GORDON & MACPHAIL BOTTLES A 40-YEAR-OLD SINGLE MALT Into The Mix

GORDON & MACPHAIL BOTTLES A 40-YEAR-OLD SINGLE MALT

November 4,2020

Scotch whisky bottler Gordon & MacPhail has launched a 40-year-old single malt from Miltonduff Distillery as the third release to mark its 125th anniversary this year.

The penultimate anniversary bottling is Gordon & MacPhail 1979 Mosstowie from Miltonduff Distillery. The “smoky and soft” Mosstowie whisky was produced using Miltonduff’s Lomond stills.

Mosstowie was founded in 1964 by Hiram Walker, who used Lomond stills due to the variety of flavour profiles it produced. However, the stills used to make Mosstowie were removed in 1981 due to the difficulty of cleaning its longer arms.

The Gordon & MacPhail 1979 Mosstowie is the bottler’s last remaining cask from the distillery. The 40-year-old was laid down in the producer’s Elgin warehouse in a refill Sherry hogshead on 13 September 1979.

Stephen Rankin, a fourth-generation member of the Gordon & MacPhail family and the company’s director of prestige, said: “Each of the extremely rare whiskies released to commemorate our 125th anniversary is truly unique as they are the last cask of that particular make we have maturing in our warehouse.

“With no official bottling ever available of the elusive Mosstowie malt, we are particularly excited to bring this special whisky to the market.”

The resulting liquid has a nose of vanilla pod, butterscotch and stewed apples. The palate offers flavours of black pepper, spiced grapefruit, dark chocolate and raspberries.

For more information, go to gordonandmacphail.com

GORDON & MACPHAIL BOTTLES A 40-YEAR-OLD SINGLE MALT Into The Mix

WESTWARD RELEASES A PINOT NOIR WHISKEY

November 20,2020

Oregan based distillers Westward have launched their third permanent expression, the Westward American Single Malt Pinot Noir Cask.

Westward American Single Malt Pinot Noir Cask is a truly elegant whiskey, influenced by Oregon’s premier grape varietal: Pinot Noir. This blend of cask-finished whiskeys is created in partnership with a handful of iconic Willamette Valley producers, including Bergstrom Wines and Suzor Wines, among others.

The spirit reflects the vibrance of the winemaking region’s signature grape while allowing the bold, robust notes of the whiskey to shine.

Westward’s Pinot Noir Cask begins with original Westward American Single Malt, which is made from scratch using Pacific Northwest two-row barley, brewed with American pale ale yeast for outstanding flavor, double pot distilled for exceptional character, and matured in 2-char, kiln dried 53-gallon new American oak barrels.

The whiskey is then finished for up to two years in French Oak wine casks that previously held Pinot Noir. It is bottled at 90 proof (45% ABV)

“At Westward, there are no shortcuts, and therein lies the beauty. We pursue perfection by raising a world class whiskey through our long, slow, process,” said Thomas Mooney, CEO and Co-Founder, Westward Whiskey. “Today, we celebrate the culmination of a project we have worked on for the last two years.

“Our new custom bottle and design expresses the uncompromising spirit of the American Northwest, and they represent Westward’s meticulous devotion to our process, culture, climate, and ingredients. We’re thrilled to introduce a new, elevated visual identity that further highlights the beauty of our award-winning whiskeys.”

Westward’s new visual identity and packaging was developed in collaboration with Pearlfisher, an award-winning design agency. The company’s enthusiastic group of creatives worked diligently to capture the essence of Westward and its commitment to quality.

As part of this redesign, Westward has also unveiled a new brand home at WestwardWhiskey.com.

Westward’s new visual overhaul is a tribute to this sentiment, and the cuts and edges reflected in the bottle mirror the raw beauty and dramatic mountain ranges found in the American Northwest, Likewise, the new, angular label is designed to reflect the mountain peaks of Westward’s origin and capture the craftsmanship that goes into perfecting its whiskeys every day.

GORDON & MACPHAIL BOTTLES A 40-YEAR-OLD SINGLE MALT Into The Mix

GLENGOYNE DEBUTS ITS OLDEST SCOTCH WHISKY

November 18,2020

Scotch brand Glengoyne has released a 50-year-old expression as its oldest whisky to date and will offer one bottle for free via a ballot.

The online ballot is open to groups of five or more friends or family to submit an entry with a description of their perfect moment for savouring the 50-year-old whisky together next year. Entrants have until 14 December to submit their moments.

Robbie Hughes, master distiller at Glengoyne, said: “When we first filled hand-selected oak casks with our sweet, fruity, new make spirit back in the late 1960s, The Beatles were only just breaking up, Richard Nixon was US president, and Sesame Street debuted on television. A lot has changed while we’ve been waiting patiently for this unique release.

“At Glengoyne we believe that patience is always rewarded. This year we’ve all had to sacrifice spending time with our loved ones or delay celebrations. That’s why we want to make these moments extra special in 2021 with a memorable whisky that, after waiting so long for just the right moment, is truly ready to be opened and savoured.”

The 50-year-old whisky has notes of Demerara sugar, walnuts, sweet pipe tobacco, red apples and cloves on the nose. The palate offers a ‘rich, spicy oak burst, then molasses, treacle and liquorice take centre stage’, followed by a long finish.

The new 45.8% ABV expression joins the Highland distillery’s Fine and Rare range, alongside the new 30-year-old whisky and a 25-year-old bottling.

To enter the ballot, visit ballot.glengoyne.com. The whisky will be available globally from next week in key markets and from the Glengoyne distillery shop and website, priced at £22,500 (US$30,000). There are only 150 decanters of Glengoyne 50-Year-Old available globally.

GORDON & MACPHAIL BOTTLES A 40-YEAR-OLD SINGLE MALT Into The Mix

ISLE OF RAASAY UNVEILS INAUGURAL SINGLE MALT

November 17,2020

Isle of Raasay Distillery has created 7,500 bottles of The Isle of Raasay Single Malt – Inaugural Release 2020, which was matured in first-fill Tennessee whiskey casks and finished in first-fill Bordeaux red wine casks.

Alasdair Day, Isle of Raasay Distillery co-founder, said: “This is a really historic moment as the first legal Isle of Raasay Single Malt leaves the island for the first time.

“We are very proud of our lightly peated island single malt, and our beautiful bottle that is made with clay moulds of Raasay’s rocks and fossils. It’s like a piece of the island in your hands.”

Bottled at natural colour and without the use of chill-filtration, the new expression has flavours of almond, hazelnut and sweet spice. The red wine casks add savoury spice flavours and “another layer of complexity and flavour” to the whisky.

The single malt is packaged in a bespoke bottle that features fossils and rocks from the island moulded into the glass. The inaugural release is bottled at 52% ABV.

The Isle of Raasay Single Malt – Inaugural Release 2020 will be available in the UK, Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Switzerland, the Philippines, South Africa, Canada, South Korea, Japan, and China

GORDON & MACPHAIL BOTTLES A 40-YEAR-OLD SINGLE MALT Into The Mix

GLENFARCLAS RELEASES LIMITED-EDITION SCOTCH

November 11,2020

Scottish Speyside distillery Glenfarclas has released a limited edition 60-year-old 40.9% ABV single cask Scotch whisky in the UK.

On the nose, the 60-year-old whisky has notes of Christmas cake, spice, orange and dark chocolate. The palate is described as tasting like ‘Christmas pudding drenched in brandy butter and set alight’. The finish offers flavours of marzipan and Christmas Sherry.

The whisky comes in a presentation box made with English oak and lined with suede, which was created by NEJ Stevenson. The hand-blown decanter was made by Glencairn and features hand-drawn illustrations inspired by the red warehouse doors at Glenfarclas Distillery.

Limited to 105 700ml bottles, the expression is available to buy in the UK from Hedonism, The Whisky Exchange and BI Fine Wine & Spirits.

For more information go to glenfarclas.com/

GORDON & MACPHAIL BOTTLES A 40-YEAR-OLD SINGLE MALT Into The Mix

KINGSBARNS DISTILLERY LAUNCHES BALCOMIE WHISKY

November 10,2020

Scottish distillery Kingsbarns has added a new permanent Scotch whisky to its range, called Balcomie, named after Balcomie Castle.

The first of a series named after landmarks in the distillery’s home of Fife, Balcomie whisky is matured in 100% ex-oloroso American oak Sherry butts from Jerez in Spain.

Bottled at 46% ABV, Balcomie is a ‘spicy, citrusy and balanced’ whisky that offers a nose of treacle, sultanas, fruit loaf with cinnamon icing, dark chocolate and summer berries. The palate brings flavours of tinned pineapple, orange peel, cake spice, dried apricot and a hint of roasted hazelnut.

William Wemyss, founder and managing director of Kingsbarns Distillery, said: “Place and heritage is hugely important to us as a company and we’re proud of where we come from, therefore, we’re naming each of our future core range releases after different landmarks in Fife – starting with Balcomie.

“Our distillery is surrounded by a magnificent landscape with a wealth of history and we wanted to capture the essence of this with Balcomie – a product we’re really excited to share.”

Wemyss added: “The new addition to our range allows whisky lovers to enjoy fruity and indulgent flavours from an original bottle designed to honour our Scottish heritage. The Balcomie is perfect for cold, autumnal evenings and is guaranteed to take whisky fans on a stunning flavour journey – we hope customers love it as much as we do.”

For more information, go to kingsbarnsdistillery.com

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