Whisky News : March 21st , 2014

It seems the NAS wave is not going to end soon and this week whisky is the “Torfa” a peated version of Glenglassaugh.

Glenglassaugh releases a new peated expression : “Torfa”.

GLENGLASSAUGH has launched a new richly peated Highland single malt that will now be part of its core range along with Revival and Evolution.

Glenglassaugh Torfa, with its smoky, peaty, phenolic nature, is a unique expression and quite different to the usual type of whisky produced in the Highlands.

“At Glenglassaugh, in addition to the traditional production, we also produce a very limited quantity of whisky using richly peated malted barley as the cereal varietal. The malted barley has been dried in the traditional way, over peat-infused kilns, giving the whisky its unique smoky flavour,” says Sales Director Alistair Walker.GlenglassaughTorfainfrontLR

Torfa has a brooding, edgy character whose personality is to be found at the darker end of the spectrum. Its name takes its inspiration from the Old Norse language with which the Scots dialect spoken in North East Scotland has an affinity and translates to “turf” or “peat”.

The historic distillery was acquired by The BenRiach Distillery Company last year. It dates back to 1875 and re-opened in 2008 after being mothballed for more than 20 years. The first whiskies from this refurbished distillery are now available to single malt Scotch whisky lovers everywhere.

Non-chill filtered, with natural colour and at 50% vol, Torfa was specially selected by Glenglassaugh’s Master Distiller Billy Walker. His tasting notes show the distinct characteristics of this truly phenomenal malt.

COLOUR: Gleaming yellow gold.

NOSE: Vivid, sweet, sooty campfire smoke and sea air infuse zest of lime, apricot jam and ripe soft fruits, all gently warmed by hints of stem ginger and cracked black pepper.

PALATE: An eloquent, sweet coastal peat smoke engulfs candied peel over melon, pineapple and roasted red apples. Oat biscuits, hints of heather honey and a gentle cigar box spice all combine to give a terrific balance to the expressive smoky character.

FINISH: A heady, yet elegant harmony of distinct coastal peat and striking spiced fruit flavours.


Single Cask Nation releases first American whisky: Catoctin Creek RyeSCN1

Jewish Whisky Company’s Single Cask Nation today announced it will release its first American whisky bottling, a special cask of Catoctin Creek rye whisky aged over two years.

Jewish Whisky Company built the Single Cask Nation community so that whisky enthusiasts can meet and advance their mutual affinity for finely crafted single cask spirits. Single Cask Nation is dedicated to independently bottling the best and most unique single casks for its membership.

"We sat down together a few months ago and together selected a very special whisky," said Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distillery. "The chosen barrel contained a very unique distillation from August 2011. It was aged in a bourbon barrel for just over a year, and after that, we moved the whisky to a used white wine cask, where it has aged for almost another year and a half. The result is a whisky unlike anything we’ve offered to date."

The tasting notes on the whisky mention an intense rye profile, yellow and red fruits intertwined with herbal notes, a beguiling oily texture and warm toffee flavors.

"We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Catoctin Creek on this whisky," commented Jason Johnstone-Yellin, co-founder of Jewish Whisky Company. "Becky and Scott produce some gorgeous spirits; we’d been pouring alongside them for years at various whisky festivals, and over the years we’ve become friends. We are delighted to bottle Catoctin Creek as the first American offering for Single Cask Nation."

The Single Cask Nation Catoctin Creek expression will be bottled at cask strength with approximately 200 bottles available. While the bottles will only be available to the members of Single Cask Nation, anyone can join via their website (www.singlecasknation.com).


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