GLEN GRANT: A SPECIAL BURNS NIGHT TASTING WITH DENNIS MALCOLM & JIM MURRAY

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GLEN GRANT: A SPECIAL BURNS NIGHT TASTING
WITH DENNIS MALCOLM JIM MURRAY

Friday 25 January
7.30pm-9pm
£35

Limited Spaces. Tickets on sale now.

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Glen Grant Master Distiller  Sir Dennis Malcolm, Whisky Bible author Jim Murray and a selection of their favourite drams – what more could you wish for this Burns Night?

Let Dennis Malcolm, the man behind the liquid, guide you through six of Glen Grant’s esteemed expressions. He’ll be joined by top whisky writer Jim Murray, who has awarded Glen Grant 18 Year Old the title of Scotch Whisky of the Year in his best-selling, annual Whisky Bible for the past three years.

We will end the evening with a QA session and a book signing.

“Once more the stunning Glen Grant 18 Year Old single malt carried the banner for Scotland, displaying Speyside Whisky in its most sparkling light.” – Jim Murray

THE LINE-UP

Glen Grant 10 Year Old
Glen Grant 12 Year Old
Glen Grant 18 Year Old
Whisky Bible 2019 ‘Second Finest Whisky in the World’
Whisky Bible 2017-2019 ‘Scotch Whisky of the Year’
Glen Grant 12 Year Old Non Chill Filtered
Glen Grant 170th Anniversary Limited Edition
Special Mystery Dram

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DENNIS MALCOLM

Dennis Malcolm is the multi-award winning Glen Grant master distiller and the curator of the distillery’s spirit. He has worked for Glen Grant for more than five decades, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the industry.

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JIM MURRAY

Jim Murray was one of the first full-time whisky writers and his Whisky Bible is the world’s biggest-selling and most influential annual whisky guide.

FRIDAY 25 JANUARY
7.30PM-9PM

£35

“O thou, my muse! Guid auld Scotch drink!” – Robert Burns

BOOK NOW

VENUE

THE WHISKY EXCHANGE FITZROVIA

90-92 GREAT PORTLAND STREET
LONDON
W1W 7NT

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/glen-grant-a-special-burns-night-tasting-with-dennis-malcolm-jim-murray/

GLEN GRANT: A SPECIAL BURNS NIGHT TASTING WITH DENNIS MALCOLM & JIM MURRAY

TWE1

GLEN GRANT: A SPECIAL BURNS NIGHT TASTING
WITH DENNIS MALCOLM JIM MURRAY

Friday 25 January
7.30pm-9pm
£35

Limited Spaces. Tickets on sale now.

BOOK NOW

Glen Grant Master Distiller  Sir Dennis Malcolm, Whisky Bible author Jim Murray and a selection of their favourite drams – what more could you wish for this Burns Night?

Let Dennis Malcolm, the man behind the liquid, guide you through six of Glen Grant’s esteemed expressions. He’ll be joined by top whisky writer Jim Murray, who has awarded Glen Grant 18 Year Old the title of Scotch Whisky of the Year in his best-selling, annual Whisky Bible for the past three years.

We will end the evening with a QA session and a book signing.

“Once more the stunning Glen Grant 18 Year Old single malt carried the banner for Scotland, displaying Speyside Whisky in its most sparkling light.” – Jim Murray

THE LINE-UP

Glen Grant 10 Year Old
Glen Grant 12 Year Old
Glen Grant 18 Year Old
Whisky Bible 2019 ‘Second Finest Whisky in the World’
Whisky Bible 2017-2019 ‘Scotch Whisky of the Year’
Glen Grant 12 Year Old Non Chill Filtered
Glen Grant 170th Anniversary Limited Edition
Special Mystery Dram

TWE2

DENNIS MALCOLM

Dennis Malcolm is the multi-award winning Glen Grant master distiller and the curator of the distillery’s spirit. He has worked for Glen Grant for more than five decades, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the industry.

TWE3

JIM MURRAY

Jim Murray was one of the first full-time whisky writers and his Whisky Bible is the world’s biggest-selling and most influential annual whisky guide.

FRIDAY 25 JANUARY
7.30PM-9PM

£35

“O thou, my muse! Guid auld Scotch drink!” – Robert Burns

BOOK NOW

VENUE

THE WHISKY EXCHANGE FITZROVIA

90-92 GREAT PORTLAND STREET
LONDON
W1W 7NT

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/glen-grant-a-special-burns-night-tasting-with-dennis-malcolm-jim-murray/

EVOLUTION OF THE JAMESON BOTTLE AND LABEL IS SET TO CONTINUE THE SUCCESS STORY OVER 50 YEARS ON – Irish Whiskey News

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EVOLUTION OF THE JAMESON BOTTLE AND LABEL

IS SET TO CONTINUE THE SUCCESS STORY OVER 50 YEARS ON

– First introduced in 1968, the new smooth pack contains the same triple-distilled Jameson that has made it the world’s No.1 Irish whiskey – 

Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, has unveiled an evolution of its iconic bottle and label design 50 years after it was first introduced. The refreshed look highlights the brand’s provenance, triple-distillation production method and premium quality cues to whiskey drinkers as it looks to strengthen its position as the world’s leading Irish whiskey.

Created by Stockholm’s Pond Design agency, the designs introduce a bold visual identity that has stand-out appeal and further drives differentiation in the dynamic Irish whiskey category. The bottle shape now features a tapered body and a more generous shoulder curve, while a distinctive embossed label ‘eyebrow’ and heel at the base make the bottle more tactile and memorable to hold. The distinctive green glass bottle and easy-to-pour neck remain in place, in line with feedback from market research among bartenders and Irish whiskey drinkers.

The refreshed label is printed on textured paper and reinterprets key elements of the design – most notably the Jameson family crest – while still retaining the most recognisable features to create a more timeless and cohesive look. Messaging on the bottle has been streamlined to emphasise the triple-distilled production method of Jameson, which crafts its renowned smooth taste, and its Irish provenance. The update is underpinned by a more vibrant colour palette designed to stand out and includes a brighter red cap and fresher greens and creams on the label.

The iconic green Jameson bottle that is known around the world today was first introduced in 1968, when bottling was brought in-house at the Bow Street Distillery as the era of whiskey bonding came to an end. The signature green, cream and maroon colours were inspired by the stained-glass panels in the doors of the historic distillery, installed in the late 19th Century by then Production Manager George Jameson, and can still be viewed at the Jameson Distillery Bow street today. Over the past 50 years, the bottle has evolved with the times but key elements such as the green glass, family crest and ship have remained in place to inspire new whiskey drinkers with the Jameson story.

The bottle is constructed using pressure sensitive label (PSL) technology at Irish Distillers’ Fox Geese bottling facility in Dublin – a new and more efficient process that allows for split labels to be applied to the glass bottles and a more premium finish. The new Jameson Irish Whiskey bottles will be available in Ireland from January 2019, and from the USA and other markets from March ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, and will be introduced across Jameson Caskmates, Jameson Black Barrel and Jameson Crested throughout the year.

Simon Fay, International Marketing Director for Jameson at Irish Distillers, commented: “Jameson Irish Whiskey is the world’s favourite Irish whiskey and is leading the renaissance within the category that we have seen over the past ten years. As such, we are committed to investing in the brand and we are confident that our new smooth pack, with the same triple distilled Irish whiskey inside is the winning combination to drive distinctiveness and relevance with whiskey drinkers and bartenders. With 29 years of consecutive of growth, our mission is to maintain momentum in key markets and accelerate growth and we believe that the subtle design evolution will help us to share the fearless spirit of Jameson with even more people around the world and continue the success story for many years to come.”

Notes 

About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson, our brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish whiskey. Jameson is the world’s fastest-growing Irish whiskey, experiencing 29 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 7.3m cases in 2018. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 80 of those experiencing double- or triple-digit growth.

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Power Son, John Jameson Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network. Since 2012, we have invested over €250m to double our production and bottling capacity to meet global demand for our products.

We employ over 600 people across our operations in Cork and Dublin. 

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of €8,987 million in FY18. 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, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,900 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 86 “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/2019/01/evolution-of-the-jameson-bottle-and-label-is-set-to-continue-the-success-story-over-50-years-on-irish-whiskey-news/

EVOLUTION OF THE JAMESON BOTTLE AND LABEL IS SET TO CONTINUE THE SUCCESS STORY OVER 50 YEARS ON – Irish Whiskey News

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EVOLUTION OF THE JAMESON BOTTLE AND LABEL

IS SET TO CONTINUE THE SUCCESS STORY OVER 50 YEARS ON

– First introduced in 1968, the new smooth pack contains the same triple-distilled Jameson that has made it the world’s No.1 Irish whiskey – 

Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, has unveiled an evolution of its iconic bottle and label design 50 years after it was first introduced. The refreshed look highlights the brand’s provenance, triple-distillation production method and premium quality cues to whiskey drinkers as it looks to strengthen its position as the world’s leading Irish whiskey.

Created by Stockholm’s Pond Design agency, the designs introduce a bold visual identity that has stand-out appeal and further drives differentiation in the dynamic Irish whiskey category. The bottle shape now features a tapered body and a more generous shoulder curve, while a distinctive embossed label ‘eyebrow’ and heel at the base make the bottle more tactile and memorable to hold. The distinctive green glass bottle and easy-to-pour neck remain in place, in line with feedback from market research among bartenders and Irish whiskey drinkers.

The refreshed label is printed on textured paper and reinterprets key elements of the design – most notably the Jameson family crest – while still retaining the most recognisable features to create a more timeless and cohesive look. Messaging on the bottle has been streamlined to emphasise the triple-distilled production method of Jameson, which crafts its renowned smooth taste, and its Irish provenance. The update is underpinned by a more vibrant colour palette designed to stand out and includes a brighter red cap and fresher greens and creams on the label.

The iconic green Jameson bottle that is known around the world today was first introduced in 1968, when bottling was brought in-house at the Bow Street Distillery as the era of whiskey bonding came to an end. The signature green, cream and maroon colours were inspired by the stained-glass panels in the doors of the historic distillery, installed in the late 19th Century by then Production Manager George Jameson, and can still be viewed at the Jameson Distillery Bow street today. Over the past 50 years, the bottle has evolved with the times but key elements such as the green glass, family crest and ship have remained in place to inspire new whiskey drinkers with the Jameson story.

The bottle is constructed using pressure sensitive label (PSL) technology at Irish Distillers’ Fox Geese bottling facility in Dublin – a new and more efficient process that allows for split labels to be applied to the glass bottles and a more premium finish. The new Jameson Irish Whiskey bottles will be available in Ireland from January 2019, and from the USA and other markets from March ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, and will be introduced across Jameson Caskmates, Jameson Black Barrel and Jameson Crested throughout the year.

Simon Fay, International Marketing Director for Jameson at Irish Distillers, commented: “Jameson Irish Whiskey is the world’s favourite Irish whiskey and is leading the renaissance within the category that we have seen over the past ten years. As such, we are committed to investing in the brand and we are confident that our new smooth pack, with the same triple distilled Irish whiskey inside is the winning combination to drive distinctiveness and relevance with whiskey drinkers and bartenders. With 29 years of consecutive of growth, our mission is to maintain momentum in key markets and accelerate growth and we believe that the subtle design evolution will help us to share the fearless spirit of Jameson with even more people around the world and continue the success story for many years to come.”

Notes 

About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson, our brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish whiskey. Jameson is the world’s fastest-growing Irish whiskey, experiencing 29 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 7.3m cases in 2018. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 80 of those experiencing double- or triple-digit growth.

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Power Son, John Jameson Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network. Since 2012, we have invested over €250m to double our production and bottling capacity to meet global demand for our products.

We employ over 600 people across our operations in Cork and Dublin. 

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of €8,987 million in FY18. 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, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,900 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 86 “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/2019/01/evolution-of-the-jameson-bottle-and-label-is-set-to-continue-the-success-story-over-50-years-on-irish-whiskey-news/

EVOLUTION OF THE JAMESON BOTTLE AND LABEL IS SET TO CONTINUE THE SUCCESS STORY OVER 50 YEARS ON – Irish Whiskey News

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EVOLUTION OF THE JAMESON BOTTLE AND LABEL

IS SET TO CONTINUE THE SUCCESS STORY OVER 50 YEARS ON

– First introduced in 1968, the new smooth pack contains the same triple-distilled Jameson that has made it the world’s No.1 Irish whiskey – 

Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, has unveiled an evolution of its iconic bottle and label design 50 years after it was first introduced. The refreshed look highlights the brand’s provenance, triple-distillation production method and premium quality cues to whiskey drinkers as it looks to strengthen its position as the world’s leading Irish whiskey.

Created by Stockholm’s Pond Design agency, the designs introduce a bold visual identity that has stand-out appeal and further drives differentiation in the dynamic Irish whiskey category. The bottle shape now features a tapered body and a more generous shoulder curve, while a distinctive embossed label ‘eyebrow’ and heel at the base make the bottle more tactile and memorable to hold. The distinctive green glass bottle and easy-to-pour neck remain in place, in line with feedback from market research among bartenders and Irish whiskey drinkers.

The refreshed label is printed on textured paper and reinterprets key elements of the design – most notably the Jameson family crest – while still retaining the most recognisable features to create a more timeless and cohesive look. Messaging on the bottle has been streamlined to emphasise the triple-distilled production method of Jameson, which crafts its renowned smooth taste, and its Irish provenance. The update is underpinned by a more vibrant colour palette designed to stand out and includes a brighter red cap and fresher greens and creams on the label.

The iconic green Jameson bottle that is known around the world today was first introduced in 1968, when bottling was brought in-house at the Bow Street Distillery as the era of whiskey bonding came to an end. The signature green, cream and maroon colours were inspired by the stained-glass panels in the doors of the historic distillery, installed in the late 19th Century by then Production Manager George Jameson, and can still be viewed at the Jameson Distillery Bow street today. Over the past 50 years, the bottle has evolved with the times but key elements such as the green glass, family crest and ship have remained in place to inspire new whiskey drinkers with the Jameson story.

The bottle is constructed using pressure sensitive label (PSL) technology at Irish Distillers’ Fox Geese bottling facility in Dublin – a new and more efficient process that allows for split labels to be applied to the glass bottles and a more premium finish. The new Jameson Irish Whiskey bottles will be available in Ireland from January 2019, and from the USA and other markets from March ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, and will be introduced across Jameson Caskmates, Jameson Black Barrel and Jameson Crested throughout the year.

Simon Fay, International Marketing Director for Jameson at Irish Distillers, commented: “Jameson Irish Whiskey is the world’s favourite Irish whiskey and is leading the renaissance within the category that we have seen over the past ten years. As such, we are committed to investing in the brand and we are confident that our new smooth pack, with the same triple distilled Irish whiskey inside is the winning combination to drive distinctiveness and relevance with whiskey drinkers and bartenders. With 29 years of consecutive of growth, our mission is to maintain momentum in key markets and accelerate growth and we believe that the subtle design evolution will help us to share the fearless spirit of Jameson with even more people around the world and continue the success story for many years to come.”

Notes 

About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson, our brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish whiskey. Jameson is the world’s fastest-growing Irish whiskey, experiencing 29 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 7.3m cases in 2018. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 80 of those experiencing double- or triple-digit growth.

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Power Son, John Jameson Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network. Since 2012, we have invested over €250m to double our production and bottling capacity to meet global demand for our products.

We employ over 600 people across our operations in Cork and Dublin. 

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of €8,987 million in FY18. 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, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,900 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 86 “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/2019/01/evolution-of-the-jameson-bottle-and-label-is-set-to-continue-the-success-story-over-50-years-on-irish-whiskey-news/

Glenrothes 18 Year Old

Glenrothes Soleo Collection

Glenrothes Soleo Collection

At the end of 2018, after they had been releasing vintage-based whiskies for exactly 25 years (later also ‘reserves’), The Glenrothes wiped this concept off the table and renewed its core range with… age statements.

The Soleo Collection as it is called (named after the process of sun-drying sherry grapes in Jerez), ranges from 10 to 25 years (including one NAS at higher strength). Also interesting is the fact that all expressions are entirely sherry matured. Close to 90% of all casks maturing at the distillery are ex-sherry and almost 70% are first-fill (seasoned) sherry casks.

We’re trying the Glenrothes 18 Year Old, the black bottle in the picture. Matured only in sherry seasoned casks, a high proportion first-fill and bottled at natural colour. Too bad they chose to go for 40% ABV for the base expressions and still a meagre 43% ABV for the 18 year-old and 25 year-old.

 

 

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(43%, OB 2018)

Nose: remarkably fresh, with juicy pears and oranges at the centre, alongside apricots and a hint of dried bananas. Quite sherbety with floral overtones. Vanilla cake. Almonds. Moderately grassy spices like ginger and clove. Nothing ground-breaking but really bright and appealing, less plump than the old products. Mouth: a lot drier now, with more overt wood influence. Clove, ginger, crushed peppercorns and oak char. Roasted nuts and leafy notes. Seville oranges. Still the distillery markers of toffee and buttery biscuits. Finish: medium, malty and spicy with some cinnamon and pepper.

This new 18 year-old started off really nice on the nose but became a tad oaky on the palate. Good depth though and a nice Rothes overall.

Score: 84/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/glenrothes/glenrothes-18-years/

7 deadly sins WHISKY tour, Northern Ireland….

 

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7 deadly sins WHISKY tour, Northern Ireland

Five days and nights in Belfast, a vibrant city with so much to see both in the city and surrounding areas, this is a tour Paul, Mark and Sean love to bits! Five days, five nights, seven deadly sins!

Day 1.  Welcome to Northern Ireland and the Country’s capital Belfast, where you  will stay for your duration of your tour. We start this morning  taking a tour of Belfast with some Game of Thrones locations en route, (quite different as your driver spent years as a soldier on the streets of the city during the troubles).  Free time to pub crawl in Belfast.  Your driver lives locally so knows the good spots in the city, overnight Belfast.

Day 2.  We head up the outstanding North Antrim Coast, visiting various Game of Thrones locations, such as Ballintoy Harbour which was the back drop for Theons return to the Iron Islands – and where the burning at the stakes was held on the beach, Portsteward Strand.  Early scenes of the Dothraki on horse back were filmed here, also the coast of Dorne, Downhill beach, which was the shores of dragonstone’s. The Dark hedges, which was the Kings road and one of the most requested locations to visit, were planted in the 18th century to impress visitors by the Stuart family.  Visit Cushendun Caves, where the red priestess Melisandre gave birth to the shadow creature.  See Larrybane Quarry, where Renly Baratheons camp in the storm lands and where the tournament in which Brienne of Tarth is introduced. Time for lunch in the Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy, it also has a GoT themed room and the fantastic door of thrones No6 to 10 carved from the trees of the Dark Hedges. There’s a a private dining room set in the world of GoT complete with banners and its’ own replica Iron Thrones.  We also visit Giants Causeway and Bushmills Distillery – In the small village of Bushmills, on the banks of the river you’ll find the oldest working distillery in Ireland, for over 400 years kept to the philosophy that hand crafting small batches is the way to produce beautifully smooth tasting Irish whiskey.  Matured in Sherry Casks is Paul’s favourite. Black Bush combines a high amount of malt whiskey matured in former Oloroso Sherry casks, with a sweet, batch-distilled grain whiskey. Return to Belfast where you stay overnight.

Day 3.  This morning we head down to Castle Ward, where in the opening scenes (season one), the 5 stark children and the bastard John Snow each adopt a Direwolf pup.  Get to meet real Direwolfs Odin and Thor and the chance to dress up in the costumes for photo ops.  Visit the castle where Bran falls from the window ledge in the winter fell courtyard and the cottage (aka) the Brothel of Winterfell. Then we drive to Echlinville Distillery – Northern Ireland’s first licensed distillery in over 125 years distilling its first spirit in 2013. Tours will be personally welcomed and guided through the process, from the barley arriving from the fields, to the maturation warehouse where the Angels are certainly enjoying their share. And after you have discovered the flavour, colour and mouthfeel of our spirits, relax and enjoy drinks of your choice in our bar. Tanks are also on this tour! Return to Belfast. Shall we blend tonight darling? https://whiskytours.scot/dunvilles-old-irish-whiskey

Day 4.  A drive south of the Border today, to the Great Northern Distillery  a private company owned by the Teeling Family, Jim Finn and David Hynes who between them established the Cooley Distillery and rebuilt the Kilbeggan Distillery before selling them in 2012. The Town of Dundalk has always been ideally suited to foster a distilling industry with access the purest water from the nearby Cooley Mountains. Since the late 1600’s brewing has been at the heart of Dundalk with breweries in the area. The Dundalk Distillery operated in the Town between 1708 and 1926. Two of the distillery buildings, the grain store and maltings, still exist and now house the County Museum and Dundalk Library. The Distillery operates two distinctive distilleries pot stills and columns that produce a diverse range of Irish whiskey spirit’s including grain, triple malt, double malt, peated malt and pot still whiskey. The distillery has a current capacity of 16 million litres of spirit with an opportunity to expand production. We spend some time down here in the Republic, with free time in Dundalk to experience the local pub scene. Back to Belfast.

Day 5. This morning a drive to Gosford Castle and park.  The castle has become known as the gloomy home of HouseTully. It was first seen in season 1 when Rob Stark executes Richard Karstark for treason and later used for season three’s gory Red Wedding in which several main characters were killed. Then a visit to Armagh to see the two main churches in the city situated on two hills, one Protestant and one Catholic.  Return to Belfast, your final night.

Whisky pubs we recommend in Belfast; The Harp Bar, incorporating the Dunville Swinging Diddy Lounges is decorated in plush red velvet fabrics and adorned with antique furnishings resonant with Victorian Belfast. Walls and cabinets feature rare memorabilia inspired by the building’s origins as a bonded warehouse – the headquarters of The Old Bushmills Distillery Company. Paul’s favourite Belfast bar.  The New Orpheus. The Orpheus: Ballroom of Romance has been a vision of Willie and Joanne Jack, alongside their late business partner and friend, Bruce Kirk. An extension to the Harp Bar on Hill Street Belfast, The New Orpheus is a stunning monument to one of Belfast’s lost architectural treasures, the Orpheus Ballroom, York Street (1932). The Dark Horse and you can enjoy some of the finest coffee and Suki tea served in Belfast. You can also appreciate the superb decor and special atmosphere with beautiful antique surroundings, furniture and artefacts from some of the city’s most famous hotels and buildings from bygone times – all providing a rare and unique glimpse of Belfast’s historical past…Nestled along a narrow, cobbled alleyway, The Duke offers a traditional Belfast welcome of craic, music and humour in contrast to the modern, fashionable establishments currently blowing into the surrounding streets.  All these bars are owned by rhe same people and, all within yards of eachother, but YOU MUST pay a visit here, in the midst of all the bars; The Friend at Hand is a unique whiskey off-licence combined with a mini museum charting the whiskey distilling history of Belfast. Browse and buy from the biggest collection of Irish Whiskeys available anywhere and get exclusive access to own brand 13yr old whiskeys. https://whiskytours.scot/seven-deadly-sins-whisky

Paul McLean

Your Host Paul Mclean

Some further reading  https://whiskytours.scot/whisky-or-whiskey

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/7-deadly-sins-whisky-tour-northern-ireland/

10 Year Old Single Cask Whisky at The Inverurie Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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Aberdeenshire Whisky Embassy

Packed full of Events, Offers and Unique Whiskies this is a must for all North East Whisky fans! Membership also includes an Exclusive

Inver

10 Year Old Single Cask Whisky

from a well known Island Distillery….

Whisky just got AWEsome!

TAKE A LOOK

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/10-year-old-single-cask-whisky-at-the-inverurie-whisky-shop-scotch-whisky-news/

Imperial 23 Year Old 1995 Cask #4191 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

TWB Imperial

Imperial
23 Year Old 1995
Cask #4191
$211.30

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Imperial 23 Year Old 1995 vintage Speyside single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask bourbon barrel #4191 of the lost distillery. Selected and bottled October 2018 by Morrison MacKay exclusively for The Whisky Barrel. Just 42 numbered bottles. Maximum 1 bottle per customer.

Imperial Distillery was designed by Charles C. Doig and established in 1897 by Thomas Mackenzie at Carron in the heart of the Speyside whiskey region. Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and a huge golden crown was placed upon the pagoda roof of one of Imperial Distillery’s two malt kilns to commemorate the occasion. Imperial Distillery was equipped with four huge stills but closed in 1998 and was demolished in 2013. A new distillery called Dalmunach has been built on the site and opened in 2015. Independent releases of Imperial malt whiskey feature in the Signatory Vintage ranges and those of Gordon MacPhail.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/imperial-23-year-old-1995-cask-4191-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/

Add a flight from Oban to your tour to Islay……….

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Add a flight from Oban to your tour to Islay 

Oban Airport is the perfect place to take off from on your west coast island adventure. The airports of Coll, Colonsay, Tiree and Islay are typically around 30 minutes flying time away. Hebridean Air offer several connections each week to the Isles – typical flight times are around half an hour – making it easy to spend a day exploring, just sit back and enjoy the view. They fly to Coll and Tiree on Mondays and Wednesdays and Islay and Colonsay on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  We have designed a few sample tours, to add on to your longer tour with us … we do everything for you, transfers, accommodation, entry fees and bookings, even food and drink – all fully guided.

Oban – Islay; an easy way to add a few days on whisky island to your whisky tour. After, or in the middle, end of your tour with us, why not add two nights on Islay? Day 1  Leave Oban on Tuesday and spend the remainder of the day exploring Islay, with a driver and vehicle meeting you at Islay airport, then whisking you away to take a distillery or two (Laphroaig, Lagavulin or Ardbeg) . Overnight; we have a variety of accommodations from rooms in a pub to 4 star. Enjoy the night.

Day 2 We start after breakfast with a visit to an oyster farm, on a loch.  This privately owned family business, will chat to you about their work, where the oysters go, before giving samples – our favourite is a freshly opened oyster with a wee dram of whisky poured into the shell. From here to Bruichladdich for either a tour or just taste and shopping. Along to a wee place we know for lunch, many options here including over 250 whiskies behind the bar! We then head up to Bunnahabhain and Caol Ila – tour or dram, up to you. Head back to your accommodation for a final night – make it a good one, do you like seafood? Care to spend on a platter for two? We can pre book this for you – it is superb.

Day 3  A 15.50 flight back to Oban so you have time for more Islay whisky! Arriving back in Oban approx. 16.30, we meet you and drive to your next destination; Oban or a longer tour with us.

We would suggest if adding this to a longer tour, bring an small piece of luggage to last you the 3 days from Oban and return, leaving your larger luggage in Oban. Price on application:  paul@mcleanscotland.co.uk

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/add-a-flight-from-oban-to-your-tour-to-islay/