GlenDronach Single Malt Scotch Zoom Tasting at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

Thursday, May 14th 5:30PM:

GlenDronach Single Malt Scotch 

presented by Rory Glasgow

Established in 1826, Highland distillery GlenDronach was one of the very first licensed distilleries in Scotland. The award-winning GlenDronach range marries the best of Highland and Spanish skill and heritage to offer whiskies of elegant, complex character and tremendous depth of taste. Masters of Sherry Maturation, Glendronach scotches are recognized for their deep color and rich flavor profiles, ranging from sweet fruity Pedro Ximenez sourced single malts, to the dry and nutty Olorosso expressions.

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Tasting experiences are held over Zoom and allow a limited number of participants, so please do not wait until the last minute to reserve your ticket! After purchasing and shortly before the tasting, an email will be sent to you with instructions to access the tasting via Zoom.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/glendronach-single-malt-scotch-zoom-tasting-at-the-whisky-shop-scotch-whisky-news/

Introducing WhistlePig HomeStock Whiskey Created by WhistlePig Whiskey In Collaboration with Flaviar – Whiskey News

Introducing WhistlePig HomeStock Whiskey Created by WhistlePig Whiskey In Collaboration with Flaviar

Blended Together, While Apart

Limited edition WhistlePig expression crowd-blended by whiskey lovers during lock down released to raise money for U.S. Bartenders 

[May 11, 2020]: Shoreham, Vermont. WhistlePig Rye Whiskey is pleased to announce the introduction of WhistlePig HomeStock Whiskey, a whiskey blended together, while apart.  The limited edition whiskey was created via a virtual crowd blending experience in collaboration with Flaviar, a leading online spirits club. WhistlePig will donate 20% of online sales via Flaviar Caskers from HomeStock to the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) Foundation’s Emergency Assistance Program, which provides COVID-19 Relief Grants to bartenders. HomeStock is the first variant from WhistlePig’s award-winning portfolio that stretches outside of the Rye category, also using Wheat and Barley whiskeys.

WhistlePig HomeStock Whiskey is a result of an innovative, multi-faceted immersive crowd-blending experience designed to lift spirits and raise vital funds for the U.S. bar industry community. The collaboration between WhistlePig Flaviar and the entrepreneurial nature of both companies ensured this concept went from idea to reality in just a matter of weeks. An engaging exclusive content program was created and hundreds of WhistlePig ‘Blend Your Own’ whiskey kits were dispatched to a combination of Flaviar’s membership of whiskey enthusiasts and industry professionals, who were asked to experiment at home before submitting their preferred recipe. The at home blending kits included samples of WhistlePig Rye, wheat and barley whiskeys, along with blending tools and instructions, were universally welcomed by whiskey lovers stuck indoors.

Pete Lynch, WhistlePig’s Master Blender, is no stranger to crowd-blending, which has formed the basis of WhistlePig’s award-winning FarmStock range, but he would usually host sessions around the country in person. Adjusting to the times, he shared his expertise via a video from the WhistlePig Farm and distillery in Vermont and written instructions. With the submissions received, Lynch analyzed the data and determined the three most popular styles of whiskey submitted.

Thousands of consumers tuned in to Flaviar’s social media pages to take part in a live blending session, hosted on April 28 by spirits industry veteran, Dan Dunn and Lynch. During the live stream, all three whiskeys were blended, tasted and then voted upon to decide which should be bottled as WhistlePig HomeStock.

Despite over half of the submissions being Rye dominant, the surprise winner, with 44.1% of the votes on the night, was Blend Number 3, which involved 45% Rye, 30% Wheat and 25% Barley.

Jeff Kozak, CEO, WhistlePig Whiskey, adds “HomeStock is a truly special blend for us, not only due to how it was made but it’s the first time we’re releasing a whiskey that features something other than Rye. We’re thrilled that this blend got voted as the winner, it could be a sign of things to come from us in the future as a natural extension of our famed FarmStock range.”

Grisa Soba, Co-Founder of Flaviar, comments: “We’re going to be talking about this period in history for a long time, and what we all did to stave off cabin fever. Instead of saying they learnt how to make sourdough or banana bread like some kind of quarantine cliché, Flaviar members will be able to brag about learning to blend whiskey during lock down and being part of a piece of liquid history that they can now own and savor. Exclusive content and experiences like this have always been a big part of Flaviar and we’ve just taken it to another level.”

On the nose, HomeStock is sweet and fruity, with pipe tobacco, vanilla and orange vest.  Upon tasting, one will experience a big hit of baking spice with toffee, with nutmeg, roasted nuts, ripe berries and a great mouthfeel. The finish on HomeStock is long, spicy and lovely.

WhistlePig HomeStock Whiskey is now available for pre-order via Flaviar and Caskers, priced at $72.99 per 750ml.  

ABOUT WHISTLEPIG RYE WHISKEY

Founded in 2008, WhistlePig Rye Whiskey is the premier aged Rye whiskey, featuring the bold and often untapped flavor of Rye. WhistlePig Whiskey is leading a surge of innovation in the emerging field of North American whiskey. As the most decorated Rye whiskey – having received the coveted ‘Best in Show Whiskey’ title from the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, WhistlePig is widely viewed as the world’s finest Rye. With the opening of its distillery on its 500-acre Vermont farm in the fall of 2015, WhistlePig has also become one of the leading farm-to-bottle Rye whiskeys in the world. For additional information please visit whistlepigwhiskey.com. Please enjoy WhistlePig Rye Whiskey Responsibly.

ABOUT FLAVIAR

Founded in 2012, Flaviar is the world’s largest premium spirits club, with operations in the US and Europe. Flaviar offers a better way to experience fine spirits. Flaviar members enjoy a full suite of benefits including quarterly tasting boxes and full-size bottles sent directly to their home, invitations to exclusive spirits events, access to rare and original spirits available only to members, free shipping, over 200K member reviews and more.

Flaviar is here to help more people try more new things more often.

Flaviar membership is $300 per year, or $95 a quarter.

For more information visit www.flaviar.com

You’ve got to try this!

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/introducing-whistlepig-homestock-whiskey-created-by-whistlepig-whiskey-in-collaboration-with-flaviar-whiskey-news/

Dalmore 62 Year Old and a Collection of Samaroli ~ Open for Bidding from 14 to 28 May at Sotheby’s – Scotch Whisky News

 Exceptional Whiskies

Including the Dalmore 62 Year Old and a Collection of Samaroli

Distilled | Iconic Samaroli Dalmore 62

Samaroli Collection

The sale features an important Italian collection of Samaroli of a magnitude that is truly rare. Silvano Samaroli’s bottles are widely regarded as the greatest whiskies ever produced and as a result they are now extremely scarce. The most valued bottles, such as the Bowmore Bouquet and Laphroaig 67, are rarely seen more than once a year at auction. Comprising 55 bottles, the collection boasts three bottles of Bowmore Bouquet 1966 (estimated at £40,000-55,000 per bottle). The ultimate trophy for whisky collectors, Bowmore Bouquet is considered by many aficionados to be the greatest whisky ever bottled: listed #1 on Whiskybase.com’s list of the Top 1000 Whiskies, it has also received a staggering 98-point score from Serge Valentin, a well-known name on the whisky scene. Other highlights include Laphroaig 1967 (est. £24,000-30,000) and Ardbeg 1976 (est. £5,000-7,000).

The Dalmore 62 Year Old

The Dalmore 62 Year Old is one of the oldest whiskies to have been released from the Dalmore Distillery, with only 12 bottles made available. The sale will present Bottles #2, “The Mackenzie” and Bottle #5, “The Cromarty”, estimated at £75,000-100,000 per bottle.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/dalmore-62-year-old-and-a-collection-of-samaroli-open-for-bidding-from-14-to-28-may-at-sothebys-scotch-whisky-news/

IMPEX BEVERAGES WILL BRING THE GLENALLACHIE TO MORE WHISKY FANS ACROSS THE USA – Scotch Whisky News

Glenallachie Distillery.

IMPEX BEVERAGES WILL BRING THE GLENALLACHIE TO MORE WHISKY FANS ACROSS THE USA

The award-winning Speyside whisky company is teaming up with ImpEx Beverages to distribute its whiskies across the United States

The multi award-winning GlenAllachie Distillery is extending its reach across the USA with the news that it has appointed ImpEx Beverages as its new exclusive importer.

The appointment, which begins on May 1st, will see California-based ImpEx Beverages as the new exclusive US Importer for the brands and The GlenAllachie becoming available in more states in the US.

Through the new commercial relationship, The GlenAllachie Distillers Company core range of single malts and MacNair’s Lum Reek blended malt will be distributed into around 20 additional states including key markets such as Texas and Colorado. ImpEx has been importing and distributing whiskies and spirits across the US since 2008.

David Keir, Sales Marketing Director at GlenAllachie, said: “We’re very excited about this partnership with ImpEx who have many years of experience building brands and I’m looking forward to working with their team growing The GlenAllachie across the USA.”

Sam Filmus, President of ImpEx Beverages, noted: “We have been following The GlenAllachie for a long time and are thrilled to now be a part of its future success in the US Market.  The quality whiskies that Billy Walker and his team produce are a fantastic addition to our premium whisky portfolio.”

The news follows a sustained period of growth and success since Master Blender and entrepreneur Billy Walker and his team acquired The GlenAllachie Distillery in 2017 and formed The GlenAllachie Distillers Co

In March, Walker won the prestigious Icons of Whisky Global Master Blender / Distiller of the Year award at the Whisky Magazine Awards. At the same awards, the MacNair’s Lum Reek 21-year-old won World Whiskies Awards World’s Best Blended Malt. The GlenAllachie 10-year-old Cask Strength Batch 3 also won Best Scotch Speyside Single Malt.

In addition, The GlenAllachie also collected a remarkable hat-trick of Double Gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The prestigious Double Gold medals were awarded to the 12, 15, and 25-year-old Single Malts. MacNair’s Lum Reek Blended Malt Scotch 12-year-old won a Gold medal.

Prior to this, in September 2019, The GlenAllachie was voted Scottish Distillery of the Year at the inaugural Scottish Whisky Awards.

The GlenAllachie has a number of new products in the development pipeline, including a new batch of Wood Finishes, with the US release expected to be in early 2021. In May, its Visitor Centre also reaches its 1st Anniversary.

Notes 

The GlenAllachie Distillery, sitting in a 20-acre site in Speyside, was designed by William Delme-Evans – the architect behind Jura, Macduff and Tullibardine – and was built in 1968. It has four stills and, unusually, two separate spirit safes, one for each set of stills.

In 2008, a new chapter began for Sam Filmus, after years in the business captaining JVS Wines Import. With ImpEx Beverages, his vision was to import premium and rare Spirits from around the world, with special emphasis on the best of what Scotland has to offer.

Further information on the distillery and company can be found at www.theglenallachie.com

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MacNair’s Facebook – @macnairs

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ImpEx Twitter – @ImpExBev

ImpEx Instagram – @ ImpEx_Bev

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/impex-beverages-will-bring-the-glenallachie-to-more-whisky-fans-across-the-usa-scotch-whisky-news/

WhisQy – whisky in quarantaine – verslag

Ik beken: ik mis mijn tastings in de Ghelamco arena. Ik mis het contact met gelijkgezinden die samen een goed glas proeven en gezellig keuvelen over het vloeibare goud. Ik mis de grapjes, de late uren, het kameraadschap… maar met deze corona-crisis is het voorlopig niet mogelijk die nog te laten doorgaan.

En dus zat ik al snel te broeden op een alternatief. Lang duurde het niet of het idee om virtuele tastings te geven was geboren. WhisQy, met de Q van quarantaine, was al snel geboren. Ik plan een tasting, mensen schrijven zich in en krijgen de samples opgestuurd en op het afgesproken tijdstip komen we samen, zij het wel online. Via videostreaming. Moet kunnen.

Op donderdag 7 mei 2020 was het zover. WhisQy – Edition #1 – ‘Goodness, Gracious Grain!’. In deze tasting proefden we samen – zoals de naam al aangaf – niet minder dan 7 graanwhisky’s, waaronder drie van reeds gesloten distilleerderijen.

Ik was van mening dat ik me erg goed had voorbereid, had een paar testopnames gemaakt, een goed gestoffeerde PowerPoint presentatie opgesteld, alle technische do’s en don’ts van StreamYard doorgenomen, enfin… ik dacht dat ik er helemaal klaar voor was.

Tot ik donderdag 7 mei online ging.

Nu, pas op, niet dat het is misgelopen – ik kreeg heel veel positieve feedback – maar er waren toch een paar zaken die minder goed liepen als ik had gehoopt.

Zo kende de eerste editie voor sommige liefhebbers toch een beetje een valse start. En dat had alles te maken met het feit dat ze mijn live-stream niet onmiddellijk konden vinden.

Hij verscheen namelijk veel lager in mijn profiel op Facebook dan ik had gedacht. Ik had de tasting aangekondigd via StreamYard op 3 mei – dus 4 dagen op voorhand, wat me een goed idee leek – maar dat betekende blijkbaar dat de kijkers terug moesten scrollen naar die oorspronkelijke aankondiging. Tja… dat wist ik niet. En dus zat ik nog maar tien minuten in de uitzending toen mijn smartphone begon te zoemen en trillen. Ik had meteen begrepen dat er iets mis was. Volgende keer kondig ik het pas drie uur voor uitzending aan, zodat de post mooi bovenaan in mijn profiel te vinden is. Tip: je kan ook op mijn profiel naar mijn videos zoeken. Daar verschijnt die namelijk ook onmiddellijk.

Het volgende probleem was het feit dat mijn beeld, ondanks aangesloten op 4G, te vaak vastliep (alvast naar mijn gading). Nu is het wel zo dat in deze lockdown social media en vooral streaming diensten nooit eerder gezien verbruik kennen. Toch denk ik dat het de volgende keer beter zal gaan, want dan zal ik rechtstreeks met de router verbonden zijn en mag zoonlief een boek lezen in plaats van te gamen (yeah, right…). En nog was ik niet aan het eind van mijn zorgen.

Om de boel gezellig interactief te maken, konden jullie commentaren op Facebook zetten die ik dan live zou kunnen volgen en zelfs op het scherm laten verschijnen. Dat lukte maar niet. Ik dacht alle settings juist gezet te hebben. Maar ze kwamen niet door. Vrouwlief wees me er op dat jullie wel degelijk massaal reageerden. Maar ik zag niets binnenkomen. U begrijpt dat mijn bloeddruk ondertussen al een beetje begon te stijgen, nietwaar?

Tijdens de pauze ging ik naarstig op zoek naar die settings… om vast te stellen dat ze allemaal correct stonden! Miljaarde… wat nu? Te mijner verdediging: achteraf via StreamYard vernomen dat Facebook op die dag problemen had om commentaar op te laden. Het lag dus niet aan mij, niet aan u en niet aan StreamYard. Het was een bug op de smoelenboek. Daar zijn we vet mee, natuurlijk. Naar het schijnt zou het ondertussen opgelost moeten zijn. Fingers crossed (lees: ik ga toch nog eens testen alvorens weer live te gaan).

Gelukkig lukte het wel om enkele gasten in de studio te krijgen. Mijn goede vriend Manny had zo zijn eigen probleempjes. Op zijn laptop werkte wel de microfoon, maar de camera niet. Hij schakelde over op zijn smartphone en had nu wel beeld, maar geen klank. Ah, Manny… always good for a laugh. De andere gasten waren duidelijk zicht- en hoorbaar. Maar er verscheen ook een zekere ‘Lurker’, wiens camera ook niet aanstond. Bleek dat toch wel een trol te zijn, zeker. Tja, ik had – om het de kijkers makkelijk te maken – de URL naar de studio op het scherm gezet. Dan loop je inderdaad het risico zo’n flauwe grappenmaker op bezoek te krijgen. Geen ramp, ik smeet hem er onmiddellijk weer uit en noteerde in mijn post action report: laat enkel bezoekers toe die je kan zien en kent.

Het was wel mooi om vast te stellen dat we – ondanks het feit dat er maar 30 deelnemers waren (lees: 30 mensen die een setje hadden ontvangen) – meer kijkers hadden. Ondertussen heeft de video zelfs meer dan 400 views gekend. En ook tijdens de live-uitzending bleken enkele mensen uit de whisky industrie te zijn langsgekomen. Tof! Zo was Gordon Dundas (vroeger bij Auchentoshan, dan naar Glengoyne en nu nauw verbonden aan de herrezen Rosebank) online en reageerde blij verrast toen we onze laaste grain uitschonken: Port Dundas. Want inderdaad, hij is een afstammeling. Hij postte vrolijk: ‘Ah, the family distillery!’. De whisky die we proefden bleek dan ook nog eens bijzonder lekker te zijn.

Omdat de technische laagstandjes ervoor zorgden dat het minder interactief was dan gehoopt, moest ik zelf de twee uur volpraten. Niet dat ik daar veel moeite mee heb, maar ik was achteraf toch bekaf. Ongetwijfeld had dat ook met het stressniveau te maken dat ik beleefde omwille van het feit dat het niet 100% naar mijn goesting verliep.

Maar aan het van rit bleek iedereen zich toch geamuseerd te hebben, kreeg enkele toffe reacties en dat was toch een hart onder de riem. Met de feedback die ik kreeg, ging ik meteen aan de slag om de volgende uitzending nog beter te maken.

WhisQy – Edition #2 – ‘Kilchoman Kaleidoscope’ is gepland voor donderdag 28 mei, start om 20u. Het evenement staat ondertussen op mijn Facebook-pagina, dus u kan daar alle info vinden om in te schrijven, maar wacht niet te lang, want er zijn maar 30 setjes beschikbaar, natuurlijk. Maar het wordt een kanjer van een tasting met niet minder dan 8 Kilchoman op vatsterkte. En… enkele verrassingen. Maar daar kan ik nog niets over zeggen. Ah, ja… anders zou het geen verrassing zijn (doh!).

De line-up kan ik u alvast verklappen:

  1. Kilchoman Machir Bay 10th Anniversary Tour 2015 – 58.9%
    2. Kilchoman 4 Year Old 2009/2014 Original Cask Strength – 59.2%
    3. Kilchoman 3 Year Old 2007/2010 Fresh Bourbon Cask for Belgium – 62.4%
    4. Kilchoman 7 Year Old 2011/2019 Madeira Cask (Twin Cask Release) Prima Vinum – 56.2%
    5. Kilchoman 5 Year Old 2012/2017 Red Wine Matured Douro Valley Portugal – 50%
    6. Kilchoman 7 Year Old 2012/2019 Rum Finish Single Cask for The Nectar – 55.8%
    7. Kilchoman 3 Year Old 2011/2014 Port Cask Matured – 55%
    8. Kilchoman 12 Year Old 2006/2019 Single Sherry Cask Jeroen Koetsier – 55.3%

Ik hoop dat jullie over enkele weken weer mee zullen genieten van WhisQy, van uit uw kot!

May the Malt be with you!

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=6154

Hard To Find Whisky Distillery Focus: Ben Nevis – Scotch Whisky News

Founded in 1825 by “Long” John Macdonald, the whiskies were hugely popular in the 19th century, both as single malts and for blending. Now owned by Japanese distiller Nikka, Ben Nevis produces a range of single malts and blends that are held in high regard. Often matured in ex-Sherry casks, the whiskies are typically bold and robust with a rich, chewy texture.

BROWSE OUR FULL BEN NEVIS RANGE HERE

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/hard-to-find-whisky-distillery-focus-ben-nevis-scotch-whisky-news/

Willett 4 Year: A Can’t-Miss, Cult-Caliber Whiskey at K&L California – American Whiskey News

A Balanced and Beautiful Rye from a Heralded Kentucky Estate
Willett Family Estate 4 Year Old Cask Strength Kentucky Rye Whiskey (750ml) ($59.99)

NOTE: In accordance with local directives, our walk-in retail locations are currently closed. We have low cost and free delivery options available in ZIP codes where we can ship lawfully, including anywhere in California. We can also include any new or existing will call orders in your delivery batch. Choose local delivery at checkout to learn if you qualify.

Willett is one of the biggest names in American craft whiskey. Bottlings from this Kentucky estate always disappear in a flash and are coveted by collectors the world over. So it was only natural that when we were offered a 4-year cask strength expression from this prized distiller, we secured as much as we could. If you love a classic, well-balanced rye, then this is the bottle for you. The juice is distilled by Willett’s property just outside of Bardstown, so you know that quality will be second to none. As with all things Willett, it has all the drive and power you’ve come to expect while never sacrificing subtlety and nuance. At $60, this is a steal for a rye of this caliber making it an excellent candidate to add to your regular repertoire. Given the limited availability of this bottling, we don’t expect it to be around long. This is not an offer to sleep on.

Willett Family Estate 4 Year Old Cask Strength Kentucky Rye Whiskey (750ml) ($59.99)

The flagship, own-distilled rye from Willett Family is handcrafted by our good friends outside of Bardstown. The batches are tiny and have become extremely limited releases. Each batch is bottled at cask strength without chill filtration. Here are tasting notes from Bill Thomas of the Jack Rose Dining Saloon from a recent batch: “The barrels that went into this small batch combined to make an amazing drinker. Nose: Beautiful layering of brandied cherry over a mildly tart cherry. It opens up with time and is reminiscent of cutting into your dessert with your fork which releases cinnamon and baking spices with just a hint of oak to remind you that this is high proof youthful. Palate: A robust rye with dark cherry, burnt vanilla, and spices for days. It’s a delicious rye with a weighty mouthfeel. Balance: It’s insanely well balanced with the alcohol so perfectly integrated at 115 proof you’ll forget it’s there, but you’ll find yourself smiling more and happier with each dram. Finish: the finish is long and the spices dominate this batch, while the cherry does punch its way through to the surface.” Batches are not numbered and are distinguished only by their proof. For that reason we are unable to provide details on the batch proof or number in advance.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/willett-4-year-a-cant-miss-cult-caliber-whiskey-at-kl-california-american-whiskey-news/

Bimber Klub: a whisky experience that lasts a lifetime – English Whisky News

Bimber Klub: a whisky experience that lasts a lifetime

London’s award-winning Bimber Distillery today announced the opening of ‘Bimber Klub’, a new membership option that provides a lifetime of whisky experiences for the growing number of Bimber enthusiasts.

A one-off £40 membership grants Klub members a variety of benefits, including:

 A welcome pack containing branded glasses and single malt miniatures
 Access to limited edition Klub-only releases
 Exclusive Klub member events
 A free annual distillery tour and tasting
 Ability to join tasting panels to select future releases
 A quarterly newsletter which includes advance notice of all official Bimber releases
 10% discount on all online purchases

Speaking of the launch, distillery spokesperson Matt McKay said: “We’re incredibly grateful for the depth and breadth of support that the whisky community has shown us.

Following the sale of the final space of our Founder’s Club in January, we knew we wanted to continue to offer enthusiasts unforgettable, behind-the-scenes access to our distillery. We’ve created Bimber Klub to provide a lifetime of experiences for those who share our passion for craft single malt whisky.

Klub members will have exclusive access to a range of new Bimber whiskies. As well as continuing to develop and release our stock of exceptional single casks we’re also looking at laying down a small number of unique casks – from fortified wines to ex-beer casks. As we continue to assess the versatility of our spirit, it’s our Klub members who will be the first to join us and explore these unique expressions.”

Notes

Bimber Klub
Membership of Bimber Klub will be open from 13th May 2020 and costs a one-off £40 joining fee. Full details of the package can be found HERE We will be dispatching Bimber Klub membership packs as soon as international supply chains improve and it is judged safe for our staff to return to work.

About Bimber
Bimber Distillery produces world-class single malt whisky, handcrafted with passion in West London. As a leading distiller of English whisky, we combine generations of rich distilling heritage, with the finest quality ingredients to create the ultimate craft whisky experience.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/bimber-klub-a-whisky-experience-that-lasts-a-lifetime-english-whisky-news/

THE BALVENIE UNVEILS NEW EXPRESSION TO JOIN THE CELEBRATED STORIES COLLECTION – Scotch Whisky News

THE BALVENIE UNVEILS NEW EXPRESSION TO JOIN THE CELEBRATED STORIES COLLECTION 

  • A new whisky from The Balvenie, The Edge of Burnhead Wood 19-Year-Old, will be released on 1st May 2020 and joins The Balvenie Stories collection, first launched by the distillery in May 2019
  • The latest whisky tells a tale of exploration and craft, culminating in the first ever expression of The Balvenie made entirely from ingredients grown on its Dufftown estate
  • The Edge of Burnhead Wood is a delicately fruity and fragrant expression of The Balvenie, crafted with heather
  • The Balvenie Stories collection celebrates human stories of endeavour and unexpected twists, as told by its craftsmen at the distillery in Dufftown, Scotland
  • Drinkers can listen to the story behind the creation of The Edge of Burnhead Wood, as well as the three other expressions in the collection, via a specially recorded podcast series by the curators of the liquid at here

Today The Balvenie announces the release of The Edge of Burnhead Wood 19-Year-Old, the latest addition to the coveted Balvenie Stories range — a collection of single malt whiskies representing tales of character, endeavour and generational knowledge gathered at The Balvenie Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. The expression brings the total number of bottles in the Stories range to four, joining The Sweet Toast of American Oak 12-Year-Old, A Week of Peat 14-Year-Old and A Day of Dark Barley 26-Year-Old. Each liquid brings to life a distinct narrative of the human touch, skill, and emotion behind every liquid produced by The Balvenie.

Inspired by the fragrant, heather-cloaked highlands which surround The Balvenie Distillery, The Edge of Burnhead Wood celebrates the pastoral tale of how The Balvenie craftsmen experimented with the distillery’s natural resources to find the perfect match between fresh heather and barley.  The expression, which is made from locally sourced ingredients found in the distillery grounds — home-grown barley malted at The Balvenie Maltings, water from the Convel hills, and fresh heather from Burnhead Wood — retains the familiar robust Balvenie taste, with a delicate fruitiness, as well as notes of light spice and juicy fruits. A balanced honeyed sweetness and spicy outburst with hints of cloves and caramelised baked dates develops to reveal an underlying oaky dryness, whilst a lingering oaky finish features notes of fragrant dried blossom.

Commenting on the release of The Edge of Burnhead Wood The Balvenie Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE says: “Stories are the lifeblood of The Balvenie Distillery and are deeply embedded in all the work that we do. The story behind The Edge of Burnhead Wood captures the majestic Speyside landscape and the inventive essence of The Balvenie’s loyal and determined craftspeople. In this way, The Edge of Burnhead Wood sums up the spirit of the work carried out at The Balvenie Distillery; The Balvenie remains true to the techniques and stories passed down by its craftsmen from generation to generation, while also looking forward by exploring new techniques, flavours and marriages to develop unique and original Balvenie expressions.”

Drinkers can hear the story of The Edge of Burnhead Wood via a specially recorded podcast series, featuring the craftsmen behind the expression, as well as The Balvenie Global Ambassador Gemma Paterson and Malt Master David C. Stewart. This podcast will be available at Burnheadwood.com and on Spotify, and can be accessed by scanning a QR code on the bottle with a Smartphone.

Storytelling is carried through every aspect of The Edge of Burnhead Wood with its tale depicted on the whisky’s packaging in a bespoke illustration from British artist and printmaker Andy Lovell. Andy’s work, which draws its inspiration direct from the distillery, can also been seen across the labels for the entire Balvenie Stories range. It uses bold, hand-made gestural marks to build up images that capture the evocative light and atmosphere of the distillery’s landscape. The texture and tactility of Andy’s work emphasises the importance of the human hand in the production of The Balvenie whiskies and the spontaneity and life that comes from The Balvenie’s artisanal ways of working.

The Edge of Burnhead Wood 19-Year-Old will launch globally on 1st May 2020 and will be available in select whisky retailers, RRP £260.00

The entire Balvenie Stories collection is currently available in select whisky retailers, at the following prices; The Sweet Toast of American Oak 12-Year-Old (RRP £45.00), The Week of Peat 14-Year-Old (RRP £65.00) and A Day of Dark Barley 26-Year-Old (RRP £600.00).

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Stockists

The Edge of Burnhead Wood is available at Whisky retail specialists and prestige on-trade outlets nationwide. Stockists include The Whisky Shop, The Whisky Exchange, Master of Malt, Grapevines﷟ 

About audio content;

The recorded stories and guided whisky tasting content is available in podcast format, and hosted on the most popular podcast platforms, allowing for playback on home devices such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

About The Balvenie Stories;

The Edge of Burnhead Wood – Aged 19 Years – 48.7% ABV 

  • Tasting Notes:
    • Nose: Lively and vibrant, this Balvenie has notes of fig and geranium oil perfectly balanced with fresh herbal undertones reminiscent of green woodland.
  • Taste:Flavours of honey, cloves and caramelised baked dates are layered on top of delicate citrus and spice. The sweetness reveals an underlying oaky dryness.
  • Finish: Lingering, oaky, dried blossom.

May 2019 releases:

The Sweet Toast of American Oak – 12 –Year-Old – 43% ABV 

  • Tasting Notes:
    • Nose: Lusciously malty with some sweet fudge, followed by citrusy and oak vanilla aromas with layers of spicy oak notes of ginger and cinnamon.
  • Taste:Candied orange and lemon peel, vanilla toffee and butterscotch, layers of blossom honey, some melted brown sugar and oak spices at the end.
  • Finish: Rich and malty with gentle waves of oak vanilla and subtle spices.

The Week of Peat – 14-Year-Old – 48.3% ABV 

  • Tasting Notes:
  • Nose: Gentle sweet peat smoke, lighter floral notes and delicate butterscotch honey.
  • Taste: Velvety and round to taste with the peat smoke balancing citrus flavours, oaky vanilla and blossom honey.
  • Finish: Gentle smoke with a lingering and creamy vanilla sweetness.

A Day of Dark Barley – 26-Year-Old – 47.8% ABV

  • Tasting Notes:
  • Nose: Big malty notes, soft brown sugar, vanilla toffee, blossom honey and a mild oaky spiciness.
  • Taste: Syrupy with a toffee sweetness, some citrusy notes of tangy orange peel, followed by oak vanilla and a touch of cinnamon and ginger spices at the end.
  • Finish: Enduring gentle waves of vanilla and oak spices.

About The Balvenie: 

  • The Balvenie is a unique range of single malts created by David Stewart MBE. The Balvenie Malt Master was awarded an MBE for services to the Scotch whisky industry by Queen Elizabeth II in 2016. Each expression has a very individual taste, but is rich, luxuriously smooth and underpinned by the distinctively honeyed character of The Balvenie.
  • The Balvenie is dedicated to the five rare crafts that are used to create The Balvenie’s distinctive taste. It is the only distillery that still grows its own barley, uses traditional floor maltings and keeps both coppersmiths and coppers on site – making The Balvenie the most handcrafted of single malts.
  • The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky is produced by William Grant Sons Ltd, an award-winning independent family-owned distiller founded by William Grant in 1886 and today run by his direct descendants.
  • For further information on The Edge of Burnhead Wood and The Balvenie entire range, visit https://www.thebalvenie.com/.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/the-balvenie-unveils-new-expression-to-join-the-celebrated-stories-collection-scotch-whisky-news/

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 309: Scarabus Islay Single Malt – Scotch Whisky News

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 309: Scarabus Islay Single Malt

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky vlogger, tries another undisclosed Ileach. Hunter Laing Co, the company that runs the new Ardnahoe Distillery on Islay, jumped on the Feis Ile bandwagon in 2019 with the release of this single malt dubbed Scarabus. Mark will have you know there is a Scarrabus (with double ‘r’) Farm very close to Bridgend. Writings show that there was even a pot still there between 1817 and 1818, but apparently it was never operational. This still does not offer us any clue as to the contents of this bottle. But we can all agree, Mark feels, that the bottle looks stunning.

https://youtu.be/tNfBXk7m8MI

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/marks-whisky-ramblings-309-scarabus-islay-single-malt-scotch-whisky-news/