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Mini Series 1 of 6: Judging a Book by its Cover

Which one would you choose?

To compliment the rise of full on sherry bomb releases – which we love by the way – we are starting our mini series of 6 testaments to wonderful whiskies that sometimes get overlooked due to the colour, or lack of colour in the liquid.

Whisky, like everything in life, goes through cycles. We’ve seen the rise of single malts, the cask strength and single cask come through and the exploration of terriore becoming more prominent.

We have reached the start of the a new trend. Never before has there been so much attention on the coca-cola coloured “sherry-bomb”.

Whiskies bought on colour alone. On that rich, dark tones oozing promises of a sherry flavour overload.

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It’s here….Our first official shop exclusive, and it is outstanding

I started our search over 2 years ago for a single cask release that would blow our customers away. Now I am delighted to announce that after a long search I have found a whisky that fits the bill.

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Single Cask Absinthe, A World First from Lost Loch Distillery!

A little over 20 months ago I was on a road trip from Inverurie to Tomintoul with Peter Dignan, co-founder of the Lost Loch Distillery in Deeside, and creators of Scotlands first Absinthe, Murmichan.

The purpose of the trip was to help Peter collect two casks from the Tomintoul Distillery. Peter’s family stayed nearby, and Peter would often be found playing in the grounds surrounding the distillery. He has kept a close tie with the distillery ever since.

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A Second Release from Little Brown Dog, and no…its not Another F***ing Gin…

#ProjectGPS

After the success of #ProjectAFG the boys at Little Brown Dog Distillery have been working hard on their second commercial (I use that term loosely)  release. Only 150 350ml flasks have been produced from the micro-micro distillery, based in West Aquorthies in the shadow of Bennachie.

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Distillery Focus: Isle of Raasay Distillers visit Inverurie Whisky Shop

We are delighted to announce that Alistair Day, top man at the Isle of Raasay Distillery and creator and blender of the Tweedale Whisky range, will be joining us to take you through a wonderful journey of trials, tribulations and tastes on 13th March this year. Buy your ticket Here

It’s been a big year for the Distillery, seeing their Gin launched and doing very well (available here at £34.90) and also the pre-sales launch of their first Single Malt bottling, due out in the later stages of the year. You can find out more information on this bottling here.

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Adelphi Benrinnes 13 Year Old vs Older Oloroso Cask Whisky

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. So what do you do when handed a sample of Single Cask Oloroso Matured Whisky? Obviously you get home as soon as you can and create a line up against other Superb Oloroso Sherried Whiskies!

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Local Artist Kimberley’s Creates the Perfect Present

At the Inverurie Whisky Shop we are delighted to be able to work with lots of local talent, from the Whisky Distillers at Glen Garioch and Brewers of Beer Story at Insch to the Gin makers of Rothienorman, our post code holds a plethora of people at a genuinely world class level. Outside the world of Alcohol though is no different. We have had the pleasure of launching local author Duncan Harley’s historical books, Gareth Henderson of Strathisla Woodcraft’s creations and now we have the absolute delight of introducing Kimberley Smith’s KimberleyART products.

From placemats and coasters to tea towels and calendars, Kimberley is certainly making waves since her company started. Having recently signed up as a preferred supplier to the National Trust for Scotland, you may have already seen her works of art at places such as Haddo House, Crathes Castle and beyond.

At the Inverurie Whisky Shop Kimberley’s focus is, of course, Distilleries. At a networking meeting, I had the pleasure of meeting Kimberley and got chatting about her art and the potential for a collaboration. Needless to say she has lived up to the obvious potential. From an original set of four distilleries, her work this year has increased her offerings to more than double that – from our local Glen Garioch and GlenDronach distilleries to the Islay based Laphroaig and Bowmore. Speyside Distilleries Balvenie, Benromach and Dallas Dhu also feature. We are delighted to be working with Kimberley, and had the chance to catch up with her to give you the opportunity to meet the master behind the magic.

Where did you grow up and when did you first discover your artistic talent?

I grew up in a small rural village called Tarves, in the North East of Scotland. I was definitely a country girl, and I remember spending summers cycling to Haddo House and making forts out of hay bales!

I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember, all through primary and secondary school I was determined to go to Art School. However I ended up studying architecture at University to try and use my creativity for a more conventional career path.

Buidings feature heavily in your art, is this a direct influence of your architecture studies? What drew you to Castles and, more recently, Distilleries?

It was during my time at university studying architecture that I started to paint the local castles as part of a project, showcasing the local architecture. I found the history fascinating and loved how each place had its own unique character and story. After graduating I took a job as a project engineer but continued to paint in my spare time. I started painting distilleries more recently after visiting a couple of the local ones and realising how much history is behind each whisky, and that the distilleries are all so different from each other. I love trying to portray the character and essence of each place through my work, whether it’s a distillery on the coast of Islay or hidden in a glen in Speyside.

What was your biggest influence in taking the leap into business?

KimberleyART started up as a hobby to share my work online and sell a few prints. It has grown slowly over the years since 2016, but this year after meeting so many lovely people that are making a living out of their own creative business, I thought I’d love to do that myself. I still work part time, but am really enjoying seeing my hobby growing into a fully functioning business.

What has been your biggest achievement so far and where do you see KimberleyART progressing to?

My biggest achievement from a business perspective has to be becoming an approved supplier for the National Trust for Scotland. As I have painted most of their North East Properties I had always hoped one day my products might feature in their shops. Now, each castle has its own collection in their gift shops and I feel really proud when visiting one of the properties and see my work on the shelf!

Is their anything in particular in the pipeline that your are excited about?

At the moment I have a few new products that I’m excited to launch, including a ‘Distilleries of Scotland’ range featuring paintings from all across Scotland. Two calendars for 2020, one featuring distilleries and the other will be a selection of my favourite paintings from all around Scotland.

Of course, Kimberley’s work is available at the Inverurie Whisky Shop, both online and in store, and we are looking forward to introducing the Distilleries of Scotland range in the near future. Keep an eye out for more news from KimberleyART by following her Facebook at @Kimberleyartetsy

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Tomintoul Single Cask Releases Show a Stronger side to the ‘Gentle Dram’

Hidden away in The Glenlivet Estate near the highest town in the Highlands, Tomintoul, in the heart of Speyside, this relatively new distillery (built in 1964) on the banks of the River Avon (pronounced A’an) has been a big hit with shoppers to Inverurie Whisky Shop, and remains a strong performer with its Core Range of Tlath, 10 and 16 Year Old Expressions. But they are much, much more than that…

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American Trilogy Launch at Glen Garioch hits Top Gear

The 4th of July was as suitable a day as any for Beam Suntory’s Glen Garioch Distillery to launch the first of their new American Trilogy range, hot off the heals of the final chapter in the popular 4 Chapter Renaissance Story. Continue reading “American Trilogy Launch at Glen Garioch hits Top Gear”

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New Release from the Rachel Barrie Revolution at GlenDronach, and it’s a belter!

The latest release for Rachel Barrie’s time at the helm of Brown-Forman is a stunning Portwood finish from GlenDronach. I have tried it a dram and have to say it is one of the best releases I have had in its style. Not a fan of Continue reading “New Release from the Rachel Barrie Revolution at GlenDronach, and it’s a belter!”

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A First From The GlenAllachie Distillery, and it’s just as good as you’d expect!

Few occasions whet the Whisky Enthusiasts appetite quite like the Spirit of Speyside Festival. With hundreds of events from midnight tastings to blending masterclasses, the May holiday weekend draws in thousands of visitors to this most famous of Whisky Regions every year.

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Two Little Brown Dogs Meet at an Aberdeenshire Distillery….

It sounds a wee bit like the beginning of the worst Doric Joke in the world, but this, in fact, happened not all that long ago and is not quite the beginning of an intriguing and hopefully long story.

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A.D.amn good selection from a stellar Independent Bottler

A selection of the latest range from A.D Rattray hit our shelves this week and I was delighted to take the opportunity to take a little look into the independent bottling company, as well as take a nose and taste of our new range of single cask whisky, as they become an ever more popular and regular feature in our stock.

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BenRiach 2005 Single Cask Dual Release

Benriach has often been seen as a distillery that likes to experiment.

From peated runs to a host of wood finishes to combining the peat with the finish, this is certainly no ordinary or ‘classic’ Speyside distillery.

The latest Single Cask releases from BenRiach, bottled exclusively for the UK market, both come from the same year, 2005. Although one is officially a year older, they are both spirit distilled during the inaugural year of Billy Walker and the BenRiach Distillery Company.

Now under the stewardship of Rachel Barrie and Brown-Forman, these two very different casks have been released and we are delighted to have them in stock.

We caught up with Stewart Buchanan, the long serving Global Ambassador for BenRiach.

“These are my babies,” he told us, “The peated rum, if you look at the distillation date being early being early 2005; this was the first peated run of spirit under our (BenRiach Distillery Company) ownership and I believe the first peated production made at Benriach since 1995. Initially starting in in American Oak it would have moved to the rum barrel for roughly approximately 5 years. The PX cask was distilled later in 2005 and would be full maturation, going by memory these are also some of the first sherry casks filled at Benriach under new ownership.”

You can buy the bottles, and our full Benriach range from the Inverurie Whisky Shop Website

BenRiach 2005 UK Exclusive Cask 5278

The distillery tasting notes include a nose of sticks toffee, plum pudding, apple and malt with a palate of soft yellow plum with orange jam and apple turnover.

BenRiach 2005 UK Exclusive Cask 7553

The distillery tasting notes include a nose of sweet peat, smoked meat, dried apple with vanilla, and a palate of cedar smoke, pink pepper, linseed and raw sugar cane.

Distillery Focus: The Scottish Mainlands Northernmost Distillery – Meet the Whisky behind the Sea-Wolf

Originally built in 1821 on the outskirts of Thurso in Caithness, Wolfburn Distillery is one with as rich a history as any in Scotland. Influenced in equal measure by it’s rugged coastal surroundings, it’s close links to Viking mythology and the history of the original distillery. Distillery Manager Shane Fraser and his team have built a brand and more importantly, developed a whisky as true to its roots as it is forward thinking and innovative.

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Speymalt: The Return. Three Years On….

Speymalt From Macallan Distillery, bottled by Elgin based Independent Bottlers Gordon and MacPhail, has been missing from the brands repertoire for a couple of years during a re-structuring of their core range products.

Bottled this year, after maturing since 2005, this has spent a full 13 years in the nurturing care of Gordon & MacPhail‘s meticulous warehouse team. Patiently waiting and defying all clamour to release and restore the brand. This was not coming out before it was felt it was right. And here it is.

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