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Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible hails “rampantly beautiful” Canadian champion – Whisky Bible News

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH

…but here comes India’s Dram-A Sutra!

* Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible hails “rampantly beautiful” Canadian champion.

* US knocked off World Whisky of the Year top spot for first time in five years.

* India returns to podium with “near-perfect” offering.

A Canadian rye whisky which draws its water from the Rocky Mountains has been declared the summit of all the world’s whiskies. 

Whisky guru Jim Murray has given “totally world class” status to Alberta Premium Cask Strength in his Whisky Bible 2021, naming it World Whisky of the Year – the first time it has won the coveted top prize. 

Made from a mix of malted and unmalted rye, Alberta Premium Cask Strength weighs in at a massive 65.1% abv and scores 97.5 marks out of 100. 

The last time a Canadian won World Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, police in Toronto were called as drinkers fought over the last bottles still on the shelf. 

“It is such an honor to be named World Whisky of the Year by Jim Murray and we are thrilled for our Alberta Distillers team,” said Albert Baladi, President & CEO, Beam Suntory. “To receive this prestigious accolade is a testament to the team’s dedication and passion for crafting a premium spirit of the highest quality, and comes as at a time of Canadian whisky resurgence around the world.” 

“On behalf of the entire Alberta Distillers team, we are honored to have Alberta Premium Cask Strength named ’World Whisky of the Year.’ said George Teichroeb, General Manager, Alberta Distillers Limited. “We are incredibly proud of our Alberta Distillers team for creating such a unique and beautiful world-class whisky, and continually pushing the boundaries of what Canadian whisky can be.” 

After sweeping the board in 2020 with a unique 1-2-3, Kentucky distiller the Sazerac Company has to settle for the runner-up spot in 2021 with the “mind-blowing” Stagg Jr Barrel Proof, another bourbon out of the Buffalo Trace stable, boasting a finish of “cocoa, dark liquorice and so much toastiness”. 

But the most eye-catching podium entry of all is Mithuna, from the Paul John distillery in the tiny Indian state of Goa – the first time a South Asian whisky has taken a top-three gong in more than a decade. 

Jim Murray says sampling its sensational chocolate-and-spices complexity is “like after you have just made love…and you are unable to speak or move while your senses get back into some kind of normality”. 

The renowned and influential whisky writer tasted 1,252 new drams for the 2021 edition of the Whisky Bible. 

Speyside veteran Glen Grant takes Scotch Whisky of the Year for its Aged 15 Years Batch Strength 1st Edition with Jim Murray praising the Moray distillery’s “extraordinary and unique charm”. 

Meanwhile, lowland newbie Annandale – opened only in 2014 – is handed Best 10 Years And Under Single Cask Scotch and hailed as a reason for whisky lovers to not “cling to the lifebuoy of age, tradition and history”. 

Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash Whiskey is named the inaugural winner of American Blended Whiskey of the Year, but the Kentucky distiller also picks up a further three awards for its bourbon and rye whiskeys. 

Other sectional winners include: Gordon & MacPhail Mr George Centenary Edition Glen Grant 1956 (single cask of the year); Ballantine’s 30 Year Old (Blended Scotch); Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy (Irish); Thomas H Handy Sazerac (American Rye); Nikka Whisky Single Malt Yoichi Apple Brandy Wood Finish (Japanese); PUNI Aura Italian Single Malt (European). 

Editor’s Notes

Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2021 contains tasting notes for around 4,500 drams.

Available from 16/9/20 at whiskybible.com, priced £14.99.

INTRODUCING JAMESON CRESTED X EIGHT DEGREES BREWING – Irish Whiskey News

INTRODUCING JAMESON CRESTED X EIGHT DEGREES BREWING

Irish Distillers, makers of some of the world’s most enjoyed whiskeys, has joined forces with Eight Degrees Brewing for a unique edition of the beloved Jameson Crested.

Launching this month, Jameson Crested Finished in Black Ball Metric Stout Barrels is the next step in an exciting collaboration between Irish Distillers and its Co. Cork neighbour, Eight Degrees, who last year celebrated eight years of adventurous craft beer brewing by releasing a uniquely dark Black Ball Metric Stout finished in Jameson barrels as the last iteration of their Rack ‘em Up Series.

Always seeking an opportunity to innovate, Jameson returned the compliment by selecting a special whiskey to mature in the stout soaked barrels. The result is a stunning evolution of Jameson Crested, with a rich stout influence married with a luscious creamy texture and lingering finish of pot still spices and malt.

“We were delighted when the opportunity arose to create a truly special whiskey,” explains Irish Distillers’ Blender Dave McCabe.

“When we were selecting a whiskey to mature in these barrels, Jameson Crested became the obvious choice. It’s higher pot still component and sherry cask inclusion allowed the whiskey to meet the impact of the stout head on, creating a balanced reaction.

“We filled the casks in November last year and carefully monitored the whiskey’s progress. After about four months of ageing we felt it was just right.  The stout influence is prevalent in the taste, complementing the whiskey beautifully.

“It’s a truly unique liquid, perfect when enjoyed neat, paired with a craft stout, or as part of a spiced cocktail,” adds McCabe.

Derek Neville, Head Cellarman at Eight Degrees Brewing adds: “It was an honour to be given the opportunity to create our special 8th anniversary stout using barrels from Jameson, the world’s most popular Irish whiskey. Today we are delighted to have made our mark on Jameson Crested, an icon of Irish whiskey, through the release of this special edition.”

A limited-edition release of fewer than 10,000 bottles globally, Jameson Crested Finished in Black Ball Metric Stout Barrels will launch in Jameson’s brand home outlets at Bow Street, Dublin, and Midleton, Cork, this month, and will be available through Jameson’s online shop at jamesonwhiskey.com, priced at €45 (70cl)[1]. It will also be available to air passengers vising the new Dublin Airport shop in Terminal 2 from mid-October.

Notes: 

Jameson Crested Finished in Black Ball Metric Stout Barrels Tasting Notes, by Dave McCabe, Blender, Midleton Distillery 

Nose: Rich stout influence; malt and vanilla chocolate. Jameson Crested pot still spices and dried fruits. 

Taste: Luscious creamy texture, mild spice, roasted coffee beans and chocolate. 

Finish: Sweet notes fade, pot still spices and malt lingers.

How to Drink:

Enjoy neat to get the best of this liquid or pair with a craft stout (Black Ball Metric Stout the best suiter). For something mixed try:

Eight Degrees Stout & Spiced 

Ingredients: 40ml Crested x Eight Degrees, 100ml Fever Tree Spiced, Orange Ginger Ale, 3 dashes chocolate bitters.

To Make: Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour in whiskey, bitters and top with spiced ginger ale. Garnish with an orange wedge. 

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 bestselling Irish whiskey, experiencing 30 years of consecutive growth up to 2019 and hitting sales of 7.6m cases in 2020. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets.

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 €400 million 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 No.2 worldwide producer of wines and spirits with consolidated sales of €9,182 million in FY19. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has developed through organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard, which owns 16 of the Top 100 Spirits Brands, holds one of the most prestigious and comprehensive brand portfolios in the industry, including: 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’s brands are distributed across 160+ markets and by its own salesforce in 73 markets. The Group’s decentralised organisation empowers its 19,000 employees to be true on-the-ground ambassadors of its vision of “Créateurs de Convivialité.” As reaffirmed by the Group’s three-year strategic plan, “Transform and Accelerate,” deployed in 2018, Pernod Ricard’s strategy focuses on investing in long-term, profitable growth for all stakeholders. The Group remains true to its three founding values: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust, and a strong sense of ethics. As illustrated by the 2030 roadmap supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “We bring good times from a good place.” In recognition of Pernod Ricard’s strong commitment to sustainable development and responsible consumption, it has received a Gold rating from Ecovadis and is ranked No. 1 in the beverage sector in Vigeo Eiris. Pernod Ricard is also a United Nation’s Global Compact LEAD company.

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

[1] Jameson Crested Finished in Black Ball Metric Stout Barrels will be available for online ordering globally, except US.

Springbank Society: September 2020 Quarterly Newsletter – New Releases from Springbank and Kilkerran! – Scotch Whisky News

Springbank Society Newsletter  September 2020

The Springbank team are back to work!

After over four months closed due to Covid-19,  the distillery has now restarted operations. We have continued to follow Scottish Government guidelines and are taking a cautious approach to reopening to ensure the safety of both our staff and community. We look forward to seeing you all in person soon and shall keep you informed of our plans to restart distillery tours.

This month we have an update on our Virtual Malts festival plans, upcoming releases, a round-up of distillery news, letting you know what has been happening in Campbeltown over the last few months.

Distillery News

Where do we start? As with most of the country we locked down on the 23rd of March, with only a skeleton staff remaining on site to run down the maltings, mashing and distilling (it’s neither safe nor practical to stop our production instantaneously.) After that almost all of our staff were furloughed on 100% wages, with the exception of the Senior Management team and Directors who continued working to ensure the business ticked over and major projects were kept on top of to ensure we would be in the best possible position when lockdown ended – like most of you we didn’t think that would be 4 months later!

From a production point of view, we kept a close eye on the site and even had the condenser on Low wines still 2 replaced (it had begun to spring a few leaks after years of loyal service) and closely monitored the guidance to see when we would return to work, and how we’d do it safely.

We put together a detailed, phased reopening plan that included changes to ways of working, new PPE, Perspex barriers, reducing team sizes where possible and utilising the opportunity for staff to work from home to ensure the safety of our staff. The safety of our staff is always our number one priority, and it isn’t something we compromise under any circumstances.

Staff began to return to work from the 6th of July, ultimately leading up to us resuming full production on the 3rd of August. This has involved the bottling hall being split into 2 shifts and our production teams being 2 person ‘bubbles’ for each shift. Tomorrow (Friday 11th September) is the last day of the year we will be producing whisky at Springbank! We begin the transition up to Glengyle next week where will be working until the end of the year.

It has been great to welcome staff back on site and everyone has done a fantastic job of following the new protocols and procedures. We will continue to monitor and review our safety protocols and look forward to welcoming you all back to the distillery when it is safe and practical to do so.

Sales Team Events

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, all future sales team events have been suspended.  We will follow government guidelines and hope to be back on the road visiting as many of you as possible soon.

Please remember, the Events Section of the Springbank Website is updated whenever we have new information to share with you all.

Springbank Website – Events Page

Although the sales team have been grounded in Campbeltown for the time being we plan to make good use of the internet to spread the good Springbank word. If there is anything you would like to see from us in the meantime please get in touch.

Springbank sales team coming to your screens soon…

Campbeltown Virtual Malts Festival: 26th – 30th October 

Save the date!

You may have seen from social media that to try and make up for not being able to host our annual Campbeltown Malts Festival we have decided to host a virtual one instead in October.

This will be a 5 day online event with tastings exploring all of our brands: Springbank, Longrow, Hazelburn, Kilkerran and Cadenheads.

Tasting packs will be pre-sold so we can all enjoy a dram together on the day. In addition our annual festival bottlings for sale online. The sales team are putting the festival bottlings through quality control as we speak to ensure the highest standards.

Those who had tickets to the cancelled event in May will be offered the first opportunity to purchase tasting packs and bottles, thereafter Society and Cadenhead Club members and finally the public.

More details for this event will be announced closer to the date.

New Releases – Available from Friday 11th September.

Now that our bottling and despatch operations have resumed, we have a number of releases ready to hit the shelves of your favourite bottle shops.

Springbank 21yo 46%

This year we have selected an exciting mix of bourbon, sherry, port and rum casks to make up our legendary Springbank 21yo.

Nose

There’s a rich, sweetness to this edition, a combination of demerara sugar, treacle, orange rind and smooth milk chocolate.

Palate

Mouth coating and oily in texture with immediate dunnage warehouse and coastal influences coming through. It is lightly peated and less sweet in taste than on the nose, nicely balanced with oaky tannins.

Finish

The finish is long and rich with dried fruit flavours coming to the fore from the port and sherry casks. Raisins followed by roasted coffee beans and a lasting note of bung cloth. A true old-style Springbank dram.

Longrow 18yo 46%

The rich, smokey and complex Longrow 18yo is now ready after enjoying a maturation in bourbon, sherry and rum casks.

Nose

Initially rum soaked strawberries with a delicate aroma of peat smoke. Vibrant scents of pineapple, mango and lemon sherbet follow.

Palate

A lovely burst of sweetness and smoke like marshmallows toasting on peat embers. Rich flavours of sea salt, dark chocolate, raisins, prunes and molasses.

Finish

A pronounced peated malt note, like being inside the kiln after it’s just finished burning. Liquorice and the classic Springbank coastal influence.

And from our friends at Kilkerran Single Malt… 

Kilkerran Heavily Peated Batch 3  59.7%

The next addition of Kilkerran’s peat in progress is a 80% Bourbon to 20% Sherry maturation and still packs a punch of peat and tropical fruits.

Nose

The nose is bright with notes of citrus and smoked applewood. A true maritime coastal influence and hints of blackened, toasted marshmallow and tropical fruit sweetness. As ever, that familiar dunnage warehouse funk hangs in the background.

Palate

Initially biscuity and buttery, flavours of liquorice and fennel developing later. Sweet, fruity peat smoke gives way to a drier smoky peat, evoking that real, full smoky atmosphere of the working kiln room. An apple strudel note makes its way through and lemon sherbet flavours develop with every sip.

Finish

Long, well integrated peat smoke carries through. It’s remarkably complex throughout with the heavy peat smoke not overpowering. A malty, cereal character and more of a coastal influence coming through in this batch in comparison to previous editions.

All of the above mentioned whiskies will be available from UK and European retailers from Friday 11th September, although it will take longer to reach some destinations due to transit times.

Friday 11th September is also the launch of a Single Cask bottled for the UK market – Longrow 12Y/O Sauternes 56.9%.  Fully matured in a fresh Sauternes cask with 264 bottles available. This will be available from a selection of retailers throughout the UK.

Longrow Sauternes 12Y/O 56.9%

Nose

Cream soda, barley sugar, cinamon, brown bread and chocolate spread.

Palate

Sweet with tropical fruits, apricots, peaches and toasted almonds.

Finish

Finally the Longrow peat smoke comes through in a long and elegant finish with notes of cherry and blackberry.

October Releases 

Springbank 12 cask strength. 

The next edition of our biannual Springbank 12yo cask strength will be available soon. This edition features an array of cask types; Bourbon, sherry, burgundy and port and is already a favorite amongst the sales team

Hazelburn Sherrywood 13yo

Our annual release of sherry matured Hazelburn showcases the very best of Hazelburn in oloroso sherry casks and this year is no exception, available as a 13 year old.

We also have some exciting Kilkerran news; our much anticipated 16yo will be bottled shortly for worldwide distribution.  Please keep an eye on social media for further updates.

You can follow Kilkerran Single Malt on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Slainte,

Springbank Society
The Springbank Team

Please contact Springbank Society society@springbank.scot to join the Society

New Releases – The Character of Islay at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

The Character of Islay Whisky Company exists to offer a range of distinctively smoky and flavoursome whiskies with Islay at their heart; for whom the Islay stories are well versed to new explorers alike. 

The Character of Islay Whisky Company launched in 2019 with Aerolite Lyndsay 10 year old single malt. The brand releases Islay whiskies that play on the mythical notions of the island, with tongue in cheek names and exceptional peat-forward liquid. Each expression explores legends and myths associated with the island and embodies a different fictional ‘character’.

BROWSE OUR FULL CHARACTER OF ISLAY RANGE HERE

Angel’s Envy 100 Proof Rye—A Collector’s Favorite at Sharp Price at K&L California – American Whiskey News

One of America’s Finest Ryes for a Devilishly Good Price
Angel’s Envy 100 Proof Rye Whiskey (750ml) ($79.99)
“…the flavors marry nicely and the sweetness tames this high-testosterone rye whiskey. Bonus points for uniqueness.” — Whiskey Advocate

NOTE: Our walk-in retail locations are currently closed. We have curbside pickup and low cost (often free) delivery options available in ZIP codes where we can ship lawfully, including anywhere in California. We can also include any new or existing will call orders in your delivery batch. Choose local delivery at checkout to learn if you qualify.

Rye doesn’t get much better than this. The Angel’s Envy 100-Proof Rye is another breathtaking bottling from the supremely talented Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson. Crafting the perfect dram is only one part of Henderson’s approach, as each whiskey he makes needs to carry its own distinctive imprint. For this expression, he chose to finish the whiskey in Caribbean rum casks—an unconventional approach that has worked out fabulously. The result is a compelling and powerful rye that stands shoulder to shoulder with whiskeys that cost three to four times the price. Ordinarily, our allocation is very limited, but we were able to secure a bit more this time around, enabling us to offer it to a broader audience. This is excellent news, as a whiskey this irresistible needs to be experienced by every rye enthusiast out there at least once—and hopefully many more times! Our price of $79.99 is an incredible price for this spirit, and one that is likely to only climb in future releases. The attention to detail is remarkable, but then we expect nothing less from the team at Angel’s Envy. Bravo!

Angel’s Envy 100 Proof Rye Whiskey (750ml) ($79.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: “This honey-hued rye has a remarkable aroma, melding cookie dough, hazelnut and marzipan. The same luscious flavors show up on the palate, rich and sweet, leading into a confected finish of Nutella sprinkled with nutmeg and cinnamon. The sugar-and-spice effect is due to 18 months finishing time in casks that first held Cognac, then Caribbean rum. *Top 50 Spirits 2013* (KN)” (07/2013)

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 10, 2020

This rye has been highly allocated for a very long time and the small quantities that we do get typically disappear in a day or two. We were finally able to secure a large enough parcel to shout out its availability. If you love the Angel’s Envy bourbon, do not miss this opportunity to stock up on the rye at a sharp price. It’s a perfect cocktailing rye with its elevated proof (100 proof) and sweeter profile thanks to the Caribbean rum cask finishing. This added step transforms the classic 95% rye mashbill into something altogether different. While the underlying backbone of spice from the grain is there and carries through the palate and into the finish, the nose is all sweet caramel and confection with tropical fruits. Black strap molasses and fine Cognac eau de vie notes dominate. The brown sugar flavors mix into perfect balance with the pepper spice of the rye. It’s a great whiskey for a Manhattan with just a dash of vermouth. If you seek a rich round style of whiskey for an after dinner drink neat or on the rocks, this is also a perfect candidate.

Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 10, 2020

Less cloying than the Angel’s Envy bourbon finished in port barrels, this Angel’s Envy rye is definitely still a big sweetie! Butterscotch is the first characteristic that I notice coming from the rum barrel finish and it does NOT let up throughout the dram. There are layers of gentle spice of cardamom, cinnamon bark, and red pepper. I pick up on a red fruit medley that eventually comes to rest as red licorice mixing with spice and pecan pralines. The core rye elements poke through intermittently, but everything keeps coming back home to butterscotch. If you have a sweet tooth or are looking for a new after-dinner whiskey then check this out.

New Exclusive Edradour 10 Year Old first fill sherry bomb at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

First fill sherry bomb exclusive to TWB

Our latest exclusive is a sherry butt from the Highland distillery, Edradour. Bottled 2020 by Signatory Vintage, this is a full bodied sherry monster full of summer fruits, chocolate raisins and leather notes. A bestselling whisky, this one won’t hang around long… Edradour 10 Year Old 2010 vintage Highland single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask first fill sherry butt #160 bottled 2020 by Signatory Vintage for the Un-Chillfiltered series. This is a specially selected release exclusive to The Whisky Barrel. 333 bottles.

Shop – Edradour 10 Years UCF – £65 / €71.62 / $70.45

EDRADOUR SINGLE MALT WHISKY

Edradour Distillery was formed in 1825 by a group of eight local farmers. Situated at Milton of Edradour near Pitlochry and still just a farm sized distillery equipped with a Morton refrigerator to cool the worts and two wee stills with their spirit cooled in a single worm tub. Whilst ranked amongst the small working distilleries in Scotland its owners Signatory Vintage have plans to increase its size and output. Official distillery releases include the Edradour 10 Year Old, Barolo Cask and Sherry Cask Ibisco decanters.

Whisky Wednesday Reviews “Proper 12 – The Wen Bilson Cut”- Whisky News

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Proper 12 – The Wen Bilson Cut

It’s live! I’ve loved Wen Bilson videos! He has very kindly worked on a re-edit of our most watched video of last year. Head over to YouTube and check it out, the link is in my biography – a 90 second rip ride of noise and laughs! Whilst you’re on YT, head over to his channel and subscribe. Not only are his videos going to bust you open with humour, they’re also beyond educational in regards to film, world cinema and the array of content that it brings to the world.

Enjoy and follow!

RARE FETTERCAIRN 46 YEARS A CELEBRATION OF AGEING EXCELLENCE – Scotch Whisky News

RARE FETTERCAIRN 46 YEARS A CELEBRATION OF AGEING EXCELLENCE

Award-winning, exceptionally rare aged expression from a defining year 

Fettercairn Distillery has unveiled a rare, exquisite addition to its range of Highland single malt whiskies.  The Fettercairn 46 Years Old showcases the distillery’s rare maturing stock and its skill in creating the very best in older age expressions; such excellence now endorsed by the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) with its award of Double Gold in the 2020 competition.

Distilled on 8th May 1973, the initial release of 46 Years Old tells a story of an expertly nurtured aged single malt, but more than that, it honours a definitive moment in time.  This was a year of great historical change; of major innovation and technological advancement and of profound cultural evolution. From the end of the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal; to the first handheld mobile phone call and the introduction of the ATM; to space travel and legendary music and movie releases.  Defining, and game changing, too for the innovators of Fettercairn as this was the year the distillery joined the Whyte and Mackay family; a true milestone in the story of this hidden gem.

Beginning with the optimal maturation conditions, the spirit has slumbered in the highest quality casks under the watchful eye of distillery manager John Livie initially in 1973, to Stewart Walker today.

Shaped by a lengthy union with American white oak ex-Bourbon barrels, this single malt went onto spend four years in 40-years-old Tawny Port Pipes, themselves the epitome of scarcity.  This creative maturation gave the classic tropical character a greater depth of sweetness, marrying perfectly with the distinctive flavours created from the unique cooling ring, which defines Fettercairn’s pure spirit.

Bottled at 42.5% ABV, Fettercairn 46 Years Old is naturally cherry wood in colour with a nose of over-ripe bananas, toasted bread, citrus fruit and plum, giving way to raisin, bitter chocolate, fig and spice. The palate is defined by spiced pear, coffee, caramelised orange and liquorice.; leading to black cherries and treacle with a finish of plum, demerara sugar and chocolate.

Kirsteen Beeston, Head of International Malts at Whyte and Mackay, said, “This is a truly scarce and special single malt; a celebration of the years of passion and commitment which are inherent to the way Fettercairn Distillery has always been.

We recognise that having such incredible treasures in our warehouses means we need to ensure we always respect when and how we bring these amazing aged whiskies to single malt drinkers, and this is something we will always honour.

With a firm commitment to exceptional ageing quality, Fettercairn Distillery has consistently demonstrated an unwavering ability to mature and nurture spirit to such high quality and impressive ages. We’re delighted this release has been recognised with the Double Gold award at ISC 2020 – it is testament to how truly exquisite this bottling is.”

With only 55 bottles initially released, Fettercairn 46 Years Old is offered at 42.5% ABV, with no added colour and is non-chill filtered. The new expression will be available from selected global specialist retailers in the UK, Europe and Asia at an RSP of £8,500.

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Product Information:

Fettercairn 46 Years Old

ABV: 42.5%

70cl

Colour – rays of amber gold and cherry wood

Nose – Over-ripe bananas, toasted bread, citrus fruit and plum, giving way to raisin, bitter chocolate, fig and spice.

Taste – Spiced pear, coffee, caramelised orange and liquorice. Followed by black cherries and treacle with a finish of plum, demerara sugar and chocolate. 

About Fettercairn

Located in the picturesque village of Fettercairn at the foothills of Scotland’s Cairngorm Mountains, this hidden gem is found among some of the finest and most fertile farming land in the North East of Scotland. With the purest of mountain water as an ingredient, it is almost no surprise that when the distillery was established by Sir Alexander Ramsay in 1824, the enterprising pioneer chose this location.

In the mid-1950s, the whisky-makers at Fettercairn experimented, seeking ways to create a purer expression of their spirit. They found that pouring water down the still cooled the copper, increasing condensation inside so only the lightest vapours could rise for collection. With this knowledge they fashioned a unique copper cooling ring around the neck of the stills drenching them with crystal clear mountain water – an ingenious and practical solution to creating their exceptional whisky, a technique which remains unique in Scotch whisky-making to this day.

About Whyte & Mackay Group Ltd.

Whyte & Mackay was founded in Glasgow in 1844, and today celebrates its 175th anniversary with a multi-award-winning portfolio of brands which includes The Dalmore, Jura, Tamnavulin and Fettercairn whiskies alongside its namesake Whyte & Mackay Blended Whisky.

The whisky maker are proud partners of Flor de Caña, Camus and RumChata distributing their distinctive brands in the UK, while in recent years a focus on pioneering innovation has seen a number of brand extensions and new to world brands.

The global spirits business is headquartered in the heart of Glasgow, and employs over 500 people around the globe, across five international offices, five distilleries and a state-of-the-art bottling plant in Scotland.

Today, with the support of its owners Emperador Inc,. Whyte & Mackay is building a progressive, passionate and ambitious company for the future. Emperador is a subsidiary of Alliance Global Group, Inc (an international conglomerate listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange).

The Whisky Lounge Update September 2020 – Whisky News

What’s New?…

How are you doing? Need a little whisky in your life? Yes?

Well we are delighted to finally announce our Whisky Lounge Festival in a Box! Below you will find the details of who is involved (so far!), and – most importantly – how you get involved!

Read on!

Game On!

Friday 16th October

4.30pm Festival opening and introduction, with Eddie Ludlow

5pm Scotch Whisky Session 1

7pm World Whisky Tasting

Saturday 17th October

11am Breakfast ‘Malt-Teasers’ Quiz with Inverhouse Distillers

1pm Scotch Whisky Session 2

3pm Asian Whisky Tasting

5pm Indie Bottlers Tasting

7pm Saturday night cocktails

Sunday 18th October

12pm Desert Island Drams, with Eddie Ludlow

2pm English Single Malt Tasting

4pm Peated Whiskies

You can take part in as many, or as few sessions as you like. Each session has its corresponding ‘Whisky Festival in a Box’ which you can purchase  by clicking the button below.

Each £35 Whisky Festival in a Box of your choice also comes with the following goodies…

A Glencairn ‘Whisky Festival in a Box’ Tasting Glass

A TWL Pin Badge

A can of Larkfire spring water

A pipette to add said water to your whisky

Four mystery world whiskies for you to guess the provenance of…

Plus, the first 50 people to purchase a £35 tasting pack can get a £20 quiz pack free! Just enter the code FREEQUIZ at the top of the order page, then select the Quiz Pack, along with the Festival in a Box of your choice.

There are more brands and distilleries confirming everyday so be sure to like our Facebook page to keep yourself bang up to date.

The event will be broadcast via Streamyard onto our Facebook page and YouTube Channel. If you are not able to make the live broadcast, you will be able to watch it later on either platform.

If you have a festival ticket for any of our 2020 festivals, and would like to instead use the value of this towards one or more of the tasting boxes, please click HERE.

Check out the TWL Festival in a Box NOW

Hmmmmm….

Don’t forget to catch up on the latest whisky news from Connas HERE and we look forward to seeing you – on-line – soon!

In the meantime – Stay Safe. Stay in. Have a dram.

Sláinte and best wishes,
Eddie, and the whole Whisky Lounge Team

2020 FESTIVALS

Current/Old Dates New Dates
Bristol  18th April 24th July 2021
London 15th-17th May 14th-16th May 2021
Edinburgh 6th June 27th-29th Nov

Liverpool 19th September 18th Sept 2021
Manchester 23rd-24th October
York 31st October
Nottingham 14th November

Today: Drinks with… Maltstock!

Drinks with… Maltstock!

Join us toonight 20.00 CET for “Drinks with…Maltstock”. You can tune in on the Maltstock Facebook page and the Maltstock YouTube channel.

FACEBOOK

YOUTUBE

Annette, Bob, Klaas, Stan and Teun will be at the Maltstock HQ (Teun’s SM-cellar) and will be chatting to some very relaxed people from the whisky industry. Tastings sets have been sent out to those who ordered one. But everyone can join in, with or without a set!

You can also ask anything you like to our guests and us. Of course you can ask your question in the Facebook and YouTube chat, but if you already have a question, please feel free to send it to us: info@maltstock.com.

Let me just remind you of the very relaxed line-up we have for you:

  • Glenfarclas – Callum Fraser
  • Waterford – Ian O’Brian
  • Teeling – James Kilgannon
  • Atom Brands – Sam Simmons
  • Single Cask Nation – the 3J’s
  • The Whisky Exchange – Billy Abbott

We will also be connecting live with some other people during the evening. And we’ll do a commercial break in which Mark Watt can tell about his new t-shirt company.

Make sure you join us on time. We start 20.00 CET Saturday 12 September. We’re looking forward to meeting so many relaxed people!

Stay healthy stay relaxed!

Annette, Bob, Klaas, Stan & Teun

Relax! We’ll be back in 2021!

Dates for next year are
10-12 September 2021

Ticket sales will start in September 2020.

We hope to see you all next year. That would be very relaxed!

Our mailing address is:

Maltstock

Nimrodstraat 54

Nijmegen, Gelderland6531 LH

Netherlands


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