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Month: September 2020

A Whisky Writer Shares His Favorite Single Malt Scotches For Beginners

Christopher Osburn has spent the past fifteen years in search of “the best” — or at least his very favorite — sips of whisk(e)y on earth. In the process, he’s enjoyed more whisk(e)y drams than his doctor would dare feel comfortable with, traveled to over 20 countries testing local spirits, and visited more than fifty distilleries. …

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Jura 19-year-old whisky to be auctioned for charity

Distilled in May 2001, the whisky was matured for 19 years in cask number 1708 and has flavours of raisins, “with a subtle touch of sea spray and cinnamon”. Bottled at 55% ABV, the individually numbered bottles will be auctioned online via Whisky Auctioneer from Friday 25 September until Monday 5 October. All proceeds from …

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New Aberfeldy Scotch Whisky Gets A French Wine Cask Finish

The Aberfeldy Scotch single malt whisky distillery was built back in 1898, drawing its water source for whisky distillation from the nearby Pitilie Burn. It is owned today by Bacardi, and includes as part of its regular portfolio 12-, 16- and 21-year-old expressions. Joining those now is what’s described as the brand’s latest limited expression, an …

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Collecting guide: 7 key things to know about Scottish and American whiskies

Specialist Noah May considers the upswing in the market, key distinctions in style and taste, and what collectors look for 1. The market has really picked up in recent years — why is this? In recent years the market for whisky has grown significantly. Some collectors have realised that whisky prices are on an upward …

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New managers at two Islay distilleries

In October, Mickey Heads, manager of Ardbeg Distillery on Islay, will retire after 13 years at the helm – leaving big boots (as well as casks) to fill. Ardbeg has announced Mickey’s successor – Colin Gordon – who is joining as distillery production manager, reporting to Pete Nelson, the distillery’s operations director. Colin brings a …

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Six 130,000-litre fermentation vessels arrive at Scotland’s first biorefinery

Scotland’s first biorefinery, which hopes to help develop a low carbon green bioeconomy, has taken a step forward with the arrival of six purpose-built fermentation vessels. The 130,000-litre tanks, built in the Netherlands, were craned into position after arriving at Celtic Renewables’ site in Grangemouth near Falkirk on Tuesday. Using around 50,000 tonnes of waste …

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Benriach Overhauls Its Core Scotch Single Malt Whisky Portfolio

The Benriach Distillery is associated with a whisky making heritage that dates back from 1898 when founder John Duff built it. Benriach stands on the site of the old Riach farm in the north Speyside region of Scotland, drawing water from a mineral-rich aquifer deep beneath it. Owned by Brown-Forman, the distilling team here has …

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Rare Jura whisky to be auctioned off – with proceeds going to Scottish Association for Mental Health

The Jura Whisky distillery is auctioning 470 bottles of an exceptionally rare 19 year old whisky, which has been bottled to raise funds in aid of a Scottish mental health charity. The special expression, which has a full-bodied cask strength of 55 % ABV, was distilled in May 2001 and placed into Jura cask No 1708 …

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