News: Get to know your whisky/whiskey basics

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If you’re fairly new to whisky/whiskey and looking to know a little more, then Fix have published an article called “Know Thy Whiskey” that you may find interesting…

http://www.fix.com/blog/which-whisky-is-right-for-you/

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News: New £25m Dalmunach Distillery opened by First Minister

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£25M NEW SPEYSIDE MALT WHISKY DISTILLERY OPENED BY FIRST MINISTER

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Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, has moved to secure future malt supplies with the launch of the Dalmunach Distillery. The £25m state-of-the-art operation has been opened on the site of a former silent distillery on the banks of the River Spey.

 

Dalmunach Distillery, named after the nearby pool in the River Spey on whose banks the new facility sits, was officially opened on the 26th June 2015 by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.  The completion of the distillery in Carron sees the culmination of an investment package which has increased Chivas Brothers’ malt whisky distillation capacity by 17% as it looks to support long-term global demand for its brands.

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Review: Compass Box’s Hedonism Quindecimus

compass-box-hedonism-quindecimus-whiskyHedonism Quindecimus – Compass Box – 46% abv

Info: This limited edition blended grain scotch whisky release from Compass Box was created in celebration of the 15th anniversary of their Hedonism blended grain whisky (which was their first bottling!). Made with a selection of grain whiskies of various ages from a number of different distilleries.
Colour: Bright light golden, nice and natural.
Nose: Similar to the colour suggestion, it starts off light and bright, but soon backed up by layers of nicely aged grain… there’s oak notes and hints of old leather. It takes a moment for the lighter alcohol vapours to evaporate leaving a smooth, buttery, rich nose behind with plenty of nuttiness and some minty hints.
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Review: Highland Park Dark Origins (vs 12yo)

HPDOBottleHighland Park Dark Origins 46.8 %

Notes: This latest addition to the core expressions uses twice as many first fill sherry casks than in the classic Highland Park 12 year old resulting in a naturally darker, richer flavour. Dark Origins is a combination of 80% first fill sherry casks (of which 60% is European oak and 20% American) and 20% refill sherry.

Colour: Rich early autumn gold.
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News, PR & Tip: The Edrington Group has a dram for all dads

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A DRAM FOR ALL DADS

Gift your Dad the perfect present this Father’s Day with a dram of luxury single malt whisky.

From a peaty Islay malt to a luxury Speyside whisky, there’s an expression to suit every taste… Continue reading

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Review: Jura Tastival 2015

Jura Tastival Feis Ile 2015

JuraTastival2015Info: Distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2015, i.e. 18 years old. Matured in sparkling wine casks sourced from the House of Bouvet Ladubay in Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, France, and bottled at cask strength. Natural colour, non chill-filtered. 52% abv. 3970 bottles.
Colour: A medium to full gold with hints of orange.
Nose: Light and oaky, sweet and fruity. Sweet stewed early autumn apples with a dollop of vanilla custard, redcurrants on top. Undertones of satsumas. Hints of milk chocolate and toffee (Cadbury Eclairs). Lots of great flavours, give it some time and keep on nosing it, it gets better and better.
Palate: Nice and thick on the palate, fairly oily. At first really easy with spices slowly building. The toffee chocolate notes are at the fore, maybe because of the thickness. Behind is the stewed fruits and oaks with Jura character underlying it all.
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Review: Ardbeg Perpetuum

Ardbeg-PerpetuumArdbeg Perpetuum (the main release, not the distillery release) – 47.4% abv

Info: Ardbeg’s Feis Ile release for 2015. No-age-statement release made up of “very old and very young” Ardbeg whiskies aged in both Bourbon and Sherry casks.
Colour: Light summer straw. A very natural colour, good to see.
Nose: Peaty, buttery malt. There’s peat and smoke, but the smoke is held back a wee bit. The malt isn’t that new make malt you sometimes get in a young spirit, but the sort of raw malt smell you get when you’re visiting a distillery, it’s great stuff, very evocative, but dissipates with time. There’s enough alcohol to tickle your nose nicely. Behind it all is some of the older malt that’s in the blend which gives it a little ripe tropical banana smell. Very gentle back notes of oak.
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