Robbie’s Whisky Merchants – Whisky An’A’That GLENCADAM Masterclass 2015 – Scotch Whisky News

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Robbie’s Whisky Merchants – Whisky An’A’That GLENCADAM Masterclass 2015

With less than two weeks to go until this years festival is launched we are releasing the last few Masterclass tickets.

Full details below.

A Masterclass Presented by

◦David Wilson Production Manager at Glencadam Distillery
◦On Sat 6th June at 12.30pm
◦Tickets £30.00 per person

We have decided this year to do only one Festival Masterclass and to this end we have chosen an excellent Distillery that is not always recognised as being mainstream, not every malt has to come from Islay or Speyside to be a brilliant dram.

Our guest presenting this wonderful Masterclass today is David Wilson, Glencadam Distillery Production Manager with 26 years’ experience in the whisky industry. David’s life in the whisky industry began at Loch Lomond distillers 20th February 1989. Working in all aspects of distillery life, filling, stowing, and movement of casks. In 1994 Loch Lomond built their own Grain Distillery making Loch Lomond the only unique distillery with a Grain and Malt Distillery on one site, a great place for David to develop further skills. In 2004 he joined Glencadam as Production Supervisor, during his first year at Glencadam he gained his I.B.D. (institute of brewing and distilling) qualification.

This is truly a unique chance to be tutored through the full range of ages and styles from this classic east coast Distillery. Also at this Masterclass we will have the world wide release of Glencadam 17 Year Old Ltd Edition Portwood, one not to be missed! Numbers are restricted and tickets will be sold on a first come basis.

To purchase your ticket simply visit www.robbieswhiskymerchants.com and enter Masterclass in the search box on the main page.

Telephone sales also available : 01292 284279

Regards Robin

Robbies

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2015/05/robbies-whisky-merchants-whisky-anathat-glencadam-masterclass-2015/

Green Award for Dalmunach – Scotch Whisky News

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Green Award for Dalmunach

Chivas Brothers is delighted to have won The Sustainability Award at The Drinks Business Green Awards last week.

The awards are the world’s largest programme to raise awareness of green issues in the drinks trade.

The Sustainability Award recognises the efforts made by one company to employ the most efficient and effective sustainable practices in their business, whether in the production facilities or in their agricultural practices.

The Judges took into account all aspects of production where waste management, recycling and sustainable practices have been improved in the last three years and more particularly in the last 12 months.

Chivas Brothers impressed the judging panel with its comprehensive analysis of its own sustainable practices, which the judges were able to see have been gaining momentum in recent years and in the last 12 months in particular.

The company was commended for increasing its material recovery levels at the organisation’s two bottling locations, rising from 86% in 2011-12 to 97% in 2013-14, and for achieving a 90% business recycling level.

The judges further commended Chivas Brothers for commissioning the replacement of heating, vacuum and air-conditioning controls in the drain and fill area to improve operational efficiency at their Kilmalid facility, and for replacing their fleet of Toyota hybrid vehicles with 10 Vauxhall Ampera electric cars in 2013.

The new Dalmunach Distillery also particularly impressed the judges for its design efficiency of 19MJ per litre, compared with the industry benchmark (Scotch Whisky Association) of 28MJ per litre for a distillery with a similar number of stills!

Huge congratulations to Ronald Daalmans, Environmental Sustainability Manager and his team at Chivas Brothers for all their expertise and hard work!

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2015/05/green-award-for-dalmunach-scotch-whisky-news/

Springbank 12 Year Old Port Pipe Matured at Milroy’s of Soho – Scotch Whisky News

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SPRINGBANK 12 YEAR OLD PORT PIPE

We’ll let you in on a little secret we’ve got quite a few exciting Boubons to announce next week, however, so as not to show bias, we thought it best that we announce some of our recent Scotch arrivals too. Of particular note is the stunning Springbank 12 year old, matured exclusively in a port pipe. Bizarrely it doesn’t have that classic red berry flavour profile you’d expect from a port cask, rather this is a light, estery Springbank bottled at cask strength. If this isn’t your thing then we’ve found a few other bits that have been hidden away!

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SPRINGBANK 12 YEAR OLD

2003 – PORT PIPE MATURED – 58.3% – £64.95

Premier family-owned Campbeltown distillers Springbank, have just released this single cask port pipe matured single malt. Only 696 bottles were yielded from the cask which has rested for 12 years until this April just gone. Expect estery notes of plum, rhubarb and gooseberry on the nose, with full bodied fruit on the palate with additional notes of spice and boiled sweets, finishing with that idiosyncratic smoky, oily Springbankness. This is one for those who enjoy the 15 year old but want it with a cask strength punch!

Milroy’s of Soho angus@milroys.co.uk

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2015/05/springbank-12-year-old-port-pipe-matured-at-milroys-of-soho-scotch-whisky-news/

The Glenturret 1986 Cask – A Rare Limited Edition Release from Scotland’s Oldest Distillery – Scotch Whisky News

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Delectable notes of honey, fresh orange peel, vanilla….

Limited Release Glenturret – The Brock Malloy Edition #Cask328  The Brock Malloy Edition #Cask328 has been described as one of the best malts ever produced at Scotland’s oldest working distillery.  Tradition reigns supreme at Glenturret where whisky is a genuinely handmade small batch product. By hand and by heart is the only way to produce Glenturret’s unique whisky and that is why the Brock Malloy Edition #Cask328 tastes so good!

Stuart Cassells, General Manager of The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery, said:

“Cask 328 has always been known to be special and I’m delighted we are able to give people the opportunity to purchase and taste this rare whisky.”

With delectable notes of honey, mellow oak, spiciness and ginger, you really need to try this special edition. Stuart and Neil were lucky enough to have a sample in the Glenturret bar; you can see what they make of it in this video

With over half the available bottles already gone, make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to add this rare whisky to your collection.

Priced at only £200 per bottle, you can purchase online here

Tasting Notes

Appearance – Deep burnished gold, clear and bright

Aroma – Old polished wood, fresh orange peel, walnuts with oranges and hint of jasmine when diluted

Taste – Honey, mellow oak, spicy (ginger) and vanilla

Finish – Medium sweet, good length with lingering spiciness

Buy your bottle TODAY.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2015/05/the-glenturret-1986-cask-a-rare-limited-edition-release-from-scotlands-oldest-distillery-scotch-whisky-news/

Robbie’s Whisky Merchants – Whisky An’A’That GLENCADAM Masterclass 2015

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Robbie’s Whisky Merchants – Whisky An’A’That GLENCADAM Masterclass 2015

With less than two weeks to go until this years festival is launched we are releasing the last few Masterclass tickets.

Full details below.

A Masterclass Presented by

◦David Wilson Production Manager at Glencadam Distillery
◦On Sat 6th June at 12.30pm
◦Tickets £30.00 per person

We have decided this year to do only one Festival Masterclass and to this end we have chosen an excellent Distillery that is not always recognised as being mainstream, not every malt has to come from Islay or Speyside to be a brilliant dram.

Our guest presenting this wonderful Masterclass today is David Wilson, Glencadam Distillery Production Manager with 26 years’ experience in the whisky industry. David’s life in the whisky industry began at Loch Lomond distillers 20th February 1989. Working in all aspects of distillery life, filling, stowing, and movement of casks. In 1994 Loch Lomond built their own Grain Distillery making Loch Lomond the only unique distillery with a Grain and Malt Distillery on one site, a great place for David to develop further skills. In 2004 he joined Glencadam as Production Supervisor, during his first year at Glencadam he gained his I.B.D. (institute of brewing and distilling) qualification.

This is truly a unique chance to be tutored through the full range of ages and styles from this classic east coast Distillery. Also at this Masterclass we will have the world wide release of Glencadam 17 Year Old Ltd Edition Portwood, one not to be missed! Numbers are restricted and tickets will be sold on a first come basis.

To purchase your ticket simply visit www.robbieswhiskymerchants.com and enter Masterclass in the search box on the main page.

Telephone sales also available : 01292 284279

Regards Robin

Robbies

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2015/05/robbies-whisky-merchants-whisky-anathat-glencadam-masterclass-2015/

Whisky L! Taiwan Kicks off Asia’s Whisky Festival Season! – Whisky News

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Whisky L! Taiwan kicks off Asia’s Whisky Festival season!

On the 15 16 August, Taipei will be kicking off what has now become Asia’s whisky festival season with Whisky L! Shanghai Beijing following in quick pursuit. Hosted at Taipei’s Grand Hyatt, the inaugural Whisky L! Taiwan promises to be in line with sister shows Shanghai Beijing set to attract leading whisky celebrities with a clear objective to deliver a fun, festive and educational experience.

With over five years of executing whisky festivals in Taiwan, show director Stephen Notman acknowledges the changes in market dynamics and the important action that needs to be taken by the industry to sustain continued growth for a further 3 – 5 years. “Taiwan is a remarkable market. Her growth and influence throughout Asia drinking trends is phenomenal. We are however entering an era where we as an industry requires to focus second phase whisky drinker recruitment into the category.” Notman continues “The Taiwan whisky market looks completely different to that of five years ago. New whisky drinkers entering into the category are now greeted with a greater variety but also a lot more releases that opt not to share an age indicator on the label. As an industry, we should be focusing on what is the distillers, blenders or independent bottlers philosophy towards each and every release.”

To assist the direction, positioning and evolution of the whisky conversations in Taiwan, The Whisky L! Committee consisting of Taiwan’s leading whisky authorities have been instrumental in the development of the show. To celebrate the inaugural show, the committee have selected the 2015 Limited Edition.

Fresh innovation to the whisky festival scene will see the establishment of the distillation zone headed up by leading international experts Neil Ridley and Joel Harrison. Such area will be focused on distillers new make spirit. With guided tours, master classes and live entertainment, Whisky L! promises to be an exciting experience for new to establish drinkers alike.

ROAD SHOW DATES:

WHISKY L! TAIWAN  – 15 16 August

Whisky L! BEIJING     – 21 22 August

WHISKY L! SHANGHAI – 28 29 August

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2015/05/whisky-l-taiwan-kicks-off-asias-whisky-festival-season-whisky-news/

Macallan Sherry Oak 18 and 25 yo Now Available at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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The Macallan 18 year old 1997 Sherry Oak

Often referred to as the Rolls Royce of whiskies the Macallan boasts a fantastic range of whiskies prized by connoisseurs around the world. The Macallan 18 year old 1997 expression is incredibly smooth – the whisky combines notes of rich dried fruits and sherry with some gentle wood smoke and spicy flavours.

£160 Buy Now

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The Macallan 30 year old  Fine Oak 

As with all the Fine Oak series, this 30 year old Macallan is matured in a combination of both ex-sherry and ex-bourbon casks and showcases a lighter style of Macallan than the Sherry Oak series, with more of the distillery character coming through. The 30 year old expression is bottled at 43% abv, and is described as heady and aromatic with a silky, elegant finish.

£1400 Buy Now

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The Macallan 25 year old Sherry Oak 

The sumptuous Macallan 25 year old Sherry Oak is becoming harder to find and delivers everything you would expect from an older, sherry-matured expression from this highly-revered distillery. This is a full and rich whisky, with lots of dried fruit and cinnamon flavours and hint of woodsmoke and spice. Bottled at 43% abv.

£750 Buy Now

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The Macallan Lalique No. 6

The Macallan No. 6 brings togther the art and knowledge of the Macallan Whisky Maker and the craftmanship of Lalique to create a stunning whisky encased in a beautfiul crystal decanter. A rich, complex single malt that has been exclusively matured in first-fill Spanish sherry casks, this is a perfect example of the exquisite quality and character expected of The Macallan distillery.

£2800 Buy Now

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2015/05/macallan-sherry-oak-18-and-25-yo-now-available-at-the-whisky-shop-scotch-whisky-news/

The Glenlivet “A Day at The Distillery” – Spirit of Speyside – Scotch Whisky News

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A Day at The Distillery

Visiting The Glenlivet distillery during Speyside whisky festival is quite an experience. Tasting the spirit and seeing photographs of the landscape beforehand, you build up your own picture: remote warehouses nestling into the surrounding hillside, the unmistakable smell of malt, the hum of the mash tun. All of which is true, but in reality there’s so much more – the welcoming hospitality, the sense of history, slick modern industry.

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival has been drawing whisky fans from around the world to the distilleries of the Scottish highlands since 1999. Over six days, whisky-themed events take place across the region encouraging visitors to celebrate Scotland’s national drink in a variety of fun and informative ways.

The Glenlivet has been involved with the Spirit of Speyside Festival since its inception, and the sense of celebration at the distillery is palpable. The place is buzzing as visitors enjoy live music, whisky tastings, demonstrations and tours laid on specially. Key members of the distillery team mingle with visitors, happily sharing stories and whisky wisdom. The festival is a wonderful opportunity to get to the heart of the single malt that started it all.

Discover how Spirit of Speyside Festival is celebrated at The Glenlivet

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2015/05/the-glenlivet-a-day-at-the-distillery-spirit-of-speyside-scotch-whisky-news/

THE FIRST OF THE LAST GREAT MALTS at Royal Mile Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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THE FIRST OF THE LAST GREAT MALTS

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AULTMORE 12 Year Old £43.95

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 CRAIGELLACHIE  13 Year Old £42.95

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 CRAIGELLACHIE 17 Year Old £81.95

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ABERFELDY  21 year old £114.95

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 CRAIGELLACHIE 23 year old £264.95

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 AULTMORE 25 year old £294.95

It’s been a six year labour of love for Stephen Marshall, Bacardi Global Whisky Marketing Manager, developing these new whiskies. Having recently sampled some of them a staff tasting session we can whole heartedly say that his efforts have not been in vain. They are great drams and we highly recommend them.

In the past Bacardi have under-utilised the product from their whisky distilleries, preferring to focus primarily on maintaining the world wide success of their Dewars and Lawsons blended Scotch whiskies. Now, however, you will be able to enjoy some fine single malts from not only Aberfeldy, but also Craigellachie, Aulltmore and in due course The Deveron (Macduff) and Royal Brackla. This is great news for whisky lovers and, contrary to current trends, all these new and beautifully packaged malts will carry an age statement. We can’t help but admire the refreshingly old fashioned approach of letting the whiskies speak for themselves at a variety of different age statements. It’s also quite wonderful to have the chance to try brand new single malts from distilleries that have a history of being highly rated by blenders, but are relatively unknown to single malt drinkers.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2015/05/the-first-of-the-last-great-malts-at-royal-mile-whiskies-scotch-whisky-news/

BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY RELEASES FRENCH OAK BOURBONS – American Whiskey News

French Oak Experiment 2015

BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY RELEASES

FRENCH OAK BOURBONS 

Two French Oak Barrel Aged Bourbons are the

First Experimental Collection release of 2015  

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (May 19, 2015) When Buffalo Trace Distillery started its whiskey experiments more than three decades ago, one of the first releases was bourbon aged in French oak barrels.  That bourbon was aged ten years and released in 2006, quickly becoming a favorite of both the master distiller and bourbon connoisseurs.

Ten years ago, Buffalo Trace embarked on another French oak experiment, but this time endeavoring one step further – creating two different barrel types, one made entirely of French oak, and another using French oak heads, but American white oak staves.

The barrels were both constructed with Buffalo Trace’s exact specifications as far as size, stave drying, and charring.  The barrel staves were air-dried for six months and the barrels were charred for 55 seconds. Both of these experimental barrels were filled with the same bourbon recipe, known as Buffalo Trace Rye Bourbon Mash #1.

After 10 years of aging, these two bourbons have been bottled as part of Buffalo Trace Distillery’s Experimental Collection, and referred to as 100% French Oak Barrel Aged Bourbon and French Oak Barrel Head Aged Bourbon.

“These bourbons, when tasted side by side, are complementary but yet have subtle differences,” said Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley.  “Both are nice, well-rounded bourbons, but the 100% French oak bourbon has more soft, fruity notes to it, while the bourbon made with the French oak heads and American oak staves offers more of a smoky oak and tannin flavor profile.

It’s interesting to compare these two bourbons to each other and also to our standard bourbon offerings,” continued Wheatley. “These French oak experiments offer a unique flavor profile from our standard bourbon barrels.  That’s one of the things that make our experiments so fun; we never stop learning how subtle changes can alter the taste profile.”

These barrels are part of more than 3,000 experimental barrels of whiskey aging in the warehouses of Buffalo Trace Distillery. Each of them has unique characteristics that differentiate them in distinct ways. Some examples of experiments include unique mash bills, types of wood, and different barrel toasts. In order to further increase the scope, flexibility and range of the experimental program, an entire micro distillery, named The Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. “OFC” Micro Distillery, complete with cookers, fermenting tanks, and a state-of-the-art micro still has been constructed within Buffalo Trace Distillery. Buffalo Trace has increased its commitment to experimentation with the recent addition of its Warehouse X. Although small in size, Warehouse X is designed to explore the extent of environmental influences on the flavor profiles of whiskey.

The Experimental Collection is packaged in 375ml bottles and 12 bottles to a case, with six bottles from each barrel in a case. Each label includes all the pertinent information unique to that barrel of whiskey. These whiskeys retail for approximately $46.35 each and will be available in May, 2015. They are both 45% alcohol by volume (90 proof). Experimental Collection releases are generally quite small and have limited availability. For more information on the Experimental Collection or the other products of Buffalo Trace Distillery, please contact Elizabeth Hurst at ehurst@buffalotrace.com.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as being listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 17 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named “Brand Innovator of the Year” by Whisky Magazine at its Icons of Whisky America Awards 2015.  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 300 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit http://www.buffalotracedistillery.com/.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2015/05/buffalo-trace-distillery-releases-french-oak-bourbons-american-whiskey-news/