Archive for September, 2011

HEAVEN HILL DISTILLERIES ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF THE FIFTH ANNUAL EDITION OF “PARKER’S HERITAGE COLLECTION” AMERICAN WHISKEY SERIES – American Whiskey News

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HEAVEN HILL DISTILLERIES ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF THE FIFTH ANNUAL EDITION OF “PARKER’S HERITAGE COLLECTION” AMERICAN WHISKEY SERIES

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10-year-old Bourbon Finished in Cognac Casks Represents Joint Effort Between Industry Legends Parker Beam and Alain Royer

BARDSTOWN, KY—Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., the country’s largest independent family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer, announces the September release of the fifth edition of Parker’s Heritage Collection, a limited annual series of rare, aged American Whiskeys that pays tribute to 6th Generation Master Distiller Parker Beam. This 2011 release represents a bold new direction for the series and for the company, being the first “wood-finished” Bourbon produced by Heaven Hill, a two-time Distiller of the Year winner. It also represents a collaboration between two industry giants—Parker Beam, the legendary grand-nephew of Jim Beam who has practiced his craft at Heaven Hill for more than 50 years; and Alain Royer, 6th Generation Cognac Master Blender, founder of A. de Fussigny Cognac, now working for the Cointreau family within the Renaud Cointreau group.

This year’s release of Parker’s Heritage Collection promises to be a worthy successor to the previous four releases, which stand as some of the most critically lauded American Whiskeys in recent memory. Last year’s highly acclaimed 10-Year-Old Wheated Cask Strength Bourbon captured Whisky Magazine’s “World’s Best North American Whisky” at the World Whisky Awards. The prior release, the “Golden Anniversary” Bourbon, was Malt Advocate Magazine’s “American Whiskey of the Year” and Whisky Magazine’s “Best New Release of the Year”. And the 27-Year-Old Bourbon edition released in 2008 was the first American Whiskey to ever win “Best of Show, Brown Spirits” at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

The new release marks the first in the Parker’s Heritage Collection to utilize the practice of “wood finishing”, whereby a mature whiskey is dumped out of its original cooperage and transferred into another barrel that had previously contained a different type of spirit. Commonly used in Scotland, where the newly made spirit may age in any type of barrel (typically Scotch is aged in used Bourbon barrels, but some Scotch producers use Sherry, Port or other types of used barrels), wood finishing is less common in American Straight Whiskeys partly because by law an American Straight must spend a minimum of two years specifically in a newly charred American White Oak barrel, typically much longer. There have been other American Whiskeys finished in other types of spirit barrels over the past few years, as US producers look for a way to differentiate a very tightly defined and regulated product to meet growing connoisseur demand.

In an interesting historical twist, the very first nationally released wood-finished American Bourbon was produced in 1999. Called Distiller’s Masterpiece, it was also a Franco-American collaboration between Alain Royer and Parker Beam’s first cousin, the late Booker Noe, long-time Master Distiller at Jim Beam.

This latest edition of Parker’s Heritage Collection utilized as its base select barrels of a 10-Year-Old Bourbon that had aged in high storage on the 6th floor of Rickhouse “V” in Bardstown. Last February, 15 French Limousin Oak barrels that each held 350 liters (92.5 gallons) of 3-year-old Grande Champagne Cognac from the Frapin cellars were emptied, the barrels were then wrapped to keep them wet and leakproof, and three days later they were shipped to Kentucky. There the oversized (by Kentucky standards) casks were filled with the aged Bourbon and transferred to the 6th floor of Rickhouse JJ, where they rested for 6 months to extract the delicate floral notes that permeated the Cognac barrels. On August 22, when Royer and Beam deemed them ready, these large Cognac barrels were dumped by hand (they were too big to fit the standard 53 gallon Bourbon barrel equipment), yielding 6000 750ml bottles of a spicy, yet slightly floral and sweet whiskey.

This fifth edition of Parker’s Heritage Collection is bottled at a robust 100 proof and is not chill-filtered prior to bottling, which helps maintain the natural esters and compounds that provide a rich texture and mouthfeel. It will be distributed nationally, albeit in limited, allocated quantities, and available at fine whiskey retailers in major US metro markets as long as supplies last.

Packaged in the same upscale 750ml bottle as the previous four editions, the Parker’s Heritage Collection Cognac Finished Bourbon is available in a three bottle case that should start hitting retail shelves and back bars in early October, in time for the cooler weather that traditionally signals “whiskey season”. And while several of the past Parker’s Heritage Collection annual releases have been priced in excess of $100, including the 27-Year-Old Bourbon that carried a $200 national average retail price, this year’s Cognac Finished edition will retail for an average of $80 for the 750ml bottle, welcome news for whiskey lovers in these still-unsettled economic times.

“All the previous editions of my Parker’s Heritage Collection have been very special products” noted Heaven Hill’s Parker Beam. “And this one may be the most unique of them all. It has been a real pleasure to work with Alain in selecting the kind of Bourbon to use, the kind of barrels to finish this with, and the length of time and location in which to finish this Bourbon. And it has turned out to be a really great and different type of whiskey. It’s nice to know that even after 50 years here at Heaven Hill, this old dog can still learn some new tricks.” Alain Royer added “Parker and I have really enjoyed this entire process. From looking at different ages of Bourbon to use, rye versus wheated mashbills, different ages and proofs, to deciding on Cognac versus Armagnac barrels, and how long the Cognac should remain in the barrels…all these factors and variables were analyzed, discussed and tested. And what has emerged is truly emblematic of the whole collaborative process—well structured, integrated, and thoroughly enjoyable to drink.”

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Founded in 1934, Bardstown, KY-based Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. (www.heavenhill.com) is the nation’s largest independent, family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer and the world’s second-largest holder of Kentucky Bourbon. Heaven Hill’s diversified portfolio of brands includes The Christian Brothers Brandies; Evan Williams and Elijah Craig Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskeys; Burnett’s Vodkas and Gin; Hpnotiq Liqueur; PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur; Lunazul and Two Fingers Tequilas, and Dubonnet Aperitif.

Scotch Tastings at The Dundee Dell Oct 2nd & 6th – Scotch Whisky News

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Hello Dell Friends! Congratulations to Pat and Lori who got married last weekend, it was a beautiful wedding!!

Scotch Tastings

October 2 (Sunday) @ 4 p.m. & October 6th (Thursday) @ 7 p.m.

This months theme is to compare younger distilleries (Arran, Kilchoman…) to older distilleries. It will be fun to debate the new ways vs. old ways. Make sure to call 402.553.9501 or email www.dundeedell.com to make a reservation.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society October Outturn Previews – Scotch Whisky News

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October Outturn Previews: 64.32 & 93.46
October Outturn lands with a bang next First Friday..in the meantime wet-your-whistle with two great preview bottlings…

64.32 Nutty delights
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£46.20 inc free p&p
This was like a chocolate box – light fudge, hazelnuts, Maltesers, Tracker or Harvester bars but there was also grass, mint, tobacco, and a perfumed floral note

PREVIEW SAVINGS PAIR: 64.32 & 93.46 only £83.50
What happens when you mix a nutty character with a party animal? This naughty little pair…

Oct Naughty Pair: 64.32 & 93.46
(64.32 +) 93.46 Tar, tea-chests and engine oil
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*Cask 93.46 is exclusive to this pair offer (not for sale individually)
The nose started out with wood polish and pear, before turning sweeter (strong honey, toffee crunch ice-cream)

Sept Outturn Browse all bottlings (35 single casks online)

EXCLUSIVE Whisky Show Cask: 35.59 Arabian Nights
To celebrate the up-and-coming Whisky Show taking place at The Whisky Exchange, Vinopolis in London on Fri 7 and Sat 8 Oct, we have bottled this very exclusive 39YO cask…

35.59 Arabian Nights
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£227 inc. free p&p
A fragile nose, delicately scented with rose petals, face cream, expensive soap and after-shave balm. Soon we were transported (by magic carpet) to a Persian garden at night, with musk, jasmine and sandalwood

A great example of ‘when it’s ready, it’s ready’ – (life doesn’t always begin at 40!). A VERY high Tasting Panel scorer, this bottle is extremely limited – only 24 bottles available.

You can also sample this bottle as part of our Dream Dram Flight, taking off at our London Members’ Room from Wed 5 – Thu 13 Oct

Enter our competition to WIN Whisky Show tickets

October Outturn PREVIEW Tastings:
Brighton – Hotel du Vin, Fri 30 Sept
Manchester – Malmaison, Fri 30 Sept

October Outturn Tastings:
London – 19 Greville St, Sat 8 Oct
Vaults – (with Sunday Roast) Leith, Sun 9 Oct
London – (with Steak), 19 Greville St, Mon 10 Oct

More Society tastings

Whisky Magazine’s 2012 Independent Bottler of the Year www.whiskymag.com/awards/ibc/2011/

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ
Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm).

Visit the Society at http://www.smws.co.uk/memberships for your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers.

A New E-pistle From The Malt Maniacs – Scotch Whisky News

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Malt Maniac and Super Hero Peter Silver has published a new E-pistle

Kensington Wine Mart Calgary Malt Messenger Bulletin – Scotch Whisky News

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Dear Malt Messenger Subscribers,

As many of you may already know the Kensington Wine Market is launching the MacKinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt on Friday night at a special party we’re hosting at the store. The MacKinlay’s is a replica of the malt Ernest Shackleton took with him to Antarctica on one of his expeditions. Abandoned under the floor of his hut and discovered 100 years later the whisky has been faithfully reproduced with great care. Kensington Wine Market is the only store in Canada which will be stocking the MacKinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt, and we are getting but 300 bottles. The first half of these have already arrived and been sold, and of the 150 coming in December many are already spoken for. At $194.99 I expect the rest of these bottles will be snapped up before Christmas!

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When I first heard about the discovered whisky I said to myself, oh great, another lousy replica is coming. Sure enough about a year later the MacKinlay’s replica was announced by Whyte and MacKay, owners of the brand. The packaging looked great though and the story was captivating, so I approached their Canadian importer for exclusivity and 10 cases (60 bottles). I figured it was a gimmick, but a well executed one, and something that would sell. But then the reviews started rolling in, and they were favourable, also the importer got me a sample bottle and I was suitably impressed. It was much better than I expected, and more than just another gimmick to sell whisky, and that’s when the scramble began to get a bigger allocation. Sadly, only 50 cases, 300 bottles will be coming to Canada, and most of these are already spoken for. But it’s not too late to reserve one.

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This is a really interesting whisky and such a great story. The bottle and label of the original have been meticulously reproduced and the box is inspired by the crates the whisky was found in. The whisky itself, a Blended Malt (not to be confused with Blends like Famous Grouse) is heavy on 30 year old Glen Mhor. Glen Mhor was the distillery which originally produced MacKinlay’s, and today its whisky is very rare and old, as it closed forever in 1983. So we’ve cobbled together an assortment of Shackleton enthusiasts, collectors and other guests to throw a special event here at the store tomorrow night. We’ve had a special whisky glass produced just for the event, will be sampling the MacKinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt and about a dozen other whiskies from Jura, Dalmore and (a first in Canada) Fettercairn distillery. For just $30 you can take part in the fun, and as I write there are still about 20 of the 100 tickets still available…

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I’ve included some info below on tomorrow’s tasting, how you can order the MacKinlay’s whisky and another event I am hosting on Monday night. Some of you may already know I am off to Scotland on Tuesday for some meetings and then a week-long tour of Islay and the West Coast. Before I go we are throwing an epic Rare Malts tasting, which will include three whiskies over 35 years of age, one of which is well over 40 year old as well as whiskies from two closed distilleries (including Port Ellen). It will be a grand tasting to be sure!

I hope you enjoy this Malt Messenger Bulletin. The next full Malt Messenger will be out on October 17th or 18th just after my return from Scotland, with some HUGE whisky news!

Slainté!

Andrew Ferguson

PS-Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/scotch_guy

MacKinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt (Shackleton Replica) – $194.99 + GST

The world was abuzz last year with the announcement that a case of whisky had been found under Ernest Shakleton’s hut in Antarctica. Twenty five cases of Mackinlay’s were shipped to Antarctica in 1907 to help bolster the courage of the crew and keep the cold at bay. Early in 1909, with the expedition in peril, three crates of whisky had to be abandoned to the Antarctic winter and were stored under the shack. These rare cases were discovered more than 100 years later by a crew from the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust.

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Mackinlays was a well respected whisky in its day and Ernest Shakleton specified its procurement for his expedition. The whisky was produced from malt whisky distilled at Glen Mhor distillery in Inverness. After its recovery a bottle was presented to Whyte and MacKay who own the rights to the brand, and they have meticulously recreated the whisky under the guidance of their Master Blender, Richard Patterson (the Nose). They have gone so far as to use very rare single malt whisky from the Glen Mhor Distillery which closed in 1983, painstakingly recreating the original bottle with the same imperfections and a reproducing the label by hand as the type face no longer exists. The box is inspired by the crates the in which the whisky was packed.

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“Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland whisky, 47.3% “Rarely has a blend caused as much excitement as this one, but with good reason. This is also known as the Shackleton whisky, and is a recreation of the whisky abandoned in the Antarctic by explorer Ernest Shackleton more than 100 years ago. It has lemon, spring blossom, and wafts of smoke on the nose. The taste is full and citrusy, with peat and pepper in attendance. Beautifully balanced and outstanding, but there are just 50,000 bottles, so snap it up. (Dominic Roskrow) 92 Points!” – Malt Advocate Magazine

“I think the replication is absolutely bang on. Richard has done a great job as it’s a very tricky whisky to replicate. I’m blown away!” – Dave Broom (The only independent whisky expert who tasted the original and the replica!)

MacKinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt – Shackleton Replica – 47.3%My Tasting Note (written by a lakeside fire): Nose: very soft and light with cold apple crumble, brown sugar, cinnamon toast and white chocolates; poached apricot and pears with fresh strawberries; if there’s smoke here I can’t tell thanks to the fire; Palate: rich, toasty and spicy, with honey, vanilla extract and more orchard fruits; more cold cooked apples, soft pear, cinnamon and some darker spices; the delicate smoke is discernible here with hints of salt and more sweet toasted oak; Finish: the whisky has good mouth feel and this presence lasts well into the finish with loads of toasted oak, wood smoke, cooked apple and honey vanilla tones; Comments: I will have to taste is again in a more controlled setting, but am again very pleased with it. I thought this one would be pure gimmick, but it is more than that! – $194.99

MacKinlay’s Shackleton Launch Party – Friday September 30th 7-9PM – $30

Ernest Shackleton, the great Antarctic explorer, was forced to abandon 3 crates of whisky in 1907 to try to save his doomed expedition. Discovered 100 years later, these rare malts have been painstakingly recreated by the distiller Whyte and MacKay. The presentation package is authentic, inspired by the original crates, the bottle was made with the same imperfections as the original and the lable has been hand drawn to reproduce a now extinct typeface. This is no gimmick; the whisky has been carefully blended to duplicate the original, and is mostly composed of whisky from the original, now closed Glen Mhor distillery. Only 300 bottles of this very limited whisky are coming to Alberta, all of them to Kensington Wine Market, and most are sold or spoken for. We will be throwing a party to celebrate the launch, with special guests, a commemorative glass and your first opportunity to sample whiskies from the Fettercairn distillery, as well as Jura and Dalmore.

Our special guests include Susan Eaton, a Geologist and Shackleton expert who followed in the footsteps of Shackleton’s ill-fated Trans-Antarctic Expedition on the Endurance 1914-17. Also Dr. Jane Cameron, a whisky aficionado and terrific amateur photographer will be showing some of her Antarctic penguin photos from a trip last year. To top this off a Shackleton collector(Cameron Treleaven of Aquila Books) will be brining some artefacts to showcase as well as an audio recording made by Shackleton himself. It will be a truly special evening, one not to be missed.

Rare Malts – Monday October 3rd 7PM – $75

Rare Malts is one of our more special tastings. In order to qualify for this tasting whiskies must meet one of three criteria: they must be especially rare; from a closed distillery; or more than 20 years of age. This rare malts tasting is going to set a new bar, admittedly one which will be hard to equal. We have two whiskies of more than 37 years of age, two whiskies from closed distilleries (one of which is a new bottling of Port Ellen) and another whisky which is part way between 40 and 50 years of age! This will truly be a tasting not to be missed! Tickets for this tasting can be bought by phone 403-283-8000, in store or on our website: https://www.kensingtonwinemarket.com/tastings/register.php ..

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If you have any whisky questions or comments concerning The Malt Messenger please contact me by e-mail, phone, or drop by the store. Feel free to forward me any whisky news you feel should be included in a future issue of The Malt Messenger; it might just get included.

All of the products mentioned in THE MALT MESSENGER can be purchased in store, over the phone or from our website at www.kensingtonwinemarket.com.. All prices quoted in the Malt Messenger are subject to change!

Thanks for reading the Malt Messenger!

Slainte!

Andrew Ferguson

KWM Scotchguy

403-283-8000
888-283-9004
1257 Kensington Rd. NW

Calgary, AB, Canada

T2N 3P8

scotchguy@kensingtonwinemarket.com

THE WHISKY EXCHANGE WHISKY SHOW 2011 7th & 8th October 2011 – Whisky News

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THE WHISKY EXCHANGE WHISKY SHOW 2011
The Luxury Tasting Experience
‘The UK’s leading Whisky Experience where you can taste, learn about & enjoy the world’s finest whiskies’
Vinopolis, 1 Bank End, SE1, LONDON
7th and 8th October 2011

Food and Fun at The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show

As we get closer to The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show, we’ve been putting the final details into place. We have Dream Dram lists coming in from our exhibitors, along with hints as to what else they’ll be bringing on the day and have been working with Martine Nouet to finalise our food offerings.

As part of the all-inclusive ticket price, visitors to The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show will not only be able to enjoy a two-course meal in the Show Brasserie, but will also have access to our Food and Whisky Pairing area, where Martine has come up with several stalls, each exploring a different area of flavour.

The Food & Whisky Pairing area will be located in Vinopolis’s Academia room, an arched area which regular attendees to The Whisky Exchange’s monthly tastings will recognise from our events in the past. Martine has devised a selection of innovative pairings matching a variety of top class whiskies with Borough Market delicacies including smoked sausages, olives and chutney.

And what better to wash down these exquisite food pairings than a complimentary cocktail? Visitors to Academia can also sample a range of delicious bespoke cocktails at one of our two bars hosted by Monkey Shoulder and Ryan Chetiyawardana of The Worship Street Whistling Shop.

Academia will also be the location of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society lounge, where visitors can taste a variety of SMWS bottlings. And as a special offer for Show ticket holders, visitors who join the Society during the Show will receive a free bottle of single malt whisky from a TWE Whisky Show exclusive SMWS cask!

Meanwhile, the Show Brasserie will be situated in Vinopolis’s Mezzanine room, a large space in the eaves of the building featuring a high, wooden-beamed ceiling dotted with skylights.

Martine has designed a range of fabulously hearty food options over two complimentary courses for hungry Visitors seeking to refuel during the Show, and as before at our previous events, all food is included in the ticket price. Diners will also be treated to musical accompaniment from whisky fan and ‘Bleggae’ artist Tim Hain, who will be performing on both days of the Show.

We stillhave more details up our sleeves so expect more information to appear as we complete the final arrangements for The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show.

www.whisky-show.com

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About The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show

The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show is a premium two-day whisky festival running from October 7th to the 8th 2011 at Vinopolis in London, UK. The all-inclusive ticket includes free samples of some of the finest whiskies produced today, plus a hearty two-course brasserie meal and all samples in the food & whisky pairing area, with food-matches designed by food and whisky expert Martine Nouet using produce from the world famous Borough Market.

Visitors will also be able to try free cocktails from award winning bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana at the Whisky Exchange Bar, enjoy music from ‘Bleggae’ legend Tim Hain in the Brasserie and take part in exclusive Masterclasses from some of the biggest names in the whisky industry (Masterclass tickets sold separately).

In addition to the high-end whiskies that the exhibitors will be pouring, each visitor will be presented with two Dream Dram tokens, exchangeable for a number of super-premium whiskies at a rate of one token for whiskies with a bottle price up to £1000, 2 tokens for bottles valued at £1000-£2000 and 3 tokens for drams priced £2000 and above. Additional Dream Dram tokens will be available to buy on the day.

The Show Brasserie Menu

Main Courses
• Irish Stew cooked with Guinness and served with Dumplings
• Tagliatelle with Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables, Olive Oil, Basil and Parmesan
• Seafood Cassoulet cooked in Spiced White Wine Cream Sauce, served with Basmati Rice

Puddings
• Bunnahabhain 12yo Orange Whisky Baba served with Custard
• Mixed Berry Pavlova misted with Ardbeg 10 year old

Food and Whisky Pairings
• The food for the pairings will be sourced from various stalls at Borough Market.

Savoury Pairings
The Road to India (Merchant: Gujarati Rasoi)
Date and Tamarind chutney paired with Amrut Single Malt

Smoky Selection (Merchant: Exquisite Deli)
Italian smoked sausages paired with Balvenie 17 year old Peated Cask

Cheese and Biscuits (Merchant: Neal’s Yard Dairy)
• Lincolnshire Poacher paired with Cragganmore 12 year old
• English Blue Cheese paired with Bushmills 10 year old

The Olive Garden (Merchant: The Fresh Olive Company)
• Bella di Cerignola Green Olives paired with Isle of Jura Prophecy
• Gaeta Red Olives paired with Dalmore 15 year old

Sweet Pairings
The Orchard (Merchant: Elsey & Bent)
Exotic Fresh Mango paired with Tyrconnell 10 year old Madeira Finish

Chocolate Heaven (Merchant: Rabot Estate)
• St Lucia Single Estate 66% cocoa chocolate with Scapa 16 year old
• St Lucia Single Estate 65% cocoa chocolate with Sea Salt paired with Aberlour 16 year old

Speyburn 25yo Solera (46%, OB, +/-2010) – Scotch Whisky Tasting Note

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Speyburn 25yo Solera (46%, OB, +/-2010)

Many may be familiar with the Speyburn 10 year old, Speyburn Braden Orach and now the Speyburn 25yo. That’s it, three whiskies to choose from. But we have the oldest to take a peak at. The nose is fragrant with heather and roses at first however this quickly is taken over by some sturdier notes in the form of malt, bees wax and warmed brown sugar (think of it in the pan just before the butter goes in). All in all it’s heady combination, some lemon on there some where or even some lemon lavender cake icing? Again it’s very good. The taste is fragrant malt (a bit of the malt and some of the heather and roses) however then the oak spice and cold sweetened tea make an appearance along with some cocoa. Not an off note in the whole picture and a very solid flavour profile. The finish is a rush of malt and icing sugar all tinged with some oak spiciness (think of black pepper and cinnamon), the later moments are quite dry but the sweetness is there also.

Very, very nice and lively

$100

Score 88 points

Visit Speyburn at www.speyburn.com

Whisky Live 2011 From Laphroaig – Scotch Whisky News

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(From John Campbell at Laphroaig in a message to the Friends of Laphroaig)

Thank you for all of your interest in this year’s Laphroaig Live. I’ve received several emails asking which expressions will be tasted during this year’s live show.

We’ll be tasting the famous Quarter Cask. We’ll also taste another expression that spends part of its maturation in a Quarter Cask; as well as in American Oak ex-bourbon barrels and Oloroso sherry casks, hence its name: Triple Wood. Having been met with huge acclaim in duty free it is now being rolled out on general release.

We’ll also be reunited with a very old member of the Laphroaig family, not seen for over 50 years…

During this year’s live show we will be opening and tasting a truly historic Laphroaig 10 year old, distilled way back in the 1950s in one of the last batches ever to be bottled by Lin Johnston’s ancestors. Only one or two of these bottles remain today, and those that do are collectors’ items, so tasting this ancient liquid really will be a momentous occasion.

Of course a visit to Australia wouldn’t be complete without a barbeque, and what better whisky to complement the smokiness of barbequed food than Laphroaig! We’ve developed our very own Laphroaig barbeque sauce and our Australian FOLs have suggested a selection of barbeque dishes to go with it. We’ve compiled a list of the most popular suggestions for you to vote on and we will be cooking the top 5 dishes live on the night!

You can vote for your favourite dishes now on the Laphroaig Live page, where you will also find our panelist biographies and a countdown to the live show: www.laphroaig.com/live

Slàinte,

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John Campbell

Join the Friends of Laphroaig

Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Scotchtoberfest – Scotch Whisky News

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The Warrant Officers’ & Sergeants’ Mess

of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada is pleased to present

Scotchtoberfest

When: 7 PM Saturday, October 29th, 2011 (doors open at 6PM)
Where: The Seaforth Highlanders Armouries, 1650 Burrard St.
Cost: $125 (including HST), $45 food only tickets
Dress: Smart business casual

What is included:
- 8 outstanding Whiskies
– Commemorative Glencairn Tasting Glass
– Robust Scottish Appetizers
Event Highlights:
– Tastings led by Andrew Starritt of Caskstrength
– Performance by the Pipes and Drums

To Register
Email: robertmbauman@shaw.ca Please tell us your name and the names of your guests. Then send your cheque to the address below.

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Glenmorangie & Ardbeg Tasting at the Brandy Library New York Sunday October 2nd – Scotch Whisky News

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Glenmorangie and Ardbeg: two great Single Malt Scotch Whiskies to taste with Dr Bill Lumsden this Sunday

This Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., Dr Bill Lumsden, the artist behind these two wonderful malts will join us at Brandy Library for a casual tasting of staples and new editions from both brands. You are invited, compliments of Glenmorangie-Ardbeg. Please RSVP to info@brandylibrary.com. As you know, the space is limited and we won’t be able to accommodate all Scotch Lovers, so act quickly but you must make sure to attend!

The event starts promptly at 5:30 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Only 2 guests per RSVP please.

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Sincerely,
Flavien Desoblin
Brandy Library, 212-226-5545

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