|Posted by Ashley Penney on September 20, 2013 at 12:50 AM||comments (0)|
I am delighted to announce that my offical whisky tasting has reached a great 307. Its taken over 8 years to get this far.
To celebrate this i have created a new page on facebook to go along with my own and Whisky Heaven Page.
Just log on to www.facebook.com/ashleyswhiskytastinglist
Here you can see my complete listing of all that i have sampled from either own bottles or various trips.
Keep returnng back to see what is sampled next.
But as always keep it safe and responsible
|Posted by Ashley Penney on August 2, 2013 at 3:45 AM||comments (0)|
Whisky Live Dublin 2013, Saturday 5th October
The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Whether a whiskey enthusiast, newcomer to the world of whiskey, or you’d just like a day out at a fantastic whiskey event, Whisky Live has something to offer everyone. Whisky Live Dublin has two sessions, providing everyone with the opportunity to join the show to suit their diary:
- From 2.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. (VIPs and trade may arrive 1 hour earlier)
- From 6.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. (VIPs arrive 1 hour earlier)
All tickets include entry to the show, samples of exhibited whiskies, buffet food, the Whisky Live tasting glass, food and whiskey combination samples and the Whisky Live show guide. VIP tickets include all of this PLUS an exclusive VIP Masterclass worth €25, VIP dining, entrance to the VIP Lounge, private VIP pourings, and entrance for your class an hour before the show opens.
Ticket Options and Prices
VIP Afternoon Ticket: 1.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Entrance to Whisky Live Dublin on Saturday 5th October from 1.00 p m. to 5.30 p.m. Includes an exclusive VIP Masterclass hosted by Rob Allanson, Whisky Magazine Editor and Michael Foggarty, whiskey expert, from 1.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m. Plus VIP dining, entrance to the VIP Lounge, private VIP pourings, Whisky Live tasting glass and Whisky Live show guide. €69 + booking fee €2.50
VIP Evening Ticket 5.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.
Entrance to Whisky Live Dublin on Saturday 5th October from 5.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Includes an exclusive VIP Masterclass hosted by Rob Allanson, Whisky Magazine Editor and Michael Foggarty, whiskey expert, from 5.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Plus VIP dining, entrance to the VIP Lounge, private VIP pourings, Whisky Live tasting glass and Whisky Live show guide. €69 + booking fee €2.50
ALL VIP TICKET HOLDERS MUST ARRIVE FOR THEIR VIP MASTERCLASS AT 1PM FOR THE AFTERNOON SESSION OR 5.30PM FOR THE EVENING SESSION.
Afternoon Ticket 2.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Entrance to Whisky Live Dublin on Saturday 5th October from 2.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Includes food, samples of exhibited whiskies, a free tasting glass, food and whiskey combination samples and the Whisky Live show guide. €33 + booking fee €2.50
Evening Ticket 6.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.
Entrance to Whisky Live Dublin on Saturday 5th October from 6.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Includes food, samples of exhibited whiskies, a free tasting glass, food and whiskey combination samples and the Whisky Live show guide. €33 + booking fee €2.50
Are you in the drinks trade?
The Whisky Live trade ticket is being introduced for the first time at Whisky Live Dublin 2013. Open to bona fide members of the trade (retailers, importers, bartenders, buyers, journalists, bloggers) you can register for this session by submitting by email your name, job title and company name to firstname.lastname@example.org. Trade tickets provide entrance to Whisky Live Dublin on Saturday 5th October from 1.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. with samples of exhibited whiskies, a free tasting glass, food and whiskey combination samples and the Whisky Live show guide. No food is included.
Friday Trade Ticket 1.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
All ticket grades are subject to group booking discounts of 10% off the total order price for purchases of 10-19 tickets and 20% off the total order price for bookings of 20 or more tickets. Whisky Live Dublin presents the perfect opportunity for a corporate outing and an evening to remember for groups of whiskey enthusiasts and friends.
Not drinking at Whisky Live?
A nominated driver ticket is available. These tickets include entrance to Whisky Live Dublin, 2 soft drinks vouchers, food and the show guide, and do not include a tasting glass or access to whiskey samples. Please email email@example.com for further details.
Whichever ticket you choose, Whisky Live brings the world of whiskey together under one roof. We have expert advice on hand and the opportunity to learn about the whiskey basics as well as delve deeper in to the hearts and minds of those who create the products every day.
Dress code: smart casual; no shorts, ripped jeans or trainers
NEW for 2013
Three lucky ticket holders will receive a Golden Ticket, entitling them to a stunning array of whiskey gifts, visits and experiences to be redeemed after the show.
We have been working hard to find a way to host the popular Masterclasses within the Mansion House – and have found the solution! We will be creating two purpose built rooms in which all the Masterclasses will be held, discreetly located within the Round Room. So no need to leave the building this year, and you won’t miss a moment’s tasting. Tutored by renowned experts in the field and run for 45 minutes, a show entrance ticket must be purchased prior to buying Masterclass tickets. Masterclasses will begin being uploaded from 1st July and are priced at €15 per session.
Key elements at Whisky Live Dublin 2013
The tasting hall is where you can sample whiskey from all around the globe with the emphasis obviously being on Irish whiskey. You will be able to mingle with the producers, distillers, independent bottlers and brand ambassadors. The sheer range of whiskey on show will challenge even the most determined taster; everything from old favourites to unusual finishes and rare bottlings.
|Posted by Ashley Penney on June 10, 2013 at 2:50 PM||comments (1)|
Scotch Whisky: From Grain to Glass marks the centenary of the Scotch Whisky Association
An exhibition celebrating the history of Scotch whisky has opened today at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow.
The exhibition, Scotch Whisky: From Grain to Glass, was created last year to mark the centenary of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).
The exhibition includes images and artefacts from private collections and Scotch whisky producers, gathered together by the SWA to illustrate whisky's role in Scotland's society and economy, from production to export and marketing.
It also revisits the "What is Whisky?" debate of the early 20th Century which helped to establish the industry in modern times.
Gavin Hewitt, chief executive of the SWA, said: "With more than 60 per cent of Scotch Whisky bottled in the greater Glasgow area, you could call the city one of the spiritual homes of Scotch Whisky.
"For more than 100 years we have been committed to promoting and protecting Scotch Whisky.
“We hope as many people as possible will visit the exhibition to find out more about the heritage of Scotland's national drink.”
The exhibition runs until July 31, 2013.
|Posted by Ashley Penney on June 10, 2013 at 2:45 PM||comments (0)|
Coppersmiths say their skills are in demand like never before thanks to the global demand for whisky.
They are responsible for producing the large stills which are crucial for the distillation process.
In the past 12 months a team in Clackmannanshire has worked on around 30 of the copper stills and are recruiting apprentices so as to pass on the craft to a younger generation.
Stills have been made at Abercrombie, Diageo's coppersmith business in Alloa, since the 1790s.
Operations manager Charlie King said: "We are enjoying one of the busiest periods we've ever seen.
"High-quality copper stills produce high-quality whisky and we are very lucky to have a team of highly skilled craftsmen here in Alloa who can produce the best in the business.
"I'm particularly pleased that the growth in the industry is allowing us to take on young people as apprentices and to train them up in this traditional craft."
Abercrombie has just installed new stills at Linkwood and Mannochmore distilleries on Speyside.
It is not just whisky that can be produced in the stills. The company has an order to craft a model for the production of the Turkish anise-flavoured spirit raki.
Mr King said: "Our colleagues in Turkey recognise the tradition of skill and craftsmanship we've built over the generations in the Scotch industry and they want to draw on that.
"We hope that global interest in our craft will create new opportunities to bring more investment and jobs in the future."
|Posted by Ashley Penney on June 10, 2013 at 2:45 PM||comments (0)|
Members of the public will be able to witness the magic of Scotland’s tallest stills in action when Glenmorangie’s distillery in Tain puts on a special Open Weekend on June 15 and 16.
The weekend-long programme of free tours, tastings and events will lift the lid on the production process behind Scotland’s favourite single malt.
Visitors will be able to meet and talk with the Men of Tain – the select group of craftsmen who are entrusted with the secrets of the Glenmorangie Distillery. Their dedication and skill has been handed down from generation to generation since the founding of the distillery in 1843.
They can also see the distillery’s 12 copper-necked stills in operation, the necks of which stand at over 16ft – the same height as a fully grown adult giraffe. This guarantees a smoother finish as only the lightest and purest vapours ascend to the top.
Paul Skipworth, President and Managing Director of The Glenmorangie Company, said: “We’ve been part of the Ross-shire landscape for 170 years when William Matheson first established the distillery. We are delighted to have this Open Weekend and to share some of the secrets that go in to making our famous whisky.
“Glenmorangie is distilled in the tallest malt whisky stills in Scotland, and we’d encourage as many people as possible to experience the special ‘cathedral-like’ atmosphere of this beautiful still house, and the tranquil surroundings of the distillery for themselves.”
As a family-friendly weekend, complementary activities include a barbecue, crêperie, hot chocolate, falconry and performances by the Tain Pipe Band.
Doors open from 10am until 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday and there are two types of free tours available.
Tour A lasts three hours and starts at 10.15am and 12.30pm. There are only two of this very select type of tour per day. Ten lucky people on each tour will, as well as touring the distillery, also visit the Hilton of Cadboll Stone, Glenmorangie House, Tarlogie Spring and enjoy a very unusual sonic tasting. Those interested must pre-book this tour and places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
Tour B will take place every half hour from 10am. Booking is advisable but not essential. Visitors will see the mash house, still house, warehousing, and enjoy a whisky tasting and be given a tasting glass to take away as a memento.
Annette Mackenzie, Visitor Centre Manager at the Glenmorangie Distillery, said: “The Glenmorangie success story is as much about people as it is about whisky. We want as many visitors to see first-hand the artistry and dedication of the Men of Tain and what goes in to producing the perfect dram time and again.
“We will also be offering visitors the chance to join in the selection and design of a special, limited edition Glenmorangie through our unique Cask Masters programme, which we launched earlier in the year.”
Members of the public interesting in attending the Open Days should telephone 01862 892477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Glenmorangie Distillery Open Weekend is part of a wider initiative being run by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the owners of The Glenmorangie Company. During the course of June 15 to 16, 40 of LVMH’s brands across Europe including Krug, Bulgari and TAG Heuer, will also throw open their doors to the public in a programme called Journées Particulières www.journeesparticulieres.com
|Posted by Ashley Penney on April 8, 2013 at 5:30 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Ashley Penney on April 6, 2013 at 5:50 AM||comments (0)|
Diageo is to increase its Scotch whisky production with a new £50 million distillery in the Scottish Highlands.
The distillery, which will create up to 20 new jobs, will be adjacent to the company's existing distillery in Teaninich, near Alness, but will have its own name and identity.
The company also announced a major new phase of expansion to its Scotch whisky production in the Speyside area. The combined activity is a part of the £1 billion five-year investment plan launched last year.
The new Teaninch distillery will have the capacity to produce around 13 million litres of spirit per annum from 16 copper stills. An on-site bio-energy plant will also be constructed to convert co-products into green energy to power the distillery.
At the same time, Diageo also plans to invest £12 million in expanding the existing Teaninich distillery to almost double its capacity. The single malt whisky produced at the new distillery and at the expanded Teaninich distillery will be used in a range of Diageo's blended Scotch whisky brands.
The spirits giant also announced it will invest around £30 million in new production facilities in Speyside, including a project to substantially increase the capacity of the Mortlach distillery at Dufftown. This will involve the building of a new stillhouse, which will replicate the unusual partial-triple distillation process that Mortlach uses.
Another element of the investment will be the construction of a new plant at Glendullan to process co-products in an anaerobic digestion process, producing bio-gas that will be used to power the Glendullan distillery.
Diageo Scotland managing director Bryan Donaghey, said: "This announcement is a significant milestone in our £1 billion investment programme in Scotland to support the global growth of our Scotch whisky brands."
|Posted by Ashley Penney on March 30, 2013 at 1:05 AM||comments (0)|
Chivas Brothers’ longest serving employee Alistair McAllister has retired after 46½ years working for the company in Paisley. Alistair joined Chivas Brothers in the Stock Control department in July 1966, when he was just 17 years old. He later moved to the loading bay area, and eventually to the North Bottling Hall, where he spent the last 25 years working as a Forklift Truck Operator.
Reflecting on his time with the company, Alistair (64) said: “The time has flown by, and so much has changed in the last 46 years. When I started the bottling halls were mostly manual, with the ladies who worked there using small plastic hammers to put the tops on the bottles. Today, with huge advances in modern machinery, production is much faster.
“The area where the North Hall sits was just a field when I started. I remember it being built in the 1980s to keep up with demand. In future I think Chivas Brothers will just get busier and busier. We seem to get more orders than ever, from places like China and Azerbaijan that we never even considered 46 years ago. Scotch whisky has really grown internationally. We’re always developing new luxury products for overseas markets.”
Alistair’s colleagues surprised him with a cake, gifts and special visit by St Mirren FC mascot The Paisley Panda on his last day, which delighted the lifelong Saints supporter.
Despite admitting he’ll miss his team, Alistair says he’s looking forward to his retirement, adding: “I’m going to get a new car, enjoy any sunshine we get this summer, and maybe plan a few holidays to places like Spain and Greece. For now there’s lots to do around the house, and I’m a keen gardener, so I will certainly be keeping busy.”
Notes Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits. Chivas Brothers is the global leader in luxury Scotch whisky and premium gin. Its portfolio includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater Gin, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth Gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport.
In July 2010 Chivas Brothers launched The Age Matters campaign to help consumers understand the importance of Scotch whisky age statements
|Posted by Ashley Penney on March 30, 2013 at 1:05 AM||comments (0)|
Cutty Sark blended Scotch whisky, acquired by Edrington just over three years ago, is launching their first ever seaplane partnership with Loch Lomond Seaplanes - coinciding with the re-introduction of the brand to the UK.
Cutty Sark celebrated its 90th birthday on the 23 March this year and is one of the top 10 Scotch whisky brands in the world.
Inspired and originally named after the world famous Clipper that re-opened recently in London, a ship that was actually built just 10 miles away from the brand’s HQ in nearby Dumbarton (UK).
Everything from the brand is new - from packaging, range, materials and distribution plans through to a truly groundbreaking PR event in London in the autumn.
Edrington has also committed to investing £20m on the brand in the next five years, covering both new and existing markets globally. This increase in investment is forecast to push sales up by nearly 40% across the world in the next five years.
The range is now available in specialist retailers from Edinburgh, Glasgow to London, as well as in some of the finest city bars.
|Posted by Ashley Penney on March 22, 2013 at 2:25 AM||comments (0)|
Master blenders from across the globe will meet in Edinburgh next month in search of the year’s top whisky.
The Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh, home to the world’s largest collection at 3,384 bottles, will host the International Spirits Challenge for a second year.
A panel of 10 judges will taste 300 different whiskies over three days from April 22 to 25 at the attraction on the Royal Mile.
Some of Scotland’s most revered whisky experts will be joined by master blenders - the name given to the professional who decides on a whisky’s composition - from a host of other malt-loving nations.
Among those on the panel are Angela D’Orazio from Sweden’s Mackmyra brand, Seiichi Koshimizu from Suntory in Japan and Randy Houston from Triple 8 in the US.
Whiskies are judged across the categories of taste, design, packaging and marketing in the awards, now in their 18th year.
International Spirits Challenge chairman John Ramsay, a former master blender at Famous Grouse producers Edrington, said: “After the success of last year’s event, we are delighted to be bringing the competition back to Edinburgh for a second year.”
Whisky is Scotland’s largest international export and worth £4.2 billion to the economy, according to the Scotch Whisky Association.
The industry is one of few not to feel the pressure of the eurozone crisis thanks to booming demand from emerging markets in Latin America and Asia.
In the year to the end of June 2012, the value of Scotch whisky exports increased by 12%.
While the US remains the biggest buyer, sales to Venezuela leapt 31%.
In 2011 exports to Peru increased by a massive 97% and to Colombia by 74%, the Scotch Whisky Association said.
Brazilians are the fifth most frequent international visitors to the Scotch Whisky Experience after Americans, the French, Germans and Chinese.
In 2009 it took delivery of the record-breaking collection of whisky enthusiast Claive Vidiz from Sao Paulo.
Mr Vidiz spent 35 years scouring the world for rare whiskies including Dimple Pinch, one of the first special editions of a Scotch whisky ever produced.
Bought in 1969 for 1,000 US dollars, it was the most expensive limited edition bottle of Scotch whisky on the market at the time, according to the Scotch Whisky Experience.
Some of the malts date back to the end of the 19th century but among the most popular is a whisky chess set where the black and white figures of English and Scottish monarchs each contain a dram.
The collection was shipped over by drinks giant Diageo, which produces millions of cases of different branded Scotch whisky at its distilleries each year, among them Caol Ila on the isle of Islay and Skye’s Talisker.
Around 90% of the firms whisky produced in Scotland is sold overseas.
I have visited this place on numerous ocassions and not only do they know there stuff, staff are friendly and very accomodating and even if you have no interest in the words best beverage, seeing Mr Vidiz collection is a joy in itself. The collection held in the Whisky experience was given with one major condition that no bottle in the collection was ever to be seperated.
|Posted by Ashley Penney on March 22, 2013 at 2:15 AM||comments (0)|
A recent visit to the Celtic Whisky Shop in Dublin had me pick up 2 new bottles for my collection.
The first an old classic in my opinion Bunahaibain 12y single malt. One of my faves from Islay.
The second a Teelings Hybrid Whisky. Yes you heard it a Hybrid Whisky. Combines both irish and scotch malt whiskies. 50% Cooley and 50% Magical Bruichladdich. A snip and €54 and i went straight to Brooks hotel where they had it and i have to admit i was really impressed with it.
|Posted by Ashley Penney on March 21, 2013 at 12:55 AM||comments (0)|
ntroducing One of Norse Mythology's Most Treacherous and Mischievous Characters The second release in The Valhalla Collection, a set of four unique whiskies, which take inspiration from the legendary Nordic gods of old, Loki continues the ground-breaking achievement that Thor began; a malt designed around the personality traits of an individual. The Orkney whisky maker has now created a unique flavor profile for Thor's follow up – Loki, a 15 Years Old Single Malt. While unquestionably Highland Park in style, the whisky mirrors the unpredictable, shape-shifting Loki character and as with the trickster god of fire himself, all is not as it seems.
There are classic traces of sweetness and spice, being matured in both traditional Spanish sherry casks as well as heavily peated casks, giving it a smoky punch, while retaining a light color. The finish is intriguing and complex. A chameleon-like whisky, constantly changing from appearance to finish, the expert palates who have savored Loki describe it as, "enigmatic" and "truly another whisky of the gods."
Gerry Tosh , Global Marketing Manager says, "Thor was the first of its kind, a true quality malt built around an individual's personality. This proved massively successful and it sold out globally. Loki will continue to take Highland Park and The Valhalla Collection into new territory.
While everyone will recognize the definite 'Highland Park-ness' of this 15 Years Old Single Malt, it will be the unexpected and surprisingly smoky dynamics that will really get palates excited and mouths talking. This is unlike any expression that has come before and will beguile and fascinate with its complexity and trickery. Remember, all is not as it seems."
Highland Park Loki, a limited edition Single Malt bottled at 48.7% ABV, comes housed in the same unique and award-winning wooden frame as Thor, echoing the fearsome contours of a traditional Viking long ship.
Loki will be available in select whisky retailers, at the Highland Park distillery and on the Highland Park website at a SRP of $249. For more information on Loki and the Valhalla Collection, visit www.highlandpark.co.uk.
|Posted by Ashley Penney on December 13, 2012 at 1:30 AM||comments (0)|
On taking a walk to my local Tesco's i saw two bottles catch my eye as i wandered the isle of whisky and ales
Jameson Special Reserve Small Batch €35.00
Teachers Origin €22.00
I said to myself "interesting I'll get those for another day.
Anyone know anything about them?
|Posted by Ashley Penney on November 9, 2012 at 12:35 AM||comments (0)|
Speyburn Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has today (24th October) unveiled a luxurious new version of its 25 year old expression, featuring a premium silver design and a personal signature from the distillery manager to reflect the quality of this exceptional award-winning scotch.
Every aspect of the packaging has been redeveloped. The elongated proprietary bottle features an etched version of the Speyburn logo – a leaping Salmon, symbolic of the water at the heart of the whisky which is drawn from the Granty Burn, a tributary of the River Spey, famous for its purity and world-class salmon fishing.
A new metallic silver label gives enhances premium cues and shelf presence, with each bottle presented in a striking silver-toned wooden box – complete with two engraved tasting cups and the boxes are hand-signed by Distillery Manager Bobby Anderson.
The whisky is matured for a quarter of a century in American white oak Fino sherry and bourbon casks and the end result is a malt of rare depth, complexity and balance.
Light Sauternes in colour, Speyburn 25 Year Old delivers a vibrant aroma that is rich with lime honey and lemon peel notes, accentuated by fragrant tropical fruit. The taste is rounded and smooth, sweet to begin with then opening up with toffee, creamy vanilla and pink grapefruit flavours that drift gently towards a long and warming finish. It is un-chill filtered and bottled at natural colour at 46% ABV.
Pamela Stewart, Brand Manager for Speyburn is delighted to be revealing the new 25 Year Old to the market after many months of development. She commented: ‘We have always known that our 25 Year Old whisky was very special and that it needed an equally special presentation to reflect that quality and distinctive character. I am extremely pleased with the finished result of our redesign which uses our classic Speyburn motifs but in a fresh, modern and luxurious way. This will be a whisky that catches the eye as well as the taste buds of those who love fine whisky all over the world.’
Founded in 1897 and often described as the most photographed distillery in Scotland, Speyburn sits nestled in a glen on the northern edge of the town of Rothes. It remains much the same as it was 100 years ago with many of its original features still used in the whisky making process today.
The new Speyburn 25 Year Old joins the 10 Year Old and Bradan Orach expressions in the Speyburn portfolio. It will be available from November 2012, RRP £195.00
Article Courtesy of the Press Release
|Posted by Ashley Penney on November 9, 2012 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|
The world's largest bottle of single malt Scotch whisky is going on display in the capital.
Standing at 4ft 9ins, the giant bottle of Tomintoul 14-year-old single malt contains 105.3 litres and would serve up 5,250 drams.
The record-breaking tipple is going on view to visitors at the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh until April next year.
The specially-commissioned glass bottle holds 150 bottles of the drink and is worth about £5,000.
It has a gigantic cork and oversized label, and required a team of 14 people to fill and close it.
The bottle left its birthplace in the Highland village of Tomintoul for the first time since it was created in 2009.
Susan Morrison, director of the Scotch Whisky Experience, said: "We are already home to the world's largest collection of Scotch whisky, so it seemed perfectly fitting that we host this record-breaking bottle for its first appearance in the capital.
"It makes an ideal addition to the existing elements of the attraction and we expect that it will be a very popular photo opportunity with visitors."
Article Courtesy of Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
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