Just for Hamish’s Clan Highland Park 2002 Single Cask Exclusive – Scotch Whisky News

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Highland Park 2002 Single Cask Exclusive

Awarded Liquid Gold in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bble 2019 with a score of 96 points!

This release from Highland Park’s Single Cask Series is exclusive to Loch Fyne Whiskies. Distilled on Orkney in 2002 and matured in a single refill butt (number 3374) for 15 years before being chosen for bottling for our customers in 2018. Only 458 bottles have been filled, each one at a natural cask strength of 58.4% abv.

£150 Buy Now
Now in stock!

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THE ‘KING OF WHISKY’ LAUNCHES LATEST CELEBRATION OF THE SPORT OF KINGS – Scotch Whisky news

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THE ‘KING OF WHISKY’ LAUNCHES LATEST CELEBRATION OF THE SPORT OF KINGS 

Royal Salute unveils limited edition 21 Year Old Beach Polo Edition 

The ‘King of Whisky’ Royal Salute, continues to celebrate the harmony between the Sport of Kings and exceptional Scotch whisky, this month unveiling the latest in its annual Polo Collection: Royal Salute 21 Year Old Beach Polo Edition.

Inspired by the lingering bonfires, evocative salty winds and warm seaside air synonymous with the sport, the limited edition has been expertly crafted by Royal Salute Director of Blending Sandy Hyslop. The result is an outstanding new expression that features a tantalising smoky flavour with soft peaty tones, rich fruits and sweet honey.

It is the second in Royal Salute’s annual Polo Collection and follows last year’s inaugural 21 Year Old Polo Edition. Like its predecessor, the Beach Polo Edition is endorsed by long-time Royal Salute World Polo Ambassador and former captain of the England Polo Team, Malcolm Borwick, with his signature and iconic red helmet featured on the packaging. The porcelain flagon is a striking shade of deep blue, designed to evoke typical beach polo tournament backdrop of blue skies and sea.

Royal Salute Marketing Director, Mathieu Deslandes, said of the new product: “Royal Salute has a longstanding affinity with polo; we share values with the noble game of honour, skill and integrity, and are proud to support more than 10 international tournaments annually. 

“Beach polo embodies all the qualities of the traditional sport which is why it’s a natural fit for our brand, however, it is slightly more playful fun, which is an exciting space for us to be playing in. 

“We’re thrilled add another exceptional expression to our Polo Collection, and our Director of Blending Sandy Hyslop has done a remarkable job in creating something new and different, that still has all the prestigious hallmarks of Royal Salute.”

The Royal Salute 21 Year Old Beach Polo Edition launched as a Global Travel Retail Exclusive from 1st July and is now available globally for a limited time from select luxury whisky retailers around the world for, RRP USD $140.

For more information, visit www.royalsalute.com.

Notes 

Royal Salute 21 Year Old Beach Polo Edition Tasting notes

This new Royal Salute whisky has a slightly smoky flavour and peaty tones with a long, luxurious finish.

Nose:

Rich, sweet, fruity notes of poached pears, vanilla syrup, salted caramel and runny honey, perfectly balanced with soft, peat smoke.

Taste:

A burst of sweet bonfire smoke followed quickly by a medley of ripe, soft fruits and species including apricot jam, candied lemons, nutmeg and oak.

Finish:

Long and tantalisingly smoky.

About Royal Salute

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

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About Chivas Brothers

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

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 8,682 million in FY16. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and VinSprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Kahlúa and Malibu liqueurs, Mumm and Perrier‐ Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, Graffigna and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,000 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 85 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics. Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/10/the-king-of-whisky-launches-latest-celebration-of-the-sport-of-kings-scotch-whisky-news/

Burns Night at Victoria Caledonian Distillery – Canadian Whisky News

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Burns Night at Vic Caledonian – early-bird pricing

Robert Burns Season is fast approaching, and as you know, we have sold out the last 2 years! As a Caley Clan member or Founder-Owner, we thought you would like advance notice of ticket sales; this year will of course be bigger and bolder and we know you don’t want to miss out!

Staying the same this year is the ticket price of $125 inc.tax, however if you pay for your tickets before St.Andrews Day (Scotland’s patron saint) November 30th then tickets will be only $115 each!! Perhaps your inner Scotsperson is smiling right now :).

Please see the attached poster for more details, and either visit the distillery, or
call (778) 401-0410 to reserve your seats. You’ll want to tell us how many are in your group so we can sit you together, and if you desire a wine substitution for the whisky. Sorry, but we cannot do food menu substitutions.

Seats are limited, so we hope you’re lucky enough to get your tickets before they sell out!

Slàinte mhath!

Graeme
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Graeme Macaloney PhD., PEng., FIChemE.
Founder, President Whisky Maker
Victoria Caledonian Distiller Twa Dogs Brewery

www.VCaledonian.com
Facebook: @VictoriaCaledonian; @TwaDogs; Twitter: @VCaledonian; @TwaDogsBeer

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Clan Campbell Blended Scotch Whisky

The Whisky Mercenary bij PROOF

EventsGeplaatst door Mark Dermul zo, oktober 14, 2018 08:31:46

Op dinsdag 9 oktober kwam Jürgen
Vromans – beter bekend als The Whisky Mercenary – op bezoek in het Gentse PROOF
om een aantal van zijn producten voor te stellen.

Jürgen is al heel lang begeesterd
door elke sterke drank. Welk distillaat het ook moge weze, het voedt zijn
passie. En dat merk je in de manier waarop hij komt vertellen over de dranken
die zijn hart sneller doen slaan.

Maar eerst even een woordje over
Jürgen zelve. Hij rolde bijna per ongeluk in het wereldje en werd al snel
gevraagd om tastings aan elkaar te praten. Importeurs en verdelers vroegen hem
vaak om een tasting te verzorgen of een stand te bemannen op menig festival.
Hij werd steeds vaker ingehuurd en toen hij dan uiteindelijk besloot om zelf
professioneel in het wereldje te stappen (eerst parttime, maar nu al even
fulltime) was de naam ook snel gekozen.

Fast forward naar vandaag: hij is
niet alleen onafhankelijke bottelaar van whisky, rum en gin, maar ook importeur
van o.a. mezcal en armagnac. En vandaag wilde hij een – weliswaar kort, maar
zeer leuk – overzicht bezorgen van wat hij zoals te bieden heeft.

De debatten warden geopend met een
mezcal. U weet wel: dat Mexicaanse spul dat gestookt wordt van een agave
(familie van de cactus). Veruit de bekendste mezcal is de blanco, maar Jürgen
had voor ons een specialleke mee, namelijk een vatgerijpte.

Nucano Mezcal, Anejo,
40%

Ik heb niet echt iets met mezcal.
Ik vind het een moeilijke drank, eerlijk gezegd. In mijn koffie gaat het nog
net, maar puur? Neen, niet direct mijn ding.

Maar deze werd samengesteld met
mezcal die 3 tot 5 jaar op vat had gelagerd, waardoor hij niet alleen een mooie
kleurtje kreeg, maar bovendien een extra zoetje (vijg?) op de neus kreeg. De
typische rook was zowel op de neus als in de smaak, maar vooraf in de afdronk
heel erg aanwezig, samen met mokka en een zuurtje. Ik vond hem best aangenaam.
65 EUR.

Auchroisk 7 Year Old
2010, Limburg Dramclub, 53.5%

Dit was al de 7e clubbotteling van
deze Duitse jongens, bekende van het beruchte whiskyfestival in Limburg
(Duitsland), waar ik dit jaar voor het eerst naartoe ging. Geweldig festival,
maar dit terzijde.

Deze Auchroisk – een minder bekende
malt, absoluut – was een stinkertje, als u het mij vraagt. Plantenwortels,
bouillon, koude koffie en flink wat toffee en kamfer. Niet alledaags. Op smaak
was hij zoet met een hoek af. En te bedenken dat dit een first fill oloroso
sherryvat geweest is. Bizar! 80 EUR.

Bruichladdich 12 Year
Old 2005, The Whisky Mercenary, 52.6%

Het was een blij weerzien met deze
Laddie, met het grappige label van Jürgen als biker uit Sons of Anarchy. Ja,
die labels zijn in een zatte bui tot stand gekomen, zoveel is zeker.

Een zoete neus met iets van citrus,
babykots (geen offnote), zoete mout en amper rook. Op smaak was hij erg spirit
driven wat hem heel erg lekker maakte. Lekker rokerige afdronk. Een toppertje.
115 EUR.

Na deze Laddie kregen de
smaakpapillen een korte rustpauze, maar niet voor lang.

Wardhead 21 Year
Old 1997, Liquid Treasures, 55.5%

Wardhead is ge-teaspoon­-de Glenfiddich. Het gerust gaat dat er een liter Balvenie
aan een vat Glenfiddich wordt toegevoegd om de onafhankelijke botterlaars in de
onmogelijkheid te stellen het vat als Glenfiddich single malt te bottlen
(andersom wordt ge-teaspoon­-de
Balvenie – dus met toevoeging van wat Glenfiddich – gebotteld onder de naam
Burnside).

De neus is heerlijk fruitig op
appels, banaan, kiwi met een florale hint en wat marsepein. Op smaak wordt hij
zelfs wat snoeperig met drop, terwijl de afdronk nog een verrassend streepje
woodsmoke presenteert. Stiekem vermoed ik dat dit gewoon Glenfiddich is, hoor.
Maar wel een hele lekkere! 105 EUR.

Om af te ronden presenteerde Jürgen
nog twee rums van eigen label, zij het wel The Rum Mercenary (met Jürgen als
een soort gekke Jack Sparrow op het label, papegaai incluis).

Barbancourt 13
Year Old 2004, The Rum Mercenary, 49.3%

Deze rum uit Haïti had ik nog niet
zo gek lang geleden al eens geproefd – en ook toen goed bevonden. Mijn tasting
notes van Elexir d’Anvers en Galak Popri werden echter niet zo enthousiast
onthaald, moet ik zeggen.

En toch blijf ik er bij. Deze rum
is erg toegankelijk – daar waren we het wel allemaal over eens – en erg lekker.
81 EUR.

Monymusk 11 Year
Old 2007, The Rum Mercenary, 52.5%

De Monymusk is een ietwat vreemde,
droge rum uit Jamaica, die een pak moeilijker bleek dan de Barbancourt – en
betrekkelijk atypisch is voor een Jamaicaanse rum tout court.

Hij was fruitig, maar met een hoek
af. Denk ecoline of houtlijm met wat Turks Fruit. Op smaak kwam daar nog wat
menthol aan te pas, maar hij was verrassend droog. Kamfer op de afdronk. Niet
meteen mijn ding, maar toch interessant. 55 EUR.

Nou, dat was weer een erg leuke en
interessante avond vol lekkers en in goed gezelschap, dus keerde ik meer dan
tevreden terug huiswaarts.

Bedankt voor de lekkere spirits,
Jürgen. Bedankt voor de prima ontvangst, Nikkie Timon. Tot de volgende!

May the Malt be with you!

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Clan Campbell 5 Year Old Light Blended Scotch Whisky

The Whisky Mercenary bij PROOF

EventsGeplaatst door Mark Dermul zo, oktober 14, 2018 08:31:46

Op dinsdag 9 oktober kwam Jürgen
Vromans – beter bekend als The Whisky Mercenary – op bezoek in het Gentse PROOF
om een aantal van zijn producten voor te stellen.

Jürgen is al heel lang begeesterd
door elke sterke drank. Welk distillaat het ook moge weze, het voedt zijn
passie. En dat merk je in de manier waarop hij komt vertellen over de dranken
die zijn hart sneller doen slaan.

Maar eerst even een woordje over
Jürgen zelve. Hij rolde bijna per ongeluk in het wereldje en werd al snel
gevraagd om tastings aan elkaar te praten. Importeurs en verdelers vroegen hem
vaak om een tasting te verzorgen of een stand te bemannen op menig festival.
Hij werd steeds vaker ingehuurd en toen hij dan uiteindelijk besloot om zelf
professioneel in het wereldje te stappen (eerst parttime, maar nu al even
fulltime) was de naam ook snel gekozen.

Fast forward naar vandaag: hij is
niet alleen onafhankelijke bottelaar van whisky, rum en gin, maar ook importeur
van o.a. mezcal en armagnac. En vandaag wilde hij een – weliswaar kort, maar
zeer leuk – overzicht bezorgen van wat hij zoals te bieden heeft.

De debatten warden geopend met een
mezcal. U weet wel: dat Mexicaanse spul dat gestookt wordt van een agave
(familie van de cactus). Veruit de bekendste mezcal is de blanco, maar Jürgen
had voor ons een specialleke mee, namelijk een vatgerijpte.

Nucano Mezcal, Anejo,
40%

Ik heb niet echt iets met mezcal.
Ik vind het een moeilijke drank, eerlijk gezegd. In mijn koffie gaat het nog
net, maar puur? Neen, niet direct mijn ding.

Maar deze werd samengesteld met
mezcal die 3 tot 5 jaar op vat had gelagerd, waardoor hij niet alleen een mooie
kleurtje kreeg, maar bovendien een extra zoetje (vijg?) op de neus kreeg. De
typische rook was zowel op de neus als in de smaak, maar vooraf in de afdronk
heel erg aanwezig, samen met mokka en een zuurtje. Ik vond hem best aangenaam.
65 EUR.

Auchroisk 7 Year Old
2010, Limburg Dramclub, 53.5%

Dit was al de 7e clubbotteling van
deze Duitse jongens, bekende van het beruchte whiskyfestival in Limburg
(Duitsland), waar ik dit jaar voor het eerst naartoe ging. Geweldig festival,
maar dit terzijde.

Deze Auchroisk – een minder bekende
malt, absoluut – was een stinkertje, als u het mij vraagt. Plantenwortels,
bouillon, koude koffie en flink wat toffee en kamfer. Niet alledaags. Op smaak
was hij zoet met een hoek af. En te bedenken dat dit een first fill oloroso
sherryvat geweest is. Bizar! 80 EUR.

Bruichladdich 12 Year
Old 2005, The Whisky Mercenary, 52.6%

Het was een blij weerzien met deze
Laddie, met het grappige label van Jürgen als biker uit Sons of Anarchy. Ja,
die labels zijn in een zatte bui tot stand gekomen, zoveel is zeker.

Een zoete neus met iets van citrus,
babykots (geen offnote), zoete mout en amper rook. Op smaak was hij erg spirit
driven wat hem heel erg lekker maakte. Lekker rokerige afdronk. Een toppertje.
115 EUR.

Na deze Laddie kregen de
smaakpapillen een korte rustpauze, maar niet voor lang.

Wardhead 21 Year
Old 1997, Liquid Treasures, 55.5%

Wardhead is ge-teaspoon­-de Glenfiddich. Het gerust gaat dat er een liter Balvenie
aan een vat Glenfiddich wordt toegevoegd om de onafhankelijke botterlaars in de
onmogelijkheid te stellen het vat als Glenfiddich single malt te bottlen
(andersom wordt ge-teaspoon­-de
Balvenie – dus met toevoeging van wat Glenfiddich – gebotteld onder de naam
Burnside).

De neus is heerlijk fruitig op
appels, banaan, kiwi met een florale hint en wat marsepein. Op smaak wordt hij
zelfs wat snoeperig met drop, terwijl de afdronk nog een verrassend streepje
woodsmoke presenteert. Stiekem vermoed ik dat dit gewoon Glenfiddich is, hoor.
Maar wel een hele lekkere! 105 EUR.

Om af te ronden presenteerde Jürgen
nog twee rums van eigen label, zij het wel The Rum Mercenary (met Jürgen als
een soort gekke Jack Sparrow op het label, papegaai incluis).

Barbancourt 13
Year Old 2004, The Rum Mercenary, 49.3%

Deze rum uit Haïti had ik nog niet
zo gek lang geleden al eens geproefd – en ook toen goed bevonden. Mijn tasting
notes van Elexir d’Anvers en Galak Popri werden echter niet zo enthousiast
onthaald, moet ik zeggen.

En toch blijf ik er bij. Deze rum
is erg toegankelijk – daar waren we het wel allemaal over eens – en erg lekker.
81 EUR.

Monymusk 11 Year
Old 2007, The Rum Mercenary, 52.5%

De Monymusk is een ietwat vreemde,
droge rum uit Jamaica, die een pak moeilijker bleek dan de Barbancourt – en
betrekkelijk atypisch is voor een Jamaicaanse rum tout court.

Hij was fruitig, maar met een hoek
af. Denk ecoline of houtlijm met wat Turks Fruit. Op smaak kwam daar nog wat
menthol aan te pas, maar hij was verrassend droog. Kamfer op de afdronk. Niet
meteen mijn ding, maar toch interessant. 55 EUR.

Nou, dat was weer een erg leuke en
interessante avond vol lekkers en in goed gezelschap, dus keerde ik meer dan
tevreden terug huiswaarts.

Bedankt voor de lekkere spirits,
Jürgen. Bedankt voor de prima ontvangst, Nikkie Timon. Tot de volgende!

May the Malt be with you!

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FAMED STREET ARTIST FELIPE PANTONE PARTNERS WITH BALLANTINE’S FOR TRUE MUSIC SERIES – Scotch Whisky News

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FAMED STREET ARTIST FELIPE PANTONE PARTNERS WITH BALLANTINE’S FOR TRUE MUSIC SERIES

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OCTOBER 8th 2018 – Ballantine’s whisky, Europe’s No. 1 Scotch whisky and the world’s No. 2 Scotch whisky, has this month announced Felipe Pantone as the latest True Music Series collaborator following previous partnerships with beatboxer, Reeps One and graphic designers Leif Podhajsky and Dave Ma.

At the cutting edge of street art, Felipe Pantone is an Argentinian-Spanish visual and kinetic artist whose work fuses bold graphics, strong contrasts and vivid colours with mixed typography to create ultra-modern art that often brings music to life.

His work to date has adorned iconic music spaces around the globe including Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel and the Life is Beautiful Music Festival in Las Vegas, as well as featuring in a music video for Anderson Paak and on album artwork for The Stroke’s Julian Casablancas. His latest pieces for Ballantine’s have been inspired by underground club culture, the recording and production process, and music soundwaves.

Featuring his distinctive geometric patterns, vivid colours, holograms and optical art, Felipe has created three inspiring artworks which form this year’s True Music Series limited edition gift packaging for Ballantine’s Finest and Ballantine’s 12 Year Old, which will be available around the world from September.

The True Music Series will take Felipe’s artwork across the globe – from Moscow to Johannesburg via Santiago – to transform a range of different music spaces with the distinctive geometric patterns, vibrant flavour and optical art that form his Ballantine’s limited-edition designs. Felipe’s artwork will connect to sound reactive projectors in each space, creating its own equaliser and allowing musicians to experience a visual representation of the music they produce and play within the space, ensuring a performance experience like no other for music fans.

Felipe Pantone said of the partnership: “I’ve always been surrounded by musicians and collaborating with Ballantine’s – a whisky brand that’s all about music – allowed me to explore a style marked by sound waves and flowing bits, juxtaposed with my signature elements. It’s always a pleasure to work around music artists, the spaces and the fans.”

Tom Elton, Head of Music at Ballantine’s, added: “There are a few artists who are really making waves internationally while creating forward-thinking and truly striking art, and Felipe is definitely one of them. With a passion and affinity for music as well as art, Felipe was an obvious choice for us and we couldn’t be happier with the bold and futuristic gift packs he has produced.

“But the limited-edition packaging is only the beginning; we have some really exciting plans to bring Felipe’s artwork to life in some of the coolest music communities around the world, including Gost Zvuk in Russia, Primavera Fauna in Chile and with Kid Fonque in South Africa – it’s going to be epic.”

The Ballantine’s True Music Series is an annual project that gives uncompromising artists a unique platform to share and visualise music and music scenes that inspire artists and fans worldwide.  The latest limited-edition gift packs created by Felipe Pantone will be available globally from September 2018. Find out more, here: http://www.ballantines.com/truemusicseries. 

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 ten 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

Instagram: @Ballantines

Facebook: facebook.com/ballantines

Twitter: twitter.com/ballantines

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/ballantines

About Felipe Pantone

Felipe Pantone is an Argentinian-born Spanish graffiti and street artist based in Valencia. Influenced by his apprehension of the digital age and technological advancement, Pantone’s futuristic style uses sharp colours and geometric shapes to capture its viewer. His work has adorned a multitude of iconic music spaces across the globe including the Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel and Life is Beautiful Music Festival in Las Vegas as well as within music videos and album artwork for the likes of The Stroke’s Julian Casablancas and singer-songwriter Anderson Paak. 

About Chivas Brothers

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

www.chivasbrothers.com

Twitter: @ChivasNewsRoom

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 8,682 million in FY16. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and VinSprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin and Malibu, Mumm and Perrier- Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of 18,500 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 85 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/10/famed-street-artist-felipe-pantone-partners-with-ballantines-for-true-music-series-scotch-whisky-news/

THE LAKES DISTILLERY MAKES HISTORY WITH ‘STEEL BONNETS’ BLENDED MALT WHISKY – English Whisky News

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THE LAKES DISTILLERY MAKES HISTORY WITH ‘STEEL BONNETS’ BLENDED MALT WHISKY

The Lakes Distillery is to release the world’s first blend of English malt and Scotch malt whisky. 

Created with the highest quality malt whiskies from both sides of the border, ‘Steel Bonnets’ is a combination of The Lakes Single Malt from England and some of the most respected malts from Scotland.

The name ‘Steel Bonnets’ pays homage to the memory of the English and Scottish people who lived in the Border Marches from Berwick-upon-Tweed in the East to Carlisle in the West during the 13th-17th centuries.

Their life was one of constant struggle to survive, exacerbated by the armies of Scotland and England as they marched through the border lands to fight for the right to govern a united Scotland and England.

The armies took from the people of this land, and in turn they also robbed or reived from others, English and Scots alike.

In early English, to reive is to rob, and from this were born the Border Reivers nicknamed the ‘Steel Bonnets’ after the distinctive helmets they wore.

Allegiance was to kin, not kingdom.  Loyalty was to clan – to family. These loyalties had no border or king, but united them under their clan names, Rutherford, Armstrong, Graham, Fenwick and Johnstone to mention but a few.

Neil Armstrong, the first man to step on the moon, was descended from a famous Reiver family. It was said that the Armstrong clan could call on more than two thousand men and horse, fully armed, within an hour to fight off their enemies.

This union of nations and families has been brought back today in the form of ‘Steel Bonnets’.

These families are now spread all over the world and ‘Steel Bonnets’ is the perfect way to celebrate that illustrious history of family loyalty and comradeship.

Malt whisky continues to grow in popularity and was worth over £1 billion to the UK economy in 2017. The Lakes Distillery will release its first Single Malt Whisky in July when 99 bottles of The Lakes Genesis Single Malt Whisky will be auctioned with whiskyauctioneer.com.

Nigel Mills CBE, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Lakes Distillery, said: “It was very important to us that our geographical location, its people and its culture were recognised in this new blended malt whisky, ‘Steel Bonnets’. The Border Reivers were an integral part of Border history in the 300 years leading up to the union between England and Scotland in 1707, which eventually brought peace to this battle-strewn land.”

The Lakes Distillery Master Whiskymaker, Dhavall Gandhi, said: “I handpicked the individual malt whiskies to create a unique blend – something that has never been tried before. The whisky, at 46.6% ABV, has a creamy, slightly nutty and full-bodied flavour with notes of vanilla, ginger, nutmeg and hints of dried fruit. All held together with a sweet layer of woodsmoke. A fitting tribute to the history of the Border families.”

Paul Currie, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of the Lakes Distillery, said: “This is a milestone year for the Distillery. We are releasing our first single malts to the public, and establishing the Lakes Distillery as a luxury global whisky brand. We know that people will appreciate the incredible story behind this historic release.”

Alan Rutherford OBE, Chairman of the Lakes Distillery, said: “The Border region has a fascinating history of survival and family loyalty going back centuries. While there is a tendency to think of clanship as a uniquely Scottish attribute, on both sides of the border the tie of tribal blood was strong. ‘Steel Bonnets’ is a tribute to those people, and their families, who saw themselves as neither English nor Scottish, but rather the ‘Steel Bonnets’ Reiver warriors.”

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/09/the-lakes-distillery-makes-history-with-steel-bonnets-blended-malt-whisky-english-whisky-news/

HISTORICAL LORDS OF THE ISLES CASTLE EXCAVATED IN ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIRST – Scotch Whisky News

Excavation at Dunyvaig Castle-min

HISTORICAL LORDS OF THE ISLES CASTLE EXCAVATED IN ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIRST 

One of Scotland’s earliest historical sites is to be explored for the very first time this month with an excavation of Dunyvaig Castle on Islay.

Archaeologists from across the UK have converged on Lagavulin Bay to take part in the ground-breaking project to uncover the history of the castle which was once a strong-hold of the Lords of the Isles, the chiefs of the Clan MacDonald, and is considered the most majestic archaeological monument on Islay.

The castle sits on a peninsula adjacent to Lagavulin Distillery and the excavation is being undertaken by Scottish charity Islay Heritage following a donation as part of the Lagavulin 200th Legacy fund.

After a year of planning, the excavation, which began yesterday (12 August) will assess the preservation and potential of underground structures and deposits and explore the surrounding landscape. This is the first step in what will be a long-term project to establish what life was like when Dunyvaig Castle was an operational fortress in the middle ages and the scene of renowned battles between the MacDonalds and the Campbells before being demolished in 1677.

An open evening for local residents around Lagavulin Bay and members of Islay Heritage was held on Friday (10 August) at Lagavulin Distillery providing an opportunity to meet the archaeologists and learn more about the plans for the excavation. This was followed by a public lecture about the project for the whole Islay community on the Saturday evening. A further event is planned for Thursday 30 August at Ramsay Halls, Port Ellen, where the archaeology team will share findings and results of the dig.

The project will see a team of 40 spend three weeks on the island, led by some of the best field archaeologists in the UK and with experts including geophysicists, archaeological scientists and palaeo-environmentalists to reconstruct the medieval landscape. The excavation will help train 30 university students in survey and excavation methods and Islay Heritage are hoping to secure additional funding to hold at least four more seasons of excavation up until 2023.

Professor Steve Mithen, Trustee of Islay Heritage, said: “The Dunyvaig excavation will be the flagship project of Islay Heritage, addressing key research questions, training the next generation of archaeologists for Scotland and making many contributions to the Islay Community. We are excited about finding what secrets remain hidden underground about this iconic monument.”

Dr Nick Morgan, Diageo Head of Whisky Outreach, who led the Lagavulin 200 Legacy project, said: “Islay is famous as the world’s greatest whisky island, but it is also one of Scotland’s most important historical locations and we are thrilled that the Lagavulin Legacy project has been able to support Islay Heritage in its mission to raise the island’s archaeological profile for both the local community and visitors to the island.

“This excavation at Dunyvaig Castle is the culmination of hard work and commitment from Islay Heritage, Lagavulin Distillery and the wider community. We’re looking forward to seeing what interesting discoveries will be uncovered over the next few weeks.”

Georgie Crawford, former Lagavulin Distillery Manager, who led the Lagavulin 200th anniversary project, added: “We have worked closely with Islay Heritage and the local community for a number of years to reach this point so it’s very exciting to see work officially start at Dunyvaig Castle. We’re very proud to see the legacy of Lagavulin’s 200th anniversary celebrations being realised just a short distance from the distillery.”

John Raven, Deputy Head of Casework at Historic Environment Scotland (HES), said: “We warmly welcome this innovative project to raise money to support Islay Heritage and its aims of raising the profile and condition of, and increasing access to, Islay’s spectacular and unique archaeology, history and culture.  It is a fantastic opportunity for heritage to make a greater contribution to the island’s economy.

“Dunyvaig Castle holds a deeply important place in Gaelic culture, and the excavations should help us better understand Medieval Gaelic culture and inform the castle’s conservation, so that it can be preserved and access opened up in the future.  We can’t wait to see the results.”

The Lagavulin 200th anniversary legacy funds were raised through the sale of a special bottling of a Lagavulin 1991 Single Malt Scotch Whisky cask which was carefully selected by the distillery team and Diageo Chief Executive Ivan Menezes. Just 522 bottles were put on sale, 521 of the bottles via a special ballot on The Whisky Exchange at a price of £1,494 – a price set to acknowledge the historic year of the first recorded distillation of Scotch Whisky – with bottle no.1 then auctioned by The Whisky Exchange, raising a further £8,395.

The Lagavulin Legacy project raised a total of £588,395 for local community causes on Islay. As well as Islay Heritage, these included the RSPB, Islay Festival Association, Islay Arts, Finlaggan Trust, McTaggart Cyber Café and Islay Jura Community Enterprises Limited for McTaggart Leisure Centre.

L-R Georgie Crawford, Professor Steve Mithen and Dr Nick Morgan at the excavation of Dunyvaig Castle-min

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About Lagavulin

Local records suggest that Lagavulin was already a centre of whisky production in the early 18th century. There had almost certainly been many other illicit stills before John Johnston founded the first legal distillery at Lagavulin Bay in 1816. As with all Scottish distilleries, it passed through the hands of different owners, including the celebrated Sir Peter Mackie, whose company became White Horse Distillers, forever associated with Lagavulin. White Horse joined The Distillers Company Ltd. (eventually Diageo) in 1927. In 1989, Lagavulin, now normally bottled at 16 years rather than the original 12, became one of the six Classic Malts of Scotland™. 

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, JεB, Buchanan’s, and Windsor 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 www.diageo.com. Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice.

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About Diageo in Scotland

  • Scotland is one of Diageo’s largest spirit supply centres responsible for producing nearly 50 million cases of leading brands of Scotch whisky and white spirits and over four million cases of Ready To Drink brands annually.
  • Around 85% of Diageo’s production in Scotland is sold overseas.
  • Diageo in Scotland currently employs around 3,500 people.
  • Diageo currently operates 28 malt distilleries and one grain distillery and has a 50 per cent share in a further grain distillery.
  • As well as engineering and technical support functions, there are extensive warehousing and packaging operations in Scotland and the company’s Scottish headquarters are in Edinburgh.

 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/08/historical-lords-of-the-isles-castle-excavated-in-archaeological-first-scotch-whisky-news/