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Old & Rare Whisky

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New Scotch from Linkwood, Edradour, Cambus & more at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Edradour Sherry Casks, Linkwood & More!

New whiskies from Signatory including a very heavily sherried Edradour 10 Year Old (back on stock!), Linkwood 21 Year Old, Cambus 28 Year Old and new single casks of heavily peated Ballechin.

Shop – More New Scotch from Signatory Vintage

Bimber announces the release of distillery exclusives – English Whisky News

Bimber announces the release of distillery exclusives

Four limited edition releases will be available for visitors to purchase at the distillery from Thursday 20th February

Three single cask expressions: Sherry Cask, Virgin Cask and Peated Finish will be joined by a small batch release of the distillery’s new make spirit

Bimber, which was recently named ‘Craft Producer of the Year’ at the 2020 World Whisky Awards, today announced the release of its first distillery exclusive bottlings.

Three single cask expressions all bottled with natural colour and no chill-filtration will be available from Thursday 20th February for visitors to the distillery to purchase, alongside bottles of ‘filling strength’ new make spirit.

Sherry Cask #34 was laid down in 2016, Bimber’s first year of production and is bottled at 53.9% ABV. 65 bottles are available at a price of £80.00.

Virgin Cask #28, also from 2016, has been matured in American oak and is bottled at 53.1% ABV. 70 bottles are available at a price of £75.00.

Peated Finish #64PF is Bimber’s first ‘finished’ whisky release. Following an initial maturation in ex-bourbon the liquid was transferred to an ex-Islay quarter cask for one year of additional maturation and then bottled at 54.2% ABV. 100 bottles are available at a price of £75.00.

New Make Batch 172 has been produced to meet the high levels of interest from enthusiasts for exploring Bimber’s light and fruity spirit character before it begins its maturation journey. 100 bottles of this initial batch have been produced. They are bottled at ‘filling strength’ 63.5% ABV and are available at a price of £38.00.

Each of the distillery exclusive expressions were crafted to Bimber’s exacting standards. The spirit was produced from the distillery’s single farm barley and malted on a dedicated floor at Warminster Maltings before being fermented for seven days in bespoke, on-site constructed American oak washbacks. Distillation took place in Bimber’s customised stills, which possess an increased copper surface area, resulting in a light and fruity, but layered new make spirit.

Speaking of the distillery exclusive releases, Founder and Master Distillery Darius said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer visitors to Bimber three truly special single casks bottlings to take home after finishing their tours of our distillery. These casks were selected by the team because of their reflection of our naturally fruit-forward style, but also as a demonstration of the remarkable versatility of our single malt whisky. Whilst the three casks offer a diverse array of aromas and flavours, Bimber’s spirit character runs strongly throughout each release.”

He added: “Throughout 2019 we received many requests to bottle our new make spirit. We’re therefore thrilled to now offer distillery visitors a spotlight on our house style before our spirit has been laid down for maturation.”

Notes

Bimber Distillery Exclusives 

Release date: Thursday 20th February – only available at Bimber Distillery. Limited to one (of each different bottling) per person.

Sherry Cask #34

Nose: Decadent chocolate and Dulce de leche sauces sit with well-worn leather and dusty bound books. Redcurrants, snowberries and orange peels are joined by golden syrup and perky cinnamon spicing

Taste: Rich, full-bodied and weighty – Cinnamon buns, chocolate gateaux and dried berry-packed cake are joined by cracked leather, burnt honeycomb and reduced orange liqueurs

Finish: Lingering berries sit with cinnamon spicing and fading tobacco notes

65 bottles

70cl

53.9%

RRP £80.00

      Virgin Cask #28

Nose: Freshly picked apples and pear drops are joined by crisp cereals. Rich toffee is spiced with nutmeg, whilst tanned leather sits with freshly planed oak

Taste: Split vanilla pods and thick, creamy custard sit with burnt toffee and maple syrup. Running throughout – juicy red berry fruits and gentle toasted cereals

Finish: Gentle cask char and fading pepperiness

70 bottles

70cl

53.1%

RRP £75.00

      Peated Finish #64PF

Nose: Crisp and clean with aromas of fresh peach, toffee and vanilla cream alongside floral notes of juniper, wispy smoke and tobacco leaves

Taste: A bolder palate with a rich, oily and full mouthfeel. Stone fruits and lime zest are joined by crumbled biscuits whilst charcoal and medicinal peat smoke run throughout

Finish: Lingering smokiness punctuated by a fizz of white pepper

100 bottles

70cl

54.2%

RRP £75.00

New Make Spirit Batch 172

100 bottles

70cl

63.4%

RRP £38.00

About Bimber

Bimber Distillery produces world-class single malt whisky, handcrafted with passion in West London. As a leading distiller of English whisky, we combine generations of rich distilling heritage, with the finest quality ingredients to create the ultimate craft whisky experience.

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old – Only £34 – at Tyndrum Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old – Only £34

This whisky is the stuff tales are made of and inside the new bottle, the whisky speaks for itself. The nose offering a fresh and aromatic experience with a subtle whiff of smoke floating through the air. The taste starts with a light fruit and nut appeal that leads to a spectacular malty sweetness, finishing into a beautifully rich full-bodied, lingering experience.

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Midleton Very Rare introduce the oldest ever Irish whiskey collection, Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection – Irish Whiskey News

Midleton Very Rare introduce the oldest ever Irish whiskey collection,
Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection
A new chapter for Irish luxury

February 2020 sees the launch of the first release from Ireland’s oldest ever whiskey collection. Midleton Very Rare, renowned as the Pinnacle of Irish Whiskey, is produced in Midleton Distillery, Co. Cork, Ireland and the Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection is a collection of six releases. The first is a 45-year-old Irish single malt. There will be one release annually until the year 2025, ranging in age from 45 to 50 years old, all from the fabled Old Midleton Distillery (operating 1825-1975). The last release will coincide with Old Midleton Distillery’s 200th birthday.

A ‘silent’ distillery is one that has closed its doors and been lost to ages past, achieving almost mythical status. As rumours of this ‘unicorn’ whiskey swirl around the whiskey world, these precious bottlings have become highly sought after by whiskey enthusiasts. A traditional distillery, Old Midleton Distillery was famous throughout the world for Irish whiskey, but when it closed its doors for the last time in 1975, it became an iconic part of Irish distilling legend.

While other silent distilleries have re-opened and been brought back to life, Old Midleton has been fully decommissioned and will never produce again. Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Chapter One will be the first official release from Old Midleton Distillery in 16 years and the collection represents some of the last drops of this inimitable spirit before the distillery closed its doors forever.

When the spirit for Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection Chapter One was laid down in 1974 under Master Distiller Emeritus Max Crockett, a year before the closure of Old Midleton Distillery, it was part of a series of innovative trials never to be released or repeated. Crockett’s experimentation with peated single malt whiskey from 1964 to 1974 will come to light for the very first time through this release which paves the way for new beginnings in the world of ultra-rare, luxury Irish whiskey.

Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection Chapter One is the only release in this collection to have been created as a peated single malt – pure innovation for Irish whiskey at the time, and rare still today. Decades in the making, the third-fill sherry cask cask that has influenced this whiskey has been lying dormant for 45 years. This makes it one of the world’s rarest whiskeys by its very nature. The cask contributes notes of ripe honeydew melon, red berries and sweet spices of toasted oak.

Master Distiller Emeritus Barry Crockett, son of Max Crockett, recalls sourcing the peat for this 45 year old expression, which will be the last peated whiskey ever from Old Midleton Distillery. During this time, Barry was learning his trade from his father, Max Crockett, the ‘forefather’ of modern-day Irish whiskey. In recent years it has been the work of Master Distiller Brian Nation to monitor, sample and determine the ideal bottling time for this rare whiskey laid down by his predecessors. Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection represents a unique opportunity to taste the work of three legends.

Staying true to its proud Irish heritage and luxury craftsmanship, Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Chapter One will be decanted into handblown and etched crystal decanter bottles, produced by Ireland’s Waterford Crystal, with each of the bottles individually numbered. The bottle comes displayed in a wooden cabinet handcrafted by Irish designer, John Galvin, using wood up to 200 years old from ancient reclaimed whiskey vats. This further cements Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection as the ideal treasure for any whiskey enthusiast.

Barry Crockett, Master Distiller Emeritus: “It’s remarkable that 45 years on we could even be speaking about a whiskey which was distilled in the very final period of the Old Midleton Distillery. It is the ultimate heirloom and memento of the dedication to precise malt preparation, brewing and distillation skills of generations of distillers at Midleton. Furthermore, it’s among the very last remaining whiskey distilled through the largest pot still in the world, a skill which in its own right required great refinement of the distiller’s art.”

Brian Nation, Master Distillers at Irish Distillers: “One of the most wonderous parts of my job is that I am often responsible for safekeeping the legacy of another. For many years now, my colleagues and I have been caring for the work of Max and Barry Crockett, to determine the optimum time to share it with the world. The team at Midleton Distillery is extremely proud that the time has finally come to introduce the Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection.”

NOTES:

RRP: €35,000, £32,000, $40,000
ABV: 51.2%
Availability: 48 750ml bottles in Ireland, UK, France and US

Two bottles will be sold via ballot system on The 1825 Room, the Midleton Very Rare online members’ programme. Whiskey lovers can register their interest to be entered into a lottery to purchase a bottle from 9pm on 18th February for one week.

Tasting notes by Master Distiller Brian Nation

Nose: The first impression is very rich with deep, dark spices on a satisfying antique oak base. An earthy note of freshly cut peat, along with chamois leather, is lifted by a twist of grapefruit. The very old sherry wine seasoned hogshead cask contributes a touch of ripe honeydew melon and red berries as well as the sweet spices of toasted oak.

Taste: Instantly rich with the initial peppery spices slowly softening as the influence of the malted barley shows through. Liquorice root, barley sugar and honey bring some sweetness, just given a little edge by a touch of sherbet. All build on a solid foundation of toasted oak.

Finish: The rich spices and malted barley are slow to fade.

About Midleton Very Rare

Midleton Very Rare is the ultimate expression of craftsmanship from Midleton Distillery. Created in 1984, by Master Distiller Emeritus Barry Crockett, only two Master Distillers have had the privilege of preserving its legacy.

Once a year, Master Distiller Brian Nation hand-selects the finest and rarest whiskeys from the inventory of Midleton Distillery before blending them to create a true whiskey masterpiece, often referred to as the ‘pinnacle of Irish whiskey’. The artistry and expertise of the cask selection process for Midleton Very Rare’s annual vintage ensures that only the finest whiskeys bear the prestigious name. The 1825 Room, an online membership platform giving exclusive access to rare releases and insights into the world’s most sought-after Irish whiskey, invites whiskey enthusiasts to learn more about the other expressions in the range. Namely the Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach series, which derives its name from ‘Irish Oak’ as the first Irish whiskey to be finished in virgin Irish Oak, and Midleton Very Rare Barry Crockett Legacy, a tribute to an iconic figure both in the history of both Midleton Distillery and Irish whiskey. For more information or to become a member visit midletonveryrare.com

About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of some of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson, our brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish whiskey. Jameson is the world’s fastest-growing Irish whiskey, experiencing 30 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 7.7m cases in 2019. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 70 of those experiencing double- or triple-digit growth.

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Power & Son, John Jameson & Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network. Since 2012, we have invested over €250m to double our production at Midleton Distillery and bottling capacity at Fox and Geese in Dublin to meet global demand for our products.

We employ over 600 people across our operations in Cork and Dublin.

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the No.2 worldwide producer of wines and spirits with consolidated sales of €9,182 million in FY19. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has developed through organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard, which owns 16 of the Top 100 Spirits Brands, holds one of the most prestigious and comprehensive brand portfolios in the industry, including: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute, and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard’s brands are distributed across 160+ markets and by its own salesforce in 73 markets. The Group’s decentralised organisation empowers its 19,000 employees to be true on-the-ground ambassadors of its vision of “Créateurs de Convivialité.” As reaffirmed by the Group’s three-year strategic plan, “Transform and Accelerate,” deployed in 2018, Pernod Ricard’s strategy focuses on investing in long-term, profitable growth for all stakeholders. The Group remains true to its three founding values: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust, and a strong sense of ethics. As illustrated by the 2030 roadmap supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “We bring good times from a good place.” In recognition of Pernod Ricard’s strong commitment to sustainable development and responsible consumption, it has received a Gold rating from Ecovadis and is ranked No. 1 in the beverage sector in Vigeo Eiris. Pernod Ricard is also a United Nation’s Global Compact LEAD company. Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

The Archives: Single Cask, Single Malts at Park Ave Liquor Shop – Scotch Whisky News

The Archives:
Single Cask, Single Malt Scotches

From the people who brought us whiskybase.com comes Archives. Over the years they have continued to carefully select casks with the highest potential and then left them alone to develop into experiences that need to be shared. Only when the time is right and the whisky ready to drink, do they bottle the cask. Always bottled at cask strength without dilution or added coloring or flavors. We are lucky enough to have a selection of these extraordinary, limited-edition bottles.

Deanston 1997 ~ Age: 21 year
Distilled: 1997 ~ Cask: Bourbon Hogshead
270 bottles made

Nose: Oranges, floral and toffee notes. Ripe pears, honey and a bit of herbal elements.
Taste: A lot of oranges here, some honey
notes, the floral aspect emerges again which leads to toffee. The floral and herbal notes are nicely balanced with the oranges and honey.
Finish: Mid-long finish mostly on oranges, honey with floral/herbal aspects. Other funky elements in here make this a very interesting whisky.
PRICE: $195/btl

Ben Nevis 1998 ~ Age: 21 year
Cask: Bourbon Hogshead
292 bottles made

Nose: Some cereals and caramel to start that quickly lead towards a fresher, fruity side. Pears and apples, develop into tropical fruits where lychee and grapefruits are most dominant.
Taste: Fresh fruity flavors follow through. There is pineapple, lychee and juicy pears. Hints of grapefruit and some mango jump in to complete it all.
Finish: A subtle mid long finish, mostly on ripe pears, pineapple.
PRICE: $210/btl

Caol Ila 2010 ~ Age: 9 year
Cask: Bourbon Hogshead
284 bottles made

Nose: Surprisingly fruity to start with, subtle peat elements. Fresh apples, pears and subtle vanilla. Later, the Islay elements start to speak up, becoming more coastal and peated.
Taste: Fresh fruits, salty, vegetable peat and then obvious coastal influence. However, not an overly peated malt – Can definitely be a good intro to Islay whisky.
Finish: Long finish, sweet ripe pears, some icing sugar. Salty rocks, peat and a very gentle touch of smoke. Complex!
PRICE: $105/btl

Glen Moray 2007 ~ Age: 11 year
Cask: Bourbon Barrel
197 bottles made

Nose: A nice subtle caramel and banana
combination. Fresh green apple skin, on top of stewed apples, a hint of burnt oak. Some milk chocolate to top it off. Lots going on!
Taste: Nice ripe bananas, fresh juicy apples, some honey and vanilla.
Finish: A mid-long finish. Caramel is here again combined with subtle spices.
Hint: use a few drops of water to play with the flavors!
PRICE: $92/btl

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270 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
212-685-2442
www.parkaveliquor.com

Big Peat 27 Year Old, The Black Edition at Tyndrum Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Big Peat 27 Year Old, The Black Edition

This is the final installment in the series – The Black Edition

Tasting Notes: Allow a heady, chimney-smoked nose to whisky you off to Big Peat’s Islay home, with hints of a briney sea air, chewed leather and a honey sweetness. The refined palate shows a complex amalgam of barbequed meats, coal dust and rock salt, running to a long and satisfying finish with drifting puffs of peat smoke.

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Introducing Johnnie Walker Blue Label Rare Side of Scotland – Scotch Whisky News

Introducing Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Rare Side of Scotland

Free UK delivery on all orders over £99 for a limited time

Featuring a beautifully designed bottle this brilliant expression has been crafted with single malt and grain whiskies from across Scotland – including Caol Ila, Benrinnes, Cardhu, Clynelish, and the ghost whisky of Port Dundas.

£215.00

New from Springbank – Longrow Red – Scotch Whisky News

Springbank Society

Newsflash – Longrow Red 13yo 

We are delighted to confirm that the new Longrow Red 13yo 51.6% will be available from today – Friday 21st February 2020.

The whisky spent 10 years in Bourbon and Sherry casks before spending the next 3 years in Cabernet Sauvingon barrels – sourced from Mont Gras’ Intriga Estate in Alto Maipo, at the foot of the Andes in Chile. There will be approximately 9,000 bottles available worldwide.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Rhubarb and custard, stewed red fruits, blackberries and ginger. Strawberry & cream boiled sweets and notes of barley sugar.

Palate: Barley water, summer berries and red apples. Peat embers, goat’s cheese and black tea.

Finish: Becomes fairly dry with coastal notes and billowing peat. Rosemary and thyme focaccia, leather and tobacco leaves.

This bottling will be available in the UK from Friday 21st February 2020 – please note that the release date in various markets and countries is likely to vary. For details on when the Longrow Red 13yo is available near you please consult your preferred Springbank retailer or visit the “Where to Buy” section of our website to find a Springbank stockist.

  • The Campbeltown Cadenhead shop will be selling this bottle for £57.00
  • The 10% Society discount can be applied to this bottling.
  • This is not a Society exclusive release.

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Springbank Society
The Springbank Team

To join the Society please contact them at Springbank Society society@springbank.scot

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “If you’re happy and you know it” – Scotch Whisky News


We’ve been delving into the idea of mood this month and how the right Society whisky can perfectly reflect how you’re feeling at any moment. If the names of these five new bottlings are anything to go by, we think it’s safe to assume that the Tasting Panel were left feeling fantastic by our new mid-month selection!

Head over to the website now and grab one of these vibrant and cheerful casks – guaranteed to brighten your day.

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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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