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FETTERCAIRN LOOKS TO THE FUTURE TO CELEBRATE REPLANTING OF ANCIENT FOREST WITH ACCLAIMED LAND ARTIST – Scotch Whisky News

FETTERCAIRN LOOKS TO THE FUTURE

TO CELEBRATE REPLANTING OF ANCIENT FOREST

WITH ACCLAIMED LAND ARTIST

The first Fettercairn Scottish Oak bottling to be released in 2022

Fettercairn Distillery today unveiled an exciting new project to replant an ancient forest as it sets its sights on producing its own single estate Scottish oak matured malt whiskies.

With over 13,000 sessile Quercus petraea and Quercus robur oak saplings planted next to the Distillery on the historic 8,500-acre Fasque Estate, the Fettercairn Forest is part of a wider commitment by whisky makers Whyte & Mackay to develop a sustainable future for responsibly sourced Scottish oak for each Distillery. Embracing all that the rich land in the heart of the Garden of Scotland has to offer and whilst nature takes its course, the initiative is to be marked this year by the creation of a major new sculpture from acclaimed environmental artist Rob Mulholland.

The programme was first conceived by Whisky Maker Gregg Glass 10 years ago and found its natural home at the Fettercairn Distillery. Gregg devoted himself to exploring how to incorporate Scottish Oak within the whisky making at Fettercairn, conducting numerous bench trials with wind-felled and responsibly sourced Scottish oak as well as extensive tests and experimentation in collaboration with a variety of experts across different industries.

The Distillery has already laid down whiskies in Scottish Oak, with a variety of cask types, in virgin oak from around its home in the foothills of the Cairngorms and plans to release the first commercially available Fettercairn Scottish Oak bottling next year. It is committed to establishing a series of new whiskies over the coming decades.

Gregg Glass, Master Whisky Maker at Whyte and Mackay said,

“At Fettercairn, there’s been a continued history of exploration, innovation and balancing the best of tradition whilst challenging convention. As a whisky maker this project was a fantastic opportunity to explore the flavour potential of Fettercairn, incorporating all that the local area has to offer, utilising our local water, barley and now Scottish Oak.

“This wide-ranging project is one with a vision for the future and is supporting multiple objectives across environmental responsibility, social purpose, forest and land management, supporting our local economy and skills, with the creation of unique, compelling whiskies.”

We’re laying down the roots for the future for our continued ethos as whisky makers and our passion and responsibility for the local environment. The Fettercairn Forest is another step in the journey of whisky making at this incredible Distillery.”

Artwork for future generations

Famed for his mirrored statues and futuristic landscape installations, Rob Mulholland, the Glasgow born artist whose work has been exhibited around the world, is devoted to finding creative ways to articulate the relationship between humans and nature.  Inspired by the story of this re-imagined forest, Rob has visualised a stunning artwork to be installed in September 2021.

“The thought of this forest emerging from the ground in this beautiful setting – one of the most fertile areas of Scotland – over the next century is incredibly exciting, particularly when you consider all the tangible benefits that will come with the creation of a thriving, wildlife rich environment – from sustainable land management to the clear impact such a beautiful place can have on people’s physical and mental wellbeing. My aim is to deepen the emotional connection between the people and this captivating land and create something that will still have relevance in 200 years when these trees will stand proud and tall – a legacy that can stand for even longer,” said Rob.

The aim of the sculpture project is to develop further installations across the forest and estate as the initiative evolves.

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About Fettercairn

Located in the picturesque village of Fettercairn at the foothills of Scotland’s Cairngorm Mountains, this hidden gem is found among some of the most fertile farming land in the North-East of Scotland. With the purest of mountain water as an ingredient, it is almost no surprise that when the distillery was established by Sir Alexander Ramsay in 1824, the enterprising pioneer chose this location.

In the mid-1950s, the whisky-makers at Fettercairn experimented, seeking ways to create a purer expression of their spirit. They found that pouring water down the still cooled the copper, increasing condensation inside so only the lightest vapours could rise for collection. With this knowledge they fashioned a unique copper cooling ring around the neck of the stills drenching them with crystal clear mountain water – an ingenious and practical solution to creating their exceptional whisky, a technique which remains unique in Scotch whisky-making to this day.

About Rob Mulholland

Rob Mulholland is a sculptor and environmental artist based in Drymen, Scotland who exhibits throughout the U.K and world-wide. His practise explores the complex relationship between humans and the natural world. Utilizing a wide variety of forms and materials his sculpture installations interact with their surroundings. He incorporates mirrored surfaces in his sculptures to reflect the given environment and alter the viewer’s perception of the space. The reflection is purposely distorted, inviting the viewer to question their individual relationship with their surroundings.

This nexus between people and the natural world is further developed in recent works such as One Flock which illuminates this symbiotic relationship. He is interested in elements of deconstruction and has interpreted this with sculptures such as Skytower and Evolve in which kinetic forces appear to have torn through and re-shaped the sculptural forms. These sculptures push the boundaries of physical structural engineering allowing him to explore and develop his practise further. His work is both gallery based and sited in public spaces.

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About Gregg Glass- Master Whisky Maker

Respected whisky maker Gregg Glass joined Whyte and Mackay in 2016, where he has been a leading light in the rejuvenation of Fettercairn alongside Distillery Manager Stewart Walker.

Gregg enjoyed a childhood in the heart of whisky making country, the Black Isle. With 22 years in industry notably 11 years at innovative whisky maker Compass Box, Gregg joined Whyte and Mackay in 2016 to work alongside renowned Master Distiller Mr Richard Paterson OBE.

Gregg has enjoyed 15 years career as a blender and whisky maker. At Whyte and Mackay Gregg has led whisky development for Fettercairn Single Malt Whisky, Jura Single Malt Whisky and in 2017 launched Whisky Works – an independent innovation wing of Whyte and Mackay.

Gregg is devoted to his craft and believes in flavour-led hands-on whisky making. Gregg is passionately involved in every aspect of the whisky making process from ‘acorn to glass’ and since 2020 leads whisky making across the Whyte and Mackay portfolio.

Scottish whisky auction firm Whisky Hammer agrees investment deal with Hong Kong business Rare Whisky Holdings – Whisky Auction News

Whisky Hammer/Still Spirit. PR SHOTS OF CO-FOUNDERS DANIEL (black) AND CRAIG MILNE(grey). INTERIOR SHOTS OF THE SHOP.

Scottish whisky auction firm Whisky Hammer agrees investment deal with Hong Kong business Rare Whisky Holdings

Online whisky auction site, Whisky Hammer, and its sister retail business Still Spirit, is poised for global expansion after selling a 49% stake of the Scottish family business to Rare Whisky Holdings, a whisky investment group managed out of Hong Kong.

The multi-million-pound deal will deliver a 2.6X return to retail investors on their original investment, who participated in its crowdfunding campaign just two years ago.

Whisky Hammer started in 2016 by brothers Daniel and Craig Milne who are originally from Macduff, near Speyside, an area renowned for the production of Scotch whisky.

The success of Whisky Hammer, and its vast potential, has been recognised by Rare Whisky Holdings, which is the same management team behind the Platinum Whisky Investment Fund, the first private equity fund in the world to focus on rare single-malt whiskies.

Platinum Whisky Investment Fund launched in 2014, raised USD 12 million and is in the final stage of its wind down, exiting at over USD 24 million in 7 years.

Rare Whisky Holdings also owns the Glenor Cask Company, which holds 1,000 casks of maturing single malt, blended, and grain whiskies. The new investment and partnership ensures registered members of Whisky Hammer and Still Spirit will receive exclusive access to a range of cask opportunities for the long-term.

Whisky Hammer hosts monthly auctions, dedicated to whisky and other fine spirits, allowing buyers and sellers from every corner of the globe to participate. It has auctioned a wide range of whiskies, both bottles and casks, with auctions selling in excess of £1 million under the hammer each month.

A recent feature included the 31-Year-Old Black Bowmore ‘DB5’ collaboration with Aston Martin, distilled in 1964 and sold for a hammer price of £81,000 in March 2021.  The customer base of Whisky Hammer features an extensive global network of whisky enthusiasts who buy and sell on the platform, resulting in a 70% growth in revenue in 2020.

Whisky Hammer re-located in 2019 to a new, purpose-built facility in Aberdeenshire, which is also home to Still Spirit – a whisky shop, e-commerce site and dram bar offering over 100 rare whiskies to taste while overlooking the beautiful Scottish countryside.

Daniel Milne, Managing Director of Whisky Hammer and Still Spirit said: “This is a very exciting time for our business.  The transaction signifies an important bond with our new Asian partner that will rapidly bring the group to the next phase of growth, and we are incredibly excited about what lies ahead. In addition, we are delighted to have generated a substantial return for our crowdfunding investors that helped us build the business to where it is today.”

Rickesh Kishnani, Co-Founder of Rare Whisky Holdings commented “Our investment group is proud to join the Milne family business and help with their expansion to Asia, where the demand for whisky continues to grow at a rapid pace. We are also excited to use this new partnership to provide Whisky Hammer and Still Spirit members with exclusive access to our collection of aged casks.”

Legal support was provided for the transaction by Goodwin Proctor LLP (acting on behalf of the buyer) and Brodies LLP (acting on behalf of the sellers).

Follow Whisky Hammer on @whiskyhammer on Facebook and Instagram. 

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Bimber Distillery reveals 2021 Country Collection – English Whisky News

Bimber Distillery reveals 2021 Country Collection 

2021 Country Collection consists of twenty-four cask strength single cask London single malt whiskies  

Eight new countries added to the growing Country Collection roster  

London’s Bimber Distillery today announced the release of its 2021 Country Collection of single cask, single malt whiskies. Following the well-received 2020 Collection which sold out worldwide, new editions have been exclusively bottled for Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Taiwan and the USA.

2021 sees eight new locations added to the Country Collection roster with Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Israel, Japan, Nigeria, South Africa and Switzerland all receiving their first exclusive Bimber releases.

Each exceptional cask was selected to showcase Bimber’s award-winning single malt spirit with the unique personalities derived from a variety of different cask types including: ex-bourbon; Pedro Ximenez finished ex-bourbon; madeira finished ex-bourbon; ruby port and ex-rye whiskey casks.

Bimber’s 2021 Country Collection continues the worldwide expansion of the London-based distillery and recognises the flourishing demand for the craft producer’s single malt whiskies. Fourteen expressions will be released over the summer with the remaining ten releases following later in the year.

Each of the Country Collection Editions were crafted to Bimber’s exacting standards. The spirit was produced from the distillery’s single farm barley and malted on a dedicated floor at Warminster Maltings before being fermented for seven days in bespoke, on-site constructed American oak washbacks. Distillation took place in Bimber’s customised stills, which possess an increased copper surface area, resulting in a light and fruity, but layered new make spirit.

Speaking of the upcoming release of the 2021 Collection, Bimber Distillery spokesperson Matt McKay said: “Each expression within our 2021 Country Collection celebrates the individuality of our growing selection of cask styles. Our exploration of the flavour possibilities of cask experimentation reflects how our traditional processes can be employed to produce impactful and delightfully flavourful results from a wide variety of wood types. As the distillery grows, we are excited to be able to share these exceptional single cask releases with an ever-widening number of worldwide Bimber drinkers.”

Bimber 2021 Country Collection  The initial expressions of the 2021 Bimber Country Collection include:

Cask #182 (Ex-bourbon), 58.5% ABV               -Produced for Austria
Cask #194 (Ex-bourbon), 58.4% ABV               -Produced for Belgium
Cask #150 (Ex-bourbon), 59.5% ABV               -Produced for China
Cask #254 (Ex-rye whiskey), 58.5% ABV          -Produced for Denmark
Cask #30 (Ex-ruby port), 58.9% ABV               -Produced for France
Cask #104 (Ex-bourbon), 59.7% ABV               -Produced for Germany
Cask #47 (Ex-ruby port), 58.7% ABV               -Produced for Hong Kong
Cask #101/7 (PX Finish), 57.4% ABV                -Produced for Japan
Cask #224 (Ex-rye whiskey), 58.2% ABV          -Produced for The Netherlands
Cask #29 (Ex-ruby port), 58.7% ABV               -Produced for Poland
Cask #102/8 (PX Finish), 57.6% ABV                -Produced for South Africa
Cask #178 (Ex-bourbon), 58.1% ABV               -Produced for South Africa
Cask #205 (Ex-bourbon), 58.6% ABV               -Produced for Switzerland
Cask #105/4 (Madeira Finish), 57.7% ABV        -Produced for Taiwan

A further 10 single cask releases will follow later in 2021 for distributors based in Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Israel, Italy, Nigeria and the USA.

About Bimber  

Bimber Distillery produces world-class single malt whisky, handcrafted with passion in West London. As a leading distiller of English whisky, we combine generations of rich distilling heritage, with the finest quality ingredients to create the ultimate craft whisky experience.

Announcing Decadent Drinks Ltd the home of Whisky Sponge – Scotch Whisky News

Announcing Decadent Drinks Ltd the home of Whisky Sponge

Decadent Drinks is the result of an experiment with independent bottling that got out of hand. What started as a collaborative side project between Iain McClune and Angus MacRaild, quickly grew arms and legs and has now become a terrifyingly real and busy company.

We attempt to source and bottle natural, charismatic, crazy but always excellent Whiskies.  We aim to have new bottles coming out every month!

We have a few whiskies available for you at the moment including:

Equinox and Solstice Edition No.2

This edition is for the 2021 summer solstice and contains a 10 year old Highland Single Malt that we have named ‘Candlekitty’ – we’re confident you can work out what we mean by that.

It is composed from an assemblage of three consecutive first fill bourbon barrels, all filled in 2010 and bottled at this series’s set bottling strength of 48.5%.

The whisky has bags of the classical waxy distillery character while also displaying bright fruit tones, natural sweetness and subtle coastal freshness as well. It’s the perfect summer sipper and would also be superb in a highball.

Caol Ila 9 Year Old Whisky Sponge Edition No.32

We return once again to the malt whisky enthusiast’s comfort blanket that is Caol Ila. For this edition we took a refill hogshead from 2007 and a rejuvenated (de-char – re-char) hogshead from 2011 and smooshed them together. The natural strength was surprisingly low so we left it where it was at 53.6%. The result is a 9 year old that is rich, oily, complex and hugely satisfying.

We suggest you enjoy it in a sun lounger in the rain, wearing nothing but a pair of salmon-hide slippers to protect you from the midgies while thumbing an old 1st edition copy of Alfred Barnard’s legendary magnum opus from 1887 : Whisky Investment Companies Of The United Kingdom.

Secret Speyside 1990 Whisky Sponge Edition No.29

This very special bottling commemorates that time the Earth was accidentally destroyed by a reversing hyper-galactic Salmon stillhouse because Jan Birch was distracted by the amusing properties of zero-gravity dramming.

The whisky inside this bottle hails from an unspeakable and mysterious distillery in the town of Rothes. Known locally only as ‘the second least amusing of our distilleries – several of which are in fact quite dull so potentially not that amusing at all’.

This bottling is the result of a cosmic collision of two refill hogsheads. Bottled with slight reduction to our commonly enjoyed ‘seshing ABV’ of 48.5%.

Please enjoy it responsibly and do not attempt to adjust the fabric of space time or operate a microplane while under the influence.

You can sign up to hear about our new releases by registering your interest at www.decadent-drinks.com.

All of our whiskies are available directly from our website at www.decadent-drinks.com and we ship globally, including to the USA.

THE HOUSE OF SUNTORY WINS JAPANESE WHISKY DISTILLER OF THE YEAR AT THE 2021 INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS CHALLENGE – Japanese Whisky News

THE HOUSE OF SUNTORY WINS JAPANESE WHISKY DISTILLER OF THE YEAR AT THE 2021 INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS CHALLENGE 

Among Best in Category Trophy, Hibiki® 21 Wins Double Gold, Yamazaki® and Hakushu® Score Several Gold Awards in Prestigious Global Tasting Event 

London, 14 July 2021: – The House of Suntory, the founding house and pioneer of Japanese Whisky, received its latest wave of industry accolades from this year’s 2021 International Spirits Challenge across its core portfolio of premium whiskies, including a category win for Japanese Whisky Distiller of the Year, and a Double Gold win for Hibiki® 21 –  one of only 11 Double Golds awarded in the entire competition.

Other Gold wins for the House of Suntory went to Hibiki, Yamazaki® and Hakushu® expressions. The House of Suntory received 21 medals in total across the brands, including 13 Gold medals. Held in London in June, the International Spirits Challenge recognises outstanding quality, excellence and achievement in spirits around the world.

“We are honored to continue receiving this level of outstanding recognition year over year by one of the most prestigious industry competitions in the world,” says Jon Potter, Managing Director for the House of Suntory at Beam Suntory. “These awards are a testament to our company’s commitment to quality, precision and excellence. We congratulate our Chief Blender, Shinji Fukuyo, and his diligent team across our distilleries who exhibit the highest level of skill and passion for their craft. This hard-working group commit themselves daily to producing nothing but the best spirits.” 

The full list of House of Suntory competition results:

DOUBLE GOLD

Hibiki 21 Year Old 

GOLD

Hibiki Blender’s Choice

Hibiki Japanese Harmony

Hibiki Japanese Harmony Master’s Select

Hibiki 30 Year Old

Yamazaki Single Malt 12 Year Old

Yamazaki Single Malt 18 Year Old

Yamazaki Single Malt 25 Year Old

Yamazaki Single Malt Mizunara 2020 Edition

Yamazaki Single Malt Spanish Oak 2020 Edition

Yamazaki Single Malt Bordeaux Wine Cask 2020 Edition

Hakushu Single Malt 12 Year Old

Hakushu Single Malt 18 Year Old

Hakushu Single Malt 25 Year Old

SILVER

Suntory Whisky Chita

Suntory World Whisky AO

The Hakushu Single Malt Whisky

The Hakushu Single Malt Whisky Peated Malt 2021 Edition

The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky

The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky Puncheon 2020 Edition

The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky Peated Malt 2020 Edition

ABOUT THE HOUSE OF SUNTORY

Since 1923, Suntory has been renowned as the pioneer of Japanese whisky for its House of Master Blenders and for their Art of Blending. The founding father of Japanese whisky Shinjiro Torii, built Japan’s first malt whisky distillery in Yamazaki, and the Suntory legacy continued with Torii’s son, Keizo Saji, Suntory’s second master blender who continued to establish distilleries including the Hakushu distillery. As the generations of Suntory’s master blenders carry on, Suntory Whisky remains committed to heritage and innovation. The House of Suntory Whisky has been named four-time Distiller of the Year at the International Spirits Challenge in London, UK (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014).

The House of Suntory Ultimate Highball Summer Contest is LIVE! – Japanese Whisky News

THE HOUSE OF SUNTORY LAUNCHES ULTIMATE “TOKI® HIGHBALL SUMMER” WITH FIRST-EVER TRIP TO

TOKYO CONTEST 

Toki Instagram Contest Gives U.S. Fans Chance to See Tokyo, the Birthplace of the Modern Highball Cocktail, Safely in the City’s Prime – Redeemable in 2022 

Chicago, IL (July 1, 2021)The House of Suntory, the founding house and a pioneer of Japanese Whisky, is thrilled to kick off the ultimate Toki® Highball Summer with its new campaign, the #SuntoryTime “Next Stop: Tokyo” social media contest. For the first time ever, the company is offering a once-in-a-lifetime chance for one lucky fan and a guest to win a trip to Tokyo – the birthplace of the authentic Japanese Highball cocktail made with Suntory Whisky. The trip will take place in 2022 only after leisure travel from the U.S. to Japan is deemed safe.

With Tokyo as a focal point of the upcoming summer events, the #SuntoryTime contest is designed to celebrate the Highball, the popular and refreshing three-ingredient cocktail that originated in the “Torys” pubs known for after-work gatherings in Tokyo in the 1950s. Since then, Japanese bartenders have perfected the art of the Highball with unrivaled attention to detail, creating the perfect balance of crisp carbonation and delicious flavor, served at ice-cold temperature for maximum refreshment. Suntory Highballs are now found not only in the bustling izakaya (pubs) in Japan but in the greatest whisky bars all over the world, including on draft from the signature Suntory Toki Highball Machine, which blends ice-cold whisky and soda straight from the tap.

“This summer, all eyes will be on Tokyo and we’re thrilled to offer fans of Suntory Whisky Toki the chance to experience first-hand the birthplace our incredible blended Japanese Whisky and its signature cocktail, the famous Toki Highball,” says Jon Potter, Managing Director for the House of Suntory. “We can’t wait to see how our fans will get creative with their own takes on the Suntory Experience as they enter the contest on Instagram.”

To enter, U.S. residents 21 and older can log into their Instagram accounts to post a photo of their own “Suntory Time” experience with a Toki Highball, along with a creative caption highlighting their experience and tagging @SuntoryToki. Entries will be judged on creativity and originality of the photo, photographic quality and creativity of the caption. The full list of rules and regulations can be found HERE.

The Grand Prize winner will receive an immersive trip for two to Tokyo including five days and four nights at a luxury resort, a tour of the Yamazaki Distillery – the birthplace of Japanese Whisky, invitations to exclusive Suntory Toki events along with a cash stipend of $2,500. Fifty (50) First Prize Winners will receive a Suntory Time Highball Kit inclusive of two highball mugs, ice mold, Japanese peeler, cocktail jigger and bar spoon to make their own ultimate Highball. Contest submissions close on August 14, 2021. No alcohol will be awarded as part of the prize.

In addition to entering the “Next Stop: Tokyo” contest for a chance to win, fans can follow along for all things celebrating highball culture at the website hub https://house.suntory.com/en/na/highball including photos, recipes, demo videos, custom Suntory Highball art made by Tokyo based illustrator Tatsuro Kiuchi, and even a highball-inspired Spotify playlist.

 

TOKI HIGHBALL RECIPE:

1 part Suntory Whisky Toki®

3 parts soda water

Fill glass with large ice blocks or spear to chill. Add Toki, stir to cool whisky and glass. Add soda water, use spoon to lift ice for ultimate carbonation. Garnish with grapefruit peel (optional).

ABOUT THE HOUSE OF SUNTORY

Since 1923, Suntory has been renowned as the pioneer of Japanese whisky for its House of Master Blenders and for their Art of Blending. The founding father of Japanese whisky Shinjiro Torii, built Japan’s first malt whisky distillery in Yamazaki, and the Suntory legacy continued with Torii’s son, Keizo Saji, Suntory’s second master blender who continued to establish distilleries including the Hakushu distillery. As the generations of Suntory’s master blenders carry on, Suntory Whisky remains committed to heritage and innovation. The House of Suntory Whisky has been named four-time Distiller of the Year at the International Spirits Challenge in London, UK (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014).

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ABOUT BEAM SUNTORY

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 On The Rocks Premium Cocktails.

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.

WESTWOOD LINES UP PRESTIGIOUS NEW WHISKY PARTNERSHIP – Scotch Whisky News

WESTWOOD LINES UP PRESTIGIOUS NEW WHISKY PARTNERSHIP

Loch Lomond Whiskies, the Official Spirit of The Open, has agreed a new partnership with golf superstar Lee Westwood to promote the brand’s award-winning single malts across the world.

Westwood, who has won on five continents in his decorated 28-year professional career, worked with Loch Lomond Whiskies Master Blender, Michael Henry, to create and select the Lee Westwood Single Cask, 1st Edition. The single cask has been aged 25 years to mirror Westwood’s 25 wins on the European Tour.

The spirit is born from Loch Lomond’s unique straight-neck pot stills and has the signature fruity character found in many of Loch Lomond’s multi award-winning single malts. Tasting notes include bursts of ripe peach and crisp apple, with orange zestiness. The finish boasts a caramel sweetness, toasted oak and juicy pineapple before waves of warming sugar and cinnamon spice.

Westwood has agreed the partnership ahead of The Open which takes place this week at Royal St George’s in Kent, England. Fans will watch the world’s best golfers compete for the iconic Claret Jug and Westwood will be aiming to win golf’s original Major on his 25th Open appearance.

Commenting at the launch of the Loch Lomond Whiskies partnership, Westwood said: “I’ve been hugely passionate about single malts for many years, so to see an outstanding whisky bearing my name is a huge privilege and a great pleasure.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with Michael and the team at Loch Lomond Whiskies to develop the Lee Westwood Single Cask Edition. I can’t wait for fans to get their hands on a bottle and I’m sure they’ll enjoy a dram as much as I have!”

Colin Matthews, Loch Lomond Whiskies CEO, added: “We’re absolutely thrilled to add Lee to our roster of iconic golf ambassadors. He is a global star and has enjoyed tremendous success across the world and most importantly a great guy, so a the perfect fit for our brand.

“We wish him the best of luck at Royal St George’s this week, and hope he continues the great form he has showed recently. We look forward to working with him in the months and years ahead.”

Westwood joins fellow Loch Lomond Whiskies ambassadors Colin Montgomerie and Darren Clarke, who won The Open the last time it was contested at Royal St George’s back in 2011.

For further information visit Loch Lomond Whiskies on Twitter: @LochLomondMalts, Instagram: @lochlomondmalts Facebook: Loch Lomond Whiskies and at www.lochlomondwhiskies.com.

About Loch Lomond Group

Loch Lomond Group is a multi-award winning leading international distiller of malt, blended and grain whisky with a rich heritage dating back to the foundation of its unique Littlemill Distillery (Scotland’s oldest distillery) in 1772. Its brands are present in over 120 countries around the world. Its key premium Scotch whisky brands include Loch Lomond – “The Spirit of the Open”, Glen Scotia, a Campbeltown malt whisky from the west coast, and Littlemill, the oldest licensed distillery in Scotland. It also produces High Commissioner and Loch Lomond blended Scotch whiskies, as well as Glen’s Vodka, Scotland’s number one vodka brand, and Ben Lomond, premium Scottish Gin.

With production sites across Scotland, Loch Lomond Group is one of the few distillers in Scotland to have a fully integrated production and supply capability. It operates three distilleries – Two (malt & grain) at Loch Lomond Distillery in Alexandria, Dunbartonshire which has on-site cooperage facilities and Glen Scotia distillery in Campbeltown, Argyll. The group also owns and operates Scotland’s largest independent bottling plant in Catrine, Ayrshire.

About Loch Lomond Whiskies

Loch Lomond distillery has been producing the finest single malt whiskies since 1814. 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

In 2018 the company signed a five-year partnership with The R&A for Loch Lomond Whiskies to become “The Spirit of The Open”. The period includes the playing of the landmark 150th Open in 2021 at St Andrews, the home of golf.

For further information visit Loch Lomond Whiskies on Twitter: @LochLomondMalts, Instagram: @lochlomondmalts Facebook: Loch Lomond Whiskies and at www.lochlomondwhiskies.com

The Last Drop 50 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

The Last Drop Evolves from Curation to Creation with the Debut of Its First Signature Blend: The Last Drop 50 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky

Rare release of 500 bottles worldwide created by iconic Master Blender Colin Scott

LOUISVILLE, KY (July 14, 2021) The Last Drop, curators of the world’s most remarkable spirits, is thrilled to introduce its inaugural Signature Blend, The Last Drop 50 Year Old Signature Blended Scotch Whisky. Created by Master Blender Colin J.P. Scott, the release marks the brand’s first foray into the creation – as well as curation – of extraordinary aged spirits. Limited to just 500 bottles worldwide, this distinct blend will be available in the U.S. at an SRP of $4,250 (750ml/47.8% ABV) as of mid-July 2021.

Since its inception, The Last Drop’s philosophy has been to source rare casks, evaluate the spirit and lay down only the finest casks that are both exceptional and suitable for long maturation. By delving into The Last Drop’s inventory to assess the treasures lying within the casks, and using his vast experience, Scott has created an unparalleled blend of malt and grain Scotch whiskies, all of which have aged for at least 50 years.

“For centuries, Scotland’s finest malt and grain distilleries have been distilling unique spirits and laying them in casks for the future,” says Colin Scott, master blender for The Last Drop. “Yet in my half-century career, this is only my second 50-year-old blend, as access to these exceptional liquids is rare. I’m immensely proud of the complexity of this whisky as well as its significance as my inaugural release as The Last Drop’s master blender and our first Signature Blend.”

Presenting smooth, rich flavors from all corners of Scotland, this sumptuous whisky’s journey to maturity began as new distillates of single malts and grains that were filled into casks more than 50 years ago. Over time, malt and grain whiskies have been selected and special blends created to be secured in bourbon and sherry oak casks for further maturation. Final selections were made from these aged casks of malts, grains and aged blends, which were blended together to create this remarkable 50-year-old blend. As expected for a whisky that has experienced such patient maturation, the resulting liquid is rich and luxurious, yet retains a balance and freshness that belies its age, with dried fruits and scented floral notes enhanced with sweet spices and creamy toffee.

The 22nd release, The Last Drop 50 Year Old Signature Blended Scotch Whisky marks the brand’s evolution from rare spirit hunting into creation as the first debut from The Signature Blend Series. Future expressions will be created in partnership with “The Assembly,” The Last Drop’s newly formed coalition of experts drawn from across the spirits industry, each a renowned world-leader in their own category. These personal, limited-edition creations will sit alongside traditional curated releases to create a genuinely remarkable collection of Last Drop bottlings.

“Our goal has always been to find casks that have been forgotten or perhaps just contained too little liquid to be considered worthy of bottling,” says Rebecca Jago, managing director for The Last Drop. “These bottles are like museum pieces, but something you can taste, savor and enjoy. Now, with the help of our new master blender and Assembly members, we are progressing from curation to creation by using some of the barrels we have found to create very old – but also completely new – spirits.”

Joining Colin Scott in The Last Drop’s evolution are five additional founding members of The Assembly including Drew Mayville, master blender & director of quality, Sazerac Company, Richard Seale, master distiller & blender, Foursquare Rum, Louise McGuane, owner & bonder, JJ Corry Irish Whiskey, Michael D’Souza, master distiller & blender, Paul John Indian Whisky and Denis Lahouratate, cellar master, Domaine de Sazerac, Cognac.

The Last Drop 50 Year Old Signature Blended Scotch Whisky will be available in the United States at an SRP of $4,250 (including VAT) as of mid-July 2021 via lastdropdistillers.com and fine spirits retailers.

Tasting Notes: The Last Drop 50 Year Old Signature Blended Scotch Whisky, 47.8% Abv

COLOR: Liquid amber and gold; a rich, warm color speaking of whiskies matured in both bourbon and sherry casks.

NOSE: A light prickle that tempts exploration, featuring a hint of smokey peat from the islands tempered by floral notes alongside vanilla, toast and dried fruit.

TASTE: Rich, soft, smooth, full and fruity: on the palate an explosion of dried apricots, apples and prunes. A rich, creamy texture coats the mouth with sweet and spicy notes, the nuttiness of almonds and surprising hints of liquorice.

FINISH: Long, lingering aftertaste, with oaky notes.

The Bottle Presentation

Each 750ml bottle of The Last Drop 50 Year Old Signature Blended Scotch Whisky is individually numbered and bears Colin Scott’s physical signature. As with all Last Drop releases, each comes packaged in a signature red leather case with a 50ml miniature for private enjoyment, certificate of bottling and pocket-sized tasting book. 

About Colin J.P. Scott, Master Blender, The Last Drop

With a career spanning over 50 years in the whisky industry, Colin Scott joined The Last Drop in 2020 after a distinguished career as Master Blender for Chivas Brothers, where he created Chivas Regal 18 Year Old alongside the founders of The Last Drop, James Espey and Tom Jago. Growing up next to an Orkney distillery, Scott developed an early passion for whisky and followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who also dedicated their lives to Scotch whisky. In addition to the Chivas Regal 18 Year Old, Scott’s career milestones include creating the Original Legend – Chivas Regal 25 Year Old and expanding the Royal Salute range with the 38 Year Old Stone of Destiny, Tribute to Honour, 62 Gun Salute, 100 Casks Selection and Diamond Tribute expressions.

About The Last Drop Distillers

The Last Drop Distillers was founded by two icons of the spirits industry, Tom Jago and James Espey with over 150 years of experience between them. Their aim was to curate the world’s most remarkable spirits by finding treasures across aged spirit categories and sharing them with those who seek the genuinely extraordinary.  This passion for exploration and discovery continued under the careful direction of Tom and James’ daughters: Rebecca Jago and Beanie Geraedts-Espey who joined The Last Drop in 2014 to help bring their fathers’ vision to a wider audience.  In 2016, The Last Drop was acquired by the Sazerac Company, one of America’s oldest private, family-owned, distillers. Rebecca continues to lead The Last Drop as Managing Director. Since the company was founded in 2008, The Last Drop Distillers has released just 22 limited bottlings across Scotch Whisky, Cognac, Bourbon and Rum, comprising fewer than 10,000 bottles to date. Striving for nothing less than the remarkable in the spirits they curate, the company’s unwavering commitment is to the quality of the liquid. For more information about The Last Drop visit https://www.lastdropdistillers.com  and @lastdropdistillers. For more information about Sazerac visit https://www.sazerac.com.

Bold new Scotch Whisky brand revealed by Loch Lomond Group – Scotch Whisky News

Bold new Scotch Whisky brand revealed by Loch Lomond Group

Independent distillery welcomes Spearhead to growing portfolio

            

Multi award winning drinks distiller, Loch Lomond Group, has revealed a new Single Grain Scotch Whisky: Spearhead.

The new expression showcases pioneering craftsmanship and whisky-making techniques which create a lighter spirit, aiming to encourage more drinkers to enter the world of whisky.

The whisky is bold and has a sweeter style, similar to a Bourbon, and is crafted at Loch Lomond’s distillery using a continuous Coffey style still, allowing for a lighter spirit to be created. The spirit is then aged in ex-bourbon barrels before finishing in a combination of fire and infrared-toasted virgin American oak barrels.

The innovative infrared barrels allow for an exact level of toast that extracts natural properties in the barrel, releasing a range of flavours from the wood that are then caramelized to give a complex range of sweet notes. Using a combination of traditionally fire toasted and infrared toasted barrels, the result is ultra-smooth, with a depth and complexity to the flavour. Loch Lomond Distillery is currently the only distillery in Scotland to use infrared barrels to finish whisky.

This process is unique to Scotch Whisky making, making Spearhead a pioneer in the field, and creates a bold yet light and sweeter taste, perfect for new whisky drinkers or those who enjoy long serves.

For those looking to try a new, fun cocktail,  Spearhead’s take on a Clover Club, which replaces the traditionally-used gin base for Scotch, is a wonderfully sweet yet sour serve. Alternatively, whisky drinkers can enjoy a spritzer-style serve, swapping wine for Spearhead and serving with Pêche de Vigne and ginger ale, or try a Spear and Beer, serving 50mls with a can of craft beer.

Displayed in a striking Bourbon-style bottle, Spearhead offers notes of vanilla pod, blackberries and dark chocolate, making it a deliciously light neat dram, or an exciting base for longer drinks and cocktails.

Priced at £30 RRP with an ABV of 43% and available to purchase online, Spearhead is an ideal expression for those who enjoy American and Irish Whiskey and are keen to venture into the world of Scotch.

Calum Leslie, Head of Innovation at Loch Lomond Group, said: “We have been working very hard to create an innovative new Scotch Whisky and we are pleased to finally launch Spearhead to market.

“While this style of whisky is very popular in the Irish and American markets, there isn’t anything comparable in the Scotch sector. Spearhead is one of a kind, championing the single grain, and taking a non-traditional approach to whisky making that will resonate with people new to Scotch. It’s the perfect whisky for those who prefer the sweetness of a bourbon or enjoy a long-whisky based serve, with Spearhead taking a twist on some classic cocktails.

“Adopting our 200-year history of distilling, Spearhead has been created with the same level of care and expertise that goes into each and every one of Loch Lomond Group’s expressions, but it has its own unique journey. The end result is a bold, highly versatile liquid characterised by its sweet and light flavour.”

Spearhead will be available globally from summer 2021.

For more information, please visit www.spearheadwhisky.com

Tasting Notes

Nose – Violet floral notes, dark berries – blackcurrant and blackberry –  vanilla pods, caramel and dark chocolate

Palate – Velvety mouthfeel rolls over the tongue, red apple with lime citrus, vanilla fudge and light brown sugar

Finish – Long smooth and sweet with melted brown sugar

Additional serves 

Peach Head

Ingredients: Spearhead – 35ml

Pêche de Vigne – 15ml

Lemon juice – 10ml

Mint leaves – 10

Orange bitters – 2dsh

Method: Fill glass with ice, then add all ingredients, top with ginger ale and garnish with a wedge of peach

Rusty Spear

Ingredients: Spearhead – 50ml

Ginger Ale – 150ml

Method: Fill glass with ice, then add all ingredients and garnish with a wedge of lime

Spear Med

Ingredients: Spearhead – 45ml

Campari – 10ml

Lemon juice – 15ml

Simple syrup – 10ml

Mandarin juice – 20ml

Method: Add all ingredients into tin with ice, then shake and double strain into highball or tumbler over ice. Top with premium tonic and garnish with bay leaf or pineapple leaf.

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.

THE OXFORD ARTISAN DISTILLERY LAUNCHES ITS SECOND BATCH OF RYE WHISKY – English Whisky News

THE OXFORD ARTISAN DISTILLERY LAUNCHES ITS SECOND BATCH OF RYE WHISKY 

Oxford, 12th July 2021 – The Oxford Artisan Distillery, the UK’s first certified Organic Grain-to-Glass distillery*, has announced the launch of its second release of Oxford Rye Whisky.

The distillery produces superior English rye whisky using ancient heritage grains**, grown by the distillery’s certified organic and regenerative farming partners. These grains require no pesticides, fungicides or herbicides, supporting sustainability and biodiversity in their fields.

The first batch of The Oxford Artisan Distillery’s inaugural rye whisky, Batch #1, released at the end of April, sold out on the day of its launch and received outstanding acclaim.

Oxford Rye Whisky Batch #2, bottled at 47.4% ABV, has the distillery’s classic Oxford Rye house-style: herbal and floral with creamy butterscotch notes, nutty and spicy banana bread, but with an elevated sweet wine flavour of berry jams, dried fruits, leather and tobacco.

The whisky in this batch was matured in virgin American oak casks and freshly emptied Vintage Port casks. Having spent many years in production the Port casks bring the very best characteristics of Portugal’s famed Douro wine valley to the Thames valley, and the character of Oxford’s only Rye Whisky.

Master Distiller, Chico Rosa comments: “The goal with this whisky was to bring you to Oxford; which for me is rye fields and old libraries. It’s herbal, nutty and cured. Like our diverse fields of grain, this is a diverse experience of sensations.”

Adding: ”The first release was our pure expression of rye – virgin oak, fruity, with a herbal and bready character. With this batch, I wanted to highlight a different side of our rye – the herbal nuttiness and rye goodness, while also bringing a decadent and musky hint of Vintage Port. Showing their years the Port casks add a layer of complexity, without overtaking, only complementing.” 

The Oxford Artisan Distillery is the only distillery in England to use populations of ancient heritage grains; painstakingly sourced, revived and bulked up over many years and grown sustainably using methods last used back in the 19th century. As a result Oxford Rye Whisky has a flavour that cannot be achieved from commercial grain.

To create this expression, the grain ratio was made up of 90% maslin (a mix of 70% rye and 20% wheat from populations grown together in the same field) and 10% heritage malted barley – which was harvested in the summer of 2017. The grain was not milled, but instead flattened in a very loud, eccentric traditional mill from the 1920s. The resulting course flakes were then made up in to an 8,000L watery porridge.

Spring fermentation – which has delivered richer fruit characters compared with Batch #1’s winter fermentation – was undertaken in 5000L Hungarian oak vats. The porous oak helps the distillery to have a consistent and stable in-house fermenting culture, allowing microflora to give fruitier flavours and creamier notes. The mash was then double distilled in the distillery’s bespoke custom-made stills, named Nautilus and Nemo, where the grains get baked into smoky sourdough notes. Then finally, the new make spirit was matured in virgin American oak casks and freshly emptied Vintage Port casks.

Oxford Rye Whisky Batch #2 consists of 973 bottles, priced at £95, and will be available from specialist retailers including Master of Malt, Harvey Nichols, The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop, Oxford Wine and the distillery’s website from 13th July.

Following this second release, the third batch of Oxford Rye Whisky will be released on 31st July to celebrate the distillery’s fourth anniversary. This is a truly seasonal edition matured in Moscatel de Setúbal and distilled with grain from the 2017 Harvest. More information will follow.

www.theoxfordartisandistillery.com

Notes  

Oxford Rye Whisky Batch #2 Tasting Notes by Master Distiller, Chico Rosa: 

Aroma: Aniseed and violets with an incredible herbal freshness and a touch of banana and praline leading

to toffee. Red apples and hazelnut, peppery.

Taste: Creamy butterscotch, strawberry jam and blackcurrant with raisins, cobnuts and walnuts, honey

and ginger cake.

Finish: An intensely sweet and spicy finish of banana bread, berries, tobacco, leather and peppermint

with creamy caramel wrapped in an old dusty leather, library book. 

The Oxford Artisan Distillery:

The distillery opened for business at its purpose-built site in Oxford on 27th July 2017.

It is Oxford’s first ever distillery and produces a range of spirits, including gin, absinthe, vodka and whisky, all with total provenance from grain to glass. The Oxford Artisan Distillery is rare amongst UK distilleries in producing its own organic spirit, rather than purchasing Grain Neutral Spirit (GNS) from other sources.

The distillery has a licence to produce spirits for the University of Oxford and has a notable partnership with the University of Oxford’s Botanic Garden.  

*UK’s first certified Organic Grain-to-Glass distillery

According to the latest figures released by WSTA in 2020, the number of the distilleries registered in the UK grew to 560 from over 414 in 2019. Out of these The Oxford Artisan Distillery is the only distillery cultivating, distilling, and bottling its own organic heritage grains. 

**About Organic Heritage Grain:

Certified Organic in April 2020, The Oxford Artisan Distillery is the only distiller to use genetically diverse populations of ancient heritage organic grains – revived from historical sources by a leading archaeo-botanist and grown sustainably on over 350 acres, known as land races, both close to Oxford and on prestigious estates such as Highgrove and Sandringham. The distillery’s grain contributes to biodiversity and soil health in the English countryside. The grains are the result of John Lett’s lifelong research on ancient grains: John has spent a large part of his life sourcing and growing ancient grains together, as polycultures. John takes 30-100 varieties of grain, mixes them up, and grows them together in the same field, at the same time. These sustainable fields are similar to what you would have seen in medieval times – the grains are grown specifically for the distillery, making The Oxford Artisan Distillery the only distillery in the world with a license to use John’s grains, grown exclusively for flavour and not yield.


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