19 April 2019

Aerstone Whisky Tweet Tasting


More social media based dramfotainment you say? Well allow us to very gladly oblige!
 
We’re dramspankingly delighted to announce that on May 22nd, we’re teaming up again with our good friends at William Grant & Sons, to share, sip and savour the first two releases from their Aerstone single malt Scotch whisky range.
 
Launched in September 2018, the Aerstone range is said to showcase two different styles of whisky under the same brand (a classic Speyside and a rich and smoky style) allowing consumers to easily understand the spectrum of flavours and demystify the traditional and often complex language associated with the category.
 
Full details to follow soon, but if you fancy taking part in what promises to be an epic evening of dramfotainment click here to register your interest by emailing your name, address and Twitter handle, remembering to mark the subject line: #AerstoneWhisky
 
The closing date to register is May 3rd, and if you are registering to take part please make sure that you will actually be free on the evening of May 22nd 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 dramspankery. So we look forward to seeing you over on Twitter on May 22nd at 7pm BST via #AerstoneWhisky
 
Registration open to over 21's only!
 
For more information on Aerstone, visit: aerstonescotchwhisky.com
 
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4 April 2019

Whisky Insiders Interview - Gregg Glass



Company:
The Whisky Works / Whyte & Mackay

Job:
Whisky Maker and Blender

Website:
thewhiskyworks.com



How long have you been working in the whisky industry?
I started in the whisky industry in the Summer of 1999, initially as a tour guide at my local Highland distillery and I knew then this was the industry I wanted to work in. Thereafter I had a number of other roles within whisky.
 
I later joined Compass Box and focussed on cask selection, quality control and whisky creation, becoming their Whisky Maker in 2005. Working alongside the team both past and present was great and I have a huge amount of pride and respect for what the company has achieved.

In December 2016, I joined Whyte & Mackay to work alongside Master Blender Richard Paterson.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?
Working alongside Richard is an obvious one but in terms of whisky development and creation, to start making and using Scottish oak casks built by Scottish Coopers through The Whisky Works project. This has been something I’ve been personally researching, trialling and developing for over a decade.

Visiting local sawmills, collaborating with the coopers, and developing with the Whyte & Mackay team as part of the launch of The Whisky Works, and specifically King of Trees, has been extremely rewarding.

Can you remember your first dram, and indeed what it was?
In my early teens, I remember tasting Glenmorangie 10 Year Old from my parents’ home drinks cabinet. My first pub dram was Black Bottle.

What does whisky mean to you?
It’s about people. From farmer or forester through to drinker. A particular aspect of this is the community of hardworking, dedicated and passionate individuals within the industry itself.

Whisky is about both appreciating the whisky and celebrating the many people involved in creating it. I see myself as a “hands-on” whisky maker. For me, to truly understand a craft you need both the knowledge and first-hand experience of the processes you manage. With The Whisky Works, we are closer to every part of the whisky-making process.

28 March 2019

Quick Fire Whisky Tasting Notes

Kilchoman Loch Gorm
2019 Edition

Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
46% ABV
 
 
Nose: The last remaining smoking embers from a beach barbecue - a just opened bag of Frazzles – hoisin sauce – a clove studded Seville orange – sherry soaked ladyfingers – unbaked fruit cake mix – Werther’s Original soft caramels - sugar coated almonds – chocolate covered coffee beans – toasted cinnamon sticks and a tease of something mentholy fresh.
 
Palate: A salted coastal kiss of the sea – wood smoke – allspice – crispy smoked bacon rinds – Muller blueberry fruit corner yogurt - gooseberry compote – Dapple Dandy plums – chocolate limes - the cherry and slice of orange peel that’s been soaking up all the loveliness from an Old Fashioned – buttered slices of malt loaf and a sip-ette of espresso.
 
Finish: A vivacious and vibrant, lingering finish, that’s as full, fine and feisty as its first nose and sip!
 
Summary: Keeping it plain and simple, this is another beautifully balanced, kick ass, killer of a Kilchoman!
 
 

13 March 2019

JJ Corry Irish Whiskey Tweet Tasting


Continuing our teeming throng of industry leading, Twitter trending Tweet Tastings, we’re absolutely thrilled to announce that on April 17th, we’ll be teaming up with the Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Co, to pour and explore a trio of expressions from their multi award-winning JJ Corry whiskey brand.
 
Founded in 2015 by Louise McGuane, who has resurrected the lost art of Irish whiskey bonding under the JJ Corry brand name. The Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Co, is maturing whiskey in a purpose built bonded rackhouse on the McGuane family farm in Cooraclare, County Clare, on the West Coast of Ireland.
 
In addition to sharing, sipping and savouring JJ Corry’s rather dram epic, inaugural ‘The Gael’ blended whiskey expression, we’ll also be uncovering and discovering two other dramming ditties, but for now details of these are on a hush, hush, mums the word, all will be revealed in good time basis!
 
If you would like to take part on what promises to be an epic evening of Irish whiskey dramfotainment click here to register your details by emailing your name, postal address, Twitter handle and age confirmation. Please also remember to mark the subject line: #JJCorryWhiskey
 
The closing date to register is March 29th, and if you are registering please make sure that you will actually be free on the evening of April 17th to take part!
 
Even if you're not one of the selected Tweet Tasters, it'd be great to have you following all the evening’s dramfotainment. So we look forward to seeing you over on Twitter, on April 17th at 19:00 BST via #JJCorryWhiskey
 
Registration open to over 21's only!
 
For more info on JJ Corry, visit: chapelgatewhiskey.com
 
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