A mouth-watering, thirst-quenching taster to one of Scotland’s greatest food and drink producing regions is being served up to audiences for the third year running, with tickets for Spirit of Speyside: Distilled being launched for sale this Friday (June 22).
The one-stop gathering, in the heartland of Scotland’s famed whisky-producing region, showcases an amazing array of food and drink all made in Moray-Speyside, showing how the thriving sector is making its mark through innovation, diversity and quality.
Construction of the Isle of Arran Distillers second distillery on the south of the island is on track to be completed and open to the public by spring 2019.
The most recent milestone at the Lagg Distillery is the completion of the steelworks. With the structure now in place, the Distillery has begun to take on its distinctive shape, overlooking the south coast of Arran and the Firth of Clyde. The new distillery has been positioned next to fields of barley that provide a portion of the malt currently used in distillation at Lochranza.
Come the turn of the year the copper pot stills will be installed, shortly followed by the first production run with a heavily-peated (50ppm) spirit that will become in time the flagship Lagg Distillery Single Malt Scotch whisky.
Japan, a beautiful island with stunning architecture, sun, flowers and of course truly amazing whisky. On the evening of June 18, I had the opportunity to try two lovely whiskies, Dekantā Eigashima 2011 Kikou – Ki Series, finished in Port Ellen casks and Yamazakura 21 yr old. This with other enthusiasts, online during a live tasting.
Bottled in 2017 to commemorate the Dekanta 3rd anniversary, Eigashima 2011 Kikou – Ki Series, was distilled in 2011 at the Eigashima distillery and matured for 6 years. As a homage to the Scottish education of the “father of Japanese Whisky’, Masataka Taketsuru, the whisky has matured in a freshly emptied Port Ellen Scotch whisky cask, bringing a touch of Scottish seaside influence to the Japanese whisky.
I was smiling when a parcel arrived at my home, a while back. There was something special inside.
I received a wee bottle of Redbreast Dream Cask by surprise, a 32-year-old single pot still whiskey, together with some small gifts, like a beautiful glass. Just found out that here was an empty nest, so the RedBreast was right in time to fill in the gap.
Continuing its journey pushing the boundaries of malt alchemy, BenRiach distillery has released Batch 15 of its cask bottling programme. BenRiach holds some of the most experimental casks in Speyside, making it uniquely placed to offer a multi-faceted range of casks in both unpeated and Highland peated styles.
Irish Distillers, maker of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys, has scooped a remarkable 24 Gold or above medals at the recent International Spirits Challenge and San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Top honours were awarded to Powers John’s Lane 12 Years Old, scooping Best Single Pot Still Whiskey and Best Irish Whiskey at the annual tasting in San Francisco.
Tomatin Distillery has a number of amazing whiskies and the 18-Year-Old Single Malt has been awarded ‘Double Gold’ at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition. How amazing is this?
I got a chance to nose and taste the 18-Year-Old. A 46% single malt with a final maturation in Oloroso Sherry butts.
This month’s whisky tasting at The Abbey saw a visit from Glenmorangie. Margaux de Blomac, from the owners Moët Hennessy, was joined by Paul from the production team at the distillery.
We started by tasting the trademark ten-year-old Original Glenmorangie. This whisky has changed little in recent years since the distillery was taken over by its current owners. To the nose are the familiar honeyed notes with a hint of almonds and coconut. The palate is treated to what is a mainstream Highland Whisky. Smooth with a light floral fragrance and the merest notes of citrus. Again a sweetness of honey. The finish is warming with a little touch of bitterness. As always an ideal dram to be enjoyed at any time of the day. ABV 40%.
Scottish whisky specialists Cask 88 have launched the first in a series of single cask whisky bottlings inspired by legends of Scottish folklore, starting with the fearsome Cù-Sìth to represent a venerable 45 Year Ben Nevis 1972 Single Malt.
Intended to bond the stories of Scotland’s unique history with the very finest expressions of its spirit, the Cask 88 Scottish Folklore series launches with a bottling inspired by the Cù-Sìth, a terrifying large hound, with a murderous bark, said to stalk the Highlands of Scotland. The whisky typifying this formidable beast is a 45 Year Old Ben Nevis 1972 Single Malt (70cl; 43.2% ABV; £650 RRP) aged in a sherry hogshead, of which only 228 bottles are available. This first bottling will be available from the Cask 88 online bottle shop from 31 May 2018.
The Lakes Genesis Single Malt.
A bottle of three-year-old single malt whisky is set to break the record for the most expensive English whisky sold at auction, an historic moment which will confirm the country’s young industry as an authentic new world challenger to the established distilleries North of the border.
The Lakes Distillery is to auction 99 of its first bottles of single malt whisky, with bottle number one expected to go for several thousand pounds.
The Lakes Single Malt whisky, called Genesis, is being sold at cask strength in a bespoke rosewood presentation box, each individually numbered and hand signed by Dhavall Gandhi, the Whiskymaker. Genesis comes from the Greek word meaning origin. The name pays homage to the distillery’s beginning, and gives a tantalising glimpse into its future.