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The English Whisky Company “Introducing our NEW range of e-gift vouchers” – English Whisky News

INTRODUCING…

E-GIFT VOUCHERS 

Introducing our new range of Gift Vouchers.  The perfect gift for Fathers Day or for that someone who’s always difficult to buy for!

They can be redeemed online at www.englishwhisky.co.uk or used on your next visit to The English Whisky Co.

Our new E-Vouchers are ready to be used as soon as they arrive in your recipient’s inbox or postbox.

Available now: 

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£10 / £20 / £50 / £100 VOUCHER 

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Suntory “Hibiki Japanese Harmony” Japanese Whisky at K&L California – Japanese Whisky News

Suntory “Hibiki Japanese Harmony” Japanese Whisky (750ml)

$74.99 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The newest blended whisky offering from Hibiki is burnished gold in the glass and has a bold aroma that mixes vanilla, fresh pear and a hint of smoke. The smokiness comes forward at the first sip, wrapping around a core of oak and vanilla custard and finishing long, with a mouthwatering bitter chocolate note. *Best of 2016* (KN) Inner quote mark (3/2016)

90 points Whisky Advocate

Outer quote mark Poised and complex, with typically lifted fruitiness: strawberry ice cream, pineapple, peach, balanced by delicate oak, bamboo shoot-like delicacy, then lemon. The palate is more rounded than that very forward nose, with toffee notes adding some weight. A touch of smoke comes along in the mid-palate, before fruits and caramelized coffee biscuits. Water allows the flavors to flood the palate. Exemplary blending skills and classically Hibiki. (DB, Winter 2015) Inner quote mark (12/2015)

Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark You can’t be a Japanese whisky enthusiast without having noticed that there’s a shortage of the stuff. What once was readily available is now hard to find. What once was affordable now costs various bodily limbs. It is due to more than a fad. The best Japanese whisky is remarkable stuff, and none are better than the top single malts from Suntory, Yamazaki, Hakushu and the blended whisky Hibiki. Hibiki comes in 12-, 17- and 21-year-old expressions, but even the youngest of these is now allocated. Harmony, the newest release, carries no age statement, indicating that it contains younger whiskies than other bottlings. Nevertheless, this is a welcome concession, with Suntory’s classic sense of balance, nuance and delicacy. *Best of 2015* (JM) Inner quote mark (11/2015)

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*96 points, Ultimate Spirits Challenge Top 100 of 2020* The newest incarnation of Suntory’s hugely popular Hibiki series, this time without an age statement attached. The same soft, mellow, vanilla-laden flavor is still here, however. It’s a true harmony of pure Hibiki flavor.

NEW Releases: James Eadie Spring 2021 Whisky 🥃 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Spring 2021 Release

James Eadie

New Small Batch label now featuring animal artwork by Annabell Pope as a nod to the many pubs James Eadie owned in the 19th century.

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2011 – The Red Lion

Glenlossie 10 Year Old 2010 – The Blue Boar

Glen Ord 9 Year Old 2011 0 The Acorn

Glendullan 9 Year Old 2011 – The Black Swan

Single Cask UK Exclusives

Blair Athol 13 Year Old 2007 – Marsala Finish – 58.2%

Linkwood 11 Year Old 2009 – re-charred hogshead – 55.2%

Inchgower 13 Year old 2008 – Amontiladdo – 55.8%

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New Release – Tomatin French Collection – Limited Edition – at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Tomatin French Collection

3 x 70cl Bottles | 12 Year Old | 46% ABV

The French Collection exhibits the unique influence imparted by different types of French Dessert Wine casks in an exceptional showcase. The whisky, distilled in 2008, was laid down in traditional Scotch Whisky oak casks prior to being moved into Monbazillac, Sauternes and Rivesaltes casks for its final maturation, resulting in a magnificent collection.

Get all three new releases in this limited edition bundle.

£195.00

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Monbazillac Cask Finish

Distilled on 25th April 2008, this whisky’s aroma dances between notes of dark, maple syrup and intense espresso, balanced with cinnamon baked apples. On the palate there is a sweet cereal flavour combined with sweet milk chocolate and honeycomb ahead of subtle spices and emerging nutty flavours. The finish is rich with walnut and maple syrup.

Sauternes Cask Finish

Distilled on 19th September 2008, this whisky brings a burst of peach and apricot on the nose, calmed by rich Manuka honey. The sweet honey continues on the palate accompanied by coconut and ginger. The finish is wonderfully sweet and fresh with a syrupy mouth feel indicative of the Sauternes wine that once occupied the cask.

Rivesaltes Cask Finish

Distilled on 19th September 2008, this whisky marries the characteristic fresh fruit notes incredibly well with the sweet nutty flavours for which Rivesaltes wine is known. Contrasting sweet and bitter flavours dominate the palate, held together by an underlying barley aroma. The finish is velvety with the flavours from the palate lingering for some time.

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TOMATIN DISTILLERY LAUNCHES ‘THE FRENCH COLLECTION’  – Scotch Whisky News

TOMATIN DISTILLERY LAUNCHES ‘THE FRENCH COLLECTION’ 

The French Collection exhibits the unique influence imparted by different types of French wine & spirit casks

The limited four-part release is accompanied by an immersive content series designed to stimulate the senses

26th April, 2021  – Tomatin, the award-winning Highland single malt, is today announcing the launch of a four-part limited release series, 12 years in the making. The French Collection  is a series of exceptional whiskies exhibiting the unique influence imparted by different French wine and spirits casks, hand-selected for the maturation process.

The whisky, distilled in 2008, began its maturation in traditional Scotch Whisky oak casks before being moved into Monbazillac, Sauternes, Rivesaltes and Cognac casks for the final stage of the process, resulting in a magnificent collection of four expressions.

To celebrate the launch of The French Collection and to complement the liquid on the lip’s moment alongside each edition,  an immersive four-part content series has been launched on the Tomatinwebsite. Stunning visuals, alongside an innovative soundboard using ambisonics, will transport the viewing audience to the origins of each product, through binaural sound –for the optimum experience, listeners are encouraged to enjoy through headphones. Each piece of content will be unveiled in conjunction with product availability, and has been designed for consumers to pair with their purchase, allowing the drinker to lose themselves in the world, and story, of each individual edition that makes up the Tomatin French Collection.

Edition 1 OF 4: The Monbazillac Edition

Distilled on 25th April 2008, the Monbazillac aroma dances between notes of dark, maple syrup and intense espresso, balanced with cinnamon baked apples. On the palate, there is a sweet cereal flavour combined with sweet milk chocolate and honeycomb ahead of subtle spices and emerging nutty flavours. The finish is rich with walnut and maple syrup.

Edition 2 OF 4: The Sauternes Edition

Distilled on 19th September 2008, the Sauternes brings a burst of peach and apricot on the nose, calmed by rich Manuka honey. The sweet honey continues on the palate accompanied by coconut and ginger. The finish is wonderfully sweet and fresh with a syrupy mouthfeel indicative of the Sauternes wine that once occupied the cask.

Edition 3 OF 4: The Rivesaltes Edition

Distilled on 19th September 2008, the Rivesaltes marries our characteristic fresh fruit notes incredibly well with the sweet nutty flavours for which Rivesaltes wine is known. Contrasting sweet and bitter flavours dominate the palate, held together by an underlying barley aroma. The finish is velvety with the flavours from the palate lingering for some time.

All 3 wine finishes were moved to wine casks for final maturation in July 2017.

Edition 4 OF 4: The Cognac Edition

Edition 4 of the French Collection will launch in the second half of 2021, to complete the series.

Graham Eunson, Master Distiller at Tomatin said: “The French Collection is a great example of Tomatin’s dedication to craft and excellence, with each expression showcasing how respective finishing cask affects the original spirit – a concept Tomatin championed in the Cuatro series released in 2014, which was very well received. 

We have produced four remarkable expressions which will appeal to not only whisky enthusiasts and collectors alike, but also a wider audience. On top of this, we are also very excited for consumers to be able to experience each expression with the ambisonic content series launched today.”

The Monbazillac, Sauternes and Rivesaltes Editions (1-3) will retail around £65 RRP and will be available to purchase from 26th April. Edition 4 of the French Collection, the Cognac Edition, will launch later this year, to complete the series

The Tomatin Editions 1-3 immersive content series can be viewed now on the Tomatin website here.

The French Collection will be available to purchase through specialist whisky retailers worldwide and directly from the Tomatin shop here.

Notes:

Tomatin Distillery has been producing and blending malt Scotch whisky since 1897. Over the last 50 years, the distillery has borne witness to vast change. At its peak in the 1970s, Tomatin was the largest distillery in the world operating 23 stills and producing 12 million litres of alcohol every year. Over the last decade, significant time has been invested in rediscovering the distillery, people and values, and in refining the business model to move away from the formerly lucrative bulk commodity market to now focus on Tomatin’s core range of single malts.

Tomatin is located in the Scottish Highlands (near Inverness) and is famous for its portfolio of soft and mellow whiskies, including a core range, a limited-edition range and a premium archive range (prices range from £35 – £10,000). In the last ten years, Tomatin has secured over 60 prestigious awards in a variety of categories, and in 2019 the distillery celebrated its most successful year ever at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition, securing seven Double Gold awards and four Gold awards.

Buffalo Trace Distillery Releases Baijiu Style Spirit As Part of Its Experimental Collection – Almost Whiskey News?

Buffalo Trace Distillery Releases Baijiu Style Spirit

As Part of Its Experimental Collection

FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY (April 22, 2021) — Buffalo Trace Distillery is announcing the limited release of a Baijiu style spirit aged in new American oak casks as part of its on-going Experimental Collection of spirits.

Baijiu, which is regarded as the largest selling spirit in the world, accounts for about 31 percent of spirits volume globally, according to the International Wine and Spirits Record (IWSR, 9L volume, calendar year 2019). This Experimental Collection Baijiu style spirit, although distilled like a whiskey, is produced using traditional Baijiu ingredients of sorghum and peas. After aging the distillate for 11 years in three separate casks, uncharred, charred and toasted white oak, the spirits were married together and bottled at 90 proof. The nose is rich and savory, with notes of chocolate, dark cherries and stone fruit. The sorghum and peas provide a palate of confection sugar, followed by a sweet toffee finish.

This spirit is the 24th experimental release from the Buffalo Trace Distillery, having released its first experiment in 2006. The Experimental Collection includes thousands of different recipes and barrel treatments which are tested and refined. These experiments examine a variety of unique variables from changes in the mash bill, types of wood, barrel toasts and more.

Baijiu is similar to bourbon in that it is an agricultural product made from fermented grains. The intriguing flavor profile and rise in the spirit’s popularity led to Buffalo Trace’s curiosity in experimenting with distilling baijiu like a bourbon to create a rich and unique spirit.

The Experimental Collection is packaged in 375ml bottles, and each label includes all the pertinent information unique to that barrel of whiskey. Experimental Collection Baijiu style can be found in select markets and will be available beginning in late April or early May.  Quantities are extremely limited. Suggested retail pricing is $46.99 each; state taxes will vary per market. More information on the Experimental Collection series can be found here.

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.

David Boyd Private Cask Series Macallan 30yo at The Scottish Gantry – Scotch Whisky News

David Boyd Private Cask Series Macallan 30yo at The Scottish Gantry

Retail Whisky specialists The Scottish Gantry have released the second bottling of their David Boyd Private Cask Series. Following on from the initial and highly successful Macallan 26y/o release, they are delighted to bring to the market their Macallan 30y/o.

Only 220 bottles make up the second of the David Boyd series, with this release having been finished in a Pedro Ximenez Sherry Cask.

This decadent diva, is of a rich mahogany colour, with notes of soft apricots, roasted almonds and cinnamon accompanying a delicate aroma of dried figs. On the palate, savour dark chocolate and orange, whilst the stunning sweetness of muscovado sugar contrasts and balances with the sherry notes of aniseed, dates and raisins.

Beautifully packaged in a highly polished presentation box, it retails at £1995. Further information can be obtained by contacting the shops on 0141 956 4040 or 01786 450873

WHAT’S IN WHISKY MAGAZINE 175? – Whisky Magazine News

WHAT’S IN WHISKY MAGAZINE 175?

A new dawn for Japanese whisky – Jason Thomson takes a look at the new labelling rules and what they mean for whisky

Midleton Very Rare 2021 – Mark Jennings speaks to master distiller Kevin O’Gorman about the new series he’s been waiting 23 years to make his mark on

An Unseen Collection – Jacopo Mazzeo interviews one of the world’s preeminent whisky collectors Valentino Zagatti, and finds out where it all began

Plus 20 whiskies tasted this issue!

Including Ardbeg, Càrn Mòr, Kavalan, Waterford, Westland, and more! 

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Strathearn Batch 001 – Highland Single Malt Scotch at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Batch 001 | 70cl | 46.6% ABV

Introducing the first release of Strathearn Highland Single Malt. Using European oak and ex-sherry casks, this 3 year old expression was bottled in 2019 with no chill-filtration or additional colouring. Completely hand crafted, this small batch expression is the start of great things to come from Strathearn distillery.

Nose: Rich and bright sultanas, and sherried raisins alongside milk chocolate and toffee apple.

Palate: Cherry, slight peppery spice alongside oaky, nutty goodness.

Finish: Slight floral notes of pine needles alongside pepper, cinnamon and citrus.

£84.95

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Two new very high strength bottlings for For a’ That and a’ That at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Glenallachie & Glenturret

Burns Malt is back…

Two new very high strength bottlings for For a’ That and a’ That.

Shop – Glenallachie 3 Year Old – £50 / €48 / $58 / c$74*

Glenallachie 3 Year Old 2016 vintage Speyside single malt Scotch whisky. Single refill hogshead bottled by The Whisky Barrel for the Burns Malt series. Glenallachie Distillery is a Speyside distillery sitting on the eastern edge of Ben Rinnes mountain where it is rather exposed to the elements and is often to be see sitting within the snowline. A modern building and its architect William Delmé-Evans created a distillery which is rather pleasing on the eye. Glenallachie was commissioned in 1967 with two stills which increased to four in 1989 in order to meet blenders ever increasing demand for Glenallachie malt whisky. Whilst official releases are few independent releases are more numerous with those from Signatory Vintage and Cadenheads proving popular.

Shop – Glenturret 6 Year Old – £50 / €48 / $58 / c$74*

Glenturret 6 Year Old 2014 vintage peated (Ruadh Maor) Highland single malt Scotch whisky. Single refill hogshead bottled by The Whisky Barrel for the Burns Malt series. Glenturret Distillery was established on the banks of the River Turret at Hosh to the north of Crieff in Scotland’s Highland whisky region in 1775. Now one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland and with mash in the mash tun stirred by hand using a long-handled wooden paddle and just two small stills it is also amongst the smallest. Glenturret whisky is released in a limited range of official single malts and is available from independent bottlers including Signatory Vintage and the MacPhail’s vintage Collection series. Glenturret Distillery is home to The Famous Grouse Experience.


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