The Peat Faerie 7 Year old 2010 SMWS

Proefolympics 2019

EventsGeplaatst door Mark Dermul do, juli 04, 2019 07:26:21

Voor het derde jaar op rij was ik
deelnemer in de erg leuke, maar aartsmoeilijke PROEFOLYMPICS, georganiseerd
door de immer sympathieke noorderbuur Norbert Tebarts. Elk jaar opnieuw daagt
hij ons uit om aan de hand van samples – die we ruimschoots op voorhand
ontvangen – te proeven en te raden wat er in ons glas zit.

Het deelnemersveld bestaat uit ruim
80 proefatleten, waarvan een tiental landgenoten. En het mag gezegd: de Belgen
deden het dit jaar erg goed (maar daarover later meer).

Mijn persoonlijk resultaat,
daarentegen, was weer erg wisselvallig, wat opnieuw bewijst hoe moeilijk dit
wel is (of hoe slecht ik hier wel in ben). Maar dat weerhield me er niet van om
er weer met volle teugen van te genieten.

Aangezien de Proefolympics
plaatsvinden in de examenperiode, had ik al mijn samples al op voorhand
geproefd – gespreid over enkele dagen, uiteraard – en dus ook alles netjes op
voorhand in de tool ingebracht. Maar ik beken: ik ben een aantal keer op mijn
stappen moeten terugkeren. Als je weet dat een bepaalde regio nooit twee dagen
achter elkaar kan voorkomen én een merk maar één keer in heel de olympics, dan
begrijpt u dat ik af en toe – op basis van een oplossing – mijn antwoord moest
bijsturen. Niet dat het veel opgeleverd heeft, maar goed.

Het eerste jaar dat ik deelnam aan
de Proefolympics eindigde ik op een verdienstelijke 48e plaats met
234 punten. Vorig jaar wilde ik natuurlijk beter doen. Dat lukte me ook, want
ik eindige op de 40e plaats met een score van 250. U voelt mij al
komen: dit jaar wou ik nog beter doen. En even zag het er naar uit dat ik aan
de goeie kant van de tabel zou eindigen (lees verder!), maar uiteindelijk toch
gestrand om een schamele 53e plek – weliswaar met een score van 257
punten. Maar ik lig er niet van wakker, ik heb me reuze geamuseerd. Of zoals
Norbert het verwoordt: meedoen is winnen!

Goed, ziehier een mini-verslagje
van wat we geproefd hebben en wat ik dacht dat het was. Lachen is toegestaan; ik heb het ook vaak gedaan.

Sample 1: Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2008 Cask
Strength The Ultimate (BenRiach Birnie Moss)
Sample 2: Glen Scotia Single Cask #490 for the Friends of Loch Lomond
(Bruichladdich)
Sample 3: Glen Garioch 15 Year Old Sherry Cask Matured (GlenDronach)

Jammer van die geweldige Glen
Garioch, want die had ik al eens geproefd. Desalniettemin had ik al wat puntjes
gesprokkeld en klom ik naar de 68e plaats.

Sample 4: Glen Grant 18 Year Old (Caperdonich –
wishful thinking?)
Sample 5: Glen Talloch 8 Year Old (Cutty Sark)

Dankzij het feit dat ik een Schotse
blend ontwaarde, klom ik naar de 31e plaats. Dit
ging de goeie kant op.

Sample 6: Ballechin 14 Year Old 2004 Burgundy
Straight from the Cask (Bunnahabhain)

Deze Ballechin was voor mij het
hoogtepunt van deze Proefolympics met een dikke 9/10. Heerlijke whisky waarvan
ik mij zeker een flesje ga aanschaffen.

Sample 7: Whistlepig 10 Year Old (Amrut Rye)
Sample 8: Tamnavulin 25 Year old 1992 The Single Malts of Scotland (Bladnoch)
Sample 9: Auchentoshan 24 Year Old That Boutique-y Whisky Company for Bresser
Timmer (Rosebank)

Dit was een tweesnijdend zwaard.
Want enerzijds scoorde ik op zowel regio als leeftijd als alcoholpercentage,
maar ik had mijn geliefde Auchentoshan toch niet herkend. Te mijner
verdediging: het is een atypische Auchentoshan en ik had hem nog niet geproefd.
Anderzijds klom ik nu wel op naar de 8e plaats, het hoogste plekje
dat ik dit jaar zou bereiken. Ik was daar best blij mee.

Sample 10: Glenmorangie 18 Year Old
Extremely Rare (Springbank)

Kom op zeg, die Glenmo had ik al
eens geproefd. Toegegeven, het was jaren geleden…

Sample 11: Scapa 13 Year Old 2005 Gordon
Macphail (Auchentoshan)

Hier zat ik dus eerst bij
Auchentoshan, nadien bij Glen Elgin, maar ik moest het nog noordelijker zoeken.
Ondertussen was ik alweer gezakt naar de 18e plaats. Maar het zou
van kwaad naar erger gaan.

Sample 12: Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old 2001
Provenance (Springbank)
Sample 13: Penderyn Palo Cortado (Invergordon)
Sample 14: Talisker 18 Year Old (Kilkerran)

Mis, mis en nog eens mis en zo
verloor ik tientallen plaatsen en bengelde ik op de 46e plek, dus mijn ambitie
om beter te doen dan vorig jaar was bij deze nog moeilijk haalbaar. Maar wat
een heerlijke Talisker is dat toch. Het was overigens de derde whisky in heel
deze olympics die ik al geproefd had.

Sample 15: Redbreast 21 Year Old (John J Bowman)
Sample 16: Ben Nevis 21 Year Old 1997 The Daily Dram (Ledaig)

Het mocht niet zijn. Uiteindelijk
gestrand op de 53e plaats. Ik haalde wel 257 punten, wat dan wel weer beter is
dan vorig jaar. Maar als je weet dat ik slechts 3 van de 16 samples eerder
geproefd had – wat bewijst welke verscheidenheid aan whisky er wel is, wetende
dat ik ondertussen toch een track record van boven de 4.000 heb – ben ik toch
best tevreden. Ook al had ik dus geen enkele – niet één! – whisky goed.

Maar ik zei al dat de Belgen het
goed deden. Lang zag het er naar uit dat mijn whiskygabber Anthony Van Sele met
goud aan de haal zou gaan. Hij stond op het einde van de rit enkele dagen
bovenaan het klassement, maar moest uiteindelijk de duimen leggen voor Kees
Verhoek, die met twee puntjes meer deze editie op zijn naam mag schrijven.

Joey Bosmans, nog zo’n whiskymakker,
maakte in de laatste rechte lijn nog een enorme remonte om uiteindelijk net
naast het podium terecht te komen. Een mooie vierde plaats.

Anthony Joey: respect heren!
Jullie hebben de eer van de Belgen echt hoog gehouden. En winnaar Kees Verhoek? Petje af!

Ik kijk alvast uit naar de editie
van volgend jaar, want je weet ondertussen: meedoen is winnen! Daar ben ik het
absoluut mee eens.

Dikke merci aan Norbert voor de
geweldige ervaring.

May the Malt be with you!

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Glenglassaugh Pedro Ximénez finish

Glenglassaugh Pedro Ximénez Finish was launched in November 2017 as part of the first Wood Finish range from this distillery (together with Port wood, peated virgin oak and peated Port).

 

 

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Nose: sweet, with classic sherry notes, like raisins, cherries and raspberries albeit in a smooth and soft way. Chocolate notes. Also a grassy / fresh oaky layer. A bit of vanilla cake in the background. Mouth: still plenty of vanilla from the bourbon barrels, mixed with jammy berries and raisins. Very sweet, a bit of a rummy profile actually. Moves towards dark chocolate and black pepper with earthy touches. Finish: medium, on treacle and chocolate bars with hazelnut.

By no means a sherry bomb yet the dark chocolate and spices are clearly noticeable. Young and already wood-driven (as in little spirit character). Not bad as a daily dram. Available from Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange for instance.

Score: 81/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/glenglassaugh/glenglassaugh-pedro-ximnez-finish/

Islay Malt 2008 (Liquid Treasures)

Although they can’t officially mention it, this Islay Malt 2008 in the Liquid Treasures series is from a North shore Islay distillery, most likely Caol Ila. It’s part of their 10th Anniversary releases.

 

 

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Nose: essential peat. A lot of brine, green olives, kippers, wet stones and sooty notes. Hay, tar, hints of new tyres. Lapsang. Very faint lemons and a touch of burnt vanilla custard in the background. Mouth: quite fierce again, with enough iodine for a small hospital. Scorched earth, these rubbery and tarry notes again. Sweet lemons, grapefruits and peppers. Finish: very long, very peaty, with salty notes, liquorice and smoked lemons.

A massive powerhouse! It tries to knock you over, the equivalent of these high-Scoville sauces. Very good though and I would never have guessed the distillery. Around € 85, still available from eSpirits and resellers.

Score: 85/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/undisclosed/islay-malt-2008-liquid-treasures/

Blink-and-You’ll-Miss-It Opportunity on a Highly Allocated Whisky – Japanese Whisky News

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Blink-and-You’ll-Miss-It Opportunity on a Highly Allocated Whisky

We recently received an unbelievable allocation of the immensely popular Hakushu 12 Year Old. The handful of bottles we usually get sell out immediately, with a one-bottle limit per customer. Rarely do we get enough to satisfy a fraction of the demand, much less put out an offer. An excellent foil to Suntory’s Yamazaki 12, the Hakushu offers a similar lightly peated profile but with a distinctly more elegant and graceful approach. Produced at a high-elevation distillery near the Ojira River, this 12 Year Old exudes pure freshness and vitality. Bright citrus tones are accented by notes of honey, jasmine, and subtle peat smoke. A classic Japanese dram, this is a bottling to return to again and again. Demand for Japanese whisky remains at an all-time high, especially for anything with an age statement like this. Load up now, as we probably won’t see anything like this again anytime soon.

Suntory Hakushu 12 Year Old Japanese Peated Single Malt Whisky (limit 12) (750ml) ($109.99)

KL Notes: Suntory’s Hakushu, known as the “Forest Distillery,” was built in 1973 as a sister distillery to Suntory’s Yamazaki distillery (previously the only Japanese single malt available in the U.S.). The facility is located at a high-elevation site next to the “pristine waters” of the Ojira River, which are used to dilute the whisky itself. Hakushu distillery uses different styles of oak barrel to age their single malt, but mainly Hogshead, which is “suitable to the clear air and cool humid climate,” according to the distillery. The 12-year-old from Hakushu is lightly peated and very delicate in its flavor profile. The light and fruity style of the whisky is quite similar to the Yamazaki 12, but the smoke really makes up for any lack of richness. We’ve seen insane price increases over the last five years on Japanese whisky and inventory getting tighter and tighter, but for a limited time we have Hakushu 12 in stock and available to sell, and at a fraction of the price you’ll see at many other retailers across the country.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: June 27, 2019

Hakushu has always been my favorite of the Suntory malts. The sweet and elegant malt profile is rounded out beautifully by the gentle peat smoke giving the whisky more body and texture than its brothers. The “forest distillery” also produces a verdant whisky – it feels green and fresh, cool and earthy. Moist peat and cool mint gently hold up the bouquet of flowers and cereal notes. The palate is extremely balanced with pepper and cinnamon playing off of the sweeter grain notes. The smoke is more rich body than intense fire. A long and earthy finish is sweetened by maple syrup and caramel notes that leave a very pleasant aftertaste. With Japanese whisky being so hard to get these days, you have to get while the gettin’ is good.

Gary Westby | KL Staff Member | Review Date: June 27, 2019

This expertly crafted single malt has extraordinary balance for a peaty style and a refreshing, salty lightness that makes me come back for more. I love that this has the smoke and complexity of peat but doesn’t get bogged down with oily heaviness. To the contrary, this is a refreshing whisky that is fantastic to enjoy after a big meal!

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/07/blink-and-youll-miss-it-opportunity-on-a-highly-allocated-whisky-japanese-whisky-news/

Blink-and-You’ll-Miss-It Opportunity on a Highly Allocated Whisky – Japanese Whisky News

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Blink-and-You’ll-Miss-It Opportunity on a Highly Allocated Whisky

We recently received an unbelievable allocation of the immensely popular Hakushu 12 Year Old. The handful of bottles we usually get sell out immediately, with a one-bottle limit per customer. Rarely do we get enough to satisfy a fraction of the demand, much less put out an offer. An excellent foil to Suntory’s Yamazaki 12, the Hakushu offers a similar lightly peated profile but with a distinctly more elegant and graceful approach. Produced at a high-elevation distillery near the Ojira River, this 12 Year Old exudes pure freshness and vitality. Bright citrus tones are accented by notes of honey, jasmine, and subtle peat smoke. A classic Japanese dram, this is a bottling to return to again and again. Demand for Japanese whisky remains at an all-time high, especially for anything with an age statement like this. Load up now, as we probably won’t see anything like this again anytime soon.

Suntory Hakushu 12 Year Old Japanese Peated Single Malt Whisky (limit 12) (750ml) ($109.99)

KL Notes: Suntory’s Hakushu, known as the “Forest Distillery,” was built in 1973 as a sister distillery to Suntory’s Yamazaki distillery (previously the only Japanese single malt available in the U.S.). The facility is located at a high-elevation site next to the “pristine waters” of the Ojira River, which are used to dilute the whisky itself. Hakushu distillery uses different styles of oak barrel to age their single malt, but mainly Hogshead, which is “suitable to the clear air and cool humid climate,” according to the distillery. The 12-year-old from Hakushu is lightly peated and very delicate in its flavor profile. The light and fruity style of the whisky is quite similar to the Yamazaki 12, but the smoke really makes up for any lack of richness. We’ve seen insane price increases over the last five years on Japanese whisky and inventory getting tighter and tighter, but for a limited time we have Hakushu 12 in stock and available to sell, and at a fraction of the price you’ll see at many other retailers across the country.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: June 27, 2019

Hakushu has always been my favorite of the Suntory malts. The sweet and elegant malt profile is rounded out beautifully by the gentle peat smoke giving the whisky more body and texture than its brothers. The “forest distillery” also produces a verdant whisky – it feels green and fresh, cool and earthy. Moist peat and cool mint gently hold up the bouquet of flowers and cereal notes. The palate is extremely balanced with pepper and cinnamon playing off of the sweeter grain notes. The smoke is more rich body than intense fire. A long and earthy finish is sweetened by maple syrup and caramel notes that leave a very pleasant aftertaste. With Japanese whisky being so hard to get these days, you have to get while the gettin’ is good.

Gary Westby | KL Staff Member | Review Date: June 27, 2019

This expertly crafted single malt has extraordinary balance for a peaty style and a refreshing, salty lightness that makes me come back for more. I love that this has the smoke and complexity of peat but doesn’t get bogged down with oily heaviness. To the contrary, this is a refreshing whisky that is fantastic to enjoy after a big meal!

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/07/blink-and-youll-miss-it-opportunity-on-a-highly-allocated-whisky-japanese-whisky-news/

Isle of Arran Golden Glass at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Arran Golden Glass

The Man with the Golden Glass. Limited edition 12 year old Arran single malt. Arran 12 Year Old The Man with the Golden Glass Island single malt Scotch whisky. 2019 limited release of 12,000 bottles in honour of Arran Master Distiller James MacTaggart. Matured in Palo Cortado Sherry Casks.

AROMA: Peach, mango and warm ginger TASTE: Sweetness, Bitter orange, Citrus, Dark chocolate, Salty, memorable.

Arran Distillery was commissioned by the Isle of Arran Distillers in 1995 and lies amid stunning scenery just to the south of Lochranza on the northern tip of the Isle of Arran. This distillery has four stills, dunnage warehouses, a visitor centre offering distillery tours and a distillery café. Arran distills both un-peated and peated malt spirit and matures its whisky in sherry, bourbon, port and wine casks in order to produce an ever-evolving and expanding range of whiskies including Arran single malts such as Arran Machrie Moor and The Illicit Stills, and Arran blended scotch.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/07/isle-of-arran-golden-glass-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/

Discover BenRiach Batch 16 At The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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BenRiach have just released Batch 16 of their highly regarded bottling program, showcasing the rich depth of character inside their Speyside warehouses. Batch 16 brings 24 different casks, hand-selected by Master Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie. This batch contains 18 unpeated and 8 peated liquids in different cask types; Tokaji wine, oloroso sherry, pedro ximénez, port, claret, madeira, sauternes, virgin oak, South African red wine, Jamaican rum, rioja, Sicilian Marsala, and bourbon.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/06/discover-benriach-batch-16-at-the-whisky-shop-scotch-whisky-news/

New: Secret Speyside Collection // TWE 20th Anniversary // GlenAllachie wood finish

The Secret Speyside Collection

The Secret Speyside Collection

Pernod Ricard presented The Secret Speyside Collection, a range of 18 to 30 years old single malts from four distilleries: Caperdonich, Longmorn, Glen Keith and Braes of Glenlivet. Each of the distilleries has 3 expressions and from Caperdonich there are three more peated whiskies.

Braeval and Glen Keith have been mothballed in the past and Caperdonich has been closed entirely in 2011, so the whole range is playing the card of whisky that is rarely seen, calling them “hidden distilleries”.

Prices seem reasonable, with a Longmorn 18 Year Old for around € 90, a Glen Keith 21 Year Old around € 150 and a top-of-the-range Caperdonich 30 Year Old (unpeated) expected in October 2019 for around € 850, with a lot of other offerings in between.

The entire range will be exclusive to travel retail until the summer of 2020, then it will become available in selected global markets.

 

 

The Whisky Exchange 20th Anniversary - Signatory Vintage

The Whisky Exchange 20th Anniversary - Signatory Vintage

The Whisky Exchange is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and is ready to release a whole series of exclusive bottlings throughout the year. First up is a range of single cask whiskies from Signatory Vintage. They all come with a custom label:

 

GlenAllachie Koval / PX sherry / Port finish

GlenAllachie Koval / PX sherry / Port finish

GlenAllachie distillery releases three new expressions, each finished in a different type of cask:

 

Also interesting

Things that may not have been widely announced but that grabbed my attention in shops recently…

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/whisky-news/secret-speyside-whisky-exchange-20th-anniversary-glenallachie-finish/

New: Secret Speyside Collection // TWE 20th Anniversary // GlenAllachie wood finish

The Secret Speyside Collection

The Secret Speyside Collection

Pernod Ricard presented The Secret Speyside Collection, a range of 18 to 30 years old single malts from four distilleries: Caperdonich, Longmorn, Glen Keith and Braes of Glenlivet. Each of the distilleries has 3 expressions and from Caperdonich there are three more peated whiskies.

Braeval and Glen Keith have been mothballed in the past and Caperdonich has been closed entirely in 2011, so the whole range is playing the card of whisky that is rarely seen, calling them “hidden distilleries”.

Prices seem reasonable, with a Longmorn 18 Year Old for around € 90, a Glen Keith 21 Year Old around € 150 and a top-of-the-range Caperdonich 30 Year Old (unpeated) expected in October 2019 for around € 850, with a lot of other offerings in between.

The entire range will be exclusive to travel retail until the summer of 2020, then it will become available in selected global markets.

 

 

The Whisky Exchange 20th Anniversary - Signatory Vintage

The Whisky Exchange 20th Anniversary - Signatory Vintage

The Whisky Exchange is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and is ready to release a whole series of exclusive bottlings throughout the year. First up is a range of single cask whiskies from Signatory Vintage. They all come with a custom label:

 

GlenAllachie Koval / PX sherry / Port finish

GlenAllachie Koval / PX sherry / Port finish

GlenAllachie distillery releases three new expressions, each finished in a different type of cask:

 

Also interesting

Things that may not have been widely announced but that grabbed my attention in shops recently…

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/whisky-news/secret-speyside-whisky-exchange-20th-anniversary-glenallachie-finish/

ARDBEG ‘MASTERS OF SMOKE’ PROGRAMME TO UNLEASH THE POWER OF SMOKE IN THE ON-TRADE – Scotch Whisky News

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ARDBEG ‘MASTERS OF SMOKE’ PROGRAMME TO UNLEASH THE POWER OF SMOKE IN THE ON-TRADE

–Iconic Islay single malt launches global education campaign–

18 June 2019: Ardbeg has launched a mission to spread the word about the “delicious possibilities” of smoke, through a new bartender education programme.

In an industry first, Ardbeg Masters of Smoke will deliver in-depth training on the complex science of smoke to on-trade professionals worldwide, sharing knowledge from the world of whisky – and beyond.

As smoke as a flavour continues to rise in popularity, Ardbeg will curate an ever-evolving repository of smoke-related content and tools to help bartenders understand and complement its nuances. Those participating in the programme will be fuelled with creative insights from experts across a variety of disciplines – from barley ‘maltsters’, to barbecue chefs – to allow them to harness the power of smoke in inventive serves and in-bar experiences.

Ludo Ducrocq, Ardbeg Education Advocacy Director, said:

“Whisky lovers have long appreciated the peaty power of Ardbeg, but we think there’s an opportunity to further explore the intricacies of smoke as a flavour.

“Through Masters of Smoke, we hope to spread the word about the delicious possibilities of smoke through rich, in-depth training which is really rooted in science.

“From Port Ellen, to Portland, we want to unleash the power and potential of smoke in the on trade, working with bartenders worldwide to lead a glorious smoky revolution.”

Masters of Smoke training sessions will roll out across markets worldwide from September 2019. To register interest in less than two minutes, bartenders should visit www.ardbeg.com/MOS

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Guest Bartenders, 18 June Launch Event, Kachette (London)

We’re delighted to welcome five guest bartenders from around the world to London, to help showcase some creations inspired by the Masters of Smoke programme.

The Medicinal Smoke Bar

Bartender: Jon Hughes, The Lucky Liquor Co. /Bramble, Edinburgh

Creation: Smoke Oil Salesman

Ingredients: Ardbeg Ten Years Old; Homemade bramble honey liqueur; China China; Cherry Heering

Served in chilled vials, to be decanted into glasses sprayed with absinthe.

The Herbal Smoke Bar

Bartender: Armin Azadpour, Hunky Dory, Frankfurt

Creation: Dr Watson

Ingredients: Ardbeg Corryvreckan; Lemon Juice; Hay Lavender Syrup; Fino Sherry Lustau; Celery Bitters

Served in a glass pipe with dry ice and fresh herbs.

The Wood Smoke Bar

Bartender: Bobby Hiddleston, Swift, London

Creation: Foster

Ingredients: Ardbeg An Oa; Banane Du Bresil; Honey; Angostura Bitters; Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters; Giffard

Served on the rocks, in a glass smoked with walnut and Cherrywood. Garnished with umeboshi and cherry.

The Coal Smoke Bar

Bartender: Cameron George, Ardbeg Brand Ambassador, USA

Creation: Coal Miner’s Punch

Ingredients: Ardbeg Ten Years Old; Miner’s Punch Base (Lapsang Souchong Black Tea, Lemon Juice, Orange Juice, Pineapple Gum Syrup, Amaro D’ell Erborista, Whole Milk); Activated Charcoal

Served with crushed ice, and a dehydrated pineapple, mint and smoked paprika garnish.

The Savoury Smoke Bar

Bartender: Robby Radovic, Ardbeg Brand Ambassador, Sweden Partner at Liquid MGMT

Creation: A Bloody Mystery

Ingredients: Ardbeg Uigeadail; Manzanilla Sherry; Tomato Juice; Pickle Juice; Lemon Juice; Worcestershire Sauce; Red Tabasco; Celery Juice; Celery Salt; Black Pepper

Served with a rim of salt and black pepper, with sliced pickle garnish.

Masters of Smoke

Through the Ardbeg Masters of Smoke programme, dedicated Ardbeg ambassadors will deliver workshops on the ‘delicious possibilities of smoke’ to bartenders worldwide. During an immersive training session, on-trade professionals will be introduced to the science of smoke, with insights from the Ardbeg Whisky Creation Team and experts from a variety of disciplines. The programme will be rolled out from September 2019 onwards. Bartenders can register interest at www.ardbeg.com/MOS

Programme tools include:

  • The Smoke Schematic

The Smoke Schematic is one of the building blocks of the Masters of Smoke programme, which illustrates the learning that there is more than one type of smoke. The schematic gives a vivid and visual description of the five flavour worlds of smoke – Savoury, Wood, Coal, Herbal, and Medicinal –  relating each world to tangible sensory profiles.

  • The Peaty-odic table

The Peaty-odic Table reveals the chemistry behind Ardbeg’s smoke. This tool allows bartenders to quickly identify the colour, smoke flavour and non-smoke flavours of each of the whiskies in our core range, which is especially useful for drawing inspiration to create cocktails and food parings that complement the complex flavours of Ardbeg.

Ardbeg:

Ardbeg prides itself on being The Ultimate Islay Malt Whisky.  Established in 1815, Ardbeg is revered by connoisseurs around the world as the peatiest, smokiest and most complex of all the Islay malts.  Despite its smokiness, Ardbeg is renowned for its delicious sweetness, a phenomenon that has affectionately become known as ‘the peaty paradox’.  During the 1980s and 1990s, Ardbeg suffered from an uncertain future and it was not until the brand was purchased by The Glenmorangie Company in 1997 that the Distillery was saved from possible extinction.  Since then, the Distillery has risen like a phoenix and today Ardbeg is well established as a niche, cult malt, with a passionate following.  

Ardbeg Committee:

The legacy of the whisky was safeguarded in 2000 by the formation of the Ardbeg Committee.  The Committee is made up of thousands of Ardbeg followers worldwide who are keen to ensure that “the doors of Ardbeg never close again”.  Today there are members of the Ardbeg Committee all over the world, who are regularly consulted on new expressions and offered exclusive Committee bottlings.  Members also receive invitations to special gatherings, tastings and events.  The Committee, chaired by Mickey Heads, is free to join at ardbeg.com.

The Glenmorangie Company:

The Company is one of the most renowned and innovative distillers and marketers of Scotch whisky brands worldwide and is part of Moët Hennessy, the wine and spirits division of Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.  Headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, the Company produces Glenmorangie Single Highland Malt whisky and Ardbeg Single Islay Malt.

Responsible Drinking:

Ardbeg and The Glenmorangie Company advocate responsible drinking and suggest that drinkers savour Ardbeg whiskies in moderation and in line with recommended daily guidelines for alcohol consumption.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/06/ardbeg-masters-of-smoke-programme-to-unleash-the-power-of-smoke-in-the-on-trade-scotch-whisky-news/