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FORTY CREEK RECRUITS FANS TO SELECT 2018 LIMITED RELEASE IN HISTORIC VOTE – Canadian Whisky News

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FORTY CREEK RECRUITS FANS TO SELECT 2018 LIMITED RELEASE IN HISTORIC VOTE 

OVERWHELMING RESPONSE TO SOCIAL INITIATIVE LEADS TO CANADIAN WHISKY BRAND SELECTING FIVE WINNERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY

TORONTO – Five lucky Canadians are on their way to Forty Creek’s award-winning distillery to help Master Blender, Bill Ashburn, select the 2018 limited edition release. This marks the first time that fans are invited to be part of the brand’s whisky making process.

Forty Creek recently hosted an online search where whisky fans across Canada were asked why Forty Creek was their whisky of choice. Due to the overwhelming response from fans, the award-winning brand decided to expand the VIP tasting experience at Forty Creek’s Grimsby, Ontario distillery to include five winners of the first-ever social initiative. Winners   were selected from over a thousand entries.

“We received entries from all over Canada. It was truly touching to not only see how far reaching Forty Creek is, but how ingrained the brand is in our fans’ lives and the role our whisky played in their most memorable moments,” says John Andersen, Senior Brand Manager, North American Whiskies. “We are thrilled to be welcoming fans representing different communities to our distillery for what will be a historic vote for Forty Creek.” 

The winning blend will be announced and available for reservation prior to Forty Creek’s annual Whisky Weekend in September. Whisky Weekend is Forty Creek’s annual celebration of all things Canadian and Forty Creek, with tours, tastings, seminars, and the official launch of the annual limited edition release. 

The winners hail from across the country. The five winners bringing their unique perspectives to the whisky making process and representing their communities are:

Mike Currah, Ontario

Forty Creek is always top shelf for Mike Currah. Mike was first introduced to Forty Creek in his early 20s – first the Barrel Select, then the Double Barrel Reserve – from the people he was living with in his home province of Ontario. As the brand grew, expanding to offer limited edition releases, so did Mike’s appreciation for and collection of Forty Creek whisky. To date, Mike has all but one of the limited edition releases. Learning from his previous mistake, he now makes sure to buy two bottles of each limited edition release – one to drink and one to save.

Sarah Phelps, Ontario

Sarah Phelps is a fan of whisky, specifically Forty Creek. Her love of the brand has brought her to the distillery so she could witness the process first hand. Her time spent at the distillery led to some surprising discoveries and inventive ways for Sarah to enjoy Forty Creek. Currently, some of her favourites include adding Forty Creek Cream to her coffee, hot chocolate, and ice cream.

 Mark Allanson, Alberta

For Mark Allanson, Forty Creek is the absolute best whisky. Having started off enjoying Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve, Mark has gone on to add Forty Creek Barrel Select, Cream, and Spike Honey Spiced to his cabinet. Always looking to expand his collection, Mark keeps a lookout for blends that are a rare find to bring back home to Alberta.

Steven Schmutz, British Columbia

The simple switch from drinking whisky mixed with coke to drinking it straight helped Steven Schmutz discover the different flavours that can be present in whisky. While out shopping, Steven’s eye was drawn to a bottle of Forty Creek Barrel Select that had a special tag highlighting the blend’s recent showing in a whisky competition. With Forty Creek having beat out several brands that Steven had in his cabinet, he decided to give it a try. Since then, Forty Creek Barrel Select has become Steven’s go-to whisky.

Ryan Belmore, New Brunswick

Ryan Belmore was first introduced to Forty Creek 15 years ago. Looking for something to enjoy during a night out with friends in New Brunswick, he opted to give a bottle of Forty Creek a shot. That night, Ryan went from predominantly being a rum drinker to a Forty Creek fan. Ryan prides himself on introducing Forty Creek to his friends and credits himself for dozens of them making the switch from other Canadian whisky brands. He has never had someone try Forty Creek whisky and not make the switch. 

About Campari Group:

Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A., together with its affiliates (‘Campari Group’), 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’s portfolio includes over 50 premium and super premium brands. Internationally-renowned brands include Aperol, Appleton Estate, Campari, Cinzano, Grand Marnier, SKYY Vodka and Wild Turkey. In 2014, The Group acquired Forty Creek Distillery Ltd., a Canadian spirits company with a portfolio of brands including whisky, vodka, brandy, rum and liqueurs. Internationally-recognized for its superior taste and quality, the multi-award winning Forty Creek Whisky serves as both the fastest growing brand in its category across North America and Canada’s first successfully launched whisky brand in over 70 years. Headquartered in Sesto San Giovanni, Italy, Campari owns 18 plants worldwide and has its own distribution network in 20 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: http://www.camparigroup.com. Please enjoy our brands responsibly.

Diageo Scotch portfolio wins top honours at San Francisco World Spirits Competition and World Whiskies Awards – Scotch Whisky News

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Diageo Scotch portfolio wins top honours at San Francisco World Spirits Competition and World Whiskies Awards

Our Scotch brands, including Talisker, Lagavulin and Singleton, picked up 46 awards in total across the two prestigious competitions.

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Founded in 2000, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition has grown to become the most respected and influential spirits competition in the world, with winners judged by carefully selected panels of spirits-industry experts. The competition awards brands with Double Gold, Gold, Silver or Bronze accolades.

See our Best in Class, Double Gold and Gold medal winners below. Visit the competition website for a full list of winners:

Best In Class (Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch – Up to 12 Years)

  • Talisker 10 Year Old

Double Gold

  • Buchanan’s Master Blended Scotch Whisky
  • Buchanan’s Red Seal Blended Scotch Whisky
  • Johnnie Walker Red Label
  • Lagavulin 8 Year Old
  • Lagavulin 16 Year Old
  • Talisker Storm

Gold

  • Buchanan’s Special Reserve 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
  • Oban 18 Year Old
  • Singleton of Glendullan 12 Year Old
  • Singleton of Glendullan 18 Year Old

World Whiskies Awards

The World Whiskies Awards, part of the wider World Drinks Awards, is a global spirits competition which selects, rewards and promotes the very best whiskies to consumers and trade across the globe.

Entries come from across the globe and the whiskies are tasted in groupings where liquids of a similar style and process of whisky production compete against each other. Find out more about the competition here.

World’s Best Blended

  • Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve

Best Scotch Lowlands Single Malt

  • Glenkinchie 12 Years Old

Category Winners

  • Buchanan’s Deluxe 12 Years Old
  • Haig Club Clubman
  • Johnnie Walker Aged 18 Years
  • Singleton of Dufftown 12 Years Old

Gold

  • Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old
  • Johnnie Walker Double Black
  • Talisker 10 Years Old
  • Talisker Port Rulghe

INTRODUCING HIGHLAND PARK ‘THE LIGHT’ – Scotch Whisky News

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INTRODUCING HIGHLAND PARK ‘THE LIGHT’

‘a whisky for celebration’

Highland Park is proud to announce the global launch of their latest special edition called ‘THE LIGHT’. This distinctive and vibrant 17 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky has been exclusively matured in refill American oak casks for a light, bright natural colour which delivers sweet flavours of heather peat, nutmeg and vanilla.

Jason R. Craig, Brand Director, Highland Park, commented:“In both ‘THE LIGHT’ and ‘THE DARK’, we share the story of the noble Viking warriors who are our ancestors, of our contrasting island seasons and of the intense balance of our whisky. Our award-winning whiskies deliver flavours of smoky sweetness that’s the product of our climate and our craftsmanship –our own continuous cycle.”

Presented in a pale green bespoke glass;the decoration on the bottle and oak cradle of ‘THE LIGHT’ perfectly complements that of ‘THE DARK’ –the serpent dragon embossed on the front takes its inspiration from Viking stories. ‘THE DARK’& ‘THE LIGHT’are written in runic writing on the serpent dragon’s tail emboss itself and on the oak cradle -celebrating the islands’Viking ancestry. The back of the glass bottle has ‘Made with Pride on Orkney’embossed –a genuine heart-felt tribute to the men and women who create Highland Park single malt.

In ‘THE LIGHT’, we celebrate spring and summer –a time to emerge from our winter hibernation, ready to embrace the warm, bright days of summer. It’s a time to be with friends and family, a time for new places and new faces, for barbecues and fires on the beach, a time for celebrating life. -

Notes to editors:

1. Highland Park ‘THE LIGHT’ completes the series of two expressions and complements Highland Park THE DARK’‘in early 2018 –both are special editions of 28,000 bottles at an ABV of 52.9% and both have a RSP of £190.. 700ml and 750 ml depending on country.

2. HIGHLAND PARK THE LIGHT-TASTING NOTES Natural Cask Driven Colour (no additives):Light golden (colour tint 7.2) Flavours: Caramelised pear| Nutmeg | Vanilla | Cedar wood| Oak| Light peat smoke

Royal Salute’s stunning new Royal Wedding Edition – Scotch Whisky News

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ROYAL SALUTE TOASTS THE MARRIAGE OF PRINCE HARRY AND MS MEGHAN MARKLE WITH STUNNING ROYAL WEDDING EDITION

The ‘King of Whisky’ unveils exclusive commemorative blend

Royal Salute, the exceptionally crafted and aged Scotch whisky, has launched its exquisite Royal Wedding Edition – a true collector’s item in tribute to the upcoming nuptials of HRH Prince Henry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle.

Continuing Royal Salute’s long legacy of celebrating British royal milestones, just 70 bottles of this outstanding and extremely rare whisky have been created, with each housed in an elegant Dartington Crystal decanter.

This whisky has been carefully crafted by Royal Salute Master Blender, Sandy Hyslop, who has brought together some of the oldest and rarest whiskies from the Royal Salute collection to create an exclusive expression like no other. In honour of the bride’s heritage, this unique blend has been fully matured in 100% American oak casks – a first for Royal Salute – resulting in a long and creamy finish.

This exceptional unveiling is not only a tribute to the royal couple, but also a celebration of Royal Salute’s long-standing tradition of commemorating momentous British royal occasions. With an impressive portfolio that includes The Diamond Tribute and 32 Year Old Union of the Crowns, the Royal Wedding Edition is in esteemed company.

Royal Salute Brand Ambassador, His Grace The Duke of Argyll, explained: “The marriage of HRH, Prince Henry of Wales, to Ms Meghan Markle, will be one of the most exciting events this century. Since its creation in 1953 in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, Royal Salute has enjoyed a long and proud heritage of celebrating historic British royal events – and we believe this remarkable new blend is a perfect tribute to such a special moment in history.”

The Royal Wedding Edition is fittingly housed within a striking Dartington Crystal decanter engraved with a unique number and displayed in a hand-crafted American Oak box. The decanter is further enhanced with delicate images of roses, thistles and barley, while the inside of the box is adorned with flowers and foliage in a subtle nod to Harry and Meghan’s spring nuptials. Images of vivid daffodils celebrate Harry’s title as Prince Henry of Wales and California poppies feature in tribute to Meghan’s birth place of Los Angeles.

The Royal Salute Royal Wedding Edition presents an incredibly sweet nose with notes of luxurious vanilla ice cream and soft chocolate fudge, followed by mandarin orange and a dusting of spicy cinnamon. Whisky aficionados fortunate enough to sample this stunning blend will discover a rich, fruity, and incredibly well-balanced taste, with flavours of ripe tropical banana and juicy charred pineapple. The luscious syrupy texture rolls into a hint of almonds and indulgent dark chocolate ginger sweets. Its distinctive flavour is complemented by an incredibly long and sweet finish with creamy vanilla in abundance.

Royal Salute Master Blender, Sandy Hyslop, said: “It was a pleasure to create such a special whisky for HRH Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle. By marrying together some of the oldest and rarest whiskies in our portfolio, and aging them in American Oak casks, I have created a harmonious blend to match the coming together of such an iconic couple.”

The Royal Salute Royal Wedding Edition is available at selected retailers and through special enquiry at an RRP of $10,000 (US) per flagon. For more information, whisky connoisseurs can contact Royal Salute at contact@royalsalute.com.

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About Royal Salute

Royal Salute is a careful blend of matured malt and grain whiskies – with its youngest whisky matured for a minimum of 21 years. Created to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, which was honoured with a traditional 21 gun salute, Royal Salute is steeped in tradition, while still firmly engaged in the modern world by constantly pushing the art of blending into new, creative and ambitious forms. Royal Salute is deeply involved in polo – the world’s oldest surviving team sport and a game that’s expanding in the modern era. The brand sponsors more than 15 international tournaments from the UK and the USA through Argentina and China to Korea. www.royalsalute.com 

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is a global drinks producer and exports company steeped in Scottish heritage. It is the only Pernod Ricard business dedicated entirely to Scotch whisky and comprises a prestigious range of single malt and blended whiskies. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet. With a multitude of awards and accolades for its quality, craftsmanship, industry-leading sites and award-winning campaigns, its brands are at the heart of moments of connection across the globe.

The company comprises 1,600 employees, 14 Scotch distilleries, two bottling facilities and over 300 warehouses across its 26 sites including Orkney, Scotland and London.
www.chivasspirit.com

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 8,558 million in 2014/15. 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.

Tamdhu Batch Strength 003 Scoops Double Gold – Scotch Whisky News

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Tamdhu Batch Strength 003 Scoops Double Gold 

Tamdhu Batch Strength 003 has been rewarded for its exceptional quality with gold medals from both the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) and the International Spirits Challenge (ISC).

Launched this year in February, Batch Strength 003, bottled at 58.3%, is the third edition in Tamdhu’s award-winning Batch Strength Series.  Each batch in the series is distinctive, differs slightly in style and strength and is bottled un-chillfiltered.

The prestigious SFWSC and ISC competitions are considered two of the most respected and influential spirits competitions in the world, renowned for their integrity and impartiality.

The stringent judging processes for both competitions saw Tamdhu Batch Strength 003 blind tasted by an esteemed panels of industry judges.   The SFWSC gold medal is awarded to products deemed ‘exceptional’ and a medal from the ISC is ‘an outstanding achievement that underlines a producer’s commitment to quality and innovation’.

Commenting on the Gold awards for Batch Strength 003, Iain Weir Brand Director for Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky said:

“To receive a gold medal from two of the most highly respected spirit competitions in the world is a wonderful testament to the quality of Batch Strength 003.

It is an exceptional single malt with a natural colour, complex richness, deep intensity and long finish, 100% matured in hand-selected sherry oak casks. Congratulations must really go to the team at Tamdhu Distillery. Once again they have worked their magic to create a gold winner for the Tamdhu Batch Strength Series.”

Notes:

Tasting Notes Batch Strength 003:

Nose:  Vanilla, winter berries and freshly-shelled nuts – with aged oak and warming spices.

Palate:  Sherry oak at first, then dried fruit and warming spice. A drop of water reveals fresh citrus zest and rich apricot.

Finish: Freshly baked fruitcake with orange peel, complex and malty, long after the first sip.

Tamdhu Batch Strength 001 was named Speyside Single Malt of the Year at the 22nd Annual Whisky Advocate Awards in December 2015. Further awards have included a Double Gold Medal for Batch Strength 001 and 002 at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2016/2017, a Gold at the International Spirits Competition 2017 for Batch 002 as well as winning in the Non-Age Statement category at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards last year also.

Tamdhu is owned by one of Scotland’s leading, independent family-owned distillers, Ian Macleod Distillers and was born on the banks of the River Spey in 1897. Its quality is defined by the hint of peat in its malted barley, the natural Speyside water that is drawn directly from the Tamdhu spring and most importantly the 100% exclusive use of only the finest sherry oak casks for the richest taste and deep natural colour.

A Crown Royal Toast to the Happy Couple – Canadian Whisky News

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Tie The Knot

1.5 OZ. CROWN ROYAL DELUXE

.5 OZ. HONEY

.75 OZ. GRAPEFRUIT JUICE

Directions: Place Crown Royal Deluxe, honey and grapefruit juice in a shaker tin. Add ice and shake. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.

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Here Comes The Bride

1.5 OZ. CROWN ROYAL VANILLA

4 OZ. COLD BREW

.5 OZ. SIMPLE SYRUP

Directions: Add Crown Royal Vanilla, cold brew and simple syrup to an ice-filled highball glass and stir.

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1.5 OZ. CROWN ROYAL XO

.25 OZ. MAPLE SYRUP

Directions: Add Crown Royal XO and maple syrup to a rocks glass. Add ice and stir.

NEWS FLASH: Secret Spirits Ltd. has launched a new Whisky Club! – Whisky News

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NEWS FLASH: Secret Spirits Ltd. has launched a new Whisky & Spirits Club!

Secret Spirits Circle was launched early April across Canada.

The Secret Spirits Circle will provide ongoing discounts, exclusive limited quantity spirits, Circle only offers, first options on any Secret Spirits releases and threshold gifts.

Access to the Secret Spirits Circle starts with only a $100 purchase through the online portal. Your unique membership number will be issued and the progress to the first threshold level will commence.

Once you’ve joined, you will receive your membership pack and access to the Members only website:

*Welcome Letter

*Membership Number

*Members only Secret Spirits Circle lapel pin *Details of the “10 levels” of membership threshold gifts *

*Info on the Secret Spirits Tour of Scotland each year. Open only to Circle members

*Secret Spirits Circle only Events and Masterclasses *Ongoing discount of 5% on all online purchases

*Secret Spirits brochure

*Shipping across Canada right to your door.

*Secret Spirits Circle USA coming soon!*

To Join go to: http://www.secretspirits.com/secret-spirits-circle

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REDBREAST IRISH WHISKEY MAKES THE REDBREAST DREAM CASK A PART OF THE FAMILY – Irish Whiskey News

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REDBREAST IRISH WHISKEY MAKES THE REDBREAST DREAM CASK A PART OF THE FAMILY

– The dream becomes a reality for the cask selected by Billy Leighton for World Whisky Day 2017 –

Redbreast Irish whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, has launched the Redbreast Dream Cask, which will be available to buy through its online members’ club, The Birdhouse, from World Whisky Day (Saturday 19th May). The release follows requests from consumers and whiskey experts over the past 12 months, and becomes the first in a new series planned for the coming years.

Redbreast Dream Cask is a limited edition, 32 Year Old single pot still Irish whiskey – a single cask that was hand-selected last year by Master Blender, Billy Leighton, as his favourite Redbreast whiskey. The cask was chosen for having the perfect balance of pot still, Spanish oak and sherry flavours, which can usually only be achieved through blending – bringing to life Redbreast’s signature sherry style.

The whiskey was originally unveiled during a Facebook LIVE tasting to mark Redbreast’s World Whisky Day 2017 celebrations. Participants and viewers praised the quality and rarity of what is now the oldest Redbreast Irish whiskey ever to go on sale, with many requesting that the whiskey be made available to buy.

Redbreast Master Blender, Billy Leighton, commented: “In almost 40 years as a blender, Redbreast Dream Cask is a real highlight as I am able to select my own, personal dream Irish whiskey and share it with the world. Our inaugural tasting in 2017 was by far the largest whiskey tasting I have ever held, and the feedback we have received from the whiskey community on the liquid has been phenomenal, so it’s an honour to see it bottled to mark World Whisky Day 2018 – and watch this space for our 2019 plans.”

Billy Leighton, Master Blender

Notes 

Redbreast Dream Cask tasting notes, by Head Blender Billy Leighton

Aroma: Combination of fruit, herbs and spices. Notes of orange peel and blackcurrant that move to deeper richer notes including dark chocolate and bitter almond with a heavy oak influence in the background

Taste: Mixed fruit tones within the typical style of Irish single pot still whiskey. Light touch of menthol to liquorice. Exotic fruits alongside spices, herbs and Spanish toasted oak

Finish: The balance of fruit, oak and barley is slow to fade 

About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson, our brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish whiskey. Jameson is the world’s fastest-growing Irish whiskey, experiencing 28 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 6.5m cases in 2017. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 71 of those experiencing double- or triple-digit growth.

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Power & Son, John Jameson & Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network. Since 2012, we have invested over €250m to double our production 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 world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 9, 010 million in 2016/17. 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, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier- Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,500 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 86 “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. www.pernod-ricard.com

Glengoyne Celebrates Winning Streak At Top Awards – Scotch Whisky News

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Glengoyne Celebrates Winning Streak At Top Awards

Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is celebrating a winning streak at two internationally acclaimed spirits competitions.

The brand’s 30 Year Old expression was awarded the Asian Spirits Master’s highest accolade, the Master Award – and Gold awards were handed to Glengoyne 21 Year Old and 25 Year Old.  Glengoyne 21 Year Old also scooped the esteemed Double Gold medal at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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Both competitions are highly respected in the drinks industry and involve a rigorous blind tasting by a panel of industry experts.  The Asian Spirits Masters, organised by drinks publication The Drinks Business, honours the ever increasing Asian market.    The San Francisco World Spirits Competition, which has been running for 18 years is a ‘universally recognised indicator of exceptional quality and craftsmanship’.

Katy Macanna, Brand Manager, Glengoyne said: “These awards are a glowing testament to the quality of our Glengoyne single malts. We are over the moon, in particular with the top gongs for Glengoyne 30 Year Old and 21 Year Old.  Both are exceptional drams, matured in hand-selected sherry oak casks.

“Our limited edition 30 Year Old has a striking chestnut colour from 30 years of sherry cask maturation, and tangy flavours of plum compote cinnamon and cloves.  It is  presented in a unique solid oak box, featuring an oak and rose gold bung to reflect the traditional cask sampling method employed at Glengoyne Distillery, and is proving very popular, particularly in the Asian market.

“The 21 Year Old, one of our most talked about expressions in the range, has rich colour, with flavours of Christmas cake, honey and rich fruit and is consistently a favourite with whisky lovers around the world.”

Glengoyne Distillery, based 12 miles from Glasgow, is uncompromising in its pursuit of excellence and runs its stills slower than any other distillery in order to create the sweet, complex flavours for which the brand is known.

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Notes: 

Tasting Notes:

Glengoyne 30 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky – 46.8% ABV, RRP: £650

Nose:  Black cherry, sherry trifle, marmalade, tea rose, rum & raisin Chocolate

Palate: Burst of sweetness changing quickly to plum compote, cinnamon, cloves and tangy marmalade.

Finish: Soft oak dryness and cinnamon

Glengoyne 21 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky – 43% ABV, RRP: £125

Nose: Red apples, spicy strudel, toffee, sherry and dried fruits.  Christmas cake in a glass.

Palate: Lots of sherry, honey, oak with a developing aromatic sensation.  Ends with a heavenly cinnamon nip.

Finish: Long, sherry, spicy, warm and dry.

Glengoyne 25 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky – 48% ABV, RRP: £260

Nose: Red fruits, old leather and brown sugar.

Palate: Soft oak, cinnamon, stewed fruits and a Seville marmalade tang

Finish: Very long, with spicy liquorice, slowly drying

Glengoyne Distillery is owned by one of Scotland’s leading independent, family-owned distillers, Ian Macleod Distillers. It is highly regarded as Scotland’s most beautiful distillery.

Would you like to become a distiller for the day? – Scotch Whisky News

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BECOME A DISTILLER FOR THE DAY AT THE SPIRITUAL HOME OF SCOTCH WHISKY 

ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME COMPETITION ANNOUNCED AT LINDORES ABBEY DISTILLERY

Lindores Abbey Distillery, the spiritual home of Scotch whisky, has announced a competition in celebration of World Whisky Day (19 May). The lucky winner will spend a day working alongside our Distillery Manager, Gary Haggart, and enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the newly-built distillery in Newburgh, Fife.

Not only will you get exclusive insight in to how a distillery really works, but also a chance to sample the fruits of your labour! A bottle of the newly-made spirit, Aqua Vitae, is included in the prize along with accommodation and all meals.

Terms and conditions: Over 21s only, max 1 person | Must be taken Monday-Friday by arrangement | Includes 1 night stay and breakfast at the Distillery cottage for winner plus 1 friend | Refreshments, Lunch and Dinner will also be provided | Includes 1 bottle of Aqua Vitae  | Drinks to be billed separately | Travel expenses not included | Subject to availability | Must be taken by 31 December 2018 | Excludes Bank Holidays | Closing date Thursday 31st May.

Click HERE To Take Part in This Competition!

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