16 November 2018

The Whisky Wire's 12 Drams of Christmas 2018


‘It’s beginning to look a lot like…’ For the last eight years, we’ve been bringing you our ’12 Drams of Christmas’ as chosen by you! So, we thought it would only be rude not to do the same again this year, and use it as the perfect excuse to start quite literally getting into the festive spirit!

Between now and Friday December 7th, we’d love to hear your nominations for your favourite festive drops of dramspankage. Then on Tuesday the 11th of December, we’ll publish the list of the Top 12 drams as chosen by you in ranking order. We’ll also include retail details, so they can be enjoyed by all over the festive period and beyond.
To take part click here and email us your top three favourite festive whiskies, that we’ll then use to help compile this year’s list. Please remember to mark the subject line of your email '12 Drams of Christmas’.
Everyone who enters will automatically have their name added into our virtual Santa hat, for a chance of winning a bottle of the fantastically festive GlenDronach 12 Year Old.
Which 12 drams will make the list?
You decide!
t&c’s You must be over 21 years of age enter in the UK and over the legal drinking age of your respective country if entering from outside the UK. Competition closes on December 7th 2018.
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13 November 2018

Rum Insiders Interview - Shaun Caleb


Company:
Demerara Distillers / El Dorado Rum

Job:
Master Distiller

Website:
theeldoradorum.com




How long have you been working in the rum industry?
I have been working directly in the rum industry for over 11 years.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?
Installing and commissioning Demerara Distillers five column, multi-pressure rectification still and coffey-type still, to replicate many of the light and medium-bodied rums produced on the older heritage stills. This came early in my career when I was a Project Manager/ Chemical Engineer.

Can you remember your first rum, and indeed what it was?
El Dorado 15, on the first opportunity I had, to quench my curiosity as to why the rum was so famous, having won the Rum Trophy as World’s Best Rum on so many consecutive occasions (at the time from 1998 to 2000). I definitely started from the top! It is, in fact, the reason I was attracted to the industry, and am today the Master Distiller.

What does rum mean to you?
Rum is a source of pride, and (with sugar) a connection to the history and identity of the Guyanese, who were all brought to these shores to toil and to till the land. To be assigned the privileged role of preserving the heritage Stills and carrying on the legacy of distilling, I see myself as more than a mere distiller – even Master Distiller – but instead as a purveyor of my people and my country’s heritage, history, and cultural roots, steeped over centuries on the sugar plantations and rum distilleries.

Where would you like to see yourself in five years' time?
Having worked to build a young, dynamic team to guarantee the succession from the older hands, my goal in the next five years is to modernize the operations of our Distillery to enable us to innovate for new and interesting product offerings. In a sense, I see a bridge between maintaining our philosophical fidelity to traditional methods, and executing in a modern environment, even while retaining the older heritage stills, as they properly serve a place in preserving our history. The El Dorado of tomorrow must both retain the core of El Dorado of yesterday while innovating to remain relevant to the needs of the El Dorado consumers of tomorrow.

What was your last rum?
El Dorado 12, chased on ice with a splash of lemon-flavored carbonated water.

Do you have a favourite rum and food pairing combination?
El Dorado 12 with steak, medium-rare or with pork chops. To finish a meal, I enjoy a double El Dorado 15 in a highball.

What’s your favourite rum based cocktail?
Rum Old Fashioned with El Dorado 12, or a Manhattan with El Dorado 15. If I’m at a bar and would like to see the quality of their mixology program, I prefer the former – it’s sort of a standard reference point. If I’m sipping over conversation, just for the conversation’s sake – no judgments attached - I often go for the latter. But if I’m out relaxing with friends, a Daiquiri with the El Dorado 3 or 5 sometimes is just enough.

What do you think is going to be the next big thing on the rum horizon?
Special ageing with other types of wood, whether primary or secondary finish, especially released at higher proofs or cask strength, is growing in appeal. I believe it’s already the next big thing. It’s the connoisseur’s day in the sun!

What’s the one rum you couldn’t live without?
In my earlier days, I would’ve said the El Dorado 15, but there are so many good offerings these days, I find it difficult to say.

Many thanks to Shaun Caleb. Who will be our next Rum Insider? Click back soon to find out!

2 November 2018

Jura Sherry Cask Collection Tweet Tasting


More social media based dramfotainment you say? Well allow us to gladly oblige, with something rather splendid and of the Travel Retail Exclusive variety.

Continuing our triumphant teeming throng of Twitter trending Tweet Tastings, we’re thrilled to announce that on December 5th, we’ll be teaming up again with our friends at the Jura Distillery, to pour and explore expressions from their Sherry Cask Collection.

The Jura Sherry Cask Collection, is comprised of five whiskies; The Bay, The Loch, The Road, The Paps and The Sound, which have been matured in ex-bourbon barrels before being finished in Pedro Ximénez casks for different periods of time.

Full details to follow soon, but if you fancy taking part in an evening which will be as jubilantly joyous, as it will be sheer and sherried, click here to register your interest by emailing your name, address and Twitter handle. Please also remember to mark the subject line of the email: #JuraWhisky

The closing date to register is November 16th, and if you are registering to take part please make sure that you will actually be free on the night!

Even if you're not one of the selected Tweet Tasters, it'd be great to have you following the evening’s dramfotainment. So we look forward to seeing you over on Twitter on December 5th at 19:00 GMT via hashtag #JuraWhisky

Registration open to over 21's only!
 
For more information on Jura, visit: jurawhisky.com
 
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31 October 2018

Fettercairn Tweet Tasting


Following the brands recent relaunch, we’re absolutely thrilled to announce that on December 3rd, we’ll be spending an evening, sharing, sipping and savouring the new range of single malt Scotch whiskies from the Fettercairn Distillery.

This new range of single malts from the Highlands based distillery, located in the village of Fettercairn at the foothills of Scotland’s Cairngorm Mountains, is said to be reflective of the distillery’s unique production methods and befitting of its stock of rare and aged whiskies.

Full details to follow, but if you fancy pouring and exploring their new 12, 28, 40 and 50 Year Old expressions, in what promises to be an epic evening of dramming discoveries, click here to register your interest by emailing your name, address and Twitter handle. Also, please remember to mark the subject line with the hashtag: #FettercairnWhisky

The closing date to register is November 14th, and if you are registering to take part please make sure that you will actually be free on the evening of December 3rd to take part!

Even if you're not one of the selected Tweet Tasters, it'd be great to have you following all the evenings dramfotainment. So we look forward to seeing you over on Twitter on December 3rd at 7pm GMT via #FettercairnWhisky

Registration open to over 21's only!
 
For more info on Fettercairn, visit: fettercairnwhisky.com
 
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30 October 2018

The Borders Distillery Tweet Tasting


Continuing our hugely successful triumphant teeming thong of Twitter trending Tweet Tastings, on the run up to Christmas, we’re absolutely delighted to announce that on December 10th, we’ll be pouring and exploring a trio of distilled delights from The Borders Distillery.

Based in Hawick, The Borders Distillery, which was commissioned in March 2018, is the first Scotch whisky distillery in the Scottish Borders since 1837.

On the night we’ll be sharing sipping and savouring The Borders Distillery’s New Make Spirit, Lower East Side Blended Malt and William Kerr’s Borders Gin. There might also be a wee additional surprise added into the mix, but more on that nearer the time of the tasting.

If you would like to take part and uncover and discover some of the first releases from The Borders Distillery, click here to register your interest by emailing your name, address and Twitter handle. Also, please remember to mark the subject line with the hashtag: #BordersDistillery

The closing date to register is November 15th, and if you are registering to take part please make sure that you will actually be free on the evening of December 10th to take part!

Even if you're not one of the selected Tweet Tasters, it'd be great to have you following all the evenings dramfotainment. So we look forward to seeing you over on Twitter on December 10th at 7pm GMT via #BordersDistillery

Registration open to over 21's only!
 
For more info on The Borders Distillery, visit: thebordersdistillery.com
 
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