WORLD WHISKY DAY: Celebrate with These Four Whiskies from Around the Globe

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Don’t forget to celebrate World Whisky Day on the 15th May with these four delicious whiskies and start your tasting journey around the world.

England – Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky

English whiskies are growing in popularity and a great whisky to sample is the award-winning Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky. Launched in 2017 it is the first whisky ever distilled in the Cotswolds. Rich and fruity, Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky is sippable with notes of honey, Seville orange marmalade and dark red fruits. The perfect gift for a whisky lover.

RRP: £39 for 700 ml. ABV 46%. Available from: selected Sainsbury’s stores,  waitrose.commajestic.co.ukthewhiskyexchange.com, Harrods, Laithwaites and cotswoldsdistillery.com

India – Rampur Double Cask Indian Single Malt Whisky

Rampur Double Cask Single Malt is a hand-crafted single malt whisky matured in hand-selected American Bourbon barrels as well as European Oak Sherry casks chosen by Master Distiller, Anup Barik.

Distilled in traditional copper pot stills, the malt matures for two-thirds of its life in handpicked American Bourbon Barrels and a third in European Oak Sherry Casks at India’s largest distillery and is then non-chill-filtered and bottled at 45%. The combination of Rampur’s unique distilling and the double cask maturation process, sees this luxury Single Malt taking traditional Indian heritage and rooting it in contemporary culture.

Delicate balsamic vanilla notes from the American white oak compliment the full-bodied aroma of tropical fruits, smooth malty tones and oaky notes whilst rich caramel, dried dark fruits and spiced tonality from the European oak add to the depth of flavour.

RRP: £60 for a 70cl bottle ABV:  45%. Available from: amazon.co.uk and  www.thewhiskyexchange.com

Ireland – Shanky’s Whip

A brand-new Irish whiskey-based liqueur, Shanky’s Whip was launched in the UK last month. It is based on a combination of Irish spirits and aged pot still whiskey, blended in with the natural flavour of vanilla infused with caramel.

If you are looking for something a bit different to celebrate the ‘water of life’, Shanky’s Whip won’t disappoint. A smooth, black spirit with a rich and whippy flavour dominated by spicy Irish notes and can be enjoyed in a variety of cocktails such as an Irish Old Fashioned, Cold Whip or The Long and the Short of It or just On the Rocks.

RRP £24.  ABV: 33%. www.shankyswhip.com Instagram: @shankyswhip

Available from Amazon and Master of Malt

Scotland – J&B Rare

One of Europe’s favourite blended whiskies J&B Rare.  This approachable and accessible Scotch appeals to whisky connoisseurs and ‘new world’ drinkers alike. The consistent high quality of the blend, which is light in colour with a smooth and elegant taste, makes it the perfect whisky to be enjoyed as a dram or for an at home cocktail this World Whisky Day.

J&B Rare Whisky is distilled, blended and bottled in Scotland. A blend of 42 malt and grain whiskies, the heart of J&B Rare is formed from the finest Speyside single malts: Knockando, Auchroisk, Strathmill and Glen Spey and is expertly blended to create an approachable, rich and complex flavour. The round, fruity, unique and distinctive taste of the fine malt whiskies is delicately balanced by carefully chosen grain whiskies which gives J&B Rare its distinctive character.
RRP: £22.50, ABV: 40%J&B Rare is available from: Waitrose stores, amazon.co.ukthewhiskyexchange.commasterofmalt.com and Justerini & Brooks

Mexico – Storywood Speyside 14 Añejo Tequila

If you are looking to try something totally different this World Whisky Day Storywood Speyside 14 Añejo Tequila would be a great alternative.

Storywood, a tequila with the heart of Mexico and the soul of Scotland, was created by founder Michael Ballantyne who was born in Scotland and raised in Texas.  After an unexpected meeting with Master Distiller Luis Trejo at La Cofradia Distillery in Mexico, Michael began the journey of this delicious tequila by expertly ageing 100% agave liquid in single malt whisky casks from Speyside and creating the world’s first sipping tequilas.

The whisky-like characteristics drawn from the wood mean that Storywood Tequilas can be enjoyed neat or on the rocks. Award-winning Storywood Tequila Speyside 14 Añejo is smooth and hiding in every deep amber sip are notes of toasted oak, roasted nuts and treacle toffee.

Storywood Speyside 14 Añejo Tequila: RRP £47.45 for 700ml. ABV: 40%

Available from: amazon.co.ukmasterofmalt.comthewhiskyexchange.com and storywoodtequila.com With this excellent selection of whiskies celebrating World Whisky Day will be a great way to travel around the world!

Celebrate Old Fashioned Week (30th October – 8th November) with these Four Amazing Cocktail Recipes from Around the World

The onset of Autumn means the welcome return of Old Fashioned Week (1st November – 10th  November). We hope these delicious recipes inspire you to get creative and have a go at creating this classic cocktail:

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky – this award winning English single malt whisky adds a twist to the classic recipe which is simplicity in a glass. With delicious notes of sweet malted barley, hints of caramel and overtones of toasted butterscotch, with a marmalade finish – delicious:

Ingredients: 60ml Cotswolds Distillery Single Malt Whisky, 10ml maple syrup and 2 dashes Aromatic Bitters

Method: dissolve the whisky and maple syrup in a cocktail jar or glass. Add ice and stir continuously for dilution. Add the bitters, more ice and stir a few more times. Strain into an ice filled rocks glass, express orange peel around the glass. Garnish with the orange peel and serve.

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky: RRP: £39 for 700 ml. ABV 46%. Available from: Sainsburys,  waitrose.commajestic.co.ukthewhiskyexchange.com, Harrods, Laithwaites and cotswoldsdistillery.com

Rampur Double Cask Indian Single Malt WhiskyGolden Old Fashioned – add an Indian touch to your Old Fashioned with this stunning subtly spiced recipe created by @Mix.Mann which includes Cumin, Star Anise, Orange Peel and Demerara Sugar. The addition of Black Pepper Cardamom Bitters adds further spice.

Cumin Anise Syrup ingredients: 

half teaspoon Cumin Seeds (place in palm of hand, use your other thumb to apply pressure whilst rubbing the seeds, this opens them up releasing the delicious aromas), 

2 pods/points from a Star Anise, 

Orange Peel from 1 x Orange (remove as much pith as possible), 

200ml Water 

200ml Demerara Sugar.

Method: add all the ingredients to a saucepan. Gently bring to the boil, stir occasionally and simmer for 6-7 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to infuse for 30 minutes. Strain into a clean jar to remove the spices and peels. Store in the fridge.

Rampur Golden Old Fashioned ingredients: 

60ml Rampur Double Cask Single Malt Whisky, 10ml Cumin Anise Syrup, 

1 x dash Ms Betters Bitters Black Pepper Cardamom Bitters 

Garnish with dehydrated orange wheel, STARLINO Maraschino Cherry and Star Anise

Method: add all the ingredients to a mixing glass half filled with ice. Stir for 30 seconds, add more ice and stir again for 30-40 seconds. Strain into a glass over a rocks glass filled with ice and garnish.

Rampur Double Cask Single Malt Whisky: RRP: £60 for a 70cl bottle 45% ABVAvailable from: www.thewhiskyexchange.com and www.masterofmalt.com

Storywood Tequila – why not add a twist to the cocktail and create an Old Fashioned with a whisky aged Tequila – Storywood Speyside 14 Añejo

Ingredients: 50ml Storywood Speyside 14 Añejo, 10ml agave syrup, 2 dashes of bitters and dehydrated orange wheel.

Method: Stir half the tequila with three cubes of ice in a glass. Add agave syrup, bitters and two more ice cubes, before stirring again. Add the rest of the tequila before stirring once more. Add more ice cubes, if there is room, and garnish with a  dehydrated orange wheel.

Storywood Tequila Speyside 14 Añejo. RRP: £47.45 for a 700ml bottle. ABV: 40% available from: amazon.co.uk and proofdrinks.com

J&B Rare –create your Old Fashioned with a blended whisky #theunexpectedwhisky. J&B Rare was created in the 1930’s and is distilled, blended and bottled in Scotland

Ingredients: 50ml J&B Rare, 1 x sugar cube, 2 x dashes of Angostura Bitters and orange zest to garnish

Method: stir all the ingredients in a rocks glass, adding ice as you go along. Garnish with orange zest and STARLINO Maraschino Cherries

J&B Rare RRP: £22.50 for a 70cl bottle. ABV 40% available from: Waitrosethewhiskyexchange.commasterofmalt.com and Justerini & Brooks.

Hotel STARLINO Maraschino Cherries would add the final flourish to an Old Fashioned Cocktail. Hailing from San Gennaro, Vesuviano, close to Naples, these cherries are moreish and a delicious addition to the classic cocktail:

Hotel STARLINO Maraschino Cherries are available from: AmazonMaster of Malt and Proof Drinks  

RRP: £10 for a 400g jar and £20 for a 1kg tin

Radico Khaitan Launches World’s First Single Malt Whisky finished in Indian Wine Casks – Rampur Asava

London, 1 October 2020. Radico Khaitan is launching an innovative and exciting new expression in the UK at The Whisky Show 2020 – Rampur Asava Indian Single Malt Whisky. For the first time in history, a single malt matured in American Bourbon Barrels is carefully finished in Indian Cabernet Sauvignon casks, at one of Asia’s largest distilleries. Rampur Asava is also non-chill filtered and bottled at 45% ABV, resulting in a ground-breaking expression with perfect balance.

The combination of Rampur’s unique distillation and maturation process sees this single malt taking traditional Indian heritage and rooting it in contemporary culture. Produced at a distillery located in the foothills of the Himalayas, this luxury whisky combines tradition with innovation through the use of Indian Cabernet Sauvignon casks. The unique distillery location exposes the whiskies to polar opposite climate conditions throughout the year, with the flavour of the famous Indian Summer giving Rampur Single Malts an added dimension and depth.

Rampur Asava is an exciting addition to Rampur’s Indian Single Malt Whisky range, which currently includes Rampur Select, Rampur Double Cask, limited edition Rampur Sherry PX and the ultra exclusive Rampur Signature Reserve.

Sanjeev Banga, President of International Business at Radico Khaitan, says: “We are very proud of our Indian heritage and Rampur Asava is another step in bringing the unique whiskies of India to the world. We are confident the exotic and unique Indian flavours will delight your palate.”

Anup Barik, Master Distiller at Rampur Distillery, says: “We are always striving to make each Rampur expression of the highest quality and exciting for malt whisky drinkers. The diverse weather conditions at the distillery have enabled us to be creative and experiment with our single malts. I was inspired to create Rampur Asava as I wanted to see how the dark fruit flavours of an Indian Cabernet Sauvignon would develop the flavour of Rampur Single Malt Whisky. I am delighted with the results as there is an impeccable balance of taste in this finely perfected golden nectar that lingers on your taste buds.”

Tasting Notes:
Appearance: Dark mahogany
Nose: Typical tropical fruity note of Rampur with added notes of apricot, blackberry, black currant, dark cherry & plum followed with a faint hint of tobacco and spices.
Palate: Velvety, Manuka honey sweetness highlighted by spicy oak, vanilla and balanced with dryness from Indian red wine.
Finish: Medium to long finish which gently lingers on the palate

Price and Stockists:Rampur Asava Indian Single Malt Whisky RRP: £68.95 ABV: 45%Available exclusively from: The Whisky Exchange from mid October 2020Instagram: @rampursinglemaltFacebook: @rampursinglemaltwww.rampursinglemalt.com

Rampur Double Cask Single Malt Whisky

A little, well perhaps more than a little while back I was sent a sample of the Rampur Double Cask Single Malt Whisky to try. And well, I’ve just had a chance to sit down and give it my attention…about blinking time eh Smoggy?

Rampur is a relatively new whisky for me…and despite how long it’s been sat waiting, I’ve been looking forward to sampling this. To learn more about Rampur then click here

This sample came in a lovely little bag, would it be a little treat, the whisky is the double cask single malt, matured in American bourbon barrels and European Oak Sherry casks, it’s 45% abv.

The nose delivers sweet brown sugar, honey, banana and tropical fruit, lovely woody notes. Spices too.

Though to me, the palate feels just a little thin, it packs a spicy punch. Vanilla mingles with spices…red berries, and it’s warming.

The finish is long, spicy woody notes linger…with those dark fruity flavours.

Rampur Double Cask with pouch copy

Thanks to Rampur and MPR Communications for the opportunity to try this.

World Whisky Day: Celebrate with Indian Single Malt Whisky

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World Whisky Day: Celebrate with Indian Single Malt Whisky 

World Whisky Day, 16th May 2020, is the perfect excuse to try Indian Single Malt Whisky. The excellent single malt whiskies produced by Rampur Distillery, which is one of Indian’s largest and oldest distilleries, situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, would be a great place to start.

The unique distilling location of the Himalayan foothills exposes the whiskies to polar opposite climate conditions throughout the year, with the flavour of the famous Indian Summer giving Rampur Whiskies an added dimension and depth. Indian whisky matures significantly more quickly than other whiskies, such as Scotch and Irish Whisky.

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Rampur Indian Single Malt Whisky

Styled as “The Kohinoor of Single Malts” this super premium malt whisky is distilled in traditional copper pot stills, matured at the distillery and then non chill-filtered and bottled at 43%.

Rampur Indian Single Malt Whisky is smooth, with a mellow taste with a long-lasting finish. It is distinctively malty, with creamy vanilla taste with hints of apricot, apple and sweet and wine-like finish.

Rampur Double Cask with pouch copy

Rampur Indian Double Cask Indian Single Malt Whisky 

Rampur Double Cask Single Malt is a hand-crafted single malt whisky matured in hand-selected American Bourbon barrels as well as European Oak Sherry casks chosen by Master Distiller, Anup Barik.

Distilled in traditional copper pot stills, the malt matures for two-thirds of its life in handpicked American Bourbon Barrels and a third in European Oak Sherry Casks at India’s largest distillery and is then non-chill-filtered and bottled at 45%. The combination of Rampur’s unique distilling and the double cask maturation process, sees this luxury Single Malt taking traditional Indian heritage and rooting it in contemporary culture.

Delicate balsamic vanilla notes from the American white oak compliment the full-bodied aroma of tropical fruits, smooth malty tones and oaky notes whilst rich caramel, dried dark fruits and spiced tonality from the European oak add to the depth of flavour.

RRP: £60 for a 70cl bottle ABV:  45%

Available exclusively at:www.thewhiskyexchange.com https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/p/50505/rampur-double-cask-single-malt-whisky