WhiskyFest Early Bird Tickets Available…But Time is Running Out! – Whisky News

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/08/whiskyfest-early-bird-tickets-available-but-time-is-running-out-whisky-news/

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is 35: New bottlings – Scotch Whisky News

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has come a long way since an adventurous group of friends clubbed together to share a cask of single malt whisky back in 1983. Some 35 years later – with three Members’ Rooms, branches all around the world and a network of international partner bars – we’re still delighting our members with an ever-changing selection of exceptional single cask whiskies.

To celebrate reaching this milestone we’re releasing some extra-special bottlings.  Grab a bottle now to join the party!

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/08/the-scotch-malt-whisky-society-is-35-new-bottlings-scotch-whisky-news/

The perfect gift? Something personal & delicious at The Whisky Shop! – Scotch Whisky News

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The Perfect Gift?

We’re all searching for that perfect gift – something that’ll delight and surprise in equal measure. Well, after years of painstaking research, we have discovered how to give the perfect gift: make it personal and make it delicious! You can do just that with our bespoke engraving service. Available on a range of bottles including single malt and blended whisky, it’s the ideal way to show you care.

International shipping available

Lagavulin 16 Year Old Engraved

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£65 Buy Now

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Engraved

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£159 Buy Now

Shackleton Blended Malt

Engraved + free glass

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£45 Buy Now

The Loch Fyne The Living Cask Batch 6
Engraved

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£55 Buy Now

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select Engraved

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£50 Buy Now

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/08/the-perfect-gift-something-personal-delicious-at-the-whisky-shop-scotch-whisky-news/

Glenfarclas August 2018 Newsletter – Scotch Whisky News

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UPDATED GLENFARCLAS EVENTS 2018

August 31st – September 1stDistilled

September 7th – 8th  – Köpenicker Whiskyfest

September 21st – Whisky Live Paris

October 5th – 7th – Potstill Festival Amersfoort

October 20th – Dramathon

October 22nd – Vienna Bar- Spiritsfestival 

October 27th – 28th – Whisky Show Budapest

November 11th – 12th – Milano Whisky Festival 

November 16th – 17thMalta Whisky Fair

November 16th – 18th – International Whisky Festival Den Haag

November 29th – December 2nd – Whiskyschiff Zurich.

November 30th – December 2nd – Interwhisky Frankfurt 

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Following a Glenfarclas dinner in New York back in June, Glenfarclas 25yo received a special mention in the The Daily Beast​ piece titled “Don’t Over Pay for Liquor: 8 Undervalued Bottles”.

It’s fantastic to see that more and more people around the world are able to enjoy some of our finest Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

For more information on where to find Glenfarclas in the US, please contact Sazerac.

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Glenfarclas Distillery is now officially part of the North East 250.

The North East 250 is Scotland’s newest tourist trail. Consisting of 250 miles, it is the ultimate road trip to the heart of Scotland taking you through Speyside, the Cairngorms, Royal Deeside, Aberdeen, the East Coast and the Moray Coast.

For your next trip to Scotland, why not check out all the local attractions that the North East 250 has to offer; including of course a visit to Glenfarclas.

#NE250 #UltimateRoadTrip #HeartofScotland.

Our Australian representative Michael Riitano has been nominated as Scotch Whisky Ambassador for the Icons Of Whisky Australia 2019 awards. We believe him to be a very worthy winner, please click here to vote if you agree!

Our Distributors from Whiskynet Hungary came to visit and even had time to hike Ben Nevis- Sláinte!

Our Distributors from Whiskynet Hungary came to visit and even had time to hike Ben Nevis- Sláinte!

“We are just back from Scotland a couple of days ago and still full with our wonderful memories, including our visit to Glenfarclas, which was very special in-sight tour including our warehouse tasting, thanks to you!

We would like to thank you again for your time and kindness to spend so much time with us!”

Kati Szatmári from Whiskynet Hungary
Zsolt Szigeti from Whiskynet Hungary
Zóra from WhiskyNet Hungary
Andy Bell from Arran Distillery

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Please be aware there will be restricted access to parts of the distillery while we carry out essential maintenance. For more information, please do not hesitate to give us a call!In 1954 George Grant painted the warehouse doors at Glenfarclas a bright signal red. They have been that way ever since; familiar to all who visit the distillery.  Every Summer during our production shutdown period the team give the doors a fresh coat of this famous colour; keep an eye out for this on your next visit!

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#WorldWhiskyDay in the Phillipines was a great success this year as over 300 guests were treated to whisky paired, masterclasses and tastings.  The Glenfarclas 17yo received a special mention in the writeup by ABS-CBN News. Plans to do this again next year are underway, for more information please contact Jonathan Vizcarra

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/08/glenfarclas-august-2018-newsletter-scotch-whisky-news/

ABERFELDY® SINGLE MALT LAUNCHES MADEIRA CASKS EXCLUSIVE TO GLOBAL TRAVEL RETAIL – Scotch Whisky News

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ABERFELDY® SINGLE MALT LAUNCHES MADEIRA CASKS EXCLUSIVE TO GLOBAL TRAVEL RETAIL 

Aberfeldy, Scotland, 16th August, 2018 – ABERFELDY has announced the release of the ABERFELDY Madeira Casks, exclusively available in global travel retail.

Expertly hand crafted by ABERFELDY’S Malt Master, Stephanie Macleod, the distillery known for its Golden Dram has launched a 16-year-old and 21-year-old ABERFELDY, finished in the finest Madeira casks. Spending up to 12 months in the ex-wine casks before bottling, the extra maturation period in this combination of casks creates the perfect balance of flavour between ABERFELDY’S honeyed richness with the sweet notes of Madeira wine.

ABERFELDY is the fastest growing Single Malt in the top 15 for the last 5 years and is now the ninth-highest selling Single Malt in Asia Pacific. ABERFELDY has moved from 20th largest Single Malt in 2012 to being the 12th largest in 2017 (IWSR 2017). In a world where aged stock is increasingly rare and many age statements are disappearing from labels, ABERFELDY remains committed to proudly displaying age statements as a sign of craftsmanship and quality.

Two types of Madeira casks were sourced to finish both the 16 and 21-year-old expressions; ex-Malvasia Malmsey – the most famous and also the richest, sweetest style and ex-Bual – dark in colour, with medium-rich texture. These flavourful casks impart classic Madeira notes of caramel, peaches, orange peel and burnt sugar. Maturing ABERFELDY in this combination of Madeira wine casks elevates the maturing malt, heightening the level of complexity and adding the typical honeyed richness of distillery’s house style.

Stephanie comments: “Aberfeldy is a both an approachable yet complex dram, it has those similar sweet rich notes that Madeira wine is famously known for. By using Madeira casks I’m able to further develop the layers of flavour present in Aberfeldy’s honeyed-rich characters, resulting in a whisky with extra spiciness – the perfect complement to the Golden Dram.”

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ABERFELDY Madeira Cask 16 Years Old tasting notes:

“The soft notes of honey are freshened with citrus and delicate tones of baked apples, rich spiced with cinnamon and creamy vanilla”

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ABERFELDY Madeira Cask 21 Years Old tasting notes:

“Richly textured and complex whisky with notes of ripe fig baked in honey. There is a hint of walnut oil and a snap of dark chocolate”

The newly released ABERFELDY Madeira Casks, bottled at 40% ABV, join the existing portfolio of single malts as global travel retail exclusives. They will launch in airports globally, priced at $110 for the 16-year-old and $195 for the 21-year-old, available from August. 

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About ABERFELDY Single Malt Scotch whisky

ABERFELDY distillery was founded in 1898 by the dynamic Dewar brothers, John Alexander and Tommy. They built on a site just a stone’s throw from the birthplace of their father, the pioneering blender John Dewar.

Alongside the distillery, and known to contain deposits of alluvial gold, flows the Pitilie Burn; the perfect water source for the Golden Dram. While inside, time-honoured techniques like long fermentation, which imparts rare honeyed notes, safeguard the whisky’s flavour profile, renowned for its rich, sweet, smooth taste.

The single malt brand of ABERFELDY is part of the portfolio of Bacardi Limited, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/08/aberfeldy-single-malt-launches-madeira-casks-exclusive-to-global-travel-retail-scotch-whisky-news/

Macduff 1997 (Valinch & Mallet)

This Macduff 1997 was matured in a bourbon hogshead for 20 years. It was bottled by Valinch Mallet as part of their Lost Drams Collection.

 

 

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Nose: fairly light and neutral, with lemons and apple peelings, blossomy notes and honey. Vanilla pastry with glaze on top. Sweet lime candy. Fresh, almost scented oak as well. A light hint of bubblegum. Summery whisky in a way. Mouth: a combination of sweet fruity notes (citrus, pear, berries) with big gingery notes, walnuts and a bitter edge of grapefruit zest. At some point it hints towards aspirin with floral / perfumy touches. Late vanilla and herbs. Finish: dry and fairly oaky / leafy, still with this bitter and floral side.

The nose started in a nicely aromatic way but on the palate the floral and bitter side is too much for me. Also very expensive: between € 160 and € 190 depending on your market, see Master of Malt for instance. Hard to recommend.

Score: 76/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/macduff/macduff-1997-valinch-mallet/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Virtual Tasting (Discovery Pack) September 24th, 2018 – Scotch Whisky News

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has come a long way since an adventurous group of friends clubbed together to share a cask of single malt whisky back in 1983. Some 35 years later – with three Members’ Rooms, branches all around the world and a network of international partner bars – we’re still delighting our members with an ever-changing selection of exceptional single cask whiskies.

On Monday, 24 September, we’ll be holding our first ever global, virtual tasting. Streamed live from The Vaults and hosted by our master brand ambassador John McCheyne, members from all over the world are invited to join us in sharing the same five hand-picked drams. Simply purchase a Discovery Pack to receive your five whiskies and join in the fun, there are loads of ways to get involved.

  • Log on to Facebook at home and stream the tasting live – either on your own or get some friends together
  • Join a screeningat one of our Members’ Rooms
  • Be part of the experienceat The Vaults

Don’t miss out on the chance to be part of this momentous event, and to share the experience with friends and members all around the world.

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/08/scotch-malt-whisky-society-virtual-tasting-discovery-pack-september-24th-2018-scotch-whisky-news/

Amrut & Ashok – taste the latest whiskies from India at The Whsiky Exchange September 11th, 2018 – Indian Whisky News

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Amrut and Ashok

Nectar of the Gods

Tuesday 11 September 2018
7.30pm-9pm

Tickets on sale now!

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In the run up to the much anticipated 10th anniversary Whisky Show, join us as we discover Amrut – ‘Nectar of the Gods’ in Sanskrit – and be the first in the UK to taste a brand new release: Amrut Madeira Cask Finish. Amrut brand ambassador Ashok Chokalingam will guide us through six whiskies, including the multi-award-winning Fusion, the new batch of the super-rare Naarangi and the brand new Madeira Cask Finish, flown to the UK specially for the tasting. Discover how Amrut’s whiskies are different to those from the rest of the world, and taste why this award-winning distillery continues to break Indian whisky stereotypes.

We’ll be trying:

Amrut Single Malt
Amrut Fusion
Amrut Peated Cask Strength
Amrut Portonova
Amrut Naarangi (new batch)
Amrut Madeira Cask Finish (new release)

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Ashok is a well-known character in the whisky world. He was the Icons Of Whisky Rest Of The World Ambassador Of The Year in 2012 and 2016, and has a reputation for fantastic tastings. He spends most of his time in India these days, so don’t miss out on the chance meet him in person.

Tuesday 11 September

7.30-9pm

Please arrive at the venue from 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start

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Brown’s Covent Garden

82-84 St. Martins Lane
Covent Garden
WC2N 4AG London

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/08/amrut-ashok-taste-the-latest-whiskies-from-india-at-the-whsiky-exchange-september-11th-2018-indian-whisky-news/

Current Sullivans Cove Releases – Including *Award-Winning Double Cask* – Tasmanian Whisky News

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Current Releases

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Double Cask DC098

This award-winning batch of Double Cask is comprised of American and French oak casks, six in total, that range from 10 to 17 years old. “This whisky has incredible length, balanced tannin, a very creamy mouthfeel, and an underlying nutty-autumn-vineyard character that make it perfect for the cool weather we’re having in Australia right now.”

Heather Tillott, Production Manager

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 American Oak TD0145

Cask TD0145 was aged for 11 years in a 200L American Oak ex-bourbon cask, producing only 268 bottles at 47.5% ABV. We bottled this cask completely unfiltered, so it has an incredibly creamy texture and huge finish. This also means that sediment may form in the bottle over time, which is perfectly natural. It’s a rare opportunity to experience Sullivans Cove in its purest form. We now ship to Hong Kong, France, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK through our online store.

PURCHASE NOW

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/08/current-sullivans-cove-releases-including-award-winning-double-cask-tasmanian-whisky-news/

K&L California ~ A New & Exciting Addition to our Japanese Whisky Portfolio — “Kura The Whisky” – Japanese Whisky News

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A Hard-to-Find Whisky at the Best Price Going

Helios Distillery “Kura The Whisky” Japanese Rum Cask Finished Pure Malt Whisky (750ml) ($59.99)
“One of the most unique and appealing peated whiskys in the shop.”
– David Othenin-Girard, KL SoCal Spirits Buyer

New to our Japanese whisky collection is the rare and temptingly delicious “Kura The Whisky” from Helios. This very special pure malt is a flagship bottling for the distillery and is handily one of the finest Japanese whiskeys we’ve had the pleasure of drinking. Distilled in Okinawa, aged in American white oak, and finished in rum casks, it is delightfully refreshing, even for a peated whisky. Wonderfully balanced, it dishes up mossy notes and stone fruit, along with sweet, honeyed tones. Its smokiness is perfectly in check and is a terrific foil to the whisky’s spicy notes. Hard to find, even in Japan, we were able to secure a solid one-time allocation from our distributor, and at a price we might never see again. Interest in Japanese whisky remains at a feverish pitch, and we fully expect this stunning version to sell out in a flash. This is a very special opportunity and one you don’t want to sleep on, so make sure to lock in your bottles today.

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Helios Distillery “Kura The Whisky” Japanese Rum Cask Finished Pure Malt Whisky (750ml) ($59.99)

The Helios Distillery in the city of Nago has become renowned for their exceptional Awamori, the local Okinawan specialty. This is a kind of aged Sochu that has been consumed on the island since the 15th century. But while they made their name locally for selling Awamori, Helios was quietly distilling ultra high quality rum and malt whisky. Their flagship whisky, sold under the Kura brand, is one of the most unique and enticing Japanese whiskies we’ve ever come across. They begin with peat sourced from the mires of Hokkaido. The Japanese peat has a lot of the same characteristics as Scottish peat, but availability is extremely limited. That whisky is then blended with other single malt whisky distilled in Okinawa after many years aging in American white oak. Finally, the malts are finished further in used Japanese rum casks, which have been seasoned for up to 21 years before being used to finish the Kura. They’ve infused Okinawa’s unique spirit into this world class and limited new Japanese whisky. Expect exceptional balance between the briny, mossy Hokkaido peat on the nose and the spicy oak and soft sweet character of the rum casks on the palate. One of the easiest drinking peated whiskies in the store, this is approachable yet brimming with character and finesse. Unlike so many other pure malts from Japan, it appears that this one is fully distilled in the country to the exacting standards of Helios, rather than imported from abroad and aged in Japan.

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David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: August 08, 2018

It’s not often that we come across a new Japanese whisky. Yes, there are new brands being developed and launched all the time, but this little whisky from the wonderful Helios distillery on Okinawa arrived as a total surprise. What’s unique about the excellent new whisky from southern Japan are a couple of little words that separate it from a number of other pure malts on the market: “Distilled By.” Pure malt is whisky terminology the Japanese continue to use which has been banned in Scotland for a number of reasons. It is the legal equivalent of saying, “a blend of single malts,” but in Japan it is used to refer to single malt as well. Even more confusing is the fact that Japanese whisky must be aged in Japan but not necessarily distilled there. We’re very skeptical of many new brands because they’re legally allowed to import blended malt, age it in Japan and call it Japanese whisky. That doesn’t mean that the whiskies are bad, just that they don’t deserve a premium over Scotch in any sense. This technique is not only used by little upstart brands, but also the large producers. While there’s been some grumbling about clarifying the rules, the potential downside for the popular blends in Japan is significant, hence the strong resistance to change. The reason they haven’t been able to replicate the process for products labeled “single malt” is that Scotland prohibits the export of single malt in bulk – it must be bottled in Scotland to be considered such. So many of new brands bring in Scotch (or Canadian malt) and sell it as Japanese whisky thanks to the lax regulations of the pure malt designation. But the Helios Distillery is doing something very different. According to their importer they’re not just distilling malt whisky on their old pot stills, they’re using malt dried with Hokkaido peat. This is blended with an unpeated malt whisky from the distillery and aged in used American oak. This is not rice whisky like so many of the southern Japanese distilleries produce but is made from 100% malted barley. There is a long tradition of distilling and aging rice in the south, but Helios is actually most famous for their rum internationally. They produce a coveted 21 year old Japanese rum and finish this whisky in those exceptional barrels. The result is one of the most unique and appealing peated whiskys in the shop. The nose is a mingling of dried stone fruits and round maritime smoke. The roundness continues on the palate and the sweetness of the rum casks offers opulence, but not too cloyingly so. It’s gentle but interesting. Despite the peat it’s seems somehow refreshing. It’s hard to compare this to anything else on the market, but if you can imagine dumping some Hakushu 12 year into one of the Nikka malts you might get close. Needless to say, I purchased every bottle the importer had in stock and plan to continue to do so for as long as they’ll let me.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/08/kl-california-a-new-exciting-addition-to-our-japanese-whisky-portfolio-kura-the-whisky-japanese-whisky-news/