MASTER BLENDER DR. RACHEL BARRIE INDUCTED AS A ‘KEEPER OF THE QUAICH’ AT PRESTIGIOUS CEREMONY – Scotch Whisky News

MASTER BLENDER DR. RACHEL BARRIE INDUCTED AS A ‘KEEPER OF THE QUAICH’ AT PRESTIGIOUS CEREMONY

One of the world’s top whisky Master Blenders, also known as the ‘First Lady of Scotch’, has been recognised with one of the industry’s most prestigious accolades by being inducted as a ‘Keeper of the Quaich’ at a private ceremony held at Blair Castle last night (Monday 7 October).

With over 27 years of experience in the industry, Dr. Rachel Barrie is the Master Blender for Brown-Forman’s Scotch Whisky portfolio of The GlenDronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh. Last year, Rachel was the first female Scotch whisky Master Blender to receive an Honorary Doctorate and be inducted into Whisky Magazine’s illustrious ‘Hall of Fame’.

At The GlenDronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh distilleries, Rachel is responsible for developing, testing and expertly fine-tuning each distillery’s unique signature character and range of expressions. Throughout her career, Rachel has tasted in excess of 150,000 casks of Single Malt Scotch Whisky, which continues to boom in exports with overseas category sales growing 7.8% by value to £4.7bn last year.*

The Keepers of the Quaich is an international society established by the Scotch whisky industry to celebrate the outstanding commitment of those who produce and promote the world’s finest distilled spirit. Only a small number of people are nominated for the title for showing extraordinary dedication to and passion for their craft.

Originally from Inverurie in Aberdeenshire, an area rich in Scotch history, Rachel was long destined for a career in Single Malt whisky creation. After studying chemistry at the University of Edinburgh, she began as a research scientist at the Scotch Whisky Research Institute. She then moved into production at The Glenmorangie Company, becoming Master Blender in 2003. During this time Rachel also managed the stocks for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, before moving to Morrison Bowmore Distillers with Bowmore, Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch, working latterly with Laphroaig and Ardmore. Rachel was appointed as
Master Blender for Brown Forman’s Single Malt portfolio in 2017, then in 2018 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Edinburgh University as well as being inducted into the Whisky Hall of Fame.

Commenting on the appointment to the international society, Dr. Rachel Barrie said:

“Being inducted as a Keeper of the Quaich is a very proud moment in my career. The society brings together those leading the way in Scotch whisky from all corners of the world, and to be part of this highly revered body is an honour, as we continue to push boundaries in perfecting our magnificent spirit.”

“My ambition has always been to unlock the secrets of Scotch whisky making and provenance, to develop and nurture richness of character and celebrate it with the world; it’s an honour to be recognised for this and to be in such esteemed company.”

Annabel Meikle, Director at Keepers of the Quaich added:

“The ceremony and banquet at Blair Castle for new Keepers of the Quaich is a true celebration of Scotch whisky, and we are proud to welcome new Keepers into the Society in recognition of their incredible service to the industry and wealth of knowledge. I often think of the Society as the most inclusive yet exclusive whisky club in the world, and it’s always a great moment to see new inducted Keepers becoming recognised for their prestigious work in the Scotch whisky industry.”

NOTES 

ABOUT BROWN-FORMAN

For nearly 150 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Cola, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Finlandia, Korbel, el Jimador, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Canadian Mist, Herradura, New Mix, Sonoma-Cutrer, Early Times, Chambord, BenRiach, GlenDronach, Glenglassaugh and Slane. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by over 4,700 employees and sold in more than 165 countries worldwide. For more information about the company and its corporate responsibility efforts, please visit http://www.brown-forman.com/.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT KEEPERS OF THE QUAICH:

https://www.keepersofthequaich.co.uk/

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/master-blender-dr-rachel-barrie-inducted-as-a-keeper-of-the-quaich-at-prestigious-ceremony-scotch-whisky-news/

JACK DANIEL’S ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF TENNESSEE APPLE – American Whiskey News

JACK DANIEL’S ANNOUNCES LAUNCH

 OF TENNESSEE APPLE 

Refreshing apple liqueur crafted with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey available in October 

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (October 2, 2019) – The Jack Daniel Distillery introduces Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple, a blend of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey with finely crafted apple liqueur. The newest member of the Jack Daniel’s family launches nationally in October.

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple is crafted from Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, charcoal mellowed and matured in new American oak barrels, and apple liqueur made from the highest quality ingredients to deliver a delicious Jack Daniel’s experience. Jack Apple is a deliciously smooth and refreshing apple-flavored whiskey that’s uniquely Jack.

“Mr. Jack was known for being an innovator and always exploring how to do things differently, including adding different flavors and ingredients,” said Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett. “Tennessee Apple couples the character of our Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey with the taste of crisp, green apples. It’s like a freshly picked apple in a glass of Jack.”

At 70 proof, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple features a perfect blend of green apples enhanced by the sweet bold notes of Jack. It hits shelves nationally October 1 in 50 ml, 375 ml, 750 ml and 1-liter bottle sizes with a suggested retail price of $26.99 for 750 ml. 

About Jack Daniel’s

Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the first registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails. Today, Jack Daniel’s is a true global icon found in more than 170 countries around the world and is the most valuable spirits brand in the world as recognized by Interbrand.

Your friends at Jack Daniel’s remind you to drink responsibly.

JACK DANIEL’S, OLD NO. 7, and TENNESSEE APPLE are registered trademarks. ©2019 Jack Daniel’s. Whiskey Specialty, 35% Alcohol by Volume (70 Proof). Jack Daniel Distillery, Lynchburg, Tennessee. JackDaniels.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/jack-daniels-announces-launch-of-tennessee-apple-american-whiskey-news/

Johnnie Walker ‘The John Walker’

Bottelaar: Johnnie Walker
Regio: Schotland
Fles: Johnnie Walker ‘The John Walker’, OB 2011
Kleur: koper
ABV: 40%

Klasse

The John Walker is een blend die in de categorie ‘super de luxe’ valt. Voor de luttele som (sarcasm, anyone?) van 2.600 EUR krijg je een unieke blend in een Baccarat kristallen decanter met een 24-karaats vergulde nek en een prachtig gelakt kastje eromheen. De inhoud is een eerbetoon aan de oprichter van het bedrijf. Daarom wordt hij soms ook de Founder’s Blend genoemd. Hij is samengesteld met enkel whisky’s die er al waren toen Mr Walker – Johnnie voor de vrienden – zelf actief was. Slechts 9 distilleerderijen en ze worden gehuwd in een speciaal daarvoor uitgekozen 100-jarig vat. Dat vat heeft nu alles gegeven wat het kon, dus komt er een eind aan deze serie. Hoog tijd dus, om hem toch een keertje te proeven.

Goh, wat een neus! Diep en rijk aan sappig fruit – peren waarvan het sap langs je kin loopt en licht bittere, doch erg zoete appelsienen. Leder. Vanille. En een zacht spoortje rook. Mooi, mooi, mooi.

De body is licht, maar de smaak is geweldig. Vanille en wat kruidige eik komen eerst, om dan gevolgd te worden door mandarijn en pomelo, roze pompelmoes, pomme d’amour en flink wat geroosterde noten. Opnieuw dat spoortje rook dat hem diepgang geeft, zonder zich op te dringen. Bijna als muzak. Elegant, hoor.

Maar dan die afdronk. Nu komt die rokerige toets echt mooi tot uiting. Terwijl de fruitigheid (vooral citrus) langzaam wegdeemstert en de noten hun laatste adem uitblazen, blijft de rook je mond verwennen met een hartverwarmende gloed.

Alles aan deze whisky straalt luxe en weelderigheid uit. Gelukkig is de liquid zelve dat ook. Het gebeurt niet vaak dat ik een blend 90 scoor, maar voila, deze heeft dat dubbel en dik verdiend. Klasse!

90/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 06-10-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5059

New: Royal Brackla // Dalmore travel retail // GlenAllachie single casks

Royal Brackla 12, 18, 21 Years

Royal Brackla 12, 18, 21 Years

Royal Brackla relaunches its travel retail range with new expressions, each finished in different types of sherry casks. The 12 Year Old is finished in Oloroso casks, the 18 Year Old in Palo Cortado and the 21 Year Old in a mix of PX, Oloroso and Palo Cortado.

They will now be bottled at a higher 46% ABV (up from 40%) and gradually rolled out in Spring 2020.

 

 

Dalmore Trio, Quartet, Quintet

Dalmore Trio, Quartet, Quintet

Three, four or five cask types used to finish a whisky, that’s the choice Dalmore is offering in its new travel retail line-up. Dalmore The Trio (€ 80) uses first-fill bourbon, 10 year old Tawny casks and 30 year old Matusalem sherry casks. Dalmore The Quartet (€ 100) adds Bordeaux wine casks and Dalmore The Quintet (€ 115) also uses ex-Moscatel and Malvasia Madeira casks (no ex-bourbon).

Two remarks: first, I don’t see a reason to ask a higher price because you’re using an additional cask type. Perhaps the age is also higher, but there’s no mention of this in the press release. Secondly, I think it’s questionable or at least confusing to use the term ‘30 year old sherry cask’ to indicate a cask that has been seasoned with 30 years old sherry – in my opinion it’s confusing and is no guarantee for the quality of the cask itself or the whisky for that matter.

 

 

GlenAllachie single casks

GlenAllachie single casks

There’s a new series of single cask releases from The GlenAllachie. There are 10 to 18 year old whiskies from Marsala, Madeira, PX and Oloroso casks. Have a look at The Whisky Barrel where they can already be ordered.

 

 

Also interesting

Whisky that may not have been widely announced but that grabbed my attention in shops recently…

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/whisky-news/royal-brackla-dalmore-travel-retail-glenallachie-single-casks/

Johnnie Walker Blue Label King George V – first edition

Bottelaar: Johnnie Walker
Regio: Schotland
Fles: Johnnie Walker Blue Label King George V, first edition
Kleur: koper
ABV: 43%

Weelderig

Er zijn verschillende edities van deze ‘koninklijke’ blend uitgebracht door Johnnie Walker, maar ik kon via-via een sample te pakken krijgen van de allereerste editie. De blend is een ode aan de Royal Warrant die John Walker Sons ontving van Koning George V die regeerde van 1910 tot 1936. Daarom werd de blend samengesteld met whisky’s allemaal afkomstig van distilleerderijen die tijdens zijn bewind operationeel waren, inclusief enkele gesloten distilleerderijen als Cambus, Glen Albyn en Port Ellen. Reken op zo’n 350 tot 500 EUR voor een fles.

De neus is een gelaagde mix van wit, geel en rood fruit, opgeleukt met origine chocolade en een mooie florale toets. Wat geroosterde noten en een mooie rokerige hint. Zoeter dan de latere versie die ik al kon proeven. Groots.

Hij rolt zijdezacht over de tong, maar is wel erg olieachtig. Prima body. En meteen een grote kruidigheid in de vorm van nootmuskaat, gember en een peperbolletje. Dan wordt het geheel onmiddellijk verzacht door lagen van fruit, met de nadruk op appelsien. Iets van munt geeft hem een frisse uplift.

De afdronk is verrassend lang, zoet en licht drogend, waarbij de munt hem frist houdt, terwijl het citrusfruit langzaam uitdooft. Een toefje rook blijft nog lang nazinderen.

Weelderig en rijk. Imposante blend, hoor. Mag wel voor zo’n prijs, natuurlijk, maar bewijst wel – voor zover nog nodig – dat blends niet per definitie moeten onderdoen voor single malts qua complexiteit.

88/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 06-10-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5056

KININVIE RELEASES FIRST THREE TRIALS FROM ITS KININVIE WORKS RANGE – KVSM001, KVSG002 AND KVSB003 – Scotch Whisky News

KININVIE RELEASES FIRST THREE TRIALS FROM ITS KININVIE WORKS RANGE – KVSM001, KVSG002 AND KVSB003

  • Kininvie, from William Grant Sons, releases KVSM001, KVSG002 and KVSB003; a Single Malt, Single Grain and a Blended expression – three whiskies created from different trials from Kininvie Works, near Dufftown, Scotland
  • Alongside this, it has published its first technical White Paper; a theoretical hypothesis that explores a potential innovation that Kininvie Works could undertake – ‘rousing’ of new make spirit to affect flavour
  • Kininvie Works aims to challenge what we know about Scotch whisky making and acts as a creative hub where collaboration, curiosity and a desire to learn are key

Kininvie Works is a collective of determined free-thinking distillers that go against the grain to challenge what we know about Scotch whisky. The ideas that they test are never constrained or informed by any commercial fulfilment plans, something that is unique to Kininvie Works.

For the first time, Kininvie has released the outputs of three of its trials. The inaugural Kininvie Works range is comprised of three makes – KVSM001, KVSG002 and KVSB003; the result of the bravery and creativity that epitomises the work done at Kininvie Works, where invention, learning and discovery lead the way.

Each of these expressions is characterised by one distinctive technique, with the ambition to create a liquid that represents the learnings of the experiments carried out at Kininvie Works.

The new releases:

KVSM001 – For this expression, Kininvie experimented with the distillery parameters to allow a third distillation process, comparable to Irish distillation and a contrast to the normal set-up at Kininvie. Run for one week at the distillery, KVSM001 is the result of this experiment – a five-year-old Single Malt whisky that has been aged in ex-Bourbon casks with an ABV of 47%. The observation of this trial was that shifting from a double to a triple distillation resulted in a floral and fruity character with hints of pear drops.

KVSG002 – Behind this expression is an experiment to explore the different flavour profiles generated by cereals other than the usual malted barley to see if, and how, the addition of malted rye could alter the whisky’s profile. KVSG002 is a three-year-old Single Grain whisky aged in Virgin American oak casks with an ABV of 47.8%, defined by the addition of malted rye to the mash. What was observed was that the final product had a distinguished toffee flavour along with the classic spiciness associated with rye.

KVSB003 – The final release of the range is an innovation in Blended Scotch. It uses a higher proportion of malt than usual for a Blend, exploring how malt and grain drive flavour differently. KVSB003 is a blend of a three-year-old Single Grain Scotch whisky with a parcel of Single Malt Scotch whisky both produced at the Kininvie Distillery, aged in Virgin American oak European casks respectively. It has an ABV of 48.2%. The observation was that this shift created a distinct spicy note that balances out the light floral note of Kininvie malt.To accompany the launch of this experimental range is Kininvie Works’ first White Paper – theorising a potential trial at Kininvie Works. It was written as a springboard for the whisky community to exchange and discuss ideas about potential future whisky experimentations and whether they should be pursued or not.

Titled ‘The Influence of the Continuous Rousing of Spirit on the Characteristics of New Make Whisky Spirit’, this first research work explores how the principle of aeration could be applied to whisky making in a similar way it is used to enhance the flavours of wine, and to understand the possibilities of ‘rousing’ new make spirit before it goes into casks. Developed collaboratively by the Distilling team, its objective is to champion learning and creativity in whisky making and offer a hypothesis about the future of whisky innovation.

This first White Paper is testament to the experimentation that happens at Kininvie Works – a creative sanctuary to bend and reinvent the traditions of whisky and where creativity meet a meticulous observation process.

The three Kininvie releases, KVSM001, KVSG002 and KVSB003 (50cl) are available to purchase online from 7th October 2019 in the UK, and from 14th October 2019 in France on www.amazon.co.uk for £35 or 35€.

The White Paper, titled The Influence of the Continuous Rousing of Spirit on the Characteristics of New Make Whisky Spirit, and published on September 2019, can be downloaded free here: www.kininvie.com

NOTES

Where to buy and RRP
KVSM001, KVSG002 and KVSB003 (50cl) – the inaugural releases of Kininvie Works – are available to purchase on www.amazon.co.uk from 7th October 2019 (UK) and 14th October 2019 (FR) for a RRP of £35 or 35€.

Or via direct links below:

Packaging info
The Kininvie Works range comes in 100% recyclable packaging, specifically designed for e-commerce; the bottle is flat, light and its outer box doesn’t require additional bubble wrap or safety packaging.

Social media
Kininvie can be found on social media via the links below:

Product names
The Kininvie Works products names – KVSM001, KVSG002 AND KVSB003 – relate to each expression’s own experiment.

KV stands for Kininvie, the next two letters relate to the whisky type; SG stands for Single Grain, SM stands for Single Malt and SB stands for Scotch Blend. The final number – 001, 002 and 003 – relates to the experiment number of the expression.

About Kininvie
The Kininvie whisky distillery is based in Dufftown, Speyside. It is one of William Grant Sons three distilleries in Dufftown. The Kininvie distillery was founded on 4th July 1990. Kininvie has long been a hub for creation and innovation; and for the first time, it’s showing this side to the public with the inaugural three releases from its Kininvie Works range.

About Kininvie Works
Kininvie Works, is a collective of free-thinking distillers that go against the grain to challenge what we know about Scotch Whisky. The ideas that they test are never constrained or informed by any commercial

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/kininvie-releases-first-three-trials-from-its-kininvie-works-range-kvsm001-kvsg002-and-kvsb003-scotch-whisky-news/

KININVIE RELEASES FIRST THREE TRIALS FROM ITS KININVIE WORKS RANGE – KVSM001, KVSG002 AND KVSB003 – Scotch Whisky News

KININVIE RELEASES FIRST THREE TRIALS FROM ITS KININVIE WORKS RANGE – KVSM001, KVSG002 AND KVSB003

  • Kininvie, from William Grant Sons, releases KVSM001, KVSG002 and KVSB003; a Single Malt, Single Grain and a Blended expression – three whiskies created from different trials from Kininvie Works, near Dufftown, Scotland
  • Alongside this, it has published its first technical White Paper; a theoretical hypothesis that explores a potential innovation that Kininvie Works could undertake – ‘rousing’ of new make spirit to affect flavour
  • Kininvie Works aims to challenge what we know about Scotch whisky making and acts as a creative hub where collaboration, curiosity and a desire to learn are key

Kininvie Works is a collective of determined free-thinking distillers that go against the grain to challenge what we know about Scotch whisky. The ideas that they test are never constrained or informed by any commercial fulfilment plans, something that is unique to Kininvie Works.

For the first time, Kininvie has released the outputs of three of its trials. The inaugural Kininvie Works range is comprised of three makes – KVSM001, KVSG002 and KVSB003; the result of the bravery and creativity that epitomises the work done at Kininvie Works, where invention, learning and discovery lead the way.

Each of these expressions is characterised by one distinctive technique, with the ambition to create a liquid that represents the learnings of the experiments carried out at Kininvie Works.

The new releases:

KVSM001 – For this expression, Kininvie experimented with the distillery parameters to allow a third distillation process, comparable to Irish distillation and a contrast to the normal set-up at Kininvie. Run for one week at the distillery, KVSM001 is the result of this experiment – a five-year-old Single Malt whisky that has been aged in ex-Bourbon casks with an ABV of 47%. The observation of this trial was that shifting from a double to a triple distillation resulted in a floral and fruity character with hints of pear drops.

KVSG002 – Behind this expression is an experiment to explore the different flavour profiles generated by cereals other than the usual malted barley to see if, and how, the addition of malted rye could alter the whisky’s profile. KVSG002 is a three-year-old Single Grain whisky aged in Virgin American oak casks with an ABV of 47.8%, defined by the addition of malted rye to the mash. What was observed was that the final product had a distinguished toffee flavour along with the classic spiciness associated with rye.

KVSB003 – The final release of the range is an innovation in Blended Scotch. It uses a higher proportion of malt than usual for a Blend, exploring how malt and grain drive flavour differently. KVSB003 is a blend of a three-year-old Single Grain Scotch whisky with a parcel of Single Malt Scotch whisky both produced at the Kininvie Distillery, aged in Virgin American oak European casks respectively. It has an ABV of 48.2%. The observation was that this shift created a distinct spicy note that balances out the light floral note of Kininvie malt.To accompany the launch of this experimental range is Kininvie Works’ first White Paper – theorising a potential trial at Kininvie Works. It was written as a springboard for the whisky community to exchange and discuss ideas about potential future whisky experimentations and whether they should be pursued or not.

Titled ‘The Influence of the Continuous Rousing of Spirit on the Characteristics of New Make Whisky Spirit’, this first research work explores how the principle of aeration could be applied to whisky making in a similar way it is used to enhance the flavours of wine, and to understand the possibilities of ‘rousing’ new make spirit before it goes into casks. Developed collaboratively by the Distilling team, its objective is to champion learning and creativity in whisky making and offer a hypothesis about the future of whisky innovation.

This first White Paper is testament to the experimentation that happens at Kininvie Works – a creative sanctuary to bend and reinvent the traditions of whisky and where creativity meet a meticulous observation process.

The three Kininvie releases, KVSM001, KVSG002 and KVSB003 (50cl) are available to purchase online from 7th October 2019 in the UK, and from 14th October 2019 in France on www.amazon.co.uk for £35 or 35€.

The White Paper, titled The Influence of the Continuous Rousing of Spirit on the Characteristics of New Make Whisky Spirit, and published on September 2019, can be downloaded free here: www.kininvie.com

NOTES

Where to buy and RRP
KVSM001, KVSG002 and KVSB003 (50cl) – the inaugural releases of Kininvie Works – are available to purchase on www.amazon.co.uk from 7th October 2019 (UK) and 14th October 2019 (FR) for a RRP of £35 or 35€.

Or via direct links below:

Packaging info
The Kininvie Works range comes in 100% recyclable packaging, specifically designed for e-commerce; the bottle is flat, light and its outer box doesn’t require additional bubble wrap or safety packaging.

Social media
Kininvie can be found on social media via the links below:

Product names
The Kininvie Works products names – KVSM001, KVSG002 AND KVSB003 – relate to each expression’s own experiment.

KV stands for Kininvie, the next two letters relate to the whisky type; SG stands for Single Grain, SM stands for Single Malt and SB stands for Scotch Blend. The final number – 001, 002 and 003 – relates to the experiment number of the expression.

About Kininvie
The Kininvie whisky distillery is based in Dufftown, Speyside. It is one of William Grant Sons three distilleries in Dufftown. The Kininvie distillery was founded on 4th July 1990. Kininvie has long been a hub for creation and innovation; and for the first time, it’s showing this side to the public with the inaugural three releases from its Kininvie Works range.

About Kininvie Works
Kininvie Works, is a collective of free-thinking distillers that go against the grain to challenge what we know about Scotch Whisky. The ideas that they test are never constrained or informed by any commercial

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/kininvie-releases-first-three-trials-from-its-kininvie-works-range-kvsm001-kvsg002-and-kvsb003-scotch-whisky-news/

Hockey Hall of Famer Ed Belfour Launches Second Career: Belfour Spirits – American Whiskey News

Hockey Hall of Famer Ed Belfour Launches Second Career: Belfour Spirits

Ultra-Premium Whiskey Brand Debuts with Three Products in Illinois and Texas

DALLAS (Oct. 1, 2019) – Belfour Spirits proudly announces the launch of its ultra-premium whiskey brand and family of products, The Spirit of Champions™. The company is founded and led by Hockey Hall of Famer, Stanley Cup winner and Olympian Ed Belfour who teamed up with his son and daughter to translate his on-ice intensity into a new passion: hand-crafting spirits with unique character for whiskey aficionados and cocktail enthusiasts.

“There are a lucky few who do what they love, not once in a lifetime, but twice,” said Ed Belfour, president and CEO of Belfour Spirits, who retired in 2008 after 21 years of playing professional hockey. “For me, this is the perfect career, post hockey. There are so many similarities in this business to the sport – the competition, the art of distilling, the creativity in barrel selection, the dedication required, the camaraderie of the team. I feel blessed to work alongside my family and work to build what I hope is a second legacy for the Belfour name.”

The Belfour Spirits’ debut has been marked with high regards already from industry tasters, including Mark Gillespie of WhiskyCast, who rated the Bourbon Whiskey Finished with Texas Pecan Wood a 93 and the Rye Whiskey a 91, both out of 100 points.

A Five-Year Training Camp

For the past five years, two generations of the Belfour family (including Ed, son Dayn, 30, and daughter Reaghan, 27) have been working toward one goal: to produce a whiskey worthy of a championship; one that tastes as luxurious as its unique packaging: a 1920s-inspired, decanter-like bottle with a pattern that resembles cut crystal.

But additional generations of Belfours had a hand in this in the 1930s. “My grandparents in Canada were moonshiners, so we like to think this was our destiny,” Ed says.

Applying lessons learned by both father and son during their respective, professional hockey careers and industry education from attending two whiskey schools (Canadian Craft Distilling Institute in Kelowna, B.C., and Moonshine University in Louisville, Ky.), they have used teamwork, patience and attention to detail to distill 1,700 barrels of whiskey to date.

From Barrel to Bottle

All but 12 of its 1,700 barrels were distilled and continue to age in Statesville, N.C., by Ed and Dayn, in partnership with Southern Distilling.

They made the other 12 barrels first during Dayn’s internship at Woody Creek Distillery in Basalt, Colo. Those barrels aged the brand’s Limited Edition Straight Rye Whiskey. Fewer than 2,700 bottles exist and all are presented in a one-of-a-kind collector’s bottle and box.

“We meticulously handcraft in small batches, paying attention to the art of barrel selection, charring and blending, and marrying that with the science of fermentation, distillation and aging,” said Dayn Belfour, vice president of distilling and production for Belfour Spirits, who played professional hockey as a goalie until he was 26. “Our whiskey is intentionally well balanced, not too heavy with sweet or spice, and every bottle is infused with our family’s shared, immense passion.”

Three spirits are included in the brand’s debut: 

Rye Whiskey                                                                          47% ABV, 94 Proof, 750 ML

A nontraditional tasting Rye Whiskey, this spirit honors a nostalgic mash bill profile and has unexpected flavors for its kind.

  • Appearance: Golden honey, medium amber
  • Nose: A burnt sea salted vanilla caramel aroma, leather
  • Taste: Sweet caramel, butterscotch, cinnamon
  • Finish: Full-bodied velvety warmth that lingers with a peppermint finish 

Bourbon Whiskey Finished With Texas Pecan Wood                   46% ABV, 92 Proof, 750 ML

The majestic beauty of a 300-year-old, oversized pecan tree on the old Belfour ranch in North Texas inspired this unique spirit. This Bourbon Whiskey aged in American white oak barrels then spent extra time mellowing with added staves of Texas pecan wood, imparting subtle notes of brown sugar and heavy notes of smoky roasted pecan.

  • Appearance: Golden honey, light amber
  • Nose: Nutty, butterscotch, crème brulee
  • Taste: Smoky vanilla, molasses
  • Finish: Long mellow warmth with a rich mouthfeel layered with vanilla 

Limited Edition Straight Rye Whiskey                                50% ABV, 100 Proof, 750 ML

This Limited Edition is offered at 100 proof and presented in an autographed collector’s bottle, featuring a 1 oz. chalice cork that is plated in sterling silver.

  • Appearance: Golden honey, light amber
  • Nose: Smoke pear, plum, dark chocolate
  • Taste: Light almond, white pepper, pear, apple
  • Finish: Elegant lingering smoke, lasting warmth

Southern Glazer’s Wine Spirits will distribute Belfour Spirits in Illinois and Texas beginning Oct. 1, 2019. Consumers are encouraged to visit their local fine spirits stores and restaurants to inquire about the availability of Belfour Spirits.

About Belfour Spirits

Led by Hockey Hall of Famer Ed Belfour, Belfour Spirits is an ultra-premium whiskey producer known for its spirits’ unique character and stunning packaging. In 2014, the Belfour family began their journey to hand craft exceptionally smooth and well-balanced whiskey made from the finest ingredients. Today, the company has distilled and is aging more than 1,700 barrels of whiskey. Belfour Spirits distributes in Illinois and Texas with additional markets expected to follow in 2020. To learn more, visit belfourspirits.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/hockey-hall-of-famer-ed-belfour-launches-second-career-belfour-spirits-american-whiskey-news/

Wemyss Malts reintroduces ‘Nectar Grove’ Madeira cask finish as a limited edition Batch Strength release – Scotch Whisky News

Wemyss Malts reintroduces ‘Nectar Grove’ Madeira cask finish as a limited edition Batch Strength release.

Scottish family whisky makers, Wemyss Malts, has reintroduced the award-winning, limited edition blended malt Scotch whisky named ‘Nectar Grove’ by bottling it as a Batch Strength release.  Nectar Grove is a combination of light and nutty Highland Scotch whiskies that have been carefully and considerately combined together before finishing for a further period in casks which had previously held Madeira fortified wine.

Nectar Grove Batch Strength is the first new expression in the Wemyss Malts Batch Strength range which launched in 2017 and currently consists of The Hive, Spice King and Peat Chimney Batch Strength Batch No.002 released earlier in 2019.

Bottled at the strength found to best suit the moreish stone fruit and nutty flavours of this Highland blended malt, an abv of 54.0% was chosen by the Wemyss Malts blenders. The result is an intensely fruity, sweet and indulgent malt whisky with a bright natural colour and an effervescent yet mouth-coating texture.

Nectar Grove Batch Strength is non chill-filtered and the Madeira wine finish has imparted a natural colour that has a rich, rose copper hue.

Striking ‘Rainbow Holographic’ material has been used to amplify the already eye-catching Nectar Grove packaging design that was initially inspired by artwork, jewellery and ceramics from the island of Madeira.

William Wemyss, Founder and Managing Director at Wemyss Malts, commented: “After the immensely positive feedback from our first “finished” blended malt we decided that a batch strength version of this recipe would prove an interesting and provoking addition to the blended malt category as a whole”.

8,100 bottles of Nectar Grove Batch Strength will be available, initially to the Wemyss Malts Cask Club. Retailers in the UK, EU and Asian markets will list from mid-October with suggested UK retail price of £55.00.

Notes:

  • Edinburgh based Wemyss Malts is family run company operated by brother and sister William and Isabella Wemyss. The Wemyss family Castle has been home to the family since the 1300s and is featured in the company logo.
  • Nectar Grove Batch Strength joins other 2019 limited releases Blooming Gorse and Flaming Feast which are the 3rd and 4th release of Wemyss Family Collection range
  • Wemyss Malts craft blended malt whiskies such as The Hive, Spice King and Peat Chimney as well as Batch Strength versions and single cask whiskies.
  • Wemyss blended malts have recently won double gold medals for The Hive and Spice King as well as ‘Best in Class’ for The Hive at The San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The latest release of The Hive, Spice King and Peat Chimney Batch Strength, Batch No.002 all received gold medal wins from the Spirits Business Scotch Whisky Masters.
  • The Wemyss family premium wines and spirits brands also include Lord Elcho blended Scotch whisky and Darnley’s Gin, together with the premium wine estate of Rimauresq Cru Classé in Cotes de Provence.
  • The family opened a single malt distillery at Kingsbarns, near St. Andrews in Fife and in July 2017 also added Darnley’s Gin distillery to the site. www.kingsbarnsdistillery.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/wemyss-malts-reintroduces-nectar-grove-madeira-cask-finish-as-a-limited-edition-batch-strength-release-scotch-whisky-news/

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare (Glenury Royal)

Bottelaar: Johnnie Walker
Regio: Schotland
Fles: Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost Rare Glenury Royal
Kleur: amber
ABV: 43.8%

Decadent

Toegegeven, de naam Glenury Royal ronkt een pak minder dan Brora of Port Ellen, maar dat weerhield Jim Beveridge er niet van om een derde expressie in de zogenaamde Ghost Rare samen te stellen. De Highlander Glenury Royal – één van slechts drie distilleerderijen die Royal aan hun naam mocht toevoegen – sloot definitief de deuren in 1985 (in 1992 werd ze afgebroken en vandaag de dag staan er appartementen in de plaats). De distilleerderij werd in 1825 opgestart door Captain Robert Barclay die toen parlementslid was. Na een felle brand herrees ze uit haar assen als een feniks – vandaar het logo op de luxe-verpakking. Ja, het oog wil ook wat. Naast deze distilleerderij zit er ook wat Pittyvaich en Cambus (grain) in. Drie ‘Ghosts’, dus. De ‘Rares’ van dienst zijn Glen Elgin, Inchgower, Glenlossie, Glenkinchie en Cameronbridge (grain). Hij werd gebotteld op 43.8%. De Brora vond ik outstanding, de Port Ellen geweldig. Benieuwd of deze Glenury Royal in de buurt kan komen.

Zalig zachte neus op appel, abrikozen, citrus, mango, ananas (een mix van zowel vers als gedroogd, overigens), noten, heidehoning en vanille. Mooie florale toetsen. Een tikkeltje waxy. Absoluut heerlijke neus.

Op smaak komt dat fruit zeker terug (meer sappig dan gedroogd, deze keer, met duidelijke abrikozen op de voorgrond), maar wordt dat verder opgeleukt met toffee, iets van noten en butterscotch. Pomme d’Amour komt stevig opzetten. Pittig gepeperd. Het hout zorgt voor een licht bittere toets. Perfecte balans.

De afdronk is zinnenstrelend, lang en doet je beseffen dat Dr Beveridge opnieuw een decadent lekkere blend heeft neergezet.

Kijk, Blue Label is een erg lekkere blend. Maar deze Ghost Rare releases zijn toch nog een heel ander niveau. Dit is absoluut decadent goed spul. Mijn vrouw zei: ‘Wat?! 285 EUR voor een blended whisky?’ Toen liet ik ‘m proeven. ‘Schenk me nog maar eentje uit,’ knikte ze goedkeurend.

87/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 04-10-2019
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Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5050