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Review / Wire Works Necessary Evil Finish


This new whisky is the latest limited edition release from the English single malt whisky brand of Wire Works. The Wire Works Necessary Evil Finish is just the fifth release from the Derbyshire-based White Peak distillery. The whisky has seen the distillery's lightly peated spirit initially matured in ex-bourbon barrels. This has then been finished for a short period in ex-beer casks. These had previously held Necessary Evil imperial stout brewed by the neighbouring Thornbridge Brewery. It is bottled at 51.3% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. There are just 2,059 individually numbered bottles. 

The White Peak distillery was founded in 2017 by Max and Claire Vaughn. It is located in the village of Ambleside near Matlock, Derbyshire in the Peak District National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The distillery is housed within the former Johnson & Nephew copper wire factory on the banks of the River Derwent. They also produce rum and gin, as well as supporting the local community in eco-friendly and sustainability projects. It was Derbyshire's first ever craft distillery.

The Wire Works Necessary Evil Finish is only available via the White Peak website, with a small amount available from the distillery shop. A bottle will cost £65 and is restricted to one per customer. It is expected to sell out quickly. Some are still available at the time of writing.

Our tasting notes

The colour is deep gold and the nose is vibrant and expressive. Initial aromas include green apple, vanilla and golden syrup with a hint of chocolate and hazelnut. Underneath is a whiff of gentle peat smoke and this adds a savoury and earthy quality. There is also a distinct malty cereal aroma that adds further depth.

On the palate this whisky is instantly hot and peppery. This settles a little to allow other notes to evolve. The distinct malty cereal characteristic from the nose rises first and has a biscuit-like quality. This is quickly joined by some milk chocolate and golden syrup. The green apple is less crisp than on the nose and now resembles baked apple with butterscotch sauce drizzled over. The gentle and soft peat smoke lingers in the background and eventually wraps itself around all the other characteristics. There is a late hint of candied orange and rum-soaked dates. A pinch of savoury baking spices round things off well - think of cinnamon, powdered ginger and clove.

The finish is of decent length and sees the smokiness come more to the fore. This becomes a little ashy as time progresses. It is well supported by the biscuity malt cereal note and this drags out the finish, especially once the fruity and sweet notes die away. The warming baking spices also hold well.

What's the verdict?

We always love to sample new whiskies from new distilleries. After the long wait it is great to discover what a distillery is all about and the style of whisky that they are making. This is one of the best new whiskies from a UK craft distillery that we have tried to date. It has depth, complexity and comes in at an accessible price. 

This backs up our initial thoughts after we tasted the Wire Works First Release earlier in the year. That showed huge promise and this Necessary Evil Finish does the same. Definitely a distillery to watch out for.


Review / Glenturret Triple Wood, 7 years old Peat Smoked & 12 years old (2022 Editions)



These three whiskies form part of the 2022 range from the Highland distillery of Glenturret, which is Scotland's oldest remaining single malt distillery. Six of the whiskies remain the same as in 2021, although all feature new liquids. These have been created by Bob Dalgarno - the Glenturret's Whisky Maker. It is the third release of the small batch range, which kicked off in 2020. The one new addition is the 7 years old Peat Smoked. 

Glenturret is located in the Perthshire town of Crieff and was founded by a group of illicit whisky producers in 1775. It was originally a small farm operation called Hosh Distillery and was finally legalised in 1837 when John Drummond took over. The name was only changed to Glenturret in 1875 on the 100th anniversary. Glenturret is one of the smaller distilleries in Scotland with an annual production capacity of only 150,000 litres. It is also one of the most traditional with most work still completed by hand. The current owners are Lalique, the famous jewellry and crystal producer, who took over in 2018.

The entry point to the 2022 range is the Glenturret Triple Wood. This sees a combination of three cask types - ex-bourbon, plus American oak and European oak - and is bottled at 45% ABV. The new 7 years old Peat Smoked slots in next and uses peated malt spirit. This has been matured in re-fill and ex-sherry casks, and is bottled at 44% ABV. The 10 years old Peat Smoked has been matured in both first fill and second fill European and American oak casks, and is released at 50% ABV. 

Next is the 12 years old, which has been matured in American oak and European oak hogsheads. It is released at 46% ABV. The 15 years old features a high percentage of European oak barrels and comes in at 53% ABV. The five expressions are joined by two very limited older variants - the 25 and 30 year olds. The 25 years old consists of just 210 bottles and is released at 42.4% ABV. The 30 years old features a combination of ex-Port, ex-Moscatel and ex-sherry casks. There are just 750 bottles relased at 42% ABV. 

All are of natural colour and all, except the Triple Wood and 7 years old Peat Smoked, are non chill-filtered. The Glenturret 2022 range will be available through selected specialist retailers in selected world markets and via www.theglenturret.com

Our tasting notes


Glenturret Triple Wood
45% ABV / £50 The colour is deep gold and the nose is fruity, sweet and rich. Aromas of raisin, sultana and candied orange mingle with toffee, caramel and a blob of honey. Baking spices and fresh oak linger underneath.
On the palate this whisky is equally as rich and fruity. The dried fruits lead the way with raisin, currant and juicy plump sultana all evident. There is also a suggestion of dried apple and apricot, fig and orange peel. These fruity notes are baked up with toffee and caramel again, along with a building spiciness. This takes the whisky is a slightly more savoury direction than expected. It is in danger of becoming too woody but a lovely cereal notes just about holds the oak back. There is a tannic dryness and heat that develops towards the finish, which is of decent length. The wood and spice really come through now, especially once the sweet and fruity elements fade. 

Glenturret 7 years old Peat Smoked
44% ABV / £53 The colour is pale gold and the nose is vibrant, lively and expressive. Crisp green apple, vanilla and honey are joined by pungent peat smoke. This has an ashy and mossy feel with aromas of damp earth, wet leaves and bonfire ash. There is also a hint of white chocolate.
On the palate this whisky is fresh and peaty straight away. The damp earthiness and wet, leafy note are evident and are joined by some honey, golden syrup, boiled sweets and vanilla essence. The smokiness becomes more ashy with time and this takes the whisky in a drier direction twards the finish. Further notes of cereal biscuits, white chocolate, icing sugar and lemon zest are also detectable. A pinch of baking spice and clove also come through, as does a late note of gingerbread. The finish is of decent length and it is the peat smoke that punches through everything to draw the finish out. The savoury and peaty notes really come to the fore with a pleasant peppery heat rounding things off.



Glenturret 12 years old
46% ABV / £67
The colour is deep amber and the nose is bold, rich and packed with fruity aromas. Toffee apple and poached pear mix with dried fruits such as raisin, sultana and orange. Depth is added by warm wood spices and earthy baking spice in the background.
On the palate this whisky is rich and luxurious with a velvety and silky mouthfeel. The dried fruits come through first now (think of raisin, sultana and orange again but with a hint of something darker like fig and date) and are joined by a lovely milk chocolate note. Then come cooked green fruit, reminding us of baked apple and poached pear. Toffee, brown sugar and caramel with a hint of molasses are also present. The warming wood spices and earthy baking spices then begin to take control - imagine freshly sawn oak combining with cinnamon, all-spice and a pinch of ginger and clove. The finish is short and a bit hot, which are the only negatives really.
What's the verdict?
The seven new whiskies in this year's range are sure to sell well, especially the very limited older expressions. Of the ones that we sampled, the range provides a proper mixed bag. This is true for both style and quality.  The Triple Wood is big, bold and a little confused. It lives on the edge of being too woody, but would appeal to some. The 7 years old Peat Smoked is a new addition and works very nicely. It is one of the better Highland peated malts that we have tasted recently and we commend it for that. The 12 years old is our favourite though. It exhibits lovely rich and decadent notes, and makes you want to go back for another sip. It is just a shame about that slightly short finish ... 

Inbox / The Week's Whisky News (August 5, 2022)



Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. 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. Within Inbox we aim to write a few lines detailing each press release/piece of news/PR event that we have received and provide links, where possible, for you to find out further information.  Here is the round-up of the news from this last week.  ________  MortlachThe Speyside single malt distillery of Mortlach, often called 'The Beast of Dufftown', has announced the release of a rare new expression - the Mortlach 30 years old Midnight Malt. The new whisky has undergone a three-way finishing process in an intriguing set of casks. It has spent the majority of its maturation in either re-fill American oak or re-fill European oak. These were then married together by Dr. Craig Wilson, one of Diageo's senior malt blenders, before being split between the three casks - ex-Bordeaux red wine, ex-Calvados apple brandy and ex-Guatemalan rum.  The Mortlach 30 years old Midnight Malt has been bottled at the natural cask strength of 49.1% ABV and is limited in number. It will be available worldwide from from selected specialist and luxury retailers. A bottle will cost £3,700/ $4,495 US.
 Tullibardine 
The Highland distillery of Tullibardine has launched the fifth expression in its Distillery Editions Series, imaginatively titled Tullibardine Distillery Editions No.5. The single malt was distilled and filled to a single ex-bourbon cask in 2007, before undergoing a final finishing period in an ex-Sauternes dessert wine barrel from France.  The series was launched in 2020 and are exclusive to the distillery visitor centre. Each single cask has been hand selected by a different distillery team member. This fifth edition was chosen by Greg Paterson, Senior Distillery & Warehouse Operator at Tullibardine. It is limited to just 269 bottles with each costing £95. 

"The sweetness of the first-fill bourbon barrel marries particularly well with the fruitiness from the time spent in the Sauternes wine cask, bringing out aromas of white peach and ripe nectarines. It's a delicious combination."Greg Paterson.



White Peak
The Derbyshire-based English whisky distillery of White Peak have announced the latest limited edition release - the Wire Works Necessary Evil Finish. It is just the fifth release from White Peak. The whisky has seen the distillery's lightly peated spirit initially matured in ex-bourbon barrels. This has then been finished for a short period in ex-beer casks. These had previously held Necessary Evil imperial stout brewed by the neighbouring Thornbridge Brewery. It is bottled at 51.3% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. There are just 2,059 individually numbered bottles.  The Wire Works Necessary Evil Finish is only available via the White Peak website, with a small amount available tomorrow (Saturday 5 August) from the distillery shop. A bottle will cost £65 and is restricted to one per customer.
 

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Stellum Black Fibonacci Blend #1

Stellum Black Fibonacci Blend #1 Cask Strength Blend of Straight Rye Whiskies 57.56% ABV $100 Website We would like to thank Stellum Spirits and Ro-Bro Marketing & PR for sending us a sample to review. What the Distillery Says This release of Stellum Black Specialty Rye celebrates the Fibonacci sequence, a series of numbers, each …

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Review / Benromach 40 years old (2022 Edition)



The small traditional Speyside distillery of Benromach has announced the second annual release of its rare 40 years old. It follows a similar 2021 release, which scooped the Best In Show prize at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2022. The new edition has been created from a handful of ex-sherry casks selected by Keith Cruickshank, the Distillery Manager at Benromach. It is the distillery's oldest age statement release. 

Benromach was founded in 1898 and built next to the Aberdeen-Inverness railway line in Forres. It remains one of the smallest operating in the Speyside region and was one of the last designed by the renowned Victorian distillery architect Charles Doig. It was built as Forres Distillery and became Benromach in 1919, taking the name from the nearby Romach Hills. Benromach is currently owned by Gordon & MacPhail and they renovated it after a period of closure, re-opening in 1998. A recent expansion has increased the annual capacity to 700,000 litres.

The Benromach 40 years old 2022 Edition is bottled at the natural cask strength of 57.6% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. It comes presented in a black stained oak casket with copper trim. There are just 1,000 bottles and these will be available in specialist retailers in selected world market. A bottle will cost £1,000/ $1,200 US.

Our tasting notes

The colour is deep amber gold and the nose is exquisite, rich and multi-layered. Caramel and toffee aromas rise first but are quickly joined by candied citrus peel (imagine good quality orange marmalade), gingerbread and some earthy baking spices. These include cinnamon, clove and mace. Underneath are savoury aromas of leather, antique furniture and cigar box.

On the palate this enticing whisky is equally as exquisite, rich and spicy. The bold ABV, which is surprising for something of such age, exaggerates and accentuates the flavours. The orange marmalade/ candied citrus notes appears first this time and is followed shortly afterwards by caramel, toffee, milk chocolate and some crystallised fruits. A hint of baked apple and black cherry compote also sit in the background.

As with the nose there is plenty of depth and complexity evident. Layers of oak spice, baking spice and savoury notes compliment the sweeter and fruitier characteristics. Toasted oak, hazelnut praline and walnut mingle with gingerbread, cinnamon biscuits, liquorice root and clove. These notes give a wonderful warmth and drag the whisky towards the finish. Leather and cedarwood are also evident, as is a late drop of citrus oil and distant whisp of gentle peat smoke.

The finish is long and warming with a late peppery kick. The sweet and fruity elements fade slowly and this allows the oak and baking spices, along with the savoury characteristics to come to the fore. A late hit of black cherry and orange oil adds to the delight.

What's the verdict?

This year's edition of the Benromach 40 years old is absolutely exquisite. This was distilled before the most recent closure and whiskies from this era are particularly rare. As a result you have to pay the price. That said, £1,000 is not bad for something of this age compared to offerings from competitor brands.

The whisky is deliciously rich with a multi-layered depth and complexity. The bitter orange and distinct caramel sweetness are beautifully complimented by the warming oaky and baking spices. Underneath is the hint of Benroamch's signature gentle peat smoke and those delightful savoury notes. A simply sublime single malt.


Stellum Black Equinox Blend #1

Stellum Black Equinox Blend #1 Cask Strength Blend of Straight Bourbon Whiskies 58.63% ABV $100 Website We would like to thank Stellum Spirits and Ro-Bro Marketing & PR for sending us a sample to review. What the Distillery Says This inaugural release of the Stellum Black Specialty Equinox was created using Stellum Bourbon. We slowly …

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The Adelphi Selection Dailuaine 14 Year Old (54.1%)

Tasting notes:
On the nose, this 14 Year Old Dailuaine from Adelphi presents with notes of anise flan and copper gutters after a spring rain, but not together, because anise flan in a copper gutter after a spring rain is simply too improbable. It’s also simultaneously fudge-y and floral, like someone bred tonka beans and vanilla beans, then used the resulting franken-bean with perfumed rose petals to make a penuche fudge–and then served it in a dish from your grandmother’s powder room. At first, John misheard “penuche” as “Belushi” and followed up with the obvious question: “John or Jim?” This nose would be John, slicing the fudge cleanly with a ninja sword.

The mouth effervesces effortlessly in a way that recalled the ionized air of the nose. We were happy to find a little mank on the mouth as well: gave it a meatiness, a chewiness that adds substantially to the experience. Add a little water, and some brine surges forward to assert itself.

We got to the finish and found it still hot, still effervescent, not unlike Lisa Kudrow. We also found notes from the twilight stage of apple juice as it ferments into pre-cider. John got a bit of turpentine on the finish, but then again, he heard “penuche” as “Belushi,” so take that for what you will. Overall, though, the finish is chewy, like a chicle twig. You guys are getting that, too, right?

 
 

 




 

Rating:
On the scale of gutter solutions–

The Dailuaine Adelphi Selection 14 Year Old (54.1%) is mesh gutter covers–To be clear, we’re not talking about solutions for gutters in the sense of sewers, but rather in the sense of those things that catch and redirect water as it rolls off of a roof. Mesh gutter covers are an affordable, remarkably effective solution to keeping out things that can clog up gutter drainage systems, like leaves, branches, and the odd flan. 

 
 




 
 

                                                                                      —Stephen

 
 




 
 

 
 




 
 

Inbox / The Week's Whisky News (July 29, 2022)



Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. 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. Within Inbox we aim to write a few lines detailing each press release/piece of news/PR event that we have received and provide links, where possible, for you to find out further information.  Here is the round-up of the news from this last week.  ________  
Fettercairn
The east Highland distillery of Fettercairn has unveiled the 2022 Edition of their small batch 16 years old expression. It is the third such annual release in the series, which is designed to show different maturation journeys of the distillery's distinctive spirit. This year has seen the whisky initially matured in first-fill ex-Oloroso sherry barrels before a further maturation period in first-fill ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. It was then finished in ex-bourbon barrels.  The Fettercairn 16 years old 2022 Edition is bottled at 46.4% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. The number of bottles was not revealed in the press release. It will be available shortly in key European markets including Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands and the UK. This will expand to Asia and travel retail later in the year. A bottle will cost £72/ €85.
  
Glenallachie
The Speyside distillery of Glenallachie have launched the second bottling into their Billy Walker 50th Anniversary The Past, Present & Future Series - the Glenallachie 16 years old Mizunara Virgin Oak Finish. The series celebrates co-owner and Master Distiller Billy Walker's half century of service in the Scotch whisky industry. The whisky was initially matured in ex-Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks before a final finishing period in virgin Japanese Mizunara oak barrels - this is the first time that Walker has worked with rare Mizunara oak.  The new whisky has been released at 48% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. There are just 2,900 bottles and these will be available worldwide via selected specialist retailers. Each will cost £280/ €335/ $340 US.
 Glenmorangie 
The north Highland distillery of Glenmorangie has announced a bold new revamp of its packaging for its core range. The new livery and design has been created to 'highlight Glenmorangie's deliciousness'. The bottle has seen an elegant evolution with wider shoulders, tapered body and larger stopper. The packaging carton sees a graphic new design to grab attention and bold colouration to stand out on the shelf. It also features curved linework to mirror the new bottle shape. The revamped packaging will be available worldwide from early August. The liquid for each bottling remains the same.
 

"Our whisky is truly delicious and our reimagined packaging brings its flavours to the fore. We see this as an opportunity to show a playful elegance which reflects our creativity in whisky making; and to ensure our single malt stands out by using bold colours and enhanced branding."Louise Dennett / Global Head of Brand at Glenmorangie.


 
Gordon & Macphail The family owned independent bottler of Gordon & Macphail have released their last ever cask distilled at the Milton distillery in Speyside. In 1951 its name was changed to Strathisla. Bottlings under the Milton name are extremely rare. The whisky was distilled and filled to a single first-fill ex-sherry puncheon (cask #383) in 1949 and has been maturing in Gordon & Macphail's warehouses ever since. This cask has yielded just 180 bottles of the precious whisky, which is released at 72 years of age and the natural cask strength of 48.6% ABV. It will be available in specialist and luxury retailers worldwide. A bottle will cost £50,000/ $65,000 US.


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Barrell Bourbon Batch 033

Barrell Bourbon Batch 033 58.3% ABV $90 Website We would like to thank Barrell Craft Spirits and Ro-Bro Marketing & PR for sending us a sample to review. What the Blender Says Barrell Bourbon Batch 033 is a marriage of high-rye barrels and high-corn barrels ranging in age from 5 to 9 years old. The …

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Inbox / The Week's Whisky News (July 22, 2022)



Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. 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. Within Inbox we aim to write a few lines detailing each press release/piece of news/PR event that we have received and provide links, where possible, for you to find out further information.  Here is the round-up of the news from this last week. 
________

Benromach 
The small traditional Speyside distillery of Benromach has announced the second annual release of its rare 40 years old. It follows a similar 2021 release, which scooped the Best In Show prize at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2022. The new edition has been created from a handful of ex-sherry casks selected by Keith Cruickshank, the Distillery Manager at Benromach. It is the distillery's oldest age statement release.
The Benromach 40 years old 2022 Edition is bottled at the natural cask strength of 57.6% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. It comes presented in a black stained oak casket with copper trim. There are just 1,000 bottles and these will be available in specialist retailers in selected world market. A bottle will cost £1,000/ $1,200 US.


Glenturret 
The Highland distillery of Glenturret, which is Scotland's oldest remaining single malt distillery, has announced the release of seven new whiskies for their 2022 range. Six of the whiskies are the same as in 2021, although all feature new liquids created by Bob Dalgarno - the Glenturret's Whisky Maker. There is one new addition - the 7 years old Peat Smoked. It is the third release of the small batch range, which kicked off in 2020.
The entry point to the range is the Glenturret Triple Wood. This sees a combination of three cask types - ex-bourbon, plus American oak and European oak - and is bottled at 45% ABV. The new 7 years old Peat Smoked slots in next and used peated malt spirit. This has been matured in re-fill and ex-sherry casks, and is bottled at 44% ABV. The 10 years old Peat Smoked has been matured in both first fill and second fill European and American oak casks, and is released at 50% ABV.
Next is the 12 years old, which has been matured in American oak and European oak hogsheads. It is released at 46% ABV. The 15 years old features a high percentage of European oak barrels and comes in at 53% ABV. The five expressions are joined by two very limited older variants - the 25 and 30 year olds. The 25 years old consists of just 210 bottles and is released at 42.4% ABV. The 30 years old features a combination of ex-Port, ex-Moscatel and ex-sherry casks. There are just 750 bottles relased at 42% ABV.
No indication of price for each bottling was given in the press release. All are of natural colour and all, except the Triple Wood and 7 years old Peat Smoked, are non chill-filtered. The Glenturret 2022 range will be available through selected specialist retailers in selected world markets and via www.theglenturret.com.


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Barrell Single Barrel Whiskey “Butter Cake”

Barrell Single Barrel Whiskey “Joe’s Playlist” Track #5 Butter Cake Honey Badger A136 Kentucky Single Barrel Whiskey 58.61% ABV $110 Website What the Blender Says “Butter Cake” is a 117.22 proof 18-year-old Kentucky Single Barrel Whiskey that stands out as a buttery, biscuity nightly sipper. It was selected for its creamy, corn-forward nose that reminded …

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Review / Dalmore 21 years old


This new whisky is the latest addition to the Principal Collection from the north Highland distillery of Dalmore. The 21 year old expression is the oldest whisky in the series, which also features the 15 and 18 years old, plus the King Alexander III. The whisky was initially matured in American white oak ex-bourbon barrels before a a lengthy finishing period of up to 36 months in ex-Matusalem Oloroso sherry barrels. These were sourced from the bodega of Gonzalez Byass in Jerez, Spain. This inaugural batch consists of just 8,000 bottles. The Dalmore 21 years old is bottled at 43.8% ABV and will be available from specialist whisky and luxury retailers worldwide. A bottle will cost £575/ $715 US. 

Dalmore is located in the village of Alness to the north of Inverness. It sits on the shores of the Cromarty Firth and overlooks the Black Isle. The distillery was founded in 1839 by Alexander Matheson and has an interesting history, including being used during the First World War by the Royal Navy to manufacture explosives. The current capacity of the distillery is just over four million litres per year. Dalmore is currently owned by Whyte & Mackay, part of the larger Phillipines-based Emperador Inc. They own the Whyte & Mackay blended whisky brand, plus the single malt distilleries of Fettercairn, Jura and Tamnavulin.

Our tasting notes

The colour is deep golden yellow and the nose is highly fragrant. Aromas of fruit and nut chocolate, vanilla and caramel immediately leap from the glass. These are quickly joined by heavy oak spice, raisins and a hint of candied orange peel. Earthy liquorice root and dusty cinnamon add further depth.

On the palate this whisky is bold, rich and velvety. It has a luxurious feel with initial notes of raisin and plump juicy sultana. This is followed by gripping oak spice and some delicious sweetness - think of golden syrup, caramel and a hint of molasses. Then comes a hit of vanilla and some background tropical fruit, especially peach and pineapple. 

Warm baking spices and a distinct earthiness also sit in the background and give fabulous complexity - imagine cinnamon, clove and liquorice root. A hint of brazil nut and milk chocolate evolve slowly as does a distinct citrus note. This is multi layered with blood orange, grapefeuit zest and candied lime detected. A late floral note, plus cedarwood and old cigar box round things off nicely.

The finish is long and with plenty of depth. The sweet and fruity elements are first to fade, followed by the baking spices. This leaves the savoury and earthy characteristics to drag the finish out. Becomes a little peppery and dry towards the end, but that just makes you want to reach for another sip.

What's the verdict?

This new Dalmore 21 years old is a big whisky but one that has incredible vibrancy and juiciness for its age. It is packed with flavour, depth and complexity. It makes a fine addition to the Principal Collection and rightly sits at the top of the range. Dalmore are good exponents of the use of ex-sherry casks and this 21 years old shows the levels that can be achieved with good oak and time. 

The only issue has to be the price - £575 is steep for a 21 year old Scotch single malt irrespective of the brand positioning, age or limited nature. Compare to something of the same ilk, such as the small-batched Glendronach 21 years old at around the £140-150 mark, and this point comes even sharper into focus. A great whisky but for those with deep pockets.


Longmorn 2002 18 Year

Longmorn 2002 18 Year Signatory Vintage Cask Strength Collection Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky 58.8% ABV $120 Website What the Bottler Says AGED: 18 years DISTILLED ON: September 17 2002 BOTTLE ON: October 21 2020 MATURED IN: Bourbon Barrel CASK NO: 800626 BOTTLE NO: 204 of 220 NATURAL COLOUR What Gary Says Nose:  Heather, honey …

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Inbox / The Week's Whisky News (July 15, 2022)



Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. 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. Within Inbox we aim to write a few lines detailing each press release/piece of news/PR event that we have received and provide links, where possible, for you to find out further information.  Here is the round-up of the news from this last week.  ________  Lochlea 
The Lowland distillery of Lochlea has revealed details of its flagship single malt - Lochlea Our Barley. This will be the Ayrshire distillery's core product and will sit alongside a set of seasonal limited edition single malts. Our Barley has been created by John Campbell, the Production Director and Master blender at Lochlea. He has married three cask types together - first-fill ex-bourbon barrels, ex-Oloroso sherry butts and STR (shaved, toasted and re-charred) barriques.
Lochlea Our Barley is released on July 18 and will be available on allocation initially to UK specialist retailers. Selected world markets will follow in time. It will also be available at the distillery. The whisky is bottled at 46% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. A bottle will cost £45/ $53 US.
 Secret Speyside 
Chivas Brothers, the owners of the Secret Speyside range of Scotch single malts, have announced the release of seven single cask expressions that will be exclusive to the travel retail sector. Each bottling will be available in a different airport worldwide and are aged between 21 and 27 years old. Four elusive Speyside distilleries from Pernod Ricard's Scotch whisky portfolio are featured - Braes of Glenlivet, Glen Keith and Longmorn, plus the long-closed Caperdonich.
The Caperdonich Peated 1996 Single Cask and Caperdonich Unpeated 1996 will be available in Frankfurt and London Heathrow respectively. They will both cost £887 / $1,050 US. The Braes of Glenlivet 1992 will be available in Dubai only and cost £836 / $990 US. The Glen Keith 1994 and Glen Keith 1998 will be available in Shanghai and Hong Kong respectively. They will cost £640 / $760 US and £380 / $450 US. The Longmorn 1995 and Longmorn 1998 will be available in Taiwan and Singapore respectively. They will cost £675 / $800 US and £405 / $480 US. 

"Over decades of maturation, an incredibly distinctive range of flavours have developed inside each cask and these stunning new releases, bottled at cask strength, represent an impressive depth to Speyside that is just waiting to be discovered."Sandy Hyslop / Director of Blending & Inventory at Chivas Brothers.



TOAD 
The Oxford Artisan Distillery (TOAD) has announced the release of the seventh batch of their rye whisky - TOAD Easy Ryder. The new release is a marriage of just nine casks selected by Chico Rosa, the Master Distiller at TOAD. These are all aged between three and four years. These include American oak ex-bourbon barrels and ex-Moscatel fortified wine casks from Portugal
 As with all TOAD releases the whisky has been made using heritage cereal varieties thata re grown organically close to the Oxford-based distillery. The Easy Ryder is bottled at 50% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. It is also the distillery's largest whisky release to date with 2,782 bottles in the batch. The whisky will be available via the distillery website and selected specialist retailers in the UK. A bottle will cost £55.


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Review / Whistlepig Piggyback 6 years old


This new bottling is the youngest expression from the Vermont-based brand of Whistlepig. As with the rest of the range Whistlepig Piggyback 6 years old is made from 100% rye. It joins the 10, 12 and 15 year old expressions. The new whisky has been conceived following consultation with bartenders and is designed for use in mixing and cocktails. It was created by Dave Pickerell, the late Master Distiller at Whistlepig who sadly died just before its launch. Piggyback is bottled at six years of age and has been aged in American oak barrels. It was launched in America last month and saw its UK launch on Independence Day (July 4). Whistlepig Piggyback 6 years old is bottled at 48.28% ABV (96.56 Proof) and will retail for £45 per bottle.

Whistlepig was founded in 2008 with the goal of bringing rye whiskies back into the premium North American Whisky sector. A new distillery at Whistlepig Farm in the American state of Vermont began production in 2015. The ultimate goal is to bottle their own spirit for their range of whiskies. To date, spirit has been sourced from an unnamed distillery in Alberta, Canada. These have then been brought over the border to mature at Whistlepig Farm. Since launching, Whistlepig has gone on to become the most decorated rye whisky brand in global whisky awards. 

Our tasting notes

The colour is deep golden yellow and the nose is highly fragrant with bold and spicy aromas. There is plenty of vanilla, fresh coconut and maraschino cherry to begin with and these aromas are backed up by pepper-like and earthy spices and a whiff of delicate florals. It smells very promising.

On the palate this whisky continues with its bold nature. Peppery and earthy spices lead the way and are supported by a good amount of fresh oak and dessicated coconut. Then comes some delicious sweetness with golden syrup (or is it maple syrup?), vanilla ice cream and a hint of cola bottle sweets coming through. The maraschino/cocktail cherry note from the nose also develops and adds further depth and complexity. The spiciness and oakiness build and evolve with a lovely late hint of fresh bittersweet rye bread appearing towards the finish. This gives a pleasant grip, dryness and warmth.

The finish is of decent length. The youthful peppery nature drives the whisky on, especially once the sweeter characteristics begin to fade. A lovely earthy rye note also helps with this and provides wamrth and structure. It makes you want another sip.

What's the verdict?

This new offering from Whistlepig is delicious. At the London launch event they went to greta lengths to tell us that this whisky was designed for mixing and cocktails. Indeed, the cocktails we tried on the night worked very well for which they should be complimented. But we also think they may be doing this whisky a disservice - it is superb on its own or over a large cube of ice. 

There are not many rye brands, or American whisky brands in general, that carry an age statement across their range and that is also something that Whistlepig should be complimented on. They spoke about the potential to devalue their brand by putting out a 6 year old expression, but they have strengthened it in our view. It is a bold move but one that will make Whistlepig more accessible and able to be tasted by more people.


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Review / The Singleton of Glen Ord - Celebratory Edition


This limited edition bottling from the popular Singleton single malt brand celebrates the opening of its innovative new visitor centre at the Glen Ord distillery in the north Highlands. The Singleton of Glen Ord Celebratory Edition will only be available at the distillery in Muir of Ord, which is north of Inverness. It has been created by Maureen Robinson, the retiring Master Blender for The Singleton, and uses just 12 second-fill ex-sherry hogshead casks. It is designed to show off and enhance Glen Ord's fruity distillery character. The Celebratory Edition is bottled at 51.8% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. Details of the price were not included in the press release. 

The new Singleton visitor centre at Glen Ord (pictured, below) is part of a £185 million investment in Scotch whisky tourism by Diageo. The programme has seen new visitor centres at Glenkinchie in the Lowlands, Cardhu in Speyside and Clynelish is the Highlands. Two further new visitor centres are also due to open later this year - Caol Ila on Islay and Talisker on Skye. At Glen Ord there is a tasting area, food and whisky pairing deli and retail area. They will also offer distillery tours, tasting experiences and a combined maltings and distillery tour. For further details - click here.  

The new visitor centre is in the old warehouses at Glen Ord.

The Glen Ord distillery is located in Muir of Ord, a small town in the north Highlands on the western edge of the Black Isle. It was founded in 1838 by Thomas Mackenzie and was originally known as Glen Oran. The name was changed to Glen Ord in 1923. The current owners are Diageo. They split the single malt produced there between The Singleton range and for use within their extensive number of blended Scotch whiskies. The current production capacity is six million litres per year. This has doubled in the last decade following an major expansion.

Our tasting notes

The colour is pale lemon yellow and the nose is light, fresh and vibrant. Fruity aromas are everywhere and are most reminiscent of crisp green apple, pear and juicy tropical fruits. Underneath are lovely notes of butterscotch, freshly cut grass and lemon meringue pie. Very enticing.

On the palate this whisky maintains the freshness and vibrancy from the nose. The textures is lovely - creamy but with a hint of zingy lemon and spicy white pepper. The fruitiness dominates again and in a similar way to the nose. The apple and pear notes come through as cooked now, rather than crisp and green. The tropical notes are less prominent and evolve into something more peach and apricot-like. It is a delicious mix.

Other sweet characteristics also develop and these include notes of white chocolate, vanilla sugar, fudge and toffee. A later note of fresh green grass adds to the green feel and the freshness, and is joined late on by a distinctive but subtle nuttiness - think of hazelnut praline here. An even later pinch of woody baking spices gives another dimension and rounds things off nicely.

The finish is of decent length and sees the sweet and fruity notes slowly fade away. This enables the fresh and spicier elements to come through and take control. This makes the whisky mouthwatering and peppery with a lovely drying spiciness right at the end.

What's the verdict?

We do have a soft spot for Glen Ord as it was one of the first distilleries we ever visited in Scotland. Since then it has been consumed into the Singleton stable of distilleries along with Dufftown and Glendullan. What is pleasing about this Celebratory Edition is that the distinctive fruity character that struck us on that first visit is evident in spades. 

It feels like a Glen Ord that is pruned back to its roots and this allows the distillery character to shine through rather than be somewhat masked by heavy cask influence. For that reason we love this and may purchase a bottle. If only we knew the price ...


Inbox / The Week's Whisky News (July 8, 2022)



Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. 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. Within Inbox we aim to write a few lines detailing each press release/piece of news/PR event that we have received and provide links, where possible, for you to find out further information.  Here is the round-up of the news from this last week.  ________  
Scallywag
Douglas Laing & Co, the brand owners of Scallywag, have announced the latest expression in The Chocolate Edition series. It is the fifth bottling for the annual release of the blended malt and was launched yesterday (July 7), which was World Chocolate Day. As with all expressions of Scallywag the whisky is a marriage of Speyside single malts. These include distilleries such as Glenrothes, Macallan and Mortlach. All are matured in ex-sherry casks to enhance a chocolate-like aroma and flavour in the whisky.  Scallywag The Chocolate Edition is restricted to 3,600 bottles and these are released at 48% ABV. It is also non chill-filtered and of natural colour. Each bottle will cost £57.50/ €67.50 and it will be available via selected specialist retailers in Asia, Europe and North America.

 
Singleton of Glen Ord
The popular distillery in the north Highlands has announced a limited edition bottling to celebrate the opening of its innovative new visitor centre - the Singleton of Glen Ord Celebratory Edition. The whisky will only be available at the distillery in Muir of Ord, north of Inverness. It has been created by Maureen Robinson, the retiring Master Blender for The Singleton, and uses just 12 second-fill ex-sherry hogshead casks. It is designed to show off and enhance Glen Ord's fruity distillery character. The Celebratory Edition is bottled at 51.8% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. Details of the price were not included in the press release. The new Singleton visitor centre at Glen Ord (pictured, below) is part of a £185 million investment in Scotch whisky tourism by Diageo. The programme has seen new visitor centres at Glenkinchie in the Lowlands, Cardhu in Speyside and Clynelish is the Highlands. Two further new visitor centres are also due to open later this year - Caol Ila on Islay and Talisker on Skye. At Glen Ord there is a tasting area, food and whisky pairing deli and retail area. They will also offer distillery tours, tasting experiences and a combined maltings and distillery tour. For further details - click here



Whistlepig
 The Vermont-based distillery of Whistlepig has launched the youngest expression of its 100% rye whisky into its core range - the Whistlepig Piggyback 6 years old. The new whisky has been conceived following consultation with bartenders and is designed for use in mixing and cocktails. It was created by Dave Pickerell, the late Master Distiller at Whistlepig who sadly died just before its launch. Piggyback is bottled at six years of age and has been aged in American oak barrels. It was launched in America last month and saw its UK launch on Independence Day (July 4). Whistlepig Piggyback 6 years old is bottled at 48.28% ABV (96.56 Proof) and will retail for £45 per bottle.


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