Diageo celebrates 20 year anniversary – Scotch Whisky News

Diageo 20 years

Diageo celebrates 20 year anniversary 

This weekend, Diageo plc, the maker of some of the world’s most iconic drinks including Johnnie Walker scotch, Smirnoff vodka, Tanqueray gin and Guinness stout is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Created on 17 December 1997, through the merger of Grand Metropolitan plc and Guinness plc, Diageo has become a global leader in beverage alcohol, with its products being sold in 180 countries.

Over the past 20 years Diageo’s share price has increased by 340%1, market capital has grown 440%1 and earnings per share (pre-exceptional items) are 220%2 higher.

The milestone is being celebrated around the world by the company’s 30,400 employees. From a time capsule ceremony at Cardhu distillery in Scotland, the home of Johnnie Walker, to employees in Lagos, Nigeria and Sydney, Australia toasting the occasion with a dram of Johnnie Walker Black Label.

In London, to mark the celebration, Diageo’s Chief Executive, Ivan Menezes, along with the company’s talented team of Scotch Whisky Blenders and fellow members of the senior leadership team opened the market at the London Stock Exchange.

Ivan Menezes, Diageo Chief Executive said: 

“I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the past 20 years, which is testament to the commitment of our talented employees past and present.  Diageo is a young company created from the incredible entrepreneurial legacy of John Walker, Pierre Smirnoff, Charles Tanqueray, Arthur Guinness and many more – and this spirit continues today. 

“Our brands are part of celebrations globally every day, as we mark this milestone, it is not only the growth of our brands and business that I will be toasting, but the way we do business. We have made great strides in diversity and inclusion, minimising our environmental impact, our contribution to the communities where we operate and in our aim to reduce the harmful use of alcohol around the world.” 

E1Percentages calculated comparing number from 17 December 1997 and 4 December 2017.

2EPS calculated using numbers from 30 June 1998 and 30 June 2017.

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Key milestones  

  • Diageo plc is created through the merger of Grand Metropolitan and Guinness. The company is listed on the London and New York stock exchanges in December 1997.
  • In 2001, Diageo and Pernod Ricard acquired Canadian alcoholic beverages business Seagram’s. The acquisition brought Crown Royal Canadian whiskey and Captain Morgan rum into the Diageo brand family.
  • Our Water of Life programme was launched in 2007, to provide safe drinking water and sanitation to people across Africa. Since launch, the programme has reached more than 10 million people in 21 countries.
  • The Nolet Family and Diageo formed a new 50/50 company in 2008 to sell, market and distribute Ketel One vodka.
  • In 2008, Diageo launched DRINKiQ, an online resource to arm consumers with the tools needed to make informed choices about drinking, including the decision not to drink.
  • Diageo launches the Learning for Life skills programme in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2008. The programme now runs in more than 40 countries, and has reached more than 120,000 people.
  • In 2011, Diageo became the first global company to own a majority stake in the fast growing Chinese White Spirits category through the acquisition of a controlling share of Shui Jing Fang.
  • Diageo also acquired Mey Içki, the leading spirits company in Turkey in 2011.
  • Diageo acquired Meta Abo Brewery in Ethiopia and Ypióca Cachaça in Brazil in 2012.
  • In 2013, Diageo began its acquisition of United Spirits Limited in India.
  • Diageo became the first alcohol beverage company to sign up to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles in 2013.
  • Diageo gained full control of Don Julio tequila in 2015.
  • Diageo was named as one of the top 25 most diverse and inclusive companies in the 2016 Thomson Reuters Diversity and Inclusion index.
  • In 2017, Diageo acquired the fast growing tequila Casamigos.
  • Diageo announced its investment to bring back two lost distilleries, Port Ellen and Brora in October 2017.
  • Diageo celebrated training 1 million responsible drinking ambassadors in 2017 and launched its Drink Positive campaign aimed at promoting moderation and tackling misuse. 

About Diageo 

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Buchanan’s and Windsor 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 http://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.

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ROCK TOWN SORGHUM WHISKEY NAMED TO PRESTIGIOUS TOP 100 SPIRITS OF 2017 LIST – American Whiskey News

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ROCK TOWN SORGHUM WHISKEY NAMED  TO PRESTIGIOUS TOP 100 SPIRITS OF 2017 LIST

Little Rock, AR – (December 7, 2017) – Rock Town Distillery is pleased to announce it’s Sorghum Whiskey has been named one of the top 100 spirits of 2017 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. The full list can be found on Wine Enthusiast’s website by clicking this link:

Top 100 Spirits of 2017

Rock Town’s Sorghum Whiskey was distilled from a mash of 91% Arkansas grown red sorghum grain and 9% malted barley in summer of 2015. It was aged in new charred 15 gallon white oak barrels for 17 months.

“This is quite an honor”, said Phil Brandon Rock Town’s founder and head distiller. “The sorghum whiskey received a 93/100 rating, but it’s even more exciting to be named to the top 100 list”.

From Wine Enthusiast, the list is “reflective of what’s going on in the spirits industry, where innovation is shaking things up. A banner number of small and craft distilleries were purchased by larger entities over the course of 2017—arguably, a nod toward the innovation and nimbleness these smaller players bring to the market, as well as the increasing demand and appreciation for such products.

Going forward, all these new entrants may represent a thorn in the side to legacy spirits producers. But for consumers, it means that we will likely have even more varied and exciting options to choose from than ever before. That’s a prospect worth celebrating. So raise your glass, filled with any of these finest spirits reviewed this year.”

ABOUT ROCK TOWN DISTILLERY
Rock Town Distillery produces the award winning Arkansas Bourbon, Arkansas Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey, Arkansas Hickory Smoked Whiskey, Arkansas Rye Whiskey, Arkansas Lightning, and Rock Town Vodka which are distributed to 15 states and the United Kingdom, Canada and Taiwan. Winner of the 2015 US Micro Whisky of the Year Award in the 2015 edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.

Rock Town Distillery, Arkansas’ first legal distillery since prohibition, is located in downtown Little Rock at 1216 E 6th Street, Little Rock, AR 72202. The distillery is open for tours 7 days a week. To find out more please visit www.rocktowndistillery.com

About Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Wine Enthusiast’s approach to wine and spirits is accessible and unpretentious, and enjoyed by novices and experts alike. Published 13 times per year, the magazine’s audience is at nearly one million strong. The magazine and its Buying Guide with more than 300,000 ratings and reviews make up the most comprehensive database in the industry available for free online at www.WineMag.com.

Rock Town Distillery
1216 E. Sixth Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202

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ROCK TOWN SORGHUM WHISKEY NAMED TO PRESTIGIOUS TOP 100 SPIRITS OF 2017 LIST – American Whiskey News

Rocktown

ROCK TOWN SORGHUM WHISKEY NAMED  TO PRESTIGIOUS TOP 100 SPIRITS OF 2017 LIST

Little Rock, AR – (December 7, 2017) – Rock Town Distillery is pleased to announce it’s Sorghum Whiskey has been named one of the top 100 spirits of 2017 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. The full list can be found on Wine Enthusiast’s website by clicking this link:

Top 100 Spirits of 2017

Rock Town’s Sorghum Whiskey was distilled from a mash of 91% Arkansas grown red sorghum grain and 9% malted barley in summer of 2015. It was aged in new charred 15 gallon white oak barrels for 17 months.

“This is quite an honor”, said Phil Brandon Rock Town’s founder and head distiller. “The sorghum whiskey received a 93/100 rating, but it’s even more exciting to be named to the top 100 list”.

From Wine Enthusiast, the list is “reflective of what’s going on in the spirits industry, where innovation is shaking things up. A banner number of small and craft distilleries were purchased by larger entities over the course of 2017—arguably, a nod toward the innovation and nimbleness these smaller players bring to the market, as well as the increasing demand and appreciation for such products.

Going forward, all these new entrants may represent a thorn in the side to legacy spirits producers. But for consumers, it means that we will likely have even more varied and exciting options to choose from than ever before. That’s a prospect worth celebrating. So raise your glass, filled with any of these finest spirits reviewed this year.”

ABOUT ROCK TOWN DISTILLERY
Rock Town Distillery produces the award winning Arkansas Bourbon, Arkansas Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey, Arkansas Hickory Smoked Whiskey, Arkansas Rye Whiskey, Arkansas Lightning, and Rock Town Vodka which are distributed to 15 states and the United Kingdom, Canada and Taiwan. Winner of the 2015 US Micro Whisky of the Year Award in the 2015 edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.

Rock Town Distillery, Arkansas’ first legal distillery since prohibition, is located in downtown Little Rock at 1216 E 6th Street, Little Rock, AR 72202. The distillery is open for tours 7 days a week. To find out more please visit www.rocktowndistillery.com

About Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Wine Enthusiast’s approach to wine and spirits is accessible and unpretentious, and enjoyed by novices and experts alike. Published 13 times per year, the magazine’s audience is at nearly one million strong. The magazine and its Buying Guide with more than 300,000 ratings and reviews make up the most comprehensive database in the industry available for free online at www.WineMag.com.

Rock Town Distillery
1216 E. Sixth Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202

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KWM Whisky Advent Day 14 – Writers Tears Copper Pot – Irish Whiskey News

KWM Whisky Advent Day 14 – Writers Tears Copper Pot

Today’s is the first whisk(e)y in the 2017 edition of the Kensington Wine Market Whisky Advent Calendar not to be from a single distillery. For Day 14 of Advent, we are delving into our second Irish whiskey, but a more traditional one than the first. The Writers Tears Copper Pot is a blended Irish whiskey, composed of 60% pot still and 40% malt. There is a lot to unpack here, but before we go any further let’s quickly discuss the Irish spelling of the word whisk(e)y. The Irish, along with the Americans, are the only people in the world to employ an “e” in the spelling of whisk(e)y. The difference relates to Anglicizations of uisge beatha Scots Gaelic and usice beatha Irish Gaelic for “water of life”.

Single Pot Still, formerly, Pure Pot Still, is the most Irish of whiskey styles. The first whiskies in Ireland and Scotland were made from malted barley, essentially distilled beer. Unlike corn or wheat, barley has enzymes which can convert insoluble starches in the grain into fermentable sugars. Barley is also a hardy grain, so it is ideal for storing in cool, wet climates like Scotland and Ireland. Scottish and Irish whisk(e)y production in the 1700s did not escape the eyes of the government in London. Westminster sought to curb excessive drinking and tax its production. One way of doing this was by taxing malted barley by the ton. Although the alcohol yield per ton of barley can vary by strain and by harvest, taxmen could estimate the amount of whisky that would result from a given ton of barley. They could also estimate a distillery’s production for the purposes of taxation.

Over the course of the 18th Century the British imposed a series of “punishing malt taxes”. No one knows when or where the practice began, but Irish distillers began using a blend of malted and unmalted barley in their mashes as a way of avoiding or reducing their exposure to the “hated malt tax”. As is common in Canadian and American whiskies made principally from corn, you only need a small quantity of malted barley in the mash bill, 10-15%, for an efficient fermentation. So Irish distillers began making whiskey from a small amount of malted barley, and a greater amount of unmalted barley, or green malt. A uniquely Irish style of whiskey, Pure Pot Still, was born. In 2010 the style which had at least two other common names was legally re-categorized as Single Pot Still Whiskey.

Due to the Irish whiskey industry’s contraction, all Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey available today comes from the New Middleton Distillery in Cork. Some Single Pot Still Whiskey is bottled pure, under labels like: Red Breast, Powers, Green Spot, Writer’s Tears and Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy. But as with the bulk of single malt whisky production in Scotland, most pot still whiskey is produced for Blended whiskey. Many other distilleries in Ireland are making Single Pot Still whiskey, but none of them have yet produced whiskies old enough to bottle. Curiously Shelter Point on Vancouver Island has produced the closest thing we know of to Irish single pot still whisk(e)y, the Shelter Point Single Grain Montfort Lot 141.

Writers Tears is produced by Walsh Whiskey, which opened their own distillery in June of 2016 at Royal Oak, County Carlow. It is the first distillery to be built in this region of Ireland in over 200 years. The distillery was founded by Bernard and Rosemary Walsh, who started the Hot Irishman in 1999 to blend and bottle the perfect Irish Coffee. In 2007 the branched into whiskey with “The Irishman”, releasing “Writers Tears” for the first time a few years later.

Writer’s Tears Copper Pot – 40% – Andrew’s Tasting Note: “Nose: doughy with loads of cooked apple, white chocolate Hershey’s kisses, a touch of juicy malt and fresh almond croissants; a touch of that distinct, dusty but oily pot still note. Palate: round, oily and coating; more cooked apple, under-cooked pie crust and dewy flowers; steely, a bright copper note and citrus; more white chocolate and light coloured Jujubes. Finish: more white chocolate, almond croissants and Jujubes; light but lasting and fresh. Comment: this is not mind-blowingly complex, but it is dangerously drinkable, especially on a hot day!” $52 for a 700ml or $7 for a 50ml

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/12/kwm-whisky-advent-day-14-writers-tears-copper-pot-irish-whiskey-news/

Woodinville Whiskey Company Straight Rye Whiskey – American Whiskey News

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Woodinville Whiskey Company

STRAIGHT RYE WHISKEY

Surprise them with one of the only 100% straight rye whiskies produced: a whiskey with all the traditional rye spice and flavor that rye whiskey drinkers love. And then some…This 100% rye starts with pure, traditionally-grown rye cultivated exclusively for us on the Omlin family farm in Quincy, Washington. The grain is mashed, distilled barreled in our Woodinville distillery – then trucked back over the Cascade Mountains to our private barrel houses, where Central Washington’s extreme temperature cycles promote the extraction of natural flavors from the oak.

Prior to being coopered, the barrel wood is seasoned in open air, rain, wind, sun and snow for eighteen months softening the wood’s harsh tannins. They are then slowly toasted and heavily charred to further enrich the wood’s desirable flavors. The result of this meticulous process yields a truly hand-crafted whiskey with aromas of cinnamon, clove, and fruit leather, and notes of caramel, wood spice, and honey on the palate with a long, memorable finish that will leave you anticipating your next sip.

 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/12/woodinville-whiskey-company-straight-rye-whiskey-american-whiskey-news/

Whisky Wednesday Reviews Jack Daniels Single Barrel Rye – American Whiskey News

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This is an absolute gem of a single barrel! A very recent addition to the JD line-up and it’s an absolute stunner of a bottle,  with such a high rye content, you’ expect this whisky to be as varied as something such as Bulliet Rye or Sazerac, but no, this Rye fills it’s own unique place in the American whisky market. Delicate and balanced with winter spices with subtle notes of caramel and vanilla, this is a real stand out, especially at £50 a bottle! JD have done a cracking job with this product and I’m beyond impressed with every element of this bottling. Cheers!

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Whisky Wednesday Reviews Jack Daniels Single Barrel Rye – American Whiskey News

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https://youtu.be/ZxPUXy4xtaM

This is an absolute gem of a single barrel! A very recent addition to the JD line-up and it’s an absolute stunner of a bottle,  with such a high rye content, you’ expect this whisky to be as varied as something such as Bulliet Rye or Sazerac, but no, this Rye fills it’s own unique place in the American whisky market. Delicate and balanced with winter spices with subtle notes of caramel and vanilla, this is a real stand out, especially at £50 a bottle! JD have done a cracking job with this product and I’m beyond impressed with every element of this bottling. Cheers!

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/12/whisky-wednesday-reviews-jack-daniels-single-barrel-rye-american-whiskey-news/

K&L California ~ Garnheath 43YO Rare, Limited-Production Single Malt from a “Lost Distillery” – Scotch Whisky News

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Our “Old Particular” program continues to be a favorite among Scotch drinkers. And today’s offering, the 1974 Garnheath 43 Year Old Single Barrel Cask Strength Grain Whisky, is a classic example of why. From a now closed or “lost” distillery, the Garnheath offers both exceptional rarity and unparalleled value. We got out of the “lost distillery” game years ago, no longer willing to pay the crazy prices for Port Ellen and Brora, but luckily for us there’s still not much of a market for grain whisky despite the huge success of brands like the Nikka Coffey Still. We’re not complaining, however! We went back and dug out a second cask of 43 year old Garnheath, the long lost facility from Scotland’s Lowland region that operated between 1965 and 1986 before closing forever. Considering both the age and the rarity of the whisky, the price is downright ridiculous for something this delicious and exotic. But, so long as we keep finding deals like this, we’ll keep passing on the savings to you!

1974 Garnheath 43 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Grain Whisky (750ml) ($249.99)

Part two of Garnheath is finally here! Part of our lost whisky collection (meaning distilleries that have since closed and/or been demolished), we bring you the follow-up to our absolutely stunning cask of old Garnheath, a grain whisky from the once-active distillery site inside of Inver House’s Moffat site located just east of Glasgow on the road to Edinburgh. The distillery was located next to another closed malt producing site: Glenflagler. Closed in the mid-eighties, now just a memory and a story to share among friends, the spirit of Garnheath lives on (literally) in this single barrel, cask strength edition bottled just for KL. Not only is the Garnheath a lost legend, this 43 year old edition is one of the smoothest, roundest, most luxurious whiskies we’ve ever had the pleasure of selling. It rolls across the tongue effortlessly, coating the palate with rich waves of caramel, honey and maple syrup. In classic grain whisky style, there’s no maltiness or smoke here. It’s just four glorious decades of barrel maturation at work: orange zest, candied sugar and apricot. A true whisky classic in the making and a piece of history, to boot. The whisky is a year older, but the price remains the same. This is the last cask of Garnheath in the warehouse and it will be the last we bring in under the Old Particular label.

David Driscoll | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2017

If you want to knock someone’s socks off this year with the perfect bottle of Scotch, go with the Garnheath. Few people will know what it is, but everyone who has tasted this whisky thus far has been absolutely bowled over by its richness and concentration of flavor. Not only is the whisky absolutely delicious, it’s unbelievably rare. Garnheath was only open for two decades during the sixties and seventies before it was shutdown for good. It’s a forgotten piece of the past come back to life in this bottle. Old grain whiskies are still incredibly affordable for the price (even rare ones like this), but that’s starting to change. Nikka has seen tremendous success with its Coffey grain expression at $60 per bottle, so imagine a more intense version of that whisky, more than four times as old, and 1000x as rare. That’s what you’re getting for $249.99. Creamy on the palate, and reduced down to 47% naturally after four decades, this is an ultra smooth Scotch with loads of fudge, maple syrup, and spice. This is the rare, limited edition bottle for people who don’t want to drop $10,000 for Macallan.

Alex Schroeder | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 17, 2017

This Garnheath grain whisky aged 43 years is, simply put, a beautiful thing. After over four decades in the barrel, its taken on a beautiful light brown color with vanilla, cocoa, and honeyed cereal notes that are smooth and creamy all the way across the palate. Its an experience to behold, not even considering its an irreplaceable piece of history.

Joe Manekin | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 16, 2017

This is one of the richest, most burnished and appealingly maple/cola/sweet-ish grain whiskies I have yet to try. The alcohol is perfectly balanced, the lush burnt sugar and spice notes are expansive and linger on the palate for a long while. If you’re after older grain whiskey, or even if you’re a Bourbon fan chasing after something rare, old and delicious, I would strongly recommend the Old Particular Garnheath 43 Year Old. Yes, 43 year Old! Delicious stuff.

Andrew Stevens | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 16, 2017

I love when I get a chance to taste any whisky with significant age on it and the single grains we get in from Old Particular are always the best way to get truly older whisky. Even so I was surprised in the best way possible with this bottling from Garnheath. I did get some older wood characteristics in the nose alongside vanilla, and white toffee the palate was shockingly young and vibrant. It did not necessarily taste like a younger whisky, it has the elegance and complexity that age brings. However it was brimming with power and flavor, vanilla notes with white fudge swiftly turn to rising spicy layers and finish with a maple syrup sweetness. There is nothing off putting or odd in this bottling, just spectacular old whisky that reminds me more of an older American than an old Scottish whisky.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 16, 2017

At 43 years old this grain whiskey is still alive and delicious. Beautiful caramel aromas lead to a whiskey that is packed full of concentrated flavors. It is big and round with sweet richness and a touch of spice. There is a long sweet tongue coating finish that helps make this a good selection for grain whiskey lovers.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2017

The delights of old grain whisky are numerous. The sweetness, the round profile, the cream and vanilla, and of course, the price! Where do you find 43 year old cask strength whisky at this kind of price!? No where but KL. The nose is seductive and warm and gives fair warning that whisky in your glass will be creamy and rich. Toasted coconuts, grain tea, sweet oak spices carry the palate through to a long and enjoyable finish. This is the kind of whisky that makes a perfect gift. It has a huge number on the front, tastes delicious and there are few people who, when poured a glass, won’t enjoy it.

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Old Elk® Distillery Introduces Flagship Spirit, Old Elk Blended Straight Bourbon Whiskey – American Whiskey News

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Old Elk® Distillery Introduces Flagship Spirit, Old Elk Blended Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Master Distiller Greg Metze and entrepreneur Curt Richardson collaborate to craft a smooth bourbon that transcends tradition

FORT COLLINS, COLO. (Oct. 16, 2017) – Old Elk Blended Straight Bourbon Whiskey, a collaboration in legacy and innovation between Master Distiller Greg Metze and entrepreneur Curt Richardson (OtterBox; Blue Ocean Enterprises), is now available from Old Elk Distillery. With four times more malted barley than conventional recipes and a slow cut proofing process which allows more time for flavors to marry between proofing stages, the Old Elk Bourbon recipe transcends tradition to craft a rich, smooth bourbon.

“My passion for entrepreneurship paired with Greg Metze’s nearly four decades of experience distilling award-winning spirits led us to develop a recipe that honors tradition while innovating the process to create a distinct bourbon,” said Curt Richardson, founder of Old Elk Distillery. “Working together, our distilling team, along with Greg, tested a number of recipes and found that using four times the malted barley of conventional recipes, combined with a slow cut proofing process significantly longer than is typical, leads to an overall smoother bourbon.”

The Old Elk Bourbon recipe is a collaboration between the Old Elk Distillery team and Master Distiller Greg Metze. The partnership marks the award-winning industry veteran’s return to distilling and opens a new chapter in his long history of having a hand in some of the world’s best bourbons.

“We use traditional ingredients – malted barley, corn and rye – in an innovative, yet steadfast recipe to create a bourbon with smooth, rich flavors that act in harmony with caramel cues brought out by the charred barrels and spicy rye notes,” said Greg Metze, Master Distiller at Old Elk Distillery. “After testing a variety of proofing periods, we found that these flavors come together in a smoother bourbon when the proofing stages are longer. Instead of taking the usual 24 to 48 hours for proofing, we use a slow cut proofing process during which full-barrel proof bourbon is cut and left to rest – and we repeat this patient technique until the ideal character is achieved. It takes significantly longer than most common recipes, but taking the time to proof slowly makes all the difference.”

To help age and blend Old Elk Bourbon, the distillery team worked with key partners to ensure the quality and consistency of the bourbon in each hand-selected Old Elk barrel.

Old Elk Bourbon (SRP $49.99), now available in Colorado, features flavors of sweet maple and a hint of chocolate, overlaid with deep wood and coconut. It offers aromas of sweet vanilla and caramel, along with clove spice and nutty almond. Its mouthfeel is smooth, with a sweet, lasting flavor.

For more information, visit OldElk.com and connect with Old Elk at @OldElkBourbon on Instagram and Facebook, and @OldElkOfficial on Twitter.

About Old Elk Blended Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Old Elk Blended Straight Bourbon Whiskey is where legacy meets innovation. Where a master distiller with nearly four decades of bourbon under his belt collaborates with a master entrepreneur known for ingenious ventures to create a spirit that transcends tradition. The flagship spirit from Old Elk Distillery was crafted in a collaboration between entrepreneur Curt Richardson and Master Distiller Greg Metze. The smooth, rich bourbon uses a mash bill of traditional ingredients – barley, corn and rye – in an innovative recipe to create a distinct bourbon. In combining four times more malted barley than traditional recipes with a slow cut proofing process, significantly longer than is typical, this intentional time period allows the flavors to marry between stages, until the exact character is achieved, creating an overall smoother bourbon. The result is an overall smoother bourbon, in harmony with caramel cues evoked by charred barrels and spicy notes of rye. Learn more at OldElk.com.

About Old Elk Distillery

Old Elk® Distillery – named best Colorado distillery at the 2016 and 2017 New York International Spirits Competition – is the distillery behind Old Elk Bourbon, Dry Town Gin, Dry Town Vodka, and Nooku Bourbon Cream. Founded by Curt and Nancy Richardson, the innovators who created OtterBox and Blue Ocean Enterprises, Old Elk Distillery follows the Richardsons’ tradition of innovation by crafting spirits unlike any others. Led by a team of experienced and passionate distillers based in Fort Collins, Colo., Old Elk prides itself on developing premium, handcrafted vodka, gin and bourbons.

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Clynelish 1996 // Macduff 2008 (van Wees)

The Ultimate series by Van Wees in Holland is known for having affordable whiskies, often middle-aged whisky from sherry casks and mostly sourced from Signatory Vintage stocks. Today we try their latest bottlings, a Clynelish 1996 and Macduff 2008, both from sherry casks.

Clynelish and sherry casks often cause a clash in my opinion, taking away some of its unique character. We’ve had some excellent young Macduff from sherry casks though.

 

 

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Nose: juicy, tart fruits, like nectarines, gooseberries and some rhubarb jam. Green apple. Floral honey. Some candle wax on the side, as well as some grassy notes and light tobacco. Not entirely as expected although this can be considered a good thing. Something slightly metallic too. Mouth: waxy oranges, including some grapefruit notes. Yellow plums, leathery notes, wet grass and hints of walnuts. Light camphor  and a very faint salty edge. And the obligatory waxy notes. Finish: quite long, on herbal tea, wax and salted lemons.

There may be a slight lack of classic Clynelish character here, but it does find a nice balance and on its own it’s just good whisky. Perhaps one of the re-coopered casks. Good and very affordable: around € 65, check Whiskysite.nl.

Score: 87/100

 

 


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Nose: more classic in the sense that it shows a bit more milk chocolate and raisins. Maybe a few dried mushrooms, but they fade. Growing hints of vanilla and frangipane cake, actually hints of American whiskey too, probably American oak sherry casks. Mouth: less convincing. A hotchpot of different things that don’t seem to work together. There’s a big, dry leathery side to start, as well as some grape skins and simply tannins. Apple peelings and prunes underneath. A hint of coffee beans and bitter grassy notes. Then some five-spice powder and big clove. Seville oranges. Missing a bit of roundness here. Finish: still quite dry and astringent, although there’s a fruity note in the background.

Good nose, but high power oak and some vinous notes on the palate. As you know, not all sherry casks are the same. Affordable again: around € 50, check Whiskysite.nl.

Score: 80/100

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