Distillery Focus: Ardbeg at Hard To Fin Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Located on the South East of Islay, Ardbeg has been producing powerful, complex, heavily peated whiskies since 1815. Once prized by blenders, the distillery is now known for its exceptional single malts. The whiskies are rich, powerful and oily, with masses of smoke and a characteristic sweetness. The combination of rich sooty/tarry smoke and a sweet, citric core, gives the whisky a unique balance of flavour. These pungent, intensely flavoured whiskies are not to everyone’s taste, but are admired by lovers of smoky whiskies everywhere. Ardbeg is, perhaps, the ultimate cult distillery!

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Saint Kilian is happy…. A new star is born PART 2 by Ernst J. Scheiner, The Gateway to Distilleries

Continued from

 

In 2018, the Kilian barley distillate White Dog was voted the world’s best new make by the London World Whisky Awards.

What does the new Kilian Whisky taste like?

The first St. Kilian German Single Malt bottling was limited to 760 bottles only. It was quickly sold out. For the general whisky inauguration, the experienced master brewer Mario Rudolf designed a Signature Edition Series to be continued by future releases.

The Signature Edition One is an exciting and multi-layered blend of 2016 distilled Kilian whiskies, each of which matured for three years in first fill Bourbon barrels (37%), Martinique Rhum pre-lined American oak barrels (37%), Pedro Ximénez Sherry barrels (18%) and first-fill Bourbon Quarter Casks (3%) from the Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye, Texas. A special aromatic kick was initiated by five percent of toasted juvenile chestnut barrels. These refined the blend, which was vatted in a large tank for two days only. The whisky integrated individual aromas of the respective barrels and lead to a very distinctive taste profile. The small 50 litre quarter casks enhanced the impression of maturity, the PX casks gave colour, sweetness, mildness and aromas of dark fruits, while the French chestnut wood made the Kilian whisky softer. The rum casks made it sweeter wheras Bourbon barrels had contributed some notes of caramel, vanilla, ripe pineapple and toffee.

At the IWSC 2019 this German Single Malt Whisky was awarded 94 points out of 100.

The blending of distillates from different barrels was skilfully carried out by master blender Mario Rudolf. The sensory complexity generated by the vatting is a result of a highly sophisticated wood management system implemented at Sankt Kilian distillery. Some test trials were necessary as there had been no experience or tradition for the newly distilled spirits at Sankt Kilian distillery.

The German St. Kilian single malt whisky is a real surprise. The Signature Edition One is pleasing with its pronounced fruitiness. A bouquet of aromas of ripe apples, pears and apricots flows continuously into the nose. Impressions of pineapple, vanilla, caramel and honey follow. Malty barley tones emerge and recall youthful freshness of the whisky. Soft sweetness of toffee and honey unfolds on the palate, which gradually leads to a spicy, slightly peppery, ginger-like notion. In the end notes of bitter chocolate and some nuttyness flair up. For its young age, the whisky causes a well-balanced mouthfeel. There are no alcoholic pungent effects in the nose. The alcohol is harmoniously integrated in its overall appearance. A caramel-like sweetness lingers on for a medium length of time, however, it ends abruptly. The highly fruity single malt appears surprisingly harmonious for its young age. St. Kilian‘s whisky has reached a high degree of harmony and balance. Conclusion: The Signature Edition One by Sankt Kilian is a successful and enriching newcomer among international whiskies. The birthday boy doesn’t have to shy away from any international comparison at all.

Release Signature Edition Three. The Peaty St. Kilian Version

The newly released peated version follows the high quality levels set up by its predecessors. The peated malt (54ppm) supplied by Pauls Malt in Glenesk near Aberdeen gave the German whisky some sort of Scottish character. Scottish peated malt and Frankonian non-peated malt of the Pilsner style were mixed to a cocktail of 38ppm and then double distilled in 2016. Only Bourbon casks created the flavour profile of St Kilian Three. The destillates matured in charred barrels of American white oak, in which Bourbon whiskeys had previously experienced their aromatic flavour profile for a few years.

The Signature Edition Three is a vatting of young Kilian whiskies all of them just over three years old. They matured in fifteen first-fill Bourbon casks from Brown-Forman Distilleries, including Jack Daniel Distillery in Tennessee (94%) and in three small 50 litre quarter casks from Garrison Brothers Distillery in Texas (6%). As a rule, two-stage distillation reduces the phenol value of the malt in the distillate approximately to around one third. This reduction is quite noticeable in the cuvée. An opulently intrusive, medicinal and iodine smoke does not dominate at all, but rather a discreet pure campfire-like smoke is flattering the nose charmingly and pleasantly.

Master Distiller Rudolf likes the quarters from the southern U.S.-Austin region “because they bring so much character to the spirit, especially vanilla, caramel and spicy accents”. It is a well known fact that spirits mature faster in smaller barrels than in larger ones. The oak tannins, however, give the spirits more intense notes of astringent spiciness. In the larger Jack Daniel Barrels, flames change the hemicellulose of the of the American White Oak into sugar compounds, which during a maturing process produce in the distillate notes of brown sugar, caramel, and almond. The staves of the Bourbon barrels from Tennessee had been charred extremely long by the coopers under large gas flames for about 45 seconds which resulted in a char 4. They are ussually called crocodile or alligator char because of a crocodile-like incrustation of the stave’s inner surface. The barrel charring in the Garrisson Quarters was quite similar. According to Rudolf they were of “Char3 to Char4”. The charcoal crust does not only produce a dark amber colour in the Kilian whiskies, but also makes for intense vanilla notes as well as spicy aromas.

Final remarks

St. Kilian is an attractive cuvée of young three-year-old peaty whiskies from various Bourbon cask types. Master Blender Mario Rudolf perfectly blends the aroma profile of the individual whiskies. He uses their respective flavour profiles and embellishes thereby the overall harmonious appearance of the final vatting. The whiskies from the smaller quarter casks make for a complex of aroma profile. The aromatic and tasty quality of The Kilian Signature Edition Three is very impressive. Although it is still a young whisky the overall appearance is well balanced and full of harmony. It seems as if the Kilian Spirits feel quite at home in Bourbon barrels and mature surprisingly fast in them. This effect is partly the result of the reflux condenser of the spirit still which makes for a rather clean and fruity new make without any harsh notes at all.

The new peaty St Kilan became a well-balanced and beautiful whisky, which builds up charming fruity and smoky tensions from the nose to the palate. This Kilian does not need to shy away from comparisons with Scottish or international representatives of the same kind. The particular balanced fine aromatic quality of peat smoke in combination with the prominent fresh and fruity notes is amazing and awesome. The filling strength of 50% abv strengthens and widens sustainably the aromatic backbone of the single malt. This St. Kilian Signature Edition Three will also be liked by connoiseurs who are not members of the peat-freak-fraction.

History to remember

Saint Kilian, the Irish missionary preacher and scholar came to the Lower Franconian region during the Hiberno-Scottish mission in the seventh century and is today venerated by Christians as the apostle of the Franks. Together with his companions Klonat and Totnan, the missionary Kilian was murdered in Würzburg. Today Saint Kilian is the patron saint of the city of Würzburg and of Franconia.

Contact: www.stkiliandistillers.com

Ernie Ernst J. Scheiner is the editor of The Gateway to Distilleries at www.whisky-distilleries.net

and publishes articles in the German whisky magazine The Highland Herold www.highland-herold.de and the trade magazine Kleinbrennerei www.kleinbrennerei.de.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/saint-kilian-is-happy-a-new-star-is-born-part-2-by-ernst-j-scheiner-the-gateway-to-distilleries/

BUNNAHABHAIN ELEMENTS 39 YEAR OLD at Tyndrum Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

BUNNAHABHAIN ELEMENTS 39 YEAR OLD

One of only 26 Decanters, this was distilled back in 1978, and matured in refill casks, then was matured in a personal Spanish sherry octave cask of Bunnahabhain’s Master Blender Kirsty McCallum! The Decanter is inspired by the Waves that you can see at Bunnahabhain.

The tasting notes:

Rich and fruity with Figs, toffee, espresso, toasted oak and roasted nuts on the nose.
A definite PX influence with more roasted nuts, toffee and dark chocolate.
The finish is long and oaky with chocolate nuts!

From Bunnahabhain Distillery, one of the rarest Bunnahabhain whisky releases available

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/bunnahabhain-elements-39-year-old-at-tyndrum-whisky-scotch-whisky-news/

BUNNAHABHAIN ELEMENTS 39 YEAR OLD at Tyndrum Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

BUNNAHABHAIN ELEMENTS 39 YEAR OLD

One of only 26 Decanters, this was distilled back in 1978, and matured in refill casks, then was matured in a personal Spanish sherry octave cask of Bunnahabhain’s Master Blender Kirsty McCallum! The Decanter is inspired by the Waves that you can see at Bunnahabhain.

The tasting notes:

Rich and fruity with Figs, toffee, espresso, toasted oak and roasted nuts on the nose.
A definite PX influence with more roasted nuts, toffee and dark chocolate.
The finish is long and oaky with chocolate nuts!

From Bunnahabhain Distillery, one of the rarest Bunnahabhain whisky releases available

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/bunnahabhain-elements-39-year-old-at-tyndrum-whisky-scotch-whisky-news/

Blair Athol 28 Year Old 1988 Cadenhead’s Small Batch

Distilleerderij: Blair Athol
Regio: Schotland (Highlands)
Fles: Blair Athol 28 Year Old 1988/2017, Cadenhead’s Small Batch, 2 bourbon hogsheads, 306 bts
Kleur: goud
ABV: 53.6%

09

Walnoten

Blair Athol begon zijn carrière in 1798 als de Aldour Distillery, genoemd naar de Allt Dour Burn, wat zoveel betekent als de ‘oude beek van de otter’. Deze beek voorziet vandaag de dag de distilleerderij nog steeds van productiewater. Sinds 1998 is ze eigendom van Diageo en produceert ze zo’n 2.8 miljoen liter spirit per jaar. Het overgrote deel gaat naar de blenders – met Bell’s op kop – maar ook onafhankelijke bottelaars lusten er wel pap van. Cadenheads bottelde deze 28-jarige uit 1988 op vatsterkte in 2017.

Het eerste waar ik aan moet denken als ik mijn neus in het glas steek is walnoten. Nog flink wat groene kruiden, Maggymix en peterselie. Pas in tweede instantie – en met een beetje moeite – komt er wat fruit doorheen. Denk ananas en abrikozen met een hint van jasmijn. Het hout is ook prominent aanwezig. Denk kastanjes, geroosterde noten en leder. Hint van marsepein, vers gemalen koffie en witte chocolade. Interessant, maar minder zoet dan ik van Blair Athol gewend ben.

Op smaak is hij een pak zoeter en verrassend intens. Bijna snoeperig. Nee, hij is echt snoeperig. Bubblegum, popcorn met karamel, vanille en suikerspin komen nu eerst, alvorens flink pikant te worden op witte en chilipeper, alsook zoethout. Bitterzoet als van een druivenpit, chicorei en ietwat mineraal. Wat een kakafonie van smaken, zeg. Maar op één of andere bizarre manier werkt het wel. Het fruit wordt naar de achtergrond verdreven. Abrikozen, ananas en geroosterde noten keren nog even weer.

In de lange, drogende afdronk komen ananas en cake naar voren, maar hij blijft wel pikant.

Cadenheads doet dit wel vaker: twee vaatjes samen keilen voor zo’n release. Ik vraag me in dit geval wel af of een sappige Blair Athol met een bittere en droge werd samengevoegd. Slecht is dit niet, hé, maar ik heb al betere Blair Athol geproefd.

85/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 11-01-2020
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5970

Limited Edition Compass Box – Rogue’s Banquet at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Compass Box Rogues’ Banquet

Limited Edition · 70cl · 46% ABV

£179.95

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Compass Box have always believed in doing things a little differently. Founded by John Glazer in 2000 with a desire to challenge a market he saw as bland and conservative. The whiskies are based on the old model of whisky blending – the blender’s art is to take individual parcels of whisky, marry them together, and create something that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Known for pushing the boundaries of whisky making, Compass Box have at times courted controversy, and are admired by whisky drinkers the world over. Their artistic label designs are instantly recognisable, and amongst the most striking and original in the industry.

To mark their 20th anniversary, Compass Box are releasing a number of limited edition whiskies to be celebrated, enjoyed, and shared amongst friends, family, and like-minded enthusiasts. Rogues’ Banquet is the first of these releases, featuring well aged malt whisky from Miltonduff, Clynelish and Glen Elgin with grain whisky from North British (reportedly all over 20 years of age).

Rogues’ Banquet offers a rich array of textures and flavours, from tropical fruits to stem ginger and toffee. Opulent and hedonistic, rather like the company behind the whisky.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/limited-edition-compass-box-rogues-banquet-at-hard-to-find-whisky-scotch-whisky-news/

Benrinnes 17 Year Old 1997 Adelphi

Distilleerderij: Benrinnes
Regio: Schotland (Speyside)
Fles: Benrinnes 17 Year Old 1997/2015 Adelphi, Cask #853 for Paul Ullrich AG, 190 bts
Kleur: goud
ABV: 57.0%

Herbaal Bitterzoet

In 1896 werd Benrinnes verwoest door een grote brand en dienden de eigenaars flink wat renovaties uit te voeren om ze terug up and running te krijgen. In 1956 werd ze nog eens helemaal vernieuwd en in 1964 werd de maltfloor vervangen door een Saladin Box, die op haar  beurt in 1984 op pensioen ging. Vandaag de dag gaat 95% an de productie naar de blenders – met Johnnie Walker op kop – en is Benrinnes als officiële release amper te vinden. We proeven een onafhankelijke botteling van Adelphi, die enkele jaren geleden een single cask bottelde voor Paul Ullrich AG, een keten van spiritswinkels in Zwitserland.

De neus is fruitig, maar tegelijkertijd erg herbaal. Denk appels en pompelmoes tegenover varens en bloemen die op het punt staan te verwelken. Na enkele ogenblikken evolueert het naar vers appelsiensap op steroïden, terwijl de lichte off-note snel vervliegt. Nog wat karamel en vanille in de mix, maar het is vooral het citrusfruit dat hier met de aandacht gaat lopen.

Het alcoholpercentage beloofde een trap tegen de tanden, maar die blijft uit. Tuurlijk, hij is krachtig, maar branden doet hij niet. Bitterzoet van pompelmoes en kinine, maar tevens een citroensorbet met groene tuinkruiden. Mooi, helder, fris.

De afdronk gaat langzaam maar zeker van zoet naar bitter, zonder dat hij over de top gaat. Die afdronk mocht wat mij betreft nog net iets langer zijn.

De tuinkruiden op de neus verrasten me toch enigszins, maar afgezien daarvan een schoolvoorbeeld van een goed gerijpte Benrinnes.

86/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 05-01-2020
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5957

Benrinnes 17 Year Old 1997 Adelphi

Distilleerderij: Benrinnes
Regio: Schotland (Speyside)
Fles: Benrinnes 17 Year Old 1997/2015 Adelphi, Cask #853 for Paul Ullrich AG, 190 bts
Kleur: goud
ABV: 57.0%

Herbaal Bitterzoet

In 1896 werd Benrinnes verwoest door een grote brand en dienden de eigenaars flink wat renovaties uit te voeren om ze terug up and running te krijgen. In 1956 werd ze nog eens helemaal vernieuwd en in 1964 werd de maltfloor vervangen door een Saladin Box, die op haar  beurt in 1984 op pensioen ging. Vandaag de dag gaat 95% an de productie naar de blenders – met Johnnie Walker op kop – en is Benrinnes als officiële release amper te vinden. We proeven een onafhankelijke botteling van Adelphi, die enkele jaren geleden een single cask bottelde voor Paul Ullrich AG, een keten van spiritswinkels in Zwitserland.

De neus is fruitig, maar tegelijkertijd erg herbaal. Denk appels en pompelmoes tegenover varens en bloemen die op het punt staan te verwelken. Na enkele ogenblikken evolueert het naar vers appelsiensap op steroïden, terwijl de lichte off-note snel vervliegt. Nog wat karamel en vanille in de mix, maar het is vooral het citrusfruit dat hier met de aandacht gaat lopen.

Het alcoholpercentage beloofde een trap tegen de tanden, maar die blijft uit. Tuurlijk, hij is krachtig, maar branden doet hij niet. Bitterzoet van pompelmoes en kinine, maar tevens een citroensorbet met groene tuinkruiden. Mooi, helder, fris.

De afdronk gaat langzaam maar zeker van zoet naar bitter, zonder dat hij over de top gaat. Die afdronk mocht wat mij betreft nog net iets langer zijn.

De tuinkruiden op de neus verrasten me toch enigszins, maar afgezien daarvan een schoolvoorbeeld van een goed gerijpte Benrinnes.

86/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 05-01-2020
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5957

Distillery Focus: Tomatin at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Founded in 1897, Tomatin grew to become the largest malt whisky distillery in Scotland supplying fine malt whisky to blenders across the country. Like many others, Tomatin fell victim to the whisky crash of the early 1980’s but was rescued by Japanese investors in 1986. Tomatin’s continued success today is down to a focus on their Single Malts rather than bulk production and also their use of high quality first fill American Oak and Sherry casks, giving subtlety and finesse to the high quality spirit.

Located in the Scottish Highlands Tomatin continues to impress with its fruity, rich and intense flavours.  Alongside classic Bourbon and Sherry cask matured whiskies, you will find a range of innovative limited releases and rare, well aged bottlings from exceptional older casks.  From the 12 Year Old through to the much vaunted Warehouse Collection, Tomatin whiskies are accessible and provide superb value for money.

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Blood Oath Pact No. 6 Launches This Spring Finished in Cognac Barrels – American Whiskey News

Blood Oath Pact No. 6 Launches This Spring Finished in Cognac Barrels

Bourbon Series Continues To Release Successful Expressions

BARDSTOWN, KY (March 24, 2020) – In its sixth year, the Blood Oath ultra-premium bourbon series continues to see unique expressions – Blood Oath Pact No. 6 launches this spring. The series – a creation of Lux Row Distillers’ Head Distiller and Master Blender John Rempe – combines three selected bourbons, expertly blended for a distinctive whiskey.

For Pact No. 6, Rempe chose a 14-year ryed bourbon with notes of oak and leather, melded with an 8-year warm toasty ryed bourbon and complemented them with a 7-year ryed bourbon rested in cognac casks. The memorable combination brings caramel notes and hints of spice, along extra flavor from the cognac barrels.

“This particular pact is special in that the cognac barrels added some sweetness and a slight fruity, brandy flavor to the bourbon, creating an amazing taste profile,” says Rempe. “When selecting these bourbons, I wanted to see how these flavors meshed together and I have to say the result was spectacular.”

As with all the other expressions, Pact No. 6 is a limited edition, never to be made again, with only 17,000 cases being produced and sold globally. This expression continues with the tradition of a 98.6 proof and packaged in an intricate wooden display box, with the 750ml bottle being topped with a natural cork and emblazoned with John Rempe’s signature. The suggested retail price is $99.99.

“The Blood Oath series launched in 2015 and it’s hard to believe we have already created more than half a decade of Pacts,” adds Rempe. “I’m honored to see consumers searching for the new release every year and get as excited as I am when a new Pact hits the shelves,” adds Rempe.

ABOUT LUX ROW DISTILLERS

Real roots, real family, real products: Lux Row Distillers – a bourbon distillery experience on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail – is a family-owned venture, bringing the Lux family history and spirits tradition to the bourbon industry. Lux Row Distillers is the home of Luxco’s bourbon brands, including Rebel Yell, Blood Oath, David Nicholson, Ezra Brooks and Daviess County Kentucky Straight Bourbons.

Located in the heart of Bardstown, Kentucky, the 18,000-square foot Lux Row Distillers includes a visitor center, barrel warehouses, a tasting room, and event space, making for an all-encompassing bourbon experience. The 80-acre property is home to an 18th century stone house – which is registered as a National Historic Place – and a long, tree-lined driveway providing a scenic entrance to the distillery.

For more information about the distillery, visit www.luxrowdistillers.com. You can also like Lux Row Distillers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/luxrowdistillers or follow the distillery on Instagram @luxrowdistillers.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/blood-oath-pact-no-6-launches-this-spring-finished-in-cognac-barrels-american-whiskey-news/