New: GlenDronach Kingsman 1989 & Port Wood // Springbank 1994 XOP Black

GlenDronach Kingsman 1989 29 Years

GlenDronach Kingsman 1989 29 Years

It might be related to the upcoming sequel for the Kingsman movie, but GlenDronach is about to release the GlenDronach Kingsman Edition 1989, a 29 years old expression. It is bottled at 50.1% ABV and the label now specifically mentions Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez casks.

 

 

GlenDronach Port Wood

GlenDronach Port Wood

Already available is the GlenDronach Port Wood, which is matured in sherry casks, followed by a second maturation in Port pipes from the Douro valley in Portugal. Contrary to previous Port expressions this doesn’t come with an age statement. It is bottled at 46% and available for around € 70.

 

 

Springbank 1994 - Douglas Laing XOP Black

Springbank 1994 - Douglas Laing XOP Black

Douglas Laing presented a premium version of its Xtra Old Particular range, called XOP The Black Series.

The first bottling will be an almost black Springbank 1994 from a sherry hogshead. Just 148 bottles at around € 900.

 

 

Also in the news this week: the Scotch Whisky Association changes its technical file, altering the rules on which casks can be used to finish whisky. From now on a wider variety of cask types is allowed, inluding agave spirits (Tequila), fruit distillates (Calvados, Armagnac, fruit eau-de-vie) and other spirits like cachaça or shochu.

Strangely Cider casks are not allowed any more, although there were examples like the Glen Moray Cider Cask.

It is said Diageo was one of the main defenders of more relaxed regulations. They own whisky brands but also Don Julio tequila for instance.

 

 

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/glendronach-kingsman-1989-port-wood-douglas-laing-xop-black/

2004 Old Pulteney 13 Year Old “K&L Exclusive” Single Cask No. 231 Cask Strength Highland Single Malt – Scotch Whisky News

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2004 Old Pulteney 13 Year Old “KL Exclusive” Single Cask No. 231 Cask Strength Highland Single Malt Whisky 750ml (ships as 1.5L) ($109.99)

This exceptional cask from the gorgeous little distillery in Wick is the first we’ve ever had directly from Old Pulteney. Distilled in late 2004 and filled into and ex-bourbon barrel, the whisky was bottled at the end of last year without any dilution or filtration of any kind. Old Pulteney, despite wining nurmerous accolades, remains one of Scotland’s great unsung heros in the Highlands. Built in 1826, it was not easily accesible until much later. Barley would have been shipped in on fishing vessels and whisky shipped out. While Wick was once known for their herring, it’s claim to fame is this wonderful malt that was once the most northerly distillery on mainland Scotland. The Pulteney Distillery has an extremely unusual lyne that slop sharply down into the condenser. The spirit is full bodied and packed with flavor and nearly 14 years in the cold damp warehouse near the distillery has given this whisky tons of oceany character. These nose is intense combo of rich toffee, vanilla, purple stone fruits and aged wood. The palate tingle with salty maltiness, seville orange peel, bold orchard fruit and salted dark cocoa. Creamy and textured building toward a long spice driven finish.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: May 23, 2019

Old Pulteney is one of those under the radar distilleries that the geeks hate to talk about. No one was happy when Jim Murray named their now discontinued 21-year-old Whisky of the Year and rightfully so as it’s become nearly impossible to acquire at the original price. Despite the awards and good will from the cognoscenti, Pulteney has remained a background player in the single malt world. Current owners, ThaiBev, however are looking to establish the Old distillery in the very north of Scotland in its rightful place as one of the highlands most well regarded malts. Part of that process is changing from the off-year expressions to the more familiar age offerings (12, 18, 25), but also by launching seemingly secret single barrel program. Only a handful of shops have jumped on the opportunity to own a cask strength single barrel from the odd little distillery in Wick. We’ve been lucky enough to be one of them. As with many Pulteney, the nose is pure salt, malt, herbal tea and cardamom. The palate is deep with the roasted cocoa, fudge, touches of anise, fennel and vanilla. But of course, with water this thing erupts. Now on the nose the ripest Bartlett pears – smashed, lemon peel, Mirabelle, dried apricot, salted butter on toast. The anise moving much more toward mint and fennel flavors and a long creamy texture is pointed with cotton candy, lemon oils and the tiniest hints of diesel smoke. Staunchly pleasing due to its exceptional purity and straight forwardness. The in

Jackson Lee | KL Staff Member | Review Date: May 21, 2019

Nosing this and I immediately recognized the danger. I immediately was reminded of Sierra Mist soda, pears and dried, candied ginger. Sipping it and the spirit was full bodied, and surprisingly silky given its age; notes of candied pears and spiced caramel apples dominated while there was just a slight hint of pencil shavings. The finish was a bit quick but pleasant as spiced pears and oak rounded this dram out. If not careful, this bottle could disappear in a hurry.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: May 17, 2019

This is an elegant and easy to enjoy single malt that should please a lot of people. It is complex with clean and soft malty flavors that are delicate and fine. All of this is enhanced with a creamy mouth feel.

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Canada June 2019 Outturn – Scotch Whisky News

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Discover an adventurous selection of single casks which boldly strike at the senses.

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THERMONUCLEAR BANANA

GOLD MEDAL WINNER – INDEPENDENT BOTTLERS CHALLENGE

CASK NO. G15.4

CASK:  2nd fill hogshead

AGE:  10 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Juicy, oak vanilla

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PUTTING ON THE RITZ

CASK NO:  35.211

CASK:  1st fill barrel

AGE:  22 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Juicy, oak vanilla

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TEASING TANGO OF FRUITS AND FLOWERS

CASK NO:  48.93

CASK:  1st fill barrel

AGE:  9 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Young spritely

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ORIGINALLY IN DEC 2018 OUTTURN BUT LOST IN THE BCLDB WAREHOUSE UNTIL NOW

CASK NO:  108.12

CASK:  1st fill barrel

AGE:  10 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Sweet spicy

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PARADISE IN A PARADIS

GOLD MEDAL WINNER – INDEPENDENT BOTTLERS CHALLENGE AND FIRST RELEASE FROM DISTILLERY 136 FOR SMWS CANADA

CASK NO:  136.2

CASK:  1st fill Oloroso hogshead

AGE: 3 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Deep, rich dried fruits

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FRENCH FLAIR

CASK NO:  53.254

CASK:  Refill hogshead

AGE:  11 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Lightly peated

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THE LEVIATHAN WAKES…

CASK NO. 10.152

CASK:  Refill hogshead

AGE:  10 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Peated

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

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Wild Water With Whisky – New ‘Natural Chemistry’ Mixer Drink To Launch In The UK – Whisky News

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Wild Water With Whisky – New ‘Natural Chemistry’

Mixer Drink To Launch In The UK

A new, wild water is being launched for whisky drinkers who prefer a splash of H2O with their scotch – Larkfire is naturally-sourced water from the Outer Hebrides.

The high quality natural water – which has the ability to enhance the flavour of whisky – taps into the growing trend of ‘premiumisation’ in the drinks industry, where consumers take great pride and care in the preparation of their chosen drink, often prioritising quality above quantity.

Larkfire is the only known canned water specifically for whisky, and has been developed by two whisky enthusiasts who observed people drinking wild water from streams in Scotland.

It will appeal to the expanding premium whisky market, which sees 41 bottles of scotch shipped every second, from Scotland to importers around the world, totalling more than 1.2bn bottles every year or around 30billion servings.[1]

A percentage of the sales from all Larkfire water will flow back into the islands via an agreement with The Stornoway Trust which looks after 69,000 acres of land on the Isle of Lewis from where the water is sourced.

The launch comes after two Swedish chemists published a paper in the Scientific Reports journal in 2017 to prove why whisky tastes better when water is added.

Björn Karlsson and Ran Friedman’s research revealed that adding water boosts the concentration of flavour compounds at the surface of the drink, helping to unleash the rich mix of aromas.

Co-founder James McIntosh said: “Having spent a lot of time in Scotland and its islands, we saw time and again how locals would drink wild water straight from the ground, then back in Edinburgh and London we’re watching people adding tap water to an expensive scotch.

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“If you think about how many times tap water has been recycled before it reaches a bar or restaurant and how much chlorine and fluoride is added, particularly in London, there’s no way it should be going anywhere near a good whisky.

“Consumers have now bought into the idea of making sure the tonic in their GT is the best they can have, and this is exactly the same concept.  Whisky drinkers might pay £20, £30, or even more for a single glass of scotch in a bar, and then they’re adding chlorine-heavy tap water to a wonderful drink.  It doesn’t make sense.

“In Scotland we have a law specifying how whisky should be made, yet we’re willing to dilute this centuries-old craftmanship by allowing bog-standard tap water to be added to our great drink.

“Many whisky drinkers also incorrectly assume that using bottled water is better, but its high mineral content interferes with the aroma and taste.

“We wanted Larkfire to be as close to the perfect water for whisky we could find in the UK and we think we’ve got that.  We travelled the breadth of Scotland looking for the very finest water to mix with whisky, consulting master blenders, professors, chemists and geologists en route.

“We learnt that the Isle of Lewis is made up of some of the oldest rock in the world, Lewisian gneiss, and that this rock is metamorphic and non-soluble meaning the water there is pure, soft and really low in mineral content.  The Outer Hebrides is home to 15% of the UK’s freshwater surface area – something we saw first-hand during our many visits – so water supply is regular and plentiful.

“Mixing this water with whisky creates a natural chemistry – the water complements the whisky unlocking its hidden complexities and creating a drink that is more enjoyable and has greater depth.”

James added: “We’re excited to expand the market with an innovative, quality product that will make whisky more accessible and appealing to a wider audience, whilst having wide-reaching benefits for our producers and stockists.”

Larkfire is sourced on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The climate of the Isle of Lewis is characterised by short, cool and windy summers and extremely wet and windy winters – this wild climate and Scottish wilderness come together to produce the purest wild water.

The water is held on the surface by 3-billion-year-old Lewisian gneiss rock, among the oldest rock in the world. This non-soluble metamorphic rock is part of the reason for the water’s purity and lack of mineral content – it is naturally very soft and retains a slightly golden hue.

Larkfire will be available from September. For details, visit www.larkfire.com.

Notes 

Whisky is chemically very complex; ethanol attracts the flavour compounds and at full strength the flavour is locked into the drink in clusters away from the surface. Adding water releases these flavour compounds from the ethanol to the surface of the drink, aiding taste and smell.

But not all water is equal. There are currently two bad choices: tap water and mineral water. While tap water is convenient, it has many different additives such as chlorine and fluoride which affect the delicate and complex composition of whisky. If you have bought a beautiful, organic whisky why would you add the equivalent of diesel to it?

Likewise, the high mineral content of many mineral and spring waters also affects the aromas and taste. The best water to mix with whisky is naturally low in minerals and has no additives.

Larkfire is a beautifully natural wild water which opens up and extends the true flavour of whisky. There are no minerals affecting the flavour.  The water opens the whisky and allows you to enjoy the full flavour of the whisky you are drinking.

We like to think of it as natural chemistry, nature does its work with as little human intervention as possible.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/06/wild-water-with-whisky-new-natural-chemistry-mixer-drink-to-launch-in-the-uk-whisky-news/

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 258: Kavalan 2006 Virgin Oak for The Nectar

Port Ellen 39 Year Old 1978 Untold Stories – The Spirit Safe

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul zo, juni 02, 2019 06:39:00

Distilleerderij:
Port
Ellen

Regio: Schotland (Islay)
Fles: Port Ellen 39 Year Old 1978/2018 Untold Stories – The Spirit Safe,
Bourbon Ex-sherry European Refill Casks, 1.500 bts
Kleur: vol goud
ABV: 50.9%

Goddelijk

Laat ik beginnen met te zeggen dat deze nieuwe
Port Ellen zo’n 5.000 EUR moet kosten, wat out
of this world
is. Daar krijg je dan wel een fantastische verpakking bij die
een metafoor is voor de spirit safe, het toestel dat voor het eerst bij Port
Ellen werd geïnstalleerd. Je hebt dus ook twee sleutels nodig om tot bij de
whisky te geraken – ook al een vette knipoog naar dat toestel. Het is meteen de
oudste Port Ellen ooit met zijn 39 jaar. Pas op, het is geen single cask, maar
een vatting van bourbon en refill sherryvaten, gebotteld op een vatsterkte van
50.9%. Slechts 1.500 flessen wereldwijd zijn op zoek naar een nieuwe eigenaar
met een vette bankrekening. Maar is de whisky – die zo legendarisch klinkt en
oogt – ook lekker?

Bijzonder levendige en aromatische neus,
waarbij de typische turf van Port Ellen erg delicaat is en op de achtergrond
blijft, zodoende het voetlicht gunnend aan allerhande fruit. Ja, geloof me, dit
is een complex fruitbommetje op sultanas en mango, honing, tijgerbalsem,
meloen, limoen en munt. Verrassend minty,
zelfs, wat hem een pak jonger doet lijken – wat in dit geval als een compliment
mag beschouwd worden.

Hij is krachtig op de tong, maar tegelijkertijd
erg elegant. De turfrook is nu een pak prominenter en offreert flink wat zilt
en rook, terwijl het fruit vooral richting limoen gaat. Midpalate wordt hij
wederom tropisch en zelfs wat snoeperig met kokosnoot en Turks Fruit. Maar zo
fris en levendig, zeg!

De afdronk is zalig lang en vertegenwoordigd een
groot deel van de beleving van deze malt. Het begint met zoete rook en eindigt
met een perfect bittertje als van een druivenpit.

Levendig, elegant en complex. Dat zijn de drie
kernwoorden die voor mij blijven hangen. Voeg daar als vierde gerust overpriced aan toe, maar dat verbaast u
wellicht niet. Hij is wat anders dan de andere Port Ellen, maar dat is wellicht
omwille van het feit dat het een beperkt aantal vaten betreft, dat voor deze
release werd aangesproken. Ik wou dat ik ‘m mij kon permitteren, want qua
beleving is hij wel goddelijk. Het is zelfs de 4e hoogst scorende
whisky in mijn boekje en de beste Port Ellen die ik al mocht proeven (tot nu
toe). Bedankt, Arno, – of in dit geval gepaster: Weledele Heer Dobbels – dat ik
deze mocht proeven!

95/100

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Mark Dermul op 31-05-2019
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 258: Kavalan 2006 Virgin Oak for The Nectar

Port Ellen 39 Year Old 1978 Untold Stories – The Spirit Safe

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul zo, juni 02, 2019 06:39:00

Distilleerderij:
Port
Ellen

Regio: Schotland (Islay)
Fles: Port Ellen 39 Year Old 1978/2018 Untold Stories – The Spirit Safe,
Bourbon Ex-sherry European Refill Casks, 1.500 bts
Kleur: vol goud
ABV: 50.9%

Goddelijk

Laat ik beginnen met te zeggen dat deze nieuwe
Port Ellen zo’n 5.000 EUR moet kosten, wat out
of this world
is. Daar krijg je dan wel een fantastische verpakking bij die
een metafoor is voor de spirit safe, het toestel dat voor het eerst bij Port
Ellen werd geïnstalleerd. Je hebt dus ook twee sleutels nodig om tot bij de
whisky te geraken – ook al een vette knipoog naar dat toestel. Het is meteen de
oudste Port Ellen ooit met zijn 39 jaar. Pas op, het is geen single cask, maar
een vatting van bourbon en refill sherryvaten, gebotteld op een vatsterkte van
50.9%. Slechts 1.500 flessen wereldwijd zijn op zoek naar een nieuwe eigenaar
met een vette bankrekening. Maar is de whisky – die zo legendarisch klinkt en
oogt – ook lekker?

Bijzonder levendige en aromatische neus,
waarbij de typische turf van Port Ellen erg delicaat is en op de achtergrond
blijft, zodoende het voetlicht gunnend aan allerhande fruit. Ja, geloof me, dit
is een complex fruitbommetje op sultanas en mango, honing, tijgerbalsem,
meloen, limoen en munt. Verrassend minty,
zelfs, wat hem een pak jonger doet lijken – wat in dit geval als een compliment
mag beschouwd worden.

Hij is krachtig op de tong, maar tegelijkertijd
erg elegant. De turfrook is nu een pak prominenter en offreert flink wat zilt
en rook, terwijl het fruit vooral richting limoen gaat. Midpalate wordt hij
wederom tropisch en zelfs wat snoeperig met kokosnoot en Turks Fruit. Maar zo
fris en levendig, zeg!

De afdronk is zalig lang en vertegenwoordigd een
groot deel van de beleving van deze malt. Het begint met zoete rook en eindigt
met een perfect bittertje als van een druivenpit.

Levendig, elegant en complex. Dat zijn de drie
kernwoorden die voor mij blijven hangen. Voeg daar als vierde gerust overpriced aan toe, maar dat verbaast u
wellicht niet. Hij is wat anders dan de andere Port Ellen, maar dat is wellicht
omwille van het feit dat het een beperkt aantal vaten betreft, dat voor deze
release werd aangesproken. Ik wou dat ik ‘m mij kon permitteren, want qua
beleving is hij wel goddelijk. Het is zelfs de 4e hoogst scorende
whisky in mijn boekje en de beste Port Ellen die ik al mocht proeven (tot nu
toe). Bedankt, Arno, – of in dit geval gepaster: Weledele Heer Dobbels – dat ik
deze mocht proeven!

95/100

Geproefd door
Mark Dermul op 31-05-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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Scarabus, Islay Single Malt, Pre Order Now from The Green Welly Stop – Scotch Whisky News

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Launched from the scenic Ardnahoe Distillery on Islay at the 2019 Feis Ile, this is now available to Pre-order. Stock expected in the next 5-7 days. A Single Islay Malt, with sea salt and peat smoke on the nose, you need to seek, and you shall find!

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Scarabus, Islay Single Malt, Pre Order Now from The Green Welly Stop – Scotch Whisky News

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Scarabus

Launched from the scenic Ardnahoe Distillery on Islay at the 2019 Feis Ile, this is now available to Pre-order. Stock expected in the next 5-7 days. A Single Islay Malt, with sea salt and peat smoke on the nose, you need to seek, and you shall find!

PRE ORDER NOW

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Personalised Single-Cask Scotch Whisky from The Whisky Exchange – Scotch Whisky News

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Perfect for Father’s Day, this collection of single malt whiskies has been hand-chosen by us to bear a selection of specially-created labels designed by The Whisky Exchange creative team. Personalise them with a range of beautiful illustrations and either get your own message printed on the label, or choose from a selection of messages we’ve written for you.

We’re particularly proud of these whiskies: far from being a gimmick, they allow you to create a truly personal bottle without compromising on the quality of the whisky inside. Each is a one-off release limited to just a few hundred bottles from a single cask, chosen by our team for its exemplary flavour. We hope you enjoy them.

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Personalised Single-Cask Scotch Whisky from The Whisky Exchange – Scotch Whisky News

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Perfect for Father’s Day, this collection of single malt whiskies has been hand-chosen by us to bear a selection of specially-created labels designed by The Whisky Exchange creative team. Personalise them with a range of beautiful illustrations and either get your own message printed on the label, or choose from a selection of messages we’ve written for you.

We’re particularly proud of these whiskies: far from being a gimmick, they allow you to create a truly personal bottle without compromising on the quality of the whisky inside. Each is a one-off release limited to just a few hundred bottles from a single cask, chosen by our team for its exemplary flavour. We hope you enjoy them.

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