Archive for September, 2013

Canadian Whisky News by Davin de Kergommeaux “Danfield’s Whiskies in New York for Whisky Fest ” – Canadian Whisky News

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Danfield’s Whiskies in New York for Whisky Fest

For the first time ever, the Black Velvet Distillery will be featuring its top-of-the-line Danfield’s whiskies as premium pours at Whisky Fest in New York. Danfield’s are produced in limited quantities and are normally exclusive to Canada where they are among the most sought-after of connoisseur whiskies.

New Arrival & Back in Stock at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

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NEW ARRIVALS

Scotland – Single Malt Scotch

  • 1997 Cragganmore 15 Year Old Duncan Taylor Single Malt Whisky 750ml – 6 available ($105.99)

BACK IN STOCK

Scotland – Single Malt Scotch

  • Cardhu 12 year old Distillery Bottling 750ml ($49.99)
  • 1998 Glenrothes Distillery Bottle Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($49.99)

K&L Wine Merchants
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Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)
Email: wine@klwines.com
San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA

CHIVAS REGAL CELEBRATES CRAFTSMANSHIP AND STYLE WITH NEW ‘MADE FOR GENTLEMEN’ LIMITED EDITION BY PATRICK GRANT – Scotch Whisky News

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CHIVAS REGAL CELEBRATES CRAFTSMANSHIP AND STYLE WITH NEW

‘MADE FOR GENTLEMEN’ LIMITED EDITION BY PATRICK GRANT 

Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury Scotch whisky, is collaborating for the second year running with an acclaimed British craftsman as it continues its successful Made for Gentlemen campaign.

The new release sees the brand link up with Patrick Grant, a modern icon in luxury menswear credited for reinventing bespoke London tailors, Norton & Sons of Savile Row. The limited edition, which contains a bottle of Chivas 12, showcases four silhouettes that each features a different style accessory associated with modern gentlemen: a tie, a cufflink, a watch and a pocket square.

Richard Black, Global Brand Director for Chivas Regal, comments: “Last year’s collaboration with Tim Little was our most successful to date, distributed in over 60 markets. With our new limited edition, we wanted to celebrate the values of craftsmanship and heritage that are integral to Chivas Regal and we’re delighted with the result. It has been a pleasure to work with Patrick Grant, a renowned figure in the tailoring industry and we hope Chivas Regal fans will enjoy and treasure this unique collectible.”

Patrick Grant remarks: “The collaboration with Chivas Regal was a natural alliance of artistry and shared vision. The tailor’s obsession with mastering complexity in achieving perfect balance in form and finish are values also held dear by the Master Blender of Chivas Regal, Colin Scott. Ultimately, we both strive to give our customers stand out experiences and luxury goods of lasting value.”

The launch will be supported by a new Made for Gentlemen App – which allows fans to create a personalised Facebook cover image, composed of modern and luxurious men’s accessories. An introductory video for the limited edition, featuring Patrick Grant explaining the craftsmanship behind bespoke tailoring and its synergies with Chivas Regal, will also be available at www.chivas.com/gents

 The Chivas 12 Made for Gentlemen by Patrick Grant limited edition is available from September 2013 in over 60 markets, both domestic and Travel Retail.

Notes:

Chivas Regal

Chivas Regal is a truly global brand, selling 4.9 million 9L cases annually in more than 150 countries across Europe, Asia Pacific and Americas. The Chivas Regal range is the epitome of style, substance and exclusivity and includes Chivas Regal 12, 18 and 25 Year Old.

For further information please visit http://www.chivas.com/ 

Chivas Brothers

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

In July 2010 Chivas Brothers launched The Age Matters campaign to help consumers understand the importance of Scotch whisky age statements.

Malt Maniac Ho-cheng Yao Achieves A Personel Milestone – Whisky News

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With the addition of the score for a “Laphroaig 1966 Signatory Vintage C#561″ Malt Maniac Ho-cheng Yao from Taiwan has reached the very high level of 4,000 scores on the Malt Maniacs Monitor which features a collection of over 16,000 bottlings and over 52,000 individual scores.

Well done Ho-cheng

CORSAIR WINS “INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR” FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW – American Whiskey News

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CORSAIR WINS “INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR” FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW.

Twice really is nice. Corsair won “Innovator of the Year” in Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whiskey awards for the second year straight. The Icons of Whisky by Whisky Magazine are designed to celebrate the people and places behind the great whiskies of the world and are one of the most coveted recognitions in the world of spirits. Last year Corsair won “Craft Distillery of the Year,” and this year came in second, “Highly Commended.” Cofounder, owner, and distiller Darek Bell was also nominated for “Whiskey Distillery Manager of the Year” and “Whiskey Brand Ambassador of the Year.” Considering the distillery is only five years old, these are noteworthy honors.

Whisky Magazine said,
“Taking the trophy home for another year, Nashville, Tennessee based Corsair( The city’s first since Prohibition) has been pushing the boundaries of whiskey making since its inception. Throwing away the rulebook and experimenting with everything from whiskies distilled from exotic grains like quinoa. These guys are not afraid to try anything.”

Distillery owners Darek Bell, Andrew Webber, and Amy Lee Bell are ecstatic. Winning the “Innovator of the Year” award was particularly gratifying for co-founder Darek Bell, whose book Alt Whiskeys, chronicled the unique recipes that have been a key to Corsair’s success. Bell said, “Creativity is free. We are a small distillery but we have a big imagination. Our philosophy from day one has been to make inventive and ground-breaking spirits. We set out to expand the horizons of whiskey-making, and this award recognizes that success.”

2013 has been a great year for Corsair. Triple Smoke was awarded “Artisan Whisky of the Year” in Whisky Advocate. Corsair won 12 awards, the most of any distillery at this year’s America Distilling Institute’s Awards of Excellence. Corsair has won 67 medals and awards at international spirits competitions since its inception. Publications such as The New York Times, Food and Wine, The Atlantic, Saveur, Tastings, Chilled, Imbibe, Beverage Industry, Beverage World, In The Mix, Whisky Magazine, Time Out New York, Garden and Gun, Whisky Advocate, Southern Living, Details, Men’s Health, Esquire, Wine Enthusiast, CBS News, Food Republic, and Maxim have praised Corsair’s spirits.

Website: http://www.corsairartisan.com
Twitter: @corsairartisan
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/corsairartisan

Grant’s Scotch Whisky “The Generations Glass Pack” – Scotch Whisky News

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The Generations Glass Pack 

My colleagues in the UK have developed this fantastic set of glasses that look back at the evolution of our front label. The collection features six of our most iconic labels from between 1903 to 2013, and the box itself showcases a number of very old print adverts. As well as securing a few for myself, I…(Please click on the link below to read the remainder of the article)…

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Kind regards,

Ludo

Isle of Arran 10 yr Gift Sets Release – Scotch Whisky News

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We are pleased to announce that annual Arran 10 yr Gift Sets Release

is available now

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RRP $49.99

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Stalk & Barrel Cask 8 Available October 6th – Canadian Whisky News

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New release

Stalk & Barrel Cask 8 – 46% alc./vol.  To be released Sunday, October 6, 12 noon to 3pm.  Available only at the distillery (extended hours from October 6 to October 10) or online starting October 7.

WORLD’S FIRST 3D ART EXHIBITION LAUNCHED IN A BOTTLE – JOHNNIE WALKER®BLUE LABEL GALLERY SET TO LIGHT UP WORLD’S KEY AIRPORTS – Scotch Whisky News

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WORLD’S FIRST 3D ART EXHIBITION LAUNCHED IN A BOTTLE

JOHNNIE WALKER®BLUE LABELTM GALLERY SET TO LIGHT UP WORLD’S KEY AIRPORTS 

SINGAPORE, 20 SEPTEMBER 2013 – You will no doubt have heard of a message in a bottle but perhaps not a 3D art exhibition in a bottle. This is exactly what JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABELTM, the world’s leading ultra-premium Scotch whisky, has created in conjunction with some of the most celebrated international contemporary artists and fashion designers.

The immersive JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL Gallery will be a spectacle to behold and a feast for the senses. Using the latest in projection technology, a collection of artistic endeavours will be showcased from within large format JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL bottles that stand at almost three metres tall. In another break from tradition, the art installation will not be exhibited in established art galleries but instead feature in cosmopolitan airports across the globe from Singapore, to London and beyond, reflecting the travel credentials of the brand.

In each of these vibrant cities, JOHNNIE WALKER will collaborate with local game-changing artisans to showcase their interpretation of ‘The Rare Blend’ – a homage to JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL, one of the pinnacle offerings from JOHNNIE WALKER.  The bottles will be filled with bespoke 3D and CGI graphics created by famous local artists from the host cities, giving the content perspective and depth.

The first port of call is the concourse of Terminal 1 in Singapore Changi Airport, the world’s most awarded airport, starting 19 September 2013. This unique, stylish Gallery will then take to the skies and travel to other key destination airports around the world. For the world premiere in Singapore, JOHNNIE WALKER has commissioned three local leading contemporary artists who embody the unique character of both the rare whisky and the spirit of the Lion City: Priscilla Shunmugam, celebrated fashion designer and creator of the Ong Shunmugam label; Alvin Tan from the award-winning Phunk Studio; and Brandon Tay, a leading multimedia artist who blends technology with art.

Each artwork in the Gallery brings to life a key element of both the heritage of JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL and the country of Singapore, as explained in more detail below:

  • Priscilla Shunmugam tells the story, in CGI video form, behind her ‘Architectural Couture’ artwork. In it she shows the marrying of the stories behind the iconic buildings of Singapore and their structural rigidity and beauty, with the flowing organic patterns from traditional fabrics. Each building, like the rare whisky has a story of real character, one steeped in history and shaped by the present, both coming together to inspire the creation of each piece of clothing.
  • Alvin Tan’s piece brings together the voices of visionaries in an animation sequence that is nothing short of mesmerising. This artwork will showcase handcrafted digital typography, breathing life to the game-changing minds of Aristotle and Dr. Livingstone. A visualization of how words can be shared with a great spirit, Alvin will use paper sculptures as they form and mesmerize as they spiral into a creation representing a blend of voices from different personalities, crossing diverse talents and experiences.
  • Brandon Tay examines the beauty within the bottle. He is inspired by the notion of metamorphosis, drawing parallels between its occurrence in nature, its representation in Singapore’s evolution through these 48 years and aptly, the transformation of the finest ingredients and our rarest blend of whiskies into a prized bottle of JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL. His piece will blend fauna and flora to create a new unique life form reminiscent of a silk worm spinning the thread for its cocoon.

Priscilla Shunmugam, who has showed at the Singapore and Paris Fashion Weeks, comments, “During the collaboration process that led to the creation of the JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL Gallery we, as artists, wanted to create truly rare works to bring to life different representations of the rarest blend. Our three interpretations feature elements from the worlds of fashion, design, premium whisky and even nature itself. We hope that voyagers travelling through Singapore Changi Airport will be surprised and delighted by the Gallery and that it provides them with a unique and completely immersive experience.

Brooke Supernaw, Vice President, Wines and Spirits, DFS Group, adds, “DFS has an award-winning Liquor & Tobacco concession in Terminal 1 and we are constantly searching for truly innovative ways to provide our customers with the ultimate airport experience. We are glad to have found a great partner in the Diageo Global Travel team. The JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL Gallery is the latest game-changing activation, and we are pleased to be the first to be part of an exhibition that upholds the same standard of beauty engagement, innovation and technological sophistication that we strive to meet every day with our concessions at Changi Airport.”

Commenting on the collaboration with the next generation of game-changers, Doug Bagley, Chief Operating Officer, Diageo Global Travel & Middle East adds, “JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL is a blend of unrivalled luxury. It deliberately and expertly draws together some of the rarest whiskies in the world. With that in mind, our curated artists have taken the theme of ‘The Rare Blend’ as their inspiration, subtly blending product cues of rare cask, craft and character into their work to produce a unique creation that is reflective of the pioneering, game-changing ethos of JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL. We’re delighted with the results – a genuine first for the worlds of art and whisky.”

The JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL Gallery will be on display at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 from 19 September until 31 October 2013.

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To celebrate the opening of the travel retail exhibition and in conjunction with DFS Ventures Singapore, JOHNNIE WALKER has created 150 limited edition JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL bottles, etched with the Singapore skyline in a rare gold liquid imprint. These will be available exclusively for purchase at the DFS Changi Airport for a limited time only.

About JOHNNIE WALKER® BLUE LABEL™

JOHNNIE WALKER® BLUE LABEL™ is the pinnacle of JOHNNIE WALKER®.

Presented in individually numbered bottles, it is reminiscent of the 19th century style of whiskies. The Master Blender uses his decades of experience to select some of the rarest casks from the JOHNNIE WALKER® reserves for their quality, character and flavour to create the powerful, complex, smooth character of BLUE LABEL. Using a relatively small number of whiskies requires incredible skill and exceptional liquids as each will play a significant contribution to the final result.

BLUE LABEL has a mellow, rounded nose, with a dry smokiness (a JOHNNIE WALKER® signature flavour) mixing with raisin sweetness. It is best savoured with the palate cleansed and cooled by iced water. One sip reveals a velvety mouth-feel, then an explosion of flavour. At once you’ll discover hazelnuts, honey, rose petals, sherry and oranges. Subsequent sips reward you with more hidden secrets like kumquats, wispy aromatic smoke, sandalwood, tobacco, and dark chocolate. 

ABOUT DIAGEO

Diageo is the world’s leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wines and beer categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Buchanan’s, Windsor and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Baileys, Captain Morgan, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is a global company, with its products sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people and its brands, visit www.diageo.com. For Diageo’s global resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives, visit www.DRINKiQ.com.

Celebrating life, every day, everywhere.

The JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL words and associated logos are trade marks © DIAGEO 2013. 

About DFS Group

Founded in 1960 in Hong Kong, DFS Group (DFS) is the world’s leading luxury travel retailer. Today, it operates in 10 countries and across three continents. Employing more than 9,000 associates, the company provides a seamless retail experience and presents the world’s leading brands to over 35 million world travellers each year at its 14 downtown Gallerias and in 18 international airports. DFS is majority owned by LVMH  (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton), with the balance of shares held by companies associated with DFS co-founder Robert Miller. Its headquarters are in Hong Kong and Singapore and DFS has significant offices in Hawaii, Los Angeles, Shanghai and other key locations. For more information, visit www.dfsgalleria.com

Laphroaig Live: Tonight! – Scotch Whisky News

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I’m now here in the city that never sleeps, New York! It’s hard to believe that this will be the seventh Laphroaig Live that we have put on since we first had the idea in London back in 2007!

I’ve seen quite a bit of America in the past few days holding tastings and meeting Friends from all over the United States.

Anyway, there is a lot to do today so I will keep it short. Don’t forget to tune in to www.laphroaig.com/live tonight at 8pm (EST) for the live show. If you haven’t yet checked what time this will be in your time zone, you can do so here.

I’m looking forward to receiving your questions later!

Slàinte,

John Campbell
John Campbell
Distillery Manager, Laphroaig


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