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Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Strike the senses” – Scotch Whisky News

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Throughout the month we’re getting creative in the kitchen and experimenting with intriguing whisky and food pairings. Whether you choose a traditional match or a slightly more unusual suggestion from one of our international branches, explore our specially selected bottlings which are perfect for pairing.

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SAZERAC CANADIAN WHISKIES AWARDED GOLD AND SILVER MEDALS AT 2019 DENVER INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS COMPETITION – Canadian Whisky News

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SAZERAC CANADIAN WHISKIES AWARDED GOLD AND SILVER MEDALS AT 2019 DENVER INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS COMPETITION 

Montreal, Canada (June 6, 2019) – Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky received a Gold Medal at the 7th Annual Denver International Spirits Competition, while High River Canadian Blended Whisky and Royal Canadian Small Batch Canadian Whisky were awarded Silver Medals. Judges voted for the best spirit entries in 102 different categories.

            Gold Medal Winner:

  • Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky

Silver Medal Winners:

  • Royal Canadian Small Batch Canadian Whisky
  • High River Canadian Whisky

The Denver International Spirits Competition is conducted double blind by a seasoned panel of beverage professionals. The judging panel consists of sommeliers, retail buyers, journalists, mixologists and beverage directors. All judges undergo a daily calibration class designed to maintain consistent evaluation and scoring of all spirits.

Complete results of the 2019 Denver International Spirits Competition can be found at http://www.denverspiritscomp.com/

About Sazerac

Sazerac is one of America’s oldest family owned, privately held distillers with operations in the United States in Louisiana, Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Maryland, California, and global operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, India, Australia and Canada. For more information on Sazerac, please visit www.sazerac.com.

SAZERAC SPIRITS AWARDED TOP HONORS AT WORLDWIDE COMPETITION – Scotch Whisky News

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SAZERAC SPIRITS AWARDED TOP HONORS AT WORLDWIDE COMPETITION

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Glenfarclas receives 6 total medals including 4 gold

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (May 23, 2019) Sazerac is proud to announce 11 gold and silver medals were awarded by the San Francisco World Spirits Competition to Glenfarclas, Janneau and Père Magloire which the company imports. The 19th annual competition had a record-breaking year featuring 3,000 entries from across the globe. A panel of 44 respected industry experts judged each entry by conducting blind taste tests, ultimately awarding the Sazerac Company’s import brands with five gold medals.

Gold medals are awarded to spirits that are near the pinnacle of achievement and set the standard for each category. Silver medals go to outstanding spirits that show refinement, finesse and complexity.

Gold

  • Glenfarclas 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
  • Glenfarclas 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
  • Glenfarclas 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
  • Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch

Silver

  • Glenfarclas 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
  • Glenfarclas 17 Year Old Single Malt Scotch

Complete results for the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition can be found at http://sfspiritscomp.com/results/.

About Sazerac

Sazerac is one of America’s oldest family owned, privately held distillers with operations in the United States in Louisiana, Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Maryland, California, and global operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, India, Australia and Canada. For more information on Sazerac, please visit www.sazerac.com.

EAGLE RARE AND STAGG JR. NAMED BEST OF CLASS BOURBON, RECEIVE DOUBLE GOLD AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS COMPETITION – American Whiskey News

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EAGLE RARE AND STAGG JR. NAMED BEST OF CLASS BOURBON, RECEIVE DOUBLE GOLD AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS COMPETITION

Buffalo Trace Distillery whiskies win eight top awards 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (MAY 28, 2019) Buffalo Trace Distillery products were recognized with eight top awards at the 8th annual Denver International Spirits Competition, including two Double Gold honors, which were awarded to Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

In addition to the double gold winnings, whiskies from Buffalo Trace Distillery also received three Gold and three Silver awards.

            Gold recipients include:

    • Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
    • Weller CYPB Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
    • Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon Cream

            Silver recipients include:

    • W.L. Weller Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
    • Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
    • Benchmark Old No. 8 Brand Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

“We are so pleased to be honored with these awards,” Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley said. “Our team is dedicated to producing the highest quality whiskies on the market and being recognized for our hard work is truly humbling.”

The Denver International Spirits Competition was held in Denver, Colorado, and is the largest professional spirits competition in the Rocky Mountain Region. Winners were selected by a panel of 30 respected spirits authorities who rate entries through a double-blind process on a 100-point scale.

Complete results for the 2019 Denver International Spirits Competition can be found at http://www.denverspiritscomp.com/.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 21 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year by “Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 500 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com

BARTON 1792 WHISKIES RECEIVE GOLD AND SILVER AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS COMPETITION – American Whiskey News

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BARTON 1792 WHISKIES RECEIVE GOLD AND SILVER AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS COMPETITION 

BARDSTOWN, kENTUCKY (June 5, 2019) The whiskies from Barton 1792 Distillery were recognized with four awards at the 8th annual Denver International Spirits Competition, including three Gold medals.

Gold recipients include:

  • Very Old Barton 90 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Very Old Barton 80 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Kentucky Tavern Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Silver recipients include:

  • 1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

“We are honored to receive these awards,” Master Distiller Danny Kahn said. “It is a testament to the work and passion of our entire team, and we look forward to creating world-class whiskies for years to come.”

The Denver International Spirits Competition was held in Denver, Colorado, and is the largest professional spirits competition in the Rocky Mountain Region. Winners were selected by a panel of 30 respected spirits authorities who rate entries through a double-blind process on a 100-point scale.

Complete results for the 2019 Denver International Spirits Competition can be found at http://www.denverspiritscomp.com/.

About Barton 1792 Distillery

Barton 1792 Distillery is part of Barton Brands.  Barton Brands has facilities in Bardstown, Ky., Carson, Calif., and Baltimore, Md. Barton Brands is owned by the Sazerac Company, an American family-owned company based in New Orleans, La. Barton 1792 Distillery was established in 1879 and continues today as the oldest fully-operating Distillery in the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” The Distillery is located on 196 acres and includes 28 warehouses, 22 other buildings, the Morton Spring and the Tom Moore Spring.  Distilling, aging and bottling fine Bourbon whiskey are hallmarks of the historic Barton 1792 Distillery. 1792 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is produced at Barton 1792 Distillery. This whiskey is named for the year Kentucky became a state and is the recent gold medal winner at the 2017 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition. To learn more visit www.1792bourbon.com.

Awards Keeping Coming For Distell – Scotch Whisky News

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Awards Keeping Coming For Distell

International spirits producer, Distell, has received global recognition for its Scotch Whisky collection at this year’s International Spirits Challenge (ISC) and The Scotch Whisky Masters. The portfolio received 33 awards in total with Islay’s most northerly distillery, Bunnahabhain, taking home 19 accolades including Double Gold for its 25 Year Old from ISC.

These latest wins come on the back of a successful period for Distell, having collected 28 awards this year and the business recently crowned as ‘Overall Distiller of the Year’ at the Icons of Whisky Awards.

Now in its 24th year, the ISC is the premier event in promoting outstanding quality spirits from across the globe and is regarded as one of the most respected and influential spirits competitions in the world. It received more than 1,700 entries from 70 countries, which were judged by 50 esteemed spirits experts.

New for ISC 2019 is the Double Gold Award, awarded to the Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old. Positioned higher than a Gold Medal, the new Double Gold Award is a special showcase for brands which achieved exceptional scores in the blind tasting assessment. The 25 Year Old is the super-premium member of Bunnahabhain’s core range and is 100% sherry matured.

Bunnahabhain Distillery received further praise from The Scotch Whisky Masters. From 350 entries, only 12 Masters were awarded this year with Bunnahabhain An Cladach and Bunnahabhain Toiteach A Dhà scooping two of the top awards. Toiteach A Dhà, meaning smoky two in Scots Gaelic, is described as a sequel to the original peaty paradox. To achieve a Masters in the awards, whiskies need to score over 90% from all judges.

The latest addition to the Bunnahabhain core range, Stiùireadair, brought home a Gold award in the same competition. Stiùireadair, pronounced Stew-Rah-Dur and meaning ‘Helmsman’ in Scots Gaelic, pays homage to the distillery’s nautical heritage and shoreline location which creates a whisky with a distinctive coastal character.

Bunnahabhain’s World Traveller Exclusive Range received recognition at the ISC, with Eirigh Na Greine and An Cladach winning gold and silver respectively. The third World Traveller Exclusive, Crauch Mhona, was also awarded gold at The Scotch Whisky Masters.

This news follows the announcement of a three year refurbishment programme at Bunnahabhain as Distell invest £10.5m in an extensive upgrade and refresh of the iconic distillery. As part of the works, a number of the original buildings will be carefully restored giving them a new lease of life, whilst others will be removed and relocated to create more space, allowing better operational flow across the site and to enhance the experience for visitors to the distillery. 

Derek Scott, Brand Director for Malts at Distell International, said: 

“We are delighted to have so many of our brands recognised by these prestigious competitions. The results speak for themselves and come hot on the heels of a raft of honours for our world class spirits across the collection. 

“We are particularly proud to have Bunnahabhain’s portfolio of malts recognised, reinforcing the passion and commitment from the distillery team to deliver internationally renowned products. We have ambitious plans for the distillery and look forward to sharing updates on the ongoing refurbishment programme over the coming year.” 

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Distell’s full results at the International Spirits Challenge 2019:

  • Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old – Double Gold
  • Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old – Gold
  • Bunnahabhain TOITEACH A DHÀ – Gold
  • Bunnahabhain Cruach Mhòna – Gold
  • Bunnahabhain An Cladach – Silver
  • Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine – Silver
  • Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old – Silver
  • Bunnahabhain Stiùireadair – Silver
  • Deanston 12 Year Old – Silver
  • Deanston Virgin Oak – Silver
  • Deanston 15 Year Old Organic – Silver
  • Deanston 18 year Old – Silver
  • Deanston 10 Year Old Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Finish – Silver
  • Black Bottle – Silver
  • Ledaig 10 Year Old – Silver

Distell’s full results at The Scotch Whisky Masters 2019:

Blended No Age Statement

  • Scottish Leader Signature – Silver
  • Black Bottle – Silver
  • Scottish Leader Original – Gold
  • Scottish Leader Supreme – Gold

Blended Aged Up To 12 Years

  • Scottish Leader 12 Year Old – Silver

Single Malt Highlands and Islands No Age Statement

  • Deanston Virgin Oak – Gold

Single Malt Highlands and Islands No Age Statement

  • Tobermory 12 Year Old – Silver
  • Ledaig 10 Year Old – Gold
  • Deanston 12 Year Old – Gold
  • Deanston 10 Year Old Bordeaux Red Wine Cask – Gold

Single Malt; Highlands and Islands aged 13-18 Years

  • Deanston 15 Year Old Organic – Silver
  • Ledaig 18 Year Old – Gold

Single Malt; Islay Aged up to 12 Years

  • Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old – Gold

Single Malt; Islay – No Age Statement

  • Bunnahabhain Stiuireadair – Gold
  • Bunnahabhain Cruach – Mhona – Gold
  • Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine – Gold
  • Bunnahabhain An Cladach – Master
  • Bunnahabhain Toiteach A Dha – Master 

About Distell: 

  • Distell is Africa’s leading producer of wines, spirits, ciders, scotch whisky and ready-to-drinks (RTDs) with a portfolio of close on 100 brands.
  • Within the portfolio, Distell owns four single malts and a number of scotch brands produced across three distillery sites.
  • The three distilleries include: Bunnahabhain on the Isle of Islay; Deanston in Doune, Perthshire and Tobermory based on the Isle of Mull.
  • With a global network of offices and distribution partners, the company employs nearly 5000 people worldwide and has an annual turnover of R14.2 billion. (£1.09 billion)
  • In Scotland, the company’s operations are based in East Kilbride where it has a bottling hall, with blending and warehousing facilities at Airdrie, both near Glasgow.
  • Distell is the 2015 “Distiller of the Year” award winner at the International Wine and Spirit Competition.
  • Bunnahabhain Distillery was named the 2016 Tasting Panel Magazine Distillery of the Year at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC).

For more visit: www.distell.co.za

Port Askaig Is Celebrating Its 10th Anniversary, And To Commemorate They’ve Released This Limited Expression! – Scotch Whisky News

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Celebrate Port Askaig’s 10th anniversary with this very special dram!

“ImpEx has enjoyed our long standing relationship with Elixir and Port Askaig since it’s successful US launch.  We are so excited to be a part of these amazing new offerings for US Consumers.  The care and time that goes into each Port Askaig offering is what really sets it apart from its mainstream competitors and has earned it the multiple awards it has received both in the US and abroad.  These new expressions are sure to please.”

~ Sam Filmus, President, ImpEx Beverages

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PORT ASKAIG 10 YEAR OLD

To commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the launch of Port Askaig’s series of Islay Single Malts, Elixir Distillers is introducing a special limited-edition, 10-year-old bottling. This whisky has been matured in both ex-Bourbon casks and ex-Sherry butts – selected from a distillery close to the village of Port Askaig – giving a careful balance of peat, fruit, and oak. It particularly shines at a higher strength, and has been bottled at a generous 55.85% ABV, which also happens to be the geographical latitude of Port Askaig itself.

Nose: Smoke is immediately apparent: burnt matchsticks and the embers from a coal fire. Dry sawdust on a carpenter’s floor. Then the sweetness: streaky bacon stacked high on pancakes drizzled with heather honey, alongside banana bread, ginger ale, and under-ripe apricots.

Palate: A bold maritime peat rolls around the palate, coming and going like waves on the shore. Salt-crusted rye bread, extra virgin olive oil, roasted butternut squash, Chinese five-spice, and a salad of apples and fresh samphire. Smoldering juniper branches and white pepper follow, with a glass of crisp aperitif wine.

Finish: Lingering wet ashes, bags of dried orchard fruit, thyme, and grilled lemons. Finally, some of the five-spice comes back – star anise and fennel.

Distilled: 2008
Age: 10 Years
Matured in ex-Bourbon casks and ex-Sherry butts
10,000 bottles produced

We’ll be letting you know about some ancient Islays!  You won’t want to miss it.

Thanks again for being part of our family and enjoying these fine whiskies with us!

Please feel free to reach out for more details on the bottlings: office@impexbev.com

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The Whisky Show “Dalmore & Sherry masterclass now on sale” – Scotch Whisky news

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DALMORE MASTERCLASS ON SALE

A must for all sherry-heads – our latest masterclass is now on sale. Join Dalmore master blender Richard Paterson and Gonzalez Byass head winemaker Antonio Flores for an hour of whisky and sherry heaven.

Dalmore and Sherry: a Cask Made in Heaven

with Dalmore master blender Richard Paterson and Gonzalez Byass head winemaker Antonio Flores
Sunday 29 September, 3pm-4pm

£70

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Join master blender Richard Paterson and Gonzales Byass head winemaker Antonio Flores on a journey of the cask. Discover what makes a sherry casks so special by tasting Dalmore whiskies alongside the sherries that once filled the casks in which they were matured.

The Line-up

Dalmore 1994
Gonzalez Byass Anada 1994 Palo Cortado
Dalmore 1997
Gonzalez Byass Apostoles Palo Cortado 30yo
Dalmore 1991
Gonzalez Byass Noe Pedro Ximénez 20yo
Dalmore 40yo
Gonzalez Byass Matusalem Oloroso 30yo

Book now

Please note: you must also have a Sunday ticket to Whisky Show to attend this class.

Show Details
28-29 SEPTEMBER 2019
11.30AM – 6.30PMOld Billingsgate
1 Old Billingsgate Walk, London EC3R 6DX

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BenRiach, Glendronach & Glenglassaugh Tasting at the Whisky Shop #SFO June 22nd, 2019 – Scotch Whisky News

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Saturday, June 22nd 1-5PM: 

Scotch Tasting: 

BenRiach, Glendronach, Glenglassaugh 

Presented by whisky expert Rory Glasgow, this in-store tasting features new and rare drams by BenRiach, Glendronach, and Glenglassaugh distillery. Scotch connoisseurs and newcomers to the the world of traditional scotch are sure to enjoy this tasting.

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Whisky Hammer June 2019 Auction Now Live! – Whisky Auction News

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JUNE AUCTION NOW LIVE!
(ends Sunday 23rd June)

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

With an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits there is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest, enjoy!

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