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Scotch Malt Whisky Society AUGUST & EARLY SEPTEMBER TASTINGS & EVENTS – Scotch Whisky News

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AUGUST & EARLY SEPTEMBER TASTINGS & EVENTS

Satisfy your flavour cravings and bag a bottle ahead of the rush with September’s preview releases. Luscious dried fruit treats from a sherry Gorda, an exotic spice rack from a Chenin Blanc hogshead or smoked savoury delights from Islay? Every palate is a winner this week! These popular casks wont’ be around for long – order now to secure yours…

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KINGSBARNS DISTILLERY ANNOUNCES FOUNDERS’ CLUB INSTALMENT PLAN – Scotch Whisky News

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KINGSBARNS DISTILLERY ANNOUNCES FOUNDERS’ CLUB INSTALMENT PLAN

Kingsbarns Distillery is delighted to announce that its Founders’ Club membership is now available to buy through an instalment plan.

The Visitor Centre was opened on St Andrews Day 2014 by the Wemyss family owners and the founder, local man Douglas Clement. Distilling started in January 2015, with the first cask filled in March that year. Scotch whisky has to mature for at least 3 years before it can be bottled, so Kingsbarns Single Malt Whisky won’t be available until later in 2018.

The Founders’ Club is an exciting chance for whisky enthusiasts to enjoy being a part of the journey for this new distillery. The Kingsbarns Distillery Founders’ Club is open to just 3000 members worldwide. Initially, a welcome pack is sent to all members, consisting of a 20cl bottle of Kingsbarns Distillery New Make Spirit, a Founders’ Club Glencairn glass, a membership badge and welcome letter.

Special members’ events are also be planned, such as the Founders’ Club dinner and free daytime tours on September 3rd, recently announced to the current members who will have the privilege of being the first to taste our 18 month old spirit drawn from the very first cask.

William Wemyss, one of the Wemyss family owners and Managing Director at Kingsbarns Distillery explains further: “The first ever bottles of Kingsbarns Single Malt will be bottled exclusively for members of our Founders’ Club. It is expected that some of the first casks ever filled will be selected for this first bottling around mid 2018. Members will receive a bottle of this exclusive Kingsbarns Founders’ Club Reserve, enabling them to become one of the very first to taste Kingsbarns Single Malt. Following that, each year for 4 subsequent years, members will receive a further Founders’ Club Reserve bottle, allowing members to enjoy the progression of our single malt.

Membership is priced at £500 plus shipping charges, ranging from UK at £40, Europe at £90, USA at £160 and other selected parts of the world at £300. Membership can be purchased in one payment or now spread over 12 months for an additional £20 administration charge.

Full details are available on the Kingsbarns Distillery website or in the Visitor Centre.

Notes

  • Kingsbarns Distillery was officially opened on St Andrews Day 2014 and has been subsequently been awarded a 4 star visitor attraction award by Visit Scotland. The Visitor Centre is open daily for tours and has a shop and cafe.
  • While the Kingsbarns spirit is maturing, Kingsbarns has launched the Founders’ Club. Membership benefits include a Welcome Pack and the first ever bottling of Kingsbarns Single Malt expected in mid 2018. A further 4 exclusive bottlings will follow.
  • The founder of the distillery is Douglas Clement. Formerly a golf caddie, Douglas was inspired to open a distillery near to the famous golf courses in the St Andrews and Kingsbarns area.
  • Distillery Manager, Peter Holroyd, is a graduate of Heriot Watt University Brewing and Distilling, and was previously head brewer at a craft brewery near Glasgow.
  • The Wemyss family owners are from Scotland and their historic family seat is Wemyss Castle in Fife where they’ve lived since the 1300s.
  • The Wemyss family also own Wemyss Malts which is an independent bottler with a whisky range including the blended malt whiskies comprising: The Spice King, The Peat Chimney and The Hive; single malt single cask bottlings and the blended Scotch named Lord Elcho after one of the Wemyss family’s ancestors; all of which are avilable for tasting and sale at The Kingsbarns Distillery.
  • The Wemyss family premium wines and spirits brands also include boutique gin Darnley’s View together with the premium wine estate of Rimauresq Cru Classé in Cotes de Provence.

Kilchoman US East Coast Tour! – Scotch Whisky News

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MONDAY SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

6pm – Brandy Library private room event

Address: 25 N Moore St. New York, NY 10013

Phone: 212.226.5545

Email: info@brandylibrary.com

Website: http://www.brandylibrary.com/

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

7pm — Park Ave in-store Seminar

Address: 270 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

Phone: 212.685.2442

Email: whiskyconn@gmail.com

Website: https://www.parkaveliquor.com/

9:30pm — Bar St. Andrews event

Address: 140 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

Phone: 212.840.8413

Email: barstandrews@gmail.com

Website: http://standrewsnyc.com/#home

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

2:30pm to 4:30pm – Federal Wine & Spirits Bottle signing event

Address: 29 State St, Boston, MA 02109

Phone: 617.367.8605

Email: joe@federalwine.com

Website: http://www.federalwine.com/

7pm – Julio’s Liquors Exclusive Whisky Wednesday event

Address: 140 Turnpike Rd, Westborough, MA 01581

Phone: 508.366.1942

Website: http://juliosliquors.com/wp/

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

7pm – Town Wine & Spirits Dinner event

Address: TBD

Phone: 401.434.4563

Email: malt@townwineri.com

Website: http://www.townwineandspirits.com/

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

7:30pm – Cambridge Wines and Spirits Seminar

Address: 10 Lafayette Ave #2, Morristown, NJ 07960

Phone: 973.984.9463

Website: http://cambridgewinesnj.com/

SUNDAY OCTOBER 2, 2016

1pm-3pm – The Wine & Spirit Co. of Greenville tasting

Address: 4025 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807

Phone: 302.658.9463

Website: http://www.wineandspiritco.com/

5pm – Stoney’s British Pub dinner event & tasting

Address: 3007 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803

Phone: 302.477.9740

Email: mjstone2001@yahoo.com

Website: http://www.stoneyspub.com/

MONDAY OCTOBER 3, 2016

6.30pm-8 pm (TBD) – Frank’s Wine tasting

Address: 2216 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19806

Phone: 302.429.1978

Email: frank@frankswine.com

Website: http://www.frankswine.com/

TUESDAY OCTOBER 4, 2016

Whisky Blasphemy – Private tasting by invitation only

Address: Langhorne, PA

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 5, 2016

7pm – Judge’s Bench private tasting

Address: 8385 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Phone: 410.465.3497

Email: info@judgesbenchpub.com

Website: http://judgesbenchpub.com/

THURSDAY OCTOBER 6, 2016

4.30pm-8.30pm – Petite Cellars open tasting

Address: 11079 Resort Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Phone: 410.750.0562

Website: https://www.petitecellars.com/

FRIDAY OCTOBER 7, 2016

7pm – Stateline Liquors tasting

Address: 1610 Elkton Road, Elkton, MD 21921

Phone: 410.398.3838

Email: stateline@comcast.net

Website: http://www.statelineliquors.com/

SATURDAY OCTOBER 8, 2016

1pm-2.30pm – Restaurant RIS (Arrowine) tasting

Address: 2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

Phone: 202.785.0785

Email: mpetree@arrowine.com

Website: http://www.risdc.com/

SATURDAY OCTOBER 8, 2016

3pm – Jack Rose Dining Saloon event

Address: 2007 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

Phone: 202.588.7388

Email: info@jackrosediningsaloon.com

Website: http://jackrosediningsaloon.com/

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Houstonians to Sip, Savor and Smoke as Whiskies of the World Returns on October 1st – Whisky News

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Houstonians to Sip, Savor and Smoke as Whiskies of the World Returns on October 1st

World-renowned spirits and cigar show pays homage to Houston’s fans and purveyors

HOUSTON, TEXAS (July 21, 2016) – On Saturday, October 1, 2016, Whiskies of the World will bring its world-class spirits showcase to Houston for the second time in what promises to be the finest tasting, toasting and teaching event of its kind in the southwest.

Staged in the Imperial Ballroom of the recently renovated Hyatt Regency in Downtown Houston, Whiskies of the World will connect whisky lovers to the craftsmen, distillers, distributors, retailers, restaurants and bars who bring these classic spirits to consumers. Over 100 such exhibitors are expected to present their wares for sampling in the spacious 16,000 square foot space.

“We’re bringing an enormous variety of spirits to this show,” observes Douglas Smith, Event Director for Whiskies of the World. “People can explore new flavors along with their favorites and interact with the people that bring them to life. Getting up close and personal with the finest whiskies in the world and their ambassadors is a fabulous way to spend an afternoon!”

The list of distilleries scheduled to be on hand currently includes but is not limited to: 8 Seconds, Alberta Rye, Alexander Murray, Ardbeg, Arran, Auchentoshan, The Balvenie, Basil Hayden’s, Bowmore, Breckenridge, Buck, Caol Ila, Clyde May’s Whiskey, Corsair, Cu Bocan, Cutty Sark, Dalwhinnie, The Famous Grouse, Glen Garioch, Glen Grant, Glenfiddich, Glenmorangie, High West, Highland Park, James Oliver, Kilchoman, Knob Creek, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, The Macallan, Maker’s Mark, Michter’s, Monkey Shoulder, Oban, Old Forester, Old Pulteney, Russell’s Reserve, Singleton, Speyburn, Talisker, Tamdhu, TOMATIN, Tullamore DEW, Tyrconnell, Uisce Beatha, Wathen’s Bourbon and Woodford Reserve; additions made weekly.

Adding to the stature of the gathering, an array of spirits industry luminaries will host masterclasses and VIP tasting events, including Jonathan Wingo of The Balvenie, David Blackmore of Glenmorangie, David Perkins of High West Distillery, Bruce Russel of Russell’s Reserve and more to be announced.

Amidst dozens of easily accessible sampling stations, Whiskies of the World will also feature an impressive collection of static and kinetic displays and special guests, curated by Smith himself.

“Wherever we take our shows,” Smith points out, “whiskies and the people who make them are always our ‘stars’. They are the centerpiece of our presentation. But for the Houston show, we’re adding a few touches to further intrigue whisky enthusiasts and connect their lifestyle to affordable luxury that whisky has become.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit WhiskiesOfTheWorld.com/Houston. Special room rates and ticket packages are also available from the Hyatt Regency. Follow Whiskies of the World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and tag the event at #WOWHOU.

For information on how to become an exhibitor, email Douglas Smith at Douglas.Smith@iwscgroup.com.

Requests by media for interviews and media credentials/passes should be directed to Sophia Macris Baine at Noisemaker Communications.

All Whiskies of the World event guests must be at least 21 years of age.

About Whiskies of the World LLC: Whiskies of the World LLC, an IWSC Group North America event, began in San Francisco, CA in 1998. Under the direction of whisky aficionado and event director Douglas Smith, who joined in 2010, the event has expanded into Texas and Georgia. The IWSC Group is a global leader of alcoholic beverage events, including the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition. IWSC Group North America was launched in 2015 and currently includes the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, Spirits of the Americas, Spirits of Mexico and Whiskies of the World. The most recent addition to this impressive portfolio is the Sugar Land Wine and Food Affair, in Sugar Land, Texas.

The Whisky Shop “Jura One for the Road – Order Now!” – Scotch Whisky News

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Jura One for the Road

Released in celebration of Distillery Manager, Willie Cochrane’s 39 year contribution to the distillery, Jura One for the Road is a limited edition 22 year old expression with a Pinot Noir wine cask finish. Presented at a natural cask strength, this non chill-filtered Island Single Malt has a natural mahogany honeyed gold colour.

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The nose offers freshly baked bread, moist walnut cake, over-ripe pineapple and vanilla with a whisper of bitter chocolate, coffee and tangy macaroons. The palate is rich in ginger, cassis, frangipane and caramelised peaches. Glazed nectarines, pears in red wine, muscovado and soft cranberry notes follow, while the finish brings Turkish delight, coffee, fig syrup and cherry cake.

Without doubt one of the most exciting limited releases of the year with only 672 bottles released in the UK. Sold on a strictly first come first served basis.

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In stock and available for immediate dispatch

Scotch Whisky Auctions 65th Auction – Scotch Whisky News

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Hello and welcome to the newsletter for our 65th Auction,

This month’s auction is positively chock-a-block with delightful drams, brilliant bourbons and wonderful whiskies.

Big Peatrie gives us all a preview of the beautiful bottles in this month’s auction here.

Fighting for the top spot this month are two remarkable 50 year old whiskies from two of the greatest distilleries who have produced some simply stellar bottles over the years.

Starting alphabetically we have the Balvenie 1937 50 year old, this whisky was distilled before the Second World War broke out and was one of the oldest Single Malt whiskies bottled when it was released in 1987

Next is the Dalmore Candela. This simply incredible whisky is 50 years old and some of the whisky in this bottle was distilled in 1868. Indeed the stock used for this masterpiece dates from 1868 – 1951.

Bottled in handmade decanters these beautiful vessels have been adorned with Sterling Silver. To quote Master Distiller Richard Patterson, “This is your chance to taste perfection”.

Next we have a 35 year old whisky from the first whisky distillery in Japan. This Yamazaki Single Malt was aged in special sherry casks and contains spirit from 1966 and 1970. As a result of such long ageing in Japan’s climate only 200 bottles were released.

Nikka Taketsuru 35 year old is blended from whiskies from the Yoichi and Miayagikyo distilleries and released as one of only 1000 bottles.

We have a cavalcade of wonderful bottles from the 1960s and in particular 1967. We start with another Dalmore this one bottled at 61.9%, then we have a Glenugie 1967

Connoisseurs Choice, a Tomintoul 1967 44 year old bottled by Samaroli, a Highland Park 1967, Glenlivet sneaks in a bottle from 1964 and one from 1967 and a Glenfarclas 1967 43 year old bottled for the Spirit of Speyside Festival in 2011. Lastly there is also a Glengoyne Christmas Day and a Kinclaith to close out our 1967 parade, (there is also a Kinclaith from 1968).

We have a Balvenie 40 year old Batch 1 which offers a masterclass in how to assemble a single malt of such age and complexity. Bowmore presents us with whisky from 1965. Aged in cask 811 it is one of only 57 which was bottled for World Duty Free in Terminal 5 of Heathrow.

There is a wonderful chance to compare and contrast two whiskies from the same distillery and year of distillation with two different Balblairs from 1966. First is a 38 year old official bottling and after that is a 39 year old

Connoisseurs Choice, why not buy both?

68 years in the cask was the ageing regime for the Macallan Speymalt 1945 from Gordon & Macphail and distilled one year later we have a Macallan Select Reserve 1946 52 year old.

Springbank brings us a beautiful collection of Door Gods, six bottles in one stunning collection as well as a Springbank 1965 Local Barley, a 1965 from the Lombard Collection as well a private bottling by the “The Scotch Doc” of 1965 35 year old whisky.

We also have wonderful bottles from Karuizawa, the SMWS and Auchentoshan.

This month we also feature lots for two worthy charities; Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and Revive MS Support.

There are, as always, plenty of delicious drinking drams and many more exciting whiskies from all over the globe in this month’s auction so please take time to get in and have a look around. And remember, Don’t Lose Your Bottle!

All the best from us here at SWA HQ!

Blog; Malt Whisky Association of Finland – a Celtic Rampage – Scotch Whisky News

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Blog; Malt Whisky Association of Finland – a Celtic Rampage

Here we go again, we were on the road with the Association Members once again this time back to Scotland’s west coast. With three waves of them arriving into Glasgow airport, the locals were ducking for cover – hiding their whisky stocks. Now all on the tour knew where we were going – indeed, we named the trip The Celtic Rampage, after a highly successful Viking Raid last year! Once the round up had been completed at the international arrivals, all were herded to the waiting coach. From here we drove the short distance to the first stop on this jam packed tour; Glengoyne distillery, their founders established a tradition, no peat in the soil around Dumgoyne means there is no smokiness and nowhere for average casks to hide, it flows through the slowest stills in Scotland –maturing in fine sherry casks – creating bold fruits and rich sweetness. A shopping frenzy for the Teapot was followed by a agood tasting, still room and warehouse visits. “C’mon guys back on board, lots to do yet!” From here a drive to Loch Lomond distillery, a good pal of ours works for LL and set up this exclusive tour, a history which goes back to at least 1772 with the founding of the Littlemill distillery, they’ve amassed coopers, maltsters to still men and blenders, all share a deep love and knowledge of their craft. Their portfolio includes the Loch Lomond single malt, Inchmurrin, Glen Scotia a Campbeltoon malt as well as several high quality blends. We arrived, the electric gates were opened for us and we split up into two groups – a tasting group and a distillery group, we then changed the groups around. Aye we were late departing – but it was a good visit, thanks to everyone there who helped.

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All aboard the coach, we headed along Loch Lomond and through the Argyll forest to Invereray – no stop just kept on going, all the way to Tarbert on Loch Fyne, where everyone split up looking for food and drink, me? Had work to do, so stopped in with a dram and a tour to plan, but managed a drink or two in the bar with Mika and a couple of “rampagers”.

Day 2 saw us depart our hotel ay 06.15, aye, we caught the 7am ferry from Kennacraig to Islay, whisky island. On arrival no time to linger as the ferry dropped us at Askaig, we headed down to Laphroaig, (http://whiskytours.scot/whisky-interview-unusual-paul-mclean-interviews-bottle-laphroig) they were waiting for us and off the group went on tour, first a taste in the warehouse and a hand filled bottle each to carry out! Good start. Again we over ran our time (it’s a habit) – our taxi was waiting for us. Time for lunch, no ordinary lunch, oh no, we stopped at the Co op in Port Ellen for butties and juice, ate on board as we headed up to Bunny Heaven distillery for a great tour. Aye you guessed it – over ran again at the tasting so nae time for shopping (see later). One more tour, back doon to Lagavulin – I know, why go up and down the road like this? Distillery timings we needed to fit in with, och well. We made it, a final tour and taste and the compulsory shopping of course. It was about time for the hotel, but – time still for a dram or two yet, we pulled in the coach just after the airport and got out the Merry’s Irish single maly whiskey, it went down well/easy, the dribbles remaining in the bottle went to our driver Raf for the night. This was followed by the Angels Whisky Club blend, a one off blend, this was enjoyed right down to the bottom of the bottle (a wee dram left for Raf). Hotel, relax, unpack, hit the bar, as the main bar was heavin, I wandered into the locals bar to watch Celtic win 5 – 2 in Europe, good day/night all round. There was much research done that night by all involved – except our poor driver.

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Day 3 a lie in, as we were booked into Bowmore distillery at 10am, a great 2 hour tour and taste here, a very nice tasting followed, shopping and yet another “round up” as we headed (late) up to Ballygrant for a pre booked lunch/drink appointment. A superb 2 hour stay here, all enjoying the food and many drams and beers, thanks Euan and David. Are we done? Nope, a wee drive to Islay Brewery again, sampling going on, followed by shopping, I hid inside as it was far too hot in the sun! Really! Are we done? Nope, over now to Broochladdie for tasting and shopping, and aye, we stayed late to get the fill your own due to be ready approx. 5pm, many bottles filled believe me. Met Neil fae Mull at the hotel, chat, drinks then move to eat again, this time with many Fins in tow, a good meal and drinks, another good day – went to my room, work, tv, sleep!

Day 4 an 8.30 start to get us doon the road to Port Ellen for the morning ferry back to Kennacraig, noon (ish) off and along the road down to Campbeltoon, almost there and I gave a wee chat re Campbells and Macleans, as I finished my story, a part of the coach fell off! (honest to God, true) those Campbells still up to tricks, in the heavy rain we arrived at Springbank for the tour, which is most memorable for the warehouse tasting! Superb, and late again, over to Glen Scotia for the next tour; http://whiskytours.scot/interview-ian-mcalister-glenscotia-distillery small but good, good couple of tastings, shopping, thank you’s and back to Cadenhead shopping, over ran once again, there’s a theme here. Late back up the road to Tarbert again, a meal and a tasting, this was something different, 3 Kavalan drams; King Car single malt, Podium single malt and Solist Sherry finish. In the hotel back bar we enjoyed these with plenty of local craic and time to enjoy ourselves, Liz had joined us by now – these drams are bloomin good, favourites were; Podium, King Car then Sherry, which many thought too sherried for them. They are making really good, award winning, whisky over there and personally, I am a huge fan.

Day 5 a 9am start for yet another ferry, this time a wee one, from Claonaig to Lochranza (Arran). We arrived early as it is unbookable and I needed to be sure we got on it! It is wee (photograph). Whilst waiting we opened a bottle of Jonnie Walker Black, 5 minutes later the bottle hit the bin at the ferry point. We also enjoyed a Cragganmore, am sure these guests/friends of ours don’t enjoy all this whisky at all! The ferry arrived – a floating ramp, it was choppy and as we de coached, many of us got wet! A great sail and landing at Lochranza, 5 minutes to the Arran distillery, where Louisa was awaiting us. Our final distillery tour, quick look at the water source (in heavy rain by the way0 then a tasting of many grand drams. Brief distillery tour, shopping and sandwiches etc laid on for us.

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Er, fun and games followed. At Brodick ferry we arrived early, all pre booked and PRE PAID as usual. Passengers boarded off the coach, as the ferry sailed a tannoy message asked for me to see the captain. Off I toddled, to be told my coach, driver and Anders were NOT on the ferry. You might imagine I was not overjoyed, the captain and the purser got my drift, after a “chat” I was told they would be on the next ferry following us in 30 minutes. Was not a happy bunny. Upon arrival at Ardrossan we hit a bar to wait for the coach and others, well most hit the bar, I had had a row there recently on another tour, where the owner told me never to come back, (it was not my fault as my previous group will testify) so I sat outside with friends having a drink. Here comes the bus, all aboard and away to Glasgow for the night. City centre Glasgow on a Saturday night can be fun, Liz and myself bade our farewells and took a cab to our apartment.

A GREAT TOUR WITH OUR FINISH FRIENDS YET AGAIN.

Can I say a huge thank you to everyone on this tour, our friends at distilleries, hotels, visits and ferry crews (almost), there was much rampaging and Scotland is now short of many thousands of pounds worth of bottles, we are now thinking ahead to the next trip.

Paul McLean; chief rampager and tour manager. Thanks Mika for all your help.

People are as vital to Whisky as barley, malt and water. People make a tour great.

Some comments …

“Great Rampage ! … thanks Paul and Liz”.

“Brilliant Tour. Excellent distillery visits and nice visit to a small craft brewery. Many highlight. The Cadenhead warehouse tasting, Omg! Respect!”

 

WHISKY LOVERS TREATED TO NEW VERSION OF RARE BLEND OF SCOTCH AND JAPANESE WHISKY – Whisky News

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WHISKY LOVERS TREATED TO NEW VERSION OF RARE BLEND 

A rare blend of Scotch and Japanese whiskies has proven so popular that its makers have today released a third version for whisky lovers around the world.

The “Glover 18” is the third in a series of whiskies honouring “Scottish Samurai” Thomas Blake Glover and celebrating the long history of trade and friendship between Scotland and Japan.

Its owners, Edinburgh-based TBG & Co Ltd, said the new edition has already attracted a “very promising” number of international orders prior to today’s international launch.

The whisky brand takes its name from Thomas Blake Glover, nicknamed the Scottish Samurai because of the profound impact he had on the modernisation of Japan in the 19th century. Mr Glover was the first foreigner to receive the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese Emperor in recognition of his many achievements.

Jim Millar, a senior parliamentary adviser at Holyrood and director of TBG & Co Ltd, drove the idea. He said: “The Glover whiskies are a celebration of Scotland’s influence and its international friendships. They honour the achievements of Thomas Blake Glover and celebrate our important relationship with Japan, which continues to flourish, especially in the fields of trade, culture and education.”

TBG & Co confirmed it is now looking towards producing future variants with whiskies from other countries, with the team researching historical characters and options for casks from international single malt distilleries.

Director David Moore, an Asia veteran in the drinks sector and now Scotland-based, said: “We knew the idea behind The Glover was a strong one, but we’re still overwhelmed by the international interest the fusion whisky garnered, both for its concept as well as its look, aroma and taste. The first two editions sold out almost immediately and were heavily over-subscribed, finding their way to 15 international markets.”

“It’s clear there’s a strong market for these types of premium fusions between Scotch whisky and international whisky, which have their own unique character.

Mr Moore highlighted the ongoing relationship with the Fife-based premium bottler Adelphi, whose managing director Alex Bruce blended mature whisky from Longmorn and Glen Garioch distilleries in Scotland with exceptionally rare whisky from the legendary Hanyu distillery in Japan to create the Glover fusions.

Mr Moore said: “There are only a handful of Hanyu casks left in the world. For the Glover, Alex has worked his magic with this highly sought-after whisky to hone and perfect a beautifully balanced and sublimely satisfying dram.”

He also said TBG & Co Ltd was looking at funding options from Scottish Development International and Scotland Food and Drink, and that the company was also looking to appoint a project manager to oversee current operations, with the likelihood of additional employees further down the line as the business grew.

Mr Moore added: “Creating international fusions is not without its challenges, but the rewards are clearly there for people to see and taste. These whiskies are a celebration of Scotland’s internationalism, of its positive influence on other countries, of partnerships that reach across physical borders”.

“We think it’s worth trying that little bit harder to create these fusion whiskies, a drink that was made for sharing with friends.”

He said “orders have been very promising” and that cases of The Glover 18 are likely to be exported to more than 15 countries, including a significant amount to Japan. Domestically, previous editions of The Glover sold in luxury retailers Harvey Nichols and Harrods, as well as specialist whisky shops.

World-renowned whisky consultant Charles MacLean, who worked with Alex Bruce on creating the Glover fusions, also provided the tasting notes for the latest Glover brand. He described the whisky as: “Richly fruity – ripe pear, juicy red apples, cherries, orange juice – on a base of vanilla sponge, spread with strawberry jam and whipped cream.”

The two previous editions of The Glover were launched simultaneously on October 26th, 2015, in Tokyo and Aberdeen, where Thomas Glover is celebrated with an exhibition at the Maritime Museum, at an event that was also attended by Hajime Kitaoka, Consul General of Japan and Lord Bruce, Honorary Patron of the Japan Society of Scotland, and Councillor Jenny Laing, Leader of Aberdeen City Council. Glover was a native of Aberdeenshire and hails from Fraserburgh.

The 22-year-old version, of which only 373 were ever made, retailed at £1050 version. Now sold out, bottles of the 22-year-old have appeared on online auction sites for more than £2000 a bottle. About 1500 of the 14 year old version were made, selling at about £100 a bottle, for which again there is a healthy premium secondary market.

The Glover 18 (48.6%), of which 1448 were made, is available from whisky specialists, in strictly limited quantities, priced around £145.

Whisky Auctioneer August Auction Now Live! – Whisky News

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August Auction Now Live!

It’s been a busy but exciting month at Whisky Auctioneer between hosting the inaugural Strathearn Distillery Whisky Auction and pulling together our August Auction! The long hours have been worth it though, this months sale is full of interesting, rare and very desirable bottles!

Karuizawa 1968 Single Cask #6955 / Whisky Live Taipei 2010

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Talking of desirable whisky, they don’t come more so than the stunning Karuizawa 1968 Single Cask, one of only 428 bottles released in 2010 exclusively for Whisky Live Taipei!

Glenfiddich 1968 Vintage Reserve 30 Year Old

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A very rare whisky, distilled way back in 1968. Presented in an attractive hard wood case this is one classy number!

Rosebank 20 Year Old Zenith

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As this sorely missed Lowland malt grows ever scarcer we’re always delighted to feature a bottle, especially at this age!

Bowmore 1964 ‘Black Bowmore’

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The bottle, the legend! The Black Bowmore has long since cemented its iconic status in the whisky world!

Port Ellen 1983 Whisky Show 2011

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One of only 60 bottles, distilled the same year as its closure, this Islay distillery has achieved near mythical status since then!

Highland Park Hobbister

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On its release earlier this month only 1,200 bottles were made available from the distillery or to members of their ‘inner Circle’ within the UK. This left more than a few Highland Park devotees out in the cold, if that was you then now is your chance to rectify it!

Auction runs Friday 26th August to Monday 5th September

There is no registration fee, our commission structure is very competitive and we offer worldwide shipping. For our terms and conditions please click here.

Happy bidding!

Maltstock News – Relaxed Whisky News

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Which bottle to bring?

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Maybe the only not so relaxed part about Maltstock: deciding what whisky to bring…  Have you decided yet? Feel free to share it on our Facebook page. it might inspire others. Sharing and enjoying whisky at the gathering place is still one of the main events at Maltstock. This is the event where you can find all the bottles people bring to share with others. Like every year it’s a huge pleasure to see all the beautiful bottles people bring to share. This is what Maltstock is about Share & Enjoy!  Also, all guests received an email today with a link you can use to let us know what music you want to hear in the Midnight Cafe. Party, dance and be relaxed into the early hours.

Masterclass preference

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Everyone with a Maltstock ticket should have had an email with a link to the masterclass preference form. If you didn’t receive this mail and you do have a Maltstock ticket. It’s a difficult task, we know… with so many great masterclasses to choose from. Please fill in the form if you don’t want us to guess your preferences. Thank you! Please let us know at info@maltstock.com

Whiskybase

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How relaxed, whiskybase offers free delivery to Maltstock again. Buy a bottle at the whiskybase shop and pick it up at Maltstock. Tip: Buy a bottle, pick it up at Maltstock, open it, share it, and have fun.


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