Whisky Magazine Issue 101
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Well here we go, hurtling into a new year and there has already been plenty of news to fill our hearts with joy regarding our chosen tipple.
There are certainly a couple of major events that could see some interesting whiskies released.
We started the year with the official news that Rachel Barrie moved across to Morrison Bowmore Distillers (MBD), taking with her a wealth of knowledge and seminal blending skills. We can only guess what additions she will make to the MBD stable. She has after all some excellent whiskies to work with in Bowmore, Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch.
The other news following hard on the heels of this was Beam Global completing its purchase of Cooley Distillery in Ireland. This is an interesting acquisition and has given the American-based giant a stake in one of the fastest growing sectors of whisky at the moment; particularly in the US.
The question now stands: what will the company do? Are we going to see grain, in the shape of the award winning Greenore, become the next hot thing like rye? Is there an Irish small batch collection on its way? We wait with bated breath. Certainly last time I visited Kilbeggan distillery, master distiller Alex Chasko was playing with some very exciting mashbills that hopefully will see the light of day at some point.
There have been plenty of new releases over the festive period and into the start of the year, and I think we can expect some of the big guns to release some interesting liquid.
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