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APRIL FOOLS WHISKY: A SURPRISE REVEAL – Scotch Whisky News

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APRIL FOOLS WHISKY: A SURPRISE REVEAL

The Whisky Exchange introduces an exclusive, extra special whisky for April Fool’s Day. And like the best jokes, it may look simple upon first glance, but there’s a lot going on underneath…

The famed spirits retailer is keeping key elements of this limited edition whisky hidden until 6.00am on 1 April when all will be revealed to its customers. Maintaining the mystery, the label of the bottle has been printed with an ink sensitive to UV light, hiding details until a torch, included with every purchase, reveals the hidden text.

A visible statement declares ‘Extremely young, I wish I were older’ as a tactic to retain the illusion of the whisky’s true age which is really 30 years old. (Embargoed until 6am on 1st April)

Details 

  • 7% ABV
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Available to purchase from thewhiskyexchange.com on Thursday 1st April, 6am-12pm, while stocks last
  • https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/feature/aprilfools
  • 30 years old
  • Priced at £150
  • Just 869 bottles are available to buy
  • Matured in first-fill Bourbon casks
  • Tasting notes from Billy Abbott, Brand Ambassador at The Whisky Exchange: 

Nose: A complex cake to start: layered lemon drizzle and victoria sponge, filled with butter cream. Notes of gummi bear and mint imperial float in around the sides, accompanied by growing pineapple and pear. Spicy notes of black pepper and nutmeg build through the middle, leading to sweet, butterscotch-and-orange-studded sugar cookies.

Palate: The lemons are back and lead the way – lemon drizzle cake topped with candied lemon slices. The gummi bears sit alongside the citrus, joined by spiced spongecake and white chocolate. Sweet cream and milk bottle sweets follow, with slowly developing mint fondant. The leafy and spicy notes round things out, with hint of aniseed and a handful of herbal lozenges.

Finish: Sweet and buttery to start, with aniseed and nutmeg building before fading to leave vanilla butter cookies and a hint of mint cream.

Comment: Don’t let the date fool you – this whisky is not only real, but it shows its true colours in the glass.

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Website link : https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/feature/aprilfools

Introducing video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNrJxnRztWQ

ABOUT THE WHISKY EXCHANGE

Founded in 1999, The Whisky Exchange is the leading global retailer of whiskies and fine spirits, with an award-winning online shop and three shops located in the heart of London at Covent Garden, Great Portland Street and London Bridge.

As a family company, The Whisky Exchange believes in excellent products at competitive prices and exceptional service. The company’s philosophy is simple – never rest on your laurels. The team, led by founders and brothers Sukhinder and Rajbir Singh and buyer Dawn Davies MW, is constantly trying to find new products with genuine heritage and quality in all drinks categories, while continuing to innovate and ensure its website and shop are the best in the business. Above all, the company is built on its amazing range and its people, and is responsible for the loyal and ever-expanding fan base from around the world.

The Whisky Exchange in numbers: 4,000 whiskies including 3,000 single malt Scotch whiskies; 500 Cognacs and Armagnacs; 600 rums; 300 gins; 200 bourbons; 150 Tequilas; three shops.

London Shops

2 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9HH / Tel: 020 7100 0088

90-92 Great Portland Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7NT / Tel: 020 7100 9888

(New) 88 Borough High Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 1LL / Tel: 020 7631 3888

Online

www.thewhiskyexchange.com / Tel: 020 8838 9388

Beam Suntory to Invest in £6 Million Restoration and Upgrade of Glen Garioch’s Distillery in Oldmeldrum – Scotch Whisky News

Beam Suntory to Invest in £6 Million Restoration and Upgrade of Glen Garioch’s Distillery in Oldmeldrum

16 March 2021 – Beam Suntory, a leading global premium spirits company, is making a significant £6 million investment in Glen Garioch’s renowned distillery in Oldmeldrum. The renovation will see the distillery return to more traditional production processes, while also introducing new cutting-edge technology for direct-fired distillation. The planned changes will also reduce the distillery’s carbon footprint. Work began in 2020, and various stages are expected to be completed over the course of 2021.

The cornerstone of this transformation will be the reintroduction of floor maltings as well as the installation of direct-fired heating to the wash still – traditional methods still used by only a handful of whisky distilleries. The return to these traditional processes is a sign of Glen Garioch’s deep respect for its rich heritage, as well as the complexity and quality of its small batch, hand-crafted Highland single malt.

To complement this return to tradition, Glen Garioch has developed a state-of-the-art, highly efficient and safe method for direct fired distillation, which Beam Suntory anticipates will reduce the distillery’s carbon footprint by around 15%.

The first new make spirit will come off the stills later in 2021.

Kwanele Mdluli, Distillery Manager, commented: “We are proud to make this investment in Glen Garioch’s historic distillery, and we’re excited about the future. Although these traditional distilling and malting methods are rare in today’s industry, our teams have deep expertise and passion for these methods, and we’re all looking forward to bringing them back to our distillery. We are honoured to be a part of Glen Garioch’s long tradition of innovation and quality craftsmanship.”

Francois Bazini, Beam Suntory’s Managing Director – Scotch, Gin & Irish, added: “Coming from one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries, Glen Garioch is a rare find – a complex, hearty Highland malt, produced only in small batches. Our whisky has always been made with extraordinary care, and by reinvigorating its distillery and tapping into the brand’s rich history, we’ll be able to build on the quality and complexity that Glen Garioch is already known for. Although we’re looking to the past for inspiration – we’re opening the next chapter in Glen Garioch’s future.”

Notes:

Beam Suntory is proud to employ more than 360 people in Scotland, the large majority of whom are involved in the production of its renowned Scotch whiskies, including Glen Garioch, Ardmore, Auchentoshan, Laphroaig, Bowmore and Teacher’s.

As a result of these changes to the distillery, Glen Garioch has already doubled its highly skilled distillery operations team (from 7 to 12) and additional hires are planned in 2021.

In returning to these traditional distilling and malting methods, Glen Garioch will undertake significant upskilling of the site team, as well as relying on the skills and experience of site staff who used these processes previously at Glen Garioch, including industry stalwarts such as Kenny “Digger” Grant, as well as the expertise of our sister distilleries on Islay, who also employ traditional floor maltings.

About Glen Garioch
One of the oldest operating distilleries in Scotland, Glen Garioch has been making its Single Malt Scotch Whisky in the historic market town of Oldmeldrum, near Aberdeen in North East Scotland, since 1797.

About Beam Suntory Inc.
As a world leader in premium spirits, Beam Suntory inspires human connections. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands, Suntory whisky Kakubin and Courvoisier cognac, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s and Legent bourbon; Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki and Toki Japanese whisky; Teacher’s, Laphroaig, Bowmore and Glen Garioch Scotch whisky; Canadian Club whisky; Hornitos and Sauza tequila; EFFEN, Haku and Pinnacle vodka; Sipsmith and Roku gin; and On The Rocks Premium Cocktails.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and vision of Growing for Good.  Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan.  For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com

AURORA SPIRIT- THE NORTHERNMOST DISTIILLERY IN THE WORLD – Norwegian Whisky News


UNIQUE WHISKY WAREHOUSE OPENED IN THE ARCTIC

The northernmost distillery in the world opens a new, Viking inspired warehouse.

Aurora Spirit, the worlds northernmost distillery is pleased to announce the completion of their new warehouse, situated at 69 degrees north in Arctic Norway.

The distillery already uses ex NATO / WW2 bunkers to mature its spirits underground, however the new warehouse is situated above ground to deliberately face more exposure to the Arctic elements.

The design is based on a modern Viking longhouse, constructed in massive wood by local builders on solid rock foundations. Temperatures can be extreme in the Arctic with winters to minus 17 and summers, although short lived, peaking just above 20 degrees. A unique feature of the warehouse is the turf roof, harping back to traditional Viking / Norwegian buildings, this not only looks good but has a very practical use.

The turf, planted with local grasses and wild flowers, protects the building from the direct sunlight in the summer and insulates the building in the winter. The inside is almost cathedral like with strong arches
from floor to ceiling supporting the structure, subtle and atmospheric lighting also adds to the experience.

The design is not only based on efficient and effective maturation temperatures and air flow for the casks, but also designed to be a unique visitor experience. There is ample safe access to view the casks, take in the atmosphere and smell the aroma of maturing whisky. The tasting zone has displays of the casks used and an intimate bar area to relax and taste some distillery exclusive whiskies or enjoy a dram drawn directly from the cask. Again this area is constructed in wood using recycled off cuts from the construction, old casks and staves.

Inside the warehouse is now filling up, there are some unique single casks and a vast amount of experimental maturation going on. Lurking in corners you may find some Sauterne casks, Mezcal, Rum, Rye, Madeira and many others.

Contact info:
Tor Christensen, CEO
Aurora Spirit Distillery AS
Phone: (+47) 91904260
Epost: post@auroraspirit.com
Lyngseidet, 9060 Lyngseidet
NORWAY
www.auroraspirit.com

Virtual GlenAllachie Distillery Tasting with The Inverurie Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

A Virtual Tasting with Ben Chambers from the Speyside GlenAllachie Distillery Friday 22nd April 7pm

£30.00

 

 

Loch Fyne Whiskies ‘Glen Scotia Campbeltown Festival 2021’ *SOLD OUT* – Scotch Whisky News

Limited Release:
Glen Scotia 10 Year Old Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Finish
Campbeltown Malts Festival 2021

Campbeltown may be the smallest of Scotland’s whisky regions yet it is steeped in the most history and at one point was known as the malt capital of the world. Locals speak of humorous tales of warehouse casks bursting and whisky flowing the streets, with neighbours out on the roads with pots and pans to pinch a taste. There are even songs sung from the region:

“Oh Campbeltown Loch, ah wish ye were whisky,
Campbeltown Loch, och-aye!
Oh Campbeltown Loch, I wish ye were whisky,
I would drink ye dry!”

Once a town full to the brim of some 30+ distilleries, there is a festival in May every year to celebrate this rich heritage.

Here is a lovely old photo from the port👇

This limited release 10-year-old is completely unpeated, firstly matured using first fill bourbon casks with a five month finish in Bordeaux red wine barrels from the Medoc region of France. Once the Master Blender, Michael Henry, is happy with the balance between the honey sweetness from the bourbon casks and the red fruit spice from the red wine barrels, the whisky is married in refill bourbon casks and then bottled at a cask strength of 56.1% ABV. Natural in colour and free from chill filtration.

On the nose there are crushed red berries, floral notes of rose and violet with heather honey and the classic maritime breeze typical of all Glen Scotia whiskies. The palate has a base of honey and plenty of vanilla sweetness, opening up in vibrancy with strawberry and apple, and lime citrus. The finish is long with spiced notes of cinnamon and star anise.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “LET LOOSE IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS” – Scotch Whisky News

The sun has been peeking out from behind the clouds and slowly but surely, our social restrictions will soon be lifting. That can only mean one thing – April will be the month to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.

Next week’s Outturn will see us explore how outdoor pursuits can be a game-changer in how we taste and enjoy whisky. Whether you’re a fan of extreme sports or maybe more of a gentle stroll, we’re sure to have a whisky for you in our fascinating selection.

And if you can’t wait to get our exploring, we have five intriguing casks from the April Outturn available online in limited amounts at 4pm (UK time) this afternoon. Time to dust off the walking boots!

VIEW NEW BOTTLINGS

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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Whisky Wednesday – Compass Box Hedonism Felicitas 53% – Scotch Whisky News

 

Video for this week.

https://youtu.be/aUk6mNI-XkU 

Laphroaig® Unveils 10 Year Old Sherry Oak – Scotch Whisky News

Laphroaig® Unveils 10 Year Old Sherry Oak

£65 | 48% | 700ml

Available from The Whisky Exchange, Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

London, 23rd March 2021: Beam Suntory’s Laphroaig is excited to announce the launch of 10 Year Old Sherry Oak – a new take on its iconic single malt, and a welcome addition to the core range – available from Monday 12th April at The Whisky Exchange, Whisky Shop and Master of Malt.

Finished in Oloroso sherry casks for twelve to eighteen months, this new expression combines the unforgettable flavour of the Laphroaig 10 Year Old with the sweet and aromatic flavours of the sherry casks. Each cask has been carefully selected to compliment the distinct taste of Laphroaig, adding a complexity and balance which is sure to excite Laphroaig lovers everywhere.

Laphroaig Sherry Oak shines an auburn and tawny colour, and has a rich, full bodied flavour. The marriage of casks creates notes of Manuka honey, bacon, and maple syrup, alongside the classic smoke, seaweed, and hint of salt that Laphroaig is known and loved for. As with all Laphroaig expressions, the finish is long-lasting, sweet, and spicy.

Since 1815 Laphroaig has been creating premium single malt Scotch whisky, and the new Sherry Oak finish presents a new flavour profile for lovers of the Islay-distillery’s unforgettable flavour. For the discerning whisky lover, who is drawn to Laphroaig as the most richly flavoured of all Scotch whiskies, this is a must-have cabinet addition.

John Campbell, Laphroaig Distillery Manager, has said “We are so excited to announce the release of our unique and premium expression, Sherry Oak, taking our iconic Laphroaig 10 Year Old and finishing it with the sweet flavours of Oloroso sherry cask. This is a perfect accompaniment to any whisky collection and a celebrated addition to the Laphroaig range.”

Tasting Notes 

Nose:

Sweet and peaty with medicinal notes, Manuka honey, with strong clove aroma but also grilled smoky bacon, a distinctive character of sweet leather, iodine, and pine tar.

Palate:

Sweet and aromatic, with rich wax and furniture polish notes followed by treacle toffee, maple syrup, bitter dark chocolate combined with oak shavings, pine needle and cedar scented wood.

Finish:

The finish is long sweet and spicy with chestnut honey and antiseptic aroma lingering.

Colour:

Tawny, Auburn.

Maturation:

European Oak Oloroso Sherry Finished + Refill Oloroso Sherry matured + American Oka ex-Bourbon Matured.

Serving:

Best served neat, with ice or a drop of water.

ABV:

Bottled at 48% ABV

About Beam Suntory Inc.

As a world leader in premium spirits, Beam Suntory inspires human connections. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands, Suntory whisky Kakubin and Courvoisier cognac, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s and Legent bourbon; Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki and Toki Japanese whisky; Teacher’s, Laphroaig and Bowmore Scotch whisky; Canadian Club whisky; Hornitos and Sauza tequila; EFFEN, Haku and Pinnacle vodka; Sipsmith and Roku gin; and On The Rocks Premium Cocktails.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and vision of Growing for Good.  Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan.  For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com

THE FAMOUS GROUSE REVEALS EPIC NEW LAUNCH: THE FAMOUS LIONS – Scotch Whisky News

 

THE FAMOUS GROUSE REVEALS EPIC NEW LAUNCH: THE FAMOUS LIONS

The limited-edition bottle has been released to mark the brand’s role as Official Sponsor and whisky of the British and Irish Lions

Available exclusively at Tesco from March 30th 2021 

March 2021, London: The Famous Grouse, the no.1 Whisky in the UK, has announced the limited-edition launch of The Famous Lions, to celebrate the brand’s role as the Official Sponsor and whisky of The British & Irish Lions.

The special bottle sees the iconic The Famous Grouse label transformed to read ‘The Famous British & Irish Lions’. Available exclusively at Tesco (RRP £17.00), customers can get their paws on a bottle from Tuesday 30th March 2021.

As one of the world’s most popular blends, The Famous Grouse combines a creamy malt and biscuit flavour with a hint of spice to create a smooth, well balanced yet unique blend.

Scotland’s favourite whisky is best served neat, or as part of a ‘Grouse and Ginger’ cocktail, combining the blend with tangy ginger ale. The Famous Lions is the ideal dram to enjoy whilst watching the Lions tour at home or toast a try with friends once pubs and bars reopen later this year.

Chris Anderson, Head of Edrington Brands said: “The launch of The Famous Lions is an exciting addition to The Famous Grouse range, and demonstrates how the spirit of rugby and how much we value sport. We have been investing in the sport of rugby for the past 30 years, so we are extremely excited to announce our commitment to this great game through this partnership. We hope to engage with The Famous Grouse and Lions fans by offering a bespoke bottle to celebrate our coming together.”

For further information or to join the conversation, please visit @TheFamousGrouseUK on Facebook, @TheFamousGrouse on Twitter and on Instagram @TheFamousGrouseUK

RRP 1L: £17.00 with a clubcard
RRP 35cl: £9.00

ABV: 40%

Appearance: Full golden, clear, and bright

Aroma: Candied fruits, buttery shortbread, citrus peel

Taste: Dried fruit, soft spices (cinnamon/ginger), hint of oak

Finish: Smooth, well balanced

About The Famous Grouse

Founded in 1800, The Famous Grouse is smooth and perfectly balanced, proudly recognised as the UK’s no.1 Whisky and has been Scotland’s favourite whisky for over 40 years.

Scotland’s favourite blend of the finest malts and exceptional grain whiskies means 43 million bottles of The Famous Grouse are consumed in over 100 markets around the world each year.

About Edrington-Beam Suntory Distribution UK

Edrington-Beam Suntory Distribution UK is one of the UK’s biggest sprits sales, marketing, and distribution companies. It is a joint-venture company jointly owned by Edrington and Beam Suntory.

Edrington-Beam Suntory UK represents leading whisky brands in categories including:

  • Blended Scotch (The Famous Grouse, Naked Grouse)
  • Malt whisky (Highland Park, Laphroaig, The Macallan and Bowmore)

Linkwood 1990 30 Year Old at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

Three decades in first fill sherry barrels.
48.6% ABV. 348 bottles.

Linkwood 1990
30 Year Old
£600.00

Buy Now

Independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their famous Connoissuers Choice range, this 1990 Linkwood single malt whisky has spent three decades in a first fill sherry butt before being bottled in October 2020 at 48.6% abv without chill filtration or added colouring. Highly limited, just 348 bottles have been produced.

Nose: rich caramel and cherries, with polish aromas and toffee.

Palate: warm nut loaf, orange and gentle cinnamon spice

Finish: orange freshness with cloves and a hint of tobacco


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