The Dalmore Distillery Exclusive 2015_Bottle shot_13567_2489BThe Dalmore has announced the launch of a limited edition NAS bottling that will be available exclusively to visitors at its Highland distillery.

The Dalmore Distillery Exclusive 2015 (48% ABV) has been crafted by Master Distiller, Richard Paterson, who hand selected a collection of Port, Moscatel and Madeira casks to mature the whisky in, before finally being finished in first fill Bourbon barrels.

Each expression of The Dalmore is meticulously crafted by Richard with the help of a small and highly skilled team of distillery craftsmen who manage the production process by hand. This approach is essential to The Dalmore as its collection of eight stills of varying shapes and sizes require great attention in order to create the unique, complex character that is distinctive of The Dalmore.

Commenting on the new release, Richard Paterson, said: “The Dalmore Distillery Exclusive 2015 is a stunning whisky. Our artisanal approach to whisky making bestows this bottling with a bold, rich, sweet amber gold colour with aromas of caramelised orange, forest fruits and marzipan, and on the palate macerated plums, almonds and pecans.”

The Dalmore Distillery Exclusive 2015 is limited to just 450 bottles and is available exckusively from the distillery for £150.

The Balvenie unveil Tun 1509 Batch 2

balvenietun1509batch2The Balvenie fans amongst you will be pleased to hear that the distillery has unveiled the Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 2. Created once again by The Balvenie’s long serving Malt Master David Stewart.

For this second batch David has hand picked a total of 32 casks, 23 traditional American oak casks and 9 European oak sherry casks all from the distillery’s precious aged stocks. All were transferred to Tun 1509, which sits in The Balvenie’s Warehouse 24, for several months before bottling. This is a rare interpretation of the marrying process and allows the different whiskies to come together to create a unique expression of The Balvenie that’s greater than the sum of its constituent parts.

The Balvenie describe the second batch of The Balvenie Tun 1509 as luscious with aromas of honey, orange peel, sweet oak vanilla and a delicate ginger spiciness. To taste it is richly sweet, combining elegant honey with tangy citrus and gentle vanilla, overlain with subtle notes of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.

Each bottle of Tun 1509 comes with in-depth detail on the whisky with visual representations of the flavour profile of each of the 32 constituent casks and the overall character of the resulting single malt.

Bottled at 50.3% and non-chill filtered, the second batch of Tun 1509 will start appearing on shelves around the world from July 2015 at an RRP of £250.00 from specialist whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange

Tomatin distillery release Batch 1 of new 36 year old whisky.

tomatin36yearoldTomatin have announced the launch of a new Tomatin 36 year old small batch release to their whisky range.

Batch 1 of Tomatin 36 year old was matured in a combination of ex-Bourbon and ex-Oloroso sherry casks and is a limited release of 800 bottles which will be available in markets worldwide.

Tomatin describe the whisky as smooth and creamy, it has been bottled at natural cask strength 46%abv and you will be pleased to hear it is non chill filtered and natural colour. Packaged in an attractive wooden box, each bottle is individually numbered and comes with its own certificate.

Uniquely Tomatin are in the position where they are able to offer a Tomatin 36 year old of this on an ongoing basis, hence this is batch 1. Following the withdrawal of their 30 year old expression, they expect this new 36 year old to be a welcome addition for stockists, and indeed drinkers, of Tomatin single malt.

The 36 Year Old expression will be available at an RRP of £499.99. You will find the complete range of Tomatin whisky including the new 36 year old whisky available from specialist whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange

The Glenlivet launches the Master Distiller’s Reserve collection

GLENLIVMAST1The Glenlivet has announced the launch of two new NAS expressions that will join its Master Distiller’s Reserve, as part of a new collection of triple-cask matured single malt whiskies, available exclusively in Travel Retail.

The Glenlivet Master Distiller’s Reserve collection, is said to bring exceptional cask quality and a unique breadth and depth of flavour to the fore. Each expression has been made using a selection of the highest quality hand selected Traditional Oak, American Oak and Ex-Sherry Oak casks. Giving each expression ‘three times’ the character for a discernibly rich and “three dimensional” quality.

The Glenlivet Master Distiller’s Reserve Solera Vatted (40% ABV) The ex-sherry, American oak and traditional oak casks have been brought together in a Solera Vat. The Vat is never emptied, in a process which creates a rich and intense whisky, developing greater complexity year on year. A high concentration of first fill American oak casks bring a creaminess and honeyed sweetness to this expression, which has a uniquely velvety character.

The Glenlivet Master Distiller’s Reserve Small Batch (40% ABV) Each batch of this expression is created with individually selected casks, chosen from the collection of whiskies maturing in the Glenlivet warehouses. Every single cask is nosed prior to the final selection and the finest first fill ex-sherry and American oak casks are combined with traditional oak casks. It is then bottled and released in small batches.

The two new expressions now join The Glenlivet Master Distiller’s Reserve (40% ABV) which was originally released in 2011 and is said to be the cornerstone of the new collection, and are presented in a luxury carton containing tasting notes and is completed with a bold symbol to signify the three types of wood and the multi-layered characters of the whisky.

Commenting on the new collection, Nikki Burgess, The Glenlivet Brand Director, said: “Master Distiller’s Reserve has proven to be a huge success at Global Travel Retail. It has been a natural next step for us to extend this into a permanent travel retail exclusive range to further our credentials in the super premium whisky category. International travellers are a specific group with a thirst for innovation and exclusivity and The Glenlivet is in prime position to deliver this.”

The Glenlivet Master Distiller’s Reserve collection will be available exclusively through Travel Retail from July, for the RRP’s of; The Glenlivet Master Distiller’s Reserve $52.00, The Glenlivet Master Distiller’s Reserve Solera Vatted $75.00 and The Glenlivet Master Distiller’s Reserve Small Batch $150.00.

Glendronach launches new 8 year old single malt

AwGlenDronach 8YO The Hielan'ard winning Aberdeenshire distillery GlenDronach, has released The Hielan, a new 8 Year Old Highland single malt expression.

Launched as a lead into their portfolio of aged whisky expressions and in a bid to fill what the brand believes is a gap in the age market.

GlenDronach – The Hielan (46% ABV) is a heartfelt tip of the hat to the Forgue Distillery, the spiritual Highland home of GlenDronach, founded in 1826 by the inventor, pioneer and entrepreneur James Allardice.
GlenDronach launches The Hielan – 8 Year Old Single Malt

This latest addition to the GlenDronach range was specially selected by Master Blender Billy Walker, and has been matured and married in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks. Resulting in what is said to be a phenomenally fragrant whisky, delivering notes of orange blossom, golden sultanas, ripe yellow plums and vanilla on the nose, followed by vibrant oak spices, warm soaked sultanas, apricot jam and gingerbread on the palate.

GlenDronach – The Hielan 8 Year Old, will be available globally from specialist retailers later this month for a RRP of £33.99.