New releases from Hunter Laing’s Authors’ Series at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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New releases from Hunter Laing’s Authors’ Series

Each Authors’ Series release is dedicated to a particular figure in literature, featuring a photograph or drawing of them on the front label and a paragraph detailing their history on the back. The wax-sealed, decanter-like bottles are presented in a handsome hinged gift box and the whiskies themselves are selected by Andrew Laing as especially rich and complex casks from distilleries across Scotland.

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AUTHORS’ SERIES SPRINGBANK 1997 21 YEAR OLD – OSCAR WILDE

A single cask release from the highly collectable authors series range, this Campbeltown single malt was distilled at Springbank in 1997 and matured in a single sherry cask for 21 years. Bottled at 52.9% abv, this edition has been paired with legendary author Oscar Wilde.

Nose: Intense notes of sherry-maturation are immediately apparent, with raisins, plums and oranges combing with a wonderful wood polish/old library note.

Palate: Christmas cake, dark chocolate, cherries, pepper and a faint hint of smoke.

Finish: Beautifully dry and smoky.

£625.00 – Buy Now

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AUTHORS’ SERIES TULLIBARDINE 1993 25 YEAR OLD – WILLIAM THACKERAY

A new expression of the highly acclaimed authors series, this limited edition has been paired with legendary author William Thackeray. Distilled at the Highlands’ Tullibardine distillery in 1993 and matured in a single cask for a quarter of a century, this expression is bottled at a natural cask strength of 53.3% abv.

Nose: Vanilla custard, apricots, barley sugar and the sweetest of oak.

Palate: Malty and mouth-filling with caramel, apple crumble and a touch of honey.

Finish: Long, sweet and satisfying.

£395.00 – Buy Now

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AUTHORS’ SERIES TORMORE 1988 30 YEAR OLD – CHARLES BAUDELAIRE

The latest limited edition from the much coveted Authors’ Series paired with legendary author Charles Baudelaire, this single malt was distilled at the Tormore distillery in 1988 before being aged for three decades in a single cask.

Nose: Honey, apples, toffee and hints of melon on the nose.

Palate: Slightly waxy with orange, pineapple and rich malty notes.

Finish: A long finish with hints of strawberry combining with the sweetest of oak.

£425.00 – Buy Now

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AUTHORS’ SERIES PROBABLY SPEYSIDE’S FINEST 1968 50 YEAR OLD – NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE

The latest release from the much coveted Authors’ Series this Glenfarclas 50 year old has been matured in a sherry cask and bottled at a natural cask strength of 50.2%. This whisky is partnered with the legendary author Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Nose: Rich notes of the finest Oloroso sherry maturation with chocolate, sultanas, raspberries, plums and even coffee.

Palate: Intense red fruits with more ripe plums, cherries, hints of liquorice, orange and Jamon Iberico.

Finish: Incredibly long with the sweetness of the red fruits lingering on the tongue.

£2,750.00 – Buy Now

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/04/new-releases-from-hunter-laings-authors-series-at-the-whisky-shop-scotch-whisky-news/

New releases from Hunter Laing’s Authors’ Series at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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New releases from Hunter Laing’s Authors’ Series

Each Authors’ Series release is dedicated to a particular figure in literature, featuring a photograph or drawing of them on the front label and a paragraph detailing their history on the back. The wax-sealed, decanter-like bottles are presented in a handsome hinged gift box and the whiskies themselves are selected by Andrew Laing as especially rich and complex casks from distilleries across Scotland.

TWS1

AUTHORS’ SERIES SPRINGBANK 1997 21 YEAR OLD – OSCAR WILDE

A single cask release from the highly collectable authors series range, this Campbeltown single malt was distilled at Springbank in 1997 and matured in a single sherry cask for 21 years. Bottled at 52.9% abv, this edition has been paired with legendary author Oscar Wilde.

Nose: Intense notes of sherry-maturation are immediately apparent, with raisins, plums and oranges combing with a wonderful wood polish/old library note.

Palate: Christmas cake, dark chocolate, cherries, pepper and a faint hint of smoke.

Finish: Beautifully dry and smoky.

£625.00 – Buy Now

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AUTHORS’ SERIES TULLIBARDINE 1993 25 YEAR OLD – WILLIAM THACKERAY

A new expression of the highly acclaimed authors series, this limited edition has been paired with legendary author William Thackeray. Distilled at the Highlands’ Tullibardine distillery in 1993 and matured in a single cask for a quarter of a century, this expression is bottled at a natural cask strength of 53.3% abv.

Nose: Vanilla custard, apricots, barley sugar and the sweetest of oak.

Palate: Malty and mouth-filling with caramel, apple crumble and a touch of honey.

Finish: Long, sweet and satisfying.

£395.00 – Buy Now

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AUTHORS’ SERIES TORMORE 1988 30 YEAR OLD – CHARLES BAUDELAIRE

The latest limited edition from the much coveted Authors’ Series paired with legendary author Charles Baudelaire, this single malt was distilled at the Tormore distillery in 1988 before being aged for three decades in a single cask.

Nose: Honey, apples, toffee and hints of melon on the nose.

Palate: Slightly waxy with orange, pineapple and rich malty notes.

Finish: A long finish with hints of strawberry combining with the sweetest of oak.

£425.00 – Buy Now

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AUTHORS’ SERIES PROBABLY SPEYSIDE’S FINEST 1968 50 YEAR OLD – NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE

The latest release from the much coveted Authors’ Series this Glenfarclas 50 year old has been matured in a sherry cask and bottled at a natural cask strength of 50.2%. This whisky is partnered with the legendary author Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Nose: Rich notes of the finest Oloroso sherry maturation with chocolate, sultanas, raspberries, plums and even coffee.

Palate: Intense red fruits with more ripe plums, cherries, hints of liquorice, orange and Jamon Iberico.

Finish: Incredibly long with the sweetness of the red fruits lingering on the tongue.

£2,750.00 – Buy Now

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/04/new-releases-from-hunter-laings-authors-series-at-the-whisky-shop-scotch-whisky-news/

GLOBAL SCOTTISH WHISKY COMPANY BACKS 19-YEAR OLD LAMBORGHINI RACING DRIVER – Scotch Whisky News

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19-YEAR OLD LAMBORGHINI RACING DRIVER

It’s not every day that a 19-year old gets to race a Lamborghini, but Sandy Mitchell from Forfar is doing that on a regular basis.

Thanks to sponsorship from Black Bull Scotch Whisky, the global spirits brand based in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Mitchell is set to race in not 1 but 2 of the biggest platforms for GT racing.

The intense, high-speed six-round championship is fought out on a number of America’s iconic racetracks, including Road America and Laguna Seca. The season gets underway this weekend (April 5-7) at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, before heading to Watkins Glen in June.  After that, he will head back into the Blancpain Endurance Cup at Monza on 13th and 14th April, driving for the Black Bull Barwell Racing Team.  Competing in two different Lamborghini Squadra Corsa cars will test the limit of the young racing driver but he’s well prepared.  “I know the Lamborghini really well having driven for the Black Bull Barwell Racing Team last year and so I know how to handle it.” said Sandy,  “The car in the Trofeo Championship is different, but I’ve been out there testing it with the Wayne Taylor Racing team and feel confident that I can produce race winning pace from the start.”

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RACING DRIVER SANDY MITCHELL

Chairman of sponsors, Black Bull Scotch Whisky, Euan Shand commented; “We’ve sponsored Sandy long before he could legally drive on the road.  Aged 15, we saw Sandy’s potential and we have backed his racing career since then.  We think Sandy has the ability to reach the ultimate prize which is Le Mans and the European and American platforms he will race in this year prepares him beautifully for that opportunity.”

The Scots teenager will drive the No. 1 Prestige Performance Wayne Taylor Racing Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo (Pro), in partnership with 26-year-old Italian, Andrea Amici.

Mitchell, a race winner in both Blancpain and British GT championships, is part of the Lamborghini Squadra Corse GT3 Junior Program and a member of the prestigious British Racing Drivers’ Club Rising Star scheme.  “This is a fantastic opportunity to further my career, and I have to thank both Black Bull Whisky and Wayne Taylor Racing, plus Prestige Performance, for the opportunity,” Mitchell said.  “I felt it was important this year to increase my seat time in a competitive environment, and to be able to race in one of the highest-profile championships in America will significantly develop my experience.”

Wayne Taylor Racing has a winning record in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo, having clinched seven North American Pro-Driver, team and dealer championship titles.  They were also crowned the overall 2017 Lamborghini Champions at the World Finals in Imola, Italy.

Black Bull Scotch Whisky dates back to 1864.  The award-winning brand boasts 6 aged blended whiskies within their portfolio and exports to 50 countries globally.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/04/global-scottish-whisky-company-backs-19-year-old-lamborghini-racing-driver-scotch-whisky-news/

GLOBAL SCOTTISH WHISKY COMPANY BACKS 19-YEAR OLD LAMBORGHINI RACING DRIVER – Scotch Whisky News

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GLOBAL SCOTTISH WHISKY COMPANY BACKS

19-YEAR OLD LAMBORGHINI RACING DRIVER

It’s not every day that a 19-year old gets to race a Lamborghini, but Sandy Mitchell from Forfar is doing that on a regular basis.

Thanks to sponsorship from Black Bull Scotch Whisky, the global spirits brand based in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Mitchell is set to race in not 1 but 2 of the biggest platforms for GT racing.

The intense, high-speed six-round championship is fought out on a number of America’s iconic racetracks, including Road America and Laguna Seca. The season gets underway this weekend (April 5-7) at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, before heading to Watkins Glen in June.  After that, he will head back into the Blancpain Endurance Cup at Monza on 13th and 14th April, driving for the Black Bull Barwell Racing Team.  Competing in two different Lamborghini Squadra Corsa cars will test the limit of the young racing driver but he’s well prepared.  “I know the Lamborghini really well having driven for the Black Bull Barwell Racing Team last year and so I know how to handle it.” said Sandy,  “The car in the Trofeo Championship is different, but I’ve been out there testing it with the Wayne Taylor Racing team and feel confident that I can produce race winning pace from the start.”

RACING DRIVER SANDY MITCHELL (002)

RACING DRIVER SANDY MITCHELL

Chairman of sponsors, Black Bull Scotch Whisky, Euan Shand commented; “We’ve sponsored Sandy long before he could legally drive on the road.  Aged 15, we saw Sandy’s potential and we have backed his racing career since then.  We think Sandy has the ability to reach the ultimate prize which is Le Mans and the European and American platforms he will race in this year prepares him beautifully for that opportunity.”

The Scots teenager will drive the No. 1 Prestige Performance Wayne Taylor Racing Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo (Pro), in partnership with 26-year-old Italian, Andrea Amici.

Mitchell, a race winner in both Blancpain and British GT championships, is part of the Lamborghini Squadra Corse GT3 Junior Program and a member of the prestigious British Racing Drivers’ Club Rising Star scheme.  “This is a fantastic opportunity to further my career, and I have to thank both Black Bull Whisky and Wayne Taylor Racing, plus Prestige Performance, for the opportunity,” Mitchell said.  “I felt it was important this year to increase my seat time in a competitive environment, and to be able to race in one of the highest-profile championships in America will significantly develop my experience.”

Wayne Taylor Racing has a winning record in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo, having clinched seven North American Pro-Driver, team and dealer championship titles.  They were also crowned the overall 2017 Lamborghini Champions at the World Finals in Imola, Italy.

Black Bull Scotch Whisky dates back to 1864.  The award-winning brand boasts 6 aged blended whiskies within their portfolio and exports to 50 countries globally.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/04/global-scottish-whisky-company-backs-19-year-old-lamborghini-racing-driver-scotch-whisky-news/

WHISKY FANS TREATED TO ULTIMATE MONTH OF MALTS WITH THE SCOTCH MALT WHISKY SOCIETY FESTIVAL TOUR – Scotch Whisky News

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WHISKY FANS TREATED TO ULTIMATE MONTH OF MALTS WITH THE SCOTCH MALT WHISKY SOCIETY FESTIVAL TOUR 

The iconic whisky club will take show on the road to Speyside, Campbeltown and Islay 

 

May is a month to celebrate for whisky lovers, with The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) taking its colourful events and characterful cask strength whisky to the Speyside, Campbeltown and Islay festivals.

The whisky experts, with branches and members across the world, have an extensive programme of events and an exceptional range of special celebratory bottlings.

The Society will begin its festival tour at the start of May at the Spirit of Speyside festival (1 – 6 May), before its first appearance at the Campbeltown Malts Festival (21 – 22 May) and finishing at the renowned Feis Ile, the Islay Festival of Music and Malt (24 May – 1 June).

Firstly, the Society’s Speyside shenanigans will include partnering with whisky writers Hans Offringa, Charlie MacLean and Dave Broom to host a series of events at the Dowan’s and Craigellachie hotels as well as hosting a special drop-in bar with rare drams.

There will be a series of exclusive Spirit of Speyside bottlings available at the festival and then on sale to members from Friday, 3 May. This will feature an 11-year-old from the Sweet, Fruity Mellow flavour profile and a 21-year-old named ‘Succulent, scintillating and substantial’.

In the West of Scotland later in the month, the SMWS will be taking over the Ardshiel Hotel in Campbeltown from Tuesday, 21 May, with celebratory malts available throughout.

The Campbeltown festival experience will also be shared with the Society’s global membership through a virtual tasting, meaning if they can’t attend in person they can take part in the event with fellow whisky enthusiasts online. For more information on the Campbeltown virtual tasting, visit; https://bit.ly/2HXEp9P

Ambassadors John McCheyne and Matt Bailey will join forces to taste drams of exclusive festival whisky live from Campbeltown, which will be broadcast to members via Facebook.

For the first time, there will be a dedicated SMWS bottling specially for the Campbeltown Festival, which will be a Lightly Peated 10-year-old whisky with lovely sweet mellow notes backed up with peatiness to give it added complexity.

An essential fixture in any whisky fan’s diary is Feis Ile, the annual Islay Festival of Music and Malt, where distilleries and venues across this magical whisky island open their doors for tastings and events.

Much like previous years, the SMWS will be hosting a variety of events throughout the festival and producing an exclusive range of bottles, kicking-off with its open day in the splendid surroundings of Islay House, where members and non-members alike are all welcome.

In what promises to be a memorable experience for members, the Society is also hosting a ‘Tour de Islay’, which will see a peloton of whisky fans cycle around the island, stopping off at each of the nine distilleries and collecting stamps as they go. For information on how to sign-up, contact unfiltered@smws.com.

In between masterclasses, guests can also fulfil any fantasies of taking part in a Highland Games with two rounds of Islay-inspired games on the grounds of Islay House, which will include hi-jinks, soft landings, and liquid gold prizes for the winners.

The coveted Islay Festival bottlings for 2019, which range from 10 to 27-years-old and include four different cask types, will go on sale to members on Friday, 24 May. The first is called ‘Cuquillo black olives’, and is a full-term bourbon maturation of unpeated spirit, giving it an Oily Coastal character. By contrast, there’s no mistaking the Heavily Peated character of ‘Cooking for Hades’, which has spent eight years in an ex-bourbon hogshead.

Those looking for a big bruising Peated Islay dram should be delighted by ‘A beachcomber’s stash’, whereas the final bottle, named ‘A visceral, elemental experience’ is incredibly dark, fruity, smoky and sweet.

For more information on SMWS membership, festival bottles and activities, visit www.smws.com

Notes:

About The Scotch Malt Whisky Society 

  • The Scotch Malt Whisky Society was established in Edinburgh in 1983 and now has more than 26,000 members and branches around the world
  • The SMWS bottles rare single cask, single malt whisky, and a range of other spirits
  • The Society bottles single malts, unique single casks and exclusive blends
  • The Society has bottled whisky from more than 138 distilleries from Scotland and beyond
  • The Society offers a new batch of around 30 single cask, single malt whiskies every month
  • The Society offers a variety of membership’s packages which can be tailored. Please see https://bit.ly/2uqKanT
  • For more information about the Society, visit https://bit.ly/2HHiNyC
  • Twitter: @SMWSUK Facebook: @thesmwsuk Instagram: @smws_uk

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/04/whisky-fans-treated-to-ultimate-month-of-malts-with-the-scotch-malt-whisky-society-festival-tour-scotch-whisky-news/

WHISKY FANS TREATED TO ULTIMATE MONTH OF MALTS WITH THE SCOTCH MALT WHISKY SOCIETY FESTIVAL TOUR – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS LOGO 2017 NEW

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WHISKY FANS TREATED TO ULTIMATE MONTH OF MALTS WITH THE SCOTCH MALT WHISKY SOCIETY FESTIVAL TOUR 

The iconic whisky club will take show on the road to Speyside, Campbeltown and Islay 

 

May is a month to celebrate for whisky lovers, with The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) taking its colourful events and characterful cask strength whisky to the Speyside, Campbeltown and Islay festivals.

The whisky experts, with branches and members across the world, have an extensive programme of events and an exceptional range of special celebratory bottlings.

The Society will begin its festival tour at the start of May at the Spirit of Speyside festival (1 – 6 May), before its first appearance at the Campbeltown Malts Festival (21 – 22 May) and finishing at the renowned Feis Ile, the Islay Festival of Music and Malt (24 May – 1 June).

Firstly, the Society’s Speyside shenanigans will include partnering with whisky writers Hans Offringa, Charlie MacLean and Dave Broom to host a series of events at the Dowan’s and Craigellachie hotels as well as hosting a special drop-in bar with rare drams.

There will be a series of exclusive Spirit of Speyside bottlings available at the festival and then on sale to members from Friday, 3 May. This will feature an 11-year-old from the Sweet, Fruity Mellow flavour profile and a 21-year-old named ‘Succulent, scintillating and substantial’.

In the West of Scotland later in the month, the SMWS will be taking over the Ardshiel Hotel in Campbeltown from Tuesday, 21 May, with celebratory malts available throughout.

The Campbeltown festival experience will also be shared with the Society’s global membership through a virtual tasting, meaning if they can’t attend in person they can take part in the event with fellow whisky enthusiasts online. For more information on the Campbeltown virtual tasting, visit; https://bit.ly/2HXEp9P

Ambassadors John McCheyne and Matt Bailey will join forces to taste drams of exclusive festival whisky live from Campbeltown, which will be broadcast to members via Facebook.

For the first time, there will be a dedicated SMWS bottling specially for the Campbeltown Festival, which will be a Lightly Peated 10-year-old whisky with lovely sweet mellow notes backed up with peatiness to give it added complexity.

An essential fixture in any whisky fan’s diary is Feis Ile, the annual Islay Festival of Music and Malt, where distilleries and venues across this magical whisky island open their doors for tastings and events.

Much like previous years, the SMWS will be hosting a variety of events throughout the festival and producing an exclusive range of bottles, kicking-off with its open day in the splendid surroundings of Islay House, where members and non-members alike are all welcome.

In what promises to be a memorable experience for members, the Society is also hosting a ‘Tour de Islay’, which will see a peloton of whisky fans cycle around the island, stopping off at each of the nine distilleries and collecting stamps as they go. For information on how to sign-up, contact unfiltered@smws.com.

In between masterclasses, guests can also fulfil any fantasies of taking part in a Highland Games with two rounds of Islay-inspired games on the grounds of Islay House, which will include hi-jinks, soft landings, and liquid gold prizes for the winners.

The coveted Islay Festival bottlings for 2019, which range from 10 to 27-years-old and include four different cask types, will go on sale to members on Friday, 24 May. The first is called ‘Cuquillo black olives’, and is a full-term bourbon maturation of unpeated spirit, giving it an Oily Coastal character. By contrast, there’s no mistaking the Heavily Peated character of ‘Cooking for Hades’, which has spent eight years in an ex-bourbon hogshead.

Those looking for a big bruising Peated Islay dram should be delighted by ‘A beachcomber’s stash’, whereas the final bottle, named ‘A visceral, elemental experience’ is incredibly dark, fruity, smoky and sweet.

For more information on SMWS membership, festival bottles and activities, visit www.smws.com

Notes:

About The Scotch Malt Whisky Society 

  • The Scotch Malt Whisky Society was established in Edinburgh in 1983 and now has more than 26,000 members and branches around the world
  • The SMWS bottles rare single cask, single malt whisky, and a range of other spirits
  • The Society bottles single malts, unique single casks and exclusive blends
  • The Society has bottled whisky from more than 138 distilleries from Scotland and beyond
  • The Society offers a new batch of around 30 single cask, single malt whiskies every month
  • The Society offers a variety of membership’s packages which can be tailored. Please see https://bit.ly/2uqKanT
  • For more information about the Society, visit https://bit.ly/2HHiNyC
  • Twitter: @SMWSUK Facebook: @thesmwsuk Instagram: @smws_uk

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/04/whisky-fans-treated-to-ultimate-month-of-malts-with-the-scotch-malt-whisky-society-festival-tour-scotch-whisky-news/

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 246: The Celts 22 Year Old 1996 for MMM

Chris Lauriers’ 1973 Birthday Bash

EventsGeplaatst door Mark Dermul vr, maart 29, 2019 07:42:50

Chris Lauriers, Zijne
Excellentie, Mr Ambassador, SMWS-vertegenwoordiger en all-round whiskyhoer
(naar eigen zeggen en ik kreeg toestemming hem te quoten!) houdt jaarlijks een
whiskyhoogmis in de vorm van een quasi legendarische birthday tasting. Plek van
het gebeuren is sinds jaar en dag de topkroeg in Halle die naar de naam ’t
Parlement luistert.

Dinsdag 19 maart was
het weer zo ver. Dan ging al voor de 14e keer deze birthday bash
door.

Ik heb het geluk en de
eer gehad al een aantal van deze verjaardagstastings mee te maken. En het is
altijd triple feest: ten eerste omdat jarige Chris mijn maatje is, ten tweede
omdat de whisky’s meestal geweldig zijn (hoewel hij er af en toe wel eens een
Edradour of Auchentoshan tussen durft zetten, de snoodaard) en ten derde omdat
het steeds in erg leuk gezelschap doorgaat.

Maar de vriendschap
taant, naar mijn mening, want het duurde tot 20u22 voordat het eerste
Auchentoshan-grapje ten mijnen koste gemaakt werd. Ik heb nog nooit zo lang op
een steek onder water moeten wachten. Was hij misschien te druk bezig met het
zoeken naar zijn tastingboekjes om uit te delen? Neen, want de lamzak maakt geen
boekjes meer. Te veel moeite en het risico op spelvauten is te groot. Blind
proeven dus.

Toen elke stoeltje in
’t Parlement bezet was, werd de deur op slot gedaan en kon Chris aan zijn
one-man-show beginnen. En ook dit jaar ging hij er weer stevig tegenaan met een
apero en zes single malts uit 1973. Ik was alvast benieuwd welke ouwe meuk hij
nu weer van onder het stof had gehaald.

De debatten werden
geopend met een armagnac. Begint hij nu ook nog goeie ideeën van mij te pikken,
zekers? Soit, nog voor de eerste woorden van zijn introductie de lippen hadden verlaten weerklonk een welgemeend ‘Happy Birthday To You’ vanuit de hele zaal.
Halverwege de tasting werd dit nog eens herhaald, wat Chris even van zijn melk
bracht, maar op een goeie manier.

Bas-Armagnac 40
Year Old 1973 Dartigalongue – 40%

Ik hou wel van een
goeie Armagnac – een drank die ik nog maar een klein jaar geleden ontdekte.
Deze offreerde een rijke neus op cuberdons en tabak. Hij begon zacht en zoet op
smaak, maar werd snel wat scherp en droog. De afdronk was middellang en terug
mierzoet. Een erg goed begin van de avond!

Tomintoul 36 Year Old 1973/2010 Douglas
Laing Old Malt Cask – 45.9%

Slechts 215 flessen
van deze jongen werden in januari 2010 afgevuld. Fruitige, frisse neus op
kruisbessen en hooi, ananas en varens. Op smaak kwam daar wat eik en peper bij,
terwijl de afdronk gepeperd begon en dan langzaam, drogend, uitdoofde. Goed,
zonder groots te zijn (81/100).

Glenallachie 38 Year Old 1973/2011 The Whisky
Agency – 50.4%

Hola, dit is best
complex, hoor. Zoetzure neus met wat banaan en nat gras. Ook op smaak, moet ik
zeggen. Het begon zacht en fruitig, maar met een zuurtje en wat tannine die
komen meespelen. De lange, gepeperde afdronk bood nog wat woodsmoke. Dit begint
er op te lijken (84/100).

Geweldig grappig
moment: Chris vroeg – quasi pro forma – ‘is er iemand die dit niet lekker
vindt?’, waarop prompt de helft van de zaak de hand in de lucht stak.
Hilarisch!

Maar de wraak van de
ceremoniemeester was zoet – letterlijk – toen hij de volgende dram uitschonk.

Glengoyne 37 Year Old 1973/2010 Malts of
Scotland – 50.4%

Het was een erg fijn
weerzien met deze klepper, die ik voor het eerst bij de release proefde, nu zo’n
9 jaar geleden (toen deze jongen met zijn prijskaartje van 180 EUR duur werd
bevonden! Ah, waar is de tijd?). Dit vaatje – bourbon barrel 678 – dat 97
flessen opleverde (moet wel een gedeeld vat zijn, natuurlijk) werd destijds nog
door Luc Timmermans geselecteerd. De neus doet me denken aan een exotisch
zandstrand, onder een bananenboom met een ananascocktail in mijn linkerhand en
een kokosnoot van Dearly Beloved in
de rechter. De start is gepeperd, maar verzacht snel om een er fruitig feestje
van te maken op de tong. De bitterzoete afdronk is langer dan de benen van
Naomi Campbell (‘Wie?’ hoor ik de snotneuzen onder jullie denken). Voor mij een
quasi perfecte dram (93/100).

In tegenstelling tot
wat eenieder had gedacht, had Chris het verstand om na dit pareltje een korte
pauze in te lassen (wellicht ingefluisterd, maar soit…).

En hoewel ik dacht dat
het nu enkel maar bergaf kon gaan, moet ik bekennen dat er nog drie pareltjes
op tafel kwamen. Echt waar. Die ouwe meuk valt best mee!

Glen Grant 30 Year
Old 1973/2003 Berry’s Own Selection – 52.0%

Dit single cask #7653
van de Londense wijnhandelaar offreerde een donkerzoete neus vol rozijnen en
walnoten. De malt was romig op smaak, zoet en pittig op gebakken appels, citrus
en peper, wat zich doorzette in de bijzonder lange afdronk. Lang geleden dat ik
nog zo’n lekkere Glen Grant had geproefd. Absolute top (89/100).

Glenury
Royal 36 Yaer Old 1973/2006 Blackadder Raw Cask – 46.2%

Geloof het of niet,
dit was nog maar mijn tweede Glenury Royal en dat na bijna 4000 whisky’s… de
wonderen zijn de wereld nog niet uit. Bedankt, Chris! Deze werd gedistilleerd
op 21 juni 1973 en gebotteld op 22 juni 2006 en – zoals het Blackadder betaamt
– bevatte wat zwart cask sediment,
een leuke verkooptruc van Robin Tucek en de zijnen. Maar het moet gezegd:
vloeibaar dessert van de hoogste orde! Een succulente, ietwat florale neus met
abrikozen en ander geel fruit. De body was een tikkeltje te licht naar mijn
zin, maar wel lekker rond en zoet met een middellange afdronk (88/100).

Ledaig 21 Year Old 1973 Hart Brothers –
43%

De enige malt van de
avond die niet op vatsterkte gebotteld werd. Maar wat een dram! Zacht gerookt
op wit fruit en Abroath Smokies met een zoetje zoals je dat alleen bij oudere
Ledaig krijgt. Niet zo vuil als zijn jongere broertjes, maar daarom absoluut
niet minder lekker, hoor. De afdronk was betrekkelijk peaty, maar eerder kort
(86/100).

Na afloop van de
tasting werd door middel van handopsteking een top drie samengesteld. Het
resultaat kwam 100% overeen met mijn persoonlijke top drie, zijnde:

1) Glengoyne
2) Glen Grant
3) Glenury Royal

Zijne Excellentie
bedankte iedereen voor de verplaatsing, de bijdrage en het gezelschap en liet
verstaan nog voldoende malts uit 1973 voorradig te hebben om dit feestje nog
een keer of vijf te herhalen. Ik zie de volgende uitnodiging alvast met veel
gusto tegemoet!

May
the Malt be with you!

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Glen Keith 1994 24 Years (Asta Morris)

I was a big fan of the Glen Keith 23 Years 1994 bottled by Asta Morris half a year ago. Most of these bottles went to Japan, now Bert has bottled a sister cask of which more bottles will stay in Europe.

Bert has some reservations towards the ‘ex-bourbon cask’ claim, but that’s the information they gave him.

 

 

Glen Keith 1994 24 Years - Asta MorrisGlen Keith 1994 24 Years - Asta MorrisGlen Keith 24 yo 1994 (51%, Asta Morris 2019, ex-bourbon, AM 129, 179 btl.)

Nose: thick, sweet and fruity. Creamy banana candy, honeysuckle, hints of coconut and guava. Vanilla cake with icing. Whiffs of marshmallows. A light toasted note and whiffs of varnish. Honey. Apple pie and cinnamon pastry. Very rich. Mouth: still sweet and creamy, with a slight alcohol kick. Fruit eau-de-vies, coconut ice cream, loads of honey and baked bananas. Peaches on syrup. Pepper and ginger, as well as some minty / grassy oak towards the end, not unlike a bourbon whiskey indeed. Finish: long, sweet and spicy. Still some toffee and peaches underneath.

Great stuff again, I’m glad it will be more widely available this time, you won’t be disappointed. Around € 180, now in stores.

Score: 90/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/glen-keith/glen-keith-1994-24-years-asta-morris/

7th Annual Step Ahead Awards Recognize Women for Excellence in Manufacturing – Whisky News

Victoria Named 2019 STEP Ahead Honoree HEADER

7TH ANNUAL STEP AHEAD AWARDS RECOGNIZE WOMEN FOR EXCELLENCE IN MANUFACTURING

The Manufacturing Institute Will Honor Beam Suntory’s Victoria MacRae-Samuels

Chicago, March 1, 2019 – The Manufacturing Institute announced they will award Victoria MacRae-Samuels, Senior Director, Global Quality at Beam Suntory, with the Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Award. The STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory-floor to the C suite.

“I am honored to receive the 2019 STEP Ahead Award from the Manufacturing Institute, an organization that recognizes the invaluable role of women in business,” Victoria MacRae-Samuels said. “During my tenure in the spirits industry, I have seen how recruiting that attracts more women to STEP careers has positively impacted the growth of our global business. I am proud and humbled to represent these women – within Beam Suntory and beyond our walls – as a leader in manufacturing.”

The STEP Ahead Awards are part of the larger STEP Ahead initiative, launched to examine and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research, and leadership for attracting, advancing, and retaining strong female talent. In five years, STEP Ahead Award winners have impacted more than 300,000 individuals—from peers in the industry to school-aged children. Women constitute one of manufacturing’s largest pools of untapped talent. Women totaled 47 percent of the U.S. labor force in 2016, but only 29 percent of the manufacturing workforce. Not only does the STEP Ahead initiative bolster manufacturing’s attractiveness to women, it also plays an important role in improving the perception of careers in the industry among younger generations.

“Women are the single largest pool of untapped potential talent within the manufacturing industry, and we must continue to do everything we can to promote gender diversity within this field,” Keira Lombardo, Chair of STEP Ahead and executive vice president of corporate affairs and compliance for Smithfield Foods said. “The STEP Ahead Awards program not only recognizes the incredible women in manufacturing who have an impact on the daily lives of people all over the world, it sends an incredibly powerful message to the next generation of female leaders that the manufacturing industry offers innovative and fulfilling careers in which women can thrive.”

On April 11, The Manufacturing Institute will recognize 130 recipients of the STEP Ahead Awards at a reception in Washington, D.C. The STEP Ahead Awards program will highlight each honoree’s story, including their leadership and accomplishments in manufacturing.

“Providing more opportunities for women in manufacturing is more than just the right thing to do. At a time when manufacturers face a workforce crisis, and with women still constituting less than a third of manufacturing workers, it’s clearly critical to the future of our industry and the economy,” Carolyn Lee, executive director of The Manufacturing Institute said. “The Manufacturing Institute’s STEP Ahead awards—which provide today’s female leaders in manufacturing the recognition they deserve while simultaneously elevating role models that can inspire future generations to join them—are an important element of our commitment to helping foster a 21st-century manufacturing workforce by developing current leaders and engaging future ones.”

About Beam Suntory Inc. 
As a world leader in premium spirits, Beam Suntory inspires human connections. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands, Suntory whisky Kakubin, and Courvoisier cognac, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek and Basil Hayden’s bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Hornitos and Sauza tequila, EFFEN and Pinnacle vodka, Sipsmith and Roku gin, and Midori liqueur.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and a vision of Growing for Good.  Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan.  For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com.

About the Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. As a non-partisan organization, the Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge information and services to the nation’s manufacturers. The Institute is the authority on the attraction, qualification and development of world-class manufacturing talent. For more information, please visit www.themanufacturinginstitute.org.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/04/7th-annual-step-ahead-awards-recognize-women-for-excellence-in-manufacturing-whisky-news/

Beam Suntory Celebrates World Water Day, Deepening Commitment to Water & the Environment – American Whiskey News

CHICAGO, March 22, 2019 – Beam Suntory, a world leader in premium spirits, has deepened ties with a leading conservation and education organization neighboring its largest distillery in Kentucky, and forged a new relationship with a river protection organization near its global headquarters in Chicago.

The maker of Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon, Courvoisier cognac and Hibiki Japanese whisky announced these developments in recognition of World Water Day.

“Water is at the center of nearly every product we create,” Beam Suntory Chairman CEO Matt Shattock said. “We are committed to preserving and protecting this precious natural resource, and the surrounding environment, for future use in our products, and for the communities where we live and work.”

Inspired by parent company Suntory Holdings’ leadership in this area, Beam Suntory has established Natural Water Sanctuaries at its Maker’s Mark distillery, and near its Jim Beam distillery. The Jim Beam Natural Water Sanctuary is an Alliance with Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, the largest privately held contiguous forest block in the Eastern United States dedicated to conservation and education.

Beam Suntory and Bernheim recently extended their partnership to a five-year agreement, with the goal of protecting water quality, restoring wildlife habitats, and reintroducing native plants and trees on Bernheim grounds immediately adjacent to the Jim Beam distillery. They will also work to enhance environmental education in the community, within Beam Suntory, and at visitor experiences at both locations.

To celebrate World Water Day, the Jim Beam American Stillhouse team is teaming up with Bernheim representatives to share the importance of protecting water and the environment with distillery visitors. Guests will receive a reusable water bottle, Jim Beam will make a donation to further environmental education, and legal-drinking-age guests can enjoy specially themed cocktails.

Beam Suntory is also forging a partnership with the Friends of the Chicago River, a 40-year-old organization working to improve the health of the Chicago River system for the benefit of people, plants and animals. The partnership is focused on preserving and protecting the local waterway, and will include regular employee volunteer commitments.

Beam Suntory has eliminated the use of plastic straws at its global headquarters, and has committed to eliminate single-use plastics for food and beverages by the end of 2019. Within the last year, Beam Suntory employees have volunteered to clear waterways in Singapore, Taiwan, California and Chicago, and plant trees in Japan, Madrid, New York and Kentucky.

About Beam Suntory Inc.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/04/beam-suntory-celebrates-world-water-day-deepening-commitment-to-water-the-environment-american-whiskey-news/