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Isle of Arran Distillery adds a dram of poetry to London Fashion Week – Scotch Whisky News

Robert Burns Cocktail, The Burnito

Isle of Arran Distillery adds a dram of poetry to London Fashion Week

The Robert Burns Single Malt, the only whisky officially endorsed by the World Burns Federation, has given London Fashion Week a taste of ‘Scotland in miniature’.

In partnership with Fentimans Botanically Brewed Beverages, the Isle of Arran Distillery served hundreds of their ‘Burnito’ cocktails during the presentation of the Le Kilt AW17 collection on the 17th February.

Samantha McCoach founded Le Kilt in 2014 with a vision of adding a dash of modernity to her family’s kilt-making heritage. Central to the Le Kilt philosophy is a preservation of traditional techniques, underscored with modernity – an approach that the Isle of Arran Distillery shares.

Jaclyn McKie, sales & marketing manager at the Isle of Arran Distillery, said: “We believe that good whisky never goes out of fashion – but that’s not to say we shy away from a modern twist – our cocktail recipes being the perfect example.

“Samantha’s approach to a very traditional Scottish craft struck a chord with us and her show felt like a great opportunity to introduce a whole new audience to the Arran Malt.

“With the help of Fentimans, we were proud to bring a touch of Arran to London and a dram of poetry to London Fashion Week.”

The last Le Kilt presentation drew over 200 UK and international press attendees including US Vogue, British Vogue, W Magazine, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, The Telegraph, US Elle and Dazed.

The Burnito:

You will need

50ml Burns Malt Whisky

25ml Fresh Lime Juice

15ml Sugar Syrup

6 Mint Leaves

Fentimans Ginger Beer

Method:

Shake everything (except ginger beer) over ice and strain into ice filled highball glass.

Top up with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wedge and a mint sprig.

ENDS  For more information, samples and images, please contact Megan King at Inside Media on megan@insidemedia.uk.com or 01179 066 526.

Notes to editors: For more information visit www.arranwhisky.com/ * Accolades for Isle of Arran Distillery include Winner for: Best New Exporter (2004), Queen’s Award for International Trade (2005), Scottish Distiller of the Year (2007) and Scottish Drinks Producer of the Year (2007.)

Scottish Field Visitor Experience of the Year 2014 & 2015.

Product awards include: Best Whisky Liqueur (2007), ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 12 Years & Under’ for The Arran Malt Amarone Cask Finish (2008) ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 11-15 Years’ for The Arran Malt Sherry Single Cask 1998 (2010) and ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 11-15 Years’ for the Icons of Arran Peacock (2011.) ‘Double Gold Award’ for Arran’s 14 Year Old Single Malt and ‘Gold Award’ for Arran’s 10 Year Old Single Malt at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2012). Double Gold in FiftyBest.com awards (2012). Double Gold Medal for the 12 year-old Cask Strength in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2013). Double Gold for both the 10 year-old and 12 year-old Cask Strength at the China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards 2014.

About Fentimans Botanically Brewed Beverages:

  • Fentimans Botanically Brewed Beverages is a family owned and run business started in 1905 by Thomas Fentiman.
  • Fentimans is the only brewer in the UK to use the time honoured process of botanical brewing to produce natural, full flavoured beverages.
  • The mixer range comprises seven drinks, and there are nine soft drinks plus a selection of pre mixed alcoholic beverages and the craft beer, Hollows and Fentimans Alcoholic Ginger Beer and Alcoholic Spiced Ginger Beer.
  • Fentimans was named as the UK’s number one soft drinks brand in The Guild of Fine Food’s Best Brands Survey 2016-17.

Whisky of the World: CA update – Early Bird Tickets for TX and GA – Whisky News

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Excitement is building for Whiskies of the World in San Jose (#WOWSJ) on March 30th and in San Francisco (#WOWSF) on March 31st.  San Jose has grown and we moved the event to a larger venue, the GlassHouse at 2 S. Market Street.  That means more room for more whisky.

#WOWSF happens on the San Francisco Belle Yacht (remains docked) at Pier 3. VIP is already sold out, but general admission tickets are still available. Click here for San Francisco hotel partners. Announcing the San Francisco Masterclasses: (You must have a ticket for the main tasting in order to get into a seminar) masterclassessfo2017.eventbrite.com

  • Beauty and the Beast: Glenmorangie vs Ardbeg: Travis Tidwell:
  • Last Great Malts: Gabriel Cardarella
  • Whisky Mixology:  H Ehrmann from Elixir
  • Sonoma County Distilling:   Adam Spiegel
  • Cigar/Whisky Pairing:    Thomas G. Brock

and the San Jose Masterclasses:

  • 50 Shades of Spey: Alexander Murray Independent Bottler: Cameron Johnston
  • Last Great Malts:  Gabriel Cardarella

                        Links to buy tickets: San Jose 3/30/2017 ; Sponsored by Silicon Valley Magazine San Francisco 3/31/2017 : Sponsored by SF Magazine Current list of participating brands San Jose; San Francisco Early bird tickets are now on sale for Texas and Atlanta events! Whiskies of the World Houston (#WOWHOU) will take place on Thursday, September 14th, at the JW Marriott Galleria Whiskies of the World Austin (#WOWAUS) is Saturday, September 16th, at the JW Marriott downtown. Whiskies of the World Atlanta (#WOWATL) is Saturday, November 4th, at the Westin Buckhead Lets talk about it! Be sure to use the hashtags when talking about the all the WOW shows on social media. Each time you post with the correct hashtags, you will be entered in a drawing to win a free ticket to that show. We will select one winner the week before the show. If you have already purchased your ticket which we recommend you do, we will refund it.  Post and follow on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. We have some world class whiskies coming to each show and would like to highlight a few more this issue. If you missed any issues of our newsletter, please be sure to look at the archive here for more information about your favorite whiskies.

The Last Great Malts from Dewar’s

The Last Great Malts is a branding of 5 single malts that are all part of the Dewar’s blend and owned by Dewar’s. They are Aberfeldy, Craigellachie, The Deveron, Aultmore, and Royal Brackla. Dewar’s has a long history, a heritage rich with stories, secrets, and of course full of delicious Scotch. The Last Great Malts represents some of the single malts used in Dewar’s, the single malts that are just too good to keep only for blending! Aberfeldy is the signature malt in Dewar’s, that delicious, fruity, sweet whisky! They call themselves the “golden dram” in part because the water they use to make the whisky is richly laden with minerals, including GOLD!  Craigellachie is an old fashioned malt, still made using worm tubs for condensing, which give it a meaty, sulphury taste that is cherished by many a Scotch fan! The Deveron can be found in other countries as Glen Deveron and McDuff, but from now on will be known simply as The Deveron. It is made by the sea and the bottle is a frosted green that evokes found sea glass on the beach. It is delightfully smooth and calls you back for another taste. Aultmore is “of the Foggie Moss” and has the nickname (and also can be asked for locally) as “a nip of the Buckie Road”. These names allude to a Scotch which is somewhat mysterious and unknown to most of the world, yet well known where it is made. It is flavorful, and a great value for the quality you get. Only three Scotches have had the “Royal” designation. Brackla received theirs from King William the IV, uncle to Queen Victoria, in 1833. Queen Victoria renewed the warrant in 1838. A Royal Warrant means that this whisky is a favorite of the royal family and chosen by them as an “official” whisky of the court. This is a sherry finished whisky and is fairly straightforward in its notes of vanilla, pepper and dried fruits. Though Aberfeldy and Craigellachie have been available in the US for quite some time, the other three are relatively new to US markets. Make the Dewar’s table a first stop at Whiskies of the World to see for yourself why they could not be kept a secret any more.

Crown Royal

The best known Canadian whisky in the world is also one of the best selling whiskies in the world: Crown Royal. While only three Scotch whiskies have been given the designation of Royal, Crown Royal was designed from its start for Royalty. In 1939 King George IV and Queen Elizabeth (the current Queen Elizabeth’s parents) came to Canada and Samuel Bronfman, then of Seagram’s, wanted to craft a whisky to give to them to honor their visit. He expertly blended over 50 whiskies to create Crown Royal and presented it to the Royal couple and stocked their train that took them across the country. It wasn’t until 1964 that it was introduced to the US and other countries. In recent times many delicious variations have been introduced, like the XO which is the original blend which is then finished in Cognac casks from the French Limousin forest, or the Monarch, introduced in 2014 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Royal visit that started it all. At Whiskies of the World, start a new tradition of your own by trying all of their fine expressions!

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Woodford Reserve

Though not always called Woodford Reserve, the distillery where Woodford reserve is made is the oldest Bourbon distillery in Kentucky, built in 1838. Dr. James Crow, a Scottish scientist, is called the “Father of Bourbon” and was employed at the “Oscar Pepper Distillery” as it was known then. He perfected much of the process used in making bourbon today, including sour mash and aging in barrels. This would be enough accolades for any distillery, but Woodford Reserve is also the only Bourbon distillery using pot stills for part of their distilling. (Some of their spirit also comes from column stills, the usual method for distilling bourbon.) These pot stills originated in Scotland. Another rather unusual thing is that the warehouse for aging is made of stone rather than wood and therefore the temperature fluctuates more slowly and the spirit is heated and cooled at a more regular pace than many other bourbons sitting in barrels in Kentucky. Finally, Woodford Reserve is the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby, and releases a special Derby expression every year. At the Kentucky Derby you may have to pay $1000 for a Mint Julep made from Woodford Reserve, but a taste of this fine whiskey is included when you buy a ticket to Whiskies of the World in San Francisco.

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The Glenlivet

The Single Malt that started it all! People in Scotland were making whisky long before it was legally permitted. In 1824, it became legal and George Smith, the founder of the Glenlivet, applied for a permit to change his illicit distillery to a legal one. Other distillers were mad that he did this as they hoped that if no one would apply for permits, it would not become something that had to be done. George Smith famously carried around two pistols to protect himself and his people from the angry distillers. Today The Glenlivet, named for the river in Speyside near where it is located, is the best selling Single Malt in the US and the second best selling in the world! There are 12 Whiskies regularly produced that cover a wide variety of wood finishes and even some peat flavors! The Glenlivet 12 is the standard against which many measure Scotch whisky. It is the one Scotch that you will find in almost every bar and if someone has tried Scotch, most often this is the Scotch they have tried. It is consistently smooth and easy to drink, and with the classic Speyside flavors of honey, heather, and vanilla, it is a complex, fruity malt. Additionally in the Classic range you have the 15, the 18, and the Founders’ reserve. The Nadurra collection emphasizes the whisky making tradition of the 19th century and is non chill filtered, often focusing on the wood flavors from the casks. Whiskies of the World in San Francisco welcomes The Glenlivet and encourages you to make this one of your first stops of the evening.

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Sonoma County Distilling Company

California is known for making great wines, and some of the conditions that allow that to be true help make it a great locale for whiskey making as well. Sonoma County Distilling uses non GMO grains from California, Canada and the UK, and hand fires their pot stills, watching the process carefully and crafting whiskey slowly by hand, from grain to glass. They describe their new make spirit as “a viscous, high ester-driven” fluid ready to age in barrels from Minnesota and Missouri. Their cornerstone product is their Rye, but they also make a bourbon and a wheat whiskey. These tasty offerings are treats that are found mainly in California, and chances are you have not had the pleasure of trying this whiskey yet. Another fine reason to buy your WOW tickets today and indulge in the pleasure of finding new favorites among some old friends. Master Class With Adam Speigel, Owner of Sonoma County Distilling Join Adam Spiegel, Owner and Head Distiller of Sonoma County Distilling Company, to learn about his approach to crafting grain to glass whiskeys. As California’s first premier whiskey-focused distillery, Adam will discuss what sets their rye, wheat and bourbon whiskeys apart from what is made in Kentucky. He’ll share why utilizing direct-fired copper alembic pot stills, the finest grains for their mash bill and a unique barrel aging program makes all the difference in their limited-release whiskeys, each reflecting the exceptional terroir of Sonoma County.  Adam will be presenting this class at Whiskies of the World in San Francisco on March 31st. Sign up when you buy your ticket!

This is just a small sample of the 100’s of whiskies you can try at a Whiskies of the World event. There is something for every taste, and it all comes together in one great evening! Don your kilts, your dinner jackets and party dresses and come on out for an unforgettable night of whisky!

Cheers, Douglas Smith ~ Event Director Whiskies of the World

Scotch Whisky Auctions 71st Auction Now Live – Whisky News

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Linkwood 21 Year Old 1995 Signatory at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Linkwood 21 Year Old 1995 Signatory Highland #5938 & #5939 

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ABV:43.0% Age:21 Year Old Vintage:1995 Cask Type: Hogsheads Cask#:#5938 & #5939 Bottler: Signatory Vintage Region: Speyside Type: Single Malt Scotch Volume:70cl

£46.31

Linkwood 21 Year Old 1995 vintage Speyside single malt Scotch whiskey. Matured in hogsheads #5938 & #5939 bottled November 2016 by Signatory Vintage for the Highland series. Linkwood Distillery was established in 1821 by Peter Brown in the Speyside whiskey region. This is a malt whiskey distillery equipped with six stills and whilst a large percentage of Linkwood whiskey flows into blends an increasing volume is appearing as single malt whiskey. There are some excellent independent releases including vintages such as Linkwood 1969 and Linkwood 1972 from Gordon & MacPhail.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “MARCH PREVIEWS: A TAPESTRY OF FLAVOUR” – Scotch Whisky News

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MARCH PREVIEWS: A TAPESTRY OF FLAVOUR

We’ve just released six preview bottlings from March Outturn, the first opportunity to buy our colourful, new-look bottles. Each of these single casks brings a rich tapestry of flavour to taste and explore. Limited bottles are available ahead of the full Outturn release on Friday 3 March, 9am.

Missed our new look bottle news? Read more on our blog »

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

MAXXIUM UK ANNOUNCES ‘MASTERS OF THE FAMOUS BLEND’ EVENT IN GLASGOW – Scotch Whisky News

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MAXXIUM UK ANNOUNCES ‘MASTERS OF THE FAMOUS BLEND’ EVENT IN GLASGOW

Maxxium UK has announced Glasgow as the next location for The Famous Grouse Masters of the Famous Blend bartender engagement programme, following a successful event in Leeds last year.

The event will take place on Wednesday 8th March at 29 Private Members Club, and brings together the Masters behind The Famous Grouse including Master Blender, Kirsteen Campbell; Master of Wood, Stuart MacPherson; Global Brand Ambassador, Lucy Whitehall; and Master of Mixology David Miles from the Maxxium Mixxit team.

More than 100 bartenders around the UK have attended the Masters of the Famous Blend events since they launched and they have proven to provide bartenders with a unique and fascinating insight into the UK’s best-selling whisky – The Famous Grouse. The Glasgow event will be no different with a special look at how the whisky is crafted as well as an introduction to the family range.

Each of our Masters will focus on their specialist topic, and the schedule will include:

  • Lucy Whitehall (Global Brand Ambassador) introducing the ‘four fundamentals’ of The Famous Grouse brand: foundation; finest; flavour; and fusion, before providing a fascinating overview of the heritage of this famous brand, and the foundation it is built on.
  • Kirsteen Campbell (Master Blender) explains the art of blending (fusion) and the finest ingredients that go into making a blend and hosts a tasting of the full range.
  • Stuart McPherson (Master of Wood) covers flavour talking through the wood policy and the impact that this has on the flavour of the whisky
  • David Miles (Master of Mixology) then talks about how versatile blended whisky is and how to drive rate of sale through mixed drinks, before demonstrating a range of serves from simple through to the more complex.

Chris Anderson, Marketing Controller, The Famous Grouse commented: “The Famous Grouse has achieved its standing as the best-selling whisky in the UK through the impressive skills of our Master Blender and the commitment to quality that is consistently applied to all areas of production. This includes our wood policy which manages the sourcing of materials from tree to cask, and our maturation process.

“The bartender engagement programme has been extremely successful and offers a very unique opportunity for our senior team to share their knowledge with bartenders, who play such an important role in ensuring that our whisky reaches consumers.”

Any bartenders wishing to join the session at 29 Private Members Club in Glasgow on 8th March can email tfgteam@bigpartnership.co.uk to reserve a place. Places are limited so bartenders should register as quickly as possible.

Notes

About Maxxium UK

  • Maxxium is the distributor of The Famous Grouse in the UK.
  • The Famous Grouse portfolio includes: The Famous Grouse, The Famous Grouse Smoky Black, The Famous Grouse Mellow Gold, and The Naked Grouse.
  • Maxxium UK Ltd is part of the global sales and distribution alliance between Beam Suntory and Edrington Group.
  • Its UK portfolio of premium brands includes: Blended Scotch (The Famous Grouse, Teacher’s and Cutty Sark), malt whisky (Highland Park, Laphroaig, Bowmore, Auchentoshan, The Macallan, and Ardmore), imported whiskey (Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek, Canadian Club, Red Stag) Japanese whiskey (Hibiki, Yamazaki, Hakashu), cognac (Courvoisier) vodka (Stolichnaya), rum (Brugal), liqueurs and specialities (Sourz, Midori, Bols liqueurs, Galliano, After Shock)

Turning Japanese – Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival broadens horizons with unexpected tastes and experiences – Whisky News

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Turning Japanese – Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival broadens horizons with unexpected tastes and experiences

If you think that Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival simply celebrates amber nectar from the world-famous region that is home to more than half of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries then think again – visitors will have the opportunity to sample a range of Japanese whiskies too.

While the chance to meet key players in the Speyside whisky industry and join exclusive behind the scenes distillery tours are in high demand, the festival’s reputation as a premier whisky event means that some unexpected drams will be on offer during the experience.

Although Speyside distilleries would argue that their produce is the best in the world, Japanese whiskies have been making their mark. Speyside’s The Highlander Inn at Craigellachie is owned by Tatsuya Minagawa from Japan and is home to one of the world’s largest collections of Japanese whiskies outside South East Asia. It is here that Global Brand Ambassador Yumi Yashikawa will discuss ‘Everything about Chichibu Distillery’ with a rare chance to try brand new bottlings and new cask samples of whiskies not yet available in the UK.

Whisky isn’t just served in glasses in Speyside, it can be tasted in an array of foodstuffs, as the Spey Larder in Aberlour will show. This High Street delicatessen is serving samples of whisky-flavoured haggis, smoked salmon, cheeses, pâté, ice cream, cake, tea and coffee, all specially created by Scottish producers.

If you love crafts then a workshop offering the opportunity to create a textile card or brooch based on Scotland’s national flower, the thistle might appeal. Working with a choice of fabric, including Harris Tweed or cloth from Johnstons of Elgin, it is a chance to use simple stitching or gluing techniques to create a small piece of Scotland to take home. Coffee and cake can be enjoyed at this workshop taking place at Dufftown’s Seven Stills on several dates throughout the festival.

Scotland is gathering a growing reputation for its gin production and the home of Caorunn Gin is opening its doors to festival goers. Speyside’s Balmenach Distillery will be offering an insight into Caorunn’s artisanal production process with a tour of the production area followed by tutored, deconstructed nosings and tastings, including neat tastings.

Chocolates will be served with very special drams when drinks writers Joel Harrison and Neil Ridley get together at Aberlour Distillery to go back to the birth of film and use the moving image to highlight the influence of maturation in sherry casks with a silent classic accompanied by live music.

This year’s Festival runs from April 27 to May 1 and the programme comprises almost 500 different events across Speyside, taking place in distilleries old and new, charming village halls, local whisky bars, historic castles, old steadings and the great outdoors.

Festival manager Pery Zakeri says that the festival is continuing to make new partnerships and extending its appeal and interest to whisky fans and other visitors seeking unique activities.

Pery says, “Events like our exclusive behind the scenes tours – and events where people get to meet the key players in the Speyside whisky industry such as master distillers and expert blenders – will always be the most popular.

“But every year we look to add interesting and unusual choices to the Festival listings so there is an incredibly varied programme to choose from.“

Festival chairman James Campbell also underlines the importance of the festival being an unforgettable experience for all visitors, whether they are whisky devotees or curious beginners.

“The Festival is very much the gold standard for whisky connoisseurs, but we ensure there is plenty to attract those who are less knowledgeable about Speyside malts or indeed who have never tasted whisky.”

Based in the heart of Scotland’s malt whisky country, the five day festival has events from Kingussie in the south to Forres in the west and Buckie in the east.

Situated directly between the cities of Aberdeen and Inverness, Speyside is the base for many high-profile international brands.

More information about the event is available at www.spiritofspeyside.com/ and tickets are also available to buy on the website. The Festival is active on social media – facebook.com/WhiskyFestival and @spirit_speyside on Twitter and Instagram. Use the hashtag #dram17.

Caption: There’s whisky galore – and so much more – at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

Notes to Editors

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is committed to promoting responsible drinking. Visitors travelling to and from Festival events can take advantage of a range of transport options. Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival has received funding from Event Scotland and is also financially supported by many other private and public partners.

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2014 to 2020. The Scottish Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme.

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EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit www.eventscotland.org/. Follow EventScotland on Twitter @EventScotNews.

EventScotland is a team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, the national tourism organisation which markets Scotland as a tourism destination across the world, gives support to the tourism industry and brings sustainable tourism growth to Scotland. For more information about VisitScotland see www.visitscotland.org/ or for consumer information on Scotland as a visitor destination see http://www.visitscotland.com/.

Milroys of Soho “Kavalan Master Class hosted by Master Blender, Mr Ian Chang” – Taiwan Whisky News

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KAVALAN WHISKY

MASTERCLASS HOSTED BY MASTER BLENDER MR IAN CHANG

TUESDAY 2nd MAY 2016 ~ 6.30pm

Move over Yamazaki, here comes Kavalan!

Enjoy a once in  a lifetime opportunity to spend an evening tasting Kavalan whisky with world renowned Taiwanese whisky producer Mr Ian Chang!!!

Tickets are limited to 25

BUY NOW

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One Week Away: WhiskyFest DC is pouring over 300 Whiskies! – Whisky News

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Ralfy Review #628 – Scotch Whisky News

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Ralfy takes an Indi Glen Elgin challenge with Ralfy Review 628 – Glen Elgin 21yo single cask (Douglas Laing)


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