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Brown-Forman Expands Coopers’ Craft with New Barrel Reserve Expression – American Whiskey News

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Brown-Forman Expands Coopers’ Craft with New Barrel Reserve Expression

The bourbon that honors barrel-making heritage kicks-off 2019 with launch of robust new bourbon and expands into new markets

Louisville, KY, January 14, 2019 – Brown-Forman is pleased to announce the expansion of Coopers’ Craft Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey with the launch of a new expression, Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve. Introduced in 2016 as Brown-Forman’s newest bourbon brand in 20 years, Coopers’ Craft bourbon will expand in 2019 with the introduction of the 100-proof Barrel Reserve, launch into four new states, and an updated package design for the original Coopers’ Craft bourbon.

Honoring the men and women who raise the barrels, Coopers’ Craft celebrates the company’s more than 70 years of barrel-making and wood expertise as the only major distiller that owns its own new barrel cooperage. Both bourbons begin with the same spirit but are aged using different wood techniques from the barrel resulting in final products with distinctively different flavor profiles – ranging from light and gentle to bold and robust.

The original Coopers’ Craft bourbon is aged in a traditional American White Oak barrel. After it is aged, the bourbon runs through a special beech and birch charcoal filter finishing process, creating a smooth and gentle bourbon that is bottled at 82.2-proof. In contrast, Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve is aged in a unique chiseled and charred American White Oak barrel that allows the whiskey to interact more deeply with the wood, creating a robust and more complex flavor profile.

“Kentucky bourbon is famous around the world for its maturation in new, charred oak barrels,” said Brown-Forman Master Distiller Chris Morris. “Consumers will be able to experience the distinctive taste that this tradition delivers in the only bourbon that celebrates the barrel crafting art.”

The roll out begins in January (varying by market) with the expansion of the Coopers’ Craft bourbon from the original eight markets (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee) to new markets that include Ohio, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve will launch in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Simultaneously, existing fans of the original Coopers’ Craft bourbon will notice the same light amber liquid dressed in a new label and navy Coopers’ Craft logo demonstrating the brand’s commitment to innovation. Its current bottle with rounded edges as well as what’s inside will remain the same, while the Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve package will boast a more premium look with square shoulders, light color label, cork closure, and strip seal showcasing an image of the Brown-Forman Cooperage with copper detailing. Both bottles will have a back label inviting consumers to tour the historic Cooperage and meet the barrel makers. Coopers’ Craft bourbon will be available in markets for a suggested retail price ranging from $21.99 to $24.99 for a 750ml bottle, and Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve will be available at a suggested retail price ranging from $29.99 to $32.99 for a 750ml bottle.

“Coopers’ Craft is a celebration of barrel-making and recognition of the importance of wood when it comes to crafting bourbon,” says Heather Howell, director of Coopers’ Craft bourbon for Brown-Forman. “We’re incredibly excited to present our new Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve expression, along with our original Coopers’ Craft bourbon, to a wider audience with a completely fresh look but the same delicious liquid.”

Coopers’ Craft Original 82. 2 Proof Tasting Notes

Nose: Light toasted and fresh oak character mingle with baked apple sweetness and a citrus custard.

Taste: A true sipping bourbon with soft lemon custard and baked apple notes layered over a bed of toasted and fresh oak character seasoned with a light dusting of spice.

Finish: Rich and smooth with lingering hints of fruit.

Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve 100 Proof Tasting Notes

Nose: Fresh hewn oak with hints of smoke and char are spiced with hints of cinnamon and leather atop a layer of orchard and citrus fruit.  Sweetened with a sprinkling of vanilla wafer crumbs.

Taste: Caramel and cotton candy coat fresh apple, pear and citrus fruit atop vanilla wafers dusted with sharp cinnamon.

Finish: Assertive cinnamon spice softens to a lingering apple and clean oak note. 

About Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

Coopers’ Craft is a celebration of Brown-Forman’s more than 70 years of expertise raising its own barrels at Brown-Forman Cooperage. Drawing inspiration from the craft of raising barrels Coopers’ Craft offers a range of expressions leveraging our barrel making expertise. Coopers’ Craft is a product of Brown-Forman Corporation, a premier producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Finlandia, Korbel, el Jimador, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Canadian Mist, Herradura, New Mix, Sonoma-Cutrer, Early Times, Chambord, BenRiach, GlenDronach and Slane. Twitter @coopers_craft • Instagram @cooperscraft • Facebook /CoopersCraftBourbon

Coopers’ Craft Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 41.1% Alc. by Vol., Produced and Bottled by Brown-Forman Beverages, Louisville, Kentucky ©2019.

Please drink responsibly.

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society “MARCH OUTTURN ALERT” – Scotch Whisky News

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With March Outturn fast approaching, get ready to dive straight in this First Friday – click over to our website now and discover new depths of flavour, with 21 new casks to explore. All new bottlings will be available on Friday, 1 March at 9am GMT

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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!

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The Glenrothes “Have you tried the Whisky Maker’s Cut?” – Scotch Whisky News

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Whisky Maker’s Cut

A whisky for whisky lovers now available at our online shop

Sitting proudly in our 100% sherry seasoned Soleo Collection, distinctive for its higher strength and no-age statement bottling, The Glenrothes Whisky Maker’s Cut is a distinguished dram that has quickly captured the attention of whisky lovers everywhere.

Created at the preferred strength of our Master Whisky Maker Gordon Motion, this stand-out single malt has been bottled at an ABV of 48.8%, providing an exceptional complexity and depth of flavour. This whisky reveals aromas of resin and fresh oak, with a rich, creamy vanilla and orange peel palate, building to a long, fruity finish.

The Whisky Maker’s Cut was matured only in first fill sherry seasoned casks to give more of the specific characteristics of each cask profile to the whisky. The perfect combination of American oak to bring out the sweetness and European oak to provide the more spicy, resinous character.

Get your bottle

The Glenrothes Soleo Collection 10 Year Old, 12 Year Old, Whisky Maker’s Cut and 18 Year Old can be purchased directly from our online shop. We currently ship to 27 countries. Please note that we are not currently able to ship any of The Glenrothes bottles to the USA from our website due to legal restrictions. We are working to resolve this as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

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The Whisky Maker’s Penicillin

  • 50 ml of The Glenrothes Whisky Maker’s Cut
  • 15ml Fresh lemon juice
  • 10ml Ginger syrup
  • 10ml Fresh honey

Shake all the ingredients together and garnish with a twist of orange peel to highlight the whisky’s citric notes. Serve in a tumbler or short glass.

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News from the distillery

Rothes house shares the same road as the town’s graveyard (which sits next to our distillery) and many folk who walk up struggle on the steep brae. We have now donated a bench on that road to give them the chance to take a seat for a breather on the way there.

Tom’s Foolery — New Whiskey Exclusives from a K&L Favorite – American Whiskey News

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Benchmarks in the World of Craft Spirits
“One of our very favorite American distillers of any kind.” —David Othenin-Girard, K&L SoCal Spirits Buyer

Tom’s Foolery is one of our greatest craft finds. This small distiller out of Ohio has quickly become one of our fastest selling brands by offering that ideal balance of rarity and unparalleled quality. These spirits hit all the notes we look for—they’re never too brash, too young, or show too much rough oak. Rather, they are masterfully composed and are benchmarks within their category. Carried exclusively by K&L in California, these are real treasures that only we (and you of course) can possess.

TThe single barrel-a-day producer starts fresh every day with a new, exciting recipe, creating whiskeys as they might have been before prohibition. This trio represents some of the best in the craft category, and, while they’re worlds apart from one another stylistically, they represent the same aesthetic—a devotion to quality, hard work, and humble brilliance that only a true American master can offer.

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Tom’s Foolery Bottled in Bond Single Barrel #150 Ohio Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml) ($49.99)

Since Tom and Lianne Herbruck founded Tom’s Foolery distillery in northern Ohio in 2008, their products have become benchmarks in the ever expanding world of craft whiskey and brandy. The rye might be their most exciting offering. This single barrel #150 was distilled in February 2013 from 70% winter rye and 30% malted rye. The barrel was bottled in bond in October 2018 at 100 proof. It represents a nearly lost style of rye, more intense than most modern rye, with tons of minty green complexity, grassy dried herbs and spicy black pepper. While the powerful herbs and spice dominate, the whole package remains relatively sweet thanks to more than five years in new charred oak.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 07, 2019

I used try to look for something from Tom that approximated what you’d expect to get out of Kentucky, but after tasting the 100% ryes that Tom was making I changed my tune. This is is a blend of 70% winter rye and 30% malted rye. The result is one of the headiest and most out there flavor profiles for any whiskey we’ve ever sold. Out of control aromatics right out of the bottle of fresh mint, pine forest, wet pavement and something slightly barnyardy. The palate is big dry spicy monster with a powerful earthiness and the mint taking over on the finish. This one is not for the faint of heart, but for anyone who knows they love powerful rye or wants to experience what pre-prohibition might have tasted like, this is a great move. The quality of the whiskey is undeniable even if it might be too much for some to handle.

Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 07, 2019

A very interesting and expressive nose on this rye, and a testament to why most producers color their rye bottles green. Herbal notes of fennel fronds, dill, and cola nut wafted out of the glass and just made me think of rolling hills of soft grass. The palate was not at all what I was expecting; very soft and smooth with a sweet brown sugar note—almost giving off a bourbon quality mixed with a soft rye. The finish was long with spiced notes of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 07, 2019

This classic and delicious rye has a lot to offer. The nose is a sweet inviting mixture of grains and spice. In the mouth this theme continues, wrapped in a full bodied and juicy whiskey. With a little water this single barrel becomes creamy and rich with a nice long finish. This selection is good with and without water and worth taking a look at.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 06, 2019

The healthy balance of malted rye gives this a completely different profile than most rye on the market. The nose is something special! It’s green and herbal and sweet and yeasty all at the same time. It’s like a rising loaf of rye bread on the counter while the baker toasts herbs to crust a freshly baked foccacia. The palate is spicy and darker than expected from the nosing. The sweet backbone of oak fans out into a flourish of candied spice and rolling hills of sweet grass.

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Tom’s Foolery Cask Strength Single Barrel #121 Ohio Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) ($54.99)

After buying the original stills from the old Michter’s Jug House, the Herbrucks started making bourbon with corn grown on their 115-acre farm. This gorgeous single barrel of bourbon was distilled in November of 2012 from a mash of 56% corn, 25% rye & 19% malted barley. Bottled right out of the barrel with no filtration or dilution, this is easily one of the best bourbons to come out of Tom’s to date. While some of the first casks we sold were high quality, they still showed some of the young spirity qualities that we’d expect from pot distilled whisky. But this special cask has truly turned a corner. Now it doesn’t show the sweetness of Kentucky bourbon, but instead offers deep dark mocha, acacia honey, chocolate covered cherries and fresh birch bark. The rich and supple honeyed character on the palate is sharpened by a soft peppery spice from the rye grain and moves into a creamy cake frosting-like sweetness on the finish. While the intensely unique character of the single barrel rye might appeal to the adventurous drinker, there is something so overt and open about this cask that is probably the best we’ve yet to bottle from the excellent Cleveland-based distiller.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 07, 2019

Another stupendous little bourbon from Tom Herbruck in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. The special little distillery outside of Cleveland is part of our portfolio thanks to a fateful visit to my in-laws who live in the area. After tasting Grand Plucinsky’s homemade “Bailey’s,” I was feeling a bit saucy and recommended we go check out this craft distillery that I’d read had purchased these old stills from Michter’s. Turns out the “distillery” was just a shed behind Tom’s house, but the whiskey was every bit as delicious as I’d heard. This is our third barrel of bourbon from the Herbrucks and represents the smoothest and most “typical” bourbon profile we’ve yet to release. The intensity of the pot stills comes through while the whiskey is young, but around 5 years old these bourbons seem to really change. The rugged grainy pot still softens into sweet soft aromas of baked apple, barrel spice, burnt orange peel and fresh corn bread. The palate is full of sweetness and spice, the thick texture of the bourbon a hallmark of those old pot stills. Sweet candy corn, dark chocolate and pointed baking spice (clove and cinnamon especially) are the main show. While we’re still not in the same flavor profile as Kentucky, we are moving closer to a traditional bourbon with this one. More reasons why Tom is one of our very favorite American distillers of any kind.

Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 07, 2019

This was quite the interesting bourbon to try. It seemed like it was in its teenage years, wanting to be older and more mature yet still showing signs of its youth. I kept coming back to the nose, initially getting strong notes of wet hay, more and more kept coming though. Blondies, nougat, chocolate, and the lightest cherry syrup kept sneaking up on me, like it was wanting more attention. It was a little more standoffish on the palate, yielding a similar yet deeper flavor of hay and honey mixed with cedar wood. The finish seemed to be a bit more mature, hanging around for a while trying to make intelligent conversation and offering notes of rock candy, cake frosting and baking spices. This was definitely a fun bourbon to try from a smaller producer.

Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 07, 2019

Another winner from Tom’s Foolery. It is rich and balanced with soft and juicy flavors. It is big and intense with vanilla notes coming forward, adding complexity and pleasure to this selection. With a little water it becomes a little more soft and creamy but is still a big and rich beauty.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 06, 2019

Soft and sweet, this is absurdly easy drinking. I had to double check that it was indeed full proof. It is. 54.55% in fact, although you’d never know it from the rounded profile and supple nature. Low in corn, yet high in rye and malted barley, the unique profile here is both sweet and a touch grassy. It’s full of flavor and much more complex than your typical high corn bourbon. It’s honeyed and full of darker sweets like a bowl of granola with dark chocolate chips in it. This is hands down my favorite bourbon we have carried from Tom’s Foolery. Bravo!

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Discover The Whisky Shop BenRiach 2005 WHISKY SHOP EXCLUSIVE – Scotch Whisky News

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BenRiach 2005 Whisky Shop Exclusive

This BenRiach Whisky has been bottled exclusively for The Whisky Shop and is packed with the fruit sweetness that is sure to go down well with our customers. Limited to only 553 bottles and bottled at a cask strength of 56% volume, Cask number 5279.

The nose has red liquorice, spearmint, plumb pudding, rhubarb crumble, custard and fresh oak.

The palette is rich toffee and spearmint, fruity grapes and raisins mixing with freshly ground white pepper and bitter chocolate.

£84.95 – Buy Now

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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 241: Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare Port Ellen – Scotch Whisky News

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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 241: Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare Port Ellen

Mark Dermul, Belgian whiskyblogger, tries another Johnnie Walker. May of 2018 saw the release of the outstanding Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare with Brora. That it would be followed by a Blue Label around that other trophy malt from Diageo – Port Ellen – should surprise no one. While the Brora edition already cost 250 EUR, this one is a little more expense. It was bottled at the unconventional 43.8% ABV. This time around the Ghost refers to Caledonian and Carsebridge (and Port Ellen, of course), while the Rare is represented by Mortlach, Dailuaine, Cragganmore, Blair Athol and Oban.

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Ardbeg invites smoky malt fans to join together in a day of rumbustious revelry – Scotch Whisky News

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Ardbeg invites smoky malt fans to join together in a day of rumbustious revelry

— Celebrate Islay’s rich history of carnivals with a flamboyant Caribbean twist.

Join in the festivities at around the UK for Ardbeg Day 2019 —

Every year, on Ardbeg Day – the last Saturday of Islay’s Festival of Music and Malt, whisky fans gather to celebrate all things Ardbeg. For 2019, Ardbeg is preparing to close out the Feis Ile like never before. In a spectacular Caribbean twist, Ardbeggians everywhere are invited to swap their flat caps for elaborate headdresses as Ardbeg Day embraces a dash of carnival colour.

This year, the Distillery is resurrecting the island’s carnival traditions. In an Islay time gone by on the last day of the Feis Ile Festival, locals transformed everything from tractors to tricycles into magnificent floats. If it had wheels, they decorated it. Honking and tooting its way through Port Ellen and eventually to Ardbeg, this typically Islay cavalcade of colour represents a long-standing love for festivity on the island.

Ardbeg Day will be held on Saturday, 1st June 2019. Inspired by Islay’s rich history of carnivals, Ardbeg will release Ardbeg Drum – a limited edition bottling imbued with the ultimate influence of carnival spirit, rum. In a first for the Distillery, Ardbeg have taken Ardbeg single malt from ex-Bourbon casks and rested it awhile in ex-rum casks from the Americas to coax out tropical tastes.

Distillery Manager Mickey Heads said: “The Ardbeg Day Carnival is about embracing all things tropical. From music and dance to food and fashion, we’re all set to revel in both culture and character. And we’re delighted to introduce Ardbeg Drum – a celebration of all of the mixed up, mashed up influences that make Ardbeg, Ardbeg.

“In Ardbeg Drum, a multitude of complex flavours parade across the palate – fragrant pine resin and woodsmoke dance alongside ripe banana and pineapple. Then lavender, liquorice and vanilla strut into a long, smoky finish.”

“Preparations are well underway, but orchestrating a bash this breathtaking is no mean feat. The finer details are yet to be revealed, but rest assured, the Ardbeg Day Carnival 2019 will be a spectacle you won’t soon forget…”

Like all Ardbeg Days, the carnival crowds won’t just be gathering on Islay. Ardbeggians the world over will join in the rumbustious revelry as Ardbeg Drum is introduced in a flourish of confetti and streamers. Smoky malt lovers should remember that The Ardbeg Day Carnival is open to everybody, so feel free to grab some friends and enjoy the spectacle en masse.

The Committee bottling of Ardbeg Drum will go on sale on 5th March, RRP: £94, exclusively available to purchase only by Committee Members, who will receive a link to purchase their own special bottle. The main Ardbeg Drum bottling will be released just ahead of Ardbeg Day.

For more information about Ardbeg Day celebrations in the weeks ahead, visit www.ardbeg.com

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Ardbeg Day: Every year, the Islay Festival of Malt and Music takes place in May or June on Ardbeg’s island home. On the Festival’s final Saturday, the Distillery would traditionally throw open its doors to welcome fans from all over the world – an event that became known as Ardbeg Day. In 2012 Ardbeg Day became a global event, enabling the whisky’s passionate international following to take part in a worldwide celebration of all things Ardbeg in their own country. Recent Ardbeg Day themes have included the Islay-limpics and the Peat Football World Cup, while in 2017, the Distillery revealed the incredible depth of the first Ardbeg to be matured in Black Sea casks with Ardbeg Kelpie. For 2018, Ardbeg Day became the Ardbeg Festival of Peat & Love as the world celebrated Ardbeg’s ‘grooviest’ casks ever.

Tasting notes: Ardbeg Drum is non chill-filtered and bottled at 46% ABV.

Colour: Dark Gold

Nose: In Drum, fragrant pine resin and woodsmoke dance alongside ripe banana and pineapple in a downright wondrous paradiddle of aromas, before parading into smoked apples and dry cocoa powder. Distant ginger, spiced dates and cinnamon sway into floating notes of lavender.

Taste: On the palate, waves of smoke, tar and creosote cascade into a dry peppery mouthfeel. Clove, liquorice and ginger strut towards rich notes of dark chocolate and smoked vanilla.

Finish: Intense smoke, roasted coffee liqueur and a treasure trove of sweet spices come together in one deliciously complex crescendo.

Ardbeg:
Ardbeg prides itself on being The Ultimate Islay Malt Whisky. Established in 1815, Ardbeg is revered by connoisseurs around the world as among the peatiest, smokiest and most complex of all the Islay malts. Despite its smokiness, Ardbeg is renowned for its delicious sweetness, a phenomenon that has affectionately become known as ‘the peaty paradox’. During the 1980s and 1990s, Ardbeg suffered from an uncertain future and it was not until the brand was purchased by The Glenmorangie Company in 1997 that the Distillery was saved from extinction. Since then, the Distillery has risen like a phoenix and today Ardbeg is well established as a niche, cult malt, with a passionate following.

Ardbeg Committee:
The legacy of the whisky was safeguarded in 2000 by the formation of the Ardbeg Committee. The Committee is made up of thousands of Ardbeg followers worldwide who are keen to ensure that “the doors of Ardbeg never close again”. Today there are members of the Ardbeg Committee in over 130 countries. Committee members are regularly consulted on new bottlings and expressions and are offered exclusive Committee bottlings. Members also receive invitations to special gatherings, tastings and events. The Committee, chaired by Distillery Manager Mickey Heads, is free to join at ardbeg.com.

Awards:
Ardbeg is the world’s most highly awarded smoky single malt whisky. Since 2008, Ardbeg has won more than 50 gold and double gold medals in key whisky competitions. Ardbeg was voted ‘Scotch Whisky of the Year’ twice by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible (2008, 2009) and has twice been awarded ‘World’s Best Single Malt’ at the World Whiskies Awards (2010, 2013). At the 2014 Global Icons of Whisky Awards, Mickey Heads was voted ‘Distillery Manager of the Year’. In 2016, Ardbeg Corryvreckan and Ardbeg Uigeadail were awarded gold medals the the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The following year, Ardbeg Kelpie won World Whisky of the Year at the International Whisky Competition. While in 2018, alongside many more whisky awards, the Ardbeg distillery was awarded Distillery of the Year at the International Whisky Competition.

The Glenmorangie Company:
The Company is one of the most renowned and innovative distillers and marketers of Scotch whisky brands worldwide and is part of Moët Hennessy, the wine and spirits division of Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, the Company produces Glenmorangie Single Highland Malt whisky and Ardbeg Single Islay Malt.

IPL Packaging High-Flying Packaging – Whiskey News

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High-Flying Packaging

A high-end packaging solution to house a particularly exceptional brand; IPL Packaging created a premium box to house a specially crafted crystal bottle with custom-designed eagle stopper for Double Eagle, Very Rare bourbon whisky.

LB Odendaal, IPL Packaging Design and Innovations Manager, explains more regarding the pack design, “We understood that the packaging for Double Eagle, Very Rare, a distinctive new expression crafted by Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky USA, would be the consumer’s first tangible experience with this super-premium brand. It therefore needed to convey a message as unique as the product within it,” explains “We ultimately looked to produce something that would glorify the brand, convey an image of sophistication and value and also tell a ‘luxury story’,” he says.

The result is a showstopper: a high-gloss black lacquered MDF box with aluminium double-door panels, engraved and inlaid with a design resembling eagle feathers, supplied by the client, and complementing the black silkscreen ink-filled logo.

Both the custom-designed bottle and stopper are housed separately in the box, with the eagle shaped stopper mirroring the eagle arising from the interior bottom of the bottle. Upon opening the double doors of the box, both items are illuminated by LED lamps. These also highlight the rich, wonderful colour of bourbon itself.

“Sliding on custom-designed metal rails, with the left hand door hiding a secret compartment containing brand information, the packaging has been designed to enrich the user experience – with the real ‘wow factor’ being the illumination element of the box,” says Odendaal, who explains that the box interior is lined in a tactile grey fabric with black felt at the bottom of the box.

The packaging was designed in such a way that it portrays a sense of reputation and prestige befitting both the brand and its creators; no distillery has earned more domestic and international accolades than Buffalo Trace. Writers, enthusiasts and spirits competitions around the globe have awarded more than 500 accolades to its brands, with the title of ‘world’s most award-winning distillery’ earned through the uncompromising dedication of craftsmen for over 200 years.

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Benromach 1977 Cask #1269 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Benromach 1977 Cask #1269

Single refill American Oak Hogshead, yielding just 122 bottles. A sublime, vibrant, fruity single malt from the Speyside distillery presented in a stunning oak wooden box evoking the impressive washbacks at the distillery.

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Tasting Notes

Take a short inhalation, appreciating the wonderful aromas without water… enjoy the tantalising notes of warm apple pie, poached pear and hints of ginger, mingling with subtle floral notes complemented by rich apricot jam. Now take a sip. Savour the notes of velvety crème brûlée beautifully balanced by undertones of warm pepper. Hints of banana develop, leading to a touch of toffee apple and delicate citrus edge. Add a few drops of water and take time to enjoy the nose as it develops… Vibrant citrus and floral aromas emerge, followed by fragrant vanilla. Now lift it to your lips and enjoy a slow sip… Sweet heather honey and soft peaches mingle with smooth milk chocolate. Candied citrus peel leads to a touch of oak and tobacco on the finish. Sublime!

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Benromach Distillery was designed by Charles C. Diog and constructed at Forres in the Speyside whisky region for D. McCallum and F.W. Burickman in 1898. Following numerus periods of closure, it was purchased in 1993 by < b>Gordon & MacPhail who charged up its single pair of stills in 1998 and have nurtured Benromach ever since. Striking new labelling combined with an increasing range of single malts is forging a very popular brand of single malt whiskies which includes Benromach Organic, Benromach Peatsmoke and Benromach 10 Year Old.

Shop – Benromach 1977 – £1,250

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Sullivans Cove French Oak Cask TD0272 *NEW RELEASE* – Tasmanian Whisky News

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FRENCH OAK CASK TD0272

Cask TD0272 was aged in a 300 litre French oak ex-tawny cask for just over ten years. Bottled at 47.7% ABV, this cask produced only 211 bottles.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Liquorice, pure maple syrup, baked apples, dark chocolate, incense

Palate: Fresh pancakes, coffee, dark toffee and a hint of maple-smoked bacon

Finish: Finely gripping tannins with toasted coconut, ripe cherries, cloves, and a long final note of orange peel

“This cask exhibits impeccable structure, with the sweet and aromatic notes riding on the rich oak perfectly. A great example of our French Oak style.”
Heather Tillott, Production Manager

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