Double San Francisco Double Golds!

Double San Francisco Double Golds!

The Golden Age Blend and The Half-Century Blend were both awarded Double Gold at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017!

We're delighted to announce that The Golden Age Blend and The Half-Century Blend both recieved Double Gold Medals from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, one of the most respected awards bodies globally.

Very few entries receive Double Gold as the entire judging panel has to unanimously judge the spirit to be of the highest quality. As the SFWSC say, this places them "among the finest products in the world".

This caps an extraordinary run for the already triple-Trophy winning Golden Age Blend, having been named Best Blended Scotch at the World Whiskies Awards 2016, Best Scotch Blend Over 20 Years Old at the International Spirits Challenge 2016 and receiving the Blended Scotch Whisky Trophy at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016.

Whilst The Golden Age Blend is now extremely hard to find, the stunning Half-Century Blend - made exclusively with whiskies aged for over 50 years and given a score of 90 Points by Serge Valentin on WhiskyFun - can still be found at fine retailers.

The Half-Century Blend is available now from Master of Malt and Hedonism Wines.

3cl sample drams are also available, courtesy of Drinks by the Dram, from Master of Malt.

The Half-Century Blend

The Half-Century Blend

We are very proud to present The Half-Century Blend, our newest expression, made with whiskies aged for at least 50 years.

Following on from our two multi-award winning whiskies, The Lost Distilleries Blend and The Golden Age Blend, we are incredibly excited to reveal our latest limited release - The Half-Century Blend.

Only whiskies aged for over 50 years were used to create this expression, standing testament to the extraordinary complexity of these whiskies - distilled over half a century ago. The ‘whisky-boom’ of the late 1960s to the 1980s saw the beginning of an inexorable march towards modernization, and the quest for increased yields at all costs.

Before this shift, distilleries were home to less efficient barley-strains, sprawling on-site floor maltings, inefficient brewer’s yeast, lengthy fermentation times, mucky direct-fired stills, bulky and inefficient worm-tub condensers and less active refill casks. The result of all this inefficiency, waste and lost commercial-opportunity? Flavour, subtlety, poise, an incredible depth of fruit-character and a beguiling, ethereal quality sadly missing from many of today’s whiskies.

Proving that patience has its rewards, the slow-maturing whiskies contained in The Half-Century Blend were produced in an era where flavour - not forecasts - ruled the roost.

Only 768 bottles of were produced in this first batch, with an ABV of 45.5%.

 

Tasting Notes:

Nose: Bread and butter pudding, well-rounded oak developing into cinnamon sticks, fruity rye, and a slight whiff of spent matches. Sherried spice appears soon after, with treacle tarts and muscovado sugar in tow. Vegetal hints of bay leaf appear a few minutes later.

Palate: Flapjacks with chocolate chips and raisins, jasmine tea and honey-nut cereals. Unmistakable notes of ancient wood sit at the centre, with Christmas-y spices and apricot jam building alongside. A pinch of tobacco and dark chocolates filled with runny caramel.

Finish: Walnuts, lingering oak warmth, chopped apricots and raisins, five-spice and hazelnut cream.

 

The Half-Century Blend will be available from fine retailers shortly.

 

The Golden Age Blend Wins IWSC Trophy!

The Golden Age Blend Wins IWSC Trophy!

The Golden Age Blend is awarded the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016 Blended Scotch Whisky Trophy following ISC and World Whiskies Awards Trophies earlier this year.

It's been an incredible year for The Golden Age Blend, which was named Best Blended Scotch at the World Whiskies Awards 2016, awarded the Trophy for Best Scotch Blend Over 20 Years Old at the International Spirits Challenge 2016, and has now been awarded the Blended Scotch Whisky Trophy at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016!

IWSC Judges Tasting Notes:

"A gentle introduction on the nose take you into a saw mill with vintage leather aprons and a coppersmith studio next door. The flavours hidden on the palate are simply toffee and red apple, the two combining for a rich and uncompromising dram. The finish is greater spiced red apples."

We're not sure if a blended Scotch whisky has ever claimed such a clean sweep, but we're extremely proud as well as humbled by this extraordinary achievement. When The Lost Distilleries Blend was named World's Best Blended Whisky at the World Whiskies Awards 2014 we weren't sure when we'd next receive such a prestigious award, but this year has proved even more successful. We're still taking it all in to be honest, it's just amazing.

The Golden Age Blend is a superbly rich, intense and full bodied whisky that stands as a testament to the extraordinary depth of flavour that can be found in some of the marvellous whiskies distilled during the ‘Golden Age’ of distilling spanning the early '60s to the mid '70s.

Made exclusively with whiskies aged for over 40 years, malts from Macallan, Glenrothes, Tamdhu and Bunnahabhain were used as well as well-aged grain whisky from North British at a ratio of 4 parts malt to only 1 part grain. Just 210 bottles are available worldwide.

The Golden Age Blend is available now from Master of Malt, Amazon and Hedonism Wines.

3cl sample drams are available, courtesy of Drinks by the Dram, from Master of Malt.

 

The Golden Age Blend Wins ISC Trophy

The Golden Age Blend Wins ISC Trophy

The Golden Age Blend, named for the 'Golden Age' of distilling spanning the early '60s to the mid '70s, has been named Best Scotch Blend Over 20 Years Old at the International Spirits Challenge 2016.

Following its stunning win at the World Whiskies Awards 2016, where it was named Best Scotch Blended Whisky, The Golden Age Blend has picked up another major industy award. We're incredibly proud to announce that last night The Golden Age Blend received the International Spirits Challenge 2016 Trophy for Best Scotch Blend Over 20 Years Old.

Once again, this rich and full bodied blend has proven to be a fitting testament to the extraordinary whiskies distilled during the ‘Golden Age’. Created with malts from Macallan, Glenrothes, Tamdhu and Bunnahabhain as well as grain from North British, every component is aged for at least 40 years with 4 parts malt used to just 1 part grain. Only 210 bottles of this exquisite whisky are available worldwide.

The Lost Distilleries Blend also received a Gold Medal at the International Spirits Challenge.

The Golden Age Blend is available now from Master of Malt, Amazon and Hedonism Wines.

3cl sample drams are available, courtesy of Drinks by the Dram, from Master of Malt.

The Golden Age Blend Crowned Best Blended Scotch 2016

The Golden Age Blend Crowned Best Blended Scotch 2016

Named for the ‘Golden Age’ of distilling spanning the early ’60s to the mid ’70s, The Golden Age Blend has been named Best Blended Scotch at the World Whiskies Awards 2016.

This superbly rich, intense and full bodied award-winning blended whisky stands as a testament to the extraordinary depth of flavour that can be found in some of the marvellous whiskies distilled during the ‘Golden Age’. Just 210 bottles are available worldwide.

To create this whisky, we took a selection of the finest venerable malts (all the whiskies used are aged for over 40 years) distilled at Macallan, Glenrothes and Tamdhu. Next, additional character and ‘seasoning’ was added in the form of gently peated whisky from Bunnahabhain. Finally, an exceptionally well-aged grain whisky from North British was added to tie the other malts together and form the backbone of the blend, at a ratio of approximately 4 parts malt to just 1 part grain.

The Golden Age Blend is available now from Master of Malt and Amazon.

3cl sample 'drams' are available, courtesy of Drinks by the Dram, from Master of Malt.