New range of malts from Glenturret unveiled

Marking 240 years of distilling on the same site in Crieff, Glenturret Distillery has unveiled a range of single malts that reinforce the brand’s heritage as Scotland’s only remaining producer of hand mashed whisky.16294-540x335

The distinctive new range reveals abold return to the marketplace for the niche premium malt, traditionally used as a key ingredient in The Famous Grouse blend. In recent months The Glenturret has re-established itself as a highly collectible whisky releasing specialist bottlings including a 1986 Commonwealth Games Edition, which made its way into Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, and the more recent Brock Malloy, which sold out internationally within weeks.

The new core range showcases Glenturret’s small batch whisky production that enables the distillers to create different taste expressions, offering consumers a clear choice between a sherry, triple wood or peated malt.

Stuart Cassells, the driving force behind Glenturret Distillery’s return to the limelight comments: “The Glenturret single malt is a hidden gem in the whisky world, a genuinely handmade malt crafted with passion and care. Our new core range draws on the very best of our traditional, artisan production methods but focuses on profiling the taste of the malt, not simply its age.

“A traditional Scottish product, The Glenturret only require five pairs of hands to produce it and these exceptional malts are a testimony to the range of traditional distilling skills that Glenturret has worked hard to preserve.”

Currently available online, from the distillery shop and in a selection of independent outlets, bottles retail at £45 each.

Burn Stewart Distillers release rare 42 year old Ledaig single malt

42 years (6)Burn Stewart Distillers has this week announced the release of a rare and limited edition Ledaig 42 Year Old bottling.

Ledaig Dùsgadh, which takes its name from the Scots Gaelic for ‘awakening’ is the rarest and oldest Ledaig expression ever to be released from the Tobermory Distillery on the Isle of Mull.

It’s said that throughout its four decade history, the Scottish landscapes and climates to which Ledaig Dùsgadh has been exposed, have strengthened the malt’s distinctly rich and smoky flavour.

As per all of the malts in the Burn Stewart portfolio, Ledaig Dùsgadh is un-chilfiltered, ensuring that more of the whisky’s natural aroma, flavour and texture remain in the bottle, deepening the taste.

The packaging which houses Ledaig Dùsgadh has been inspired by the copper from the retired stills, which released the first spirit in 1972 and has finally reached the end of its distilling life. The aged copper has been used as part of the packaging to celebrate this milestone and honour its rich heritage.

In addition and as an appreciation to their customer’s commitment to Ledaig, each box of Ledaig Dùsgadh contains a handcrafted copper card, which entitles the buyer to inherit a bottle of Ledaig 10 Year Old from the last distillate from the now retired stills, which will be available in 2025.

Commenting on the new release, Ian MacMillan, Master Distiller at Burn Stewart, said: “I’ve been distilling for almost 40 years and the smoky aroma retained in Ledaig 42 Year Old is the highest I have ever come across in a 40 Year Old island whisky. It’s the intricate and unusual process that has allowed this liquid to keep its strong, peaty characteristic. Under close supervision and moving homes, this liquid has been allowed to develop into a truly unique malt.

“The precious copper that released the first spirit in 1972 has reached the end of its distilling life and has produced exceptional vintage malt, which I am looking forward to sharing with an exclusive group of whisky lovers across the globe.”

Ledaig Dùsgadh 42 year Old, is limited to just 500 bottles and will be available globally from specialist retailers 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 .

BenRiach announces launch of new 10yo single malt

BenRiach+10+Years+Old+2The award-winning BenRiach Distillery has today announced the launch of a new 10 Year Old single malt expression, as part of their core range.

BenRiach 10 Year Old (43% ABV) is a momentous high point for the Elgin based distillery, as the whisky is the first core range expression to be produced predominantly from spirit distilled under The BenRiach Distillery Company’s eleven-year ownership.

The cask formula of the new BenRiach 10 Year Old, focuses on ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, which is said to help deliver a classic Speyside style and a single malt that is fresh, fruit-laden and captures warm oak spices, green apple, dried apricots, peach and banana with subtle touches of aniseed, lemon zest and barley.

Commenting on the new release, Alistair Walker, Sales Director at The BenRiach Distillery Co, said: “Last year we released our tenth anniversary BenRiach bottling with four casks from the first week of distillation, but that was a strictly limited one-off expression. Today’s release is something different and is even more important for us going forward. The BenRiach 10 Years Old is a key new launch for us as it marks a significant milestone – it is the first core range expression to be created predominantly from whiskies distilled at BenRiach since we took over in 2004. We have, effectively, been working towards this single moment since we acquired BenRiach Distillery and the 10 Years Old expression will become the cornerstone of our range.”

The BenRiach Distillery Co, is now trading in over forty countries worldwide with other emerging markets entering the negotiation stage. Over the last ten years BenRiach has won numerous awards; only last month Whisky Magazine announced it was the 2015 Global Whisky Distiller of the Year.

BenRiach 10 Year old will be available globally later this month from specialist retailers for a RRP of £33.99

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.