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ISLAND FIRST: MULTIMILLION-POUND WHISKY DISTILLERY PLANNED FOR ISLE OF RAASAY – Scotch Whisky News

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ISLAND FIRST: MULTIMILLION-POUND WHISKY DISTILLERY PLANNED FOR ISLE OF RAASAY 

A tiny Hebridean island off the coast of Skye is set to become the location of Scotland’s newest distillery. 

The multimillion-pound Raasay Distillery and visitor experience centre will be independently owned & operated by R&B Distillers and hopes to open in January 2017, if planning permission is granted later this year. 

The development would become the island’s first legal distillery and is expected to generate employment for eleven of the island’s 120 residents.  

The creation of a state-of-the-art visitor experience centre and luxury accommodation – which will include the restoration of the island’s currently derelict Victorian hotel, Borodale House – is hoped to put Raasay on the map for whisky lovers around the globe.  

Driven by a desire to make ‘handcrafted whiskies of uncommon provenance’, R&B Distillers hope to release the first batch of Raasay whisky by 2020 and produce up to 150,000 bottles of whisky a year thereafter. 

Bill Dobbie – Scots entrepreneur and co-founder of online dating site ‘Cupid’ – and business partner Alasdair Day – who currently produces Tweeddale whisky – founded R&B Distillers in 2014. 

Managing Director, Alasdair Day, shared his excitement: 

“It’s incredible to think that there are still areas of Scotland completely ‘forgotten’ by whisky. 

“The Isle of Raasay is one of those unique locations and the perfect home for R&B Distillers to handcraft whiskies of uncommon provenance. 

“We’re now working hard to engineer a whisky destination unlike any other. From the magnificent views over to Skye, to experiencing craft distilling first hand, we can’t wait for visitors to discover our whiskies, the island and the community here on Raasay.” 

Following a pre-planning application that was submitted to Highlands & Islands Council in January 2015, R&B Distillers are currently undertaking a protected species audit for bats, otters and the Raasay vole.  

A wildlife report is expected at the end of August with a view to the full planning application being submitted by September. 

Around 12,000 people are expected to visit the Raasay Distillery in its first year, where tourists and whisky enthusiasts alike can witness the craft distilling process first hand. 

A private tasting room and public café bar will offer uninterrupted views of the Cuillin mountain range while five luxury en-suite rooms in the restored Borodale House will be exclusively available to members of the Distillery’s ‘Na Tùsairean’ club; Scots Gaelic for ‘the pioneers’. 

Plans are also afoot for R&B Distilers to open a distillery in the Scottish Borders; where the last whisky distillery closed over 150 years ago. 

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R&B Distillers was co-founded in 2014 by Scots entrepreneur Bill Dobbie and whisky blender, Alasdair Day. 

Alasdair Day currently produces Tweeddale whisky – reproduced to the same recipe created by Day’s great-grandfather. 

An award-winning small batch, limited edition whisky, Tweeddale is a blend drawn from nine single casks. In keeping with the original blend, Tweeddale is not chill filtered, is bottled at 46% ABV and has pronounced sweet, sherry notes. 

Tweeddale is currently available in the UK, US, Canada, Singapore, the Netherlands and Taiwan. 

Bill Dobbie is the sole investor in the project. Further funding is currently being sought from a number of different grants organisations. 

The first batch of Raasay whisky is forecast to be ready by 2020 and is expected to be a three-year-old single malt with a lightly peated profile. 

In September 2015, R&B Distillers hope to release ‘Raasay While We Wait’. Blended from two highland whiskies from one distillery, it is hoped the whisky will be representative of the Raasay Single Malt due for release in 2020.

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Ardbeg Perpetuum Distillery Edition Auction for Nepalese Earthquake Charity – Scotch Whisky News

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Ardbeg Perpetuum Distillery Edition Auction for Nepalese Earthquake Charity 

The money raised from the sale of this rare distillery-edition bottle will be donated to Nepal Police Hospital who are helping victims of the Great Earthquake of 25 April 2015. 

Ardbeg’s Bill Lumsden has created a whisky that has spent time in both bourbon and sherry casks to celebrate the distillery’s 200th anniversary. This limited-edition whisky is in short supply and much sought after. 

This is the Distillery Release, higher strength than the more easily findable general release, only available online or at the distillery, and bottled at a higher strength – 49.2% 

https://whisky.auction/auctions/lot/811

 

Thomas H Handy, Parker’s Heritage Wheat Whiskey and Abraham Bowman at Milroy’s of Soho – American Whiskey News

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A TRIUMVIRATE OF BOURBONS

(AND WHEAT & RYE WHISKEYS)

We hinted last week that we had some interesting/Christmas-has-come-really-damn-early American whiskeys inbound. The great news is that they have now landed! Such is the calibre of these bottlings, that the mission we set our management team was to hold staff back from buying them before we could offer them to you guys!

Today we are offering the Thomas H Handy Sazerac Rye (2014 edition), the Parker’s Heritage (8th Edition) Wheat Whiskey and the Abraham Bowman Double-Barrel Matured Bourbon. Please note we have extremely limited quantities of these whiskeys and they will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis by reply to this email.

In other news, if you didn’t get the chance to purchase the phenomenal 2010 George T Stagg we offered recently, we have held back just one bottle to be cracked at our inaugral Bootleggers and Bourbon tasting on the 29th June (£35 per ticket by reply to this email). We also have a rather smashing shipment of Weller Bourbons winging their way to us, including the 12 Year Old, the Old Antique and the Special Reserve. Plus, we have the Jefferson’s Ocean arriving soon too – keep an eye on our social media channels for more information!

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Parker’s Heritage 8th Edition, Wheat Whiskey, 13 Years Old, 63.4%

A friend of the shop once said of the Bernheim wheat whiskey that, although it is great, it would be much improved by being bottled at cask-strength and with over 10 years of cask maturation – and that is exactly what has happened here. As it happens our friend was right on the money! The best way to describe the flavour of this whiskey is Pappy Van Winkle-esque. No it isn’t a Bourbon, but it perfectly captures the wheated nature of the Pappy and makes for a great drinking substitute. Oh – and it’s really rare… so quite similar then!

£89.95

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Thomas H Handy Sazerac Rye Whiskey (2014), 64.6%

This Thomas H Handy hails from the 2014 release of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. Expect big orange-y notes with heaps of wood spice and tangerine zest. This bad boy makes for the best Old Fashioned we’ve ever tried (if you’re feeling flush enough!). As with all Antique Collection releases, we rarely get parcels of this stuff beyond the annual release, so get it whilst you can!

£179.95

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Abraham Bowman Double Barrel, 50%

We first tried the Bowman Brothers releases last year. These Bourbons are first distilled at Buffalo Trace in Kentucky before undergoing a second distillation in Virginia. We were taken aback by the balance and power of these Bourbons, and we were pretty chuffed to see this limited edition land in our outstreched palms. The Abraham Bowman offers notes of dark chocolate, cinder toffee and clove studded oranges.

£89.95

If you’re interested in a bottle please reply to angus@milroys.co.uk

New Arrivals & Back in Stock at K&L California – Whisky News

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NEW ARRIVALS

United States – Bourbon and Rye

  • Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Bourbon 750ml (ships like 1.5L due to bottle shape) ($59.99)

BACK IN STOCK

Scotland – Single Malt Scotch

  • Balvenie 14 Year Caribbean Cask Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($74.99)
  • Glenmorangie 18 year old Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Elsewhere 140) ($99.99) Whisky Advocate: “43% abv. When compared to the 10 year old, this one’s richer, with darker fruit and more caramelized sweet notes, paired with accentuated dried wood spice, while the 10 year old is more vibrant and floral. Like the 10 year old, there’s good balance here. (Vol. 17, #2) ” K&L Notes: If I had to pick my favorite whisky from the LVMH line up, including all the Ardbeg expressions, I’d easily choose the 18 year old from Glenmorangie. It’s the best whisky they make for the price and everybody likes it: beginners, casual sippers, experts, whisky geeks. It’s so gentle, supple, rich, and full of flavor. The problem for me at K&L was getting a competitive price. Soft stone fruit, caramel, creme brulee, vanilla, all the way to the finish. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer).

United States – Bourbon and Rye

  • Smooth Ambler Yearling Bourbon 375ml – 8 available ($27.99).

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

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Whisky Wednesday Reviews Scallywag Speyside Blended Malt – Scotch Whisky News

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This week Joe Ellis reviews Scallywag Speyside Blended Malt from Douglas Laing.

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16 INNOVATIVE STARTUPS WITH AMBITION TO CHANGE THE WORLD REVEALED – Scotch Whisky News

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16 INNOVATIVE STARTUPS WITH AMBITION TO CHANGE THE WORLD REVEALED

16 startups from across the globe with a mission to create positive change have been announced as finalists of The Venture. The forward-thinking businesses are competing to win a share of $1M in funding from Chivas Regal.

After receiving over 1,000 entries across five continents, Chivas Regal has selected a diverse shortlist of startups tackling a range of social and environmental issues; from a Colombian business using non-recyclable plastic and vegetable fibres to produce furniture, to a Japanese company developing a wireless field-monitoring system for farmers to assesses soil conditions and ultimately cut down on agricultural water waste. The 16 aspiring startups have been chosen to represent their local countries in The Venture global final for not only their potential to be profitable as a business, but also their ability to offer scalable and sustainable impact solutions.

Each finalist has a truly unique story to tell about the inspiration for their startup. David Gluckman, the founder of Lumkani, witnessed the devastating impact of shack fires in informal settlements in South Africa and decided to create an affordable fire detection device to mitigate the loss of life and property. Victoria Alonsoperez saw the impact foot and mouth disease had on the Uruguayan economy – creating poverty and unemployment – and made it her mission to develop a platform (Chipsafer) that would transform the way farmers monitor and care for their livestock.

From May 11th to June 14th, the finalists will go head to head in a public vote and compete for an initial share of $250,000 (from the $1 million fund). People from across the world can view the finalist profiles and vote for their favourite on The Venture website.

The competition will then culminate in San Francisco on July 24th when finalists will pitch for the remaining share of the $1 million fund in front of an expert global judging panel. Sonal Shah, former Director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the White House under US President Barack Obama, is the latest judge to be announced alongside Adrian Grenier (actor, producer and social entrepreneur), Morgan Clendaniel (Editor of Fast Company’s Co.Exist) and Alex Ricard (Pernod Ricard Chairman and CEO).

Adrian Grenier commented: “As someone who is hugely invested in social enterprises, it’s really eye opening to see what other entrepreneurs around the globe are up to and the issues they’re attempting to tackle. We have uncovered 16 amazing finalists whose vision, passion and commitment to the greater good should be an inspiration to us all. I encourage everyone to find out more about them and their stories and get voting…they need your votes!”

Richard Black, Chivas Regal Global Brand Director, added: “Due to this being a global competition across five continents we’ve discovered an incredible collection of social entrepreneurs that are aiming to tackle a broad array of issues. As a brand we’re very proud to be putting a spotlight on these talented and driven business people and we can’t wait to see how the public respond with their votes.”

In the week leading up to The Venture Final Pitch, the finalists will attend an Accelerator Week in Silicon Valley, the epicentre of the start-up world, where they will receive mentorship from influential figures in social enterprise and companies such as venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, Google, Duarte and IDEO.

To find out more and to vote for your finalist visit The Venture.

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Notes:

The Venture
The Venture is Chivas’ global search to find and support the most promising aspiring social entrepreneurs who want to succeed whilst making a positive impact on the lives of others. With over $1 million in funding and resources, The Venture will enable social entrepreneurs from around the world realise their potential and gain exposure for their business.

Win the Right Way
Win the Right Way aims to inspire a new generation to achieve success whilst making a positive impact on the lives of others and is the latest instalment of Chivas Regal’s Live with Chivalry campaign, which launched in 2008.

Live with Chivalry
Chivas’ Live with Chivalry campaign launched in 2008 and has since inspired modern gentlemen in more than 60 countries around the world to succeed in the right way. Win the Right Way is the latest instalment of the Live with Chivalry campaign. It communicates Chivas Regal’s brand values, and aims to inspire a new generation to achieve success whilst making a positive impact on the lives of others.

About Chivas Regal
Chivas Regal is a truly global brand, selling 4.6 million 9L cases annually in more than 150 countries across Europe, Asia Pacific and Americas. The Chivas Regal range is the epitome of style, substance and exclusivity, and includes Chivas Regal 12, 18 and 25 Year Old.

Whisky Auctioneer May Auction Now Live – Scotch Whisky News

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Our May auction is now live and ends on Monday 1st June 2015!

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This is an incredible auction with over 1,200 bottles available. We have a few highlights for you this month, starting with this highly collectible Black Bowmore, an icon of single malt history. 

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This month’s curious rarity is this Glendronach 12 Year Old, bottled most likely during the 1940s, This iconic label first appeared during the prohibition era and at this point interestingly still reads ‘Most suitable for medicinal purposes’.

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Japanese whisky is still booming, and this month we have a great poker hand of Hanyu, Including the super rare Ace of Spades. 

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With Ardbeg day fast approaching we have a delightfully unusual old independent bottling, this is an Oloroso Butt matured 30 year old Ardbeg distilled in 1967…

Happy Ardbeg day indeed! 

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Please remember!

There is no registration fee, our commission structure is very competitive and we offer worldwide shipping. For our terms and conditions please click here.

With over 15 years of experience in the whisky industry, Whisky Auctioneer specialises in auctioning whisky whether it be fine, old, rare, collectable or affordable. Formed in 2013 and based in Perth, central Scotland, we aim to be the most comprehensive website for the buying and selling of whisky online.

http://www.whiskyauctioneer.com/

Happy Bidding!

The Famous Grouse “Scottish Field Whisky Challenge” – Scotch Whisky News

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Scottish Field Whisky Challenge

We are delighted to be nominated in the category of Distillery Visitor Experience in this years Scottish Field Whisky Challenge.  Find out more about the awards and vote for us here

whisky.auction – The Auction Is Now Live! – Whisky News

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whisky.auction – next auction is now live!

Our next auction is now live, and will run until Tuesday 2 June.

You’ll find a wide range of bottles, with plenty of single malts, old blends, everyday drinking whiskies and a good selection of miniatures. If your taste is for Japanese whisky, then you’ll find bottles from Karuizawa and Hanyu, as well as some whiskies that were only released in Japan.

To find out more, please email info@whisky.auction, call Enrico Gaddoni on +44 (0)20 8838 9381 or visit the website https://whisky.auction.

It’s Here: Single Pot Still Google Hangout – Irish Whiskey News

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SINGLE POT STILL IRISH WHISKEYS OF MIDLETON PRESENT THEIR FIRST EVER GOOGLE HANGOUT ON AIR FROM THE GOOGLE FOUNDRY, DUBLIN

Watch it today:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYNGfy4HflA

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#WorldWhiskyDay


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