Welcome to The Haig Club – Scotch Whisky News

Welcome to The Haig Club – Scotch Whisky News

Forget everything you thought you knew about Scotch. Haig Club is a new Single Grain Whisky developed in partnership between Diageo and global sporting icon David Beckham and british entrepreneur Simon Fuller.

Haig Club is made at Cameronbridge distillery in Scotland. The liquid has been crafted using a unique process that combines grain whisky from three cask types. This creates a fresh, clean style that showcases butterscotch and toffee for an ultra-smooth taste. Seen by many to be Scotland’s hidden gem, single grain whisky is being predicted by experts as the next trend in whisky.

The House of Haig can trace its whisky producing roots back to the seventeenth century in Scotland. The Haig family is the oldest whisky dynasty and known for innovation which laid the foundations for the growth and success of the modern scotch whisky industry.

Haig Club has an ultra-smooth taste, with delicious notes of butterscotch and toffee . This makes it enjoyable served neat, over ice or in a long refreshing cocktail. The subtle taste of Haig Club pairs very well with food, especially seafood. The liquid itself is a clear, golden amber colour.

Aroma: A nose of vanilla fudge, honey and dried tropical frutis with mild pepper and light oak

Taste: A rich and creamy palate that mixes sweet flavours of brioche, coconut, vanilla and toffee

Simply click here to buy – £45

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/07/welcome-to-the-haig-club-scotch-whisky-news/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Late July Outturn – Scotch Whisky News


July 2014 Outturn Offerings

Cask No. 53.194                                $145

A Calmac ferry dram


The nose gave us fruit salad chews, sherbet lemons, blackberries, lime and oysters, but mainly it was smoke, melting tar, brine, Germolene, coal-tar soap, seaweed, cigar ash, rubber tyres and exhaust fumes (like a Calmac ferry). The palate delivered loads of ash, soot and sweet smoke – chilli-roasted nuts and a charcoal barbeque with smoked mackerel and charred prawns. The reduced nose offered first aid boxes, canvas, burnt mackerel skin and something earthy (terracotta plant pots, grow-bags). The taste was sweeter – peanut MMs and sugar-coated fennel seeds – a fine sweet-salty balance with lots of heat, from the biggest distillery on Islay.

Drinking tip: Chill out with this, sitting on the harbour wall watching the boats

Colour: Moonlight Chardonnay
Cask: Refill butt
Age: 17 years
Date distilled: August 1995
Alcohol: 60.1%
USA allocation: 150 bottles

Cask No. 1.176                                $140

Zesty Ginger-Lime Cooler

Speyside, Spey

The initial nose neat has the freshness of green saplings and cut grass soon followed by fruity notes of apricots and peaches. With time deeper aromas of old fashioned rose water perfume are taking centre stage. The taste starts off similar to the nose; green and grassy, slightly cereal (Weetabix) and then fruity (now apple slices). The medium length finish is refreshing like a ‘Zesty Ginger-Lime Cooler’. With water we are preparing a fruit punch with strawberries, pineapple, peaches and cherries. The taste is now clean and fresh like minty grapefruit sorbet and Jasmine iced tea – a well-balanced sample from the distillery established in 1836 on the Recherlich Farm at Ballindalloch.

Drinking tip: Looking at a blue sky and the shapes of white clouds weaving imaginary stories

Colour: Citrine gold
Cask: Refill hogshead
Age: 16 years
Date distilled: March 1997
Alcohol: 55.4%
USA allocation: 84 bottles

Cask No. 2.85                                        $95

Vibrant and tongue-dancing

Speyside, Spey

From the nose flowed fountains of fruit (green apple, mandarin, lime sorbet, pink grapefruit, lemon puffs, pineapple); we also found bubble gum, pickled ginger, toffee, honey, oiled wood and Formica – vibrant and complex. The palate had treacle toffee, butterscotch, peanut brittle and vanilla sweetness, with chilli and eucalyptus heat and some citric bitterness – lively and tongue- dancing. The reduced nose still majored on light, effervescent apple, but deepened by eucalyptus. The palate gave us fresh apple and pear, Mr Kiplings apple pies and fizzy lemon rock –further interest coming from mint, hops and Radox. Distillery founded by a pistol-totin’ mountain man.

Drinking tip: So much apple – one a day might keep the doctor away!

Colour: Winter sunrise
Cask: Refill barrel
Age: 9 years
Date distilled: November 2003
Alcohol: 61.4%
USA allocation: 102 bottles

Cask No. 30.80                                $180

A wicker basket full of dark pleasures

Speyside, Spey

The basket opened and the picnic began with cheesecake of Mirabelle plum and marmalade. But underneath lay deeper notes of dark cherries, chocolate brazils, manuka honey and ripe dates. As the panel delved in they were reminded of leather school bags with crushed tobacco – an errant youthful experience. Brambles, raisins and cranberry were dominant, with a whiff of licorish and mint. A careful hand with water is recommended but coaxed out some softer flavours. The panel found the bottom of the basket lined in hessian scented with eucalyptus. Toasted brioche with Nutella and salted caramel to finish.

Drinking tip: A reward after a hard days gardening

Colour: Golden syrup pudding
Cask: Refill hogshead
Age: 23 years
Date distilled: September 1990
Alcohol: 54.9%
USA allocation: 114 bottles

Cask No. 77.33                                $110

Orange Grove at spring time

Highland, Northern

A very clean and slightly spirity nose to start with but give it some time and you will be rewarded with aromas of lemon sherbet, orange zest, pink grapefruit juice and stewed plums. The taste neat to begin with is again very clean and citric (Bitter Lemon), but at the same time nippy like chilli flavoured peanuts. Herbal notes of aniseed and fennel and lemon curd cheesecake arrive after the initial wave of heat. Water turns the aroma into a fizzy sweetness, pineapple cubes and lemon sherbet but also the intoxicating smell of an orange grove in spring time. The taste leaves you with a fresh mouth-feel of a lemon and mint sorbet.

Drinking tip: A palate cleanser in between courses

Colour: Freshly squeezed lemon juice
Cask: Refill barrel
Age: 11 years
Date distilled: April 2002
Alcohol: 58.0%
USA allocation: 108 bottles

Cask No. G8.3                        $180

Surprise Me…


Even at this age the spirit is still spirited; the aroma is of golden syrup and toffee popcorn, with juicy green apples and pears behind; very slightly woody and dusty: ‘a cupboard shelf covered in Fablon’. The taste is sweet and sour – kiwi fruits, lime cordial, Seville orange, sour cherry, stewed tea – with a short finish. Reduced, the aroma initially becomes more oaky (a musty sea chest, a brush shop), then sweeter – lemon puffs, lemon meringue pie. A soft mouthfeel; a sweetish start (‘white jelly babies’), then bitter lemon, with a very short finish. This large grain distillery near Alloa, built 1806, closed in 1993.

Drinking tip: Frozen, as an aperitif

Colour: Harvest wheat
Cask: Refill hogshead
Age: 23 years
Date distilled: June 1989
Alcohol: 59.0%
USA allocation: 36 bottles

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/07/scotch-malt-whisky-society-late-july-outturn-scotch-whisky-news/

Jura Origin

Jura Origin is the base malt from this distillery. It is 10 years old and aged in ex-bourbon casks.


Jura Origin 10 Years OldJura Origin 10 Years OldJura 10 yo ‘Origin’
(40%, OB 2014)

Nose: a malty sweetness up front, with hints of caramel and baked apples. Some honey and toffee. Also drier notes, say dry leaves and hay, as well as a little musty oak. Relatively young but decent complexity already. After a while there’s a subtle orange blossom note coming through. Mouth: some fudge and sweet barley again. Quite creamy and pretty smooth. Oranges and other – hardly defined – fruits. Honey. A faint salty edge. Not bad, but the main problem is a lack of punch. With most competitors already at 46% ABV (or at least 43%), this comes across as a watered down whisky. Finish: not too long. Hints of honey and ginger. Also a slightly harsh, grainy note.

Although I didn’t publish notes, I tried this one before, in my early days of whisky discovery. I didn’t like it. Now either I’ve changed (probably, yes) or they’ve improved quite a bit (on which other people seem to agree). Either way this is now a decent entry-level single malt… which shoots itself in the foot by adding so much water. Around € 30.

Score: 78/100

Article source: http://www.whiskynotes.be/2014/jura/jura-origin/

GlenDronach 10yo & Other Single Malts at Single Malts Direct – Scotch Whisky News

Arkwrights Whisky and Wine Logo

Literally just arrived are the latest GlenDronach Single Casks and I’m having a hard job keeping my hands off them! These single cask bottlings are always popular so be quick as they are sure to fly off the shelves.

Other recent arrivals include several from the always top quality Gordon Macphail Rare Old Range, a couple of whiskies from 1984 that would make ideal 30th birthday presents, this year’s release of the Longrow 18 year old, the very desirable wine cask matured Glen Garioch 1998 and some interesting collectables.

Some of our new arrivals are featured below but for the full run down browse our New Scotch Whisky and New Products categories.

Plus don’t forget, we are now shipping to the USA again and at very competitive rates. Check out our Delivery page for more information.

Well, I’m off now to go and drool over those GlenDronachs…

Fran and Ken
Arkwrights Whisky and Wines



Batch 10 of these luscious, rich, sherried drams from GlenDronach has whiskies ranging in age from 12 years to 24 years. All single cask and excellent value for money with prices starting at £59.99 and going up to £137.99.

Buy Online: £ From 59.99 to 137.99


A Chivas Brothers bottling of the little seen Inverleven from the lowland malt distillery of that name that was situated within the now closed and demolished Dumbarton grain distillery.

Buy Online: £ 325.00


Got a friend with a 30th birthday this year? Then what better gift could there be than this 1984 Mortlach (and they might even share with you if you’re lucky…)

Buy Online: £ 169.99

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/07/glendronach-10yo-other-single-malts-at-single-malts-direct-scotch-whisky-news/


Tokyo, Japan, and Deerfield, Illinois, July, 2014 – Japanese blended whisky Hibiki 21 Years Old and Knob Creek® Single Barrel Reserve, from the whisky portfolio of Beam Suntory Inc., each won a “Trophy” award, the top prize in the whisky categories at the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) Awards Dinner 2014 held in London, England on Monday, July 14. These honors are in addition to the 18 Gold Medals earned by Beam Suntory whiskies announced last month by the ISC, one of the world’s leading tasting competitions. Meanwhile Japanese rice vodka Ao won a “Trophy” prize in the vodka category.

In addition to those “Trophy” prizes, Suntory Liquors Limited also won the “Distiller of the Year” award, a prestigious honor bestowed upon one distiller that has produced a number of high-quality spirits. This is the third year in a row and the fourth time overall that Suntory Liquors Limited has received the “Distiller of the Year” award.

“These prestigious recognitions for Hibiki and Knob Creek are a reflection of the heritage, quality and expertise of the two great companies that are coming together to create Beam Suntory, which has a bright future as a whisky powerhouse in our industry,” said Matt Shattock, chairman and chief executive officer of Beam Suntory.

This recognition of brand quality comes just 11 weeks after the acquisition of Beam Inc. by Suntory Holdings, creating Beam Suntory, the world”s #3 premium spirits company. As previously announced, Beam Suntory intends to integrate the Spirits business of Suntory before the end of this year.

About the International Spirits Challenge

The International Spirits Challenge is an annual spirits tasting competition held in the UK, the home of Scotch whisky. Categories include whiskies, liqueurs and more. In addition to the Gold Medals, Silver Medals and Bronze Medals awarded in each category, excellent products among the Gold Medal winners are given the Trophy, the top prize in the category. The Distiller of the Year award, one of the Special awards that recognize the very best in the blind tasting challenge, is only conferred on one distiller that has produced a number of high-quality products.

In the whisky categories, a panel of 11 judges, including blenders from whisky distilleries around the world, conducts a blind tasting of more than 400 whiskies submitted from around the world to determine the award winners. The results attract global attention from the spirits industry.

Award Name

International Spirits Challenge 2014

Award Name, Winners

Trophy in Whisky Categories:     Suntory whisky Hibiki 21 Years Old, Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve
Distiller of the Year:     Suntory Liquors Limited

Awards Ceremony

From 7 p.m. on Monday, July 14, 2014 *Local time
At the Honourable Artillery Company in London, England

About the Award-Winning Whiskies

Suntory Whisky Hibiki 21 Years Old

Hibiki 21 Years Old is a meticulously blended combination of carefully selected ripe grain malts and malt whisky aged for a lengthy period of at least 21 years. It is distinguished by a mature aroma, incredibly fruity and reminiscent of sweet flowers, and a smooth, light flavor. This blend allows you to enjoy the strong body, mellow richness and profound, long finish only found in a whisky aged for 21 years.

Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve

Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve is carefully hand selected, barrel-by-barrel, to bring you a robust, mature flavor. Aged 9 years, this expression possesses the darkest and deepest amber and henna color offering vanilla and caramel notes and a slightly smoky finish – perfect for easy-going sipping.

For more information on the brands

Suntory Whisky Website: www.suntory.com/whisky

Beam Suntory Website: http://beamsuntory.com

About Beam Suntory Inc.

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the flagship Jim Beam bourbon and Yamazaki Japanese whisky, as well as world renowned premium brands including Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek bourbons, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur. The company generates annual worldwide sales of approximately $4.6 billion excluding excise taxes.

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 entrepreneurial culture. Headquartered in Deerfield, 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/2014/07/hibiki-21-years-old-and-knob-creek-single-barrel-reserve-win-top-prizes-in-whisky-categories-at-the-international-spirits-challenge-2014-whisky-news/


Brian Nation BW


Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard has unveiled the 2014 edition of its prestigious Midleton Very Rare whiskey, the first to be hand selected by Master Distiller, Brian Nation, following his appointment in 2013. 

For every Midleton Very Rare release, the signature of the Master Distiller is included on the label to provide the ultimate guarantee of quality. Midleton Very Rare 2014 is the first to bear Nation’s signature on its label, continuing the tradition established by former Master Distiller Barry Crockett when he created the first Midleton Very Rare whiskey in 1984. 

Available from this month in specialist retailers, Midleton Very Rare 2014 is blended from only the finest Single Pot Still and grain whiskeys, which have been matured in specially-selected, ex-Bourbon American oak casks that have been lightly charred on the inside to impart a complex and elegant taste profile. The components of this exclusive blend have been aged for up to 22 years, making it a real collectors’ item. 

Anna Malmhake, Chairman and CEO at Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, says: “It’s always exciting for us to release a new Midleton Very Rare expression as it really shows the outstanding quality that the Irish whiskey category has to offer, but this 2014 release is extra special as it heralds a new era for us as Brian Nation takes the reins from Barry Crockett at our Midleton Distillery. 

“Midleton Very Rare is a whiskey with real provenance, produced at the distillery in Midleton using only the finest ingredients and is rightfully regarded as the pinnacle of Irish whiskeys by collectors and connoisseurs worldwide, who cherish the nuances of each release. As Brian carries on the Midleton Very Rare legacy, we look forward to more discerning drinkers around the world discovering the quality and provenance that Irish whiskeys have to offer.” 

Master Distiller Brian Nation, added: “It is a real honour for me to continue the Midleton Very Rare legacy and to have my name on the label, where Barry’s signature once was. I’m very proud of the 2014 edition, as it offers real complexity with a full taste of sweet spice, vanilla, and cinnamon, which lingers before slowly giving way to notes of barley. I am confident that it will provide whiskey fans around the world with the interesting and enjoyable tasting experience that they have come to expect from Midleton Very Rare over the years – and I look forward to hearing what Barry thinks of it too!” 

Midleton Very Rare 2013 Bottle  SBC


Midleton Very Rare 2014 Tasting Notes  


Rich, with vanilla sweetness on a layer of oak char from the influence of American white oak ex-Bourbon barrels. A soft floral note introduces the sweet spice of cinnamon, green pepper, and garden mint. Beautifully rounded with hints of green apple and banana. 


Full, with the sweet spice of vanilla, cinnamon, and liquorice and the flinty note of barley grains. Ripe fruit combines with the charred oak, adding to the complexity. 


Sweet spicy flavours that linger, fading slowly to leave the last word with the barley. 

Age Range

15-22 years 

Midleton Very Rare Award Wins

2014 Beverage Testing Institute – Midleton Very Rare 2013 – 92/100 ‘Exceptional’

2014 Ultimate Spirits Challenge – Midleton Very Rare 2013 – 93/100 ‘Excellent’

2013 The Irish Whiskey Masters – Midleton Very Rare 2012 – Master

2013 International Spirits Challenge – Midleton Very Rare 2012 – Gold Best in Class 

About Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard

Irish Distillers Group was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between Irish whiskey distillers, John Power Son, John Jameson Son and the Cork Distillery Company. In an attempt to reverse the decline in Irish whiskey sales, the board of directors decided to close the existing distilleries in Cork and Dublin, and to consolidate production at a new purpose-built facility.
A site alongside the existing distillery in Midleton, Co. Cork was chosen as the location for the new distillery, as there was no room for expansion in Dublin. Both the Old Jameson Distillery and the Old Midleton Distillery currently operate as visitor centres attracting over 330,000 visitors annually. Following an early unsolicited takeover offer and one of the most protracted battles in Irish corporate history made by GrandMet, Allied-Lyons and Guinness, Irish Distillers was taken over by Pernod Ricard in June 1988 with the support of the management and employees.  

Irish whiskey brands within the Irish Distillers’ portfolio include Jameson, Paddy and Powers, with Single Pot Still brands, Green Spot, Yellow Spot, Redbreast and the much-revered Midleton, which includes prestigious expressions such as Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy and Midleton Very Rare.  

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/07/irish-distillers-unveils-midleton-very-rare-2014-irish-whiskey-news/

Full Flavored Half-bottles of Whiskey at Park Ave New York – American Whiskey News


Here are some full flavored, half-bottles of whiskey at the Park Avenue Liquor Shop

It’s not the size of the bottle. It’s the spirit within.

A few years ago, our friends at Tuthilltown Spirits in the Hudson Valley – started bottling American whiskey in 375ml bottles. The bottles themselves were conversation starters but whiskey drinkers soon discovered that the whiskey itself was equally unique. Now we present to you, some more half-bottles of American whiskey that we feel are deserving of your attention as well as your palate.

Thanks for taking a look.

Let us know if you have any questions.

Jon Eric

Park Avenue Liquor Shop
292 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017

The Rumor Still.
Rumor has it that the following hard-to-find single malts have recently been seen at the Park Avenue Liquor Shop:
– Ardbeg: AuriVerdes
– Jura: Brooklyn
– Bruichladdich: Black Arts
– GM:15yr Mortlach
Call us to see if these or any other rare bottles are still available.

Defiant Rye

~ The Catskill Distilling Company ~
Defiant Rye

“Rye whiskey – the first whiskey to be distilled on this continent – became a defiant spirit in every sense during the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791, when the farmers who made it rebelled against our new government’s attempt to tax it. It was this heroic act of defiance that forever defined and ensured our cherished right to protest. The tax eventually stood, but the rebels’ spirit lives on in this Defiant Rye.”

Nose: Caramel, brown sugar, maple, molasses, honeysuckle, vanilla, custard, dried plums, walnut, new wood.
Palate: Caramel, vanilla, crème brûlée, brown sugar, nougat, ripe banana, coconut, dried dark fruits, cinnamon, cloves, toast, walnuts, leather.
Finish: Clean, fresh, smooth, grain, wood notes, lingering.

Tasting notes from ‘Fifty Best.’

Our Price: $43/375ml

~ The Catskill Distilling Company ~
Fearless Wheat Whiskey

Tasting Notes by Heather Green from The Flatiron Room in New York City

It has a warm amber color with aromas of pears, apples, french vanilla, lemon and honeysuckle. On the palate is more pear with cream, a hint of honey and a burst of spice. There’s also some dark-chocolate covered oranges on its bold finish.

As it says right on the label – this is, “The Really Good Stuff.”

Our Price: $43/375ml

~ The Old Pogue Distillery ~
Five Fathers Pure Malt Rye

This limited edition rye bottling contains over 100 years of Pogue family history along with 55% alc./vol and the peppery notes that offer the discerning patron a robust product. Five generations after their forefather founded the H.E. Pogue Distillery in Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky, in 1876, they are proud to continue their family legacy with Five Fathers. Produced using one of the Pogue family’s original recipes and on the same ground as the original H.E. Pogue distillery, Five Fathers honors the tradition and heritage of its namesake. We feel this is a fitting tribute to their forefathers,
the Five Fathers.

Our Price: $45/375ml

Due to our ever-changing inventory, we cannot guarantee bottle availability. We are not responsible for any typographical errors. We are also not responsible for LeBron leaving Miami – although is doesn’t make us sad either.
Please contact us with any questions you have, especially Pop-culture trivia questions.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/07/full-flavored-half-bottles-of-whiskey-at-park-ave-new-york-american-whiskey-news/

The Party Source “New American Whiskies” – American Whiskey News

Party Source

A couple of Buffalo Trace and Woodford Reserve private barrels have just come in:

Buffalo Trace Bourbon TPS Private Barrel – $22.49
We have the first of three selections coming in at just under 10 Years old.

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon
TPS Private Barrel – $57.99

We are anxiously awaiting our private Masterson Rye.

In the past two weeks our tasting panel tasted and selected barrel samples from Jefferson Reserve and Jack Daniels. We are quite excited about the barrels we chose.

The inaugural release from our neighbors at New Riff Distilling has just hit The Party Source shelves!

New Riff O.K.I. Straight Bourbon Whiskey 8 Year – $44.99
New Riff OKI Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey 8 Year is comprised of just three barrels. O.K.I. Bourbon Whiskey deftly balances the spicy wallop of a 35% rye grain bill, with the oaky confection of eight-plus years of age. It enters the mouth gently, picking up the rye theme at mid-palate and jamming on from there. The finish is like a swirling cloud of clove-and-pepper rye spice. Hats off to the master distiller of Lawrenceburg, Indiana on a job well done! This unfiltered Bourbon whiskey is scrumptious taken straight up, but opens further with a splash of water. -Jay Erisman

Four Roses is considered one of the best bourbon distilleries in the world. Four Roses utilizes ten distinct recipes and five proprietary yeast strains to produce award winning bourbons. We will taste our way through four bourbons including two non-chill filtered cask strength bourbons.

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
Four Roses TPS OBSV (50% abv, 10 Years 10 months)
Four Roses TPS OESV (58.1% abv, 10 Years 1 month)
Four Roses Limited Single Barrel 2014 (OESF, 62.2% abv, 11 Year)

WHAT: The Four Roses Experience
WHERE: The Party Source Spirits Library
WHEN: Tuesday, July 22nd from 6:30-8:00 pm
COST: $15

Click HERE to Reserve Your Seat

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/07/the-party-source-new-american-whiskies-american-whiskey-news/

The Great Grain Whisky Tasting at Milroy’s of Soho (July 16th) – Scotch Whisky News


The Great Grain Whisky Tasting

Too much time is spent harping on about the malting process that creates the principal ingredient of single malt whisky, or so claims a certain member of our staff. Eager to quiet him down we told him to host a tasting and argue why this is the case, tell us why single grain whisky is better than single malt.

For the uninitiated; grain whisky is made from cereals that haven’t been through the malting process. The result is a lighter, sweeter (and for blenders cheaper) style of whisky which forms the core of blended whiskies.

Join us for an evening sampling the very best grain can offer.

A light buffet of cheese and charcuterie and a 10% on-the-night store discount is, of course, included.

If interested tickets are £25 per person, please reply HERE so we can sign you up!

All the best,

Milroy’s of Soho

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/07/the-great-grain-whisky-tasting-at-milroys-of-soho-scotch-whisky-news/


AA Hudson


NEW YORK – July 7, 2014 – All hail the new Hudson brand ambassador! Actually, all hug the new Hudson brand ambassador- here at Hudson Whiskey, we’re all about love over laud. The amount of love for each hand-dipped bottle of whiskey, love for each local New York-sourced ingredient we use, and love for each member of our distillery is immeasurable, which brings us to Han Shan. We fell in love with his knowledge of the whiskey landscape, his enthusiasm for Hudson, but above of all, we fell in love with him! Which is why we’re thrilled to announce Mr. Han Shan as the new face of Hudson Whiskey. 

To be honest, we fell in love with all of our delightful and charismatic candidates- “Making the Cut” was not a search for the pre-eminent mixologist or an encyclopedic spirits mind, but for the next member of the Hudson family. We took three finalists up to the Hudson distillery at Tuthilltown, New York and taught our  prospective ambassadors what it is that makes whiskey “Hudson Whiskey”, why we source everything locally, and generally what it means to be part of the Hudson clan. In the end, while we’re excited to have three new friends, we found that Han was the full human embodiment of Hudson’s ideals and identity. Congratulations! 

As the new face of Hudson, Han will circle the country, speaking with bartenders, restaurant owners, whiskey enthusiasts and journalists, hosting tastings, connecting with fans via social media and representing our brand in the national press. 

“From sampling bourbon and rye straight from barrels in the rickhouse to exploring the dramatic mountain trails overlooking the distillery to late-night storytelling with the other candidates at the beautiful Hudson Valley farmhouse, Making the Cut was truly a beautiful, once-in-a-lifetime experience,” says Han of his time at the distillery. “I cannot fully express the level of my excitement to spread love for this wonderful whiskey, and for being graciously welcomed into the family.” Adds Gable Erenzo, co-founder, distiller, and former brand ambassador for Hudson: “When we started this project, I never dreamed that we would find someone as passionate and dynamic as Han. To be honest, I can’t help but see a bit of myself in him and I couldn’t imagine a more perfect friend to take over for me as ambassador. 


For a full look at Han’s journey to spirits stardom, head to HudsonWhiskey.com/MakingTheCut; who knows, maybe you’ll discover a thing or two that might help you become the next member of our little family here at Tuthilltown. You can also keep an eye on our website to find out when Han might be coming to your town so you can say hello yourself- we’re sure he’d love to meet you! 

About Hudson

Hudson Whiskey has become an iconic American Whiskey since the first of its signature 375 ml bottles were shipped in 2005.  In this short time, the micro distillery in upstate New York has quickly received acclaim not only for the quality of its marques, but also for its ground-breaking status: As well as being the first legal pot-stilled whiskey distilled in New York state since prohibition and sourcing 90% of its grains from within 10 miles of the distillery, Hudson’s signature expression – Baby Bourbon – is also the first ever New York state-produced bourbon. Hudson Whiskeys have an ABV of 46% and include a range of diverse and innovative marques including Hudson Baby Bourbon (RRP of $44.99), Hudson Four Grain Bourbon (RRP of $44.99), Hudson Manhattan Rye (RRP of $44.99), Hudson Single Malt (RRP of $44.99) and Hudson New York Corn Whiskey (RRP of $38.99) For more information, visit http://www.hudsonwhiskey.com/

About William Grant Sons

William Grant Sons, Ltd. is an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1887. Today, the luxury spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distills some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world’s most awarded single malt Glenfiddich®, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts and the world’s third largest blended Scotch Grant’s® along with iconic premium spirits brands Hendrick’s® Gin, Sailor Jerry® Rum, Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey and Milagro® Tequila. 

William Grant Sons has been honored as “Distiller of the Year” by the prestigious International Wine Spirit Competition and International Spirits Challenge ten times over the past 15 years. 

Founded in 1964, William Grant Sons USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of William Grant Sons, Ltd. and features one of the fastest growing spirits portfolios in the USA with brands including Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Hendrick’s Gin, Sailor Jerry Rum, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, Milagro Tequila, Grant’s, Hudson Whiskey, Gibson’s Finest, Monkey Shoulder, Clan MacGregor, Reyka Vodka, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Montelobos Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, Lillet, Art In The Age, The Knot and Raynal French Brandy. For more information on the company and its brands, please visit http://www.grantusa.com/.

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