Posts Tagged ‘Scotland’

Campbeltown releases in 2009

December 31, 2008

J&A Mitchell (Springbank, Kilkerran/Glengyle, Longrow, Hazelburn, Campbeltown Loch etc) has released a small list of their planned official releases for the new year. Most exiting, and surely an item for touts, collectors, hoarders and generally all who don’t really drink the stuff, is a official release from the newly rebuildt Glengyle Distillery (Kilkerra Single Malt).

The releases are as follows:

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It’s coming home

October 9, 2008

What is belived to be the world’s greates whisky collection is coming “home” to Scotland.

Brazilian Claive Vidiz has spent 36 years collection whisky, and has amassed a total of 3,384 bottles. But as he got older (now 73) he decided the collection had to go to someone who could take care of it, without splitting it up.

After spending 8 years deliberating on the matter the result was that Diageo was to be on the receiving end of this massive collection. What Diageo has to fork over for the collection is undisclosed, but it’s belived it didn’t come cheap. Neither did the transportation back to Scotland, as fine arts experts traveled to Brazil to pack the collection for transport.

A “vault” is now built at Edinburghs Scotch Whisky Experience (previously known as The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre) to house the collection.

Online telly-channel DeadlinenewsTV was there for the presentation:

Diageo Special Releases 2008

September 3, 2008

For the 8th year running Diageo are releasing a number of specially selected whiskies for their Special Release-series. This year there are ten different bottlings, with a total production of well under 70.000 bottles all in all. And as usual Diageo has one or two surprises in store for the avid whisky drinker/collector. The bottling will be released later this year. This years prices (RRP in the UK) range from £43 to £205 per bottle. All tasting notes are courtesy of Diageo (as are all pictures). So… on to the whiskies:

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Yet another whisky-isle

September 3, 2008

Yet another Scottish island has signed on to the ever increasing list over whisky producing isles. But unlike other plans like Blackwood (Shetlands) and Uisge Beatha nan Eilean (Barra) this distillery has started producing, without attracting much press or blurb on beforehand. A small notice in the Scotsman from June 2007 is all I could find.

Scenery from Carnish, Isle of Lewis

Abhainn Dearg (Red River) Distillery on the Isle of Lewis has recently started up production with a planned output of 10.000 litres per annum, with an increase to 25.000 litres in 2009-10. The site is a former salmon hatchery that has been converted into a distillery. The first spirit has already been put into casks and the first bottles will be available in 2011 when the National Mod will return to the Isle of Lewis.

It’s local businessman Mark Tayburn, who also runs a recycling business on the island, that is behind the distillery. The distillery is to run on environmentally friendly lines, with a small hydroelectric scheme planned.

(Source: The Scotsman)

Breaking News: Glendronach sold to BenRiach

August 28, 2008

Chivas Brothers Press Release:

Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits, has today announced the sale of the Glendronach distillery to The Benriach Distillery Company Ltd.

Christian Porta, Chairman and Chief Executive of Chivas Brothers, comments: “We are pleased to be selling this distillery to The Benriach Distillery Company Ltd, who will be able to give it the attention and commitment it deserves. We currently have 13 operational malt distilleries, including the recently re-opened Braeval distillery and we have also started significant expansion plans for The Glenlivet Distillery, which is one of the top 15 priority brands of Pernod Ricard. Therefore, our focus is to continue to develop and improve these distilleries.”

Macallan plants more trees

August 2, 2008

The Macallan Estate OakThe newest addition to the Macallan-range includes an enviromental twist. For every bottle purchased an oak tree will be plantet on the Macallan Estate in Speyside.

The Macallan Estate Oak is released exclusively for World Duty Free (WDF) – the duty free operator for the Italian-owned airport company, BAA. It retails for £34.99 (~€45). WDF has shops at Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Southampton airports.

“We anticipate it will be a huge success with people wanting to make a difference to the environment,” said William Ovens, The Edrington Group’s global travel retail area director.

The whisky has been matured in both European (ex-oloroso sherry) and American (ex-bourbon) oak. The bottling is without an age statement and comes without a box, to reduce the amount of waste. The labels are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and are sourced from responsibly managed resources.

Tastingnote: Pale straw in colour, there are hints of coconut and vanilla on the nose, culminating in a soft, smooth finish with a lingering gentle touch of dried fruit.

But this is not the first time Macallan Distillery sells a bottle with a tree-planting add-on. Just under three years ago the distillery launched a bottling called The Macallan Woodland Estate. That bottling was a 12 year old only sold through the distillery webshop and visitor centre – and came with exclusive box. The price for this bottling was £95 (~€120).

Glenfarclas gets put in a museum

August 1, 2008

The National Musuem of Scotland has recently put in a new permantent exhibition entitled “Scotland: A Changing Nation”. A part of this exhibition is, naturally, set aside for whisky – and one whisky in particular.

It was in the 1930s when Glenfarclas sold 50 cases to H Albrecht and Company in Illinois. A Mr Shrive purchased six cases of this whisky and most of it was drunk. Although prohibition had recently been repealed, the whisky didn’t dissapear in a drunken stupor. By 1994 one whosle case and one single bottle remained and Mr Shrive’s wrote to Glenfarclas Distillery and offered them the bottles. John Grant, 5th generation Glenfarclas-Grant, flew to the States to bring the whisky “home” – on a First Class seat by British Airways.

The unopened case and bottle can now be seen by all visitors to The National Musuem of Scotland (Chambers Street, Edinburgh).

And what Glenfarclas payed for the bottles? Now that’s a secret.

The Whisky Bus

August 1, 2008

Glengoyne Distillery has started a new service to make it easier for visitors to get to and from the distillery. The Whiskybus will run as a daily service half of the year (oct-easter it wil run weekends) from Glasgow City Centre and out to Glengoyne Distillery and back again.

The bus starts at the Tourist Information Centre at 2.10pm and goes via six of the city’s hotels (Hilton, Marriot, Radisson SAS, Jury’s Inn, Thistle and Crown Plaza) before heading out to Glengoyne.

The trip includes on-board entertainment, nosing competition, a Glengoyne Wee Tasting Tour (including Glengoyne 10yo and 17yo) and of course the transportation. All this for £18.50 per person. People who want to take advantage of this service can just hop on the bus on one of the stops, or call +44 (0)800 0141 495 to reserve a seat.

Visit The Whisky Bus for more information.

Almost here: Arran 12 Years

July 31, 2008

The Isle of Arran Distillery continues to come of age. It’s just over 13 years since the first droplets came throught the spirit safe at the Lochranza distillery.

This year’s main release is the Arran 12 Years Old:

As usual with Arran it’s bottled at 46% and non chill filtered. Official launch is set for October, while we in Norway will get it in November.

Btw. The distillery’s website has been updated quite recently. Please visit them at arranwhisky.com.

Source: Isle of Arran Distillery/The House of Cognac


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