Catching up on Friday (24 November 2014)

After a busy week, I'll try to get you up to speed in less then two minutes on the latest whisky news, rumours and interesting blog posts from the past week.

News

Press releases and industry news from the past week.

Black Friday at The Whisky Exchange

The guys at The Whisky Exchange roused curiosity with a special “Black Friday” whisky. All will be revealed by now, but I’m not going to spoil it. If you want to find out, head to their website right now (But you're way too late already, as was I).
The Whisky Exchange Black Friday

New Perthshire distillery Aberargie opens its doors

The Morrison family returns to the distilling scene 34 years after selling of Bowmore-Morrison Distillers to Suntory. The new Aberargie distillery is located family’s farm a few miles south of Perth. The new Lowlands whisky-to-be can be classified as a single estate product. The barley - Golden Promise (!) - will be grown on the farm, malting will be done at Simpsons and the rest of the operation will take place on site.



Aldi Belgium launches a Japanese whisky

While the UK is spoiled with some rather decent 29-year-old Glen Marnoch and a 26-year-old Irish Reserve single malt , Belgium’s is getting a Koshu Gold Japanese blended whisky from a company called “Nirasaki Distillery”. While not mentioning where it is distilled, the whisky matured and was bottled in Japan. So chances are this is new make from Scotland (or another country) that has been shipped to Japan to be sold off as “Japanese whisky”. Priced: €24.99.
Koshu Gold Aldi Belgiƫ
Picture: Aldi Belgium

Rumours

Whispers heard through the barley.

Longrow Red 11YO Cabernet Franc

Springbank Distillery prepares yet another red wine matured Longrow. The heavily peated sub-brand from Springbank comes up with a least once a year with such an expression. This year’s choice fell upon casks of Cabernet Franc, a grape that is well known for being used in Saint-Nicolas de Bourgeuil for example.
Longrow Cabernet Franc


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