Thursday, July 28, 2016

Distillery visit - Boann



The Boann distillery is a new venture that is located in the Boyne Valley, close to the town of Drogheda in Ireland, and about 45 minutes drive north of Dublin.  Boann is the first distillery that we have visited that is still being built and yet to begin production. The distillery is housed in a former car showroom that was built in 2004 and is named after the legendary Celtic goddess Boann, who is said to have lived in the valley.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Review - Tomatin 1971



This whisky is the first release of the new luxury Warehouse 6 Collection from Tomatin. The collection will feature a series of rare single casks from the maturing stock with the first being distilled in August 1971 and bottled in May 2016. The 44 years old has been matured in a single ex-Oloroso sherry hogshead cask, which has yielded just 252 bottles. The whisky is presented in a bespoke hand-blown crystal decanter made by Glencairn Crystal and sits in a varnished wooden plinth with gold metal trim alongside two crystal tumblers.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (July 15, 2016)

Welcome to this week's Inbox.  For those that have recently discovered us, Inbox is our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our email inbox. It was created as we cannot write full articles or do justice to every piece received. It features items from around the world of whisky and is published by us each Friday.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Review - Jameson The Whiskey Makers Series



The Whiskey Makers Series is a new range from Jameson, the biggest selling Irish whiskey brand in the world.  The range will be available through domestic retail markets and forms part of a major restructuring for the brand.  This sees the the core range get a design update with the Select Reserve being renamed Black Barrel with the Crested Ten being renamed Crested and getting a worldwide distribution.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Review - Glenturret Fly's 16 Masters Edition

The Fly's 16 Masters Edition is a new limited edition single malt from the Highland distillery of Glenturret, the oldest official distillery that is currently in operation in Scotland. The new whisky is 16 years old and inspired by a recent discovery at the distillery - an old photo that was found at the back of a cupboard.  The photo (pictured below) was taken in 1905 and featured the 16 distillery workers and Fly, the Distillery Manager's dog.  The workers, nicknamed 'Fly's 16' feature on the bottle, which is the latest in Glenturret's Masters Edition series.  The whisky was launched in mid-May and some remains available for sale.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (July 1, 2016)

Welcome to this week's Inbox.  For those that have recently discovered us, Inbox is our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our email inbox. It was created as we cannot write full articles or do justice to every piece received. It features items from around the world of whisky and is published by us each Friday.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Review - The Glenlivet Cipher

The Glenlivet Cipher is a new limited edition single malt from the famous Speyside distillery, but it is one with more than the usual sense of intrigue.  The Cipher has been released with virtually no information attached except the legally required alcohol strength of 48% ABV.  This is similar to the Alpha release of three years ago.  There are no tasting notes, no details of cask types or maturation (other than it is a unique combination never used for The Glenlivet before), no age statement and no indication of colour or style due to the striking black opaque bottle. The bottle and packaging give clues of flavour and aroma but little else.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (June 24, 2016)

Welcome to this week's Inbox.  For those that have recently discovered us, Inbox is our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our email inbox. It was created as we cannot write full articles or do justice to every piece received. It features items from around the world of whisky and is published by us each Friday.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Review - Jameson Deconstructed Series



The Deconstructed Series is a new range from Jameson, the biggest selling Irish whiskey brand in the world.  The range will be available exclusively in the travel retail market and is part of a major restructuring for the brand.  This sees the the core range get a design revamp with the Select Reserve being renamed Black Barrel and the Crested Ten being renamed Crested and getting a worldwide distribution.   Another new range - The Whiskey Makers Series - has also been created for domestic markets.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Review - Jim Beam Double Oak

The world's largest selling bourbon brand has announced the addition of a new bottling, which will be exclusive to the travel retail sector - the Jim Beam Double Oak. The new whiskey has been matured in new American white oak barrels for four years before being transferred to second charred oak barrels for a further short maturation, giving greater contact with the wood.  This added interaction gives the whiskey an extra boost of intensity.  The Double Oak is presented in the Beam range's new premium packaging that features embossed glass and textured labeling amongst other things.