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WATERFORD DISTILLERY ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH ARTIST LEAH HEWSON FOR THE LAUNCH OF ITS FLAGSHIP WHISKY: THE CUVÉE – Irish Whiskey News

WATERFORD DISTILLERY ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH ARTIST LEAH HEWSON FOR THE LAUNCH OF ITS FLAGSHIP WHISKY: THE CUVÉE

Leading Irish visual artist, Leah Hewson, has released her latest work, but you won’t find it in a gallery or exhibition.

Partnering with Waterford Distillery, Hewson has created Binary Assimilation – an original artwork for the bottle label of the distillery’s flagship single malt whisky coming this autumn: The Cuvéee.

Hewson’s aim was to celebrate the ‘many layers and complexities within Waterford’s distillation process and the immense sensory experience of consumption’.

Waterford’s unique methodology is terroir-driven. The concept, which is commonly practised by the world’s greatest winemakers, is based on the principle that factors such as weather, soil, and microclimate influence the flavours found in barley and the whisky made from it.

To make its multiple award-winning Single Farm Origin whiskies, Waterford Distillery maintains the integrity of each crop of barley by harvesting, storing, malting and distilling it separately. Each Single Farm Origin has been produced separately using barley grown only on individual terroirs throughout the South of Ireland.

This individuality can be celebrated in its own right, but the ultimate aim is to layer these component spirits together – in precisely the same manner as a Grand Vin in Burgundy, or Grand Cuvée in Champagne – for ultimate complexity. The whole, greater than simply the sum of its parts.

This means – for the first time in whisky production anywhere – Waterford Distillery is assembling 23 different Single Farm Origin component single malts to create the definitive Waterford Whisky: The Cuvéee. It is a lodestar for the brand and a milestone bottling.

Leah Hewson’s original artwork reflects the intricate nature of such a milestone product. Two computer-generated images that are depicted in paint have been divided into strips and overlaid with opaque and transparent red and green stripes, and a neon squiggle in to create ’ambiguity and illusion’.

Leah Hewson said: ”Binary Assimilation celebrates the many layers and complexities of Waterford’s approach to whisky production. The brand’s scientific and methodical approach reflects my own and this provided an inspiration to sync art, flavour and character into something visually striking. By building the piece in layers through colour, I was able to create new dimensional effects to match the concept of The Cuvéee.

Mark Reynier, Founder and CEO of Waterford Distillery said: “This is no ordinary whisky – it’s our lodestar, a key milestone on our terroir-driven journey – our raison d’etre. Its vision, evolution derived from unprecedented logistics, merits an equally outstanding label. We commissioned one of Irelands leading artists, Leah Hewson, to create a contemporary image that was unlike another whisky label. One that shared the elemental construct, evoking vibrancy, a bold statement and a multi-layered feel. A label unlike any other, for a whisky unlike any other.”

ABOUT WATERFORD DISTILLERY 

Influenced by the world’s greatest winemakers, Waterford Distillery obsessively brings the same intellectual drive, methodology and rigour to single malt whisky.

Using 100% Irish barley, widely considered to be the world’s finest, its Single Farm Origin series is an uber-provenance range of limited-edition natural whiskies that explore Irish terroir one farm, one place, at a time. They are expressions of precision and rarity, showcasing barley flavours derived from individual Irish farms and harvests. The distillery’s aim is that these component single malts come together to create the world’s most unique, complex and profound whisky.

ABOUT LEAH HEWSON

Hewson has a First-Class BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art from IADT. She has accomplished four solo exhibitions, the most notable of which were ‘Ammo Veil’ at The Hillsboro Fine Art gallery in July 2018 and Scintilla at The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin in February 2017. This was the culmination of work produced during a six-month residency at The Royal Hibernian Academy School.

Other residencies include a six month residency at the NARS Foundation in Brooklyn New York in 2018, SIM Residency in Berlin in 2019 and Wilton Park Studios Residency, Dublin in 2019/2020.

Hewson won the Whyte’s Award for painting at the 190th RHA Annual Exhibition, was shortlisted for the Hennessy Craig Biennial Award in 2019, is accredited with the Elizabeth Fitzpatrick Travel Bursary Award 2018 and won the ‘Special Prize for Contemporary Art’ at the ‘Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art’, Bulgaria in 2017.

Her work continues to be internationally collected by private collectors in New York, Australia, Germany, France, Norway, and Spain. Public collections include The Trinity College Dublin History of Art collection, The Office of Public Works, Dublin, The Law Society of Ireland, and the Microsoft Collection. Other recent activity includes the commissioning of ‘Abiding Traces’, by IPut. This 8 x 27 metres piece was exhibited on Sir John Rogersons Quay from May 2019 to August 2020. Hewson was also in the group exhibition ‘Assemble’ at Atelier Maser in August 2020.

Two New Collections Land At Mark Littler LTD – Scotch Whisky News

Two New Collections Land At Mark Littler LTD

Mark Littler LTD continues to bring to market unique collections and verticals and this month have listed two new collections, each offering the buyer a unique collecting or drinking opportunity.

The first collection contains something for everyone, featuring bottlings and vintages from a wide range of distilleries. Comprising 44 bottles dating from the 1980s to the 2000s the collection includes a mix of discontinued and now scarce bottlings, with the majority enjoyed by whisky lovers when they were first released. With many of these bottlings produced as the whisky industry sought to revive itself following distillery closures during the 1980’s ‘Whisky Loch’, production from the majority of distilleries was small scale using traditional floor-malting methods and high-quality casks for maturation. A number of these classic bottlings are either early vintage expressions or the inspiration for now renowned single malt whiskies, released at a time when the historic blending powerhouses of Scotland slowly adapted to the newly buoyant single malt market.

The collection features a selection of bottlings from ranges including the Classic Malts of Scotland and the Flora & Fauna collection introduced by blending groups and spirit companies to promote single malts to the mass market. Introduced in 1988, the Classic Malts of Scotland was a selection of six single malt whiskies released by United Distillers (later Diageo) to showcase the range of flavours available in single malts whiskies produced across Scotland’s whisky regions. The Cragganmore 12-Year-Old and Dalwhinnie 15-Year-Old representing the Speyside and Highland whisky regions respectively, are vintage expressions of popular single malts still widely available today. The Glenkinchie 10-Year-Old which originally represented the Lowland region was discontinued in 2007, and replaced by a 12-Year-Old expression.

In the early 1990’s, United Distillers released a new range to showcase whiskies from its lesser-known distilleries whose output was normally destined only for blends. The Flora & Fauna range, nicknamed by the late whisky writer Michael Jackson, was a themed series of single malt releases each depicting the image of a local animal or plant on the label. Gradually as distilleries were commercialised, closed or sold, the Flora & Fauna range contacted with discontinued bottlings becoming increasingly collectable. The collection features two Flora & Fauna early vintage bottlings distinguished by their wooden presentation boxes depicting the same label images, the Dailuaine 16-Year-Old and Bladnoch 10-Year-Old. The Dailuaine 16-Year-Old is one of the few official bottlings released from the distillery, and while still popular amongst whisky enthusiasts later batches are sold without the presentation box. The Bladnoch 10-Year-Old was the only bottling the distillery produced under the ownership of United Distillers, who acquired Bladnoch in 1989 and decommissioned the distillery in June 1993. Depicting a Broad Leaved Helleborine wild orchid on the label which grow behind the Bladnoch distillery, this vintage expression represents a past incarnation of whisky from a distillery which has redefined its malt style since revival under new ownership.

Echoing the Flora & Fauna range, the collection also includes bottlings from independent bottler Signatory’s Scottish Wildlife series. Released in collaboration with the Scottish Wildlife Trust from the early 1990’s to 2000, bottles from each distillery depicted images and descriptions of Scottish wildlife with a donation from each sale going to the Trust. The collection features bottlings released as part of this series from the Strathmill, Balmenach, and Mortlach distilleries all with an age statement of 10 years. Scottish wildlife depicted on these bottles are the Red Squirrel, the Capercaillie, and Hen Harrier bird of prey respectively.

Available now for £4,618

Buy here: https://shop.marklittler.com/product/44-bottle-collection/

This second collection features a number of limited and commemorative bottlings from Islay’s Ardbeg and Kilchoman distilleries, and Campbeltown’s Springbank distillery. Individual special releases from distilleries including Ben Nevis, Glenfiddich and Talisker, ensure this collection offers the opportunity for any whisky collector to acquire bottlings from a diverse group of renowned distilleries.

The Ardbeg bottlings include the first release following Ardbeg’s revival in 1997 when the distillery was purchased by Glenmorangie for £7 million, a 17-Year-Old bottling. As Ardbeg was refurbished to resume full production, Glenmorangie sought to re-establish the Ardbeg brand creating this 17-Year-Old expression from the existing maturing whisky stock distilled prior to Ardbeg’s closure. Ardbeg Renaissance is a conclusion of the Very Young, Still Young, and Almost There series, a quartet of commemorative limited bottlings following the maturation of Ardbeg’s malt first distilled after the distillery revival. Released in 2008 the Ardbeg Renaissance was the first 10-Year-Old bottling of the distillery’s ‘new’ spirit, and the basis for popular core range Ardbeg 10-Year-Old.

A Committee Release bottling, Ardbeg Rollercoaster commemorates the 10th Anniversary of the Ardbeg Committee, a worldwide group of fans and enthusiasts officially founded on the 1st January 2000. The Committee’s aim is to ensure Ardbeg never closes again, with members promoting knowledge and enjoyment of Ardbeg amongst whisky drinkers. The Committee Releases are highly sought bottlings of Ardbeg’s rare or experimental casks only available to members. First released on 15th February 2010, Ardbeg Rollercoaster was meet with considerable excitement as 50,000 Committee members attempted to purchase the limited release of 15,000 bottles, crashing Ardbeg’s website for hours. Ardbeg Rollercoaster was created using a portion of Ardbeg’s malt distilled every year between 1997 – 2006.

The collection features the four earliest bottlings from Kilchoman distillery, which first began production in December 2005. Kilchoman is unique for completing all aspects of the whisky making process, from growing and malting barley to distillation and maturation on Islay. Initially a small-scale artisan distillery with a production capacity of 90,000 – 100,000 litres, the success and demand for Kilchoman’s early bottlings have prompted an expansion to increase capacity. Kilchoman Anticipation was released in 2006 aged 2 years as a new make spirit, as the minimum maturation period for Scotch whisky is 3 years Anticipation cannot legally be termed as whisky. The first Kilchoman single malt bottling is the Inaugural Release, released in 2009 and matured for up to 3 years in ex-bourbon barrels and finished in a sherry cask for 6 months. Kilchoman’s following Autumn 2009 and Spring 2010 releases were both released with 3-Year-Old age statements, and further experimented using ex-bourbon casks for maturation and oloroso sherry casks for finishing.

The Springbank bottlings featured in this collection both date from 1989, the year Springbank resumed full production after being mothballed for much of the 1980s during the ‘Whisky Loch’ period. The Springbank distillery actually produces three contrasting styles of whisky, including the medium-peated Springbank and heavily peated Longrow. An Islay style malt, Longrow was first distilled at Springbank distillery in 1973 and is named after the neighbouring Longrow distillery which closed in 1896. Springbank’s Wood Expressions series experiments with a mix of cask and spirit types on the distillery’s three styles of whisky for maturation to produce a range of limited editions. Springbank 1989 12 Year Rum was matured in a combination of rum hogsheads and barrels, with 5700 bottles filled in April 2002. Longrow 1989 13 Year Sherry Wood was matured in ex-sherry casks, with 2350 bottles filled in November 2002.

The collection features a number of individual limited distillery bottlings, each with distinctive vintages and stories. Ben Nevis 1984 25-Year-Old originates from the Ben Nevis distillery which sits at the base of its namesake, Scotland’s highest mountain. First distilled in December 1984 this limited edition Highland single malt was double matured, firstly in an ex-bourbon barrel for 14 years and re-racked into a sherry cask in October 1998 for a further decade before being bottled in January 2010.

Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix is the commemoration of an extreme weather accident at the Glenfiddich distillery. In 2010, heavy snow caused the partial collapse of Glenfiddich’s warehouse roof exposing maturing casks to the elements, and -19°C temperatures. Glenfiddich staff worked around the clock to save the casks, leading the Malt Master to select and marry oloroso and American oak from amongst the rescued casks to create Snow Phoenix.

A mysterious bottling from Douglas McNiven & Co 80/20 Scotch Whisky is the result of a mistake from Glenmorangie. In 1999, a blending error led to casks of Glenmorangie 21-Year-Old getting accidentally mixed with an undisclosed 3-Year-Old blend at the bottling plant. The proportions were 80% Glenmorangie to 20% mystery whisky.

An annual release from Talisker the oldest distillery on Skye, the Distillers Edition is double matured for up to 6 months in ex-amoroso sherry casks. Diageo’s Distillers Edition range showcase regional whisky styles presenting a new perspective of single malts from popular distilleries through cask finishing, giving a new dimension to well loved drams. As just one batch of each Distillers Edition is produced annually, this Talisker which was distilled in 1988 and bottled in 2001 represents a vintage expression.

Available now for £5,125

Buy here: https://shop.marklittler.com/product/18-bottle-collection/

ABOUT MARK LITTLER LTD

Mark Littler LTD are whisky brokers based in the North West of England.  With a wealth of expertise of the secondary market they are able to provide their clients with the insight and analysis they need to make informed purchases and sales.

Johnnie Walker Gift Packs at The Whisky Exchange – Scotch Whisky News

PERFECT FOR FATHER’S DAY

Each of Jonnie Walker’s core expressions is available in a handsome gift pack, accompanied by two whisky tumblers, perfect for reuniting with loved ones and sharing a drink.Johnnie Walker is perhaps the world’s best-known whisky. From the delicious Johnnie Walker Green Label – a well-loved 15-year-old blended malt – to the velvety Johnnie Walker Gold Label – a soft, fresh whisky founded on flavours of vanilla and sweet citrus – and the exclusive Johnnie Walker Blue Label – the world’s first and perhaps most sought-after premium blended Scotch whisky – it is a name inseparable from the global growth and success of whisky.

Here at The Whisky Exchange, we also offer engraving services, so you can put your own message on a bottle, or even personalised labels, so you can adorn a Johnnie Walker label with an image of your choice.

Such acclaimed and beautifully-packaged drams are worthy of great occasion – just the thing with which to say ‘cheers!’ to dad this Father’s Day.

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New Arrivals at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

1998 Inchgower 22 Year Old “Sovereign” K&L Exclusive Single Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) $109.99 View

A Diageo blending workhorse, Inchgower is a principal component (along with Blair Athol) of the Bell’s blend which we sadly don’t see here in the United States. Due to a cloudy wort and a slightly unusual middle cut that runs from 70% all the way down to 55% in the spirits run Inchgower tends towards the fuller spicier side of things and away from the high toned fruits found early in the spirits run. Couple that with 22 years in a refill sherry butt and we’ve got a decadent spicy whisky on our hands with the mellowness of long aging. A wonderful combination and a screaming deal at just over a hundred bucks.

1997 Hector Macbeth (Glenfiddich) 23 Year Old “Hepburn’s Choice” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) $129.99 View

We’ve had a consistent run of excellent casks under the Hector Macbeth brand over the last few years. This lot of ’97 teaspooned hogsheads from the Glenfiddich distillery have been consistently exceptional. Many people loved last years expression which had spent over three years in an old sherry barrel, but others missed the purity and malty complexity of the unadulterated Wardhead that we’d bottled each of the previous two campaigns. Those whiskies, sold to our bottler under the Wardhead brand, were all distilled in February of 1997 and declassified by the distiller to be sold off to blenders. The Scotch industry is full of these unusual quirks and part of the industry’s charm arm the complicated relationships between various distillers, blenders and bottlers. In the end, even a great brand like Glenfiddich, the world’s best selling single malt, needs occasionally to generate cash flow in the moment. That’s why they’re willing to sell off tankers of their prized spirit under a different name, but we don’t really care what it’s called or that it’s listed as Blended Malt. All that matters to us is that it’s absolutely delicious. Expect a similar profile to previous casks in this lot, but here with more depth and richness. Expect orchard fruit, sweet malt, honeysuckle and pink peppercorn. Delicious and complex with a vivid delineated fruit that seems to be a hallmark of these gorgeous old ‘Fiddichs.

1992 Plausibly Speyside’s Finest (Glenfarclas) 28 Year Old “Old Malt Cask” K&L Exclusive Single Refill Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) $159.99 View

The wonderful family-owned distillery in Ballindaloch virtually never sells whisky to the independent bottling market, and on the rare instances they do they are quite careful to cover their legal tracks so their name may not be used on the bottle. When we were offered a parcel of casks from what we believe to be Speyside’s best distillery (subject to debate, yes, but are they near the top of the list – without question) we jumped and bought every single one of them. If you snagged a bottle in 2020 of the similarly named whiskies, this is the remainder of that same parcel. This exceptional whisky is bottled under the Old Malt Cask banner and comes from a refill cask with just enough character to frame the gorgeous 28 year old malt. Flavors dance between northern latitude stone fruit and golden apple, and the more tropical coconut and pineapple realm.

1994 Tomatin 25 Year Old “Hunter Laing Old & Rare” Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml) (Pre-Arrival) $249.99 View

Tomatin is a fascinating distillery with a unique history and many incarnations, from starting as a bulk blender and supplier and eventually shifting to a steadfast focus on quality single malt production. From the early 1900s through the mid ’70s, Tomatin grew continuously. They added stills multiple times as demand for their product increased exponentially. By 1975, they were the largest single malt production facility in Scotland. Sadly due to market forces they never operated at their full capacity, and by the mid ’80s the massive bust in the market for Scotch was impossible to ignore. Tomatin was liquidated and became the first of many Scottish distilleries to be purchased by Japanese companies. Today owned by the company known as Takara Shuzo, Tomatin has many bottlings on the market, but it is the choicest single casks that command the most attention. Here we have an incredible single cask of sherry-finished Tomatin 25 Year Old at a natural strength of 49.3% ABV. Expect a great value single malt with tropical and stone fruits in abundance, melded with sherry spice and orange peel dipped in chocolate.

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BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY WHISKEYS RECOGNIZED WITH 25 AWARDS AT TASTING COMPETITION – American Whiskey News

BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY WHISKEYS RECOGNIZED WITH 25 AWARDS AT TASTING COMPETITION 

12 of the Award-Winning Whiskeys Produced at the Distillery Receive Double Gold Medals 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (May 20, 2021) Twenty-five whiskeys produced at Buffalo Trace Distillery were awarded medals at the 2021 San Francisco Spirits Competition Awards. Out of those whiskeys, 12 were awarded Double Gold medals, meaning each whiskey received Gold medal ratings from every member on the judging panel during the judging process. Each entry was subject to rounds of blind tastings and individual evaluation on both taste and design by judges.

“We are proud to be recognized out of over 3,500 entries,” Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley said. “These awards would not be possible without the hard work of such a dedicated team at the Distillery.”

Double Gold Medals went to:

  • George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Eagle Rare 17 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Sazerac Thomas H. Handy Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • William Larue Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • W. L. Weller Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • W. L. Weller Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream Liqueur

Gold Medals went to:

  • W. L. Weller Antique 107 Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • W. L. Weller Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Blanton’s Gold Edition Bourbon Whiskey
  • Blanton’s Straight From the Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
  • Benchmark Bonded Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Benchmark Top Floor Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Silver Medals went to:

  • W. L. Weller 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • W. L. Weller C.Y.P.B. Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
  • Benchmark Old No. 8 Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Benchmark Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Benchmark Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Benchmark Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon

For more information on the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, visit sfspiritscomp.com.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1775 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 35 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year for 2018 and its William Larue Weller and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac were named 2nd and 3rd finest whiskeys in the world for 2020.  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 1,000 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com.

Southern Comfort Black Named Double Gold Medalist at 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition – American Whiskey News

Southern Comfort Black Named Double Gold Medalist at 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition 

NEW ORLEANS, lA.  (May 25, 2021) –Southern Comfort Black was recently awarded a Double Gold Medal at the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. A complement to Southern Comfort Original, Southern Comfort Black was originally introduced by Sazerac in 2019 to offer fans a more robust, whiskey-forward profile.

Southern Comfort Black competed in the taste category and won judges over with its subtle spice and fruity accents, standing out amongst 3,500 other top-quality entries from all corners of the world. The Double Gold Medal signifies that Southern Comfort Black received Gold medal ratings from every member on the judging panel during the judging process.

“Each year the San Francisco World Spirits Competition gets more and more recognition across our industry and attracts top-notch brands to enter and compete amongst each other. We are both honored and humbled to receive a Double Gold medal for Southern Comfort Black, and hope this recognition will encourage new and existing consumers to experience our whiskey in their favorite cocktail recipes,” said Tiffany Wilburn, brand director at Sazerac Company, Inc.

For more information on the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, visit sfspiritscomp.com.

Plus, stay up to date on the latest from Southern Comfort by visiting www.southerncomfort.com

or following Southern Comfort on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Sazerac

Sazerac is one of America’s oldest family owned, privately held distillers with operations in the United States in Louisiana, Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Maryland, California, and global operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, India, Australia and Canada. For more information on Sazerac visit https://www.sazerac.com/

M&H DISTILLERY LAUNCHES APEX SERIES, A NEW LINE OF LIMITED-EDITION WHISKIES – Israeli Whisky News

M&H DISTILLERY LAUNCHES APEX SERIES,

A NEW LINE OF LIMITED-EDITION WHISKIES 

The Apex Series is the most coveted release of the company’s portfolio, representing the best of both M&H Distillery’s old and new world whisky making techniques

Tel Aviv – May 2021: M&H Distillery, Israel’s first whisky distillery, is proud to launch the Apex Series, an ongoing series of small-batch whiskies. For the inaugural release, M&H Distillery has unveiled four expressions from different unique cask types: Pomegranate Wine Cask, Chardonnay White Wine Cask,  French Limousin Cognac Cask and Fortified Red wine Cask.

This past year’s successful launch of M&H’s first core range of single malt whiskies resulted in prestigious honors including “Craft Producer of the Year” in Whisky Magazine’s 2021 Icons of Whisky (Rest of World) and Whisky Advocate’s “Top 20 Whiskies of the Year 2020” for the Classic Edition.

The Apex Series come to reinforce M&H’s continued commitment to experimentation and innovation without compromising craftsmanship and tradition. Matured under the unique Mediterranean climate at the Tel Aviv-based distillery and crafted by Head Distiller Tomer Goren, the Apex Series is the result of years of meticulous experimentation with special casks and celebrates Israel’s forward-thinking ingenuity, rich terroir and unique climate.

Apex’s first series includes a local Chardonnay Wine Cask from the renowned Castel Winery which brings forward earthy and grassy flavors; a Pomegranate Wine Cask, the first and only single malt whisky in the world aged in a rare variety of pomegranate wine casks, that was already awarded Category Winner at World Whiskies Awards 2021. The third offering, Cognac Cask, comes to reveal the finest flavors of French Limousin oak casks, and the last batch showcases a single malt whisky aged in a Fortified Red Wine cask.

The Apex Series is a great opportunity for us to showcase our innovative and out-of-the-box approach”, said M&H Head Distiller, Tomer Goren. “Along with maintaining the standards of the traditional industry, we are always looking for ways to express our creativity and show the world the uniqueness of whisky making in Israel. 

The Apex collection, starting with the pomegranate and chardonnay wine casks whiskies, will be available from this month in limited quantities at select specialist whisky stores and e-commerce platforms. The cognac and fortified red wine casks whiskies will be available from June 2021.

The first markets to receive the Apex Series include the Netherlands, Germany, France, UK and the U.S.

For more information on M&H Distillery, please visit www.mhdistillery.com

About M&H Distillery: M&H Distillery (Milk & Honey), established by entrepreneur and investor Gal Kalkstein, is Israel’s first whisky distillery and produces high-quality distillates. All raw materials, equipment, casks and processes were selected to ensure that the final product – whether white distillates or aged whisky – meets the highest quality standards. M&H Distillery received guidance and advice from Dr. Jim Swan, a world-renowned master distiller. All the products of the distillery are kosher.

Whisky Hammer ~ Our May 2021 Auction Ends Soon! – Whisky Hammer News

Our May 2021 Auction Ends Soon!

Place your bids until Sunday 30th May.

www.whiskyhammer.com

Every month, we present an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits to our members right across the globe. You will find everything here from limited edition releases and vintage bottles to whole casks of rare whisky. There is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest or enjoy!

Hibiki – 35 Year Old (Kutani)

Macallan – 72 Year Old (Lalique) The Genesis Decanter

Yamazaki – 1984 (Vintage Malt)

Macallan – Blake @ LXXX (Eight Decades Collection)

Karuizawa – 31 Year Old (Sapphire Geisha)

Selling whisky? Why not arrange the pick-up of your bottles using our global courier service? If you’re based in Scotland, you might want to arrange the personal collection of your bottles. Wherever you’re based in the world, we will make getting your bottles into our monthly auction as simple as possible. Get in touch with the Whisky Hammer team now by dropping them a message at sales@whiskyhammer.co.uk.

      

Join us on a virtual tour of Edinburgh and Glasgow – Compass Box News

EXPLORE TWO OF SCOTLAND’S MOST FASCINATING PLACES (WITHOUT LEAVING HOME)

We’re taking a virtual trip to the two cities that inspired our Artist Blend and Glasgow Blend whiskies. And we’d love you to join the adventure. Edinburgh and Glasgow are packed full of amazing sights, tastes and experiences, so this month two of our whiskymakers, Jill Boyd and James Saxon, both with close ties to the cities, will be sharing insider recommendations. Here’s a flavour of what to expect…

GLASGOW. VIBRANT, BOLD AND CHARMINGLY SOCIAL

A mischievous city, a melting pot of edgy comedy and, thanks to The Barrowlands, home of one of the most treasured music venues in the UK. Find excitement in a nerve-jangling view from the Finnieston Crane, an antiques hunt at The Barras or a salted honey ring from Tantrum Doughnuts – a city just as versatile as our Glasgow Blend.

EDINBURGH. INSPIRING, INQUISITIVE AND DELIGHTFULLY ARTISTIC

Descend from the now-extinct volcano Arthur’s Seat and its breath-taking views into a city brimming with creative energy that almost bubbles over during festival season. From the National Monument atop Calton Hill, inspired by the Parthenon in Athens, to must-see sculptures at Jupiter Artland, it’s a true entertainer – just like Artist Blend.

WHAT TO READ NEXT

Keep an eye on our website for the full blogs coming to our Share & Enjoy page next week. In the meantime, tune in to some creative serve tutorials on Instagram where our bartender friends are experimenting with Artist Blend and Glasgow Blend. And there’s our newly launched cocktail page too for even more inspiration.

Share & Enjoy!
The Compass Box Team


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