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John J. Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon named “Chairman’s Trophy Finalist” at ultimate spirits challenge – American Whiskey News

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John J. Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon named “Chairman’s Trophy Finalist” at ultimate spirits challenge  

Fredericksburg, VIRGINIA (April 20, 2017) Judges awarded four spirits from A. Smith Bowman Distillery with high honors at the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, and named one a Chairman’s Trophy Finalist.

John J. Bowman Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey was named a “Chairman’s Trophy Finalist,” and was awarded “Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation.” John J. Bowman was also deemed to be a “Great Value.”

Bowman Brothers Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey was awarded the distinction of “Excellent, Highly Recommended.”

This competition, in its seventh year, is judged by a panel of the spirit industry’s most renowned judges including award-winning authors, buyers, journalists, educators and bar owners, who rate each spirit on a 100-point scale.

Complete results for the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge can be found at www.ultimate-beverage.com/usc2017results.

About A. Smith Bowman

  1. Smith Bowman’s distilling roots date back to the years before Prohibition when the Bowman family had a granary and dairy farm in Sunset Hills, Virginia. They used excess grain from the family estate to distill spirits. In 1934, after the Repeal of Prohibition, Abram Smith Bowman and his sons continued the family tradition and built a more modern distillery in Fairfax County, Virginia called Sunset Hills Farm.  The Distillery was moved in 1988 and is now nestled in Spotsylvania County near the city of Fredericksburg, 60 miles away from the original location.

As a small and privately owned company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery continues the time-honored traditions on which it was founded. Considered a micro-distillery by today’s standards, A. Smith Bowman produces an assortment of hand-crafted spirits distilled from only the finest natural ingredients and using the latest technology. This micro-distillery focuses on the production of premium spirits honoring the legacy of Virginia’s first settlers. Its various brands have won more than 100 awards in the past five years, including “World’s Best Bourbon” in 2016 for its Abraham Bowman Port Finished Bourbon and again in 2017 for its John J. Bowman Single Barrel at the World Whisky Awards.  For more information on A. Smith Bowman, please visit www.asmithbowman.com.

World’s Most Expensive Whisky Bottle Just a Click Away – Japanese Whisky News

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World’s Most Expensive Whisky Bottle Just a Click Away

TOKYO — 25 April 2017 – The Yamazaki 50 year old, which broke records for the most expensive standard whisky bottle sold at auction late last year, is now in stock online only at dekantā.com. Stock is limited to one bottle. Yes, you heard us.

1961: The East German authorities started building the Berlin wall; Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space; and the USSR tested the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated. As dramatic as it was at the time, the Iron Curtain is textbook history, we’re not all living on the moon and neither are we sealed in an underground bunker. This isn’t the first time the state of the world has seemed on the brink of enormous change.

1961 was also the year the Yamazaki 50 year old was sealed in superior Japanese Mizunara oak, not to be opened for another five decades. When the first edition was released in 2005, to great anticipation, its US$9,500 price tag looked pretty steep. Yet, the cost of the first release was only 8.6% of its new record auction price. Editions released of this whisky have consistently sold out within 48 hours of release.

A first edition Yamazaki 50 year old claimed a Guinness World Record for the most expensive standard-format bottle in the history of time when a bottle was sold at a Hong Kong spirits auction for HK$1.003m (US$129,186) last October. The foremost retailer for high end Japanese spirits, dekantā have announced a single bottle of Yamazaki 50 year old single malt is currently available for worldwide delivery from their online store for US$119,999.99. With only 150 bottles ever released, this expression is an extremely rare find.

Presented in an elegant and distinctive box, the Yamazaki 50 year old is an exceptional whisky, representing more than half a century of barrel ageing in just one bottle. At over US$4,286 a dram, this is as decadent a drinking experience as they get.

 Tasting notes offered by Suntory describe a whisky that offers “sweet-sour dried fruits, a full-bodied, silky mouthfeel, and a lingering, slightly smoky aftertaste with mild woodiness.” Quite an exceptional dram, and one that very few can claim to have tasted!

A single bottle is available at dekantā, so Japanese whisky enthusiasts will need to be quick if they want to get their hands on this most exclusive of bottles.

For more information about the Yamazaki 50 year old: https://dekanta.com/store/yamazaki-50-year-old/

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dekantā Founder Makiyo Masa is available for interview. Please RSVP to arrange, Miriam Rune: miriam@dekanta.com / 07740 339 628.

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About dekantā

dekantā offers customers access to the world’s largest online selection of authentic Japanese Spirits and has delivered to 127 countries across every continent in the world. A family owned and run business, dekantā’s founders have been selling collectibles since 1985 and specialize in rare, collectible, and new release single malt Japanese whisky. dekantā offers worldwide delivery on an extensive range of Japanese single malt whisky, Japanese grain whisky and Japanese blended whisky, in addition to Scottish whisky released for the Japanese market only.

Consumers who would like to learn more about Japanese whisky should visit the dekantā website, which boasts the most extensive repository of information dedicated to Japanese whisky, including distillery history and tasting notes for each bottle.

Bilingual concierge service is available 24 hours a day, providing expert recommendations in both English and Japanese.

About Yamazaki distillery

Founded in 1923 by Master Distiller Shinjiro Torii, the founder of Suntory, Yamazaki is Japan’s oldest commercial whisky distillery. For the first 10 years of operation, Yamazaki was managed by the legendary Masataka Taketsuru, the ‘Father of Japanese Whisky’ and founder of Nikka Whisky. It is held in high regard for the quality of the local water, which was named by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment as one of the best mineral sources available in Japan.

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E.H. TAYLOR SMALL BATCH RECEIVES “CHAIRMAN’S TROPHY” AT ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE – American Whiskey News

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E.H. TAYLOR SMALL BATCH RECEIVES “CHAIRMAN’S TROPHY” AT ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE,

THREE OTHER BUFFALO TRACE WHISKIES NAMED FINALISTS

Fourteen spirits from Buffalo Trace Distillery receive top honors 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (April 19, 2017) Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey received a Chairman’s Trophy at the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, where a total of 14 spirits from Buffalo Trace Distillery were awarded top honors. Three whiskies from Buffalo Trace were also named Chairman’s Trophy Finalists; Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey and Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Bottled in Bond Straight Rye Whiskey.

            Those awarded as “Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation” include:

  • Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Sazerac Rye Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Bottled in Bond Straight Rye Whiskey

Those awarded the distinction of “Excellent, Highly Recommended” were:

  • Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Benchmark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Blanton’s Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream

Awarded the distinction of “Very Good, Strong Recommendation” were:

  • Benchmark Peach Flavored Whiskey
  • Benchmark Brown Sugar Flavored Whiskey

Awarded the distinction of “Good, Recommended” was:

  • Benchmark Apple Flavored Whiskey
  1. H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch, Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Sazerac Rye, Benchmark, Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream, Benchmark Peach Flavored Whiskey, and Benchmark Brown Sugar Flavored Whiskey were deemed to be “Great Values.” Receiving a designation as “Tried & True” were E. H. Taylor Jr. Single Barrel, Blanton’s, Sazerac Rye and Stagg Jr.

This competition, in its seventh year, is judged by a panel of the spirit industry’s most renowned judges including award-winning authors, buyers, journalists, educators and bar owners, who rate each spirit on a 100-point scale.

Complete results for the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge can be found at www.ultimate-beverage.com/usc2017results.

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 17 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named “Brand Innovator of the Year” by Whisky Magazine at its Icons of Whisky America Awards 2015.  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 300 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com.

Announcing Tipperary Irish Whiskey Arrival in the U.S. – Irish Whiskey News

We’re happy to share some great news with you:

TIPPERARY IRISH WHISKEY

is available in the U.S. for the first time! Featuring two expressions – “Knockmealdowns” and “Watershed”.

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“KNOCKMEALDOWNS”

 The first of our Limited Edition Mountain Range, “The Knockmealdowns” is created from only 6 casks, matured in Ireland for 10 years in ex-bourbon barrels. The whiskey is cut to 47% with water from Ballindoney farm in Tipperary, owned by our co-founding family, the Ahearns.

TASTING NOTES
The nose opens with fresh oak, developing into hot caramel sauce with notes of chocolate and vanilla.
The palate is smooth and light, sweet honey cut through with citrus notes, then becoming savoury, peppery and round in the mouth.

The finish lingers, oak with drying tannins and just a touch of ginger spice.

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“WATERSHED”

 Only six first-fill bourbon casks are chosen for each batch of Watershed, carefully selected for quality by our Malt Master, Stuart Nickerson. After being cut to 47% with our Ballindoney water, we number every bottle individually, so each one is special.
Try Watershed, and taste Tipperary.

TASTING NOTES
The nose opens with fresh oak, developing into hot caramel sauce with notes of chocolate and vanilla.
The palate is smooth and light, sweet honey cut through with citrus notes, then becoming savoury, peppery and round in the mouth.

The finish lingers, oak with drying tannins and just a touch of ginger spice.

“We’re delighted to be adding Tipperary Irish Whiskey to our portfolio. It fits our philosophy of developing craft spirits brands, which is echoed by the people behind the distillery”
~ Sam Filmus, President GRC Imports

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Sample the finer things in life at Tor Na Coille Whisky Club – Scotch Whisky News

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Sample the finer things in life at Tor Na Coille Whisky Club

This is not your father’s whisky tasting.

There will be no corduroy, cardigans or chin-stroking.

Just good whisky. And lots of it.

Join whisky connoisseurs Sandy Kenneway and Steven McConnachie for a guided tour of Scotland’s national drink, sampling malts from across the country and learning about what makes good whisky. For just £20 per person, you can sample several whiskies in some of the most beautiful surroundings on Royal Deeside on 5 May, 2 June, 7 July and 4 August. Or, for those keen to visit all sessions, get four for the price of three with a block booking.

With decades of experience in the whisky industry between them, Sandy – who has led tastings at festivals across Scotland – and Steven – a whisky expert from renowned bottler Murray McDavid – will debunk the myths surrounding the whisky making process and highlight the subtle differences between different regions and expressions.

Sitting amongst acres of private wooded ground, the four-star Tor Na Coille Hotel offers stunning panoramic views of Royal Deeside. Each of the Victorian country house hotel’s rooms and suits is uniquely decorated, giving them all a distinct personality of their own.

The Tor Na Coille Whisky Club will run from 7pm on 5 May, 2 June, 7 July and 4 August at £20 per person. Block book all four sessions and pay just £60. Visit www.tornacoille.com for more information about the hotel, and email info@tornacoille.com or call 01330 822242 to book.

25 Copper Circle VIP Club Memberships Available Now! – American Whiskey News

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25 Copper Circle VIP Club Memberships Are Available Now!

The first 25 Copper Circle VIP Club memberships are now available and we are offering early access to members of our e-mail list!

Copper Circle members enjoy first access to specialty releases, fun whisky release parties, and many other members-only gifts and perks. The club will be announced to the public on Monday so be sure to claim your spot this weekend!

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Membership Includes:

• Two or three bottles (based on membership level) of our Spring Chardonnay Finished Commonwealth Collection Release
• Two or three bottles (based on membership level) of our Fall Cider Finished Commonwealth Collection Release
• VIP first access to other specialty releases
• Spring & Fall whisky release parties at the distillery for you and a guest *Your whisky will be available at these parties. Shipping is not available at this time but may be in the future.
• Two “Welcome to the Club” Copper Circle Cocktail Cups (see photo to the right)
• Annual “members-only” Copper Circle gift in years two and beyond
• 20% Off tours, tastings, and merchandise (whisky is excluded from discounts)
• First access to purchase tickets for all public events at our Visitors Center

Our first Copper Circle whisky release party will be on Saturday, May 13th. Pick up your copper cocktail cups & Spring Chardonnay Finished bottles while enjoying tastings and appetizers in our Whisky Loft!

Membership Cost:

TIER ONE: $385 per year (includes tax) for a four bottle membership with access to all Copper Circle perks (2 bottles per release- 4 bottles annually) (Retail Value: $620)

TIER TWO: $550 per year (includes tax) for a six bottle membership with access to all Copper Circle perks (3 bottles per release- 6 bottles annually) (Retail Value: $750)

Membership fees are charge bi-annually. Whisky must be picked up within one year of the release date or the member forfeits the bottles. Cancellation requests must be made by e-mail to coppercircle@vadistillery.com at least 30 days prior to the next whisky release date. Whisky purchases are non refundable per Virginia ABC rules.

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RECORDS FALL FOR WORLD’S LARGEST COLLECTION OF RARE JAPANESE WHISKY – Japanese Whisky News

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The world’s largest known collection of rare and collectable Karuizawa whisky from Japan has been snapped up for £770,000 in an online auction held by Whisky Auctioneer (www.whiskyauctioneer.com), in what is believed to be a world record for an auction of Japanese whisky.

A 70cl bottle of Karuizawa’s 1960 52 year old, one of just 41 bottles originally released for £12,000 in 2013 sold for £100,100, setting a new UK and European record for a Japanese whisky.

The collection of 296 bottles, which had been built up over the last 10 years by a European collector, easily surpassed the pre-auction estimated value of around £500,000.

The auction has attracted worldwide attention which has translated into more than 5093 bids for the bottles, and resulting in 89 successful buyers. In terms of bottles purchased, the Unites States was by far and away the most popular destination, with 84 bottles purchased by US buyers. Germany finished in second place with 43, Hong Kong with 40, the UK with 37 and Greece with 23. Other successful buyers came from countries including Taiwan, China, Singapore, Canada, Belgium, Australia, Israel, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, France, Ireland and Poland.

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The top 10 bottles by value to be sold during the auction were bought for a combined £217,060, with 7 of these bottles purchased by buyers in Hong Kong and the other 3 heading to Germany.

  • Karuizawa 1960 Single Cask #5627 / The Archer £100,100.00
  • Karuizawa 1963 Single Cask 50 Year Old #5132 £24,700.00
  • Karuizawa Honor Sumo Collection / 1981 / 1982 / 1983 £17,100.00
  • Karuizawa 1964 Single Cask 48 Year Old #3603 / Wealth Solutions £17,100.00
  • Karuizawa 45 Year Old Single Cask #1946 / Aqua of Life £12,700.00
  • Karuizawa 1995 Single Cask 18 Year Old #5022 / Ghost Series #2 – Only 22 Bottles £10,300.00
  • Karuizawa 1981 Single Cask #158 / Sakura Cask – Only 45 Bottles £9,700.00
  • Karuizawa Four Decades Ghost Series #5 / 1 of 24 Bottles £9,260.00
  • Karuizawa 1970 Single Cask #6227 / Geisha Label £8,100.00
  • Karuizawa 1983 Single Cask #3557 / Nepal Bottling £8,000.00

Karuizawa whisky has become one of the world’s most coveted whiskies since the distillery stopped production in 2000.The collection auctioned by Perth (Scotland) based Whisky Auctioneer covered almost every expression created by the renowned Japanese distillery. It is the first time such an extensive collection has been made available for auction anywhere in the world.

The sale has been a huge success for Perthshire firm Whisky Auctioneer which specialises in auctioning fine, old, rare and collectable whisky. In recent years, collectors have flocked towards Japanese distilleries, whose reputations and values have rocketed in the booming secondary market. According to rare whisky experts and analysts Rare Whisky 101, the RWK (Rare Whisky Karuizawa) Index, which tracks the performance of a select collection of bottles from this silent Japanese distillery, shows an increase in value of more than 300% since July 2013.

Iain McClune, founder and owner of Whisky Auctioneer said: “I don’t think we ever expected to have this much interest in our collection of Karuizawa, regardless of its rarity and collectability! Despite being a UK-based auction, only 37 of these bottles will remain on our shores. The international profile of the winning bids truly underline the global appeal of rare whisky at the moment, with these bottles soon heading off to 19 different countries, located across four different continents..”

Rare whisky expert Andy Simpson from Rare Whisky 101 said: “Given the vast demand for Karuizawa whisky in recent years, we wondered whether the market might have begun cool for this iconic distillery. However, judging by the global interest and the prices paid for this most recent auction, it would appear that Japanese whisky is still at the apex of many collectors’ wish-lists. What we don’t know, of course, if whether any of these bottles will resurface on the secondary market in years to come, or whether they will be opened, enjoyed and forever lost to the collector market.”

The buyer of the Karuizawa 1960 “The Archer”, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “I was given the chance to try my first Karuizawa whisky sample a few years ago, and I immediately fell in love with it. When I saw Whisky Auctioneer’s collection of Karuizawa whiskies, including the oldest and rarest I knew straight away that I had bid for this once in a lifetime chance. I am absolutely thrilled to have secured this incredible whisky, in the knowledge that it was distilled only a few years after Karuizawa started production in 1955 and that it’s only one of 41 bottles ever produced! I’ve won an important  piece of history that will take pride of place at the heart of my collection.”

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Aberlour Visitor Centre Tastes Success with Global Award Win – Scotch Whisky News

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Aberlour Visitor Centre tastes success with global award win 

Rikki Scott, Visitor Centre Supervisor at Chivas Brothers’ Aberlour Distillery, has scooped a prestigious Whisky Magazine Global Icons of Whisky Award.

Rikki, who is from Rothes in Speyside, was named Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year 2017 at The Whisky Magazine Awards Presentation Dinner at The Wardorf Hilton Hotel, in London.

He was initially crowned as Scotland’s Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year in December, before moving through to the global finals where he beat competition winners from the Americas and Rest of the World.

Since joining Aberlour Distillery in May 2014, Rikki has shared his passion for Aberlour’s world-renowned malt whiskies with both visitors and colleagues, helping to boost visitor numbers and drive the success of the centre shop.

Last year, he also created a Driver’s Tasting Kit which enables motorists to take part in the initial nosing before dispensing the whisky into bottles to enjoy the tasting experience at home.

The Aberlour Visitor Centre, which lies at the heart of Speyside, recently re-opened its doors for the summer season, offering a variety of tutored nosing and tasting experiences of Aberlour’s exquisite collection.

Commenting on his award win, Rikki said: “I was very shocked but also very proud to win the Global Icons of Whisky Award. To be recognised globally is not only an achievement for the Aberlour Visitor Centre but also for the area as a whole.

“The award win is a real testament to the hard work and dedication of the team and the high standards we set ourselves each year to enhance the visitor experience.”

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About Chivas Brothers

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

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Guests attending The Aberlour Visitor Centre can now book tours online: www.aberlour.com/distillery/

The Dramble aims to consolidate the voice of whisky bloggers – Whisky News

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The Dramble aims to consolidate the voice of whisky bloggers  

The Dramble, launching today, aims to consolidate the independent whisky blog ecosystem, by connecting up reviews and tasting notes. Whisky appreciation is about the sharing of experiences and opinions. It’s an inherently social activity with a growing community of whisky lovers all over the world. The number of whisky blogs and news sites has risen massively over the past decade – each one adding to the rich tapestry of the vibrant, welcoming and knowledgeable online community. But, with so many blogs and so many different opinions to choose from, where should you start?

Created by two whisky enthusiasts, The Dramble recognises that everyone has different individual tastes and also different innate abilities to detect and identify specific tastes and flavours. The Dramble has been created to build a comprehensive and expertly-curated collection of tasting notes supported by additional reviews drawn from whisky bloggers worldwide. The goal of the new site is to help whisky enthusiasts build up their whisky knowledge and appreciation, whilst also providing bloggers with additional channels for people to discover their tasting notes on a dram-by-dram basis.

Speaking of the launch, Co-Founder Matt McKay said: “The world whisky community is a wonderful thing. From local tasting groups, through to festivals, brand ambassadors and commentators, everyone I meet shares the same love and passion for good whisky. In building this site, Danny and I hope that The Dramble becomes a go to starting point for anyone interested in learning more about whisky. It is all a matter of opinion – and we’d like you to add yours.”

As well as featuring tasting notes, The Dramble will also have a strong focus on people, with regular interviews and features which highlight the important contributions made by individuals within the industry. From distillers and blenders through to brand ambassadors and distillery tour guides, The Dramble will look to explore the lives of the people who make whisky what it is today.

ISLAY CHARITIES RAISE A DRAM TO LAGAVULIN LEGACY – Scotch Whisky News

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ISLAY CHARITIES RAISE A DRAM TO LAGAVULIN LEGACY 

A range of good causes on the famous whisky island of Islay raised a dram of Lagavulin to celebrate sharing in a major financial legacy from the distillery’s 200th anniversary.

Representatives of the charities, including the local swimming pool, cyber café, arts and festival organisations, visited the distillery to officially mark the handover of £588,395 of funds which were raised through a special Lagavulin 200th anniversary bottling.

The principal beneficiary of the funding is Islay Heritage, a ground-breaking new initiative which has been established to explore, conserve and promote Islay’s wealth of historical and archaeological sites. Islay is one of Scotland’s most important historical locations being home to Lords of the Isles and the epi-centre of the country’s early and pre-historical life. Now with a grant of £318,395 from the Lagavulin Legacy fund, the ambitious project aims to make Islay as famous for its history as it currently is for Scotch whisky.

The Lagavulin Legacy project will also fund the restoration and conservation of around 700 acres of peatlands on Islay in recognition of the vital role peat plays in the creation of Lagavulin and other whiskies for which Islay is famous.

A total of seven good causes will benefit from the Lagavulin Legacy fund* reflecting a range of local good causes and projects designed to further enhance Islay’s reputation as a ‘must-visit’ destination for global visitors.

Dr Nick Morgan, Diageo Head of Whisky Outreach, who led the Lagavulin 200th Anniversary project, said: “The Lagavulin Legacy fund is not about making donations, it is about investing in the rich fabric of the Islay community. That’s why we’ve chosen a range of charities to support from very local community good causes, to the ambitious new Islay Heritage project which aims to really put Islay on the map as one of the world’s most important archaeological and historical destinations.”

Georgie Crawford, Lagavulin Distillery manager, added: “The celebrations for Lagavulin’s 200th anniversary last year were fantastic, but the absolute highlight of it all is to be able to handover such a significant financial contribution to these good causes.

“It makes me incredibly proud to welcome our friends and partners here at the distillery to mark the handover of the funds. We look forward to continuing to work with these good causes and to seeing the legacy project bring real benefits to Islay and its communities.”

The Lagavulin 200th anniversary legacy funds were raised through the sale of a special bottling of a Lagavulin 1991 Single Malt Scotch Whisky cask which was carefully selected by the distillery team and Diageo Chief Executive Ivan Menezes. Just 522 bottles were put on sale, 521 of the bottles via a special ballot on The Whisky Exchange at a price of £1,494 – a price set to acknowledge the historic year of the first recorded distillation of Scotch Whisky – with bottle no.1 then auctioned by The Whisky Exchange, raising a further £8,395.

The funds are being transferred to the charities with immediate effect to allow the legacy projects to progress at the earliest opportunity.

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*Lagavulin 200 charity recipients

The proceeds received by Diageo from the sale of the Lagavulin 1991 bottling have been donated to the following registered charities in the following proportions, to fund projects on Islay which are designed to enhance the understanding of the rich and diverse history of Islay and enhance the life of the local community:

Islay Heritage(OSCR No. SC046938) A wide ranging scope to include: research at Dunyvaig Castle, the creation of an Islay Heritage trail to help more people understand its rich history, conservation work focusing on Kildalton chapel and education.FUNDING AMOUNT: £318,396
McTaggart Cyber Café(OSCR No. SC028306) Some upgrade works to the fabric of the building including heating, new doors & windows and improvements to the Bistro Café area to allow for more activities for a wider range of people.FUNDING AMOUNT: £60,000
Islay & Jura Community Enterprises Limited McTaggart Leisure Centre(OSCR No. SC015815) Some fundamental works are required for the swimming baths to upgrade equipment and improve energy efficient.FUNDING AMOUNT: £60,000
Finlaggan Trust(OSCR No. SC000821) Refurbishment and modernisation of the existing visitor centre and development of the Finlaggan Bridge.FUNDING AMOUNT: £60,000
Islay Arts(OSCR No. SC000272) Funding will enable Islay Arts to increase the scope of events it funds.FUNDING AMOUNT: £20,000
Islay Festival Association(OSCR No. SC004390) Funding will help support the organisation to develop its events programme.FUNDING AMOUNT: £10,000
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds(OSCR No. SC037654)(Charity Commission No. 207076) RSPB is actively engaged in peat restoration on its estates on Islay at The Oa and Loch Gruinart. The funding will be used to fund peat restoration and conservation on the island.FUNDING AMOUNT: £60,000

About Diageo

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits, beer and wine categories.  These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Buchanan’s, and Windsor whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is a global company, and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world.  The company is listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO).  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.

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About Diageo in Scotland

  • Scotland is one of Diageo’s largest spirit supply centres responsible for producing nearly 50 million cases of leading brands of Scotch whisky and white spirits and over four million cases of Ready To Drink brands annually.
  • Around 85% of Diageo’s production in Scotland is sold overseas.
  • Diageo in Scotland currently employs around 3,500 people.
  • Diageo currently operates 28 malt distilleries and one grain distillery and has a 50 per cent share in a further grain distillery.
  • As well as engineering and technical support functions, there are extensive warehousing and packaging operations in Scotland and the company’s Scottish headquarters are in Edinburgh.

About Lagavulin

Local records suggest that Lagavulin was already a centre of whisky production in the early 18th century. There had almost certainly been many other illicit stills before John Johnston founded the first legal distillery at Lagavulin Bay in 1816. As with all Scottish distilleries, it passed through the hands of different owners, including the celebrated Sir Peter Mackie, whose company became White Horse Distillers, forever associated with Lagavulin. White Horse joined The Distillers Company Ltd. (eventually Diageo) in 1927. In 1989, Lagavulin, now normally bottled at 16 years rather than the original 12, became one of the six Classic Malts of Scotland™.


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