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THE GLENLIVET MASTER DISTILLER, ALAN WINCHESTER, HONOURED WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Scotch Whisky News

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THE GLENLIVET MASTER DISTILLER, ALAN WINCHESTER, HONOURED WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

13 July 2018 –The Glenlivet is today celebrating a true industry icon as it raises a dram to its very own Master Distiller, Alan Winchester, who has been awarded one of the most prestigious industry accolades, the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Starting out as a distillery tour guide before becoming the ultimate guarantor of THE definitive Speyside malt, The Glenlivet, Alan has experienced a number of significant achievements in his 40 years in the industry. He was the man behind The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, the number one Single Malt innovation globally in the past five years (IWSR, 2016), and more recently crafted The Glenlivet Captain’s Reserve, a new Single Malt whisky selectively finished in high-quality cognac casks.

His other significant accomplishments include:

  • Releasing The Glenlivet’s first series of 50 Year Old whiskies, which was named in his honour (The Winchester Collection)
  • Creating The Glenlivet Smugglers Trails in 2007 in conjunction with the Crown Estate
  • Becoming a Master of the Quaich in 1997 and acting as President of the Malt Distillers Association in 2008 for three years
  • Serving as Chairman of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in Scotland, and subsequently receiving his Fellowship

Alan does not leave his passion for his job at work. During his travels, he enjoys visiting wineries and distilleries to continue to learn more about distillation and fermentation techniques. In addition, every year at the annual Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, Alan can be found leading walks along the highland trails, sharing his personal insight and historical perspective to the many eager walkers and whisky lovers visiting Scotland.

Now in its 23rd year, the ISC is one of the most authoritative, respected and influential spirits competitions in the world. Founded on a rigorous and independent judging process, the Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates the work and commitment of an individual who has made a significant impact on the drinks industry during their career.

Editor of Drinks International, and a judge for the ISC, comments:

“Alan has been nominated, judged, by his peers.  It is an enormous compliment to Mr Winchester for services rendered to the Scotch whisky industry down the years.  He is not only a consummate professional, but a highly approachable, likeable guy who is able to convey the mysteries and complexities of the creation of Scotch whisky, in remarkably easy to understand terms.” 

Miriam Eceolaza, Global Brand Director at The Glenlivet, comments: “It’s hard to find someone who brings quite as much enthusiasm and dedication to their job as Alan and we’re thrilled that his hard work has been recognised. The ISC is one of the most prestigious awards bodies in the industry, and the Lifetime Achievement Award in particular celebrates true excellence. It’s an exciting time for Scotch and we are lucky to have Alan as The Master Distiller of The Glenlivet.”

Alan Winchester, Master Distiller at The Glenlivet, comments: “I am honoured and touched to have received this award. I started my career at The Glenlivet in 1979, and over those years have witnessed a fair few changes. But the one thing that has remained the same is the dedication to excellence and the commitment to maintaining the exceptional quality for which The Glenlivet has become known. This passion and dedication is shared by the entire team at the distillery and I’d like to thank them for their support over the years. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Old Pulteney releases limited edition twin pack featuring world’s best whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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Old Pulteney releases limited edition twin pack featuring world’s best whiskies 

Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky has announced the release of a twin pack featuring two of the world’s best whiskies – Old Pulteney 21 Year Old and Old Pulteney 1989 Vintage.

The 21 Year Old became a classic release after being named World Whisky of the Year in 2012 by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. Now fans of the rich, full-bodied expression can get their hands on the last available UK stock, as well as the last of the World’s Best Single Malt (according to the World Whiskies Awards 2016), the Old Pulteney 1989 Vintage.

Both of these rare and exciting bottlings encompass the maritime malt’s famed power and subtlety of the sea. The limited release comprises just 276 packs worldwide, all of which will be individually numbered and accompanied by a hand signed certificate from Old Pulteney’s Distillery Manager Malcolm Waring.

Packaged in a premium case and exclusive to the UK, the release of these iconic Single Malts will be a much sought after collector’s item for any whisky connoisseur or enthusiast.

Old Pulteney 21 Year Old 

This bottle was previously crowned the winner of ‘World Whisky of the Year’ in the prestigious Jim Murray’s 2012 Whisky Bible, one of the industry’s highest accolades.

Old Pulteney 21 Year Old is a golden amber liquid with straw highlights.  The full-bodied expression is fragrant and spicy on the nose with hints of apple and pears. The taste is rich and sweet, with subtle light fruity notes and touches of honey and vanilla, followed by a dry finish.

Jim Murray, Whisky Writer, describes the exquisite dram as, “by far and away one of the great whiskies of 2012, absolutely exploding from the glass with vitality, charisma and class.”

Old Pulteney 1989 Vintage

Winner of the ‘World’s Best Single Malt’ at the prestigious World Whiskies Awards in 2016, this polished amber dram is a divine nod to the Old Pulteney maritime heritage.

Old Pulteney 1989 Vintage contains aromas of spice and green apples wrapped in a veil of wood smoke. Further accents of honey and vanilla with a lemony top note and a faint floral scent linger on the nose.

The flavour is rich and dark with subtle spices that embody the dram, before sweeter notes of vanilla, coconut and bitter orange marmalade surface. The finish is long-lasting and satisfying.

Old Pulteney Distillery Manager, Malcolm Waring, describes it as “easily one of my favourite Old Pulteney expressions and a very worthy winner of a World’s Best accolade.”

Vicki Wright, Old Pulteney Brand Manager, said:

“It doesn’t get better than this. The twin pack speaks for itself, with each expression winning a top-respected industry award for their exceptional quality. We are incredibly proud of these exquisite bottles and hope other passionate whisky drinkers share our enthusiasm about this special collector’s release.”

The twin pack will be available in the UK only from selected whisky specialists from mid July with a recommended retail price around £600.

For further information about Old Pulteney visit https://www.oldpulteney.com/ 

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About Old Pulteney 

Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Old Pulteney is one of the world’s finest and most distinctive single malt Scotch whiskies. Known as the ‘Maritime Malt’, it is crafted in the windswept coastal town of Wick, home to the Pulteney Distillery which is one of the most northerly on the Scottish mainland. The distillery was established in 1826 in the heart of ‘Pulteneytown’, the town created to house fishermen during Wick’s famous herring boom which drew a fleet of over 1000 boats and 7000 workers to this remote and rugged harbour.

Old Pulteney is the embodiment of this place, its people and its remarkable history. The skilled Pulteney Distillery team continues to craft whisky using the most traditional and time-honoured techniques that most others have long abandoned. This includes the uniquely shaped Pulteney stills, which are reflected in the design of the Old Pulteney bottle on shelves today.

Matured in hand-selected oak casks, the resulting whisky has been acclaimed for its excellence, its smooth drinking style and faint hint of the sea. Old Pulteney holds the coveted title of ‘World Whisky of the Year’ for 2012 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible – one of the industry’s highest accolades – and most recently the ‘World’s Best Single Malt Whisky’ of 2016 by the prestigious World Whiskies Awards. The whisky also achieved top ten status in the UK single malt market in 2012 and is flourishing in many other countries around the world. Most recently, Old Pulteney 12 Year Old and 25 Year Old won gold at the San Francisco Spirits Awards.

Bulleit™ Bourbon Gets Inked By Nation’s Top Tattoo Artists For Launch Of Limited Edition Bottle Series – American Whiskey News

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Bulleit Bourbon Gets Inked By Nation’s Top Tattoo Artists For Launch Of Limited Edition Bottle Series

Award-Winning, High-Rye Whiskey Reveals Tattoo Art Collection by Artists Shawn Barber, Jess Mascetti, Thomas Hooper and Jason Kundell Just in Time for National Tattoo Day

SHELBYVILLE, Ky., July 17, 2018 –  Tattoos aren’t just an art form, but a means of personal expression that continues to evolve as tattoo artists push creative boundaries with ink. Leading into National Tattoo Day, Bulleit Bourbon is teaming up with four trailblazing artists and shaking up tattoo culture with the announcement of Bulleit™ Bourbon Tattoo Edition. The latest Frontier Work is a limited collection of tattooed Bulleit Bourbon bottles. Bulleit Frontier Works is an ongoing series of projects and collaborations with modern cultural creators.

Bulleit Bourbon Tattoo Edition is a series of four unique tattoo designs on the iconic Bulleit bottle. These collectible bottles were created in partnership with some of the country’s top tattoo artists whose work is inspired by the frontier spirit and culture of the cities they live in. The collaborations mark the first time the Bulleit Bourbon bottle has been altered, transforming the frontier-inspired bottles into collectable pieces of modern art. Each bottle includes a hangtag featuring a scannable QR code to access an interactive Augmented Reality experience, bringing each artist’s design to life digitally.

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“I’ve always thought the Bulleit bottle was badass because of its unique shape and iconic design,” said Shawn Barber of Memoir Tattoo in LA. “Putting my own unique spin on it was a fun challenge because I didn’t want to mess with the style too much, but did want to share what LA means to me through my art. Bulleit gave me a lot of creative liberty and I’m proud of how it turned out.”

Barber originally partnered with Bulleit in 2017 to create the first Bulleit Frontier Works campaign which brought 24 talented tattoo artists from Southern California together to craft the world’s first tattoo billboard. Bulleit and the artists created a 35-ft. leather tattoo billboard, which was displayed in LA’s Silver Lake neighborhood and now travels to festivals across the country. Bulleit Bourbon Tattoo Edition has once again united artists from a variety of tattoo genres to celebrate one of the world’s most precious forms of personal expression and share the frontier spirit of tattoo culture.

“These artists are some of the most talented people I’ve ever met,” said Ed Bello, Brand Director for Bulleit. “It’s an honor to work with people who share our passion for pushing boundaries on the frontier with such creativity, and to feature their art on our Bulleit Bourbon bottles. Let’s raise a glass to tattoo culture, style and the artists that bring it to life everyday through their passion and dedication to ink.”

Inside each Tattoo Edition bottle is the same award-winning, high-rye Bulleit Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey that 21+ consumers are encouraged to responsibility enjoy neat, on the rocks, beside an ice-cold beer or in a classic cocktail. Bulleit Bourbon Tattoo Edition carries a suggested retail price of $24.99 and can be found at your local retailer.

For more information on Frontier Works and the limited release Bulleit Bourbon Tattoo Edition bottles, follow Bulleit on Instagram @Bulleit and check out the hashtag #FrontierWorks.

About Bulleit Frontier Whiskey
Bulleit is one of the fastest-growing whiskeys in America, founded in 1987 by Tom Bulleit, who attributes that growth to bartenders and cultural partners who’ve adopted it as their own. The Bulleit Frontier Whiskey portfolio is distilled and aged in the Bulleit family tradition, using a higher proportion of rye grain, which gives them a distinctive bold, spicy taste. Most recently, Bulleit Barrel Strength Bourbon won a Double Gold medal and Best Straight Bourbon at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

In 2017, Bulleit celebrated its 30th anniversary with the opening of a new, state-of-the-art distillery located in Shelbyville, Ky. In 2019, a Visitor’s Center will open at the Bulleit Distilling Co. in Shelbyville to share our modern, technological and sustainable approach to making great whiskey. Fans are invited to learn more about the past, present and future of Bulleit by visiting the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at Stitzel-Weller in Louisville, KY., a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour. For more information, visit www.bulleit.com or follow @Bulleit on Instagram.

About Diageo
Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan’s whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness. Diageo is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com. Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice.

Follow us on Twitter for news and information about Diageo North America: @Diageo_NA.
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Heaven Hill Distillery Announces Release of 2018 Parker’s Heritage Collection Limited Edition Bottling – American Whiskey News

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Heaven Hill Distillery Announces Release of 2018 Parker’s Heritage Collection Limited Edition Bottling

12th Edition of annual ultra-premium release renews partnership with Master Blender Alain Royer and continues support of ALS research and patient care

BARDSTOWN, KY— Heaven Hill Distillery announced today the 2018 limited edition release of Parker’s Heritage Collection Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in orange curaçao barrels. The 12th edition will ship into select markets across the country beginning in September.

The 2018 edition showcases the versatility that Heaven Hill’s 1.4 million aging barrels provide for an ultra-premium, innovative Bourbon. Aged for seven to eight years in the upper floors of Rickhouse Q, the Bourbon was then aged for four months in barrels that previously held French orange curaçao liqueur. The orange curaçao finished offering is the second barrel-finished Bourbon in twelve years of the annual Parker’s Heritage Collection series. Royer also partnered on a previous edition, which featured a Cognac finished Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Bottled at 110 proof (55% abv) and non-chill filtered to preserve all the flavor compounds, the orange curaçao finish lends a unique flavor that complements the Bourbon without overpowering it, creating an entirely new and elegant tasting experience.

The annual release of Parker’s signature line is one of the most highly anticipated bottlings for Whiskey and Bourbon lovers worldwide, as the collection produces an innovative, highly sought after bottling each year and now serves as a remembrance of the collection’s namesake. Parker’s Heritage Collection was originally conceived to showcase the extraordinary quality and broad range of Heaven Hill’s American Whiskey holdings, as Heaven Hill boasts the world’s second largest inventory of aging American Whiskey.

The late Heaven Hill Master Distiller Parker Beam, for whom the acclaimed series is named, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also called ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2010. The past five editions from 2013-2017, including the “Promise of Hope” Bourbon, the “Original Batch” Straight Wheat Whiskey, the Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey, the 24-Year-Old Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon, and the 11-Year-Old Single Barrel, respectively, have raised over one million dollars toward ALS research and patient care through contributions made by Heaven Hill for each bottle purchased. Heaven Hill will continue with this cause-related campaign, and will again contribute a portion of the proceeds from the average national retail cost of $89.99 of each 750ml bottle sold of this year’s release to the ALS Association. With every past edition of Parker’s Heritage Collection quickly selling out, the company expects to continue to generate significant dollars for this effort in Parker’s memory.

“We are excited to resume our partnership with Alain Royer as we continue to innovate with barrel finished products,” said Susan Wahl, Group Product Director at Heaven Hill Distillery.  “Parker appreciated thoughtful, new ways to enjoy Bourbon, as evidenced by his original collaboration with Royer.  This newest edition blends both Parker’s imprint, as the Bourbon was distilled by him several years ago, but also the imprint of our current Master Distiller, Denny Potter, who worked through countless samples to find the perfect balance of flavor and Bourbon. We are proud to continue offering the Parker’s Heritage Collection in his memory and continue to support ALS research and patient care efforts.”

Packaged in the same upscale 750ml bottle as the previous eleven editions, but with a beige colored label, the newest Parker’s Heritage Collection edition reflects the care and craftsmanship of its contents. Available in a three-bottle case, it will be featured on the shelves and back bars of the nation’s finest spirits retailers and on-premise accounts starting in September. With previous releases having won multiple awards from Whisky Advocate magazine, Whisky Magazine and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the series stands as some of the most critically lauded American Whiskeys in recent memory. Past bottlings have won awards ranging from “Best North American Whiskey” to “American Whiskey of the Year” to “Best of Show, Brown Spirits.”

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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 1.4 million barrels aging in 56 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 title of 2018 San Francisco Spirits Competition Best Bourbon, 2017 Whisky Advocate Whisky of the Year, and previously held the titles of 2016 Whisky Magazine Distillery of the Year, 2016 Whisky Advocate American Whiskey of the Year and 2016 Rye Whiskey of the Year from “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.” For more information, please visit www.heavenhilldistillery.com.

THE MACALLAN REVEALS LATEST LIMITED-EDITION WHISKY: EDITION NO.4 – Scotch Whisky News

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THE MACALLAN REVEALS LATEST LIMITED-EDITION WHISKY: EDITION NO.4

AN EMBODIMENT OF THE NEW SPEYSIDE DISTILLERY

New York, July 11, 2018 – The Macallan has unveiled Edition No.4 – a new limited-edition whisky. The fourth release in the innovative Edition Series, Edition No.4 embodies the craftsmanship and pioneering design of the new Macallan Distillery in Speyside, Scotland, which opened in June 2018. The liquid  demonstrates the mastery of whisky making on the estate since 1824 and is another exceptional example of The Macallan’s dedication to quality.

Edition No.4 explores the whisky making process, exposing the detail of its creation for true transparency. This limited-edition whisky has been shaped by the use of incomparable oak casks, which are the single greatest contributor to the outstanding quality, natural colors and distinctive aromas and flavors of The Macallan. Nick Savage, The Macallan’s Master Distiller, has handpicked casks to reflect a modern flavor profile while staying true to The Macallan Sherry-seasoned oak casks maturation.

The meticulous attention to detail and quality in the oak cask selection brings different dimensions as each cask imparts its own influence to the whisky, delivering surprising aromas and character. Crafted from a combination of European and American oak casks, Edition No.4 presents a zesty, vibrant and invigorating single malt that brings notes of rounded honey, sweet toffee and citrus fruits.

While previous releases, Edition No.1 and Edition No.2, highlighted the influence each cask has on the taste and flavor of the whisky, Edition No.3 provided an insight into the aromas. Edition No.4 stands out by revealing the structure of the whisky, drawing parallels on how the new Macallan Distillery is constructed, and showcases the lengths The Macallan goes to when creating single malts.

Taking inspiration from the structure of the new distillery, Edition No.4 exposes the role of each cask in the making of the whisky. European oak Sherry-seasoned casks from Tevasa provide the foundation, contributing rich notes of dried fruit and delivering a layer of wood spices and root ginger, while European oak Sherry-seasoned casks from Jose y Miguel Martin and Diego Martin Rosado shape the form of the whisky, offering notes of dried fruit, dates and figs.  American oak Sherry-seasoned casks from Vasyma balance the structure, imparting vanilla, toffees and butterscotch. The capstone which completes the composition is represented through refill sherry-seasoned oak casks, bringing the bright, lively character of citrus fruits.

Nick Savage, The Macallan Master Distiller, notes: “Edition No.4 is a celebration of The Macallan’s whisky making heritage as we enter an exciting new era, marking the coming together of our history and new horizons in the creation of two structural masterpieces: a remarkable whisky and a magnificent new distillery.”

With an ABV of 48.4% and a natural color of burnished copper, Edition No.4 is a distinct whisky that pushes the boundaries of innovation and reflects the passion, traditions and craftsmanship that goes into the art of the perfect cask selection.

The Edition No.4 limited edition pack featuring a hand signed print of The Macallan Distillery by Magnum photographer Paolo Pellegrin will be available in select retailers across the US as of July 2018 for a SRP of $100.

For further information visit: https://www.themacallan.com/

Tasting notes:

Color: Burnished copper  

Nose: Bold and rounded honey with a sweet toffee apple note. Orange zest follows a background of ginger and nutmeg. Robust, polished matured oak comes at the end in contrast to the subtle green wood and floral undertones.

Palate: Nutmeg with wood spices and green cloves open up immediately, with a calm following the intense beginnings, leaving a sweet and vanilla viscous mouth coating.

Finish: Fruity with oaky sweetness, long and lasting.

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About The Macallan

Founded in 1824 in the heart of Speyside, The Macallan is one of the world’s’ most admired and awarded single malt whiskies. The reputation of The Macallan is based on a product of outstanding quality and distinctive character, founded upon a set of guiding principles, the Six Pillars. An unrivalled obsession with quality has been the hallmark of The Macallan since its’ founding by Alexander Reid on a plateau above the river Spey in north-east Scotland. The distillery is surrounded by the 390 acre Macallan estate, with Easter Elchies House at its center, a Highland Manor built in 1700.

For more information visit www.us.themacallan.com. The Macallan can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

The Whisky Barrel Release STRATHCLYDE 30 YEAR OLD 1988 GLASGOW GARDEN FESTIVAL #62125 – Scotch Whisky News

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The Whisky Barrel releases their latest exclusive bottling, 

Specialist online whisky shop, TheWhiskyBarrel.com, is proud to release an exclusive single grain Scotch whisky from Strathclyde Grain Distillery to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Glasgow Garden Festival.

The Garden Festival took place in Glasgow between the 26th of April and 26th of September 1988 and attracted over four million visitors. It was one of the five National Garden Festivals and the only one in Scotland.

The National Garden Festivals were based on the German post-war ‘Bundesgartenschau’ idea for reclaiming large areas of disused or neglected land in cities. The Glasgow site is now home to the Glasgow Science Centre and a digital media village on the banks of the River Clyde.

Strathclyde Grain Distillery sits within the Gorbals district of Glasgow, just along the River Clyde from where the Garden Festival took place. The distillery is Glasgow’s only grain distillery but hasn’t always just made grain whiskies. A set of stills was installed in 1956 and the distillery produced a single malt, Kinclaith. In 1975 Strathclyde stopped producing malted whisky and turned to producing grain whisky for blends. There are no official bottlings of Strathclyde or Kinclaith available.

Strathclyde 30 Year Old 1988 is available exclusively from TheWhiskyBarrel.com. Distilled on the 9th of June 1988 and bottled on the 10th of June 2018. Single barrel #62125; there are just 137 bottles available. There will be a restriction of two bottles per customer in the interest of fairness.

Available exclusively from The Whisky Barrel, shipping to customers Worldwide including the United States of America, Canada and Japan. 

Strathclyde 30 Year Old Glasgow Garden Festival | 1988 | TheWhiskyBarrel.com| 54.3%

Tasting notes 

Colour: Golden syrup.

Nose: Sweet butterscotch and toffee. 

Taste: Caramelised sugar, rich toffee and Scottish vanilla tablet. 

Finish: Medium dry, satisfying finish with hints of fudge and toffee lingering. 

Price: £130 GBP / $143 USD (+ P&P) 

The Whisky Barrel E: info@thewhiskybarrel.com
Visit www.thewhiskybarrel.com T: +44 (0)845 2248 156
Find us on: Facebook, Twitter & Instagram

Notice:-

Q) What is the product called?
A) Strathclyde 30 Year Old 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival

Q) When will this product be released/was it released?
A) Wednesday 11th July 2018.

Q) Where is it available?
A) Scotland, off-trade, TheWhiskyBarrel.com.

Q) Is this product already available in other markets?
A) Scotland only, TheWhiskyBarrel.com ships worldwide.

Q) How much is it?
A) £130 GBP / $143 USD (+ P&P)

Q) Who handles the product’s distribution?
A) In-house at TheWhiskyBarrel.com.

Q) What is the ABV of this product?
A) 54.3% ABV natural cask strength.

Q) Why has this product been launched?
A) Limited Edition single cask distillery exclusive for The Whisky Barrel. 

The Whisky Barrel is a speciaslit online whisky and spirits merchant based in Fife, Scotland and  was established in 2007. The Whisky Barrel won Whisky Magazine Online Retailer 2018 and was International Wine & Spirits Competition runner-up in 2016.

N.B. Prices correct at the time of publishing and are subject to currency fluctuation.

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The Whisky Barrel releases their latest exclusive bottlings, Irish Single Malt, 14 Year Old, 2003, Exclusive Malts – Irish Whiskey News

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The Whisky Barrel releases their latest exclusive bottlings, Irish Single Malt, 14 Year Old, 2003, Exclusive Malts 

Specialist online whisky shop, TheWhiskyBarrel.com, is proud to release another fantastic Irish Single Malt from a mystery distillery on the Cooley Peninsula in Ireland.

The Irish Single Malt 14 Year Old 2003 is the follow-up to last year’s sell-out sister cask.

The Whisky Barrel has teamed up with The Creative Whisky Company to bring you a second helping of this great malt. Its providence is a secret distillery in Ireland. Single cask whiskey releases from this distillery are rare, making this bottling even more interesting.

Irish whiskey is enjoying a booming resurgence with new distilleries popping up across the Emerald Isle.

Distilled in a refill-sherry Hogshead on the 15th of December 2003, cask number 200503, bottled in June 2018 with an ABV of 50.5%, yields just 264 bottles. This Irish Malt was very popular last year, not least because it is something of an unusual and very interesting product. This new release is more of the same; put simply, a must-try.

The Creative Whisky Company, based in Dumfries & Galloway, bottles a wide range of malt whiskies. The company specialises in Exclusive, single cask, single malt whiskies.

Available exclusively from The Whisky Barrel, shipping to customers Worldwide including the United States of America, Canada and Japan. 

Irish Single Malt 14 Year Old | 2003 Exclusive Malts| 50.5%

Tasting notes 

Colour: Copper gold.

Nose: Lots of golden syrup and crisp apples. 

Taste: Crisp green apple peel mixed gently with melted brown sugars. Malt biscuits wrapped up in a sweet melody of tropical fruits, melon and a hint of citrus. Extra weight is brought by the heavy sherry cask influence, adding to the silky mouthfeel. 

Finish: Dry and sweet with a good length. 

Price: £57.14 GBP / $64.43 USD (+ P&P) 

The Whisky Barrel E: info@thewhiskybarrel.com
Visit www.thewhiskybarrel.com T: +44 (0)845 2248 156
Find us on: Facebook, Twitter & Instagram

Notes:-

  1. Q) What is the product called?
    A) Irish Single Malt, 14 Year Old, 2003, Exclusive Malts
  2. Q) When will this product be released/was it released?
    A)  Friday 6th of July 2018.Q) Where is it available?
    A) Scotland, off-trade, TheWhiskyBarrel.com.

    Q) Is this product already available in other markets?
    A) Scotland only, TheWhiskyBarrel.com ships worldwide.

    Q) How much is it?
    A) £57.14 GBP / $64.43 USD (+ P&P)

  1. Q) Who handles the product’s distribution?
    A) In-house at TheWhiskyBarrel.com.

Q) What is the ABV of this product?
A) 50.5% ABV natural cask strength.

  • Q) Why has this product been launched?
    A) Limited Edition single cask bottled exclusively by Berry Bros. & Rudd for The Whisky Barrel. 

 

The Whisky Barrel is a speciaslit online whisky and spirits merchant based in Fife, Scotland and  was established in 2007. The Whisky Barrel won Whisky Magazine Online Retailer 2018 and was International Wine & Spirits Competition runner-up in 2016.

N.B. prices correct at the time of publishing and are subject to currency fluctuation.

The Sazerac Company Named Importer of the Year – Whisky News

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THE SAZERAC COMPANY NAMED IMPORTER OF THE YEAR 

Sazerac earned the most points in the 2018 San Fransico Worlds Spirit Competition 

            New Orleans, LA (July 11, 2018) The Sazerac Company received the prestigious award of Importer of the Year at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC). The Importer of the Year award recognizes the single importer earning the most points, measured by the number and level of awards won in a given year.

The SFWSC is the world’s most respected and influential international spirits competition, and the largest event of its kind in the United States. At this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition it was a record breaking year with 2,469 spirits entered in over 100 categories. Forty eight judges taste the spirits in a blind taste testing and give the spirit a medal based off of what they think it deserves.

The Sazerac Company was awarded Importer of the Year because it earned the most medals equating to points. Complete results for the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition can be found at http://sfspiritscomp.com/results/.

About Sazerac

Sazerac is one of America’s oldest family owned, privately held distillers with operations in the United States in Louisiana, Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Maryland, California, and global operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, India, Australia and Canada. For more information on Sazerac, please visit www.sazerac.com.

ONE OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST WHISKIES SETS NEW RECORD AT AUCTION – Scotch Whisky News

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ONE OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST WHISKIES SETS NEW RECORD AT AUCTION

One of the world’s most coveted and highly regarded whiskies, the Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet has been bought for a record-breaking £51,611 in an online auction held by Perth based Whisky Auctioneer (www.whiskyauctioneer.com).

After receiving over 50 bids from across the globe, the winning bid came from Hong Kong and sets a new world record for this legendary bottle. It exceeds the previous mark of £4,200, which it achieved in 2014, according to research from rare whisky analysts Rare Whisky 101, marking over a 280% annual increase.

Regarded by many as one of the best, if not the best, whiskies ever bottled, the Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet is the creation of two whisky legends – Islay’s Bowmore distillery and celebrated Italian bottler, the late Silvano Samaroli. First bottled in 1984 with only 720 bottles produced, the whisky is currently ranked in the top spot on Whiskybase.com’s top 1000 whiskies of all time, just ahead of Samaroli’s renowned Laphroaig 1967.

The bottle was one of over 3,880 bottles being auctioned off by Whisky Auctioneer this past month, securing a total of more than £1.2million. Other notable sales include the:

  • Bowmore 1964 Black Bowmore 42 Year Old – £22,222
  • Macallan 1946 52 Year Old – £14,500

The Macallan and the Black Bowmore joined the Bouquet in breaking records.  According to Rare Whisky 101, the Black Bowmore most recently sold for £20,000, and the Macallan 1946 for £13,200 in June 2018.

Sean McGlone, director at Whisky Auctioneer, said: “It’s widely known that the Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet has legendary status within the whisky industry. We knew that there would be strong interest in its listing and that it would likely break the previous records, but it has exceeded all our expectations by fetching over £50,000. It goes to show how committed people are to collecting and investing in rare vintage whisky, something we are seeing a huge increase in.

“At Whisky Auctioneer, we strive to attract some of the very best collections that can be sold worldwide. At least three world records were broken in this recent auction and that helps to reinforce our reputation as an esteemed whisky auctioneer for both buyers and sellers globally. As interest in the sector continues to grow, we are committed to our service to make it as easy as possible for whisky collectors to trade.”

Andy Simpson, co-founder of Rare Whisky 101, said: “With more buyers than ever in the market for the best whiskies, the value of highly regarded single malts is increasing at a rapid rate, with prices being dictated by this consumer demand. Investors, collectors and connoisseurs are becoming increasingly aware of whisky’s rapidly growing popularity around the world, particularly for the rarest and most coveted single malts. The Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet, which is held in such high regard by connoisseurs, is particularly rare and collectible. This certainly contributed to the interest it drew and the wide range of bids that came in during the sale.”

The incredible new records achieved at this auction are testament to the growing interest in rare whisky, with Whisky Auctioneer noting a 36% rise in the number of online auction users in the last year alone.

Thanks to the ease of access and variety of exciting auctions available, online auctioneers can see records broken by offering a wide catalogue of exclusive whiskies to a global audience. Simplifying the process of buying and selling whisky internationally, Whisky Auctioneer continues to reach a global audience of more than fifty countries, illustrating the growing worldwide appeal of rare whisky.

For more information on the auction or to register to participate please visit www.whiskyauctioneer.com

About Whisky Auctioneer

Whisky Auctioneer specialises in auctioning whisky, whether it be fine, old, rare, collectable or affordable. Formed in 2013 and based in Perth, central Scotland, Whisky Auctioneer aims to be the most comprehensive website available for the buying and selling of whisky.

Whisky Auctioneer holds regular monthly online auctions as well as specialist auctions for collectible whiskies and exclusive releases – for example, currently running until 10 July is an exclusive auction for 99 of the first 101 bottles of The Lakes: Genesis – the first single malt produced by The Lakes Distillery and the first in the North of England in over a century.

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Inver House Distillers reports steady sales as focus continues on global brand growth – Scotch Whisky News

Martin Leonard appointed as Director of Inver House Distillers.

Inver House Distillers reports steady sales as focus continues on global brand growth

Inver House Distillers Ltd, the Scotch whisky subsidiary of global drinks business International Beverage Holdings Ltd, has reported steady sales for the year to September 2017 and an ongoing focus on the future of its brands.

The results reflect the Airdrie-based Company’s continued investment in stock for future sales (up 3% from last year) and support for the global growth of its award-winning premium spirits portfolio – with a solid performance in core markets for single malt Scotch whisky brands Old Pulteney, Speyburn, anCnoc and Balblair, plus the premium blended Scotch Hankey Bannister.

A long term investment plan behind the Company’s super premium Scottish gin Caorunn delivered a particularly strong performance in the results, with sales value growing by 34% in 2017 (47% growth in the UK market and 46% in the vital travel retail channel).

The Company also continues to invest in its distilleries, most notably a £3 million green initiative at Balmenach Distillery, the home of Caorunn Gin, to install a new anaerobic digestion system to significantly reduce the site’s carbon footprint.

The financial results in summary:

  • Turnover at £62.7 million, was at a similar level to the prior period.
  • Gross profit margins were slightly down on the prior period at 36.6%, core brands making up a larger % of the sales.
  • Other operating expenses increased as more monies were invested behind promoting the brands.
  • Operating Profit at 12.2% reflects investment behind brands reducing profits in current year.
  • Profit before tax at 11.5% down on the prior year percentage of 14.1%.
  • Caorunn Gin sales continue to grow at double digit level.
  • Continued investment in stocks for future brand growth – up 3% to £118m.

2017 key financial information for the Year

2017                  (12 Months) 2016              (9 Months)
  £000 % £000 %
Sales 62,705 47,989
Cost of sales -39,743 -29,959
Gross profit 22,962 36.6% 18,030 37.6%%
Other operating expenses -15,292 -24.4% -10,831 -22.6%%
Operating profit 7,670 12.2% 7,199 15.0%%
Interest -470 -0.7% -451 -0.9%%
Profit before tax 7,200 11.5% 6,748 14.1%%
Tax -1,496 -2.4% -1,403 -2.9%%
Profit after tax 5,704 9.1% 5,345 11.1%%
           

Martin Leonard, Inver House Distillers’ Managing Director commented:

‘These results are as we expected and show that the business is in a strong position and delivering on our long term strategy to build on our highly successful brands in global markets. We are also committed to investment programmes at our distilleries, to ensure they are in good shape to deliver increased demand for stock in the future, where possible using the latest green technology and processes to protect the environment surrounding each site.

‘In terms of our brands, Caorunn is a very good example of our strategy in action. A 47% growth figure in the UK market demonstrates how our production, sales and marketing skills and long term approach can build a brand to become one of the UK’s best sellers in what is an extremely competitive sector. We are investing heavily in supporting our brand portfolio to compete in the global market, with a recent relaunch for Speyburn in the UK and US, and further brand projects planned in the near future. Our spirits also continue to be recognised with ‘best in class’ medals at some of the world’s top drinks industry competitions, and they continue to grow despite difficult trading conditions and general uncertainty in the marketplace’.

Notes

About International Beverage Holdings

International Beverage Holdings Limited is one of the industry’s most dynamic global drinks businesses. Established in 2006 as the international arm of ThaiBev, it specialises in developing distinctive, premium local brands for global growth, with a portfolio that is led by a range of high quality Scotch whiskies and includes some of the fastest growing and most prestigious beers, spirits and whiskies on the market today. These high quality brands are enjoyed by consumers in over 85 global markets and include Chang Beer, Mekhong, Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Hankey Bannister blended whisky and Caorunn Gin.

Focus brands

Old Pulteney is one of the world’s finest and most distinctive single malt Scotch whiskies. Known as ‘The Maritime Malt’, it is crafted in the windswept coastal town of Wick, home to the Pulteney Distillery which is one of the most northerly on the Scottish mainland. The distillery was established in 1826 in the heart of ‘Pulteneytown’, the town created to house fishermen during Wick’s famous herring boom which once drew a fleet of over 1000 boats and 7000 workers to this remote and rugged harbour. Old Pulteney is the embodiment of this place, its people and its remarkable history. The skilled Pulteney Distillery team continues to craft whisky using the most traditional and time-honoured techniques that most others have long abandoned. This includes the uniquely shaped Pulteney stills, which are reflected in the design of the Old Pulteney bottle on shelves today.

Speyburn is home to a multitude of award-winning and single malt Scotch whiskies; the result of an outstanding natural environment and an insistence on using a combination of the most traditional methods of production with innovative approaches. Established in 1897, by John Hopkins, Speyburn currently has three core expressions – Bradan Orach, Speyburn 10 Years Old and the newly released Speyburn 15 Years Old. Speyburn has been awarded for its quality products and ambition, winning Distillery of the Year 2017 at the New York International Spirits Competition (NYISC), as well as a host of gold medals from some of the world’s most prestigious wines and spirits competitions.

Balblair distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in the Scottish Highlands. Established in 1790, the distillery building and its warehouses sit on the original site to this day. Balblair whiskies are released as vintage expressions, only when they have reached their exact point of ‘optimum maturation’, the peak of perfection.

anCnoc is produced at Knockdhu Distillery – established in 1894 and one of the smallest and most enchanting in the Scottish Highlands. It is renowned the world over by malt enthusiasts for bringing a contemporary twist to the traditions of fine malt whisky, producing a single malt that is accessible and versatile for all occasions. anCnoc Cutter has been ranked in the Liquid Gold category of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2016 with a score of 96.5 adding to anCnoc’s portfolio of award-winning expressions. Whiskies in this category are deemed by Jim Murray as “superstar whiskies that give us all a reason to live.” The anCnoc 18 year old was also awarded the title of Best Highland Single Malt in the 13-20 year old category at the World Whisky Awards 2016. 

Caorunn is a super-premium, small batch distilled gin from the Scottish Highlands, launched by International Beverage Holdings in 2009. With its roots in Celtic culture and heritage, Caorunn is a slow paced, small batch distilled gin made in a unique copper berry chamber at the Balmenach Distillery in Speyside. Five unique Celtic botanicals give Caorunn a subtlety and complexity that make it more than just a gin. This extra dimension means it can be mixed and enjoyed in a whole host of exciting ways, from classic and contemporary cocktails to the simplicity of our perfect-serve G&T with fresh red apple.


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