Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Aberlour 10 Year Old Single Malt

Aberlour lies at the heart of Speyside and its distillery was first noted in 1826, although whisky was almost certainly made on the site before this time, drawing water from St Drostan’s well. St Drostan (or Dunstan) was made Archbishop of Canterbury in AD 960.

The distillery was rebuilt after a fire in 1898. Much of the existing building dates from this time, with extensions in 1945 and more recent modernisations by Pernod Ricard (Campbell Distillers), which acquired it in 1974.

Aberlour Distillery uses only Scottish barley and has uniquely broad-based stills: the product is matured partly in sherry casks, partly in bourbon casks. Cork bungs are used instead of wooden ones; these, it is believed, allows the harsher spirits vapours to evaporate more easily.
Aberlour is the leading malt whisky in France - the world’s number one Scotch malt market – and its multi-faceted and distinctive single malt whiskies have proved a consistent favourite with international awards panels. Aberlour ranks in the top 7 largest selling Single Malt Scotch whisky in the world. It is the only Single Malt Scotch whisky to have won both the Pot Still Trophy (3 times) and the International Wine and Spirits competition (more than 10 times). Strangely, the week the first award was announced, St Drostan’s Well, which had dried up, gushed forth once more.

Tasting Notes
Colour: Gold.
Nose: The dry, fresh, fruity aromas of early autumn apples and pears are subtly enhanced with sweet notes of vanilla and mint toffee
Taste: Exceptionally smooth and creamy, with spicy-sweet nutmeg and honey combining with the dewy freshness of autumn fruits.
Finish: Long, soft and warming.

Tasting notes extracted from the whisky critic Charles MacLean notes: Aberlour possesses a rich nose, with a strong caramel aroma when nosed straight (it is delicious drunk neat), with traces of pine (fresh sawdust) and smoke, and a hint of peat as in a mountain burn. It has voluptuous body, and a typical Speyside flavour: sweet, estery, bubblegum and pear-drops. Well balanced, with a clean, sweetish finish.

What the critics say about Aberlour:
"Lovers of the richer style of Speyside malt rightly regard Aberlour as being in the top echelon." Michael Jackson, Malt Whisky Companion
"A first rate Speyside single malt . . . a beefy 10 year old . . . with a multi-layered complexity . . for admirers of neater, thicker expressions." - F Paul Pacult, editor of Spirit Journal
"A smooth, rich, sherried Speyside malt which is an ideal after-dinner drink."- Carol P Shaw, Classic Malts
"This whisky has a voluptuous body, and a typical Speyside sweet, estery, bubblegum and pear-drops flavour that is well-balanced with a clean, sweetish finish." - Charles Maclean, Malt Whisky
"Aberlour is a beautiful amber single malt." - Helen Arthur, The Single Malt Whisky Companion "Few distilleries in the world fill me with such a plethora of warm memories and experiences as Aberlour. Inside and outside the glass." - James Murray, whisky writer and broadcaster.
"I am a huge fan of Aberlour 10 year old single malt. Aberlour is a consistent gold medal winner at all internationally recognised competitions. In my opinion, it is THE finist 10 year old Single Malt whisky that is often better than many single malt whiskies of superior age." - Mark Backhouse

To produce a whisky as consistently good as Aberlour Single Malt, year after year, requires experience, craftsmanship, patience and dedication. The whisky-makers at the Aberlour Distillery have them all.

Visit http://www.aberlour.com/ for further information on this great single malt.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Jameson Reserve Range Collectors pack

Too Special to Reserve

Answering the ever-increasing market demand for luxury goods, Jameson has created an exclusive handsomely packaged Reserve Collection to suit all tastes. The range is a remarkable expression of all that is supreme about Jameson whiskey.

The special pack of 3 x 200ml bottles of Jameson Speical
Reserves includes: Jameson 12 year old Special Reserve, Jameson Gold
Reserve and Jameson 18 year old Limited Reserve

Created from rare and limited whiskey stocks, the Reserve Collection showcases Jameson's unique art of whiskey-making.This Jameson Reserve Collection Christmas gift box includes three of the four exquisite Reserve Collection whiskeys:

Jameson 12 Year Old Special Reserve
An assertive, complex whiskey of honey golden textures with a smooth rounded body, Jameson 12 YO Special Reserve won ‘Best Irish Blended Whiskey 12 Years and under’, at the World Whiskies Awards, staged by UK Whisky Magazine, in the category ‘World’s Best Blended Whisky’.

Jameson Gold Reserve
Jameson Gold Reserve is a whiskey of exceptional harmony with a marvellous rich pot-still character. The inspired choice of virgin oak – in one of the three whiskies blended - accounts for both its honey-toasted sweetness and creamy spiciness.

Jameson 18 Year Old Limited Reserve
A rich, smooth, masterful whiskey of great fluency which boasts a wonderfully mellow and complex taste and lingering finale of wood, spice and toffee, Jameson 18 Year Old Limited Reserve was lauded with a prestigious Gold Award in the ‘Whiskies of the World Category’ at the 2008 International Spirits Challenge (ISC) held in London recently.

The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Finish

The Glenlivet French Oak Reserve brings new expression to pioneering spirit

Master Distiller Jim Cryle said of this acclaimed single malt: “This is a beautifully balanced, rich and mellow whisky with a long creamy finish that both connoisseurs and enthusiasts will savour.”

He continued: “Selective maturation in new Limousin oak casks, usually reserved for wine, has added delicate overtones of the spices highly prized in fine wines, while perfectly complementing the subtle elegance of the original single malt.”

The Glenlivet is the only whisky distillery to bring to market the distinctive French Oak maturation which adds a rich and teasing, spicy dryness to the soft fruity and floral characteristics for which The Glenlivet is renowned.

First, the whisky is matured in traditional oak, then a portion is taken out and aged in new specially-coopered French oak before marrying the two. It is a typically innovative combination that reflects the pioneering history of The Glenlivet itself.

A priority brand for Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky company of Pernod Ricard, The Glenlivet is the leading single malt in the dynamic US market and the number two premium malt whisky in the world by volume.

Tasting notes

The Glenlivet 15 year old French Oak Reserve single Malt Scotch whisky is beautifully structured, with a well balanced interplay of fruits and spices. The aroma is intense and sweet with hints of citrus fruit. A full palate contrasts notes of ripe mango with cinnamon and white pepper, leading into a long, creamy finish.

Signature aroma: Cedarwood, Secondary: Ripe mango, Tertiary: Spices

The Glenlivet XXV Twenty Five Year Old

The oldest permanent release within The Glenlivet range.

An authoritative and supremely premium expression of both packaging and product. A 1980 vintage selection which has been “finished” in first fill sherry butts, giving a nutty spiciness to the multi-layered flavour of the spirit and enriches its colour.

Each individually numbered bottle is presented in a solid wooden box, reinforced by limestone and sealed by a removable brushed ingot. The use of a wax seal on the bottle reinforces the precious nature of the contents within.

A certificate of quality gives details of the story of the craftsmanship which goes into the whisky, displaying the signatures of those responsible for ensuring the required standard has been met at the four key stages of the production process and the accompanying booklet which tells the product story. Limited annual volume

Tasting Notes

Nose: Soft round fruity oakiness with hints of dried spices combined with subtle oloroso sherry aromas

Palate: Intense raisin and fruity flavours finishing with a balanced dry oakiness.

The Glenlivet 21 Year Old Archive

The use of a wooden frame provides a perfect display opportunity for the bottle and is a unique piece of secondary packaging. The new broad shouldered clear bottle has a heavy glass base to emphasis its stature and the embossing of the distinctive Glenlivet Arch and the name of the founder into the bottle provides its uniqueness. The precious nature of the whisky is communicated by a removable seal which carries the individual batch number.

This special limited release is awash with the hallmarks of The Glenlivet, offering depth and multi-layers of fruits and floral sweetness, with an almost creamy texture that can only be attained over years of patient ageing. The finish is rich, long and lingering

Tasting Notes:

Amber with sparkling shades of copper.

Nose- Unreduced
Opulent and mature displaying a clear Sherry influence. There is an intricate array of fruit and wood; Christmas cake, sultanas, Maraschino cherry. Then thick-cut marmalade, oak panels in an old church. There is a touch of cedar, balsamic spices and a hint of eucalyptus.

Oak soon gives way to malty notes; toasted granary bread and the freshness of citrus, orange and kumquat peel. There are also cake-like notes and a reminder of Grand Marnier soufflé.

Nose - Reduced
Water highlights the fruity bouquet and brings out vanilla notes. There are lighter notes of ripe peaches, pear and marzipan pie and luscious barley sugar aromas.

It is unctuous, mouth-coating and almost syrupy; full-bodied with sultana cake and ginger biscuits. Oak holds the reins back, releasing a drying spiciness. The whisky also has cinnamon and ginger, a touch of hot paprika and walnut and raisins dark chocolate.

Everlasting; warming and nutty with toasted hazelnuts and a full layer of liquorice.

A distinguished maturity has been achieved through age and cask selection; Sherry notes give additional depth to the distillery character and a cake-like sweetness. Wood is well integrated but firmly frames the aromatic palate.

The Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old is a very special dram to linger over and enjoy.

The Glenlivet 1969 Cellar Collection

2006 Edition: 1969 release

A unique vatting of just 10 casks. Each bottle is individually numbered and the labels carry the bottling date and whisky strength. The use of a solid wood frame and case together with materials such as leather and brass combine to showcase the premium nature of the Cellar Collection. Bottled at natural cask strength of 50.8%, and without the use of chill-filtration, it is the definitive Speyside single malt whisky.

Tasting Notes:

Nose: Soft, luscious aromas of sweet orange marmalade and seasoned orchard fruits, encompassing a subtle balance of spices and hazelnut.

Palate: Velvety, creamy texture with fruity, sweet orange flavours.

The Glenlivet 1972 Vintage Cellar Collection

2005 Edition: The Glenlivet 1972 Vintage

A unique vatting of just 10 casks / 2015 bottles. Each bottle is individually numbered and the labels carry the bottling date and whisky strength. The use of a solid wood frame and case together with materials such as leather and brass combine to showcase the premium nature of the Cellar Collection. Bottled at natural cask strength of 52.3%, and without the use of chill-filtration, it is the definitive Speyside single malt whisky.

The Glenlivet unveils eagerly anticipated Special Edition

The launch of The Glenlivet Cellar Collection 1972 was welcomed by whisky experts, enthusiasts and collectors worldwide. Now in its tenth year, The Cellar Collection is the ultimate expression of single malt Scotch whisky from the most famous distillery in Speyside.

For centuries, the whiskies from the ‘glen of the River Livet’ have been renowned for their quality, none more so than The Glenlivet itself. Celebrated internationally for its complexity, The Glenlivet is respected the world over as the Speyside single malt whisky of unparalleled quality and heritage; of all its award-winning expressions, the Cellar Collection has become the most collectable.

Since the creation of the series, the whiskies which form the Cellar Collection were identified and hand-selected by Master Distiller, Jim Cryle. He sought out casks which were capable of displaying the unique distillery character of The Glenlivet; they had to be of the utmost quality and suitable for further, prolonged maturation at the distillery. After selection, the casks lay undisturbed in the Cellar Collection Warehouse, one of the oldest at the distillery.

The Glenlivet Cellar Collection 1972 is a unique vatting of just 10 casks. The newly-made spirit from a single day’s distillation was filled into hogsheads on 24 August 1972 at The Glenlivet Distillery. After filling, the parcel of casks was placed into Warehouse 5 at the distillery and initially stored in the lower tiers of stows 87 and 89.

The interaction of The Glenlivet spirit, local climate and cask selection allowed the wholly natural flavour of The Glenlivet to fully develop and to be further enhanced by the gentle wood character of refill hogsheads. As a result, The Glenlivet Cellar Collection 1972 has a richness and fruitiness that only prolonged maturation can impart. Bottled at natural cask strength, and without the use of chill-filtration, it is a definitive Speyside single malt whisky.

Latest In A Distinguished Series
The Glenlivet Cellar Collection comprises a series of limited releases of often unique batches of Scotch whisky sometimes aged for 40 years or more. Often never to be repeated, each expression enjoys the distinctive personality of The Glenlivet whilst displaying different characteristics.

Its editions are prized and award winning: the 1959 Cellar Collection won the Best Single Malt Trophy at the International Spirits Challenge in 2002 and reached up to $5000 at auction in the USA for a single bottle. More recently The Glenlivet 1964 Cellar Collection also won a Gold Medal at the International Spirits Challenge in 2005.

With the release of this unique 1972 vintage, The Glenlivet Cellar Collection will also evolve in its appearance to emphasise the elevated position older expressions of The Glenlivet occupy in the world of Single Malt Scotch Whisky. A new, broad-shouldered, clear bottle emphasises the stature of these whiskies as well as the beautiful, deep colours derived from extended maturation.

In addition, the use of materials such as leather and brass, together with a new ash frame, combine to highlight the premium nature of The Glenlivet Cellar Collection and to provide the perfect physical showcase for a whisky of such finesse and undisputed heritage.

Tasting notes

Nose: Fruity, reminiscent of a sweet, juicy pear; with the perfume of heather in bloom on a warm summer’s day on the hills surrounding the distillery; a hint of gentle, sweet spiciness and citrus; and with an underlying, balanced, mature wood note.

Palate: A beautiful, rich fruitiness; velvety smooth; the creamy sweetness of warm fudge; a gentle whiff of smokiness; a long, smooth aftertaste of maltiness, and after, a sense of calm and well-being.

Comments: This is a perfect combination of distillation excellence and traditional maturation. This is a malt whisky that is not dominated or influenced by sherry, bourbon or port, but a malt whisky that is the epitome of the art of distillation. The refill hogshead casks contributes a gentle mature oakiness, with sweetness and gentle spiciness, combining beautifully with the fruity, floral, citrus notes of the distillate.

AvailabilityAround 2000 bottles in total available in the over 20 counties including: USA, Canada, UK, France, Japan, Taiwan, Germany and Australia.