What is the real whisky?

Hello, my name is Johan. Originally from the Netherlands, but I live in Sweden since the year 2008.

I became more or less seriously interested in whisky and everything around whisky in the autumn of 2014 when a trail running friend and I visited the Glenkinchie distillery south of Edinburgh. We planned a weekend filled with trail running in the Pentland Hills and around Arthurs Seat,  but in that weekend we both became whisky “believers”. We truly believed, from that moment, that the Glenkinchie whisky we tasted was “heaven on earth”.

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World’s first regulated whisky fund taps into booming demand for liquid gold

Investors with a passion for liquid gold have an opportunity to invest in the world’s first regulated single malt whisky fund.

Launched by Swedish whisky enthusiast, Christian Svantesson, the Single Malt Fund provides investors with the opportunity to indirectly own a small part of a large collection of rare and limited-edition whiskies.

The Single Malt Fund’s rare whiskies will be selected by five internationally acclaimed portfolio managers. In addition to investing in the fund, whisky fans will also have the opportunity to buy single bottles from the fund’s online inventory as the fund realises its investments. Sales will be managed through its own website, where rare whisky will be made available to investors before going up for sale on the open market.

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Harrow Whisky Festival 2018

This was my first Harrow Whisky Festival visit and this venue is a wonderful place for such an event. The surroundings are breathtaking and looking back, I wish I had planned for more time around the event.

Nevertheless, I arrived about 20 minutes early to the start of the event and I had the opportunity to chat to some of the locals who were at the start of their adventure into the whisky world. Events like this around the country are providing a wonderful opportunity for many individuals to divulge into whiskies that they would never have thought about even trying.

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Ballot Open for Rare Karuizawa 35 Year Japanese Whisky

A ballot for dekantā’s Karuizawa The Cities of Japan 35 Year Old Sherry Cask collection, showcasing bottle designs inspired by Japan’s most iconic cities with rare Japanese whisky of the silent distillery, closes Wednesday 7 February at midnight (GMT).

Authentic Japanese spirits retailer dekantā have just announced the opening of their ballot to buy one of the world’s rarest whiskies, a 35-year-old single sherry cask whisky, of which only 150 bottles are available, from the closed Karuizawa distillery. Each of the Karuizawa 35-Year-Old Cities of Japan Sherry Cask($12,500, 70cl, 59.4%) bottles carries one of six limited edition designs, embodying the character of Japan’s most exciting and iconic cities, Tokyo, Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka, Yokohama and Kobe. Since the Karuizawa distillery ceased production in 2000, demand for Japanese whisky and the limited Karuizawa stock has increased dramatically, pushing up prices as a result.

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Tomatin’s People Pairing takes off with celebrity matches

Highland distiller’s Tomatin has unveiled their People Pairing quiz that aims to match personality traits to different expressions in their core range of whiskies. Based on the notion that certain personality traits could match the different characteristics of the distiller’s core range, a likely pairing can be suggested via an online test on the Tomatin website (http://www.tomatin.com/people-pairing).

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Knowledge on the Rocks

What I learned about Whisky is not summed up in one line. 

I learned about legislation and how this is different from continent to continent. It helps to understand the legal limitations that are set to Whisky and Whiskey. It helps to understand how this legislation limits the flavours that are able to be produced by American and Scottish producers. It helps to understand the economics of reused casks from the USA and how this limits the Scotch Whisky Industry. This is a partly self-chosen limitation based on available of reasonably priced casks. 

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BenRiach unveils a 21 year old, matured in a combination of four types of cask

BenRiach Distillery announces the release of a twenty-one-year-old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, unconventionally matured in a combination of four types of cask: bourbon barrels, virgin oak, Pedro Ximenez and red wine casks.

These four cask types are expertly blended together by the BenRiach Master Blender, Rachel Barrie, to create a multi-faceted and superbly balanced malt.

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Home of Dewars, love for life

Aberfeldy, well known for its beautiful area in Highland Perthshire and whisky. The name Aberfeldy comes from the Gaelic and means “from the mouth of the Poldi Burns”, the river Tay flows along the Dewar’s Aberfeldy distillery.

On the evening of Wednesday, November 22, a couple of whisky friends and I gathered online to enjoy and share our thoughts about the core edition from the Dewar’s Aberfeldy distillery and two delectable single casks whiskies, hand selected by Dewar’s Master Blender, Stephanie MacLeod.

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The Abbey Whisky Bar – Edinburgh – Group trip to Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery Perthshire

The morning of Friday 17 November, dawned cloudily, but also chilly, as we made our way into Edinburgh and the Abbey Whisky Bar. On arrival at 8:30 am, we all had a nice bacon roll and coffee served by the owner Steve.

The mini-bus arrived and fifteen of us took a seat for the trip North to Aberfeldy. The first problem being to get out of the city! Not a small achievement with the seemingly everlasting roadworks everywhere. Eventually, we crossed the new “Saltire Bridge” and drove over into Fife. As the miles rolled by the scenery changed from rolling hills to a high hill with deep glens with lots of forests as we made our way into Perthshire.

The time passed quickly and soon we arrived at Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery.

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Cù Bòcan 2006 vintage whisky beast

Tomatin did it again. The distillery added another smokey and mystical whisky beast to their whisky range, Cù Bòcan 2006 vintage, a limited edition.

The Cù Bòcan brand is named after a mythical Highland hellhound which was rumoured to haunt the village of Tomatin and was launched in 2013 as a lightly peated alternative to the traditional fruity flavours of Tomatin single malt.

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