GLEN GRANT: A SPECIAL BURNS NIGHT TASTING WITH DENNIS MALCOLM & JIM MURRAY

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GLEN GRANT: A SPECIAL BURNS NIGHT TASTING
WITH DENNIS MALCOLM JIM MURRAY

Friday 25 January
7.30pm-9pm
£35

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Glen Grant Master Distiller  Sir Dennis Malcolm, Whisky Bible author Jim Murray and a selection of their favourite drams – what more could you wish for this Burns Night?

Let Dennis Malcolm, the man behind the liquid, guide you through six of Glen Grant’s esteemed expressions. He’ll be joined by top whisky writer Jim Murray, who has awarded Glen Grant 18 Year Old the title of Scotch Whisky of the Year in his best-selling, annual Whisky Bible for the past three years.

We will end the evening with a QA session and a book signing.

“Once more the stunning Glen Grant 18 Year Old single malt carried the banner for Scotland, displaying Speyside Whisky in its most sparkling light.” – Jim Murray

THE LINE-UP

Glen Grant 10 Year Old
Glen Grant 12 Year Old
Glen Grant 18 Year Old
Whisky Bible 2019 ‘Second Finest Whisky in the World’
Whisky Bible 2017-2019 ‘Scotch Whisky of the Year’
Glen Grant 12 Year Old Non Chill Filtered
Glen Grant 170th Anniversary Limited Edition
Special Mystery Dram

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DENNIS MALCOLM

Dennis Malcolm is the multi-award winning Glen Grant master distiller and the curator of the distillery’s spirit. He has worked for Glen Grant for more than five decades, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the industry.

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JIM MURRAY

Jim Murray was one of the first full-time whisky writers and his Whisky Bible is the world’s biggest-selling and most influential annual whisky guide.

FRIDAY 25 JANUARY
7.30PM-9PM

£35

“O thou, my muse! Guid auld Scotch drink!” – Robert Burns

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/glen-grant-a-special-burns-night-tasting-with-dennis-malcolm-jim-murray/

The 2018 Whisky Raids “How did that happen?” – Whisky Confiscation News

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FETS WHISKY KITCHEN Vancouver, BC

Another year? How did that happen? 

It’s been nearly 1 year since The Great Whisky Raid of 2018, not much has happened lately but we are trying to work with the government to find a solution to the unlawful seizure of 242 bottles of some of the rarest whisky on earth and to see a policy change whereby bars and restaurants are able to source product from private retailers.

“Bars or Restaurants that specialize in exotic products that they can’t get through the public wholesaler should be able to access that kind of product legally”  David Eby, Attorney General, January 2018. But still no change.

We stand by our concerns surrounding the raid:

1: The manner in which the raid and seizure was handled: we feel that the government agents breached the Canadian Charter and were required to produce a seizure warrant as they seized the whisky “as evidence in an on going investigation”

2: Why the government refuses to allow licensees to purchase products from private retailers.

Last year industry lawyer Mark Hicken was called upon to review BC’s archaic liquor laws and through him, the review panel and submissions from industry stakeholders, of which we made 2 submissions. The final report containing 24 recommendations was handed to Attorney General David Eby on April 30th 2018 and has since been sitting on his desk collecting dust.

See The Report Here

Of all the recommendations in the report the one we have been advocating for is Licensee to Licensee sales (The Sourcing of Product, recommendation #11 on page 18 of the report). With the implementation of this recommendation we would be able to continue adding rare and wonderful whiskies to our collection including the fabulous whiskies from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

#11 The Sourcing of Product:”Hospitality licensees should not be restricted to buying their liquor products from government retail stores. Such licensees should be able to buy from any licensed source in BC including private retailers. In this way, hospitality licensees will have alternative sources for products where the wholesale system minimums are not met. An appropriate reporting mechanism should be established for such sales in order to ensure that the data relating to sales in this channel is not lost.”

To help out there is a petition on line: Free The Whisky

Here are a few links if you’d like to read further: 

Scotch Whisky Magazine          Forbes          Scout Magazine

The Georgia Straight           Vancouver is Awesome          Global News

CBC           The Globe and Mail          CTV

We still have the largest whisky selection in the country and have nearly a 1000 whiskies on our shelves.

The monthly Hand Crafted Spirits Radio Show with Joe Leary and Darryl Lamb is still being hosted at The Kitchen. Tune in to TSN Radio 1410 at noon on the first Saturday of each month. you can click here to listen to past broadcasts

Our Partner Scotch Malt Whisky Society retailer is Legacy Liquor Store in the Olympic Village and host to our monthly Society Outturns on the first Tuesday and Thursday of the month. Allura and I present on the Tuesday

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/the-2018-whisky-raids-how-did-that-happen-whisky-confiscation-news/

The 2018 Whisky Raids “How did that happen?” – Whisky Confiscation News

FETS

FETS WHISKY KITCHEN Vancouver, BC

Another year? How did that happen? 

It’s been nearly 1 year since The Great Whisky Raid of 2018, not much has happened lately but we are trying to work with the government to find a solution to the unlawful seizure of 242 bottles of some of the rarest whisky on earth and to see a policy change whereby bars and restaurants are able to source product from private retailers.

“Bars or Restaurants that specialize in exotic products that they can’t get through the public wholesaler should be able to access that kind of product legally”  David Eby, Attorney General, January 2018. But still no change.

We stand by our concerns surrounding the raid:

1: The manner in which the raid and seizure was handled: we feel that the government agents breached the Canadian Charter and were required to produce a seizure warrant as they seized the whisky “as evidence in an on going investigation”

2: Why the government refuses to allow licensees to purchase products from private retailers.

Last year industry lawyer Mark Hicken was called upon to review BC’s archaic liquor laws and through him, the review panel and submissions from industry stakeholders, of which we made 2 submissions. The final report containing 24 recommendations was handed to Attorney General David Eby on April 30th 2018 and has since been sitting on his desk collecting dust.

See The Report Here

Of all the recommendations in the report the one we have been advocating for is Licensee to Licensee sales (The Sourcing of Product, recommendation #11 on page 18 of the report). With the implementation of this recommendation we would be able to continue adding rare and wonderful whiskies to our collection including the fabulous whiskies from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

#11 The Sourcing of Product:”Hospitality licensees should not be restricted to buying their liquor products from government retail stores. Such licensees should be able to buy from any licensed source in BC including private retailers. In this way, hospitality licensees will have alternative sources for products where the wholesale system minimums are not met. An appropriate reporting mechanism should be established for such sales in order to ensure that the data relating to sales in this channel is not lost.”

To help out there is a petition on line: Free The Whisky

Here are a few links if you’d like to read further: 

Scotch Whisky Magazine          Forbes          Scout Magazine

The Georgia Straight           Vancouver is Awesome          Global News

CBC           The Globe and Mail          CTV

We still have the largest whisky selection in the country and have nearly a 1000 whiskies on our shelves.

The monthly Hand Crafted Spirits Radio Show with Joe Leary and Darryl Lamb is still being hosted at The Kitchen. Tune in to TSN Radio 1410 at noon on the first Saturday of each month. you can click here to listen to past broadcasts

Our Partner Scotch Malt Whisky Society retailer is Legacy Liquor Store in the Olympic Village and host to our monthly Society Outturns on the first Tuesday and Thursday of the month. Allura and I present on the Tuesday

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/the-2018-whisky-raids-how-did-that-happen-whisky-confiscation-news/

The 2018 Whisky Raids “How did that happen?” – Whisky Confiscation News

FETS

FETS WHISKY KITCHEN Vancouver, BC

Another year? How did that happen? 

It’s been nearly 1 year since The Great Whisky Raid of 2018, not much has happened lately but we are trying to work with the government to find a solution to the unlawful seizure of 242 bottles of some of the rarest whisky on earth and to see a policy change whereby bars and restaurants are able to source product from private retailers.

“Bars or Restaurants that specialize in exotic products that they can’t get through the public wholesaler should be able to access that kind of product legally”  David Eby, Attorney General, January 2018. But still no change.

We stand by our concerns surrounding the raid:

1: The manner in which the raid and seizure was handled: we feel that the government agents breached the Canadian Charter and were required to produce a seizure warrant as they seized the whisky “as evidence in an on going investigation”

2: Why the government refuses to allow licensees to purchase products from private retailers.

Last year industry lawyer Mark Hicken was called upon to review BC’s archaic liquor laws and through him, the review panel and submissions from industry stakeholders, of which we made 2 submissions. The final report containing 24 recommendations was handed to Attorney General David Eby on April 30th 2018 and has since been sitting on his desk collecting dust.

See The Report Here

Of all the recommendations in the report the one we have been advocating for is Licensee to Licensee sales (The Sourcing of Product, recommendation #11 on page 18 of the report). With the implementation of this recommendation we would be able to continue adding rare and wonderful whiskies to our collection including the fabulous whiskies from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

#11 The Sourcing of Product:”Hospitality licensees should not be restricted to buying their liquor products from government retail stores. Such licensees should be able to buy from any licensed source in BC including private retailers. In this way, hospitality licensees will have alternative sources for products where the wholesale system minimums are not met. An appropriate reporting mechanism should be established for such sales in order to ensure that the data relating to sales in this channel is not lost.”

To help out there is a petition on line: Free The Whisky

Here are a few links if you’d like to read further: 

Scotch Whisky Magazine          Forbes          Scout Magazine

The Georgia Straight           Vancouver is Awesome          Global News

CBC           The Globe and Mail          CTV

We still have the largest whisky selection in the country and have nearly a 1000 whiskies on our shelves.

The monthly Hand Crafted Spirits Radio Show with Joe Leary and Darryl Lamb is still being hosted at The Kitchen. Tune in to TSN Radio 1410 at noon on the first Saturday of each month. you can click here to listen to past broadcasts

Our Partner Scotch Malt Whisky Society retailer is Legacy Liquor Store in the Olympic Village and host to our monthly Society Outturns on the first Tuesday and Thursday of the month. Allura and I present on the Tuesday

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/the-2018-whisky-raids-how-did-that-happen-whisky-confiscation-news/

EVOLUTION OF THE JAMESON BOTTLE AND LABEL IS SET TO CONTINUE THE SUCCESS STORY OVER 50 YEARS ON – Irish Whiskey News

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EVOLUTION OF THE JAMESON BOTTLE AND LABEL

IS SET TO CONTINUE THE SUCCESS STORY OVER 50 YEARS ON

– First introduced in 1968, the new smooth pack contains the same triple-distilled Jameson that has made it the world’s No.1 Irish whiskey – 

Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, has unveiled an evolution of its iconic bottle and label design 50 years after it was first introduced. The refreshed look highlights the brand’s provenance, triple-distillation production method and premium quality cues to whiskey drinkers as it looks to strengthen its position as the world’s leading Irish whiskey.

Created by Stockholm’s Pond Design agency, the designs introduce a bold visual identity that has stand-out appeal and further drives differentiation in the dynamic Irish whiskey category. The bottle shape now features a tapered body and a more generous shoulder curve, while a distinctive embossed label ‘eyebrow’ and heel at the base make the bottle more tactile and memorable to hold. The distinctive green glass bottle and easy-to-pour neck remain in place, in line with feedback from market research among bartenders and Irish whiskey drinkers.

The refreshed label is printed on textured paper and reinterprets key elements of the design – most notably the Jameson family crest – while still retaining the most recognisable features to create a more timeless and cohesive look. Messaging on the bottle has been streamlined to emphasise the triple-distilled production method of Jameson, which crafts its renowned smooth taste, and its Irish provenance. The update is underpinned by a more vibrant colour palette designed to stand out and includes a brighter red cap and fresher greens and creams on the label.

The iconic green Jameson bottle that is known around the world today was first introduced in 1968, when bottling was brought in-house at the Bow Street Distillery as the era of whiskey bonding came to an end. The signature green, cream and maroon colours were inspired by the stained-glass panels in the doors of the historic distillery, installed in the late 19th Century by then Production Manager George Jameson, and can still be viewed at the Jameson Distillery Bow street today. Over the past 50 years, the bottle has evolved with the times but key elements such as the green glass, family crest and ship have remained in place to inspire new whiskey drinkers with the Jameson story.

The bottle is constructed using pressure sensitive label (PSL) technology at Irish Distillers’ Fox Geese bottling facility in Dublin – a new and more efficient process that allows for split labels to be applied to the glass bottles and a more premium finish. The new Jameson Irish Whiskey bottles will be available in Ireland from January 2019, and from the USA and other markets from March ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, and will be introduced across Jameson Caskmates, Jameson Black Barrel and Jameson Crested throughout the year.

Simon Fay, International Marketing Director for Jameson at Irish Distillers, commented: “Jameson Irish Whiskey is the world’s favourite Irish whiskey and is leading the renaissance within the category that we have seen over the past ten years. As such, we are committed to investing in the brand and we are confident that our new smooth pack, with the same triple distilled Irish whiskey inside is the winning combination to drive distinctiveness and relevance with whiskey drinkers and bartenders. With 29 years of consecutive of growth, our mission is to maintain momentum in key markets and accelerate growth and we believe that the subtle design evolution will help us to share the fearless spirit of Jameson with even more people around the world and continue the success story for many years to come.”

Notes 

About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson, our brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish whiskey. Jameson is the world’s fastest-growing Irish whiskey, experiencing 29 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 7.3m cases in 2018. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 80 of those experiencing double- or triple-digit growth.

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Power Son, John Jameson Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network. Since 2012, we have invested over €250m to double our production and bottling capacity to meet global demand for our products.

We employ over 600 people across our operations in Cork and Dublin. 

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of €8,987 million in FY18. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and VinSprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,900 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 86 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics.

Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/evolution-of-the-jameson-bottle-and-label-is-set-to-continue-the-success-story-over-50-years-on-irish-whiskey-news/

EVOLUTION OF THE JAMESON BOTTLE AND LABEL IS SET TO CONTINUE THE SUCCESS STORY OVER 50 YEARS ON – Irish Whiskey News

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EVOLUTION OF THE JAMESON BOTTLE AND LABEL

IS SET TO CONTINUE THE SUCCESS STORY OVER 50 YEARS ON

– First introduced in 1968, the new smooth pack contains the same triple-distilled Jameson that has made it the world’s No.1 Irish whiskey – 

Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, has unveiled an evolution of its iconic bottle and label design 50 years after it was first introduced. The refreshed look highlights the brand’s provenance, triple-distillation production method and premium quality cues to whiskey drinkers as it looks to strengthen its position as the world’s leading Irish whiskey.

Created by Stockholm’s Pond Design agency, the designs introduce a bold visual identity that has stand-out appeal and further drives differentiation in the dynamic Irish whiskey category. The bottle shape now features a tapered body and a more generous shoulder curve, while a distinctive embossed label ‘eyebrow’ and heel at the base make the bottle more tactile and memorable to hold. The distinctive green glass bottle and easy-to-pour neck remain in place, in line with feedback from market research among bartenders and Irish whiskey drinkers.

The refreshed label is printed on textured paper and reinterprets key elements of the design – most notably the Jameson family crest – while still retaining the most recognisable features to create a more timeless and cohesive look. Messaging on the bottle has been streamlined to emphasise the triple-distilled production method of Jameson, which crafts its renowned smooth taste, and its Irish provenance. The update is underpinned by a more vibrant colour palette designed to stand out and includes a brighter red cap and fresher greens and creams on the label.

The iconic green Jameson bottle that is known around the world today was first introduced in 1968, when bottling was brought in-house at the Bow Street Distillery as the era of whiskey bonding came to an end. The signature green, cream and maroon colours were inspired by the stained-glass panels in the doors of the historic distillery, installed in the late 19th Century by then Production Manager George Jameson, and can still be viewed at the Jameson Distillery Bow street today. Over the past 50 years, the bottle has evolved with the times but key elements such as the green glass, family crest and ship have remained in place to inspire new whiskey drinkers with the Jameson story.

The bottle is constructed using pressure sensitive label (PSL) technology at Irish Distillers’ Fox Geese bottling facility in Dublin – a new and more efficient process that allows for split labels to be applied to the glass bottles and a more premium finish. The new Jameson Irish Whiskey bottles will be available in Ireland from January 2019, and from the USA and other markets from March ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, and will be introduced across Jameson Caskmates, Jameson Black Barrel and Jameson Crested throughout the year.

Simon Fay, International Marketing Director for Jameson at Irish Distillers, commented: “Jameson Irish Whiskey is the world’s favourite Irish whiskey and is leading the renaissance within the category that we have seen over the past ten years. As such, we are committed to investing in the brand and we are confident that our new smooth pack, with the same triple distilled Irish whiskey inside is the winning combination to drive distinctiveness and relevance with whiskey drinkers and bartenders. With 29 years of consecutive of growth, our mission is to maintain momentum in key markets and accelerate growth and we believe that the subtle design evolution will help us to share the fearless spirit of Jameson with even more people around the world and continue the success story for many years to come.”

Notes 

About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson, our brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish whiskey. Jameson is the world’s fastest-growing Irish whiskey, experiencing 29 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 7.3m cases in 2018. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 80 of those experiencing double- or triple-digit growth.

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Power Son, John Jameson Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network. Since 2012, we have invested over €250m to double our production and bottling capacity to meet global demand for our products.

We employ over 600 people across our operations in Cork and Dublin. 

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of €8,987 million in FY18. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and VinSprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,900 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 86 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics.

Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/evolution-of-the-jameson-bottle-and-label-is-set-to-continue-the-success-story-over-50-years-on-irish-whiskey-news/

EVOLUTION OF THE JAMESON BOTTLE AND LABEL IS SET TO CONTINUE THE SUCCESS STORY OVER 50 YEARS ON – Irish Whiskey News

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EVOLUTION OF THE JAMESON BOTTLE AND LABEL

IS SET TO CONTINUE THE SUCCESS STORY OVER 50 YEARS ON

– First introduced in 1968, the new smooth pack contains the same triple-distilled Jameson that has made it the world’s No.1 Irish whiskey – 

Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, has unveiled an evolution of its iconic bottle and label design 50 years after it was first introduced. The refreshed look highlights the brand’s provenance, triple-distillation production method and premium quality cues to whiskey drinkers as it looks to strengthen its position as the world’s leading Irish whiskey.

Created by Stockholm’s Pond Design agency, the designs introduce a bold visual identity that has stand-out appeal and further drives differentiation in the dynamic Irish whiskey category. The bottle shape now features a tapered body and a more generous shoulder curve, while a distinctive embossed label ‘eyebrow’ and heel at the base make the bottle more tactile and memorable to hold. The distinctive green glass bottle and easy-to-pour neck remain in place, in line with feedback from market research among bartenders and Irish whiskey drinkers.

The refreshed label is printed on textured paper and reinterprets key elements of the design – most notably the Jameson family crest – while still retaining the most recognisable features to create a more timeless and cohesive look. Messaging on the bottle has been streamlined to emphasise the triple-distilled production method of Jameson, which crafts its renowned smooth taste, and its Irish provenance. The update is underpinned by a more vibrant colour palette designed to stand out and includes a brighter red cap and fresher greens and creams on the label.

The iconic green Jameson bottle that is known around the world today was first introduced in 1968, when bottling was brought in-house at the Bow Street Distillery as the era of whiskey bonding came to an end. The signature green, cream and maroon colours were inspired by the stained-glass panels in the doors of the historic distillery, installed in the late 19th Century by then Production Manager George Jameson, and can still be viewed at the Jameson Distillery Bow street today. Over the past 50 years, the bottle has evolved with the times but key elements such as the green glass, family crest and ship have remained in place to inspire new whiskey drinkers with the Jameson story.

The bottle is constructed using pressure sensitive label (PSL) technology at Irish Distillers’ Fox Geese bottling facility in Dublin – a new and more efficient process that allows for split labels to be applied to the glass bottles and a more premium finish. The new Jameson Irish Whiskey bottles will be available in Ireland from January 2019, and from the USA and other markets from March ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, and will be introduced across Jameson Caskmates, Jameson Black Barrel and Jameson Crested throughout the year.

Simon Fay, International Marketing Director for Jameson at Irish Distillers, commented: “Jameson Irish Whiskey is the world’s favourite Irish whiskey and is leading the renaissance within the category that we have seen over the past ten years. As such, we are committed to investing in the brand and we are confident that our new smooth pack, with the same triple distilled Irish whiskey inside is the winning combination to drive distinctiveness and relevance with whiskey drinkers and bartenders. With 29 years of consecutive of growth, our mission is to maintain momentum in key markets and accelerate growth and we believe that the subtle design evolution will help us to share the fearless spirit of Jameson with even more people around the world and continue the success story for many years to come.”

Notes 

About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson, our brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish whiskey. Jameson is the world’s fastest-growing Irish whiskey, experiencing 29 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 7.3m cases in 2018. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 80 of those experiencing double- or triple-digit growth.

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Power Son, John Jameson Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network. Since 2012, we have invested over €250m to double our production and bottling capacity to meet global demand for our products.

We employ over 600 people across our operations in Cork and Dublin. 

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of €8,987 million in FY18. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and VinSprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,900 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 86 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics.

Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/evolution-of-the-jameson-bottle-and-label-is-set-to-continue-the-success-story-over-50-years-on-irish-whiskey-news/

7 deadly sins WHISKY tour, Northern Ireland….

 

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7 deadly sins WHISKY tour, Northern Ireland

Five days and nights in Belfast, a vibrant city with so much to see both in the city and surrounding areas, this is a tour Paul, Mark and Sean love to bits! Five days, five nights, seven deadly sins!

Day 1.  Welcome to Northern Ireland and the Country’s capital Belfast, where you  will stay for your duration of your tour. We start this morning  taking a tour of Belfast with some Game of Thrones locations en route, (quite different as your driver spent years as a soldier on the streets of the city during the troubles).  Free time to pub crawl in Belfast.  Your driver lives locally so knows the good spots in the city, overnight Belfast.

Day 2.  We head up the outstanding North Antrim Coast, visiting various Game of Thrones locations, such as Ballintoy Harbour which was the back drop for Theons return to the Iron Islands – and where the burning at the stakes was held on the beach, Portsteward Strand.  Early scenes of the Dothraki on horse back were filmed here, also the coast of Dorne, Downhill beach, which was the shores of dragonstone’s. The Dark hedges, which was the Kings road and one of the most requested locations to visit, were planted in the 18th century to impress visitors by the Stuart family.  Visit Cushendun Caves, where the red priestess Melisandre gave birth to the shadow creature.  See Larrybane Quarry, where Renly Baratheons camp in the storm lands and where the tournament in which Brienne of Tarth is introduced. Time for lunch in the Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy, it also has a GoT themed room and the fantastic door of thrones No6 to 10 carved from the trees of the Dark Hedges. There’s a a private dining room set in the world of GoT complete with banners and its’ own replica Iron Thrones.  We also visit Giants Causeway and Bushmills Distillery – In the small village of Bushmills, on the banks of the river you’ll find the oldest working distillery in Ireland, for over 400 years kept to the philosophy that hand crafting small batches is the way to produce beautifully smooth tasting Irish whiskey.  Matured in Sherry Casks is Paul’s favourite. Black Bush combines a high amount of malt whiskey matured in former Oloroso Sherry casks, with a sweet, batch-distilled grain whiskey. Return to Belfast where you stay overnight.

Day 3.  This morning we head down to Castle Ward, where in the opening scenes (season one), the 5 stark children and the bastard John Snow each adopt a Direwolf pup.  Get to meet real Direwolfs Odin and Thor and the chance to dress up in the costumes for photo ops.  Visit the castle where Bran falls from the window ledge in the winter fell courtyard and the cottage (aka) the Brothel of Winterfell. Then we drive to Echlinville Distillery – Northern Ireland’s first licensed distillery in over 125 years distilling its first spirit in 2013. Tours will be personally welcomed and guided through the process, from the barley arriving from the fields, to the maturation warehouse where the Angels are certainly enjoying their share. And after you have discovered the flavour, colour and mouthfeel of our spirits, relax and enjoy drinks of your choice in our bar. Tanks are also on this tour! Return to Belfast. Shall we blend tonight darling? https://whiskytours.scot/dunvilles-old-irish-whiskey

Day 4.  A drive south of the Border today, to the Great Northern Distillery  a private company owned by the Teeling Family, Jim Finn and David Hynes who between them established the Cooley Distillery and rebuilt the Kilbeggan Distillery before selling them in 2012. The Town of Dundalk has always been ideally suited to foster a distilling industry with access the purest water from the nearby Cooley Mountains. Since the late 1600’s brewing has been at the heart of Dundalk with breweries in the area. The Dundalk Distillery operated in the Town between 1708 and 1926. Two of the distillery buildings, the grain store and maltings, still exist and now house the County Museum and Dundalk Library. The Distillery operates two distinctive distilleries pot stills and columns that produce a diverse range of Irish whiskey spirit’s including grain, triple malt, double malt, peated malt and pot still whiskey. The distillery has a current capacity of 16 million litres of spirit with an opportunity to expand production. We spend some time down here in the Republic, with free time in Dundalk to experience the local pub scene. Back to Belfast.

Day 5. This morning a drive to Gosford Castle and park.  The castle has become known as the gloomy home of HouseTully. It was first seen in season 1 when Rob Stark executes Richard Karstark for treason and later used for season three’s gory Red Wedding in which several main characters were killed. Then a visit to Armagh to see the two main churches in the city situated on two hills, one Protestant and one Catholic.  Return to Belfast, your final night.

Whisky pubs we recommend in Belfast; The Harp Bar, incorporating the Dunville Swinging Diddy Lounges is decorated in plush red velvet fabrics and adorned with antique furnishings resonant with Victorian Belfast. Walls and cabinets feature rare memorabilia inspired by the building’s origins as a bonded warehouse – the headquarters of The Old Bushmills Distillery Company. Paul’s favourite Belfast bar.  The New Orpheus. The Orpheus: Ballroom of Romance has been a vision of Willie and Joanne Jack, alongside their late business partner and friend, Bruce Kirk. An extension to the Harp Bar on Hill Street Belfast, The New Orpheus is a stunning monument to one of Belfast’s lost architectural treasures, the Orpheus Ballroom, York Street (1932). The Dark Horse and you can enjoy some of the finest coffee and Suki tea served in Belfast. You can also appreciate the superb decor and special atmosphere with beautiful antique surroundings, furniture and artefacts from some of the city’s most famous hotels and buildings from bygone times – all providing a rare and unique glimpse of Belfast’s historical past…Nestled along a narrow, cobbled alleyway, The Duke offers a traditional Belfast welcome of craic, music and humour in contrast to the modern, fashionable establishments currently blowing into the surrounding streets.  All these bars are owned by rhe same people and, all within yards of eachother, but YOU MUST pay a visit here, in the midst of all the bars; The Friend at Hand is a unique whiskey off-licence combined with a mini museum charting the whiskey distilling history of Belfast. Browse and buy from the biggest collection of Irish Whiskeys available anywhere and get exclusive access to own brand 13yr old whiskeys. https://whiskytours.scot/seven-deadly-sins-whisky

Paul McLean

Your Host Paul Mclean

Some further reading  https://whiskytours.scot/whisky-or-whiskey

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1995 Blair Athol 23 Year Old “Old Malt Cask” K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength – Scotch Whisky News

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One-of-a-Kind Single Malt You Won’t Find Elsewhere

“There’s no reason a whisky this good and this old should be this inexpensive.”
—David Othenin-Girard, KL SoCal Spirits Buyer

Almost never seen in the United States, Blair Athol is a rare treat for collectors of Scotland’s finest drams. The bottling featured here, a 23 Year Old that was brought up in sherry cask, counts among the best expressions we’ve ever encountered. Heady, expressive, and with a seemingly unending cascade of Amontillado spice, it is a pure delight from start to finish. Blair Athol has developed something of a cult following over the years, and based on the balanced power this 23 Year Old reveals, it’s all too easy to see why. Because of its scarcity, one might expect this scotch to cost twice the price, but that’s the beauty of our direct-import program—we are able to offer it at an unbeatable price. We urge you to scroll down and read our staff reviews, as they paint a picture of a Highland malt of the highest caliber. Previous casks of Blair Athol have sold out in no time, and we expect much the same of this magnificent expression.

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1995 Blair Athol 23 Year Old “Old Malt Cask” KL Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($109.99)

The exceptional Blair Athol Distillery sits just outside the picturesque town of Pitlochry at the base of the great Cairngorm Mountains. This small stone distillery has provided KL with several of our most renowned single barrels, namely a few old refill casks from Signatory, which were dark refill sherry butts. This barrel showing up just a few years after those exquisite examples of this low-key distillery further proves that sherry and Blair Athol play in perfect harmony. Famous in the U.K. as the home of the well-regarded Bell’s Blend, it has no real no real presence in the States. Nonetheless, it’s become sought after partly due to our efforts and because more of our customers are heading over to Scotland. Since invariably a stop in the quaint little village just to the north of the distillery is recommended, every year more people coming home dreaming about it. Once you taste that flora and fauna expression, it must feel rather tragic to realize that no regular expression of this lovely malt is available in the U.S. So when this stupendous cask popped up, we knew we had to nab it. I’d happily sell this exceptional whisky, filled into a fresh sherry butt back in 1995, for $200. I absolutely think it’s worth that much. We crushed the 26 Year Old from Signatory (albeit slightly older and darker) at $180 a bottle years ago. While it might not be as unique as some of the year’s other offerings, it’s is easily the most lovable malt of the season and another insane value from OMC.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 14, 2018

The lovely Blair Athol distillery is the spiritual home of the Bell’s Blend, which gets a bad rap from some whisky geeks, but when we see the excellent distillery in the warehouse we take note. Very few things are more appealing to me than an extremely affordable Blair Athol charged from a sherry. One whiff and we knew we had to have this majestic barrel. The nose has a big note of Oloroso, but also some complex malty fruit in the background. With a bit of water, dark fruit compote, exotic spices, and a subtle, almost Amontillado-like savory quality, emerge. On the palate it’s wonderfully textured with big taffy notes and a woodsy herbal quality—although much cleaner after water than the Ben Nevis, it still has a bit of funk to start. This is a total no brainer—an ultra-balanced, but overtly sherried malt in what might be arguably its perfect state of maturation. You barely notice the high proof, but it does love a little dollop of spring water, which opens it up in the most impressive way. Those that love the balance between dark sherry tones and rich maltiness will want to load up on this while it’s still around. There’s no reason a whisky this good and this old should be this inexpensive.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 11, 2018

Once again we have Blair Athol on the shelves! It has been far too long and I’ve fielded too many customer requests from people hoping for a bottle of our previous casks to pop up. While a touch younger and nowhere near as dark in sherry color, this wonderful cask shows off all of the splendor of sherry-aged Blair Athol with more sophistication than our previous bottlings. The chocolate fudge and spice cake of the sherry butt is more deeply integrated and the nutty texture and earthy flavors of the malt shine through. Don’t let that gentle sounding description fool you. The nose is just as robust as the first fill sherry monsters of yesteryear, but the palate doesn’t attack you, it lulls you into a false sense of security instead. At nearly 60%, for all its grace, this malt still packs a wallop. With a water addition it softens (a little) and exposes more of a dried orange peel and caramelized candied almond profile. A big malt for those who want power in their glass. And all for a pittance in comparison to the pair of 1988s we’ve offered in the last couple of years.

William Beare | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 25, 2018

It’s a cold and blustery evening here in Redwood City as I take my first few sips of the Blair Athol 23. The days are getting shorter and the winds are picking up. But in a large, deep glass, just the nose on this feels like a space heater for my soul. There is a small handful of fire in each inhale, but such a seductive, sweet fire that you feel dared to keep breathing deeper. The palate is filled with sweet honeycomb wax—unbelievably textural with a healthy dose of orange zest and a nutty finish. Well worth the price tag, and way too easy to drink for your own good.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 25, 2018

There’s big fruit on the nose with notes of syrupy brandy cherries coming in first, followed by orange zest, kumquat, and apricot. Nice bright caramel and rock candy scents come through next, then just a little earthiness and a whisper of smoke. The palate is initially dominated by salted caramels and stone fruit flavors, but then there’s a bold transition to cherries, spices, and some leather in a nicely long finish.

Jackson Lee | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 21, 2018

This cask offering from Blair Athol is unapologetic in the way it presents itself. When first poured into the glass, notes of iodine, peat, astringent, leather, and oak are apparent—stereotypical but then a honeyed apricot and Nilla wafers come in to soften those hardened players. On the palate that sweetness at the end of the nose comes through on the tip of your tongue, hitting you with sweet cashew brittle and green apple undertones. The finish is long and you get a little spice and heat on the end, while that sweetness keeps its promise to the end, drawing out notes of pencil shavings after it..

Anthony Russo | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2018

This is a highlight of what Scotland’s Highland region can achieve. This whisky typically goes into a bottling that does not reach the United States, so just the opportunity to taste it is incredibly special. The nose is wildly interesting, loaded with all types of fruits and spices. The palate definitely follows up nicely with a flavor I did not expect: a touch of malty sweetness that keeps the finish long. I am very excited about this release, especially at the price/cask strength ABV.

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New: Ardmore 30 Years // Suntory Ao // Royal Lochnagar 30 Years

As you may know, the shutdown of the US government also has consequences for the whisky industry. The Tax Trade Bureau is not accepting submissions of new alcohol labels, which means no new whiskies can be approved for sale in the US. As their COLAs listing is an interesting sources for upcoming releases, we now have little to announce…

 

Ardmore 30 Year Old

Ardmore 30 Year Old

Ardmore has bottled a 1987 vintage 30 Year Old exclusively available from The Whisky Exchange. Matured in refill barrels and then finished in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels, it is said to have lots of fruity notes alongside the smoke.

The reasonable price makes this an attractive offer. Check The Whisky Exchange if you’re interested.

 

 

Suntory Ao - World Whisky

Suntory Ao - World Whisky

Suntory Ao is a blended whisky made with spirit from five countries: Scotland, Ireland, America, Canada and Japan. Beam Suntory obviously owns Suntory but also Yamazaki, Bowmore, Laphroaig, Kilbeggan and Cooley, among others.

As you may know, a lot of whiskies marketed as ‘Japanese’ are already blended with spirit from Scotland or Canada – a creative solution for the general shortage of true Japanese whisky. Regulations in Japan are quite flexible, and as long as the spirit passes through Japan at some point, it can be sold as Japanese whisky. Let’s hope this Suntory Ao is a step towards more transparency for the entire Japanese industry.

 

 

Royal Lochnagar 30 Years

Royal Lochnagar 30 Years

A cask of Royal Lochnagar was gifted to Prince Charles to mark the 140th anniversary of the first royal visit to this distillery by Queen Victoria. Recently in November, the Prince turned 70 and and requested the contents to be bottled, with proceeds being donated to his own charity foundation.

Cask number #1129 (refill American oak) yielded 206 bottles and 186 of these will be sold via ballot through The Whisky Exchange.

Enter here to get a chance to grab a bottle

 

 

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