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MAIDEN WINE CASK FINISH SERIES FROM GLENALLACHIE – Scotch Whisky News

MAIDEN WINE CASK FINISH SERIES FROM GLENALLACHIE

 Barriques from Rioja, Sauternes and Tuscany feature in the first batch of the
limited edition series

The GlenAllachie, headed up by award-winning Master Distiller, Billy Walker, today reveals the inaugural bottlings released within its new Wine Cask Series.

Walker carefully selected premium barriques formerly used to age fine wines across France, Italy, and Spain to create three expressions to kick off the limited edition range: an 11-year-old Grattamacco Cask Finish (UK RRSP £58.99), a 12-year-old Sauternes Cask Finish (UK RRSP £60.99), and a 13-year-old Rioja Cask Finish (UK RRSP £63.99). 

After initial aging in American Oak ex-bourbon barrels, the whisky was transferred into the expertly chosen wine casks to undergo almost two years of additional maturation under Walker’s close supervision within The GlenAllachie’s on-site warehouses. As well as the terroir of the wine, factors such as the oak species, the cooperage and level of toasting were all considered in the cask selection process. Each of these aspects ultimately influence the characteristics of the resulting whisky.

The debut instalment of the Wine Cask Series features:

  • An 11-year-old expression finished in certified Organic Super Tuscan barriques made of French oak from the Grattamacco winery in the Bolgheri area of Tuscany, Italy.
  • A 12-year-old that completed its maturation journey in French oak casks which previously held Sauternes, a dessert wine originating from Bordeaux in South-West France, after a medium level of toasting.
  • A 13-year-old whisky which underwent secondary maturation in medium-toasted Spanish oak casks from Rioja, one of Spain’s premier wine regions.

Every whisky in the range is available in very limited quantities, with only around 6,000 bottles per release. The bottlings are presented at 48% ABV, without added colouring or chill filtration.

Reflecting on the new series, Walker comments:

“We are delighted to be launching our Wine Cask Series with a trio of really interesting expressions. Cask-finishing is perhaps the most exciting part of wood management because it allows an extra layer of complexity to be added to the whisky, whilst ensuring that the distillery character is not overpowered by the influence of the Oak.

“Selecting and working with these wine barriques was a labour of love, and I’m delighted with the variety we have achieved in these three bottlings: the Grattamacco delivers a nutty, stone fruit character, the Sauternes reveals an elegant grapefruit and elderflower tone, and the Rioja overflows with red berry sophistication.”

The Wine Cask Series follows recent innovative releases from The GlenAllachie including the Virgin Oak Series released in October 2020, which showcased three whiskies finished in unique oak types: Chinquapin, Spanish and French Virgin Oak.

The GlenAllachie Wine Cask Series is available from specialist retailers globally, with further expressions in the pipeline to join the range in the coming years.

ABOUT GLENALLACHIE:

One of Scotland’s few independently owned and managed distilleries, The GlenAllachie is led by industry veteran, Billy Walker, who boasts an almost 50-year tenure in whisky and is one of the latest members of Whisky Magazine’s Hall of Fame.

With an emphasis on wood policy, The GlenAllachie’s cask budget for 2021 stands at an eye-watering £1m/$1.2m. With 16 on-site warehouses holding over 50,000 casks, we have complete control of the end-to-end maturation process.

The GlenAllachie focusses on quality over quantity, which is why we chose to reduce our production capacity from 4m to 500,000 Litres of Alcohol and increase our fermentation period to 160 hours for an ester rich, fruity spirit.

We believe age and integrity matter, which is why all our whiskies carry an age statement, and are bottled at a minimum of 46% ABV, natural colour and non-chill filtered for maximum flavour experience.

Further information can be found at www.theglenallachie.com

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TASTING NOTES 

The GlenAllachie 11-year-old Grattamacco Wine Cask Finish – 48% ABV

  • Colour: Rich Ruby Blush.
  • Nose: Waves of honey, peaches and apricots, with toffee, almonds and orange peel.
  • Taste: Toffee, heather honey, red berries and peaches, fused with apricots, orange peel and nutmeg.

The GlenAllachie 12-year-old Sauternes Wine Cask Finish – 48% ABV

  • Colour: Rich Golden.
  • Nose: Waves of heather honey, peaches and grapefruit, with hints of cinnamon and almonds.
  • Taste: Heather honey, treacle and pineapple, with peaches, sweet grapefruit and cinnamon.

The GlenAllachie 13-year-old Rioja Wine Cask Finish – 48% ABV

  • Colour: Golden Blush.
  • Nose: Waves of red berries, honey, grape must, orange peel and almonds.
  • Taste: Rich heather honey, sultanas, almonds and red berries, with barley sugar, grapefruit, orange peel and a hint of aniseed.

CASK TRADE RELEASES FIRST EVER TRILOGY OF CASKS – Scotch Whisky News

CASK TRADE RELEASES FIRST EVER TRILOGY OF CASKS

The Cask Trade Trilogy is a limited-edition trio of casks available in three unique expressions.

Using new make spirit distilled at the award-winning Speyside Distillery in Kingussie, Scotland, Cask Trade is creating three distinct whisky expressions – Bourbon, Sherry and Port matured.

Bottled trilogies have been enjoyed by whisky fans for many years, however the new Trilogy is the first to be produced and sold in cask by Cask Trade.

Managing Director of Cask Trade, Simon Aron, says: “The creation of this Trilogy is a first for Cask Trade, and a truly exceptional opportunity for whisky enthusiasts and investors alike. 

“We are fanatical about whisky and believe the marrying of the liquid with the wood to create three different flavour profiles will be an extraordinary experience,” adds Simon.

From the moment this classic Speyside spirit is filled into cask it will start to develop and take on the flavours ingrained in the wood. After three years the whisky will begin to evolve and gain the milestone of single malt status when customers will be invited to take their first taste. From there, they can choose to bottle it after five years or continue on the maturation journey.

Cask Trade has priced the casks keenly with passionate whisky enthusiasts in mind; the complete Trilogy is available priced £5,000 and includes five years free storage and insurance.

First-fill Bourbon Barrel

£1,350

Bourbon barrels are perfectly suited to maturing Scotch whisky. The bourbon they previously held softens the oak, ensuring a smooth and subtle whisky. These barrels have been made exclusively from American oak, giving the whisky a honeyed and vanilla characteristic.

Second-fill Sherry Hogshead 

£1,750

The lingering flavours of the sherry are still present in the wood and these are shared with the maturing whisky. The profile is typically deep and sweet, fruity and nutty giving the whisky a distinctive colour and strong, rich flavour.

Port Wine Barriques

£1,900

The port barriques impart the vibrant fruit-filled flavour profile of the fortified wine giving the whisky a subtle ruby hue, often resulting in a richness and sweetness.

This limited-edition, unique trilogy allows for each customer to purchase one cask of each expression. Customers can request samples at the different stages of maturation.

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ABOUT CASK TRADE:

Founded in 2018 by Simon Aron in partnership with several of the world’s foremost whisky masters, including Keeper of the Quaich Sir Colin Hampden-White, Cask Trade buys and sells exceptional cask whiskies. The company is unique because it only sells casks it owns outright, and it only sells whole casks: it is not a whisky cask broker and it does not offer fractional sales.

A passionate whisky collector for more than 20 years, Simon Aron suffered many false promises from whisky investment companies and this drove his ambition to create a real and trustworthy market place for whisky collectors and investors, and bottlers:

The company’s casks are held in the best HMRC bonded warehouses, regularly visited and approved by Cask Trade whisky masters. All stock holdings have a complete paper trail.

  • Delivery orders from supplier to Cask Trade
  • Invoices for transfer of ownership, storage insurance, re-gauging, sampling or movement
  • HMRC-issued WOWGR (warehouse keepers, warehouse premises, owner of goods and registered consigners): a fully regulated and closely monitored license requiring due diligence on suppliers as well as customers.
  • HMRC-issued AWRS Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme: Licenced to wholesale, bottle and retail.

Included in its extensive list of customer services, Cask Trade’s rigorous processes means that the company will guarantee to buy back from its clients the casks they buy from and have had managed by Cask Trade. It also offers…

  • Regular sampling and re-gauging of casks
  • Re-racking (sherry wine, port etc)
  • Estimates of bottles and strength in cask (effects of angels’ share 0ver years of maturations)
  • Financial modelling for each cask based on age and rarity with estimated % returns
  • Costings for bottling, labelling and shipping (duty & tax)
  • Regularly updated whisky investment guide which includes statistics from two authoritative third parties    (independent of Cask Trade)
  • Cask Trade will arrange for clients to receive samples of their whiskies and visit their barrels(s), upon request – wherever possible.

Cask Trade has started the first live auction website dedicated to exceptional whisky casks: auctionyourcask.com.

Hosted four times a year and helping private owners/investors sell their cask to independent bottlers and other investors all around the world. All casks will be re-gauged ready for auction and a full 70cl sample will be drawn so that bidders have the opportunity to try the whisky before they buy. – Wherever possible. We validate all the sellers and confirm proof of ownership and the history of the cask enabling bidders to safely buy. With complete transparency and no sellers’ fee we can offer you the actual hammer price. Our low buyers’ fee of 15% + VAT will offer the opportunity to buyers, trade or private, to buy rare casks.

https://www.casktrade.com

https://www.auctionyourcask.com

Exclusive Glentauchers 25 Year Old 1996 Single Cask at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

1996 Single Cask Exclusive

Glentauchers 25 Year Old for TWB

1996 vintage single bourbon cask from The Golden Cask exclusive to TWB.

An explosion of fruit and spice from this 25 year old single malt distilled at the Charles Doig designed distillery in Speyside. Glentauchers 25 Year Old 1996 vintage Speyside single malt Scotch whisky. Single Bourbon cask #CM270 distilled February 1996 and bottled March 2021 by House of Macduff for the Golden Cask series. 118 numbered bottles exclusive to The Whisky Barrel. Sweet stewed fruits, heather honey, lemon sherbert, ripe pineapple, orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg and peach juice. Long and oily, sweet dry finish.

GLENTAUCHERS SINGLE MALT WHISKY

The Glentauchers Distillery Company, comprising W.P. Lowrie a Glasgow based whisky blender and James Buchanan a London based blender, commenced construction of Glentauchers Distillery in 1897 with distillation commencing the following year. Equipped with six stills Glentauchers Distillery is a Speyside malt whisky distillery to be found at Mulben in Banffshire. Since production is designed primarily to generate spirit for blends of scotch official releases of Glentauchers single malt whisky are sparse. Notwithstanding, Signatory Vintage, Gordon & MacPhail and Morrison & MacKay produce some excellent independent bottlings.

Just 101 bottles at natural cask strength.

Shop – Glentauchers 25 Year Old – £145 / €138 / $167 / c$206*

GORDON & MACPHAIL LAUNCHES 67-YEAR-OLD WHISKY AS FIRST OF ANNUAL ‘LEGACY’ SERIES – Scotch Whisky News


GORDON & MACPHAIL LAUNCHES 67-YEAR-OLD WHISKY AS FIRST OF ANNUAL ‘LEGACY’ SERIES

A greatly-aged and ultra-rare single malt has been released to honour the man described by whisky legend Charlie MacLean as the ‘father of single malt’.

Just 355 bottles are available of the Gordon & MacPhail Mr George Legacy 1953 from Glen Grant Distillery, the first edition of a single-cask release planned each year. The 67-year-old whisky was laid down on instruction of Mr George Urquhart, or ‘Mr George’, as he was fondly known by those who knew him best.

Mr George was a member of the second generation of the family that owns Gordon & MacPhail and the release marks the culmination of the company’s 125th anniversary celebrations. Keen to champion Scotland’s single malts when the vast majority of stock was used for blending purposes, Mr George travelled far and wide from the 1950s, introducing a variety of whiskies to countries around Europe. Word spread, and Gordon & MacPhail’s Elgin base became a must-visit location for delegations from the US and Japan, among others, looking to strike export deals.

Distilled on Christmas Eve 1953 and spending its whole life in cask no. 4209, a first-fill Sherry butt, the first edition of the Legacy Series [RSP £5000*] was bottled on Tuesday 5th January 2021 at cask strength of 59.4% ABV, remarkable given the age of the whisky.

On the nose, the deep mahogany whisky has soft aromas of beeswax polish, stewed fruit and hazelnuts. The taste is characterised by a warming autumnal spice, with notes of plum, blackcurrant and treacle. This gives way to a long, lingering finish with fruit, spice and a hint of bonfire embers.

Mr. George

The support campaign charts Mr George’s international adventures, often at the wheel of his Lancia Gamma loaded with cases of precious single malts from distilleries all over Scotland, matured in Gordon & MacPhail’s own casks. Over this time, he built close relationships with importers in countries such as Italy and France which would go on to become some of the world’s first markets of significant scale for single malt Scotch.

Glen Grant was specially selected as the first single malt in the Legacy series as Mr George held a particular fondness for the Speyside distillery.

Stephen Rankin, grandson of Mr George and Gordon & MacPhail’s Director of Prestige, said: “My grandfather possessed a passion for taking single malts beyond these shores. Over many decades, he built and nurtured close relationships with some of Scotland’s leading distilleries and proudly took as much as he could carry on his international trips. I have fond memories of joining him, meeting new people, and telling stories about the casks he’d chosen to bring out the best in the different types of spirit.

“He always had a soft spot for Glen Grant Distillery. The Legacy series allows us to explore some of these stories, providing some exceptional whiskies in fitting tribute to Mr George’s life’s work.”

Celebrating its 125th anniversary over the last year, Gordon & MacPhail has built up an impressive collection of whiskies from over 100 distilleries housed in its liquid library, a testament to the close relationships forged with Scotland’s distilleries over many decades.

Stephen continued: “It’s the foundations of trust and mutual respect – for our partners and the whisky itself – that still very much guides the way we do things. Mr George was regarded as a master of Scotch whisky maturation; something that has been passed down through the generations.”

Charles Maclean, whisky expert noted: “This is a remarkable whisky. It is full of the complexity that long maturation can bring, yet it remains astonishingly vivacious. Frankly, as good as it gets!”

For more information, visit www.gordonandmacphail.com

#GordonandMacPhail

*Prices in international markets may vary due to local taxes and import duties.

Tasting notes: Gordon & MacPhail Mr George Legacy Series, 1953 from Glen Grant distillery

Matured in cask 4209, a first-fill Sherry butt, and bottled at 59.4% ABV. Outturn of 355 bottles.

 COLOUR

Darkest Mahogany

AROMA

Soft aromas of BEESWAX POLISH give way to STEWED FRUIT and TOASTED HAZELNUTS. Subtle ORANGE PEEL complements rich GINGER notes.

TASTE

AUTUMNAL SPICE and ripe PLUM flavours combine with light BLACKCURRANT undertones. TREACLE comes to the fore alongside a light touch of FRESH MINT.

FINISH

A full-bodied and long finish with lingering FRUIT, SPICE and a delicate hint of BONFIRE EMBERS.

 About Gordon & MacPhail Whiskies

For over 125 years, Gordon & MacPhail has been driven by a simple mission: to create single malt Scotch whisky of exceptional quality.

Through four generations of family ownership, the company has matched spirit from over 100 Scottish distilleries to its own bespoke casks.

It is this unique depth and breadth of experience that enables Gordon & MacPhail to combine oak, spirit and time to create a portfolio of iconic whiskies found nowhere else in the world.

  • ‘Discovery’ – This flavour-led range is the perfect introduction to our portfolio of quality single malt Scotch whiskies
  • ‘Distillery Labels ’– A range celebrating our long-standing relationships with Scotland’s distilleries
  • Connoisseurs Choice’ –The heart of our portfolio. Always unique, these non-chill-filtered, natural coloured, small batch expressions are genuine one-offs.
  • ‘Private Collection’ – Greatly-aged single malts from celebrated, little-known, or closed distilleries specially selected by members of the Urquhart family
  • Generations’ – A prestigious collection of old, rare, and exclusive masterpieces

Rare and Extremely Limited Scotch Casks at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

Exclusive to K&L: Limited-Edition Scotch Casks
True rarities and collectibles from famed importer Ferdinando Fiori

NOTE: Our walk-in retail locations are currently closed. We have curbside pickup and low cost (often free) delivery options available in ZIP codes where we can ship lawfully, including anywhere in California. We can also include any new or existing will call orders in your delivery batch. Choose local delivery at checkout to learn if you qualify.

Now available on pre-arrival, we have recently acquired a truly unique and relatively unrivaled selection of single-cask scotch that you won’t see anywhere else. Coming from famed Italian importer Ferdinando Fiori, now retired from ’80s superstar Intertrade Imports, we were able to unearth some limited stocks from some of the world’s most revered distillers. We have secured exclusive access to these inimitable examples from names like Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Auchroisk, Glen Grant, and more. With just a few bottles available of each of these rarities, this is an opportunity that any spirits collector will want to jump on quickly.

* Pre-Arrival: These items will be available for pickup or delivery in late summer 2021

1990 Auchroisk 27 Year Old “Kingsbury” Single Rum Cask No. 3645 Cask Strength Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Japanese/Italian Import – 700ml) (Pre-Arrival) $349.99 View

2008 Benrinnes 11 Year Old “High Spirits And the Masters Of Magic” Single Barrel Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml) (Pre-Arrival) $84.99 View

2004 Bunnahabhain 13 Year Old “Kingsbury” Single Butt Cask No. 587 Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml) (Pre-Arrival) $179.99 View

1997 Bunnahabhain 20 Year Old “Kingsbury” Single Rum Cask No. 5386 Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Japanese/Italian Import – 700ml) (Pre-Arrival) $249.99 View

1996 Caol Ila 21 Year Old “Kingsbury” Single Hogshead Cask No. 791 Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml) (Pre-Arrival) $374.99 View

2005 Croftengea 11 Year “High Spirits And the Masters Of Magic” Single Barrel Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml) (Pre-Arrival $84.99 View

1995 Glen Grant 22 Year Old “Kingsbury” Single Barrel No. 119416 Cask Strength Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Japanese/Italian Imports – 700ml) (Pre-Arrival) $199.99 View

2008 Macduff 11 Year Old “High Spirits And the Masters Of Magic” Single Barrel Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Italian Import – 700ml) (Pre-Arrival) $79.99 View

New Releases from GlenAllachie at The Inverurie Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

GlenAllachie Wine Cask Finish

Glenallachie has released these wonderful Wine Cask Finishes in a unique tasting trilogy. To craft The GlenAllachie Wine Series, the distillery expertly matured spirit in American Oak Ex-Bourbon Barrels.

Subsequently, the whisky underwent additional maturation for almost two years in Wine Barriques meticulously sourced by Master Distiller Billy Walker, imparting a distinctive twist onto the GlenAllachie spirit.

Factors such as the oak species, level of toasting, and coopering of the cask each leave a unique mark on the slumbering spirit. The oak itself was previously influenced by the grape variety and terroir of the winery; thus, the wood adds distinctive layers of complexity, depth and charm.

Enjoy!

GlenAllachie Wine series Sauternes Finish 12 Year Old 70cl

£59.99

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GlenAllachie Wine series Rioja Finish 13 Year Old 70cl

£63.99

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GlenAllachie Wine series Gratamacco 11 Year Old 70cl

£58.99

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Exclusive Q&A with Cotswolds Distillery founder, Daniel Szor – English Whisky News

 

‘When I saw Pineau des Charentes on the list of wines offered to us, I jumped at the chance!’

Our new limited edition Pineau des Charentes Cask Single Malt Whisky is the latest whisky to be added to our Hearts & Crafts collection. Made with 100% locally grown barley and aged in French oak casks seasoned with white Pineau des Charentes, a regional aperitif of Western France, this special release is truly indulgent with rich tonka bean, marzipan and caramelised peaches. To find out more about this expression, including the inspiration behind the collection and the cask, head to our latest blog for an exclusive Q&A with our founder Dan.

FIND OUT MORE

Cotswolds Distillery
Phillip’s Field, Whichford Road
Stourton
Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire CV36 5EX
United Kingdom

ADELPHI BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY at Tyndrum Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

If there’s one thing that’s true, it’s the fact that Blended Whisky has many fans, and we’re certainly one of them! We’re showcasing one to get your senses tingling. Adelphi’s fantastic ‘Dancey’ man label Blended Whisky, full of ripe flavours, and a honey sweet blend which is punching well above it’s weight. At only £21.50…it’s an absolute no brainer

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From Adelphi an eye catching blended whisky.
From loyal old mature private stock.

The Adelphi ‘Dancey Man’ a mid-19th century cartoon, depicts Sir William Gladstone, as chancellor of the exchequer, performing an energetic Pas de Bas over an ear of barley, to celebrate the passing of a new law that revenue could only be raised on the amount of whisky left in each cask after maturation, and not the level that it was originally filled to. With the penalties for long term maturation lifted, scotch whisky was kept in the cask until it was truly fit to consume.

A remarkably smooth and honey-sweet blend with hints of the sea, chilli pepper, walnuts and distant peat fires.

Selected and bottled by Adelphi Distillery ltd.

Loch Lomond Whiskies Unveils Rare 45 Year Old  – Scotch Whisky News

Loch Lomond Whiskies unveils rare 45 Year Old 

Only 200 bottles of the super-premium expression are currently available

Award-winning independent distiller, Loch Lomond Whiskies, has unveiled its newest aged single malt; a 45 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

The expression is the first of three releases in The Remarkable Stills Series of single malts to be released by the distillery which celebrate its innovative and unique straight neck pot stills. 

Distilled in 1973, the super-premium Loch Lomond 45 Year Old has matured in American oak casks, before finishing for one year in a first-fill oloroso sherry cask to add a distinct sweet flavour.

The liquid is presented in a Loch Lomond premium bottle, complete with a debossed copper plaque, and enclosed in a beautifully crafted oak wood box designed to mirror the design of the Loch Lomond straight neck pot stills. Only 200 individually numbered bottles have been released, making it one of Loch Lomond Whiskies’ rarest expressions to date.

The launch of the Loch Lomond 45 year old is the first in the distillery’s new Remarkable Stills series, a collection that will shine a spotlight on the Alexandria-based distillery’s innovative straight neck pot stills. The stills, which are unique to Loch Lomond, gives the distiller more control of the type of spirit produced, allowing for greater separation of flavours, helping to create the distinct fruity characters that Loch Lomond has become famous for.

The Loch Lomond 45 Year Old showcases flavours of red apple, pear, tropical fruits and honey. On the nose, the expression presents floral scents, before offering notes of orange blossom and melted brown sugar. The finish is long, and presents waves of warming cinnamon spice and tart green fruits.

Bottled at 42.2% and non-chill filtered, allowing the signature Loch Lomond flavours to come through, the Loch Lomond 45 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is priced at £3,450.

To mark the launch of the rare expression, a new webpage has been created which details exactly how the liquid was created, over more than four decades. The webpage details the characteristics of Loch Lomond’s unique pot stills, a key element to the creation of Loch Lomond 45 Year Old.

Master Blender, Michael Henry said: “Our straight neck pot stills connect us to the spirit of innovation that was built into our distillery from the beginning, and places flavour at the centre of what we do. It is only fitting that we mark their significance to us through the Remarkable Stills Series.

“It has been a pleasure working on the creation of the Loch Lomond 45 Year Old, our first release of the series. It is a truly beautiful expression and captures the essence of the Loch Lomond Whiskies spirit perfectly.

“After 45 years aging in American oak and oloroso sherry casks, the whisky retains the character of the distillery, and showcases Loch Lomond Whiskies signature fruity flavour beautifully. The flavours of the expression are wonderfully unique, and we hope whisky lovers will enjoy it.”

The launch of the 45 Year Old follows a branding refresh and extension of the Loch Lomond Whiskies portfolio which took place earlier this year. This included the introduction of a 21 and 30 Year Old to the range.

John Grieveson, Chief Marketing Officer at Loch Lomond Group, said: “The Loch Lomond 45 Year Old is an exquisite single malt and we are very proud to launch it to market. A wealth of experience and craftsmanship goes into each of our expressions, and the Loch Lomond 45 Year Old is no exception. It’s a fantastic edition to our range of single malts and as the first expression in our Remarkable Stills Series, we’re very excited about its launch.”

Founded in 1814, the Loch Lomond distillery can trace its roots back to the Littlemill distillery, which was established in 1772 and is the oldest licensed distillery in the world. Its current distillery, in Alexandria, Dunbartonshire, close to the banks of Loch Lomond, was built in 1965 with first distillation in 1966.

When it opened, Loch Lomond distillery’s ground-breaking straight necked pot stills were a revelation, enabling production of a lighter, fruitier spirit and greater control over the whisky’s character. Under the later ownership of the Bulloch family further distilling innovation took place with the aim of being self-sufficient. It is among only four distilleries in the Scotch whisky industry to maintain an onsite cooperage which  maintains and repairs up to 10,000 casks annually.

For more information on Loch Lomond 45 Year Old, please visit https://www.lochlomondwhiskies.com/products/loch-lomond-45-year-old-single-malt.

For further information visit www.lochlomondwhiskies.com 

Tasting notes

Nose: Orange blossom and honeysuckle, with ripe peach and melted brown sugar 

 

Palate: Opens on a honeyed sweetness, orchard fruit of red apple and pear before the intensity lifts to tropical fruit of melon and kiwi, with lime citrus

Finish: Long with tart green fruit, gooseberry and waves of warming cinnamon spice.

Notes:

About the Loch Lomond Group

  • Loch Lomond Group is an independent distiller based in Alexandria and is home to several award-winning brands that are sold in more than 125 countries worldwide.
  • Loch Lomond distillery has been producing the finest single malt whiskies since 1814.
  • Images and interviews with key staff from the Group are available upon request. lochlomondgroup.com

About Loch Lomond Whiskies

  • Loch Lomond Distillery has one of the oldest heritages in the industry. It was founded by American, Duncan Thomas, the owner of the Littlemill distillery which was licensed in 1772. In the 1930s Duncan Thomas was at the forefront of innovation within the Scotch whisky industry and his innovative philosophy is ingrained into everything that is done at Loch Lomond to this day
  • The multi award winning Loch Lomond whiskies range includes the Loch Lomond 12-Year-Old which has been awarded the Platinum Award in 2020, one of only 7 single malts to be awarded this

honour at the San Francisco World Spirits Challenge 2020. Other expressions in the range are the single malts Loch Lomond Original; Loch Lomond Classic; Loch Lomond 18-Year-Old; Loch Lomond 50-Year-Old; the Loch Lomond Island’s Collection which includes the Inchmurrin and Inchmoan ranges as well as the deluxe blend Loch Lomond Signature and Loch Lomond Single Grain

  • Loch Lomond Inchmoan 12-Year-Old has been awarded Best Highland Single Malt 12 Years and Under at the 2018 World Whiskies Awards and a Gold Medal at the 2020 San Francisco 2020 Awards
  • Loch Lomond Whiskies was recently also awarded the following medals at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition:
  • PLATINUM: Loch Lomond 12 Year Old
  • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Inchmurrin 12 Year Old
  • GOLD MEDAL – Inchmoan 12 Year Old
  • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Loch Lomond 18 Year Old
  • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL: Loch Lomond 10 Year Old

A Connoisseur’s Favorite is Back in Stock – Compass Box Flaming Heart – Scotch Whisky News

The Return of a Bestselling Whisky in a Brand New Format
Compass Box “Flaming Heart” Sixth Limited Edition Malt Whisky (700ml) ($129.99)
“Solid gold: this is what they do best.” — Jonny McCormick, Whisky Advocate

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While the U.K. blending firm Compass Box has long been held in high regard with our most in-the-know whisky aficionados, the products are notoriously difficult to come by. In the case of their 700ml formats, they’ve been impossible to find, thanks to long-standing U.S. import laws—until now, that is. Every year, we look forward to the release of the Flaming Heart, arguably Compass Box’s most popular blend, which always sells out quickly. However, we’ve just taken new stock of a previous release in the form of the 2018 Flaming Heart in the brand new 700ml bottle. This dram was a stupendous hit on initial release, garnering a superb 95-point review from Wine Enthusiast and finding immense favor among our clientele. We’re thrilled to offer this special bottling once again, and we’re sure that like previous renditions, it will move in a flash. You’ll want to act fast and decisively to secure your desired quantity now, as we’ve taken all that we could get our hands on.

Compass Box “Flaming Heart” Sixth Limited Edition Malt Whisky (700ml) ($129.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: “Inspired by a rock song by M. Ward, this is a blend of single malts, plus peated Islay whiskey. The original limited edition was released in 2006; this is the sixth release, debuting in the U.S. in September 2018. Overall, this is a soft sipper for those who love peat. Look for a straw hue and lightly smoky scent with a whiff of sea breeze. The velvety palate mingles peat smoke with lemon cream and vanilla, lingering into a gentle fade accented by black pepper. (KN)” (12/2019)

94 points Whisky Advocate: “Refined elegant smoke, quayside ropes, liniment oil, waxed lemon, cake mix, ripe peach, and a buoyant maltiness, as Flaming Heart roars back with a vengeance. After the controversy surrounding the 15th Anniversary edition, this time its all about the whisky. Sweet tangy orange, bitter peel oils, dark chocolate, clove, peppercorn, and nutmeg glide into menthol, spice, beeswax, and espresso on the finish. Solid gold: this is what they do best. *Editors’ Choice* (JM, Winter 2018)”

K&L Notes: This is the sixth release from 2018 but bottled in 700ml bottles consolidated from other markets outside the U.S. Compass Box’s well-loved, limited-edition peater is back in stock thanks to the change in U.S. law that allows us to sell 700ml bottles. The sixth edition has reintroduced a subtle sherry-cask character. First released in 2006, the Flaming Heart was the first whisky to combine the robust flavors of Islay peated malt with the complex spice of new French oak. Compass Box is the leading bespoke blender in the U.K. They’re refining and redefining the often-maligned category through innovative use of ultra-high-quality malt and thoughtful barrel selection and management. They’re also about as transparent as the law allows with their blends. In this case, we have: 39% refill bourbon barrels from Caol Ila, 29% refill hoggies from Deanston, 11% re-charred hoggies and 6% refill hoggies from Clynelish, and finally 15% Custom French/first-fill Sherry/refill American oak with a blend of Highland malts (these vattings consist of whiskies from Clynelish, Dailuaine, Teaninich, Benrinnes, Glen Ord, and Allt A Bhainne). It’s a complicated recipe that exemplifies powerful yet balanced nature that has become so renowned with Flaming Heart.


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