Cotswolds 3 Years (TBWC)

This is the first Cotswolds whisky in the Boutique-y Whisky Company range, probably the first independent bottling of this distillery and… the first Cotswolds I will try.

Established in 2014, it is one of six distilleries producing whisky in England. It was one of the projects guided by Dr. Jim Swan, famous for his ‘accelerating’ STR casks (shaved, toasted, re-charred American oak wine barrels).

 

 

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Nose: light, with peaches, plums and vanilla cream, fructose sweetness and cereal biscuits. Jam on toast. You also get a bit of a virgin oak / freshly shaved woody touch, including a fragrant marzipan note. Mouth: good texture, showing bright fruity notes (peaches, berries, pink grapefruit) that are quite nice, mixing with warm oak without overdoing it. Vanilla biscuits again, plenty of malty notes. Some ginger and pepper and soft tannins. Toffee and chocolate towards the end. Finish: medium, on barley, apples and oak.

You can’t really blame them for pulling the STR trick: it does make the whisky feel more mature. Here it’s executed properly, with a fair balance. It might bring it closer to other distilleries that rely on STR, but for a three year-old this is simply very good. Available from Master of Malt.

Score: 82/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/world/cotswolds-3-years-boutiquey-whisky/

Cotswolds 3 Years (TBWC)

This is the first Cotswolds whisky in the Boutique-y Whisky Company range, probably the first independent bottling of this distillery and… the first Cotswolds I will try.

Established in 2014, it is one of six distilleries producing whisky in England. It was one of the projects guided by Dr. Jim Swan, famous for his ‘accelerating’ STR casks (shaved, toasted, re-charred American oak wine barrels).

 

 

Cotswolds 3 Years - Boutiquey Whisky CoCotswolds 3 Years - Boutiquey Whisky CoCotswolds 3 yo (50,4%, That Boutique-y Whisky Company 2019, Batch #1, 1785 btl.)

Nose: light, with peaches, plums and vanilla cream, fructose sweetness and cereal biscuits. Jam on toast. You also get a bit of a virgin oak / freshly shaved woody touch, including a fragrant marzipan note. Mouth: good texture, showing bright fruity notes (peaches, berries, pink grapefruit) that are quite nice, mixing with warm oak without overdoing it. Vanilla biscuits again, plenty of malty notes. Some ginger and pepper and soft tannins. Toffee and chocolate towards the end. Finish: medium, on barley, apples and oak.

You can’t really blame them for pulling the STR trick: it does make the whisky feel more mature. Here it’s executed properly, with a fair balance. It might bring it closer to other distilleries that rely on STR, but for a three year-old this is simply very good. Available from Master of Malt.

Score: 82/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/world/cotswolds-3-years-boutiquey-whisky/

New whisky from North Star Spirits at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Sirius 31 Year Old – 1988 | Limited Release 1
North Star Spirits

A shiny new brand named Sirius has joined the North Star Spirits family and they’ve gone big with the first release. Sirius, is a well aged Blended malt Scotch whisky, born in 1988 and matured in cask for 31 years. Bottled at cask strength and released as part of Cask Series 009.

It could well be the best batch to date. As well as Sirius, we have another 5 tops drams for Cask Series 009, including a new Vega and a special single cask Glenrothes, released to celebrate 10 years of Ralfy.com

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/new-whisky-from-north-star-spirits-at-abbey-whisky-scotch-whisky-news/

Compass Box “Why we made: Myths & Legends” – Scotch Whisky News

WHY WE MADE MYTHS LEGENDS

Myths Legends is a series of three Limited Edition whiskies, created to challenge certain Scotch “myths” and celebrate the creative opportunities offered by blending.

Here’s why we made our latest release, Myths Legends

LOOKING BEYOND WHISKY’S RECEIVED WISDOM

In matters of Scotch whisky production, a number of myths have taken root. The role of blending especially is often misunderstood, typically associated only with whiskies of a certain category.

To emphasise the central importance of the blending process to all Scotch whiskies, we have created three distinctive blends. The series opens with two single malts, each the result of blending together a variety of casks from discrete distilleries. The final whisky is a blend of malt whiskies, some fruity and the others peaty, from different distilleries.

MYTH 1: SINGLE MALTS ARE THE POLAR OPPOSITES OF BLENDS

In fact, every major brand of single malt blends. Casks filled at the same distillery develop different flavours during maturation, so producers will blend numerous casks together to enhance the complexity of their single malts.

To demonstrate this, Myths Legends I combines two contrasting parcels of whisky from a Northern Highland distillery. Our blend allows the flavours of both parcels to express themselves and reveals a fuller picture of distillery character.

MYTH II: THE REGION DETERMINES THE FLAVOUR

Speyside may be home to the distillery behind Myths Legends II, but the tropical fruitiness and waxy texture of the finished blend have nothing to do with the region.

Instead, the distinctive character of this whisky stems from particular processes at the distillery, maturation in different cask types for different lengths of time, and the choices made in the Blending Room.

To understand the flavours of Myths Legends II, knowing the whisky’s region is not enough.

MYTH III: WHISKIES FROM FAMOUS DISTILLERIES ARE TOO PRECIOUS TO BLEND

A distillery’s reputation should never limit how its whiskies are used. If a whisky is truly great, the whiskymaker can emphasise its virtues even further through blending.

For Myths Legends III, we added casks from two celebrated island distilleries to some of the same whiskies used in Myths Legends II. The fruitiness and notes of butterscotch remain, but they are now complemented and enriched by aromatic peatiness.

Creativity and quality matter more than legendary status, or the sanctity of a category.

CHALLENGE OLD ASSUMPTIONS

We love Scotch whisky’s countless stories, but when they impose limits on our enjoyment of the whisky itself it is time to think more critically.

The Myths Legends series encourages whisky fans to examine old assumptions and to trust their own palate as the ultimate arbiter of quality. These whiskies reveal the beautiful forms and captivating flavours we can create through blending.

FIND OUT MORE

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/compass-box-why-we-made-myths-legends-scotch-whisky-news/

The Whisky Shop – Pre-order the 2019 Diageo Special Releases today! – Scotch Whisky News

2019 Diageo Special Releases

The much anticipated 2019 Diageo Special Releases are here. Pre-order now to guarantee yours! The range features some stunning expressions, with our personal favourite being the Mortlach 1992 26 Year Old.⁣ Each expression comes in a brand new bottle, including a new shape for Dalwhinnie, Cardhu and Glen Ord. These are now all tall round bottles, making them a departure from the usual bottle style.⁣

PRE ORDER NOW

 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/the-whisky-shop-pre-order-the-2019-diageo-special-releases-today-scotch-whisky-news/

The Whisky Exchange “Whisky Tasting: Diageo Special Releases 2019” – Scotch Whisky News

DIAGEO SPECIAL RELEASES 2019

WITH COLIN DUNN

Wednesday 30 October 2019
7pm-8.30pm
£60

Limited spaces. Tickets on sale now.

BOOK NOW

It’s that time of year again. Days are getting shorter, Autumn leaves are falling, and Diageo – the powerhouse responsible for 29 whisky distilleries and almost a third of the world’s whisky production – has announced this year’s range of limited edition whiskies: The Diageo Special Releases 2019.

We are excited to announce that our annual tasting of the famed Special Releases is here earlier than usual, and attendees will be amongst the first to try the eight new drams.

Join us to celebrate the release of this annual whisky institution in the company of someone who knows more about the whiskies than perhaps anyone else on the planet – Diageo whisky ambassador Colin Dunn.

THE LINE-UP

Cardhu 14 Years Old
Cragganmore 12 Years Old
Dalwhinnie 30 Years Old
Lagavulin 12 Years Old
Mortlach 26 Years Old
Pittyvaich 29 Years Old
Talisker 15 Years Old
The Singleton of Glen Ord 18 Years Old

ABOUT THE HOST

Colin Dunn has worked for Diageo since 2008 and has since established himself as an influential figure within the international drinks scene. Whisky Ambassador for the company’s impressive portfolio, and also a Keeper of the Quaich, he has switched many people on to the vast and varied world of whisky.

Wednesday 30 October 2019
7pm-8.30pm
£60

Limited spaces. Tickets on sale now.

BOOK NOW

VENUE

BROWNS COVENT GARDEN
82-84 ST MARTIN’S LN,
COVENT GARDEN,
LONDON
WC2N 4AG

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/the-whisky-exchange-whisky-tasting-diageo-special-releases-2019-scotch-whisky-news/

Dallas Dhu Distillery Dinner & Dance Saturday November 16th, 2019 – Scotch Whisky News

Join Murray McDavid’s famously hospitable team to celebrate Aceo’s 20th year in the Scotch whisky industry. Do not miss the party in the historic whisky warehouses at Dallas Dhu Distillery.

The doors swing open from 7pm where guests will be warmly greeted with a carefully crafted cocktail, created by the three finalists of the Malt Mixers Challenge.

Throughout the four-course meal, guests will enjoy a variety of entertainment including leading luminaries from the world of whisky, whilst sipping specially selected whiskies.

Following after dinner speeches, there will be a lively blend of traditional and modern music, which is sure to get the crowd up on their feet late into the night.

To apply for one of the limited tickets, please email: Anya.Harris@aceo.co.uk or call: 01452 762 024

www.aceo.co.uk

Dress: Smart/Formal evening attire

Bar: The onsite bar will be able to take payment via cash or card

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/dallas-dhu-distillery-dinner-dance-saturday-november-16th-2019-scotch-whisky-news/

MACALLAN LALIQUE-50 YEAR OLD TOPS BONHAMS WHISKY SALE IN EDINBURGH – Scotch Whisky News

MACALLAN LALIQUE-50 YEAR OLD TOPS BONHAMS WHISKY SALE IN EDINBURGH

Macallan Lalique- 50 year old. Sold for £100,062.

 

Two bottles of one of the world’s most sought-after whiskies, the Macallan Lalique-50 year old, sold for £100,062 each at Bonhams Fine Whisky sale in Edinburgh on Wednesday 9 October. They had been estimated at £67,000-93,000.  

 

The Macallan Lalique-50 year old is the first of The Lalique Six Pillars Collection of the distillery’s rarest single malts, released between 2006-2016. Distilled and bottled by The Macallan Distillers Ltd., Easter Elchies, Craigellachie, it is said to have the aroma of cumin, cardamom and maraschino, and a taste of dark prunes and plain chocolate.

 

Other highlights included A bottle of Karuizawa-50 year old-1965 which sold for £27,562 (estimate: £23,000-25,000.  The Karuizawa distillery, which is now closed, was situated on the slopes of Mount Asama an active volcano in Nagano Prefecture Japan. It was the smallest distillery in Japan and its output is among the rarest and most sought-after of all Japanese whisky.  The Karuizawa was part of a collection of Japanese whisky that sold for a total of £200,000.

Sale: Fine WhiskyLocation: 22 Queen Street Edinburgh EH2Date: Wednesday 9 October at 11 am

NOTES 

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com. bonhams.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/macallan-lalique-50-year-old-tops-bonhams-whisky-sale-in-edinburgh-scotch-whisky-news/

2019 Special Releases Collection Unveiled – Scotch Whisky News

About Diageo’s Special Releases

During the late 1980s, the benchmark expressions of single malt whiskies from six single malt distilleries became well known under the CLASSIC MALTS name. Interest in older and rarer malt whiskies in general also grew during this period. One product of this was the RARE MALTS, a series of rarer releases begun in 1995, and which ended in 2005. There remained a demand for unusual, distinctive, often older, unrepeatable cask strength bottlings, usually of the CLASSIC MALTS. Such bottlings allowed collectors, connoisseurs and enthusiasts to enjoy and experience remaining older stocks, and/or unusual expressions of a distillery’s character – a treasure trove of priceless malts. To satisfy this demand, the SPECIAL RELEASES series was born in 2001, and the annual collection – with familiar names and some surprises – has been eagerly awaited by enthusiasts ever since.

You can view our 2018 Special Release collection here.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/10/2019-special-releases-collection-unveiled-scotch-whisky-news/