Tom Foolery Bourbon at K&L California – American Whiskey News

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Tom’s Foolery Bottled In Bond Single Barrel #31 Ohio Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $49.99 View

Tom’s Foolery continues to deliver on the promise of providing ultra high quality craft whiskey at absolutely amazing prices. Tom and Lianne Herbruck are the perfect partners, not only are they the sweetest most down to earth distillers on this continent, they truly care about making the very best possible whiskey the old fashioned way. They’re also super chill so when they sent out this sample of BIB bourbon at just under 5 years old I jumped at the chance to bottle, but I asked if we could push the bottling date till exactly five years, their response was “No problem!” So here we have a wonderful classic Tom’s BIB aged in their unheated warehouse to perfection. It’s got all the robust rich pot still character that we’ve come to expect from Tom, but just one year older. Unlike Kentucky bourbon, which relies on Patent Warehouses to enhance the presence of the oak in the whiskey, the Tom’s whiskey pulls out oak only in the summer and enters a deep freeze in the winter, this oxidative phase adding texture and depth. As usual, this whiskey loves air. The powerful graininess falls away and reveals an exotic bouquet of special teas and rare fruit. This barrel was distilled on May 4th, 2012 from 72% yellow dent corn, 16% winter rye, and 12% malted 6 Row barley. Fermented and distilled in the old Michter’s Jug House system and filled at 120.5 proof into a char 4 barrel from Independent Stave. Harvest proof was 123.13 and Bottled in Bond at 100 proof.

Tom’s Foolery Single Barrel #127 Cask Strength Ohio Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml) $49.99 View

We already know that Tom and Lianne Herbruck make incredible Bourbon and spectacular Apple Jack, but their most exciting product might just be the Rye whiskey. Our first barrel of Rye from Tom’s Foolery was bottled in bond distilled from Rye, Malted, Rye, Corn and a tiny dash of malted barley. That was an experimental mash bill and this one is equally unique. Our first might arguably be described as a Kentucky style rye mash bill; I wanted to explore the possibility of doing something that alluded to the original home of the special stills that created this whiskey. The distillery in Schaefferstown where these stills came from is well east of the Monongahela River valley where once the great whiskey of the same name ruled over nearly all others it, but still cranked out some killer rye. Monongahela existed thanks to hundreds of small scale farm distillers across Pennsylvania and Maryland and would have easily been the most popular and available whiskey in the US before prohibition. Now at Tom’s Foolery, they’re about as close to those old farm distillers as any one in the states today. This awesome whiskey was distilled from 70% local winter rye and 30% malted Canadian rye. After souring and mashing in cooker #2 and four days in their cypress fermenters, it was distilled on Dec 10th, 2012. The distillation yielded 36.4 gal of pure magic at 159.8 proof. Cut to 109.8 proof for barrel entry in a Cooper’s Select Char 4. This whiskey is 4.5 years old and bottled at cask strength.

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A NEW ERA FOR LUXURY IRISH WHISKEY – Irish Whiskey News

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A NEW ERA FOR LUXURY IRISH WHISKEY

Irish Distillers has signalled a new era for luxury Irish whiskey with the launch of the Midleton Very Rare Cask Circle, a private members club offering individuals the opportunity to obtain their own personal Irish Whiskey. The launch of the Midleton Cask Circle coincides with the release of Midleton Very Rare Vintage 2017, the 34th edition of the renowned and highly collectable range of Irish whiskeys, first unveiled in 1984.

The Midleton Very Rare Cask Circle Club invites whisk(e)y enthusiasts and collectors to obtain their own cask of Midleton Very Rare Irish whiskey from a variety of exceptional casks hand selected by Master Distiller, Brian Nation for their quality and rarity. Selecting a cask of Midleton Very Rare whiskey is a truly unique experience. Once members have chosen a cask that suits their personal taste, they can bottle it immediately or instead request bottles of their unique whiskey as and when required.

The programme boasts an array of different whiskey styles and ages – from 12 to 30 years old – that have been matured in a range of cask types including Bourbon, Sherry, Malaga, Port, Irish Oak and Rum. Thirty casks have been made available at launch, with prices available on request.

By becoming a member of the Midleton Very Rare Cask Circle, guests will have access to the Distillery Concierge, a unique service that will assist members in every detail of their personal experience. From choosing their whiskey to planning an extended itinerary, the Concierge allows guests to discover the best Ireland has to offer, from world class golfing at illustrious courses to exploring some of the most picturesque scenery in the world.

Jean Christophe-Coutures, Chairman and CEO at Irish Distillers, commented: “Irish Distillers introduced the world to luxury Irish whiskey back in 1984 and Midleton Very Rare has since become the embodiment of exceptional quality, craftsmanship and collectability. The unveiling of the Midleton Very Rare Cask Circle Club and the new Midleton Very Rare Vintage Release heralds a new era for luxury Irish whiskey and is testament to the growing demand for our finest, prestige Irish whiskeys around the world.  We are proud of our position as long-standing guardians of our sector and we look forward to welcoming new additions to the Midleton Very Rare range in the years to come. Today’s launch allows Midleton Very Rare to further build upon its position as the pinnacle of Irish whiskey.”

Just two Master Distillers have had the privilege of preserving the legacy of Midleton Very Rare with only a select number of casks deemed of sufficient excellence and rarity to bear the Midleton Very Rare name. Midleton Very Rare 2017 has been specially blended from a hand selected batch of ex-Bourbon Barrels ranging in age from 12 years to 32 years. The 2017 edition also marks a redesign for the brand, featuring a unique bottle design and presentation box that further completes the overall Midleton Rare experience and better reflects the quality and rarity of the whiskey inside. The elegant bottle takes inspiration from a writer’s ink well and a soft dip in the shoulder echoes the nib of a pen, creating a subtle link to Ireland’s literary legacy.

Speaking about Midleton Very Rare Vintage Release 2017, Master Distiller, Brian Nation commented: “It has been a privilege for me to continue the legacy of Midleton Very Rare that Barry Crockett started in 1984. Midleton Very Rare is rightfully regarded as the pinnacle of Irish whiskey with each vintage cherished by collectors and whisk(e)y enthusiasts all over the world. Due to the handcrafted nature of this whiskey, there are slight variances in taste from year to year which add to the special nature of this whiskey. The 2017 cask selection includes some 32-year-old Midleton Grain Whiskey which will contribute the lighter floral perfume notes along with some citrus fruit. A 26-year-old Single Pot Still whiskey has also been selected, which delivers a wide spectrum of typical spice character, such as sweet cinnamon and clove”.

Bottled at 40% ABV and without chill-filtration, the new-look Midleton Very Rare Vintage Release 2017 is available from this month at the RRP of €180 and is available in the USA, Canada, Ireland and Ireland Travel Retail.

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About Irish Distillers Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard 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 28 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 6.5m cases in 2017. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 71 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 € 9, 010 million in 2016/17. 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 18,500 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. www.pernod-ricard.com

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The 2017 Compass Box “Single Double” at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

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The 2017 Compass Box “Single Double”

At Whiskyfest last week we had the good fortune to meet up with John Glaser of Compass Box and in the snagged a few more bottles of the 2017 version of “The Single Double.” A blend of a single malt from the Glen Elgin distillery and a single grain from Girvan, it masterfully combines decadance with refinement. For fans of Compass Box, this is one whisky you won’t want to miss.

Compass Box “2017 The Double Single” Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) – $159.99

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R&B Distillers win a gold medal in Scottish Field Reader’s Panel Whisky Challenge – Scotch Whisky News

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RB Distillers is delighted to announce that Borders Highland Single Grain whisky has been awarded a gold medal at the Scottish Field Reader’s Panel Whisky Challenge. The young whisky was placed ahead of Sanaig from Kilchoman Distillery and is now in the runnings for Whisky Of The Year’ at the Scottish Field Grand Final.  

Scottish Field Magazine invited ten of their readers – from whisky novices to whisky buffs – to put their tastebuds to the test and blind taste 59 of Scotland’s finest drams.  With prices ranging from £11-£900 and hailing from across all Scottish regions, the panel whittled down whiskies to the top three which will go through to the Grand Final. Borders is now in with a chance of being crowned ‘Whisky Of The Year’ by Scottish Field’s expert judges. 

The panel of 10 readers were asked to write tasting notes and score the whiskies, with the top 20 whiskies going through to the next round in the afternoon. Borders was described as ‘a lovely Scottish blend’ and ‘long and complex with notes of fruitcake on the palate’ by the tasting panel.  

An uncommon composition, Borders the only single grain Scotch Whisky to contain 50% wheat 50% malted barley from one highland distillery, matured in a combination of Bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks to represent the style of RB Distillers’ future Borders distilling. RB Distillers’ Alasdair Day’s great-grandfather blended whisky in the Coldstream and now, over 150 years since the last distillery in the Scottish Borders, RB Distillers plan to reinstate whisky in this forgotten region In November 2016 Borders was awards its first international award – a bronze medal in the HKIWSC. 

 

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Smooth Ambler Tasting at the Whisky Shop #SFO – American Whiskey News

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Thursday, October 19th, 5-7PM:

Bourbon Tasting: Smooth Ambler

Hailing from West Virginia, Appalachia distillery Smooth Ambler is a world-class spirit crafter. From grinding their own carefully selected regional grains, to labeling and signing each bottle, Smooth Ambler does everything by hand, the old-fashioned way. Their signature bourbon, Contradiction, has been highly praised by mixologists and bourbon fans alike, scoring 96 points in the 2017 American Bourbon category for The Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

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BUSHMILLS IRISH WHISKEY INTRODUCES BOURBON #3 CHAR CASK RESERVE – A RARE AND UNIQUE CASK-MATURED WHISKEY, AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY IN GLOBAL TRAVEL RETAIL – Irish Whiskey News

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BUSHMILLS IRISH WHISKEY INTRODUCES BOURBON #3 CHAR CASK RESERVE – A RARE AND UNIQUE CASK-MATURED WHISKEY, AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY IN GLOBAL TRAVEL RETAIL 

THE THIRD EDITION IN THE LIMITED RELEASE BUSHMILLS IRISH WHISKEY STEAMSHIP COLLECTION 

Bushmills, Co. Antrim, Monday 2nd October 2017: Bushmills® Irish Whiskey has announced the launch of BOURBON #3 CHAR CASK RESERVE the third and latest edition in THE STEAMSHIP COLLECTION® a rare and unique range of Bushmills Irish Whiskeys inspired by the extraordinary voyages of the steamship SS BUSHMILLS.

As a Global Travel Retail exclusive, this new variant follows the successful launch of Bushmills Irish Whiskey PORT CASK RESERVE and SHERRY CASK RESERVE, marking the 125th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the SS BUSHMILLS.

In 1890, the SS BUSHMILLS set course for America to deliver Bushmills Irish Whiskey to new corners of the globe.  On her extraordinary maiden voyage she established knowledge and relationships with some of the world’s finest wine and spirits producers, before returning home with a variety of their finest seasoned casks. It is these relationships that have served the Old Bushmills Distillery to this day, helping Bushmills master distillers explore the potential of whiskey maturation in exclusive and rare casks.

Helen Mulholland, Master Blender of Bushmills Irish Whiskey, said; “At Bushmills we are known for centuries of innovation, continuously exploring the nuances that different casks impart on our whiskey. BOURBON #3 CHAR CASK RESERVE is the result of our long-standing relationship with master coopers from Louisville, Kentucky who reserve only the finest American white oak, custom-charred bourbon casks to mature this unique whiskey.

“The amount of char you give a cask has a significant impact on the flavour and this is what makes BOURBON #3 CHAR CASK RESERVE so special. The seasoned casks are emptied of bourbon and re-charred before being shipped to the Old Bushmills Distillery where we fill them exclusively with triple-distilled Bushmills Single Malt Irish Whiskey.  By using a custom char we are able to draw out incredible spicy, honeyed vanilla flavours from deep within the fine grain American white oak.  The resulting whiskey has subtle notes of toasted oak, spices and crème brûlée with a long, rich and smooth finish.”

PROXIMO Global Travel Retail Director David Phelan added: “We know shoppers within travel retail seek unique products they cannot get in their domestic markets so BOURBON #3 CHAR CASK RESERVE demonstrates our passion and commitment to meeting this consumer demand. To date, THE STEAMSHIP COLLECTION has been a firm favourite with travellers and we’re looking forward to the response we get from this exquisite new liquid once it goes on sale in early 2018.”

Priced at RSP £50 for 1L, travellers can pick up a bottle of BOURBON #3 CHAR CASK RESERVE from early 2018, alongside the SHERRY CASK RESERVE and PORT CASK RESERVE editions at selected global travel retail outlets.

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  • BOURBON #3 CHAR CASK RESERVE is available in 1L
  • BOURBON #3 CHAR CASK RESERVE has an RRP of GBP 50
  • BOURBON #3 CHAR CASK RESERVE has an ABV of 40%

BOURBON #3 CHAR  CASK RESERVE will be available to sample from the PROXIMO stand (16 Bay Village) at the Tax Free World Exhibition, Cannes (1st-6th October).  Visitors to the stand will also have the opportunity to sample a range of innovative spirits from the wider PROXIMO portfolio.

About Bushmills® Irish Whiskey

Bushmills® Irish Whiskey is crafted with care at the Old Bushmills Distillery in the village of Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. As Ireland’s oldest licensed distillery – making triple distilled malt whiskey and producing both blended and single malt whiskey – our unmatched malt is at the heart of all Bushmills® Irish Whiskeys and creates a unique combination of smoothness and richness.

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About PROXIMO

PROXIMO is a global innovator of quality spirits that create excitement with every sip. Its unique portfolio of brands includes the world’s largest selling tequila, Jose Cuervo®, Bushmills® Irish Whiskey, The Kraken® Black Spiced Rum, TINCUP® American Whiskey  and Boodles® British Gin.

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society Canada October 2017 Outturn – Scotch Whisky News

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October Outturn is bursting with fruity feel-good flavours with 7 fresh single cask whiskies to taste and explore!

CASK NO. 5.53  EXOTIC FRUITS AND EASTERN SPICE

16 years old; 2nd fill Sauternes hogshead; 60.1%; Sweet, fruity mellow

The nose has perfumed tropical fruits and polished wood, Peshwari naan, cigarette packets and Spanish bodegas. The palate combines exotic fruits with equally exotic Eastern spices, toffee donut sweetness and wood tannins – which makes it full of pleasant intrigue. Previously matured in an ex-bourbon hogshead.

CASK NO. 9.118  EXPANSIVE AND VOLUMINOUS

19 years old; refill hogshead; 56%; Spicy sweet

Dried rose buds, custard creams, syrup sponge cake, dried apple rings and bananas through to toasted pine nuts, dark chocolate and Pedro Ximenez sherry. The palate boasted ginger, liquorice root, orange liqueur and black forest gateau with spiced marmalade, chewy toffee and strawberry smoothie.

CASK NO. 7.163  THE INDIAN SPICE TRAIN

12 years old; 1st fill barrel; 60.7%; Spicy sweet

Hot and spicy bloody marys, pickled ginger, lime and blood orange. Then blueberry muffin, nuts and pancake with lemon, chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

CASK NO. 44.78  PEEK-A-BOO

14 years old; virgin oak hogshead; heavy toast/medium char; 57.6%; Spicy dry

Fruit notes of apple, pear and sultana loaf with peanuts and custard powder concealing an explosive palate of liquorice, raisons and burnt custard tart with coffee cake, maple syrup, parsnips and soot sweetly finishing with old leather and tobacco. Previously matured in an ex-bourbon hogshead.

CASK NO. 36.122  A DARK JUNGLE OF FLAVOUR

9 years old; 1st fill Oloroso butt; 58.1%; Deep, rich dried fruits

Sweet meats, ham, charred oak and honey on grainy toast. Chewy with bacon, tangerine, syrup and bran flakes. Then charcoal pencils, sherry and chocolate.

CASK NO. 93.72  BBQ OUTSIDE A SWEETIE FACTORY

9 years old; 1st fill barrel; 58.3%; Oily coastal

You are standing in a candy factory – outside, there’s a barbecue roasting mackerel and chestnuts – also runny honey and burning heather. The palate conjures a wood fire on a beach – with salt and chili prawns, lobster and herb sausages on the menu.

CASK NO. 29.210  A CHIMNEY SWEEP’S LUNCH BOX

18 years old; refill hogshead; 55.3%; Peated

Dusty burnt ash, scorched wood and black soot with its tar-laden aroma. Then old leather, smoked salmon on toasted rye bread, oat cakes with cinnamon honey, an olive and feta salad with a herbal dressing and crumbled smoked haddock with a eucalyptus and menthol finish.

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STILL AUSTIN WHISKEY CO. OPENS ITS DOORS – American Whiskey News

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STILL AUSTIN WHISKEY CO. OPENS ITS DOORS

Grain-to-Glass Whiskey Distillery Launches in Austin City Limits  

(Austin, TX) –Still Austin Whiskey Co. is now officially open in Austin, TX. They are a “grain-to-glass” distillery, producing craft whiskey made 100% from scratch using local ingredients.

Helmed by CEO, Chris Seals, and distillery co-founders, Sal and Joanna Salinas, Andrew and Lisa Braunberg and Cleveland and Carrol Seals, Still Austin Whiskey Co. mills, mashes, ferments, distills, barrels and bottles all of their spirits in-house at the distillery. Through their relationships with Texas farmers, Still Austin Whiskey Co. leverages the advantages of a diverse variety of local grains and the warm Central Texas climate to make whiskey. “Our commitment to a fully grain-to-glass approach symbolizes our desire to produce and deliver authentically crafted whiskeys to Austin,” said Seals.

The Still Austin Whiskey Co. team distills on a 42-foot customized bourbon still and specializes in Texas expressions of American craft whiskeys. At launch, they have introduced a portfolio of unaged New Make whiskeys including their Signature New Make Whiskey, which is distilled from white corn, red wheat and malted barley. Considered whiskey in its purest form, New Make is a term for whiskey taken straight from the still. Two other spirits are made by infusing the Signature New MakeMother Pepper, a whiskey with chile pequin, smoked serrano and aji amarillo peppers, and Daydreamer, which highlights citrus notes from valencia, tangelo and bergamot citrus. All ingredients are sourced from Texas farmers and New Make whiskeys are neither sweetened nor artificially flavored.

Visitors to Still Austin Whiskey Co. can tour the distillery as well as taste and purchase spirits in the tasting room. The tasting room offers a cocktail program with drinks conceived by bar manager, Melody Plate. The Daisy Pepper, a cocktail made with Mother Pepper, lemon juice and brown sugar simple syrup, has a decidedly spicy kick. The refreshing Cucumber Basil Martini is composed of Signature New Make Whiskey with fresh cucumber and basil, lime juice and simple syrup. Guests can order from a full menu of libations or enjoy whiskey flights in the tasting room.

Hungry visitors can grab food from Puli-Ra, a new food trailer from chef Deepa Shridhar. Puli-Ra uniquely combines Indian spices and Texan flavors in offerings like samosa pies, roti tacos, lamb sliders and naan croissants. “Still Austin seemed like such a natural fit for us since they are dedicated to sourcing responsibly and locally,” said Shridhar. “Grain-to-glass is a concept that’s really important for us, plus it’s such a fun challenge to pair whiskeys and use their product in our cooking.” Expect to find Still Austin’s whiskey in dishes on Puli-Ra’s menu including whiskey pickles and a briskey roti taco made with smoked chai whiskey-cured brisket.

Situated in the burgeoning Austin development, The Yard, on St. Elmo Road in South Austin, the 9,600 square-foot distillery has a decidedly communal feel. Designed by OPA Design Studio, the interior of Still Austin Whiskey Co. is at once industrial and intimate, centered around the towering 42-foot still made in Scotland by Forsyths, one of the most prestigious still makers in the world.

For those eager to be part of the Austin whiskey community, Still Austin Whiskey Co. offers several exclusive programs including a DYOB (Distill Your Own Barrel) program where groups can learn the craft of distilling whiskey directly from Still’s production team and join a community of Whiskey Geeks, an unofficial tasting panel that allows members to sample and give feedback.                                     

About: Still Austin Whiskey Co. is a grain-to-glass distillery dedicated to transforming simple grains into amazing spirits. Bold whiskey expressions are made by hand in their Austin, Texas distillery using ingredients provided by Texas farmers. Spirits are sold and served in their tasting room and will be available soon in bars, restaurants and liquor stores. Tasting room hours are Thursday Friday: 1pm – 9pm, Saturday: Noon – 9pm and Sunday: Noon – 6p. Tours and tastings are $12 available Thursday Friday: 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, Saturday: 1m, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm and Sunday: 1pm, 3pm, 5pm. For more information visit www.stillaustin.com. Visit on Facebook at Facebook.com/StillATX and follow on Instagram @Still_ATX

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50 YEARS OF A UNIQUE SPIRIT: INTRODUCING LOCH LOMOND 50 YEAR OLD – Scotch Whisky News

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50 YEARS OF A UNIQUE SPIRIT: INTRODUCING LOCH LOMOND 50 YEAR OLD  

Loch Lomond Distillery is to release its oldest and rarest single malt whisky.

Limited to 60 decanters worldwide, the Loch Lomond 50 Year Old celebrates generations of dedication and craftsmanship and marks the pinnacle of the Loch Lomond Whiskies collection.

Borne of a place of rare beauty where the Scottish Highlands meet the Lowlands, this expertly crafted single malt was distilled in 1967 in the distillery’s remarkable straight neck stills, drawn from a single cask and bottled at 46.2% abv.

It has been quietly maturing, first in American oak hogshead and then in European oak hogshead for half a century at Loch Lomond Distillery in Alexandria, to create a whisky brimming with rich oak spice and tropical fruit, naturally deep amber in colour with beautiful clarity.

The distinctive nature of the Loch Lomond 50 Year Old is testament to the innovative distillation techniques, explains John Peterson, Production Director at Loch Lomond Distillery: “Our straight neck pot stills were unique in 1966 when they were first installed, and they are still unique to this day, providing us with greater control over the quality and flavour profile of the spirit.”

Crafting the Loch Lomond 50 Year Old single malt has been the work of Loch Lomond Master Blender, Michael Henry. He said: “The expectations are high when you are working with a whisky as special and scarce as this and it came with great responsibility, but selecting and perfecting this single malt was a true honour.  Our stills are synonymous with the fruity notes they give to the whisky. The Loch Lomond 50 Year Old has been granted the time to truly concentrate that character, resulting in a rich, tropical fruit flavour.”

Each hand-blown crystal decanter encasing the Loch Lomond 50 Year Old is presented in a bespoke chest created by ‘architects of objects’, Method Studio in Scotland.  The husband and wife team, Callum Robinson and Marisa Giannasi drew inspiration from the drama, romance and kinetic energy of Loch Lomond itself to create ‘The Tempest Chest.’

Hand-shaped in solid oak, leather lined and indigo-dyed until almost black in colour, the tactile, sculpted surface of each individually numbered chest is suggestive of water at twilight, with only a solid brass key visible from the exterior, mysteriously emerging from the surface to build intrigue. Inside, the bottle of Loch Lomond 50 Year Old rests carefully upon sculpted oak waves, alongside not an ordinary whisky miniature, but a solid turned brass vial, lined in glass and reminiscent of the straight neck pot still.

Callum Robinson, Creative Director at Method Studio, said: “There are few distilleries named after a body of water as opposed to a place, and we drew great inspiration from Scotland’s most romantic, dramatic and historic loch. The Loch Lomond 50 Year Old is borne out of a truly mystical place of wood, fire, water and metal and our aim was to harness this energetic, elemental group of ingredients to create something unique, and worthy of its heritage.

“Each chest is designed to capture, in a three dimensional object, the mood and movement of moonlight dancing on tempestuous water. This is mirrored in the language of the hand-blown decanter and its beautifully faceted hand-cut base, perfectly binding the two together. It was a privilege to create a vessel to house something so precious.”

Loch Lomond is a very special part of the world and Loch Lomond Whiskies take their influence from the physical beauty of their unique location.

Colin Matthews, CEO of Loch Lomond Group, said: “For 50 years the Loch Lomond Distillery has been one of Scotland’s best kept secrets.  With the launch of the 50 Year Old single malt, we are putting Loch Lomond firmly on the Scotch whisky map and we are proud to become one of a very select few distilleries in the world which have released a 50 year old whisky.”

The Loch Lomond 50 Year Old limited edition is priced at £12,000 and will be available to buy in the UK at the most prestigious independent specialists including The Whisky Shop, The Whisky Exchange, Royal Mile Whiskies and Master of Malt from December 2017.  It will also be on offer in global markets, including Singapore, Taiwan, China, Japan and Travel Retail. It can be pre-ordered by contacting fifty@lochlomondgroup.com

For further information visit www.lochlomondwhiskies.com

LOCH LOMOND 50 YEAR OLD TASTING NOTES

NOSE – Heady oak spice of clove and cinnamon with sweeter notes of sultanas and raisins with creamy vanilla fudge.

TASTE – Silky mouthfeel rolls over the tongue. Intense vibrant tropical fruit, fresh pineapple and ripe banana with a honey sweetness.

FINISH – Warming stem ginger, bursts of gooseberry and elderflower and waves of tangy grapefruit citrus.

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About the Loch Lomond Group:

  • Loch Lomond Group is an independent distiller based in Alexandria and is home to several award-winning spirit brands that are sold in more than 100 countries worldwide.
  • Loch Lomond distillery has been producing the finest single malt whisky since 1814.
  • Images and interviews with key staff from the Group are available upon request.
  • www.lochlomondgroup.com

About the brands:

Loch Lomond Whiskies:

  • Loch Lomond Distillery is linked to one of the oldest heritages in the industry. It was founded by American, Duncan Thomas, the owner of the Littlemill distillery 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.
  • Lomond 12 Year Old has been awarded Gold Medal status at 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • Other expressions in this collection are Loch Lomond Original; Loch Lomond 18 Year Old; Loch Lomond Classic; Loch Lomond Signature and Loch Lomond Single Grain.
  • Official social media accounts are Twitter: @LochLomondMalts Instagram: @lochlomondmalts

Loch Lomond Inchmurrin:

  • Loch Lomond Inchmurrin 12 Year Old has been awarded Gold Medal status at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition; 2016 International Wine Spirit Competition and 2016 World Whisky Awards
  • Other expressions in this collection are Loch Lomond Inchmurrin 18 Year Old, Loch Lomond and Inchmurrin Madeira Wood Finish

Loch Lomond Inchmoan:

  • There is a Loch Lomond Inchmoan 12 Year Old and Loch Lomond Inchmoan 1992 Vintage.

Other brands from the Loch Lomond Group:

  • Glen Scotia Single Malt Scotch whisky (www.glenscotia.com Twitter: @GlenScotiaMalts)
  • Littlemill Single Malt Scotch whisky (Twitter: @LittlemillMalt)
  • Glengarry Single Malt Scotch whisky
  • High Commissioner Blended Scotch whisky

·         Glen’s Vodka / Glen’s Platinum Vodka

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/10/50-years-of-a-unique-spirit-introducing-loch-lomond-50-year-old-scotch-whisky-news/

Eighth Generation Beam Family Member Freddie Noe Introduces Annual Limited Release Series, Little Book™ Whiskey – American Whiskey News

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Eighth Generation Beam Family Member Freddie Noe Introduces Annual Limited Release Series, Little Book™ Whiskey

Clermont, KY (September 20, 2017) – The Beam family is proud to officially announce the launch of Little Book™, the first and highly anticipated product release from Freddie Noe, eighth generation Beam family member and son of current Beam master distiller, Fred Noe. The debut of Little Book marks an exciting step forward for the next generation of Beam family whiskey makers.

Named after the childhood nickname given to Freddie by his grandfather, legendary master distiller, Booker Noe, Little Book™ is an annual, limited release series that will feature a new and unique blend each year, presented uncut and unfiltered1. Guiding each year’s release will be Freddie’s passion for crafting high-quality, interesting blends different from anything else on the market.

“I’m humbled and honored to share Little Book with the world,” said Freddie, who currently serves as the distillery’s fermentation manager. “When I joined the family business five years ago, I told Dad I wanted to learn everything there was to know about making whiskey. Along the way, I discovered I’m particularly fascinated by the endless taste profiles that can be created through blending. I’m excited for whiskey fans to taste the first batch of this annual release, and I look forward to sharing new, one-of-a-kind blends every year. It’s a real honor to carry on my family’s legacy, and I hope I’ve done them proud.”

The inaugural batch release of Little Book, called Little Book “The Easy,” draws inspiration from what the Beam family is known for – great bourbon whiskey. Little Book “The Easy” is a blended straight whiskey that features four unique components: uncut and unfiltered1 corn, rye and malt whiskies – representative of the three grains commonly found in a bourbon mashbill (or recipe) – balanced with uncut, unfiltered1 Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. Creating the final liquid for Little Book “The Easy” was a labor of love for Freddie, who worked on the final recipe for over a year and tried more than 25 different blends of the liquid before he decided that it was just right and worthy of his debut release.

“It’s exciting to watch my son, Freddie, follow in the family footsteps and share his passion for blending with the release of Little Book,” said Fred Noe. “My dad, Booker, and I used to always say that if Freddie ever decided to join the family business, his distinct palate and nose, along with his eagerness to learn, would take him far. Freddie’s coming into his own as part of the next generation of whiskey makers, and I couldn’t be more proud to support him as he launches his first product.”

Bottled uncut at its natural proof, Little Book “The Easy” is meant to be just that – easy to enjoy however you like it best, whether that’s neat, over ice or with a splash of water. Little Book “The Easy” was blended by Freddie Noe and developed with the following characteristics:

  • Blend Overview:
    4-year-old Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey
    13-year-old corn whiskey
    About 6-year-old 100% malt whiskey
    About 6-year-old high-rye whiskey
  • Proof: 128.2
  • Tasting Notes: Little Book “The Easy” leads with caramel and oak notes, then moves into flavors of toasted nuts and hints of corn grain. The finish is long and packed with peppery rye, making this liquid approachable and easy to enjoy.
  • Sipping Suggestions: Neat, over ice or with a splash of water.

Little Book “The Easy” will be available nationwide beginning in October in limited quantities with a Suggested Retail Price of $79.99 for a 750mL bottle.

For more information about Little Book Whiskey, visit http://www.beamsuntory.com/brands/little-book

About Little Book™
Little Book™ is the first-ever product release from Freddie Noe, eighth generation Beam family member, son of seventh generation Beam master distiller, Fred Noe, and grandson of legendary Beam master distiller, Booker Noe. An annual, limited release series, Little Book will feature new and unique blends each year that bring to life Freddie’s passion for blending and his curiosity for the limitless tastes that can be achieved through the process. Each blend will be uncut and unfiltered1 to allow the nuanced taste profiles to shine through and fans to enjoy it the way they choose.

In 2017, Freddie introduced his inaugural batch of Little Book, called Little Book™ “The Easy,” and he will continue to carry on his family tradition of innovation in the industry by creating new releases for Little Book each year, always with the goal of developing new and interesting blends.

About Beam Suntory Inc.
As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Hornitos and Sauza tequila, EFFEN and Pinnacle vodka, Sipsmith gin, and Midori liqueur.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and commitment to Growing for Good. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/10/eighth-generation-beam-family-member-freddie-noe-introduces-annual-limited-release-series-little-book-whiskey-american-whiskey-news/