Compass Box “Three whiskies with fascinating stories to tell” – Scotch Whisky News

Every great whisky should tell a story all on its own. From the first nosing to the long finish, whisky can inspire a very personal journey. Yet there’s always the story of its creation too. And it was the combination of the two that our founder John Glaser explored during our first virtual tasting this past Sunday.

People from over 30 countries joined us via Zoom to hear about our award-winning whiskies The Peat Monster, The Spice Tree and The Story of the Spaniard. But for those who weren’t able to drop in, here are some highlights from the stories he told…

THE PEAT MONSTER

The surprising label for this whisky is typical of the work of Texas-based artist Marc BurckhardtHis fascination with fables, allegories and myths felt like the perfect match, and we’re proud to have collaborated with a painter who’s worked with Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and won a Grammy for Johnny Cash album artwork.

THE SPICE TREE

Our first batch released in 2005 caught the attention of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), who felt our creative process didn’t follow the rules on traditional techniques. So we stopped production and worked on a new method for incorporating French oak in the cask heads. The result was a very similar flavour to the original. It relaunched in 2009, and eventually received the SWA’s blessing.

THE STORY OF THE SPANIARD

John had yet to become a whiskymaker when he was enthralled by the stories of an elderly man in a tiny Spanish bar. The gent recounted the history of the local Sherry and made an indelible impression. Many years later, that chance encounter inspired this Sherry cask-aged whisky.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/07/compass-box-three-whiskies-with-fascinating-stories-to-tell-scotch-whisky-news/

Loch Lomond Whiskies pay tribute to 149th Open – Scotch Whisky News

Loch Lomond Whiskies pay tribute to 149th Open

Independent distiller adds special edition to range

Loch Lomond Whiskies, the Official Spirit of The Open, has unveiled a new special edition single malt to mark the Championship that was due to take place in July this year.

The Loch Lomond 12 Year Old The Open Special Edition 2020 was created to celebrate The 149th Open at Royal St George’s in Kent, which has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is the first time since WWII that the Championship will not be played.

The special edition, crafted by master blender Michael Henry, showcases Loch Lomond’s unique straight neck pot still, and is created from a Chardonnay wine yeast, a fermentation process that’s rarely used in whisky distilling as it requires greater time to achieve the final liquid. Full of lively flavour, hints of grapefruit and vanilla syrup are balanced with cinnamon and lime juice.

Priced at £50 RRP with an ABV of 46%, 3,000 limited-edition bottles will be released globally in early July, giving both whisky and golf fans the opportunity to experience The Open in spirit from their homes.

Loch Lomond Whiskies’ became The Official Spirit of The Open in 2018, and although the Championship will not be played as planned in 2020, Loch Lomond’s Open Special Edition pays tribute to golf’s original championship. The 149th Open will now be played at Royal St George’s in July 2021, with The 150th Open at St Andrews moving to 2022.

Colin Matthews, CEO of Loch Lomond Group, said: “Of course we, like thousands of golf enthusiasts around the globe, were disappointed to learn of the cancellation of The Open this year, but given the current circumstances, it’s absolutely the right decision.

“Our Loch Lomond 12 Year Old The Open Special Edition 2020 is a very special limited edition, showcasing Loch Lomond’s style beautifully, and will allow thousands of golf and whisky fans around the world to raise a dram during these difficult, unprecedented times.

“We are very proud of our partnership with The Open, allowing us to raise awareness of the Loch Lomond Whiskies range among golf lovers all over the world. We are very much looking forward to visiting Royal St George’s for the first time as the Spirit of The Open next year.”

Michael Henry, Master Distiller added: “It has been a real pleasure crafting this limited edition to mark The 149th Open. We are one of very few distilleries

currently using wine yeasts in the fermentation process, which brings a unique and vibrant flavour to the finished liquid. As a distillery we are perfectly placed to be able to develop these rare expressions, which is ideally suited to our preference for longer fermentation times, combined with the control we have over the final character using our straight-necked stills.”

Loch Lomond Whiskies, based in Alexandria near Loch Lomond, agreed a five-year partnership with The RA, organisers of The Open, in February 2018.  Known as “The One”, The Open is the most international of the major championships with qualifying events across five continents.

Neil Armit, Chief Commercial Officer at The RA, said: “Loch Lomond Whiskies’ special edition products have already proven to be a hit with fans of The Open, bringing together two of Scotland’s greatest exports beautifully: golf and whisky.

“Although we will have to wait until next year to visit Royal St George’s, fans will still be able to enjoy a taste of The Open from home until we all meet again at the famous Kent links in 2021.”

The Loch Lomond 12 Year Old The Open Special Edition 2020 will launch for sale in early July. For more information, please visit www.lochlomondwhiskies.com

Tasting Notes:

Nose – Grapefruit, apple and vanilla syrup

Taste – Lively almost effervescent mouthfeel. Honey sweet, green fruits – apple, pear and kiwi, gentle cinnamon spiciness

Finish – Long finish with powdery sherbet and lime juice 

About Loch Lomond Whiskies

  • Loch Lomond Distillery has one of the oldest heritages in the industry. It was founded by American, Duncan Thomas, the owner of the Littlemill distillery which was licensed in 1772. In the 1930s Duncan Thomas was at the forefront of innovation within the Scotch whisky industry and his innovative philosophy is ingrained into everything that is done at Loch Lomond to this day
  • The multi award winning Loch Lomond whiskies range includes the Loch Lomond 12-Year-Old which has been awarded the Platinum Award in 2020, one of only 7 single malts to be awarded this honour at the San Francisco World Spirits Challenge 2020. Other expressions in the range are the single malts Loch Lomond Original; Loch Lomond Classic; Loch Lomond 18-Year-Old; Loch Lomond 50-Year-Old; the Loch Lomond Island’s Collection which includes the Inchmurrin and Inchmoan ranges as well as the deluxe blend Loch Lomond Signature and Loch Lomond Single Grain
  • Loch Lomond Inchmoan 12-Year-Old has been awarded Best Highland Single Malt 12 Years and Under at the 2018 World Whiskies Awards and a Gold Medal at the 2020 San Francisco 2020 Awards
  • Loch Lomond Whiskies was recently also awarded the following medals at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition:
    • PLATINUM: Loch Lomond 12 Year Old
    • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Inchmurrin 12 Year Old
    • GOLD MEDAL – Inchmoan 12 Year Old
    • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Loch Lomond 18 Year Old
    • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL: Loch Lomond 10 Year Old
  • Loch Lomond Whiskies signed a five-year partnership with The RA to become The Spirit of The Open in February 2019. The period includes the playing of the landmark 150th Open in 2021 at St Andrews, the home of golf.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/07/loch-lomond-whiskies-pay-tribute-to-149th-open-scotch-whisky-news/

BARTON 1792 DISTILLERY TO RESUME TOURS AND VISITATION BEGINNING JULY 1 – American Whiskey News

BARTON 1792 DISTILLERY TO RESUME TOURS AND VISITATION BEGINNING JULY 1

Enhanced Sanitation and Tour Accommodations to Offer Reassurance and Peace of Mind to Guests

BARDSTOWN, KENTUCKY (June 22, 2020) – Barton 1792 will welcome guests back to Bardstown’s oldest fully-operating Distillery on July 1 with enhanced accommodations for offering the safest possible Distillery experience. Visitors can expect to explore decades of bourbon making history and sample award-winning products like always, but with new measures in accordance with CDC guidelines and government recommendations.

Barton 1792 will also begin utilizing Bards Tavern, formerly known as Hilltop Inn but now back to its original name, as its Gift Shop and Visitor Center. This move will double the space of the previous Visitor Center and allow the previous location to be utilized exclusively for tastings. Bards Tavern is located just outside the Distillery gates, directly on Cathedral Manor.

In order for the Distillery to efficiently manage tour and group sizes with respect to social distancing, guests will be required to register for tours and events in advance of their visit.

Upon arrival, guests will need to check in at the Bards Tavern Visitor Center where their individual contact information will be recorded in the event contact tracing needs to be performed, and have their temperature taken. Guests will also be asked to wear a face mask. For anyone who forgets theirs, one will be provided. Visitors can take comfort in knowing that all employees at the Distillery will also be wearing face masks and will have had their temperatures taken upon entrance.

Tours and events will be kept to small, comfortable groups to allow for social distancing, and protective shields have been installed at the bars and cash registers. Gift Shop capacity will also be limited to allow for safe, enjoyable shopping experiences. All tours and tastings remain complimentary.

“Every effort to address the health, safety and comfort of our guests is being taken,” Homeplace Development Director Meredith Moody said. “We want to offer the best experience possible while providing the same rich history and experiences our fans love. We are thrilled to reopen to the public, and with the expanded visitor space that Bards Tavern offers.”

Barton 1792 Distillery will be open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Registration for the Barton Tradition Tour can be made at www.1792Distillery.com. Curbside sales will also continue. To place an order visit https://1792distillery.com/curbside/.

Full details about what to expect will be provided to guests upon registration.

About Barton 1792 Distillery

Barton 1792 Distillery is part of Barton Brands.  Barton Brands has facilities in Bardstown, Ky., Carson, Calif., and Baltimore, Md. Barton Brands is owned by the Sazerac Company, an American family-owned company based in New Orleans, La. Barton 1792 Distillery was established in 1879 and continues today as the oldest fully-operating Distillery in the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” The Distillery is located on 196 acres and includes 28 warehouses, 22 other buildings, the Morton Spring and the Tom Moore Spring.  Distilling, aging and bottling fine Bourbon whiskey are hallmarks of the historic Barton 1792 Distillery. 1792 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is produced at Barton 1792 Distillery, and is named for the year Kentucky became a state. The Distillery has garnered a number of prestigious awards for its whiskies, including its 1792 Full Proof, which was named the World Whiskey of the Year by “Jim Murray Whiskey Bible 2020.”  To learn more visit www.1792bourbon.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/06/barton-1792-distillery-to-resume-tours-and-visitation-beginning-july-1-american-whiskey-news/

TOURS AND VISITATION TO RESUME AT BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY ON JULY 1 – American Whiskey News

TOURS AND VISITATION TO RESUME AT BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY ON JULY 1

Distillery to Create Safe Haven Bourbon Experience

Through Sanitization Measures and Limited Tours Sizes 

FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY (June 22, 2020) – Buffalo Trace will welcome guests back to the National Historic Landmark Distillery on July 1 with a distinct focus on offering visitors the safest possible environment for their bourbon encounter. Visitors can expect to experience the same rich history and to see the oldest continually operating Distillery in action, but with new measures in accordance with CDC guidelines and government recommendations.

Guests will be required to register for a tour or event in advance of their visit in order for the Distillery to efficiently manage tour and group sizes with respect to social distancing. The Distillery grounds and playground will only be available to guests who have registered and checked-in. This includes usage of the grounds for photography.

Arriving guests will need to check in, where their individual contact information will be recorded in the event contact tracing needs to be performed, and have their temperature taken. Guests will also be asked to wear a face mask. For anyone who forgets theirs, one will be provided. Visitors can take comfort in knowing that all employees at the distillery will also be wearing face masks and will have had their temperatures taken upon entrance.

Tours and events will be kept to small, comfortable groups to allow for social distancing, and protective shields have been installed at the bars and cash registers. Gift Shop capacity will also be limited to allow for safe, enjoyable shopping experiences.

To make social distancing a little easier, Buffalo Trace will be reopening with a newly expanded Visitor Center, which triples the size of the original Visitor Center, and will allow ample space and comfort for guests exploring the Gift Shop or tasting in the new expansive tasting rooms.

With all of these safeguards, as well as the expanded Visitor Center, guests can expect to explore decades of bourbon making history, sample award-winning products, and experience the charm of this National Historic Landmark, as in the past. All tours and tastings remain complimentary.

“We are taking every step we can to address the health, safety and comfort of our guests to ensure the best experience possible,” Homeplace Development Director Meredith Moody said. “Our goal is to create a safe haven for all visitors while providing the same rich history and experiences for which we’re known. We can’t wait to reopen to the public and show guests our expanded Visitor Center and tasting rooms.”

Operating hours for Buffalo Trace Distillery will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Registrations for the Trace Tour, Old Taylor Tour, Bourbon Barrel Tour and Expansion Tour can be made at https://tours.buffalotracedistillery.com/. Curbside sales will also continue. To place an order visit https://buffalotracegiftshop.com/.

A complete list of new safety procedures, along with information about enacted sanitation measures and protective equipment in use can be found here. Full details about what to expect will be provided to guests upon registration.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 35 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year by “Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018” and its William Larue Weller and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac were named 2nd and 3rd finest whiskeys in the world, respectively, in the “Jim Murray Whiskey Bible 2020.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 1,000 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/06/tours-and-visitation-to-resume-at-buffalo-trace-distillery-on-july-1-american-whiskey-news/

New Dates Announced for Scottish Whisky Awards – Scotch Whisky News

New November Date for
Scottish Whisky Awards

The national competition for Scotch Whisky has pledged to make every effort to stage its second annual awards programme as normally as possible in 2020.

Plans are now underway for the judging panel to meet and assess entered product in the week commencing Monday 24 August 2020 in a newly designed tasting session which observes health and safety rules and social distancing measures.

The hugely successful Scottish Whisky Awards celebration has now been scheduled for Thursday 19 November 2020 at the Hilton Doubletree in Glasgow.  Last year, over 400 guests gathered in a sold out event to celebrate the wide-ranging competition which assesses both taste and business performance.

Over 100 whiskies were tasted and scored by a 32-strong judging panel from the UK, Europe and Asia.  The Scottish Whisky Distillery of the Year 2019 was presented to The GlenAllachie Distillery in recognition of an outstanding year of business and after winning five medals in the blind tasting competition.

Entries now have an extended period to register for the competition and deliver product for the tasting.  For information and advice on entries, product deliveries and the event, please email Kirsten or Pippa.

Registration and entries close on Friday 14th August 2020.

The 2020 awards will be raising funds for The BEN, the Benevolent Society of the Licensed Trade of Scotland.

Enter Now

View the 2019 Scottish Whisky Awards Video

Meet the Judges

Book Your Table

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/06/new-dates-announced-for-scottish-whisky-awards-scotch-whisky-news/

Loch Lomond Whiskies agrees an exciting new partnership with the European Tour – Scotch Whisky News

Loch Lomond Whiskies agrees an exciting new partnership with the European Tour

Award-winning, independent Scotch whisky distiller Loch Lomond Whiskies has agreed an exciting new partnership with The European Tour, becoming the first Official Partner of the innovative new UK Swing.

The partnership with the European Tour means that the distiller’s innovative and exciting range of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies will become “The Spirit of the Tour” throughout the duration of the UK Swing. Loch Lomond Whiskies have been “The Spirit of The Open” since 2018.

As part of the new relationship, Loch Lomond Whiskies’ hand sanitiser will be available on every tee during each of the six UK tournaments when the European Tour returns to action in July.

Loch Lomond Group were one of the first spirits companies in the world to utilise their existing resources and infrastructure to make hand sanitiser, so as to help and support those in need across the country throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. As the European Tour resumes, Loch Lomond Whiskies will help ensure good hygiene at all six UK tournaments as part of the European Tour’s comprehensive Health Strategy.

As an Official Partner of the European Tour’s UK Swing, Loch Lomond Whiskies will also support the launch of the new ‘Golf for Good’ initiative which will underpin all European Tour events in 2020 by  making a positive impact in the communities where the European Tour plays – and the wider world of golf – rewarding heroes of the pandemic such as front line workers, and promoting the many health benefits that golf offers to everyone.

Colin Matthews, CEO of Loch Lomond Group, said: “The European Tour is one of the most internationally recognised and respected golf bodies in the world and we are delighted to become a key partner of the UK Swing. This new association further extends our already very successful association with the game of golf through our existing sponsorship agreement with The RA for both The Open and The Women’s British Open and The PGA and allows us to support the launch of the European Tour’s excellent “Golf for Good” initiative.”

Max Hamilton, the European Tour’s Head of Commercial Partnerships, said: “We are delighted to welcome Loch Lomond Whiskies and their award-winning brands as the first Official Partner of our new UK Swing. This innovative stretch of six events marks the start of our new Golf for Good initiative, enabling us to give back during these unprecedented times.  Our health strategy is vital to this and Loch Lomond Whiskies will also contribute to that through the provision of hand sanitiser. This is a great example of how brands can work together in different ways at the moment.”

Following the suspension of the season due to the global Coronavirus pandemic, the European Tour will return to action initially behind closed doors in July with two events in Austria – the Austrian Open and Euram Bank Open – immediately followed by the UK Swing. The first tournament in the UK Swing is the Betfred British Masters hosted by Lee Westwood, which will be played at Close House, from Wednesday July 22nd to Saturday July 25th.

It will be followed by the English Open at the Marriott Forest of Arden and the English Championship at Marriott Hanbury Manor, before The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport hosts back-to-back European Tour tournaments. The UK Swing will then conclude with the UK Championships at The Belfry.

All tournaments will be subject to stringent safety and testing protocols set out by the Tour’s comprehensive Healthy Strategy which will continue to evolve, aligned with international Government guidance and health guidelines.

Founded in 1814, Loch Lomond Whiskies can trace its roots back to the Littlemill distillery, which was established in 1772 and is thought to be one of the oldest in the world. Its current malt and grain distilleries, in Alexandria, Dunbartonshire on the banks of Loch Lomond, were built in the 1960s and are among only a few in the industry to maintain an onsite cooperage. The malt distillery at Alexandria also features a unique combination of traditional swan neck and distinctive straight-necked pot stills, enabling it to produce a diverse range of flavour profiles.

In 2018, the group secured its first major golf partnership, agreeing a prestigious five-year deal with the RA, as sponsor of both The Open and AIG Women’s British Open. In February 2020, Loch Lomond Whiskies also concluded a new agreement with the Professional Golfers’ Association (The PGA) to become a ‘PGA Partner’ and the title sponsor of the Scottish PGA Championship.

For further information, visit Loch Lomond Whiskies on Twitter: @LochLomondMalts, Instagram @lochlomondmalts and search for Loch Lomond Whiskies on Facebook. To find out more about Loch Lomond Group please visit www.lochlomondgroup.com.

About the Loch Lomond Group

  • Loch Lomond Group is an independent distiller, blender and bottler of some of the finest scotch whisky brands in the world.  Based in Alexandria, Dumbartonshire, close to Glasgow it is home to several multi award-winning brands that are sold in more than 125 countries across the world.
  • Loch Lomond distillery has been producing the finest single malt whiskies since 1814.
  • Images and interviews with key staff from the Group are available upon request. www.lochlomondgroup.com

About Loch Lomond Whiskies

  • Loch Lomond Distillery has one of the oldest heritages in the industry. It was founded by American, Duncan Thomas, the owner of the Littlemill distillery which was licensed in 1772. In the 1930s Duncan Thomas was at the forefront of innovation within the Scotch whisky industry and his innovative philosophy is ingrained into everything that is done at Loch Lomond to this day
  • The multi award winning Loch Lomond whiskies range includes the Loch Lomond 12-Year-Old which has been awarded the Platinum Award in 2020, one of only 7 single malts to be awarded this honour at the San Francisco World Spirits Challenge 2020. Other expressions in the range are the single malts Loch Lomond Original; Loch Lomond Classic; Loch Lomond 18-Year-Old; Loch Lomond 50-Year-Old; the Loch Lomond Island’s Collection which includes the Inchmurrin and Inchmoan ranges as well as the deluxe blend Loch Lomond Signature and Loch Lomond Single Grain
  • Loch Lomond Inchmoan 12-Year-Old has been awarded Best Highland Single Malt 12 Years and Under at the 2018 World Whiskies Awards and a Gold Medal at the 2020 San Francisco 2020 Awards
  • Loch Lomond Whiskies was recently also awarded the following medals at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition:
    • PLATINUM: Loch Lomond 12 Year Old
    • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Inchmurrin 12 Year Old
    • GOLD MEDAL – Inchmoan 12 Year Old
    • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Loch Lomond 18 Year Old
    • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL: Loch Lomond 10 Year Old

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/06/loch-lomond-whiskies-agrees-an-exciting-new-partnership-with-the-european-tour-scotch-whisky-news/

You’re invited to our very first virtual tasting – Scotch Whisky News

At Compass Box we’ve made some really exciting discoveries by breaking with tradition.

But there’s one we’ll always celebrate – Father’s Day.

So this year we’re inviting fathers – and partners, sons and daughters – to the very first virtual tasting we’re hosting on June 28th, a week after the big day. Founder (and dad) John Glaser started Compass Box from his kitchen table, so it seems appropriate to ask you to join him via Zoom from yours.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Compass Box is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. That’s two decades of creation and flavour exploration, and John would love to share some of those stories with you.

Whether you’re totally new to whisky or a long-time Compass Box fan, we’ll make sure you all get plenty out of the event. We’ll be tasting The Peat Monster, The Spice Tree and The Story of the Spaniard – all gold award winners at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2020.

But if you don’t own the bottles, we have a great sampler gift pack of all three. For those in the US, shop with your local retailer. If they don’t have stock, email us and we’ll give you a list of places that do. For those outside the US, head to our shop.

REGISTER ON OUR NEW
EVENTS SITE

If you want to join us, or you know someone who’d like to (fatherhood not essential), you can register for the tasting at www.pleasedrinkcreatively.com. This is also where you’ll be able to download a digital tasting mat and more detailed guidelines nearer the time. So save the date for June 28th (8pm BST, 3pm EST and 12pm PT).

We’d love to see you then so we can share and enjoy together.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/06/youre-invited-to-our-very-first-virtual-tasting-scotch-whisky-news/

Glen Moray Launches Virtual Whisky Series to Encourage Flavour Exploration – Scotch Whisky News

Glen Moray Launches Virtual Whisky Series to Encourage Flavour Exploration

Glen Moray has announced a new series of online whisky events in a bid to take UK drinkers on a virtual journey of discovery, one delicious dram at a time.

Glen Moray’s monthly ‘Whisky Surgeries’ will be hosted on Zoom by the company’s very own doctor and Head of Whisky Creation, Dr Kirstie McCallum, gathering curious drinkers who are missing out on their usual distillery visits and festivals this year.

The first ‘after hours’ surgery will take place at 8pm on Tuesday 7th July and will put the world of unusual cask maturation under the microscope. Participants can enjoy a virtual tasting and discover the hidden gems found in Glen Moray Distillery’s ‘Warehouse 1’, where unusual casks and maturation experiments are housed.

Throughout the event Dr Kirstie will share her decades of knowledge and experience as one of Scotch whisky’s leading creators, answering questions and revealing the secrets behind Glen Moray’s adventurous approach to flavour
Glen Moray’s first Whisky Surgery is now available to book on Eventbrite. To book a place visit here  

50 spaces are available for this free event, and the first 20 people who sign up will each receive a complimentary Glen Moray tasting kit, which contains the new Madeira Cask Project and Rhum Agricole Cask Finish Project expressions to enjoy during the event. Further session will be announced over the coming months.

Dr Kirstie McCallum commented: ‘I’m really looking forward to presenting our first Whisky Surgery session as there is nothing I enjoy more than sharing a dram with enthusiasts and chatting about one of my favourite subjects – whisky exploration.

‘Glen Moray has a unique history of cask experimentation and I have a good few anecdotes to share on the discoveries that have been made in our distillery. Bringing people who are interested in whisky together to share knowledge is another passion of mine so this new series provides a great platform to do this.’

Crafted since 1897 in the ancient town of Elgin, the capital of the Speyside whisky region, Glen Moray distillers have been curious about flavour throughout their history. Surviving handwritten ledgers show that a wide variety of casks were used to mature new make spirit back in those early days, which was an unusual practice for the time. A deep knowledge and expertise of wood has developed at Glen Moray through generations of distillers, resulting in today’s exceptional range of whiskies with a style to suit everyone.

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ABOUT GLEN MORAY

Glen Moray is one of Scotland’s best loved single malt whiskies. It has been crafted since 1897 in the ancient town of Elgin, the capital of the Speyside whisky region, on what was once the Elgin West Brewery site on the banks of the River Lossie. Pure waters from the river, locally malted barley, distillation in traditional copper stills and maturation in American ex-bourbon casks combine to give the whisky its smooth, well-balanced, classic Speyside character. Glen Moray has always been a place where curiosity about flavour and cask maturation has been encouraged. Records dating back to the early days show new make spirit maturing in a wide variety of different casks – a highly unusual practice at this time. A passion for experimentation and a deep knowledge of wood have been passed down through generations of Glen Moray distillers. The result is today’s exceptional and extensive range of whiskies, offering a flavour and style to suit all tastes. Glen Moray is the 5th biggest malt whisky brand by volume in the UK and is growing in international markets.

ABOUT LA MARTINIQUAISE-BARDINET

Founded by Jean Cayard in 1934, La Martiniquaise is an independent French spirits group with a large portfolio of international brands. Headquartered near Paris, the group operates in over 100 countries with 38 subsidiaries and production sites. The Group’s four pillars are Scotch whiskies, ports, brandies, wines, rums and craft spirits from France.  www.la-martiniquaise.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/06/glen-moray-launches-virtual-whisky-series-to-encourage-flavour-exploration-scotch-whisky-news/

New: Teeling 28 Years / Teeling for Binny’s / Deanston finishes

Teeling 28 Years

Teeling 28 Year Old

Teeling has just announced a special release Teeling 28 Year Old, one of the oldest expressions so far. It is basically the award-winning Teeling 24 Years (lightly peated 1991 spirit) now released with an extra 4 years of Sauternes maturation. Overall it spent round 20 years in ex-bourbon wood before being transferred to sweet wine casks. It is bottled at 46% ABV.

It was sold through Celtic Whiskey Shop first for around € 500. Now it is also available from other retailers like Master of Malt.

 

Deanston 2002 Pinot Noir / Deanston 1991 Muscat

Deanston 2002 Pinot Noir finish

A seventeen years old Deanston 2002 finished in Pinot Noir casks. On the back label they are referring to the fact that this grape is used to create Champagne so it may not be a classic red wine expression. It should have acidity and a bit of tannins according to the description. Bottled at 50% ABV.

 

Deanston 1991 Muscat Cask finish

A second wine finish: Deanston 1991 finished for two years in a Muscat Cask. These typically bring an oily, honeyed, fruity element to the table. Bottled at 45% ABV.

Currently the distillery is also offering a new 2002 Port Cask finish (€ 150) and 2007 Calvados finish (€ 110), two distillery exclusives that are available from their website.

 

Teeling 14 Years Acacia for Binny's

Teeling 14 Years Acacia 18 Years Madeira for Binny’s

More news from the Dublin distillery: two new single cask Teeling expressions will be available exclusively for Binny’s Beverage Depot in the Chicago area, USA:

  • Teeling 14 Years finished in Acacia cask #21964 (57.3% ABV)
  • Teeling 18 Years finished in Madeira cask #39728 (54% ABV)

 

Bunnahabhain 2008 Manzanilla Cask

Bunnahabhain 2008 Manzanilla Cask

The Bunnahabhain 2008 Manzanilla is a limited release of 11 years of age. It is entirely matured in Manzanilla sherry casks from warehouse no.9 and bottled at 52.3% ABV. A unique marriage of coastal-infused flavours, they say on the back label.

 

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Canadian Whisky & Distilleries News by Davin de Kergommeaux – Canadian Whisky News

Canadian Distilleries News

Stalk Barrel

Three Barrel Whisky

It’s been a decade since lineups snaked through the parking lot at Still Waters distillery. Ontario’s first modern-age microdistillery was releasing its inaugural single malt whisky.

Rye soon followed, then their carefully crafted Blue- and Red-labelled blends. Now, distillers Barry Bernstein and Barry Stein have added Stalk Barrel Three Barrel Whisky to the line-up.

Three Barrel blends Still Waters’ rye and single malt with traditional corn whisky, each aged separately in ex-bourbon casks.

“The single malt adds complexity and robustness to our blends,” says Bernstein, “and we can now afford to use more of it, given our increased inventory. “We thought there was more room to play at this end of the range with bumping up the rye and malt components.”

Three Barrels is blended in batches of less than 1,000 litres at a time. The whisky’s age has polished those familiar young grassy rye notes into chest-warming spices and cloves while the barley malt shines with creamy vanillas, barley sugar, chocolate covered almonds, cocoa and a splash of citrus.

As Still Waters enters its second decade, Three Barrel Whisky ushers in a new age for the distillery, as it builds on an already well respected portfolio of whiskies.

 

The Forager

Forty Creek Botanical Whisky

 

Innovation does not always mean new – by tradition, most whisky once had herbs and spices added. But innovation does mean going against the grain, and today adding such things to your whisky is a pretty bold move. But then, Forty Creek Master Blender, Bill Ashburn is no shrinking violet.

A new Forty Creek whisky, labelled The Forager, and without the Forty Creek logo, reveals a surging twister of whisky and botanical flavours. It seems Ashburn has infused gentle portions of sweet fern, spruce tips, juniper and Labrador tea into Forty Creek whisky.

Their subtle flavours contrast with the distillery’s trademark fruit, underscoring hints of citrus, medicinal pine resin and a refreshing, slightly bitter, herbaceous top dressing.

It is great whisky, for sure, and like all innovations, The Forager, challenges the status quo.

Whisky Book Club with

Odd Society Spirits

Tour Canada’s distilleries with us each Saturday, as we make a virtual stop at one of 15 Canadian distilleries. The tour begins Saturday, June 13 with Odd Society Spirits in Vancouver. Hosted by Dolph Shaw of the Whisky Book Club and Alberta Scotch Society. Catch us each week at 7:00 Mountain time – that’s 9:00 Eastern. Or view at your leisure afterwards on YouTube.

Join us here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LxqS8FLGZM for the main event

and here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhRN-yId-aE for a more casual After Dram.

This Father’s Day treat Dad to an Armchair Distillery Tour

While travel vacations are on hold, with a copy of The Definitive Guide to Canadian Distilleries, your dad can still enjoy a coast-to-coast virtual tour of Canada’s distilleries. Between the richly illustrated pages, he’ll meet the people, learn the stories, read the tasting notes and make the cocktails from over 200 Canadian distilleries. Custom drawn maps will help him plot the getaway that is sure to follow as covid travel restrictions ease.

THANK YOU!

If you are one of the lovely people who posted a picture of your copy of our book on social media, thank you. Here is a selection of some of your shots. Want to be included in our next newsletter? Simply post a picture of our book with your favourite Canadian distillery or spirit and tag us @davindek .

A Sip of Knowledge with Marty, Lew Liz

It’s new and kind of cool. Billing themselves as “The Good, The Bad and The Brainy,” Former Diageo Master of Whisky and North American Glencairn representative, Marty Duffy, whisky author extraordinaire, Lew Bryson, and whisky scientist Liz Rhoades host a fun weekly podcast packed with real whisky learning . Join us on June 16 at 1pm Eastern time.

https://www.crowdcast.io/e/a-sip-of-knowledge-davin

Where to buy The Definitive Guide to Canadian Distilleries

The Definitive Guide to Canadian Distilleries is available in in traditional paper and e-book too. Huge thanks to Amazon and Chapters for supporting this.

Here too is a list of independent bookstores in Canada that offer delivery:

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/canadian-independent-bookstores-delivery

Video: A quick armchair tour of distilleries ending with a drink:

https://www.instagram.com/tv/B-iItl9htNG/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet

 

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