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/

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/

BONHAMS PRESENTS WHISKY ONLINE AUCTION AIMED AT BUDDING COLLECTORS – Whisky news

BONHAMS PRESENTS WHISKY ONLINE AUCTION AIMED AT BUDDING COLLECTORS

Hong Kong – From 15 to 22 February 2020, Bonhams will present an online whisky sale dedicated to budding whisky enthusiasts. The 180 lots of Japanese and Scotch whiskies on offer, including those from the most sought-after distilleries including Yamazaki, Karuizawa and Bowmore, are attractively estimated from HK$3,000 (US$390) to just over HK$300,000 (US$38,600). Many of the estimates are lower than the current market price.

Daniel Lam, Bonhams’ Director of Wine Spirits, Asia, comments: ‘Whisky collecting has become a lifestyle trend for not only the connoisseurs but also for the younger generation across the world. We have seen more new collectors coming in than ever: one in every five bidders in our worldwide whisky sales over the last two years was a new bidder. With this in mind, we have curated this online sale to offer not the high-ticket star bottles, but instead a wide range of editions from popular distilleries at friendly price points. We hope that first-time buyers can find in this sale an entrance to start their whisky collection.’

 

Highlights estimated under HK$20,000 (US$2,600) include:

  • 余市 Yoichi-1984-#252986, estimate: HK$18,000–22,000
  • Hanyu Ichiro’s Malt-Joker “Colour”, estimate: HK$15,000–20,000
  • Lagavulin-1991-Feis Ile 2015, estimate: HK$6,000–8,000

 

Highlights estimated under HK$100,000 (US$13,000) include:

  • Karuizawa-Yashiro-1971-37 year old-八代窯, estimate: HK$80,000–100,000
  • 山崎 Yamazaki-Mizunara-1986-#6G5029, estimate: HK$65,000–85,000
  • Hanyu Ichiro’s Malt-The Game-1st Edition, estimate: HK$48,000–60,000

 

Highlights estimated under HK$400,000 (US$52,000) include:

  • Karuizawa-1965-#8852, estimate: HK$380,000–480,000
  • Karuizawa-1964-#3603, estimate: HK$250,000–300,000
  • Black Bowmore-1964 (2nd Edition), estimate: HK$120,000–160,000

Bonhams marked its 10 years of market leadership in Asia’s whisky auction in 2019. In August, Hanyu Ichiro’s Full Card Series in 54 bottles established a new record for a Japanese whisky collection for HK$7,192,000 (US$917,000), selling to an Asian female collector. Three months later, an exceedingly rare 30 year whisky sherry hogshead cask from the famed Macallan Distillery also achieved HK$4,464,000 (US$572,000), setting a new world auction record for a whisky cask.

Bonhams wine and whisky departments worldwide reported sales of GBP16 million (US$21.3 million/ HK$166,200,000) for 2019.

The forthcoming Fine Rare Wine and Whisky sale will be held on 15 May in Hong Kong.

Whisky Online Auction15 February until 6pm (HKT) 22 February 2020Bidding page will go live on 15 February on www.bonhams.com Specialist: Daniel Lam, Bonhams’ Director of Wine Spirits, Asia.

NOTES 

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com. bonhams.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/01/bonhams-presents-whisky-online-auction-aimed-at-budding-collectors-whisky-news/

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

Hunter Laing & Company Ltd

Hunter Laing
16 Park Circus
Glasgow G3 6AX
UK
+44 141 353 0297
info@hunterlaing.com
www.hunterlaing.com

Split

Stewart Laing begon zijn loopbaan in de whisky business in 1964. Lange tijd was hij, samen met zijn broer Fred Laing, bestuurder van de onafhankelijke bottelaar Douglas Laing Co. Maar in 2013 besloten de broers elk hun eigen weg te gaan. Fred zou Douglas Laing behouden en zijn dochter Cara in het bedrijf inlijven, terwijl Stewart met zijn twee zonen (Andrew en Scott) het nieuwe Hunter Laing Co uit de grond stampten.

Hunter Laing Co moest niet van nul beginnen. Bij de split kon Stewart enkele bekende labels behouden, zoals Old Malt Cask en Old Rare, House of Peers en John Player Special. Maar ook enkele nieuwe merken werden gelanceerd, onder andere Edition Spirits, het bedrijf dat door zijn zonen was opgestart.

Ardnahoe

Stewart leerde de knepen van het vak als jongeman onder andere bij Bruichladdich  en nadien Stevenson Taylor Co. Toen hij het bedrijf van zijn vader vervoegde, ging hij vaak mee op handelsmissies naar Azië en Zuid-Amerika. Maar de droom om een eigen distilleerderij te bouwen, heeft hem nooit verlaten. Terugdenkend aan zijn tijd bij Bruichladdich, leek Islay hem de ideale keuze.

In januari 2016 kocht hij een stuk grond op Islay – halfweg tussen Caol Ila en Bunnahabhain – en begon aan de bouw van zijn Ardnahoe Distillery in datzelfde jaar. De eerste spirit liep van de stills – onder de kundige begeleiding van de legende Jim McEwan – in oktober 2018. In april 2019 ging de distilleerderij officieel open voor het grote publiek.

Range

Naast de eerder genoemde Old Malt Cask en Old Rare, lanceerde Hunter Laing ook enkele nieuwe reeksen: Sovereign (single grains), Hepburn’s Choice (jonge single malts) en Distiller’s Art (single casks), Journey, The Kinship Series en Scarabus.

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5565

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

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).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5602

Whisky originates from Ireland by Paul Mclean of Whisky Tours ~ Mclean Scotland

Whisky expert Dave Broom, from Glasgow, says  Scotland’s national drink has its’ origins in Ireland. He said there is “strong evidence” whisky may have been first developed in Ireland and brought to Islay, to be drunk at the seat of the High Kings (is he talking about the Macdonald’s?).

Broom said: “If you look at the north of Ireland and across to Islay, that’s the cradle of distillation… but the first record I found is in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” Film producer Adam Park (The Amber Light), said research carried out for the film suggests the Beaton family, who were Irish physicians, (related to the Maclean’s) developed a vast international knowledge of botanical remedies.  They were most likely to be instrumental in creating what would become the first Scotch whisky. “The Beatons were pretty amazing people, they travelled the world translating medical scripts and building their knowledge,” he said “They came to service of the High Kings and became experts in distilling spirit and added to it the plants and flowers that grew around them.”  Let’s be fair here; the Beatons, whose family name appears as MacMeic-bethad and MacBeth, are believed to have first arrived on Islay in the 13th century at the time of the marriage between Aine O’Cathain and Angus Og MacDonald, Lord Of The Isles and also closely associated with the Maclean Clan. The Beaton family became hereditary physicians to the Scottish crown, serving Robert The Bruce and every subsequent Scottish king, while also providing medical knowledge to clan chiefs from the Western Isles to the Lowlands.  Here we go –  a spokesman for the Scotch Whisky Association said: “The earliest known record of Scotch Whisky production dates from the Exchequer Rolls of 1494, but it is likely the ‘Aqua Vitae’ was being produced long before this date. It is likely early development of distillation in Scotland and Ireland took place in parallel, ultimately leading to two distinct global industries.”

I have said numerous times, the Irish invented whisk(e)y. The first written account of distilling in Ireland comes from Kilkenny in the 14th century with the Red Book of Ossory and the Kilkenny Whiskey Guild are celebrating and highlighting this history. The Red Book of Ossory is a fourteenth century register of the diocese which is associated with Richard Ledred who was Bishop of Ossory, 1317/60. The volume contains copies of documents which would have been important for the administration of the diocese – constitutions and taxations, memoranda relating to rights and privileges, deeds and royal letters. The register is, however, best known for the texts of songs composed by Bishop Ledred for the vicars choral of St Canice’s Cathedral ‘so that their mouths be not defiled with theatrical, foul and secular songs’. It also contains a treatise on acqua vitae (whiskey to you and me). Richard Ledred is must be noted, is the notorious Bishop who went on to tackle what he considered the important issue of witchcraft. He chased Dame Alice Kyteler out of the country and burned poor Petronella de Meat, her maidservant, for witchcraft. Check out; http://whiskytours.scot/kilkenny-whiskey-guild-irish-whiskey-tour

Birthplace of Irish Whiskey. Ballykeefe Distillery is situated in Co. Kilkenny the heartland of Ireland, adjacent to its medieval capital, Kilkenny city. It is steeped in a historic heritage and tradition, holding the unique distinction of being the birthplace of Irish whiskey. It is from this area that the first written account of distilling in Ireland comes in 1324 in the Red Book of Ossory. The word “Whiskey” is an Anglicisation of the Gaelic phrase, uisce beatha, meaning “water of life”. https://ballykeefedistillery.ie/our-story/birthplace-irish-whiskey

I have great respect for David Broom, in a way, we agree that the Irish started whiskey and the Scots took it under their wing a century or so later. Why do I write these articles/blogs? Because I can. My life evolves totally around whisky, I buy and sell it, I discuss it, I write about it, I visit so many distilleries with my tour company – it’s in ma hoose it’s in ma blood! Why is our whisky blog called the ANGEL’S BLOG? Named after a few things really, the angel’s share; the amount of alcohol (whisky) that is lost to evaporation when the liquid is being aged in oak barrels. The angel’s share. My Dad; he has been an angel for some 60 years or so, liked a dram when he was with us (I was told by my Uncle Harry) and I believe he is still taking his share in that distillery in the sky. I write almost all of the whisky blogs, with a few being from friends around the whisky world now and then. Club Patron (it did used to be a club) is another Maclean, this time of the Charlie variety; Charles Maclean. We know Charlie well (cousin) early on Paul (McLean) asked Charlie if he wished to become a club member, his reply; “Yes and I will be your Club Patron”.  And so it came to pass … you can find him here; https://whiskytours.scot/charlie. If you like a good read, an argument and a debate, take a look, there are tons of blogs waitin for you here; http://whiskytours.scot/whisky-blog-called-angels-blog PAUL MCLEAN Perth Scotland, also Kilkenny Ireland.

Wee note; notice the Irish Cowan’s whisky doesnee have an E

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/01/whisky-originates-from-ireland-by-paul-mclean-of-whisky-tours-mclean-scotland/