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BALLANTINE’S INCREASES ASIAN GOLF PRESENCE WITH SPONSORSHIP OF KOLON KOREA OPEN – Scotch Whisky News

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BALLANTINE’S INCREASES ASIAN GOLF PRESENCE WITH

SPONSORSHIP OF KOLON KOREA OPEN 

Ballantine’s, the No 2 Scotch whisky in the world, is further reinforcing its commitment to golf in Asia with the announcement of a three-year sponsorship of the Kolon Korea Open; a notable OneAsia Tour event whose field has previously included Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garciá. The sponsorship commences with the 2014 tournament, which takes place this week (23 – 26 October) at the Woo Jeong Hills Country Club in South Korea.

Following a successful five-year title sponsorship of the Ballantine’s Championship in South Korea, Ballantine’s presence at this year’s Kolon Korea Open will include branding on course, an exhibition tent at the Gallery Plaza to showcase Ballantine’s product and the staging of a special Ballantine’s Award. The tournament winner will be awarded with a prestigious bottle of Ballantine’s 30 Year Old, and players achieving the daily ‘Lowest Round’ score will also be gifted with a bottle of Ballantine’s 17 Year Old.

Sponsorship of the Kolon Korea Open further enhances Ballantine’s impressive track record of support for golf events both in Asia and in its homeland, Scotland. The BMW Masters in Shanghai, of which Ballantine’s has been an official sponsor for three consecutive years, continues to attract a strong field year-on-year and allows Ballantine’s to showcase its product through its partnership. The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, where Ballantine’s has also been an official sponsor since 2007, attracts world class talent to its links courses, just miles away from the spiritual home of Ballantine’s, Glenburgie Distillery.

This strong portfolio of tournament sponsorships provides an opportunity for Ballantine’s to connect with a key audience in the inaugural year of the launch of the Ballantine’s Golf Club. The Ballantine’s Golf Club is a unique and innovative online Golf Club, inspired by golf and its lifestyle and aimed at those who share an appreciation of golf and a love of fine whisky. World-renowned golfer Ian Poulter is the Club’s founding Captain and registrations for the Club are open now at http://www.ballantinesgolfclub.com/.

Membership to the Ballantine’s Golf Club, which is free-of-charge, will offer access to exclusive content, invitational events, whisky tastings, VIP hospitality and a range of member rewards, as well as the chance to meet and play with top players and participate in a member-only global tournament.

Ballantine’s Global Brand Director, Peter Moore, comments; “We’re delighted to announce our sponsorship of the Kolon Korea Open and to continue building on our strong heritage in golf across Asia. The sponsorship will provide us with a great opportunity to introduce our fans in Korea to the Ballantine’s Golf Club and to continue to strengthen our position as one of the leading whisky brands in Asia.”

Ballantine’s has a rich history in golf dating back to 1960 when the first Ballantine’s sponsored golf tournament was played at Wentworth Club in England. Ballantine’s founded the Ballantine’s Championship in 2008, remaining title sponsor of the tournament until 2013. Ballantine’s has also been a sponsor of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open since 2007 and the BMW Masters in Shanghai, China, since 2012.

About Ballantine’s

Ballantine’s is the No.1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the No. 2 Scotch whisky in the world with the range selling over 70 million bottles a year worldwide. Ballantine’s has won more than 130 trophies and medals at international competitions in the past 10 years for its outstanding quality, as a result of its unique richness of character and perfect balance. The range, from Ballantine’s Finest to the exclusive 40 Year Old, is the most extensive in the world of Scotch and is maintained by Master Blender Sandy Hyslop, continuing the brand’s tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827. In 2013, Ballantine’s continued its innovative approach by launching Ballantine’s Brasil, a spirit drink made from selectively cask steeping Scotch whisky with Brazilian lime peel.

http://www.ballantines.com/ 

About Ballantine’s in golf

Ballantine’s has a rich history in golf dating back to 1960 when the first Ballantine’s sponsored golf tournament was played at Wentworth Club in England. Ballantine’s founded the Ballantine’s Championship in 2008, remaining title sponsor of the tournament until 2013. Ballantine’s has also been a sponsor of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open since 2007 and the BMW Masters in Shanghai, China, since 2012.  

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits. Chivas Brothers is the global leader in luxury Scotch whisky and premium gin. Its portfolio includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater Gin, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport.

http://www.chivasbrothers.com/

Sullivan’s Cove “Mature your own whisky” – Tasmania Whisky News

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Can’t find a bottle of Sullivans Cove French Oak at your local bottle shop? Maybe your own 20 liter cask will fix that…introducing the Sullivans Cove Cellarmaster!

Imagine 20 liters of Sullivans Cove Single Malt maturing in your own personally crafted oak cask… Named the World’s Best Single Malt at the 2014 World Whiskies Awards, you can’t go wrong with this one.

How does it work?

1) We offer the Cellarmaster in 20 liter casks (these reach maturity in 2 years). You choose from either ex-Port or ex-Bourbon casks and specify the level char
2) We fill the barrel with 20 liters of new make spirit at 63.4%ABV and store it in optimal conditions here in our dunnage
3) After 2 years your whisky will be ready for consumption. At that point we bottle it for you and send it off to your home
4) You can refill your empty barrel or take it home
5) In the two years while it is maturing you can visit and “test” your whisky as often as you like

Sound good? Click here to make it happen!

Our mailing address is:
Tasmania Distillery
Lamb Pl
Cambridge, TAS 7170
Australia

Whiski Bar & Whiski Rooms Edinburgh “BURNS NIGHT 2015 OPEN FOR BOOKINGS” – Scotch Whisky News

JOIN US for BURNS NIGHT IN 2015
Bookings being taken now…

BURNS NIGHT
SUNDAY 25TH JANUARY 2015

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It only comes round once a year and we have two stunning venues with different Burns Night celebrations to choose from ?

Join us at WHISKI Bar or WHISKI Rooms on 25th January 2015 for a memorable Burns Night Supper to celebrate our national poet Robert Burns whose message of friendship and Auld Lang Syne lives on.

Bookings being taken now.

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WHISKI’s Burns Night Supper
Call us on 0131-556-3095 to book WHISKI on the Royal Mile for one of our Burns suppers.
Times: 6:00PM and 8:30PM.

View WHISKI’s Burns Supper here

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WHISKI Rooms Burns Night Supper
Call us on 0131 225 7224 to book WHISKI Rooms overlooking the Mound for our Burns Night celebrations.
Two sittings: 5PM and 8:30PM

View WHISKI Rooms Burns Supper here

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Hope to see you in WHISKI or WHISKI Rooms for a great Scottish celebration.
Best Regards from all at

WHISKI Bar and WHISKI Rooms
www.whiskibar.com | www.whiskirooms.com

WHISKI Rocks, let the party begin …

Russell’s Reserve K&L Exclusives Are The New Arrivals at K&L California – American Whiskey News

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  • Russell’s Reserve K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #15 Kentucky Bourbon 75 0ml ($59.99) Round two of our single barrel Bourbons from last September’s visit to Wild Turkey distillery have finally arrived! If you don’t recall all the buzz, we were full of excitement following an intimate barrel tasting with both Jimmy and Eddy Russell. We hadn’t planned on taking any single barrels from Wild Turkey, yet we left Kentucky with more WT whiskey than Bourbon from all the other distilleries combined! The profiles of the Russell’s Reserve selections are much more mellow than some of their Kentucky brethren. Think candy corn rather than spicy oak, and rich vanilla rather than peppery rye. At 55% they’re brimming with gusto, but never do they overpower the palate. Barrel #15 is the softest of the three new releases, gliding down the palate like a liquid beam of butterscotch, and flurrying on the finish with notes of cinnamon and clove spices. It’s a dangerous Bourbon that deceptively disguises its 110 proof profile with soft and sup ple sweetness. A fantastic gateway bottle to the Wild Turkey style and a whiskey you’ll think about all day long, sitting in the office, waiting to get home and pour another glass. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)
  • Russell’s Reserve K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #17 Kentucky Bourbon 750ml ($59.99) Round two of our single barrel Bourbons from last September’s visit to Wild Turkey distillery have finally arrived! If you don’t recall all the buzz, we were full of excitement following an intimate barrel tasting with both Jimmy and Eddy Russell. We hadn’t planned on taking any single barrels from Wild Turkey, yet we left Kentucky with more WT whiskey than Bourbon from all the other distilleries combined! The profiles of the Russell’s Reserve selections are much more mellow than some of their Kentucky brethren. Think candy corn rather than spicy oak, and rich vanilla rather than peppery rye. At 55% they’re brimming with gusto, but never do they overpower the palate. Barrel #17 is the superstar choice for me, although both 15 and 18 have their own merit. I can’t promise that everyone will be as enamored as I am. That kiss of candied sweetness, balanced beautifully by a second wave of spice and vivaciousness is just pure heaven. The woo dier notes come towards the back, but quit just before they turn bitter or overpowering. They took this baby out of the barrel at JUST the right moment. Any longer, and it’s too much. Any less time, and we’re not getting the same level of richness. One bad-ass bottle. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)
  • Russell’s Reserve K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #18 Kentucky Bourbon 750ml ($59.99) Round two of our single barrel Bourbons from last September’s visit to Wild Turkey distillery have finally arrived! If you don’t recall all the buzz, we were full of excitement following an intimate barrel tasting with both Jimmy and Eddy Russell. We hadn’t planned on taking any single barrels from Wild Turkey, yet we left Kentucky with more WT whiskey than Bourbon from all the other distilleries combined! The profiles of the Russell’s Reserve selections are much more mellow than some of their Kentucky brethren. Think candy corn rather than spicy oak, and rich vanilla rather than peppery rye. At 55% they’re brimming with gusto, but never do they overpower the palate. Barrel #18 is the most classic Kentucky Bourbon of the three selections. The rye spice isn’t as muted as it is in the other two casks, with peppery, herbaceous notes acting as ballast points against the sweetness from the oak. Barrel #18 is also the most powerful of the th ree, so those in search of big, bold flavor should go with this bottle. You still get the sweet caramel corn notes that scream Wild Turkey, but there’s definitely more of a rye note on the finish. A great contrast to the other two casks, but only for those who like intensity. It’s more in the Willett style and that’s definitely a good thing. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)

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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Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #497 – Scotch Whisky News

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www.ralfy.com highlights a non-typical Speyside character malt with Whisky Review 497 – Craigellachie 13yo malt @ 46%vol

IRISH DISTILLERS PERNOD RICARD CELEBRATE 30 YEARS OF MIDLETON VERY RARE – Irish Whiskey News

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IRISH DISTILLERS PERNOD RICARD CELEBRATE 30 YEARS OF MIDLETON VERY RARE

Introducing Midleton Very Rare 30th Anniversary Pearl Edition

The Midleton Distillery has unveiled Midleton Very Rare 30th Anniversary Pearl Edition; an exclusive, limited edition created to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the expression heralded by many whisk(e)y experts as the pinnacle of Irish whiskey.

A true Irish masterpiece and a perfectly balanced exemplar of the Midleton Very Rare style, Pearl Edition is the result of a collaboration between Master Distiller, Brian Nation, and Barry Crockett, Master Distiller Emeritus, who share between them more than 60 years’ distilling experience at the Midleton Distillery in County Cork.

Barry and Brian personally selected a 1984 Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey and a 1981 grain whiskey respectively to blend into a whiskey of exceptional quality. As is tradition, both whiskeys have been matured in American oak barrels, which after 30 years have imparted luscious vanilla and delicate honey flavours.

Local artisans have collaborated to provide exceptional and authentic packaging for the expression, befitting its outstanding quality and rarity. Each presentation pack is bespoke; the Leadbetter family of glassblowers from Jerpoint Glass Studio, Co. Kilkenny, has shaped each bottle individually, which sits in a grand box fashioned from the mightiest Irish oak by some of Ireland’s most-skilled, wood craftspeople from Co. Wexford. The case houses a limited edition, celebratory booklet and a hand-blown miniature of Midleton Very Rare Pearl Edition to allow whiskey lovers to taste and share the whiskey without opening the full bottle.

Midleton Very Rare Pearl Edition continues the tradition of featuring the signature of the creator on the label. As Master Distiller Emeritus, Barry Crockett returned to craft the expression with Master Distiller Brian Nation, the bottle features both names in recognition of their joint creation. Nation comments:

“Midleton Very Rare Pearl Edition has been 30 years in the making; 30 years of craft, 30 years of tradition and 30 years of patience. The liquid, its bottle and the presentation box are examples of the finest Irish craftsmanship, and offer whiskey aficionados the ultimate Irish whiskey experience by perfectly capturing our Irish heritage as we look to the future. Pearl Edition sets a new benchmark for Midleton Very Rare and the distillery’s Prestige Collection, as we continue to craft innovative whiskeys to further enhance the Irish whiskey renaissance.”

Barry Crockett, Master Distiller Emeritus, added: “Few things are worth coming out of retirement for, but the opportunity to be a part of the creation of Midleton Very Rare Pearl Edition is certainly one of them. The whiskey is Midleton’s most prized possession and represents the greatest milestone since I crafted the first ever edition of Midleton Very Rare back in 1984. It is an honour to be a part of this release and Ireland’s rich distilling heritage, and I hope discerning drinkers and whiskey enthusiasts cherish every drop.”

With only 117 bottles in existence, Midleton Very Rare Pearl Edition will be available in Ireland, UK, France, Germany and China, priced at €6,000 or equivalent, from November 2014.

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Midleton Very Rare Pearl Edition tasting notes:

NOSE
The initial fresh herbal notes of crushed garden mint and rosemary, are a testament to the quality of the ex-bourbon barrels in which this whiskey has rested for many years. Soft honey sweetness along with beeswax shows its antique character, while hints of gingerbread combine with toasted oak to compliment some pot still spices.
TASTE
The soft silky mouth coating is initially honey sweet, then the fresh herbal flavours follow through with a touch of menthol. The spicy notes concentrate, staying sweet with cinnamon and liquorice before the toasted oak adds to the complexity.
FINISH
The succulence of the herbs and spices is very slow to fade.

ABOUT PERNOD RICARD

Pernod Ricard is the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits with consolidated sales of €7,945 million in 2013/14. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin & Spirit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector and employs a workforce of approximately 18,000 people, operating through a decentralized organization with 6 ‘Brand Companies’ and 80 ‘Market Companies’ established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics. Pernod Ricard is listed on the NYSE Euronext exchange (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is a member of the CAC 40 index. www.pernod-ricard.com

ABOUT IRISH DISTILLERS

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between Irish whiskey distillers, John Power & Son, John Jameson & Son and the Cork Distillery Company. In an attempt to reverse the decline in Irish whiskey sales, the company decided to consolidate production at a new purpose-built facility alongside the existing distillery in Midleton, Co. Cork. Irish Distillers was bought by Pernod Ricard in June 1988 and today, Jameson is the No.1 Irish whiskey in the world, selling over 4 million 9L cases worldwide and contributing more than any other Irish whiskey brand to the phenomenal global growth of the category. Irish Distillers is committed to driving continued, sustainable growth of the Irish whiskey category.

Irish Distillers’ portfolio of whiskeys is comprised of Jameson, the world’s no.1 Irish whiskey; Irish favourite Paddy which celebrated its centenary in 2013; Powers, the robust super premium whiskey for discerning drinkers; and the much-acclaimed brands that comprise the Irish Distillers’ Prestige Collection – the Single Pot Still Whiskeys of Midleton which includes the Spot range (Green Spot, Yellow Spot) and Redbreast, Ireland’s most awarded single pot still whiskey brand.
www.irishdistillers.ie

Teeling Whiskey Picks Up Three Accolades at Irish Whiskey Awards – Irish Whiskey News

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Teeling Whiskey Picks Up Three Accolades at Irish Whiskey Awards

Honoured as Best Poitin, Best Single Grain and Best Single Malt (>13Yrs) 

The Teeling Whiskey Company (TWC) has continued to build on its reputation as the leading independent Irish whiskey company by picking up three top awards for its range of premium Irish whiskeys at the second annual Irish Whiskey Awards last night.

Teeling Whiskey was awarded ‘Best Irish Poitin’, ‘Best Irish Single Grain’ and ‘Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey (13 Yrs & Over)’. In just over two years, the Teeling Whiskey family of premium Irish whiskeys has picked up over 40 awards and honours worldwide.

As the standard and popularity of Irish whiskey continues to rise, it is fitting that the excellence and innovation by producers and distillers is rewarded. The Irish Whiskey Awards was established to enable this and is held annually on the eve of Whiskey Live Dublin.  Voting duties were carried out by members of the Celtic Whiskey Club and also by the Irish Whiskey Society. All submitted entries were subjected to a series of blind tastings the results of which determined each winner.

Commenting on the latest accolades, Jack Teeling, founder of The Teeling Whiskey Company, said, “We are truly honoured for our Whiskeys and Poitin to have been judged by these knowledgeable palates to be the best in its class.  With construction of our new distillery in Dublin underway, we hope to be able to build on these awards and continue to provide high quality and unique expressions to Irish whiskey drinkers around the world. “

The Teeling Whiskey Company was founded by Jack Teeling in 2012 to revive his family-old trademark of Irish whiskey and bring distilling back to Dublin, where Walter Teeling had a distillery in the Liberties in the 18th century.  In January 2014, The Teeling Whiskey Company announced a €10 million investment in a new distillery and visitor centre at Newmarket in The Liberties. Work started on site in August and when completed in 2015 will be the first new distillery in the city in 125 years.

For more on The Teeling Whiskey Company and its award winning Irish Whiskeys, visit www.teelingwhiskey.com

HIXTER BANKSIDE LAUNCH NEW, AGED COCKTAIL WITH A TWIST – Irish Whiskey News

JAMESON IRISH WHISKEY LAUNCHES BARREL AGED COCKTAIL PROGRAMME FOR BARTENDERS (4)

London, 24 October 2014 – Renowned London bartender, Myles Davies, of the recently opened Hixter Bankside has collaborated with Jameson Irish Whiskey, creating a cocktail over the last few months by ageing his creation in  a Jameson-seasoned barrel.

The cocktail, Autumn Leaves is available for £9.50 and will be on sale at Hixter Bankside until the barrel runs dry.

The cocktail is created by mixing Jameson Irish Whiskey, sweet Vermouth and an apple aperitif from Somerset, and then ageing the mix for several weeks within a Jameson barrel from the distillery in Midleton, Cork. The maturation process in the barrels imparts additional vanilla and wood flavours into the drink, as well as creating a more rounded flavour profile.

Born in New York in the early 1900s, the practice of barrel-ageing cocktails has enjoyed a renaissance over the last few years, and has been led by renowned bartenders including Tony Conigliaro. These cocktails are typically aged in the barrel for six to eight weeks to allow the extraction of wood compounds, the evaporation of volatile compounds and the oxidation of cocktail components, which results in a softer, more rounded drink.

The barrel itself was originally a 200-litre Jameson barrel, which was dismantled and then painstakingly re-assembled by 5th generation Jameson Master Cooper, Ger Buckley, into a 15-litre barrel for Myles’ aged cocktail creation. The barrel will be on display in the bar at Hixter Bankside.

Autumn Leaves recipe and method:

3 parts Jameson Irish Whiskey

2 parts sweet vermouth

1 part Kingston Black (apple aperitif)

Mix through with ice, add a few drops of liquorice bittersand strain into coupe glass or similar.

Autumn Leaves is available now at Hixter Bankside, priced at £9.50.

For more information on Irish Whiskey including recipes, history and events, visit thejamesonworks.com or follow @Jameson_UK

Whisky Ramblings Via Video #96 – Australian Whisky News

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Whisky Ramblings Via Video #96

Mark Dermul, Belgian Whiskyblogger, goes Down Under! Starward (what’s in a name?) is the first single malt release from the New World Whisky Distillery – formerly known as the Victoria Valley distillery, just north of Melbourne in Australia. It is a young animal to be sure, but certainly going places.

http://youtu.be/cv0GMby_gUk

Charles MacLean, Master of the Quaich, Discusses Blended Scotch Whisky at Malt-Review – Scotch Whisky News

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Charles MacLean, Master of the Quaich, Discusses Blended Scotch Whisky at malt-review.com

Charles MacLean, whisky writer, consultant to the  industry, International Wine & Spirits Awards judge, and Master of the Quaich, is interviewed at whisky website Malt. Charles talks about blended Scotch old and new; why he prefers to relax with a blend; his latest project – a book on the Famous Grouse; as well as what excites and frustrates him about the whisky industry today. To read this in-depth interview visit here  For more information contact maltreview@gmail.com


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