Glenlivet 1981 (cask #12 for TWE)

This is the first whisky I’m trying after three weeks of Rias Baixas, Vinho Verde and Port wines. Could be worse, right? By the way I discovered some nice sweet things from Noval, Bulas, Quinta do Vallado, Val da Figueira…

The Whisky Exchange has a history of hand-picking good casks of Glenlivet 1981 from the Signatory stocks (check this or this from 2015). This brand-new release was finished in a sherry butt – actually quite an extensive finish of 76 months.

 

 

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(47,6%, Signatory Vintage for The Whisky Exchange 2018, sherry butt #12, 702 btl.)

Nose: excellent mix of pineapples, apricots, dried bananas and wonderful bergamot. Goes on with old oak, leather bound books and furniture wax. Whiffs of very old cognac. Tobacco. Light cedar oak. Crushed mint leaves, hints of cinnamon. Mouth: oakier now, so more cedar and other exotic (polished) woods. Walnuts, tobacco, bay leaves. Golden apples, a little honey, pink grapefruits and Seville oranges. Cinnamon, nutmeg. Fading on fruit teas and herbal notes, Earl Grey and such. Finish: rather long, still on tea, liquorice, apple peels and whiffs of menthol.

Very rich, old-style sherry with plenty of polished oak, luscious fruits and traces of mature cognac. Rare quality, so this comes highly recommended despite the price hike. Only available from The Whisky Exchange.

Score: 91/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/glenlivet-2/glenlivet-1981-cask-12-whisky-exchange/

Double Gold Award Winning Black Feather Whiskey ‘Spirit Pilots’ Short Film Series – American Whiskey News

Double Gold Award Winning Black Feather Whiskey ‘Spirit Pilots’ Short Film Series – American Whiskey News

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Black Feather Whisky launches their Black Feather Whiskey’s Spirit Pilots: A series of documentary shorts dedicated to those who live what they love and whose passion for their craft borderlines on obsession.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/06/double-gold-award-winning-black-feather-whiskey-spirit-pilots-short-film-series-american-whiskey-news/

New & Highly Limited The Macallan 18yo Triple Cask at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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The Macallan 18 Year Old Triple Cask

The Macallan 18 Year Old is one of the most exciting expressions in whisky right now. This 2018 Triple Cask variant offers a balance of European and American oak casks to create a flavour profile which includes notes of fresh fruits, cinnamon and chocolate orange.

As with all Macallan whisky of this age you will have to be quick. Stock is highly limited, and orders will be dealt with on a first come first served basis.

£220 Click here to buy

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/06/new-highly-limited-the-macallan-18yo-triple-cask-at-loch-fyne-whiskies-scotch-whisky-news/

TWO WORLD-FIRST ‘METHOD AND MADNESS’ EXPRESSIONS ADDED TO THE EXPERIMENTAL IRISH SPIRITS RANGE – Irish Whiskey News

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TWO WORLD-FIRST ‘METHOD AND MADNESS’ EXPRESSIONS

ADDED TO THE EXPERIMENTAL IRISH SPIRITS RANGE 

Irish Distillers, makers of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys, has added two new and experimental, limited edition Irish whiskeys to its METHOD AND MADNESS range; Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Finished in Virgin Hungarian Oak and a 28-year-old Ruby Port Pipe Single Cask Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey. First launched in 2017, METHOD AND MADNESS aims to push the boundaries of Irish whiskey through innovative releases, harnessing the creativity and fresh thinking of the masters and apprentices in Midleton Distillery.

In a world first for Irish whiskey, METHOD AND MADNESS Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Finished in Virgin Hungarian Oak has been finished in virgin oak felled in the Carpathian Mountain range in the North East of Hungary, where volcanic soils are best suited to the growing of Quercus Petraea. Harvested in winter and air-dried for two years at theKádár Kádár sawmills in Tokaj, the tight grain of this exceptional wood slowly imparts complex compounds and subtle flavours into the whiskey during the finishing process. The whiskey, a single pot still distillate, was first matured in a combination of first-fill and re-fill American oak barrels, before finishing in the virgin Hungarian oak for 11 months.

Kevin O’Gorman, Master of Maturation at Midleton Distillery, commented: “Our quest for uncommon casks has led us all over the world. We were especially intrigued by the Quercus Petraea from North East Hungary and the unique properties that it could add to our flavour repertoire as whiskey makers. At Midleton Distillery over the past few years, we have been experimenting with Hungarian virgin oak casks – a trial and error process that we are incredibly proud to have finally mastered. The result is a new first for Irish whiskey that continues to challenge perceptions of what the category can be.”

The second aged release in the METHOD AND MADNESS series is a 28 year old Ruby Port Pipe, which is a single pot still Irish whiskey matured initially for six years in American oak barrels, before being re-casked into a Ruby Port pipe for a further 22 years. The cask was carefully seasoned with a selection of wines to remove some of the heavy tannins and further seasoned with Ruby Port, infusing rich fruit flavours. The whiskey is alive with notes of ripe stone fruit on the nose and generous with vanilla and cinnamon on the palate, while the light pot still spices shine through on the long, satisfying finish.

Dave McCabe, Apprentice Blender at Midleton Distillery, added: “METHOD AND MADNESS 28 Year Old Ruby Port Pipe marks the realisation of a 22-year-old prediction from the Midleton Masters, which stated that the marriage of flavours between a single pot still Irish whiskey and a Port pipe will one day achieve balance. Billy Leighton, our Master Blender, and I have been carefully monitoring the slowly evolving flavours of this rare and exceptional cask as part of my training as Apprentice Blender. It gives us great pleasure to be able to present it as the perfect harmony between whiskey, Port and wood.”

METHOD AND MADNESS Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Finished in Virgin Hungarian Oak is bottled without chill-filtration at 46% ABV and is available in Ireland, the UK, Travel Retail Ireland and France, RRP €89. METHOD AND MADNESS Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey 28 Year Old Ruby Port Pipe Single Cask is bottled at 56.1% ABV and available in Ireland, UK, Travel Retail Ireland and France, priced at RRP €1,900

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Tasting notes by Master Blender, Billy Leighton:

Nose: Treacle, toffee, toasted coconut and campfire ashes

Taste: Silky smooth richness, bittersweet liquorice and dry woodland notes

Finish:  Dissipating spice and toasted Oak

METHOD AND MADNESS Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey 28 Year Old Ruby Port Pipe

Tasting notes by Master Blender, Billy Leighton:

Nose: Fleshy mango, kiwi green banana and ripe plums

Taste: Vanilla cinnamon, port wine and barley grains

Finish:  Lingering succulent fruits, toasted oak and light spice 

About METHOD AND MADNESS

Launched in February 2017 to push the boundaries of Irish whiskey, METHOD AND MADNESS is crafted in Midleton Distillery, harnessing the creativity of Midleton’s whiskey masters through the fresh talent of its apprentices. Taking inspiration from the famous Shakespearean quote, ‘Though this be madness, yet there is method in ’t’, METHOD AND MADNESS is designed to reflect a next generation Irish spirit brand with a measure of curiosity and intrigue (MADNESS), while honouring the tradition and expertise grounded in the generations of expertise at the Midleton Distillery (METHOD)

About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson, our brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish whiskey. Jameson is the world’s fastest-growing Irish whiskey, experiencing 28 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 6.5m cases in 2017. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 71 of those experiencing double- or triple-digit growth.

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Power Son, John Jameson Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network. Since 2012, we have invested over €250m to double our production and bottling capacity to meet global demand for our products.

We employ over 600 people across our operations in Cork and Dublin.

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 9, 010 million in 2016/17. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and VinSprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier- Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,500 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 86 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics. www.pernod-ricard.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/06/two-world-first-method-and-madness-expressions-added-to-the-experimental-irish-spirits-range-irish-whiskey-news-2/

THE GLENLIVET EXPLORES NEW FRONTIERS WITH LAUNCH OF COGNAC CASK FINISH EXPRESSION – Scotch Whisky News

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THE GLENLIVET EXPLORES NEW FRONTIERS WITH LAUNCH OF

COGNAC CASK FINISH EXPRESSION

The Glenlivet is set to re-assert its credentials as the definitive Single Malt Scotch whisky with the release of a contemporary new expression; Captain’s Reserve, a Single Malt selectively finished in high-quality Cognac casks. The launch is set to push the boundaries of modern Scotch through its distinctive cask combination.

Available from April 2018, Captain’s Reserve is the result of flavour and cask experimentation. This combination of the raisin-rich intense taste of Cognac with the signature citrus notes and creamy smoothness of The Glenlivet offers consumers the opportunity to broaden their Single Malt Scotch repertoire. The new flavour and taste experience also encourages new consumers to explore the thriving Single Malt Scotch category, which is one of the fastest growing spirits categories globally, and is expected to continue its growth at +6%[1].

This new expression, which will sit as part of The Glenlivet range, is a tribute to Captain William Smith Grant, great-grandson of George Smith, founder of The Glenlivet, the definitive Speyside Single Malt. The Captain not only fought in the First World War in France, but later went on to fight for The Glenlivet, guiding the brand through the difficult Prohibition years and leading the Single Malt Scotch whisky revival in the UK and US. This unique story is brought to life through Captain’s Reserve by uniting the definitive Speyside Single Malt and the opulent rich flavours of Cognac.

Alan Winchester, The Glenlivet Master Distiller, comments: “We know that Single Malt consumers are becoming increasingly adventurous and are seeking to explore new flavour profiles and finishes in the category. Research shows that the global consumption of Cognac is expected to increase by some 2m cases by 2021[2]. By introducing Cognac into our finishing process, we are able to capitalise on the popularity of this flavour and add another dimension to our world-renowned portfolio. The Cognac casks’ influence will bring a real richness to the smooth and fruity style of The Glenlivet, which we’re confident new and existing Single Malt Scotch enthusiasts will enjoy.”

Captain’s Reserve is available globally, with an RRP ranging from £45-48 (or local equivalent).

Notes:

The Glenlivet Captain Reserve Tasting notes:

NOSE: Bursting with sweet and fruity aromas. Rich in honey and apricot jam, with notes of sweet cinnamon bread and a subtle sensation of spicy liquorice.

TASTE: Succulent flavours of mandarins in syrup, ripe poached pears and chocolate-dipped raisins.

FINISH: Incredibly smooth and luscious.

About The Glenlivet:

Created by George Smith in 1824, The Glenlivet is The Definitive Speyside Single Malt, renowned for its heritage as a visionary within the single malts category. With its smooth and fruity flavour profile, The Glenlivet has contributed the biggest volume growth of the single malt category worldwide, adding more than any other single malt whisky brand over the past five years (IWSR, 2016). Acting as the guardian for outstanding quality and craftsmanship within single malts, The Glenlivet is dedicated to continuing this legacy and has led innovation within single malt in recent years. Standout initiatives include the release of The Glenlivet Cipher, a mystery single malt, and the creation of The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, a great representation of the distillery’s signature style.

About Chivas Brothers:

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky and the No.1 Scotch whisky in China; Ballantine’s, Europe’s No.1 Scotch whisky; The Glenlivet, the single malt whisky that set the standard; and Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky range. The portfolio also includes two of the world’s leading English gins – Beefeater, the world’s most awarded premium gin, and Plymouth gin – plus a selection of highly acclaimed single malt whiskies, including Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa, Strathisla and Tormore. The range is completed by a collection of blended Scotch whiskies operating in many of the world’s key whisky markets which includes 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch.

[1] IWSR, 2016

[2] The Global Cognac Insights report, 2017

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/06/the-glenlivet-explores-new-frontiers-with-launch-of-cognac-cask-finish-expression-scotch-whisky-news-2/

BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY STIRKES GOLD – American Whiskey News

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BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY STIRKES GOLD

Judges award Buffalo Trace Distillery spirits with five Double Gold, 21 total medals 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (June 13, 2018) W.L. Weller 12 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon, William Larue Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon, George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon and Blanton’s Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon struck double gold at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

The 18th annual competition had another record-breaking year that featured 2,469 spirits which means there was an 11 percent increase from last year.  This year, 48 of the industry’s finest spirits experts reviewed each entry with a blind taste test, ultimately awarding Buffalo Trace with five Double Gold medals. The celebrated Double Gold medal is awarded when all 48 judges assign Gold to a spirit.

Double Gold

  • W.L. Weller 12 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • William Larue Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Blanton’s Single Barrel of Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Gold

  • Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey
  • W. L. Weller Antique Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Rain Vodka

Silver

  • Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • W. L. Weller Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Wheatley Vodka
  • Benchmark Old No. 8 Brand Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Bronze

  • Eagle Rare 17 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon Cream Liqueur

“We are honored to be recognized with these awards among the 2,469 entries in this competition,” Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley, said. “This is a great honor for us, and we could not be more thankful to receive each of these great awards.”

Complete results for the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition can be found at http://sfspiritscomp.com/results/.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 21 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year by “Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 500 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/06/buffalo-trace-distillery-stirkes-gold-american-whiskey-news/

1792 SINGLE BARREL KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON AWARDED DOUBLE GOLD AT 2018 SAN FRANCISCO WORLD SPIRITS COMPETITION

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1792 SINGLE BARREL KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON AWARDED DOUBLE GOLD AT 2018 SAN FRANCISCO WORLD SPIRITS COMPETITION

Eight other Barton 1792 whiskies awarded medals 

BARDSTOWN, KENTUCKY (June 19, 2018) – The results from the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition are in and Barton 1792 Distillery received a double gold medal for its 1792 Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon. In total, Barton 1792 Distillery received nine medals from the competition, including two gold medals.

This year, 48 spirits experts convened to judge a record breaking entry of more than 2,469 spirits in a blind taste testing.

1792 Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon received a high honor of double gold, meaning each judge gave this bourbon a gold medal. The double gold medal is given to exceptional spirits that set the standard for each category.

Other Barton 1792 Distillery whiskies recognized by the SFWSC included gold, silver and bronze medals.

Gold:

  • 1792 High Rye Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Kentucky Tavern Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Silver:

  • 1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • 1792 Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • 1792 Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Very Old Barton 80 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Very Old Barton 90 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Bronze:

  • Zackariah Harris Kentucky Straight Bourbon

This competition is associated with the Triple Crown of Competitions (The San Francisco International Wine Competition and New York World Wine and Spirits Competition,) and continues to be highly respected and the most influential spirits competition after 18 years.

Results from the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition can be found at http://sfspiritscomp.com/results/ 

About Barton 1792 Distillery

Barton 1792 Distillery is part of Barton Brands.  Barton Brands has facilities in Bardstown, Ky., Carson, Calif., and Baltimore, Md. Barton Brands is owned by the Sazerac Company, an American family-owned company based in New Orleans, La. Barton 1792 Distillery was established in 1879 and continues today as the oldest fully-operating Distillery in the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” The Distillery is located on 196 acres and includes 28 warehouses, 22 other buildings, the Morton Spring and the Tom Moore Spring.  Distilling, aging and bottling fine Bourbon whiskey are hallmarks of the historic Barton 1792 Distillery. 1792 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is produced at Barton 1792 Distillery. This whiskey is named for the year Kentucky became a state and is the recent gold medal winner at the 2017 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition. To learn more visit www.1792bourbon.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/06/1792-single-barrel-kentucky-straight-bourbon-awarded-double-gold-at-2018-san-francisco-world-spirits-competition/

IRISH DISTILLERS’ PRESTIGE RANGE OF IRISH WHISKEYS HITS GOLD IN SAN FRANCISCO – Irish Whiskey news

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IRISH DISTILLERS’ PRESTIGE RANGE OF IRISH WHISKEYS HITS GOLD IN SAN FRANCISCO

– Powers John’s Lane 12 Years Old crowned Best Irish Whiskey –

Irish Distillers, maker of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys, has scooped a remarkable 24 Gold or above medals at the recent International Spirits Challenge and San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Top honours were awarded to Powers John’s Lane 12 Years Old, scooping Best Single Pot Still Whiskey and Best Irish Whiskey at the annual tasting in San Francisco.

New members of the Irish Distillers family, Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest (released October 2017) and Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength (released April 2018), were also highly commended, winning Double Gold medals on their first outing at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. These accolades have set the bar high for the rest of the awards season, suggesting further success is on the horizon for both of these prestige offerings from the Midleton family of Irish whiskeys.

In addition, Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength claimed its fourth Double Gold medal in a row at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition – a testament to the consistency in quality of single pot still Irish whiskey craftsmanship at the Midleton Distillery, County Cork. With four Gold or above medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Redbreast has once again cemented its place as the most decorated single pot still Irish whiskey in the world.

In total, the prestige range from Irish Distillers secured one Best, six Double Gold and 17 Gold medals across the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) and International Spirits Challenge (ISC):

  • Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest: Double Gold (SFWSC) and Gold (ISC)
  • Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength: Double Gold (SFWSC)
  • Powers John’s Lane 12 Years Old: Double Gold, Best Irish Whiskey  Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (SFWSC)
  • Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength: Double Gold (SFWSC)
  • Midleton Very Rare 2017: Double Gold (SFWSC)
  • Redbreast 21 Year Old: Double Gold (SFWSC) and Gold (ISC)
  • Redbreast 15 Year Old: Gold (SFWSC)
  • Powers Signature Release: Gold (SFWSC)
  • Powers Three Swallow Release: Gold (SFWSC)
  • Powers Gold Label: Gold (SFWSC)
  • METHOD AND MADNESS Single Pot Still Finished in French Chestnut: Gold (ISC)
  • Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy: Gold medal (ISC)
  • Jameson 18 Year: Gold (ISC)
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey: Gold medal (ISC)
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey Caskmates IPA Edition: Gold medal (ISC)
  • Jameson Signature: Gold medal (ISC)
  • Jameson Black Barrel: Gold medal (ISC)
  • Jameson Round: Gold medal (ISC)
  • Jameson Lively: Gold medal (ISC)
  • Jameson Cooper’s Croze: Gold medal (ISC)
  • Jameson Blender’s Dog: Gold medal (ISC)

Billy Leighton, Master Blender at the Midleton Distillery, commented: “We are thrilled with the response to Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest and Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength at one of the most renowned spirit tasting competitions in the world. It is also great to see the Powers and Redbreast ranges flourish, as they continue to excite a whole new generation with the quintessential single pot still style of Irish whiskey. These accolades are a tribute to the craftsmen and women at Midleton Distillery Co. Cork, past and present, who work tirelessly to produce whiskeys of unrivalled quality.”

Now in its 18th year, the San Francisco World Spirits Challenge is one of the most influential spirits competitions in the world and is judged by a line-up of esteemed drinks journalists, producers and experts. Run each year in partnership with respected drinks trade bible, Drinks International, the International Spirits Challenge is one of the most authoritative and influential spirits competitions in the world and celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year.

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About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson, our brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish whiskey. Jameson is the world’s fastest-growing Irish whiskey, experiencing 28 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 6.5m cases in 2017. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 71 of those experiencing double- or triple-digit growth.

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Power Son, John Jameson Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network. Since 2012, we have invested over €250m to double our production and bottling capacity to meet global demand for our products.

We employ over 600 people across our operations in Cork and Dublin. 

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 9, 010 million in 2016/17. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and VinSprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier- Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,500 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 86 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics. www.pernod-ricard.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/06/irish-distillers-prestige-range-of-irish-whiskeys-hits-gold-in-san-francisco-irish-whiskey-news/

Kensington Malt Messenger Bulletin by Andrew Ferguson – Summer 2018 Tasting Schedule – Whisky News

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We opened our Summer Tasting Schedule for registration on Thursday, the first official day of summer. We have 19 new Wine, Whisky, Beer and Other Spirits tastings to keep you refreshed and entertained this summer. The schedule kicks off on Tuesday July 17 and runs through Friday August 31.

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On the whisky side of things we have a number of interesting tastings coming up, most notably the Cadenhead 175th Anniversary Part 2 tasting on Thursday July 26th, and the Lost in Translation: Yoichi Miyagikyo Whiskies of Future Past on Thursday August 23rd. The Cadenhead tasting will feature rare old small batch bottlings of Caol Ila, Motlach, Balfiddich, Macallan, Laphroaig and Cooley. The Lost in translation tasting is built around 6 single malts from Yoichi and Miyagikyo. These are both one-off tastings we will not be able to repeat…

On the note of Japanese whiskies, we had the opportunity to grab a case each of Yoichi 10, 15 and 20 year olds, as well as Miyagikyo 15 Year. The Yoichi 20 Year is sold out, but we have a few bottles of the others still available for purchase. Details below.

Last but certainly not least, we also have a new single cask, and a very tiny one at that. The Duncan Taylor Octaves Ardmore 2008 KWM Cask is limited to just 54 bottles. 20 of these have already sold… the remaining bottles won’t last long!

I hope this Malt Messenger Bulletin finds you well. Enjoy the first weekend of Summer, a full Malt Messenger newsletter is due early this coming week!

Sincerely,

Andrew Ferguson

Kensington Wine Market

PS – Don’t forget you can follow me on Twitter:

@scotch_guy, Instagram: @thescotch_guy or  @kwmwhisky and on Facebook: facebook.com/scotch.guy.1

In This Edition

  1. Summer 2018 Whisky Spirits Tastings
  2. Very Limited Nikka Archives Releases
  3. New Duncan Taylor Octaves Ardmore 2008 KWM Cask

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Summer 2018 Whisky Spirits Tastings 

Are Now Online Open for Registration

The Kensington Wine Market Summer 2018 Tasting Schedule is now online and open for registration. We have Gin, Rum, Whisky and Mezcal tastings to keep you cool through the hot summer months. Register in-store, by phone 403-283-8000 and  online!

  1. Best of Bourbon – Wednesday July 18 – Join our #1 Bourbon fan, Evan, for a tour de force of some of his favourite Bourbons. Michter’s, Blanton’s, Evan Williams, Bookers, and much, much more! Having recently visited the Bourbon Trail, he has a few tales to tell! – $30
  2. Cadenhead 175th Anniversary Malts Part 2 – Thursday July 26 – We’ve been hanging on to these beauties for a special occasion… Now seems like a good time! We’ll crack open 6 whiskies including: Macallan 27 Year, Caol Ila 35 Year, Mortlach 30 Year, Burnside (Balfiddich) 28 Year, Laphroaig 25 Year and Cooley 25 Year! – $125
  3. The Gin Days of Summer – Tuesday August 7 – There isn’t much more refreshing than a fine GT on a hot summer’s day. We’ll introduce you to some of our favourite new gins! – $30
  4. Mezcal: The Spirit of Oxaca – Tuesday August 14 – As per Hunter’s request; no puns, alliterations or metaphors! This tasting will illuminate Hunter’s world of Mezcal. – $34
  5. Independents Day – Thursday August 16 – With the price of mature Distillery Bottlings soaring, where does one look for value? Independent Bottlers! Join us for a roundup of some of our Indie Scotch whiskies! – $40
  6. Why Are So Many Rums Named Ron and Other Stupid Questions – Tuesday August 21 – All questions will be answered while enjoying a range of new and interesting rums. – $35
  7. Lost in Translation: Yoichi Miyagikyo, Whiskies of Future Past – Thursday August 23 – An archive release of Yoichi (10, 15 20) and Miyagikyo (15) got us thinking, should we set aside a bottle of each to taste alongside the new No Age Statement bottlings? Who are we kidding? That is clearly a rhetorical question! #NoBrainer – $150
  8. Tight Wad: Single Malt Scotch Edition – Tuesday August 28 – Convinced there aren’t any good single malts under $80 a bottle? Sometimes less is more, and we’ll endeavour to prove you wrong! – $25

Register in-store, by phone at 403-283-8000 or online!

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Very Limited Nikka Archive Releases  

Whiskies of Future Past from Nikka, Yoichi and Miyagikyo!

Age statement Japanese whiskies have been hard to come by the last few years. These whiskies are archive bottlings from the Nikka Whisky Company. We received just 6 bottles each of the single malts, a dozen of the Super Nikka The Revival and just 3 of the 80th Anniversary From the Barrel 3L. They won’t last long…

  1. From the Barrel 3L 80th Anniversary – 51.4% – Description: “Produced from a blend of Miyagikyo and Yoichi single malts and a single grain whisky, NIKKA FROM THE BARREL embodies the expertise of the distillery’s master blenders. Intense, round, and generous, this ambitious, powerful, controlled, high-alcohol blend is acknowledged for its originality. This is a bold whisky. It seizes you and seduces you. It asserts its own style.Founded on 2 July 1934, Nikka Whisky celebrates its 80th birthday with a special edition of its emblematic blend: a 3-litre bottle of Nikka From the Barrel! Using the same proportions as the famous “small square bottle”, this beautiful bottle is just as elegant, despite its impressive size, which is the equivalent of 6 classic 50cl bottles!” – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: refined, complex. Floral (lilac), fruity (apricot). Notes of spice (cloves) and leather. Palate: firm, powerful. Spicy (pepper). Woody (oak). Evolves with ripe fruits (peaches), caramelised apples and flowers (honeysuckle). Overall: long. Marine notes. Ripe fruit (plums, peaches) on a background of woody-vanilla notes.” – $600 (Only 1 left!)
  2. Miyagikyo 15 Year – 45% – Description: “The most refined and least peaty of Nikka’s single malts comes from the Miyagikyo distillery in the north of Honshu island. Its whisky, also known as Sendai for export, reveals, in this alluring 15 year old version, the superb influence of oak and sherry.”- Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: with notes of walnut (walnut oil) and spices, it expresses the sherry cask’s influence. With pronounced rancio, it unveils delicate notes of honey and wild flowers (elderflower, clover). Palate: full-bodied and subdued, marked by the sweetness of raisins (Malaga), as well as the lively tannins of oak – green walnut – and spice (ginger). Overall: A great example of a sherry cask aged whisky, with a nourishing and alluring aspect.” – $725
  3. Yoichi 10 Year – 45% – Description: “This single malt is a blend of bourbon casks, new oak casks and sherry casks seasoned and reworked on-site at the distillery. Yoichi 10 Year Old was voted “best of the best” by Whisky Magazine in 2001, a symbol of recognition of Japanese whisky on an international stage.” – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: firm. Marked by burnt wood and spices (pepper). Fruity (apple, apricot) on a background of malted barley and menthol freshness. Palate: full-bodied, vanilla. Heady florals (iris, lavender). Perfectly-integrated woodiness transcends the fruity aspect (apricot, raisins). Overall: long, complex, revealing remarkable balance between woody, fruity and floral notes.”- $370
  4. Yoichi 15 Year – 15% – Description: “Twice voted best single malt in the world since 2000, Yoichi belongs to the very closed group of elite distilleries such as Ardbeg, Yamazaki, Lagavulin, Macallan and Laphroaig. The legendary “Heavy Peaty” versions reveal a rich peatiness with smoky, liquoricey, vegetal flavours. Within the classic range, the Yoichi 15 year old offers the perfect balance between smoky notes of cold tobacco and maturation predominately in sherry casks. Also characterised by ripe fruit, it is exclusively imported and distributed in France by La Maison du Whisky. This single malt is a blend of several casks and illustrates the diversity and richness of the whiskies produced by the Yoichi distillery. It also serves as an introduction to the more prestigious cask strength versions that have earned this distillery its international reputation.” – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: fresh and sweet, it presents subtle fruity notes (white peach skin) on a rich peaty background. On aeration it reveals a lovely mellowness with a mingling of notes of dried fruit (pecans), varnish and dried grass (hay, tobacco leaves). Palate: unctuous and oily, it presents precise sweet-savoury notes (barley sugar, iodine). Smooth, developing floral notes, mentholated aniseed, spices (cloves, pepper) and chocolate. Overall: elegant, it evolves with chocolate (bitter chocolate, mocha), coffee and citrus fruit (orange). It persists with retro-olfaction bringing notes of fresh fruit (white peach).”- $725
  5. Yoichi 20 Year – 45% – Description: “A magnificent and extremely rare version of the most traditional Japanese single malt. An unusual Yoichi, hailed by the best-known experts, this 20 year old is best savoured slowly on special occasions. The long maturation in oak casks gives Yoichi malts.” – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: intense, rich. Very elegant. The peat is delicately positioned over fresh fruit. It expresses great maturity. Increasingly empyreumatic (resin, rosewood) and solar (candied apricot), it continues to gain in depth. The peat also becomes increasingly present. Palate: full-bodied, “spherical”. Notes of liquorice and marzipan cake. Smoke-filled vapours. It nonetheless remains delicate and toned. Fruit arrives in force (quince, apple, black cherry). Marrying the peat with ripe fruits, it takes the opposite route to the nose. Overall: long, dense. It has perfect balance. Wild flowers, fruits bursting with sugar, black earth and dried fruits give it an autumnal and sunny feel. It persists with notes of rose jam.” – $1700 (SOLD OUT)
  6. Super Nikka The Revival – 43% – Description: “Established in 1962, this famous Japanese blended whisky has been reinvented with this superb limited series. Notes of spices and aromatic plants are increasingly present on the nose. As for the palate, this new opus scores twice by offering the taster not one but two extremely different yet complimentary flavour paths. The new rich and remarkably complex Super Nikka could show a thing or two to many a single malt.” – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: concentrated, rich. Begins with herbaceous (cut hay, straw) and lemony notes that mingle with liquorice and spices (ginger, cinnamon). It evolves with notes of cappuccino. Once aerated, aromatic plants (vervain, lime blossom) accentuate its earthy, vegetal character. Its almost perfect balance is an olfactory delight. Palate: ample and round. The attack has two sides to it. One very smooth and honeyed (acacia, raspberry honey), and the other very long, almost ethereal, which focuses on heady florals (peppered rose, peony). Little by little, it becomes vanilla-flavoured and milky (coconut). Star anise, as well as a slight note of camphor invigorates the back palate. Overall: long, slightly tannic. Delicately woody (oak), it develops clear notes of grain. Green malt ripples in the breeze. Full of light, it conjures up a lush, bucolic landscape on a sunny day. The retro-olfaction has notes of noble spices (saffron, ginger) and the empty glass is floral (heather, iris)” – $85 1 Per Customer (7 left)

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 New Duncan Taylor Octaves Ardmore 2008 KWM Cask 

Just 54 Bottles – Only 35 Left… 

We selected this Octave cask at the same time as the Bunnahabhain we received in the fall. We are not entirely sure why, but even though it was bottled in 2017, it is just arriving now. All that being said though, it was worth the wait. Only 54 Bottles – Limit 2 Per Customer! The whisky distilled in 2008 was finished for 3 months in a bespoke sherry seasoned Octave cask. Bottled in 2017 at 9 years of age. 52.4% abv.

Duncan Taylor Octaves Ardmore 2008 KWM Cask – 52.4% – 9 Year – Finished 3 Months in Sherry Octave – Andrew’s Tasting Note: “Nose: honey baked ham with cloves, cigar ash, leather and burnt orange peel in a cocktail; salty Dutch licorice, melons and flambéed banana; honey garlic beef jerky. Palate: sweet and fruity with a smoky-sherried backdrop; more burnt orange peel, but also lemon; building oily, buttery, earthy peat and cigar ash with dark sugars and spices; more honey baked ham (with cloves) and honey garlic beef jerky; the sherry asserts its self, but not as much as the firm but gentle peat. Finish: medium-full with a good length, it is fruity, oily and buttery with fading sherry, baked ham and gentle peat tones. Comment: this is a lovely Ardmore, the sherry has accented the whisky nicely without over-cooking it; the peat is the central character here, and it shines!” – $112

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Andrew Ferguson

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