Cosmic hum? Could this be space whisky? 🚀 Voyager 1 Dalmunach at The Whsiky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Further than anyone or anything in history

Voyager 1 Dalmunach

4.1 billion miles away from Earth, NASA has revealed Voyager 1 has picked up a ‘cosmic hum’… could this be a signal from bottle #1 of The Grant Tour series?

Selling fast… don’t miss out on this fascinating discovery!

Dalmunach 5 Year Old 2015 – Voyager 1

The Voyager space probes launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in 1977 and continue to communicate with earth today. Voyager 1 is 14.1 billion miles away has detected a new cosmic “hum” in interstellar space.

Dalmunach distillery is located on the site of the lost Imperial distillery and began distilling in 2014. Single Oloroso sherry hogshead. These are amongst the very first vintage bottlings from Scotland’s contemporary distilleries.

In the interest if fairness Voyager 1 is strictly 1 bottler per customer.

Shop – Dalmunach 5 Year Old – £99 / €95 / $115 / c$145*

Whisky Magazine Issue #174 OUT NOW – Whisky Magazine News

New issue out NOW

The latest edition of Whisky Magazine, issue #174, is out now!

We’ve got a brilliant assortment of features, interviews and tastings for you to get stuck into – but this issue’s slightly more special than usual. That’s right, the winners of the 2021 global Whisky Magazine Awards have now been revealed, comprising the Icons of Whisky, the World Whiskies Awards, and our latest Hall of Fame inductee!

For the first time ever, all our winners were announced in a virtual ceremony online. Simply head to our Facebook page or Youtube channel where you can rewatch our livestream.

We hope you enjoy this issue!

Christopher Coates
Editor
Whisky Magazine

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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 385: Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2010 WhiskySponge – Scotch Whisky News

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 385: Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2010 WhiskySponge

We know WhiskySponge mostly from the wonderfully satrical blog in which he truly mocks everyone in the world of whisky. It comes as no surprise that the inimitable strong man behind the blog – Angus McRaild – finally brings whisky to the market himself. And the labels are fantastic: each and every one a hilarious cartoon. In the case of this young Caol Ila we see the Jedi Lord Sponge attacking an X-Wing piloted by an individual named Dave Bowman. If you have no idea what this is all about, nae worries. If you do  then you might, like Mark – certainly after reading the tasting notes on the back label – wet yourself a little bit with laughter. But for now, let’s focus on the contents of the bottle: a 9 years old Caol Ila.

https://youtu.be/kE0g8pYSohg

Glen Scotia 25 Year Old – World’s Best Whisky 2021 🥇 at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

Restock of award-winning Glen Scotia 25 Year Old!

This Glen Scotia has been matured in American oak casks for a quarter of a century before being hand-selected by the distillery’s Master Blender, Michael Henry, to be married in first-fill bourbon casks for up to a year before bottling. Bottled at 48.8% ABV, free from chill-filtration and artificial colouring, this is a smooth and refined Campbeltown single malt with an exceptional mouthfeel. Liquid gold! Maybe you tried to purchase a bottle last time around and were not quick enough – well now you’re in luck! A limited restock has arrived at Loch Fyne, so don’t hesitate if you want to get your hands on a bottle of this incredible single malt whisky.

Last month at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Glen Scotia 25 Year Old was awarded the highest accolade of ‘Best in Show’. With around 3800 entrants Glen Scotia came out on top and are proud to be labelled as the current best whisky in the world – not bad eh?

Glen Scotia
25 Year Old

£375.00

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CHIVAS BROTHERS WELCOMES BACK VISITORS TO SAFELY ENJOY ITS WORLD-FAMOUS SCOTCH DISTILLERY EXPERIENCES – Welcome Scotch Whisky News

CHIVAS BROTHERS WELCOMES BACK VISITORS TO SAFELY ENJOY ITS WORLD-FAMOUS SCOTCH DISTILLERY EXPERIENCES

We are welcoming visitors into our world-famous distilleries once again, following their temporary closure in January earlier this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In line with Scottish government guidelines, whisky lovers can now enjoy outdoor guided tastings at The Glenlivet and Strathisla visitor centres, whilst visitors to Aberlour distillery can purchase whiskies from its on-site shop from this week. 

In addition to learning about the craftsmanship behind some of Chivas Brothers world renowned whiskies, Scotch enthusiasts will be able to purchase their favourite blends and single malts from the shops at each site.  

Each site has been equipped with extensive health and safety measures to ensure visitors can take part in the adapted tasting experiences, operating with clear social distancing, increased cleaning procedures and at a reduced capacity across the sites.  

THE GLENLIVET EXPERIENCE

At The Glenlivet, visitors will be able to enjoy the Single Cask Tasting experience in an outdoor socially distanced setting overlooking the breath-taking views of The Livet Valley.  Tastings will be available at 1pm or 3pm, from Wednesday to Friday. 

Visitors to The Glenlivet will be welcomed at a temporary visitor space in the Malt Barn as the visitor centre is currently undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment that will be opening its new look doors to visitors from July 2021. 

THE STRATHISLA EXPERIENCE

The heart of Chivas Regal, Strathisla Distillery is inviting visitors to explore Speyside’s oldest and most picturesque working distillery. Whisky fans will be able to discover the history behind the world-famous blended Scotch through outdoor flight and sampling experiences between Tuesday and Saturday. 

THE ABERLOUR EXPERIENCE

Whisky fans will be able to purchase any of the world-class whiskies available at the on-site shop, before being invited to enjoy indoor guided tasting experiences such as The Fleming Flight and Speyside Collection from the 19th May.  

For more information outdoor tasting experiences, tickets and opening times, visit https://www.maltwhiskydistilleries.com/  

Those wishing to visit the distilleries and experience a socially distanced guided tasting will be required to pre-book their tickets online in order to effectively manage visitor numbers and ensure strict social distancing measures are adhered to at all times. Each site is also operating in accordance with the COVID-19 Test and Protect initiative to ensure the safety of visitors, staff and the surrounding community. 

Scotch Malt Whisky Society ‘GET INTO THE SPIRIT OF SPEYSIDE’ – Scotch Whisky News

Our favourite Scottish whisky festivals may have been postponed or cancelled this year, but the Society are still celebrating these iconic whisky regions with our unique festival bottlings. Today we’re bringing you three eclectic drams from Speyside which will transport you straight to the heart of whisky country.

If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one of these special bottles, why not try it alongside Vic Galloway’s suggested music pairings, and truly bring the spirit of Speyside festival home?

SEE ALL NEW BOTTLINGS

 

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

That Glen Grant

Glen Grant 12 yo (43%, Moray Bonding, Giovinetti import, 1960s) – Glen Grant 67 yo 1953/2021 (59.4%, Gordon & MacPhail ‘Mr George Legacy’, 1st fill sherry butt, cask #4209, 355 bottles)

Coalition Rye Sauternes Barriques Finish Review

Distilled at Kentucky Artisan Distillery and finished for at least 9 months in Sauternes barrels, the Coalition Rye Sauternes Barriques Finish is a combination of American craft whiskey and French wine. Old world meets new, Kentucky meets France… you get the idea.

If you’re not familiar with KAD, don’t worry about it. They’re not one of the big craft names and are, for the most part, a smaller contract distiller and bottler. The biggest brand they work with is Jefferson’s, but they also work with a host of others distilling or bottling their whiskey. Coalition is one of those.

Coalition was founded by Leonid Yangarber who was previously the CEO of Russian Standard Vodka and currently the EVP of the ultra-premium Monfleurie Cognac. So he definitely has experience in spirits, but moving from Vodka to Whiskey is quite the shift. But as they say, the proof is in the puddin’, so let’s get to drinkin’ to see how his vision came together.

 

Coalition Rye Sauternes Barriques Finish – Details and Tasting Notes

 

Whiskey Details

Region: Kentucky, USA

Distiller: Kentucky Artisan Distillery
Mash Bill: 90% Rye, 10% Malted Rye
Cask: New Charred Oak, ex-Sauternes (9+ months)
Age: 5+ years
ABV: 47.1%

Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color

Price: $100*

“Sophisticated and balanced. Our 100% Rye Kentucky Straight Whiskey is finished in Sauternes barrels. It has a deep amber color and a rich, fragrant nose with perfectly balanced honeyed vanilla notes, caramel, and apricot hints. Exquisite and remarkably elegant, it is smooth on the palate, with luscious flavors of dried fruit, toffee, and a delicate almond finish.” – Coalition Whiskey

Tasting Notes

EYE
Ruddy copper

NOSE
Juicy fruity sweetness, baking spice, wood, copper, almonds, roasted nuts and oil. This is a pleasant aroma with a solid fun and fruity delivery I’m actually enjoying.

PALATE
Juicy-fruity sweetness, raw-craft-woodiness, baking spice, cocoa, banana chips and some cocoa and copper. Don’t like the Coalition Rye Sauternes Barriques quite as much here. That raw-crafty quality kicks up a lot more and starts to take over.

FINISH
Med -> Woody, grainy, winey sweet drifts out evenly.

BALANCE, BODY and FEEL
Not fully balanced, medium, body with a dry and soft feel.

Coalition Rye Sauternes Barriques Finish – Overall Thoughts and Score

The crafty notes pop out a lot more and I’m getting so much more of that raw woody note here than I did with the Coalition Margaux. I’m also getting a ton more sweetness, like two behemoths battling it out with neither truly coming out on top – just two strong profiles battling for dominance.

There’s an odd note that kind of reminds me of pomegranate… if it was chalky, like a pomegranate powder. But on the whole, I just… don’t… quite… care for it. The Coalition Rye Sauternes Barriques Finish doesn’t feel cohesive and there’s that raw-woody crafty note that keeps coming up over and over. It’s one of my least favorite notes in whiskeydom.

SCORE: 2/5

*Disclosure: The bottle for this whiskey review was graciously sent to me by the company without obligation. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.

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Sweet and woody, it’s unique in its delivery, but ultimately it just didn’t come together for me. It felt like notes were battling instead of harmonizing.

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New: Redbreast Dream Cask Oloroso Edition / Bimber Underground / Dingle Single Malt

Redbreast Dream Cask 29 Years – Oloroso Sherry

The fourth Redbreast Dream Cask release has been unveiled to celebrate World Whisky Day: Redbreast Dream Cask Oloroso Sherry Edition.

This 29 year-old single pot still Irish whiskey is a vatting of four whiskeys initially matured in ex-bourbon barrels (one 1989 which was re-casked into a Ruby Port cask in 1995 and three 1991 casks), married in a single Oloroso sherry butt #400294.

The resulting whiskey is bottled at 51.2% ABV. A total of 924 bottles (50 cl) are available to Birdhouse members in an online ballot which will be running from 17th to 25th of May. Successful participants can purchase a bottle for € 520.

 

 

Aberfeldy Exceptional Cask 24 Years – Oloroso

The upcoming limited edition from Aberfeldy distillery is the Aberfeldy Exceptional Cask 24 Years, finished for 8 years in Oloroso sherry casks #11 and #12. It is bottled at a relatively meager ABV of 43%, yielding 1476 bottles.

There’s no further information about the

 

 

Bimber Spirit of the Underground

London based Bimber distillery released The Spirit of the Underground collection, a series officially licensed by the Transport of London Underground network and featuring a different station on each of the bottles.

The initial batch features four stations, limited to 260 bottles per station, and they are presented in a tube, of course (ha!). They’re all ex-bourbon single casks, priced £ 125. New expressions will be added in batches populating each of the city’s 11 lines.

 

 

Dingle Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Dingle distillery presented its first core range whiskey, the triple distilled Dingle Single Malt Whiskey. It is the first whiskey composed with 100% own spirit, predominantly six to seven years old. The mix contains 61% PX sherry matured whiskey and 39% from first fill ex-bourbon barrels and it’s bottled at 46.3% ABV. Available now for € 55.

I have a bottle – expect my tasting notes next week or so.

 

 

Also interesting

Things that may not have been widely announced but that grabbed my attention in shops recently…

Springbank 12 Year Old Cask Strength
Caol Ila 32 yo 1988 (Gordon & MacPhail)
Mortlach 2010 Sherry finish (Signatory Vintage)
Laphroaig 2006 Sherry Cask (Hunter Laing)
Tomatin 30 Year Old Batch #4
The Six Isles (blended malt)
Highland Park 2002 (G&M Connoisseurs Choice)
Strathisla 33 yo 1987 (G&M Connoisseurs Choice)
Kilchoman PX Sherry Cask Matured
Benriach The Twenty One
The XXX Blend – Batch 1
Caroni 23 yo 1998 (Kill Devil)
Benriach 2000 sherry butts (Signatory Vintage)
Allt-á-Bhainne 2000 sherry butt (Signatory Vintage)

Coalition Rye Margaux Barriques Review

I like whiskey, I like wine, so in theory, I should like the Coalition Rye Margaux Barriques. But that’s the funny thing about combinations – they don’t always work. I like cheddar cheese and I like salmon, but I don’t want melted cheddar on my salmon.

I’m not saying this is cheddar salmon, but I am saying that this deepening trend of wine-finished American Whiskey is an odd one. Like seafood and dairy, it can be done, but it’s difficult to pull off well because of the powerful flavors in the core component: American Whiskey.

By no means am I a traditionalist when it comes to whiskey. I love innovation and when cask finishes are done well they enhance the whiskey. When they’re done poorly they either detract or can’t be detected at all. Question is, where does this one fall? Let’s get to drinkin’ and find out.

 

Coalition Rye Margaux Barriques – Details and Tasting Notes

 

Whiskey Details

Region: Kentucky, USA

Distiller: Kentucky Artisan Distillery
Mash Bill: 100% Rye
Cask: New Charred Oak, ex-Margaux (9+ months)
Age: 5+ years
ABV: 45.4%

Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color

Price: $100*

“Refined and lively. Our 100% Rye Kentucky Straight Whiskey is finished in Margaux barrels. It has an attractive deep garnet amber color. There is a lot of elegance in the mouth, a good backbone, and a long pleasant finish. It has a complex flavor with floral notes of violets and lilacs, red fruit nuances, and a touch of roasted coffee beans.” – Coalition Whiskey

Tasting Notes

EYE
Ruddy caramel

NOSE
Dark fruity sweetness, dried corn, woody oak, citrus peels, baking spice, touch candy sweetness and cocoa. It has a juiciness to it that’s equal parts winey and darkly fruity and they merge in a syrupy-sweet way. It’s unique that’s for sure.

PALATE
Tart dark fruit, woody, biscuity, baking spice, dried orchard fruit, anise and cocoa powder with a touch of citrus. Coalition Rye Margaux Barriques has strong notes of that raw/woody craft essence to it, that I’m not a fan of. It gets softened by the dark winey notes enough to not dominate, but it’s so prominent I struggle with it.

FINISH
Med -> Woody, darkly fruity, olde candy and spice in a disjointed fade.

BALANCE, BODY and FEEL
Ok balance, medium body and a touch dry, but ultimately soft, feel.

Coalition Rye Margaux Barriques – Overall Thoughts and Score

This is a whiskey that takes some time to open; it needs oxygen and time. My first glass of this I hated, I got nothing but raw woody and grainy notes. But after 3 glasses, and several weeks of being open, the sweetness moved up and started tempering the rawness. Though that woody rawness is still more than present.

I’m not sure if it’s because the whiskey itself is a bit raw, woody and under matured or if it just comes across this way because of the interaction with the wine barrels. I’d like to try it without the wine to see where it sits, but at the moment I can’t help but get distracted by the all-too-familiar crafty raw notes in the Coalition Rye Margaux Barriques. Gorgeous bottle and design though.

SCORE: 2.5/5

*Disclosure: The sample/bottle for this whiskey review was graciously sent to me by the company without obligation. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.

Coalition Rye Margaux Barriques Review
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I neither like nor dislike the Coalition Rye Margaux Barriques. It’s a bit disjointed and there’s a battle between rustic, raw, notes and elegant, sweet, notes.

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