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Every (new) page of Malt Madness has
but there’s only room for a few of the highlights.


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I managed to publish a brand
new version of the Beginner’s Guide (10 chapters with advice for novices)
but a lot of work still needs to be done on the other site sections. .

Does the whisky industry have its head up its ass?

At the same time, the role of the press has fundamentally changed.
These days, many online and offline publications are more than happy
to simply re-publish press releases as actual news without comments.
Often, there’s little room for research or reflection on the topic.

I hope to be able to integrate a more ‘modern’
news feed into the Malt Madness site in due time.

During the 1990s, the release of a new malt whisky bottling was actually
noteworthy news (to whisky geeks), because that was something that
didn’t occur every day. But these days the whisky world has grown a
lot bigger - it’s bustling and new varieties appear (almost) every day.

So, it’s safe to say that I don’t deem all so-called
‘whisky news’ to be very newsworthy these days.

Due to the ancient technology
behind Malt Madness, I can only
incorporate a handful of external
links on this site. Resolving that
is somewhere on my to-do list.

On the other hand, I still have to keep track of it
anyway in order to keep Malt Madness up-to-date.
So, I’ve added a very small selection to this page.

Meanwhile, the column at the left of every page shows
a handful of short news snippets and assorted tweets.
I like to think that I’m quite selective when it comes to the
news that I feel is worth sharing, but please let me know
about stuff that would be of interest to the readers of MM.
Please follow me on Twitter for other whisky updates...

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Aberfeldy 16 years old malt whisky

November 27, 2015 - Dewar’s launches a new Aberfeldy 16yo

John Dewar & Sons (a subsidiary of Bacardi) have released a new version of
their Aberfeldy 16yo expression with a suggested retail price of +/- GB £62.00.
That price might explain why the makers themselves call it ‘The Golden Dram’.

According to the press blurb, the new Aberfeldy 16yo is “entirely finished” in
“premium” Oloroso sherry casks, I don’t want to be a spoil-sport, but It would
seem to me that a ‘finish’ is a PARTIAL maturation by definition. This makes
the statement slightly misleading - or just dumb. And given the scarcity of
Oloroso sherry casks, I’m sure all of them are at a premium these days...

On the bright side, the press release also mentions an interesting
technical detail. The Aberfeldy distillery in Perthshire employs an
unusually long fermentation time of 70 hours. Supposedly, this
produces more esters, which give a whisky a more fruity character.

The new Aberfeldy 16 Years Old is bottled at 40% ABV, just like its
12yo and 21yo siblings. Apparently, Dewar’s plans to expand their
Aberfeldy portfolio to five ‘regular’ expressions, but at the moment
there seem to be just three. The new 16yo expression is available
in 11 markets around the world: Belgium, Canada, Germany, France,
Japan, Lebanon, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan and the UK.

I’ve sampled both a younger and older official bottling in 2009.
The 12yo OB didn’t appear particularly fruity to me at the time; it
actually seemed mostly sweetish like nectar or honeysuckle to me.
The 21yo OB was much more complex and did indeed show fruits.

The Aberfeldy distillery was founded by the Dewar family, starting
production in 1898. It’s one of just a few remaining in Perthshire.

D&L whisky glass

January 14, 2016 - Denver & Liely design a new whisky glass

Denver Cramer just informed me that their Australian company D&L
have designed a new whisky glass - and I must say that the shape
looks quite promising in the pictures. The ‘funneling’ of the aromas in
the whisky towards the nose could work better than with a (slightly less
bulby) Glencairn glass, which seems to be the ‘standard’ these days.

The glasses are hand-blown and the “wide base maximises the
surface area of a standard measure, funnelling the aromas through
the tapered body to the optimally sized opening.”
  Especially if the size
is luscious enough (my cognac bowls are 66cl) that might just work!
But will those glasses be as sturdy as the familiar Glencairn glass?

Well, I should be able to find out for myself, because they offered to
send me a sample glass when I asked about some more background
details about these glasses. And that might be the perfect opportunity
for a new GLASSWARE TEST on Malt Madness - it has been a while.

December 17, 2015 - The rebranding of Tomatin

The Tomatin distillery chose Waverly station in
Edinburgh as the location to proudly present their
rebranded range. It now includes a ‘Legacy’ and
‘Cask Strength’ without an age statement, a 12yo,
a 14yo, an 18yo and a 36yo - and some vintages.

According to the press release: “The new look
aims to refine the current branding to create a
fresh, contemporary identity which better
reflects the product inside, whilst still retaining
the quality and tradition of the brand.”

Fair enough - but perhaps the ‘refinement’ that
is provided by a white poodle is a little bit TOO
much for some people? On the other hand, they
manage to give the presentation a surreal twist
by having the stars of their promotion posters
available for interviews and autographs...

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