MILROY’S OF SOHO APRIL NEWSLETTER – Scotch Whisky News

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MILROY’S OF SOHO APRIL NEWSLETTER

Forget the Oscars and the BAFTA’s, April’s newsletter places the spotlight on the Annual Malt Advocate Whisky Awards.  We have highlighted some of the big winners in this year.  There is also an exclusive offer for mailing list members.  Act fast, as the offer applies during April while stocks last.

16TH ANNUAL MALT ADVOCATE WHISKY AWARDS

We have a lot of time for the team at Malt Advocate and its editor, John Hansell’s excellent blog (whatdoesjohnknow.com).  Readers of the Malt Advocate will know that winners of the 16th Annual Malt Advocate Whisky Awards have just been announced.  We have highlighted some of the big winners below, together with an exclusive 10% discount for Milroy’s of Soho mailing list members.

DISTILLERY OF THE YEAR – COOLEY DISTILLERY

“…the most compelling reason justification for selecting Cooley for this award isn’t just the variety of whiskeys they make.  It’s the quality. They are now putting out the best whiskey they have ever produced. The three different Tyrconnell 10 year old “finished” whiskeys (finished in port, madeira and sherry casks), are excellent examples.  Some of the Connemara releases have rivalled those from the West Coast of Scotland.”

Last years masterclass in the Milroy’s of Soho cellar with Noel Sweeney, Cooley distillery’s Master Blender, demonstrated in no uncertain terms that this is a distillery that is operating at the top of its game.  A bottle of Tyrconnell 15 year old Single Cask opened just before Christmas blew a group of Scotch malt whisky drinkers away.

Exclusive Newsletter Offer Price – save 10% off any whiskey in the Cooley distillery range including:

Tyrconnell, Tyrconnell 10 year old Port Finish, Tyrconnell 10 year old Madeira Finish, Tyrconnell 15 year old Single Cask, Connemara, Connemara Cask Strength, Connemara 12 year old, Kilbeggan 15 year old and Greenore 8 year old…

SCOTCH WHISKY – BLEND OF THE YEAR – COMPASS BOX PEAT MONSTER

“If you love smoky whiskies, then you must try The Peat Monster.”

Peat Monster is one of the great standards in the whisky world.  It represents excellent value and over-delivers in terms of complexity and interest.  It’s great to see it receiving yet another award.

£30.95 per bottle

Exclusive Newsletter Offer Price – save 10% – £27.85 per bottle

SCOTCH WHISKY – SINGLE MALT OF THE YEAR – ARDBEG CORRYVRECKAN

“Powerful, muscular, well textured and invigorating.  Even in the realm of Ardbeg, this stands out.  Quite stunning!”

We think that the latest effort from Ardbeg is rather good too.  Partial maturation in French oak has lent a subtle spicy edge to the robustly peaty and complex Ardbeg spirit.

£65 per bottle

Exclusive Newsletter Offer Price – save 10% – £58.50 per bottle

ARTISAN WHISKEY OF THE YEAR – STRANAHAN’S COLORADO WHISKEY

“It’s smooth, too, with layered sweetness (honeyed caramel, English toffee, maple syrup), tangerine, roasted nuts and peppered with spice (warming cinnamon, glazed ginger).  A good grip of tobacco and polished leather on the finish balance the sweetness that comes earlier. This is an example of the right way to do artisan distilling.”

Stranahan’s is an interesting all malt whiskey distilled and matured high up in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.  The American microbreweries have done great things with artisanal beer, now whiskey has its turn.  This is a great chance to explore American whiskey beyond Bourbon.

£70 per bottle

Exclusive Newsletter Offer Price – save 10% – £63 per bottle

HIGHLAND PARK VINTAGES

The much loved Orcadian Highland Park distillery has launched two new prestige releases. 

HIGHLAND PARK 1964

This is a very rare 45 year old release of just 285 bottles at 42.3% ABV.  The darker than usual colour for Highland Park suggests a notable Sherry cask influence.

£3,750 per bottle – very limited availability

HIGHLAND PARK 1968

The second of these two vintage bottlings is 41 years of age, and is bottled at 45.8% ABV.  As one would expect of a release of this rarity and age, it is presented in a stunning wooden presentation box.

£2,250 per bottle – very limited availability

GLENDRONACH

The (new) team at Speyside’s Glendronach distillery wowed us with an impressive set of hand selected single cask releases last year.  They have followed up these single cask releases with a new limited release 31 year old expression.

GLENDRONACH 31 YEAR OLD GRANDEUR

Bottles at 31 years of age, this limited release expression (just 1,013 bottles) captures the essence of Glendronach.  Matured exclusively in Oloroso Sherry casks and bottled at cask strength (45.8% ABV), it offers a rich and full bodied palate of spiced orange, roasted almonds, coffee and treacle.  It is at one voluptuous and velvet-textured.  This premium Sherry-matured whisky is stunningly presented in a sleek wooden gift box.

Recommended retail price – £374.99

Exclusive Newsletter Offer Price – pre-order now – £350

Until next month, slàinte!

Best regards

Philip

 Philip Shorten

Milroy’s of Soho

3 Greek Street

London, W1D 4NX

T: 020 7437 2385

F: 020 7437 1345

E: philip.shorten@milroys.co.uk

W: www.milroys.co.uk

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