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  • December 7, 2022The Dalmore Announces Two Limited Editions – Vintage 2003 and Vintage 2007 – Scotch Whisky News

    THE DALMORE UNVEILS VINTAGE 2022

    The Dalmore announces two Limited Editions – Vintage 2003 and Vintage 2007

    The second release of the ‘Vintage’ collection offers exceptional Single Malt matured in

    hand-selected rare casks 

    The Dalmore Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has unveiled two new limited editions from the Vintage collection, The Dalmore 2003 Vintage and The Dalmore 2007 Vintage.

    Created by pioneering Master Whisky Maker Gregg Glass and Master Distiller Richard Paterson OBE, The Dalmore Vintage collection showcases exceptional whiskies of distinguished character, each hand-selected in November, following a five decades-old Dalmore tradition.

    Once a year, The Dalmore whisky makers visit the distillery to reacquaint themselves with their rare casks laid to mature in their historic warehouses, on the banks of Scotland’s great natural waterway, the Cromarty Firth in the Scottish Highlands.

    November marks the optimum time for The Dalmore whisky makers to return to the distillery to assess their rare casks and the whiskies laid maturing within, as the cooling climate allows their potential to truly shine. Only the most exceptional whiskies reviewed during this special time and considered to have distinguished character are chosen to become a Dalmore Vintage.

    The Dalmore 2003 Vintage offers on the nose – Manuka Honey, dark toffee, aged vanilla-pods; on the palate – warm honey, maple syrup and spiced dark fruits; and finishing notes of antique honey, old English marmalade and sweet spice. This elegant whisky was first matured in ex-Bourbon American oak casks, then enhanced through a carefully balanced recipe of hand-selected casks; Rivesaltes sweet wine casks, rare Matusalem and Amoroso sherry casks and small-batch Bourbon barrels.

    The Dalmore 2007 Vintage offers on the nose – Honey, fresh baked brioche and ice ginger cake; on the palate – orange blossom honey, spices and mandarins; and finishing notes of patisserie sugars, ginger snaps and cinnamon. The antique qualities of this whisky are created through an initial maturation in ex-Bourbon American white oak barrels, then enhanced with a harmony of rare-hand-selected aged casks – Matusalem, Apostoles and Amoroso sherry, alongside sweet Marsala wine barrels.

    Master Whisky Maker Gregg Glass comments: “The time we take each November at The Dalmore is a true highlight of my year. At The Dalmore every cask is special, but when it comes to a Dalmore Vintage, we assess rare casks by hand, reacquainting ourselves with the character of each whisky. For a whisky to become a Dalmore Vintage we are looking for a distinctive characteristic that distinguishes that Single Malt above all else that year, a whisky with true potential to shine”

    The Dalmore 2003 Vintage (RRP £350, 46.9% ABV) and 2007 Vintage (RRP £150, 46.5% ABV) and available from December at select outlets worldwide. UK outlets include; Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Master of Malt, Whisky Exchange and The Whisky Shop.

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    About The Dalmore

    Founded in 1839, The Dalmore has been making masterpieces of whisky for over 180 years.

    The 12-point silver stag emblem which proudly adorns each bottle was bestowed upon the first chieftain of Clan Mackenzie in 1263 by King Alexander III of Scotland. When descendants of the clan took over the distillery in 1878 the royal stag became The Dalmore’s emblem.

    Located on the banks of the Cromarty Firth, in the Highlands of Scotland, The Dalmore distillery’s collection of idiosyncratic stills creates a New Make spirit of unique depth and character. That robust and fruity New Make spirit is particularly well-suited to maturation for extended periods in carefully curated casks.

    This allows pioneering Master Whisky Maker Gregg Glass and his team to express their art, continuing a tradition of visionary whisky-making, using rare casks from some of the world’s finest wineries and bodegas to develop the exceptional character of The Dalmore Single Malt.

    The Dalmore Vintage Collection is presented non-chill filtered and natural colour.

    Whyte and Mackay – Award-Winning Whisky Makers

    The Dalmore is the pinnacle of an award-winning collection of Single Malt Whiskies, produced by famed whisky house Whyte and Mackay. The collection includes Jura, the UK’s Number 1 [1] Single Malt, Tamnavulin [2], the world’s (IWSR, 2021) Single Malt and Fettercairn, home to enlightened whisky making.

    In 2020 the company were publicly recognised by the First Minister of Scotland for their support of the national pandemic response. Whyte and Mackay are official partners to SAMH – Scottish Association for Mental Health, which saw Whyte and Mackay employees worldwide complete a virtual-race-around-the-world to raise awareness for the charity.

    Founded in Glasgow 1844, the whisky makers recently celebrated their 175 year anniversary, and were recognised as Distiller of the Year 2021. Today Whyte and Mackay have offices from New York to Singapore. In Scotland, Whyte and Mackay operate a state-of-the-art Bottling Hall and Distribution Centre in Grangemouth and a Whisky Production and Warehousing Centre in Invergordon.

    [1] Nielsen UK Off Trade MAT 26.03.22

    [2] IWSR 2020

  • December 7, 2022CASKSHARE LISTS RARE THE MACALLAN 30YO SINGLE CASK – Scotch Whisky News

    CASKSHARE LISTS RARE THE MACALLAN 30YO SINGLE CASK

    – Ballot Open Until Sunday 11th December for £2,850 Bottles –

    Hot on the heels of a ballot sale for a cask of Springbank 30YO, which saw over 600 people sign up to buy one of 135 £1.6k bottles, Caskshare has released a ballot for a single cask malt that is set to be even hotter property: The Macallan 30YO.

    One hundred and eighty bottles of the rare malt are now on sale at £2,850 each.  Maturing in a first-fill Sherry cask, the 30 year-old expression is due to be bottled in May 2023, bearing one of the highest single-cask ABVs on the market at 51.5%.

    According to a recent report by investment bank Noble & Co, The Macallan, produced by Famous Grouse owner Edrington, is the number one brand for both volume and value in the secondary market. Using data collected from over 580,000 whisky auction transactions over the last decade, the report also shows a 21% increase in the value of fine and rare single malts in 2022, with the volume of bottles sold increasing by 23%. In October, a single bottle of The Macallan 80YO sold at auction in Sotheby’s for £300,000.

    John Robertson, MD of Caskshare, said: “The Macallan is undoubtedly one of the most aspirational single malt whiskies, with a global reputation for quality and provenance.  It’s really not often that a cask of such rarity comes up and we’re expecting it to be hugely sought-after by both connoisseurs and collectors.”

    The ballot is open to UK and international customers and closes at midday on Sunday 11th December.

    A cask-to-glass service, Caskshare was founded in 2019.  As well as selling whiskies from 13 new-wave distilleries including Arbikie and Raasay, Caskshare acts as an independent bottler, acquiring rare single malt casks direct from distilleries to enable people to get a taste of one-of-a-kind whiskies across a range of price points that can’t be found anywhere else.

    To enter the ballot, head to: https://www.caskshare.com/ballot/macallan-30-gb

  • December 7, 2022RAASAY IS HERE IN THE USA! – Scotch Whisky News

    The Isle of Raasay Distillery has appointed South San Francisco based ImpEx Beverages Inc. as their new Exclusive USA Importer.

    The inspiration for the Isle of Raasay Single Malt came from some older styles of Hebridean Single Malts. Styles that have been lost through the ages and are not as prevalent anymore. This became the inspiration for the Isle of Raasay Single Malt’s signature flavor profile: a lightly peated whisky, balanced with rich dark fruit flavors.

    ImpEx Beverages launches Isle of Raasay Single Malt in November 2022 with four expressions, their flagship Isle of Raasay Single Malt Whisky, bottled at 46.4% abv., and three Peated Single Casks (Ex-Bordeaux Red Wine Cask, Ex-Rye Whiskey Cask, and Virgin Chinkapin Oak Cask). These three casks are one half of the distillery’s coveted six-part “Na Sia” Single Malt recipe, with the other half of the recipe due as Single Cask bottlings in 2023.

    When asked about the partnership, William Dobbie, Commercial Director, Isle of Raasay Distillery stated, “We are very excited to be partnering with ImpEx, who have had many successful years building spirits brands in the USA. The Isle of Raasay Distillery team and I are delighted to be working with ImpEx and bringing our island spirits to US shores. ”

    Sam Filmus, President, ImpEx Beverages stated, “Isle of Raasay Distillery and its team are dedicated to their rich history and live their story every day.  ImpEx Beverages is delighted to partner with them to share this passion with the US and delight the palates of its consumers with this very special liquid.”

    Every drop of Isle of Raasay Spirit is lovingly distilled, matured, and bottled on Raasay, maximizing the influence of the island on the spirit and the distillery on the island.

    Join the #RaasayWhisky journey in the U.S.A. by sharing your experiences with @impexbev | @raasaydistillery on all social platforms.

    Isle of Raasay Single Malt will be available at specialty retailers across the United States.  For more information on this award-winning Single Malt including where to buy please contact us at Office@ImpExBev.com.

    ImpEx Beverages Inc.
    360 Swift Ave
    Side B # 9
    South San Francisco, CA 94080

  • December 7, 2022EDRADOUR DISTILLERY 10 Year Old 2012 Signatory Un-Chillfiltered Cask #306 – Whisky Barrel News

    New Edradour 10 Years Highland single sherry cask 🎁

    Bottled November 2022 – single sherry cask #306 distilled June 2012. The perfect malt whisky for the Holiday season as a gift or treat for yourself. Edradour 10 Year Old 2012 vintage Highland single malt Scotch whisky. Single sherry butt #306 bottled 2022 by Signatory Vintage for the Un-Chillfiltered series.

    Buy – Edradour 10 Years UCF – £64.75 / $65* / €62*

    Edradour Distillery was formed in 1825 by a group of eight local farmers. Situated at Milton of Edradour near Pitlochry and still just a farm sized distillery equipped with a Morton refrigerator to cool the worts and two wee stills with their spirit cooled in a single worm tub. Whilst ranked amongst the small working distilleries in Scotland its owners Signatory Vintage have plans to increase its size and output. Official distillery releases include the Edradour 10 Year Old, Barolo Cask and Sherry Cask Ibisco decanters.

  • December 7, 2022Winners Announced in 4th Annual Scottish Whisky Awards – Scotch Whisky News


    The winners in the national awards programme for Scotch whisky have been announced following a St Andrews Day dinner and celebration held in Edinburgh last night.

    The 4th annual Scottish Whisky Awards revealed the winners from its comprehensive competition that included the blind tasting of nearly 200 Scotch whiskies and the assessment of product from 61 Scottish distilleries and independent bottlers.

    430 representatives of the Scotch whisky industry gathered to celebrate the news of the winners.  Read all about them here.

    Sláinte!

    The Scottish Whisky Awards Team