|18 Sep 2023||
LITTLEMILL ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE NEW ‘VANGUARDS COLLECTION'AND UNVEILS THE FIRST EXPRESSION ‘VANGUARDS CHAPTER ONE'
· The Vanguards Collection will celebrate the pioneers behind Scotland’s oldest licensed distillery
· Chapter One, the first of four annual releases, is a remarkable 45 Year Old single malt
· Luxury packaging includes an original artwork from British artist, Vic Lee, reimagining the original license granted to Littlemill to produce whisky, marking the start of an incredible story in history
Scotland’s oldest licensed distillery, Littlemill, has unveiled its latest annual release, The Vanguard Collection - Chapter One, an incredible 45 Year Old whisky drawn from the oldest and rarest reserves of the extraordinary Lowland distillery, which fell into silence in 1994.
The release was distilled on the 11th of October 1977 at the original site in Bowling, West Dunbartonshire, using Littlemill’s patented straight-neck copper pot hybrid stills, which were first introduced in the early 1900s, an innovation of their time then and today.
The liquid was stored in refill American Oak casks before a final five-year finish in a first-fill Oloroso Sherry Hogshead. The result is a wonderful single malt boasting honey, elderflower, and nutmeg on the nose, with a silk-like mouthfeel of melted brown sugar, vanilla, and fresh fruits, before a long finish full of citrus flavour and caramelised sugars.
This traditional choice of finishing wood, personally selected by Master Blender Michael Henry, is meticulously documented in the distillery’s records and complements the delicate floral nature of this Lowland malt.
Bottled at cask strength of 50.5% ABV and natural colour, only 250 individually numbered bottles are available worldwide, priced at £12,500.
Vanguard Chapter One is the first of four new expressions in The Vanguard Collection, which will be released annually, each partnering with a global artist to pay homage to the trailblazers who shaped Littlemill’s story by overturning traditions, innovating with technology and processes, and leaving an undeniable legacy.
The first expression is dedicated to Robert Muir who was granted the first license to ‘retail beer, ale, and excisable liquors’ from King Geoge III in 1773. It is potentially the first time whisky distilling was officiated and was certainly the beginning of a remarkable story in the world’s whisky industry,
This moment will be remembered through a new collaboration with British artist, illustrator, and wordsmith, Vic Lee, who has been transcending the art world for the last ten years with his iconic and intricate approach to penmanship. Vic has worked with some of the UK’s most loved and forward-thinking brands, including McLaren automotive, Nike, Atkin Guitars, Brompton Bikes, and The Tate Modern.
Using traditional screen printing, Vic has created 250 cotton paper artworks which reimagine the original license through contemporary illustrations including Littlemill’s original stills and warehousing, and the trade ships on the River Clyde in Scotland, nodding to the bustling international exporting of the time.
Printed on beautiful off-white cotton paper, the bespoke artwork, hand finished in Indian grey ink for individuality, will be encased in a stunning handmade ash display cabinet, handcrafted by Littlemill’s most trusted carpenters and woodworkers.
Inside is an exquisite handblown Glencairn crystal decanter with delicate cuts in the glass, inspired by a traditional writing quill which would have been used by Robert Muir to sign the original license. A glass portal in the cabinet door provides a window through time to Vic Lee’s hand-finished artwork, each individually hand signed and numbered by Vic and Master Blender, Michael Henry
Each cabinet also houses a branded 50ml miniature and a hardback book of the Littlemill story, so the very few lucky custodians of this exceptional single malt can explore and enjoy Scotland’s most fascinating whisky tale with an exquisite dram.
Founded in 1772 in Bowling, West Dunbartonshire, Littlemill was at the forefront of innovation for its time. It was lost to a fire in 2004 and since then, Master Blender, Michael Henry, has held guardianship of the last remaining rare casks, drawing on the limited reserves for the first Vanguard Collection release.
Michael Henry, Master Blender of Loch Lomond Group, said: “Littlemill’s was Scotland’s first licensed distillery, but the journey thereafter is what makes it remarkable. It’s legacy is defined by unsung heroes and quiet trailblazers at its helm.
“These vanguards of their time were overturning traditions in production, innovating with still designs and craftsmanship, and quietly leaving their fingerprints on Littlemill and the wider whisky industry. Much like Littlemill itself, these individuals passed into history before their contribution could ever be applauded, but their influence lives on in these last precious casks, which I am lucky enough to have under my personal care and custodianship.
“This creation of the first in The Vanguard Collection has been a fascinating process, as we have gone back to explore again the wonderful history of this intriguing whisky distillery. Robert Muir is a pioneer of his time, and this latest release is a celebration of that.
“Quite unlike anything else, Littlemill is a beautiful summer whisky, with characteristics of gentle vanilla and floral notes on the nose, with the sweetness of honey and creamy fudge, accompanied on the palate by classic Lowland fresh fruits. It’s a unique and special character, which we work hard to preserve without compromise.”
Vic Lee, artist, said: “Working closely with Michael and the team, we sought to create something bespoke and unique that could accompany each exclusive bottle. The artwork had to respect the original license from 1773, and through a detailed and time-consuming approach, I drew upon historic penmanship and printing methods, while applying my own contemporary feel.
“There is so much beauty in works and letters; they can incite so much emotion and understanding of a period of time, which was exactly what was required for this remarkable Littlemill launch.”
Vanguard Chapter One will be available for purchase via enquiry through the Littlemill website and other specialised retailers. For further information visit www.littlemilldistillery.com.
|13 Sep 2023||
INTRODUCING THE FOURTH RELEASE OF PRIMA & ULTIMA, DIAGEO’S ANTHOLOGY OF RARE & COLLECTABLE VINTAGE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKIES
A hand curated collection from some of the finest distilleries in Scotland which includes the oldest ever Single Malt from Talisker Distillery
LONDON, 13th September 2023: Registration is now open for collectors around the world to secure the fourth release of Prima & Ultima, the esteemed anthology of rare and collectible vintage Single Malt Scotch Whiskies from Diageo.
Hand-selected from some of the finest distilleries in Scotland, including legendary Brora and Port Ellen, Prima & Ultima gives collectors and connoisseurs the opportunity to build an expertly curated liquid library of magnificent whiskies over time. This fourth release comprises eight remarkable bottlings; the oldest ever whisky to come from Talisker Distillery, the forgotten last casks from The Singleton of Dufftown in 1985 and the last ever 1997 Lagavulin.
Each whisky from the collection holds a story of a first and a last of its kind. The collection presents the chance to build one of the rarest and most exceptional liquid libraries in the world, capturing the ever unfolding story of Scotch. Including pioneering experiments and the dwindling remains from long lost ghost distilleries, the whiskies in this collection can never again be experienced by the world.
Revealed to a select group of guests at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, the fourth edition in the series sees eight incredibly rare and precious vintage cask strength Single Malt Scotch Whiskies personally selected by Master Blender Dr Emma Walker. Celebrated as a true master of malt, Dr Emma Walker has spent a luminous career at the forefront of Diageo’s finest work in whisky. Her first hand experience of these liquid legends truly comes to life in this vivid and personal selection of Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
With Emma’s heightened knowledge of Single Malts she takes up the mantle from its three previous curators, Dr Craig Wilson, Maureen Robinson and Dr Jim Beveridge OBE, each individual highly respected within the industry with over a century of experience between them.
Dr Emma Walker said: “It is a privilege to introduce the fourth release of Prima & Ultima which I have personally selected from Scotland’s reserves of exceptionally aged Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Each of these whiskies have been watched, influenced and marked as outstanding. As well as being exceptional, these rare whiskies were each distilled during a specific, unrepeatable moment of note or change at each of the eight iconic distilleries.”
Emma continued to say: “In curating this release I’ve drawn whiskies that not only are noteworthy in whisky history, but also have a personal connection to myself. For instance the very first malt whisky I tried was a Lagavulin, it was its spectacular qualities that enticed me to enter the whisky world. It has also been one of my dreams to craft a special 1977 Brora and I am so pleased that this release has seen this realised.”
Hand picked for their outstanding quality and character, the fourth release includes the oldest whisky ever to be bottled from Talisker Distillery - a Talisker 46-Year-Old, an experimental Single Malt from Clynelish, and a Lagavulin heralding from 1997, known as a golden year for the Islay distillery. This Prima & Ultima release also features the debut of Oban Distillery to the collection with its very last casks from 1996, chosen for its unique coastal character, uncharacteristic of the distillery.
Exceptionally rare whiskies from the reawakened ghost distilleries Brora and Port Ellen have been carefully curated by Dr Emma Walker, with the last ever 1977 American oak hogsheads from Brora Distillery and the final 1978 American oak hogsheads from Port Ellen joining the collection.
On the evening of the launch for this new release, a select group of guests have been invited to taste the whiskies, alongside an exceptional collection of other firsts and lasts. Guests have been hosted amongst some of the rarest books at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, one of the oldest institutional fine arts libraries in the world. These include the Ruins Of The Palace Of The Emperor Diocletian At Spalatro In Dalmatia, the first book to be donated to the library in 11th January 1769 by the architect Robert Adam just one month after the RA was founded, and the David Hockney: a bigger book, the last to be added to the collection.
Only 413 full sets of the Prima & Ultima Fourth Release are available for purchase, directly through appointed Prima & Ultima agents. Individual bottlings from the fourth release are also available. The recommended retail selling price for the fourth release of Prima & Ultima is GBP45,580 (including tax and duty) in the UK. An online registration page is open from 13th September to 11th October 2023 at www.theprimaandultimacollection.com for whisky collectors across the globe to register their interest.
|31 Aug 2023||
THE FIRST 50-YEAR-OLD AND OLDEST EVER BRORA, DONATED BY DIAGEO TO THE DISTILLERS ONE OF ONE CHARITY AUCTIONBRORA IRIS, AN HISTORIC SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY AND ONE-OF-A-KIND ART PIECE FROM ICONIC BRORA DISTILLERY, REPRESENTING THE EYE OF A SCOTTISH WILDCAT, CAPTURES THE AWAKENED SPIRIT OF THE DISTILLERY
LONDON, 30th August 2023: Brora Iris, a stunning work of art representing the eye of a Scottish Wildcat; the emblem of Brora Distillery, has been unveiled by Diageo. The 50-Year-Old Single Malt is expected to fetch between £250,000 - £500,000 at auction when it goes under the hammer on 5th October at Hopetoun House, Edinburgh in partnership with Sotheby’s.
This ultra-rare spirit, crafted by distillers at Brora five decades ago, is the oldest Brora Single Malt that has ever been bottled. Brora Iris is presented in a 1.5litre decanter and suspended within an imposing one-of-a-kind handcrafted stone sculpture and has been donated to The Distillers One of One Charity Auction by Diageo, the world’s leading Scotch whisky distiller.
Founded in 1819, Brora Distillery, in Sutherland, garnered early acclaim for the quality of its spirit and craftsmanship. When the stills fell silent in 1983, Brora soon earned world renown as one of the lost icons of the whisky world, with historic bottlings eagerly sought out by collectors to set auction records. In 2021 distilling recommenced at Brora after the distillery was meticulously restored as part of a major investment by Diageo, crafting new spirit for generations to come. It now welcomes small groups of visitors by-appointment only in limited numbers and releases highly sought-out capsules of historic whisky from its ‘ghost’ stock.
A collaboration by a number of highly skilled artists and craftspeople, the Brora Iris consists of a 1.5 litre decanter representing the wildcat’s iris, while the stone sculpture has been hewn from the same limestone that was used to build Brora Distillery, by Scotland based sculptor and artist Michelle De Bruin. Finally, it is crowned by a bronze wildcat figure, which acts as a key to the decanter, cast by one of the UK’s leading animalier sculptor’s Jonathan Knight. Together the piece creates a remarkable, never to be repeated, celebration of the skill, dedication and attention to detail that is the hallmark of Brora.
Drawn from a tiny capsule of Brora’s distilling past, this vanishingly rare ghost stock suspended in time, is from the celebrated year of 1972. Brora Iris Master Blender Dr Craig Wilson describes it as “a style that has come to define the Brora iconic status”, and was crafted only during fleeting periods of the distillery’s past. Whisky expert Charles Maclean, upon tasting the liquid, commented: “The aroma opens a door to the past and reveals Brora: perfectly presented, alive today and correct in every detail”. The eventual owner will also be invited to explore the reawakened distillery with five guests and be guided by distillery host Andrew Flatt through an exquisite tasting experience.
Jonny Fowle, Head of Whisky at Sotheby’s, said: “It is with great pleasure that we are able to introduce Brora Iris. Few distilleries in the world conjure such majesty and awe as Brora and the opportunity that this one off art piece and incredible whisky presents puts this item as one of the top lots within the auction. Having tasted it myself, I can say that this is a truly exceptional Brora.”
Now in its second year, The Distillers One of One Charity Auction will take place at Hopetoun House, near Edinburgh, on Thursday 5th October 2023. The biennial series of auctions is led by The Distillers’ Charity, the philanthropic arm of The Worshipful Company of Distillers. The proceeds raised from the sale of the auction will be donated to the Distillers’ Charity, principally to the Youth Action Fund, dedicated to transforming the lives of young people in Scotland.
Commenting on the charity auction, Javier Ferrán, Diageo Chairman, said: “We are delighted to be able to support The Distiller’s Charity with the donation of Brora Iris to the upcoming Distillers One of One auction. We look forward to seeing the industry’s contribution benefit the young people and communities that the charity supports across the length and breadth of Scotland.”
Bidding for Brora Iris will open 12th September 2023, closing in an event at the spectacular Hopetoun House, near Edinburgh, on Thursday 5th October. For more information, visit www.diageorareandexceptional.com
|29 Jul 2023||Gordon & MacPhail’s time as an independent bottler will, over the coming decades, slowly come to an end as the company evolves to prioritise single malt production from its own distilleries.
From 2024, Gordon & MacPhail will cease filling spirit into cask from distilleries not owned by the company. This will allow it to control its own destiny by focusing on Benromach and The Cairn. These distilleries secure supply of the highest quality single malt whisky.
For the past 128 years, Gordon & MacPhail has sent casks to over 100 Scotch whisky distilleries, filling them with new-make spirit and expertly maturing them for many years. Over that time it has transformed from greengrocer to whisky merchant and independent bottler to owner of two distilleries.
This is a significant next step in the long-term evolution of the company. However, for the next several decades, whiskies bearing the Gordon & MacPhail marque will continue to be released, discovered and enjoyed from the company’s extensive portfolio of some of the world’s rarest and most sought-after single malts.
|01 May 23||
Macaloney's cements standing in elite group of global distilleries, claiming a third World's Best gold medal in 2023's World Whiskies A
In addition to the prestigious World's Best award, Macaloney also brought home:
SAANICH, BC (April 20, 2023) – When Graeme Macaloney PhD, President and Whisky Maker at Macaloney’s Island Distillery, was invited to London, UK to attend the World Whiskies Awards in person, he thought he might go home with three awards. Instead, he brought home four, including World’s Best Pot Still award for one of their flagship whiskies, Kildara Signature Expression. This success demonstrates the reslience of Macaloney Distillers, who recently settled a lawsuit with the Scotch Whisky Association in April 2022.
· Best Canadian Single Malt, gold medal for its Siol Dugall Signature Expression
· Best Canadian Single Cask Malt, gold medal for The Peat Project: Single Cask Portuguese Red wine Barrique with Washington Peat
· Best Canadian Pot Still, gold medal for its Kildara Signature Expression
"Winning World's Best Single Pot Still for our Kildara, along with three gold medals for Best Canadian Single Malt, Best Canadian Single Cask Single Malt, and Best Canadian Pot Still was breathtaking" said Macaloney. “With our prior World’s Best New-Make & Young Spirit awards in 2019 and 2020 for our peated spirits, we are the first Canadian craft distillery in history to take an unprecedented three World Best gold medals in blind tastings at the prestigious World Whiskies Awards in the UK!"
With their recent wins, Macaloney’s has now graduated to join a rare handful of global whisky brands such as Suntory, Red Breast, J.P Wiser, and Johnny Walker. Moreover, they are the only craft distillery in Canada to have won three or more World’s Best gold medals.
"None of this would be possible if it weren't for the grassroots crowdfunding support we continue to receive from whisky enthusiasts across the country, the mentorship I received from the late, great Dr. Jim Swan, and the incredibly hard work of all of our staff," commented Macaloney.
Macaloney’s Island Distillery’s medal haul of 4 gold medals joins two other Victoria and two other Canadian winners from the 2023 World Whiskies Awards, including:
· Best Canadian Small Batch Single Malt – Devine Distillery’s Glen Saanich in Victoria, BC
· Best Canadian New Make & Young Spirit – Anhoka’s Heavily Peated Single Malt in Parkland County, Alberta
· Best Canadian Rye – Lot 40’s Dark Oak in Windsor, Ontario
· Best Hotel Bar - Clive’s Classic Lounge in Victoria, BC
To learn more about Macaloney’s Island Distillery or purchase their award-winning whiskies, visit www.macaloneydistillers.com.
|06 Oct 22||
Introducing a legendary world of rare flavours for every Scotch whisky enthusiast to enjoy
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, 29th September 2022 – Today Diageo unveils its hotly anticipated Elusive Expressions Special Releases Scotch Whisky Collection - the pinnacle moment in every whisky lover’s calendar. Hand-selected by Master Blender Dr. Craig Wilson, this?unusual collection of eight aged and finely finished?whiskies delivers rarity, flavour and fantasy to capture the curiosity of today’s?whisky explorers.
New cask finishes meet depth of complexity and character, resulting in unexpected flavours, whilst the collection stalwart’s smokiest reserves are revived under the Elusive Expressions theme. With over 30 distilleries to draw from, the collection’s Master Blender Dr. Craig Wilson can tap into over 10 million casks that are currently resting in Diageo’s world-famous portfolio.
“Today we reveal and introduce Elusive Expressions, a boundary-pushing collection with flavours and finishes that truly redefine what cask-strength whiskies can be. From abundantly rich, to strikingly rare flavours, each one is vividly bought to life with new energy. Featuring some of our oldest whisky dynasties, we’ve embraced the flavour contrasts that exist within the collection, to create an unexpected whisky experience.”
Brands come to life through our most?unconventional and immersive storytelling yet - the Elusive Expressions Cocktails and Serves book. Explored in a bold graphic-novel style, cocktail-making is reframed through characters and journeys. Carefully created by our Brand Ambassadors, each cocktail and serve highlights the whisky collection for fans to recreate at home and enter a new world of Special Releases.
From solving the mystery of the Ruby Solstice to capturing the Blood Red Moon, the Elusive Expressions Cocktails and Serves book explores the legends behind Mortlach, The Singleton, Lagavulin and Talisker, showcasing an unexplored world of rare flavour and the unique nature of each liquid.
Whisky lovers are invited to step into the artwork of our dark and vivid world through the digital experience. Activated via QR code, doorways offer a glimpse into an alternative universe, fans will be able to interact with the collection and experience each brand’s story in the most immersive way yet.
Offering layers of luminous flavour, the collection includes:
The 2022 Special Releases collection will be available in limited quantities from specialist Scotch whisky retailers and malts.com from 1st October 2022.
|25 Apr 22||
Award-winning distillery Glen Scotia unveils new limited-edition 'Festival Release 2022’
Glen Scotia has unveiled its Festival Release 2022, to celebrate the return of the Campbeltown Malts Festival this year (24-26th May).
The exquisite 8-year-old expression has been matured in heavily peated, first-fill bourbon barrels before a twelve-month finish in Pedro Ximénès hogsheads, a fortified dessert wine from southern Spain, giving it a perfect balance of gentle smoke, treacle and spice interwoven with Glen Scotia’s signature maritime notes.
The classic coastal influencer so well known in Glen Scotia drams comes through on the nose alongside notes of soft peat smoke, vanilla then fresh apples and pears. In the mouth, the liquid is smooth and silky with hints of runny treacle, spicy white pepper, sweet fruits and salted toffee – a wonderful balance of spice and the sherry cask influence. The finish picks up the mellow sea influence and light, floral honey.
Non-chill filtered, the heavily-peated and rich, amber-coloured liquid has been bottled at cask strength, 56.5% ABV. This limited edition will be available worldwide through specialist retailers, and to buy from the Glen Scotia UK online store from late April, priced at £55.
The Campbeltown Malts Festival is a pinnacle moment in the town’s calendar each year. It celebrates the exceptional whisky-production capabilities of the fifth whisky region and provides a platform for the three remaining distilleries in the town to showcase their artistry in dram-making to visitors from around the world.
Iain McAlister, Distillery Manager and Master Distiller at Glen Scotia, said: “Our Festival Release 2022 is very special as it heralds the return of the much-loved Malts Festival and the opportunity for us to showcase our work in person once more to whisky fans from around the world.
|30 Mar 22||
GLEN SCOTIA, SCOTLAND’S ‘DISTILLERY OF THE YEAR’, UNVEILS 46-YEAR-OLD, ITS
OLDEST AND RAREST EXPRESSION
Campbeltown-based distillery, Glen Scotia, has unveiled its oldest and rarest limited-edition liquid to date, a 46-year-old single malt Scotch whisky with only 150 individually numbered bottles available worldwide.
Scotia’s signature distillery profile.
The remarkably aged expression, from the distillery awarded Scottish Whisky Distillery of the Year at the Scottish Whisky Awards last year, pays homage to a precious time in Glen Scotia’s history while celebrating the craftsmanship of a different era.
In the winter of 1974, the Glen Scotia distillery team would finish their last production amidst a four-year programme of investment that spelt opportunity and a profound sense of optimism in the town. These final years would also mark the end of a special chapter, defined by tradition, care, craftsmanship and an old way of doing things. It was these final casks that have laid quietly maturing under the care of distillery managers until today.
Glencairn, each bottle has been tastefully etched, a gold metallic coin bears the traditional Glen Scotia knot, and a heavy metal stopper completes its exceptional presentation.
Bottled at 41.7% ABV, with an estimated retail price of £6,750 per 70cl bottle, the release is set to draw attention from global collectors looking for a slice of Glen Scotia’s artistry in whisky-making.
To mark its release, Glen Scotia has partnered with distinguished whisky figurehead Dave Broom to uncover the tale of this rare dram in a short new film, shot at the distillery’s dunnage with Distillery Manager and Master Distiller, Iain McAlister, delving into the history of the expression and its roots in Campbeltown. While the distillery is gaining global award recognition, the region, known as the ‘Victorian whisky capital of the world’ thanks to its superior production capabilities, is also enjoying a renaissance as consumers return to experience the exceptional quality of whisky made there.
“The whisky has the tropical fruit funkiness which only comes from long ageing in refill casks - evidence of that original intention of using it while young, filled with those Glen Scotia oils and salinity. The subtle, sweet, toffee elements mid-palate reflect the change in direction when mature, elegant single malts were desired, while the rich sultana like fruit harks back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries when sherry casks were the preferred choice for Campbeltown’s whiskies.”
Glen Scotia’s Distillery Manager & Master Distiller, Iain McAlister, added: “It is wonderful to contemplate that we have inherited these last remnants from those who have helped shape
Glen Scotia’s journey and been part of our history. The release of the Glen Scotia 46-year-old is a toast and a thank you to the craft of all those who have come before us.
A limited release of 150 bottles of Glen Scotia’s 46-year-old will be available for purchase from the Glen Scotia website (www.glenscotia.com) and specialist retailers.
Glen Scotia 46-Year-Old Release tasting notes
• Nose: Rich dried fruit and citrus peel, thick sweet toffee balanced with bracing ocean spray and fresh vanilla
• Palate: Velvet mouthfeel with layers of melted brown sugar and golden caramel, baked apple, and poached pear in vanilla syrup with orange citrus notes
• Finish: Long maritime finish with sea salt and waves of warming cinnamon and nutmeg spice
|23 Nov 21||
INTRODUCING JOHNNIE WALKER MASTERS OF FLAVOUR
This exceptional Scotch is crafted from the finest maturing whiskies in the Johnnie Walker reserves, all of the whiskies used to create Johnnie Walker Masters of Flavour are aged for at least 48 years and only 288 bottles will be released - an extremely limited run of an incredibly rare Scotch.
Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge says: “It is fascinating to craft a Scotch that pays tribute to each of the four main steps in whisky making - malting, distilling, cask maturation and blending - to shine a light on how each craft contributes something very special to the extraordinary flavours that Scotch has to offer, from grain to glass. “
In one of his final releases before he retires at the end of the year, Jim brought together three masters of the whisky world who he has worked with over many years, Malt Master - Donna Anderson, Cask Master - James Carson and Distillation Master - Douglas Murray, to create something that paid tribute to the skill of whisky making.
“This incredible blend showcases how masters of the art of whisky making combine generations of Scotch knowledge and craftmanship with their own expertise of malting, distillation, cask maturation and, of course, blending, to create a truly exceptional Scotch.”
The series includes last year’s incredible Johnnie Walker Master’s Ruby Reserve, a celebration of Jim Beveridge’s 30 years working in whisky. Before that, the John Walker Masters’ Edition, was a whisky crafted using Scotch aged for a minimum of 50 years from distilleries that were operational during the lifetime of Johnnie Walker founder John Walker. All three are presented in a Baccarat crystal decanter within a bespoke oak cabinet.
For Johnnie Walker Masters of Flavour, Jim worked closely with his team of expert whisky makers, to hand select fleetingly rare expressions from the iconic “ghost” distilleries of Glyn Albyn, Port Dundas, Brora* and Glenury Royal, balancing them perfectly together with the iconic distilleries of Cameronbridge, Blair Athol and Dalwhinnie.
Jim adds: “By nurturing close relationships with malt, distillation, and cask masters throughout Scotland, a blend master contributes to creating a unique collaboration of craftmanship in service of making exceptional Scotch, these are relationships that we have nurtured through 30 years of working in whisky. It’s an honour to pay tribute to those experts.”
On the nose, Johnnie Walker Masters of Flavour, has a soft and gentle smoke, reminiscent of seaweed and salty air, gives way to rich dried fruits. Notes of molasses linger with leather-bound books before smoke gently weaves back though the senses.
These aromas give way to rich fruit flavours bursting with currants before a gentle spice starts to build on the palate. Cinnamon-infused apples combine with star anise, crushed peppercorn and warming oak embers, enveloped in waves of baked caramel and rich butterscotch before culminating in a gentle and warming smoke in the finish.
Johnnie Walker Masters Of Flavour has an ABV of 41.8% and a RRSP of GBP 20,000 in the UK (including duties and taxes).
* While a new, modern distillery has recently opened on the site of the old Brora distillery and is called Brora, the whiskies it will in time produce will be very different to those laid down decades ago in the original Brora Distillery that closed its doors in 1983.
|02 Oct 21||
DIAGEO ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF “LEGENDS UNTOLD” THE 2021 SPECIAL RELEASES WHISKY COLLECTION This year every enthusiast can discover legendary tales from eight Scottish distilleries via a unique immersive experience in their own homes.
Diageo unveils “Legends Untold”, the annual Special Releases Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection. The pinnacle of the whisky lover’s calendar, this year the collection transverses the world of whisky by reaching into the realms of augmented reality to share the untold stories of the distilleries in new and unique ways. According to our ancient fables, otherworldly beings have fiercely protected the heartlands of remote Scottish distilleries for an eternity. This autumn by a twist of fate, the mythical creatures of the distilleries are set to come to life revealing their true characters. Drawn from some of Scotland’s most interesting, legendary distilleries, this collection nods to the hidden gems that can be found in each corner of the Scottish terrain amongst the lochs and rugged highlands. Guarded for only a privileged few to know and savour, this collection of whiskies will spark the imaginations of every whisky lover, spirit-enthusiast, and fantasist as soon as it touches their lips. This one-of-a-kind collection highlights the diversity of Diageo’s most treasured reserves maturing in Scotland. For the first time it will feature bold heavily detailed illustrations and design work from renowned digital illustrator Ken Taylor. His striking signature style and interpretation of the mythical creatures takes cues from his portfolio of pop culture artwork and unmistakeable posters. Master Blender Dr Craig Wilson hand-picked each of the whiskies to create the Legends Untold collection and is very proud to showcase the true essence of the distilleries.
Two unique and enchanting expressions of the Lagavulin, ‘The King of Islay’: A fiercely intense, yet perfectly balanced sweet and salty 12-Year-Old and, the jewel in the crown, a 26-Year-Old, finished in first-fill Pedro Ximenez/Oloroso casks The 2021 Special Releases collection will be available in limited quantities from specialist Scotch whisky retailers and malts.com this Autumn.
Availability Autumn 2021 from specialist retailers in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, selected markets across Asia and in airport duty free. Suggested Retail Pricing
Mortlach 13-Year-Old ABV: 55.9% Region: Speyside Cask: Virgin and refill American oak casks Limited quantities available RRSP £135
Singleton of Glendullan 19- Year-Old ABV: 54.6% Region: Speyside Cask: Refill American oak casks, finished in cognac casks Limited quantities available RRSP £140
Talisker 8-Year-Old ABV: 59.7% Region: Island/ Isle of Skye Cask: Heavily peated refill casks Limited quantities available RRSP £90
Lagavulin 26-Year-Old ABV: 44.2% Region: Islay Cask: PX/Oloroso seasoned first fill casks No. bottles available: 7,542 RRSP £1,650
Lagavulin 12-Year-Old ABV: 56.5% Region: Islay Cask: Refill American Oak casks Limited quantities available RRSP £130
Cardhu 14-Year-Old ABV: 55.5% Region: Speyside Casks: Refill American oak casks, finished in red wine casks Limited quantities available RRSP £120
Oban 12-Year-Old ABV: 56.2% Region: Coastal Highland Cask: Freshly charred American Oak casks Limited quantities available RRSP £105
Royal Lochnagar 16-Year-Old ABV: 57.5% Region: Highland Cask: American Oak and European Oak refill casks Limited quantities available RRSP £200
|02 Sep 21||
Diageo opens landmark global Johnnie Walker visitor experience
Flag raised to the future of Scotch whisky tourism to mark launch of pioneering attraction
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, 2nd September 2021 – Diageo’s Johnnie Walker Princes Street, the eight-floor new visitor experience for the world’s best-selling Scotch whisky, has today been launched in the heart of Scotland’s capital city.
Four and a half years in the making, Johnnie Walker Princes Street is the centrepiece of Diageo’s £185million pound investment in Scotch whisky tourism in Scotland – the largest single investment programme of its kind ever seen in Scotch whisky tourism.
To mark the opening a Johnnie Walker flag was raised above the landmark building by Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive, Diageo, and Barbara Smith, Managing Director of Johnnie Walker Princes Street, against the backdrop of Edinburgh’s iconic skyline, including the world-famous Edinburgh Castle.
Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive, Diageo said: “This is a proud day for everyone. Last year Johnnie Walker celebrated 200 years since founder John Walker opened the doors to his small grocery store and today represents the next chapter of the incredible story. Johnnie Walker Princes Street is a landmark investment in Scotch whisky and into Scotland and it sets a new standard for immersive visitor attractions. It celebrates Scotland’s remarkable heritage, our incredible skilled whisky-makers, and looks to the future by engaging new generations of consumers from around the world in the magic of Scotch whisky.”
Facts about Johnnie Walker Princes Street visitor experience:
Johnnie Walker Princes Street is crowned by two world-class rooftop bars and a terrace with breath-taking views of the Edinburgh skyline, including the Explorers’ Bothy whisky bar stocked with 150 different whiskies, and the 1820 cocktail bar where drinks are paired with a carefully curated menu sourced from, and representing in culinary form, the four corners of Scotland.
Johnnie Walker Princes Street is also committed to contributing to the community by offering its award-winning hospitality training programme for unemployed people in its special Johnnie Walker Learning for Life academy. The building can also host events in its 200-capacity space.
In 2019, the Scotch Whisky industry attracted a record 2.16 million visitors and Johnnie Walker Princes Street, and Diageo’s £185m tourism investment programme aims to help rebuild Scotch whisky tourism for the future. The investment includes the transformation of distillery visitor experiences around Scotland, including Glenkinchie, Clynelish, Cardhu and Caol Ila – the Lowland, Highland, Speyside and Islay homes of Johnnie Walker, linked to Johnnie Walker Princes Street to form a world-class network of attractions the length and breadth of Scotland.
Johnnie Walker Princes Street will open its doors to the public at 1 pm on Monday 6th September. Tickets for tours start from £25 per person, including a 90-minute tour and three personalised Scotch whisky samples (all samples are provided with carefully controlled measures and non-alcoholic alternatives available to all guests).
|25 Jun 21||
Glen Scotia Distillery Collaborates with Document Scotland
to Capture Whisky History
Photographic Exhibition Unveiled as part of Glen Scotia Virtual Malts Festival
A photographic exhibition showcasing the history and heritage of Campbeltown has been unveiled today (7 June 2021) as part of the Glen Scotia Virtual Malts Festival 2021.
Campbeltown was the whisky capital of the world in the Victorian era and as one of only three surviving single malt whisky distilleries located there today, Glen Scotia has collaborated with Document Scotland to shine a spotlight on the town’s whisky-making legacy.
A collective of three Scottish documentary photographers, Document Scotland share a vision to witness and photograph the important and diverse stories in Scotland. Through the partnership with Glen Scotia, Sophie Gerrard, Colin McPherson and Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert have captured modern-day photography of Campbeltown by exploring the themes of People, Place and Process, to tell the story of Glen Scotia and Scotland’s fifth malt-producing region.
Combined with historic photography of the distillery and the region, these captivating images from the past and the present are featured in an interactive online gallery to celebrate Campbeltown’s contribution to Scotch and uncover Glen Scotia’s long, rich history.
Iain McAlister, Master Distiller and Distillery Manager at Glen Scotia, said: “Since 1832, Glen Scotia has been shaped by the people, time and events; as well as the history of Campbeltown itself, and this remarkable Document Scotland photographic exhibition brings our unique whisky history and heritage to life. Our single malt reflects centuries of craftsmanship and experience associated with the region and is renowned for its Campbeltown character.”
Photographer Sophie Gerrard focused on the ‘People’ who could tell the story of whisky in Campbeltown. From those who work at Glen Scotia to the farmer who collects the draff to feed his cattle, and from those descended from the ‘big three’ whisky families of history to the new generation of young people making their lives and livelihoods from whisky in Campbeltown. Using her method of environmental portraiture, she photographed these people in their homes, at the distillery and in the hills and streets around the town, each of them connected in some way to the unique heritage of Campbeltown.
Sophie said: “As a photographer I’m always interested in the people behind the story and for this project to make a series of photographic works about Glen Scotia and the unique story of whisky in Campbeltown, I turned to the individuals which make this whisky so special. Each character has an individual story and a distinct connection to the past and the future of whisky in Campbeltown.”
Photographer Colin McPherson captured the theme of ‘Place’ around Campbeltown, taking his inspiration from the connections between the town today and its past. He looked for remnants of the ‘Whiskyopolis’ boomtown of old and set these in the context of modern-day Campbeltown, using the intense colours and light presented so dramatically by an Argyll winter and the town ’s architecture to make a series of images which transcend time.
Colin said: “Campbeltown has a special connection with whisky distilling, and it was fascinating to see so many traces of ‘Whiskyopolis’ - from disused warehouses, old gates and fences to buildings which are now used for other purposes. There is still a distinctive atmosphere in Campbeltown, one which evokes the past. A lot of this comes from the Glen Scotia Distillery, which is a living and breathing reminder of the town’s heritage, but one which is very important to its status today and for the future.”
Photographer Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert captured the daily lives of Glen Scotia employees and the patient ‘Process’ of distilling new-make spirit to fill into casks. His photographs illustrate the passion and human touch of the men and women for their craft, their immediate environment, the spirit and the all-important casks, which all bring unique ingredients, vital elements and distinctive flavour to the final whiskies.
Jeremy said: “As photographers we are passionate about our craft, waiting for the right light, looking for the perfect angle and bringing years of experience to every photograph we take, even though it may only be a fleeting moment we capture. This is mirrored at Glen Scotia and we found a perfect partner in the distillery, where Iain McAlister and his team bring passion and years of experience to their craft, to create exquisite single malts. This collaboration is a meeting of minds between two teams of modern Scottish craftspeople, aware of their place in contemporary Scotland, but also of the history that has gone before them.”
Campbeltown was once known as ‘Spiritville’ or ‘Whiskyopolis’ and at its peak in the Victorian era, there were around 30 legal distilleries operating in a town with a population of only 9,000. The unique photographic exhibition forms part of this year’s Glen Scotia Virtual Malts Festival, which will welcome thousands of whisky fans from across the globe to experience a range of online tours and tastings from the distillery.
Glen Scotia 25 Years Old single malt was recognised as the ‘Best in Show Whisky’ at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition, with judges awarding it as the overall winner of the competition, and therefore the best whisky in the world in 2021.
For further information about Glen Scotia and to view the photography exhibition, visit www.glenscotia.com
|27 May 21||
Lagavulin & Caol Ila Launch Limited Edition 2021 Fèis Ìle Bottlings
Lagavulin and Caol Ila announce the launch of festival exclusive Single Malt Scotch whiskies to celebrate the 2021 Islay Festival of Music and Malt, Fèis Ìle, available to purchase on malts.com from 1 June with a pre-sale for subscribers at 2pm (BST) 31 May.
Hand-selected by the distillery teams, the Lagavulin and Caol Ila Fèis Ìle bottles have been much adored, and their annual release for the festival has become a key moment in the whisky calendar. Each represents a precious part of the distillery’s rich heritage, offering whisky fans an exciting twist on the core expressions available at Lagavulin and Caol Ila.
Fèis Ìle Lagavulin 13 Year-Old is a glorious and unique bottling with a delightfully rewarding and unusual mix of richness, spice, and sweetness. This full bodied expression has fleeting sweet aromas of candied chestnuts somehow perfectly combined with oily mineral tones. The tones are intensified with a thick and oil-smooth texture. It is fleetingly sweet then piquant with spice that quickly rises in importance as rich waves of smoke, salt and hot pepper take over. Noticeably palate-drying, this superb Lagavulin has a long and intense finish with a pepper-spice warmth and delicious nutty and smoky aftertaste. Ideal to be savoured at natural strength or with a splash of water.
Vigorous and spicy, Fèis Ìle Caol Ila 12 Year-Old carries intense fruit notes and unusual floral traits from the nose to the finish. This rare release opens on the nose with a light green, faintly herbal top note, followed by lush scented fruit of sweet grapes and ripe peach. At natural strength, this luscious malt has a creamy-smooth texture intensely sweet to begin but quickly balanced with tones of pepper spice, a hint of salt and more rich fruit to develop a racy and embracing warmth. The finish is elegantly long with tangy and drying notes, leaving a lovely smoky aftertaste.
Lagavulin Fèis Ìle 2021 – 13 Year Old
Pierrick Guilaume, Lagavulin Distillery Manager said, “Fèis Ìle is an incredible week for the island each year, allowing us to welcome whisky and music lovers around the globe to the island we’re so proud to call home. While our celebrations at Lagavulin Distillery are slightly different this year, we still have a fabulous line up planned who will treat online guests to some of Scotland’s best music and entertainment, as well as an incredible bottling which will excite fans of Lagavulin and the festival.”
Samuel Hale, Caol Ila Distillery Manager said, “This will be my first festival as distillery manager of Caol Ila and although we are unable to host the event in Islay, we wanted to continue to honour the occasion with not only a wonderful online event but also by creating a remarkable bottling. We’re sure it’s going to be extremely popular with Caol Ila fans.”
Glen Scotia reveals line up for 2021 virtual festival
Glen Scotia has revealed the schedule for this year’s virtual Glen Scotia malts festival which will go live on 7th June. For the second year running, the festival will be run entirely digitally, with whisky fans from all around the world able to access a range of different events and content by visiting www.glenscotia.com/festival.
Master Distiller Iain McAlister will be joined by a host of famous faces from the world of whisky to help bring the festival to life on screen.
This year’s packed programme includes a brand new interactive virtual tour of the distillery and a virtual tasting of this year’s festival edition, hosted by whisky historian Charlie MacLean. Whisky experts Neil Ridley and Joel Harrison will also be broadcasting a live tasting of Glen Scotia’s core range while exploring historic tales from the whiskiest place in the world, and the brand will also reveal a new digital photography exhibition celebrating the distillery’s rich heritage.
To celebrate the festival, Glen Scotia will also be releasing a limited number of Dunnage Tasting Boxes which come complete with access to a private dunnage tasting video, hosted by Master Distiller Iain McAlister. The dunnage tasting is always one of the most keenly anticipated events in the Campbeltown Malts Festival calendar. This year the tasting explores the influence of casks on the final liquid, with a particular focus on Bourbon, refill American Oak and European Oak finishes.
Only 600 Dunnage Tasting Boxes will be released in the UK ahead of the festival, each containing five 25 ml samples (four of which are cask strength). A further 2,500 tasting boxes will be distributed to markets around the world. The Glen Scotia Dunnage Tasting Box will be available to order from www.glenscotia.com priced at £50 (including free delivery) and The Whisky Shop (www.whiskyshop.com).
Whisky experts Neil Ridley and Joel Harrison will be hosting a live event on Wednesday 16th June at 7pm which will see them lead a tasting of some of Glen Scotia’s favourite single malts including Glen Scotia Double Cask, Glen Scotia 15 Years Old and Glen Scotia Victoriana. As well as the tasting, Neil and Joel will host a special discussion about Campbeltown’s fascinating history, including tales of illicit distilling and its Victorian heritage. A 5cl gift pack containing each of the three expressions is available to by online at www.glenscotia.com for those wanting to join in with the tasting.
A third tasting experience will be hosted by renowned whisky expert Charlie MacLean who will introduce the tasting of the Campbeltown Malts Festival Edition for 2021, which this year takes the form of an incredibly special 10-Year-Old Limited Edition Single Malt with a Bordeaux red wine cask finish.
Following in the footsteps of the last year’s limited edition which was awarded ‘Product Launch of the Year’ at the Scottish whisky awards in 2021, this year’s limited edition has experienced high demand since its release earlier this year. However, 200 bottles have been reserved for the festival launch, and will be available to buy from www.glenscotia.com on 7 June for anyone still hoping to get their hands on a bottle.
Founded in 1832, Glen Scotia reflects centuries of craftsmanship and experience associated with the region and its award-winning whiskies are renowned for their distinctive maritime influence and Campbeltown character.
Iain McAlister, Distillery Manager at Glen Scotia, said: “We were blown away by the response we had to last year’s virtual festival, which saw us host 10,000 visitors from across the world – five times more than we would usually expect to see in Campbeltown ordinarily!
“This year we have developed our virtual line up even further with some well-known friends of the distillery joining us to host some of the sessions and really special interactive experiences for our guests to explore that will make them feel that they are right here with us.
“We’re really looking forward to it, and we hope that fans of our whisky, both old and new, will come and celebrate with us.”
For further information about Glen Scotia and to take part in the online festival visit www.glenscotia.com/festival from 7th June
|19 May 21||Iconic “ghost” distillery Brora reawakened after 38 years following meticulous
Over the decades this small distillery lay silent, set amidst the dramatic Highland landscape
Brora-local Master Distiller Stewart Bowman, son of the last exciseman at Brora reopened the
“In 1983,” Bowman comments, ”my father wrote in an old distillery ledger ‘Commencement of
In 2017 it was announced that Diageo would restore Brora as a part of a £35 million investment
McKerchar comments, “When we first opened the doors at Brora we walked into a time
McKerchar and Bowman worked alongside a host of specialists, whisky noses and archivists
The process of restoration extended beyond the physical buildings to the cherished Brora spirit
Dr Jim Beveridge OBE says “It was a wonderful challenge – one of the most rewarding that I
Along the restoration journey that lasted over three years, findings of documents led to Brora’s
As a jewel in the crown of Diageo’s distilleries across Scotland and one of its smallest, Brora
One of the latest releases from the distillery, unveiled in April, is the Brora Triptych: a three-
Brora will extend a warm Highland welcome to visitors in small numbers by-appointment from
From July visitors will be welcomed to Brora, with two experiences available via Brora.com:
To re-awaken a Victoria distillery, to restore the masterpiece – the challenge laid down to the
Includes: Light lunch of contemporary Scottish cuisine using local ingredients; tastings of
The Eras of Brora
The past, present and future eras of Brora are explored in this engrossing day-long
Includes: 3 course lunch of contemporary Scottish cuisine using local ingredients; tastings of
|28 Apr 21||
RENOVATION TRANFORMS HIGHLAND HOME OF
|28 Apr 21||
Glen Scotia 25-Year-Old Malt Whisky Named “Best Whisky In The World”
Glen Scotia 25-Year-Old Single Malt Whisky has been recognised as the ‘Best in Show’ at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), with judges awarding the Scotch single malt whisky from Campbeltown, one of Scotland’s smallest Scotch Whisky regions, as the overall winner of the competition, and therefore The Best Whisky in The World in 2021.
This year the SFWSC judged 3,800 entrants across 31 separate categories, with Glen Scotia 25-Year-Old ultimately being named as Best in Show Whisky.
The SFWSC is one of the world’s most prestigious spirits competitions. Its judges are renowned experts in their fields with decades of industry experience. The competition started in 2000, making it the second oldest spirits competition in the world, and the oldest and largest spirits competition in the US.
Iain McAlister, Master Distiller, Glen Scotia Distillery said: “To receive such outstanding recognition and be awarded as ‘Best in Show’ at this prestigious competition is an honour, and a tremendous boost to the entire team here at Glen Scotia distillery.
“The Glen Scotia 25-Year-Old (70cl, 48.8% ABV) is a really outstanding whisky and has collected a number of prestigious awards over the years, but this has to be the absolute proudest moment for the distillery to date.”
Campbeltown, although Scotland’s smallest whisky producing region today, was in its heyday during the Victorian era known as “The Whisky Capital of the World” and home to more than 30 distilleries. Although now only three remain, Glen Scotia Distillery, captures the knowledge, experience, craft and passion learnt over the centuries of distilling in Campbeltown to produce an exceptional range of Scotch whiskies, all perfect examples of the classic, maritime Campbeltown style.
The Glen Scotia 25-Year-Old is available to buy at www.glenscotia.com priced at £400. It is accompanied by an exceptional range of other whiskies from the distillery which are all award winners in their own right, including the Glen Scotia Double Cask (46% ABV, £40), Glen Scotia 15-Year-Old (46% ABV, £55) and Glen Scotia Victoriana (54.2% ABV, £65).
For more information, please visit www.glenscotia.com
|27 Apr 21||
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.”
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
|08 Apr 2021||
THE BRORA TRIPTYCH
A LEGEND SOON TO RETURN UNVEILS A COLLECTION OF THREE HISTORIC SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKIES
LONDON – April 7, 2021. Brora today revealed a one-off special release of three extremely rare Single Malt whiskies, each representing a distinct style of Brora’s proud and storied heritage. From mid-May, upon the completion of the restoration of Brora distillery, the Brora Triptych will be available, in celebration of its return.
In 1983, a small, Highlands distillery fell silent and the doors of the stillhouse locked. The distillery workers that had crafted spirit within it put down their tools and walked away, for what they thought would be for good. A distillery suspended in time for thirty-eight years, Brora will soon open its gates once again, after three years of meticulous brick by brick restoration.
Each collectible set of the Brora Triptych will be accompanied by a personal invitation from Brora’s Master Distiller Stewart Bowman to visit and experience Brora first-hand. Born in the town of Brora and with a long family connection to the distillery, Bowman worked alongside a host of artisans, whisky-makers and archivists in the restoration of the distillery buildings and its whisky and will carefully oversee the creation of new Brora spirit upon its return.
A three-piece whisky set, intended to be appreciated together, this Brora Triptych is a showcase of the distillery’s most famous three styles. Master Blender Dr. Craig Wilson has selected the vintage Single Malt whiskies in the Triptych, and comments,
The first in the Brora Triptych, Elusive Legacy, is a 48-Year-Old and the oldest ever public release from the distillery. A very rare style from casks of 1972, this whisky represents an earthy expression of Brora, much sought after as it was only created in short periods throughout the distillery’s history. Warm chestnut in colour, there is a delicate aroma which blends wood spice with hints of peach tarte tatin, amidst a powerful rich maltiness.
The second, Age of Peat, is a 43-Year-Old heavily peated expression drawn from casks of 1977. This is a classic Brora style from the late 70’s, and one of the only examples of a highly- peated Highland whisky from that era. The few casks that were left from this phase matured remarkably well and the whisky is multi-layered and complex. Intensely deep and golden, this expression is elegant on the nose with creamy vanilla invigorated by freshly cut green apples and hints of beeswax, before a long, sweet finish of peat-fired smokiness.
Finally, Timeless Original, is a 38-Year-Old, from limited stocks of 1982 and represents the distinct waxiness that made Brora famous. This more modern and refined style returns to lower peating levels, reflective of Brora whisky before the Age of Peat. Glowing yellow gold in hue, sherberty lemon peel, and a touch of fresh green grass dance on the nose.
The three Single Malt whiskies are presented in one beautiful presentation case, inspired by Brora’s surrounding coastlines. Each crystal bottle is completed with Glencairn crystal stoppers, and the cabinet, built from ash wood all sourced in the UK, was crafted by Master Cabinetmaker and Royal Warrant Holder N. E. J. Stevenson.
Never before have three styles of Brora been released in one collector’s set and the Brora Triptych is an unparalleled capsule of the original and historic Brora stocks. Released at the same time as the distillery reopens, this once-in-a-generation collector’s set will be available globally for purchase directly from the distillery, Brora.com and specialty retailers starting in mid-May 2021. The botttles size is 500 ml and the price will be £30'000.
Tasting Notes for Brora Triptych by whisky writer Dave Broom:
Notes by whisky writer, Dave Broom. An author, lecturer and teacher he has written over a dozen books on spirits and is a Master of the Quaich.
Brora, ‘Elusive Legacy’, 48 years old (1972), 42.8%
COLOUR Full gold, shading to amber
NOSE (neat) There’s an immediate aroma of green apple, giving a freshness that’s surprising in a whisky of this age. This is surrounded by a salty, ozonic element – sea breezes – and a sweet note of creamy lemon posset.
This is a whisky which evolves slowly. Given time, the signature old-style Brora oils start to build.
There’s lanolin and smoke wreathing around a base of persimmon and overripe fruit – pineapple, pear, peach, medlar, and quince. It’s now miles away from that fresh opening: this is heavy, and oily, with the oxidised notes you only get from super-old mature whiskies.
It’s weirdly reminiscent of the smell of an artist’s studio: oil paints, primed canvas, old books; then comes lilac, and a smoored peat fire mixed with salted/smoked fish, a slight meatiness, then some camphor.
Bold, complex, all-enveloping and incredibly long-lasting. Highly complex. BODY Rich and oily.
PALATE (neat) This develops in three interlinked acts. First, light, drying woodsmoke kicks things off, giving the tip of the tongue a slightly ashy quality along with a tiny flaring of heat, as if from hot embers. As this shifts to one side, you begin to pick out pot pourri, dried fruits, some vanilla, and dried lemon peel.
By the middle of the tongue, however, you’re overwhelmed by the roiling, palate-coating mass of oils, which carry the fruits (ripe banana, stewed peach) along, smoothing out the tannins. It is huge and long-lasting, brimming with unguents and waxes, and flavours which are unfamiliar in whisky – and therefore very Brora.
This exotic, savoury, quality with umami/meaty elements is reluctant to give way, but finally, with a suggestion of fresh orange pulp, you are into the third act, and back on the shore again: salt, halibut oil, smoke, then a touch of pine, and green olive.
FINISH Ripe fruits, a peppery citric catch, some salted liquorice, clove, and a farewell puff of coal smoke.
Brora ‘Age of Peat’, 43 years old (1977), 48.6%
COLOUR Light gold
NOSE (neat) This starts quite closed, and seems light, a little prickly, lightly spiced, and with a tighter focus than the ’72. Then the weight of maturity becomes more apparent. Slowly, stealthily, the fruits make their way forward, giving it a greater solidity and robustness. There’s also a sense of compression. Fruits ripened in early autumn sun emerge.
This is Brora from the 70s, so there’s oils, but here they are more on the rancio side: beeswax, old leather, and a suggestion of tropical fruit: guava, mango, pineapple, a little peach, melon and quince.
All of this sits within Brora’s rugged seashore setting. Wax candles glimmer on a polished table. In time, there’s some damp earth/warehouse and a bready element. It flickers between the fruit, light smoke, and an almost starchy crispness.
BODY Medium weight. Oily
PALATE (neat) A soft, sweet and rounded opening. There’s rich, honeyed elements, and more of a noticeable liveliness from the spirit strength. The fruits now lean towards apricot, and there are also some lively acids keeping the taste buds tingling.
By the time it reaches the mid-palate, the juicy fruits have taken charge, alongside the oils which further plumps and fattens the overall effect. There’s this fascinating, and seemingly contradictory mix of ripe mango and peach with salty, mildly meaty, umami-rich flavours. Fruity, yes but not conventionally so.
There’s a light drying grip – cedar like – and the effect becomes firmer and slightly drier with an added spiced element (allspice, white pepper), some preserved lemon, and light woodsmoke. Things start gentle and soft, but end up retrained and more structured. An enigma.
FINISH Lightly oily, slightly acidic, with smoked salt.
Brora, ‘Timeless Original’, 38 years old, (1982), 47.5%
COLOUR Light gold
NOSE (neat) Bright and slightly lean to start with which is typical of these later Broras. A spray
of grapefruit oils on a cool day, and a slightly powdery quality. There seems to be a little more cask coming into play here – touches of vanilla, white chocolate, but even then it’s still a light touch.
It takes time for those more familiar Brora qualities to emerge, though this time there’s a dairy fat element rather than oiliness – clotted cream, buttermilk. In time, waxiness (old lipstick) and then sheep fleece.
More estery aromas come out – green apple, sour plum, ginger juice, bamboo shoots, acetone,
and ripe pineapple. Then there’s another wave of waxiness, now accompanied by cafe au lait, and ripe apricot.
BODY Light to medium. Waxy.
PALATE (neat) Soft, thick, unctuous and waxy to start. As with the nose this is accompanied by a bright energy. No real smokiness. A new era. The scented aromatics now come across as rosewater as well as a slight soapiness.
By the middle of the tongue things are becoming waxy. A peppery, unripe pear quality brings agave to mind. Now is the time for the acidity to set in – pink grapefruit, blood orange – and as it does so the dram seems to tense up, then release a crystalline saltiness.
FINISH Dusty tannins, the merest hint of smoke, then waxed lemon.
|08 Apr 2021||
New Littlemill release is a testament to the past
· Limited release of 250 Littlemill Testament decanters launched globally
· Four unique decanter sets complete the collection
Littlemill Testament, the oldest Littlemill expression to be released to date, has launched.
The new release celebrates Littlemill’s legacy as Scotland’s oldest licensed distillery and is contained in a luxury decanter which skilfully incorporates treasured remnants of the original distillery manager’s house giving collectors the opportunity to own a true piece of Scotch Whisky history. These pieces, which date back to 1772, include reclaimed glass, slate, wood and stone sourced from the roof, windows, walls and floors of the building, allowing Littlemill collectors to possess their very own piece of history.
The liquid for the release has been taken from a single distillation date, on 4th October 1976. It was re-casked in 1996 into American oak Hogsheads, before Master Blender Michael Henry matured this liquid further in first-fill Oloroso sherry hogsheads for a final four-month maturation before bottling.
Littlemill Testament – Limited Edition release (Recommended Retail Price £8,000, ABV 42.5%)
Fitting for such a rare and important single malt, exceptional attention to detail has been given to the presentation of the whisky, which comprises a total of just 250 decanters. Each is crafted in hand blown Glencairn crystal, which have been facet cut at the base, mirroring the style of glass cutting during the Georgian period, and housed in a bespoke handmade cabinet.
Each cabinet comes complete with a dress stopper made from the sandstone taken from the remains of the Littlemill distillery. Finally, for collectors who wish to leave the decanter untouched, each comes with a unique code allowing the owner to claim a 5cl of the precious liquid. An additional 5cl can be claimed at a future date, using the same code, protecting the investment by allowing a second owner to claim their 5cl to enjoy.
Littlemill Testament – Four unique decanters
These limited release decanters are joined by four unique decanters, which are all accompanied by a pair of specially sourced Georgian glasses, dating back to the 18th century with the facet cut on the stems of each pair and unique engraving around the bowl, replicated on each decanter.
The dress stoppers within the limited editions are equally as unique, each crafted from one of the materials salvaged from the original distillery building, giving collectors the chance to become custodians of a rare piece of Scotch whisky history.
The first decanter’s dress stopper is completed with slate sourced from the roof of the distillery manager’s house, the second with glass from the window, the third with wood from the floor, and the final stopper with stone from the building itself. Each special decanter contains a wooden disc cut from a stave from the Littlemill barrel, which conceals a unique code which can be used to request two 5cl samples of the Littlemill Testament liquid.
The first of the four unique decanters was auctioned in China in January, reaching a price of £19,000.
Colin Matthews, CEO, Loch Lomond Group commented: “Littlemill Testament is a fitting tribute to the rich heritage that this exceptional whisky enjoys, allowing whisky lovers to own a piece of history. I would like to congratulate our Master Blender Michael Henry for crafting such an exceptional liquid which perfectly reflects the Littlemill’s signature floral style.
“In addition to our Limited Edition release, it is a pleasure to also reveal our four unique Littlemill Testament decanters, which offer the ultimate tribute to Littlemill’s fascinating past.”
Michael Henry, Master Blender commented: “It is an honour to have been able to play my part, as current custodian of the remaining casks from the original Littlemill Disitillery, and release Littlemill Testament, which pays homage to this whisky’s unrivalled history. I’m very proud of the result, which perfectly capture Littlemill’s signature style.
“On the nose there is crisp green apple and zesty grapefruit with notes of fragrant elderflower and ginger. Then, when you taste it delivers a vibrant fruity flavour, with hints of tangy pineapple and juicy peach overlayed with a lime citrus which is complemented by a melted brown sugar sweetness and creamy vanilla, giving way to a deliciously long finish with mouth-watering fruit, gooseberry and watermelon, and a gently warming cinnamon and nutmeg spice.”
Littlemill Distillery has long laid claim to an extensive and fascinating history. For over 220 years a date stone on the gable end of one of the distillery’s warehouses carved with 1772 offered the best suggestion as to the age of this world-renowned distillery. In 2019, the discovery of the local Justice of the Peace’s records for Dumbarton, dated 2 November 1773, which states that ‘Robert Muir of Littlemiln’ was granted the first ever license by the Government of King George III to “retail ale, beer and other excisable Liquors”, conclusively proved that it was the oldest licensed whisky distillery in Scotland.
Available to purchase at specialist retailers including www.whiskyshop.com
For further information visit www.littlemilldistillery.com
|04 Feb 2021||
LOCH LOMOND WHISKIES KICKS OFF
This month, The Spirit of PRO14 Rugby launches the inaugural Coach of the Month award presented by Loch Lomond Whiskies. The accolade celebrates the excellence achieved by the winner and their team’s successes over the previous month which mirror the spirit of Loch Lomond Whiskies.
Beginning in January 2021, Loch Lomond Whiskies would like fans to vote for their Coach of the Month. Nominees will be put forward by PRO14 Rugby’s podcast ‘Under the Sticks’, who will explore those coaches who have demonstrated the spirit to drive their teams to success, with key characteristics such as passion, innovation, inspiration and teamwork traits that are shared with Loch Lomond Whiskies premium whisky range.
Fans can vote on PRO14 Rugby’s channels with the winner announced at the end of the week. And in return the Coach of the Month presented by Loch Lomond Whiskies will receive a bespoke 18 year old single malt from the multi-award winning Loch Lomond Whiskies range.
David Jordan, Tournament Director, PRO14 Rugby said: “Our tournament provides so many challenges where our coaches must blend tactical and technical nous, a savviness in the recruitment market and ensure they are bringing through the next generation of international talent to the PRO14 while also managing some of the biggest talents in the game.
“As a result, we have some very innovative coaches in our tournament and in partnership with Loch Lomond Whiskies it’s terrific that we can highlight their successes on a monthly basis.”
The first Coach of the Month Award, presented by Loch Lomond Whiskies will be announced on Friday 5th February.
Earlier in 2021, multi-award winning Loch Lomond whiskies announced it will partner with PRO14 Rugby for the next three years. To learn more about the PRO14 Rugby partnership and to discover the Loch Lomond Whiskies range, go to: www.lochlomondwhiskies.com
|28 Aug 2020||
DIAGEO ANNOUNCES THE 2020 SPECIAL RELEASES WHISKY COLLECTION
Eight vibrant expressions carefully chosen to bring a taste of Scotland to every enthusiast’s home
Diageo is delighted to unveil the 2020 Special Releases Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection, inspired by the globally celebrated theme, ‘Rare by Nature’. Curated by Master Blender, Dr. Craig Wilson this exclusive selection is comprised of eight cask strength single malt Scotch whiskies, drawn from some of Scotland’s most interesting distilleries.
The highly anticipated annual collection once again explores unusual age points, experimental maturation techniques and welcomes our first-ever release finished in pot-still Caribbean rum casks. The encore theme highlights the extraordinary nature that surrounds each distillery, with each whisky visually brought to life through intricate illustrations that decorate the bottles.
Dr. Craig Wilson, Diageo Master Blender, says, “I’ve created this year’s Special Releases Collection, from some of my favorite distilleries across Scotland, with whisky enthusiasts in mind. For those who enjoy spicy flavours, my recommendation would be to try our Cardhu, and for those who favour rich, intense and smooth flavours my choice would be Mortlach 21 year old. If you are curious about discovering something very rare, the Pittyvaich - the single ghost distillery in our Special Releases Collection this year is an unforgettable dram.”
This one of a kind line-up highlights the diversity of Diageo’s most treasured reserves maturing in Scotland. With expressions from renowned to phenomenal and less-known locales, the unified collection marks the pinnacle moment in every whisky lover and spirit-enthusiast’s calendar.
For those curious to discover the very last drops from unique casks or savour a little taste of history, the collection includes: Pittyvaich, from the Speyside ghost distillery, finished in first fill ex-bourbon casks, a rare Highland expression of Dalwhinnie matured in refill hogshead casks filled in 1989, the best of Isle of Skye, Talisker, our foremost finished in pot-still Caribbean rum casks, and the stalwart Lagavulin, a perfect expression of this Islay distillery’s character.
The 2020 Special Releases collection will be available in limited quantities from specialist Scotch whisky retailers and malts.com this Autumn.
Suggested Retail Pricing
The Singleton of Dufftown 17-Year-Old
The new Special Release 2019 from Diageo have been annouced
CRAGGANMORE 12 year old
MORTLACH 26 year old
CARDHU 14 year old
DALWHINNIE 30 year old
LAGAVULIN 12 year old
PITTYVAICH 29 year old
THE SINGLETON OF GLEN ORD 18 year old
TALISKER 15 year old
|14 Aug 19||
BRORA 40-YEAR-OLD: 200TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION
A RARE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY RELEASE FROM VINTAGE STOCKS OF A DISTILLING ICON, SOON TO RETURN
From August, the revered ghost distillery Brora will reveal one of its oldest ever releases, a year ahead of its re-opening. Brora 40-Year-Old is a limited-edition Single Malt bottled to commemorate two centuries in the lifetime of a distilling icon. Drawn from one dozen casks of vintage stocks from 1978, each of the 1,819 bottles, reflecting the year the distillery opened, offers a rare glimpse into a golden era of Brora’s past.
Nestled on the windswept Sutherland coast in North East Scotland, Brora was founded in 1819. Generations later in 1983, its stills fell silent and the historic distillery was closed, suspended in time. In the years since, the whisky resting within its final casks, developed an extraordinary rich complexity through further ageing, and scarce releases found the highest acclaim.
From 2020, Brora’s gates will open after some 36 years of quiet, following meticulous, brick-by-brick restoration currently underway to bring the legendary whisky house back to life. To welcome this new era and celebrate the past craftsmen that made Brora over its 200-year history, comes this new release 40-year-old expression. Diageo Master Blender Dr Craig Wilson has selected just twelve American oak hogshead casks from Brora’s vintage stocks to celebrate a moment of the distillery’s history: The Age of Peat.
Dr Craig Wilson explains: “Of all the stories of Brora, there is one that seemed particularly fitting to tell on its 200th Anniversary. From 1969-83, there was a new experimentation phase in production and the Brora distillers created a smoky malt used heavily-peated Northern Highland barley. Used primarily in blends at the time, the few casks that are left from this Age of Peat, matured remarkably well and what remains is a multi-layered and complex Single Malt of astonishing quality. Little did the craftsmen at the time know, they had created a masterpiece. It is emblematic of the varied past of the distillery that makes it so special to all that know it: a humble story of experimentation, craft and happy coincidence.”
In searching for the casks for this release, Dr Wilson worked alongside the Diageo Archive Team that had unearthed original Brora production records as part of their ongoing work to assist in the distillery restoration. This allowed the master blender to identify the years at which this now revered smoky style of Brora was at its peak, and following careful nosing of the individual casks, Dr Wilson made his selection: a 1978 40-year-old Single Malt of immense complexity that perfectly reflected this moment of Brora’s past.
Encased in a deep burgundy velvet display case, the bottle is adorned with the Brora emblem of the Scottish Wild Cat – crest of the distillery’s founder, the Duke of Sutherland. This is the first commercial release from Brora since the 2017 Special Releases and will be available starting this month at the suggested retail price of £4,500.
|13 Mar 19||
Claxton’s 2019 Spring Release
Claxton’s is launching the first release of the year - ‘CLAXTON’S 2019 SPRING RELEASE’.
This new outturn includes five Single Cask, Single Malt Scotch Whiskies hand-picked for their quality, diversity and value.
Selected in this outturn are the following single cask releases:
Claxton’s 2019 Spring Release will be available globally in selected specialist whisky retailers from the end of March. As with all Claxton’s The Single Cask range, each bottling selected is available in limited numbers.
Previous releases have been praised by reviewers and fans across the globe for demonstrating the virtues of single cask whisky.
Claxton’s is a family owned, independent whisky bottling company based in North Yorkshire, United Kingdom. The Single Cask range of whiskies is available through a select number of specialist outlets in the UK, Europe and the Far East.
|26 Feb 19||Port Ellen have announced they will release a 39-Year-Old single malt from original, finite stocks in early April.The brand introduces the first exclusive release of the “Untold Stories Series” worldwide; an exploration into the innovative and trailblazing background of this iconic Islay distillery. Port Ellen: Untold Stories The Spirit Safe(50.9% ABV) is one of the oldest releases from the revered distillery. A limited 1,500 bottles will be available from selected luxury retailers globally with an RRSP of £4,500.
An elegant and complex Single Malt Scotch Whisky, expertly married from a selection of ex US-Bourbon and ex European Sherry refill cask. On the nose, it is mild to begin with, with an abundance of fruit. On the palate there is the regular smoke from classic Islay peat, but much softer – the sweet, salty then smoky taste gives a complex yet balanced finish.
Port Ellen distillery was closed over thirty years ago in 1983, set to remain silent for all time. It is now to be reopened in 2021, and while the world waits for it to start production again, only a very finite amount of its original stock remains.
|06 Feb 19||
Douglas Laing release their Old Particular 2019 “Elements” Single Cask CollectionLeading Scotch Whisky specialist, Douglas Laing & Co, today announce a series of Old Particular Single Cask Limited Edition bottlings for 2019, inspired by the four Elements of Fire, Air, Earth and Water. The series launches with the “Fire” bottling which, very aptly, is a mocha-spiced Craigellachie 12 Years Old from a well-fired and characterful Sherry butt. All the Old Particular Elements Single Casks are bottled at natural cask strength and are proudly offered without colouring or chill-filtration. The packaging for these specialist bottlings depicts an intricate illustration of each of the four Elements.
Cara Laing, Douglas Laing’s Director of Whisky who selected the Whiskies, comments: “Our cask selection and packaging design pays tribute to the natural elements that contribute so significantly to the production of Scotch Whisky. From oak trees to charred casks, peat and of course water, this specialist Single Cask Collection celebrates the role of the Elements in the Whisky-making cycle.” The Old Particular Single Cask Collection features four Whiskies each paired with one of the Elements – they will be available globally from specialist retailers worldwide. The first release, Craigellachie 12 Years Old “Fire” Edition is at cask strength and is expected to retail at £95.
|24 Jan 19||
Kingsbarns Distillery’s Single Malt Takes Flight
Named to mark the Wemyss Family’s vision to bring malt whisky distilling to their Fife home, the new release is a truly local dram, having been slowly crafted with barley harvested exclusively from the golden fields of East Fife.
The result is a beautifully light, clean yet complex Lowland style malt whisky which perfectly captures the essence of this quiet and enchanting corner of Scotland.
Dream to Dram is packaged in gentle shades of blue, gold and brown to symbolise the natural elements of the East Neuk, with a pigeon motif representing the historic ‘doocot’ (Scots for dovecot) that sits at the heart of the distillery – a restored farm steading dating back to the 1800s.
Today, owners William and Isabella Wemyss are gathering friends, neighbours and whisky lovers from around the world at the Distillery to celebrate and share a first taste of Dream to Dram as it is shipped global markets.
Maturation is primarily in high calibre first fill bourbon casks (90%), sourced exclusively from Heaven Hill in Kentucky by Isabella Wemyss, with the remainder maturing in shaved, toasted and re-charred wine casks. All Kingsbarns casks are matured in warehouses not far from the distillery in Fife.
Speaking on behalf of the Wemyss family as they celebrate the launch of Dream to Dram today, William Wemyss said: ‘This is an immensely proud day for Kingsbarns Distillery and everyone who has been involved in turning our dream of making whisky in Fife into a reality. Dream to Dram is a wonderful single malt that I think perfectly captures the Lowland style and the character of our East Neuk home in Fife. So much hard work, skill and dedication has gone into crafting our whisky over the past three years so my thanks and congratulations go to everyone at Kingsbarns. We’ll be raising a glass of Dream to Dram tonight to toast what I’m sure will be a most exciting future for our new whisky as we share it with drinkers around the world.’
Dream to Dram is the first generally available single malt whisky from Kingsbarns Distillery. It follows a limited release of the exclusive ‘Founders Reserve’ for members of the Kingsbarns Distillery Founders Club in December 2018.
|15 Jan 2019||
The Edinburgh Whisky Academy launches an online Introduction to Whisky Certificate
The Edinburgh Whisky Academy, which is fully accredited by the Scottish Qualifi cations Authority (SQA), has launched their fi rst tier of education. The Academy was specifi cally created to fi ll a vital gap in Scotch Whisky education and is slowly developing its course offerings. A further course, The Diploma in the Art of Tasting Whisky is scheduled to launch in the Spring, more information to come.Founder and Managing Director Kirsty McKerrow has long been aware of the need for independent qualifi cations in the whisky industry. She said “Our online Introduction to Whisky Certifi cate will make independent, high quality whisky education globally accessible. Like all of our courses, this is awarded and certifi ed by the SQA so candidates have the option of taking a formal assessment if they wish to achieve this certifi cate.’
The online Introduction to Whisky Certifi cate provides true knowledge and information on the key aspects of Scotch Whisky history and production. It was developed with the close involvement of notable experts within the whisky industry.
Kirsty said, “Until now, there was no recognised independent qualifi cation delivered online for whisky training. Of great importance is that the knowledge gained is totally impartial and neutral from any distillery or brand. The course will be welcomed by whisky industry workers, hospitality staff and spirits retailers and also by whisky enthusiasts keen to expand their knowledge” The Academy invites any industry or hospitality group who wants to use the course for their internal training to contact them directly.
|15 Jan 2019||
THE GAME OF THRONES SINGLE MALT SCOTCH
|14 Sep 18||Diageo Special Releases 2018 – Price List
CAOL ILA UNPEATED 15 year old
Cask: Refill & Rejuvenated American Oak Hogsheads and Ex-Bodega European Oak Butts
Limited quantities worldwide
CAOL ILA 35 year old
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads & Refill European Oak Butts
No of bottles: 3,276
CARSEBRIDGE 48 year old
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
No. of bottles: 1,000
Cask: First Fill American Oak ex-Bourbon casks, Refill American Oak Hogsheads, Refill European Oak Butts, Ex Bodega European Oak Butts
Limited quantities worldwide
INCHGOWER 27 year old
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
No of bottles: 8,544
LAGAVULIN 12 year old
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
Limited quantities available worldwide
OBAN 21 year old
Cask: Refill European Oak Butts
Limited quantities worldwide
PITTYVAICH 28 year old
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
No of bottles: 4,680
THE SINGLETON GLEN ORD 14 year old
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads and Ex-Bodega European Oak butts followed by a unique maturation and marrying process
Limited quantities available worldwide
TALISKER 8 year old
Cask: First fill Ex-Bourbon American Oak Hogsheads
Limited quantities worldwide
|24 Aug 18||
Discover the best kept secret in Scotch: Mortlach brings bold flavour to Speyside
Speyside distillery, Mortlach, unveils three new bottlings, providing a glimpse into the best kept secret in Scotch. The Single Malt Whiskies will delight flavour seekers, offering a new dimension that eschews the smoke traditionally associated with big-flavoured whisky.
In a region generally known for its smoother, gentler style of whisky, Mortlach’s exceptional flavour bridges the gap between mellow and smoky. The three new bottlings - 12-year-old “Wee Witchie”,16-year-old Distiller’s Dram and 20-year-old Cowie’s Blue Seal - are set to bring the dark side of Speyside to life.
Using a fiendishly complex distillation process unique to Mortlach known as “The Way”, the audacious approach to distillation has remained unchanged since it was invented by distiller’s son Dr Alexander Cowie in 1896. The precise 2.81 distillation process is a closely guarded secret, handed down through generations of Mortlach distillers.
It is this process which creates Mortlach’s distinct and thick character spirit, with dark, complex and rich notes, earning it the nickname, The Beast of Dufftown.
Dr Craig Wilson, Master Blender, said: “These whiskies really stand out in Speyside. For me it’s the way the unique 2.81 process gives you such an intensely complex liquid and character from the minute it comes off the still; it’s like having three distilleries at the one still house. Our job is to hone the character in the right way to give you three well balanced whiskies of unparalleled richness and complexity.”
Mark Brunton, Distillery Manager, said: “It’s an honour to work in a distillery with such a distinct heritage and I love the challenge that comes with it. We worked with our colleagues in maturation to create a diverse range with each at its heart still reflecting the bold distillery flavour. The 16-year-old is a classic Mortlach expression, while the 12-year-old offers a strong distillery character through its use of refill casks. The 20-year-old offers a balance of character and distillery character with active wood.”
Mortlach 12-year-old, 16-year-old and 20-year-old will first launch in Taiwan in autumn, followed by other markets.
Mortlach 12-year-old Wee Witchie
Barrels: European and American oak. Ex sherry & ex bourbon.
In brief: “It’s at its most expressive on the mid-palate where you pick out bitter chocolate, marmalade and light tobacco that’s balanced by a puddle of syrup before it deepens further…”
Mortlach 16-year-old Distiller’s Dram
In brief: “Dark, full, liquorous, and rounded. As it moves into the back palate, so it starts to dry and pick up in terms of intensity…”
Mortlach 20-year-old Cowie’s Blue Seal
In brief: “The mature depth seen on the nose comes immediately into focus, but before it goes towards the dark there’s a refreshing lift of aromatic and overripe fruits (quince especially) and a touch of spiciness…”
|28 Apr 18||
TALISKER LAUNCHES THE TALISKER BODEGA SERIES: TALISKER 40 YEAR OLD
Talisker unveils a 40-year-old Sherry finished single malt: one of the oldest and most unique expressions to date
Talisker introduces the Talisker Bodega Series: an exploration of exceptional Sherry Cask finishes on the finest of Single Malt Whiskies, celebrating age-old sherry relationships dating as far back as the 1900s. Adding to the Talisker portfolio, this new and exclusive series of Single Malt releases will offer collectors a taste of historic wineries of the renowned Sherry Triangle, where Talisker once sourced its casks.
In late June, the first exclusive release of the Talisker Bodega Series worldwide will be unveiled; Talisker 40 Year Old. With only 2,000 bottles produced, the 40 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is one of the oldest from Skye’s oldest distiller and is set to be one of Talisker’s most valuable expressions to date.
The liquid has been expertly crafted using some of the most renowned sherry casks. This is to reflect an exploration of an age-old relationship rooted in craft and excellence between Talisker and one of the world’s finest and oldest sherry producers, Delgado Zuleta, from the Marco de Jerez region.
To reinterpret the flavour profile of old, and commemorate these relationships, Talisker’s Master Blender has crafted this precious 40 year old liquid using a selection of the most mature and highly prized Vintage Talisker whisky, aged in refill casks. They then worked with the Sherry Masters at Bodega Delgado Zuleta, who hand picked five very special and unusual old ex-Sherry casks that once held the Bodega’s finest award-winning 40 year old Amontillado sherry.
The result is a deep, crystal gold liquid which signifies an echo of the old Talisker, enhanced by the gentle accent of the Amontillado sherry casks, with rich raisin, peaty aromas and a rare sweet opulence and fruity smokiness. On the nose it’s mild and rich, with a light prickle. This is paired with the depth of the rich Delgado Zuleta Amontillado casks which is present in waves of fruit and sweetness enriching the traditional Talisker pepper and yielding a remarkably vigorous 40 year old that is a pleasure to drink.
This golden spirit lies in a screen-printed bottle, and is housed in a hand-crafted wood casing to evoke the many stages of this whisky’s unique history. The design is inspired by the distinguished arches of the sherry Bodegas and architecture of the sundial of Sanlucar de Barrameda where the Delgado Zuleta casks are housed.
Donald Colville, Global Talisker Ambassador comments “This Talisker 40 Year Old, is an exquisite Single Malt Scotch Whisky which captures the age-old relationships with Delgado Zuleta and the high quality craftsmanship which took place throughout the creation of this rare expression. We are delighted to launch this as the first of the Bodega series and the liquid is something that we are extremely proud of.
It is a magnificent lion-hearted old Talisker, rich with the sophistication of age yet still full of life and retaining the make's familiar maritime and spicy character. With only 2,000 bottles produced this is the ultimate expression of luxury. Connoisseurs and collectors will aspire to have a bottle of Talisker 40 Year Old on their shelves, as it is a stunning example of where the warmth of Spain meets the wild of Skye.”
Talisker has combined traditional craft skills with modern maturation techniques to produce this rare and unique Talisker expression that is the epitome of an age-old relationship. This limited edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky will be a seamless addition to the finest of Whisky collections around the globe.
Talisker 40 Year Old will be available from selected luxury retailers globally from the end of June 2018 onwards. In the UK (domestic), RRSP of £2,750 per 70cl bottle.
|14 Apr 18||
The 2018 Special Releases features eight single malt whiskies, plus a 48-year-old grain whisky.
The Port Ellen and the Brora will be released outside of the Special Release Serie
CARSEBRIDGE 48 year old
CAOL ILA UNPEATED 15 year old
CAOL ILA 35 year old
INCHGOWER 27 year old
LAGAVULIN 12 year old
OBAN 21 year old
PITTYVAICH 28 year old
THE SINGLETON OF GLEN ORD 14 year old
TALISKER 8 year old
|06 Mar 18||
MMA 2017- The Results!
Since 1997, the malt maniacs (an international collective of malt whisky enthusiasts) have been enjoying and discussing the pleasures of (single malt) whisky with like-minded whisky lovers from all over the world. Since 2003, we have organised (non stop) our very own annual 'amateur' whisky competition. We like to think that, over the years, our modest little initiative has evolved into one of the leading (and most independent) whisky competitions in the world. You can find more details about our collective and its history on: www.maltmaniacs.net
MMA 2017: The Rules
Our fundamentals are:
In the Malt Maniacs Awards, medals are won on merit, similar to the system that is used by the boy scouts. The winners in specific categories receive awards instead - hence the name of our competition. There are six award categories in three price brackets. We distinguish between these six awards categories:
Every bottle that is entered in our competition can win only one award (as well as only one medal). Apart from the six awards categories listed above, there are three different price brackets –
Daily Drams (the bottles with a retail price of up to 50 Euros), Premium Whiskies (the bottles with a retail price between 50 and 150 Euros) and Ultra Premium Whiskies (the bottles with a retail price of more than 150 Euros).So there are 18 'standard' awards that are assigned each year - provided we can find a suitable candidate.
And finally, the moment you are waiting for......!!!!
AWARDS –Supreme Winner
Kavalan 2009/2017 'Solist' (58.60%, OB, C#S090306031, Sherry Cask, 481 Bts.)
AWARDS - Ultra Premium Category
> Non-Plus-Ultra Award (Ultra Premium)
> Best Natural Cask Award (Ultra Premium)
> Best Sherry Cask Award (Ultra Premium).
Yamazaki 25yo (43%, OB, Sherry)
> Thumbs Up Award (Ultra Premium)
AWARDS - Premium Category
> Non-Plus-Ultra Award (Premium)
AWARDS - Daily Drams Category
> Non-Plus-Ultra Award (Daily Drams)
Gold Medals (GM)
Gold Medals as you all would agree are the cream of the crop! As mentioned earlier it is not easy to get a GM in MMA and the average GM winners per competition for last 14 years has been only eight!! The maximum of 15 were in the year 2006 with minimum being 3 in the inaugural year, 2003.
1.Kavalan 2009/2017 'Solist' (58.60%, OB, C#S090306031, Sherry Cask, 481 Bts.)
The MMA cannot take place without the participating companies submitting their bottles to us. So, a big thank you to them!
The MMA2017 has been a very good year and as the next MMA will be the 15th anniversary of the awards, so malt lovers, expect something special in MMA2018!!
|06 Mar 18||
Milk & Honey Distillery – Israel’s first whisky distillery
is launching a second edition of its single malt whisky Experimental Series
After making history on International Whisky Day 2017 with the first single malt whisky in Israel, the Milk & Honey Distillery will launch a second edition of single malt whisky at "Whisky Live 2018 "
After making history in 2017 with the first ever single malt whisky in Israel, sold at a particularly successful international public auction, Milk & Honey Distillery is launching an exclusive second edition of lightly peated single charred barrel.
Similar to the first single malt whisky, this cask is also part of the Experimental Series, distilled in the early stages of setting up the distillery – before establishing the distillery in south Tel Aviv and acquiring the current industrial equipment, and before crowd-funding through Indiegogo. This cask was distilled during April 2014.
Distillation of the cask was carried out in a small pot still in a warehouse in the Sharon region by head distiller Tomer Goren, accompanied by the late Dr. Jim Swan, an international master distiller, in his role as consultant to the distillery at the time. This was a period of experimentation for Dr. Swan and Tomer Goren, using various interesting raw materials, and in this special cask they first experimented with peated malt, which was crafted in house and gave the distillate light smoky notes.
The liquid was aged and matured over 43 months in two types of barrel – first in a new 225 liter American oak cask, and then, after 28 months, it was transferred to an ex-bourbon cask for the remainder of the period in the distillation warehouse in Tel Aviv, and bottled at the optimal time.
This series is a harbinger of what is to come: a unique Israeli whisky, mature for its age thanks to aging in Israel’s hot climate.
The Milk & Honey Distillery products, including the single malt, are distributed and marketed exclusively by Hacarem Spirits Ltd., and sold at hundreds of points of sale across Israel. The second edition of single malt whisky can be tasted and purchased for the first time at " Whisky Live 2018" event. Afterwards the new single malt will be available at specialized stores around the country.
Nose – a delicate maltiness with a hint of lemon in the background, combined with light oak notes and cinnamon, all enveloped in light peat smoke appearing in the background.
palate – light-bodied with a malty sweetness, lemon and orange peel notes followed by a light tang of black pepper and delicate peat smoke. These combine to make a whisky that is both balanced and complex.
Finish – long. Delicate peat dominates the finish, with a hint of maltiness in the background and dark chocolate notes.
General – a balanced and complex whisky. The combination of delicate maltiness and light peat that creates an interesting whisky that develops as you drink.
Price: Edition 2 Single Malt Whisky 500 ml NIS 449
About the distillery
The Milk & Honey Distillery is the first and largest whisky distillery in Israel. The distillery produces superior spirits, and is working on an Israeli single malt whisky to be marketed commercially, whose first edition, the Founders Edition, sold out in a successful crowd-funding campaign, is aging in barrels and will see the light in 2019. All the raw materials, equipment, barrels, and processes have been chosen with the aim of ensuring that the final product – whether clear spirit or aged whisky – meets the most stringent standards of quality and taste, without making compromises or cutting corners on the long journey to produce the whisky: guidance and advice from the late Jim Swan, a world-renowned master distiller specializing in hot climate aging; specially designed equipment; carefully selected barrels; and the best raw materials available.
The Milk & Honey Distillery
16 HaTehiya St., Tel Aviv – 03-6320491
|10 Oct 17||Scotch whisky producer Ian Macleod Distillers is set to restart production at Lowland distillery Rosebank in Falkirk.
nown for its Lowland single malts, the distillery closed in 1993, when previous owner Diageo mothballed the building.
Ian Macleod Distillers, maker of the Glengoyne, Tamdhu and Smokehead Scotch brands, has entered into a binding agreement with Scottish Canals to purchase the site. The company has also acquired the Rosebank trademark, along with the distillery’s existing casks, from Diageo.
The distiller said its plans include a visitor centre to help tell the story of the Lowland single malt.
“Rosebank is one of the most respected and sought after single malts in the world,” said Leonard Russell, managing director of Ian Macleod.
“To bring back to life an iconic distillery and quintessential Lowland single malt is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
The history of the Rosebank Distillery dates back to 1840, when James Rankine acquired the maltings of the Camelon Distillery, located on the opposite side of the Forth & Cyde canal to the main distillery.
Russell added: “The distillery has a very special place in Scotland’s whisky heritage and we are committed to ensuring this is the case. We will produce Rosebank Lowland single malt in exactly the same way as it is known, using the famous triple distillation and worm tub condensers. This way we ensure the revival of its classic style and taste.
“Over the coming months we will carefully review Rosebank’s rare stocks with a view to releasing some truly scarce and extraordinary whiskies.”
“We have no doubt that demand for these releases will be exceptionally high.”
|10 Oct 17||
Iconic “lost” distilleries revived in major scotch investment
PORT Ellen and Brora, two of the most revered “lost” distilleries in the global spirits industry, are to be brought back to life in a powerful statement of confidence in the future of Scotch whisky.
The distilleries, which have been silent since they were closed in 1983, will be brought back into production through a £35 million investment by Diageo, the world’s leading Scotch whisky company.
In the 34 years since Brora and Port Ellen were closed, the whiskies they produced have become some of the most highly prized and sought after liquids in Scotch whisky, renowned for exceptional quality and character; elevating the ghost distilleries to cult status amongst whisky enthusiasts and collectors.
For many years whisky fans around the world have called on Diageo to reopen these closed distilleries. The decision is partly a response to those demands from existing enthusiasts but it also reflects the strong growth in the single malt Scotch market and the opportunity to create new generations of whisky consumers.
Port Ellen Distillery on the famous whisky island of Islay, and Brora on the remote eastern coast of Sutherland, will both be reinstated to distil in carefully controlled quantities, with a meticulous attention to detail, replicating where possible the distillation regimes and spirit character of the original distilleries. Cask filling and traditional warehousing will also be included on the sites of both distilleries.
The distilleries will also have dedicated Brand Homes to welcome guests and they are expected to become iconic attractions in the Scottish tourism landscape, attracting whisky pilgrims from around the globe.
Dr Nick Morgan, Diageo’s Head of Whisky Outreach, who played an instrumental role in building the reputation of Port Ellen and Brora whiskies through the Diageo Special Releases programme, which has been running since 2001, announced the plans on behalf of the company.
He said: “This is a truly exceptional moment in Scotch whisky. Port Ellen and Brora are names which have a uniquely powerful resonance with whisky-lovers around the world and the opportunity to bring these lost distilleries back to life is as rare and special as the spirit for which the distilleries are famous.
“Only a very few people will ever be able to try the original Port Ellen and Brora single malts as they become increasingly rare, so we are thrilled that we will now be able to produce new expressions of these whiskies for new generations of people to enjoy.
“Scotch whisky is Scotland’s gift to the world and the rebirth of these distilleries is a great gift to malt whisky lovers everywhere.”
David Cutter, Diageo President of Global Supply & Procurement, who is responsible for leading the capital investment programme to reinstate the distilleries, said: “This is no ordinary Scotch whisky distillery investment. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring these iconic distilleries back to life.
“We will take great care to be true to the spirit of the original distilleries in everything we do and to operate them with all the knowledge, skill, craft and love of Scotch that our people and our company has gathered through centuries of whisky-making.”
Cristina Diezhandino, Diageo’s global Scotch Category Director, said: “Brora and Port Ellen are rightly revered around the world for their rarity and exceptional quality. Everything we do with these distilleries and brands will remain true to these values.
“It is thrilling that, as the spirit from the original distilleries becomes vanishingly rare, our distillers at Brora and Port Ellen will be carefully crafting new whiskies to delight and inspire new generations of Scotch lovers around the world.”
The new Brora and Port Ellen distilleries will be among Diageo’s smallest distilleries, capable of producing 800,000 litres of alcohol per year. They will replicate as closely as possible the previous taste profiles of Port Ellen and Brora, with medium peated character at both sites.
Subject to planning permission and regulatory consents, detailed design, construction and commissioning work, it is expected the distilleries will be in production by 2020. Source: Diageo.com
|16 Sep 17||
Impeccably crafted flavours of Scotland: Diageo introduces the 2017 Special Releases Collection
Ten impeccable limited edition Scotch Whiskies will be released in limited quantities this autumn, as part of Diageo’s annual Special Releases collection. Highly anticipated by enthusiasts and collectors worldwide, the limited edition natural cask strength bottlings are rigorously selected each year, to form a rare and sought after collection.
For the first time ever, a limited edition Blended Malt Scotch Whisky containing whiskies from all twenty-eight active Diageo distilleries has been released. The COLLECTIVUM XXVIII is the tenth bottle to make up the Special Releases collection and the fourth NAS Malt Whisky in this series to date. Clear amber in appearance, the liquid is described as ‘enjoying real depth’ with a palate ‘all the way from dry and nutty to rich and chocolatey, with zestiness and sweetness.’
Meticulously crafted and beautifully packaged, the collection comprises some of the rarest and oldest liquids from both classic and unknown, closed distilleries. Each whisky within the range offers complex flavours of the highest quality, delivering truly memorable taste experiences for those lucky enough to drink them.
The 2017 Special Releases collection offers an extra special and rare gift alternative for this Christmas, with the whiskies in the range retailing from £90 for the LAGAVULIN 12 year old, to £2,625 for the PORT ELLEN 37 year old.
Dr Nick Morgan, Diageo’s Head of Whisky Outreach said: “The Special Releases range is always a highlight in our calendar year, it reflects the truly extraordinary range of stocks our blenders have available to them. The variety and quality of whiskies in the collection is simply impeccable. We’re looking forward to sharing this year’s collection with the world and in particular keen to see the response to the new COLLECTIVUM XXVIII.”
The PORT DUNDAS 52 year old is the oldest whisky ever released in the series, as well as the oldest bottle to ever be released by the Port Dundas distillery. The second release from the original distiller’s stocks, this is the fourth time a Single Grain Scotch Whisky has been included in an annual release. The liquid is described as ‘an excellent example of a very old grain... astonishingly rich and complex’. The GLEN ELGIN 18 year old has also made a welcome return to the range this year, a third release in this series, crafted from ex- Bodega European oak butts.
Each whisky in the 2017 Special Releases range is a limited edition, rare bottling, with four originating from closed distilleries. These whiskies have been crafted to deliver memorable taste experiences unlike any other, to be cherished and enjoyed responsibly.
Autumn 2017, from specialist retailers in Northern Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa and selected Asian markets.
List of 2017 Special Releases
BLAIR ATHOL 24 year old
Distilled 1993 ABV 58.4%
BRORA 34 year old
Distilled: 1982 ABV 51.9%
CAOL ILA 18 year old
LAGAVULIN 12 year old
PORT DUNDAS 52 year old
Distilled: 1964 ABV 44.6%
About the Special Releases
PORT ELLEN 37 year old
Distilled: 1979 ABV 51%
TEANINICH 17 year old
Distilled: 1999 ABV: 55.9%
Distilled: NAS ABV: 57.3%
CONVALMORE 32 year old
Distilled: 1984 ABV 48.2%
GLEN ELGIN 18 year old
Distilled: 1998 ABV 54.8%
|16 Aug 17||
LEARN ENOUGH TO START YOUR OWN DISTILLERY!
www.TheatreofDrams.scot Introducing a new Whisky Festival in Islay. 23-27 October 2017, Bowmore Hall, Islay. THEATRE OF DRAMS Whisky Symposium - Five days whisky making knowledge imparted by distillers, barley experts, chemists, coppersmiths, coopers, brand ambassadors and more. Sharing the science of the past, safeguarding the Scotch of the future. Theoretical lectures each morning follow the linear process of whisky making - Malting, Mashing, Distillation, Maturation, Libation/Marketing/Nosing & Tasting. Afternoons offer Peat Cutting, Gaelic (& English) Distillery Tours, Whisky Tastings, Ceilidh Corner, Independent Bottlers, Independent Distillers and much more. If time is short visit Islay for a day or two to attend, cherry pick events of value to you. Buy individual tickets from Eventbrite under the Theatre of Drams Organiser. New events uploaded daily.
Theatre of Drams is an expansion and development of the hugely successful Whisky Course Islay hosted by Whisky for Girls (& Guys!) and participating Islay distilleries in 2015 and 2016. Theatre of Drams teaches YOU the reality of Scotch whisky making. #ScotchTalk An Educational Celebration of Whisky Contact Rachel MacNeill. T: 0747 8109099 / 01496 810 940 email firstname.lastname@example.org www.TheatreofDrams.scot
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Islay Whisky School
www.TheatreofDrams.scot Whisky Symposium 23-27 Oct 2017
www.whiskyforgirls.com (& Guys!)
|29 May 17||
The Milk & Honey Distillery - Israel's first whisky distillery
Israel's first single malt whisky!
The wait for the first single malt whisky in Israel is over. Gearing up for World Whisky Day, that was marked on May 20, Milk & Honey bottled the first cask in its experimental series, an integral component of the formulation of the final product, now in production at the distillery. On May 20 - World Whisky Day, the first Israeli whisky was launched, and the initial sales of the distillery's first 391 bottles of single malt whisky will go on sale later in June.
Milk & Honey - Israel's first whisky distillery is chalking up another achievement, with the announcement of the hotly anticipated sale of Israel’s first single malt whisky. On World Whisky Day, which marked on May 20 2017, the whisky will be launched and towards mid-June a sales event with 391 bottles from the first cask of the distillery's "Experimental Series" will be held at Milk & Honey Distillery and at selected stores throughout the country.
Israel's first single malt whisky by The Milk & Honey Distillery is the first whisky to be produced and bottled in Israel after being aged in cask for minimum three years. It therefore complies with the definition of whisky in Scotland and most countries around the globe. It is the harbinger of what is yet to come - special Israeli whisky that is well mature, thanks to the warm Israeli climate.
The distillation of this historical whisky began at the distillery's early stages - even before it was established at its current location in south Tel Aviv, before the current industrial equipment was purchased, and before the successful crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo. The barrel was distilled in January 2014 in a warehouse in the Northern Sharon region , by Head Distiller Tomer Goren, together with internationally renowned master distiller, the late Dr. Jim Swan, as part of his role as consultant to the distillery at the time.
The liquid was aged for 31 months in a 225-liter virgin American oak cask and then for another seven months in an ex-bourbon cask matured at the distillery's cask room in Tel Aviv.
The first bottles of Israeli single malt whisky will go on sale to the public in June, distributed by Hacarem at select stores nationwide.
About the distillery
The Milk & Honey Distillery is Israel's first whisky distillery. It produces high-quality distillates and is working on Israeli single malt whisky that will be sold commercially. The first edition, the founders' edition, was sold entirely through a successful crowd funding campaign and is currently aging in barrels. It will be launched in 2019. All of the raw materials, equipment, barrels and processes were selected to ensure that the final product - white distillates or aged whisky - meets the strictest and most uncompromising standards of quality and flavor, without any shortcuts on the lengthy journey until the whisky is rolled out: training and consulting by the late Jim Swan - world-renowned master distiller, who specialized in maturation in warm climates; equipment that was custom designed and ordered; fastidiously selected barrels, and selection of the finest raw materials available.
The Milk & Honey Distillery
16 HaThiya St., Tel Aviv, +972 (0) 363 20491
|25 Apr 17||Diageo Special Releases 2017: The first 9 bottles already annouced to avoid any speculations:
BLAIR ATHOL™ 23 year old
Distilled 1993 ABV 58.4%
Cask: Ex-Bodega European Oak Butts
No of bottles: 5,514
BRORA™ 34 year old
Distilled: 1982 ABV 51.9%
Region: Coastal Highlands
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
No of bottles: 3,000
CAOL ILA™ 18 year old
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
Limited quantities available worldwide
CONVALMORE™ 32 year old
Distilled: 1984 ABV 48.2%
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
No of bottles: 3,972
GLEN ELGIN™ 18 year old
Distilled: 1998 ABV 54.8%
Cask: Ex-Bodega European Oak Butts
No of bottles: 5,352
LAGAVULIN™ 12 year old
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
Limited quantities available worldwide
PORT DUNDAS™ 52 year old
Distilled: 1964 ABV 44.6%
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
No of bottles: 752
PORT ELLEN™ 37 year old
Distilled: 1979 ABV 51%
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads & Refill American Oak Butts
No of bottles: 2,988
TEANINICH™ 17 year old
Distilled: 1999 ABV: 55.9%
Region: Coastal Highlands
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads & Refill American Oak Barrels
Limited quantities available worldwide
|21 Feb 17||“I think we’ve started a movement” – these words, said during the first World Whisky Forum arranged last week, resonated with us. Welcome – please indulge yourself and enjoy some interesting speeches and discussions from the event.
Super brief summary
The World Whisky Forum attracted a diverse group of whisky makers from around the world to talk about how to promote creative development and evolve whisky making in the future.
It was not an ordinary line-up of whisky countries. Among the 50 attendees no less then thirteen countries were represented - Austria, England, Ireland, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland and USA.
The host for this event was Box Distillery, situated far up north in Sweden where the winter lasts for five months and the 63rd parallel goes straight through the warehouse.
Some pointes that was discussed:
- Ban the expression Craft from the industry.
- Legislation is needed. ‘It’s in our interest to ensure that the regulations help not just the big brands, but the smaller distillers,’
- “A new wine cask finish is not innovation”
See all the presentations and interviews
on our website!
You can also see interviews, full speeches and the panel discussions that took place on our website worldwhiskyforum.org.
|08 Feb 17||
Douglas Laing Reveals Old Particular “Consortium of Cards” Collection
|10 Nov 16||
Whisky Guide Schweiz 2017
Ein Wegweiser zu den besten Adressen des Landes
Wer sich auf eine Reise begibt, gerät oft auf neue Wege. Und im Besonderen erlaubt dies die vielfältige Whisky-Szene der Schweiz, führt sie doch – ob mit dem Whiskyschiff über die idyllischsten Seen oder mit dem historischen Whiskyzug durch die romantischsten Gefilde – zu den Hotspots in Sachen Whisky durch die gesamte Eidgenossenschaft: vom frankophilen und internationalen Genf in das Dreiländereck nach Basel, hinüber in das metropolitane Zürich, über den Kurort St. Moritz in die Zentralschweiz nach Luzern bis nach Lugano und Brissago Richtung Dolce Vita. Zu entdecken ist der höchst gebrannte oder gelagerte Whisky und der höchste Whisky Trail der Welt wie die Tiefen und Schätze der Schweizer Felsenkeller und die südlichsten und westlichsten Zipfel des mehrsprachigen Landes; ausladende Bars wie die verb&uum l;rgt kleinste oder grösste Whiskybar der Welt; oder die Boutiquen und Kathedralen der Fachhändler, die den Whisky erst in die Schweiz bringen.
Einführend bekommen Sie dafür Beiträge rund um das Thema Lebenswasser von anerkannten Whiskyschreibern und -Enthusiasten zur Seite gestellt. Die Themen reichen von einer persönlichen Einschätzung zur Entwicklung der Schweizer Whiskyszene zu einem „Erste Hilfe Kurs“ darüber, wie man über Whisky reden und ihn bewerten kann; auf welchen Pfaden man Whisky in den deutschsprachigen Ländern Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz erkunden und zu geniessen vermag; über das ausgewiesene Grundlagen-Know-how zur Herstellung des gereiften „uisge beatha“ hin zu den wichtigsten internationalen Neuheiten des Jahres.
Im Zentrum des Buches sind indes die Protagonisten der Szene selbst porträtiert – darunter ausgewählte Highlights internationaler Whiskybrennereien, die in der Schweiz durch engagierte Importeure vertreten sind – ist das Wassser des Lebens doch mehr denn je als ein globales Phänomen zu verstehen; die lokalen Pioniere und Produzenten der heimischen Whiskys, die besten Whisky Bars und Shops des Landes und schliesslich die Clubs, Portale, Blogs und Foren für den gemeinsamen Austausch rund um das Lebenswasser. Zum Abschluss bietet ein Whiskykalender eine Übersicht wichtiger Messe- und Eventtermine über das Jahr hinweg.
Kurzum: Der Whisky Guide bietet ein Panorama der heimischen Whisk(e)y-Szene in ihrer ganzen und überraschenden Größe und Vielfalt. Als handliches Nachschlagewerk für die wachsende Whisk(e)y-Gemeinde des Landes ist er so ein unverzichtbarer Reisebegleiter für genussvolle Entdeckungsreisen zum ganz eigenen „aqua vitae“.
Whisky Guide Schweiz 2017. Ein Wegweiser zu den besten Adressen des Landes.
Tägerwilen (CH) 2016.
Preis: CHF 19.00
|10 Nov 16||
Switzerland´s Best Whisky Awards 2016: Das sind die Sieger
Feierliche Verleihung in Zürich
Ehre für rührige Whisky-Menschen: Im stilvollen Ambiente des Four Points by Sheraton Sihlcity wurden zum Abend des 04. November 2016 in Zürich die „Switzerland´s Best Whisky Awards“ verliehen. Mit dieser Auszeichnung würdigt der Herausgeber der „Whisky Time – Das Magazin für Geniesser“, die Medienbotschaft Verlag & Events GmbH mit Sitz in Tägerwilen (Schweiz), herausragende Leistungen in den Kategorien „Whisky Bar“, „Whisky Shop“, „Whisky National“ und „Whisky International“. Zudem wird der Ehrenpreis „Whisky Motion“ vergeben.
Zahlreiche Gäste aus der Schweizer Whisky-Branche waren bei der Verleihung dabei und konnten so auch die Präsentation des neuen „Whisky Guide Schweiz 2017“ verfolgen. Das jährlich neu aufgelegte Buch ist Pflicht-Ratgeber und Reisebegleiter für alle Liebhaber des „Wasser des Lebens“ in der Schweiz. Inhalte des Buchs und die verliehenen Preise sind dabei eng miteinander verwoben. Jährlich werden dabei herausragende Whiskybars und -fachhändler in den Kategorien „Whisky Bar“ und „Whisky Shop“ ausgezeichnet. In der Kategorie „Whisky National“ werden hingegen herausragende Whiskys von Schweizer Whiskyproduzenten gekürt. Diese werden im Rahmen einer groß angelegten Blindverkostung ermittelt. Der Preis in der Kategorie „Whisky International“ würdigt indes die besten Produktneuheiten und interessantesten Entwicklungen auf dem Schweizer Whisky-Markt. In ihnen spiegelt sich das gute Gespür der Vertriebe und Brennereien für die große Liebhaberei, die das flüssige Gold in der Schweiz erfährt. Der Preis in der Kategorie „Whisky Motion“ würdigt zuletzt das individuelle und ausdauernde Engagement einer Person rund um den Whisky.
Die Gewinner der Switzerland´s Best Whisky Awards 2016
Switzerland´s Best Whisky Bar 2016:
Switzerland´s Best Whisky Shop 2016:
Switzerland´s Best Whisky National 2016:
Switzerland´s Best Whisky International 2016:
Switzerland´s Best Whisky Motion 2016:
BU: Der Gewinner der Kategorie „Whisky Bar“ der Switzerland´s Best Whisky Awards 2016 (v.l.): Patrick Tilke (Autor Whisky Guide Schweiz 2017), Petr Estvan, Christian Kramer jr. (Devil´s Place – Quaglinos), Claudio Bernasconi (Devil´s Place – Hotel Waldhaus am See).
BU: Der Gewinner der Kategorie „Whisky Shop“ der Switzerland´s Best Whisky Awards 2016 (v.l.): Patrick Tilke (Autor Whisky Guide Schweiz 2017), Urs Ullrich (Paul Ullrich AG), Christian Rosenberg (Herausgeber Whisky Time – Magazin für Geniesser).
BU: Die Gewinner der Kategorie „Whisky National“ der Switzerland´s Best Whisky Awards 2016 (v.l.): Patrick Tilke (Autor Whisky Guide Schweiz 2017), Ursula Zürcher, Daniel Zürcher (Spezialitätenbrennerei Zürcher).
BU: Der Gewinner der Kategorie „Whisky International“ der Switzerland´s Best Whisky Awards 2016 (v.l.): Patrick Tilke (Autor Whisky Guide Schweiz 2017), Robert Lippuner (Campari Schweiz AG), Christian Rosenberg (Herausgeber Whisky Time – Magazin für Geniesser).
BU: Der Gewinner der Kategorie „Whisky Motion“ der Switzerland's Best Whisky Awards 2016 (v.l.): Peter Haecky (Haecky Import AG), Christian Rosenberg (Herausgeber Whisky Time – Magazin für Geniesser).
|06 Oct 16||
A ‘Dram Fine Wedding’ for Pulteney Pair
Old Pulteney has added the perfect ‘blend’ to its award-winning range of single malts – after a love match between two Pulteney staff led to a very special wedding at the Distillery in Wick.
www.oldpulteney.com / @OldPulteneyMalt
|22 Sep 16||
Impeccably crafted flavours of Scotland: Diageo introduces the
List of 2016 Special Releases
BRORA™ 38 year old
CAMBUS™ 40 year old
CAOL ILA™ 15 year old
GLENKINCHIE™ 24 year old
LAGAVULIN™ 12 year old
LINKWOOD™ 37 year old
MANNOCHMORE™ 25 year old
PORT ELLEN™ 37 year old