2019’s Best Single Malt – history in the making!

If anyone ever asks us which awards are to be trusted the most as unbiased and all inclusive, we always answer with the World Whisky Awards as number one. Undoubtedly the most recognised awards competition in the world whisky industry, their results carry a lot of weight.

Within all the categories, “World’s Best Single Malt” certainly holds a lot of prestige. For the first time ever in history, a territory known rather for its single pot still category took home this desired title. Congratulations to Teeling and Ireland – it has been fantastic to watch the Irish whiskey industry taking big steps forward, and this is certainly a leap! A massive congratulations to all the other category winners too.

Here is the list of some of the winners of 2019’s World Whisky Awards:

World’s Best Single Malt – Teeling Whiskey 24-Year-Old Vintage Reserve
World’s Best Blended Whisky – Suntory Hibiki 21-Year-Old
World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt – Sullivans Cove – French Oak
World’s Best Blended Malt – Nikka – Taketsuru Pure Malt 25 Years Old
World’s Best Bourbon – Four Roses – 130th Anniversary 2018 Limited Edition Small Batch
World’s Best Rye Whisky – Stork Club Whisky – Straight Rye Whisky
World’s Best Tennessee Whiskey – Uncle Nearest 1856 – Premium Aged Whiskey
World’s Best Pot Still – The Temple Bar – 14 Years Old Single Cask
World’s Best Grain Whisky – The Fuji-Gotemba Distillery – Single Grain 25 Years Old Small Batch
World’s Best Whisky Design – Tomatin – 30-Year-Old

You will find all the other category winners here. (perhaps an indicator within these results that Scotland needs to be pushing the boundaries more?)

Glenmorangie Allta, the tenth Private Edition, is Wild!

Since 2009, the Glenmorangie Private Edition Series has epitomised the TWR manifesto. Each new edition (the Glenmorangie Allta included) has pushed the boundaries of tradition. Through creative experimentation they’ve pioneered new flavours and inspired the world of single malt Scotch whisky.

Yesterday, the award-winning series marked its tenth anniversary with the launch of Glenmorangie Allta (Gaelic for ‘wild’). This first of its kind Scotch whisky uses a strain of home-grown wild yeast to produce its rich and fruity flavour. The distillery’s director of distilling, whisky creation and whisky stocks, Dr Bill Lumsden, discovered the unique strain and believes it enhances the depth of flavour.

TWR had the opportunity to join Dr Lumsden and Brendan McCarron in Johannesburg last night for an exclusive live virtual tasting of the new release. The Cape Town event takes place on the 7th of February and our team at the new HQ cannot wait.

Waiting in suspense

Whisky Rebel, Sean Gunns, reports back, “A surprisingly good whisky considering the age and casking. Around 8 years in spent ex-bourbon barrels. A fantastic reference whisky in that it gives great merit to the often forgotten third ingredient in whisky: yeast. Buttery, biscuity, malty and fruity, this whisky takes the drinker back to the meat and bones of the ingredients used in production. Less focus on the wood, more focus on the beer. And the cherry on top: 51.2% ABV. A real gem (one for the geeks) and I can’t wait to start using it in our tastings.”

Glenmorangie whisky tasting The Original The Cadboll Allta
The Cadboll was thrown in the mix to relate back to barley used (from Cadboll farm) in Allta

If you’re itching to get your hands on this limited-edition Glenmorangie original, you won’t have to wait long. It will be available for purchase through Wild About Whisky’s online top whisky brands store, from around the 5th of February 2019. It will retail for about R1100 a bottle.

To tide you over, we’re looking at including the new Glenmorangie Allta expression in some of our whisky tasting themes soon. Sign up for our updates and be the first to know!

Compass Box Are Campaigning For Transparency

Yesterday, Compass Box Whiskymakers revealed a campaign to push for a change in EU and UK regulations regarding the ability of producers to openly share pertinent information about their products to consumers.  John Glaser, founder and whiskymaker of Compass Box explains:

We believe this can only be a positive step for the scotch whisky industry.  There is very little sense to prohibiting transparency to the end consumer.  Register your support for this campaign and let’s see some changes happen.

— The Whisky Rebellion, South Africa

Electronic In Africa

Electronic artist Felix Laband is something of a legend in the local music scene, having become known for making sounds that can only be described as somewhat strange and evocative. It has been 10 years since his last album ‘Dark Days Exit’ was released, so we were excited to hear that his latest one titled ‘Deaf Safari’ is now out. Consisting of sample recordings which he collected over the past 10 years, he calls this album “an audio collage” made up of subjects that interest him and speak of the world he lives in.

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Ardbeg

Ardbeg Ten Years Old is revered around the world as the peatiest, smokiest, most complex single malt of them all. Yet it does not flaunt the peat; rather it gives way to the natural sweetness of the malt to produce a whisky of perfect balance.

Typically most whiskies are chill-filtered and reduced to a strength of 40% ABV. Ardbeg Ten Years Old, however, is non chill-filtered and has a strength of 46% ABV, thus retaining maximum flavour, at the same time giving more body and added depth. It’s whisky with none of the goodness taken out!

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