The BenRiach Distillery Company Wins 11 Medals in the 2014 International Wine and Spirits Competition – Scotch Whisky News

Glenglassaugh 30 Years Old

THE BenRiach Distillery Company has won 11 medals, including two Gold Outstanding medals, across its three brands at this year’s International Wine and Spirits Competition.

Founded in 1969, the International Wine and Spirit Competition is one of the most prestigious in the world. It exists to award excellence to wines and spirits worldwide, encouraging consumer and trade recognition for quality products. Judging for the Competition is unique in that it has two stages; first, the products are tasted blind by expert panels, selected from over 300 fully experienced and qualified industry judges. Then, products which receive the top medals are subject to technical analysis before results are released; this crucial stage ensures winners receive complete validation.

The company’s full list of awards is:

  • Gold Medal – Outstanding           BenRiach 12 Years Old
  • Gold Medal – Outstanding           Glenglassaugh 30 Years Old
  • Gold Medal                                        Glenglassaugh 40 Years Old
  • Silver Medal – Outstanding         BenRiach 17YO Septendecim
  • Silver Medal – Outstanding         BenRiach 15YO Pedro Ximenez Finish
  • Silver Medal – Outstanding         BenRiach 10YO Curiositas
  • Silver Medal – Outstanding         GlenDronach 15YO Revival
  • Silver Medal – Outstanding         GlenDronach 18YO Allardice
  • Silver Medal – Outstanding         Glenglassaugh Torfa
  • Silver Medal                                      Glenglassaugh Evolution
  • Silver Medal                                      Glenglassaugh Revival

The judges described the Glenglassaugh 30 Years Old, winner of a Gold Outstanding medal, as; “A complex fruity and spicy whisky with dried fruit and raisins, aromatic pipe tobacco and a spicy oaky mouth feel. Some fine vanilla toffee with a long spicy finish.”

The BenRiach 12 Years Old impressed the competition’s judges with: “Currant buns, a light whisky with hints of raisins and sultanas, spicy citrus fruits and a lightly waxy mouth feel. A very well balanced spicy finish.”

And notes of “Fine spices in a great nose of chocolate, liquorice and vanilla toffee aromas. Lovely wood phenols and well balanced tannins, sandalwood and nutmeg tones in a long lasting aftertaste”, resulted in a Gold Medal for the Glenglassaugh 40 Years Old.

BenRiach’s Sales Director Alistair Walker said: “We are delighted to win these awards, especially as they are spread across all three of our brands. A number of these products are relatively new releases, such as the Glenglassaugh 30 Years Old, 40 Years Old and Torfa, so it is nice to see them getting some industry recognition. To receive a Gold Outstanding Medal for the BenRiach 12 Years Old is also particularly satisfying as it is one of our core range expressions. It’s a major achievement for a small independent to make the UK spirits producer shortlist and we are thrilled with these results.”

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Fancy A Bit of the World’s Best Single Malt Over Dinner? – Australian Whisky News

Sullivans Cove

Fancy a bit of the world’s best single malt over dinner?

Then join us at Glass Brasserie in Sydney on Tuesday the 5th of August, 6:30pm, for a 5-course degustation dinner hosted by Bert Cason, who will be flying up from the distillery in Tasmania especially for the event.

The dinner features 5 courses, matched with Sullivans Cove’s whiskies and single malt liqueurs, including the world’s best single malt, Sullivans Cove French Oak.

This is a unique and rare opportunity to taste the world’s best single malt whisky, don’t miss out!

Tickets are 140pp. Please contact Therese Grasa immediately to book your place. Spaces are very limited.

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society Late July Outturn – Scotch Whisky News


July 2014 Outturn Offerings

Cask No. 53.194                                $145

A Calmac ferry dram


The nose gave us fruit salad chews, sherbet lemons, blackberries, lime and oysters, but mainly it was smoke, melting tar, brine, Germolene, coal-tar soap, seaweed, cigar ash, rubber tyres and exhaust fumes (like a Calmac ferry). The palate delivered loads of ash, soot and sweet smoke – chilli-roasted nuts and a charcoal barbeque with smoked mackerel and charred prawns. The reduced nose offered first aid boxes, canvas, burnt mackerel skin and something earthy (terracotta plant pots, grow-bags). The taste was sweeter – peanut MMs and sugar-coated fennel seeds – a fine sweet-salty balance with lots of heat, from the biggest distillery on Islay.

Drinking tip: Chill out with this, sitting on the harbour wall watching the boats

Colour: Moonlight Chardonnay
Cask: Refill butt
Age: 17 years
Date distilled: August 1995
Alcohol: 60.1%
USA allocation: 150 bottles

Cask No. 1.176                                $140

Zesty Ginger-Lime Cooler

Speyside, Spey

The initial nose neat has the freshness of green saplings and cut grass soon followed by fruity notes of apricots and peaches. With time deeper aromas of old fashioned rose water perfume are taking centre stage. The taste starts off similar to the nose; green and grassy, slightly cereal (Weetabix) and then fruity (now apple slices). The medium length finish is refreshing like a ‘Zesty Ginger-Lime Cooler’. With water we are preparing a fruit punch with strawberries, pineapple, peaches and cherries. The taste is now clean and fresh like minty grapefruit sorbet and Jasmine iced tea – a well-balanced sample from the distillery established in 1836 on the Recherlich Farm at Ballindalloch.

Drinking tip: Looking at a blue sky and the shapes of white clouds weaving imaginary stories

Colour: Citrine gold
Cask: Refill hogshead
Age: 16 years
Date distilled: March 1997
Alcohol: 55.4%
USA allocation: 84 bottles

Cask No. 2.85                                        $95

Vibrant and tongue-dancing

Speyside, Spey

From the nose flowed fountains of fruit (green apple, mandarin, lime sorbet, pink grapefruit, lemon puffs, pineapple); we also found bubble gum, pickled ginger, toffee, honey, oiled wood and Formica – vibrant and complex. The palate had treacle toffee, butterscotch, peanut brittle and vanilla sweetness, with chilli and eucalyptus heat and some citric bitterness – lively and tongue- dancing. The reduced nose still majored on light, effervescent apple, but deepened by eucalyptus. The palate gave us fresh apple and pear, Mr Kiplings apple pies and fizzy lemon rock –further interest coming from mint, hops and Radox. Distillery founded by a pistol-totin’ mountain man.

Drinking tip: So much apple – one a day might keep the doctor away!

Colour: Winter sunrise
Cask: Refill barrel
Age: 9 years
Date distilled: November 2003
Alcohol: 61.4%
USA allocation: 102 bottles

Cask No. 30.80                                $180

A wicker basket full of dark pleasures

Speyside, Spey

The basket opened and the picnic began with cheesecake of Mirabelle plum and marmalade. But underneath lay deeper notes of dark cherries, chocolate brazils, manuka honey and ripe dates. As the panel delved in they were reminded of leather school bags with crushed tobacco – an errant youthful experience. Brambles, raisins and cranberry were dominant, with a whiff of licorish and mint. A careful hand with water is recommended but coaxed out some softer flavours. The panel found the bottom of the basket lined in hessian scented with eucalyptus. Toasted brioche with Nutella and salted caramel to finish.

Drinking tip: A reward after a hard days gardening

Colour: Golden syrup pudding
Cask: Refill hogshead
Age: 23 years
Date distilled: September 1990
Alcohol: 54.9%
USA allocation: 114 bottles

Cask No. 77.33                                $110

Orange Grove at spring time

Highland, Northern

A very clean and slightly spirity nose to start with but give it some time and you will be rewarded with aromas of lemon sherbet, orange zest, pink grapefruit juice and stewed plums. The taste neat to begin with is again very clean and citric (Bitter Lemon), but at the same time nippy like chilli flavoured peanuts. Herbal notes of aniseed and fennel and lemon curd cheesecake arrive after the initial wave of heat. Water turns the aroma into a fizzy sweetness, pineapple cubes and lemon sherbet but also the intoxicating smell of an orange grove in spring time. The taste leaves you with a fresh mouth-feel of a lemon and mint sorbet.

Drinking tip: A palate cleanser in between courses

Colour: Freshly squeezed lemon juice
Cask: Refill barrel
Age: 11 years
Date distilled: April 2002
Alcohol: 58.0%
USA allocation: 108 bottles

Cask No. G8.3                        $180

Surprise Me…


Even at this age the spirit is still spirited; the aroma is of golden syrup and toffee popcorn, with juicy green apples and pears behind; very slightly woody and dusty: ‘a cupboard shelf covered in Fablon’. The taste is sweet and sour – kiwi fruits, lime cordial, Seville orange, sour cherry, stewed tea – with a short finish. Reduced, the aroma initially becomes more oaky (a musty sea chest, a brush shop), then sweeter – lemon puffs, lemon meringue pie. A soft mouthfeel; a sweetish start (‘white jelly babies’), then bitter lemon, with a very short finish. This large grain distillery near Alloa, built 1806, closed in 1993.

Drinking tip: Frozen, as an aperitif

Colour: Harvest wheat
Cask: Refill hogshead
Age: 23 years
Date distilled: June 1989
Alcohol: 59.0%
USA allocation: 36 bottles

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The Macallan single malt whisky, distributed by Maxxium UK, has reported strong consumer engagement and sampling figures after the launch of The Macallan Lifestyle Lounge experience in the windows of Harrods.

The luxury whisky brand took over windows five and six on Brompton Road from 2nd – 10th July and created a gentleman’s lounge in the window display of the world’s most famous luxury department store.  The sampling activity kicked off with an exclusive event showcasing some essential skills every gentleman should master led by Maxxium’s Mixxit team; including a master class by Wayne Collins in the art of creating a classic whisky cocktail, The Macallan Old Fashioned, and a tutored session from David Miles on how to expertly nose and taste a whisky.

The space was created to celebrate the award winning The Macallan 1824 Series, with over 1,000 consumers sampling the Series’ four expressions; Gold, Amber, Sienna and Ruby over the course of nine days. Consumers explored the whiskies via style pillars, each perfectly designed to represent the four single malts through the world of fashion, grooming and lifestyle.  To complete the experience The Refinery, London’s luxury Grooming Emporium for men, was on hand to offer complimentary treatments such as wet shaves, hairstyling and massages.

Peter Sandstrom, Marketing Director at Maxxium UK, commented: “We wanted to create an experience for consumers to engage with The Macallan in a very different environment and one that reflected the brand’s luxury credentials.  With Harrods as the perfect host, The Macallan Lifestyle Lounge achieved great stand out, intrigue and interaction with consumers passing through.  With a high trial to conversion rate it’s important we allow people to taste The Macallan for themselves. Sampling is therefore a key part of The Macallan’s investment plan, which will allow us to grow the brand’s popularity and introduce new consumers to whisky. Venturing into the world of men’s lifestyle through The Macallan Lifestyle Lounge provided us with an excellent platform to do just that.”  


Founded in 1824 in the heart of Speyside, The Macallan was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed. Since then it has built a reputation as one of the world’s leading single malt whiskies.  The creation of The Macallan draws on the vital contributing influences of Spain, North America and Scotland, and of their respective natural raw materials, combined with traditional methods and craftsmanship. From its founding, through the subsequent owners of The Macallan distillery in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and into the present century, The Macallan has been recognised for its outstanding quality above all else. Today this remains the foundation for the worldwide fame of The Macallan and is such that it is truly “The Last Word” in luxury and at the heart of those special moments brought alive over a glass of The Macallan.

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One Bottle of 1988 Mortlach For Sale £100,000 – Includes House – Whisky News

William Cadenhead Ltd, Scotland’s oldest independent bottler, are proud to announce the release of what is expected to be the world’s most expensive independent bottling to date, commanding in excess of £100,000.00.

Only one bottle will be produced to commemorate the closure of the Cadenheads Dufftown office. The bottle has been personally selected by Mark Watt from an exquisite cask distilled at the iconic Dufftown distillery of Mortlach. The bottle, 1 of 1, will be housed in a unique multi sensory packaging experience, unlike anything that has ever been seen on the market.

The buyer will literally be transported to the heart of Speyside where this fine single malt began its journey.  The outer packaging has been created as a symbol of inner needs, common to both human life and the water of life; featuring private water source, earth for growth, fire for heat and warmth and shelter to nurture and mature.

Outside, a sensory fourth dimension can be experienced with seasonal aromas of fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, rowanberries, very small green apples), lavender, mint, thyme, fresh cut grass, rosemary, sage and occasionally dandelions!

The materials used in the construction of the packaging reflect the local materials and craftsmanship of the era in which the whisky was lovingly distilled. It offers the opportunity for the lucky owner to personalise the packaging to their own personal taste once they have taken possession of this unique bottle.

Whisky can be enjoyed in many different situations, whether that is in front of a roaring fire, with friends, in peaceful solitude, outside on a rainy day, paired with food, the list goes on. However you prefer to experience your dram, rest assured that everything has been tailored to obtaining the maximum enjoyment from this unique whisky.

Bids in excess of £100,000 are invited for this unique one of a kind bottle of 1988 Mortlach, lovingly presented in a bespoke mid-terrace 1980s ex-council house in Dufftown.


This is a genuine offer for the purchase of a 3 bedroom (one of which was used as the Cadenheads Dufftown office from 1st of July 2012 to present day) mid terraced house with unique 1 of 1 bottle of 1988 Mortlach.
Please contact Mark Watt for further details or to make an offer.

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Top Picks at K&L California Scotch Whisky News


  • 1992 Bruichladdich 21 Year Old KL Exclusive Signatory Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($149.99)
    Now that Bruichladdich has been purchased by Remy and the older stocks have become harder to find, we just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bottle a 20+ year old hogshead of the unpeated Islay distillery — especially for a price this hot! At 53% cask strength the malt is bold enough to offer a bit of a kick, yet reduced enough to allow the more delicate side of the whisky to shine. The salty, supple notes are apparent right on the initial sip, bringing back memories of Bruichladdich’s “Waves” expression, albeit with much more complexity and age. The stonefruits are soft and enticing, with more saline, maritime notes undulated under “waves” of richness and oily textures. If you were ever a fan of Bruichladdich from the old Susan Purnell days here at KL, then this whisky is like a nostalgic ride down memory lane. This is the flavor that many a KL customer cut their teeth upon, and at the price we’re selling it for, it’s not all that much more than it cost back then. For all the whiskies we taste in Scotland each year, this is the flavor profile I’ve found most difficult to duplicate — mature Island whisky without smoke. (David Driscoll, KL Spirits Buyer)
  • 1983 Caol Ila 30 Year Old KL Exclusive Signatory Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($279.99)
    We just can’t stay away from these old Caol Ilas. Maybe it’s because they’re the last old Islays available, but we keep coming across these casks of Caol Ila that are just on fire. Caol Ila (arguably the most unsung Islay distillery) was spared closure in 1983, while its sister distillery Port Ellen was not so lucky. Caol Ila reliably churned out whisky throughout the 80s whisky slump to provide a smoky base to the big name blends. While collectors the world over search for the final few bottles of Port Ellen left out there, few realize that if they just expanded their horizons slightly, they’ll find equally wonderful old Islay whisky is still available–and I might even call it affordable. This spectacular cask from the Signatory warehouses is strikingly different from the 32 year we released last year. Here, we have much less focus on the exotic wood, earth and funk and much more classic Islay in every sense. We can go down the list and desc ribe the expected and clearly evident flavors of smoke, ash, brine, lemon peel, oyster shell, nuts, it’s all there. It takes a slightly herbal turn on the finish with powerful core, but remains above all other things balanced. Of course, that doesn’t tell you anything about how special this whisky actually is. All I can say is that Caol Ila is one of our favorite distilleries and this malt is exactly why.
  • 1995 Glen Elgin 18 Year Old KL Exclusive Signatory Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($89.99)
    This was the first cask that we cracked into on our five hour odyssey at Signatory this year. Five hours and countless casks later, the Glen Elgin was still in my head. Knowing the amount of single malt we needed to get through that day (upwards of thirty casks), getting excited about the first one seemed a bit foolish; however at the end of the day, there it was with a star next to it in my notes. This malt is absolutely delicious, with beautiful texture and a hint of cream from being in barrel for eighteen years, but there is much more than that. It’s rich and fruity, beautifully fresh and lively, with exotic notes of bubble gum and lavender that are incredibly intriguing. The finish lingers with candied fruits and white flowers. Soft and supple to be sure, but lifted and bright, I am glad the Glen Elgin made the list! (Kyle Kurani, Spirits Assistant)
  • 1981 Glenlivet 32 Year Old KL Exclusive Signatory Single Barrel Cask Stre ngth Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($299.99)
    This cask stands in stark contrast to the other old Speysider that Signatory provided for us this year. While Balmenach requires a minor leap of faith, as it’s so unfamiliar to most, the Glenlivet cask faces the exact opposite hurdle. The name is so popular, the expectations for ‘Livet are only outweighed by the typically massive prices we see. That’s why we rarely buy Glenlivet even when it’s available, which is not often. At Signatory, however, they seem to have a stellar connection for great sherry aged Glenlivet. While there’s no question that these are blue chip stocks, they still represent a solid value for any lover of old Speyside whisky. This special whisky was matured for 33 years in a gorgeous sherry hogshead. By gorgeous, I mean the actual barrel was physically attractive, ultra high quality oak from a top producer of sherry. The result is a stark reminder of what makes single malt so incredible. This is what happens when you p ut great whisky into great wood and forget about it for 3 decades. It is an exercise in extreme balance. Powerfully pungent without being overpowering, richly textured without being heavy, it has that wild complexity at the confluence between the aromas of sherry and aged Speyside single malt. It may not be from some rare closed distillery, but old ‘livet is a rarity in its own right. Nothing in the price range beats it right now and since this is cask strength from a hogshead, we expect fewer than 140 bottles. (David Girard, Spirits Buyer)

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MCLEANSCOTLAND tour to Islay – June 2014 – Scotch Whisky News

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MCLEANSCOTLAND tour to Islay – June 2014

We took a group from USA, German and South African ladies on a 12 day tour of Scotland. The first part of the tour was to Islay. After a shopping and tea/coffee break at Inveraray – Loch Fyne whisky… shop, we caught the 1pm ferry to Islay, arriving at the hotel in Bowmore, where we all took refreshments – the liquid gold. Both Mark (driver) and Paul (MS) lingered at the bar to enjoy a dram or three followed by a large cool beer. With a superb selection of local whiskies including many Port Ellen bottles, it was enjoyable to say the least.

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Heather at Ardbeg

Day 2; we travelled south to Port Ellen and our first distillery; Lagavulin, where the whole group took the tour and tasted the results. The single malt whiskies from Lagavulin, such as the legendary Lagavulin 16 Year Old, are amongst the world’s smokiest enveloping the palate. One of the trio of Ìleach distilleries gracing the isle’s South-Easterly shore, each sharing a characteristic peat smoke as well as being Scotland’s most pungent and perhaps most revered. In 1816, the Lagavulin whisky distillery was founded by John Johnston. Today, a great tour can be taken with some superb peaty drams at the end … we did! Our guide was Rachel, who worked wonders with our group – many thanks Rachel. After many photos we headed a mile or so along the road to Ardbeg for a second tour. Those lucky few who indulged in our special tour had an excellent tour – followed by an even better private tasting, courtesy of Heather. With 5 special drams on offer, especially from the oversized bottle, our wee group really enjoyed this tasting, some left a wee bit wobbly. Ardbeg was established by the MacDougall family in 1815, the same year as Laphroaig came into official existence a few miles along the road, although it seems that illicit distilling had already been taking place on the site for over twenty years, with Alexander Stewart having founded a distillery there in 1794. In 1997 Ardbeg was taken over by Glenmorangie plc. An initial release of aged stocks bottled as a 17 year-old in newly-designed packaging proved an instant runaway success, and has been followed by a string of highly successful official bottlings. Vintage releases of Ardbeg from the period before 1977 when the distillery’s floor maltings were removed (a dreadful error by Hiram Walker) are extremely highly sought-after. We know where we can get a couple! With some of our group up at Kildalton Kirk and cross – Mark does wonders driving the coach – we were reunited and made our way back to Bowmore, stopping to see peat cutting en route. Guess what? More drams/beers were enjoyed upon arrival.

Day 3; leaving Islay and lunching at Kilmartin Glen, before our arrival in Oban, some more excellent whiskies taken here – all in our job; research development mind.

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Loch Fyne Whiskies ‘Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old – Tasting Review’ – Scotch Whisky News


Loch Fyne Whiskies ’Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old – Tasting Review’ 

We sit down with clean, crisp dram from the highest distillery in Scotland – The Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old. Located 1,164 feet above sea level, within the picturesque moors of the Cairngorn National Park in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, lies the quaint Dalwhinnie Distillery; the highest distillery in Scotland! It is here that one of the lightest, cleanest single malt whisky’s we have ever tasted is passionately created; the Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old.  Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old

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Loch Fyne Whiskies

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Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard has unveiled the 2014 edition of its prestigious Midleton Very Rare whiskey, the first to be hand selected by Master Distiller, Brian Nation, following his appointment in 2013. 

For every Midleton Very Rare release, the signature of the Master Distiller is included on the label to provide the ultimate guarantee of quality. Midleton Very Rare 2014 is the first to bear Nation’s signature on its label, continuing the tradition established by former Master Distiller Barry Crockett when he created the first Midleton Very Rare whiskey in 1984. 

Available from this month in specialist retailers, Midleton Very Rare 2014 is blended from only the finest Single Pot Still and grain whiskeys, which have been matured in specially-selected, ex-Bourbon American oak casks that have been lightly charred on the inside to impart a complex and elegant taste profile. The components of this exclusive blend have been aged for up to 22 years, making it a real collectors’ item. 

Anna Malmhake, Chairman and CEO at Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, says: “It’s always exciting for us to release a new Midleton Very Rare expression as it really shows the outstanding quality that the Irish whiskey category has to offer, but this 2014 release is extra special as it heralds a new era for us as Brian Nation takes the reins from Barry Crockett at our Midleton Distillery. 

“Midleton Very Rare is a whiskey with real provenance, produced at the distillery in Midleton using only the finest ingredients and is rightfully regarded as the pinnacle of Irish whiskeys by collectors and connoisseurs worldwide, who cherish the nuances of each release. As Brian carries on the Midleton Very Rare legacy, we look forward to more discerning drinkers around the world discovering the quality and provenance that Irish whiskeys have to offer.” 

Master Distiller Brian Nation, added: “It is a real honour for me to continue the Midleton Very Rare legacy and to have my name on the label, where Barry’s signature once was. I’m very proud of the 2014 edition, as it offers real complexity with a full taste of sweet spice, vanilla, and cinnamon, which lingers before slowly giving way to notes of barley. I am confident that it will provide whiskey fans around the world with the interesting and enjoyable tasting experience that they have come to expect from Midleton Very Rare over the years – and I look forward to hearing what Barry thinks of it too!” 

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Midleton Very Rare 2014 Tasting Notes  


Rich, with vanilla sweetness on a layer of oak char from the influence of American white oak ex-Bourbon barrels. A soft floral note introduces the sweet spice of cinnamon, green pepper, and garden mint. Beautifully rounded with hints of green apple and banana. 


Full, with the sweet spice of vanilla, cinnamon, and liquorice and the flinty note of barley grains. Ripe fruit combines with the charred oak, adding to the complexity. 


Sweet spicy flavours that linger, fading slowly to leave the last word with the barley. 

Age Range

15-22 years 

Midleton Very Rare Award Wins

2014 Beverage Testing Institute – Midleton Very Rare 2013 – 92/100 ‘Exceptional’

2014 Ultimate Spirits Challenge – Midleton Very Rare 2013 – 93/100 ‘Excellent’

2013 The Irish Whiskey Masters – Midleton Very Rare 2012 – Master

2013 International Spirits Challenge – Midleton Very Rare 2012 – Gold Best in Class 

About Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard

Irish Distillers Group was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between Irish whiskey distillers, John Power Son, John Jameson Son and the Cork Distillery Company. In an attempt to reverse the decline in Irish whiskey sales, the board of directors decided to close the existing distilleries in Cork and Dublin, and to consolidate production at a new purpose-built facility.
A site alongside the existing distillery in Midleton, Co. Cork was chosen as the location for the new distillery, as there was no room for expansion in Dublin. Both the Old Jameson Distillery and the Old Midleton Distillery currently operate as visitor centres attracting over 330,000 visitors annually. Following an early unsolicited takeover offer and one of the most protracted battles in Irish corporate history made by GrandMet, Allied-Lyons and Guinness, Irish Distillers was taken over by Pernod Ricard in June 1988 with the support of the management and employees.  

Irish whiskey brands within the Irish Distillers’ portfolio include Jameson, Paddy and Powers, with Single Pot Still brands, Green Spot, Yellow Spot, Redbreast and the much-revered Midleton, which includes prestigious expressions such as Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy and Midleton Very Rare.  

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society “The Australian Malt Whisky Tasting Championship 2014″ – Scotch Whisky News


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society  

The Australian Malt Whisky Tasting Championship 2014

Do you like whisky? 

Can you pick a Laphroaig from a Lagavulin?  How about a Glenfiddich from a Glenmorangie?  On Saturday 26th July, whisky enthusiasts from all over Australia will fly in to compete in the annual Australian Malt Whisky Tasting Championship.  A major event on the Australian whisky calendar ever since 1989, this year a huge number of competitors and a large number of spectators will gather in the Dinosaur Gallery at The Australian Museum in Sydney to put their tastebuds to the test and find out who will be the newly-crowned Australian Malt Whisky Tasting Champion. This is the chance for whisky nerds and novices alike to test their mettle in the struggle for single malt tasting supremacy.

Competitors have 30 minutes to assess the eight whiskies poured before them in a blind-tasting format.  Each competitor is provided with a list of nine possible whiskies – the eight on the table, plus one red herring.  The task is to correctly identify which whisky is which. 

Following the competition, there will be a cocktail party for all competitors and spectators with some specially crafted hot and cold whisky cocktails, and some Scotch Malt Whisky Society rare and exclusive single cask single malts. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society will be on hand to discuss everything from the future of the single malt industry to a five step guide to buying the perfect bottle.

Saturday 26th July – Dinosaur Hall Australian Museum, 6 College Street, Sydney.
6.30pm Registration.
7.00pm Competition.
7.30pm Cocktail party.
8.15pm Awards Ceremony.

Competition sponsored by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Event and cocktail party sponsored by The Glenfiddich
1st prize sponsored by Starward Distillery
2nd prize sponsored by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
3rd Prize sponsored by The Oak Barrel, Sydney


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society began in the late 1970’s when a group of discerning friends in Edinburgh bought a single cask of malt whisky and shared it amongst themselves.  The group of friends grew and grew, with subsequent cask purchases, and in 1983, the group syndicated as a Society. 

Today, the Society has over 26,000 members around the world with branches in 17 countries. It bottles over 350 single casks a year for its members from a range of more than 129 distilleries. 

Members can choose from the world’s widest selection of single cask, single malt whiskies with only the very best selected and approved by the Society’s respected Tasting Panel. 

The Society has been active in Australia since 2002, holding extremely popular and well-attended frequent whisky tasting nights in each of the capital cities around Australia all through the year for both its members and the general public.   

The Australian Malt Whisky Tasting Championship is a blind tasting competition that has been run in Australia since 1989.  It was held annually in Adelaide from 1989 until 2002, then was in recess for six years until The Scotch Malt Whisky Society resurrected the competition in 2008.  It is open to national and international competitors, and is now an annual event held in Sydney and hosted by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.  

Official photographs from the event will be available on request. 


Nick Rose, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society – 0403 884 119 | |

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