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Bimber debuts Ex-bourbon Oak Casks Small Batch and six single cask releases – London Whisky News

Bimber debuts Ex-bourbon Oak Casks Small Batch and six single cask releases

Batch 001 of Bimber’s Ex-bourbon Oak Casks will be available to order directly from the distillery from 9th June

Latest Small Batch release is joined by six cask strength, single cask releases for both UK and export markets

London’s Bimber Distillery today announced the upcoming release of seven new expressions including the follow-up to the popular Re-charred Oak Casks Small Batch single malt.

The Ex-bourbon Oak Casks single malt has been crafted from a vatting of American Oak ex-bourbon casks laid down in 2016 – Bimber’s first year of production.

The initial batch (001) is bottled at 51.8% ABV, limited to 1948 bottles and will be available directly from the distillery’s online shop for £65.

Also being released on the 9th June are a selection of six cask strength, single cask releases, with three produced for the UK and three sister casks available for export markets.

The UK releases will be available directly from Bimber’s online web shop on the 9th June. The export releases will be available via specialist retailers in: Belgium; Denmark; France; Germany; Italy; Netherlands; Poland; Singapore and Taiwan.

Each of the new 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, which results in a light, fruit-forward, layered new make spirit.

Speaking of the new releases, the Bimber Founder and Master Distiller said: “Whilst the last few months have presented challenges to the distillery and my team, it is a great pleasure to unveil our latest English single malt whiskies. Our newest small batch release is very much the successor to our Re-charred Oak Casks single malt – it skilfully demonstrates how ex-bourbon wood perfectly complements the underlying character of our accessible fruit-forward spirit.”

He added “Alongside our newest small batch release, we’re excited to be offering a range of single cask expressions, all of which celebrate and showcase a different aspect of our spirit’s versatile style.”

Notes 

Bimber Ex-Bourbon Oak Casks Small Batch

A vatting of American Oak ex-bourbon casks

Nose: Green apple peels and dried stone fruits are joined by milk-soaked breakfast cereals, whilst vanilla sponge cake and desiccated coconut sit with buttered toast

Taste: An impactful combination of bright orchard fruits, baked apricots and sprightly pepper spicing sit with gently charred oak and creamy vanilla

Finish: Lasting sweetness tempered by persistent spicing

1,948 bottles
70cl
51.8% ABV
RRP £65

Release date: 9th June

Bimber single cask releases

UK market releases

Ex-bourbon Cask #8
58.3%
267 bottles
RRP £79.95

Virgin Cask #7
57.8%
249 bottles
RRP £79.95

Sherry Cask #42
58.1%
329 bottles
RRP £84.95

Export market releases

Ex-bourbon Cask #15
58.1%
264 bottles
RRP £79.95

Virgin Cask #94
57.4%
263 bottles
RRP £79.95

Sherry Cask #41
57.9%
335 bottles
RRP £84.95

UK market release date: 9th June 2020
Export market release date: From mid-June 2020

All UK releases (Ex-bourbon Oak Casks and 3x single casks) are initially limited to one (of each different bottling) per person

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.

RARE WHITE BOWMORE-43 YEAR OLD-1964 LEADS BONHAMS WHISKY SALE IN EDINBURGH – Scotch Whisky News

RARE WHITE BOWMORE-43 YEAR OLD-1964 LEADS BONHAMS WHISKY SALE IN EDINBURGH

White Bowmore-43 year old-1964. Estimate: £10,000 – 13,000

A rare bottle of White Bowmore-43 year old-1964 leads Bonhams live behind-closed-doors whisky sale at 22 Queen Street, Edinburgh on Wednesday 10 June. It is estimated at £10,000-13,000.

The bottle comes in a presentation case and is numbered 216 of a limited edition of 732. The whisky was distilled in Bowmore’s famous No One vaults on Guy Fawkes day, 5 November, 1964 in three bourbon casks which has given it an unusually light colour and accounts for the distinctive name, Bowmore White.  It is said to have the scent of tropical fruits, and a palette of pine, vanilla and honey.

Bonhams whisky specialist in Edinburgh Martin Green said: “I am very pleased that we have been able to harness new technology to present a sale in these difficult times and to maintain the quality and choice for which our whisky auctions are renowned. Our leading lot, the White Bowmore-43 year old-1964, seldom appears on the market and I am expecting interest from collectors around the world.”

Other highlights include:

·         A bottle of The Macallan-1938. Estimate: £10,000-12,000

·         A bottle of Black Bowmore-1964. The First Edition, bottled in 1993. Estimate: £5,000-9,000.

·         A bottle of Glenfiddich-47 year old-1964. Estimate: £5.000-7,000.

The sale will be a live ‘behind-closed-doors’ auction. An auctioneer will be present on the rostrum, and bids will be accepted in the following formats: online, on the phone, or by leaving an absentee bid. All bidding will be done remotely in accordance with the latest government guidelines.

Sale: Whisky

Location: live behind-closed-doors Edinburgh

Date: Wednesday 10 June starting at 11 am.

NOTES

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com. bonhams.com

 

Benromach unveils new look – Scotch Whisky News

Benromach unveils new look

— New look Benromach launched, same character and taste remains —

Benromach has launched a bold new look inspired by the Speyside distillery’s history and traditional approach to making their multi-award-winning single malt whisky.

Made by hand for genuine character, Benromach is a traditional Speyside distillery owned by a family intent on producing single malt the right way. Its small team of distillers rely entirely on their expertise and senses to make the finest handmade whisky, matured exclusively in first-fill casks, with a subtle smoky character and authentic Benromach taste.

The new look comes off the back of numerous recent awards for Benromach Single Malt Whiskies.  In May, Benromach 15 Years Old received a Double Gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition – an accolade only given to a liquid if the judging panel unanimously awards it a Gold rating and considers it to be among the finest products in the world.  Benromach 10 Years Old was awarded Gold at the same competition.

Commenting on its new look, Andrew Hannah, Head of Brand at Benromach, said: “We took inspiration for our new look from the hand-painted sign that used to adorn the roof over the kiln, along with the distinctive red doors around the distillery and the iconic red-brick chimney.

“The design aims to convey the genuine handcrafted care that goes into Benromach and to serve as a promise that every drop is made in Forres using just four ingredients: barley, water, yeast and the expertise of our distillers.

“Although the design for Benromach has changed, the character, taste and quality of our award-winning single malts remains the same.”

The new look Benromach 10 Years Old, 15 Years Old and 2009 Cask Strength Vintage are exclusively available from The Whisky Exchange in the United Kingdom for the next three months. The specialist on-line drinks retailer named Benromach 15 Years Old as its ‘Whisky of the Year 2020’ in a blind tasting last year.  The whiskies will also be available in specialist retailers in France and Germany from the beginning of June, before being rolled out to markets around the world over the next few months.

For more information about Benromach and its new look, visit www.benromach.com To find out more about The Whisky Exchange and the expressions available, visit www.thewhiskyexchange.com

Notes 

RRP:

  • Benromach 10 will be available from £39.99 // EUR €49.99
  • Benromach 15 will be available from £59.99 // EUR €69.99
  • Benromach Cask Strength 2009 will be available from £54.99 // EUR €64.99

About Benromach Distillery

Originally built in 1898, Benromach Distillery was brought back to life when the Urquhart family realised a lifelong dream to own a distillery and purchased it in 1993. The distillery was extensively re-equipped over a five-year period before it was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Rothesay in 1998.

In reopening Benromach Distillery, the Urquhart family wanted to create a single malt whisky that has a classic Speyside character: beautifully balanced with a light touch of smoke.

Benromach Distillery is located on the outskirts of the ancient market town of Forres. A five-star visitor centre is open to the public throughout the year for tours and tastings. Benromach Distillery is a member of the world-famous Malt Whisky Trail.

For more information, visit: www.benromach.com

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 two stores in Covent Garden and Great Portland. A third store is due to open soon in 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. It 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; 500 rums; 450 gins; 200 bourbons; 150 Tequilas; one retailer. 

London Shops:

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

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

Online: thewhiskyexchange.com/ Tel: 020 8838 9388

10th Street Distillery’s STR Cask aged Single Malt Wins Double Gold Ahead of New Launch – American Whisky News

10th Street Distillery’s STR Cask aged Single Malt Wins Double Gold Ahead of New Launch

Find this unpeated whisky at California retailers and Select Online stores — 

San Jose, CA (May 18, 2020)STR Single Malt, from San Jose’s 10th Street Distillery, was recently awarded a Double Gold from the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The influential award, announced in March at one of the last major spirits industry events before California’s shelter-in-place order took effect, follows 10th Street’s Double Gold at the 2019 New York World Wine and Spirits Competition for its Peated Single Malt American Whisky.

Following this esteemed recognition, the first launch (2,000 bottles) of STR Single Malt (ABV 46 %, MSRP $65) is now available at retailers across California, including Total Wine and More; Palo Alto Fine Wine and Spirits; The Whisky Shop  and San Francisco Wine Trading Company in San Francisco; Vintage Wine Merchants and Don’s Liquors in San Jose; and Mission Wine and Spirits in Pasadena. Please visit retailer web sites for current COVID-19 hours and service options. In addition, several retailers, including Vintage Wine Merchants and The Whisky Shop will ship to certain approved states.

STR Single Malt unpeated whisky is an all-American creation, matured in ex-bourbon casks that have been shaved, toasted, and re-charred (STR) to impart some of the flavors of freshly-charred wood, without being overwhelmed by oak notes from direct immersion in virgin American Oak barrels.  This strikes a balance between the oak influence from new casks prevalent in American whiskies and used barrels common in traditional Scotch techniques.  10th Street uses their own process to condition the barrels used in STR Single Malt, and uses domestic two-row malted barley, double distills in all-copper pot stills and, finally, bottles without chill-filtering, to preserve complexity. STR Single Malt is one of only a few American single malts to use STR barrels.

“For our first unpeated product, we wanted to create a distinctive single malt whisky that strikes a balance between the influence of the freshly charred American oak, and classic malt notes. Using specially prepared STR barrels allowed us to bring in the caramel, almost candy-like notes from the wood and pair them with the malt coming from our copper pot double-distilling process.  The result is a delicate, yet flavorful whisky that is truly unique” says Virag Saksena, CEO, 10th Street Distillery. 

TASTING NOTES

Nose: Lightly spicy with overtones of sweet caramel and butterscotch
Color: Light golden
Palate: Complex cherry-like sweetness with notes of vanilla bean, nutmeg, and clove
Finish: Smooth and round, filled with decadent flavors of candied fruits
ABV: 46%
MSRP: $65

Try STR Single Malt unpeated American whiskey neat, with a splash of water, over ice, or in cocktails such as the “Miracle on 10th Street,” crafted by Stephen Shelton at Lexington House, Los Gatos:

MIRACLE ON 10TH STREET | FIVE-SPICE BROWN BUTTER WASH | TIKI BITTERS

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz of Butter-Washed 10th Street STR Single Malt
  • 4 dashes of Tiki Bitters (any type will do, based on your preference)

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice, stir well and strain over into an old-fashioned glass with a nice clear ice cube from Clear Ice Co. of San Jose. No garnish. Sip and enjoy this pure, creamy, and balanced whisky old fashioned.

About 10th Street Distillery:

San Jose’s first craft distillery, 10th Street Distillery was founded by two engineers with just one objective – creating world-class whiskies. A grain-to-glass distillery, it reinterprets time-honored traditions using modern techniques and engineering ingenuity to create its award-winning products. Their first product is a Peated Single Malt Whisky, a new American classic that respects tradition, but is not afraid to forge a new path.

An update from English Whisky

On Thursday 4th June we will take the momentous step of opening the distillery gates to the public for the first time in 11 weeks. Those of you that are keen to venture out and visit us will see quite a few changes have occurred on site. We have moved the whisky shop and reception back to the old distillery building as The Kitchen will remain closed for the time being.

Initially we will be offering 10 acres of grounds and a river walk for you to enjoy and our whisky & gift shop will be open for those who have a booze cupboard in need of replenishment or are in need of a gift for Fathers Day. In order to limit the covid risk – we will have a door bell on the door and ask you to ring this and we will come and let you in, enabling us to limit numbers in the shop itself; we will also ask you to give your hands a squirt with sanitiser at the door before entering. You may find some of our staff wear masks and glasses for obvious reasons, the only downside is that they won’t be able to drink with you. Finally the shop is going to remain cashless, so please bring a bit of plastic with you.

The missing parts of our offering sat dormant are the tours, bistro and conference facilities. The tours and conference facilities will open as soon as we can work out how to do this with social distancing or when social distancing rules are relaxed.

We would like to take this opportunity to warmly thank everybody who has supported us through these difficult times and look forward to seeing you all soon.

For the time being our Opening hours will be 10am – 4pm Monday –Saturday & 10am – 3pm on Sunday.

Kind Regards

Andrew Nelstrop

 Managing Director 

IRISH DISTILLERS NAMED IMPORTER OF THE YEAR AT SAN FRANCISCO WORLD SPIRITS COMPETITION 2020 – Irish Whiskey News

IRISH DISTILLERS NAMED IMPORTER OF THE YEAR AT  

SAN FRANCISCO WORLD SPIRITS COMPETITION 2020

Irish Distillers, makers of some of the world’s most enjoyed whiskeys, has been named Importer of the Year honour at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2020.

The accolade follows a stellar year for the world’s leading distiller of Irish whiskey, with brands across its portfolio achieving an outstanding 25 medals.

The Importer of the Year honour recognises the achievement of the distiller who attains the greatest number and level of medals. This year the award highlights Irish Distillers’ consistent commitment to producing whiskeys of outstanding quality to deliver exceptional experiences for discerning whiskey drinkers around the globe.

In addition to honouring Irish Distillers with one of its top awards, the judges of the annual tasting competition awarded its portfolio of Irish whiskeys with six Double Gold medals – including an exceptional performance from its celebrated and historic Spot range as Red Spot, Green Spot and Yellow Spot all collected a Double Gold medal.

Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength also received Double Gold, testament to the unrivalled quality and craftsmanship of the whiskeys produced at Irish Distillers’ Midleton Distillery in County Cork. Newcomer Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaleach Knockrath Forest was also highly commended, achieving a Double Gold medal on its first outing at the competition, reinforcing Midleton Very Rare’s standing as the pinnacle expression of Irish whiskey.

The Redbreast portfolio continued its legacy as the world’s most decorated single pot still Irish whiskey as Redbreast 12, Redbreast 15, Redbreast 21 and Redbreast Lustau Edition were presented with coveted Gold medals. The bold and distinctive taste of the Powers range was also recognised, with the judges awarding Powers John’s Lane, Powers Three Swallow and Powers Gold Label with Gold Medals. The accolades follow a dynamic new bottle design for Powers, announced earlier this year, as part of a bid to attract a new generation of drinkers to one of Ireland’s most loved whiskey brands.

Irish Distillers’ intrepid step into the modern premium gin market was also rewarded, with its METHOD AND MADNESS Irish Micro Distilled Gin taking home a Gold medal after being unveiled last year as the first release from Irish Distillers’ new Micro Distillery in Midleton. The award acknowledges the commitment to experimentation and innovation within the METHOD AND MADNESS range, which continues to push the boundaries and re-write the future of modern Irish spirits.

Commenting on the strong start to the 2020 awards season, Tommy Keane, Production Director at Irish Distillers, explains: “We are delighted to have received such a fantastic range of honours from one of the world’s leading tasting competitions, and one of the ultimate accolades for any distiller to win – Importer of the Year.

“We are incredibly proud that our whiskeys continue to impress both whiskey experts and connoisseurs around the world. These awards are a true testament of the passion, creativity and commitment of the world-class production team who make Midleton Distillery a special place to work.”

Now in its 20th year, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition is one of the oldest spirits tasting competitions of its kind. A blind tasting process guarantees that every entry is judged fairly and given equal consideration.

Notes 

Full results from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2020:

  • Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength – Double Gold Medal
  • Midleton Dair Ghaelach Knockrath Forest  -Double Gold Medal
  • Method and Madness Single Malt – Double Gold
  • Green Spot – Double Gold Medal
  • Yellow Spot – Double Gold Medal
  • Red Spot – Double Gold Medal
  • Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition – Gold Medal
  • Method and Madness Irish Micro Distilled Gin – Gold Medal
  • Jameson Crested – Gold Medal
  • Jameson 18 Year Old – Gold Medal
  • Jameson Coopers Croze – Gold Medal
  • Redbreast 12 Year Old – Gold Medal
  • Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength – Gold Medal
  • Redbreast 15 Year Old – Gold Medal
  • Redbreast 21 Year Old – Gold Medal
  • Redbreast Lustau Edition – Gold Medal
  • Powers John’s Lane 12 Years Old – Gold Medal
  • Powers Three Swallow – Gold Medal
  • Powers Gold Label – Gold Medal
  • Midleton Very Rare 2019 – Gold Medal
  • Method and Madness Single Grain Irish – Silver Medal
  • Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition – Silver Medal
  • Jameson Black Barrel – Silver Medal
  • Jameson Distillers Safe – Silver Medal
  • Jameson Blender’s Dog – Silver Medal

About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is one of Ireland’s leading suppliers 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 bestselling Irish whiskey, experiencing 30 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 8m 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 €400 million to double our production and bottling capacity 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.

BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY RELEASING WELLER SINGLE BARREL BOURBON – American Whiskey News

BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY

RELEASING WELLER SINGLE BARREL BOURBON 

New Addition to Wheated Bourbon Line to be Annual Release 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (May 19, 2020) A Weller Single Barrel offering is the latest addition in the storied Weller bourbon line from Buffalo Trace Distillery.  Bottled at 97 proof, the Weller Single Barrel will be an annual release, starting this Summer.

“Many of our Weller fans have been asking for a single barrel bourbon for quite a while, and we’ve planned for this addition for a number of years, so we’re excited to be able to make this happen, said Joshua Steely, marketing manager, bourbon. “Our rye bourbon mash bill has a variety of options, like Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Stagg Jr. George T. Stagg and E.H. Taylor, Jr. bourbons, so it’s nice to be able to offer some variety in our wheated bourbon mash bill as well.”

            Tasting notes for the new expression describe the new Weller Single Barrel as having a nose of cherry and mint, fading to vanilla.  Caramel and baking spices with hints of cocoa explode on the palate, with a finish of cinnamon, coffee, and a hint of pepper.

            Weller Single Barrel joins the Weller line up of Weller Special Reserve, Weller Antique 107, Weller 12 years old, Weller Full Proof, Weller Craft Your Perfect Bourbon, and William Larue Weller, which is part of the Antique Collection, released each fall.

The Weller Single Barrel will be available starting in June this year, and although the offering will be limited, it will be released once per year.  The packaging will contain a cork stopper, like the Weller Full Proof Bourbon released last year.  Suggested retail pricing is $49.99.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 35 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year by “Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018” and its William Larue Weller and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac were named 2nd and 3rd finest whiskeys in the world, respectively, in the “Jim Murray Whiskey Bible 2020.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 1,000 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com

‘BLAAACK SHEEP’ OF ISLAY ROUNDS UP FANS FOR VIRTUAL ARDBEG DAY – Scotch Whisky News

‘BLAAACK SHEEP’ OF ISLAY ROUNDS UP FANS FOR VIRTUAL ARDBEG DAY

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Ardbeg Committee and this year’s Limited Edition, Ardbeg Blaaack

Usually held on the final Saturday of Islay’s Festival of Music and Malt (Fèis Ìle), Ardbeg Day is a global, annual celebration of all things Ardbeg. This year, with the festival sadly cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Ardbeg is taking its celebrations online, and inviting malt whisky lovers everywhere to join them as they toast two incredible decades of the Ardbeg Committee.

The Ardbeg Blaaack Whisky Trials will be broadcast on 30 May 2020 via Facebook to Ardbeg fans around the world. The two-hour programme of tastings, games, and entertainment is in celebration of the Ardbeg Committee’s 20th Anniversary (founded in the year 2000). It takes as its theme the Limited Edition bottled in their honour, Ardbeg Blaaack: a single malt which knits together flavours of velvety summer fruit pudding and bitter cherry, with a deeper edge of soot and Ardbeg’s hallmark smoke.

Mickey Heads, Ardbeg Distillery Manager, said: “We were looking forward to marking Ardbeg Day this year with our dyed-in-the-wool fans here at the Distillery, and at celebrations around world. Sadly, global events overtook us.

“However, we’ve put our heads together and come up with a back-up plan to keep our Committee Members entertained, safe at home. I’ll be shepherding the Ardbeg team in an online extravaganza instead – expect tastings of some much-loved whiskies, fun, blether, and maybe even a few Blaaack-inspired surprises.”

You can tune into the Ardbeg Blaaack Whisky Trials from 7pm BST on Ardbeg’s Facebook page, with content available to watch later on Ardbeg.com, Instagram and YouTube. Ardbeg Blaaack will be available to buy from www.ardbeg.com, Ardbeg Embassies, whisky specialists, and online retailers around the world from 30 May 2020, although distribution may be a bit delayed in some markets due to the current Coronavirus restrictions.

www.ardbeg.com

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NOTES:

What is a Whisky Trial?

We’ve taken our inspiration for the Ardbeg Blaaack Whisky Trials from the rural tradition of Sheepdog Trials. A Sheepdog Trial is a competitive dog sport in which herding dogs move sheep around a field, fences, gates, or enclosures as directed by their handlers. We won’t be herding any whisky lovers, but we may have some tests of agility as part of our programme of events…

Aroma: On the nose baked fruit pudding knits together seamlessly with cedar wood and aromatic cigar box. Oak tannins and rich truffles then break away to reveal subtle notes of smoky jam tart.

With a splash of water, intense aromas of bitter cherry and a curiously zesty note emerges. Naturally, this dram then travels in a different direction with lovely fragrant violet notes.

Taste: A velvety and surprisingly furry mouthfeel drives your palate into a complex symphony of contrasting flavours. Aniseed, soot and summer fruits – such as cherries, strawberries, apricots and pears – give way to crumbly pastry, dark chocolate, coffee and almonds.

Finish: A long, lingering sooty finish.

Casks:             Pinot Noir

ABV:                46%

Colour:          Deep cherry blossom

RRP: £94 

Ardbeg:

Ardbeg prides itself on being The Ultimate Islay Malt Whisky.  Established in 1815, Ardbeg is revered by connoisseurs around the world as the peatiest, smokiest and most complex of all the Islay malts.  Despite its smokiness, Ardbeg is renowned for its delicious sweetness, a phenomenon that has affectionately become known as ‘the peaty paradox’.  During the 1980s and 1990s, Ardbeg suffered from an uncertain future and it was not until the brand was purchased by The Glenmorangie Company in 1997 that the Distillery was saved from extinction.  Since then, the Distillery has risen like a phoenix and today Ardbeg is well established as a niche, cult malt, with a passionate following.  

Ardbeg Committee:

The legacy of the whisky was safeguarded in 2000 by the formation of the Ardbeg Committee (1 January 2000).  The Committee is made up of thousands of Ardbeg followers worldwide who are keen to ensure that “the doors of Ardbeg never close again”.  Today there are more than 100,000 members of the Ardbeg Committee in over 130 countries.  Committee members are regularly consulted on new bottlings and expressions and are offered exclusive Committee bottlings.  Members also receive invitations to special gatherings, tastings and events.  The Committee, chaired by Mickey Heads, is free to join at ardbeg.com.

Awards:

Ardbeg is the world’s most highly awarded smoky single malt whisky.  Since 2008, Ardbeg has won more than 50 gold and double gold medals in key whisky competitions.  Ardbeg was voted ‘Scotch Whisky of the Year’ twice by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible (2008, 2009) and has twice been awarded ‘World’s Best Single Malt’ at the World Whiskies Awards (2010, 2013).  At the 2014 Global Icons of Whisky Awards, Mickey Heads was voted ‘Distillery Manager of the Year’.  The following year, Ardbeg’s expressions took the top three spots in Whisky Advocate magazine’s review of the best single malt Scotch whiskies under US$100.  Meanwhile, both Ardbeg Corryvreckan and Ardbeg Uigeadail have been awarded gold medals at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. In 2019, Dr Bill Lumsden was awarded Master Distiller of the Year for the third time in four years. Ardbeg 10 Years Old also won the Best Single Malt Scotch 10 Year Old at the International Whisky Competition 2019, while the Ardbeg Distillery was declared the Distillery of the Year 2019.

The Glenmorangie Company:

The Company is one of the most renowned and innovative distillers and marketers of Scotch whisky brands worldwide and is part of Moët Hennessy, the wine and spirits division of Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.  Headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, the Company produces Glenmorangie Single Highland Malt whisky and Ardbeg Single Islay Malt.

Responsible Drinking:

Ardbeg and The Glenmorangie Company advocate responsible drinking and suggest that drinkers savour Ardbeg whiskies in moderation and in line with recommended daily guidelines for alcohol consumption.

JAPANESE WHISKY SETS TOP BONHAMS HONG KONG WHISKY SALE – Auction Whisky News

JAPANESE WHISKY SETS TOP BONHAMS HONG KONG WHISKY SALE

First Auction in Hong Kong Behind Closed Doors
Live Biddings via Online, Phone and in Written Form

Young Collectors Go From Strength to Strength
Nearly Half the Bidders Under 40 Years Old, Winning Top Lots of Sale

Strong Global Participation From 22 Countries
Spanning Oceania, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Americas

Top Lot: The ‘Ghost Series’ Whisky Collection (11 bottles)

Sold for HK$ 967,200

Estimate: HK$ 820,000 – 1,000,000

Commenting on the result, Daniel Lam, Bonhams’ Director of Wine & Spirits, Asia, said: ‘We are pleased to see that the market is active. Japanese whisky, a category already trending over the past few years, shows strong resilience under the current climate, commanding prices in line with high estimates. This solid sale was encouraged by strong, global biddings from 22 countries, especially those from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China. Meanwhile, young collectors under 40 years old continue to increase, in terms of both numbers (they account for nearly half of the sale’s bidders) and buying power (the top two lots of the sale – both Japanese whisky sets – sold to young collectors).’

Notable highlights:

Japanese Whisky

  • Lot 475  The ‘Ghost Series’ Whisky Collection (11 bottles)

Sold for HK$ 967,200

Estimate: HK$ 820,000 – 1,000,000

  • Lot 449  Yamazaki & Hakushu Vintage Malt – 1979 – 1994 (16 bottles)

Sold for HK$ 682,000

Estimate: HK$ 600,000 – 800,000

  • Lot 505  Hanyu Ichiro’s Malt-Joker ‘Monochrome’ and Hanyu Ichiro’s Malt-Joker ‘Colour’

Sold for HK$ 446,400

Estimate: HK$ 350,000 – 450,000

  • Lot 439 Hibiki ceramic – 35 year old – Tokuda Yasokichi III

Sold for HK$ 347,200

Estimate: HK$ 180,000 – 240,000

  • Lot 511  Karuizawa – 1964 – #3603

Sold for HK$ 322,400

Estimate: HK$ 260,000 – 300,000

  • Lot 287  Hibiki ceramic-35 year old-Sakaida Kakiemon XIV

Sold for HK$ 248,000

Estimate: HK$ 180,000 – 240,000

Please click here to find out further details of the auction result.

Specialist: Daniel Lam, Bonhams’ Director of Wine & Spirits, Asia

NOTES

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com. bonhams.com

Remote Orkney Island Distillery Keeping Community Spirits High with Zoom Tasting Event – Scotch Whisky News

Orkney Island Distillery Joins Remote Tasting Collaboration 

One of the UK’s northernmost whisky distilleries, Highland Park based in Kirkwall on the Orkney Islands, is collaborating for the second in a series of remote, online island tastings with Isle of Lewis ‘wild water’ business, Larkfire. 

Last month, James McIntosh, the founder of Larkfire, launched an online tastings series, sending free packs of its wild water and samples of whisky to islanders in the Outer Hebrides with the aim of keeping spirits high while businesses and communities are on lockdown and tourism is on hold.

At the end of this month, the second free ‘Whisky + Wild’ tasting will launch to communities in Orkney, with Highland Park providing samples of three of their limited edition whiskies: 13-year-old Saltire Edition 2, Ness of Brodgar’s Legacy 12-year-old and Scottish Ballet 50.

The interactive, online Zoom event, which encourages islanders to connect and communicate during lockdown, will be hosted by whisky evangelist Eddie Ludlow, founder of The Whisky Lounge.

James McIntosh, whose Larkfire business donates a percentage of sales to The Stornoway Trust, hopes to build on the success of last month’s event which saw 30 local people and businesses connect via its first live tasting.

He said: “We’re keen to support communities and businesses throughout Scotland and the idea for these online tastings came about as we were mulling over what we could do to help, just to raise spirits a little.

“Building on last month’s event – which was so successful, the tasting event was followed by an impromptu online ‘after party’ – we are collaborating with Highland Park, a distillery with a close affinity to one of our founders.

“We are inviting members of the local communities across the Orkney islands to join our free online ‘Whisky + Wild’ event and hope to unite many people in raising a glass during lockdown, supporting each other and promoting local businesses across the islands and beyond.”

Graham Bruce, Visits and Retail Operations Manager, Highland Park, said:  “We are delighted to be collaborating with Larkfire’s online tasting event and hope that everyone will enjoy sampling some of our limited edition single malts.”

Larkfire – a natural ‘wild water’ that brings out the full flavour of whisky – is stocked by prestigious venues including Boisdale Group sites in Mayfair, Belgravia, Canary Wharf and Bishopsgate. Soho Whisky Club also uses Larkfire for its tasting events, and Islington restaurant Frederick’s offers Larkfire alongside its range of world whiskies.  It was named Best Premium Drink at the World Beverage Innovation Awards.

Larkfire’s Whisky + Wild tasting with Highland Park is on Friday 29th May at 6.30pm.  To enquire about future ‘Whisky + Wild’ online tastings email James@larkfire.co.uk

Notes

About Larkfire

A percentage of Larkfire sales flow back into the Outer Hebrides via a partnership with The Stornoway Trust – a community landlord that looks after 69,000 acres of land on the Isle of Lewis, where the water is sourced.

Larkfire was launched after a study by Swedish chemists Björn Karlsson and Ran Friedman in the Scientific Reports journal helped prove that water boosts the concentration of flavour compounds at the surface of whisky, enhancing the flavour.


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