ISLE OF ARRAN UNLEASHES LEGEND OF MACHRIE MOOR WITH NEW EDITIONS – Scotch Whisky News

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ISLE OF ARRAN UNLEASHES LEGEND OF MACHRIE MOOR WITH NEW EDITIONS 

If you are prepared to explore Machrie Moor, you will be delighted with what you discover. 

Though the legend talks of the warrior giant Fingal and his favourite dog, what will actually await you is a stunning expression of the Arran Malt – a delightful drink with a tale to tell. 

Award-winning Scotch whisky producer Isle of Arran Distillers is launching the latest in its Machrie Moor peated whisky collection, which includes the first ever cask strength version of the limited edition Single Malt. 

The Machrie Moor Single Malt first appeared five years ago, inspired by the legend of a warrior giant who tethered his dog to a stone in a mystical peat bog called Machrie Moor which lies on the west coast of the Isle of Arran. 

This September the fifth edition of Machrie Moor – the only peated Arran malt – will be released worldwide, alongside a cask strength edition which has been bottled at 58.4%. Both single malts are limited edition and highly anticipated because of their unique flavour.

Master Distiller James MacTaggart carefully chose the very best Arran peated casks to create these two whiskies to savour. 

MacTaggart said: “When we first created Machrie Moor, we wanted to create a drink which kept the character and taste of Arran that our followers love but included a taste of something different with the peat flourish. 

“We were blown away with the reception our first edition of Machrie Moor received which has inspired us to produce the subsequent editions and now this fifth expression. 

“This year’s edition is particularly special as we are also introducing a cask strength version of the single malt, which we are really excited about and we are confident it will prove popular with whisky fans who want to try a cask strength dram with a difference.” 

Machrie Moor – The Peated Arran Malt – has hints of vanilla, fresh pineapple and citrus, with an extra punch of peat smokiness on the finish. 

The cask strength edition has distinct influence of peat and notes of fresh pineapple and a caramelised bourbon cask vanilla finish. 

Only 12,000 bottles of Machrie Moor Fifth Edition and just 6,000 bottles of the first edition cask strength Machrie Moor will be available when they go on sale on October 6th. 

Euan added: “We were inspired by the legend of warrior giant Fingal tethering his favourite dog Bran to a stone known as Fingal’s Cauldron Seat on Machrie Moor and these peated expressions of the Arran Single Malt perfectly captures the rugged beauty and lore of the landscape of this area of Arran. 

Our followers have come to know and love Machrie Moor over the last five years for its distinctive taste and we are hopeful that whisky lovers will respond just as well to the new cask strength edition which is really something special.” 

The releases will be available to all Arran key markets worldwide including UK, France, Germany, USA, Russia and Japan. 

Machrie Moor – The Peated Arran Malt (46% abv) has an RRP of £41.99 while Machrie Moor Cask Strength Single Malt (58.4%) has an RRP of £49.99. Both are available from www.arranwhisky.com and specialist whisky shops.  

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The Arran Malt – Machrie Moor 5th Edition is released in early October and will be available through Arran’s network of worldwide distributors. These can be found on www.arranwhisky.com/distributors RRP is £41.99 for 70cl. 

The Arran Malt – Machrie Moor Cask Strength is released in early October and will be available through Arran’s network of worldwide distributors, excluding the USA.  Distributors can be found at www.arranwhisky.com/distributors RRP is £59.99 for 70cl. 

For more information visit http://www.arranwhisky.com/ 

Accolades for Isle of Arran Distillery include Winner for: Best New Exporter (2004), Queen’s Award for International Trade (2005), Scottish Distiller of the Year (2007) and Scottish Drinks Producer of the Year (2007.) 

Product awards include: Best Whisky Liqueur (2007), ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 12 Years Under’ for The Arran Malt Amarone Cask Finish (2008) ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 11-15 Years’ for The Arran Malt Sherry Single Cask 1998 (2010) and ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 11-15 Years’ for the Icons of Arran Peacock (2011.) ‘Double Gold Award’ for Arran’s 14 Year Old Single Malt and ‘Gold Award’ for Arran’s 10 Year Old Single Malt at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2012). Double Gold in FiftyBest.com awards (2012). Double Gold Medal for the 12 year-old Cask Strength in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2013). Double Gold for both the 10 year-old and 12 year-old Cask Strength at the China Wine Spirits Best Value Awards (2014).

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/09/isle-of-arran-unleashes-legend-of-machrie-moor-with-new-editions-scotch-whisky-news/

Ledaig 2005 (Whisky Mercenary)

Here is the latest release from The Whisky Mercenary, a Ledaig 2005. His most heavily peated selection so far.

 

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(51,3%, The Whisky Mercenary 2014)

Nose: big, sooty peat. Wet wool. Smoked sardines. A little tar and hints of petrol. A fierce peaty side, but it’s a sweet, buttery kind of peat, which makes it more rounded than some other Ledaigs. A hint of vanilla and pear, even white cherries and prune eau-de-vie. Mouth: creamy mouthfeel, very sweet and very peaty. Pears and melons. Sugared lemon juice and sweetened Lapsang tea. Soot and ashes, but the sweetness is bigger. Candied ginger and sweet liquorice candy. Finish: long, smoky, half sweet, half briny.

A nice Ledaig, surprisingly sweet and drinkable, even though it doesn’t compromise the intense peatiness. Around € 70, available in several Belgian / Dutch stores.

Score: 86/100

Article source: http://www.whiskynotes.be/2014/ledaig/ledaig-2005-whisky-mercenary/

Ledaig 2005 (Whisky Mercenary)

Here is the latest release from The Whisky Mercenary, a Ledaig 2005. His most heavily peated selection so far.

 

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(51,3%, The Whisky Mercenary 2014)

Nose: big, sooty peat. Wet wool. Smoked sardines. A little tar and hints of petrol. A fierce peaty side, but it’s a sweet, buttery kind of peat, which makes it more rounded than some other Ledaigs. A hint of vanilla and pear, even white cherries and prune eau-de-vie. Mouth: creamy mouthfeel, very sweet and very peaty. Pears and melons. Sugared lemon juice and sweetened Lapsang tea. Soot and ashes, but the sweetness is bigger. Candied ginger and sweet liquorice candy. Finish: long, smoky, half sweet, half briny.

A nice Ledaig, surprisingly sweet and drinkable, even though it doesn’t compromise the intense peatiness. Around € 70, available in several Belgian / Dutch stores.

Score: 86/100

Article source: http://www.whiskynotes.be/2014/ledaig/ledaig-2005-whisky-mercenary/

Gordon & MacPhail Single Malt Tasting Thursday October 2nd at Federal Wine & Spirits Boston – Scotch Whisky News

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Single-Malt Scotch Tasting
Thursday, October 2nd
4:30 P.M.  OR  6:00 P.M.
Featuring Independent Bottler Gordon MacPhail
Lead by Importer, Gary Kiemach
Free

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Left: Michael Urquhart, who is retiring as Managing Director of GM and handing over the title to the first ever non-family member to hold the position. Right: His successor, former COO of GM, Ewen Mackintosh

Those of you who joined us for our last tasting of whiskies from the Gordon Macphail portfolio back in March will remember Gary Keimach. Only six short months later he’ll be back in the store again with a whole new set of offerings (plus the always reliable Benromach 10 year old from the distillery owned by the bottlers). Gary is a font of knowlege and we’re lucky to have him. Come pick his brain, learn, and taste through a lovely line-up. The two tastings (one at 4:30, one at 6) will be identical, so pick whichever works best for you but please be prompt. Bring a fellow whisky-nerd, a scotch-curious acquaintance, or just come yourself — but you won’t want to miss this tasting. We’ll taste the following whiskies, with pricing information to follow shortly:

GM Bunnahabhan Cask Strength 9 Y.O.  (Peated )
Regularly $94.99, At the Tasting $84.99

Benromach 10 Y.O. $59.99, At the Tasting $49.99

GM Scapa 10 Y.O. $71.99, At the Tasting $64.99

GM Smith’s Glenlivet  15 Y.O. $89.99, At the Tasting $80.99

GM Ardmore 15 Y.O. $79.99, At the Tasting $71.99

GM Mortlach 25 Y.O. $274.99, At the Tasting $249.99

Prices subject to change without notice.  

Joe Howell

Federal Wine Spirits
Email: joe@federalwine.com
Phone: 617-367-8605
Web: http://www.federalwine.com/

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/09/gordon-macphail-single-malt-tasting-thursday-october-2nd-at-federal-wine-spirits-boston-scotch-whisky-news/

News Release from Benromach Distillery Company Ltd – Scotch Whisky News

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News release from Benromach Distillery Company Ltd 

New 100° Proof whisky from distillers of classic Speyside single malts  

A new single malt whisky has been unveiled by the Benromach Distillery Company Ltd as the brand continues to grow. 

Benromach 100° Proof is bottled at 57% ABV – the old Imperial measure which followed a tradition established when sceptical sailors, who wanted to ensure their rum rations had not been watered down, mixed spirit with gunpowder. If the mixture ignited, its strength was “proved”. 

The 100° Proof is an intense and richly complex whisky with sherry kicks, stewed fruit, beeswax polish, vanilla pods and delicate smoke. 

The new whisky joins a stable of expressions led by the flagship Benromach 10 Years Old. 

Benromach 100° Proof will adopt the same new look as that for the 10 Years Old, which was unveiled in April this year. 

The new packaging, developed in conjunction with branding agency Stuff Creative, emphasises the handcrafted credentials of the whisky, made using the finest natural ingredients by just three distillers at the Forres distillery. 

The Benromach Distillery Company Ltd, which is owned by single malt specialist Gordon MacPhail, has also revealed new packaging in the same style for its Benromach Organic and Benromach Peat Smoke expressions. 

Benromach Organic was the world’s first wholly organic whisky, certified by the UK Soil Association, when it was launched in 2006. 

Benromach Peat Smoke is produced in very small batches with a phenol level of 67ppm and is a wonderfully fruity and smoky single malt. 

Michael Urquhart, Managing Director of Gordon MacPhail, said: “We are custodians of the time-honoured crafts of distillation and maturation and we enjoy experimenting to present different styles of Benromach for consumers to enjoy. 

“The 100° Proof will have a strong appeal and exemplify the versatility of what is a contemporary and sophisticated Benromach brand.” 

Benromach Distillery was established in 1898 and changed hands many times. It was bought by Gordon MacPhail in 1993 and re-opened by HRH Prince Charles in 1998. 

Since then, sales of Benromach have grown rapidly. Last year they increased by 29% and the whisky is now exported to 30 countries around the world. 

Last month the company opened two new dunnage warehouses as it expands to meet growing demand. It also recently recruited a third distiller.  

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Notes 

Leading malt whisky specialist Gordon MacPhail is the owner of Benromach Distillery. Established in 1898, it was virtually derelict when the family-owned company bought it in 1993. Following a painstaking restoration and re-equipment, the distillery was re-opened by HRH Prince Charles in 1998.

In reopening Benromach Distillery, Gordon MacPhail decided to create a classic Speyside single malt – a style that draws its influence from pre-1960s Speyside whiskies. 

Benromach Distillery is located on the outskirts of the ancient market town of Forres. A four star visitor centre is open to the public throughout the year for tours and tastings. Benromach Distillery is a member of the world famous Malt Whisky Trail. 

Benromach 10 Years Old 

Benromach 10 Years Old is created from the finest Scottish barley and pure spring water from the nearby Romach hills. After being matured for at least 10 years, it emerges golden in colour and displays rich fruit, sweet chocolate and delicate spicy aromas. With a rich sherry influence, the mouth-watering palate coats the senses with exotic fruit flavours, toasted malt and a delicate hint of smoke. 

The new look for the Benromach expressions has been created and designed by Edinburgh based design studio, Stuff Creative.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/09/news-release-from-benromach-distillery-company-ltd-scotch-whisky-news/

INTRODUCING THE ARDMORE LEGACY – Scotch Whisky News

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INTRODUCING THE ARDMORE LEGACY

The Ardmore distillery has just launched The Ardmore Legacy, a lightly peated Highland single malt to be distributed by Maxxium UK.

The Ardmore Legacy continues the distillery’s history of producing the only traditionally peated Highland single malt whisky and will replace Ardmore Traditional Cask as its core expression. 

A lightly peated, sweet dram, The Ardmore Legacy offers the ideal introduction to peated single malts.  Combining notes of creamy vanilla, smoky charcoal, sweet honey and savoury spices with a pleasant smoky taste, The Ardmore Legacy is a full-bodied and smooth dram with the typical Ardmore dry, spicy and long-lasting finish. 

The expression also brings a new premium look for the brand with its eagle icon firmly at the heart of the packaging design.  The bottle label and outer tube feature a splendid copper foil eagle in full flight, acknowledging their rare golden eagle neighbours and representing an adherence to tradition.  The eye-catching monochrome backdrop encompasses a map design conveying the distillery’s Speyside location and heritage.

Peter Sandstrom, Marketing Director, Maxxium UK said: “This is an exciting new expression from The Ardmore offering an exceptional Highland single malt with broad appeal.  As the only traditionally peated Highland single malt, The Ardmore Legacy has real stand out.  It is ideal for whisky drinkers looking for something new and is also the perfect introduction for any whisky drinkers beginning their journey into peated malts.”

The eagle has long played a key role in the brand’s history with rare golden eagles often seen riding the thermals above the distillery.  The Ardmore supports these birds in partnership with the RSPB, most recently with the reintroduction of the white tailed eagle, a cousin of the golden eagle.

Distilled in Speyside, The Ardmore single malt has continued its traditional ways since the distillery was founded in 1898, combining traditional methods with the very best craftsmanship to produce award winning single malt whisky.

The Ardmore Legacy (RRP £29.99) will be available to purchase at Tesco and Morrisons as well as select specialist whisky retailers from the beginning of October.

The Ardmore Legacy

Colour: Light honey

Nose:    Heather Honey with hints of cinnamon and toffee bonbon. Very subtle hints of peat smoke

Palate:  Creamy vanilla spice gives way to more overt smoky charcoal notes, especially with the                 addition of water. Smoke doesn’t dominate and    is balanced by the sweet honey and spice            flavours

Finish:                 Full bodied, silky mouth feel with a (trademark Ardmore) dry, tangy and lingering aftertaste, coupled with delicious spice notes

 40% ABV.

Chill Filtered. 80% Peated malt 20% Unpeated malt 

Notes

  • Founded in 1898 by Wm. Teacher Sons, The Ardmore distillery continues to uphold traditional distilling methods and uses only the aromatic smoke from natural, Highland peat fires to dry its malted barley.
  • The Ardmore distillery stands proudly on the fringes of the Highlands, draws its water from the nearby hills and sits beside a railway line that was once at the heart of the industrial revolution at Kennethmont, Speyside.
  • Ardmore Traditional Cask has numerous awards and accolades including Double Gold at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Gold (Exceptional) at the 2009 International Review of Spirits (BTI) and Gold and Best in Class in the 2008 International Wine Spirit Competition.
  • The Ardmore has a long standing history with the golden eagle, which nest by the distillery, and supports the protection and conservation of eagles through its partnership with the RSPB.

About Maxxium UK Ltd

Maxxium UK Ltd is part of the global sales and distribution alliance between Beam Inc and Edrington.

Its UK portfolio of premium brands includes: blended Scotch (The Famous Grouse and Teacher’s), malt whisky (Highland Park, Laphroaig, The Macallan, The Glenrothes and Ardmore), imported whiskey (Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek, Canadian Club), cognac and brandy (Courvoisier and Fundador), sherry (Harveys), vodka (Stolichnaya), tequila (Sauza), rum (Brugal and Cruzan), liqueurs and specialities (Sourz, Bols liqueurs, Galliano, Vaccari, After Shock), No 3 Gin.
For further information on our brands and how to enjoy them, log on to http://www.mixxit.co.uk/.

About Beam Suntory Inc.

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

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and entrepreneurial culture.  Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan.  For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/09/introducing-the-ardmore-legacy-scotch-whisky-news/

The Parade Continues at K&L California – Whisky & Whiskey News

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New Arrivals

Scotland – Single Malt Scotch

  • 1983 Glenfarclas Family Casks Single Malt Whisky 750ml – 6 available ($349.99)
  • Kilchoman Machir Bay (2014 edition) Islay Single Malt Whisky (w/ Glencairn glasses) 750ml (cannot ship gift pack) ($54.99)
  • 1991 Macallan Samaroli Single Malt Whisky 750ml – 5 available ($299.99)

United States – Bourbon and Rye

  • Bowman Bros Small Batch Virginia Straight Bourbon 750ml (1 bottle limit) ($29.99)
  • John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon 750ml (1 bottle limit) ($49.99)

Back in Stock

United States – Bourbon and Rye

  • Bowman Bros Small Batch Virginia Straight Bourbon 750ml (1 bottle limit) ($29.99)
  • John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon 750ml (1 bottle limit) ($49.99)

Scotland – Single Malt Scotch

  • Ardbeg Auriverdes Limited Edition Single Malt Whisky – 6 available ($199.99)
  • Big Peat Islay Vatted Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml – 10 available ($55.99)
  • Oban 18 Year Limited Edition Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Elsewhere $150) ($99.99)

United States – Bourbon and Rye

  • Faultline Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml ($39.99)
    We’ve been doing gin and single malt for years, and now rum, so why not throw our hat in the Bourbon pool? One of the obstacles that kept us from making a Faultline Bourbon earlier was availability: the current demand has made the extra barrel a thing of the past. One of the only distilleries that would sell us a cask for a private label was the old LDI distillery in Indiana, but with the already overcrowded LDI market (Bulleit Rye, Templeton Rye, High West, etc) we didn’t think our product would be different enough, or of the quality we desired, for the Faultline name. That’s when John Little from Smooth Ambler stepped in and said he’d be happy to help us do something special. If we were going to work with LDI casks, then we needed the capability to blend something special to taste – the specs wouldn’t sell this baby. John had some incredible 10 year old low rye formula that we used in conjunction with some 7 year high rye. We kept tastin g and tasting until we found the sweet spot at 100 proof. It’s FAR better than I ever thought it would be. I hoped we could provide something fun and different, but the final whiskey is phenomenal. It’s rich, with sweet fruit right on the entry, a full-bodied mid-palate, and a long, rich, spicy finish. It tastes like it came from Four Roses or somewhere fancy and at 50% it pops in all the right places. I hope we can make another batch like this because this Bourbon is the new king of KL. Taste it if you don’t believe me. (David Driscoll)
  • Stranahan’s Colorado Small Batch Whiskey 750ml (1 bottle limit) – 3 available ($54.99)
  • Tuthilltown Hudson Baby Bourbon (375ml) – 11 available ($42.99)

KL Wine Merchants
http://www.klwines.com/
Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)
Email: wine@klwines.com
San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/09/the-parade-continues-at-kl-california-whisky-whiskey-news/

Wolfburn Distillery “The Laydown” – Scotch Whisky News

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As we fast approach the official end of British summertime and the kids go back to school, we’re getting all nostalgic here at Wolfburn. The sun beams in onto our faces from the open roller shutters, and one can’t help but shut the eyes, take in a deep breath of malty air and wonder about all the previous summers that have been before this. Did the manager of Wolfburn of yesteryear take in the same summer flavours back in 1820-something? This summer the Stillhouse smell has had an edge of peat to it, as some of you will already know, we experimented with a month’s run of peated malt. Find out what happened here.

It’s highly likely, being that peat was the main fuel available in those days, that the original Wolfburn had a smoky aroma.
We’ll never know of course, as there is nothing left for us to sample and so far, no record of the taste. We’ve been doing a bit of digging in the archives, and found some very interesting stuff on the people involved though. Check out our history article for more.

Lastly, a bit of fun to tempt your inner artist and a bit of nostalgia put to words. Read ‘Reprise’ written by our fabulous photographer Brian Hamilton here.

Slàinte

The Wolfburn Team

The Wolfburn Team

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/09/wolfburn-distillery-the-laydown-scotch-whisky-news/

Scotch Whisky Legend to Visit Australia in October – Scotch Whisky News

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Scotch Whisky Legend to Visit Australia in October.

The Master Distiller for Bruichladdich Distillery, Jim McEwan, returns to Australia from the 30th September until 14th October this year.

Throughout the tour Jim McEwan will provide audiences with an insight into the world of whisky production gained from 50 years of experience. He will take his audience through a tasting of seven drams including his legendary Black Art and the most heavily peated whisky in the world, Octomore 6.1.

Loved for his story-telling and charisma, McEwan has thrilled Australian audiences in the past and will be visiting every state in Australia.

Jim McEwan is the only person to be named Whisky Distiller of the Year on three occasions.  

This is a rare opportunity and one that should not be missed!

All shows are as shown below. Follow the link to purchase tickets.

Sydney
Tuesday 30th Sept – 6:30pm
The Tattersalls Club – https://jim-mcewan-tattersalls-club.eventbrite.com.au/

Thursday 2nd Oct – 6:30pm
Sir Stamford Circular Quay – https://jim-mcewan-sir-stamford.eventbrite.com.au/

Brisbane
Saturday 4th Oct – 12:00pm
The Gresham Bar – info@thegresham.com.au

Saturday 4th Oct – 6:30pm
The United Services Club – https://jim-mcewan-united-services-club.eventbrite.com.au/

Sunday 5th Oct – 12:00pm
Nant Whisky Bar – http://www.nant.com.au/

Melbourne
Monday 6th Oct – 6:30pm
Blue Diamond – https://jim-mcewan-blue-diamond.eventbrite.com.au/

Wednesday 8th Oct – 6:30pm
The Kelvin Club – https://jim-mcewan-the-kelvin-club.eventbrite.com.au/

Tasmania
Thursday 9th Oct – 6:30pm
The Shoreline Hotel – https://jim-mcewan-the-shoreline-hotel.eventbrite.com.au/

Adelaide
Friday 10th Oct – 6:30pm
ARKABA hotel – https://www.rollerdigital.com/arkabahotel/#/event/1033/43786/20141010

Saturday 11th Oct – 6:30pm
Rob Roy Hotel – enquiries@robroyhotel.com.au

Perth
Sunday 12th Oct – 6:30pm
The Oxford Hotel – https://jim-mcewan-the-oxford-hotel.eventbrite.com.au/

Monday 13th Oct – 6:30pm
Fremantle Navy Club – https://jim-mcewan-fremantle-navy-club.eventbrite.com.au/

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/09/%EF%BB%BFscotch-whisky-legend-to-visit-australia-in-october-scotch-whisky-news/

A SMOKY SENSATION From Wolfburn Distillery – Scotch Whisky News

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Thurso, Caithness, 18 September 2014.

A SMOKY SENSATION

Wolfburn Distillery has today announced the completion of its first batch of peated spirit. Made with subtly smoky malted barley, the spirit has a distinctive aroma and a wonderfully peaty flavour.

“There’s a big demand globally for peated whisky,” says Shane Fraser, production manager. “We wanted to maintain the uniquie profile of Wolfburn’s spirit, which has already received hugely positive reviews, but at the same time produce a distinctive peaty expression. We used a lightly peated malt, with ten parts-per-million phenol, and the results have been fantastic.”

The peated spirit laid down in 2014 will be ready for limited bottling 2017 – and the Wolfburn team is planning to produce a similar peated expression on an annual basis each year thereafter. “Making best quality malt whisky is a process that can’t be rushed,” explains Shane. “We’ll only release it when it’s good and ready.”

Wolfburn’s inaugural whisky is expected in the first quarter of 2016. It will be made from spirit laid down during the early part of 2013. “There’s still a long way to go until we start bottling,” says production operator Iain Kerr, “but our production rate is ahead of forecast, and we have lots of truly exceptional spirit laid down already. We’re very much looking forward to being able to share our whisky with the world.”   

ABOUT WOLFBURN

The original Wolfburn Distillery was founded just to the west of Thurso by William Smith in 1821. In its day it was one of the largest distilleries in Scotland, producing, according to HMRC records, 28,056 “gallons of proof spirit” in a single year. Taking its name from the stream that provided the water – the Wolf Burn – the distillery operated until the 1860s after the passing of William Smith Sr and the family gave up the lease.

In 2011, plans were laid to resurrect the old distillery. Construction began in mid-2012 and in January 2013 the new Wolfburn Distillery commenced production, thereby becoming the most northerly whisky distillery on the Scottish mainland. Situated 350m from the site of the original distillery, the new distillery operates in much the same way as the old: craftsmen use traditional methods to produce fine spirit, which is laid down in best quality oak casks to await the day when it is bottled as whisky.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/09/a-smoky-sensation-from-wolfburn-distillery-scotch-whisky-news/