Archive for June, 2019

Roe & Co distillery to open its doors to visitors – Irish Whiskey News

Roe & Co distillery to open its doors to visitors

Visitors will be experience one of the most immersive experiences in whiskey distilling, in the heart of Dublin’s whiskey district

Inspired by one of the biggest names in Irish Whiskey in the 19th century, George Roe, the iconic Guinness Power Station has been regenerated into a new visitor experience and urban distillery. The distillery will distil 14,000 litres of whiskey in every run, with an annual maximum capacity of approximately 500,000 litres of alcohol.

From Friday 21st June, visitors will be welcomed inside the Roe & Co distillery, to see first-hand the operational malt whiskey distilling, hear the hum of production, and witness the copper pot stills from an impressive elevated glass walkway.

During the tour visitors will learn about the history of George Roe, explore the unique process that makes Roe & Co a whiskey like no other and explore the five pillars of flavour in a workshop to uncover their ideal taste profile when it comes to whiskey cocktails. The experience concludes with one of Roe & Co’s World Class cocktails in the showstopping Power House Bar.

The launch of the premium Roe & Co Irish whiskey, distillery and experience has been led by a talented female team in Diageo comprising distillers, blenders, marketeers, bartenders and commercial specialists.

“Our master blender, Caroline Martin began the journey of reimagining Irish whiskey, but we didn’t stop the reinvention there. We are launching a state-of-the-art distillery and experience like no other, led by our extremely talented distiller, Lora Hemy. This boutique experience, which will have a maximum of 16 guests per tour, will ensure visitors can get up close and personal with our remarkable distillery and whiskey, focusing on the five pillars of flavour”

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Gráinne Wafer

Global Brand Director for Roe & Co

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New Zealand’s Largest Whisky Festival is Back! – Whisky News

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New Zealand’s Largest Whisky Festival is Back!

DramFest will return on the 7th & 8th of March 2020 at the Christchurch Town Hall

The Whisky Galore team are delighted to announce that they will be hosting their 7th biennial whisky festival, DramFest, in 2020. This is New Zealand’s largest whisky tasting and education festival and an iconic event in the drinks industry calendar.

*Held over the 7th and 8th of March 2020 at the newly refurbished Christchurch Town Hall – 2 full days of whisky education and tasting.

*There will be a predicted attendance of over 2,000 whisky enthusiasts from all over New Zealand, Australia and as far afield as Europe

*DramFest 2020 will see the New Zealand whisky industry represented in its highest capacity ever

*In excess of 300 different whisky and rum expressions will be available to sample from distilleries, producers and independent bottlers from Scotland, Japan, Ireland, American, New Zealand and around the world

*Over 20 visiting Whisky and Rum experts to attend, many of whom will host exclusive tasting sessions over the course of the weekend

*National Whisky Cocktail Competition – bringing the best of NZ’s bartending community together to compete for a trip to the Glenfarclas Distillery in Scotland

*DramFest Whisky & Rum Trail –  a collaboration with local Christchurch businesses to be involved in the festival and to encourage attendees to explore the city center.

Our visiting experts are coming from all corners of the whisky world, including authors, distillers, producers and independent bottlers. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to interact with those directly involved in the creation, promotion and selection of some of the finest whiskies in the world.

For more information or if you have any questions or queries regarding DramFest, please do not hesitate to contact us. dramfest.co.nz, info@dramfest.co.nz, +64(0)33776824

Loch Lomond 25 Year Old Triple Wood at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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Loch Lomond 25 Year Old
Triple Wood

Uniting the worlds of signle malt and golf, this limited edition from Loch Lomond Whiskies is a partnership with the UK’s most successful golfer, Colin Montgomerie. Created using three styles of cask, including refill American oak, first-fill Limousin oak and Oloroso sherry casks, this expression is limited to just 500 bottles worldwide, each one individually numbered and signed by Colin Montgomerie.

This triple wood maturation brings Loch Lomond’s characteristic fruity profile to the fore with notes of peach and pear emerging alongside subtle floral notes before clove and cinnamon spices in the finish.

70cl / 46.3% abv

£250.00

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Chieftain’s Littlemill 28 Year Old at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Littlemill 28 Year Old

1990 vintage single cask hogshead bottled May 2019 for the Chieftan’s series. 290 bottles. Littlemill Distillery was established in 1772 to the west of Bowling by the north shore of the River Clyde and on the main road into Glasgow. Subsequent modifications during the 1930s resulted in a number of novel features including double ventilation towers which sat over a single drying kiln and pot stills with rectifiers rather than the traditional swan necks. The combination of pot and column stills in Littlemill Distillery was designed to produce malt whiskey which was expected to mature quickly. When production ceased in 1992 Littlemill Distillery was the oldest working malt whisky distillery in Scotland. Closed in 194 and demolished in 2006 and now Littlemill is a lost Scottish distillery although the shell of the manager’s house remains.

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Whisky Hammer June 2019 Auction Ends Soon! – Whisky Auction News

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JUNE AUCTION ENDS SOON!
(ends Sunday 23rd  June)

…place your bids at www.whiskyhammer.co.uk

With an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits there is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest, enjoy!

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Katie Renshaw Named 2019 U.S. Bartender of the Year During USBG World Class Sponsored by Diageo – Whisky News

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Katie Renshaw Named 2019 U.S. Bartender of the Year During USBG World Class Sponsored by Diageo

Renshaw Mastered Sensory-Rich, High-Tech Cocktail Challenges Against the Backdrop of Bulleit Distilling Co.’s New Visitor Experience to Earn Trip to Global Finals in Scotland

SHELBYVILLE, Ky.June 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Now in its eighth year, the United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) World Class Sponsored by Diageo announced Katie Renshaw as the 2019 U.S. Bartender of the Year following a two-day, five-challenge competition that culminated at the brand new, immersive, soon-to-open Bulleit Distilling Co. Visitor Experience on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®. Based in Chicago, IL Renshaw’s flawless attention to detail and outside-the-box thinking immediately caught the eye of the judges’ table leading her to win the Bulleit Final Frontier Challenge as well as the national title. In addition to winning the title of 2019 U.S. bartender of the year, Renshaw will collaborate with the Bulleit Distilling Co. bar manager to create signature cocktails that provide visitors a premium and innovative experience at the new Bulleit Distilling Co. cocktail bar.

The competition brought together 15 of the nation’s top bartenders who are pushing craft mixology’s boundaries through innovative cocktails perfect for food pairings, flavor profile assessments and more with the ultimate goal of representing the U.S. at the global competition in Glasgow, Scotland this September. This year’s USBG World Class Sponsored by Diageo U.S. applicant pool saw thousands of talented individuals from around the country compete in regional challenges that tested creativity and spirits knowledge, as well as speed, precision and presentation. In total, only 15 bartenders advanced to nationals that were hosted in Lexington, KY and culminated with Finals at Bulleit Distilling Co.’s Visitor Experience in Shelbyville, KY, just forty-five minutes from Louisvilleand Lexington.

“Winning United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) World Class Sponsored by Diageo has been one of my biggest dreams since I started bartending, especially with getting a pass-off from Lauren Newman who I competed with last year, and who really inspired me to be myself in this competition,” said Katie Renshaw.

Between June 9th and June 10th, competitors showcased their abilities to seamlessly merge art and science, and taste and technology, to create cocktails featuring a selection of Diageo Reserve brands including Bulleit® Bourbon, CIROC® Vodka, Johnnie Walker® Blended Scotch Whisky, Ketel One® Vodka, Tanqueray No. TEN® Gin, Tequila Don Julio®, TALISKER® Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Zacapa® Rum. This final round of competition was judged by a mix of six award-winning cocktail bar owners, and nationally and globally recognized beverage industry influencers, including 2018 US winner Laura Newman, 2018 Global winner Orlando Marzo and acclaimed bartenders and educators such as Julie Reiner, Anu Elford, Jackson Cannon and Charles Joly.

The USBG World Class Sponsored by Diageo mission is to unite the hospitality industry to advance professional bartending and elevate the craft. This is the eighth year for the U.S., and the 11th year globally. While the competition takes place in the spring and summer, education and events occur year-round. Day one in Lexington drew upon Kentucky’s heritage, asking first for a complementary or contrasting cocktail to pair with a classic Southern dessert staple, followed by a second challenge to create a best-selling signature drink that fit within a fictitious restaurant’s theme and dinner menu. Day two’s challenges at Bulleit Distilling Co.’s Visitor Experience were inspired by the whiskey brand’s frontier spirit and commitment to technology + culture. Each cocktail used a cutting-edge technique or unexpected technology that took skill, imagination and outside the box collaboration. Two speed rounds completed the competition featuring a challenge to mix, pour and garnish six classic cocktails and two wild card drinks highlighting a DIAGEO Reserve Brand that was assigned at random, all the while engaging with the judges in 10 minutes or less.

“Each year I think I’ve seen it all with the awesome level of skill and passion this competition inspires,” said Aaron Gregory Smith, Executive Director of the USBG. “But every year I am blown away. The talent pool is deep, but the best part is the continued opportunity for growth and success that exists within our tight-knit bartending community.”

Taylor Blades, Director of On Premise for Diageo North America adds, “The creativity and commitment to the craft we saw from this year’s competitors is outstanding. Being able to partner with USBG on such an empowering program and hosting it at Bulleit Distilling Co.’s incredible new Visitor Experience that speaks to the power of partnership with bartenders around the country, is an honor.  The last eight years have been incredible, and it’s just the beginning.”

USBG World Class Sponsored by Diageo finalists also enjoyed a sneak peek behind the scenes at Bulleit Distilling Co.’s new Visitor Experience that will open soon this summer. From a technologically advanced, sensory-rich bar experience, to eco-friendly and sustainable practices throughout the facility, the finalists were the first guests hosted – appropriate for a brand built by bartenders and named as the best-selling brand at the world’s best bars for multiple years by Drinks International.

Cocktails created for the duration of this year’s competition can be found on Twitter and Instagram using the handle @WorldClassUS. When showcasing your own mixology or sampling award-winning recipes from this year’s competitors, USBG World Class Sponsored by Diageo reminds you to do so responsibly.

FLEX YO HUSTLE
Created by 2019 U.S. Bartender of the Year Katie Renshaw

Ingredients: 
1 oz Bulleit 10 
1 oz Bulleit Bourbon 
1 oz coconut milk-oolong syrup
0.5 oz lemon juice
0.5 oz lime juice
1 oz cardamom-infused cream
1 egg white
Soda water
1/4 cup coffee-bourbon caviar

Preparation:

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, shake, and pour into a collins glass over a collins spear ice cube. Garnish with Coconut ash, engraved lemon peel

Ideal Serve:
Collins Glass

For additional information about the program and for details on the upcoming global competition, follow hashtags #worldclassus, worldclass2019 and #roadtoscotland on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out online at http://worldclass.usbg.org and http://usbg.org.

About USBG 
Founded in 1948, the United States Bartenders’ Guild®️ is a non-profit professional society of bartenders and other hospitality professionals uniting the hospitality community to advance professional bartending. The USBG believes that every US bartender achieves greater personal and professional success by connecting to diverse local and national hospitality communities. Through our network of over 40 communities nationwide, the USBG connects members with peer-to-peer learning, expert instruction, community service projects, and skills-based competition.

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

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

About Bulleit: 
Bulleit is one of the fastest-growing whiskeys in America, founded in 1987 by Tom Bulleit, who attributes that growth to bartenders and cultural partners who’ve adopted it as their own. The Bulleit Frontier Whiskey portfolio is distilled and aged in the Bulleit family tradition, using a distinctive high rye recipe, which gives them a bold, spicy taste. Most recently, Bulleit Barrel Strength Bourbon won a Double Gold medal and Best Straight Bourbon at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Now ranked as one of the fastest-growing whiskeys in America, Bulleit Distilling Co. calls Shelbyville, Ky. home since the 2017 opening of its state-of-the-art distillery and the much-anticipated spring 2019 opening of its high-tech and sensory-rich Visitor Experience. Guests will have the opportunity to learn more about the past, present and future of Bulleit when visiting this latest addition to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®. For more information, visit www.bulleit.com or follow @Bulleit on Instagram.

Follow us on Twitter for news and information about Diageo North America: @Diageo_NA.

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Beer Finished Whiskey is Foundation of Collaboration Between Indie Whiskey Producer, Oak & Eden, and Craft Brewer, Rahr & Sons – American Whiskey News

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Beer Finished Whiskey is Foundation of Collaboration Between Indie Whiskey Producer, Oak & Eden, and Craft Brewer, Rahr & Sons 

Dallas-based indie whiskey producer, Oak & Eden has announced the upcoming release of their third small batch creation, The Ale Series, a two-part product collaboration with Rahr & Sons Brewery (Fort Worth, TX) to create Rahr Soaked Malted Oak and Rahr Soaked Hopped Oak. As with all products in the Oak & Eden lineup, these collaborative expressions begin with Oak & Eden’s fully aged whiskey before they are finished with their patented “spire” — a 5” long spiral cut piece of wood that finishes the whiskey in the bottle, as opposed to a secondary barrel. The Rahr Soaked Malted Oak consists of Oak & Eden bourbon infused with a heavily toasted American Oak spire soaked in Rahr & Sons Iron Thistle Scottish Ale. The Rahr Soaked Hopped Oak consists of Oak & Eden rye infused with a lightly toasted American Oak spire soaked in Rahr & Sons Dadgum IPA.

“This has been a collaboration like no other,” says Joe Gillidenzopf, CEO of Oak & Eden, “Most people wouldn’t think beer and whiskey would go hand-in-hand, but the unique combination of sweet, oaky notes coming from our whiskey, mixed with the depth and character of Rahr & Sons beers produce a rich sensation of whiskey on the palate with beer on the finish.”

The Ale Series will be releasing in June 2019 and will be on the shelves early July in Texas and Oklahoma. To learn more, visit oakandeden.com/rahr.

SMOKEHEAD ‘TAKE OVER’ THE BLACK CAT – Scotch Whisky News

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SMOKEHEAD ‘TAKE OVER’ THE BLACK CAT

WHAT: Smokehead Islay Single Malt Whisky will be throwing a one-off night that’s not for everyone at The Black Cat in Edinburgh. A high voltage folk music session kicks off from 9:30pm as well as a fiery show from Beltane organiser Lasadh at 10pm. Smokehead serves will be on offer throughout the night, including a Smokey Bloody Mary, Smokey Caipirinha and Smokehead & Irn Bru reduction Old Fashioned.

WHY: Smokehead Islay Single Malt Whisky has teamed up with renowned global biking sensation Tyler Lunceford, challenging him to create his boldest motorcycle ever. US born, he recently moved to Edinburgh and opened a workshop in Leith, and will produce a custom Ducati for Smokehead. The project is at the halfway point (let’s celebrate at the Black Cat) and will run until September 2019, when the finished model, ‘The Smoker’, will be unleashed: https://www.smokehead.com/the-refinery Tyler will be in attendance on the night.

HOW: Smokehead is not for everyone, but this event is open to everyone.

WHEN: The event is on Thursday, June 20th 2019 at 9pm – 1am

WHERE: The Black Cat, 168 Rose St, Edinburgh EH2 4BA

Please drink responsibly. www.drinkaware.co.uk

The Black Cat Facebook event

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NOTES 

About Smokehead:

  • Smokehead is an Islay Single Malt Whisky and has been given a bold new look by Ian Macleod Distillers.
  • Originally launched in 2006, Smokehead has been labelled the wild one of Single Malt Whisky and is not for everyone.
  • Award-winning premium Scotch whisky that has an attitude-led positioning and heavily peated taste. 

About Ian Macleod Distillers:

  • Established in 1933, Ian Macleod Distillers is one of Scotland’s leading independent, family-owned distillers, blenders and bottlers.
  • Ian Macleod Distillers is the world’s 10th largest Scotch Whisky company, producing and selling over 15 million bottles of spirits every year.
  • Ian Macleod Distillers has built up an enviable portfolio of premium quality spirits and is proud brand proprietor of Glengoyne, Tamdhu, Rosebank and Smokehead Scotch whiskies and Edinburgh Gin to name but a few.

The Whisky Shop “Take a look at our 2 (TWO!) brand new and exclusive Single Cask releases” – Scotch Whisky News

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The Whisky Shop Exclusive
Single Cask Releases 

What’s better than one brand new single cask release? Two brand new single cask releases! 

That’s right, we have two brand new and exclusive single cask bottles from Loch Lomond Whiskies and Old Pulteney, and we’re so pleased to finally share them with you!

Scroll down to learn more about these two fantastic new releases, exclusive to The Whisky Shop

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Loch Lomond 2004 Single Cask

Distilled in October 2004 and matured for more than 14 years in a single cask (#15/624-1), this Highland single malt has been bottled exclusively for The Whisky Shop in May 2019. Released at a cask strength of 54.4% abv free from chill filtration, just 267 bottles have been produced.

70cl / 54.4% abv

£110.00

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Old Pulteney 2007 Single Cask

Described as the Maritime Malt, Old Pulteney is distilled in the port of Wick, Caithness. This expression was laid down in 2007 in cask number 1471. Matured for more than a decade in a single cask, this Highland single malt was bottled in 2019 exclusively for The Whisky Shop, producing just 408 individually numbered bottles at a strength of 50.2% abv.

70cl / 50.2% abv

£110.00

Laphroaig 28yo at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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Laphroaig 28 Year Old

This limited edition from Laphroaig distillery has matured for more than a quarter of a century in casks of various sizes, from quarter casks to butts, before being married in sherry casks for 12 months to harmonise the flavours. Bottled at 44.4% abv and presented in a beautifully crafted wooden display case.


Was £560.00

NOW £460.00

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