Whisky News & PR corner October 3rd, 2014

Wemyss malts release an epic 12 different single casks

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Edinburgh based boutique Spirits Company Wemyss Malts is delighted to announce the

release of a new parcel of single cask Scotch whiskies. This mouth-watering collection of

new whiskies is named after the unique natural taste and aroma of each one and

reflects the unique and contrasting appeals of the different Scotch whisky regions and

styles.

The full cask list of this release comprises:

"Vintage Strawberry Punnet" – 1988 single cask from Invergordon, Single Grain

"Sweet Peat Posy" – 1987 single cask from Bowmore, Islay

"Aniseed Pastille" – 1996 single cask from Bowmore, Islay

"Thread of Smoke" – 1991 single cask from Bunnahabhain, Islay

"Smoke on the Water" – 1982 single cask from Caol Ila, Islay

"Floral Trellis" – 1988 single cask from Tormore, Speyside

"In a Bluebell Wood" – 1995 single cask from Glen Grant, Speyside

"Summer Fruit Cup" – 1998 single cask from Auchentoshan, Lowlands

"Cayenne Cocoa Bean" – 1997 single cask from Clynelish, Highlands

"Bench with a Sea View" – 1997 single cask from Clynelish, Highlands

"Peaches and Cream" – 1989 single cask from Glen Garioch, Highlands

"Blackcurrant Coulis" – 1991 single cask from Blair Athol, Highlands

Each cask has been selected and named by the Wemyss tasting panel, under the

watchful eye of industry aficionado Charlie Maclean. There are only a few hundred

bottles from each cask and the suggested retail prices range from £70 to £200. These

bottlings will be available in selected retailers in the UK, EU and key Asian markets.

William Wemyss, Founder and Managing Director at Wemyss Malts, commented: “We

continue to source and select some truly memorable single casks for our range. This

time we’ve chosen single casks from some of the most popular distilleries and are

excited to include our second single grain whisky from Invergordon and some rarer older

whiskies. In fact, the combined age of the whiskies this release is 261 years!"

GLEN GARIOCH UNVEILS SHERRY MATURED 1973 SINGLE CASK

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Glen Garioch, the hidden gem of the whisky world, has launched exclusively to The Whisky Exchange a sherry matured 1973 Single Cask, the distillery’s oldest release for 5 years.

Just 138 bottles of cask no 4297, retailing at £899, will be available exclusively via The Whisky Exchange, making it a highly covetable collectable for serious enthusiasts.

Filled in November 1973, the Glen Garioch vintage malt has been patiently maturing for 40 years until chosen this February by The Whisky Exchange to celebrate its 15th birthday. The robust spirit has tasting notes of dark chocolate and dry Oloroso sherry with plum and cherry fruit liqueurs, balanced by toasted almond and subtle burnt smokiness.

Rachel Barrie, Master Blender for Morrison Bowmore Distillers, said, “After 40 years, this is undoubtedly a full-bodied, sherry influenced malt which really captures the essence of the Highlands. The palate is oily and mouth-coating with brambles and dry plum skins, and toasted walnut oil and tobacco leaf into the finish.”

“Hand picked and bottled at 54.3% ABV to bring out the rich chocolate and fruit notes, this 1973 Single Cask showcases the quality of the spirit produced from this small artisan distillery through our limited edition programme.”

Sukhinder Singh, director of The Whisky Exchange, said: “We visited Glen Garioch Aberdeenshire’s distillery in search of a very special bottling; a one-off treat for our extremely knowledgeable and discerning customers to commemorate our 15th birthday.”

“Once we discovered this 1973 malt, matured solely in a Sherry Butt, we looked no further. It’s a remarkable, small-batch release that symbolises Glen Garioch’s hand-crafted approach and will undoubtedly whet the appetite of all serious whisky aficionados.”

 

KINGSBARNS DISTILLERY WELCOMES COPPER POT STILLS

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The Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitor Centre, located in the East Neuk of Fife celebrated another momentous milestone as the copper pot whisky stills arrived at 09:00 this morning (Thursday 2 October).

Both copper pot stills travelled from Rothes, Speyside and have been hand-made by Forsyths of Rothes.

The Wash Still, weighing three and a half tonnes and holding 7,500 litres and the Spirit Still, weighing three tonnes and holding 4,500 litres will both play an integral part in determining the light character of spirit produced at Kingsbarns Distillery.

Kingsbarns Distillery Founder and Visitor Centre Manager Douglas Clement commented;

“Our distillery and visitor centre has been a long time in the making, six years infact.  It’s only been in the past two years, thanks to a Scottish Government grant and the backing of the Wemyss Family, one of Scotland’s oldest and most established family businesses, that has turned this dream into a reality.

“Construction commenced Spring 2013 and today is hugely important in the development, with the final pieces of our distillery jigsaw, the copper pot stills, finally positioned in their new home”.

Distillery Manager, Peter Holroyd added;

“Now that we have reached the important date of our copper pot stills arrival, we are well on our way to the final goal of producing Kingsbarns unique, light, Lowland spirit”.

Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitor Centre will open its doors to the public 1 December 2014.

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