Whisky Hammer June 2019 Auction Now Live! – Whisky Auction News

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JUNE AUCTION NOW LIVE!
(ends Sunday 23rd June)

…place your bids at www.whiskyhammer.co.uk

With an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits there is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest, enjoy!

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Awards Keeping Coming For Distell – Scotch Whisky News

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Awards Keeping Coming For Distell

International spirits producer, Distell, has received global recognition for its Scotch Whisky collection at this year’s International Spirits Challenge (ISC) and The Scotch Whisky Masters. The portfolio received 33 awards in total with Islay’s most northerly distillery, Bunnahabhain, taking home 19 accolades including Double Gold for its 25 Year Old from ISC.

These latest wins come on the back of a successful period for Distell, having collected 28 awards this year and the business recently crowned as ‘Overall Distiller of the Year’ at the Icons of Whisky Awards.

Now in its 24th year, the ISC is the premier event in promoting outstanding quality spirits from across the globe and is regarded as one of the most respected and influential spirits competitions in the world. It received more than 1,700 entries from 70 countries, which were judged by 50 esteemed spirits experts.

New for ISC 2019 is the Double Gold Award, awarded to the Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old. Positioned higher than a Gold Medal, the new Double Gold Award is a special showcase for brands which achieved exceptional scores in the blind tasting assessment. The 25 Year Old is the super-premium member of Bunnahabhain’s core range and is 100% sherry matured.

Bunnahabhain Distillery received further praise from The Scotch Whisky Masters. From 350 entries, only 12 Masters were awarded this year with Bunnahabhain An Cladach and Bunnahabhain Toiteach A Dhà scooping two of the top awards. Toiteach A Dhà, meaning smoky two in Scots Gaelic, is described as a sequel to the original peaty paradox. To achieve a Masters in the awards, whiskies need to score over 90% from all judges.

The latest addition to the Bunnahabhain core range, Stiùireadair, brought home a Gold award in the same competition. Stiùireadair, pronounced Stew-Rah-Dur and meaning ‘Helmsman’ in Scots Gaelic, pays homage to the distillery’s nautical heritage and shoreline location which creates a whisky with a distinctive coastal character.

Bunnahabhain’s World Traveller Exclusive Range received recognition at the ISC, with Eirigh Na Greine and An Cladach winning gold and silver respectively. The third World Traveller Exclusive, Crauch Mhona, was also awarded gold at The Scotch Whisky Masters.

This news follows the announcement of a three year refurbishment programme at Bunnahabhain as Distell invest £10.5m in an extensive upgrade and refresh of the iconic distillery. As part of the works, a number of the original buildings will be carefully restored giving them a new lease of life, whilst others will be removed and relocated to create more space, allowing better operational flow across the site and to enhance the experience for visitors to the distillery. 

Derek Scott, Brand Director for Malts at Distell International, said: 

“We are delighted to have so many of our brands recognised by these prestigious competitions. The results speak for themselves and come hot on the heels of a raft of honours for our world class spirits across the collection. 

“We are particularly proud to have Bunnahabhain’s portfolio of malts recognised, reinforcing the passion and commitment from the distillery team to deliver internationally renowned products. We have ambitious plans for the distillery and look forward to sharing updates on the ongoing refurbishment programme over the coming year.” 

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Distell’s full results at the International Spirits Challenge 2019:

  • Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old – Double Gold
  • Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old – Gold
  • Bunnahabhain TOITEACH A DHÀ – Gold
  • Bunnahabhain Cruach Mhòna – Gold
  • Bunnahabhain An Cladach – Silver
  • Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine – Silver
  • Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old – Silver
  • Bunnahabhain Stiùireadair – Silver
  • Deanston 12 Year Old – Silver
  • Deanston Virgin Oak – Silver
  • Deanston 15 Year Old Organic – Silver
  • Deanston 18 year Old – Silver
  • Deanston 10 Year Old Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Finish – Silver
  • Black Bottle – Silver
  • Ledaig 10 Year Old – Silver

Distell’s full results at The Scotch Whisky Masters 2019:

Blended No Age Statement

  • Scottish Leader Signature – Silver
  • Black Bottle – Silver
  • Scottish Leader Original – Gold
  • Scottish Leader Supreme – Gold

Blended Aged Up To 12 Years

  • Scottish Leader 12 Year Old – Silver

Single Malt Highlands and Islands No Age Statement

  • Deanston Virgin Oak – Gold

Single Malt Highlands and Islands No Age Statement

  • Tobermory 12 Year Old – Silver
  • Ledaig 10 Year Old – Gold
  • Deanston 12 Year Old – Gold
  • Deanston 10 Year Old Bordeaux Red Wine Cask – Gold

Single Malt; Highlands and Islands aged 13-18 Years

  • Deanston 15 Year Old Organic – Silver
  • Ledaig 18 Year Old – Gold

Single Malt; Islay Aged up to 12 Years

  • Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old – Gold

Single Malt; Islay – No Age Statement

  • Bunnahabhain Stiuireadair – Gold
  • Bunnahabhain Cruach – Mhona – Gold
  • Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine – Gold
  • Bunnahabhain An Cladach – Master
  • Bunnahabhain Toiteach A Dha – Master 

About Distell: 

  • Distell is Africa’s leading producer of wines, spirits, ciders, scotch whisky and ready-to-drinks (RTDs) with a portfolio of close on 100 brands.
  • Within the portfolio, Distell owns four single malts and a number of scotch brands produced across three distillery sites.
  • The three distilleries include: Bunnahabhain on the Isle of Islay; Deanston in Doune, Perthshire and Tobermory based on the Isle of Mull.
  • With a global network of offices and distribution partners, the company employs nearly 5000 people worldwide and has an annual turnover of R14.2 billion. (£1.09 billion)
  • In Scotland, the company’s operations are based in East Kilbride where it has a bottling hall, with blending and warehousing facilities at Airdrie, both near Glasgow.
  • Distell is the 2015 “Distiller of the Year” award winner at the International Wine and Spirit Competition.
  • Bunnahabhain Distillery was named the 2016 Tasting Panel Magazine Distillery of the Year at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC).

For more visit: www.distell.co.za

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

GlenDronach Kingsman 1989 29 Years

GlenDronach Kingsman 1989 29 Years

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

 

 

GlenDronach Port Wood

GlenDronach Port Wood

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

 

 

Springbank 1994 - Douglas Laing XOP Black

Springbank 1994 - Douglas Laing XOP Black

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

Also interesting

Things that may not have been widely announced but that grabbed my attention in shops recently…

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/whisky-news/glendronach-kingsman-1989-port-wood-douglas-laing-xop-black/

Glyph Molecular Whiskey Tasting June 21st, 2019 at the Whisky Shop #SFO – American Whisky News

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Glyph Molecular Whiskey

The first whiskey made from the molecule up, Glyph is a groundbreaking addition to the whiskey world.

To make Glyph, distillery Endless West selects exact molecules from sources like fruit, citrus, yeasts, and sugars to build their spirit, eschewing traditional aging and distilling methods to create a delicious whiskey in record time. The results are then hand-bottled in the historic Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco, just a few miles away from The Whisky Shop.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Distilleerderij:
Port
Ellen

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

Goddelijk

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

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

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

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

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

95/100

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

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

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

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

Distilleerderij:
Port
Ellen

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

Goddelijk

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

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

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

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

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

95/100

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

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Compass Box Whisky “How we choose: whisky for our father” – Scotch Whisky News

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HOW TO CHOOSE………

WHISKY FOR YOUR FATHER

Compass Box whiskies are designed to be shared. With Father’s Day coming up, we have some suggestions for how you can introduce your father to Compass Box, whether he is currently a whisky drinker or not…

FOR A WINE BUFF

If your father is fond of pulling the cork on a special bottle of white Burgundy every so often, Juveniles would be a smart choice to introduce the wonders of Scotch whisky.

Taking inspiration from the world of wine, Juveniles was created for the Parisian restaurant and wine bar of the same name. An assemblage of single malts from four distilleries, Juveniles is a bright, fruity whisky made to partner great food and great company.

Try sipping it from a wine glass with an ice cube ahead of a fulfilling roast lunch.

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FOR A BEER LOVER

Has dad ever tried sipping his favourite lager, IPA or wild-fermented farmhouse ale alongside a whisky? Long popularised in the United States as the boilermaker and fondly known in Scotland as the “hauf ‘n’ hauf”, serving a beer together with a glass of whisky is a terrific prelude to a sociable evening.

We have discovered that sweeter whiskies, matured in American oak barrels, make superb companions for brighter beers such as pilsners and pale ales. Great King Street Artist’s Blend, Oak Cross and Delilah’s XXV – delicious whiskies in their own right – also make for superb boilermaker material.

Whatever beer dad is partial to, after a delicious boilermaker he may end up preferring the whisky.

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FOR A SHERRY AFICIONADO

For many years Scottish distillers have used Sherry butts in which to age their spirits.

Made from either American or European oak, Sherry butts typically impart rich fruit-forward flavour notes to maturing Scotch whisky. However, the style of Sherry previously matured in the cask can have its own subtle influence too, with Amontillado and Fino giving different characteristics to Oloroso or Pedro Ximenez.

The Story of the Spaniard offers a unique interpretation of this bolder style of whisky, highlighting the fruitful crossovers between Scotland and southern Spain. Full, soft and sumptuous, The Story of the Spaniard bursts with notes of citrus peel, toffee, and pears poached in red wine.

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At Compass Box, we love to explore the parallels that exist in the world of drinks. If your father has adventurous tastes but has never dabbled in quality spirits, introduce him to the delicious and varied world of Scotch whisky this Father’s Day. Share our brilliant newsletter with your friends

 

Our mailing address is:

Compass Box Whisky Co.
Chiswick Studios
9 Power Road
London, England W4 5PY
United Kingdom

 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/06/compass-box-whisky-how-we-choose-whisky-for-our-father-scotch-whisky-news/

Compass Box Whisky “How we choose: whisky for our father” – Scotch Whisky News

Compass Box

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HOW TO CHOOSE………

WHISKY FOR YOUR FATHER

Compass Box whiskies are designed to be shared. With Father’s Day coming up, we have some suggestions for how you can introduce your father to Compass Box, whether he is currently a whisky drinker or not…

FOR A WINE BUFF

If your father is fond of pulling the cork on a special bottle of white Burgundy every so often, Juveniles would be a smart choice to introduce the wonders of Scotch whisky.

Taking inspiration from the world of wine, Juveniles was created for the Parisian restaurant and wine bar of the same name. An assemblage of single malts from four distilleries, Juveniles is a bright, fruity whisky made to partner great food and great company.

Try sipping it from a wine glass with an ice cube ahead of a fulfilling roast lunch.

CB2

FOR A BEER LOVER

Has dad ever tried sipping his favourite lager, IPA or wild-fermented farmhouse ale alongside a whisky? Long popularised in the United States as the boilermaker and fondly known in Scotland as the “hauf ‘n’ hauf”, serving a beer together with a glass of whisky is a terrific prelude to a sociable evening.

We have discovered that sweeter whiskies, matured in American oak barrels, make superb companions for brighter beers such as pilsners and pale ales. Great King Street Artist’s Blend, Oak Cross and Delilah’s XXV – delicious whiskies in their own right – also make for superb boilermaker material.

Whatever beer dad is partial to, after a delicious boilermaker he may end up preferring the whisky.

CB3a

FOR A SHERRY AFICIONADO

For many years Scottish distillers have used Sherry butts in which to age their spirits.

Made from either American or European oak, Sherry butts typically impart rich fruit-forward flavour notes to maturing Scotch whisky. However, the style of Sherry previously matured in the cask can have its own subtle influence too, with Amontillado and Fino giving different characteristics to Oloroso or Pedro Ximenez.

The Story of the Spaniard offers a unique interpretation of this bolder style of whisky, highlighting the fruitful crossovers between Scotland and southern Spain. Full, soft and sumptuous, The Story of the Spaniard bursts with notes of citrus peel, toffee, and pears poached in red wine.

CB4

At Compass Box, we love to explore the parallels that exist in the world of drinks. If your father has adventurous tastes but has never dabbled in quality spirits, introduce him to the delicious and varied world of Scotch whisky this Father’s Day. Share our brilliant newsletter with your friends

 

Our mailing address is:

Compass Box Whisky Co.
Chiswick Studios
9 Power Road
London, England W4 5PY
United Kingdom

 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/06/compass-box-whisky-how-we-choose-whisky-for-our-father-scotch-whisky-news/

Japanese Whisky Channels Spirit of the Samurai – Japanese Whisky News

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TOKYO — Monday 10 June 2019 – The world’s foremost online retailer of Japanese whisky, dekantā, have revealed a Mizunara Japanese oak finished private label Japanese whisky, inspired by a Japanese military leader, to mark their fourth anniversary.

This private label, single cask whisky from dekantā, home to the world’s largest online inventory of Japanese whisky, has spent time maturing in a cask freshly emptied of Scotch whisky from the closed Port Ellen distillery, before being finished in a cask of Japanese Mizunara oak. The Eigashima 2011 Kigai – Ki Series (¥82,000 / USD $749.99; 60% ABV) is a highly limited release of only 352 bottles. dekantā unveiled the design of the new bottling as part of an exclusive event in central Tokyo, which was streamed to their online audience. It is the second release in the Ki Series of Japanese whiskies, the first of which was the Eigashima 2011 Kikou – Ki Series.

The Eigashima 2011 Kigai is the second in the Ki Series of independently bottled Japanese whiskies from dekantā, so called because each whisky in the series will explore an aspect of life imbued with the Japanese concept of Ki – one of the most meaningful words in the Japanese language. The label and packaging is inspired by a Shōgun military leader of the Samurai caste, and is so named Kigai, meaning ‘strong, willful and unshakeable’ in Japanese.

“In releasing our fourth anniversary whisky, we wanted to bring together Japanese whisky history with powerful aspects of wider Japanese cultural history,” said dekantā director Makiyo Masa. “The Kigai pays homage to the Scottish education of the ‘Father of Japanese Whisky’ Masataka Taketsuru with its smoky Port Ellen influence, while bringing the whisky firmly back into Japanese territory by the influence of the archetypal Japanese Mizunara wood. The Mizunara tree is the warrior of the Japanese forest, a difficult oak to work with, but a rare jewel imbued with Kigai, and so it brings the spirit of the Samurai to our second private bottling.”

Tasting notes: The nose offers up buttered toast, lemon zest, cereals, unripened pineapple and varnished oak. Sweet poached pears warm the palate, followed by fruit pastilles, sugared almonds and chilli jam. The sweetness is balanced by gentle hints of peat smoke and subtle wasabi spice that grow in the background. A touch of water brings juicy peach and bolder peaty notes. Building smoke carries a finish of gentle oakiness, hints of green chilli and white pepper spice.

Eigashima 2011 (Kigai – Ki Series) is priced at an introductory offer of  ¥72,000 / USD $649.99 (which will increase to  ¥82,000 / USD $749.99 after 3 days), available for worldwide delivery from dekanta.com.

Notes:

About dekantā

dekantā offers the world’s largest online selection of authentic Japanese spirits and, since the opening of its online store in 2015, has delivered to 127 countries across every continent in the world. A family owned and run business, dekantā’s founders have been selling collectibles since 1985 and specialize in rare, collectible, and new release single malt Japanese whisky. dekantā offers worldwide delivery on an extensive range of Japanese single malt whisky, Japanese grain whisky and Japanese blended whisky, in addition to Scottish whisky released for the Japanese market only. More recently, Japanese wine has been introduced through the dekantā Cellar, and spirits from wider Asia through dekantā Oriental.

About Eigashima Distillery

Fewer than 100 yards from the Harima-nada sea, Eigashima Shuzo is the closest whisky distillery to the coast in Japan, and this is reflected in the savoury, saline pure character of the distillery’s produce. A family owned distillery that has been producing traditional Japanese alcoholic beverages for over three centuries, Eigashima Shuzo was the first Japanese whisky to be granted a license to produce whisky in 1919. Eigashima is still Japan’s smallest whisky producer, with a team of just five people and very limited production.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/06/japanese-whisky-channels-spirit-of-the-samurai-japanese-whisky-news/