FIRST SCOTTISH-JAPANESE WHISKY LAUNCHED

Two malt whisky expressions blended from liquid produced in Scotland and Japan have been released, the first of its kind, named after the 19th century industrialist Thomas Blake Glover who was known as the “Scottish Samurai”.JS75276707

 

Commissioned and produced by the Adelphi Distillery in Scotland, the two whiskies were launched simultaneously in Aberdeen and Tokyo on Monday 26 October as part of The Glover whisky range.

The first bottling – The Glover 22 Year Old – was produced from three single casks: one refill ex-Sherry hogshead distilled at the Hanyu Distillery in Japan, which closed in 2005, one American oak ex-Sherry hogshead distilled at the Longmorn Distillery in Scotland, and one Spanish oak ex-Sherry butt from Scotland’s Glen Garioch Distillery. Just 390 bottles have been produced, which are expected to retail for up to £1,100 a bottle.

The second bottling – The Glover 14 year Old – is also blended from Scotch and Japanese malt whiskies and is limited to a run of 1,500 bottles, priced at £100 each.

Alex Bruce, managing director of Adelphi, the firm which blended The Glover, said: “We wanted the final whisky to present the unique flavours of both casks, but also to be even more than the sum of its parts. We added a drop of whisky from Glen Garioch Distillery in homage to Thomas Glover’s home in Fraserburgh to complete the flavour profile.”

Glover was born on Fraserburgh, Scotland, in 1838 and played a key role in the modernisation and industrial development of 19th century Japan.

Both expressions will be available from mid-November.

Earlier this year Bowmore released a limited edition luxury single malt matured in Japanese mizunara oak. Limited to a run of just 2,000 bottles, Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish is the first Scotch whisky to be matured in mizunara casks, with each bottle set to retail at £650.

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.

NAS Scotch to replace The Glenlivet 12yo

Chivas Brothers intenThe-Glenlivet-Founders-Reserveds to replace The Glenlivet 12 Year Old with its new no-age-statement expression Founder’s Reserve to alleviate pressure on aged whisky stocks.

The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, which was revealed in October last year will replace The Glenlivet 12 Year Old in mature malt markets, including the UK, from March.

However, it will not be replaced outright “on a global basis”.

Laurent Lacassagne, CEO of Chivas Brothers, admitted availability continues to be a “big challenge” in the malt industry, but was firm on Chivas Brothers’ strategy to retain age statements within its portfolio.

He said: “There is no mystery that the recent growth has been very surprising to what we planned for years ago. The Glenlivet range remains one very driven by age stated products and that will remain. Founder’s complements 12 but will not replace 12 on a global basis. On a market basis maybe, but we may decide to push Founders more than 12 in very local activations.”

Lacassagne declined to specify which markets will lose the 12 Year Old.

Founder’s Reserve, a no-age-statement whisky which carries an RRP of around £30 per 700ml bottle, has been matured in “a range of traditional aged oak casks”.

Vicky Hoey, head of Champagne and premium spirits at Pernod Ricard UK, who will cease distribution The Glenlivet 12 Year Old this month, said: “Purchase intent among our test group for The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve was even higher than for The Glenlivet 12 Year Old, so we believe that the new expression will not only be a hit, but will also generate additional interest in The Glenlivet range.

“Founder’s Reserve will continue The Glenlivet’s exciting journey, bringing to life the heart and soul of The Glenlivet.”

Asked whether Chivas Brothers intends to replace Nadurra 16 Year Old with The Glenlivet Nadurra First Fill, which has a similar taste profile and was released in September 2014, Lacassagne said: “We are experiencing challenges in terms of availability of highly aged products… it’s something we need to manage.

“We will see what we do with the 16, but the aged products will remain up to the 21 Year Old.”

The Glenlivet is one of just two single malt Scotch whiskies to sell over one million cases annually, reaching the milestone at the end of last year.

Mortlach Special Strength is travel exclusive

15882-540x335Diageo has launched a limited edition Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky especially for travel retail.

Mortlach, dubbed “the beast of Dufftown”, is a ‘best-kept secret’ among those in the know and previously released, limited quantities have been snapped up by enthusiasts. After decades as a single malt used by blenders in some of the world’s finest Scotch whisky blends, Mortlach is being given its own opportunity to shine as a premium, luxurious single malt in its own right.

Mortlach Special Strength is drawn from a complex combination of first fill, refill and re-charred American and European oak casks. Diageo master blender Jim Beveridge says: “We chose to bottle Mortlach Special Strength at 49% as it reveals nuances of the complex yet harmonious character, a mix of vanilla and mature oak underscored by roasted aromatics, delivering a unique, differentiated taste experience when compared to, for example, Mortlach Rare Old at 43.3%.”

This new variant is aimed at travellers who enjoy super deluxe whisky and seek rarity and quality in their liquids. Alongside Mortlach Special Strength, two other expressions of Mortlach are now available in travel retail and domestically: Mortlach 18-Year Old and Mortlach 25-Year Old.

Mortlach Special Strength is presented in a striking and contemporary-style bottle, inspired by the golden age of engineering in which the liquid was born. The bottle boasts strong lines and a generous decanter-style neck designed to protect and enhance the appearance of the fine, premium whisky it contains.

To celebrate the launch, travellers will receive a crystal glass whisky tumbler set with every purchase of Mortlach Special Strength, in selected airports.

Luxury travellers passing through London Heathrow Airport and Dubai International Airport will have the opportunity to sample Mortlach Special Strength and explore the unique taste of this new single malt Scotch whisky at bespoke tasting zones.

Peter Fairbrother, marketing director of Diageo global travel and Middle East says: “We are incredibly excited to launch Mortlach Special Strength in travel retail. Premium whisky, in particular single malt Scotch, is causing real excitement in duty free with travellers seeking out unique whiskies that they can only pick up on their journeys. With its rich heritage, unique distillation process, bold flavours and striking bottle, we’re confident whisky and travel enthusiasts across the globe will enjoy discovering this new Special Strength variant.”

Global Brand Ambassador for Mortlach Georgie Bell, adds: “Along with its extraordinarily distinct flavour, the richness and authenticity of Mortlach’s heritage is what really sets it apart. Dating back almost 200 years, Mortlach embodies the brave vision of its founders, the Scottish civil engineer George Cowie and his son Dr. Alexander Cowie. Like other great Victorian entrepreneurs of that golden age, they were known for their ingenuity, creating the unique and astonishingly complex 2.81 distillation process that produces the richly flavoured whisky we know today.

“Mortlach can now finally take up its rightful position as one of the finest premium single malts in the world. Thanks to this travel exclusive variant, this single malt will now be enjoyed by more than just a handful of privileged connoisseurs.”

The new Mortlach Special Strength expression will be available exclusively to travellers in duty free outlets worldwide, from early 2015 at an RRSP of £75 / US$120.