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Tag: Blended Whisky

Blended Whisky is having something of a reputational revolution at the moment, all due to some great quality and innovative new releases. Check out the latest news and reviews of blended whisky producers including Johnnie Walker and Chivas Regal right here.

Ballantine’s 12 Year Old Trip – Part Two

Ballantines helmet

So – with the distillery tour over and done with, it was time to move onto the main event; that which we had all been invited along to see. The deconstruction of Ballantine’s 12 Year Old.

Before we get into all that though, I’d like everyone to take a second to behold the image below:

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Ballantine’s 12 Year Old Trip – Part one

Ballantines selection

Okay. I’ll start here with an apology. This is possibly the most overdue blog post in the history of man (except my review of Dead Rabbit NYC, that’s more overdue). Things have happened since then, y’see. Things involving setting up new and exciting drinks distribution companies, developing a whole mess of new products, and the introduction of a mini sleep-terrorist into my house. These things have precluded me from doing what I should have done ages ago. The last one has also probably precluded me from spelling any words in this post correctly or being sure if my hands are, in fact, my hands. If you’re reading this, Ballantine’s-press-folk, you can have one free shot next time I see you, subject to the normal rules of course*.

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Whisky! Winning! – International Spirits Challenge & Scotch Whisky Masters Results

Andy Murray wins Wimbledon

Picking up silverware (or even ‘gold-ware’) is always nice, just ask that marvellous gent Andy Murray. It gives one a nice, warm feeling inside, either that or somebody just put some 100,000 Scovilles Naga Chilli Vodka in my tea…

The results from this year’s International Spirits Challenge (ISC) and Scotch Whisky Masters were recently revealed and we’re proud to say that our whiskies did rather well!

First let’s take a look at the International Spirits Challenge 2013, “the most authoritative, respected and influential spirits competition in the world”. Fancy. Earlier this month they released the results of their Whisky Tasting Awards. These come from a rigorous process of blind tasting by panels of over 50 industry experts tasked with “rewarding quality and celebrating excellence”.

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John Walker & Sons Voyager Competition

John Walker and Sons Voyager

Ever fancied attending a glamorous party aboard a luxurious 1920s-style yacht? How about a star-studded shindig on an opulent 157 foot vessel with live entertainment thrown in? (I’ll give you a clue: the answer is “Yes”. Possibly “Hell yes”.)

Well… HERE’S YOUR CHANCE!!!

That’s right, we’ve come up with the goods again and one lucky person will be winning a pair of tickets to attend the The Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Celebration in London on 17th July 2013 aboard the John Walker & Sons Voyager. That’s Ka-Blamo!

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The Ship Hits the Fans…Caskstrength launches a Cutty Sark!

caskstrength cutty sark

It’s finally here. Yes, folks, Joel Harrison and Neil Ridley have raised the anchor and set sail to release the third instalment in their A-Z of whiskies series. This time, they took to the high seas (or high rails?) to celebrate their first crack at creating a blend. And what a blend it was! It stands up to water, cocktails, and rush-hour traffic on the London Circle Line.

Our journey began with an introduction by two salty dogs, dressed to the nines in seafaring garb and presenting us with a fractured history of the London tube. Were there sea shanties, you ask? But of course!

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C is for… Cutty Sark!

Cutty Sark

That’s right, folks. Those crafty chaps from Caskstrength announced today their new bottling! Due to launch on 25 March 2013, the third instalment in the much-celebrated Alphabet Series is indeed a Cutty Sark, Neil and Joel undertook the herculean task of blending their own whisky, and the result is sure to be interesting!

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How To Blend Whisky Part II (Deux*)

Blend Your Own Whisky Part 2

Back in September, we began offering some pointers on blending your own whisky to help you get the most out of the marvellous Home Blending Kits we have bestowed upon the world (we’re good like that) as well as explaining a little about how whisky blending came about.

Now, we left that post on a bit of a cliff-hanger I’m afraid, but fear not! We didn’t forget about this, good heavens no! Time to re-cap/catch up on How To Blend Whisky Part I because herein lies… Part Deux!

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Another 5 Releases from That Boutique-y Whisky Company

That Boutiquey Whisky Company

Another month (well, nearly – it’s been over 3 weeks), another clutch of supremely awesome whiskies bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. This time we’re bringing you whiskies from Brora, Arran, Tobermory, Tormore and Aberfeldy.

Sadly, one of these beauties has already sold out (no prizes for guessing which I’m afraid), but the rest are still available for your delectation:

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The Best in Glass Awards 2012

For the past 5 years, drinks writers (and now whisky bottlers!) Joel Harrison and Neil Ridley have hosted an awards ceremony intended to turn the whisky judging world on its head—or at least put it poolside with a drink in its hand. Jeil (or Noel, as they are affectionately referred to at MoM HQ) designed their Best in Glass Awards to celebrate whiskies that are accessible, delicious, and newly released. The annual Best in Glass Awards were held on 12th December 2012 at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in London. After a gruelling afternoon of a two-course luncheon (wink!) and blind tasting of ten whiskies, one whisky emerged victorious from the collection to be dubbed the champion of the Best in Glass Awards 2012!

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Categories : Irish Whiskey, Scotch Whisky, Tasting Notes, Whisky
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