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Whisky PR Corner & News June 20th , 2014

Kingsbarns Distillery Topping Out Ceremony

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The new single malt distillery under construction at Kingsbarns in Fife has passed
another milestone in its development with the completion of the roof of the refurbished
listed building.Director William Wemyss visited the site last week to put one of the last of the
roof tiles into place. Joining him were the Distillery Founder and newly appointed
Visitor Centre Manager, Douglas Clement; new Distillery Manager, Peter Holroyd;
and Director of the site contractor Colorado, Ian Bownes. "Topping out" is a
tradition in the building industry when a building is being completed with its roof
or top. In this instance, the Wemyss party also marked the occasion with a dram
from the Wemyss Malts whisky range.The Wemyss family bought the Kingsbarns Distillery project in January 2013 and construction at the site began at Easter that year. Approximately 6 miles from St. Andrews, the distillery and its visitor centre are being built close to the world famous Kingsbarns championship golf course on the Cambo Estate. The site of the actual distillery is the historic and charming East Newhall Farm steading.
The new Kingsbarns Single Malt Scotch whisky will be classified in the Lowlands
region and available after a minimum of three years maturation in oak casks. Fife
grown malted barley has been secured to make the spirit and it will be matured
predominantly in ex-Bourbon casks.William Wemyss, commented on behalf of the family: “It’s been a very exciting year watching the site re-development progress. We’ve still got a lot to do to fulfil our dream of distilling at Fife’s newest single malt distillery, however we expect to
be underway in November and are planning that the visitor centre and cafe will be
open to the public from December this year. Key members of our new team are
now in place and we welcome Peter Holroyd as Distillery Manager and the
Distillery Founder Douglas Clement as Visitor Centre Manager. ”


Edinburgh’s Bramble Bar Release World-Famous Affinity Cocktail


UK drinks distributor Maverick Drinks is proud to announce the first ever general release of Bramble Bar’s Affinity Cocktail – a superb mix of Scotch whisky with a unique blend of Byrrh and Noilly Prat vermouths. This cocktail is ready mixed to the award-winning bar’s own recipe. To enjoy, all you have to do is chill and serve.
The Affinity Cocktail has been a long-time staple on the menu at Bramble Bar, Edinburgh’s prestigious cocktail lounge where the barrel-aged masterpiece is served in charming 10cl bottles. For the first time ever, cocktail lovers will be able to enjoy the Affinity in a 50cl size.

Price: £39.95




Wealth Solutions release L’esprit de Tiffon cognac – A Historic Cognac


The Tiffon Cognac house and Wealth Solutions launched a limited edition of the L’esprit de Tiffon cognac. The world premiere of this extremely rare spirit took place in Jablonna near Warsaw on 17 June 2014.

L’esprit de Tiffon is a limited edition of cognac, made of distillates from the private cellar (the so-called “paradis”) of Sverre Braastad, where the oldest Cognac is dated back to 1805. Only 150 numbered decanters of the exceptional liquor from Grande Champagne have been produced. Each of them takes us back to the time of long-forgotten aromas and flavours.

We could not offer this exceptional liquor to cognac lovers if it had not been for my grandfather, who bought very old eaux-de-vie in the 19th century and kept them in his private collection. The cognac is part of my family’s heritage. The spirit of the place, the spirit of Tiffon, is inside each bottle of the liquor.” – said  Richard Braastad, Maître de Chais of the Tiffon house.

Such liquor deserves a special setting. Each of the limited-edition crystal decanters is engraved and accompanied by a wooden box specially designed for the purposes of storing the liquor. In the box, there is also a place for the book prepared by Nicholas Faith, a prominent cognac expert and recognised writer, especially for the launch of L’esprit de Tiffon. Only 150 numbered copies of the publication have been printed. The book contains information on the Braastad family, the Tiffon Cognac house, as well as the cognac in question. The demand for L’esprit de Tiffon has been such that all of the decanters were sold ahead of the official launch event.

L’esprit de Tiffon – it’s got floral notes, it’s elegant, it’s rich. It is delicious! What is ridiculous about it is that cognac well over the century-old is still so young!” – Nicholas Faith describes his impressions after tasting L’esprit de Tiffon. “To find a blend, that is made from pre-phylloxera Cognac, basically doesn’t exist. It’s a window into another time, something that just wasn’t available. Untill now.”  – Edward Bates, expert from the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC), said about L’esprit de Tiffon.

L’esprit de Tiffon was created especially for the clients of Polish Wealth Solutions, whose field of expertise is providing demanding connoisseurs and collectors of unique liquors with collectibles and works of art. The premiere of the cognac took place in the palace in Jablonna near Warsaw on 17 June 2014. The celebration was attended by Richard Braastad – Maître de Chais of the Tiffon cognac house and Edward Bates – a BNIC educator. The choice of the setting was not accidental. Napoleon Bonaparte met Maria Walewska, his Polish mistress, there. It was only two years after the production of L’esprit de Tiffon had begun in Cognac.

I am extremely pleased that I can offer my clients such a unique cognac. It is a liquor that takes us into history, into the times of the Napoleonic Wars. A cognac that cannot be created today any more.” – said Michał Kowalski, Vice-President of Wealth Solutions.

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