Reisverslag Glasgow (deel 1 van 4)

Reisverslag Glasgow (deel 1 van 4)

ReizenGeplaatst door Mark Dermul do, februari 20, 2014 07:26:11

Het was al weer veel te lang geleden (van juni 2011) dat ik in Schotland geweest was, dus ik keek enorm uit naar het Valentijnsweekend waarin ik met Dearly Beloved zou afzakken naar Glasgow. De reden was drievoudig. Eén: gezellig weekend met het vrouwtje en ons bevriende whiskykoppel Niek Ilse in Glasgow. Twee: een aantal interviews inblikken met mensen uit de whiskyindustrie. Drie: een speciale fles oppikken bij mijn favoriete distilleerderij.

We zullen de incheckprocedure in Amsterdam, bij KLM, kort omschrijven. Horrible! De elektronische check-in deed het niet, dus moesten we naar de balie. Daar werkte het systeem ook al niet en diende de betrekkelijk onvriendelijke en ongeïnteresseerde dame alles met de hand in te voeren. We kregen nog een aparte rekening gepresenteerd voor de bagage die we dan aan een andere balie moesten betalen omdat ook onze credit card niet kon gelezen worden op haar terminal. Het enige voordeel was dat we niet lang hoefden te wachten om in te schepen, nagenoeg iedereen was al aan boord. Enfin, snel vergeten en overschakelen op leuke herinneringen. En die zijn legio!

Na een zorgeloze en korte vlucht, konden we onze bagage meteen in de kamers zetten en een taxi richting Clydebank nemen. De staff van Auchentoshan stond ons al op te wachten. We kregen een heuse behind-the-scenes rondleiding door de Distillery Manager zelve, Alistair McDonald, die instructie gekregen had (naar eigen zeggen) om ons als VIP te beschouwen. Ah, de kracht van de Toshan Man.

En geloof het of niet, we kregen toch nog een paar plekjes te zien die we eerder niet waren tegengekomen. Maar meer kan ik er niet over zeggen. Of ik zou u moeten doden…

Tijdens de rondleiding schonk Wendy, de verantwoordelijke van het visitor center, een Three Wood en een 21 Year Old. Lekker! Maar we kregen ze niet voor niks! We moesten er voor werken. Nou, ja, werken. Ik kreeg de eer om een zak gist toe te voegen aan de washback. Alistair zag dat het goed was. ‘Mooie spreiding, Mark’, knipoogde hij. We maakten nog een praatje met de medewerkers (Colin bij de mash tun, Danny bij de stills). En ondertussen bleef Ilse maar foto’s maken.

Aangekomen in Warehouse No 3 kregen we de mogelijkheid om te proeven van de twee Bottle Your Own vaten die er liggen te rijpen. Een 17-jarige uit 1996 en 12-jarige uit 2001. Ze zijn beiden geweldig! We beloofden nadien zelf nog flesjes af te vullen, maar daar hadden we nu niet meteen de tijd voor, want onze hooggeëerde gasten waren aangekomen: Jeremy Stephens en zijn chef, de illustere Master Blender van MBD: Rachel Barrie.

Voor Niek en Ilse was het een blij weerzien, voor Sofie en mezelf was het een eerste kennismaking. Wat een toffe madam! Maar de tijd was beperkt. We waren hier tenslotte om een interview af te nemen voor het whiskyboek waar we nu al drie jaar aan werken. Het interview met Rachel overtrof alle verwachtingen. We mochten het bovendien op video registreren en duurde maar liefst 26 minuten. En geloof me, Rachel heeft zeer interessante dingen te zeggen. Maar wat precies houden we natuurlijk nog even geheim.

Nadat de plichtplegingen voorbij waren kwamen Rachel en Jeremy aandraven met een doosje, dat de originele reden was om af te zakken naar Glasgow. In de doos, zeer veilig verpakt, zat fles 100 van de 171 van de Auchentoshan 50 Year Old 1957! Yep, Niek en ik hebben samen deze fles aangeschaft. En over iets meer dan een jaartje zal ik Niek’s deel helemaal terugbetaald hebben en is de fles officieel de hoofdvogel van de Toshan Man Collection. Bedankt, Niek!

We hadden graag nog veel langer in de Blender’s Room blijven hangen, natuurlijk, maar de klok tikte onverbiddelijk door en het was hoog tijd om af te zakken naar Wishaw voor een heerlijke whiskylunch in het Artisan Restaurant van Derek Mather. Een geweldig adresje, ook al ligt het zo’n 30 minuten buiten de stad. Aanrader! Maar daarover meer in het tweede deel van dit reisverslag.

(voor meer foto’s, bezoek mijn Facebook-pagina!)

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Oudste whisky van The Famous Grouse verbindt smaak met design

The Famous Grouse 40 Year OldLuxe karaf van Schotse topdesigners bevat 40 jaar oude schat

 Alleen de duurste en beste eikenhouten vaten ter wereld waren goed genoeg. Minimaal veertig jaar heeft een zeer zeldzame blended malt whisky van The Famous Grouse in alle rust kunnen rijpen in die exclusieve vaten. Nuis de whisky in 276 luxe handgegraveerde karaffen, ontworpen door het beroemde Schotse designerduo Timorous Beasties, voor de liefhebber beschikbaar. Een zilveren stopper bewaakt de exclusieve blended malt. Zes van deze bijzondere karaffen hebben hun weg naar Nederland gevonden. Een ding is zeker: zo heb je The Famous Grouse nog nooit geproefd en gezien.

The Famous Grouse 40 Year OldDe 40 Year Old is de oudste, meest zeldzame blended malt die The Famous Grouse ooit maakte (adviesprijs: € 2.000,-). Slechts 276 flessen zijn er in totaal op de markt gebracht, waarvan er nu zes in Nederland zijn. Elke malt whisky in de blend is door John Ramsay, destijds de master blender, minimaal veertig jaar geleden zorgvuldig uitgezocht en komt in perfecte harmonie met de andere whisky’s volop tot zijn recht.

Het beste van Schotland

Het moge duidelijk zijn: dit is niet zomaar een whisky. Deze whisky heeft minimaal veertig jaar gerijpt in de duurste eikenhouten vaten ter wereld. The Famous Grouse gebruikt, meer dan welke andere destilleerderij in Schotland, nog altijd oude sherryvaten om de whisky in te laten rijpen. Deze voormalige sherryvaten worden speciaal geselecteerd om een nog zachtere en ronde smaak aan de whisky te geven. Met het aroma van rijpe mango, fijngewreven koriander, kardemom, dille en een vleugje sandelhout en een palet van zoete citrusvruchten, banaan, peperkoek en lichte turfrook heeft de 40 YearOld een unieke smaak met een zeer zachte, zoete en complexe finish.

The Famous Grouse 40 Year OldEen zeer bijzonderde fles

Een zeldzame whisky verdient een stijlvolle fles. The Famous Grouse vroeg het bekende designerduo Timorous Beasties uit Glasgow, bestaande uit Alistair McAuley en Paul Simmons, een ontwerp te maken voor de karaf. Het surreële werk uit de studio van McAuley en Simmons, waarmee The Famous Grouse al eerder samenwerkte, is inmiddels over de hele wereld te bewonderen – van New York en Los Angeles tot Londen en Tokio. De designers ontmoetten elkaar tijdens hun studie textieldesign aan de Glasgow School of Art. In hun ontwerpen, voornamelijk op textiel en wanddecoratie, spelen illustratieve elementen geïnspireerd op de planten- en dierenwereld een grote rol. Voor de exclusieve, veertig jaar oude whisky van The Famous Grouse graveerde het duo handmatig een prachtige Schotse grouse (sneeuwhoen), verscholen tussen bladeren, in elk van de 276 karaffen.

Schots zilver

De stopper van elke karaf 40 Year Old is gemaakt van authentiek Schots zilver, met de hand gegraveerd en voorzien van een individueel volgnummer (1 t/m 276). Iedere fles whisky komt bovendien in een luxe geschenkverpakking, op maat gemaakt van gelamineerd eikenhout en met een zilveren sluiting. Daarnaast hoort bij elke karaf een boek waarin het verhaal van de whisky wordt verteld en een certificaat van echtheid, dat is ondertekend door demaster blender Gordon Motion.

Article source: http://www.whiskypassion.nl/nieuws/586-oudste-whisky-van-the-famous-grouse-verbindt-smaak-met-design

THE AUCHENTOSHAN SWITCH EUROPEAN WINNER IS ANNOUNCED – Scotch Whisky News

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THE AUCHENTOSHAN SWITCH EUROPEAN WINNER IS ANNOUNCED

AIDAN BOWIE from THE BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE HOTEL is selected to represent Europe in transatlantic bartender swap

LONDON. 2nd OCTOBER 2013: Last night, Aidan Bowie from TheBlythswood Square Hotel in Glasgow, battled it out against 11 of the most talented and creative bartenders on the continent to become the European winner of the Auchentoshan Switch – the transatlantic mixology competition like no other. Aidan’s prize will be to “switch” continents with the North American winner and spend two weeks working in the prestigious Dead Rabbit in New York City.

Last night’s European final was held at a unique warehouse location in London Bridge where the finalists were put through a series of challenging mixology tasks that were judged by an esteemed panel:

* Rachel Barrie, Auchentoshan Master Blender

* Edmund Weil, co-owner, Nightjar

* Ryan Chetiyawardana (AKA Mr Lyan), cocktail genius

In each round, the finalists demonstrated their skill and creativity in front of the judges and guests. The first round ‘Creativity and Presentation’ saw the bartenders present their original competition entry of their Auchentoshan Three Wood creation. Round two ‘Working Under Pressure’ tested bartenders’ ability to think on their feet with a secret bag of ingredients given to them just minutes before their presentation. The final round, ‘A Cocktail Showdown’, saw the two outstanding finalists create Rachel Barrie’s favourite cocktail, Blood and Sand.

The competition has been happening throughout the summer, with mixologists from the UK, Sweden, Germany and across the pond in North America entering via the Auchentoshan website and then attending regional heats in their countries. The actual Switch will take place in 2014 when the North American bartender will spend two weeks at the highly acclaimed Nightjar in Old Street, London. The North American final takes place in New York City at the end of this month.

Jennifer Meenan, Brand Manager for Auchentoshan said “This year’s Auchentoshan Switch has seen such a high level of skill from the bartending world. We wanted the competition to reflect the brand’spersonality and we feel that last night’s European final did just this with something totally unique. We can’t wait to see what happens in the North American final. Next stop New York.”

Edmund Weil, competition judge and soon to be mentor of the North American winner alongside the Nightjar team, commented: “The Switch finalists showed so much talent and passion in their Auchentoshan Three Wood creations, the judges were blown away and some difficult decisions had to be made but Aidan just had the edge”.

Award winning Auchentoshan Three Wood is the chosen expression for all Auchentoshan Switch entries as its complex flavours add tremendous dimension to whisky cocktails. As with all Auchentoshan whisky, Three Wood is triple distilled, which produces an immensely smooth spirit. It is matured in three different types of casks – first in North American Bourbon casks, then in Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks and finally in Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks, a wood famed for drama and darkness. This triple cask maturation produces a rich whisky with deep toffee and sherry oak influences, a touch of hazelnut with hints of cinnamon and lemon and a butterscotch sweetness that adds to the overall complexity. It is  produced at the Auchentoshan Distillery which was established in 1823 and has produced triple distilled whisky since this time. It is located in the Lowland region of Scotland, on the outskirts of Glasgow and is the city’s only distillery. Its name, pronounced “ock-un-tosh-un”, means “corner of the field” which is evident to visitors as the distillery sits near farmland on the banks of the River Clyde, in the shadow of the Old Kilpatrick hills between Glasgow and Loch Lomond.

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For more information please visit www.auchentoshan.com

Notes:

The Nightjar is situated

129 City Rd, London, Greater London, EC1V 1JB. www.barnightjar.com

The Dead Rabbit is situated 30 Water Street, New York.

http://www.deadrabbitnyc.com

Auchentoshan – The Modern Classic

-­‐ A traditional and authentic single malt, distilled three times and matured in the finest wood
-­‐ A whisky produced with passion and enriched with heritage
-­‐ Favours the classic but with a nod to the contemporary
-­‐ It’s a combination of two worlds; old and new
-­‐ It’s a throwback to the future
-­‐ It’s style not fashion
-­‐ The very best of the past with the very best of the present…

Auchentoshan Classic is available to buy from a wide range of retailers including Asda, Waitrose, and a range of on line retailers and whisky specialists with a RRP approx £27.00.

As Glasgow’s closest Distillery, Auchentoshan is truly unique as it is the only distillery to use a third still in the whisky making process. It means Auchentoshan is the only Single Malt Scotch whisky to triple distil every single drop. This third distillation takes the new spirit to 81.5% ABV (not 70% which is achieved through only distilling twice) making it the highest distillate of any Scottish distillery. The result is a light and delicate single malt of unmistakable smoothness.

Awards 2011

IWSC

− Gold Medal, 1975 Bourbon
− Best in Class Silver, 18YO
− Best in Class Silver, Classic

International Spirits Challenge

− Silver Media, 1975 Bourbon
− Silver Medal, Valinch
− Silver Medal, Three Wood

Scottish Design Awards

− Best Packaging – Auchentoshan Travel Retail Award

Awards 2012

San Francisco Spirits Competition

− Double Gold Medal, Three Wood
− Silver Medal, Classic
− Silver Medal, 12YO

World Whiskies Awards:

− Best Lowland – Auchentoshan 1999 Wine Matured

Ultimate Spirits Challenge:

− 94 points/Excellent-Highly Recommended – Auchentoshan Three Wood

Ultimate Cocktail Challenge:

− Chairman’s Trophy – Best Scotch Whisky in a classic Rusty Nail cocktail – Auchentoshan Three Wood

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2013/10/the-auchentoshan-switch-european-winner-is-announced-scotch-whisky-news/

Whisky Blender Launches New Website – Scotch Whisky News

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“In one hand you have two Scottish friends with a passion for whisky and in the other you have, well, the internet. Now put those hands together and suddenly it’s possible for anyone to design and drink their very own custom bottle of Scotch.

To explain how it all works is simple, there’s a virtual blending lab offering seven different whisky options to choose from – each with a cute name and appetising description to help – and you mix however you wish in order to create a new, unique blend the like of which the world hasn’t yet had the honour of tasting… except YOU!

All that’s left is to come up with a great name and DOOSH!!! there it is. Whether you’re treating yourself or someone special; be it a wedding gift, birthday present or because they saved your life… this is the greatest whisky-related, custom-made piece of personalised wizardry on the planet (or pretty close anyway).

What’s more… the site just relaunched and now works super sweet on the iPad as well as offering themed gift vouchers, helpful premade blends to get you started and each blend has it’s own profile page with Facebook commenting build in.

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Whit ye waitin’ fir? Dae it!”

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2013/10/whisky-blender-launches-new-website-scotch-whisky-news/

BALLANTINE’S 12 FINDS THE PERFECT ‘BALLANCE’ – Scotch Whisky News

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BALLANTINE’S 12 FINDS THE PERFECT ‘BALLANCE’  

Ballantine’s, the No. 1 whisky in Europe, has partnered with award-winning Swedish design trio FRONT to create Ballance, a unique and limited edition serving ritual for its Ballantine’s 12 expression.

Ballance features a series of handcrafted objects which appear suspended in mid-air, creating a super premium design collectible. Comprising five essential items to create the perfect serve of Ballantine’s 12, the sculpture is inspired by the delicate balance of flavours of this popular whisky and the artistry of Sandy Hyslop, Ballantine’s Master Blender.

The foundation of the Ballance sculpture is a solid oak coaster, inspired by the oak casks used to mature Ballantine’s whiskies. A contemporary, elegant whisky glass balances a trio of pieces; a copper ice bowl, in a tribute to the stills used in the distillery, a square shaped water jug, whose shape mirrors the silhouette of the Ballantine’s 12 bottle, and – precariously balanced at the sculpture’s summit – a copper spoon.

Each element of Ballance has the Ballantine’s 12 by FRONT design collaboration burned, etched or stamped onto it so that they also stand alone as collectibles.

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Sofia Lagerkvist of FRONT explains the design inspiration for Ballance: “We spent time with Ballantine’s Master Blender, Sandy Hyslop, in Scotland and we learned that his craft is a highly skilled balancing act: first in channeling the influences of nature in ageing this particular Scotch whisky for a minimum of 12 years. Then, in blending Ballantine’s 12, the flavours of an extensive collection of single malts and grains have to be precisely balanced to achieve a consistently smooth finish every time.

“Our design objects often communicate a story about process and, with Ballance, we were inspired by the materials involved in crafting Ballantine’s 12 to create our serving ritual.  We also like to prompt curiosity and challenge perception. The magical elements of the sculpture are a stylish, fun and very modern tribute to the alchemic transformation conducted by the Master Blender, whose unique skills have been passed down from generation to generation.”

Sandy Hyslop, Ballantine’s Master Blender, commented: “It was fascinating spending time with FRONT and exploring our shared passion for excellence. Ballance is as beautiful as it is functional – lending elegance and theatre to the serving ritual. With Ballance, the ultimate aim is for whisky connoisseurs to discover their own perfect balance in enjoying Ballantine’s 12.”

Only 150 units of Ballance will be released. Each set will have a recommended retail selling price of £350 or equivalent (currency dependent). Stockist information can be found at www.ballantines.com. 

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About Ballantine’s

Ballantine’s is the No. 2 ultra-premium Scotch whisky in Asia, No. 1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the range sells over 70 million bottles a year worldwide. Ballantine’s has won more than 120 trophies and medals at international competitions in the past 10 years for quality, as a result of its unique richness of character and perfect balance. The range, from Ballantine’s Finest to the exclusive 40 Year Old, is the most extensive in the world of Scotch and is maintained by the latest in a tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827.

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits. Chivas Brothers is the global leader in luxury Scotch whisky and premium gin. Its portfolio includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch. 

For further information please visit http://www.chivasbrothers.com/

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2013/10/ballantines-12-finds-the-perfect-ballance-scotch-whisky-news/

GLEN GARIOCH LAUNCHES FIRST VINTAGE MATURED SOLELY IN SHERRY CASKS – Scotch Whisky News

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GLEN GARIOCH LAUNCHES FIRST VINTAGE MATURED SOLELY IN SHERRY CASKS 

Limited Edition Glen Garioch Vintage 1999

Glen Garioch has released its inaugural expression to be matured solely in Oloroso sherry casks, as part of the Highland distillery’s small batch vintage programme.

Hand selected at the peak of perfection, the Glen Garioch Vintage, distilled in 1999 is non-chill filtered to retain its authentic, full-bodied Highland character.

Handcrafted and matured in sherry casks for 14 years at the Highland Distillery in the heart of the rural village of Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, this heart-warming dram captures the essence of Scottish Highland charm. The Oloroso sherry casks have influenced this robust spirit to give the malt its dark, sweet fruit, treacle and maple syrup notes and spicy, syrupy taste.

With just 1,000 cases available globally, the Glen Garioch Vintage 1999 is sure to become a favourite with malt enthusiasts when it hits the shelves of specialist whisky and liquor stores from October.

Rachel Barrie, Master Blender for Morrison Bowmore Distillers, said, “This is a full-bodied malt with exquisite rich fruit, chocolate and toffee notes, which really captures the essence of the Highlands.

“Hand picked and bottled at 56.3% ABV to bring out the rich spicy flavours of the Vintage 1999 really showcases the quality of the spirit produced from this small artisan distillery through our limited edition programme.

“This is an exciting small-batch release that encapsulates the rare find that is Glen Garioch itself and I’m sure will be a favourite with any whisky enthusiast.”

Available from selected specialist retailers from the end of September, Glen Garioch Vintage 1999 is bottled at 56.3% ABV will retail at circa £59.99.

Tasting notes:

Walnut brown in colour, the 1999 Vintage is full-bodied and intensely sherried with a syrupy mouth coating texture. Treacle toffee, chocolate and maple syrup soak into the palate, carrying the tingly warmth of nutmeg and ginger spices, tangy orange marmalade and dates into a long, deep finish of raisins, caramelised toffee and liquorice.

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NOTES –

Product images are available on request Glen Garioch, pronounced Glen Geery, founded in 1797 is one of the oldest remaining distilleries in Scotland The distillery lies on rising ground at the picturesque town of Oldmeldrum, just 17 miles north-west of Aberdeen Glen Garioch was relaunched in October 2010 with a core range of two single malt whiskies – the Glen Garioch 1797 Founder’s Reserve, a non chill-filtered single malt bottled at 48% ABV and the Glen Garioch 12 Year Old, non chill-filtered single malt bottled at 48% ABV after maturing in bourbon and sherry casks.

Glen Garioch is owned by the Morrison Bowmore Distillers Limited which also produce Bowmore and Auchentoshan.

Visit www.glengarioch.com for more information.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2013/10/glen-garioch-launches-first-vintage-matured-solely-in-sherry-casks-scotch-whisky-news/

The Finest Tradition Continues With The All New Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old – Scotch Whisky News

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The finest tradition continues with the all new Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old

The finest tradition continues with the all new Hankey  Bannister 40 Year Old  Following the international success of  Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old released  originally in 2007, the multi-award winning Blended Scotch Whisky brand, has just unveiled a new expression of its most premium offering. Only 1480 bottles of this rare whisky will be made available over a three year period, starting with 500 released into select markets and travel retail outlets this year.

Finest Spirit
The new Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old is once again a creation of Stuart Harvey, the Master Blender for Inver House Distillers, who hand-selected only the finest casks of whisky maturing in Scotland and combined them artfully. On this occasion very rare Highland malt whiskies, dating from 1970 and 1967, matured in exquisite Spanish sherry hogsheads and butts were combined with even rarer Lowland grain whiskies to create a luxurious and full flavoured Blended Scotch Whisky for the most discerning drinkers. The combination of the most prestigious Highland malts, exceptional casks, over four decades of flavour development and Master Blender’s unparalleled skills and experience, makes for a dram
which stands out in its category. Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old is sure to impress and surprise with its robustness, flavour concentration and balance.

Dark copper-gold in appearance, Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old has comforting sweet vanilla and home-baked cake dough on the nose, with notes of butterscotch, spiced caramelized bananas, candied apricot and baked apples. On the palate it is incredibly rich and complex: spicy and peppery with fruity notes of figs, dates and cinnamon and a subtle, lingering finish of autumn spices with sweet tinges of bitter chocolate and honeycomb toffee.

Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old is bottled at the natural strength of 44.3% ABV, it hasn’t been chill-filtered and delights with a natural colour.

True Character
Exceptional whisky calls for appropriate packaging. Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old is presented in a bespoke decanter crowned with a bold stopper. Each decanter is encased in a keepsake box with a stunning engraved metal closure and supplied with a signed and numbered booklet certifying authenticity.

Lynne Buckley, the Hankey Bannister Brand Manager said:

‘We once again congratulate Stuart Harvey on the great skill he
has shown in creating this new Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old
blend. It is an exquisite whisky that has surpassed our expectations
and is delightful to taste and to look at, thanks to the dedication of
our team in creating such striking packaging to reflect the quality
and rarity of the whisky inside each limited edition box. We are
now looking forward to this year’s allocation of 500 decanters
being released into select markets and to sharing this very special
blend with lovers of fine whisky all over the world.’

 The recommended retail price for Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old in the UK is £800.

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Brand website www.hankeybannister.com
Company website www.interbevgroup.com
Brand Facebook www.facebook.com/hankeybannister

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2013/10/the-finest-tradition-continues-with-the-all-new-hankey-bannister-40-year-old-scotch-whisky-news/

AUCHENTOSHAN REVEALS EUROPEAN FINALISTS OF THE AUCHENTOSHAN SWITCH – Scotch Whisky News

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AUCHENTOSHAN REVEALS EUROPEAN FINALISTS OF THE AUCHENTOSHAN SWITCH

The Transatlantic Mixology Competition Like No Other 

Lucky mixologists from across Europe have made it through to the finals of the Auchentoshan Switch cocktail competition and will battle it out against each other in London Bridge on 1st October 2013.

Auchentoshan Switch is a bartender talent search – presented by Auchentoshan® Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Over the Summer, mixologists in the UK, Sweden, Germany and across the pond in North America uploaded entries of their Auchentoshan cocktails to the Auchentoshan website with the favourites chosen to battle it out at the regional heats held in European and North American cities.

One North American winner and one European winner, chosen at the finals, will literally “switch” continents for two weeks to work at the top bars in the world – one bar in London and one in New York City. The actual Switch for the winning bartenders will take place in 2014 when the winning North American bartender will spend two weeks at the highly acclaimed Nightjar in Old Street, London, while the winning European barkeep will get to spend his or her two weeks at The Dead Rabbit in New York City.  The winners will undertake shiftwork, learning the bars’ signature drinks and house techniques and much more. And yes, there will also be some time for sightseeing as well.

The European final held at 47/49 Tanner Street, London Bridge, will put the finalists through a series of challenging mixology tasks and will be judged by an esteemed panel:

–       Rachel Barrie, Auchentoshan Master Blender

–      Edmund Weil, co-owner for host bar, Nightjar

–      Ryan Chetiyawardana (AKA Mr Lyan)cocktail genius and consultant

The European finalists in alphabetical order by last name are:

Aidan Bowie – Blythswood Square Hotel, Glasgow, UK

Johnny Brissenden – EAUdeVIE, Bournemouth, UK

Tony Comas – Haktet, Stockholm, Sweden

Matteo Corsalini – China Tang, London, UK

Neil Donachie – Popolo, Newcastle, UK

Marina Forciniti – Bristol Bar, Frankfurt, Germany

Kevin Griffin – Tigerlily, Edinburgh, UK

Matthew Hastings – Platillos, Sheffield, UK

Damiano Madeddu – Rivoli Bar at The Ritz, London, UK

Orlando Marzo – The Player, London, UK

Carsten Moller – Catwalk, Berlin, Germany

Adrian Schulz – Ciba Mato, Stuttgart, Germany

Jennifer Meenan, Brand Manager for Auchentoshan said “We have seen such a high level of skill from the bartending world in both the online entries and at the regional heats of this year’s Auchentoshan Switch. We can’t wait to see the European finalists compete for the placement in New York next year and wish then the best of luck.”

Competition judge Ryan Chetiyawardana commented “The mixologists who won in the regional heats all demonstrated a great understanding and interpretation of taste and balance of flavours, we will see some tremendous talent at the finals next month and I look forward to seeing the outcome”.

Award winning Auchentoshan Three Wood is the chosen expression for all Auchentoshan Switch entries as its complex flavours add tremendous dimension to whisky cocktails. As with all Auchentoshan whisky, Three Wood is triple distilled, which produces an immensely smooth spirit. It is matured in three different types of casks – first in North American Bourbon casks, then in Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks and finally in Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks, a wood famed for drama and darkness. This triple cask maturation produces a rich whisky with deep toffee and sherry oak influences, a touch of hazelnut with hints of cinnamon and lemon and a butterscotch sweetness that adds to the overall complexity. It is produced at the Auchentoshan Distillery which was established in 1823 and has produced triple distilled whisky since this time. It is located in the Lowland region of Scotland, on the outskirts of Glasgow and is the city’s only distillery. Its name, pronounced “ock-un-tosh-un”, means “corner of the field” which is evident to visitors as the distillery sits near farmland on the banks of the River Clyde, in the shadow of the Old Kilpatrick hills between Glasgow and Loch Lomond.

For more information, and to enter Auchentoshan Switch, please visit www.auchentoshanswitch.com.  May the cocktail making begin!

Notes: 

The Nightjar is situated 129 City Rd,  London, Greater London, EC1V 1JB.  www.barnightjar.com

The Dead Rabbit is situated 30 Water Street, New York. http://www.deadrabbitnyc.com

Auchentoshan – The Modern Classic

–        A traditional and authentic single malt, distilled three times and matured in the finest wood

–        A whisky produced with passion and enriched with heritage

–        Favours the classic but with a nod to the contemporary

–        It’s a combination of two worlds; old and new

–        It’s a throwback to the future

–        It’s style not fashion

–        The very best of the past with the very best of the present…

Auchentoshan Classic is available to buy from a wide range of retailers including Asda, Waitrose, and a range of on line retailers and whisky specialists with a RRP approx £27.00.

As Glasgow’s closest Distillery, Auchentoshan is truly unique as it is the only distillery to use a third still in the whisky making process. It means Auchentoshan is the only Single Malt Scotch whisky to triple distil every single drop. This third distillation takes the new spirit to 81.5% ABV (not 70% which is achieved through only distilling twice) making it the highest distillate of any Scottish distillery. The result is a light and delicate single malt of unmistakable smoothness.

Awards 2011

IWSC

–      Gold Medal, 1975 Bourbon

–      Best in Class Silver, 18YO

–      Best in Class Silver, Classic

International Spirits Challenge

–      Silver Media, 1975 Bourbon

–      Silver Medal, Valinch

–      Silver Medal, Three Wood

Scottish Design Awards

–      Best Packaging – Auchentoshan Travel Retail Award

Awards 2012

San Francisco Spirits Competition

–      Double Gold Medal, Three Wood

–      Silver Medal, Classic

–      Silver Medal, 12YO

World Whiskies Awards:

–      Best Lowland – Auchentoshan 1999 Wine Matured

Ultimate Spirits Challenge:

–      94 points/Excellent-Highly Recommended  – Auchentoshan Three Wood

Ultimate Cocktail Challenge:

–      Chairman’s Trophy – Best Scotch Whisky in a classic Rusty Nail cocktail – Auchentoshan Three Wood

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