Now that we got the formalities out of the way, let’s get down to brass tacks. The reason we are all here in the FIRST PLACE – the WHISKEY!!
Highland Park– Presented by: John Dupont “Ambassador for Edrington Group“
It speaks volumes about Highland Park that a renowned whisky expert once famously wrote that “if single-malt Scotch whiskies were movies, Highland Park would be Gone with the Wind.” Voted one of the 20th Century’s best-loved movies, Gone with the Wind continues to delight 60 years after its release. The same can be said of Highland Park single malt. Once tried, many converts remain devotees for life. Highland Park is now one of the top 10 best selling single malts in the world.
Talisker, Lagavulin & Caol Ila – Presented by Thomas Turner “Ambassador of Whiskey for DIAGEO“
Deep and stormy like the ocean crashing over the rocky shores of its island distillery, Talisker is the only Single Malt Scotch Whisky rugged enough to call the Isle of Skye its home.
Find out what Mark Lochhead, Talisker Distillery Manager says about creating “one of the World’s best Single Malt Whiskies” here.
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Since 1816, Lagavulin single malt Scotch whisky has been made in a picturesque huddle of buildings on Lagavulin Bay. Perhaps the most beautifully situated of distilleries, Lagavulin makes arguably the most intense, smoky and rich whisky of all. For many, this is the definitive Islay malt.
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Nestled in a hidden cove near Port Askaig, the Caol Ila (pronounced “Cull Eela”) distillery sent its whisky to market by sea for over a hundred years.
Caol Ila DISTILLERS EDITION™ has taken the best Single Malt Scotch Whisky honors at The San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2011.
ARDBEG – Presented by Matt Stober “Moet Hennessy Sales Manager- Southern Wine & Spirits“
“Ardbeg is the PEATIEST and SMOKIEST of all the Islay malts, yet has a fruity floral sweetness and complexity to the spirit.”
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Founded over two centuries ago in 1779, Bowmore is the first recorded distillery on Islay (pronounced ‘eye-la’) and one of the oldest in the whole of Scotland. Islay malts are renowned for their peaty smokiness and Bowmore is no exception. We carefully smoke our malt in a peat-fired kiln, just as our ancestors did over 200 years ago.
JURA’s single malts have won numerous awards and are distinguished for their subtle flavours which are dramatically different to the peaty whiskies from the neighboring island of Islay.