Showing posts with label ian buxton. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ian buxton. Show all posts

Friday, March 29, 2013

Inbox - March 29, 2013

Welcome to this week's Inbox.  For those that have recently discovered us, Inbox is our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our email inbox. It was created as we cannot write full articles or do justice to every piece received. It features items from around the world of whisky and is published by us each Friday.

Within Inbox we aim to write a few lines detailing each press release/piece of news/PR event that we have received and provide links, where possible, for you to find out further information.  This week's edition is a special bumper Easter one, as we missed out last Friday - this was due to us hosting Whisky For Everyone's 5th birthday party last week (more to follow on that shortly ...), then going to Whisky Live in London and then being busy at work.  Anyway, here we go with what has caught our attention in the last couple of weeks ...

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Whisky Books - Our Top 5 for Christmas


At this time of the year attentions begin to turn to the forthcoming festive period.  For the last couple of years we have written a beginner's guide to buying whisky as a present and recommended some of our favourite whiskies that may be considered as good options - if you want to read this, please click here.  This year we have decided to take a look at the ever growing number of whisky books that are on the market.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Inbox - February 17, 2012

whisky for everyone inbox logoInbox is our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our email inbox. It was created as we cannot write full articles or do justice to every piece that we receive. It features items from around the world of whisky and is published by us each Friday.

Within Inbox we write a few lines detailing each press release/piece of news/PR event that we have received and provide links, where possible, for you to find out further information. This week again includes our new feature - Tweet of the week. This is our favourite piece of news or information that we have seen on Twitter recently. Here we go with this week's news ...

Famous Grouse - New book released
The popular blended whisky has teamed up with whisky writer Ian Buxton to produce a book named The Famous Grouse - A Whisky Companion. The book looks at the history of Scotch whisky in general and the Famous Grouse brand in particular.  It covers the role of the brand in the increased popularity of whisky and is littered with interesting facts, figures and trivia about Famous Grouse.  The book also contains 45 whisky based recipes and cocktails which all use Famous Grouse.

The recommended retail price for The Famous Grouse - A Whisky Companion is £9.99 and it is due to be released in a couple of weeks time. It is currently available for pre-order through Amazon and other book retailers.

Glenfiddich - Under the hammer
A couple of weeks ago, we reported on an upcoming auction of a very special bottle of whisky - the Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve. The whisky is an extremely rare 55 year old single malt that has been bottled to celebrate the 110th birthday of Janet Roberts, the grand daughter of Glenfiddich's founder William Grant.  There are only 11 bottles - one for each decade of Janet's life - and these are being auctioned one at a time.

Last Friday (10 February) saw the auction of Bottle No.2 at The Honourable Artillery Company in London and it was sold to an un-named telephone bidder for a staggering £44,000. All proceeds from the sale are being donated to the charity Walking With The Wounded. We plan to keep you updated with the further auctions in the series.

Glengoyne - Auld Enemy Dram
The award-winning distillery from the southern Highlands has announced a new single cask whisky with the help of a Scottish rugby legend.  The launch was held on 3 February - the eve of this year's Scotland v England rugby match.  Proceeds from the sale of the Auld Enemy Dram, as it has been named, will go to two charities - Help For Heroes and The Bill McLaren Foundation.  Former Scotland player Scott Hastings (pictured with Glengoyne's Commercial Director Neil Boyd) led the speeches at the launch dinner, where he was joined by other ex-Scottish team mates and some of his English counterparts/enemies.

The Auld Enemy Dram is a single cask Glengoyne that was distilled in 1990, matured in an ex-sherry cask and bottled at 21 years of age.  There are just 300 bottles available and these are at the natural cask strength of 54.4% ABV. The published tasting notes state a rich mahogany colour with a heavy, robust nose of hazelnut, prunes, cocoa powder, and liquorice with BBQ spice. The palate is powerful with good balance of red apple, raisins, wafer cone and subtle citrus. The finish maintains strength with increased fruits and dry spice. A bottle will cost £195 and can be purchased from Glengoyne's website.

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@glenglassaugh - whisky review 238 3/3 with Ralfy & Ronnie - Glenglassaugh Octaves: http://youtu.be/MhEHBJJT_oI

Friday, November 25, 2011

Inbox > November 25, 2011

whisky for everyone inbox logoWelcome to Inbox - our weekly round up of whisky news and PR type material that has recently found its way in to our email inbox. It was created as we cannot write full articles or do justice to every piece that we receive. It features items from around the world of whisky and is published by us each Friday. Within Inbox we will write a few lines detailing each press release/piece of news/PR event that we have received and provide links, where possible, for you to find out further information if you want to. So here we go with this week's news ...

Aldi > 40 year old single malt for £50
The discount supermarket chain Aldi have announced two UK exclusive additions to their single malt whisky range. And they are sure to raise a few eyebrows!  The first is a 40 year old single malt and makes Aldi the first supermarket to offer such an 'own brand' product.  Named GlenBridge 40, the whisky is from a "famous Speyside distillery" according to the Aldi PR team and has been aged in European oak ex-sherry casks.  There are 3,000 bottles which will go on sale in Aldi's 450 UK stores on 8 December for the staggeringly low price of £49.99.  In addition, there is the Glen Marnoch 24 years old which will sell for just £24.99.  Details of this are a little sketchy but our friends over at CaskStrength have reviewed both, with tasting notes - click here to read.

Bowmore > Team up with Savile Row tailor
The iconic Islay single malt of Bowmore has joined forces with a leading Savile Row tailor to offer 'the ultimate Christmas gift for the whisky loving gentleman'. Leading establishment Malcolm Plews and Bowmore have created the premium gift - a bespoke tailoring session including fitting of a made-to-measure Bowmore Tweed jacket followed by a one to one whisky tasting with a Bowmore expert. The package also includes first class travel to London from anywhere in the UK, a night’s stay for two at the Malmaison hotel in Clerkenwell, and lunch for two at the Sartoria restaurant in Savile Row. A bottle of Bowmore 15 year old single malt plus whisky glasses complete the package. The Bowmore Tweed Savile Row Experience can be purchased for £3,000 from the website www.singlemaltwhiskyshop.com.

Cutty Sark > New book released
The famous Cutty Sark blended whisky was first launched in 1923 and a new book has just been released that charts its rise to become one of the best selling brands of whisky in the world. The book, titled The Making Of A Whisky Brand, has been edited by whisky writer Ian Buxton and he has assembled a number of leading whisky experts, each of whom have written a chapter. Ian was granted exclusive access to the historical archives and met with some of the former Master Blenders of Cutty Sark when researching the book. Each chapter explores the brand, its influence on society and popular culture around the world and what has made it so successful.  The book also includes both classic and newly invented cocktails using Cutty Sark.  It can be purchased from specialist book and on-line retailers now.

Glengoyne > Free entry for St. Andrew's Day
The Glengoyne distillery, which is located just 30 minutes drive north of Glasgow, is opening its doors for free over this coming weekend. This is to celebrate St. Andrew's Day, which is Scotland's national day and is on 30 November.  Entry will be free on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th and the distillery is open from 10am-5pm (the last tour is at 4pm).  The tour (usual price £6.75) includes a short film about the history of the distillery and Glengoyne brand, a guided visit around the distillery and a dram of their 10 year old single malt at the end.  For directions to Glengoyne and for further details of the event, please visit www.glengoyne.com.

Master Of Malt > Blend your own whisky
Innovative online retailer Master Of Malt have created an interactive new product which allows you to make your own whisky.  The Home Blending Kit comes with a selection of 3cl sample miniatures, which contain a variety of grain and single malt whiskies, and some measuring equipment. 

The idea is that you can then construct your own blended whisky to your own personal taste.  The process is similar to The Blogger's Blend that we took part in earlier this year (the final product for this will be released shortly).  For a full list of the samples and equipment and to order your own kit (priced £49.95) - click here.  There is then another page where you fill in the quantities of each sample in your 'final blend' and the cost is calculated - that can be viewed by clicking here. Good luck, it's plenty of fun.