AUCHENTOSHAN® ANNOUNCES NEW SAUVIGNON BLANC EXPRESSION – Scotch Whisky News

AUCHENTOSHAN® ANNOUNCES NEW SAUVIGNON BLANC EXPRESSION

The Amazon exclusive will target Urban drinkers with a brand-new addition to the single malt category that’s ‘better shared’

Monday 11th November – Auchentoshan®, the urban malt inspired by the city of Glasgow, has today announced the launch of Auchentoshan Sauvignon Blanc, a new special edition whisky available exclusively on Amazon.

Available to purchase on 15th November (pre-order here), Auchentoshan Sauvignon Blanc is a unique combination of two worlds – the smooth triple distilled taste of Auchentoshan and the unique flavour of Sauvignon blanc casks that gives a fresh, vibrant take on Auchentoshan, setting out to reflect the ever-changing needs of the urban millennial.

The brand new urban malt is matured in ex-bourbon barrels and finished in Sauvignon Blanc Barrique casks, which gives it a distinct, smooth and high-quality taste. Distilled at 47% ABV, the result is a unique single malt that’s ‘best served chilled’ allowing the fresh flavours of citrus and apple to excite the pallete.

The release of Auchentoshan Sauvignon Blanc follows the recent announcement of the brand’s vibrant new look packaging and brand positioning, aiming to reach a new generation of whisky drinker who are looking for a smooth and exciting whisky to be enjoyed together with friends.

Eileen Livingston, Senior Director of Scotch Whisky for Beam Suntory, comments: “Auchentoshan Sauvignon Blanc is a unique innovation that disrupts the category and provides consumers with a drinking experience out of the norm. This enables us to connect with urban millennials who are looking to sample new expressions and shared experiences.”

Ron Welsh, Master Blender for Auchentoshan, says: “We set out to create a never-seen-before whisky on the market. Auchentoshan Sauvignon Blanc was crafted to be enjoyed chilled, allowing us to innovate on the key occasions when the product is shared.”

Auchentoshan Sauvignon Blanc tasting notes are included below:

Ex-Bourbon barrel matured, followed by Sauvignon Blanc Barrique finish

47.0%

Pale Gold

NOSE

Subtle citric notes of white grapefruit with light sweetness of white peaches and green apple, light perfume of eglantine, honeysuckle, Scotch broom and Jasmine.

TASTE

Lightly peppery with zesty notes, green grapes, light acacia honey and lemon curd, vanilla sweetness, lychees and honeydew melon, but also dried grass and hay notes.

FINISH

The finish is hot and peppery with lingering notes of custard apple with a salty mouthfeel.

The limited edition whisky will be available as an e-commerce exclusive on Amazon from 15th November.

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Notes:

Awards for Auchentoshan:

Bartenders’ Brand Awards 2018 | Silver for Auchentoshan Bartenders’ Malt 01

IWSC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan American Oak

IWSC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan Three Wood

IWSC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan 12 Year Old

IWSC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan 18 Year Old

IWSC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan 21 Year Old

IWSC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan Blood Oak

ISC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan Three Wood

ISC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan Blood Oak

ISC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan 12 Year Old

ISC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan 18 Year Old

ISC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan 21 Year Old 

About Auchentoshan®

After 200 years of urban life in Glasgow, living through The Industrial Revolution, Auchentoshan is part of the city and the city is part of Auchentoshan. It is the only Single Malt Scotch Whisky to triple distil every last drop to create its delicate flavour. Smooth, yet gutsy. Approachable yet deep. Auchentoshan is the alternative malt for newcomers and whisky lovers alike.

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/2019/11/auchentoshan-announces-new-sauvignon-blanc-expression-scotch-whisky-news/

Mortlach 26 Year Old Diageo Special Releases 2019

Distilleerderij: Mortlach
Regio: Schotland (Speyside)
Fles: Mortlach 26 Year Old 1993, First Fill PX and Oloroso seasoned, Diageo Special Releases 2019, 13.888 bts
Kleur: mahonie
ABV: 55.3%

Walnotenlikeur

Mortlach – The Beast of Dufftown – heeft een paar lastige jaren achter de rug. Nadat jarenlang enkel de 16-jarige in de Fauna Flora serie beschikbaar was, werd de malt in 2015 plots als luxemerk in de markt gezet met prijzen die ongemeen hoog lagen. Daarbij had het merk zichzelf flink in de voet geschoten en de flessen bleven op het schap staan. Het duurde tot 2018 alvorens de range opnieuw heruitgevonden werd – terug aan ‘normale prijzen’ – maar voor de Special Releases lijkt Diageo toch weer de ‘premium’ kaart te trekken, want hun 26-jarige is de duurste uit de reeks. Ik ben bang dat er van de meer dan dertienduizend flessen weer heel wat verweesd zullen achterblijven…

Oh, my! Dit is wat ik diepe sherry noem. Meubelpoets, rozijnen, vijgen, oude leren boeken, zadeltassen, Ferrero-Rocher rotsjes, walnotenlikeur en orangettes. Daar komt na enkele ogenblikken zelfs iets umami aan te pas. Denk vleesjus.

Het is een bommetje op de tong, hoor. Drogend met flink wat eik, maar donkerzoet tegelijkertijd. Denk pepernoten, kruidnagel, rozijnen en een karrenvracht aan dadels. Iets van munt en origine chocolade. Wow!

De afdronk is bijzonder lang, erg complex en donkerzoet met gekonfijte appelsienschillen op het sterfbed.

De neus is out of this world, maar op smaak net een tikkeltje te droog om een vette 90 te scoren. Dat gezegd zijnde, is het wel een absolute klepper – maar zoals gezegd helaas ook qua prijs. Reken op 1.700 EUR.

 89/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 07-11-2019
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Talisker 15 Year Old Diageo Special Releases 2019

Distilleerderij: Talisker
Regio: Schotland (Islands)
Fles: Talisker 15 Year Old, Diageo Special Releases 2019, 42.222 bts
Kleur: licht goud
ABV: 57.3%

Talisker Trinity

Dat Talisker razend populair is (en terecht) is ook te merken aan de oplage van deze Special Release. Enkel Lagavulin doet meer. Na de 30-jarige uit 2014 en de (geweldige) 8-jarige van vorig jaar, komt Talisker nu opzetten met een 15-jarige. In het thema ‘Rare by Nature’ blijvend, kreeg ook deze fles een erg apart label. Ik vind het mooi. Hopelijk is de malt dat ook.

Hopla, de Talisker Trinity tekent present vanaf het moment dat ik mijn neus in het glas steek. Peper, turf en zilt. Ik krijg een vissersboot en zeewier, een warm zandstrand, zeezout en vermolmd hout. Hint van perzik en citroen. Heerlijk.

Hmmm, verrassend rijk en zoet. Zelfs een tikkeltje romig. Appelmoes, peper en zout en een karrenvracht aan gezouten karamel. Drogend naar het einde toe. Op en top Talisker die me erg doet denken aan de 57° North.

De finish is lekker lang, drogend op toffee en limoen.

Wederom een schot in de roos van deze oudste distilleerderij op Skye. Ik ga me nog een fles bestellen.

 86/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 07-11-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5195

Spirits in the Sky 2019

I attended Spirits in the Sky last weeke-end and while I don’t go to whisky festvals as much as I once did, it’s safe to say this is still the best place to experience the Belgian whisky scene and stay up-to-date about the new releases.

 

Spirits in the Sky highlights

Spirits in the Sky highlights

I’ll start with very quick impressions of a few new and upcoming releases – this is probably what people are mostly looking for. Mind that these are just casual tasting impressions…

 

  • Undisclosed Speyside 27 yo 1992 (46.2%, Infrequent Flyers, barrel #4406044)
    A great new release in the second batch from Alistair Walker. A generous fruit salad with honey, in the style of Glenlivet, BenRiach or something similar. The Glen Elgin 2006 and Linkwood 2010 were also good.
  • Kilkerran 15 Years Fino Cask (52.1%, single cask for Belgium)
    A bit hyped, but it doesn’t really live up to expectations.
  • Springbank 10 Years ‘Local Barley’ (56.2%, 2019 release)
    From the same vintage and barley farms as last year, with a similar outcome. Really characterful whisky but earlier editions had more depth.
  • BenRiach 33 yo 1985 (48.1%, peated / virgin oak hogshead #7214)
    Really good: a mix of tropical fruits, balanced peat and oak spice. Quite a unique profile, executed perfectly. Too bad it’s so expensive.
  • Tamnavulin ‘Vintages Collection’ 2000 (45%, OB 2019)
    From a brief five week period in which they were distilling between 1995 and 2007. Rather bland. Barley and caramel, little more I’m afraid.
  • Highland Park 10 yo 2008 (59.8%, refill hogshead #7779 for Spirits in the Sky 2019)
    Big, big sherry, perhaps a little over the top for some, and not entirely as clean or fruity as I’d like. Recommended for those who like meaty, full-bodied sherry bottlings though.
  • Highland Park Triskelion (45.1%, OB 2019)
    Also good, striking a much better balance of classic HP notes. Orange peel, subtle peat, gentle sherry notes and oak spice. Three types of casks so a bit for everyone. Pricey though.
  • Glen Elgin 23 yo 1995 (45.7%, Nectar of the Daily Drams 2019)
    What you’d expect from middle-aged Glen Elgin: very fruity with balanced oak spices. Fresh, solid whisky.
  • Ben Nevis 8 yo 2001 (62.6%, Signatory Vintage for The Nectar 2019, cask #148)
    Much younger than the independent Ben Nevis we’re mostly seeing these days, but it’s easy to see this is the same style. Characterful whisky, good value for money.

 

 

Pilar Garcia  Stewart Buchanan

Pilar Garcia  Stewart Buchanan

I also attended a masterclass by Stewart Buchanan (of BenRiach / GlenGlassaugh / GlenDronach) and Pilar García (of Valdespino, a well-known sherry house which recently arrived in Belgium). Their tasting was meant to showcase the interaction of different types of sherry (casks) and their influence on whisky maturation.

 

We started with a very interesting bottling: Glenglassauch ‘Massandra Collection’. Now this is Russian wine in the style of sherry. Stewart confirmed that looking at these casks you can tell they’re not American nor European oak but probably Russian oak, which was relatively common in the Scotch industry until the 1860s or so when sherry casks became popular.

In any case this must have been a very old cask, perhaps over a hundred years and maybe 4th of 5th fill, which are hard to keep in shape.

 

Glenglassaugh 1972 - Massandra CollectionGlenglassaugh 1972 - Massandra CollectionGlenglassaugh 39 yo 1972 ‘Massandra Collection’ (53,3%, OB 2012, sherry cask finish, 328 btl.)

Nose: slightly tropical and overripe fruits. Pineapple, apricots, black bananas. Quite estery, with whiffs of old rum. Some leather and varnished wood. Buttery vanilla cake and a wee salty note. The sherry is subtle of course. Mouth: intense after so many years, with an obvious white pepper note before it bursts into fruity notes. Pear, mango, pineapple, maybe some kiwi. It’s very elegant, with just a light winey touch and subtle vanilla. Finish: long, honeyed and slightly floral, with light woody notes.

A great whisky, powerful and silky smooth at the same time, with a lovely tropical fruitiness and very little cask influence. Perhaps not the best example to showcase what a sherry cask can do, more an advocate for old, almost exhausted wood in a way. Nonetheless wonderful stuff.

Score: 93/100

 

 

BenRiach 1975 cask 7227 - Asta MorrisBenRiach 1975 cask 7227 - Asta MorrisBenRiach 35 yo 1975
(51%, OB for Asta Morris 2011, Oloroso hogshead #7227, 236 btl.)

One we reviewed extensively when it hit the market. All I can say is that it confirmed its reputation.

It has most of the 1976 tropical fruitiness, guava, passion fruits (with a little more weight), great cognac-like notes and subtle oak spice. Wold-class whisky – always a pleasure to try it again!

 

 

 

BenRiach 1977 PX cask 1033BenRiach 1977 PX cask 1033BenRiach 33 yo 1977 (52,2%, OB 2010, single cask #1033, PX sherry finish, 331 btl.)

I also knew this one. We’re suddenly in a whole other sherry territory here, much darker, with some meaty notes. I even detected a certain smoky / diesel-like note now. Also the herbal side (menthol, cough syrup) struck me this time.

Heavy sherry, heavy oak, but in an enjoyble balance. Auction material as well.

 

 

GlenDronach 1990 PX cask 7905GlenDronach 1990 PX cask 7905GlenDronach 28 yo 1990
(51,7%, OB 2019, PX sherry puncheon #7905, 660 btl.)

I reviewed sister cask #7005 but not this one.

Nose: deep, clean, sweet sherry. A lot of oak spice and roasted coffee notes, which makes it rather dry overall, with less raisins and figs than you’d expect. Dark blackberries and treacle underneath. Mouth: dark toffee, gingery notes. Liquorice, pepper and coffee. Plenty of chocolate and Black Forest gateau. Finish: long anc punchy, with wood spice and plums.

Clean and very rich GlenDronach, pretty perfect but slightly on the darker, chocolatey side. A good example of Pedro Ximénez casks indeed. Sold out (of course).

Score: 90/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/whisky-news/spirits-in-the-sky-2019/

Dalwhinnie 30 Year Old Diageo Special Releases 2019

Distilleerderij: Dalwhinnie
Regio: Schotland (Highlands)
Fles: Dalwhinnie 30 Year Old, Hogsheads Butts, Diageo Special Releases 2019
Kleur: goud
ABV: 54.7%

Old School

Hoewel er niet zo heel veel expressies van Dalwhinnie bestaan, is het voor Diageo toch een bestseller en staat hij in de top 15 best verkopend malts ter wereld. We mogen hem voor de derde keer verwelkomen in de Special Releases. In 2012 en 2015 verscheen hij telkens als 25-jarige, maar dit jaar doet Diageo er een schepje bovenop en trakteert ons op een Dalwhinnie van drie decennia oud, de op één na oudste ooit gelanceerd (die eer valt te beurt aan de Dalwhinnie 1966 Cask Strength die in 2002 werd gebotteld).

Leuke neus! Mild maar met een heerlijk streepje woodsmoke. Een uitgeblazen kaars. Mooie aciditeit. Doet even aan zuurtjes (de snoep) denken, maar ook flink wat heide. Wit fruit en leder. Lekker old school.

Romig op smaak, erg mondvullend en stevig gekruid. Grapefruit, kinine, peper, nootmuskaat en een fantastisch zilt randje dat hem een diepgang geeft waar je blij van wordt. Het ABV laat zich gelden, maar water is overbodig.

Die warme peper zet zich mooi door in de lange, waxy finish.

Absoluut indrukwekkende Dalwhinnie. Je moet er wel 500 EUR voor neertellen.

 87/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 07-11-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5191

Bimber Single Malt is available for ordering now from Tyndrum Whisky – English (London) Whisky News

Bimber

First general release bottle available now. Lauded over, fawned over, this it not to be missed. The 1st general release bottling from Bimber Distillery, is available to order from now. This Bimber Small Batch release is the FIRST General Release bottling from them, crafted from a vatting of heavily charred American oak casks laid down in 2016.

The barrels were hand Charred by their own Cooper in London. This deep charring process caramelises the wood sugars and influences the whisky by imparting distinctively sweet, rich, smooth and fruity flavours. Every cask is specially selected, and married together in Bimbers hand-made Vat, before being bottled.

Whisky Maker’s Notes

NOSE: Orchard fruits and spit-roasted pineapple chunks are sweetened with honey, nougat and cookie dough. Oak smoke and wood char float across the nose, whilst cinnamon and pepper spicing offers an enlivening intensity.
PALATE: Red apples and ripe pears sit alongside banana bread and pineapple juice. Caramel, butterscotch sauce and split vanilla pods combine with layered pepper and ginger spicing and a characterful note of charred oak.
FINISH: Enduring wood smoke supports beautifully fading fruits and perfectly balanced oaky dryness.

This new small batch release is limited to 5,000 individually numbered bottles. From Bimber London Distillery

GET IT HERE

 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/bimber-single-malt-is-available-for-ordering-now-from-tyndrum-whisky-english-london-whisky-news/

Cragganmore 12 Year old Diageo Special Releases 2019

Distilleerderij: Cragganmore
Regio: Schotland (Speyside)
Fles: Cragganmore 12 Year Old, Refill American Oak, Diageo Special Releases 2019, 18.000 bts
Kleur: licht goud
ABV: 58.4%

Cragganisker

Cragganmore is Keltisch voor ‘hoge rots’ en de distilleerderij ligt in hartje Speyside, in het dal halverwege tussen Aberlour en Granton-on-Spey. Hoewel erg populair bij de blenders (het is immers een belangrijk ingrediënt van Johnnie Walker Green Label), is hij sinds de lancering van de Classic Malts ook bij het grote publiek bekend, zij het weliswaar enkel als de klassieke 12-jarige. In 2014 maakte hij zijn entree in de Special Releases als 25-jarige. Dit jaar komen ze echter met een specialleke, want deze Cragganmore is… geturfd!

’t Is toch even schrikken op de neus. Want je verwacht natuurlijk geen turf bij Cragganmore. Maar hij verdraagt het goed. Initieel erg zoet – bijna snoeperig – op appels en peren. En dan komen plots heide en turf opzetten, waardoor ik even het idee krijg dat ik aan een glas Ardmore of Ledaig ruik. Of nee, wacht… het neigt eerder naar Talisker. Wat is dat hier allemaal? Maar het is zowel leuk als lekker, dus mij hoor je niet klagen.

Op smaak is de verrassing nog groter. Hij is zoet en zilt tegelijkertijd. Proef dit blind en je zal zweren dat je Talisker drinkt – I kid you not! Opnieuw appels, peren, kruisbessen en kiwibessen! Maar hoe atypsiche deze Cragganmore ook moge weze, lekker is hij alleszins!

In de lange afdronk komt er opnieuw een zoetje opzetten als van karamel of butterscotch.

Voor mij de verrassing van deze reeks. Aanrader!

 86/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 07-11-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5187

Pittyvaich 29 Year Old Diageo Special Releases 2019

Distilleerderij: Pittyvaich
Regio: Schotland (Speyside)
Fles: Pittyvaich 29 Year Old 1989, PX Oloroso seasoned, Diageo Special Releases 2019, 5.568 bts
Kleur: goud
ABV: 55.3%

Gele Potpourri

Ah, Pittyvaich… ik heb een zwak voor deze malt. De distilleerderij was geen lang leven beschoren. Ze werd in 1974 gebouwd door Arthur Bell’s Sons, maar ging in 1993 alweer dicht. De Pittyvaich 12 Year Old in de Fauna Flora reeks was toen amper twee jaar op de markt. Maar in de Special Releases van Diageo kunnen we hem ondertussen al 4 keer terugvinden. Blijkbaar was 1989 een erg druk jaar voor deze Speysider, want we kregen al een 20-jarge in 2009, een 25-jarige in 2015 en vorig jaar nog een 28-jarige waarvan ik mij herinner dat ik hem absoluut geweldig vond. Voor mij was deze release dan stiekem ook degene waar ik persoonlijk het meest naar uitkeek.

Zalige neus op pomelo en yuzu, gele potpourri, bakbanaan en tamme kastanje met een klontje zoete boter. Nog wat gekarameliseerde gember en iets van toffee en heide. Ik ben in de zevende hemel.

Zoetzuur op smaak met een fluweelzachte textuur. Turks Fruit, Christmas cake kruiden, sultanas en gekonfijte gember. Opnieuw dat floraal kantje. Dit staat me echt aan. Nog iets van te lang getrokken fruitthee zonder dat hij echt tannisch wordt. Mooi bittertje. Licht drogend. Prima balans.

De afdronk is bijna lang te noemen, zacht met een beetje gember en citrusfruit op het sterfbed.

Pittyvaich blijft aangenaam verrassen. Ik ben maar wat blij dat ik hier een fles van te pakken kreeg.

 88/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 07-11-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5189

Talisker 15 Year Old (Special Release)

One of the Special Releases 2019 that got me excited was this Talisker 15 Year Old, the first time this is seen as an official release of this age. It’s a 2002 vintage matured in freshly charred American oak hogsheads, bottled at natural strength.

 

 

Talisker 15 Years - Special Releases 2019Talisker 15 Years - Special Releases 2019Talisker 15 yo 2002
(57,3%, OB ‘Special Releases’ 2019, freshly charred American oak hogsheads)

Nose: rather bright and mellow at first, with some banana cake and stewed apples, smoked peach and iodine. A little wax and vanilla. Rather summery and blossomy, but not too soft. Light chilli and cinnamon. Mouth: quite powerful, more of the trademark (green) pepper and ashy smoke now. Apples and cinnamon, raisins, maybe charred pineapple and honey. Salty notes as well, with more iodine and seaweed than I was expecting. Bitter almonds and herbs. Finish: long, with earthy spice, mint and wood smoke.

This starts with a nice mix of fruits and coastal notes on the nose. On the palate it’s quite peppery and again quite coastal. A punchy Talisker, slightly deeper and spicier than most. Available from The Whisky Exchange or Master of Malt among others.

Score: 88/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/talisker/talisker-15-years-special-releases/

SCOTTISH ARTIST BRINGS PALETTE OF BENRIACH TO LIFE ON CANVAS – Scotch Whisky News

SCOTTISH ARTIST BRINGS PALETTE OF BENRIACH TO LIFE ON CANVAS

Single Malt Scotch Whisky BenRiach has teamed up with an award-winning Scottish artist to bring its sensory palette to life through a series of abstract paintings inspired by the Speyside distillery’s landscape, architecture and kaleidoscope of flavour.

Taking inspiration from the distillery’s extensive library of some of the world’s most eclectic casks housed in Warehouse 13, contemporary landscape artist Ellis O’Connor has been commissioned to create a trio of dramatic landscapes influenced by the 3 casks used to make up the BenRiach 10 Year Old. The deconstruction of this expression will create 3 pieces of art that fuse the flavour palette of BenRiach with Ellis’ signature painting style, the collection will be crafted at her studio on the outer Hebridean island of North Uist before being exhibited in Hackney’s underground bar, TT Liquor during Scotch Whisky Weekend in January 2020.

At the event, Ellis will appear in conversation with the BenRiach team discussing where she found inspiration for these commissions. Guests will get the chance to explore the palette of BenRiach for themselves through a ‘painting by tasting notes’ workshop where Ellis will guide them to explore the depths of BenRiach by harnessing their own creativity.

With a particular focus on the casks used to mature the BenRiach Aged 10 Years, O’Connor draws inspiration from the flavours drawn from the Oloroso sherry, bourbon and virgin oak casks which give a perfect balance of fruit, malt and oak. The bourbon cask gives vanilla and orchard fruits, Oloroso sherry gives the sweet creaminess of the malt and virgin oak gives a touch of toasted spice, all in sublime synchronicity. Following its three-cask maturation for over a decade it has been expertly combined by Master Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie to create a smooth, multi-layered flavour experience, thanks to its multiple eclectic casks from around the world.

Ellis, who originally hails from Dundee, studied fine art at Duncan of Jordanstone art school. Since then she has continued her studies, which has led her to travel to remote lands to partake in a number of artists’ residencies. BenRiach decided that Ellis was right for this partnership due to her unique approach to art, connection to an eclectic audience and love for whisky.

Artist Ellis O’Connor said: “Speyside is renowned for its big skies, fast flowing river and of course, whisky, so when the opportunity arose to bring this climatic corner of Scotland to life on canvas on behalf of its most creative distillery, I jumped at the chance.

BenRiach is packed full of innovation, experimental heritage and flavour and I wanted to depict that through the essence of its flagship whisky BenRiach Aged 10 Years and how it speaks to me through the colours and movement on the canvas. Each canvas will have a distinct colour that explores the flavour profile of the single malt and its cask journey.”

BenRiach Distillery Master Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie added:

“At BenRiach we are known for doing things a little differently, always exploring the creative possibilities of our Speyside malt. We have a creative approach to whisky distilling, cask maturation and blending, which Ellis has embraced in her approach to illustrating BenRiach’s eclectic mix of cask types and rich layers of BenRiach Aged 10 Years. Partnering with this talented young Scottish artist is such a wonderful way to bring BenRiach’s flavour journey to life and we can’t wait to see Ellis’ creations on canvas.”

ABOUT THE BENRIACH DISTILLERY:

Founded in 1898, Benriach Distillery has long been the home of an ingenious and artistic approach to whisky distilling and cask maturation. Today, our creative team of whisky makers continue to explore the flavour possibilities of our hand-crafted Speyside award winning Single Malts. BenRiach is an award winning liquid, including the 35 Year Old being named best Scotch Speyside Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards 2019. Additional prestigious awards include double gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition for a number of expressions and category winner at the International Wine Spirit Competition 2019 for BenRiach Aged 35 Years winning Best Single Malt over 26 years old.

BENRIACH. EXPLORING FLAVOUR SINCE 1898. 

ABOUT ELLIS O’CONNOR:

Ellis O’Connor is a contemporary landscape artist from Dundee, Scotland living on the Outer Hebridean Island of North Uist working in the field of painting and drawing. The dynamic energy to be seen in the paintings are Ellis’ response to observed changes in the Scottish landscape. In order to immerse herself in the environment, Ellis makes much of the artwork on site where extreme weather and the elements find their way into the pieces of art. Ellis describes the process of working outdoors in wild weather as almost ‘performative’.

Some of her inspiration from site visits become the basis for larger works on canvas painted back in her studio. Here, Ellis usually works with oil paint, building up the surfaces using natural substances like sand and dried seaweed.

By producing the artwork she hopes it will give people a chance to connect with that landscape and respect nature that is so wild around us, to then cultivate a deeper understanding and inspire others to make a difference.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE BENRIACH DISTILLERY:      

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/scottish-artist-brings-palette-of-benriach-to-life-on-canvas-scotch-whisky-news/