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Tullibardine New Tasting Collection – Scotch Whisky News

Tullibardine takes whisky fans on flavour journey with new Tasting Collection

Tullibardine is set to take fans on a ‘stunning flavour journey’ with the launch of its very first Tasting Collection Set.

The pack of four miniature bottles offers the perfect way for whisky lovers to discover Tullibardine’s award-winning Signature range.

The set features 4 x 50ml bottles of the distiller’s Sovereign, Sauternes Cask Finish, Burgundy Cask Finish and Sherry Cask Finish Single Malt Scotch Whiskies, packaged in a stylish grey and gold case.

Starting with Tullibardine’s Sovereign, matured in first-fill ex-Bourbon casks, drinkers will be treated to sweet barley notes and subtle hints of vanilla, finished with fudge, pear drops and soft spice. The 225 Sauternes Cask Finish then provides a hint of citrusy lime on the nose, with a touch of tropical pineapple and zingy orange zest on the palate, finished with a creamy edge.

The 228 Burgundy Cask Finish features red cherries and vanilla with hints of chocolate and Turkish Delight on the nose, while on the palate, there’s a hint of red summer fruit, more chocolate and a sweet spice note on the finish. Drinkers can complete their flavour journey with the Tullibardine 500 Sherry Cask Finish, which offers intense toffee apple notes on the nose with a hint of oatmeal. These then combine beautifully with a spicy feel and sweet dates on the finish.

Keith Geddes, Master Distiller at Tullibardine Distillery, said: “We’re proud to launch our new Tasting Collection Set to the world.

“It provides a great way to discover the Tullibardine Signature range and will take whisky fans on a stunning flavour journey.

“The single malt miniatures in the set are all packed full of beautiful flavour combinations, handpicked to complement each other perfectly. It’s the ideal gift for whisky lovers, or those who are new to whisky but don’t want to commit to buying a full bottle.”

Tullibardine is a family-owned, independent distillery and handcrafts its Highland Single Malt Scotch whisky.

The distillery uses the finest first fill casks to impart maximum flavour and colour and with the addition of its bottling plant, it is now one of the few distilleries in Scotland to distill, mature and bottle all on site.

A. D. Rattray “We’re open for orders plus get Free UK Delivery” – Scotch Whisky News

Hello from A. D. Rattray

Over the past few months we have been continuing to create our delicious whiskies. We have been selecting and bottling single casks for our Cask Collection and have new editions from our Casks of Scotland range arriving soon. This means we have lots to tell you about and lots for you to look forward to over the coming months.

Firstly, we are very pleased to announce that our online shop is back open.

You can order from us for home delivery or collection from a safe contactless collection point within the entrance area of our Whisky Shop. We would like to thank you for your patience and support by offering you FREE delivery until the end of August so you can continue to enjoy our whiskies in your own home.

FREE UK DELIVERY

Free standard UK delivery available on all orders until end of August.

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Free whisky sample and tissue wrapping with every order…Please note that at present our Whisky Shop is NOT open to visitors and we are not able to offer our Tasting Experiences for the foreseeable future. This remains under review so if this changes we will make another announcement.

Johnnie Walker Celebrates 200th Anniversary with Four Exclusive Releases – Scotch Whisky News

Johnnie Walker celebrates 200th anniversary with four exclusive releases

The launch marks 200 years since John Walker first threw open the doors to a small grocery store in Scotland

First crafted in a humble grocer’s shop, Johnnie Walker has taken blended Scotch whisky from the four corners of Scotland to the four corners of the world. Johnnie Walker’s new bottlings, launching from October 2020, are a celebration of this incredible journey, pioneering spirit and dedication to quality that was started by John Walker 200 years ago.

“Each of these exclusive releases bring a fresh perspective to our 200th anniversary story and are the perfect way to celebrate this huge moment for Johnnie Walker. It feels very apt to be announcing them this week to coincide with John Walker’s birthday.”

Jim BeveridgeJohnnie Walker Master Blender

“Our 200th anniversary releases are inspired by the moment our founder, John Walker, first opened the door to his grocer’s store in Kilmarnock – taking the first step on an incredible journey for Johnnie Walker. John’s spark, vision and entrepreneurial fire were the impetus to growing the John Walker name, our business and ultimately a new future for Scotch whisky. This year we’re celebrating the steps he first took – steps that have inspired generations of our whisky makers and are at the heart of everything we do today and will do tomorrow.”

John WilliamsDiageo’s Global Scotch Director

The Johnnie Walker 200th Anniversary Releases

Johnnie Walker Blue Label 200th Anniversary Limited Edition Design

The new 200th Anniversary Limited Edition Design for the iconic Johnnie Walker Blue Label features bespoke illustrations that bring to life the bold journey and pay homage to some of the great cities and countries that have been part of the Johnnie Walker story. There are also incredible illustrations of geographical landmarks and cultural symbols which represent progress in our time in each of their respective countries.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Legendary Eight

An exclusive release celebrating 200 years of bold and passionate craft. It is a smooth, mellow Scotch crafted using some of the very rarest whiskies in the unparalleled Johnnie Walker reserves. Each whisky is hand selected from only eight legendary distilleries that all existed when John Walker made the first steps on his journey, including some very rare expressions from long-closed “ghost” distilleries.

John Walker & Sons Celebratory Blend

This exclusive release is inspired by a breakthrough moment in John Walker & Sons’ history – the launch of Old Highland Whisky in the 1860s, the company’s first commercial blend to travel from Scotland to the four corners of the world. This rich and complex whisky is inspired by the flavours found in the Walker family’s grocery store in the 1860s and uses whiskies from distilleries which were operating at that time. The exclusive pack design reveals the only existing image of the Kilmarnock grocery store 200 years ago.

John Walker & Sons Bicentenary Blend

A celebration of where it all began; this exceptional whisky is a sensorial journey down the fragrant aisles of John Walker’s original grocery store in Scotland. Master Blender Jim Beveridge and his team have drawn inspiration from John’s store and meticulously crafted a whisky with rich layers that re-imagines the exotic flavours that shaped his imagination. It is crafted with rare and exceptional whiskies, all aged for at least 28 years, including whiskies from long-closed “ghost” distilleries such as Pittyvaich, Cambus and Port Ellen.

Whiski Rooms “Eat Out to Help Out in August” – Scotch Whisky News

EAT OUT to HELP OUT 

Both Whiski Rooms on the Mound and Whiski Bar and Restaurant on the Royal Mile are excited to be taking part in the government’s EAT OUT to HELP OUT initiative during August. There is nothing not like about it – dine with us during August on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday and get 50% off all food and non-alcoholic drinks up to a maximum of £10pp. There is no vouchers to collect or any restrictions on how many times you can dine with us – simple really.

 

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Fresh Scottish food, amazing whisky list, great cocktails and the best views over Edinburgh to princes Street guaranteed.

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Whiski Bar & Restaurant

Great Scottish produce, award winning whiskies, quirky ambience guaranteed and the Royal Mile on your doorstep.

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Keeping you Safe

We are committed to operating with the highest standards of safety to protect the health and wellbeing of guests and our team.  We look forward to serving you soon.

    • STAFF HEALTH – we will perform daily health screenings of our team members
    • SOCIAL DISTANCING – tables will be spaced apart to maintain a safe environment
    • PPE – face masks, gloves and visors will be available for team members
    • HAND CLEANLINESS – all staff will use hand sanitiser alongside frequent hand washing
    • ENHANCED CLEANING – we will adhere to strict cleaning regimes and disinfect high touch areas
    • HAND SANITISER – available for all customers around the venue

WHISKY TASTINGS

Join us for a whisky tasting in Whiski Rooms  – due to the size of our venue, numbers are greatly reduced but that doesn’t stop us having fun and trying some great scotch whiskies in a fun environment – no experience necessary !

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2008 Highland Park 10 Year Old “K&L Exclusive” Cask #7774 Refill Sherry Hogshead Cask Strength – Scotch Whisky News

2008 Highland Park 10 Year Old “K&L Exclusive” Cask #7774 Refill Sherry Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($139.99)

Another gorgeous cask of Highland Park that was bottled exclusively for K&L Wine Merchants. This one is equally special to the European oak hogshead that we also received this year, but completely different in character. The excellent malt coming out of Kirkwall is renowned worldwide for its quality, but many don’t realize that Highland Park is one of a handful of Scottish distillers that continue to utilize the wildly inefficient floor maltings. The tradeoff for losing capacity to floor maltings is a malt of great character and complexity. In addition, the extremely unique Orkney peat is used to dry that barley, which one of the main reasons for Highland Park’s distinctive flavor profile. Between 20% to 30% of the hand-malted barley goes into every batch of Highland Park, resulting in a lightly peated whisky that, when coupled with the high quantity of active sherry casks, means the whisky isn’t perceived as particularly peaty to most palates. And while Highland Park does produce small amounts of whisky that are 100% hand malted, mostly as blending components for special releases, it’s rare to find a single cask that exhibits the qualities of that special Orkney peat more clearly, despite it being blended with at least 70% of unmalted barley. This refill hogshead almost certainly held malt in it for a very long time before being refilled in 2008. Very dark for a refill, and the resulting spirit is the closest we’ve come to the “old” style Highland Park that we love so well.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 14, 2020

This is the sexiest example of Highland Park we’ve ever seen. Power and grace abound. While the word’s “First Fill Sherry” adorning the title of our other HP cask gets a lot of blood pumping – it’s the elegance of this refill cask that stands out. It’s certainly not lacking in power – it’s a beastly dram at 61.6% ABV – but it’s supple and balanced beyond belief. The rich mahogany meets burnt amber color looks like it should be a first fill sherry cask, but “refill hogshead” is printed right on the label. The nose is a cornucopia of orange peel, cocoa nibs, fresh cut heather, crisp apple slices, fig marmalade, and a hint of smoky bacon. The palate has what you get when elegance and balance meet power: tension. It’s alive and kicking ass, but holding it on your mouth is a serene experience. The finish last for minutes. At first the smoke fills your senses and that gives way to much more floral and candied notes. After a good long while it resolves into the finest of dark chocolate and fresh citrus zest with a touch of coffee. A beautiful performance that you can repeat every night. At least until it’s gone. The cask yielded just 299 bottles.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 09, 2020

It’s extremely infrequent that we find a cask at this age that shows so much complexity. While the 12 year old cask that we also bottled this year had density and power unlike any we’ve seen previously, this cask has a depth and nuance that isn’t at all available in the 12 year. This cask is much more in line with the way I remember Highland Park once was, rather than the more bold and forward offerings we regularly see today. With that in mind, this is by no means a subtle whisky. It’s got character to burn and it’s DEFINITELY on the smokey side of HP. Let’s taste! Color: Tawny. Nose: The nose isn’t at all peaty per say, but it’s definitely smoke-y. A perfect example of the distinction of those two flavors. Leather, mesquite, bacon, hints of diesel engine, old cigar box and roasted cloves. Behind a touch of black fruit and pepper. Palate: Here is that AWESOME Orkney peat! Right up front and travelling straight through the palate. It’s not the iodine peat but the flaming heather and earthy peat, framed perfectly with nutty sherry, dark fruit and woodsy spice. With water the nose transforms and offers a big burnt orange peel and candied citrus. Subtle mossy notes allude to the smoke coming on the palate. Now we’re talking! It’s very sweet and smokey now. Softening on the spice and bringing more dried fruits. This one is awesome right out of the bottle, but comes together perfectly with a splash of water. WOW, I’m so in love with this style.

“Tullibardine – a personal friend of Paul” by Paul Mclean of Mclean Scotland Whisky Tours

.Tullibardine – a personal friend of Paul

Paul donders on here about one of his favourite places; Tullibardine Scotch Whisky Distillery was built in 1949 and sits at the foot of the Ochil Hills right on the line where the Highlands of Scotland begin just half an hour from ma hoose. The water source for this distillery is the surrounding hills where they use crystal purity of their spring water that flows down the hills. The distillery produces the Tullibardine range of single malt whiskies grand in themselves, but – during one visit and a chat with Sabine, I fell in love, with … The Murray Châteauneuf-du-Pape Finish. This is a part of the award-winning Marquess Collection and joins the collection’s existing expressions which include the industry-renowned Murray 2004 and 2005. The Marquess Collection is named after Highland Jacobite Sir William Murray, the 2nd Marquess of Tullibardine and is tribute to the brand’s heritage. It is an ongoing collection, which I love dearly, my wee whisky children if you like.  I have waxed lyrical about the “de pape” to anyone who will listen. Just before Christmas Sabine called me to say she had a bottle or two on offer, I grabbed the case! Andy our pal/driver guide was coming to Perth fae Glasgow and he picked them up. He went home with two by the way! The Tullibardine Range is normally what we sample on our tours there, a private tasting experience in their superb bar, out of the way of prying eyes, we can sometimes dram away up to seven examples of Tully’s offerings, wee drams of course! We like them and they like us!

Tullibardine recently unveiled the newest addition – the Tullibardine 15 year old exceptional single malt, distilled after the reopening of the distillery in 2003 and has been carefully matured in first fill bourbon barrels, under the watchful eye of Tullibardine’s master distiller Keith Geddes. It boasts a range of aromas and flavours. On the nose is delicate dried hay and parma violets, with touches of baked apple, cloves and vanilla ice-cream, all the things you loved when a bairn. Then there’s notes of freshly baked scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, with delicate spices. With a finish of subtle nuttiness, this whisky is a stroll down memory lane, for me anyhow..

Once this terrible virus lockdown ends, I will be one of the first people rushing in, as will many of the tours we have on hold. If you wish to join us, contact me; paul@mcleanscotland.com

The Whisky Shop ” Luxury whiskies at lower prices ✨” – Scotch Whisky News

One-off drams, one-off deals

We’ve taken things up a notch in our latest flash sale; along with some of your trusty favourites, we’ve added in discounts on premium bottles from Macallan, Balvenie, Ardbeg, and many more! These deals are around for a limited time only (and while stocks last) – head over to our whisky sale to search for some treasure.

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2006 Balblair 13 Year Old K&L Exclusive Cask No. 76 Single Spanish Oak Oloroso Seasoned Butt Cask Strength – Scotch Whisky News

2006 Balblair 13 Year Old K&L Exclusive Cask No. 76 Single Spanish Oak Oloroso Seasoned Butt

Cask Strength Single Cask Highland Single Malt Whisky

(750ml) (ships as 1.5L)

$109.99 View

The wonderful Balblair Distillery has long been under the radar. In the little town on Edderton on the northern coast of Scotland at the southern edge of the Dornoch firth, this great distillery has never garnered the fan fare of it’s prominent neighbor just a few miles down the road in Tain. The distillery was originally founded 1790 and then rebuilt 1895, but closed during World War I. It wasn’t until 1949 when Hiram Walker fired the old plant up again. Many buildings from the 1870s still stand on the site, but the excellent malt has remained more less unknown to modern drinkers. It was not until Inver House Distillers took control of the distillery in 1996 that we began to see the malt available internationally and a large investment by Thai Beverage in 2001 set a course for a new chapter in the excellent distillery’s history. Over the last two decades the distillery has become famous for it’s vintage bottlings and odd squat bottles. Our buyers, Andrew and David, visitedt the distillery in Spring of 2019 to select a cask and meet distillery manager John Macdonald. This barrel is Spanish Oak, unlike the vast majority of oloroso butts we see. IN addition, it held for many years oloroso wine vinified outside of the Sherry triangle about 140 miles North East in the region of Montilla Moriles. The combo of Spanish Oak and old Montilla is a rare and welcome surprise. The resulting malt is a big dark “oloroso” bomb with powerful spice and unctuous texture.

Meet the people behind the Cotswolds Distillery – English Whisky News

Continuing our series which introduces you to the people behind the Cotswolds Distillery, meet Alice, who leads our New Product Development. Have a read on our latest blog to learn more about Alice’s role at the distillery, why our Old Tom Gin is Alice’s favourite product and where she gets her inspiration from when devising new recipes.

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North Uist Distillery Co “Island Dispatch” – Scotch Whisky News

We write to you from our sunny island home with a spring in our step, excitement in our voice and a masssssssssssive announcement. For we have made a pretty special purchase – investing in a brand new distillery building that we will soon call home, and we wanted our Island Dispatch friends to be among the first to know.

Please join us in raising a glass as we make a toast to hope, happiness and exciting new beginnings.

Slàinte
Kate & Jonny

Nunton Steadings.
A New Island Home.

When we first embarked on our distillery journey we had our sights set on creating a brand new distillery building – all shiny and new. But then something happened to de-rail our plans. We were swept off our feet by a stunning island beauty, who won our hearts and we are very much in love.

And so it goes, that the historic Nunton Steadings building right next door on beautiful Benbecula will become our new home.

Built way back in the early 1700s, this amazing U-Shaped building is bursting with island charm. A former steadings, our new home features beautiful original cobbled floors which will be the perfect place for our whisky casks during maturation.

With a rich history – including tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie taking shelter at Nunton, we couldn’t be more proud to take over such an important building as we plan for the future of our much loved distillery. The place will become home to Downpour gin alongside our planned whisky distillery as well as being a welcoming hub for you all to visit for a gin or a dram when we get our visitor centre up and running.

We’re looking forward to transforming Nunton Steadings into our new home. And we hope to welcome all of you as visitors in the near future.


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