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WHY WE TRUST CORK TO BOTTLE UP ANGEL’S ENVY® BOURBON – American Whiskey News

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WHY WE TRUST CORK TO BOTTLE UP ANGEL’S ENVY® BOURBON

Hamilton, Bermuda, September 20, 2016 — While the heart of ANGEL’S ENVY® is rooted in Kentucky bourbon, its taste is a bit more international. Specifically, Portugal. Portugal is the source of the port casks that give its whiskey its subtle and distinctive flavors. But ANGEL’S ENVY, a Bacardi-owned brand, as well as many other wines and spirits in the Bacardi portfolio including its line of single malts and blended Scotch whiskies, D’USSE® and BARON OTARD® cognacs, and MARTINI® sparkling wines, owe Portugal a debt of gratitude for another surprisingly important contribution: cork.

Roughly half of the world’s cork comes from Portugal, and it’s one of the more sustainable materials on the planet. The trees, a subspecies of oak, live up to 300 years, and cork can be harvested from each tree every nine years once it reaches the age of 25. Harvesting occurs between the months of May and August when the cork can be removed from the trunk of the tree without permanently harming it. Cork forests provide a unique biodiversity to their regions, and many animals (and people) rely upon them for their survival.

Cork has many other uses: building material, shoe soles—it’s even used as insulation throughout spacecraft and can shield the crew from incredibly high temperatures. But even with all of these applications, 60% of all cork still goes into making bottle stoppers. As a bottle stopper, cork’s impermeability and elasticity make it ideal as a reusable stopper. And it’s eco-friendlier than plastic or metal alternatives. ANGEL’S ENVY puts a lot of thought into every aspect of its bottle, but for the brand, Portuguese cork was the obvious choice.

Since 2006, when Bacardi began tracking its global impact on the environment, it has improved both water use efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity ratio by 46%. Building on current programs and efficiencies that reduce its environmental impacts, the Bacardi Limited “Good Spirited” sustainability program sets specific goals in three areas to help the Company reach its vision of a net zero impact:

  • Responsible Sourcing: Bacardi strives to obtain all raw materials and packaging from sustainably sourced, renewable or recycled materials while maintaining or enhancing the economic status of growers and suppliers. By 2017, the goal is to obtain 40% of the sugarcane-derived products used to make its rum from certified, sustainable sources – and 100% by 2022. This pledge from Bacardi is an industry first.
  • Global Packaging: Bacardi commits to use eco-design to craft sustainability into its brand packaging and point-of-sale materials. By 2017, Bacardi plans to reduce the weight of its packaging by 10% and achieve 15% by 2022.
  • Operational Efficiencies: Bacardi continues to focus on reducing water use and GHG emissions with a 2017 goal to cut water use by 55% and GHG emissions by 50%. Also, Bacardi aims to eliminate landfill waste at all of its production sites by 2022.

To learn more about Bacardi Limited and its “Good Spirited: Building a Sustainable Future” environmental initiative for sourcing, packaging and operational efficiencies across the entire Bacardi family of premium spirits and wine brands, visit http://www.bacardilimited.com/good-spirited.

About Bacardi Limited

Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, produces and markets internationally recognized spirits and wines. The Bacardi brand portfolio comprises more than 200 brands and labels, including BACARDÍ® rum, GREY GOOSE® vodka, DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, MARTINI® vermouth and sparkling wines, CAZADORES® 100% blue agave tequila, and other leading and emerging brands including WILLIAM LAWSON’S® Blended Scotch whisky, ERISTOFF® vodka, and ST-GERMAIN® elderflower liqueur.

Founded 154 years ago in Santiago de Cuba on February 4, 1862, family-owned Bacardi manufactures its brands at 29 facilities and sells in more than 160 countries. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited.  http://www.bacardilimited.com/

K&L Direct Import Feature: Hepburn’s Choice Single Malt Scotch Whisky – Scothc Whisky News

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K&L Direct Import Feature: Hepburn’s Choice Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Now that we’re into September and there’s the slightest semblance of Fall in the air, we can start thinking about peat; specifically Islay whisky. After spending the last month and a half getting you acquainted with some of our lighter, easy-drinking, and substantially well-priced Highland offerings, our palates are now craving something different. As the leaves start to change color and the evenings begin just a bit earlier, that heartier, smokier, unique Islay character becomes all the more desirable. It entices our imaginations: a roaring fire, the cold night outside, a glass of Scotch in hand to sip as we spend more time in doors.

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Now that we’re transitioning into that mindset, it’s time to show you our first two peated Islay selections from Whisky Season 2016, still very much value-driven as has been the case with all our offerings thus far. A young Caol Ila, this time from a sherry hogshead, that offers punch as well as precision. A dark and heady Bowmore that reminds us of how rich and quintessential the iconic distillery’s character truly is.

2009 Caol Ila 6 Year Old “Hepburn’s Choice” Single Sherry Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($49.99)

On the strength of the previously popular young, peated whiskies we’ve been importing, we went back to the well again this year. This time, however, we asked the folks from Hepburn if they had any of that same fiery Caol Ila aged in sherry cask. Luckily they did and it’s that little highlight of sweetness that makes all the difference between this year’s selection and older editions. The classic elements of Islay are at play, of course: smoke, peat, earth and sea salt, but they’re accented by a richness from the sherry. There’s a nice little coating of cakebread and cocoa around that core of Caol Ila, rounding the edges and tempering the bold 58.9% cask strength character just the slightest bit. The best part, however, is the price. We managed to keep the cost right at $49.99, despite the extra year in barrel and the added bonus of the sherry. For the money, you’d be hard pressed to find a more potent Islay value anywhere.

Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 18, 2016

A beautiful cask of Caol Ila . The thing that I think sets this cask apart is the balance between all of the different flavors. In the nose there are light smoke aromas. In the mouth it is bright , creamy and complex, with a light peat influence. It is easy to drink and has a wonderful long finish with all of the flavor profiles working together.

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 17, 2016

Young peated whisky is the new hot thing around these parts. In the case of this precocious Caol Ila 6 year, imagine the best parts of the Kilchoman sherry-finished whiskies, but at full proof and half the price! I’m hoping folks don’t sleep on this one because I’m imagining hoards of customers coming back, looking for a second bottle, only to be dismayed by its limited quantities.

Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 17, 2016

Not too long ago we brought in a Caol Ila 5 year from Hepburn and I thought it was good and fun for a young Scotch. I was expecting much the same when I went to taste the new young Caol Ila David bought this trip and was astounded by how much more I enjoyed it. Something about that extra year, or more likely the sherry hogshead it was aged in, added a complexity and helped this whiskey truly come together. Like the 5 year this beautiful bottle has light dense fruit with plenty of peat and iodine, however, the mid-palate is balanced and all of the parts work together. This is still a very young smoky and peaty Scotch, but it is worth getting into.

2001 Bowmore 14 Year Old “Hepburn’s Choice” Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($82.99)

While Bowmore seems to play second (or even fourth) fiddle to the Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig selections on our shelf, we’ve always been enamored with Islay’s most historic distillery. We’ve never let popular whisky culture or changes in the portfolio diminish the fact that Bowmore tastes pretty damn good in a number of iterations. While tasting through single-cask selections this year, we found a 14-year-old sherry butt that was so dark and so soft we couldn’t pass it up. The best part about this particular expression was the texture; it mirrored the most popular Bowmore edition we sell: the 15-year-old “Darkest,” albeit at full proof and from one concentrated cask (and despite the fact this was supposedly a “refill” barrel). The flavors are dark and rich, brooding and slow-moving over the palate. Dark chocolate accented by a beach bonfire oozes over the tongue, buoyed by toasted almonds and earthy peat. The nice part about sherry butts is that they hold more whisky! In the case of this 14-year-old Bowmore, we figured we were going to need every drop. We expect this to be one of the most popular K&L casks of the fall season; while it lasts, of course.

Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 18, 2016

The color of this wonderful cask is a dark brown reflecting the sherry barrel aging. In the nose there are inviting light smoke aromas. In the mouth it is rich and round, showing the influence of the sherry.The sherry barrel did not make this Bowmore overly sweet but added complexity and helps make this single malt so good and easy to enjoy . There is a nice long finish.

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 17, 2016

An absolutely delicious smoky whisky that should please any fan of the genre. This has everything: smoke, peat, sherry, campfire, earth, chocolate, toffee, and even a nuttiness that finishes with poise and presence. I’ll be recommending this to everyone looking for something beyond Lagavulin 16.

Phone: (877) KL-WINES (Toll Free 877.559.4637) Email: wine@klwines.com K&L Wine Merchants 3005 El Camino Real Redwood City, CA 94061 USA San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA

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Diageo Special Releases 2016 and Lagavulin 25yo at The Whisky Exchange – Scotch Whisky News

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The special releases 2016

Every autumn, Diageo, Scotland’s biggest whisky producer, launches a range of incredible whiskies – The Special Releases. These include rarely seen drams, as well as bottlings from cult, closed distilleries such as Port Ellen and Brora.

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This year is the 200th anniversary of Lagavulin’s founding, and the distillery is celebrating in style by releasing some great whiskies. This brand-new 25-year-old bottling commemorates the work of the distillery managers who have led Lagavulin over the past 200 years. It’s fully matured in sherry casks giving it a rich and weighty backbone that’s shot through with smoke and fruit – well-aged and elegant whisky.

Loch Fyne Whiskies “Diageo Special Releases: a hoard of treasures!” – Scotch Whisky News

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New Limited Editions from Ten distilleries

A hoard of treasures!

This year’s Diageo Special Releases Collection has just been released and includes special expressions from popular distilleries, bottlings not usally seen as single malts, and the oldest releases to date from closed distilleries Brora and Port Ellen. In addition, a special 200th Anniversary bottling of Lagavulin 25 Year Old is now available at Loch Fyne alongside the 12 Year Old in the Special Releases Collecton.

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Kilchoman Distillery Tasting & Bottle Signing September 28th, 2016 Federal Boston – Scotch Whisky News

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Tasting and Bottle Signing

Wednesday, September 28th.  2:30 P.M.  –  3:45 P.M.

This Wednesday will be a very special single malt tasting with the owner of Islay’s small farm distillery, Kilchoman, and his two sons. Anthony Wills and sons James and Peter will be in the store pouring some of Kilchoman’s wonderful smoky malts and signing bottles. Kilchoman is a farm distillery that produces whisky truly from grain to glass — they grow barley; malt their own barley; ferment, distill, and mature all at the farm on Islay; and even reduce the whisky from cask-strength down to bottling-proof with water from a spring right there on the farm-land. This is old school distilling and it’s being done so well; everything they bottle is always splendid. We would like to have a good turn-out and give the Wills Family a nice welcome to Boston and show them the support they deserve.

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We haven’t finalized what we’ll pour, but you can bet it will be special. Bottles available for purchase and signing at the event are as follows:

Machir Bay 46%    Regularly: $64.99  –  At the event: $58.99

Sanaig  46%          Regularly: $74.99  –  At the event: $67.99

100% Islay 6th edition        Regularly: $119.99  –  At the event: $107.99

Loch Gorm ( Sherry) Regularly: $94.99  –  At the event: $89.99

Cask Evolution       $140.00 (Net)

PLOWED Casks          Regularly: $142.99  –  At the event: $134.99

 

 

Joe Howell
Federal Wine & Spirits
Email: info@federalwine.com
Phone: (617) 367-8605
Web: http://www.federalwine.com/

Milroys of Soho William Grant & Sons Tasting Monday September 26th – Scotch Whisky News

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William Grant and Sons Tasting

Monday the 26th September, 2016

This Monday we have an exciting tasting by William Grant and Sons.With famous brands such as Balvenie, Glenfiddich and Monkey shoulder, William Grants and sons is one of the largest whisky producers in Scotland. Tonight we have the pleasure of having their prestige brand developer Alwynne in hosting a tasting of their ranges. Prepare to try something you haven’t tried before and learn something new. The event will be hosted at Milroy’s of Soho, beginning at 18:30 and concluding at approximately 20:00 on Monday 26th of September. Tickets are Available on the Milroy’s website  or at https://goo.gl/jhM3PI

Unique sea journey recalls bravery of single malt’s earliest distillers – Scotch Whisky News

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Unique sea journey recalls bravery of single malt’s earliest distillers

Atlantic row marks finale of the world’s most daring whisky challenge

Competitors in the world’s most daring whisky challenge yesterday recalled the bravery of Ardbeg’s earliest distillers. With casks of Ardbeg’s award-winning single malt nestled in traditional wooden skiffs (boats), they set off into the Atlantic from the whisky’s remote Scottish island home of Islay, just as the original distillers might have done. The gruelling row, in driving wind and rain, was the finale of the Ultimate Ardbeg ARDventurer Challenge, which brings to life the untamed spirit of Ardbeg, the world’s smokiest, peatiest Islay malt whisky.

The Ultimate Ardbeg ARDventurer Challenge has taken ten contestants from around the globe on an odyssey into essential Islay, as they vied to become the Ultimate ARDventurer. A triumphant winner was declared at the end of their three-day quest over the rugged coastline, wild peat bogs, mist-capped hills and brooding lochs, which inspire Ardbeg’s whisky.

Throughout its 200-year history, the Ardbeg Distillery has depended on the sea to transport its renowned single malt beyond the island’s shores. In bygone days, distillers are thought to have rowed casks to sea to meet small ships, which would spirit the whisky away to the mainland. Yesterday, as the contestants’ odyssey came to the end, they followed in the wake of the original Ardbeggians, by transporting a cask of Ardbeg through the perilous waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Last night, Keishi Iwata, of GQ Japan, was named the Ultimate Ardbeg ARDventurer, chosen for the title from ten ARDventurers from countries including Canada, Germany, the UK, U.S. and Sweden. He had been ranked alongside his fellow contestants for Ardbeggian qualities such as survival spirit, endurance and resourcefulness, by the ARDventurer hosts, including Mickey Heads – Ardbeg’s Distillery Manager – and survival expert Monty Halls. The ARDventurers’ challenge had begun with an apprenticeship at the Distillery and an arduous trek to Ardbeg’s water source Loch Uigeadail. They camped at the loch, then spent a day cutting the peat which lends The Ultimate Islay Malt its smoky character, before camping again and then embarking on their challenging row.

Mickey Heads said: “Keishi really is our Ultimate Ardbeg ARDventurer. He went about things in his own quiet way, but he has really embodied Ardbeg’s spirit. Keishi was more than a match for Islay’s untamed landscape. He never complained and one night cooked singlehandedly for 16 in camp. Even more impressive, he must have been the only ARDventurer not to have fallen in a bog…”

Whisky Legend Richard Paterson Celebrates 50 Years in the Industry – Scotch Whisky News

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Whisky Legend Richard Paterson Celebrates 50 Years in the Industry

‘The Nose’ to mark anniversary with a global tour 

The greatest whisky maker of his generation is set to celebrate 50 years of work in the industry this month.

Richard Paterson, renowned for his role as Master Distiller at The Dalmore Distillery in the Scottish Highlands, has spent the past 50 years of his illustrious career creating some of the worlds most coveted and iconic whiskies.

The landmark will see Richard, a true artisan, pioneer and innovator, host a series of tasting events around the world while showcasing a selection of bottles including the renowned The Dalmore Paterson Collection and the recently released The Dalmore Quintessence.

Richard Paterson has been at the helm of The Dalmore for nearly five decades. His unparalleled passion, expertise and intimate knowledge of rare and exclusive casks allowed him to create the category of super luxury single malt, a category he has been defining with The Dalmore ever since.

Nicknamed ‘The Nose’ for his exceptional ability to assess and understand the structure of whiskies through smell alone, Richard’s charismatic and energetic approach to illuminating the art of whisky making has earned him a legion of fans and a celebrity status amongst whisky lovers the world over.

At the 2013 World Whisky Awards, he was recognised by Whisky Magazine with an Icons of Whisky Lifetime Achievement Award and entered into the magazine’s Hall of Fame – a permanent tribute honouring those noteworthy individuals who have made a lasting contribution to the world of whisky.

Bryan Donaghey, CEO of The Dalmore owners, Whyte & Mackay said: “With a unique flair and unwavering passion for developing only the finest whisky, Richard continues to be a driving force in the industry. His natural ability is unparalleled and he is, without doubt, a master of his art. Watching Richard work with The Dalmore is inspiring, and we are privileged to be able to help him celebrate such an important milestone in his career.”

The Dalmore Master Distiller Richard Paterson added: “The past 50 years has flown by and I am so proud of what I have achieved in the industry. My time with The Dalmore has provided me with some of my fondest moments. The chance to create and work with the world’s oldest and rarest malts has been an absolute privilege and I’m forever grateful that I’ve been able to share these treasures with fellow whisky lovers across the world.

“While my work with The Dalmore has undoubtedly been a career highlight, I’ve also been fortunate enough to share my passion with whisky fans whilst contributing to the work of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. This variety has made my time in the industry all the more enjoyable.

“The next 18 months are shaping up to be among my best yet. I enjoy meeting people who have a passion for whisky and I’m relishing the chance to share my celebration with connoisseurs from across the world.”

A brand film has been created by The Dalmore to celebrate the life of Richard Paterson and his work to date in the industry. The film can be viewed at http://bit.ly/TheDalmoreRP50

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The Dalmore is the definitive luxury malt, since 1839.

Founded by Sir Alexander Matheson, a restless entrepreneur and international businessman, The Dalmore was born with a different purpose, to go above and beyond to create luxurious single malt whisky unlike any other.

An unbroken chain of exceptional whisky makers have been fulfilling Sir Alexander’s vision ever since, pioneering both aged single malt, and also multi cask maturation over 100 years before this was commonly adopted by others in the industry.

Richard Paterson has been Master Distiller at The Dalmore for nearly 50 years.  The whiskies he has created during his tenure have help Richard to achieve global celebrity status.  He is the man who, with The Dalmore, created the category of super luxury single malt, a category he continues to define to this very day.

anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky launches first Single Cask to mark 60th anniversary of La Maison du Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky launches first Single Cask to mark 60th anniversary of La Maison du Whisky

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Premium Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, anCnoc has announced it is set to release its first ever single cask bottling to mark 60 years of French whisky specialists La Maison du Whisky.

The exclusive liquid will officially become available at Whisky Live Paris on 24th-26th September to celebrate the role of the country’s largest rare whisky retailer in the evolution of the French market for premium whiskies.

Matured for over 11 years in first-fill American oak ex-bourbon barrel number 427, anCnoc 2005 is rose gold in appearance and has a unique and complex character. On the nose, wood smoke and burned stewed apples with elegant liquorice overtones are underpinned by the distillery’s signature rich vanilla and honey sweetness.

To taste, flavour notes include thick smoke on grated lemon peel and summer fruit salad. Honey and vanilla balance this out, eventually revealing spicy ginger. The finish is a combination of fruit and smoke; powerful and long-lasting.

anCnoc Brand Manager Stephanie Allison said: There are only a few hundred bottles available of this single cask which our distillery manager Gordon has carefully selected for its exceptional flavour. This is the first time anCnoc has released a single cask – and what better reason than to commemorate this landmark anniversary for La Maison du Whisky.” 

Bottled at a cask strength of 58% vol, anCnoc 2005 will be available from 24th September exclusively through La Maison du Whisky. RRP 119€ for 70cl.

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About anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is part of the Inver House Distillers portfolio, and is produced at Knockdhu Distillery – established in 1894 and one of the smallest and most enchanting in the Scottish Highlands. It is renowned the world over by malt enthusiasts for bringing a contemporary twist to the traditions of fine malt whisky, producing a single malt that is accessible and versatile for all occasions. Cutter has been ranked in the Liquid Gold category of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2016 with a score of 96.5 adding to anCnoc’s portfolio of award-winning expressions. Whiskies in this category are deemed by Jim Murray as “superstar whiskies that give us all a reason to live.”

About International Beverage

International Beverage Holdings (www.interbevgroup.com) was established in 2005 as the international arm of ThaiBev, one of South East Asia’s leading alcohol beverage companies. With a network of regional offices in Asia, Europe and North America, the company is responsible for the production, sales, marketing and distribution of a portfolio of premium global brands in over 80 countries and territories.

Inver House Distillers (www.inverhouse.com) is globally integrated into International Beverage Holdings and drives the distillation and maturation of Scotch through its five distilleries.

International Beverage brands include:

  • Chang Beer: Thailand’s iconic beer brand
  • Single Malt Scotch Whiskies: Old Pulteney, Balblair, anCnoc, Speyburn
  • Blended Whiskies: Hankey Bannister
  • Mekhong: ‘The Spirit of Thailand’ since 1941
  • Caorunn – a small batch distilled Scottish Gin infused with 5 Celtic botanicals
  • The company’s success is built on the combination of a strong understanding of local cultures and markets with the creation of a truly global operational network. Brand building pays respect to heritage, provenance and craftsmanship whilst delivering innovative and highly effective strategies at global level. A skilled and dedicated team of more than 12 nationalities speaking over 14 languages delivers the highest standards of customer service and attention to detail across all aspects of the business.

The Whisky Shop “Diageo Special Releases: pre-order your bottle now!” – Scotch Whisky News

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The highly anticipated annual Special Release from Diageo are now available to pre-order from The Whisky Shop. Always special and always highly sought after, this year’s collection includes the oldest release from Port Ellen and a 12 year old commemorative Lagavulin among other treasures. Pre-order now to secure your bottle!

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