Chivas Regal launches “The Icon”

chivas_flagshipPernod Ricard, has today unveiled what it says is the pinnacle of the Chivas Regal range; Chivas Regal The Icon. Created with a blend of some of the rarest and oldest whiskies available to Chivas Regal, a few of which are from distilleries that have long since fallen silent.

Chivas Regal The Icon (40% ABV) has been blended by the unparalleled expertise of Master Blender Colin Scott, using over 20 of Scotland’s rarest whiskies, from distilleries including Strathisla, Longmorn and Glen Keith.

Presented in an elegant bottle, each decanter of Chivas Regal The Icon, has been hand-blown by dedicated master craftsmen at Dartington Crystal before being hand-filled with the luxury liquid. The glass is etched with careful precision before being dressed with finely crafted metalwork, while the green colour pays tribute to the original Chivas Regal bottle from 1909.

Commenting on the new release, Colin Scott, Master Blender for Chivas Regal, said: “Chivas Regal The Icon is a truly exquisite blend. I feel very honoured to be the Master Blender to present this luxury Scotch which features rich notes of honey, vanilla and dark chocolate balanced by subtle hazelnut influences from the cask. Chivas Regal The Icon delivers a long and luxurious finish in the smooth Chivas signature style.”

Each year Chivas Regal will produce a limited number of bottles of The Icon, making it a must have product for whisky adorers and collectors alike.

Chivas Regal The Icon, will be available in Dubai Duty Free later this month and globally from September for a RRP of $3,500.

Amrut Greedy Angels Chairman’s Reserve 10 Year Old

Amrut Greedy AngelsAmrut Indian Single Malt launches the limited edition Amrut Greedy Angels Chairman’s Reserve 10 Year Old.

Amrut Distilleries, India, known for their popular range of Single Malt whiskies which include Amrut Fusion and Amrut Peated have launched Amrut Greedy Angels Chairman’s Reserve 10 years old which is a limited edition of only 320 bottles worldwide.

This whisky is the first 10 year old single malts to be produced by the company and will be priced around 500 Euros. The very limited edition whisky marks the Bangalore boutique distillery’s first 10 years in the international markets where it has built up quite a following amongst whisky connoisseurs.

The distillery first launched their single malts outside India in 2004 in Glasgow, Scotland and today Amruts single malts can be found on the shelves of whisky shops across 40 countries. The brand peaked in the limelight in 2010 when whisky writer, Jim Murray rated the Amrut Fusion with 97/100 points voting it the “3rd finest whisky in the world”.

Their latest and most expensive whisky so far, the Amrut Greedy Angels Chairman’s Reserve 10 year old is the first 10 year old single malt to ever come out of India and is also India’s most expensive whisky so far. Given the high temperatures and humidity in India the loss of whisky during maturation is close to 10-12% in comparison to Scotland’s 1-2%. This makes ageing of these malts a very tricky affair and the quantity left for bottling quite meagre compared to what was started off with.

A total of 320 bottles of these exquisite bottles are available with 284 bottles sailing to Europe & 36 to the United States of America. The specially designed package consists of a 700/750 ml crystal decanter bottled at 46% ABV and a 50 ml miniature decanter bottled at full cask strength of 71% ABV.

Almost all of the bottles have been pre-sold or reserved and most of the units will end up as collectibles on the shelves of whisky aficionados.

Ashok Chokalingam, GM – International Markets (Amrut) commented on the new whisky, saying: “The profile can be compared to some of the very old & rare Scottish single malts. You will spot a lot of tropical fruits, orangey citrus & a lingering finish”.

Whisky fans will have to wait for quite some time before the next batch is released”, Ashok adds: “We are not sure when the next release of this ten years old malt from the Amrut stable will emanate as keeping the balance profile of the whisky is questionable given the conditions under which it matures”.

Amruts range of Indian single malt whisky is available from whisky specialist shops such as The Whisky Exchange

Amrut Greedy Angels 10 Year Old 46% Tasting Notes

Producer’s Tasting Notes:

Colour: Light orange marmalade.

Nose: Very relaxed on the nose , the usual Amrut traits are there, liquorice, spices, Millionaires shortbread but well laid back.

Taste: It is silky smooth across the palate but incredibly spicy, wow really spicy! It really hits you at the back of the mouth.

Finish: The finish is long and again spicy, it just goes on and on and on.

It tastes like an old, well aged malt to start with ends up like young spicy beast , brilliant.

Amrut Greedy Angels 10 Year Old 71% Tasting Notes

Amrut Greedy AngelsProducer’s Tasting Notes:

Whereas the 46% is so laid back it’s horizontal, this is a smack across the nose with a large malt shovel ! Everything is more intense , it’s all in there as stated in the 46% just more condensed ! Highly drinkable at the high ABV and thoroughly enjoyable , It’s great to see an ‘aged’ Amrut just a shame about the maturation losses .

Arran 18 Year Old Limited Edition released

arran 18 year oldArran 18 year old, the 3rd and final bottle in the trilogy.

It’s finally here, Arran whisky have announced the release of a Arran 18 year old expression. As fans of the island distillery will know the new whisky follows last years limited edition of 9,000 bottles worldwide release of the Arran 17 year old and the previous years limited release of a Arran 16 year old.

The Arran 18 year old is the 3rd and final release in a limited edition trilogy which has paved the way for an official bottling of Arran 18 year old joining the Arran core range of whiskies this spring.

This Arran 18 year old will be available direct from the Arran web site from Monday 16th March, priced at £72.99. There will be a limit of 2 bottles per transaction as the number available from the site is limited. You should also be able to find the new whisky available from specialist whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange soon after its launch on March 16th.

Arran 18 Year Old Tasting Notes

Producer’s Tasting Notes:

Colour: Deep polished gold.

Nose: Baked peaches with honey and toasted almonds. Sherry cask charring and subtle spice.

Taste: Waxy and coating with warmth of crystallised ginger and sweetness of crème brulee and caramelised brown sugar. Water uncovers floral notes, macadamia nuts and Seville orange marmalade.

Finish: Hazelnuts and nougat mingle with lightly toasted brioche and toffee apples.

Pernod Ricard announce the US launch of its Yellow Spot single pot still Irish Whiskey

Yellow SpotPernod Ricard has announced the official US release of its award-winning Yellow Spot 12 Year Old single pot still Irish whiskey.

Since its launch in 2012, Yellow Spot has been exclusively available in the UK and other select European countries. It will now join two of Pernod Ricard’s other renowned single pot still whiskies, Redbreast and Green Spot, which entered the US market last year.

Each batch of Yellow Spot is made from a mash of malted and un-malted barley, which is then triple distilled in traditional copper stills. It is then matured in a combination of American bourbon, Spanish sherry and Spanish Malaga casks.

Yellow Spot was created and sold by Mitchell & Son Wine and Spirit Merchants in Dublin. The Mitchell family was in the whiskey bonding business and sent empty wine, sherry and port casks to the local Jameson distillery, which were filled and returned to the Mitchell’s cellar warehouse.

Commenting on the launch, Paul Di Vito, Vice President of Irish and North American Whiskey at Pernod Ricard, said: “Single Pot Still Irish Whiskies are the quintessential style of Irish whiskey and are characterized by full complex flavours. We are thrilled to bring Yellow Spot to American whiskey lovers as Single Pot Stills have become highly desired.”

Yellow Spot 12 Year Old single pot still Irish whiskey, will be available across the US during February for a suggested retail price of $99.99.

New Bourbons From Jim Beam & Diageo’s Orphan Barrel Project

JimBeamBonded_bs-200x300Jim Beam is returning to a place in Bourbon history with the release of Jim Beam Bonded, a 4-year-old Bourbon that takes some of its heritage from the US Government’s “Bottled in Bond Act of 1897.”

That law reserves the labeling of “Bottled in Bond” for whiskies at least four years old, bottled at 50% ABV (100 proof) and produced at a single distillery in a single distilling season. It’s not one of the more widely-known facts about American whiskeys, but distillers work with a two-season year: Spring season is January 31 through June 30, and Fall season runs from July 1 through December 31.

Jim Beam Bonded made its debut Monday night with a launch party at Bourbons Bistro in Louisville, Kentucky. It will be available at selected US retailers starting this month in 750ml and 1-liter sizes with a recommended retail price of $22.99 USD (750ml).

In addition, Beam is kicking off a special series of limited edition Booker’s Bourbon releases featuring labels inspired by the late Booker Noe. The year’s first batch of Booker’s has a label showing Noe sipping Bourbon in his famous rocking chair with his dog Dot at his feet. The scene is similar to Booker Noe’s memorial statue at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont, Kentucky, and carries the name “Big Man, Small Batch.” Batch 2015-1 follows the Booker’s tradition of being uncut and unfiltered, and the 7-year-old batch is bottled at 64.35% ABV (128.7 proof).

ForgedOak_bs-200x300Meanwhile, Diageo is releasing Forged Oak, the fifth edition in its Orphan Barrel series of Bourbons.  As with the previous four editions, the 15-year-old Forged Oak was matured primarily in the warehouses at the Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Louisville, and was distilled at the nearby New Bernheim Distillery in 1997 and 1998 from a mashbill of 86% corn, 8% rye, and 6% malted barley.

Forged Oak will be a limited release, though there are plans to release future editions as more whiskey reaches maturation. It is being bottled at 45.25% ABV (90.5 proof), and will carry a recommended retail price of $65 (750ml bottle).