Springbank 1992 for The Whisky Kingdom & Duckhammer’s

The Whisky Kingdom is Boris Borissov and Duckhammer’s is Sebastian Jäger. Both were also involved in selecting that wonderful Lagavulin 1997 Select Cask last year and now they’ve bottled a single cask Springbank 1992 matured in bourbon wood.

 

 

Springbank 1992 cask #153b - The Whisky Kingdom  Duckhammer'sSpringbank 1992 cask #153b - The Whisky Kingdom  Duckhammer'sSpringbank 26 yo 1992
(47,7%, Whiskybroker for The Whisky Kingdom Duckhammer’s 2019, bourbon cask #153b, 111 btl.)

Nose: nicely waxy, with plenty of limestone, a bit of chalk and dusty warehouse smells. Fruity touches too (tangerines, apricots, dried pineapple). Fragrant lemon peels, with hints of hand balm and rose petals. Waxed paper. Coconut. Really nice and feminine in a way. Mouth: quite mellow, with chalk, mint and light peppery oak. Also a nice combination of lime, mandarins and a little coconut water. Still this touch of floral, fragrant wood. Vanilla. Not extremely complex. Finish: quite long, warm, with almonds and a touch of peat.

This scented fruitiness is quite spectacular, but it comes slightly at the expense of the more serious Springbank character which is pushed to the background. A special cask. Around € 420, still a few available from The Whisky Kingdom.

Score: 91/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/springbank/springbank-1992-for-the-whisky-kingdom-duckhammers/

There Has Never Been A Better Time For Kilchoman Expressions – Scotch Whisky News

ImpEx Logo

There has never been a better time for Kilchoman expressions.  Not only are the core expressions being honored with more accolades, but the level of depth and age in these Islay titans is a tribute to the innovation this distillery exemplifies.

KILCHOMAN STR CASK

impex

A creation of the late Dr. Jim Swan, STR refers to a specific formula for the Shaving, Toasting and Re-Charring of Red Wine Hogsheads. A total of 43 casks filled in 2012 were selected by Anthony Wills, Kilchoman’s founder and Managing Director, bottled at a strength of 50% abv without chill-filtration or coloring.

The process of shaving, toasting and re-charring has had a huge influence on these casks and the flavors this single malt possesses. Kilchoman released a full maturation Red Wine Cask release in 2016 which took on lots of the big and bold wine flavors.  The STR cask, however, provides a different approach.

The shaving has reduced some of the bolder flavors on the surface of the oak, producing a more subtle red wine influence.  The casks were then toasted and charred over a natural oak fire, fueled exclusively using oak chips from used staves, removing harsh tannins and undelivered flavors as well as breaking down unwanted chemical bonds of lignin, celluloses, and hemicelluloses, replacing these undesirable characteristics with the creation of basic sugars, vanilla, and spice notes.

“The STR cask, created by the late Dr Jim Swan, balances influence from both the new and used oak to create a powerful combination of rich fruit, oak, spice and maritime peat smoke.”
~ Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder and Managing Director

Bottled at 50% ABV     ||     RRP: $119.99

Nose:  Summer fruits with a hearty measure of cinnamon spice, toffee, and gentle peat smoke.

Palate:  Soft caramel at first, with layers of red berries, lemon tart, and earthy peat smoke.

Finish:  Long, with a pronounced spice, honey and caramel notes.

 Impex2

KILCHOMAN LOCH GORM 2018

Bottled at 56.4% ABV     ||     RRP: $174.99

Nose: Floral sweetness, caramel, vanilla, and citrus.

Palate: Balanced and complex with fresh fruit, butterscotch, lemon tart, and cinnamon with hints of soft peat smoke.

Finish: Long and clean with citrus, creme brûlée with waves of Islay peat smoke.

Loch Gorm is the name given to the annually released Sherry cask matured limited edition from Kilchoman. The loch, murky and peaty in color, reflects the dark copper tone of the Sherry matured Loch Gorm release.

As the only expression in the Kilchoman range to be fully matured in Sherry casks, Loch Gorm has always attracted special attention from whisky fans, especially given that just 15,000 bottles will be released and made available around the world.

Over the years the Loch Gorm range of limited edition releases have been evolving, each new edition containing a different combination of casks. This, the 2019 edition, is no different. Twenty oloroso Sherry butts from 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 have been selected for this release, meaning that for the first time Loch Gorm will contain 12 and 13-year-old casks from the Kilchoman warehouses.

Bottled at 46% ABV     ||     RRP: $109.99

Nose: Dried fig, orange peel, sea salt with hints of bacon, oaky spice, cinnamon, and citrus sweetness.

Palate: Stewed plums, morello cherries, dark chocolate with layers of salted caramel, herbaceous heather, honey, and wet ashy peat smoke.

Finish: Cooked apples and pears with babes of all-spice, dark chocolate, and barbecue smoke.

impex3a

IMPEX CASK EVOLUTION
11 Year Old Single Cask

The ImpEx Cask Evolution Series aims to demonstrate the importance of quality casks in the development of a fantastic Scotch whisky.

These single casks are carefully selected by Kilchoman Distillery and are exclusively available in the U.S.  Each cask is specifically chosen to exhibit the diversity of character achieved by using different types of cask to mature Kilchoman single malt.

Matured in a first-fill ex-Bourbon cask for over 11 years, this is the oldest Kilchoman available in the U.S. for general distribution.

“Single cask single malt is the pinnacle of any Scotch whisky.  It is an unadulterated marriage of distillate and cask type.”
~ John Maclellan, Distillery Manager

Please feel free to reach out for more details on the bottlings: office@impexbev.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/07/there-has-never-been-a-better-time-for-kilchoman-expressions-scotch-whisky-news/

There Has Never Been A Better Time For Kilchoman Expressions – Scotch Whisky News

ImpEx Logo

There has never been a better time for Kilchoman expressions.  Not only are the core expressions being honored with more accolades, but the level of depth and age in these Islay titans is a tribute to the innovation this distillery exemplifies.

KILCHOMAN STR CASK

impex

A creation of the late Dr. Jim Swan, STR refers to a specific formula for the Shaving, Toasting and Re-Charring of Red Wine Hogsheads. A total of 43 casks filled in 2012 were selected by Anthony Wills, Kilchoman’s founder and Managing Director, bottled at a strength of 50% abv without chill-filtration or coloring.

The process of shaving, toasting and re-charring has had a huge influence on these casks and the flavors this single malt possesses. Kilchoman released a full maturation Red Wine Cask release in 2016 which took on lots of the big and bold wine flavors.  The STR cask, however, provides a different approach.

The shaving has reduced some of the bolder flavors on the surface of the oak, producing a more subtle red wine influence.  The casks were then toasted and charred over a natural oak fire, fueled exclusively using oak chips from used staves, removing harsh tannins and undelivered flavors as well as breaking down unwanted chemical bonds of lignin, celluloses, and hemicelluloses, replacing these undesirable characteristics with the creation of basic sugars, vanilla, and spice notes.

“The STR cask, created by the late Dr Jim Swan, balances influence from both the new and used oak to create a powerful combination of rich fruit, oak, spice and maritime peat smoke.”
~ Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder and Managing Director

Bottled at 50% ABV     ||     RRP: $119.99

Nose:  Summer fruits with a hearty measure of cinnamon spice, toffee, and gentle peat smoke.

Palate:  Soft caramel at first, with layers of red berries, lemon tart, and earthy peat smoke.

Finish:  Long, with a pronounced spice, honey and caramel notes.

 Impex2

KILCHOMAN LOCH GORM 2018

Bottled at 56.4% ABV     ||     RRP: $174.99

Nose: Floral sweetness, caramel, vanilla, and citrus.

Palate: Balanced and complex with fresh fruit, butterscotch, lemon tart, and cinnamon with hints of soft peat smoke.

Finish: Long and clean with citrus, creme brûlée with waves of Islay peat smoke.

Loch Gorm is the name given to the annually released Sherry cask matured limited edition from Kilchoman. The loch, murky and peaty in color, reflects the dark copper tone of the Sherry matured Loch Gorm release.

As the only expression in the Kilchoman range to be fully matured in Sherry casks, Loch Gorm has always attracted special attention from whisky fans, especially given that just 15,000 bottles will be released and made available around the world.

Over the years the Loch Gorm range of limited edition releases have been evolving, each new edition containing a different combination of casks. This, the 2019 edition, is no different. Twenty oloroso Sherry butts from 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 have been selected for this release, meaning that for the first time Loch Gorm will contain 12 and 13-year-old casks from the Kilchoman warehouses.

Bottled at 46% ABV     ||     RRP: $109.99

Nose: Dried fig, orange peel, sea salt with hints of bacon, oaky spice, cinnamon, and citrus sweetness.

Palate: Stewed plums, morello cherries, dark chocolate with layers of salted caramel, herbaceous heather, honey, and wet ashy peat smoke.

Finish: Cooked apples and pears with babes of all-spice, dark chocolate, and barbecue smoke.

impex3a

IMPEX CASK EVOLUTION
11 Year Old Single Cask

The ImpEx Cask Evolution Series aims to demonstrate the importance of quality casks in the development of a fantastic Scotch whisky.

These single casks are carefully selected by Kilchoman Distillery and are exclusively available in the U.S.  Each cask is specifically chosen to exhibit the diversity of character achieved by using different types of cask to mature Kilchoman single malt.

Matured in a first-fill ex-Bourbon cask for over 11 years, this is the oldest Kilchoman available in the U.S. for general distribution.

“Single cask single malt is the pinnacle of any Scotch whisky.  It is an unadulterated marriage of distillate and cask type.”
~ John Maclellan, Distillery Manager

Please feel free to reach out for more details on the bottlings: office@impexbev.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/07/there-has-never-been-a-better-time-for-kilchoman-expressions-scotch-whisky-news/

Douglas Laing Rocks with Two New Rock Island Releases – Scotch Whisky News

Douglas Laing R

Douglas Laing Rocks with Two New Rock Island Releases

Douglas Laing Co, award-winning Scotch Whisky firm, today announces two new releases under its “Rock Island” brand coupled with a new campaign.

A Limited Edition Rock Island 21 Years Old release is available via specialist spirits retailers at an expected retail price of £89. Just 4,200 bottles have been produced.

Rock Island 10 Years Old, expected to retail at £45, will join the range as a continually available offering, joining fellow Remarkable Regional Malts age statement offerings launched earlier this year; Timorous Beastie 10 Years Old and Scallywag 10 Years Old.

Bringing the Rock Island brand to life, a new campaign is also unveiled today, featuring the headline “A remarkable encapsulation of Scotland’s Whisky islands” and showing the maritime Malt in an elaborate setting. The bespoke illustration highlights the Whisky’s tasting notes of barley, smoke and crashing waves, and will form the basis of a multi-channel Marketing campaign spanning both print and digital advertising, social media and trade collateral. The late summer months will also see Douglas Laing Co host a series of Rock Island seafood-paired dinners in key markets globally, whilst cocktail and food influencers will be recruited to bolster online presence for the brand.

Cara Laing, third generation and Director of Whisky, comments:

“We’re thrilled to celebrate sea-faring Scotch Whisky this summer with our new global brand campaign and two new releases in our Rock Island range – Rock Island 10 Years Old and Limited Edition 21 Years Old. Created by marrying together Single Malts distilled on the Whisky Islands of Islay, Arran, Jura and Orkney, Rock Island and its special edition counterparts genuinely encapsulate the archetypal salty, smoky, peppery warmth that Island Whiskies are famed for, and our new master visual, print and digital advertising alongside events across key markets globally are designed to bring those mouth-watering qualities to life”.

ABOUT DOUGLAS LAING:

www.douglaslaing.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dlrockisland

Twitter: @remarkablemalts

Instagram: @remarkable_malts

Douglas Laing Co. is a leading independent Scotch Whisky company, 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 and Provenance, collectively known as the firm’s “Exceptional Single Casks”.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/07/douglas-laing-rocks-with-two-new-rock-island-releases-scotch-whisky-news/

Douglas Laing Rocks with Two New Rock Island Releases – Scotch Whisky News

Douglas Laing R

Douglas Laing Rocks with Two New Rock Island Releases

Douglas Laing Co, award-winning Scotch Whisky firm, today announces two new releases under its “Rock Island” brand coupled with a new campaign.

A Limited Edition Rock Island 21 Years Old release is available via specialist spirits retailers at an expected retail price of £89. Just 4,200 bottles have been produced.

Rock Island 10 Years Old, expected to retail at £45, will join the range as a continually available offering, joining fellow Remarkable Regional Malts age statement offerings launched earlier this year; Timorous Beastie 10 Years Old and Scallywag 10 Years Old.

Bringing the Rock Island brand to life, a new campaign is also unveiled today, featuring the headline “A remarkable encapsulation of Scotland’s Whisky islands” and showing the maritime Malt in an elaborate setting. The bespoke illustration highlights the Whisky’s tasting notes of barley, smoke and crashing waves, and will form the basis of a multi-channel Marketing campaign spanning both print and digital advertising, social media and trade collateral. The late summer months will also see Douglas Laing Co host a series of Rock Island seafood-paired dinners in key markets globally, whilst cocktail and food influencers will be recruited to bolster online presence for the brand.

Cara Laing, third generation and Director of Whisky, comments:

“We’re thrilled to celebrate sea-faring Scotch Whisky this summer with our new global brand campaign and two new releases in our Rock Island range – Rock Island 10 Years Old and Limited Edition 21 Years Old. Created by marrying together Single Malts distilled on the Whisky Islands of Islay, Arran, Jura and Orkney, Rock Island and its special edition counterparts genuinely encapsulate the archetypal salty, smoky, peppery warmth that Island Whiskies are famed for, and our new master visual, print and digital advertising alongside events across key markets globally are designed to bring those mouth-watering qualities to life”.

ABOUT DOUGLAS LAING:

www.douglaslaing.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dlrockisland

Twitter: @remarkablemalts

Instagram: @remarkable_malts

Douglas Laing Co. is a leading independent Scotch Whisky company, 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 and Provenance, collectively known as the firm’s “Exceptional Single Casks”.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/07/douglas-laing-rocks-with-two-new-rock-island-releases-scotch-whisky-news/

The Whisky Exchange – 20th Anniversary Signatory Exclusives – Happy Birthday to Us! – Scotch Whisky News

TWEaa

20th Anniversary Signatory Exclusives – Happy Birthday to Us!

In April 1999, a single click of a mouse kicked off a new venture for Sukhinder and Rajbir Singh – they registered thewhiskyexchange.com. Now, twenty years later, we’re the world’s largest online specialist spirits retailer and have two London shops, as well as two decades of stories. It’s time to celebrate.

To kick off the birthday festivities, we’ve bottled six single-cask whiskies with our friends at Signatory – who celebrated their 30th last year – to join a tasty range of exclusives that we’ve already released. They’re all available now from our website, and from both our Covent Garden and Great Portland Street shops.

TWE clysig2008v3

Clynelish 2008 10 Year Old – Cask #800139

We kick off the range with something that’s always been on the menu for us over the past twenty years – a single cask of Clynelish. This is about as classic as you can get, with 10 years in a first-fill bourbon cask adding a slab of rich vanilla to the distillery’s fruity character. There’s not as much waxiness as in some, but this is an excellent every-day drinker.

Nose: Rich and dark vanilla pods, freshly scraped, with an almost smokiness lifted by a touch of meadow flower and grass. Creamy sweetness builds, with crème brûlée joined by orange jelly and a grate of lemon zest. Fruity notes develop: apples, pears and gummi chews.

Palate: Soft, sweet and rounded – much lighter than the nose suggests. Cream and orchard fruit leads – apple flan with single cream. Spice builds along with darker notes of milk chocolate, cinnamon and liquorice.

Finish: Baked apples and pears with brown sugar and cinnamon fade slowly to leave liquorice and lemon zest.

Comment: A rich and rounded dram with creamy vanilla balanced by fruit and spice.

Buy now

TWE 2

Clynelish 1995 23 Year Old – Cask #11252

We continue with another old favourite: another Clynelish. This time it’s a 1995 from a refill sherry butt, a style and vintage that we’ve been exploring for a few years, since my first trip to Signatory’s Edradour warehouses – we were introduced to a row of casks hiding in the corner that we’ve been returning to whenever we’ve been able to. This one has more of a sherry kick than some of our previous bottlings, but it still has Clynelish’s fruity, nutty and floral side poking out from behind the rich raisins and cherries.

Nose: Chocolate, raisins and berry jam to start. Sugared almonds and honeysuckle build from behind, with a side of toast, butter and blackcurrant jam. Cinnamon sugar and aniseed notes – the savoury centre of an aniseed without the heat.

Palate: The aniseed leads into a more savoury palate than expected, with leathery sherry balanced against sweet almonds. Fruit cake builds through the middle, dark and rich, with extra glacé cherries. Floral touches sneak in around the edges, followed by dark treacle toffee.

Finish: Long and dark, with savoury liquorice, fruity dark chocolate and barrel char.

Comment: A dark and weighty Clynelish, heavily influenced by the cask. But the distillery character is still there, with floral, nutty and fruity notes breaking through the sherry.

Buy now

TWE 3 glvsig2007v7

Glenlivet 2007 12 Year Old – Cask #900216

Another dram that might look familiar to those who have been following our exclusive Signatory bottlings over the past few years – a heavily-sherried, high-strength Glenlivet, bottled relatively young and packed with flavour. It was matured in a first-fill sherry hogshead and bottled at 64.1%, the lowest strength yet for the series but far from the least punchy.

Nose: Red and orange boiled sweets, with floral notes on top and raisins underneath. The fruit is intense and pulls both to the dark and stewed and the light and fresh: crisp apples and gummi bears face off against raisin jam and orange bitters.

Palate: The dark fruit leads, with rich raisins, sultanas, dates and prunes backed up by big spice: cinnamon fireballs and freshly-grated nutmeg. As that calms, the orchard fruit and gummi bears from the nose are revealed. Liquorice notes develop.

Finish: The liquorice continues, with spiced apple jam spread on toasted black bread.

Comment: Don’t be fooled by the fresh fruit notes – this is a bit of a beast. The intense dark notes are carefully balanced by the light, but it’s still rich and very sherried.

Buy now

TWE 4 gbgsig1995v6

Glenburgie 1995 23 Year Old – Cask #6585

Our first Glenburgie from Signatory, but I suspect not our last. The distillery’s reputation has been rising over the past few years, with both youthful and well-aged releases picking up praise from whisky fans around the world. We went for an older, more elegant whisky to celebrate our birthday, with this 23-year-old bottling zeroing in on the sweet, fruity notes and hints of honey that we’ve been looking for in drams from the distillery.

Nose: Candied peel and Love Heart sweets, floral and fruity with a touch of melon and blossom honey. Grassy notes – both freshly-cut and dried – build, bringing a touch of spice and greenness.

Palate: More fruit, with the peel notes joined by baked apple with sultanas, a sprinkle of brown sugar and a liberal dusting of cinnamon. Roasted bananas and poached pears develop.

Finish: Candied peel returns, with lingering spice and a touch of polished oak.

Comment: An elegant dram that carefully balances fruity notes with the soft spice of careful ageing.

Buy now

TWE 5

Ledaig 2010 8 Year Old – Cask #700389

I really like Ledaig. Since I first discovered smoky whiskies from Tobermory – Ledaig is what they call those drams – more than a decade ago, it’s been among my favourites. Finding that The Whisky Exchange gang were also fans when I started working here was both a delight and a relief. The distillery is well known for making peaty spirit that does very well while still comparatively young, and this 8-year-old whisky shows off the classic balance of big smoke, medicinal notes and seaside tang.

Nose: Damp smoke, sweet leaves and barbecued apples – a rain storm puts out an orchard fire. Leathery notes build with trademark plimsoll and sea spray notes. Hints of smoked bacon slowly build, with flashes of crashing-wave ozone.

Palate: Damp ferns and rock pools, with a touch of cracked-stone minerality and liquorice sweetness. It’s mouthwateringly intense, and as it calms, dark chocolate and lime peel are revealed. Rich earth mingles with sweet peat smoke in the background, with a hint of TCP right at the back.

Finish: Surprisingly soft, but long. Medicinal notes fade to leave chocolate limes and old camp fires.

Comment: Classic Ledaig, balancing smoke and seaside character with chocolate sweetness.

Buy now

TWE 6

Bunnahabhain Staoisha 2014 4 Year Old – Cask #10590

And finally, the whisky that most surprised us when we were choosing what to bottle for this batch of releases – a four-year-old smoky Bunnahabhain. We’d asked to try some Staoisha – the name that Bunnahabhain uses for this particular style of smoky spirit – and had to check the label of the sample bottle several times when we saw its age: it’s obviously youthful, but with so much more depth of character than we expected after four years. Aged in a dechar/rechar hogshead – a used cask where the inside is planed back to reveal fresher oak before being recharred – it has picked up impressive complexity and had its rough edges rubbed off, creating a punchy but easy-drinking, smoky beast.

Nose: Creamy and smoky, with boiled-sweet sweetness balanced by crunchy Granny Smith apples. Bacon-y smoke builds, with candied orange and lemon providing sweet and sour notes. There’s a touch of sea-spray freshness creeping in at the end.

Palate: Soft and smoky, with gentle peat tinged with medicinal notes. Fresh, sharp apples and pears lead to dark liquorice and sweet earth. Mint and menthol develop, with gently-woody spice.

Finish: Mint and menthol fade to leave liquorice and earthy smoke with tarry hints.

Comment: A big hit of smoke and complexity beyond its years – maritime, fruity and tinged with darkness.

Buy now

…and there’s more

This is just the start of our anniversary year. We’ve got loads planned for the upcoming months, with more exclusive releases, as well as competitions, special offers and more. Keep an eye on our 20th anniversary pages – where you can learn more about our history and the key events of the past twenty years, as well as discovering the bottles that have shaped us and the industry – where you’ll find all of our exclusive birthday releases and much more.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/07/the-whisky-exchange-20th-anniversary-signatory-exclusives-happy-birthday-to-us-scotch-whisky-news/

Inver House Distillers reports 2018 sales and profits rise led by growth of single malt brands – Scotch Whisky News

FT IH p2 (003)

Inver House Distillers reports 2018 sales and profits rise led by growth of single malt brands

Inver House Distillers, the Scotch Whisky subsidiary of global drinks business International Beverage Holdings Ltd, has reported a sales increase of 7.4% for the year to September 2018.  This reflects a period of significant growth for its core brands, with sales of Inver House Single Malts growing by over 12% in the year.

This success was led by the company’s flagship single malt Old Pulteney, produced at Pulteney Distillery in Wick, which grew sales by 20%. The company’s super premium Scottish gin Caorunn also reported double digit growth.

The business remains focused on the long term global success of its brands, especially its single malts, with sustained investment in stocks for future sales, marketing and promotion.

The financial results in summary:

  • Turnover at £67.3 million, up by £4.6m (7%) on the prior year.
  • Gross profit margins were up on the prior year at 39% compared to 36.6% in the prior year, with core brands making up a larger percentage of sales.
  • Other operating expenses increased as more monies were invested behind promoting brands.
  • Operating Profit at 13.7% reflects higher margins on sales of single malts.
  • Profit before tax at 10.2% up on the prior year percentage of 9.1%.
  • Caorunn Gin sales continue to grow at double digit.
  • Continued investment in stocks for future brand growth, up 3.5% to £122m.

Martin Leonard, Inver House Distillers Managing Director commented: ‘With trading conditions challenging in many emerging markets, it was encouraging to see sales of our single malts grow significantly in the period. This is the result of having consistently invested in our people, in production at our distilleries, in the quality of our spirits and in their sales and promotion. We also now have the channels in place to grow our brands in markets around the world, so our focus is very much on rolling out some exciting plans and building further success in 2019 and beyond.’ 

2018 key financial information for the Year

International Beverage Holdings Ltd

International Beverage Holdings Ltd is one of the drinks industry’s most dynamic global businesses.  Established in 2006 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Thaibev, the company operates as its international business arm, specialising in the development of premium local spirits for the global market. Its success is built on a strong understanding of local cultures and markets within a worldwide business network. Based in Hong Kong with regional offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, the USA and UK, the company is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of a portfolio of premium brands in over 85 markets. These brands are built on character, craftsmanship and quality, led by a range of award-winning Scotch whiskies and an array of vibrant beers and spirits. These include:

  • Single malt Scotch whiskies Old Pulteney, Balblair, anCnoc and Speyburn
  • Blended Scotch Hankey Bannister
  • Caorunn, Scotland’s leading super premium gin
  • Mekhong, ‘The Spirit of Thailand’ since 1941
  • Chang Beer, Thailand’s iconic beer brand 

Inver House Distillers is a wholly owned subsidiary of International Beverage Holdings Ltd, producing its   Scotch whiskies and gin at five distilleries around Scotland: Pulteney, Speyburn, Knockdhu, Balblair and Balmenach. Inver House is also highly active in the warehousing and blending of Scotch whisky, with warehousing for 500,000 barrels and state of the art blending and laboratory facilities at its headquarters in Airdrie. The business has won many prestigious accolades over the years, including the Icons of Whisky Distiller of the Year Award for Scotland (2017).

www.interbevgroup.com

Focus brands

Old Pulteney, ‘The Maritime Malt’, is crafted in the windswept coastal town of Wick at Pulteney Distillery – established in 1826 and one of the most northerly on the Scottish mainland. ‘Pulteneytown’ once housed 7000 fishermen during Wick’s famous herring boom, and Old Pulteney is the embodiment of this place, its people and its remarkable history. Crafted using the most time-honoured techniques, Old Pulteney recently launched a new core range featuring flagship 12 Years Old, Huddart, 15 and 18 Years Old. www.oldpulteney.com

Speyburn Distillery was established in 1897 by John Hopkins at Rothes in the heart of Speyside. The beautiful natural environment of this location, combined with traditional methods of production and a quest for innovation, produce a whisky that symbolises all that is special about the great Speyside region. Speyburn currently has three core expressions – Bradan Orach, 10, 15 and 18 Years Old. www.speyburn.com

Balblair Distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in the Scottish Highlands, built in 1790.  Its location on the Dornoch Firth is intrinsically linked to the whisky its self, with its water source coming from the nearby Allt Dearg burn. Balblair currently has four core expressions – 12, 15, 18 and 25 Years Old www.balblair.com

anCnoc is produced at Knockdhu Distillery, built in 1894 and one of the smallest and most enchanting in the Scottish Highlands. It is renowned by malt enthusiasts worldwide for bringing a contemporary twist to the traditions of fine malt whisky, producing a single malt that is accessible and versatile for all occasions.  anCnoc currently has four core expressions – 12, 18, 24 and Peatheart www.ancnoc.com

Caorunn was launched in 2009 at the forefront of the Scottish gin boom. Despite becoming one of the world’s most in demand super premium gins, Gin Master Simon Buley has never wavered from Caorunn’s handcrafted, small batch production process at the near-200 year old Balmenach Distillery in the Scottish Highlands. This includes using locally foraged wild Highland botanicals and vaporising through the distillery’s vintage Copper Berry Chamber. This year the brand launched Caorunn Raspberry and Highland Strength which now join the travel retail exclusive Gin Master’s Cut and flagship ‘core’ product to complete the current collection of four expressions. www.caorunngin.com

Hankey Bannister is crafted from a blend of fine single malts from the five Inver House distilleries, producing a smooth and distinctive blend that is true to the original recipe of its historic founders – the flamboyant Mr Beaumont Hankey and his astute business partner, Mr Hugh Bannister. The whiskies of these eighteenth century pioneers were awarded royal warrants under King George V and Edward VII and were enjoyed by the likes of Winston Churchill and the Prince Regent William IV. Hankey Bannister currently has three core expressions – Original Heritage and 12 Year Old Regency www.hankeybannister.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/07/inver-house-distillers-reports-2018-sales-and-profits-rise-led-by-growth-of-single-malt-brands-scotch-whisky-news/

ralfy review 783 – Glen Scotia Peated (2003) @ 51.3%vol – Scotch Whisky News

ralfy-crown

ralfy.com tastes Campbeltown malt fest 2019

https://youtu.be/xL4Ixtj6mbA

If you like my content you can buy ralfy a ‘wee dram’ at https://www.patreon.com/ralfy, thanks !

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/07/ralfy-review-783-glen-scotia-peated-2003-51-3vol-scotch-whisky-news/

Mulberry Bank Auctions Whisky Cask Sale July 24th, 2019 – Scotch Whisky News

MBA

The next few weeks will be busy with our upcoming Whisky Cask Sale and its associating Tasting Event so here are some early highlights from the sale to mull over.

  1. The oldest Whisky in our sale is a fantastic Single Grain from the silent North of Scotland Distillery in Cambus (between Alloa Tullibody in Clackmannanshire).  Distilled on 29th December 1970 this cask isn’t far away from turning 50 Years of Age and seems to be in brilliant condition with a good RLA of 101.4 litres at 46.3% abv.  A real showstopper of a cask!
  2. In the last sale we had a great cask of Springbank 1999 from a First Fill Sherry Cask, this time it is a Springbank 1999 from a First Fill Bourbon Cask, it is a cask full of golden deliciousness!
  3. If you like it peaty we have a Bowmore beast for you from 1995 in a refill Butt.  With size comes volume and this cask is sitting with a great Regauge litres of alcohol of 152.9 Litres at 55.6% abv.  A truly delicious, smoky chewy treat!

Our catalogue will be online this week or so and physical copies will be available soon after.

The Pre-Sale Tasting Event will take place on 17th July at 7pm in the Trades Hall of Glasgow, Glassford Street in the beautiful Saloon.  Tickets are £50 per person and available by contacting Stewart Smith on 0141 225 8181 or by email: stewarts@mulberrybankauctions.com

More highlights will be released on social media over the next couple of weeks, so watch or updates on our Facebook page or find us on Instagram.

Mulberry Bank Auctions

15 Kelvin Avenue
Hillington Park
Glasgow
G52 4LT

www.mulberrybankauctions.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/07/mulberry-bank-auctions-whisky-cask-sale-july-24th-2019-scotch-whisky-news/

Wemyss Malts add two new Highland malt whiskies to their Family Collection range – Scotch Whisky News

Wemyss Malts Family Collection Flaming Feast pack shot

Wemyss Malts add two new Highland malt whiskies to their Family Collection range

Family run whisky makers Wemyss Malts have released two additional bottlings into its Family Collection range of blended Scotch malt whiskies and have named them ‘Blooming Gorse’ and ‘Flaming Feast’ after the flavours found in each whisky.

Both malt whiskies have been crafted from the family’s private collection of maturing whisky casks which were sourced by Isabella Wemyss and filled under her supervision. Years later, the mature whisky casks were selected by famed whisky writer Charlie Maclean and the Wemyss Malts team only when the spirit and casks had reached absolute balance and harmony, ready for crafting into exceptional blended malt whiskies.

‘Blooming Gorse’ is the third release of the Wemyss Family Collection range. It is a combination of two Highland single malts matured in a total of fifteen 1st fill ex-bourbon barrels and 1st fill ex-bourbon hogsheads. Blooming Gorse is a malty and floral Highland Scotch whisky with the fresh notes of coconut, gorse flowers and vanilla. 6900 bottles have been produced.

‘Flaming Feast’ created as the fourth release of the Wemyss Family Collection range, is a combination of fifteen casks from two smoky single malt distilleries from the east Highlands and west coast, Inner Hebrides. Contrasting sweet and maritime smokes, as well as maturation in either 1st fill bourbon barrels or spicy de-charred and re-charred American oak casks lead to a mouth-watering and complex whisky. The 6000 bottle release of Flaming Feast is noted for a complex mix of sweet and savoury smoke, heather-honey and wood spice.

Each Wemyss Family Collection release focuses on a specific influence that impacts Scotch malt whisky, be it regional, spirit style or cask effect. For these two releases The Wemyss Malts blenders decided to focus on the Highland region for these twin releases, as whisky blender and Wemyss Malts brand manager Steven Shand explains:

 “The brief we set for these blended malts was to really illustrate the diversity of Highland malt whisky and show that there really is no one Highland regional style. Casks selected for the Family Collection are always very well balanced with active oak therefore the recipes were purposely kept simple. We selected casks from only a few single malt varieties for each blend to find complementing flavours that establish depth and complexity once combined and left to marry.”

Both blended malts are bottled non chill-filtered, in their natural colour and are 46% abv. They are presented in screen printed 70cl bottles with a striking charcoal and copper detailed gift carton.

Wemyss Family Collection; Blooming Gorse and Flaming Feast will be available initially  to Wemyss Malts Cask Club members and then in June from selected retailers in the UK, EU and Asian markets with suggested retail prices of £46 and £48 respectively.

Wemyss Malts Family Collection Blooming Gorse Flaming Feast 2 (002)

Notes:

  • Edinburgh based Wemyss Malts is family run company operated by brother and sister William and Isabella Wemyss. The Wemyss family Castle has been home to the family since the 1300s and is featured in the company logo.
  • Blooming Gorse and Flaming Feast join the Wemyss Family Collection range with previous releases being Vanilla Burst and Treacle Chest in 2017. Wemyss Malts craft blended malt whiskies such as The Hive, Spice King and Peat Chimney as well as Batch Strength versions and single cask whiskies.
  • Wemyss blended malts have recently won double gold medals for The Hive and Spice King as well as ‘Best in Class’ for The Hive at The San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The latest release of The Hive, Spice King and Peat Chimney Batch Strength, Batch No.002 all received gold medal wins from the Spirits Business Scotch Whisky Masters.
  • The Wemyss family premium wines and spirits brands also include Lord Elcho blended Scotch whisky and Darnley’s Gin, together with the premium wine estate of Rimauresq Cru Classé in Cotes de Provence.

The family opened a single malt distillery at Kingsbarns, near St. Andrews in Fife and in July 2017 also added Darnley’s Gin distillery to the site. www.kingsbarnsdistillery.com

Wemyss Malts Family Collection Blooming Gorse Flaming Feast 1 (002)

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/07/wemyss-malts-add-two-new-highland-malt-whiskies-to-their-family-collection-range-scotch-whisky-news/