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STIRLING GLASSMAKERS LAUNCH REFILLABLE WHISKY ANGEL – Scotch Whisky News

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STIRLING GLASSMAKERS LAUNCH REFILLABLE WHISKY ANGEL

A team of glassmakers has launched the perfect gift for whisky lovers – an angel filled with a dram they can drink.

Stirling giftware company Angels’ Share Glass created the refillable angel as an addition to their signature range following customer requests.

Customers told Managing Director Karen Somerville they loved collecting the firm’s glass angels – filled and sealed with the `Angels’ Share’ of whisky – but also wanted drinkable editions.

Mrs Somerville said: “Every time I met customers at whisky festivals and events, they would tell me how much they loved our award-winning angels but wanted one they could open and drink too.

“Instead of saving the dram for the angels, they wanted a taste of the `Angels’ Share’ so we’ve responded to feedback and created Refillable Whisky Angels.

“They will be filled with rarer whisky options and we’re also planning to offer limited editions of whiskies which are not easily accessible to give people something a bit different.” 

The `Angels’ Share’ is the measure of whisky lost to evaporation during the maturing process which, according to distillers’ legend, is taken away by angels.

The new refillable angels are designed by the firm’s Studio Manager and glassmaker Bee Hardy and come filled with different whiskies from several distilleries.

They are the same size as the original sealed Angels but have a cork attached to a ribbon which can be removed so the 25ml of single malt inside can be consumed and refilled.

Ms Hardy said: “We’ve created a decoration with a difference which we expect to be popular with customers.”

Meanwhile, the team are opening up their Bridge of Allan studio to give customers the chance to try their hand at glassblowing.

They can spend either a morning or an afternoon learning the basic techniques of lampwork glassmaking before creating a bauble, angel decoration or drink stirrer.

Ms Hardy said: “This is a rare opportunity to try your hand at a new experience – glassmaking with myself and my colleagues. 

“I’m passionate about the craft and we’re opening our doors so others can discover the joy of glassmaking. 

It may even lead to the start of a fruitful hobby as well as being a fun day out to impress your friends. 

“No experience is needed although customers must be 16 or over.” 

To order the drinkable Angel, click HERE

To book a glass blowing session click HERE

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Notes

Angels’ Share Glass is a family-run business based in Bridge of Allan, near Stirling. The firm was co-founded by Karen Somerville and her father Tom Young MBE – a world-renowned Master Craftsman who has been glassblowing and making lamp-work glassware for 60 years. More information about the company can be found at www.angelsshareglass.com

Order The COMPLETE Game of Thrones Single Malt Collection! – Scotch Whisky News

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Order The COMPLETE Game of Thrones Single Malt Collection Today!

Act fast, they won’t be around for long

As the world is gripped by Game Of Thrones fever, we’re delighted to announce we have the complete Game Of Thrones Single Malt Collection available to order.

These definitely won’t be around for long, order today to avoid disappointment!

We ship all over the world
Next day UK delivery available

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Game of Thrones Single Malt Collection

Winter is here! With the seventh and final series of Game of Thrones released in 2019, this collection of eight limited edition single malts is a true celebration of the hit HBO series. Each bottle in the collection is inspired by one of the seven Houses of Westeros and The Night’s Watch. Released by Diageo in collaboration with the makers of the series, each of the expressions features a unique design taken from the house sigils.

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£398.00 – Order Now  SOLD OUT!

Orders dispatched w/c 3rd June
The collection consists of eight 70cl bottles including:
Cardhu Gold Reserve – House Targaryen – 40% abv
Clynelish Reserve – House Tyrell – 51.2% abv
Dalwhinnie Winter’s Frost – House Stark – 43% abv
Lagavulin 9 Year Old – House Lannister – 46% abv
Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old – House Baratheon – 40% abv
The Singleton of Glendullan Select – House Tully – 40% abv
Talisker Select Reserve – House Greyjoy – 45.8% abv
Oban Bay Reserve – The Night’s Watch – 43% abv

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Maltstock Namesdropping – Whisky News

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MALTSTOCK 2019

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Dear maltstockees!

Time to drop some names of relaxed people who will be at Maltstock 2019! People you can meet and have a relaxed dram with, from September 7 – 9 at Maltstock! So get relaxed now and order your ticket in our online shop!

Annette, Bob, Klaas, Stan, Teun

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Dave Broom joins Maltstock 2019

Oh yes!!! Dave Broom is coming to Maltstock this year! We are very big fans of Dave. It makes us utterly relaxed to have him with us this year.

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Yumi Yoshikawa very deservedly won World Whisky Brand Ambassador! She told us she will be joining us at Maltstock again this year. Amazing! There should also be a Relaxed Whisky Ambassador award…

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Tony will be there, too!

Congratulations on becoming a Keeper of the Quaich, Tony van Rooijen! So very well deserved! We’ve known for years you’re a keeper. Very relaxed to see you being recognised as one of the great characters in the whisky world. And so relaxed you’re joining us again in September!

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Whisky in Leiden festival

Next weekend, April 13th we’ll be available for all your Maltstock questions and suggestions (and a dram) at our relaxed stand in Leiden. We’d love to meet you there!

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Tickets are available

Tickets for Maltstock 2019 are available in our new webshop. Unfortunately the Cabins are sold out but all other options are still available. Click here to go to our webshop

Upcoming events

Maltstock wil be present at:

Whisky in Leiden - www.whiskyinleiden.nl – April 13

Spirit of Speyside Festival – www.spiritofspeyside.com – May 1-6

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Blair Athol 23 Year Old 1995 Sherry Cask at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Blair Athol 23 Year Old 1995 Sherry Cask

Single cask sherry butt from the Highland distillery bottled in 2019 by Hunter Laing & Co. for the First Editions series. 289 bottles at cask strength, 55.7%. Blair Athol 23 Year Old 1995 vintage Highland single malt Scotch whisky. Single sherry butt #15758 bottled 2019 by Hunter Laing & Co. for the First Editions series. 289 bottles.

Blair Athol Distillery was established in 1798 in Pitlochry and with footprints in four centuries it is one of oldest working malt whisky distilleries in Scotland. Purchased by Arthur Bell & Sons in1933 it is the spiritual ‘home’ of Arthur Bell’s range of blended scotch whisky complete with distillery visitor centre and Blair Athol Distillery tours. Although a large proportion of Blair Athol’s malt whisky cascades into blends, Bell’s to be precise, independent bottlings of Blair Athol single malts feature in the popular Connoisseurs Choice and Signatory Vintage ranges.

Shop – Blair Athol 23 Year Old – £109.58

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Whisky Wednesday Reviews GlenDronach 15yo – Scotch Whisky News

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Feel like I’ve said this a lot already this year, but, hopefully for the final time…IT’S BACK! Now, i know my review of this is slightly delayed (by five months) – but it’s not a limited release and is now a regular feature, so i didn’t feel the need to rush the review. Also, I’ve tried the older one again for referencing and the differences are quite vast.  Something else I’ve also said a lot this year…Rachel Barrie is god. Cheers!

 

Whisky Reviews every Wednesday ~ Facebook.com/whiskytube ~ Twitter.com/whiskytube ~ Youtube.com/whiskywednesday

SAZERAC INTRODUCES “MISTER SAM,” HIGHLY LIMITED NEW BLENDED WHISKEY – Whiskey News

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SAZERAC INTRODUCES “MISTER SAM,” HIGHLY LIMITED NEW BLENDED WHISKEY 

“Mister Sam” Whiskey is a Blend of Sazerac’s Finest American and Canadian Whiskeys and Pays Tribute to Late Seagram’s Leader
Sam Bronfman

Montreal, canada (April 9, 2019) – Sam Bronfman, or “Mister Sam,” as he was affectionately known, was the founder of the modern day distilled spirits industry.  Despite his humble origins as an immigrant to Canada from Imperial Russia in the late 1800s, Bronfman would go on to propel Seagram’s into the then largest and most successful distilled spirits company in the world.  Relentlessly focused on making and blending the finest whiskies possible, maintaining the highest quality standards in the industry, creating cutting edge packaging to appeal to consumers and driving incessant product innovation, “Mister Sam” created some of the world’s most iconic spirit brands while at the helm of the Seagram’s empire until his death in 1971.

Montreal, Canada served as the headquarters of the legendary Seagram Company and its patriarch Sam Bronfman.  The tie between the Seagram and Sazerac Companies was formed in the 1940s, when Sazerac’s owners became one of the first distributors of Seagram brands in the United States, forging a long lasting relationship between the two companies.  Today, Sazerac owns 15 former Seagram’s brands including the iconic Seagram’s V.O., Seagram’s Five Star, and Seagram’s ’83, along with its own Distillery in Montreal.

As a tribute to “Mister Sam” and the vast contribution he made to the industry, the Sazerac Company has developed a highly limited blended whiskey expression made with some of Sazerac’s finest American and Canadian Whiskeys.  The “Mister Sam” blend was created by Sazerac’s Master Blender Drew Mayville whose career included a 22 year stint at Seagram’s where he was the fourth and last Master Blender under the Seagram dynasty. Mayville had the vast array of Sazerac’s American and Canadian Whiskey stocks at his disposal while developing the final blend. This project holds a special place in Mayville’s heart, a native Canadian now living in Kentucky.

“I was thrilled to be able to work on the blend for this exciting tribute whiskey.  Mister Sam was known to say ‘Distilling is a science; Blending is an art,’ and he’s right.  Creating the elusive perfect blend is every bit about experimentation and precision.  We’re very proud of the whiskey we’ve created.”

So too is F. Paul Pacult, publisher/editor of F. Paul Pacult’s Spirits Journal, who has reviewed the “Mister Sam” blend and has given it Five Stars and notes that it is “An Instant Classic” with a finish “that’s hugely satisfying.”

Pacult’s complete “Mister Sam” tasting notes are as follows:

Nose:  Cigar box, pipe tobacco, Madeira cake, toffee in that order of ascent, but then there’s a rush of oaky vanilla, limestone, flint and sweetened breakfast cereal.  Hearty but elegant, woody but grainy, and floral yet spicy, quite an achievement.

Mouth:

Entry: Wow, this whiskey is high octane and scintillating, meaning there’s a lot happening here between the spirit fire and the oaky flavor and the lush texture, all pulling the taste profile forward.

Midpalate:  the majestic flavors blanket the palate with lush tastes of raisins, prunes, mince pie, candied walnut, chocolate covered cherry, heather honey, toasted marshmallow, praline, nougat, pecan pie.

Texture: Full bodied; oily; viscous

Finish: The aftertaste merely underscores all the attributes and virtues identified in the aroma, entry, and midpalate, bringing them into a grand finale that’s hugely satisfying.

Bottled at Sazerac’s Old Montreal Distillery in Montreal, Quebec, “Mister Sam” is 133.8 Proof and will be released once a year.  The recently bottled 2019 release features just 1,200 750ml bottles and will be sold only in the United States and Canada.  Suggested Retail Price is $249.99.  Bottles of “Mister Sam” will be housed in an elegant wooden box which will include a copy of the legendary “From Little Acorns” book which Sam Bronfman penned in 1970 and which details the history of the Seagram’s company.

The Old Montreal Distillery, located adjacent to the Port and Old Montreal, dates back to 1929. Sazerac purchased the Distillery in 2011 and brought distilling back to Old Montreal for the first time in decades when it installed a still and began producing whisky in early 2018. The Distillery employs more than 100 employees and is currently undergoing renovations to add a  visitor center and gift shop. It plans to start offering tours by the end of 2019.

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.

A STUNNING TRIUMPH FOR SLIABH LIAG DISTILLERS AT 2019 BARTENDERS’ BRAND AWARDS – Irish Whiskey News

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A STUNNING TRIUMPH FOR SLIABH LIAG DISTILLERS AT 2019 BARTENDERS’ BRAND AWARDS

 The Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey lives up to its name with three medals

Donegal’s Sliabh Liag Distillers today received the highest industry recognition from some of the most renowned names in the UK bar industry in which the Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey from the distiller is lauded with Silver medals for Design and Taste and a Bronze for Value.

The Bartenders’ Brand Awards is a unique blind tasting, design and value-tested competition for spirits, wines and beers within the UK bar industry. Now in its second year, the event provides independent and honest reviews for drinks brands targeting the UK bar trade.  The judging panel consists of 50 renowned bartenders from some of the world’s best known bars and each product is scored on its aroma, complexity, taste and versatility in cocktails.

Commenting on the win, James Doherty, Managing Director, Sliabh Liag Distillers said, “The success of a drink product can live or die by the recommendation of bartenders, so to have come out as top dog amongst such a revered panel of experts is truly humbling.  It’s an incredibly exciting time for us right now in the planning of the new Ardara Distillery opening 2020, and this award adds to our confidence in producing great-tasting spirits from our beautifully rugged corner of Ireland.”

The legendary Silkie blended Irish whiskey is made from a blend of carefully selected malt and grain whiskeys.  By using a higher aged-malt percentage – with malts aged up to eight years and finished in oak casks formerly used to mature sherry – Sliabh Liag Distillers is able to produce a signature-smooth mouth feel and silken, easy character.

On the nose, Silkie evokes brisk green apples opening to a more honeyed butteryness. On the palate, it suggests orange zest, digestive biscuits and stem ginger, all with the signature smoothness.   The rich, sweet taste provides a sublimely gentle finish. 

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Notes 

  • Sliabh Liag (pronounced ‘sleeve league’) Distillers is committed to reclaiming the distilling heritage of Donegal.  In addition to Silkie, the company also produces An Dúlamán Irish Maritime Gin at its distillery, near Carrick.  Planning has also been submitted for a new distillery at Ardara, co Donegal.
  • Silkie and An Dúlamán are both distributed by Vine Distribution Services

Loch Lomond & Glen Scotia at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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Loch Lomond 19 Year Old Royal Portrush

Created in partnership with 2011 Open Championship winning golfer Darren Clarke, this 19-year-old single malt from Loch Lomond has been matured in American oak casks from the distillery’s onsite cooperage and bottled as part of the Open Course Collection from Loch Lomond Whiskies. This is the second release in the series from Loch Lomond, the official Spirit of the Open, and it bears the signature of Mr Clarke who worked with Master Blender Michael Henry to craft the expression.

£160.00 – Buy Now

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Glen Scotia 2003 Festival Edition 2019

Distilled at Glen Scotia in Campbeltown using peated barley, this 2003 vintage single malt has been specially selected as the distillery’s festival bottling for the 2019 Campbeltown Malts Festival, which takes place 21st-24th May. Matured for at least 15 years and finished in a rum puncheon, this limited edition is bottled at a natural cask strength of 51.3% abv.

£70.00 – Buy Now

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Glen Scotia 2005 Single Cask – Loch Fyne Exclusive

Distilled at Glen Scotia in March 2005 and matured in a single cask (no. 17/413-10) for 13 years, this Campbeltown single malt has been selected and bottled exclusively for Loch Fyne Whiskies by the good folks at the distillery. Only 330 bottles have been filled, each one at a natural cask strength of 55.6% abv and free from chill-filtration.

£85.00 – Buy Now

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Littlemill 30 Year Old at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Littlemill 30 Year Old

1988 vintage sherry cask for the Hart Bros Legends Collection. Just 100 numbered bottles. Littlemill 30 Year Old 1988 vintage Lowland single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask sherry butt bottled March 2019 Hart Brothers for the Legends Collection series. 100 numbered bottles. Sweet and slightly spicy on the palate. Smooth with a long lasting warming finish. Dark chocolate and treacle. Heather honey, vanilla, custard, banana and summer fruits. Tangerines with cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Littlemill Distillery was established in 1772 to the west of Bowling by the north shore of the River Clyde and on the main road into Glasgow. Subsequent modifications during the 1930s resulted in a number of novel features including double ventilation towers which sat over a single drying kiln and pot stills with rectifiers rather than the traditional swan necks. The combination of pot and column stills in Littlemill Distillery was designed to produce malt whisky which was expected to mature quickly. When production ceased in 1992 Littlemill Distillery was the oldest working malt whisky distillery in Scotland. Closed in 194 and demolished in 2006 and now Littlemill is a lost Scottish distillery although the shell of the manager’s house remains.

Shop £1,385.10

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Glen Moray Tasting at The Whisky Shop #SFO April 26th, 2019 – Scotch Whisky News

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Friday, April 26th 5-7PM: 

 Glen Moray

Made in the heart of Speyside, Glen Moray distillery has been producing and perfecting single malt scotch since 1897. Each dram is distilled in pot stills entirely from water and only malted barley, then carefully matured in American oak casks. The result typifies the Single Malt character of Speyside,  soft and fruity with a large range of flavor, rich, decadent, elegant, and refreshing.

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