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Whisky Wednesday Reviews BenRiach 18yo Albariza – Scotch Whisky News

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This week Joe Ellis reviews BenRiach 18 Year Old Albariza.

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Wemyss Malts New Single Cask Releases – Scotch Whisky News

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Wemyss Malts new Single Cask releases

Family-owned Wemyss Malts is delighted to announce the release of a new selection of single cask single malt Scotch whiskies.  This mouth-watering collection is named after the unique natural taste and aroma of each one and includes cask strength “The Rockpool” from Islay.

The full cask list of this release comprises:

“The Rockpool” 1995 single cask from Bowmore Distilery, Islay, Cask Strength “Foraged Fruit Fool” 1991 single cask from Blair Athol Distillery, Highlands “Toffee Tuile” 1999 singe cask from Aberfeldy Distillery, Highlands “Kumquat Cluster” 1993 single cask from Glenrothes Distillery, Speyside “Stem Ginger Preserve” 1995 single cask from Mortlach Distillery, Speyside “Rhubarb Royale” 2001 single cask from Benrinnes Distillery, Speyside

Each cask has been selected and named by the Wemyss tasting panel, under the watchful eye of industry aficionado Charlie Maclean.   There are only a few hundred bottles from each cask and the suggested retail prices range from £60 to £120. These bottlings will be available in selected retailers in the UK, EU and key Asian markets.

William Wemyss, Founder and Managing Director at Wemyss Malts, commented: “We’ve had an excellent start to 2015 and are already releasing our second parcel of single casks. As always, the tasting panel has come up with names evocative of these whiskies’ natural tastes and aromas and I’m sure they will delight our customers .”

Notes:

  • Wemyss Malts is exhibiting for the first time at Whisky Live London 20/21 March 2015 where some of the new single malts will be available to taste
  • Edinburgh based Wemyss Malts is owned by the Wemyss family and their family seat is Wemyss Castle in Fife where they’ve lived since the 1300s.
  • Wemyss Malts has an ongoing blended malt whisky range comprising: The Spice King, The Peat Chimney and The Hive; single malt single cask bottlings and blended Scotch range, Lord Elcho.
  • The Wemyss family premium wines and spirits brands also include boutique gin Darnley’s View, together with the premium wine estate of Rimauresq Cru Classé in Cotes de Provence.
  • The family has opened a single malt distillery at Kingsbarns, near St. Andrews in Fife www.kingsbarnsdistillery.com

Wemyss Malts Wins Another World Whisky Award – Scotch Whisky News

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Wemyss Malts wins another World Whisky Award

Edinburgh based boutique Spirits Company Wemyss Malts is delighted to announce that it is celebrating a third World Whisky Award from Whisky Magazine as Best Blended Malt Scotch Whisky 2015.

This year’s winner is “Velvet Fig”, a limited edition launched in late 2014. Only 6000 bottles were available and the whisky was bottled at 46% abv and non chill-filtered.

Like the rest of the Wemyss Malts blended malts selection, “Velvet Fig” is named after the whisky’s natural flavours and aromas. The natural mahogany colour has a depth and richness that comes from the quality sherry casks selected. The generous nose is abundant with rich fruits bound with sweet mead and warm leather. The palate has luscious golden sultanas, soft fig and Medjool dates, spiced with nutmeg and ginger and yielding sweet chestnut and toasted walnuts in the finale.

Wemyss blended malts have collected World Whisky Award for best blended malt Scotch twice before: “The Hive” in 2012 and “Spice King” in 2013. “Peat Chimney” collected the bronze award in 2014.

Speaking after his presentation at yesterday’s Whiskies and Spirits Conference in London, William Wemyss, Founder and Managing Director at Wemyss Malts, commented: “This award for “Velvet Fig” is a great start to Wemyss Malts’ 10th anniversary year. “Velvet Fig” has been enormously popular for us and bottles can still be found in specialist retail and online whisky stores.”

Notes

 Wemyss Malts is exhibiting for the first time at Whisky Live London 20/21 March 2015 where Velvet Fig and some new single malts will be available to taste

 Edinburgh based Wemyss Malts is owned by the Wemyss family and their family seat is Wemyss Castle in Fife where they’ve lived since the 1300s.

 Wemyss Malts has an ongoing blended malt whisky range comprising: The Spice King, The Peat Chimney and The Hive; single malt single cask bottlings and blended Scotch range, Lord Elcho. Velvet Fig

 The Wemyss family premium wines and spirits brands also include boutique gin Darnley’s View, together with the premium wine estate of Rimauresq Cru Classé in Cotes de Provence.

 The Wemyss family has opened a single malt distillery at Kingsbarns, near St. Andrews in Fife www.kingsbarnsdistillery.com

 

 

 

Exclusives at D&M California – Whisky News

 

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 Islay Blended Duncan Taylor Bottling Malt Scotch Whisky

This Islay Blend is a “teaspoon” of some of our favorite Islay malts. Distilleries use this method to keep independent bottlers from using the term Single Malt.

$174.99 Buy Now

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Wathen’s Single Barrel Kentucky Bourbon 

Made with a high corn, low rye and high malted barley mash bill, the D&M Wathen’s possesses aromas of soft caramel, cardamom spice and white pepper.

$36.99 Buy Now

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High West Double Rye D&M Barrel Select Whiskey 

The first hit in the nose is of a younger rye with butter pickle, spice, and cinnamon. With time in glass notes of the Scotch barrel emerge with smoke and peat spice and light fruit. 

$49.99 Buy Now

Back in Stock at K&L California – Whisky News

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Scotland – Single Malt Scotch

  • Glenlivet 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Elsewhere $37) ($27.99) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: “Vibrant gold with orange highlights, fruity scent of apples and pears plus a whiff of vanilla. Soft, velvety feel. This is a pleasant and drinkable Scotch, but the flavors are relatively muted. It mixes well with other flavors, making it a good contender for cocktails. Good value.” (12/2011) Whisky Advocate: “As with the ‘Fiddich (reviewed in this issue), here’s a malt where an improved wood policy has brought a dram to life and added complexity. The Glenlivet has always been about lightness, but the trick is to have sufficient solid base to allow its flower to blossom, so as well as lily, orchid, and pineapple, there’s a thick creaminess that gently beds all of these flighty flavors down. With water, there’s mandarin and rose petal, and a sneeze of white pepper. Simply lovely. Value Pick.” K&L Notes: The Glenlivet was the first legal distiller in Scotland (1824) and the only one allowed to be called “The Glenlivet.” What Grande Champagne is to Cognac, the glen of the river Livet is to Speyside–the most famous Speyside highland malts. For shipping orders these ship as a bottle only, no gift box or packaging will be included.
  • Glenmorangie 12 year old Quinta Ruban Extra Matured Range Port Cask 750ml ($47.99) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: “While “extra finished” for two years in ruby Port casks, the impact on the spirit is minimal, imparting a rose-gold hue and a shadow of red berry flavor. Though it lacks the “wow factor” of the Nectar d’Or, it’s still quite good: Expect a warm, fruity scent with a hint of cedar and a smooth caramel-honey flavor with baking spices on the finish. ” (12/2011) Wine Spectator: “Pink in color from its ruby Port finish, this whisky is like biting into a chocolate-covered cherry. Deep, ripe, dark fruits announce themselves on the nose, with some spice, honey and cocoa. A blast of chocolate is followed quickly by creamy cherry notes and a snap of licorice on the palate, and the finish turns quite spicy with cinnamon. Finished in Port casks. Non-chill filtered.” (02/2011) Whisky Advocate: “Finished in port casks. Like the Nectar D’or above, this expression adds lushness, body, and a sweet complexity (but with darker fruit and spice than the Nectar D’or) while still allowing Glenmorangie’s complexity to shine through. (Vol. 17, #2) ” K&L Notes: A Double Gold Medal winner in the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The Quinta Ruban is an intense, incredibly dark whisky in the extra matured range from Glenmorangie. It first spends 10 years in in American oak, then another two in Port pipes. A non chillfiltered bottling, the Quinta Ruban has a citrusy nose, with undercurrents of incense, walnuts, spice and Andes dark chocolate mint. The nose carries gracefully over to the palate, which is velvety, sweet and long.

United States – Bourbon and Rye

  • Mosswood Espresso Barrel Aged American Whiskey 750ml ($39.99) Mosswood is a new line of re-casked MGP whiskies; a project started by Jake Chevedden and Therese Agnew who used to work booze retail in downtown SF. Unlike most non-distiller producers, however, Jake is actually going out and doing something unique with cask maturation. He’s reconditioning used barrels with apple brandy, cold brew coffee, and sour ale to make three different selections for Mosswood. The espresso is shockingly delicious. I don’t normally associate whiskey with coffee, but if it works in an Irish Coffee then why wouldn’t it work as a cask enhancement? What matters is that it does.
  • Noah’s Mill Bourbon 750ml – 3 available ($54.99) Wine Spectator: “A fiery oak nose eventually yields sweet corn, herbal grass notes and light vanilla. Laser-intense flavors of mint, rye and eau-de-vie-purity corn spirit heat up the mouth. Break it with a bit of water and you’ll get corn pudding, boozy vanilla and a drying oak finish. It’s a great example of deep flavor hidden in overproof whiskey. ” (02/2012) K&L Notes: Noah’s Mill is a handmade, small-batch Kentucky Bourbon with unique character and a smoothness rarely found in young whiskies. Awarded a Gold Medal at the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. This received 91 points in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, with the following review: “Stunning small grain, the rye in particular starring…This is one of Kentucky’s most complex whiskies by far. Small grains, big heart.”
  • Wild Turkey 101 Rye 1L – 12 available ($39.99)

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Whisky Magazine Icons of Whisky “Whisky Brand Ambassador of the Year 2015″ (Rest of the World) – Rest of the World Whisky News

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Jack Teeling – Teeling Whiskey Company (Ireland)

Jack Teeling is the founder and Managing Director of Teeling Whiskey company. Since 1782 the Teeling family has been crafting Irish whiskey and Jack embodies the family’s entrepreneurial spirit. He has been involved in the Irish whiskey industry for nearly 15 years and prides himself on being at the forefront of the next wave of Irish whiskey producers. The new Teeling distillery, due to open in early 2015 will be the first new distillery in Dublin for over 125 years and will be located in the family’s spiritual home of the liberties.

Highly Commended
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Shortlisted
Candice Baker – Edrington Portfolio (South Africa)
Ashok Chokalingam – Amrut Distilleries (India)
Ian Chang – Kavalan Distillery (Taiwan)
John Quinn – Tullamore D.E.W. (Ireland)
Lawrence Graham – Whisky Intelligence (Canada) <——– Wahoo! That’s us baby!!!!!
Sayumi Oyama – Nikka Whisky Distilling (Japan)
Matt Jones – Beam Suntory (Canada)

CLASSIC 75 YEAR OLD BEECHCRAFT USED IN NEW THREE SHIPS TV Commercial – South African Whisky News

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CLASSIC 75 YEAR OLD BEECHCRAFT USED IN NEW THREE SHIPS TV COMMERCIAL

The new Three Ships Whisky television commercial (TVC) features a 1959 BE 18 Beechcraft, the only one remaining airworthy in Southern Africa and one of only six in the world. The commercial is the second in the brand’s Journey of Discovery theme, this time following the voyage of three Irish adventurers as they trek across Africa in the plane to discover who makes the world’s best whisky.

According to the director Greg François from Fresh Eye, using a vintage aeroplane visually captures the exotic drama and romance of the great explorers. “In the mass-produced, synthetic world we live in, this low-tech, mechanical masterpiece, which took years to restore, harks back to the days of honest, hand-crafted excellence. In this it reflects the exceptional quality of the whiskies produced today by Three Ships.”

In its heyday the BE 18 was the equivalent of today’s executive Learjet. The aircraft came to South Africa in 1994 and received star status in 2008 in the Hollywood movie “Amelia”, based on the life of Amelia Erhard, and staring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere.

The current TVC follows on from the first in the series aired in 2012 featuring a group of Scottish explorers as they set off in finding the world’s best and discovering the Three Ships 5 Year Old Premium Select Whisky awarded as the World’s Best Blended Whisky by blind taste-test at the 2012 World Whisky Awards.

The TVC series was conceptualised by 140 BBDO and according to copywriter David Williams, the aim of the campaign is a reminder to South Africans that making whisky is not only reserve for the traditional whisky-making countries such as Scotland and Ireland. “In a category obsessed with its own traditions, the challenge was telling South Africans that we too can create a whisky to rival the best the world has to offer – and even better.

“We wanted to create a storyline that would engage South Africans and create a sense of pride in the whiskies produced here through the extraordinary journey and discovery that awaits the three Irish adventurers as they cross Africa and arrive at their final destination, The James Sedgwick Distillery where Andy Watts, master distiller, crafts the award-winning range of whiskies.

“As the Irish explorers travel from country to country to refuel, braving rocky deserts and WWII era jungle runways, they find that Africa is not at all what they had expected. Instead, it is an assemblage of cultures, harsh natural beauty and bustling modern metropolises. And even after all they had experienced on their travels, arriving at the distillery, they discover that the best things in the world don’t always come from where you’d expect.”

The TVC launches today (18 March) on DSTV, SABC and eTV and will roll out to cinemas on 20 March.

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CLASSIC 75 YEAR OLD BEECHCRAFT USED IN NEW THREE SHIPS TVC 

The new Three Ships Whisky television commercial (TVC) features a 1959 BE 18 Beechcraft, the only one remaining airworthy in Southern Africa and one of only six in the world. The commercial is the second in the brand’s Journey of Discovery theme, this time following the voyage of three Irish adventurers as they trek across Africa in the plane to discover who makes the world’s best whisky.

According to the director Greg François from Fresh Eye, using a vintage aeroplane visually captures the exotic drama and romance of the great explorers. “In the mass-produced, synthetic world we live in, this low-tech, mechanical masterpiece, which took years to restore, harks back to the days of honest, hand-crafted excellence. In this it reflects the exceptional quality of the whiskies produced today by Three Ships.”

In its heyday the BE 18 was the equivalent of today’s executive Learjet. The aircraft came to South Africa in 1994 and received star status in 2008 in the Hollywood movie “Amelia”, based on the life of Amelia Erhard, and staring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere.

The current TVC follows on from the first in the series aired in 2012 featuring a group of Scottish explorers as they set off in finding the world’s best and discovering the Three Ships 5 Year Old Premium Select Whisky awarded as the World’s Best Blended Whisky by blind taste-test at the 2012 World Whisky Awards.

The TVC series was conceptualised by 140 BBDO and according to copywriter David Williams, the aim of the campaign is a reminder to South Africans that making whisky is not only reserve for the traditional whisky-making countries such as Scotland and Ireland. “In a category obsessed with its own traditions, the challenge was telling South Africans that we too can create a whisky to rival the best the world has to offer – and even better.

“We wanted to create a storyline that would engage South Africans and create a sense of pride in the whiskies produced here through the extraordinary journey and discovery that awaits the three Irish adventurers as they cross Africa and arrive at their final destination, The James Sedgwick Distillery where Andy Watts, master distiller, crafts the award-winning range of whiskies.

“As the Irish explorers travel from country to country to refuel, braving rocky deserts and WWII era jungle runways, they find that Africa is not at all what they had expected. Instead, it is an assemblage of cultures, harsh natural beauty and bustling modern metropolises. And even after all they had experienced on their travels, arriving at the distillery, they discover that the best things in the world don’t always come from where you’d expect.”

The TVC launches today (18 March) on DSTV, SABC and eTV and will roll out to cinemas on 20 March. YouTube link, Facebook link, Twitter Link

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Upcoming Tastings with Isle of Arran & Kilchoman Distillery – Scotch Whisky News

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We’ve got some great events lined up in upcoming weeks.

TWO representatives from TWO different distilleries in Scotland hanging out with us. We will be welcoming James Wills from Kilchoman Distillery and Louisa Young from Arran Distillery for a get together at CA Events. March 29th  Tasting at Block Butcher in Sacramento (starts at 5:00 pm)

Tasting with Sonoma County Single Malt Society (starts at 5:00 pm). More info here. March 31st  Tasting/seminar at PlumpJack Wines & Spirits

April 1st  Tasting with The Whisky Shop SF  April 2nd  Kilchoman & Arran Educational Party @ The Daily Pint/Santa Monica at 7pm-10pm.

This is not a formal tasting, but a casual event where the goal is maximize the one-on-one time that our members get to spend with both James and Louisa. Included in the event will be a flight of 6 whiskies as well as 2 different scotch cocktails. A Kil-Roy (barrel aged Rob Roy made with Kilchoman) and an Arran Punch. Let’s loosen the collars, hang out as a club and welcome these two into sunny California. Pre registration is $20 (includes tip) or $30 at the door (doesn’t include tip).

Thank you a lot in advance and please let me know if you need any additional information.

Sam Filmus

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society Events – Scotch Whisky News

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LAST CHANCE FOR THIS WEEKEND

Whisky & Beer Theme Night > The Vaults, Leith – Mon 23 Mar

As part of our Spritzich Whisky & Beer celebrations join us for a night focused on beer & whisky pairing.

New Members Tasting > 19 Greville Street, London – Tue 24 Mar

A chance for us to share our knowledge and passion for single cask whisky.

Whisky and Alechemy Beer Tasting > 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh – Wed 25 Mar

As part of our Spritzich Whisky & Beer celebrations we’ve teamed up with local craft brewers Alechemy for a night of fun, flavour and exploration.

Uk-wide Preview Tastings

Local Society Ambassadors introduce a sneak preview of some truly remarkable drams from the upcoming Outturn

Cheltenham Preview Tasting > Hotel du Vin & Bistro, Cheltenham – Fri 27 Mar

Dundee Preview Tasting > Malmaison, Dundee – Fri 27 Mar

Inverness Preview Tasting > Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness – Fri 27 Mar

Leeds Preview Tasting > Malmaison, Leeds – Fri 27 Mar

Outturn Preview Tasting > The Vaults, Leith – Tue 31 Mar

Your choice of 5 drams from the April Outturn to try (and buy) ahead of the crowds.

Browse All Tastings >

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

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New Arrivals At K&L California – Whisky News

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NEW ARRIVALS

Irish Whiskey

  • Mosswood Sherry Aged Irish Whiskey 750ml ($55.99)

Canadian  Rye

  • Wiser’s 18 Year Old Canadian Whiskey 750ml ($54.99) While I feel the Lot 40 continues to be a great crossover or gateway whisky for American whiskey fans looking to explore something new, the Wiser’s 18 year is Canadian through and through—and that’s a good thing. People who change their personality to fit what others want them to be are uninteresting and boring. That being said, I would be disappointed if 200 years of whisky tradition were changed and altered to capitalize on the current cask strength American whiskey fad. The Wiser’s 18 is full of pencil shavings and rye spice on the nose. It begins with soft oak on the palate, and quickly moves into a peppery, spicy, rye-dominated flurry of flavor that finishes with accents of baking spice and lots of tingly, tangy goodness. If you’re looking for a replacement to that 18 year old Stitzel-Weller Bourbon you drained two years ago, then look elsewhere. If you’re looking to try one of Canada’s legendary 18 year old whiskies for the sam e price as a 10 year old Springbank, then this is definitely up your alley. It’s as good as anything I’ve had from Canada thus far, which I’ll admit isn’t much, but it has me very excited for what else may be lying in wait. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)

United States Bourbon & Rye

  • Jim Beam Bonded 100 Proof Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey 750ml ($18.99) The beast is awakening! Finally, Kentucky’s largest Bourbon distillery is using its size and scale to create a fantastic, value-oriented, high-quality whiskey that anyone can enjoy. For less than $20, this is my new go-to for mixing cocktails and making rocks drinks. It’s Beam flavor through and through-creamy corn, sweet vanilla, and that spicy, grainy finish-just turned up to 100 proof. It’s a no-brainer for the money.
  • Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Style 90 Proof Straight Kentucky Rye Whiskey 750ml ($18.99) The beast is awakening! Finally, Kentucky’s largest Bourbon distillery is using its size and scale to create a fantastic, value-oriented, high-quality whiskey that anyone can enjoy. The new 90 proof rye formula is definitely going to make a splash in what is still a rather desolate rye market. The spice is turned up a notch and the pepperiness of the grain really comes through, while maintaining richness. For a few dollars less than Bulleit, it should cause many a discerning drinker to ponder switching over. A must for Manhattans.
  • Lost Republic Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml ($32.99) One of the more interesting and intriguing independent bottlings of bourbon since Black Maple Hill went out of production, the Lost Republic whiskey is made of three different bourbons from three different states: Indiana, Tennessee, and California. Matt Weese and his team in Healdsburg are contracting spirit and aging the barrels separately in their Napa warehouse, using them to create a fruity, grainy, and gritty style of American whiskey. The fruity, young whiskey aromas are potent on the nose, but the woody, vanilla notes balance out the youth on the palate and the spice really comes through on the finish. The packaging is fantastic and the price more than reasonable, so we’re expecting this to be a big hit. California has long been the home of American craft distillation, and now that passion is crossing over into creative blending. Those looking for a substitute to Black Maple Hill may not quite have found their replacement, but it’s as close as anything we’ve seen in years. And as the stocks at Lost Republic continue to age, we may get closer with each consecutive batch.
  • Prichard’s Double Chocolate Bourbon 750ml – 5 available ($65.99)

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