b86fbe3a-19a5-4576-a23d-84b7e2c8f811The Teeling Whiskey Company has today officially announced the launch of a special commemorative bottling to mark the opening of its new distillery in Dublin.

Teeling Revival 15 Year Old Single Malt (46% ABV) was distilled in 1999 and matured exclusively in ex-rum casks.

This new release also marks the upgrading of the Teeling Vintage Reserve Collection which consists of limited small batch releases of very old and rare Irish Single Malt whiskeys. Containing some of the oldest Single Malt Irish whiskey ever bottled.

The updated Vintage Reserve Collection will comprise three different bottlings ranging in age and price points. The first release being the Revival which will be followed by a 24 Year Old and a 33 Year Old bottling of Irish single malt whiskey.

Commenting on the launch, Jack Teeling, Founder of the Teeling Whiskey Company, said: “The opening of our new distillery was a major milestone in the history of Teeling Whiskey. It took three years of planning, hard work and significant capital investment, but now Teeling Whiskey is finally home. To mark this occasion, we have selected a very special whiskey to celebrate the Revival of distilling in Dublin. This will be limited to only 10,000 bottles and sold both through our distillery as well as our domestic and international distributors.”

Limited to just 10,000 bottles, Teeling Revival 15 Year Old Single Malt will be available later this month from specialist retailers for a RRP of £85.00.

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.

Three New Special Releases From BenRiach & GlenDronach

BenRiach 10th Anniversary 2004 10 Year OldThe BenRiach Distillery Company have announced three new special releases the BenRiach 10th Anniversary bottling, the BenRiach 35 year old and the 24 year old Batch 6 of GlenDronach’s Grandeur series.The BenRiach Distillery Company have announced three new special releases – two from BenRiach itself and one from GlenDronach.

First up we have the BenRiach 10th Anniversary bottling is a strictly limited edition one-off bottling to commemorate a very special occasion. Back in 2004, Billy Walker and his two South African partners Geoff Bell and Wayne Kieswetter purchased BenRiach and turned it into one of Scotland’s most admired distilleries.

On September 20 that year, the first distillation under the new owners was filled to cask. Ten years on, Billy Walker has married together four outstanding casks from the first week of production to create this limited bottling, it has been bottled 46% ABV and is a limited release of only 1106 bottles.

The four bourbon barrels – 7257, 7258, 7259 and 7260 – distilled on September 21, 2004, are perfect choices to celebrate BenRiach’s tenth birthday, as the tasting notes show.

BenRiach 10th Anniversary Tasting Notes

Producer’s Tasting Notes:

Colour: Gleaming rich harvest gold.

Nose: Ripe white pear, fruit salad syrup and rich clotted cream hold a crisp twist of candied peel and soft vanilla.

Taste:  Crisp barley with peppery toasted oak and stem ginger flood over rich crème brulee, coconut butter and vanilla poached pear.

BenRiach 35 Year Old Tasting Notes

BenRiach 35 Year OldNext up is another exclusive expression – the BenRiach 35 year old.

Non-chill filtered, bottled at natural colour and at 42.5% ABV., BenRiach tell me that it superbly complements BenRiach’s award-winning 25 year old which was released in 2006. And like the 25 years old, the 35 year old is a classic Speyside, proffering some lovely fruit notes and dry spice – sweet, fruity and simply beautiful.

Billy Walker’s tasting notes show this is an exceptional malt to be consciously savoured, enjoying every stage from nose to tongue to afterglow with each sip.

Producer’s Tasting Notes:

Colour: Gleaming rich golden amber.

Nose: Luscious tropical fruit salad syrup with a delicate ripped mint and chocolate back note; all warmed by a gentle toasted oak spice.

Taste:  A classic Speyside style combining waves of papaya and dried apricots with freshly-sawn oak spices, touches of golden syrup and distant milk chocolate which gently flow through the elegant long finish.

GlenDronach Grandeur 24 Year Old Batch 6 Tasting Notes

GlenDronach Grandeur 24 Year Old Batch 6Last and certainly not least, completing the trio of special releases is Batch 6 of GlenDronach’s “Grandeur” series.

This latest batch from the Aberdeenshire distillery is a 24 year old whisky that’s been specially selected by Billy Walker from some of the oldest and most characterful Oloroso sherry casks at GlenDronach.

Bottled at 48.9% ABV and individually numbered by hand, the batch is limited to just 1180 bottles and generously filled with luscious fruity aromas, rich sherry and dark chocolate flavours.

Producer’s Tasting Notes:

Colour: Glistening burnt amber holds a rich crimson heart.

Nose: A magnificent combination of honey-drenched dates and succulent raisins which gently ebb and flow with waves of delicate orange blossom, mint and cracked black pepper. Hints of glazed cherries and toasted almonds perfectly complement the seductive nose. A nose to be appreciated slowly and often.

Taste:  A fabulously full-bodied, vibrant palate captures a multitude of classic sherry cask characteristics. The delicate sweetness of rum-soaked golden sultanas refines rich espresso, dark chocolate and treacle toffee. Zesty orange oil softens to a deep clove spice and prolongs the ever-changing palate. A sublime example of understanding the relationship between cask and single malt perfectly.

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