Three New Editions from Bruidchladdich

•October 31, 2008 • Leave a Comment

John Hansell at Malt Advocate has the details on three new releases, the Resurrection Dram 2001, the Golder Still (which follows the Blacker and Redder Still offerings) and the  Sherry 21.

From the Resurrection Dram release (the date refers to Bruichladdich’s revival year):

Company founder and MD Mark Reynier: “This is a celebration bottling – our first Bruichladdich, the resurrection of a legend, the realisation of a dream. Our Resurrection Dram is a testament to the inspired  – the Harvey brothers, their avant-guard distillery design and today’s vibrant team of distillers. It is the embodiment of a new era, returning to a  more artisanal, old-fashioned, quality way of doing things – like Jim McEwan’s ‘trickle-distillation’.”

In contrast to heavily-peated Port Charlotte and the mighty peat of Octomore, Bruichladdich itself retains the traditional, minimal peat level of 3-5 ppm.

However,  casks for this first bottling alone  were surprisingly selected from a small, one-off distillation of lightly-peated barley, at an experimental 10 ppm.

And from the Golder Still and Sherry 21 release:

“Golder Still”  was aged in rare “squat-hogsheads”, novel casks tested in the late 70s by US coopers seeking the optimum cask shape for modern storage. Fortuitously, the extra whisky-to-wood contact  in these stumpy, Disney-like, experimental bourbon casks, imparted greater colour and flavour to the spirit.

Mark Reynier: “There’s not much and  it’s unrepeatable –  but it’s a glorious, old-style whisky; a classic Laddie, all barley-sugar flavours with a golder hue.”

The “Sherry 21”  also comes from the last of a line.  Since 1981 sherry is only Spanish bottled, so UK bulk shipments ceased and cask availability dried up. A larger scale bottling, it replaces the successful Twenty series of bourbon matured Bruichladdichs, and stocks are scheduled to last until 2010.

“Decent condition,  authentic Oloroso butts are now almost as rare as hens’ teeth.  Sadly, you can see why E150 has become so standard in the industry. This is the natural, real deal –  rich, mellow, and warming whisky; an ideal  winter night-cap with it’s hints of orange, apricot, plum, fig, and dates. For connoisseurs, these are two delicious extremes of Bruichladdich.  For us, they are  the end of a run. For both, they represent the end of an era.”

Balblair Announces New Rare 1965 Edition

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From the release:

Multi award-winning Balblair Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has unveiled its oldest and most exclusive vintage release to date – Balblair 1965, which will be one of the finest additions to the Balblair portfolio. Just 350 bottles of this rare and limited edition vintage will be released and each bottle will retail at £1250. The vintage was distilled on 23rd March 1965 and slowly matured in Single American Oak ex Sherry casks. …

Balblair Highland Single Malt Whisky is one of the whisky world’s finest and most exquisite products. The malt is ‘devoted to detail’ in every sense: its contemporary and award-winning design, perfectly crafted taste using only the finest ingredients, its careful selection and production, the expertise of Distillery Manager John MacDonald and its association with the finest, contemporary brands and luxury markets all contribute to Balblair’s continued global success amongst discerning consumers.

Diageo Unveils 2008 Rare Editions – Linkwood, Brora, Talisker, Unpeated Coal Ila, Lagavulin and Glen Elgin

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Each year Diageo releases special limited edition bottlings from is ageing stocks. This year, it has unveiled 10 special single malts, consisting of three contrasting finishes of a 26 year old Linkwood, a 25 year old Coastal Highland single malt Brora, a 25 year old and 30 year old Talisker, a young 8 year old unpeated Coal Ila, a 12 year old Lagavulin and finally a 16 year old Glen Elgin bottling from ex-bodega European Oak casks.

Read the press release here.

Glenglassaugh Distillery Poised to Reopen

•October 31, 2008 • 2 Comments

Glenglassaugh Distillery, near Portsoy, is gearing up to get back in business and will be officially re-opened on Monday, November 24, reports The Press and Journal.

Glenglassaugh was built in 1875 and was subsequently owned by Highland Distillers.

The plant had spells of production and periods of inactivity throughout the 20th century and was mothballed in 1986.

It was bought in March this year in a £5million deal by Dutch investment firm, the Scaent Group.

We’ve written about the relaunch before.  Now subscription-only site Just Drinks has some details about the distillery’s whisky line-up, but I couldn’t read it. If anyone has any info please let us know in the comments. also has historical info.

New Talisker Gift Pack Sets Aside Funds for Sea Rescue Service

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From the press release:

Proceeds raised from sales of Talisker in the new limited edition nautical themed gift pack, will be helping to save lives at sea this Christmas, with two pounds from every sale of the pack being donated to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

The gift pack from Talisker, the only single malt Scotch whisky from the Isle of Skye, will contain a 10-year-old bottle of the award winning Scotch and is contained within a stylish blue nautical case. It is the perfect charitable Christmas present for whisky connoisseurs and is available nationwide at Sainsbury’s from 1st November 2008.

Talisker and the RNLI both share an affinity with the sea. Distilled by the edge of the sea on the shores of the Isle of Skye since 1830, the Talisker distillery attracts thousands of sailors each year. The RNLI was established in 1824 and its lifeboats help to rescue thousands of people each year. Today, visitors to the rugged coastline of Skye are assured by the presence of the RNLI lifeboat station in Portree.

The cost to run the RNLI is approximately £339,000 a day. The charity is reliant on voluntary donations and legacies.

Indian-Made Armut Single Malt Whisky Gets a Nod

•October 31, 2008 • 1 Comment

Geoff Last has a good write-up of some new single malt releases in the Calgary Herald, including an interesting couple of grafs on a single malt distillery in Bangalore, India, called Armut:

Scotland produces the lion’s share of single malt whisky, but it doesn’t have a monopoly. Several weeks ago, I tasted a lineup of single malts from Amrut, a distillery in Bangalore, India. The Amrut distillery was founded in 1948 and began producing malt whisky in the early 1980s.

The barley is sourced from Punjab and Rajasthan and dried over fires fuelled by imported Scottish peat. They offer three whiskies — a non-peated malt ($55), peated malt ($80) and cask strength ($105). These efforts are almost indistinguishable from their Scottish counterparts and I was impressed with the peated and cask versions. I would have preferred a more noticeable departure from the traditional Scottish malts rather than an attempt to emulate them, but they are worth trying nonetheless. Cheers!

Oddly, I can find nothing about this distillery on Google. If anyone has more info, please post in the comments.

Glenlivet Sales Spike

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The Scotsman has the news on Pernod Ricard earnings, fuelled by Scotch whisky sales:

Sales of Glenlivet leapt 27 per cent year-on-year, those of Chivas Regal were up 11 per cent, while Ballantine’s Scotch was 9 per cent higher.