Velvet Fig (Wemyss Malts)

Velvet Fig is the latest NAS release from Wemyss. It’s a limited edition blended malt, matured entirely in Oloroso sherry casks. It’s also the first blended malt from Wemyss to be non-chill-filtered and bottled at 46%.



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Nose: starts just slightly meaty and too caramelly maybe, but it clears up nicely, leaving a thoroughly sherried whisky. Lots of blackberries, forest fruit jam, black cherries, Christmas cake and indeed… dried figs. Sticky toffee. Spicy notes too, mainly cinnamon and clove. Mouth: very thick, sweet and spicy. Lots of caramelized apple, rum-soaked raisins and cherry liqueur. Muscovado. Dates, dried apricots and fig bread. Light pepper and nutmeg. Fruit cake. Hints of glühwein. Some woody notes and walnut skin towards the end. Finish: long, warm, with roasted chestnut and

Given the obvious youngness of the ensemble, this is packed with first-fill sherry cask flavours. A little on the sticky sweet side for me, but a suited dram for the upcoming Christmas season. On its way to stores. Around € 45.

Score: 82/100

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Tamdhu 11 Year Old 2002 ’46’ Malts of Scotland

Dalmore 33 Year Old 1976 Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul zo, november 09, 2014 08:14:51

Distilleerderij: Dalmore
Regio: Schotland (Highlands)
Fles: Dalmore 33 Year Old 1976/2010 Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask, rum finished
cask #6632, 98 bts
Kleur: oud goud
ABV: 50%


Douglas Laing’s
Old Malt Cask-reeks is wereldberoemd. Er zitten heel wat pareltjes tussen
(zoals de lekkerste Auchentoshan die ik ooit proefde, maar dat is een ander
verhaal). Van de Highland distilleerderij Dalmore hebben Fred en zijn team maar
liefst 15 vaten gebotteld, waaronder deze. Dit vat dat een rum finish aan de
Dalmore 1976 gaf, leverde slechts 98 flessen op en is meteen ook de oudste
Dalmore die ze op fles trokken. Hij werd gestookt in december 1976 en gebotteld
in oktober 2010, net geen 34 jaar oud.

Zalig zoete neus met
semoule, nougat en marsepein. Aangenaam gekruid. Mandarijntjes, ananas en
rum-rozijnen Hint van mirabellen, de gele pruimpjes. Dit is heel fruitig,
toegankelijk en bijzonder aangenaam. Ik krijg er het water van in de mond.

Hij streelt de
smaakpapillen, lichtjes olieachtig, maar explodeert dan op de tong in fruit en
kruiden. Geel fruit, voornamelijk, maar ook wat bosbessen, aardbeien en een
hint van kiwi. Dan plots kersen, als in een kersenlikeur. De kruiden spreken
een pak luider dan op de neus. Ik krijg peper, gember, kaneel en wat anijs. Er
zit ook een donker randje aan, als melasse. Dat moet wel van het rumvat zijn.

Lange, kruidige
afdronk. Nu pas wordt de invloed van de rum heel duidelijk.

Zeer aangename
Dalmore, die helaas niet meer te vinden is.


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Diageo Strengthens Its Global Position By The Sale of Bushmills – Irish Whiskey News

Diageo has agreed with Casa Cuervo the acquisition of full global ownership and control of Tequila Don Julio and the early termination of Casa Cuervo’s production and distribution agreement for Smirnoff in Mexico. In return, Diageo has reached an agreement to sell Bushmills to Jose Cuervo Overseas. The transaction will result in a net payment of $408 million to Diageo upon completion, which is expected in early 2015 subject to certain approvals.

The transaction is expected to be economic profit break-even in year 3 assuming a WACC rate of 9%. Assuming completion of the transaction in early calendar 2015 and the use of the net proceeds to reduce debt at Diageo’s average rate of interest, the transaction will dilute eps by 0.6% in the year ending 30 June 2015.

Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive, commented:

‘This transaction delivers two key objectives for us. We have secured our position in the growing super and ultra-premium segments of the tequila category and further strengthened our global footprint by expanding our leading position in Mexico where the growth of spirits has great potential.

Diageo has realised this opportunity through the breadth and depth of our portfolio. It delivers our strategy: to build our presence in the world’s fastest growing markets and lead the industry in the biggest growth opportunities. I am delighted we have reached this agreement.’

Details of the component parts of the transaction are confidential. Smirnoff volume and net sales in Mexico in the year ended 30 June 2014 were 285,000 cases and £9 million respectively. Bushmills volume and net sales in the same period were 800,000 cases and £57 million. Tequila Don Julio had volume and net sales of 590,000 cases and £105 million, of which Diageo accounted for 345,000 cases and £75 million net sales, in the year ended 30 June 2014.


About Diageo

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits, beer and wine categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Buchanan’s, Windsor and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is a global company, and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO). For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource,, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice.

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Deanston 1994 Whiskies of Scotland 55.4% at Single Malts Direct – Scotch Whisky News



Deanston 1994 Whiskies of Scotland 55.4% ABV | 50cl

Our own label “Whiskies of Scotland” Deanston 1994 55.4% picked up the BRONZE award in this year’s Scottish Field Whisky Challenge with an impressive 14.95 points out of 20 in the £40 – £80 price category. Bottled in 2013, this expression of Deanston is arguably the finest I had ever tasted from that particular distillery so decided that it merited entry into this year’s competition.

The Deanston was up against stiff competition too with Glenmorangie’s Companta 46% winning the category Gold with 16.15 points and the Glendronach 18 Year Old 46% taking the silver award with 15.4 points out of 20. All of the nosing and tasting is completely blind so you don’t even know which category a whisky is entered into, which makes it very fair to everyone.

Deanston 1994 55.4% 19 year old:

Official Tasting Note
Nose: Full and sweet, fruit salad, gentle oak notes, vanilla and coconut with hints of sherry. Traces of milky chocolate and cappuccino too. Palate: Rich and spicy, quite full and oily. Rich toffee, caramel, bananas, vanilla and milk chocolate and hints of sherry again.

My Tasting Note On The Day
Light and buttery. Kiwi and passion fruit, round and balanced. A little closed but intensely sweet and sugary with amazing balance and a blanket of honey.

Other Judges Comments
“Fairly shy aromas – honey and waxy lemons – with a sugary sweetness and hints of green apple”. “A powerhouse: lots of well integrated spice and aromatics wrapped in a fruity, gently sherried whisky cask”.

Slainte, Ronnie

Buy Now Price £46.67 ex VAT  £56.00 inc VAT

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Arkansas Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey named


In the 2015 Whisky Bible by Jim Murray 

Little Rock, AR – (September 5, 2014) – Rock Town Distillery is pleased to announce its Arkansas Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey has won the top micro-distillery award in the 2015 edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.

Rock Town’s Arkansas Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey garnered an incredible score of 96.5 placing it in the upper echelon of all the whiskies reviewed in the book and earning the title “2015 US Micro Whisky of the Year”. Mr. Murray said in the review, “Unquestionably one of the great micro distillery bourbons of all time; a bottling which will put Arkansas and Rock Town in particular on the world whisky map.”

“This is an unbelievable accomplishment,” said Phil Brandon, founder and head distiller at Rock Town Distillery. “We are truly honored to have our whisky judged by one of the world’s leading whisky experts, Jim Murray, as the best whisky of all the craft distilleries in the US in this edition.”


Rock Town Distillery produces the award winning Brandon’s Vodka, Brandon’s Gin, Arkansas Bourbon, Arkansas Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey, Arkansas Hickory Smoked Whiskey, Arkansas Rye Whiskey, Arkansas Lightning, and Rock Town Vodka which are distributed in Arkansas, Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi, Oregon, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, DC and Delaware and the United Kingdom.

Rock Town Distillery, Arkansas’ first legal distillery since prohibition, is located in downtown Little Rock at 1216 E 6th Street, Little Rock, AR 72202.  The distillery is open for tours 7 days a week. To find out more please visit


Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible is the world’s leading whisky guide. Each edition contains roughly 4,500 detailed, professionally analyzed and easy to understand tasting notes on the world’s leading and lesser known whiskies.  Visit  for more information.

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Wemyss Malts Launches Limited Edition Velvet Fig Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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Wemyss Malts launches limited edition Velvet Fig whisky

Independent bottler Wemyss Malts is launching a luxurious new limited edition  to complement its award-winning blended malts range. The new ‘Velvet Fig’ comprises specially selected single malts matured wholly in ex Oloroso sherry casks, evoking rich autumn and winter fruits and spices.

Knowing their customers’ passion for whiskies matured in ex Sherry casks, Wemyss Malts has created this no-age statement expression to diversify their existing line-up and is its first blended malt to be non-chill-filtered and bottled at 46% abv. With a limited release of just 6000 bottles globally, it is presented in a gift carton and available in specialist spirits stores at around £40.

Like the rest of the Wemyss Malts blended malts selection, Velvet Fig is named after the whisky’s natural flavours and aromas.  The natural mahogany colour has a depth and richness that comes from the quality sherry casks selected. The generous nose is abundant with rich fruits bound with sweet mead and warm leather. The palate has luscious golden sultanas, soft fig and Medjool dates, spiced with nutmeg and ginger and yielding sweet chestnut and toasted walnuts in the finale.

William Wemyss, Managing Director of Wemyss Malts, commented: “We are thrilled with the new Wemyss Malts Velvet Fig blended malt as it will provide a unique, yet complementary addition to the Wemyss blended malt range.  Velvet Fig is sure to be a favourite with those who have a passion for sherry cask matured whiskies or are looking for the perfect festive whisky.”


  • Edinburgh based Wemyss Malts is owned by the Wemyss family and their family seat is Wemyss Castle in Fife where they’ve lived since the 1300s.
  • Wemyss Malts has an ongoing blended malt whisky range comprising: The Spice King, The Peat Chimney and The Hive; single malt single cask bottlings and blended Scotch range, Lord Elcho.
  • The Wemyss family premium wines and spirits brands also include boutique gin Darnley’s View, together with the premium wine estate of Rimauresq Cru Classé in Cotes de Provence.
  • Recent awards for The Hive 12 years old include: a Double Gold at the San Francisco Wine Spirits Competition 2014 and a World Whisky Award Gold Medal in 2012.
  • The Spice King 12 years old won the Best of the Rest of whisky at the Whisky Shop Dufftown customer choice competition 2014 and a World Whisky Award Gold Medal in 2013.
  • The family is building a single malt distillery at Kingsbarns, near St. Andrews in Fife, which will be open to visitors from 1st December 2014.

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Tomatin Cù Bòcan Sherry Cask

Cù Bòcan is Tomatin’s latest (lightly) peated expression. With the standard Tomatin Cù Bòcan comprising sherry, virgin oak and bourbon casks, this is the first of three upcoming limited editions highlighting the flavours derived from each cask type.

Tomatin Cù Bòcan Sherry Cask is fully matured in first fill sherry butts.


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Nose: a bit confusing at first, with lots of pastry dough and dominant toffee. Moves towards sugary malty notes, surprisingly big vanilla (American oak sherry… of course), candy apple, cinnamon and lots of sweet red plums (PX sherry maybe?). Not an immense dose of peat – the same is true for the amount of sherry. Mouth: sweet and spicy, again no massive peat. Sugared cereals, brown sugar and milk chocolate. Coffee coated Café Noir biscuits. Hints of pineapple cubes. A drier chili / paprika combo as well. Finish: rather short, with the spices and roasted notes keeping strong.

Quite good, it’s a sherry + peat combination that’s totally different from what the Islay distilleries tend to offer. Lighter in a way, much more fruity as well. Very drinkable. Around € 55.

Score: 84/100

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Glen Garioch 1989 (Whisky Agency)

The new releases from The Whisky Agency and the Liquid Sun series were also present at Spirits in the Sky. While the Liquid Sun labels have an astronomy / astrology theme, the TWA labels seem to depict scenes from early hot air balloons and other airships. We’ll start with this Glen Garioch 1989.

Also new from The Whisky Agency: Littlemill 1991, Linkwood 1980 and a fourth one that I don’t remember. The Liquid Sun series includes Littlemill 1988, Glen Spey 1988, Tobermory 1994 and Longmorn 1992.



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Nose: similar to the Glen Garioch 1989 in the Perfect Dram series, which is good news. A ripe fruitiness (stewed apples and melons), with a chalky, mineral side and something in between mint and pine trees. Some waxy notes. Surprisingly sweet and austere at the same time, with traces of Clynelish indeed. Mouth: more austerity now. Chalk, lots of (half burnt) grassy notes and grapefruits. One or two aspiring tablets. Ginger. More medicinal notes and a faint hint of smoke. Pretty raw but a style that’s rarely seen any more. Finish: medium long, grassy, with lemon zest and mineral notes.

Very much in line with the Perfect Dram bottling. Seductive on the nose, rather austere on the palate. Really interesting whisky. It should arrive in stores later this month. Around € 140.

Score: 88/100

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Canada November Outturn – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS November 2014

Give in to the attraction of the wonderful whiskies in November’s Outturn!

For full tasting notes of November’s releases please visit but for now let our brief bottle notes pull you in:

Cask No. 1.176 Zesty ginger lime cooler $185.90
16 years old; refill hogshead; 55.4% Spicy sweet
Initially fresh green saplings, apricots and peaches followed by old-fashioned rose water perfume. The taste neat has flavours of Weetabix cereal, red apples and the freshness of a ‘Zesty Ginger-Lime Cooler.’ With water, preparing a fruit punch and enjoying a minty grapefruit sorbet.

Cask No. 64.53 Retro and kitsch $161.90
12 years old; 1st fill barrel; 57.2% Young spritely
Like stepping back to granny’s home. Kahlua, homemade lemonade and Pledge. Stewed apple and coffee chocolates. Lip tingling clip around the ear with root ginger. Grapefruit with a sugar crust, Jamaica loaf. Grandfather’s old vinyl records and warm leather car seats completed the picture.

Cask No. 39.92 Dessert wine and smoking jacket $231.90
23 years old; refill hogshead; 49.5% Sweet, fruity mellow
To start on the nose, honey-covered toast, chocolate and coconut. To taste, crispy bacon, pancakes and maple syrup. With water, pork chops followed by Eton Mess on the nose. To taste, darkly roasted coffee, ginger cake and brown sugar.

Cask No. 9.82 Breathe in long! $251.90
25 years old; refill butt; 52.1% Old dignified
The aroma is like a meditative walk through a summer garden with the taste of melting chocolate and honey dripping from a wooden spoon. A tiny drop of water adds rich vanilla custard sauce and an overall great balance of sweet and spicy flavours – Soporific!

Cask No. 4.183 Something for everyone $157.90
13 years old; 1st fill barrel; 62.1% Lightly peated
Multi-faceted nose; apple flan, heather honey, Miso soup, briny, smoky, ashy and exotic cedar. The taste is an intriguing balance of sweet and savoury; treacle tart, peanuts and balsamic tahini salad dressing. Water adds maritime notes and in the flavour garlic Indian Naan bread.

Cask No. 93.57 Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of this! $225.90
21 years old; refill sherry butt; 58.3% Oily coastal
The nose provides appeal from sherry-soaked Chrismas cake and balsamic-glazed pears – also toffee, tobacco, burlap and smoke, evocative of old sailing ships. The palate has cinnamon, nutmeg, iced gingerbread, toffee apples, sweet sherry, honey-glazed ribs, vanilla, wood, leather and ash.

Cask No. 127.39 Intensely tasty $156.90
11 years old; refill sherry butt; 66.7% Heavily peated
The nose has tobacco leaf, dried fish, smoke, Germolene antiseptic, soap in a coal scuttle, dark honey, bacon and caraway-flavoured rye bread. The palate suggests sea shells, oily mackerel, treacle, liquorice, Tabasco, toasted sesame seeds with honey and deep-fried Mars Bars. Wowee!

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New Octomore from Bruichladdich – the peatiest whisky of all time – Scotch Whisky News

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New Octomore from Bruichladdich – the peatiest whisky of all time

Bruichladdich may have reduced their myriad number of bottlings in recent years, but they still know how to grab a headline or two. The progressive Hebridean distillers have just unveiled two latest additions to the range, one of which is the most heavily peated whisky of all time.


The first, 2008 Port Charlotte, uses Islay barley from six farms, and is matured in a mixture of US and European oak. The second, Octomore 2009 Edition 06.3, uses barley from Octomore Farm and is cut with Octomore spring water, so they could have called it Octomore³. Its peating level is 258ppm (parts per million) – as a reference point, Laphroaig and Ardbeg usually come in at between 40-60ppm (with the odd exception, like the 100ppm Supernova).

Port Charlotte 2008 Islay Barley, 50%, £54.95

Nose: Subtle smoke at first, then clean, crisp notes of pears and apples, plus grainy cereal. Very elegant and fresh – this has a definite spring in its step.
Palate: Very fruity on the palate, with fresh apple and melon, ably supported by oaty, biscuit notes. Peat is more apparent than on the nose, but is still restrained, and doesn’t dominate. Don’t add water – this dram doesn’t need it, and holds up far better without it.
Finish: Fresh and fruity, with a wisp of smoke and barley adding complexity.
Now on to the big boy. Peating levels can be a touch misleading, as we investigate here, but there’s no getting away from it: at a whopping 258ppm, the 2009 Octomore is the most heavily peated whisky of all time. Proceed with caution.

Octomore 2009 Edition 06.3 Islay Barley, 64%, £145

Nose: Deep breath… I’m expecting a peaty riot, but instead there’s a deliciously rich waft of barley, a touch of Germolene and then an aromatic fruitiness takes hold.
Palate: Big, big flavours! Chewy malt, honeycomb, stewed fruit and fresh cherries. Then sweet spice from the oak (cinnamon and nutmeg), but there’s nothing here that takes away from the vivacity and vibrancy of this whisky – it is bursting with life.
Finish: Layers of peat, fruit, spice and perfume go on and on. Quite something.
Comment: It is staggering that a 64% abv whisky can be drunk without water, but it’s true in this case. In fact, a small drop helps, but just a touch – to drown this dram would be criminal.

I was expecting a blast of peat, sure, but did I expect a whisky of such depth and complexity? No. It’s always good to be pleasantly surprised. It’s also reassuring that the folks at Bruichladdich have ensured that rather than just cranking up the peating levels for its own sake (for peat’s sake? I’ll get my coat), they’ve made a whisky that delivers a swathe of rich flavour, too.

Both of these whiskies are available on The Whisky Exchange website now, and they’re really rather good.

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