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  • BARTON 1792 DISTILLERY BOURBONS WIN GOLD AND SILVER MEDALS AT THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS CHALLENGE – American Whiskey News August 24, 2019

    BARTON 1792 DISTILLERY BOURBONS WIN GOLD AND SILVER MEDALS AT THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS CHALLENGE 

                BARDSTOWN, Ky (Aug. 15, 2019) – Barton 1792 Distillery’s Zackariah Harris Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey won a Gold Medal at the recently held International Spirits Challenge in London.

                Three other Barton 1792 bourbons won Silver Medals:

    • Kentucky Tavern
    • Very Old Barton 80 Proof
    • Very Old Barton 90 Proof

    The Tasting Awards were held over 10 days of intense blind tastings by panels of more than 50 respected and experienced industry professionals.  Samples were delivered to the judging area in flights of numbered tasting glasses to ensure the accuracy of the blind tasting.  Each judge assessed the products according to age, region and variety, which is determined by the entrant and verified by the chairman.

    This year, the International Spirits Challenge received more than 1,600 entries from nearly 70 countries around the globe.

    Results from the 2019 International Spirits Challenge can be found at https://www.internationalspiritschallenge.com/internationalspiritschallenge2019/en/page/2019-results.

    About Barton 1792 Distillery

    Barton 1792 Distillery is part of Barton Brands.  Barton Brands has facilities in Bardstown, Ky., Carson, Calif., and Baltimore, Md. Barton Brands is owned by the Sazerac Company, an American family-owned company based in New Orleans, La. Barton 1792 Distillery was established in 1879 and continues today as the oldest fully-operating Distillery in the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” The Distillery is located on 196 acres and includes 28 warehouses, 22 other buildings, the Morton Spring and the Tom Moore Spring.  Distilling, aging and bottling fine Bourbon whiskey are hallmarks of the historic Barton 1792 Distillery. 1792 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is produced at Barton 1792 Distillery. This whiskey is named for the year Kentucky became a state and is the recent gold medal winner at the 2018 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition. To learn more visit www.1792bourbon.com.

  • £300K BOOST FOR LOCAL DISTILLERIES AS PART OF ALDI’S NEW SPIRITS OF SCOTLAND FESTIVAL – Scotch Whisky News August 24, 2019
     Glen Marnoch - 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (£39.99, 70cl)

    Glen Marnoch – 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (£39.99, 70cl)

    £300K BOOST FOR LOCAL DISTILLERIES AS PART OF ALDI’S NEW SPIRITS OF SCOTLAND FESTIVAL 

    Aldi has revealed the line-up for its first ever Spirits of Scotland Festival showcasing a hand-picked selection of the finest spirits from some of the country’s most renowned local distilleries.

    Launching on Thursday 22nd August, the festival will take place in all 87 Aldi stores in Scotland in a deal worth over £312,000 to the distilleries involved.

    Fiona Walsh, Co-founder and Director of Redcastle Spirits, commented: “Redcastle Spirits has had a phenomenal year so far and being invited to join the Spirits of Scotland festival has been a real highlight for us. We view Aldi as being at the forefront in supporting smaller Scottish producers and really championing all that is fantastic about the Scottish food and drink scene at the moment. The additional revenue this order will bring has allowed us to make some further upgrades to our bottling facility, which will increase our capacity and drive efficiencies. It also brings us a step closer to being in a position to increase our workforce.”

    In celebration of the supermarket’s 25th anniversary in Scotland, Aldi has also included a limited-edition 25 Year Old Glen Marnoch Single Malt as part of the in-store festival. Distilled in Speyside using traditional skills that have been passed down generations of craftsmen, the liquid has aged undisturbed for over 25 years before being selected by a Malt Master for bottling. With notes of vanilla, toffee and leather, only 900 bottles of the luxurious Single Malt are available priced at just £39.99 (70cl).

    Graham Nicolson, Group Buying Director, Aldi Scotland said: “Scotland is justifiably renowned the world over for its superb distilleries and over the years, their offerings have become more and more diverse and adventurous. As a result, Scotland is now home to a large number of dedicated distillers producing an exciting choice of flavourful and distinctive spirits and liqueurs.

    “For our very first Spirits of Scotland festival, we’re pleased to bring together an enticing selection of gins, vodkas, whisky, rums and liqueurs, so our customers can taste the very best of what Scotland has to offer. To mark Aldi’s 25th anniversary in Scotland, we are thrilled to include the limited edition 25 Year Old Glen Marnoch Single Malt as part of the line-up. Whisky is what Scotland is known for, and the rich and luxurious Glen Marnoch gives our customers the chance to try a high-quality single malt without breaking the bank.

    “At Aldi, we’re proud to be at the forefront of supporting independent Scottish producers and we will continue to champion all elements of our country’s exceptional spirits industry.”

    The in-store festival will run while stocks last.

    Hogwash – Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (£14.99, 70cl)

    Notes 

    Spirits of Scotland Festival 2019 line up: 

    • Brewdog Distilling Co.- LoneWolf Gin (£19.99, 70cl)
    • Eden Mill Botanical Project – Passionfruit and Coconut Gin (£19.99, 50cl) (Aldi exclusive)
    • Redcastle Spirits – Raspberry and Pomegranate Gin Liqueur (£14.99, 50cl)
    • Blackford Craft Distillery – Vesperis Heather Honey Vodka (£24.99, 70cl)
    • El:Gin Coirce – Small Batch Scottish Vodka (£24.99, 70cl)
    • Black Velvet by Aelder – Dark Fruit Liqueur (£14.99, 50cl)
    • Glasgow Distillery Co – Banditti Club Glasgow Spiced Rum (£19.99, 50cl)
    • Dark Matter – Spiced Rhubarb Rum Liqueur (£12.99, 50cl)
    • Dark Matter – Spiced Rum (£19.99, 50cl)
    • Glen Marnoch – 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (£39.99, 70cl)
    • Hogwash – Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (£14.99, 70cl)

    About Aldi Scotland 

    2019 marks the 25th anniversary of Aldi opening its first store in Scotland and 10 years since the creation of its dedicated Scottish Buying department. Since 1994, Aldi has opened 87 stores across Scotland and stocks some of the finest and best value locally-sourced food and drink.

    In May 2019, Aldi was crowned Scottish Sourcing Business of the Year at the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards, demonstrating the supermarket’s commitment to its Scottish suppliers and to offering the finest quality, locally sourced produce at everyday low prices.

    The four most recent NFUS ‘shelf watch’ surveys revealed Aldi stocks 100% Scotch Lamb PGI, 96% Scotch Beef PGI, 86% Scotch Beef PGI burgers and 100% Specially Selected Pork in its everyday ranges, more than any other supermarket in Scotland. This means customers are guaranteed to find the highest quality, locally sourced meat at Aldi stores in Scotland.

    Established in 2009, the Scottish Buying Department has enabled Aldi to tap into Scotland’s vibrant agricultural and manufacturing base and build strong and long-standing relationships. Proud to work with over 90 local suppliers and stock more than 400 Scottish products, Aldi stores in Scotland boast a range that is at least 30% Scottish. The Buying team has grown from four to 25 members of staff, all of whom are committed to increasing the number of Scottish products available in stores to over 450 by the end of 2020 and bring the best of Scotland’s larder to its customers. As part of this, Aldi is investing over £22 million in new chill facilities for its Scottish Buying Department, including constructing a 4,000sq m freezer and a 13,000sq m chiller to help support the growth of its Scottish product range.

    This year Aldi is opening seven new stores across Scotland, creating an additional 200 jobs by the end of 2019.

    Aldi was announced as Scotland’s fastest growing retailer in 2018. In the 52 weeks to 30th December 2018, sales in Scotland grew by 16.4% (Kantar Worldpanel data).

    www.aldi.co.uk/scotland

    www.facebook.com/aldiscotland

    About Aldi UK

    Aldi is Britain’s fifth largest supermarket with over 830 stores and 32,000 employees.

    The company has more than doubled its market share since 2010. In the 12 weeks to 11th August 2019, Aldi grew sales by 6.2% and achieved an 8.1% share of the UK grocery market (Kantar Worldpanel data). By 2025, Aldi will operate over 1,200 stores.

    Aldi is attracting hundreds of thousands of new customers every year with its range of exclusive brands, passing low operating costs on to customers in the form of low prices.

    The supermarket believes in making every day amazing and that’s why every single day Aldi delivers on the best possible value for millions of families throughout the UK and Ireland across everything from award-winning fresh produce to world class gin.

    Aldi won’t be beaten on price; consistently racks up award after award for quality; treats its suppliers with fairness and respect and recognises the responsibility of supporting valued institutions such as Team GB to demonstrate the importance of health and wellness. That’s Aldi. That’s everyday amazing. The reason they do this? Because Aldi believes that everyone should have access to fresh, healthy, affordable food…it’s a right, not a privilege.

     The company’s current achievements and initiatives include:

    • Aldi is the UK’s lowest priced supermarket. The Grocer’s weekly price comparison of 33 supermarket products found that a weekly shop at Aldi was 10.8% cheaper than its nearest competitor (The Grocer – 14th June)
    • Aldi has a five-year partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust – its fundraising target of £5m will go towards helping the trust to reach out to every young person with cancer in the UK.
    • Aldi’s rates of pay are significantly higher than the Government’s National Living Wage and also above the Living Wage Foundation’s recommended national rates. Store Assistants receive a minimum hourly rate of £9.10 nationally and £10.55 in London.
    • Aldi is the official supermarket partner of Team GB and ensures every member of the team has access to fresh healthy Aldi food via monthly shopping vouchers, and that 1.2 million 5-14 year olds will learn about the benefits of cooking fresh, healthy food via its Get Set to Eat Fresh education initiative. Aldi has been a partner since 2015 and has extended its commitment to the 2024 Olympic games in Paris.
    • In June 2019, for the sixth consecutive year, Aldi was ranked the best-performing supermarket for compliance with the Groceries Supply Code of Practice, underlining its commitment to maintaining fair, predictable and sustainable prices within its supply chain.

    Full details of Aldi’s awards and achievements are detailed at www.aldi.co.uk/awards

  • Enjoy the final taste of summer with these refreshing cocktail recipes – Whisky News August 24, 2019

    With the UK heatwave set to return this Bank Holiday weekend, it may just be the last chance to toast the sunny weather with a refreshing cocktail.

    What better way to start your weekend than with an ice cold summer serve? Whether you’re hosting a BBQ in the garden or having friends over for evening drinks, these fruity recipes are ideal for enjoying in the hot weather.

    Naked Grouse Apple Sour

    A fruity yet sour serve with a crisp taste, the Naked Grouse Apple Sour is a twist on a whisky cocktail classic. 

    Ingredients:

    25ml Naked Grouse

    100ml chilled cloudy apple juice 

    Method:

    Fill the glass with ice. Pour in the ingredients in the order listed. Top with chilled cloudy apple juice. Garnish with a slice of apple

    Naked Grouse is available to buy from Waitrose

     

    Maker’s Mark Star Hill Spritz 

    Best enjoyed with friends, the Maker’s Mark Star Hill Spritz is a summer favourite. The combination of sweet passion fruit syrup and bitter Aperol makes it an irresistible serve for the warm weather.

    Ingredients:

    35ml Maker’s Mark

    15ml Aperol

    15ml Passion fruit syrup

    15ml Lemon juice

    Lengthened with soda / Prosecco 

    Method:

    Pour all measured ingredients into a shaker. Fill with ice and shake hard for 5 seconds. Strain into glass. Fill with ice. Lengthen with your fizz of choice.

    Maker’s Mark is available to buy from Tesco

    Highland Park Orcadian Cooler

    The Orcadian Cooler is an elegant and vibrant twist on the Sandy Collins that pairs the floral sweetness of elderflower with the delicate floral honey notes of Highland Park 12.

    Ingredients:

    50ml Highland Park 12

    20ml lemon juice

    20ml elderflower cordial

    Top with chilled soda water 

    Method:

    Fill the glass with ice. Pour the ingredients in the order listed. Top with chilled soda. Gently stir and garnish with an orange wheel.

    Highland Park 12 is available to buy from Sainsbury’s

    Macallan Sherry Copa

    The Macallan Sherry Copa is sure to transport the drinker to Southern Spain with every sip.

    Ingredients:

    40ml The Macallan Double Cask 12YO

    15ml Oloroso sherry

    Pinch of smoked salt

    5ml maple syrup 

    Method:

    Fill the glass with ice. Pour in the ingredients in the order listed. Gently stir. Garnish with an orange twist.

    The Macallan Double Cask 12YO is available to buy from Waitrose

  • The GlenDronach Batch 17 Single Casks at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News August 24, 2019

    The GlenDronach
    Single Cask Release Batch 17

    It’s that time of year again – the fine folks at The GlenDronach distillery have furnished us with a fresh batch of single cask expressions, ranging from 12 to 28 years old, and all extremely limited! Get a good look at the lot below and pre-order your favourites today for delivery from next week.

    The GlenDronach
    Batch 17
    1990 28 Year Old #7905
    £372
    Pre-Order Now

  • New Arrivals and Back in Stock at K&L California – Whisky News August 24, 2019

    New Riff Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $44.99 View  

    New Riff Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml) $44.99 View

    New Riff “Single Barrel” Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $49.99View

    Michel Couvreur “Peaty Overaged” K&L Exclusive Malt Whisky (750ml) $79.99 View