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An exceptionally rare single cask from the 1950s has been unveiled as one of the oldest Linkwood single malt whiskies ever bottled. Leading single malt whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail releases the Private Collection from Linkwood Distillery 1956 by Gordon & MacPhail. This is the last 1950s cask from Linkwood Distillery in Gordon & MacPhail’s unrivalled inventory; it is believed to be the final remaining 1950s cask globally. Ultra-Aged, Rich Finish and Warm Aromas Mahogany and chestnut brown in colour, Private Collection from Linkwood Distillery 1956 by Gordon & MacPhail is an intricately layered whisky. Rich, warm aromas lend to a sweet full-bodied experience with highlights of blueberry, fruitcake, and dark chocolate. This ultra-aged single malt, a testament to the knowledge and expertise curated over four generations, culminates in a resoundingly rich finish. Cask 20 Matured for Six Decades Filled at the Linkwood Distillery on the 3rd January 1956, Cask…

LOUIS XIII Le Salmanazar A landmark creation and decanter at the peak of art is unique in its mastery, size and stature, the creation called for over 20 master crystal-craftsmen to handle the over 15 kilos of crystal. With skills drawing from this elite body of artisans and their combined expertise worked together through the blaze of the furnace to the calm atelier, each aspect from the dentelles to the fleur-de-lys stopper, all molded by the master crystal artists, choreographed and executed with finesse. To accomplish this great challenge, that only masters could create, LOUIS XIII turned to Baccarat, creators of the first LOUIS XIII decanter. With only one in existence, who will be the one to own this rare and awe-inspiring masterpiece? “Innovation is written in the legacy renowned for rising to the greatest challenges and utmost heights. Today LOUIS XIII creates a decanter so rare there is only…

An exceptionally rare wartime cask from 1943 has been unveiled as one of the oldest and most exclusive single malt whiskies in the world. The Elgin-based malt whisky specialists announced the release of Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 by Gordon & MacPhail, the latest offering in its ‘ Private Collection’ range. Only forty decanters will be available for sale globally. Private Collection, Limited Availability A small number of decanters will be available from Gordon & MacPhail’s historic retail shop in Elgin. Those purchasing a decanter at the South Street ‘spiritual home’ will also enjoy an exclusive tasting experience included in their purchase. Distilled on 14 January 1943, a crucial date in the history of World War Two, the new-make spirit was filled into a carefully selected Sherry hogshead at the renowned Speyside distillery. The release of Cask 121 also represents the last 1943 vintage from the Gordon & MacPhail stock inventory.…

Combining Mexico’s mastery of artisanal tequila and  France’s crown jewel of the crystal industry, once again Patrón tequila and LALIQUE have come together for an exclusive collaboration: Patrón en LALIQUE: Serie 2. In 2015, Patrón and LALIQUE released to great acclaim the first in this landmark series, Patrón en LALIQUE: Serie 1. That limited edition crystal decanter was influenced by René Lalique’s early Art Nouveau style, which he pioneered in the late 19thth century. In the 1920s, René was one of the moving spirits and principal influencers of Art Déco. Following that progression, for Patrón en LALIQUE: Serie 2, LALIQUE’s master artisans have created a stunningly elegant crystal decanter inspired by Lalique’s signature Art Déco design and avant-garde vision. Both France and Mexico share a claim to the Art Déco movement, and this extraordinary bottle captures that collective design sensibility. Like-minded and committed to quality and craftsmanship “Both Patrón and…

For those of us who have travelled widely, and have studied unique destinations before and during the trip, not much is truly surprising, except for places visited and experiences gained we never thought we would ever have. This was what I was thinking when, on our recent Viking River Cruise through the Bordeaux region of France, a sensory experience occurred, at a destination I never thought I would see. Learning Cognac Blending From a Master Blender It was an off-cruise excursion to Cognac, where the divine brandy was distilled. Only four of us went to the Camus Chateau, where we first ate our lunch; then, went to Master Blending room, and learned how to blend Cognac from Camus’ Master Blender and Global Brand Ambassador, Frédéric Dezauzier. It was a seminal, unexpected experience, first, learning about Cognac, what it was, how the grapes were harvested and distilled. But first things first:…

Whether it’s a Martini or a G&T, make and serve drinks in style with this luxurious bar trolley. Designed by Quench, makers of contemporary cocktail bars, The Gin Trolley is a beautiful statement piece for storing your juniper spirits. Designer, Jonathan Green, uses high gloss laminated birch ply together with diamond polished acrylic. “I love working with both natural and modern materials and seeing how these elements can come together.” Bottles are distributed in and around the trolley to avoid the appearance of clutter. A drawer unit allows for storage of glassware and cocktail making tools. And with over 80% of gin drinkers taking their favourite tipple with tonic, a ventilated cabinet houses a mini fridge to keep a selection of tonics perfectly chilled. To complete the perfect drinks trolley, Quench are giving away their luxury cocktail set together with a craft gin collection worth over £600. £6870 / http://www.quenchhomebars.com

Dictador, the award-winning Colombian rum producer,  announces the rebrand of its iconic XO Insolent and Perpetual Solera System rum bottles. The decision to rebrand comes at a time when Dictador is achieving overwhelming and unprecedented global interest as the brand continues to expand its distribution channels worldwide. Representing another milestone in Dictador’s history, the impressively redesigned Insolent and Perpetual bottles stay true to the original Japanese design tradition, while being carried out in an elegant and modern way. Maintaining the previous bottle’s body shape, the new bottles are crystalline and luminescent, capturing the rich and vivid copper liquid that lies within. Exquisitely designed like a piece of art, the bottle has a modern design with a sleek and sexy look. Marek Szoldrowski, President of Dictador Europe, said: “We are pleased to launch our new XO Insolent and Perpetual bottles which we feel capture the essence of our distinctive and luxuriously…

Enjoying an evening watching the Oscars? Prepare for your private party some delicious and refreshing cocktails made with a high quality mixer. Q Drinks takes a completely opposite approach to their carbonated mixers. They make great tasting mixers without regard of cost or complexity. They believe mixers must be as great as the best spirits if they are to be mixed with them. So they use much better ingredients, a thicker glass bottle, and agonize over each step of the production to ensure each and every bottle of Q is spectacular. The result is in each sip – Q drinks are a great match for great spirits and make the fabulous tasting highballs. Here are three to consider whether for watching the Oscars or for your next cocktail party. SPARKLING PALOMA 2 parts Montelobos Mezcal 6 parts Grapefruit Soda Ice In a highball glass filled with ice, combine ingredients. Stir…

The best XO Cognacs for 2016 This list is based on taste alone; a completely blind taste test – we didn’t know the brand, and we didn’t see any packaging or bottles. We tasted 24 XOs in total. 4 persons participated, including Max. The scoring was solely on the nose, body and after taste. We hope you like our tasting results and find them useful. We rated our tasting results using a point system. This was based on the valuation averages of each member of the tasting team. These notes were structured, combining tasting aromas that were split into four general taste categories: Flower, Fruit, Wood, Spice. The ‘Smooth’ value is based on a 1-10 star rating.  And here are the results… 96 points: Baron Otard XO A surprising winner…  We first tasted this Cognac some years ago during our Chateau de Cognac & Otard visit. We also took home a bottle – a bottle which somehow…

Following the success of La Maison Rémy Martin – the private member’s club that opens once a year as a pop-up in the heart of Soho – the iconic cognac brand has spread its wings and will bring the original and lauded concept to the UK’s most dynamic city, Manchester. Based at the illustrious Manchester House, with panoramic views of the city skyline, Rémy Martin invites members and Manchester House regulars to visit the “La Maison Rémy Martin Manchester House” pop-up, open for one week from Tuesday 27th September to Saturday 1st October 2016. Challenging the Conventional Member’s Club – Remy Martin Manchester House Together with Manchester House, Rémy Martin will once again challenge the conventions of a traditional members’ club, offering its members a variety of unique experiences to explore Rémy Martin’s philosophy spread across different areas of Manchester House. Celebrating hidden talents and supporting Rémy Martin’s ‘One Life…

Redbreast has introduced a permanent expression to its decorated Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey family; Redbreast Lustau Edition. Finished in hand selected, first-fill sherry butts that are seasoned with Oloroso sherry from the prestigious Bodegas Lustau in Jerez, Spain, this release celebrates the iconic sherry influence found throughout the Redbreast range. Matured One Year in Sherry Butts Matured initially in a combination of exceptional ex-Bourbon and ex-Oloroso sherry casks, Redbreast Lustau Edition has been wholly finished for one year in prized sherry butts from Bodegas Lustau in Jerez, the sherry capital of the world. The result is a new interpretation of the signature Redbreast character with a distinctive twist; Redbreast Lustau Edition offers a nose of dark fruits, prunes and marzipan, a luxuriously rich and creamy texture on the palate with iconic Redbreast spices, and a long, sweet finish complemented by notes of Spanish oak and Oloroso sherry. A Long-term…

Hines Cognac Mariage was created in 1991 by Bernard Hine: It’s a great Grande Champagne blend of 12 different cognac spirits – twelve vintage cognacs from 1921 to 1959. Tasting Notes On the nose: Complex, and a hint of almond, some floral notes. On the palate, wooden-vanilla aromas, soft and tender. The finish is solid. Mariage comes in a crystal decanter from Baccarat, presented in a wooden, hand crafted case – which can also be used as a cigar humidor: About 75 cigars fit in and each case includes a humidifier and a hydrometer. Vintage Cognac Specialists HINE is renown as specialist in vintage cognacs; over the centuries, HINE has built up significant stocks of Grande Champagne cognacs from the finest years. HINE was awarded a royal warrant in 1962 by Queen Elizabeth II and it the only cognac house with this honor. For more information visit www.hine.com

T.E.A is an award-winning, artisan gin & vodka brand specialising in tea enriched spirits. They handcraft only 120 bottles per batch in bespoke copper stills using only the finest botanicals. Using only the finest tea and botanicals sourced from around the globe, T.E.A produces premium, 100% natural, gluten free Earl Grey Gin, Jasmine Gin, Earl Grey Vodka and Jasmine Vodka. Each one triumphed in its respective category in the esteemed San Francisco World Spirits Competition. From Cambridgeshire sugar beet to Seville orange zest, English rose petals to Sri Lankan and Assam tea, T.E.A infuses the world’s finest ingredients. Botanicals include natural bergamot oil, bay leaf, coriander, angelica root and of course juniper. All ensure a signature velvety taste that works exceptionally both independently or combined. The Earl Grey Gin is ideal with an orange twist, while lemon zest best compliments the Jasmine spirits. Bespoke T.E.A cocktails include Cucumber Gin Mint Fizz, Marmalade…

Food and drink connoisseurs around the world are being challenged by The Glenlivet to embark on a flavour journey to decode the secret tasting notes of The Glenlivet Cipher. Presented in an opaque, black bottle without any cask information, The Glenlivet Cipher is a Scotch whisky shrouded in mystery that helps whisky lovers to push the boundaries of flavour exploration. Crafted from a unique cask combination that has never before been used by The Glenlivet, Cipher will offer a new flavour experience to explore whilst staying true to the flawlessly smooth and fruity flavour that has made the distillery famous. Pushing the Boundaries of Flavor Exploration Those that accept the challenge will begin their journey on the label by searching for one of the official flavours hidden within a cryptic code, before being directed to cipher.theglenlivet.com to face the ultimate flavour test. Take the Challenge at cipher.theglenlivet.com On cipher.theglenlivet.com, The…

The year 2016 marks a time of transition for the Maison Hennessy as 7th generation Master Blender Yann Fillioux prepares to pass the keys to the cellar to his nephew, Renaud Fillioux de Gironde. Hennessy is proud to announce that 2016 marks the opening of an important new chapter in its 250-year history. Starting in February, Hennessy’s current Master Blender, Yann Fillioux, officially inducted his nephew, Renaud Fillioux de Gironde, a member of the 8th generation of the Fillioux family, as the next Master Blender at the Maison Hennessy. Under the mentorship of his uncle, Renaud Fillioux de Gironde will continue to hone his skills. A member of the tasting committee for the past 14 years, Renaud Fillioux de Gironde will succeed his uncle in due course, when Yann Fillioux steps down following a distinguished career as “guardian of the temple” at the Maison Hennessy. Major Milestone: Unbroken Dynasty Since…