The Verdict Is In: Impex Beverages Peated Whiskies Win! – Whisky News

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The Verdict Is In: Peated Whiskies Win!

It’s that time of year when we look back and reflect on our achievements, and this year has given us a lot to be thankful for.

Whisky Advocate has compiled a list of their Top 20 Whiskies of the year, and two ImpEx expressions have earned spots!

In addition, a number of ImpEx expressions have won prestigious medals from renowned competitions.  Check out some of the highlights below.   

While Penderyn Myth won a Gold Medal in the ‘Best In Class’ category, Celt won a Silver Medal in the ‘Malt Peated Medium’ category from Whiskies Of The World, placing at #17 on Whisky Advocates Top 20 list, where it earned 91 points! 

Check out Jonny’s tantalizing description below the image.

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“Blender Aista Jukneviciute finishes Celt in peated Islay quarter casks that enable the sooty charcoal smoke and maritime notes to sink their claws into the fresh lemon, mandarin, and buttery, toasty aromas.  Sweet citrus, dark fruits, chocolate, and spicy smoke linger on the finish. Forget Daenerys, this is the whisky of dragons.” ~ Jonny McCormick

Coming in at #15 with 91 points, Kilchoman Loch Gorm, the yearly limited release fully matured in Sherry casks made the grade!  

At the intersection of Sherry and peat, this dream-of-a-dram delivers on both in a way that appeases any peat-pleasured palate.

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“The first edition of Loch Gorm appeared in 2013, and it remains the distillery’s only whisky to be fully matured in Sherry casks. The 2018 iteration comprises the contents of nineteen oloroso Sherry butts filled in 2007, 2008, and 2011, the oldest of which are some of the first Sherry casks filled at Kilchoman. These rich, confident aged whiskies converge in the best Loch Gorm to date, showcasing the expression’s trademark blend of succulent Sherry, cooked fruits, and earthy peat, along with flavors of honey, ginger, sultanas, and spice.” —Gavin D Smith

To top it all off, Kilchoman Sanaig – the core expression matured in Bourbon casks and finished in Sherry casks won  ‘Best Peated Whisky’ at the 2018 Whisky World Cup!  

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‘Kilchoman has outclassed the opposition in the previous rounds. Giants like Lagavulin, Ardbeg and Bowmore have disappeared. It was only a matter of time until these Islay icons were to be replaced. And having the new smoke champ from the same island proves that Islay remains the centre of peated whisky in the world.’ ~ Henrik Aflodal, Whisky World Cup orgnaniserAnd finally we would be remiss if we didn’t mention how well received Port Askaig 33 has been this year.  Prominent bloggers distant parts of the world gave this expression really high marks in their reviews.  The two of note that we’re sharing with you are 91 and 92 points, from Dave Broom of ScotchWhisky.com and Ruben Luyten from WhiskyNotes.com, respectively.  

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“There’s no sense of things being forced here, just nature being allowed to gently take its course. What a lovely way to end the year.” ~ Dave Broom

Thanks again for being part of our family and enjoying these fine whiskies with us.  We truly appreciate all of our supporters and everyone we do business with.  It means the world to us when our whiskies are enjoyed in good company.  So Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones, and may the peat keep you warm this winter

We look forward to bringing you more excellent whiskies in 2019! 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Please feel free to reach out for more details on the bottlings: office@impexbev.com

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/12/the-verdict-is-in-impex-beverages-peated-whiskies-win-whisky-news/

The Verdict Is In: Impex Beverages Peated Whiskies Win! – Whisky News

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The Verdict Is In: Peated Whiskies Win!

It’s that time of year when we look back and reflect on our achievements, and this year has given us a lot to be thankful for.

Whisky Advocate has compiled a list of their Top 20 Whiskies of the year, and two ImpEx expressions have earned spots!

In addition, a number of ImpEx expressions have won prestigious medals from renowned competitions.  Check out some of the highlights below.   

While Penderyn Myth won a Gold Medal in the ‘Best In Class’ category, Celt won a Silver Medal in the ‘Malt Peated Medium’ category from Whiskies Of The World, placing at #17 on Whisky Advocates Top 20 list, where it earned 91 points! 

Check out Jonny’s tantalizing description below the image.

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“Blender Aista Jukneviciute finishes Celt in peated Islay quarter casks that enable the sooty charcoal smoke and maritime notes to sink their claws into the fresh lemon, mandarin, and buttery, toasty aromas.  Sweet citrus, dark fruits, chocolate, and spicy smoke linger on the finish. Forget Daenerys, this is the whisky of dragons.” ~ Jonny McCormick

Coming in at #15 with 91 points, Kilchoman Loch Gorm, the yearly limited release fully matured in Sherry casks made the grade!  

At the intersection of Sherry and peat, this dream-of-a-dram delivers on both in a way that appeases any peat-pleasured palate.

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“The first edition of Loch Gorm appeared in 2013, and it remains the distillery’s only whisky to be fully matured in Sherry casks. The 2018 iteration comprises the contents of nineteen oloroso Sherry butts filled in 2007, 2008, and 2011, the oldest of which are some of the first Sherry casks filled at Kilchoman. These rich, confident aged whiskies converge in the best Loch Gorm to date, showcasing the expression’s trademark blend of succulent Sherry, cooked fruits, and earthy peat, along with flavors of honey, ginger, sultanas, and spice.” —Gavin D Smith

To top it all off, Kilchoman Sanaig – the core expression matured in Bourbon casks and finished in Sherry casks won  ‘Best Peated Whisky’ at the 2018 Whisky World Cup!  

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‘Kilchoman has outclassed the opposition in the previous rounds. Giants like Lagavulin, Ardbeg and Bowmore have disappeared. It was only a matter of time until these Islay icons were to be replaced. And having the new smoke champ from the same island proves that Islay remains the centre of peated whisky in the world.’ ~ Henrik Aflodal, Whisky World Cup orgnaniserAnd finally we would be remiss if we didn’t mention how well received Port Askaig 33 has been this year.  Prominent bloggers distant parts of the world gave this expression really high marks in their reviews.  The two of note that we’re sharing with you are 91 and 92 points, from Dave Broom of ScotchWhisky.com and Ruben Luyten from WhiskyNotes.com, respectively.  

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“There’s no sense of things being forced here, just nature being allowed to gently take its course. What a lovely way to end the year.” ~ Dave Broom

Thanks again for being part of our family and enjoying these fine whiskies with us.  We truly appreciate all of our supporters and everyone we do business with.  It means the world to us when our whiskies are enjoyed in good company.  So Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones, and may the peat keep you warm this winter

We look forward to bringing you more excellent whiskies in 2019! 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Please feel free to reach out for more details on the bottlings: office@impexbev.com

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/12/the-verdict-is-in-impex-beverages-peated-whiskies-win-whisky-news/

£635,000 of fake whisky exposed, as new tests lift the lid on rare whisky market – Fake Whisky News

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£635,000 of fake whisky exposed, as new tests lift the lid on rare whisky market 

RW101 partners with SUERC to uncover the true extent of fake bottles in the secondary market for antique whisky

Analysis reveals fake whisky now infiltrating every major route to market for rare whisky

RW101 advises buyers to request absolute proof of authenticity before considering antique bottles 

Laboratory tests at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC) on 21 different bottles of rare Scotch whisky, potentially worth around £635,000, have confirmed them all as modern fakes.

Based on these results, Rare Whisky 101 (RW101), one of the world’s leading experts in rare whisky, has estimated that around £41M worth of rare whisky currently circulating in the secondary market, and present in existing collections, is fake. That’s more than the entire UK auction market which RW101 has predicted to exceed £36M by the end of 2018.

On the back of growing concern surrounding the proliferation of fake whisky in the secondary market, RW101 teamed up with geochemistry experts at SUERC, home to one of the UK’s four Radiocarbon Accelerator Units, to randomly sample, forensically test and analyse a range of different whiskies.

From 55 bottles of Scotch whisky that were acquired by RW101 from different sources through the secondary market, 21 were confirmed as either outright fakes or whiskies not distilled in the year declared. All malt whisky samples purporting to be from around 1900 or earlier were found to be fake.

The results, from more than nine months of testing, indicate that the problem of fake rare Scotch whisky in the secondary market is much more prevalent than originally thought, infiltrating all major routes to market for rare and vintage whisky.

Of particular note are three bottles of rare whisky acquired recently by RW101 through three different channels – a bottle of Ardbeg 1885 acquired from a private owner, a bottle of rare Thorne’s Heritage early 20th Century blended whisky purchased from an auctioneer and a bottle of Ardbeg purported to be bottled in the 1960’s bought from a retailer. All three were proven to be fakes.

If tests had proven all 21 bottles to be genuine, collectively they could have been valued at around £635,000. Individual bottles could have fetched anything from £2,500 for the lowest value bottle right up to an estimated £150,000 for the oldest, most valuable bottle.

Commenting on the findings, co-founder of Rare Whisky 101 David Robertson said: “We are clearly disappointed to discover that, without exception, every single “antique” pre-1900 distilled whisky RW101 have had analysed over the last 2 years has proven to be fake. It is our genuine belief that every purported pre-1900 – and in many cases much later – bottle should be assumed fake until proven genuine, certainly if the bottle claims to be a single malt Scotch whisky. This problem will only grow as prices for rare bottles continue to increase”.

Co-founder of Rare Whisky 101 Andy Simpson added: “As we have always stated, each buyer must seek to assure themselves of the authenticity and veracity of any potential acquisition. The exploding demand for rare whisky is inevitably attracting rogue elements to the sector. While we know that the vast majority of rare whisky vendors aren’t knowingly selling fake whisky to unsuspecting buyers, we would implore auction houses, retailers, brand owners and buyers to refrain from selling or purchasing any pre-1900 distilled Scotch whisky unless it has a professional certificate of distillation year/vintage by a carbon dating laboratory.” 

The science of detecting levels of radiocarbon in whisky

The process through which these whiskies have been dated is based on the evolving science of identifying levels of radiocarbon (or C-14) within the liquid.

Radiocarbon is produced continuously in the upper atmosphere at a virtually constant rate so that everything, while alive, has approximately the same level of radiocarbon. During the industrial age, high levels of fossil fuel burning released large volumes of non-radioactive carbon which diluted radiocarbon levels.

However, everything changed in the 1950s with the onset of the Cold War and the commencement of atmospheric nuclear weapons tests, leading to an increase in atmospheric radiocarbon levels which, in turn, were absorbed by all living organisms. These levels continued to increase until 1963, when the test-ban treaty ensured that radiocarbon levels would steadily decline over the ensuing decades.

So, what has all this got to do with fake whisky? Put simply, minute levels of radiocarbon were absorbed by the barley as it grew, providing each whisky with its own radioactive date signature. This means that the scientists at SUERC are able to establish that any whisky with low radiocarbon levels must have been distilled prior to the nuclear era and any whisky with higher levels of radiocarbon must have been distilled after 1955. Such is the accuracy of the process that SUERC are able to pinpoint likely distillation years to within a 2 to 3 year period post the 1950s. For samples pre-dating the 1950s, the technique provides a wider vintage band.

Professor Gordon Cook, head of the SUERC Radiocarbon Laboratory said: “We have had significant help from the major distillers who provided whisky samples of known age that allowed us to start this work. However, it has been our collaboration with Rare Whisky 101 and their provision of really old and rare whiskies that has allowed us to really push this work forward to what we consider to be the Gold Standard technique for identifying the age of a whisky.

“It is disappointing to see the large percentage of vintage whiskies that turn out to be fake. However, we have developed a very powerful technique to beat the fraudsters and I’d advise anyone thinking about selling what they consider to be an early product to have it analysed. Recently, we have analysed four bottles of early whisky (including a rye whisky from the USA), purported to have been distilled between the mid-19th to the early 20th century, for members of the general public. Of these, three were genuine, so there are really old and rare whiskies in existence.” 

The secondary (auction) market for rare whisky is now big business. Rare Whisky 101 has forecasted the market in the UK alone to exceed 100,000 bottles for 2018, at a value of more than £36M. 

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Three ‘rare’ bottles of single malt proven to be fakes

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About Rare Whisky 101 

Andy Simpson and David Robertson launched Rare Whisky 101 in 2014 with the aim of offering a whisky valuation service, brokerage and consultancy for whisky connoisseurs, collectors and investors. Having tracked every bottle sold at UK auctions over the past 12 years, the business now offers the world’s first, only and most comprehensive online single malt Scotch Japanese whisky dataset covering almost 375,000 price records across over 40,000 different bottle types. In the last 12 months, RW101 have brokered around 20,000 rare whisky bottles around the globe in addition to trading in aged casks from iconic distilleries such as The Macallan, Ardbeg, Bowmore, Springbank, Mortlach, Talisker, Caol Ila, Lagavulin, Rosebank and Highland Park.

About the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC)

SUERC is a research centre within the University of Glasgow’s College of Science Engineering. The SUERC radiocarbon laboratory is one of the longest established and largest radiocarbon dating laboratories, worldwide. It was originally situated on the main University of Glasgow campus but moved to SUERC in East Kilbride during 1986. In addition to its main focus on archaeological samples, it also provides analyses of human skeletal remains for police forces and forensic science companies, as well as analysis of whiskies and other spirits for the distilled spirits industry, auction houses and private individuals.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/12/635000-of-fake-whisky-exposed-as-new-tests-lift-the-lid-on-rare-whisky-market-fake-whisky-news/

Comox Valley Whiskey Fest 2019, Feb 2nd – Whisky Fest News!

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Whiskey Fest 2019 tickets are on sale!

Grand Tasting
The Grand Tasting will start at 8pm on Feb 2nd. Those of you who purchase a Masterclass ticket will also be able to attend the Grand Tasting (purchase this ticket only if you do not wish to attend a Masterclass).

Shelter Point Masterclass
Representatives from Shelter Point Distillery will putting on a Masterclass this year.

Whiskey Around the World Masterclass
This Masterclass is presented by Dale Roberts and Maureen Fritz-Roberts of the Old House Law and Notary Public.

Victoria Caledonia Distillery Twa Dogs Brewery Masterclass
Presented by the founder, Graeme Macaloney. Seminar will be held outside in a heated area.

Blended Malts from Rare Drams Masterclass
Join Adam Bradshaw as he takes you on a tour of some limited cask strength blended malts from Douglas Laing’s Regional Malt Collection and Old Perth from Morrison MacKay.

All Masterclasses will be starting at 7pm on Feb 2nd.

COMOX VALLEY Whisky Fest TICKETS

Proceeds from  the Comox Valley Whisky Fest support a number of charitable organizations in the valley and we’re so grateful for your support! Thank you!

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/12/comox-valley-whiskey-fest-2019-feb-2nd-whisky-fest-news/

Beek Dutch Premium Blend

Bier: De Kromme Haring BA Beluga

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul do, december 27, 2018 09:26:57

Brouwerij: De Kromme Haring
Regio: Nederland
Fles: Barrel Aged Beluga, Imperial Russian Stout, PX Auchentoshan
Kleur: zwart
ABV: 12%

Kandijsiroop

Deze in Utrecht gelegen ‘brewpub’
is nog maar actief sinds 2014, maar ze hebben al flink wat biertjes op de
markt, waarvan de naam telkens verwijst naar iets met de zee. Vraag me niet
waarom, ik heb geen idee. Toen ik zag dat ze een IRS (Imperial Russian Stout)
op de markt brachten die gerijpt had op een voormalig Auchentoshan vat (PX
sherry, dan nog), wist ik dat ik ‘m wilde. Helaas, pindakaas (hey, het is een
Hollandse brouwerij, dus dat mag!) kon ik maar twee flesjes te pakken krijgen.
Maar liefst 8 moutsoorten werden gebruikt: Pale, Black, Brown, Cara, Crystal,
Chocolate, Roast en Flaked Oats). Als dat maar goed komt. Hij is gitzwart en
bij het schenken verschijnen slechts enkele bubbels – je kan hier onmogelijk
spreken van een kraag.

Ja… dit is erg lekker! Donkerzoete neus op
toffee, espresso, leder, donkere chocolade met hazelnoten, hint van drop en
blauwe druiven. Ruikt luxueus, als je dat al van een bier kan zeggen.

Hij is bijzonder romig… je kan deze bijna
kauwen! Stroperig zoet (doet aan kandijsiroop denken), heerlijk zoet met een
licht bittertje. Koffie keert weer – en domineert – aangevuld met pruimen en
iets van rozijnen. Mooi bitter, zonder er over te gaan.

De afdronk is lekker lang, donkerzoet,
heerlijk.

Toppertje! Met dank aan Jeroen VD om mij hier
op attent te maken. Wat jammer dat hij nergens meer te vinden is. Past perfect
bij wild of een stoverij.

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 22-12-2018
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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Japanese Whiskeis at The Part Source – Japanese Whisky News

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Greetings Spirits Enthusiasts,

Turning Japanese?  I really think so.  Japanese whiskies have become more and more in demand over the past several years, and rightly so.  But instead of endlessly searching for that ever-elusive Yamazaki or Hibiki, try one of these newly available items currently gracing our shelves that deserve a place on yours. We’ve got some really exciting recent additions to our growing Japanese whisky arsenal, both malt and rice, including hand-selected casks from Ohishi, and private Party Source selections from Compass Box and Kilchoman.  Just in time to warm our hearts and hearths this holiday season, these make perfect gifts for your Scotch-loving loved ones.

Konnichiwa,

-The Party Source Liquor Department

From Eigashima comes Akashi blended whisky and Akashi Ume plum (just plumb delicious) flavored whisky.  Mars Shinshu brings us corn-heavy Iwai and Iwai Tradition. Ichiro’s Malt and Grain from Chichibu Distillery features a Japanese malt base combined with whiskies from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, and the US. The Kurayoshi Pure Malts (8 and 18 year) from Matsui Whisky blend sourced Scottish malt with Japanese malt.

AKASHI Grain Whiskey | $45.99
This whisky is blended in the Scotch tradition, with Japanese precision, the malt is lightly peated, and vatting is mostly ex-bourbon, balanced by White Oak

AKASHI Ume Plum Whisky | $35.99
This sweet whisky is born out of the Japanese tradition of Ume-Shu, which translates as Plum Alcohol. In late May and early June, hard, green, sour plums are harvested and combined with neutral spirit and rock sugar, then aged for 6 months to a year. Akashi does nearly the same with this version, allowing freshly harvested plums and rock sugar to rest in mature whisky. Here they remain for 6 months to a year, resulting in this simple twist on a Japanese classic.

MARS SHINSHU Iwai Whisky | $33.99
Kiichiro Iwai, the name sake for this Mars Whisky, was a silent pioneer of Japan whisky. This whisky is inspired by great whiskies of America. A majority of corn balanced with light malt aged in ex-bourbon barrels. Ideal for daily sipping, in a mint julep or an old fashioned.

MARS SHINSHU Iwai Tradition Mars Whisky | $54.99
This is malt driven spirit is truly a reflection of contemporary Japanese whisky. Incredibly balanced, soft and layered. A blending of sherry, bourbon and wine casks with hints, delicate hints of peat make for a harmonious whisky that would make Iwai-san proud.

ICHIROS Malt and Grain Whisky | $104.99
Distilled by the legendary king of Japanese distilling: Ichiro Akuto This blend is comprised of whiskies from distilleries in “the big 5” – Scotland, Canada, England, Ireland and the U.S., also including Ichiro Akuto’s young malt and grain whisky stock. A genuine ‘worldwide blended whisky.’

KURAYOSHI Pure Malt Whisky 8YR | $88.99
The malt aromas and sweet, refreshing fruit notes are reminiscent of pale golden and dry orange colors. The palate is sweet and stands out with fragrances of vanilla and nuts. The mouth-feel is very soft. The finish is smooth.

KURAYOSHI Pure Malt Whisky 18YR | $229.99
Released in April 2016, the Kurayoshi Pure Malt 18 Years Old Whisky is a boutique Japanese whisky produced by the Matsui distillery. Located in Tottori, a coastal prefecture on southern Honshu, the whiskies produced by the Matsui distillery are characterised by aging with the pure underground waters of Daisen Mountains.

RICE WHISKIES

Fukano rice whisky is made from 100% malted rice and is aged in new charred oak barrels.  Having the fine distinction of cracking the Whisky Advocate’s Top 20 Whiskies of 2017, it achieves a remarkable balance of confectionery sweetness and warm, toasty spice.  Ohishi Whisky is distilled from malted and unmalted rice and is rested in either brandy or sherry casks.  These unique whiskies are unlike any we’ve tried before.  The brandy cask imparts light citrus and floral notes, while the sherry cask showcases ripe dark fruits with hints of vanilla and cocoa.  We’re delighted to have two (one of each!) private single casks of these wonderfully singular whiskies, and we hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we do.  Kanpai!

FUKANO Whisky | $93.99
Founded in 1823, Fukano Distillery is located in Hitoyoshi City, of the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan on the island of Kyushu. Hitoyoshi is surrounded by mountains and is known for its pure water and nature. Shigeruriku Fukano is the fifth generation of his family to run the distillery. They use a combination of malted and un-malted rice to make their whisky in a pot still. These releases are very limited in nature and only a few casks are bottled each year. For 2016 they have released a few single new oak casks and also one white label marriage of sherry and new oak casks.

OHISHI Whisky Sherry Cask TPS Private Barrel | $79.99
From the Kumamoto Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan, the Ohishi Sherry Cask is a whisky distilled from rice and aged in first and second fill sherry casks. The Ohishi Distillery uses at least 30% gohyakumanishi rice grown on its own fields, rounded out with mochi rice Kumamoto. Founded in 1872, this is one of the oldest distilleries in Japan, located on the banks of the Kuma River, a water source that is prized for its purity.

OHISHI Single Brandy Cask | $79.99
The Brandy Cask expression of Ohishi is a blend of ex-Cognac barrels between 3 and 25 years of age. The resulting spirit is delicate, yet angular, with notes of citrus, black peppercorn, and vanilla.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/12/japanese-whiskeis-at-the-part-source-japanese-whisky-news/

The Whisky Barrel releases their last exclusive bottling for 2018, the Tormore 30 Year Old 1988 First Editions Exclusive #15453 – Scotch Whisky News

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The Whisky Barrel releases their last exclusive bottling for 2018, the Tormore 30 Year Old 1988 First Editions Exclusive #15453. 

Specialist online whisky shop, TheWhiskyBarrel.com, is proud to release its last exclusive whisky for 2018. A single malt whisky distilled in Speyside in the late 1980s.

Tormore is a lesser well-known distillery, established in 1958 and created to be a blend supplier. The Tormore 30 Year Old was distilled in 1988, so the distillery had been operating for just 30 years.

This ‘First Editions’ release is courtesy of  Hunter Laing and Company of Glasgow and offers a great opportunity to explore this young distillery in a dram. Tormore is often overlooked which really is a great shame, as proven by the sweet, fruity and moreish character of the 30 Year Old. Not one to miss out on!

Distilled in 1988 and bottled in December 2018 from single refill hogshead #15453. Only 144 numbered bottles at cask strength selected exclusively for TheWhiskyBarrel.com.

Available exclusively from The Whisky Barrel, shipping to customers Worldwide including the United States of America, Canada and Japan. 

Tormore 30 Year Old First Editions Exclusive | 1988 | Cask #15453 for TheWhiskyBarrel.com | 45.8%

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Official tasting notes: – 

Colour: Golden honey.

Nose: Caramel, citrus fruits and vanilla. 

Taste: Light and sweet with toffee ice cream, lemon and apple pie. 

Finish: Long with a subtle kick of spice. 

Price: £129.95 GBP / $137.33 USD (+ PP) 

The Whisky Barrel E: info@thewhiskybarrel.com Visit www.thewhiskybarrel.comT: +44 (0)845 2248 156

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Q) What is the product called?
A)  Tormore 30 Year Old 1988 First Editions Exclusive #15453

Q) When will this product be released/was it released?
A) Friday 21st of December 2018.

Q) Where is it available?
A) Scotland, off-trade, TheWhiskyBarrel.com.

Q) Is this product already available in other markets?
A) Scotland only, TheWhiskyBarrel.com ships worldwide.

Q) How much is it?
A) £129.95 GBP / $137.33 USD (+ PP)

Q) Who handles the product’s distribution?
A) In-house at TheWhiskyBarrel.com.

Q) What is the ABV of this product?
A) 45.8% ABV natural cask strength.

Q) Why has this product been launched?
A) Limited Edition single cask distillery exclusive for The Whisky Barrel. 

Notes 

The Whisky Barrel is a specialist online whisky and spirits merchant based in Fife, Scotland and  was established in 2007. The Whisky Barrel won Whisky Magazine Online Retailer 2018 and was International Wine Spirits Competition runner-up in 2016.

N.B. Prices correct at the time of publishing and are subject to currency fluctuation.

Whisky Magazine’s Online Retailer of the Year Award 2009-2016

International Wine Spirits Competition Best Online Retailer 2015-2016

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Bunnahabhain 27 Year Old 1989 Old & Rare at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Bunnahabhain
27 Year Old 1989
Old Rare
£365.20

Bunnahabhain 27 Year Old 1989 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask refill hogshead bottled March 2017 by Hunter Laing and Co. for the Old Rare Platinum collection. 198 bottles. A beautifully colour whisky with a delicious nose of home baking and creamy caramel followed by a delicate floral note and a hint of seaweed. On the palate it is smooth and creamy with vanilla the primary taste, then bananas and pears adding fruitiness and body. Ths leads to a late salty note at the end, leaving a dry, long lasting finish. Bunnahabhain Distillery was established in 1881 on the north eastern tip of the Isle of Islay by the shore of Bunnahabhain Bay and overlooking the Sound of Islay. All the building materials were transported by puffer and unloaded at the distillery pier. Now tucked away at the end of the single track ‘main’ road with spectacular scenery all the way. Bunnahabhain Distillery is equipped with four huge pear shaped stills and produces Scottish malt whiskey which is released in blends and in single malt and single cask bottlings. A participant in Feis Ile, the annual Islay Festival of Malt and Music. Core editions include Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old and 18 Year Old.

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Burns Night Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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Raasay While We Wait 2018- £53

Raasay Distillery has now launched Raasay While We Wait 2018 – the fourth expression to date of the brand’s independently bottled single malt – which was created as a representation of the flavours that drinkers can expect from future Raasay scotch whisky. The release of Raasay While We Wait 2018 begins the countdown to 2020 when the first ever Raasay single malt in Scotch whisky history will be released. Designed as a peaty and fruity single malt, each iteration of Raasay While We Wait has been crafted through the vatting of two malts from a single Highland distillery – heavily peated at 45ppm and unpeated – matured in bourbon barrels and finished in Tuscan Montechiari wine casks.The team at Raasay Distillery are keen to push the boundaries of the spirit, exploring the effect that different finishing times and casks have on the flavour profile of the spirit.

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The Tweeddale: Grain of Truth – £50

Heritage brand The Tweeddale has now added a new single grain whisky to its repertoire – Grain of Truth. The Tweeddale was first blended in 1820 in Coldstream in the Scottish Borders, and later continued by Richard Day from 1895 to 1940. In 2009 Alasdair Day – great-grandson of Richard Day – decided to recreate The Tweeddale and to continue Richard Day’s eminent legacy. Grain of Truth represents Alasdair Day’s latest effort to create a memorable, rich and complex single grain whisky, based on traditional Victorian craftsmanship with innovative maturation techniques. Grain of Truth possesses an uncommon composition of 50% wheat and 50% malted barley. The spirit was matured in bourbon barrels and finished for nine months in fine Oloroso sherry hogsheads imbuing the whisky with rich and warming honey and orange notes on the nose. This evolves into touches of dark chocolate and cognac on the palate, which is balanced by Oloroso, orange and dark chocolate notes, with a dry and spicy finish. Grain of Truth is delicious neat, on the rocks or with a mixer.

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Also, if you are compiling a ‘Things to do for Burn’s Night’ guide please see the below suggestion from Raasay Distillery. 

Isle of Raasay Distillery’s Burns and Whisky Weekend package – £339

The Isle of Raasay Distillery is hosting a Burns and Whisky Weekend a stone’s throw away from where the poet, Sorley Maclean, was born. The offering includes a two-night stay for two including all meals, checking in Friday 25th January and checking out Sunday 27th January 2019. Guests will dine at the distillery on Friday evening and enjoy a hearty lunch on Saturday before an exclusive whisky tasting and warehouse tour with the distillery’s co-founder, Alasdair Day. The weekend will finish in style with a traditional Burns supper on the Saturday evening, featuring traditional Scottish dishes, from traditional haggis to rhubarb cranachan with homemade shortbread and whisky fudge. Please see more information here

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/12/burns-night-whiskies-scotch-whisky-news/

Tamdhu 30 Year Old 1988 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Tamdhu 30 Year Old 1988

Single cask sherry butt bottled November 2018 for Old Rare Platinum. Three decades in sherry oak has resulted in all the sweet, rich and creamy flavours you’d expect from this Speyside distillery. Just 184 numbered bottles. Tamdhu Distillery was founded in Speyside in 1896 and in production the following year. Designed by Charles Doig this distillery was originally equipped with two stills that were increased to four in 1972 and then six in 1975 in order to cope with the ever increasing demand for Famous Grouse and Cutty Sark blends of scotch to which Tamdhu was a major contributor. When the nearby railway station closed in 1965 the ticket office was subsequently converted into the Tamdhu Distillery visitor. But the visitor centre closed and then the distillery itself in March 2010 and with it the last working Saladin malting boxes in Scotland. A year later and Ian Macleod Distillers purchased Tamdhu Distillery and re-opened it in 2012. Single malts include Tamdhu 10 Year Old and Batch Strength.

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Buy – £316.74

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/12/tamdhu-30-year-old-1988-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/