THE MACALLAN LAUNCHES ITS LONDON RESIDENCE – Scotch Whisky News

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THE MACALLAN LAUNCHES ITS LONDON RESIDENCE

Luxury single malt whisky, The Macallan is taking over London’s Two Temple Place for two nights only.  On 2 and 3 June, The Macallan Residence will unlock its doors and invite guests into the world of The Macallan.

The first UK event of its kind for the brand will take guests on a journey of carefully curated experiences exploring the world of photography, food and fashion.

Visitors to The Macallan Residence will learn how to expertly nose and taste single malt with Gold, Amber, Sienna and Ruby, award winning whiskies from The 1824 Series.  Master-classes from Mixologists Wayne Collins and David Miles will showcase the art of creating the perfect Old Fashioned cocktail.

Chocolate and whisky pairings from Artisan Du Chocolat will be on offer, as well a bespoke styling service from a number of hand-picked partners.  Photography from The Macallan’s latest collaboration with the world’s most glamourous and iconic fashion photographer, Mario Testino will also be exhibited for guests to enjoy.

Keith Bonnington, The Macallan Senior Brand Manager said: “The Macallan Residence is an exciting and unique event which will take consumers on an exceptional whisky experience.  Set in the iconic Two Temple Place, guests will be fully immersed in the world of quality craftsmanship synonymous with The Macallan.”

A limited number of tickets are available for the two hour experience on 2 June at 7.30pm and 8.30pm and 3 June at 6.30pm at Two Temple Place, London, WC2R 3BD. To reserve your place please visit: http://www.themacallanresidence.com/.

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About The Macallan

Founded in 1824 in the heart of Speyside, The Macallan was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed. Since then it has built a reputation as one of the world’s leading single malt whiskies.  The creation of The Macallan draws on the vital contributing influences of Spain, North America and Scotland, and of their respective natural raw materials, combined with traditional methods and craftsmanship. From its founding, through the subsequent owners of The Macallan distillery in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and into the present century, The Macallan has been recognised for its outstanding quality above all else.

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TWO OF A KIND – THE GLENROTHES STRIKES GOLD – Scotch Whisky News

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TWO OF A KIND – THE GLENROTHES STRIKES GOLD  

Berry Bros. Rudd Spirits is delighted to announce The Glenrothes Select Reserve and The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve have both been awarded a Gold Medal at the Asian Spirits Masters 2015.

Produced to the same exacting quality standards as the Vintages, Select Reserve is a vatting of casks distilled in different years. It has been crafted to typify all that is The Glenrothes in its prime. Renowned as the ‘House Style’, laden with ripe fruits, juicy citrus, creamy vanilla and hints of complex spice, the Select Reserve is the essence, the very heart of The Glenrothes range in terms of taste and flavour.

The Vintage Reserve is the latest Reserve and epitomises the Vintage philosophy. It marries together a good many carefully selected Vintages from the last three decades, producing a Reserve of exceptional quality and flavour. A single malt that reflects the maturity of the whisky, rather than the age. The combination of different Vintages aged in a variety of casks creates a balance of mature experience and vibrant youth. The oldest constituent brings mellow oak and dried fruits; the greatest proportion adds soft, mature, sweet vanilla; the more youthful add exuberance and lemon citrus, creating a sharp and uplifting taste. The Vintage Reserve launched initially in Taiwan in November 2014, and is currently available in the UK from www.bbr.com. The UK national release is set for July 2015.

Ronnie Cox, Brand Heritage Director of The Glenrothes, commented; “Unlike other malts that bottle by age, we choose whiskies that represent the best of a particular year and marry them together when they are ready. Therefore it is flattering to win as it demonstrates that our efforts are not in vain, both The Vintage Reserve and The Select Reserve are stunning whiskies”

The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve 40% ABV

Appearance:  Brassy gold.

Bouquet:                 Unusually fragrant, soft in style, wafts of mature citrus and honeycomb accompanied with characteristic red fruits.

Palate:          Very soft silky/creamy mouth-feel. Red berry fruits swirl and dominate with time over the nebulous nuttiness.

Finish:           Mid to long citrus and honeyed vanilla and the faint reminder of 1st fill sherry casks.

The Glenrothes Select Reserve 43% ABV

Appearance:  Pale golden.

Bouquet:       American oak, vanilla and coconut, hint of plums.

Palate:          Full malty flavour, medium sweet, vanilla and orange zest.

Finish:           Long and slightly spicy.

The Spirits Masters is a series of blind tasting competitions, drawing entries in from across the world. The Asian Spirits Masters recognises the finest spirits available for sale in the Asian market.

For more information about The Glenrothes, visit www.theglenrothes.com

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The Glenrothes was founded in 1879.

Only 3% of the distillery capacity is bottled as Single Malt to ensure exceptional quality.

Owned by Berry Bros. Rudd Ltd, the wine and spirit merchants established in 1698, The Glenrothes is an award winning Speyside Single Malt Whisky of exceptional quality from the town of Rothes in Speyside -Scotland’s whisky heartland.

Established in 1879, the Glenrothes is a pioneer in Scotch Whisky. All our single malt is vintage malt. When we say vintage, we mean whisky distilled and put in cask in a single year. When judged to be at its peak of maturity, character and flavour, then we carefully marry selected vintages together as Reserves, or bottle them individually as Single Vintages.

At The Glenrothes, maturity matters more than age. A combination of many factors, including our unusually slow distillation process in tall copper pot stills, deliver our characteristic sweet, fruity and elegant spirit. Further flavours are derived from our extensive knowledge of maturation in oak casks. Each expression has its own unique personality, underpinned by the distinctive, hallmark characteristics of the distillery – ripe fruits, citrus, vanilla and an exquisite spicy finish all encased in the creamiest of textures and with a complex and well-poised balance.

The Glenrothes is only selected for bottling when it has reached its zenith of maturity; each cask is carefully checked, nosed and tasted many times. An age statement does not reveal the maturity of the whisky and so the Glenrothes is bottled only when ready, meaning mature and at its peak of perfection. Malt whisky matures at its own pace as shown by the two casks selected.

Some of our recent awards and accolades for current bottlings: 

The Glenrothes, Vintage Reserve

  • Double Gold, China Wine Spirits Awards 2015
  • Gold, The Asian Spirits Masters 2015
  • “Officially Amazing” , Guinness World Record holder for largest Burns Supper, 2015
  • The Glenrothes Select Reserve
  • Gold, San Francisco Wine Spirits Competition 2012
  • Scotch Whisky Master, The Spirits Business Masters 2008
  • Best in Class, World Whiskies Awards 2008

The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve

  • Double Gold, WSWA 2015
  • Recommended, Whisky Magazine, Issue 123, February 2015
  • Difford’s Guide, Exceptional 5 out of 5 stars 2014

The Glenrothes Alba Reserve

  • Excellent, Highly Recommended (92/100), Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2014
  • Double Gold, San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2010
  • Silver, International Spirits Challenge 2010

The Glenrothes Select Reserve

  • Gold, San Francisco Wine Spirits Competition 2012
  • Gold, The Asian Spirits Masters 2015

The Glenrothes 1998 Vintage

  • Silver medal, International Wine Spirits Competition 2011
  • 93/100, Excellent/Highly Recommended, Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2011
  • Silver, International Wine Spirits Competition 2010
  • Silver, San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2010

The Glenrothes 1995 Vintage

  • Gold, Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit, 2013
  • Silver, International Wine Spirits Challenge, 2013
  • 92/100, Excellent/Highly Recommended, Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2011

The Glenrothes 1988 Vintage

  • Silver, The San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2012

The Glenrothes 1978 Vintage

  • World’s Best Speyside Single Malt. World Whiskies Awards 2008

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2015/05/two-of-a-kind-the-glenrothes-strikes-gold-scotch-whisky-news/

Laphroaig 15 Years (200th Anniversary)

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Laphroaig 200 years AnniversaryLaphroaig distillery is celebrating its 200th Anniversary in 2015. All kinds of bicentennial events are planned throughout the year and we can expect no less than seven special editions (how about a 21 Year Old and a 32 Year Old?). First up is this Laphroaig 15 Year Old 200th Anniversary edition.

It’s a revival really, as Laphroaig 15yo (the favourite whisky of Prince Charles, apparently) was first launched in 1980. It was discontinued in 2009 and replaced by an 18 Year Old, but now we can enjoy it once again.

 

 

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Nose: nice. It’s a slightly unmodern style, which means less peat and more fruits. Ripe banana, nice papaya / mango and a hint of grapefruit. Lots of dried seaweed. Tobacco notes, a little flax. Vanilla and honey. I really like this nose, despite or because of the peat smoke being rather restrained. Mouth: again quite smooth and rounded, with a creamy mouthfeel. Chocolate and tobacco. Lime and pears. Drier after a while, with a peppery kick. Soft sooty notes in the background, with liquorice and a hint of brine. Finish: medium long, with some salt water and honey.

Fans of the modern, more intensely peated Laphroaig profile may find this underpowered and lacking in smokiness. I really like it for its old-style fruitiness and complexity. I think it may have reached 90 points with a slightly higher strength. Around € 100. Due to arrive in stores globally.

Score: 88/100

Article source: http://www.whiskynotes.be/2015/laphroaig/laphroaig-15-years-200th-anniversary/

Just Whisky 18th Auction – May 2015 – Whisky Auction News

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Just Whisky is now LIVE with our 18th auction. It’s a real privilege to handle some of the bottles in this month’s auction. We have an incredible selection of sought after bottling’s from many fabulous distilleries.

This month we attended the Whisky Lounge fair at the Aberdeen Conference Centre where we had the chance to meet some of our customers and twisted their arms to try a few drams on us. By far the most popular Whisky on offer was the Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique – judging by the reaction, it is a Whisky perhaps deserving of it’s recent award from the World Whiskies Award 2015 – The World’s Best Single Malt Whisky. It’s some claim to fame – and no doubt will make this a popular bottle to bid on.

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As well as award winning whiskies from Asia, of course we have a huge array of bottles from right here in Scotland. We’ve highlighted a few interesting lots below, but for the whole selection be sure to visit the website.

The auction comes to a close on Sunday 10th May at 8PM.

As always, we are accepting entries into our next auctions. Now is a great time to get your bottles in early to ensure their place in the June auction. Sell with us by filling in our short form available here.

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MACALLAN PRIVATE EYE

The ultra-collectable Private Eye bottle of Macallan. Limited to only 5000 bottles, of which only a few hundred were ever produced with the gold rather than the black seal. Bottled in 1996 for the 35th anniversary of the famous satrical magazine Private Eye.

This special edition is also unique in that it features a superb screenprinted label by the legendary gonzo illustrator Ralph Steadman.

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MAGDALENE 32 YEARS OLD 1982 – CADENHEAD’S

From William Cadenhead, Scotland’s oldest independent bottler a lovely 32 year old single malt from silent distillery St. Magdalene (Linlithgow). Distilled in 1982 and bottled in January 2015, from a single cask with an out turn of only 282 bottles.

  • 58.1%vol
  • 70cl

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PAPPY VAN WINKLE SET X 5

An incredible selection of Pappy Van Winkle bottles including:

10 Year Old Rip Van Winkle

  • 53.5% Vol (107° proof)
  • 750ml12 Year Old Van Winkle Special Reserve – Lot “B”
  • 45.2% Vol (90.4° Proof)
  • 750ml15 Year Old  Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve
  • 53.5% Vol (107° proof)
  • 750ml20 Years Old Family Reserve – Comes with original red velvet bag with gold stich writing
  • 45.2% Vol (90.4° proof)
  • 750ml

23 Years Old Family Reserve – Comes in original black velvet bag with gold sitch writing

  •  47.8% Vol (95.6° proof)
  • 750ml
  • Bottle No: F-2382

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LAGAVULIN 12 YEARS OLD – SPECIALLY SELECTED

This very rare 80’s bottling of 12 year old Lagavulin by White Horse Distillers Ltd, with the iconic horse embossed on the bottle. The Islay malt is extremely well preserved considering its age, and is very scarce.

Scored a fantastic 94 points with Whisky Fun, Comes in box. Very hard to find in such nice condition.

  • 43% vol
  • 75cl

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BEN WYVIS 31 YEARS OLD 1968 – SIGNATORY VINTAGE

A very rare bottling by Signatory Vintage, this is 1 of only 151 bottles drawn from cask No.687 on the 25th of February 2000. This 31 year old Single malt was distilled on the 5th June 1968 at Ben Wyvis distillery, Invergordon, Ross Cromarty. The distillery operated from 1965 to 1977 when it fell silent and was dismantled. Not to be confused with the Ben Wyvis distillery at Dingwall (also known as Ferintosh), which operated until 1926. We beleive these to be some of the few remaining casks in existence.

Presented in original wooden box, complete with certificate of authenticity, glass stopper and tasting sample miniature.

  • 50.6% vol
  • 70cl
  • Bottle No: 124 of 151
  • Cask No: 687

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HANYU VINTAGE 1985 – ICHIRO’S MALT ACE OF SPADES

This Single malt whisky is from the Hanyu distillery, that was located in a town bearing its name on the banks of the Tone river. The distillery was surrounded by barley and paddy fields. Hanyu was making malt whisky in the traditional Scottish way, but unfortunately stopped distilling in 2000.

The pot-stills and other whisky equipment were completely dismantled in 2004 because of a change of ownership. Fortunately the stock and facilities were saved by Ichiro, the grandson of the founders of the Hanyu distillery. His new distillery is now situated on the hill of Chichibu, where he was born. He started making whisky again in February 2008.

This is the mighty Ace of Spades from the highly collectible Cards series. Distilled in 1985 and matured for 21 years, f1st in Hogshead and then 2nd in Spanish Oak Sherry butt. Bottled in 2006 by Sasanokawa.

Imported by Number One Drinks Co. Ltd.

  • 55% (55.7%) vol
  • 700ml
  • Bottle No: 107 of only 300
  • Cask No: 9308

Bidding ends 8PM Sunday, and you can bid on all of the bottles at:http://www.just-whisky.co.uk/

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2015/05/just-whisky-18th-auction-may-2015-whisky-auction-news/

Ledaig Releases 1972 Vintage Malt to the Market – Scotch Whisky News

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Ledaig releases 1972 vintage malt to the market

Burn Stewart Distillers has released a rare, one off malt to key international markets – Ledaig 42YO, a robust, smoky malt whisky with a rich and distinct history.

Named Dùsgadh, meaning ‘awakening’ in Scot’s Gaelic, reflecting the long, dormant period of maturation, this is the rarest and oldest Ledaig ever released and the next 40YO Ledaig single malt won’t be available until 2036.

The story of handcrafted Ledaig 42YO begins on the Isle of Mull at the Tobermory Distillery, the only distillery on the mystic island and amongst the oldest commercial distilleries in Scotland. The malt’s old world charm reflects the brand’s spirit to do things the traditional way, by hand.

In a rare feat of master blending, this Single Malt Scotch Whisky has retained all of its deep, peaty intensity, which is almost unheard of for an expression of this age. Throughout its four decade history, the Scottish landscapes and climates to which Ledaig 42YO has been exposed, have strengthened the malt’s distinctly rich and smoky flavour.

The heavy intensity of Ledaig 42YO makes it an ideal digestif, or accompaniment to a fine cigar. This depth also means that it is best enjoyed neat and without water or ice, which would only dilute the profusion of flavour.

Like all of the malts in the Burn Stewart portfolio, Ledaig 42YO is un-chilfiltered, ensuring that more of the whisky’s natural aroma, flavour and texture remain in the bottle, deepening the taste.

The luxurious packaging which houses Ledaig 42YO has been inspired by the copper from the retired stills, which released the first spirit in 1972 and has finally reached the end of its distilling life. The aged copper has been used as part of the Ledaig 42YO packaging to celebrate this milestone and honour its rich heritage.

As an appreciation of our customer’s commitment to Ledaig, each box of Ledaig 42YO contains a handcrafted copper card, which entitles the buyer to inherit a bottle of Ledaig 10YO from the last distillate from the now retired stills, which will be available in 2025.

Master Distiller at Burn Stewart Distillers, Ian MacMillan said: “I’ve been distilling for almost 40 years and the smoky aroma retained in Ledaig 42YO is the highest I have ever come across in a 40YO island whisky. It’s the intricate and unusual process that has allowed this liquid to keep its strong, peaty characteristic. Under close supervision and moving homes, this liquid has been allowed to develop into a truly unique malt.

“The precious copper that released the first spirit in 1972 has reached the end of its distilling life and has produced exceptional vintage malt, which I am looking forward to sharing with an exclusive group of whisky lovers across the globe.”

Burn Stewart Distillers will release only 500 bottles across select international territories including the UK, North America and Asia. The RRP for Ledaig 42YO, 70cl and 75cl bottles is £3,500 and this includes the 10YO bottle buyers will receive in 2025.

For further information please visit www.lediag42.com

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Notes

Ledaig 42 Year Old Tasting Notes:

Colour: Chestnut

Nose: Rich and complex, intense phenolic sherry aromas. Sooty smokiness, fragrant wood, toffee apple, briny with some sweet biscuit maltiness. 

Palate: Quite dry evolving to a rich smoky oloroso sherry character. Massive complex layers of dark chocolate, coffee and cherry liqueurs. Extremely smooth, well balanced with spicy ginger and black peppercorn overtones. 

Finish: Dry, smooth and spicy, satisfying and very long with a salty smoky tail. 

About Burn Stewart Distillers

Burn Stewart Distillers is part of the Distell Group Limited, Africa’s leading producer and marketer of spirits, fine wines, ciders and ready to drinks. The company’s Head Office is based in East Kilbride, Scotland, and its principal trading activities are the distillation, blending, bottling and marketing of Scotch Whisky brands in the UK and internationally.

The company owns and operates three malt distilleries: Bunnahabhain (Islay), Tobermory (Mull) and Deanston (Doune, near Stirling).  It has a blending and maturation facility in Airdrie and a bottling hall and dry and finished goods storage site in East Kilbride.  The company also operates a sales and marketing branch in Taiwan.

Burn Stewart produces and markets a well-balanced range of Scotch Whisky brands. Its core blends include Scottish Leader and Black Bottle, with the single malts portfolio consisting of Bunnahabhain, Tobermory, Deanston and Ledaig.

With a dedicated staff of approximately 240 located in various sites throughout the world, BSD employees have an average service of nine years, with 37% of staff having worked with the company for more than 10 years and 11% for over 20 years.

This loyalty and experience is reflected in the quality of our award-winning brands.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2015/05/ledaig-releases-1972-vintage-malt-to-the-market-scotch-whisky-news/

Tamnavulin 21 Year Old 1989 Duncan Taylor Rare Old

Arran tasting met Lucie Stroesser

EventsGeplaatst door Mark Dermul vr, april 17, 2015 08:42:01

Arran stookt dit jaar
twintig jaar! Opgericht door een voormalig directeur bij Chivas, Harold Currie,
liep de eerste spirit, weliswaar met mondjesmaat, door de spirit safe in 1995.
Een officiële 20-jarige zal dan wellicht ook niet meer zo heel lang op zich
laten wachten, mogen we hopen. Maar dat Arran ondertussen al heel wat lekkers
op de markt heeft, konden we ontdekking in de Celtic Towers in het centrum van
Gent tijdens een heuse tasting van The Bonding Dram, die niemand minder dan
Lucie Stroesser kon strikken voor de presentatie.

Lucie is de Brand Ambassador
voor Arran. Het feit dat ze een Française is maakt dat wellicht een beetje
vreemd, ware het niet dat zij 6 jaar geleden naar Schotland vertrok als uitwisselingsstudente.
Alleen geraakte ze nooit terug, werd verliefd op het land, bleef er wonen en
ging uiteindelijk voor Arran werken. Hoewel ze met een schattig Frans accent de
uitleg in het Engels deed, wist ze wel zeer goed waarover ze sprak. En de line-up
die ze in samenspraak met Jeroen had samengesteld mocht er best wezen.

De opener was de Arran 14
Year Old
, gebotteld op 46%. Op de neus kreeg ik gebakken appeltjes,
graankoekjes, abrikozen en toffee, wat zich op smaak en in de middellange finish
doorzette, maar wel mooi gekruid op peper en gember. Een leuke ‘everyday’
whisky die best betaalbaar is met zijn prijskaartje van om en bij de 50 EUR
(84/100).

Daarna kregen we de limited
edition Arran 18 Year Old, eveneens op 46%. Slechts 9.000 flessen zagen
hiervan het levenslicht, hoewel er volgens Lucie volgend jaar wellicht een
definitieve 18 Year Old aan de core range zal worden toegevoegd. Deze was
alvast heel zoet en rond op abrikozen en perzik, maar ook cuberdons, carré
confituur en appelsien. Op smaak kreeg ik toffee en heel wat citrus, was hij
verrassend punchy, maar had hij tevens een vuil kantje dat me wat tegenstond.
De finish was het beste aan deze whisky, die zoet en middellang bleek. Deze
whisky werd volledig gerijpt op 2nd en 3rd fill oloroso sherryvaten (83/100).

En dan was het een blij
weerzien met de Arran 12 Year Old Cask Strength. Ik proefde eerder al
batch 1 die ik geweldig vond. Deze batch 4, gebotteld op 53,2%, was even
donkerzoet op gebakken appels, rabarber, toffee, schil van banaan (en nog geen
klein beetje), kruisbessen en wat kandijsuiker. Geweldige neus. Hij was zacht
op smaak met flink wat geel fruit en amandelen, vanille en gember. Lekker lange
finish met chocolade op het sterfbed. Wat mij betreft de winnaar van de avond
(86/100).

Dat Arran heel wat speciale
cask finishes op de markt heeft gebracht in het verleden is te verklaren door
het feit dat ze zo jong zijn en dus geen leeftijd op hun flessen konden zetten
en de markt veroveren. Ze moesten dus innovatief uit de hoek komen. Heel wat
van die finishes zijn best lekker. Wij kregen vanavond de Arran Sauternes
Cask Finish
op 50%. Het betreft een Arran waarvan de spirit eerst een 9-tal
jaar rijpte op zowel bourbon- als oloroso sherryvaten en nadien nog een finish
kreeg van pakweg 12 maanden op vaten van deze Franse zoete witte wijn. Wat mij
betreft was de invloed van het wijnvat te groot. Hij was mierzoet op ananas,
banaan, bloemsuiker en appelmoes met een snuifje nootmuskaat. Maar op smaak
leek het mij geen whisky met wijnfinish maar een wijn met whiskyfinish. Voor de
echte zoetekauwen (82/100).

En dan het moment suprême
van de avond. We kregen namelijk, head-to-head, drie single bourbon casks uit
1999, wat toch wel een exclusiviteit genoemd mag worden, omdat de bourbonvaten
bij Arran in de minderheid zijn. Volgens Lucie is minstens 75% van wat er in de
zes warehouses ligt te rijpen allemaal op oloroso. Verrassend genoeg geen PX,
omdat de vorige Master Distiller er gewoonweg niet tuk op was zulke vaten te
gebruiken. Tja. Maar terug naar de bourbon casks. Het waren de volgende en ik
heb er meteen mijn score achter gezet:

Arran 1999 Single Cask, Bourbon Cask #72, 56,7%, 209 bts (83/100)

Arran 1999 Single Cask, Bourbon Cask #80, 55,0%, 182 bts (85/100)

Arran 1999 Single Cask, Bourbon Cask #33, 54,9%, 174 bts (82/100)

Aangezien het zustervaten
zijn, lijken ze natuurlijk erg op elkaar. Maar de verschillen waren zeker te
detecteren. Zo vond ik vat 72 een neus vol boterbollen hebben, met ananas,
toffee en wat groene kruiden. De neus van vat 80 was ronder en voller en
offreerde ook nog perzik en amandelen, terwijl de neus van vat 33 eerder
beduusd was en zich vooral rond citrus concentreerde. Op smaak was vat 72 krachtig
en zoet met een donker randje, terwijl vat 80 meer zoethout en kruiden bracht.
Vat 33 bleef bij citrus en bood ook wat meer eik. De finish was bij alle drie
middellang tot lang, zoet en kruidig. Mijn voorkeur ging toch uit naar vat 80.

Ik moet bekennen dat ik geen
van de drie echt uitgesproken complex of absolute top vond. Het waren gewoon
geweldig lekkere single casks, maar de winnaar van de avond bleef voor mij toch
de Arran 12 Year Old Cask Strength.

Tot slot nog een woordje
over de new make, die we ook te proeven kregen. Die werd onverdund op
68% gepresenteerd. Ik vond hem verrassend zoet en fruitig, zeer clean op zoete
mout met een bloemig kantje. De gekookte groenten die ik in veel new make
ontwaar, was hier een pak minder uitgesproken. Hij was echt drinkbaar, zelfs
zonder water, maar veel lekkerder met een paar druppeltjes. De lange finish was
zoetzuur. En als ik heel eerlijk ben, ben ik van mening dat deze ongerijpte
spirit het fruitigste is dat ik die avond geproefd heb, wat heel wat zegt
(volgens mijn (on)bescheiden mening) over de vaten die door Arran gebruikt
worden. Hun spirit verdiend het volgens mij om te rijpen op first fill vaten om
de vorming van esters te bevorderen. Zie maar naar mijn favoriete expressie die
inderdaad een mix is van first fill bourbon en oloroso sherryvaten. Veel
fruitiger dan menig andere expressie. Enfin, rant over.

Een welgemeende ‘dank u’ aan
Jeroen die ons de unieke gelegenheid gaf om deze drie single casks naast elkaar
te plaatsen. En ook voor de rest van de heerlijke whisky’s en de paaseitjes
natuurlijk. Bedankt voor aan mijn disgenoten voor een gezellige avond, zoals
steeds.

May the Malt be with you!

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Milroy’s of Soho “Maltbarn – We Salute You” – Scotch Whisky News

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MALTBARN

SCOTCH FRESH FROM DEUTSCHLAND

Shocked is how I would describe our faces as we finished our final sample. We were having a good old go on the entire range of Maltbarn whiskies that had just arrived from Germany. The thing with single cask bottlings is that because they are inherently unique they can also be highly variable, and this was the first time the entire staff were united behind the entire output of a single independent bottler. Unheard of…

Maltbarn are best summarised in their own words: “We don`t care about the latest hype, marketing tricks or fancy packaging. Instead we only sell whisky we love to drink ourselves!” You can’t say fairer than that, and that is also very much our approach. So it’s no wonder we were getting on so famously with their whiskies. Although I have to say we were more than a little smitten with their beautiful label designs which scream DRINK ME rather than “we don’t care about… fancy packaging”, but we won’t complain if you won’t! Don’t take our punch-drunk word for how great these whiskies are, their reviews speak for themselves, check out Whisky Fun one of our favourite reviewers.

Below you will find our current selection, and feel free to add ‘staff pick’ to every single one of these bad boys!

 THE SELECTION

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Dailuaine 18 Year Old, 48.7%

This is one of those estery malts on the nose: kiwi, pear drops and granny smith apples. Spearmint and white pepper on the palate with a soupcon of sweetness. The long finish is minty with poached pears stealing through.
159 bottles produced from a single ex-Bourbon barrel.

£94.95

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Glen Keith 22 Year Old, 49.4%

Butter icing, toffee and Victorian sweet shop aromas, leading to toasted oak and caramel on the palate. The finish takes its time with butterscotch and sweet spice notes. Genuinely stunning stuff from an often overlooked lost distillery.
179 bottles produced from a single ex-Bourbon barrel.

£129.95

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Caol Ila 19 Year Old, 52.8%

This is Caol Ila at its very best; a salty driftwood bonfire burning on the beach under the setting summer sun. The palate is firm with that classic maritime peat with Kaffir lime leaf lending heady top notes. The finish lingers with notes of charcoal and roasted peach. 226 bottles produced from a single ex-Bourbon barrel.

£129.95

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Inchgower, 38 Year Old, 47.3%

The aroma is reminiscent of a cobblestone path through a forest glade. This 38 year old has a distinct minerality, almost mezcal like. Then there is butterscotch, fruit compote, stewed tropical fruit, melon and a hint of aniseed. A finish who’s length complements the malt’s age!
54 bottles produced from a single ex-Bourbon barrel.

£249.95

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Glen Elgin 29 Year Old, 45.6%

Delicious rancio aromas and flavours from that long time hanging around in an oak cask. Then there is a youthful hit of active oak, toffee, baked Bramley apples and a touch of a musty old bookshelf (in a good way!).
122 bottles produced from a single ex-Bourbon barrel.

£159.95

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Burnside 25 Year Old, 50.9%

Teaspooned Balvenie anyone? This is Balvenie with a tiny amount (literally a teaspoon) of Glenfiddich added so Maltbarn can’t legally call this stuff Balvenie. Waxy at first with a slight hint of burning embers. This is chased by confectionary notes (jelly babies perhaps?). Then there is [Balvenie] honey, burnt raisin, cinnamon and a sprinkling of struck match stick. 167 bottles produced from a single ex-Bourbon barrel.

£125.95

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Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old, 49.9%

A quiet West Coast harbour with seaweed drifting on the water. Then there is manuka honey, cloves, cardamom and Maldon sea salt. This whisky couldn’t be more Bunnahabhain if it tried!
121 bottles produced from a single ex-sherry butt.

£129.95

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Ledaig 9 Year Old, 48.1%

A younger offering from Maltbarn. Earthy and peaty with a wonderful refreshing quality. The finish is surprisingly delicate considering the youthful nature of this intrepid malt.
141 bottles produced from a single ex-Bourbon barrel.

£69.95

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Ben Nevis 16 Year Old, 53.2%

Leafy, minerally notes at first, chased with aromas of a spring meadow. The palate takes on mineral notes of slate, blackberry and a smattering of sea salt. The finish lingers with a herbacious catelogue of oregano and basil.
91 bottles produced from a single ex-Bourbon barrel.

£84.95

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Milroy’s of Soho · 3 Greek Street · London, England W1D 4NX · United Kingdom

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2015/05/milroys-of-soho-maltbarn-we-salute-you-scotch-whisky-news/

Glenfarclas 105 Day – Scotch Whisky News

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To celebrate the 105th day of the year on the 15th of April 2015, various international events were held as part of ‘Glenfarclas 105 day’ to promote Glenfarclas 105 cask strength whisky. Glenfarclas has become well known for this 60% A.B.V. whisky, it being the first distillery to commercially sell cask strength whisky.

The 105 promises real character, revealing a rich spiciness, combined with sherried fruit and dark toffee notes. Moreover this whisky has some interesting history behind it too. Its origins lie in a Grant family gathering in 1968 when George S. Grant, father of current chairman John Grant, bottled a cask at 105 degrees British Proof for Christmas. The whisky was presented to family and friends with its modest ‘105 proof’ label (now 60% in today’s A.B.V. measurement) and the evident appreciation of the dram meant that it was remembered long after the gathering – the 105 was born!

The 105th day of the year was therefore the perfect way to make a toast to this great whisky. In the UK a ‘105 day’ online campaign with master of malt spirits retailer was launched. This included winning a signed bottle of Glenfarclas 105 for any purchase every 105 minutes throughout the day. As if that wasn’t enough of a giveaway, a twitter and facebook campaign followed offering an exceptional 3 Litre Glenfarclas 105 bottle to the winner with the best reasons photos of ‘why you deserve the 105 the most’.

Meanwhile George Grant created a similar buzz on the other side of the world where a ‘105 day’ was being held in both Taiwan and China. The Glenfarclas 105 cask strength whisky was, of course, the main attraction, with not only discounted bottles available during the course of the Taiwanese celebration, but also 105 whisky cocktails, and chances to win 105 miniature bottles. The event had a wedding style banquet theme, complete with fire displays and entertainment. In China another 105 event was held at Ocho Cocktail Bar in Shanghai where attendees who bought a Glenfarclas 105 also received a free 105 seasoned cigar. This is the second time George Grant presented the 105 day in Asia and its popularity looks like its set to become an annual celebration for the years to come.

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Glenfarclas Email: info@glenfarclas.co.uk Website: www.glenfarclas.co.uk Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/glenfarclas/ Tel: +44 (0) 1807 500257 Fax: +44 (0) 1807 500234 Address: Glenfarclas Distillery, Ballindalloch, Banffshire AB37 9BD, UK © Glenfarclas

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2015/05/glenfarclas-105-day-scotch-whisky-news/

The French Whiskies Have Arrived in British Columbia! – French Whisky News

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The French whiskies have arrived in British Columbia and are available at private liquor stores in Vancouver area and Victoria Island. To get a list of stores and more details about the whiskies, please contact:

Yannick Treffot [e] yantre@cru-terroir.com • [ph] 778-870-4649.

Currently available:

G.Rozelieures (Lorraine region)

Pro$hibition (Jura region)

Michel Couvreur (Burgundy region)

Guillon (Champagne region)

The award winning distillery from Brittany Glann Ar Mor (Glann Ar Mor and Kornog whiskies) will be added to the portfolio in the next couple of months. Please note that the portfolio will be available in Alberta by the end of this year. Established since 1870 in the Lorraine region, the Grallet Dupic family is locally renowned for their mirabelle plum and pear eaux de vie. Christophe Dupic decided to batch the first-of-its kind Whisky de Lorraine in 2000. The eaux de vie distillation savoir-faire has definitely shaped the identities of their whiskies that are characterized by fruitiness, delicateness, smoothness all along with a touch of masculinity through the use of peat.

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Whisky de Lorraine

40% abv • +600429

Single malt, double distilled and aged for 6 years in Cognac Sherry casks. Lightly peated (6 ppm).

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Rare Collection

40% abv • +838938

Single malt, double distilled and aged for 8 years in Sauternes.

Lightly peated (6 ppm).

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Fume Collection

46% abv • +392670

Double  distilled  single  malt  aged  8 years in Fino casks.

Medium peated (20ppm).

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pRO$HIBITION

Made in Jura, France

Nestled in the foothills of the rocky spur of the village of Château Châlon, the Tissot family has a long established history of wine makers and roving distillers (Bouilleurs de Cru in French).

Pascal Tissot (11th generation) uses a very unique distillation method of three French 1934 Blavier stills, originally designed and built to distil lavender for the perfume industry. Local ‘Feuillettes’ barrels, which hold 114 litres – half the size of a Burgundian wine barrel, are then filled with the new spirit and matured for a period of three to four years in the rustic Jurassians cellars. The batches are then independently bottled cask by cask. Only 1,000 bottles of each version are produced every year.

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Vin Jaune Single Cask

41% abv • +856120 

Double distilled single malt matured between three to four years in Vin Jaune (Yellow wine) feuillette size barrels.

 

Vin Jaune, made from Savagnin grapes, is aged for a minimum of 6 years and3 months in oak barrels that have been filled nearly to the top. The wine gradually evaporates, and as it does a thin layer of yeast called voile forms on its surface, allowing complex, nutty flavors to develop. It is very similar to a dry fino Sherry.

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Vin de Paille Single Cask

41% abv • +453605

Double distilled single malt matured between three to four years  in  Vin de Paille (straw wine) feuillette size barrels. Vin de Paille is made from grapes that have been dried to concentrate their juice (the result is similar to the ice wine process.)

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Macvin Single Cask

41% abv • +70664

Double distilled single malt matured between three to four years in Macvin feuillette size barrels. Macvin is a late  harvested  grape must that is aged in oak barrels for a minimum of 12 months without prior alcoholic fermentation in tanks. Marc du Jura, pomace-based brandie, is then added at a ratio of 1 litre for every 2 of must. Fermentation stops, leaving behind residual sugar and a sweet complex dessert wine.

Michel Couvreur

Burgundy

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Hand-crafted boutique whisky company that sources its raw whiskies from various distilleries in Scotland, then ages them in their Burgundian underground cellars. Yearly production is about 50,000 allocated bottles. Of Belgium origin, Burgundian wine merchant, Michel Couvreur, arrived in Scotland in 1964. He got involved in the Scotch business and became known for selecting the most ancient strains of cereals andusing extremely rare Sherry casks for aging. In the 70’s, Michel Couvreur returned to Burgundy where he now matures his Scotches in rare Pedro Ximenez and/or Palomino casks to craft exceptional whiskies.

  • The Unique | 44% abv • Grain whisky • +503730
  • Intravagan’za | 50% abv • Cereal spirit or Clearach • +84434
  • Overaged Malt | 43% abv • Best European whisky 2013 • +209007
  • Pale Single Single | 45% abv • Floral and salty • +514620
  • Candid | 49% abv • Lightly peated and salty caramel • +775080
  • Blossoming Auld Sherried | 45% abv • Elegance and strength • +656074

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Founded in 1997 in the Champagne region of France, Guillon offers a range of single malt whiskies matured in various cask types selected from famous French vineyards. The barley is sourced locally from a Champagne cooperative. During the fermentation process, Guillon uses champagne yeast (saccharomyces bayanus), which give a more regional character to their products. Double distilled, all the whiskies are then aged for a minimum of five years in white Burgundy wine barrels before being finished in various wine barrels for various length of time. Guillon is the official supplier of L’Élysée (the Residence of the President of France).

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2015/05/the-french-whiskies-have-arrived-in-british-columbia-french-whisky-news/

BENRIACH LAUNCHES DUNDER, A STUNNING PEATED 18 YEAR OLD DARK RUM FINISH – Scotch Whisky News

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BENRIACH LAUNCHES DUNDER, A STUNNING PEATED 18 YEAR OLD DARK RUM FINISH 

Global Whisky Distiller of the Year BenRiach today (30 April 2015) launches “Dunder”, an extraordinary Peated 18 Years Old Dark Rum finish from its Elgin distillery.

The BenRiach Dunder is a one-off bottling with only 1888 bottles available worldwide.

This intriguing new Speyside expression, from the same range as the BenRiach Albariza, takes its unusual name from the residue of cane juice left in a still after distilling a batch of rum.

Traditionally used as a yeast source in the fermentation process of Jamaican rum, it gives the rum a unique aroma and flavour.

Dunder, at 46% vol, is distilled from peated malted barley and is initially matured in American oak casks and then finished in dark rum barrels.

It combines the distinct and contrasting aromas and flavours associated with richly peated malt whisky and the elegant style of wood selected for final maturation.

The tasting notes show this is set to be an interesting addition to the BenRiach portfolio.

Colour

Summer harvest straw.

Nose

Crisp candied peel holds waves of soft peach and ripe banana dusted with Demerara sugar. Delicate rounded peat smoke combines with gentle sweet oak spices.

Taste

Dramatic peat smoke and barley complement crisp citrus zest, white pepper and fresh ginger. Caramelised orchard fruits and dried apricots develop to a rich grassy wood smoke finish.

Sales Director Alistair Walker said: “Our limited edition Dunder is the latest addition to our new heavily peated range which has been warmly welcomed worldwide.

“Thanks to the sharpness of the campfire peat taste you might initially think this is an Islay malt but it is definitely a Speyside! As the aromatic sweetness of the peach and banana kicks in, it mellows to a distinctive and flavourful peated dram that will linger long in your memory.”

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2015/05/benriach-launches-dunder-a-stunning-peated-18-year-old-dark-rum-finish-scotch-whisky-news/