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.

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.

Isle of Skye Limited Edition 18 and 21 Year Old

Isle of Skye 18 and 21To toast the start of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky has announced the launch of two new limited edition 18 and 21 Year Old blended Scotch whiskies.

Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky has introduced the additional expressions as an extension to the range that currently features the popular 8yo blend, described by Jim Murray as a ‘superstar whisky that gives us all reason to live’. A fruity and well-balanced 12yo and a limited edition, elegant 50yo, of which only 400 bottles were ever produced, complete the selection.

The new 18yo has an enticing coastal air with gooseberry, cinnamon bread and gentle peat on the nose with a light smoke and fresh fruitiness on the palate and a malt and dark chocolate finish.

The 21yo has a nutty, dried banana and brown sugar nose with a rich full body on the palate, honeyed porridge and tropical fruit. The finish is wonderfully long and of dry rich oak.

Commenting on the new releases, Neil Boyd, Commercial Director of Malts for Ian Macleod Distillers, said: “The Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky range was created based on a 19th century family recipe that blends distinctive peaty Island and mellow Speyside malts. Unusually for blends, each whisky in the recipe has been aged for a minimum of eight years. The addition of the 18 and 21yo whiskies will provide consumers with a superb high quality alternative to the standard 8 and 12yo within the range.”

The new expressions are now available from Harrods and the Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky online shop. The 18 Year Old carries a RRP of £85.00 and the 21 Year Old 125.00.

Firms unveil whisky-flavoured tweed fabric

Whisky FabricIT really is a dram fine tweed. For two of Scotland’s iconic brands – Johnnie Walker Black Label and Harris Tweed Hebrides – have collaborated to create a “fabric of flavour”, with the aroma of whisky ingredients able to withstand dry cleaning infused in the cloth.

The tweed, which will be launched in Berlin tonight, is said to have key notes of “rich malt, golden vanilla, red fruit and the trademark dark chocolate tones.”

Months of development work – undertaken with the help of Heriot Watt University – have resulted in a Harris Tweed design which reflects the colours of the whisky ingredients while the fabric carries a unique scent – named Aqua Alba – based on the “key notes of the nose of the liquid”.

Donald Mackay, who heads the finishing department at the Harris Tweed Hebrides mill in Shawbost, Isle of Lewis, said: “I have worked with aromas in the past but they were only meant to withstand one dry clean.

“The process we have devised for Johnnie Walker means that this scent is layered into the fabric throughout the finishing process and is permanently imbued in the tweed”.

Jim McVee, business development manager at Heriot Watt’s School of Textiles and Design, said: “Smart textiles are a fast-developing sector that offers enormous potential. Our brief was to assist Harris Tweed Hebrides with the development of a tweed for Johnnie Walker that incorporates a micro-encapsulated fragrance.

“Fabric technologists in Galashiels developed the prototypes which will enable Harris Tweed Hebrides to offer products using this technology in future.

Mark Hogarth, creative director for Harris Tweed Hebrides, said that the idea stemmed from a shared recognition that premium Scotch whisky and Harris Tweed have much in common “in terms of provenance, complexity of the process and quality of finished blend”.

A range of products using Johnnie Walker Harris Tweed and the scent will be marketed around Europe with Germany, Greece and Belgium as the initial markets. They have been created by the Milan-based designer, Angelos Bratis.

The managing director of Johnnie Walker Western Europe, Oscar Ocana, said: “Bratis’s work celebrates the craftsmanship, premium quality and blending expertise that Johnnie Walker and Harris Tweed are built upon”.

The chairman of Harris Tweed Hebrides, former UK trade minister Brian Wilson, will be in Berlin for tonight’s launch. He said: “This is a very natural partnership of two great Scottish brands with input from one of our cutting-edge academic centres. The more of these partnerships we can promote, the better for the Scottish economy.

“The early indications are that the finished products are creating a high level of interest in the target markets”.

And the aroma? According to Johnnie Walker: “The unique scent, inspired by the nose of our liquid, echoes the masterful whisky production process. The key notes of rich malt, golden vanilla, red fruit and the trademark dark chocolate tones have been layered onto the fabric to achieve the unique final nose and finish of the Johnnie Walker Fabric of Flavour”.

Harris Tweed Hebrides is the biggest maker of the Clo Mhor – meaning ‘big cloth’ in Gaelic – whose devotees include former Dr Who Matt Smith, Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Original Article: http://www.scotsman.com/news/firms-unveil-whisky-flavoured-tweed-fabric-1-3622754

Tasting Night – Singleton of Glen Ord

The tasting night was held at the Waterside Hotel, in their fantastic Galley Room – the hotel has an open plan spacious bar, intimate dining room, function room catering for all your function requirements and a cosy lounge area complete with open fire place. It’s the perfect setting to enjoy a glass of wine selected from their extensive wine list and enjoy some live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.

76220811We arrived at 7pm on the dot, and was greeted by Sean Baxter the Diageo Reserve Brand Ambassador for Victoria – we caught up with a few other whisky afficionados at the bar – Graham Philips from the Odd Whisky Company, Craig Daniels from the Malt Whisky Society of Australia and many others – it was great to see them…

While we waited for guests to arrive, we had a few drinks, were introduced to more industry, reviewers & whisky afficionados, and then we were treated to the start of an amazing array of hors d’oeuvre – all we could say was WOW! Talk about stunning food – individual bite sized hand prepared haggis, smoked salmon, potatas bravas, scallops on chorizo to name just some…

The nights host Sven Almenning & Sean eventually rounded everyone up, and got the tasting started.

We were introduced to the whiskies – a verticle tasting of The Singleton of Glen Ord – with three expressions to sample this night – a 12yo, 15yo and an 18yo.

89220811What do we need to know about The Singleton of Glen Ord? The Glen Ord Distillery is Highland whisky distillery owned by Diageo. The distillery won awards for the best single malt at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 1994 and 1996, and at the Monde Selection in 1996 and 1997.

Its whiskies are aged and maturated in both European and American Oak and Diageo are aiming it between superpremium and mainstream whiskies and the rich, balanced flavour & palate will satisfy experienced single malt Scotch whisky tasters but it’s also designed to attract entry level whisky drinkers who are just getting started in their enjoyment of single malt whisky.

Immediately we were intrigued by the bottles – they were not the standard round bottles, but a more oval ‘flask’ shaped – very attractive and different!

The tasting glasses were brought around and we were able to sample to goods!

The whiskies:

57220811Singleton of Glen Ord – 12 year old.

The colour was a lovely deep amber colour – the nose was apples & peaches and a bit of sherry – palate was stonefruit with a hint of toffee & ginger, a faint hint of vanilla – possibly from the bourbon barrel – a light oily smooth mouthfeel – and a medium finish. Simply delicious!

Singleton of Glen Ord – 15 year old.

The colour had darkened slightly, the nose was still fruity but with hints of leather. The palate had increased in complexity – with a more of a fig flavour coming through and some brown sugar – the finish was medium long, and dry. You could tell this was the older brother of the 12 year old 🙂

Singleton of Glen Ord – 18 year old.

The colour had darkened just a wee bit more, the nose was still fruity but with and almost kirsch-like fruity note present. The palate had increased in complexity again – the fig flavour coming through stronger, pears & apples, peaches, some dry spice – a whole fruitbasket! – the finish was medium long, and sandy dry. A very nice whisky – complimenting the previous two but with more body and complexity. Delicious!

82220811We thought this would be the end of the tasting – but oh no! a few more surprises – Sean brought out some cocktails made using only the best ingredients (one of which was the Singleton whisky of course!) – including the spectacular Blue Blazer! I recommend watching them at work on their website http://www.eaudevie.com.au – check out their YouTube videos – amazing!

36220811After the cocktails & presentation the evening wound down, everyone chatted and mingled for half an hour before departing.

All in all a fascinating and impressive evening and it won’t be forgotten in a long time…

The Singleton of Glen Ord has a RRP of $65 for 700ml (40% ABV) and will be released in a few weeks… keep your eyes peeled!

  • Our deepest thanks to Sven & Sean for organising and putting on a fantastic night – great people, great food & cocktails and of course great whisky – what else could we have wanted?!?
  • Many thanks go to Laurene & Karina from BehindBars for organising the flights, accommodation & transfers – a top job all round!
  • Thank you to the chef and the staff at the Waterside Hotel for having us, and putting on amazing food!
  • Thanks go to Anthony Leong from Hire & Fire Studios for the excellent photography!
  • Finally – ultimate thanks to Diageo for giving us the chance to preview a lovely whisky or three!

Waterside Hotel – http://www.watersidehotel.com.au
Behind Bars Industry Services – http://www.behindbars.com.au
Hotel Lindrum – http://www.hotellindrum.com.au
Hire & Fire Studios – http://www.hireandfire.com.au/