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Whisky Hammer November Auction Now Live! – Auction Whisky News

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NOVEMBER AUCTION NOW LIVE

(ends Sunday 4th December)

…place your bids at www.whiskyhammer.co.uk

With an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits in over 580 lots, there is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest, enjoy or gift this Christmas!

The auction ends on Sunday 4th December – so plenty time to get bottles delivered to your door ahead of Christmas!

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Students selected for first Chivas Brothers development bursary – Scotch Whisky News

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Students selected for first Chivas Brothers development bursary

Three students have been awarded a total of £5,000 in funding towards further and higher education as part of a new national bursary scheme from Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard.

Launched earlier this year, the Chivas Brothers Bursary has been developed to encourage further study and training amongst the company’s 1,600 employees in Scotland and England, as well as their families. Announced today, the successful recipients of the 2016 bursary are Laura Caban, an aspiring actor from Glasgow, Adam Donnelly, an aircraft engineering student from Paisley, and Mia Forbes, a classicist from Surrey.

Laura, whose grandfather works in engineering at Chivas Brothers’ Strathclyde distillery, has been awarded £2,000 towards a two-year BA Acting for Stage & Screen course in Edinburgh – delivered jointly by Edinburgh Napier and Queen Margaret universities. Adam, whose mother is a payroll analyst for Chivas Brothers in Paisley, has received a £1,000 grant to help cover the costs of studying Aircraft Engineering at Ayrshire College. Mia, whose father works in Chivas Brothers’ Hammersmith office, will be putting her £2,000 of funding towards the cost of an undergraduate degree in Classics at the University of Cambridge.

Anthony Schofield, Public Affairs Director at Chivas Brothers, says: “On behalf of everyone here at Chivas Brothers, I’d like to congratulate Laura, Adam and Mia on their bursary success. The standard of entries for the scheme’s opening year have set the bar incredibly high, which has served to make the final recipients’ achievement even more impressive. All three showed real drive and passion for their subjects in their applications, and we couldn’t be more proud to be supporting them as they take the next step in their studies.”

Introduced for the first time this year, the Chivas Brothers Bursary has been developed in partnership with the Scottish International Education Trust (SIET). The SIET was set up in 1971 to help talented men and women fulfil their personal and professional goals by providing them with grants to complete further study. The launch of the new bursary scheme makes it easier for employees and their families to apply for support from the SIET, with up to £5,000 a year on offer over the next three years.

The scheme’s introduction follows a £100,000 donation by Chivas Brothers to the SIET last year, and complements an ongoing employee development programme that has seen the company invest in professional training for its staff. Quality Analyst Stephen O’Neill, for example, has been able to take the next step in his career by studying for a Level 2 course in Packaging Technology, supported by the Chivas Brothers Employee Development team.

Anthony Schofield continues: “After seeing such compelling results with our internal staff development programme, we launched the Chivas Brothers Bursary to further engage and inspire our people, and to give back to the communities where we work. For us, this means continuing to foster a culture of empowerment, encouraging employees and their families to realise their ambitions and reach their full potential. We hope the bursary goes some way to doing just that for this year’s three recipients, and that it will continue to do so for the next two years of the scheme – and beyond.”

 Chivas Brothers counts some of the world’s leading whisky and gin brands as part of its portfolio – including Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute and Beefeater gin. It has opened the new bursary scheme to employees at all of its 32 sites, which span Orkney, Speyside, Central Scotland, Ayrshire, London and Plymouth.

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About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s no.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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About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 8,558 million in 2014/15. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Kahlúa and Malibu liqueurs, Mumm and Perrier- Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, Graffigna and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,000 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 85 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics.

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

About the Scottish International Education Trust

The Scottish International Education Trust (SIET) was set up by Sir Sean Connery and Sir Jackie Stewart in 1971. Sir Sean donated his $1m fee for the film “Diamonds are Forever” – at the time the largest fee ever commanded by an actor for a single film. SIET’s principal aim is to give awards to mainly young Scots who have shown particular promise and who need help to take their education or professional training further – usually at post-graduate or equivalent level.

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AUTUMN MOON OVER GLENGOYNE – Scotch Whisky News

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We’ve collaborated with one of Scotland’s finest contemporary artists to help save one of our most iconic landmarks: the Mackintosh Building at the Glasgow School of Art. We asked artist John Lowrie Morrison – known as Jolomo and famous for his striking landscapes – to create a collection of seasonal paintings inspired by the distillery. He used to sketch here as a student, and the Dumgoyne landscape means almost as much to him as it does to us.

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Each painting will be printed on a limited edition gift tin. And for every gift tin sold we’ll donate a contribution to The Mackintosh Appeal, which was set up after a tragic fire damaged the art school in May 2014. ‘Autumn Moon over Glengoyne’ is the first painting in the series – a burst of orange and gold inspired by the season. Inside the tin you’ll find a bottle of the 10 Year Old, so you can raise a dram, and raise funds while you’re at it. With your help, we hope to reach £50,000. You can buy the special limited edition tin from the online shop.

Sláinte!

Robbie Hughes

Distillery Manager

The Whisky Shop “Jura One for the Road – Order Now!” – Scotch Whisky News

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Jura One for the Road

Released in celebration of Distillery Manager, Willie Cochrane’s 39 year contribution to the distillery, Jura One for the Road is a limited edition 22 year old expression with a Pinot Noir wine cask finish. Presented at a natural cask strength, this non chill-filtered Island Single Malt has a natural mahogany honeyed gold colour.

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The nose offers freshly baked bread, moist walnut cake, over-ripe pineapple and vanilla with a whisper of bitter chocolate, coffee and tangy macaroons. The palate is rich in ginger, cassis, frangipane and caramelised peaches. Glazed nectarines, pears in red wine, muscovado and soft cranberry notes follow, while the finish brings Turkish delight, coffee, fig syrup and cherry cake.

Without doubt one of the most exciting limited releases of the year with only 672 bottles released in the UK. Sold on a strictly first come first served basis.

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CHIVAS REGAL’S MAX WARNER CROWNED BEST INTERNATIONAL BRAND AMBASSADOR AT TALES OF THE COCKTAIL – Scotch Whisky News

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Best International Brand Ambassador – Chivas Regal’s Max Warner [photo credit – Doron Gild]

CHIVAS REGAL’S MAX WARNER CROWNED BEST INTERNATIONAL BRAND AMBASSADOR AT TALES OF THE COCKTAIL

Max Warner, Global Brand Ambassador for Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky, has been named the Best International Brand Ambassador at the 10th annual Spirited Awards, held at Tales of the Cocktail. The award is an industry badge of honour, recognised as one of the most prestigious prizes in the spirits world, judged by some of the cocktail industry’s most respected figureheads

Warner accepted the award from Julie Reiner and Ivy Mix (2015 Winners of Best International Bar Mentor and Best American Bartender respectively) in New Orleans on Saturday night, winning in a competitive category that included Dean Callan of Monkey Shoulder, Camille Vidal of St-Germain and Ian Burrell, Global Rum Ambassador.

The Best International Brand Ambassador accolade is testament to Warner’s continued dedication to creating innovative new ways for Chivas Regal to be experienced and enjoyed globally, having represented the brand across the world for 12 years through initiatives such as the Chivas Masters cocktail competition. With the 2016 Global Final being held last month in Shanghai, Warner was instrumental in making this year’s event the biggest and most impactful yet for Chivas Regal. His personal contribution ranged from careful selection of industry recognised judges, the creative evolution of the Chivas Masters platform – which now brings together finalists from different cultures and countries to ‘win the right way’ as a team – and working closely with the team in Pernod Ricard China to curate and host the finalists to ensure that it was a truly exceptional occasion for all.

Max Warner comments on the award: “Winning the title of Best International Brand Ambassador at the Spirited Awards is a huge honour for me and will definitely go down as one of my career highlights. The Tales of the Cocktail festival holds a very special place in my heart; I have visited every year for the past 7 years with Chivas Regal with the aim to increase the voice of this exceptional Scotch to the industry, which always proves to be one of the best moments in the year. The Scotch whisky category needs to be recognised more and I am so proud to be able to stand tall on the International stage in the country which Chivas Regal was launched being acknowledged amongst such a talented pool of ambassadors alongside so many industry icons, an occasion I will never forget.”

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About Chivas Regal Launched in 1909, Chivas Regal is the world’s first luxury whisky and is considered to be a timeless classic, renowned for its benchmark quality and taste, style, substance and exclusivity. A truly global brand, Chivas Regal has been integral to the growth of the Scotch whisky category worldwide and today sells 4.5 million 9L cases annually in more than 150 countries across the globe. With generosity, entrepreneurship and integrity at the heart of Chivas Regal, the brand launched its successful Win the Right Way campaign in 2014, which aims to inspire a new generation whilst making a positive impact on the lives of others. The Chivas Regal range includes Chivas 12, Chivas 18, Chivas 25 and the Global Travel Retail exclusive, Chivas Brothers Blend. In October 2014, Chivas Regal announced the addition of a fifth permanent expression in the Chivas Regal family, Chivas Regal Extra, a new blend with a unique richness derived from selective maturation in rare ex-sherry casks. In 2015, the iconic brand welcomed the pinnacle of the range with the introduction of the new ultra-prestige blend, Chivas Regal The Icon. www.chivas.com

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 world’s No.1 single malt whisky; 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. www.chivasbrothers.com @ChivasNewsRoom

About Pernod Ricard Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 8,558 million in 2014/15. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Kahlúa and Malibu liqueurs, Mumm and Perrier- Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, Graffigna and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,000 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 85 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics.

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

About Tales of the Cocktail® Founded in 2002, Tales of the Cocktail® has grown from a small gathering of cocktail lovers into the world’s premier cocktail festival. Each year the international spirits industry is welcomed to New Orleans for a week of seminars, tastings, networking events and much more. With 200+ annual events developed specifically for bartenders, distillers and other spirits professionals, Tales of the Cocktail® is the industry’s annual meeting place for exchange of new ideas, products and techniques.Tales of the Cocktail® also produces a number of other events and programs such as Tales of the Cocktail on Tour®, Tales 365®, Tales of the Toddy® and New Orleans Daiquiri Month, all to further the mission of supporting and growing the international cocktail community.

About the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society Tales of the Cocktail® is produced by the New Orleans Culinary & Cultural Preservation Society (NOCCPS), a non-profit organization committed to supporting, promoting and growing the cocktail industry in New Orleans and around the world. In addition to offering opportunities to learn and acquire new skills through Tales of the Cocktail® events and Tales 365®, the NOCCPS invests the proceeds back into the spirits industry. Since 2008, the NOCCPS has invested more than $600,000 into programs like the Cocktail Apprentice Program, a tuition reimbursement program, the Apprentice medical aid fund, educational scholarships and a new health and wellness program for members of the hospitality industry.

Glasgow’s First Whisky Boat Sets Sail on the Clyde – Scotch Whisky News

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Glasgow’s first whisky boat sets sail on the Clyde

The ‘Murray McDavid’ whisky boat finds a new home in the heart of Glasgow moored next to the ‘The Tall Ship’ at Riverside.

Owned by Aceo Limited, the company behind the Murray McDavid brand, the 60ft traditional wooden boat ‘Murray McDavid’ has been rejuvenated for a new lease of life on the River Clyde. Designed as a floating office for day to day business, it will also be taking guests on board for whisky tasting events throughout the year, introducing whisky lovers to Murray McDavid’s inspired Scotch whisky.

During the summer months, the boat will also take sailing trips to the whisky islands to take part in whisky festivals and cultural events, with a variety of fun whisky destinations. Corporate events and tasting groups can take advantage of the location in the cultural heart of Glasgow, enjoying bespoke tasting sessions and private bookings.

Murray McDavid is a whisky bottler with a long tradition of practising the art of maturation to produce inspired Scotch whisky. We offer the complete range of scotch from vintage single malts and select grains to vatted malts and crafted blends.

For more information on the Murray McDavid brand visit www.murray–mcdavid.com/ or email Brand Ambassador Dean Jode on Dean.Jode@murray-mcdavid.com

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Price Drop Alert – From Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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Price drop alert!

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Bowmore 23 year old Platinum Old and Rare

The Platinum Old & Rare collection is a  selection of the oldest and rarest single malts from the independent bottlers, Hunter Laing.  Each bottle is of exceptional quality, beautifully presented and individually numbered. This 23 year old Bowmore is one of only 195 bottles, with each expression filled from a sherry finished hogshead.

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Port Ellen 1983 32 year old Special Release

Distilled in the final year of Port Ellen production. A whisky that is seen by many as the most collectable in the world – this 1983 Port Ellen is limited to 2964 individually numbered bottles and has been bottled at a cask strength of 53.9% volume.

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Macallan Gold

The Macallan Gold is part of the 1824 range, and was released in 2012. The colour themed range replaced Macallan distillery’s traditional age-statement expressions. Produced in first fill and refill sherry casks, using 9-15 year old spirit, the result is in a smooth and rich single malt.

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GLENLIVET 18 YEAR OLD

Matured in a mixture of American oak and European oak, both first and second fill, and hand picked by master distiller Alan Winchester. European oak imparts spiciness and brings additional complexity, while first-fill American oak adds soft tropical fruitiness.

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Bowmore Devil’s Cask III

The third and final release of the Bowmore Devil’s cask became one of our staff picks for 2015! Named Double the Devil, this whisky has been matured in both first fill Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez casks which allows for a sensational balance between rich dried fruit flavours and that famous Bowmore peat-smoke character. Hard hitting and truly wonderful!

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Back in Stock at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

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Glenmorangie 12 year old Nectar D’Òr Extra Matured Range Sauternes Cask (750ml)  $65.99

Mortlach 15 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Single Malt Whisky (750ml)  $72.99

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Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)
Email: wine@klwines.com
San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA

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Merry Christmas From The Famous Grouse!

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Whisky News from Scotland’s Oldest Working Distillery

Santa is now only a few days out and we are gearing up for the last little flurry before the big day.  December has been an absolute whirlwind here, we’ve had so much going on. We launched Ooskabeer which is the extremely successful product of our collaboration with the Inveralmond Brewery. We introduced Glen and Turret (our distillery cats) to the world and we even managed to bring home a few awards in our spare time. We have been so busy that we have been dreaming about a couple of days off, a warm fire, a massive Christmas dinner followed by a wee dram (or two) and some quality family time for days now. Regardless of how you’re spending it, we hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Above all else we want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us here at The Famous Grouse Experience. May you all have good health and happiness in 2016. Cheers!

The Famous Grouse Experience

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SPREAD THE HOLIDAY CHEER WITH BUNNAHABHAIN SINGLE MALTS – Scotch Whisky News

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SPREAD THE HOLIDAY CHEER WITH BUNNAHABHAIN SINGLE MALTS 

Bunnahabain’s sought-after collection of un-chillfiltered single malt whiskies offers a lux addition to your festive shopping list. A great gift for new whisky lovers and seasoned aficionados alike, the collection is exclusive to fine-whisky outlets including Whisky Brother situated in the Hyde Park Corner shopping centre in Johannesburg, Wild About Whisky in Dullstroom, as well as Makro and Norman Goodfellows outlets nationwide.

The award-winning range is also available from www.vinoteque.co.za, an online retailer of fine wines and spirits offering free delivery on purchases above R 1 100.

Bunnahabhain has in recent years developed something of a cult following amongst aficionados for the relative rarity of its whiskies and their singular flavour that is quite unlike the peaty, smoky malts traditionally associated with the island of Islay that is home to the Bunnahabhain distillery.

The distillery is the only one on the island which uses a natural spring water source and unpeated barley in the production of most of its malts, including its 12-, 18- and 25-year-old expressions that are sold in South Africa.  Lacking the influence of Islay’s peaty moors, these malts are far lighter on the palate than their Islay counterparts. They are also un-chillfiltered in a return to a very traditional technique that gives rise to a rich depth of colour, aroma and flavour – as natural as when they come out of the cask.

Bunnahabhain, founded in 1881, is pronounced Bŭ-na-ha-venn and means mouth of the river in Scots Gaelic, referring to the Margadale River that flows close by.

The price of Bunnahabhain ranges from R580 to R900 to R2 600 for the 12-, 18- and 25-year-old whiskies respectively.

Product descriptions and recent awards 

Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

Description:

Colour:            Gold.

Nose:               Aromatic with subtle smoke.

Taste:               Light fruit and nuts leading to a spectacular malty sweetness.

Finish:             Full-bodied and lingering.

Recent awards:

2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition: silver medal

2015 Scotch Whisky Masters: gold medal

2015 International Spirits Challenge: silver medal

2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition: double gold medal

2014 International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC): silver outstanding medal

2014 World Whisky Awards: Best Islay single malt whisky (12 years and under).

Bunnahabhain 18-year-old

Description:

Colour:            Rich gold.

Nose:               Honeyed nuts and a slightly salty tang, followed by rich toffee and leathery oak aromas.

Taste:               Mellow sherried nuts and shavings of the finest natural oak.

Finish:             Dry notes interspersed with mixed spices leading to a light salt and sherry finale.

Recent awards:

2015 World Whisky Awards: Best Islay single malt whisky (13 to 20 years)

2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition: silver medal

2015 Scotch Whisky Masters: master

2015 International Spirits Challenge: silver medal

2015 International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC): silver outstanding medal

2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition: gold medal.

Bunnahabhain 25-year-old

Description:

Colour:            Amber gold.

Nose:               Sweet caramel dessert aromas with subtle suggestions of oak and polished leather.

Taste:               Sweet berries and cream progress to roasted nut and malt.

Finish:             Soft yet dry, with a sense of lingering flavours of sugar and spiced oak.

Recent awards:

2015 World Whisky Awards: Best Islay single malt whisky (21 years and over)

2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition: double gold medal

2015 Scotch Whisky Masters: master

2015 International Spirits Challenge: gold medal

2015 International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC): silver outstanding medal

2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition: silver medal

2014 International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC): gold medal.

Follow Bunnahabhain on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BunnahabhainSA) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/BunnahabhainSA).  Alternatively, visit the website: http://www.bunnahabhain.com/.

Join the conversation using: #TasteIslay

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