Archive for June, 2010

Alan Winchester of The Glenlivet Answers Your Questions – Scotch Whisky News


We are proud to announce that the first episode in our series of videos about our new Master Distiller, Alan Winchester is is now online.   
The first episode features an interview with Alan Winchester, showing you our newly expanded distillery and talking through the distillation process, from malting to maturation. Covered in the interview, he answers some of the technical questions that The Guardians of the Glenlivet recently asked him on his web page.

Click here to view the video
Once the series of films is complete, we will have answered all your questions, from the technical ones about the complex process of making The Glenlivet, to those about his life, his career and his views on our award-winning single malts.    
Thanks to everyone who sent a question and remember to come back to the site to be sure to catch the whole series.    
Kindest Regards,   
The Glenlivet


Mclean Scotland The Scottish Whisky Tour Specialist June Update – Scotch Whisky News

The Scottish Whisky Tour Specialist

JUNE 2010.


MCLEANSCOTLAND have just ended a superb Scottish whisky tour with a very special guest from Russia. Paul McLean arranged, booked and acted as driver guide for Timofei Prokopov, Moscow. Working closely with Tim, Paul set about to design and arrange this unique (never to be repeated, but may be imitaed) whisky tour of Scotland.  Starting on Islay and visiting the Highlands, Speyside, Perthshire and Glasgow area, the tour was exhaustive and included the following distilleries;


Bruichladdich, Ardbeg, Laphroaig with shopping at Bowmore, Port Ellen and Lagavulin. This part of the tour was taken by Paul’s friend Lamont who lives on the island. Meeting Tim at the ferry terminal at Kennacriag, they then visited Oban, Ben Nevis, Tomatin, Benromach, dallas Dhu, Glen Moray (tour taken by distillery manager),  Glen Grant, Aberlour, Mortlach and Dufftown (closed to public), Glenfiddich special tour, Cragganmore, Strathisla, Dalwhinnie, Edradour (taken by special tour and samples with Andrew), Bell’s, Glenturret special tour, Dewars extra special tour (Paul knows people here to arrange these), Glengoyne (the top of the line tour) and Auchentoshan.  All this in 8 days! Tim was extremely expert on his whisky and it was a real pleasure for Paul to show him his country. Throughout the trip, Tim was buying superb whiskies and between them (Paul and Tim) they mailed them back to Russia, including a nice wee Glencairn decanter. Many of the distillery tours were taken by distillery managers and knowledgably distillery workers.


Tim was also very generous and has booked another tour in May 2011. Once again Paul will be driving. Says paul; “It was an absolute pleasure working with Tim, he is not a client nor a guest, he is a friend! Apart from all these brilliant distilleries, we spent time at castles, standing stones and Scottish sightseeing locations all over Scotland”


MCLEANSCOTLAND are recognised as one of the best (if not the best) whisky tour companies in Scotland. With vast experience and untold knowledge of the whisky industry, they design whisky tours to suit the client and then add a wee bit more fun into the blend! Knowing many people in the industry really helps, maybe even arranging a meeting with namesake Charles Maclean next time. A Clan Maclean member as is Paul.

The June 2010 Update From Laphroaig Distillery – Scotch Whisky News – Laphroaig Sunday


From John Campbell at Laphroaig;

I am aware I have not written to you for a while (I have been very busy, but I know that’s a poor excuse. However it is true!)

We have just completed our biggest and best Feis Ile. This is the week long festival of “Malt and Music” that our island of Islay puts on every year. During the festivities we held two big events.

The first was our first ever Friends of Laphroaig “Gathering”. Hundreds of “Friends” from all over the World donned their special Wellington Boots and joined us on their plots for a toast to “The Friends”. Later that evening we held a “Ceildh” (Party) in our barrel filling store. We shot a small film of it if you would like to get a flavour of the event:

A parallel “Gathering” was also held in Korea! Indeed so popular was it that I have had many requests for regional “Gatherings” to be organised. We will now be holding one in New York later in the year – more to come soon!

Two days later was our “Open Day” which was our biggest and best yet, with special tastings, games, cooking with Laphroaig demonstrations, boat trips and much more. We were also privileged to have two musical friends play in our courtyard Bridgid and Butch from America who entertained us with some beautiful “Blue Grass” music. Again we filmed all the activities, so if you would like to see what went on and hear the music you can watch it on Laphroaig TV.

I blogged live during the event with some fun competitions on our new Facebook site We now have over 24,000 members on our page making it very active, so if you have a Facebook account and have not joined our Laphroaig page yet I would love to meet you there. It does allow you to keep up with everything that’s going on.

As you may know we do film local islanders who have a special connection with Laphroaig and we have two new ones to show you. The RNLI is the UK’s Lifeboat rescue operation which of course is so important to us as islanders, and a strong fishing community. The RNLI is extraordinary as it is entirely run via charitable donations from the public. Indeed it is our permanent Friends of Laphroaig charity. As such I thought you would like to meet the skipper and his boat. Simon Brooking (our US Ambassador) took time off from his open day duties to meet him and his beautiful boat. Again, you can view it on Laphroaig TV.

And keeping with our nautical theme we also interviewed our local Lobster fisherman Kevin Campbell – notice his surname – yes it’s my younger brother! Of course there are some fantastic sauces that go with our local dishes of Scallops, crabs and Lobster so as you can guess Kevin and I have has some wonderful meals in the past. If you would like to meet Kevin and watch as I going lobster fishing on film then you can see us on Laphroaig TV.

I will write to you in a month or so to tell you about this year’s Laphroaig Live event. But for now I am going to keep it a secret!


John Campbell

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Laphroaig 10yo (43%, OB, +/-2009) versus Laphroaig 10yo (40%, OB, +/-2007) – Scotch Whisky Tasting Note


Laphroaig 10yo (43%, OB, +/-2009) versus Laphroaig 10yo (40%, OB, +/-2007)

The 10yo as available in the USA and bottled at 43% ABV (in many markets the standard 10 year old is bottled at 40%). What does a few more percentage points reveal? Is it the 7% solution? (This last bit was a Sherlock Holmes reference).

The 43% nose is deeply peated and backed by some really good unsweetened cocoa followed by some heather and brine notes.

A quick nose of the 2007 40% bottling for comparison shows the aromas to be much more vegetal and sharper; perhaps with even a little green thrown in (think of barley & cut grass). These notes settle down after a while in the glass however the aromas of the two are distinctively different.

Additionally the nose of the 2009 43% is sweeter, shows more assertive peat smoke and a bit more cocoa and brine. It is bigger and more appealing.

The taste on the 43% is filled with delicious peat smoke, malt, cocoa, brine and hints of peanut butter.

The 2007 40% is evidently weaker in the mouth, still very good, thinner mouth feel but still show lots of flavour; the peat smoke and malt.

The 2009 43% finish is warming, full, smokey and long. Again brine, some really good sweetness and more peat characteristics; coal smoke and seaweed.

The 2007 40% finish is very much less but still shows a good finish with the vegetal creeping in towards the end.

Conclusion.The 2009 43% is the better single malt by a point or two. It would be instructive to review a 40% and a 43% from the same year. The 40% sample was purchased in Canada.

WI understands batch variation may be playing a part however experience gained over many years has shown the 43% to be slightly better.

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Loch Fyne Whiskies Stocks The Managers’ Choice – Scotch Whisky News


Loch Fyne Whiskies has stocked a new item, ‘Managers’ Choice’

The final release of Diageo’s Managers’ Choice is now available


You may Visit Loch Fyne Whiskies at

Best regards,
Loch Fyne Whiskies


Ardbeg Supernova Soon To Arrive At Federal Wine & Spirits Boston – Scotch Whisky News


Ardbeg Supernova S.N.2010

We’re about to get a small allocation of the 2010 Release of Supernova. There won’t be very much please order early as to not be left out. This edition has the highest Ardbeg peat count ever, at over 100 ppm. more than double normal barley peating. The 2010 has been rated better than the first release, and is one of the hardest to find.

Distillery Tasting Notes:

Big and powerful with peaty, earthy and deep herbal notes.
With first sniff, encounter deep earthy peat oils and crushed black pepper embedded in the darkest chocolate. Swirl the glass and dip your nose into herbal infusions of juniper, elderflower and agave. Tarry ropes and creosote-soaked elm with flowering currants, olives and hot chili peppers.

Swirl water into the glass, and voyage into the unknown with smokey coal tar, an open box of rolling tobacco, peat moss and roasted malt. A barbeque of smokey charcoal rises above the peat moss, softened by camomile, ceder and heather bloom. A blast of brine, white pepper and smokey asparagus escapes into the atmosphere with a spritely display of gooseberries and greengages.

Taste: Ardbeg challenges the palate with a smoke and salt explosion – hot, sizzling and gristy sensations effervesce and explode on the tongue with a powerful peaty punch. Black and white crushed pepper pop with chili and chocolate . Chewy sweet rolling tobacco, linseed oil and newley tanned leatherroll backwards on a wave of brininess and burst of lime marmalade. Cigar smoke builds up to a crescendo before drying out to bring dark roast earthy coffee, toasted almonds and liquorice root.
Finish: Long, deep and powerful, refusing to fade away – remaining warm and drying with tarry peat, cacoa and chili.

Ardbeg Supernova (SN2010) $134.99 Very Limited!!!!


Dalmore Masterclass July 20th. Richard Paterson Master Blender
Full Details next week

Please pass this on to any friends who are scotch enthusiasts.

Joe Howell
Federal Wine & Spirits


Phone: 617-367-8605


The Whisky Exchange Blog – Five Blogs Posts – Scotch Whisky News


From Tim Forbes at the Whisky Exchange Blog;

I’ve been lucky enough to be present at five really excellent whisky tastings during the last four weeks.  I’ve ticked off quite a few drams I hadn’t previously tried and a couple of forthcoming treats as well.  So, to catch up, I’m going to do a whisky blog post every (working) day until next Wednesday – one for each of the five great tastings I went to in the last month.

See for yourself at

Canadian Glenfiddich ‘North of 50 Contest’ – Scotch Whisky News


From Glen Powell at Le Gourmet TV;

We just filmed a series of videos with Ian Millar from Glenfiddich, and one in particular might be of interest:

It’s for the Canadian Glenfiddich ‘North of 50 Contest’, where a group of lucky winners will travel to Banff to taste the full lineup of Glenfiddich including a bottle of the 50yo.

Here is the link to the video on Youtube:

Ardbeg Corryvreckan Arrives In British Columbia – Scotch Whisky News



Price: C$146

SKU / UPC: 21758 

A very limited amount (340 bottles) of Ardbeg Corryvreckan 57.1% is now available in British Columbia.

Visit for store availability




World’s Second Leading Selling Bourbon Reaches Target Audience Through Advertising, POS and Sponsorships with Buzz-Generating Creative

BARDSTOWN, KY—Evan Williams Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, the second best selling and fastest growing Bourbon in America, has launched a new multi-million dollar marketing campaign around the creative theme “Secrets Worth Sharing”.  Evan Williams, which according to A.C. Nielsen Scantrack 2010 data is the fastest growing top volume Domestic Whiskey with growth at 12.4% versus .1% for the category, is basing its new creative approach on an “inner circle” strategy.  According to national qualitative research conducted by Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., producers of Evan Williams, loyal consumers feel like they are “in the know” about the best Bourbon brand, that Evan Williams is the best kept secret in the category.  To bring this process of discovery to a new audience, the creative for the new Evan Williams campaign calls out some of the best kept secrets—such as the “Best Damn Blues Joint in the US” (Rosa’s Lounge in Chicago), the “Best Lake for Prized Largemouth” (Lake Bienville in Florida) or the “Best Fried Chicken in the World” (Stroud’s Restaurant in Kansas City)—and pays off the assertion with “Some Secrets are Worth Sharing”, and the new Evan Williams tag line “Smooth Bourbon.  Priced Right.  Spread the Word.”

The new campaign will utilize print advertising, point of sale displays, internet marketing, sponsorships, radio advertising—and for the first time, cable TV spots—all executed under the “Secrets Worth Sharing” creative approach.  The national four color, full-page print advertisements will generate millions of impressions among the Bourbon-consuming demographic by running in key, male oriented publications such as Sports Illustrated, Field & Stream, Maxim, and Rolling Stone. Evan Williams Bourbon has also become a national sponsor of the popular “The Big Show” on the John Boy and Billy radio network.  And through national sponsorships of the Bassmaster Elite Series, the Bassmaster Federation Nation, and beginning this year, Championship Bull Riding, Evan Williams Bourbon will also gain exposure to millions of Bourbon drinkers, leveraging national cable TV presence on ESPN 2 and Great American Country (GAC) network. 

“The ‘Secrets Worth Sharing’ positioning and creative is a direct reflection of the attitudes of our loyal Evan Williams consumers,” commented Susan Wahl, Brand Manager for Evan Williams at Heaven Hill Distilleries.  “We have found through extensive research and testing that our buyers feel that they are more in the know, that they feel like Evan Williams is the best Bourbon for the money and they are part of a wise ‘inner circle’ that loyally purchase the brand.  So we developed a campaign around the idea of the best kept secrets, and used examples like the best fried chicken or the best blues joint to bring the idea to life.  Additionally, we have developed customizable versions of posters, banners and table tents so the ‘best bar’ or the ‘best barbeque’ can be tailored for a local market.  We feel that ‘Secrets Worth Sharing’ is a powerful and inclusive new positioning for Evan Williams and one which will resound with customers and competitive users as well, helping drive further growth for the Bourbon category’s fastest growing brand.”

Evan Williams is the second best-selling Kentucky Bourbon in the United States and the world, and is named after Kentucky’s first distiller of 1783.   A past Gold Medal Winner at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and a past winner of “Best Buy Whiskey of the Year” from Malt Advocate magazine, Evan Williams is produced according to a traditional 200 year old recipe by Heaven Hill’s father and son Master Distillers, Parker and Craig Beam.  Bottled at 86 proof (or 43% alcohol by volume), Evan Williams is available in 1.75 liter, 1.0 liter, 750ml, 375ml, 200ml, 100ml and 50ml sizes. 

About Evan Williams

Evan Williams Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey ( is the world’s second-largest selling Bourbon, named after Kentucky’s first distiller from 1783.  It is produced by Bardstown, KY-based Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. ( and made under the careful supervision of Heaven Hill’s father and son Master Distillers, Parker and Craig Beam, who represent the sixth and seventh generations, respectively, of the most famous family in American Whiskey.  Along with Evan Williams, Heaven Hill has a diversified portfolio of brands that includes The Christian Brothers Brandies; Elijah Craig Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey; Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whisky; Burnett’s Vodkas and Gin; Hpnotiq Liqueur; PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur; Lunazul and Two Fingers Tequilas, and Dubonnet Aperitif.

Heaven Hill reminds you to “Think Wisely. Drink Wisely.”

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