BenRiach, Glendronach, and Glenglassaugh Friday, May 31st at The Whisky Shop #SFO – Scotch Whisky News

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Friday, May 31st 5-7PM: 

 BenRiach, Glendronach, and Glenglassaugh 

One of our most popular scotch tastings returns! BenRiach, Glendronach, and Glenglassaugh will be tasted at this event, presented by whisky expert Rory Glasgow. With a wide pourlist of new and rare scotches to share, both scotch connoisseurs and newcomers to the the world of traditional single malt are sure to enjoy this tasting.

Click Here to RSVP

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/05/benriach-glendronach-and-glenglassaugh-friday-may-31st-at-the-whisky-shop-sfo-scotch-whisky-news/

Father’s Day from Tomatin I – Scotch Whisky News

Tomatin trout 12YO

STARTER

Cured Scottish trout in 12 year old Tomatin served in a refreshing salad of crispy native apple ginger

4 x 120gr Trout fillets pin boned skinned
2 cox pippin or Braeburn apples
2” knob of fresh ginger grated (grated in to a towel wring out for ginger juice)
1 box of watercress
1 x 25ml Tomatin 12yr old malt
1tbsp Summer harvest rapeseed oil

  1.  Mix 25ml of ginger juice with 25ml malt set aside
    2.    Cut apples with skin on into julienne
    3.    Toss apples watercress in remaining ginger juice with rapeseed oil
    4.    Season very slightly with sea salt
    5.    10 minutes before serving pour ginger/malt mix over trout fillets
    6.    Serve salad mix in bowl and lay cured fillet over the top

 Tomatin lamb cask strength

MAIN COURSE

5 spice Scotch lamb rump with spiced toasted hazelnut on Asian greens and a glazed sauce with a dram of Cask Strength

Hazelnut Dukkah

400gr chopped skinned roasted hazelnuts
300gr sesame seeds toasted
6tbs coriander seeds
4tbsp garlic powder
6 tbsp cumin seeds
4 tbsp cracked pepper
3tbsp hebridean sea salt

Mix all ingrecients together pour 3 seconds in a blender only, so that mix remains quite chunky Scotch Lamb rump 4 x 200gr individual portions

4tbsp Summer harvest rapeseed oil
250gr A selection of Scottish greens vegetables
250gr cooked local potatoes
1ltr lamb stock
25ml Tomatin Cask Strength

Oven 200c

1.    Ask butcher to prep 4 individual lamb rump portions
2.    Mix 1tbsp of oil with 2 tbsp hazelnut dukkah and rub over lamb then seal in a pan place in oven for 20 mins
3.    Half potatoes and place in the pan in the oven with the lamb for 10 mins
4.    After 20 mins remove lamb from oven and leave on a tray to rest for 15 mins
5.    Meanwhile cook the greens quickly in the lamb pan before making the sauce
6.    Take lamb stock and pour into to lamb pan reduce by 2/3
7.    Season sauce to taste and add malt at the last minute before serving

Place potatoes on a plate along with the greens then add sliced rump over the top, spoon some gravy   sprinkle with more crust for some crunch.

Tomatin pineapple legacy

DESSERT

Roast spiced pineapple with ice cream and Tomatin Legacy  

1 whole ripe pineapple
100gr sugar
50ml water
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise
1 cardamom pod

  1.  Warm sugar water spices simmer until sugar has dissolved reduce liquid by 1/3 and set aside allow to cool slightly
    2.    Prepare pineapple peel core
    3.    Use long thin slices the length of the fruit
    4.    Lay slices on a tray brush spice syrup over pineapple
    5.    Roast in oven at 200c for 10 minutes
    6.    Serve with ice cream drizzle of Legacy
    (Alternative caramelise with a blow torch)

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/05/fathers-day-from-tomatin-i-scotch-whisky-news/

BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY ANNOUNCES SPECIAL BOTTLING AVAILABLE FOR CHARITIES – American Whiskey News

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BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY ANNOUNCES

SPECIAL BOTTLING AVAILABLE FOR CHARITIES

Distillery Hopes to Raise $500,000 for Charity 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (May 14, 2019) – Just over a year ago, in April 2018, Buffalo Trace Distillery rolled its seven millionth barrel produced since Prohibition into Warehouse V, the world’s only bonded single barrel aging warehouse. That meant, of course, the existing sixth millionth barrel that had been residing in Warehouse V since 2008 would need to take up new residence.

            Promptly moved into another warehouse to mature for another year, this bourbon has aged a full 10 years 11 months. The six millionth barrel of Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has been filled into 375ml bottles and is being made available exclusively to non-profit organizations for fund raising opportunities.

      Each bottle from the Sixth Millionth Barrel has a beautifully handwritten description on the glass.  The bottles in turn have been packaged in a numbered hardwood showcase box that includes a piece of the charred oak stave from the historic barrel and small brochure explaining the significance of this collector’s edition.

      Buffalo Trace Distillery is offering all 400 bottles to charitable organizations across the country free of charge to auction off and raise money for their worthwhile causes.

            This commemorative bottling of the Buffalo Trace Sixth Million Barrel will not be available in stores. Bottles will only available to non-profit organizations in the United States wishing to raise funds for their charity. To be considered, organizations must submit an official U.S. non-profit tax ID number and auction the bottle within the 2019 calendar year. Applications will be taken online only at www.6millionthbarrel.com  Recipients of these bottles shall be notified by email in early July.  Bottles will be shipped free of charge in August 2019 and recipients will have until Dec. 31, 2019 to auction the bottle.  Non-profit organizations can submit their request for a bottle online at 6millionthbarrel.com beginning today. The cutoff date to submit an online application is July 1st, 2019.

      “We’re thrilled to be able to do something with the bottles to help those in need,” said Kris Comstock, Buffalo Trace senior marketing director. “We decided on the 375ml size bottles, rather than a larger size, to allow for more bottles so we can help more charities. We really hope whiskey enthusiasts will help some deserving non-profit groups raise serious money. These bottles are beautiful, the package is first class, and the bourbon tastes amazing. Our goal is to raise $500,000 for charity!”

      This is not the first time Buffalo Trace Distillery has offered commemorative bottles for non-profits to use for fundraising purposes.  In 2011 the Distillery offered its Millennium Barrel of bourbon, put up to age on Dec. 31, 1999. That effort raised more than $150,000 for various charities across the U.S.  In 2016, its inaugural O.F.C. Bourbon Whiskey from 1980, 1982 and 1983 were released in the same manner, and non-profits reported back they had raised more than a million dollars for charitable causes.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1773 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 21 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year by “Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 500 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/05/buffalo-trace-distillery-announces-special-bottling-available-for-charities-american-whiskey-news/

THE BALVENIE LAUNCHES A UNIQUE NEW ‘STORIES’ RANGE, THREE TALES OF CHARACTER WRITTEN IN WHISKY – Scotch Whisky News

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THE BALVENIE LAUNCHES A UNIQUE NEW ‘STORIES’ RANGE,

THREE TALES OF CHARACTER WRITTEN IN WHISKY 

  • The Stories range celebrates human tales of endeavour, craft and unexpected twists, as told by its craftsmen at the distillery in Dufftown, Scotland
  • Three new expressions, titled The Sweet Toast of American Oak, aged 12 years, The Week of Peat, aged 14 years and A Day of Dark Barley, aged 26 years, launch today, each bringing to life its own unique and interesting story
  • Both whisky enthusiasts and story lovers can listen to these tales, as told by the craftsmen themselves, via specially recorded audio conversations captured at key locations
  • This autumn, in partnership with leading independent publisher Canongate, The Balvenie will publish an accompanying book ‘Pursuit – The Balvenie Stories Collection’, a curated collection of short tales by acclaimed writers from around the world

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Today The Balvenie announces the launch of its new Stories range – a unique collection of three single malt whiskies representing tales of character, endeavour and craft, created at its home in Dufftown, Scotland.

While always looking forward, The Balvenie remains true to the techniques passed down by its craftsmen from generation to generation. As in years past, it remains a place run by people – where human touch, skill, and emotion prevail over machine and automation. In this way, each whisky produced by The Balvenie tells a human story, evolving with the characters and developing unexpected twists through years of maturation.

These three new expressions of The Balvenie celebrate this – whether it be Apprentice Malt Master Kelsey McKechnie using Kentucky Virgin oak to make a fruitier Balvenie, former distillery manager Ian Millar introducing smoke from Speyside peat, or Malt Master David Stewart MBE using an unusually brittle barley – each expression tells its own tale in liquid form.

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Drinkers will have the unique opportunity to hear these stories in full, as told by the characters themselves, via audio conversations recorded between them and The Balvenie Global Ambassador, Gemma Paterson. These special conversations were recorded at locations featured in each tale, including The Balvenie distillery and as far afield as Kelvin Cooperage, Kentucky, where Kelsey McKechnie sourced virgin oak barrels for The Sweet Toast of American Oak. This audio content, as well as guided audio whisky tastings of each expression with David Stewart and Kelsey McKechnie, is available via an NFC-enabled neck tag, that people connect to using their smartphones. This was designed in partnership with connected product solutions company Thinfilm.

Commenting on the release of The Balvenie Stories, The Balvenie Malt Master David Stewart MBE says: “Stories are the lifeblood of The Balvenie distillery. They make up the fabric of who we are and what we do. The Balvenie Stories collection tells these tales in liquid form, giving whisky drinkers across the globe a special glimpse into the unique and very human nature of how we produce our whisky. Each expression in the collection reflects this by telling its own story via first-hand accounts and recollections of the many people involved.”

The notion of storytelling informs the design of The Balvenie Stories packaging too, with each tale represented visually on the whisky’s tube and label in bespoke illustrations from British artist and printmaker Andy Lovell. Andy’s work draws its inspiration direct from the distillery, where he spent time listening to the stories first-hand, before using his bold, hand-made gestural technique to build up images that capture the essence of each tale.

Following the liquid launch, in autumn 2019 The Balvenie will launch a book titled Pursuit – The Balvenie Stories Collection. Edited by award-winning author and journalist Alex Preston and published by internationally renowned independent publisher Canongate, this collection will contain a series of fiction and non-fiction short stories, by renowned writers from around the world. Authors include internationally best-selling writer Lawrence Osbourne, award-winning British author Max Porter and many more.

The Balvenie Stories Range

The Balvenie Stories collection will launch globally in May 2019 and comprises of the following three expressions;

  • The Sweet Toast of American Oak – Aged 12 Years – 43% ABV

This is the story of the spectacular things that can happen when ancient technique meets fresh ideas, as newly appointed Apprentice Malt Master Kelsey McKechnie experimented with         twice-toasted white American oak from Kelvin Cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky to produce an even fruitier, sweeter tasting Balvenie.

  • The Week of Peat – Aged 14 Years – 48.3% ABV

An evolution of The Balvenie Peat Week Aged 14 Years, which launched globally in 2017. This expression tells the tale of Malt Master David Stewart MBE and former distillery manager Ian Millar using a week’s gap in the distillery’s production schedule to experiment with the use of peat in the barley drying process. The result is a classic Balvenie expression with honey, vanilla and citrus notes with an extra layer of delicate smokiness.

  • A Day of Dark Barley – Aged 26 Years – 47.8% ABV

The story of Malt Master David Stewart MBE and The Balvenie’s malt men experimenting with a heavily roasted dark barley in 1992. The resulting liquid was originally released in 2006 as the 14-Year-Old Balvenie Roasted Malt, however casks were retained for extra maturation, eventually becoming a classic aged Balvenie, but with extra depth and oak notes gleaned from the darker malt.

The Balvenie Stories collection will be available in select retailers, including Fortnum Mason, at the following recommended prices*: The Sweet Toast of American Oak £45, The Week of Peat £65 and A Day of Dark Barley £600. Further information on Pursuit – The Balvenie Collection will be distributed at time of launch.

*RRPs are at discretion of the retailer 

#Balvenie #BalvenieStories

Website: www.thebalvenie.com/stories

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBalvenie

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BalvenieUK

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebalvenie/ 

NOTES 

About audio content;

The recorded stories and guided whisky tasting content will also be available in podcast format, and hosted on the most popular podcast platforms, allowing for playback on home devices such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

About The Balvenie Stories;

The Sweet Toast of American Oak – Aged 12 Years – 43% ABV 

  • Tasting Notes:
    • Nose: Lusciously malty with some sweet fudge, followed by citrusy and oak vanilla aromas with layers of spicy oak notes of ginger and cinnamon.
  • Taste:Candied orange and lemon peel, vanilla toffee and butterscotch, layers of blossom honey, some melted brown sugar and oak spices at the end.
  • Finish: Rich and malty with gentle waves of oak vanilla and subtle spices.

The Week of Peat – Aged 14 Years – 48.3% ABV 

  • Tasting Notes:
  • Nose: Gentle sweet peat smoke, lighter floral notes and delicate butterscotch honey.
  • Taste: Velvety and round to taste with the peat smoke balancing citrus flavours, oaky vanilla and blossom honey.
  • Finish: Gentle smoke with a lingering and creamy vanilla sweetness.

A Day of Dark Barley – Aged 26 Years – 47.8% ABV

  • Tasting Notes:
  • Nose: Big malty notes, soft brown sugar, vanilla toffee, blossom honey and a mild oaky spiciness.
  • Taste: Syrupy with a toffee sweetness, some citrusy notes of tangy orange peel, followed by oak vanilla and a touch of cinnamon and ginger spices at the end.
  • Finish: Enduring gentle waves of vanilla and oak spices. 

About The Balvenie: 

  • The Balvenie is a unique range of single malts created by David Stewart MBE, The Balvenie Malt Master was awarded an MBE for services to the Scotch whisky industry by Queen Elizabeth II in 2016. Each expression has a very individual taste, but is rich, luxuriously smooth and underpinned by the distinctively honeyed character of The Balvenie.
  • The Balvenie is dedicated to the five rare crafts that are used to create The Balvenie’s distinctive taste. It is the only distillery that still grows its own barley, uses traditional floor maltings and keeps both coppersmiths and coopers on site – making The Balvenie the most handcrafted of single malts.
  • The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky is produced by William Grant Sons Ltd, an award-winning independent family-owned distiller founded by William Grant in 1886 and today run by his direct descendants.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/05/the-balvenie-launches-a-unique-new-stories-range-three-tales-of-character-written-in-whisky-scotch-whisky-news/

The Indie Whisky Fèis Ìle 2019 – Scotch Whisky News

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The Indie Whisky Fèis Ìle

Thursday 30th May 2019

1200 – 1700 hrs

Bowmore Hall, Main Street, Bowmore

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We are pleased to announce that Islay’s inaugural Independent Bottlers’ festival within the Fèis Ìle will take place in The Bowmore Hall on 30th May 2019 from 12pm to 5pm. The event will showcase Independent Bottlers’ vast array of Islay and Jura whiskies for the first time with the blessing of the Fèis Ìle Committee.

Visitors will be charged £25 for entry via tickets on the official Fèis Ìle website; https://www.islayfestival.com/festival-programme/

All paying visitors will be provided with a Glencairn glass to keep and use to receive their drams, and will be able to purchase bottles of whisky direct from the exhibitors.

Dramfool will be releasing an official Fèis Ìle bottling for purchase at the event, a 14 year old first fill sherry hogshead of Port Charlotte.

Stovies, oatcakes Scottish cheddar, Clootie Dumpling, Shortbread, Cranachan and other refreshments will be available to purchase from the adjoining kitchen run by the Ladies from St. John’s Church.

Masterclasses

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Several masterclasses will also be hosted at the festival and will be announced on the Islay Festival website in the run up to the event. The first announced is a Wemyss Malts masterclass in which several of their peaty malt whiskies and new single casks releases will be tasted. Attendees will also help produce a limited edition Peat Chimney malt whisky live at the tasting to bottle and take home.

TICKETS

Exhibitors

Confirmed Exhibitors are;

  • Dramfool
  • Elixir Distillers
  • Islay Boys
  • Islay Mist
  • Lady of the Glen
  • That Boutique-y Whisky Company
  • The Single Cask
  • Vintage Malt Whisky
  • Wemyss Malts

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Tickets available now!

Tickets are available for purchase directly from the Islay Festival website: BOOK NOW 

For any further information regarding the Indie Whisky Fèis Ìle please email enquiries@islayfestival.com or visit www.islayfestival.com/festival-programme/

Bowmore Hall, Main Street, Bowmore, Scotland

 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/05/the-indie-whisky-feis-ile-2019-scotch-whisky-news/

The Indie Whisky Fèis Ìle 2019 – Scotch Whisky News

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The Indie Whisky Fèis Ìle

Thursday 30th May 2019

1200 – 1700 hrs

Bowmore Hall, Main Street, Bowmore

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We are pleased to announce that Islay’s inaugural Independent Bottlers’ festival within the Fèis Ìle will take place in The Bowmore Hall on 30th May 2019 from 12pm to 5pm. The event will showcase Independent Bottlers’ vast array of Islay and Jura whiskies for the first time with the blessing of the Fèis Ìle Committee.

Visitors will be charged £25 for entry via tickets on the official Fèis Ìle website; https://www.islayfestival.com/festival-programme/

All paying visitors will be provided with a Glencairn glass to keep and use to receive their drams, and will be able to purchase bottles of whisky direct from the exhibitors.

Dramfool will be releasing an official Fèis Ìle bottling for purchase at the event, a 14 year old first fill sherry hogshead of Port Charlotte.

Stovies, oatcakes Scottish cheddar, Clootie Dumpling, Shortbread, Cranachan and other refreshments will be available to purchase from the adjoining kitchen run by the Ladies from St. John’s Church.

Masterclasses

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Several masterclasses will also be hosted at the festival and will be announced on the Islay Festival website in the run up to the event. The first announced is a Wemyss Malts masterclass in which several of their peaty malt whiskies and new single casks releases will be tasted. Attendees will also help produce a limited edition Peat Chimney malt whisky live at the tasting to bottle and take home.

TICKETS

Exhibitors

Confirmed Exhibitors are;

  • Dramfool
  • Elixir Distillers
  • Islay Boys
  • Islay Mist
  • Lady of the Glen
  • That Boutique-y Whisky Company
  • The Single Cask
  • Vintage Malt Whisky
  • Wemyss Malts

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Tickets available now!

Tickets are available for purchase directly from the Islay Festival website: BOOK NOW 

For any further information regarding the Indie Whisky Fèis Ìle please email enquiries@islayfestival.com or visit www.islayfestival.com/festival-programme/

Bowmore Hall, Main Street, Bowmore, Scotland

 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/05/the-indie-whisky-feis-ile-2019-scotch-whisky-news/

THE GLENDRONACH BOYNSMILL AGED 16 YEARS LAUNCHES AS A GLOBAL TRAVEL RETAIL EXCLUSIVE – Scotch Whisky News

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THE GLENDRONACH BOYNSMILL AGED 16 YEARS

LAUNCHES AS A GLOBAL TRAVEL RETAIL EXCLUSIVE 

The GlenDronach continues its journey with world travellers with the release of The GlenDronach Boynsmill Aged 16 years, joining The GlenDronach Forgue Aged 10 years as the distillery’s second exclusive for Global Travel Retail.

The Boynsmill Estate, nestled in the Valley of Forgue, was established by James Allardice as the home for his GlenDronach distillery in 1826. It was here that Allardice discovered the rich depths of sherry cask maturation; marrying robust Highland spirit to Spanish cask, a tradition carried forward by The GlenDronach to this day.

James Allardice lived most of his life at Boynsmill House (later re-named Glen House) and was often known to share a dram of his ‘Guid GlenDronach’ with friends and neighbours. This historic home continues to welcome guests at The GlenDronach distillery to this day.

At this time in the early 19 th Century, both sherry and port were popularly enjoyed by Scotland’s gentry and their influence on Single Malt Scotch Whisky is still prominent today. The GlenDronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years is a marriage of rich Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucía, with the subtle influence of the finest port casks from the Douro Valley in Portugal.

The GlenDronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years pays a fitting homage to the distillery’s heritage and the warmth and hospitality of its founder.

The GlenDronach Master Blender, Dr Rachel Barrie said:

“The GlenDronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years celebrates the rich heritage of The GlenDronach, with a small number of casks hand-selected to showcase its robust and complex Highland character. I hope whisky travellers will enjoy this rare opportunity to savour the depth of a truly old-style Highland Single Malt. 

Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks express the rich and full-bodied signature style of The GlenDronach, while port casks from the Douro Valley subtly influence the balance of fruit, recognisable in the ‘Valley of the Brambles’. As a complex and supremely balanced Single Malt, The Glendronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years has notes of plum pudding and apricot brandy on the nose, layered with the warmth of nutmeg and quince. Exceedingly rich fruitcake builds on the palate as dates, dried apricots and walnuts are savoured into the long and richly satisfying velvet finish.” 

This rich and complex Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is bottled at 46% ABV and as is the case for all The GlenDronach expressions, is non-chill filtered and absorbs colour naturally over time from the Spanish oak in which it resides.

It will be available to purchase from selected Travel Retail locations from May.

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Notes 

The GlenDronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years Tasting Notes:

Appearance: Burnished copper with a red bramble hue.

Nose: Fruit-led and complex. Plum pudding, cherry stone and apricot brandy with traces of nutmeg and sandalwood tempered by the sweetness of quince.

Taste: Exceedingly rich and fruity with baked apricot, cherry and plum skin in a fruitcake with orange and walnut cream.

Finish: Savour dates, apricot and walnut lingering into the rich velvet finish.

ABV: 46%

RRP: Available from $115, global markets may vary

About The GlenDronach Distillery:

Nestled in the valley of Forgue, deep in the East Highland hills, is The GlenDronach, one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. The GlenDronach is of true Highland style: a full bodied and robust taste, perfect for long maturation in sherry casks. At The GlenDronach Distillery, we have carried forth the tradition of our founder James Allardice since 1826, maturing our whisky in the finest Spanish Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucía.

We continue to work towards mastering the art of sherry cask maturation. Our Highland whiskies are recognized for their deep colour and rich flavour profiles, which range from sweet fruity flavours of the Pedro Ximénez casks we select, to the dry and nutty notes of Oloroso casks. Our distillery has been guarded for nearly 200 years by a parliament of rooks, who love The GlenDronach so much they try to nest in the warehouses. The distillery folk believe that as long as the rooks remain at the distillery, it will be good for the whisky.

For Further Information on The GlenDronach Distillery:

Visit: www.glendronachdistillery.com

Twitter: @Glendronach

Facebook: /TheGlendronach

Instagram: @glendronach

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THE GLENDRONACH IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK. ©2019 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

©2019 THE GLENDRONACH SCOTCH WHISKY, 46% ALC. BY VOL.

IMPORTED BY BROWN-FORMAN BEVERAGES, LOUISVILLE, KY.

 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/05/the-glendronach-boynsmill-aged-16-years-launches-as-a-global-travel-retail-exclusive-scotch-whisky-news/

THE GLENDRONACH BOYNSMILL AGED 16 YEARS LAUNCHES AS A GLOBAL TRAVEL RETAIL EXCLUSIVE – Scotch Whisky News

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THE GLENDRONACH BOYNSMILL AGED 16 YEARS

LAUNCHES AS A GLOBAL TRAVEL RETAIL EXCLUSIVE 

The GlenDronach continues its journey with world travellers with the release of The GlenDronach Boynsmill Aged 16 years, joining The GlenDronach Forgue Aged 10 years as the distillery’s second exclusive for Global Travel Retail.

The Boynsmill Estate, nestled in the Valley of Forgue, was established by James Allardice as the home for his GlenDronach distillery in 1826. It was here that Allardice discovered the rich depths of sherry cask maturation; marrying robust Highland spirit to Spanish cask, a tradition carried forward by The GlenDronach to this day.

James Allardice lived most of his life at Boynsmill House (later re-named Glen House) and was often known to share a dram of his ‘Guid GlenDronach’ with friends and neighbours. This historic home continues to welcome guests at The GlenDronach distillery to this day.

At this time in the early 19 th Century, both sherry and port were popularly enjoyed by Scotland’s gentry and their influence on Single Malt Scotch Whisky is still prominent today. The GlenDronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years is a marriage of rich Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucía, with the subtle influence of the finest port casks from the Douro Valley in Portugal.

The GlenDronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years pays a fitting homage to the distillery’s heritage and the warmth and hospitality of its founder.

The GlenDronach Master Blender, Dr Rachel Barrie said:

“The GlenDronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years celebrates the rich heritage of The GlenDronach, with a small number of casks hand-selected to showcase its robust and complex Highland character. I hope whisky travellers will enjoy this rare opportunity to savour the depth of a truly old-style Highland Single Malt. 

Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks express the rich and full-bodied signature style of The GlenDronach, while port casks from the Douro Valley subtly influence the balance of fruit, recognisable in the ‘Valley of the Brambles’. As a complex and supremely balanced Single Malt, The Glendronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years has notes of plum pudding and apricot brandy on the nose, layered with the warmth of nutmeg and quince. Exceedingly rich fruitcake builds on the palate as dates, dried apricots and walnuts are savoured into the long and richly satisfying velvet finish.” 

This rich and complex Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is bottled at 46% ABV and as is the case for all The GlenDronach expressions, is non-chill filtered and absorbs colour naturally over time from the Spanish oak in which it resides.

It will be available to purchase from selected Travel Retail locations from May.

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Notes 

The GlenDronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years Tasting Notes:

Appearance: Burnished copper with a red bramble hue.

Nose: Fruit-led and complex. Plum pudding, cherry stone and apricot brandy with traces of nutmeg and sandalwood tempered by the sweetness of quince.

Taste: Exceedingly rich and fruity with baked apricot, cherry and plum skin in a fruitcake with orange and walnut cream.

Finish: Savour dates, apricot and walnut lingering into the rich velvet finish.

ABV: 46%

RRP: Available from $115, global markets may vary

About The GlenDronach Distillery:

Nestled in the valley of Forgue, deep in the East Highland hills, is The GlenDronach, one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. The GlenDronach is of true Highland style: a full bodied and robust taste, perfect for long maturation in sherry casks. At The GlenDronach Distillery, we have carried forth the tradition of our founder James Allardice since 1826, maturing our whisky in the finest Spanish Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucía.

We continue to work towards mastering the art of sherry cask maturation. Our Highland whiskies are recognized for their deep colour and rich flavour profiles, which range from sweet fruity flavours of the Pedro Ximénez casks we select, to the dry and nutty notes of Oloroso casks. Our distillery has been guarded for nearly 200 years by a parliament of rooks, who love The GlenDronach so much they try to nest in the warehouses. The distillery folk believe that as long as the rooks remain at the distillery, it will be good for the whisky.

For Further Information on The GlenDronach Distillery:

Visit: www.glendronachdistillery.com

Twitter: @Glendronach

Facebook: /TheGlendronach

Instagram: @glendronach

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Campbeltown Malts Festival Schedule – Scotch Whisky News

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Campbeltown Malts Festival 2019

Full Schedule

The Campbeltown Malts Festival 2019 will commence in a few days time and staff here at JA Mitchell Co are looking forward to welcoming our visitors from across the globe to our distilleries next week. Preparations are well underway in Campbeltown as all hands are on deck to get the place looking its best ahead of all the fun which will take place.

As well as the events which will be held by Springbank, Glengyle and Cadenhead’s, a wide range of other local businesses will also be hosting events. The below information aims to include all events which will be taking place over the festival week. Please see the day to day break-down below:

Monday 20th May 2019

11am 2pm: Historic Walking Tours

Campbeltown Heritage Trail Group will be conducting historic walking tours of the town as part of the Campbeltown Malts Festival celebrations on Monday and Tuesday next week. These tours give a great insight into Campbeltown’s fascinating history and rich heritage. The tours will be free of charge and conducted by local volunteers, Alex McKinven and John Bakes. Lasting approximately 1 hour, the tours finish off with a wee dram at Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop. Booking in advance is essential – please email festival@springbank.scot to book your place asap.

5:30pm: Whisky Impressions Davaar Island Dramble (FULLY BOOKED)

Tuesday 21st May 2019

11am 2pm: Historic Walking Tours

As mentioned above, Campbeltown Heritage Trail Group will be conducting historic walking tours of the town in collaboration with the Campbeltown Malts Festival celebrations on Monday and Tuesday next week. These tours give a great insight into Campbeltown’s fascinating history and rich heritage. The tours will be free of charge and conducted by local volunteers, Alex McKinven and John Bakes. Lasting approximately 1 hour, the tours finish off with a wee dram at Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop. Booking in advance is essential – please email festival@springbank.scot to book your place asap.

4pm: Whisky Impressions Liquid History Tour

Discover Campbeltown’s distilling past and present on this guided walking tour around the town. There will be pit stops at a local hostelry or two for some liquid refreshment along the way! There are limited places left for this tour so be quick in booking your place by following this link – whisky impressions

5:30pm: Cadenhead Club Member Tasting in the Malt Barns at Springbank Distillery (FULLY BOOKED)

8pm: Campbeltown Picture House presents the film ‘Scotch: The Golden Dram’

To celebrate the Campbeltown Malts Festival, Campbeltown Picture house are showing “Scotch: The Golden Dram” on Tuesday. A member of the Springbank Kilkerran Sales Team will be on hand from 7:15pm to serve some complementary drams from both distilleries before the film starts. A great way to round off your Tuesday evening! For the film synopsis and booking information, please click here

Wednesday 22nd May 2019

10am – 6pm: Glen Scotia Open Day

Glen Scotia Distillery will be hosting their annual Open Day at the distillery on Wednesday and will also be hosting other events throughout the week. For the most up to date information of events taking place, visit www.glenscotia.com.

11:30am: Springbank Society Member Tasting in the Malt Barns at Springbank  Distillery (FULLY BOOKED)

7pm: The Glengyle Distillery Dinner (FULLY BOOKED)

Evening: Hotel Dinners Whisky Tastings

Those of you who missed out on a place at our Distillery Dinner on Wednesday evening may be interested to learn that we have teamed up with the Craigard House Hotel and the Ardshiel Hotel to offer a special whisky dinners and tastings on Wednesday evening. As you may know, people at our Distillery Dinner each receive a bottle of whisky chosen from a selection of casks by the guests themselves. While we can’t offer all attendees at the hotel dinners a bottle, a member of the Springbank/Kilkerran Sales Marketing Team will be on hand to let you taste the same whiskies that are being enjoyed at the distillery. As a further bonus, all attendees at both hotels will be entered into a prize draw and one lucky person at each dinner will win a bottle of the whisky chosen by the group at the Glengyle Dinner, making these a very interesting alternative option.

Spaces at both dinners are limited so if you would like to book a place please call them ASAP on the below telephone numbers:

Craigard House Hotel: +44 (0) 1586 554242

Ardshiel Hotel: +44 (0) 1586 552133

Thursday 23rd May 2019

The Springbank Open Day will take place on Thursday 23rd May. Events begin at 10:30am when the sale of our special Open Day bottles will commence and the day will feature a range of attractions including:

  • Free tours of Springbank at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm 4pm
  • Free tours of Glengyle at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm 3:30pm
  • A selection of over 20 stalls from local businesses
  • Food from Argyll Bakeries, Food For Thought, Ifferdale Lamb Kintyre Smokehouse
  • Delicious cakes from Muneroy
  • Three special Springbank Open Day bottlings (more information below)
  • Warehouse Whisky Bar Festival Bar
  • Fyne Ales Bar
  • Live music
  • Various Tastings, including some only bookable on the day (more information below)

From 4pm-9pm, we will have a range of local musical artists performing in the yard. This will kick off at 4pm with Hope Strang followed by young local band Western Sound who will play from 4:30pm-6pm. Around 6pm, Kintyre Schools Pipe Band will entertain the crowd with their talent and then to finish proceedings from 7pm-9pm, Rhuvaal will perform. In addition to the music, from 6:45pm, we will see the return of the ever popular Spooks Tour through the haunted warehouses at Springbank! Food and drink will also be available throughout the evening. Events at Springbank will conclude at 9pm.

Bookable on the Day Tastings  

Unfortunately all our advance booking tastings are already fully booked but please don’t fret! We will be hosting 3 events which will be bookable on the day, details of which can be found below:

12:30pm 2:45pm: Malting Demonstrations – Free

Watch a member of our production team demonstrate our traditional malting process while enjoying a dram of one of our most popular whiskies. These free events serve as an excellent opportunity to learn about Springbank and maybe even try turning the barley yourself! Tickets are only available to book on the day so make sure you head straight for the ticket point (located in our main marquee) to book and collect your tickets.

1pm: Springbank Tasting – £30.00

Only available to book on the day, you can join one of our Sales Team in enjoying a selection of drams from across the Springbank range, from old favourites to the most recent releases. Whether you are new to Springbank or an old hand, this tasting has something for everyone. Tickets can be purchased from our ticket point (located in our main marquee) on the day.

Information on Pre-Booked Tastings – Venues and Times

If you were successful in purchasing tickets via Eventbrite, please bring proof of purchase with you (print the information or show confirmation email on your phone). Below is a reminder of the tastings with their start time, venue and entry time. Please take note of this so that you know where to go on the day.

*** Warehouses 3 and 4 are located just behind the main distillery office at Springbank. There will be signs to direct you to both warehouses on the day.

Springbank Open Day Bottlings

As mentioned above, we will have three bottlings which will be bottled especially for the Springbank Open Day 2019.

The first is a very special Hazelburn 21 year old which has been matured in a Refill Sherry Hogshead. This will be bottled at 46% ABV with only 222 bottles available. This will retail at £250.00 on the day and will be limited to 1 bottle per transaction.

The next is a Springbank 8 year old which has been matured in Fresh Sherry casks. This will be bottled at 56.8% ABV and there will be 1100 bottles available. This will retail at £65.00 and will be limited to 2 bottles per transaction.

Our third special Open Day bottling is a Longrow 15 year old which has been matured exclusively in First Fill Rum casks. This will be bottled at 52.4% ABV, with 911 bottles available. The retail price will be £75.00 and will be limited to 2 bottles per transaction.

Campbeltown Picture House Tours

In addition to our busy schedule on Thursday, Campbeltown Picture House will also be hosting free tours of the cinema on Thursday morning at 10am and 11:30am. If you’ve not seen it before, this is a great chance to see the refurbishment work that has been carried out on the cinema (back before its reopening in 2017).

Friday 24th May 2019

The final day of the Campbeltown Malts Festival 2019 will be dedicated to Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery, home of Kilkerran Single Malt, and Wm Cadenhead’s Independent Bottler.

Our Friday events will mainly take place at Glengyle Distillery where the gates will open at 10:30am when the sale of our Kilkerran Open Day bottling will begin. This special bottle is a 15 year old Kilkerran which has been matured in Refill Bourbon casks. This will be bottled at 57.1% ABV with only 630 bottles available. This will retail at £75.00 and will be limited to 2 bottles per transaction. Throughout the day there will be:

  • Free tours of Glengyle at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm 3:30pm
  • A selection of craft and food stalls from local businesses
  • Activities from Wee Toon Warriors from 12:30pm
  • The famous Cadenhead Lucky Dip Bar
  • Cocktail Bar Festival Bar
  • Live music
  • Various Tastings (tickets still available for The Evolution of Kilkerran Tasting – more information below)

Events at Glengyle will conclude around 5pm.

Tastings   

Most of our advance booking tastings are already fully booked but there are still some limited spaces left on our Evolution of Kilkerran Tasting at 11:30am.

During this tasting you will get the opportunity to experience the evolution of Kilkerran. Be part of the journey, sampling some of the earliest Work in Progress bottlings, present day releases and a glimpse into the future with the headline Kilkerran event of the day.

Tickets for this are £30.00 and can be purchased from our ticket stand in the yard on Friday. They will also be available to buy in advance on Thursday from the Springbank marquee ticket point.

Information on Pre-Booked Tastings – Venues and Times

If you were successful in purchasing tickets via Eventbrite, please bring proof of purchase with you (print out your ticket or show the confirmation email on your phone). Below is a reminder of the tastings with their start time, venue and entry time. Please take note of this so that you know where to go on the day.

 *** Warehouses 7 and 9 are located at Springbank Distillery. Please meet at the Springbank Distillery Office and a member of staff will guide you to the warehouses.

*** For tastings taking place in the Glengyle Filling Store, Glengyle Bottle Store and Glengyle Malt Barns, signs will help direct you on the day.

Other Notable Information

Traffic Delays

We know that many of you will be travelling to the town by road over the next 7 days.

Please be aware that there are roadworks scheduled to be taking place during this time so please consult the Traffic Scotland website for full details. However, at the time of writing it appears that all works that may affect visitors travelling south to Campbeltown are minor in nature and are unlikely to cause any great delay. Specifically, there are minor works planned at Inverary, (just south of) Lochgilphead and between Clachan and Tayinloan – none of these are expected to significantly add to your journey time, however please continue to check with Traffic Scotland in case this changes. Nevertheless, it is advisable that you leave a little extra time to account for unforeseen delays – we don’t want you to miss out on anything!

Collecting bottles from the Cadenhead Shop

The staff at the Cadenhead Shop have asked that if you have bottles stored with them, then please make an effort to collect them as soon as possible – preferably as soon as you arrive.

As the shop will be incredibly busy at times throughout the festival, the team would like to do what they can to make everyone’s festival experience enjoyable and this includes any time you spend in the Cadenhead shop. We appreciate your cooperation.

Collecting Society and Cadenhead Club bottles

Members that have Society or Cadenhead Club bottles to collect can pick them up from the Distillery Shop (not the Cadenhead shop on Union Street). Please let us know if you intend to collect your bottle(s) so we can make sure they are ready for you!

Society: society@springbank.scot

Club: club@cadenhead.scot

Whiskyopolis Exhibition

Campbeltown Heritage Centre will be open Monday – Friday from around 11am-4pm each day (times may vary slightly). Following the launch of their special Whiskyopolis exhibition last year, they would love to welcome visitors to see their display and teach people about the history of distilling in Campbeltown.

Doors Open Day

The Lorne Lowland Church are having an Open Doors Day on Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th and Saturday 25th May and all visitors to the town are welcome to pop in.

We think that is all for now…anyone who managed to read that deserves to pour themselves a large dram!

For more information on any of the above events, please email festival@springbank.scot or call +44 (0) 1586 552009.

Slainte,

The JA Mitchell Team

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/05/campbeltown-malts-festival-schedule-scotch-whisky-news/

Impex Beverages “You Won’t Believe The Year We’ve Had So Far!!” – Whisky News

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Look at what your good taste has gotten us!

Hi, we know it’s been a little while since we checked in, but that’s because our products have been busy winning!  We’re proud to say that the brands we represent have crafted some excellent award-winning expressions that you get to enjoy!  Here’s a highlight of what we’ve earned so far this year:

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LET’S START WITH THE ISLAYS

Sanaig

Won the Gold for being an exceptional spirit that is near the pinnacle of achievement and sets the standard for its category.

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Judge’s Tasting Notes, 100% Islay:

Pit fire smoke, roasted plums, marzipan, and baking spices draw you into the glass.  The powerful aromas of smoke marry well with vanilla, nutmeg, and marshmallow on the palate.  It finishes with a whisper of vanilla and sweet spice.

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Judge’s Tasting Notes, Machir Bay:

The noble upstart from Islay has bloomed into a visceral character of the stony island.  This iteration of Machir Bay assumes a light straw color but packs a big maritime punch of roasted seaweed, preserved lemon, and wet stones.

JAPANESE WHISKIES EXCELLED

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Kurayoshi 12 Year

Won a gold at the World Whisky Awards and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  A balance of sweet and bitter flavors is a characteristic of this whisky.  Nutty almond aroma on the nose, a malty flavor with notes of vanilla and raisin on the palette, and a smokiness can also be detected on the finish.

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The Matsui Mizunara Cask

Won Double Gold at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition!!  Double Gold is awarded where all members of the judging panel award a gold medal to the whisky, recognizing it as a product of supreme quality.

The Matsui Peated

This expression also won Gold, as did the Kurayoshi 12 year.

WELSH WHISKY WOWED

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Penderyn Sherrywood
Has also won Gold at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  The liquid gold in this bottle has been aged in ex-Bourbon and ex-Oloroso Sherry casks to bring our its rich, fruity flavor.

Those are the highlights so far this year, though the real prize is seeing the satisfaction on our customers’ faces as they enjoy these award-winning malts.

Slainte, Iechy Da, and Kanpai!

If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please don’t hesitate to email office@impexbev.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/05/impex-beverages-you-wont-believe-the-year-weve-had-so-far-whisky-news/