Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America “August 2014 Outturn” – Scotch Whisky News

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The Society is having a Summer Sale until August 11th

Members receive 10% off all Society bottle orders placed through August 11th.

Cask No. 64.50                         $180 

Impressionist oil painting 

Speyside, Lossie 

The nose neat greeted us with fresh, floral and fruity aromas in the air. Warming sunshine, turquoise sky, fluffy white clouds, lots of birds tweeting in an orchard of flowering apple and peach trees with countless daffodils blossoming in the meadow. All very delicate with a vibrant mix of colours like an impressionist painting – you get the picture. The taste, much more intense, best described as a mixture of various Indian spices together with the fragrant, sweet and warm flavour of ground cinnamon like the German ginger cake Lebkuchen. With water sweeter aromas appear, bourbon vanilla, pancakes with melted butter and maple syrup and the taste fresh and sweet like a mango lassi with ginger nut biscuits. 

Drinking tip: Picnic in the meadow 

Colour: Sauternes wine

Cask: Refill barrel

Age: 23 years

Date distilled: February 1990

Alcohol: 56.4%

USA allocation: 120 bottles 

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Cask No. 3.215                                   $150 

Weird but wonderful 

Islay 

Gentle waves of smoke lapped across the nose – peat burning among sand dunes, perfumed wood smoke from a campfire – but also acid drops, chalk, hazelnut, charcoal, old leather books, sea-salt, lavender and violets – certainly complex. The unreduced palate seemed initially meaty – salty cured ham and Italian salami with caraway and peppercorns – quite delicious – then other things opened up – sweet smoke, charred oak, perfumed soap and fresh laundry. Water brought some fruit to the nose (perfumed peach, ripe Charentais melon). The palate now married a make-up bag to a first aid box; (slightly) weird but wonderful stuff from Islay’s oldest distillery. 

Drinking tip: For summer evenings in the garden – when the bats come out 

Colour: Pale primrose gold

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 18 years

Date Distilled: April 1995

Alcohol: 55.2%

USA allocation: 96 bottles

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Cask No. 41.58                                   $100 

Juicy, juicy, tart and fruity 

Speyside, Spey 

Someone described the initial nose as ‘half-constructed flat-pack furniture – wood, glue and puzzlement’; then we got custard creams, jammy dodgers, vanilla, lemon bonbons, pears in custard, sugared almonds and marzipan – sweetly attractive, in other words. The palate was busy; bittersweet, tart and fruity, with gooseberry jam, grapefruit, blackcurrant, lime pastilles and dark chocolate orange – plus light perfume and liquorice tingles at the end. The reduced nose found green apple, floral notes and pepper – pretty dynamic stuff. The palate became juicy and fruity (tinned pears, sherbet lemons, Starburst) with varnished wood – the flat-pack furniture finally completed. The distillery lies near Carron. 

Drinking tip: Quite a juicy, chirpy wee number – for a garden celebration or to spice up an outdoor tea-party 

Colour: Habitat pine

Cask: First-fill barrel

Age: 10 years

Date distilled: August 2003

Alcohol: 61.5%

USA allocation: 108 bottles 

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Cask No. 123.8                                             $120 

In the Spanish mountains 

Highland, Southern 

From the nose, we conjured an image of Spanish mountain villages – horses, hay-wains, orchards, citrus groves, rose gardens, sunshine on rosemary and rustic farm-labourers whittling wood. We also found plentiful sweetness in plum jam, juicy raisins, chocolate, toffee, marshmallows and fig rolls. Water brought out raspberry notes and Sangria. The palate was fruity, winey and tasty, with various jams, dried figs, vanilla sponge, Soreen and granola, but spicy notes of ginger, clove and chilli tweaked our tongues. Water sweetened it further resolving those tweaks into tingles –cranachan, jam tarts, Pavlova and posh Pimms. The distillery is near the West Highland Way. 

Drinking tip: Will get a conversation going, for sure 

Colour: Deep rose gold

Cask: Refill port pipe

Age: 12 years

Date Distilled: April 2001

Alcohol: 59.2%

USA allocation: 60 bottles

Please visit the Scotch Malt Whisky Society at http://www.smwsa.com/

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/scotch-malt-whisky-society-august-2014-outturn-scotch-whisky-news/

Tomatin 25 Year Old 1988 Malts of Scotland

Glenugie Distillery

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Glenugie Distillery

Peterhead, Aberdeenshire

AB42 0YX

Scotland

Gesloten sinds 1983

Invernettie

Op de site van een oude windmolen in Peterhead (Highlands) richtte Donald McLeod Co een distilleerderij op die naar de naam Invernettie luisterde. We schrijven 1834. Drie jaar later, echter, in 1837, het jaar waarin de naam Invernettie gewijzigd werd in Glenugie, werd ze omgebouwd tot een brouwerij. In 1875 werd deze overgenomen door de Scottish Highland Distillers Company, die ze renoveerden, enorm uitbreidden en terug als distilleerderij in dienst namen. Tussen 1884 en 1915, toen ze eigendom was van Simon Forbes, was de distilleerderij zeer succesvol. Van 1925 tot 1937, daarentegen, ging ze in de mottenballen.

Seagar Evans Co Ltd uit Londen heropende Glenugie en renoveerde ze opnieuw (in 1956, het jaar waarin Seager Evans in handen kwam van Long John Distillers Ltd) en best grondig. Het stoken met kolen werd vervangen door olie en de productie ging flink omhoog. In de jaren ’70 kwam de distilleerderij in handen van Whitbread Co Ltd, die zich genoodzaakt zag de distilleerderij te sluiten op 18 februari 1982, dus als één van de eerste slachtoffers van de grote whiskymalaise.

Niet veel later werd ze afgebroken. Op de terreinen van Glenugie staat nu een reusachtige fabriek van de Score-Group PCL, een bedrijf dat gespecialiseerd is in buizen, kleppen, ventielen en kranen, voornamelijk voor de Britse marine.

Fettercairn

Water voor de productie werd betrokken van de Wellington Spring, enkele kilometers verderop. De distilleerderij beschikte over één mashtun en twee stills. In 1963 werd de moutvloer omgetoverd tot warehouses, zodat Glenugie over 9 opslagruimtes beschikte.

Na de sluiting van Glenugie werd Forsyth’s onder de arm genomen voor het ontmantelen van de installatie. De spirit safe en mash tun werden verkocht aan Fettercairn.

Range

Officiële bottelingen zijn zo goed als onvindbaar geworden. Maar recentelijk kocht Chivas Brothers wel het merk op en bracht in 2010 en 2011 twee ‘officiële’ Glenugie Deoch An Doras uit.

Oudere bottelingen, zowel officiële als onafhankelijke, zijn zo goed als onbetaalbaar geworden.

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Distiller Expands Whiskey Recommendation Engine to include Social Features – Whisky News

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Distiller Expands Whiskey Recommendation Engine to include Social Features

Whiskey recommendation engine, Distiller, overhauled their platform on Thursday, July 31, to introduce the Distiller Community, with a suite of new features that helps connect whiskey lovers from all around the world. Share opinions, comment, like, and follow what’s going on from the new “Feed” located on a user’s profile, or directly from every whiskey page in Distiller.

Available on iOS, Android and web, Distiller’s whiskey recommendation engine uses tens-­of-­thousands of data points to analyze flavor profiles, price, reputation, even ‘giftability’ of a whiskey brand. Users activate the recommendation algorithm by answering a few questions about their tastes, and context on the situation, or can search for something more specific like scotch under $50.

New features

Notes Tab on Bottle Pages:

Read notes from other Distiller community members.

Liking and Commenting:

Like and comment on what other users are saying about whiskeys in Distiller.

Following:

Follow other users, see their Top Shelf, Collection, Wishlist, and read reviews.

Activity Feed

 

People Search:

Search for fellow whiskey lovers by toggling between “Whiskeys” and “People” on the search page, and can follow them directly from the search results, or click to see a user’s profile.

● Set notes to “private,” or keep them public to share with everyone.

About Distiller

Distiller is a discovery and recommendation companion that was developed for the beginners, adventurous, and discerning to explore their personal tastes and learn more about the craft, history, culture, and world of whiskey. Powered by a personal passion for whiskey and curated by respected whiskey professionals, Distiller is redefining the education and discovery element of the whiskey experience. Distiller is based in Seattle, WA and backed by Votiv Capital. Learn more at www.drinkdistiller.com , on Twitter at @drinkdistiller  and on Facebook at http://facebook.com/drinkdistiller

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/distiller-expands-whiskey-recommendation-engine-to-include-social-features-whisky-news/

BenRiach Tasitng in Dufftown! – Scotch Whisky News

Dufftown, keeping the spirit of Speyside alive all year round

Dufftown 2000 Ltd organises weekly Nosings and Tastings every Wednesday evening at 20:00hrs in Dufftown’s Commercial Hall until 17th September. 

Tonight’s event is sponsored by BenRiach Distillery. Entrance fee is £10 and includes a free nosing glass. 

All profit goes towards the refurbishment of the Dufftown Whisky and Heritage Centre.

Please check our website under Whisky Nosing: http://www.dufftown.co.uk/ for more details

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/benriach-tasitng-in-dufftown-scotch-whisky-news/

Single Malts Direct at Lonach Highland Gathering Saturday 23rd August – Scotch Whisky News

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Come and see us at the Lonach Highland Gathering on Saturday the 23rd August 

for a wee dram and buy your exclusive bottle of Lonach 2014 Single Malt.

We are hosting the “Whiskies Of Scotland” whisky marquee where you can taste free samples from distilleries such as Benriach, Glendronach, Glenglassaugh, Tomintoul Glencadam. Also exhibiting thier portfollio of whiskies are Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky, Black Bull Blended Whisky independant bottlers Dougas Laing Gordon MacPhail.

And of course our own exclusive single malts label “Whiskies Of Scotland”.  

Slainte, Ronnie Routledge.     

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/single-malts-direct-at-lonach-highland-gathering-saturday-23rd-august-scotch-whisky-news/

Buffalo Trace Distillery Releases Fourteenth Round of Single Oak Project Bourbon – American Whiskey News

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Buffalo Trace Distillery Releases Fourteenth Round of

Single Oak Project Bourbon  

Experiment Focuses on Wood Seasoning and Char Level, with Insights from Industry Expert  

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Aug. 5, 2014) – Barrel stave seasoning and barrel char levels are the latest variables Buffalo Trace Distillery attempts to examine with the release of its fourteenth round of the Single Oak Project Bourbon.  This release features bourbons which were all aged in barrels made from the bottom half of the tree, while keeping the other variables such as entry proof (at 125), and warehouse type (all aged in Warehouse K, a wooden floor warehouse) the same.  The remaining variables, recipe (wheat or rye), grain size, barrel stave seasoning, and char level vary. 

To further explore the results of using different char levels and stave seasoning, Buffalo Trace turned to barrel expert Brad Boswell, president of Independent Stave Company, the cooperage Buffalo Trace partnered with on the Single Oak Project.  “Charring the wood breaks it down quickly and certainly changes the flavor, in a more intensive way than just seasoning. Charring provides more of the vanilla and caramel characters coming from the barrel.

A number three char (which is what Buffalo Trace used on some of the barrels in this release) takes approximately 45 seconds while a number four char (the other char level Buffalo Trace used on the barrels in this release) takes approximately 55 seconds.  The lighter char preserves more of the natural oak aroma and flavor (think a little spicy, a little earthy, with a touch of cedar). The heavier char provides more color and caramelization. Tannins will vary between these two types of barrels. The heavier char can also provide for more of a sweet smoke note that is often desired.” said Boswell. 

“Stave seasoning allows the wood to slowly break down (degrade) whereas charring and toasting breaks down the wood much more quickly. When the wood air seasons, the microbial activity breaks the wood down and the rain leaches out some of the tannins. The freezing and thawing breaks down the wood. Even the UV light breaks down the wood to some extent. The flavor of the wood changes as it breaks down.

Barrels with extended air seasoning with charring will provide a slightly different array of flavors as compared to barrels with less air seasoning and then similarly charred. The levels of smokiness, vanillin, caramelization, and tannin will vary between the two types of barrels,” continued Boswell.

If past online votes are any indication, fans prefer a lighter #3 char with a six month barrel stave seasoning, as barrel #82 remains in the lead for the past several months in a row.  Barrel #83 is right behind it though, with a darker, #4, char and also a six month stave seasoning.

            Reviews are still being encouraged, as two more releases will take place before this project ends in the summer of 2015.  More than 4,000 reviews have been given so far on www.singleoakproject.com.             

            The Single Oak Project is part of an intensive research project Buffalo Trace Distillery started conducting in 1999 by hand picking 96 trees with different wood grains and then dividing them into a top and bottom piece, yielding 192 unique sections. From there, staves were created from each section and were air dried for either 6 months or 12 months. After all the staves were air dried, a single barrel was created from each tree section, resulting in 192 total barrels. These barrels were given either a number three or a number four char and then filled with either wheat or rye recipe bourbon.

            To further the variety of experiments, the barrels were filled at two different proofs, 105 and 125 proof.  And if this wasn’t enough, two completely different warehouses were used, one with wooden floors and one with concrete floors.  In total, seven different variables were employed in Buffalo Trace’s ultimate experiment.

            For eight years the Distillery continued with its tracking process, creating intricate databases and coming up with a potential of 1,396 tasting combinations from these 192 barrels!

            The Single Oak Project Bourbon is being released in a series every three months from 2011 through 2015 until all of the 192 barrels have been released. The first release hit select stores in 2011.  This fourteenth release will reach stores towards the end of August. Like all the other releases, the quantities are very limited. Every case will contain 12 bottles, each from a different barrel. The fourteenth release is made up of barrel numbers 2, 12, 34, 44, 66, 76, 98, 108, 130, 140, 162, and 172. All releases will be packaged in a 375ml bottle. Suggested retail pricing per bottle is $46.35.   

            At the conclusion of the Single Oak Project, the Distillery plans to take the top rated Single Oak Project Bourbon and make more just like it, under the Single Oak name.

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 1786 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 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year.” Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/buffalo-trace-distillery-releases-fourteenth-round-of-single-oak-project-bourbon-american-whiskey-news/

The Whisky Exchange – Dramboree 2014 – Loch Lomond and a bottle of Ledaig – Scotch Whisky News

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Dramboree 2014 – Loch Lomond and a bottle of Ledaig

Strangely, the UK has fewer whisky festivals than elsewhere in the world. While we have more than 100 of the most famous distilleries in the world sitting north of the Scots border, it’s on the continent that we see the most whisky-enthusiast gatherings.

While we have a range of whisky shows, from the beginner-friendly Whisky Lounge through to our own big-ticket Whisky Show, the enthusiast-run festival is something we see a lot less of. One of my favourites of the past few years has been Maltstock, which takes place in Nijmegen in the eastern Netherlands – it’s a gathering of whisky fans who all bring a bottle or two for a weekend of sitting around, talking rubbish and drinking whisky.
Ever since my first year at Maltstock, one constant topic of conversation has been as to whether the event would work in the UK. Generally, the feeling was that it wouldn’t, what with us not having so much of a tradition of fan-run whisky festivals. Fortunately, that didn’t stop Jonny Macmillan and Jason B Standing, who set up a British version of Maltstock in 2013 – Dramboree.

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The fine folks who made it to Dramboree 2014.

Annoyingly I missed the first one, although m’colleague Rocky made it and reported back on an excellent weekend. However, in July I made up for it by going to Dramboree #2.

Held on the shores of Loch Lomond, it was an excellent weekend of whisky and general shenanigans. Along with a table full of bottles to share, it also featured tastings of some new and upcoming bottlings from Dewar’s (keep an eye out for a range of single malts from Craigellachie, Aultmore, Glen Deveron and Royal Brackla sometime soon) and Highland Park (one of the first tastings of the new Dark Origins), a range of old bottlings from the 1950s onwards, a sensory whisky experience with Annabel Meikle, and a call for action from The Whisky Shop Dufftown’s Mike Lord to define Dufftown as a new whisky region in itself.

However, the bit that most excited me was the reveal of something that we at TWE had put together for the weekend: an exclusive Dramboree bottling. Finding something peaty, sherried and affordable is no mean feat, and we were very pleased to have some tasty Ledaig in our stocks. Here’s what I thought:

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Ledaig 8yo, Dramboree Bottling, £55

Nose: Sweet peat, mulchy ferns, bandages, candied peel, Haribo and, under it all, sweet, earthy smoke.
Palate: Big and feisty, with sweet bacon and charcoal hitting up front, followed by black pepper, liquorice, driftwood, rich river mud, tingly cinnamon and a touch of dark chocolate. Water reveals more dried fruit, as well as spice and sweetness.
Finish: Spicy and leafy, with liquorice and cinnamon slowly turning into Fisherman’s Friends.
Comment: I’m a bit of a sucker for Ledaig, so this ticks all the boxes for me – peaty, dark and sweet.
The Dramboree gang have now stocked up, so we’re opening sales to everyone who would like a bottle – just head over to our main website to grab one. Don’t wait too long, we’ve not got that much left…

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/the-whisky-exchange-dramboree-2014-loch-lomond-and-a-bottle-of-ledaig-scotch-whisky-news/

GLENDRONACH LAUNCHES 18 YEARS OLD TAWNY PORT FINISH – Scotch Whisky News

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GLENDRONACH LAUNCHES 18 YEARS OLD TAWNY PORT FINISH

GOLDEN syrup, red fruit compote and red grapefruit – a mouth-watering description of the new GlenDronach 18 year-old Tawny Port expression launched today (4August 2014).

Bottled at 46% abv, it is the award-winning Aberdeenshire distillery’s latest addition to its wood finishes range and replaces the 15 years old Tawny Port finish expression.

The GlenDronach Tawny Port finish is first matured in European oak casks and thereafter finishes its maturation in a small batch of Tawny Port casks. This gives the whisky its own unique flavours and aromas – in particular a distinctive rich red fruit taste.

The tasting notes show the whisky and the two different woods combining brilliantly to produce a phenomenal Highland malt.

Appearance:

Bright amber with a tawny heart.

Nose:

Elegant notes of golden syrup drenched over red fruit compote with a contrasting red grapefruit balance. Touches of cinnamon and nutmeg add to a rounded, warm depth.

Palate:

Vivid, tart cranberries and crisp barley marry harmoniously with stewed plums and roasted apples. Cedar wood and sweet cigar box spices add a delicate warmth and unique complexity to the long warm finish.

Finish:

A beautifully structured balance of contrasting rich fruit characters and intriguing warm oak spices.

Sales Director Alistair Walker said: “We launched our wood finishes range four years ago and the response worldwide has been excellent.

“We’ve carefully selected whisky that has been gently maturing in lighter casks so that aficionados experience the full impact of the Tawny port cask.

“The very pleasing result contributes extra depth and concentrated stewed fruit flavours. It’s another outstanding whisky that we’re delighted to add to our portfolio.”

 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/glendronach-launches-18-years-old-tawny-port-finish-scotch-whisky-news/

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1996 Malts of Scotland

Glenugie Distillery

DistilleerderijenGeplaatst door Mark Dermul wo, juli 30, 2014 07:23:39

Glenugie Distillery

Peterhead, Aberdeenshire

AB42 0YX

Scotland

Gesloten sinds 1983

Invernettie

Op de site van een oude windmolen in Peterhead (Highlands) richtte Donald McLeod Co een distilleerderij op die naar de naam Invernettie luisterde. We schrijven 1834. Drie jaar later, echter, in 1837, het jaar waarin de naam Invernettie gewijzigd werd in Glenugie, werd ze omgebouwd tot een brouwerij. In 1875 werd deze overgenomen door de Scottish Highland Distillers Company, die ze renoveerden, enorm uitbreidden en terug als distilleerderij in dienst namen. Tussen 1884 en 1915, toen ze eigendom was van Simon Forbes, was de distilleerderij zeer succesvol. Van 1925 tot 1937, daarentegen, ging ze in de mottenballen.

Seagar Evans Co Ltd uit Londen heropende Glenugie en renoveerde ze opnieuw (in 1956, het jaar waarin Seager Evans in handen kwam van Long John Distillers Ltd) en best grondig. Het stoken met kolen werd vervangen door olie en de productie ging flink omhoog. In de jaren ’70 kwam de distilleerderij in handen van Whitbread Co Ltd, die zich genoodzaakt zag de distilleerderij te sluiten op 18 februari 1982, dus als één van de eerste slachtoffers van de grote whiskymalaise.

Niet veel later werd ze afgebroken. Op de terreinen van Glenugie staat nu een reusachtige fabriek van de Score-Group PCL, een bedrijf dat gespecialiseerd is in buizen, kleppen, ventielen en kranen, voornamelijk voor de Britse marine.

Fettercairn

Water voor de productie werd betrokken van de Wellington Spring, enkele kilometers verderop. De distilleerderij beschikte over één mashtun en twee stills. In 1963 werd de moutvloer omgetoverd tot warehouses, zodat Glenugie over 9 opslagruimtes beschikte.

Na de sluiting van Glenugie werd Forsyth’s onder de arm genomen voor het ontmantelen van de installatie. De spirit safe en mash tun werden verkocht aan Fettercairn.

Range

Officiële bottelingen zijn zo goed als onvindbaar geworden. Maar recentelijk kocht Chivas Brothers wel het merk op en bracht in 2010 en 2011 twee ‘officiële’ Glenugie Deoch An Doras uit.

Oudere bottelingen, zowel officiële als onafhankelijke, zijn zo goed als onbetaalbaar geworden.

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Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky Available on SAA and Kenya Airways – South African Whiskey News

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Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky available on SAA and Kenya Airways

International visitors travelling on South African Airways (SAA) and Kenya Airways this August and September will have the unique opportunity to purchase Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky, the award-winning South African grain whisky, on-board.

Named the World’s Best Grain Whisky at the 2013 World Whisky Awards held annually in London, this is the first on-board listing for Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky, an opportunity made possible by Tourvest Inflight Retail Services (Tourvest IRS).

According to global marketing manager, Eliska Botha, these two new listings form part of steps towards making Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky available to consumers worldwide.

“Since launching in South African in 2009, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky has performed phenomenally at all the major international whisky competitions. The whisky has also ignited quite an interest globally but the high demand from consumers in South Africa has resulted in limited availability in the rest of the world. Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky currently sells only through duty-free and a select few retailers in the UK and Canada.

“Through this new on-board listing, international travellers will now be able to get to know our proudly South African whisky and take a bottle home with them. The international consumer-base travelling on these airlines are quite discerning and we believe that having Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky available within this premium environment will further strengthen interest worldwide. ”

In addition to being named World’s Best, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky has been awarded gold for the sixth consecutive year at the 2014 International Wine and Spirits Competition, won gold at the  2014 China Wine and Spirits competition and double gold at the 2013 New York International Spirits Competition.

The whisky is inspired by the Cape Mountains and the natural beauty of the area’s magnificent peaks, cool, sparkling streams, wooded valleys and an unmatched wealth of indigenous fynbos. Crafted at the James Sedgwick Distillery situated near the picturesque Bainskloof Pass in Wellington, in the Western Cape, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky pays tribute to Andrew Geddes Bain, the pioneering engineer who planned and built the pass in 1853.

Only the finest South African grain is used together with water that flows over an 850 million year-old sandstone and indigenous fynbos, setting Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky apart from any other whisky produced in the world. The whisky is quite uniquely double-matured and matured for three years in casks previously used for Bourbon, before being re-vatted into a fresh set of casks for a further maturation period that results in its exceptionally smooth and unique taste.

The whisky is a delicious combination of floral, banana, honey, toasted hazelnuts and toffee aromas. By adding a splash of water the whisky opens up to include wood, vanilla and sweet spice aromas and ends with an exceptionally smooth finish.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/08/bains-cape-mountain-whisky-available-on-saa-and-kenya-airways-south-african-whiskey-news/