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Friday, May 29, 2015

Cutty Sark - Prohibition Edition


Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Macallan - Fine Oak 17


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Eagle Rare Bourbon Launches 2016 Rare Life Award

FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky., May 26, 2015  Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey announces the launch of its annual Rare Life Award competition. Now in year six, the contest will award $80,000 to winners. To date, the Rare Life Award program has donated a total of $240,000 to 35 charities across the United States.

Nominations are now being accepted online at www.eaglerarelife.com. The 2016 Grand Prize winner will receive a $50,000 donation to the charity of their choice. Six runners-up will receive $5,000 for their charities.

The Rare Life Awards honor individuals who exhibit courage, leadership, survival, devotion, character and heroism. This year, for the first time, people making nominations will identify which Rare Life value their story best represents. The general public will vote for the person who most embodies the "Rare Life" core values, with the top five in each category considered for a runner-up prize, and the top 30 across all categories will be considered for the Grand Prize. Nominations and voting are open beginning today and continue through Jan. 5, 2016. Winners will be announced in March of 2016.

"We look forward to the amazing stories of incredible people making a difference across the country every day," said Kris Comstock, Eagle Rare brand manager. "The number of nominees has continued to grow each year. The award helps these people gain awareness for their worthwhile causes. Last year a record-setting 1 million votes were cast."

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky Celebrates Family Spirit

imageNEW YORK, May 15, 2015  Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky is proud to share Family Spirit (Chronicle Books / Publishers; Available now via Amazon.com; $40.00; Hardcover), a celebration of family-run enterprises, which offers a behind-the-scenes look into what makes them truly special and delivers valuable insight into their long term success. This inspiring piece of work was produced in association with Cambridge Institute of Family Enterprise (CIFE), a renowned global research and education institute that brings together like-minded business families for education, conferences and research. 

The release of Family Spirit provides a unique opportunity for Glenfiddich to highlight the importance of family-owned and operated businesses while also informing the world on why enduring family enterprises consistently produce top quality products. Glenfiddich and CIFE conducted an extensive search for companies whose products and services are best in class as a result of remaining family-led, generation after generation. The resulting book showcases the stories of 12 incredible family-run companies as told through direct interviews with family members and company executives. Boasting over 200 images, Family Spirit contains gorgeous full-color and vintage black-and-white photographs from their archives. Participants featured in Family Spirit – all with over three generations as a family-owned business – include:

  • Denihan (hotelier)
  • Mitchells Family of Stores (clothier)
  • Glenfiddich (distiller)
  • Moresque / Arabesque (artisan)
  • Johnstons of Elgin (weaver)
  • Mouawad (jeweler)
  • Luigi Lavazza S.p.A. (premium coffee)
  • Riedel (glassmaker)
  • Lundberg Family Farms (farmer)
  • Wirtz Corporation (distributor)
  • McIlhenny Company (maker of Tabasco®) 
  • Young's Market Company (distributor)

The story of Glenfiddich started with William Grant, who after 20 years of learning the skills to produce high quality Scotch whisky at the Mortlach distillery in Dufftown, Scotland, dreamed of starting his own distillery. With a vision in place and the help of his seven sons and two daughters, Grant began building his own distillery by hand. History was made in 1887 when Grant's Glenfiddich distillery was born and the first spirit flowed from the stills on Christmas day. After five generations the legacy lives on in the William Grant & Sons Ltd business, where the traditional production techniques for Glenfiddich – established by William Grant himself – remain in the hands of the family who founded it. Passed on from generation to generation, Glenfiddich believes that it is the underlying values that have kept the company as one of the last remaining family distillers, which have led to Glenfiddich's success as the world's most awarded and best-selling single malt Scotch whisky. 

Peter Gordon, fifth generation and Director of Supervisory Board for William Grant & Sons says, "Showcasing the benefits of family-owned independence through Family Spirit is truly fascinating.  As a collection, there is a wonderful diversity of approaches and outcomes. Each story, including our own, is unique and each one charts how the families behind their beloved brands meet, match, and overcome formidable challenges." 

In the introduction of Family Spirit, Dr. John Davis – Founder and Chairman of CIFE and Professor at the Harvard Business School – remarks, "The world is hungry for responsible companies and business leaders who are dedicated to more than making money and self-enrichment…It's exciting to see the exceptional family companies in this book succeeding against great odds."

Glenfiddich celebrates these accomplishments by laying down a special cask of whisky for fifty years, a process which requires extraordinary vision to the long-term commitment that family ownership offers. The cask is signed by the families and marks their joint commitment to remain family-owned and independent for at least two more generations. Fifty years from now, the families who meet this challenge can celebrate again and share the precious whisky from that cask.

To further champion family enterprises, proceeds from the sale of Family Spirit will go towards the New York Public Library's (NYPL) Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL), and Glenfiddich will make a donation to the NYPL directly. These generous gifts will add value to the NYPL's SIBL members by enhancing resource centers and adding many books and materials to the library's collection. 

Family Spirit offers wisdom handed down over generations, contemporary insights, and timely inspiration. Glenfiddich hopes the stories serve as inspiration for other businesses and families who are passionate about what they do.

Family Spirit
Chronicle Books / Publishers
On Sale: Now at
Amazon.com
$40.00 | Hardcover | 184 pages
ISNB: 978-1-4521-4176-3

Monday, May 11, 2015

DEWAR'S® Scratches Its Way To A Smooth And Flavorful New Scotch

imageCORAL GABLES, Fla., May 11, 2015 - For the first time in the brand's history, Dewar's®, the world's most awarded blended Scotch whisky, borrows a tradition from its bourbon counterparts - scratching the barrels after charring -  to create a unique, new liquid: Dewar's Scratched Cask. The result is surprisingly smooth with a flavorful finish. Dewar's Scratched Cask invites consumers to enjoy the prestige and tradition of Scotch with the characteristics of a bourbon.

"We are thrilled to continue to push the envelope in Scotch and create a bridge from one whiskey category to the other," said Dan Pilas, VP and Brand Managing Director, Dewar's Blended Scotch Whisky Portfolio. "Dewar's Scratched Cask is not a hybrid, but different technique that combines the best of Scotch whisky and American whiskey know-how to create a new liquid that is smooth from start to finish."

Dewar's Scratched Cask is a blend of up to 40 carefully selected single malt and single grain whiskies left to mature in oak casks at the brand's home in Scotland for a minimum of four years. At that point, instead of bottling the blend, the mature liquid is married in handcrafted American oak casks, selected by master blender Stephanie Macleod. These barrels, bourbon and virgin ok, are heavily charred and then lightly scratched at the char layer to alter the flavor of the whisky. The liquid is then left to blend and breathe for additional months, a production process called finishing.

According to Macleod, "This is a Scotch produced in a bourbon style. We always age our blended Scotch whisky, but in this case, the process of scratching the barrels creates a truly exceptional Scotch whisky with distinctive and accessible notes of sweet vanilla, toasted oak, and a hint of spice with a smooth, satisfying finish."

Dewar's Scratched Cask signature serves include "Scratch and Soda," as well as variations on classic cocktails like the Rob Roy or Old Fashioned. This limited release will be available as of May 2015 while supplies last, and will retail for $25.99 at select luxury liquor retailers nationwide.

Monday, May 4, 2015

New Liberty - White Whiskey

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Friday, May 1, 2015