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Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #327 – Scotch Whisky News

www.ralfy.com explains what 169ppm is all about with Whisky Review 327 – Octomore 05/1

Bowmore® Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Announces The No. 1 Bottle of BOWMORE 1957 – 54 YEARS OLD Has Sold For £100,000 – Scotch Whisky News

Bowmore® Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Announces The No. 1 Bottle

of BOWMORE 1957 – 54 YEARS OLD Has Sold For £100,000

Five Scottish Charities will each receive £11,000 for Christmas from this sale 

Islay, Scotland (December 19, 2012) – Bowmore®, the first Islay Single Malt whisky, is delighted to announce that the No. 1 bottle of its oldest ever expression, the exceptionally rare Bowmore 1957, 54 Years Old has been sold for £100,000 (approximately $160,000) at the Bowmore Distillery on Islay. This bottle is not only the oldest whisky the distillery has ever released, it is also the oldest Islay Single Malt ever released.  As promised by Morrison Bowmore Distillers, owners of Bowmore, all the net proceeds will be donated to five Scottish charities. The owner, a resident of the United States, would like to remain anonymous.

Distilled in 1957 and bottled in 2011, this 54-year-old marvel has been maturing in the finest oak in Bowmore’s legendary No. 1 Vaults, the oldest maturation warehouse in Scotland. Only 12 bottles exist in the world, two of which are kept in the Morrison Bowmore archives and nine now remain for sale at the Bowmore Distillery. 

Bottle No. 1’s profit will be donated to five Scottish charities that encompass a variety of worthy causes: Alzheimer Scotland (care for people with dementia, their caregivers and families); The Beatson Oncology Centre (care for cancer patients receiving treatment in the west of Scotland); Chas (children’s hospice services); Erskine (medical care for Armed Forces); and Marie Curie Cancer Care (cancer care and research).

Says Mike Keiller, Morrison Bowmore Distillers Chief Executive Officer, “We are delighted to have sold bottle No. 1 of our Bowmore 1957 just before Christmas allowing us to keep our promise to donate all the net proceeds to charity as our gift to those in need in Scotland.”

A collection of 1957 casks were bottled in 1995 but one in particular was held back because it was more exceptional than the rest.  Since 1995, the whisky in that cask has been examined every six months to check the quality, the taste, the developments and changes the spirit was taking on its aging voyage. In 2011 it was determined that the liquid had reached its potential and was bottled.

In addition to the stunning liquid inside, the new owner will also own the artwork that contains it. The bottles that hold Bowmore 1957 have been hand-blown and sculpted by two of the world’s foremost glass artists Brodie Nairn and Nichola Burns into the shape of waves reminiscent of those that constantly crash against the No. 1 Vaults’ sea-facing walls and the glass is inlaid with shimmering flecks of platinum. Adorning each bottle is a platinum neck collar, hand-engraved with the bottle number and spirit strength, and platinum stopper hand-crafted by Hamilton & Inches, Warrant Holder to the Queen. The bottle and accompanying glasses and water pitcher, also hand-blown by Nairn and Burns, are nestled in a presentation box created by acclaimed woodworker Peter Toaig, using hand-selected pieces of Scottish Oak. View artisans’ videos here: http://www.bowmore.com/news/something-magical/

Cask Maturation and Tasting Notes

This 54-year-old Bowmore 1957 (42.1% ABV) is a symphony of aromas and flavors never before experienced. After distillation in 1957, the new spirit was placed into a second fill sherry cask (where it spent 43 years) and then in 2000 was moved into a second fill bourbon cask. At first breath, an elixir of blueberries and wild figs with mellow almonds, tropical fruit and rich oaky overtones hits the nose. The palate reveals layer upon layer of sweet and refined ocean tastes with soft blueberries, cassis and figs, sea salt and fresh eucalyptus. Next, a wisp of teasing smoke and traces of dark chocolate fuse with notes of grapefruit and juicy oak, carried along by a warming marine breeze. This sensory journey ends with a long and whispering finish of cassis, bergamot and star anise.

THE BOWMORE DISTILLERY

Founded in 1779, Bowmore is the oldest Distillery on Islay. Islay malts are famous for their characteristic smokiness and Bowmore is no exception. Bowmore carefully smokes its malt and uses skills handed down from generation to generation to craft a perfectly balanced single malt. Bowmore’s adherence to traditional production methods helps to shape the character of its single malts – they are one of only a few distilleries anywhere which still produces its own floor malted barley, hand-turned by traditional wooden malt shovels. It draws water from the Laggan River, with its rich peaty overtones, and it’s the same Islay peat that fires the malt drying kiln.Bowmore Distillery’s close proximity to the sea is also vital in determining the final character of the spirit. The famous Bowmore No. 1 Vaults is where most of the whiskies spend their time resting quietly in the cool, dark, damp cellars below sea level, oblivious to the waves thrashing the Vault’s sea-facing wall. They mature in oak casks, previously used for bourbon, sherry or claret, gradually developing rich and mellow flavors. It’s this combination of peat, barley, sea breeze, water, wood, people and tradition that together create the perfectly balanced warm and smoky character of Bowmore single malt whiskies.

ABOUT BOWMORE (www.bowmore.com, Facebook www.facebook.com/bowmore; Twitter @Bowmore1779)

The award-winning Bowmore portfolio includes Bowmore Legend, 12 Year Old, 15 Year Old Darkest, 18 Year Old and 25 Year Old in addition to special limited-edition bottlings such as Bowmore Black, White, Gold and Bowmore 40 Year Old. Bowmore is available nationwide in the U.S. and in more than 45 countries worldwide.  The Bowmore portfolio is imported to the U.S. by Campari America.

NEW Bruichladdich Releases & NEW Octomore 10 Year Old – Scotch Whisky News

Bruichladdich New Releases – 21 year old Cuvee range
The Cuvee Series is an expression of Bruichladdich fundamental philosophy as distillers. They believe in slow artisanal distillation, in solely Islay maturation, in the use of the finest oak possible; and are fascinated by the subtle nuances of flavour and the profound complexity produced by cask origin. Each cuvee is then further matured in wine or spirit casks of exceptional quality and diverse provenance, to 21 years of age. A singular odyssey in the dynamics of oak and cask maturation, and a journey of exploration for the intellectually curious who refuse to be bound by the chains of lazy convention.

Bruichladdich Cuvee 382 – La Berenice – 21 Year Old £98.99 CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW
Bruichladdich Cuvee 407 – PX – 21 Year Old £98.99 CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW
Bruichladdich Cuvee 640 – Eroica – 21 Year Old £98.99 CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW

Bruichladdich Octomore 10 year old

IN ONLY A FEW YEARS THIS QUITE EXCEPTIONAL SPIRIT HAS BUILT A TOWERING REPUTATION AS A UNIQUE AND HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED DRAM. COMBINING THE POWER OF THE WORLD’S MOST HEAVILY-PEATED BARLEY WITH THE PURITY AND ELEGANCE OF SPIRIT PRODUCED BY THE CLASSIC LONG-NECKED BRUICHLADDICH STILLS, THIS IS A DRAM FOR THE CONNOISSEUR AND THE ENLIGHTENED STUDENT OF PEAT. VOTED SINGLE MALT OF THE YEAR 2010 BY JIM MURRAY, AND ONLY EVER RELEASED AT FIVE YEARS OF AGE,

THE QUESTION HAS ALWAYS BEEN ASKED: “HOW WILL THIS INCREDIBLE SPIRIT DEVELOP WITH AGE?”. NOW FOR THE FIRST TIME A LUCKY FEW WILL KNOW. ONLY 6,000 BOTTLES OF THIS FIRST OCTOMORE 10-YEAR-OLD WILL BE RELEASED, TAKING THIS NEW CULT ISLAY TO ANOTHER LEVEL. AS A PRELUDE TO AN ONGOING
10-YEAR-OLD OCTOMORE, THIS EXPRESSION IS PEATED TO 80.5PPM AND BOTTLED AT 50% ALC/VOL.

Octomore 10 Year Old £149.99 CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW

Whisky Ramblings Via Video #30 – Japanese Whisky News

Whisky Ramblings Via Video #30

Mark Dermul, Belgian Whiskyblogger, goes Japan! There are quite a few great drams being produced in the Land of the Rising Sun, including this Hakushu Heavily Peated.

http://youtu.be/xXVjDJmTbFY

Grant’s Scotch Whisky “Three New Videos on Food and Whisky Pairing” – Scotch Whisky News

Three New Videos on Food and Whisky Pairing 

Hi Everyone,

This week, I want to tell you about a new series of films I was asked to take part in. Titled Taste Explorations, these short films explore the popular topic of pairing whisky with food. The chef in the series, Dino Buonaguidi, is a well-travelled culinary guru who has experienced an incredible number of cuisines…

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Kind regards,

Ludo

The Whisky Exchange “Bruichladdich Tasting with Craig Johnstone” – Scotch Whisky News

Bruichladdich Tasting with Craig Johnstone

Ever since Bruichladdich’s acquisition by Rémy Martin earlier this year they’ve been very much at the forefront of the whisky news. Throw into the mix the culmination of some of their pre-buyout plans and you’ve got a distillery whose brand … Continue reading >>

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