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Glencadam 17 Wins GoldGlencadam-17-Triple-Cask-Portwood-Finish

Glencadam 17 years old Triple Cask Portwood Finish was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2015 Scottish Field Whisky Challenge. The whisky was judged by a panel of very experienced and knowledgeable judges within the whisky and drinks industry. Glencadam was up against tough contenders at this year’s whisky challenge. Despite this, the limited edition whisky successfully won the award. It was described as ‘rich sherry influence’, ‘an exquisite nose’ and ‘a sweet malt with summer fruits and vanilla’ by the judging panel.


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Kilchoman Machir Bay : “Whisky of the Year”

Machir Bay 2012 has been awarded the highest score of the entire competition, following a blind-tasting of over 50 whiskies by an expert panel. Sylvain Allard, managing director of the International Whisky Competition, said: “Machir Bay and Kilchoman Distillery are worthy winners in this year’s IWC.

Machir Bay also won the prestigious IWSC 2012 Gold Medal – Best in Class.


 

Sulivans Cove… ‘Gold’ and 4 ‘Silver’ Medals & Southern Hemisphere Whisky of the Year !

Sullivans Cove, Tasmania’s luxury single malt whisky, won a Gold and four Silver medals and was voted Australasian Distiller of the Year at the inaugural Wizards of Whisky blind tasting in London on Friday.

Founded by world-renowned whisky writer and commentator Dominic Roscrow to recognise and reward excellence in whisky making outside of Scotland, the Wizards of Whisky attracted 85 entries from around the world.

Update !…Sullivans Cove has officially entered global whisky royalty, Sullivans Cove French Oak Cask HH509 scored a record breaking 96.5/100 in the whisky bible 2013, the highest yet for a Tassie whisky and have been named ‘Southern Hemisphere Whisky of the Year’.

It is one of only 60 out of 4500 whiskies to have scored 96.5 and above, placing this exceptional whisky in the top 1% of whiskies ever made.


 

Arran Whisky strikes Gold in World Spirits Competition

Scotch whisky producer, Isle of Arran Distillery, is celebrating a double win for two of its single malts at the recent World Spirits Competition 2012.

Facing tough competition from across the world, Arran claimed a Double Gold award for its 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch and a Gold award for its 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch.

Since it was established 17 years ago, The Isle of Arran Distillery has won a number of awards including Scottish Distiller of the Year (2007) and Scottish Drinks Producer of the Year (2007).


Benromach Wins Two Medals

The Benromach Peat Smoke single malt picked up Gold and the Benromach Organic won silver.


 

BENRIACH Launches New 17 YO, richly peated ‘SEPTENDECIM’

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The colour is rich summer gold with a freshly harvested barley impression.

And on the palate, it gives sweet concentrated peat flavours which dominate from the start. Bold and intense, the peaty heart is united with honey-infused raisins, roasted nuts and a luxurious leather impression.

Septendecim is non chill-filtered and bottled at natural colour, with a strength of 46% vol.

 


 

“Vatted Malt” New rules apply……..

New laws on Scotch whisky come into force from Wednesday 23rd November 2011. After that point, it will be illegal for whiskymakers to use the term “Vatted Malt” to describe a Scotch whisky made from the combination of two or more single malts. This style of whisky will by law have to be labelled as a “Blended Malt”. The new legislation is all encompassing and was introduced by the UK Parliament as The Scotch Whisky Regulations in 2009. However, the five new legal definitions of Scotch whisky styles, as well as some other areas, will only become enforceable by law from the 23rd November 2011.

The new definitions will be:

“Blended Scotch Whisky”: a blend of one or more Single Malt Scotch Whiskies with one or more Single Grain Scotch Whiskies.

“Blended Malt Scotch Whisky”: a blend of two or more Single Malt Scotch Whiskies that have been distilled at more than one distillery.

“Blended Grain Scotch Whisky”: a blend of two or more Single Grain Scotch Whiskies that have been distilled at more than one distillery.

“Single Malt Scotch Whisky”: a Scotch Whisky that has been distilled in pot stills in one or more batches at a single distillery from water and malted barley, without the addition of any other cereals.

“Single Grain Scotch Whisky”: a Scotch Whisky that has been distilled at a single distillery, except Single Malt Scotch Whisky or a Blended Scotch Whisky.


 

Old Pulteney 21 Takes 2012 World Whisky Crown

The Pulteney distillery in Wick, Caithness, scored a record-equaling 97.5 points out of 100 for its 21-year-old Old Pulteney single malt. It is only the third time that a single malt has ever won the prestigious award, and just the second Scottish distillery to do so.

Pulteney distillery, which dates back to 1826, is located in the heart of Wick and is much prized as a blending whisky. It is still relatively unknown as a single malt.

“As with the 17-year-old, with this expression we marry together Old Pulteney matured in ex-bourbon wood with spirit from ex-sherry wood casks. The crucial difference, however, is that the ex-sherry wood in this case is made from American Oak (mostly Fino sherries). This adds yet another layer of complexity, depth and character to this truly superb malt whisky.” (distillery notes)


 

Redbrest 12 yr old

Redbrest 12 years old has just won the Malt Advocate Whisky Awards “Irish Whiskey of the Year” Also Jim Murray awarded it 96 points in his Whisky Bible 2010. Possibly because it is unique in that this is a pure pot still whiskey – the process of making whiskey in copper pot stills from both malted and unmalted barley, usually in a ratio of 60 to 40. It is produced by New Midleton Distillery by Irish Distillers, a subsidiary of Pernod Ricard. Redbreast is a beautifully balanced pure pot still Irish Whiskey, with a warm, generous texture, rich, sweet flavours and a spicy kick.