EVOLUTION OF THE JAMESON BOTTLE AND LABEL IS SET TO CONTINUE THE SUCCESS STORY OVER 50 YEARS ON – Irish Whiskey News

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EVOLUTION OF THE JAMESON BOTTLE AND LABEL

IS SET TO CONTINUE THE SUCCESS STORY OVER 50 YEARS ON

– First introduced in 1968, the new smooth pack contains the same triple-distilled Jameson that has made it the world’s No.1 Irish whiskey – 

Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, has unveiled an evolution of its iconic bottle and label design 50 years after it was first introduced. The refreshed look highlights the brand’s provenance, triple-distillation production method and premium quality cues to whiskey drinkers as it looks to strengthen its position as the world’s leading Irish whiskey.

Created by Stockholm’s Pond Design agency, the designs introduce a bold visual identity that has stand-out appeal and further drives differentiation in the dynamic Irish whiskey category. The bottle shape now features a tapered body and a more generous shoulder curve, while a distinctive embossed label ‘eyebrow’ and heel at the base make the bottle more tactile and memorable to hold. The distinctive green glass bottle and easy-to-pour neck remain in place, in line with feedback from market research among bartenders and Irish whiskey drinkers.

The refreshed label is printed on textured paper and reinterprets key elements of the design – most notably the Jameson family crest – while still retaining the most recognisable features to create a more timeless and cohesive look. Messaging on the bottle has been streamlined to emphasise the triple-distilled production method of Jameson, which crafts its renowned smooth taste, and its Irish provenance. The update is underpinned by a more vibrant colour palette designed to stand out and includes a brighter red cap and fresher greens and creams on the label.

The iconic green Jameson bottle that is known around the world today was first introduced in 1968, when bottling was brought in-house at the Bow Street Distillery as the era of whiskey bonding came to an end. The signature green, cream and maroon colours were inspired by the stained-glass panels in the doors of the historic distillery, installed in the late 19th Century by then Production Manager George Jameson, and can still be viewed at the Jameson Distillery Bow street today. Over the past 50 years, the bottle has evolved with the times but key elements such as the green glass, family crest and ship have remained in place to inspire new whiskey drinkers with the Jameson story.

The bottle is constructed using pressure sensitive label (PSL) technology at Irish Distillers’ Fox Geese bottling facility in Dublin – a new and more efficient process that allows for split labels to be applied to the glass bottles and a more premium finish. The new Jameson Irish Whiskey bottles will be available in Ireland from January 2019, and from the USA and other markets from March ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, and will be introduced across Jameson Caskmates, Jameson Black Barrel and Jameson Crested throughout the year.

Simon Fay, International Marketing Director for Jameson at Irish Distillers, commented: “Jameson Irish Whiskey is the world’s favourite Irish whiskey and is leading the renaissance within the category that we have seen over the past ten years. As such, we are committed to investing in the brand and we are confident that our new smooth pack, with the same triple distilled Irish whiskey inside is the winning combination to drive distinctiveness and relevance with whiskey drinkers and bartenders. With 29 years of consecutive of growth, our mission is to maintain momentum in key markets and accelerate growth and we believe that the subtle design evolution will help us to share the fearless spirit of Jameson with even more people around the world and continue the success story for many years to come.”

Notes 

About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson, our brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish whiskey. Jameson is the world’s fastest-growing Irish whiskey, experiencing 29 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 7.3m cases in 2018. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 80 of those experiencing double- or triple-digit growth.

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Power Son, John Jameson Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network. Since 2012, we have invested over €250m to double our production and bottling capacity to meet global demand for our products.

We employ over 600 people across our operations in Cork and Dublin. 

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of €8,987 million in FY18. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and VinSprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,900 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 86 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics.

Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/evolution-of-the-jameson-bottle-and-label-is-set-to-continue-the-success-story-over-50-years-on-irish-whiskey-news/

EVOLUTION OF THE JAMESON BOTTLE AND LABEL IS SET TO CONTINUE THE SUCCESS STORY OVER 50 YEARS ON – Irish Whiskey News

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EVOLUTION OF THE JAMESON BOTTLE AND LABEL

IS SET TO CONTINUE THE SUCCESS STORY OVER 50 YEARS ON

– First introduced in 1968, the new smooth pack contains the same triple-distilled Jameson that has made it the world’s No.1 Irish whiskey – 

Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, has unveiled an evolution of its iconic bottle and label design 50 years after it was first introduced. The refreshed look highlights the brand’s provenance, triple-distillation production method and premium quality cues to whiskey drinkers as it looks to strengthen its position as the world’s leading Irish whiskey.

Created by Stockholm’s Pond Design agency, the designs introduce a bold visual identity that has stand-out appeal and further drives differentiation in the dynamic Irish whiskey category. The bottle shape now features a tapered body and a more generous shoulder curve, while a distinctive embossed label ‘eyebrow’ and heel at the base make the bottle more tactile and memorable to hold. The distinctive green glass bottle and easy-to-pour neck remain in place, in line with feedback from market research among bartenders and Irish whiskey drinkers.

The refreshed label is printed on textured paper and reinterprets key elements of the design – most notably the Jameson family crest – while still retaining the most recognisable features to create a more timeless and cohesive look. Messaging on the bottle has been streamlined to emphasise the triple-distilled production method of Jameson, which crafts its renowned smooth taste, and its Irish provenance. The update is underpinned by a more vibrant colour palette designed to stand out and includes a brighter red cap and fresher greens and creams on the label.

The iconic green Jameson bottle that is known around the world today was first introduced in 1968, when bottling was brought in-house at the Bow Street Distillery as the era of whiskey bonding came to an end. The signature green, cream and maroon colours were inspired by the stained-glass panels in the doors of the historic distillery, installed in the late 19th Century by then Production Manager George Jameson, and can still be viewed at the Jameson Distillery Bow street today. Over the past 50 years, the bottle has evolved with the times but key elements such as the green glass, family crest and ship have remained in place to inspire new whiskey drinkers with the Jameson story.

The bottle is constructed using pressure sensitive label (PSL) technology at Irish Distillers’ Fox Geese bottling facility in Dublin – a new and more efficient process that allows for split labels to be applied to the glass bottles and a more premium finish. The new Jameson Irish Whiskey bottles will be available in Ireland from January 2019, and from the USA and other markets from March ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, and will be introduced across Jameson Caskmates, Jameson Black Barrel and Jameson Crested throughout the year.

Simon Fay, International Marketing Director for Jameson at Irish Distillers, commented: “Jameson Irish Whiskey is the world’s favourite Irish whiskey and is leading the renaissance within the category that we have seen over the past ten years. As such, we are committed to investing in the brand and we are confident that our new smooth pack, with the same triple distilled Irish whiskey inside is the winning combination to drive distinctiveness and relevance with whiskey drinkers and bartenders. With 29 years of consecutive of growth, our mission is to maintain momentum in key markets and accelerate growth and we believe that the subtle design evolution will help us to share the fearless spirit of Jameson with even more people around the world and continue the success story for many years to come.”

Notes 

About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson, our brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish whiskey. Jameson is the world’s fastest-growing Irish whiskey, experiencing 29 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 7.3m cases in 2018. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 80 of those experiencing double- or triple-digit growth.

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Power Son, John Jameson Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network. Since 2012, we have invested over €250m to double our production and bottling capacity to meet global demand for our products.

We employ over 600 people across our operations in Cork and Dublin. 

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of €8,987 million in FY18. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and VinSprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,900 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 86 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics.

Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/evolution-of-the-jameson-bottle-and-label-is-set-to-continue-the-success-story-over-50-years-on-irish-whiskey-news/

EVOLUTION OF THE JAMESON BOTTLE AND LABEL IS SET TO CONTINUE THE SUCCESS STORY OVER 50 YEARS ON – Irish Whiskey News

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EVOLUTION OF THE JAMESON BOTTLE AND LABEL

IS SET TO CONTINUE THE SUCCESS STORY OVER 50 YEARS ON

– First introduced in 1968, the new smooth pack contains the same triple-distilled Jameson that has made it the world’s No.1 Irish whiskey – 

Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, has unveiled an evolution of its iconic bottle and label design 50 years after it was first introduced. The refreshed look highlights the brand’s provenance, triple-distillation production method and premium quality cues to whiskey drinkers as it looks to strengthen its position as the world’s leading Irish whiskey.

Created by Stockholm’s Pond Design agency, the designs introduce a bold visual identity that has stand-out appeal and further drives differentiation in the dynamic Irish whiskey category. The bottle shape now features a tapered body and a more generous shoulder curve, while a distinctive embossed label ‘eyebrow’ and heel at the base make the bottle more tactile and memorable to hold. The distinctive green glass bottle and easy-to-pour neck remain in place, in line with feedback from market research among bartenders and Irish whiskey drinkers.

The refreshed label is printed on textured paper and reinterprets key elements of the design – most notably the Jameson family crest – while still retaining the most recognisable features to create a more timeless and cohesive look. Messaging on the bottle has been streamlined to emphasise the triple-distilled production method of Jameson, which crafts its renowned smooth taste, and its Irish provenance. The update is underpinned by a more vibrant colour palette designed to stand out and includes a brighter red cap and fresher greens and creams on the label.

The iconic green Jameson bottle that is known around the world today was first introduced in 1968, when bottling was brought in-house at the Bow Street Distillery as the era of whiskey bonding came to an end. The signature green, cream and maroon colours were inspired by the stained-glass panels in the doors of the historic distillery, installed in the late 19th Century by then Production Manager George Jameson, and can still be viewed at the Jameson Distillery Bow street today. Over the past 50 years, the bottle has evolved with the times but key elements such as the green glass, family crest and ship have remained in place to inspire new whiskey drinkers with the Jameson story.

The bottle is constructed using pressure sensitive label (PSL) technology at Irish Distillers’ Fox Geese bottling facility in Dublin – a new and more efficient process that allows for split labels to be applied to the glass bottles and a more premium finish. The new Jameson Irish Whiskey bottles will be available in Ireland from January 2019, and from the USA and other markets from March ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, and will be introduced across Jameson Caskmates, Jameson Black Barrel and Jameson Crested throughout the year.

Simon Fay, International Marketing Director for Jameson at Irish Distillers, commented: “Jameson Irish Whiskey is the world’s favourite Irish whiskey and is leading the renaissance within the category that we have seen over the past ten years. As such, we are committed to investing in the brand and we are confident that our new smooth pack, with the same triple distilled Irish whiskey inside is the winning combination to drive distinctiveness and relevance with whiskey drinkers and bartenders. With 29 years of consecutive of growth, our mission is to maintain momentum in key markets and accelerate growth and we believe that the subtle design evolution will help us to share the fearless spirit of Jameson with even more people around the world and continue the success story for many years to come.”

Notes 

About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson, our brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish whiskey. Jameson is the world’s fastest-growing Irish whiskey, experiencing 29 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 7.3m cases in 2018. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 80 of those experiencing double- or triple-digit growth.

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Power Son, John Jameson Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network. Since 2012, we have invested over €250m to double our production and bottling capacity to meet global demand for our products.

We employ over 600 people across our operations in Cork and Dublin. 

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of €8,987 million in FY18. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and VinSprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,900 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 86 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics.

Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/evolution-of-the-jameson-bottle-and-label-is-set-to-continue-the-success-story-over-50-years-on-irish-whiskey-news/

Glenrothes 18 Year Old

Glenrothes Soleo Collection

Glenrothes Soleo Collection

At the end of 2018, after they had been releasing vintage-based whiskies for exactly 25 years (later also ‘reserves’), The Glenrothes wiped this concept off the table and renewed its core range with… age statements.

The Soleo Collection as it is called (named after the process of sun-drying sherry grapes in Jerez), ranges from 10 to 25 years (including one NAS at higher strength). Also interesting is the fact that all expressions are entirely sherry matured. Close to 90% of all casks maturing at the distillery are ex-sherry and almost 70% are first-fill (seasoned) sherry casks.

We’re trying the Glenrothes 18 Year Old, the black bottle in the picture. Matured only in sherry seasoned casks, a high proportion first-fill and bottled at natural colour. Too bad they chose to go for 40% ABV for the base expressions and still a meagre 43% ABV for the 18 year-old and 25 year-old.

 

 

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(43%, OB 2018)

Nose: remarkably fresh, with juicy pears and oranges at the centre, alongside apricots and a hint of dried bananas. Quite sherbety with floral overtones. Vanilla cake. Almonds. Moderately grassy spices like ginger and clove. Nothing ground-breaking but really bright and appealing, less plump than the old products. Mouth: a lot drier now, with more overt wood influence. Clove, ginger, crushed peppercorns and oak char. Roasted nuts and leafy notes. Seville oranges. Still the distillery markers of toffee and buttery biscuits. Finish: medium, malty and spicy with some cinnamon and pepper.

This new 18 year-old started off really nice on the nose but became a tad oaky on the palate. Good depth though and a nice Rothes overall.

Score: 84/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/glenrothes/glenrothes-18-years/

1995 Blair Athol 23 Year Old “Old Malt Cask” K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength – Scotch Whisky News

KL Blair Athol

One-of-a-Kind Single Malt You Won’t Find Elsewhere

“There’s no reason a whisky this good and this old should be this inexpensive.”
—David Othenin-Girard, KL SoCal Spirits Buyer

Almost never seen in the United States, Blair Athol is a rare treat for collectors of Scotland’s finest drams. The bottling featured here, a 23 Year Old that was brought up in sherry cask, counts among the best expressions we’ve ever encountered. Heady, expressive, and with a seemingly unending cascade of Amontillado spice, it is a pure delight from start to finish. Blair Athol has developed something of a cult following over the years, and based on the balanced power this 23 Year Old reveals, it’s all too easy to see why. Because of its scarcity, one might expect this scotch to cost twice the price, but that’s the beauty of our direct-import program—we are able to offer it at an unbeatable price. We urge you to scroll down and read our staff reviews, as they paint a picture of a Highland malt of the highest caliber. Previous casks of Blair Athol have sold out in no time, and we expect much the same of this magnificent expression.

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1995 Blair Athol 23 Year Old “Old Malt Cask” KL Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($109.99)

The exceptional Blair Athol Distillery sits just outside the picturesque town of Pitlochry at the base of the great Cairngorm Mountains. This small stone distillery has provided KL with several of our most renowned single barrels, namely a few old refill casks from Signatory, which were dark refill sherry butts. This barrel showing up just a few years after those exquisite examples of this low-key distillery further proves that sherry and Blair Athol play in perfect harmony. Famous in the U.K. as the home of the well-regarded Bell’s Blend, it has no real no real presence in the States. Nonetheless, it’s become sought after partly due to our efforts and because more of our customers are heading over to Scotland. Since invariably a stop in the quaint little village just to the north of the distillery is recommended, every year more people coming home dreaming about it. Once you taste that flora and fauna expression, it must feel rather tragic to realize that no regular expression of this lovely malt is available in the U.S. So when this stupendous cask popped up, we knew we had to nab it. I’d happily sell this exceptional whisky, filled into a fresh sherry butt back in 1995, for $200. I absolutely think it’s worth that much. We crushed the 26 Year Old from Signatory (albeit slightly older and darker) at $180 a bottle years ago. While it might not be as unique as some of the year’s other offerings, it’s is easily the most lovable malt of the season and another insane value from OMC.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 14, 2018

The lovely Blair Athol distillery is the spiritual home of the Bell’s Blend, which gets a bad rap from some whisky geeks, but when we see the excellent distillery in the warehouse we take note. Very few things are more appealing to me than an extremely affordable Blair Athol charged from a sherry. One whiff and we knew we had to have this majestic barrel. The nose has a big note of Oloroso, but also some complex malty fruit in the background. With a bit of water, dark fruit compote, exotic spices, and a subtle, almost Amontillado-like savory quality, emerge. On the palate it’s wonderfully textured with big taffy notes and a woodsy herbal quality—although much cleaner after water than the Ben Nevis, it still has a bit of funk to start. This is a total no brainer—an ultra-balanced, but overtly sherried malt in what might be arguably its perfect state of maturation. You barely notice the high proof, but it does love a little dollop of spring water, which opens it up in the most impressive way. Those that love the balance between dark sherry tones and rich maltiness will want to load up on this while it’s still around. There’s no reason a whisky this good and this old should be this inexpensive.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 11, 2018

Once again we have Blair Athol on the shelves! It has been far too long and I’ve fielded too many customer requests from people hoping for a bottle of our previous casks to pop up. While a touch younger and nowhere near as dark in sherry color, this wonderful cask shows off all of the splendor of sherry-aged Blair Athol with more sophistication than our previous bottlings. The chocolate fudge and spice cake of the sherry butt is more deeply integrated and the nutty texture and earthy flavors of the malt shine through. Don’t let that gentle sounding description fool you. The nose is just as robust as the first fill sherry monsters of yesteryear, but the palate doesn’t attack you, it lulls you into a false sense of security instead. At nearly 60%, for all its grace, this malt still packs a wallop. With a water addition it softens (a little) and exposes more of a dried orange peel and caramelized candied almond profile. A big malt for those who want power in their glass. And all for a pittance in comparison to the pair of 1988s we’ve offered in the last couple of years.

William Beare | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 25, 2018

It’s a cold and blustery evening here in Redwood City as I take my first few sips of the Blair Athol 23. The days are getting shorter and the winds are picking up. But in a large, deep glass, just the nose on this feels like a space heater for my soul. There is a small handful of fire in each inhale, but such a seductive, sweet fire that you feel dared to keep breathing deeper. The palate is filled with sweet honeycomb wax—unbelievably textural with a healthy dose of orange zest and a nutty finish. Well worth the price tag, and way too easy to drink for your own good.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 25, 2018

There’s big fruit on the nose with notes of syrupy brandy cherries coming in first, followed by orange zest, kumquat, and apricot. Nice bright caramel and rock candy scents come through next, then just a little earthiness and a whisper of smoke. The palate is initially dominated by salted caramels and stone fruit flavors, but then there’s a bold transition to cherries, spices, and some leather in a nicely long finish.

Jackson Lee | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 21, 2018

This cask offering from Blair Athol is unapologetic in the way it presents itself. When first poured into the glass, notes of iodine, peat, astringent, leather, and oak are apparent—stereotypical but then a honeyed apricot and Nilla wafers come in to soften those hardened players. On the palate that sweetness at the end of the nose comes through on the tip of your tongue, hitting you with sweet cashew brittle and green apple undertones. The finish is long and you get a little spice and heat on the end, while that sweetness keeps its promise to the end, drawing out notes of pencil shavings after it..

Anthony Russo | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2018

This is a highlight of what Scotland’s Highland region can achieve. This whisky typically goes into a bottling that does not reach the United States, so just the opportunity to taste it is incredibly special. The nose is wildly interesting, loaded with all types of fruits and spices. The palate definitely follows up nicely with a flavor I did not expect: a touch of malty sweetness that keeps the finish long. I am very excited about this release, especially at the price/cask strength ABV.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/1995-blair-athol-23-year-old-old-malt-cask-kl-exclusive-single-sherry-butt-cask-strength-scotch-whisky-news/

New: Ardmore 30 Years // Suntory Ao // Royal Lochnagar 30 Years

As you may know, the shutdown of the US government also has consequences for the whisky industry. The Tax Trade Bureau is not accepting submissions of new alcohol labels, which means no new whiskies can be approved for sale in the US. As their COLAs listing is an interesting sources for upcoming releases, we now have little to announce…

 

Ardmore 30 Year Old

Ardmore 30 Year Old

Ardmore has bottled a 1987 vintage 30 Year Old exclusively available from The Whisky Exchange. Matured in refill barrels and then finished in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels, it is said to have lots of fruity notes alongside the smoke.

The reasonable price makes this an attractive offer. Check The Whisky Exchange if you’re interested.

 

 

Suntory Ao - World Whisky

Suntory Ao - World Whisky

Suntory Ao is a blended whisky made with spirit from five countries: Scotland, Ireland, America, Canada and Japan. Beam Suntory obviously owns Suntory but also Yamazaki, Bowmore, Laphroaig, Kilbeggan and Cooley, among others.

As you may know, a lot of whiskies marketed as ‘Japanese’ are already blended with spirit from Scotland or Canada – a creative solution for the general shortage of true Japanese whisky. Regulations in Japan are quite flexible, and as long as the spirit passes through Japan at some point, it can be sold as Japanese whisky. Let’s hope this Suntory Ao is a step towards more transparency for the entire Japanese industry.

 

 

Royal Lochnagar 30 Years

Royal Lochnagar 30 Years

A cask of Royal Lochnagar was gifted to Prince Charles to mark the 140th anniversary of the first royal visit to this distillery by Queen Victoria. Recently in November, the Prince turned 70 and and requested the contents to be bottled, with proceeds being donated to his own charity foundation.

Cask number #1129 (refill American oak) yielded 206 bottles and 186 of these will be sold via ballot through The Whisky Exchange.

Enter here to get a chance to grab a bottle

 

 

Also interesting

Things that may not have been widely announced but that grabbed my attention in shops recently…

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/whisky-news/ardmore-30-years-suntory-ao-royal-lochnagar-30-years/

DEWAR’S® 18 YO LIMITED EDITION CHINESE NEW YEAR GIFT TIN – Scotch Whisky News

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DEWAR’S® 18 YO LIMITED EDITION

TRAVEL RETAIL EXCLUSIVE CHINESE NEW YEAR GIFT TIN

LAUNCHES AT 15 LOCATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA MIDDLE EAST

Hamilton, Bermuda 8 January 2019 To mark the Year of The Pig on 5 February, a limited edition and travel retail exclusive DEWAR’S® 18YO Chinese New Year gift tin is now on sale in stores across Asia Pacific and at Dubai Airport.

The demand for DEWAR’S in Asia Pacific GTR is growing fast with strong double-digit sales growth year on year.  Amongst Chinese shoppers, its popularity is even stronger with demand doubling year on year (Bacardi figures to end November 2018).  DEWAR’S is the fastest growing blended scotch whisky in the top 10 for the global travel retail channel (5yr CAGR, IWSR 2017),

Double-aged in oak casks for extra smoothness, the DEWAR’S 18YO Blended Scotch Whisky is a creamy, full and well-rounded blend. Honeyed in taste with a hint of Marzipan and silky finish, presented in a striking, limited edition travel retail exclusive 1-litre presentation box.  Recommended price is $99 USD (local market prices may vary).

Priced at $99, the 1-litre gift tin is available from the following 15 airport and land border retail locations:  Auckland (ARI Lagardère), Bangkok (King Power), Beijing (Sunrise), Dubai (Dubai Duty Free), Hong Kong Airport (Lagardère), Hong Kong Border (Anway), Kuala Lumpur (Eraman), Seoul (Lotte Shilla), Shanghai (Sunrise), Sri Lanka (Dufry Flemingo), Taipei (Everrich), Zhuhai (Zhuhai duty free)

NOTES 

About the Bacardi Global Travel Retail Division

The Bacardi Global Travel Retail Division is a stand-alone business unit of Bacardi Limited. Through Bacardi’s portfolio of premium and super-premium brands, including BACARDÍ® rum, GREY GOOSE® vodka and flavoured vodkas, 42BELOW® vodka and flavoured vodkas, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE, PATRÓN® tequila, GERMAIN® liqueur, BARON OTARD® cognac and BÉNÉDICTINE® DOM® liqueur, the Bacardi Global Travel Retail Division creates unique and innovative experiences for travellers.

DEWAR’S 18YO is part of the portfolio of Bacardi Limited, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited and Patrón Spirits International AG. DRINK RESPONSIBLY

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Glentauchers 2009 (Cadenhead for Belgium)

Late 2018 this Glentauchers 2009 was bottled by Cadenhead. I found it at whisky shop Windels in Mechelen, which is one of the three Belgian shops responsible for the selection. They call themselves The Whisky Ladies because they have a female chairman in charge of the whisky.

This Glentauchers was finished in a Brazilian rum barrel.

 

 

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Nose: typical vanilla and caramel with ripe fruits. Plum eau-de-vie. Apples, green bananas, a hint of tinned pineapple and Haribo bears. Some waxy oak in the background, as well as a hint of fresh laundry. Mouth: punchy and a tad alcoholic, with a bittersweet theme. Green fruits (Granny Smith, green banana, unripe pear) and plain bourbon wood, bringing anise, white pepper and ginger. Zesty citrus and liquorice too. Finish: medium, on zesty citrus with a fizzy touch and oak spice.

A fairly young and ‘green’ Glentauchers. The rum barrel may have added a bit of fruity sweetness but it’s mostly a bourbon influenced malt. Around € 70, still available from Huis Windels and the other shops.

Score: 83/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/glentauchers/glentauchers-2009-cadenhead-whisky-ladies-belgium/

Glen Moray Cider Cask Project

Glen Moray has been involved in an interesting cask sharing project: they lend out whisky casks to the Thistly Cross craft cider company who use it to finish one of their ciders. When the cask are returned, they they are used to finish whisky again.

This led to the Glen Moray Cider Cask Project, a new release in their Curiosity range. I already tried a preliminary Glen Moray 2006 Cider Cask Finish which was a distillery exclusive release.

 

 

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(46,3%, OB 2018, 2000 btl.)

Nose: as nice as I remembered. There’s this distinctive combination of candy floss / marshmallow and fresh green apples which make it fresh and summery. Hints of Calvados and cider indeed. Hints of baking spice (ginger, nutmeg) and a light floral and almost vinegary touch (nicer than it sounds). Mouth: light and sherbety, on limes, apples and a little toffee. Vanilla custard. Slightly fizzy with a slight bitter and weirdly chalky edge. Pencil shavings underneath. Finish: medium, sweet with lemons, apples and vanilla.

A slightly curious dram, with nice apple flavours throughout but never exaggerated. As an experiment I would certainly go on with it, although a little tweaking would be welcome. Only in the UK, in fact I can only find it at The Whisky Exchange.

Score: 85/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/glen-moray/glen-moray-cider-cask-project/

Highland Park 1988 (SV 30th Anniversary)

Number two in our (short) list of reviews of the recent 30th Anniversary bottlings from Signatory Vintage. A 30 years old Highland Park distilled in 1988 and matured in a hogshead.

 

 

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Nose: quite fruity (ripe apples, grapefruit, lime) with heathery notes and the typical coastal side. Distinct floral notes too, mixing with hints of beeswax. Just a whiff of earthy peat. Highly polished and inviting. Mouth: a similar bright fruitiness, now clearly more tropical (tangerine, passion fruits, lime, pink grapefruit). Still a waxy feeling, alongside mint and camphor. Leafy touches. Very subtle hints of salted capers and herbal notes. Great mix of drier and rounder notes. Finish: long, maltier, with grapefruit, hints of dried ginger and mineral earthy notes.

Really beautiful Highland Park, slightly feminine in a way and very elegant. Just short of € 500 and maybe too expensive for what it delivers but an outstanding example of this profile nonetheless.

Score: 92/100

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