the opportunity to help shape the history of Irish whiskey.  After investing in two copper stills, Blacks Whiskey Founders Club is giving the first 500 whiskey and spirit enthusiasts the chance to purchase their very own cask, starting from €6,500 and resulting in 397 plus bottles of their own pot stilled single malt Irish whiskey.

According to The Irish Spirits Association, whiskey comprised 42% of Ireland’s beverage exports in 2018 and the global value of premium Irish whiskey is on the rise.  Whiskey is also becoming a world leader, as the fastest growing spirits category, and it is predicted that exports will exceed the 2020 target set by the Irish Whiskey Association of 12 million cases.

In light of these strong whiskey statistics, while there are one or two similar personalised cask schemes available in Ireland, Blacks Founders Club is unique as it also poses an investment opportunity for consumers. After five years of maturation Founders Club members may decide to have their whiskey bottled as their own label whiskey as the ultimate family, friend or corporate gift, or to sell on the secondary whiskey market. One of the founding members plans to bottle his whiskey at the end the distilling process and use them as his business cards to potential clients!  Alternatively, Blacks are offering an attractive investment buy-back scheme if cask owners wish to sell their casks back to Blacks at the end of the initial five-year period at a predetermined agreed value, offering investors a minimum 4% annually compounded (approx. €280 per year per cask) return on their initial investment.

Commenting on the expansion and launch of Blacks Whiskey Founders Club, Sam Black, Founder of Blacks Brewery Distillery, commented: “Considering another record year of export growth in the whiskey industry, and with our extensive experience in the microbrewery and distillery market, we knew it was a no-brainer to invest in the installation of two new copper Irish whiskey stills. My wife and I have had so much fun on our beer and spirit journey to date that we wished to offer others the opportunity to share in our passion and journey. It is with great excitement that we today announce the official launch of the Blacks Whiskey Founders Club.  This club offers 500 investors world-wide the opportunity to invest in Irish whiskey. It is our heritage; our history and we want to keep that going for our country. We have many personalised cask options available to consumers, one which features one of our famous craft beers. Members can choose a beer from our range and we will fill a bourbon cask with that beer type for three months prior to emptying and filling with the new-make spirit. This gives a unique flavour to the spirit and you can own an ultra-rare and unique product that is paired with your favourite beer!”

“If 300/400 bottles of whiskey (which is what the average cask produces depending on the cask strength) is too much to handle, then Founders Club investors have the option to sell their entire cask back to the distillery at the predetermined agreed value with a 4% p.a. compounding return on investors’ initial purchase. Based on one of the casks available, this return equates to a CAGR of 4% per year or a total gross return of 21.7% for the five-year period. Members also have the option to extend the maturation for additional years and allow the whiskey to continue to mature and grow in value as it ages. We look forward to welcoming Founders Club members into the Blacks family.” Mr Black added.

The Blacks Whiskey Founders Club is built on an ethos of community and provides a platform for like-minded whiskey enthusiasts and connoisseurs to socialise and sample together. On joining this exclusive club, members receive a gorgeous leather branded documents folder which they will fill throughout their five-year journey with items such as their cask bond certificate. Members can request to be present in the distillery on the day of distilling or cask filling, and once a year will be invited to Kinsale for the weekend to visit the distillery and mingle with other members in a fun party setting.

Membership is now open, with production due to start in January 2020. To take your place in the history of Irish whiskey or for further information on Blacks Founders Club, email Sophie at sophie@blacksbrewery.com or visit www.blacksbrewery.com/founder

 About Blacks Of Kinsale Micro Brewery Distillery Blacks Micro Brewery Distillery is an Irish microbrewery and distillery, founded by husband and wife team Sam and Maudeline Black in 2013, and remains a 100% family owned business who pride themselves on both quality and innovation. Many years ago, Maudeline gave Sam a home brewing kit for Valentine’s Day, sparking their passion for brewing. This hobby developed into an obsession and, in 2013, their dreams became a reality when Blacks Brewery was founded. In 2015 a distillery was added to the site, where they began producing a range of Irish craft spirits. Currently, Blacks produce a range of beers, Gin, and Ireland’s first and only rum.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/05/award-winning-blacks-brewery-distillery-launch-unique-whiskey-founders-club-irish-whiskey-news/

Award-Winning Blacks Brewery & Distillery Launch Unique Whiskey Founders Club – Irish Whiskey News

Blacks Whiskey Founders Clubs logo (002)

BECOME PART OF IRELAND’S PROUD WHISKEY HERITAGE

-Award-Winning Blacks Brewery Distillery Launch Unique Whiskey Founders Club-

Initially taking the market by storm in 2013 with their selection of craft beers, Blacks Brewery and Distillery, Kinsale has gone from strength to strength, offering consumers award-winning gin and Ireland’s first and only rum. This dynamic family owned and operated Cork business is constantly innovating and identifying new opportunities which will bring high-quality, great-tasting beers and spirits to consumers.  Their passion and entrepreneurial spirit is once again on display as today they launch the exclusive Blacks Whiskey Founders Club.

Coming hot on the heels of their Silver medal win at the London Spirits Competition for their renowned Blacks Irish Gin, the husband and wife team of Sam and Maud Black wish to open their doors and give other whiskey enthusiasts the opportunity to help shape the history of Irish whiskey.  After investing in two copper stills, Blacks Whiskey Founders Club is giving the first 500 whiskey and spirit enthusiasts the chance to purchase their very own cask, starting from €6,500 and resulting in 397 plus bottles of their own pot stilled single malt Irish whiskey.

According to The Irish Spirits Association, whiskey comprised 42% of Ireland’s beverage exports in 2018 and the global value of premium Irish whiskey is on the rise.  Whiskey is also becoming a world leader, as the fastest growing spirits category, and it is predicted that exports will exceed the 2020 target set by the Irish Whiskey Association of 12 million cases.

In light of these strong whiskey statistics, while there are one or two similar personalised cask schemes available in Ireland, Blacks Founders Club is unique as it also poses an investment opportunity for consumers. After five years of maturation Founders Club members may decide to have their whiskey bottled as their own label whiskey as the ultimate family, friend or corporate gift, or to sell on the secondary whiskey market. One of the founding members plans to bottle his whiskey at the end the distilling process and use them as his business cards to potential clients!  Alternatively, Blacks are offering an attractive investment buy-back scheme if cask owners wish to sell their casks back to Blacks at the end of the initial five-year period at a predetermined agreed value, offering investors a minimum 4% annually compounded (approx. €280 per year per cask) return on their initial investment.

Commenting on the expansion and launch of Blacks Whiskey Founders Club, Sam Black, Founder of Blacks Brewery Distillery, commented: “Considering another record year of export growth in the whiskey industry, and with our extensive experience in the microbrewery and distillery market, we knew it was a no-brainer to invest in the installation of two new copper Irish whiskey stills. My wife and I have had so much fun on our beer and spirit journey to date that we wished to offer others the opportunity to share in our passion and journey. It is with great excitement that we today announce the official launch of the Blacks Whiskey Founders Club.  This club offers 500 investors world-wide the opportunity to invest in Irish whiskey. It is our heritage; our history and we want to keep that going for our country. We have many personalised cask options available to consumers, one which features one of our famous craft beers. Members can choose a beer from our range and we will fill a bourbon cask with that beer type for three months prior to emptying and filling with the new-make spirit. This gives a unique flavour to the spirit and you can own an ultra-rare and unique product that is paired with your favourite beer!”

“If 300/400 bottles of whiskey (which is what the average cask produces depending on the cask strength) is too much to handle, then Founders Club investors have the option to sell their entire cask back to the distillery at the predetermined agreed value with a 4% p.a. compounding return on investors’ initial purchase. Based on one of the casks available, this return equates to a CAGR of 4% per year or a total gross return of 21.7% for the five-year period. Members also have the option to extend the maturation for additional years and allow the whiskey to continue to mature and grow in value as it ages. We look forward to welcoming Founders Club members into the Blacks family.” Mr Black added.

The Blacks Whiskey Founders Club is built on an ethos of community and provides a platform for like-minded whiskey enthusiasts and connoisseurs to socialise and sample together. On joining this exclusive club, members receive a gorgeous leather branded documents folder which they will fill throughout their five-year journey with items such as their cask bond certificate. Members can request to be present in the distillery on the day of distilling or cask filling, and once a year will be invited to Kinsale for the weekend to visit the distillery and mingle with other members in a fun party setting.

Membership is now open, with production due to start in January 2020. To take your place in the history of Irish whiskey or for further information on Blacks Founders Club, email Sophie at sophie@blacksbrewery.com or visit www.blacksbrewery.com/founder

 About Blacks Of Kinsale Micro Brewery Distillery Blacks Micro Brewery Distillery is an Irish microbrewery and distillery, founded by husband and wife team Sam and Maudeline Black in 2013, and remains a 100% family owned business who pride themselves on both quality and innovation. Many years ago, Maudeline gave Sam a home brewing kit for Valentine’s Day, sparking their passion for brewing. This hobby developed into an obsession and, in 2013, their dreams became a reality when Blacks Brewery was founded. In 2015 a distillery was added to the site, where they began producing a range of Irish craft spirits. Currently, Blacks produce a range of beers, Gin, and Ireland’s first and only rum.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/05/award-winning-blacks-brewery-distillery-launch-unique-whiskey-founders-club-irish-whiskey-news/

New book explores Isle of Arran’s forgotten whisky history – Scotch Whisky News

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Arran Book

New book explores Isle of Arran’s forgotten whisky history

A pioneering book, which documents the Isle of Arran’s strong affinity with whisky production, has been released in celebration of the new Lagg Distillery opening this Summer.

Arran Water: An Island Whisky History’ is the first book to chronicle the Isle of Arran’s unique place in the story of the nation’s favourite spirit and shows how the island has been a historical focal point for whisky production, both legal and illicit.

Whilst Islay, Campbeltown and the Highlands are so often considered hubs of Scotch whisky production, this book documents the people and places of Arran that have contributed to a strong, but long forgotten, tradition of whisky activities.

The title, ‘Arran Water’, comes from the term for whisky that was distilled illicitly on the island, which was known for its quality throughout Scotland during the heydays of smuggling.

The book has been written by expert whisky historian Gregor Adamson, who is a native of the Isle of Arran, and the foreword comes from world-renowned whisky connoisseur and historian Charles MacLean.

It includes unpublished records and first-hand research of the evolution of whisky distillation and unearths the secrets of hidden bothies in Arran’s hills and glens, including the extremely rare discovery of an illicit still bothy.

The bothy, now known as the ‘Smuraig Sma’ Still’, was found by a forestry worker near the site of the new Lagg Distillery and reaffirms evidence that the island was a hotbed of illicit production.

There’s also a focus on the more recent licenced production on the island, noting that the first legal distillery for 160 years was the Isle of Arran’s Lochranza site, which opened in 1995.

For more information on where to buy a copy of ‘Arran Water: An Island Whisky History’, visit http://www.nwp.co.uk/cgi-bin/new.cgi

The launch of the ground-breaking book coincides with the latest chapter in the whisky history of the island, the opening of the new Lagg Distillery, which is set to take place this Summer.

Author, Gregor Adamson, said: “The establishment of the new Lagg Distillery firmly brings production back to the traditional heartland of whisky-making on the island.

“Hopefully, the development of the new distillery alongside the publication of the book will result in Arran’s fascinating distilling heritage finally getting the recognition that it deserves.”

Distillation is now underway at the site in the South of the island and is expected to increase total visitor numbers at both of the Isle of Arran Distillers’ sites to over 200,000 by 2020.

The spirit is expected to mature into a rich, earthy, smoky, Lagg Single Malt which will be very different in character to what is currently produced at the original distillery in Lochranza.

Whisky lovers can be part of the future of Arran’s whisky story by purchasing one of the first casks to be filled at Lagg distillery, and becoming members of the Lagg Cask Society. For more information, visit www.laggwhisky.com

Accolades for Isle of Arran Distillery include Winner for:

Best New Exporter (2004), Queen’s Award for International Trade (2005), Scottish Distiller of the Year (2007) and Scottish Drinks Producer of the Year (2007) Scottish Field Visitor Experience of the Year 2014 2015

Drinks Business Best Contribution to Wine and Spirits Tourism (2017)

Best Brewery/Distillery Tour – Scottish Outdoor Leisure Awards (2017)

Best Visitor Experience – Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (2018)

Product Awards include:

Arran 10 year-old: Gold Medal ‘Best Single Malt 12 Years Under, World Whiskies Awards (2019) San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold Medal (2018). International Wine Spirits Competition Gold Medal (2018). Category Winner and Gold Medal ‘Best Scotch Under 12 Years’ Islands Non-Islay at the World Whiskies Awards (2018). International Spirits Challenge Silver Medal (2018). Ultimate Spirits Challenge 91 points (2018). Ultimate Spirits Challenge Cocktail Commendation for the Rob Roy (2018). Double Gold Medal China Wine Spirits Best Value Awards (2014)

Arran 18 year-old: Gold Medal ‘Best Single Malt 13 – 20 Years, World Whiskies Awards (2019) International Wine Spirits Competition Gold Medal (2018) Category Winner Gold Medal ‘Best Scotch 13-20 Years – Islands (Non- Islay) World Whiskies Awards (2018). International Spirits Challenge Silver Medal (2018) Scottish Field Whisky Challenge – Gold Award for Best Whisky £50-100 (2018)

Quarter Cask ‘The Bothy’: Best Scotch Island Single Malt, World Whiskies Awards (2019) Category Winner Gold Medal ‘No Age Statement Single Malt’ for The Bothy Batch 3 World Whiskies Awards (2018). International Wine Spirits Competition Silver Outstanding Medal (2018). International Spirits Challenge Silver Medal (2018)

Arran Lochranza Reserve: International Wine Spirits Competition Silver Outstanding Medal (2018), International Spirits Challenge Silver Medal (2018)

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/05/new-book-explores-isle-of-arrans-forgotten-whisky-history-scotch-whisky-news/

New book explores Isle of Arran’s forgotten whisky history – Scotch Whisky News

Arran Logo Brown

Arran Book

New book explores Isle of Arran’s forgotten whisky history

A pioneering book, which documents the Isle of Arran’s strong affinity with whisky production, has been released in celebration of the new Lagg Distillery opening this Summer.

Arran Water: An Island Whisky History’ is the first book to chronicle the Isle of Arran’s unique place in the story of the nation’s favourite spirit and shows how the island has been a historical focal point for whisky production, both legal and illicit.

Whilst Islay, Campbeltown and the Highlands are so often considered hubs of Scotch whisky production, this book documents the people and places of Arran that have contributed to a strong, but long forgotten, tradition of whisky activities.

The title, ‘Arran Water’, comes from the term for whisky that was distilled illicitly on the island, which was known for its quality throughout Scotland during the heydays of smuggling.

The book has been written by expert whisky historian Gregor Adamson, who is a native of the Isle of Arran, and the foreword comes from world-renowned whisky connoisseur and historian Charles MacLean.

It includes unpublished records and first-hand research of the evolution of whisky distillation and unearths the secrets of hidden bothies in Arran’s hills and glens, including the extremely rare discovery of an illicit still bothy.

The bothy, now known as the ‘Smuraig Sma’ Still’, was found by a forestry worker near the site of the new Lagg Distillery and reaffirms evidence that the island was a hotbed of illicit production.

There’s also a focus on the more recent licenced production on the island, noting that the first legal distillery for 160 years was the Isle of Arran’s Lochranza site, which opened in 1995.

For more information on where to buy a copy of ‘Arran Water: An Island Whisky History’, visit http://www.nwp.co.uk/cgi-bin/new.cgi

The launch of the ground-breaking book coincides with the latest chapter in the whisky history of the island, the opening of the new Lagg Distillery, which is set to take place this Summer.

Author, Gregor Adamson, said: “The establishment of the new Lagg Distillery firmly brings production back to the traditional heartland of whisky-making on the island.

“Hopefully, the development of the new distillery alongside the publication of the book will result in Arran’s fascinating distilling heritage finally getting the recognition that it deserves.”

Distillation is now underway at the site in the South of the island and is expected to increase total visitor numbers at both of the Isle of Arran Distillers’ sites to over 200,000 by 2020.

The spirit is expected to mature into a rich, earthy, smoky, Lagg Single Malt which will be very different in character to what is currently produced at the original distillery in Lochranza.

Whisky lovers can be part of the future of Arran’s whisky story by purchasing one of the first casks to be filled at Lagg distillery, and becoming members of the Lagg Cask Society. For more information, visit www.laggwhisky.com

Accolades for Isle of Arran Distillery include Winner for:

Best New Exporter (2004), Queen’s Award for International Trade (2005), Scottish Distiller of the Year (2007) and Scottish Drinks Producer of the Year (2007) Scottish Field Visitor Experience of the Year 2014 2015

Drinks Business Best Contribution to Wine and Spirits Tourism (2017)

Best Brewery/Distillery Tour – Scottish Outdoor Leisure Awards (2017)

Best Visitor Experience – Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (2018)

Product Awards include:

Arran 10 year-old: Gold Medal ‘Best Single Malt 12 Years Under, World Whiskies Awards (2019) San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold Medal (2018). International Wine Spirits Competition Gold Medal (2018). Category Winner and Gold Medal ‘Best Scotch Under 12 Years’ Islands Non-Islay at the World Whiskies Awards (2018). International Spirits Challenge Silver Medal (2018). Ultimate Spirits Challenge 91 points (2018). Ultimate Spirits Challenge Cocktail Commendation for the Rob Roy (2018). Double Gold Medal China Wine Spirits Best Value Awards (2014)

Arran 18 year-old: Gold Medal ‘Best Single Malt 13 – 20 Years, World Whiskies Awards (2019) International Wine Spirits Competition Gold Medal (2018) Category Winner Gold Medal ‘Best Scotch 13-20 Years – Islands (Non- Islay) World Whiskies Awards (2018). International Spirits Challenge Silver Medal (2018) Scottish Field Whisky Challenge – Gold Award for Best Whisky £50-100 (2018)

Quarter Cask ‘The Bothy’: Best Scotch Island Single Malt, World Whiskies Awards (2019) Category Winner Gold Medal ‘No Age Statement Single Malt’ for The Bothy Batch 3 World Whiskies Awards (2018). International Wine Spirits Competition Silver Outstanding Medal (2018). International Spirits Challenge Silver Medal (2018)

Arran Lochranza Reserve: International Wine Spirits Competition Silver Outstanding Medal (2018), International Spirits Challenge Silver Medal (2018)

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/05/new-book-explores-isle-of-arrans-forgotten-whisky-history-scotch-whisky-news/

Gin: Musa Lova Gin

Raise a Glass to Fred Laing – verslag

EventsGeplaatst door Mark Dermul do, mei 16, 2019 06:44:31

Op 13 mei 2019 organiseerde
importeur Cinoco een tribuut aan Fred Laing in het prachtige kasteel Gravenhof
in Dworp. Ik had de eer en het genoegen om uitgenodigd te worden voor het diner
en ik ging er maar wat graag op in. Immers, het zou een fijn weerzien worden
met deze whiskylegende. We spraken elkaar voor het laatst in februari 2014 toen
we hem in Glasgow, in het hoofdkwartier van Douglas Laing, konden interviewen voor ons boek ‘Whisky voor
Iedereen’.

Het verkeer viel mee en dus was ik
wat vroeger dan verwacht, maar geen probleem, want het terras was letterlijk
zonovergoten. En Fred liep er al rond (hij had net een interview afgerond met
Stijn Hiers van Whiskypassion) en nam even de tijd om met de aanwezigen te
keuvelen. Het was een hartelijk weerzien. Sterker nog: hoewel ik stiekem had
gehoopt dat hij me zich nog zou herinneren van gezicht, was ik met stomheid
geslagen dat hij mij met m’n voornaam aansprak. Hij wist donders goed dat ik
bij hem op bezoek was geweest en dat ik die gepassioneerde Auchentoshan
verzamelaar ben. Respect!

Het duurde niet lang voordat de
eerste bekende gezichten toekwamen. We praatten even bij op het terras alvorens
getrakteerd te worden op een heerlijk aperitief: The Epicurean (een Lowland blended malt) met ginger ale. Erg
verfrissend en ideaal bij dit weertje. Een leuke toepassing van deze whisky die
ik niet eerder in het vizier had, maar voor de komende zomer zeker op het menu
zal komen.

Elke aanwezige dropte zijn naam in
een ton en voor we aan tafel zouden gaan, trok de eregast één naam hieruit, die
met een mooie fles huiswaarts kon keren. De gelukkige winnaar was niemand
minder dan Bob Minnekeer, beter bekend als Whiskybuff Bob. Ik vond het best
passend. Het zijn twee whiskylegendes bij elkaar.

En dan werden we gevraagd de
prachtige gelagzaal van het Gravenhof te betreden en plaats te nemen aan tafel.
En hoewel ik het bijzonder vond dat ik uitgenodigd werd door Stephan en zijn
team, was ik ondersteboven van het feit dat ze besloten hadden mij een plaats
te geven aan de eretafel, naast Fred himself! Moh, how, seg, wat een eer!

En ik beken, het was een erg
gezellige babbel die ik met Fred en Dale – zijn sales manager die was
meegereisd – voerde tijdens het uitgebreide diner. Tot driemaal toe verbeterde
Fred me met ‘Fred, please’, toen ik hem maar Mr Laing bleef noemen. Na drie
pogingen gaf hij het op (het feit dat ik lachtte ‘I had planned to call you Sir Laing at first’ hielp ook). Wat een
gentleman. Hij sprak ronduit over Chris Leggat (zijn schoonzoon, die ik al veel
langer ken, van in zijn tijd bij Auchentoshan) en Cara (zijn dochter die
langzaam maar zeker het bestuur van het bedrijf overneemt) en hun kids, alsook
over zijn bedrijf en hoe hij met plezier aan het uitbollen is, maar toch erg
betrokken wil blijven bij het nieuwe project, de Clutha Distillery. Erg
gezellig en leerrijk allemaal!

Fred zou bij het serveren van elke
gang een woordje uitleg geven over de bijpassende whisky die we te proeven
kregen. Maar zoals het Mr Laing past, nam hij ruimschoots de tijd om op geheel
eigen wijze – noem het gerust stand up comedy – de zaal in te palmen met zijn
prachtige verhalen om zo, via een heel aangename omweg, bij de whisky terecht
te komen.

De amuse (die door iedereen als uit
de kluiten gewassen werd ervaren) was een terrine van konijn die vergezeld werd
door de Scallywag 10 Year Old, een
limited edition van de Speyside blended malt, uitgebracht op 4.500 flessen en
gebotteld op 46%. De inhoud is 100% gerijpt op sherryvaten en had een prachtige
neus. Op smaak vond ik hem een tikkeltje te scherp en droog, maar dat kwam wel
mooi uit met de smeuïge paté op ons bord.

Wie de hond op het label wat nader
bekijkt, stelt vast dat deze maar over één tand beschikt. De hond die model
stond, Binks, was Fred’s speelvogel in huis. Scallywag vertaalt zich trouwens
tot ‘vlegel’ of ‘deugniet’. ‘The dog with
the orthodontic issues’
, omschreef Fred hem blijmoedig. De reeks is een
eerbetoon aan zijn geliefde huisdier.

Het voorgerecht van gerookte zalm
ging gepaard met een heerlijke Caol Ila
8 Year Old 2011
Provenance uit
de zogenaamde Coastal Collection (even opletten dat ik de ‘o’ en ‘a’ hier telkens
op de juiste plaats zet…). Het was een ‘match
made in heaven’
, maar dat kon ook gelegen hebben aan de Rock Oyster die we in een kleine
verstuiver kregen om ons gerechtje met te parfumeren.

De jonge Caol Ila kon mij echt bekoren.
Ik hou wel van zo’n jonge Islay krachtpatser. Gebotteld op 48% slaagde hij er
in de zalm te complementeren met zowel zijn assen en teer op smaak, als zijn
stevige zoetje in de afdronk. Ik nam een fles van dit goedje mee naar huis.

Het hoofdgerecht was er eentje om
duimen en vingers bij af te likken. Perfect gebakken rundsvlees met een bruine jus,
vergezeld van gegratineerde aardappelschijfjes en een garnituur van gestoofde
seizoengroentjes. Maar die ging wel gepaard met een kleine opdracht. We kregen
namelijk niet één, maar twee erg verschillende whisky’s en moesten nadien
bepalen welke van de twee we het best bij dit gerecht vonden passen.

Links stond de Rock Oyster Sherry Finish op ons te wachten, rechts trappelde een Glenrothes 17 Year Old 1997 Old Particular
van ongeduld. De eerste was natuurlijk een rokerige eilandwhisky met een
zoetje, terwijl de tweede een zachte, fruitige Speysider betrof. Beiden pasten
ze, zij het wel op een heel andere manier. Ik
legde het Fred als volgt uit: ‘Seems to
me the Glenrothes complements the food, but in case of the Rock Oyster, it’s
the food that complements the whisky’
. Hij
knikte instemmend.

Dan was het tijd voor het dessert
en het was de whisky waar Fred naar eigen zeggen het meest naar uitkeek. Hij is
zelf verzot op oude grain en deze paste perfect in dat plaatje. Voor hem is de Strathclyde 30 Year Old 1987 XOP een
vloeibare versie van een geweldige Dame Blanche. Wij kregen drie artisanale
pralines in de plaats, waar ik helemaal blij mee was. Tja, chocolade… daar mag
je mij voor uit mijn bed halen.

De grain, uit het jaar waarin Star
Wars op het witte doek verscheen, was – ondanks zijn alcoholpercentage van
52.7% – zijdezacht en smeuïg en kon mij helemaal bekoren. Wetende dat je deze
fles voor zo’n 250 EUR kan kopen is dat eentje die op de kerstlijst mag.

Wie dacht dat er dan al koffie zou
geschonken worden en het einde van de avond ingeluid, was er aan voor de
moeite. Fred had immers nog een leuke fles mee, waarvan hij vond dat hij echt
wel moest geproefd worden met een kaasbordje. Alleen viel het bordje wel enorm
groot uit, moet ik bekennen. De chef wist blijkbaar van geen ophouden in zijn
verwennerij.

Of we geen zin hadden om daar de Bowmore 25 Year Old 1989 XOP op 55.1%
naast te zetten? Geeft een koe melk? Afgezien van het feit dat deze fles al
gauw 450 EUR mag kosten, is hij ook gewoonweg subliem. De kaas – hoe heerlijk
ook – werd al snel vergeten en alle focus op de gouden vloeistof in het glas
gericht. Dit was Genieten met hoofdletter G.

Ik wil toch wel even aanstippen dat
ik erg onder de indruk was van de organisatie van de dag (ja, ook ’s middags
was er een sessie) door de ploeg van Cinoco. Stephan en Glenn en de rest van
het team hebben echt een geweldig evenement in elkaar gezet, waarbij ik
iedereen zag genieten – niet in het minst Fred zelve – en mensen vol lof hoorde
spreken over de locatie, de chef, de whisky’s en de belevenis in zijn geheel.
Erg knap gedaan. Alleen jammer dat het hoofdgerecht toch op tijd kwam. Fred had
immers een tapdansje beloofd indien het bord te lang op zich zou laten wachten.
Dat we dat moesten missen… maar goed. Alle gekheid op een stokje: proficiat,
Cinoco!

En terwijl we ons stilaan
klaarmaakten om afscheid te nemen, nam de ondeugende en vrijgevige spirit van
de eregast toch even de bovenhand. Hij had nog een extra verrassing voor ons in
petto. Of misschien moet ik zeggen een Extra Old Particular verassing.

Hij kwam hij op de proppen met een
sublieme Port Ellen 34 Year Old 1982 XOP,
waarvan slechts 219 flessen op 48.5% werden losgelaten op het grote publiek in
november 2016. Een klein OMG-momentje waar ik toch wel even stil van werd (en
niet alleen omwille van de retailprijs van om en bij de 1.500 EUR). Had ik nog
het geluk dat de betere helft van Stephan van mening was dat ze al genoeg op
had en dat deze dram dan parels voor de zwijnen zou zijn. Ik was met veel gusto
het zwijn van dienst.

Tot slot werd de bar/shop geopend,
die gretig aftrek vond en konden de genodigden nog even hun fles laten signeren
door Fred. Ikzelf – ik ben immers de Toshan Man – had er voor geopteerd de
Auchentoshan 21 Year Old uit de Old Particular reeks van thuis mee te nemen. ‘To Mark, ATB, Fred’ schreef Mr Laing,
daarbij naar mij knipogend. ‘All the
best’, it means,
’ voegde hij er aan toe.

Na uitgebreid afscheid te hebben
genomen van Fred en Dale, mijn oprechte dank in duizendvoud uit te drukken
tegenover Stephan en het team van Cinoco, trok ik met een gelukzalige glimlach
terug naar Gentbrugge om me tegen mijn betere helft te leggen.

‘En, hoe was’t?’ mompelde mijn
slaapdronken schoonheid.
‘Geweldig. Onvergetelijk. Sublieme whisky geproefd en leuk kunnen bijpraten met
Mr Laing.’
‘En… weer een fles gekocht?’
‘Slaap, liefste, slaap.’

May the Malt be with you!

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Jura 18 Year Old

Jura renewed its entire core range mid-2018 and came up with new expressions like this Jura 18 Year Old.

It is matured in ex-bourbon barrels and finished in Premier Grand Cru wine casks. Neither the region nor the producer are specified though.

 

 

Jura 18 Year OldJura 18 Year OldJura 18 yo (44%, OB 2018)

Nose: spicy notes up front (nutmeg, cinnamon) with dark malty notes, hazelnuts and hints of mulled wine indeed. Then raspberries and strawberry candy. Chocolate truffles and tobacco notes. Hints of musty wood and faint smoke. Mouth: first a cherry-like sweetness and all kinds of berries and chocolate again. Burnt sugar. Cloves, white pepper, hints of peat in the background. Quite a lot of heavily brewed black tea or Turkish coffee towards the end. Finish: long, with a slightly acrid / bitter edge, spices and lingering brown sugar.

The wine casks make it sweet and candied, but not too winey as such. Not perfectly balanced but much nicer than some of the other core range expressions. Available from Master of Malt or The Whisky Exchange for instance.

Score: 84/100

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BenRiach, Glendronach, and Glenglassaugh Friday, May 31st at The Whisky Shop #SFO – Scotch Whisky News

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Friday, May 31st 5-7PM: 

 BenRiach, Glendronach, and Glenglassaugh 

One of our most popular scotch tastings returns! BenRiach, Glendronach, and Glenglassaugh will be tasted at this event, presented by whisky expert Rory Glasgow. With a wide pourlist of new and rare scotches to share, both scotch connoisseurs and newcomers to the the world of traditional single malt are sure to enjoy this tasting.

Click Here to RSVP

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Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila 14 Year Old 2005 Hermitage Wine Cask at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Gordon MacPhail Caol Ila 14 Year Old 2005 Hermitage Wine Cask at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Caol Ila 14 Year Old 2005 Hermitage Wine Cask

Caol Ila 14 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice. 2005 vintage Islay single malt double matured in Hermitage wine casks. Bottled March 2019 by Gordon MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice series.

Caol Ila Distillery is famous for the stunning view from its still house windows looking out across the Sound of Islay and for the objects which have passed by including naval battleships, submarines and whales. Caol Ila was established in 1846 by Hector Henderson on a sheltered but rocky stretch of coast on north east Islay. Now the largest malt whisky distillery on Islay it produces peated and some un-peated malt whisky with the distillery range including Caol Ila 12 year old and the Distiller’s Edition. Caol Ila participates in Feis Ile, the annual Islay Festival of Malt and Music.

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Shop – Caol Ila 14 Year Old – £74.76

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Father’s Day from Tomatin I – Scotch Whisky News

Tomatin trout 12YO

STARTER

Cured Scottish trout in 12 year old Tomatin served in a refreshing salad of crispy native apple ginger

4 x 120gr Trout fillets pin boned skinned
2 cox pippin or Braeburn apples
2” knob of fresh ginger grated (grated in to a towel wring out for ginger juice)
1 box of watercress
1 x 25ml Tomatin 12yr old malt
1tbsp Summer harvest rapeseed oil

  1.  Mix 25ml of ginger juice with 25ml malt set aside
    2.    Cut apples with skin on into julienne
    3.    Toss apples watercress in remaining ginger juice with rapeseed oil
    4.    Season very slightly with sea salt
    5.    10 minutes before serving pour ginger/malt mix over trout fillets
    6.    Serve salad mix in bowl and lay cured fillet over the top

 Tomatin lamb cask strength

MAIN COURSE

5 spice Scotch lamb rump with spiced toasted hazelnut on Asian greens and a glazed sauce with a dram of Cask Strength

Hazelnut Dukkah

400gr chopped skinned roasted hazelnuts
300gr sesame seeds toasted
6tbs coriander seeds
4tbsp garlic powder
6 tbsp cumin seeds
4 tbsp cracked pepper
3tbsp hebridean sea salt

Mix all ingrecients together pour 3 seconds in a blender only, so that mix remains quite chunky Scotch Lamb rump 4 x 200gr individual portions

4tbsp Summer harvest rapeseed oil
250gr A selection of Scottish greens vegetables
250gr cooked local potatoes
1ltr lamb stock
25ml Tomatin Cask Strength

Oven 200c

1.    Ask butcher to prep 4 individual lamb rump portions
2.    Mix 1tbsp of oil with 2 tbsp hazelnut dukkah and rub over lamb then seal in a pan place in oven for 20 mins
3.    Half potatoes and place in the pan in the oven with the lamb for 10 mins
4.    After 20 mins remove lamb from oven and leave on a tray to rest for 15 mins
5.    Meanwhile cook the greens quickly in the lamb pan before making the sauce
6.    Take lamb stock and pour into to lamb pan reduce by 2/3
7.    Season sauce to taste and add malt at the last minute before serving

Place potatoes on a plate along with the greens then add sliced rump over the top, spoon some gravy   sprinkle with more crust for some crunch.

Tomatin pineapple legacy

DESSERT

Roast spiced pineapple with ice cream and Tomatin Legacy  

1 whole ripe pineapple
100gr sugar
50ml water
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise
1 cardamom pod

  1.  Warm sugar water spices simmer until sugar has dissolved reduce liquid by 1/3 and set aside allow to cool slightly
    2.    Prepare pineapple peel core
    3.    Use long thin slices the length of the fruit
    4.    Lay slices on a tray brush spice syrup over pineapple
    5.    Roast in oven at 200c for 10 minutes
    6.    Serve with ice cream drizzle of Legacy
    (Alternative caramelise with a blow torch)

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