Old Forrester Takes President’s Choice Nationwide

To mark National Repeal Day earlier this week, Old Forester is offering consumers nationwide the chance to win the opportunity to purchase a rare bottle of Old Forester President’s Choice.

It’s the first time the distillery has offered a national sweepstakes for one of its most sought-after bourbons.

“It’s often difficult for consumers to buy President’s Choice unless they happen to be at the distillery on the day it’s released,” Master Taster Jackie Zykan said. “We continue to look for ways to improve our systems to share these special bottles with our fans, and we believe this new approach can help us achieve just that.”

People who enter the sweepstakes are seeking to win the opportunity to purchase one bottle of President’s Choice. Consumers may enter the sweepstakes starting at 9 a.m. Dec. 2 through 5 p.m. December 10.

Consumers in New York and Florida may enter here; consumers in all other states may enter here

Winners will be chosen at random and notified on Dec. 13. Potential winners have the opportunity to purchase this special bottle from the Old Forester Distillery.

President’s Choice is a single barrel expression and among the finest whisky made by Old Forester, the only bourbon brand to exist before, during and after Prohibition — and made by the same Brown family of Louisville, Ky.

December 5, 1933, was the day Prohibition was repealed — a moment now celebrated annually.

The traditional release of President’s Choice dates back to 1890 when founder and president George Garvin Brown presented the first iteration of President’s Choice to the Governor of Kentucky.

This year, fifth-generation Brown family member Campbell Brown, with the guidance of Master Taster Jackie Zykan, selected the single barrel for release. Brown is chairman of Brown-Forman Corporation.

Old Forester President’s Choice retails for $179.99 in limited quantities.

 

Cardhu – Special Diageo releases 2021

Ik realiseer me nu pas hoe belangrijk Cardhu was in het bestaansrecht van vele distilleerderijen in de Speyside. Misschien dat whistoricus (whisky historicus) Robin Brilleman eens een impact analyse zou kunnen maken als mevrouw Helen Cumming niet de vlag zou hijsen als de overheid de illegale stokerijen ging oprollen. Zij heeft er eigenhandig voor gezorgd dat vele, nu legaal natuurlijk, stokerijen nog steeds het leven hebben. Als het bekend werd dat de overheid weer in de Speyside was, zorgde Helen dat de vlag werd gehesen, zodat iedereen in de verre omgeving kon zien dat het tijd was om de spullen netjes te verstoppen.

Daarnaast heeft Cardhu een speciaal plekje in mijn hart. Mijn Johnnie Walker journey is daar begonnen. In het begin van deze eeuw hebben we een training van een week gehad en als thuisbasis het Johnnie Walker Home. Dat was een apart gedeelte van de Cardhu distilleerderij en werd gerund door Ian Williams, die ons een week lang gedrild heeft in hospitality en kennis vergaren. Tegenwoordig is dat deel van de distilleerderij volledig verbouwd naar een nieuw, meer aansluitend op de huidige tijdgeest, concept wat veel bezoekers naar de Speyside haalt.

Deze whisky die ik voor me heb staan is de beste Cardhu die ik ooit geproefd heb. Het geluk zit aan mijn kant omdat ik ook ooit eens een 21-jarige cask strength heb kunnen proeven, die ook als special release is uitgebracht.

Deze is wel anders. En dat komt door de finish op rode wijnvaten. Helaas wordt er nooit bij vermeld welke soort, wat het charrlevel is van het vat en de grootte en uiteindelijk hoe lang zoiets heeft geduurd. Voor een techneut als ik is dat leuke informatie. Maar het belangrijkste is de balans. De smaken en aroma’s van deze whisky zijn volledig in balans en dat maakt het voor mij een geslaagde whisky. Sterker nog, ik ben blij dat ik niet alles meteen heb opgedronken. Er zit nog een klein beetje in het flesje, zodat ik er op een ander moment weer van kan genieten. Dan ga ik de lichten weer een beetje dimmen naar zachtgeel, een lekker stuk muziek van Queen op de achtergrond en natuurlijk een stukje Reypenaer geitenkaas. Ik had deze met wat gehakte verse vijg en amandel belegd. En, omdat het kan, een heel klein beetje cayennepoeder.

Qua muziek mag het best wat stevig zijn. Zelf had ik “Who wants to live forever” opgezet van Queen. Meer als lofzang voor iemand die deze week het tijdelijke voor het permanente heeft ingewisseld. Cardhu was zijn favoriete merk. Ik merkte dat muziek een heel positieve invloed heeft op het genieten van whisky. Het brengt je terug in een emotie, een tijdgeest. Het helpt je herinneren aan iets wat de moeite waard is om te herinneren.

Mijn conclusie is dat deze Cardhu weer een nieuwe herinnering heeft gemaakt. Ook al was het om te proeven en een oordeel te vormen voor mezelf. Hij heeft me verrast.

“THE SCARLET BLOSSOMS OF BLACK ROCK”

Zoals onze fabel gaat, groeide op een heuvel van zwartgeblakerde rots een mysterieuze boom met scharlakenrode bloesems van onweerstaanbare charme. Hun zoete geur van honingraat en kruiden was zo aanlokkelijk dat het de donkere heuvel veranderde in weelderige overvloed. Waar karmozijnrode bloemblaadjes waren gevallen, schoot een distilleerderij wortel. De betoverende geur vulde de lucht en doordrenkte Cardhu met zijn kenmerkende betoverende karakter

Gaelisch gefluister van de zwarte rots, ‘Carn Dubh’, veranderde van vorm in de eeuwige Cardhu van vandaag. Opgeroepen in de mistige verhevenheid van Mannoch Hill, wenkt de geest met een bekende allure. Misschien is het de handtekening van pionier Helen Cumming, wiens behendige en delicate hand een illegale whisky distilleerde door de mantel van de duisternis. Vandaag straalt nog steeds een mystiek magnetisme uit elke druppel.

In deze gouden malt dartelen witte druiven- en lychee-aroma’s met melodieus fruit en weidebloemen. Samengesteld uit met wijn gekruid hout, heeft het een heide-zoetheid. Geurig charmeert het met een romige, ronde textuur en een geparfumeerde smaak, verrijkt met weelderige rode bessen. Nog ronder met water, de afdronk draagt een verwarmend snufje witte peper. Als een enkele bloem is deze Cardhu opmerkelijk om te zien.

Distillatie jaar: 2006

Adviesprijs € 142  Vaten: Refill Amerikaanse eikenhouten vaten gefinished op rode wijnvaten

Sterkte: 55,5% ABV  Regio: Speyside  Plaats van herkomst: Knockando

Proefnotities

Kleur: glanzend gepolijst messing met gouden accenten.
Neus: De milde neus is fris en licht fruitig, terwijl zachte aroma’s van witte druiven en lychee dartelen met scherpere hints van groene appel, peer en een spoor van sinaasappelschil, allemaal omhuld door een vleugje boterachtig gebak. Boven deze, onthult een licht kruidige toon meer van het met wijn gekruide hout. Een druppel water introduceert een lichte toon van weidebloemen, die na verloop van tijd duidelijk honingzoet worden.
Body: Licht tot medium.
Smaak: Een zachte, romige en vrij volle textuur, de zoete smaak doet denken aan zelfgemaakte toffees. Al snel wordt die smaak geuriger en hints van Parma-viooltjes, een noot die verder wordt verrijkt met wijnachtig rood appel- en perenfruit en nog smakelijker wordt gemaakt door fris, schoon eikenhout. Een scheutje water verzacht het tot een heerlijke romig-zoete frisheid, waardoor er slechts een vleugje kruiden overblijft.
Afdronk: Kort, zoet, schoon en verwarmend, met een aanhoudend parfum in de afdronk. Met water nog ronder, als een verwarmend snufje witte peper verschijnt, terwijl er een laatste uitbarsting van groene appel in de afdronk is.

Uiteindelijk bepaal jij of je hem lekker vindt. Dat is het allerbelangrijkste… De notities hierboven geven je wel een richting of de aroma’s aansluiten bij jouw palet.

Tasting notes van Dennis Mulder

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Elderflower Gin Liqueur (18%, Bramley & Gage, UK, +/-2020)
Eau-de-Vie de Sureau (40%, G. Miclo, France, +/-2015)
Sureau Noir (45%, Nusbaumer, France, +/-2015)
Quince Gin Liqueur (18%, Bramley & Gage, UK, +/-2020)
Eau-de-Vie de Coing (40%, G. Miclo, France, +/-2015)
Eau-de-Vie de Coing (43%, Rene de Miscault, France, +/-2015)
Eau de Vie de Gentiane (45%, Distillerie des Aravis, France, +/-2016)
Calvados Pays d’Auge 3 yo 2013-2014/2018 (55.5%, 30&40, Ferme des Parquets, France 225 bottles)
Calvados du Pays d’Auge 1898 (40%, Adrien Camut, Domaine de Semainville, +/-1970?)
Waqar (40%, OB, Pisco, Chile, +/-2012)

*UPCOMING RELEASE* THREE AMERICAN OAK SINGLE CASK WHISKIES – Tasmanian Whisky News

Three American Oak
Single Cask Whiskies

When we began crafting whisky nearly three decades ago, we made choices that shaped our philosophy at Sullivans Cove. The most significant of these was the decision to release our whisky as single casks. It defined our role as distillers – to create the conditions where each cask can develop to its peak and express its uniqueness.

These three American oak whiskies are a prime example of this philosophy, each needing significantly different amounts of maturation to reach that magical point where spirit and cask come together magnificently.

20 yo American Oak Old & Rare HH0031

Distilled in 1999, HH0031 is our oldest single cask whisky released to date, having spent over 20 years maturing in an American oak ex-Bourbon cask. This extended maturation has crafted a beautifully complex and well integrated whisky and is an incredible example of what time, patience and skill can achieve. HH0031 was matured for a total of 20 years and 8 months, resulting in a mere 118 bottles.

American Oak Second Fill TD0081

TD0081 was identified as a stunning single cask whisky in early 2020 and was sampled by our tasting panel a total of 17 times; in order to identify the moment when it reached the perfect balance between spirit and oak. TD0081 matured for 15 years 4 months and yielded 416 bottles.

American Oak ex-Bourbon TD0330

Our American oak ex-Bourbon expression is Australia’s most awarded whisky. Known for their mouthwatering banana, malt and vanilla flavours; TD0330 is a classic example of this style. Matured for 12 years and 8 months, TD0330 yielded just 256 bottles.

FULL CASK DETAILS AND TASTING NOTES

These whiskies will be released via ballot. The ballots will open for 24 hours from 10am Hobart time on the 6th of December 2021. Further details will be sent prior to the ballots opening.

A note on our ballot system 

Our policy is one entry per person, per household, per ballot. Our fraud detection algorithm detects multiple entries and removes them to ensure our whisky lands in the hands of our genuine supporters, so to ensure your entry counts, please enter each ballot once only. We appreciate your continued support and understand the disappointment in missing out on our incredibly limited whisky releases. We want you to know that if you miss out on a release, the chance of your success in a future ballot will continue to increase until you secure a bottle. While we can never guarantee success in specific ballots, we do everything we can to ensure our whiskies make their way into the hands of our loyal supporters. If you have any questions around our ballot process, you can email us at info@sullivanscove.com Successful entries will be notified shortly after the ballots close.

Aberlour 12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

Aberlour 12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)97 $44.99 View

97 points Wine Enthusiast

 Aged in oak and former Sherry casks, this enticing Scotch has a ripe red-apple scent and rich salted caramel and butterscotch on the palate. It’s powerful, with a thick, buttery feel and a long finish of lip-smacking spice cake and sea brine notes. (KN)  (12/2015)

Whisky Advocate

 Somehow this 12 year old—a mix of sherry and American oak—is overlooked by malt lovers heading straight to the mental world of a’Bunadh. This is Aberlour at a crucial point in its growth: you’ve lost the maltiness of the 10 year old, but there’s none of the heavy toffee and licorice of a’Bunadh or older expressions. Here it’s sweet fruits in charge: red apple, black currant, plum. The sherry has added depth, the American oak honey. Length and balance. (DB, Summer 2013) 

BARTON 1792 DISTILLERY CONTRIBUTES NEARLY $40,000 TO LOCAL COMMUNITY IN EIGHTH ANNUAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY – American Whiskey News

BARTON 1792 DISTILLERY CONTRIBUTES NEARLY $40,000

TO LOCAL COMMUNITY IN EIGHTH ANNUAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY 

BARDSTOWN, Ky (Nov. 29, 2021) Barton Brands of Kentucky held its annual “Contributions to the Community” reception on Monday, Nov. 29 at the Distillery. Recipient organizations as well as Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts and Bardstown Mayor Dick Heaton were in attendance

This was the ninth year the Distillery, in conjunction with parent company Sazerac, contributed monies to give back to the community by acknowledging organizations that help make a difference and improve the local quality of life. Ten organizations in Bardstown/Nelson County received a total of $37,500 from Barton 1792 Distillery.

The following recipients were honored for their work in the community: Bardstown-Nelson County African-American Heritage Museum; Bethany Haven, Inc.; Bourbon City Bark Park, Inc.; Bread for Life Food Pantry; Fine Arts Bardstown Society, Inc.; Guthrie Opportunity Center Foundation, Inc.; New Life Center; Old Bardstown Village, Inc.; The Stephen Foster Drama Association; and United for Recovery.

The Sazerac Company has a long standing philosophy of helping members in the community. The primary areas of interest are arts and culture, economic development, education, and health care.

About Barton 1792 Distillery

Barton 1792 Distillery is part of Barton Brands.  Barton Brands has facilities in Bardstown, Ky., Carson, Calif., and Baltimore, Md. Barton Brands is owned by the Sazerac Company, an American family-owned company based in New Orleans, La. Barton 1792 Distillery was established in 1879 and continues today as the oldest fully-operating Distillery in the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” The Distillery is located on 196 acres and includes 31 warehouses, 22 other buildings, the Morton Spring and the Tom Moore Spring.  Distilling, aging and bottling fine Bourbon whiskey are hallmarks of the historic Barton 1792 Distillery. 1792 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is produced at Barton 1792 Distillery, and is named for the year Kentucky became a state. The Distillery has garnered a number of prestigious awards for its whiskies, including its 1792 Full Proof, which was named the World Whiskey of the Year for 2020.  To learn more visit www.1792bourbon.com.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society DECEMBER OUTTURN – Scotch Whisky News

DECEMBER OUTTURN 

Looking for some Christmas whisky inspiration? Then head to the website and explore the new December Outturn. We have a bumper edition of 35 glitzy drams available. Head to the website now to prepare your wish list.

OUTTURN HUB

ALL WHISKIES

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

VERY RARE MACALLAN LALIQUE 55-YEAR-OLD LEADS BONHAMS WHISKY SALE IN EDINBURGH – Scotch Whisky News

VERY RARE MACALLAN LALIQUE 55-YEAR-OLD LEADS BONHAMS WHISKY SALE IN EDINBURGH

View the catalogue: Bonhams : Whisky Sale

A decanter of the Macallan Lalique 55-year-old. Estimate: £65,000-85,000.

Edinburgh – When it comes to the finest malt whiskies, there is rare – and very rare. The bottle of the Macallan Lalique 55-year-old to be offered at Bonhams Whisky sale in Edinburgh on Tuesday 7 December falls squarely into the latter category. Numbered 412 out of a limited edition of 420, the decanter comes in a presentation case accompanied by a crystal stopper. It is estimated at £65,000-85,000.

Martin Green, Bonhams Head of Whisky in Edinburgh, said, “Released in 2007, the 55-year-old was the second in the famous Macallan Lalique Six Pillars collection. The decanter is modelled on the Paquerettes Tiara perfume bottle, designed by René Lalique himself in 1910 for Roger & Gallet and the multicoloured crystal reflects the natural colour of the whisky within. This perfect marriage between two premier luxury brands has been described as legendary; many whisky collectors would agree.”

Other highlights of the sale include:

Three unique decanters of Glenfiddich 1979 exclusively drawn by Malt Master Brian Kinsman from a hand-selected cask, which has lain untouched in the Grant family warehouse since 1979. Each hand-blown Baccarat crystal decanter is accompanied by a different motorsport experience at the Goodwood Estate. All the proceeds will go towards Race Against Dementia (RAD), the charity established by Scottish racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart and the official charity partner of the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard. RAD raises money to fund breakthrough and innovative dementia research. Each bottle is estimated at £6,500-10,000.  
A bottle of Karuizawa Ruby Geisha-38 year old. Distilled by Karuizawa Distillery for Elixir Distillers. This is bottle 139 out of 223 and is offered in its original wooden presentation case. Estimate: £25,000-30,000. 
A bottle of Port Ellen Casks of Distinction-40 year old-1979. Distilled and bottled by Port Ellen Distillery, Isle of Islay from a single cask. Bottle number 21 of 78, it too comes with its original wooden presentation case. Estimate: £18,000-22,000.

Sale: Whisky Location: 22 Queen Street, EdinburghDate: Tuesday 7 December at 11 am

View the catalogue: Bonhams : Whisky Sale

NOTES 

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com. bonhams.com

CHIVAS CHAMPIONS THE DIVERSE BLEND OF MODERN FOOTBALL CULTURE WITH NEW GLOBAL CONCEPT CLUB: REGAL FC – Scotch Whisky News

CHIVAS CHAMPIONS THE DIVERSE BLEND OF MODERN FOOTBALL CULTURE WITH NEW GLOBAL CONCEPT CLUB: REGAL FC

Leading blended Scotch whisky, Chivas, has announced the launch of Regal FC – a global concept club for contemporary football culture, devoted to celebrating the eternal influence of the game across the globe. By uniting the multiple strands of modern football culture, Chivas is on a mission to highlight the stories and people who are ripping up the rule book and redefining what the beautiful game means to them. Regal FC offers passion-driven changemakers from around the world a chance to collaborate with like-minded talent, and create unique and lasting experiences that celebrate all aspects of football culture. Through exclusive merch drops, digital content, and match event experiences, Regal FC will be an outlet for current and future personalities to draw inspiration and engage with the evolving football community.

To debut Regal FC, Chivas hosted ‘The Regal FC Rooftop 5s’, the ultimate 5-a-side charity football tournament which saw 50 of the UK’s freshest talent and footballing legends take part. Players included musicians Headie One and Avelino, presenters Elz the Witch and Joelah Noble, and in a nod to Chivas’ global partnership with Manchester United, Wes Brown. A host of familiar faces including Harry Pinero, Yung Filly and Vuj also took to the pitch to showcase their skills, alongside four of the world’s most forward-thinking community clubs; Nivelcrack, Alive and Kicking FC, Under the Radar and Grenfell Athletic FC, who are each on a powerful mission to change the way football is seen in culture today. Eight teams played against each other on a bespoke Regal FC pitch, located on the rooftop of Hotel Football situated next to the iconic Old Trafford stadium. The event concluded with Under The Radar FC successfully fighting off the competition with some electric gameplay, to be crowned as the first-ever champions of ‘The Regal FC Rooftop 5s’.

To further celebrate the launch, Chivas has collaborated with leading British streetwear designer Marc Jacques Burton to create three exclusive, limited edition football kits. Unveiled at The Regal FC Rooftop 5’s tournament, the kits are inspired by three distinct expressions in the Chivas range, blending together the brand’s disruptive approach to Scotch with Marc Jacques Burton’s reimagining of 70’s punk culture. The kit designs reference signature Chivas colours and bring each blend’s unique tasting notes to life through Marc Jacques Burton’s expressive style and print techniques. The first kit from the collection is set to drop on Wednesday 1st December via www.mjb.store, with the remaining kits dropping in the coming months. Proceeds from the first drop will be donated to charity, Alive and Kicking [charity no. 1105583].

The launch of Regal FC comes as Chivas continues its commitment to championing the next generation of ambitious, emerging talent who look to elevate themselves and those around them along the way. From the grassroots community teams, to the hardcore lifelong fans, contemporary football culture is multifaceted, and the launch of Regal FC will see these stories celebrated across the globe.

Chivas Global Marketing Director, Nick Blacknell said: “Regal FC is the start of a new era for Chivas, where we can connect and listen to the next generation of creatives who are helping to evolve the game. Whether it’s through their artistic discipline or day to day hustle, we want to elevate those who are changing the narrative for the better. The purpose of the platform is to celebrate the existing football fandom, but also leverage the global Chivas network and provide these changemakers with the tools and resources to grow and reach new audiences around the world.”

Regal FC is built to celebrate contemporary football culture and elevate the power of the modern football community. From DJs and defenders to coaches and creatives – if you’re changing the world of football, we want to hear from you. Drop us a DM on Instagram with your story or check out www.chivas.com/en-EN/regal-fc to find out how we can collaborate to celebrate your story.

Johnnie Walker – Masters Edition III 48 year old Whisky at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

MASTERS EDITION III 

48 YEAR OLD WHISKY

70cl | 41.8% ABV

Johnnie Walker Masters Of Flavour is an exceptional Scotch crafted from the finest maturing whiskies in the Johnnie Walker reserves. All of the whiskies used to create Johnnie Walker Masters Of Flavour are aged for at least 48 years and only 288 decanters have been released – an extremely limited run of an incredibly rare Scotch.

This superb Scotch contains extremely rare whiskies from the four “ghost” distilleries of Port Dundas, Brora, Glen Albyn and Glenury Royal which are balanced perfectly with whiskies from Cameronbridge, Blair Athol and Dalwhinnie.

This special liquid is housed in a beautiful Baccarat decanter, all encased in a handmade wooden cabinet.

Price Includes a 37cl Cibi Blade Runner Glass 

£19,999.95