New English Whisky Company

Andrew Nelstrop, a 33 year old English businessman, is planning to open his own distillery. However the site of his distillery will not be Scotland or Ireland as most people would presume -but in Norfolk, England. Nelstrop plans to invest £1 million in the Norfolk Whisky Company, which will eventually include a bottling plant, shop and visitor centre. The distillery will produce 100,000 bottles of cask-strength single malt whisky a year. Source: Scotsman.

Two New Bottlings From Bunnahabhain

Islay distillery Bunnahabhain launches two new bottlings, 18 years old and 25 years old. Source: Scottish Food & Drink.

Four-Grain Bourbon by Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve will launch its super-premium Master’s Collection. The roll-out starts in October, in Kentucky, with major markets to follow.

The bourbon is bottled at 92.4 proof and will retail at $79.99 for a 750mL. Whiskies in the Master’s Collection are limited in quantity and exclusively triple-distilled in copper pot stills at The Woodford Reserve Distillery. Even the whiskies’ unique bottle shape will mimic that of a copper pot still (see picture).

The launch introduces Four-Grain Bourbon. Traditionally, Kentucky bourbon distillers rely on a three-grain mash bill with corn serving as the majority grain, malted barley necessary for natural starch-to-sugar conversion, and rye as the preferred grain for creating a spicy, fruity character. According to Chris Morris, Master Distiller of Woodford Reserve, the use of wheat will give the whisky a softer, nuttier influence than regular Kentucky Bourbon.

World’s First Organic Scotch Whisky

The Organic Spirits Company, Surrey, UK, launches Highland Harvest -the first organic whisky to be accredited by the Soil Association (the leading certifier of organic produce in the UK).

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Highland Harvest is a blended Scotch and is made from three organic malts and one organic grain whisky, which have been matured in oak barrels for four years. Chris Parker, managing director of The Organic Spirits Company says: “There is an assumption that all whisky is organic, when the reality is that modern techniques employed in the creation of raw materials such as barely and maize rely on the use of fertilisers, pesticides and fungicides”.

According to Parker, there are much lower levels of methanol in Highland Harvest than in regular whisky. Since methanol is the main cause for hangovers, trying out this organic whisky might be a good idea. The interested customer will have to pay about £15 for a 70cl bottle. Source: Scotsman

Arran Distillery releases 10 years old!

For the first time Arran Distillery releases a ten years old whisky to the public. The distillery started their production in 1995, and now they have bottled 1.200 bottles. Each bottle is signed by the Master Distiller.

Bottle Your Own Scotch

Benromach Distillery in Forres, Speyside, offers its visitors the opportunity to bottle their very own Benromach for £50. Each bottle is numbered and signed by Distillery Manager Keith Cruickshank. This service is also available at other distilleries throughout Scotland such as Aberlour and Bruichladdich.
Source: This is North Scotland

US Wheat Whiskey Launched by Heaven Hill

Kentucky Distillery Heaven Hill is launching a new product, the Bernheim Original Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey. The bottle will be priced at $40 and will start appearing on the shelves in late September 2005.

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The new whiskey is made from 51 percent winter wheat, 39 percent corn and 10 percent malted barley. The five year-old whiskey is distilled at the Bernheim Distillery in Louisville but is bottled at the Heaven Hill Distillery in Kentucky.

Penderyn Whisky at Harrods

Penderyn, the first Welsh single malt whisky in 100 years, will soon appear on Harrods shelves. The famous store will add Penderyn to its range of whiskies during a showcase of fine British food in the Harrods food hall during 5 September – 15 October 2005