News & PR: Chivas Masters Cocktail Competition announces the First Chivas Master

299-chivas-regal-new-logo-mdChivas Regal Announces the First Chivas Master

The CHIVAS MASTERS 2014 New YorkAmerican bartender, Masahiro Urushido, has been revealed as Chivas Regal’s first ever Chivas Master, winning the iconic whisky brand’s inaugural bartender competition in style at the NoMad hotel in New York (15th July 2014).

Urushido was announced as the winner following a tightly-contested final which saw him impress an international panel of judges with his ‘The New Pal’ cocktail to secure victory over the 12 other international competitors. He wins the opportunity to work in partnership with Dave Arnold, inventor and co-founder of Booker and Dax, a food science development company and lab dedicated to finding solutions to real world food, beverage and cooking issues. The partnership will see Urushido and Arnold collaborating on an inspirational concept which will be revealed at the next Chivas Masters final in 2015.

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Review: Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2014 (vs. 2013)

kilchoman-2014-release-loch-gorm-whiskyKilchoman Loch Gorm 2014 – 46%

Distilled 2009, bottled 2014.

Colour: Straw.

Nose: Earthy, nutty, spicy and richly peated, Islay at it’s best!

Palate: Quite spicy, a touch hot at first but soon settles into being full and creamy on the plate. There’s some nuttiness and definitely some herbal notes.

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Review: The Green Welly Stop: Their own branded whiskies

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The Green Welly Stop

On your holidays in bonnie Scotland and travelling from the east side of the country to the west side? There’s a reasonable chance you may pass The Green Welly Stop in Tyndrum during your journey. If you do, why not take a little stop for a break, it’s quite the stopping place, petrol, food, gift shop, and most importantly a great little whisky shop at the back of the store. They have a couple of their own branded whiskies… Let’s take a quick look at them…

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Review: Balblair 1969

blbob.1969v2Balblair 1969 (OB) – 41.4%

One of Scotland’s oldest distilleries, Balblair was founded in 1790 by John Ross.

The 1969 was bottled in 2012 after spending 43 years in ex-bourbon remade hogsheads, 999 bottles of this extraordinary whisky were produced. This spirit was distilled at a time when the distillery malted its own barley on site and the stills were still directly coal-fired.

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Review: Bunnahabhain – 26yo – Lady of the Glen

Littlemill-21-LotGBunnahabhain – 26yo – (IB) Lady of the Glen – 50.01%

Lady of The Glen’s first Islay release. Distilled on the 16th November 1987 and aged in a single refill American Bourbon cask, number 2470. It has been bottled at cask strength and there has been no colourings added – this is non-chill filtered. The cask yielded 205 bottles.

Colour: Light golden.

Nose: Slight alcoholic nip at first. Hint of peat alongside banoffee pie, that’s toffee and banana cake if you didn’t know. A slight coal kind of tar, from the cask no doubt with a nice oak background. Some time for this to open up works really well.

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Review: Four Paul John Indian Single Malt Whiskies

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When you talk Indian whisky the first distillery that is often mentioned is Amrut. However, another excellent distillery that shouldn’t be ignored is the fabulous Paul John distillery in Goa, the one I’m taking a look at today.

Not a whisky I’ve had the opportunity to taste before, so I was pleased to be able to take part in a twitter tasting to check out four expressions from their core range.

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Review: Glen Grant 10yo

glen-grant-10-year-old-whiskyGlen Grant 10yo – 40% – OB

The whisky distillery was founded in 1840 by brothers John and James Grant. In 1872, James Grant died and the distillery was passed down to his son, Major James Grant. He then built a second distillery across the road, joined by a whisky pipe which transported the new make spirit. Glen Grant No. 2, as it was first known, was completed in 1897, but just five years later it was closed, reopening in 1965, under the name Caperdonich then again closed and now demolished.

Glen Grant is the world’s second-biggest single malt whisky brand, and is the biggest selling single malt Scotch whisky in Italy.

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