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Whisky Newsflash for Nov 16th 2012

16 November 2012 1,235 views Written by: Gal Granov

Today’s newsflash is totally Master of Malt oriented. You may have noticed Ben & Co. are very creative and I guess Xmas is near and many new products are under way. If you read last week’s newsflash you remember the Gin Advent Calendar, and now a new Whisky Calendar is announced:

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Online retailer Master of Malt announces the release of The Whisky Advent Calendar from Drinks by the Dram.

Using the traditional Advent Calendar format of a surprise treat behind a door for each day leading up to Christmas, Drinks by the Dram has produced an Advent Calendar filled with drams of whisky. The Whisky Advent Calendar features twenty-four doors, each hiding a 3cl dram of whisky and is decorated with artwork depicting a variety of whisky-related images, from copper pot stills to oak casks.

The Whisky Advent Calendar from Drinks by the Dram features 24 different 3cl drams of whisky –each dram is hidden behind one of the Calendar’s 24 doors. There are a variety of styles included, as well as a 50-year-old whisky which retails at £350 for a full bottle. The Whisky Advent Calendar makes a great gift for any whisky enthusiast and provides a unique way to celebrate the run-up to Christmas.

The Whisky Advent Calendar is now available from Master of Malt.

The Whisky Advent Calendar – £149.95

A wonderful idea, and I regret not being able to ship one here for a reasonable price (mail order is a bitch). so, UK & EU readers, go for it. it’s an amazing idea.

Master of Malt Announces New Releases from That Boutique-y Whisky Company

If you remember my Maltstock post about the first batch of That Boutique-y Whisky Co. , this range of NAS bottlings of very interesting and one-offs is not new to you. It’s time for batch #2 with 4 new distillery bottlings:

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The second instalment of whiskies from That Boutique-y Whisky Company has now been released – these whiskies hail from the Speyside distilleries of BenRiach, Aberlour, Aultmore and Benrinnes. All are bottled without age statements and feature cult comic book style labels that reference various stories and in-jokes associated with the distilleries and the people connected to them.

That Boutique-y Whisky Company was launched in September 2012 as the latest independent bottling label from Master of Malt. That Boutique-y Whisky Company bottles Single Malt Scotch Whiskies in the truest sense of the term, meaning that they are a blend of casks from a single distillery. They are labelled without age statements to demonstrate that the flavour of the whisky is more important than its age. Also, remember to keep hold of your old bottles because you might just be able to play spot-the-difference with later batches – that’s if you look very carefully!

The new releases from That Boutique-y Whisky Company are now available from Master of Malt here.

Aberlour – 54.6% – 50cl – £43.95

Nose: Raisins and dried apple lead to cox apples, cloudy apple juice, ground ginger and roast cocoa beans with maybe the slightest hint of smoke.

Palate: Rich, fruity and mouth-filling, with additional notes of ginger, barley and bitter dark chocolate.

Finish: The finish is substantial and well-rounded with burnt dry fruits, autumnal berries, Pink Lady apples and brandy cream flavours.

Aultmore – 53.4% – 50cl – £34.95

Nose: Vanilla oak notes, followed by lemon zest and greengages. As the whisky opens up intense notes of cloves and lime zest reveal themselves.

Palate: The palate is layered with mixed spices, sweetened with creamy vanilla, and highlighted with notes of greengages and citrus peels.

Finish: The finish lingers with refreshing menthol, deep dark chocolate and tingling white pepper.

BenRiach – 48.2% – 50cl – £49.95

Nose: Big fruity cherries, marmalade, a hint of red vermouth followed by subtle toffee and old leather. Then, just out of reach, is a little bit of peat just to remind you of BenRiach’s other personality.

Palate: Red cherries, strawberry coulis leading to floral heather and a (very small) pinch of peat.

Finish: The finish is soft and gentle with a sugar syrup quality flecked with strawberries and raspberries with the briefest suggestion of crushed black pepper.

Benrinnes – 48.9% – 50cl – £43.95

Sound yummy. if you were looking for Xmas presents, I think you can add those to your list.  Looking forward to tasting those bottles too.

Have a good weekend.

Gal.

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  • http://twitter.com/propstm Matt Propst

    I love the idea of the Whisky Advent Calendar, but considering shipping to the US is already about $30, I’d love to see a slightly more budget-friendly version of the Advent Calendar next year.

    • http://www.whiskyisrael.co.il Gal(WhiskyIsrael)

      Yes Matt, the same goes for shipping to Israel, it would be too expensive, or i would have gotten that one too myself.