Heaven Hill Distillery Announces Release of 2018 Parker’s Heritage Collection Limited Edition Bottling – American Whiskey News

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Heaven Hill Distillery Announces Release of 2018 Parker’s Heritage Collection Limited Edition Bottling

12th Edition of annual ultra-premium release renews partnership with Master Blender Alain Royer and continues support of ALS research and patient care

BARDSTOWN, KY— Heaven Hill Distillery announced today the 2018 limited edition release of Parker’s Heritage Collection Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in orange curaçao barrels. The 12th edition will ship into select markets across the country beginning in September.

The 2018 edition showcases the versatility that Heaven Hill’s 1.4 million aging barrels provide for an ultra-premium, innovative Bourbon. Aged for seven to eight years in the upper floors of Rickhouse Q, the Bourbon was then aged for four months in barrels that previously held French orange curaçao liqueur. The orange curaçao finished offering is the second barrel-finished Bourbon in twelve years of the annual Parker’s Heritage Collection series. Royer also partnered on a previous edition, which featured a Cognac finished Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Bottled at 110 proof (55% abv) and non-chill filtered to preserve all the flavor compounds, the orange curaçao finish lends a unique flavor that complements the Bourbon without overpowering it, creating an entirely new and elegant tasting experience.

The annual release of Parker’s signature line is one of the most highly anticipated bottlings for Whiskey and Bourbon lovers worldwide, as the collection produces an innovative, highly sought after bottling each year and now serves as a remembrance of the collection’s namesake. Parker’s Heritage Collection was originally conceived to showcase the extraordinary quality and broad range of Heaven Hill’s American Whiskey holdings, as Heaven Hill boasts the world’s second largest inventory of aging American Whiskey.

The late Heaven Hill Master Distiller Parker Beam, for whom the acclaimed series is named, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also called ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2010. The past five editions from 2013-2017, including the “Promise of Hope” Bourbon, the “Original Batch” Straight Wheat Whiskey, the Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey, the 24-Year-Old Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon, and the 11-Year-Old Single Barrel, respectively, have raised over one million dollars toward ALS research and patient care through contributions made by Heaven Hill for each bottle purchased. Heaven Hill will continue with this cause-related campaign, and will again contribute a portion of the proceeds from the average national retail cost of $89.99 of each 750ml bottle sold of this year’s release to the ALS Association. With every past edition of Parker’s Heritage Collection quickly selling out, the company expects to continue to generate significant dollars for this effort in Parker’s memory.

“We are excited to resume our partnership with Alain Royer as we continue to innovate with barrel finished products,” said Susan Wahl, Group Product Director at Heaven Hill Distillery.  “Parker appreciated thoughtful, new ways to enjoy Bourbon, as evidenced by his original collaboration with Royer.  This newest edition blends both Parker’s imprint, as the Bourbon was distilled by him several years ago, but also the imprint of our current Master Distiller, Denny Potter, who worked through countless samples to find the perfect balance of flavor and Bourbon. We are proud to continue offering the Parker’s Heritage Collection in his memory and continue to support ALS research and patient care efforts.”

Packaged in the same upscale 750ml bottle as the previous eleven editions, but with a beige colored label, the newest Parker’s Heritage Collection edition reflects the care and craftsmanship of its contents. Available in a three-bottle case, it will be featured on the shelves and back bars of the nation’s finest spirits retailers and on-premise accounts starting in September. With previous releases having won multiple awards from Whisky Advocate magazine, Whisky Magazine and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the series stands as some of the most critically lauded American Whiskeys in recent memory. Past bottlings have won awards ranging from “Best North American Whiskey” to “American Whiskey of the Year” to “Best of Show, Brown Spirits.”

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ABOUT HEAVEN HILL DISTILLERY: Founded in Kentucky by the Shapira family in 1935, Heaven Hill Distillery continues its legacy as one of the foremost American Whiskey producers. Heaven Hill has cultivated the traditions and history of America’s Native Spirit with its fierce independence, passionate family ownership, dedication to quality, and thoughtful innovation. Today, Heaven Hill Distillery maintains over 1.4 million barrels aging in 56 warehouses throughout Nelson and Jefferson Counties. It is home to an award-winning collection of American Whiskeys including Elijah Craig Bourbon, Larceny Bourbon, Evan Williams Bourbon, Pikesville Rye Whiskey, Rittenhouse Rye Whisky and Parker’s Heritage Collection. Heaven Hill Distillery currently holds the title of 2018 San Francisco Spirits Competition Best Bourbon, 2017 Whisky Advocate Whisky of the Year, and previously held the titles of 2016 Whisky Magazine Distillery of the Year, 2016 Whisky Advocate American Whiskey of the Year and 2016 Rye Whiskey of the Year from “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.” For more information, please visit www.heavenhilldistillery.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/07/heaven-hill-distillery-announces-release-of-2018-parkers-heritage-collection-limited-edition-bottling-american-whiskey-news/

TWO WORLD-FIRST ‘METHOD AND MADNESS’ EXPRESSIONS ADDED TO THE EXPERIMENTAL IRISH SPIRITS RANGE – Irish Whiskey News

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TWO WORLD-FIRST ‘METHOD AND MADNESS’ EXPRESSIONS

ADDED TO THE EXPERIMENTAL IRISH SPIRITS RANGE 

Irish Distillers, makers of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys, has added two new and experimental, limited edition Irish whiskeys to its METHOD AND MADNESS range; Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Finished in Virgin Hungarian Oak and a 28-year-old Ruby Port Pipe Single Cask Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey. First launched in 2017, METHOD AND MADNESS aims to push the boundaries of Irish whiskey through innovative releases, harnessing the creativity and fresh thinking of the masters and apprentices in Midleton Distillery.

In a world first for Irish whiskey, METHOD AND MADNESS Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Finished in Virgin Hungarian Oak has been finished in virgin oak felled in the Carpathian Mountain range in the North East of Hungary, where volcanic soils are best suited to the growing of Quercus Petraea. Harvested in winter and air-dried for two years at theKádár Kádár sawmills in Tokaj, the tight grain of this exceptional wood slowly imparts complex compounds and subtle flavours into the whiskey during the finishing process. The whiskey, a single pot still distillate, was first matured in a combination of first-fill and re-fill American oak barrels, before finishing in the virgin Hungarian oak for 11 months.

Kevin O’Gorman, Master of Maturation at Midleton Distillery, commented: “Our quest for uncommon casks has led us all over the world. We were especially intrigued by the Quercus Petraea from North East Hungary and the unique properties that it could add to our flavour repertoire as whiskey makers. At Midleton Distillery over the past few years, we have been experimenting with Hungarian virgin oak casks – a trial and error process that we are incredibly proud to have finally mastered. The result is a new first for Irish whiskey that continues to challenge perceptions of what the category can be.”

The second aged release in the METHOD AND MADNESS series is a 28 year old Ruby Port Pipe, which is a single pot still Irish whiskey matured initially for six years in American oak barrels, before being re-casked into a Ruby Port pipe for a further 22 years. The cask was carefully seasoned with a selection of wines to remove some of the heavy tannins and further seasoned with Ruby Port, infusing rich fruit flavours. The whiskey is alive with notes of ripe stone fruit on the nose and generous with vanilla and cinnamon on the palate, while the light pot still spices shine through on the long, satisfying finish.

Dave McCabe, Apprentice Blender at Midleton Distillery, added: “METHOD AND MADNESS 28 Year Old Ruby Port Pipe marks the realisation of a 22-year-old prediction from the Midleton Masters, which stated that the marriage of flavours between a single pot still Irish whiskey and a Port pipe will one day achieve balance. Billy Leighton, our Master Blender, and I have been carefully monitoring the slowly evolving flavours of this rare and exceptional cask as part of my training as Apprentice Blender. It gives us great pleasure to be able to present it as the perfect harmony between whiskey, Port and wood.”

METHOD AND MADNESS Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Finished in Virgin Hungarian Oak is bottled without chill-filtration at 46% ABV and is available in Ireland, the UK, Travel Retail Ireland and France, RRP €89. METHOD AND MADNESS Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey 28 Year Old Ruby Port Pipe Single Cask is bottled at 56.1% ABV and available in Ireland, UK, Travel Retail Ireland and France, priced at RRP €1,900

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Tasting notes by Master Blender, Billy Leighton:

Nose: Treacle, toffee, toasted coconut and campfire ashes

Taste: Silky smooth richness, bittersweet liquorice and dry woodland notes

Finish:  Dissipating spice and toasted Oak

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Tasting notes by Master Blender, Billy Leighton:

Nose: Fleshy mango, kiwi green banana and ripe plums

Taste: Vanilla cinnamon, port wine and barley grains

Finish:  Lingering succulent fruits, toasted oak and light spice 

About METHOD AND MADNESS

Launched in February 2017 to push the boundaries of Irish whiskey, METHOD AND MADNESS is crafted in Midleton Distillery, harnessing the creativity of Midleton’s whiskey masters through the fresh talent of its apprentices. Taking inspiration from the famous Shakespearean quote, ‘Though this be madness, yet there is method in ’t’, METHOD AND MADNESS is designed to reflect a next generation Irish spirit brand with a measure of curiosity and intrigue (MADNESS), while honouring the tradition and expertise grounded in the generations of expertise at the Midleton Distillery (METHOD)

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 6.5m cases in 2017. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 71 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 € 9, 010 million in 2016/17. 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 18,500 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. www.pernod-ricard.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/06/two-world-first-method-and-madness-expressions-added-to-the-experimental-irish-spirits-range-irish-whiskey-news-2/

IRISH DISTILLERS’ PRESTIGE RANGE OF IRISH WHISKEYS HITS GOLD IN SAN FRANCISCO – Irish Whiskey news

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IRISH DISTILLERS’ PRESTIGE RANGE OF IRISH WHISKEYS HITS GOLD IN SAN FRANCISCO

– Powers John’s Lane 12 Years Old crowned Best Irish Whiskey –

Irish Distillers, maker of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys, has scooped a remarkable 24 Gold or above medals at the recent International Spirits Challenge and San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Top honours were awarded to Powers John’s Lane 12 Years Old, scooping Best Single Pot Still Whiskey and Best Irish Whiskey at the annual tasting in San Francisco.

New members of the Irish Distillers family, Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest (released October 2017) and Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength (released April 2018), were also highly commended, winning Double Gold medals on their first outing at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. These accolades have set the bar high for the rest of the awards season, suggesting further success is on the horizon for both of these prestige offerings from the Midleton family of Irish whiskeys.

In addition, Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength claimed its fourth Double Gold medal in a row at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition – a testament to the consistency in quality of single pot still Irish whiskey craftsmanship at the Midleton Distillery, County Cork. With four Gold or above medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Redbreast has once again cemented its place as the most decorated single pot still Irish whiskey in the world.

In total, the prestige range from Irish Distillers secured one Best, six Double Gold and 17 Gold medals across the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) and International Spirits Challenge (ISC):

  • Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest: Double Gold (SFWSC) and Gold (ISC)
  • Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength: Double Gold (SFWSC)
  • Powers John’s Lane 12 Years Old: Double Gold, Best Irish Whiskey  Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (SFWSC)
  • Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength: Double Gold (SFWSC)
  • Midleton Very Rare 2017: Double Gold (SFWSC)
  • Redbreast 21 Year Old: Double Gold (SFWSC) and Gold (ISC)
  • Redbreast 15 Year Old: Gold (SFWSC)
  • Powers Signature Release: Gold (SFWSC)
  • Powers Three Swallow Release: Gold (SFWSC)
  • Powers Gold Label: Gold (SFWSC)
  • METHOD AND MADNESS Single Pot Still Finished in French Chestnut: Gold (ISC)
  • Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy: Gold medal (ISC)
  • Jameson 18 Year: Gold (ISC)
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey: Gold medal (ISC)
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey Caskmates IPA Edition: Gold medal (ISC)
  • Jameson Signature: Gold medal (ISC)
  • Jameson Black Barrel: Gold medal (ISC)
  • Jameson Round: Gold medal (ISC)
  • Jameson Lively: Gold medal (ISC)
  • Jameson Cooper’s Croze: Gold medal (ISC)
  • Jameson Blender’s Dog: Gold medal (ISC)

Billy Leighton, Master Blender at the Midleton Distillery, commented: “We are thrilled with the response to Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest and Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength at one of the most renowned spirit tasting competitions in the world. It is also great to see the Powers and Redbreast ranges flourish, as they continue to excite a whole new generation with the quintessential single pot still style of Irish whiskey. These accolades are a tribute to the craftsmen and women at Midleton Distillery Co. Cork, past and present, who work tirelessly to produce whiskeys of unrivalled quality.”

Now in its 18th year, the San Francisco World Spirits Challenge is one of the most influential spirits competitions in the world and is judged by a line-up of esteemed drinks journalists, producers and experts. Run each year in partnership with respected drinks trade bible, Drinks International, the International Spirits Challenge is one of the most authoritative and influential spirits competitions in the world and celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year.

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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 6.5m cases in 2017. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 71 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 € 9, 010 million in 2016/17. 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 18,500 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. www.pernod-ricard.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/06/irish-distillers-prestige-range-of-irish-whiskeys-hits-gold-in-san-francisco-irish-whiskey-news/

Kensington Malt Messenger Bulletin by Andrew Ferguson – Summer 2018 Tasting Schedule – Whisky News

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Malt Messenger Bulletin – Summer Tasting Schedule More

We opened our Summer Tasting Schedule for registration on Thursday, the first official day of summer. We have 19 new Wine, Whisky, Beer and Other Spirits tastings to keep you refreshed and entertained this summer. The schedule kicks off on Tuesday July 17 and runs through Friday August 31.

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On the whisky side of things we have a number of interesting tastings coming up, most notably the Cadenhead 175th Anniversary Part 2 tasting on Thursday July 26th, and the Lost in Translation: Yoichi Miyagikyo Whiskies of Future Past on Thursday August 23rd. The Cadenhead tasting will feature rare old small batch bottlings of Caol Ila, Motlach, Balfiddich, Macallan, Laphroaig and Cooley. The Lost in translation tasting is built around 6 single malts from Yoichi and Miyagikyo. These are both one-off tastings we will not be able to repeat…

On the note of Japanese whiskies, we had the opportunity to grab a case each of Yoichi 10, 15 and 20 year olds, as well as Miyagikyo 15 Year. The Yoichi 20 Year is sold out, but we have a few bottles of the others still available for purchase. Details below.

Last but certainly not least, we also have a new single cask, and a very tiny one at that. The Duncan Taylor Octaves Ardmore 2008 KWM Cask is limited to just 54 bottles. 20 of these have already sold… the remaining bottles won’t last long!

I hope this Malt Messenger Bulletin finds you well. Enjoy the first weekend of Summer, a full Malt Messenger newsletter is due early this coming week!

Sincerely,

Andrew Ferguson

Kensington Wine Market

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In This Edition

  1. Summer 2018 Whisky Spirits Tastings
  2. Very Limited Nikka Archives Releases
  3. New Duncan Taylor Octaves Ardmore 2008 KWM Cask

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Summer 2018 Whisky Spirits Tastings 

Are Now Online Open for Registration

The Kensington Wine Market Summer 2018 Tasting Schedule is now online and open for registration. We have Gin, Rum, Whisky and Mezcal tastings to keep you cool through the hot summer months. Register in-store, by phone 403-283-8000 and  online!

  1. Best of Bourbon – Wednesday July 18 – Join our #1 Bourbon fan, Evan, for a tour de force of some of his favourite Bourbons. Michter’s, Blanton’s, Evan Williams, Bookers, and much, much more! Having recently visited the Bourbon Trail, he has a few tales to tell! – $30
  2. Cadenhead 175th Anniversary Malts Part 2 – Thursday July 26 – We’ve been hanging on to these beauties for a special occasion… Now seems like a good time! We’ll crack open 6 whiskies including: Macallan 27 Year, Caol Ila 35 Year, Mortlach 30 Year, Burnside (Balfiddich) 28 Year, Laphroaig 25 Year and Cooley 25 Year! – $125
  3. The Gin Days of Summer – Tuesday August 7 – There isn’t much more refreshing than a fine GT on a hot summer’s day. We’ll introduce you to some of our favourite new gins! – $30
  4. Mezcal: The Spirit of Oxaca – Tuesday August 14 – As per Hunter’s request; no puns, alliterations or metaphors! This tasting will illuminate Hunter’s world of Mezcal. – $34
  5. Independents Day – Thursday August 16 – With the price of mature Distillery Bottlings soaring, where does one look for value? Independent Bottlers! Join us for a roundup of some of our Indie Scotch whiskies! – $40
  6. Why Are So Many Rums Named Ron and Other Stupid Questions – Tuesday August 21 – All questions will be answered while enjoying a range of new and interesting rums. – $35
  7. Lost in Translation: Yoichi Miyagikyo, Whiskies of Future Past – Thursday August 23 – An archive release of Yoichi (10, 15 20) and Miyagikyo (15) got us thinking, should we set aside a bottle of each to taste alongside the new No Age Statement bottlings? Who are we kidding? That is clearly a rhetorical question! #NoBrainer – $150
  8. Tight Wad: Single Malt Scotch Edition – Tuesday August 28 – Convinced there aren’t any good single malts under $80 a bottle? Sometimes less is more, and we’ll endeavour to prove you wrong! – $25

Register in-store, by phone at 403-283-8000 or online!

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Very Limited Nikka Archive Releases  

Whiskies of Future Past from Nikka, Yoichi and Miyagikyo!

Age statement Japanese whiskies have been hard to come by the last few years. These whiskies are archive bottlings from the Nikka Whisky Company. We received just 6 bottles each of the single malts, a dozen of the Super Nikka The Revival and just 3 of the 80th Anniversary From the Barrel 3L. They won’t last long…

  1. From the Barrel 3L 80th Anniversary – 51.4% – Description: “Produced from a blend of Miyagikyo and Yoichi single malts and a single grain whisky, NIKKA FROM THE BARREL embodies the expertise of the distillery’s master blenders. Intense, round, and generous, this ambitious, powerful, controlled, high-alcohol blend is acknowledged for its originality. This is a bold whisky. It seizes you and seduces you. It asserts its own style.Founded on 2 July 1934, Nikka Whisky celebrates its 80th birthday with a special edition of its emblematic blend: a 3-litre bottle of Nikka From the Barrel! Using the same proportions as the famous “small square bottle”, this beautiful bottle is just as elegant, despite its impressive size, which is the equivalent of 6 classic 50cl bottles!” – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: refined, complex. Floral (lilac), fruity (apricot). Notes of spice (cloves) and leather. Palate: firm, powerful. Spicy (pepper). Woody (oak). Evolves with ripe fruits (peaches), caramelised apples and flowers (honeysuckle). Overall: long. Marine notes. Ripe fruit (plums, peaches) on a background of woody-vanilla notes.” – $600 (Only 1 left!)
  2. Miyagikyo 15 Year – 45% – Description: “The most refined and least peaty of Nikka’s single malts comes from the Miyagikyo distillery in the north of Honshu island. Its whisky, also known as Sendai for export, reveals, in this alluring 15 year old version, the superb influence of oak and sherry.”- Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: with notes of walnut (walnut oil) and spices, it expresses the sherry cask’s influence. With pronounced rancio, it unveils delicate notes of honey and wild flowers (elderflower, clover). Palate: full-bodied and subdued, marked by the sweetness of raisins (Malaga), as well as the lively tannins of oak – green walnut – and spice (ginger). Overall: A great example of a sherry cask aged whisky, with a nourishing and alluring aspect.” – $725
  3. Yoichi 10 Year – 45% – Description: “This single malt is a blend of bourbon casks, new oak casks and sherry casks seasoned and reworked on-site at the distillery. Yoichi 10 Year Old was voted “best of the best” by Whisky Magazine in 2001, a symbol of recognition of Japanese whisky on an international stage.” – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: firm. Marked by burnt wood and spices (pepper). Fruity (apple, apricot) on a background of malted barley and menthol freshness. Palate: full-bodied, vanilla. Heady florals (iris, lavender). Perfectly-integrated woodiness transcends the fruity aspect (apricot, raisins). Overall: long, complex, revealing remarkable balance between woody, fruity and floral notes.”- $370
  4. Yoichi 15 Year – 15% – Description: “Twice voted best single malt in the world since 2000, Yoichi belongs to the very closed group of elite distilleries such as Ardbeg, Yamazaki, Lagavulin, Macallan and Laphroaig. The legendary “Heavy Peaty” versions reveal a rich peatiness with smoky, liquoricey, vegetal flavours. Within the classic range, the Yoichi 15 year old offers the perfect balance between smoky notes of cold tobacco and maturation predominately in sherry casks. Also characterised by ripe fruit, it is exclusively imported and distributed in France by La Maison du Whisky. This single malt is a blend of several casks and illustrates the diversity and richness of the whiskies produced by the Yoichi distillery. It also serves as an introduction to the more prestigious cask strength versions that have earned this distillery its international reputation.” – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: fresh and sweet, it presents subtle fruity notes (white peach skin) on a rich peaty background. On aeration it reveals a lovely mellowness with a mingling of notes of dried fruit (pecans), varnish and dried grass (hay, tobacco leaves). Palate: unctuous and oily, it presents precise sweet-savoury notes (barley sugar, iodine). Smooth, developing floral notes, mentholated aniseed, spices (cloves, pepper) and chocolate. Overall: elegant, it evolves with chocolate (bitter chocolate, mocha), coffee and citrus fruit (orange). It persists with retro-olfaction bringing notes of fresh fruit (white peach).”- $725
  5. Yoichi 20 Year – 45% – Description: “A magnificent and extremely rare version of the most traditional Japanese single malt. An unusual Yoichi, hailed by the best-known experts, this 20 year old is best savoured slowly on special occasions. The long maturation in oak casks gives Yoichi malts.” – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: intense, rich. Very elegant. The peat is delicately positioned over fresh fruit. It expresses great maturity. Increasingly empyreumatic (resin, rosewood) and solar (candied apricot), it continues to gain in depth. The peat also becomes increasingly present. Palate: full-bodied, “spherical”. Notes of liquorice and marzipan cake. Smoke-filled vapours. It nonetheless remains delicate and toned. Fruit arrives in force (quince, apple, black cherry). Marrying the peat with ripe fruits, it takes the opposite route to the nose. Overall: long, dense. It has perfect balance. Wild flowers, fruits bursting with sugar, black earth and dried fruits give it an autumnal and sunny feel. It persists with notes of rose jam.” – $1700 (SOLD OUT)
  6. Super Nikka The Revival – 43% – Description: “Established in 1962, this famous Japanese blended whisky has been reinvented with this superb limited series. Notes of spices and aromatic plants are increasingly present on the nose. As for the palate, this new opus scores twice by offering the taster not one but two extremely different yet complimentary flavour paths. The new rich and remarkably complex Super Nikka could show a thing or two to many a single malt.” – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: concentrated, rich. Begins with herbaceous (cut hay, straw) and lemony notes that mingle with liquorice and spices (ginger, cinnamon). It evolves with notes of cappuccino. Once aerated, aromatic plants (vervain, lime blossom) accentuate its earthy, vegetal character. Its almost perfect balance is an olfactory delight. Palate: ample and round. The attack has two sides to it. One very smooth and honeyed (acacia, raspberry honey), and the other very long, almost ethereal, which focuses on heady florals (peppered rose, peony). Little by little, it becomes vanilla-flavoured and milky (coconut). Star anise, as well as a slight note of camphor invigorates the back palate. Overall: long, slightly tannic. Delicately woody (oak), it develops clear notes of grain. Green malt ripples in the breeze. Full of light, it conjures up a lush, bucolic landscape on a sunny day. The retro-olfaction has notes of noble spices (saffron, ginger) and the empty glass is floral (heather, iris)” – $85 1 Per Customer (7 left)

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 New Duncan Taylor Octaves Ardmore 2008 KWM Cask 

Just 54 Bottles – Only 35 Left… 

We selected this Octave cask at the same time as the Bunnahabhain we received in the fall. We are not entirely sure why, but even though it was bottled in 2017, it is just arriving now. All that being said though, it was worth the wait. Only 54 Bottles – Limit 2 Per Customer! The whisky distilled in 2008 was finished for 3 months in a bespoke sherry seasoned Octave cask. Bottled in 2017 at 9 years of age. 52.4% abv.

Duncan Taylor Octaves Ardmore 2008 KWM Cask – 52.4% – 9 Year – Finished 3 Months in Sherry Octave – Andrew’s Tasting Note: “Nose: honey baked ham with cloves, cigar ash, leather and burnt orange peel in a cocktail; salty Dutch licorice, melons and flambéed banana; honey garlic beef jerky. Palate: sweet and fruity with a smoky-sherried backdrop; more burnt orange peel, but also lemon; building oily, buttery, earthy peat and cigar ash with dark sugars and spices; more honey baked ham (with cloves) and honey garlic beef jerky; the sherry asserts its self, but not as much as the firm but gentle peat. Finish: medium-full with a good length, it is fruity, oily and buttery with fading sherry, baked ham and gentle peat tones. Comment: this is a lovely Ardmore, the sherry has accented the whisky nicely without over-cooking it; the peat is the central character here, and it shines!” – $112

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/06/kensington-malt-messenger-bulletin-by-andrew-ferguson-summer-2018-tasting-schedule-whisky-news/

Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old

A favourite of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, being conveniently situated close by Balmoral Castle. Royal Lochnagar has been converted from a blender’s whisky to a distillery that focuses on single malt. Small and traditional, it is still Diageo’s ‘training distillery’ for staff and potential managers. You know, wooden washbacks, open mashtun, wormtubs and no computers.

We’re trying the base expression: Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old.

 

 

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(40%, OB +/- 2017)

Nose: simple aromas, some dusty malt with hints of gummi bears and vanilla. Honey biscuits and cake dough. Soft nutty notes. Hints of linseed oil and candles (both waxy and floral) make it a bit more interesting. Mouth: initial sweetness, again very much on the malty notes, with nougat and a surprising grassy / salty side, maybe even a hint of peat. Lemon peel. Walnuts and peppercorns. Finish: fairly short, dry and malty, with a slight woody sourness.

Maybe not exactly royalty, it’s smooth but also a bit weak, isn’t 40% a thing from the past? Luckily a few elements prevent it from becoming too middle-of-the-road. A decent dram. Around € 40 from Master of Malt or TWE.

Score: 79/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/royal-lochnagar/royal-lochnagar-12-year-old/

MASTER BLENDER AND MASTER PERFUMER UNITE TO CREATE CROWNING EXPRESSION, INSPIRED BY ROYALTY – Scotch Whisky News

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MASTER BLENDER AND MASTER PERFUMER UNITE TO CREATE CROWNING EXPRESSION, INSPIRED BY ROYALTY

The ‘King of Whisky’ launches latest in annual Flask Collection: 

Royal Salute 28 Year Old Kew Palace Edition 

The ‘King of Whisky’, Royal Salute, has unveiled the exceptional new Royal Salute 28 Year Old Kew Palace Edition, the latest in its annual Flask Collection. The rich, round and silky blend is the result of an exciting, first-time collaboration between Royal Salute’s Director of Blending, Sandy Hyslop, and esteemed perfumer Barnabé Fillion, and is inspired by the magnificent Kew Palace and its iconic Kitchen Garden.

Combining Hyslop’s unparalleled knowledge of Scotch whisky with Fillion’s inimitable artistic acumen, the 28 Year Old Kew Palace Edition balances Royal Salute’s signature style with super rich fruits, scented flora like violet and aromatic leaves from the Kitchen Garden, resulting in the ultimate sensory experience that pushes the boundaries of modern blending.

The collaboration saw Hyslop lay the foundations of the new blend before uniting with Fillion to create a bespoke whisky top dressing that embodied the iconic Kitchen Garden of Kew Palace. The two worked together, nosing countless whiskies in Hyslop’s blending room in Scotland, to capture their interpretation of the lush flora of the Kitchen Garden, while staying true to Royal Salute’s signature style.

It follows the launch of the Royal Salute 30 Year Old Flask Edition last year, and this next iteration in the collector’s series again offers a disruptive take on traditional British drinking traditions. The perfect companion for whisky aficionados on the move, the set includes a bespoke green porcelain flagon and exquisite flask, alongside a pouring funnel and wooden serving tray.

The new expression pays homage to London’s iconic Kew Palace, one of Historic Royal Palace’s most charming royal buildings, as part of Royal Salute’s longstanding support of the charity charged with conserving some of Britain’s royal palaces for future generations. The Palace and its famed Kitchen Garden are showcased on the stunning packaging through artwork from esteemed British illustrator, Jason Brooks.

Royal Salute Marketing Director, Mathieu Deslandes said: “We are thrilled to unveil this exceptional 28 Year Old whisky, made even more special by the coming together of two industry experts. Sandy Hyslop is the absolute pinnacle when it comes to blending so to be able to further enhance his latest creation with some magic from long-time friend of the brand and famed perfumer, Barnabe Fillion, is really special – and the result, the whisky, speaks for itself.

“We’re proud to continue supporting our charity partner, Historic Royal Palaces, with a limited edition inspired by Kew Palace. The charity does amazing work preserving and protecting historic royal buildings to keep their story alive for generations to come, and as a brand steeped in royal heritage, Royal Salute is thrilled to play its part honouring a true British icon in this unique and special way.

For the first time in Royal Salute’s history, whisky aficionados will have the opportunity to enjoy a first look at the new whisky and its exquisite flask during an intimate event at Kew Palace in June. Hosted by Sandy Hyslop and Barnabé Fillion, it will provide a unique glimpse inside the world of Royal Salute, bring to life the inspiration behind the new Kew Palace Edition and offer an opportunity for aficionados to enjoy the company of those who share their passion.

Befitting its status as a true collector’s item, the Royal Salute 28 Year Old Kew Palace Edition will be available from June 2018 for a limited time at select luxury whisky retailers around the world, for RRP of $790.  For more information, visit http://www.royalsalute.com.

Notes 

Royal Salute 28 Year Old Kew Palace Edition Tasting Notes:
A rich, round and silky blend, inspired by Kew Palace and its magnificent kitchen garden. For the very first time, this exceptional whisky has been developed by Royal Salute’s Director of Blending Sandy Hyslop in collaboration with olfactory expert, Barnabe Fillion. The result is an exquisite whisky that balances Royal Salute’s classic style with scented flora, aromatic leaves and super rich fruits for a fantastic sensory experience.

Nose:

Intensely fruity with rich notes of ripe pear and a hint of aromatic autumnal leaves alongside delicate floral notes of violet.

Taste:

Rich, round and perfectly balanced with sweet natural honey flavours and scented flora.

Finish:

Deliciously long, smooth and sweet finish with a wisp of smoke. 

About Royal Salute

Royal Salute is a careful blend of matured malt and grain whiskies – with its youngest whisky matured for a minimum of 21 years. Created to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, which was honoured with a traditional 21 gun salute, Royal Salute is steeped in tradition, while still firmly engaged in the modern world by constantly pushing the art of blending into new, creative and ambitious forms. Royal Salute is deeply involved in polo – the world’s oldest surviving team sport and a game that’s expanding in the modern era. The brand sponsors more than 15 international tournaments from the UK and the USA through Argentina and China to Korea.

www.royalsalute.com

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky and the No.1 Scotch whisky in China; Ballantine’s, Europe’s No.1 Scotch whisky; The Glenlivet, the single malt whisky that set the standard; and Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky range. The portfolio also includes two of the world’s leading English gins – Beefeater, the world’s most awarded premium gin, and Plymouth gin – plus a selection of highly acclaimed single malt whiskies, including Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa, Strathisla and Tormore. The range is completed by a collection of blended Scotch whiskies operating in many of the world’s key whisky markets which includes 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch.

www.chivasspirit.com

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 8,682 million in FY16. 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, Kahlúa and Malibu liqueurs, Mumm and Perrier‐ Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, Graffigna and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,000 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 85 “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.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/06/master-blender-and-master-perfumer-unite-to-create-crowning-expression-inspired-by-royalty-scotch-whisky-news/

GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 7 at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 7

This Speyside single malt is the 7th release from The GlenDronach Cask Strength series. Matured in a combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez casks from Andalucia, the Master Blender has selected the ideal marriage of these casks to create this limited edition, bottled without chill-filtration at a natural cask strength of 57.9% abv.

£69 Pre-Order Now
Orders will be dispatched week beginning 18th June

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/06/glendronach-cask-strength-batch-7-at-loch-fyne-whiskies-scotch-whisky-news/

ISLE OF RAASAY DISTILLERY VISITORS CENTRE AWARDED FIVE STARS BY VISITSCOTLAND’S QUALITY ASSURANCE SCHEME – Scotch Whisky News

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ISLE OF RAASAY DISTILLERY VISITORS CENTRE AWARDED FIVE STARS BY VISITSCOTLAND’S QUALITY ASSURANCE SCHEME

Isle of Raasay Distillery is delighted to announce that its Visitors Centre has been awarded VisitScotland’s highest ‘Five Star Visitor Attraction’ accreditation, joining the ranks of some of the most unforgettable locations in the country.

Raasay Distillery is pioneering a new provenance for Scotch Whisky and, since opening the visitors centre in January 2018, it has become a popular tourist destination for whisky pilgrims. Visitors to the Raasay Distillery can now experience first-hand the exciting journey from converting a disused Victorian building to handcrafting the first Isle of Raasay single malt.

Raasay Distillery is independently owned by co-founders Alasdair Day and Bill Dobbie. The pair worked with local architect Olli Blair (ABIR Architects) and Allen Associates to incorporate Borodale House, a disused Victorian villa, within the design for a modern distillery, visitors centre and accommodation.

Alasdair Day comments: “We were delighted to receive a five-star rating from VisitScotland for our visitor centre. It reflects all the great work by our talented team, who have managed to set a high standard in such a short amount of time.”

Distillery tours cater for all levels of whisky knowledge, from the curious to the connoisseur, and offer an insight into the innovative whisky making process. Raasay Distillery’s tour guides are local islanders who share their unrivalled knowledge of Raasay’s geography and community. The distillery offers eight tours per day, seven days a week, throughout the year. Raasay Distillery predicts that this modern Visitors Centre will bring a significant number of new visitors to the island.

Chris Taylor, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director, adds: “It is commendable that the Isle of Raasay Distillery Visitor Centre has achieved 5 Stars so soon after opening in January 2018. Delivering a quality experience that not only meets but exceeds visitor expectations is crucial in making Scotland a must-visit, must-return destination.

“I am delighted that Raasay’s first legal distillery and visitor centre has proved such a success and has been so well-supported by the island community. Just a few minutes’ walk from the ferry terminal, it is in an ideal location to attract visitors through its doors. “Quality Assurance means stars on the door and a great deal more.

It is about the entire visitor experience and driving improvement in that experience throughout the country.”

Raasay Distillery is also the only distillery in Scotland to provide luxury accommodation within the same building. Three of the bedrooms offer views of the Cuillin mountains on Skye, while the other rooms overlook the production yard and are designed for the ultimate whisky lover. Raasay Distillery is also planning a calendar of events throughout the year, including Raasay Tunes which celebrates local musicians, and is an integral part of the annual ‘Whisky, Fire and Song’ community festival. The distillery is an ideal destination for whisky tourists and those looking for an unusual off-the-beaten track holiday.

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RAASAY DISTILLERY: Raasay Distillery began producing whisky in September 2017. It is owned by independent Scottish whisky company RB Distillers. Co-founder Alasdair Day embodies this coupling: his great-grandfather, Allan MacDonald, hailed from the Hebrides, while his other great grandfather, Richard Day, was a master-blender in the Scottish Borders during the early 19th Century.

The former, on Raasay, is now a reality. In February 2016, the Highland Council granted permission for the construction of a distillery on Raasay. Subsequent grants were secured from the Food Processing Marketing and Co-Operation Grants Scheme, as well as the Highlands and Islands Enterprise for the development of a visitor centre, which is projected to bring 12,000 visitors to Raasay in its first year.

Raasay Single Malt will be ready to drink from 2020 and will encapsulate the rugged elegance of the island terroir. The high mineral content of the island’s water, which filters through the volcanic rock of Dun Caan, will be integral to the flavour of the whisky. A long fermentation time helps to retain the minerality, resulting in a fruity whisky that will become a characteristic of Raasay single malt.

The team hold the long-term ambition of using all-local ingredients – water, peat and barley – to create a spirit that is a true reflection of this uncommon provenance. In June 2017, Raasay Distillery commenced a barley trial with farmers and crofters to assess the possibility of growing barley locally and concluded that Bere and IsKria (ancient and Icelandic varieties respectively) can be grown the island. Raasay Distillery intend to create a special release of 100% Raasay single malt.

Isle of Raasay Distillery is will produce Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

• Capacity: 94,000 LPA
• Fermentation Time: 96-110 hours
• Spirit Still: 3,600 L
• Wash Still: 5,000 L
• Washback Size: 5,000 L
• Maturation: All maturation on site

Produced using local water supply at every stage of distillation and reduction

VISIT SCOTLAND

Developed over the last four decades in partnership with the tourism industry and informed by visitor research, VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance schemes are world-leading. QA stars alongside online reviews give visitors a balance of objective and subjective views to assist in their decision making and expectations.

For more information on Quality Assurance, visit www.visitscotland.org

Raasay Distillery, Borodale House, Isle of Raasay, Kyle IV40 8PB
raasaydistillery.com
T: 01478 470178
Opening times: 10am – 5pm
Instagram/ Facebook: @raasaydistillery, Twittter: @RaasayWhisky

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/06/isle-of-raasay-distillery-visitors-centre-awarded-five-stars-by-visitscotlands-quality-assurance-scheme-scotch-whisky-news/

BUNNAHABHAIN WINS THREE DOUBLE GOLDS AT SAN FRANCISCO WORLD SPIRITS COMPETITION – Scotch Whisky News

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BUNNAHABHAIN WINS THREE DOUBLE GOLDS AT SAN FRANCISCO WORLD SPIRITS COMPETITION 

Specialty Scotch single malt producer, Bunnahabhain has won three double gold medals at the prestigious 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition in the United States.

The double golds were awarded to the Islay distillery’s 12- and 25-year-old single malts, as well as to the newest single malt whisky in the collection called Stiùireadair (not available in South Africa).

Known for its un-chillfiltered single malts that offer a richness of colour, aroma and flavour, the distillery is one of the only Islay producers to make use of a natural spring water source and unpeated barley in the production of most of its single malts, imparting a very gentle profile to the range.

Bunnahabhain, founded in 1881, is pronounced Bŭ-na-ha-venn and means ‘mouth of the river’ in Scots Gaelic, referring to the Margadale River that flows close by. The range is made by Dr Kirstie McCallum who heads the Bunnahabhain team of skilled whisky blenders.

Loved by new whisky lovers and seasoned aficionados alike, the collection available in South Africa, including 12-, 18-, and 25-year old, is exclusive to fine whisky outlets including Whisky Brother in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, Wild About Whisky in Dullstroom, as well as Makro and Norman Goodfellows outlets nationwide, and from www.vinoteque.co.za.

The price of Bunnahabhain ranges from R750 to R1 500 to R5 000 for its 12-, 18- and 25-year-old whiskies respectively.

Bunnahabhain 12- and 18-year-old single malts will be offered for tasting at the upcoming Whisky Live Celebrations tasting event at the Sibaya Casino in Durban from 21 to 23 June.  Tickets are available at www.ticketpros.co.za.  Go to www.whiskylive.co.za for more information, or send an e-mail to info@whiskylive.co.za

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For more information on Bunnahabhain, visit the website: http://www.bunnahabhain.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/06/bunnahabhain-wins-three-double-golds-at-san-francisco-world-spirits-competition-scotch-whisky-news/

The Whisky Shop “Discover a whisky like no other” – Scotch Whisky News

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Precision distilled single malt whisky

Smouldering with smokiness, perfectly balanced with oaky sweetness, Ailsa Bay is sheer pride and precision in a bottle, making it the ideal gift for this Father’s Day. This Lowland single malt is one of our Customer Favourites, and it’s not hard to see why!

Next day UK delivery available
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Ailsa Bay

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With exacting precision, Ailsa Bay takes distilled whisky craft and innovation to a whole new level, perfectly balancing smoke and sweet flavours through a new-age maturation process known as ‘micro maturation’ or ‘cask starting’.

In this unique process, perfected by experimental Master Blender Brian Kinsman, the single malt is first aged in small traditional bourbon casks (sourced from Tuthilltown Spirits in New York) for six to nine months, to rapidly and intensely mature. The liquid then spends several years in virgin, first-fill and refill American oak casks to develop its multi-layered flavours.

The nose has fresh wood smoke, with notes of smouldering damp heather and an extinguished bonfire. A wave of oaky sweetness and hot buttered toast follows, with an intriguing hint of caramelised apple. On the palate an immediate punch of peat is quickly balanced by a burst of vanilla oakiness. The flavour meanders between smoke, fruit, creamy toffee and back again. With every sip the complexity of the whisky deepens as layer upon layer of flavour is revealed.

£60 Buy Now

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/06/the-whisky-shop-discover-a-whisky-like-no-other-scotch-whisky-news/