Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Review - Mackmyra Körsbärsrök


This whisky is the latest in the limited edition Moments range from the Swedish distillery of Mackmyra. The Mackmyra Körsbärsrök, which translates as 'cherry smoke' from Swedish, has been created by Angela D'Orazio - Master Blender at Mackmyra. She used a combination of smoked and classic unsmoked spirits that were distilled in 2010. The smoky spirit is only produced for about one month every year and the malt is smoked using Swedish peat and juniper twigs. The whiskies were matured at Bodås, Mackmyra's warehouse in an old iron ore mine, in two sizes of ex-bourbon cask (100 and 200 litres) and two sizes of ex-cherry wine casks from Germany (100 and 128 litres).

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Review - Glen Moray Sauternes Cask Matured



This whisky is a new limited edition single malt from the Speyside distillery of Glen Moray. The Glen Moray Sauternes Cask Matured launches their new Warehouse 1 Collection, which will showcase some of the innovation going on in the distillery's most well-known warehouse. This single malt is constructed of just five casks that had previously held sweet Sauternes dessert wine, which were sourced from France, before being filled with Glen Moray new make spirit in August 2006.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Allotment Drams - Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 years old & Glen Moray Sauternes Cask Matured

 
We have two more episodes from our Allotment Dram series for you. First, Matt revisits a classic blended Scotch whisky - the Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 years old. Watch as he talks about one of the world's best selling whiskies and what makes it so popular, then gives his thoughts and tasting notes.

Then on his next visit he takes a look at a new whisky - the Glen Moray Sauternes Cask Matured - on a very chilly November afternoon. Watch as he talks about the limited edition single malt and the new series of releases that it kicks off, before Matt gives his thoughts and tasting notes.

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Friday, November 27, 2020

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (November 27, 2020)



Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. 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. Here is the news from this week ...

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Review - Glen Scotia 11 years old Sherry Double Cask Finish


This 11 years old Sherry Double Cask Finish is a new limited edition single malt from the Campbeltown distillery of Glen Scotia. The new whisky is created using first-fill ex-bourbon barrels that were filled with Glen Scotia's unpeated spirit in 2008, which were then split between ex-Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks for a finishing period. It is unusual as Glen Scotia normally has a small amount of peat. These casks were then married back together in ex-bourbon casks for a short period, before bottling at 11 years of age and at the natural cask strength of 54.1% ABV. The whisky is also non chill-filtered and of natural colour. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Review - Benriach The Thirty


This whisky sits at the pinnacle of the newly revamped core range from the Speyside distillery of Benriach. This range is designed to showcase their eclectic range of casks from around the world (these come from 20 different origins) and the three different spirit styles that are produced there - classic Speyside, peated Speyside (produced for only 5-6 weeks each year) and triple distilled (produced for just 1-2 weeks each year). The range has been entirely created by Dr. Rachel Barrie, the Master Blender for Benriach. The Thirty uses only peated malts, which are very rare at this age, and features four cask types - ex-bourbon, ex-Port wine, ex-sherry and virgin oak. 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Review - Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 years old


The Johnnie Walker Black Label forms part of the core range of best-selling blended whiskies from Scotch whisky giant Diageo. It sits between the Red Label and Gold Label in the range that also includes the Green Label 15 years old, 18 years old and Blue Label as permanent expressions. These are often joined by numerous limited editions and bottlings created for specific markets. All are created by a team of 12 blenders at Diageo, which is headed by the legendary Dr. Jim Beveridge OBE. The brand sells a staggering 18.5 million cases of whisky per annum worldwide - that is just over 220 million single bottles each year.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (November 20, 2020)



Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. 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. Here is the news from this week ... 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Allotment Drams - Talisker 8 years old (Diageo Special Releases 2020 Edition) & Jura Winter Edition

 
We have the two latest episodes in our ever-increasing Allotment Dram series, the short videos where we talk about different whiskies in the surroundings of our north London allotment plot. Both are from Scottish islands. First, watch as Matt pops the cork on a new bottle purchase - the Talisker 8 years old from this year's Diageo Special Releases, which is the first ever sngle malt from the Skye distillery that has been part-matured in ex-rum casks from the Caribbean.

Then on his next visit he talks about the recently released Winter Edition from Jura, the second bottling in the island distillery's Cask Edition series. Watch as he shares his thoughts and tasting notes on both whiskies. We hope that you enjoy.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Review - Glenallachie 10 years old Cask Strength Batch #4

 
This whisky is the latest release of the annual 10 years old Cask Strength bottling from the Speyside distillery of Glenallachie. The previous three batches have gained something of a cult status amongst whisky fans, with the first being released back in 2017. The Glenallachie 10 years old Cask Strength Batch #4 is a combination of ex-Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks, plus a small percentage of virgin oak casks. all with a minimum age of 10 years. These have been selected and married together by Billy Walker, the Master Distiller and owner of Glenallachie. Batch #4 is bottled at 56.1% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour.