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Issue 129 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 129

American Whiskey Special plus Kingbarns, Single Oak Project, Edradour and Germany

 
Thu 11 Jun 2015

A Father's Day toast with Spey Chairman's Choice

SPEY Chairman’s Choice single malt Scotch whisky is the ultimate gift for discerning drinkers this Father’s Day. Created using traditional distilling techniques at the boutique distillery, the whisky used in this expression is – as its name suggests – specially selected by the company chairman.

From the rich amber colour to the handsome wooden presentation case, the dram oozes class and masculinity. It is one of the biggest selling malts produced by the boutique distillery run by Harvey’s of Edinburgh.

John Harvey McDonough, director of Harvey’s of Edinburgh, says SPEY Chairman’s Choice holds a special connection to his own father and family. He explains, “The release comes from a tradition started in the late 1700s by John and Robert Harvey who founded the company.

“Every year on Christmas Day the chairman of the company would choose the finest casks of whisky to share with his family. It is a tradition that we continue to uphold and my father, John, chooses whisky from the very best casks in our warehouse.

“It is a very limited bottling with only a very small amount released each year, but it has grown to be one of the best-selling bottles in our range of hand-crafted malts produced using time-honoured traditional techniques.”

At 40% ABV, SPEY Chairman’s Choice has a refreshing flower and fruit fragrance with a hint of vanilla. The whisky is matured in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks, giving the dram a unique richness full of character.

With a distinct taste of dried fruit, it has a soft, nutty flavour and a creamy finish, while the aftertaste is of mild spice and soft dried fruit with a woody sweetness. The stunning bottle is encased within a dark wooden presentation case.

With an RRP in the region of £60, SPEY Chairman’s Choice is available from a range of retailers. Details of stockists and there to buy are available at http://www.speysidedistillery.co.uk

Speyside Distillery, home of the SPEY brand of malt whisky, has been in production since 1990 and is operated by Speyside Distillers Ltd. It is located near Aviemore, set against the stunning backdrop of the Cairngorm mountain range in the heart of Scotland’s most prolific whisky-producing region.
 
Tue 09 Jun 2015

The first distillery in Dublin in 125 years is open

The Teeling Whiskey Company (TWC) today officially opened its brand new distillery and visitor centre in The Liberties, Dublin. The €10 million distillery is the first in Dublin in over 125 years and the only fully operational distillery in the city at present.

As well as fully functioning distillery, there is a state-of-the-art visitor centre which will host whiskey tasting tours, a café, a bar, a private event space for hire and a gift shop. The visitor centre will officially start taking paying visitors from Saturday, 13th June and will be open from 9.30am - 5.30pm 7 days a week.

Founded by Jack Teeling in 2012, TWC was set up to revive his family-old trademark of Irish whiskey and bring distilling back to Dublin, where Walter Teeling had a distillery on Marrowbone Lane in the 18th century. The Teeling Whiskey Company is run by Jack together with his brother Stephen.

The opening of this new distillery means that TWC has complete control of all aspects of its whiskey production, from grain to bottle, so that it can truly lead the category in terms of innovation and build on the company’s ever growing reputation of producing some of the world’s best whiskeys. Most recently, Teeling Single Malt was named ‘World’s Best’ at the 2015 World Whiskies Awards and Teeing Small Batch was awarded ‘Best Blended Irish Whiskey’ at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Irish whiskey is currently experiencing a surge in popularity both at home and abroad and is the fastest growing spirits category in the world. According to an IWSR/Just drinks report, Irish whiskey is expected to grow by +60% between 2014 and 2019 and it is estimated that 96m bottles of Irish whiskey will be sold globally by 2016.
Jack Teeling, founder and managing director of the Teeling Whiskey Company commented: “Today is a momentous day in the history of our company and something we have been working towards for the last three years. We are delighted to officially open our brand new distillery and bring back thetradition of distilling to Dublin. We are also looking forward to opening our doors to our first official visitors this weekend and we’re confident that our distillery will become a must-visit destination for tourists to Dublin from all over the world.”
 

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