Archive for August, 2020

A. D. Rattray Casks of Scotland – Scotch Whisky News

Our Casks of Scotland range are small batch single malt Scotch whiskies that capture the spirit of a whisky region and the warmth found in the people, the land and the whisky they craft. Our range has something to suit every taste and every mood.

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Tennants September Whisky Sale – Whisky Auction News

Tennants Auctioneers, The Auction Centre, Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 5SG

Tel: 01969 623780 Email: enquiry@tennants-ltd.co.uk Website: www.tennants.co.uk

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A good selection of bottles are on offer from every Whisky region in Scotland, with an interesting mix of rare collectable bottles and affordable lots to drink.

Macallan continues to dominate the market, and the top bottles of whisky in the sale hail from the renowned highland distillery. On the top shelf is The Macallan 30 Years Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky (estimate: £5,500-6,500), and The Macallan 25 Years Old Anniversary Malt (estimate: £2,000-3,000). A rare bottle, the Anniversary Malt was a special bottling in 1985, marrying two sherry matured casks of single malt whisky which were distilled in 1958 and 1959.

Good age statements to look out for include the Tomatin 36 Year Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky; distilled in small batches in the Highland distillery south of Inverness, this bottle is number 14 of 800 in Batch 3 (estimate: £500-700). A Littlemill 1983 20 Year Old Single Lowland Malt Whisky, bottled by Direct Wines Ltd for their First Cask range (estimate: £200-400) is also of note, as is a 1980s bottling of Glenfarclas 25 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (estimate: £400-600). Also of note to collectors is a bottle of Cambus 25 Year Old Single Grain Scotch Whisky (estimate: £120-180). Cambus was a distillery perched on the border between the Highland and Lowland regions, which closed in 1993; this is an independent bottling by That Boutique-Y Whisky Company and is number 280 of 349 bottles.

The Macallan 30 Years Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky – Estimate: £5,500-6,500

SALE:               Fine Wine & Whisky

Auction:           26th September 2020

Venue:             Tennants Auctioneers, Harmby Road, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 5SG

Details:            www.tennants.co.uk

ABOUT TENNANTS 

  • Tennants Auctioneers is a fourth-generation family business and is one of the UK’s largest international Antiques and Fine Art auctioneers. Situated in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, Tennants holds over 80 sales a year.
  • Tennants connects more than 200,000 buyers and sellers a year.
  • As a family business, Tennants stays true to its Yorkshire heritage and offers its clients unrivalled service, expertise and value.
  • In 2014 Tennants expanded the Auction Centre to 80,000sq ft with the development of The Garden Rooms – a dedicated venue for events, weddings, conferences and exhibitions. The venue is one of the region’s largest event spaces with a capacity of over 600 people.

375 PARK AVENUE SPIRITS AND THE RENOWNED JOURNEYMAN DISTILLERY OF MICHIGAN FORGE PARTNERSHIP IN THE U.S. MARKET – American Whiskey News

375 PARK AVENUE SPIRITS AND THE RENOWNED JOURNEYMAN DISTILLERY OF MICHIGAN FORGE PARTNERSHIP IN THE U.S. MARKET

Louisville, KY (August 20, 2020)—Superior brand specialist, 375 Park Avenue Spirits, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a supply and distribution agreement with Journeyman Distillery effective January 1, 2021.  Under this agreement, 375 Park Avenue Spirits and Sazerac Company’s Bond and Royal craft division will assume responsibility for all sales and operational functions and will support the brand’s marketing efforts.

“When we explore potential strategic partners, it goes without saying that we evaluate the brand proposition, but we also want to ensure that we share a common vision with the owners and that they’re a good cultural fit for what we’re building.  I can honestly say unequivocally that’s the type of long-term partner we’ve found in Bill and Johanna Welter from Journeyman,” said Jason Schladenhauffen, president and CEO of 375 Park Avenue Spirits.  “From the history surrounding the building that now serves as the distillery, to the brand being 100% grain to bottle and certified organic, the unique points of difference and authenticity permeate from this brand like very few in the industry.  Couple all of that with the award-winning liquids that Bill and his team cultivate and our team feels poised to deliver big things for this portfolio in the years to come.”

Founded in 2010 by husband and wife team Bill and Johanna Welter, Journeyman Distillery opened its doors to the public in 2011. There was no great fanfare in the early days, setting the tone for business on the tail end of the Great Recession, at a time when few even recognized what craft distilling was. The Welters and three employees, bursting with entrepreneurial spirit and the American dream of creating their own startup, had high hopes and aspirations of owning and operating a multigenerational business.

“We welcome the opportunity to work with a world-class organization in 375 Park Avenue Spirits,” said Bill and Johanna Welter.  “In an effort to maintain one of our core visions of creating a multigenerational, family owned and operated business, we feel that the collaboration, with the like-minded 375 Park Avenue Spirits, will advance that mission. With the 375 Park Avenue Spirits expert sales team and guidance, we embrace the challenge for our authentic brand story, heritage, and carefully handcrafted artisan spirits, to reach a wider audience in the US. We are ready to embark on this ‘Adventure of Spirit’ together.”

About Journeyman Distillery:

Journeyman takes its place as one of the first to fire up its stills, during what would later be known as the craft distilling renaissance. Journeyman has focused on a grain to bottle process, creating award winning, certified organic and kosher spirits. We proudly reside in Three Oaks, a town of 1,000 people in the great state of Michigan. Journeyman Distillery is located in an 1800s corset and buggy whip factory once owned and operated by E.K. Warren a: visionary, philanthropist, industrialist, and prohibitionist. The distillery now attracts over 200,000 visitors a year.

Welter, having spent time living in St. Andrews Scotland, fell in love with Scotch whisky. That passion and entrepreneurial spirit would later translate into following his grandfather Bill and father, Chuck in the pursuit of a new kind of family business. Journeyman was born out of the idea of, creating hand crafted spirits, an authentic story, and a passion to take a small company and build it into much more.

With a focus on quality, locally sourced organic and kosher ingredients, and the signature inclusion of wheat across the product line, the once small startup, now boasts over 150 employees and distribution in 19 states and Europe. The family feeling and pride remains strong, as the Welter’s are still active in many facets of the business, in conjunction with building a management team that is an integral part of the evolving scene and growth.

Journeyman is now venturing into a new phase, embarking on a collaboration and partnership with the 375 Park Avenue Spirits team. Together we will work to make Journeyman a household name across America.

 About 375 Park Avenue Spirits

375 Park Avenue Spirits specializes in the premium- to luxury-spirit categories and our portfolio includes numerous expressions from leading international & domestic producers.  Founded as Luctor International, LLC in 1981, 375 Park Avenue Spirits joined the Sazerac Company in early 2015 to act as an independent, yet fully integrated sales and marketing affiliate. The company is known today for creating an environment of growth for supplier partners in the domestic market for renown brands like Van Gogh Vodka from Holland, Sobieski Vodka from Poland, Cutty Sark Blended Scotch, J.P. Wiser’s Canadian Whisky, Paul John Single Malt Whisky from India, Scapegrace Gin from New Zealand, Novo Fogo Cachaca and many others. For more information on 375 Park Avenue Spirits, please visit www.375park.com.

New whisky deals have landed! ✨ at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky news

New whisky deals have landed!

Don’t miss exciting new additions to our whisky sale! Take up to 49% off world-class drams including Oban Distillers Edition, Highland Park 18 Year Old and Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old (complete with free Bunnahabhain mug!). Hurry: these prices are here this week only and while stocks last.

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The Cotswolds Distillery “How to make the perfect Whisky Sour” – English Whisky News

From preventing scurvy on naval ships to becoming a timeless classic, the Whisky Sour is a simple, bittersweet cocktail that everyone should know how to make! The 25th August marks National Whisky Sour Day and so we wanted to share with you all our favourite Whisky Sour recipe using our Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky.

Head over to our latest blog to learn how to make the perfect Whisky Sour with our Head of Mixology, Ollie.

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Cotswolds Distillery
Phillip’s Field, Whichford Road
Stourton
Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire CV36 5EX
United Kingdom

 

The Whisky Shop #SFO WHISKY SALE – Whisky Sale News

Online Whisky Sale!

Get 10% off the following whiskies with the coupon code’VIRTUAL at checkout
10th Street
GlenAllachie
Glen Grant
Gouden Carolus
Macallan
Milk and Honey

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Whisky Magazine Newsletter “Issue 168” – Whisky News

News on your next issue!

We’re delighted to announce that the latest edition of Whisky Magazine, issue #168, publishes shortly. In this issue, our cover feature delves into the story of how Jeff Arnett became the seventh distiller at the iconic Jack Daniel’s Distillery. The story takes us to Lynchburg Tennessee, home of the Old No.7 Black Label whiskey, where we discover how Jeff is taking liquid innovation just as seriously as any other distillery. From maturation in maple barrels for No. 27 Gold, to carving grooves into barrel staves for Sinatra Select and even introducing its first new mashbill in its 134-year history for JD Rye, we find out what’s hiding in the warehouses.

We hope you enjoy this issue

Rob Allanson
Editor-at-Large
Whisky Magazine

FEATURES FOR WHISKY 168

On sale 1st September

Focus on Fils du Roy distillery in Canada

A profile on blender and bottler Denis Charpentier as he launches his latest expressions

Analysis of the Scotch whisky industry’s use of wine casks for flavour

Blind-tasting reviews of new expressions from Ardbeg, Elijah Craig, Kilbeggan and more

Not a subscriber? You can purchase the latest edition online today, with worldwide shipping available!

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Tobermory, Deanston and Bunnahabhain Distilleries unveil stunning new collection of limited-editions – Scotch Whisky News

Tobermory, Deanston and Bunnahabhain Distilleries unveil stunning new collection of limited-editions

Eight exceptional new limited-edition expressions have been unveiled across Distell’s Single Malt Scotch Whisky portfolio – Tobermory, Deanston and Bunnahabhain distilleries

The new expressions promise to appeal to all whisky-lovers – with an array of cask finishes to suit every palate

Mini sample kits will also be available to purchase, for those who want to join in a Global online tasting event with the distillery team later this year

Distell’s award-winning collection of Single Malt Scotch Whisky distilleries, Tobermory, Deanston and Bunnahabhain, are proud to introduce eight exceptional new expressions to the Global market.

The limited edition expressions across the three distilleries each bring unique new colour to the iconic Distell portfolio, with a rich combination of diverse and traditional cask finishes.

The artisan Tobermory Distillery on the island of Mull, known for its ties to art in nature and colourful island influences, has revealed three vibrant new expressions. First off is the Tobermory 2007 Port Pipe Finish (ABV 55.8%), matured first in refill hogsheads before transferring to Port Pipes for its final four years, followed by two of the distilleries Ledaig peated expression; the Ledaig 1998 Marsala Finish (ABV 58.6%), matured for 21 years with four of those spent in Marsala wine casks, and the third and final Collectors Edition 2007 Pedro Xeminez Finish (ABV 55.5%).

Deanston Distillery, hailed for its industrious spirit and sustainable production processes, has also introduced three distinct new expressions. A 2002 Organic Pedro Ximenez finish cask strength (ABV 49.3%); a Deanston 1991 Muscat Finish (ABV 45%), and finally, the Deanston 2002 Pinot Noir (ABV 50%).

Finally, to round off the collection, global favourite Bunnahabhain Distillery, the most northerly of the Islay distilleries, looking over the Sound of Islay, has unveiled two stunning new expressions. First is the Bunnahabhain 2008 Manzanilla Matured (ABV 55.4%), boasting a unique marriage of coastal infused flavours after carefully maturing in former Manzanilla sherry casks for 11 years, alongside the Bunnahabhain Moine 1997 Pedro Ximenez Finish (ABV 50%), – a peppery peated cask-strength single malt.

All of the new expressions are natural in colour and non-chill filtered so their full flavours can be enjoyed as nature intended.

Julieann Fernandez, Master Blender at Distell, said: “Our annual collection of limited-editions always bring the distillery team’s talent and craft to the forefront, with unique takes on our beloved core classics. And this year’s expressions are truly special.

Having been slumbering away in their casks at our distilleries around Scotland, these stunning malts are finally ready for our loyal fans to experience them. With a combined age of nearly 150 years across the eight expressions, we’ve been waiting a very long time to hear what you think.”

The distilleries will be debuting an online tasting of a selection of limited editions exclusively with TopWhiskies on Instagram in the autumn, with a unique IGTV tasting experience with Master Blender Julieann Fernandez, Distillery Manager Andrew Brown and Visitor Centre Manager Dr Billy Sinclair. These limited-edition bottlings will be available for purchase worldwide.

For more information on the new limited-edition expressions, you can visit the distillery websites at:

www.tobermorydistillery.com

www.bunnahabhain.com

www.deanstonmalt.com

Notes: 

Brand Name Bottles Volume (case) Strength
Tobermory 2007 Tobermory Port Finish 3101 516 58.6
Ledaig 2007 PX Cask Finish 1345 224 55.5
Ledaig 1998 Marsala Finish 1126 187 55.8
Deanston 1991 Muscat Finish 1402 234 45.0
Deanston 2002 Organic Pedro Ximenez 3102 517 49.3
Deanston 2002 Pinot Noir 5604 934 50.0
Bunnahabhain Moine 1997 Pedro Ximenez Finish 1661 553 50.0
Bunnahabhain 2008 Manzanilla Matured 9240 3080 52.3

About Tobermory Distillery

Established in 1798, Tobermory is the Isle of Mull’s only whisky distillery and one of the oldest commercial distilleries in Scotland. It sits at the centre of the vibrant island community from which it takes its name. Under the Tobermory distillery name, the artisan Hebridean Distiller produces Tobermory Whisky and Ledaig Single Malts and, for the first time in its history, Tobermory Gin. Today, it is a thriving, expressive and unique distillery, true to its idyllic location on the Hebridean island of Mull.

Inspired by the expressive nature of Mull, a splash of spirit from the Tobermory whisky stills is added to Tobermory Gin to create a unique character. Distilled on the island with a rich palate of hand-selected botanicals including juniper, tea, heather, elderflower, sweet orange peel, and just a little bit of knowledge from 220 years of history. Best served in a balloon glass, with copious amounts of ice, chilled tonic water, and garnished with a sprig of thyme, a slice of fresh red blood orange, and a dash of dried hibiscus flowers.

www.tobermorydistillery.com

About Deanston:

In 1785, the Adelphi Cotton Mill was established. Employing nearly 1,500 people at its peak, the mill founders saw an opportunity in the trade boom of the 1800s and seized it. With success came expansion, their own currency, and – in 1830 – a lade and one of the biggest waterwheels in Europe were installed, before being replaced by electrical turbines in 1949 – the same turbines we’ve come to rely on today.

When in 1965, the cotton mill of Deanston town closed for good, it seemed the community’s days of trading were over. Enter Brodie Hepburn and his entrepreneurial partners. Seeing potential, where others only saw challenges, the industrious consortium identified a new use for the building, lade, and weaving shed. And so, in 1966, Deanston Distillery opened for business, with the very first bottle of Deanston produced 8 years later, in 1974.

www.deanstonmalt.com

About Bunnahabhain:

Established in 1881 and situated on Islay’s most northerly point, Bunnahabhain is the island’s most remote distillery, overlooking a notorious passage of ocean known by seafarers as the sound of Islay. It has long established links to the sea, previously only accessible by boat – with ships loaded up daily before transporting their important whisky cargo back to the mainland for sale.

The word ‘Bunnahabhain’ is Gaelic for ‘mouth of the river’ referring to the Margadale River, its source of pure spring water which is distilled in the island’s tallest stills, creating the renowned malts. It’s the use of pure spring water that is piped to the distillery which gives it its unique light colouring setting it apart from other darker liquids on the Islay landscape. The distillery goes against the grain – quite literally – with a portfolio made up of broadly non-peated expressions, however, its peated Toiteach A Dhà expression recently won in the Scotch Islay: No Age Statement category at this year’s World Whiskies Awards. Bunnahabhain took home a further four titles in the 2020 awards ranging from silver to gold certificates – showcasing the calibre of its range.

www.bunnahabhain.com

Whistle Pig 10 Year Old “K&L Swine Merchants” Single Barrel Cask Strength Straight Rye at K&L California – Canadian Whisky News

Whistle Pig 10 Year Old “K&L Swine Merchants” 102.5 Proof Single Barrel Cask Strength Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml) $89.99 View

Barreled Oct. 10, 2008 and bottled in the first quarter of 2020 – this barrel actually comes in at 11 years old. Classic Albeta rye from Whistle Pig sweet and spicy and at the intensity of full proof.

Whistle Pig 15 Year Old “K&L Swine Merchants” 115.6 Proof Single Barrel Cask Strength Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml) $229.99 View

WhistlePig offers one of the most extensive rye barrel programs in the country and with some of the very best whiskey available it has won award after award for its innovative barrel program. The newest edition to the barrel lineup is the 15 year Vermont Estate Oak Finished barrels. The extremely limited 15 year barrels takes Vermont Oak trees from the WhistlePig farm in Shoreham, VT and coopers custom barrels for finishing. The growing season in Vermont is short and this results in an incredibly tight grained wood (more rings in each stave). The already ancient 15 year old whiskey spends an additional 6+ months in the custom toasted and charred barrels. The end result? An incredibly intense whiskey that is amped up to 11. The cask strength bottling can handle a fair bit of water. When you add it, a substantial oil slick will form in your whiskey adding visual proof to the intensity of flavor. 100% Rye. Distilled in Alberta.

Whistle Pig 15 Year Old “K&L Swine Merchants” 115.8 Proof Single Barrel Cask Strength Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml) $229.99 View

WhistlePig offers one of the most extensive rye barrel programs in the country and with some of the very best whiskey available it has won award after award for its innovative barrel program. The newest edition to the barrel lineup is the 15 year Vermont Estate Oak Finished barrels. The extremely limited 15 year barrels takes Vermont Oak trees from the WhistlePig farm in Shoreham, VT and coopers custom barrels for finishing. The growing season in Vermont is short and this results in an incredibly tight grained wood (more rings in each stave). The already ancient 15 year old whiskey spends an additional 6+ months in the custom toasted and charred barrels. The end result? An incredibly intense whiskey that is amped up to 11. The cask strength bottling can handle a fair bit of water. When you add it, a substantial oil slick will form in your whiskey adding visual proof to the intensity of flavor. 100% Rye. Distilled in Alberta.


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