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Cragganmore 20 Year Old 1991 Whiskybroker

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul wo, februari 12, 2014 20:39:48

Distilleerderij: Cragganmore
Regio: Schotland (Speyside)
Fles: Cragganmore 20 Year Old 1991/2011 Whiskybroker.co.uk, Hogshead #1157, 274
Kleur: zonlicht
ABV: 54,2%


Whiskybroker is een
onafhankelijk bottelaar die zich specialiseert in het bottelen van vaten aan
wel zeer leuke prijzen. Zo kan je er momenteel, om maar iets te noemen, een
17-jarige Auchentoshan kopen voor amper 55 EUR. Ik bedoel maar. Enfin, deze
Cragganmore is 20 jaar oud en werd door Martin Armstrong, de man achter het
label, gebotteld in 2011. Het is de oudste Cragganmore die ik al proefde.

De neus begint eerder
gesloten, op moutige tonen. Een beetje klassiek voor Cragganmore. Wordt dan
toch wat zoeter op appels en appelsienen en een hint van perzik. Rabarber, ook.
Nog wat honing en iets floraals, al even klassiek voor deze Speysider. Die
bloemigheid wordt steeds sterker. Lichte kruiden.

Olieachtig op smaak,
met onmiddellijk wat kruiden als gember, anijs en kinine. Het grassige element
neemt de teugels in handen, alvorens appels en voornamelijk citrusfruit mee te
laten spelen. Tikkeltje zepig, wel, hoewel dat gelukkig toch op de achtergrond
blijft. Wordt dan midpalate wat droger. Groene tannine.

Lange afdronk op
citrus en anijs.

Best aangename
Cragganmore, die het zonder water kan stellen. Het vat werd gedeeld met
Master of Malt, de Britse online retailer.


door Mark Dermul op 26-12-2013
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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The Macallan Samples To Design Elite At London’s Designjunction – Scotch Whisky News

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The Macallan samples to design elite at London’s designjunction  

Luxury single malt whisky, The Macallan, distributed by Maxxium UK has reported strong sampling figures after returning to London’s leading art and design show, designjunction, for the second consecutive year.

 Set against the stunning backdrop of a former postal office in New Oxford Street, the critically acclaimed show boasted a powerful line-up of notorious international brands, cutting-edge labels, pop-up shops, large-scale installations, eateries, flash factories, seminars and screenings, presented across three floors of the impressive 120,000 sq ft venue.

Visitors to The Macallan experience were treated to a tasting of Gold, Amber, Sienna and Ruby from The 1824 Series, which were displayed in a specially commissioned sculpture by John Galvin, produced using wood from The Macallan casks.

Over the five day event, 18 – 22 September, The Macallan sampled over 4,000 drams of the 1824 Series and 6,000 cocktails created with Macallan Gold on press preview and opening night.

As well as sampling The 1824 Series, guests could also view photography from the winners of The Macallan’s Masters of Photography ‘The Last Word’ competition, which was launched in celebration of The Macallan’s third Masters of Photography Series, a collaboration with the world’s most famous photographer, Annie Leibovitz.

The Macallan M, an exquisite creation born of a collaboration between three masters: The Macallan, Fabien Baron Lalique, was also showcased along with exclusive sketches by creative director Fabien Baron and video footage of the making of The Macallan M.

Peter Sandstrom, Marketing Director at Maxxium UK Ltd, commented: “As a single malt that prides itself on quality craftsmanship, design and innovation, it was fitting to return to the most important global meeting point of The London Design Festival. We were able to sample our new range, The 1824 Series, and engage with an audience who appreciate The Macallan’s provenance and luxury credentials.”

The Macallan Masterpiece

For more information on The Macallan: www.themacallan.com


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. Today this remains the foundation for the worldwide fame of The Macallan and is such that it is truly “The Last Word” in luxury and at the heart of those special moments brought alive over a glass of The Macallan.


The Macallan Masters of Photography: Annie Leibovitz Edition comprises 1,000 limited edition bottles, of which there are four different versions.  Each bottle contains one of four unique single malts, crafted to reflect the mood of the signed Annie Leibovitz print that it is paired with.  The four single cask whiskies have been matured in different cask types to be completely unique and original.  The bottle and print are presented in a bespoke photo-archival box, stamped with The Macallan brand and Annie Leibovitz’s name.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2013/10/the-macallan-samples-to-design-elite-at-londons-designjunction-scotch-whisky-news/

Jim Beam Master Distiller Frederick “Fred” Booker Noe III Inducted Into Kentucky Bourbon Hall Of Fame – American Whiskey News


Jim Beam Master Distiller Frederick “Fred” Booker Noe III  Inducted Into Kentucky Bourbon Hall Of Fame

Bardstown, Kentucky – September 23, 2013 – Frederick “Fred” Booker Noe III, Master Distiller of Jim Beam® Bourbon, was inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame on Friday by the Kentucky Distillers Association and the Kentucky Bourbon Festival Board of Directors. He follows his father Frederick Booker Noe II, and his great-grandfather Jim Beam, among other Beam family members, into the Hall.

“It’s about as big an honor as you can get in this business, and it means a lot of me and my family,” said Noe. “To be recognized by my peers and the industry is a humbling validation of my life’s work.  I am so grateful for this honor, and I can’t thank enough all the hard working men and women at our Bourbon distilleries who do such a great job every day making the world’s No. 1 Bourbon.”

The Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame recognizes individuals, companies and organizations that have made a significant impact on the stature, growth and public awareness of Kentucky Bourbon. Noe is the ninth Beam to be inducted.

“Fred has poured his heart and soul into the business,” said Matt Shattock, president and chief executive officer, Beam Inc. “He’s the keeper of the Beam family flame, an authentic craftsman and a tireless ambassador for our Bourbon brands who’s contributed to the worldwide growth of the Bourbon category.  We couldn’t be more proud that Fred has made history with his induction into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame.”  The Jim Beam brand last year demonstrated its strongest growth in decades, achieving 10% comparable sales growth and reaching a record 7-million 9-liter equivalent cases.

Noe began working for Beam in 1987, starting on the bottling line at the company’s flagship distillery in Clermont, Kentucky. He worked in various positions over his 26 years at the distillery and was named Master Distiller in 2007.

Noe is credited with helping to create Jim Beam® Devil’s Cut®, a distinctly bold bourbon with a smooth finish and rich oak flavors that have been unleashed from deep inside the barrel, as well as overseeing the expansion of the award-winning Knob Creek® Bourbon portfolio to include Knob Creek® Rye, Knob Creek® Single Barrel Reserve and Knob Creek® Smoked Maple.

“The Beams are all about bourbon,” Noe said in his induction speech. “It’s what we know and what we do. I know my father and my great-grandfather, as well as all my uncles and cousins, would be proud of my inclusion in such a special group.”

In addition to his work at the Clermont distillery, Noe travels the world promoting the company and the bourbons his family made famous. For more information about Jim Beam, visit www.jimbeam.com or find Fred Noe on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jimbeam

About Beam Inc.

As one of the world’s leading premium spirits companies, Beam is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including Jim Beam Bourbon, Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Sauza Tequila, Pinnacle Vodka, Canadian Club Whisky, Courvoisier Cognac, Teacher’s Scotch Whisky, Skinnygirl Cocktails, Cruzan Rum, Hornitos Tequila, Knob Creek Bourbon, Laphroaig Scotch Whisky, Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, Larios Gin, Whisky DYC and DeKuyper Cordials.  Beam is focused on delivering superior performance with its unique combination of scale with agility and a strategy of Creating Famous Brands, Building Winning Markets and Fueling Our Growth. Beam and its 3,400 passionate associates worldwide generated 2012 sales of $2.5 billion (excluding excise taxes), volume of 38 million 9-liter equivalent cases and some of the industry’s fastest growing innovations.

Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BEAM and is included in the SP 500 Index and the MSCI World Index.  For more information on Beam, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamglobal.com and www.drinksmart.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2013/10/jim-beam-master-distiller-frederick-fred-booker-noe-iii-inducted-into-kentucky-bourbon-hall-of-fame-american-whiskey-news/

Eagle Rare Bourbon Announces Top 20 Nominees for the 2014 Rare Life Award; Still Time to Cast a Vote! – American Whiskey News

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Eagle Rare Bourbon Announces Top 20 Nominees for the

2014 Rare Life Award; Still Time to Cast a Vote!  

Grand Prize Winner to Receive $40,000 Donation for Charity of Choice 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Oct. 2, 2013) Eagle Rare Bourbon Whiskey announces the current voting tallies for its 2014 Rare Life Award, an award that recognizes people whose lives embody Eagle Rare’s passion for excellence and demonstrate the epitome of courage, leadership, survival, heroism, devotion and character. With only three months remaining in the nomination process, the votes are very close between each of the top 20 vote nominees so far.  The $40,000 award will be donated to the winner’s charity early next year.

As of Oct. 1, the 20 nominees who have received the most votes are, (in alphabetical order):

  • Bob Anderson- Decorah, Iowa
  • Andrew Christian- Coleville, California
  • Al Cecere- Gatlinburg, Tennessee
  • Marc Dibernardo- Louisville, Kentucky
  • Ryan Eversley- Morrisville, North Carolina
  • Howard Garrett- Freeland, Washington
  • Marge Gibson-Merrill, Wisconsin
  • Angie Goodwin- Beach Grove, Kentucky
  • Shawn J Gourley- Evansville, Indiana
  • Melissa Jarboe- Chisago, Kansas
  • Mac McQuown- Ocala, Florida
  • Becky Fox Ortyl- St Louis, Missouri
  • Shanda Renee- Paso Robles, California
  • Dr. Peter Sharpe- Avalon, California
  • Karen Shirk- Xenia, Ohio
  • Melissa Smith- Doniphan, Kansas
  • Charles J Stecker JR.- East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Theresa Strader- Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Annette King Tucker-Claremore, Oklahoma
  • Janice Wolf- Midway, Arkansas

Of the 20 top nominees, their stories are varied from topics such as children’s rights, military heroes, saving animals, childhood diseases, and service dogs. What all of the stories have in common though, is their ability to tug at one’s heartstrings.

Kris Comstock, Eagle Rare Bourbon brand manager said, “We continue to be inspired by the nominees and are honored to help an increasing array of charities across the United States. We’re halfway through the voting process and have some great nominations so far.  But there’s still time to nominate someone you think leads a Rare Life, or to vote for your favorite nominee at www.eaglerarelife.com.”

Since nominations and voting began in May of this year, 120 stories have been submitted through Eagle Rare’s website. The Grand Prize award winner will be awarded a $40,000 donation for the charity of their choice. The Grand Prize winner will also receive an awards ceremony in the winner’s home town hosted by Eagle Rare Bourbon and the production of a short testimonial video.

In addition to the grand prize, six others will be selected for each key Rare Life characteristic and awarded $4,000 for the charity of their choice. This is the fourth year for the Rare Life campaign, and the 2014 awards will bring total grants to date for charities to $160,000.

Entries are available to view online at the Eagle Rare website. People can continue to vote for these inspiring nominees through January 7, 2014. At the end of the voting, a Grand Prize Winner and six finalists will be selected from 20 nominees receiving the most votes. Those winners will be announced the week of March 3, 2014.

For more information or to submit a nomination, visit www.eaglerarelife.com. 

About Eagle Rare Bourbon

Eagle Rare Bourbon Whiskey is part of the award-winning Buffalo Trace Distillery, a family-owned company based in Frankfort, (Franklin County), Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich distilling 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. Eagle Rare Bourbon is a 10-year-old single barrel bourbon that has won multiple awards,

including five double gold medals from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Tolearn more about Eagle Rare visit www.eaglerarelife.com


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2013/10/eagle-rare-bourbon-announces-top-20-nominees-for-the-2014-rare-life-award-still-time-to-cast-a-vote-american-whiskey-news/

Malt Messenger Bulletin – Thanks Giving Sale & Two Exciting Tastings – Whisky News


Have you heard the news? We are having a 2 day

this weekend to give thanks, all of our single malts are at least 10% off with some up to 30% off! The sale is only in store and online, no phone orders. Single Malts discounted more than 10% are detailed below.

Also coming up in the next week are a number of exciting events. This Thursday at Kensington Wine Market is our biannual Raucous Rums tasting, where we’ll sample some of the finest sipping rums in Alberta. At the time of writing, there are just 6 spots left, $50/person. Then on Friday we have our first of a number of distillery specific tastings and whisky dinners; Buchanan at Buchanans! The BenRiach/Glendronach Whisky Dinner at Buchanan’s Chop House on Friday October 18 at 7PM will be hosted by the Brand Ambassador for both distilleries, Mr. Stewart Buchanan. Some of our customers have taken calling it “Buchanan at Buchanans”, wish we’d thought of that. The dinner will feature a range of BenRiachs stretching back to 1976 and the second edition of the Glendronach Grandeur. Most of the spots have already been sold! Tickets are $150 and can be bought  at: https://www.kensingtonwinemarket.com/tastings/register.php  or by phone, 403-283-8000. If you’ve never sampled some of the 1970′s and 80′s vintage Benriachs, you owe it to yourself to check some of them out.

There are a couple of other interesting and noteworthy whisky events this coming week that I’d also like to give a shout out regarding. Georgie Bell, Global Brand Ambassador for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society is in town for two nights this coming week. She is conducting a Scotch, Chocolate Perfume pairing on Tuesday night October 15 for the Femmes Fatale YYC brown spirits club. Details on this ladies only event can be found at: http://femmesfatalesyyc.webs.com/events.

The following night, Wednesday October 16, Georgie will be hosting the Scotch Malt Whisky Society partner bar launch at the Brasserie Kensingtonin Calgary. The event will run from 6:30 until 8PM, and guests will have the opportunity to sample some never before released SMWS bottles. 59.43: Caramel Swirl Ice Cream, the first of the 30th Anniversary bottlings available in Canada, and which sold out instantly last month, will also be on offer. For more details and to register please visit: http://www.smws.ca/whisky-tastings/scotch-malt-whisky-society-launch-at-the-brasserie-kensington/.

A similar launch, also hosted by Georgie Bell, will also take place at the Society’s first partner bar launch in Vancouver, at Fets Whisky Kitchen on Monday October 21. Details for that event can be  found here: http://www.smws.ca/whisky-tastings/fets-whisky-kitchen-launch/.     I hope you enjoy this Malt Messenger Bulletin, and that we see you this weekend for the sale, or at one of the amazing events next week!

Slainte!   Andrew Ferguson Kensington Wine Market   PS- PS – Don’t forget you can follow me on twitter www.twitter.com/scotch_guy and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/scotch.guy.1 .

BenRiach/Glendronach Whisky Dinner w/ Stewart Buchanan

“Buchanan @ Buchanans” – Friday October 18 – 7PM – $150

The rise of BenRiach and Glendronach over the last decade has been impressive. BenRiach has gone from relative obscurity with banal bottlings, to one of the most innovative and interesting distilleries in Scotland. They purchased BenRiach in 2004, re-branded it and almost overnight the new whiskies released caught the public’s imagination. Over the last 9 years, respect for the distillery has continued to grow. By 2008 they were in a position to scoop up another distillery from Chivas Brothers Glendronach, which they’ve also successfully re-branded. The new Glendronachs caught on even more quickly than the BenRiachs and at least in our store, are some of our best selling whiskies. This year, BenRiach Distillery Co., the shell company for both distilleries, made another acquisition purchasing Glenglassaugh.

Stewart Buchanan, the recently appointed travelling Brand Ambassador for BenRiach and Glendronach Distilleries will be in Calgary for a special whisky tasting dinner Friday October 18th at Buchanan’s Chophouse. Stewart got his start in the industry on the production side and was serving as BenRiachs production manager when he was asked to take on the role of Brand Ambassador. With more than 20 years working in the whisky industry, and having come on board at BenRiach when the distillery was reopened, Stewart has a unique insight into the BenRiach and Glendronach whiskies we’ll be sampling. We’ll sample 3 whiskies from the Glendronach range before moving into some vintage releases of BenRiach. In addition to the whiskies participants will enjoy a 3 course meal prepared by Buchanan’s Chophouse.

Here is the list of whiskies we’ll be sampling:

1. Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 2

2. Glendronach Parliament 21 Year

3. Glendronach Grandeur Batch 2

4. BenRiach 1998 Cask 7633 – Peated Virgin American Oak Finish

5. BenRiach 1983 Cask 296 – Hogshead Cask

6. BenRiach 1978 Cask 1047 – Moscatel Finish

7. BenRiach 1977 Cask 1031 – Moscatel Finish

8. BenRiach 1976 Cask 2013 – Classic Speyside

You can register for this tasting at https://www.kensingtonwinemarket.com/tastings/register.php, or by calling 403-283-8000.

Giving Thanks 2 Day Sale!

Save at least 10-30% on all whiskies!

• Sale will be in store and online only, Friday October 11th and Saturday October 12th.
• No phone orders, please order over the web, by email or in store.
• All in stock single malts are 10% off save for Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottlings.
• Some whiskies are discounted between 15-30%, please refer to the list below.
• We will honour the pricing on exclusive whiskies we sell out of in store.
• Payment must be provided at the time of purchase.
• In the event of a discrepancy in price between this email and our Point of Sale, the latter will be taken as correct.

 SAVE 15% ON:

1. Benromach 2004 KWM Cask
2. Benromach 2005 KWM Cask
3. Nikka Pure Malt White
4. Nikka Yoichi 15 Year
5. Nikka Pure Malt Black
6. Nikka Miyagikyo 15 Year
7. Nikka Miyagikyo 2002
8. Nikka Yoichi 1989
9. Nikka 1998 Coffey Malt
10. Nikka 2000 Coffey Mal
11. BenRiach Authenticus 25 Year
12. Hammer Head Czech Single Malt 1989
13. Berry’s Blue Hanger
14. BenRiach 17 Year Septendicem
15. Karuizawa Asama 1999 2000
16. Duthies Caol Ila 17 Year
17. Duthies Springbank 11 Year
18. Duthies Glen Ord 16 Year
19. Duthies Bruichladdich 20 Year
20. Duthies Royal Lochnagar 10 Year
21. Duthies Glen Scotia 12 Year
22. Kavalan Solist Vinho
23. Kavalan Solist Fino
24. MacKinlay’s the Journey
25. Signatory Ben Nevis 1990
26. Signatory Royal Lochnagar 1991
27. Signatory Dalmore 1990
28. Signatory Teaninich 1983
29. GM Glen Albyn 1976
30. Chichibu The Peated
31. Chichibu Floor Malted
32. Chichibu Mizunara
33. Jura Paps Collection (only 1 left!)
34. OR Port Ellen 30Yr
35. Celebration of the Cask Bladnoch 1990
36. Celebration of the Cask Girvan 1989
37. Fettercairn 30 Year

SAVE 20% ON:

1. Tomintoul 1976
2. Karuizawa 1969
3. Dalwhinnie 25
4. GM Private Collection Glenlivet 1954

SAVE 25% ON:

1. Glen Garoich MS Cask
2. Port Ellen 12th Release
3. BenRiach 1977 2588
4. GM Private Collection Glenlivet 1963
5. Glenglassaugh North American Cask

SAVE 30% ON:

1. Glenglassaugh 1972 KWM (off off the original $699.99 retail)
2. Abhainn Dearg First Edition
3. GM Glen Grant 1952 60 Year Diamond Jubilee

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Unconventional Scotch Malt Whisky Society Events

Calgary and Vancouver

Georgie Bell, Global Brand Ambassador for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society will be in Western Canada for three events beginning next week:

1. A Sensory Scotch Experience – Scotch, Chocolate and Perfume Tasting for the Femmes Fatales YYC – Tuesday October 15 – Details: http://femmesfatalesyyc.webs.com/events
2. SMWS Brasserie Kensington Partner Bar Lauch – Wednesday October 16 – $20 – 6:30-8:00 – Details: http://www.smws.ca/whisky-tastings/scotch-malt-whisky-society-launch-at-the-brasserie-kensington/
3. SMWS Fets Whisky Kitchen Partner Bar Lauch – Monday October 21 – Details: http://www.smws.ca/whisky-tastings/fets-whisky-kitchen-launch/ (WI will be there! )

Thank You for Reading the Malt Messenger!

Contact Disclaimers

If you have any whisky questions or comments concerning The Malt Messenger please contact me by e-mail, phone, or drop by the store.

All of the products mentioned in THE MALT MESSENGER can be purchased in store, over the phone or from our website at www.kensingtonwinemarket.com. All prices quoted in the Malt Messenger are subject to change, don’t include GST. In the case of discrepancies in pricing, the price in our in store point of sale will be taken as correct.

Thanks for reading the Malt Messenger.


Andrew Ferguson
Manager Scotchguy
Kensington Wine Market
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Owner Opperator
Ferguson’s Whisky Tours

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2013/10/malt-messenger-bulletin-thanks-giving-sale-two-exciting-tastings-whisky-news/

A. Smith Bowman Distillery Releases Limited Edition Gingerbread Beer Finished Bourbon – American Whiskey News

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A.  Smith Bowman Distillery Releases Limited Edition Gingerbread Beer Finished Bourbon

Fredericksburg, VA. (Oct. 2013) Just in time for fall, A. Smith Bowman announces the release of its Abraham Bowman Limited Edition Gingerbread Beer Finished Bourbon.

The barrels used for this bourbon have had quite a journey, starting with originally aging Bowman Brothers Bourbon from 2004 to 2012.  In 2012, four used barrels were given to Hardywood Brewery located in Richmond, Va. upon which the Brewery aged its award-winning Gingerbread Stout inside for 12 weeks.

In February 2013, the barrels were returned to A. Smith Bowman and were filled with bourbon that had been made in April 2006 and then aged for another two months.  The bourbon was then removed and put into used bourbon barrels, where it was left to age for four more months.

In total, the Abraham Bowman Gingerbread Beer Finished Bourbon has been aged seven years and three months. Tasting notes for the bourbon describe it as toasted graham crackers and gingerbread spice. Wonderful toasted nut, cinnamon and clove, followed by hints of fruity nut bread. This bourbon has a medium palate weight and pleasantly moderate finish.

“The Gingerbread Beer Finished Bourbon has a great nose and taste starting with its spicy entry and rounding out with a pleasant finish,” said Brian Prewitt, master distiller, A. Smith Bowman Distillery. “It’s been a fun experiment to be a part of and I’m looking forward to coming up with more experiments under the Abraham Bowman line in the future.”

The Abraham Bowman Limited Edition Whiskey Gingerbread Beer Finished Bourbon will be available starting in October.  It is a very limited supply.  Suggested retail pricing is $69.99 and Alcohol by Volume is 45% (90 proof.)

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.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2013/10/a-smith-bowman-distillery-releases-limited-edition-gingerbread-beer-finished-bourbon-american-whiskey-news/

Bulleit Bourbon 10 Years

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Bulleit BourbonIn the 1830s, as a tavern keeper in Louisville, Augustus Bulleit set himself on a mission: to create a bourbon unique in flavour. Unfortunately he died suddenly (or rather vanished) and his bourbon adventure was lost as well, until in 1987 his great-great-grandson Tom Bulleit revived the brand (currently under the wings of Diageo, that is). As of 2008 the brand is also being exported to certain European markets and Australia.

Bulleit bourbon is distilled at the Four Roses distillery in Kentucky and aged in small batches. First they only had a NAS version (said to be around 6 years old), known for its relatively high share of rye in the mash (about 30%). In 2011 a Bulleit Rye was introduced (95% rye). Obviously the modern Bulleit recipe isn’t related to the original one, which would have contained about two-thirds of rye.

At the beginning of 2013, this Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old was launched.



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Nose: a nicely elegant nose with lots of fragrant cinnamon and vanilla, as well as some dry herbal notes. Plenty of toasted oak with traces of polished furniture. Hints of dried fruits as well. Marzipan. There’s a uplifting, spicy rye element, but it’s very well balanced and an attractive ensemble. Mouth: a big spicy kick now. A lot of oak, mint / eucalyptus, pepper and this special rye touch. Herbal tea. Liquorice. Less elegant than on the nose, this is very oak-driven and there’s just traces of fruity sweetness. Finish: moderate length, really dry and oaky. Returns to cinnamon and vanilla in the very end.

This is a very spicy and oaky bourbon. I love the nose for its dry / sweet balance and overall elegancy, but the palate is a little too much. I hear a lot of people actually prefer the NAS version. Around € 75.

Score: 82/100

Article source: http://www.whiskynotes.be/2013/usa-bourbon/bulleit-bourbon-10-years/

New Releases: Auchentoshan, Bowmore & Glen Garioch – Scotch Whisky News


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It’s been a busy few months for Morrison Bowmore (the owners of Auchentoshan, Bowmore and Glen Garioch), so we thought we would sum it up just in time for Bowmore’s newest and most exciting release of the year – The Devil’s Cask.


Bowmore Devil’s Cask, 56.7%abv, Bottled 2013, Sherry Casks

Limited release 10 year old Bowmore matured solely in sherry casks, a stunning dram full of peat and spice.   Tasting Note: Rich peat and a hint of blood oranges on the nose. Rich dried fruits, a hint of coffee and liquorice with the peat showing well on the finish.



Bowmore 23 Year Old, 50.8% Port Matured

Incredibly this Bowmore has been aged entirely in Port casks for its entire 23 years, demonstrating perfect cask selection that has resulted in a wonderful whisky.   Tasting Note: Rich smoke, sea salt and a leathery aroma. Dark fruits, blood oranges and deep spicy peat smoke dominates the palate. The blood orange and earthy peat linger on the finish.


Email lee.tomlinson@milroys.co.uk to pre-register interest


Glen Garioch Virgin Oak, 48%abv, Bottled 2013, Virgin Oak Cask  

This Glen Garioch has been fully matured in North American Virgin (or new) Oak Casks, for a rich and spicy flavour profile.

Tasting Note: A rich buttery aroma with higher notes of orange zest and caramelised sugar greet the nose. This is followed by melted chocolate, old fashioned marmalade and Scotch Tablet on the palate, leading into a lingering, spicy finish.



Glen Garioch 1999, 56.3%abv Distillery Bottled, Oloroso Sherry Cask

The latest Glen Garioch vintage release is a fourteen year old sherry matured cask from 1999. This Highland malt has been fully maturated in ex-Oloroso Sherry Casks for a deep and warming character.   Tasting Note: Maple syrup and Demerara sugar form a sweet and alluring aroma that lead to deeper notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and rum-soaked sultanas on the palate with a gloriously syrupy mouth feel. The finish kicks off with classic sherry cask raison notes leading into dark chocolate and liquorish allsorts.



Auchentoshan Virgin Oak, 46%abv, Bottled in 2013, Virgin Oak Cask

The Auchentoshan Virgin Oak has been fully matured in new American oak casks for a powerful yet complex flavour profile.   Tasting Note: The nose brings together the jammy sweetness of Auchentoshan new-make spirit with the bolder notes of fresh American oak. The palate allows the fruity subtleties to play off the spicy oak notes with a slight florality emerging towards the finish.


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Old Pulteney Navigator at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Old Pulteney Navigator (46%)

Limited release to commemorate 2013 Clipper Round the World yacht Race reflecting the distillery’s maritime heritage.

Matured in American bourbon and Spanish
sherry casks.

Buy – $51.44

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AIDAN BOWIE from THE BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE HOTEL is selected to represent Europe in transatlantic bartender swap

LONDON. 2nd OCTOBER 2013: Last night, Aidan Bowie from TheBlythswood Square Hotel in Glasgow, battled it out against 11 of the most talented and creative bartenders on the continent to become the European winner of the Auchentoshan Switch – the transatlantic mixology competition like no other. Aidan’s prize will be to “switch” continents with the North American winner and spend two weeks working in the prestigious Dead Rabbit in New York City.

Last night’s European final was held at a unique warehouse location in London Bridge where the finalists were put through a series of challenging mixology tasks that were judged by an esteemed panel:

* Rachel Barrie, Auchentoshan Master Blender

* Edmund Weil, co-owner, Nightjar

* Ryan Chetiyawardana (AKA Mr Lyan), cocktail genius

In each round, the finalists demonstrated their skill and creativity in front of the judges and guests. The first round ‘Creativity and Presentation’ saw the bartenders present their original competition entry of their Auchentoshan Three Wood creation. Round two ‘Working Under Pressure’ tested bartenders’ ability to think on their feet with a secret bag of ingredients given to them just minutes before their presentation. The final round, ‘A Cocktail Showdown’, saw the two outstanding finalists create Rachel Barrie’s favourite cocktail, Blood and Sand.

The competition has been happening throughout the summer, with mixologists from the UK, Sweden, Germany and across the pond in North America entering via the Auchentoshan website and then attending regional heats in their countries. The actual Switch will take place in 2014 when the North American bartender will spend two weeks at the highly acclaimed Nightjar in Old Street, London. The North American final takes place in New York City at the end of this month.

Jennifer Meenan, Brand Manager for Auchentoshan said “This year’s Auchentoshan Switch has seen such a high level of skill from the bartending world. We wanted the competition to reflect the brand’spersonality and we feel that last night’s European final did just this with something totally unique. We can’t wait to see what happens in the North American final. Next stop New York.”

Edmund Weil, competition judge and soon to be mentor of the North American winner alongside the Nightjar team, commented: “The Switch finalists showed so much talent and passion in their Auchentoshan Three Wood creations, the judges were blown away and some difficult decisions had to be made but Aidan just had the edge”.

Award winning Auchentoshan Three Wood is the chosen expression for all Auchentoshan Switch entries as its complex flavours add tremendous dimension to whisky cocktails. As with all Auchentoshan whisky, Three Wood is triple distilled, which produces an immensely smooth spirit. It is matured in three different types of casks – first in North American Bourbon casks, then in Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks and finally in Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks, a wood famed for drama and darkness. This triple cask maturation produces a rich whisky with deep toffee and sherry oak influences, a touch of hazelnut with hints of cinnamon and lemon and a butterscotch sweetness that adds to the overall complexity. It is  produced at the Auchentoshan Distillery which was established in 1823 and has produced triple distilled whisky since this time. It is located in the Lowland region of Scotland, on the outskirts of Glasgow and is the city’s only distillery. Its name, pronounced “ock-un-tosh-un”, means “corner of the field” which is evident to visitors as the distillery sits near farmland on the banks of the River Clyde, in the shadow of the Old Kilpatrick hills between Glasgow and Loch Lomond.

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For more information please visit www.auchentoshan.com


The Nightjar is situated

129 City Rd, London, Greater London, EC1V 1JB. www.barnightjar.com

The Dead Rabbit is situated 30 Water Street, New York.


Auchentoshan – The Modern Classic

-­‐ A traditional and authentic single malt, distilled three times and matured in the finest wood
-­‐ A whisky produced with passion and enriched with heritage
-­‐ Favours the classic but with a nod to the contemporary
-­‐ It’s a combination of two worlds; old and new
-­‐ It’s a throwback to the future
-­‐ It’s style not fashion
-­‐ The very best of the past with the very best of the present…

Auchentoshan Classic is available to buy from a wide range of retailers including Asda, Waitrose, and a range of on line retailers and whisky specialists with a RRP approx £27.00.

As Glasgow’s closest Distillery, Auchentoshan is truly unique as it is the only distillery to use a third still in the whisky making process. It means Auchentoshan is the only Single Malt Scotch whisky to triple distil every single drop. This third distillation takes the new spirit to 81.5% ABV (not 70% which is achieved through only distilling twice) making it the highest distillate of any Scottish distillery. The result is a light and delicate single malt of unmistakable smoothness.

Awards 2011


− Gold Medal, 1975 Bourbon
− Best in Class Silver, 18YO
− Best in Class Silver, Classic

International Spirits Challenge

− Silver Media, 1975 Bourbon
− Silver Medal, Valinch
− Silver Medal, Three Wood

Scottish Design Awards

− Best Packaging – Auchentoshan Travel Retail Award

Awards 2012

San Francisco Spirits Competition

− Double Gold Medal, Three Wood
− Silver Medal, Classic
− Silver Medal, 12YO

World Whiskies Awards:

− Best Lowland – Auchentoshan 1999 Wine Matured

Ultimate Spirits Challenge:

− 94 points/Excellent-Highly Recommended – Auchentoshan Three Wood

Ultimate Cocktail Challenge:

− Chairman’s Trophy – Best Scotch Whisky in a classic Rusty Nail cocktail – Auchentoshan Three Wood

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