The Benromach Distillery Company Ltd has announced the release of Benromach Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured (59.9% ABV),a rich and intense limited-batch expression. Carefully handcrafted using heavily peated Scottish barley, just 6,500 bottles are available in selected markets worldwide from 8th March 2019.
Matured in First Fill Sherry hogsheads and laid down in 2010 before being bottled in 2018, Benromach Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured offers whisky lovers elegant fruit flavours while heightening the smoky notes Benromach is known for.
With a beautiful dark amber hue from the time spent maturing in Sherry hogsheads, the whisky’s sweet flavours are balanced with a hint of white pepper, which gives way to dried fruits complemented by Sherry undertones. The lingering finish offers a seriously smoky edge.
Keith Cruickshank, Benromach Distillery Manager, said: “This is the first time Benromach has released a Sherried Peat Smoke expression and we’re very proud of its unique flavour profile. This expression perfectly balances the smokiness with the sweeter Sherry notes, giving rise to a spectacularly rich and intense dram.
“At Benromach, we handcraft all our whiskies which allows us the flexibility to experiment with different distilling and maturation techniques. Our small batch releases have enjoyed considerable success in the past and for those that enjoy Benromach’s classic style with a wisp of smoke, we’re confident that this new expression will be particularly popular.’’
Benromach Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured is presented in an elegant bottle with shapes and textures inspired by the Speyside distillery. The copper cut medallion on the packaging signifies the moment in time when the distillers cut to the sweet heart of the spirit run.
Benromach Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured has a recommended retail price (RRP) of €74.99 (£64.99). Prices in local markets will vary depending on local taxes and duty.
Benromach is one of only a few distilleries in Scotland to use only traditional methods, without any automated machinery. The small team of distillers employ all their senses when crafting the classic Speyside single malt Scotch whiskies, managing the process by sight, sound and touch to create the unique, handcrafted and authentic Benromach taste.
For more information on Benromach, and to explore the range of expressions available, please visit: www.benromach.com.
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By Hans Offringa
UK PUBLICATION DATE: 13 June 2017
Hardback ISBN: 9781579657512 PRICE: £17. 99
“This book is a must for all lovers of whisky.”
—Charles MacLean, author and founding editor of Whisky Magazine
A FIELD GUIDE TO WHISKY (Artisan, £17.99) is a one-stop guide with hundreds of insider tips, lists, trivia and more for the whisky connoisseur. Written by Hans Offringa, an internationally renowned whisky expert, this handsome hardback book is the perfect gift for whisky lovers containing everything they need to know about their favourite spirit.
▪ What are the basic ingredients in all whiskies?
▪ How is whisky made?
▪ What is the difference between malt, scotch, bourbon and rye whiskies?
▪ How does it get its flavour? ▪ Which big name brands truly deserve their reputation?
▪ What are the current whisky trends around the world?
▪ And who was Jack Daniel anyway?
This abundance of information is condensed into 323 short entries covering basic whisky literacy, production methods, consumption tips, trends, trivia, geographical maps and lists of distilleries, whisky trails, bars, hotels, and festivals by an industry insider. Illustrated with 230 colour photographs and beautifully bound, A FIELD GUIDE TO WHISKY will make an expert out of anyone.
About the Author
Hans Offringa holds many titles in the whisky world: Patron of the Whisky Festival Northern Netherlands, Honorary Scotsman, Honorary Member of the Caledonian Society of Charleston (SC), Kentucky Colonel and Keeper of the Quaich. He is also the contributing editor for Europe for Whisky Magazine and a lecturer at the International Whisky School in the Netherlands. Offringa and his wife, Becky Lovett Offringa, are known as The Whisky Couple, and have been judges at the Dutch Whisky Awards since its inception.
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Whisky is a popular choice for Dads across the country on Father’s Day, and whether they’re new to the “water of life” or they’re a devoted fan there’s definitely something for everyone. Take a look at our wish list of award-winning whiskies, to give you inspiration for the perfect gift this Father’s Day.
For something new to treat your dad with, The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old is exclusively sherry seasoned and delivers a distinct American oak style, reflecting a perfect harmony of flavours and natural colour. The delicate flavour of American oak – vanilla, citrus and light oak – rises in prominence as the traditional Macallan character of rich fruit, sherry and wood spice affords a familiar back drop. This is a flavour combination which is guaranteed until the very last drop. The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old is available in specialist whisky retailers including The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt (RRP £55). www.themacallan.com
Gift a whisky to treasure with the first expression in The 1824 Series, The Macallan Gold. Showcasing the single malt’s natural colour, The Macallan Gold has notes of vanilla followed by dark chocolate, with lingering floral and light oak notes. The Macallan Gold is available in multiple retailers including Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons (RRP £38). www.themacallan.com
Highland Park 12 Year Old, the Orkney Single Malt with Viking Soul, is the ideal gift for fans of flavour, and now comes in a new, ornately embossed bottle and carton. This single malt is at the heart of Highland Park’s core range and is a rich and well-balanced whisky boasting a honey sweetness, followed by fruity notes with a hint of gentle smoke. Highland Park 12 Year Old is available at multiple retailers including Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons and Co-op (RRP £35). www.highlandpark.co.uk
For the whisky aficionado, Highland Park 18 Year Old is an ideal gift. Named “Best Spirit in the World” by US spirits writer F. Paul Pacult, this single malt is a masterclass of balance, complexity and refinement. Displaying characteristic toffee sweetness with a full smoky finish it is a whisky that reveals more layers with every glass you enjoy. Highland Park 18 Year Old is available in all good whisky specialists including www.masterofmalt.com and www.thewhiskyexhange.com (RRP £99). www.highlandpark.co.uk
Aged exclusively in sherry oak casks, The Macallan Rare Cask sees soft notes of opulent vanilla and raisin pique the nose, giving way to a sweet ensemble of apple, lemon, and orange. A single malt produced through meticulous dedication to wood – with some of the casks used to age the whisky from sherry bodegas no longer in existence – it is the perfect gift for those who are fans of craftsmanship and quality. The Macallan Rare Cask is available in select whisky retailers including The Whisky Shop and Harrods (RRP £200). www.themacallan.com
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Businessman Alasdair Day revived the 100-year-old artisan blend, originally made in Coldstream, using his great-grandfather’s recipe.
He now wants to create a craft distillery with a cafe, visitor centre and a retail outlet in the Caberston farm buildings, to encourage tourism to the Borders.
If his plans go ahead, the venture would create around 12 jobs on the Walkerburn site.
Alasdair said: “We are currently in discussions with potential investors to raise the funding – £5 million – required.
“The proposed distillery in Walkerburn will produce 100,000 litres of pure alcohol a year which will be matured for three years before becoming Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
“As a young kid we took holidays in the Borders as my family owned houses here, so the area is very close to my heart.
“I spent years looking for a suitable site for the distillery. It needed to be somewhere with a good water supply, and the building needed to be suitable for visitors.
“The latter is quite important, as it will not be purely a distillery but also a visitor attraction.”
The news comes shortly after Mossburn Distillers announcement – see page 21 – of plans to build a £40 million distillery at Jedforest Hotel near Jedburgh.
Between 1818 and 1837 the Borders was home to three distilleries, but is currently the only region in Scotland not to have one.
Alasdair is hoping the change that by getting his project up and running by 2018.
The entrepreneur has worked in the food industry for 20 years and set-up his company, Stonedean Limited, with the sole intention of re-creating The Tweeddale.
Mr Day added: “Walkerburn is close to Glentress and Traquair, both hugely popular tourist spots, so it is the right kind of area.
“It is my aim to return my great grandfather’s whisky The Tweeddale home to the Scottish Borders.
The Tweeddale was originally born in Coldstream’s J&A Davidson in 1820, which was taken over by Alasdair’s great-grandfather Richard Day in 1923.
Between 1939 and 1940 the he business was wound down and The Tweeddale was no longer made, with Richard selling off his stock of whisky casks over the years.
But his cellar book was passed down through several generations in the family and in May 2010 the first batch of the whisky was made again for the first time in 70 years.
Highland Park 25 year old, distributed by Maxxium UK, was awarded the first ever 100-point score, along with the Chairman’s Trophy for Best of Category, by judges at Ultimate Beverage Challenge’s fourth annual Ultimate Spirits Challenge held March 11-15, 2013, in New York.
Highland Park went on to achieve four more finalist entries all 95 points and above, in the prestigious trophy sweepstakes with Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation for 30 year old (97 points); 12 year old (96 points); 18 year old (95 points) and 15 year old (95 points). In addition, Highland Park Thor, the first edition of the stunning Valhalla Collection, achieved 94 points, with the judges classing it as ‘highly recommended’.
Gerry Tosh, Global Marketing Manager for Highland Park, said: “To be the only ever recipient of the 100-point score in the history of the Ultimate Spirit Challenge is a great honour for Highland Park 25 year old. We’re thrilled that the judges, all respected commentators in our industry, have selected Highland Park for this accolade in the presence of a strong array of competitors. The fact that Highland Park was also represented so strongly across the board is very significant and allows us to maintain our award winning reputation.”
More than 70 companies from 30 countries around the world entered the Ultimate Spirits Challenge. The judging panels, which included many of the world’s most famous distilled spirits authorities, authors, and buyers, rated the distillates on a 100-point scale. The judges named 33 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Chairman’s Trophy winners and 151 finalists.
Highland Park 25 Year Old 2013 has an ABV of 45.7% and is available at selected whisky retailers at RRP £201.08.
For more information on Highland Park, visit www.highlandpark.co.uk
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About Highland Park
Established in 1798 on Orkney, Highland Park is one of the most remote Scotch whisky distilleries in the world. For over 200 years, the distillery has combined time old tradition and the very best craftsmanship to achieve perfection. Its range of 12, 15, 18, 21, 25, 30 and 40 year old single malts is consistently acclaimed by connoisseurs and experts. Highland Park has won a string of prestigious awards across its portfolio, most recently including category winner at the 2011 World Whisky Awards for its 25-year-old single malt and ‘Best Whisky in the World 2009’ for its 21-year-old expression in the World Whisky Awards, as well as four double gold awards in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2009.
Highland Park 18 year old was named Best Spirit in the World by American drinks expert Paul Pacult in Top 115 Spirits, Spirit Journal 2009 and 2005.
Five keystones contribute to making Highland Park:
q Hand-turned malt adds to the deliciously succulent, balanced layers of aromatic character found in Highland Park
q Aromatic peat gives a delectably seductive, luxuriant floral sweetness to Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whisky
q Cool maturation enhances the smooth character of Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whisky
q Sherry oak casks contribute to the distinctive richness and multi-dimensional complexity of Highland Park
q Cask harmonization ensures consistency and balance in Highland Park
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