Archive for August, 2013

Jim Beam® Honey on a Mission to Save Bees from a Serious Issue by “Suing” Bears – American Whiskey News


Jim Beam® Honey on a Mission to Save Bees from a Serious Issue by “Suing” Bears

Deerfield, Ill. – August, 2013 –Jim Beam® Honey, a new Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey infused with real honey and liqueur, is distressed by the current plight of the honey bees. A condition called Colony Collapse is causing honey bees to die at alarming rates. Fewer bees means less honey. Something needs to be done.

As passionate honey lovers and bee advocates, Jim Beam Honey has hired legendary “Seinfeld” attorney, Jackie Chiles, to “sue” honey’s other biggest fan – the bears. That’s right – it’s time for bears to cease and desist from their rampant honey theft.

“Bears are egregious, devious, and just plain mischievous!” says Chiles, who has not represented a case since his “Seinfeld” days. “I’m here to go on the record – with Jim Beam Honey as my witness – to ensure that sweet, mouth-watering justice is served!”

This frivolous fight – a legal first – is something everyone can join. Fans 21 years and over can follow Jackie Chiles in his quest to sue the furry foes by using the #suethebears hashtag on Twitter. While Jackie fights the bears, Jim Beam Honey is focused on saving the bees. For every Tweet using the #suethebears hashtag on Twitter, Jim Beam Honey will donate $100 to the Pollinator Partnership (up to $25,000).

“We’re excited to raise a glass of our new Jim Beam Honey and to raise awareness for the bees’ plight,” said Halley Kehoe, Senior Brand Manager, Jim Beam. “We know that bears love honey, and based on the excitement we’ve seen around our new product, it’s clear that Jim Beam drinkers love it too.”

Jim Beam Honey is also documenting every step and giving its fans the chance to follow along. Exclusive content will be released by Jim Beam Honey on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube along with a series of editorials on BuzzFeed.

Jim Beam Honey Donation to Help Save the Bees

While Chiles handles those troublesome bears, there’s another very real, mysterious and serious issue plaguing honey bees called “Colony Collapse Disorder.” This winter marked among the highest death rate of bees ever documented and without bees to propel the pollination process, U.S. agriculture may face some serious threats. In fact, about one third of bees in beehives across America were reported missing or dead over the 2012/2013 winter season, according to a recent survey of commercial beekeepers.1

To support honey bees, Jim Beam Honey is funding research toward Colony Collapse Disorder through a donation to the Pollinator Partnership, the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to the protection of pollinators.

Get Your Paws on Jim Beam Honey

“Lawsuit” and bears aside, Jim Beam Honey is a smooth whiskey experience that features the real flavor of golden honey. It’s perfect for those who already enjoy whiskey or bourbon as well as those looking for a new flavor:

  • Jim Beam’s inspired distillers infused our honey bourbon recipe with natural flavors that round out the edges, giving fans an incredibly smooth, 70-proof spirit with just the right amount of sweet honey flavor
  • The taste begins with complex notes of caramel, oak and vanilla and finishes with rich, sweet honey
  • It’s delicious on its own, as a chilled shot, on the rocks or mixed

Jim Beam Honey is available nationwide and has a suggested retail price of $15.99 for 750mL. Prices vary by market and product size.

Port Charlotte Scottish Barley (50%) at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Port Charlotte Scottish Barley (50%)

New 2013 release made using barley sourced only from farms in Scotland.

Heavily peated spirit distilled at Bruichladdich distillery and matured in American oak casks.

Shop – $55.85


PennyPacker Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – American Whiskey News


From Bourbon Country comes PennyPacker Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. New to the U.S. Market, PennyPacker is an American-made, hand-crafted Bourbon of high quality with a competitive price.  Three types of grain are used in the distilling process: maize, rye, and barley with Maize making up 70% (above average) of the product. PennyPacker is produced according to the continuous method of distillation, which guarantees PennyPacker’s invariable character and consistently high quality. This particularly distinguished bourbon whiskey is full-bodied, yet mild straight bourbon whiskey with a slight hint of vanilla and caramel.  PennyPacker is everything America stands for: from the Penny to Abraham Lincoln to the American Flag.  PennyPacker recently received 91 Points from The Tasting Panel Magazine.

Grant’s Scotch Whisky “Grant’s Best Procurable 12 Years Old (bottled between 1937 and the early 1960s)” – Scotch Whisky News


This week I’m opening a fourth bottle of Grant’s Best Procurable. It’s not as old as this pre-1937 blend which I tasted a while back, but it was certainly bottled before this one – and it predates the introduction of our triangular bottles in the 1950s and 60s.

This bottle was clearly destined for the US…

Kind regards,


Whisky Ramblings Via Video #58 – Scotch Whisky News


Whisky Ramblings Via Video #58

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, tries the Auchentoshan Silveroak. It is one the Lowland distillery’s duty free expressions. Bottled at a cask strength of 51,5% ABV, it is a 21 year old from 1990. Mark enjoys it at the poolside of his holiday home in France. Oh, life can be sweet indeed!

Celtic Tiger Teeling is back again New Distillery in Dundalk, Ireland – Irish Whiskey News

Paul Armstrong von Diageo und John Teeling im Sudhaus der Great Northern Brewery in Dundalk, Irland

Celtic Tiger Teeling is back again New Distillery in Dundalk, Ireland

Ernie – Ernst J Scheiner, The Gateway to Distilleries at

The Irish Whisky Company (IWC) which was formed by John Teeling with his sons Jack and Stephen will spend about €35m over four years in transforming Diageo’s Great Northern Brewery in Dundalk, Co Louth into a whiskey distillery. Shareholders of the new IWC are also the former Cooley Distillery directors Jim Finn and David Hynes.

Ireland’s second largest brewery known as the Harp Brewery locally will end its brewing history in Dundalk which started in the 1950s. „The production of Harp, Smithwicks and Carlsberg brands will be moved to St James’s Gate in Dublin,“ said Paul Armstrong, Supply Director Brewing of Diageo’s International Supply Centre. „By centralising our brewing facilities in the capital, we will secure the future of beer brewing in Ireland.“

The new Great Northern Distillery will be distilling grain whiskeys, pot still whiskeys and single malts for national and international markets. The Irish Whisky Company will produce white label-whiskeys for retailers worldwide, blended whiskeys for brand owners without distilleries and grain whiskeys for smaller Irish craft distilleries. The new Dundalk Distillery will be operated as an efficient low cost modern bulk distillery. Production is planned to start by August 2014 with first mature whiskey available by 2018.

John Teeling had successfully converted the former Ceimicí Teo Distillery at Riverstown, Co. Louth into one of the most decorated and highly praised distilleries in Ireland. The grain and single malt distillery produced whiskeys like Greenore, Tyrconnell or the peaty Connemara. Their creator Noel Sweeney has become one of the most decorated master blenders of Ireland.

But Cooley Distillery was also quite successful in supplying bonders and retailers with whiskeys like Slane Castle, Feckin, Titanic or Michael Collins. Almost 35% of its annual turnover was gained from the third party whiskey market.

This segment of the industry lies bare now as the American drinks firm Beam Inc stopped serving Bonders and Blenders after the aquisition of Cooley Distillery in 2011.

Beam Inc has focused on its Blended Whiskey Kilbeggan and cut all third party supply contracts evolving new whiskey distillery projects at Slane Castle, in Echlinville and Belfast.

John Teeling: „We will supply segments of the market with whiskey which are currently not served at all, or poorly served.“

The Dublin based Teeling Whiskey Company Ltd (TWC) formed by Jack and Stephen Teeling will continue to run as a separate unit. The two brothers will continue with their plans to build a new whiskey distillery in Dublin. The Great Northern Distillery will certainly be used as a source of whiskeys in the future.

Teeling Whiskey. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

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Paul Armstrong and John Teeling at The Great Northern Brewery. Copyright Diageo 2013.

Jack Teeling and his whiskeys. Copyright TWC 2013. 

About the Author: Ernie – Ernst J. Scheiner M.A. was a director in an adult education centre. Ernie offers courses on whisky distilling, writes for newspapers, magazines and blogs in Germany. He is the editor of The Gateway to Distilleries at which gives an excellent photographic and educational insight into the whisky industry of Scotland, Ireland, Europe and Asia.

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The Relaxed Whisky Weekend “6 – 8 September 2013” – Whisky News


The Relaxed Whisky Weekend

6 – 8 September 2013

A note from our friends at Maltstock

Fellow whisky enthusiasts,

Just slightly more than one more week to go, and it’s Maltstock time again! We’re all really looking forward to it. It promises to be a fantastic weekend again. And (touch wood) even the weather just might be OK! -click- We have a record number of 12 very interesting masterclasses for you. There will be music and entertainment (Gordon Scott and Scotch and Folk) and excellent food! Of course there’s the brilliant BBQGuru team and The Highlander Inn will make you the best Scottish breakfast. And on Saturday afternoon there will a delicious selection of food to match whisky in our Whisky and Food Pairing.

We are very proud to be hosting a record number of 12 different free masterclasses this year. (in random order: Amrut, Suntory, the Glenrothes, the Balvenie, Tamdu, the Whisky Shop Dufftown,  Specialty drinks/ the Whisky Exchange, Master of Malt, Highland Park, Hans Offringa, Benriach/ Glendronach and Cadenhead) All our guests have chosen their favorites by now. Everybody will be able to attend their number one masterclass and one or two more! Besides the more traditional mastrclasses there will be a big masterclass during the campfire in which everybody can take part (see below) and a very special private masterclass for the winners of the Whiskyquiz featuring Hans Offringa.

The Whisky Shop Dufftown team has been working hard to create a challenging and fun whisky quiz for the forthcoming Maltstock. It will be quick, funny and very, very annoying! And since it is a whiskyquiz after all, and not the “-who is best at searching for whisky facts on the internet or in their personal mobile library- challenge”, this year internet and books will not be allowed… :p

Guinness & Grolsch
This year we’ll have two kinds of beer in stock at our bar. Guinness and Grolsch. Of course all drinks are included in your ticket price, so all teas, coffees, softdrinks, water and beers are available with our bar staff during Maltstock.

Campfire (weather providing)
The 2013 Maltstock campfire will be a very special one. Entertainment by Maltstock veteran Jock Shaw (Scotch and Folk) and the first ever campfire masterclass by Donald MacLellan (Benriach/ Glendronach).

The whiskyquiz isn’t the only opportunity to win some great prizes. There’s also a big raffle. We would like to thank all who contributed this year.

Ardbeg Gallileo
Next week, just before Maltstock, the winner of the Maltstock Ardbeg Monthly Prizedraw, grand prize, the Bottle of Ardbeg Gallileo will be drawn. So… any plans to still come and visit us? There are no beds available anymore but there is a camping nearby. Be sure to buy your ticket up front, there are no tickets available at the Maltstock entrance.

Maltstock 2014 tickets at a discount
Starting Friday September 6th, tickets will be available for Maltstock 2014. If you buy your 2014 tickets before midnight Sunday the 8th of September they’re available at the old price of just € 195,-. After midnight they will be € 225,- (or € 195,- if you arrange your own accommodation, like camping) The sixth edition of Maltstock (next year) will be held from 5 – 7 September 2014.

To all of our guests this year: we will send you an E-mail next week with all the latest information and with your masterclass schedule.

We are looking forward to meeting you all and enjoy a relaxing weekend!

Arthur, Bob, Rogier & Teun

Macallan 1824 Range Tasting Saturday 7th, 2013 – Scotch Whisky News

The 1824 Series

THE MACALLAN 1824 SERIES Rise to the occasion

The Macallan is known worldwide for innovation – a defining characteristic that sets this distillery apart. Innovation is the driving force behind the distillery’s latest creation, The Macallan 1824 Series. A sophisticated collection of four unique expressions – Gold, Amber, Sienna and Ruby – that will redefine the way Scotch whisky is evaluated. The 1824 Series brings together natural colour and exceptional sherry seasoned casks – two of The Macallan’s “Six Pillars,” the starting points from which The Macallan is crafted. Together these traits create a signature character, embracing all of the defining elements that make The Macallan one of the world’s truly great single malt whiskies.

A tasting of the new Macallan 1824 Range:

Gold, Amber and Sienna. 

Date:  Saturday, September 7th

Time:  1:30 to 4:30 pm

“We are fortunate to have Dan Volway, Western Canada Brand Ambassador for Macallan, Highland Park and Famous Grouse on hand to discuss the new line up.  I look forward to seeing you on the 7th!” 

Deborah (250) 391-2811

Product Consultant

Victoria Westshore (BCLDB) British Columbia

The Whisky Exchange “Lagavulin Presents Islay Jazz in London!” – Scotch Whisky News

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Lagavulin Presents Islay Jazz in London!

As you may already be aware, each year since 1999 there has been a festival of jazz in Islay.  This is not to be confused with the annual Feis Ile, aka the Islay Festival of Music & Malt.  The Islay Jazz … Continue reading >>

New Program of Jolly Toper Whisky Tastings September to December 2013! – Whisky News



at The Kilderkin, 65/67 Canongate, Royal Mile, 7.30pm, 07757434694

P/O/U/R/S Thursday 12.09.13 £20/17* five drams including:-

Glen Spey 17yo 46%

Duthies Campbeltown blended malt 46%

Caperdonich 35yo 1977 – 07/13 sherry butt 384 bottles 50.2%

Caol Ila 22yo 1991 – 07/13 Bourbon hogshead 252 bottles 53.1%

P/O/U/R/S Thursday 26.09.13 £20/17* five drams including:-

Littlemill 36yo 1977 – 07/13 Bourbon hogshead 150 bottles 40.2%

Caol Ila 22yo 1991 – 07/13 Bourbon hogshead 276 bottles 54.1%

P/O/U/R/S Thursday 10.10.13 £20/17* five drams including:-

Convalmore 36yo 1977 – 07/13 Bourbon hgshd 288 bottles 58.2%

Ardbeg Ardbog 52.1%

P/O/U/R/S Thursday 24.10.13 £20/17* five drams including:-

Benrinnes 25yo

Longrow Red

P/O/U/R/S Thursday 07.11.13 £20/17*

P/O/U/R/S Thursday 21.11.13 £20/17*

P/O/U/R/S Thursday 05.12.13 £20/17*

P/O/U/R/S Thursday 19.12.13 £20/17*

P/O/U/R/S = Peaty, Old, Unusual, Rare, Sherry cask

*£3 off for first timers & members, membership = £10 for 13 months. Entry by pre-paid ticket only


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