The Deveron Single Malt Scotch Whisky


Just in time for Christmas, John Dewars & Co have launched The Deveron 10, 12 and 18 year old from their MacDuff distillery.

The Deveron RangeJohn Dewar & Sons has now launched The Deveron single malt whisky range which is the fifth and final Dewar’s owned single malt to join their “The Last Great Malts of Scotland”; a range of new expressions, including some never before released single malts from each of John Dewar & Sons five malt whisky distilleries, namely Aberfeldy, Aultmore,Craigellachie, Royal Brackla and Macduff.

Even the most ardent whisky connoisseurs amongst you could be forgiven for not recognising The Deveron name as a single malt, as it differs from most other Scotch single malt whiskies in that it isn’t named after the distillery it was produced in. The Deveron, as it will now be known has been rebranded from Glen Deveron a name which some of you will be vaguely familiar with, it is produced at the Macduff distillery which was built in 1963. The reason the whisky wasn’t named Macduff is the Distillers’ Company Limited, now Diageo, own the brand name Macduff.

Most of the whisky produced since the distillery’s construction has gone into blends such as William Lawson’s although some has been sold as single malt under the name Glen Deveron.

Glen Deveron was first released as a single malt in the late 1960s at 5 years old then in the mid-1970s, at 8 years old. There was also a Glen Deveron 12 year old year old in the 1980s and more recently there was a 10 year old.

Not until now have we had a range of original distillery bottlings to explore, The Deveron core range has been launched with 3 expressions which will all be available from this month, the new whiskies are The Deveron 12 Year Old, The Deveron 18 Year Old and The Deveron 10 Year Old which will only be available in France. There was mention last year of a Deveron 25 year old but no sign of it yet.

The travellers amongst you will know that not much more than a year ago a Glen Deveron 16, 20 and 30 year old were released exclusively in travel retail, they are still currently available but Dewar’s tell me that these will be phased out slowly and I would guess perhaps replaced by the same expressions but under the new The Deveron brand name.

The Macduff distillery is located where the river meets the sea, it sits near the mouth of the River Deveron, shortly before its cool waters join the restless surge of the North Sea.

An uneven number of stills is unusual in a distillery; the whisky the Macduff produces emanates from five of the smallest copper pot stills in Scotland – two wash stills and three spirit stills. A further curiosity is the unique set-up of the spirit still lyne arms, which very slightly ascend before joining the horizontal condensers. They cool down and purify the spirit by enabling greater copper contact which leads to less sulphurous compounds.

The distillation process and its unconventional condensers are arranged for a light, fruity spirit and only Spanish sherry and American ex-bourbon oak casks, mainly hogsheads, are used for maturing The Deveron single malt. The specially selected casks impart depth to the delicate spirit, granting it a more rounded and smoother character. The result is a smooth, easy drinking dram with apple notes, dried fruits and nuts.

Each expression has been launched in selected markets around the world including Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, United States and United Kingdom.

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 .

Bill Lark Inducted into the Whisky Hall of Fame

cropped-f1c522-494.jpgBill Lark has flown to London to be inducted into the Whisky Hall of Fame, due to occur Thursday evening 19 March, London time. The Whisky Hall of Fame draws international commendation.

It’s a permanent tribute to those who have made a lasting contribution to the world of whisky.
Known internationally as “the Godfather of Australian whisky”, Bill Lark is only the seventh person outside of Scotland or Ireland to be inducted. The other six are American, positioning him as the first distiller in the southern hemisphere. The induction is highly regarded worldwide, particularly in the United Kingdom. Into its second decade of recognition, the 2015 awards take place at the Waldorf Hilton in Aldwych, London.

Bill Lark realised that everything you need for a world-class whisky was in Tasmania – rich fields of barley, an abundance of wonderfully pure soft water, highland peatbogs and the perfect climate to bring all the ingredients together in a marriage ofscience, art and passion.

What sets Bill apart is his humble and generous philosophy. Willing to share his knowledge, Bill has assisted more than nine start-up distilleries in Tasmania aloneand has grown a hugely successful premium craft spirit industry in Australia. As Billsays, “a rising tide lifts all boats”.

“I thought people might think we were trying to teach the Scots how to suck eggs and they would think – what are you doing, you silly colonial? We make whisky, you make beer! But in fact it’s been exactly the opposite. We have had tremendous support from the single malt industry worldwide, and from consumers. They were always a little nervous at the start…but it really didn’t take long for the market to truly grab hold of the fact that Tasmania can produce stunning single malt whisky,” adds Lark.

Lark Distillery was the first licenced distillery in Tasmanian since 1839. It was established to produce Tasmanian malt whisky, rich in character with a big finish using the finest Tasmanian ingredients. Lark is very proudly a boutique distillery dedicated to maintaining its proven high-quality malt whisky and other unique Tasmanian spirits. Lark whisky is crafted in small batches and matured in small barrels, and 5-7 years later bottled by hand.

Today the Lark Distillery is one of Australia’s leading distilleries, producing high quality, premium single malt whisky using traditional time-honoured methods. The Distillery runs a 1,800 litre copper pot still along with a 500 litre spirit still.

This induction carries on from Sullivan’s Cove being handed the award of World’s Best Whisky for 2014. The accolade for Whisky Hall of Fame 2015 will be hosted by Radio 4 presenter Garry Richardson and is divided into three stages: Scotland, America and the ‘Rest of the World.’ It is drawn from distillers and blenders worldwide.

Further images are available on request. More information about Lark Distillery is available at www.larkdistillery.com.au.

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.

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.