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NEW EDITION OF TOMATIN – Scotch Whisky News

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NEW EDITION OF TOMATIN 

36 Year Old small batch Tomatin released

The Tomatin Distillery Co Ltd has announced an addition to its range of Tomatin Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky – a 36 year old small batch release – which will be available in all markets later this month.

Batch 1 of this new 36 Year Old expression has been vatted from a combination of ex-Bourbon and ex-Oloroso Sherry casks, producing just 800 bottles. Smooth and creamy, it has been bottled at natural cask strength (46%abv), non chill filtered and natural colour. Packaged in an attractive wooden box, each bottle is individually numbered and comes with its own certificate.

Stephen Bremner, sales director, said: “We are in a unique position to be able to offer a product of this age on an ongoing basis. Following the withdrawal of our renowned 30 year old expression, we expect this new 36 year old to be a welcome addition for stockists, and indeed drinkers, of Tomatin single malt.”

Official Tasting Notes:

AROMA            Pear drops, ginger snaps, butterscotch, vanilla ice cream, sherry notes, milk chocolate.

PALATE            Woody and malty, less sweet than the nose, cloves and cardamom.

FINISH              Elegantly smooth and creamy with just a hint of spice.

Notes

  1. The Tomatin Distillery Co Ltd is a producer and blender of Scotch whisky, boasting a strong core range of single malt whiskies along with a range of popular blends.
  2. Website: http://www.tomatin.com/   Facebook: www.facebook.com/Tomatin1897         Twitter: www.twitter.com/Tomatin1897
  3. The distillery was established in 1897, and while historically the whisky produced was primarily sold for use in other brands of blended whisky, the company is now very focussed on growing the Tomatin single malt brand in its own right.
  4. Tomatin Distillery also produces Cù Bòcan Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
  5. The company’s most popular blends are The Antiquary, The Talisman and Big ‘T’.

The distillery is owned by Japanese company Takara Shuzo:

The Whisky Exchange “Talisker vs Borough Market Tasting – Skye Harder” – Scotch Whisky News

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Talisker vs Borough Market tasting – Skye Harder

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The Talisker tasting line-up

Talisker whisky is fiery, peppery and smoky, but does it work with food? We hosted our first Talisker-themed food-pairing night five years ago at the TWE shop, so a sequel was long overdue. Diageo brand ambassador Colin Dunn was on hosting duties, and began by announcing that of all of the company’s 28 whisky distilleries, Talisker offered the ‘most breadth of flavour’. So, on to the tasting…

The pairings

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A few drops of Talisker 57′ North poured on Jersey oysters worked a treat

Talisker 57° North with Jersey oysters
An intriguing start, given the high strength of the whisky, but this turned out to be a great match. Bottled at 57% ABV, the Talisker delivered a fearsome whack of peppery spice, but the saline-rich oyster stood up to it, adding up to a tasty combo of salt and pepper.
Colin Dunn: ‘The DNA of Talisker is red-hot chilli pepper’

Talisker Storm with venison chorizo
Heading into choppier waters now. Storm is a turbo-charged version of Talisker, with more pepper, spice and smoke. And just as well, as the venison chorizo it was served with had a big kick of chilli heat at the finish. The Talisker stood up to the meat, but overall the heat from both sides battled it out rather than complementing each other.
CD: ‘This is spice and pepper in HD!’

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My favourite pairing of the night – Talisker 18 Year Old with Stichelton cheese

Talisker 18 Year Old with Stichelton cheese
After all that vim and vigour, this third pairing was a much calmer affair, and many people’s favourite of the night. Talisker 18 Year Old is a thing of beauty, offering a honeyed richness that paired wonderfully with the piquant, creamy Stichelton. The perfect match.
CD: ‘The distillery manager once told me that Talisker doesn’t age – he said it should all be released at eight years old…’

Time for a halftime break, with Talisker Skye served on its own, followed by a Skye Rocket cocktail created by top mixologist Andrea Montague. Skye is the newest Talisker release, and is a gentler expression with less of the peppery heat that typifies the distillery’s output. Combining Talisker 10 Year Old with lemon and apricot, as well as rosemary-and-rocket-infused sugar syrup, what lifted the Skye Rocket was the addition of a rocket-leaf garnish, delivering a peppery hit to balance out the sweetness of the liquid.
CD: ‘Talisker Skye was designed to break people in gently; it’s Talisker with two sugars’

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Mixologist Andrea Montague makes her Skye Rocket cocktail with Talisker 10 Year Old

Talisker Port Ruighe with almond and orange cake
We’re pushing the pepper to one side briefly, and trying a Talisker much more on the fruity side. Port Ruighe is finished in ruby port casks, adding a red-berry note and slight jamminess to the whisky. We tried it with a sticky almond and orange cake, and despite my reservations about the red fruits in the Port Ruighe fighting with nutty, citrusy cake, it actually worked well, primarily due to the similar sweetness levels in both.
CD: ‘We’re moving into dessert time…’

Talisker 2002 Distillers Edition with salted caramel praline
Something of a surprise, this one. If you matched a Talisker finished in amoroso (similar to cream sherry) with praline, you’d expect the results to be a sweet, sugary overload. Not a bit of it. What made this pairing was the delicious salinity in both the whisky – juicy and refreshing – and in the salted-caramel praline. Neither were particularly sweet, and the two worked beautifully together.
CD: ‘Talisker in a leather coat on a bed of oaky spice’

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Diageo’s Colin Dunn took us on a tour of Talisker

Talisker 30 Year Old – served solo
A fitting way to end. Rather than a long speech, Colin instructed the room to take a mouthful, close our eyes for 30 seconds and contemplate it. Despite a few sneaky peeks, the room did as they were told, with all attention firmly on the whisky. Over those 30 seconds, the whisky was rich, refreshing, lip-smacking and soft, with bitter-orange-marmalade notes blending with the soft, salty peat.
CD: ‘Talisker acoustic. A volcanic whisky from a volcanic island’

Whisky tastings with food always go down well, and this was no exception. Many thanks to Colin Dunn for (another) bravura performance, and also to the top-notch Borough Market team who supplied the delicious pairings and introduced them to guests.

Back in Stock at K&L California – Whisky News

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BACK IN STOCK…

Single Malt Whisky

  • Amrut “Fusion” Indian Single Malt Whiskey 750ml ($69.99)
  • Kavalan Single Sherry Cask Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky 750ml – 4 available ($169.99)

United States – Bourbon and Rye

  • Corsair Experimental “Ryemaggedon” Whiskey 750ml – 4 available ($49.99)

K&L Wine Merchants
http://www.klwines.com
Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)
Email: wine@klwines.com
San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA

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Scotch Tasting at the Dundee Dell Sunday July 12th – Scotch Whisky News

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Sunday, July 12 — Scotch Tasting with special emcee, “Skippy” 4:00 pm, $50

If you haven’t been to our tastings, then you need to come experience one. Bring some friends!

We provide generous pours, extensive knowledge, and a lot of fun people who just love to try new things.

Give it a try.

Dundee Dell | 5007 Underwood Ave | Omaha | NE | 68132

www.dundeedell.com

FREE MACKILLOP’S CHOICE WHISKY TASTING! At Milroy’s of Soho – Scotch Whisky News

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FREE MACKILLOP’S CHOICE WHISKY TASTING!

(BECAUSE WE’RE NICE LIKE THAT)

It’s not very often that opportunities like this come along, especially in the world of premium retail. We’ve teamed up with the indomitable Angus Dundee Distillers to bring you a free whisky tasting event of their superb Mackillop’s Choice and Montgomery independent bottlings! Needless to say some very interesting whiskies are getting opened for this one-off free event.

If you’re interested the event takes place next Monday (6th July) starting at 18:30 and concluding at approximately 20:00 at Milroy’s of Soho, If you would like to attend please sign up via our online store here. Please note we only have a limited number of spaces available so don’t hesitate!

HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, Raises a Toast to the 200th Anniversary of His Favourite Single Malt at Laphroaig’s Islay Distillery – Scotch Whisky News

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HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, raises a toast to the 200th anniversary of his favourite single malt at Laphroaig’s Islay distillery

His Royal Highness The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, today visited the world famous Laphroaig Distillery on Islay in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the brand. Laphroaig, owned by Beam Suntory, is the only Single Malt Scotch Whisky to bear a Royal Warrant and is known to be a firm favourite of the Prince, who led a toast to the anniversary by raising a dram of limited-edition Laphroaig 15 Year Old Single Malt.

The visit is the third that the Duke has paid to Laphroaig over the last 25 years. The Royal Warrant was bestowed personally when he visited the distillery in 1994, and he returned as part of his 60th birthday celebrations in 2008.

The Duke, who in Scotland uses his official Scottish title the Duke of Rothesay, was hosted by John Campbell, Distillery Manager of Laphroaig, Patrick Loudon McIain Stewart, Lord Lieutenant of Argyle & Bute and Mick Ord, Director of Scotch and Irish Whiskies at Beam Suntory. During the visit, he met a number of Laphroaig employees, filled, bunged and signed an ex-bourbon cask and was given a tour of the distillery. He also unveiled a plaque in the Friends of Laphroaig’s field to officially open a cairn (a traditional Scottish monument made of rough stones) commemorating the 200th anniversary. At the end of the tour, the Prince was presented with gifts, including branded ‘Friends of Laphroaig’ wellington boots and bottles of Laphroaig 15 Year Old.

The Duke’s visit also marks the launch of The Laphroaig Legacy Fund, a charitable initiative aimed at supporting Islay’s people, community and environment in 2015. The Legacy Fund has been created to both celebrate the distillery’s past and help to secure the future of its community by supporting local projects and businesses that are promoting the sustainability of Islay living. This year, bottles and casks of 40 Year Old whisky signed during the Prince’s last visit will be auctioned to raise money for the fund. A corporate donation from Beam Suntory and £1 donation from every bottle of Laphroaig 21 Year Old and Cairdeas sold through the Laphroaig Visitor Centre and Online Shop in 2015 will also be put towards the fund. Following an application and selection process, a series of targeted grants will be issued to the successful beneficiaries; these could include community projects, environmental sustainability programmes or initiatives that enhance the skills sets of islanders.

Laphroaig is also celebrating its 200th anniversary with limited edition commemorative releases of Laphroaig 15 Year Old, Laphroaig 32 Year Old, and Laphroaig 21 Year Old.

John Campbell, Distillery Manager of Laphroaig, says, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome the Prince back to Laphroaig to commemorate what is a momentous year for our distillery and brand. We are extremely grateful for his ongoing support over the years, which has helped enable us to preserve the unique heritage of the Scottish whisky industry and to give back to our community. Our 200th anniversary is an opportunity for us to continue to support the region through The Laphroaig Legacy Fund, celebrate our position as an integral part of the local economy, and help ensure that the community of Islay can prosper into the future.”

About The Laphroaig® Legacy Fund

The Laphroaig Legacy Fund will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Laphroaig by providing financial support to local projects or businesses that are promoting the sustainability of Islay living. A corporate donation from Beam Suntory and proceeds from the sale of 200th anniversary products sold through the Laphroaig Visitor Centre and Online Shop, distillery tours and a cask signed by HRH The Prince of Wales, Duke of Rothesay will contribute towards the Legacy. Applications and selections will be made during the summer, and selected recipients will be notified in August 2015.

About Laphroaig® Scotch Whisky

Laphroaig (La-‘froyg) literally means “the beautiful hollow by the broad bay.” Born from the streams and blue peat smoke of Islay, Laphroaig is a single malt Scotch whisky with a distinct taste and story in every bottle. The secret to Laphroaig is that it benefits from the happy circumstances of where it is produced—next to ocean water and on land that gives Laphroaig a unique peaty taste. It is one of only a few distilleries that still uses traditional malting floors and dries and infuses its own malt with the thick blue smoke from old peat-fired kilns. It’s also the only single malt Scotch whisky to bear a Royal Warrant bestowed by HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay. Further demonstrating the whisky’s superior quality, Laphroaig 10-Year-Old Cask Strength and Laphroaig Quarter Cask each received a Gold Medal at the 2014 International Review of Spirits while Laphroaig 10-Year-Old won a Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

About Beam Suntory Inc.


As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur.

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 commitment to Growing for Good.  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.

NEW STAFF AND NEW TASTING SESSIONS at Cadenhead’s London – Scotch Whisky News

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NEW STAFF AND NEW TASTING SESSIONS

We have a new member of the team Dana who is going to help run the trip around Scotland evening events so I can concentrate on the Friday night tasting sessions and the 4 weekly vintage 21 plus tastings.

We hope you like the new selection of tasting events this will give us more variety and of course choice for the customers who attend the shops tasting rooms.

Daily tastings lasting 45 mins to 1 hour will cost £20 per person for 6×10 mil single malts aged up to 18 years old and a quick guide to the regions of Scotland.

Private daily tastings lasting 1 hour 15 mins cost £25 per person with a presentation on how whisky is made 6×10 mil single cask and small batch malts from across Scotland. Minimum of 6 people for a private tasting 1pm 3pm or 5pm Tuesday & Thursday 1pm or 3pm

Trip Around Scotland tasting evenings Tuesday & Thursday at 6:15pm to 7:45pm. A more in depth look at whisky with the presentation on how we make single malts, what effect does the microclimate have and the cask. We also look at the regions along with the wood types used in the sessions – This session includes canapés. Cost per person is £30.

NEW FRIDAY NIGHT

6:15pm to 7:45pm

This is a whisky tasting that concentrates on taste and age rather than all the regions although we will cover the regions naturally but the big thing is the taste.

I will also look at pairing a few of the malts with chocolate to help dig out those flavours.

6x15mil single cask malts aged between 15-25 years old. Cost per person is £30.

NEW VINTAGE 21 PLUS

Last Friday of the Month, 6:15 to 7:45pm

This is all about age. The youngest whisky will be 21 years old then we go up to the oldest available from our small batch and single cask range. This session is a real gem for whisky fans who would like to discover how maturing a whisky to greater age develops taste and complexity.

6x15mil single cask or small batch malts. Cost per person £40

All tastings must be booked in advance with limited space on each one.

If you already have a ticket via our web shop and wish to upgrade to the vintage 21 plus tastings or use your daily or trip around Scotland tasting vouchers call us on 0207 935 6999 between 10:30 am & 6:00pm Monday to Saturday’s. We can upgrade you over the phone so you can attend one of the new tastings.

Glenrothes Sherry Reserve at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

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Scotland – Single Malt Scotch

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  • Glenrothes Sherry Reserve Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($49.99)

 

K&L Wine Merchants
http://www.klwines.com
Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)
Email: wine@klwines.com
San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA

Luxury Whiskies from The Whisky Shop – Whisky News

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The Macallan 25 year old Sherry Oak

Matured for a minimum of 25 years in a combination of hand-selected Spanish and American sherry oak casks. The Spanish oak gives a rich, deep and incredibly smooth flavour of dried fruits and chocolate orange. The sumptuous Macallan 25 year old Sherry Oak is becoming harder to find and delivers everything you would expect from an older, sherry-matured expression from this highly-revered distillery.

£700 Buy Now

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Hibiki 30 year old 

Hibiki means resonance in Japanese. It speaks to the soul and emotions of the most discerning whisky lover. The legendary Hibiki represents true harmony, the ideal of perfection, the paragon of ‘The Art of Japanese Whisky’ and its artisans. The Hibiki 30 year old is created from a specially selected mixture of spirits, all aged for a minimum of 30 years to create an exceptionally well-balanced whisky.

£1100 Buy Now

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Yamazaki 18 year old 

Yamazaki is Suntory’s flagship single malt. The surprising, delicate yet profound experience of a Japanese single malt was born at Yamazaki. Spiritual and deep, its signature multi-layered taste is highly praised by whisky connoisseurs all over the world. Today, Yamazaki is not only the No.1 single malt whisky in Japan, but is enjoyed in more than thirty-five countries. The 18 year old is rich with mature autumn fruit and Mizunara (Japanese oak) aroma.

£170 Buy Now

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The Last Drop 48 year old

The Last Drop 48 year old Blended Scotch Whisky is made up of many distinguished malts and grains, including some from long-closed distilleries. The youngest whisky in this blend was distilled in 1965, making this a truly rare and luxurious Scotch whisky. Named Scotch Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray’s 2015 Whisky Bible, described as “an award winner if ever I tasted one. Magnificent doesn’t quite cover it…” One of only 592 bottles.

£2600 Buy Now

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Glenfiddich 40 year old 

The world renowned Glenfiddich 40 year old boasts an exceptional, silky smooth and luxurious taste with intense dried fruit flavours of christmas cake, dates, raisins and stewed apples. Each bottle is individually numbered and wrapped in hand-stitched calf leather, accompanied by a leather bound book telling its 40 year old story, with certification hand-signed by the distillery’s longest-serving craftsmen. Only 600 bottles are released to the world each year.

£2300 Buy Now

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Ledaig 42 year old

Distilled in 1972 and filled into various types of cask, In 2001 Ian MacMillan, the master blender for Ledaig transferred what liquid was left into high-quality Gonzales Byass oloroso sherry casks to add a further layer of flavour. After five years of close supervision, the casks were transferred back to Tobermory distillery. Ian has since claimed that this Ledaig is “the smokiest whisky of its age he has ever encountered.”

One of only 500 bottles and bottled at 46.3% volume.

£2050 Buy Now

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The Balvenie 40 year old

To create The Balvenie Forty, The Balvenie Malt Master, David Stewart, skilfully married together casks that have lain undisturbed in the warehouses for at least forty years. Different cask types impart different characteristics, bringing together a perfect harmony of fruit, spice, sweetness, citrus and oak to create a Balvenie of the very highest order. A silky smooth whisky with an excellent balance of sweet and spicy flavours. The finish is rich, slightly dry and extremely long.

£3000 Buy Now

Whisky Auction “OUR LATEST AUCTION IS NOW LIVE!” – Scotch Whisky News

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OUR LATEST AUCTION IS NOW LIVE!

Our latest auction is now live, and will end on Tuesday 7 July. Once again, we have an exciting line-up of bottles, with plenty of single malts, everyday drinking whiskies and a superb selection of miniatures. There are bottles from Feis Ile (the Islay Festival), in case you weren’t able to make it to Islay this year. Once again, our Japanese whisky selection is very strong, with bottles from Karuizawa and Hanyu, as well as some bottles that were only released in Japan. We also have a good number of vintage spirits for your cocktail cabinet and many blended Scotch whiskies. Look out for the following bottles, and good luck with your bids!

 

A reminder for all UK customers: we offer FREE insurance on all parcels, with no extra/hidden charges.

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