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THE GLENDRONACH INTRODUCES LIMITED RELEASE CASK STRENGTH BATCH 8 – Scotch Whisky News

THE GLENDRONACH INTRODUCES LIMITED RELEASE CASK STRENGTH BATCH 8

The GlenDronach distillery is pleased to announce the eighth release of its Cask Strength Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, matured for ten years in Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucía. This expression offers connoisseurs a deeper insight into the distillery’s signature profile, by bottling the whisky at its natural strength of 61%, to bring the full depth of maturation in Spanish oak casks.

With each unique cask strength release, Master Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie selects the perfect marriage of sherry casks before bottling at cask strength and without chill filtration, as was the custom when The GlenDronach distillery was established in 1826. As with all of The GlenDronach expressions, the rich natural colour is drawn from the Spanish oak in which it rests.

Master Blender, Dr. Rachel Barrie said: “The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 8 is incredibly rich and full-bodied, the result of years of slow maturation in Pedro Ximénez puncheons, quarter casks and Oloroso sherry butts. Casks were individually selected, combined and bottled at natural cask strength to deliver maximum character and depth. Sip layers of sherry cask matured character unfolding slowly over time; from mocha, dark chocolate and caramel espresso to cherry cake layered with sultana and plum; the depth of character is boundless. The texture is like sipping velvet with a burst of sumptuous fruits, warm spices and intense dark chocolate which crescendos into The GlenDronach’s signature long and richly satisfying finish. I hope the most discerning palates will sip, savour and appreciate the full-bodied character
of Cask Strength Batch 8.”

Tasting Notes:

Appearance: Deep tawny gold.
Nose: Sandalwood, oak balsam and rich aromatic columbian coffee with dark manuka honey, cocoa and brazil nut.
Palate: Like sipping velvet with mocha, caramel macchiato and cherry chocolate cake, layered with dates, plum skin and sultana.
Finish: Savour the exceedingly long finish of espresso coffee and cocoa with traces of liquorice and cherry tobacco.
ABV: 61%
RRP: £62.00
The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 8 is bottled at 61% ABV and as is the case for all The GlenDronach expressions, is non-chill filtered and absorbs colour naturally over time from the Spanish oak in which it resides. It will be available to buy from specialist retailers worldwide from September 2019.

ABOUT THE GLENDRONACH DISTILLERY:

Visit: www.glendronachdistillery.co.uk
Facebook: /TheGlenDronach
Twitter: @Glendronach
Instagram: @Glendronach

Nestled in the valley of Forgue, deep in the East Highland hills, is The GlenDronach, one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland. The GlenDronach is of true Highland style: a complex and full bodied spirit, perfect for slow maturation in Spanish sherry oak. At The GlenDronach Distillery, we have carried forth the tradition of our founder James Allardice since 1826, maturing our Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky in the finest Spanish Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucía in Spain. Our richly-sherried Highland Single Malts are recognised for their deep colour and complex flavour profiles, which range from the sweet fruity flavours of the Pedro Ximénez casks we select, to the dry and nutty notes of our Oloroso casks.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Canada “September Outturn” – Scotch Whisky News

Join us for a colourful exploration with the coming together of unique character, tastes and experiences.

Celebrate the spirit of the Society that unites us.

A BIG TROPICAL ADVENTURE

CASK NO. 39.167

CASK:  1st fill barrel

AGE:  8 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Young & spritely

INTRIGUING? CAPTIVATING? FASCINATING!

CASK NO:  135.5

CASK:  2nd fill barrel

AGE:  17 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Spicy & dry

A LILTING EXPERIENCE

CASK NO:  2.112

CASK:  Refill barrel

AGE:  11 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Sweet & spicy

ROYAL FRUITCAKE

CASK NO:  37.117

CASK:  1st fill PX hogshead

AGE:  15 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Juicy, oak & vanilla

RUSTIC FARMHOUSE KITCHEN

CASK NO:  46.70

CASK:  1st fill Madeira hogshead

AGE:  17 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Deep, rich & dried fruits

WISH YOU WERE HERE

CASK NO:  10.161

CASK:  Refill hogshead

AGE: 10 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Oily & coastal

HIGHLY A-MUSING

CASK NO. 122.23

CASK:  2nd fill hogshead

AGE:  7 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Peated

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Canada
Suite 160
104 – 1240 Kensington Road NW
Calgary, AB  T2N 3P7
403-969-8225
curious@smws.ca
www.smws.ca

 

Limited Edition English Whisky Co. Release – Triple Distilled – English Whisky News

Our distillers have unlocked the secret of triple distilling and created an incredibly elegant and delicate whisky which we are very proud of. Taste: Vanilla, light citrus fruits. Slightly dry, dark chocolate, light honey. Again the subtle liquorice is there. Only 1462 bottles released.

£51.99

The Whisky Shop “Laphroaig 10 Year Old Original Cask Strength Back In Stock!” – Scotch Whisky News

Laphroaig 10 Year Old Original Cask Strength
Back In Stock

With much anticipation Laphroaig 10 Year Old Original Cask Strength is back in stock!

Act now to secure yours!

Distilled at Islay’s Laphroaig distillery and matured for at least a decade before bottling at natural cask strength, this is a expression for lovers of classic Islay peat. Part of a series of batched releases, this 2019 edition is bottled at 58.6% abv.

£75.00

Whisky Wednesday Reviews Yoichi Single Malt 45% – Japanese Whisky News

https://youtu.be/SeSiaINXVWo

Heavily pleated and fresh as a daisy, in comparison to its Scottish rivals, this distillery is one of my favourites in Japan.  Heavy, oily and layered with familiar flavours for West Coast Scotch fans, it should be on everyone’s radar to try! Cheers!

INTRODUCING EDITION NO.5; A CELEBRATION OF THE MACALLAN’S NATURAL COLOUR – Scotch Whisky News

INTRODUCING EDITION NO.5; A CELEBRATION OF THE MACALLAN’S NATURAL COLOUR 

The Macallan Edition No.5 is our very own homage to the diversity and complexity of natural colour. Inspired by a coming together of whisky making mastery and colour expertise and insight, this single malt celebrates both The Macallan’s commitment to natural colour and the intricate whisky making process.

We are surrounded by colour; it shapes our everyday lives. From defining moods, shaping perceptions, distracting thoughts and changing behaviour, it is a powerful force that can communicate without words.

100% natural in colour, all of our exceptional whiskies from The Macallan are shaped from time spent in the very best casks; maturing, nurturing and developing character.  World renowned colour masters at the Pantone Color InstituteTM created a uniquely bold shade of purple; reflecting an enigmatic, multi-faceted and intricate combination of red and blue.

With The Macallan Edition No.5, it is the complexity and precision of the whisky making process which defines this colour creation; showcasing the infinite hues, creativity and expertise which harnesses the natural colour of The Macallan. 

Sarah Burgess, The Macallan Whisky Maker, said, “We can find much common ground between whisky making and colour creation and with Edition No.5 we have been able to explore and celebrate these two art forms. Whilst colour development starts with mixing basic colours with precision to achieve different shades, for whisky making, it is the knowledge and understanding of a specific palette of colours from the cask which is the starting point.  From here we can craft the desired character and specific colour of the final whisky”.

Commenting on the collaboration, Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute, said “As the rainbow’s most complex colour, purple naturally felt like the ideal shade to highlight the equally complex process involved in The Macallan’s whisky making.  This new vibrant shade developed for Edition No.5, brings to life the exquisite combination of distinctive natural hues found in this whisky.

Only American oak casks were handpicked for this single malt, primarily for their colour in order to deliver a whisky with a wonderfully full flavour. The result is beautiful sunlit barley colour that is accompanied by an intriguingly intense flavour profile that hosts sweet notes of caramel and fresh fruit combined with oak spices.  

Tasting Notes: 

The character of Edition No.5 is defined by a complex flavour profile:

Aroma – vanilla and toffee merged with spices of oak, nutmeg and ginger with hints of lemon basil and pear

Palate – Buttery caramel moves into poached peaches and ripe pear

Finish – Sweetness with light, lingering oak spices 

Edition No.5 will be available at specialist retailers, selected on-trade accounts, The Macallan boutique at Heathrow Terminal 5 and The Macallan Distillery & Visitor Experience from the 16th September with an RRP of £92. 

About The Macallan

Founded in 1824, The Macallan is one of the worlds’ most admired and awarded single malt whiskies. The reputation of The Macallan is based on a product of outstanding quality and distinctive character. An obsession with excellence has been the hallmark of The Macallan since its founding, by Alexander Reid, on a plateau above the river Spey in north-east Scotland.

In May 2018, The Macallan unveiled its new £140 million distillery and visitor experience on its Speyside estate, increasing investment in whisky, warehousing and in The Macallan’s signature sherry-seasoned oak casks.  The striking contemporary architecture, cut into the slope of the land, takes its cues from ancient Scottish hills.  It stands nearby Easter Elchies House, the Highland Manor built in 1700 which has been The Macallan’s spiritual home since 1824.  The new distillery marks an important milestone, recognising the significant journey of The Macallan since 1824 and marking an exciting new chapter in the evolution of the luxury single malt.”

www.themacallan.com

About Pantone Color Institute

Pantone provides a universal language of colour that enables colour-critical decisions through every stage of the workflow for brands and manufacturers. More than 10 million designers and producers around the world rely on Pantone products and services to help define, communicate and control colour from inspiration to realization – leveraging advanced X-Rite technology to achieve colour consistency across various materials and finishes for graphics, fashion and product design. Pantone Standards feature digital and physical colour specification and workflow tools. Pantone Color Institute provides customized colour standards, brand identity and product colour consulting as well as trend forecasting inclusive of Pantone Color of the Year, Fashion Runway Color Trend Reports, colour psychology and more.

www.pantone.com

UNIQUE PRIZE GOES ON SHOW TO TEE UP HIGHLAND PRO AM EVENT – Scotch Whisky News

UNIQUE PRIZE GOES ON SHOW TO TEE UP HIGHLAND PRO AM EVENT

A unique prize in Scottish golf is going on display as the countdown begins to a prestigious event which tees off this month.

The Highland Golf Links Pro Am sponsored by Tomatin will be held from 30 September to 2 October at three leading championship courses – Castle Stuart Golf Links, Royal Dornoch Golf Club and The Nairn Golf Club.

In addition to the winner’s cheque, the top professional will this year collect a bottle of Tomatin 50-year-old single malt which has been bottled exclusively for the tournament and is valued at more than £10,000.

In the build-up to the PGA in Scotland Tour event, the valuable prize will be displayed at the Tomatin Distillery visitor centre from Tuesday 10 September until Friday 20 September.

Stuart McColm, general manager at Castle Stuart and Pro Am organiser, said: “The Highland Golf Links Pro Am is already one of the richest events in the PGA in Scotland Tour, but the addition of this prize by our headline sponsor means it offers something different to any other golf competition in Scotland.”

Stephen Bremner, managing director of the globally-renowned Tomatin Distillery, said: “The 50-year-old malt is a very special whisky, which is fitting for such an outstanding event at three of the finest courses in Scotland.”

Having matured for half a century, the deep-honey coloured malt is encased in a handblown Glencairn crystal decanter. This is presented in an Italian- crafted wooden box, furnished with soft, premium Italian leather, and comes with its own, individually-numbered book, signed by Distillery Manager, Graham Eunson.

As well as the winning pro prize, Tomatin is supplying all amateur players in the event an exclusive bottle of 16-year-old single malt from a commemorative cask.

The Pro Am has attracted more than 50 teams from across the UK, Europe and the USA. Amateur players include BBC journalist and broadcaster Naga Munchetty, Sky Sports reporter Sarah Stirk and talkSPORT radio host Georgie Bingham.

Pro golfer and BBC golf reporter Alan Tait will captain the Caste Stuart team which will also feature BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter.

The event has attracted new corporate partners, TaylorMade and Black Isle Brewery, while other sponsors include the Kingsmills Hotel and Culloden House hotel, clothing manufacturers Private Estate and communications company System2.

There are still a few spaces available at the event. If you would like to enter visit https://www.hglproam.com

Kilchoman Keeps Impressing With Their Limited Releases – Scotch Whisky News


Kilchoman Keeps Impressing With Their Limited Releases!

9th Edition 100% Islay

Distilled from the 2007 and 2009 barley crops, the 9th edition is a vatting of 43 ex-Bourbon barrels matured for over nine years in the on-site dunnage warehouses.  Bottled at 50% abv, they’ve released a total of 12,000 bottles which are available now.

Released annually since 2011, the 100% Islay range is distilled solely from barley grown in the distillery’s surrounding fields before being malted, distilled, matured, and eventually bottled on site.  It’s an unmatched, unbroken chain of creation from barley to bottle.

NOSE: Citrus sweetness, apricots, juniper, and wild herbs.

PALATE: Layers of lemon tart, vanilla, briny peat, smoke, and dark maple syrup.

FINISH: Long, clean, oily and intense as flavors fight for supremacy.

2010 Vintage

The 2010 Vintage 9 year old is a vatting of 42 fresh Bourbon barrels and three Oloroso Sherry butts filled in 2010 and matured for over nine years.  This is the first non-single-cask age stated release.

NOSE: Bright notes of lemon zest, melted butter, sweet spices, and damp, smoldering peat smoke.

PALATE: Dried seaweed, chimney smoke, cloves, sweet tobacco, banana, and linseed oil.

FINISH: Dried apricot, vanilla, and rounded peat smoke.

By the way, the ImpEx Cask Evolution of 2019 – 100% Islay matured in an Oloroso Sherry cask was gone out of our warehouse in less than two hours.  If you really want to get a hold of this bottle, please check with a retailer near you, or connect with us and let us know where you reside or prefer to shop.Since you’ve made it this far into the email, here’s a mesmerizingly beautiful video of Kilchoman and the Machir Bay beach, with thoughts on the whisky from the man himself – Anthony Wills.

Thanks again for being part of our family and enjoying these fine whiskies with us!

We’ll be in touch about other exciting news as the year drinks on … 🥃

Please feel free to reach out for more details on the bottling: office@impexbev.com

McKenzie Bottled-in-Bond Wheated Bourbon Whiskey – American Whiskey News

McKenzie Bottled-in-Bond Wheated Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) ($44.99)

One of New York state’s best craft distilleries delivers a masterpiece with a bottled in bond wheated bourbon. Situated on the east shore of Lake Seneca in the heart of the Finger Lakes wine country, McKenzie has always made their whiskies with locally sourced NY grain and dedicated themselves to environmental stewardship. They were a huge hit here at K&L many years ago when they were brand new with baby aged whiskey. Today they’re better than ever. By law the bottled in bond is at least 4 years old, but the whiskey here is older than the legal minimum. The rich and creamy texture is perfect at 100 proof. With the sky high demand for wheated bourbon, I don’t expect us to be able to keep this in stock, but it would be unfair to compare it with Weller or Pappy. The real story here is in the curation of exceptionally high quality grains grown in the bread basket of New York. The distillation ends at a slightly lower proof to preserve more of the inherent wheat and corn flavors in the final product. The quality of the whiskey is superb. It’s dense, rich, smooth as silk, and wildly flavorful.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 05, 2019

The best wheated bourbon on our shelf. Full Stop. A few things are done differently at the Finger Lakes Distillery to make Mckenzie that contribute to it’s full and intense flavor. All of the grain is grown locally in New York state before being distilled to a lower than normal proof, retaining more flavor. The second distillation is carried out on a thumper, an old school technique given up for modern efficiency by most Kentucky producers. It is then barreled at a ridiculously low 100 proof in barrels made from 36 month air dried staves. The end result of these expensive choice is that you need to add almost no water when it comes time to bottle – yet again, the result is MORE flavor. Just ask Michter’s who barrels at 103 proof! Each of these production choices sets Mckenzie apart, but the true test comes down to what’s in the bottle. Pour a slug of this into a glass and let it sit for a moment. You won’t even have to nose the glass before you smell the rich caramel, brown sugar, dried fruits, and mellow grain wafting up. Put the liquid to your lips and the first thing you notice is the texture. It’s full bodied and creamy. The flavors expand across the palate as a repeat of the nose with the added complexity of cinnamon, nutmeg, and very gentle wood tannin. The finish flourishes into an array of pepper, cocoa, caramel, sweet tea, and caramelized sugar. The 100 proof ties every aspect together in harmony. A complete bourbon and an incredibly showing for the Burdett, NY distillery.

Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 05, 2019

Could this be the best wheated Bourbon in the store? You need to try it to find out, but everyone at K&L is on board with that statement. With some of the big names in wheated Bourbon, like Pappy and Weller, now impossible to come by, it’s really reassuring to know we can still find something of this incredible quality and taste available. It’s great to be able to support the craft distillers in this era of giant conglomerates and McKenzie’s attention to detail and dedication to this spirit is evident in this bottling. Not too shabby at all.

Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 04, 2019

A wheated Bourbon for all seasons! I normally gravitate toward high-rye American whiskeys, but I like this wheater because it’s no pushover. The nose begins with some of the more gentle scents one might expect from wheated Bourbon: breadiness, breakfast brioche, butter toffees, and baked fruits. However, this is not any old wheated Bourbon because it happens to be Bottled in Bond which ensures a decent level of maturity and 100 proof. Sandalwood pops out of the oak char notes and then the booze turns spicy (not into Rye territory, but enough to liven the glass). Clove begets allspice begets savory anise that reminds me of European black licorice candies. As the Bourbon ebbs to its long finish, the fruit flavors bob in and out between those spicy notes and polished wood tannins.

Sonoma Distilling Co Tasting at The Whisky Shop #SFO September 27th, 2019 – American Whiskey News

Friday September 27th 5-7PM: 

Local Whiskey:

 Sonoma Distilling Co 

Sonoma Co. Distillery, founded in 2010 in the heart of Sonoma County is California’s premier whiskey distillery. Their ‘grain-to-glass’ approach to whisky brings a hands on quality to every bottling, producing a delicious selection of bourbons and ryes.

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