Paul John Prize Draw – Happy Diwali! (in two weeks) at The Whisky Exchange – Indian Whisky News

To celebrate the festival this year, we’ve got together with the Paul John Distillers, the most recent makers of Indian single malt whisky to bring their wares to the UK, to run a big prize draw:

Buy a bottle of one of the four Paul John whiskies below, and be in with a chance to win a £500 shopping spree on The Whisky Exchange website.

The first two bottles that get you into the draw are their first two ongoing single malts: Paul John Edited (a mix of peated and unpeated spirit) and Brilliance (completely unpeated). They made waves when they hit our shelves early last year, with lots of great reviews, including 96.5pts for Edited in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2014.

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You can find out more about them in our blog post from last year, as well as information about the distillery and how the whisky is made.

The next two are more recent releases, the Paul John Classic and Peated Select Cask. These came in at the end of last year, and add a cask-strength element to the Paul John range. As well as being more intensely flavoured than the Edited and Brilliance, the Peated Select Cask is also the first opportunity to try the peated spirit on its own.

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Paul John Classic Select Cask, 55.2%

Nose: Like Brilliance, but turned up a notch. More vanilla, more cake batter, more fruity sweets and more spice. Stacks of cereal, with rolled oats, freshly milled barley and lots of fruit – apples, pears and hints of the more tropical: pineapples and Refresher chews (without the fizzy sherbert middle). With that there is sweet lemon drizzle cake, window putty and a light gluey note, as well as sweet pastry cream.

Palate: Sharp cinnamon up front: fireball gobstoppers and Hot Tamales. It calms down to show off apple sauce and sweet vanilla, as well as spiced, heavily buttered pastry with a grind of black pepper. Behind that, squirty cream from a can on top of a bag of Haribo. Water kills the heat and ups the sweetness, revealing caraway and spirity notes, along with even more vanilla.

Finish: Haribo fruitiness fades to spicy oak.

Comment: The natural step up from Brilliance, taking the sweet and grainy character of Paul John’s unpeated spirit, and ramping up the intensity.

Paul John Peated Select Cask

Paul John Peated Select Cask, 55.5%

Nose: Earthiness rather than smoke to start, with lots of mulchy greenness, fruit skins and some medicine-cabinet touches. Ozone and swimming-pool notes grow in the glass, with tropical fruit matching their expansion. Smoke reveals itself after a while, along with black pepper, orange marmalade with smoky edges, and sweet, loamy earth.

Palate: Softer than expected to start, with big peppery spice and earthy smoke rolling in from behind. Sweet coal smoke, barrel char and crushed stone appear, with a touch of charcoal developing. Black-pepper spice underpins everything, with toffee sweetness for balance, and tropical fruit on top.

Finish: Gentle smoke and char, with sweet earth, aniseed balls and dark chocolate.

Comment: Smokiness done differently, with a more inland woodsmoke character than the more maritime peat that you find in Scotch whisky.

The competition runs until 11.59pm on 30 October 2014, and it’s open to all TWE customers. You can find full details over on our Paul John prize draw page.

Originally published on The Whisky Exchange Blog – Paul John Prize Draw – Happy Diwali! (in two weeks)

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UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY OF WHISKY The Whisky Shop Unveils Luxury New Retail Website – Scotch Whisky News

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UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY OF WHISKY 

The Whisky Shop Unveils Luxury New Retail Website  

Premium drinks retailer The Whisky Shop has launched a luxury new retail website at www.whiskyshop.com, further raising the bar for whisky retailing across the globe. 

The new digital platform has transported The Whisky Shop’s bricks and mortar flagship store concept into the online world, offering a whisky journey of knowledge and discovery and creating an internet whisky buying experience that is luxurious, educational and accessible. 

Whiskyshop.com provides a curated user experience, featuring magazine style, high quality imagery and cinematic videography to create a premium online shopping proposition. 

Designed by The BIG Partnership, the luxe new look website benefits from superior functionality and navigation and presents information in an engaging and interactive format to demystify whisky, unlocking the mystery surrounding the spirit.  It is designed to appeal to whisky novices and connoisseurs, leading them on a whisky journey of discovery and celebrating the heritage and craftsmanship of the product.  

Whiskyshop.com showcases an unrivalled product collection of malts and blends from around the world and high quality brand communications and video content on special product releases which bring the products to life online, propelling whisky to a luxury status. 

A whisky knowledge bar, video tastings and access to Distillery Managers, and the brand’s award winning Whiskeria magazine at the touch of a button, are just some of the key features which position the site at the pinnacle of online drinks shopping destinations.  

Andrew Torrance, Managing Director of The Whisky Shop, said: “Our vision for the new whiskyshop.com was to take online whisky retailing to a new level through providing an unprecedented level of knowledge to consumers in an accessible way, replicating the experience offered in our physical retail stores and unlocking the mystery of whisky.   

“The visual and experiential quality of the website, including the brand-led videography and our whisky knowledge bar, have been designed with providing an interactive and engaging user experience at the forefront of mind.” 

The Whisky Shop recently won the ‘Best Specialist Drinks Retailer of the Year’ at the Harpers Awards 2014.   

The Whisky Shop is the UK’s largest whisky only specialist retailer with 22 stores nationwide and an online shop at http://www.whiskyshop.com/

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/10/unlocking-the-mystery-of-whisky-the-whisky-shop-unveils-luxury-new-retail-website-scotch-whisky-news/

GROUND CONTROL TO MAJOR DRAM “Ardbeg – the first distillery in space – has returned home after three years in orbit” – Scotch Whisky News

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GROUND CONTROL TO MAJOR DRAM

— Ardbeg – the first distillery in space – has returned home after three years in orbit — 

ISLAY, SCOTLAND – As part of a pioneering research experiment, a vial of Ardbeg re-entered the earth’s atmosphere, on September 12, 2014, after nearly three years orbiting the globe aboard the International Space Station.

For the first time, the expedition will allow scientists to decipher the impact gravity has on the whisky maturation process. Having blasted off from earth in 2011, the spirit, from the island of Islay in Scotland, has been on a galactic journey – one destined to change the whisky industry forever!

Specially designed for the mission, the vial of Ardbeg has been orbiting the earth’s atmosphere at 17,227 miles per hour, 15 times a day for 1,045 days. At the same time an identical vial had a slightly easier journey, having been housed at Warehouse 3 at the Ardbeg Distillery on Islay to act as a control sample.

Now the two samples will be reunited in a laboratory in Houston, Texas for an experiment researchers believe could change the future of whisky production. Scientists will compare the two samples, examining the interaction of the Ardbeg-crafted molecules with charred oak to document what differences occur between earth whisky and space whisky.

It is the first study of its kind.

Dr Bill Lumsden, Ardbeg’s Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation, will lead the research, working alongside Ardbeg’s space partners – US-based space research company NanoRacks LLC.

Considered one of the leading innovators in the whisky industry, and a chemist by trade, Dr Lumsden explained: “Ardbeg is known for taking risks in its development of some of the most coveted whiskies in the world, so it is fitting that it is the first distillery ever in space. We are now close to the end, close to finding answers to something previously unknown, which is truly exciting.

“This is one small step for man but one giant leap for whisky, and the team hope to uncover how flavours develop in different gravitational conditions – findings which could revolutionise the whisky-making process.

“We hope to shine new light on the effect of gravity on the maturation process but who knows where it will lead us? It could be to infinity and beyond!”

The single malt has landed back on solid ground in Kazakhstan aboard the Soyuz-U rocket, and is now on its way to Houston to begin the analysis of its space odyssey. The final white paper with the full research findings will be published in 2015 once all testing is complete.

To celebrate Ardbeg’s journey – where no whisky has ever gone before – the distillery has released a new expression of their peatiest single malt: the sold out, highly sought-after Supernova. Fittingly named after a super bright explosion of a star, Ardbeg Supernova 2014 is bottled at 55% ABV and is available as of September from local Ardbeg embassies in Alberta and from provincial liquor stores in BC, MB,SK, ON, NB, NS, and NF later in 2014. 

Mission control has called Ardbeg home with what could be the most gravity-defying new knowledge the whisky world has ever known. 

About Ardbeg

Ardbeg prides itself on being the ‘Ultimate Islay Malt Whisky’. Established in 1815, Ardbeg is revered by connoisseurs around the world as the peatiest, smokiest and most complex of all the Islay malts.

Despite its smokiness, Ardbeg is renowned for its delicious sweetness, a phenomenon that has affectionately become known as ‘the peaty paradox’.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Ardbeg suffered from an uncertain future and it was not until the brand was purchased by The Glenmorangie Company in 1997 that the Distillery was saved from extinction. Since then, the Distillery has risen like a phoenix and today Ardbeg is well established as a niche, cult malt, with a passionate following. The legacy of the whisky was safeguarded by the formation of ‘The Committee’ in 2000 from thousands of Ardbeg followers across the globe keen to ensure, “the doors of Ardbeg never close again.”

Ardbeg was voted ‘Scotch Whisky of the Year’ three years in a row by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible and was awarded ‘World’s Best Single Malt’, ‘Best Islay Single Malt’ and the ‘Global Icon Visitor Centre Manager of the Year’ at the World Whisky Awards 2013.

Responsible Drinking

Ardbeg advocates responsible drinking and suggests that drinkers

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/10/ground-control-to-major-dram-ardbeg-the-first-distillery-in-space-has-returned-home-after-three-years-in-orbit-scotch-whisky-news/

Michel Couvreur K&L Exclusive Overaged Peated Malt Whisky 750ml ($89.99) – Whisky News

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    The chance to work with Michel Couvreur on a special KL whisky project was something that David and I had been dreaming of for years. We had heard the stories. This crazy Belgian had moved to Burgundy in the 60s, carved out a wine cellar inside a mountain, only to fill it with Scottish single malt whisky instead of pinot noir. He set up camp in Beaune, ordered new-make spirit to be delivered by tanker, and drove down to Jerez himself; selecting his own sherry butts to insure only the finest quality casks for his contracted spirit. Unfortunately, Michel Couvreur passed away last year from pancreatic cancer, thus ending the career of one of the industry’s most courageous pioneers. Luckily for us, however, apprentice Jean-Arnaud has carried on after studying under Michel for more than a decade. When we visited the underground cave this past Spring, we were all in total awe. The tunnels of dripping stone go on forever, and the amount of whisky stored in this secret lair is jawdropping. We put our trust completely in Jean-Arnaud and are happy we did. Our peated version of the incredible “Overaged” sherry expression is a seamless creation that drinks like the best version of Johnnie Black ever, mixed with the most supple and soft expressions of Macallan. It’s a lush, creamy, caramel-laden dream of a whisky composed only of malts 12 years and older. There’s a bit of peat on the finish, but the soft sherry is the star. (NOTE: do NOT cut the hard wax seal, tap it so that it breaks)

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Brown-Forman to Build Old Forester Distillery on Whiskey Row – American Whiskey News

Company Returns To Its Historic Roots on Main Street

Louisville, KY, September 2014 – Brown-Forman Corporation today announced that it will open a distillery and bourbon experience for its founding brand, Old Forester, in two historic buildings on West Main Street in Louisville, Kentucky. Brown-Forman expects to open the Old Forester Distillery in the fall of 2016, building on the company’s strong bourbon whiskey heritage by creating a world-class distilling operation and visitor destination that showcases the craftsmanship and authenticity of Old Forester, the first bottled bourbon. The company anticipates investing approximately $30 million in this project.

“George Garvin Brown introduced Old Forester, America’s first bottled bourbon, more than 140 years ago, which changed our industry and the Louisville community forever,” said Paul Varga, CEO of Brown-Forman Corporation. “As demand for high quality bourbon continues to increase, the Old Forester Distillery will enable us to expand capacity so that we can further showcase one of the greatest tasting and most historic bourbons.  We believe this will enrich Kentucky, the home of bourbon, and Louisville, the historic home of Brown-Forman and the Brown family.”

Old Forester is Brown-Forman’s founding brand, founded in 1870 by George Garvin Brown. Brown believed Old Forester was so pure and consistent that he sealed it, signed it, and pledged “There is nothing better in the market.” The Old Forester Distillery will celebrate Brown’s innovative spirit and his commitment to making the highest quality bourbon.

The Old Forester Distillery will include fermentation, distilling, barrel making, filling and dumping, and bottling. The new distillery will allow the company to double its current production of Old Forester.

The historic properties at 117 and 119 West Main Street, where the Old Forester Distillery will be located, were built around 1857 and used for warehousing barrels of whiskey produced at numerous distilleries in the area. At least 19 distillers, wholesalers, and other whiskey-related businesses called this block of West Main Street home.

By the mid-1870s, this stretch of West Main Street was known as “Whiskey Row.”

“Between 1900 and 1919, Brown-Forman occupied 117 West Main Street on Louisville’s Whiskey Row. We’re returning to our roots with this distillery, just another wonderful example of Brown-Forman’s commitment to historic preservation and downtown development in Louisville,” said Geo. Garvin Brown IV, a 5th generation descendant of the company’s founder and the company’s current board chairman.

With the purchase of these two buildings, Brown-Forman owns five buildings on Louisville’s revitalized Main Street.  Brown-Forman will potentially receive a total of $1.3M in various Kentucky tax incentives. The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) has preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $900,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment (KBI) program. KEDFA also approved Brown-Forman for tax benefits of $400,000 through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA).

For more than 140 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Southern Comfort, Finlandia, Jack Daniel’s Cola, Canadian Mist, Korbel, Gentleman Jack, el Jimador, Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, Chambord, New Mix, Tuaca, and Woodford Reserve.  Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by nearly 4,200 employees and sold in approximately 160 countries worldwide.  For more information about the company, please visit http://www.brown-forman.com/.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/10/brown-forman-to-build-old-forester-distillery-on-whiskey-row-american-whiskey-news/

Prichard’s Distillery Single Malt Whiskey at Mora’s – Whiskey News

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Newly arrived to the Shop

Prichard’s Distillery Single Malt Whiskey

Price $49.99

“With the same focus on quality as all our spirits, Benjamin Prichard’s Single Malt Whiskey has been reviewed with great acclaim. Steeped in Celtic origins, Benjamin Prichard’s Single Malt whiskey is distilled according to true Irish traditions; its rich malt flavors truly reflecting the character of the finest single malt whiskies. This superb whiskey has been distilled in our traditional copper pot stills and aged in our small, fifteen gallon barrels.” – The Distillery

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/10/prichards-distillery-single-malt-whiskey-at-moras-whiskey-news/

Glenlivet & Aberlour Tasting at the Party Source – Scotch Whisky News


Please join us Monday, October 20th for an intimate Scotch tasting with Ross Graham the Scotch ambassador for Aberlour and Glenlivet.

ABERLOUR Single Malt Scotch 16 Year
ABERLOUR A’Bunadh Single Malt Scotch
GLENLIVET Single Malt Scotch 18 Year
GLENLIVET Single Malt Scotch 21 Year

WHAT: Glenlivet / Aberlour Tasting
WHERE: The Party Source Spirits Library
WHEN: Monday, October 20th at 6:30pm
COST: $25

Click HERE to Reserve Your Seat

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JOHNNIE WALKER® BECOMES THE OFFICIAL WHISKY OF FORMULA 1® – Scotch Whisky News

Singapore, 2014: JOHNNIE WALKER®, the world’s leading Scotch Whisky1, today announced a new partnership with the Formula One group that will enhance the brand’s global positioning and significantly expand the platform for its highly successful responsible drinking initiative, Join the Pact.

The announcement of the new multi-year arrangement, which also sees JOHNNIE WALKER become the Official Whisky of FORMULA 1, was made today at an event at the Conrad Centennial Hotel in Singapore by Nick Blazquez, President of Diageo in Africa and Asia, ahead of this weekend’s 2014 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX at the Marina Bay street circuit.

Dr Blazquez said JOHNNIE WALKER, as a pioneering whisky brand with a progressive spirit, was the perfect whisky to partner with the world’s most progressive and technologically-advanced sport.

The new partnership greatly strengthens the historical connections that the Walker family has with the world of motorsport and Grand Prix racing which go back to the 1950s. Building on those historic links, in 2005 JOHNNIE WALKER established a partnership with McLaren Mercedes which, over the past nine years, has enabled the brand to deliver successful marketing and responsible drinking programmes around the world.

Speaking at the announcement today, Nick Blazquez said: “Becoming the Official Whisky of FORMULA 1 will enable JOHNNIE WALKER to greatly extend its reach to race fans. As a result of our new arrangement, we will have access to a global television audience of more than 450 million people and a track attendance audience of around 1.5 million every year.

“Equally important, and a key reason for JOHNNIE WALKER to become the Official Whisky of FORMULA 1, is the huge opportunity we have through this expanded global platform to reach even more F1 fans around the world with responsible drinking messages.

“We believe there is great potential in what we can achieve together. The JOHNNIE WALKER Join the Pact campaign is a proven, powerful programme that is already driving positive change. More than 1 million people around the world have signed the Join the Pact pledge to ‘Never Drink and Drive’. We are therefore announcing today our intention to increase our investment behind this programme, activating it in new territories with an ambition of gaining a further five million personal commitments over the next four years.”

Dr Blazquez was accompanied at the announcement by Mika Häkkinen, JOHNNIE WALKER Global Responsible Drinking Ambassador, who said: “Since 2006 I’ve travelled to some 40 countries talking to media, consumers, governments and other stakeholders about the importance of our call to action. Through Join the Pact well over a million people have pledged never to drink and drive, that’s one million people who would never actively have made this commitment without the programme. The new partnership that the brand has forged with the Formula One group is an enormous boost to our campaign and will significantly expand the scale of this wonderful initiative by reaching out to many millions more people around the world.”

Joining Dr Blazquez and Mika Häkkinen on stage was Bernie Ecclestone, Chief Executive Officer of the Formula One group, who said: “This is an exciting sponsorship for FORMULA 1. I have admired the way that JOHNNIE WALKER has entered into their sponsorship of FORMULA 1 to not only achieve commercial benefits but to also highlight the importance of responsible drinking. It is a great example of how an alcohol brand can dedicate time and money to be a force for good.”

The new arrangement reflects historic connections between the Walker family and the world of motorsport and Grand Prix racing which goes back to the 1950s when the late Rob Walker established his own private racing team. His great-great-grandfather was John Walker who founded the whisky business in a small shop in Scotland in 1820.

The Rob Walker Racing Team were pioneering privateers in the world of Grand Prix racing and became the first private team to secure victory in an FIA Formula One World Championship™ qualifying Grand Prix with legendary driver Stirling (now Sir Stirling) Moss in Argentina in 1958.

Attending today’s announcement in Singapore was Rob Walker’s son, Robbie, with a collection of memorabilia from that great era of World Championship Grand Prix racing.

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About Diageo

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits, beer and wine categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Buchanan’s, Windsor and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is a global company, and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO). For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com. Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice.

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About Formula 1®

Formula 1®, which began in 1950, is the world’s most prestigious motor racing competition and is the world’s most popular annual sporting series. In 2013 it was watched by over 450 million unique television viewers from 185 territories. The 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship™ runs from March to November and spans 19 races in 19 countries across five continents. Formula One World Championship Limited is part of the Formula One group, founded by CEO Bernie Ecclestone, and holds the exclusive commercial rights to the FIA Formula One World Championship™. For more information on Formula 1® visit http://www.formula1.com/default.html.

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The Whisky Exchange “New Single Malts from Craigellachie – the bad boy of Speyside” – Scotch Whisky News

Dewar’s is one of the best-known names in whisky, but if I asked you to name all the single-malt distilleries they own (without Googling), could you do it? Well, if you said Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, Macduff and Royal Brackla, have a gold star.

Dewar’s was bought by Bacardi for just over £1bn from Diageo in 1998, and while their blends sell well around the world, particularly in the States, there has been little activity on the single malt front – until now. Bacardi has big plans for all five distilleries, and is planning to release a staggeringly high number of single malts – between 25 and 30 – over the next year or so. The first whiskies to raise their head above the parapet are from Craigellachie.

With its dour exterior, Craigellachie distillery is a world away from the glitz and polish of Glenfiddich and The Macallan, but this is hardly surprising given that it’s not open to the public. But the grey and grit seem rather apt, given the way the Dewar’s team talk about the spirit that’s made there.

Stephen Marshall, global marketing manager for all Dewar’s single malts, says: ‘Craigellachie has always been the problem child for us in that’s it’s sulphury and meaty. It’s difficult for other companies to take. We’ve been sitting on stocks of it without realising how good it was; it’s really good stuff.

His colleague, brand ambassador Lomand ‘Ziggy’ Campbell adds: ‘We’ve been calling Craigellachie “the bad boy of Speyside”. Even the name sounds quite spiky; it translates as “the fiery crag”.’

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There will be five new Craigellachie single malts in all: a 13 year old, 17 year old, a travel-retail-only 19 year old and a 23 year old, with a 31 year old to follow next year – ‘all prime numbers – indivisible, stubborn, set in their ways’ adds Marshall, although it’s fair to assume this numerical curiosity was more happy accident than calculated ploy.

We’ll be writing up the other Dewar’s single malts as and when they arrive. In the meantime, here are my thoughts on the Craigellachie trio. Although obviously different due to their age, there’s a definite thread running through these whiskies – even the fruity, approachable 17yo has some hard-edged spice to rough things up when you’re least expecting it.

Craigellachie 13 Year Old

Craigellachie 13 Year Old, 46%, £41.95

Nose: Big and punchy, with black pepper, sulphur and stone fruit lurking in the background.

Palate: Feisty, no-holds-barred style, with spicy oak, tobacco and spent matches, along with some crisp apple brightening things up. A whisky that’s keen to make an impression.

Finish: Persistent, with the spent-match notes and oak holding court.

Craigellachie 17 Year Old

Craigellachie 17 Year Old, 46%, £80.95

Nose: Engaging aromas of boiled sweets, barbecued pineapple, Toffifee and spiced orange marmalade, with cured meat adding a welcome savoury note.

Palate: Lovely balanced flavours of caramelised pineapple, with fresh citrus and a little black pepper to perk things up at the end. Good weight, but very drinkable.

Finish: Spicy oak, perky pepper and soft fruit. Well balanced.

Craigellachie 23 Year Old

Craigellachie 23 Year Old, 46%, £330

Nose: Very clean, fresh notes of lemon, with some floral and herbal notes. Clean oak, quite savoury, with some green apple, melon and toasty oak.

Palate: Weightier on the palate, with the lemon fighting for attention with savoury spice and toasty oak, and a little waxiness. Peppery spice kicks in at the end.

Finish: Long, with the oak and spice dominating.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/10/the-whisky-exchange-new-single-malts-from-craigellachie-the-bad-boy-of-speyside-scotch-whisky-news/

BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY NAMED “BRAND INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR” AT WHISKY MAGAZINE’S ICONS OF WHISKY AMERICA AWARDS 2015 – American Whiskey News

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BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY NAMED

“BRAND INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR” AT WHISKY MAGAZINE’S

ICONS OF WHISKY AMERICA AWARDS 2015

Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley Named Whisky Distillery Manager of the Year 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Oct. 1, 2014) – Buffalo Trace Distillery received two coveted awards at Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky America Awards 2015, and also two “highly commended” awards. 

Named “Brand Innovator of the Year,” Buffalo Trace was cited for this prestigious award for its quest to find the perfect whisky through its Experimental Collection and the building of its Warehouse X.  Buffalo Trace’s Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley was also named Distillery Manager of the Year.

Buffalo Trace’s Visitor Center was recognized as “highly commended” as Visitor Attraction of the Year, the Distillery itself was named “highly commended” in the Distiller of the Year category.

“The number of nominees in each category increases each year with the proliferation of new distilleries opening,” said Harlen Wheatley, master distiller. “To be recognized in four categories amongst some very tough competition within the U.S. is both an honor and a thrill.”  

The Icons of Whisky Awards were created by Whisky Magazine to celebrate the people and places behind the great whiskies of the world. Nominees are self-nominated, and voted on by those working in the spirits industry. The editors of Whisky Magazine then cull down the votes into final winners. This year’s contest had more than 4,000 votes in the 13 different categories.  The winners from the Icons of Whisky America Awards will go to compete at the World Whiskies Awards taking place in London, England, in the Spring of 2015.   

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is a family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1786 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year.” Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com

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