Friday, 9 May 2014

Joseph Mellot Wins Top Award

Joseph Mellot Wins Top Award at the 2014 Women and Wines of the World International Competition™

Leading Loire winemaking family, Joseph Mellot, has won a Diamond medal and was awarded the highest score for its La Chatellenie Sancerre 2013 at the recent Women and Wines of the World International Competition™ in Monaco.  Another of its wines - the Pouilly Fumé, Le Troncsec 2013 - was also awarded a bronze medal.

Now in its eighth year the Women and Wines of The World International Competition™ (Femmes et Vins du Monde - Concours International™) is open to wines from all countries and all viticultural regions with a specified geographical denomination. Judged exclusively by women, it aims to distinguish those wines of outstanding quality that are exceptionally expressive of their appellation or origin.

Joseph Mellot’s President, Catherine Corbeau-Mellot, comments, ‘We are absolutely thrilled with this result. Particularly that one of our wines has been awarded the top score in an international competition that encourages women and highlights their professions in the world of wine and winemaking at an international level.’

Deeply rooted in the heart of Sancerre, the history of Joseph Mellot spans 500 years and several generations of the Mellot family. Founded by Pierre Etienne Mellot in 1513 the family-run estate is now headed by Catherine Corbeau-Mellot and is one of Sancerre's largest and highly regarded producers.

Joseph Mellot currently sells a range of Loire wines in the UK from six AOC regions.  A full selection of their wines are now available from Edencroft Wines & Spirits.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

the history of peat at Knockdhu

When a golden opportunity comes a knocking, you make the most of it. Exactly what a certain Mr. John Morrison did back in 1892. An enterprising man by nature, John had just bought the Knock Estate in Aberdeenshire. Turned out that this wasn’t just a handsome parcel of turf, it was home to a most fortuitous coincidence.

The land was full of peat and barely, contained springs of pure clear Highland water and sat next to the Great Northern Railway. All the ingredients you need for the production and distribution of a fine single malt Scotch whisky. John Morrison needed no further invitation. Two years later, The Knockdhu Distillery was born.

From 1894, the ‘Men of Knock’ began producing the finest single malt. To begin with, it’s said their efforts had a peaty edge – thanks to the peat-fired kilns that dried the precious grains of malted barley. However, over time, production methods changed, giving rise to the non-peated style anCnoc is renowned for today.

Those standard anCnoc malts can rightly be described as a pleasingly curious affair – modern yet traditional, sweet yet spicy, fragrant yet robust. But as the unofficial motto of Knockdhu has it, ‘sometimes to go forward, you have to go back’. Which is why, in 2004, the Distillery set about creating a heavily peated spirit, in homage to the malt’s peaty origins.

Peaty & PPM explained
Peat is a remarkable thing. A testament to thousands of years of subterranean pressure. Or simply the ideal way to get a roaring hearth on the go. However you see it, there’s no doubt that the earthy reek of a peat fire makes for the most distinctive tasting whisky. But you have to know how to control the peaty flavour levels of your whisky.

It’s all down to the PPM (parts per million) phenol in the distilled spirit. In short, the higher the PPM levels, the peatier the whisky will be to taste. That, in turn, depends on how peated the barley used in the distilling process is, a balance that we have worked hard to perfect.

To help friends of our malt find the peaty taste to suit their palate every expression of anCnoc Peaty carries a note of the phenol content in parts per million (ppm).

Peat cutting tools have been used traditionally for many hundreds of years and have an important role to play in the production of this important fuel. The packaging for each of our expressions has been inspired by these tools, bringing them to the forefront as the unsung heroes.

For we have these simple implements to thank for the wonder that is the Limited Edition anCnoc Peaty Collection. All that remains is to try them – and shine a light on your dark side.

flaughter

14.8 PPM [parts per million]
The Flaughter spade is used to remove the top layer of peat which is richer, more rooty and produces more reek. This gives a heavier, smokier flavour to the whisky, in this case, with a PPM of 14.8.

Colour: anCnoc Flaughter is pale gold

Nose: Initially smoky and ashy. Underneath that, fresh vanilla notes ooze softness and creaminess while a sharper hint of sticky toffee offers a balancing sweetness.

Taste: A warming and smooth experience; peaty and intense but remarkably rounded, it flickers with hints of fragrant pipe tobacco, orchard fruits, brown sugar sweetness and a slight medicinal overtone. An intensely flavoursome, smoky and smooth finish.

Alc vol: 46%

rutter

11.0 PPM [parts per million]
The Rutter spade is used to size and separate the peat blocks producing a turf that is slow burning. This peat creates less reek and therefore gives the whisky a more fragrant smokiness, in this case, with a PPM of 11.0.

Colour: anCnoc Rutter is sparkling gold in appearance.

Nose: Initially very smoky, it quickly unveils the unmistakable anCnoc character with delicate spices, juicy pineapples, peardrops and gentle vanilla. Rich and warming.

Taste: Full-bodied and bursting with peaty richness. Soft undertones of honey, creamy vanilla, toffee and leather are punctuated by the freshness of green apples.

Alc vol: 46%

Available now at: www.edencroft.co.uk

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Glenglassaugh Rare Cask / Batch 1

We are pleased to announce the release of the 1st batch of Glenglassaugh single casks under the BenRiach  ownership – GG ‘Rare Casks’ Batch One.

The batch consists of 8 vintages, from 1968 (45 years old) up to 1986 (28 years old) – product info and prices are attached. Benriach have developed brand new packaging for the single casks, we hope you like it.

Availability is limited, and I have just 18% (approx) of the total stock for the UK.

As we don’t have so much history with GG, instead of allocating stock, we will offer these on a 1st come 1st served basis, if you require any stock could you email me at sales@edencroft.co.uk.

Cask: cask 2114
Alc: 50.6%
Distilled: 25/10/1972
Bottled: FEB 2014
Age: 41 Year Old
Cask Size and Type: Refill Sherry Butt
Finish: Fully sherry matured
Appearance: Full amber glow.
Nose: Revealing depths of prunes and rum raisins over milk chocolate releases harmonious crisp oak spices and zest of lime.
Palate: Fantastic spiced honey and stem ginger rolls to prune syrup and hints of cocoa. Gentle cantaloupe melon with a dusting of ground almond and warm white pepper liven the crisp finish.
Bottles from Cask: 582
RRP: £644.99
Edencroft Price: £547.49

Cask: cask 6801
Alc: 52.1%
Distilled: 05.12.1973
Bottled: FEB 2014
Age: 40 Year Old
Cask Size and Type: Manzanilla Sherry Puncheon
Finish: Sherry Finish
Appearance: Deep crimson edged with gold.
Nose: Magnificent full bodied, yet elegant sherry character. Plum juice and dates carry bursts of orange sherbet and touches of gentle anise..
Palate: The freshness of candied peal balances the rich dark chocolate and sherried dark fruit character. A subtle grapefruit and warm oak spice lightens and adds a citrus twist to the finish.
Bottles from Cask: 497
RRP: £584.99
Edencroft Price: £495.44

Cask: cask 7801
Alc: 42.4%
Distilled: 18.06.1975
Bottled: FEB 2014
Age: 38 Year Old
Cask Size and Type: Moscatel Hogshead
Finish: Moscatel Finish
Appearance: Summer harvest gold.
Nose: An initial suggestion of boiled sweets with a spearmint warmth gently flows to soft mango, caramelised green pears and cracked black pepper.
Palate: Delicate fruit salad balanced with a warm black pepper spice softens to waves of gentle orchard fruits, rich oak and a beautiful fresh barley finish.
Bottles from Cask: 247
RRP: £ £479.99
Edencroft Price: £406.31

Friday, 28 March 2014

anCnoc - New Release's

Flaughter

The Flaughter spade is used to remove the top layer of peat which is richer, more rooty and produces more reek. This gives a heavier, smokier flavour to the whisky, in this case, with a PPM of 14.8.

Colour: anCnoc Flaughter is pale gold.

Nose: Initially smoky and ashy. Underneath that, fresh vanilla notes ooze softness and creaminess while a sharper hint of sticky toffee offers a balancing sweetness.

Taste: A warming and smooth experience; peaty and intense but remarkably rounded, it flickers with hints of fragrant pipe tobacco, orchard fruits, brown sugar sweetness and a slight medicinal overtone. An intensely flavoursome, smoky and smooth finish.

Price: £50.00 per bottles

Availability: Now at www.edencroft.co.uk.



Rutter

The Rutter spade is used to size and separate the peat blocks producing a turf that is slow burning. This peat creates less reek and therefore gives the whisky a more fragrant smokiness, in this case, with a PPM of 11.0.

Colour: anCnoc Rutter is sparkling gold in appearance.

Nose: Initially very smoky, it quickly unveils the unmistakable anCnoc character with delicate spices, juicy pineapples, peardrops and gentle vanilla. Rich and warming.

Taste: Full-bodied and bursting with peaty richness. Soft undertones of honey, creamy vanilla, toffee and leather are punctuated by the freshness of green apples.

Price: £50.00 per bottles

Availability: Now at www.edencroft.co.uk.

5th Annual Cheshire Whisky Event - Update

Whiskies that will be available for tasting at the 5th Annual Cheshire Whisky Event. More to follow as soon as we are made aware.

Whyte & MacKay Table

  1. Isle of Jura - Elixir.
  2. Isle of Jura - Prophecy.
  3. Isle of Jura - 10 Year Old.
  4. Isle of Jura - 16 Year Old.
  5. Isle of Jura - 21 Year Old.
  6. Dalmore - 12 Year Old.
  7. Dalmore - 15 Year Old.
  8. Dalmore - 18 Year Old.
  9. Dalmore - 25 Year Old.
  10. Dalmore - Cigar Malt.
  11. Dalmore King Alexander III.
  12. Shackleton's Whisky - Mackinlay's Rare Old Highland Malt.


Inverhouse Distillers Table
  1. anCnoc - 12 Year Old.
  2. anCnoc - 16 Year Old.
  3. anCnoc - 1999 Vintage.
  4. anCnoc - Flaughter.
  5. anCnoc - Rutter.
  6. anCnoc - 22 Year Old.
  7. anCnoc - 35 Year Old.
  8. Balblair - 2003 Vintage.
  9. Balblair - 1997 Vintage.
  10. Balblair - 1990 Vintage.
  11. Balblair - 1983 Vintage.
  12. Old Pulteney - 12 Year Old.
  13. Old Pulteney - Navigator.
  14. Old Pulteney - 17 Year Old.
  15. Old Pulteney - 21 Year Old.
  16. Old Pulteney - 1990 Vintage.
  17. Old Pulteney - 40 Year Old.
  18. Old Pulteney - Stroma Liqueur.
  19. Hankey Bannister - Standard Blend.
  20. Hankey Bannister - Heritage Blend.
  21. Hankey Bannister - 12 Year Old.
  22. Hankey Bannister - 40 Year Old.
The Great Whisky Company Table
  1. Berry's Selection - Aberlour 1988
  2. Berry's Selection - Blair Athol 1989
  3. Berry's Selection - Bowmore 2001
  4. Berry's Selection - Cragganmore 1989
  5. Berry's Selection - Dufftown 1982
  6. Berry's Selection - Glen Keith 1993
  7. Berry's Selection - Linkwood 1987
  8. Rock Town Distillery - Bourbon Whiskey.
  9. Rock Town Distillery - Rye Whiskey.
  10. Rock Town Distillery - Hickory Smoked  Whiskey.
  11.  Paul John - Edited.
  12.  Paul John - Brilliance.
More to follow

Thursday, 20 March 2014

The Old Malt Cask - 20 Year Old Macallan

Old Malt Cask is unashamedly for connoisseurs of the finest expressions of Single Malt Scotch Whisky.  As one of the most established brands in the single cask market, Old Malt Cask is trusted by thousands of Malt Whisky consumers all around the world as the selection which bottles some of the most noteworthy Scotches in the market.  Each month, the Hunter Laing tasting panel reviews the company stocks and, after careful consideration, selects only the casks which are of the highest quality.  Whether the whisky was distilled in Speyside or Islay, the Lowlands or the Islands, they all have one thing in common – they have been bottled at exactly the right time to capture the unique characteristics of the cask.

Invariably bottled at 50% strength to maintain drinkability, each new expression is non-chillfiltered to ensure that the personality of each cask remains.  Our expert blender also writes notes to guide the consumer through the tasting experience. We don't have to do much with the whisky – we let it speak for itself.

Old Malt Cask has spent fifteen years as one of the market leaders in the single cask category. As the reputation of Hunter Laing rests on the quality of each release, we aim to ensure that each new bottling delights the consumer as much as the last one.

Nose: Sweet and mellow, with vanilla, raisins and toffee apples;

Taste: Smooth rich fruits, with notes of cinder, toffee and vanilla;

Finish: Long and sweet, with a wisp of oak.

Distilled/Bottled: June 1993/February 2014.

Age: 20 Year Old

ABV: 50%

Miscellaneous: 263 Bottles charged from a Bourbon Cask.

Price: £110.00 per bottle, saving 23% on the normal retail price of £142.50.

Availability: Immediately at www.edencroft.co.uk.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Old Pulteney - Stroma Malt Whisky Liqueur.

Hailing from the far North East of Scotland, off the Caithness coast, Stroma Malt Whisky Liqueur takes it name from the windswept Orcadian Isle.  Stroma originates from the Norse meaning ‘island in the stream’ which also refers to the dangerous currents on the island’s shores, including the infamous ‘Swilkie’ whirlpool. Stroma’s lighthouse warns ships of these nearby powerful currents.

This fine liqueur is a careful blend of award winning malt whiskies from Old Pulteney; a mix of lighter and more vigorous malt whiskies. Stroma is smooth, sweet tasting and warming and like the island itself,  Stroma is packed full of robust and rugged undertones.

Guaranteed to appeal to the more discerning drinker, this unique liqueur can be served neat or over ice. Stroma Malt Whisky Liqueur from Old Pulteney leaves a pleasantly warm and comforting afterglow.

Price: £17.50 per bottle - saving 19% on the normal retail price of £21.50.

Availability: Available now at www.edencroft.co.uk.