Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Coming out swinging” – Scotch Whisky News

We’re continuing our mission to bring some colour to your January with the release of an eye-catching selection of 15 unique bottlings including our new experimental Blended Malt.

Featuring our striking new bottle design, brighten up your day with the huge range of flavour profiles on offer in this mid-month extravaganza. You’ll also find something special from our Single Cask Spirits range as well as our next exciting blended malt to keep you swinging into the new year.

Meet the latest addition to our small batch experimental blended malts series, Battle Axe. Celebrating our love of heavily peated whiskies from Islay, this creation from Spirits Manager Euan Campbell marries spirit matured in a selection of ex-bourbon hogsheads from the island. This special malt tells quite a story, just crack it open to get started.

Age: 8 years

Casks: ex-bourbon hogsheads

Region: Islay

Price: £47.00

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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!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

SMWS LOGO 2017 NEW

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/01/scotch-malt-whisky-society-coming-out-swinging-scotch-whisky-news/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Coming out swinging” – Scotch Whisky News

We’re continuing our mission to bring some colour to your January with the release of an eye-catching selection of 15 unique bottlings including our new experimental Blended Malt.

Featuring our striking new bottle design, brighten up your day with the huge range of flavour profiles on offer in this mid-month extravaganza. You’ll also find something special from our Single Cask Spirits range as well as our next exciting blended malt to keep you swinging into the new year.

Meet the latest addition to our small batch experimental blended malts series, Battle Axe. Celebrating our love of heavily peated whiskies from Islay, this creation from Spirits Manager Euan Campbell marries spirit matured in a selection of ex-bourbon hogsheads from the island. This special malt tells quite a story, just crack it open to get started.

Age: 8 years

Casks: ex-bourbon hogsheads

Region: Islay

Price: £47.00

VIEW NEW WHISKIES             VIEW ALL WHISKIES

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!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

SMWS LOGO 2017 NEW

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/01/scotch-malt-whisky-society-coming-out-swinging-scotch-whisky-news/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Coming out swinging” – Scotch Whisky News

We’re continuing our mission to bring some colour to your January with the release of an eye-catching selection of 15 unique bottlings including our new experimental Blended Malt.

Featuring our striking new bottle design, brighten up your day with the huge range of flavour profiles on offer in this mid-month extravaganza. You’ll also find something special from our Single Cask Spirits range as well as our next exciting blended malt to keep you swinging into the new year.

Meet the latest addition to our small batch experimental blended malts series, Battle Axe. Celebrating our love of heavily peated whiskies from Islay, this creation from Spirits Manager Euan Campbell marries spirit matured in a selection of ex-bourbon hogsheads from the island. This special malt tells quite a story, just crack it open to get started.

Age: 8 years

Casks: ex-bourbon hogsheads

Region: Islay

Price: £47.00

VIEW NEW WHISKIES             VIEW ALL WHISKIES

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!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

SMWS LOGO 2017 NEW

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/01/scotch-malt-whisky-society-coming-out-swinging-scotch-whisky-news/

BUNNAHABHAIN 40 YEAR OLD 1978 SIGNATORY 30TH ANNIVERSARY at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old

1978 vintage single cask for the Signatory 30th Anniversary Series. 484 numbered bottles. Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old 1978 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask refill sherry butt #2587 bottled June 2018 for the Signatory Vintage 30th Anniversary series. 484 bottles.

Bunnahabhain Distillery was established in 1881 on the north eastern tip of the Isle of Islay by the shore of Bunnahabhain Bay and overlooking the Sound of Islay. All the building materials were transported by puffer and unloaded at the distillery pier. Now tucked away at the end of the single track ‘main’ road with spectacular scenery all the way. Bunnahabhain Distillery is equipped with four huge pear shaped stills and produces Scottish malt whisky which is released in blends and in single malt and single cask bottlings. A participant in Feis Ile, the annual Islay Festival of Malt and Music. Core editions include Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old and 18 Year Old.

Shop £974.95

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/01/bunnahabhain-40-year-old-1978-signatory-30th-anniversary-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/

BUNNAHABHAIN 40 YEAR OLD 1978 SIGNATORY 30TH ANNIVERSARY at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old

1978 vintage single cask for the Signatory 30th Anniversary Series. 484 numbered bottles. Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old 1978 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask refill sherry butt #2587 bottled June 2018 for the Signatory Vintage 30th Anniversary series. 484 bottles.

Bunnahabhain Distillery was established in 1881 on the north eastern tip of the Isle of Islay by the shore of Bunnahabhain Bay and overlooking the Sound of Islay. All the building materials were transported by puffer and unloaded at the distillery pier. Now tucked away at the end of the single track ‘main’ road with spectacular scenery all the way. Bunnahabhain Distillery is equipped with four huge pear shaped stills and produces Scottish malt whisky which is released in blends and in single malt and single cask bottlings. A participant in Feis Ile, the annual Islay Festival of Malt and Music. Core editions include Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old and 18 Year Old.

Shop £974.95

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/01/bunnahabhain-40-year-old-1978-signatory-30th-anniversary-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/

BUNNAHABHAIN 40 YEAR OLD 1978 SIGNATORY 30TH ANNIVERSARY at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old

1978 vintage single cask for the Signatory 30th Anniversary Series. 484 numbered bottles. Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old 1978 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask refill sherry butt #2587 bottled June 2018 for the Signatory Vintage 30th Anniversary series. 484 bottles.

Bunnahabhain Distillery was established in 1881 on the north eastern tip of the Isle of Islay by the shore of Bunnahabhain Bay and overlooking the Sound of Islay. All the building materials were transported by puffer and unloaded at the distillery pier. Now tucked away at the end of the single track ‘main’ road with spectacular scenery all the way. Bunnahabhain Distillery is equipped with four huge pear shaped stills and produces Scottish malt whisky which is released in blends and in single malt and single cask bottlings. A participant in Feis Ile, the annual Islay Festival of Malt and Music. Core editions include Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old and 18 Year Old.

Shop £974.95

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/01/bunnahabhain-40-year-old-1978-signatory-30th-anniversary-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 294: Auchroisk 16 Year Old 2002 First Editions for Whisky Festival Gent – Scotch Whisky News

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 294: Auchroisk 16 Year Old 2002 First Editions for Whisky Festival Gent

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, tries another independently bottled Auchroisk. The International Malt Whisky Festival Gent offers visitors a unique festival bottling. This year it was a single cask of Auchroisk 2002, of which 246 bottles were released. It was bottled by Edition Spirits, a company that has been usurped by Hunter Laing (it was the company of the sons who tried to go it alone, but daddy stepped in).

https://youtu.be/1UAr38l_lGI

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/01/marks-whisky-ramblings-294-auchroisk-16-year-old-2002-first-editions-for-whisky-festival-gent-scotch-whisky-news/

Wemyss Malts kick of their 15th anniversary year with ‘Black Gold’; a 30 year old single sherry cask Bowmore – Scotch Whisky News

Wemyss Malts kick of their 15th anniversary year with ‘Black Gold’; a 30 year old single sherry cask Bowmore.

The third exclusive release for the Wemyss Malts Cask Club; Black Gold is an exceptional single cask single malt from Bowmore distillery. Black Gold is single sherry hogshead cask of 1989 Bowmore that has matured for 30 years and bottled at a cask strength of exactly 50.0%ABV. Bowmore is the oldest distillery on Islay and one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, tracing its distillation roots back to 1779. In keeping with its over 200 year heritage and tradition it is one of the few remaining Scottish distilleries that still malts and kilns its own barley with local Islay peat.

The whisky has been noted for its deep, polished rosewood colour and a complex combination of flavours such as dried dark fruits, treacle toffee and earthy kiln smoke.

Director of Wemyss Malts; William Wemyss commented:

“Black Gold is a strikingly distinctive single cask, single malt whisky and a great release to start the 2020 celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the founding of Wemyss Malts. I hope Cask Club members will enjoy, savour and share among friends the remaining 174 bottles as I purchased the first one for myself and have already enjoyed a few drams of it.”

Black Gold follows on from the first and second releases (Smoky Nectar and Antique Armchair) of single cask Islay malts offered exclusively to the Wemyss Malts Cask Club members. The Cask club offers exclusive bottlings of the most exciting and interesting bottling’s and early access to new releases from Wemyss Malts.

Black Gold will be released exclusively to Wemyss Malts Cask Club members via www.wemyssmalts.com/cask-club at 12pm on Thursday the 23rd of January and is priced at £599 for the 700ml bottle and gift box. Membership to the Cask Club is free to join and can be signed up to from the same website.

Notes:

 Edinburgh based Wemyss Malts is family run company operated by brother and sister William and Isabella Wemyss. The Wemyss family Castle has been home to the family since the 1300s and is featured in the company logo.
 Wemyss Malts craft blended malt whiskies such as The Hive, Spice King and Peat Chimney as well as Batch Strength versions and single cask whiskies.
 Wemyss blended malts have recently won double gold medals for The Hive and Spice King as well as ‘Best in Class’ for The Hive at The San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The latest release of The Hive, Spice King and Peat Chimney Batch Strength, Batch No.002 all received gold medal wins from the Spirits Business Scotch Whisky Masters.
 The Wemyss family premium wines and spirits brands also include Lord Elcho blended Scotch whisky and Darnley’s Gin, together with the premium wine estate of Rimauresq Cru Classé in Cotes de Provence.
 The family opened a single malt distillery at Kingsbarns, near St. Andrews in Fife and in July 2017 also added Darnley’s Gin distillery to the site. www.kingsbarnsdistillery.com
For further information please contact Steven Shand at steven@wemyssmalts.com or Karen Stewart at ks@wemyssmalts.com or on +44 (0)131-226-3445

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/01/wemyss-malts-kick-of-their-15th-anniversary-year-with-black-gold-a-30-year-old-single-sherry-cask-bowmore-scotch-whisky-news-2/

Auchroisk 16 Year Old 2002 First Editions for Whisky Festival Gent

Distilleerderij: Auchroisk
Regio: Schotland (Speyside)
Fles: Auchroisk 16 Year Old 2002/2019 First Editions for International Malt Whisky Festival Gent 2019, Refill Hogshead #HL15797, 246 bts
Kleur: zonlicht
ABV: 56.0%

Toffifee

Het International Malt Whisky Festival Gent brengt elk jaar een unieke festivalbotteling op de markt. Voor dit jaar ging het om een single cask Auchroisk 2002, waarvan 246 flessen werden uitgebracht. Hij werd gebotteld door Edition Spirits, een bedrijf dat ondertussen is opgegaan in Hunter Laing (het waren immers de zonen die hun eigen weg wilden gaan, maar papa lijfde ze weer in).

Zoete neus op moutsuikers, perzik en jonge appeltjes met wat hazelnoten en toffee en een licht herbale toets. Maak daar gerust hooi van. Klassieke Auchroisk op de neus, zeg maar.

De sterkte is prima, de aanzet olieachtig en licht gepeperd. Meteen flink wat vanille, appeltjes met kaneel, meer grasachtige toetsen en toffee. Doet me een beetje aan Toffifee denken, u weet wel: de snoepjes met karamel, een hazelnoot, pralinécrème en een beetje chocolade. Ik lust ‘m wel.

De afdronk is dan weer aan de korte kant met wat kruidigheid van het hout.

Een schoolvoorbeeld van Auchroisk. Niets wereldschokkends, maar wel foutloos en erg drinkbaar op deze sterkte.

84/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 27-07-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5554

Auchroisk 20 Year Old 1989 Blackadder Raw Cask

Distilleerderij: Auchroisk
Regio: Schotland (Speyside)
Fles: Auchroisk 20 Year Old 1989/2009, Blackadder Raw Cask, Sherry Oak Cask #30265, 448 bts
Kleur: oud goud
ABV: 61.8%

Amandelen

De Raw Cask serie van Blackadder staat bekend om drie dingen. Ten eerste zit er in elk vat wat cask residue dat de indruk moet wekken dat het echt wel rechtstreeks uit het vat komt, ten tweede zijn het steevast single cask bottelingen en ten derde altijd op vatsterkte. Alleen het eerste is een marketingtruc, want uiteraard wordt de whisky wel degelijk eerst gefilterd en dan pas gebotteld. De ‘zwarte visjes’ worden er nadien gewoon terug aan toegevoegd. Soit. Deze 20 jarige Auchroisk werd tien jaar geleden gebotteld op een ongelooflijke 61.8% alcoholpercentage, wat aangeeft dat hij niet op de standaard 63.5% op vat ging.

Zoete en erg aromatische neus op amandelen, gras, citrusfruit en rozijntjes. Ananassnoepjes en iets van menthol. Een toefje umami zonder dat ik de vinger er op kan leggen. Aangenaam, ondanks het hoge ABV. De neus ondervindt er geen last van.

Deze knalt wel tegen je tanden, natuurlijk. Erg herbaal en grassig. Pikant op gember, witte peper en kamfer, terwijl het fruit evolueert van wit naar geel met wat sultanas en geroosterde amandelen in de mix. Grootse ontwikkeling hoor. Wat woodsmoke zorgt voor diepgang, terwijl de tannine je mond langzaam maar zeker droogt.

De afdronk, op meer amandelen en citrusfruit, duurt lekker lang.

Een klepper van deze nobele onbekende Speysider, maar helaas nergens meer te vinden.

87/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 27-07-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5556