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PRINCE HARRY BRINGS SENTEBALE ROYAL SALUTE POLO CUP TO ASIA – Scotch Whisky News

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 PRINCE HARRY BRINGS SENTEBALE ROYAL SALUTE POLO CUP TO ASIA

Prince Harry takes to the polo field at the 2017 Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup cheered on by crowds in Singapore

Last week under a blistering Singaporean sun and in front of a crowd of over 300 guests, Prince Harry took to the field for the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup to raise funds for his charity, Sentebale. The event took place at the Singapore Polo Club and brought together distinguished guests who showed their support for the charity’s work helping youth affected by the AIDS epidemic in Southern Africa.

Prior to the game commencing, guests gathered for national anthems and a minute’s silence in remembrance of those affected by the London attacks on Saturday evening.

Later an exciting match ensued; cheered on by the crowds, Sentebale ISPS Handa team clinched victory over St Regis team for the second year running by a lead of three points. The winning ball was struck by Prince Harry in the final chukka of the closely fought game, giving Sentebale ISPS Handa team the resulting advantage. The match also featured valiant performances from Royal Salute World Polo Ambassador Malcolm Borwick and Sentebale and St. Regis Ambassador Nacho Figueras.

Sentebale’s flagship fundraising event has been running for eight years taking place in different locations around the world. 2017 sees the first time the prestigious event has hit the shores of South East Asia, and Singapore Polo Club has had extended history of Royal Patronage, with Edward VIII, The Duke of Edinburgh and the present Prince of Wales all playing there. This year is the seventh consecutive year of the partnership between Sentebale and British luxury whisky Royal Salute. To date the event has raised over £4.5million for Sentebale’s work providing care, education and critical psychosocial support to children and adolescents coming to terms with living with HIV in Lesotho and Botswana, two countries with the world’s second and third highest infection rates and where the burden of the HIV epidemic remains.

At last year’s Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, hosted in Palm Beach, Florida, Prince Harry announced the charity’s plans to expand its programme of psychosocial support to young people living with HIV into Botswana. Since then, Sentebale has supported over 2,800 children and adolescents living with HIV across Lesotho and Botswana through monthly Saturday clubs and camps.

This year, speaking at the post-tournament dinner at the St Regis Singapore, Prince Harry spoke about Sentebale’s newly developed Let Youth Lead programme aimed at encouraging all youth in sub-Saharan Africa to know and manage their HIV status by 2020, which Prince Seeiso launched at the charity’s first youth summit in Lesotho in April this year.

Prince Harry added; Through youth-led campaigning, training and advocacy, the initiative allows young people affected by HIV/AIDS to be heard. We hope this will create a platform where the needs of young people in the region are listened to – from the need for adolescent-friendly health services, more trained counselors in rural areas and better sexual reproductive health education in schools. Young people know what works for them and their friends, so we must listen and take note.

Peter Moore, Global Brand Director of Royal Salute, added “It is incredibly inspiring to see what a huge impact the charity Sentebale has made on vulnerable young people in Southern Africa affected by HIV and AIDS. After seven years as title partners for the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, we are proud to say our donations of more than £1.5 million have helped to support the important work that Sentebale delivers to young people in Southern Africa.”

Cathy Ferrier, CEO of Sentebale said “We are so grateful to all our generous sponsors who continue to help youth affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Southern Africa. Adolescent deaths and new infections continue to rise amongst this age group in the region, so it is vital that we can continue to deliver much-needed care, education and critical psychosocial support, encouraging them to know and safely manage their HIV status.

“We have ambitious plans to be operating in five countries in the African region by 2020 and the funds raised through our annual flagship event remain key to us achieving these goals. Thank you to our long-standing partner Royal Salute, to the Singapore Polo Club for hosting us today, and to all of our dedicated sponsors, ISPS Handa, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, BMW and British Airways who have each contributed to making the day a great success.”

Malcolm Borwick, Royal Salute World Polo Ambassador and Captain of the Sentebale ISPS Handa team commented: “It has been a great honour to play at the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup this year alongside Prince Harry and other distinguished players. I have been around the globe with the Royal Salute World Polo series and this tournament remains the most inspirational event I take part in due to the overwhelming generosity of the crowd and sponsors. Over time, it has been a privilege to see Sentebale grow in part due to the charitable efforts of both Royal Salute and the sport.”

To raise further funds for the charity, bids opened for a one-of-a-kind Royal Salute auction lot. The Master Blender’s flagon of new limited edition Royal Salute 21 Year Old Polo Edition whisky has been donated to the auction by Royal Salute’s Director of Blending Sandy Hyslop, and is being housed in a bespoke hand-illustrated wrap. Created by British artist Natalie Reid, the exquisite artwork wrap depicts some of the milestones achieved by Sentebale during the seven-year partnership with Royal Salute. The auction continues online with a reserve price of £7,000 until Wednesday 14th June to allow those not in attendance the chance to support the charity and own a whisky unlike any other in the world.

To place your bid for the exclusive auction lot, visit www.royalsaluteauction.com

For more information about Sentebale, please sign up to receive the charity’s news at http://www.sentebale.org/ or follow the journey and be a part of the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup using the hashtag #SentebaleRS17.

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SINGAPORE – JUNE 05: HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, third from right, with his team at the Singapore Polo Club in this 1965 photo made available by the Singapore Polo Club. Fifty-two years later his grandson Prince Harry played at the same grounds in the 2017 Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup which is held to raise funds for Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale, which supports vulnerable children and young people living with HIV in Lesotho and Botswana.(Photo made available by the Singapore Polo Club)

POLO MATCH REPORT

PRINCE HARRY & TEAM WIN SENTEBALE ROYAL SALUTE POLO CUP 2017

SENTEBALE 5 – 2 ST. REGIS

Prince Harry’s visit to Singapore culminated in triumph at the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup which took place at Singapore Polo Club, Singapore on Monday 5th June.

Over 300 international and Singaporean VIPs including Karen Gillan, who presented the Sentebale Captain, Malcolm Borwick with the trophy, gathered to watch the Sentebale team play the St. Regis team, captained by Nacho Figueras, with a final score of five to two.

The four chukka game demonstrated the immense strength and skill of the ‘sport of kings’ with best playing pony awarded to Caldera, played by Nacho Figueras.

Match Report

With a dazzling display that graced the grand occasion, the Sentebale ISPS Handa team won the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup by defeating the St. Regis team in a game that demonstrated polo at its best.

The game inspired memorable performances from Satinder Garcha, who opened the score for Sentebale and saw Prince Harry scoring two points during the third and fourth chukkas. St. Regis team players, Patrick Furlong and Giles Twiss, showed great skills by scoring the two goals for the team lead by Nacho Figueras.

During the first chukka Santinder Garcha, president of the Singapore Polo Club who joined the Sentebale ISPS Handa team scored a 40 yard line penalty with a well-aimed shot putting Sentebale’s team up 1-0.  The first play of the second chukka saw Satinder Garche double the lead in near identical fashion.

Malcolm Borwick, Captain of the Sentebale ISPS Handa team and Royal Salute Ambassador, extended Sentebale’s team lead in the third chukka, which was quickly followed by a goal from Patrick Furlong putting the St. Regis team on the board.

Prince Harry’s afternoon then got better with an immediate goal following St. Regis successful play. In the last chukka, which stated a score of 4-1 in favour of Sentebale, Giles Twiss from the Singapore Polo Club, cut the deficit to just two. However, there was a quick response from the Sentebale team who saw Prince Harry score his second goal of the day.

The Sentebale Royal Salute cup 2017, ended on a final score of 5-2 with the Sentebale’s team lead by Malcolm Borwick raising the trophy. The game was played in good spirit with a good end to end action keeping all guests entertained.

Peter Moore, Director of Royal Salute said: “We’re honoured to support Sentebale for the seventh consecutive year. It was great to witness such a well-played game, with the Prince’s team taking the Cup. 

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About Sentebale

Sentebale is a charity co-founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006. The charity aims to rewrite the future for the impoverished population of Lesotho, a small, landlocked country in southern Africa, providing the thousands of children and young people affected by HIV/AIDS with vital access to care, education and critically psychosocial support.

In 2015, Sentebale announced plans to expand into several southern Africa countries by 2020, delivering psychosocial support to 10 to 19 year olds who were struggling to come to terms with living with HIV. In December 2016, Sentebale launched the first weeks of camp in Botswana, providing psychosocial support to 150 young people. Additionally, during the financial year ending on 31st August 2016, the charity in partnership with the Ministry of Health delivered adolescent-friendly HIV testing and counselling services to over 16,500 people. That year, Sentebale more than doubled the number of children and adolescents attending residential camp at the newly opened ’Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho to over 1,000 children and increased the number of children attending Saturday clubs by 18%.

Despite Sentebale’s progress to date, there remain many more adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa unaware of their HIV status and afraid to get tested. In line with UNAIDS Fast-track targets, Sentebale’s new Let Youth Lead advocacy programme aims to encourage all youth in sub-Saharan Africa to know and manage their HIV status by 2020. Through youth-led campaigning and advocacy, the ambition is to allow the voices of youth affected by HIV and AIDS to be heard and to change adult attitudes to these young people. The programme will also address the lack of youth-friendly health services and sexual reproductive health taught in schools, and will aim to strengthen leaders’ commitment to help young people affected by HIV/AIDS.

Sign up to received news from Sentebale at http://www.sentebale.org/

Twitter/Instagram: @Sentebale

Facebook: SentebaleOfficial

About Royal Salute

Royal Salute is a careful blend of malt and grain whiskies – with its youngest blend matured for a minimum of 21 years. Created to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and the 21 gun salute that honoured her, the brand is steeped in tradition and proud of its royal lineage, but is firmly engaged in the modern world by constantly pushing the art of blending into new, creative and ambitious forms. Royal Salute is deeply involved in polo – the world’s oldest surviving team sport and a game that’s expanding in the modern era. Polo is a noble game of honour, skill, integrity and respect – all values inherent in Royal Salute. The brand’s involvement in polo dates back around 10 years and today features a global programme of events spanning four continents including the annual Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, one of 15 international tournaments the brand sponsors around the world, from the UK and the USA through Argentina and China to Korea.

Follow Royal Salute at www.royalsalute.com

Instagram | @royalsalute

Twitter |@royalsalute

Facebook | RoyalSalutePolo

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky and the No.1 Scotch whisky in China; Ballantine’s, Europe’s No.1 Scotch whisky; The Glenlivet, the world’s No.1 single malt whisky; and Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky range. The portfolio also includes two of the world’s leading English gins – Beefeater, the world’s most awarded premium gin, and Plymouth gin – plus a selection of highly acclaimed single malt whiskies, including Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa, Strathisla and Tormore. The range is completed by a collection of blended Scotch whiskies operating in many of the world’s key whisky markets which includes 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch.

www.chivasspirit.com 

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 8,682 million in FY16. 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&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin and Malibu, Mumm and Perrier- Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of 18,500 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 85 “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 Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

About BMW Asia

BMW Asia (http://www.bmw-asia.com/) oversees 13 markets across East Asia. It plays the role of a business incubator for the importer markets and introduces product and technology that best caters to customers’ needs in this part of the world.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BMWAsiaInsider/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bmw-asia

Contact: BMWAsiaCorpAffairs@bmw.com 

About ISPS Handa

The International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS) supports projects and activities that contribute to social welfare and international co-operation through the promotion of sports. Its founder, Dr Haruhisa Handa, believes in the power of sport to create hope, break down educational and cultural barriers and to inspire people. ISHS Handa has supported the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup for the last 3 years.

www.ispsintetnational.com

About Singapore Polo Club

The Singapore Polo Club is one of the oldest sporting and social clubs in Singapore. Founded in 1886 by the officers of the King’s Own Regiment, the 1st Battalion, the Club has a distinguished heritage and remains rich in its traditions of camaraderie and sportsmanship.

www.singaporepoloclub.org

About St. Regis Hotels & Resorts

Combining classic sophistication with a modern sensibility, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, Inc., is committed to delivering exceptional experiences at 40 luxury hotels and resorts in the best addresses around the world. Since the opening of the first St. Regis hotel in New York City over a century ago by John Jacob Astor IV, the brand has remained committed to an uncompromising level of bespoke and anticipatory service for all of its guests, delivered flawlessly by signature St. Regis Butler Service. For more information and new openings, visit stregis.com or follow TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

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It’s a premium world for booming whisky …or should that be whiskey? – Whisk(ey)? News

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It’s a premium world for booming whisky …or should that be whiskey?

Bordeaux, June 19, 2017 – Whisky is a world of premium opportunities at Vinexpo Bordeaux 2017, whether your brand is spelled without an ‘e’ (it’s Scotch) or with one. But especially for a new generation of distillers and whiskies with unusual expressions.

With whisk(e)y distilleries working flat out from Japan to Scotland, and new distilleries being built at a fast rate from Ireland to Kentucky, aspiring consumers in regions like Asia and Africa are queuing up to buy the malted spirit.

Scotland, global leader and producer of the world’s largest whisky brands marketed by multinationals such as Diageo and Pernod Ricard, is riding a wave of year-on-year growth. Sales of standard and premium Scotch whisky are poised to reach 87.7 million 9 litre cases by the end of this year. By 2020 they could reach nearly 94 million cases, forecasts Vinexpo data produced for the Bordeaux-based wine and spirit exhibitions group by IWSR.

World sales of all whiskies are bigger still. The new distillers are seeking a slice of this market. And they take as their models the achievements of brands from countries like Japan, Taiwan, India. Ten years ago whiskies from these countries were treated with disdain, said one of the new distillers. Now they are covered in international awards and fetching super-premium prices.

It is no surprise that among the 2,300 exhibitors at Vinexpo Bordeaux whiskey distillers are well represented. The presence of buyers from 150 countries worldwide are their lure to this very international exhibition.

Take Ireland’s Walsh Distillery producing The Irishman range of single malts and a brand called Writers’ Tears which evokes the country’s literary history. Built in 2007 the distillery produces 800,000 bottles at present. A new distillery will open soon with capacity to produce 8.5 million bottles.

Connor Booth, a sales executive for the Irish brands exhibiting at the fair says, “The interest is just so big. Asia and Africa are among the leaders, but the Middle East and Latin America also want to drink whiskey. Our brands are in 45 markets and Irish whiskey is one of the fastest growing in the world.”

Booth adds that the major growth sector is premium brands. This is born out by other exhibitors from around the world who have whiskey ambitions.

Among the most audacious is the plan to build two distilleries in a WW2 bunker on the Garonne river. Called Moon Harbour, a local name for the port at Bordeaux, entrepreneurs Jean-Philippe Bellanger and Yves Medina have invested 3 million euros to make malt whisky using local barley.

They plan to produce 200,000 bottles a year. Their target markers are “countries that like whiskey: France, Belgium, China, Brazil, Taiwan, the USA”. They start production this August, but in the meantime are selling two whiskies made in Scotland. One is finished in red wine casks from a famous chateau, and a third is corn whisky distilled from local maize.

The whisky to emerge from their still later shortly will be premium priced. “We are not interested in making cheap whisky, says M. Bellanger. “It must be good quality – and it must be fun or we don’t do it.”

The question remains, why is the world so interested in Premium whisk(e)y?

Mark Newton, MD of Whyte and McKay Private labels says; “Two words say why: craft and authenticity. That is what younger drinkers seek. They also want malt whisky. But let’s not forget that 90% of Scotch whisky global sales are for blends and standard brands.”

Scotch whisky is the beginning for many of the new whiskies. Black Mountain, a range of three Scotch blends, is aged in Armagnac barrels. Black Mountain has already won three international awards.  Co-founder Laure Maurin says that next year they plan to open a distillery in France.

The new distillers are clearly innovative. For example, age statements are the industry marks of premium quality. That might be about to change according to Earl Hewlette of Terressentia. Owner of O Z Tyler Bourbon from Kentucky.

Earl has patented an ageing process that has reduced the time spirit spent in barrel – during which the spirit refines and becomes less harsh- to as little as six months. The cost saving is huge. In January he relaunches O Z Tyler as a Bourbon aged using the Terrapure system. On the bottle Terrapure commands as much space as the name. It has the potential to shake-up whisky production radically.

In the meantime, the new distillers are a niche suppler of a niche market. Aspiring and high net wealth drinkers in other parts of the world still associate Scotland with whisky.

“This morning we met a buyer from Azerbaijan who wanted 12, 15 and 18 year-old Scotch whiskies for high income folk,” says Graham Taylor, MD of Glasgow Whisky, a bulk supplier. “The Ukraine is doing well too. The market is buoyant. Our Strathalan blend does well in supermarkets where people associate Scotch whisky with quality.”

For more information visit vinexpo.com

Maltstock Masterclass Galore! – Whisky News

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With Maltstock only a little more than 2 months away, it is time to reveal a our great line-up of Masterclasses! 

And what a line-up we have this year. Wow! There will be 10 different masterclasses for you to choose from!

Five of them are Maltstock virgins, so plenty of new interesting stuff! Then again, every Maltstock masterclass will be interesting and entertaining. So there is lots of carefull and wise choosing to be done!

And to top it all of, everybody will get to attend the campfire tasting with Mark and Cameron from Cadenhead’s. And there is a Quiz winners Masterclass by Hans Offringa.

Oh, and we’ll also have some speed tastings! More on that later.

Remember, all Maltstock masterclasses are free! There’s no extra charge, how relaxed is that?

Maltstock 2017 Masterclasses

These Masterclasses will be bookable from tomorrow. All ticketholders will receive an E-mail with the link to the preferences form.

Friday

  • Inverhouse Lukasz – 16.45 – 17.45 – Chapel
  • Loch Lommond group – Donald – 18.00 – 19.00 – Breakfast room
  • Macallan – Sietse – 19.45 – 20.45 – Chapel

Saturday

  • Yumi & Tatsuya – 12.00 – 13.00 – Chapel
  • Creative Whisky Company – David 13.15 – 14.15 – Breakfast room
  • Single Cask Nation – Joshua – 14.30 – 15.30 – Chapel
  • Adelphi – Lucy – 15.45 – 16.45 – Breakfast room
  • Speciality Drinks – Mariella – 17.00 – 18.00 – Chapel
  • Ian Macleod – Kenny MacDonald – 18.45 – 19.45 – Breakfast room
  • Gordon MacPhail – Steven Cameron – 19.30 – 20.30 – Chapel

Good luck choosing! See you in September!

Annette, Bob, Klaas, Marco, Stan and Teun
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Tickets

If you haven’t bought your maltstock ticket yet, click and the link and get relaxed.

Maltstock tickets are all inclusive. All your food, beverages and all of our program is included in our entry fee.* You do, however, get to choose if you want to stay with us, and most of our guests do, which makes Maltstock an unique social event! If you want to camp outside or stay in a hotel nearby you are welcome to do so at your own expense. Maltstock tickets are for the whole weekend. We do not sell day or session tickets. Tickets are available at our online shop: www.maltstock.com/shop

*There can be additional costs involved if you want to taste exclusive or rare whisky at the stands of our private collectors, importers and shop keepers.

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K&L California “OLD PARTICULAR’S GRAND FINALE” – Scotch Whisky News

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OLD PARTICULAR’S GRAND FINALE

Not only do we have a 25 year old single barrel of Scotch at a full 62% proof for a mere $79.99, we’ve got all that from one of Scotland’s fallen soldiers: the mighty Cambus, closed forever in 1993. A rare and collectable treat!

1991 Cambus 25 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($79.99)

The final cask from our most recent shipment of Old Particular single casks is this lovely little number from Cambus, one of Diageo’s top grain distilleries until it was closed forever in 1993. That means every bottle of Cambus that gets consumed from this point out moves the whisky a step closer to total extinction! This 25 year old single cask, originally distilled in September of 1991, is a glorious example of both Cambus and grain whisky at its most splendid. The nose is a hedonistic wave of butterscotch and vanilla, followed by tropical notes on the palate with plenty of oak spice and syrup. Those who love the banana element that can be found in Bourbon should go gaga for this. It’s difficult to believe the whisky is bottled at 62% ABV, mainly because of how rich and wonderful it is. While offering spice and plenty of heft, the power is still masked by the symphony of vanilla and syrup on the finish. For collectors who enjoy drinking whisky made at now-defunct facilities, a bottle of 25 year old Cambus represents quite an affordable luxury at $79.99. For fans of Scotch or even American whiskies who enjoy drinking delicious, cask strength, single barrel expressions, this is a must have.

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 13, 2017

This isn’t the first cask of Cambus we’ve bottled in my time at K&L, but this 25 year easily represents the best value/quality ratio we’ve offered in some time in the legendary lore of “closed” distilleries. Drinking whisky from a “closed” distillery for Scotch fans is much like shopping for vintage couture in that it’s a chance to enjoy a piece of history once thought forever gone. Cambus was dismantled in 1993, but the whisky lives on in this bottle! Rich and full of vanilla bean, caramel, and burnt banana, this is a whisky that’s as easy to love as it is to drink. And it’s somewhat of a collectable. All that, at cask strength, for eighty bucks!

Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 14, 2017

I fell for Cambus the first time I tasted it. We did a single cask previously that just blew me away. I figured since the distillery closed more than two decades ago the chance of ever seeing it again was slim. But wait…another stunning bottle shows up and the richness, texture and pure opulence of this spirit all comes flooding back to me. To be honest this is a perfect illustration of how ridiculous it is that grain whiskey seems to be held in lower regard the malt. If straight drinking pleasure and satisfaction is your motivation I’d probably suggest the opposite. This has all the intensity, complexity and drinkability you could ever hope for…plus it’s 25 years old and pricing well under $100. You need this on your bar…and not just to look at…this is made for daily drinking.

Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 14, 2017

At this point I hope there are no holdouts that shop our whisky selection who believe that single grain whisky cannot deliver when it is by itself. If so please grab a bottle of this 25 year old Cambus to change your mind. This beauty opens up with soft notes of almond, vanilla, hay and early orchard fruit. There is an elegance here, but still plenty of flavor and complexity. Notes of creamy vanilla custard and grans intermingle with a rising notes of spice and a little heat that lingers long after that last sip.

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Highland Park 18 Year Old at the Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Highland Park 18 Year Old

1997 vintage single cask bottled by Hunter Laing & Co. for the Old & Rare Platinum Selection.This is a rich butter shortbread, fruity and nutty example of the single malt from the Kirkwall distillery in the Orkney Isles. Just 266 bottles. A straw coloured whisky with a mellow nose of sweet vanilla, stewed rhubarb, peaches and butter shortbread. On the palate we find creamy vanilla and butterscotch sauce poured over apricot and peaches, and a sprinkling of chopped walnuts. The finish is long, lingering and slightly sweet, with a nutty aftertaste.

Buy – £169.18

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GLEN KEITH 20 YEAR OLD at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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Glen Keith 20 year old

This 20 year old Speyside single malt was distilled at Glen Keith in August 1996. Matured in a single refill butt, only 60 bottles were produced in April 2017. Presented at a natural cask strength of 58.3% abv without chill filtration. A very complex Glen Keith which offers notes of tropical fruit and a candy sweetness that is out of this world. One of our favourite whiskies of the year so far! Please note: Stock is highly limited.

£195 Buy Now

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Ralfy Publishes Ralfy Review #660 – Scotch Whisky News

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Ralfy delivers some weird lighting with Ralfy Review 660 - Glen Garioch 22yo @ 68.2%vol (Adelphi)

 

Forty Creek Whisky Celebrates Canada’s 150th With A New, Limited Edition Of Confederation Oak – Canadian Whisky News

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New Packaging Features Work Of Calgary-Based Artist Sheila Schaetzle

TORONTO, ON – Known for its diverse portfolio of complex yet approachable whiskies, Forty Creek is commemorating Canada’s 150th anniversary with the release of a special, limited-edition run of its artfully crafted Forty Creek Confederation Oak blend. Forty Creek Whisky has called Grimsby, Ontario, its home for over 20 years. The area is also known for being one of the most historically significant areas from the pre-Confederation era. Grimsby – formerly known as ‘The Forty’, is nestled in a region known as home to some of the most impactful battles fought during The War of 1812. These events would ultimately form the fabric of what would become our great country, while also defining the Canadian frontier.

As a means of celebrating both the formidable spirit of the early settlers that established such a significant portion of Canadian history, and the country’s monumental 150th birthday, Forty Creek invited the Canadian artist community to share their visions for a new package that would showcase the Grimsby region and Canada’s rich cultural heritage. Gracing the package of this special edition of Forty Creek Confederation Oak is a spectacular piece titled, To the Confederation, by Calgary, Alberta, artist Sheila Schaetzle. An elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists, Sheila’s artwork has been exhibited across the country.

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“We received many impressive submissions from artists across the country and we are very appreciative of the enthusiasm each artist demonstrated,” says John Andersen, Senior Brand Manager, North American Whiskies. “We wanted to celebrate this monumental Canadian anniversary in a way that fully encompassed the essence of Forty Creek as a true leader within the whisky category. Sheila’s submission did an outstanding job in artfully combining the richness of Canada’s history and the important role it plays in the Forty Creek Confederation Oak whisky.”

“To honour our heritage, I wanted to emphasize the strengths of the Canadian White Oak,” says Sheila Schaetzle. “The black and white theme – the cool haze of the tree tops, puts the focus on the soldiers. It demonstrates a strong foundation kept simple, and something that is uniquely Canadian.”

Aged in barrels crafted from locally-sourced Canadian oak trees first rooted at the time of Confederation, Forty Creek Confederation Oak pays homage to the series of events that helped shape the foundation of Canada. A full-bodied whisky, the Forty Creek Confederation Oak has an ever-evolving aroma that starts with layers of maple, raisin, vanilla and fig, followed by spice and orange blossoms. As the whisky is enjoyed, flavours of vanilla and buttercream emerge on the palate with pepper spice framed by oak, walnut and smoke that leads to an exceptional, long-lingering finish. With its excellent balance and vibrant flavours, Forty Creek Confederation Oak is truly an icon of Canadian whisky that is best when sipped and cherished.

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*Product availability and pricing may vary depending on region.
• Forty Creek Confederation Oak- pricing from $69.95, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia.

About Gruppo Campari:

Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A., together with its affiliates (‘Gruppo Campari’), is a major player in the global beverage sector, trading in over 190 nations around the world with leading positions in Europe and the Americas. The Group’s portfolio includes over 50 premium and super premium brands. Internationally-renowned brands include Aperol, Appleton Estate, Campari, Cinzano, Grand Marnier, SKYY Vodka and Wild Turkey. In 2014, The Group acquired Forty Creek Distillery Ltd., a Canadian spirits company with a portfolio of brands including whisky, vodka, brandy, rum and liqueurs. Internationally-recognized for its superior taste and quality, the multi-award winning Forty Creek Whisky serves as both the fastest growing brand in its category across North America and Canada’s first successfully launched whisky brand in over 70 years. Headquartered in Sesto San Giovanni, Italy, Campari owns 18 plants worldwide and has its own distribution network in 20 countries. The Group employs around 4,000 people. The shares of the parent company, Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A. (Reuters CPRI.MI – Bloomberg CPR IM), are listed on the Italian Stock Exchange since 2001. For more information: http://www.camparigroup.com/. Please enjoy our brands responsibly.

Scotch Whisky Auctions 75th Auction Now Live – Whisky Auction News

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Hi folks. We are live with our 75th auction!

With an unprecedented 4000+ lots, and some real superstars, there is without doubt something here for everyone.

Enjoy – and remember: Don’t Lose Your Bottle!

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Ardbeg Kelpie rises from the depths…at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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Ardbeg Kelpie

A limited edition bottling celebrating Ardbeg Day at the 2017 Islay Festival, Kelpie is the distillery’s first whisky with a heart matured in virgin oak from the Black Sea coast. Only a handful of whiskies have ever been matured in Black Sea casks, renowned for their deep flavour influence. When married with ex-bourbon cask matured Ardbeg spirit, the resulting Islay single malt tells of its ties to the Black Sea and the waves of flavour its casks have created.

Intense aromas of oily peat, chocolate, smoked fish and a curious herbal note dance on the nose with waves of spicy black pepper. The palate is rich and peppery with treacle, coffee, smoky bacon and dark chocolate before a burst of peach, hickory and black olives. The finish has deep flavours of clove, tar and rich toffee, seemingly lasting forever.

Available while stocks last…

£96 Buy Now

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