AUCHENTOSHAN® ANNOUNCES NEW SAUVIGNON BLANC EXPRESSION – Scotch Whisky News

AUCHENTOSHAN® ANNOUNCES NEW SAUVIGNON BLANC EXPRESSION

The Amazon exclusive will target Urban drinkers with a brand-new addition to the single malt category that’s ‘better shared’

Monday 11th November – Auchentoshan®, the urban malt inspired by the city of Glasgow, has today announced the launch of Auchentoshan Sauvignon Blanc, a new special edition whisky available exclusively on Amazon.

Available to purchase on 15th November (pre-order here), Auchentoshan Sauvignon Blanc is a unique combination of two worlds – the smooth triple distilled taste of Auchentoshan and the unique flavour of Sauvignon blanc casks that gives a fresh, vibrant take on Auchentoshan, setting out to reflect the ever-changing needs of the urban millennial.

The brand new urban malt is matured in ex-bourbon barrels and finished in Sauvignon Blanc Barrique casks, which gives it a distinct, smooth and high-quality taste. Distilled at 47% ABV, the result is a unique single malt that’s ‘best served chilled’ allowing the fresh flavours of citrus and apple to excite the pallete.

The release of Auchentoshan Sauvignon Blanc follows the recent announcement of the brand’s vibrant new look packaging and brand positioning, aiming to reach a new generation of whisky drinker who are looking for a smooth and exciting whisky to be enjoyed together with friends.

Eileen Livingston, Senior Director of Scotch Whisky for Beam Suntory, comments: “Auchentoshan Sauvignon Blanc is a unique innovation that disrupts the category and provides consumers with a drinking experience out of the norm. This enables us to connect with urban millennials who are looking to sample new expressions and shared experiences.”

Ron Welsh, Master Blender for Auchentoshan, says: “We set out to create a never-seen-before whisky on the market. Auchentoshan Sauvignon Blanc was crafted to be enjoyed chilled, allowing us to innovate on the key occasions when the product is shared.”

Auchentoshan Sauvignon Blanc tasting notes are included below:

Ex-Bourbon barrel matured, followed by Sauvignon Blanc Barrique finish

47.0%

Pale Gold

NOSE

Subtle citric notes of white grapefruit with light sweetness of white peaches and green apple, light perfume of eglantine, honeysuckle, Scotch broom and Jasmine.

TASTE

Lightly peppery with zesty notes, green grapes, light acacia honey and lemon curd, vanilla sweetness, lychees and honeydew melon, but also dried grass and hay notes.

FINISH

The finish is hot and peppery with lingering notes of custard apple with a salty mouthfeel.

The limited edition whisky will be available as an e-commerce exclusive on Amazon from 15th November.

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Notes:

Awards for Auchentoshan:

Bartenders’ Brand Awards 2018 | Silver for Auchentoshan Bartenders’ Malt 01

IWSC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan American Oak

IWSC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan Three Wood

IWSC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan 12 Year Old

IWSC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan 18 Year Old

IWSC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan 21 Year Old

IWSC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan Blood Oak

ISC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan Three Wood

ISC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan Blood Oak

ISC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan 12 Year Old

ISC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan 18 Year Old

ISC 2017 | Silver for Auchentoshan 21 Year Old 

About Auchentoshan®

After 200 years of urban life in Glasgow, living through The Industrial Revolution, Auchentoshan is part of the city and the city is part of Auchentoshan. It is the only Single Malt Scotch Whisky to triple distil every last drop to create its delicate flavour. Smooth, yet gutsy. Approachable yet deep. Auchentoshan is the alternative malt for newcomers and whisky lovers alike.

About Beam Suntory Inc.

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Hornitos and Sauza tequila, EFFEN and Pinnacle vodka, Sipsmith gin, and Midori liqueur.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and commitment to Growing for Good.  Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan.  For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/auchentoshan-announces-new-sauvignon-blanc-expression-scotch-whisky-news/

Spirits in the Sky 2019

I attended Spirits in the Sky last weeke-end and while I don’t go to whisky festvals as much as I once did, it’s safe to say this is still the best place to experience the Belgian whisky scene and stay up-to-date about the new releases.

 

Spirits in the Sky highlights

Spirits in the Sky highlights

I’ll start with very quick impressions of a few new and upcoming releases – this is probably what people are mostly looking for. Mind that these are just casual tasting impressions…

 

  • Undisclosed Speyside 27 yo 1992 (46.2%, Infrequent Flyers, barrel #4406044)
    A great new release in the second batch from Alistair Walker. A generous fruit salad with honey, in the style of Glenlivet, BenRiach or something similar. The Glen Elgin 2006 and Linkwood 2010 were also good.
  • Kilkerran 15 Years Fino Cask (52.1%, single cask for Belgium)
    A bit hyped, but it doesn’t really live up to expectations.
  • Springbank 10 Years ‘Local Barley’ (56.2%, 2019 release)
    From the same vintage and barley farms as last year, with a similar outcome. Really characterful whisky but earlier editions had more depth.
  • BenRiach 33 yo 1985 (48.1%, peated / virgin oak hogshead #7214)
    Really good: a mix of tropical fruits, balanced peat and oak spice. Quite a unique profile, executed perfectly. Too bad it’s so expensive.
  • Tamnavulin ‘Vintages Collection’ 2000 (45%, OB 2019)
    From a brief five week period in which they were distilling between 1995 and 2007. Rather bland. Barley and caramel, little more I’m afraid.
  • Highland Park 10 yo 2008 (59.8%, refill hogshead #7779 for Spirits in the Sky 2019)
    Big, big sherry, perhaps a little over the top for some, and not entirely as clean or fruity as I’d like. Recommended for those who like meaty, full-bodied sherry bottlings though.
  • Highland Park Triskelion (45.1%, OB 2019)
    Also good, striking a much better balance of classic HP notes. Orange peel, subtle peat, gentle sherry notes and oak spice. Three types of casks so a bit for everyone. Pricey though.
  • Glen Elgin 23 yo 1995 (45.7%, Nectar of the Daily Drams 2019)
    What you’d expect from middle-aged Glen Elgin: very fruity with balanced oak spices. Fresh, solid whisky.
  • Ben Nevis 8 yo 2001 (62.6%, Signatory Vintage for The Nectar 2019, cask #148)
    Much younger than the independent Ben Nevis we’re mostly seeing these days, but it’s easy to see this is the same style. Characterful whisky, good value for money.

 

 

Pilar Garcia  Stewart Buchanan

Pilar Garcia  Stewart Buchanan

I also attended a masterclass by Stewart Buchanan (of BenRiach / GlenGlassaugh / GlenDronach) and Pilar García (of Valdespino, a well-known sherry house which recently arrived in Belgium). Their tasting was meant to showcase the interaction of different types of sherry (casks) and their influence on whisky maturation.

 

We started with a very interesting bottling: Glenglassauch ‘Massandra Collection’. Now this is Russian wine in the style of sherry. Stewart confirmed that looking at these casks you can tell they’re not American nor European oak but probably Russian oak, which was relatively common in the Scotch industry until the 1860s or so when sherry casks became popular.

In any case this must have been a very old cask, perhaps over a hundred years and maybe 4th of 5th fill, which are hard to keep in shape.

 

Glenglassaugh 1972 - Massandra CollectionGlenglassaugh 1972 - Massandra CollectionGlenglassaugh 39 yo 1972 ‘Massandra Collection’ (53,3%, OB 2012, sherry cask finish, 328 btl.)

Nose: slightly tropical and overripe fruits. Pineapple, apricots, black bananas. Quite estery, with whiffs of old rum. Some leather and varnished wood. Buttery vanilla cake and a wee salty note. The sherry is subtle of course. Mouth: intense after so many years, with an obvious white pepper note before it bursts into fruity notes. Pear, mango, pineapple, maybe some kiwi. It’s very elegant, with just a light winey touch and subtle vanilla. Finish: long, honeyed and slightly floral, with light woody notes.

A great whisky, powerful and silky smooth at the same time, with a lovely tropical fruitiness and very little cask influence. Perhaps not the best example to showcase what a sherry cask can do, more an advocate for old, almost exhausted wood in a way. Nonetheless wonderful stuff.

Score: 93/100

 

 

BenRiach 1975 cask 7227 - Asta MorrisBenRiach 1975 cask 7227 - Asta MorrisBenRiach 35 yo 1975
(51%, OB for Asta Morris 2011, Oloroso hogshead #7227, 236 btl.)

One we reviewed extensively when it hit the market. All I can say is that it confirmed its reputation.

It has most of the 1976 tropical fruitiness, guava, passion fruits (with a little more weight), great cognac-like notes and subtle oak spice. Wold-class whisky – always a pleasure to try it again!

 

 

 

BenRiach 1977 PX cask 1033BenRiach 1977 PX cask 1033BenRiach 33 yo 1977 (52,2%, OB 2010, single cask #1033, PX sherry finish, 331 btl.)

I also knew this one. We’re suddenly in a whole other sherry territory here, much darker, with some meaty notes. I even detected a certain smoky / diesel-like note now. Also the herbal side (menthol, cough syrup) struck me this time.

Heavy sherry, heavy oak, but in an enjoyble balance. Auction material as well.

 

 

GlenDronach 1990 PX cask 7905GlenDronach 1990 PX cask 7905GlenDronach 28 yo 1990
(51,7%, OB 2019, PX sherry puncheon #7905, 660 btl.)

I reviewed sister cask #7005 but not this one.

Nose: deep, clean, sweet sherry. A lot of oak spice and roasted coffee notes, which makes it rather dry overall, with less raisins and figs than you’d expect. Dark blackberries and treacle underneath. Mouth: dark toffee, gingery notes. Liquorice, pepper and coffee. Plenty of chocolate and Black Forest gateau. Finish: long anc punchy, with wood spice and plums.

Clean and very rich GlenDronach, pretty perfect but slightly on the darker, chocolatey side. A good example of Pedro Ximénez casks indeed. Sold out (of course).

Score: 90/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/whisky-news/spirits-in-the-sky-2019/

A Near Finish for Shetland Distillery – Scotch Whisky News

A near Finish for Shetland Distillery

Shetland Reel launch their latest Blended Malt Scotch Whisky as their quest for whisky success steps up a gear.

Shetland Distillery, perhaps best known for its award-winning gins is proud to launch its latest offering a Finished in Shetland Blended Malt Scotch Whisky.  The UK’s most northerly distillery has been distilling a range of gin October 2014 as well as producing a series of award winning blended expressions of malt whisky.  This new whisky will be the first whisky to have been partly matured on Shetland, spending 6 months of its life in sherry casks in the distillery in Unst.  It will build on the success of previous Batches, Batch 1 received a Gold Medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and Batches 2 and 3 received excellent scores of 92 and 94 respectively, from Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.

Stuart Nickerson one of the co-owners and Director, is a veteran of the Scottish whisky industry.  In his long and varied career, he has been distillery manager of Highland Park, Glenrothes, Glenfiddich, Balvenie and GIrvan, distilleries director for William Grant Sons and brought back the Glenglassaugh distillery from mothballs after 22 years of lying silent.

The distillery Directors are focused on raising investment to install Shetland’s first malt whisky distillery, and the demand for the Shetland blended malt shows that whisky enthusiasts from around the world are waiting for this too.  Exports to date have included, South Africa, Germany, Belgium and Canada – with all 3 batches fully sold out.

Stuart Nickerson said

‘Each batch of our blended malt is prepared from a small number of carefully selected casks of single malt scotch whisky to create an exceptional whisky that is inspired by our distillery location in Unst, Shetland.  It is 100% malt whisky, and with HMRC permission to ‘finish’ at the distillery for up to 6 months, we decided not only to finish it on Shetland but to do so in ex-Oloroso sherry casks to give the whisky another added layer of complexity, flavour and sweetness.

The Finished in Shetland Blended Malt will be available to buy direct for the first time at the Shetland Arts and Crafts Fair on 8th November and on-line.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/a-near-finish-for-shetland-distillery-scotch-whisky-news/

SCOTTISH ARTIST BRINGS PALETTE OF BENRIACH TO LIFE ON CANVAS – Scotch Whisky News

SCOTTISH ARTIST BRINGS PALETTE OF BENRIACH TO LIFE ON CANVAS

Single Malt Scotch Whisky BenRiach has teamed up with an award-winning Scottish artist to bring its sensory palette to life through a series of abstract paintings inspired by the Speyside distillery’s landscape, architecture and kaleidoscope of flavour.

Taking inspiration from the distillery’s extensive library of some of the world’s most eclectic casks housed in Warehouse 13, contemporary landscape artist Ellis O’Connor has been commissioned to create a trio of dramatic landscapes influenced by the 3 casks used to make up the BenRiach 10 Year Old. The deconstruction of this expression will create 3 pieces of art that fuse the flavour palette of BenRiach with Ellis’ signature painting style, the collection will be crafted at her studio on the outer Hebridean island of North Uist before being exhibited in Hackney’s underground bar, TT Liquor during Scotch Whisky Weekend in January 2020.

At the event, Ellis will appear in conversation with the BenRiach team discussing where she found inspiration for these commissions. Guests will get the chance to explore the palette of BenRiach for themselves through a ‘painting by tasting notes’ workshop where Ellis will guide them to explore the depths of BenRiach by harnessing their own creativity.

With a particular focus on the casks used to mature the BenRiach Aged 10 Years, O’Connor draws inspiration from the flavours drawn from the Oloroso sherry, bourbon and virgin oak casks which give a perfect balance of fruit, malt and oak. The bourbon cask gives vanilla and orchard fruits, Oloroso sherry gives the sweet creaminess of the malt and virgin oak gives a touch of toasted spice, all in sublime synchronicity. Following its three-cask maturation for over a decade it has been expertly combined by Master Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie to create a smooth, multi-layered flavour experience, thanks to its multiple eclectic casks from around the world.

Ellis, who originally hails from Dundee, studied fine art at Duncan of Jordanstone art school. Since then she has continued her studies, which has led her to travel to remote lands to partake in a number of artists’ residencies. BenRiach decided that Ellis was right for this partnership due to her unique approach to art, connection to an eclectic audience and love for whisky.

Artist Ellis O’Connor said: “Speyside is renowned for its big skies, fast flowing river and of course, whisky, so when the opportunity arose to bring this climatic corner of Scotland to life on canvas on behalf of its most creative distillery, I jumped at the chance.

BenRiach is packed full of innovation, experimental heritage and flavour and I wanted to depict that through the essence of its flagship whisky BenRiach Aged 10 Years and how it speaks to me through the colours and movement on the canvas. Each canvas will have a distinct colour that explores the flavour profile of the single malt and its cask journey.”

BenRiach Distillery Master Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie added:

“At BenRiach we are known for doing things a little differently, always exploring the creative possibilities of our Speyside malt. We have a creative approach to whisky distilling, cask maturation and blending, which Ellis has embraced in her approach to illustrating BenRiach’s eclectic mix of cask types and rich layers of BenRiach Aged 10 Years. Partnering with this talented young Scottish artist is such a wonderful way to bring BenRiach’s flavour journey to life and we can’t wait to see Ellis’ creations on canvas.”

ABOUT THE BENRIACH DISTILLERY:

Founded in 1898, Benriach Distillery has long been the home of an ingenious and artistic approach to whisky distilling and cask maturation. Today, our creative team of whisky makers continue to explore the flavour possibilities of our hand-crafted Speyside award winning Single Malts. BenRiach is an award winning liquid, including the 35 Year Old being named best Scotch Speyside Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards 2019. Additional prestigious awards include double gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition for a number of expressions and category winner at the International Wine Spirit Competition 2019 for BenRiach Aged 35 Years winning Best Single Malt over 26 years old.

BENRIACH. EXPLORING FLAVOUR SINCE 1898. 

ABOUT ELLIS O’CONNOR:

Ellis O’Connor is a contemporary landscape artist from Dundee, Scotland living on the Outer Hebridean Island of North Uist working in the field of painting and drawing. The dynamic energy to be seen in the paintings are Ellis’ response to observed changes in the Scottish landscape. In order to immerse herself in the environment, Ellis makes much of the artwork on site where extreme weather and the elements find their way into the pieces of art. Ellis describes the process of working outdoors in wild weather as almost ‘performative’.

Some of her inspiration from site visits become the basis for larger works on canvas painted back in her studio. Here, Ellis usually works with oil paint, building up the surfaces using natural substances like sand and dried seaweed.

By producing the artwork she hopes it will give people a chance to connect with that landscape and respect nature that is so wild around us, to then cultivate a deeper understanding and inspire others to make a difference.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE BENRIACH DISTILLERY:      

Visit: www.benriachdistillery.co.uk

Instagram: @BenRiach

Twitter: @BenRiach

Facebook: /TheBenRiach

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON ELLIS O’CONNOR

Visit: ellisoconnor.com

Instagram: @ellisoconnor

Twitter: @ellisoconnor

Facebook: @ellisoconnor

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/scottish-artist-brings-palette-of-benriach-to-life-on-canvas-scotch-whisky-news/

Cardhu 14 Year Old Diageo Special Releases 2019

Distilleerderij: Cardhu
Regio: Schotland (Speyside)
Fles: Cardhu 14 Year Old, Amontillado Finish, Diageo Special Releases 2019, 4.860 bts
Kleur: stro
ABV: 55.0%

Kamille

Cardhu in hartje Speyside wordt ook wel eens de Spiritual Home of Johnnie Walker genoemd, omdat 70% van alles was hier wordt gestookt naar die bekende blend gaat. Het is nog maar de tweede keer dat Cardhu deel uitmaakt van de Special Releases. De eerste keer was in 2005 en toen betrof het een 22-jarige. Nu keert hij weer op veel jongere leeftijd en met een Amontillado sherry finish.

Fris fruitige neus op banaan, perzik, kersen, peren en gebakken appeltjes met wat kaneel. Hij heeft een mooi floraal kantje. Denk kamille- of fruitthee. Het is quasi onmogelijk om deze niet lekker te vinden. Lente in je glas!

Hij is best pittig, dankzij de vatsterkte. Flink gepeperd met een bitter randje. Kinine, noten, geel en oranje fruit en zacht drogend. Ook op smaak heeft hij dat florale een beetje. Hij tintelt op je tong.

De finish is wat aan de korte kant, maar wel pittig gekruid. Zachtjes droogt hij op.

Ik beken, ik werd nog nooit van mijn sokken geblazen door Cardhu. Deze doet dat ook niet, maar is wel veruit de lekkerste Cardhu die ik al aan de lippen mocht zetten.

 84/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 07-11-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5185

Cardhu 14 Year Old Diageo Special Releases 2019

Distilleerderij: Cardhu
Regio: Schotland (Speyside)
Fles: Cardhu 14 Year Old, Amontillado Finish, Diageo Special Releases 2019, 4.860 bts
Kleur: stro
ABV: 55.0%

Kamille

Cardhu in hartje Speyside wordt ook wel eens de Spiritual Home of Johnnie Walker genoemd, omdat 70% van alles was hier wordt gestookt naar die bekende blend gaat. Het is nog maar de tweede keer dat Cardhu deel uitmaakt van de Special Releases. De eerste keer was in 2005 en toen betrof het een 22-jarige. Nu keert hij weer op veel jongere leeftijd en met een Amontillado sherry finish.

Fris fruitige neus op banaan, perzik, kersen, peren en gebakken appeltjes met wat kaneel. Hij heeft een mooi floraal kantje. Denk kamille- of fruitthee. Het is quasi onmogelijk om deze niet lekker te vinden. Lente in je glas!

Hij is best pittig, dankzij de vatsterkte. Flink gepeperd met een bitter randje. Kinine, noten, geel en oranje fruit en zacht drogend. Ook op smaak heeft hij dat florale een beetje. Hij tintelt op je tong.

De finish is wat aan de korte kant, maar wel pittig gekruid. Zachtjes droogt hij op.

Ik beken, ik werd nog nooit van mijn sokken geblazen door Cardhu. Deze doet dat ook niet, maar is wel veruit de lekkerste Cardhu die ik al aan de lippen mocht zetten.

 84/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 07-11-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5185

Arran 2013 // Port Charlotte 2008 (Fisherman’s Retreat)

The Fisherman's RetreatThe Fisherman's RetreatThe Fisherman’s Retreat is a restaurant and wedding venue near Manchester, but they also have a valued whisky bar and store.

We’ll be trying two of their shop bottlings: an Arran 2013 (Yalumba Octavius Shiraz wine cask) and a Port Charlotte 2008 (Haut Brion cask). They seem to have a preference for red wine casks (specifically from the Southern hemisphere), also for their previous releases.

 

 

 

Arran 2013 Yalumba - Fisherman's RetreatArran 2013 Yalumba - Fisherman's RetreatArran 5 yo 2013
(54%, Fisherman’s Retreat 2018, Yalumba Octavius cask, 191 btl.)

Salmon colour. Nose: slightly gimmicky red wine maturation, like in the early days. Cooked strawberries and a hint of rubber. Rosé port notes and old roses. Hints of pink grapefruit as well. Some porridge in the background. Mouth: oh so winey. Strawberry bubblegum and vanilla. Hints of liquorice, aspirin, mandarin peel and this tangy dryness of a red wine. Malty notes and oak spice, mostly pepper. Finish: not too long, slightly hot.

Some casks simply don’t work too well with whisky in my opinion – it’s easy to drown Arran spirit with red wine. At around € 100 for a 50 cl bottle, difficult to recommend. False start.

Score: 71/100

 

 

 

Port Charlotte 2008 Haut-Brion - Fisherman's RetreatPort Charlotte 2008 Haut-Brion - Fisherman's RetreatPort Charlotte 10 yo 2008
(54%, Fisherman’s Retreat 2018, Haut-Brion cask, 360 btl.)

Nose: now this can stand up to a bit of red wine. There’s the typical farmy / peaty side, with plenty of cured Spanish hams and dark cecina, old cellars and attics and hints of warm beach sand. Smoked cereals. After a while nice, jammy fruits appear (cassis, cherries). Some buttery vanilla and toffee in the background. Nice and clean. Mouth: very ashy and smoky, a lot of cured meats again, as well as some smoked lemons, blood oranges and kippers. Dried pear. Pipe tobacco. Hints of juniper. Just a wee sour note from the wine cask. Finish: rather long, with sweet and sour fruits, liquorice, dark smoke and herbal notes.

This is much more like it. If you insist on using red wine casks, then choose a powerful spirit. Same price: around € 100 and much better value in my opinion. Available from their online shop.

Score: 86/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/bruichladdich/arran-2013-port-charlotte-2008-fishermans-retreat/

1792 FULL PROOF WINS BEST SMALL BATCH BOURBON – American Whiskey News

1792 FULL PROOF WINS BEST SMALL BATCH BOURBON

Barton 1792 Distillery Bourbons Win Six Medals at 2019 New York World Wine Spirits Competition

BARDSTOWN, KY (Oct. 23, 2019) –  1792 Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon won a Double Gold Best in Class medal at the 2019 New York World Wine Spirits Competition (NYWSC) and was given the title Best Small Batch Bourbon – Up to 10 Years.

Five more Barton 1792 Distillery Bourbons received medals as well. The brands were awarded as follows:

  • Very Old Barton 90 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon – Double Gold
  • 1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon – Silver
  • Kentucky Tavern Kentucky Straight Bourbon – Silver
  • Zackariah Harris Kentucky Straight Bourbon – Silver
  • Very Old Barton 80 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon – Bronze

The NYWSC competition is committed to three principles, legacy, integrity and experience. Through these principles, the spirits are judged by the industry’s most trusted authorities.

 “It is always exciting to see our whiskies win awards, especially when one wins Best Small Batch Bourbon,” Master Distiller Danny Kahn said. “A lot of effort is put into creating these whiskies, and these awards are testament to that hard work.”

Results from the 2019 New York World Wine Spirits Competition can be found at https://www.nywscomp.com/results/

To find more information about Barton 1792 brands, please visit https://www.1792distillery.com/

About Barton 1792 Distillery

Barton 1792 Distillery is part of Barton Brands.  Barton Brands has facilities in Bardstown, Ky., Carson, Calif., and Baltimore, Md. Barton Brands is owned by the Sazerac Company, an American family-owned company based in New Orleans, La. Barton 1792 Distillery was established in 1879 and continues today as the oldest fully-operating Distillery in the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” The Distillery is located on 196 acres and includes 27 warehouses, 22 other buildings, the Morton Spring and the Tom Moore Spring.  Distilling, aging and bottling fine Bourbon whiskey are hallmarks of the historic Barton 1792 Distillery. 1792 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is produced at Barton 1792 Distillery. This whiskey is named for the year Kentucky became a state and is the recent gold medal winner at the 2018 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition. To learn more visit www.1792bourbon.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/1792-full-proof-wins-best-small-batch-bourbon-american-whiskey-news/

A. SMITH BOWMAN BOURBON WIN GOLD MEDAL – American Whiskey News

 A. SMITH BOWMAN BOURBON WIN GOLD MEDAL

 Bourbon Awarded Medal at New York World Wine Spirits Competition 

FREDERICKSBURG, VA (Oct. 30, 2019) – Isaac Bowman Port Finished Virginia Straight Bourbon won a gold medal at the 2019 New York World Wine Spirits Competition (NYWSC).

The NYWSC competition is committed to three principles, legacy, integrity and experience. Through these principles, the spirits are judged by the industry’s most trusted authorities.

 “Receiving a gold  edal at the 2019 New York World Wine Spirits competition is an honor,” Master Distiller Brian Prewitt said. “We are grateful for this recognition.”

Results from the 2019 New York World Wine Spirits Competition can be found at https://www.nywscomp.com/results/

To find more information about A. Smith Bowman brands, please visit https://asmithbowman.com/

About A. Smith Bowman

A. Smith Bowman’s distilling roots date back to the years before Prohibition when the Bowman family had a granary and dairy farm in Sunset Hills, Virginia. They used excess grain from the family estate to distill spirits. In 1934, after the Repeal of Prohibition, Abram Smith Bowman and his sons continued the family tradition and built a more modern distillery in Fairfax County, Virginia called Sunset Hills Farm.  The Distillery was moved in 1988 and is now nestled in Spotsylvania County near the city of Fredericksburg, 60 miles away from the original location.

As a small and privately owned company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery continues the time-honored traditions on which it was founded. Considered a micro-distillery by today’s standards, A. Smith Bowman produces an assortment of hand-crafted spirits distilled from only the finest natural ingredients and using the latest technology. This micro-distillery focuses on the production of premium spirits honoring the legacy of Virginia’s first settlers. As Virginia’s oldest and most award-winning distillery, its various brands have earned numerous prestigious awards over the years, including John J. Bowman Single Barrel, which received a gold medal at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. For more information on A. Smith Bowman, please visit www.asmithbowman.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/a-smith-bowman-bourbon-win-gold-medal-american-whiskey-news/

Springbank 10yo Local Barley and Kilkerran 8yo from The Springbank Society – Scotch Whisky News

Springbank Society

We are delighted to be emailing you all to announce two new releases – one from Springbank and one from Kilkerran. Both whiskies will be available from today (9th November 2019).

Since this is the Springbank Society, we will start by talking about the Springbank offering, our brand new 10yo Local Barley bottling.

10yo Local Barley

This Springbank Local Barley was bottled at 56.2% abv and is the 5th in our series of annual releases distilled from barley grown locally in the areas surrounding Campbeltown. This year it is Optic barley that has been used and it was grown especially for us, 11 years ago at High Cattadale farm. The whisky was matured in 77% Bourbon casks, 20% Sherry casks and 3% Port casks and there are approximately 9000 bottles available worldwide.

Tasting notes

Nose: Sweet and slightly spicy with hints of honey, Demerara sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Light peat smoke and a dusty characteristic reminiscent of freshly milled barley

Palate: Tropical and soft fruit sweetness. Ripe pineapple, mango and juicy peaches are complimented by a building peat smoke. Green tea and a coppery tone follow.

Finish: Creamy, buttery mouthfeel with light integrated peat smoke and a coastal salty influence.

This bottling will be available in the UK from Saturday 9th November 2019 – please note that the release date in other markets and countries is likely to vary. For details of when the new Springbank 10yo Local Barley is available near you please consult your preferred Springbank retailer or visit the “Where to Buy” section of our website to find a Springbank stockist.

You will also find this bottling at the whisky shows our Sales Team are at this weekend: Spirits in the Sky (Belgium) Glasgow Whisky Festival (Scotland) and at Villingen Whiskymesse (Germany).

  • The Campbeltown Cadenhead shop will be selling this bottling for £86.00
  • There will be no Society discount applicable to this bottling as it is not a core range product
  • This is not a Society exclusive release

Kilkerran 8yo Cask Strength

The new edition of the Kilkerran 8yo Cask Strength is available from tomorrow (9th November 2019). Bottled at 57.1% this new KK 8yo CS was matured in 100% Re-charred Oloroso Sherry Casks.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Waves of smoky bacon and sticky glazed ham are followed by dried fruit characteristics that give way to soft peat smoke.

Palate: Rich, fruity and spicy. Notes of ginger loaf, fresh ripe cherries and sultanas. Hints of cloves, dark chocolate and a refreshing menthol note.

Finish: A lasting finish of nostalgic buttered brown toast, espresso and ashy peat smoke. A lasting, earthy character reminiscent of the distillery’s dunnage warehousing.

This bottling will be available in the UK from Saturday 9th November 2019 – please note that the release date in other markets and countries is likely to vary. For details of when the new Kilkerran 8yo Cask Strength 57.1% is available near you please consult your preferred Kilkerran retailer or visit the “Trade” section of our website to find a Kilkerran stockist.

You will also find this bottling at the whisky shows our Sales Team are at this weekend: Spirits in the Sky (Belgium) Glasgow Whisky Festival (Scotland), Whisky Live Taipei (Taiwan) and at Villingen Whiskymesse (Germany).

  • The Campbeltown Cadenhead shop will be selling this bottling for £48.00
  • There will be no Society discount applicable to this bottling as it is not a Springbank product.
  • This is not a Society exclusive release

Slainte

The Springbank + Kilkerran Team

To join the Society please contact them at Springbank Society society@springbank.scot

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/springbank-10yo-local-barley-and-kilkerran-8yo-from-the-springbank-society-scotch-whisky-news/