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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NOTES 

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
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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.

NOTES

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.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/10/redbreast-12-cask-strength-re-claims-jim-murrays-best-irish-whiskey-spot/

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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THE TWEEDDALE LAUNCHES NEW GRAIN WHISKY – ‘GRAIN OF TRUTH’ – Scotch Whisky News

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THE TWEEDDALE LAUNCHES NEW GRAIN WHISKY – ‘GRAIN OF TRUTH’

This October, heritage brand The Tweeddale will add a new single grain whisky to its repertoire – Grain of Truth.

The Tweeddale was first blended by JA Davidson 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.

Since its invention in the early nineteenth century, ‘Grain Whisky’ has been often been mistakenly maligned as an inferior category of whisky and despite its complexity and many desirable properties, it has been overshadowed by ‘Malt Whisky’. However, in recent years, grain whisky has witnessed a resurgence in popularity, with bartenders, industry experts and consumers alike reconsidering this style of spirit. Leading global award bodies have begun to introduce new categories in order to celebrate the increasing popularity of grain whisky, such as WWA’s Best Scotch Grain Award, which was won by The Tweeddale: A Silent Character in 2018.

The Tweeddale hopes that Grain of Truth will follow on from the success of RB Distillers’ award-winning single grain, Borders, which was lauded at HKIWSC 2016 (Bronze) and in Scottish Field Readers’ Whisky Challenge 2017. With a strong heritage behind it, The Tweeddale is poised to redefine the perception of the category, and, through the launch of Grain of Truth, looks to the future of this grain whisky.

This unusual and memorable Grain of Truth has been designed with the curious drinker in mind. The 50% malted barley and sherry cask finish gives the whisky a more complex flavour than typical grain whiskies. Grain of Truth is delicious neat, on the rocks or with a mixer. The spirit flourishes when served in a Grain of Truth Highball: a refreshing long serve which retrains the distinctive sweet sherry and spice notes of Grain of Truth. In a highball glass stir equal parts of The Tweeddale: Grain of Truth Single Grain Scotch Whisky, premium quality ginger ale (or ginger beer) and bitters over ice. Garnish with fresh citrus fruit peel and serve as a light aperitif.

NOTES

Grain Of Truth is priced at £49.99 and is available to purchase on Master of Malt.

Notes on ‘Grain Whisky’:

Scotch whisky can be made from any cereal grain, traditionally barley, but also wheat and rye. Once the grain has been malted, it is mashed to convert starch into sugar using enzymes within the malt. These enzymes are also capable of converting starch in unmalted grain when mashed with malted grain. The resulting spirit is Grain Whisky, as opposed to “Malt Whisky”, which can only be made from malted barley.

The advent of continuous stills in the 1830s opened up new realms of possibility for whisky production and creating a grain whisky that is lighter than the often more pungent malt whisky. Merchants began to blend malt whisky and grain whisky together to produce a consistent spirit that brings out the most desirable characteristics of the component malts and grains. Master blender, Richard Day developed a number of recipes using quality grain whisky with a sherry influence, which adds an extra sweetness and smoothness. This lighter and fruitier style of blended whisky was widely enjoyed by discerning drinkers in the region during this period who tended to favour a smoother and more balanced tipple.

RB DISTILLERS:

The Tweeddale is owned by independent Scottish whisky company RB Distillers, which stands for Raasay and Borders. Co-founder and managing director of RB Distillers, 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.

Trained as a botanist and food scientist, Alasdair first entered the whisky business in 2009, when he inherited his great grandfather Richard Day’s cellar book. Richard Day had a small licensed grocer’s shop in Coldstream in the Scottish Borders where he blended and bottled whisky. He recorded his recipes meticulously in the cellar book and left it for the family when he retired after the Second World War. Alasdair eventually recreated one of his great grandfather’s signature blends called The Tweeddale using his original recipe. The Tweeddale was reborn and has since evolved into a premium range of small batch blended, single malt and single grain whiskies, inspired by his great-grandfather’s legacy.

RB Distillers Raasay Distillery commenced production in September 2017, the spirit is now quietly maturing and will be ready to drink from 2020. Raasay Single Malt will be ready to drink from 2020 and will encapsulate the rugged elegance of the island terroir.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/10/the-tweeddale-launches-new-grain-whisky-grain-of-truth-scotch-whisky-news/

Talisker 8 Year Old 2009 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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