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Whyte & Mackay goes the extra mile (or 50,000 miles!) – Scotch Whisky News

Whyte & Mackay goes the extra mile (or 50,000 miles!) to raise

£114,841 for mental health charities

Employees at Glasgow based Whyte & Mackay have completed a mammoth virtual adventure taking them around the world twice in aid of mental health charities.

A team of 200 employees walked, ran, rowed or cycled, totting up enough miles to go around the world twice. The challenge started in July with the initial goal to travel around the world only once. This week (6 October) the epic challenge drew to a close after the team clocked up 50,000 miles.

The challenge – Whyte & Mackay Cares – was inspired by the feats of Sir Captain Tom Moore, and has raised £114,841 for mental health charities around the world nominated by the team.

Employees based in Canada, USA, Mexico, Taiwan, Hong Kong, UAE, South Africa, Germany, France, Spain and Russia took part in the challenge alongside their UK-based colleagues to raise money for charity and support their colleagues through a challenging and uncertain time for everyone.

Nick Garland, for Whyte & Mackay said: “We’re incredibly proud of the team and pleased with the total fundraising figure from Whyte & Mackay Cares.

“The challenge came about as a way to bring the team together virtually and encourage people to stay physically and mentally healthy during a very uncertain time.

“Charities like SAMH have been providing vital support to people who have been struggling and we are delighted to go some way in helping this continue.”

Jo Anderson, Director of External Affairs at SAMH, said: “Lockdown and beyond has been such a difficult time for most, and for many people it has exacerbated challenges that they were already facing.

“We’d like to thank the whole team at Whyte & Mackay for their incredible fundraising efforts: they will really help us to continue to provide support to those in our communities who need it.” 

To mark the end of the challenge and on the week of World Mental Health Day, the team at Whyte & Mackay had a virtual event to bring everyone together and hand the cheque of £93,632 over to Billy Watson, Chief Executive at SAMH.

SAMH has a dedicated Coronavirus mental health information hub for anyone looking for help or support during the pandemic, which can be found on its website – https://www.samh.org.uk/coronavirus

Find out more and look back on the team’s challenge by following them on Instagram @WhyteandMackayCares / #WhyteandMackayCares.

About Whyte & Mackay Group Ltd.

Whyte & Mackay was founded in Glasgow in 1844, and today celebrates its 175th anniversary with a multi-award-winning portfolio of brands which includes The Dalmore, Jura, Tamnavulin and Fettercairn whiskies alongside its namesake Whyte & Mackay Blended Whisky.

The award-winning whisky makers are proud partners of Flor de Caña, Camus and RumChata distributing their distinctive brands in the UK, while in recent years their focus on pioneering innovation has seen them reveal a plethora of brand extensions and new to world brands. From an exclusive 50 Year-Old Highland Single Malt from The Dalmore celebrating the career of Master Distiller Richard Paterson to a full range revamp on Jura. In the last twelve months, more than five new brands have been revealed, to name a few – Shackleton, Woodsman, and Wildcat, as well an independent boutique bottling arm The Whisky Works, fronted by whisky maker, Gregg Glass.

The global spirits business is headquartered in the heart of Glasgow, and employs over 500 people around the globe, across five international offices, five distilleries and a state-of-the-art bottling plant in Scotland.

Today, with the support of its owners Emperador Inc,. Whyte & Mackay is building a progressive, passionate and ambitious company for the future. Emperador is a subsidiary of Alliance Global Group, Inc (an international conglomerate listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange). 

About SAMH

Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity.   Today, in over 60 communities we work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others.  These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.

Visit www.samh.org.uk or follow @SAMHTweets, SAMHmentalhealth on Facebook and samhscotland on Instagram for more information.

Bowmore® Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Aston Martin Unveil First Collaboration with Introduction of BLACK BOWMORE® DB5 1964 – Scotch Whisky News

Bowmore® Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Aston Martin Unveil First Collaboration with Introduction of

BLACK BOWMORE® DB5 1964 

1964 Provides Inspiration to Showcase Craftsmanship and Innovation

to Unite Bowmore and Aston Martin

Islay, Scotland (November 20, 2020) Bowmore®, the oldest licensed distillery on Scotland’s isle of Islay, and Aston Martin have unveiled their first collaborative creation: Black Bowmore DB5 1964.  This striking concept brings together an iconic whisky and a legendary car in a bottle of equal parts, featuring exceptional single malt and a genuine Aston Martin DB5 piston.

With only 25 bottles for sale, this exceptionally rare 31-Year-Old Black Bowmore DB5 1964 is a celebration of time and a definitive moment in history for both Bowmore and Aston Martin. It is also a celebration of shared values and passions, as it showcases great innovation and invention.

A beautifully inspiring masterpiece, this unique, handcrafted vessel houses an equally exceptional Black Bowmore single malt. The significance of 1964 is paramount, as it represents a truly defining era of evolution for both Bowmore and Aston Martin.

For Bowmore, 1964 is arguably one of the most significant points in the distillery’s 240-year history. The arrival of a new boiler allowed the distillery to enter the modern age of distilling, as coal fires made way for steam in heating the stills. It was the first distillation from this new boiler that produced the spirit which was to become the iconic Black Bowmore, a sublimely rich and decadent single malt reflected in awe-inspiring deep darkness.

First distilled on November 5, 1964, Black Bowmore has become one of the rarest and most sought-after single malt whiskies ever created. This latest release represents only the sixth bottling of this exquisite single malt. Since 1993, there have only been approximately six thousand bottles of Black Bowmore made available, thus adding to the desirability of this iconic whisky.

David Turner, Distillery Manager at Bowmore commented, “1964 represents a significant date in the modern history of the distillery. Not only a key moment in how we distilled our spirit, but perhaps even more significant as this very spirit went onto create Black Bowmore. These defining moments are fundamental to the history of Bowmore. This collaboration with Aston Martin has allowed us to once again showcase this iconic single malt in the most incredible way.”

For Aston Martin, this was the era of their most iconic car. Launched in 1963 to considerable acclaim, the Aston Martin DB5 is now widely regarded as ‘the most famous car in the world’, not least by virtue of its links to the world’s most celebrated secret agent in 1964.

On its debut, the DB5 represented a subtle but important evolution over its immediate predecessor, the DB4 Series 5, not least by virtue of an increase in engine capacity to 4.0-litres. This of course made the DB5 that much more of a sporting saloon which, combined with its exceptional styling, helped it to become one of the most desirable and admired sports cars of its generation. Sir David Brown, the then owner of Aston Martin Lagonda and the man who gave his initials to the ‘DB’ lineage, said of the car: “I believe it is the essential character of the DB5, and its ability to perform perfectly in all conditions, that makes this car so intensely satisfying to own.” It is this relentless pursuit of power with purpose that still helps to define the appeal of Aston Martin today.

Marek Reichman, Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda, said: “This exciting new association with Bowmore gives us the perfect opportunity to celebrate a vital part of our star-studded history by combining the unrivalled appeal of the iconic DB5 with the cultured flavours of this world-renowned single malt.”

In keeping with a commitment to true craftsmanship, the Black Bowmore DB5 bottle itself is handcrafted by Glasstorm, a bespoke contemporary glass studio, based in North East Scotland. With more than 50 years of glass design, sculpting and creative expertise, each bottle took up to one week to complete, reflecting the continued thread of attention to detail and skill which defines this collaboration.

Black Bowmore DB5 1964 is presented in a handmade presentation box, itself a work of art. Inspired by the distillery’s coastal home, the deep blue color and wave embossing evoke a true sense of place. Created from the finest string-grain calfskin, featuring a custom solid brass latch and hinges, plated with nickel, reflective of the DB5.

The partners are set to unveil a series of collaborative projects and products over the coming months and years, ranging from exceptional experiences to design-led product initiatives with the goal of offering fans of the brands, across a broad spectrum, the opportunities to connect with the partnership.

As world class luxury brands Bowmore and Aston Martin urge consumers never to drink and drive. Drink Smart® messaging will be integrated into all brand activations around the partnership; while the dedicated Drink Smart® platform ensures communication with legal-purchase age adults about making informed, responsible choices. https://www.drinksmart.com/reducing-drunk-driving-or-drink-driving

Black Bowmore DB5 1964 will be available from late Autumn 2020 with a suggested retail price of $65,000.

Tasting Notes: Black Bowmore DB5 1964, 31 Years Old – 49.6% ABV

Aged for 31 years exclusively in Williams & Humbert Walnut Brown Oloroso Sherry Butt

On the eye: Deep obsidian black

Breathe in: Layers of ripe exotic fruits and creme caramel. As time moves on soft tobacco smoke, aromatic orange peel and rich black cherry come to the fore 

Taste: Intense flavors of mango, passion fruit and acacia honey interwoven with a powerful combination of coffee and tobacco smoke

Savor: A wonderfully long and decadent finish with tropical fruits and spice, defining more than 240 years of craftsmanship  

ABOUT ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA

Aston Martin Lagonda is a luxury automotive group focused on the creation of exclusive cars and SUVs. The iconic Aston Martin brand fuses the latest technology, exceptional hand craftsmanship and timeless design to produce models including the Vantage, DB11, DBS Superleggera and the new SUV, DBX.  Based in Gaydon, England, Aston Martin Lagonda designs, creates and exports cars which are sold in 51 countries around the world.

Lagonda was founded in 1899 and Aston Martin in 1913. The two brands came together in 1947 when both were purchased by the late Sir David Brown. 

ABOUT BOWMORE

Founded in 1779, Bowmore® is the oldest licensed distillery on Islay, one of the Scottish isles which make up the region known as the ‘Islands’ in the lexicon of Whisky.  The other regions are the Highlands, Speyside and the Lowlands.  Islay malts are famous for their characteristic smokiness and Bowmore is no exception; the malt is carefully smoked in a peat-fired kiln, using skills honed over two centuries to craft a perfectly balanced Single Malt.

Time is savored at Bowmore and the distillery’s adherence to traditional production methods helps to shape the character of its Single Malts. Today, it prides itself as one of the rare distilleries which still produces its own floor malted barley, hand-turned by a traditional wooden malt shovel and hand drawn machinery.  Water for the whiskies is specially drawn from the Laggan River, with its rich peaty overtones – 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 its spirit. The legendary Bowmore No. 1 Vaults is where most of the whiskies spend their long lives 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 flavours until the expertise of our whisky makers deems them ready for bottling.  It is 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 Scotch Whiskies. Through peerless maturation expertise and sense of timing, Bowmore® is “Time, Savoured®” – a rich reward for those that appreciate the value of time and an exquisite whisky coveted the world over.

Bowmore USA domestic product range: Bowmore 12 Year Old, 15 Year Old, 18 Year Old and 25 Year Old.

www.bowmore.com; Facebook | Twitter | Instagram: BOWMORE

About Beam Suntory Inc.

As a world leader in premium spirits, Beam Suntory inspires human connections. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands, Suntory whisky Kakubin and Courvoisier cognac, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s and Legent bourbon; Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki and Toki Japanese whisky; Teacher’s, Laphroaig and Bowmore Scotch whisky; Canadian Club whisky; Hornitos and Sauza tequila; EFFEN, Haku and Pinnacle vodka; Sipsmith and Roku gin; and Midori liqueur.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and vision of Growing for Good.  Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan.  For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com.

Octomore at Tyndrum Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

TyndrumWhisky.com

Brings you

Octomore

We’re a little late with these coming in.. but they are here now… Octomore 11 range, 11.1, 11.3 and the 10 Year Old (4th Release), then we have the Black Art 8th Edition. The 11.1 is malted to 139.6ppm, distilled in 2014 and 100% Scottish grown Concerto and Propino Barley. The casks matured in are from Jim Beam, Heaven Hill and Jack Daniels! A whopping 59.4% ABV.

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New Balblair Age-Statement Collection Arrives in U.S. – Scotch Whisky News

New Balblair Age-Statement Collection Arrives in U.S.

EDDERTON, SCOTLAND, November 17, 2020—Multi-award-winning Highland whisky distillery, Balblair, is pleased to announce that their new age-statement collection of single malt Scotch whiskies will be available in the United States this holiday season. The revamped portfolio was first unveiled in 2019 and includes four whiskies, each showcasing the upmost quality, all of which retain the distillery’s unmistakable signature character. The new age-statement collection replaces all existing Balblair expressions.

The core collection includes:

  • 12-Year-Old (SRP, $69.99): matured in American oak ex-bourbon and double-fired American oak casks, with notes of dried orange, ground spices and sweet vanilla.
  • 15-Year-Old (SRP, $119.99): matured initially in American oak ex-bourbon casks, followed by first-fill Spanish oak butts, with notes of dark chocolate, tropical fruit and creamy vanilla.
  • 18-Year-Old (SRP, $209.99):  matured initially in American oak ex-bourbon casks, followed by first-fill Spanish oak butts, with notes of juicy apricots, vanilla custard and raisins.
  • 25-Year-Old (SRP, $699.99):  matured initially in American oak ex-bourbon casks then reshaped in Oloroso Spanish oak, with notes of oily citrus, chocolate praline, fresh tobacco leaf and blood oranges.

In a move away from the distillery’s recent ‘vintage-only’ approach, the launch of this collection signals a new era for Balblair. While each expression offers its own unique appeal, the series as a whole stays true to Balblair’s house style, following a gentle and considered approach with its focus firmly on quality over quantity – an attribute Balblair has become renowned for since the distillery was established in 1790.

“As one of the oldest working distilleries in the Scottish Highlands, Balblair has a long and rich history of crafting premium single malt Scotch whisky,” said John MacDonald, Distillery Manager at Balblair. “We are proud of our heritage and we will continue to honor our centuries-old traditions, but we also look forward in a quiet pursuit of perfection.”

On the new series, MacDonald also commented, “Our new collection is intrinsically linked to our heritage and is testament to the place and the people behind our whisky, while being emblematic of our ‘True Highland Spirit’.”

Inspired by Balblair’s rich past, the packaging for the new collection is reflective of the distillery’s unique and idyllic location. It takes subtle cues from the surrounding landscape: its pure Highland water source and the Pictish ‘Z-rod’ carvings etched on the ancient Clach Biorach standing stone located on the distillery’s doorstep. A larger logo area and new label font has also been incorporated into the design to create greater on-shelf brand visibility.

“Our whisky hasn’t changed: Balblair will always be a single malt Scotch whisky of premium quality, and remain true to its renowned character, “ said Laura Young, Brand Manager for Balblair. “The updated collection, complete with a new range of age statements and super-premium packaging, is a testament to the dedicated distillers who patiently craft our award-winning Highland whisky.”

Initially introduced in 2019 outside the United States, Laura added, “We’ve had an extremely positive response to the new collection from consumers around the world and we’re excited to now be sharing it with whisky fans in America.”

The Balblair core collection is now available in the U.S. from the brand’s new U.S. importer, Hotaling & Co. Currently distributed across eight states (CA, CO, IL  MA, NH, NJ, NY, and TX), consumers can find the whiskies online and at fine retailers in each market. Beginning in 2021, Balblair will be available in additional markets.

For more information visit: www.balblair.com

Balblair Age-Stated Core Collection

Balblair 12-Year-Old (SRP, $69.99)

  • 46% abv, matured in American oak ex-bourbon and double-fired American oak casks
  • Color: Polished gold
  • Aroma: Elegant bright lemon peel layered with creamy vanilla and crisp green apples
  • Palate: Ground spices and dried orange slices enveloped in intense set honey sweetness
  • Finish: Creamy and leathery with notes of sweet vanilla

Balblair 15-Year-Old (SRP, $119.99)

  • 46% abv, matured initially in American oak ex-bourbon casks, followed by first-fill Spanish oak butts
  • Color: Bright amber
  • Aroma: Leatherwood honey and spicy gingerbread followed by juicy prunes and fresh lemon peel
  • Palate: Velvety in texture, bursting with dark chocolate, tropical fruit and spices
  • Finish: Long and mellow with notes of creamy vanilla and citrus

Balblair 18-Year-Old (SRP, $209.99)

  • 46% abv, matured initially in American oak ex-bourbon casks, followed by first-fill Spanish oak butts
  • Color: Oiled cedar
  • Aroma: Rich toffee and baked pears shine bright against an elegant backdrop of new leather
  • Palate: A masterful balance of juicy apricots, seasoned oak and vanilla custard
  • Finish: Long and warming with chords of fresh spices and raisins

Balblair 25-Year-Old (SRP, $699.99)

  • 46% abv, matured initially in American oak ex-bourbon casks then reshaped in Oloroso Spanish oak
  • Color: Hot copper
  • Aroma: Indulgent overripe apricots and dark licorice stand out against polished oak and a touch of saddle wax
  • Palate: Full-bodied with oily citrus, chocolate praline and a faint note of fresh tobacco leaf
  • Finish: Warming with smooth chocolate and blood oranges 

About Balblair

Established in 1790, Balblair distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in the Scottish Highlands.

Its location on the Dornoch Firth is intrinsically linked to the whisky itself, with its water source coming from the nearby Allt Dearg burn. The distillery also sits close to the site of an ancient gathering place for the Picts. On the distillery’s doorstep stands a standing stone and stone circle, erected some 4,000 years ago in the Bronze Age. Known locally as the ‘Clach Biorach’ the standing stone was used to observe the change of seasons by the Picts. They added their own unique markings to the stone and for thousands of years used it as a gathering place.

Today, Balblair prides itself on its true highland spirit, where quality comes before all else.

The distillery, which sits just off the popular North Coast 500 route, welcomed over 10,000 visitors through its doors in 2019, an increase of 7.5% over the previous year.

About International Beverage Holdings

International Beverage Holdings was established in 2005 as the international arm of ThaiBev, one of South East Asia’s leading alcohol beverage companies. With a network of regional offices in Asia, Europe and North America, the company is responsible for the production, sales, marketing and distribution of a portfolio of premium global brands in over 80 countries and territories.

Distinctive International Whiskies for the Holidays – Whisky News

BOWMORE 30 YEARS OLD ISLAY SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

Distilled in 1989 and gently nurtured for three decades in the No. 1 Vaults, the world’s oldest Scotch maturation house, this rare single malt whisky is defined by the art of time and its influence on Bowmore Distillery’s remote island home, Islay. Aged in the finest Sherry hogshead and bourbon barrels while waves crash against the cellar walls, BOWMORE 30 YEARS OLD (ABV: 45.3%) has a rich fruity flavor with tropical butterscotch notes and rounded by the unmistakable subtle peat smoke for which Bowmore is celebrated. The bottle presentation is a gift itself, showcasing the colors and textures of driftwood, polished sea glass and the turquoise waters of Loch Indaal – all materials found on Islay that are definitively shaped by time.

SRP: $1,850

Availability: Annual limited release of 2,580 bottles globally; available as of December 2020

ALFRED GIRAUD FRENCH MALT WHISKIES

Merging techniques honed by the Giraud family of celebrated cask makers and cellar masters since 1873, the Alfred GIRAUD portfolio features two limited-production French Malt Whiskies that are meticulously blended and completely dependent on the availability of exceptional casks, including ex-cognac, French Limousin and American oak. A blend of three non-peated French malt distillates that are matured individually and together, HERITAGE (ABV: 45.9%) is complex yet balanced, structured with a full body that leads to a sophisticated and subtly sweet finish; only 23 casks released annually. HARMONIE (ABV: 46.1%), a blend of one lightly-peated and two non-peated French malt distillates, is delicate yet powerful with a rich and balanced palate and a discreet hint of peat; only 7 casks released annually.

SRP: $155 for HERITAGE; $190 for HARMONIE

Availability: At key retailers in select cities, and online at www.alfredgiraudwhisky.com, ReserveBar and Caskers

HIBIKI JAPANESE HARMONY

The Hibiki brand is Japan’s most highly awarded blended whisky and widely considered one of the most prestigious and honored whiskies in the world. Inspired by the riches and subtleties of Japan’s 24 seasons, Hibiki Japanese Harmony (ABV: 43%) is a meticulous blend of the finest selection of malt and grain whiskies from the House of Suntory Whisky’s Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita distilleries. This delicate blend creates a oneness unfolding a full orchestra of flavors and aromas.

Thank you for Supporting Wemyss Malts; there’s no need to rush this Black Friday! – Scotch Whisky News

THERE’S NO NEED TO RUSH
THIS BLACK FRIDAY

Thank you for your support over the unprecedented year of 2020. As an independent whisky company, we’re incredibly thankful that you’ve chosen to enjoy Wemyss Malts. With that in mind, we’d like to share our Winter offers that little bit early so you don’t have to rush this year.

FLAMING FEAST

Discover the daring side of Highland whisky with FLAMING FEAST.
A Northern and an Island Highland single malt strike together to create the bold Flaming Feast.
Sweet and savoury join forces with honeyed heather and salted scallops.

EXPLORE FLAMING FEAST

First-Fill Ex Bourbon Barrels & De-Charred/Re-Charred Hogsheads – 70CL – 46% ABV – 6000 Bottles

BLOOMING GORSE

Explore the delicate side of Highland whisky with BLOOMING GORSE.

Two Northern Highland single malts are married, bringing a floral, citrus whisky together with a distillery known for its richer, malty characteristic. Named for the distinctive coconut and floral scent of gorse flowers, Blooming Gorse is a delicious whisky to enjoy as an aperitif.

DISCOVER BLOOMING GORSE

First Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrels & First Fill Ex-Bourbon Hogsheads – 70CL – 46% ABV – 6900 Bottles

Our Gift to You
Enjoy 15% off with the code WINTER15

EXPLORE THE FULL RANGE

Edradour 10 Year Old 2010 The Whisky Barrel Exclusive – Scotch Whisky News

Edradour 10 Year Old 2010 TWB Exclusive

A festive coloured label for this beautiful heavily sherried Christmas sipper. A TWB exclusive and a lovely gift. dradour 10 Year Old 2010 vintage Highland single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask first fill sherry butt #160 bottled 2020 by Signatory Vintage for the Un-Chillfiltered series. This is a specially selected release exclusive to The Whisky Barrel. 333 bottles.

Edradour Distillery was formed in 1825 by a group of eight local farmers. Situated at Milton of Edradour near Pitlochry and still just a farm sized distillery equipped with a Morton refrigerator to cool the worts and two wee stills with their spirit cooled in a single worm tub. Whilst ranked amongst the small working distilleries in Scotland its owners Signatory Vintage have plans to increase its size and output. Official distillery releases include the Edradour 10 Year Old, Barolo Cask and Sherry Cask Ibisco decanters.

£65.00 / €72.46* / $71.61*

Shop – Exclusive Edradour 10 Year Old

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society “A SPRINKLING OF FESTIVE MAGIC” – Scotch Whisky News

We have a whole host of whiskies available over on our website, offering every flavour you can imagine. But with so much choice on offer, it can sometimes be difficult to pick the right one! And where do you start when you are buying for someone else?

That’s where our whisky concierge comes in. Whether you are purchasing on our website, on the phone with our Member Services team or in person, we’re here to help you pick the perfect bottle.

If you’re searching for something a little special this week, look no further that these five sparkling gems. All from rare, characterful or member-favourite distilleries, these drams are perfect to share around the fire this festive season.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

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Skene Scotch Whisky Releases Trio of Single Malts in Time for Christmas – Scotch Whisky News

Skene Scotch Whisky has released a trio of affordable, no age statement single malt whiskies in time for Christmas.   Two are in Skene’s “aged in a sherry cask” range and one is a peated Islay malt. 

The first is a single cask Blair Athol fully matured in Oloroso.   Just 246 bottles were filled at an ABV of 48% with natural colour and no chill filtration.  The price is only £34 for a 70cl bottle. 

The second is a single cask Tomatin fully matured in Oloroso.  Only 186 bottles were filled at a punchy ABV of 50%, again with natural colour and no chill filtration.  The price is just £34 a 70cl bottle. 

The third and final bottling is a peated Bunnahabhain single malt (aka “Staoisha) from two casks.  Just 504 bottles were filled at an ABV of 48%,  yet again with natural colour and no chill filtration.  The price is a very modest £42 a bottle. 

These three new releases (together with earlier Skene bottlings and some aged Macallans)  are now available from Skene Scotch Whisky’s online shop at https://www.skenewhisky.com/shop/ 

Notes about Skene Whisky – After a few years away from bottle sales, Skene Whisky plans to release a number of new ranges over the next few months.  “Skene Reserve” will be single cask premium bottlings of vintage malt whisky (eg Macallan 30yo).   “Skene Sherry Editions” will be sherry-matured single malts ( normally at 48% ABV) aimed squarely at drinkers.  “Skene American Oak “Editions” will be ex-bourbon single malt bottlings (again normally at 48% ABV).  “Skene Peated Malt Editions” will be peated single malt expressions (yet again normally at 48% ABV).

 

Just in time for the Holidays, ANOTHER Rocktown Limited Release! – American Whiskey News

Arkansas Single Malt Whiskey

GEAR UP FOR BLACK FRIDAY WITH THIS SMALL BATCH RELEASE

We have been hard at work at The Distillery! Not only have we bottled a new Limited Release RICE BOURBON that hit the shelves last week, but we are excited to announce ANOTHER Small Batch Release hitting the shelves this week.

WHISKEY DETAILS

COLOR: Medium-dark amber

AROMA: Grassy, hay malty with rich toffee undertone, roasted marshmallows, baking spice, nutmeg
TASTE: Mocha praline, toasted almond, semi-sweet bakers’ chocolate, chocolate rice crispies
FINISH: Long and sweet, with espresso

LIMITED RELEASE

Just like our Arkansas Rice Whiskey, we only made ONE BATCH of this Special Release, Arkansas Single Malt Whiskey. If there is a Whiskey lover on your Holiday shopping list, we are pretty sure this would make the perfect gift! Only available at The Distillery, while supplies last.

Arkansas Single Malt Whiskey was double distilled from a mashbill of 100% Irish Malt and blended with a malt mashbill of 75.1% Brewers Malt. We then aged it for 2 years in 15 & 25 gallon used Bourbon barrels.

What makes this Single Malt EXTRA SPECIAL is that we finished aging it for an additional 2 years in EXCLUSIVE TOASTED FRENCH OAK BARRELS. Often used for Bourdeaux wines, aging whiskey in these types of barrels is not the typical aging process for a whiskey, which has created an amazing flavor profile for this spirit.


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