Sentebale Polo Cup Presented by Royal Salute World Polo Celebrated With Royal Flair in Abu Dhabi – Scotch Whisky News

Sentebale Polo Cup Presented by Royal Salute World Polo Celebrated With Royal Flair in Abu Dhabi – Scotch Whisky News

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Sentebale Polo Cup Presented by Royal Salute World Polo Celebrated With Royal Flair in Abu Dhabi

Today, Prince Harry was at Ghantoot Polo Racing Club as he took part in the Sentebale Polo Cup presented by Royal Salute World Polo in Abu Dhabi. Royal Salute Polo Ambassador and former England Captain Malcolm Borwick played for the third time alongside Prince Harry, who was awarded as the Most Valuable Player. The Sentebale Huntsman team took home the trophy, which was presented by English actress and former model Sienna Guillory, with a victory of 5-4 over the St Regis Team.This year’s Polo Cup, the fourth consecutive partnership for Sentebale and Royal Salute, again drew a high profile crowd who travelled from all over the world. Distinguished guests who gathered at the renowned Ghantoot Polo Racing Club to watch exhibition polo at its finest included; Royal Salute representative His Grace Torquhil Ian Campbell, the 13th Duke of Argyll, former Downtown Abbey actor Dan Stevens and English actress and former model Sienna Guillory.Other guests also attending included Sir Jackie Stewart, newly engaged couple Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner, Lina and Bassam Samman, former Miss Australia Jessica Kahawaty.Speaking of his work for Sentebale, during the dinner speech Prince Harry commented: “The money raised this evening will go towards teaching many more HIV-positive young people how to live with the virus. Work on the Mamohato Children¹s Centre in Thaba Basu, Lesotho, is well underway. The centre is due to be complete next year and will enable us to reach four times as many children than we are currently able to.”Malcolm Borwick, Captain of the Sentebale Huntsman Team and Royal Salute Ambassador commented: “It is a privilege to play polo in support of Sentebale; a charity who is helping the lives of the children of Lesotho. It has been a great honour to play at the renowned Ghantoot Polo Raching Club in Abu Dhabi, alongside many friends of mine. Royal Salute have continued to support polo on a global scale through the Royal Salute World Polo Series and special events alongside great causes like this. It is great to see what the brand is doing to raise the profile of the sport.”

Neil Macdonald, Brand Director, Royal Salute commented: “Royal Salute is honoured to be partnering with Sentebale for the fourth year, and to see Sentebale Huntsman take the title. Royal Salute is a leading international supporter of polo through its Royal Salute World Polo platform, hosting prestigious events across Asia, the Americas and Europe, featuring some of the world’s best polo players. We are thrilled to be in Abu Dhabi supporting such a noble charity.”

Royal Salute has a global programme of polo sponsorship spanning four continents. The whisky’s involvement with polo is founded on the game’s incredible power and grace; Royal Salute’s signature style is the combination of power and grace – a style developed and carried on by the legacy of Colin Scott and the three Master Blenders who preceded him since 1953. Power and grace not only defines the elegance, richness and complexity of Royal Salute whiskies, but also the character of the brand demonstrated by its support of the honourable sport of polo.

To follow the event, please use #SPC2014 and @Sentebale. Follow the journey and be a part of the polo season with http://www.royalsalute.com/

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NotesCompeting teams
Sentebale Huntsman Team
Saeed Bin Drai
Prince Harry
Malcolm Borwick
Abdulla Ben DesmalSt. Regis Opposition Team
Sheikha Maitha
Mohammed Al Habtoor
Nacho Figueras
Amr ZedanAbout Sentebale • HIV is the second cause of death amongst adolescents aged 10 – 19 globally and is the number one cause of death in Africa. This is a generation that urgently needs help, for their future and the future prosperity of Africa. In Lesotho, one in three children are orphans and there are believed to be over 40,000 adolescents living with HIV.
• Sentebale, co-founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso in 2006, provides healthcare and education to vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty in Lesotho, southern Africa.
• Sentebale’s flagship programme is the Mamohato Programme, which was developed in response to a serious gap in HIV/AIDS education provision for young people in Lesotho.  A study by Sentebale showed that HIV-positive children were isolated and received little support in their homes and communities in relation to the social and psychological challenges they faced; stigma deemed to be the greatest hurdle for these children. The programme offers a residential weeklong camp and follow up monthly clubs that empowers these children to address the stigma and health issues surrounding them enabling them to live a healthy and fulfilled lives.
• In 2010 the Mamohato programme was highlighted as a model of international best practice by the United Nations. The programme was quoted as being “effective, having ethical soundness, cost effective, relevant, innovative and sustainable.”
• Sentebale’s strategy is to provide support to these children and young people, and reach many more children over the coming years. The Mamohato Children’s centre, due to be completed in next year, is the embodiment of that scale up in Lesotho and the platform for expansion into other affected southern African countries.
• Sentebale, means ‘forget me not’ in Sesotho, was set up in memory of the princes’ mothers and as a reminder not to forget the children of Lesotho.
• Lesotho’s main operations are based in Lesotho with the fundraising and management team based in London, headed up by Chief Executive, Cathy Ferrier. Both Princes remain active patrons of Sentebale.Twitter: @Sentebale
Facebook: SentebaleOfficial
Instagram: @Sentebale
www.sentebale.org 

About Royal Salute
Royal Salute is the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky brand, with a range of luxury blended whiskies matured for a minimum of 21 years. Created in 1953 to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Salute’s signature style is the combination of power and grace – a style developed and upheld by Colin Scott and legacy of the three Master Blenders who preceded him since 1953. Power and grace not only defines the elegance, richness and complexity of Royal Salute whiskies, but also the character of the brand demonstrated by its support of the honourable sport of polo. Today, Royal Salute is a leading international supporter of polo through its Royal Salute World Polo platform, hosting prestigious events across Asia, the Americas and Europe, featuring some of the world’s best polo players.

www.royalsalute.com

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 Gin, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth Gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport.

www.chivasbrothers.com

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Chivas 18 Celebrates Trophy Success at International Wine and Spirits Competition – Scotch Whisky News

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Chivas 18 Celebrates Trophy Success at International Wine and Spirits Competition

Chivas Regal 18, one of the world’s leading ultra-premium Scotch whiskies, has celebrated its latest success at the prestigious International Wine and Spirits Competition awards ceremony in London, where it has been awarded the Blended Scotch Whisky Trophy.

The judges were unanimous in their praise for Chivas 18, with the panel commenting: “Stone fruits lead in a very attractive nose with peach being most dominant. Nutmeg, cinnamon and sherry follow. Wonderfully warming in the mouth. Rich in sherry characters with raisins and plum. Vanilla is prominent in long, well sustained finish. Delightful.”

The awards ceremony was attended by Chivas Regal Master Blender Colin Scott, who accepted the trophy on behalf of the brand and the team. Of the trophy win, Colin commented: “Seventeen years ago we launched Chivas 18 with the intention of offering discerning whisky drinkers a sophisticated, multi-layered luxury Scotch whisky. Winning the Blended Scotch trophy at the International Wine and Spirits Competition is a very humbling acknowledgement that we’ve stayed true to this vision. We hope our efforts to honour Chivas 18’s heritage and maintain its exciting taste profile will carry this vision forward in the years to come.”

Following its success at the IWSC, Chivas Regal will commence rolling out a global advertising campaign to celebrate the luxury flavours of this whisky for modern gentlemen. The campaign’s tagline, “Generosity in every drop”, pays tribute to the brand’s spirit of generosity as well as the 85 unique flavours of the Chivas Regal blend. The campaign will run until October 2015.

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About the International Wine Spirits Competition

Established in 1969, The International Wine Spirit Competition (IWSC) was the first competition set up to seek out, reward and promote the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs. Now in its 45th year, the competition receives entries from around 90 countries which are judged by carefully selected industry experts.

About Chivas Regal

Launched in 1909, Chivas Regal is the world’s first luxury whisky and is considered to be a timeless classic, renowned for style, substance and exclusivity. A truly global brand, Chivas Regal today sells 4.6 million 9L cases annually in more than 150 countries across the globe. Brotherhood, generosity, entrepreneurship and integrity are at the heart of Chivas Regal so in 2008, the brand launched its successful Live with Chivalry campaign, which has inspired Modern Gentlemen in more than 60 countries around the world to pursue success with integrity. The Chivas Regal range includes Chivas 12, Chivas 18, Chivas 25 and the Global Travel Retail exclusive, Chivas Brothers Blend. In October 2014, Chivas Regal announced the addition of a fifth permanent expression in the Chivas Regal family, Chivas Regal Extra, sitting within the super-premium range, positioned between Chivas 12 and Chivas 18. www.chivas.com

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 gin, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport. www.chivasbrothers.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/11/chivas-18-celebrates-trophy-success-at-international-wine-and-spirits-competition-scotch-whisky-news/

Black Bull and Ecurie Ecosse – a winning partnership

This year saw the continuation of the Ecurie Ecosse motor racing team and Black Bull whisky brand partnership, which culminated in the Ecurie Ecosse Powered by Black Bull team winning the British GT Championship drivers title and the 3rd place trophy in the Blancpain Endurance Series. Also this year, Black Bull whisky moved into a new home in Huntly: a self-contained blending and bottling facility at King Street, owned and run by Black Bull parent company Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky which houses 620 casks filled with the finest and rarest whisky in a secure warehouse, a semi- automated bottling line, a dry goods store and large scale stainless steel blending tanks.

To celebrate the opening of the new blending and bottling facility and the successful year for both brands, Black Bull and Ecurie Ecosse, the 2014 British GT Winning Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4 GT3 Racing Car was specially transported up to King Street, Huntly on the 12th of November and displayed in the purpose fitted cask warehouse for all to see. The car was also displayed in front of the bottling plant on King Street to a crowd of interested onlookers.

Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky owner and chairman, who also serves as Black Bull’s Master Blender, Euan Shand, conducted an official tour to invited guests and was on hand to answer questions.

Euan said: “Opening the new blending and bottling plant is a fantastic step for us, and through the growth of our brands, especially Black Bull, we can now broaden our scope in terms of what we would like to achieve and our plans for 2015. Our new blending and bottling plant gives us a huge increase in capacity and output which will allows us to continually offer our customers the best whiskies available in the world at all times. I am especially proud when I see the ‘Home of Black Bull’ sign displayed prominently on our new building, and also for the fact that we are still only one of a small number of whisky producers who blend and bottle our own whiskies on site; under one roof.”

Euan continued: “It is not often that you have a super car of this calibre at your disposal, and we have certainly received a lot of interest today having it specially delivered and displayed here at the bottling plant. It has been a fantastic year for the Ecurie Ecosse Powered By Black Bull motor racing team, winning the drivers title in the British GT Championship and taking 3rd Place in the Blancpain Championship, and for our brand to have contributed to the team’s success is an immensely proud achievement for me personally.”

The move into a new bottling plant is the first step in a larger strategy for 2015 to expand and grow the Black Bull brand and to reach a larger audience.

Article source: http://www.whiskymag.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=30962

ROYAL SALUTE 21 YEAR OLD UNVEILS PRESTIGIOUS NEW PACKAGING – Scotch Whisky News

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ROYAL SALUTE 21 YEAR OLD UNVEILS PRESTIGIOUS NEW PACKAGING

Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky has unveiled a contemporary new look for its 21 Year Old expression reinforcing its position as a modern, luxury product of hand crafted quality.

Royal Salute proudly seeks out the most precious materials to craft its blend – from perfectly matured single malt whiskies to the porcelain flagons in which it is presented. Robust, durable and strong, the opaque body of the flagon acts as a powerful guardian to the precious liquid. Crafted over five days from Cornish clay in Great Britain, Royal Salute’s high quality is further reinforced by the new artistic decoration on its cap that includes a guilloché pattern, while the label emphasises the brand’s legacy, which dates back to 1953 when Royal Salute was launched in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her coronation.

Elaborate engraving of a lion and cannon smoke on the bottle retain Royal Salute’s rich heritage as a powerful and sophisticated prestige Scotch whisky, with the expression being named after the traditional 21 Gun Salute. In 2012, the brand became the first ever to be officially associated with the Royal Gun Salutes at the Tower of London, further celebrating the brand’s celebration of royalty, a tradition that continues today.

Royal Salute 21 Year Old’s new bottle reflects the power and grace of Master Distiller Colin Scott’s craftsmanship. Colin Scott maintains consistent high quality throughout the production process, selecting rare and prized malt and grain whiskies laid down over 21 years ago for the final blend, which he describes as both subtle and strong, like “an iron fist in a velvet glove.”

Global Brand Director for Royal Salute, Neil Macdonald says: “There is a tremendous opportunity for Royal Salute to become a true and legitimate luxury brand. We have powerful credentials with our sumptuous whisky which has always used whiskies aged at least 21 years of age Now the new design complements with a modern look for our iconic 21 Year Old expression that alludes to the power and grace of our range. Royal Salute is steeped in royalty and history and this new contemporary packaging helps us bring the legacy of our crafted whisky to life. We are proud to present a bottle that today’s whisky connoisseurs, collectors and discerning drinkers alike will appreciate.”

Colin Scott, Master Blender for Royal Salute, continues: “21 years is an age necessary to capture the power and grace that defines this unique blend’s style. The new packaging enhances the exclusive Royal Salute experience.”

The new Royal Salute 21 Year Old flagon will remain available in three colours, including sapphire, ruby, and emerald complemented by a matching velvet pouch. Contact your local distributor for price and availability.

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About Royal Salute

Royal Salute is the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky brand, with a range of luxury blended whiskies matured for a minimum of 21 years. Created in 1953 to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Salute’s signature style is the combination of power and grace – a style developed and upheld by Colin Scott and legacy of the three Master Blenders who preceded him since 1953. Power and grace not only defines the elegance, richness and complexity of Royal Salute whiskies, but also the character of the brand demonstrated by its support of the honourable sport of polo. Today, Royal Salute is a leading international supporter of polo through its Royal Salute World Polo platform, hosting prestigious events across Asia, the Americas and Europe, featuring some of the world’s best polo players. www.royalsalute.com

@RoyalSalute

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 Gin, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth Gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport. www.chivasbrothers.com

@ChivasNewsRoom

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/11/royal-salute-21-year-old-unveils-prestigious-new-packaging-scotch-whisky-news/

Marcel Siem Shows Skill and Nerve to Win the Ballantine’s Sponsored BMW Masters 2014 – Scotch Whisky News

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Marcel Siem Shows Skill and Nerve to Win the Ballantine’s Sponsored BMW Masters 2014

Marcel Siem left a huge impression on the crowd at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai yesterday [2nd November], winning the world-class BMW Masters golf tournament – a prestigious European Tour event also sponsored by Ballantine’s, the world No. 2 Scotch whisky – with true flair and style after a thrilling play-off.

The final day saw an enthralling climax to the competition as four players battled it out in the final few holes. The Tournament went to a play-off between France’s Alexander Levy, England’s Ross Fisher and the ultimate winner, Germany’s Marcel Siem.

Siem held his nerve to stay true to his game in the play-off, chipping in beautifully from 20 yards to Birdie the play-off hole. He then watched on in a dramatic ending, seeing Levy and Fisher unable to hole their Birdie attempts to take the match to another play-off hole.  Siem was victorious after an incredible four day’s golf at the challenging Lake Malaren golf course.

Siem commented: “This is a great tournament to win and I had an amazing day today. I did feel very nervous in the play-off but kept believing and managed to pull it off. So many people have supported me in my career but I would like to thank my family most for helping me become the golfer I am today.”

The dramatic tournament ended after an exciting week for Ballantine’s, following the brand’s earlier announcement of the official launch of the Ballantine’s Golf Club; a new online member’s golf club captained by world-leading golfer and Ryder Cup hero, Ian Poulter.

The Ballantine’s Golf Club is an online Members’ Club that is inspired by golf and its lifestyle, and is open to people around the world who share an appreciation of golf and a love of great whisky. By joining the Ballantine’s Golf Club, members are given free access to a range of exclusive content including golf tips from Captain Ian Poulter and other professionals, and behind-the-scenes footage from some of the unsung heroes of the sport, as well as opportunities to win VIP prizes and attend top events around the world.

Members can also watch an inspiring film that tells Ian Poulter’s own ‘Moment of Truth’ story, detailing how he stayed true to his ambitions of becoming a professional golfer after numerous failed attempts. ‘Moment of Truth’ stories were further recreated by Ballantine’s at the BMW Masters earlier in the week, when some of the world’s best golfers, including Jamie Donaldson, Liang Wen-Chong and Richie Ramsay, signed a camera with their own personal ‘Moment of Truth’ – the defining moment in their golfing career to date – with these poignant messages captured as iconic images.

Peter Moore, Global Brand Director of Ballantine’s, commented: “The BMW Masters is always a fantastic tournament, attracting the world’s greatest golfers, so it has been an honour for Ballantine’s to be part of such a first-class event for the last three years. It has also been a great opportunity for us to tell our fans in China and across Asia about the Ballantine’s Golf Club, inviting them to join us in in a place where they can share in the exclusive content that we’ve created especially for our members.” To find out more about the Ballantine’s Golf Club and become a member, please go to: www.ballantinesgolfclub.com

Caption: BMW Masters Winner 2014 Marcel Siem of Germany is presented with a bottle of Ballantine’s 30 Year Old Scotch whisky by Horace Ngai, Pernod Ricard Managing Director of Greater China, at Lake Malaren, Shanghai after a thrilling play-off with Alexander Levy and Ross Fisher

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About Ballantine’s:

Ballantine’s is the No.1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the No. 2 Scotch whisky in the world with the range selling over 70 million bottles a year worldwide. Ballantine’s has won more than 130 trophies and medals at international competitions in the past 10 years for its outstanding 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 Master Blender Sandy Hyslop, continuing the brand’s tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827. In 2013, Ballantine’s continued its innovative approach by launching Ballantine’s Brasil, a spirit drink made from selectively cask steeping Scotch whisky with Brazilian lime peel.

www.ballantines.com @Ballantines

About Ballantine’s in golf:

Ballantine’s has a rich history in golf dating back to 1960 when the first Ballantine’s sponsored golf tournament was played at Wentworth Club in England. Ballantine’s founded the Ballantine’s Championship in 2008, remaining title sponsor of the tournament until 2013. Ballantine’s has also been a sponsor of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open since 2007 and the BMW Masters in Shanghai, China, since 2012.

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 Gin, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/11/marcel-siem-shows-skill-and-nerve-to-win-the-ballantines-sponsored-bmw-masters-2014-scotch-whisky-news/

The Exclusive Malts Batch # 6 is available in USA! – Scotch Whisky News

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THE EXCLUSIVE MALTS BACH #6 

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ImpEx Beverages, Inc. is delighted to announce the new release of widely popular Exclusive Malts Expressions. After a careful selection process, the new five casks have been bottled and are currently en route to the United States. They should be available in November 2014. Please check the next pages for more information and prices. 

 ImpEx Beverages encourages responsible drinking

360 Swift Ave Side B # 9, South San Francisco, CA 94080

Ph. 650-872-1113, Fax 650-872-1114

www.impexbev.com

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 Ben Nevis’ 98 15 yr Highland

102.20 proof

Matured in a Port Cask

Situated at the foot, and named after Scotland’s tallest mountain, the Ben Nevis distillery has spent much of its life contributing to blended Scotch intended for the Japanese market. Its whisky is often full-bodied and robust, and this cask does not disappoint with an added sweetness from the Port cask maturation.

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RRP $ 139.99

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Littlemill’ 88 25 yr Lowland

103.80 proof

Matured in a Sherry Cask

A rare gem from a now lost distillery. Littlemill was demolished in 2004 and only a few casks remain of this wonderful, fruity whisky. This cask has slowly matured for 25 years in a refill ex-Sherry hogshead, resulting in a rare example from this exceptional, yet sadly missed distillery.

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RRP $ 229.99

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Speyside’04 10 yr Speyside

115.40 proof

Matured in a Port Cask

This cask distilled at an undisclosed Speyside distillery near Aberlour, is a brute of an offering. Full bodied, sweet and fruit-laden this cask has been bottled at natural cask strength. So it may take a moment or two to show its full complexity, and, perhaps a drop or more of water to really bring it to life.

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RRP $ 109.99

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‘Ledaig’ Tobermory’97 17 yr Island

109.80 proof 

This smoky Island whisky is distilled on the Isle of Mull at the Tobermory distillery – a distillery not normally associated with smoky whisky. Using dried peat in the kilning process, the barley is infused with the peat smoke. This results in a whisky redolent with bonfires, barbecues and burning heather. A real distillation of the Islands of Scotland.  

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RRP $ 149.99

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Tomatin’04 10 yr Highland

114.80 proof

Matured in a Sherry Cask

Situated just outside the Highland city of Inverness, Tomatin Distillery was once the largest in Scotland providing its malt whisky to most of the large blenders. Now its sought-after whisky can be found as a single malt. This cask, matured solely in a refill ex-Sherry cask is full of the sweet fruit associated with this wonderful distillery.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/11/the-exclusive-malts-batch-6-is-available-in-usa-scotch-whisky-news/

GIFT SOMETHING UNIQUE THIS CHRISTMAS WITH THE FAMOUS GROUSE FAMILY – Scotch Whisky News

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GIFT SOMETHING UNIQUE THIS CHRISTMAS WITH THE FAMOUS GROUSE FAMILY

With Christmas just around the corner, you are probably scratching your head wondering what to gift your loved ones this year.

Well look no further than The Famous Grouse where our selection of premium and exciting gifts are guaranteed to spread festive cheer this Christmas. From personalised bottles to some of the most indulgent whiskies around, we have the perfect present for that special person in your life.

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The Famous Grouse Personalised Bottle – A Gift To Treasure

Why not make your loved ones famous this Christmas by gifting a personalised bottle of Scotland’s favourite whisky, The Famous Grouse? This timeless keepsake is the perfect memento to acknowledge your talented relatives or for remembering that special event you shared together. And this year, for the very first time, your personalised gift can also include a photograph.

The personalise label is completely free, all you have to do is purchase a bottle of The Famous Grouse and visit http://www.makesomeonefamous.com/ to upload your photo and required text. The free label will then be delivered direct to your door ready for you to attach.

Behind the label is also something special. The Famous Grouse is a blend of the finest malts and grains, married and matured in sherry casks, skilfully brought together by the Master Blender to create a rich and well-rounded whisky.

For a winter warmer, try The Famous Hot Toddy. Take 50ml of The Famous Grouse, one teaspoon of heather honey, a squeeze of lemon juice, some winter spices such as cloves, cinnamon, and star anise, add earl grey tea bag, and top with hot water. Please note each Hot Toddy contains 2 units of alcohol and tea bag should be removed before drinking.

RRP £17.10 for 70cl bottle or £23.10 for 1L bottle. Label is free.

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The Black Grouse – For the distinctive character

The Black Grouse is a bold and distinctive whisky with an intriguing blend of smoky, peated malts – perfect for the family member with a unique character of their own. The whisky is an intriguing blend of The Famous Grouse with specially selected peated malts giving the whisky its distinct smoky smooth flavour profile. On the palate, the peaty character comes through in spice and dried fruit flavours, and smoky oak that leaves a long aromatic finish. For a simple Christmas cocktail, we recommend The Black Black – The Black Grouse with cola and a twist of orange.

The Black Grouse is available in all major retailers. A special gift pack will be available in Waitrose stores from December.

RRP £18.64  

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The Black Grouse Alpha Edition – Perfect for those long, dark winter nights

Indulge your loved ones this Christmas with The Black Grouse Alpha Edition. Created by blending a greater concentration of aged, peaty malt whiskies to achieve a fuller, richer, premium whisky – The Black Grouse Alpha Edition is the perfect whisky to savour as the nights draw in. This whisky is a perfectly balanced, rare blend that has a flamboyantly rich and sweet at first before giving away to layers of smoke. The Black Grouse Alpha Edition is presented in a striking gift box, which tells the story of this rich, smoky premium liquid and the bird that it is named after.

Available from selected Waitrose stores.

RRP £36.49 

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The Naked Grouse – For the sophisticated whisky drinker that savours a dram

The Naked Grouse is a unique and expertly crafted, small batch blended Scotch whisky containing hand-blended world-renowned malts that combine to produce a sweet, rich and smooth taste. The exceptional blend was inspired by William Gloag of The Famous Grouse family and his pioneering discovery of sherry cask maturation. This innovative process, along with an enduring legacy of expertise, creates a stunning example of the blender’s art and results in a sophisticated dram with notes of cherry compote, spicy cinnamon and dark chocolate.

For a classic cocktail this Christmas, treat yourself to The Naked Grouse signature serve The Old Fashioned. Simply put a small heap of ice into the bottom of the glass then pour in the whisky, bitters and sugar syrup in any order. Stir vigorously for 20 seconds, before garnishing with orange zest. This serve is a simple combination of traditional ingredients resulting in a smooth and sophisticated drink with lots of taste.

The whisky is available in high end bars and retail outlets such as Sainsbury’s.

RRP £25

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Ginger Grouse – The whisky ginger beer – Refreshingly FAMOUS

 

Ginger Grouse, the whisky ginger beer with a splash of The Famous Grouse whisky, citrus notes and warming spice. This refreshingly Famous serve (4.0% ABV) is also perfect as a mulled Christmas serve. So, why not spice things up this Christmas with a fiery Mulled Ginger Grouse? This cosy cocktail is made by heating apple and pear juice in a pan with mulled winter spice teabags until warm. Then simply add the Ginger Grouse and a few slivers of orange peel and heat again to your desired temperature.

Available from all major supermarkets.

RRP £2.25

For further Christmas gift inspiration, take a look round our online shop at www. www.thefamousgrouse.com/shop .

Please enjoy responsibly www.drinkaware.co.uk

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About The Famous Grouse

The Famous Grouse is the no. 1 whisky in Scotland and no. 4 standard blended whisky worldwide (IWSR data 2012).

The Famous Grouse is exported to over 100 countries.

Created in 1896 by founder Matthew Gloag, it was originally called The Grouse Brand. The brand became so popular that on August 12th 1905 it was renamed The Famous Grouse. The Famous Grouse Experience is located at Scotland’s oldest working distillery –  Glenturret.

Originally established as a single malt distillery in 1775, today The Famous Grouse Experience is  the most visited distillery in Scotland (www.thefamousgrouse.com/experience).

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/11/gift-something-unique-this-christmas-with-the-famous-grouse-family-scotch-whisky-news/

Sentebale and Royal Salute Celebrate Fourth Consecutive Year of Polo Cup Partnership in Abu Dhabi – Scotch Whisky News

About Sentebale

• HIV is the second cause of death amongst adolescents aged 10 – 19 globally and is the number one cause of death in Africa. This is a generation that urgently needs help, for their future and the future prosperity of Africa. In Lesotho, one in three children are orphans and there are believed to be over 40,000 adolescents living with HIV.

• Sentebale, co-founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso in 2006, provides healthcare and education to vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty in Lesotho, southern Africa.
• Sentebale’s flagship programme is the Mamohato Programme, which was developed in response to a serious gap in HIV/AIDS education provision for young people in Lesotho.  A study by Sentebale showed that HIV-positive children were isolated and received little support in their homes and communities in relation to the social and psychological challenges they faced; stigma deemed to be the greatest hurdle for these children. The programme offers a residential weeklong camp and follow up monthly clubs that empowers these children to address the stigma and health issues surrounding them enabling them to live a healthy and fulfilled lives.
• In 2010 the Mamohato programme was highlighted as a model of international best practice by the United Nations. The programme was quoted as being “effective, having ethical soundness, cost effective, relevant, innovative and sustainable.”
• Sentebale’s strategy is to provide support to these children and young people, and reach many more children over the coming years. The Mamohato Children’s centre, due to be completed in next year, is the embodiment of that scale up in Lesotho and the platform for expansion into other affected southern African countries.
• Sentebale, means ‘forget me not’ in Sesotho, was set up in memory of the princes’ mothers and as a reminder not to forget the children of Lesotho.
• Lesotho’s main operations are based in Lesotho with the fundraising and management team based in London, headed up by Chief Executive, Cathy Ferrier. Both Princes remain active patrons of Sentebale.

Twitter: @Sentebale
Facebook: SentebaleOfficial
Instagram: @Sentebale

www.sentebale.org

About Royal Salute
Royal Salute is the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky brand, with a range of luxury blended whiskies matured for a minimum of 21 years. Created in 1953 to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Salute’s signature style is the combination of power and grace – a style developed and upheld by Colin Scott and legacy of the three Master Blenders who preceded him since 1953. Power and grace not only defines the elegance, richness and complexity of Royal Salute whiskies, but also the character of the brand demonstrated by its support of the honourable sport of polo. Today, Royal Salute is a leading international supporter of polo through its Royal Salute World Polo platform, hosting prestigious events across Asia, the Americas and Europe, featuring some of the world’s best polo players.

www.royalsalute.com

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 Gin, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth Gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport.

www.chivasbrothers.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/11/sentebale-and-royal-salute-celebrate-fourth-consecutive-year-of-polo-cup-partnership-in-abu-dhabi-scotch-whisky-news/

CURLING & WHISKY in Scotland, October 2014 – Scotch Whisky News

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CURLING WHISKY in Scotland, October 2014.

We were hosting a curling team from Norway who just happened to like a dram now and again! Carl, Calle, Morten and Erik wanted to come over (again) and do some curling with local Scottish teams. We, of course obliged them and added in whisky – as you do. Thursday 30 October; The guys arrived into Aberdeen, we then drove south towards the County of Angus. With some local sightseeing en route, the first stop was Brechin, Glencadam whisky distillery. The tour was with Douglas Fitchett, Distillery Manager. Glencadam first opened in 1825, in the ancient city of Brechin. It was little more than one year after the Excise Act of 1823 legalised distilling. Glencadam is now the only distillery in the county of Angus, an area of the Highlands region of Scotland between Dundee and Aberdeen. Glencadam Single Malt has always been premium whisky for blending, and as such was highly sought after for some of the world’s most prestigious blends. Glencadam was finally bought by Angus Dundee Distillers on 1st June 2003, an independent Scottish company. Angus Dundee restarted production immediately, and we released our first ever single malt product, Glencadam Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 15 Years, in December 2005. This was subsequently re-launched in November 2009 with new packaging, alongside the release of a 10 year old expression. The current multi-award winning range includes Age 10, 15 and 21 Years expressions are good, WE TASTED THEM ALL along with a new make spirit. The most popular dram on the day was Aged 14 Years Oloroso cask finish. We all (except Paul who was driving) had a good tour and taste here, many thanks Douglas and his team. We then drove south to Broughty Ferry where a grand lunch was taken at the Ship pub, the @Ferry was also where they stayed overnight. Liz lives in the ‘Ferry, so we were well covered for local news and where to eat and drink.

Friday 31 October; we started the day with a visit to St Andrews   Eden brewery/distillery, a tour (doesnee take long) until 10am by then we can legally drink samples – we did! Beers by the way and gins, no whisky as yet. Kevan the general manager guided us around the site and the drinks, you can read an interview with Kevan on angelswhiskyclub soon. It is an up and coming distillery, small but with a great future!   From here we drove to Perth, Dewar’s Ice Rink, where a curling bonspiel at 12.45 had been arranged, with another match at 3pm, sharing a few laughs and drinks with your opposing teams in between rinks. The guys had brought over bottles of aquavit for their Scottish teams! Returning to the ‘Ferry for overnight. More drams!

Saturday 1 November; From the hotel, we travelled to Arbroath for some sightseeing and ataste of the local seafood, we had a very nice lunch with drinks. Then we headed north to Forfar for a curling session. After drinks with the opposite team, again a bottle of aquavit showed up, we returned to the ‘Ferry overnight again. Dinner enjoyed at the Ship after a few drinks at The Fort pub, Balvenie Carribean cask and Doublewood, superb!

Sunday 2 November; From the hotel, we travel back to Aberdeen for your flight home. En route we stopped at Dunottar castle for a dram or two! Sad to see them go, but a great tour yet again, lots of fun.

Drams on the road included; Kavalan Single Malt Whisky – water is essential to whisky production, it follows that the character of the water used can have a considerable influence on the profile of the spirit. The founder of the Kavalan distillery has spent years searching for the perfect site, with the ideal water supply. He chose Yilan as the site for its abundant supply of cold, spring water flowing through the Snow Mountain. Kavalan, the earliest tribe that inhabited Yilan, represents sincerity, honesty, and the spirit of step-by-step cultivation. The effort goes into every drop of new make spirit and every seasoned cask we choose. Coupled with the mastery of the blender, they ensure the silky smoothness and distinctive flavours of Kavalan whisky. Glen Elgin, Glen Elgin Distillery nestles quietly in the heart of Speyside approximately 3 miles south of Elgin on the road to Rothes. The architect, Charles Doig, stated it would be the last one built in Speyside for 50 years. His prediction was remarkably accurate with Tormore being the next distillery built, in 1958. Until the 1950s the distillery was entirely operated and lit by paraffin. All machinery was driven by a paraffin engine and a water turbine. It was a full-time job to keep the paraffin lights burning. The distillery has a huge storage capacity for malted barley. The 36 malt bins can hold 400 tonnes – more than the 3 other distilleries in the Elgin group combined. However the ISR (intermediate spirit receiver) which collects the spirit from the stills is very small and has to be pumped empty 3 times a day. The Glen Elgin spirit and wash stills are similar in size and shape, although the spirit stills have a flatter pot. There is a gentle incline on the lyne arms which lead outside to the worm tubs. The distillery operates a balanced distilling process: each wash back provides 6 individual charges for the wash stills; two wash distillations make up the charge for a spirit distillation. This makes for a busy shift in the still house with 9 separate still charges to be made. Using worm tubs to cool the distilled vapours, as opposed to condensers, adds a depth and richness to the spirit. An added bonus are the fresh water shrimp which thrive in the tubs. Ledaig, Situated on Scotland’s picturesque west coast lies the island of Mull, home to Tobermory, and the Maclean’s – is without doubt one of Scotland’s most beautiful and charming distilleries. Built in 1798, The Distillery is quite unique to other distilleries as it produces two very distinct single malt Scotch Whiskies, Tobermory single malt, which has an extremely smooth taste profile and the robustly peated Ledaig single malt. We know it well! The Madeira finish single malt Welsh whisky defines our ‘house style of whiskies’. Distilled in our unique copper pot still, matured in bourbon barrels, finished in rich Madeira wine casks and bottled at premium strength, this single malt whisky is smooth, light in character and softly golden in colour. Penderyn Welsh whisky, Madeira Single Malt At a generous 46% ABV, it has a classic freshness with whiff’s of cream toffee, fruit and raisins. The Gold Medal award winning single malt whisky from the only distillery in Wales, distilled single malt whisky is matured in bourbon barrels and finished in Madeira casks to impart a generous flavour of subtle complexity. Yummy!

Would you like to become a member of our whisky club ? http://www.angelswhisskyclub.com/ an online whisky club, giving details of new whiskies and developments in the whisky world. Or come on tour with us?

AT THE SAME TIME our (friend, tour guide driver) took another whisky tour, again from Norway. This is another story to look out for. http://www.mcleanscotland.com/

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/11/curling-whisky-in-scotland-october-2014-scotch-whisky-news/

LIMITED EDITION JOHNNIE WALKER® GOLD LABEL RESERVE™ EXCLUSIVE TRAVELLERS’ EDITION LAUNCHED IN TRAVEL RETAIL – Scotch Whisky News

Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Exclusive Travellers Edition - Full map over 4 bottles

LIMITED EDITION JOHNNIE WALKER® GOLD LABEL RESERVE™ EXCLUSIVE TRAVELLERS’ EDITION LAUNCHED IN TRAVEL RETAIL

Featuring a Striking Golden Map of the World, this exclusive Limited Edition bottle design has been created for the gifting market

Diageo Global Travel, 5th November 2014; JOHNNIE WALKER®, makers of the world’s number one best-selling Blended Scotch Whisky1, today launched a limited edition bottle design exclusive to travel retail – the JOHNNIE WALKER® GOLD LABEL RESERVE™ EXCLUSIVE TRAVELLERS’ EDITION.

Inspired by the spirit of travel and celebrating shoppers’ own journeys across continents, this limited edition bottle design in a striking gold-coloured, metallic coating has been embossed with a travel-inspired image of the world map.

This limited edition bottle design is aimed at the festive gift market in travel retail. The smooth, award-winning2 taste of JOHNNIE WALKER GOLD LABEL RESERVE super-premium Scotch Whisky transforms any celebratory moment into something extraordinary.

The striking metallic bottle coating serves to emphasise the super-premium, golden cues of the liquid: the gold-standard craft and ‘golden whiskies’ that went into creating this blend, and the special moments that this whisky is made to celebrate.

JOHNNIE WALKER GOLD LABEL RESERVE EXCLUSIVE TRAVELLERS’ EDITION will be available for a limited time only from travel retail outlets worldwide where JOHNNIE WALKER GOLD LABEL RESERVE is already stocked. It will be available in time for key festive occasions such as Christmas, New Year’s Day and Chinese New Year in February. The RRSP for 1ltr will be USD68, £48, €58 or AUD88.

Peter Fairbrother, Marketing Director of Diageo Global Travel and Middle East (GTME), said: “We have created this Limited Edition bottle design exclusively for our Travel Retail partners in the run up to the key festive gifting moments. JOHNNIE WALKER GOLD LABEL RESERVE EXCLUSIVE TRAVELLERS’ EDITION serves to highlight our commitment to provide differentiated premium products for the travel retail channel and we are positive that the luxurious world map design captures the imagination of travellers seeking gifts that celebrate journeys.”

JOHNNIE WALKER Master Blender, and creator of this celebration blend, Jim Beveridge suggests the perfect serve to show off the versatility of JOHNNIE WALKER GOLD LABEL RESERVE: “A whisky as special as this is designed to be shared, so I would suggest savouring JOHNNIE WALKER GOLD LABEL RESERVE in a tall glass with crushed ice and a slice of orange, to really bring out each layer of flavour. JOHNNIE WALKER GOLD LABEL RESERVE EXCLUSIVE TRAVELLERS’ EDITION is perfect to toast the occasion and transform the moment into something spectacularly memorable.”

Notes:

1IWSR, 2013

2Awards:

2014 – Gold

Scotch Whisky – Deluxe Blend – 2014

International Wine Spirit Competition

2013 – Silver

Scotch Whisky – Deluxe Blend – 2013

International Wine Spirit Competition

JOHNNIE WALKER GOLD LABEL RESERVE has an ABV of 40%.

TASTING NOTES

On the nose JOHNNIE WALKER GOLD LABEL RESERVE is soft and buttery, carrying aromas of fresh botanicals and smooth caramel. On the tongue, sweet honeyed and floral flavours carry a smooth and creamy character. Then, the signature JOHNNIE WALKER smokiness brings all the golden flavours together in one sensationally long, lingering finish.

ABOUT THE JOHNNIE WALKER® GOLD LABEL RESERVE™ LIMITED EDITION SERIES

The JOHNNIE WALKER GOLD LABEL RESERVE LIMITED EDITION series features limited edition bottle designs, released annually to celebrate different occasions or themes. They are distinctive from the standard edition bottle, with a gold-colour coating that celebrates the golden quality of the award-winning super-premium Blended Scotch Whisky inside. The 2014 bottle is exclusive to travel retail: its design celebrates the spirit of global travel.

ABOUT DIAGEO

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits, beer and wine categories.  These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JB, Buchanan’s, Windsor and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is a global company, and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world.  The company is listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO).  For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at http://www.diageo.com/.  Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, http://www.drinkiq.com/, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice.

Celebrating life, every day, everywhere.

The JOHNNIE WALKER and GOLD LABEL RESERVE words, the Striding Figure device and associated logos are trademarks © John Walker Sons 2014.

Please Drink Responsibly. Visit www.DrinkiQ.com

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