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THE WHISKY EXCHANGE MASTERCLASSES AT OLYMPIA HISTORIC! – Whisky News

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THE WHISKY EXCHANGE MASTERCLASSES AT OLYMPIA HISTORIC!

Olympia Historic Automobile Fair & Auction

17-19 February 2017, Olympia, London

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The Olympia Historic Fair & Auction, in partnership with renowned auction house Coys, is London’s new luxury lifestyle event for owners and collectors of classic cars. Taking place on 17-19 February, the show will deliver an unforgettable experience for visitors with a series of features that range from a Coys Auction and Restoration Showcases to the Whisky Exchange Masterclasses and Fine Watch Room.

Run in partnership with The Whisky Exchange – the Whisky Masterclasses are a collection of fine whisky tasting sessions led by industry experts featuring top labels from around the world, from Johnnie Walker Blue Label to Japanese Nikka whisky.

New for 2017 – The Whisky Exchange Masterclasses in partnership with The Whisky Exchange

Johnnie Walker and the Chocolate Factory

Join experts in an exclusive tasting session of one of the world’s most popular blended whisky labels. Guests will be able to enjoy three of the finest Johnnie Walker whiskies, from the exquisite Blue Label to the indulgent Gold Label and Gold Label Reserve. The whiskies will be partnered by award winning luxury chocolates from London chocolatiers, Chococo.

Nikka Whisky with Stephanie Holt

Explore the multi-award winning Nikka range with a tasting of 5 whiskies from the company. Whisky expert Stephanie Holt will guide you through the nuances of a variety of single malt and blended whiskies known worldwide for their quality and flavour.

Kavalan Whisky with Stephanie Holt

Kavalan have made a big impact in the whisky world since they started distilling in 2006. This masterclass will be led by spirits expert Stephanie Holt who will conducting a tasting session of the award winning single malt whisky, known for its smooth and complex flavour.

Luxury Blending Session with Phil Huckle

Phil Huckle, brand ambassador for Pernod Ricards Scotch, will be showing you why it is a modern day myth that Blended Scotch is inferior to Single Malt. Guests will be able to taste premium luxury blends to discover the truth for themselves. On the menu will be Chivas Regal Extra / 18yr & 25yr plus Ballantines 17yr and Royal Salute 21yr.

Alwynne Gwilt – William Grant & Sons UK

Alwynne Gwilt is the UK Balvenie Brand Ambassador at William Grant & Sons UK. She got her start in whisky first through of a love of the liquid, and later through setting up the whisky blog, Miss Whisky. Alwynne will be guiding visitors through a selection of  Balvenie whiskies from the Single Barrel range, including the 12yo, 15yo and 25yo, plus a couple of extra treats along the way. 

Photo credits: The Whisky Exchange

All Whisky Masterclass tickets cost £45 in advance and include entry to the Olympia Historic Fair & Auction.

Please note, masterclasses are limited to 30 people per session so we recommend you book in advance to secure your place.

The Whisky Exchange Masterclasses are £55 on the door.

The Olympia Historic Automobile Fair & Auction, in partnership with renowned auction house Coys, is proud to announce its inaugural event taking place in London’s most prestigious event venue Olympia London on 17-19 February 2017.

Packed with inspiring features such as the Classic Car Rally Talk Theatre, The Restoration Showcase and Fine Watch Room, the event will provide a wealth of information and guidance on the world of historic automobiles. From concours restoration to provenance, whether you’re thinking of buying with the aim to enter the exciting world of classic racing or interested to know how to maximise your investment, this event will allow owners and collectors to both indulge in their passions and acquire their next historic automobile.

For more show details and to buy tickets please visit: olympiahistoric.com

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Nicholson’s Pubs Celebrate Scotland with Burns Night and their Whisky Showcase – Scotch Whisky News

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Nicholson’s Pubs Celebrate Scotland with Burns Night and their Whisky Showcase

From Monday 23rd January, food and drink lovers across London are in for a treat as Nicholson’s pubs including The Elephant and Castle, The Princess of Wales, The Hoop and Grapes and The Henry Addington kick off 2017 with Burns Night celebrations and a whisky showcase. The traditional Burns Night menu will offer guests the chance to experience classic Scottish dishes in new and exciting ways, with the whisky showcase set to enable guests to explore whisky and find new favourites for 2017.

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Burns Night

This January Nicholson’s Pubs will be celebrating the life of the Scottish poet Robert Burns in a truly traditional fashion with a two and three course set menu showcasing classic Scottish cuisine. Guests will be able to sample the Scottish dishes from Monday 23rd January until Sunday 29th January meaning Burns Night celebrations can continue all week.

Dishes will include traditional favourites such as Smoked Salmon served with Scottish oatcakes and chive sour cream, haggis, neeps & tatties, and to round off the meal, guests with a sweet tooth can enjoy a traditional Scottish cranachan served with honey, whisky raspberries and golden toasted oats.

Adding an extra warming winter twist on their experience, there’s also a whisky flight available for guests to add to their Burns Night celebration for just £5. This includes three 25ml measures of The Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year Old, Talisker Skye and Singleton Dufftown Spey Cascade, the perfect accompaniment to the traditional Scottish fayre.

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The Whisky Showcase

The Burns Night festivities will form the start of a month-long celebration of all things whisky in Nicholson’s pubs with the inaugural Whisky Showcase commencing from 23rd January.

Over 30 whiskies will be available in London Nicholson’s Pubs until 19th February as part of the showcase and each pub will be bringing whisky to life in fun & interesting ways, and make it accessible to both the whisky newcomers and malt connoisseurs alike.

As well as an extended range of exciting whiskies, the showcase will be brought to life through events and masterclasses taking place across the Nicholson’s pubs throughout the month. These will include tasting events for beginners in conjunction with Fever-Tree, whisky pairing masterclasses with Macallan chocolate and virtual reality events where guests can take a tour of the Glenfiddich distillery from the comfort of their local pub.

Whether guests like their whisky straight up, on the rocks, or topped with cola, Nicholson’s wants to show guests how accessible and unique each whisky is, and help them discover their perfect serve.

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Events

The Old Thameside Inn will be hosting the Glenfiddich Virtual Reality Distillery tour

The Flying Horse will be hosting the Fever Tree ‘beginners guide to whisky’ session, where guests will begin with perfect serves of whisky & coke, and whisky & ginger, before discovering its unique taste on its own.

The White Swan will be hosting the Arbelour tasting sessions where guests will discover the secrets behind double cask maturation.

The Argyll Arms will be hosting the Maxxium Whisky Masterclass, where guests will explore pairings with chocolate and ale.

The Sir Christopher Hatton will be hosting the Diageo Whisky Masterclass which will delve into the world of whisky, including the myths surrounding it, flavour mapping and exploring the Nicholson’s whisky collection.

Guests can also get involved online, as the Nicholson’s social media feeds will be full to the rim of interesting whisky facts, Burns Night quotes, offers competitions and much more. Follow @Nicholsonspubs and #NicholsonsWhiskyShowcase to stay updated with all things whisky!

To find out more about which Whisky Showcase events are happening in London or to review the Burns Night menu, visit the website at https://www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/burnsnightmenu and find your nearest Nicholson’s.

Twitter: @Nicholsonspubs

www.facebook.com/nicholsonspubs

Instagram: nicholsonspubs

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About Nicholson’s

Founded in 1873 by William Nicholson; Nicholson’s Pubs extend across the UK with pubs in most major city centres locations. Nicholson’s prides itself on the colourful history and the striking architecture of each individually designed pub in the collection.

With a timeless atmosphere and character by the barrelful, it’s the perfect place to try an ale from the widest selection available, enjoy a gin from some of the most unique gin producers in the country and tuck into some hearty food. From an after work drink with colleagues, to having a drink with friends whilst visiting an historic city or enjoying a quality pub lunch or evening meal with family, every occasion can be a Nicholson’s one.

Find out more about your local Nicholson’s by visiting http://www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/, following on twitter @Nicholsonspubs, or visiting the Facebook page www.facebook.com/nicholsonspubs

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Ezra Brooks® Launches New Straight Rye – American Whiskey News

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Ezra Brooks® Launches New Straight Rye

Brand Adds Rye Whiskey to Family Lineup 

(St. Louis) January 12, 2017 – The iconic brand Ezra Brooks® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a new addition to its product lineup: Ezra Brooks® Straight Rye. The brand, which dates back to 1957 and has been a part of Luxco’s portfolio of whiskeys since 1993, will continue to provide variants for consumers that celebrate the modern gentleman in all of us.

Ezra Brooks Straight Rye, a genuine straight rye whiskey, is made from the finest ingredients available and bottled at an honest 90 proof. This rye whiskey offers slightly sweet and oaky tones with a warm, spicy finish – making it perfect for crafting classic cocktails or enjoying on the rocks. It is available nationally starting this month in 750ml and 50ml bottles.

“In the past 12 months, we have seen rapid growth in the rye category, up 27 percent*, which indicates consumers are interested in more rye whiskey products,” says Fletcher Buchman, brand manager at Luxco. “Ezra Brooks’ recent packaging refresh has elevated the brand to the same high-quality of the bourbon found inside the bottle.”

Ezra Brooks’ updated look includes a new corked bottle with a premium matte-finish closure capsule. In addition, a higher end label offers the bottle a craftier look and feel. The brand has recently earned top honors at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, taking Gold for Old Ezra Seven Year and Silver for both Ezra Brooks Black Label and Ezra B 12 Year Single Barrel in 2015.

The brand family – all offered in 750ml bottles and ranging in suggested retail prices of $11.99 to $26.99 – includes:

n  Ezra Brooks Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, bottled at 90 proof and offering a mellow flavor with hints of spice and chocolate and a smooth finish.

n  Old Ezra Seven Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, bottled at 101 proof and aged a full seven years for a buttery long finish and deep, rich taste.

n  Ezra Brooks Bourbon Cream, bottled at 25 proof and offering a rich caramel and toffee flavor with a smooth, creamy finish.

n  Ezra Brooks Blended Whiskey, bottled at 80 proof and offering a genuine Kentucky sour mash recipe with a light, warm finish.

Lux Row Distillers – a new distillery experience currently being built in Bardstown, Kentucky – will be the future home of Ezra Brooks, along with other Luxco bourbon brands. To follow the progress of the construction and for more information, please visit www.luxrowdistillers.com/, as well as Facebook and Instagram pages.

For more information about Ezra Brooks, please visit www.ezrabrooks.com/

*Source: NABCA 9L R12 through September 2016.

For more information, please contact:

Pia Reinhold at preinhold@commongroundpr.com

Kelsey Arends at karends@commongroundpr.com

About Luxco

Luxco, Inc. is a leading producer, importer and marketer of beverage alcohol products. Our mission is to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our consumers, associates and business partners. Founded in St. Louis in 1958, where it is headquartered, it is owned and operated by the Lux family. Its portfolio of brands include: Juarez Tequila & Triple Sec, Pearl Vodka, Everclear Grain Alcohol, Arrow Cordials, El Mayor Tequila, Ezra Brooks & Rebel Yell Bourbons, Lord Calvert Canadian Whisky, St. Brendan’s Irish Cream, Salvador’s Cocktails, Yago Sant’ gria and other well-recognized brands. For more information about the company, visit www.luxco.com/.

Chicago Cubs and Jim Beam® Bourbon Announce Legacy Partnership – American Whiskey News

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Chicago Cubs and Jim Beam® Bourbon Announce Legacy Partnership

CHICAGO – Two American icons are converging as Jim Beam® Bourbon, the world’s No. 1 bourbon, and the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs have signed a multi-year Legacy Partnership beginning in 2017.

In the history-making pairing, the Cubs have named Chicago-based Beam Suntory, the world’s third largest premium spirits company, as the Official Spirits Partner of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field. The exclusive distilled spirits sponsorship will feature multiple brands from Beam Suntory including Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark® Bourbon, EFFEN® Vodka and Hornitos® Premium Tequila.

As part of the partnership, Jim Beam will have long-term naming rights to the new first base club at Wrigley Field, as well as a new left field bar concept at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona. The upper deck patio at Wrigley Field will feature a Jim Beam theme for two seasons leading up to the space’s transition to an upper level club. The existing Hornitos Hacienda, which was named in 2015, will remain in the left field bleachers. The deal also includes in-game signage behind home plate and on the Wrigley Field video board; fixed signage along the third base wall; presenting sponsorship of several promotional giveaways throughout the season; and other digital and hospitality activations at Wrigley Field and Sloan Park.

To reinforce this partnership with Cubs fans, Maker’s Mark has launched a Chicago Cubs-themed, limited-edition bottle offered in stores throughout the Chicagoland area; Jim Beam will release a Chicago Cubs co-branded offering by springtime. The announcement comes on the heels of Beam Suntory’s global headquarters move from Deerfield, Illinois, to downtown Chicago in the last month, and unites America’s favorite pastime with its native spirit.

“This dynamic partnership underscores our focus on the City of Chicago, our company’s new hometown, and our broader efforts to be where our consumers work and play,” said Beam Suntory CEO Matt Shattock. “After a truly historic World Series, we’re thrilled to be the Official Spirits Sponsor of the 2016 World Series Champions and can’t wait to make history with Cubs fans for years to come.”

“Our organization and fans value partners who have a strong commitment to Chicago,” said Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney. “Jim Beam has made its commitment clear by calling Chicago home and making an investment in the Cubs to help ensure our long-term success. We’re thrilled to welcome Beam Suntory as a Legacy Partner and know our fans will enjoy their premium spirits at the Friendly Confines.”

Beam Suntory becomes the 11th Legacy Partner of the Chicago Cubs, joining Advocate Health Care, American Airlines, Anheuser-Busch, ATI Physical Therapy, Nuveen, Sloan Valve Company, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Toyota, Under Armour and Wintrust.

About Beam Suntory, Inc.

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world-renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Hornitos and Sauza tequila, EFFEN and Pinnacle vodka, Sipsmith Gin and Midori liqueur.

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 commitment to 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 and www.drinksmart.com.

The West Coast Whisky Fèis July 2017 – Scotch Whisky News

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Town of Oban plays host to new whisky festival Oban, 16th January 2017 The resort town of Oban, home to one of Scotland’s most venerated distilleries, is to be the location for a new whisky festival celebrating the water of life.

The West Coast Whisky Fèis will take place in July of this year, and is the brainchild of Oban Whisky and Fine Wines, a local retailer of the spirit.

Euan Finlayson, proprietor of Oban Whisky and Fine Wines, said, “we wanted to create an event that shows off the incredible whiskies that the west coast has to offer. The aim is to offer a range of whiskies and masterclasses that can appeal to newcomers and aficionados alike.”

The main venue for the event will be Skipinnish Cèilidh House. This will have exhibits from distillers that are based all along the west coast of Scotland. Ticket holders will be given their own dram glass and will be able to take samples from all of the exhibitors who are present. Water will be available to allow people to cleanse their palates between tasting and there will also be spittoons to allow attendees to try the different whiskies without ending up too worse for wear.

In addition, Oban Distillery will be holding masterclasses in their own premises. These will be based around their world famous whiskies. Other masterclasses will be available on the day. The other exhibitors will be more than happy to have a chat about their produce as well.

Local food producers will be selling their wares in the Cèilidh House should anyone get a bit peckish after a few drams. There will also be a nosing competition where attendees can attempt to identify various whiskies by smell alone. The entrant who is closest to being correct will win themselves a bottle of single malt whisky.

There will be a Fèis shop in the Cèilidh House where attendees can pick up a bottle of whichever whiskies took their fancy during their sampling session. Subsidised delivery will be available for people who don’t want to have to lug bottles around with them after they leave.

The Cèilidh House will be open from 12pm to 6pm on 22nd of July 2017. There are likely to be other supporting events during the day which will be announced via the event’s Twitter and Facebook feeds closer to the time. Samples are included in the event ticket price and masterclasses are available for an additional fee.

For further information, please visit www.westcoastwhiskyfeis.co.uk.

Sláinte! 

Press enquiries to: James Galbraith, james@whiskyfix.com, +44/0 1631 570586 Latest updates at: www.facebook.com/westcoastwhiskyfeis/, twitter @westwhiskyfeis

 

 

GLEN GRANT WHISKY TOASTs BURNS NIGHT WITH a HAGGIS COCKTAIL – Scotch Whisky News

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GLEN GRANT WHISKY TOASTs BURNS NIGHT WITH a HAGGIS COCKTAIL 

Speyside whisky teams up with Edinburgh bar to create The Chieftain, an ‘offally braw’ haggis-inspired cocktail  

Edinburgh, 13 January 2016 – For Burns Night, multi award-winning Scotch Whisky, Glen Grant, has partnered with The Bon Vivant bar in Edinburgh to create the ‘The Chieftain’, a haggis-infused cocktail named after Robert Burns’ famous description of Scotland’s national dish, the “great chieftain o’ the pudding race”.

Created by Will Cox of The Bon Vivant, The Chieftain’s recipe is inspired by a traditional Burns Supper menu and includes the ingredients found in the occasion’s centerpiece.

Haggis is traditionally made from sheep’s offal (heart, liver and lungs) minced with onion, oatmeal, salt and spices. The Chieftain comprises of an oat-washed Glen Grant 10 Year Old combined with an offal stock syrup to replicate the unique meaty haggis flavour.  It is served with a pickled red onion, representing the ‘heart’, a salt and pepper air, representing the ‘lungs’, a turnip cordial, a nod to the famous ‘neeps’ accompaniment, and a haggis rim.

Will Cox said: The opportunity to team up with one of Scotland’s most iconic whiskies, Glen Grant, to make a Burns Night cocktail was too good to miss.  It was very challenging, but we had a lot of fun coming up with The Chieftain and are looking forward to serving it to customers with a haggis bon bon or two on Burns nicht.”

Nick Williamson, Marketing Director Campari UK, said: With the bard’s birthday being such a well-loved celebration, we want to mark the occasion with the same creativity the man himself approached his work.  The bar team at the Bon Vivant has done a remarkable job with The Chieftain and we look forward to raising a glass or two in celebration come the 25th January.”

Glen Grant’s new range of aged single malt Scotch whiskies has continued to turn heads as it secured some of the whisky industry’s most prestigious awards in 2016, including the Glen Grant 10 Year Old winning Best Single Malt Scotch (10 Years and Younger) for the fifth year in a row in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.

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THE CHIEFTAIN RECIPE:

Glen Grant 10 year old, oat washed

Offal stock glaze

Salt and pepper air

Pickled red onion

Turnip cordial

Haggis butter crumb

The Chieftain will be available to buy in The Bon Vivant Bar, 55 Thistle St, Edinburgh EH2 1DY for one night only on 25th January 2016 priced at £9. 

About Glen Grant

Glen Grant’s story began in 1840, in Rothes, Speyside – Scotland’s premier region for whisky production; by brothers John and James Grant. Still produced in Rothes today, Glen Grant is currently the world’s number 5 selling single malt Scotch whisky and holds a range of prestigious industry awards, including being awarded Jim Murray’s Best Single Malt Scotch: 10 Years and Under for four years in a row and Single Malt of the Year (Multiple Casks) for 2016.

The elegant and seductively smooth taste for which Glen Grant is renowned, is the result of the innovative tall slender stills and revolutionary purifiers that James ‘The Major’ Grant, son of founder James Grant, was one of the first to introduce over a century ago. Still used to this day, this lasting legacy continues to distinguish the brand.

Today, Dennis Malcolm, the multi-award winning Glen Grant Master Distiller, directs and presides over the amber liquid. Born in the grounds of Glen Grant in 1946, he has worked for Glen Grant for over five decades, with an uncommon passion and unrivalled knowledge of the industry. Dennis’ unmatched Scotch whisky experience ensures that every expression in the Glen Grant range makes the absolute best of the complex alchemy of spirit, wood and time.

The complete Glen Grant range includes the refined The Major’s Reserve, 5 Year Old, 10 Year Old, 12 Year Old, 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered, 18 Year Old and a selection of limited edition bottles; each with their own distinct flavour and aroma that perfectly captures the spirit of Glen Grant’s heartland.

Glen Grant became part of the Gruppo Campari portfolio in 2006. The ABV of each Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky differs between each expression and consumers are encouraged to always drink responsibly.

ABOUT Campari UK:

Gruppo Campari’s UK subsidiary, headquartered in London. A multicultural and dynamic team composed of 40 Camparistas from 10 different nationalities. Established on March 1st 2015, it took over from J. Wray & Nephew UK, a well-established brand builder and distributor of premium Jamaican rums. At the heart of Campari UK there are two main portfolio offerings: the Italian portfolio with heritage brands such as Campari and Aperol and the white & dark spirits portfolio, led by the Jamaican rum brands Appleton Estate Rum and Wray & Nephew Overproof, as well as Wild Turkey Kentucky Bourbon. The company spans an unrivalled premium spirits and specialty offer in its quality, innovation and style and is also the exclusive UK distributor for Bulldog Gin. www.campariuk.com/

ABOUT GRUPPO CAMPARI:

Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A., together with its affiliates (‘Gruppo Campari’), is a major player in the global beverage sector, trading in over 190 nations around the world with leading positions in Europe and the Americas. The Group was founded in 1860 and today is the sixth-largest player worldwide in the premium spirits industry. The Group’s portfolio, with over 50 brands, spans spirits, the core business, wines and soft drinks. Internationally-renowned brands include Aperol, Appleton Estate, Campari, Cinzano, SKYY Vodka and Wild Turkey. Headquartered in Sesto San Giovanni, Italy, Campari owns 16 plants and 2 wineries worldwide and has its own distribution network in 19 countries. The Group employs around 4,000 people. The shares of the parent company, Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A. (Reuters CPRI.MI – Bloomberg CPR IM), are listed on the Italian Stock Exchange since 2001. For more information: www.camparigroup.com/ . Please enjoy our brands responsibly.

A New Brand of Tasting Event is Coming to Manchester – Scotch Whisky News

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A new brand of tasting event is coming to Manchester

With the popularity of whisky on the rise, and the number of whisky related events increasing each year, there is a new venture set to introduce even more people to the taste of whisky. One For The Road Tasting Events have set up at Rain Bar in Manchester and are offering one tasting each month, each with a different theme. The events are set to be a little bit different, with some events dedicated entirely to countries outside of Scotland. English, Welsh and European whiskies all feature on the calendar as well as events dedicated to award winning whiskies and there’s even a gin tasting offered too. The Director of One For The Road Tasting Events commented ‘whisky is about much more than Scotland, whisky drinkers already know this, but does everyone else? One For The Road Tasting Events are helping avid tasters to expand their portfolios as well as introduce new whisky drinkers to spirits they may never have known existed.’ Events last for 45 minutes, and prices vary depending on what’s on offer.

All tickets are available from http://www.onefortheroadtastingevents.eventbrite.com/.

KERB and Monkey Shoulder present BURNS HOOTENANNY! – Scotch Whisky News

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BURNS HOOTENANNY!

(There’s nae tastier night in toon)

Street food specialists, KERB, are joining forces with whisky mavericks, Monkey Shoulder, to bring Londoners a next level Burns Night that makes January 2017 something to get excited about 

For two magical nights, KERB and Monkey Shoulder will be transforming The Biscuit Factory into a humdinger of a Clubhoos to celebrate the great Rabbie Burns. 

WHAT: One-off Scottish street food creations from 5 star KERBanists, huge live electric Ceilidh, whisky den + cocktails galore, the addressing of the haggis, highland themed games and a poetry slam corner, all set in a secret Bermondsey warehouse. 

WHEN: 27 and 28 January, 6.00pm-12pm 

WHERE: The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road, London, SE16 4DG (nearest tube: Bermondsey) 

FOOD: One-off Scottish street food creations from five star KERB traders.

MENU HIGHLIGHTS  (other and vegetarian options available):

    • The Wild Game Co – Haggis Scotch eggs; Haggis Mac n Cheese
    • Deeney’s – Slow cooked venison tacos (with spicy salsa and whisky crème fraiche); the famed Macbeth Toastie (Haggis, cheddar, caramelised onion, rocket & mustard)
  • Ghetto Grillz – Chicken schnitzel stuffed with haggis served on celeriac & candied beets slaw
  • Oyster Boy - Fresh Cumbrae Rock and Loch ryan native oysters with Tabasco or whisky dressing
  • Nonna’s Gelato –  ‘Build your own’ whisky sundae:
    • Raspberry sorbet
    • Honey cream gelato
    • Fior di latte gelato
    • Pear and whisky caramel

Topped with whisky Oatmeal crumble/shortbread wafer/whisky sauce

DRINKS: Ticket holders can taste Old Fashioneds from Monkey Shoulder, the 100% malt whisky made for mixing, plus four Scottish KERB cocktail creations, great wine + local craft beers.

LIVE MUSIC: “Monster Ceilidh” (Teesside fiddler and accordion maestro meet dub-heavy electric bass) as well as live DJs before and after.

HIGHLAND THEMED GAMES: ft. Corn-hole,  “sheep shearing” and Donald Trump’s crazy golf course.

TICKETS:

  • TIER 1 – £20 + booking fee (Includes entry, a complimentary Monkey Shoulder Lazy Old Fashioned cocktail and entry)
  • TIER 2 – £42 + booking fee (Includes entry, a dish from every trader, a Monkey Shoulder Lazy Old Fashioned)

Tickets available from www.kerbfood.com/kerbdoesburns

LOOSEN YER KILT BUCKLE AND GET DOON TO THE HOOS!

DETAILS IN BRIEF:

WHAT: two nights of Scottish themed KERBanist creations, music + drinks

WHEN: 27 and 28 January

WHERE: The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road, London, SE16 4DG (nearest tube: Bermondsey)

WHO: KERB and Monkey Shoulder

TIMES: 6.00pm-12pm 

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KERB and Monkey Shoulder present Burns Hootenanny

The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road, London, SE16 4DG (nearest tube: Bermondsey) 

SOCIAL:

Website: www.kerbfood.com

Twitter: @KERB / @MnkyShldrUK

Instagram: kerbfood / monkeyshoulderuk

#KERBdoesburns #monkeyshoulder 

ABOUT KERB

Since launch in 2012, KERB has firmly established themselves as the trailblazers of London’s vibrant street food scene. With five successful street food markets at Kings Cross, West India Quay, The Gherkin, Paddington and most recently KERB Camden Market; an incredible milestone, partnering with Camden Market for their biggest ever market, opening 364 days a year and with 35 of the capitals most innovative and best loved traders involved. KERB is passionate about supporting new and up and coming traders bringing spirited food and conversation to London’s most loved squares, markets and foodie destinations. 

ABOUT MONKEY SHOULDER

Monkey Shoulder is the world’s first 100% malt whisky made for mixing.

Using batches from just 27 casks, Monkey Shoulder is created by combining single malts from three of Speyside’s finest distilleries. Known for breaking conventional whisky rules and traditions, Monkey Shoulder puts the fun back into whisky drinking. Famed for its versatility, the smooth and rich taste has hints of mellow vanilla – a flavour which works well with mixers and when included in cocktails.

The term ‘monkey shoulder’ harks back to whisky making heritage. It’s a reference to a condition that malt men sometimes picked up while working long shifts, turning the barley by hand. It had a tendency to cause their arm to hang down a bit like a monkey’s, hence the nickname ‘Monkey Shoulder’. Thankfully practices have changed and the condition no longer exists!

Monkey Shoulder retails for an RRP of £28 per 70cl bottle with 40% ABV. For further information visit: www.monkeyshoulder.com/

Parker Beam, Heaven Hill Master Distiller Emeritus and Bourbon Legend, passes away at age 75

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Parker Beam, Heaven Hill Master Distiller Emeritus and Bourbon Legend, passes away at age 75

Parker Beam, Heaven Hill Master Distiller Emeritus and Bourbon Legend, passes away at age 75

BARDSTOWN, KY – Heaven Hill Distillery’s Master Distiller Emeritus Parker Beam, a much revered and lauded figure in the American Whiskey industry, passed away on January 9, 2017 from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, at age 75.  Beam was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 2010 and had been waging a very courageous and public battle with the dreaded disease, raising enormous sums for the ALS Association of Kentucky through his Parker Beam Promise of Hope Fund and Heaven Hill’s sales of his signature line of Parker’s Heritage Collection American Whiskeys.

Earl Parker Beam was born into Kentucky Bourbon royalty in 1941—his grandfather, Park Beam, was brother and colleague of James Beauregard “Jim” Beam at the original D.M. Beam & Co., predecessor to Jim Beam Brands.  Parker’s father, also named Earl, was a brother to Carl “Shucks” Beam, Master Distiller at the Jim Beam Brands Company.  Parker’s father Earl left Beam to become Master Distiller at Heaven Hill in 1946, ushering in an era of Bourbon category leadership and critical acclaim under the Beams, first through Earl, then Parker, and then Parker’s son Craig.

Parker joined Heaven Hill alongside his father in 1960, where his baptism into the distilling industry began by washing windows and scrubbing lime scale out of the cypress fermenters.  “It wasn’t glamorous,” Parker used to say, “But I learned how everything worked in the distillery, because back then you had to be chief cook and bottle washer.”  Parker learned how to culture his family’s 6-generation old proprietary yeast strain under his father’s tutelage, and eventually began to put his own unique fingerprint on Heaven Hill’s American whiskeys—it was under Parker’s supervision that the company raised barreling proof to 125, it was Parker who first created the industry’s first Small Batch Bourbon when Elijah Craig was introduced in 1986, and Parker who oversaw the launch of the company’s Single Barrel Bourbons in 1994.

Parker was also one of the most celebrated of distillers—a charter member of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame,  winner of Whisky Advocate Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award, member of Whisky Magazine’s Hall of Fame, and many more honors.  And last year, the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Distillers Association, the Kentucky Bourbon industry’s trade association which dates back to 1880, voted unanimously to name the industry’s Lifetime Achievement Award after Parker.

“Parker has certainly etched his name, and that of Heaven Hill, deeply in the annals of Kentucky Bourbon history,” noted Heaven Hill President Max L. Shapira, “But he has done so with a humility and grace that will forever be admired.  His dedication to his craft, to his family, to Heaven Hill, and now to battling the scourge that is ALS, will live on far past his time.”

After being diagnosed with ALS, Parker and his wife Linda met their newest challenge head-on by creating and curating the Parker Beam Promise of Hope Fund through the ALS Association of Kentucky.  The fund established a research and treatment endowment that has seen millions of dollars generated through contributions, events and on-going sales of Parker’s eponymous line of super-premium American Whiskeys.

In a statement issued by the Kentucky Distillers Association, President Eric Gregory noted that “Parker Beam wasn’t just a name on a bottle – he was the living embodiment of the whiskey inside: authentic, classic, well-seasoned and distilled from old-fashioned hard work and gentlemanly integrity.  His place in our industry’s rich distilling history is beyond reproach, as few can match his 56 years of passionate service and leadership, charter selection to the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame and award-winning Bourbon portfolio crafted under his watch as Master Distiller.”

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin also paid tribute, tweeting that “An award-winner, mentor & innovator of the highest caliber, Master Distiller Emeritus Parker Beam’s presence will surely be missed.”

About Heaven Hill Distillery: Founded in Kentucky by the Shapira family in 1935, Heaven Hill Distillery continues its legacy as one of the foremost American Whiskey producers. Heaven Hill has cultivated the traditions and history of America’s Native Spirit with its fierce independence, passionate family ownership, dedication to quality, and thoughtful innovation. Today, Heaven Hill Distillery maintains over 1.2 million barrels aging in 53 warehouses throughout Nelson and Jefferson Counties. It is home to an award-winning collection of American Whiskeys including Elijah Craig Bourbon, Larceny Bourbon, Evan Williams Bourbon, Pikesville Rye Whiskey, Rittenhouse Rye Whisky and Parker’s Heritage Collection. Heaven Hill Distillery currently holds the titles of Whisky Magazine’s Distillery of the Year and Whiskey Advocate’s American Whiskey of the Year. For more information, please visit http://www.heavenhill.com/home

CHIVAS STARTS GLOBAL SEARCH FOR ITS NEXT MASTER – Scotch Whisky News

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CHIVAS STARTS GLOBAL SEARCH FOR ITS NEXT MASTER

9th January 2017: Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky, has launched its search for the 2017 Global Chivas Master. Now in its fourth year, the Chivas Masters cocktail competition is built on Chivas’ belief that great bartending is measured not only by the achievements of an individual, but by the ability to work together as a team. This year’s competition is set to celebrate the impact of Asia’s innovative and booming cocktail scene on the world, by holding the Global Final in Tokyo for the first time ever.

National stages of the competition will challenge entrants to celebrate the versatility and international appeal of Chivas Regal, through the creation of three new cocktails showcasing its smooth, rich and generous house style. Bartenders will be invited to take inspiration from the classic cocktails of New York, where Chivas was first launched in 1909; local flavours from their individual countries; and the celebrated traditions of Tokyo’s bartending scene, which is renowned for its extraordinary craftsmanship, kind service and precision.

The move to hold the Global Final in Tokyo – whose unique cocktail customs fascinate bartenders from across the world – continues Chivas Regal’s exploration of Asia’s cocktail capitals, following last year’s final in Shanghai. The most talented competitor from each market will be invited to spend an immersive week in Tokyo at the Chivas Masters Global Final, where the internationally-acclaimed panel of judges will share some of their insights and expertise through inspirational masterclasses.

The ultimate winner will not only impress with their individual bartending skills, but – crucially – will also prove their ability to work with an international bartending team, and collaborate and share success with international peers, through the Chivas Masters Collective team challenge. The 2017 Global Chivas Master will win the opportunity to travel to an iconic bar in the city of their choice, to work alongside some of the world’s most influential bartenders.

Max Warner, International Brand Ambassador for Chivas Regal, comments: “2016 was a year of firsts for the Chivas Masters: the first time the final of a global cocktail competition had been held in Shanghai, and the first time the concept of the Chivas Masters Collective was realised. The 2017 Chivas Masters competition is set to build on these innovations, cementing Chivas Regal’s commitment to hospitality and collaboration – traits central to the bartending industry – and set against the backdrop of Tokyo, one of the world’s great cocktail capitals. We welcome entry from bartenders from across the world, who believe they epitomise our values of brotherhood and generosity.”   Do you think you have what it takes to be the next Chivas Master? Visit chivas.com/chivasmasters to find out more about the competition, or get in touch with your local Pernod Ricard representative.

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About Chivas Regal Launched in 1909, Chivas Regal is the world’s first luxury whisky and is considered to be a timeless classic, renowned for its benchmark quality and taste, style, substance and exclusivity. A truly global brand, Chivas Regal has been integral to the growth of the Scotch whisky category worldwide and today sells 4.5 million 9L cases annually in more than 150 countries across the globe. With generosity, entrepreneurship and integrity at the heart of Chivas Regal, the brand launched its successful Win the Right Way campaign in 2014, which aims to inspire a new generation whilst making a positive impact on the lives of others. The Chivas Regal range includes Chivas 12, Chivas Extra, Chivas 18, Chivas 25, the pinnacle of the range ultra-prestige blend, Chivas Regal The Icon and the Global Travel Retail exclusive, Chivas Brothers Blend. Launched in October 2016, Chivas Regal Ultis is the first blended malt Scotch whisky from the House of Chivas and represents the true essence of Chivas Regal. www.pernod-ricard.com

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky and the No.1 Scotch whisky in China; Ballantine’s, Europe’s No.1 Scotch whisky; and Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky range. The portfolio also includes two of the world’s leading English gins – Beefeater, the world’s most awarded premium gin, and Plymouth gin – plus a selection of highly acclaimed single malt whiskies, including Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa, Strathisla and Tormore. The range is completed by a collection of blended Scotch whiskies operating in many of the world’s key whisky markets which includes 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch. www.chivasbrothers.com @ChivasNewsRoom

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 8,682 million in FY16. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: 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, Kahlúa and Malibu liqueurs, Mumm and Perrier‐ Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, Graffigna and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,000 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 85 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics. Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

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