Aberfeldy launches 40-year-old bottle filling experience

Bacardi-owned Scotch brand Aberfeldy has launched three 40-year-old single cask whiskies, which are available exclusively from the distillery as a hand-bottling experience. The Highland distillery will bottle three American oak ex-Bourbon hogsheads, each filled on 22 August 1978. Cask #5029 will be bottled at 50.1% ABV and is described as having “honeysuckle and freshly cut grass” notes, with a “burst of cloves” and cereal notes on the palate. Cask #5030 (47.3% ABV) has flavours of…

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Clynelish unveils distillery-exclusive whisky

Diageo has released a no-age-statement Clynelish single malt Scotch whisky, available exclusively from the distillery. Bottled at 48% ABV, a total of 6,000 700ml bottles will be made available at the distillery for an RRP of £90 (US$116). Matured in a combination of American ex-Bourbon and rejuvenated casks, the whisky is described as having aromas of toffee, butterscotch and vanilla, followed by fresh fruits and a “gentle” salinity. The palate is said to have flavours…

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Aberfeldy adds 19-year-old to Exceptional Cask Series

Bacardi Global Travel Retail (GTR) has partnered with Dubai Duty Free to launch a limited edition Aberfeldy 19-year-old single malt Scotch whisky as part of its Exceptional Cask Series. The small batch release was chosen by malt master Stephanie McLeod and was blended from four Aberfeldy casks. One component of the blend was aged in an ex-Sherry cask, while the other three liquids spent 15 years in refill casks before being transferred into oloroso Sherry…

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Auchentoshan Sauvignon Blanc is Amazon-exclusive

Beam Suntory has created an Amazon-exclusive expression of Auchentoshan single malt Scotch whisky, which has been finished in ex-Sauvignon Blanc wine casks. Set to launch on 15 November, Auchentoshan Sauvignon Blanc was first matured in ex-Bourbon barrels before being finished in Sauvignon Blanc barrique casks. Bottled at 47% ABV, the single malt is said to have notes of citrus, white grapefruit, white peaches and green apple on the nose, leading to “peppery and zesty” notes…

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Brands must find more articulate definition than ‘craft’

Using the term ‘craft’ is “inarticulate and lazy”, and spirits producers should find better ways of communicating what their brands are about, the founder of East London Liquor Company (ELLC) has said. Speaking to The Spirits Business last month, Alex Wolpert, founder of ELLC, said the distillery does not consider itself to be a ‘craft’ producer, although many might place the firm under the ‘craft spirits’ umbrella. “We’ve always prided ourselves in debunking that ‘craft’…

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