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NEWSLETTER: June 2012

 
DID YOU KNOW?

For a few interesting, lesser-known tot-bits about your favourite tipple,
read on.
 

Did you know that
a notorious Belfast prison, which once held Irish Republican Army inmates during the worst of the city’s sectarian wars, is about to be transformed into a whiskey distillery? And by a lottery millionaire no less! Former bus driver Peter Lavery, who won 10.2 million pounds (R134 million+) in 1996, now heads the Belfast Distillery Company, a consortium of local businessmen who are pumping 5 million pounds (R65 million+) into the project. A wing of the Victorian-era Crumlin Road prison, which closed in 1996, will house the first whiskey production in 75 years in a city that was once Ireland's largest producer. Visitors can expect exhibitions, tours and tastings of a five- and 10-year old malt whisky. We’re guessing there’ll be no prison break attempts from this particular jail!

Did you know that
Glenfiddich recently hosted the ‘World’s Highest Whisky Tasting’, which was broadcast live from Everest Base Camp? On 10 May 2012, a team of adventurists nosed and tasted a selection of Glenfiddich’s single malt reserves at 5 364 metres above sea level, along with a panel of guests who participated virtually from The London Stock Exchange. The fundraising event, in partnership with Walking With the Wounded Everest 2012 Expedition, was held with the aim of putting five wounded servicemen at the top of the mountain.
Did you know that
WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings is an app that offers audio podcasts featuring a monthly tasting panel of whisky lovers from around the world? Just a little something for those of us whisky drinkers who prefer not to have to climb mountains for our taste tests. Podcasts are free at http://bit.ly/qwYmPG.

Did you know that
yet another whisky app is in the works, this one promising to “bring people, places and products” together by using GPS enabled venue recommendations for your favourite dram? No launch date as yet, but Mark Thomson, director of Dramatic Whisky and the creative force behind the project, explains the concept: “a whisky you like can be added to a virtual cabinet and the app will show what venues in the area stock that particular brand of whisky… The idea is that your night out can be simple as the app can find the right brand and the right venue for your occasion.” The app will initially be London-focused but watch this space.

Did you know that
there is now a ‘Royal Wedding’ commemorative bottle of single malt whisky available for those of you who still aren’t quite over Wills and Kate yet? The English Whisky Co is behind the malt, which they say is a “marriage of casks” – ahem –handpicked to honour the young couple on the first anniversary of their wedding.
Did you know that
the Malt Whisky Trail will play host to the 2012 Whisky Trail Sportive on June 24? A mass participation, new charity cycling event, riders can choose from one of three different routes, winding their way past many of Scotland’s most notable whisky distilleries, including Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and The Macallan – obviously the longer you ride the more distilleries you see. Funds generated will go towards the North East Sensory Services, an organisation dedicated to assisting those with sensory impairments. Sounds good enough to get the laziest of us on our bikes, ey!

 

 
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