Paul Chats to Malcolm Rennie of Annandale Distillery – Scotch Whisky News

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Paul was chatting to Malcolm Rennie of Annandale Distilleryhttp://www.annandaledistillery.com/ 

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Hello Malcolm, nice to meet you. Can you tell me how you became involved in the whisky industry?

A; Hi Paul. My father was a cooper to trade and took us from Stirling to Islay in 1974 when I was 11 yrs old, to Bunnahabhain Distillery in fact. I worked at Bunnahabhain for a short while after leaving school before going to the Merchant Navy for 2 ½ yrs. When I returned we had moved to Bruichladdich, my dad as head warehouse man where he stayed for 25yrs. After a hiatus I started at Bruichladdich as a Mashman in 1987 until the Distillery closed in 1995. I then managed to get into the newly taken over by Glenmorangie, Ardbeg in 1997. In 2003 I was seconded to Glen Moray in Elgin as Assistant Manager. In 2005 I became Distillery Manager of Kilchoman Distillery. Starting a Distillery from scratch was quite a challenge but was well worth the effort considering how well the spirit has been received. In 2010 I decided on a new challenge here at Annandale. 

Paul; And how did you come to be at one of Scotland’s newest distilleries?

A; While at Kilchoman I used to run an Academy type course where people could come and learn a more hands on and in depth experience. My very first ‘pupil’ so to speak was David Thomson who some months later bought the Annandale Distillery site. The rest, as they say is history. 

Paul; Can you describe a typical day at the moment?

A; A typical day at the moment is really project managing and tying things up with our building contractor regarding the restoration and new build. Also co-ordinating all the other aspects of starting up a Distillery like HMRC approvals, plant installation, negotiating process material and cask supply contracts etc. 

Paul; If you can, tell me of the distillery plans…

A; Obviously we firstly want to produce fantastic spirit. We also think it’s very important to bring whisky distillation back to this part of Scotland, along with all the economic benefits that should bring to the region. So we want to make Annandale Distillery a ‘must go to’ destination in southern Scotland. Our Visitor Centre will include a Coffee Shop and retail area. We will also offer various different tour experiences including special Managers tours by myself. 

Paul; Now to the whisky, what type of whisky will you produce? Peat, non peat, both???

A; Annandale will produce both peated and non peated spirit. The Distillery has been designed from the outset to be able to do this easily and efficiently with separate malt storage bins and 2 separate Low Wines and Feints Receivers. The Distillery plant has been designed to give us a nice clean fruity character but also with a balance of body and complexity. We are using 2 smaller Spirit stills rather than 1 large still to increase copper contact. 

Paul; what will be the annual production?

A; Initial annual production will be around 260, 000 LPA with one shift working which will be 6 mashes per week. This will double when we go to 2 shifts in the future. 

Paul; With so much news and marketing for whisky these days, PR and marketing is very important, how did you decide on bottle shape, logo and labels?

A; Our ‘A’ logo was inspired by the shape of a billowing sail of one of the tea clippers which were built in Annan. We are going to build a relationship with two very well known Scots for our 2 styles of spirit. Robert Bruce for our peated and Robert Burns for our unpeated. Our bottles and labels etc are all in their final design stage. 

Paul; can you give me any techno details on equipment and plant?

A; Porteus Mill ex Caperdonich along with destoner and assorted conveyors. All other equipment new,  4 x 15 T Malt storage bins.  2.5 T semi lauter Mash Tun. 6 x 12000 ltrs Douglas Fir Washbacks.

12000 ltr Wash Still,  2 x 4000 ltr Spirit Stills.  2 x 8000 ltr LWFR’s (one for peated and one for unpeated)  1 x 2000 ltr ISR and 1 x 12000 ltr SRWV.    Boiler is 4000 kg/hr  Cochran ‘Wee Chieftain’ 

Paul; what is your favourite part of the day?

A: The end, because I’m a day closer to starting to make spirit. 

Paul; and – the least favourite?

A; The start, because I know I’m not any closer to starting to make spirit 

Paul; do you intend taking any risks? new ideas? any innovations?

A; Not particularly. I would let a really carefully made high quality spirit speak for itself. 

Paul; what would you say the best age would be to bottle whisky? minimum and maximum?

A; That’s all very subjective. Young whisky does’nt mean an inferior whisky nowadays. A well made spirit in a quality cask can mature surprisingly quickly. An average spirit in an old cask could well be of inferior quality to the younger spirit even though it had spent more time in the cask. 3 yr old bottlings are necessary for new distilleries for all sorts of reasons but obviously lack maturity, so I would say something like 6 yrs old minimum to let the wood give more complexity and maturity. Maximum would have to depend on spirit character and cask type so I’m  going to leave that one. Although too long and the lower strength alcohol starts to extract more water soluble components giving the characteristic ‘woody’ effect. 

Paul; what are your views re adding water, coke, ice etc?

A; To experience whisky at it’s best I would recommend only water. But you can add whatever you like if it makes you drink whisky, whatever floats your boat. 

Paul; does winning a whisky award/medal really make any difference to sales?

A; I’m not sure really, but it’s nice recognition for the effort you’ve put into your product. 

Paul; how will you select casks?

A; Very carefully. We don’t want an overtly bourbon character to our spirit so we will use a bigger proportion of good refills  over fresh bourbons along with some sherry. 

Paul; do you have any thoughts on finishing? (sherry, port etc)

A; Yes, we will definitely do some finishing in sherry especially for our younger expressions as it gives a nice ‘roundness’. I’m sure we will dabble with the odd port or wine casks also. 

Paul; we have many club members asking “do you offer cask sales”? can you tell me if this is something you will offer?

A; All of our 2014 production will be kept by ourselves, but casks will be available to purchase from early 2015. Pricing TBC. Please contact m.hanratty@annandaledistillery.com to add your name to our list.  

Many thanks Malcolm for your time, I look forward to sampling new make and the first whisky from the distillery. 

Paul McLean

www.mcleanscotland.com

www.angelswhiskyclub.com

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Liz and Paul

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Tamnavulin 40 Year Old 1968 Carn Mor

Tamnavulin 21 Year Old 1989 A.D. Rattray

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul za, juli 26, 2014 08:20:58

Distilleerderij: Tamnavulin
Regio: Schotland (Speyside)
Fles: Tamnavulin 21 Year Old 1989/2011 A.D. Rattray, bourbon cask #1750, 204
bts
Kleur: goud
ABV: 57,4%

Blank
Hout

Tomnavoulin is een
dorp in Speyside wiens naam Keltisch is voor ‘molen op de heuvel’. Daar haalt
Tamnavulin Distillery dan ook haar naam vandaan. Het is overigens een zeer
jonge distilleerderij, want ze werd pas in 1966 opgericht met de bedoeling te
voorzien in de hernieuwde vraag naar blends met Whyte Mackay op kop, maar
ook Crawfords en Mackinlay’s. De bottelaar A.D. Rattray uit Glasgow bracht dit
single cask uit 1989 enkele jaren geleden op de markt.

Lichte neus op flink
wat graan, schil van appel, gras en blank hout. Qua kruiden onthoud ik gember
en kaneel. Langzaam maar zeker komt er een beetje citrusfruit doorheen, maar ik
kan nog niet zeggen welk. En honing komt er ook door, zij het wat aan de late
kant. Deze neus neemt zijn tijd. Met water wordt hij fruitiger en krijg ik wat
minder hout, wat ik als een voordeel zie in dit geval.

Mooie volle body,
lekker romig en pittig gekruid. Kruidnagel, vanille en honing komen eerst, dan
het graan, gras en heide. Het fruit wordt wat in de verdrukking gebracht, maar
appels komen er toch nog door. Licht alcoholisch, wel. Nou ja, wat wil je met
57,4%? Verdund, daarentegen, is hij zoeter en fruitiger, maar krijgt hij iets
van bubblegum en wordt hij redelijk floraal, bijna geparfumeerd.

De finish is lang,
kruidig en drogend.

De neus kan flink wat
water gebruiken, maar dat is niet zo goed voor de smaak. Moeilijk in te
schatten, maar interessante Tamnavulin zonder twijfel.

84/100

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door Mark Dermul op 15-06-2014
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Tomatin 1981 Single Cask #001 Available at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Very Limited Stock!

Tomatin 1981 Single Cask #001

Oloroso Sherry Butt

Distilled on 21st April 1981, this stunning looking malt has been maturing at the Tomatin distillery in single Oloroso sherry butt #001 for over 32 years. Bottled in it’s natural form at 42.3% vol, non chill filtered.

Single Cask #001 Official Tasting Notes

Aroma: Warm, rich, nutty, raisins with hints of furniture polish and old leather. Coffee topped with a splash of chocolate liqueur, hints of liquorice and citrus coming through. 

Palate: Light and soft with an immediate burst of citrus. Then deeper flavours arrive; raisins, liquorice and toffee with some herby notes coming towards the end.

Finish: Slightly spicy but with a nice sweetness.

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GlenDronach 10yo & Other Single Malts at Single Malts Direct – Scotch Whisky News

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Literally just arrived are the latest GlenDronach Single Casks and I’m having a hard job keeping my hands off them! These single cask bottlings are always popular so be quick as they are sure to fly off the shelves.

Other recent arrivals include several from the always top quality Gordon Macphail Rare Old Range, a couple of whiskies from 1984 that would make ideal 30th birthday presents, this year’s release of the Longrow 18 year old, the very desirable wine cask matured Glen Garioch 1998 and some interesting collectables.

Some of our new arrivals are featured below but for the full run down browse our New Scotch Whisky and New Products categories.

Plus don’t forget, we are now shipping to the USA again and at very competitive rates. Check out our Delivery page for more information.

Well, I’m off now to go and drool over those GlenDronachs…

Sláinte!
Fran and Ken
Arkwrights Whisky and Wines
www.whiskyandwines.com

NEW PRODUCTS

GLENDRONACH BATCH 10 SINGLE CASK WHISKIES

Batch 10 of these luscious, rich, sherried drams from GlenDronach has whiskies ranging in age from 12 years to 24 years. All single cask and excellent value for money with prices starting at £59.99 and going up to £137.99.

Buy Online: £ From 59.99 to 137.99

INVERLEVEN 1973 37 YEAR OLD DEOCH AN DORAS

A Chivas Brothers bottling of the little seen Inverleven from the lowland malt distillery of that name that was situated within the now closed and demolished Dumbarton grain distillery.

Buy Online: £ 325.00

MORTLACH 1984 SINGLE MALT WHISKY

Got a friend with a 30th birthday this year? Then what better gift could there be than this 1984 Mortlach (and they might even share with you if you’re lucky…)

Buy Online: £ 169.99

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HIDDEN SPIRITS UNVEILS “ARRAN 17yo “whiskynews.it selection” – Scotch Whisky News

HIDDEN SPIRITS UNVEILS “ARRAN 17yo “whiskynews.it selection” – Scotch Whisky News

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HIDDEN SPIRITS UNVEILS “ARRAN 17yo “whiskynews.it selection”

Hidden Spirits, Italian Independent Label, is proud to announce its New Release;

ARRAN 17 YEARS OLD (1996 – 2014)

Independent Bottling of

ISLAND SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

 distilled at

 ARRAN distillery

“whiskynews.it selection” 

Independent Label: Hidden Spirits;

Bottling: Independent (Hidden Spirits);

 Single Malt Whisky Region: Island;

Distillery: Arran;

Aged: 17 yo (1996- 2014);

Matured: Ex-bourbon hogshead;

Cask number: 1482;

50%abv.

Available from August 2014 

Something more HERE

http://www.hiddenspirits.it/prodotto/arran-17yo-hidden-spirits/

http://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/56489/arran-1996-hisp

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BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY’S ANNUAL 5K RACE IS A RECORD BREAKER ON ALL LEVELS – American Whiskey News

 

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BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY’S ANNUAL 5K RACE IS A RECORD BREAKER ON ALL LEVELS

FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY (July 9, 2014)

Buffalo Trace Distillery held its 13 th annual July 4th 5K Race with record breaking results. A record number of runners, 811, participated, and both the men and women’s first place winners broke previous record time holders for fastest finishes. A total of 23 different states in the U.S. were represented at the 5K.

Simon Ndirangu of New York was the first place men’s winner, finishing in a record breaking time for Buffalo Trace’s 5K course of 13 minutes, 41 seconds. The previous time for this course in the men’s division was 13 minutes, 49 seconds.

Susan Jerotich of North Carolina was the first place women’s winner, finishing in a record breaking time for this course of 15 minutes, 52 seconds. The previous women’s fastest time for Buffalo Trace’s course was 16 minutes, 34 seconds.

Both Mr. Ndirangu and Ms. Jerotich took home $4,000 in winnings – $3,000 for first place plus an extra $1,000 bonus to the male and female who broke the previous fastest time records.

Second place men’s winner was Cleophas Ngetich with a time of 13 minutes, 48 seconds, followed by third place men’s winner Diribra Degefa with a time of 13 minutes, 50 seconds.

Second place women’s winner was Lilian Mariita with a time of 16 minutes, 9 seconds, followed by third place women’s winner Adriana Nelson with a time of 16 minutes, 18 seconds.

The second and third place winners for both sexes won $2,500 and $2,000 respectively. The entire 5K Race winds though Buffalo Trace’s scenic grounds and includes running by centuries-old barrel aging warehouses on this National Historic Landmark site.

One hundred percent of Buffalo Trace’s Great Buffalo Chase 5K proceeds go to the Frankfort area VFW, post 4075, which they in turn use towards putting on the fireworks show for the city of Frankfort. This year it is expected Buffalo Trace will donate somewhere around $12,500 to the local VFW.

Complete 5K race results can be viewed at http://buffalotracedistillery.com/content/great-buffalo-chase-5k-race-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 1786 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 seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor

Attraction of the Year.” Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com.

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Tamnavulin 21 Year Old 1989 A.D. Rattray

Tamnavulin 21 Year Old 1989 A.D. Rattray

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul za, juli 26, 2014 08:20:58

Distilleerderij: Tamnavulin
Regio: Schotland (Speyside)
Fles: Tamnavulin 21 Year Old 1989/2011 A.D. Rattray, bourbon cask #1750, 204
bts
Kleur: goud
ABV: 57,4%

Blank
Hout

Tomnavoulin is een
dorp in Speyside wiens naam Keltisch is voor ‘molen op de heuvel’. Daar haalt
Tamnavulin Distillery dan ook haar naam vandaan. Het is overigens een zeer
jonge distilleerderij, want ze werd pas in 1966 opgericht met de bedoeling te
voorzien in de hernieuwde vraag naar blends met Whyte Mackay op kop, maar
ook Crawfords en Mackinlay’s. De bottelaar A.D. Rattray uit Glasgow bracht dit
single cask uit 1989 enkele jaren geleden op de markt.

Lichte neus op flink
wat graan, schil van appel, gras en blank hout. Qua kruiden onthoud ik gember
en kaneel. Langzaam maar zeker komt er een beetje citrusfruit doorheen, maar ik
kan nog niet zeggen welk. En honing komt er ook door, zij het wat aan de late
kant. Deze neus neemt zijn tijd. Met water wordt hij fruitiger en krijg ik wat
minder hout, wat ik als een voordeel zie in dit geval.

Mooie volle body,
lekker romig en pittig gekruid. Kruidnagel, vanille en honing komen eerst, dan
het graan, gras en heide. Het fruit wordt wat in de verdrukking gebracht, maar
appels komen er toch nog door. Licht alcoholisch, wel. Nou ja, wat wil je met
57,4%? Verdund, daarentegen, is hij zoeter en fruitiger, maar krijgt hij iets
van bubblegum en wordt hij redelijk floraal, bijna geparfumeerd.

De finish is lang,
kruidig en drogend.

De neus kan flink wat
water gebruiken, maar dat is niet zo goed voor de smaak. Moeilijk in te
schatten, maar interessante Tamnavulin zonder twijfel.

84/100

Geproefd
door Mark Dermul op 15-06-2014
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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Tamnavulin Distillery

Tamnavulin Distillery

DistilleerderijenGeplaatst door Mark Dermul vr, juli 25, 2014 08:02:45

Tamnavulin Distillery

Tomnavoulin, Ballindaloch

Banffshire AB37 9JA

Scotland

+44 1807 590 285

www.whyteandmackay.co.uk

Whyte Mackay

In hartje Speyside ligt het dorp met de welluidende naam Tomnavoulin, wat molen op de heuvel betekent. Het was op die heuvel, langs de rivier Livet, dat in 1966 de Tamnavulin Distillery werd opgericht met de bedoeling te voldoen aan de groeiende vraag naar whisky door de blenders, met Whyte Mackay op kop, maar ook Crawfords en Mackinlay’s.

In 1993 kwam de distilleerderij in handen van Whyte Mackay, toen zij Invergordon Distillers overnamen. Een bedrag van om en bij de 400 miljoen euro werd neergeteld en omvatte de Invergordon graandistilleerderij, maar ook Bruichladdich, Isle of Jura en Tullibardine. Maar in 1995 werd Tamnavulin in de mottenballen gelegd. Het zou nog duren tot 2007 alvorens ze weer open ging, zoals in dit krantenartikel wordt beschreven. United Spirits van de Indiase zakenman Vijay Mallya pompte daarvoor flink wat geld in Tamnavulin. Twee jaar later werd Mallya echter flink getroffen door de crisis en zette hij de groep Whyte Mackay in zijn totaliteit te koop, maar zijn er (nog) geen kandidaten.

Livet

Tamnavulin was een moderne en grote distilleerderij ten tijde van haar oprichting met haar full lauter mashtun, acht roestvrijstalen washbacks en zes alambieken. Via de Saladin Box voorzag de distilleerderij in haar eigen gemoute gerst. En innovatief was ook het feit dat ze pas gestookte spirit gebruikten om de nieuwe wash voor te warmen.

Vreemd genoeg wordt het productiewater niet van de befaamde rivier Livet betrokken, maar uit de Easterton bronnen in de heuvels. Het water wordt overigens in een ondergronds reservoir bewaard. Het water uit de rivier fungeert enkel als koelwater. Ze produceren jaarlijks zo’n 4 miljoen liter, waarvan nog steeds een groot deel naar de blenders gaat. Slechts 200 vaten worden ter plekke opgeslagen voor rijping, de rest verhuist naar Invergorden om daar in de pakhuizen te verdwijnen.

Range

Er zijn niet zo veel officiële bottelingen, behoudens de 12 Year Old en enkele in de reeks Stillman’s Dram. Het karakter wordt meestal omschreven als gebalanceerd met een toets van eik, vers fruit en betrekkelijk zacht.

Ook bij de onafhankelijke bottelaars zijn releases van Tamnavulin few and far between.

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One Bottle of 1988 Mortlach For Sale £100,000 – Includes House – Whisky News

William Cadenhead Ltd, Scotland’s oldest independent bottler, are proud to announce the release of what is expected to be the world’s most expensive independent bottling to date, commanding in excess of £100,000.00.

Only one bottle will be produced to commemorate the closure of the Cadenheads Dufftown office. The bottle has been personally selected by Mark Watt from an exquisite cask distilled at the iconic Dufftown distillery of Mortlach. The bottle, 1 of 1, will be housed in a unique multi sensory packaging experience, unlike anything that has ever been seen on the market.

The buyer will literally be transported to the heart of Speyside where this fine single malt began its journey.  The outer packaging has been created as a symbol of inner needs, common to both human life and the water of life; featuring private water source, earth for growth, fire for heat and warmth and shelter to nurture and mature.

Outside, a sensory fourth dimension can be experienced with seasonal aromas of fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, rowanberries, very small green apples), lavender, mint, thyme, fresh cut grass, rosemary, sage and occasionally dandelions!

The materials used in the construction of the packaging reflect the local materials and craftsmanship of the era in which the whisky was lovingly distilled. It offers the opportunity for the lucky owner to personalise the packaging to their own personal taste once they have taken possession of this unique bottle.

Whisky can be enjoyed in many different situations, whether that is in front of a roaring fire, with friends, in peaceful solitude, outside on a rainy day, paired with food, the list goes on. However you prefer to experience your dram, rest assured that everything has been tailored to obtaining the maximum enjoyment from this unique whisky.

Bids in excess of £100,000 are invited for this unique one of a kind bottle of 1988 Mortlach, lovingly presented in a bespoke mid-terrace 1980s ex-council house in Dufftown.

Note:

This is a genuine offer for the purchase of a 3 bedroom (one of which was used as the Cadenheads Dufftown office from 1st of July 2012 to present day) mid terraced house with unique 1 of 1 bottle of 1988 Mortlach.
Please contact Mark Watt for further details or to make an offer.

Mark@wmcadenhead.com

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High End Whiskies at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

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Single Malt Scotch

  • Macallan “M” Lalique Decanter Single Malt 750ml – 1 available ($4,500.00)
  • Highland Park 30 year old, Isle of Orkney Single Malt Whisky 750ml – 1 available ($599.99)

KL Wine Merchants
http://www.klwines.com/
Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)
Email: wine@klwines.com
San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA

 

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