Archive for August, 2012

Abbey Whisky “Lets Hang Out On Instagram!” – Scotch Whisky News

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 by Pat Roberts

Diageo has announced its Single Malt Scotch Whiskies to be released in limited edition this autumn in the Special Releases series. All are at natural cask strength.

As usual, the series embraces some exceedingly rare and therefore increasingly sought after single malts from the dwindling stocks of long-silent distilleries alongside expressions from familiar and less familiar working distilleries, but at unusual ages.

The eight single malt releases this year are:

Auchroisk™ 30 year

Brora™ 35 year old

Caol Ila™ 14 year old

Dalwhinnie™ 25 year old

Lagavulin™ 12 year old

Lagavulin™ 21 year old

Port Ellen™ 32 year old

Talisker™ 35 year old

All are at natural cask strength.

‘Treasures for all’

“Once again I hope we have released whiskies here to interest very many single malt drinkers and connoisseurs” said Nick Morgan, Diageo’s Head of Whisky Outreach.

“The iconic 21 year old Lagavulin will, I’m sure, not disappoint those who have bought the previous highly-regarded bottling, and will be a delight for those who haven’t tried it before. An ‘unpeated’ Caol Ila from ex-bodega European Oak will be fascinating. We are particularly excited about the Talisker 35 year old – the oldest we have ever released from this celebrated distillery.

“And our ever-diminishing stocks of Brora and Port Ellen have once again been successfully explored for hidden treasures, which will no doubt further increase the huge over-demand for these rare products . It is amazing to think that those distilleries closed nearly 30 years ago.”



Auchroisk™ 30 year old 2,976 £230 The oldest Auchroisk ever released by the distillers. From a mix of American & European Oak refill casks filled in 1982.
Brora™ 35 year old 1,566 £400 Eleventh of a very limited series of annual releases. Vatted from whiskies at least 35 years old distilled in 1976 & 1977 and aged in refill American Oak casks
Caol Ila™ 14 year old limited numbers £66 From a batch made only once a year,: the 7th limited release of unpeated Caol Ila, the first at fourteen years old, also the first ‘sherried’ Caol Ila released in this series. From 1st fill ex-bodega European Oak casks filled in 1997.
Dalwhinnie™ 25 year old 5,358 £185 Latest of four limited releases to be offered by the distillery, and the first of these to come from rejuvenated American Oak hogsheads.
Lagavulin™ 12 year old limited numbers £71 Eleventh in a series of special 12 year old releases from the original distiller’s stocks. Vatted from refill American Oak casks, each at least 12 years old.
Lagavulin™ 21 year old 2,772 £350 Only the second 21 year old ever bottled by the original distillers. Vatted from first fill ex-sherry European Oak casks each at least 21 years old, filled in 1991.
Port Ellen™ 32 year old 2,964 £600 Twelfth of a very limited series of annual releases. From refill American Oak and refill European Oak casks filled in 1979.
Talisker™ 35 year old 3,090 £525 The oldest limited release ever offered by the distillery. Sixteenth in this series. From American & European Oak refill casks filled in 1977. 

Note: Brora Distillery and Port Ellen Distillery both closed in 1983.

From specialist retailers in Northern Europe, in selected Asian markets and in the USA.

Balblair ‘Join us in The Gathering Place’ – Scotch Whisky News

Because we know that you appreciate fine spirits – we would like to invite you to become part of our exclusive online community of Balblair Highland Single Malt Whisky connoisseurs.

As an online member of The Gathering Place you will receive perfectly timed news about the distillery and our Vintages. You can also:

*purchase exclusive single cask bottlings, only available to members
*watch expert tasting videos for our Vintages – conducted by distillery manager, John Macdonald
*be the first to read exclusive guest blogs
*enter our draw to win a bespoke Balblair silk tie, handmade in Scotland

You will also have the opportunity to build up your very own online ‘Vintage Cabinet’ – a useful record of your personal tasting notes on the Balblair Vintage whiskies you’ve tried. You can discuss and share your views with other members, and share with friends on Facebook.

We hope you decide to join us and the other Balblair connoisseurs in The Gathering Place. See you soon.

Join us in The Gathering Place

Balblair Highland Single Malt Whisky, International Beverage, Moffat Mills, Towers Road, Airdrie, Scotland, UK ML6 8PL

EXTRA EXTRA!: Ian Buxton Interviews Mark Reynier of Bruichladdich On The Sale To Remy! – Scotch Whisky News

Greetings Fellow WhiskeyLover!!

Hot off the press!

We’ve just published an interview that FWL Contributing Editor Ian Buxton conducted with Bruichladdich Managing Director Mark Reynier, on the sale of his distillery to the French Remy, and the future for the once fiercely independent “progressive Hebridean distillers.

You can check out this fascinating must-read article here.

I hope you are enjoying these last days of summer…see you in September!

Doug Stone

Maker’s Mark Mod Manhattan For New York Fashion Week – American Whisky News

Along with the wardrobes featured, Sex and the City’s favorite cocktail—The Cosmopolitan—quickly became a 90’s style icon. Today, from glassware to spirits, cocktails still come in and out of style, and below a cocktail to compliment fall fashion trends from 2012. Enjoy!

Maker’s Mod Manhattan:

· 1 ½ parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon

· ½ part sweet vermouth

· 1 teaspoon maraschino cherry juice

· 1 maraschino cherry

Shake all together for 30 seconds. Strain into chilled Manhattan glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry (served up, no ice)

Vignettes ‘Moments in Whisky’ Submit Your Vignette For Publication on Whisky Intelligence – Whisky News

Whisky Intelligence has added a new category called ‘Vignettes – Moments in Whisky’ which will feature whisky moments as experienced by the readership. If you have a whisky moment please feel free to submit your moment and we’ll do our best to publish it. Simply use the “Submit a press release’ link at the top of the home page. Go on, you know you want to be famous!

Beam Sends Irish Graduates to US to Promote Irish Whiskey – Irish Whiskey News

Beam sends Irish Graduates to US to promote Irish Whiskey

Deerfield, Illinois (August 2012)… Beam Inc, owners of the multi-award winning Kilbeggan and Cooley Irish Whiskey Distilleries, has hired five Irish graduates to promote its Irish whiskey brands in the US. The graduates were selected through the IBEC Export Orientation Programme (EOP).

The graduates, Emily Duffy (Limerick), Joanne Ryan (Waterford), Ruth Dunne, Michael Egan and Jennifer Graham (Dublin), will each be based in one of following five US cities; New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and Philadelphia.

At the start of August the graduates will attend an intensive 10 day induction course at the newly established Kilbeggan Institute of Irish Whiskey Excellence at the Kilbeggan Distillery in Co Westmeath.

At Kilbeggan the graduates will be fully immersed in the whiskey making process and will be tutored on how to market Irish whiskey to an overseas audience. They will work with the Kilbeggan distilling team on every aspect of whiskey production from distillation to maturation ensuring that they obtain a 360 degree understanding of the products they will be promoting. In addition they will also receive presentation training from UK specialist firm Sustrain UK and will receive whiskey master class training from Beam’s Irish Whiskey Global Brand Ambassador John Cashman.

Beam’s Senior Global Marketing Manager for Irish Whiskey, Stephen Teeling, commented, “These talented graduates will benefit greatly from being exposed to international best practice in export orientated marketing. They will be supported by Beam’s US marketing and distribution infrastructure as they promote our portfolio of Irish whiskeys in five major cities in the US.

This programme has huge potential not only for the growth of our business but also for producing highly skilled people who possess the talent and ability to successfully market Irish products overseas. There is scope to roll this programme out across Europe and in other international markets.”

About Cooley Distillery

Cooley Distillery is the award winning Irish whiskey distillery. Established in 1987, Cooley takes its name from the location of its distillery, situated at the foothills of the Cooley Mountains, in Co. Louth. Cooley has an award winning portfolio of Irish whiskeys including Kilbeggan Irish whiskey, Tyrconnell Single Malt, Connemara Peated Single Malt and Greenore Single Grain Irish whiskey. To learn more about Cooley Distillery visit

About Beam Inc.

As one of the world’s leading premium spirits companies, Beam is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including Jim Beam Bourbon, Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Sauza Tequila, Pinnacle Vodka, Canadian Club Whisky, Courvoisier Cognac, Teacher’s Scotch Whisky, Cruzan Rum, Hornitos Tequila, Knob Creek Bourbon, Laphroaig Scotch Whisky, Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, EFFEN Vodka, Pucker Flavored Vodka, Larios Gin, Whisky DYC, DeKuyper Cordials, and Skinnygirl Cocktails. Beam is focused on delivering superior performance with its unique combination of scale with agility and a strategy of Creating Famous Brands, Building Winning Markets and Fueling Our Growth. Beam and its 3,200 passionate associates worldwide generated 2011 sales of $2.8 billion, volume of 34 million 9-liter cases and some of the industry’s fastest growing innovations.

Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BEAM and is included in the S&P 500 Index and the MSCI World Index. For more information on Beam, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit and

EOP IBEC Graduate Programme explained

The Export Orientation Programme assists sponsor companies in strengthening their international marketing and export capacity. Highly qualified graduates are drawn from a carefully vetted shortlist and are available for recruitment in a sector relevant to their experience and qualifications. The selected candidates spend a placement working on behalf of the company either from their base in Ireland or in the relevant market around the world.

Through the unique EOP Accreditation Process, sponsor companies can be sure that the candidates they engage will be highly trained in all areas of export market development and will have access to industry experts throughout the duration of their placement. This allows the company to build up a valuable portfolio of practical information throughout the EOP process.

Through the EOP MSc Accreditation process, companies may also develop a suite of unique market relevant documents will which assist in their strategic development and provide unparalleled return on investment in the EOP process, EOP sponsor companies have found the process invaluable in the creation of new revenue streams and knowledge workers . With in excess of 88% retention rates post placement. EOP is the programme of choice for Ireland’s leading export companies with almost 28 years experience.

Speyburn 11yo 1995/2007 (59%, A. D. Rattray, Bourbon, C#422, 287 Bts.) – Scotch Whisky Tasting Note


Speyburn 11yo 1995/2007 (59%, A. D. Rattray, Bourbon, C#422, 287 Bts.)

From Dewar Rattray’s (now A. D Rattray) Cask Collection; single casks bottled at cask strength without chill filtration or the addition of any colour. On the nose it’s quite strong and meaty, non perfumed candle wax, clove and some nutmeg, coffee grounds; all very nice. With water there is some small shift but nothing of note; it holds together well. The undiluted taste is still strong however there is lots from the nose; the meatiness, candle waxiness, heather, the clove and nutmeg and some warm honey (Manuka is very fashionable these days so we’ll go with that name) along with cold dark tea (unsweetened) and some dried apricots. The diluted taste brings out more of the honey and coffee grounds but remains pretty much true to the undiluted sample and still very nice. Lots of good solid notes that have banished the heather some what. The finish is a little dry with some nice malt moments and then becomes a lot drier with some aspartame (artificial sweetener) along with the clove and nutmeg

WI scored this 82 points prior to the existence of Whisky Intelligence but now feel it deserves a higher score. Such is the publishers prerogative…   


Score 86

Please visit A.D. Rattray at Part 3 of 4 featruring the whiskeis of A.D. Dewar Rattray this week.

New Isle of Arran Whiskies Arriving in The USA Market – Scotch Whisky News

A word from Sam Filmus at Impex Beverages;

“As for future releases, we’re bringing in two Premium casks, one Bourbon and one Sherry, both 15+ years old (already bottled), Machrie Moor (Arran Peated 3rd edition), Arran 12yr cask Strength Sherry matured, and Arran 10yr in a gift box. (See picture). These will be brought in toward the holiday season.” (The Devil’s Punch Bowl should be in stores shortly).

Ralfy Publsihes Whisky Review #299 South African Whisky News takes you to Africa for a rare thing which Whisky Review 299 – Three Ships 10yo African Malt Whisky

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