Mulberry Bank Auctions “Upcoming Whisky Cask Sale on Wednesday 27th November at 2pm” – Whisky News

Upcoming Whisky Cask Sale on Wednesday 27th November at 2pm.

We have a number of excellent casks from across the Highlands and Islands – not forgetting Speyside!

If you are a true lover of Islay, and of Bruichladdich Distillery in particular, we have casks of Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte and Lochindaal, a trio of different expressions from the famous re-born distillery on the shores of Loch Indaal.  There is also an exceptional cask of Bruichladdich 1989 which has now reached a very significant age for bottling.

Campbeltown was once considered the whisky capital of Scotland and is represented by two casks in the sale, one cask of Glen Scotia 1992 which is always very popular and a very special cask of Springbank 1992 which is a rare cask of the first truly organic Single Malt Scotch Whisky produced in Scotland by Springbank for Da Mhile Whisky and laid down to mature in ex-sherry hogsheads.  This cask has now passed its 27th birthday and is perfect for bottling now or to hold on to for its 30th birthday!

The Highlands and Speyside are nowadays the home of the bulk of Scotch Malt Whisky Distilleries with some cracking Single Malts available from distilleries that are less well known to the general public or who rarely release official bottlings.  We have a number of casks available from this region including a rich and sherried Aultmore 2009; an elegant Linkwood 2008 and a young Royal Brackla that was maturing in an ex-sherry Butt and has now been re-racked into a fresh Fenando de Castilla Oloroso Sherry Hogshead – definitely a whisky to watch out for!

As usual we will be holding a Pre-sale Tasting Event at The Trades House in Ingram Street, Glasgow.  A limited number of tickets are available so drop us line on 0141 225 8181 or e-mail stewarts@mulberrybankauctions.com to reserve a ticket.

The full printed catalogue should be released asoon, to request a copy contact us using the same details, we will also send out digital copies of the catalogue as soon as it is ready.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/mulberry-bank-auctions-upcoming-whisky-cask-sale-on-wednesday-27th-november-at-2pm-whisky-news/

Cragganmore 12 Year old Diageo Special Releases 2019

Distilleerderij: Cragganmore
Regio: Schotland (Speyside)
Fles: Cragganmore 12 Year Old, Refill American Oak, Diageo Special Releases 2019, 18.000 bts
Kleur: licht goud
ABV: 58.4%

Cragganisker

Cragganmore is Keltisch voor ‘hoge rots’ en de distilleerderij ligt in hartje Speyside, in het dal halverwege tussen Aberlour en Granton-on-Spey. Hoewel erg populair bij de blenders (het is immers een belangrijk ingrediënt van Johnnie Walker Green Label), is hij sinds de lancering van de Classic Malts ook bij het grote publiek bekend, zij het weliswaar enkel als de klassieke 12-jarige. In 2014 maakte hij zijn entree in de Special Releases als 25-jarige. Dit jaar komen ze echter met een specialleke, want deze Cragganmore is… geturfd!

’t Is toch even schrikken op de neus. Want je verwacht natuurlijk geen turf bij Cragganmore. Maar hij verdraagt het goed. Initieel erg zoet – bijna snoeperig – op appels en peren. En dan komen plots heide en turf opzetten, waardoor ik even het idee krijg dat ik aan een glas Ardmore of Ledaig ruik. Of nee, wacht… het neigt eerder naar Talisker. Wat is dat hier allemaal? Maar het is zowel leuk als lekker, dus mij hoor je niet klagen.

Op smaak is de verrassing nog groter. Hij is zoet en zilt tegelijkertijd. Proef dit blind en je zal zweren dat je Talisker drinkt – I kid you not! Opnieuw appels, peren, kruisbessen en kiwibessen! Maar hoe atypsiche deze Cragganmore ook moge weze, lekker is hij alleszins!

In de lange afdronk komt er opnieuw een zoetje opzetten als van karamel of butterscotch.

Voor mij de verrassing van deze reeks. Aanrader!

 86/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 07-11-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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Pittyvaich 29 Year Old Diageo Special Releases 2019

Distilleerderij: Pittyvaich
Regio: Schotland (Speyside)
Fles: Pittyvaich 29 Year Old 1989, PX Oloroso seasoned, Diageo Special Releases 2019, 5.568 bts
Kleur: goud
ABV: 55.3%

Gele Potpourri

Ah, Pittyvaich… ik heb een zwak voor deze malt. De distilleerderij was geen lang leven beschoren. Ze werd in 1974 gebouwd door Arthur Bell’s Sons, maar ging in 1993 alweer dicht. De Pittyvaich 12 Year Old in de Fauna Flora reeks was toen amper twee jaar op de markt. Maar in de Special Releases van Diageo kunnen we hem ondertussen al 4 keer terugvinden. Blijkbaar was 1989 een erg druk jaar voor deze Speysider, want we kregen al een 20-jarge in 2009, een 25-jarige in 2015 en vorig jaar nog een 28-jarige waarvan ik mij herinner dat ik hem absoluut geweldig vond. Voor mij was deze release dan stiekem ook degene waar ik persoonlijk het meest naar uitkeek.

Zalige neus op pomelo en yuzu, gele potpourri, bakbanaan en tamme kastanje met een klontje zoete boter. Nog wat gekarameliseerde gember en iets van toffee en heide. Ik ben in de zevende hemel.

Zoetzuur op smaak met een fluweelzachte textuur. Turks Fruit, Christmas cake kruiden, sultanas en gekonfijte gember. Opnieuw dat floraal kantje. Dit staat me echt aan. Nog iets van te lang getrokken fruitthee zonder dat hij echt tannisch wordt. Mooi bittertje. Licht drogend. Prima balans.

De afdronk is bijna lang te noemen, zacht met een beetje gember en citrusfruit op het sterfbed.

Pittyvaich blijft aangenaam verrassen. Ik ben maar wat blij dat ik hier een fles van te pakken kreeg.

 88/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 07-11-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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Talisker 15 Year Old (Special Release)

One of the Special Releases 2019 that got me excited was this Talisker 15 Year Old, the first time this is seen as an official release of this age. It’s a 2002 vintage matured in freshly charred American oak hogsheads, bottled at natural strength.

 

 

Talisker 15 Years - Special Releases 2019Talisker 15 Years - Special Releases 2019Talisker 15 yo 2002
(57,3%, OB ‘Special Releases’ 2019, freshly charred American oak hogsheads)

Nose: rather bright and mellow at first, with some banana cake and stewed apples, smoked peach and iodine. A little wax and vanilla. Rather summery and blossomy, but not too soft. Light chilli and cinnamon. Mouth: quite powerful, more of the trademark (green) pepper and ashy smoke now. Apples and cinnamon, raisins, maybe charred pineapple and honey. Salty notes as well, with more iodine and seaweed than I was expecting. Bitter almonds and herbs. Finish: long, with earthy spice, mint and wood smoke.

This starts with a nice mix of fruits and coastal notes on the nose. On the palate it’s quite peppery and again quite coastal. A punchy Talisker, slightly deeper and spicier than most. Available from The Whisky Exchange or Master of Malt among others.

Score: 88/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/talisker/talisker-15-years-special-releases/

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 285: Talisker 41 Year Old 1978 Bodega Series – Scotch Whisky News

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 285: Talisker 41 Year Old 1978 Bodega Series

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky vlogger, tries the oldest Talisker to date: the Talisker 41 Year Old Bodega Series. This is the second release in a triptych of sherry finished malts from stocks of 1978. Last year saw the release of the Talisker 40 Year Old Bodega Series, finished on Amontillado casks from the Delgado Zuleta bodega. This release is finished on Manzanilla casks from the same bodega and is thus the oldest (and most expensive) Talisker to date. Part three is probably for 2020. With a price tag of around 3.500 EUR (well, it comes in a very nice box) it certainly is not for everyone and that it is a pity. For it is simply divine.

https://youtu.be/zz_5KjYxP4g

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/marks-whisky-ramblings-285-talisker-41-year-old-1978-bodega-series-scotch-whisky-news/

THE STORIES BEHIND THE DRAM: THE RARE BALVENIE STORIES RANGE ARRIVES IN CANADA – Scotch Whisky News

THE STORIES BEHIND THE DRAM: THE RARE BALVENIE STORIES RANGE ARRIVES IN CANADA

The newest collection of rare whiskies from The Balvenie represent tales of character and craft, made by hand at The Balvenie Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland.

Toronto, ON- The much anticipated Balvenie Stories collection arrives in select Canadian markets just in time for holiday and gift-giving season.

“The Balvenie Stories collection is about paying tribute to the craftmanship and the people behind the creation of this handcrafted whisky,” comments Jamie Johnson, Canadian Brand Ambassador, The Balvenie. “It is a celebration of the craft, tradition and technique behind each barrel, each bottle, each dram.”

Featuring three new expressions in The Balvenie Stories range, arrival of the new releases will be staggered in Canada. Just in time for the…

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/the-stories-behind-the-dram-the-rare-balvenie-stories-range-arrives-in-canada-scotch-whisky-news/

Littlemill 26yr The Whisky Barrel Exclusive Last Bottles… – Scotch Whisky News

Littlemill 26 Year Old TWB Exclusive

Bottled in 2015 by Hunter Laing, a while before exclusive bottlings fully took off. We’ve brought this old stalwart into the 2019 limelight. A wonderful chocolatey whisky. Last bottles, featuring a now historic TWB logo!

Buy – Littlemill 26 Year Old 1988 – £299.95

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/littlemill-26yr-the-whisky-barrel-exclusive-last-bottles-scotch-whisky-news/

SCOTTISH ARTIST BRINGS PALETTE OF BENRIACH TO LIFE ON CANVAS – Scotch Whisky News

SCOTTISH ARTIST BRINGS PALETTE OF BENRIACH TO LIFE ON CANVAS

Single Malt Scotch Whisky BenRiach has teamed up with an award-winning Scottish artist to bring its sensory palette to life through a series of abstract paintings inspired by the Speyside distillery’s landscape, architecture and kaleidoscope of flavour.

Taking inspiration from the distillery’s extensive library of some of the world’s most eclectic casks housed in Warehouse 13, contemporary landscape artist Ellis O’Connor has been commissioned to create a trio of dramatic landscapes influenced by the 3 casks used to make up the BenRiach 10 Year Old. The deconstruction of this expression will create 3 pieces of art that fuse the flavour palette of BenRiach with Ellis’ signature painting style, the collection will be crafted at her studio on the outer Hebridean island of North Uist before being exhibited in Hackney’s underground bar, TT Liquor during Scotch Whisky Weekend in January 2020.

At the event, Ellis will appear in conversation with the BenRiach team discussing where she found inspiration for these commissions. Guests will get the chance to explore the palette of BenRiach for themselves through a ‘painting by tasting notes’ workshop where Ellis will guide them to explore the depths of BenRiach by harnessing their own creativity.

With a particular focus on the casks used to mature the BenRiach Aged 10 Years, O’Connor draws inspiration from the flavours drawn from the Oloroso sherry, bourbon and virgin oak casks which give a perfect balance of fruit, malt and oak. The bourbon cask gives vanilla and orchard fruits, Oloroso sherry gives the sweet creaminess of the malt and virgin oak gives a touch of toasted spice, all in sublime synchronicity. Following its three-cask maturation for over a decade it has been expertly combined by Master Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie to create a smooth, multi-layered flavour experience, thanks to its multiple eclectic casks from around the world.

Ellis, who originally hails from Dundee, studied fine art at Duncan of Jordanstone art school. Since then she has continued her studies, which has led her to travel to remote lands to partake in a number of artists’ residencies. BenRiach decided that Ellis was right for this partnership due to her unique approach to art, connection to an eclectic audience and love for whisky.

Artist Ellis O’Connor said: “Speyside is renowned for its big skies, fast flowing river and of course, whisky, so when the opportunity arose to bring this climatic corner of Scotland to life on canvas on behalf of its most creative distillery, I jumped at the chance.

BenRiach is packed full of innovation, experimental heritage and flavour and I wanted to depict that through the essence of its flagship whisky BenRiach Aged 10 Years and how it speaks to me through the colours and movement on the canvas. Each canvas will have a distinct colour that explores the flavour profile of the single malt and its cask journey.”

BenRiach Distillery Master Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie added:

“At BenRiach we are known for doing things a little differently, always exploring the creative possibilities of our Speyside malt. We have a creative approach to whisky distilling, cask maturation and blending, which Ellis has embraced in her approach to illustrating BenRiach’s eclectic mix of cask types and rich layers of BenRiach Aged 10 Years. Partnering with this talented young Scottish artist is such a wonderful way to bring BenRiach’s flavour journey to life and we can’t wait to see Ellis’ creations on canvas.”

ABOUT THE BENRIACH DISTILLERY:

Founded in 1898, Benriach Distillery has long been the home of an ingenious and artistic approach to whisky distilling and cask maturation. Today, our creative team of whisky makers continue to explore the flavour possibilities of our hand-crafted Speyside award winning Single Malts. BenRiach is an award winning liquid, including the 35 Year Old being named best Scotch Speyside Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards 2019. Additional prestigious awards include double gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition for a number of expressions and category winner at the International Wine Spirit Competition 2019 for BenRiach Aged 35 Years winning Best Single Malt over 26 years old.

BENRIACH. EXPLORING FLAVOUR SINCE 1898. 

ABOUT ELLIS O’CONNOR:

Ellis O’Connor is a contemporary landscape artist from Dundee, Scotland living on the Outer Hebridean Island of North Uist working in the field of painting and drawing. The dynamic energy to be seen in the paintings are Ellis’ response to observed changes in the Scottish landscape. In order to immerse herself in the environment, Ellis makes much of the artwork on site where extreme weather and the elements find their way into the pieces of art. Ellis describes the process of working outdoors in wild weather as almost ‘performative’.

Some of her inspiration from site visits become the basis for larger works on canvas painted back in her studio. Here, Ellis usually works with oil paint, building up the surfaces using natural substances like sand and dried seaweed.

By producing the artwork she hopes it will give people a chance to connect with that landscape and respect nature that is so wild around us, to then cultivate a deeper understanding and inspire others to make a difference.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE BENRIACH DISTILLERY:      

Visit: www.benriachdistillery.co.uk

Instagram: @BenRiach

Twitter: @BenRiach

Facebook: /TheBenRiach

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON ELLIS O’CONNOR

Visit: ellisoconnor.com

Instagram: @ellisoconnor

Twitter: @ellisoconnor

Facebook: @ellisoconnor

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/scottish-artist-brings-palette-of-benriach-to-life-on-canvas-scotch-whisky-news/

Cardhu 14 Year Old Diageo Special Releases 2019

Distilleerderij: Cardhu
Regio: Schotland (Speyside)
Fles: Cardhu 14 Year Old, Amontillado Finish, Diageo Special Releases 2019, 4.860 bts
Kleur: stro
ABV: 55.0%

Kamille

Cardhu in hartje Speyside wordt ook wel eens de Spiritual Home of Johnnie Walker genoemd, omdat 70% van alles was hier wordt gestookt naar die bekende blend gaat. Het is nog maar de tweede keer dat Cardhu deel uitmaakt van de Special Releases. De eerste keer was in 2005 en toen betrof het een 22-jarige. Nu keert hij weer op veel jongere leeftijd en met een Amontillado sherry finish.

Fris fruitige neus op banaan, perzik, kersen, peren en gebakken appeltjes met wat kaneel. Hij heeft een mooi floraal kantje. Denk kamille- of fruitthee. Het is quasi onmogelijk om deze niet lekker te vinden. Lente in je glas!

Hij is best pittig, dankzij de vatsterkte. Flink gepeperd met een bitter randje. Kinine, noten, geel en oranje fruit en zacht drogend. Ook op smaak heeft hij dat florale een beetje. Hij tintelt op je tong.

De finish is wat aan de korte kant, maar wel pittig gekruid. Zachtjes droogt hij op.

Ik beken, ik werd nog nooit van mijn sokken geblazen door Cardhu. Deze doet dat ook niet, maar is wel veruit de lekkerste Cardhu die ik al aan de lippen mocht zetten.

 84/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 07-11-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5185

Cardhu 14 Year Old Diageo Special Releases 2019

Distilleerderij: Cardhu
Regio: Schotland (Speyside)
Fles: Cardhu 14 Year Old, Amontillado Finish, Diageo Special Releases 2019, 4.860 bts
Kleur: stro
ABV: 55.0%

Kamille

Cardhu in hartje Speyside wordt ook wel eens de Spiritual Home of Johnnie Walker genoemd, omdat 70% van alles was hier wordt gestookt naar die bekende blend gaat. Het is nog maar de tweede keer dat Cardhu deel uitmaakt van de Special Releases. De eerste keer was in 2005 en toen betrof het een 22-jarige. Nu keert hij weer op veel jongere leeftijd en met een Amontillado sherry finish.

Fris fruitige neus op banaan, perzik, kersen, peren en gebakken appeltjes met wat kaneel. Hij heeft een mooi floraal kantje. Denk kamille- of fruitthee. Het is quasi onmogelijk om deze niet lekker te vinden. Lente in je glas!

Hij is best pittig, dankzij de vatsterkte. Flink gepeperd met een bitter randje. Kinine, noten, geel en oranje fruit en zacht drogend. Ook op smaak heeft hij dat florale een beetje. Hij tintelt op je tong.

De finish is wat aan de korte kant, maar wel pittig gekruid. Zachtjes droogt hij op.

Ik beken, ik werd nog nooit van mijn sokken geblazen door Cardhu. Deze doet dat ook niet, maar is wel veruit de lekkerste Cardhu die ik al aan de lippen mocht zetten.

 84/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 07-11-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5185