Archive for November, 2019

A Near Finish for Shetland Distillery – Scotch Whisky News

A near Finish for Shetland Distillery

Shetland Reel launch their latest Blended Malt Scotch Whisky as their quest for whisky success steps up a gear.

Shetland Distillery, perhaps best known for its award-winning gins is proud to launch its latest offering a Finished in Shetland Blended Malt Scotch Whisky.  The UK’s most northerly distillery has been distilling a range of gin October 2014 as well as producing a series of award winning blended expressions of malt whisky.  This new whisky will be the first whisky to have been partly matured on Shetland, spending 6 months of its life in sherry casks in the distillery in Unst.  It will build on the success of previous Batches, Batch 1 received a Gold Medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and Batches 2 and 3 received excellent scores of 92 and 94 respectively, from Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.

Stuart Nickerson one of the co-owners and Director, is a veteran of the Scottish whisky industry.  In his long and varied career, he has been distillery manager of Highland Park, Glenrothes, Glenfiddich, Balvenie and GIrvan, distilleries director for William Grant & Sons and brought back the Glenglassaugh distillery from mothballs after 22 years of lying silent.

The distillery Directors are focused on raising investment to install Shetland’s first malt whisky distillery, and the demand for the Shetland blended malt shows that whisky enthusiasts from around the world are waiting for this too.  Exports to date have included, South Africa, Germany, Belgium and Canada – with all 3 batches fully sold out.

Stuart Nickerson said

‘Each batch of our blended malt is prepared from a small number of carefully selected casks of single malt scotch whisky to create an exceptional whisky that is inspired by our distillery location in Unst, Shetland.  It is 100% malt whisky, and with HMRC permission to ‘finish’ at the distillery for up to 6 months, we decided not only to finish it on Shetland but to do so in ex-Oloroso sherry casks to give the whisky another added layer of complexity, flavour and sweetness.

The Finished in Shetland Blended Malt will be available to buy direct for the first time at the Shetland Arts and Crafts Fair on 8th November and on-line.

The Whisky Shop ” Full Game of Thrones Single Malt sets including the NEW Mortlach 15 Year Old Six Kingdoms” – Scotch Whisky News

Game of Thrones Single Malt Collection
FULL SETS

Don’t miss out on your chance to own the full Game of Thrones Single Malt collection, including the brand new Mortlach 15 Year Old Six Kingdoms!

Buy the full set today!

Game of Thrones Whisky Collection (Set of 9)

9 x 70cl bottles

£518.00

Pre-order Now

Orders will be dispatched w/c 25th Nov. We expect demand to be high and stock is very limited. Don’t miss out, place your order now!

Bimber Single Malt is available for ordering now from Tyndrum Whisky – English (London) Whisky News

Bimber

First general release bottle available now. Lauded over, fawned over, this it not to be missed. The 1st general release bottling from Bimber Distillery, is available to order from now. This Bimber Small Batch release is the FIRST General Release bottling from them, crafted from a vatting of heavily charred American oak casks laid down in 2016.

The barrels were hand Charred by their own Cooper in London. This deep charring process caramelises the wood sugars and influences the whisky by imparting distinctively sweet, rich, smooth and fruity flavours. Every cask is specially selected, and married together in Bimbers hand-made Vat, before being bottled.

Whisky Maker’s Notes

NOSE: Orchard fruits and spit-roasted pineapple chunks are sweetened with honey, nougat and cookie dough. Oak smoke and wood char float across the nose, whilst cinnamon and pepper spicing offers an enlivening intensity.
PALATE: Red apples and ripe pears sit alongside banana bread and pineapple juice. Caramel, butterscotch sauce and split vanilla pods combine with layered pepper and ginger spicing and a characterful note of charred oak.
FINISH: Enduring wood smoke supports beautifully fading fruits and perfectly balanced oaky dryness.

This new small batch release is limited to 5,000 individually numbered bottles. From Bimber London Distillery

GET IT HERE

 

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “A Winter’s Tale” – Scotch Whisky News

This month we’re encouraging members to ‘Coorie in’ and there’s nothing better than curling up in front of the fire with a good book and a great dram. We believe every whisky tells a story, enjoy more unique casks that are especially evocative and thought-provoking. With a wonderful diversity of drams to explore, you’d be forgiven for locking the door and throwing away the cork!

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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!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

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Loch Fyne Whiskies “Add the the personal touch with our bespoke engraving service!” – Scotch Whisky News

Add Your Personal Touch

Here in our workshop on the shores of Loch Fyne we do just one thing, and we do it very well. That’s to know what people like in a whisky. You’ve told us everything we need to know and we’ve heard you, because, like whisky, the skill of listening improves with age.

Give the gift of personalised whisky to a friend or loved one. Nothing will brighten up their day better than a new bottle of the water of life, engraved with a personalised message.

Browse The Full Range

Whisky Wednesday Reviews Macallan Estate – Scotch Whisky News

https://youtu.be/88-rQ3XBEuI

A lot of attention on Macallan this month. The NO. 5 Release, breaking their own world record for the sale of a bottle of whisky and i’m a little late with this, but the Macallan Estate release as well. It’s an odd release, very good quality liquid but a hefty price tag and a nice origins story. Cheers!

Whisky Reviews every Wednesday ~ Facebook.com/whiskytube ~ Twitter.com/whiskytube ~ Youtube.com/whiskywednesday

SCOTTISH ARTIST BRINGS PALETTE OF BENRIACH TO LIFE ON CANVAS – Scotch Whisky News

SCOTTISH ARTIST BRINGS PALETTE OF BENRIACH TO LIFE ON CANVAS

Single Malt Scotch Whisky BenRiach has teamed up with an award-winning Scottish artist to bring its sensory palette to life through a series of abstract paintings inspired by the Speyside distillery’s landscape, architecture and kaleidoscope of flavour.

Taking inspiration from the distillery’s extensive library of some of the world’s most eclectic casks housed in Warehouse 13, contemporary landscape artist Ellis O’Connor has been commissioned to create a trio of dramatic landscapes influenced by the 3 casks used to make up the BenRiach 10 Year Old. The deconstruction of this expression will create 3 pieces of art that fuse the flavour palette of BenRiach with Ellis’ signature painting style, the collection will be crafted at her studio on the outer Hebridean island of North Uist before being exhibited in Hackney’s underground bar, TT Liquor during Scotch Whisky Weekend in January 2020.

At the event, Ellis will appear in conversation with the BenRiach team discussing where she found inspiration for these commissions. Guests will get the chance to explore the palette of BenRiach for themselves through a ‘painting by tasting notes’ workshop where Ellis will guide them to explore the depths of BenRiach by harnessing their own creativity.

With a particular focus on the casks used to mature the BenRiach Aged 10 Years, O’Connor draws inspiration from the flavours drawn from the Oloroso sherry, bourbon and virgin oak casks which give a perfect balance of fruit, malt and oak. The bourbon cask gives vanilla and orchard fruits, Oloroso sherry gives the sweet creaminess of the malt and virgin oak gives a touch of toasted spice, all in sublime synchronicity. Following its three-cask maturation for over a decade it has been expertly combined by Master Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie to create a smooth, multi-layered flavour experience, thanks to its multiple eclectic casks from around the world.

Ellis, who originally hails from Dundee, studied fine art at Duncan of Jordanstone art school. Since then she has continued her studies, which has led her to travel to remote lands to partake in a number of artists’ residencies. BenRiach decided that Ellis was right for this partnership due to her unique approach to art, connection to an eclectic audience and love for whisky.

Artist Ellis O’Connor said: “Speyside is renowned for its big skies, fast flowing river and of course, whisky, so when the opportunity arose to bring this climatic corner of Scotland to life on canvas on behalf of its most creative distillery, I jumped at the chance.

BenRiach is packed full of innovation, experimental heritage and flavour and I wanted to depict that through the essence of its flagship whisky BenRiach Aged 10 Years and how it speaks to me through the colours and movement on the canvas. Each canvas will have a distinct colour that explores the flavour profile of the single malt and its cask journey.”

BenRiach Distillery Master Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie added:

“At BenRiach we are known for doing things a little differently, always exploring the creative possibilities of our Speyside malt. We have a creative approach to whisky distilling, cask maturation and blending, which Ellis has embraced in her approach to illustrating BenRiach’s eclectic mix of cask types and rich layers of BenRiach Aged 10 Years. Partnering with this talented young Scottish artist is such a wonderful way to bring BenRiach’s flavour journey to life and we can’t wait to see Ellis’ creations on canvas.”

ABOUT THE BENRIACH DISTILLERY:

Founded in 1898, Benriach Distillery has long been the home of an ingenious and artistic approach to whisky distilling and cask maturation. Today, our creative team of whisky makers continue to explore the flavour possibilities of our hand-crafted Speyside award winning Single Malts. BenRiach is an award winning liquid, including the 35 Year Old being named best Scotch Speyside Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards 2019. Additional prestigious awards include double gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition for a number of expressions and category winner at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2019 for BenRiach Aged 35 Years winning Best Single Malt over 26 years old.

BENRIACH. EXPLORING FLAVOUR SINCE 1898. 

ABOUT ELLIS O’CONNOR:

Ellis O’Connor is a contemporary landscape artist from Dundee, Scotland living on the Outer Hebridean Island of North Uist working in the field of painting and drawing. The dynamic energy to be seen in the paintings are Ellis’ response to observed changes in the Scottish landscape. In order to immerse herself in the environment, Ellis makes much of the artwork on site where extreme weather and the elements find their way into the pieces of art. Ellis describes the process of working outdoors in wild weather as almost ‘performative’.

Some of her inspiration from site visits become the basis for larger works on canvas painted back in her studio. Here, Ellis usually works with oil paint, building up the surfaces using natural substances like sand and dried seaweed.

By producing the artwork she hopes it will give people a chance to connect with that landscape and respect nature that is so wild around us, to then cultivate a deeper understanding and inspire others to make a difference.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE BENRIACH DISTILLERY:      

Visit: www.benriachdistillery.co.uk

Instagram: @BenRiach

Twitter: @BenRiach

Facebook: /TheBenRiach

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON ELLIS O’CONNOR

Visit: ellisoconnor.com

Instagram: @ellisoconnor

Twitter: @ellisoconnor

Facebook: @ellisoconnor

Mulberry Bank Auctions “Upcoming Whisky Cask Sale on Wednesday 27th November at 2pm” – Whisky News

Upcoming Whisky Cask Sale on Wednesday 27th November at 2pm.

We have a number of excellent casks from across the Highlands and Islands – not forgetting Speyside!

If you are a true lover of Islay, and of Bruichladdich Distillery in particular, we have casks of Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte and Lochindaal, a trio of different expressions from the famous re-born distillery on the shores of Loch Indaal.  There is also an exceptional cask of Bruichladdich 1989 which has now reached a very significant age for bottling.

Campbeltown was once considered the whisky capital of Scotland and is represented by two casks in the sale, one cask of Glen Scotia 1992 which is always very popular and a very special cask of Springbank 1992 which is a rare cask of the first truly organic Single Malt Scotch Whisky produced in Scotland by Springbank for Da Mhile Whisky and laid down to mature in ex-sherry hogsheads.  This cask has now passed its 27th birthday and is perfect for bottling now or to hold on to for its 30th birthday!

The Highlands and Speyside are nowadays the home of the bulk of Scotch Malt Whisky Distilleries with some cracking Single Malts available from distilleries that are less well known to the general public or who rarely release official bottlings.  We have a number of casks available from this region including a rich and sherried Aultmore 2009; an elegant Linkwood 2008 and a young Royal Brackla that was maturing in an ex-sherry Butt and has now been re-racked into a fresh Fenando de Castilla Oloroso Sherry Hogshead – definitely a whisky to watch out for!

As usual we will be holding a Pre-sale Tasting Event at The Trades House in Ingram Street, Glasgow.  A limited number of tickets are available so drop us line on 0141 225 8181 or e-mail stewarts@mulberrybankauctions.com to reserve a ticket.

The full printed catalogue should be released asoon, to request a copy contact us using the same details, we will also send out digital copies of the catalogue as soon as it is ready.

Littlemill 26yr The Whisky Barrel Exclusive Last Bottles… – Scotch Whisky News

Littlemill 26 Year Old TWB Exclusive

Bottled in 2015 by Hunter Laing, a while before exclusive bottlings fully took off. We’ve brought this old stalwart into the 2019 limelight. A wonderful chocolatey whisky. Last bottles, featuring a now historic TWB logo!

Buy – Littlemill 26 Year Old 1988 – £299.95

THE STORIES BEHIND THE DRAM: THE RARE BALVENIE STORIES RANGE ARRIVES IN CANADA – Scotch Whisky News

THE STORIES BEHIND THE DRAM: THE RARE BALVENIE STORIES RANGE ARRIVES IN CANADA

The newest collection of rare whiskies from The Balvenie represent tales of character and craft, made by hand at The Balvenie Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland.

Toronto, ON- The much anticipated Balvenie Stories collection arrives in select Canadian markets just in time for holiday and gift-giving season.

“The Balvenie Stories collection is about paying tribute to the craftmanship and the people behind the creation of this handcrafted whisky,” comments Jamie Johnson, Canadian Brand Ambassador, The Balvenie. “It is a celebration of the craft, tradition and technique behind each barrel, each bottle, each dram.”

Featuring three new expressions in The Balvenie Stories range, arrival of the new releases will be staggered in Canada. Just in time for the…

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