Tuesday, 29 March 2016

RIP John MacLellan

John McLellan

John MacLellan, Distillery Manager van Kilchoman en Bunnahabhain overleed op Paaszondag, 27 maart 1016. Hij zal gemist worden door alle whiskyliefhebbers.

John werkte 21 jaar lang voor Bunnahabhain als mashman, brouwer en distillery manager. Met een schat aan ervaring trok hij in 2010 naar de boerderij-distilleerderij Kilchoman.

In december vorig jaar werd de eerste 10 jaar oude Kilchoman uit 2005 geveild voor The Beatson Cancer Charity. Deze unieke fles uit vat nummer 1 bracht £7.000 op.

In 2013 kreeg hij de Icons of Whisky Distillery Manager of the Year award van Whisky Magazine samen met Eddie McAffer van Bowmore.

Je kan steeds een donatie doen aan Beatson Cancer Charity ter ere van hem en het gevecht tegen kanker.
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RIP John MacLellan


John MacLellan, Distillery Manager of Kilchoman and Bunnahabhain passed away on Easter Sunday, 27 March 2016. He will be greatly missed by all whisky lovers.

John started out as mashman at Bunnahabhain in 1989. Het subsequently filled in positions as brewer and distillery manager at the distillery.

In 2010 he moved on to the young farm distillery Kilchoman.

The first bottle of 10 year old single malt of Kilchoman was auctioned for the Beatson Cancer Charity. This unique bottle from cask number 1 was sold for £7.000.

In 2013 he (and Eddie MacAffer of Bowmore) received the Icons of Whisky Distillery Manager of the year from Whisky Magazine.

You can donate to the Beatson Cancer Charity to honour him in the fight against cancer.
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Sunday, 27 March 2016

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Nieuws: Ardbeg Twenty One

Een aprilvis of een antwoord op smeekbedes van de fans?

Ardbeg Twenty One
Het publieke TTB register onthulde een label voor een 21 jaar oude Ardbeg (Opnieuw een age statement, wat gebeurt er??). Er ging nog net geen week voorbij sinds Oliver Klimek zijn blogpost publiceerde over het Jaarlijkse Gevecht en het Dark Cove debacle en dan komt dit voorbij. Hoogst waarschijnlijk een gelukkig toeval voor de goedkeuring van dit label.

Allied Distillers startte de productie opnieuw op in 1989 en gebruikte daarvoor mout van Port Ellen Maltings tot de sluiting in 1996 en Ardbeg opnieuw in de vitrine kwam te staan. De whisky komt dus duidelijk uit dit tijdperk.

Allied Distillers kocht ook Laphroaig over in 1990 en hun Distillery manager Ian Henderson kreeg de leiding over beide stokerijen. De beslissing om mout van Port Ellen te gebruiken betekende meteen ook een forse daling van het fenolenniveau. Van de in-house gemoute gerst met 80-90 ppm zakte dit niveau tot 30-35 ppm met de ingekochte mout.

Tussen 1991 en 1995 functioneerde Ardbeg op slechts een derde van zijn capaciteit. Dat betekent dat in de periode van waaruit deze whisky komt, ze waarschijnlijk geen 200.000 liter per jaar produceerden...

Identiteitskaart

  • Ardbeg Twenty One
  • Ardbeg Distillery, Port Ellen (Islay)
  • 21 jaar oude single malt
  • 46% ABV
  • Gedistilleerd voor 1995
  • 200 liter ex-bourbon casks (barrels)
Wat staat er op de achterzijde van het label

Source Ardbeg Twenty One. A rare glimpse into Ardbeg’s precarious past. A shining example of its unwavering quality. This momentous bottling contains whisky distilled during some of the most precarious days of Ardbeg’s past, when only a handful of casks were set aside. Sumptuous and soothing, melding pepper, rye and Ardbeg’s famous peaty smoke, this is a golden dram born from adversity, determination and dedication.


Ardbeg Twenty One


afbeeldingen en info Whiskynotes.be / TTB Cola Registry
achtergrondinfo: Ardbeg, a peaty provenance 
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News: Ardbeg Twenty One

April Fools or an answer to the fans?

Ardbeg Twenty One
The public TTB registry revealed a label for a 21 year old (an age statement, what is happening??) Ardbeg.  It hasn't been a week since Oliver Klimek published his Annual Struggle article and the Dark Cove disaster and now this happens. Probably a very fortunate timing for the approval of the label.

Allied Distillers restored production with malt from Port Ellen Maltings in 1989 until 1996 when the distillery was closed (again) and put up for sale. The whisky dates from this time frame.

Allied Distillers also acquired Laphroaig in 1990 and their Distillery Manager Ian Henderson was put in charge of both distilleries. The decision to use malt from Port Ellen malts also meant a drop in phenol levels. From approximately 80-90ppm from their own malting floors to 30-35ppm.

Between 1991 and 1995 Ardbeg operated at only one third of its capacity. That means they probably did not even produce over 200.000 litres per year in the period from which this whisky comes...

Identity Card

  • Ardbeg Twenty One
  • Ardbeg Distillery, Port Ellen (Islay)
  • 21 year old single malt
  • 46% ABV
  • Distilled before 1995
  • 200 liter ex-bourbon casks (barrels)
What the back label reads:

Source Ardbeg Twenty One. A rare glimpse into Ardbeg’s precarious past. A shining example of its unwavering quality. This momentous bottling contains whisky distilled during some of the most precarious days of Ardbeg’s past, when only a handful of casks were set aside. Sumptuous and soothing, melding pepper, rye and Ardbeg’s famous peaty smoke, this is a golden dram born from adversity, determination and dedication.


Ardbeg Twenty One


pictures and info: Whiskynotes.be / TTB Cola Registry
background source: Ardbeg, a peaty provenance 
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Thursday, 17 March 2016

World Whiskies Awards 2016 #WWA16

Tonight the World Whiskies Awards will be announced. The crème de la crème from the whisky industry probably have sweaty hands and awaits the results in the heart of London. We'll update the blog live as the results trickle in and line-up all the winners.

The Awards are presented by The Drinks Report (known for the World Beer Awards and a bunch of other awards) and Whisky Magazine. Place to be is the London Grand Connaught Rooms. Comedian and BBC presenter Fred MacAulay will host the evening.

Alongside the World Whiskies Awards Whisky Magazine will announce its Icons of Whiskies and some industry people will be honoured in the Whisky Hall of Fame.

There are two main categories: Taste and Design. The first is - you already guessed it - based on the flavour profile. A jury selects and approves the whiskies on their main qualities: balance, character, complexity and quality.

#WWA16 #worldwhiskiesawards Tonight, follow the results LIVE here! pic.twitter.com/2a20DaHzL4
— Whisky Magazine (@Whisky_Magazine) March 17, 2016

Whisky Magazine Icons of Whisky Global

Whisky Magazine Icons of Whisky

  • Supermarket Retailer of the Year: Sainsburys 
  • Travel Retailer of the Year: DFS Group Changi Airport Singapore
  • Online Retailer of the Year: Master of Malt
  • Single Outlet Retailer of the Year: Celtic Whiskey Shop
  • Multiple Outlet Retailer of the Year: La Maison du Whisky
YYYYEEEEESSSS!!!!! Online whisky retailer of the year at the world whiskies awards! Get. The. Fuck. In. #WWA16 pic.twitter.com/vzEJDtPvXJ
— Master Of Malt (@MasterOfMalt) March 17, 2016

People Awards

  • Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year: Stuart Cassells
  • World Whisky Brand Ambassador: Ashok Chokalingam
  • Irish Whiskey Brand Ambassador: John Quinn
  • American Whisky Brand Ambassador of the Year: Bernie Lubbers
  • Scotch Whisky Brand Ambassador of the Year: Simon Brooking
  • Special Awards: Beth Havers & Colin Dunn 
  • Distillery Manager of the Year: Koichi Nishikawa (Yoichi Distillery, Japan)
  • Master Distiller / Blender of the Year: Bill Lumsden (Glenmorangie Distillery)
Congratulations Simon on the award #WWA16 #worldwhiskyawards pic.twitter.com/Rmd6TixNXF
— Julie B (@Cdnchick74) March 17, 2016


Producer Awards

  • Craft Producer of the Year: Westland Distillery
  • Visitor Attraction of the Year: Teeling Whisky Company
  • Brand Innovation of the Year: Douglas Laing & Co of Scotland
  • Distiller of the Year: Heaven Hill Brands 
YESSSS!!!! Picking up our Visitor Attraction of the Year Award at the #WWA16 #TeelingDistillery #Revival pic.twitter.com/GozI0FImxx
— TeelingWhiskey (@TeelingWhiskey) March 17, 2016


World Whiskies Awards

And the winners in the most flavoursome category are... 

World's Best Single Malt Whisky

Old Pulteney 1989
picture: The Whisky Exchange


Old Pulteney Vintage 1989

World's Best Single Cask Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan Solist single cask
picture: Whisky Suggest


Kavalan Solist Amontillado Sherry Cask Finish

World's Best Bourbon Whisky

Bowman Brothers
picture: Oaks Liquors

Abraham Bowman Pioneer Spirit

World's Best Bourbon Single Barrel Whisky

Smooth Ambler Old Scout
picture: The Whisky Exchange

Smooth Ambler Old Scout


World's Best Rye

Pikesville Straight Rye
picture: Entry Proof

Pikesville Straight Rye

World's Best Blended Malt


Reference Series III.2
picture: Master of Malt


Reference Series lll.2

World's Best Blended Whisky


Hibiki 21
picture: Royal Mile Whiskies


Suntory Hibiki 21 year old

World's Best Blended Limited Release 


Glen Alba 22
picture: Whiskyapocalypse


Glen Alba 22 year old (Lidl)

World's Best Canadian Blended Whisky

Godderham and Worts Four Grain
picture: The Rumhowlerblog

Godderham & Worts Four Grain

World's Best Corn Whisky

Balcones True Blue
picture: Balcones


Balcones True Blue 100 Proof

World's Best Wheat Whisky

Bernheim
picture: Whiskey under the label


Bernheim Original Kentucky Straight

World's Best Flavoured Whisky

Knob Creek Smoked Maple
picture: Knob Creek


Knob Creek Smoked Maple Whiskey

World's Best Grain Whisky

Fuji Gotemba 25
picture: Whiskiosity


Fuji Gotemba 25 Year old

World's Best Single Pot Still Whisky

Green Spot Bordeaux Finish
picture: The Whisky Exchange


Green Spot Chateau Leoville Barton

Country Winners

RESULTS #WWA16 #worldwhiskiesawards Country winners of the World Whiskies Awards 2016... See 2 images please! 🎆 pic.twitter.com/KvysM59PLT
— Whisky Magazine (@Whisky_Magazine) March 17, 2016


Design Awards

The category Design can be summarised into two main awards: World's Best Design and Agency of the Year. Next to these two there are awards for Best new launch, Best relaunch/redesign, Best standard design and Best ultra premium design. To keep everybody happy there are also silver and bronze medals. 

World's Best Design

Puni Alba
picture: Puni Italia



Puni Alba (Italy)

Best Design Agency

Pocket Rocket Creative


Best New Launch

To be announced later tonight!

Best Relaunch/Redesign

To be announced later tonight!

Best Standard Design


To be announced later tonight!

Best Ultra-premium design

To be announced later tonight!

Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame

Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame

Peter Russell - Chairman Ian Macleod Distillers

Peter Russell
picture: Whisky Magazine

Charlie Smith - Master Distiller Ballindalloch Distillery

http://halloffame.whiskymag.com/gfx/charlie-smith-1.jpg
picture: Whisky Magazine

A final word

The World Whiskies Awards are but one of the many awards in the whisky industry. Some people consider these awards are only there so the majority of brands can show off with at least one award.

All the winners can of course be found on the official WWA website and Whisky Magazine's Facebook page.


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World Whiskies Awards 2016 #WW2016

Vanavond worden de World Whiskies Awards uitgereikt. De crème van de whisky wereld zit nu al vol spanning te wachten in hartje Londen. Straks updaten we de blog live zodat u alle winnaars mooi op een rijtje krijgt.

De Awards worden gepresenteerd door The Drinks Report (Die we ook kennen van de World Beer Awards en een resem andere awards) en Whisky Magazine. De prijzen worden uitgereikt in het Londense Grand Connaught Rooms.

Samen met World Whiskies Awards worden ook de Icons of Whisky uitgedeeld en krijgen een aantal mensen een plaatsje in de whisky hall of Fame. Comedian en BBC presentator Fred MacAulay moet alles in goede banen leiden.

Er zijn twee hoofdcategoriën: Taste en Design. De eerste is - u raadt het al - puur gebaseerd op smaak. Hier worden whisky's geselecteerd, gekeurd en gekozen op basis van hun voornaamste kwaliteit.

#WWA16 #worldwhiskiesawards Tonight, follow the results LIVE here! pic.twitter.com/2a20DaHzL4
— Whisky Magazine (@Whisky_Magazine) March 17, 2016

Whisky Magazine Icons of Whisky Global

Whisky Magazine Icons of Whisky

  • Supermarket Retailer of the Year: Sainsburys 
  • Travel Retailer of the Year: DFS Group Changi Airport Singapore
  • Online Retailer of the Year: Master of Malt
  • Single Outlet Retailer of the Year: Celtic Whiskey Shop
  • Multiple Outlet Retailer of the Year: La Maison du Whisky


YYYYEEEEESSSS!!!!! Online whisky retailer of the year at the world whiskies awards! Get. The. Fuck. In. #WWA16 pic.twitter.com/vzEJDtPvXJ
— Master Of Malt (@MasterOfMalt) March 17, 2016


People Awards

  • Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year: Stuart Cassells
  • World Whisky Brand Ambassador: Ashok Chokalingam
  • Irish Whiskey Brand Ambassador: John Quinn
  • American Whisky Brand Ambassador of the Year: Bernie Lubbers
  • Scotch Whisky Brand Ambassador of the Year: Simon Brooking
  • Special Awards: Beth Havers & Colin Dunn 
  • Distillery Manager of the Year: Koichi Nishikawa (Yoichi Distillery, Japan)
  • Master Distiller / Blender of the Year: Bill Lumsden (Glenmorangie Distillery)
Congratulations Simon on the award #WWA16 #worldwhiskyawards pic.twitter.com/Rmd6TixNXF
— Julie B (@Cdnchick74) March 17, 2016


Producer Awards

  • Craft Producer of the Year: Westland Distillery
  • Visitor Attraction of the Year: Teeling Whisky Company
  • Brand Innovation of the Year: Douglas Laing & Co of Scotland
  • Distiller of the Year: Heaven Hill Brands 
YESSSS!!!! Picking up our Visitor Attraction of the Year Award at the #WWA16 #TeelingDistillery #Revival pic.twitter.com/GozI0FImxx
— TeelingWhiskey (@TeelingWhiskey) March 17, 2016


World Whiskies Awards

En de winnaars in de smaakvolste categorie zijn....

World's Best Single Malt Whisky

Old Pulteney 1989
picture: The Whisky Exchange


Old Pulteney Vintage 1989

World's Best Single Cask Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan Solist single cask
picture: Whisky Suggest


Kavalan Solist Amontillado Sherry Cask Finish

World's Best Bourbon Whisky

Bowman Brothers
picture: Oaks Liquors

Abraham Bowman Pioneer Spirit

World's Best Bourbon Single Barrel Whisky

Smooth Ambler Old Scout
picture: The Whisky Exchange

Smooth Ambler Old Scout


World's Best Rye

Pikesville Straight Rye
picture: Entry Proof

Pikesville Straight Rye

World's Best Blended Malt


Reference Series III.2
picture: Master of Malt


Reference Series lll.2

World's Best Blended Whisky


Hibiki 21
picture: Royal Mile Whiskies


Suntory Hibiki 21 year old

World's Best Blended Limited Release 


Glen Alba 22
picture: Whiskyapocalypse


Glen Alba 22 year old (Lidl)

World's Best Canadian Blended Whisky

Godderham and Worts Four Grain
picture: The Rumhowlerblog

Godderham & Worts Four Grain

World's Best Corn Whisky

Balcones True Blue
picture: Balcones


Balcones True Blue 100 Proof

World's Best Wheat Whisky

Bernheim
picture: Whiskey under the label


Bernheim Original Kentucky Straight

World's Best Flavoured Whisky

Knob Creek Smoked Maple
picture: Knob Creek


Knob Creek Smoked Maple Whiskey

World's Best Grain Whisky

Fuji Gotemba 25
picture: Whiskiosity


Fuji Gotemba 25 Year old

World's Best Single Pot Still Whisky

Green Spot Bordeaux Finish
picture: The Whisky Exchange


Green Spot Chateau Leoville Barton

Country Winners

RESULTS #WWA16 #worldwhiskiesawards Country winners of the World Whiskies Awards 2016... See 2 images please! 🎆 pic.twitter.com/KvysM59PLT
— Whisky Magazine (@Whisky_Magazine) March 17, 2016


Design Awards

In de categorie Design is samen te vatten tot twee grote prijzen: World's Best Design en Agency of the Year. Daarnaast zijn er nog awards voor Best new launch, Best relaunch/redesign, Best standard design en Best ultra premium design. En in elke subcategorie worden ook nog eens zilveren en bronzen medailles uitgereikt.

World's Best Design

Puni Alba
picture: Puni Italia



Puni Alba (Italy)


Best Design Agency


Wordt straks bekend gemaakt!



Best New Launch


Wordt straks bekend gemaakt!


Best Relaunch/Redesign


Wordt straks bekend gemaakt!

Best Standard Design


Wordt straks bekend gemaakt!


Best Ultra-premium design


Wordt straks bekend gemaakt!


Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame

Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame




Peter Russell - Voorzitter Ian Maclead Distillers

Peter Russell
foto: Whisky Magazine

Charlie Smith - Master Distiller Ballinadalloch Distillery

http://halloffame.whiskymag.com/gfx/charlie-smith-1.jpg
foto: Whisky Magazine

Ten slotte

De World Whiskies Awards zijn slechts één van de vele awards in de whiskywereld. Een mens zou soms geneigd dat al deze award shows in het leven geroepen zijn opdat alle merken wel met minstens één award zouden kunnen opscheppen.


Alle winnaars vind je natuurlijk terug op de WWA website.

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