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LOCH LOMOND TEAMS UP WITH GOLFER LEE WESTWARD Into The Mix

LOCH LOMOND TEAMS UP WITH GOLFER LEE WESTWARD

July 20,2021

Scottish Whisky distillery Loch Lomond has collaborated with English golfer Lee Westwood to create a 25-year-old single malt called the Lee Westwood Single Cask 1st Edition

Bottled at 55.3% ABV, the limited edition was distilled in 1996 and matured for 25 years in refill American oak. The 25 years ageing was chosen to mirror the number of wins Westwood has had on the European Tour.

With tasting notes of ripe peach and crisp apple, with orange zestiness, the expression has a finish that offers a caramel sweetness, toasted oak and juicy pineapple, followed by warming sugar and cinnamon spice.

“I’ve been hugely passionate about single malts for many years, so to see an outstanding whisky bearing my name is a huge privilege and a great pleasure,” said Westwood. “It’s been a pleasure to work with Michael and the team at Loch Lomond Whiskies to develop the Lee Westwood Single Cask Edition.”

Westwood is the latest golfer to become a Loch Lomond Whiskies ambassador, after Colin Montgomerie and 2011 Open champion Darren Clarke. He agreed to the partnership ahead of The Open golf tournament, which is being held this week (15-18 July) at Royal St George’s in Kent, England.

Colin Matthews, Loch Lomond Whiskies CEO, added: “We’re absolutely thrilled to add Lee to our roster of iconic golf ambassadors. He is a global star and has enjoyed tremendous success across the world and most importantly a great guy, so the perfect fit for our brand.

“We wish him the best of luck at Royal St George’s this week and hope he continues the great form he has shown recently. We look forward to working with him in the months and years ahead.”

For more information, go to lochlomondwhiskies.com

 

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EVA LONGORIA LAUNCHES CASA DEL SOL TEQUILA

September 10,2021

Eva Longoria has launched Casa Del Sol, a new luxury sipping tequila brand which she co-founded. The ultra-premium spirits brand is inspired by the magic of the golden hour and Mayahuel, the Aztec goddess of agave, and translates to “house of the sun” in Spanish. The brand debuts with three offerings: Blanco, Reposado and Añejo.

Casa Del Sol is made from hand-selected 100% Blue Weber agave sourced from rich clay soil in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. The brand taps dynamic talent with authentic Mexican roots, including Alejandra Pelayo, Casa Del Sol’s head of production, protégé and goddaughter of the late Francisco Alcaraz, tequila pioneer and master distiller / creator of Patrón.

“When creating Casa Del Sol, we wanted to deliver a brand that was set apart from the rest,” said Longoria. “From the liquid to the legacy, we took the time to develop an ultra-premium tequila focusing on authenticity and a distinct flavour profile. It is always my mission to uplift the voices of women and celebrate my Mexican heritage, so that others may be inspired by the limitless genius and artistry that is rich in our communities.”

The brand has also partnered with Laurent Martell, the 9th generation of the Martell family in France, and sourced Cognac barrels handcrafted with French Limousin Oak. Casa Del Sol has a unique barrel ageing process that results in a distinct flavour and aromatic profile where old world craftsmanship meets new world artistry, infusing Mexican tradition with notes of French heritage.

Casa Del Sol offers three distinctive sipping tequilas – Blanco, Reposado and Añejo:

Casa Del Sol is available for pre-sale nationwide online at the brand’s official website. It will be available for retail nationally in early 2022.

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SUNTORY WHISKY PROUDLY INTRODUCES YAMAZAKI 55 YEARS OLD

September 9,2021

Japanese distillers,  House of Suntory pays tribute to the passage of time and the legacy of the founding family of Japanese whisky with Yamazaki 55, which celebrates the Japanese “Showa” era of the 1960s that represented a major period of change for the House of Suntory.

Bottled in 2020, the expression will be available in extremely limited quantities across global markets including the United States, the United Kingdom, Mainland China and Taiwan later this month. The resulting expression features a deep amber color; robust aroma redolent of sandal wood and well-ripened fruit; sweet, slightly bitter and woody palate; and slightly bitter yet sweet and rich finish.

Yamazaki 55 is a blend of precious single malts featuring components distilled in 1960 under the supervision of Suntory’s founder Shinjiro Torii and then aged in Mizunara casks; and in 1964 under Suntory’s Second Master Blender Keizo Saji and then aged in White Oak casks.

Suntory’s Fifth-Generation Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo worked closely with Third-Generation Master Blender Shingo Torii in deploying their signature art of blending to properly reveal the exceptional depth, complexity and wisdom that is Yamazaki 55.

“Throughout the process of blending Yamazaki 55, I used as inspiration the passage of time and ‘Wabi-sabi’ – the Japanese belief that imperfections can help to ultimately contribute to perfection,” said Fukuyo. “While I often view other extra aged whiskies as art, I consider Yamazaki 55 to be more like a Buddhist statue: calm and mysterious, requiring time to truly enjoy the inner beauty.”

To honor its ongoing commitment to give back to society, Beam Suntory, will donate $5,000 USD for every bottle released in this year’s 100-bottle collection, totaling $500,000 USD, to The White Oak Initiative, a group committed to the long-term sustainability of America’s white oak forests.

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FOUR PILLARS RELEASES TWO NEW RARE GIN EXPRESSIONS

September 6,2021

Joining the Rare Dry Gin family, Four Pillars has just announced the release of two super-limited gins – Rarer Dry Gin made with yuzu and Rarest Dry Gin made with bergamot (we hope you enjoy the creativity that’s gone in to the names..)

Earlier this year, Distiller Cam came across locally-grown yellow yuzu and green bergamot which reminded him of the early days of Four Pillars, and their love affair with oranges. Alongside nine signature botanicals, fresh oranges launched Rare Dry Gin into a whole new universe of flavour. Cam wondered what would happen if we swapped the orange out and nothing else? Quite a lot it turns out!

So we’re excited to introduce you to the result of these citrus experiments: two unique limited-edition citrus gins, each paying tribute to the heart and soul of Four Pillars, the original and much-loved Rare Dry Gin.

Just like Rare Dry Gin, there were juicy and delicious bi-products from the distillation which the team didn’t want to go to waste so they’ve also made a Made from Gin Yuzu & Bergamot Shred Marmalade. It’s pretty groovy on a cheese platter, with a pâté or with warm croissants or crumpets with just a little too much salted butter.

Bith expressions will be released 11th September. For mroe infomation, go to fourpillarsgin.com

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KIRKER GREER SPIRITS UNVEILS JAPANESE GIN RANGE

September 5,2021

Celebrate the purity of traditional Japanese distilling, Irish spirits brand Kirker Greer Spirits has created a Japanese gin brand featuring two expressions, Ukiyo Blossom Gin and Ukiyo Yuzu Gin

The term Ukiyo refers to a state of mind emphasising living in the moment, detached from the difficulties of life

Born in Kagoshima in the shadow of the Sakurajima volcano the Gins are made from a base of traditional Japanese shōchū spirit. When redistilled the high-quality shōchū produces a gentler gin that has a beautifully soft mouthfeel

Ukiyo Blossom Gin and Ukiyo Yuzu Gin are made from a harvest of barley that is first distilled into a traditional Japanese pot still shōchū spirit. This shōchū spirit is redistilled in a traditional pot still with juniper, mandarin and spice before infusing the delicate taste of sakura flower and yuzu.

The 40% ABV gin has already sold out on pre-order ahead of its launch in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Australia.

John Soden, Chief Commercial Officer at Kirker Greer Spirits, said: “We are delighted that there has been a huge demand for this product, our customers are really intrigued by these truly unique spirits and feedback from the initial samples was phenomenal, not only on the taste but on the striking visual impact of the bottles too.”

The bottle is two-colour graduated, designed to mirror the mountains and oceans of Japan.

For more information, go to ukiyospirits.com

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CAMUS REVAMPS ILE DE RÉ COGNAC TO HIGHLIGHT PROVENANCE

September 2,2021

French Cognac brand Camus has revitalised its single-provenance Cognac, Ile de Ré Fine Island,  to showcase its unique island origin.

Smooth yet fresh and crisp with naturally iodine-rich marine notes, the expression is indisputably linked to its island origin with its distinctive aromatic profile.

Located in the middle of France’s Atlantic coast, three kilometres from the port of La Rochelle, Île de Ré has a mild and dry climate with around 20 percent of the land area sits below sea level. These low-lying areas play an important role in capturing and holding sea mists resulting in a special development of grapes grown on the island.

Camus Ile de Ré Fine Island is distilled at the historical facility of Le Bois Plage en Ré, a distillery that dates back to 1972 and is positioned at the centre of the island. Once distilled, the new spirit is mostly filled into 400-litre casks made from French oak sourced from the forests of Limousin and Tronçais.

On the nose, the Cognac is elegant and fresh, with lively notes of white fruits such as peach and apricot. The palette features crisp orchard fruits, such as apple and pear, with sweet caramel and a nutty framework of almonds balanced by rich cocoa, cinnamon, and a subtle minerality. The finish is smooth, with fine briny notes of iodine.

The revamping of the Camus Ile de Ré Fine Island pack aims to reinforce the communication of the unique flavour profile of this Cognac and its island origin. For this reimagining, Camus worked in collaboration with the Scottish design studio Breeze Creative. The island’s most symbolic locations, which are key to the Cognac’s production and character, are visually represented on the box.

With its iconic flared shape, the bottle is accompanied by a label that reproduces the design of the box, with a horizontal orientation that completely covers the front side. The closure includes a laminated cork stopper that is decorated with a capsule which illustrates the fundamental symbols of the Cognac production process: the grape harvest, the distillation in pot stills and barrel Ageing.

For more information, go to camus.fr

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