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

Tempest in a (tea) pot (still).

According to a story in yesterday’s Telegraph US urged to boycott Scottish products after Lockerbie bomber’s release there is a movement afoot to “boycott Scottish Goods”

“US citizens are being urged to stop buying items ranging from Scotch whisky to kilts and petrol sold at BP-owned outlets as well as to cancel planned holidays in Britain to register their protest.”

I must point-out the obvious – that BP is based in London – a city which is NOT part of the Scottish empire. Yet.

While the large global Haggis conglomerates are worried, the Scotch companies aren’t phased at all.

And they shouldn’t be. I haven’t heard ANYTHING about this boycott movement – until I read it in a UK newspaper.

Is this a manufactured story? They point to an obviously amateur single page web-site called BoycottScotland <http://www.boycottscotland.com/>.

And best I can tell, THAT domain is registered out of Canada – So maybe this is simply ANOTHER Canadian plot to drive a wedge between the UK and the US.

I’m pissed about the guy being released, but i don’t see the usefulness of calling for a boycott – and have no expectation that this one will in anyway be even remotely successful. But it’s obviously a slow newsday around the world with the pick-up rate of the story  - but no evidence of any impact of this boycott.

Disclosure: I went to Syracuse University and had friends and acquaintances who died in that bombing – including a good friend from High School, Denice O’Neil.

You gotta have Hjarta. I do.

I am WOEFULLY behind on my tasting notes. Not just whiskies but spirits of all sorts.
And when companies go out of their way to send you a review sample (or a bottle) they expect that you’ll review it.

Rest assured Spirits friends…I have lots and lots of unopened bottles laying around.

Today, a sample of Hjarta showed up, so I thought I’d try to get back on the review horse with this new limited edition (and limited availability) whisky.

First the bad news. It’s not going to show up in most liquor stores. It’s only available from the distillery; via the Highland Park online shop (which does not ship outside of the UK, I believe); or in Scandanavia.

OK, there’s more bad news. There’s only 3,900 bottles. So even in those limited outlets, it might be hard to get some.

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Now that’s a looker

If it tastes half as good as it looks…Bruichladdich has another winner on their hands.

Octomore  is now 7%  more peaty than the inaugural 2008 record-breaker.

The peatiness, at 140 ppm (parts per million) in the original malted barley, gives this whopper a huge peat smoke punch, almost 30% more than its nearest rival to the title.

It is referred to as ‘the iron fist in a velvet glove’ owing to the whisky’s surprisingly subtle charms, and is distilled at Islay’s Bruichladdich Distillery by head distiller Jim McEwan:

“It’s a great equation: massive peat + Bruichladdich elegance = awesome spirit. We dialed up the peating level of this 2nd bottling of Octomore because it seemed churlish not to. But Octomore is not for the feint-hearted. At this peating level it is for savouring; a little goes an awful long way. Taste with minimal water to appreciate and share in its evolution. Dr Riffkin, Tatlock & Thompson’s analyst that certified the whisky, told me: “this is the highest peating level we have ever seen – by miles.”

Much Needed Humour Injection

I get a lot of emails from folks starting the “next big blog” – and I generally ignore them.

Today I received this email:

We have started a blog called “The Malt Impostor”, and our goal is to provide humorous alternative tasting notes for single malt scotch (and perhaps later, other malted beverages). We’re not in the business of doing real tasting notes–we’re just having fun riffing on some of the more pretentious notes we’ve seen out there.

We have a handful of posts, all of scotch in miniature “airline” bottles, and we’ll be posting more notes regularly.  We’d love it if you’d come and take a look.

I took a look and I liked what I saw. Funny and indeed poking fun of the growing number of sites popping up and offering up their pretentious notes.

Take a look. Let’s hope these guys stick with it…because the Whisky world needs a lot more fun and a lot less pretension.

http://maltimpostor.blogspot.com/