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Whisky Wednesday Reviews Amrut Peated Cask Strength – Indian Whisky News

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Whisky Wednesday – Amrut Peated Cask Strength

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Indian whisky is a combination of the very familiar, teamed with exotic and different approaches to flavour and maturation. Amrut has always been a favourite of mine, this example uses peated European barley that is imported into India, distilled and matured by themselves – the bottled at cask strength, with this example anyway. Enjoy!

R&B Distillers launches two new editions of The Tweeddale – Scotch Whisky News

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R&B Distillers launches two new editions of The Tweeddale

Award-winning craft whisky maker R&B Distillers has released two premium new whiskies: The Tweeddale The Evolution and The Tweeddale A Silent Character. The latest addition to theTweeddale collection, these characterful whiskies have each drawn inspiration from the brand’s fascinating heritage.

Co-founder of R&B Distillers, Alasdair Day, is the great-grandson of Richard Day, a master-blender in Coldstream in the Scottish Borders during the 19th Century. Alasdair inherited his great-grandfather’s whisky ‘recipes’ which had been painstakingly recorded in a cellar book – the back of an accounts ledger. Alasdair has been recreating the original Tweeddale Blends since 2009.

R&B Distillers studied Alasdair’s Great Grandfather’s recipes to create The Tweeddale A Silent Character. They discovered that Single Grain from Cambus Distillery was the whisky most consistently used in blending during the early 1900s and had been favoured by Richard Day. The name A Silent Character alludes to the fact that the Cambus distillery is now silent, having ceased whisky production in 1993 and that is a key character is many of the historic Tweeddale bottlings. This 27-year-old Single Grain Scotch Whisky is a vatting of two ex-bourbon casks: it is sweet and oaky, with honeyed notes on the nose, hints of pear, and a mineral structure on the palate. It is a limited edition bottling with fewer than 600 bottles available worldwide.

The Tweeddale The Evolution is 28 years old and the eldest Tweeddale to be released. It is fuller in character than previous impressions, with sherried and Speyside qualities. This latest edition boasts a richer and fuller character, with dark chocolate and black cherry on the nose followed by wood spice and earthy notes on the palate. This rich whisky is a luxurious addition to a sophisticated drinks cabinet. Having analysed the cellar book R&B Distillers have carefully predicted the direction that they believe Richard Day was heading in with his blends had he continued to produce after WWII. The Evolution is their homage to this.

R&B stands for Raasay and Borders, two uncommon terroirs brought together through one unique whisky company. Co-founder Alasdair Day embodies this coupling. His great grandfather, Richard Day was a master-blender in the Borders, while his other great grandfather, Allan MacDonald, hailed from the Hebrides. It is this split history that prompted R&B to build a distillery on the remote Isle of Raasay in the Inner Hebrides and the plans for a subsequent distillery in the Borders region.

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Award-winning craft whisky maker R&B Distillers has released two premium new whiskies: The Tweeddale: Evolution and The Tweeddale: Silent Character. These limited edition blended malts are the latest addition to the Tweeddale collection and have been inspired by the brand’s fascinating whisky heritage. Co-founder of R&B Distillers, Alasdair Day, is the great-grandson of Richard Day, a master-blender in the Coldstream in the Scottish Borders during the 19th Century. Alasdair inherited his great-grandfather’s whisky ‘recipes’ which had been painstakingly recorded in a cellar book. Alasdair has been recreating the original Tweeddale Blends since 2009.

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The Tweeddale A Silent Character – £175

R&B Distillers studied co-founder Alasdair Day’s Great Grandfather’s recipes to create The Tweeddale A Silent Character. They discovered that Single Grain from Cambus Distillery was the whisky most consistently used in blending during the early 1900s and had been favoured by Richard Day. The name A Silent Character alludes to the fact that the Cambus distillery is now silent, having ceased whisky production in 1993 and that is a key character is many of the historic Tweeddale bottlings. This 27-year-old Single Grain Scotch Whisky is a vatting of two ex-bourbon casks: it is sweet and oaky, with honeyed notes on the nose, hints of pear, and a mineral structure on the palate. It is a limited edition bottling with fewer than 600 bottles available worldwide.

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The Tweeddale The Evolution – £175

The Tweeddale The Evolution is 28 years old and the eldest Tweeddale to be released. It is fuller in character than previous impressions, with sherried and Speyside qualities. This latest edition boasts a richer and fuller character, with dark chocolate and black cherry on the nose followed by wood spice and earthy notes on the palate. This rich whisky is a luxurious addition to a sophisticated drinks cabinet. Having analysed the cellar book R&B Distillers have carefully predicted the direction that they believe Richard Day was heading in with his blends had he continued to produce after WWII. The Evolution is their homage to this.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Festive surprises from The Vaults” – Scotch Whisky News

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35.196: A Moroccan ‘snake cake’

Every home should have a special whisky on stand-by in the run up to Christmas.  Released online today, 35.196: A Moroccan ‘snake cake’ is the perfect bottling to break open with friends and family – or simply as a special treat for yourself. This 14-year-old dram comes from our Deep Rich & Dried Fruits flavour profile, drawn from an ex-chardonnay refill barrique.  The palate bursts with festive flavours, with spiced plum jam, dark chocolate-covered stem ginger and an orange olive oil cake with candied walnuts.

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As such an approachable dram, 35.196: A Moroccan ‘snake cake’ is guaranteed to please your guests if you’re entertaining, and is the ideal whisky to pair with your Christmas dinner.

Cask No. 35.196 A Moroccan ‘snake cake’ Age: 14 years Price: £54.20

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 here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

The Whisky Show Old & Rare Tickets Now On-Sale – Scotch Whisky News

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24-25 FEBRUARY 2018, 11.30AM 6.30PM
THE GRAND CENTRAL HOTEL, GLASGOW

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

BOOK YOUR TICKET ❯

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With about 120 whiskies listed so far, we are well on our way to making The Whisky Show Old & Rare 2018 our best show yet. In among the ranks are late 19th-century whiskies and early 1900s’ bottlings, as well as rare bottles that are rarely opened.

BOOK NOW ❯

Some of the highlights include:

• Old Orkney Stromness single malt, bottled late 19th century – a museum-piece of a whisky, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to try a slice of history

• Black Bowmore 1964 (2nd release) – the perfect balance of fruit, peat and power, this whisky deserves its legendary tag

• Ardbeg 18 Year Old Kraus Bros & Co Import 91.3 proof – one of the rarest independent bottlings in the world, rarely seen and even more rarely tasted

The Party Source “CityBeat Events: Bourbon & Bacon at New Riff Distillery” – American Whiskey News

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Join CityBeat and 250 lucky people for Bourbon, bacon, beer, and divine swine creations. (Now that’s a mouthful. A delicious mouthful.) On December 6th, CityBeat is throwing a party fit for Ron Swanson and bourbon lovers alike. With Cincinnati as Porkopolis and Kentucky as the home of bourbon, New Riff Distillery in Newport is the perfect location for this celebration. At the event, guests will get to enjoy samples from local restaurants that will be serving some of their best bacon-inspired dishes. The food is perfectly paired with the incredible varieties of bourbon guests will be able to enjoy at the event. Click the image below for all the details.

Don’t delay! The online tickets have already sold out, and we have the remaining tickets for sale in-store only at The Party Source. Also, even if you can’t snag tickets to the event, be sure to check out the afterparty at Braxton Labs. Cheers, -The Party Source Liquor Department

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THE COLLECTOR’S LOFT AT LOCH FYNE WHISKIES “Glengoyne 1967 Christmas Day” – Scotch Whisky News

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Glengoyne 1967 Christmas Day

A new and rare addition to our Collector’s Loft, this limited edition Highland single malt from Glengoyne distillery was distilled on Christmas Day in 1967. Only 2,500 bottles were produced in 1992 at a strength of 43% abv, each one individually numbered by hand. This is bottle number 913.

£799 Buy Now

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THE MIDLETON DAIR GHAELACH FAMILY BLOSSOMS WITH NEW ‘BLUEBELL FOREST’ – Irish Whiskey News

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THE MIDLETON DAIR GHAELACH FAMILY BLOSSOMS WITH NEW ‘BLUEBELL FOREST’

Irish Distillers has unveiled the next chapter in its Virgin Irish Oak Collection of Single Pot Still Irish Whiskeys; Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest edition. This exceptional offering has been finished in barrels made from Irish oak grown in the Bluebell Forest of Castle Blunden Estate in County Kilkenny, imparting a true and unique flavour of Ireland.

Dair Ghaelach, which is Gaelic for ‘Irish oak’, is the result of an eight-year exploration by the expert production team at the Midleton Distillery, County Cork, into using native oak to mature Irish whiskey and follows the release of Midleton Dair Ghaelach Grinsell’s Wood in February 2015.

In collaboration with expert forestry consultant, Paddy Purser, the Irish Distillers team of Kevin O’Gorman, Head of Maturation, and Billy Leighton, Head Blender, chose Bluebell Forest on Castle Blunden Estate to provide the oak for the second edition in the Midleton Dair Ghaelach series. Each bottle can be traced back to one of six individual 130-year-old oak trees that were carefully felled in the Bluebell Forest in May of 2013.

Kevin O’Gorman, Head of Maturation at Midleton Distillery, comments: “It is a joy to be able to showcase more of our experimentation with maturation in Irish oak through the release of Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest. The naturally sweet compounds found in Irish oak work in perfect harmony with this whiskey to deliver milk chocolate and honeycomb on the nose, a beautifully round and silky-smooth mouth feel and a long, pot still finish.

“The nuances in flavour in the two editions of Midleton Dair Ghaelach come from our native wood, and offer whiskey fans a true flavour of Ireland – the range has provenance unlike any Irish whiskey before it and we look forward to exploring more of Ireland’s woodlands further in the years to come.”

Bluebell Forest is found among the historic stone walls of Castle Blunden Estate in County Kilkenny. Since the 1600s, generations of the Blunden Family have watched over a stand of Irish oak trees with a carpet of luminescent bluebells covering the forest floor.

The carefully felled oak from these woods imparts its character and nuances into Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest to create an intrinsically Irish whiskey with historical provenance, traceability and a clear link to the sustainability and rejuvenation of Irish oak.

To craft the oak into barrels, fellow artisans at the Maderbar sawmills in Baralla, north-west Spain, used the quarter-sawing process to cut the trees into staves, which were then transferred to the Antonio Páez Lobato cooperage in Jerez. After drying for 15 months, the staves were worked into 29 Irish oak Hogshead casks and given a light toast.

The whiskey, made up of a selection of Midleton’s classic rich and spicy pot still distillates matured for between 12 and 23 years in American oak barrels, was then filled into the Irish oak Hogshead casks and diligently nosed and tasted each month by Leighton and O’Gorman. After a year and a half, the pair judged that the whiskey had reached the perfect balance between the spicy single post still Irish whiskey and Irish oak characteristics.

Bottled at cask strength, between 55.30% to 56.30% ABV, and without the use of chill filtration, Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest is available from November 2017 in markets, including the US, Canada, Ireland, France and the UK at the recommended selling price of $280 per 70cl.

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Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest tasting notes:

Nose: Rich pot still spices are elevated by the clipped tannins of the toasted Irish oak. Fresh woodland character mingles with faint vanilla, giving the succulence of zesty pink grapefruit and pineapple along with ripe berries and green banana. The Irish oak influence imparts milk chocolate and honeycomb sweetness
Taste: Beautifully round and silky smooth with naturally sweet compounds from the Irish oak in harmony with the pot still spices. A touch of mango and kiwi bring some fruit undertones as the prickle of clove and cinnamon add their voice
Finish: Exceptionally long with soft sweet spices finally giving way to the proud Irish oak

ABOUT PERNOD RICARD

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 9, 010 million in 2016/17. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier- Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,500 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 86 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics.
www.pernod-ricard.com

ABOUT IRISH DISTILLERS

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson, our brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish whiskey. Jameson is the world’s fastest-growing Irish whiskey, experiencing 28 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 6.5m cases in 2017. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 71 of those experiencing double- or triple-digit growth. Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Power & Son, John Jameson & Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network. Since 2012, we have invested over €250m to double our production and bottling capacity to meet global demand for our products. We employ over 600 people across our operations in Cork and Dublin.

MARKETING EXECUTIVE APPOINTED KEEPER OF THE QUAICH – Scotch Whisky News

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MARKETING EXECUTIVE APPOINTED KEEPER OF THE QUAICH

Glenfarclas Marketing Executive Ian McWilliam, has been made a Keeper of The Quaich in recognition of his service and contribution to the whisky industry over 26 years.

Ian joined J&G Grant as Assistant Head Warehouseman in 1991 and after 14 years in production, including the position of Assistant Manager, he moved to the sales & marketing team where he oversees distribution for 33 countries.

His comprehensive knowledge and experience of the traditional skills used to produce Glenfarclas is invaluable; many have enjoyed his in-depth tour or presentations worldwide where he explains all there is to know about the production of Glenfarclas single malt scotch whisky. Living on site and continuing to undertake “on-call” production duties has helped Ian keep up-to-date with the latest changes and improvements that have been made since he left his production post in 2004.

Whether on site at Glenfarclas or across the world, he continues to host events on behalf of J&G Grant, entertaining and educating whisky enthusiasts in his impeccable and professional manner.

Congratulations Ian, thoroughly deserved!

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Sullivans Cove Limited Edition Double Cask “DC095” – Tasmanian Whisky News

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Sullivans Cove Limited Edition Double Cask “DC095”

In conjunction with our new website we’re excited to release our first special edition Double Cask single malt whisky (DC095) which has been crafted exclusively for you, our mailing list members. Made with a combination of individually selected French oak ex-tawny and American oak ex-bourbon barrels and normally bottled at 40% ABV, DC095 is bottled at 49.6% ABV and unfiltered so you can experience Sullivans Cove in its raw form.  Being unfiltered this special edition Double Cask may have very small particles in the whisky, otherwise known as flock. These are completely natural, perfectly safe and represent an amazing array of flavours and textures that contribute to the whisky’s character and mouthfeel.  There are only 957 bottles of this special edition Double Cask. As mailing list members, you have exclusive access to purchase this whisky prior to general release. “We’ve wanted to do this for a really long time. The higher alcohol percentage holds the body of the spirit perfectly and packs a flavour punch.” Patrick Maguire, Head Distiller.

Please click on the link below to purchase ($170 per bottle)

PUCHASE NOW

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Check out our new website and Patrick Maguire talking about flock

https://sullivanscove.com/

https://sullivanscove.com/journal/flocking-and-filtration/

*DC095 limit one bottle per customer

The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak Gift Pack at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak Gift Pack

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This is the modern interpretation of the Macallan style for which the distillery is so well known – refined, rich, and rounded with plenty of sherry cask influence. Very definitely a dram to be enjoyed with friends. This limited edition gift pack comes with two glasses etched with the Macallan logo featuring the manor house at the heart of the Macallan Estate.

£74.95


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