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Canadian Whisky News by Davin de Kergommeaux – Canadian Whisky News

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Canadian Whisky Awards 2016 – Results

 Lot No. 40 is Canada’s best whisky

Lot No. 40 is Canada’s best whisky

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Corby’s Master Blender, Dr. Don Livermore accepts the award for Best Canadian Whisky of 2015 from Davin de Kergommeaux and Dave Broom at the Canadian Whisky Awards, held January 14 at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria B.C.

This is the second time Lot No. 40 has been named best whisky.

VICTORIA, Jan. 15, 2016 The jury has decided. A whisky distilled in Windsor, Ontario, is the best Canadian whisky of 2015.  A panel of ten independent whisky experts named Lot No. 40 the Canadian Whisky of the Year at the sixth annual Canadian Whisky Awards. They announced the results of this annual blind tasting competition Thursday evening, January 14, at the Victoria Whisky Festival in Victoria, B.C.

Chairman of the judges, Davin de Kergommeaux, described Lot No. 40 as: “A rye whisky sensation. Interest in rye is surging globally and here is proof that Canada makes the best all-rye whiskies in the world.”Other top winners include Canadian Club 100% Rye, Gooderham & Worts, Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye, Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel, and Masterson’s 10-Year-Old Rye.

“Canada’s whisky makers have responded to skyrocketing interest in Canadian whisky with a wealth of new high-end releases,” said de Kergommeaux as he revealed the winners. “For example, for the first time ever, a major legacy brand, Crown Royal, has bottled single barrel Canadian whisky at high proof.”

Canadian distillers released more small-batch and luxury whiskies in 2015, than ever before. Corby Distillers, for instance introduced four new whiskies including the highly innovative Wiser’s Hopped Whisky.Forty Creek, Centennial, and Sortilège continued to maintain a strong presence for flavoured whiskies as well.

The Winners:

Canadian Whisky of the Year – Lot No. 40

Sippin’ Whisky of the Year – Canadian Club 100% Rye

Award of Excellence – Best New Whisky – Gooderham & Worts

Award of Excellence – Innovation – Wiser’s Hopped Whisky

Award of Excellence – Canadian Whisky Profile – Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

Award of Excellence – Line Extension – Canadian Rockies 21

Award of Excellence – Artisinal Distillery of the Year – Still Waters

Connoisseur Whisky of the Year – Domestic – Gooderham & Worts

Connoisseur Whisky of the Year – Export – Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel

Connoisseur Whisky of the Year – Multi-market – Lot No. 40

Sippin’ Whisky of the Year – Domestic market – Canadian Club 100% Rye

Sippin’ Whisky of the year – Export – Crown Royal XO

Sippin’Whisky of the Year – Multi-market – Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve

Value Whisky of the Year – Domestic – Alberta Premium

Value Whisky of the Year – Export – Canadian Mist

Value Whisky of the Year – Multi-market – Highwood Canadian Rye Whisky

Flavoured whisky of the year – Domestic market – Forty Creek Cream

Flavoured whisky of the year – Multi-market – Sortilege Maple Cream

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Does Ontario Have A Secret Plan to Eliminate Over 6,000 Jobs?

A news story in the National Post last Friday quotes a lawyer representing the Ontario Government’s agency, the LCBO, as confirming “Government policy does not want to proliferate distilleries.”

In oral arguments before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Post says LCBO’s legal counsel, Ms. Margaret Jill Dougherty, went further and explained the policy was due to perceived health risks associated with higher bottling strength Spirits versus either wine or beer.

The public revealing of the Ontario Government’s objective also may help explain previous decisions that imposed excessive LCBO mark-ups on Spirits and excluded Ontario-made spirits from wine sales in farmers’ markets and beer sales in grocery stores.

“The Government appears to have embarked on a systematic strategy to further squeeze Ontario Spirits manufacturers and shrink the Industry’s Ontario footprint”, explained Jan Westcott, Spirits Canada President & CEO. “We reached out to numerous senior officials in the Government but, to date, there has been no public denial of the statements attributed to Ms. Dougherty”, added Mr. Westcott.

The Government’s view of potential higher health risks associated with distilled Spirits is totally inconsistent with the best medical evidence available and with the consensus of health and alcohol policy experts, including the findings of Canada’s National Alcohol Strategy.

Modern, progressive alcohol harm-reduction policies are largely anchored on the basis of a standard drink, defined as any alcoholic beverage containing 17.05 ml of pure alcohol. Examples of standard drinks include a 341 ml of 5% a.b.v. beer, a 5 ounce glass of 12% a.b.v. wine, and a Spirits Cocktail containing 1½ ounces of 40% a.b.v. spirits. When asked whether beer and wine are safer to drink, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention categorically answered “No.”

A 2010 OMAFRA study concluded that the local manufacturing of Spirits in Ontario supported over 6,000 full-time jobs and contributed $1.5 billion to the economy annually. Relying on imported spirits to serve Ontario consumers will lead directly to the elimination of all this manufacturing-based economic activity.

The Ontario Government’s apparent decision to target Spirits manufacturing facilities follows the closing of nearly 60 food processing plants shut down in Ontario between 2006 and 2014 and the loss of thousands of hectares of land dedicated to agricultural production.

In addition, elimination of Ontario’s Spirits manufacturing capacity will undermine the Ontario Government’s goal of doubling exports of Ontario agri-food processors as well as adding 120,000 new jobs to the sector by 2020, since Spirits annually fully account for over 2/3 the value of all of Ontario’s beverage alcohol exports.

Ontario Spirits manufacturers source 100% of its grain from local farmers. In addition, thousands of small and medium-sized Ontario businesses providing critical goods and services are dependent on Spirits manufacturing for their livelihood.

“We hope Ms. Dougherty was freelancing, or was misquoted, but given the silence emanating from Queen’s Park for 3 days”, we must assume that Ontario is shifting from its historic slow strangulation of Ontario Spirits manufacturers to one of expediting the demise of the remaining plants in Amherstburg, Brampton, Collingwood, Grimsby, and Windsor and, consequentially, converting tens of thousands of acres of corn fields to other non-agricultural uses”, said Westcott.

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Brown-Forman to Sell Southern Comfort and Tuaca to Sazerac for $544 Million – American Whiskey News

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Brown-Forman to Sell Southern Comfort and Tuaca to Sazerac for $544 Million

Louisville, KY, January 14, 2016 – Brown-Forman Corporation (NYSE: BFA, BFB) announced today that it has reached an agreement to sell its Southern Comfort and Tuaca trademarks to Sazerac for $543.5 million.

Brown-Forman Chief Executive Officer Paul Varga said the decision to sell these brands reflects the company’s evolving portfolio strategy and a continuation of its efforts to focus resources on its highest strategic priorities. Brown-Forman has actively managed its portfolio over the last decade by developing, acquiring and divesting specific brands and categories with the aim of improving the growth and value creation prospects for its business.

“We’re proud of the work undertaken over the years by our employees and partners on behalf of Southern Comfort and Tuaca,” stated Varga. “Both brands played important roles in the Brown-Forman success story, and we will have fond memories of the enjoyment they brought to consumers, our partners, and to Brown-Forman.”

Brown-Forman has marketed Southern Comfort since acquiring the brand in 1979. The company acquired Tuaca in two transactions, completing the purchase in 2002.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to acquire such iconic brands. Brown-Forman has done an excellent job of building both brands over the years and we are looking forward to many more years of successful brand building.” said Mark Brown, President / CEO of the Sazerac Company.

The sale of these brands is expected to close by March 1, 2016 resulting in a one-time operating income gain for Brown-Forman of approximately $475 million in fiscal 2016. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory clearance in the U.S. and customary closing conditions, will be discussed in further detail during Brown-Forman’s March conference call following the issuance of its third quarter earnings release.

Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP advised Brown-Forman in this transaction.

Cooley LLP provided legal advice to Sazerac. Wells Fargo Securities provided Sazerac financial advice and led the committed financing for the transaction.

For more than 145 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s & Cola, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Finlandia, Southern Comfort, Korbel, el Jimador, Woodford Reserve, Canadian Mist, Herradura, New Mix, Sonoma-Cutrer, Early Times, and Chambord. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by nearly 4,400 employees and sold in approximately 160 countries worldwide. For more information about the company, please visit http://www.brown-forman.com.

About the Sazerac Company

Sazerac is one of New Orleans’ oldest family owned, privately held companies and has operations in New Orleans, Louisiana; Frankfort, Bardstown, Louisville and Owensboro, Kentucky; Fredericksburg, Virginia; Carson, California; Baltimore, Maryland; Lewiston, Maine; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Montreal Canada. For more information on Sazerac, please visit http://www.sazerac.com

This press release contains statements, estimates, and projections that are “forward-looking statements” as defined under U.S. federal securities laws. Words such as “aim,” “anticipate,” “aspire,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “envision,” “estimate,” “expect,” “expectation,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “project,” “pursue,” “see,” “seek,” “should,” “will,” and similar words identify forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date we make them. Except as required by law, we do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors (many beyond our control) that could cause our actual results to differ materially from our historical experience or from our current expectations or projections. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to:

• Unfavorable global or regional economic conditions, and related low consumer confidence, high unemployment, weak credit or capital markets, budget deficits, burdensome government debt, austerity measures, higher interest rates, higher taxes, political instability, higher inflation, deflation, lower returns on pension assets, or lower discount rates for pension obligations
• Risks associated with being a U.S.-based company with global operations, including commercial, political and financial risks; local labor policies and conditions; protectionist trade policies or economic or trade sanctions; compliance with local trade practices and other regulations, including anti-corruption laws; terrorism; and health pandemics
• Fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, particularly a stronger U.S. dollar
• Changes in laws, regulations, or policies – especially those that affect the production, importation, marketing, labeling, pricing, distribution, sale, or consumption of our beverage alcohol products
• Tax rate changes (including excise, sales, VAT, tariffs, duties, corporate, individual income, dividends, capital gains) or changes in related reserves, changes in tax rules (for example, LIFO, foreign income deferral, U.S. manufacturing and other deductions) or accounting standards, and the unpredictability and suddenness with which they can occur
• Dependence upon the continued growth of the Jack Daniel’s family of brands
• Changes in consumer preferences, consumption or purchase patterns – particularly away from larger producers in favor of smaller distilleries or local producers, or away from brown spirits, our premium products, or spirits generally, and our ability to anticipate or react to them; bar, restaurant, travel or other on-premise declines; shifts in demographic trends; unfavorable consumer reaction to new products, line extensions, package changes, product reformulations, or other product innovation
• Decline in the social acceptability of beverage alcohol products in significant markets
• Production facility, aging warehouse or supply chain disruption
• Imprecision in supply/demand forecasting
• Higher costs, lower quality or unavailability of energy, water, raw materials, product ingredients, labor or finished goods
• Route-to-consumer changes that affect the timing of our sales, temporarily disrupt the marketing or sale of our products, or result in higher implementation-related or fixed costs
• Inventory fluctuations in our products by distributors, wholesalers, or retailers
• Competitors’ consolidation or other competitive activities, such as pricing actions (including price reductions, promotions, discounting, couponing or free goods), marketing, category expansion, product introductions, or entry or expansion in our geographic markets or distribution networks
• Risks associated with acquisitions, dispositions, business partnerships or investments – such as acquisition integration, or termination difficulties or costs, or impairment in recorded value
• Inadequate protection of our intellectual property rights
• Product recalls or other product liability claims; product counterfeiting, tampering, contamination, or product quality issues
• Significant legal disputes and proceedings; government investigations (particularly of industry or company business, trade or marketing practices)
• Failure or breach of key information technology systems
• Negative publicity related to our company, brands, marketing, personnel, operations, business performance or prospects
• Failure to attract or retain key executive or employee talent
• Our status as a family “controlled company” under New York Stock Exchange rules

For further information on these and other risks, please refer to the “Risk Factors” section of our annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC.

Louisville, KY, January 14, 2016 – Brown-Forman Corporation (NYSE: BFA, BFB) announced today that it has reached an agreement to sell its Southern Comfort and Tuaca trademarks to Sazerac for $543.5 million.

Brown-Forman Chief Executive Officer Paul Varga said the decision to sell these brands reflects the company’s evolving portfolio strategy and a continuation of its efforts to focus resources on its highest strategic priorities. Brown-Forman has actively managed its portfolio over the last decade by developing, acquiring and divesting specific brands and categories with the aim of improving the growth and value creation prospects for its business.

“We’re proud of the work undertaken over the years by our employees and partners on behalf of Southern Comfort and Tuaca,” stated Varga. “Both brands played important roles in the Brown-Forman success story, and we will have fond memories of the enjoyment they brought to consumers, our partners, and to Brown-Forman.”

Brown-Forman has marketed Southern Comfort since acquiring the brand in 1979. The company acquired Tuaca in two transactions, completing the purchase in 2002.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to acquire such iconic brands. Brown-Forman has done an excellent job of building both brands over the years and we are looking forward to many more years of successful brand building.” said Mark Brown, President / CEO of the Sazerac Company.

The sale of these brands is expected to close by March 1, 2016 resulting in a one-time operating income gain for Brown-Forman of approximately $475 million in fiscal 2016. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory clearance in the U.S. and customary closing conditions, will be discussed in further detail during Brown-Forman’s March conference call following the issuance of its third quarter earnings release.

Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP advised Brown-Forman in this transaction.

Cooley LLP provided legal advice to Sazerac. Wells Fargo Securities provided Sazerac financial advice and led the committed financing for the transaction.

For more than 145 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s & Cola, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Finlandia, Southern Comfort, Korbel, el Jimador, Woodford Reserve, Canadian Mist, Herradura, New Mix, Sonoma-Cutrer, Early Times, and Chambord. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by nearly 4,400 employees and sold in approximately 160 countries worldwide. For more information about the company, please visit http://www.brown-forman.com.

About the Sazerac Company

Sazerac is one of New Orleans’ oldest family owned, privately held companies and has operations in New Orleans, Louisiana; Frankfort, Bardstown, Louisville and Owensboro, Kentucky; Fredericksburg, Virginia; Carson, California; Baltimore, Maryland; Lewiston, Maine; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Montreal Canada. For more information on Sazerac, please visit http://www.sazerac.com

This press release contains statements, estimates, and projections that are “forward-looking statements” as defined under U.S. federal securities laws. Words such as “aim,” “anticipate,” “aspire,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “envision,” “estimate,” “expect,” “expectation,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “project,” “pursue,” “see,” “seek,” “should,” “will,” and similar words identify forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date we make them. Except as required by law, we do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors (many beyond our control) that could cause our actual results to differ materially from our historical experience or from our current expectations or projections. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to:

• Unfavorable global or regional economic conditions, and related low consumer confidence, high unemployment, weak credit or capital markets, budget deficits, burdensome government debt, austerity measures, higher interest rates, higher taxes, political instability, higher inflation, deflation, lower returns on pension assets, or lower discount rates for pension obligations
• Risks associated with being a U.S.-based company with global operations, including commercial, political and financial risks; local labor policies and conditions; protectionist trade policies or economic or trade sanctions; compliance with local trade practices and other regulations, including anti-corruption laws; terrorism; and health pandemics
• Fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, particularly a stronger U.S. dollar
• Changes in laws, regulations, or policies – especially those that affect the production, importation, marketing, labeling, pricing, distribution, sale, or consumption of our beverage alcohol products
• Tax rate changes (including excise, sales, VAT, tariffs, duties, corporate, individual income, dividends, capital gains) or changes in related reserves, changes in tax rules (for example, LIFO, foreign income deferral, U.S. manufacturing and other deductions) or accounting standards, and the unpredictability and suddenness with which they can occur
• Dependence upon the continued growth of the Jack Daniel’s family of brands
• Changes in consumer preferences, consumption or purchase patterns – particularly away from larger producers in favor of smaller distilleries or local producers, or away from brown spirits, our premium products, or spirits generally, and our ability to anticipate or react to them; bar, restaurant, travel or other on-premise declines; shifts in demographic trends; unfavorable consumer reaction to new products, line extensions, package changes, product reformulations, or other product innovation
• Decline in the social acceptability of beverage alcohol products in significant markets
• Production facility, aging warehouse or supply chain disruption
• Imprecision in supply/demand forecasting
• Higher costs, lower quality or unavailability of energy, water, raw materials, product ingredients, labor or finished goods
• Route-to-consumer changes that affect the timing of our sales, temporarily disrupt the marketing or sale of our products, or result in higher implementation-related or fixed costs
• Inventory fluctuations in our products by distributors, wholesalers, or retailers
• Competitors’ consolidation or other competitive activities, such as pricing actions (including price reductions, promotions, discounting, couponing or free goods), marketing, category expansion, product introductions, or entry or expansion in our geographic markets or distribution networks
• Risks associated with acquisitions, dispositions, business partnerships or investments – such as acquisition integration, or termination difficulties or costs, or impairment in recorded value
• Inadequate protection of our intellectual property rights
• Product recalls or other product liability claims; product counterfeiting, tampering, contamination, or product quality issues
• Significant legal disputes and proceedings; government investigations (particularly of industry or company business, trade or marketing practices)
• Failure or breach of key information technology systems
• Negative publicity related to our company, brands, marketing, personnel, operations, business performance or prospects
• Failure to attract or retain key executive or employee talent
• Our status as a family “controlled company” under New York Stock Exchange rules

For further information on these and other risks, please refer to the “Risk Factors” section of our annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC.

Whisky Auction “Get bidding – Stitzel-Weller feast!” – Whisky News

 

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Get bidding – Stitzel-Weller feast!

This month, we have a superb selection of American whiskeys, including several bottles of Pikesville 6 Years Old Rye 110 Proof – named Second Finest Whisky in the World in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2016 – and some from the now-closed Stitzel-Weller distillery. Hanyu The Joker (Monochrome Label) is leading the auction, but there are many other Japanese whiskies available to bid on and miniatures including a 1965 vintage Bowmore. Here are some of the best bottles from this auction.

It ends on Tuesday 9 February, so don’t delay – get bidding!

February Tasting at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society – Scotch Whisky News

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FEBRUARY TASTINGS

New Outturn 19 Greville Street, Sat 6 Feb  More >

Valentines Champagne & Whisky Tasting – 28 Queen Street, Sat 13 Feb  More >

Whisky & Sushi Valentines Tasting  – 19 Greville Street, Sat 13 Feb More >

Greenock Preview Tasting - The Tontine Hotel, Fri 19 Feb  More >

Panel Beaters – The Vaults, Thu 25 Feb  More >

6 Nations Wine v. Whisky Dinner – The Dining Room, Thu 25 Feb  More >

Birmingham Preview Tasting - Hotel du Vin, Fri 26 Feb  More >

Manchester Preview Tasting - Malmaison, Fri 26 Feb  More >

Newcastle Preview Tasting - The Caledonian Hotel, Fri 26 Feb  More >

Stirling Preview Tasting - The Golden Lion Hotel, Fri 26 Feb  More >

FREE EVENTS

6 Nations on the Big Screen – The Vaults, Feb & Mar 2016   More >

The Vaults Poker Night – The Vaults, Tue 9 Feb   More >

Strathearn Distillery Tasting – The Vaults, Mon 15 Feb  More >

Browse All Events & Tastings >

Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm).

Visit the Society 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

Celebrating Women in Whisky – The Whisky Shop Piccadilly – Scotch Whisky News

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Celebrating Women in Whisky – The Whisky Shop Piccadilly

Tuesday 16th February, 7.15pm

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The Whisky Shop Piccadilly invites you to a tasting event celebrating women’s contribution and involvement in the Scotch whisky industry, on Tuesday 16th February at 7.15pm.

Led by the incredible women who work in the Whisky Shop Piccadilly, Lucy and Charlotte will be exploring whiskies which have been founded, created and revered by women.

Over the years women have influenced and shaped the whisky industry into what it is today. Take Elizabeth Cummings, who owned the Cardhu Speyside Distillery in the late 19th century, and Bessie Williamson who took ownership of Laphroaig during the 20th Century.  And modern day female pioneers, such as Master Blender Maureen Robinson who has helped create renowned whiskies including Talisker Storm and the Singleton range. Or Rachel Barrie, who is currently shaping whiskies at Morrison Bowmore.

Single malt whisky has often been known as the gentleman’s club. At this event, the ladies from our Piccadilly store will seek to change this perception by exploring the little known influence of women in whisky.

Events will start off with tastings of Bowmore Laimrig 15 year old and a single sherry cask Bunnahabhain 14 year old, before exploring a number of other expressions.

Tickets are just £12.50 for W Club Members or £25 for those who are yet to join.

£12.50 from any ticket purchased can be redeemed against the purchase of any 70cl whisky from the variety of six whiskies tasted on the night of the event.

Booking in advance and pre-payment are essential. To purchase your ticket or for further information, please contact the store on 0207 499 664.

The Whisky Barrel “Benromach 35 year old – handcrafted in Speyside” – Scotch Whisky news

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Despite it’s relatively young age, Benromach Distillery has had quite a troubled life. Since opening in 1898 it has changed owenership three times and been mothballed twice, the last of which was 1983. Happily, Benromach is now well and truly established again thanks to the great efforts put in by the Urquhart family, owners of the renowned scotch whiskey experts and independent bottlers, Gordon & MacPhail (G&M). Since 1993 when, when they took control of the distillery, they have been restoring their distillery and carefully crafting its spirit to put Benromach scotch back firmly on the whiskey map. And today, sees the launch of a brand new scotch expression that aims to highlight the historic past, present innovations and a bright future for Benromach Distillery and its malt scotch whiskey. We are delighted to welcome the brand new Benromach 35 year old scotch whiskey.

Please click HERE to read the remainder of the article

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Ralfy Re-Visits Lagavulin 16yo – Scotch Whisky News

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www.ralfy.com re-visits an old peaty monster with Whisky Review 571 – Lagavulin 16yo re-reviewed

Universal Whisky Experience March 2nd- 5th, 2016 at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas – Whisky News

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The Universal Whisky Experience, the world’s first luxury whisky tasting show, is scheduled for  March  2nd- 5th, 2016 at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. This memorable experience is now a four-day destination event with exclusive tastings of the world’s finest whiskies for connoisseurs and collectors alike, and intimate opportunities to mingle with Master Distillers and Blenders.

Book your tickets at www.universalwhiskyexperience.com

BOURBON LOVERS BOUND TO GO BANANAS – The Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottles 3-year-old sweet treat from US – American Whiskey News

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BOURBON LOVERS BOUND TO GO BANANAS  

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottles 3-year-old sweet treat from US 

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is showcasing its reputation for bottling an ever-changing spectrum of spirits and flavours by releasing B4.1 Comforting coconut, bountiful banana’, a bourbon from a new distillery to the Society, based in Chicago.

As well as bottling single cask malt whiskies, the Society regularly explores different spirits such as rum and brandy. As with all of The Society’s whiskies, the releases are all single cask, limited edition releases and there only 114 bottles of its newest bourbon, B4.1 Comforting coconut, bountiful banana’, available in the world.

From the Society’s Spicy & Sweet flavour profile, the 3-year-old bourbon was matured in a new charred oak cask which evokes a taste of coconut macaroons and Walnut Whips.

B4.1 ‘Comforting coconut, bountiful banana’ is the 16th bourbon the Society has released to date and goes on-sale this Friday 5th February.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Societyis an international whisky club which bottles the world’s widest selection of single cask, single malt whisky for its members. Membership costs £122 a year and is available at www.smws.com 

To find out more about the distillery in Chicago, read this interview with its founder on The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s blog 

B4.1Comforting coconut, bountiful banana’

Flavour Profile: Spicy & sweet

Drinking Tip: Not a bad idea to try this with an ice cube or two.

Age: 3 years

Date Distilled: 11 May 2012

Outturn: 1 of 114 bottles (72 UK)

Cask: New charred oak

Region: Chicago

Alcohol: 62.6%

Bottle Price: £65

Colour: Fiery redhead

Full tasting notes:

The nose was welcoming, sweet and fruity – dried mango, corn candies, bubble gum, vanilla pastries and bountiful banana (banana chips, foamy banana, banana toffee); black pepper and liquorice in the background. The neat taste was ‘fierce’ and ‘explosive’, with quinine, tree bark and resins balancing coconut, cola cubes, red laces, cherry lips and Dandelion and Burdock. On the reduced nose, a charred element brought a frisson of danger and excitement to the sweet, homely aromas of white chocolate, toffee popcorn and pecan pie. The palate was more rounded and comforting – coconut macaroons and Walnut Whips fronting leather and willow twigs.

Only Society members can purchase bottles. To purchase membership for £122, please visit www.smws.com

Notes for Editors: 

About The Scotch Malt Whisky Society  

  • The Scotch Malt Whisky Societyreleases new whiskies for its members each month
  • The Society bottles the finest single malt whisky from around 350 single casks every year from a range of more than 132 distilleries. The very nature of the single cask means that each bottling offered by the Society is limited.
  • The Society was established in Edinburgh in 1983 and now has more than 26,000 members around the world with branches in 19 countries.
  • Members can choose from the world’s widest selection of single cask, single malt whiskies with only the very best selected and approved by the Society’s respected Tasting Panel.
  • Exclusive Members’ Rooms are located in Edinburgh and London for tastings, dinners, meeting and presentations.
  • Annual renewal after the first year is £61.50
  • For more information, visit www.smws.com

Springbank Society “Latest news on Campbeltown Malts Festival & New Releases!” – Scotch Whisky News

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Dear Society Members,

Hope you have all had a lovely week and starting to wind down for the weekend! We’ve been very busy here and have just finished sampling some delicious food from Donald in The Tasting Room which may end up on the menu for the Malts Festival Dinner – it’s a hard job but somebody’s got to do it!

With that being said, Mairi has passed me the line up for the festival – here’s what she has to say…

As you may know, the Campbeltown Malts Festival will take place from Wednesday 18th – Friday 20th May 2016 and for the third year running, Campbeltown’s three distilleries will team up to host events in celebration of the whiskies produced at Springbank, Glengyle and Glen Scotia. Please find further details below including the bookable events for each day of the festival:

Wednesday 18th May 2016

On the first day of the festival, there will be a range of events taking place including an exclusive Springbank Society Tasting, the Glen Scotia Open Day and a dinner at Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery, with additional events to be confirmed.

Springbank Society Tasting (11:30am)

For the fourth year running, we will be holding an exclusive tasting for Springbank Society Members to attend, for free, on the Wednesday. To ensure this does not clash with any of Glen Scotia’s Open Day tastings, the Society Tasting will take place at 11:30am in the Malt Barns at Springbank Distillery.

The format will be similar to the 2013 and 2015 tastings with Society Members getting the opportunity to chose what the Autumn Society bottling will be this year. The Society Tasting will be limited to a maximum of 60 people and places are likely to fill up very quickly so please email mairi@springbankwhisky.com or call +44 (0) 1586 55 2009 asap to book your spot and make sure you don’t miss out.

Glen Scotia Open Day – Start time TBC

For the second year, Glen Scotia Distillery will be holding their Open Day on the Wednesday of the Campbeltown Malts Festival. The distillery will be hosting tours and tastings as well as launching their 3rd Distillery only Single Cask on the Open Day. They are planning other activities for the day and also over the other two days of the festival so please look out for regular announcements on the Glen Scotia website (www.glenscotia.com) and their Facebook / Twitter pages.

Dinner at Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery

To celebrate the upcoming official 12 year old release of Kilkerran Single Malt, this year our special dinner will be held at Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery on Wednesday 18th May 2016 at 7pm.

On arrival to Glengyle Distillery, you will sample a selection of whiskies, hand drawn from the cask. You will be asked to vote for your favourite sample and, at the end of the evening, you will receive your own 70cl bottle from the most popular cask.

Following this, you will be greeted with a champagne reception alongside a range of locally sourced canapés.

You will then be led to our dinner location to enjoy a four course meal with a specially selected wine to accompany each course.

To conclude your unique evening, each guest will be presented with their own exclusive 70cl hand drawn bottle, chosen earlier in the evening from a selection of casks sampled.

During the evening, staff from Springbank, Glengyle and Cadenhead’s will be present to chat to and enjoy a few drams with.

The cost of the dinner is £250.00 per person and payment is required upon booking to secure your place.

Numbers are limited to 40 people so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

There will be a set menu so please advise us of any dietary requirements you have when booking.

To book your place, please email mairi@springbankwhisky.com or call +44 (0) 1586 55 2009.

Thursday 19th May 2016

Springbank Open Day (from 11am)

As always, the Springbank Open Day will take place on the second day of the Campbeltown Malts Festival and will include a range of activities including free distillery tours, a range of tastings and masterclasses, local craft and food stalls, exclusive bottlings and the popular warehouse whisky bar, among lots of other activities including live music in the Malt Barns in the evening.

The tasting and masterclasses for the day are now available to book and details of each can be found below:

11:30am: Springbank Intimate Tasting: How wood influences our spirit (1 hour / 30 people max / £25 per person, includes Glencairn glass)

12:30pm: The Distillery Manager’s Springbank Warehouse Tasting (45 mins / 25 people max / £20 per person)

12:45pm Kilkerran Mini Masterclass: Trio of Single Casks (30 minutes / 60 people max / £15 per person, includes Glencairn glass)

1:30pm: Springbank Masterclass: New and Forthcoming Releases (1 hour / 60 people max / £25 per person, includes Glencairn glass)

2:30pm The Distillery Manager’s Springbank Warehouse Tasting (45 mins / 25 people max / £20 per person)

2:45pm:  Springbank Intimate Tasting: Favourites from the past (1 hour / 30 people max / £25 per person, includes Glencairn glass)

3:45pmCadenhead Masterclass: Cask Samples & Current Bottlings (1 hour / 60 people max / £25 per person, includes Glencairn glass)

4:30pm: The Distillery Manager’s Springbank Warehouse Tasting (45 mins / 25 people max / £20 per person)

The 12:45pm Kilkerran Mini Masterclass, 1:30pm Springbank Masterclass and 3:45pm Cadenhead Masterclass will take place in the Malt Barns at Springbank Distillery (meet at the Malt Barns 10 minutes before tasting begins).

The 11:30am and 2:45pm Springbank Intimate Tastings will take place in Warehouse 10, Springbank’s newest warehouse (meet at the Distillery Office 10 minutes before tasting begins).

The 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm Distillery Manager’s Springbank Warehouse Tastings will take place in Warehouse 3 at Springbank Distillery (meet at the Distillery Office 10 minutes before tasting begins).

To book any of the above tastings or masterclasses or for more information, please email mairi@springbankwhisky.com or call +44 (0) 1586 55 2009. Please note that payment will be required to confirm booking.

Friday 20th May 2016

The final day of the Campbeltown Malts Festival 2016 will be dedicated to Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery and Cadenhead’s Independent Bottler.

To celebrate the first official 12 year old release from Kilkerran Single Malt (which will be released in August 2016 and unfortunately not available to purchase beforehand), we are holding a few events at Glengyle Distillery to mark the occasion, where the first official tasting of this product will take place. In addition, we will also have some Cadenhead tastings and a ‘Lucky Dip Bar’ during the day.

Friday events will kick off at 10am with the first Cadenhead Warehouse Tasting of the day. This will be hosted by Mark Watt and take place in one of the traditional warehouses at Springbank Distillery. The cost will be £30 per person and will include a Cadenhead glass.

At 11am we will open the gates to Glengyle Distillery where there will be hourly free tours of the distillery, local food stalls and local musicians providing a background sound to the day. We will also have a Cadenhead ‘Lucky Dip’ bar set up with lots of Cadenhead

whiskies available to taste (Mark already has some samples looked out which take up half his office!!)

At 12 noon, we will be holding a Kilkerran Masterclass where we will look back and taste a selection of 6 whiskies from the Work in Progress series, concluding with the EXCLUSIVE FIRST TASTE of Kilkerran 12yo whisky. The cost will be £25 per person and will include a Kilkerran glass.

At 2pm, we will have a Question & Answer session with an expert panel who are, or have been, involved with the build, running or promoting of the distillery. The panel will be ready to answer any questions you have and it will be the ideal opportunity to ask any questions you’ve always been afraid to! You will also be treated to 3 drams throughout the session, including an EXCLUSIVE sample of the upcoming Kilkerran 12yo whisky. The cost of the Q&A session is £10 per person.

Events at Glengyle, including the Cadenhead Lucky Dip Bar, food and music will conclude at 3.30pm and at this time, there will be a second Cadenhead Warehouse Tasting taking place back at Springbank Distillery. Again, this will cost £30 per person and will include a Cadenhead glass.

Additional features may be added to the Friday events including something in the evening but more information will be available on this as soon as we have it finalised.

As a summary, the events now available for booking on Friday 20th May 2016 are:

10am: Cadenhead Warehouse Tasting with Mark Watt (1 hour / 30 people max / £30 per person, includes Cadenhead glass)

12 noon: Reflection on the Kilkerran Work in Progress series (6 whiskies), including EXCLUSIVE FIRST TASTING of Kilkerran 12yo whisky (1 hour / 60 people max / £25 per person, includes Kilkerran glass)

2pm:  Question & Answer Session with expert panel, including EXCLUSIVE FIRST TASTING of Kilkerran 12yo whisky (1 hour / 60 people max / £10 per person)

3:30pm: Cadenhead Warehouse Tasting with Mark Watt (1 hour / 30 people max / £30 per person, includes Cadenhead glass)

If you would like to book onto any of the tastings or events listed above then please let me know as soon as possible. You can email me to mairi@springbankwhisky.com or call me on +44 (0) 1586 55 2009. Just a reminder – payment will be required upon booking so please be aware of this when emailing or calling and I look forward to hearing from many of you soon!

Local Barley & Springbank 12yo Cask Strength

I am now taking reservations for the Local Barley & Springbank 12yo Cask Strength. It goes without saying that these will sell out fast so e-mail me quickly to make sure you don’t miss out. As usual, one bottle per person on a first come, first serve basis.

Springbank 16Y/O Local Barley 54.3% £95.00 – no discount applicable

Nose; Initially Sweet and briny before notes of butter shortbread, vanilla, pear drops and raisin develop.

Palate; Sweet and rounded with a very subtle peat influence combining with butter tablet, soft fruit and mineral notes.

Finish; A long evolving finish with notes reminiscent of our earthy dunnage warehouses. The peat is slightly more prominent and integrates well with lighter notes of candy and lemon zest.

Springbank 12Y/O Cask St 54.1% £47.00 – £42.30 with discount

Nose; Classic Springbank with aromas of our damp dunnage warehouses alongside parma violets, vanilla and cocoa. Plenty of fruit too with prominent notes of pear and candied fruits.

Palate; Bold and beautifully rounded. Vanilla and pepper notes are present alongside stewed apples, pear drops, orange marmalade and tropical fruits.

Finish; Peaty embers influence this characteristically long finish which also reveals notes of liquorice, oak and salted caramel.

Blog updates

If you’ve logged into the society blog recently, you’ll notice that I’ve been putting a post up on Friday afternoons. So, if you haven’t done so already, please sign yourself up to become a member. Just incase you don’t have them to hand, here are the steps of joining the blog 

• Click on the ‘Society’ tab along the top of the page

• Click on the ‘Confirm Log-In Details’ orange tab

• Please enter all the information that is required

• Once you have submitted this information, a notification should be displayed to tell you that an email has been sent to your given email address and it will ask you to verify this email address

• Please open this email in your email account and click the link to verify your email • Once you have done this, I will receive a notification informing me that a new member has signed up to the website so I will then activate your account for online use

• When your account has been activated, you will be able to read all news stories in the Society section. To log in, just click the ‘Log-In to Society News’ tab where you will just be asked to enter your username and password for access.

Previous Society Bottles available

There are some previous Society bottles available, please see the list of what’s on offer below. Get in touch with me if you would like purchase any of the bottles – society@springbankwhisky.com.

AA Springbank Chart

Slainte,

Julie

For Springbank Society

To join the Springbank Society please contact Janet at society@springbankwhisky.com


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