Darnley’s Launches a Smoky Gin

Darnley’s Gin launches ‘Smoke and Zest’, the second in their limited edition Cottage Series range, each telling a different story of the botanicals found around their Fife distillery and beyond. Locally grown barley and the quest to create a ‘smoky gin’ is the inspiration behind this innovative recipe which is made in the London Dry style.

In making Smoke and Zest, Darnley’s Gin Distiller Scott Gowans experimented with various methods and collaborated with both his family and the Kingsbarns Distillery team to bring this flavour profile to life. The new Darnley’s recipe celebrates the Fife grown barley that has been selected for sister brand Kingsbarns Single Malt Whisky which is distilled in the same location, at East Newhall Farm, outside the village of Kingsbarns.

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Irish Distillers has unveiled the eagerly awaited Midleton Very Rare 2019

Irish Distillers, makers of some of the world’s most enjoyed whiskeys, has unveiled the eagerly awaited Midleton Very Rare 2019, alongside the launch of the ‘1825 Room’, an online members’ programme for discerning whiskey lovers to delve further into the pinnacle of Irish whiskey.

The 36th edition in the renowned and highly collectable range has been masterfully blended from whiskeys laid down at Midleton Distillery, Co Cork, over the past four decades. Crafted by Master Distiller Brian Nation, Midleton Very Rare 2019 combines only hand-selected single pot still and single grain Irish whiskeys of exceptional quality and rarity within the Midleton inventory. With each whiskey having been matured exclusively in lightly-charred ex-bourbon American oak barrels for between 13 and 34 years, 2019 marks the oldest collection of casks used to create a Midleton Very Rare.

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Dunville’s Irish Whiskey unveils 18 year old single malt with rare Port Mourant Demerara Rum Cask finish

The Echlinville Distillery (County Down, Northern Ireland) has unveiled its highly anticipated award winning Dunville’s VR 18 Year Old Port Mourant Rum Finish Single Malt Irish Whiskey.

This cask strength (57% abv) limited release is from the first of eight incredibly rare casks from the lost Port Mourant Estate Distillery in Guyana – casks that previously nurtured an exceptional 41 year old Demerara Rum from the world’s last surviving double wooden pot still.

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Tomatin Distillery Release Two New Limited-Edition Expressions

Tomatin the award-winning Highland distillery has announced the release of two new limited-edition expressions, a 2009 Caribbean Rum Finish and 2006 Amontillado Sherry Finish.

The 2009 Caribbean Rum  expression was initially matured for 9 years in traditional Scotch Whisky Oak Casks before a one year finish in 1st fill Caribbean Rum Barrels. This distinctive maturation is the distillery’s second release using Caribbean Rum Barrels, having previously released a limited expression in 2016. The barrels have imparted  flavours of soft tropical fruit, mocha and salted caramel, rounded off with a sweet, lingering finish. Non-chill filtered and with natural colour, the limited run has produced just 7,200 70cl bottles (46% abv) of this 10-year-old whisky, available world-wide and set to retail at £49.

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Littlemill reveals latest addition to its exclusive Private Cellar collection

Littlemill 29 year old, the latest expression from Littlemill’s Private Cellar collection, will be released this September, using liquid carefully selected from some of the last remaining casks to be laid down at the Littlemill Distillery.

Now recognised to have been the oldest licensed distillery in Scotland, the distillery fell silent in 1994 and was destroyed by fire in 2004, making this liquid exceptionally rare and covetable.

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Launch of 2020 Fife Whisky Festival

Whisky fans can enjoy a packed programme of events when Fife Whisky Festival returns to the Kingdom next March.

Tickets go on sale for the third Fife Whisky Festival on Saturday September 7 while the showcase event is being launched with a Twitter Tasting session on Wednesday August 28. The online session – under the hashtag #fifewhiskyfest – will give whisky lovers the chance to discover what a team of bloggers think about four delicious drams which they will be tasting blind from 7pm.

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Gordon & MacPhail Discovery Range

Whisky that was bottled for the Discovery range (which categorizes whisky into three flavor profiles – ‘Sherry”, ‘Smoky’ and ‘Bourbon’)

These whiskies are all part of the Gordon & MacPhail range to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Connoisseurs Choice. A range that remains true to George Urquhart’s original vision and philosophy.

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Redbreast soars in global spirit tastings

Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, which is crafted at Midleton Distillery by Irish Distillers – the producer of some of the world’s most enjoyed whiskeys – has taken home the World Whisky Trophy at the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition, one of the world’s most influential spirits competitions, now in it’s 50th year.

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Cù Bòcan Unlocks the Unusual with an Experimental Rebrand

Cù Bòcan, is relaunching with a new look and range designed to unlock the unusual.

This experimental Highland Single Malt will continue to be distilled every winter in limited batches and made with lightly peated Scottish barley for its signature wisp of smoke, but Cù Bòcan will now also explore innovative maturations to create whiskies full of intrigue and surprise.

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Tomatin 50 Year Old being displayed in Schiphol Airport

Tomatin, the award-winning Highland whisky distillery has announced its oldest expression will be on display in  Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, with Schiphol Airport Retail, a joint venture between the travel retailer Gebr. Heinemann and the Royal Schiphol Group. The whisky will be available exclusively at the airport’s “Exquisite  Shop”, a unique destination for the finest wine, spirits and cigars.

Following 50 years of maturation at the distillery, the deep-honey coloured expression has been bottled in its  most natural form, yielding just 70 special bottles at 45.3% abv, and was released in December 2018 retailing at several thousand pounds.

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