The Good Dram Show – Episode 266 ‘Mossburn Distillers’ – Scotch Whisky News

Chris Goodrum

The Good Dram Show – Episode 266 ‘Mossburn Distillers’ – This episode of the show is dedicated to the brand new independent bottling company Mossburn Distillers and a selection of their inaugural releases.

https://youtu.be/3d0g-3YaOIw

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/05/the-good-dram-show-episode-266-mossburn-distillers-scotch-whisky-news/

Glenmorangie and Ardbeg strike gold at two influential competitions – Scotch Whisky News

Distilleries’ single malt whiskies honoured with 15 golden accolades

Glenmorangie and Ardbeg single malt Scotch whiskies have triumphed at two prestigious industry competitions, winning a total of 15 gold or double-gold medals. This clutch of awards from the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), is a testament to the outstanding whiskies crafted at the Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Distilleries, owned by The Glenmorangie Company.

Glenmorangie, which has been creating its fine single malt whisky in the Highlands since 1843, won ten awards – five at each competition.

Its success at the SFWSC began with a prized double-gold medal for Glenmorangie Signet. Judges also honoured three of the Distillery’s core expressions – its signature single malt Glenmorangie Original won gold, alongside Glenmorangie Lasanta and Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or from the Extra-Matured Range. Glenmorangie 19 Years Old was also given gold. At the ISC, Glenmorangie Signet won further renown. It earned gold alongside Glenmorangie 18 Years Old, Glenmorangie The Tayne, Glenmorangie Spìos and Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1989.

Ardbeg, the world’s smokiest, peatiest Islay malt whisky, won five further prestigious accolades at the SFWSC. There were plaudits for all the Distillery’s permanent expressions, with Ardbeg Corryvreckan celebrated as Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch – No Age Statement. It was awarded a double-gold medal, alongside Ardbeg An Oa and Ardbeg Uigeadail, while Ardbeg Ten Years Old earned gold. The 2018 Ardbeg Committee Exclusive release of Ardbeg Grooves, released in February this year, was also handed a double-gold medal.

Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation Whisky Stocks for Glenmorangie and Ardbeg, said: “This haul of medals, from two such influential competitions, is a fitting reflection of the dedication with which all at Glenmorangie and Ardbeg pursue their craft – and the exceptional whiskies which result. I’m delighted that industry experts have again rewarded Glenmorangie Original’s smooth and rounded taste, alongside whiskies from the Extra-Matured Range and Glenmorangie Signet. It is inspiring to see Ardbeg’s untamed spirit commended, with awards for all the permanent expressions. Ardbeg Corryvreckan’s peaty, peppery character is undoubtedly worthy of the judges’ highest praise.”

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/05/glenmorangie-and-ardbeg-strike-gold-at-two-influential-competitions-scotch-whisky-news/

BARTON 1792 DISTILLERY TAKES HOME SIX AWARDS AT 2018 ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE – American Whiskey News

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BARTON 1792 DISTILLERY TAKES HOME SIX AWARDS

AT 2018 ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE

 BARDSTOWN, kENTUCKY (May 17, 2018) – Judges awarded six bourbons from Barton 1792 Distillery with high honors at the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, and named three to be “Great Values.”

Those awarded the distinction of “Excellent, Highly Recommended” were:

  • 1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1792 Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Very Old Barton 80 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Kentucky Tavern Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Awarded the distinction of “Very Good, Strong Recommendation” were:

  • Very Old Barton 90 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Zackariah Harris Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

1792 Small Batch and Kentucky Tavern were deemed to be “Great Values.”  Kentucky Tavern also earned the distinction of “Tried True.”

This competition, in its eighth year, is judged by a panel of the spirit industry’s most renowned judges including award-winning authors, buyers, journalists, educators and bar owners, who rate each spirit on a 100-point scale.

Complete results for the 2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge can be found at www.ultimate-beverage.com/usc2018results. 

About Barton 1792 Distillery

Barton 1792 Distillery is part of Barton Brands.  Barton Brands has facilities in Bardstown, Ky., Carson, Calif., and Baltimore, Md. Barton Brands is owned by the Sazerac Company, an American family-owned company based in New Orleans, La. Barton 1792 Distillery was established in 1879 and continues today as the oldest fully-operating Distillery in the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” The Distillery is located on 196 acres and includes 28 warehouses, 22 other buildings, the Morton Spring and the Tom Moore Spring.  Distilling, aging and bottling fine Bourbon whiskey are hallmarks of the historic Barton 1792 Distillery. 1792 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is produced at Barton 1792 Distillery. This whiskey is named for the year Kentucky became a state and is the recent gold medal winner at the 2017 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition. To learn more visit www.1792bourbon.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/05/barton-1792-distillery-takes-home-six-awards-at-2018-ultimate-spirits-challenge-american-whiskey-news/

Glen Scotia 2008 Port Cask 2018 Campbeltown Festival at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Glen Scotia 2008 Port Cask 2018 Campbeltown Festival

The 2018 Campbeltown Malts Festival begins this week but you don’t have to travel all the way to Argyll to enjoy the whiskies! Double matured in Ruby Port casks, this peated 2008 vintage expression from Glen Scotia distillery is in-stock and ready to go. Glen Scotia 2008 vintage Campbeltown single malt Scotch whiskey. Double matured in Port Casks, limited edition for the 2018 Campbeltown Malts Festival.

Buy – £49.63

Glen Scotia Distillery was established in 1832 in Campbeltown at the foot of the Kintyre Peninsular on the west coast of Scotland. Situated on the south side of Campbeltown’s High Street beside the lost Lochrin and Dalintober Distilleries where their rear walls were lapped by the tides of Campbeltown Loch. Glen Scotia Distillery is now one of only three whiskey distilleries in Campbeltown where a further thirty have come and gone. Both peated and un-peated malt whiskey are produced for its expanding range of single malt whiskies such as Glen Scotia Double Cask and the Glen Scotia 15 Year Old.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/05/glen-scotia-2008-port-cask-2018-campbeltown-festival-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/

Biggest single investment in Scotch whisky tourism launched by Diageo – Scotch Whisky News

Edinburgh has been chosen as the preferred location for the Johnnie Walker investment because of the capital’s particularly strong tourism growth, with the city already being home to some of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK.

The building in Edinburgh will become a new hub for Diageo’s business in Scotland linking to wider social investment and creating opportunities in the hospitality sector for young unemployed people, through increased investment in the company’s Learning for Life programme. Diageo will also leverage its export and innovation expertise with the venue becoming a destination to mentor Scotland’s next generation of entrepreneurs and exporters.

Diageo chief executive, Ivan Menezes, said: “Scotch is at the heart of Diageo, and this new investment reinforces our ongoing commitment to growing our Scotch whisky brands and supporting Scotland’s tourism industry. For decades to come our distilleries will play a big role in attracting more international visitors to Scotland. I am also delighted we will be able to bring our knowledge and expertise to help the next generation, through mentor programmes and skills training.”

Welcoming the investment, First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, said: “This significant investment will not only help attract more tourists to Scotland, offering world class visitor experiences, but it also underlines the fundamental importance of the whisky sector to Scotland’s economy. Last week, I launched Scotland is Now, a new campaign that will put Scotland in the international spotlight and showcase the country’s world-leading assets, such as whisky, to a global audience. Today’s announcement highlights to the world that Scotland is a leading destination for tourists and business investors.”

Scottish Secretary David Mundell said: “Whisky is hugely important to Scotland’s economy, it is not just our biggest export, but an iconic product which draws visitors here from around the world. The UK Government is wholehearted in its support for the industry – we froze duty rates again at the last Budget, and are determined to open up new markets around the world as we leave the EU. I welcome Diageo’s major new investment. It is hugely exciting, not just for Scotland but for whisky drinkers around the world who want to learn more about the history and traditions of our national drink.”

David Cutter, Chairman of Diageo in Scotland said, “Over the past six years we have invested over £1billion in building our Scotch whisky production infrastructure to grow exports of Scotch around the world. With this new investment, we turn our focus to bringing the world to Scotland. This will not only build the Scotch whisky industry it will bring economic benefits to communities throughout Scotland.”

Cristina Diezhandino, Diageo Global Scotch Whisky Director said, “Scotch is the world’s favourite whisky and Scotland is the greatest distilling nation on earth. New generations of consumers around the world are falling in love with Scotch and they want to experience it in the place where it is made and meet the people who make it. This investment will ensure that the people we attract to Scotland from around the world go home as life-long ambassadors for Scotch and for Scotland.”

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/05/biggest-single-investment-in-scotch-whisky-tourism-launched-by-diageo-scotch-whisky-news/

Johnnie Walker launches Johnnie Walker Black Label The Jane Walker Edition- Scotch Whisky News

New York, NY (February 26, 2018) — Johnnie Walker is proud to unveil Jane Walker, the first-ever female iteration of the brand’s iconic Striding Man logo. The Jane Walker icon will debut on a special-edition offering of our award-winning Black Label blend. Johnnie Walker Black Label The Jane Walker Edition will be available to whisky fans nationwide beginning in March to coincide with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day celebrations.

For more than a century, the Striding Man has been a Johnnie Walker icon and an important part of the brand’s history. While his look has had subtle changes over the years, he has always conveyed the brand’s unique point of view and symbolized moving forward. As a brand that has stood for progress for nearly 200 years, Johnnie Walker is proud to take this next step forward by introducing Jane Walker as another symbol of the brand’s commitment to progress.

Women have played a significant role in the brand’s history dating back to 1893, when John Walker Sons purchased the Cardhu distillery from Elizabeth Cumming. Cardhu is one of the single malts that comprises Johnnie Walker Black Label and is considered the heartbeat of the blend. Elizabeth Walker, the wife of founder John Walker, was also fundamental to the creation of their own blended whisky, working alongside John and their son Alexander in the original Walker grocery shop. Today, nearly 50% of the brand’s 12 expert blenders are women, with female leadership across marketing and C-Level executives.

“Important conversations about gender continue to be at the forefront of culture and we strongly believe there is no better time than now to introduce our Jane Walker icon and contribute to pioneering organizations that share our mission,” commented Stephanie Jacoby, Vice President of Johnnie Walker. “We are proud to toast the many achievements of women and everyone on the journey towards progress in gender equality.”

To support this effort as part of Keep Walking America, Johnnie Walker will be donating $1 for every bottle of the Jane Walker Edition made to organizations championing women’s causes, with a total donation of up to $250,000. One organization Johnnie Walker will be supporting is Monumental Women, a nonprofit dedicated to creating a monument honoring America’s women suffragists in New York City’s Central Park, where there are 23 statues of historical figures but not one honoring a real woman. Johnnie Walker is proud to partner with this incredible organization on a historic initiative that will make public representations of important women and people of all backgrounds a reality in the future.

“We are here to move history forward. Our project honors Stanton and Anthony as well as all the women who fought for the largest nonviolent revolution in the history of this nation, when over half the population won the right to vote. It’s an instant history lesson. But most of all, it’s about completing the journeys toward justice of the valiant women who came before us and achieving the full equality for women that they were denied. Monumental change is coming. We thank Johnnie Walker for their support and recognizing the importance of Women’s History,” said Pam Elam, President, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund and its Monumental Women Campaign.

The introduction of the first-ever female brand icon and the Jane Walker Edition bottle represent Johnnie Walker’s commitment to inspire and champion the diverse communities moving our country forward. In addition to celebrating historic female figures through the Monumental Women partnership, Johnnie Walker will also celebrate the next generation of female leaders by donating a portion of Jane Walker Edition proceeds to She Should Run, who are dedicated to inspiring women to run for office.

Johnnie Walker Black Label The Jane Walker Edition will be available nationwide starting March 2018 wherever fine spirits are sold, with a suggested retail price of $34.00 (750 ml/bottle, 40% ABV). For more information, please visit WalkWithJane.com.

This article is posted on Whisky Intelligence as a matter of interest, the original publication date was much earlier in 2018 ~ WI

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/05/johnnie-walker-launches-johnnie-walker-black-label-the-jane-walker-edition-scotch-whisky-news/

Port Askaig 14 Years

Released this week, Port Askaig 14 Year Old Bourbon Cask is a new bottling from a distillery in the north-east corner of Islay, better known for its unpeated whisky. Sounds like Bunnahabhain to me.

It is peated, distilled in 2004 and as always it is a limited release, composed from 11 first-fill bourbon casks (Port Askaig batches are never bigger than 40 casks).

 

 

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Nose: quite bright and orchardy, think juicy lemons, stewed pears and apples. Hints of lager and coastal notes (sea spray, shells on the beach). Ink and gentle peat which works nicely alongside the bright fruits. Mouth: smoky and earthy, showing plum sweetness and crème brûlée before moving towards crushed peppercorns and a charred, slightly acrid note. Malty notes, mild peat, all-spice. Slightly less balanced than on the nose. Finish: long, with salted caramel and brandy poached pear.

Sometimes I have difficulties with peated (Moine) Bunnahabhain, especially when they release it with an unnecessary wine finish. This bourbon version is gentle, fruity, and really sparkles. Around € 80 from The Whisky Exchange.

Score: 86/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/bunnahabhain/port-askaig-14-years/

Benromach 20th Anniversary Prize Draw – Scotch Whisky News

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To celebrate Benromach’s 20th anniversary, Benromach have been running an exciting prize draw on Instagram, asking fellow Benromach lovers to post their favourite Benromach photo memory using the #benromachmemories hashtag.

Have you toasted a special date with a dram of Benromach? Given a bottle to a loved one to show them you care? Maybe you’ve visited Benromach in Forres and spent time with the distillers, learning the traditional, time honoured techniques they employ to handcraft every dram. Whatever your Benromach memory, we can’t wait to see them.

The closing date for the competition is tomorrow at 2359hrs (BST) Friday 25th May

Entries will be judged by the Benromach Team and the winner will receive a bottle of Benromach 20th Anniversary Bottling worth £299 as their prize. Please note, if the winner and/or the runners up come from outside the UK, they will only receive their bottle/sample if they live in a country where Benromach has an official distributor. If the winner and/or runners up come from inside the UK, the bottle/sample will be sent out. Due to market allocation, this competition will exclude US consumers.

For more information and terms conditions, please visit: https://www.benromach.com/news/benromachmemories

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/05/benromach-20th-anniversary-prize-draw-scotch-whisky-news/

The Good Dram Show – Episode 265 ‘Anglo-Canadian Whiskies’ – Anglo Canadian News

Chris Goodrum

The Good Dram Show – Episode 265 ‘Anglo-Canadian Whiskies’ – This week’s episode of the show is an Anglo-Canadian episode featuring the English Whisky along with the Glenora distillery and Two Brewers Yukon single malt from Canada

https://youtu.be/4LGJ2PErolk

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/05/the-good-dram-show-episode-265-anglo-canadian-whiskies-anglo-canadian-news/

CASTLE STUART AND TOMATIN PRODUCE WINNING SHOT – Scotch Whisky News

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CASTLE STUART AND TOMATIN PRODUCE WINNING SHOT

Golfers always hope to pull a good shot out of the bag and a special edition collection will make it easier for them while playing at the internationally-renowned Castle Stuart Golf Links.

The four-time Scottish Open venue has partnered with world famous distillers Tomatin to produce a new set of miniatures featuring artwork of Castle Stuart and the course and Tomatin’s award-winning 12-year-old single malt.

The new dram has been launched ahead of World Whisky Day tomorrow (Saturday 19 May) and will be on sale at the course’s starter hut as well as in the clubhouse where Tomatin’s award-winning malts are prominent.

Stuart McColm, Castle Stuart’s general manager, said: “We are long-standing partners with Tomatin and it has always been our goal to get our own miniatures available for our visitors. They are a great addition to our bar offering and our ever- popular half-way pavilion as well as fantastic presents to take back from Castle Stuart.

“We are proud to be associated with such a celebrated brand which is a great ambassador for the Highlands and a natural partner for the golf industry.”

Stephen Bremner, sales director at Tomatin, said: “We are delighted to have been working with Castle Stuart on this local collaboration – with our long-established partnership, our premium brands are a natural fit. We have no doubt that the miniatures will be popular with golfers both on and off the course.”

Tomatin’s 12-year-old single malt received its fifth gold medal in a row at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition. The distillery’s 18-year-old single malt was also awarded ‘Double Gold’ for the fifth time.

Tomatin’s 36-year-old single malt, which is available in the Castle Stuart golf shop, was named Best Scotch at the same event last year.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/05/castle-stuart-and-tomatin-produce-winning-shot-scotch-whisky-news/