Archive for August, 2012

Whisky Ramblings Via Video #18 – Scotch Whisky News

Whisky Ramblings Via Video #18

Mark Dermul, Belgian Whiskyblogger, tries the duty free Auchentoshan 14 Year Old Cooper’s Reserve from his swimming pool in Spain. A brilliant holiday dram.

http://youtu.be/X6WygaewIRU

TOMATIN WINS TOP PRIZE AT EDINBURGH WHISKY FRINGE – Scotch Whisky News

TOMATIN WINS TOP PRIZE AT EDINBURGH WHISKY FRINGE

Tomatin Distillery is celebrating having been awarded this year’s ‘The Spirit of Whisky Fringe Award’ at the Whisky Fringe held in Edinburgh 3‐5 August 2012. The Tomatin 30 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky was voted the outright winner by visitors to the event, and the Tomatin 1982 single cask also appeared in the top 10 coming in 5th place.

The Whisky Fringe is an annual event held in the stunning venue of The Mansfield Traquair in Edinburgh, organised by whisky retailer Royal Mile Whiskies. Now in its 11th year, the sell‐out 3 day event presents over 200 whiskies to 500 visitors who vote for their favourite whisky they have sampled.

Tomatin Distillery also had two expressions in the top ten last year, including their limited edition ‘Decades’ release marking Douglas Campbell’s 50 years’ service to the company which came in 5th place. The previous bottling of Tomatin 30 year old came in 9th place, but this year’s new bottling clearly took the show by storm.

Stephen Bremner, Sales Director, commented: “It is a great achievement and testament to the quality of our spirit that we have had two of our whiskies in the top ten for the past two years at this popular event, and we are
absolutely delighted that our new edition 30 year old won the top prize. What makes this award so special is that it is voted for not by industry experts but by customers themselves, so we are thrilled our whiskies rate so highly.”

Both the Tomatin 30 Year Old and 1982 Single Cask are available to buy from www.royalmilewhiskies.com.

Notes

 Whisky Fringe 2012, 3rd, 4th & 5th August 2012. Highly regarded for a relaxed atmosphere, great value and high standard of exhibitor. 26 exhibitor stands, over 200 whiskies on show. 500 tickets per day. Tickets sell out within 20 minutes of being released for sale. Held at The Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh (little known former church, sometimes referred to as the Sistine Chapel of Edinburgh)
 Related links: http://www.royalmilewhiskies.com/viewindex.asp?article_id=WF12
 The Tomatin Distillery Co Ltd is a producer and blender of Scotch whisky, boasting a strong core range of single malt whiskies along with a range of popular blends.
Website: www.tomatin.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/Tomatin1897 Twitter: www.twitter.com/Tomatin1897
 The distillery was established in 1897, and while historically the whisky produced was primarily sold for use in other brands of blended whisky, the company is now very focussed on growing the Tomatin single malt brand in its own right.
 The company’s most popular blends are The Antiquary, The Talisman and Big ‘T’.
 The distillery is owned by Japanese company Takara Shuzo: http://www.takarashuzo.co.jp/english/index.htm

JAMESON HIGHLIGHTS THE WORLD’S GREATEST URBAN ESCAPES WITH THE LAUNCH OF A NEW TRAVEL RETAIL EXCLUSIVE – Irish Whiskey News

JAMESON HIGHLIGHTS THE WORLD’S GREATEST URBAN ESCAPES WITH THE LAUNCH OF A NEW TRAVEL RETAIL EXCLUSIVE

Jameson, the world’s No 1 Irish whiskey, has launched a new, innovative, limited edition bottle that captures urban iconography from some of the world’s most exciting cities, while also highlighting some of the best bars to visit in these cities.

The Jameson Great Urban Escapes bottle is available exclusively through Travel Retail channels, for a limited period from this month. It is aimed at urban explorers who choose adventurous city breaks over beach holidays.

The contemporary bottle is adorned with logos and emblems from the top districts of seven cities across the world, including Dublin – the home of Jameson – London, New York and Stockholm. It also highlights 11 top bars in these cities that locals would recommend you visit and where Jameson is a whiskey of choice. Bars featured include The Rusty Knot in Manhattan, Queen of Hoxton, in London, and Le Pompon, in Paris.

To support the launch, a city guide app has been created that will provide travellers with an insider’s guide on what to see and do in four of the chosen cities. To access the app consumers will be directed to a QR code** that will feature on supporting POS material. For those without access to smartphone technology, a traditional printed city guide will also be available alongside the bottle which will further extend the reach of the campaign.

International Brand Director for Jameson, Nick Blacknell, says: “With 16% volume growth year-on-year*, the Travel Retail sector continues to be a significant focus for Jameson and its international growth plans. With the Great Urban Escapes bottle, we want to capture the independent spirit displayed by consumers who are increasingly taking adventurous city breaks and offer them alternative sites to visit that will further enhance their urban experience.”

The Jameson Great Urban Escapes bottle is available now in key international hubs across Europe, the Americas, Gulf and Pacific Travel Retail.

*Pernod Ricard 2010/11 figures

**Scan the QR code below to download the free Jameson Great Urban Escapes

About Jameson:

Jameson is the world’s No 1 Irish whiskey. Award-winning as a result of its exceptional smoothness following its unique triple distillation process, Jameson is enjoyed in more than 120 countries worldwide. The core Jameson range includes Jameson; Jameson 12 Year Old Special Reserve; Jameson Gold Reserve; Jameson 18 Year Old Limited Reserve; Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve; and Jameson Signature Reserve (Travel Retail exclusive).

About Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard

Irish Distillers Limited, part of Pernod Ricard Group, distils and distributes a range of famous Irish whiskey, gin and vodka brands internationally, including Jameson, Powers, Paddy, Midleton Very Rare, Redbreast, Cork Dry Gin and Huzzar Vodka.

For further information please visit www.jamesonwhiskey.com

Littlemill 21 Year Old Burns Malt Exclusive Released By The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Littlemill 21 Year Old Burns Malt® Exclusive

Online whisky shop TheWhiskyBarrel.com today releases a new 21 year old Scotch whisky.

Specially selected for the TheWhiskyBarrel.com’s exclusive Burns Malt series we have selected a single hogshead sherry cask bottling from the lost Littlemill Scotch malt whisky distillery.

Littlemill distillery was situated in the town of Bowling, Scotland and is considered a Lowland Scotch. The distillery closed in 1994 before being destroyed by a fire in 2004. Consequently few independent bottlings are ever released.

Only 60 bottles are available exclusively from The Whisky Barrel, shipping to customers Worldwide.

Littlemill 21 Year Old Burns Malt / 55.1%

£45.83 GBP ($71.82 USD) £54.99 inc VAT.

Tasting Notes:

Nose – Sweet sherry, molasses, leather, tobacco leaves and cinnamon spices.

Palate – Very busy on the tongue, fizzy sherbet, liquorice, tobacco, melted butter and long and dry sherry finish.

The Whisky Barrel
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NOTES:-

Q) What is the product called?
A) Littlemill 21 Year Old Burns Malt

Q) When will this product be released/was it released?
A) 13th August 2012

Q) Where is it available?
A) Scotland, off-trade, TheWhiskyBarrel.com

Q) Is this product already available in other markets?
A) Scotland only, TheWhiskyBarrel.com ships worldwide.

Q) How much is it?
A) £54.99 (£45.83 ex VAT) GBP 70cl

Q) Who handles the product’s distribution?
A) In-house at TheWhiskyBarrel.com

Q) What is the ABV of this product?
A) 55.1% ABV natural cask strength

Q) Why has this product been launched?
A) Second release of the Burns Malt series of Scotch whiskies.

The Whisky Exchange “TWE Whisky Show – Update” – Scotch Whisky News

TWE Whisky Show – Update

A lot has been going on in Whisky Exchange Whisky Show-land over the last few months since we last mentioned it on here, so I thought I’d drop in a quick update. Firstly, there’s loads more information on the website. … Continue reading >>

Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #295 – Scotch Whisky News

www.ralfy.com presents Whisky Review 295Kilchoman Sherry Cask 2012 young, sherried and peaty, … for you followers of fashion!

Trentino Distribution “Various Spirits We Have Available” – Whisky News

WHISKEY, Booker’s Bourbon 7 Years American Whiskey, Bottle Capacity 0.70 litre, Alcohol Content 64.55%, Bottle Price 41.48 Euro.

WHISKY, Penderyn 41 Single Malt Madeira Cask Finish, Bottle Capacity 0.70 litre, Alcohol Content 41.0%, Bottle Price 31.45 Euro.

WHISKY, Arran Port Cask Finish Scotch Malt, Bottle Capacity 0.70 litre, Alcohol Content 50.0%, Bottle Price 33.55 Euro.

WHISKY, Islay Edition No 2, C&S Dram Regional 2 Casks 6 years, Scotch Malt, Bottle Capacity 0.50 litre, Alcohol Content 46.0%, Bottle Price 28.25 Euro.

WHISKY, Jura 16 Years Diurach’s Own, , Bottle Capacity 1 litre, Alcohol Content 40.0%, Bottle Price 40.43 Euro.

WHISKY, Glenfarclas 105, 10 Years, Bottle Capacity 1 litre, Alcohol Content 60.0%, Bottle Price 32.50Euro.

WHISKY, Old Pulteney 12 Years, Bottle Capacity 1 litre, Alcohol Content 40.0%, Bottle Price 29.35 Euro.

WHISKY, Talisker 18 years Scotch Malt, Bottle Capacity 0.70 litre, Alcohol Content 45.80.0%, Bottle Price 55.39 Euro.

WHISKY, Tomatin 18 Years, Oloroso Sherry Cask finished, Scotch Malt, Bottle Capacity 0.7 litre, Alcohol Content 46.0%, Bottle Price 51.98 Euro.

Stock is available on all of these items, they are all warehoused in Europe

Trentino Distribution

email winesales@runbox.com

BOWMORE UNVEILS TWO RARE AND EXCEPTIONAL LIMITED EDITIONS – Scotch Whisky News

BOWMORE UNVEILS TWO RARE AND EXCEPTIONAL LIMITED EDITIONS

The new release from Bowmore’s celebrated 1964 compendium, and the Bowmore 1985 from the acclaimed 1980s Vintage Series

Bowmore, Islay’s first Single Malt distillery, is releasing two prized limited editions: Bowmore 1964 and Bowmore 1985. Handcrafted and nurtured by the Distillery Manager, only 72 bottles of the 1964 and 747 bottles of the 1985 exist globally. Priced at £8,000 and £300 respectively, these are valued collectibles for any whisky connoisseur and enthusiast.

Like all Bowmore whiskies, these two remarkable expressions started life with the very finest ingredients: the purest water drawn from the peat-laden Laggan River, the finest barley from the Scottish Borders, and nature’s miracle worker – yeast. With rich peat, sea salt tang, seaweed infused breeze and a dedicated team of craftsmen, each component has helped shape these magical Single Malts.

BOWMORE 1964

The latest exclusive from Bowmore is a Fino Sherry cask finished expression that encapsulates all of its island home in a bottle. Widely regarded as one of the best years in Bowmore’s production history, this rare expression follows in the footsteps of the sought-after Bowmore 1964 Trilogy. Beginning in 2007 and ending in 2009, the Trilogy was the first of the 1964 compendium to be released, and with just a few hundred bottles ever produced, it still stands as one of the most prized collections in the world.

With such an imposing legacy, the Bowmore 1964 has certainly lived up to its predecessor; this lovingly handcrafted liquid is truly exceptional and extremely complex. This Bowmore 1964 encapsulates the fresh, crisp and cooling coastal atmosphere of Islay. Aged for nearly half a century, the whisky’s home was a specially selected North American bourbon cask followed by a Fino Sherry cask, during which the characteristics of the whisky have evolved and refined to create a teasingly complex and elegant balance, with the trademark top note of fresh, sweet, tropical fruits – a phenomenon and mystery that super-aged Bowmores have become famous for. Coupled with gentle sea-salt, lengthening and cooling the palate, the whisky leaves a beautifully elegantfinish.

Bowmore commissioned Brodie Nairn and Nichola Burns, two of Scotland’s if not the world’s foremost glass artists, to design a striking vessel worthy of this wonderful malt. Each bottle has been hand-blown and painstakingly sculpted using molten glass, with a unique design that takes inspiration from the waves of Islay’s Loch Indaal.

Hamilton & Inches, Edinburgh’s leading jewellers and Warrant Holder to the Queen, provided the finishing touches. Using time-honoured techniques, the skilled team of silversmiths, engravers and polishers created the solid silver neck collars and stoppers that complete every bottle of Bowmore 1964. Each of these works of art has been meticulously hand-engraved with the spirit information and bears both the Hamilton &Inches Sponsor mark and Edinburgh hallmark.

Reflecting its natural roots, a rustic crate made from Scottish sourced oak provides the perfect casing forthis homage to Islay.

David Wilson, Sales and Marketing Director at Morrison Bowmore, comments: “We’re proud to present what is 46 years of craftsmanship and Islay’s essence in a bottle. Every Bowmore limited edition bottling is special, but the ever-dwindling stock from the 1960s means that the Bowmore 1964 is truly exceptional and rare.”

TASTING NOTES

On the nose, discover ripe peach water, floral rose water and just a wisp of smoking barley. A sip reveals lusciously ripe peaches, but balanced by a more acidic note – something akin to juicy blood oranges or sharp pink grapefruit. Next comes wood with coconut creams and sweetness, leading to a finish of gentle peat fires glowing in the dusk.

Bowmore 1964 (RRP £8,000) 42.9% ABV, will be available from specialist whisky retailers from July 2012.

BOWMORE 1985

Also launching this year is the Bowmore 1985 Vintage, which follows in the footsteps of the previous 1980s Vintage series. Created from a unique combination of hand-selected sherry and bourbon casks, the expression is remarkably rich and fruity, balanced with the trademark Bowmore sea -salt tang, and possesses more smoke and depth than the earlier Vintage releases. This unique edition is a classic Bowmore; smoke, fresh Atlantic sea-salt and layers of fruit complexity.

Presented in a wooden gift box with a ‘weather-beaten’ brown leather strap and copper buckle, each bottle is also accompanied by a hand-signed and numbered certificate by the Bowmore Distillery Manager, Eddie MacAffer.

Bowmore 1985 (RRP £300) 52.3% ABV, will be available from specialist whisky retailers from July 2012.

For more information, please visit www.bowmore.com and www.facebook.com/bowmore

UK Distributor: Cellar Trends on 01283 217703 or enquiries@cellartrends.co.uk 

Bowmore

The best-balanced Islay Single Malt whisky is the perfect reward after your outdoor experience.

Founded in 1779, Bowmore is the oldest Distillery on Islay, one of the Scottish isles, which make up the region known as the ‘Islands’ in the lexicon of Whisky. The other regions are the Highlands, Speyside and the Lowlands. Islay malts are famous for their characteristic smokiness and Bowmore is no exception; we carefully smoke our malt and use skills handed down from generation to generation to craft a perfectly balanced Single Malt.

Bowmore’s adherence to traditional production methods helps to shape the character of our Single Malts. We’re one of only a few distilleries anywhere which still produces its own floor malted barley, hand-turned by traditional wooden malt shovel and hand drawn machinery. For our whiskies we draw water from the Laggan River, with its rich peaty overtones, and it’s the same Islay peat that fires the malt-drying kiln.

Bowmore Distillery’s close proximity to the sea is also vital in determining the final character of our spirit. The legendary Bowmore No. 1 Vaults is where most of our whiskies spend their long lives resting quietly in the cool, dark, damp cellars below sea level, oblivious to the waves thrashing the Vault’s sea-facing wall.

They mature in oak casks, previously used for bourbon, sherry or claret, gradually developing rich and mellow flavours.

It’s this combination of peat, barley, sea breeze, water, wood, people and tradition that together create the perfectly balanced warm and smoky character of Bowmore Single Malt Whiskies.

The Bowmore domestic product range:

Bowmore Legend

Bowmore 12 Years Old

Bowmore 15 Years Old ‘Darkest’

Bowmore 18 Years Old

Bowmore 25 Years Old

Islay

Islay is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides, and is also known as “The Queen of the Hebrides.” Its mild climate and rich peaty soil make it ideal for creating whisky, and despite having a population of not much more than 3,000, it’s home to no fewer than eight distilleries.

Octomore ‘Comus’ 5yo (61.%, OB, Edition 04.2, 18,000 Bts., 2011) – Scotch Whisky Tasting Note

Octomore ‘Comus’ 5yo (61.%, OB, Edition 04.2, 18,000 Bts., 2011)

Octomore 4.2 Comus/167PPM

FOLLOWING ON FROM THE NOW LEGENDARY OCTOMORE ORPHEUS, THE NOW LEGENDARY JIM MCEWAN HAS CREATED ANOTHER LANDMARK OCTOMORE. COMUS WAS THE SON OF BACHHUS [GOD OF WINE AND REVELLING] AND CIRCE, DAUGHTER OF HELIOS THE SUN GOD AND A SORCERESS WHO WOULD BEGUILE THE INNOCENT INTO DRINKING HER MAGIC POTIONS.

“COMUS” WAS A PLAY WRITTEN BY POET JOHN MILTON AND FIRST PERFORMED IN 1634 AT LUDLOW CASTLE, ENGLAND. THE WORK PRESENTS THE DESPERATE BATTLE BY COMUS TO ENSNARE A BEAUTIFUL, INNOCENT GIRL AND THROUGH THE HEDONISTIC POWER OF HIS MAGIC POTIONS ­ – “HIS ORIENT POTIONS IN A CRYSTAL GLASS” – ­ ROB HER OF HER VIRGINITY. A PHILOSOPHICAL DISCOURSE ON THE BATTLE BETWEEN SENSUAL PLEASURE AND PHYSICAL ABANDON, AND REASON AND VIRTUE.

ALL VERY BRUICHLADDICH.

IN THIS OCTOMORE 4.2 “COMUS” WE SEE THIS SAME DUALITY ­ THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN THE BROODING POWER OF THE EXCEPTIONAL OCTOMORE PEAT AND THE SUBLIME ELEGANCE OF CASKS THAT PREVIOUSLY HELD THE WORLD¹S GREATEST SWEET WINE.

HENCE THE WHITE, VIRGINAL, INNOCENT PACKAGING – ­ BUT LIKE OUR HEROINE, DO NOT BE DECEIVED… ALL IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS. (This from bruichladdich.com)

A heavily peated single malt distilled at Bruichladdich distillery; Port Charlotte and Bruichladdich being the other less peated whiskies available. On the nose there is a lot of alcohol and some aggressive wood notes (juniper?) followed by some sweet and very present peat smoke along with a little cocoa powder and herbaceous notes. Cold toast too. With water things settle down some what and improve dramatically however the aromas remain consistent to the undiluted sample. The undiluted taste is very strong and with sand paper, aggressive malt and the peat smoke followed by the honey and then a very different sweetness, just for a moment like a loamy dessert wine. With water it holds together very well with a really sensational interplay between the peat smoke and the sweetness. A long warm finish with more oak notes and that loamy dessert wine all mixed up with the very big peat smoke. Lashings of cereal notes also make an appearance.

Well done Jim.

$160 (a wee bit pricey for a 5yo IMHO)

Score 84 points

Isle of Arran The Devil’s Punch Bowl “No Idle Hands But It’s The Devil’s Work” – Scotch Whisky News

No Idle Hands But It’s The Devil’s Work

Isle of Arran Distillery, the award-winning independent Scotch whisky producer, has just unveiled its latest offering, a devilish delight.

This week 6,660 bottles of the ‘Devil’s Punch Bowl’ will appear across the globe, and it is expected to cause quite a stir as a menacing image of a red and black devil haunts the packaging. 600 750ml bottles just hit United States soil.

Never one to shy away from controversy, Arran Distillery’s provocative new release is named after the glacial hollow Coire na Ciche on Arran, which evokes a very sinister atmosphere and is only accessible by boggy footpaths.

James ‘Lucifer’ MacTaggart, the Master Distiller behind the new whisky, went to hell and back to conjure up this unique spirit. He said: “I’m well practiced in the dark arts of selecting devilishly good casks and was drawn to a number of vintage releases for this limited edition bottling. The spirit has dark, swirling colours with a seductive rich flavour and a smoky edge. They say the devil has all the best tunes, but here he has the best whisky too.”

The Devil’s Punch Bowl is also the first whisky from Arran Distillery to combine peated and un-peated casks and with a demonic alcohol level of 52.3% ABV.

Drawn from 24 different Arran casks, including Sherry Butts, the liquid presents a smooth and refined appearance that masks a complex and fiery character.

Euan Mitchell, Managing Director, said: “We’ve created this whisky for people who are willing to sample the unconventional in the pursuit of pleasure.

“With all of our new launches we always try to offer the consumer a high end alternative with a personality and character that is not for everyone.”

Around the world people are captivated by the spirit of the product – an agent in Holland has ordered 666 bottles. Other, more conservative, markets may seek to resist the seductive temptation offered by this devilish proposition.

Arran Distillery is now a multi-award winning distillery and has won acclaim for its 14 Year Old, 10 Year Old malts as well as many others.

Euan continued: “The Devil’s Punch Bowl is a different offering to our other whiskies, both in taste and appearance. We produce our spirit in an idyllic location, but we’ve never rested on our laurels and used traditional imagery to sell our single malts. Consumers like our products for a reason – because they’re quality, individual and spirited expressions of single malt, which stand out in a crowded market.”

Notes:

RRP is $129.99 for a 750ml bottle.

For more information, visit www.impexbev.com

* Current accolades for Isle of Arran Distillery include Winner for: Best New Exporter (2004), Queen’s Award for International Trade (2005), Scottish Distiller of the Year (2007) and Scottish Drinks Producer of the Year (2007.)

Product awards include: Best Whisky Liqueur (2007), ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 12 Years & Under’ for The Arran Malt Amarone Cask Finish (2008) ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 11-15 Years’ for The Arran Malt Sherry Single Cask 1998 (2010) and ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 11-15 Years’ for the Icons of Arran Peacock (2011.)

Also, ‘Double Gold Award’ for Arran’s 14 Year Old Single Malt and ‘Gold Award’ for Arran’s 10 Year Old Single Malt at the World Spirits Competition 2012.


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