The Balvenie unveil Tun 1509 Batch 2

balvenietun1509batch2The Balvenie fans amongst you will be pleased to hear that the distillery has unveiled the Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 2. Created once again by The Balvenie’s long serving Malt Master David Stewart.

For this second batch David has hand picked a total of 32 casks, 23 traditional American oak casks and 9 European oak sherry casks all from the distillery’s precious aged stocks. All were transferred to Tun 1509, which sits in The Balvenie’s Warehouse 24, for several months before bottling. This is a rare interpretation of the marrying process and allows the different whiskies to come together to create a unique expression of The Balvenie that’s greater than the sum of its constituent parts.

The Balvenie describe the second batch of The Balvenie Tun 1509 as luscious with aromas of honey, orange peel, sweet oak vanilla and a delicate ginger spiciness. To taste it is richly sweet, combining elegant honey with tangy citrus and gentle vanilla, overlain with subtle notes of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.

Each bottle of Tun 1509 comes with in-depth detail on the whisky with visual representations of the flavour profile of each of the 32 constituent casks and the overall character of the resulting single malt.

Bottled at 50.3% and non-chill filtered, the second batch of Tun 1509 will start appearing on shelves around the world from July 2015 at an RRP of £250.00 from specialist whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange

Beam Suntory releases Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky

albertaryedarkbatchBeam Suntory is challenging bartenders to “give cocktails a new interpretation” with its new Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky.

The new super-premium whisky from Canada’s Alberta Distillers, owned by Beam Suntory, features a blend of 91% rye whisky, 8% Bourbon and 1% Sherry, and is aged in both new charred American white oak and once-used American Bourbon barrels.

The latest offering is designed to be served in a variety of whisky cocktails with the intention of “challenging bartenders and consumers to rethink their rye and give cocktails a new interpretation”.

Dan Tullio, Canadian whisky master ambassador at Beam Suntory, said: “As the rye whisky category continues to grow, we’re thrilled to be able to introduce a new product to US whisky lovers.”

“With Alberta Distillers’ rich heritage producing superior rye whisky, Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky combines contemporary flavor trends with classic notes of premium rye whisky, offering mixologists, spirits connoisseurs and whisky enthusiasts a one-of-a-kind whisky with a robust, sophisticated flavour.”

The new rye whisky has “flavours of honey and oak”, leaving “hints of vanilla, smoke, sweet oak and savoury dried fruit” on the palate.

Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky is bottled at 45% abv and is available across the US at an RRP of US$29.99 for a 750ml bottle.

Tamdhu shows its strength with new expression

TAMDHU_RENDER_BS_150DPI_TUBETamdhu Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky has unveiled a new Batch Strength expression to complement the brand’s existing 10 Year Old offering.

The special edition Tamdhu Batch Strength is bottled un-chillfiltered at natural colour and high strength. The first of its kind from Tamdhu, the Batch Strength expression remains true to the Victorian optimism of the brand’s founders, upholding their passion to create only the finest single malt.

To achieve the most genuine taste and character, the new expression has been matured in a small number of exceptional, hand-selected, sherry oak casks at Tamdhu Distillery, located in the heart of Speyside. The first batch of this new expression has been bottled at 58.8% alcohol by volume.

Commenting on the new malt, Iain Weir, Marketing Director for Ian Macleod Distillers, said: “We’re extremely excited to be unveiling this new expression. Tamdhu is a brand that we are exceptionally proud of and it’s great to be able to extend the range from our existing award winning 10 Year Old malt”.

He continued: “Our Batch Strength is the purists’ choice and we feel that this hugely satisfying malt is going to be a popular addition to the Tamdhu range. It is the closest you’ll get to sampling a dram of whisky straight from a Tamdhu cask!”

Each batch is unique and varies slightly in style and strength but will always capture the complex richness and intensity of sherry cask matured whisky.

Tamdhu is owned by one of Scotland’s leading, independent family-owned distillers, Ian Macleod Distillers. Tamdhu was born on the banks of the River Spey in 1897 – an era when anything seemed possible. When obstacles were there to be overcome, an age of the Can-Dhu- Spirit. Its quality is defined by the hint of peat in its malted barley, the natural Speyside water that is drawn directly from the Tamdhu spring and the 100% exclusive use of only the finest sherry oak casks.

NOSE: Red berries, sultanas, walnuts, hints of pecan, delicate citrus and oak, creamy vanilla, cookie dough.

PALATE: Powerful burst of richness, fantastically rounded with sherry oak, spice and dry fruit. Kept on the palate, lighter fruits come to the fore- apricot, orange and crème brûlée.

FINISH: Rich, biscuity and malty, toast and marmalade with pleasing fruitiness lingering.

Wemyss releases new batch of single cask bottlings

Wemyss single casks Feb 2015 lowEdinburgh based boutique spirits company Wemyss Malts has today announced the release of its latest batch of single cask Scotch whiskies.

Each cask has been selected and named by the Wemyss tasting panel, under the watchful eye of industry aficionado Charlie Maclean.

As per all Wemyss single cask bottlings, each whisky has been named after and inspired by its unique aromas and flavours.

The full cask list from the latest batch:

“Kirsch Gateau” 1988 single cask from Bunnahabhain Distillery
“Cacao Geyser” 1998 single cask from Bowmore Distillery
“Snuffed Candle” 1999 singe cask from Aberfeldy Distillery
“Dark Treacle Fondant” 2002 single cask from Craigellachie Distillery
“Honeysuckle Bower” 1995 single cask from Linkwood Distillery
“Caribbean Crème” 1988 single cask from Invergordon Distillery

Commenting on the latest batch of releases, William Wemyss, Founder and Managing Director at Wemyss Malts, said: “We are delighted to introduce another excellent selection of single casks, named as always by our hard-working and creative tasting panel. We’ve selected a Bunnahabhain sherry butt to be bottled at cask strength in this release named Kirsch Gateau after its rich mahogany colour and palate of tempting dark chocolate and liqueur soaked cherries.”

The latest batch of Wemyss single cask’s, which are limited to only a few hundred bottles from each cask, will be available in the UK, Europe and key Asian markets, retailing for between £65-£130.

Glendronach releases Batch 11 of its single cask bottlings

GlenDronach_Batch_11_1971_cask_#_2920_Infront (1)Award winning Aberdeenshire distillery GlenDronach, has today announced the release of its 11th batch of single cask bottlings.

Ranging from 18 to 43 years in age, the nine new releases offer a huge and intriguing variety, six of which were matured in Pedro Ximenez sherry puncheons, two in Oloroso sherry butts and one in an Oloroso sherry puncheon.

The oldest, 1971 Cask Number 2920 (48.6% ABV) is a 43 Years Old malt matured in a Pedro Ximenez sherry puncheon. Intense treacle toffee floods over sour plums and roasted coffee. Harmonising waves of leather and tobacco give great depth and are balanced perfectly by a subtle toasted walnut and date back note.

As a contrast the 18 Year Old from Cask Number 244 (56.9% ABV) is the youngest, distilled in February 1996. Matured in an Oloroso sherry butt, there is a tremendous balance of mixed candied peel and stewed dark fruits sprinkled with dark Demerara. Delicious waves of toffee, cracked barley and warm oak spices combine to give a long and elegant finish.

All nine single casks have been hand-selected by BenRiach’s Managing Director and Master Distiller Billy Walker who described them as “sensational” and added: “I believe Batch 11 makes a very simple point – the wood has a huge influence on the spirit. You immediately sense – and taste – the influence of the casks on these nine sublime single malts. The subtle interaction of the ex-sherry wood with the Highland spirit over long dark years in the warehouse creates a luxurious and amazingly complex raft of flavours. In these nine expressions you feel the pulse of our inventory at GlenDronach and the idiosyncratic personality of the casks coming through. That, plus the passion and craftsmanship of our people, is what produces these incredible whiskies time and time again.”

The full list of single cask bottlings from Batch 11:

1971 Cask Number 2920 – 43 Year Old – Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon (48.6% ABV)

1990 Cask Number 1020 – 24 Year Old – Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon (53.8% ABV)
1990 Cask Number 1162 – 24 Year Old – Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon (52.9% ABV)
1994 Cask Number 54 – 20 Year Old – Oloroso Sherry Butt (56.6% ABV)
1994 Cask Number 3201 – 20 Year Old – Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon (56.2% ABV)
1994 Cask Number 3386 – 20 Year Old – Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon (53.6% ABV)
1995 Cask Number 538 – 19 Year Old – Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon (55 ABV)
1995 Cask Number 4941 – 19 Year Old – Oloroso Sherry Puncheon (57% ABV)
1996 Cask Number 244 – 18 years old – Oloroso Sherry Butt (56.9% ABV)

All nine of the new releases were bottled in November 2014 and are available now from specialist retailers.