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Could you be a Glenrothes Whisky Maker?

Posted by Ashley Penney on October 20, 2010 at 12:03 PM Comments comments (1)

Four lucky people will get the chance to become The Glenrothes Whisky Maker for a week following a worldwide competition launched this week. The successful candidates will be recruited to work as The Glenrothes Whisky Makers in the heart of single malt production, Speyside, Scotland.As part of this opportunity, the successful candidates will learn the time-honoured art of making


The Glenrothes and the time-honoured skills that have been passed down from generation to generation. The winners will spend time working at each stage of the whisky-making process: testing the purity of the water source at the distillery’s two springs; milling the malt to achieve the golden proportions of husk, grits and flour; mashing to ensure maximum extraction of sugars in the wort; adding yeast to the washbacks and overseeing fermentation; slowly and carefully distilling new make spirit in our tall copper pot stills. From there the winning Whisky Makers will be involved in making casks at the cooperage, laying down casks for maturation and rolling casks to the warehouse.The Whisky Makers will nose single malt from maturing casks to assess whether the contents are of sufficiently exceptional quality and maturity; only the top 2% of the distillery’s output is bottled as The Glenrothes Speyside Single Malt Whisky. Finally, the Whisky Makers will have the opportunity to create their very own selection of The Glenrothes – a unique bottle with their own hand-written tasting notes on the label.After work, the Whisky Makers will enjoy the simple pleasures that Speyside has to offer; a spot of fishing, dining in the local Highland restaurants or perhaps a picnic in the hills surrounding the distillery.


The Whisky Makers will stay in Rothes House, a private home belonging to the family that owns The Glenrothes. As with the distillery, Rothes House is not open to the public but is reserved for VIP visits. After making their own bottle of The Glenrothes, our whisky makers will spend their final day of the trip in Edinburgh, visiting The Scotch Whisky Experience and having dinner with Scotland’s pre-eminent whisky writer, Charles MacLean.Entry is simple; entrants supply their name and personal details and then be invited to answer in 50 words or fewer why they are the perfect candidate for the job. Hundreds of runners-up prizes will be offered too. Entries will be accepted in English, Spanish and Chinese.

First ?100.0000 Whisky sold

Posted by Ashley Penney on October 20, 2010 at 11:59 AM Comments comments (3)

A 64-year-old single malt Scotch has become the world’s first six-figure whisky, with two bottles selling for £100,000 each. The Dalmore Trinitas, which includes whiskies of up to 140 years old, could fetch up to £20,000 for a 50ml dram when sold by the glass in top restaurants and clubs, industry experts believe.It takes its name from the fact that only three bottles were produced, of which two have been sold to a whisky lover in the US and a whisky investor in the UK.The third will be sold at the Whisky Show in London at the end of this month.


Dalmore master distiller Richard Paterson claimed the creation of Trinitas was not about breaking records, but about making the best whisky money can buy.‘The hand of time has been generous and rewarding with the malts I chose to use,’ Paterson said.‘They allowed me to create a taste sensation which will never be repeated again and will only ever be available to those that own these bottles. You cannot put a price on that.’

Whisky no more as thief plunders the world?s oldest malt

Posted by Ashley Penney on October 20, 2010 at 11:51 AM Comments comments (0)

A RARE limited edition bottle of the world’s oldest whisky has been stolen at a prestigious European trade fair.

The precious malt – worth £385 a nip – was one of the main attractions at the Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival which was held in Stockholm last weekend

Shocked exhibitors discovered the vintage Mortlach 70 Years Old was lifted from a table by a thief when no one was watching.

The attractive looking 20cl decanter was simply taken from the tasting table of Swedish importers Symposium at the weekend.

It was reported to local police, but so far no trace has been found.

Distillers Gordon and MacPhail behind the classic ‘Generations’ range of whisky revealed it will be almost impossible for anyone to sell the bottle on because it is so rare.

The thief also left behind vital packaging and certificate, a must for any serious buyer.

One of just 162, it was part of a limited number of bottles made by the company under their “Generations” range.

Distilled at the Mortlach Distillery in Dufftown on October 15, 1938, it was left to mature in a first fill oak, ex-bodega sherry hogshead cask at their warehouse in Elgin.

It was bottled at Boroughbriggs Road in Elgin on October 15, 2008, boasting a natural cask strength of some 46.1 per cent.

Regarded as a real gem among whisky aficionados, distillery bosses said they were upset that real fans would now miss out.

Michael Urquhart, Joint Managing Director of Gordon & MacPhail said: “This is a pretty despicable act – depriving whisky connoisseurs of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sample such a unique whisky.

“We would urge the thief to put it right and return the goods immediately.

“The bottle is engraved with its own unique number, number 53, and we would ask whisky lovers around the world to be vigilant and report any attempts to resell the whisky.

“This is a very special whisky which was the first of a series of older whiskies we are releasing under our “Generations” label.”

Launched by the whisky specialists in March, just 54 full size bottles were made along with 162 smaller decanters.

At a recommended £10,000 for the full size bottle, the rare malt is already selling for far more at auctions across the world.

The smaller decanters start retailing at £2500.

Whisky experts say it has a delicate, fresh, fruity taste with attributes of waxiness and smokiness.

It comes in a tear shaped crystal decanter with a removable sliver stopper and handmade presentation box made from Brazillian Rosewod.

However its value is only assured with the accompanying certificate signed by joint managing directors David and Michael Urquhart.

The Scotch Whisky Association said to their knowledge it was the first 70 year old bottle of whisky ever bottled for retail sale, making it very distinctive in the marketplace.

The collection was only released for general sale in March this year.

Mortlack was the first distillery to be built in Dufftown, founded back in 1823 on the site of an original illicit still.

Operated by Gordon and MacPhail since 1895, it has been owned by four generations of the Urquhart family, specialising in rare whisky.

The family run firm now exports to 50 countries and was awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise in International Trade last year following a 94 per cent increase in total exports value across the preceding five years.

 


Bowmore Tourist Boom

Posted by Ashley Penney on October 20, 2010 at 11:48 AM Comments comments (0)

It was a record whisky tourism season for Morrison Bowmore’s three distillery visitor centres this year and for the company’s second Auchentoshan whisky festival in August.

Visitor numbers to the Bowmore Distillery on Islay increased by an impressive 29 per cent during the 2010 season compared with the same period last year, helped by a significant rise in domestic British visitors to the island in June and July.


An overall nine per cent rise in visitor numbers across all three Morrison Bowmore distillery visitor centres was reported for 2010, which includes the Glen Garioch Distillery near Aberdeen and the Auchentoshan Distillery near Clydebank.


The total income generated from whisky tourism across each of Morrison Bowmore’s distillery visitor centres has also increased by three per cent this year compared with the same period in 2009.

Following the success of the first Auchentoshan whisky festival last year, Morrison Bowmore staged a second celebration of gourmet food and drink at Scotland’s only triple distilled whisky distillery near Clydebank on Saturday 28 August. The number of visitors to the 2010 Auchentoshan whisky festival increased by nine per cent and the income generated from the event also rose by a significant 25 per cent this year.


Morrison Bowmore invested around £40,000 in this year’s Auchentoshan whisky festival, which benefited the local community and economy by welcoming over 2800 visitors to the event and the area.


Relaunch for Glen Garioch Scotch whiskyl

Posted by Ashley Penney on October 19, 2010 at 2:26 PM Comments comments (0)

The 200-year-old Scotch whisky brand Glen Garioch has reappeared on the market, after a 15-year hiatus, with three new single malt expressions.

 

The distillery, which dates from 1797 and is pronounced Glen Geery, closed for a two-year period between 1995 and 1997 for extensive refurbishments. Since 1995 its whiskies have been available only in very small quantities, usually through travel retail, until it could build its stocks up again.

Brand ambassador Tom Jones said: “For independents and whisky shops it’s an oportunity to have a brand that’s not widely available in national chains. I'd expect to sell around 16,000 cases per annum by 2013 or 2014."

 

It now aims to focus its attentions on independent retailers and specialist whisky shops, and plans to specialise in vintage expressions.

Glen Garioch plans to release small batch vintage expressions to complement the core range — the latest is 1991. It was matured in North American oak, bottled in 2010 at cask strength of 54.7% abv, and retails for £64.99.

 

Jones said the distillery used peated barley until 1993, so the 1991 vintage has quite a distinct flavour compared to the other two in the range. He said the distillery’s location, at Oldmeldrum in Aberdeenshire, meant there was “no maritime influence on the smokiness”.

Glen Garioch is distributed in the UK through Cellar Trends.

Highland Park launches unique packaging for oldest whisky

Posted by Ashley Penney on October 19, 2010 at 2:21 PM Comments comments (0)

Highland Park distillery has unveiled the oldest ever island single malt whisky - Highland Park 50 year old - launched exclusively at Harrods.

With only 275 bottles produced, each bottle is unique, encased in an intricate ‘net cage’ of hand-crafted ornate Sterling silver created by Scottish jewellery designer Maeve Gillies, who took inspiration from Orkney’s elemental forces. Gillies’s bottle design celebrates Orkney: its seas, island life, wild elements, incredible natural light and the passage of time.

In recognition of the famous St Magnus Cathedral and its medieval beauty, the front of each bottle features a single piece of circular Orkney sandstone into which is hand-carved the Highland Park amulette. Inside the bottle, behind this sandstone, lies a Sterling silver replica of the St Magnus rose window which is revealed over time as the whisky is drunk.

 

Matthew Turner, Global Controller of Highland Park, said: “The success of Highland Park’s 30 and 40 year old single malts, coupled with the distillery’s enviable position of having aged whisky stocks available, has enabled Highland Park to meet increasing demand for exclusive bottlings. We are thrilled to be launching what we believe to be the oldest ever island single malt whisky.

“At a price breaking the £10,000 mark reflecting the super-premium nature of the product, the 50 year old combines the strong, award winning reputation of Highland Park with a unique and artistic artefact unlike anything ever seen in the single malt whisky industry.

 

“Furthermore this historic limited edition encapsulates Highland Park and its close connection with the land and seascape, wild elements, history and culture of Orkney.”

The bottle designer, Scottish born Maeve Gillies of MaeVona, said: “This bottle design is my tribute to the incredible natural beauty of Orkney and Highland Park. The design and crafting was made to look and feel in tune with ancient artefacts that define Orkney and with every bottle being uniquely hand- finished, each is very personal and dear to my heart. I hope people enjoy it for a lifetime, and beyond.”

Highland Park 50 year old is presented in a hand-carved Scottish oak box with softened edges as though eroded by the Orcadian elements. Each has its individual characteristics and detailing along with a Sterling silver porthole through which one can view the Highland Park bottle and on its front the single piece of Orkney sandstone and the hand-carved amulette.

 

The Highland Park 50 year old is available exclusively at Harrods in London until the end of October when it will be available in the UK from specialist independent whisky retailers and globally.

Article Courtesy of The Drum

Dram-atic day at Dufftown auction

Posted by Ashley Penney on October 19, 2010 at 2:19 PM Comments comments (0)

MORE than £10,000 of whisky was sold to collectors at Dufftown’s whisky festival auction yesterday.

A limited edition 1971 Glenmorangie, which went under the hammer for £250, was the highest-selling bottle of the Scottish dram.

 

Organiser Gordon Haughton said the atmosphere was exciting as more than 50 enthusiasts people attended the event at the town’s Royal British Legion Hall.

Auctioneer Ian Duncan, of Tulloch Farm, Dufftown, held the floor for more than three hours.

The event was organised by Dufftown 2000. The limited charitable organisation raises funds to run the town’s whisky museum and other local initiatives, including the Christmas tree and decoration display.

Mr Haughton, 58, of Mount Crescent, Dufftown, estimated that up to £700 was raised for Dufftown 2000 through commissions.

 

He added: “It’s a long drawn-out affair by the time you organise everything and get the bottles numbered, but for the three or four hours that you’re in the hall it’s just pandemonium.

“As soon as the bottles sell people want to pay for them and take them home. There’s a silence in the hall when anything sells for over £150. It’s really quite exciting.”

 

Hundreds of whisky enthusiasts descended on Dufftown at the weekend for a whisky extravaganza. The autumn festival featured accordionists, drummers, singers, pipers and clarinet players in Memorial Hall.