First Midleton Very Rare vintage from Master Distiller Kevin O’Gorman is unveiled

Irish Distillers, maker of some of the world’s most enjoyed whiskeys, has opened a new chapter in Irish whiskey as they reveal Midleton Very Rare 2021 – the 38th edition in the renowned and highly collectable range and the first in the series to be masterfully created by Irish Distillers’ new Master Distiller, Kevin O’Gorman.

The Midleton Very Rare legacy began over four decades ago when the then masters, ever keen to create exemplary expressions, began setting aside small amounts of exceptionally performing whiskey for a new luxury offering in the world of Irish whiskey. Today, Midleton Very Rare is globally renowned as the pinnacle of Irish whiskey.  In keeping with tradition, Midleton Very Rare 2021 is a balanced blend of rare and hand-selected single pot still and single grain Irish whiskeys from Midleton’s extensive inventory. It includes whiskey aged between 15 and 36 years and matured in lightly charred ex-bourbon American oak barrels.

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Alba-Collection 02/2021

Proundly announce the new publications of Alba-Collection Verlag:

  1. Maps ”Scotland’s Distilleries“ updated edition in the format 15 x 24 inch and 27,5 x 39,5 inch in an 2. New edition: ”Whisk(e)y Atlas North America 2021“ 
  2. Map ”Scotland‘s Distilleries“ updated edition in the format 15 x 24 inch and 27,5 x 39,5 inch Prompt with the beginning of 2021 our maps „Scotland‘s Distilleries“ in the formats 15 x 24 inch (Medium)  and 27,5 x 39,5 inch (Large) are published as revised edition. Despite the pandemic, the construction boom  for Scotland’s whisky distilleries seem to remain strong, so that you will see numerous changes in the new  editions.

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Hyde No 5, The Aras Cask

It is no secret that I have a love (weak spot) for Irish Whiskey, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that my thoughts about this whiskey is positive.

It makes you feel like you are walking in the clouds, matured for a minimum of 6 years, this golden liquid makes you lively. You can’t always hyde, you have to experience …

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MackMyra Moment Körsbärsrök

I admit, for I have a weakness for Scandinavia. It is not a secret that I am enthusiastic about the Swedisch Mackmyra whisky. It is hard to pronounce the names of the whisky, but that is always a challenge to be accepted.

Moment Körsbärsrök, cherrysmoke was a challenge. And the Moment range is part of the most exclusive range of Mackmyra.

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Karuizawa Distillers Inc announce new distillery project

Multi award-winning master blender and distiller Ian Chang, joins newly formed, purpose-led Karuizawa Distillers Inc., to launch the Komoro Distillery in Japan.

  • Karuizawa Distillers Inc, has been formed by Karuizawa hotel-owners and residents, husband and wife team, Koji and Yoshie Shimaoka
  • Former Kavalan whisky-maker, Ian Chang joins Karuizawa Distillers, Inc. as vice president and master blender and distiller for the new Komoro Distillery 
  • The Komoro Distillery is due to commence construction in early 2021 and start distillation in Spring 2022
  • The distillery, to be built at 910 metres above sea-level, at the base of Mount Asama, will be the highest distillery in Japan

The newly-formed Karuizawa Distillers Inc. (KDI)‘s aim is to make the best Japanese single malt whisky, in the most environmentally friendly way possible, whilst honouring and protecting the legacy of the Karuizawa name.

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JJ Corry Whiskey Tasting, with a gun, bicycle and a hat

Another tweet tasting and a fabulous one I can say. When opening the parcel there was one thing ….. that caught my eye. The labels are just fantastic on these wee little sample bottles. Look at the details of The Flintlock Gun, the Hanson hat and the Gael bicycle. Just love it!

J.J. Corry, was originally a whiskey bonder from the 1890’s until his death in 1932. Whiskey bonding was once a very common practice all over Ireland… ..This practice completely died in Ireland due to the collapse of the Irish whiskey industry and the few remaining distilleries that were left in Ireland at in the early 20th century cut off the bonders and the last one to shut their doors was Mitchell and Sons. Continue reading

The reunion of Green, Yellow, Red and Blue Spot

The excitement .. the news about a reunion in the Spot Family traveled fast. Next to the Green spot, Yellow spot and Red spot, a new arrival has been revealed, Blue spot. The fourth family member, welcomed with open arms and a warm heart.

With the most recent existing record of Blue Spot dating back to 1964, the launch will signal the end of a 56-year wait among the global whiskey community for the re-introduction of Blue Spot, reuniting the historic Spot Family for the first time in over half a century.

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Irish Distillers and Mitchell & Son reunite the Spot family with the introduction of the Blue Spot

 

Irish Distillers, maker of some of the world’s most enjoyed whiskeys, has once again joined forces with the Mitchell family to unveil its re-imagined Blue Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey.

  • Highly anticipated Blue Spot has been re-imagined at cask strength, paying homage to the bonding tradition from which it was born
  • Launch marks the reuniting of the original Spot whiskey family for first time since 1960s

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Mackmyra launches an exclusive smoky edition with a cherry taste

Mackmyra is now introducing a new limited edition in the exclusive Moment series; it is aimed at upcoming winter festivities and dinners. Moment Körsbärsrök (Cherry Smoke) is a sophisticated single malt whisky that has matured at Bodås Mine since being distilled at Mackmyra Bruk.

This whisky provides an elegant balance between spiciness, sweetness and smoke. It will be launched as a very limited edition that can be ordered from 11 November 2020.

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Midleton Very Rare 2020

I was honored to be part of the launch of the Midleton very rare whiskey in October. This whiskey is part of the 37th edition in the world-renowned and highly collectable range.

Interesting to know is that each whiskey has been traditionally hand selected to include the most exceptional quality single pot still and single grain Irish whiskeys laid down over the last 4 decades.

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