The Famous Grouse “The Famous Feastival 2014″ – Scoch Whisky News

 

The Famous Feastival

The Famous Feastival, on Sunday 25th May, is a celebration of food, whisky, chocolate and music, held at Scotland’s Oldest whisky distillery, The Glenturret, at The Famous Grouse Experience in Crieff. This year’s Feastival is delighted to be working with world renowned British chef Tom Kitchin and we have a selection of exclusive, and very tasty, VIP events from which to choose.

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THERE’S GOLD – LIQUID GOLD – IN THEM THERE HILLS! – Scotch Whisky News

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THERE’S GOLD – LIQUID GOLD – IN THEM THERE HILLS!

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival launches treasure hunt with a difference 

The liquid gold rush will come to Scotland’s most famous whisky producing region as treasure hunters gather to seek out bottles of exclusive single malt that have been hidden in the Speyside landscape. 

A group of distilleries known as The Famous Five – Glenfarclas, Tomintoul, Tamnavulin, The Glenlivet and Cragganmore – have teamed up to offer bottles of single malt whisky valued at over £600 as the haul for lucky scavengers. 

The grown-up treasure hunt has been organised as part of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, which will welcome thousands of whisky lovers from around the globe from May 1 to 5. 

Festival-goers will be able to take part in the hunt for free, simply by following the clues that appear at the Festival hubs in the towns of Elgin, Aberlour, Dufftown, and Tomtintoul on Festival transport and on Facebook and Twitter. 

Tomintoul and Glenlivet Development Trust – which operates in an area regarded as the beating heart of Speyside’s whisky production – is behind the Liquid Treasures event. 

Trust chairman Charlie Ironside says he hopes the treasure hunt will encourage visitors to spend more time in the Tomintoul and Glenlivet area during their trip to the region. 

He adds, “Our organisation was set up to help regenerate the rural economy, and working with large events like the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival – an event which is renowned with whisky lovers throughout the world – is key to that. 

“Thousands of visitors come to the area every year to visit our historic distilleries and learn more about the industry, and what we want to do is to encourage them to spend more time here. 

“They might come for the whisky, but we hope they will leave with a better knowledge of what else Tomintoul and Glenlivet has to offer – incredible walking and mountain biking trails, rich built and natural heritage, fantastic wildlife and some of the most breathtaking scenery in Scotland.” 

Each of the five distilleries have offered up some of their most exclusive bottlings for Liquid Treasures, which will run for the duration of the five-day festival. Details of the hidden malts will be announced nearer the event, but will be a worthy addition to any collection. 

Clues – which will test whisky knowledge rather than local geography – will be posted each day, and participants will be able to piece together the puzzle of the secret locations. Clues will also be posted on Twitter, and participants will be able to follow the latest news by using the hashtag #liquidtreasures. The hunt can be followed at facebook.com/TomintoulGlenlivet and on Twitter @TGDevTrust 

Mr Ironside adds, “This area of Speyside is where the Scotch whisky industry started, as The Glenlivet was the first licensed distillery in Scotland. The hills in these parts are alive with stories of smugglers and illicit stills, so it seems right that we should once again have people scouring the area trying to find some treasure of their own.” 

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival chairman James Campbell says that Liquid Treasures looks set to be one of the most popular events on this year’s programme. The Festival line-up includes more than 370 events, such as nosings, tastings, distillery tours, walks, art exhibitions and food pairing. 

It will also launch a brand new attraction this year – The Spirit of Speyside Sessions. A festival in its own right, the Sessions will feature performances by some of the leading acts in Scottish traditional music in venues closely linked to the whisky industry. 

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is one of the leading events for Year of Homecoming 2014 – a year-long celebration which showcases all that is great about Scotland. The Festival will also have the honour of kicking off Homecoming’s own Whisky Month in May. 

Mr Campbell adds, “Liquid Treasures is proving to be one of the most talked about events of the Festival, and I know that many, many people  are planning to take part. 

“The great thing about this event is that it is so accessible – it is open to absolutely everyone. I wish each and every one of our budding pioneers the very best of luck in their attempts to strike gold in Speyside.” 

Tickets for all events in the 2014 Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival programme can be bought via the website – www.spiritofspeyside.com The Festival is also active on social media – facebook.com/WhiskyFestival and @spirit_speyside on Twitter. 

Picture caption: Treasure hunters will be on the search for liquid gold at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. 

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Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival runs from Thursday, 1 May – Monday, 5 May 2014.  Check out http://www.spiritofspeyside.com/ for up-to-date news and follow the Festival at www.facebook.com/WhiskyFestival  or www.twitter.com/spirit_speyside 

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is committed to promoting responsible drinking. Visitors travelling to and from festival events can take advantage of a range of transport options. Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival has received funding from EventScotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and is also financially supported by many other private and public partners 

EventScotland: EventScotland is the national events agency. EventScotland is working to make Scotland one of the world’s leading event destinations. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. 

Year of Homecoming Scotland

Scotland will welcome the world in the Year of Homecoming 2014- providing a year-long programme of events alongside the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games . The Year of Homecoming Scotland will run from 31 December 2013 to 31 December 2014 throughout the length and breadth of the country.  Visitors from around the world are invited to join in a celebration of the nation’s food and drink, active pursuits, cultural heritage, nature and ancestral heritage. 

Homecoming Scotland 2014 is a Scottish Government initiative being led by EventScotland and VisitScotland, supported by numerous partners. To find out more visit http://www.homecomingscotland.com/

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A. Smith Bowman Distillery Releases Limited Edition Double Barrel Bourbon – American Whiskey News

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A.  Smith Bowman Distillery Releases Limited Edition

Double Barrel Bourbon  

               Fredericksburg, VA. (March 26, 2014) A. Smith Bowman Distillery announces the first release in its Abraham Bowman line for 2014, the Abraham Bowman Limited Edition Double Barrel Bourbon. This new bourbon was aged a total of seven years and two months.

               This bourbon was originally put into barrels on December 12, 2006 and transferred to new barrels on April 17, 2013.  After aging an additional six months in Bowman’s standard Warehouse (A1), the barrels were then moved to the mezzanine of Warehouse K, and aged for an additional 5 months. The mezzanine allows for increased air flow around the barrels while also allowing the barrels to receive more scrutiny under the watchful eye of Master Distiller Brian Prewitt.

               “This is a bourbon lover’s bourbon,” said Prewitt. “We decided not to chill filter this bourbon to help retain more of the flavors. The bourbon is smooth and sweet in the mouth, with a pleasant marriage of spice, vanilla, and toasty oak flavors that linger delicately on the palate.” 

               Prewitt also describes the bourbon to have a “beautiful deep cooper color. The nose opens up with honey and vanilla, giving way to baked apple and pear notes. Sweet caramel, brown sugar, and brown spice round out the nose.”  

The Abraham Bowman Limited Edition Whiskey Double Barrel Bourbon is part of a series of limited edition whiskies, named after Abraham Bowman, the commander of the 8th Virginia Regiment in the American Revolutionary War. Each edition of the Abraham line is a different expression and a new expression is released a few times a year.  The Abraham Bowman Limited Edition Double Barrel Bourbon is on sale now. It is 100 proof. Suggested retail pricing is $69.99.  

About A. Smith Bowman

A. Smith Bowman’s distilling roots date back to the years before Prohibition when the Bowman family had a granary and dairy farm in Sunset Hills, Virginia. They used excess grain from the family estate to distill spirits. In 1934, after the Repeal of Prohibition, Abram Smith Bowman and his sons continued the family tradition and built a more modern distillery in Fairfax County, Virginia called Sunset Hills Farm.  In response to the rapid rise of taxes in Northern Virginia, the Distillery was moved in 1988 and is now nestled in Spotsylvania County near the city of Fredericksburg, 60 miles away from the original location.

As a small and privately owned company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery continues the time-honored traditions on which it was founded. Considered a micro-distillery by today’s standards, A. Smith Bowman produces an assortment of hand-crafted spirits distilled from only the finest natural ingredients and using the latest technology. This micro-distillery focuses on the production of premium spirits honoring the legacy of Virginia’s first settlers. For more information on A. Smith Bowman, please visit www.asmithbowman.com.

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Knockdhu Distillery

Chris’ 1973 Birthday Tasting

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul za, maart 22, 2014 08:31:53

Halle is niet bepaald bij de deur voor me,
maar als Chris Lauriers je voor zijn verjaardagstasting uitnodigd, kan je niet
anders dan er op in te gaan. Niet alleen omdat deze Maltclanner een toffe peer
is (die ook steeds op mijn verjaardagstastings aanwezig is), maar ook omdat je
weet dat hij steeds een paar speciallekes op tafel tovert, stuk voor stuk
whisky’s uit zijn geboortejaar.

Naar aanleiding van de kritiek van vorig jaar
(uiteraard is kritiek met een korrel zout te nemen, het was goedlachs bedoeld)
omwille van enkele tikfoutjes in het tastingboekje dat Chris had voorbereid,
besloot hij het dit jaar iets anders aan te pakken. We zouden, afgezien van het
aperitiefje, de flessen blind proeven. Spannend!

Het aperitiefje is een fles waar ik maar
weinig informatie over kan terugvinden. Wel noteerde ik dat dit een blend is
die gebotteld werd op 20/09/1973 door Kennaway Co Ltd uit Exeter, wat in
het zuidwesten van Engeland ligt. Hoe dan ook, deze Kennaway’s Blended Scotch Whisky (40%) was een mooie opener.

Appeltjes en honing op de neus met een
tikkeltje karamel. Op smaak een beetje OBE, doch voldoende fruitig en zoet om
interessant te zijn. Een korte, kruidige afdronk. Ik zei het al: leuke opener.

De whisky die daarna geschonken werd viel
heel erg in de smaak. En hoewel niemand kon vermoeden over welke
distilleerderij het ging, waren sommigen het er wel over eens dat dit een zeer
aangename Lowlander was.

Ik kreeg een romige, fruitige en kruidige
neus met een tikkeltje bloemen dat op het randje van soapy balanceerde, maar op
smaak werd hij lekker punchy op noten, zoethout, donker fruit en een gezonde
dosis eik. De lange, zoete, kruidige afdronk maakte hier één van de
hoogtepunten van de avond van. Het bleek te gaan om een Glenkinchie 27 Year Old ‘Gleaming’ 1973/2001 Douglas Laing Old Malt
Cask
op 50%. Geweldig.

Vervolgens een lekkere fles met nougat,
ananas en kruisbessen op de neus, met wat citroengras op de achtergrond. Op
smaak vooral karamel, citrus en bloemetjes met een licht houterige afdronk die
niet al te lang is.

Het bleek een vreemde fles die ik nooit
eerder gezien had en je moest het ruglabel al gelezen hebben om er achter te
komen dat het ging om een Tamnavulin 25 Year Old 1973/2003 Exclusive
New Century
op 45%. Gebotteld door de Glen Stuart Whisky Company. Leuke
fles!

Wat daarna kwam, verraste mij al evenzeer.
Wat vanille, butterscotch, gras en houtschaafsel op de neus, romig zoet op
smaak met bijenwas en wat heerlijke woodsmoke met een lange, zoete en een
tikkeltje scherpe afdronk.

Zo maken ze ze toch niet meer, hé? Het bleek een Tomintoul
30 Year Old 1973/2003 McKillop’s Choice cask 2201
op 43%. Lekker!

Na een korte rook- en plaspauze ging Chris
verder met wat hij zelf ‘een heel andere stijl’ noemde. En dat was het ook.

De volgende fles kwam uit de stal van Gordon
Macphail en had flink wat OBE op de neus. Ja, dit was een stinky winky op
chicorei met wat ik omschrijf als late sherry. Geduld is dus vereist om deze op
prijs te stellen. Op smaak krijg ik wel wat donker fruit zoals pruimen en wat
drop (anijs), maar is hij betrekkelijk droog en houterig. Op de korte afdronk
krijg ik nog een licht bittertje.

Dit was geen spek voor mijn bek en voor mij
de minste van de avond. Het bleek te gaan om een Miltonduff 1973 Gordon Macphail Connoisseurs Choice (40%, old
map label en 75cl, dus gebotteld voor 1994).

Gelukkig werd dat opgevolgd door twee
kleppers, die echt aan elkaar gewaagd waren. De eerste offreerde diepe sherry
op de neus met heerlijk romige rumrozijnen, espresso, koriander en chocolade.
Op smaak keerden de rozijnen en chocolade weer, maar werden de kruiden
aangevuld met kruidnagel en zoethout. De droge afdronk, die best lang was naar
mijn goesting, bracht nog wat late karamel.

Ik moet bekennen, ik had dat niet verwacht,
maar eens de fles onthuld werd, was ik ook niet verrast. Het bleek te gaan om
een geweldige Glenlivet 27 Year Old
1973/2000 Wilson Morgan Cask 3098
op 46%. Wat mij betreft het beste
wat ik vanavond geproefd heb.

Als afsluiter haalde Chris nog zo’n een dumpy
flesje van Signatory boven met een bijzonder donkere nectar in. Opnieuw diepe
sherry, maar met meer donker fruit dan de Glenlivet alsook een overvloed aan
noten en honing. Vijgen en koude koffie maakten de neus af. Op smaak was hij
zacht en zoet op rozijnen, drop, kaneel en een tikkeltje gember. De licht
drogende, zoete afdronk bleef lekker kruidig en duurde middellang tot lang.

Ik hoorde links en rechts de naam van de
distilleerderij wel vallen, maar ook dat het niet mogelijk was, omdat
onafhankelijke bottelaars raar of zelden deze Speysider bottelen. De verrassing
was nog des te groter toen bleek dat de distilleerderij wel degelijk met naam
op het label vermeld stond. Het ging dus om een Glenfarclas 21 Year Old 1973/1994 Signatory Vintage Cask 313 (op
46%). Een toppertje dat ik wellicht nooit meer zal tegenkomen (wat overigens
van bovenstaande flessen natuurlijk ook gezegd kan worden).

Wel, wat een mooie tasting, Chris. Nogmaals
van harte gefeliciteerd en bedankt!

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anCnoc Rutter / Flaughter / Tushkar

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anCnoc whiskyI already mentioned the likeliness of peated anCnoc expressions after I visited the distillery in May 2012. We even got to try a sample of a batch distilled around 2005 and I was pleasantly surprised by its qualities. In 2012 more than 25% of the distillery production was peated spirit, so we can expect more of this.

Rutter, Flaughter and Tushkar may seem strange words for outsiders, but they relate to traditional tools used in peat cutting – types of shovels that are also pictured on the labels. Each tool is used to take out a different layers of peat and these different types of peat result in different flavour profiles.

Although they don’t carry age statements, most of the casks used were laid down between 2004 and 2006.

None of them follow the trend of extreme peating levels, even Tushkar is only medium smoky. I think this is the right choice: anCnoc has a typically gentle profile that could be easily overwhelmed by too much peaty power.

anCnoc Rutter and anCnoc Flaughter will be available world-wide while anCnoc Tushkar will only be sold in Sweden.

 

 

anCnoc RutteranCnoc RutteranCnoc Rutter (46%, OB 2014, 11 ppm)

Matured in ex-bourbon casks.

Nose: Initially lots of lemon, with smoky notes in the background. Rather fruity with some barbecued pineapple. Nice minty notes and spicy gingerbread. Orange peel and fragrant hints of bergamot oil. Some youngish notes (pear drops). Mouth: quite oily and fairly light-bodied, with fruit candy (apple and banana sweets), moving towards bubblegum. Biscuits and spicy notes (ginger), with just enough peat to keep you happy. Honey and creamy vanilla from the wood. Very creamy overall. Finish: medium long, with most of the flavours fading too soon.

A nice whisky, good balance between the light, creamy distillery character and subtle smoke. Above average complexity as well (even though the typical pear drops and bubblegum can’t hide its youth). This is summer peat, not the usual winter. Around € 65.

Score: 86/100

 

 

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(46%, OB 2014, 14,8 ppm)

Matured in American oak casks, including rejuvenated hogsheads (de-char / re-char).

Nose: this one comes across much tighter. A lot of the juicy fruits and vanilla are taken out and replaced with more mineral notes. More earthy sharpness rather than more warm smoke. Linseed oil and aniseed. Lemon peel. Buttered toast. Floral notes again. Some honey. Mouth: more peat now (and it keeps growing in the glass) which seems to limit the complexity. Plenty of malty notes and mint. Still some fruit candy (going towards lokum). Honey. Lightly burnt meaty notes over time. Finish: long, with more of the sweet peat keeping strong.

This one is less to my liking. It’s more narrow and more robust. For me, it also shows less of the typical anCnoc character. But peatheads may prefer this one. Same price.

Score: 82/100

 

 

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A Swedish exclusive.

Nose: yet a different kind of peatiness. More complex and integrated again. Warm smoke without the minerality and much subtler again. Trademark honey and fruity notes (pear jelly and mixed fruit tea). Hints of dried coconut flakes and wax. Something of wheat beer. Very interesting. Mouth: back to the creaminess of butter popcorn. Fruit jellies. Big vanilla. Some almonds. A slight meatiness as well as refreshing lemon sherbet. Simple but really enjoyable. Finish:

A well-deserved second place. It’s more like Rutter in highlighting the distillery character, but it integrates more peat. Probably slightly more expensive due to the Swedish tax policy?

Score: 85/100

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New! Signatory Vintage Single Cask Whiskies at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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New! Signatory Vintage Single Cask Whiskies

New arrivals from independent bottler Signatory the proprietor of Edradour including Laphroaig, Imperial, Cambus, Highland Park, Coal Ila and this 16 Year Old from the Glenlivet distillery.

Glenlivet 16 Year Old $61.31

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Two New Yamazaki and Hakushu Japanese Available at The Whisky Shop – Japanese Whisky News

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Two remarkable brand new and delicious Japanese whiskies now available to order via The Whisky Shop. Free delivery on all orders over £60 delivered to mainland UK.

Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve

Full gold. A gentle, elegant fragrance topped by soft fruits – strawberry, white peach, cherry – and backed by sweet tobacco leaf. A smooth texture and a sweet taste, with crisp acidity, traces of coconut and a medium – length, warming finish leaving a hint of planed oak. More perfumed with water, with light oak notes, the taste is now sweet throughout.

Bottled at 43% volume

For nearly a century the Yamazaki distillery has been dedicated to the pursuit of crafting a world-class whisky that is uniquely Japanese. The still green valley that this distillery calls home is blessed with the perfect balance of pristine water and humidity. Here they have been creating innovations in single malt whisky production that incorporate an art of whisky-making passed down through the ages. This never-ending journey that winds tradition with innovation in pursuit of the finest Japanese whisky has led to the creation of a world-class whisky known simply as Yamazaki

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Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve

The colour of white wine. A fresh nose, and lightly cooling – eucalyptus, a hint of mint, a trace of cucumber – the first taste is likewise mouth-cooling, with a sweet start, a trace of fresh acidity and a shortish finish. A light, aperitif – style malt. A drop of water sweetens the aroma slightly and introduces pear drops. The taste remains light, sweet and fruity.

Bottled at 43% volume.

Known as the ‘Forest Distillery’, Hakushu Distillery is located at a site known for the pristine waters of the Ojira River, which has been designated by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment as one of the highest-quality water sources in the country. The construction of the distillery, which is surrounded by expansive forest, was the culmination of a many-year search for a site that could best take advantage of Japan’s natural bounty in the process of making Japanese whisky.

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9th World Whiskies Conference Packed With Interest – Whisky News

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9th World Whiskies Conference packed with interest 

The 9th World Whiskies Conference has a full programme of topics for delegates from around the world. Keynote speaker Mike Keyes, President North American Region, Brown Forman, will start the day, and Dr Nick Morgan, Diageo, is the guest Lunch Speaker. 

The one day global whiskies business summit takes place in New York at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, on Tuesday April 8, 2014 and includes these leading lights from the global industry: 

  • Richard Paterson, Master Blender, Whyte and Mackay
  • Bernie Lubbers, Brand Ambassador, Heaven Hill Distilleries
  • Michael Payne, Executive Director, International Association of Airport Duty Free Stores
  • Daniel Fisher, Senior Vice President, Spirits Portfolio, Astor Wines Spirits
  • Lawson Whiting, Senior Vice President, Chief Brands Officer, Brown Forman
  • Meghan Labot, Vice President Strategy, Spring Design Partners, Inc
  • Pramod Krishna, Director General, Confederation of Indian Alcoholic Beverage Companies
  • Frank Coleman, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications, Distilled Spirits Council
  • Ralph Erenzo, Sales and Marketing, Hudson Whiskey / Tuthilltown
  • David Blackmore, The Glenmorangie Company
  • Alan Kropf, Director of Education, Anchor Brewers Distillers
  • David Gerzof Richard, Emerson College Professor of Digital Media Marketing
  • Ross Hendry, Director, International Sales, Corby
  • David Ozgo, Chief Economist, Distilled Spirits Council 

“The global whiskies business continues to surge and the World Whiskies Conference offers a unique environment in which to learn from the best to harness growth and development of your own business,” says Damian Riley-Smith, Conference Director. 

Topics at the 2014 World Whiskies Conference are: 

  • Growth trends in the U.S. whiskey market.  Deluxe Canadian whiskies, ultra-premium Bourbon, Irish whiskey. Fatigue with Scotch or growing the market?
  • Panel Debate.  The impact of craft and its effects on the market; opportunity or threat to established brands
  • Reaching out to luxury markets.  Can American and Canadian whiskies thrive in new markets abroad, and how? China and India; what has worked and what has not?
  • Flavoured whisky.  With the massive uptake of flavoured whisky in North America, does this help the category or harm it?
  • Travel retail.  Expensive marketing or essential profile? What are the criteria for entry and success? Is it worth the investment?
  • Traditional marketing in a social media world.  How should traditional marketing methods mix with social media marketing?
  • New product design.  How does good product design influence sales? What are the key elements of great design? Which designs have worked, and which not.
  • Taste the difference.  Taste the difference between different priced whiskies. Why does one justify a higher price? Is it all about the flavor? Is it the age? How influential is the packaging?  

Delegate booking is available from www.worldwhiskiesconference.com and starts at $425. 

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anCnoc Takes a Trip to the Dark Side With New Peated Collection – Scotch Whisky News

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anCnoc Takes a Trip to the Dark Side With

New Peated Collection

anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is inviting drinkers to find their ‘peaty side’ this year as the contemporary single malt launches an intriguing new collection of limited edition peated whiskies for the global market.

Aiming to unravel the mysteries of peated whisky for modern drinkers, this new collection from the Knockdhu Distillery will feature anCnoc’s classic light, easy-drinking style but with a dark, distinctive and smoky twist.

The first three releases in the collection were unveiled at a launch event in Glasgow last night (Wednesday 26th March), with the anCnoc team treating guests to tastings of each new single malt, alongside an inspiring mix of peaty experiences.

A menu inspired by anCnoc’s new dark side was created for the event by rising Scottish food experimentalists JellyGin, with jars of edible peat bog, copper rivet lollipops and clouds of anCnoc smoke delighting guests on the night. A living peat bog was even transported to the venue for the occasion.

The expressions in anCnoc’s new peated collection are named in honour of the traditional tools used to cut peat, with ‘Rutter’ and ‘Flaughter’ unveiled for the UK and global markets and ‘Tushkar’ released exclusively for Sweden.

Each new release will also display its own varying phenol content in parts per million (ppm) to indicate just how peated the whisky inside the bottle is, aiming to help drinkers find a peaty level to suit their palate.

Inspiration for the new peated collection comes from anCnoc’s 120 year history, which reveals that the very first whiskies crafted at Knockdhu had a peaty edge, thanks to the distillery’s location in the heart of some of Scotland’s most fertile peat land. 

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Tasting notes

Rutter (11.0 ppm): sparkling gold in appearance, initially smoky on the nose giving way to spices, pineapples, pear drops and vanilla. A full-bodied peaty richness to taste but with undertones of set honey, vanilla, toffee and leather, punctuated by green apples, giving way to a smoky peaty finish.

Flaughter (14.8ppm): pale gold in appearance a warm smokiness with spice, ash and surprising fruit on the nose. Distinctly smoky to taste with a fruity long-lasting finish.

Tushkar (15.0 ppm): polished gold in appearance with a rich sweet honey and vanilla nose wrapped in a veil of warm peat smoke, pierced by overtones of fresh green apples, orange peel and cut spring flowers. Rich, full-bodied wood smoke to taste, opening up to exotic spices, runny honey, toffee sweetness and a hint of freshly squeezed lemons.

The packaging of the new collection represents a dark and striking alternative look for anCnoc, with each green glass bottle featuring a glistening illustration of a traditional peat cutting tool on an eye-catching black label.

The whiskies will be available through independent and specialist retailers from April and will sit alongside anCnoc’s core range. They are bottled at 46% ABV and in their most natural state – neither chill-filtered nor coloured.

Charles Maclean, Master of the Quaich comments: ‘The difference between these three malts is subtle, but apparent. Their overall flavour – their aroma and taste –is nicely balanced, fresh and breezy; their smokiness subtle and understated, while their cheerful simplicity makes them very ‘more-ish’ and easy to drink’.

Project Manager, Stephanie Bridge, hopes that anCnoc’s new collection will encourage malt drinkers to explore peated whisky in a new way. She commented: ‘Our new limited edition peated single malts will form an exciting collection to sit alongside our core anCnoc expressions, offering drinkers a new, and perhaps a first experience of peated whisky. These malts have all the exceptional qualities of anCnoc but with a depth and smokiness that will be appealing both to peat aficionados and to drinkers of lighter malts with an interest in finding a peated malt whisky that they understand and enjoy. We’re on a mission to bring our very modern take on the world of peated whisky to our drinkers and to entice customers to experience this new side of anCnoc.’

anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is part of the Inver House Distillers portfolio, and is produced at Knockdhu Distillery – established in 1894 and one of the smallest and most enchanting in the Scottish Highlands. It is renowned the world over by malt enthusiasts for bringing a contemporary twist to the traditions of fine malt whisky, producing a single malt that is accessible and versatile for all occasions.

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About anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is produced at the Knockdhu Distillery which was established in 1894 and is one of the smallest and most enchanting in the Scottish Highlands. It’s renowned the world over by malt enthusiasts for producing a single malt that makes every day a special occasion. The new limited edition peated whiskies join the popular anCnoc 12 years old, a light yet complex dram; 16, 22 and 35 years old expressions; and a yearly vintage, currently the 1999. anCnoc is known for championing the contemporary visual arts and for its partnerships with some of Scotland’s most vibrant galleries and arts projects. 

About International Beverage 

International Beverage Holdings (www.interbevgroup.com) was established in 2005 as the international arm of ThaiBev, one of South East Asia’s leading alcohol beverage companies. With a network of regional offices in Asia, Europe and North America, the company is responsible for the production, sales, marketing and distribution of a portfolio of premium global brands in over 80 countries and territories.

Inver House Distillers (www.inverhouse.com) is globally integrated into International Beverage Holdings and drives the distillation and maturation of Scotch through its five distilleries.

International Beverage brands include:

  • Chang Beer: Thailand’s iconic beer brand
  • Single Malt Scotch Whiskies: Old Pulteney, Balblair, anCnoc, Speyburn
  • Blended Whiskies: Hankey Bannister
  • Mekhong: ‘The Spirit of Thailand’ since 1941
  • Caorunn – a small batch distilled Scottish Gin infused with 5 Celtic botanicals

The company’s success is built on the combination of a strong understanding of local cultures and markets with the creation of a truly global operational network.  Brand building pays respect to heritage, provenance and craftsmanship whilst delivering innovative and highly effective strategies at global level. A skilled and dedicated team of more than 12 nationalities speaking over 14 languages delivers the highest standards of customer service and attention to detail across all aspects of the business.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/04/ancnoc-takes-a-trip-to-the-dark-side-with-new-peated-collection-scotch-whisky-news/

Auchentoshan 12 Year Old

Let’s try one of the base whiskies again: Auchentoshan 12 Year Old, which replaced the old 10 Year Old as the youngest expression in the core range of this Lowlands distillery (except for the new NAS releases like Auchentoshan American Oak and the many travel retail products).

 

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Nose: a slightly dusty nose (a rye kind of dustiness) with leafy notes and walnut or hazelnut husks. Peanut butter. Sugared cereals, light honey and lots of yellow apple. It’s actually quite nice. Mouth: slightly weak entry, too watery and not a lot going on, I’m struggling to pin down flavours. Apples again, malty notes definitely, and a vague honey / brown sugar sweetness. Quite flat, at least until the nuttiness comes back towards the end, together with some spices. Finish: smooth, not too long, sweet and slightly nutty again.

No need to bring out the trumpets, but this Auchentoshan 12 is still a nice entry-level whisky. Too bad the palate is three steps lower than the nose. Around € 45.

Score: 80/100

Article source: http://www.whiskynotes.be/2014/auchentoshan/auchentoshan-12-year-old/