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Buffalo Trace Distillery Donation Helps Raise $215,000 – American Whiskey News

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Buffalo Trace Distillery Donation Helps Raise $215,000

for Emeril Lagasse Foundation

Over a Quarter of a Million Dollars Raised through Buffalo Trace Donations Since 2013

FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY (Dec. 13, 2016) For the past twelve years, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation has held a fundraising weekend which raises money for children’s charities nationwide. In 2013 Buffalo Trace Distillery joined the fundraising weekend as a sponsor of the foundation’s Friday night Festivities, Boudin, Bourbon & Beer. For the past three years Buffalo Trace Distillery has donated a live auction package to Emeril’s signature event, the Carnivale du Vin wine auction, and has helped raise over a quarter of a million in funds.

In November of 2016 Buffalo Trace’s auction lot helped raise a whopping $215,000; $150,000 of that will specifically be assigned to Emeril’s culinary garden and teaching program.

This year’s prize package from Buffalo Trace Distillery included more than 30 highly sought after whiskies from the National Historic Landmark Distillery, including the elusive Pappy Van Winkle Rye and a very rare bottling from Buffalo Trace’s 5 Millionth Barrel, distilled in 1981. Also included in the prize pack was a trip for four to Buffalo Trace, including first class airline tickets, overnight accommodations and many other extras. This year’s winner, Noah McMahon, is excited about his upcoming trip, stating “This is a dream come true for me and my friends as we are huge fans of all of the Buffalo Trace brands. The trip to Kentucky will be once-in-a-lifetime and something we will never forget!” McMahon will be scheduling his trip to Kentucky soon.

The Emeril Lagasse Foundation was founded in 2002 by Chef Emeril Lagasse and his wife Alden and has granted more than $7.5 million to children’s charities to support culinary, nutrition and arts programs. Lagasse’s Fund a Need program, of which part of McMahon’s

donation will go towards, is a program that fully integrates both gardening and cooking elements into school curriculums.

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 1786 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 seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year.” Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com.

 

 

 

MAKE IT A BURNS NIGHT TO REMEMBER WITH BALBLAIR SINGLE MALT WHISKY – Scotch Whisky News

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MAKE IT A BURNS NIGHT TO REMEMBER WITH BALBLAIR SINGLE MALT WHISKY 

Dust off your tartan and toast the spirit of Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns, with a dram of award-winning Balblair Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

In honour of the occasion, Balblair has selected three of its perfectly timed Vintages, which compliment every stage of the traditional Burns night supper. Specially selected by Distillery Manager, John MacDonald, each of the Vintages are released at the peak of perfection.

Start the evening with a dram of Balblair Vintage 2005. Light, fruity and refreshing, this classic Vintage embodies Balblair’s house style. Full of character, the Vintage has citrus aromas of apple and honey, followed by the intense taste of sweet toffee and vanilla, rounded off by a deliciously spicy, long finish.

Why not pair your haggis, neeps and tatties with a glass of Balblair Vintage 1999. On the palate, it is full bodied, sweet and spicy in character, with hints of honey, vanilla and leather. It has signature Balblair aromas of honey and green apples, as well as hints of spice, citrus, fruits and vanilla make it the ideal Vintage to sip while absorbing the party.

And, if you’re looking to impress your friends, why not finish off with a dram of Balblair Vintage 1990. Boasting a spicy yet sweet aroma, the whisky is punctuated with notes of raisins, toffee and honey. On the palate, the Vintage it is full bodied; sweet and spicy in character with hints of zesty fruits. With a luxurious smooth finish, this expression is the perfect after dinner treat.

Notes

  • Balblair Vintage 2005 1st Release (£43) is maturated in American oak-ex bourbon barrels, creating aromas of citrus orchards as well as smooth vanilla and toffee that leave a deliciously spicy, long finish. Stockists: Royal Mile Whiskies, The Whisky Shop, The Whisky Exchange, Master of Malts (online), selected Oddbins & independent specialists
  • Balblair Vintage 1999 2nd Release (£65) is aged in ex-bourbon barrels and ex-sherry butts, the honey and green apple notes are complimented by a hint of spice, citrus fruits and vanilla culminating in a smooth, long lasting finish. Stockists: Royal Mile Whiskies, The Whisky Shop, The Whisky Exchange, Master of Malts (online), selected Oddbins & independent specialists
  • Balblair Vintage 1990 2nd Release (£85) is matured in American oak ex-bourbon casks, but with the addition of Spanish oak ex-sherry butts. Offering a medley of spicy and sweet aromas, punctuated with notes of raisins, toffee and honey. Stockists: Royal Mile Whiskies, The Whisky Shop, The Whisky Exchange, Master of Malts (online), selected Oddbins & independent specialists
  • Balblair Vintage 1990 was recently awarded with the IWSC trophy for Best Single Malt Scotch over 15 years
  • Balblair Highland Single Malt Scotch has been recognised by internationally renowned spirits competition, International Wine and Spirit Competition, receiving eight accolades across its Domestic and Travel Retail portfolio.
  • International Beverage, producer of some of the global drinks industry’s most acclaimed premium spirits including Balblair, is celebrating a momentous win in Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky Scotland 2017 awards, after being crowned Whisky Distiller of the Year.

BEAM SUNTORY DONATES $100,000 TO SUPPORT OPERATION HOMEFRONT’S HOLIDAY MEALS FOR MILITARY PROGRAM

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BEAM SUNTORY DONATES $100,000 TO SUPPORT OPERATION HOMEFRONT’S HOLIDAY MEALS FOR MILITARY PROGRAM

Chicago − December 23, 2016 – Beam Suntory, the world’s third-largest premium spirits company, has donated $100,000 to Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit that provides emergency financial and other assistance to military families and wounded warriors. The donation will support the Holiday Meals for Military program, which will provide 12,000 family meals this holiday season. Beam Suntory’s donation alone funded 8,500 meals, being distributed on 28 U.S. military bases this month.

The Chicago-based spirits company has donated more than $2.5 million to Operation Homefront since 2006 as part of its commitment to supporting the communities where its employees live and work, a pillar of its Growing for Good social responsibility platform. The Holiday Meals for Military program began Thanksgiving 2009 as the result of a chance encounter in a supermarket in Utica, N.Y., near Fort Drum. A soldier, his wife and infant had a handful of grocery items they could not afford, so a Jim Beam employee picked up the $12 cost for the groceries. Since that time, the program has grown from initially providing 500 meal kits to military families in 2009 to this season’s 12,000 meals.

“Big things start with small steps,” says Ken Ruff, vice president, national accounts, Beam Suntory. “When I helped start the program, it was to support one family that I knew was in need. Back then I never would have imagined it would spur a national program with so many great partners helping so many families, year after year. It’s inspiring to see what we’ve been able to do together – and what we can still do.”

“This organization and this program are very close to the hearts of so many of us at Beam Suntory,” Beam Suntory Chairman and CEO Matt Shattock said. “I am humbled by the sacrifices military families make, and we are honored to support them.”

In addition to the donation, Beam employees are volunteering to help pack meals in Illinois and Tennessee. Since 2008, Beam Suntory employees have provided thousands of volunteer hours to the program.

“The holiday season can be an expensive time of the year, particularly for military families who live on a stretched family budget,” said John I. Pray, Jr., president and CEO, Operation Homefront. “Beam Suntory’s continued support helps Operation Homefront provide military families with grocery items necessary for a full holiday meal. It’s just one of the many ways we show our collective gratitude for their service and help them thrive in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.”

About Beam Suntory Inc.

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and commitment to Growing for Good. Headquartered in Chicago, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com.

About Operation Homefront

A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 2,500 volunteers with nationwide presence who provide emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. Operation Homefront has provided assistance to thousands of military families since its inception in 2002. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity watchdog groups, nationally, 92 percent of Operation Homefront’s expenditures go directly to programs that provide support to our military families. For more information, go to www.OperationHomefront.net.

PERNOD RICARD NORTH AMERICA TO INVEST IN WEST VIRGINIA-BASED SMOOTH AMBLER – American Whiskey News

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PERNOD RICARD NORTH AMERICA TO INVEST IN WEST VIRGINIA-BASED SMOOTH AMBLER

It has been announced that high-end bourbons Smooth Ambler Contradiction Bourbon, Old Scout Single Barrel Bourbon and other high-end spirits will be be distributed by Pernod Ricard USA. NBV Investments Inc. (“NBVI”), a subsidiary of Austin Nichols & Co. Incorporated (d/b/a Pernod Ricard North America) and an affiliate of New York-based Pernod Ricard USA LLC, announced that it has signed an agreement to take a majority stake in Smooth Ambler Spirits Co.

The transaction is currently subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in early 2017.

Smooth Ambler Spirits Co., founded in 2009, is located in the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia. It uses regional natural resources and ingredients to produce gins, vodkas, rums and whiskeys, including the Old Scout Single Barrel Bourbon, which was recognized recently as the “Best Single Barrel Bourbon in the World” at Whisky Magazine’s 2016 World Whiskies Awards.

“We are very impressed by Smooth Ambler’s successful track record, and we are excited to partner with that team as they continue to produce high quality American Whiskeys.” said Jeff Agdern, President of NBVI.

 “Smooth Ambler is committed to making great spirits, using the best American ingredients,” said John Little, Smooth Ambler’s Co-Founder and Head Distiller. “The investment from NBVI will enable us to introduce our premium craft spirits to many more consumers.” Smooth Ambler plans to increase production capacity and further expand its local team in West Virginia, Little said.

Alexandre Ricard, Chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard commented: “This investment illustrates perfectly our strategy of partnering with rising entrepreneurs sharing the same passion for authentic, high-quality brands. It represents a strong opportunity to enter the fast-growing, high-end bourbon market extending even more our fantastic portfolio of genuine brands in our number 1 market”.

Under the terms of the transaction, John Little will assume the role of CEO and continue to operate the company with same culture and commitment to quality. John Foster will also remain as Director of Sales and Marketing.

The Balvenie Set DCS Compendium Chapter 2 – Scotch Whisky News

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Words cannot describe the beauty of the Balvenie Set DCS Compendium Chapter 2.

We will however, give it a go:

Available at Whisky Galore at The Green Welly Stop

1 of only 6 sets available here in the United Kingdom.

The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Two features five extremely rare single-cask single malt whiskies and highlights the complex manner in which different oak casks influence the flavour of The Balvenie during the maturation process.

David Stewart MBE pioneered double cask maturation, or finishing, during his career at The Balvenie and this chapter showcases his vast knowledge and understanding of this process. The whiskies in Chapter Two, range in age from 15 years to 43 years, with each of the casks chosen by David imparting their own distinct flavour profile to the final expression.

Each whisky in Chapter Two hails from a different cask style – including European oak Oloroso sherry butts, first fill American oak Bourbon barrels, a European oak port puncheon and a European oak Pedro Ximénez sherry butt.

The Balvenie Aged 43 years.

European oak Oloroso sherry butt – Filled 31st October 1972.

“ The 1972 refill sherry butt may have lost some of the flavours we expect from sherry casks, dried fruits and spice, but it really shows a unique character of the balvenie, spicy but less ‘winey’ sweet, more honeyed sweetness. Very few examples like this remain and I love it.” – David C Stewart

Tasting Notes..

Nose – Fragrant, floral and fruity, fresh pineapple juice and melons, a malty sweetness and soft oak vanilla.

Taste – A syrupy sweetness, with honey, butterscotch, vanilla toffee and delicate cinnamon spice.

Finish – Lingering with gentle waves of vanilla and subtle oak spices.

The Balvenie Aged 26 years.

First fill American oak bourbon barrel – Filled 1th May 1990.

“ Seeing the different effects wood can have is still a great pleasure for me. Distilled just six months apart we can showcase first fill American Oak and European oak with 1990 casks

David C Stewart Tasting Notes..

Nose – Rich and malty, sweet toffee, vanilla fudge with layers of honeycomb and a delicate spiciness.

Taste – Rich maltiness, honey maple syrup and citrus notes, ending in delicate cinnamon spice and subtle oak vanilla.

Finish – Rich with a creamy sweetness and gentle spices.

The Balvenie Aged 25 years.

European oak Oloroso sherry butt – Filled 3rd October 1990.

“ The first few months are when an oak cask gives the bulk of its colour and a good deal of the influence over the flavour of the liquid. When I feel like the oxygen, wood and time have done their jobs it’s time to move them to another cask.” – David C Stewart

Tasting notes..

Nose – Rich and deep, elegant oaky notes followed by sweet aromas of raisins, dates and gentle ginger spice.

Taste – Velvety smooth with sweet dried fruits, a deep nuttiness and sherry oak. Gentle warm spices and a touch of oak tannin.

Finish – Sumptuous with a sherried sweetness.

The Balvenie Aged 19 years.

European oak port puncheon – Filled 6th August 1997.

“ I remember this port puncheon; it was a cask we used to finish our 21 Year Old PortWood. I decided in 1997 to fill it with a new-make and to be fair I think we forgot about it after that. I noticed it again some years ago and I’m delighted I kept it aside” – David C Stewart

Tasting notes..

Nose – Creamy toffee notes of brown sugar, hints of dried fruits and delicate spices of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Taste – Warm and inviting, with prunes, plums and figs. Tropical fruit juice, sweet wood spices and dried.

Finish – Lingering with dried fruits, oak spices and sweet wine.

The Balvenie Aged 15 years.

European oak Pedro Ximénez sherry butt – Filled 25th April 2001.

“ This 2001 cask was a butt that held gorgeous Gonzales Byass Pedro Ximénez over several decades before it came to our cooperage. It is unusual in really showing the sweetness of the Pedro Ximénez and The Balvenie as a near liqueur. It reminds me of the freedom I’ve enjoyed in my role as I filled it without having to decide how it would be used or when” – David C Stewart

Tasting notes..

Nose – Deep and intensely fruity, peaches and mango, soft vanilla with layers of brown sugar and oak spices.

Taste – Syrupy with a toffee sweetness, a touch of spicy ginger overlaid with gentle oak tannins.

Finish – A fruity sweetness with gentle oak vanilla and spices.

The Balvenie’s david stewart is the longest serving Malt Master the industry has ever known. As he enters the twilight of his career, it’s important to David that he passes on his knowledge so others can follow in his footsteps.

For more information and where to buy click here

SAZERAC COMPANY PURCHASES BUILDINGS AT CANAL AND MAGAZINE STREET – American Whiskey News

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SAZERAC COMPANY PURCHASES BUILDINGS

AT CANAL AND MAGAZINE STREET 

Plans to Open “The Sazerac House” Homeplace

to Include Museum Space  

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (Dec. 15, 2016) The Sazerac Company, an American family-owned company based in New Orleans since 1850, has purchased two buildings on the corner of Canal and Magazine Street, adjacent to the Sheraton Hotel, and only a few hundred yards from the original 1850 Sazerac Coffee House site.  The company plans to rehabilitate the nearly 200 year-old buildings into The Sazerac House visitor attraction and beverage alcohol museum.  Guests will be able to learn about the spirited history of the iconic Sazerac Cocktail, the official cocktail of New Orleans, as well as many other original New Orleans brands, along with exploring the unique role New Orleans has played in the bourbon and rum industries and in American cocktail culture.  The buildings will also include a gift shop and Sazerac company offices, with a projection of 60 employees eventually working there, 45 of which will be new positions.

The buildings, which have sat vacant for more than 30 years, date back to the mid-1800s and contain rich architectural details including wood floors, high ceilings, oversized windows, and ornate support columns throughout.  As many of the original design elements as possible will be kept as the buildings undergo renovation.  “We simply could not be happier than to have the opportunity to restore such beautiful buildings to their former glory, in a perfect location, so close to the original site of the Sazerac Coffee House that will act as our future New Orleans homeplace,” commented Mark Brown, president and chief executive officer of the Sazerac Company. “We’re excited to have this opportunity to preserve our roots, while at the same time explore opportunities to introduce our visitors to new product releases that have a special tie to New Orleans.”

Sazerac has a history of buying hidden gems and restoring them to their natural beauty. In 1992 the company bought Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky, complete with ramshackle buildings, barbed wire fences surrounding the property, and an employee base which had dwindled down to 50 from its thriving post World War II days of 1,000 employees.  Today, Buffalo Trace Distillery is one of only 2,600 national historic landmarks in the United States, employing nearly 500 workers, and welcoming 165,000 visitors a year who enjoy its lush gardens and picturesque campus.

Local historic preservation architects Trapolin-Peer and Ryan Gootee General Contractors have been selected to renovate The Sazerac House and plans are being finalized for the nearly 50,000 total square foot facilities.  The historic renovation will start in the next coming months, and Sazerac expects the building to be complete by late 2018.  Upon completion, Sazerac is projecting 100,000 visitors its first year of operation. The purchase price is not being disclosed.

About the Sazerac Company

         Sazerac is one of America’s oldest family owned, privately held distillers with operations in Louisiana, Kentucky, Virginia, Maine, New Hampshire, Maryland, California, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. For more information on Sazerac, please visit http://www.sazerac.com/.

CHARITIES TO RECEIVE O.F.C. VINTAGE-DATED BOURBON ANNOUNCED – American Whiskey News

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CHARITIES TO RECEIVE O.F.C.

VINTAGE-DATED BOURBON ANNOUNCED 

Two hundred bottles of collectable bourbons have been shipped 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (December 28, 2016) Two hundred lucky charitable recipients received an extra special holiday gift from Buffalo Trace Distillery this year, as the last of the bottles of the O.F. C. Bourbon have been shipped all across the United States.  From there, it’s up to the charities to hold fundraisers of their choosing with hopes of raising thousands of dollars for their cause. The only requirement from Buffalo Trace is the charity hold their fundraiser by March 1, 2017 and report back how much money it raised.

All of the selected charities have been notified and are in the process of receiving their bottle.  The selected charities can be found on the O.F.C. Bourbon website here: http://ofcvintages.com/charities. These rare bottles are not available in stores, bars or restaurants, so true collectors will need to bid high at the various charitable events so the organizations can raise as much money as possible.

“Many worthwhile charities will receive bottles, from New York to California and most states in between,” said Kris Comstock, bourbon marketing director. “We expect these bottles to raise upwards of $10,000 each!  We are excited to see what kind of creative fundraisers these non-profits come up with and how much money they can raise for themselves.”

The O.F.C. Bourbon is vintage dated according to the specific year in which the bourbon was distilled at Buffalo Trace Distillery. Each hand-cut crystal bottle features the vintage year on the label.

The first release is comprised of only 200 bottles; 100 bottles from the year 1980, 50 bottles from 1982, and 50 bottles from 1983.  Each charity selected will randomly receive one of these three particular vintages.

The packaging for O.F.C. matches the splendor of the whiskey itself, in lead free crystal bottles with detailed fluting engraved into the mold. Each bottle was manually polished to achieve maximum glass brilliance before copper lettering was in-laid in the bottle to spell out “O.F.C.” on the front.  A paper label was then hand applied below with the vintage prominently noted, along with a label on the back of the bottle noting the milestones for the vintage year of the bottle.  The bottles are packaged in a wooden display box containing a provenance card with the same information found on the back label.

      This is the second time Buffalo Trace Distillery has partnered with non-profit organizations to raise money. In 2011, the Distillery gave away 174 bottles of its Millennium Barrel, the last bourbon barrel filled on the last day of the last century. In total more than $150,000 was raised for various charities across the United States, with the top organization raising more than $7,000 for their cause.

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 1786 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 seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year.” Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com/.

Beam Suntory opens new global headquarters in downtown Chicago – Whisky News

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Beam Suntory opens new global headquarters in downtown Chicago

CHICAGO (December 5, 2016) – Beam Suntory, the world’s third-largest premium spirits company, opens its new global headquarters in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart today.

The world leader in Bourbon and Japanese whisky has relocated its Americas region and global marketing personnel from Deerfield to downtown Chicago, with corporate functions following in 2017. Beam Suntory has renovated 110,000 square feet on the 16th floor of the Merchandise Mart, an architectural landmark situated on the Chicago River in the dynamic River North neighborhood.

“Chicago is one of the world’s greatest cities, and this move underscores our strategic priority of getting closer to our customers and consumers in major cities around the world,” Beam Suntory Chairman & CEO Matt Shattock said. “For a company like ours, with so many brands with heritage measured in centuries and boundless future opportunities, we feel doubly fortunate to set our global business up for continued success in the historic and dynamic Merchandise Mart.”

Beam Suntory has a stated objective of becoming the world’s fastest-growing premium spirits company. As cities are a major source of industry growth, Beam Suntory has focused resources in key cities around the world, including Chicago.

“I want to congratulate Beam Suntory for relocating their global headquarters to the City of Chicago,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Companies from around the country and across the world are bringing new jobs and new investments to Chicago in recognition of the fact that we are a great place to live and work, and Beam Suntory will be an excellent addition not just to the Merchandise Mart but to the entire City of Chicago.”

The newly refurbished space was designed to reflect Beam Suntory’s long and proud heritage, including certain walls made from oak barrel staves, copper elements inspired by stills, a story wall marking historic company milestones, and neighborhoods named for major company brands. The office also includes Fred’s Rackhouse, a fully functioning bar named for Jim Beam Master Distiller Fred Noe, that will be used for brand education and company events, as well as sit-or-stand desks and technology that allows employees to take their work anywhere.

The Merchandise Mart is the world’s largest wholesale design center and one of Chicago’s premier international business locations for internet, advertising, technology, healthcare and media companies. The Merchandise Mart became the world’s largest LEED®-EB certified building in November 2007.

About Beam Suntory Inc.

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and commitment to Growing for Good. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com.

© 2016 Beam Suntory Inc., Merchandise Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60654

LAGAVULIN BRINGS ITS YEAR OF BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS TO A SIGNIFICANT CONCLUSION WITH LAGAVULIN 1991 – Scotch Whisky News

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LAGAVULIN BRINGS ITS YEAR OF BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS TO A SIGNIFICANT CONCLUSION WITH LAGAVULIN 1991

A LIMITED EDITION RELEASE OF 522 BOTTLES FROM A SINGLE CASK TO BENEFIT CHARITIES ON ISLAY

Concluding Lagavulin Distillery’s memorable 200th anniversary year on an all-time high, the iconic distillery announced today that an extra special single cask bottling of a 24 year old whisky will be released to deliver a lasting legacy on Islay. The extremely limited edition will see all proceeds, exceeding £0.5M, divided between seven charities on the island.

This extraordinary whisky will enrich everyone lucky enough to purchase a bottle, both through the quality of the whisky and the knowledge that their action is giving back to the very place this was created in.

The Lagavulin 1991 Single Malt Scotch Whisky cask of just 522 bottles was carefully selected by the distillery team and Ivan Menezes, CEO, Diageo. Bottles can only be purchased via a special ballot on The Whisky Exchange that launches today, 31st December, with bottle No. 1 being auctioned separately to raise even more charitable funds, and one bottle being donated to each of the Diageo Archive and our partners at The Whisky Exchange respectively.

Potential customers can register interest in purchasing a bottle of Lagavulin 1991 priced at £1,494 with The Whisky Exchange. The pricing reflects the significant and historic date that marks the first ever recorded distillation of Scotch Whisky. To ensure that demand for these rare bottles is managed fairly, the ballot on 12th February will be drawn and the bottles allocated at random.

Georgette Crawford, Distillery Manager at Lagavulin comments: “We will all be raising a dram to years gone by and an exciting future ahead of us and this incredible island, as we close a year of spectacular celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the distillery. This whisky is truly memorable in its complexity and unique in the way our distinctive distillery’s character shines through. The range and ambition of the projects we are supporting is something that as an Ileach I feel very deeply about and I am so proud to see the proceeds of our iconic whisky benefit the local community in such an unforgettable way.”

Nick Morgan, Head of Whisky Outreach adds: “We all work in Scotch because we love it. Lagavulin is a whisky and a place that stirs us all both personally and professionally. Being able to launch a bottling like this that will have a deep impact on the magical island of Islay for generations to come is a career highlight. This is just one way in which we want to express our affection for the people who have welcomed us (Ileachs and others) to work and live on Islay for the last 200 years.”

Sukhinder Singh, co-founder of The Whisky Exchange, says of the bottling: “As soon as we heard about this special project, we wanted to be involved. For me, Lagavulin is one of the most amazing whiskies from Scotland, and the 16 year old in particular is a personal all-time favourite. We look forward to working with our friends at Diageo to secure a lasting legacy for the whole of Islay through this historic, one-off limited release.”

To learn more about the charities set to deliver these legacy projects, and for more detail of bottling please visit http://www.malts.com/

To register interest in the ballot, please visit https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/feature/lagavulinlimitededition

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Tasting notes:

Appearance:      Lovely, deep olive-hued chestnut becoming clear orange-hued amber in sunlight. Fresh and lightly oily with water.

Nose:               Instant and insistent, yet light, clean and detailed throughout. Charred oak and rich, mature fruits are backed by subtle milk chocolate and vanilla. Agitation reveals a recollection of new make and the characteristic Lagavulin note of fresh newsprint, developing burnt caramel, subtle spent match and a slightly sapid note of moist earth. Later, ripe red apple and a fine hint of smoked fish sprinkled with olive oil. Water changes all this, yielding fresh, sweet notes of candied peel, marzipan and sugar icing, of subtle maple smoked foods, and finally of honey and dark chocolate.

Body:                Medium to rich; smooth. Softly fluid with water.

Palate:              Hot and sweet. A moment of woody dryness; then calmer, with soothing, sweetly minty chocolate notes and comforting honey laced with a subtle chilli-like heat. A bitter-sweet, charred astringency rises in the mid-palate, carrying notes of cocoa and espresso toward the finish. Water brings succulent, sweet-spicy warmth and a balancing ripe fruit acidity. Then drying cocoa, crystallised ginger and peppermint lead smoothly to late, silky tannins.

Finish:               Gentle, well balanced and fresh throughout. Quietly persistent with tart, red berry notes, a little cedar and a spicy, smoky-gingery warmth that makes for a pleasing aftertaste.

Lagavulin Legacy Charity information

 

The proceeds received by Diageo from the sale of the Lagavulin 1991 bottling will be 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: £310,000
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

 The origins of 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™

About Diageo:

Diageo is the world’s leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, beer and wine. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Buchanan’s and Windsor whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Baileys, Captain Morgan, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is a global company, with its products sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit us at Diageo.com. For our global resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives, visit DRINKiQ.com.

Celebrating life, every day, everywhere.

The LAGAVULIN word and associated logos are trade marks. © 2016

Visit malts.com for further information.

ABOUT THE WHISKY EXCHANGE          thewhiskyexchange.com             Tel: 020 8838 9388 

Founded in 1999, The Whisky Exchange is the leading global retailer of whiskies and fine spirits, with an award-winning online shop and a flagship store in Covent Garden.

As a family company, The Whisky Exchange believes in excellent products at competitive prices and exceptional service. The company’s philosophy is simple – never rest on your laurels. The team, led by founders and brothers Sukhinder and Rajbir Singh and buyer Dawn Davies MW, is constantly trying to find new products with genuine heritage and quality in all drinks categories, while continuing to innovate and ensure its website and shop are the best in the business. Above all, the company is built on its amazing range and its people. It is responsible for the loyal and ever-expanding fanbase from around the world.

The Whisky Exchange is the most-awarded company in the industry, including Independent Spirits Retailer of the Year and Whisky Magazine’s Online Retailer of the Year.

The Whisky Exchange in numbers: 4,000 whiskies including 3,000 single malt Scotch whiskies; 500 Cognacs and Armagnacs; 400 rums; 300 gins; 200 bourbons; 150 Tequilas; one retailer.

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

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HIGHLAND PARK BRINGS MIDWINTER SOLSTICE TO LIFE – Scotch Whisky News

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HIGHLAND PARK BRINGS MIDWINTER SOLSTICE TO LIFE 

Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whisky, the ‘Orkney Single Malt with Viking Soul’ distributed by Maxxium UK, celebrated Winter Solstice with two events for over 700 consumers.

The brand hosted its Midwinter Social events on 24 and 25 November at The Old Truman Brewery’s Boiler House, London, to mark the upcoming Winter Solstice and the official start of winter. The narrative of Highland Park is deeply rooted in Nordic traditions. An important time in the Nordic calendar and at Highland Park’s home on Orkney, Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year and is typically celebrated with good friends, bonfires, music and dance.

The celebrations, designed to bring to life the brand’s magnificent Viking heritage, were hosted by global brand ambassador Martin Markvardsen and included Highland Park whisky tastings around a fire pit for over 400 people. A selection of Highland Park cocktails were served including the warming Highland Park Hot Toddy and Orkney Old Fashioned, with Nordic inspired food curated by Root + Bone, music from Kipps and live sets from DJ Finnebassen and Eelke Kleijn.

The celebrations were broadcast to a global audience with the first event streamed live globally on Highland Park’s Facebook page, resulting in over 21,000 fans tuning in to watch.

Several trade accounts in and around Shoreditch also featured special Highland Park Winter Solstice serves on their bar menus, including Bull in a China Shop, Cocktail Trading Co. and The Culpeper. The bars which delivered the greatest upweight in sales will be rewarded with a trip to the Highland Park distillery on Orkney in the New Year.

Mike Mackenzie, Highland Park Brand Manager said: “Our Midwinter Social celebrated Highland Park’s Viking heritage in the lead up to the Winter Solstice and we had two fantastic evenings. It was the perfect environment to give consumers a taste of Orkney and our Viking soul. It was also great to see several bars in Shoreditch taking part in the celebrations, creating their own Highland Park winter inspired serves.”

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Notes

For more information on Highland Park please visit www.highlandpark.co.uk

Please enjoy Highland Park responsibly, visit www.drinkaware.co.uk for the facts.

Join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with #VikingSoul

Like Highland Park on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HighlandParkWhisky

Follow Highland Park on Twitter: www.twitter.com/@HighlandPark

Follow Highland Park on Instagram: www.instagram.com/@highlandparkofficial 

About Highland Park

Established in 1798 on Orkney, Highland Park is one of the most remote Scotch whisky distilleries in the world. For over 200 years, the distillery has combined time old tradition and the very best craftsmanship to achieve perfection. Its range of 12, Dark Origins, 15, 18, 21, 25, 30 and 40 year old single malts is consistently acclaimed by connoisseurs and experts. Highland Park has won a string of prestigious awards across its portfolio, most recently Highland Park ICE Edition was awarded 99 points and the Chairman’s Trophy at the Ultimate Beverage Challenge. While Highland Park 12, 15 and 18 Year Old were all awarded 96 points or above and the Tried and True Award at the Ultimate Beverage Challenge.

www.highlandpark.co.uk

Bars that supported Highland Park Midwinter Social activity: 

  • Bull in a China Shop
  • Cocktail Trading Co.
  • The Culpeper
  • Translate
  • Looking Glass

 

 Eelke Kleijn

Eelke Kleijn is a Dutch producer and DJ hailing from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He is known mostly for his electronic dance music, but nowadays also produces music for other media, such as television series, commercials, movie trailers and animations. 

Finnebassen

Finnebassen is a Norwegian DJ on the worldwide electronic music scene, in both performance and production.

Kipps

Kipp$ is a DJ and producer of house music.


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