Scotch Whisky Glass.com

Fellow Richmond, Virginia resident Ken Blankenship wanted to let people know that he recently launched SCOTCHWHISKYGLASS.COM, a new GLENCAIRN Glassware website.

For a wide selection of GLENCAIRN whisky glassware, including the Traditional GLENCAIRN Tasting Glass in unetched and Distillery etched Logo form, Cut Crystal, Nosing Copitas, IONA Water Pitchers and Whisky Accessories.

 

Brandy Library Special Whisky Tasting

Ethan Kelley from the Brandy Library let me know about a special event coming up next Wednesday November 18th.

I thought you should know about this little event we have brewing out here, it might be of interest to you.

As you know, the practice of pairing whiskies and food keeps gaining speed.  With that in mind I approached the French Culinary Institute with a challenge for the students.  I dropped off 6 bottles, and it was up to them to create a dish designed for each bottle.

We then had a panel of top chefs from around the city taste the finalists and select one dish per bottle, we did that today.  The results will be presented as a formal 6 course dinner, with each course having its own dram.  Let it be noted, I got a little squirrely selecting the bottles, and the results are awesome.  November 18th is the event.  Here are the bottles that were included, not in order, because that too is going to be a little unusual.

  • Springbank 10 year
  • Glenlivet Nadurra
  • Glenfiddich 15 year
  • Ardmore
  • Longrow CV
  • The Dalmore Gran Reserva

Unlike most of these events, this one I find appealing because the bottles will be able to attract the novice, and the expert.  In addition it is a non biased event so it is not a sales job in any way.

This should be a great event.

For online booking go here to for booking or call 212-219-3300.

 

McTear’s Rare & Collectable Whisky Auction

Andrew Bell let me know about the upcoming McTear’s Rare & Collectable Whisky Auction.

The auction takes place on Wednesday, 4 November at 10:30 am, with viewing  taking place on Tuesday 3 November 3rd 2009 from 9am-5pm as well as immediately preceding the auction on Wednesday, November 4 from 8.30am-10.20am.

Click here to download a PDF catalog or check out the offerings online at http://www.catalogue-host.co.uk/mctears/2009-11-04/

ENQUIRIES should be directed to Andrew +44(0)141 810 2880 or via email andrew.bell@mctears.co.uk.

Location:

Meiklewood Gate
31 Meiklewood Road
Glasgow G51 4EU

The Dalmore Launches First Ever 18 Year Old

The Dalmore has launched a new 18 year old expression for the first time in its illustrious 170 year history.

Only 3000 bottles worldwide will be available in this first release, they are expected to sell for approximately £85 per 70cl bottle.

The 18 year old version of the iconic luxury brand comes in a regal and rich deep blue carton, a colour chosen because it’s the official royal colour for King Alexander III whose life was saved from a charging stag by the Clan Mackenzie back in 1263.

The clan, long owners of The Dalmore distillery North of Inverness, were gifted the right to use the 12 pointer stag – called a “royal” stag – which has now become synonymous with the quality and luxury associated with the The Dalmore brand.

To this end, the hand crafted and iconic metal stag’s head, normally reserved for the more prestigious expressions in The Dalmore range, is being introduced to the 18 year old as standard.

Head of brand for The Dalmore, David Robertson, said: “So many people love the solid metal stag’s head that we decided to make it more widely available as it’s a true badge of quality, and justifiably adorns this highly revered and sought after single malt. The new 18 year old seemed the perfect place to start this wider roll out offering discerning consumers a stunning trophy for their drinks collection.

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WebBlend

A snazzy black case showed up last last week.

In it were several bottles of whisky as well as an empty bottle, a mixing flask, a glass funnel and a tasting glass.

It’s part of the Johnnie Walker Black Label Centenary Journeyman Blending Event webcast I was invited to participate in tomorrow.

It’s great that producers are finally starting to embrace – and figure out how to use – the web as a marketing tool.

It opens up new opportunities for social connection and promotion. And of course, while this is an invite-only event (due to the physical components) webcasts allow for that one-to-many marketing reach – in a completely interactive way that print/broadcast and even viral videos cannot offer.


For the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of Johnnie Walker Black Label, we’d love to have you join us as we blend single malt whiskies along with Johnnie Walker Black Label Master Blender via a by-invitation only webcast on September 29th at 3pm Eastern Daylight Time.

2009 marks the 100th Anniversary of Johnnie Walker Black Label. In honor of this momentous occasion one of the Johnnie Walker Master Blender’s – Andrew Ford – will be traveling from Scotland for a rare private event. He’ll be hosting a live webcast blending exercise and we’d love for you to participate in it.

You will be taken through a series of single malts, nosing and blending these fine spirits from around the various regions of Scotland, from the comfort of your home or office. You’ll even be able to submit questions via the webcast.

Sounds like fun. I may live blog about it over on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/realerskine), but I may be too busy mixing up my own bottle of JW Black.

It’s tomorrow at 3pm (Eastern Daylight Time)…and I’ll surely have a follow-up post here.

 

Ardbeg Corryvreckan Launches Today

The iconic whisky distillery Ardbeg – which has won the coveted World Whisky of the Year title two years running – announces today (Tuesday 1 September) the launch of Ardbeg Corryvreckan, a whisky inspired by the famous Corryvreckan whirlpool.

Corryvreckan is Europe’s largest, and the world’s second largest whirlpool. It lies near Jura and Islay, Ardbeg’s island home.

Considered by the Royal Navy as one of the most dangerous stretches of water in the British Isles, the Corryvreckan whirlpool can be heard from a distance of 10 miles. The whirlpool’s raw, magnetic power exactly mirrors Ardbeg – the peatiest, smokiest and most complex of all the Islay whiskies.

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Short Notice Whisky Fest

EXPERIENCE SCOTLAND’S FINEST THIS WEEKEND AT GLASGOW’S NEWEST WHISKY FESTIVAL

Auchentoshan Distillery, home to Scotland’s only triple distilled single malt whisky, will host its first ever whisky festival this weekend on Saturday 29th August 2009.

This unique whisky festival will run from 11am until 6pm and offer gourmet loving Scots and their families the chance to sample an exciting array of events throughout the day.

The Auchentoshan Whisky Festival will have a host of activities including cookery presentations from top chefs, a lively mixology demonstration with tasting sessions, a farmer’s market and a variety of different whisky masterclasses with some of the leading names in the whisky industry.

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Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza – Spring 2009 Schedule

Continuing tradition. . . for the fifth year in a row The Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America would like to extend a  discounted admission to the 2009 U.S. Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza Tour for readers of The Scotch Blog.

That’s right, Once again readers of The Scotch Blog pay the same admission price that members of the SMWS pay.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is once again happy to offer a discount for tickets to our Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza 2008 Tour.

“Member’s Price” is $115.00 per ticket. (Our Non-member’s ticket price is now $130; therefore, this offers a $15 discount on tickets for
this year’s events) This price will be honored to anyone who calls in for a ticket and mentions that they saw the event advertised on The
Scotch Blog
.

All Events 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Registration begins at 6:30 pm

Chicago, Seattle & Philadelphia Require Jackets (No denim or Athletic Wear) – All other events are Business Casual and no denim or athletic wear are requested

Society Members/The Scotch Blog readers: $115
Non-Member Guests: $130

RESERVATIONS LIMITED.

You MUST mention The Scotch Blog when placing your ticket order. And that’s the REAL and original Scotch Blog. Not the cheap copy that keeps contacting industry people in an attempt to land free alcohol.

Tickets by advance purchase only: 800-990-1991.

WWW.SMWSA.COM

Must be 21 years of age.


Fall 2009 Schedule

CHICAGO
THURSDAY OCTOBER 8, 2009
THE UNION LEAGUE CLUB OF CHICAGO
65 W. JACKSON BOULEVARD CHICAGO, IL 60604

BOSTON
THURSDAY OCTOBER 22, 2009
The Taj Boston
15 ARLINGTON STREET BOSTON, MA 02116

WASHINGTON
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28, 2009
JW Marriott Hotel
1331 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE NW WASHINGTON, DC 20004

PHILADELPHIA
FRIDAY OCTOBER 30, 2009
The Union League of Philadelphia
140 S. BROAD STREET PHILADELPHIA, PA 19102

SAN FRANCISCO
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2009
Intercontinental San Francisco
888 HOWARD STREET SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103

LOS ANGELES
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2009
The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
1700 OCEAN AVENUE SANTA MONICA, CA 90401

FORT LAUDERDALE
THURSDAY DECEMBER 3, 2009
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
1 SEMINOLE WAY HOLLYWOOD, FL 33314

New Whisky Event in London

The Whisky Exchange is launching a new Whisky Tasting Event this Fall. Best of all? No vouchers.

“Focusing on premium bottlings above each brand’s standard expression (longer-aged whisky and/or special bottlings), The Whisky Show will offer a fantastic opportunity to both the knowledgeable connoisseur and the passionate whisky fan wanting to learn more. With only limited spaces available for each day, tickets for this boutique event are sure to be in high demand.”

Standard tickets for The Whisky Show are priced at £100.

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Macallan 1824 Collection for GTR

Four Distinct Macallan Experiences Distilled Into Singular Collection Crafted Exclusively for World Travelers

The Macallan® announces the launch of The 1824 Collection, a new family of single malts developed exclusively for the Global Travel Retail market. The Macallan 1824 Collection includes four distinct expressions; each one, created by the Master Whisky Makers, illustrates a story central to the distillery’s long and distinguished history and showcases the spectrum of flavours and aromas associated with The Macallan—the world’s most precious whisky.

The four expressions of the The Macallan 1824 Collection – Select Oak, Whisky Maker’s Edition, Estate Reserve and 1824 Limited Release were created by John Ramsay, Master Blender Emeritus for parent company The Edrington Group, and Bob Dalgarno, The Macallan’s Whisky Maker; who between them have over 50 years of experience of making whisky. In order to achieve the fullest and most complex whisky for each expression, The Whisky Makers select the best casks at the peak of their maturity for inclusion into the collection. Named for the year in which the distillery was founded, The Macallan 1824 Collection offers global travelers a new way to experience The Macallan.

Already, Whisky experts have given the collection a warm reception to the collection awarding each of the four expressions high marks and praise. Whisky Expert and author of “The Whisky Bible,” Jim Murray scored Select Oak 94.5% and the 1824 Limited Release Decanter 97.5%, describing it as “a lifetime great whisky.” Whisky expert F. Paul Pacult similarly praised the 1824 Limited Release Decanter, describing it as a, “A perfect malt whisky and a benign force of nature.” John Hansell, Publisher & Editor of Malt Advocate Magazine, also rated the whiskies highly, awarding the 1824 Limited Release Decanter a 94 and the Estate Reserve a 95, calling it “My pick of the lot.”

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