Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 303: Glenfiddich 23 Year Old Grand Cru – Scotch Whisky News

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 303: Glenfiddich 23 Year Old Grand Cru

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky vlogger, tries a recent release from Glenfiddich. As far as Mark is concerned, this Glenfiddich Grand Cru could have been launched as the 5 release in the so-called Experimental Series, for after the regular bourbon and sherry maturation, this whisky was finished for an additional 4 months on first fill and second fill wine casks that were used for the fermentation of wine that would eventually become champagne. But no, this Grand Cru is released in a new ‘Grand’ series, which will see a second and third expression in 2020.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/marks-whisky-ramblings-303-glenfiddich-23-year-old-grand-cru-scotch-whisky-news/

Currach Single Malt Irish Whiskey – Irish Whiskey News

Origin Spirits Ireland Ltd, creators of Kalak Single Malt Vodka and Ornabrak Single Malt Gin are pioneers in avant-garde single malt spirits. Following the same ethos, Currach Single Malt Irish Whiskey is a true innovation in the whisk(e)y world, and the first whisk(e)y to be finished in seaweed charred casks – Currach’s first expression with Irish Atlantic Kombu Kelp will be released in March 2020. 

Currach Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Atlantic Kombu Cask 

A fusion of tradition and innovation, Currach Single Malt Irish Whiskey celebrates one of the oldest and most venerable boats in the world. The Currach was a vessel of knowledge that enabled the early Irish monks to explore distant lands while harvesting expertise. Handcrafted like the whiskey, these boats played a pivotal role in Irish life and commerce.  

Using the finest of Irish malted barley, this contemporary single malt whiskey is triple distilled before being aged in ex-bourbon casks and is then finished in unique seaweed charred virgin oak casks. It’s this perfect union of the Irish land and sea that creates a rich multi-layered whiskey with a delicate umami character. 

The story…. 

Currach Boat

The currach is the traditional Irish boat made from wicker, animal skins and tar. It is one of the oldest types of boat in the world, possibly going back to Neolithic times. It played a significant role in the development of human civilization, from the spread of farming to carrying early Christian saints all over Europe. It was said to be the vessel used by Irish monks to discover the world and bring back religious artefacts and foreign technology, such as the alembic, to Ireland. The currach was used to transport whiskey across the Irish sea to Scotland (first exports of Irish whiskey), and is still used today to harvest seaweed in Ireland.

Malted Barley

Irish malted barley is recognized as being the best in the world. The fertile soils and mild, oceanic climate of Southern Ireland make it an ideal place to grow malting barley. The barley is non-GMO and sourced from local farmers who utilize eco-friendly growing methods. This produces a crop unlike any other and, once malted, creates a unique taste profile and character indigenous to the Irish terroir.

Distillation

Distillation takes places in the tranquil West Cork town of Skibbereen, nestled along the Wild Atlantic Way. Here the Irish malted barley is milled, mashed and fermented. Using traditional Irish distillation techniques, it is then triple distilled in copper pot stills to create a smooth and flavorsome liquid. The single malt new make spirit is then filled into ex bourbon casks and aged. 

Seaweed

Sustainably hand harvested off the wild Atlantic coast of Co. Clare, the seaweed is 100 % naturally grown and organically certified. Kombu is located in the extreme lower part of the shore. It can be sustainably harvested during low spring tides throughout the year. Fourth Generation Seaweed Harvesters, The Talty Family ensure only the finest seaweeds are selected for Currach Single Malt Whiskey.

Mildly salty and subtly sweet, Kombu is rich in umami, the fifth human taste. It has been used as a stable food source and ingredient in European and Asian cuisine for over 2000 years.

Cask Charring

The Atlantic Kombu seaweed is traditionally charred in small batches inside virgin American oak casks to impart a delicate and uniform umami fragrance into the wood. Once ready, these casks are filled with single malt Irish whiskey and allow to finish for three months.  The result is a magical fusion of two terroirs – Land and sea. 

Patrick Shelley, Founder of Origin Spirits Ireland Ltd. said;

“With Kalak Single Malt Vodka and Ornabrak Single Malt Gin, we adopted an avant-garde approach to producing world class single malt spirits, using the best of Irish ingredients and our tradition of distilling. Each of our products share the same DNA – Irish malted barley and copper pot distilled”

“Our vision on Currach was to create a single malt Irish whiskey based on various elements of the Irish terroir. Our land produces some of the best malted barley in the world and our seas yield wonderful organic and sustainable seaweed. Never before have these two elements been brought together in a whiskey and we are proud that this is a world’s first”. The union of land sea has become the backbone of Currach, and gives it such a uniquely rich, multi layered and complex character 

Tasting notes

Colour:            Amber Gold

Nose:               Toffee and raisins with hints of almond, backed by a roasted kombu aroma.

Palate:            Arabic roast coffee fused with salted caramel and dark chocolate 

notes complemented by nutty, earthy, lightly smoked and umami undertones.

Finish:              Dark and rich flavours fade to leave a persistent and delicately sweet

maritime finish. 

RSP:                 55 €

Availability:     Online: www.celticwhiskeyshop.com, www.irishmalts.com

Leading independent retailers (Celtic Whiskey Shop, Mulligans, Bradley’s, Ardkeen, World Wide Wines) 

For further information, contact Patrick Shelley  pshelley@originspirits.ie or Stephen Randles stephen@originspirits.ie 

Social Media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) @currachwhiskey

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/currach-single-malt-irish-whiskey-irish-whiskey-news/

Hard To Find Whisky “Distillery Focus: Arran” – Scotch Whisky News

Known as “Scotland in miniature’ for its diverse environment and stunning scenery, The Isle of Arran has become one of Scotland’s most popular destinations for whisky enthusiasts. This remote island was once home to over 50 illicit distilleries that lay beyond the reach of the exciseman. The Island’s whisky industry was revived with the construction of the Arran Distillery (now being rebranded as The Lochranza Distillery) which officially opened in 1995.

Arran is one of Scotland’s last remaining independently owned distilleries, producing whisky that is typically unpeated, sweet, smooth and fruity. A diverse portfolio includes a wide range of cask finished whiskies, higher age statement bottlings, cask strength releases, and peated whisky bottled as Machrie Moor.

In 2019, Isle of Arran Distillers opened the Lagg Distillery which will focus on producing a heavily peated style of whisky, in contrast to the signature sweet, unpeated style produced at Lochranza.

BROWSE OUR FULL ARRAN RANGE HERE

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/hard-to-find-whisky-distillery-focus-arran-scotch-whisky-news/

ISLE OF RAASAY DISTILLERY CALLS LAST ORDERS ON WHILE WE WAIT SINGLE MALT SERIES – Scotch Whisky News

ISLE OF RAASAY DISTILLERY CALLS LAST ORDERS ON

WHILE WE WAIT SINGLE MALT SERIES 

Isle of Raasay Distillery today unveiled the fifth and final instalment of its While We Wait single malt Scotch whisky series, ahead of the island’s highly anticipated inaugural Isle of Raasay Single Malt release later this year.

Raasay While We Wait – Last Orders ends the distillery’s five-year countdown towards the releasing of the first legal single malt Scotch Whisky from an island rooted in centuries of expertise.

The Last Orders release combines peated and unpeated spirit expressions to provide discerning whisky drinkers with an accurate representation of the tastes and flavour to expect from the Isle of Raasay’s inaugural spirit. Matured in bourbon barrels and finished in first and second fill Tuscan red wine French oak casks for 18 months, Last Orders imparts a bounty of dark fruit flavours and character. This lightly peated, fruity single malt offers smokiness on first nosing, a dry peatiness on the palate, and a dash of orange zest from the nose, with an oaky and buttery finish.

Co-founder Alasdair Day said: “This fifth and final release of our While We Wait series is a highly significant step forward for our distillery. Our team are constantly looking to push the boundaries of whisky making, exploring the effect that different finishes and casks have on the flavour profile, and this spirit is the perfect embodiment of our ethos.

Raasay While We Wait – Last Orders marks the last opportunity to purchase a piece of history, to be a part of our journey and to enjoy the final release of something we are very proud of as we look forward to bottling our inaugural Isle of Raasay Single Malt later this year.”

Isle of Raasay Distillery is one of Scotland’s newest, pioneering distilleries. Located between the Isle of Skye and Scotland’s spectacular west coast, Isle of Raasay Distillery’s vision is to create the finest Hebridean single malt Scotch whisky and fully immerse whisky lovers in the Raasay experience at its five-star visitor centre and Victorian guesthouse with spectacular views of Skye’s Cuillin peaks.

Raasay While We Wait: Last Orders is priced at £45 and available to purchase on raasaydistillery.com and Master of Malt. Customers can also pre-order the Inaugural Isle of Raasay Single Malt via https://raasaydistillery.com/product/raasay-single-malt-inaugural-release-70cl/

Raasay While We Wait Tasting Notes

Nose:
A welcome smokiness on first nosing, mixed with red berries, lemon and grassy notes. With more time; pear, tangerine and melon.

Palate:
Dry peatiness on the palate, mixed in with red wine notes. A good dash of orange zest from the nose.

Finish:
Oaky and buttery finish.

Food Pairings:
Pairs well with Sconser scallops, smoked salmon, game, grouse, woodcock, venison, creamy blue cheese, bacon, haggis.

About Raasay:

With its sweeping views of the Isle of Skye’s Cuillin peaks, stunning forest trails, secluded beaches, and iconic flat-topped peak offering dramatic views of Skye’s famous vistas, Raasay is best known as the birthplace of celebrated Gaelic poet, the late Sorley MacLean, and Queen Victoria’s first piper, Angus Mackay.

The Isle of Raasay Distillery is producing island single malt Scotch whisky.

  • Capacity: 188,000 LPA
  • Mash Tun: 1 Tonne
  • Washback Size: 6 x 5,000 L
  • Fermentation Time: up to 118 hours
  • Wash Still: 5,000 L
  • Spirit Still: 3,600 L
  • Maturation: All maturation takes place on the Isle of Raasay.

Raasay Distillery, Borodale House, Isle of Raasay, Kyle IV40 8PB raasaydistillery.com
Instagram/ Facebook: @raasaydistillery, Twitter: @RaasayWhisky

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/isle-of-raasay-distillery-calls-last-orders-on-while-we-wait-single-malt-series-scotch-whisky-news/

Ben Nevis 1996 (The Whisky Jury)

The Whisky Jury started with an excellent first bottling, a Ben Nevis 1995. Recently this was followed by an excellent Caol Ila 1983 and this Ben Nevis 1996.

 

 

Ben Nevis 1996 - The Whisky JuryBen Nevis 23 yo 1996 (51,6%, The Whisky Jury 2019, refill hogshead #1315, 260 btl.)

Nose: starts fresh and slightly more vertical and citrusy than the 1995, or so it seems. Lemons and lime. Over time there’s also pineapple. Growing wet chalky notes and lovely paraffin. A late hint of vanilla as well. Mouth: here as well, slightly more citrusy at first. Lemon peel, greengages, plenty of grapefruits, mixing with green tea. In a second wave there are more tropical fruits: yellow grapefruit becomes pink, flashes of pineapple and guava. It’s slightly less Irish though, if you know what I mean. A nice combination of fatty texture and bright citrus. Finish: long and minty, with waxy echoes and a herbal edge.

We really can’t get enough of these Ben Nevis expressions from 1995 and 1996. The Whisky Jury definitely selected excellent examples. I may have a personal preference towards the 1995 but this is equally tasty. And sold out, if I’m not mistaken.

Score: 90/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2020/ben-nevis/ben-nevis-1996-whisky-jury/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ben-nevis-1996-whisky-jury

Hard To Find Whisky “Distillery Focus: Glenmorangie” – Scotch Whisky News

 

Glenmorangie was founded in 1843 by William Matheson who converted the Morangie brewery in Tain into a distillery. The character of the whisky owes much to Glenmorangie’s distinctive long necked stills – the tallest in Scotland. Imported from a Gin distillery, these unusual stills produce a light, delicate, fruity spirit with dry, cereal undertones.The majority of the spirit is matured in American oak casks from Missouri that impart flavours of vanilla, tropical fruits, honey, crème brûlée and, in older whiskies, chocolate.

Despite being one of the biggest single malt brands in the world (and the best selling in Scotland), Glenmorangie have always had an innovative approach to cask maturation. They pioneered the practice of “finishing” whiskies, where mature whisky is transferred to ex-wine casks, such as Port, Sherry, red wine, or dessert wine, to create new layers of flavour. Alongside the core range, Glenmorangie continue to release small batches of innovative whiskies matured in unusual casks, and have even experimented with chocolate malt, local barley and natural yeast strains.

BROWSE OUR FULL GLENMORANGIE RANGE HERE

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/hard-to-find-whisky-distillery-focus-glenmorangie-scotch-whisky-news/

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 303: Glenfiddich 23 Year Old Grand Cru

Wat mij betreft had deze Glenfiddich Grand Cru gerust als 5e gelanceerd kunnen worden in de zogenaamde Experimental Series, want deze Glenfiddich kreeg – na een rijping op bourbon- en sherryvaten – nog een 4 maanden durende finish op first fill en second fill wijnvaten die gebruikt werden voor de fermentatie van wijn die uiteindelijk champagne zou worden. Maar neen, deze Grand Cru wordt de eerste in een nieuwe ‘Grand’ reeks, waarvan de tweede en derde expressie in 2020 worden verwacht.

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5965

Springbank 2000 (The Whisky Kingdom)

On this label you have The Whisky Kingdom, Duckhammer, Friends With Drams and Kyoto Fine Wine and Spirits. And I was told to mention Wu Dram Clan which seems to be a subset, or the ensemble, but that name is not actually mentioned. Next time also list the name of your dogs and mothers in law, please!

You may remember them from a really good Highland Park 2003 and a cracking Springbank 1992. Now they present a Springbank 2000 from a (very light) sherry hogshead.

 

 

Springbank 2000 - Wu Dram ClamSpringbank 19 yo 2000 (50,8%, The Whisky Kingdom for Wu Dram Clan 2020, refill sherry hogshead #669, 249 btl.)

Nose: the greasy / earthy style, with shoe polish, hints of beach sand. Sheep wool. Ashy notes but very much in the background. There’s also quite a juicy fruit note, a mix of green apples, lemons and grapefruit. Mouth: rather vivid with a marked sharpness, a good acidity and green citrus peel, as well as dry herbal touches. Oysters with lemon and mint. The mineral and peaty side is bigger than the nose suggested. Chalk and woody notes go hand in hand. Finish: long, with leather, green pepper, walnuts and a faint vegetal side.

Really good, very chiseled Springbank. A great selection again. Originally around € 250 but already sold out, I believe.

Score: 90/100

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Blood Oath Pact No. 6 Launches This Spring Finished in Cognac Barrels – American Whiskey News

Blood Oath Pact No. 6 Launches This Spring Finished in Cognac Barrels

Bourbon Series Continues To Release Successful Expressions

BARDSTOWN, KY (March 24, 2020) – In its sixth year, the Blood Oath ultra-premium bourbon series continues to see unique expressions – Blood Oath Pact No. 6 launches this spring. The series – a creation of Lux Row Distillers’ Head Distiller and Master Blender John Rempe – combines three selected bourbons, expertly blended for a distinctive whiskey.

For Pact No. 6, Rempe chose a 14-year ryed bourbon with notes of oak and leather, melded with an 8-year warm toasty ryed bourbon and complemented them with a 7-year ryed bourbon rested in cognac casks. The memorable combination brings caramel notes and hints of spice, along extra flavor from the cognac barrels.

“This particular pact is special in that the cognac barrels added some sweetness and a slight fruity, brandy flavor to the bourbon, creating an amazing taste profile,” says Rempe. “When selecting these bourbons, I wanted to see how these flavors meshed together and I have to say the result was spectacular.”

As with all the other expressions, Pact No. 6 is a limited edition, never to be made again, with only 17,000 cases being produced and sold globally. This expression continues with the tradition of a 98.6 proof and packaged in an intricate wooden display box, with the 750ml bottle being topped with a natural cork and emblazoned with John Rempe’s signature. The suggested retail price is $99.99.

“The Blood Oath series launched in 2015 and it’s hard to believe we have already created more than half a decade of Pacts,” adds Rempe. “I’m honored to see consumers searching for the new release every year and get as excited as I am when a new Pact hits the shelves,” adds Rempe.

ABOUT LUX ROW DISTILLERS

Real roots, real family, real products: Lux Row Distillers – a bourbon distillery experience on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail – is a family-owned venture, bringing the Lux family history and spirits tradition to the bourbon industry. Lux Row Distillers is the home of Luxco’s bourbon brands, including Rebel Yell, Blood Oath, David Nicholson, Ezra Brooks and Daviess County Kentucky Straight Bourbons.

Located in the heart of Bardstown, Kentucky, the 18,000-square foot Lux Row Distillers includes a visitor center, barrel warehouses, a tasting room, and event space, making for an all-encompassing bourbon experience. The 80-acre property is home to an 18th century stone house – which is registered as a National Historic Place – and a long, tree-lined driveway providing a scenic entrance to the distillery.

For more information about the distillery, visit www.luxrowdistillers.com. You can also like Lux Row Distillers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/luxrowdistillers or follow the distillery on Instagram @luxrowdistillers.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/blood-oath-pact-no-6-launches-this-spring-finished-in-cognac-barrels-american-whiskey-news/

Blood Oath Pact No. 6 Launches This Spring Finished in Cognac Barrels – American Whiskey News

Blood Oath Pact No. 6 Launches This Spring Finished in Cognac Barrels

Bourbon Series Continues To Release Successful Expressions

BARDSTOWN, KY (March 24, 2020) – In its sixth year, the Blood Oath ultra-premium bourbon series continues to see unique expressions – Blood Oath Pact No. 6 launches this spring. The series – a creation of Lux Row Distillers’ Head Distiller and Master Blender John Rempe – combines three selected bourbons, expertly blended for a distinctive whiskey.

For Pact No. 6, Rempe chose a 14-year ryed bourbon with notes of oak and leather, melded with an 8-year warm toasty ryed bourbon and complemented them with a 7-year ryed bourbon rested in cognac casks. The memorable combination brings caramel notes and hints of spice, along extra flavor from the cognac barrels.

“This particular pact is special in that the cognac barrels added some sweetness and a slight fruity, brandy flavor to the bourbon, creating an amazing taste profile,” says Rempe. “When selecting these bourbons, I wanted to see how these flavors meshed together and I have to say the result was spectacular.”

As with all the other expressions, Pact No. 6 is a limited edition, never to be made again, with only 17,000 cases being produced and sold globally. This expression continues with the tradition of a 98.6 proof and packaged in an intricate wooden display box, with the 750ml bottle being topped with a natural cork and emblazoned with John Rempe’s signature. The suggested retail price is $99.99.

“The Blood Oath series launched in 2015 and it’s hard to believe we have already created more than half a decade of Pacts,” adds Rempe. “I’m honored to see consumers searching for the new release every year and get as excited as I am when a new Pact hits the shelves,” adds Rempe.

ABOUT LUX ROW DISTILLERS

Real roots, real family, real products: Lux Row Distillers – a bourbon distillery experience on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail – is a family-owned venture, bringing the Lux family history and spirits tradition to the bourbon industry. Lux Row Distillers is the home of Luxco’s bourbon brands, including Rebel Yell, Blood Oath, David Nicholson, Ezra Brooks and Daviess County Kentucky Straight Bourbons.

Located in the heart of Bardstown, Kentucky, the 18,000-square foot Lux Row Distillers includes a visitor center, barrel warehouses, a tasting room, and event space, making for an all-encompassing bourbon experience. The 80-acre property is home to an 18th century stone house – which is registered as a National Historic Place – and a long, tree-lined driveway providing a scenic entrance to the distillery.

For more information about the distillery, visit www.luxrowdistillers.com. You can also like Lux Row Distillers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/luxrowdistillers or follow the distillery on Instagram @luxrowdistillers.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/blood-oath-pact-no-6-launches-this-spring-finished-in-cognac-barrels-american-whiskey-news/