Scotch Malt Whisky Society “SHARE IN THE MEMBERS’ TOP 5″ – Scotch Whisky News

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SHARE IN THE MEMBERS’ TOP 5

Come together with your loved ones and indulge with November’s top 5 single cask comforters – a few are already gone forever…

Share your Daring Pairings with us and WIN – ends Tuesday

When it comes to comfort and indulgence at this time of year, what tickles your fancy? We love a good dessert with a dram: tell us your daring pairings and you could win 1 of 12 mighty minis. #happysharing

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No. 1: Deep, rich fruity

73.64

Any time can be Xmas

£92.40

No. 2: Lightly peated

3.227

Tasty farmhouse cooking

£59.40

No. 3: Young spritely

112.7

Youthful vigour in a barrel prison

£62.10

No. 4: Old dignified

41.61

Liquid hedonism

£148.90

No. 5: Sweet, fruity mellow

9.93

Interplay of light shade

£56.70

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

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Ralfy Edges Closer to 500 With Whisky Review #499 – Scotch Whisky News

Ralfy Edges Closer to 500 With Whisky Review #499 – Scotch Whisky News

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www.ralfy.com finds a peat-heavy option with Whisky Review 499 – Bunnahabhain Toiteach @ 46%vol:

 

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New Hampshire Liquor Commission to Host One of the Largest Spirit Tastings in the Nation – Whisky News

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New Hampshire Liquor Commission to Host One of the Largest Spirit Tastings in the Nation 

Event to feature live auction of four individual bottles of Pappy Van Winkle 23-year Bourbon; 400 fine spirits, Rare Scotch bourbon allocated exclusively for New Hampshire  

Concord, NH – Further establishing itself as a dominant player in the spirits world, the New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) will host one of the largest spirits events in the country on Thursday, November 20, at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester. Expected to draw nearly 1,000 people, the Second Annual Distiller’s Showcase of Premium Spirits is expanding dramatically this year to feature more than 400 fine spirits poured by some of the world’s foremost brand ambassadors, along with whisky and spirit seminars, silent auctions and raffles, and enticing cuisine from many of New Hampshire’s premiere restaurants. On behalf of the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire there will also be an auction of four individual bottles of the iconic and incredibly rare, Pappy Van Winkle 23-year Family Reserve Bourbon.

Tickets cost $60 and are available at http://www.distillersshowcase.com/ with proceeds from the event and Pappy Van Winkle Auction benefitting the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire. The event raised more than $31,000 last year in support of the Animal Rescue League and organizers anticipate this year’s event generating more than $50,000 in much needed revenue for the organization.

“As one of the most profitable control states in the country with more than $626 million in sales in Fiscal Year 2014, New Hampshire’s influence and buying power in the beverage industry draws the world’s leading spirit producers and brand ambassadors to the Distiller’s Showcase,” said NHLC Chairman Joseph Mollica. “Expanding in a big way this year, the Distiller’s Showcase gives guests the unrivaled opportunity to immerse themselves in an incredible array of more than 400 ultra-premium spirits, including a selection of rare and exclusive choices. The event provides guests with the opportunity to talk directly with brand ambassadors who can serve as resources to guide consumers as they navigate the vast selection of spirits at our 77 NH Liquor Wine Outlets.”

With 100 tables featuring more than 400 diverse spirits from around the globe available for sampling, there will literally be something for everyone. Nationally known brands and craft distillers will be on hand to offer samples of various styles of whiskey, rye, Scotch, tequila, vodka, rum, gin, cordials and liqueurs. New Hampshire distillers like Sea Hagg Distillery of North Hampton, Djinn Spirits of Nashua, Flag Hill Distillery of Lee, and Smoky Quartz Distillery of Seabrook will take part in the Showcase as well.

Customers will be able to purchase spirits through NHLC’s state-of-the-art mobile app during the event.

In addition to the coveted Pappy Van Winkle 23-year Family Reserve Bourbon, the Distiller’s Showcase will feature whiskey and Scotch sourced and bottled exclusively for New Hampshire. The NH Liquor Wine Outlets will be the only place in the world to purchase the following products:

  • Limited release, 1994 BenRiach Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Single Cask Bottling, Peated / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Finish – approximately 600 bottles in circulation – $179.99
  • Limited release, 1994 BenRiach Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Single Cask Bottling, Burgundy Finish – approximately 300 bottles in circulation – $189.99
  • Limited release, 1995 Glendronach Single Cask Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon finish cask – approximately 600 bottles in circulation – $169.99
  • Angels Envy Bourbon – a unique blend, made exclusively for New Hampshire – approximately 360 bottles – $45.99
  • 16-year ABERFELDY® Single Cask Highland Scotch Whisky – rated 92 points by Whisky Advocate – approximately 532 bottles in circulation – $249.99

“The NH Liquor Commission has always been committed to offering its customers exclusive opportunities to purchase limited availability, premium spirits,” Chairman Mollica added. “Many of the spirits available for sampling at the Distiller’s Showcase are only available in New Hampshire. You simply cannot find these spirits anywhere else in the world. Some of the rare finds were even sourced specifically for New Hampshire and available exclusively at the NH Liquor Wine Outlets.”Guests will have the unique opportunity to interact with brand ambassadors like Alasdair Day, owner of Tweeddale Blend, Megan Breier, Kentucky Bourbon Ambassador for Jim Beam, Philip Pepperdine, Single Malt Scotch Ambassador for Morrison Bowmore Distillers, Chris Fletcher, Assistant Master Distiller for Jack Daniel Distillery, and Raj Sabharwal, U.S. Brand Ambassador for Amrut Distillerie. Chris Fletcher, the Assistant Master Distiller for Jack Daniel Distillery, will host a special seminar on bourbons and whiskeys during the showcase. The one-of-a-kind event features great food from local restaurants, including Bedford Village Inn, Ignite, CanOe, Amphora, the Granite Restaurant Bar, BluAqua, Valentino’s Restaurant, Hanover Street Chop House, CR’s The Restaurant, Hooked, The Quill (SNHU), the Wild Rover, Faro Italian Grill, Common Man, Fresh Market and Triolo’s Bakery. Along with spirit tasting, the event will also feature a special bar area, where guests will get the chance to sip delicious cocktails concocted by renowned mixologists. Guests will also have an opportunity to enter to win an all-expense paid trip to Kentucky to experience the famed Bourbon Trail. The prize includes roundtrip flight, hotel accommodations, vehicle rental, food vouchers and admission to the following distilleries: Woodford Reserve, Jim Beam, Makers Mark, Wild Turkey, Four Roses, Evan Williams and Heaven Hill. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire which improves animal welfare in communities throughout the state. Funds raised will support general operating expenses, as 68-percent of the League’s operating budget goes to general animal care and medical expenses. “The Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire is grateful to be a part of the second annual Distiller’s Showcase,” said Paula Mattis, President and CEO of the Animal Rescue League of NH. “The event enables us to reach more animals who need our help. This year’s Distiller’s Showcase is on track to be bigger than last year’s—with more brands being served, more restaurants and more attendees. Kudos to the New Hampshire Liquor Commission for developing this event!”The New Hampshire Liquor Commission is encouraging guests to imbibe responsibly and, as it did last year, will feature a Brown-Forman social responsibility section headlined by Marc Hindorff, Senior Corporate Responsibility Manager at Brown-Forman. The Radisson Hotel Manchester is offering a special discounted “sip and stay” package for $171 if booked before October 30 and a safe ride home program will also be available.

About the New Hampshire Liquor Commission

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) operates 77 retail locations throughout the Granite State and serves more than 9 million customers each year. More than $3 billion in net profits has been raised since the first store opened in 1934. NHLC had its best sales year ever in Fiscal Year 2014, generating $626 million in gross sales, an increase of $23 million – or nearly 4% over the previous fiscal year. Total liquor net profits transferred to the New Hampshire’s General Fund reached $148 million, which are used to fund programs including education, health and social services, transportation and natural resource protection. NHLC is expecting to net an additional $1 billion for New Hampshire’s General Fund in the next seven years.

Visit www.LiquorandWineOutlets.com to locate a store, search for product availability, learn about monthly sales, review wine tasting schedules, and sign up to receive significant savings with monthly Email Extras.

About the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire

The Animal Rescue League of NH improves animal welfare in our communities by helping pets and the people who care for them. During 2012 over 2,400 animals received care at the shelter, 635 of them were rescued by our Outreach and Cruelty Investigation Department. The ARLNH assists area residents with a low cost spay neuter clinic and pet food pantry for qualified individuals.

The ARL NH is open to all residents of New Hampshire, and actively serves the towns of Amherst, Auburn, Bedford, Brookline, Candia, Dunbarton, Francestown, Goffstown, Hollis, Hooksett, Litchfield, Londonderry, Lyndeborough, Manchester, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, New Boston, Peterborough, Wilton, and Windham.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/11/new-hampshire-liquor-commission-to-host-one-of-the-largest-spirit-tastings-in-the-nation-whisky-news/

Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2015 – The Winners – Whisky News

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Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2015 – The Winners

The latest edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible is about to hit the shelves, and in usual fashion, his results are a little controversial.

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While the number two and three positions in his top five whiskies are held by two of his Buffalo Trace Antique Collection favourites, the sold-out William Larue Weller and Sazerac Rye 18yo from last year, his number one is a first.

It’s a Japanese whisky – Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013.

It went on sale on our website in January 2014 and only lasted a matter of hours, as the reputation of the sherried Yamazaki releases has been well known for a while. For the first time since the Bible was first published in 2004, there are no Scotch whiskies in Jim’s top five this year. We’ll leave it to you to unpick his opinions on the Scotch whisky industry, carefully laid out in the Bible Thumping section of the book, but it’s certainly not been a year in the Scotch world that has made Jim happy.

Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2015 will be available soon from The Whisky Exchange – head on over to the website to sign up and receive an email when it’s in.

In the meantime, here’s Jim’s best whiskies in the world:

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2015 World Whisky of the Year: The Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry 2013
Second Finest Whisky in the World: William Larue Weller 2013
Third Finest World Whisky in the World: Sazerac Rye 18yo 2013
Single Cask of the Year: Four Roses Single Barrel Limited Edition #3-4P

You can find all of the award winners we have in stock over on our Whisky Bible 2015 page on The Whisky Exchange website, but here is the full list of category winners:

SCOTCH

Scotch Whisky of the Year: The Last Drop 1965
Single Malt of the Year (Multiple Casks): Highland Park Loki
Single Malt of the Year (Single Cask): The Last Drop Glen Garioch 47yo
Scotch Blend of the Year: The Last Drop 1965
Scotch Grain of the Year: Sovereign Port Dundas 1978
Scotch Vatted Malt of the Year: Compass Box The Peat Monster 10th Anniversary

Single Malt Scotch:

No Age Statement (Multiple Casks): AnCnoc Rutter
10 Years Under (Multiple Casks): Glen Grant 10yo
11-15 Years (Multiple Casks): Highland Park Loki
16-21 Years (Multiple Casks): Glenmorangie 1993 Ealanta
22-27 Years (Multiple Casks): Glenturret 1986 Famous Grouse Commonwealth Games
28-34 Years (Multiple Casks): Balblair 1983 1st Release
35-40 Years (Multiple Casks): Old Pulteney 40yo
41 Years Over (Multiple Casks): Gordon MacPhail Glen Grant 50yo

No Age Statement (Runner Up): Ardbeg Supernova
10 Years Under (Single Cask): Alexander Weine Destillate Port Charlotte 10yo
11-15 Years (Single Cask): Balvenie 12yo Single Barrel First Fill
16-21 Years (Single Cask): First Editions Clynelish 1996 17yo
22-27 Years (Single Cask): Gordon MacPhail Linkwood 1988
28-34 Years (Single Cask): Old Malt Cask Caol Ila 1984 29yo
35-40 Years (Single Cask): BenRiach 1977 37yo Dark Rum Finish #1891
41 Years Over (Single Cask): Last Drop Glen Garioch 47 Year Old

Blended Scotch:

No Age Statement (Standard): Ballantine’s Finest
No Age Statement (Premium): Ballantine’s Limited Release no. J13295
5-12 Years: Johnnie Walker Black Label 12yo
13-18 Years: Ballantine’s 17yo
19-25 Years: Royal Salute 21yo
26-50 Years: The Last Drop 1965

IRISH WHISKEY

Irish Whiskey of the Year: Redbreast 21yo
Irish Pot Still Whiskey of the Year: Redbreast 21yo
Irish Single Malt of the Year: Bushmills 21yo
Irish Blend of the Year: Jameson

AMERICAN WHISKEY

Bourbon of the Year: William Larue Weller 2013
Rye of the Year: Sazerac Rye 18yo 2013
US Micro Whisky of the Year: Arkansas Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon Whiskey #190
US Micro Whisky of the Year (Runner Up): Balcones Texas Straight Bourbon VII Bourbon

Bourbon:

No Age Statement (Multiple Barrels): William Larue Weller 2013
9 Years Under: Ridgemont Reserve 1792 8yo
10-17 Years (Multiple Barrels): Four Roses Small Batch 2013 125th Anniversary
18 Years Over (Multiple Barrels): Elijah Craig 21yo Single Barrel
No Age Statement (Single Barrel): Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon 1919-2013
10-17 Years (Single Barrel): Four Roses 2013 Limited Edition Single Barrel #3-4P

Rye:

No Age Statement: Thomas Handy Sazerac Rye 2013
11 Years Over: Sazerac Rye 18yo 2013

CANADIAN WHISKY

Canadian Whisky of the Year: Masterson’s 10 Year Old Straight Rye

JAPANESE WHISKY

Japanese Whisky of the Year: Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013

EUROPEAN WHISKY

European Whisky of the Year (Multiple): English Whisky Co. Chapter 14 Unpeated
European Whisky of the Year (Single): Belgian Owl Single Malt ‘64 Months’

WORLD WHISKIES

Asian Whisky of the Year: Kavalan Single Malt Whisky
Southern Hemisphere Whisky of the Year: New Zealand Willowbank 1988 25yo

 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/11/jim-murrays-whisky-bible-2015-the-winners-whisky-news/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America Early November 2014 Outturn – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS 3 Glasses

Early November 2014 Outturn Offerings 

Cask No. 59.48                                           $240

A sensory journey

Highland, Northern

Starting in an old wine cellar with wooden crates on a dusty floor then moving to a muggy pine forest after a storm, the neat nose embarks on a sensory journey; biscuits, porridge oats, mint, bonfire smoke, lamb tagine and a lipstick sweetness. There are textiles and oily notes then on the palate some oomph of peat with pecan nuts toasted in honey, white pepper and Bavarian smoked ham. The reduced nose leads to an old cottage with worn out rugs and aromas of stewed apples and steamed pudding. Dry and ashy to taste with some ginger and cinnamon spice. This Highland distillery was founded in 1817 by Hugh Munro.

Drinking tip: A winter warmer for a dark night

Colour: Golden syrup

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 30 years

Date Distilled: November 1983

Alcohol: 51.2%

USA allocation: 90 bottles

  SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 1.177                                           $115

Tutti-Frutti ice cream

Speyside, Spey

A fresh and fruity aroma greeted us; pineapple cubes, star anise, wood sap and freshly cut grass. Some were reminded of an early morning tee off on the golf course, others gave their new cricket bat a light sanding and a coat of linseed oil in preparation for the new season. The taste had the initial woodiness of chewing the end of a pencil soon followed by juicy flavours of tutti-frutti ice cream with a gentle citrus tang. With water much softer; cherry pie, banana on toast and orange barley water. The taste is now sweet; marshmallows, fondant fancies and candyfloss with a spicy kick in the finish of fresh ginger.

Drinking tip: Late afternoon or early evening

Colour: Toffee Penny gold

Cask: First-fill barrel

Age: 11 years

Date Distilled: June 2002

Alcohol: 57.3%

USA allocation: 120 bottles

 SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 3.226                                           $145

Cigar smoke and Newhaven fish boxes

Islay

The nose was herbal, salty and mineral (samphire, sea-shells, fried seaweed) with a whiff of bonfire and floral notes (heather, parma violets); we also found slightly nutty smoke and medicinal hints of bandages and ‘stookie’ plasters. The neat palate was huge and powerful – Newhaven fish boxes, iodine and scallop shells crashed into cigarette ash, cigar boxes and burnt heather in the mouth. The reduced nose found the pungency of cigar smoke, leather furniture and polished wood, while on the palate good chewy sweetness restrained the sooty, the carbolic and the ‘caracoles picantes’ and saved the day. This distillery dates from 1779.

Drinking tip: A harbour-side dram – or with seafood – or with a cigar – very versatile

Colour: Yellowy gold

Cask: Refill butt

Age: 16 years

Date Distilled: September 1997

Alcohol: 58.3%

USA allocation: 48 bottlesSMWS Green Logo II

 

Cask No. 24.126                                        $185

The Artist’s Lounge

Speyside, Spey

The panel were transported to a lounge of the Dutch masters. A still life of dried fruits, orange pomanders and spiced plums set in a wooden panelled room with piles of leather books. An artists palette of drying paint, linseed rags and turpentine littered the scene. Blackcurrant pastille, and prune juice held chunky caramelised pork crackling and egg nog characters in check. With dilution, pomegranate, orange and cinnamon juggled with dark chocolate and waves of waxy varnish. Glazed and smoked duck with a sticky orange and roasted onion chutney completed the rich molten experience from this much loved distillery.

Drinking tip: When intensity and riches are required

Colour: Russet Apple

Cask: Refill Sherry hogshead

Age: 23 years

Date Distilled: December 1990

Alcohol: 56.1%

USA allocation: 90 bottles

 SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 53.205                                        $180

Foraging for mussels on the West Coast

Islay

The panel cheered in agreement at the thought of collecting shellfish with burning gorse and sea spray in the air, whilst drinking a Caipirinha. Suitably transported to the West Coast, they found wet cement and damp boat sheds. Scorched salmon skin. A superb balance of sweet smoke and brine. Water released delicate white lilies, more lime and peaches on the barbeque. Our foragers found hessian and wicker baskets, to collect their treasure from the shore. They ended with scorched rice pudding, stewed rhubarb and baklava. The finale was like heather moors after a fire.

Drinking tip: On a West Coast holiday

Colour: Polished gold

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 22 years

Date Distilled: January 1992

Alcohol: 52.9%

USA allocation: 48 bottles

 SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 93.61                                           $135

Calmac welder’s tea break

Campbeltown

On the nose, the sweet charabanc of sugar puffs, Crunchy-nut cornflakes, fudge cookies, honey and chocolate flapjacks collided into the savoury wall of smoky bacon crisps, barbecued prawns and baked ham. The palate was also a crash site – big, rich and chewy, with cinder toffee, spiced sultanas and dark honey on toast scattered in a frightening wreckage of charcoal, ash, liquorice sticks, peat reek and industrial garages. The reduced nose suggested a welder on a Calmac ferry enjoying a Daim Bar. The palate – sweet and (we thought) acceptably dirty with a big spicy finish. From the ‘quiet outsider’ distillery in Campbeltown.

Drinking tip: To aid the visceral enjoyment of a brutal rugby match

Colour: Orange sandstone

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 14 years

Date Distilled: June 1999

Alcohol: 58.3%

USA allocation: 150 bottles

Please visit the Scotch Malt Whisky Society at www.smwsa.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/11/scotch-malt-whisky-society-of-america-early-november-2014-outturn-scotch-whisky-news/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America Early November 2014 Outturn – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS 3 Glasses

Early November 2014 Outturn Offerings 

Cask No. 59.48                                           $240

A sensory journey

Highland, Northern

Starting in an old wine cellar with wooden crates on a dusty floor then moving to a muggy pine forest after a storm, the neat nose embarks on a sensory journey; biscuits, porridge oats, mint, bonfire smoke, lamb tagine and a lipstick sweetness. There are textiles and oily notes then on the palate some oomph of peat with pecan nuts toasted in honey, white pepper and Bavarian smoked ham. The reduced nose leads to an old cottage with worn out rugs and aromas of stewed apples and steamed pudding. Dry and ashy to taste with some ginger and cinnamon spice. This Highland distillery was founded in 1817 by Hugh Munro.

Drinking tip: A winter warmer for a dark night

Colour: Golden syrup

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 30 years

Date Distilled: November 1983

Alcohol: 51.2%

USA allocation: 90 bottles

  SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 1.177                                           $115

Tutti-Frutti ice cream

Speyside, Spey

A fresh and fruity aroma greeted us; pineapple cubes, star anise, wood sap and freshly cut grass. Some were reminded of an early morning tee off on the golf course, others gave their new cricket bat a light sanding and a coat of linseed oil in preparation for the new season. The taste had the initial woodiness of chewing the end of a pencil soon followed by juicy flavours of tutti-frutti ice cream with a gentle citrus tang. With water much softer; cherry pie, banana on toast and orange barley water. The taste is now sweet; marshmallows, fondant fancies and candyfloss with a spicy kick in the finish of fresh ginger.

Drinking tip: Late afternoon or early evening

Colour: Toffee Penny gold

Cask: First-fill barrel

Age: 11 years

Date Distilled: June 2002

Alcohol: 57.3%

USA allocation: 120 bottles

 SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 3.226                                           $145

Cigar smoke and Newhaven fish boxes

Islay

The nose was herbal, salty and mineral (samphire, sea-shells, fried seaweed) with a whiff of bonfire and floral notes (heather, parma violets); we also found slightly nutty smoke and medicinal hints of bandages and ‘stookie’ plasters. The neat palate was huge and powerful – Newhaven fish boxes, iodine and scallop shells crashed into cigarette ash, cigar boxes and burnt heather in the mouth. The reduced nose found the pungency of cigar smoke, leather furniture and polished wood, while on the palate good chewy sweetness restrained the sooty, the carbolic and the ‘caracoles picantes’ and saved the day. This distillery dates from 1779.

Drinking tip: A harbour-side dram – or with seafood – or with a cigar – very versatile

Colour: Yellowy gold

Cask: Refill butt

Age: 16 years

Date Distilled: September 1997

Alcohol: 58.3%

USA allocation: 48 bottlesSMWS Green Logo II

 

Cask No. 24.126                                        $185

The Artist’s Lounge

Speyside, Spey

The panel were transported to a lounge of the Dutch masters. A still life of dried fruits, orange pomanders and spiced plums set in a wooden panelled room with piles of leather books. An artists palette of drying paint, linseed rags and turpentine littered the scene. Blackcurrant pastille, and prune juice held chunky caramelised pork crackling and egg nog characters in check. With dilution, pomegranate, orange and cinnamon juggled with dark chocolate and waves of waxy varnish. Glazed and smoked duck with a sticky orange and roasted onion chutney completed the rich molten experience from this much loved distillery.

Drinking tip: When intensity and riches are required

Colour: Russet Apple

Cask: Refill Sherry hogshead

Age: 23 years

Date Distilled: December 1990

Alcohol: 56.1%

USA allocation: 90 bottles

 SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 53.205                                        $180

Foraging for mussels on the West Coast

Islay

The panel cheered in agreement at the thought of collecting shellfish with burning gorse and sea spray in the air, whilst drinking a Caipirinha. Suitably transported to the West Coast, they found wet cement and damp boat sheds. Scorched salmon skin. A superb balance of sweet smoke and brine. Water released delicate white lilies, more lime and peaches on the barbeque. Our foragers found hessian and wicker baskets, to collect their treasure from the shore. They ended with scorched rice pudding, stewed rhubarb and baklava. The finale was like heather moors after a fire.

Drinking tip: On a West Coast holiday

Colour: Polished gold

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 22 years

Date Distilled: January 1992

Alcohol: 52.9%

USA allocation: 48 bottles

 SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 93.61                                           $135

Calmac welder’s tea break

Campbeltown

On the nose, the sweet charabanc of sugar puffs, Crunchy-nut cornflakes, fudge cookies, honey and chocolate flapjacks collided into the savoury wall of smoky bacon crisps, barbecued prawns and baked ham. The palate was also a crash site – big, rich and chewy, with cinder toffee, spiced sultanas and dark honey on toast scattered in a frightening wreckage of charcoal, ash, liquorice sticks, peat reek and industrial garages. The reduced nose suggested a welder on a Calmac ferry enjoying a Daim Bar. The palate – sweet and (we thought) acceptably dirty with a big spicy finish. From the ‘quiet outsider’ distillery in Campbeltown.

Drinking tip: To aid the visceral enjoyment of a brutal rugby match

Colour: Orange sandstone

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 14 years

Date Distilled: June 1999

Alcohol: 58.3%

USA allocation: 150 bottles

Please visit the Scotch Malt Whisky Society at www.smwsa.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/11/scotch-malt-whisky-society-of-america-early-november-2014-outturn-scotch-whisky-news/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America Early November 2014 Outturn – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS 3 Glasses

Early November 2014 Outturn Offerings 

Cask No. 59.48                                           $240

A sensory journey

Highland, Northern

Starting in an old wine cellar with wooden crates on a dusty floor then moving to a muggy pine forest after a storm, the neat nose embarks on a sensory journey; biscuits, porridge oats, mint, bonfire smoke, lamb tagine and a lipstick sweetness. There are textiles and oily notes then on the palate some oomph of peat with pecan nuts toasted in honey, white pepper and Bavarian smoked ham. The reduced nose leads to an old cottage with worn out rugs and aromas of stewed apples and steamed pudding. Dry and ashy to taste with some ginger and cinnamon spice. This Highland distillery was founded in 1817 by Hugh Munro.

Drinking tip: A winter warmer for a dark night

Colour: Golden syrup

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 30 years

Date Distilled: November 1983

Alcohol: 51.2%

USA allocation: 90 bottles

  SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 1.177                                           $115

Tutti-Frutti ice cream

Speyside, Spey

A fresh and fruity aroma greeted us; pineapple cubes, star anise, wood sap and freshly cut grass. Some were reminded of an early morning tee off on the golf course, others gave their new cricket bat a light sanding and a coat of linseed oil in preparation for the new season. The taste had the initial woodiness of chewing the end of a pencil soon followed by juicy flavours of tutti-frutti ice cream with a gentle citrus tang. With water much softer; cherry pie, banana on toast and orange barley water. The taste is now sweet; marshmallows, fondant fancies and candyfloss with a spicy kick in the finish of fresh ginger.

Drinking tip: Late afternoon or early evening

Colour: Toffee Penny gold

Cask: First-fill barrel

Age: 11 years

Date Distilled: June 2002

Alcohol: 57.3%

USA allocation: 120 bottles

 SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 3.226                                           $145

Cigar smoke and Newhaven fish boxes

Islay

The nose was herbal, salty and mineral (samphire, sea-shells, fried seaweed) with a whiff of bonfire and floral notes (heather, parma violets); we also found slightly nutty smoke and medicinal hints of bandages and ‘stookie’ plasters. The neat palate was huge and powerful – Newhaven fish boxes, iodine and scallop shells crashed into cigarette ash, cigar boxes and burnt heather in the mouth. The reduced nose found the pungency of cigar smoke, leather furniture and polished wood, while on the palate good chewy sweetness restrained the sooty, the carbolic and the ‘caracoles picantes’ and saved the day. This distillery dates from 1779.

Drinking tip: A harbour-side dram – or with seafood – or with a cigar – very versatile

Colour: Yellowy gold

Cask: Refill butt

Age: 16 years

Date Distilled: September 1997

Alcohol: 58.3%

USA allocation: 48 bottlesSMWS Green Logo II

 

Cask No. 24.126                                        $185

The Artist’s Lounge

Speyside, Spey

The panel were transported to a lounge of the Dutch masters. A still life of dried fruits, orange pomanders and spiced plums set in a wooden panelled room with piles of leather books. An artists palette of drying paint, linseed rags and turpentine littered the scene. Blackcurrant pastille, and prune juice held chunky caramelised pork crackling and egg nog characters in check. With dilution, pomegranate, orange and cinnamon juggled with dark chocolate and waves of waxy varnish. Glazed and smoked duck with a sticky orange and roasted onion chutney completed the rich molten experience from this much loved distillery.

Drinking tip: When intensity and riches are required

Colour: Russet Apple

Cask: Refill Sherry hogshead

Age: 23 years

Date Distilled: December 1990

Alcohol: 56.1%

USA allocation: 90 bottles

 SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 53.205                                        $180

Foraging for mussels on the West Coast

Islay

The panel cheered in agreement at the thought of collecting shellfish with burning gorse and sea spray in the air, whilst drinking a Caipirinha. Suitably transported to the West Coast, they found wet cement and damp boat sheds. Scorched salmon skin. A superb balance of sweet smoke and brine. Water released delicate white lilies, more lime and peaches on the barbeque. Our foragers found hessian and wicker baskets, to collect their treasure from the shore. They ended with scorched rice pudding, stewed rhubarb and baklava. The finale was like heather moors after a fire.

Drinking tip: On a West Coast holiday

Colour: Polished gold

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 22 years

Date Distilled: January 1992

Alcohol: 52.9%

USA allocation: 48 bottles

 SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 93.61                                           $135

Calmac welder’s tea break

Campbeltown

On the nose, the sweet charabanc of sugar puffs, Crunchy-nut cornflakes, fudge cookies, honey and chocolate flapjacks collided into the savoury wall of smoky bacon crisps, barbecued prawns and baked ham. The palate was also a crash site – big, rich and chewy, with cinder toffee, spiced sultanas and dark honey on toast scattered in a frightening wreckage of charcoal, ash, liquorice sticks, peat reek and industrial garages. The reduced nose suggested a welder on a Calmac ferry enjoying a Daim Bar. The palate – sweet and (we thought) acceptably dirty with a big spicy finish. From the ‘quiet outsider’ distillery in Campbeltown.

Drinking tip: To aid the visceral enjoyment of a brutal rugby match

Colour: Orange sandstone

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 14 years

Date Distilled: June 1999

Alcohol: 58.3%

USA allocation: 150 bottles

Please visit the Scotch Malt Whisky Society at www.smwsa.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/11/scotch-malt-whisky-society-of-america-early-november-2014-outturn-scotch-whisky-news/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America Early November 2014 Outturn – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS 3 Glasses

Early November 2014 Outturn Offerings 

Cask No. 59.48                                           $240

A sensory journey

Highland, Northern

Starting in an old wine cellar with wooden crates on a dusty floor then moving to a muggy pine forest after a storm, the neat nose embarks on a sensory journey; biscuits, porridge oats, mint, bonfire smoke, lamb tagine and a lipstick sweetness. There are textiles and oily notes then on the palate some oomph of peat with pecan nuts toasted in honey, white pepper and Bavarian smoked ham. The reduced nose leads to an old cottage with worn out rugs and aromas of stewed apples and steamed pudding. Dry and ashy to taste with some ginger and cinnamon spice. This Highland distillery was founded in 1817 by Hugh Munro.

Drinking tip: A winter warmer for a dark night

Colour: Golden syrup

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 30 years

Date Distilled: November 1983

Alcohol: 51.2%

USA allocation: 90 bottles

  SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 1.177                                           $115

Tutti-Frutti ice cream

Speyside, Spey

A fresh and fruity aroma greeted us; pineapple cubes, star anise, wood sap and freshly cut grass. Some were reminded of an early morning tee off on the golf course, others gave their new cricket bat a light sanding and a coat of linseed oil in preparation for the new season. The taste had the initial woodiness of chewing the end of a pencil soon followed by juicy flavours of tutti-frutti ice cream with a gentle citrus tang. With water much softer; cherry pie, banana on toast and orange barley water. The taste is now sweet; marshmallows, fondant fancies and candyfloss with a spicy kick in the finish of fresh ginger.

Drinking tip: Late afternoon or early evening

Colour: Toffee Penny gold

Cask: First-fill barrel

Age: 11 years

Date Distilled: June 2002

Alcohol: 57.3%

USA allocation: 120 bottles

 SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 3.226                                           $145

Cigar smoke and Newhaven fish boxes

Islay

The nose was herbal, salty and mineral (samphire, sea-shells, fried seaweed) with a whiff of bonfire and floral notes (heather, parma violets); we also found slightly nutty smoke and medicinal hints of bandages and ‘stookie’ plasters. The neat palate was huge and powerful – Newhaven fish boxes, iodine and scallop shells crashed into cigarette ash, cigar boxes and burnt heather in the mouth. The reduced nose found the pungency of cigar smoke, leather furniture and polished wood, while on the palate good chewy sweetness restrained the sooty, the carbolic and the ‘caracoles picantes’ and saved the day. This distillery dates from 1779.

Drinking tip: A harbour-side dram – or with seafood – or with a cigar – very versatile

Colour: Yellowy gold

Cask: Refill butt

Age: 16 years

Date Distilled: September 1997

Alcohol: 58.3%

USA allocation: 48 bottlesSMWS Green Logo II

 

Cask No. 24.126                                        $185

The Artist’s Lounge

Speyside, Spey

The panel were transported to a lounge of the Dutch masters. A still life of dried fruits, orange pomanders and spiced plums set in a wooden panelled room with piles of leather books. An artists palette of drying paint, linseed rags and turpentine littered the scene. Blackcurrant pastille, and prune juice held chunky caramelised pork crackling and egg nog characters in check. With dilution, pomegranate, orange and cinnamon juggled with dark chocolate and waves of waxy varnish. Glazed and smoked duck with a sticky orange and roasted onion chutney completed the rich molten experience from this much loved distillery.

Drinking tip: When intensity and riches are required

Colour: Russet Apple

Cask: Refill Sherry hogshead

Age: 23 years

Date Distilled: December 1990

Alcohol: 56.1%

USA allocation: 90 bottles

 SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 53.205                                        $180

Foraging for mussels on the West Coast

Islay

The panel cheered in agreement at the thought of collecting shellfish with burning gorse and sea spray in the air, whilst drinking a Caipirinha. Suitably transported to the West Coast, they found wet cement and damp boat sheds. Scorched salmon skin. A superb balance of sweet smoke and brine. Water released delicate white lilies, more lime and peaches on the barbeque. Our foragers found hessian and wicker baskets, to collect their treasure from the shore. They ended with scorched rice pudding, stewed rhubarb and baklava. The finale was like heather moors after a fire.

Drinking tip: On a West Coast holiday

Colour: Polished gold

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 22 years

Date Distilled: January 1992

Alcohol: 52.9%

USA allocation: 48 bottles

 SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 93.61                                           $135

Calmac welder’s tea break

Campbeltown

On the nose, the sweet charabanc of sugar puffs, Crunchy-nut cornflakes, fudge cookies, honey and chocolate flapjacks collided into the savoury wall of smoky bacon crisps, barbecued prawns and baked ham. The palate was also a crash site – big, rich and chewy, with cinder toffee, spiced sultanas and dark honey on toast scattered in a frightening wreckage of charcoal, ash, liquorice sticks, peat reek and industrial garages. The reduced nose suggested a welder on a Calmac ferry enjoying a Daim Bar. The palate – sweet and (we thought) acceptably dirty with a big spicy finish. From the ‘quiet outsider’ distillery in Campbeltown.

Drinking tip: To aid the visceral enjoyment of a brutal rugby match

Colour: Orange sandstone

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 14 years

Date Distilled: June 1999

Alcohol: 58.3%

USA allocation: 150 bottles

Please visit the Scotch Malt Whisky Society at www.smwsa.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/11/scotch-malt-whisky-society-of-america-early-november-2014-outturn-scotch-whisky-news/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America Early November 2014 Outturn – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS 3 Glasses

Early November 2014 Outturn Offerings 

Cask No. 59.48                                           $240

A sensory journey

Highland, Northern

Starting in an old wine cellar with wooden crates on a dusty floor then moving to a muggy pine forest after a storm, the neat nose embarks on a sensory journey; biscuits, porridge oats, mint, bonfire smoke, lamb tagine and a lipstick sweetness. There are textiles and oily notes then on the palate some oomph of peat with pecan nuts toasted in honey, white pepper and Bavarian smoked ham. The reduced nose leads to an old cottage with worn out rugs and aromas of stewed apples and steamed pudding. Dry and ashy to taste with some ginger and cinnamon spice. This Highland distillery was founded in 1817 by Hugh Munro.

Drinking tip: A winter warmer for a dark night

Colour: Golden syrup

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 30 years

Date Distilled: November 1983

Alcohol: 51.2%

USA allocation: 90 bottles

  SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 1.177                                           $115

Tutti-Frutti ice cream

Speyside, Spey

A fresh and fruity aroma greeted us; pineapple cubes, star anise, wood sap and freshly cut grass. Some were reminded of an early morning tee off on the golf course, others gave their new cricket bat a light sanding and a coat of linseed oil in preparation for the new season. The taste had the initial woodiness of chewing the end of a pencil soon followed by juicy flavours of tutti-frutti ice cream with a gentle citrus tang. With water much softer; cherry pie, banana on toast and orange barley water. The taste is now sweet; marshmallows, fondant fancies and candyfloss with a spicy kick in the finish of fresh ginger.

Drinking tip: Late afternoon or early evening

Colour: Toffee Penny gold

Cask: First-fill barrel

Age: 11 years

Date Distilled: June 2002

Alcohol: 57.3%

USA allocation: 120 bottles

 SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 3.226                                           $145

Cigar smoke and Newhaven fish boxes

Islay

The nose was herbal, salty and mineral (samphire, sea-shells, fried seaweed) with a whiff of bonfire and floral notes (heather, parma violets); we also found slightly nutty smoke and medicinal hints of bandages and ‘stookie’ plasters. The neat palate was huge and powerful – Newhaven fish boxes, iodine and scallop shells crashed into cigarette ash, cigar boxes and burnt heather in the mouth. The reduced nose found the pungency of cigar smoke, leather furniture and polished wood, while on the palate good chewy sweetness restrained the sooty, the carbolic and the ‘caracoles picantes’ and saved the day. This distillery dates from 1779.

Drinking tip: A harbour-side dram – or with seafood – or with a cigar – very versatile

Colour: Yellowy gold

Cask: Refill butt

Age: 16 years

Date Distilled: September 1997

Alcohol: 58.3%

USA allocation: 48 bottlesSMWS Green Logo II

 

Cask No. 24.126                                        $185

The Artist’s Lounge

Speyside, Spey

The panel were transported to a lounge of the Dutch masters. A still life of dried fruits, orange pomanders and spiced plums set in a wooden panelled room with piles of leather books. An artists palette of drying paint, linseed rags and turpentine littered the scene. Blackcurrant pastille, and prune juice held chunky caramelised pork crackling and egg nog characters in check. With dilution, pomegranate, orange and cinnamon juggled with dark chocolate and waves of waxy varnish. Glazed and smoked duck with a sticky orange and roasted onion chutney completed the rich molten experience from this much loved distillery.

Drinking tip: When intensity and riches are required

Colour: Russet Apple

Cask: Refill Sherry hogshead

Age: 23 years

Date Distilled: December 1990

Alcohol: 56.1%

USA allocation: 90 bottles

 SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 53.205                                        $180

Foraging for mussels on the West Coast

Islay

The panel cheered in agreement at the thought of collecting shellfish with burning gorse and sea spray in the air, whilst drinking a Caipirinha. Suitably transported to the West Coast, they found wet cement and damp boat sheds. Scorched salmon skin. A superb balance of sweet smoke and brine. Water released delicate white lilies, more lime and peaches on the barbeque. Our foragers found hessian and wicker baskets, to collect their treasure from the shore. They ended with scorched rice pudding, stewed rhubarb and baklava. The finale was like heather moors after a fire.

Drinking tip: On a West Coast holiday

Colour: Polished gold

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 22 years

Date Distilled: January 1992

Alcohol: 52.9%

USA allocation: 48 bottles

 SMWS Green Logo II

Cask No. 93.61                                           $135

Calmac welder’s tea break

Campbeltown

On the nose, the sweet charabanc of sugar puffs, Crunchy-nut cornflakes, fudge cookies, honey and chocolate flapjacks collided into the savoury wall of smoky bacon crisps, barbecued prawns and baked ham. The palate was also a crash site – big, rich and chewy, with cinder toffee, spiced sultanas and dark honey on toast scattered in a frightening wreckage of charcoal, ash, liquorice sticks, peat reek and industrial garages. The reduced nose suggested a welder on a Calmac ferry enjoying a Daim Bar. The palate – sweet and (we thought) acceptably dirty with a big spicy finish. From the ‘quiet outsider’ distillery in Campbeltown.

Drinking tip: To aid the visceral enjoyment of a brutal rugby match

Colour: Orange sandstone

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 14 years

Date Distilled: June 1999

Alcohol: 58.3%

USA allocation: 150 bottles

Please visit the Scotch Malt Whisky Society at www.smwsa.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/11/scotch-malt-whisky-society-of-america-early-november-2014-outturn-scotch-whisky-news/

Ardmore Legacy

Most distilleries are going down the path of launching NAS expressions, usually by introducing new bottlings. Sometimes old expressions are discontinued at the same time and you keep thinking they’re simply lowering the bar a little…

In the case of Ardmore, it’s not just lowering the bar but also watering down. Ardmore Traditional Cask, a rather well-respected dram (kind of the underdog for Islay whisky), has recently been discontinued and replaced with Ardmore Legacy. The old one was bottled at 46% and unchill filtered, the new one is bottled at the bare minimum of 40% and comes filtered. On the other hand, it seems the Traditional Cask will reappear in another form in 2015 so maybe it’s all just a temporary complaint.

Ardmore Legacy is a mix of 80% peated malt and 20% unpeated.

 

 

Ardmore LegacyArdmore LegacyArdmore Legacy (40%, OB 2014)

Nose: malty sweetness (think breakfast cereals), with candy apple and toffee. Smoked almonds and marzipan. Vanilla. Hints of bread crust. Gentle peat and charcoal, easy to notice but not on the Islay level. Honeyed nuts and cinnamon. Mouth: fairly light, although I have to say it’s less noticeable because the peaty notes add weight. Some caramel sweetness and mocha, with nice charred notes and roasted coffee beans. Apples. Also light earthy notes and spices. Fades away really quickly though, leaving a thin impression. Finish: medium long, fairly dry and not too intense, with roasted notes and light spices.

Ardmore Legacy is not so different from how I remember Ardmore Traditional: overall a bit lighter but not the inferior product I feared it would be. Still recommendable as an introduction to peat. The price helps: under € 30.

Score: 81/100

Article source: http://www.whiskynotes.be/2014/ardmore/ardmore-legacy/