Whisky Lounge Newsletter October 2014 – Scotch Whisky News

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Autumn is here, it’s official!…

We love this time of year here at Whisky Lounge HQ. The leaves are turning, the schools are back but there is still a lingering warmth from the end of summer. Like the luxurious finish of your favourite dram…

Talking of which, after a crazy summer that has seen us take The Glenlivet and World Whiskies to new heights, plus the Beacons and Secret Garden Party festivals, we are ready for some good old fashioned autumn whisky shenanigans!

Those eagle-eyed of you may also notice a recent website upgrade. Our trusty mate Jason has been working hard to implement improvements to our antiquated payment ‘gateway’. Hopefully this should mean your ticket/gifting shopping experience is much smoother and faster…

So, ladies and gentlemen, we have the following for your delectation…

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We are delighted to welcome back to the warm embrace of The Whisky Lounge, a favourite independent bottler of ours… Douglas Laing & Co.

As one of the original TWL festival exhibitors we have always been keen to see them back.

However, not only are you going to be seeing more of them at our festivals, but to celebrate our reunion, we have decided to put on a special series dedicated to all things DL!

For the month of October we will have tastings at our usual venues plus our new and seemingly massively popular

TASTING FROM HOME PACKS!

Click on the relevant date and venue for further info and tickets…

DOUGLAS LAING – DATES AND VENUES:

LONDON Weds 8th OCT 7pm THE RED LION, CROWN PASSAGE
SHEFFIELD Tuesday 14th OCT 7pm THE TAP, SHEFFIELD STATION
LIVERPOOL Weds 15th OCT 7pm JENNY’S BAR, FENWICK ST.
LEEDS Thursday 16th OCT 7pm CROSSKEYS, WATER LANE
MANCHESTER Friday 17th OCT 7pm BRITONS PROTECTION
NEWCASTLE Friday 17th OCT 7pm BLACKFRIARS, FRIARS STREET
YORK Saturday 18th OCT 7pm BRIGANTES, MICKLEGATE
BRIGHTON Weds 22nd OCT 7pm LORD NELSON, TRAFALGAR ST.

Just click on the venue closest to you to book now. Click HERE for the tasting pack.

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WORLD WHISKIES TASTING PACK

Now, although the World Whiskies series is over as far as the venue tastings, we still have a few of these excellent tasting packs available. The feedback from everyone who has received them has been amazing so far.

For the paltry sum of £25 including delivery, you (or your loved one) gets a cute gift box with samples of the six whiskies, a tasting mat, a tasting guide and a pipette for adding small amounts of water.
It is an excellent tasting set for those interested in whisky in general, and world whiskies in particular. Click HERE to buy.

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OUR LAST WHISKY FESTIVAL OF 2014!

We hope to see many of you at our final festival of this year, in Manchester.

After the success of last year’s event, we are back in the Bridgewater Hall and as usual we will have the great and good of the whisky world in tow.

We are literally down to our last 50 or so tickets for this event so be quick or you WILL miss out! Click on the banner or HERE to get booking!

As a reminder, the session starts at 12pm and finishes at 5pm (last pour at 4.45pm). A half-day ticket entitles you entry from 2.30pm.

Aside from the usual tasting shenanigans in the main space, we also have a pair of special classes for you – a look at Paul John Indian Whisky with Eddie Ludlow and a joint class with Colin Dunn and Eddie Ludlow and a few of their favourite drams. Go to the website to get yourself booked into these – but only if you already have festival tickets!

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World Whiskies Review – Review!

Talking of World Whiskies, Joe has just finished writing the series up on the Blog. If you want to know what was tasted, where and how each whisky got on, click here or on the bannerabove.

You may also spot Joe’s review of the music festivals we attended which is also worthy of your attention.

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The Whisky Sessions

For those of you with an equal leaning towards music as whisky, we are going to be exhibiting and generally getting involved in this very exciting new project.

The emphasis is firmly on music – as you will see from the line-up, but the whisky element is equally important and as such there will be a smattering of fabulous whisky producers in the ‘Whisky Hotel’ which sits a little away from the main stages, for those who want to take it easy or ‘chill out’ I think they call it!

The event takes place on Friday and Saturday 21st & 22nd November and should definitely be worth your attention and attendance! Tickets start at £35. Click here to go to the Whisky Sessions website for more info and tickets.

WHISKY NEWS – A ROUND-UP
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26th September 2014
Glenmorangie launches crowd sourced whisky

25th September 2014
Sweden’s Smogen Distillery launches its first…

24th September 2014
John Dewar and Sons launches Lost Great Malts…

23rd September 2014
anCnoc launch Vintage 2000

22nd September 2014
The Glenlivet launches rare Winchester Collection

19th September 2014
SWA Chief comments on Scottish Independence…

Johnnie Walker becomes official whisky of Formula 1

18th September 2014
The Ardmore Distillery releases Ardmore Legacy

15th September 2014
2014 Diageo Special Releases unveiled

The stills are alive at The Cotswolds Distillery

10th September 2014
Douglas Laing launch Timorous Beastie

9th September 2014
English Whisky Co. founder James Nelstrop dies

Second new permanent Glenlivet Nadurra release

4th September 2014
The Lakes Distillery launches Connoisseur’s Club

Management quarrel threatens Balcones Distillery

COMPETITION TIME!

And finally, we have two of our World Whisky Review tasting packs to give away to the person/s able to answer the following questions. As always, the quickest and most accurate answers win! Click here to send us your answers and don’t forget to include your full name and postal address.

1. Which country is the second largest producer of single malt whisky?
2. Which Indian distillery buys its peated malted barley from Scotland?
3. Which World Whisky distiller has built a second distillery that employs a ‘gravity fed’ technique?
4. Which is the largest distillery in Tasmania?
5. What is the Yorkshire connection with Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky?

NEXT MONTH

News of Feis Ile 2015, 2015 Whisky Festivals and our final series of the year – our world famous Blind Islay tastings are back!

Have a great month and see you over a dram or two soon we hope.

Slainte,
Eddie, Amanda and Joe
The Whisky Lounge Team.

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