Malt Messenger Bulletin – Winter 2015 Tasting Schedule & Christmas Gift Guide

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December is here with just 17 shopping days left until Christmas. Christmas can certainly be a stressful time, something I know all too well having worked in retail as long as I have. For the past decade I’ve been putting together a Christmas gift guide to help our customers simplify their decision making process. Finding the right gift can be daunting, especially if you’ve not been indoctrinated into the world of whisky.

Our 2014 Christmas Gift Guide starts with unique gift packs, accessories and miniatures, all perfect for stocking stuffers. The meat of the gift guide though is my whisky recommendations. I’ve given both peated and unpeated offerings in 9 different price ranges from under $70 to well over $2000 per bottle. I hope it gives you a little inspiration and helps make your shopping experience that much more relaxed! Most of the whiskies on the list are available for sampling, just in case you want to try them yourself. So print this off and, with paper in hand, pop by to pay us a visit.

Our Winter 2015 Tasting Schedule is also out and open for registration. I’ve highlighted all the whisky and spirits tastings below. The full tasting schedule can be viewed on our website. Highlights include Scots Wae Hae! our annual celebration of Robert Burns and Whisky, the Islay Mini Festival (our own little Feis Isles!) and The Bourbon Trail which will feature slides from my recent whisky pilgrimage to Kentucky.

Finally the the MS Calgary Whisky Festival is coming early in January. Tickets are $99, are for a great cause and make an excellent gift. Don’t hesitate, see the side pannel. Buy your tickets by December 15th and you’ll be entered to win the early bird draw.

I hope you enjoy the Malt Messsenger Christmas Gift Guide.

Slainté!

Andrew Ferguson

In This Issue
1. Winter 2015 Tasting Schedule is Now Online
2. December KWM Winetime is Online and in the Mail
3. 2015 Malt Messenger Christmas Gift Guide
4. MS Calgary Whisky Festival Update

Slainte!

Andrew Ferguson
Kensington Wine Market

PS- PS – Don’t forget you can follow me on Twitter: twitter.com/scotch_guy and Facebook: facebook.com/scotch.guy.1 .  www.fergusonwhiskytours.com

2015 MS Calgary Whisky Festival

Thursday January 15 2015
The 2015 Calgary Whisky Festival in support of the MS Society of Calgary is set to be another barnburner of an event. Last year’s festival drew 400 attendees and featured nearly 150 whiskies from distilleries in Scotland, Ireland, Canada, the US, Japan and India. This year’s event is set to be even bigger and better with more whiskies, more presenters and a capacity of 500 participants. Buy your tickets before December 15th and you’ll be entered in the draw to win the gift basket pictured above which is a $400 value and includes a sold out Silver Seal Glendronach 22 Year! $99

Buy Tickets Now

Winter 2015 KWM Tasting Schedule

A Range of Exciting Tastings Including a Mini Festival Dedicated to Islay!

You can view the full KWM Winter 2015 Tasting Schedule Online including all or our wine, whisky, beer and other spirit tastings. Here is a breakdown of our winter spirits tastings:

 1. Hello Darkness – Tuesday January 13 2015, 7PM – Good old sherried whisky is increasingly hard to come by, as demand for sherry is plummeting while that for Scotch whisky is soaring. We’ll sample six heavily sherried whiskies to tease out the darkness within. – $60
2. MS Calgary Whisky Festival 2015 – Thursday January 15, 7PM – The 2015 Calgary Whisky Festival in support of the MS Society of Calgary is set to be another barnburner of an event. Last year’s festival drew 400 attendees and featured nearly 150 whiskies from distilleries in Scotland, Ireland, Canada, the US, Japan and India. This year’s event is set to be even bigger and better with more whiskies from over 30 presenters and a capacity of 500 participants.Tickets are going fast and are available exclusively from the MS Society. – $95
3. Lost in Translation – Thursday January 22 2015, 7PM – For nearly 100 years the Japanese have been making whisky in the Scottish style, albeit with their own twist. Their reputation is soaring, as some of their whiskies are among the finest in the world. – $75
4. Scots Wha Hae – Sunday January 25 2015 7PM – Caledonians Unite! It’s time to celebrate all things Scottish. Glendronach and BenRiach are the distilleries we’ll be focusing on for this our 9th annual Robbie Burns Supper. We’ll have bagpipes, poetry, haggis with neeps and tatties and six amazing single malts all from Glendronach and BenRiach distilleries, including some new exclusives to KWM! No previous whisky experience required. Location: Fort Calgary 750 9 Avenue, SE – $99
5. Bob Kyle’s Rare Drams – Thursday January 29 2015, 7PM – Don’t let the fact that Bob cheers for Dundee United get in the way of the fact that he puts on a good tasting, besides, he has the accent! We’ll sample whiskies from Glencadam, Tomintoul and Carn Mor. -$50
6. Classic Single Malts – Thursday February 5 2015, 7PM – This is our “classic” introduction to the world of single malt Scotch whisky. You’ll discover a little history, how it’s made and sample six distinct styles. – $35
7. The Bourbon Trail – Tuesday February 10 2015, 7PM – Follow our whisky expert Andrew Ferguson on a virtual tour of Kentucky’s Bourbon country while sampling a range of carefully selected Kentucky whiskies. – $35
8. Rare Malts – Thursday February 19 2015, 7PM – Only the rarest whiskies, those more than 20 years of age or from closed distilleries are considered for this very special tasting. – $80
9. Islay Mini Festival – Thursday February 26 2015, 7PM – Islay’s annual Islay Festival, or ‘Feis Isle’, usually takes place in Scotland in May, but with so many peaty Islay malts available, why wait till May! Surely a cold February night will work just fine. – $40
10. The Whisky Isles – Tuesday March 10 2015, 7PM – Islay’s not the only island whisky made in Scotland. Join us as we journey to all the other whisky isles starting with Arran and ending on Orkney’s mainland. Tue Mar 10 – $50
11. The Irish are Coming! – Tuesday March 17 2015, 7PM – The Irish Are Coming! $35 Will you be celebrating Saint Paddy’s Day with us? Ah, it’s sure to be a right Irish treat. Irish beer and Irish whisky. Is there a better way to be putting on the green? – $35
15. Master Malts – Thursday March 26, 2015, 7PM – Only the rarest and very special whiskies are showcased at this tasting which always highlights some of the most exciting new whiskies in the world! – $99

Miniatures
1. Auchentoshan 12 Year 50ml – Auchentoshan’s flagship bottling in all its glory. $3.99
2. Big Peat 50ml – Same Big Peat blended Islay malt whisky with a dash or Port Ellen in it, much smaller bottle! – $10.99
3. Bowmore 12 Year 50ml – The distillery feels it is best paired with oysters, probably best not to put those in the stocking too! – $3.99
4. Glendronach 21 Year 50ml – If you think the full size bottle is bargain priced, check out the miniatures. Very low stock! – $7.99
5. Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength 50ml – The only cask strength miniature in the market. – $10.99
6. Glenfarclas 40 Year 50ml – At this price it is almost the same price per ml as the full size bottle! A great whisky and a top notch stocking stuffer. – $55
7. Jura Superstition 50ml – Jura’s moderately peated expression is a perfect stocking stuffer. – $4.99

Gift Packs
1. KWM’s Wee Whisky Gift Box – We’ve taken four 50ml miniatures (Auchentoshan 12 Year, Bowmore 12 Year, Jura Superstition and Glendronach 21 Year Parliament) and tucked them into a Christmassy box, that you won’t event need to wrap. It’s all ready to go! – $29.99
2. Auchentoshan Collection – Three 50ml single malts from this Lowland distillery in a compact gift pack. – $25.99
3. Bowmore Collection – Three 50ml single malts from Islay’s oldest distillery. Bowmore 12, 15 and 18 year olds. – $25.99
4. Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength, 12 15 Year – Glenfarclas’ entry level gift pack includes the world’s first cask strength whisky, the 105 and the 12 and 15 year olds. – $35.99
5. Glenfarclas 15, 21 25 Year – It’s not often you see gift packs featuring older whiskies like these, and the price is great! – $49.99
6. Kilchoman Gift Pack – Includes a full size bottle of Machir Bay and two Glencairn glasses, for about $5 more than the bottle alone! – $79.99
7. Tomatin Gift Pack – 12, 15 and 18 year olds in a compact stocking stuffer. – $22.99
8. Tomintoul Tri-Pack – This pack like the Glenfarclas has some mature malts in it, 10, 16 and 33 year olds! – $32.99
9. Scotch Malt Whisky Society New Members Kit – Much more than just a gift pack, this is your portal to membership in the World’s largest whisky club. The Society bottles single cask cask strength whiskies exclusively for its members and launches 7 new ones every month in Canada. For more info visit: www.smws.ca – $230.00

Accessories
1. Glencairn Glass – The classic glass for drinking whisky, specifically single malt Scotch whisky. – $15.99
2. Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2015 – The most comprehensive list of tasting notes on world whisky updated annually. We will remove the dust jacket for you at no added cost. – $21.99
3. Malt Whisky Yearbook 2015 – The best annual reference on the world of Malt Whisky, highlighting all Scottish, Irish and Japanese malt whisky distilleries, as well as many of those in the world beyond. My favourite annual whisky book. – $29.99
4. Glencairn Cut Crystal Glass – Take the classic Glencairn glass and make it fancy. This elegant glass is a must for the connoisseur. If only it were available in Ron Burgundy’s day, he would certainly have swapped a tumbler for it. – $49.99
5. Glenfarclas an Independent Distillery – A wonderful book on Scotland second oldest family owned distillery. – $49.99

Whiskies Under $70
1. Bowmore Small Batch – Naked Bowmore, malty, grassy and briny; youth is its asset! – $54.99
2. Glenglassaugh Torfa – The first peated whisky to come out of Glenglassaugh may be young, but it is sweet, lightly peate and citric with white fruits. – $64.99
3. Compass Box Great King Street – This is an easy drinking crowd pleasing blend at a great price. – $49.99
4. Tomatin 12 Year French Oak – Sweet and creamy with lots of spice, this limited edition will not last long, especially at the price. – $66.99
5. Breuckelen 77 Rye Corn Whiskey – A curiosity to be sure, 85% rye and 15% corn mash, matured in small batches. – $67.49

Whiskies Under $100
1. Tomatin Cu Bocan Sherry Ltd. Ed. – Big sherry meets big smoke and they live happily ever after. Nice addition. – $80.99
2. BenRiach 15 Year Madeira Finish – We used to stock this years ago as an exclusive, and it has come back, once again exclusively from KWM. Sweet spicy and very smooth! – $87.99
3. BenRiach 15 Year PX Finish – Also exclusive to KWM, this BenRiach is finished in Pedro Ximenez sherry and is syruppy and fruity, but still soft and smooth. – $87.99
4. Hepburn’s Choice Braeval 12 Year – You don’t see Braeval, AKA Braes of Glenlivet bottled very often but this sherry matured independent bottlings stands tall. Rich, nutty and creamy with spices and dark fruits. – $87.99
5. Kilchoman 100% Islay 4th Edition – Both classic Islay and Kilchoman with both the sweet Bourbon notes and the medicinal, salty peat shining through! – $99.99

Whiskies Under $150
1. Glendronach 2003 – Our latest cask, and 5th from Glendronach landed only 3 weeks after the 1993. Matured in PX Sherry it is a sweetly sherried malt and flying off the shelves. – $114.99
2. GM Glentauchers 1994 – A malt you almost never see bottled, this stunner from Gordon MacPhail caught our attention, as well as that of the 2014 Whisky Bible, 96.5pts. – $114.99
3. Whistle Pig 100/100 Straight Rye – Canadian rye whisky from right here in Alberta matured 5 years in new American oak and finished in Ex-Bourbon. Sweet, dark, decadent and spicy with layers of spice. – $119.99
4. Arran 1996 KWM Cask 526 – One of the oldest Arrans ever bottled, this KWM exclusive sherry cask is a delight with candied fruits, spices and a very smooth finish. – $129.99
5. Berry’s Aberlour 1994 KWM Cask – A very unusual Aberlour, in that there is no trace of sherry, with prominent Bourbon notes: honey, toasted oak and nutty tones. Bottled exclusively for KWM. – $139.99

Whiskies Under $200
1. Yoichi 15 Year – Our best selling Japanese whisky is one of our best drams under $200. Tropical with subtle smoke and lots of spice. – $144.99
2. Springbank Society Madeira 15 Year – You have to be a member to buy Springnbank Society bottlings, but membership is just a onetime fee away. This Madeira finish is Springbank at its finest. – $159.99
3. Duncan Taylor Deanston 1994 – Finished in 80L Octave sherry casks this malt is more delicately sherried than its sister Mortlach bottling. Only six of 71 bottles left! – $179.99
4. Cadenhead Glen Garioch 1990 24 Year – Juicy and toasty the palate is surprisingly peated with lots of clean, crisp smoke – $195.99
5. Glendronach 1993 KWM – This 20 year old stunner from the hills north of Huntly has been bottled exclusively for KWM. It is deep and very fruity with lots of spice. – $199.99

Whiskies Under $300
1. Signatory Bruichladdich 1990 – Aged Bruichladdich is getting hard to come by these day, this 23 year old from a Refill Sherry Butt is an anomaly and an exceptional dram. Exclusive to KWM. – $234.99
2. Tasliker 25 Year 2011 – When this started to fly last week when we announced the price pending increase we snapped up a couple extra cases. Tropical fruits, clean salty smoke and classic Talisker cayenne spice. – $249.99
3. Signatory Bunnahabhain 1988 – This 25 year old was matured in a Refill Sherry Butt and have been very popular with our customers. Exclusive to KWM. – $274.99
4. Cadenhead Linkwood 1987 – This 26 year old Linkwood is the product of two Sherry butts, though the sherry influence is very subtle. Lush, coating and toasty with French baked goods, candied orange and melons; becomes more floral, with white chocolate and juicy oak. – $284.99
5. Highland Park Freya – The 3rd release in the Valhalla series is matured in American oak and is a big departure from the earlier two bottlings. Very limited and selling quickly! – $299.99

Whiskies Under $600
1. Yoichi 20 Year – More than just the big brother to the 15, this is the oldest core expression in the distillery’s range. Only 24 bottles came to Alberta, all to KWM, and just 3 remain. – $329.99
2. Signatory Caol Ila 1983 30 Year – A different single cask than the one we just sold out of, this one was matured in a Hogshead and bottled at 51.6%. Only 187 bottles, with just 6 coming to Canada exclusively to KWM. – $399.99
3. Black Gold Bunnahabhain 1995 – Mahogany in colour the whisky is 18 years old and a sherry monster. We only received 6 bottles and have just 2 left! – $399.99
4. Highland Park 30 Year – I remember when I could order this for the shop anytime I wanted. Now it’s not so easy to come by, we have just one bottle coming. Big fruit, balanced sherry, honey and peat. – $549.99
5. Glendronach Grandeur 24 Year – Batch 5 is yet a stunner, 48.9% from a small parcel of sherry casks. It was a hit at Ancient Malts. Notes of maple syrup, treacle, chocolate and classic sherry cask notes. Only a handful left! – $519.99

 Whiskies Under $750
1. Glencadam 1982 32 Year – Like drinking silk this very limited single cask of Glencadam showed very well at Ancient Malts. Lots of melon, white chocolate and toasty oak. – $629.99
2. BenRiach 1977 Cask 7114 – Only 12 bottles of this 37 Year Batch 11 release have come to Canada, exclusively to KWM. Matured in Sherry and Finished in Bourbon. Well received at Ancient Malts. – $574.99
3. BenRiach 1977 Cask 1891 – A 37 Year old Dark Rum finish, only 6 bottles have come to Canada, all to KWM. Notes of Demerara, boiled sweets, toffee and vanilla with berry fruits. – $574.99
4. BenRiach 1978 Cask 5469 – A 36 year old release from Batch 11 matured exclusively in ex-sherry, and bottled at 41.7%. Only 12 bottles for Canada, all from KWM. Fairground candy apple, cinnamon and delicate ground black pepper mellow to touches of fig, sultanas and stewed sweet barley. – $524.99
5. Glenglassaugh 1972 KWM – If you haven’t sampled our 39 year old single sherry cask of Glenglassaugh, make your way down to KWM for a sample. of the 150 bottles we had filled of the very tropical, lightly sherried whisky, only about two dozen reamain! – $699.99

Whiskies Under $2000
1. Glenfarclas 40 Year – This used to be $500 a bottle, and if you’re taken aback by the new price, $720, consider this, the price is going up again and will be over $1000 next year. They could sell everything they make to Taiwan, and are struggling to keep up with demand. At $720, this is still excellent value and a beuatiful Speyside malt. – $719.99
2. Brora 35 Year – Available by request this bottling of Brora is one of the finest ever from the distillery which closed in 1983. A fine expression and available by special order. – $949.99
3. Benromach 1969 42 Year – Sampled with Michael Urquhart at his farewell tasting in November, this is the last of the bottles we brought in exclusively this fall. Big Christmas Cake, spices, chocolate and some deep tropical fruits. – $1,299.99
4. GM Port Ellen 1979 34 Year – I thought this was the last sub $2000 Port Ellen, but I’ve bee proven wrong, see below. Regardless this is a stunner at 34 years of age, from an unusual vintage, 1979. – $1,449.99
5. Executive Decisions Port Ellen 30 Year – Just when I thought we’d seen the last of the Laing family’s Port Ellen casks, and state as much in my newsletter, this pops up! – $1,649.99

Whiskies $2000 And Up
1. Bunnahabhain 40 Year – The star of our Ancient Malts tasting late last month, this rare whisky is all about finesse. Tropical with some faint maritime notes, it is a study in subtlety. – $2,899.99
2. Macallan ‘M’ – The pinnacle bottling of the 1824 Series now has company, see below. We’ve sampled this in store and it is a stunning dram, available by special order. The palate opens rich in wood spices, slowly showing all their viscosity. Wood smoke flits in and out. – $3,799.99
3. Macallan No. 6 – Is a celebration of the collaboration between Macallan and it sherry producers matured in first fill casks. Heavy and sumptuous. Like a rich fruit cake with raisin, dates and figs, apples, sultanas, orange; then ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and hints of clove. – $3,899.99
4. GM Glen Grant 1952 60 Year – Just 2 of 85 decanters have found their way to Alberta of this Diamond Jubilee bottling. Matured in a single 1st fill sherry cask laid down just days before Elizabeth’s coronation, the whisky is very well balanced and soft for its advanced age, showing no signs of exhaustion. It scored 92pts from Whisky Advocate: “Superb mature nose with subtle whisky rancio, mixing fragrant mango with a little mint, rosewater, and waxiness; there’s even some custard and a whiff of woodsmoke before sandalwood brings back the exotic edge. The palate is delicate with an amazingly fresh acidity that becomes herbal (basil and tarragon).” and 92.5pts from the Whisky Bible. – $13,999.99

MS Calgary Whisky Festival Update

Thursday, January 15, 2015 w/ 2 Ticket Options

The Macallan Reflexion
The 2015 Calgary Whisky Festival in support of the MS
Society of Calgary is set to be another barnburner of an event. Last year’s festival drew 400 attendees and featured nearly 150 whiskies from distilleries in Scotland, Ireland, Canada, the US, Japan and India. This year’s event is set to be even bigger and better with more whiskies, more presenters and a capacity of 500 participants. New this year we are offering a VIP package, which will include a Macallan Master Class featuring a very rare and special bottling. The VIP Ticket is $149 (SOLD OUT) and the regular ticket $99. Only 40 VIP tickets are available!

Get your tickets now, they won’t last long.

Order tickets through the MS Society by clicking here!

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Slainte!

Andrew Ferguson
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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/12/malt-messenger-bulletin-winter-2015-tasting-schedule-christmas-gift-guide/

Benromach 10 Years Old (100° proof)

Not so long ago, I was very impressed with the new batch of Benromach 10 Year Old which was unveiled in April 2014.

Past October, the distillery also released a higher strength version: Benromach 10 Year Old ‘100° proof’, bottled at the old Imperial measure which equals 57% alcohol volume. It shares the cask distribution (80% bourbon, 20% sherry), the one-year Oloroso finish and the new style of packaging.

 

Benromach 10 Years - 100 ProofBenromach 10 Years - 100 ProofBenromach 10 yo ‘100° proof’
(57%, OB 2014)

Nose: this only confirms how good this spirit is, whatever the strength. This combination of baked apple, plum jam, vanilla, furniture polish and toasted wood is simply delicious. Maybe there’s a tad more prune / red berry aroma than in the standard edition, a tad more sherry if you like. Is that kiwi in the background? Anyway the old-school dusty / earthy notes, mint and leather are still present. Mouth: fairly dry, quite spicy and even more old-school. Library dust, pepper, light earthy peat smoke, hints of cough syrup and linseed oil. Becomes rounder as it shows hints of chocolate bars with banana filling and toffee. Finish: long, still smoky with echoes of sherry and chocolate.

Great to see its profile is very similar to that the original 10 Year Old. The added strength makes it seem slightly drier and even more inspired by a 1960’s profile. I think it’s better (by a small margin) but it’s a slightly more difficult whisky as well. Around € 60.

Score: 89/100

Article source: http://www.whiskynotes.be/2014/benromach/benromach-10-years-100-proof/

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 99: Auchnagie – The Lost Distillery

Spirits in the Sky – verslag

EventsGeplaatst door Mark Dermul di, november 18, 2014 07:39:13

Het weekend van 8 en 9 november was het weer zover: Spirits in the Sky, één van de beste (zoniet hét beste) whiskyfestivals in België. Voor deze editie koos de organisatie, The Nectar, voor het Thon Hotel in hartje Brussel. En het was een goeie keuze, want een prachtige locatie met voldoende ruimte om de massa liefhebbers op te vangen.

Ilse dropte Niek en mezelf af voor de deur (ze zou ons later ook weer oppikken, wat is het toch fijn om een Bobette te hebben), ruimschoots op tijd. Nog voor de deuren open gingen liepen we al wat bekend volk tegen het lijf – één van de leuke dingen van zo’n festival: vrienden ontmoeten met dezelfde passie.

Ik kwam gewapend met 50 sampleflesjes en een beurs vol euro’s (door de jetons in mijn broekzak rinkelde ik bij elke stap!) en ging aan de slag. Ik vulde meteen wat nieuw spul af, zoals de Highland Park Dark Origins, de Balvenie Tun 1509 alsook de 17 Year Old Double Wood en drie Glenfiddich, waaronder de 26 Year Old Excellence waar ik erg naar uitkijk.

We begonnen licht, met wat gins. En het mag gezegd, daar zat al meteen mooi spul tussen. De Adnams had er twee, de Copper House Gin en de First Rate Gin. De tweede was duidelijk beter. Hun Sloe Gin, een vruchtenlikeur, was mierzoet. Ik had serieus wat water nodig om mijn glas nadien terug neutraal te krijgen.

De Mayfair London Dry Gin kon me bekoren, maar de Mombassa Club en zeker hun Colonel’s Reserve vielen me beter in de smaak. De Ish was okayish (heb je ‘m?), maar de lekkerste gin die ik die dag proefde kwam uit Munchen! The Duke Munich Dry Gin was van die aard dat ik meteen wat kocht. Daar gaan we later mee aan de slag, als het zonnetje weer begint te schijnen.

Na de gin trokken we richting whisky. Beginnen deden we bij Glenglassaugh en GlenDronach. Samples werden afgevuld, twee drammetjes werden geproefd. Maar we moesten onze gezellige babbel met de man achter de tafel kortwieken omdat op het scherm achter hem de boodschap verscheen (ook een nieuwigheidje en zeer geapprecieerd) dat onze Dalmore Masterclass over enkele minuten van start zou gaan.

Nu, die Masterclass was echt wel de moeite. Daarom ga ik er hier weinig woorden aan vuil maken en er morgen een aparte blogpost aan wijden. U zal snappen waarom. Laat ik volstaan door te zeggen dat we enkele uitzonderlijke flesjes gekraakt hebben uit de bijzonder gehypte (en veel te dure) Constellation Collection.

Bij Duncan Taylor proefde ik een Cragganmore 1992, maar geweldig was hij niet. Er stond ook weinig nieuws op tafel bij Dalmore, Jura Fettercairn, maar de Fettercairn Fior had ik nog niet eerder geproefd. En ik moet zeggen dat hij mij weinig deed. Bij Signatory echter, de tafel ernaast, kon ik me tegoed doen aan de Mosstowie 34 Year Old 1979 uit de Cask Strength Collection. Het was één van de hoogtepunten van dit festival. Van de Glen Ord uit 1997 nam ik een gul sample mee (dankjewel, Andrew), alsook van enkele van de nieuwe releases (Bowmore, Ledaig Clynelish) uit de Un-Chillfiltered Collection. Die zullen binnenkort allemaal wel eens aan de beurt komen. Afsluiten aan deze tafel deden we met de Ballechin 10 Year Old, een nieuwe vaste waarde in deze geturfde reeks van Edradour.

Aan de tafel met het Japanse spul werden we bijzonder aangenaam verrast door de 30-jarige Apple Brandy die de naam Rita meekreeg, genoemd naar de Schotse echtgenote van Masetaka Taketsuru, de oprichter van de Yoichi (en later de Myagikyo) distilleerderij. Maar ook de Nikka Coffey Malt mocht er wezen. Van de Yoichi 1991 moest ik wel een sample meenemen – wat een whisky! De Taketsuru Pure Malt 25 Year Old en Nikka Single Cask Coffey Malt 2003 gingen ook meer richting Whivie-HQ.

Bij de Nectar konden we uiteraard niet voorbij de twee nieuwe Ierse whiskeys: een geturfde 23-jarige (geweldig!) en een ongeturfde 21-jarige, maar hun Littlemill 1990 was voor mij opnieuw een hoogtepunt. Na een korte pauze aan de stand van Wemyss – waar we de nieuwe Velvet Fig probeerden – was het tijd voor een volgende ontdekking: Armorik!

Terwijl Niek de volledige range probeerde tijdens een impromptu mini-tasting, proefde ik er slechts twee, maar allebei echt, écht de moeite. Ik had eerder als wat van deze Franse whisky geproefd, maar vond hem maar gewoontjes. Maar deze twee bottelingen sprongen er wat mij betreft wel uit: Armorik Maitre de Chai en de Armorik Single Cask 3292 Millésime 2002. Pareltjes uit Bretagne, wie had dat gedacht?

De meeste expressies Compass Box kunnen wel bekoren, dus wilde ik deze kans niet laten voorbij gaan om enkele nieuwtjes te proberen. Zoals daar zijn: Great King Street Glasgow, The Lost Blend en de Juveniles. Maar ik beken: het palate begon vermoeid te geraken, dus nam ik samples mee om binnenkort in alle sereniteit te beoordelen.

Om af te sluiten, bracht ik een bezoek aan mijn liquid love: Auchentoshan. Ik maakte een praatje met importeur Stephane De Bolle en maakte kennis met de opvolger van Gordon Dundas (die nu het Verre Oosten onveilig maakt), de bijzonder sympathieke Alasdair Dickinson. We hadden elkaar eerder enkel virtueel ontmoet en al wat leuke deals gedaan, maar om elkaar hier te kunnen begroeten met een goeie dram ter hand was wel erg prettig. De dram in kwestie was de nieuwe Auchentoshan 25 Year Old 1988 Wine Cask Matured, 8 jaar gerijpt op bourbonvaten en dan een finish van 17 jaar (de langste in de industrie) in Franse wijnvaten. En hij is ronduit geweldig.

Maar de klok ging richting 18u, de chauffeur kondigde zich al aan, dus was het hoog tijd om af te sluiten. Maar niet vooraleer ik nog enkele flessen overnam van Auchentoshan. Immers, wat gaan die mensen daar nog mee doen? Een leuke deal werd beklonken, vier flessen mochten mee naar het cabinet van de Toshan Man. Iedereen blij.

Nog even kort alfabetisch opsommen wat we allemaal geproefd hebben (de 50 samples ga ik hier niet opnoemen), met de highlights in bold (en dus tevens zonder vermelding van de Dalmore uit de Masterclass):

Armorik Maitre de Chai

Armorik Single Cask 3292 Millésime 2002

Auchentoshan 25 Year Old 1988 Wine Cask Matured

Ballechin 10 Year Old

Bunnahabhain 22 Year Old 1980

Compass Box Great King Street Glasgow

Compass Box The Lost Blend

Cragganmore 19 Year Old 1992/2011 Duncan Taylor Rare Auld cask 1425

Fettercairn Fior

GlenDronach 21 Year Old Parliament

Highland Park Dark Origins

Ireland ‘peated’ 23 Year Old 1991/2014 NOTDD

Lagavulin 1995 DE

Littlemill 24 Year Old 1990/2014 NOTDD

Mosstowie 34 Year Old 1979/2013 Signatory Cask Strength cask 1353

Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky

Nikka Apple Brandy 30 Year Old Rita

Tamnavulin-Glenlivet 15 Year Old 1973/1988 Moon Import

Wemyss Velvet Fig Blended Malt

The Duke Munich Dry Gin

Adnams Sloe Gin

Adnams Copper House Gin

Adnams Copper House First Rate Gin

Ish London Dry Gin

Mayfair London Dry Gin

Mombassa Club Gin

Mombassa Club Colonel’s Reserve Gin

In de komende weken/maanden zal ik de samples stuk voor stuk op het blog publiceren, maar daarvoor is het nog even geduld oefenen.

Oh, ja, mijn zoon noemt me schertsend een BBV – een bijna bekende Vlaming – omdat ik (net als heel wat collega liefhebbers, overigens) een pagina kreeg ik de nieuwe spiritsgids van The Nectar. Leuk!

Het was weer geweldig, dat wil ik toch nog even benadrukken. Spirits blijft mijn favoriete festival en ik blokkeer nu reeds mijn agenda voor de editie van 2015.

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Old St Andrews Scotch Whisky 15 Year Old Malt

Spirits in the Sky – verslag

EventsGeplaatst door Mark Dermul di, november 18, 2014 07:39:13

Het weekend van 8 en 9 november was het weer zover: Spirits in the Sky, één van de beste (zoniet hét beste) whiskyfestivals in België. Voor deze editie koos de organisatie, The Nectar, voor het Thon Hotel in hartje Brussel. En het was een goeie keuze, want een prachtige locatie met voldoende ruimte om de massa liefhebbers op te vangen.

Ilse dropte Niek en mezelf af voor de deur (ze zou ons later ook weer oppikken, wat is het toch fijn om een Bobette te hebben), ruimschoots op tijd. Nog voor de deuren open gingen liepen we al wat bekend volk tegen het lijf – één van de leuke dingen van zo’n festival: vrienden ontmoeten met dezelfde passie.

Ik kwam gewapend met 50 sampleflesjes en een beurs vol euro’s (door de jetons in mijn broekzak rinkelde ik bij elke stap!) en ging aan de slag. Ik vulde meteen wat nieuw spul af, zoals de Highland Park Dark Origins, de Balvenie Tun 1509 alsook de 17 Year Old Double Wood en drie Glenfiddich, waaronder de 26 Year Old Excellence waar ik erg naar uitkijk.

We begonnen licht, met wat gins. En het mag gezegd, daar zat al meteen mooi spul tussen. De Adnams had er twee, de Copper House Gin en de First Rate Gin. De tweede was duidelijk beter. Hun Sloe Gin, een vruchtenlikeur, was mierzoet. Ik had serieus wat water nodig om mijn glas nadien terug neutraal te krijgen.

De Mayfair London Dry Gin kon me bekoren, maar de Mombassa Club en zeker hun Colonel’s Reserve vielen me beter in de smaak. De Ish was okayish (heb je ‘m?), maar de lekkerste gin die ik die dag proefde kwam uit Munchen! The Duke Munich Dry Gin was van die aard dat ik meteen wat kocht. Daar gaan we later mee aan de slag, als het zonnetje weer begint te schijnen.

Na de gin trokken we richting whisky. Beginnen deden we bij Glenglassaugh en GlenDronach. Samples werden afgevuld, twee drammetjes werden geproefd. Maar we moesten onze gezellige babbel met de man achter de tafel kortwieken omdat op het scherm achter hem de boodschap verscheen (ook een nieuwigheidje en zeer geapprecieerd) dat onze Dalmore Masterclass over enkele minuten van start zou gaan.

Nu, die Masterclass was echt wel de moeite. Daarom ga ik er hier weinig woorden aan vuil maken en er morgen een aparte blogpost aan wijden. U zal snappen waarom. Laat ik volstaan door te zeggen dat we enkele uitzonderlijke flesjes gekraakt hebben uit de bijzonder gehypte (en veel te dure) Constellation Collection.

Bij Duncan Taylor proefde ik een Cragganmore 1992, maar geweldig was hij niet. Er stond ook weinig nieuws op tafel bij Dalmore, Jura Fettercairn, maar de Fettercairn Fior had ik nog niet eerder geproefd. En ik moet zeggen dat hij mij weinig deed. Bij Signatory echter, de tafel ernaast, kon ik me tegoed doen aan de Mosstowie 34 Year Old 1979 uit de Cask Strength Collection. Het was één van de hoogtepunten van dit festival. Van de Glen Ord uit 1997 nam ik een gul sample mee (dankjewel, Andrew), alsook van enkele van de nieuwe releases (Bowmore, Ledaig Clynelish) uit de Un-Chillfiltered Collection. Die zullen binnenkort allemaal wel eens aan de beurt komen. Afsluiten aan deze tafel deden we met de Ballechin 10 Year Old, een nieuwe vaste waarde in deze geturfde reeks van Edradour.

Aan de tafel met het Japanse spul werden we bijzonder aangenaam verrast door de 30-jarige Apple Brandy die de naam Rita meekreeg, genoemd naar de Schotse echtgenote van Masetaka Taketsuru, de oprichter van de Yoichi (en later de Myagikyo) distilleerderij. Maar ook de Nikka Coffey Malt mocht er wezen. Van de Yoichi 1991 moest ik wel een sample meenemen – wat een whisky! De Taketsuru Pure Malt 25 Year Old en Nikka Single Cask Coffey Malt 2003 gingen ook meer richting Whivie-HQ.

Bij de Nectar konden we uiteraard niet voorbij de twee nieuwe Ierse whiskeys: een geturfde 23-jarige (geweldig!) en een ongeturfde 21-jarige, maar hun Littlemill 1990 was voor mij opnieuw een hoogtepunt. Na een korte pauze aan de stand van Wemyss – waar we de nieuwe Velvet Fig probeerden – was het tijd voor een volgende ontdekking: Armorik!

Terwijl Niek de volledige range probeerde tijdens een impromptu mini-tasting, proefde ik er slechts twee, maar allebei echt, écht de moeite. Ik had eerder als wat van deze Franse whisky geproefd, maar vond hem maar gewoontjes. Maar deze twee bottelingen sprongen er wat mij betreft wel uit: Armorik Maitre de Chai en de Armorik Single Cask 3292 Millésime 2002. Pareltjes uit Bretagne, wie had dat gedacht?

De meeste expressies Compass Box kunnen wel bekoren, dus wilde ik deze kans niet laten voorbij gaan om enkele nieuwtjes te proberen. Zoals daar zijn: Great King Street Glasgow, The Lost Blend en de Juveniles. Maar ik beken: het palate begon vermoeid te geraken, dus nam ik samples mee om binnenkort in alle sereniteit te beoordelen.

Om af te sluiten, bracht ik een bezoek aan mijn liquid love: Auchentoshan. Ik maakte een praatje met importeur Stephane De Bolle en maakte kennis met de opvolger van Gordon Dundas (die nu het Verre Oosten onveilig maakt), de bijzonder sympathieke Alasdair Dickinson. We hadden elkaar eerder enkel virtueel ontmoet en al wat leuke deals gedaan, maar om elkaar hier te kunnen begroeten met een goeie dram ter hand was wel erg prettig. De dram in kwestie was de nieuwe Auchentoshan 25 Year Old 1988 Wine Cask Matured, 8 jaar gerijpt op bourbonvaten en dan een finish van 17 jaar (de langste in de industrie) in Franse wijnvaten. En hij is ronduit geweldig.

Maar de klok ging richting 18u, de chauffeur kondigde zich al aan, dus was het hoog tijd om af te sluiten. Maar niet vooraleer ik nog enkele flessen overnam van Auchentoshan. Immers, wat gaan die mensen daar nog mee doen? Een leuke deal werd beklonken, vier flessen mochten mee naar het cabinet van de Toshan Man. Iedereen blij.

Nog even kort alfabetisch opsommen wat we allemaal geproefd hebben (de 50 samples ga ik hier niet opnoemen), met de highlights in bold (en dus tevens zonder vermelding van de Dalmore uit de Masterclass):

Armorik Maitre de Chai

Armorik Single Cask 3292 Millésime 2002

Auchentoshan 25 Year Old 1988 Wine Cask Matured

Ballechin 10 Year Old

Bunnahabhain 22 Year Old 1980

Compass Box Great King Street Glasgow

Compass Box The Lost Blend

Cragganmore 19 Year Old 1992/2011 Duncan Taylor Rare Auld cask 1425

Fettercairn Fior

GlenDronach 21 Year Old Parliament

Highland Park Dark Origins

Ireland ‘peated’ 23 Year Old 1991/2014 NOTDD

Lagavulin 1995 DE

Littlemill 24 Year Old 1990/2014 NOTDD

Mosstowie 34 Year Old 1979/2013 Signatory Cask Strength cask 1353

Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky

Nikka Apple Brandy 30 Year Old Rita

Tamnavulin-Glenlivet 15 Year Old 1973/1988 Moon Import

Wemyss Velvet Fig Blended Malt

The Duke Munich Dry Gin

Adnams Sloe Gin

Adnams Copper House Gin

Adnams Copper House First Rate Gin

Ish London Dry Gin

Mayfair London Dry Gin

Mombassa Club Gin

Mombassa Club Colonel’s Reserve Gin

In de komende weken/maanden zal ik de samples stuk voor stuk op het blog publiceren, maar daarvoor is het nog even geduld oefenen.

Oh, ja, mijn zoon noemt me schertsend een BBV – een bijna bekende Vlaming – omdat ik (net als heel wat collega liefhebbers, overigens) een pagina kreeg ik de nieuwe spiritsgids van The Nectar. Leuk!

Het was weer geweldig, dat wil ik toch nog even benadrukken. Spirits blijft mijn favoriete festival en ik blokkeer nu reeds mijn agenda voor de editie van 2015.

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“FROM DREAM TO DRAM” KINGSBARNS DISTILLERY OFFICIALLY OPEN – Scotch Whisky News

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FROM DREAM TO DRAM” KINGSBARNS DISTILLERY OFFICIALLY OPEN 

The Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitor Centre officially opened its doors to the public on Monday 1 December. The first visitor was the aptly named Mr. New, who lives locally and has watched the build with interest over the past year and a half.

Located in The East Neuk of Fife, Scotland and overlooking the world-renowned Kingsbarns Championship Golf Course, the arrival of this single malt distillery to the area officially marries together two of Scotland’s finest exports, golf and whisky and is the newest Lowland whisky distillery in the St Andrews area.

Director William Wemyss and Distillery Founder Douglas Clement marked the opening of the Distillery on St Andrews Day (Sunday 30 November) with an official plaque unveiling at a private event attended by industry leaders, close friends and family.

Internationally acclaimed musician James Yorkston who is from the area celebrated the occasion by performing an intimate set including a song penned specially for the occasion.

Speaking on behalf of the Wemyss family, Director William Wemyss commented:

“Since we bought the Kingsbarns project in 2013, it has been a very exciting year for us.  Building a whisky distillery is a once in a generation opportunity and we are looking forward to playing our part in bringing a reinvigoration to the Kingdom of Fife.”

The Scottish Government also supported the development with a European Food Processing and Marketing grant. Food Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

“I’d like to congratulate the Wemyss family and their investors for creating and opening The Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitor Centre here in Fife. This will provide a fantastic added tourist attraction for the many thousands of golf lovers who flock to the ‘Home of Golf’ at St Andrews each year.

“The Scottish Government, which provided support for this project through the Food Processing, Marketing and Cooperation Grant Scheme, welcomes this new distillery to the family of Scottish Craft Distilleries. As well as creating jobs, it will also further enhance the area in terms of tourism activity, bringing Whisky aficionados and golfers to this part of Fife.

“2015 is the Year of Food and Drink in Scotland: a time for us to celebrate our rich natural larder and incredible offering of some of the finest luxury products in the world. Our whisky is second to none and I have every confidence that The Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitor Centre will enrich our reputation for exceptional whisky offerings even further. I wish the Wemyss family the very best of luck in their endeavor.”

The new Kingsbarns Single Malt Scotch whisky will be classified in the Lowlands region and available after a minimum of three years maturation in oak casks.  Fife grown malted barley has been secured to make the spirit and it will be matured predominantly in ex-Bourbon casks.  The visitor centre offers a unique opportunity for guests to watch the process first-hand and be part of the history of the Kingsbarns Single Scotch Malt Whisky in the making.

Key members of the team include Peter Holroyd as Distillery Manager and the Distillery Founder Douglas Clement as Visitor Centre Manager.

Tours can be arranged by contacting: +44(0)1333 451300.

http://www.kingsbarnsdistillery.com/

@KingsbarnsDist

Kingsbarns Distillery Opening

Notes to Editors:

  • The Wemyss family is from Scotland and their historic family seat is Wemyss Castle in Fife where they’ve lived since the 1300s.
  • The family already own Wemyss Malts which is an independent bottler with a whisky range including the blended malt whisky range comprising: The Spice King, The Peat Chimney and The Hive; single malt single cask bottlings and the blended Scotch named Lord Elcho after one of the Wemyss family’s ancestors all of which will be avilable for tasting at The Kingsbarns Distillery.
  • 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.
  • The Wemyss family has a historical link with the site of the new Kingsbarns Distillery as the 7th Earl of Wemyss actually owned part of the Cambo Estate between 1759 and 1783.
  • The Wemyss family was supported in this exciting new development with a European Food Processing and Marketing grant via the Scottish Government for £670K through the Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation Grant Scheme for the Renovation and conversion of an existing building into a distillery, together with the purchase and installation of a 1.5 tonne mash turnkey whisky distillation system.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/12/from-dream-to-dram-kingsbarns-distillery-officially-open-scotch-whisky-news/

The Whisky Exchange “Festive Malt of the Month – Port Askaig 19 Year Old” – Scotch Whisky News

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Festive Malt of the Month – Port Askaig 19 Year Old

December’s Malt of the Month certainly fits the criteria – a stunning whisky that is often overlooked – Port Askaig 19 Year Old Cask Strength. Introduced by independent bottler Speciality Drinks in 2009, the range is named after Islay’s main port and encompasses a range of small-batch whiskies at various ages from undisclosed distilleries on the island. Initially bottled at 45.8%, the cask-strength edition of the 19 Year Old was released in August 2011, the extra alcohol adding complexity and intensity.

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Port Askaig 19 Year Old, 50.4%, £74.95 until 31 December (usually £99.95).

Nose: Intense salty, maritime character, backed up by sour lemons and bitter oranges, with the smoke very much in the background.

Palate: The smoke comes to the fore in the mouth. Ashy, earthy and drying, with spicy cardamom and clove appearing and the fruity notes from the nose taking a back seat.

Finish: Medium to long – the ash and earth are joined by hints of tropical fruit (mango and pineapple), which slowly dissipate to reveal a dry, smoky ending.

Comment: An elegant yet complex aged Islay that combines classic peated-whisky notes of ash and earth with some fruitier tones. This is a sipper and definitely one to sit and take your time over.

A perfect choice for a Christmas whisky, this is perfect for sipping by the fire on a cold day. Why not head to The Whisky Exchange website to take advantage of the special price – we are offering 25% off for the month of December.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/12/the-whisky-exchange-festive-malt-of-the-month-port-askaig-19-year-old-scotch-whisky-news/

The Whisky Lounge Christmas Newsletter – Scotch Whisky News

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Well, here we are ladies and gentlemen. A month to go to Xmas and we are all being bombarded with penguins and fairies and all things in-between. Anything to part you from your hard-earned proverbial.

We here at TWL HQ are no different, excepting one thing. Well maybe two or three things. We can promise you no penguins or fairies for a start. But we can promise you plenty of Christmas spirit. Although we are all about whisky not just being for Christmas, we also recognise that lots of people either want whisky-orientated gifts or want to give said gifts. Therefore, without any further ado, we submit to you our ideas for you…

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SALTY SEA-DOG Blended Malt Whisky 47.3%

Yes ladies and gentlemen it is back! Our very own label peaty little scamp is onto its third ‘litter’, with this one named ‘Littlest Hobo‘. Fans of THAT iconic 80’s TV show will remember the hero in question hitching around, helping people out wherever he went. Well our Hobo has been travelling the world, but with a mission of searching for peaty whiskies to blend for this bottling. We think he has done a cracking job, with the whisky within being smoky, minty, spicy and delicious. A 20cl bottle of this strictly limited batch is just £25 including UK delivery, or £35 with a smart TWL gift box and a pair of Glencairn Whisky Tasting glasses. Click HERE or on the picture to order. You’d be barking not to! (sorry)

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TASTING GIFT PACKS

Possibly the greatest gift for the aspiring or even seasoned whisky-lover. Our gift-boxed tasting from home packs have everything covered for a tasting for one in the comfort of their own home. Why risk your money on one bottle of something they may not like when they can sample 6 outstanding whiskies from us? These incredible sets start from just £25 including delivery. Click HERE and select ‘Tasting Packs’ in the menu.

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LONDON WHISKY WEEKENDER 2015

After the roaring success of last year’s inaugural ‘Whisky Weekender’ in the heart of old industrial London, we are set to repeat and better ourselves. MORE whisky, MORE food, MORE fun and with a firm emphasis on craft (distilling and more…), this should be THE whisky event of the year in London.

Details of the weekend will emerge in the coming weeks, but for you loyal customers, we have a juicy little ‘Early-Bird’ offer for you. The usual price of £30 will be foregone for the first 100 people to book onto each session, who are able to get a pair of tickets for £50! Click HERE or on the banner to get booking – and as always, we can produce PDF tickets for those wanting a physical gift to give.

‘ULTIMALT’ TASTING SESSIONS

We have been working on this little beauty of a series for what feels like years! Finally we have pinned down the inimitable Colin Dunn of Diageo and put together a real humdinger of a tasting. Colin has got out the big guns, and a for few lucky guys and gals, he will be presenting – in association with The Whisky Lounge – a mini-series featuring historic Diageo ‘Special Releases’ as well as a mystery bottle on each night. Dates are…

LONDON             THURS 26th FEB 7pm            SALT BAR, SEYMOUR St. W2

MANCHESTER   FRIDAY 27th FEB 7pm            BRITONS PROTECTION

NEWCASTLE      SAT 28th FEB 7pm                  BLACKFRIARS, FRIARS STREET

Tickets are £50, which is a bargain given the whiskies on tasting, and are strictly limited. Another perfect gift for the whisky-lover! Click on the relevant date and venue above for more detail.

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Fèis Ìle 2015

For those with a want and need to go straight to source and fill their souls as well as their glasses, then this is what you want. The Fèis Ìle is a magical event on the magical island of Islay which is already a Mecca for peaty whisky-lovers. We are taking another lucky group of people with us next year – this time with an option to stay on a working tall ship as well as our regular house at Finlaggan. If you’re interested in coming with us, click HERE to find out more, check out comments from those that have been with us and then feel free to get in touch with questions you may have.

…GUIDE TO WHISKY

Have someone in your life that likes whisky but doesn’t know why? Would you like to learn a little more about your favourite tipple in a friendly, informal and cosy environment? Our ‘Whisky Lounge Guide to‘ nights are a brilliant way of brushing up and empowering yourself whilst kicking back with a few drams with one of our team. We have various dates at all our usual venues – the first of which are up on the website and take place in February. Click HERE and look for the ‘Guide’ to find out more.

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BURNS(ISH) NIGHTS  

Our legendary and traditional new year tastings are back for 2015! At a venue near you we will be tasting some fantastic whiskies and feeding you with a yummy snack or meal – venue dependent. We may even read a poem or two in honour and remembrance of the Scottish bard – but the emphasis is on the whisky! Prices vary so please check the website. Due to popular demand we have put on further dates so pay attention! Click HERE and look for Burns in the list to find out more…

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GIFT VOUCHERS

If you’re simply unsure of what to go for, we also have a our wonderful TWL Gift Vouchers that the recipient can use to buy tickets or products from the website. All you need to do is head over to the shop HERE, choose gift vouchers and add the appropriate number of vouchers to your basket and buy! If you then add the name of the recipient to the order notes on the checkout screen, we can then email you PDFs of the vouchers for you to print and trim and pop in a card. Don’t forget that we can also email PDF tickets for any of the above events to help you create the perfect gift. Add the recipient/s names to the order notes on the checkout screen and we’ll do the rest!

COMPETITION TIME

Very simple one this month as we are so snowed under! All we would like you to do is share and like this newsletter on Facebook – we want more people to know about us! Click HERE to go to our FB page and look out for when this newsletter hits it. We will then enter you in for a prize draw for our extensive stash of whisky-related goodies and cask samples. We are literally clearing up the warehouse in order to start the New Year with a squeaky clean space, so don’t miss out!

THAT’S ALL FOLKS!

That’s it for now, so plenty for you to Mull over (sorry again). No news this month as I’m sure, like us, you are busy enough, but we’ll get back on it next time. We will be in touch again before Xmas but in the meantime, be safe, keep dramming and we hope to see you soon.

Slainte, Eddie, Amanda and Joe The Whisky Lounge Team.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/12/the-whisky-lounge-christmas-newsletter-scotch-whisky-news/

Ledaig 2004 (Liquid Art) // Ledaig 2004 (Liquid Treasures)

This Ledaig 2004 is the third bottling by Liquid Art. I’ve seen a lot of 2004-2005 releases from this distillery lately, but I haven’t reviewed many of them as they tend to be really similar.

 

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Nose: somehow the peat is quite warm here, more so than in other Ledaigs, and despite the young age. Tar and charcoal, mixed with a bit of vanilla and lemonade sweetness. Maybe tinned peaches or pineapple in the back. Very light coastal notes, along with some mentholated hints, but it’s mostly the roundness that’s remarkable here. Mouth: slightly more fierce now, with a hot peaty kick. A little more olive brine as well. Then it returns to sweet soot, with a light syrupy, fruity undertone again. Nice. Sweetened lapsang tea. Finish: long, more towards kippery and herbal notes now, but always with this lingering sweetness.

Nice how this one mixes the deep peaty notes with a balancing sweetness. I don’t like roughly peated whisky so this is one of the nicest Ledaigs I’ve come across so far. Launched today, available from Liquid Art.

Score: 87/100

 

 

Let’s compare it to another Ledaig 2004 that was bottled earlier this year in the Liquid Treasures series.

 

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Nose: this one is slightly cleaner and brighter. In this case this means less of the tinned fruits and vanilla. More minty notes, more sea spray, more mezcal-like notes as well. More towards the focus of young Coal Ila, if you like. There’s a nice buttery side to it as well, so it’s certainly not austere. Mouth: again slightly more focused on the peaty notes, the brine and the smoked fish. It also has a nice sweet side, but it’s less pronounced. Bright hints of sweetened lemon juice and candied ginger. Liquorice too. Finish: long, smoky, half briny, half sweet. Echoes of sweet coffee and chocolate in the very end.

Both are close together. If you prefer a pronounced peatiness and a slightly sharper profile, this one is for you. Around € 70, available from eSpirits among others.

Score: 86/100

Article source: http://www.whiskynotes.be/2014/ledaig/ledaig-2004-liquid-art-ledaig-2004-liquid-treasures/

Old St Andrews Scotch Whisky 8 Year Old Blended

Spirits in the Sky – verslag

EventsGeplaatst door Mark Dermul di, november 18, 2014 07:39:13

Het weekend van 8 en 9 november was het weer zover: Spirits in the Sky, één van de beste (zoniet hét beste) whiskyfestivals in België. Voor deze editie koos de organisatie, The Nectar, voor het Thon Hotel in hartje Brussel. En het was een goeie keuze, want een prachtige locatie met voldoende ruimte om de massa liefhebbers op te vangen.

Ilse dropte Niek en mezelf af voor de deur (ze zou ons later ook weer oppikken, wat is het toch fijn om een Bobette te hebben), ruimschoots op tijd. Nog voor de deuren open gingen liepen we al wat bekend volk tegen het lijf – één van de leuke dingen van zo’n festival: vrienden ontmoeten met dezelfde passie.

Ik kwam gewapend met 50 sampleflesjes en een beurs vol euro’s (door de jetons in mijn broekzak rinkelde ik bij elke stap!) en ging aan de slag. Ik vulde meteen wat nieuw spul af, zoals de Highland Park Dark Origins, de Balvenie Tun 1509 alsook de 17 Year Old Double Wood en drie Glenfiddich, waaronder de 26 Year Old Excellence waar ik erg naar uitkijk.

We begonnen licht, met wat gins. En het mag gezegd, daar zat al meteen mooi spul tussen. De Adnams had er twee, de Copper House Gin en de First Rate Gin. De tweede was duidelijk beter. Hun Sloe Gin, een vruchtenlikeur, was mierzoet. Ik had serieus wat water nodig om mijn glas nadien terug neutraal te krijgen.

De Mayfair London Dry Gin kon me bekoren, maar de Mombassa Club en zeker hun Colonel’s Reserve vielen me beter in de smaak. De Ish was okayish (heb je ‘m?), maar de lekkerste gin die ik die dag proefde kwam uit Munchen! The Duke Munich Dry Gin was van die aard dat ik meteen wat kocht. Daar gaan we later mee aan de slag, als het zonnetje weer begint te schijnen.

Na de gin trokken we richting whisky. Beginnen deden we bij Glenglassaugh en GlenDronach. Samples werden afgevuld, twee drammetjes werden geproefd. Maar we moesten onze gezellige babbel met de man achter de tafel kortwieken omdat op het scherm achter hem de boodschap verscheen (ook een nieuwigheidje en zeer geapprecieerd) dat onze Dalmore Masterclass over enkele minuten van start zou gaan.

Nu, die Masterclass was echt wel de moeite. Daarom ga ik er hier weinig woorden aan vuil maken en er morgen een aparte blogpost aan wijden. U zal snappen waarom. Laat ik volstaan door te zeggen dat we enkele uitzonderlijke flesjes gekraakt hebben uit de bijzonder gehypte (en veel te dure) Constellation Collection.

Bij Duncan Taylor proefde ik een Cragganmore 1992, maar geweldig was hij niet. Er stond ook weinig nieuws op tafel bij Dalmore, Jura Fettercairn, maar de Fettercairn Fior had ik nog niet eerder geproefd. En ik moet zeggen dat hij mij weinig deed. Bij Signatory echter, de tafel ernaast, kon ik me tegoed doen aan de Mosstowie 34 Year Old 1979 uit de Cask Strength Collection. Het was één van de hoogtepunten van dit festival. Van de Glen Ord uit 1997 nam ik een gul sample mee (dankjewel, Andrew), alsook van enkele van de nieuwe releases (Bowmore, Ledaig Clynelish) uit de Un-Chillfiltered Collection. Die zullen binnenkort allemaal wel eens aan de beurt komen. Afsluiten aan deze tafel deden we met de Ballechin 10 Year Old, een nieuwe vaste waarde in deze geturfde reeks van Edradour.

Aan de tafel met het Japanse spul werden we bijzonder aangenaam verrast door de 30-jarige Apple Brandy die de naam Rita meekreeg, genoemd naar de Schotse echtgenote van Masetaka Taketsuru, de oprichter van de Yoichi (en later de Myagikyo) distilleerderij. Maar ook de Nikka Coffey Malt mocht er wezen. Van de Yoichi 1991 moest ik wel een sample meenemen – wat een whisky! De Taketsuru Pure Malt 25 Year Old en Nikka Single Cask Coffey Malt 2003 gingen ook meer richting Whivie-HQ.

Bij de Nectar konden we uiteraard niet voorbij de twee nieuwe Ierse whiskeys: een geturfde 23-jarige (geweldig!) en een ongeturfde 21-jarige, maar hun Littlemill 1990 was voor mij opnieuw een hoogtepunt. Na een korte pauze aan de stand van Wemyss – waar we de nieuwe Velvet Fig probeerden – was het tijd voor een volgende ontdekking: Armorik!

Terwijl Niek de volledige range probeerde tijdens een impromptu mini-tasting, proefde ik er slechts twee, maar allebei echt, écht de moeite. Ik had eerder als wat van deze Franse whisky geproefd, maar vond hem maar gewoontjes. Maar deze twee bottelingen sprongen er wat mij betreft wel uit: Armorik Maitre de Chai en de Armorik Single Cask 3292 Millésime 2002. Pareltjes uit Bretagne, wie had dat gedacht?

De meeste expressies Compass Box kunnen wel bekoren, dus wilde ik deze kans niet laten voorbij gaan om enkele nieuwtjes te proberen. Zoals daar zijn: Great King Street Glasgow, The Lost Blend en de Juveniles. Maar ik beken: het palate begon vermoeid te geraken, dus nam ik samples mee om binnenkort in alle sereniteit te beoordelen.

Om af te sluiten, bracht ik een bezoek aan mijn liquid love: Auchentoshan. Ik maakte een praatje met importeur Stephane De Bolle en maakte kennis met de opvolger van Gordon Dundas (die nu het Verre Oosten onveilig maakt), de bijzonder sympathieke Alasdair Dickinson. We hadden elkaar eerder enkel virtueel ontmoet en al wat leuke deals gedaan, maar om elkaar hier te kunnen begroeten met een goeie dram ter hand was wel erg prettig. De dram in kwestie was de nieuwe Auchentoshan 25 Year Old 1988 Wine Cask Matured, 8 jaar gerijpt op bourbonvaten en dan een finish van 17 jaar (de langste in de industrie) in Franse wijnvaten. En hij is ronduit geweldig.

Maar de klok ging richting 18u, de chauffeur kondigde zich al aan, dus was het hoog tijd om af te sluiten. Maar niet vooraleer ik nog enkele flessen overnam van Auchentoshan. Immers, wat gaan die mensen daar nog mee doen? Een leuke deal werd beklonken, vier flessen mochten mee naar het cabinet van de Toshan Man. Iedereen blij.

Nog even kort alfabetisch opsommen wat we allemaal geproefd hebben (de 50 samples ga ik hier niet opnoemen), met de highlights in bold (en dus tevens zonder vermelding van de Dalmore uit de Masterclass):

Armorik Maitre de Chai

Armorik Single Cask 3292 Millésime 2002

Auchentoshan 25 Year Old 1988 Wine Cask Matured

Ballechin 10 Year Old

Bunnahabhain 22 Year Old 1980

Compass Box Great King Street Glasgow

Compass Box The Lost Blend

Cragganmore 19 Year Old 1992/2011 Duncan Taylor Rare Auld cask 1425

Fettercairn Fior

GlenDronach 21 Year Old Parliament

Highland Park Dark Origins

Ireland ‘peated’ 23 Year Old 1991/2014 NOTDD

Lagavulin 1995 DE

Littlemill 24 Year Old 1990/2014 NOTDD

Mosstowie 34 Year Old 1979/2013 Signatory Cask Strength cask 1353

Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky

Nikka Apple Brandy 30 Year Old Rita

Tamnavulin-Glenlivet 15 Year Old 1973/1988 Moon Import

Wemyss Velvet Fig Blended Malt

The Duke Munich Dry Gin

Adnams Sloe Gin

Adnams Copper House Gin

Adnams Copper House First Rate Gin

Ish London Dry Gin

Mayfair London Dry Gin

Mombassa Club Gin

Mombassa Club Colonel’s Reserve Gin

In de komende weken/maanden zal ik de samples stuk voor stuk op het blog publiceren, maar daarvoor is het nog even geduld oefenen.

Oh, ja, mijn zoon noemt me schertsend een BBV – een bijna bekende Vlaming – omdat ik (net als heel wat collega liefhebbers, overigens) een pagina kreeg ik de nieuwe spiritsgids van The Nectar. Leuk!

Het was weer geweldig, dat wil ik toch nog even benadrukken. Spirits blijft mijn favoriete festival en ik blokkeer nu reeds mijn agenda voor de editie van 2015.

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Kildalton 2007 (Archives)

This brand-new bottling in the Fishes of Samoa series from Archives says ‘distilled at a Kildalton distillery’ on the label. Those are the Southern distilleries on Islay (Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Port Ellen).

Even though the distillery remains undisclosed, it’s mostly Ardbeg which often refers to the nearby Kildalton Cross (e.g. Ardbeg Kildalton).

 

 

Kildalton 2007 ArchivesKildalton 2007 ArchivesKildalton 7 yo 2007 (54,4%, Archives ‘Fishes of Samoa’ 2014, hogshead #9396, 170 btl.)

Nose: high-strength and quite medicinal. Tarry notes and wet wool. Heather and hay. A little lemon skin and hints of apples. A bit of marzipan as well. Very clean, quite simple. Mouth: sweet attack, quickly joined by some heavy peat smoke, peppercorns and sweetened lemon juice. A tad youngish, but this is Ardbeg alright. Liquorice and earthy notes with touches of creamy mocha towards the end. Finish: long but a tad more gentle again. Some grapefruit, salted anchovies and an earthy end.

This Kildalton 2007 is fairly narrow on the nose, but has a wider and thicker body. A bold whisky, slightly overpowering but a nice chance to try a young Ardbeg at cask strength. Available from the Whiskybase shop for € 68.

Score: 87/100

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