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This Week's Dram: Longmorn 16 Year Old

The tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo has been and gone and we’re still standing. We’re sticking with Scotland this week to talk about a single malt that’s not top of everyone’s mind but is a delicious dram. It isn’t even featured on the Pernod Ricard (owners) website. We’re talking Longmorn - 16 Year Old, a Speyside whisky full of the elegance of that whisky region. It’s not chill-filtered and goes into bottle at 48%abv.  
Isle of Arran Devil's Punchbowl Fiendish Finale

Isle of Arran - Bedevilled!

A few weeks ago I received a sample of the third and final whisky in the Isle of Arran Angels and Devils series. It’s called The Fiendish Finale and, now that it’s available in the US, I thought I’d let you know a bit about it and do a little comparison amongst the three. Those readers outside the US may have already tried it.
Compass Box Asyla

This Week's Dram: Compass Box Asyla

We wander off into the exciting world of blends this week with an offer on Compass Box Asyla. It is part of the Compass Box core range and represents delicacy and sweetness. Using only whisky from first fill ex-bourbon US oak for the extra vanilla “oomph” that gives, this blend contains 50% malt and 50% grain whiskies.

Kingsbarns Distillery Welcomes Copper Pot Stills

The Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitor Centre, located in the East Neuk of Fife celebrated another momentous milestone as the copper pot whisky stills arrived at 09:00 this morning (Thursday 2 October).
 Both copper pot stills travelled from Rothes, Speyside and have been hand-made by Forsyths of Rothes.
 
The Wash Still, weighing three and a half tonnes and holding 7,500 litres and the Spirit Still, weighing three tonnes and holding 4,500 litres will both play an integral part in determining the light character of spirit produced at Kingsbarns Distillery.
 
The New Zealand Whisky Company Team

Jim Murray Proclaims New Zealand Whisky One of the World’s Best

Oamaru, New Zealand– May 8, 2014 – He’s believed to have visited more whisky distilleries than anyone on earth and Jim Murray’s 2014 Whisky Bible
boasts over 4,500 whiskies. But few score 94 points or higher, receiving Murray’s highly sought ‘liquid gold’ status.

 In the latest edition, The New Zealand Whisky Company’s South Islan Single Malt 21 y.o. scored 95 points, placing it in the highly coveted category.
This is the first time ever that a New Zealand whisky has appeared in a category that has catapulted some distilleries, such as Amrut, from unknowns
to the world stage.



Suntory Buys Beam

13 January 2014 - It was announced today that Suntory is buying Beam Inc. for $16 billion. So far I have no information  how this will affect the brands. Suntory already owns Morrison Bowmore Distillers which has Bowmore while the Beam deal will bring Laphroaig into the Suntory fold. Beam also owns Teacher's, while MBD doesn't really bother about the blended Scotch category. It'll be interesting to see if the QC and blend work on Laphroaig and Teacher's stays with personnel currently with Beam in the UK or whether they shift over to MBD.
Balblair 1969 vintage gift box

Balblair - Then & Now

It’s Balblair’s ill fortune to be located less than 5 miles from Glenmorangie, its rather better-known neighbour, and somewhat off the main road north; to be late into the single malt market and to be owned by one of the industry’s smaller companies, lacking the marketing and distribution muscle of its larger competitors. But none of this means you should ignore it, because there is much of interest to be found there.

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