Berry Bros & Rudd launch Glenrothes extraordinary single cask 1968

Glenrothes 1968Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits has announced the third release from its first series of single cask bottlings from the late 1960s and early 1970s; The Glenrothes Extraordinary Single Cask 1968.

This latest release has been bottled from the contents of Cask #13507 – a second-fill hogshead cask, filled on 19th November 1968, which has yielded just 145 bottles at a natural strength of 41.9% ABV.

With a growing demand for more, older, rarer bottlings, Ronnie Cox, Brands Heritage Director at Glenrothes, has for the last two decades, undertaken the lengthy process of assessing and identifying a small reserve of casks deemed worthy of being included in The Glenrothes Extraordinary Cask Collection.

The Single Cask is something that The Glenrothes bottle only rarely. Just occasionally, casks are discovered with such distinguished personality that they can stand alone as examples of supremacy of the bloodline.

Commenting on the new release, Ronnie Cox, said: “This cask follows our initial Extraordinary releases: a Single Cask from 1970 and a Single Cask from 1969, both of which have all sold out. The latest bottling, a venerable cask from 1968, in keeping with The Glenrothes’ philosophy to bottle at peak maturity, is now ready to be unveiled.”

Presented in a hand-blown lead crystal decanter, each bottle comes with a polished brass plaque, engraved with the year of distillation and the bottle number to ensure the uniqueness and authenticity.

Described as being like Glenrothes in its spring-like idiom on the nose and text-book Glenrothes creamy on the palate, this latest expression is unchillfiltered and like all Glenrothes bottlings completely natural in colour.

The Glenrothes Extraordinary Single Cask 1968, will be available exclusively at DFS at Singapore Changi Airport during February. It will then be available in selected domestic outlets across South East Asia and in the rest of the world for a RRP of £5,500.

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AnCnoc launched 1975 vintage

anCnoc 1975anCnoc Highland single malt Scotch whisky, has announced the launch of its latest vintage. Bottled in 2014, anCnoc 1975 (44.2% ABV) is the oldest expression ever released from Knockdhu Distillery and promises to be the ultimate treat for anCnoc fans and the most discerning whisky drinkers around the world.

Produced from only three American oak and Spanish oak ex-sherry casks laid down in 1975, this latest vintage is limited to 1590 bottles and has been bottled at cask strength without chill-filtration.

Described as being rich and inviting on the nose and full-bodied, intense and complex on the palate, the 1975 Vintage is presented in a simple, striking bottle and encased in an elegant black tube.

Commenting on the new release, anCnoc Assistant Brand Manager, Stephanie Bridge, said: “The last 12 months have been a very ambitious and a very successful time for anCnoc. We unveiled the limited Peaty Collection to a global audience and launched two travel retail expressions as well as our popular 18 Year Old. The 1975 has been anticipated for a number of years, it’s distinctively anCnoc, a fantastic whisky and a superb addition to any whisky collection.”

anCnoc 1975 Vintage will be available from February through specialist retailers for a RRP of £300.

Heartwood wins 2015 Independent Bottler of the Year!

News just announced… – aHeartwood Malt Whisky huge congratulations to Tim Duckett & Heartwood!!!

“WIZARDS OF WHISKY WORLD INDEPENDENT BOTTLER OF THE YEAR 2015

This is the first time that the independent award has gone outside the United Kingdom, but it goes to a company that has been ritually kicking butt for a couple of years now, and which demands your attention.
Heartwood is the company owned by maverick Tim Duckett, who epitomises everything good about New World whisky in general and Australian whisky in particular.

Heartwood bottles casks bought from Lark, and each one is marked out by three specific factors: the irreverent names that Tim gives them, their hyper cask strengths – high 60s and into the 70s – and most of all, masses and masses of flavour.

Drinking Heartwood is the whisky equivalent to a net session with Aussie paceman Mitchell Johnson when he’s got a toothache. These whiskies – with names such as Convict Redemption, Convict Resurrection and Vat Out Of Hell – are big, bold, unsubtle, complex, confusing and unforgettable. If the likes of Lark and Sullivan’s Cove are AC/DC, Heartwood is Rose Tattoo and The Angels jamming with the volume on 11: snarling, in your face, and dripping in passion, intensity and intent.

You either love them or hate them – whisky’s equivalent of vegemite sandwiches – but they are leading an Australian journey in to new and unchartered waters – and they sum up perfectly what The Wizards of Whisky are all about.
Heartwood picked up two gold medals for The Beagle and Convict Redemption. Tim tells me his next release is ‘an absolute cracker’ bottled at 72% ABV. The Wizards can’t wait….

Hear Tim Duckett’s response to the Wizards Award in the net issue of World Whisky review, out in two weeks.”

Article by Dominic Roskrow of:

http://thewhiskytastingclub.co.uk/Blogs/domblog/2015/01/19/wizards-of-whisky-world-independent-bottler-of-the-year-2015/#respond

 

Chivas completes construction on new Dalmunach Distillery

Dalmunach DistilleryChivas Brothers, has completed the construction of its new Dalmunach distillery in Speyside, reinforcing its long term growth prospects in the face of increased global demand for Scotch whisky.

Built using the latest innovations and environmental expertise such as heat recovery technology, the distillery is capable of producing up to 10 million litres of high quality Speyside style spirit per year to support the growing global demand for the bestselling blended whisky brands within Chivas Brothers’ portfolio, which includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s and Royal Salute.

Situated on the banks of the River Spey, the Dalmunach distillery will not be open to visitors but will be visible from the nearby Speyside Way walking trail. Great care has been taken to ensure the external façade of the distillery is in-keeping with its surrounding environment and the traditional architectural style of the region.

Commenting on the news, Laurent Lacassagne, Chairman and CEO of Chivas Brothers, said: “As global demand for Scotch whisky increases year on year, our confidence in the long-term growth prospects for the category remains strong. The construction of the new Dalmunach distillery is a clear demonstration of our confidence and also of our commitment to invest to meet the significant growth potential”

The distillery architecture has been inspired by the shape of a sheaf of barley reflecting the core ingredient of single malt whisky. It houses eight unique copper pot stills, with a tulip shape used for the wash stills and an onion shape used for the spirit stills, replicating those from the Imperial distillery which was situated on the site until 2012. In a departure from distillery traditions, the stills have been positioned in a circular design that provides a unique aesthetic for the future.

Other original features from the previous distillery have been carefully incorporated to ensure a sense of heritage remains intact. Red brick from the original mill building has been reclaimed to create a feature wall in the new entrance area, and wood from the original washbacks has been used to form an entrance ‘drum’ and adorn the gable walls of the new tun room which contains 16 new stainless steel washbacks. A new 9.5m diameter mashtun has been installed which draws spring water for production from the site’s original distilling water sources.

The Distillery has already had a positive impact on the local economy with companies from the Speyside area heavily involved in the construction, while an additional eight permanent employees have joined the Chivas Brothers production team.

“Rock Oyster” Island Vatted Malt From Douglas Laing

Rock Oyster PackEstablished in 1948, leading independent Scotch whisky specialist, Douglas Laing & Co today announced the release of their brand new Island inspired “Vatted” Malt – Rock Oyster.

Paying homage the sea, Douglas Laing’s Rock Oyster is a Small Batch bottling created using the finest maritime Malts including those distilled on the rightly esteemed Islands of Jura, Islay, Arran and Orkney.

Bottled at 46.8% and without colouring or chill-filtration, this small batch bottling has a maritime and oceanic character of sea-salt, sweet peat, smoke, honey and pepper.

Much attention and consideration was spent creating the packaging which features a bespoke illustration of both an oyster, and a nautical scene, while telling the story of this seafaring spirit.

Commenting on the new release, Douglas Laing’s Managing Director Fred Laing, said:“Rock Oyster showcases the archetypal Island character of gentle peat-smoke, vanilla, honey and salt. If I could select just one dram to transport the whisky enthusiast to the Islands of Scotland, it would be this one. Rock Oyster will sit proudly alongside our other core regionally themed Vatted Malts – Big Peat from Islay, Scallywag from Speyside and Timorous Beastie from the Highlands – hopefully contributing to Douglas Laing’s continued growth.”

Douglas Laing’s Rock Oyster will be available from specialist Whisky retailers from January 2015.