Heaven Hill Distillery Announces Release of 2018 Parker’s Heritage Collection Limited Edition Bottling – American Whiskey News

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Heaven Hill Distillery Announces Release of 2018 Parker’s Heritage Collection Limited Edition Bottling

12th Edition of annual ultra-premium release renews partnership with Master Blender Alain Royer and continues support of ALS research and patient care

BARDSTOWN, KY— Heaven Hill Distillery announced today the 2018 limited edition release of Parker’s Heritage Collection Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in orange curaçao barrels. The 12th edition will ship into select markets across the country beginning in September.

The 2018 edition showcases the versatility that Heaven Hill’s 1.4 million aging barrels provide for an ultra-premium, innovative Bourbon. Aged for seven to eight years in the upper floors of Rickhouse Q, the Bourbon was then aged for four months in barrels that previously held French orange curaçao liqueur. The orange curaçao finished offering is the second barrel-finished Bourbon in twelve years of the annual Parker’s Heritage Collection series. Royer also partnered on a previous edition, which featured a Cognac finished Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Bottled at 110 proof (55% abv) and non-chill filtered to preserve all the flavor compounds, the orange curaçao finish lends a unique flavor that complements the Bourbon without overpowering it, creating an entirely new and elegant tasting experience.

The annual release of Parker’s signature line is one of the most highly anticipated bottlings for Whiskey and Bourbon lovers worldwide, as the collection produces an innovative, highly sought after bottling each year and now serves as a remembrance of the collection’s namesake. Parker’s Heritage Collection was originally conceived to showcase the extraordinary quality and broad range of Heaven Hill’s American Whiskey holdings, as Heaven Hill boasts the world’s second largest inventory of aging American Whiskey.

The late Heaven Hill Master Distiller Parker Beam, for whom the acclaimed series is named, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also called ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2010. The past five editions from 2013-2017, including the “Promise of Hope” Bourbon, the “Original Batch” Straight Wheat Whiskey, the Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey, the 24-Year-Old Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon, and the 11-Year-Old Single Barrel, respectively, have raised over one million dollars toward ALS research and patient care through contributions made by Heaven Hill for each bottle purchased. Heaven Hill will continue with this cause-related campaign, and will again contribute a portion of the proceeds from the average national retail cost of $89.99 of each 750ml bottle sold of this year’s release to the ALS Association. With every past edition of Parker’s Heritage Collection quickly selling out, the company expects to continue to generate significant dollars for this effort in Parker’s memory.

“We are excited to resume our partnership with Alain Royer as we continue to innovate with barrel finished products,” said Susan Wahl, Group Product Director at Heaven Hill Distillery.  “Parker appreciated thoughtful, new ways to enjoy Bourbon, as evidenced by his original collaboration with Royer.  This newest edition blends both Parker’s imprint, as the Bourbon was distilled by him several years ago, but also the imprint of our current Master Distiller, Denny Potter, who worked through countless samples to find the perfect balance of flavor and Bourbon. We are proud to continue offering the Parker’s Heritage Collection in his memory and continue to support ALS research and patient care efforts.”

Packaged in the same upscale 750ml bottle as the previous eleven editions, but with a beige colored label, the newest Parker’s Heritage Collection edition reflects the care and craftsmanship of its contents. Available in a three-bottle case, it will be featured on the shelves and back bars of the nation’s finest spirits retailers and on-premise accounts starting in September. With previous releases having won multiple awards from Whisky Advocate magazine, Whisky Magazine and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the series stands as some of the most critically lauded American Whiskeys in recent memory. Past bottlings have won awards ranging from “Best North American Whiskey” to “American Whiskey of the Year” to “Best of Show, Brown Spirits.”

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ABOUT HEAVEN HILL DISTILLERY: Founded in Kentucky by the Shapira family in 1935, Heaven Hill Distillery continues its legacy as one of the foremost American Whiskey producers. Heaven Hill has cultivated the traditions and history of America’s Native Spirit with its fierce independence, passionate family ownership, dedication to quality, and thoughtful innovation. Today, Heaven Hill Distillery maintains over 1.4 million barrels aging in 56 warehouses throughout Nelson and Jefferson Counties. It is home to an award-winning collection of American Whiskeys including Elijah Craig Bourbon, Larceny Bourbon, Evan Williams Bourbon, Pikesville Rye Whiskey, Rittenhouse Rye Whisky and Parker’s Heritage Collection. Heaven Hill Distillery currently holds the title of 2018 San Francisco Spirits Competition Best Bourbon, 2017 Whisky Advocate Whisky of the Year, and previously held the titles of 2016 Whisky Magazine Distillery of the Year, 2016 Whisky Advocate American Whiskey of the Year and 2016 Rye Whiskey of the Year from “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.” For more information, please visit www.heavenhilldistillery.com.

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The Whisky Barrel Release STRATHCLYDE 30 YEAR OLD 1988 GLASGOW GARDEN FESTIVAL #62125 – Scotch Whisky News

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The Whisky Barrel releases their latest exclusive bottling, 

Specialist online whisky shop, TheWhiskyBarrel.com, is proud to release an exclusive single grain Scotch whisky from Strathclyde Grain Distillery to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Glasgow Garden Festival.

The Garden Festival took place in Glasgow between the 26th of April and 26th of September 1988 and attracted over four million visitors. It was one of the five National Garden Festivals and the only one in Scotland.

The National Garden Festivals were based on the German post-war ‘Bundesgartenschau’ idea for reclaiming large areas of disused or neglected land in cities. The Glasgow site is now home to the Glasgow Science Centre and a digital media village on the banks of the River Clyde.

Strathclyde Grain Distillery sits within the Gorbals district of Glasgow, just along the River Clyde from where the Garden Festival took place. The distillery is Glasgow’s only grain distillery but hasn’t always just made grain whiskies. A set of stills was installed in 1956 and the distillery produced a single malt, Kinclaith. In 1975 Strathclyde stopped producing malted whisky and turned to producing grain whisky for blends. There are no official bottlings of Strathclyde or Kinclaith available.

Strathclyde 30 Year Old 1988 is available exclusively from TheWhiskyBarrel.com. Distilled on the 9th of June 1988 and bottled on the 10th of June 2018. Single barrel there are just 137 bottles available. There will be a restriction of two bottles per customer in the interest of fairness.

Available exclusively from The Whisky Barrel, shipping to customers Worldwide including the United States of America, Canada and Japan. 

Strathclyde 30 Year Old Glasgow Garden Festival | 1988 | TheWhiskyBarrel.com| 54.3%

Tasting notes 

Colour: Golden syrup.

Nose: Sweet butterscotch and toffee. 

Taste: Caramelised sugar, rich toffee and Scottish vanilla tablet. 

Finish: Medium dry, satisfying finish with hints of fudge and toffee lingering. 

Price: £130 GBP / $143 USD (+ PP) 

Notice:-

Q) What is the product called?
A) Strathclyde 30 Year Old 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival

Q) When will this product be released/was it released?
A) Wednesday 11th July 2018.

Q) Where is it available?
A) Scotland, off-trade, TheWhiskyBarrel.com.

Q) Is this product already available in other markets?
A) Scotland only, TheWhiskyBarrel.com ships worldwide.

Q) How much is it?
A) £130 GBP / $143 USD (+ PP)

Q) Who handles the product’s distribution?
A) In-house at TheWhiskyBarrel.com.

Q) What is the ABV of this product?
A) 54.3% ABV natural cask strength.

Q) Why has this product been launched?
A) Limited Edition single cask distillery exclusive for The Whisky Barrel. 

The Whisky Barrel is a speciaslit online whisky and spirits merchant based in Fife, Scotland and  was established in 2007. The Whisky Barrel won Whisky Magazine Online Retailer 2018 and was International Wine Spirits Competition runner-up in 2016.

N.B. Prices correct at the time of publishing and are subject to currency fluctuation.

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The Sazerac Company Named Importer of the Year – Whisky News

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THE SAZERAC COMPANY NAMED IMPORTER OF THE YEAR 

Sazerac earned the most points in the 2018 San Fransico Worlds Spirit Competition 

            New Orleans, LA (July 11, 2018) The Sazerac Company received the prestigious award of Importer of the Year at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC). The Importer of the Year award recognizes the single importer earning the most points, measured by the number and level of awards won in a given year.

The SFWSC is the world’s most respected and influential international spirits competition, and the largest event of its kind in the United States. At this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition it was a record breaking year with 2,469 spirits entered in over 100 categories. Forty eight judges taste the spirits in a blind taste testing and give the spirit a medal based off of what they think it deserves.

The Sazerac Company was awarded Importer of the Year because it earned the most medals equating to points. Complete results for the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition can be found at http://sfspiritscomp.com/results/.

About Sazerac

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

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/07/the-sazerac-company-named-importer-of-the-year-whisky-news/

The Sazerac Company Named Importer of the Year – Whisky News

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THE SAZERAC COMPANY NAMED IMPORTER OF THE YEAR 

Sazerac earned the most points in the 2018 San Fransico Worlds Spirit Competition 

            New Orleans, LA (July 11, 2018) The Sazerac Company received the prestigious award of Importer of the Year at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC). The Importer of the Year award recognizes the single importer earning the most points, measured by the number and level of awards won in a given year.

The SFWSC is the world’s most respected and influential international spirits competition, and the largest event of its kind in the United States. At this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition it was a record breaking year with 2,469 spirits entered in over 100 categories. Forty eight judges taste the spirits in a blind taste testing and give the spirit a medal based off of what they think it deserves.

The Sazerac Company was awarded Importer of the Year because it earned the most medals equating to points. Complete results for the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition can be found at http://sfspiritscomp.com/results/.

About Sazerac

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

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/07/the-sazerac-company-named-importer-of-the-year-whisky-news/

The Whisky Barrel releases their latest exclusive bottlings, Irish Single Malt, 14 Year Old, 2003, Exclusive Malts – Irish Whiskey News

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The Whisky Barrel releases their latest exclusive bottlings, Irish Single Malt, 14 Year Old, 2003, Exclusive Malts 

Specialist online whisky shop, TheWhiskyBarrel.com, is proud to release another fantastic Irish Single Malt from a mystery distillery on the Cooley Peninsula in Ireland.

The Irish Single Malt 14 Year Old 2003 is the follow-up to last year’s sell-out sister cask.

The Whisky Barrel has teamed up with The Creative Whisky Company to bring you a second helping of this great malt. Its providence is a secret distillery in Ireland. Single cask whiskey releases from this distillery are rare, making this bottling even more interesting.

Irish whiskey is enjoying a booming resurgence with new distilleries popping up across the Emerald Isle.

Distilled in a refill-sherry Hogshead on the 15th of December 2003, cask number 200503, bottled in June 2018 with an ABV of 50.5%, yields just 264 bottles. This Irish Malt was very popular last year, not least because it is something of an unusual and very interesting product. This new release is more of the same; put simply, a must-try.

The Creative Whisky Company, based in Dumfries Galloway, bottles a wide range of malt whiskies. The company specialises in Exclusive, single cask, single malt whiskies.

Available exclusively from The Whisky Barrel, shipping to customers Worldwide including the United States of America, Canada and Japan. 

Irish Single Malt 14 Year Old | 2003 Exclusive Malts| 50.5%

Tasting notes 

Colour: Copper gold.

Nose: Lots of golden syrup and crisp apples. 

Taste: Crisp green apple peel mixed gently with melted brown sugars. Malt biscuits wrapped up in a sweet melody of tropical fruits, melon and a hint of citrus. Extra weight is brought by the heavy sherry cask influence, adding to the silky mouthfeel. 

Finish: Dry and sweet with a good length. 

Price: £57.14 GBP / $64.43 USD (+ PP) 

Notes:-

  1. Q) What is the product called?
    A) Irish Single Malt, 14 Year Old, 2003, Exclusive Malts
  2. Q) When will this product be released/was it released?
    A)  Friday 6th of July 2018.Q) Where is it available?
    A) Scotland, off-trade, TheWhiskyBarrel.com.

    Q) Is this product already available in other markets?
    A) Scotland only, TheWhiskyBarrel.com ships worldwide.

    Q) How much is it?
    A) £57.14 GBP / $64.43 USD (+ PP)

  1. Q) Who handles the product’s distribution?
    A) In-house at TheWhiskyBarrel.com.

Q) What is the ABV of this product?
A) 50.5% ABV natural cask strength.

  • Q) Why has this product been launched?
    A) Limited Edition single cask bottled exclusively by Berry Bros. Rudd for The Whisky Barrel. 

 

The Whisky Barrel is a speciaslit online whisky and spirits merchant based in Fife, Scotland and  was established in 2007. The Whisky Barrel won Whisky Magazine Online Retailer 2018 and was International Wine Spirits Competition runner-up in 2016.

N.B. prices correct at the time of publishing and are subject to currency fluctuation.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/07/the-whisky-barrel-releases-their-latest-exclusive-bottlings-irish-single-malt-14-year-old-2003-exclusive-malts-irish-whiskey-news/

The Whisky Barrel releases their latest exclusive bottlings, Irish Single Malt, 14 Year Old, 2003, Exclusive Malts – Irish Whiskey News

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The Whisky Barrel releases their latest exclusive bottlings, Irish Single Malt, 14 Year Old, 2003, Exclusive Malts 

Specialist online whisky shop, TheWhiskyBarrel.com, is proud to release another fantastic Irish Single Malt from a mystery distillery on the Cooley Peninsula in Ireland.

The Irish Single Malt 14 Year Old 2003 is the follow-up to last year’s sell-out sister cask.

The Whisky Barrel has teamed up with The Creative Whisky Company to bring you a second helping of this great malt. Its providence is a secret distillery in Ireland. Single cask whiskey releases from this distillery are rare, making this bottling even more interesting.

Irish whiskey is enjoying a booming resurgence with new distilleries popping up across the Emerald Isle.

Distilled in a refill-sherry Hogshead on the 15th of December 2003, cask number 200503, bottled in June 2018 with an ABV of 50.5%, yields just 264 bottles. This Irish Malt was very popular last year, not least because it is something of an unusual and very interesting product. This new release is more of the same; put simply, a must-try.

The Creative Whisky Company, based in Dumfries Galloway, bottles a wide range of malt whiskies. The company specialises in Exclusive, single cask, single malt whiskies.

Available exclusively from The Whisky Barrel, shipping to customers Worldwide including the United States of America, Canada and Japan. 

Irish Single Malt 14 Year Old | 2003 Exclusive Malts| 50.5%

Tasting notes 

Colour: Copper gold.

Nose: Lots of golden syrup and crisp apples. 

Taste: Crisp green apple peel mixed gently with melted brown sugars. Malt biscuits wrapped up in a sweet melody of tropical fruits, melon and a hint of citrus. Extra weight is brought by the heavy sherry cask influence, adding to the silky mouthfeel. 

Finish: Dry and sweet with a good length. 

Price: £57.14 GBP / $64.43 USD (+ PP) 

Notes:-

  1. Q) What is the product called?
    A) Irish Single Malt, 14 Year Old, 2003, Exclusive Malts
  2. Q) When will this product be released/was it released?
    A)  Friday 6th of July 2018.Q) Where is it available?
    A) Scotland, off-trade, TheWhiskyBarrel.com.

    Q) Is this product already available in other markets?
    A) Scotland only, TheWhiskyBarrel.com ships worldwide.

    Q) How much is it?
    A) £57.14 GBP / $64.43 USD (+ PP)

  1. Q) Who handles the product’s distribution?
    A) In-house at TheWhiskyBarrel.com.

Q) What is the ABV of this product?
A) 50.5% ABV natural cask strength.

  • Q) Why has this product been launched?
    A) Limited Edition single cask bottled exclusively by Berry Bros. Rudd for The Whisky Barrel. 

 

The Whisky Barrel is a speciaslit online whisky and spirits merchant based in Fife, Scotland and  was established in 2007. The Whisky Barrel won Whisky Magazine Online Retailer 2018 and was International Wine Spirits Competition runner-up in 2016.

N.B. prices correct at the time of publishing and are subject to currency fluctuation.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/07/the-whisky-barrel-releases-their-latest-exclusive-bottlings-irish-single-malt-14-year-old-2003-exclusive-malts-irish-whiskey-news/

Chris Goodrum Reviews North Star Spirits in Episode #273 – Scotch Whisky News

Chris Goodrum Reviews North Star Spirits in Episode #273 – Scotch Whisky News

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A highly anticipated episode of the show featuring the new releases from North Star Spirits (Series 005).

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Auchentoshan Three Wood Single Malt at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

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Auchentoshan Three Wood Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($56.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: “The name of this whisky is a nod to how its matured in three different casks: American Bourbon, Spanish oloroso and Pedro Ximénez Sherry. Its robust, with a deep amber hue and rich caramel scent. The flavor profile shows toffee, campfire smoke and a mouthwatering butterscotch note on the exhale. It almost reads like a peated Bourbon. (KN)” (12/2015)

KL Notes: A favorite of the employees at Auchentoshan and many at KL, the Three Wood is deep amber in color, nutty, rich and aromatic on the nose. It’s extremely full on the palate, sweet sherry flavors complement the high tones and fruity nature of the spirit. The finish is long and warm. Aged in Bourbon, Oloroso Sherry, and Pedro Ximenez casks the Three Wood is the perfect combination.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: June 30, 2018

This is a wonderful single malt for those looking for an easy drinker. The the nose is light and pretty with a hint of bees wax. In the mouth it is light and delicate with the sherry aging adding juicy notes. What makes this single so nice is that all of the flavor aspects are balanced and harmonious. There is a delicious finish.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: June 25, 2018

Filled in 3 different barrel types, this dram showcases American Bourbon casks, Spanish Olorosso butts, and unctuous Pedro Ximenez casks. This cask regimen does several things. The bourbon highlights the inherent fruity, vanilla cake, and creme brulee character of the spirit. The Olorosso adds gobs of cocoa, nuttiness, and toffee. And of course, the PX dials up a beautiful sweetness, intensity, and raisined fruits. While this triple casks regime adds layers of complexity, body, and richness, it also belies the notion that Lowland whisky is light and simple. At just $56.99 this is a shameless sherry dram for every day enjoyment. While the lowlands does have some highly coveted bottles, it’s this kind of easy enjoy-ability that makes it such a special place for whisky.

Will Blakely | KL Staff Member | Review Date: June 22, 2018

The Three Wood beautifully showcases the movement away from age statements and toward creative cask finishes. On the nose, it immediately offers enticing aromas of dried fruit, orange peel, caramelized sugar and ample spice. On the palate, it tastes full and complex despite its three distillations. Vanilla and dry sherry dominate at first but give way to soft tones of toffee and raisins. Typical of lowland malts, the finish brings a lingering nutty sweetness, but with a hint of charred wood. Altogether, it makes for an endlessly enjoyable dram that satisfies most any palate. I highly recommend this bottle for fans of bourbon or Irish whisky trying to break into Scottish single malts. It’s also a great pick for scotch drinkers looking for something new in a sherry-focused style.

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Inver House Distillers reports steady sales as focus continues on global brand growth – Scotch Whisky News

Martin Leonard appointed as Director of Inver House Distillers.

Inver House Distillers reports steady sales as focus continues on global brand growth

Inver House Distillers Ltd, the Scotch whisky subsidiary of global drinks business International Beverage Holdings Ltd, has reported steady sales for the year to September 2017 and an ongoing focus on the future of its brands.

The results reflect the Airdrie-based Company’s continued investment in stock for future sales (up 3% from last year) and support for the global growth of its award-winning premium spirits portfolio – with a solid performance in core markets for single malt Scotch whisky brands Old Pulteney, Speyburn, anCnoc and Balblair, plus the premium blended Scotch Hankey Bannister.

A long term investment plan behind the Company’s super premium Scottish gin Caorunn delivered a particularly strong performance in the results, with sales value growing by 34% in 2017 (47% growth in the UK market and 46% in the vital travel retail channel).

The Company also continues to invest in its distilleries, most notably a £3 million green initiative at Balmenach Distillery, the home of Caorunn Gin, to install a new anaerobic digestion system to significantly reduce the site’s carbon footprint.

The financial results in summary:

  • Turnover at £62.7 million, was at a similar level to the prior period.
  • Gross profit margins were slightly down on the prior period at 36.6%, core brands making up a larger % of the sales.
  • Other operating expenses increased as more monies were invested behind promoting the brands.
  • Operating Profit at 12.2% reflects investment behind brands reducing profits in current year.
  • Profit before tax at 11.5% down on the prior year percentage of 14.1%.
  • Caorunn Gin sales continue to grow at double digit level.
  • Continued investment in stocks for future brand growth – up 3% to £118m.

2017 key financial information for the Year

Martin Leonard, Inver House Distillers’ Managing Director commented:

‘These results are as we expected and show that the business is in a strong position and delivering on our long term strategy to build on our highly successful brands in global markets. We are also committed to investment programmes at our distilleries, to ensure they are in good shape to deliver increased demand for stock in the future, where possible using the latest green technology and processes to protect the environment surrounding each site.

‘In terms of our brands, Caorunn is a very good example of our strategy in action. A 47% growth figure in the UK market demonstrates how our production, sales and marketing skills and long term approach can build a brand to become one of the UK’s best sellers in what is an extremely competitive sector. We are investing heavily in supporting our brand portfolio to compete in the global market, with a recent relaunch for Speyburn in the UK and US, and further brand projects planned in the near future. Our spirits also continue to be recognised with ‘best in class’ medals at some of the world’s top drinks industry competitions, and they continue to grow despite difficult trading conditions and general uncertainty in the marketplace’.

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About International Beverage Holdings

International Beverage Holdings Limited is one of the industry’s most dynamic global drinks businesses. Established in 2006 as the international arm of ThaiBev, it specialises in developing distinctive, premium local brands for global growth, with a portfolio that is led by a range of high quality Scotch whiskies and includes some of the fastest growing and most prestigious beers, spirits and whiskies on the market today. These high quality brands are enjoyed by consumers in over 85 global markets and include Chang Beer, Mekhong, Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Hankey Bannister blended whisky and Caorunn Gin.

Focus brands

Old Pulteney is one of the world’s finest and most distinctive single malt Scotch whiskies. Known as ‘The Maritime Malt’, it is crafted in the windswept coastal town of Wick, home to the Pulteney Distillery which is one of the most northerly on the Scottish mainland. The distillery was established in 1826 in the heart of ‘Pulteneytown’, the town created to house fishermen during Wick’s famous herring boom which once drew a fleet of over 1000 boats and 7000 workers to this remote and rugged harbour. Old Pulteney is the embodiment of this place, its people and its remarkable history. The skilled Pulteney Distillery team continues to craft whisky using the most traditional and time-honoured techniques that most others have long abandoned. This includes the uniquely shaped Pulteney stills, which are reflected in the design of the Old Pulteney bottle on shelves today.

Speyburn is home to a multitude of award-winning and single malt Scotch whiskies; the result of an outstanding natural environment and an insistence on using a combination of the most traditional methods of production with innovative approaches. Established in 1897, by John Hopkins, Speyburn currently has three core expressions – Bradan Orach, Speyburn 10 Years Old and the newly released Speyburn 15 Years Old. Speyburn has been awarded for its quality products and ambition, winning Distillery of the Year 2017 at the New York International Spirits Competition (NYISC), as well as a host of gold medals from some of the world’s most prestigious wines and spirits competitions.

Balblair distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in the Scottish Highlands. Established in 1790, the distillery building and its warehouses sit on the original site to this day. Balblair whiskies are released as vintage expressions, only when they have reached their exact point of ‘optimum maturation’, the peak of perfection.

anCnoc is produced at Knockdhu Distillery – established in 1894 and one of the smallest and most enchanting in the Scottish Highlands. It is renowned the world over by malt enthusiasts for bringing a contemporary twist to the traditions of fine malt whisky, producing a single malt that is accessible and versatile for all occasions. anCnoc Cutter has been ranked in the Liquid Gold category of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2016 with a score of 96.5 adding to anCnoc’s portfolio of award-winning expressions. Whiskies in this category are deemed by Jim Murray as “superstar whiskies that give us all a reason to live.” The anCnoc 18 year old was also awarded the title of Best Highland Single Malt in the 13-20 year old category at the World Whisky Awards 2016. 

Caorunn is a super-premium, small batch distilled gin from the Scottish Highlands, launched by International Beverage Holdings in 2009. With its roots in Celtic culture and heritage, Caorunn is a slow paced, small batch distilled gin made in a unique copper berry chamber at the Balmenach Distillery in Speyside. Five unique Celtic botanicals give Caorunn a subtlety and complexity that make it more than just a gin. This extra dimension means it can be mixed and enjoyed in a whole host of exciting ways, from classic and contemporary cocktails to the simplicity of our perfect-serve GT with fresh red apple.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/07/inver-house-distillers-reports-steady-sales-as-focus-continues-on-global-brand-growth-scotch-whisky-news/

The Kurayoshi Sherry Cask

Another one of these new brands that try to surf the wave of Japanese whisky.

This is created by the little-known Matsui Shuzou, originally a sake and shochu producer founded in 1910. Don’t let them fool you though: like most of these unknown names, the Kurayoshi range consists of blended malts, made with Scotch whiskies shipped over to Japan, where they are blended with small portions of Japanese whisky. And even then, Japanese whisky is not clearly defined so we can’t be sure of the nature of the spirit. The end result can legally still be called Japanese whisky but it seems they are working on stricter regulations for the future.

There is a Kurayoshi 8 Year Old Sherry Cask but this ‘Pure Malt’ Kurayoshi Sherry Cask one doesn’t have an age statement. It appears to be ‘over 3 years old’, obviously.

 

 

Kurayoshi Sherry CaskKurayoshi Sherry CaskThe Kurayoshi Pure Malt ‘Sherry Cask’
(43%, OB +/- 2018)

Nose: nutty and grassy. Above all very young, a little spirity. Hints of cheap rum, plum eau-de-vie and calvados. Walnuts. Over time fresher citrus notes appear (lemon and lemongrass). Mouth: a very rough alcoholic taste. It tingles, but doesn’t have much flavour except for a bit of raisins and vague caramel notes. Hints of muesli too. Just to put things in perspective: it’s worse than Johnnie Walker Red. Finish: short, not so good.

Roughly between € 80 and € 100, depending where you look. There’s nothing to justify this pricing, so just avoid it. If you want real Japanese whisky, better stick to the established distilleries.

Score: 60/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/japan-whisky/kurayoshi-sherry-cask/