INDEPENDENT DISTILLERY BRINGS BACK BERE BARLEY – Scotch Whisky News

Bere Barley

INDEPENDENT DISTILLERY BRINGS BACK BERE BARLEY

Independent Scotch whisky producer, Isle of Arran Distillers, has teamed up with The University of the Highlands and Islands Orkney College to produce a 10-year-old cask strength whisky made with barley introduced to Scotland by the Vikings.

The Arran Malt Orkney Bere has been matured in ex-Bourbon barrels for ten years and has been bottled at a cask strength of 56.2%. It is sweet, earthy and malty and conjures flavours of ripe honeydew melon and apples with a finish of vanilla and desiccated coconut, which work together to showcase the character of Bere Barley.

The limited edition release of just 4,890 bottles comes after a first edition of the malt quickly sold out last year. Demand for this collector’s edition is expected to be extremely high.

Euan Mitchell, managing director of Isle of Arran Distillers, said: “We are one of only a handful of distilleries that use bere barley as it is notoriously difficult to grow. However, for those who persevere, it can produce an outstanding malt, as is the case with this highly-anticipated new release.

“We’re constantly looking for new ways to interest and excite whisky aficionados, and as an independent distillery we have the freedom to try new things as we have done with the Orkney Bere edition.

“We are extremely proud to have produced a whisky which uses a crop that is part of Scotland’s rich heritage. We are sure it will thrill and delight those who taste it.”

Thought to have been brought to the UK by the Vikings over 1,000 years ago, Bere Barley is a challenging crop for farmers though can produce barley results in exceptional quality of spirit.

Until the 19th century Bere Barley was one of the most important Scottish crops and was widely grown by farmers and used by millers, brewers and distillers. Despite being a fundamental part of Scotland’s agricultural heritage, the crop is now only commercially grown on islands off Scotland’s North and West coasts as it has been replaced by higher yielding modern varieties.

To challenge this, Isle of Arran Distillers teamed up with the Agronomy Institute at Orkney College UHI, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, to revive the spirit of this barley which generates a unique taste of whisky as it used to be – a flavour which can be found in the new Arran Malt Orkney Bere.

Like all of Isle of Arran Distillers’ whiskies, this 10-year-old has been made with no artificial colouring and non-chill filtered. You can buy the whisky online at http://www.arranwhisky.com/ and specialist whisky shops after it goes on sale in mid-October, priced at RRP £59.99.

Notes:

The Arran Malt – Orkney Bere is released in mid-October and will be available in the UK, France, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Japan, Germany and Switzerland. RRP is £59.99 for 70cl.

For more information visit http://www.arranwhisky.com/

Accolades for Isle of Arran Distillery include Winner for: Best New Exporter (2004), Queen’s Award for International Trade (2005), Scottish Distiller of the Year (2007) and Scottish Drinks Producer of the Year (2007.)

Product awards include: Best Whisky Liqueur (2007), ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 12 Years Under’ for The Arran Malt Amarone Cask Finish (2008) ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 11-15 Years’ for The Arran Malt Sherry Single Cask 1998 (2010) and ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 11-15 Years’ for the Icons of Arran Peacock (2011.) ‘Double Gold Award’ for Arran’s 14 Year Old Single Malt and ‘Gold Award’ for Arran’s 10 Year Old Single Malt at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2012). Double Gold in FiftyBest.com awards (2012). Double Gold Medal for the 12 year-old Cask Strength in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2013). Double Gold for both the 10 year-old and 12 year-old Cask Strength at the China Wine Spirits Best Value Awards (2014).

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/11/independent-disillery-brings-back-bere-barley-scotch-whisky-news-2/

Glenfarclas Fino Casks at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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Since 1865 Glenfarclas has been owned and managed by just one family, the Grants of Glenfarclas. To this day Glenfarclas is one of only a few distilleries in Scotland to remain family owned and managed. Now in the hands of the fifth and sixth generation of the family, the Grants remain committed to the vision of creating the best quality Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky, in the traditional Speyside style.

The latest release from Glenfarclas is the new 1966 Fino Casks release, which marks the first in a series of six different Glenfarclas special releases, one for each generation of the family. Each bottle is housed in a black box bearing a silver coin which features an image of John Grant, who purchased the distillery six generations ago.

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Glenfarclas Fino Casks

One of only 1444 bottles available worldwide and 300 within the UK – this rare Glenfarclas has been matured exclusively in fino sherry casks.

Click here to buy

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/11/glenfarclas-fino-casks-at-the-whisky-shop-scotch-whisky-news/

The Whisky Shop’s Christmas Gift Guide 2014 – Scotch Whisky News

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THE WHISKY SHOP’S CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2014

Whether shopping for loved ones or making your own whisky wish list, luxury drinks retailer The Whisky Shop offers an unrivalled collection of whisky gifts this Christmas at 22 stores nationwide and online at www.whiskyshop.com 

The UK’s largest specialist whisky retailer showcases a selection of whiskies from across the globe, with a malt or blend to suit everyone, from those just setting off on their whisky journey of discovery to connoisseurs and collectors of the spirit.

AA Haig Club 2

UNDER £50 

Haig Club – £45 – 40% abv – www.whiskyshop.com 

Developed in partnership between Diageo, global sporting icon David Beckham and British entrepreneur Simon Fuller, Haig Club is a new single grain whisky from Cameronbridge distillery in Scotland using three cask types. 

Seen by many as Scotland’s hidden gem, single grain whisky is predicted by industry experts as the next whisky trend. 

Haig Club exudes a fresh, clean style and an ultra-smooth taste, with delicious notes of butterscotch and toffee making it enjoyable served neat, over ice or in a long, refreshing cocktail.  

 AA JD SB

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel engraved bottles – £47 – 45% abv – www.whiskyshop.com

This is Jack Daniel’s with a difference and the ultimate personalised gift this Christmas.  A truly unique whiskey with a robust and colourful character highlighting toasted oak, vanilla and caramel.

Only one in every 100 barrels is hand selected to make Single Barrel and because no two barrels are exactly the same, each bottle offers a chance to experience the flavour and style that the Master Distiller deems extra special. 

And Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel not only tastes unique.  Exclusively in the UK, The Whisky Shop can help to create an exceptionally individual gift by adding a personalised message engraved into the side of the bottle.

£50 – £100 

AA Bowmore Lamrig

Bowmore Laimrig 15 year old – £65 – 53.7% abv – www.whiskyshop.com

A limited edition Islay whisky exclusively available at The Whisky Shop, the 2014 release of Bowmore Laimrig is finished in the finest Spanish sherry butts.

This cask strength, non-chill filtered Bowmore has a rich, dark character and colour with notes of fig, cocoa and raisins wrapped around the customary oily smokiness of Bowmore.

Scottish Gaelic for ‘pier’, Laimrig celebrates Bowmore’s ancient stone pier where the distillery’s barley would once have been unloaded and from where this renowned single malt would have first set sail for the four corners of the world. 

AA Benriach

BenRiach 1995 17 year old – £85 – 53.1% abv – www.whiskyshop.com

This cask-strength BenRiach was initially matured for 16 years in ex-bourbon barrels followed by an additional ‘finishing’ period of one year in virgin American Oak barrels.

The double-maturation created intense vanilla and coconut notes layered on top of flavours such as barley sugars, honey, apricots and toffee apples with a crisp, dry finish.

A limited edition single malt Scotch whisky crafted from hand-selected casks which combined to produce this exclusive bottling for The Whisky Shop.  

OVER £100 

AA Aberfeldy

Aberfeldy 16 Years Old Single Cask – £145.00 – 61.5% abv – www.whiskyshop.com

From the Highland distillery, Aberfeldy 16 Years Old Single Cask is exclusive to The Whisky Shop.

Distilled in 1996 and selected for individual bottling from a single refill American oak ex-sherry hogshead cask in 2013 at natural cask strength, this is a mellow whisky with herbal notes and a trace of orange peel.  A smooth texture and a sweet taste, with light acidity and beeswax, and a long warming finish, sure to make a lasting impression this Christmas.

A dram which is surprisingly easy to drink even at cask strength, but adding some water creates a creamier texture and releases more fruit and fudge notes. 

AA Glenlivet WS

The Glenlivet Gallow Hill 16 Year Old – £235.00 – 51.8% abv – www.whiskyshop.com 

An enchanting Speysider, The Whisky Shop exclusive is bottled at natural cask strength.  Bursting with concentrated fruit flavours – sweet clementine, pear and pineapple – along with toasted almonds and moist gingerbread, The Glenlivet Gallow Hill coats the mouth with orange-chocolate and a hint of sweet treacle toffee, leaving a long and refreshing finish.  

Despite a ban on private distilling in 1781, the area was rife with illicit stills for many years.  In an attempt to dissuade transgressors, a public gibbet was erected on the hillside above the site where the Glenlivet Distillery now sits.  The hillside has become forever known as “Gallow Hill”.

The Whisky Shop is the UK’s largest specialist whisky retailer with 22 stores nationwide and an online store at www.whiskyshop.com

Notes to Editors: 

The Whisky Shop 

The Whisky Shop is the largest specialist whisky retailer in the UK with 22 stores nationwide and an online store at www.whiskyshop.com  

The premium London Piccadilly flagship opened in 2012 and won the 2013 National Association of Shopfitters (NAS) Design Partnership Award for Retail.

The Whisky Shop was also crowned the Best Specialist Drinks Retailer of the Year at the Harpers Awards 2014.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/11/the-whisky-shops-christmas-gift-guide-2014-scotch-whisky-news/

The Whisky Shop’s Christmas Gift Guide 2014 – Scotch Whisky News

Whisky Shop Logo II

THE WHISKY SHOP’S CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2014

Whether shopping for loved ones or making your own whisky wish list, luxury drinks retailer The Whisky Shop offers an unrivalled collection of whisky gifts this Christmas at 22 stores nationwide and online at www.whiskyshop.com 

The UK’s largest specialist whisky retailer showcases a selection of whiskies from across the globe, with a malt or blend to suit everyone, from those just setting off on their whisky journey of discovery to connoisseurs and collectors of the spirit.

AA Haig Club 2

UNDER £50 

Haig Club – £45 – 40% abv – www.whiskyshop.com 

Developed in partnership between Diageo, global sporting icon David Beckham and British entrepreneur Simon Fuller, Haig Club is a new single grain whisky from Cameronbridge distillery in Scotland using three cask types. 

Seen by many as Scotland’s hidden gem, single grain whisky is predicted by industry experts as the next whisky trend. 

Haig Club exudes a fresh, clean style and an ultra-smooth taste, with delicious notes of butterscotch and toffee making it enjoyable served neat, over ice or in a long, refreshing cocktail.  

 AA JD SB

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel engraved bottles – £47 – 45% abv – www.whiskyshop.com

This is Jack Daniel’s with a difference and the ultimate personalised gift this Christmas.  A truly unique whiskey with a robust and colourful character highlighting toasted oak, vanilla and caramel.

Only one in every 100 barrels is hand selected to make Single Barrel and because no two barrels are exactly the same, each bottle offers a chance to experience the flavour and style that the Master Distiller deems extra special. 

And Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel not only tastes unique.  Exclusively in the UK, The Whisky Shop can help to create an exceptionally individual gift by adding a personalised message engraved into the side of the bottle.

£50 – £100 

AA Bowmore Lamrig

Bowmore Laimrig 15 year old – £65 – 53.7% abv – www.whiskyshop.com

A limited edition Islay whisky exclusively available at The Whisky Shop, the 2014 release of Bowmore Laimrig is finished in the finest Spanish sherry butts.

This cask strength, non-chill filtered Bowmore has a rich, dark character and colour with notes of fig, cocoa and raisins wrapped around the customary oily smokiness of Bowmore.

Scottish Gaelic for ‘pier’, Laimrig celebrates Bowmore’s ancient stone pier where the distillery’s barley would once have been unloaded and from where this renowned single malt would have first set sail for the four corners of the world. 

AA Benriach

BenRiach 1995 17 year old – £85 – 53.1% abv – www.whiskyshop.com

This cask-strength BenRiach was initially matured for 16 years in ex-bourbon barrels followed by an additional ‘finishing’ period of one year in virgin American Oak barrels.

The double-maturation created intense vanilla and coconut notes layered on top of flavours such as barley sugars, honey, apricots and toffee apples with a crisp, dry finish.

A limited edition single malt Scotch whisky crafted from hand-selected casks which combined to produce this exclusive bottling for The Whisky Shop.  

OVER £100 

AA Aberfeldy

Aberfeldy 16 Years Old Single Cask – £145.00 – 61.5% abv – www.whiskyshop.com

From the Highland distillery, Aberfeldy 16 Years Old Single Cask is exclusive to The Whisky Shop.

Distilled in 1996 and selected for individual bottling from a single refill American oak ex-sherry hogshead cask in 2013 at natural cask strength, this is a mellow whisky with herbal notes and a trace of orange peel.  A smooth texture and a sweet taste, with light acidity and beeswax, and a long warming finish, sure to make a lasting impression this Christmas.

A dram which is surprisingly easy to drink even at cask strength, but adding some water creates a creamier texture and releases more fruit and fudge notes. 

AA Glenlivet WS

The Glenlivet Gallow Hill 16 Year Old – £235.00 – 51.8% abv – www.whiskyshop.com 

An enchanting Speysider, The Whisky Shop exclusive is bottled at natural cask strength.  Bursting with concentrated fruit flavours – sweet clementine, pear and pineapple – along with toasted almonds and moist gingerbread, The Glenlivet Gallow Hill coats the mouth with orange-chocolate and a hint of sweet treacle toffee, leaving a long and refreshing finish.  

Despite a ban on private distilling in 1781, the area was rife with illicit stills for many years.  In an attempt to dissuade transgressors, a public gibbet was erected on the hillside above the site where the Glenlivet Distillery now sits.  The hillside has become forever known as “Gallow Hill”.

The Whisky Shop is the UK’s largest specialist whisky retailer with 22 stores nationwide and an online store at www.whiskyshop.com

Notes to Editors: 

The Whisky Shop 

The Whisky Shop is the largest specialist whisky retailer in the UK with 22 stores nationwide and an online store at www.whiskyshop.com  

The premium London Piccadilly flagship opened in 2012 and won the 2013 National Association of Shopfitters (NAS) Design Partnership Award for Retail.

The Whisky Shop was also crowned the Best Specialist Drinks Retailer of the Year at the Harpers Awards 2014.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/11/the-whisky-shops-christmas-gift-guide-2014-scotch-whisky-news/

The Whisky Shop’s Christmas Gift Guide 2014 – Scotch Whisky News

Whisky Shop Logo II

THE WHISKY SHOP’S CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2014

Whether shopping for loved ones or making your own whisky wish list, luxury drinks retailer The Whisky Shop offers an unrivalled collection of whisky gifts this Christmas at 22 stores nationwide and online at www.whiskyshop.com 

The UK’s largest specialist whisky retailer showcases a selection of whiskies from across the globe, with a malt or blend to suit everyone, from those just setting off on their whisky journey of discovery to connoisseurs and collectors of the spirit.

AA Haig Club 2

UNDER £50 

Haig Club – £45 – 40% abv – www.whiskyshop.com 

Developed in partnership between Diageo, global sporting icon David Beckham and British entrepreneur Simon Fuller, Haig Club is a new single grain whisky from Cameronbridge distillery in Scotland using three cask types. 

Seen by many as Scotland’s hidden gem, single grain whisky is predicted by industry experts as the next whisky trend. 

Haig Club exudes a fresh, clean style and an ultra-smooth taste, with delicious notes of butterscotch and toffee making it enjoyable served neat, over ice or in a long, refreshing cocktail.  

 AA JD SB

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel engraved bottles – £47 – 45% abv – www.whiskyshop.com

This is Jack Daniel’s with a difference and the ultimate personalised gift this Christmas.  A truly unique whiskey with a robust and colourful character highlighting toasted oak, vanilla and caramel.

Only one in every 100 barrels is hand selected to make Single Barrel and because no two barrels are exactly the same, each bottle offers a chance to experience the flavour and style that the Master Distiller deems extra special. 

And Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel not only tastes unique.  Exclusively in the UK, The Whisky Shop can help to create an exceptionally individual gift by adding a personalised message engraved into the side of the bottle.

£50 – £100 

AA Bowmore Lamrig

Bowmore Laimrig 15 year old – £65 – 53.7% abv – www.whiskyshop.com

A limited edition Islay whisky exclusively available at The Whisky Shop, the 2014 release of Bowmore Laimrig is finished in the finest Spanish sherry butts.

This cask strength, non-chill filtered Bowmore has a rich, dark character and colour with notes of fig, cocoa and raisins wrapped around the customary oily smokiness of Bowmore.

Scottish Gaelic for ‘pier’, Laimrig celebrates Bowmore’s ancient stone pier where the distillery’s barley would once have been unloaded and from where this renowned single malt would have first set sail for the four corners of the world. 

AA Benriach

BenRiach 1995 17 year old – £85 – 53.1% abv – www.whiskyshop.com

This cask-strength BenRiach was initially matured for 16 years in ex-bourbon barrels followed by an additional ‘finishing’ period of one year in virgin American Oak barrels.

The double-maturation created intense vanilla and coconut notes layered on top of flavours such as barley sugars, honey, apricots and toffee apples with a crisp, dry finish.

A limited edition single malt Scotch whisky crafted from hand-selected casks which combined to produce this exclusive bottling for The Whisky Shop.  

OVER £100 

AA Aberfeldy

Aberfeldy 16 Years Old Single Cask – £145.00 – 61.5% abv – www.whiskyshop.com

From the Highland distillery, Aberfeldy 16 Years Old Single Cask is exclusive to The Whisky Shop.

Distilled in 1996 and selected for individual bottling from a single refill American oak ex-sherry hogshead cask in 2013 at natural cask strength, this is a mellow whisky with herbal notes and a trace of orange peel.  A smooth texture and a sweet taste, with light acidity and beeswax, and a long warming finish, sure to make a lasting impression this Christmas.

A dram which is surprisingly easy to drink even at cask strength, but adding some water creates a creamier texture and releases more fruit and fudge notes. 

AA Glenlivet WS

The Glenlivet Gallow Hill 16 Year Old – £235.00 – 51.8% abv – www.whiskyshop.com 

An enchanting Speysider, The Whisky Shop exclusive is bottled at natural cask strength.  Bursting with concentrated fruit flavours – sweet clementine, pear and pineapple – along with toasted almonds and moist gingerbread, The Glenlivet Gallow Hill coats the mouth with orange-chocolate and a hint of sweet treacle toffee, leaving a long and refreshing finish.  

Despite a ban on private distilling in 1781, the area was rife with illicit stills for many years.  In an attempt to dissuade transgressors, a public gibbet was erected on the hillside above the site where the Glenlivet Distillery now sits.  The hillside has become forever known as “Gallow Hill”.

The Whisky Shop is the UK’s largest specialist whisky retailer with 22 stores nationwide and an online store at www.whiskyshop.com

Notes to Editors: 

The Whisky Shop 

The Whisky Shop is the largest specialist whisky retailer in the UK with 22 stores nationwide and an online store at www.whiskyshop.com  

The premium London Piccadilly flagship opened in 2012 and won the 2013 National Association of Shopfitters (NAS) Design Partnership Award for Retail.

The Whisky Shop was also crowned the Best Specialist Drinks Retailer of the Year at the Harpers Awards 2014.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/11/the-whisky-shops-christmas-gift-guide-2014-scotch-whisky-news/

The Whisky Shop’s Christmas Gift Guide 2014 – Scotch Whisky News

Whisky Shop Logo II

THE WHISKY SHOP’S CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2014

Whether shopping for loved ones or making your own whisky wish list, luxury drinks retailer The Whisky Shop offers an unrivalled collection of whisky gifts this Christmas at 22 stores nationwide and online at www.whiskyshop.com 

The UK’s largest specialist whisky retailer showcases a selection of whiskies from across the globe, with a malt or blend to suit everyone, from those just setting off on their whisky journey of discovery to connoisseurs and collectors of the spirit.

AA Haig Club 2

UNDER £50 

Haig Club – £45 – 40% abv – www.whiskyshop.com 

Developed in partnership between Diageo, global sporting icon David Beckham and British entrepreneur Simon Fuller, Haig Club is a new single grain whisky from Cameronbridge distillery in Scotland using three cask types. 

Seen by many as Scotland’s hidden gem, single grain whisky is predicted by industry experts as the next whisky trend. 

Haig Club exudes a fresh, clean style and an ultra-smooth taste, with delicious notes of butterscotch and toffee making it enjoyable served neat, over ice or in a long, refreshing cocktail.  

 AA JD SB

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel engraved bottles – £47 – 45% abv – www.whiskyshop.com

This is Jack Daniel’s with a difference and the ultimate personalised gift this Christmas.  A truly unique whiskey with a robust and colourful character highlighting toasted oak, vanilla and caramel.

Only one in every 100 barrels is hand selected to make Single Barrel and because no two barrels are exactly the same, each bottle offers a chance to experience the flavour and style that the Master Distiller deems extra special. 

And Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel not only tastes unique.  Exclusively in the UK, The Whisky Shop can help to create an exceptionally individual gift by adding a personalised message engraved into the side of the bottle.

£50 – £100 

AA Bowmore Lamrig

Bowmore Laimrig 15 year old – £65 – 53.7% abv – www.whiskyshop.com

A limited edition Islay whisky exclusively available at The Whisky Shop, the 2014 release of Bowmore Laimrig is finished in the finest Spanish sherry butts.

This cask strength, non-chill filtered Bowmore has a rich, dark character and colour with notes of fig, cocoa and raisins wrapped around the customary oily smokiness of Bowmore.

Scottish Gaelic for ‘pier’, Laimrig celebrates Bowmore’s ancient stone pier where the distillery’s barley would once have been unloaded and from where this renowned single malt would have first set sail for the four corners of the world. 

AA Benriach

BenRiach 1995 17 year old – £85 – 53.1% abv – www.whiskyshop.com

This cask-strength BenRiach was initially matured for 16 years in ex-bourbon barrels followed by an additional ‘finishing’ period of one year in virgin American Oak barrels.

The double-maturation created intense vanilla and coconut notes layered on top of flavours such as barley sugars, honey, apricots and toffee apples with a crisp, dry finish.

A limited edition single malt Scotch whisky crafted from hand-selected casks which combined to produce this exclusive bottling for The Whisky Shop.  

OVER £100 

AA Aberfeldy

Aberfeldy 16 Years Old Single Cask – £145.00 – 61.5% abv – www.whiskyshop.com

From the Highland distillery, Aberfeldy 16 Years Old Single Cask is exclusive to The Whisky Shop.

Distilled in 1996 and selected for individual bottling from a single refill American oak ex-sherry hogshead cask in 2013 at natural cask strength, this is a mellow whisky with herbal notes and a trace of orange peel.  A smooth texture and a sweet taste, with light acidity and beeswax, and a long warming finish, sure to make a lasting impression this Christmas.

A dram which is surprisingly easy to drink even at cask strength, but adding some water creates a creamier texture and releases more fruit and fudge notes. 

AA Glenlivet WS

The Glenlivet Gallow Hill 16 Year Old – £235.00 – 51.8% abv – www.whiskyshop.com 

An enchanting Speysider, The Whisky Shop exclusive is bottled at natural cask strength.  Bursting with concentrated fruit flavours – sweet clementine, pear and pineapple – along with toasted almonds and moist gingerbread, The Glenlivet Gallow Hill coats the mouth with orange-chocolate and a hint of sweet treacle toffee, leaving a long and refreshing finish.  

Despite a ban on private distilling in 1781, the area was rife with illicit stills for many years.  In an attempt to dissuade transgressors, a public gibbet was erected on the hillside above the site where the Glenlivet Distillery now sits.  The hillside has become forever known as “Gallow Hill”.

The Whisky Shop is the UK’s largest specialist whisky retailer with 22 stores nationwide and an online store at www.whiskyshop.com

Notes to Editors: 

The Whisky Shop 

The Whisky Shop is the largest specialist whisky retailer in the UK with 22 stores nationwide and an online store at www.whiskyshop.com  

The premium London Piccadilly flagship opened in 2012 and won the 2013 National Association of Shopfitters (NAS) Design Partnership Award for Retail.

The Whisky Shop was also crowned the Best Specialist Drinks Retailer of the Year at the Harpers Awards 2014.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/11/the-whisky-shops-christmas-gift-guide-2014-scotch-whisky-news/

The Whisky Shop’s Christmas Gift Guide 2014 – Scotch Whisky News

Whisky Shop Logo II

THE WHISKY SHOP’S CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2014

Whether shopping for loved ones or making your own whisky wish list, luxury drinks retailer The Whisky Shop offers an unrivalled collection of whisky gifts this Christmas at 22 stores nationwide and online at www.whiskyshop.com 

The UK’s largest specialist whisky retailer showcases a selection of whiskies from across the globe, with a malt or blend to suit everyone, from those just setting off on their whisky journey of discovery to connoisseurs and collectors of the spirit.

AA Haig Club 2

UNDER £50 

Haig Club – £45 – 40% abv – www.whiskyshop.com 

Developed in partnership between Diageo, global sporting icon David Beckham and British entrepreneur Simon Fuller, Haig Club is a new single grain whisky from Cameronbridge distillery in Scotland using three cask types. 

Seen by many as Scotland’s hidden gem, single grain whisky is predicted by industry experts as the next whisky trend. 

Haig Club exudes a fresh, clean style and an ultra-smooth taste, with delicious notes of butterscotch and toffee making it enjoyable served neat, over ice or in a long, refreshing cocktail.  

 AA JD SB

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel engraved bottles – £47 – 45% abv – www.whiskyshop.com

This is Jack Daniel’s with a difference and the ultimate personalised gift this Christmas.  A truly unique whiskey with a robust and colourful character highlighting toasted oak, vanilla and caramel.

Only one in every 100 barrels is hand selected to make Single Barrel and because no two barrels are exactly the same, each bottle offers a chance to experience the flavour and style that the Master Distiller deems extra special. 

And Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel not only tastes unique.  Exclusively in the UK, The Whisky Shop can help to create an exceptionally individual gift by adding a personalised message engraved into the side of the bottle.

£50 – £100 

AA Bowmore Lamrig

Bowmore Laimrig 15 year old – £65 – 53.7% abv – www.whiskyshop.com

A limited edition Islay whisky exclusively available at The Whisky Shop, the 2014 release of Bowmore Laimrig is finished in the finest Spanish sherry butts.

This cask strength, non-chill filtered Bowmore has a rich, dark character and colour with notes of fig, cocoa and raisins wrapped around the customary oily smokiness of Bowmore.

Scottish Gaelic for ‘pier’, Laimrig celebrates Bowmore’s ancient stone pier where the distillery’s barley would once have been unloaded and from where this renowned single malt would have first set sail for the four corners of the world. 

AA Benriach

BenRiach 1995 17 year old – £85 – 53.1% abv – www.whiskyshop.com

This cask-strength BenRiach was initially matured for 16 years in ex-bourbon barrels followed by an additional ‘finishing’ period of one year in virgin American Oak barrels.

The double-maturation created intense vanilla and coconut notes layered on top of flavours such as barley sugars, honey, apricots and toffee apples with a crisp, dry finish.

A limited edition single malt Scotch whisky crafted from hand-selected casks which combined to produce this exclusive bottling for The Whisky Shop.  

OVER £100 

AA Aberfeldy

Aberfeldy 16 Years Old Single Cask – £145.00 – 61.5% abv – www.whiskyshop.com

From the Highland distillery, Aberfeldy 16 Years Old Single Cask is exclusive to The Whisky Shop.

Distilled in 1996 and selected for individual bottling from a single refill American oak ex-sherry hogshead cask in 2013 at natural cask strength, this is a mellow whisky with herbal notes and a trace of orange peel.  A smooth texture and a sweet taste, with light acidity and beeswax, and a long warming finish, sure to make a lasting impression this Christmas.

A dram which is surprisingly easy to drink even at cask strength, but adding some water creates a creamier texture and releases more fruit and fudge notes. 

AA Glenlivet WS

The Glenlivet Gallow Hill 16 Year Old – £235.00 – 51.8% abv – www.whiskyshop.com 

An enchanting Speysider, The Whisky Shop exclusive is bottled at natural cask strength.  Bursting with concentrated fruit flavours – sweet clementine, pear and pineapple – along with toasted almonds and moist gingerbread, The Glenlivet Gallow Hill coats the mouth with orange-chocolate and a hint of sweet treacle toffee, leaving a long and refreshing finish.  

Despite a ban on private distilling in 1781, the area was rife with illicit stills for many years.  In an attempt to dissuade transgressors, a public gibbet was erected on the hillside above the site where the Glenlivet Distillery now sits.  The hillside has become forever known as “Gallow Hill”.

The Whisky Shop is the UK’s largest specialist whisky retailer with 22 stores nationwide and an online store at www.whiskyshop.com

Notes to Editors: 

The Whisky Shop 

The Whisky Shop is the largest specialist whisky retailer in the UK with 22 stores nationwide and an online store at www.whiskyshop.com  

The premium London Piccadilly flagship opened in 2012 and won the 2013 National Association of Shopfitters (NAS) Design Partnership Award for Retail.

The Whisky Shop was also crowned the Best Specialist Drinks Retailer of the Year at the Harpers Awards 2014.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/11/the-whisky-shops-christmas-gift-guide-2014-scotch-whisky-news/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America Early November 2014 Outturn – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS 3 Glasses

Early November 2014 Outturn Offerings 

Cask No. 59.48                                           $240

A sensory journey

Highland, Northern

Starting in an old wine cellar with wooden crates on a dusty floor then moving to a muggy pine forest after a storm, the neat nose embarks on a sensory journey; biscuits, porridge oats, mint, bonfire smoke, lamb tagine and a lipstick sweetness. There are textiles and oily notes then on the palate some oomph of peat with pecan nuts toasted in honey, white pepper and Bavarian smoked ham. The reduced nose leads to an old cottage with worn out rugs and aromas of stewed apples and steamed pudding. Dry and ashy to taste with some ginger and cinnamon spice. This Highland distillery was founded in 1817 by Hugh Munro.

Drinking tip: A winter warmer for a dark night

Colour: Golden syrup

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 30 years

Date Distilled: November 1983

Alcohol: 51.2%

USA allocation: 90 bottles

  SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 1.177                                           $115

Tutti-Frutti ice cream

Speyside, Spey

A fresh and fruity aroma greeted us; pineapple cubes, star anise, wood sap and freshly cut grass. Some were reminded of an early morning tee off on the golf course, others gave their new cricket bat a light sanding and a coat of linseed oil in preparation for the new season. The taste had the initial woodiness of chewing the end of a pencil soon followed by juicy flavours of tutti-frutti ice cream with a gentle citrus tang. With water much softer; cherry pie, banana on toast and orange barley water. The taste is now sweet; marshmallows, fondant fancies and candyfloss with a spicy kick in the finish of fresh ginger.

Drinking tip: Late afternoon or early evening

Colour: Toffee Penny gold

Cask: First-fill barrel

Age: 11 years

Date Distilled: June 2002

Alcohol: 57.3%

USA allocation: 120 bottles

 SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 3.226                                           $145

Cigar smoke and Newhaven fish boxes

Islay

The nose was herbal, salty and mineral (samphire, sea-shells, fried seaweed) with a whiff of bonfire and floral notes (heather, parma violets); we also found slightly nutty smoke and medicinal hints of bandages and ‘stookie’ plasters. The neat palate was huge and powerful – Newhaven fish boxes, iodine and scallop shells crashed into cigarette ash, cigar boxes and burnt heather in the mouth. The reduced nose found the pungency of cigar smoke, leather furniture and polished wood, while on the palate good chewy sweetness restrained the sooty, the carbolic and the ‘caracoles picantes’ and saved the day. This distillery dates from 1779.

Drinking tip: A harbour-side dram – or with seafood – or with a cigar – very versatile

Colour: Yellowy gold

Cask: Refill butt

Age: 16 years

Date Distilled: September 1997

Alcohol: 58.3%

USA allocation: 48 bottlesSMWS Green Logo II

 

Cask No. 24.126                                        $185

The Artist’s Lounge

Speyside, Spey

The panel were transported to a lounge of the Dutch masters. A still life of dried fruits, orange pomanders and spiced plums set in a wooden panelled room with piles of leather books. An artists palette of drying paint, linseed rags and turpentine littered the scene. Blackcurrant pastille, and prune juice held chunky caramelised pork crackling and egg nog characters in check. With dilution, pomegranate, orange and cinnamon juggled with dark chocolate and waves of waxy varnish. Glazed and smoked duck with a sticky orange and roasted onion chutney completed the rich molten experience from this much loved distillery.

Drinking tip: When intensity and riches are required

Colour: Russet Apple

Cask: Refill Sherry hogshead

Age: 23 years

Date Distilled: December 1990

Alcohol: 56.1%

USA allocation: 90 bottles

 SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 53.205                                        $180

Foraging for mussels on the West Coast

Islay

The panel cheered in agreement at the thought of collecting shellfish with burning gorse and sea spray in the air, whilst drinking a Caipirinha. Suitably transported to the West Coast, they found wet cement and damp boat sheds. Scorched salmon skin. A superb balance of sweet smoke and brine. Water released delicate white lilies, more lime and peaches on the barbeque. Our foragers found hessian and wicker baskets, to collect their treasure from the shore. They ended with scorched rice pudding, stewed rhubarb and baklava. The finale was like heather moors after a fire.

Drinking tip: On a West Coast holiday

Colour: Polished gold

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 22 years

Date Distilled: January 1992

Alcohol: 52.9%

USA allocation: 48 bottles

 SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 93.61                                           $135

Calmac welder’s tea break

Campbeltown

On the nose, the sweet charabanc of sugar puffs, Crunchy-nut cornflakes, fudge cookies, honey and chocolate flapjacks collided into the savoury wall of smoky bacon crisps, barbecued prawns and baked ham. The palate was also a crash site – big, rich and chewy, with cinder toffee, spiced sultanas and dark honey on toast scattered in a frightening wreckage of charcoal, ash, liquorice sticks, peat reek and industrial garages. The reduced nose suggested a welder on a Calmac ferry enjoying a Daim Bar. The palate – sweet and (we thought) acceptably dirty with a big spicy finish. From the ‘quiet outsider’ distillery in Campbeltown.

Drinking tip: To aid the visceral enjoyment of a brutal rugby match

Colour: Orange sandstone

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 14 years

Date Distilled: June 1999

Alcohol: 58.3%

USA allocation: 150 bottles

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

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/11/scotch-malt-whisky-society-of-america-early-november-2014-outturn-scotch-whisky-news/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America Early November 2014 Outturn – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS 3 Glasses

Early November 2014 Outturn Offerings 

Cask No. 59.48                                           $240

A sensory journey

Highland, Northern

Starting in an old wine cellar with wooden crates on a dusty floor then moving to a muggy pine forest after a storm, the neat nose embarks on a sensory journey; biscuits, porridge oats, mint, bonfire smoke, lamb tagine and a lipstick sweetness. There are textiles and oily notes then on the palate some oomph of peat with pecan nuts toasted in honey, white pepper and Bavarian smoked ham. The reduced nose leads to an old cottage with worn out rugs and aromas of stewed apples and steamed pudding. Dry and ashy to taste with some ginger and cinnamon spice. This Highland distillery was founded in 1817 by Hugh Munro.

Drinking tip: A winter warmer for a dark night

Colour: Golden syrup

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 30 years

Date Distilled: November 1983

Alcohol: 51.2%

USA allocation: 90 bottles

  SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 1.177                                           $115

Tutti-Frutti ice cream

Speyside, Spey

A fresh and fruity aroma greeted us; pineapple cubes, star anise, wood sap and freshly cut grass. Some were reminded of an early morning tee off on the golf course, others gave their new cricket bat a light sanding and a coat of linseed oil in preparation for the new season. The taste had the initial woodiness of chewing the end of a pencil soon followed by juicy flavours of tutti-frutti ice cream with a gentle citrus tang. With water much softer; cherry pie, banana on toast and orange barley water. The taste is now sweet; marshmallows, fondant fancies and candyfloss with a spicy kick in the finish of fresh ginger.

Drinking tip: Late afternoon or early evening

Colour: Toffee Penny gold

Cask: First-fill barrel

Age: 11 years

Date Distilled: June 2002

Alcohol: 57.3%

USA allocation: 120 bottles

 SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 3.226                                           $145

Cigar smoke and Newhaven fish boxes

Islay

The nose was herbal, salty and mineral (samphire, sea-shells, fried seaweed) with a whiff of bonfire and floral notes (heather, parma violets); we also found slightly nutty smoke and medicinal hints of bandages and ‘stookie’ plasters. The neat palate was huge and powerful – Newhaven fish boxes, iodine and scallop shells crashed into cigarette ash, cigar boxes and burnt heather in the mouth. The reduced nose found the pungency of cigar smoke, leather furniture and polished wood, while on the palate good chewy sweetness restrained the sooty, the carbolic and the ‘caracoles picantes’ and saved the day. This distillery dates from 1779.

Drinking tip: A harbour-side dram – or with seafood – or with a cigar – very versatile

Colour: Yellowy gold

Cask: Refill butt

Age: 16 years

Date Distilled: September 1997

Alcohol: 58.3%

USA allocation: 48 bottlesSMWS Green Logo II

 

Cask No. 24.126                                        $185

The Artist’s Lounge

Speyside, Spey

The panel were transported to a lounge of the Dutch masters. A still life of dried fruits, orange pomanders and spiced plums set in a wooden panelled room with piles of leather books. An artists palette of drying paint, linseed rags and turpentine littered the scene. Blackcurrant pastille, and prune juice held chunky caramelised pork crackling and egg nog characters in check. With dilution, pomegranate, orange and cinnamon juggled with dark chocolate and waves of waxy varnish. Glazed and smoked duck with a sticky orange and roasted onion chutney completed the rich molten experience from this much loved distillery.

Drinking tip: When intensity and riches are required

Colour: Russet Apple

Cask: Refill Sherry hogshead

Age: 23 years

Date Distilled: December 1990

Alcohol: 56.1%

USA allocation: 90 bottles

 SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 53.205                                        $180

Foraging for mussels on the West Coast

Islay

The panel cheered in agreement at the thought of collecting shellfish with burning gorse and sea spray in the air, whilst drinking a Caipirinha. Suitably transported to the West Coast, they found wet cement and damp boat sheds. Scorched salmon skin. A superb balance of sweet smoke and brine. Water released delicate white lilies, more lime and peaches on the barbeque. Our foragers found hessian and wicker baskets, to collect their treasure from the shore. They ended with scorched rice pudding, stewed rhubarb and baklava. The finale was like heather moors after a fire.

Drinking tip: On a West Coast holiday

Colour: Polished gold

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 22 years

Date Distilled: January 1992

Alcohol: 52.9%

USA allocation: 48 bottles

 SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 93.61                                           $135

Calmac welder’s tea break

Campbeltown

On the nose, the sweet charabanc of sugar puffs, Crunchy-nut cornflakes, fudge cookies, honey and chocolate flapjacks collided into the savoury wall of smoky bacon crisps, barbecued prawns and baked ham. The palate was also a crash site – big, rich and chewy, with cinder toffee, spiced sultanas and dark honey on toast scattered in a frightening wreckage of charcoal, ash, liquorice sticks, peat reek and industrial garages. The reduced nose suggested a welder on a Calmac ferry enjoying a Daim Bar. The palate – sweet and (we thought) acceptably dirty with a big spicy finish. From the ‘quiet outsider’ distillery in Campbeltown.

Drinking tip: To aid the visceral enjoyment of a brutal rugby match

Colour: Orange sandstone

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 14 years

Date Distilled: June 1999

Alcohol: 58.3%

USA allocation: 150 bottles

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

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/11/scotch-malt-whisky-society-of-america-early-november-2014-outturn-scotch-whisky-news/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America Early November 2014 Outturn – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS 3 Glasses

Early November 2014 Outturn Offerings 

Cask No. 59.48                                           $240

A sensory journey

Highland, Northern

Starting in an old wine cellar with wooden crates on a dusty floor then moving to a muggy pine forest after a storm, the neat nose embarks on a sensory journey; biscuits, porridge oats, mint, bonfire smoke, lamb tagine and a lipstick sweetness. There are textiles and oily notes then on the palate some oomph of peat with pecan nuts toasted in honey, white pepper and Bavarian smoked ham. The reduced nose leads to an old cottage with worn out rugs and aromas of stewed apples and steamed pudding. Dry and ashy to taste with some ginger and cinnamon spice. This Highland distillery was founded in 1817 by Hugh Munro.

Drinking tip: A winter warmer for a dark night

Colour: Golden syrup

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 30 years

Date Distilled: November 1983

Alcohol: 51.2%

USA allocation: 90 bottles

  SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 1.177                                           $115

Tutti-Frutti ice cream

Speyside, Spey

A fresh and fruity aroma greeted us; pineapple cubes, star anise, wood sap and freshly cut grass. Some were reminded of an early morning tee off on the golf course, others gave their new cricket bat a light sanding and a coat of linseed oil in preparation for the new season. The taste had the initial woodiness of chewing the end of a pencil soon followed by juicy flavours of tutti-frutti ice cream with a gentle citrus tang. With water much softer; cherry pie, banana on toast and orange barley water. The taste is now sweet; marshmallows, fondant fancies and candyfloss with a spicy kick in the finish of fresh ginger.

Drinking tip: Late afternoon or early evening

Colour: Toffee Penny gold

Cask: First-fill barrel

Age: 11 years

Date Distilled: June 2002

Alcohol: 57.3%

USA allocation: 120 bottles

 SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 3.226                                           $145

Cigar smoke and Newhaven fish boxes

Islay

The nose was herbal, salty and mineral (samphire, sea-shells, fried seaweed) with a whiff of bonfire and floral notes (heather, parma violets); we also found slightly nutty smoke and medicinal hints of bandages and ‘stookie’ plasters. The neat palate was huge and powerful – Newhaven fish boxes, iodine and scallop shells crashed into cigarette ash, cigar boxes and burnt heather in the mouth. The reduced nose found the pungency of cigar smoke, leather furniture and polished wood, while on the palate good chewy sweetness restrained the sooty, the carbolic and the ‘caracoles picantes’ and saved the day. This distillery dates from 1779.

Drinking tip: A harbour-side dram – or with seafood – or with a cigar – very versatile

Colour: Yellowy gold

Cask: Refill butt

Age: 16 years

Date Distilled: September 1997

Alcohol: 58.3%

USA allocation: 48 bottlesSMWS Green Logo II

 

Cask No. 24.126                                        $185

The Artist’s Lounge

Speyside, Spey

The panel were transported to a lounge of the Dutch masters. A still life of dried fruits, orange pomanders and spiced plums set in a wooden panelled room with piles of leather books. An artists palette of drying paint, linseed rags and turpentine littered the scene. Blackcurrant pastille, and prune juice held chunky caramelised pork crackling and egg nog characters in check. With dilution, pomegranate, orange and cinnamon juggled with dark chocolate and waves of waxy varnish. Glazed and smoked duck with a sticky orange and roasted onion chutney completed the rich molten experience from this much loved distillery.

Drinking tip: When intensity and riches are required

Colour: Russet Apple

Cask: Refill Sherry hogshead

Age: 23 years

Date Distilled: December 1990

Alcohol: 56.1%

USA allocation: 90 bottles

 SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 53.205                                        $180

Foraging for mussels on the West Coast

Islay

The panel cheered in agreement at the thought of collecting shellfish with burning gorse and sea spray in the air, whilst drinking a Caipirinha. Suitably transported to the West Coast, they found wet cement and damp boat sheds. Scorched salmon skin. A superb balance of sweet smoke and brine. Water released delicate white lilies, more lime and peaches on the barbeque. Our foragers found hessian and wicker baskets, to collect their treasure from the shore. They ended with scorched rice pudding, stewed rhubarb and baklava. The finale was like heather moors after a fire.

Drinking tip: On a West Coast holiday

Colour: Polished gold

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 22 years

Date Distilled: January 1992

Alcohol: 52.9%

USA allocation: 48 bottles

 SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 93.61                                           $135

Calmac welder’s tea break

Campbeltown

On the nose, the sweet charabanc of sugar puffs, Crunchy-nut cornflakes, fudge cookies, honey and chocolate flapjacks collided into the savoury wall of smoky bacon crisps, barbecued prawns and baked ham. The palate was also a crash site – big, rich and chewy, with cinder toffee, spiced sultanas and dark honey on toast scattered in a frightening wreckage of charcoal, ash, liquorice sticks, peat reek and industrial garages. The reduced nose suggested a welder on a Calmac ferry enjoying a Daim Bar. The palate – sweet and (we thought) acceptably dirty with a big spicy finish. From the ‘quiet outsider’ distillery in Campbeltown.

Drinking tip: To aid the visceral enjoyment of a brutal rugby match

Colour: Orange sandstone

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 14 years

Date Distilled: June 1999

Alcohol: 58.3%

USA allocation: 150 bottles

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

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/11/scotch-malt-whisky-society-of-america-early-november-2014-outturn-scotch-whisky-news/