Mon 09 Dec 2013
KINGS OF THE HILL
We reveal the winners in the latest round of the Icons search
It has been an interesting year in the whisky world, major expansion plans have been announced for some companies, while others are ramping up production to feed a growing demand for spirit. The feeling is that we are at the gathering point of a wave in increased interest. The world is turning to Scotland and showing greater appetite for whisky.
The Icons mark a highlight in the whisky calendar and this year is no exception with the quality of companies entering the awards.Scotland 2014 Winners
Mon 09 Dec 2013
We reveal this year’s winners of our prestigious competition
The independent bottling sector provides consumers with an interesting and precise view into their favourite distilleries; the releases can serve to fill in the gaps left by official bottlings. Given the very nature of the bottlings, short runs, limited quantities and sometimes unusual years, these are the effemora of the whisky world; in a glass today and gone tomorrow. That’s what makes them so desirable to the drinking public, the chance to drink a little bit of history from a distillery you respect and enjoy.
There has been much talk of the independents feeling the squeeze from distillery owners in terms of obtaining stock, but, as this challenge shows, the sector is going strong and still coming up with some wonderful expressions.2013 Winners
Wed 04 Dec 2013
Willimott House Ltd, working with Hunter Laing & Co., is pleased to announce the launch of its Dunadd Superior 3 years old and 12 years old blended Scotch whisky.
Nestled in the valleys of Argyll, Scotland stood the hill fort of Dunadd. Pictish stone carvings and footprint of Dalriadic Kings all deliver evidence of its historic beginning; it was here that the Scottish nation was born.
Dunadd Blended Scotch whisky is as Scottish as its namesake. Created from a blend of the finest matured Scotch whiskies of the highlands and low lands of Scotland, Dunadd has unsurpassed smoothness, and a character uniquely its own; a whisky to be savoured and enjoyed.
Dunadd, named after the historic birthplace of the Scottish nation, is one of the most famous and archaeologically significant sites in Scotland - and one of the most important early medieval sites in Britain. By tradition Dunadd was the capital of the early Scottish kingdom of Dalriada, founded by King Fergus Mor in about AD 500, and the probable site where the Monarchs were crowned. Pictish stone carvings, mysterious messages in early Gaelic script and the footprints of Dalriadic Kings all deliver visible evidence of its historic beginnings; it was here that the Scottish Nation was born.
It is a complex fortification, defended by four lines of walling on different levels. These structures appear to have been built about AD 500 and 900. Objects found in excavations show that the site was particularly important around AD 500. It was a centre for fine metal working. The main approach is up rocky defile to the lowest terrace which has a well defined wall. Near the north end is a solidly built wall. Above this level the walls are more ruinous.
The most remarkable feature is a series of carvings on a rock slab near the summit. There is the figure of a boar, the outline of a foot print, a rock cut, basin and several lines of ogam inscriptions in an unknown language. The basin and foot print may have been used in the coronation of the Kings of Dalriada.”