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Sotheby’s Unveils 2020 Spirits (Whisky) Market Report – Whisky News


– The Macallan holds dominant position in spirits market, totaling 7% of all wine and spirits sales at $6.4 million

– Digital transformation results in 20 online auctions and 21 live, compared to just 6 online and 21 live in 2019

– 84% of lots offered across live and online auctions purchased by online bidders
– #1 worldwide in single owner auctions, with 13 sales accounting for 54% of global sales figure

– Bottle of Japanese Whisky: Karuizawa 52 Year Old Zodiac Rat Cask 51.8 abv 1960, sold in London for $435,273

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‘Chasing Whiskey’ Documentary Brings the Untold Story of Jack Daniel’s to iTunes, Apple TV, Google Play, YouTube, and others – April 2021 – American Whiskey News

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‘Chasing Whiskey’ Documentary Brings the Untold Story of Jack Daniel’s to iTunes, Apple TV, Google Play, YouTube, and others – April 2021.

Journey Across the Globe with Director Greg Olliver, Pop Culture Icons and World-Famous Musical Artists To Discover the Heart and History of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey

NASHVILLE – March 31, 2021 – The new documentary “Chasing Whiskey – The Untold Story of Jack Daniel’s” premieres across streaming channels on April 9. More than a simple narrative of the origins and impact of Jack Daniel’s, the documentary joins Tim Matheson, Shooter Jennings, Eric Church, John Grisham, Tina Sinatra and more, on a 57,000 mile journey across five countries and 16 time zones that is equal parts thought provoking, insightful, moving and hilarious.

Movie City Films, in association with Evolve Studios, present “Chasing Whiskey” for $9.99 for HD/SD purchase and $4.99 for HD/SD for rental on Video-On-Demand. The film will open April 9th on iTunes, Apple TV, Google Play and YouTube with other platforms to follow, such as VUDU, Comcast Xfinity, Dish Network and DirecTV, in coming weeks.

“Why is whiskey so intertwined with popular culture, and how did Jack Daniel’s become the most iconic whiskey brand in the world?  These are some of the questions we were asking as we began our journey on “Chasing Whiskey”. Fortunately, no matter where we went – from Tennessee to Japan to Cuba to the outback of Australia – and even Scotland – we always found someone who had a compelling, personal story to tell about Jack,” said director Greg Olliver. “With unprecedented access that was given to us by Jack Daniel’s, we uncovered surprising stories that began even before Jack started making his own whiskey. We’re proud to present this insightful, whiskey-infused adventure that tells the story of Jack that’s been 150+ years in the making.”

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The April 2021 Grand Whisky Auction is…LIVE! – Whisky Auction News

April 9th, 2021


The Grand Whisky Auction is…LIVE!


2400+ lots to bid on including this…

Interested in selling whisky in our next auction?

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Ardbeg “Corryvreckan” Islay Single Malt at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

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Ardbeg “Corryvreckan” Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $82)


96 points Whisky Advocate

 Powerful, muscular, well-textured, and invigorating. Even within the realm of Ardbeg, this one stands out. The more aggressive notes of coal tar, damp kiln, anise, and smoked seaweed are supported by an array of fruit (black raspberry, black cherry, plum), dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, bacon fat, kalamata olive, and warming cinnamon on the finish. Quite stunning! (JH, Fall 2009) 

K&L Notes

2009 Scotch Whisky of the Year from the Malt Advocate. Named for Europe’s largest whirlpool, this whisky is now available on a full-time basis, having replaced the beloved Beist. Like the whirlpool, Ardbeg Corryvreckan is heady, intense and powerful. Its finish is long and deep, leaving the sipper with a lingering, mysterious and enticing taste. It is without a doubt one of the best Ardbegs ever created and lends a bit of richness to balance out the spicy flavors. Lots of peat, lots of power, but always perfectly balanced. A malt to really savor.

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Malt of the Month A.D. Rattray Cask Speyside at Inverurie Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

April 9th, 2021

Malt of the Month


Our Malt of the Month for April comes from one such bottler.

A brand new release at a great introductory price of just £38.00

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Golden Cask by House of Macduff Caol Ila 35 Year Old at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

April 9th, 2021

Golden Cask by House of Macduff
Caol Ila 35 Year Old

Wow…an impressive 35-year-old Caol Ila that has been bottled for the Golden Cask range by the House of Macduff. Drawn from a single bourbon barrel that was laid to rest in November 1984 for over three decades, before being bottled in February 2020 at 47.5% abv without chill filtration. Highly limited: just 204 bottles of this single malt have been produced!

Nose: bonfire smoke, boat yard, (oil and old fishing ropes), and coal tar soap; salt lemon with a honeyed sweetness, some treacle toffee and aniseed balls.

Palate: dried peat, some spices, (white pepper); it is balanced with a fruity sweetness of peaches and over ripe pears and some gentle golden syrup which weaves through it from start to end.

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César Ritz Colleges Switzerland - Le Bouveret Awarded First Certification


César Ritz Colleges Switzerland - Le Bouveret Campus

Green Globe recently awarded César Ritz Colleges Switzerland - Le Bouveret Campus its inaugural certification.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, April 9, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Located in a magnificent former hotel dating back to the early 1900s, the César Ritz Colleges Switzerland - Le Bouveret Campus offers a tranquil and safe study environment with modern facilities. The school is situated in the charming village of Le Bouveret, nestled on the shores of beautiful Lake Geneva and just minutes away from neighbouring France.

Green Globe recently awarded César Ritz Colleges Switzerland - Le Bouveret Campus its inaugural certification.

Sylvana Navarro, Hospitality Assistant Dean at the College said, “We are all very proud and excited to be awarded our very first Green Globe Certification. When preparing for the certification process, it was a challenge finding the perfect balance between providing excellent quality in Culinary and Hospitality education while managing our impact on the environment. Our sustainability goals had to be thorough, identifying areas for development and best practices to establish procedures that were on the right track.”

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AVEVA Recognized with Frost & Sullivan 2020 Product Leadership Award for its Manufacturing Execution System in the Global Food & Beverage Industry

AVEVA, a global leader in industrial software, driving digital transformation for industrial organizations managing complex operational processes, today announced that it had been recognized with the Frost and Sullivan Product Leadership Award for its Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for Food and Beverage (F&B). This best practice award is bestowed on companies that consolidate or grow their leadership position by continuously innovating and creating new products and solutions that serve the evolving needs of their customers.

AVEVA was recognized for its success in enabling F&B manufacturers to digitally transform their operations to achieve higher productivity and enhanced manufacturing flexibility and quality while reducing the cost of regulatory compliance in a complex environment. Citing AVEVA’s approach as ‘customer centric’, the report states that AVEVA offers a model driven MES solution that combines the traditional advantages of an MES with a new digital workflow management approach to integrate people, processes, and businesses. AVEVA was also given recognition for delivering enhanced efficiency, capturing work procedures in digital workflows and relevant user experience models in contrast to competitors in this space that provide only standalone MES software.

The unique selling point of AVEVA’s MES is its out-of-the-box connectors for both plant and enterprise applications, which provide greater flexibility to customers in terms of integrating the MES into their entire business. While competitors’ platforms are designed to integrate only with their proprietary systems, the AVEVA System Platform is vendor-agnostic, working with any competitor’s programmable logic controller (PLC), remote terminal unit (RTU), programmable automation controllers, IIoT devices and general IT applications. AVEVA Connect, which is also mentioned, allows clients to connect and optimize existing operations with advanced capabilities in the cloud – removing organizational silos. Furthermore, the ability to connect with automated manufacturing processes and integrate with asset performance management software or third-party applications, allows customers to achieve end-to-end process management and to standardize processes across the enterprise.

For several years, AVEVA has been delivering a multi-site MES value proposition to the F&B market to digitalize manufacturing activities and integrate them with both ERP and automation systems. The Best Practices Award further highlights that AVEVA enables users to achieve the maximum level of automation, consistency of operational tasks, and collaboration across diverse teams. AVEVA’s Model driven MES approach is based on the digitalization of operational processes, KPIs and reporting with sustainable reusability as a template and for governance of change across a multi-site enterprise. This standardization approach allows for rapid multi-plant optimization and lays the foundation for the optimization of the manufacturing value chain and for more agile, resilient businesses.  

The MES benefits customers by reducing operating costs, increasing productivity and yield, and shortening the decision time. Vendors who can offer a real-time, plant-wide platform that can be easily implemented in a wide-scale manner without causing any disruptions in existing operations will be best positioned to stay competitive in the dynamic MES market.

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Social Intelligence Teams with Miller Mendel to offer Social Media Screening to Law Enforcement Agencies


The partnership provides public safety agencies a package that integrates social media background screening into Miller Mendel’s innovative eSOPH platform.

By utilizing the Social Intelligence social media screening report, agencies can enhance and streamline social media screening efforts of applicants applying for law enforcement agency jobs.”

— Bianca Lager

SANTA BARBARA, CA, UNITED STATES, April 8, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ --Social Intelligencewelcomes several new law enforcement clients through a recent partnership with premiere background investigation software company,Miller Mendel. The partnership aims to provide public safety agencies with a comprehensive applicant screening package by integrating social media background screening into Miller Mendel’s innovative eSOPH platform. Early adopters of this comprehensive package include the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, King County Sheriff's Office, Pima County Sheriff’s Department, and the Boulder, Chula Vista, Corona, Mesa, and Springfield police departments.

By utilizing the Social Intelligence social media screening report, agencies can enhance and streamline social media screening efforts of applicants applying for law enforcement agency jobs. Social Intelligence’s automated tools accelerate the screening process by focusing on leading concerns at all levels of public safety organizations including intolerance, sexism, violence and other concerning behavior. This modernized approach allows agencies to both amplify and expedite the procedures used to identify potentially problematic behavior.

eSOPH, which stands for electronic Statement of Personal History, has been used by city, county and state police agencies to conduct over 80,000 pre-employment public safety background investigations. It is specifically designed for the public safety pre-employment background investigation process, with public safety agencies using the system estimating a time savings ranging from 30 percent to 60 percent per investigation, and a significant reduction in the use of costly administrative resources such as paper, ink, postage and filing space.


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Recipe: French Manhattan

Drew Beard April 8, 2021

Who doesn’t love French things? Well, I guess there was that whole Freedom Fries kerfuffle years ago, but since then I hardly know anyone who doesn’t talk fondly about the trip they took or will eventually take to the wine and culinary capital of the world.

This cocktail is perfect for the budding Francophile, adapted from the original recipe found in Drinking French by famed chef and food writer David Lebovitz. It’s a riff on the foolproof Manhattan with a focus on French ingredients. The traditional rye whiskey is replaced by Cognac, giving the cocktail a silky, fruit-forward body without the spice of the classic, while the use of Grand Marnier “Cordon Rouge” adds an elegant citrus sweetness amplified by the use of orange bitters. To keep things entirely French, you can use a native sweet vermouth like Dolin or Noilly Pratt. I cheated with Antica, which hails from Turin just over the Italian border (where the French learned to make vermouth, anyway), and I used a little less than the original recipe to allow the cognac to stand out more. A votre santé.

French Manhattan
1.5 oz. Cognac
1 oz. sweet vermouth
.5 oz. Grand Marnier (or other orange liqueur)
1 dash orange bitters

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass over ice and stir until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a cocktail cherry.

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Original author: Drew Beard
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Limited-time release from Baileys delivers vacation vibes

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Review: Tree House Brewing Super Treat Double IPA

Tree House Brewing Super Treat Double IPA

Drew Beard April 8, 2021

Tree House Brewing began life in 2011 in a small barn in Brimfield, Massachusetts, initially operating at a barebones, homebrew scale with a 5-gallon Coleman cooler system. Today, the brewery has become synonymous with the wildly popular hazy, New England style of IPA and their current site in Charlton, Massachusetts can produce upwards of 50,000 barrels a year, which is good by any craft brewery standards but even more impressive when you consider that Tree House is a non-distributing brewery. Every drop of beer made by Tree House is sold on site. And judging by the throngs of eager hopheads that have camped out and lined up for Tree House’s releases over the years, they could almost certainly sell even more.

I live nowhere near Massachusetts and honestly have a hard time standing in line for anything, so I came by Tree House’s Super Treat Double IPA via a good, beer-loving friend who made the pilgrimage to Charlton last fall. The beer is a riff off of another Tree House favorite, Treat, with more dry hopping to bring out candy flavors from the hops and Tree House’s own house yeast. I’ve never had a beer people lined up for, so let’s see what all the hype is about, shall we?

The beer pours thick, in classic hazy fashion, with a deep gold, almost cantaloupe color, and a fluffy white head. Despite the lollipop on the can, the aroma isn’t overly sweet. There’s a great balance of funky yeast, dusty hops, and just ripe citrus offering an introduction that, while enticing, doesn’t scream flavor bomb. And it shouldn’t because the palate is every bit as balanced and surprisingly restrained in its sweetness. It shows tons of citrus up front with tangerine, orange zest, and a bit of pulpy orange juice, more tart than sweet. The body is creamy, but not overly so like a lot of hazy IPAs I’ve encountered. The finish is clean and crisp with a gentle carbonation and restrained notes of orange slice and fresh cut, underripe melon that linger with a gentle hoppy bite. I’m still not sure how long I’d wait in line for this. But at least a little while.

8.3% abv.

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Diageo project creates ultra-low carbon footprint whisky bottles

Diageo is celebrating a successful pilot project to pioneer the lowest-carbon footprint glass bottles ever produced for a Scotch whisky brand.

Conducted in collaboration with glass manufacturer Encirc and industry research body Glass Futures, the project used waste-based biofuel-powered furnaces to reduce the carbon footprint of the bottle-making process by up to 90 per cent.

For the trial Diageo used its Black & White Scotch whisky brand, producing 173,000 bottles which also used 100 per cent recycled glass, further reducing their environmental impact.

Diageo says more work is needed to develop and scale the process for future production, but that it represents a significant step in its drive to become more sustainable.

Following the success of the trial, Diageo has also agreed a 10-year partnership with Glass Futures to accelerate innovation in the glass industry.

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White Peak Distillery prepares for first whisky release

UK spirits producer White Peak Distillery is preparing for the release of its first single malt whisky. 

The Derbyshire distiller is set to launch the whisky in October 2021 and has set up a crowdfunding campaign to build momentum and fundraise for the launch. 

White Peak was founded in 2016 by husband-and-wife team Max and Claire Vaughan. Its stable of spirits so far includes its Shining Cliff Gin range, new make and maturing single malt spirit, and it also has garnered awards for its distillery visitor experiences. 

Launching its first single malt whisky is the next step in its journey, marking a major moment for the team, its supporters and the English whisky community. As it prepares to launch the whisky, White Peak is also offering the opportunity to become a shareholder in the business and is inviting interested parties to support its Crowdcube crowdfunding campaign.

Max Vaughan said: "Our journey over the past five years has been incredibly rewarding. We are so proud to have established the distillery as a recognised, innovative business within the Peak District, whilst winning awards for our spirits within the drinks industry and our visitor experience within our vital local community.

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Molson Coors Launches Organic Beer, Coors Pure

On May 7—National Beer Day—Molson Coors has unveiled its first USDA-certified organic beer, Coors Pure. The new brew is available nationwide.

Tapping into the “healthier for you” beverage trend, Coors Pure is 92 calories with zero sugar. It’s a USDA-certified organic light lager, with a subtle malt sweetness along with low bitterness and slight citrus hop notes, the brewery reports.

“Coors Pure is the answer for beer drinkers who are looking for an organic, low-calorie option without sacrificing the refreshment they know and love from Coors,” says Marcelo Pascoa, VP of marketing at Molson Coors. “As we approach summer, more exercise enthusiasts are making their ways to parks and streets across the country, and we’re excited to introduce a beer that is the perfect refreshment for those who also try to live a healthier life.”

In support of this launch, Coors Pure has hosted a beer run, with the chance to receive a free 12-pack of the new product. The company has set loose professional runners, wearing QR codes, in some of New York City’s most popular running destinations — including Central Park. Get close enough to capture the code and you can win free beer.

Also, from April 7 to 14, consumers can track their beer-can shaped run on their running app, submit a screenshot of the run map on email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and receive a Coors Pure on the brewery.       

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Review: New Riff Maltster Bourbons and Winter Whiskey

New Riff Winter Whiskey Bourbon Bottled in Bond

Most bourbon drinkers know that the typical bourbon is made from three grains — corn, rye or wheat, and barley. Of those, only the lattermost is typically malted, a process in which the grain is gently germinated in order to make it easier to ferment while adding a more enjoyable flavor to the finished spirit.

New Riff’s new Maltster series includes additional malted grains, one wheat and one rye, and while this is not unheard of, it is a fairly rare occurrence, particularly in the proportions being used in these two whiskeys. New Riff’s Maltster with Malted Wheat is particularly interesting, as it includes three different varieties of wheat in the mashbill.

In addition to the two new Maltster releases, we’re also looking belatedly at New Riff’s Winter Whiskey, which is made with malted oats, among other unusual ingredients.

All are bottled at 100 proof. Let’s dig in.

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Sierra Nevada Summer Break Hazy IPA

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Langley's Gin signs new UK distributor

UK gin brand Langley's has signed a new distribution deal with Ten Locks. 

Langley's London Dry, Old Tom and First Chapter gins will join the Tne Locks portfolio of premium spirits from April 2021.

Based in the West Midlands, Langley's is a champion of traditional gin distillation methods. It is introducing a new campaign this year entitled 'Gin. As It Should Be', which will include new labels for its core range to improve on-shelf standout and a heavyweight digital marketing campaign.

Langley's is also putting sustainability front of mind in its growth: it has switched to 60 per cent recycled glass in its bottles and 100 per cent recycled paper in its labels and outer cases; it is donating a portion of its profits to support environmental causes through 1% For The Planet; and it has teamed up with Panthera to donate $0.50 from every bottle of its Old Tom Gin sold to support the conservation of wildcats and their habitats. 

Becky Davies, head of commercial at Ten Locks, said: "Having worked alongside Langley's for many years on both sides of the bar, I have always admired its dedication to honing classic gins that sit at the heart of the category and showcase the very best of what it offers.

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Tips for Healthy Drinking from a Japanese Sake Journalist


The Japanese Guide to Healthy Drinking

TOKYO, JAPAN, April 8, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The Japanese Guide to Healthy Drinking: Advice from a Sake-Loving Doctor on How Alcohol Can Be Good for You by Kaori Haishi is the title of the English translation of a book originally written in Japanese and published by Nikkei Business Publications, Inc. The English version was issued by UK publisher Little, Brown Book Group in December 2020.

Healthy drinking tips based on the latest medical evidence show how to be free from hangovers and illness!

As an old Japanese proverb puts it, “alcohol tops the list of a hundred medicines," and those who drink some alcohol will live long lives. Many people who drink, however, care about their health checkup data, such as GGT, neutral fat and uric acid levels, as they age.

Is drinking good or bad for one’s health? It is a well-known fact that too much alcohol increases the risk of cancer and other fatal diseases. We all want enjoy drinking while staying healthy.

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6 Great Meal Ideas That Are Perfect For Your Muslim Friends

Are you expecting some Muslim friends for dinner or lunch? Probably you are wondering what to prepare for them. Before we hope into the meal ideas, there are things you need to know concerning Muslim foods. First, Muslim meals must be Halal. This means you must prepare the meat and its accompaniments in an Islamic way. Secondly, you should understand what's prohibited and allowed in Islam. For instance, they don't consume pork and its products. When you know all these restrictions, you can then prepare a sumptuous meal for your friends. This article will discuss some of the perfect meals you can come up with for your friends. Read on for the list.

  1. Chicken Biryani

If rice is your perfect local food, chicken biryani might be the ideal meal to prepare for your friends. You will need some spices and grain rice to prepare the ideal traditional biryani rice. To make it more sumptuous, you can add the ghee or spices as per your taste. The Muslim Chicken Biryani tastes better, has a fantastic aroma, and it's non-greasy. To prepare, marinate the chicken with lemon juice, salt, turmeric powder, and chili. Next, heat the pan and add the onions, green chili, cloves, tomato, ginger paste, cinnamon, and other flavoring spices. Cook until golden brown before adding the chicken pieces topping it with coriander leaves. Add some water and basmati rice, then cook for seven minutes and then serve.

  1. Garlic Mustard Fish Fillet

Garlic Mustard fish Fillet is a traditional Muslim food, mostly consumed in India. To get the best flavor, you can bake this meal instead of deep-frying. For this, you can shop on the best halal groceries to prepare a mouth-watering delicacy. These groceries include fish, cubed potatoes, pepper, olive oil, garlic, carrots, lemon juice, and salt. To prepare the meal, mix all the ingredients, including potatoes, pepper, olive oil, garlic, and others, then soak the fish in it or leave it for a night. You can then bake the mixture for 20 minutes while serving it with white rice. Include some lemon wedges to add flavor.

  1. Easy Victoria Spongecake

Do your friends fancy some cakes? You will get it right with this recipe. The sponge cake is soft and has great proteins derived from eggs which also add some taste. Get some sugar and butter, then blend jointly while adding the eggs. Mix the components with a sift of flour, then put the mixture in some clean baking tins. Prepare your oven, put in the tins and heat for 20 minutes, cool down, then apply some cream to the cakes' top. This cream helps to seal the sponge. Lastly, get some icing sugar which you'll use to serve the cake. This sponge cake can act as a dessert or a bite as your guests wait for the chicken biryani.

  1. Kebabs

This Chinese food can get grilled on charcoal ovens or put on grills to add the smoke flavor. Ensure you don't compromise on the taste. You need to prepare your meat pieces with onions, potatoes, and other ingredients, and then put them into kebab sticks, ready for grilling. Ensure to marinate the elements with spices before grilling them on moderate heat. You can eat your kebab with lime, green chutney, and other accompaniments to create a fantastic flavor. With the smoky taste from the charcoal, you are sure of your friends enjoying the tasty meal.

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