Limited Edition Compass Box – Rogue’s Banquet at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Compass Box Rogues’ Banquet

Limited Edition · 70cl · 46% ABV

£179.95

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Compass Box have always believed in doing things a little differently. Founded by John Glazer in 2000 with a desire to challenge a market he saw as bland and conservative. The whiskies are based on the old model of whisky blending – the blender’s art is to take individual parcels of whisky, marry them together, and create something that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Known for pushing the boundaries of whisky making, Compass Box have at times courted controversy, and are admired by whisky drinkers the world over. Their artistic label designs are instantly recognisable, and amongst the most striking and original in the industry.

To mark their 20th anniversary, Compass Box are releasing a number of limited edition whiskies to be celebrated, enjoyed, and shared amongst friends, family, and like-minded enthusiasts. Rogues’ Banquet is the first of these releases, featuring well aged malt whisky from Miltonduff, Clynelish and Glen Elgin with grain whisky from North British (reportedly all over 20 years of age).

Rogues’ Banquet offers a rich array of textures and flavours, from tropical fruits to stem ginger and toffee. Opulent and hedonistic, rather like the company behind the whisky.

Discover our full range of Compass Box Whiskies HERE.

 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/limited-edition-compass-box-rogues-banquet-at-hard-to-find-whisky-scotch-whisky-news/

Benrinnes 17 Year Old 1997 Adelphi

Distilleerderij: Benrinnes
Regio: Schotland (Speyside)
Fles: Benrinnes 17 Year Old 1997/2015 Adelphi, Cask #853 for Paul Ullrich AG, 190 bts
Kleur: goud
ABV: 57.0%

Herbaal Bitterzoet

In 1896 werd Benrinnes verwoest door een grote brand en dienden de eigenaars flink wat renovaties uit te voeren om ze terug up and running te krijgen. In 1956 werd ze nog eens helemaal vernieuwd en in 1964 werd de maltfloor vervangen door een Saladin Box, die op haar  beurt in 1984 op pensioen ging. Vandaag de dag gaat 95% an de productie naar de blenders – met Johnnie Walker op kop – en is Benrinnes als officiële release amper te vinden. We proeven een onafhankelijke botteling van Adelphi, die enkele jaren geleden een single cask bottelde voor Paul Ullrich AG, een keten van spiritswinkels in Zwitserland.

De neus is fruitig, maar tegelijkertijd erg herbaal. Denk appels en pompelmoes tegenover varens en bloemen die op het punt staan te verwelken. Na enkele ogenblikken evolueert het naar vers appelsiensap op steroïden, terwijl de lichte off-note snel vervliegt. Nog wat karamel en vanille in de mix, maar het is vooral het citrusfruit dat hier met de aandacht gaat lopen.

Het alcoholpercentage beloofde een trap tegen de tanden, maar die blijft uit. Tuurlijk, hij is krachtig, maar branden doet hij niet. Bitterzoet van pompelmoes en kinine, maar tevens een citroensorbet met groene tuinkruiden. Mooi, helder, fris.

De afdronk gaat langzaam maar zeker van zoet naar bitter, zonder dat hij over de top gaat. Die afdronk mocht wat mij betreft nog net iets langer zijn.

De tuinkruiden op de neus verrasten me toch enigszins, maar afgezien daarvan een schoolvoorbeeld van een goed gerijpte Benrinnes.

86/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 05-01-2020
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5957

Benrinnes 17 Year Old 1997 Adelphi

Distilleerderij: Benrinnes
Regio: Schotland (Speyside)
Fles: Benrinnes 17 Year Old 1997/2015 Adelphi, Cask #853 for Paul Ullrich AG, 190 bts
Kleur: goud
ABV: 57.0%

Herbaal Bitterzoet

In 1896 werd Benrinnes verwoest door een grote brand en dienden de eigenaars flink wat renovaties uit te voeren om ze terug up and running te krijgen. In 1956 werd ze nog eens helemaal vernieuwd en in 1964 werd de maltfloor vervangen door een Saladin Box, die op haar  beurt in 1984 op pensioen ging. Vandaag de dag gaat 95% an de productie naar de blenders – met Johnnie Walker op kop – en is Benrinnes als officiële release amper te vinden. We proeven een onafhankelijke botteling van Adelphi, die enkele jaren geleden een single cask bottelde voor Paul Ullrich AG, een keten van spiritswinkels in Zwitserland.

De neus is fruitig, maar tegelijkertijd erg herbaal. Denk appels en pompelmoes tegenover varens en bloemen die op het punt staan te verwelken. Na enkele ogenblikken evolueert het naar vers appelsiensap op steroïden, terwijl de lichte off-note snel vervliegt. Nog wat karamel en vanille in de mix, maar het is vooral het citrusfruit dat hier met de aandacht gaat lopen.

Het alcoholpercentage beloofde een trap tegen de tanden, maar die blijft uit. Tuurlijk, hij is krachtig, maar branden doet hij niet. Bitterzoet van pompelmoes en kinine, maar tevens een citroensorbet met groene tuinkruiden. Mooi, helder, fris.

De afdronk gaat langzaam maar zeker van zoet naar bitter, zonder dat hij over de top gaat. Die afdronk mocht wat mij betreft nog net iets langer zijn.

De tuinkruiden op de neus verrasten me toch enigszins, maar afgezien daarvan een schoolvoorbeeld van een goed gerijpte Benrinnes.

86/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 05-01-2020
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5957

Distillery Focus: Tomatin at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Founded in 1897, Tomatin grew to become the largest malt whisky distillery in Scotland supplying fine malt whisky to blenders across the country. Like many others, Tomatin fell victim to the whisky crash of the early 1980’s but was rescued by Japanese investors in 1986. Tomatin’s continued success today is down to a focus on their Single Malts rather than bulk production and also their use of high quality first fill American Oak and Sherry casks, giving subtlety and finesse to the high quality spirit.

Located in the Scottish Highlands Tomatin continues to impress with its fruity, rich and intense flavours.  Alongside classic Bourbon and Sherry cask matured whiskies, you will find a range of innovative limited releases and rare, well aged bottlings from exceptional older casks.  From the 12 Year Old through to the much vaunted Warehouse Collection, Tomatin whiskies are accessible and provide superb value for money.

BROWSE OUR FULL TOMATIN RANGE HERE

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/distillery-focus-tomatin-at-hard-to-find-whisky-scotch-whisky-news/

Bacardi Limited Commits $3 Million to Support the Bar and Restaurant Industry – Whisky News

#RaiseYourSpirits provides financial aid and other relief to those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis

HAMILTON, BERMUDA, March 24, 2020 – Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, today launched #RaiseYourSpirits, an initiative to support bars and restaurants debilitated by the COVID-19 shutdown. We have been devastated to watch our longtime partners and friends lose their livelihoods virtually overnight, as dining out, nightlife and entertainment grind to a halt around the world. Bacardi and our brands including BACARDÍ® rum, MARTINI® vermouth sparkling wines, GREY GOOSE vodka, PATRÓN® tequila, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin and DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky, pledge $3 Million USD in financial aid and other support to help the people on the frontlines of our industry during this unimaginable time. This donation is in addition to the $1 Million USD pledged by our PATRÓN® tequila brand last week.

There are established non-profits that are providing aid quickly to those in our industry hard hit by this pandemic. Some of the organizations we are working with include Another Round, Another RallyCORE; the James Beard FoundationRestaurant Workers’ Community Foundation; and Tales of the Cocktail®.

And because our business is inherently local, many of our efforts around the world are grassroots – supporting bars and bartenders across countries, cities and neighborhoods to provide real time financial support, meals and other necessities to partners in need.

This is just the start. Our teams are working hard to identify more ways we can assist our on-trade community. We expect more outreach and activations to come. Our local teams, brands, and people are committed to lending a hand as this unprecedented hardship unfolds. Please follow #RaiseYourSpirits on Instagram to join this journey.

“Bacardi is a family company, and for us, business is personal. We always say that love for our brands is built in bars, and now it is our turn to show them our love,” said Mahesh Madhavan, CEO of Bacardi Limited. “We don’t have all the answers today on how best to help everywhere, but we are committed to do what we can to see our industry through this crisis. These may be the darkest of days for bars and restaurants, but I am certain that when we come out on the other side, people will emerge from isolation with a renewed zest to live life to the fullest and celebrate together with friends and family.”

About Bacardi Limited
Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, produces and markets internationally recognized spirits and wines. The Bacardi Limited brand portfolio comprises more than 200 brands and labels, including BACARDÍ® rum, GREY GOOSE® vodka, PATRÓN® tequila, DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, MARTINI® vermouth and sparkling wines, CAZADORES® 100% blue agave tequila, and other leading and emerging brands including WILLIAM LAWSON’S® Scotch whisky, ST-GERMAIN® elderflower liqueur, and ERISTOFF® vodka. Founded more than 158 years ago in Santiago de Cuba, family-owned Bacardi Limited currently employs more than 7,000, operates more than 20 production facilities in 11 countries, and sells its brands in more than 170 countries. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited. Visit www.bacardilimited.com or follow us on Twitter @BacardiLimited or Instagram @BacardiLimited1862. Enjoy Responsibly!

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/bacardi-limited-commits-3-million-to-support-the-bar-and-restaurant-industry-whisky-news/

LIFT YOUR SPIRITS WITH THE SCOTCH MALT WHISKY SOCIETY – Scotch Whisky News

LIFT YOUR SPIRITS WITH THE SCOTCH MALT WHISKY SOCIETY 

The world’s leading whisky club is helping to lift spirits by bringing its community of whisky lovers together with home tastings, online masterclasses and guidance on how to survive this unprecedented period of isolation

In uncertain times, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) is helping to keep spirits high by setting up an online ‘Members’ Room’ where whisky fans can meet up virtually to enjoy a dram, share their experiences and participate in a series of online tastings, from the safety of their own homes.

The Society’s online shop is open for business as normal and their shelves are well stocked with exceptional single cask whisky, ready to be delivered straight to your door. In times of uncertainty, The Society is encouraging members to grab some drams and share them at home.

For non-members, it’s a perfect time to sign up for SMWS membership and become a part of their ‘all together unique’ virtual global community of over 27,000 members.

SMWS offers a print-at-home tasting mat, which can be downloaded here, to guide members through their unique selection of 12 flavour profiles.

The Society will be hosting virtual online tastings, for whisky friends to gather and enjoy their ever-changing range as they’re released.

These tastings and tutorials will give members the opportunity to learn about their selection of wonderful whiskies in the online company of like-minded individuals.

As well as their multi-award winning magazine, Unfiltered, offering members unparalleled access to every corner of the whisky world, SMWS produces a range of rich content, including the Whisky Talk podcast which explores the people and the stories behind the drams.

David Ridley, MD and Chief Member Champion of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, said: “We don’t anticipate any issues right now with online orders and deliveries and we’re looking at how we can continue to bring members together in an online environment to share their love of Society whisky and good company.

“Look after each other, and if you’re stuck at home, at least make sure you’re well stocked with Society whisky to see you, your friends and families through. We look forward to seeing you online.”

https://www.smws.com/

f: https://www.facebook.com/thesmwsuk

i: https://www.instagram.com/smws_uk/

t: https://twitter.com/SMWSUK

yt: https://www.youtube.com/user/SMWSsilverscreen/videos

#SMWS 

Notes 

About The Scotch Malt Whisky Society 

  • The Scotch Malt Whisky Society was established in Edinburgh in 1983 and now has more than 27,000 members and branches around the world
  • The SMWS bottles rare 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 140 distilleries from Scotland and beyond
  • The Society offers a new batch of around 20 single malt whiskies every month
  • The Society offers a variety of membership 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/2020/04/lift-your-spirits-with-the-scotch-malt-whisky-society-scotch-whisky-news/

Blood Oath Pact No. 6 Launches This Spring Finished in Cognac Barrels – American Whiskey News

Blood Oath Pact No. 6 Launches This Spring Finished in Cognac Barrels

Bourbon Series Continues To Release Successful Expressions

BARDSTOWN, KY (March 24, 2020) – In its sixth year, the Blood Oath ultra-premium bourbon series continues to see unique expressions – Blood Oath Pact No. 6 launches this spring. The series – a creation of Lux Row Distillers’ Head Distiller and Master Blender John Rempe – combines three selected bourbons, expertly blended for a distinctive whiskey.

For Pact No. 6, Rempe chose a 14-year ryed bourbon with notes of oak and leather, melded with an 8-year warm toasty ryed bourbon and complemented them with a 7-year ryed bourbon rested in cognac casks. The memorable combination brings caramel notes and hints of spice, along extra flavor from the cognac barrels.

“This particular pact is special in that the cognac barrels added some sweetness and a slight fruity, brandy flavor to the bourbon, creating an amazing taste profile,” says Rempe. “When selecting these bourbons, I wanted to see how these flavors meshed together and I have to say the result was spectacular.”

As with all the other expressions, Pact No. 6 is a limited edition, never to be made again, with only 17,000 cases being produced and sold globally. This expression continues with the tradition of a 98.6 proof and packaged in an intricate wooden display box, with the 750ml bottle being topped with a natural cork and emblazoned with John Rempe’s signature. The suggested retail price is $99.99.

“The Blood Oath series launched in 2015 and it’s hard to believe we have already created more than half a decade of Pacts,” adds Rempe. “I’m honored to see consumers searching for the new release every year and get as excited as I am when a new Pact hits the shelves,” adds Rempe.

ABOUT LUX ROW DISTILLERS

Real roots, real family, real products: Lux Row Distillers – a bourbon distillery experience on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail – is a family-owned venture, bringing the Lux family history and spirits tradition to the bourbon industry. Lux Row Distillers is the home of Luxco’s bourbon brands, including Rebel Yell, Blood Oath, David Nicholson, Ezra Brooks and Daviess County Kentucky Straight Bourbons.

Located in the heart of Bardstown, Kentucky, the 18,000-square foot Lux Row Distillers includes a visitor center, barrel warehouses, a tasting room, and event space, making for an all-encompassing bourbon experience. The 80-acre property is home to an 18th century stone house – which is registered as a National Historic Place – and a long, tree-lined driveway providing a scenic entrance to the distillery.

For more information about the distillery, visit www.luxrowdistillers.com. You can also like Lux Row Distillers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/luxrowdistillers or follow the distillery on Instagram @luxrowdistillers.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/blood-oath-pact-no-6-launches-this-spring-finished-in-cognac-barrels-american-whiskey-news/

Blood Oath Pact No. 6 Launches This Spring Finished in Cognac Barrels – American Whiskey News

Blood Oath Pact No. 6 Launches This Spring Finished in Cognac Barrels

Bourbon Series Continues To Release Successful Expressions

BARDSTOWN, KY (March 24, 2020) – In its sixth year, the Blood Oath ultra-premium bourbon series continues to see unique expressions – Blood Oath Pact No. 6 launches this spring. The series – a creation of Lux Row Distillers’ Head Distiller and Master Blender John Rempe – combines three selected bourbons, expertly blended for a distinctive whiskey.

For Pact No. 6, Rempe chose a 14-year ryed bourbon with notes of oak and leather, melded with an 8-year warm toasty ryed bourbon and complemented them with a 7-year ryed bourbon rested in cognac casks. The memorable combination brings caramel notes and hints of spice, along extra flavor from the cognac barrels.

“This particular pact is special in that the cognac barrels added some sweetness and a slight fruity, brandy flavor to the bourbon, creating an amazing taste profile,” says Rempe. “When selecting these bourbons, I wanted to see how these flavors meshed together and I have to say the result was spectacular.”

As with all the other expressions, Pact No. 6 is a limited edition, never to be made again, with only 17,000 cases being produced and sold globally. This expression continues with the tradition of a 98.6 proof and packaged in an intricate wooden display box, with the 750ml bottle being topped with a natural cork and emblazoned with John Rempe’s signature. The suggested retail price is $99.99.

“The Blood Oath series launched in 2015 and it’s hard to believe we have already created more than half a decade of Pacts,” adds Rempe. “I’m honored to see consumers searching for the new release every year and get as excited as I am when a new Pact hits the shelves,” adds Rempe.

ABOUT LUX ROW DISTILLERS

Real roots, real family, real products: Lux Row Distillers – a bourbon distillery experience on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail – is a family-owned venture, bringing the Lux family history and spirits tradition to the bourbon industry. Lux Row Distillers is the home of Luxco’s bourbon brands, including Rebel Yell, Blood Oath, David Nicholson, Ezra Brooks and Daviess County Kentucky Straight Bourbons.

Located in the heart of Bardstown, Kentucky, the 18,000-square foot Lux Row Distillers includes a visitor center, barrel warehouses, a tasting room, and event space, making for an all-encompassing bourbon experience. The 80-acre property is home to an 18th century stone house – which is registered as a National Historic Place – and a long, tree-lined driveway providing a scenic entrance to the distillery.

For more information about the distillery, visit www.luxrowdistillers.com. You can also like Lux Row Distillers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/luxrowdistillers or follow the distillery on Instagram @luxrowdistillers.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/blood-oath-pact-no-6-launches-this-spring-finished-in-cognac-barrels-american-whiskey-news/

THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO CANADIAN DISTILLERIES – Canadian Whisky News

THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO CANADIAN DISTILLERIES
The Portable Expert to Over 200 Distilleries and the Spirits they Make (From Absinthe to Whisky, and Everything in Between)
By: Davin de Kergommeaux and Blair Phillips

From award-winning author of Canadian Whisky, Davin de Kergommeaux, comes an up-to-the minute and definitive guide to over 200 distilleries across Canada and the array of spirits they make. 

The Definitive Guide to Canadian Distilleries is an indispensable guide to the past, present and future of Canada’s distilleries. Written by bona fide Canadian spirits expert Davin de Kergommeaux, this book covers more than 200 of the most exciting and cutting-edge distilleries, large and small, who are shaping the industry today.

Just a decade ago, fewer than a dozen distilleries, concentrated in two provinces, produced almost all the spirits (mainly whisky) made in Canada. Today, there is a movement afoot in Canada’s spirits world. There has never been a better selection of rich specialty spirits–from gin to moonshine, from flavoured vodka to liqueurs–to tempt the palate and supplement your long-time favourites. Despite flourishing public enthusiasm for Canada’s distillers, other than incomplete and inaccurate web-based information, no one has offered consumers an all-inclusive guide… until now.

Using a trademark (and witty) blend of narrative, tasting notes, inventive cocktail recipes and vibrant photos, de Kergommeaux shares the unique genesis of each of these distillers who are pushing the boundaries and flavours of spirits of all kinds. Divided geographically with suggested distillery routes, and filled with key tour information as well as breakout features of the most exciting people and spirits today, The Definitive Guide to Canadian Distilleries is a treasured souvenir and fun companion to the distilleries in every corner of the country, and a must-have guide for curious drinkers and expert connoisseurs alike. 

Himself

Author Bio: DAVIN DE KERGOMMEAUX is a drinks writer, public speaker and spirits judge, recognized as the world expert on Canadian whisky. He has travelled to four continents to visit spirits producers and distilleries, and make presentations about Canadian spirits. In 2016 the Globe and Mail named him one of the 50 most influential Canadians in food and drink, then in 2018 the New York Times said his significance in the revival of Canadian whisky could not be overstated.

BLAIR PHILLIPS is a lifestyle and spirits writer specializing in Canada’s growing landscape of spirits and distilleries. He is the Canadian contributing editor for Whisky Magazine and writes for the popular Distiller app. He also contributed features for drinkingmadeeasy.com during the TV Series’ three season run. He judges several spirits competitions including the World Whisky Awards and Canadian Whisky Awards.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/03/the-definitive-guide-to-canadian-distilleries-canadian-whisky-news/

TOMATIN CREATE THE WORLD’S FIRST VIRTUAL WHISKY FESTIVAL April 4th, 2020- Scotch Whisky News

 

TOMATIN CREATE THE WORLD’S FIRST VIRTUAL WHISKY FESTIVAL

Award-winning Tomatin Single Malt are set to host the Lockdown Whisky Festival alongside industry leading whisky brands

27th March 2020 – Tomatin Single Malt will be hosting the world’s first Lockdown Whisky Festival this April, alongside an array of whisky brands including Glen Moray, Arran and BenRiach, with a view to bringing enjoyment to the general public and the whisky industry which, like many others, has faced event cancellations and postponements in recent weeks.

The festival will be live-streamed on Tomatin’s own YouTube channel on the 4th April from 2pm til 5pm (GMT) and will be hosted by independent whisky influencer, Aqvavitae. The virtual whisky festival will see brand ambassadors from multiple international producers unite to engage with the global audience. Brands to appear on the livestream include Adelphi, Arran, BenRiach, Cù Bòcan, GlenAllachie, Glencadam, Glen Moray, Kilkerran, Kilchoman, Paul John, Tomintoul and of course, Tomatin.

Scott Adamson, Global Brands Ambassador at Tomatin Distillery said: “The greatest benefit to organising the Lockdown Whisky Festival is that it’s virtual, so we can bring the community together to enjoy and learn from some of the best distilleries in the industry, all from the comfort of home at a time when staying in and staying safe has never been more important. 

“It’s exciting to be the first distillery to host a virtual whisky festival and we’re thankful for the other distilleries who have chosen to get involved and support it. We will be encouraging viewers to use #LockdownWhiskyFestival on social when they raise a dram with us next week.”

Aqvavitae, an independent whisky influencer, will be hosting the entirety of the livestream, asking questions and hosting the festival as we virtually explore the expressions on offer during each brand’s mini showcase.

Roy (Youtube: @Aqvavitae) said: “Following weeks of unfortunate postponements and cancellations, it’s really refreshing to be part of the world’s first virtual whisky festival. Spearheaded by Tomatin, what we lose in not sharing the same space we gain in global reach and inclusion. It’s great to see so many distilleries and producers coming together in the spirit of sharing to realise this. Can’t wait!” 

The Lockdown Whisky Festival will begin streaming from 2-5pm GMT on 4th April on the Tomatin Distillery YouTube channel.

Notes:

Tomatin Distillery has been producing and blending malt Scotch whisky since 1897. Over the last 50 years, the distillery has borne witness to vast change. At its peak in the 1970s, Tomatin was the largest distillery in the world operating 23 stills and producing 12 million litres of alcohol every year. Over the last decade, significant time has been invested in rediscovering the distillery, people and values, and in refining the business model to move away from the formerly lucrative bulk commodity market to now focus on Tomatin’s core range of single malts.

Tomatin is located in the Scottish Highlands (near Inverness) and is famous for its portfolio of soft and mellow whiskies, including a core range, a limited-edition range and a premium archive range (prices range from £35 – £10,000). In the last ten years, Tomatin has secured over 60 prestigious awards in a variety of categories, and in 2019 the distillery celebrated its most successful year ever at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition, securing seven Double Gold awards and four Gold awards.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/03/tomatin-create-the-worlds-first-virtual-whisky-festival-april-4th-2020-scotch-whisky-news/