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ANGELS WHISKY CLUB BLOG – INTERVIEW WITH IAIN FORTEATH Global Brand Ambassador Angus Dundee Distillers Plc – Scotch Whisky News

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ANGELS WHISKY CLUB BLOG – INTERVIEW WITH IAIN FORTEATH Global Brand Ambassador Angus Dundee Distillers Plc

Iain, first of all, many thanks for far too many superb drams at Dufftown recently!

Q  What first got you interested in whisky?

My Dad and Granda are big whisky fans and I remember loving the smell of whisky from a young age. When I was old enough they let me try some great drams and from then on I was hooked

Q  what did you do in this industry before Glencadam/Tomintoul?

I have worked in the world of whisky since graduating really, starting from working in bars then Managing WoodWinters wines and whiskies in Bridge of Allan and laterally I was the Sales and Operations Manager of Roberstons of Pitlochry Whisky Specialists. (As I know very well, having called in lots of times)

Q  What are your day to day tasks?   

My role within the Company is very diverse and my tasks vary from day to day: Whether it’s hosting whisky masterclasses, attending whisky festivals, working with our customers and importers, helping write tasting notes for up and coming releases or taking our clients up for a tour of our distilleries. I am fortunate that my job takes me everywhere from Bonnie Scotland to the four corners of the Globe.

Q How do you approach the Global Ambassador job?  What do you do first before leaving for another country?

Haha, I suppose the first thing I do is make sure I know our customers and the event I am due to attend. I want to ensure I am prepared and have the right tools with me for the job. Sometimes shows can be back-to-back in completely different countries so having the ‘basics’ (passport, money, phone, washbag and whisky glass!) packed is essential.

Q  In what regions, countries, markets are your products available?

Our whiskies are available in over 80 countries, everywhere from America to Australia with key markets In the USA, Europe and Asia.

Q How easy is it to break though into working in the world of whisky?

The World of Whisky is an amazingly close international community and one in which if you excel then you are recognised. If you are passionate about the product and you are good at what you do then you can go far.

Q  What’s your favourite part of your role?

I love most parts to be honest, but if I had to pick I would probably say getting to travel the world and meet all sorts of interesting people.

Q  What do you think the most common whisky misconception is?

That ‘whisky is an old mans drink’ which is quite simply not the case. I think that whisky is a drink that can be enjoyed by both sexes and all age groups (above the age of 18 of course!). Though I am one of the younger faces in the world of whisky I am happy that I cater for audiences of all age groups. Whisky is a product made with love and designed to be shared and enjoyed by EVERYONE.

Q  If you could change just one thing about the whisky industry, what would it be?

I would love to remove the pretentious element that surrounds whisky. Whiskies are a luxury product to be enjoyed by everyone not just a chosen few. I have been witness to far too many situations where customers are belittled by others who believe they have ‘superior’ whisky knowledge. Whiskies (and wines for that matter) are confusing and intimidating to some, but people who do know about them should encourage others and share their knowledge rather than use it to put others down.

Q What do you think is going to be the next big thing on the whisky horizon?

On the WhiskEy rather than WhiskY horizon I think Bourbon is going to make a massive come back, I am a big bourbon fan too (like most spirits to be honest) and I think they are starting to make quite a stir again with a lot more variety coming into the UK market. On a WhiskY front I think that limited releases are going to be the next big thing, customers are starting understand whisky a lot more and with that understanding people want to taste limited batches and single casks. I think this demand will see a lot more small batch releases coming into the market.

Q  Do you have any thoughts about finishing? Port, Sherry etc. More and more finishes are now on offer. In fact, do you have a favourite finish (mine is sherry)?   

I love finishing when it is done right: aka, adding more flavour and character to an already good whisky. However, you can also find whiskies where finishing has either been heavy handed: overtaking the whiskies character, or where it has been used to cover up a bad whisky. I do love to try whiskies that are pushing the traditional boundaries and finishing in all sorts: Cognac, Red Wine, Tokaj, Rum etc. some are delicious but equally some aren’t. However, if you never try you’ll never know I suppose. When it comes to favourite finishes I must admit I love a good PX sherry finish- the rich Christmas pudding and sultana notes they can add are delicious!

Q  Where do you see this industry being/going in 5 years from now?

Not to bring politics into it but I think a lot will ride upon if the UK decides to leave Europe as I think if we did it could have a knock on effect on the trading of whisky.

My hope is the industry continues to grow as it currently is as it’s great to see the industry having such a boom. I think keeping the variety of styles, flavours, brands and price points is key in maintaining the worlds fascination with Scotch Whisky.

Q  Can you remember your first dram?

I can remember the first dram that I truly loved: it was a Dalwhinnie 15 year old that was recommended to me when I was 18 by a barman in my home town.

Q What was your last dram?

The last dram I had, as corporate as it sounds, was the Glencadam 19 year old Oloroso Finish, last night in fact, it’s a new release and I can’t get enough of it!

Q  Relaxing at home what whisky would you pour yourself?

I am fortunate that through my time in the industry I have built up a cabinet of almost 100 whiskies so I like to vary my drams. I’d say it’s important to keep a variety of brands and styles as it keeps your palate fresh. Regular favourites would have to be whiskies like Glencadam 15 year old, The Late Glendronach 15 year old, Ardbeg Uigedal, Tomintoul 16 year old and Bunnahabhain 18 year old.

Q  So far what has been your proudest moment in the Whisky Industry?

Aside for being chosen for this job I would say my proudest moment was being chosen to be on the judging panel for the Scottish Field Whisky Challenge, where I was selected as one of 8 whisky specialists to select the top whiskies of the year.

Many thanks Iain, great interview, will see you soon at a whisky tasting, event or who knows, you could soon be at one of our own events!

PAUL MCLEAN   http://www.whiskytours.scot/ & http://www.mcleanscotland.com/

JOHN J. BOWMAN BOURBON WINS GOLD AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS COMPETITION – American Whiskey News

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John J. Bowman Bourbon Wins Gold at Denver International Spirits Competition 

Two limited edition Abraham Bowman whiskeys take silver 

Fredericksburg, VIRGINIA (May 5, 2016) John J. Bowman Bourbon was awarded a Gold Medal at the fifth annual Denver International Spirits Competition in Broomfield, Colorado, where a panel of 20 respected spirits authorities rated entries through a double-blind process, on a 100-point scale.

Two limited edition Abraham Bowman whiskeys; Abraham Bowman Vanilla Bean Infused Whiskey and Abraham Bowman Port Finished Bourbon, were each awarded Silver Medals.

“Whether we’re making our single barrel, or experimenting to create new limited editions, we always strive to create the very best product we can,” Master Distiller Brian Prewitt said. “It’s great to see our whiskeys recognized so highly in this competition.”

Complete results for the 2016 Denver International Spirits Competition can be found at www.denverspiritscomp.com/results.html.

About A. Smith Bowman

A.Smith Bowman’s distilling roots date back to the years before Prohibition when the Bowman family had a granary and dairy farm in Sunset Hills, Virginia. They used excess grain from the family estate to distill spirits. In 1934, after the Repeal of Prohibition, Abram Smith Bowman and his sons continued the family tradition and built a more modern distillery in Fairfax County, Virginia called Sunset Hills Farm.  In response to the rapid rise of taxes in Northern Virginia, the Distillery was moved in 1988 and is now nestled in Spotsylvania County near the city of Fredericksburg, 60 miles away from the original location.

As a small and privately owned company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery continues the time-honored traditions on which it was founded. Considered a micro-distillery by today’s standards, A. Smith Bowman produces an assortment of hand-crafted spirits distilled from only the finest natural ingredients and using the latest technology. This micro-distillery focuses on the production of premium spirits honoring the legacy of Virginia’s first settlers. For more information on A. Smith Bowman, please visit www.asmithbowman.com.

K&L Game-Changing Prices on K&L Exclusive 17 to 29 Year-Old Scotch Selections – Scotch Whisky News

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Up to 40% Off – K&L Exclusive Scotch Whiskies

With a trend towards more limited edition releases that are sold before they hit the shelves, it’s rare to see an accessible, new, and interesting Scotch whisky release without a ultra-premium pricetag. Continuing our commitment to the consumer, we decided that instead of catering to the few idiosyncratic releases of the “hottest” lables, we should instead use our long-standing relationships to bring a focus on value and quality back to the market.

Buying directly from our friends in Scotland helps reduce the middlemen between the whisky itself and you the consumer. That’s why we’re thrilled to share some remarkable prices on our K&L exclusive Scotch whiskies to once again bring order to the force. With a stable of selections from 17-29 years of age, at cask strength, for prices that haven’t been around for a long time, you can once again feel free to explore singular expressions of Scotch without a special-occasion-level premium.

1988 Cambus 26 Year Old Sovereign K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whiskey (750ml) (Previously $130) $79.99
Whereas comparable single cask of editions of the now-closed Cambus distillery have sold for $200 or more, our direct import program continues to provide incredible value to customers interested in cutting out the middleman. This 26 year old beauty of a grain whisky is tailor-made for fans of the Nikka Coffey Still expression, albeit this one is much, much older and at full proof. The fruit and vanilla have never been richer, the palate has never been smoother, and the whisky never more drinkable than it is in this 26 year old Sovereign edition of Cambus. The whisky is practically begging to be consumed over ice and tossed back with reckless abandon. But that would probably do a disservice to the complexity that looms underneath all that obvious deliciousness. This is liquid butterscotch. It’s a cookie biscuit distilled into whisky form and put into a beautiful bottle, exclusively for K&L customers.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 26, 2016
Cambus Distillery has without questions produced my favorite Single Grain expressions. This bottling is absolutely NOT an exception. My favorite of this years grain selections (not withstanding the excellent 50 yo), the complexity achieved here are astounding. It’s all late summer and fall on the nose for me. A picnic surrounded by fully ripe orchards followed by hike through a forest in the Adirondacks. Yellow and orange preserves. All types of exotic oils and bursting with fruit. Medium bodied, not lacking in body at all, but not a syrupy style. It kind of reminds me of the driest version of the best cognac. An absolute gem that will change even the most skeptical mind about Grain Whisky.

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 26, 2016
The defunct Cambus grain distillery has been a great source of great whisky for us over the years. Finding these 25+ year old barrels of superb softness with enticing drinkability has helped to re-craft the image our customers previously held concerning grain whisky. This is a beautiful Scotch whisky, gentle and pleasing in its inherent nature, but complex with subtle stonefruits and lithe accents of oak. From a closed distillery to boot.

1997 Clynelish 18 Year Old Hepburn’s Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Previously $130) $99.99
We’re as obsessed with Clynelish here in the K&L spirits department as we are with Benrinnes, which is why we’ve locked down yet another cask of the beloved distillery’s whisky in this latest shipment. While Clynelish is widely considered a connoisseur’s choice for top-notch single malt whisky, its appreciated attributes aren’t always apparent to the unseasoned drinker. What makes Clynelish so special (and a favorite among famous blending houses like Johnnie Walker and Compass Box) is the rather diminutive profile of light vanilla, lemon zest, heather, and a bit of bees wax. It’s not a powerful or potent combination of flavors, but rather a flutter of brilliant beauty wrapped up in a biscuity core of elegance. At 55.4%, this cask strength 18 year old edition of Clynelish could use a little to help unlock all that complexity, but it’s not a necessity. It showcases its quintessential character in fine form straight from the bottle. While Clynelish will never be as popular as the more powerful and showy single malt whiskies, it will always remain the favorite of those who appreciate substance and style.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 15, 2016
Despite our best efforts, Clynelish remains one of Scotland’s most under-appreciated distilleries. Reason being, the owners don’t bother marketing this special whisky. Truth be told, it’s such an important component of their high-end blends that any traction on the single malt side could negatively affect blending stocks. Regardless, we occasionally get access to this special, rare distillate, and each time we find a great cask, I’m reminded of why it’s so coveted by connoisseurs in the first place. Vibrant and alive, this mid-aged Clynelish shows incredible richness and depth. It’s not sappy or sweet by any means, but textured and mouth-filling nonetheless. When we talk about minerals in a single malt, this should be held up as a prime example. Here, the typical bright pomace fruit of modern Clynelish taking a background to the cracked rock and mineral oil aromas at first. With a touch of water, earthen tones (fresh tobacco, rich beeswax, and hints of smoke) pop open. A little later a blast of citrus, lemon peel, ripe melon, and blistering structure. The distillery really is just a stone’s throw from the sea, and we can feel that here. Altogether a fabulous example of why I absolutely love Clynelish. The complexity is of this whisky cannot be understated.

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 12, 2016
I never get tired of drinking Clynelish, one of Scotland’s most distinct single malt whiskies. That lemony, waxy, creamy profile is probably the only Scotch character I could pick out of a blind tasting 100% of the time. It’s the most distinguished and recognizable flavor in the business and we will ALWAYS take advantage of an opportunity to buy the whisky directly.
Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2016
This offers soft, pretty and subtle spice aromas. There is a wonderful mouthfeel that is nice and creamy. Here again, there are light spice flavors. In short, this Clynelish is subtle, light, seductive and a joy to drink.

1997 Glenlossie 17 Year Old Hepburn’s Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Previously $100) $69.99
Few people have heard of Diageo-owned Glenlossie distillery, the Speyside facility known mostly by insiders for its role in Haig Blended Whisky. But that’s part of what makes single barrels like this one so much fun! It’s a chance to taste whisky from producers that normally do not bottle their Scotch as pure single malts. For fans of Glenlivet’s Nadurra series, this 17 year old Glenlossie single barrel might be right up your alley. The intensity of the oak in this concentrated cask is apparent right from the initial sip as the woodiness quickly overwhelms the palate. At 55.4%, it’s quite a powerful blast, but it soon gives way to grassy, malty, and cereal-like flavors that constitute the classic Highland Scotch style. That extra oak on the entry, however, completely distinguishes this cask from its other Highland counterparts. It’s the boldest and baddest of the Hepburn’s Choice editions we’ve brought in on this shipment.

Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 15, 2016
Glenlossie is a distillery I had never heard of until now. They don’t currently have a distillery bottling, although I’m wishing they did, because when this is gone, it’s gone. With a light golden color, this fresh Speyside single malt is light yet powerful. Vanilla, lemon and white flowers spring out of the glass. There is an intense oak spice on the palate balanced by lemongrass, green apple, tea, and a lovely savory malt quality to round it all out. If there is such thing as a daytime single malt sipper, this would be it.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 15, 2016
The mild-mannered Glenlossie is an easy whisky miss. Not bottled as a single malt by the owners, it’s producing some very high quality distillates just outside of Elgin. The style here is very classically Speyside. Sweet rich vanilla, not overpowering at all, but prominent. Nutty, sweet maltiness that balances the oaky barrels notes above. Finally, Highland flowers, wild honey, deep, complex wood tones. On the palate it starts sweet as can be. Just like you’ve diluted honey in a bit of water. It dries up as it moves to the back of the mouth with a medium body that begs another sips. The finish is neither cloying nor dry and finds a wonderful balance of sweet and savory flavors. With water this opens up quite nicely, although it doesn’t need it by any means. This could be a morning malt, but I like it in the afternoon, maybe for a sunset. Not quite aperitif style, but very generous and lively.

1988 Invergordon 27 Year Old Sovereign K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whisky (750ml) (Previously $130) $79.99
Fresh off our most recent delivery are two new single barrels of Invergordon, a Whyte & Mackay Highland grain distillery that sits along the waters of the Cromarty Firth north of Inverness. For those of you who still can’t wrap your heads around grain whisky, just imagine Bourbon distilled to a higher proof and aged like single malt in various types of refill barrels. It’s basically high proof, column still whisky made from corn, wheat, or unmalted barley that’s pumped out in mass quantities to mix into blended Scotch. Because of that rather dubious reputation for quality, prices for grain whisky remain low. But because of our extensive tasting and sampling in the genre, we’ve learned that very old grain whiskies. This 27 year old is textbook grain whisky, nothing more and nothing less. It’s fruity and round on the entry with a soft mouthfeel and a lovely note of vanilla on the finish. It’s no frills, no fuss whisky. It’s just flat out delicious.

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 26, 2016
To Scotland’s far north, between Inverness and Brora, lies the Invergordon distillery, along the waters of the Cromarty Firth. This 27 year old single cask of Invergordon whisky is like Scotch bourbon in a sense–distilled from corn on a column still, but aged in used oak rather than new charred oak, and matured in a cool climate, rather than the flux of hot and cold experienced in Kentucky. This Invergordon has bold flavors of vanilla and toasted nuts with an accent of spice on the finish that rises with the glow from the higher proof. It’s a whisky that’s practically begging for ice (and a glass, of course).

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 26, 2016
This is the most subtle and reserved of the three single casks of Grain from this year. Light, fresh and open, slight herbal notes, medium-strong vanilla, an open easy-drinking style that can be appreciated by even the most novice of Scotch drinkers, yet will satisfy the hardened few. The palate is fresh apples and a slight note of varnish. There’s definitely that corny quality on the nose you’d expect in a bourbon yet without any of the charry sweet notes. After all, this is made from nearly 100% corn with just a dash of malted barley. This is honestly exactly what I imagine a distilled bourbon mash left in refill casks would taste like after 27 years.

1985 Longmorn 29 Year Old Hunter Laing’s “Old & Rare” Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Previously $350) $199.99
Part of our new Hunter Laing “Old & Rare” series, this incredible 29 year old Longmorn showcases the effects of light and subtle hogshead maturation over the course of almost three decades. Despite nearly thirty years in wood, the color is still a golden straw color and the aromas are still dominated by fruit rather than oak. It’s on the palate that the whisky’s age becomes clear as an oily, luscious, mouth-coating texture overwhelms the senses, coupled with poached pears, creme brulee, and a resinous note from the oak. Longmorn has long been an insider’s favorite, known for rich and concentrated malty flavor. This single barrel expression beautifully showcases the distillery’s reputation for quality and character in a rare, ultra-mature release.

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 23, 2016
For $199.99 this is an absolute steal. It makes me nervous just seeing this price because I know how much it’s really worth. Macallan 18 is $250 now. Talisker 25 is $500. And this 29 year old Longmorn (better than both those whiskies, in my opinion) is older, richer, softer, more complex, more concentrated, and more decadent. This is a single barrel, cask strength edition of a Highland distillery known for classic single malt flavors and classic whiskies. The vanilla is there along with the rich malty notes and the Highland fruit, but there’s a special flavor that can only come from long-term aging in a hogshead cask and this whisky is OOOOOOZING with it. It’s the flavor of excellence. The flavor of age. The flavor of luxury. In this case, luxury is in reach.

Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 29, 2015
A perfect gift for someone else or yourself. There are bright floral and malty aromas that are pretty and inviting. In the mouth it is soft and creamy with hints of honey. There is a nice long finish.

Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 19, 2015
A fantastic, very old, classic expression, this Longmorn has it all and is a more than worthy splurge. A nose of dried grains and cream also has nuances of well worn leather. Indeed simply nosing this whiskey brings to mind a distinguished study or library, fine woolen plaid products, and any other number of quintessentially Scottish objects. Beautifully balanced and distinguished on the palate, fully dry, no Sherry or candied sweetness but more of a confident, soft, understated caress on the palate. I shall buy a bottle of this Hunter Laing bottled Longmorn and fully savour it. If you love Scotch whisky then you may want to follow suit.

1989 North British 25 Year Old Sovereign K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whisky (750ml) (Previously $130) $79.99
Just outside of Edinburgh sits the North British grain distillery, a facility that uses unmalted grains like corn and wheat and distills them on a column still to produce grain whisky–one of the more misunderstood personalities of the whisky universe. Most of you have had grain whisky before, you’ve just had it in conjunction with single malt whisky in expressions like Johnnie Walker or Chivas. Grain whisky is what’s ultimately combined with single malt whisky to create “blended” whisky (hence the name). What hasn’t been clear to most drinkers until rather recently, however, is how wonderful grain whisky can be on its own, especially when aged twenty years or more. This 25 year old North British cask of goodness brings a mouthful of cereal sweetness, rounded fruit flavors, and a biscuity butteriness that pleases the senses in a way that only something that straightforward can do. At 57.5%, there’s plenty of heat behind all that dessert-like flavor, allowing you to toss in a few ice cubes without really diluting the flavor whatsoever. If you’re new to the grain whisky game, this is a great place to start.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 26, 2016
North British is the backbone of a few legendary blends, but at 25 years it’s gained considerable complexity. The nose is not hyper exotic, instead familiar aromas of sugar candies, white chocolate, canned fruits and cream. The mouth is soft and open with the sugar candies turning to buttery sugar cookies. No heat and no need for water, the medium body reminds and the clean finish has a slight twist of lemon and a long soft finish. Killer price here!

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 26, 2016
Anyone out there enjoying the amazing Nikka Coffey Grain Japanese whisky? Anyone? Consider this North British expression to be a 25 year old version of that. Two and a half times the age, two and a half times the flavor, and two and a half times the concentration of oak, but for less than double the price. That’s the power of direct purchasing, folks. Hot whiskies for hot prices.

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KWM Calgary Fort McMurray Macallan Dinner June 8th – Scotch Whisky News

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Fort McMurray Macallan Dinner 

Hosted by Dan Volway, Wednesday June 8, 7PM $200, Proceeds to the Red Cross 

We have also teamed up with the Edrington Group, Macallan, Brand Ambassador Dan Volway and Buchanan’s Chop House to put on a very special whisky tasting dinner.  Dan Volway is providing an amazing range of whiskies at his expense, and Buchanan is putting on a great meal at a discounted price so that we can raise some funds for the Red Cross Fort McMurray Fire Relief. Tickets are $200+GST, include a three course meal, canapes and a great range of whiskies. We will start the event with Macallan Edition No.1. Then we will put Macallan 18 Year head to head with Macallan 1824 Series Ruby while enjoying the 1st Course. The 2nd Course will pit the Macallan Rare Cask against Macallan Rare Cask Black travel retail bottling. And the 3rd Course will see Macallan 25 Year faceoff with Macallan 1824 Series Reflexion. $150 per ticket will be donated to the Red Cross, and the Edrington Group, Macallan’s parent company will be matching the total raised up to $5000. This will be a very memorable event for a great cause, please help us make it a success!

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The price to attend the event is $200+GST. Up to $150 per ticket will be donated to the Red Cross. It is limited to just 26 participants. Call 403-283-8000 to register or visit our website.

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The Virginia Whisky Experience: Tours Launching! – Virginia Whisky News

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The Virginia Whisky Experience: Tours Launching!

We are excited to announce the launch of the Virginia Whisky Experience on Saturday, June 11th. The Virginia Whisky Experience is a one-of-a-kind tour program which will include an interactive museum and video experience highlighting the origins of single malt whisky in Scotland and how whisky-making made its way to central Virginia, specifically Nelson County. In addition to a guided museum tour, guests will also have the chance to enjoy a special behind-the-scenes walking tour of our world-class distillery while taking in the sights and smells of Virginia single malt whisky-making in action. Tours will culminate with a special whisky tasting of our award winning Virginia Highland Malt Whisky in the cask house and cocktail samples in the Visitors Center.

Tours will be offered daily with, with three to four tours offered per day. Tickets are $18 per person with two tastings included, $24 per person with four tastings included, and $12 for children 12 and older or for adults who would like to tour but not taste. Valid ID is required for adults 21 and older wishing to sample. Tours may be booked online by visiting our website, www.vadistillery.com, and clicking on ‘Book Tours’ in the upper right hand corner.   Be one of the first to attend the Virginia Whisky Experience! Bookings for tours on June 11th and June 12th will include a commemorative item from the team at Virginia Distillery Company to help celebrate this momentous occasion. For questions please email whiskyexperience@vadistillery.com. We look forward to sharing the history and present-day experience of whisky-making in Virginia. Per Virginia State law, no more than four (1/2) ounce tastings per person per day may be given.

Our mailing address is:

Virginia Distillery Company

299 Eades Lane

Lovingston, VA 22949

New Arrivals at K&L California – Whisky news

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United States – Kentucky

Jefferson’s Ocean Voyage #8 Aged at Sea Very Small Batch Bourbon (750ml) $82.99 View

Medley Bros. 10 Year Private Stock Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $54.99 View

Japan

Nikka Coffey Still Japanese Malt Whisky (750ml) $74.99 View

Scotland

Benromach 10 year old “Imperial Proof” Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $89.99 View

1996 Bowmore “Secret Stills 4.14″ Gordon & Macphail Islay Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $69.99 View

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Haig Club Leicester City Engraved Edition at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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Haig Club Leicester City Engraved Edition

Raise a glass in celebration of Leicester City FC’s outstanding English Premiership 2015/16 triumph with this specially engraved bottle of Haig Club, complete with free branded tumbler! Engraved with a special edition commemorative message reading, ‘Congratulations Leicester City Premier League Champions 2015/2016‘, the classic blue Haig Club bottle is an ideal tribute to football’s latest unlikely heroes.

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A Fond Farewell: Jura Distillery Manager Willie Cochrane Retires – Scotch Whisky News

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A Fond Farewell: Jura Distillery Manager Willie Cochrane Retires 

Diurachs raise a glass to one of whisky’s most celebrated characters 

Jura Single Malt Whisky today, 16 May, raises a glass to much-loved Distillery Manager, Willie Cochrane, as he retires after an incredible 39 year career.

He hands over the reins to Graham Logan, a former Jura Mash/Stillman who has worked at Willie’s side for over two decades, helping Jura become the thriving success it is today.

Willie has been a ‘Diurach’ – the Gaelic term for the community in Jura – since 1977, when he arrived on the island planning to stay for just a year.  Initially he had little knowledge of whisky, but his passion was ignited and he proved his talent for crafting extraordinary single malts by working his way up from Mash/ Stillman to Distillery Manager 11 years ago.

He became a celebrated part of the very fabric of Jura, renowned in the industry for his friendliness and his expertise, earning prestigious titles for the whisky*.  A true ambassador for the brand, Willie has welcomed thousands of visitors from across the globe to the distillery, guiding them through the quality craftsmanship and dedication that goes into producing each cask of Jura.

Willie Cochrane said: “Jura is just as important to me now, as it has been for the last 39 years. I’ll find it hard to walk away completely, so I’ll still be involved in promoting the whisky from time to time.  Definitely not a quiet retirement but one I’m very excited about, especially as I’ll have more time for the grandchildren, and to take holidays abroad with my wife! 

“Graham and I have worked together for years and I know he’s the right man for the job.  I’ll sleep well at night knowing the distillery is in capable hands, with someone who loves Jura just as much as I do.

Graham has followed the same path as his mentor, starting out as a Mash/Stillman 25 years ago before working his way up to Distillery Manager. He first set eyes on Jura aboard the deck of the HMS Liverpool, while passing by in his previous role as a marine engineering mechanic in the Royal Navy – little did he know that his Father had accepted a job on Jura and he’d soon be calling it home.  Six years later, Graham swapped life at sea for the ‘water of life’ when a job came up at the distillery.

Together, Willie and Graham have overseen a number of limited edition bottlings, such as Camas An Staca and Tastival 2015.

Graham Logan said: “Willie Cochrane will be a hard act to follow – he is something of a legend and rightly so.  Willie played a huge part in making the distillery the success it is today and has been an asset to the quality of the whisky that we produce.  I hope to be able to put my own stamp on the distillery, while maintaining the same level of craftsmanship and, overseeing some fantastic new bottlings.”

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About Jura:  

Jura is an island nestled off the West Coast of Scotland. With only one road, one pub, one distillery and 200 people, Jura is as beautiful as it is remote.

The distillery was established in 1810 and reborn in 1963 to revive the community.

Inspired by our history and our island home, we create single malt with a true passion for the craft of whisky making.

There are four classic bottlings in the Jura Collection, which sit within a unique sweet or smoky flavour profile: the light and delicate Origin 10 and the rich and full bodied Diurachs’ Own 16 year old each have a sweet edge, while Superstition and Prophecy are lightly and heavily peated respectively.

* Jura Malt Whisky is the proud collector of many awards and accolades for its unique taste. Here are just a few of them:

ORIGIN

Silver at International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2015

Silver at Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2015

DIURACHS’ OWN

Silver at International Spirits Challenge 2015

Silver at International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2015

Gold at Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2015

SUPERSTITION

Silver at International Spirits Challenge 2015

Silver at International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2015

Gold at Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2015

PROPHECY

Silver at International Spirits Challenge 2015

Silver at International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2015

21 YEAR OLD

Silver at International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2015

Gold at Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2015

30 YEAR OLD

Silver at International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2015

Gold at Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2015

GLENMORANGIE SIGNET CROWNED WHISKY OF THE YEAR AT THE 2016 INTERNATIONAL WHISKY COMPETITION – Scotch Whisky News

Whisky of the Year - Glenmorangie Signet (GOLD)

GLENMORANGIE SIGNET CROWNED WHISKY OF THE YEAR AT THE 2016 INTERNATIONAL WHISKY COMPETITION

CHICAGO, IL (MAY 16 2016) — The International Whisky Competition just released its results for this year’s blind tasting judging event. The highest recognition, Whisky of the Year, was awarded to Glenmorangie Signet which scored a phenomenal 97 points.

“We congratulate Dr Bill Lumsden, Master Distiller at Glenmorangie, and his team, for crafting such an elegant whisky, beautifully made and very complex.” said Sébastien Gavillet, Head of Tasting Panel for the International Whisky Competition.

The 7th edition of the International Whisky Competition took place in Chicago over three days,from April 20 to 22 and received over 160 entries. A world-class tasting panel made of whisky, spirit, beer and wine experts blind tasted each whisky on an individual basis for 5 minutes. Each whisky was scored using a comprehensive 100-point scale system developed by Sébastien Gavillet, IWC Head of Tasting Panel and author of Discovering and Mastering Single Malt Scotch Whisky. This process makes the International Whisky Competition one of the most professional competitions of its kind in the world. No whisky scored below 71.

The Glenmorangie Distillery will receive the Golden Barrel Trophy for winning the Whisky of the Year during a ceremony to be held this summer in Tain, Scotland.

Full results and awards are available here: www.whiskycompetition.com/2016-results/

About the International Whisky Competition™

The International Whisky Competition brings whiskies from around the world to be blind tasted and rated by a professional tasting panel using the most comprehensive tasting method available with 15 different criteria. These criteria are required to produce the tasting notes as well as aroma and flavor profiles for the International Whisky Guide. Unlike other competitions, the judges on its tasting panel are presented with one whisky at a time, to ensure each whisky gets the proper attention. It is the only competition in the spirits world to deliver unique medals designed to promote each of the winning whiskies. Only 3 medals (Gold, Silver & Bronze) are awarded per category. The Whisky of the Year (highest score during the competition) gets rewarded with the Golden Barrel Trophy, currently held by Diageo at The Archive in Scotland for last year’s John Walker & Sons King George V.

For more information about the International Whisky Guide and the International Whisky Competition, please visit whiskycompetition.com or contact Sylvain Allard, Managing Director, at s.allard@whiskycompetition.com

 

KWM Calgary Fort McMurray Compass Box Tasting June 2nd – Scotch Whisky News

 

 Fort McMurray Compass Box Tasting 

Thursday June 2, 7PM, $75, Hosted by Chris Maybin, Proceeds to the Red Cross 

Compass Box Brand Ambassador Chris Maybin is swinging through Calgary early next month, and that seemed like a perfect opportunity to put on a tasting for a good cause. We have partnered with Compass Box, Authentic Wine & Spirits and Peasant Cheese to put on a special Compass Box event, the proceeds of which will go to the Red Cross Fort McMurray Fire Relief. Authentic and Compass Box are supplying the whisky, so 100% of the ticket price will go to the Red Cross. We have a great range, and Crystal, owner of Peasant Cheese will be doing special pairings with each whisky. Our range will consist of eight whiskies including the new Flaming Heart, This is Not a Luxury Whisky and the two soon to arrive new releases: Compass Box Enlightenment and Compass Box The Circus 

The price to attend the event is $75+GST, 100% of which will be donated to the Red Cross. It is limited to just 20 participants. Call 403-283-8000 to register or visit our website.

 


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