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Glenfiddich Announces Search For The Next World’s Most Experimental Whisky Bartender

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Following the inaugural launch of Glenfiddich’s search to find the World’s Most Experimental Bartender, Glenfiddich is looking for the next maverick to take the crown. The global search aims to recognise and reward individuals who collaborate with artists outside of the traditional drinks world in order to create a more surprising, inventive drinking experience. The winner will earn a reputation as The World’s Most Experimental Bartender, with their creativity being showcased globally.

Last year, Nathan O’Neill of New York’s NoMad Hotel took the title for his collaboration with Chef John Taube. The pair co-created a new generation of cooked Glenfiddich cocktails, inspired by the sous-vide cooking technique. Sous-vide is a method of cooking under vacuum, locking in moisture and flavour while ensuring an even result. Other collaboration finalists included; ceramics, videography, edible art, cheese making, sound engineering, game creation, cuisine and furniture design.

Following on from the success of last year, the competition requires bartenders to collaborate with a master of another field to co-create something unique, inspired by Glenfiddich. Finalists from countries around the globe, including the UK, will then be invited on an all-expenses-paid trip to the Glenfiddich Experimental Bartender Academy in Scotland, where they will compete to win the priceless opportunity of bringing their idea to life, supported by Glenfiddich.

The academy is an intense and immersive three-day experience where the UK’s favourite co-creators will learn how to make whisky from scratch. They will have the exclusive opportunity to absorb knowledge from Glenfiddich’s distillery experts; from the mash man to the cooper, the still man to the malt master; and these extraordinary craftsmen will share the techniques that have made Glenfiddich the most awarded single malt Scotch whisky today; including an opportunity to meet with our malt master, Brian Kinsman.

Armed with fresh knowledge and tools, the collaborative pairs will then refine their innovation ideas in order to pitch to a panel of judges which will include; Director of Prestige UK – Kirsten Grant Meikle, Glenfiddich Global Brand Ambassador – Struan Grant Ralph, Glenfiddich Malt Master – Brian Kinsman and High Snobiety.

2016’s World’s Most Experimental Bartender winner, Nathan O’Neill, comments, “Collaboration has always been my greatest source of inspiration; particularly watching, learning, and developing skills from other crafts – so this competition was an ideal opportunity for me. We re-imagined the food pairings of the Glenfiddich ancestors, and created a dish that transported guests back to the Scottish Highlands of previous generations. This is a hugely exciting opportunity!”

Glenfiddich Global Brand Ambassador, Struan Grant Ralph, comments, “Our award-winning whiskies are sold in the world’s finest bars, existing in a space where the demand for co-creation has never been higher. This competition is an opportunity for maverick bartenders to extend the boundaries of the whisky industry – collaborating with masters outside of their trade to create an entry that meets both of their passions, while meeting the hunger for a serve that challenges the industry norm.”

The search for the next World’s Most Experimental bartender starts now, with the closing date for entries in the UK being the 12th June 2017. The UK finalists will be announced on 19th June 2017 and will be selected by the Glenfiddich UK Brand Team and UK Ambassador Mark Thomson, before competing in the UK Final on the 12th July.

Global Finalists will be announced in September 2017, and will take part in the Glenfiddich Experimental Bartender Academy in Scotland in November.

For more details on how to enter and for the full terms and conditions of the competition, please visit http://www.glenfiddich.com/uk/explore/experimental-whisky. All entrants must be over 25 years old and have the flexibility to attend a week-long trip to Scotland in November 2017. There is no cash exchange and the place on the Glenfiddich Experimental Bartender Academy is not transferable.

Glenfiddich IPA Experiment Launches In UK On-Trade With Young’s Exclusive

glenfiddich-ipa-and-serveGlenfiddich, the world’s most awarded single malt whisky, officially launches the Glenfiddich IPA Experiment in the UK on-trade starting with 85 Young’s pubs across London.

The Glenfiddich IPA Experiment is the world’s first single malt Scotch whisky finished in IPA craft beer casks. A collaboration between Glenfiddich Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, and Speyside craft brewer, Seb Jones, they worked together to pioneer a new single malt Scotch whisky imbued with zesty citrus and tangy hops from the oak casks that had previously held a bold Speyside IPA.

According to Glenfiddich Senior Brand Manager, Sarah Harding, “Since the Glenfiddich IPA Experiment launched in September 2016 in the off-trade, we have been overwhelmed by the interest from consumers and whisky connoisseurs nationwide due to the unique qualities of this experimental liquid. We are so pleased to be officially launching the Glenfiddich IPA in the UK on-trade with Young’s so more consumers can experience this collaboration between brewer, Seb Jones, and Glenfiddich Malt Master, Brian Kinsman.”

Gillian McLaren, Director of Marketing said “At Young’s we aim to go above and beyond when offering our consumers a range of unique drinks and experiences. We are seeing a growing demand for whisky and as Glenfiddich is one of the most innovative whisky brands in the world, we’re thrilled to be the first managed outlet to stock Glenfiddich IPA across 85 of our pubs. We hope it will appeal to our current whisky drinkers and look forward to educating more consumers on the wonderful world of whisky through our variety of consumer tasting events.”

Young’s will be hosting a number of Glenfiddich IPA Experiment whisky tasting events for customers which will run from 17th January until 17th March 2017. These include:
– January 18th (7pm-9pm): GLENFIDDICH IPA MASTERCLASS @ WHITE BEAR, KENNINGTON
– February 23rd (7pm-9pm): GLENFIDDICH DECONSTRUCTED @ DOG & FOX, WIMBLEDON

To find more information about the events and Young’s Whisky Tide campaign, visit http://www.youngs.co.uk/.

Glenfiddich IPA is part of Glenfiddich’s innovative Experimental Series, a new range that combines the brand’s passion for pushing Scotch whisky boundaries and its collaborations with trailblazers from the whisky world and beyond.

Glenfiddich Rewrites The Whisky Rule Book Introducing The Glenfiddich Experimental Series

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William Grant & Sons UK brand, Glenfiddich, the World’s Most Awarded Single Malt Whisky, launches the Glenfiddich Experimental series, a new range that combines the brand’s passion for pushing Scotch Whisky boundaries and collaborating with trailblazers from the whisky world and beyond. Glenfiddich can do this because boldness is in their DNA: they are still family run and owned after 130 years, they started the entire single malt category and they are the World’s Most Awarded single malt, no wonder they are called the Maverick Whisky Makers of Dufftown. The Glenfiddich Experimental Series is designed to inspire unusual and unexpected variants, and today sees the unveiling of two new innovative expressions:

Glenfiddich IPA Experiment: The first single malt Scotch whisky finished in IPA craft beer casks

Glenfiddich Malt Master, Brian Kinsman created the Glenfiddich IPA Experiment in collaboration with a local Speyside craft brewer, who shares a passion for innovative flavours. They worked together to pioneer a new single malt Scotch whisky imbued with zesty citrus and tangy hops from the oak casks that had previously held a bold Speyside IPA. In the process of Glenfiddich crafting a new whisky of the Experimental Series, the pair also created a new IPA craft beer.

To pioneer a new malt, the collaborators first had to design and create a new IPA craft beer that would go into whisky casks, which would later be used to finish the first experimental variant. The intensive experimental process involved creating three separate brews of different strengths and levels of hops. Brian seasoned up to nine American oak casks at a time with the IPA brews, varying the time the IPA craft beer spent penetrating into the oak casks, before filling the casks back up with whisky to access the flavour profiles.

“The idea behind the Glenfiddich IPA Experiment was quite unusual but one we were passionate about – we wanted to really play with the flavours to see what we could create. Glenfiddich’s first whisky finished in IPA craft beer casks is testament to us challenging ourselves to produce something vibrant and unusual. The result is a liquid with a zesty citrus note followed by soft, sweet vanilla and ahint of fresh hops. The innovative flavour comes from carefully hand selecting the right malt whiskies to complement the extra hoppy notes.” – Glenfiddich Malt Master, Brian Kinsman

Project XX: Created by 20 of the world’s greatest Glenfiddich Experts

Project XX (pronounced ‘twenty’) is the result of one of the most ambitious malt experiments of Glenfiddich’s 130-year history. The expression is the collaboration between the 20 Glenfiddich Brand Ambassadors from 16 countries from all over the world and Brian Kinsman, who developed one unexpected, extraordinary whisky by bringing together 20 very special single malts.

Going against normal whisky conventions, Brian invited the ambassadors to explore and each select a cask from a warehouse at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown. Many of these ambassadors are the foremost experts on Glenfiddich in their respective countries, introducing single malts to whisky connoisseurs, enthusiasts and novices, imparting knowledge and information. Brian’s ambition was to create one remarkable single malt, by combining the curiosity and knowledge of these 20 experts.

This freedom of choice resulted in a 20-strong collection of some of the most unusual whiskies from Glenfiddich’s unrivalled stocks, amassed and carefully nurtured throughout the brand’s 130-year history. After each expert had chosen a single cask, from aged malts matured in port pipes to ancient sherry butts and first fill bourbon casks, Brian skillfully produced the final variant to reflect their individual tastes and interests. Expertly married together in a small batch vatting, the final flavour profile defined even his expectations.

“The final liquid was exceptional – and a special tribute to each individual cask the malts came from. The Glenfiddich Project XX we’relaunching today is a recreation of that initial small vatting. It has the warm summer fruity character of a classic Glenfiddich but thenits ‘multiple personalities’ are revealed as the flavours of candy floss, cinnamon spice, almonds and rich port tannins kick in withthe odd hint of liquorice.” – Glenfiddich Malt Master, Brian Kinsman

There are only a few times in your whisky lifethat you get to do something so creative as to develop a whisky that will eventually carry the Glenfiddich family name Project XX is one of those rare moments.

When the 20 Glenfiddich ambassadors from around the world gathered in Dufftown, they each had their own idea of what they wanted to add to the whisky. This led us all on a crusade to choose oak casks that reflected the consensus of the group. To witness Brians undeniable skill to marry them into something with deep concentrated flavours, yet with such unmistakable finesse and DNA of our distillery, was magical. – Glenfiddich UK Brand Ambassador, Mark Thomson

The Glenfiddich IPA Experiment, at ABV 43%, 70cl, will be available in Tesco’s and specialist whisky stores at £45.00 from 6th September and the Glenfiddich Project XX at ABV 47%, 70cl, will be available from specialist whisky stores nationwide from September at £50.00.

William Grant & Sons UK’s Brand Ambassadors Host The Highland Festival 2016

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Following the success of last year’s inaugural Highland Festival, William Grant & Sons UK hosted round two at Haggerston Park on Sunday 21st August. The UK’s top bartenders battled it out to win an immersive trip to Scotland hosted by Lesley Gracie, Master Distiller of Hendrick’s Gin, and UK Ambassador, Ally Martin.

This year saw nine teams compete for the title, with Team Reyka coming out on top, winning the crown and a once in a lifetime prize. “My team did me proud and consistently outclassed in the series of random challenges. They are a great group and I can’t wait to celebrate with them.” – Joe Petch, Reyka Vodka UK Ambassador. Team Reyka included Aidan Bowie from Dandelyan, Russell Burgess from Loves Company, Dan Bovey from B@ONE Bristol, Anna Sebastian from The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy, Aaron Masonde from Oblix at The Shard, Alastair Fraser from Little Bat and Iain McPherson from Hoot the Redeemer and Panda and Sons.

The competitors were faced with new and exciting games including Dash and Grab, Bootcamp Challenge and Last Man Standing along with 2015 favourites, The Ramos Fizz Cocktail Relay and Tug of War. Participants and spectators were kept well nourished by the awesome team at Patty & Bun, with the iconic Sailor Jerry Air Stream bar serving up cocktails from across the William Grant & Sons UK portfolio including the Hendrick’s Cucumber Collins and the Sailor Jerry Highland Vice. The Reyka Vodka ‘make your own’ Bloody Mary station made a comeback and Señor Scoop cooled everyone down with their adult ice creams.

Matt Sayer, Senior Prestige On-Trade Manager, William Grant & Sons UK, commented: “After the success of the 2015 Highland Festival, we had no other option but to bring it back, this time bigger and better! It’s the perfect setting for bartenders to enjoy their day off and for our ambassadors to engage with the on-trade, showcasing their brands in a fun and informal setting.”

Anna Sebastian, from Beaufort Bar at The Savoy, commented: “What an amazing day! Seeing so many people from our industry, from all over the UK come together was pretty special. Seeing old friends and making new ones, it’s events like this that bring us together and make a good industry great. Thank you to the William Grant & Sons UK team for such an organised and well-executed event.”

· Team Glenfiddich, led by ambassador Mark Thomson
· Team The Balvenie, led by ambassador James Buntin
· Team Hendrick’s, led by ambassador Ally Martin
· Team Monkey Shoulder, led by ambassador Grant Neave
· Team Sailor Jerry, led by ambassador EmmaLi Stenhouse
· Team Reyka, led by ambassador Joe Petch (2016 Champions)
· Team Disaronno, led by ambassador Rod Eslamieh (2015 Champions)
· Team Wood’s, led by Rum Specialist Stephen Rutherford
· Team Ancient Reserves, led by Whisky Specialist Alwynne Gwilt

Glenfiddich’s Inaugral Experimental Bartender Competition Crowns Its UK Winner

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Glenfiddich’s first global competition to find the world’s most experimental bartender kicked off with the UK being the first country to crown their winner, Shea Campbell from Orchid, Aberdeen.

True to Glenfiddich’s maverick family values, the global search aims to recognise and reward forward thinking bartenders who collaborate with ‘mavericks’ outside the traditional drinks world, such as musicians, chefs and artists, to develop a unique and inventive Glenfiddich drinking experience.

Shea Campbell partnered with his sister Ciara, a ceramics artist, to create different vessels allowing the drinker to explore the various flavours and aromas of the whisky, as well as experience the touch, weight and colour of the vessel itself.

The judges’ criteria was to find someone with exceptional whisky knowledge who could bring a disruptive, category changing concept and show good commercial understanding for their idea to be replicated globally. The judges, who included Glenfiddich UK Ambassador, Mark Thomson, Glenfiddich’s Senior Brand Manager, Sarah Harding, Hannah Sharman-Cox of Drink up London and Tony Conigliaro of The Drink Factory were impressed by the strong family connection and the share-ability of the siblings’ idea.

Shea said: “To win was very special, because this went beyond other competitions which have the liquid as the focal point, allowing us to focus on the experience. Glenfiddich have really started a new dialogue and platform for bartenders to extend their creative abilities beyond the realm of ingredient pairings and brand knowledge.”

Glenfiddich’s UK Ambassador and judge, Mark Thomson said: “For me, this competition allows us to creatively engage with the on-trade in a new and exciting way, whilst still keeping our maverick brand values at the forefront.”

Finalists will take part in the Glenfiddich Experimental Bartender Academy in November at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. The winners from UK, USA, Germany, Columbia, SA, UAE, Switzerland, India, and Australia will come together for the four day Academy where they will be tasked with hands on experiences at every stage of the whisky making process. On the fourth and final day they will present their idea to the global judges. The winning collaboration will see their idea become reality, supported by Glenfiddich.

Glenfiddich Global Brand Ambassador Steps Into New Role

glenfiddich-logoIan Millar, Global Brand Ambassador for Glenfiddich, is taking up a newly created role of Prestige Whisky Specialist for William Grant & Sons, based at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown.

Ian has spent the last decade as global brand ambassador for the World’s Most Awarded Single Malt, building love and desire for Glenfiddich around the world with consumers, bartenders, whisky collectors and connoisseurs, journalists and bloggers. Ian will now be giving his well-travelled passport a rest as he takes on a crucial role in delivering world class whisky experiences at the distillery.

Enda O’ Sullivan, Global Brand Director for Glenfiddich said: “On behalf of the entire team, I would like to sincerely thank Ian for his many achievements and accomplishments over ten years as global brand ambassador and I have no doubt he will continue to be a success in his new role. During Ian’s tenure Glenfiddich has gone from strength to strength and he has played a pivotal role in helping to grow the World’s Most Awarded Single Malt in to what it has become today.”

Ian said: “After ten years of sharing the joys of Glenfiddich around the world it`s time to step back into a role that will give me more time with my family. I have enjoyed my time as global ambassador immensely I will miss working with the various teams and in particular our world class team of ambassadors. They can’t get rid of me that easily however and I’m very much looking forward to the new role as the prestige whisky specialist for the company.”

Ian has over 40 years’ experience in Scotch whisky, having worked for a number of distillers in various technical and production roles, including mashing, distillation and warehousing before joining William Grant & Sons, where he was distillery manager for both Glenfiddich and The Balvenie before embarking on his journey as global brand ambassador.

Ian will commence his new role on March 1st 2016 and the search to fill Ian’s very large shoes has begun. The aim is to recruit Ian’s successor from within William Grant & Sons’ team of ambassadors.

New Premium Design For Glenfiddich Core Range

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William Grant & Sons UK’s Glenfiddich 12 and 15 Year Old single malt Scotch whiskies have been given a distinctive new pack design to complete a core range overhaul.

The redesign of the 12 and 15 Year Old expressions completes a core range refresh, which began with the redesigned Glenfiddich 18 Year Old, launched in November 2014.

The new Glenfiddich 12 and 15 year old bottles feature a more confident and dominant Stag and feature product information presented on a cream band which is more representative of the category. They are presented in premium presentation boxes, embossed with the instantly recognisable Glenfiddich gold stag and finished with luxurious gold foil detail.

Sarah Harding, Senior Brand Manager, Glenfiddich comments: “This is an exciting time for Glenfiddich and we are thrilled with the refreshed core range. Glenfiddich is a superior whisky so naturally we want its presentation to match the quality of the award winning liquid. The prestigious new look will hopefully capture and reflect our whisky making credentials and the  brand’s authenticity and family heritage.”

The new range will be available from September 2015.

Glenfiddich Launches Search For Malt Mastermind 2015

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Glenfiddich, the UK’s number one single malt Scotch whisky, has launched its annual Malt Mastermind competition. From today (1 June), bartenders are able to enter the contest which requires them to demonstrate creativity, knowledge and showmanship by creating a serve using Glenfiddich 12 Year Old, Glenfiddich 15 Year Old or Glenfiddich 18 Year Old.

The entry process will be open until 23 August. To enter Malt Mastermind, bartenders should visit http://www.glenfiddich.com/maltmastermind

Last year’s winner, Ali Reynolds from Hawksmoor Spitalfields, has been invited back to defend his title. Ali will be pitted against nine other hopefuls for the crown of Malt Mastermind 2015.

The competition will be held at the Glenfiddich Vaults at Voltaire in Central London on 14th September 2015. As well as serving up their signature drinks, the finalists will also take part in a quick fire buzzer round – testing knowledge on both the serious and more light-hearted side of all things whisky.

Competitors will be judged on creativity, execution and presentation skills, appearance, nose, taste and finish. The winner will enjoy a VIP trip to the Glenfiddich distillery where they will try some rare expressions and have’ access all areas’. In addition, they will take home a trophy and £1,000.

Follow the competition @GlenfiddichMM #MaltMastermind

Glenfiddich Launches Malt Mastermind Bartender Competition

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Glenfiddich, the UK’s number one single malt Scotch whisky, has announced the launch of this year’s Malt Mastermind competition. Returning for the fifth year, the competition calls on bartenders to showcase their flair and creativity by crafting a signature serve, this year using Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Rich Oak, Glenfiddich 15 Year Old or Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Distillery Edition.

The competition has introduced some new features for 2014. These include inviting more finalists to join the final – twelve instead of six in previous years – and the inclusion of a ‘wild card’ entry. For the first time, the competition will focus on the brand’s 15 Year Old variant.

The judging panel will also include two new judges this year. Joining Mark Thomson (who helped judge last year’s Malt Mastermind) will be Kirsten Grant Meikle, a William Grant & Sons family member and Director of Prestige at the company and Roman Foltan from The Artesian in London.

The final will take place in London on 17th November 2014. All finalists will be required to showcase their serve at the final, as well as take part in an additional challenge to be revealed on the day.

The inaugural wild card entry will be Jamie Ireland from G&V Royal Mile Hotel who reached the final last year and impressed the judges with his creativity when making his ‘Scotsman, Frenchman and an Englishman’ serve.
The competition is being promoted via digital advertising, trade PR and social media. The deadline for entries is 24th October 2014.

Sarah Harding, Senior Brand Manager for Glenfiddich, comments: “Year on year, the calibre of bartenders entering the competition has only improved with some exceptional serves and creativity showcased. We are looking for someone who really understands the pioneering spirit of Glenfiddich and someone who has great knowledge of the category, the complex structure of the liquid and how flavours can be used in serves to really complement the whisky and create interesting drinks.

“We are also excited to have Kirsten and Roman on board for the first time too. Both bring exceptional levels of knowledge and expertise to the table and we have no doubt, will inspire and enthuse our finalists.”

Bartenders wanting to enter the competition should visit http://www.glenfiddich.com/uk/explore/malt-mastermind. They will be required to complete a short online entry form, including details of the serve they would create using the Glenfiddich 14 or 15 Year Old variants.

The winner of the competition will be invited on an all-expenses paid VIP trip to the Glenfiddich distillery where they will sample some rare expressions and gain access to parts of the distillery not open to the general public. They will receive £1000 cash and the chance to be on the judging panel in 2015.

York Whisky Festival 2012 Review

Last year I became lucky enough to experience two whisky festivals organised by The Whisky Lounge. I happened to be in York for a weekend and heard that the Whisky Festival was in town, so naturally I decided to spend the afternoon there.

I targeted the whiskies I knew I hadn’t tried in Manchester, as well as some favourites, so below, I give to you my tasting notes on each –

Kilchoman Machir Bay 2012 – 46%

A good combination of smoke and malt on the nose, with a mix of pepper, chocolate and spice on the palate that creates a long-lasting finish.

Kilchoman 2006 Vintage Release – 46%

Delicate smoke with hints of spice on the nose. Bitter orange takes over on the palate with smoke flavours dominating a lingering finish.

Kilbeggan 18yr – 40%

Dominating vanilla on the nose with hints of cinnamon aromas following. Both cinnamon and vanilla present on the palate with the addition of caramel throwing itself in to create a long, sweet dram.

Glen Garioch 12yr – 48%

A mix of fudge and pear blend well on the nose to create a sweet offering. The palate is rather sharp to begin with but mellows quickly. Ripe banana moves to a slight smoke and salt flavour with the pear notes coming through at the end.

Hakushu 12yr – 43.5%

Fresh nose of green fruit with a whisp of smoke lingering. Sweetness on the palate, with pear dominating and the soft smoke creating a dry texture.

Yamazaki 12yr – 43%

A bold floral mix with tropical fruits blending nicely on the nose. Smooth sweetness on the palate with a little spice and wood finish.

Hibiki 12yr – 43%

Lots of pineapple and plum aromas blending nicely on the nose and following through onto the palate to create a soft and sweet flavour. A little spice on the end.

Tullibardine Aged Oak Edition – 40%

Citrus and barley on the nose with a slight aroma of chocolate followed by a vanilla and nut mix on the palate. Rather oily texture to begin but becomes rather dry near the finish.

Tullibardine Rum Finish – 46%

Toffee and vanilla dominating on the nose and palate with a rather sweet offering and a hint of spice. Heavy dose of rum which helps onto a long finish.

Balvenie PortWood 21yr – 40%

A strong yet fresh floral aroma with sweet notes and a hint of smoke on the nose. An extremely smooth and creamy flavour of fruit and honey on the palate.

Berry Bros. Speyside Reserve – 46%

Citrus and honey aromas on the nose with a slight nut scent following. Rather rich on the palate with fruits and malt combining well despite a slightly dry finish.

Speyburn 10yr – 40%

Fresh lemon scents on the nose which develops into fruit flavours on the palate. Sweet toffee also makes an appearance on the long finish.

Speyburn Bradan Orach – 40%

Green fruit mixes nicely with subtle vanilla on the nose. Delicate honey on the palate to begin-with but moves onto a smooth spicy finish.

Old Pulteney 17yr – 46%

Sweet nose of white fruit and butter with a scent of wood on the nose. Rounded hits of vanilla on the palate with the white fruit more delicate on the long finish.

Old Pulteney 21yr – 46%

A good hit of pear and apple on the nose with a little spice following nicely. Sweet on the palate with flavours of vanilla and honey making its presence. Dry finish.

Balbair 2002 – 46%

Floral fruits on the nose with hints of vanilla and toffee following, A good mix of spice and sweetness on the palate with orange and lemons dominating.

Balbair 1989 – 46%

Apple and raisin notes on the nose and then combines with spice flavours on the palate. A long, rich offering with raisin dominating throughout.

Balbair 1975 – 46%

Fresh citrus and coconut notes on the nose. Sweet and spicy on the palate with honey and fruits on the finish. Warming.

Arran 14yr – 46%

Dry notes of vanilla and toffee on the nose but a good hit of toffee on the palate. Chocolate and spice develops a rich sweetness on the finish.

Arran 12yr Cask Strength – 54.1%

Peach and apricot noticeably delicate on the nose, with fresh fruit and spice blending nicely on the palate with a slight kick of citrus at the end.

Arran Sauternes Cask Finish – 50%

Aromas of honey and marzipan on the nose, with citrus, spice and vanilla combining over a long finish with a hint of oak.

Arran Amarone Finish – 50%

Scents of honey and almonds fill the nose whilst chocolate and cherry flavours create a well-balanced match on the palate. Slight oak finish.

Arran Port Finish – 57%

Dry vanilla and citrus on the nose, with spice added to the mix on the palate. A good combination that develops a warmth on the finish.

Arran Machrie Moor Peated – 46%

Fudge hints on the nose that’s dominated by peat. Citrus and spice start off the palate, but smoke flavours follow quickly on a lingering finish.

Longmorn 16yr – 48%

Fresh nose of apple and herbs. Citrus creates a rich palate combining with spice and oak which leads to a dry finish.

Strathisla 12yr – 40%

Soft nose of floral and spice. A good malt flavour on the palate with a good hit of fruit on the long finish.

Chivas Regal 18yr – 40%

Orange and vanilla notes combine on the nose and palate, with hints of wood lingering. Spice flavours revealed near the long finish.

Glenlivet 15yr French Oak Reserve – 40%

Rich butter aromas on the nose with oak following. A combination of fruit and nut with spice and cinnamon making an appearance. Lingering finish of spice.

Glenlivet Nadurra Cask Strength 16yr – 54.2%

Fresh, rich aromas of apple and vanilla on the nose. Slight spice on the palate, with vanilla and soft fruits bursting on a dry finish.

Glenlivet 18yr – 43%

Rich toffee and fruit notes on the nose with honey and walnut flavours mixing with spice as it nears the long ending on the palate.

Glenlivet 21yr – 43%

Cereal and honey aromas create a rich nose, whilst a sweet ginger and cinnamon offering on the palate developing towards a warm, long ending.

Glenrothes 1998 – 43%

Rich vanilla and lemon-grass on the nose with hints of spice following. Rather soft on the palate with flavours of sweet vanilla and cinnamon blending well.

Glenrothes 1995 – 43%

Light citrus and spice on the nose with biscuit and cinnamon mixing nicely. A rich spice on the palate with a cocoa and coffee dry finish.

Glenrothes 1988 – 43%

Rich spice and berry notes on the nose with a hint of orange coming through. Orange and ginger combine well on the palate with a long, creamy finish.

Highland Park 18yr – 43%

Rich oak nose with hints of smoak, honey and floral aromas near the end. Soft honey and creamy spice on the palate with a long lingering peat finish.

Highland Park 21yr – 47.5%

Sweet toffee on the nose with hints of sherry creeping through. Sweetness carries onto the palate with flavours of smoke and spice to round it off.

Macallan Gold – 40%

A good blend of vanilla and citrus on the nose with fresh fruit, vanilla and toffee creating a short spice finish.

Laphroaig 18yr – 48%

Toffee nose with hints of cereal and spice leads to a warm yet rounded flavour of smoke and liquorice on the palate. A long, rich toffee finish.

Laphroaig Triple Wood – 48%

Dry nuts mix with a dominant sweet raisin aroma on the nose. A kick of peat on the palate leading to a vanilla, caramel and dried fruit finish.

Ardmore 25yr – 51.4%

Marzipan, peat and dark fruit dominate the nose with the peat continuing onto the palate with the rich fruits slowly following. Long, fresh finish.

Glenfiddich Rich Oak – 40%

Soft fruit notes on the nose with slight oak whispers. Rather soft and short on the palate, but a fruity offering with rich vanilla thrown in.

Some fantastic whiskies on offer yet again at the York leg of the show. There’s some on the list above that I probably will never get round to trying again so to attend a show like this can really throw towards you some real gems. Highlights for me include Kilchoman 2006, Hibiki 12yr, both Speyburn’s, Balbair 2002, Old Pulteney 21yr, Arran Machrie Moor, all the Glenlivet’s I tried as well as the Laphroaig 18yr.

If you like whisky, then you will love attending these festivals. If you’re not a lover, you can be pointed into the direction of some of the more introductory whiskies on offer in the world. This is the best thing about this category – love it or hate it, there will always be something to convert or possibly soften your initial thought.

Sláinte.

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