A New Look for TWE – Website Updates – Whisky News

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A new look for TWE – website updates

If you have a look at The Whisky Exchange website today, you may notice a few differences. By which I mean we’ve totally revamped the site.

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Our new front page – isn’t it pretty?

We’ve been doing little tweaks over the past few years, but we decided that it was time to overhaul the site’s look and feel, as well as drop in a few new bits and pieces that you’ve been asking for. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s new.
First up is the new look. The site is now mobile friendly, with a responsive design that will work on phones, large screens and everything in between – change the size of your web browser and things will resize so as to best to fit your screen. Here’s the same page on my phone, iPad and desktop; click to show them full size:

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On desktop

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On tablet

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On mobile

We’ve also upgraded our tasting notes, with our product pages now telling you much more about what drinks taste like, with key flavours and styles now added. We’ve not filled those in for everything yet, but we’re adding more every day.

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Guess the whisky… (click for the answer)

We’ve added more information all over the site, from the product pages through to our category, brand and distillery pages. If you want to know more about port or the difference between the types of American whiskey, then it’s all there – just click the ‘Discover more’ link.

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More filters…

Behind the scenes we’ve also been adding information, and our searching and filtering is now even better. Typing into the search box will now offer more suggestions, as we’re tapping into much more information than on the old site. As one of the largest sellers of old and rare bottles online, we thought we’d make it easier for you to focus on either those or newer bottles – every product list on the site now has three tabs to help you quickly switch what you’re looking at: all, standard and old rare.

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Wishlists!

 One of the most commonly requested features for the website has been wishlists, and we can now happily announce that we have them – just click the ‘Add to wishlist’ button that’s on every product page to start building one. This is just version one, and we’ve got lots of ideas on how to make them better that we’ll be rolling out over the coming months.
We’ll be continuing to add information and enhancements, so keep an eye out for more changes in the future. Any comments or suggestions, please drop them in a comment below – we always welcome feedback.
Originally published on The Whisky Exchange Blog – A new look for TWE – website updates

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/10/a-new-look-for-twe-website-updates-whisky-news/

Chivas Regal Launches First New Blend Since 2007: New Chivas Regal Extra Takes Luxury Whisky to the Next Level – Scotch Whisky News

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October 2014: Today, Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky, introduces Chivas Regal Extra — its first new global expression since 2007*. Complementing its collection of premium blended Scotch whiskies, Chivas Regal Extra is one of the richest, most generous tasting blends within this category, crafted for those who look for more.

Taking Chivas Regal’s famous, award-winning house style to a new taste experience, Chivas Regal Extra continues the legacy of founding brothers James and John Chivas, who pioneered and excelled in the art of blending whiskies in the 19th Century. Blending whisky for 25 years, Colin Scott, Chivas Regal Master Blender has created a unique and outstanding blended Scotch using some of the rarest malt whiskies from the Chivas inventory.

Chivas Regal Extra is a special selection of whiskies matured in Oloroso sherry casks together with the rarest and finest Chivas malts, creating a rich and generous Chivas blend, for those who look for more. The result? An incredibly rich and discerning interpretation of the Chivas signature style, Chivas Regal Extra has a fruity, sweet nose with notes of ripe pears, creamy toffee and a hint of ginger. The ripe pears continue on the palate, with sweet tropical flavours of melons and soft notes of vanilla and caramel, blending with spicy notes of cinnamon and hints of almonds, leading to a long and fulfilling finish.

“This is our first new global expression since 2007.” explains Colin Scott, Master Blender at Chivas Regal. “The mark of its quality lies in its rich and generous taste which we’ve created by using some of our rarest whiskies built on a rich foundation of malts that have been matured in a higher proportion of sherry casks. This process delivers a profound depth of flavour and a whisky that showcases the character of this unique blend, taking it to a whole new level.”

Max Warner, Global Brand Ambassador for Chivas Regal, has developed a series of ‘Fortified Classics’ cocktails using the richer flavours of other fortified spirits such as Lillet, Sherry and Port. The line of cocktails takes inspiration from some of the world’s most famous classic cocktails, such as the ‘Rob Roy,’ to complement nuances of nutty sweetness, spiciness and a deep rich amber colour of Chivas Regal Extra. For recipes, visit: http://www.chivas.com/en/int/chivas-regal-extra/mixology/  Chivas Regal Extra will be stocked at whisky retailers around the world plus other specialist spirits merchants.-

-*Chivas Regal Extra is the first global expression to be released by Chivas Regal since Chivas 25 Years Old which was launched in 2007.

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About Chivas Regal

Chivas Regal is a truly global brand, selling 4.9 million 9L cases annually in more than 150 countries across Europe, Asia Pacific and Americas. The Chivas Regal range is the epitome of style, substance and exclusivity and includes Chivas Regal 12, 18 and 25 Year Old. www.chivas.com

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits. Chivas Brothers is the global leader in luxury Scotch whisky and premium gin. Its portfolio includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater gin, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport. www.chivasbrothers.com – See more at: http://www.chivasbrothers.com/newsroom/news-area/news-detail.aspx?newsId=17169#sthash.eSRw78VC.dpuf

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/10/chivas-regal-launches-first-new-blend-since-2007-new-chivas-regal-extra-takes-luxury-whisky-to-the-next-level-scotch-whisky-news/

Jim Beam® Single Barrel Bourbon Announces The Finest Fan “Statements” To Appear On Bottle Labels – American Whiskey News

Jim Beam® Single Barrel Bourbon Announces The Finest Fan “Statements” To Appear On Bottle Labels

Deerfield, Ill. – September 22, 2014 – Today, the world’s No. 1 bourbon is excited to announce the winners of the Jim Beam® “Single Barrel, Single Statement” Contest. Taking crowdsourcing to the next level by allowing fans to help co-create onto actual bottle labels sold in stores, Jim Beam® Single Barrel Bourbon asked its fans to share personal “statements” – their wisdom for enjoying bourbon – that are as individual and unique as the brands’ first-ever single barrel bourbon.

With the same level of dedication and selectivity that goes into finding the less than one percent of barrels that qualify to be chosen for Jim Beam Single Barrel, Fred Noe, Jim Beam’s 7th Generation Master Distiller helped to select the finest six (6) statements from more than three-thousand eligible entries. Winning statements include:

Two (2) Grand Prize Winners:

  • “Toast to the past and the adventure ahead” – Joshua Stewart (Jacksonville, FL)
  • “Sometimes, it’s good to be single” – Jason Reyna (Dallas, TX)

Four (4) First Place Winners:

  • “Single Barrel. Countless memories” – Robert Wyrick (Gibsonville, NC)
  • “Good bourbon is like a good friend: unforgettable” –  Bob Karlovits (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • “Life, like Single Barrel, is best savored slowly” –  Arlene Naganawa (Seattle, WA)
  • “The taste of great family tradition” – Jerry Thompson (Louisville, KY)

“Every bottle of Jim Beam Single Barrel bourbon represents individuality – not only with the distinct flavor and personality of the liquid itself, but also with its hand-written bottle labels and the distillers’ wisdom that’s printed on the back labels,” said Noe. “We were thrilled with the response from our fans to share their statements and be a part of our craft-making process.”.”

The Jim Beam® “Single Barrel, Single Statement” contest was held between July 16 and August 17. During that time fans of legal drinking age were asked to share their “single statement” – their wisdom for enjoying bourbon within 50 characters or less at www.JimBeamSingleStatement.com – for a chance to be featured on the actual bottle labels of Jim Beam® Single Barrel.

Jim Beam® “Single Barrel, Single Statement” Prizing Details

The six winning statements will begin appearing on bottle labels of the super-premium Jim Beam® Single Barrel bourbon in stores across the nation starting in early 2015.

In addition to having their names and statements printed on bottle labels sold across the nation, all six winners will receive an authentic Jim Beam® Single Barrel Bourbon barrelhead, customized with their name and statement, autographed by Noe.

The two Grand Prize Winners will also receive a once-in-a-lifetime, private bourbon tasting in their hometown with friends and Noe in early-December.

To view the six winning statements mocked up as bottle labels, visit www.JimBeamSingleStatement.com.

About Jim Beam® Single Barrel Bourbon

  • Jim Beam® Single Barrel, the first ever single barrel bourbon from Jim Beam, is a smooth and approachable hand-crafted Kentucky Straight Bourbon bottled at 95 proof to commemorate the first barrel of Jim Beam made in 1795.
  • Less than one percent of barrels qualify to be chosen for Jim Beam® Single Barrel with each producing more than 200 bottles that are individually bottled and hand-numbered with care to ensure a unique taste profile and premium quality for a perfectly crafted bourbon.
  • Barrels are carefully selected from a range of racks that excludes the top and bottom to ensure the perfect taste, consistency and color of this new, super-premium expression that marks the historic and exciting move by Jim Beam into the quickly growing arena of premium bourbons.
  • Jim Beam® Single Barrel is a rich, full-bodied bourbon with well-balanced notes of vanilla, oak and caramel. The aroma carries a rich oaky background with a light spiciness.
  • Jim Beam® Single Barrel is the perfect sip and savor bourbon to enjoy neat or on the rocks.

For more information on Jim Beam® Single Barrel, please “like” Jim Beam on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jimbeam), follow @jimbeam on Twitter or visit www.jimbeam.com/single-barrel.

About Beam Suntory Inc. 

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the flagship Jim Beam bourbon and Yamazaki Japanese whisky, as well as world renowned premium brands including Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek bourbons, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s,  Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur.  The company generates annual worldwide sales of approximately $4.6 billion excluding excise taxes.

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

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/10/jim-beam-single-barrel-bourbon-announces-the-finest-fan-statements-to-appear-on-bottle-labels-american-whiskey-news/

Jim Beam Continues Flavor-Infused Bourbon Innovation With Release Of Jim Beam Kentucky Fire™

Jim Beam Continues Flavor-Infused Bourbon Innovation With Release Of Jim Beam Kentucky Fire™

Deerfield, Ill. – October 7, 2014 – Jim Beam® Bourbon is kicking things up a notch with its third flavored whiskey offering. Jim Beam® Kentucky Fire™, the latest flavored bourbon expression by the world’s No. 1 bourbon, features the flavor of red hot cinnamon liqueur to deliver a fiery kick and a smooth finish that makes for a perfect shot.

“We’ve led the category in flavor innovation in recent years with Red Stag by Jim Beam, Jim Beam Maple and Jim Beam Honey, but our latest flavor certainly turns up the heat,” said Chris Bauder, General Manager of Whiskies at Beam Suntory. “We’re thrilled with the initial excitement we’ve seen for Jim Beam Kentucky Fire and are thrilled to continue to bring new and interesting flavor options to our fans and those who are new to whiskey.”

Jim Beam Kentucky Fire is bottled at 70-proof. It delivers an intense, sweet taste that complements the Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey it’s made by, with a smooth cinnamon finish. Jim Beam Kentucky Fire is the perfect bourbon to enjoy as a shot, chilled, straight, or on the rocks, and is ideal for anyone who already enjoys flavored whiskey.

To support the launch, Jim Beam will release a collection of digital videos featuring the ultimate cinnamon bourbon-inspired shot rituals for Jim Beam Kentucky Fire fans – proving that there is truly no wrong way to get #FiredUp. Starting in late-September, these videos will be available on Jim Beam’s social channels including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Examples of Jim Beam Kentucky Fire bourbon’s tongue-in-cheek shot rituals include:

  • “The Slow Burn” (Step one, prepare your palate; step two, take a shot of Jim Beam Kentucky Fire slow)
  • “The Kentucky Standard” (Step one, order a round of Jim Beam Kentucky Fire; step two, drink it!)
  • “The Kentucky Tycoon” (Order shots of Jim Beam Kentucky Fire for the whole bar, make it rain fire)

As part of the brand’s digital marketing campaign in support of the launch, Jim Beam’s digital AOR, Mekanism, will run the digital videos on various online, mobile, social and experiential channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, ESPN, AOL, Kargo, Viacom, and NBCUniversal. The digital advertisements will run through early November 2014.

Jim Beam® Kentucky Fire™ In the News:

Jim Beam Kentucky Fire has already generated substantial interest from whiskey enthusiasts. Geoff Kleinman from DrinkSpirits.com noted that the spice level in Jim Beam Kentucky Fire is “balanced with the underlining sweetness, and addition of subtle whiskey notes are all exactly where they need to be for this kind of product”(August 2014).

AskMen’s.com writer Robert Haynes-Peterson stated that Jim Beam Kentucky Fire “The result is sweet, but not sickly so, with the bold, woody bourbon doing some of the heavy lifting” (August 2014). Peterson also stated in Examiner.com that “as a chilled shot, it (Jim Beam Kentucky Fire) works perfectly, and the herbaceous complexity of the bourbon counterpoints the cinnamon liqueur better than the brash sweetness of Canadian whisky commonly used in other “hot” flavored whiskeys” (July 2014).

Jim Beam Kentucky Fire is available now in select bars and retail locations nationwide and has a suggested retail price of $15.99 for 750mL. Price varies by market and product size, which includes 50mL, 375mL, 750mL and 1L.

For more information, like Jim Beam’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/JimBeam), follow the brand on Twitter (@jimbeam) or visit www.jimbeam.com/kentucky-fire. 

About Beam Suntory Inc. 

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the flagship Jim Beam bourbon and Yamazaki Japanese whisky, as well as world renowned premium brands including Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek bourbons, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s,  Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur.  The company generates annual worldwide sales of approximately $4.6 billion excluding excise taxes.

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

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/10/jim-beam-continues-flavor-infused-bourbon-innovation-with-release-of-jim-beam-kentucky-fire/

Chivas Welcomes a New Level of Luxury with the Launch of Chivas Regal Extra – Scotch Whisky News

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Chivas Welcomes a New Level of Luxury with the Launch of Chivas Regal Extra

Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky, is launching Chivas Regal Extra, the first expression to be added to the iconic brand’s timeless range of blended Scotch whiskies for seven years.*

The new super-premium expression, which will be available in domestic markets from October 2014 and in Global Travel Retail from March 2015, has been created by Chivas Regal’s longstanding Master Blender, Colin Scott, as a tribute to James and John Chivas, the two brothers who famously pioneered the art of blending whisky in the 19th Century. Chivas Regal Extra is a special selection of whiskies matured in Oloroso sherry casks together with the rarest and finest malts in the Chivas inventory to create a rich and generous Chivas blend.

An incredibly rich and discerning interpretation of the Chivas signature style, Chivas Regal Extra has a fruity, sweet nose with notes of ripe pears, creamy toffee and a hint of ginger. The ripe pears continue on the palate, with sweet tropical flavours of melons and soft notes of vanilla and caramel, blending with spicy notes of cinnamon and hints of almonds, leading to a long and fulfilling finish.In-keeping with the other whiskies in the Chivas Regal family, Chivas Regal Extra bears all the aesthetic hallmarks of a classic luxury whisky. The textures and opulent colours featured on the carton and the bottle convey the richness of both Chivas Regal Extra’s taste and heritage, as well as its super-premium positioning, making it an ideal whisky for gifting.

Richard Black, Global Brand Director for Chivas Regal comments, “As the world’s first luxury whisky, Chivas Regal has a long history of important milestones that have helped shape the Scotch whisky category and define cocktail culture and the tastes of consumers the world over. The release of Chivas Regal Extra marks another momentous milestone for Chivas and we’re confident that this new super-premium whisky with its rich, generous flavour profile, will be well received by those looking for a truly rewarding and enriching whisky experience.”

The launch of Chivas Regal Extra will be supported through a range of marketing activities including in-store promotional materials and sampling, digital merchandising and print advertising.An exclusive range of Chivas Regal Extra cocktails have also been developed by Max Warner, Global Brand Ambassador for Chivas Regal, to meet the needs of the more adventurous discerning whisky drinker. The range includes six recipes featuring Chivas Regal Extra, with the addition of fortified wines to evoke the richness from the sherry casks which are at the heart of Chivas Regal Extra’s flavour profile.Chivas Regal Extra is the fifth permanent expression in the Chivas Regal family, sitting within the super-premium range, positioned between Chivas 12 and Chivas 18. Chivas Regal Extra has a 40% ABV.Watch the videos on Chivas Extra and explore the expression’s taste profile and signature cocktail recipes at www.chivas.com-

*Chivas Regal Extra is the first global expression to be released by Chivas Regal since Chivas 25 Years Old which was launched in 2007.

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About Chivas Regal

Chivas Regal is a truly global brand, selling 4.9 million 9L cases annually in more than 150 countries across Europe, Asia Pacific and Americas. The Chivas Regal range is the epitome of style, substance and exclusivity and includes Chivas Regal 12, 18 and 25 Year Old.www.chivas.com

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits. Chivas Brothers is the global leader in luxury Scotch whisky and premium gin. Its portfolio includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater gin, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport.www.chivasbrothers.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/10/chivas-welcomes-a-new-level-of-luxury-with-the-launch-of-chivas-regal-extra-scotch-whisky-news/

The Whisky Show Masterclass – Aurora Brorealis – Scotch Whisky News

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The inimitable Colin Dunn took tasters through six rare Brora malts at The Whisky Show Masterclass

 The headline Masterclasses at The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show are guaranteed to be special. This year’s line-up included a rare chance to taste six whiskies from legendary closed distillery Brora, in the epically titled Aurora Brorealis, led by Diageo whisky ambassador Colin Dunn.

 Brora has had an eventful history – founded in 1819, under its original name of Clynelish, it closed in 1968, after its owners built another distillery (also called Clynelish) virtually next door the same year. However, an unexpected drought on Islay that summer led to a shortfall in heavily peated whisky, so the stills were fired up again, and the older distillery – now renamed Brora – stayed in production until 1983.

For our Masterclass, the line-up comprised four Special Releases, a bottling from the Rare Malts series, and a recently drawn cask sample:

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Brora 25 Year Old, 7th Release, Bot.2008, 56.3%, £750

Nose: Sweet aromas of toffee with menthol and straw. Given time, clotted-cream fudge and nougat notes appear.
Palate: Overtly spicy with black pepper, liquorice and cinnamon intertwined with orange and light smoke.
Finish: Long, with the orange notes lingering.
Comment: A sweeter and lighter style of Brora than usual, this was a great starting point to investigate the distillery’s character. This was the first-ever official bottling at 25 years of age, and its lightly smoky and graceful nature certainly pleased whisky writer Jim Murray, who gave it 96pts shortly after its release.

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Brora 1972, 22 Year Old, Rare Malts 58.7%, £3,500

Nose: Vegetal, with notes of hay and grass combining with an underlying maltiness.
Palate: Creamy texture with notes of clove and hay – the peat slowly builds all the way through.
Finish: Exceptionally long with the clove spiciness and the peat smoke in perfect harmony.
Comment: The 1972 Brora releases from the Rare Malts series have become legendary, and it’s easy to see why. It was a smart move by Colin to taste this early on, allowing us to enjoy it before our palates became tired. This was definitely my personal favourite – the flavours just went on and on.

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Brora 30 Year Old, 9th Release, Bot.2010, 54.3%, £675

Nose: Complex, with aromas of Love Hearts, menthol and green apple. Water brings out the smoke.
Palate: Warming and spicy, with green-apple flavours. As with the nose, water brings out the smoke (bonfires), and also a Riesling-like petrol note.
Finish: Long, warming, and spicy.
Comment: This shows how heavily peated whisky isn’t automatically smoky – although a few drops of water did unleash an expected wisp.

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Brora 1978, 32 Year Old, 10th Release, Bot.2011, 54.7%, £750

Nose: Red apple, toffee, butterscotch, and a hint of eucalyptus.
Palate: Drier than the nose suggests, with grass, hay, peat smoke and clove all present.
Finish: Long, with the spicy clove and peat smoke continuing to the very end.
Comment: The oldest official Brora at the time of release, and a stark contrast to the 25 year old. Much smokier and spicier, it highlighted how varied the distillery’s production was.

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Brora 1978 Cask Sample, Bot. 30 September 2014, 49.3%,

Nose: Very fruity, with prominent notes of green apple and a hint of strawberry.
Palate: The first sample to show the distillery’s trademark waxy character, this is also oily with notes of smoke, pear, and an underlying ginger spiciness.
Finish: Long with spicy ginger and subtle peat smoke.
Comment: Bottled directly from a cask (which Colin believed was refill ex-bourbon) still lying in Diageo’s warehouse the week prior, this had quickly settled in the bottle. This was the first time I’d tasted an official-bottling single cask of Brora and it didn’t disappoint, although I’d be surprised if there were any single-cask releases in the near future – the demand would surely mean it could do more harm than good.

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Brora 35 Year Old, 11th Release, Bot.2012, 48.1%, £999

Nose: Liquorice, lemon, vanilla, wax, and a hint of pineapple.
Palate: Creamy, with lemon zest, vanilla, oak, peat smoke and candlewax.
Finish: Long, with dry spiciness from the oak.
Comment: A vatting of whiskies from 1976 and 1977, the refill American oak casks are noticeable here, with prominent vanilla and oak notes. A fitting finale to the tasting.

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I’ll sneak past security, no problem’

Colin is known for his larger-than-life presenting style, but despite his exuberance, there was no getting away from the fact that this was a collection of very serious whiskies. Each one was exceptional, and one wonders how many more opportunities there will be to taste Brora in this way in the future. Once again, a cult distillery lives up to its legendary status.

Originally published on The Whisky Exchange Blog – The Whisky Show Masterclass – Aurora Brorealis

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/10/the-whisky-show-masterclass-aurora-brorealis-scotch-whisky-news/

Whisky Live Boston, Friday October 24th – Whisky News

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Whisky Live Boston

This Friday, October 24th 5:30 P.M. – 10:00

at The State Room, 60 State Street, Boston 33rd Floor

Whisky Live is coming back to Boston! There’s simply no better way to taste vertical line-ups from a range of your favorite distilleries. Such an opportunity provides a much deeper understanding and is an invaluable education for whisky enthusiasts of every level of experience. Distilleries from the very large to the quaintly small will be represented alongside independent bottlers and other niche products. 200 whiskies including more craft than ever. It’s this Friday. You won’t have to work in the morning! The show is on the opposite corner of the intersection from Federal (we’re open 9-7 that day) at 60 State Street on the 33rd floor.

Tickets;

http://www.whiskylive.com/usa/102/boston-2014

Use the discount code “federal14” for 20% off the ticket price

Joe Howell

Federal Wine Spirits

Email: info@federalwine.com

Phone: (617) 367-8605

Web: http://www.federalwine.com/

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/10/whisky-live-boston-friday-october-24th-whisky-news/

HAIG CLUB opens its doors to the world “Global arrival of new Single Grain Whisky welcomes in a new era for Scotch” – Scotch Whisky News

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HAIG CLUB opens its doors to the world

 Global arrival of new Single Grain Whisky welcomes in a new era for Scotch

Forget everything you thought you knew about Scotch”

Dave Broom, whisky writer

EDINBURGH, October 6, 2014. Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, today announced the worldwide launch of its new Single Grain Scotch Whisky, HAIG CLUB™.

The distinctive and sophisticated new whisky, developed in partnership with global icon David Beckham and British entrepreneur Simon Fuller will now be available in bars, restaurants and retail stores in the United Kingdom and rolling out in the next few weeks in China, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States, expanding to additional markets in the near future. The brand will also now be available in duty free shops globally following its exclusive release period in the UK and a limited number of duty free stores earlier this year.

“HAIG CLUB™ is designed to be different,” said Kathy Parker, Senior Vice President, HAIG CLUB™. “Historically Single Grain Whisky has been in the shadow of Single Malts and Blended Scotch, but HAIG CLUB™ represents a new direction in Scotch Whisky, which brings Single Grain Scotch to the forefront.

This is a whisky that welcomes in a new era for Scotch. The rise of Single Grain Whisky has been both predicted and eagerly anticipated by whisky experts in recent years and with HAIG CLUB™ we are thrilled to give this ‘hidden gem’ the attention and appreciation it deserves.”

Crafted at Scotland’s oldest grain whisky distillery – Cameronbridge in Fife – HAIG CLUB™ is built on heritage but designed for the modern world. The House of Haig can trace its whisky producing roots back to the seventeenth century, making the Haig family Scotland’s oldest grain whisky dynasty.

Parker continued, “Working with partners like David Beckham and Simon Fuller has brought a new perspective to what we do, helping us to break new ground. Both David and Simon are renowned for shaking up every sector in which they work and this has been no exception. We believe that people around the world are going to love what we’ve created together – we can’t wait for them to try it.”

The contemporary appearance of the square HAIG CLUB™ bottle draws on a history of innovative bottles produced by the House of Haig. The blue glass bottle was inspired by the tradition of blenders using blue tasting glasses so the spirit can be reviewed on aroma and taste alone.

The unique flavours of the whisky itself are created by master blender Chris Clark carefully selecting mature whisky from Refill, American Oak and Rejuvenated casks producing a stunning Single Grain Scotch Whisky with a fresh, clean style showcasing butterscotch-smooth tropical fruit and unexpected, spicy backing harmonies. HAIG CLUB™ is a whisky crafted to appeal to people who are new to whisky and whisky connoisseurs alike.

“I am incredibly proud to have been part of the creation of HAIG CLUB™,” said David Beckham. “I think we have made something really special. For me it has meant understanding how whisky is made and enjoyed and then working with some incredible people to write a new chapter for Haig.”

Responsible drinking is at the core of HAIG CLUB™, with David Beckham supporting the brand’s philosophy of quality over quantity. David said, “I appreciate a well-made drink and I like to take my time and enjoy it – I try to drink better, not more.”

To celebrate the global launch of HAIG CLUB™ David Beckham and business partner Simon Fuller hosted an exclusive HAIG CLUB™ weekend in the heart of Scotland on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Attended by Victoria Beckham, and other guests, the weekend gave Beckham and Fuller the opportunity to personally introduce friends both old and new to the whisky and the brand that they have helped create.

Simon Fuller commented, “This is a great partnership between one of the world’s most iconic stars and a company that is a true leader in the global sprits industry. Now we can all celebrate together as HAIG CLUB™ is launched worldwide and can be enjoyed by everyone!”

Welcome to HAIG CLUB™. Enjoy Responsibly.

About HAIG CLUB™:

HAIG CLUB™ is a new Single Grain Scotch Whisky from Diageo produced in partnership with global icon David Beckham and entrepreneur Simon Fuller. HAIG CLUB™ is as much built on tradition and heritage as it is a Scotch Whisky designed for our modern world. Built on nearly 400 years of distilling heritage, this is a Single Grain Scotch Whisky realized in a radical new way. HAIG CLUB™ welcomes people to living well and drinking in moderation. As part of his partnership, David Beckham supports the HAIG CLUB™ responsible drinking campaign philosophy and the belief in quality over quantity. Additional information about HAIG CLUB™ may be found at http://www.HaigClub.com or facebook.com/HaigClub.

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.

Celebrating life, every day, everywhere.

About David Beckham

David Beckham is one of the world’s most iconic sportsmen. With a professional football career spanning over twenty years, he captained his country for six years, won the British Premier League six times, the UEFA Champions League (with Manchester United) in 1999, and was runner up in the FIFA ‘World Player of the Year’ Awards in 1999 and 2001.

Having left Manchester United in 2003 for four successful seasons with Real Madrid, Beckham moved to LA Galaxy in 2007, taking the team to two MLS Cup Championships (2011, 2012) while participating in a unique time-share agreement with AC Milan, first in January 2009 and then again in January 2010.

Now retired, Beckham has been appointed global ambassador for the Chinese Football Association and has announced that he will co-own a Major League Soccer expansion team in Miami. Married to Victoria and father to four children, Beckham’s fame extends far beyond the pitch. Noted as a keen advocate of charitable work, he has supported UNICEF since his days at Manchester United, becoming a Goodwill Ambassador in 2005 with a special focus on UNICEF’s Sports for Development program. David is also on the Leadership Council for charity Malaria No More.

An astute businessman, David Beckham will play an integral role in developing the Haig Club brand, its strategy and positioning. In addition, he will lead the promotion of the responsible drinking programme for Haig Club, which is at the heart of the brand.

About Simon Fuller

Simon Fuller is the founder of XIX Entertainment and the creator of the most popular entertainment show in America of the last ten years (American Idol: source AC Neilsen), Simon Fuller is known for his work in discovering and guiding an impressive list of music artists that include Annie Lennox, Kelly Clarkson, The Spice Girls, Amy Winehouse, Carrie Underwood, Will Young, Lisa Marie Presley, Cathy Denis and others.

In 2011 iTunes named Simon Fuller ‘the most successful manager of the digital era’ and a year later he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to the global entertainment industries.

In addition to his TV and music work, Simon Fuller’s business oversees the careers of David Beckham, Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, Tour De France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins and Grand Slam winning tennis champion Andy Murray, as well as being the joint owner of two highly respected fashion businesses with the designers Roland Mouret and Victoria Beckham.

Simon Fuller has long standing associations with several charitable initiatives, including Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Save The Children, The Prince’s Trust, Malaria No More, The United Nations Foundation and Comic Relief.

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Macallan 42 Year Old Rarest 1969 Decanter at Single Malts Direct – Scotch Whisky News

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Macallan 42 Year Old Rarest 1969 Decanter 41.6% ABV | 70cl

Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky presents Rarest: a collection of some of the world’s most exclusive whiskies. Carefully selected from the company’s coveted reserves, each release embodies unparalleled luxury, refinement and scarcity.

Uncompromised by chill filtration and bottled at natural cask strength, Rarest Macallan represents the peak of the distiller’s art and stands as a glowing testament to the knowledge and skill that informs Duncan Taylor’s rigorous cask selection process.

Rarest Macallan is presented in a decanter of the finest Scottish crystal, intricately engraved with adornments of silver that mirror the whisky’s exquisite refinement. Bringing the monumental journey full circle, the decanter is housed in an elegant display case, crafted from the very cask that matured the whisky to perfection.

Generations of passion, knowledge and craftsmanship continues to drive Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky today. Rarest is the culmination of the company’s vision; to provide the most authentic Scotch whisky without compromise.

Tasting Notes..

Colour: amber

Nose: fresh juicy fruits, lots of fragrant orange notes, peaches and dark cherries. With time becomes creamier with spearmint and then some blackcurrant cordial.

Taste: rich and oily, dried oranges, delicate oak and milk chocolate. Soft kiwi fruits, lychee and more creaminess emerge with time.

Finish: lingering toffee, stewed fruits, praline and some fresher grassy notes.

Comment: a big robust whisky but ultimately soft and soothing.

Price: £10,000.00 ex VAT
£12,000.00 inc VAT

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Auchentoshan® Single Malt Lowland Scotch Whisky Introduces Auchentoshan® American Oak – Scotch Whisky News

Auchentoshan® Single Malt Lowland Scotch Whisky Introduces Auchentoshan® American Oak

Glasgow, Scotland (October 7, 2014) – Auchentoshan® Single Malt Lowland Scotch Whisky known for triple distilling every single drop, introduces Auchentoshan® American Oak. Releasing flavor layers of vanilla, caramelized sugars, coconut and oak spices, Auchentoshan American Oak is the first ever Auchentoshan to be matured exclusively in first fill ex bourbon casks. The name harkens to the 100 year old oak trees (of the Quercus alba species) grown in the North American mountains which become bourbon casks that will eventually age Auchentoshan Scotch Whisky’s newest expression. Auchentoshan American Oak will become a permanent member of the core Auchentoshan portfolio, which includes 12 Years Old and Three Wood. Auchentoshan American Oak is available nationwide with a suggested retail price of $39.99/750ml.

Auchentoshan is Always Triple Distilled
Auchentoshan prides itself in its unique tradition of triple distilling every single drop. This means that the spirit produced reaches 81.5% alcohol by volume, significantly higher than most single malt whisky distilleries in Scotland. The lightness of the liquid enables it to more readily absorb every characteristic it is exposed to in the cask.

American Oak Maturation
Auchentoshan creates a smooth and complex spirit that ages beautifully in first fill ex-bourbon casks. The North American oak barrels used for American Oak maturation are first seasoned with American bourbon whiskey, which serves to remove the harsher bitter oak tannins and break down the oak to re lease even more vanilla, coconut and silky maturation oils.

Judicious Cask Selection
The maturing Auchentoshan spirit is regularly sampled by Rachel Barrie, Auchentoshan Master Blender, drawing hundreds of samples from different positions in the warehouse. Auchentoshan has found that higher positions in the warehouse promote more spice and intense bourbon vanilla extraction from the oak, whereas casks matured nearer ground level promote softer peach and citrus fruit top notes and silky coconut. Barrie hand selects the casks that are then married together for several months to achieve a multi-layered balance of vanilla sweetness, clean citrus scent and a refreshingly smooth taste.

With a nod to its triple distillation and American oak maturation, Auchentoshan American Oak presents several cocktails where American Oak can be used as a delicious substitute:

Make it a Triple | Riff on a cocktail that is typically made with Irish whiskey, Auchentoshan American Oak works well because of its triple distillation.

  • 1 oz. Auchentoshan® American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • .25 oz. Lillet® Vermouth
  • .25 oz. Pierre Ferrand® Dry Curacao
  • 2 Dashes Orange Bitters

Stir all ingredients together and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with lemon peel.

Seelbach | A pre-prohibition cocktail famously made with bourbon, Auchentoshan American Oak works well here because of its bourbon barrel maturation.

  • 1 oz. Auchentoshan® American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • .25 oz. Pierre Ferrand® Dry Curacao
  • 7 dashes Angostura® Bitters
  • 7 dashes Peychaud’s® Bitters
  • .25 oz. Champagne

Stir ingredients over ice, strain into a chilled flute, top with Champagne and lemon twist garnish.

Triple A | Punch created by Julieta Campos of The Berkshire Room, Chicago.

  • 1 oz. Auchentoshan® American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • .25 oz. Ginger Syrup
  • .5 oz. Lemon Juice
  • .25 oz. Apricot Liqueur
  • .25 oz. Aperol® Aperitif

Serve in tumbler/punch cup. Top with a few Maldon® salt flakes.

TASTING NOTES: Auchentoshan American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40% ABV
To the eye:  Bright gold.
To the nose:  Bourbon vanilla and coconut with layers of zesty citrus fruit.
To the tongue:  Refreshingly smooth yet lively with vanilla cream, coconut and white peach.
To the end:  Crisp, with sugared grapefruit and a hint of spice.

ABOUT AUCHENTOSHAN SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

The award winning Auchentoshan portfolio includes Auchentoshan 12 Year Old, Three Wood, 18 Year Old and the limited release 21 Year Old, in addition to select vintage, limited edition releases. Auchentoshan is available nationwide in the U.S and in more than 45 countries worldwide. The Auchentoshan portfolio is imported to the U.S. by Beam Suntory, Inc. For more information about Auchentoshan, visit www.auchentoshan.com, https://www.facebook.com/auchentoshan, and on Twitter @theauchentoshan.

ABOUT BEAM SUNTORY INC.

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the flagship Jim Beam bourbon and Yamazaki Japanese whisky, as well as world renowned premium brands including Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek bourbons, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s,  Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur.  The company generates annual worldwide sales of approximately $4.6 billion excluding excise taxes.

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

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