Introducing Book One of The Ian Hunter Story™, a rare and collectable series of Laphroaig Super-Premium Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

Laphroaig® unveils The Ian Hunter Series

Introducing Book One of The Ian Hunter Story™, a rare and collectable series of Laphroaig Super-Premium Whiskies

Beam Suntory’s Laphroaig has announced a unique and exclusive series of whiskies that honours the legacy of Ian Hunter, the last of the founding Johnston family to run the Laphroaig Distillery.

Each annual release will be set into a beautifully crafted book that will document a part of Ian’s rich legacy, making this a collection unlike any other and one that is sure to be treasured by Laphroaig fans across the world.

Ian Hunter: Book One

With only 400 9L cases produced globally of this rare whisky, Book One: ‘Unique Character’ reflects Ian Hunter’s formidable character and represents everything that is traditional about Laphroaig® today. Aged in first-fill bourbon barrels, this non-chill filtered whisky is beautifully rounded with a combination of sweet, zesty and medicinal notes.  This is where Ian Hunter’s influence is most obvious, as it was his decision to introduce American white oak barrels into the maturation process of Laphroaig®. Over time, the original smokiness of this 30-year-old whisky has become less of an assault on the senses. Beautifully married with the sweet vanilla notes enhanced with ageing, the whisky develops into a more mature, well-rounded dram.

The first chapter of the story starts with American oak.  Ian’s decision to introduce American oak casks to the maturation process is perhaps his greatest legacy. Like many Scotch distilleries, Laphroaig now matures much of its whisky in ex-bourbon casks, but it was Ian who saw the opportunity for Laphroaig and changed the course of the distillery forever. It is this innovation that we celebrate in Book One of The Ian Hunter Story. This is an exquisite, 30 year old Laphroaig®, matured solely in ex-bourbon barrels in tribute to Ian Hunter.

The legendary Ian Hunter

At times polarising but highly regarded and loved by those who knew him best, Ian Hunter is one of the most important figures in the history of single malt whisky. His influencer on Islay – one of the most famous whisky-producing regions – cannot be over-stated.

Ian joined the distillery in 1908 as the youngest member of the Johnston family. His relatives, the brothers Donald and Alexander Johnston had founded the distillery in 1815. His arrival had a lasting legacy on the distillery that is still used to this day as he is credited with doubling the production and successfully exporting Laphroaig whisky around the world.

One of his biggest successes was managing to sell Laphroaig to America during Prohibition.

Ian managed to do this by leveraging the spirit’s unique character, which meant that it could be sold for medicinal purposes.

John Campbell, Laphroaig distillery manager, comments: “If you visit the Laphroaig Distillery today its clear to see the impact of Ian Hunter through the practices and innovations that are still followed.  For good reason Ian is credited as the pioneer and innovator of this incredible whisky.  Without Ian,

the Laphroaig we know today would not exist, so we have much to thank him for. It is this legacy that we celebrate throughout the series.”

This limited edition whisky is available at The Whisky Exchange and The Whisky Shop from October 2019 for an RRP of £700.  Book Two will be released in 2020.

Tasting Notes

Nose:

Sweet and medicinal with manuka honey, light peat smoke, cooked apple and rosemary vanilla. Orgeat syrup and a hint of lemon peel complete the aroma. 

Palate:

Peaty and peppery with notes of herbs, cedar, kumquat zest and gorse flower. A sweetness of custard cream and vanilla pods. 

Finish:

Coastal with subtle iodine, sea salt and seaweed notes. A touch of coffee and oaky character. 

Colour:

Burnished gold. 

ABV:

Bottled at cask strength, 46.7% ABV.

The whisky is best served neat, with ice or water, given the high ABV of this cask strength dram.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/introducing-book-one-of-the-ian-hunter-story-a-rare-and-collectable-series-of-laphroaig-super-premium-whiskies-scotch-whisky-news/

Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old

1978 vintage single sherry butt for the Signatory 30th Anniversary series. 484 bottles. Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old 1978 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask refill sherry butt #2587 bottled June 2018 for the Signatory Vintage 30th Anniversary series. 484 bottles. Bunnahabhain Distillery was established in 1881 on the north eastern tip of the Isle of Islay by the shore of Bunnahabhain Bay and overlooking the Sound of Islay. All the building materials were transported by puffer and unloaded at the distillery pier. Now tucked away at the end of the single track ‘main’ road with spectacular scenery all the way. Bunnahabhain Distillery is equipped with four huge pear shaped stills and produces Scottish malt whisky which is released in blends and in single malt and single cask bottlings. A participant in Feis Ile, the annual Islay Festival of Malt and Music. Core editions include Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old and 18 Year Old.

Shop $1,014.61

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/09/bunnahabhain-40-year-old-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/

Flaviar announces Distillery Tour program for members – Whiskey News

Flaviar announces Distillery Tour program for members

Flaviar announces the launch of its Flaviar Distillery Tour program, which allows members special privileges at top distilleries around the world.

Flaviar, a spirits club designed to help people try more new things more often, has teamed up with over 25 distilleries to kick start the program.

Flaviar members will be able to access an array of special perks and privileges, from complimentary distillery tours and tastings, free distillery swag to meet and greets with master distillers, exclusive access to special drams, and industry discounts on distillery shop produce.

Each distillery chosen to be part of the program has a story to tell and some delicious drams to share including small batch whiskey, Cognac, rum, vodka, gin and liqueurs. From award-winning, family operations; to grain to glass, hyper local distilleries; organic and even kosher operations, all the distilleries involved have one thing in common ‘quality’ at the heart.

Jugoslav Petkovic, co-founder of Flaviar, comments: “There is literally nothing better for understanding a spirit than to visit the place where it is made and to speak to the people pouring their heart and soul into the glass.

“We’ve hand picked some of our favorite producers that will extend special industry privileges to our members and give them more access and opportunity to explore their palates and have a great time.

“There has been a huge increase in visitors to distilleries, in Kentucky alone there have been 1.4m visitors in 2018, which has a huge impact on the local economy. The Flaviar Distillery Tour program is a win-win for everyone, our members get access to a great experience and independent brands are able to reach a highly engaged, spirits enthusiast audience that drive distillery door sales.”

For details of the full line up and how to take advantage of any offers, please visit:

www.flaviar.com/distillery-tours

Flaviar Distillery Tours program distillery partners:

ADCo Distillery, Albany, NY

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary distillery tour tasting for Flaviar members and a guest

+ 10% discount on all merchandise and products from the distillery shop

Alamo Distillery, San Antonio, TX

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary distillery tour tasting (including any limited edition spirits available at the time) for Flaviar members and a guest

+ Free glass

+ 10% discount on all merchandise

Balcones Distillery, Waco, TX

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary general admission tour for Flaviar members and a guest OR a free tasting flight at the bar

+ A free Glencairn Tasting glass + Balcones sticker

+ $10 off a bottle of their choice

+ 25% off all other merchandise

+ Opportunity to meet and greet with Head Distiller Jared Himstedt (subject to availability)

Breckenridge Distillery, Breckenridge, CO

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary high-end whisky flight on a distillery tour (distillery tours are already complimentary) for Flaviar members

+ Every quarter, members can access spirit tastings not available to the general public i.e. Powder Hound, Single Barrel, Dark Arts etc.

+ $5 off all bottles

+ Once a year, members can enjoy one Dark Arts tasting at the restaurant accompanied by a tasty charcuterie plate

The Copper Fox Distillery, Sperryville, VA

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary VIP tour with a whiskey flight and a hands on floor malting experience for Flaviar members and one guest

+ An opportunity for a hands on floor malting experience

+ 15% off retail merchandise with any spirit purchase

The Copper Fox Distillery, Williamsburg, VA

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary VIP tour with a whiskey flight and a hands on floor malting experience for Flaviar members and one guest

+ An opportunity for a hands on floor malting experience

+ 15% off retail merchandise with any spirit purchase

Coppersea Distillery, New Paltz, NY

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary Coppersea Distillery tour and 3-flight tasting experience for Flaviar members and one guest
+ 10% industry discount on other drinks, bottles, and merchandise

Cotswolds Distillery, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire – United Kingdom

Flaviar member benefits:

+ 50% off a distillery tour and tasting for two people (£15, normally £30) for Flaviar members

De Molenberg Distillery, Blaasveld, Belgium

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary tour and tasting of the distillery and brewery for Flaviar members and one guest, free shuttle between the distillery and brewery

+ Free gift from De Molenberg

FEW Distillery, Evanston, IL

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary General Admission for Flaviar members and one guest FEW Spirits’ Distillery Tour Tasting

+ Free gift from FEW Spirits

Hali’maile Distillery, Makawao, HI 

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Discounted tour and tasting for $10

Hardy Distillery, Cognac, France

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary distillery tour for Flaviar members

+ Industry discount on purchases at the distillery shop

John Distilleries Distillery, Karnataka, India 

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Special Flaviar Distillery tour and tastings packages

+ Opportunity to meet the Master Distiller (based on his availability)

+ Exclusive access to the distillery’s Underground Cask Cellar

+ Tasting of the Wort, Distiller’s Beer and New Make Spirit

Kentucky Peerless Distillery, Louisville, KY

Flaviar member benefits:
+ Discounted distillery tour culminating in a tasting of four whiskies at the exclusive speakeasy at Kentucky Peerless Distillery for $15 per person.

Kilchoman Distillery, Islay, Scotland

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Flaviar members receive a 25% discount on the Ultimate Tour

+ Opportunity to meet and greet Anthony Wills, the founder, owner and master distiller of Kilchoman

Kings County Distillery, Brooklyn, NY 

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary tour and tasting including four whiskies for Flaviar members

KOVAL Distillery, Chicago, IL

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary tour tasting passes for Flaviar members and a guest

+ Free VIP swag bag for Flaviar members full of with KOVAL goodies

+ 25% off KOVAL products

Limestone Branch Distillery, Lebanon, KY

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary distillery tour with a cocktail for Flaviar members

+ Meet and greet with the distiller

+ Free glass and a t-shirt or hat

New Holland Brewing Distillery, MI

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary tour of the brewery and distillery for Flaviar members

+ Tasting guided by the New Holland Distiller

NY Distilling Co. Brooklyn, NY

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary tour tasting for Flaviar members

OOLA Distillery, Seattle, WA

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary VIP tour tasting for Flaviar members led by OOLA founder/owner

+ Free OOLA swag bag

+ 25% discount on all cocktail classes, whiskey workshops and events at OOLA distillery

+ 25% off a 3-5L exclusive barrel aged cocktail for events

Sagamore Spirit Distillery, Baltimore, MD

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary Sagamore Spirit Distillery Tours and Tasting, including four whiskey samples for Flaviar members and a guest

Santa Fe Spirits Distillery, Santa Fe, NM

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Special rate for Flaviar members on Distillery tours and tastings at $15

+ 15% discount on purchases

+ 15% discount on the monthly masterclasses (How to make whiskey, cocktail masterclasses etc)

Starward Distillery, Melbourne, Australia

Flaviar member benefits:

+ 20% off Distillery tours and masterclasses including private tours for Flaviar members

+ 10% off bottle purchases excl limited releases

+ 20% off food drink purchased at the distillery bar

Westward Whiskey Distillery, Portland, OR

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary Tour Tasting Experience for Flaviar members plus one guest

+ 20% industry discount on all flights and in-store experiences at the distillery tasting room

Wolfburn Distillery, Thurso, Scotland

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary distillery tour for Flaviar members

+ 10% industry discount on merchandise in the distillery shop

ABOUT FLAVIAR:

Founded in 2012, Flaviar is the world’s largest premium spirits club, with operations in the US and Europe. Flaviar offers a better way to experience fine spirits.

Flaviar members enjoy a full suite of benefits including quarterly tasting boxes and full-size bottles sent directly to their home, invitations to exclusive spirits events, access to rare and original spirits available only to members, free shipping, over 200K member reviews and more.

Flaviar is here to help more people try more new things more often.

Flaviar membership is $300 per year, or $95 a quarter.

For more information visit www.flaviar.com

You’ve got to try this!

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/09/flaviar-announces-distillery-tour-program-for-members-whiskey-news/

Flaviar announces Distillery Tour program for members – Whiskey News

Flaviar announces Distillery Tour program for members

Flaviar announces the launch of its Flaviar Distillery Tour program, which allows members special privileges at top distilleries around the world.

Flaviar, a spirits club designed to help people try more new things more often, has teamed up with over 25 distilleries to kick start the program.

Flaviar members will be able to access an array of special perks and privileges, from complimentary distillery tours and tastings, free distillery swag to meet and greets with master distillers, exclusive access to special drams, and industry discounts on distillery shop produce.

Each distillery chosen to be part of the program has a story to tell and some delicious drams to share including small batch whiskey, Cognac, rum, vodka, gin and liqueurs. From award-winning, family operations; to grain to glass, hyper local distilleries; organic and even kosher operations, all the distilleries involved have one thing in common ‘quality’ at the heart.

Jugoslav Petkovic, co-founder of Flaviar, comments: “There is literally nothing better for understanding a spirit than to visit the place where it is made and to speak to the people pouring their heart and soul into the glass.

“We’ve hand picked some of our favorite producers that will extend special industry privileges to our members and give them more access and opportunity to explore their palates and have a great time.

“There has been a huge increase in visitors to distilleries, in Kentucky alone there have been 1.4m visitors in 2018, which has a huge impact on the local economy. The Flaviar Distillery Tour program is a win-win for everyone, our members get access to a great experience and independent brands are able to reach a highly engaged, spirits enthusiast audience that drive distillery door sales.”

For details of the full line up and how to take advantage of any offers, please visit:

www.flaviar.com/distillery-tours

Flaviar Distillery Tours program distillery partners:

ADCo Distillery, Albany, NY

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary distillery tour tasting for Flaviar members and a guest

+ 10% discount on all merchandise and products from the distillery shop

Alamo Distillery, San Antonio, TX

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary distillery tour tasting (including any limited edition spirits available at the time) for Flaviar members and a guest

+ Free glass

+ 10% discount on all merchandise

Balcones Distillery, Waco, TX

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary general admission tour for Flaviar members and a guest OR a free tasting flight at the bar

+ A free Glencairn Tasting glass + Balcones sticker

+ $10 off a bottle of their choice

+ 25% off all other merchandise

+ Opportunity to meet and greet with Head Distiller Jared Himstedt (subject to availability)

Breckenridge Distillery, Breckenridge, CO

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary high-end whisky flight on a distillery tour (distillery tours are already complimentary) for Flaviar members

+ Every quarter, members can access spirit tastings not available to the general public i.e. Powder Hound, Single Barrel, Dark Arts etc.

+ $5 off all bottles

+ Once a year, members can enjoy one Dark Arts tasting at the restaurant accompanied by a tasty charcuterie plate

The Copper Fox Distillery, Sperryville, VA

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary VIP tour with a whiskey flight and a hands on floor malting experience for Flaviar members and one guest

+ An opportunity for a hands on floor malting experience

+ 15% off retail merchandise with any spirit purchase

The Copper Fox Distillery, Williamsburg, VA

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary VIP tour with a whiskey flight and a hands on floor malting experience for Flaviar members and one guest

+ An opportunity for a hands on floor malting experience

+ 15% off retail merchandise with any spirit purchase

Coppersea Distillery, New Paltz, NY

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary Coppersea Distillery tour and 3-flight tasting experience for Flaviar members and one guest
+ 10% industry discount on other drinks, bottles, and merchandise

Cotswolds Distillery, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire – United Kingdom

Flaviar member benefits:

+ 50% off a distillery tour and tasting for two people (£15, normally £30) for Flaviar members

De Molenberg Distillery, Blaasveld, Belgium

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary tour and tasting of the distillery and brewery for Flaviar members and one guest, free shuttle between the distillery and brewery

+ Free gift from De Molenberg

FEW Distillery, Evanston, IL

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary General Admission for Flaviar members and one guest FEW Spirits’ Distillery Tour Tasting

+ Free gift from FEW Spirits

Hali’maile Distillery, Makawao, HI 

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Discounted tour and tasting for $10

Hardy Distillery, Cognac, France

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary distillery tour for Flaviar members

+ Industry discount on purchases at the distillery shop

John Distilleries Distillery, Karnataka, India 

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Special Flaviar Distillery tour and tastings packages

+ Opportunity to meet the Master Distiller (based on his availability)

+ Exclusive access to the distillery’s Underground Cask Cellar

+ Tasting of the Wort, Distiller’s Beer and New Make Spirit

Kentucky Peerless Distillery, Louisville, KY

Flaviar member benefits:
+ Discounted distillery tour culminating in a tasting of four whiskies at the exclusive speakeasy at Kentucky Peerless Distillery for $15 per person.

Kilchoman Distillery, Islay, Scotland

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Flaviar members receive a 25% discount on the Ultimate Tour

+ Opportunity to meet and greet Anthony Wills, the founder, owner and master distiller of Kilchoman

Kings County Distillery, Brooklyn, NY 

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary tour and tasting including four whiskies for Flaviar members

KOVAL Distillery, Chicago, IL

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary tour tasting passes for Flaviar members and a guest

+ Free VIP swag bag for Flaviar members full of with KOVAL goodies

+ 25% off KOVAL products

Limestone Branch Distillery, Lebanon, KY

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary distillery tour with a cocktail for Flaviar members

+ Meet and greet with the distiller

+ Free glass and a t-shirt or hat

New Holland Brewing Distillery, MI

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary tour of the brewery and distillery for Flaviar members

+ Tasting guided by the New Holland Distiller

NY Distilling Co. Brooklyn, NY

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary tour tasting for Flaviar members

OOLA Distillery, Seattle, WA

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary VIP tour tasting for Flaviar members led by OOLA founder/owner

+ Free OOLA swag bag

+ 25% discount on all cocktail classes, whiskey workshops and events at OOLA distillery

+ 25% off a 3-5L exclusive barrel aged cocktail for events

Sagamore Spirit Distillery, Baltimore, MD

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary Sagamore Spirit Distillery Tours and Tasting, including four whiskey samples for Flaviar members and a guest

Santa Fe Spirits Distillery, Santa Fe, NM

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Special rate for Flaviar members on Distillery tours and tastings at $15

+ 15% discount on purchases

+ 15% discount on the monthly masterclasses (How to make whiskey, cocktail masterclasses etc)

Starward Distillery, Melbourne, Australia

Flaviar member benefits:

+ 20% off Distillery tours and masterclasses including private tours for Flaviar members

+ 10% off bottle purchases excl limited releases

+ 20% off food drink purchased at the distillery bar

Westward Whiskey Distillery, Portland, OR

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary Tour Tasting Experience for Flaviar members plus one guest

+ 20% industry discount on all flights and in-store experiences at the distillery tasting room

Wolfburn Distillery, Thurso, Scotland

Flaviar member benefits:

+ Complimentary distillery tour for Flaviar members

+ 10% industry discount on merchandise in the distillery shop

ABOUT FLAVIAR:

Founded in 2012, Flaviar is the world’s largest premium spirits club, with operations in the US and Europe. Flaviar offers a better way to experience fine spirits.

Flaviar members enjoy a full suite of benefits including quarterly tasting boxes and full-size bottles sent directly to their home, invitations to exclusive spirits events, access to rare and original spirits available only to members, free shipping, over 200K member reviews and more.

Flaviar is here to help more people try more new things more often.

Flaviar membership is $300 per year, or $95 a quarter.

For more information visit www.flaviar.com

You’ve got to try this!

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/09/flaviar-announces-distillery-tour-program-for-members-whiskey-news/

25 Years Old Limited Edition Joins Douglas Laing’s Timorous Beastie Highland Malt Family – Scotch Whisky News

25 Years Old Limited Edition Joins Douglas Laing’s Timorous Beastie Highland Malt Family

Douglas Laing Co – the award-winning, family-owned Scotch Whisky firm – today announces a new Limited Edition bottling of its Timorous Beastie Highland Malt.

Timorous Beastie 25 Years Old is a rare release of only 1,600 bottles at 46.8% alcohol strength and proudly offered without colouring or chill-filtration. Having been matured predominantly in ex-Bourbon barrels, the Whisky carries a buttery, honey style alongside marmalade, ginger and damp oak. Timorous Beastie 25 Years Old will be available via specialist spirits retailers at an expected retail price of £150.

Timorous Beastie 25 Years Old joins the special release 18 Years Old which is also bottled at 46.8% alcohol strength and available via specialist spirits retailers at a retail price of circa £90.

Cara Laing, Director of Whisky at Douglas Laing Co, said: “Timorous Beastie 25 Years Old is a beautifully balanced marriage of Single Malts distilled in the Scottish Highlands. It’s a perfect illustration as to how rich Highland Malts mellow as they mature whilst developing a wonderful complexity. This expression carries the trademark Timorous Beastie vanilla and honey style – as a result of being matured predominantly in ex-Bourbon casks – as well as an orange tang and sweet spiciness. Perfect for Autumn evenings!” 

ABOUT DOUGLAS LAING:

www.douglaslaing.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dltimorousbeastie

Twitter: @remarkablemalts

Instagram: @remarkable_malts

Douglas Laing Co. is a leading independent Scotch Whisky blender and bottler specialising in the selection and release of Single Cask Single and Small Batch Malt Scotch Whiskies.

The company was founded by Fred Douglas Laing in 1948 and is still owned and run by the Laing family – Fred Laing Jr and his daughter Cara Laing.

The company philosophy is to bottle the way the distiller intended – at a high strength and without chill filtration to preserve the robust and unique character of the Whisky. Douglas Laing’s industry reputation and many awards is testament to this ethos.

Douglas Laing’s Remarkable Regional Malts, the Ultimate Distillation of Scotland’s Malt Whisky Regions, encompasses The Epicurean Lowland Malt Scotch Whisky, Timorous Beastie (Highlands), Scallywag (Speyside), The Gauldrons (Campbeltown), Rock Island (Islands) and Big Peat (Islay). Beyond its Blended Malts expertise, the award-winning Douglas Laing portfolio also includes Old Particular Single Casks, XOP, Premier Barrel and Provenance, collectively known as the firm’s “Exceptional Single Casks”.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/09/25-years-old-limited-edition-joins-douglas-laings-timorous-beastie-highland-malt-family-scotch-whisky-news/

25 Years Old Limited Edition Joins Douglas Laing’s Timorous Beastie Highland Malt Family – Scotch Whisky News

25 Years Old Limited Edition Joins Douglas Laing’s Timorous Beastie Highland Malt Family

Douglas Laing Co – the award-winning, family-owned Scotch Whisky firm – today announces a new Limited Edition bottling of its Timorous Beastie Highland Malt.

Timorous Beastie 25 Years Old is a rare release of only 1,600 bottles at 46.8% alcohol strength and proudly offered without colouring or chill-filtration. Having been matured predominantly in ex-Bourbon barrels, the Whisky carries a buttery, honey style alongside marmalade, ginger and damp oak. Timorous Beastie 25 Years Old will be available via specialist spirits retailers at an expected retail price of £150.

Timorous Beastie 25 Years Old joins the special release 18 Years Old which is also bottled at 46.8% alcohol strength and available via specialist spirits retailers at a retail price of circa £90.

Cara Laing, Director of Whisky at Douglas Laing Co, said: “Timorous Beastie 25 Years Old is a beautifully balanced marriage of Single Malts distilled in the Scottish Highlands. It’s a perfect illustration as to how rich Highland Malts mellow as they mature whilst developing a wonderful complexity. This expression carries the trademark Timorous Beastie vanilla and honey style – as a result of being matured predominantly in ex-Bourbon casks – as well as an orange tang and sweet spiciness. Perfect for Autumn evenings!” 

ABOUT DOUGLAS LAING:

www.douglaslaing.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dltimorousbeastie

Twitter: @remarkablemalts

Instagram: @remarkable_malts

Douglas Laing Co. is a leading independent Scotch Whisky blender and bottler specialising in the selection and release of Single Cask Single and Small Batch Malt Scotch Whiskies.

The company was founded by Fred Douglas Laing in 1948 and is still owned and run by the Laing family – Fred Laing Jr and his daughter Cara Laing.

The company philosophy is to bottle the way the distiller intended – at a high strength and without chill filtration to preserve the robust and unique character of the Whisky. Douglas Laing’s industry reputation and many awards is testament to this ethos.

Douglas Laing’s Remarkable Regional Malts, the Ultimate Distillation of Scotland’s Malt Whisky Regions, encompasses The Epicurean Lowland Malt Scotch Whisky, Timorous Beastie (Highlands), Scallywag (Speyside), The Gauldrons (Campbeltown), Rock Island (Islands) and Big Peat (Islay). Beyond its Blended Malts expertise, the award-winning Douglas Laing portfolio also includes Old Particular Single Casks, XOP, Premier Barrel and Provenance, collectively known as the firm’s “Exceptional Single Casks”.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/09/25-years-old-limited-edition-joins-douglas-laings-timorous-beastie-highland-malt-family-scotch-whisky-news/

Bowmore & Glen Garioch Tasting at The Whisky Shop #SFO Saturday, October 5th, 2019 – Scotch Whisky News

Saturday, October 5th 2-5PM: 

Scotch Tasting: 

Bowmore Glen Garioch 

Try Islay and Highland scotches at this expert presented “Single Malt Saturday” tasting, featuring legendary distilleries Bowmore and Glengarioch. We’ll have a variety of rare and award-winning single malts to try from 2-5PM, with pourlist details to be revealed as event approaches.

RSVP to keep up to date!

Click Here to RSVP

Complete your Collection

We’re having a massive sale on ‘Game of Thrones’ branded whiskies, with most 50% to 75% off their original sale price! Even if you’re not a series fan, you can get Lagavulin, Talisker, Clynelish, and more single malt scotches at a fraction of the price during this sale.

Click Here for the Game of Thrones Single Malt Sale

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/09/bowmore-glen-garioch-tasting-at-the-whisky-shop-sfo-saturday-october-5th-2019-scotch-whisky-news/

Aerolite Lyndsay 10 Years

Atom Brands (who own Boutique-y Whisky and Master of Malt) launched a new brand called The Character of Islay Whisky Company, which will focus on Islay whisky.

The first release is Aerolite Lyndsay, an anagram of the words ten year old Islay. It is a 10 year old single malt, distilled at an undisclosed distillery. The whisky is a mixture of 70% bourbon barrels, 25% Spanish oak sherry quarter casks and 5% ‘mystery’ casks.

 

 

Aerolyte Lyndsay 10 Year OldAerolyte Lyndsay 10 Year OldAerolite Lyndsay 10 yo (46%, The Character of Islay Whisky Co 2019)

Nose: very coastal, with a chalky minerality and iodine, as well as hints of gherkins. Fresh lemons and sour apple juice. Bicycle inner tubes. Notes of sweet paprika powder. Hints of tequila as well. Uncomplicated but quintessential Islay. Mouth: very forthcoming again, with medicinal and coastal notes on the one hand (tar, bandages, mercurochrome, as well as kippers and brine) and a light lemon sweetness to balance it. Grapefruits, almond oil, olive juice. Hints of gravel and chalk. Finish: medium, fairly dry and ashy. Some minty oak.

Aerolite Lyndsay focuses on heavy coastal notes and briney smoke, mostly shaped by the bourbon wood. Nothing exceptional but a perfect everyday Islay dram. At around € 50, good value for money. Available from Master of Malt, later from other retailers as well.

Score: 85/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/undisclosed/aerolite-lyndsay-10-years/

Aerolyte Lyndsay 10 Years

Atom Brands (who own Boutique-y Whisky and Master of Malt) launched a new brand called The Character of Islay Whisky Company, which will focus on Islay whisky.

The first release is Aerolite Lyndsay, an anagram of the words ten year old Islay. It is a 10 year old single malt, distilled at an undisclosed distillery. The whisky is a mixture of 70% bourbon barrels, 25% Spanish oak sherry quarter casks and 5% ‘mystery’ casks.

 

 

Aerolyte Lyndsay 10 Year OldAerolyte Lyndsay 10 Year OldAerolyte Lyndsay 10 yo (46%, The Character of Islay Whisky Co 2019)

Nose: very coastal, with a chalky minerality and iodine, as well as hints of gherkins. Fresh lemons and sour apple juice. Bicycle inner tubes. Notes of sweet paprika powder. Hints of tequila as well. Uncomplicated but quintessential Islay. Mouth: very forthcoming again, with medicinal and coastal notes on the one hand (tar, bandages, mercurochrome, as well as kippers and brine) and a light lemon sweetness to balance it. Grapefruits, almond oil, olive juice. Hints of gravel and chalk. Finish: medium, fairly dry and ashy. Some minty oak.

Aerolyte Lyndsay focuses on heavy coastal notes and briney smoke, mostly shaped by the bourbon wood. Nothing exceptional but a perfect everyday Islay dram. At around € 50, good value for money. Available from Master of Malt, later from other retailers as well.

Score: 85/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/undisclosed/aerolyte-lyndsay-10-years/

The Jura Seven Wood Experience

Jura is een prachtig eiland aan de westkust van Schotland, gescheiden van zijn beroemde buur Islay door de zeestraat Sound of Islay. Er is op Jura slechts 1 dorp – Craighouse – met 1 pub en ocharme 200 eilandbewoners. In 1810 bouwde Archibald Campbell daar de Small Isles Distillery. Rond 1875 werd de distilleerderij overgenomen door James Ferguson, maar rond de eeuwwisseling sloot hij definitief de deuren.

Pas in 1960 besloten Robin Fletcher en Tony Riley-Smith om ze herop te bouwen en herdoopte ze Isle of Jura Distillery. De productie startte in 1963, wat dus relatief jong is. Terwijl het overgrote deel verdwijnt in de blends van huidig eigenaar Whyte Mackay uit Glasgow, timmert Jura stevig aan de weg om de single malt een nieuw elan te geven.

Zo kreeg de range een vernieuwde look met expressies als de Journey, 10 Year Old, 12 Year Old, 18 Year old en de Seven Wood. Ik herinner me dat ik even de wenkbrauwen fronste toen ik die laatste fles voor het eerst in handen kreeg. Zeven types hout? Serieus? Kan dat überhaupt goed komen? Is dat niet te veel van het goede? Maar zoals steeds: the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Het is een erg vermakelijke en lekkere Jura geworden. Ik proefde hem voor het eerst in maart 2018.

Fast forward naar 18 september 2019. Niemand minder dan Master Blender Whisky Maker Gregg Glass zakt af naar Antwerpen voor een heuse ‘Seven Wood Experience’. Het fameuze Black Smoke BBQ restaurant in Antwerpen is de plek van afspraak alwaar we zullen vergast worden op de creatieve mogelijkheden: een walking dinner BBQ met verschillende Jura whisky’s, maar ook Jura cocktails, Jura bier pairings… u raadt het al: dit was een uitnodiging die ik niet kon afslaan.

Het decor was alvast perfect, met een geweldig interieur, hippe bar en bijhorende DJ. En onmiddellijk kwamen we ook heel wat bekende gezichten tegen, wat altijd prettig is. De eerste stop die ik maakte was bij de cocktailbar, alwaar ik mij een Seven Wood Old Fashioned bestelde, die meteen bekoorde. Niet alleen prettig om de barman zijn kunstjes te zien opvoeren (en hij deed dat best met stijl, maar Rolando is dan ook een kunstenaar achter zijn bar), maar erg lekker bovendien.

Ondertussen werd het eerste hapje al geserveerd. Cold Smoked Salmon, gerookt op cederhout en geserveerd met de Isle of Jura 12 Year Old. Heerlijk! Voor mij was dat ook meteen het moment om mijn licht op te steken bij Jeroen Van Dijck, de onvolprezen ambassadeur voor Isle of Jura in onze contreien. We weten immers dat hij tevens een groot bierliefhebber is (MEUG, anyone?) en hij had de taak op zich genomen om de single malt van Jura te koppelen aan Belgische bieren. Ik koos in eerste instantie voor de combinatie Isle of Jura 18 Year Old met Duvel. Het was een match made in heaven!

Het tweede hapje vond ik al een pak moeilijker, omwille van de contrasterende smaken. Best uitdagend, die Smoked Goat, een panna cotta van op kersenhout gerookte en in as gerijpte Saint-Maurin geitenkaas met koffiecrumble en een jelly van Jura Seven Wood. Het was niet meteen mijn ding, dus nam ik mijn toevlucht tot de tweede cocktail van de avond om de mond te spoelen. De mixologist van dienst toverde een Black Wood Jura op de toog, een cocktail met de Seven Wood, citroensap, suikersiroop en Pink Elephant rosé bubbles. Verfrissend en de Jura smaakte lekker door.

Het derde hapje was een schot in de roos. De Pulled Pork Bun was om je vingers bij af te likken. Het vlees had 16 uur lang gerookt en werd overgoten met een frisse saus en huisgemaakte guacamole. Hij werd geserveerd met de Isle of Jura 18 Year Old. Tijd om daar een biertje bij te pakken, toch? Dus liep ik snel terug langs Jeroen voor de combo Isle of Jura 12 Year Old en de Liefmans Goudenband. Hoewel het biertje te bitterzoet was naar mijn smaak, zorgde het er wel voor dat mijn hapje én mijn single malt versterkt werden. Dat was ongetwijfeld het opzet.

Gregg Glass, kreeg na een korte introductie door Rens van The Nectar, de microfoon in de handen geduwd. Hij vertelde kort maar krachtig, duidelijk gepassioneerd en met die typische Schotse humor over ‘zijn’ Jura, die hij The Democratic Malt doopte. Hij hield een mooi betoog voor wood management dat onder zijn impuls naar een veel hoger niveau getild werd (dat is mijn assessement, zo onbescheiden was Gregg nu ook weer niet). We kregen dan ook de mogelijkheid om nadien bij hem enkele cask samples te proeven, alsook de new make (die ik fantastisch vond) en de Isle of Jura Journey die Gregg zelf als instapper ziet. Als afsluiter van mijn korte one-to-one met hem, kreeg ik een mooi dram Isle of Jura 21 Year Old Tide aangeboden.

Ondertusssen was het BBQ buffet geopend. Links werden we verwend met Duroc Pork Belly – gerookt en gegrild op appelhout en op smaak gebracht met de Jura 18, waar de Isle of Jura 12 Year Old bij geschonken werd. Als rasechte karnivoor kan ik u vertellen: het wordt niet veel beter dan dit.  Rechts konden we terecht voor een zogenaamde 9 to 1 Texas Style Brisket, een kleine BBQ roadtrip met puntborst op smaak gebracht met enkel peper en zout en heel veel rook. Hij werd tevens geserveerd met een lekker smeuïge puree met Groandal kaas van Van Tricht en ging vergezeld van de Isle of Jura 18 Year Old. Ik beken, ik ben stiekem nog een tweede portie gaan halen, want dit was erg, erg lekker.

Ik zag niets dan blije gezichten en was graag nog wat langer gebleven, maar een vroege start aan de andere kant van het land daags nadien, noopte mij om rond 21u reeds afscheid te nemen. Maar ik had gelukt… Net op dat moment werden de Jura’s Profiterol rondgebracht. Op weg naar buiten griste ik er nog eentje mee. Deze soezen waren gevuld met Dulche Gorgonzola en Isle of Jura Seven Wood en afgewerkt met bittere chocolade. Heerlijk ‘umami’ dessertje en een vreemde twist op de klassieke profiterol.

Wat een leuke ervaring. Het moge duidelijk wezen: Jura is flink aan het inzetten op het merk en organiseert deze events om meer mensen kennis te laten maken met hun single malt. Aan de reacties te zien in de Black Smoke, zijn ze daar wel in geslaagd.

Een groot woord van dank ben ik werderom verschuldigd aan The Nectar voor de uitnodiging. Bedankt dat ik dit mocht meemaken. Een flesje Isle of Jura Seven Wood werd aan de barkast toegevoegd!

May the Malt be with you!

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=4982