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IRISH DISTILLERS SWEEPS THE BOARD AT THE INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS CHALLENGE – Irish Whiskey News

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IRISH DISTILLERS SWEEPS THE BOARD AT THE INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS CHALLENGE 

Irish Distillers, makers of some of the world’s most enjoyed whiskeys, has regained its ‘World Whisky Producer of the Year’ crown at the International Spirits Challenge – winning the Trophy for the first time since 2016 at the prestigious awards ceremony in London last night.

Caption: The Irish Distillers team collect the World Whisky Producer of the Year Trophy at the 2019 ISC ceremony

Irish Distillers scooped the highest recognition for World Whisky at the competition after scoring the highest medals across its family of Irish whiskeys – beating out whiskey portfolios from Ireland, Japan and the USA. The result follows a stellar year at the competition for Midleton Distillery in which it scooped an outstanding 24 medals, including four new Double Gold medals.

Introduced to celebrate the very best in show, whiskeys across the Jameson, Powers and Midleton

ranges were the only Irish whiskeys tasted at the competition to receive the Double Gold honour in 2019. Midleton Very Rare Barry Crockett Legacy, introduced in 2011 as part of Irish Distillers’ commitment to rejeavenating the single pot still Irish whiskey category, scooped a Double Gold medal and also went on to win the Tasting Tropy for the best Irish whiskey.

The International Spirits Challenge also honoured Midleton Very Rare 2018, Powers Three Swallows Release and the newly-released Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength with Double Gold medals, in addition to 5 Gold medals for Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition, Jameson 18 Year Old, Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength, Redbreast 21 Year Old and Powers Gold Label.

On the continued success of the 2019 awards season, Master Distiller Brian Nation commented: “We are delighted to reclaim our place as World Whisky Producer of the Year at the ISC and to see such excellent results continue across the portfolio as we move further into the 2019 awards season. It’s fantastic to see the Midleton Very Rare family perform so well – an appropriate accolade for the pinnacle of Irish whiskey. These awards are a tribute to the craftsmen and women at Midleton Distillery Co. Cork, past and present, who work tirelessly to produce whiskeys of unrivalled quality. We look forward to seeing what the remainder of the 2019 will bring!”

Now in its 24th year, the International Spirits Challenge is one of the oldest spirits tasting competitions of its kind, promoting outstanding quality spirits from across the globe for almost a quarter of a century. The competition is founded on a rigorous and independent judging process, which serves to encourage the high calibre of spirits, designs and campaigns entered into the competition each year. 

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Full results from the International Spirits Challenge 2019:

  • Irish Distillers – World Whisky Producer of the Year
  • Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy – Tasting Trophy / Double Gold medal
  • Powers Three Swallow Release – Double Gold medal
  • Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength (Batch 1) – Double Gold medal
  • Midleton Very Rare 2018 – Double Gold medal
  • Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength – Gold medal
  • Redbreast 21 Year Old – Gold medal
  • Powers Gold Label – Gold medal
  • Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition – Gold medal
  • Jameson 18 Year Old – Gold medal
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey – Silver medal
  • Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition – Silver medal
  • Jameson Signature – Silver medal
  • Jameson Crested – Silver medal
  • Jameson Black Barrel – Silver medal
  • Jameson Cooper’s Croze – Silver medal
  • Jameson Blender’s Dog – Silver medal
  • Jameson Distiller’s Safe – Silver medal
  • Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest – Silver medal
  • Red Spot Single Pot Still – Silver medal
  • METHOD AND MADNESS Single Pot Still – Silver medal
  • Redbreast 12 Year Old – Silver medal
  • Redbreast Lustau Edition – Silver medal
  • Redbreast 15 Year Old – Silver medal
  • Powers John’s Lane 12 Years Old – Silver medal 

About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of some of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson, our brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish whiskey. Jameson is the world’s fastest-growing Irish whiskey, experiencing 29 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 7.3m cases in 2018. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 80 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 €8,987 million in FY18. 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 18,900 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.

Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

Wolfburn Wins Top International Honours – Scotch Whisky News

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Wolfburn Wins Top International Honours

Wolfburn’s Langskip single malt whisky has scooped the coveted ‘Best In Show’ award – and won a double gold medal – at the Singapore World Spirits Competition. Langskip also surpassed 29 other brands to be voted ‘Best Scotch Whisky’. It is the second such honour awarded to Langskip following its 2018 release, having already been awarded a double gold medal at the 2018 FiftyBest awards in the US.  Wolfburn’s inaugural Northland expression also won a gold medal at the FiftyBest awards.

“Our hand-crafted whisky is made, matured and bottled on-site by a small but dedicated team of distillers. We’re incredibly proud of the way Wolfburn is made,” says Mark Westmorland, Global Brand Ambassador. “We do everything the traditional way, with great care, and without haste. The resulting whisky continues to win fans all around the world. It’s a wonderful project to be associated with and we’re all hugely proud of what the distillery is achieving.”

The distillery itself has also been bestowed with honours, recently being acclaimed ‘Best Scotch Craft Distillery in the World’ by the highly prestigious Tokyo Whisky and Spirits Masters.  Wolfburn’s whisky is now distributed in 27 countries globally.

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  1. Wolfburn range of whiskies
  2. Wolfburn Distillery production team: L-R: Iain Kerr (manager), Charlie Fraser, Max Paul, Charlie Ross, Innes Mackintosh

ABOUT WOLFBURN:

The original Wolfburn Distillery was founded just to the west of Thurso by William Smith in 1821.  In its day it was one of the largest distilleries in Scotland, producing, according to HMRC records, 28,056 “gallons of proof spirit” in a single year.  Taking its name from the stream that provided the water – the Wolf Burn – the distillery operated until around 1870.  The reasons for its closure are lost in time, but by 1877 the newly produced Ordnance Survey maps showed it being in ruins.

In 2011 plans were laid to resurrect the old distillery. Construction began in 2012 and in January 2013 the new Wolfburn Distillery commenced production, thereby becoming the most northerly distillery on the Scottish mainland.  Situated 300m from the site of the original distillery, the new Wolfburn operates in much the same way as the old: craftsmen use traditional methods to produce fine spirit, which is laid down in best quality oak casks to await the day when it is bottled as single malt scotch whisky.  Wolfburn’s single malt scotch whiskies are now available in 27 countries globally.

Wolfburn Distillery, Henderson Park, Thurso, Caithness KW14 7XW

www.wolfburn.com

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HISTORIC DAY AHEAD FOR EDINBURGH AND WHISKY INDUSTRY AS DISTILLERY REVEALS OPENING DATE – Scotch Whisky News

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HISTORIC DAY AHEAD FOR EDINBURGH AND WHISKY INDUSTRY AS DISTILLERY REVEALS OPENING DATE  

Holyrood Distillery announces an opening date of 30 July and launches bookings for visitor tours 

Holyrood Distillery, which will be the first single malt whisky distillery in the centre of Edinburgh for almost 100 years, has today revealed its opening date of 30 July, while also launching bookings for its tour experiences.

Bookings for Holyrood’s range of daily guided distillery tours, all of which focus on exploring flavour, are now open via its website at https://www.holyrooddistillery.co.uk/tours/ with tickets for adults starting at £14.

The opening day and first tour of the distillery on Tuesday 30 July will be a historic occasion for the capital and the whisky industry, as there hasn’t been an operational single malt distillery in central Edinburgh since 1925 when The Edinburgh Distillery (aka Glen Sciennes) closed.

The distillery, which will produce single malt whisky alongside a range of gins and gin liqueurs, has been built in a former railway goods shed dating back to 1831. Located on the edge of Holyrood Park and close to popular Edinburgh Festival Fringe venues The Pleasance and George Square, the new distillery is within easy walking distance of the city’s main attractions, including The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It is also a short walk or bus ride from Waverley Station.

With its central location, visitor experiences and shop, the aim is to offer a major visitor attraction for both tourists and locals. The distillery will focus on the creation of maximum flavour in all the spirits it produces.

Holyrood Distillery is the notion of Canadian Rob Carpenter who, in 2013, first had the idea for a distillery and visitor experience in central Edinburgh. Rob, who founded the Canadian branch of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society together with his wife Kelly, has brought his vision to life in partnership with co-founder David Robertson, who has 25 years’ experience in the industry.

Spirit production will be handled by distillery manager Jack Mayo, previously of The Glasgow Distillery, alongside distillers Ollie Salvesen and Elizabeth Machin. All three are graduates of Heriot-Watt University’s renowned Brewing and Distilling course. In total, the project has already created 30 new jobs.

Holyrood Distillery’s founder Rob Carpenter said: “I’m thrilled to announce that we’ll open the doors to our distillery on Tuesday 30th July. It’s been an incredible journey to get to this point, and to be able to bring back single malt whisky back to the heart of Edinburgh for the first time in almost 100 years is a true privilege. A big thank you is also owed to our neighbours who have been patient with the build over the past year.”

Debs Newman, Holyrood’s Visitor Experience director, added: “Today is a big day for us as we open up our bookings for our range of tours. Offering great tours for our visitors is an integral part of the distillery design, and there are a range of tours available to visitors to suit all levels of interest, with even more variety to come in future.

“Given our location in the centre of Edinburgh, we’re within easy walking distance of the city’s major attractions so we’re ready to welcome everyone, from locals to tourists, to explore what we have created and the amazing world of flavour in both whisky and gin.”

Further information:

Holyrooddistillery.co.uk

Twitter @Holyroodwhisky

Facebook @Holyrooddistillery

Instagram @Holyrooddistillery

Notes:

  • Holyrood Distillery will open to the public in July 2019.  It is the first single malt whisky distillery in the heart of Edinburgh for almost 100 years. The last working distillery in the capital was Andrew Usher’s Edinburgh Distillery (aka Glen Sciennes) which closed in 1925
  • The distillery project cost approximately £6.7m, backed by £5.8m fundraising
  • The build took a year and the distillery is housed in a Class B listed building built in 1831 as part of one of the first railways in the UK
  • Holyrood Distillery will focus on innovation and the creation of robust flavours through different production approaches, initially focusing on four flavour profiles:
    • Smoky
    • Fruity / Floral
    • Sweet
    • Spicy
  • The team’s three distillers are Dr Jack Mayo, distillery manager; Ollie Salvesen, Distiller; Elizabeth Machin, Distiller
  • Holyrood Distillery was founded by Canadian couple, Rob and Kelly Carpenter and Scot, David Robertson. Rob co-founded the Canadian branch of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society with wife Kelly, while David has 25 years’ experience in the industry with The Macallan and The Dalmore as well as co-founding Rare Whisky 101
  • As well as distilling single malt whisky, Holyrood Distillery produces award-winning gins and liqueurs on its specially designed gin still
  • The distillery, which is located in the heart of Edinburgh, features a visitor centre and shop. Tours and tasting experiences will run daily throughout the year

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Bottling – One Giant Leap at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Exclusive Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Bottling

One Giant Leap Deanston 10 Year Old

Friday the 19th of July, 2019, Fife, Scotland

Specialist online whisky shop, TheWhiskyBarrel.com, is proud to release an exclusive single malt Scotch whisky distilled at Deanston Distillery to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing in 1969.

One Giant Leap
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Deanston 10 Year Old, 2009 Vintage

On the 20th of July 1960 Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon in what was one of the most historic, scientific, culturally significant events of the 20th Century. Those famous words spoken by Armstrong really do sum up the event – “one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” And fifty years on, we’re all still talking about it.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, TheWhiskyBarrel.com has selected a single cask of Deanston single malt Scotch whisky. Distilled in March 2009, this whisky has been aged for 10 years before bottling in June 2019 at 61.6% ABV. Matured in a single American oak first fill Pedro Ximenez sherry hogshead (cask reference #WB1003), this whisky is limited to just 276 numbered bottles.

Deanston Distillery was established near Doune in 1965, the same decade as the Moon landing. It is located within a huge old weaving mill dating from 1785 and distillation commenced in 1966. This is a Highland malt whisky distillery equipped with an open topped cast iron mash tun and four gleaming copper stills.

Available exclusively from TheWhiskyBarrel.com, shipping to customers Worldwide including the United States of America, Canada and Japan.

One Giant Leap Deanston 10 Year Old | 2009 | TheWhiskyBarrel.com | 61.6%

Tasting notes
Colour: Deep sherry.
Nose: Rich, sweet and fruity sherry notes. Milk chocolate coated raisins.
Taste: Stewed soft fruits with abundant ripe plums and sun kissed raisins. Dark brown sugar and a hint of citrus.
Finish: Long, sweet and spice finish. Dried fruits and a hint of pepper.

Price: £120 GBP inc VAT / $122USD (+ P&P) *

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Q) What is the product called?
A)  One Giant Leap Deanston 10 Year Old 2009 Exclusive.

Q) When will this product be released/was it released?
A) Friday the 19th of July 2019.

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) £120GBP / $122USD (+ P&P)

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

Q) How many bottles are there?
A) 276 bottles from a single cask limited to one bottle per customer.

Q) What is the ABV of this product?
A) 61.6% ABV natural cask strength.

Q) Why has this product been launched?
A) Limited Edition single cask exclusive for TheWhiskyBarrel.com whisky shop.

Notes

The Whisky Barrel is a specialist online whisky and spirits merchant based in Fife, Scotland and  was established in 2007. In 2019 The Whisky Barrel won The Queens Award for Enterprise: International Trade. The Whisky Barrel is also a winner of the 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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Heaven Hill Distillery Launches “Tales from the Hill” Podcast – American Whiskey News

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Heaven Hill Distillery Launches “Tales from the Hill” Podcast

BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Heaven Hill Distillery today launched a new podcast, “Tales from the Hill,” to share the story of Heaven Hill in a way that has never been done before. Produced by Mark Gillespie, host of the number one whiskey podcast “WhiskyCast,” Tales from the Hill takes an intimate, in-depth look at the people, places and products that have shaped Heaven Hill Distillery since 1935.

Season one takes the listener on a six-episode a journey into the heritage and legacy of Heaven Hill. Each episode contains exclusive interviews from the people who know Heaven Hill best and provides a unique, behind-the-scenes look at how Heaven Hill went from filling the first barrel to a portfolio of award-winning whiskeys almost 85 years later. From President Max Shapira to expert taster Tawnie Gootee, each person interviewed provides listeners with a window into the largest independent, family-owned and operated distillery in America.

Explore how Heaven Hill’s tradition of distilling informs today’s decisions to nurture American Whiskey toward a more vibrant future. Listen to the introductory episode and episode one now, with new episodes available every Tuesday for the next five weeks following the launch date. Learn more, subscribe, listen, and review here.

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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 1.5 million barrels aging in 58 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 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Best in Show Whiskey, and previously held titles of 2018 San Francisco Spirits Best Bourbon, 2017 Whisky Advocate Whisky of the Year, 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.

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Glencairn Crystal shines as it delivers 15 consecutive years of global growth – Whisky News

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Glencairn Crystal shines as it delivers 15 consecutive years of global growth 

Family business demonstrates its global success and resilience as it reveals it has doubled sales every five years since 2004

  • Glasgow based crystal glassware company has doubled sales every five years since 2004.
  • Custom decanters (for the worlds’ rarest and most expensive spirits*) and unique glassware have driven the family business’ growth – up by a fifth in the last year. In the last eighteen months Glencairn has delivered projects that contribute to sales of £100 million.
  • Over 65,000 Glencairn Glasses** are now sold per week globally.

Award winning family business Glencairn Crystal – owned and run by the Davidson family – has released its end of year figures to reveal an unbroken run of 15 years of continued business growth.

In 2004 the East Kilbride based company turned over £858K with the latest figures in 2019 reaching an unprecedented £11.3 million.

The exponential growth of the business comes from, not only existing markets, but the expansion into new markets – China being the largest that the company has gained traction in over the past 12 months. The US continues to provide huge growth for Glencairn and is now worth some £4m a year of the company’s business with US online sales alone accounting for nearly £1 million worth of this.

Glencairn now ships to 95 countries worldwide, working with over 600 distilleries directly.

*Some of the company’s most high-profile decanter projects include luxury bespoke decanters for a single malt whisky that have been hand engraved using rare gemstones. In the past year the company has been commissioned by over 30 different brands to create bespoke packaging for some of the oldest and most luxurious single malt whiskies ever released.

Scott Davidson, New Product Development Director at Glencairn said: “We are so proud of the success we have achieved in this past year. Our hardworking team and the worldwide growth of the spirits market, specifically whisky, has meant that we have been able to capitalise on what we do best – provide clients with a high-end customer service they can’t get anywhere else.”

He continued: “Above all else we continue to put our customers and their needs first – something that is demonstrated through fifteen years of continued growth.’

For more details about Glencairn Crystal, please visit www.glencairn.co.uk

**The Glencairn Glass is endorsed by the Scotch Whisky Association as the official glass for whisky.

Notes 

Glencairn’s clients include leading drinks companies, brands and other outlets, including: BP, Brown-Forman, Cunard, Diageo, Houses of Parliament, Muller, Google, Scottish Parliament, Liverpool FC and the majority of the Scottish Whisky manufacturers, in addition to many of the international whisky and spirit producers.

Created in 2001, the Glencairn Glass has seen an average year on year global sales increase. Often referred to as the official tasting glass, the company makes over 3 million per year, across hundreds of brands, distributed to over 90 countries worldwide.

Glencairn has previously won The Queen’s Awards as follows:

  • The Queens Award for Enterprise 2017 and 2012
  • The Queens Award for Innovation 2006 (with the Glencairn Whisky Glass)

BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY RELEASES COLONEL E.H. TAYLOR, JR. AMARANTH BOURBON WHISKEY – American Whiskey News

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BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY RELEASES COLONEL E.H. TAYLOR, JR.  AMARANTH

BOURBON WHISKEY 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (July 10, 2019) – Buffalo Trace Distillery continues its homage to former Distillery owner Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. with a special release bourbon whiskey using Amaranth as the flavoring grain instead of rye.  This 100 proof Bottled-In-Bond small batch bourbon was aged over a decade and is a special one-time-only release.  Other grains used in this recipe are corn (Buffalo Trace Mashbill #1) and malted barley.

            Amaranth was originally cultivated by the Aztecs and is called “the Grain of the Gods.” It is similar to wheat, but offers a complex taste with subtle flavors ranging from a nose of butterscotch and spearmint, to a finish of pecans and dark berries.

Tasting notes describe this bourbon as having a fresh spearmint on the nose, followed by honey, with a hint of cherry.  On the palate, coffee and vanilla come through.  The finish is long, with oats and honey.

This Amaranth Bourbon Whiskey is the tenth and latest release in the collection of  E. H. Taylor, Jr. whiskeys, which includes favorites such as Single Barrel Bourbon, Barrel Proof Bourbon, Straight Rye Whiskey, and Small Batch Bourbon.

The Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. collection was first released in early 2011 and several subsequent releases have followed.  Like some of the previous releases, this one-time-only bottling is very limited.   Also consistent with past releases, the Amaranth Bourbon displays a vintage label and is offered inside a distinct canister reminiscent of Taylor’s whiskey package from over one hundred years ago. These six bottle cases will again be shipped in an impressive wooden box first used for the Cured Oak release.  The boxes are modeled after the wooden crates used by Taylor to transport goods during the days before Prohibition.

            Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr.  is widely considered one of the founding fathers of the bourbon industry, fighting for the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, nearly three decades after he purchased the distillery that is known today as the Buffalo Trace Distillery. During his time, Taylor implemented several innovative methods still used today by Buffalo Trace, such as climate controlled aging warehouses. In addition to his bourbon interests, Taylor had political ties. He was the great-nephew of President Zachary Taylor and elected the mayor of Frankfort, state representative to the Kentucky General Assembly and a member of the State Senate.

            This special bottling of Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Amaranth Bourbon Whiskey will be available starting in late July in limited supply.  The suggested retail price is $69.99 per 750ml bottle.

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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 Col. 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

IRISH DISTILLERS UNVEILS NEW ‘JAMESON TRIPLE TRIPLE’ – Irish Whiskey News

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IRISH DISTILLERS UNVEILS NEW ‘JAMESON TRIPLE TRIPLE’ 

- A new triple cask, triple distilled Jameson Irish Whiskey exclusive to Global Travel Retail -

Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, has announced an exciting addition to its family of Irish whiskeys; Jameson Triple Triple. Available exclusively in global travel retail from July, the new offering is a fresh take on the signature smoothness of Jameson that has been elevated through triple cask maturation – ideal for the adventurous whiskey drinker.

Made in Midleton Distillery, County Cork, Jameson Triple Triple has been triple distilled and blended from a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks with the addition of hand-selected casks that have been seasoned with fortified wine from Malaga. The Malaga cask contribution adds notes of citrus, orchard fruits and spice resulting in a whiskey that has a subtle sweetness and an extra drop of smoothness. Jameson Triple Triple is bottled at 40% ABV and available in 1L format globally at the RRP of €32.

Billy Leighton, Master Blender at Midleton Distillery, commented: “At Jameson, we’ve known that good things come in threes ever since John Jameson set up his distillery on Bow Street in Dublin and introduced the world to triple-distilled Jameson Irish Whiskey. Jameson Triple Triple is no exception to this rule. Our single pot still and single grain Irish whiskeys have been further enhanced through triple cask maturation to create an exciting new taste experience.”

Brendan Buckley, International Marketing Director at Irish Distillers, added: “Jameson’s approachability has been key to its success around the world, and with its extra smooth yet subtly sweet character, we expect Jameson Triple Triple to further propel the brand forward in the global travel retail sphere.”

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Notes: 

Tasting notes by Billy Leighton, Master Blender at the Midleton Distillery:

Nose: Initial fruit notes of sweet pear that develop into zesty citrus peel with some dark fruits in the background. The American oak adds a rich wood spice contribution along with sweet notes of vanilla, chocolate and toasted oak. Hints of cinnamon and clove delicately work in balance with the sweet Malaga wine cask influence.

Taste: Luscious, with sweet orchard fruits and light hints of blackcurrants, plums and raisins. The spices slowly build adding depth with hints of clove and black pepper, layered over the oak tannins adding dark chocolate and liquorice.

Finish: Lingering, with the spices slowly fading to reveal the fruits and oak.

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About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of some of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson, our brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish whiskey. Jameson is the world’s fastest-growing Irish whiskey, experiencing 29 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 7.3m cases in 2018. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 80 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 €8,987 million in FY18. 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 18,900 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.

Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

HIGHLY LIMITED EDITION COLIN MONTGOMERIE RELEASE TEES OFF – Scotch Whisky News

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HIGHLY LIMITED EDITION COLIN MONTGOMERIE RELEASE TEES OFF      

New triple cask matured single malt commemorates iconic Monty three wood shot

Loch Lomond Whiskies, The Official Spirit of The Open, has released its first triple cask matured single malt Scotch whisky.

The new and highly limited edition expression was created as a tribute to Loch Lomond Whiskies golf ambassador Colin Montgomerie’s glorious three wood shot that helped secure victory for Europe in the 1997 Ryder Cup.

Matured in refill American oak before being matured for up to six months in a combination of first fill Limousin oak and Oloroso sherry casks, the Loch Lomond Three Wood Matured 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky unites the worlds of single malt Scotch whisky and golf.

Colin Montgomerie – better known to his fans as Monty – is one of the UK’s most successful golfers.

Since turning professional in 1987, Montgomerie has recorded 53 tournament victories across the world and became European #1 in 1993 – a position he held for an unprecedented seven years.

Ryder Cup success followed as a player including his legendary three wood tee shot on the 18th hole at Valderrama in 1997 that secured victory for Europe by a single point and gained him “Shot of the Year”.

He later famously led Europe to success as Captain at Celtic Manor in 2010.

Montgomerie said: “As a proud Scot I know that Scotland is world-renowned for both our whisky and our unrivalled golf courses. I am thrilled that the Loch Lomond Three Wood Matured 25 Year Old Single Malt will celebrate both worlds.

“My shot at Valderrama is one that will live long in the memory for me. To know that it has inspired a Single Malt and one which carries my signature is a huge honour. I hope that golfers and whisky fans alike will enjoy a dram as much as I have.”

Created by Montgomerie in partnership with Loch Lomond Master Blender Michael Henry, the Loch Lomond Three Wood Matured 25 Year Old is a beautifully balanced and highly limited edition single malt Scotch Whisky. Offering fruit notes of peach and pear, with subtle floral and perfumed notes, it is enhanced by cloves and cinnamon on the finish.

Presented in an elegant black and red gift box that celebrates Monty’s golfing achievements, the Loch Lomond Triple Wood Matured 25 Year Old has an ABV of 46.3% and is available globally with an RRP of £250.

For further information visit Loch Lomond Whiskies on Twitter: @LochLomondMalts, Instagram: @lochlomondmalts Facebook: Loch Lomond Whiskies and at www.lochlomondwhiskies.com.

Tasting notes

Maturation in refill American oak casks from Loch Lomond’s onsite cooperage complements the distillery’s signature fruity character while the lightly toasted style of French European oak adds hints of refined spice. Additional maturation in Oloroso oak casks delivers subtle perfumed floral notes. 

About Loch Lomond Whiskies

  • Loch Lomond Distillery has one of the oldest heritages in the industry. It was founded by American, Duncan Thomas, the owner of the Littlemill distillery which was licensed in 1772. In the 1930s Duncan Thomas was at the forefront of innovation within the Scotch whisky industry and his innovative philosophy is ingrained into everything that is done at Loch Lomond to this day
  • The multi award winning Loch Lomond whiskies range includes the Loch Lomond 12 Year Old which has been awarded a Gold Medal at the International Spirits Challenge 2017. Other expressions in the range are the single malts Loch Lomond Original; Loch Lomond Classic; Loch Lomond 18 Year Old; Loch Lomond 50 Year Old: the Loch Lomond Island’s Collection which includes the Inchmurrin and Inchmoan ranges as well as the deluxe blend Loch Lomond Reserve
  • Loch Lomond Whiskies was recently also awarded the following medals at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, one of the most prestigious and coveted global competitions:
  • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL: Loch Lomond 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
  • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL: Loch Lomond Signature
  • GOLD MEDAL: Loch Lomond 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
  • Loch Lomond Whiskies signed a five-year partnership with The R&A to become The Spirit of The Open in February 2018. The period includes the playing of the landmark 150th Open in 2021 at St Andrews, the home of golf.

 

The Lost Distillery Company Gerston Archivist Wins Gold at The International Whisky Competition 2019 – Scotch Whisky News

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The Lost Distillery Company Gerston Archivist Wins Gold at The International Whisky Competition 2019.

The Lost Distillery Company, Gerston Archivist has triumphed at The International Whisky Competition 2019, scooping 1st place within the Best Blended Malt Scotch category.

The International Spirits Competition invites whisky from around the world to be blind tasted and rated by its professional tasting panel made up of whisky, spirit, beer and wine experts. Each whisky then scores points based on a unique 100-point scale system, making the IWC one of the most professional competitions of its kind. This year Gerston Archivist beat off stiff competition from some of the industry’s most popular whiskies.

Gerston Distillery was Operational from 1796-1882, Gerston was a favourite among such famous figures as the Duke of Wellington and Sir Robert Peel as well as enjoying export to Calcutta and Buenos Aires.The nose has sweet toffee and ripe fruits. The palate brings soft caramel with a salty note, before a whiff of smoke and lingering salt in the finish. Operational from 1796-1882,

Gerston was a favourite among such famous figures as the Duke of Wellington and Sir Robert Peel as well as enjoying export to Calcutta and Buenos Aires.The nose has sweet toffee and ripe fruits. The palate brings soft caramel with a salty note, before a whiff of smoke and lingering salt in the finish. Operational from 1796-1882,

Gerston was a favourite among such famous figures as the Duke of Wellington and Sir Robert Peel as well as enjoying export to Calcutta and Buenos Aires.The nose has sweet toffee and ripe fruits. The palate brings soft caramel with a salty note, before a whiff of smoke and lingering salt in the finish. o0ssajshjkhooperational from 1796-1882.

Located in Caithness, Gerston was enjoyed by such famous figures as the Duke of Wellington and Sir Robert Peel as one of the first brands to make a name for itself in London.  Gerston was exported as far afield as Calcutta and Buenos Aires. The nose has sweet toffee and ripe fruits. The palate brings soft caramel with a salty note, before a whiff of smoke and lingering salt in the finish. Operational from 1796-1882,

Gerston was a favourite among such famous figures as the Duke of Wellington and Sir Robert Peel as well as enjoying export to Calcutta and Buenos Aires.The nose has sweet toffee and ripe fruits. The palate brings soft caramel with a salty note, before a whiff of smoke and lingering salt in the finish. Operational from 1796-1882,

Gerston was a favourite among such famous figures as the Duke of Wellington and Sir Robert Peel as well as enjoying export to Calcutta and Buenos Aires.The nose has sweet toffee and ripe fruits. The palate brings soft caramel with a salty note, before a whiff of smoke and lingering salt in the finish.

Offering an immersive, historical journey for both trade and consumers, the Lost Distillery Company award-winning portfolio has had phenomenal success in recent years with growth in distribution to nearly 50 markets worldwide.

Scott Watson, Co-Founder of Crucial Drinks and The Lost Distillery Company said: “In the last century, over 100 Scotch whisky distilleries have permanently closed, which I have always felt was a real tragedy. The Lost Distillery Company was borne to bring the stories of these famed whiskies and their people back to life.

He continued “We’ve celebrated some fantastic achievements as a business this year and we are truly honoured to have received such high praise from The International Whisky Competition”

Launched internationally in 2013, The Lost Distillery Company is thriving with availability in nearly 50 markets worldwide. Crucial Drinks is based at The Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House in Ayrshire, one of Scotland’s finest stately homes and estates, which was rescued by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2007.

The Lost Distillery Company can be found at www.thelostdistillery.com

Notes

  • After many years of planning, founders Scott Watson and Brian Woods, set up Crucial Drinks in 2012 developing a world class whisky and rum portfolio that offered outstanding spirits with unique heritage and brand stories. Born and raised in Ayrshire, both founders set out to build a global business in and from East Ayrshire to help regenerate the area.
  • The Lost Distillery Gerston Archivist also celebrated success in 2018 after being awarded Gold at The Travel Retail Masters.
  • The Lost Distillery family is available at select retailers across the world as well as on Crucial Drinks online shop and Amazon UK.
  • Crucial Drinks distributes to nearly 50 markets worldwide including Global Travel Retail.
  • Its award-winning portfolio of luxury spirit brands includes The Lost Distillery Company, Six Saints Rum, Rum & Cane Merchants and Big Mouth Scotch Whisky

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