Celebrate World Whisky Day with these exquisite expressions – Whisky News

World Whisky Day (16th May 2020) is just around the corner, and the question of which whisky to celebrate with remains a question on everybody’s lips. There are few things more perfect than a fine whisky; patiently matured and rich with flavour, taking the drinker on an unforgettable taste journey. Bringing together the finest ingredients and flavours, here is a selection of stand-out whiskies perfect to raise a Dram with for World Whisky Day, including classics from The Macallan, Maker’s Mark, The House of Suntory, and more.

Bowmore 15 Year Old 

Bowmore is Islay’s oldest distillery, and home to the world’s oldest whisky maturation warehouse, the No. 1 Vaults. Matured first in bourbon barrels then Oloroso casks, there’s no finer example of a sherry cask finish than Bowmore 15 Year Old. The final three years spent in Oloroso sherry casks give Bowmore 15 Year Old the rich, deep colour and robust warming finish.

RRP: £60

Available to purchase from The Whisky Exchange and Amazon

The Macallan Estate 

The Macallan Estate, created by Whisky Maker Sarah Burgess, is a tribute to The Macallan’s heritage and home. It is an extremely special new single malt containing rare spirit from a proportion of the barley grown at Easter Elchies estate, which is distilled just once a year over the course of a single week. The liquid delivers a subtle hint of citrus which balances the traditional sherried richness, resulting in a complex single malt with an extraordinarily long finish.

RRP: £195

Stockists: The Whisky Shop and The Whisky Exchange

 

Highland Park 16 Year Old Twisted Tattoo 

In collaboration with Danish tattoo artist and modern-day Viking Soul, Colin Dale, Highland Park 16 Year Old Twisted Tattoo’s bold design celebrates the tattoo as a mark of both standing apart and being part of a tribe – just like Highland Park. The expression’s exquisite tasting notes include the likes of sweet vanilla, sun-ripened peaches, and full-bodied red wine, finished with a light peat smoke.

RRP: £80

Stockists: Master of Malt and The Whisky Shop

 

Laphroaig Lore 

By maturing the liquid in small batches in five unique casks, Laphroaig has created a liquid that is rich, complex, varied and above all, storied. Laphroaig Lore uses different aged liquids ranging from 7 to 21 years, which allows the richest possible flavour. As the name suggests, this offering from Laphroaig is inspired by the knowledge and traditions passed down from generation to generation of its distillery managers, blenders and craftsmen.

RRP: £80

Stockists: Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange

Maker’s 46

The first bourbon in Maker’s Mark’s wood-finishing series, Maker’s 46 was created by Bill Samuels, J., to amplify the flavours he loves most in Maker’s Mark. The innovative wood-stave-finishing process starts with fully matured Maker’s Mark at cask strength, after which 10 seared virgin French oak staves are inserted into the barrel. The liquid is then finished for nine weeks in a limewood cellar, resulting in a bolder and more complex flavour, but without the bitterness typical of longer-aged whiskies.

RRP: £40

Stockists: Amazon and Master of Malt

Toki 

Meaning ‘time’ in Japanese, Toki brings together old and new – the House of Suntory’s proud heritage and its innovative spirit. A blended Japanese whisky that is both ground-breaking and timeless, the finish is subtly sweet and spicy with a hint of vanilla oak, white pepper and ginger.

RRP: £35

Stockists: Tesco and Master of Malt

 

 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/celebrate-world-whisky-day-with-these-exquisite-expressions-whisky-news/

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old Cuvée 640

Distilleerderij: Bruichladdich
Regio: Schotland (Islay)
Fles: Bruichladdich 21 Year Old Cuvée 640 Eroica, OB 2013
Kleur: oud goud
ABV: 46%

Gezouten Granny Smith

Cuvée 640 is een Bruichladdich die een finish kreeg in een… cognac-vat! Op het label staat overigens ‘Oh Mensch! Gieb Acht! Was spricht die tiefe mitternacht?’, wat de openingszin is uit ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’ (hoort u de muziek al?) van de Duitse filosoof Nietzche. Bent u nog mee? Soit, deze Laddie is unpeated en maar liefst 21 jaar oud.

Gezouten Granny Smith! Ja, sorry dat ik zo met de deur in huis val, maar dat is het eerst wat ik ruik! Vreemd, maar erg aangenaam. Dat wordt onmiddellijk aangevuld met perzik, citroengras, onrijpe ananas, mango en – iets wat ik niet vaak in een whisky ben tegengekomen – oregano. Vlierbloesems. Wordt verrassend tropisch, in alle eerlijkheid. Deze heeft wat tijd nodig, maar als je hem die gunt, zal je aangenaam verrast worden.

Hij is romig op de tong en onmiddellijk bijzonder zoet. Appels, appelsienen… maar al snel komt er een verrassend zilte toets opzetten. Citroengras, witte peper, pijnboompitten en een druppel of twee brak water. En weet je wat? Het werkt erg, erg goed!

In de drogende afdronk verraadt deze Laddie zijn leeftijd. Gedroogde abrikozen en appelmoes op het sterfbed.

Mooi, hoor, maar wat mij betreft kan hij het niveau van de Cuvée 382 niet halen.

84/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 16-02-2020
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=6106

Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Canada May 2020 PART ONE – Scotch Whisky News

This month we’re celebrating the wild diversity of both our whisky and our wonderful members. Partnering with leading UK naturalist and SMWS member Nick Baker, we’ve matched each of our flavour profiles to different forms of wildlife. Delve into your personality and taste preferences, and take our Find Your Spirit Animal quiz online at smws.com/hub. Share your discoveries with us on social media using the hashtag #spiritanimal.

Please note that we’re spreading the whisky love throughout May by staggering the Outturn; there are four releases now, and three more will follow in a couple of weeks – on Friday, May 15th – to coincide with World Whisky Day on May 16th!

SWEET AND JUICY – DRY FINISH

CASK NO. 58.33

CASK:  Refill hogshead

AGE:  11 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Sweet, fruity mellow

SPIRIT ANIMAL:  Elegant Trogon

CHARACTER TRAIT:  Laid-back, soft and well-rounded, takes time to reveal its unique beauty

SWEETNESS AND SPICE – LACED WITH MYSTERY

CASK NO. 16.39

CASK:  2nd fill puncheon

AGE:  18 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Deep, rich dried fruits

SPIRIT ANIMAL:  Binturong

CHARACTER TRAIT:  Enigmatic with wisdom and depth, surprisingly dexterous and agile

EMANATING PETRICHOR

CASK NO. 4.248

CASK:  Refill hogshead

AGE:  13 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Lightly peated

SPIRIT ANIMAL:  Fire Salamander

CHARACTER TRAIT:  Soft and smooth with gentle beauty and fire in the belly

OLD FASHIONED

CASK NO. N/A

CASK:  1st fill barrels and hogsheads

AGE:  11 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Blended malt

SPIRIT ANIMAL:  A wildcard! You tell us!

CHARACTER TRAIT:  Give the Society’s latest blended malt a try and describe its traits to us in your own words on social media

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Canada
Suite 160
104 – 1240 Kensington Road NW
Calgary, AB  T2N 3P7
403-969-8225
curious@smws.ca
www.smws.ca

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/scotch-malt-whsiky-society-of-canada-may-2020-part-one-scotch-whisky-news/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Canada May 2020 PART ONE – Scotch Whisky News

This month we’re celebrating the wild diversity of both our whisky and our wonderful members. Partnering with leading UK naturalist and SMWS member Nick Baker, we’ve matched each of our flavour profiles to different forms of wildlife. Delve into your personality and taste preferences, and take our Find Your Spirit Animal quiz online at smws.com/hub. Share your discoveries with us on social media using the hashtag #spiritanimal.

Please note that we’re spreading the whisky love throughout May by staggering the Outturn; there are four releases now, and three more will follow in a couple of weeks – on Friday, May 15th – to coincide with World Whisky Day on May 16th!

SWEET AND JUICY – DRY FINISH

CASK NO. 58.33

CASK:  Refill hogshead

AGE:  11 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Sweet, fruity mellow

SPIRIT ANIMAL:  Elegant Trogon

CHARACTER TRAIT:  Laid-back, soft and well-rounded, takes time to reveal its unique beauty

SWEETNESS AND SPICE – LACED WITH MYSTERY

CASK NO. 16.39

CASK:  2nd fill puncheon

AGE:  18 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Deep, rich dried fruits

SPIRIT ANIMAL:  Binturong

CHARACTER TRAIT:  Enigmatic with wisdom and depth, surprisingly dexterous and agile

EMANATING PETRICHOR

CASK NO. 4.248

CASK:  Refill hogshead

AGE:  13 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Lightly peated

SPIRIT ANIMAL:  Fire Salamander

CHARACTER TRAIT:  Soft and smooth with gentle beauty and fire in the belly

OLD FASHIONED

CASK NO. N/A

CASK:  1st fill barrels and hogsheads

AGE:  11 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Blended malt

SPIRIT ANIMAL:  A wildcard! You tell us!

CHARACTER TRAIT:  Give the Society’s latest blended malt a try and describe its traits to us in your own words on social media

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Canada
Suite 160
104 – 1240 Kensington Road NW
Calgary, AB  T2N 3P7
403-969-8225
curious@smws.ca
www.smws.ca

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/scotch-malt-whsiky-society-of-canada-may-2020-part-one-scotch-whisky-news/

GLEN MORAY SINGLE MALT IS LATEST GLOBAL BRAND TO JOIN GROWING 375 PARK AVENUE SPIRITS PORTFOLIO – Scotch Whisky News

GLEN MORAY SINGLE MALT IS LATEST GLOBAL BRAND TO JOIN GROWING 375 PARK AVENUE SPIRITS PORTFOLIO

Louisville, KY (April 30, 2020)— 375 Park Avenue Spirits is thrilled to announce that it has come to an agreement with Glen Turner Company Ltd, the Scottish subsidiary of French group La Martiniquaise-Bardinet to act as the US importer for another of the company’s iconic brands—Glen Moray Speyside Single Malt Whisky—effective June 1, 2020.

“Earlier this year we expanded our strategic relationship with La Martiniquaise-Bardinet when we took on Cutty Sark, and today we add another award-winning global brand to our mix of products,” said Jason Schladenhauffen, president and CEO of 375 Park Avenue Spirits. “Our team looks forward to rapidly increasing the availability of this portfolio of unique Scotch whisky to new and existing customers. The unique finishes available from Glen Moray are like nothing else we currently have within our range, and that’s exciting.”

Glen Moray has been distilled in Speyside on the banks of the River Lossie outside of Elgin since 1897. The distillery offers a range of expressions and vintages in its four major collections: Elgin Classic, Elgin Heritage, Elgin Reserve and Elgin Prestige.

“Adding our single malt Speyside Glen Moray range to the 375 Park Avenue Spirits portfolio will help us reach new customers and markets and continue to build our brand equity in the United States” said Christophe Pichambert, international director for La Martiniquaise-Bardinet. “Glen Moray has a 120 years rich history and has been available as early as the 1930’s. We are convinced that, Jason and his team’s passion and incredible enthusiasm will make Glen Moray become one of America’s favorite Scotch Single Malt. ”

Glen Moray will be available from 375 Park Avenue Spirits beginning on June 1, 2020. Available SKUs include the following: Glen Moray Classic 750ml 1.75L, Glen Moray Classic Port Cask Finish 750ml, Glen Moray Classic Sherry Cask Finish 750ml, Glen Moray Classic Chardonnay Cask Finish 750ml, Glen Moray Classic Cabernet Cask Finish 750ml , Glen Moray Classic Peated 750ml, Glen Moray 12YO 750ml, Glen Moray Classic 15 YO 750ml, Glen Moray 18YO  750ml and Glen Moray 21YO Port Wood Finish 750ml.

About 375 Park Avenue Spirits

375 Park Avenue Spirits specializes in the premium- to luxury-spirit categories and our portfolio includes numerous expressions from leading international producers.  Founded as Luctor International, LLC in 1981, 375 Park Avenue Spirits joined the Sazerac Company in early 2015 to act as an independent, yet fully integrated sales and marketing affiliate. The company is known today for creating an environment of growth for supplier partners in the domestic market for renown brands like Van Gogh Vodka from Holland, Sobieski Vodka from Poland, Cutty Sark Blended Scotch, J.P. Wiser’s Canadian Whisky, Paul John Single Malt Whisky from India, Scapegrace Gin from New Zealand, Novo Fogo Cachaca and many others. For more information on 375 Park Avenue Spirits, please visit www.375park.com.

About Sazerac

Sazerac is one of America’s oldest family owned, privately held distillers with operations in the United States in Louisiana, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Maryland, California, and global operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Australia and Canada. For more information on Sazerac, please visit www.sazerac.com.

About La Martiniquaise-Bardinet

La Martiniquaise-Bardinet Group is a leading player in the Wine Spirits industry and features in the world’s top ten spirits companies (source: IMPACT).

This independent French group founded in 1934 employs 2,400 people with a turnover of over 1 billion euros. Headquartered near Paris, the group operates in over 100 countries on many spirit categories and is particularly renowned internationally for its blended scotch whisky portfolio (Cutty Sark acquired from The Edrington Group in December 2018 and its two millionaire brands Label 5 and Sir Edward’s). The group also prides in being the category leader in Port with Cruz Port and Agricole Rum with Saint James.

For more information, please visit www.la-martiniquaise.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/glen-moray-single-malt-is-latest-global-brand-to-join-growing-375-park-avenue-spirits-portfolio-scotch-whisky-news/

Benromach 2007 cask #335 (for Hocksheads)

If I’m not mistaken Hocksheads is a German whisky community managed by Pat Hock. They regularly release bottlings and today we’re trying their Benromach 2007 single cask. Kind of an older single cask version of the standard Benromach Peat Smoke so to speak.

 

Benromach 12 yo 2007 (57,9%, OB for Hocksheads 2019, first-fill bourbon barrel #335, 206 btl.)

Nose: rich, fairly sweet and very ashy, with leafy notes and some chalk, but also a fresh citrusy side and some youthful yellow apple sweetness. A little vanilla and fudge. Mild pepper. The peatiness is not the most powerful on the market but it’s nicely medicinal. 

Mouth: oily texture, starts citrusy, with hints of roasted pineapple as well. Builds to be thick and earthy, with ashes, vanilla and mint. Some herbs and a rather big medicinal side again (for a non-Islay whisky).

Finish: medium length, with kippers, ashes and oak spice. Still some warming vanilla and fruits.

Benromach with an above-average peat level. It shows a nice texture, traces of Springbank but also nice fruity notes. Complexity is slightly limited but a nice choice nonetheless. Around € 95 from DeinWhisky.de for instance.

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2020/benromach/benromach-2007-cask-335-for-hocksheads/

Malt Messenger Bulletin by Andrew Ferguson – We have a New Laddie Cask! – Scotch Whisky News

Malt Messenger Bulletin

We Have a New KWM Laddie Cask It Will Be Gone in a Flash!

It has been a while since we’ve sent out a Malt Messenger Bulletin all on its own. It is a shorter newsletter that I reserve for special occasions or when there is whisky news that just can’t wait for the next full edition. This time it is both.

If you follow us on Social Media, or are one of those customers who frequently mine the website looking for new whiskies, then you might already be aware that we have just received a new cask of Bruichladdich. Our second ever cask of Bruichladdich arrived in-store on Wednesday. In just 3 days 2/3 of the 240 bottles have already sold. It is possible the remaining bottles will not last until the end of the weekend. Hence the haste in putting out a Malt Messenger. More details and my tasting note on this lovely new whisky can be found below.

I hope this Malt Messenger Bulletin finds you well, and in time to grab a bottle of the Bruichladdich before it sells out. If not, there will always be another whisky. We are expecting our 2nd edition of the Glenfarclas 15 Year KWM Cask Strength later this month!

Sincerely,

Andrew Ferguson
Kensington Wine Market

PS – Don’t forget you can follow me on Twitter:

@scotch_guy, Instagram: @thescotch_guy/

or @kwmwhisky and Facebook: facebook.com/scotch.guy.1

Introducing: Our 2nd KWM Exclusive Bruichladdich Cask 

The Bruichladdich 2007 KWM Fresh Bourbon Cask!

Our 2nd KWM Exclusive single cask of Bruichladdich is a 12 year old from a Fresh Bourbon Cask, #336. It was distilled from unpeated optic barley on March 16 2007, and bottled November 14, 2019 at 58.6%. Only 240 bottles, and we don’t expect them to last long. It is over 2/3 sold in 3 days! – Limit of 2 bottles per customer!

Bruichladdich 2007 KWM Bourbon Cask 336 – 58.6% – 12 Year – Fresh Bourbon Barrel –  My Tasting Note: “Nose: creamy, honeyed and malty with loads of fruit and a gentle salty maritime flourish; juicy and toasty with soft decadent oak spices; Starburst fruit candies and French vanilla ice cream; the barley lends the nose a soft minerality. Palate: silky to start with loads of honey, more French vanilla and then a bold surge of juicy fruits and crisp barley; the salty maritime tones arrive later with decadent spices; thick and oily; more Starburst fruit candies, honeydew melon, bitter orange and singed lemon peel; candied ginger, cinnamon sticks and licorice root; later allspice; toasty and nutty; once again the barley shines through. Finish: long, fresh, coating and creamy; decadent vanilla, juicy fruits and crisp spice. Comment: thick, creamy and toasty with loads of fruit, barley and a touch of crisp Islay air; young and Fresh without a rough edges and a complexity beyond what you expect for just a dozen years in the cask; this is a naked Laddie, clean and elegant!” – $135 – Limit 2 bottles per customer!

Free City-Wide Delivery in Calgary Other Options! 

Free Delivery in Calgary for Orders Over $50, and Loads of Deals To Be Had!

As with many other small and independent businesses in the city, we are getting creative to continue serving our customers and keeping the business going. We have taken precautions in-store to ensure the health and safety of both our staff and customers. Details on that below! We are also offering options to continue serving those of you in quarantine or who are taking extra precautions with regards to social isolation.

FREE DELIVERY

– We are offering free delivery for orders over $50 placed online or over the phone, and will do our best to deliver within 72 hours.

CURBSIDE PICKUP

– Place an order, we’ll let you know when it is ready. Call us when you are out front or parked in the back lot and we’ll bring it out. Simple as that!

GIFTING

– Want to send someone a care package? All gifting options are still available. Quarantined parents and closed schools qualify as a “wine emergency”. Gift cards are also available and can be used over the phone.

If you are able, please submit your order online. We will answer any questions you might have before finalizing and processing your order. You are not automatically billed when you submit your order.

www.kensingtonwinemarket.com

We will do our best to answer and process as many phone orders as we can. Call us at 403-283-8000. We are offering some great deals too. More on that below, see the bottom of the Malt Messenger!

Customers are still welcome to come in to the store to pick up orders as well as browse and purchase in-store. We are routinely disinfecting commonly touched surfaces and have hand sanitation stations around the store.

Let us know how we can continue to help and serve you in these challenging times!

Thank You for Reading the Malt Messenger! 

Contact Disclaimers 

If you have any whisky questions or comments concerning The Malt Messenger please contact me by e-mail, phone, or drop by the store. All of the products mentioned in THE MALT MESSENGER can be purchased in store, over the phone or from our website at www.kensingtonwinemarket.com. All prices quoted in the Malt Messenger are subject to change and don’t include GST. In the case of discrepancies in pricing, the price in our in store point of sale will be taken as correct.

Thanks for reading the Malt Messenger.

Slainte!

Andrew Ferguson
Owner Scotchguy
Kensington Wine Market
403-283-8000
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
www.kensingtonwinemarket.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/malt-messenger-bulletin-by-andrew-ferguson-we-have-a-new-laddie-cask-scotch-whisky-news/

Shop Old Particular at Milroys of Soho – Scotch Whisky News

The Old Particular Collection

Here at Milroys we have always loved the rare, unusual and special one off cask. Douglas Laing delivers that on multiple levels by finding the those dark corners in warehouses across Scotland where those whisky gems hide. Here are some of those gems from the Old Particular range, reviewed by our very own Soho whisky bar team.

Eddy on Inchgower 21

“Oh this Inchgower 21 is like an old friend visiting, bringing with it so many memories? I remember the first time we had this in the bar, it got a lots of attention, no wonder ! It’s sweet, gentle and elegant full of Speyside character is all what you want in a old and well matured dram. I once had a gentleman that kept refusing samples of different whiskies based on colour and label, so after the 3rd refusal I decided to give him a taste of this, but blinding the label and its colour. He was overwhelmed as he described it as of honey and ice cream. He a bought a bottle on the spot. For me this is one of those distilleries that you don’t get your hands on easily, Douglas Laing should be thanked for such a pleasure.”

Katie on Caol Ila 14

This 14 year old unpeated – yes, unpeated Caol Ila! – makes for a treat for Caol Ila fans, or those looking for a gentle Islay sip. This has all the gentle earthy and ozone notes of usual Caol Ila without any smoke, resulting in a deliciously umami and elegant character. Vanilla, lemon zest, black tea and ginger are some of many exotic notes to be found here. Now, if only we were drinking it on an Islay beach.

Jason on Jura 12

This Jura was left to mature in an ex-refill bourbon barrel. Subtle hints of dried fruit, citrus, vanilla, with spice on the back end which has only been enhanced by sherried fruitiness, and just a hint of smoke like a spent memory of childhood camp fires.

Some tend to pass it by because of it’s pale straw colour, well, I see that as challenge. Grabbing the bottle and putting it right in front of the them so they can get a good look at it, their face changing, eyes brows coming down and chin boss going up in the usual expression of ‘I’m not sure about this one’, by this time I already have a glass in my hand ready to pour a small taste. They try it. I win.

In this line of work you come across a lot of Independent bottling’s that make you wonder why the distillery doesn’t follow suit. Douglas Laing just get it right. A lot.

Frankie on Braeval 18

Braeval Distillery, also known as Braes of Glenlivet, one of the highest distillery in Scotland – (355m above sea level). I guess not many people heard of this distillery as most of their spirit distilled goes for blending primarily into Chivas Blends, and you may see some independent bottlers bottled as single cask sometimes. I still remembered the first time when I tried this dram, It reminded me one of my fall road trip in Japan. I was taking a break at a tea house, enjoying some spiced biscuits and buttery jam toast in the mountain forest with the lovely woody dry leaves smell surrounding me.

SHOP OLD PARTICULAR

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/shop-old-particular-at-milroys-of-soho-scotch-whisky-news/

Shop Old Particular at Milroys of Soho – Scotch Whisky News

The Old Particular Collection

Here at Milroys we have always loved the rare, unusual and special one off cask. Douglas Laing delivers that on multiple levels by finding the those dark corners in warehouses across Scotland where those whisky gems hide. Here are some of those gems from the Old Particular range, reviewed by our very own Soho whisky bar team.

Eddy on Inchgower 21

“Oh this Inchgower 21 is like an old friend visiting, bringing with it so many memories? I remember the first time we had this in the bar, it got a lots of attention, no wonder ! It’s sweet, gentle and elegant full of Speyside character is all what you want in a old and well matured dram. I once had a gentleman that kept refusing samples of different whiskies based on colour and label, so after the 3rd refusal I decided to give him a taste of this, but blinding the label and its colour. He was overwhelmed as he described it as of honey and ice cream. He a bought a bottle on the spot. For me this is one of those distilleries that you don’t get your hands on easily, Douglas Laing should be thanked for such a pleasure.”

Katie on Caol Ila 14

This 14 year old unpeated – yes, unpeated Caol Ila! – makes for a treat for Caol Ila fans, or those looking for a gentle Islay sip. This has all the gentle earthy and ozone notes of usual Caol Ila without any smoke, resulting in a deliciously umami and elegant character. Vanilla, lemon zest, black tea and ginger are some of many exotic notes to be found here. Now, if only we were drinking it on an Islay beach.

Jason on Jura 12

This Jura was left to mature in an ex-refill bourbon barrel. Subtle hints of dried fruit, citrus, vanilla, with spice on the back end which has only been enhanced by sherried fruitiness, and just a hint of smoke like a spent memory of childhood camp fires.

Some tend to pass it by because of it’s pale straw colour, well, I see that as challenge. Grabbing the bottle and putting it right in front of the them so they can get a good look at it, their face changing, eyes brows coming down and chin boss going up in the usual expression of ‘I’m not sure about this one’, by this time I already have a glass in my hand ready to pour a small taste. They try it. I win.

In this line of work you come across a lot of Independent bottling’s that make you wonder why the distillery doesn’t follow suit. Douglas Laing just get it right. A lot.

Frankie on Braeval 18

Braeval Distillery, also known as Braes of Glenlivet, one of the highest distillery in Scotland – (355m above sea level). I guess not many people heard of this distillery as most of their spirit distilled goes for blending primarily into Chivas Blends, and you may see some independent bottlers bottled as single cask sometimes. I still remembered the first time when I tried this dram, It reminded me one of my fall road trip in Japan. I was taking a break at a tea house, enjoying some spiced biscuits and buttery jam toast in the mountain forest with the lovely woody dry leaves smell surrounding me.

SHOP OLD PARTICULAR

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/shop-old-particular-at-milroys-of-soho-scotch-whisky-news/

Hard To Find Whisky Distillery Focus: The English Whisky Company – English Whisky News

Founded by the Nelstrop family in 2006, The English Whisky Co. built the beautiful St George’s Distillery specifically to make the very finest whiskies. Notable for being the first English whisky distillery for over a century, the site is perfectly suited to the production of whisky, having access to an abundance of locally grown barley, and fresh, clear water from the Breckland aquifer that lies 50 feet beneath the distillery.

This forward thinking distillery produce both peated and unpeated single malts, including a multitude of small batch bottlings that display an innovative and experimental approach to whisky making and maturation. They also produce a range of grain whiskies and liqueurs under “The Norfolk” brand.

BROWSE OUR FULL THE ENGLISH WHISKY COMPANY RANGE HERE

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/hard-to-find-whisky-distillery-focus-the-english-whisky-company-english-whisky-news/