||Glenfarclas 17 Year Old Single Highland Malt
Country: Scotland Region: Highland
Age: Strength: 43%.
Summary: Colour: Rich amber.
Nose: Complex, with distinctive butterscotch, sherried fruit and peat smoke aromas.
Flavour: Big, full-flavoured, with excellent balance, develops slowly, full of sherry sweet malty tones, and a touch peat smoke.
Finish: Long lasting and smooth, with a hint of spice and sherry sweetness.
Comment: Hints of oak, complexity but finely balanced. Combines the smoothness of our younger whiskies with the greater depth of our older expressions.
Bottled in limited quantities primarily for the North American, Japanese and Travel Retail markets.
|70cl||£ 75.00 BUY NOW|
||Glengoyne Cask Strength Batch 3
Country: Scotland Region: Highland
Age: Strength: 58.7%.
Summary: Appearance: Amber gold.
Nose: Warm baked custard, peppered strawberries, digestive biscuits, soft oak and a short sherbet tingle.
Initial taste: Thick rosehip syrup, Demerara sugar developing into a spicy, gooseberry dryness. Wonderful balance, nothing dominates.
After Water: Intensified syrup and green fruits.
Finish: Very long.
Comments: This is over 100 Proof, but you'd never know it.
|70cl||£ 49.50 BUY NOW|
Country: Scotland Region: Islands
Age: Strength: 43%.
Summary: A citrus-y, light and elegant no-age-statement single malt Scotch whisky from the distillery on the Isle of Arran. The Lochranza Reserve replaced the Arran Original in mid-2014. The name comes from the village on the Isle of Arran where the distillery is located.
|70cl||£ 29.50 BUY NOW|
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The Cheshire Whisky Event is back again after a very successful 2014 event.
Held at the fantastic Willington Hall – Tarporley, The Cheshire Whisky Event gives you the unique opportunity to sample the greatest whiskies in the world, whilst mingling with the producers and distillers and marketers, all under one roof.
EXHIBITORS: The Cheshire Whisky Event brings a different balance of exhibitor guaranteeing a selection of the greatest whiskies in the world.
MASTER CLASSES: These tutored tastings provide a unique insight into the world of whisky and your chance to ask all those hidden questions. You have up to an hour of intense time learning more about your favourite whiskies.
Many of the Master classes are dedicated to one brand or expression, presented by brand ambassadors, master distillers, leading experts or Whisky Magazine writers, the Whisky Taste Master classes always guarantee a memorable experience.
TASTINGS: Taste and discover great whiskies, from the classic ranges you may have sampled before to rare and exclusive bottlings.
New to whisky or a seasoned expert, there is something new for everyone to try at The Cheshire Whisky Event.
Ticket prices are £25.00 per person (which includes admission, samples and entry to one Masterclass).
MASTER CLASS DETAILS
Master Class 1: Paul John Indian Single Malt Whisky / Presented by Brand Ambassador Krish Kumar.
Master Class 2: BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh / Presented by Brand Ambassador Stewart Buchanan.
Master Class 3: anCnoc, Blablair, amd Old Pulteney / Presented by Brand Ambassador David Reid.
Master Class 4: Tomatin / Presented by Brand Ambassador Alistair Mutch.
(Please state when ordering which if any Master Class you would like to attend.)
List Of Whiskies Available During Event
BenRiach / 10 Year Old. | BenRiach / 12 Year Old Sherry Matured. | BenRiach / 15 Year Old / Single Cask #9150. | BenRiach / 16 Year Old. | BenRiach / 18 Year Old / Single Cask #3607.
GlenDronach / The Hielan / 8 Year Old. | GlenDronach / 18 Year Old. | GlenDronach / 19 Year Old / Single Cask #3326. | GlenDronach / 19 Year Old / Single Cask #4887. | GlenDronach / Cask Strength Batch 4.
Glenglassaugh / Evolution. | Glenglassaugh / Torfa. | Glenglassaugh / 30 Year Old.
Tomatin / Legacy. | Tomatin / 12 Year Old Single Highland Malt. | Tomatin / 14 Year Old Port Wood. | Tomatin / 18 Year Old Single Highland Malt. | Tomatin / 1988 Port Finish. | Tomatin / Cu Bocan. | Tomatin / Cu Bocan Virgin Oak. | Tomatin / Tomatin Cask Strength.
The Antiquary. | The Antiquary 21 year old.
Paul John / Brilliance. | Paul John / Edited. | Paul John / Classic Select Cask. | Paul John / Peated Select Cask.
Old Malt Cask / 16 year old Glenrothes. | Old Malt Cask / 20 year old Macallan. | Old Malt Cask / 21 year old Strathmill. | Old Malt Cask / 23 year old Tullibardine.
Old & Rare / 21 Year Old Ardbeg. | Old & Rare / 21 Year Old Macallan. | Old & Rare / 35 Year Old Port Ellen.
Sovereign / 26 Year Old Cambus. | Sovereign / 25 Year Old North British. | Sovereign / 36 Year Old Strathclyde.
An Cnoc / 12 Year Old. | An Cnoc / 18 Year Old. | An Cnoc / 22 Year Old. | An Cnoc / 1975. | An Cnoc / Cutter.
Balblair / 2003. | Balblair / 1990. | Balblair / 1999. | Balblair / 1983.
Old Pulteney / 12 Year Old. | Old Pulteney / 17 Year Old. | Old Pulteney / 21 Year Old. | Old Pulteney / 1990. | Old Pulteney / 35 Year Old.
Speyburn / Bradan Orach. | Speyburn / 12 Year Old. | Speyburn / 25 Year Old.
For more information: The Cheshire Whisky Event
One satellite in space, 57,515m2 to paint on the earth in Rio de Janeiro, and just four days …
In late 2014, after nearly a year of planning, Ballantine’s and globally-renowned ‘GIF-ITI’ artist INSA arrived in central Rio De Janeiro with a team of 20, to undertake a uniquely ambitious art project; to create the world’s largest animated GIF.
The results of this inimitable challenge feature in ‘Ballantine’s Presents INSA’s Space GIF-ITI’: a stunning three minute film which launched this week.
The giant animated artwork – the most ambitious of its kind ever attempted – was painted on the ground in four stages over four days and measured a total of 57,515m2 (made up of four images measuring 14,379m2 each). Inspired by INSA’s iconic ‘Looking For Love…’ heart design, the huge paintings were each captured via a satellite orbiting 431 miles above the earth, and ultimately transformed by INSA into a moving piece of animated ‘GIF-ITI’.
‘INSA’s Space GIF-ITI’ is the third in a series of collaborations between Ballantine’s and unique talent from around the world who define Ballantine’s mantra of ‘Stay True’ and whose stories are showcased in unique films featuring projects inspired by their personal styles, talents and beliefs. Previous collaborators include leading African DJ and producer, Black Coffee (‘Human Orchestra’) and world champion freestyle skateboarder, Kilian Martin (‘Carmen’).
INSA began his career as a graffiti writer and went on to become known for his unique patterns and motifs, which have since been displayed around the world, both at street level and in high profile exhibitions and media, including within London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and Tate Britain.
Staying True to his genesis as an artist but with a passion for experimentation and innovation, INSA is best known for creating ground-breaking ‘GIF-ITI’: amazing animations of his graffiti designs which culminate in looped GIFs – an innovative and labour-intensive process which requires him to repaint a design by hand many times, with each image changing slightly each time, before combining them to create a final GIF. His unique art has captivated audiences by creating something physical which paradoxically only exists online as a 600 pixel wide image.
How was it done?
The biggest technical challenge of the project was finding a satellite solution to capture a high altitude image, at a super high resolution. The answer came in the form of a collaboration with the commercial satellite division of Airbus, which gave Ballantine’s and INSA access to a pair of ‘Pleiades’ satellites which could be tasked with shooting a 100km square image, anywhere in the world, at a resolution of one pixel per 50cm2.
Location requirements were very specific; the team needed a vacant space of over 14,000m2, located somewhere with minimal risk of cloud cover. After months of searching, INSA finally settled upon Brazil, a country he’d drawn inspiration from for many of his designs, but had never previously worked in. A vacant parking lot in Rio de Janeiro’s “Marina Da Gloria” provided the perfect canvas for the project, with Rio’s climate offering the best chance of success.
On the conception of the project INSA says “The scale of this project is like no other; it’s been a dream of mine for years to create a piece of graffiti that can be seen from space, but working in synchronicity with the earth’s cycle to also create an animation is next level.”
Once the location had been identified, Airbus assisted with technical calculations to determine orbit and suitable dates for the project, establishing when the work needed to be undertaken in a single continuous period. The GIF was created by marking out the design using hundreds of metres of measured rope, a simple trundle wheel with spray cans attached, and a plethora of maths and geometry. The final work was made up of 20 hearts, each measuring 22m high by 24m wide.
INSA was then assisted by a crew of 15 local painters, who used household paint and rollers to lay down the design and template for the first layer. This stage alone took two days under the unrelenting Brazilian sun. With the satellites tasked to capture an image once a day for four days – without the option of rescheduling – the team had just 24 hours, or one revolution of the earth, until the satellite and painting were realigned for the next capture.
From there, INSA worked with the ultra-high definition satellite imagery in his London studio to build the film’s final animated GIF, which features at the end of the film.
INSA comments: “To me the GIF was made by the satellite, all I had to do was receive the images and overlay them, then set them to loop. What I love about producing my GIFs is the amount of effort – the scale and man power that has gone into this is huge – but ultimately it’s still just a 600 pixel wide GIF to be shared online. In terms of scale and for the way this project attempts to illustrate time, it’s everything I’ve ever wanted my art to be.”
Peter Moore, Ballantine’s Global Brand Director, says of the project: “INSA’s Space GIF-ITI’ is one of the most ambitious projects that Ballantine’s has ever undertaken, and is an inspiring showcase of what it means to ‘Stay True’ to yourself and to your passions. Working in a truly collaborative way with such an inspirational character and artist as INSA has allowed us to create a meaningful moment that we hope will excite and delight viewers around the world.”
The finished results can be seen in the film and a ‘making of’ detailing the behind the scenes story of the project at YouTube.com/Ballantines
Jamesons has unveiled its fifth annual limited edition bottle as it gears up for St. Patrick’s Day 2015.
Designed by award-winning, Dublin-based illustrator, Steve Simpson, the bottle forms the flagship of Jameson’s much-anticipated ‘Hello Dublin’ celebrations in Dublin and around the world this March.
Simpson’s innovative design captures the soul, warmth and wit of the city where Jameson was first crafted back in 1780, with captivating imagery of landmarks such as Trinity College and Clery’s clock.
The artwork also features real Dubliner phrases on a map of roads to represent the lifeblood of the city: the people and their passion for Dublin. The designer’s story – ‘Wherever I roam, it’s Dublin my heart calls home’ – is a prominent personal touch, reinforcing the high regard in which the city is held.
The result is an iconic limited edition bottle with stand-out appeal that balances the confident, inclusive and contemporary personality of Jameson with its rich, Dublin heritage. The bottle will be sold in more than 30 markets, demonstrating the global popularity of Jameson with its St. Patrick’s Day campaign and its success in raising the momentum of Irish whiskey around the world.
Daniel Lundberg, Global Brand Director for Jameson, said: “Jameson is synonymous with its hometown of Dublin – both are steeped in heritage, have infectious, welcoming personalities and are leaders in contemporary craft, so this limited edition bottle is our way of paying homage to this great city.
“This year’s design successfully captures the synergy between Jameson and Dublin, giving consumers around the world the opportunity to enjoy an authentic St. Patrick’s Day experience wherever they are.”
The new limited edition bottle will be available from March 2015.
Jameson, the world’s favourite Irish whiskey, has unveiled the Good Workers, Great Whiskey limited edition carton.
A new, annual series of packaging innovations celebrating the rich heritage of Jameson to help ensure maximum stand-out shelf appeal for the brand.
The Good Workers, Great Whiskey carton celebrates the craftspeople at the Midleton Distillery and the key elements of the Jameson production process through an eye-catching, illustrated style with the use of textured paper.
The depiction of the Jameson Barrel Man (inscribed with the slogan ‘Not a drop is sold until its liquid gold’), which appears on every bottle of Jameson and portrays the distillery’s workers, sits alongside iconography representing Jameson’s use of locally sourced barley, triple distillation method and maturation processes, which have come together to craft Jameson’s world-renowned, smooth taste profile since 1780.
Each addition to the collection will tell a different story inspired by Jameson’s centuries old whiskey making process and the people that make it possible, “the Barrelmen”, offering a unique in-hand, storytelling experience for consumers.
The series is the latest piece of innovative marketing from Jameson as it aims to appeal to adventurous spirits drinkers, who are increasingly thirsty for knowledge about the craftsmanship, heritage and provenance of premium spirits.
Daniel Lundberg, Global Brand Director for Jameson Irish Whiskey, said: “Jameson represents the benchmark for quality and consistency in the Irish Whiskey category; a vision that was laid down by John Jameson and realised to this day by the hard work, dedication and passion of the generations of workers at Jameson’s Bow St and Midleton Distilleries.”
“Innovation remains at the core of all Jameson’s award-winning marketing activity and the Good Workers, Great Whiskey limited edition carton follows suit by marrying together the stories of our distillery workers and production techniques through a modern, contemporary design.”