Suntory Toki Whisky

As many of you might know, Suntory Toki is a blended whisky from Suntory’s three distilleries, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita.

Thinking about Japanese Whisky warms me up from the inside. I have never had the opportunity to try this whisky, until one day. A colleague of mine bought a bottle and gave me a sample of this liquid to try.

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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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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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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

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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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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Rosebank 30 years old launch, marks first global release under Ian Macleod Distillers

Rosebank Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has announced the first in a series of annual, limited edition, releases – a 30 Year Old 1990 vintage, bottled un-chillfiltered at 48.6% ABV. To celebrate this year’s landmark launch, the distillery is giving a select number of customers the chance to “bank” a future expression of the rare liquid.

  • The first in a series of annual limited-edition releases from Rosebank goes on sale, globally, this year 
  • A lucky few buyers will also get the chance to secure a free dram of next year’s release to enjoy at a luxury bar or retailer in 2021 
  • Video: The distillery invited some of the world’s top whisky writers to enjoy the very “First Sip” of this year’s release before anyone else 

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Katherine Condon appointment as Distiller at Midleton Distillery

Irish Distillers, producer of some of the world’s best loved Irish whiskeys, announced June 22nd, the appointment of Katherine Condon as Distiller at Midleton Distillery, Co. Cork. Katherine will report to newly appointed Master Distiller, Kevin O’Gorman, with responsibility for the production process from brewing to distillation.

 

Tasting all distillates daily, Katherine will oversee the quality of all new pot and grain distillates produced at Midleton, to ensure the correct balance of flavours are present, before being matured and bottled.

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Visit Fèis Ìle

If there is one Scottish whisky festival that I’d recommend over all the others it’s the Islay Whisky Festival or “Fèis Ìle” to give it the correct Gaelic title.

The Fèis Ìle started in 1985 as a celebration of Islay & Gaelic culture and was not really conceived as a whisky festival. But whisky is a big part of Islay culture so it was inevitable that it would become an important element of Feis Ile.

The festival in its current format, whereby each distillery hosts an open day, started in earnest in 2000. Since then the festival has become firmly established as one of the highlight events in the whisky calendar and this popularity means you need to be well prepared.

So here are some top tips that will help you make the most of a visit to Fèis Ìle.

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