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New casks from Morrison Distillers at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

New casks from Morrison Distillers:

Spring 2021 release from Morrison Distillers includes: Manochmore 27 Years, Auchentoshan 22 Years, peated Tormore and a sherry wood Glenrothes.

Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers changed their name from Morrison & MacKay Whisky Merchants in 2020 with the Morrison family taking over. Still a family owned independent whisky bottler with three generations of experience in Scotch whisky, they are based at Aberargie, south of Perth, where they also built their own distillery in 2016. Home to the well-loved independent bottling label, Carn Mor, 2020 brought a fresh re-brand and design to the range of Strictly Limited and Celebration of the Cask labels.

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Singleton of Glen Ord 38 Year Old and The Singleton Range at The Whisky Exchange – Scotch Whisky News

Singleton of Glen Ord 38 Year Old and The Singleton Range

The Singleton range of single malt whiskies is available around the world, but is often misunderstood. With the recent arrival of the Singleton of Glen Ord 38 Year Old at The Whisky Exchange, we thought we’d break it down and explain how it all fits together.

Three in one

While the name suggest singleness, The Singleton range is actually made up of whiskies from three different distilleries – Dufftown, Glendullan and Glen Ord. They’re not even the first distilleries to use the name Singleton: The Singleton of Auchroisk was discontinued by Diageo (owners of all four distilleries) in 2001, but the name was too good to leave unused.

Originally, each of the three whiskies was available in a different part of the world – Dufftown in Europe, Glendullan in the USA and Glen Ord in the far east. For a while, this caused dismay for fans of the distilleries that appeared on the other side of the world, but the past few years have seen those divisions soften, and each of the three is popping up around the globe.

The Singleton of Dufftown

The best known of the three to us here in the UK, Dufftown sits in the town of the same name, the busiest whisky town in Scotland. It’s had ten distilleries operating over the years, with as many as seven running at the same time, but is now down to just six: Glenfiddich, Balvenie, Kininvie, Mortlach, Glendullan (of which more later) and the eponymous Dufftown.

For a distillery that’s so little known, it’s surprisingly big, sitting at joint 13th place in the production capacity league at 6 million litres of alcohol a year. It’s been around since the end of the 1800s and has long been a key part of the Bell’s blend. However, when the Singleton range appeared in the early 2000s, it was finally given its day in the sun, and is now also available as a single malt.

Dufftown’s spirit is grassy and fruity, and after years of maturation its sweet character is a classic example of Speyside single malt.

The Singleton of Glendullan

Glendullan was opened a few years after Dufftown, and other than Kininvie – built in 1990 – is the newest of the town’s distilleries. Also like Dufftown Distillery, it’s much larger than you’d expect a lesser-known distillery to be, producing as much as 5 million litres of alcohol a year. Dufftown really is a powerhouse of whisky making, producing more than 10% of Scotland’s spirit each year. Six distilleries and lots of whisky? Maybe it should be its own region…

While the distillery name and site date back to the 19th century, the current distillery was built in 1972, right next door to the old distillery. They operated in tandem for a few years, but the old one was eventually demolished. Like Dufftown, it makes a grassy spirit, but after a few years in wood it takes on a much fruitier character – lots of citrus, with an occasional handful of nuts.

Other than in The Singleton range, it’s had a few outings, popping up in the Rare Malts back in the 1990s and 2000s, and even appearing in the Game of Thrones series representing House Tully. These days it is most commonly found in the USA, but you do find the occasional bottle back in the UK.

The Singleton of Glen Ord

Of the three Singleton distilleries, Glen Ord is the one that I’ve always found the most interesting. Not only are its older releases whiskies that I’m still kicking myself for not stocking up on (we had an offer on the Glen Ord 28yo when I started at The Whisky Exchange that I really should have considered more closely), it’s also next door to Glen Ord maltings, a veritable temple to grain that I still feel honoured to have visited.

Founded in 1838, it’s not only the oldest of the three Singletons, but also, since 2015, the largest, sitting at number six in the Scottish league table with 11 million litres of alcohol produced each year.

We’ve seen more whisky from Ord than the other two Singletons, and over the century or so that it has been exported around the world, it has been especially popular in the far east, and was the obvious choice to be the Asian entry in The Singleton range when it launched. Fortunately for fans like me, it’s now much more available back home.

The Singleton of Glen Ord 38 Year Old

This special edition appeared in 2020, a vatting of just six casks that pushes the idea of ‘finishing’ a whisky to its limit – reracked after just 12 years in refill casks, it spent the next 26 years in a mixture of new oak, bourbon and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks. The casks were married and bottled at cask strength, one of the oldest Ords bottled by the distillery and the longest secondary maturation it has ever done.

Nose: Rich, thick and decadent custard tart – creamy with loads of vanilla, a grate of lemon, buttery pastry and a hint of crunchy caramel. Butterscotch notes build along with a hint of mint, pine needles and hints of orange zest.

Palate: Cream and butter lead, backed by flamed orange zest, lemon rind and butterscotch. Polished oak, apple pies and old, damp wood hide at the back. The leafiness from the nose shows as freshly cut autumn leaves, with soft forest-floor rancio.

Finish: Butter cookies, polished oak and butter-glazed baked apples. Anise lingers.

Comment: Old, elegant and complex, bringing together Ord’s core character of orchard fruit with long-aged notes of leaves and cask-focused sweetness.

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It’s a top dram – not many whiskies get 92 points on Whisky Fun – and an interesting look into Diageo’s warehouses. Which other distilleries are they nurturing old casks from? There are rumblings that we’ll soon see something venerable and tasty in The Singleton range, but from the tales I’ve heard, there are even more interesting things to come.

Distillery Focus – The Irishman Premium Irish Whiskey – Irish Whiskey News

LEARN THE PAST – CREATE THE FUTURE

First created by Bernard Walsh in 2007, The Irishman comprises a range of triple-distilled Irish Whiskeys, with an emphasis on Single Malt. The idea behind the Irishman is to learn from the past to create the future. This is through the recreation of age-old recipes which create unrivalled expressions for a new generation of Whiskey enthusiasts.

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Meet Ellie Deans, Haig Club & Bell’s Brand Manager – Scotch Whisky News

Meet Ellie Deans, Haig Club & Bell’s Brand Manager

Meet Ellie Deans, Haig Club & Bell’s Brand Manager, talking disruption and turning whisky stereotypes on their head.

Ellie has been with Diageo since 2019 where she started her career on the Pimm’s team. She has since worked with Gordon’s, Tanqueray and now sits within our whisky team as Haig Club and Bell’s Brand Manager.

What has your Diageo experience been like since joining to your current role?

When I joined Diageo in 2019, I jumped straight into my career highlight of working at Wimbledon with the quintessentially British brand – Pimm’s. My colleague Lizzy True and myself brought Hollywood names to the Championship and refreshed the brand’s look and feel to move Pimm’s into a brighter, more modern era. I then moved into the Gin team to help launch Gordon’s Sicilian Lemon before heading over to Tanqueray and I have now landed as Brand Manager for Haig Club and Bell’s Whisky.

What do you love most about working at Diageo?

You are spoilt for choice when it comes to quality brands to work on! Beyond the diversity and spread of job role, the collaborative atmosphere at Diageo is also something I relish. Success is never achieved alone and there is a plethora of people willing to share their knowledge and expertise.

What is the most exciting part about your current role?

I love the variety my job gives me. I currently handle very different whisky brands in GB: Haig Club and Bell’s.

Bell’s is a well-loved British classic, which has had some challenges. However, it’s had an incredible turnaround and the brand has exciting plans for 2021!

Haig Club is a pioneering Scotch brand made in a ground-breaking sustainable distillery and in collaboration with Brand Partner, David Beckham. For Haig Club, the name of the game is disruption, turning whisky stereotypes on their head and constantly embedding ourselves in culture with a new generation of whisky drinkers – hence our innovative move into spirit drinks with Haig Club Mediterranean Orange.

The most recent innovation that you worked on is Haig Club Mediterranean Orange – tell us more!

At Diageo I have the opportunity to work with talented people across a number of vastly different brands. From overcoming challenges on Bell’s Whisky to launching Haig Club’s first ever Spirit Drink Mediterranean Orange alongside brand partner, David Beckham, there’s never a dull moment in dark spirits.

Haig Club Mediterranean Orange has been a long time in the making involving consumer research and tastings with our brand partner David Beckham to ensure the end liquid is perfect. Delivering a distinctive taste of the Mediterranean with its blend of fresh and juicy marmalade orange flavours, the liquid is infused with orange blossom extract and the signature scotch notes of Haig Club Clubman. What’s most exciting is research indicated that this Spirit Drink has huge appeal, so my challenge to readers is; if your usual tipple is a lighter spritz, give Haig Club Mediterranean Orange a go!

Shelter Point Distillery Newsletter – Canadian Whisky News

Shelter Point Distillery Newsletter 

 Greetings Shelter Point fans!

Pat Dunlop here, I’m the newest addition to the Shelter Point team. I’ll be handing a number of jobs here at the Distillery, including communications and updates in these newsletters.

With the advent of spring, things are just beginning to ramp up here at the Shelter Point Distillery Farm. We’ll be prepping the fields for another planting and growing season over the next few weeks, as we move into longer days and warmer weather.

On the tastings and tour side of things here at the Distillery: with the B.C. government’s announcement of temporary indoor dining and event restrictions, we’re looking to increase our volume of Virtual Tastings moving forward to accommodate increased demand. Virtual Tastings are $65 and include five 50ml samples of our award winning whiskies, delivered to your door and ready to sample along with a group of friends & new acquaintances, and are hosted by members of the Shelter Point team, including Distiller Leon Webb, and Distillery Manager Jacob Wiebe. For more information and for booking, please visit https://shelterpoint.ca/distillery-tour-booking/

Cheers and stay tuned to our newsletter for further updates and announcements regarding events, new releases and more fun goings on here at Shelter Point!

For all the latest news and information visit our website at www.shelterpoint.ca

Discover the Remarkable Vaults Collection – Scotch Whisky News

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!

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Doc Swinson’s 15YO “Rare Release” Batch #10/11 Exploratory Cask Series Nonchillfiltered Small Batch Cask Strength – Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey News

Doc Swinson’s 15 Year Old “Rare Release” Batch #10/11 Exploratory Cask Series Nonchillfiltered

Small Batch Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $159.99 View

92 points Whisky Advocate

Outer quote mark Richly oaked, its maturity is evident in the walnut, cigar box, burnt sugar, toasted marshmallow, and waxy furniture polish notes. On the palate, it pours rich, dense, and chewy with sweet treacle balanced against tobacco leaf. Mouth-coating and warming with generous proof, figgy fruit, and cinnamon on the mid-palate, culminating in a finish of bitter chocolate and fine wood tannins. (JL, Fall 2020) Inner quote mark

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Sotheby’s Unveils 2020 Spirits (Whisky) Market Report – Whisky News

NEW WORLD RECORD PRICES:

The Macallan holds dominant position in spirits market, totaling 7% of all wine and spirits sales at $6.4 million

– Digital transformation results in 20 online auctions and 21 live, compared to just 6 online and 21 live in 2019

– 84% of lots offered across live and online auctions purchased by online bidders
– #1 worldwide in single owner auctions, with 13 sales accounting for 54% of global sales figure

– Bottle of Japanese Whisky: Karuizawa 52 Year Old Zodiac Rat Cask 51.8 abv 1960, sold in London for $435,273

– Bottle of The Dalmore: 62 Year Old The Mackenzie and The Cromarty 40.0 abv. NV, each sold in London for $324,445

About Sotheby’s

Established in 1744, Sotheby’s is the world’s premier destination for art and luxury.  Sotheby’s promotes access, connoisseurship and preservation of fine art and rare objects through auctions and buy-now channels including private sales, e-commerce and retail. Our trusted global marketplace is supported by an industry-leading technology platform and a network of specialists spanning 40 countries and 50 categories, which include Contemporary Art, Modern and Impressionist Art, Old Masters, Chinese Works of Art, Jewelry, Watches, Wine and Spirits, and Interiors, among many others.

Sotheby’s Wine’s annual worldwide auction sales of wine and spirits totaled an outstanding $92 million in 2020, with over 15,000 lots sold across 41 sales – a nearly 50% increase in the number of auctions held in 2019. Over $60 million of wine and spirits were sold to online bidders in 2020 versus $28 million in 2019, with 85% of all lots offered finding online buyers. Demonstrating continued strength in Asia, Sotheby’s led the market in the region for the third consecutive year, with over 70% of the total bid amount in all Wine and Spirits sales attributed to collectors in Asia.

Sotheby’s Wine’s has had the privilege of auctioning numerous record-breaking spirits in recent years, with 2020 alone witnessing new world auction records for any bottle of Japanese whisky, any bottle of whisky produced by the Dalmore Distillery. Sotheby’s Wine currently holds the world records for any whisky collection ever sold at auction.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Prices achieved include the hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are net of any fees paid to the purchaser where the purchaser provided an irrevocable bid.

Stream live auctions and place bids in real time, discover the value of a work of art, browse sale catalogues, view original content and more at sothebys.com, and by downloading Sotheby’s apps for iOS and Android.

Ardbeg “Corryvreckan” Islay Single Malt at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

Ardbeg “Corryvreckan” Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $82)

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96 points Whisky Advocate

Outer quote mark Powerful, muscular, well-textured, and invigorating. Even within the realm of Ardbeg, this one stands out. The more aggressive notes of coal tar, damp kiln, anise, and smoked seaweed are supported by an array of fruit (black raspberry, black cherry, plum), dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, bacon fat, kalamata olive, and warming cinnamon on the finish. Quite stunning! (JH, Fall 2009) Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

2009 Scotch Whisky of the Year from the Malt Advocate. Named for Europe’s largest whirlpool, this whisky is now available on a full-time basis, having replaced the beloved Beist. Like the whirlpool, Ardbeg Corryvreckan is heady, intense and powerful. Its finish is long and deep, leaving the sipper with a lingering, mysterious and enticing taste. It is without a doubt one of the best Ardbegs ever created and lends a bit of richness to balance out the spicy flavors. Lots of peat, lots of power, but always perfectly balanced. A malt to really savor.

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Glengoyne reopens its doors to visitors… – Scotch Whisky News

We are thrilled to announce the Glengoyne Distillery Shop will re-open from Monday 5th April following the latest Scottish Government announcement. The distillery’s fantastic Tasting Experiences and Malt Master will resume from 17th May.

STAY LOCAL, SHOP LOCAL

Whilst our distillery experiences will not be available until the 17th May, we are delighted to still welcome locals from surrounding towns to enjoy a shopping experience while taking in the picturesque surroundings of our beautiful distillery.

GLENGOYNE SHOP

THE PERFECT GIFT ON YOUR DOORSTEP

Come and see our multi-award whisky in all its sustainable glory, including the Legacy Series: Chapter Two, Cask Strength Batch No. 008 and our Fine and Rare collection. The ‘Time Capsule’ gift sets are also available in-store, including our award-winning 12 Year Old, the limited Legacy Series: Chapter Two and our 18 Year Old. Each gift set comes with three bottles and is available in 5cl or 20cl sizes.

GIFT COLLECTION


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