A Pair of Can’t-Miss Speysiders—K&L Exclusives from Linkwood and Craigellachie  – Scotch Whisky News

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There are instances in any person’s booze exploration that are transitional. I used to be somewhat of a checklister, but I’ve learned to stop and smell the malt. As we examine this incredibly diverse and deep category, there’s a strong propensity to categorize our experiences. This is the X of Y. This is like an older version of that. This bottle reminds me of that bottle. We want to categorize our experiences so we can better explain and understand them. But inherent in the goal of understanding and explaining our experiences we remove ourselves from them. Sometimes we just need to sit back and enjoy.

2006 Craigellachie 12 Year Old “Sovereign” KL Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $54.99 View

1996 Linkwood 21 Year Old “Signatory” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $129.99 View

So if I tell you that this is the best Sherried Speysider under $55 this year – will it be more or less fun if you line it up next to every other sub-$55 sherry bomb you’ve acquired in the last 12 months? There aren’t many so I expect it will be a quick tasting. If I tell you that this is easily the best Linkwood for your dollar in the entire country, there’s no doubt that you’ll want to try it. But I can only confidently say that because I’ve tried every other available Linkwood on the market today. You could spend thousands to do a thorough survey of the marketplace, compare anonymous online reviews and ultimately you’d be very lucky to disprove my postulate. But all that work wouldn’t enhance your experience of these exceptional malts. Indeed, you’ve just wasted all the time you could have spent experiencing with all that thinking.

So stop and enjoy two of the best Speysider Scotches we’ll ever sell you from two exceptional distilleries in two very different styles. Both exemplify what has now become the most important Scottish region and yet each is completely different from the other. A truly befuddling conundrum indeed. Best to have a drink and think about it.

—David Othenin Girard, KL SoCal Spirits Buyer

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2006 Craigellachie 12 Year Old “Sovereign” KL Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($54.99)

Every year the biggest struggle we have when selecting casks isn’t necessarily finding ultra-rare casks. If we’re willing to pay for them, the diamonds are there. What’s much more difficult to find are the affordable sherried malts from good distilleries. Last year we smashed things up with an absolutely stellar Aultmore. This year we’ve got a few replacements, one of them being this incredible cask of Craigellachie. While it doesn’t have the inky, nearly bitter extraction that the Aultmore had, there might not be a better sherried whisky available for this price anywhere. Craigellachie is a workhorse whisky, but its stalwart quality is well known to blenders. Sitting on the hill directly across from Macallan, just a short trip over the River Spey, Craigellachie was never sold as a single malt because Dewar’s was too lucrative to spend time selling single malt. There’s no visitor’s center or other fanfare but those who know this special distillery grow to love it. In 2014, the distillery finally released an OB. Long before those well-received bottles appeared on the scene, the malt was well-regarded by Independent Bottlers, especially when aged in sherry casks. The rich malty character and deep waxy fruit are perfectly balanced by the roasted nutty flavors of this sherry butt. No question, this will be up there as one of the best values we’ll have to offer in malts all year, maybe ever. An absolute must-try by any measure. Those who know best are bunkering this bad boy.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 31, 2018

I keep wanting to call this the cask of the season, but I only hesitate because there’s SO much more coming down the line I don’t want to overstate just how special this whisky truly is. That said there’s no doubt that this will be one of those incredible values that people will be asking for in the months and maybe years to come. 12 full years in an oloroso sherry butt have turned the majestic malt from Craigellachie into a veritable gem. The nose is full on oloroso with the dry nutty aromatics taking full charge. It’s not the extracted almost bitter bomb that we had from last year’s Aultmore, but it’s no less complex and filled with sherry character. The palate is ultra rich with the bold oloroso character traits locked with the dense malt – the tiniest hint of fresh peat aromatic is a bonus. With a bit of water the whole thing transmutes into one of the most balanced and approachable malts we’ve sold in years. The nuttiness gives way slightly to a complex dried blood orange, cigar box, exotic wood. The palate has tons of sweet malt to balance the sherry and while some may prefer this at full strength with water this is one of the most exciting and drinkable whiskies we’ve ever sold. The total package in every sense of the term and priced to bunker. The first of many legends in the 2018 Whisky Season!

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 06, 2018

Oh man, I like this and wish I was sitting in my grandpa’s basement drinking this right now. This toasty Scotch comes at you with scents of old leather, cigar box, tobacco, and just a little creaminess to take the edge off. There are tiny notes of dark caramel and molasses, cardamom, clove, and a lingering smell of buttery cooked cherries. The palate boasts bigger spice, bolder leather, and a phenolic bandaid flavor that I love. Adding water enhances the caramel and brings out a nice saltiness.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 06, 2018

This has daily drinker all over it. It’s a hefty, oily, waxy Scotch with deep sherry notes at a measly 55 bucks for full cask strength juice. The powdery tannins are present, but not overpowering. They showcase the sexy rancio flavors of the finest sherries and bring out the underlying fruity character of the malt. A little water added and this malt explodes into flavors of rolled oats, granola, stone fruit compote, dried figs and cold beer. A perfect pour for every night of the week.

Anthony Russo | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 03, 2018

Its richly dark color is completely natural and due to its delicious 12 years in sherry oak. The near 60% ABV is barely detectable on the nose, which is instead replaced by dried apricot and cooking spices. After a few drops of water, the flavors truly appear and the liveliness of this whisky shows itself. With the new 12 year standard price hanging around $70, it is unique to have something this interesting at this age/cask strength. Great find!

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 03, 2018

I had expected a rich and juicy sherry aged single malt with no smoke but got a pleasant surprise when I tasted this cask. The nose had the deep dried fruit aromas that I had expected but they were topped off with nice smoke notes. In the mouth it was rich and round with plenty of smoke to balance out the flavor profile. A great value for a high quality single malt.

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1996 Linkwood 21 Year Old “Signatory” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($129.99)

The exceptional Linkwood distillery is another one of the grand old Diageo malts that you wonder why they haven’t bothered to make a big deal of. Until you dive deeper into how and why the distillery is so important for making them money on the globally viable blended whisky market. After one taste of this Linkwood it’s immediately clear that this is one of the heart malts for the great Johnnie Walker Blends. It kind of reminds me of all the things I love about Johnnie Walker that aren’t peaty. Johnnie Walker, in particularly the Johnnie Green, is actually an incredibly high quality product compared to the majority of blended scotch on the market. The reason even the Black and Red are so well regarded is the addition of very special distilleries like Linkwood, which even in relatively small quantities give those whiskies a distinctive quality that’s hard to replicate. And since the deep complexities of Linkwood are so crucial to improving the character of those blends when inexpensive younger grain whisky is added to soften and stretch the flavors, we very rarely see it available on the open market. In many ways, Linkwood is the classic Speyside malt, but its character is nothing like the names you might associate with the area. The rich character is driven by big malt, herbal and unrelenting, that gives way on the palate to rich textured cereal and sweet grain qualities. A bold complex style that will take most drinkers by surprise. But once you know you’ll never forget.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 07, 2018

Linkwood is one of those distilleries that has a pretty surprising following despite not being at all available in the US. The last official release from this exceptional distillery was a limited release 37 year old, which was sold for $600+ initially. In a lot of ways Linkwood is the quintessential “Scotch” for my palate, a bench mark for Scotchiness that they set pretty high. Here we have it in its most classic form—although in desperate need of a tiny dollop of fresh water, there are few malts more enamoring. After a little squirt of spring water, the powerful dark malt suddenly falls away to reveal a complex web of orchard fruit and citrus peel. Canned pineapple and white nectarines, pointed by a subtle green plum and floral honey. Subtle briochey malt lingers in the background, hinting at the rich, textured, almost sweet entry. More of those tart plums, dark cocoa powder, sweet barley tea and a long white peppery finish. An absolute dream that’s approachable enough for nearly any Scotch drinker to fall in love. Indeed this could be the quintessential Speysider. ADD THAT WATER!

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 07, 2018

Immediately familiar and yet, completely new. This whisky explodes on the palate with a ferocity that I confess, I must tame with a cube or more than a drop of water. As a major Diageo component whisky, you will typically only experience Linkwood cut with soft grain whisky, never in it’s full power. This beast at cask strength is a bomb of chocolate covered fruit mixed with granola in vanilla yogurt. It’s got tang, sweetness, a bit of dank funk, and major muscle. With a generous drop of water, the game changes dramatically. The softer side of Linkwood that feels like home comes out. A complex blend of cooking spices make you feel like you’re baking for the holidays. Jam and honey and fresh winter fruits fill the glass. It’s immediately transformed in to one of the easiest drinking Scotches in the store. Factor in the price of this bottle compared to a OB from the distillery and you’ve got yourself a hell of a deal.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 05, 2018

It is always exciting to see something from Linkwood on the shelf because it produces exceptionally good single malts. The nose on this bottling is deep with dried fruit aromas. In the mouth it is full bodied and elegant with layered malt and dry fruit flavors and a nice mouth feel.

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MASTER THE ART OF BLENDING AT HOME WITH CHIVAS’ EXPERIMENTAL GIFT KIT – Scotch Whisky News

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MASTER THE ART OF BLENDING AT HOME WITH

CHIVAS’ EXPERIMENTAL GIFT KIT

October, 2018 – Chivas, the original luxury blended Scotch whisky, has launched a Blending Kit featuring a selection of whiskies and tools to give Scotch lovers the chance to get hands-on and experience the art of blending in the comfort of their own home.

The perfect gift for any whisky fan, the kit contains four single malt whiskies and one blended grain whisky, each representing a different flavor characteristic: floral, fruity, citrus, creamy, and smoky. Armed with a pipette and a beaker – plus a bottle of one of the world’s best-loved blended Scotch whiskies, Chivas 12, for inspiration – whisky fans are encouraged to explore, experiment and have fun testing their skills and senses to delicately combine the whiskies and craft a blend worth shouting about.

The new release was launched to celebrate the magic of blending Scotch, and to bring the craft to life outside of Chivas Director of Blending Sandy Hyslop’s blending room. 

Sandy, who’s been blending Scotch whisky for more than 30 years, said: “At Chivas we believe that blended is better – in life and in Scotch. Every day I get to indulge in my greatest passion, experimenting with the world’s finest malt and grain whiskies to create something extraordinary when blended together – and this passion is something I want to share with other whisky fans. Each component in a blend plays an important role in determining the profile of the finished whisky – I can’t wait to see what creations my fellow blenders around the world put together.”

Chivas’ belief in blending was instilled by founding brothers, James and John Chivas, who pioneered the art in 19th century Scotland. And now, two centuries later, the Blending Kit celebrates Chivas’ continued commitment to bringing together the best malt and grain whiskies to create something extraordinary.

Blended whisky lovers around the world are invited to give it a go themselves and share their success stories on Instagram @ChivasRegal using #MyChivasBlend.

Find an interactive guide to your Blending Kit experience and why blended is better at Chivas.com 

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The Blending Kit (RRP £25, available at The Whisky Exchange)

  • x1 5cl Blended Grain Whisky (Floral)
  • x4 5cl Single Malt Whiskies (Fruity, Citrus, Creamy, Smoky)
  • x1 Pipette
  • x1 Beaker
  • x1 5cl Empty Bottle
  • x1 5cl Miniature Bottle of Chivas Regal 12

About Chivas

Chivas believes that blended is better, in life and in Scotch.

The original luxury blended Scotch whisky, Chivas’ belief in blending was instilled by founding brothers, James and John Chivas, who pioneered the art of blending in 19th century Scotland. Since then, Chivas has been integral to the growth of the Scotch whisky category worldwide – by bringing together the best malt and grain whiskies to create something extraordinary.

Chivas believes in the power of blending in life, as well as in Scotch. In bringing people together to create a greater whole – which is why Chivas is proud to be the global spirits partner of Manchester United, the world’s biggest football club; and in blending ambition with generosity and using success to enrich the lives of others – which is why the Chivas Venture supports social startups with $1m in annual funding.

Chivas blends its home in Speyside, Scotland, with more than 100 countries across the globe, who together have made Chivas the global success it is today, selling more than 4.2 million 9L cases every year.

The Chivas range blends timeless classics with modern innovation, including: Chivas 12, Chivas Extra, Chivas XV, Chivas Mizunara, Chivas 18, Chivas Ultis, Chivas 25, Chivas Regal The Icon, and the Global Travel Retail exclusive Chivas Brothers Blend.

Chivas. Success is a blend.

www.Chivas.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/11/master-the-art-of-blending-at-home-with-chivas-experimental-gift-kit-scotch-whisky-news/

Johnnie Walker launch its first 50-year-old Scotch whisky – The John Walker Masters’ Edition – Scotch Whisky News

Johnnie Walker Global Brand Director John Williams said: “Fifty year old whiskies are very rare. Whiskies of this age have incredible character but it takes great skill to reveal their flavour and then balance them so people can appreciate the end result. That’s where our Master Blender Jim Beveridge – one of only six in the history of Johnnie Walker – and his small team of exceptional whisky-makers come into their own as masters of their craft.”

The John Walker Masters’ Edition features single malt whiskies drawn from some of the oldest available stocks from the Glen Albyn and Glenury Royal distilleries – which are now closed – and the much-celebrated Blair Athol distillery, which stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. The three grain whiskies used in its crafting are drawn from the ghost distilleries of Caledonian, Cambus and Port Dundas.

Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge said: “Each drop of this whisky has been hand-selected from some of the most valuable and precious casks of malt and grain whiskies to be found in our reserves.

“About 20 years ago, Johnnie Walker blenders recognised that these individual whiskies were very special and the decision was made to put them aside for special use, allowing each of them to continue to mature in their casks, knowing that, in time, something even more remarkable would emerge. Our goal was to pay tribute to the whisky masters who worked with these whiskies such a long time ago and, with the creation of The Masters’ Edition, I believe we’ve done that.”

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/11/johnnie-walker-launch-its-first-50-year-old-scotch-whisky-the-john-walker-masters-edition-scotch-whisky-news/

Johnnie Walker launch its first 50-year-old Scotch whisky – The John Walker Masters’ Edition – Scotch Whisky News

Johnnie Walker Global Brand Director John Williams said: “Fifty year old whiskies are very rare. Whiskies of this age have incredible character but it takes great skill to reveal their flavour and then balance them so people can appreciate the end result. That’s where our Master Blender Jim Beveridge – one of only six in the history of Johnnie Walker – and his small team of exceptional whisky-makers come into their own as masters of their craft.”

The John Walker Masters’ Edition features single malt whiskies drawn from some of the oldest available stocks from the Glen Albyn and Glenury Royal distilleries – which are now closed – and the much-celebrated Blair Athol distillery, which stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. The three grain whiskies used in its crafting are drawn from the ghost distilleries of Caledonian, Cambus and Port Dundas.

Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge said: “Each drop of this whisky has been hand-selected from some of the most valuable and precious casks of malt and grain whiskies to be found in our reserves.

“About 20 years ago, Johnnie Walker blenders recognised that these individual whiskies were very special and the decision was made to put them aside for special use, allowing each of them to continue to mature in their casks, knowing that, in time, something even more remarkable would emerge. Our goal was to pay tribute to the whisky masters who worked with these whiskies such a long time ago and, with the creation of The Masters’ Edition, I believe we’ve done that.”

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/11/johnnie-walker-launch-its-first-50-year-old-scotch-whisky-the-john-walker-masters-edition-scotch-whisky-news/

Perfect Measure Whisky Glass

Perfect Measure Whisky Glass

Perfect Measure Whisky Glass

I’ve written about whisky glasses several times before, check my overview of the best whisky glasses or my reviews of the Norlan whisky glass or the 1920s Blender’s Glass.

Recently Elixir Distillers (the bottling / product development branch of The Whisky Exchange) presented The Perfect Measure Glass, said to be the ultimate whisky fine spirits tasting glass. It is designed by The Whisky Exchange team in collaboration with Glencairn Crystal. I ordered two boxes and used them for most of my reviews for about two weeks now.

 

Whisky glass: Perfect Measure

Whisky glass: Perfect MeasureCompared to the Rastal Bugatti (my favourite) the new glass has a slightly wider bowl and a slightly more narrow opening. It doesn’t have the slightly outward rim of the Bugatti though. I think it performs (amplifies) slightly better but the differences are subtle. In any case it doesn’t seem to exaggerate aromas, so it also works with higher strengths. Well done, improving an already excellent shape of glass.

While the bowl is slightly bigger, it is also wider (more evaporation surface) so you don’t need to pour a bigger measure to get enough aromas.

The biggest difference is probably the higher weight (110g vs. 76g). The stem is more sturdy and it simple feels nicely solid, though not as heavy as a Glencairn (170g).

 

 

The Perfect Whisky glass?

For everyday use, I believe it is. The Perfect Measure glass is easy to clean, it has a sturdy stem and feels well balanced. More importantly it highlights the spirit nicely (but the aromatic advantage over the Bugatti is not huge). It’s my new favourite for whisky and other fine spirits. It’s here to stay.

The Whisky Exchange is selling this whisky glass for around € 8, or € 40 for a six-pack. Granted, that’s more than the Bugatti (around € 4-5 on most websites).

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/whisky-news/perfect-measure-whisky-glass/

EXPLOSIVE NEW SMOKEHEAD SHERRY BOMB – Scotch Whisky News

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EXPLOSIVE NEW SMOKEHEAD SHERRY BOMB

Smokehead Sherry Bomb is a heavily peated Islay single malt that has been boldly blasted by sherry casks. It follows hot on the heels of Smokehead High Voltage, which was unveiled in April.

Priced at £64.99, Smokehead fans will enjoy a full-bodied, 48% abv peaty whisky that’s heavily influenced by Oloroso Sherry casks to create a smoky, spicy and rich flavour.

Iain Weir, Smokehead Brand Director, commented: “We’re proud of our Smokehead Sherry Bomb expression. The whisky is more explosive than an Armada cannonball. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re after a bold, peaty whisky that’s been blasted by rich sherry casks, then this is the delicious taste explosion you’ve been waiting for.”

Building on the launch of the new Smokehead brand design, Sherry Bomb’s packaging displays the brand’s iconic skull – this time in fiery red – bold typography and smoked, textured backgrounds, with each Limited-Edition black bottle presented in a Sherry Bomb tin. Smokehead Sherry Bomb is available now in the UK and will roll out globally in November.

TASTING NOTES: SMOKEHEAD SHERRY BOMB (48% ABV) 

The First Impression: Thick peat lets you know you’ve got a serious Islay single malt on your hands. Then a fruitier, creamier feel – soft rich oak, soothing custard and vanilla. But don’t get comfortable – this is only the beginning.

The Full-on Flavour: Tie yourself down and wait for the hit of oily black smoke, with a rich heavy mouthcoating peaty feel. Then along comes a sweet sticky flavour of barbecued banana, (yes, really) tangy sultanas and dried fruits. Told you it was different.

The Finale: The peat returns, just as you hoped/feared it would. This time it’s brought some authentic Spanish sherry oakiness with it, pleasingly and disturbingly sweet. And one last sharp salty reminder that you’re not dealing with the ordinary here.

Please drink responsibly.

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About Smokehead:

  • Smokehead is an Islay Single Malt Whisky and has been given a bold new look by Ian Macleod Distillers.
  • Originally launched in 2006, Smokehead has been labelled the wild one of Single Malt Whisky and is not for everyone.
  • Award-winning premium whisky that has an attitude-led positioning and heavily peated taste.

About Ian Macleod Distillers:

  • Established in 1933, Ian Macleod Distillers is one of Scotland’s leading independent, family-owned distillers, blenders and bottlers.
  • Ian Macleod Distillers is the world’s 10th largest Scotch Whisky company, producing and selling over 15 million bottles of spirits every year.
  • Ian Macleod Distillers has built up an enviable portfolio of premium quality spirits and is proud brand proprietor of Glengoyne, Tamdhu, Rosebank and Smokehead Scotch whiskies and Edinburgh Gin to name but a few.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/10/explosive-new-smokehead-sherry-bomb-scotch-whisky-news/

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare (Port Ellen)

Collectivum XXVIII

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul zo, oktober 21, 2018 07:28:09

Bottelaar: Diageo
Regio: Schotland
Fles: Collectivum XXVIII, Diageo Special
Release 2017
Kleur: vol goud
ABV: 57.3%

Symfonie

De Special Releases van Diageo zijn altijd iets
om naar uit te kijken. Vorig jaar was deze Collectivum XXVIII de verrassing van
de line-up, wat mij betreft. Het betreft immers een blended malt van alle 28
distilleerderijen die Diageo bezit. Sta me toe ze even voor u op te sommen in
alfabetische volgorde: Auchroisk, Benrinnes, Blair Athol, Caol Ila, Cardhu,
Clynelish, Cragganmore, Dailuaine, Dalwhinnie, Dufftown, Glendullan, Glen
Elgin, Glenkinchie, Glenlossie, Glen Ord, Glen Spey, Inchgower, Knockando,
Lagavulin, Linkwood, Mannochmore, Mortlach, Oban, Roseisle, Royal Lochnagar,
Strathmill, Talisker en Teaninich. Zag u Roseisle? Daar is verder nog niets van
op de markt beschikbaar, maar dit terzijde.

Heerlijk
aromatische, bijna tropische (zeg maar Ierse) neus op appels, peren, perziken,
ananas en bosbessen. Turks Fruit, koffiegruis, leder en oude boeken geven hem
diepgang. Een mooie waxiness wat doet
vermoeden dat hier flink wat Clynelish (of wie weet zelfs wat Brora) aan te pas
gekomen is. Frisse eik – die voor een zachte kruidigheid zorgt – gaat vooraf
aan een beetje kaneel en een flinke dosis gember. Nog een mooie toets van turf
en hooi. Lekker complex!

Hij prikkelt de
tong zonder te branden, ondanks het erg hoge alcoholpercentage. Appels en
citroenzeste komen nu eerst, onmiddellijk gevolgd door flink wat gember en
witte peper. Walnoten en cederhout doen hun intrede. Wordt redelijk zoet, maar
dankzij iets van een oude kelder blijft dat mooi binnen de perken. Meubelpoets,
anijs en kinine. I like it!

De afdronk is
heerlijk lang, perfect bitter en waxy (daar is de Clynelish opnieuw) en
drogend. Het laatste woord is voor pittige citroenzeste en een karrenvracht aan
zoethout (en een beetje rook).

Dit is het
schoolvoorbeeld van hoe een blend een symfonie is, samengesteld uit de instrumenten
die single malt heten. Ik weet niet wie de dirigent (lees: master blender) was,
maar die verdient een medaille. Zo’n 150 EUR. En dat is hij meer dan waard!

88/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 28-07-2018
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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REDBREAST 12 CASK STRENGTH RE-CLAIMS JIM MURRAY’S ‘BEST IRISH WHISKEY’ SPOT

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REDBREAST 12 CASK STRENGTH RE-CLAIMS JIM MURRAY’S ‘BEST IRISH WHISKEY’ SPOT

Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength Batch B1/17, which is crafted at Midleton Distillery by Irish Distillers, has been awarded the overall ‘Best Irish Whiskey’ in the world and ‘Best Irish Pot Still Whiskey’ in the annual Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2019.

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Scoring an impressive 97 out of 100 points, Redbreast 12 Cask Strength is the most highly-awarded of all new Irish whiskeys to be tasted this year. The achievement continues success for Redbreast in the Whisky Bible, with the range having scooped ‘Best Irish Whiskey’ in the whiskey compendium for the sixth time in seven years.

Recognition from Murray completes the whiskey awards season for 2018, a year in which Redbreast 12 Cask Strength has excelled across the board. Key awards won include a Double Gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition, a Master medal at The Irish Whiskey Masters and a 94 out of 100 point score at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

Commenting on the accolade, Billy Leighton, Master Blender at Midleton Distillery, said: “It is a real honour to accept the ‘Best Irish Whiskey’ award on behalf of Redbreast again this year – the sixth time in seven years that I’ve had the opportunity to do so. Jim Murray is one of most distinguished names in the whiskey world, and I hope that his resounding endorsement for Redbreast, the quintessential Irish whiskey, will help to spread the gospel for exceptional Irish whiskey even further around the world. This award is a testament to the craftsmen at Midleton Distillery who assist me in blending outstanding Irish whiskeys for the world to enjoy.”

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The Redbreast range has been awarded ‘Best Irish Whiskey’ in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible six times over the past seven years:

  • 2013 – Redbreast 12 Year Old
  • 2014 – Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength
  • 2015 – Redbreast 21 Year Old
  • 2017 – Redbreast 21 Year Old
  • 2018 – Redbreast 21 Year Old
  • 2019 – Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength

Now in its 16th edition, Jim Murray has tasted more than 4,500 different whiskeys in order to compile Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2019, evaluating each entrant out of 25 for its nose, taste, finish and balance in order to curate a score out of 100.

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About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson, our brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish whiskey. Jameson is the world’s fastest-growing Irish whiskey, experiencing 28 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 7.3m cases in 2018. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 80 of those experiencing double- or triple-digit growth.
Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Power Son, John Jameson Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network. Since 2012, we have invested over €250m to double our production and bottling capacity to meet global demand for our products.

We employ over 600 people across our operations in Cork and Dublin.

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of €8,987 million in FY18. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and VinSprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,900 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 86 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics.
Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

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Carsebridge 48 Year Old 1970 Diageo Special Release 2018

Collectivum XXVIII

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul zo, oktober 21, 2018 07:28:09

Bottelaar: Diageo
Regio: Schotland
Fles: Collectivum XXVIII, Diageo Special
Release 2017
Kleur: vol goud
ABV: 57.3%

Symfonie

De Special Releases van Diageo zijn altijd iets
om naar uit te kijken. Vorig jaar was deze Collectivum XXVIII de verrassing van
de line-up, wat mij betreft. Het betreft immers een blended malt van alle 28
distilleerderijen die Diageo bezit. Sta me toe ze even voor u op te sommen in
alfabetische volgorde: Auchroisk, Benrinnes, Blair Athol, Caol Ila, Cardhu,
Clynelish, Cragganmore, Dailuaine, Dalwhinnie, Dufftown, Glendullan, Glen
Elgin, Glenkinchie, Glenlossie, Glen Ord, Glen Spey, Inchgower, Knockando,
Lagavulin, Linkwood, Mannochmore, Mortlach, Oban, Roseisle, Royal Lochnagar,
Strathmill, Talisker en Teaninich. Zag u Roseisle? Daar is verder nog niets van
op de markt beschikbaar, maar dit terzijde.

Heerlijk
aromatische, bijna tropische (zeg maar Ierse) neus op appels, peren, perziken,
ananas en bosbessen. Turks Fruit, koffiegruis, leder en oude boeken geven hem
diepgang. Een mooie waxiness wat doet
vermoeden dat hier flink wat Clynelish (of wie weet zelfs wat Brora) aan te pas
gekomen is. Frisse eik – die voor een zachte kruidigheid zorgt – gaat vooraf
aan een beetje kaneel en een flinke dosis gember. Nog een mooie toets van turf
en hooi. Lekker complex!

Hij prikkelt de
tong zonder te branden, ondanks het erg hoge alcoholpercentage. Appels en
citroenzeste komen nu eerst, onmiddellijk gevolgd door flink wat gember en
witte peper. Walnoten en cederhout doen hun intrede. Wordt redelijk zoet, maar
dankzij iets van een oude kelder blijft dat mooi binnen de perken. Meubelpoets,
anijs en kinine. I like it!

De afdronk is
heerlijk lang, perfect bitter en waxy (daar is de Clynelish opnieuw) en
drogend. Het laatste woord is voor pittige citroenzeste en een karrenvracht aan
zoethout (en een beetje rook).

Dit is het
schoolvoorbeeld van hoe een blend een symfonie is, samengesteld uit de instrumenten
die single malt heten. Ik weet niet wie de dirigent (lees: master blender) was,
maar die verdient een medaille. Zo’n 150 EUR. En dat is hij meer dan waard!

88/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 28-07-2018
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1982 Diageo Special Release 2018

Collectivum XXVIII

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul zo, oktober 21, 2018 07:28:09

Bottelaar: Diageo
Regio: Schotland
Fles: Collectivum XXVIII, Diageo Special
Release 2017
Kleur: vol goud
ABV: 57.3%

Symfonie

De Special Releases van Diageo zijn altijd iets
om naar uit te kijken. Vorig jaar was deze Collectivum XXVIII de verrassing van
de line-up, wat mij betreft. Het betreft immers een blended malt van alle 28
distilleerderijen die Diageo bezit. Sta me toe ze even voor u op te sommen in
alfabetische volgorde: Auchroisk, Benrinnes, Blair Athol, Caol Ila, Cardhu,
Clynelish, Cragganmore, Dailuaine, Dalwhinnie, Dufftown, Glendullan, Glen
Elgin, Glenkinchie, Glenlossie, Glen Ord, Glen Spey, Inchgower, Knockando,
Lagavulin, Linkwood, Mannochmore, Mortlach, Oban, Roseisle, Royal Lochnagar,
Strathmill, Talisker en Teaninich. Zag u Roseisle? Daar is verder nog niets van
op de markt beschikbaar, maar dit terzijde.

Heerlijk
aromatische, bijna tropische (zeg maar Ierse) neus op appels, peren, perziken,
ananas en bosbessen. Turks Fruit, koffiegruis, leder en oude boeken geven hem
diepgang. Een mooie waxiness wat doet
vermoeden dat hier flink wat Clynelish (of wie weet zelfs wat Brora) aan te pas
gekomen is. Frisse eik – die voor een zachte kruidigheid zorgt – gaat vooraf
aan een beetje kaneel en een flinke dosis gember. Nog een mooie toets van turf
en hooi. Lekker complex!

Hij prikkelt de
tong zonder te branden, ondanks het erg hoge alcoholpercentage. Appels en
citroenzeste komen nu eerst, onmiddellijk gevolgd door flink wat gember en
witte peper. Walnoten en cederhout doen hun intrede. Wordt redelijk zoet, maar
dankzij iets van een oude kelder blijft dat mooi binnen de perken. Meubelpoets,
anijs en kinine. I like it!

De afdronk is
heerlijk lang, perfect bitter en waxy (daar is de Clynelish opnieuw) en
drogend. Het laatste woord is voor pittige citroenzeste en een karrenvracht aan
zoethout (en een beetje rook).

Dit is het
schoolvoorbeeld van hoe een blend een symfonie is, samengesteld uit de instrumenten
die single malt heten. Ik weet niet wie de dirigent (lees: master blender) was,
maar die verdient een medaille. Zo’n 150 EUR. En dat is hij meer dan waard!

88/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 28-07-2018
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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