Tuesday 24 June 2014

This Week in Whisk(e)y #9

As you might know if you read this blog regularly, we get a fair few interesting press releases and news articles here at TimeforWhisky, and usually try to feature them with our own spin, experiences or comments. Sometimes though, they come thick and fast, and we just don't have time to do them all justice.

So we've decided to take a leaf out of some other excellent whisky blogs, and feature a "PR roundup" every now and then - basically a wrap-up of relevant press releases we've received in the previous week (or other interesting whisk(e)y news Steph & I think you might enjoy). So on with it then...

Old Pulteney Launches Limited Edition 35 Year Old Single Malt
We've featured Old Pulteney on the blog before, having tried (and enjoyed) the 12 and 17yo releases. The 21yo also features in the #101drams list (tasted but not yet posted), as does the 40yo (sadly still an outstanding dram on the list).

Old Pulteney have now added another whisky to the lineup, with the release of a (very limited) 35yo single malt. Only 450 cases will be released, with a retail price of £500 per bottle in the UK. Just 6 bottles will be making their way to Australia, with an RRP over $900AUD. Contact island2island for further details.

To quote the press release:
"The embodiment of Pulteney Distillery’s exceptional craftsmanship, this new expression is matured in American ex-bourbon and Spanish ex-sherry casks which have been expertly hand selected by Distillery Manager Malcolm Waring. Each striking 700ml bottle is non-chill filtered at 42.5% ABV. On the palate this full bodied expression is sweet and spicy to start then quickly develops a range of signature Old Pulteney flavours from honey, rum soaked raisins and oranges to the heavier notes of seasoned leather, pralines and a touch of the salty North Sea air. A truly indulgent, perfectly balanced whisky, it has a long slow finish and is light amber in colour."

The Glenrothes Vintage 2001 Australian release
As many malt fans know, The Glenrothes are well known for their extensive "Vintage" range of whiskies, especially since their 1994 move from being primarily a "blenders'" whisky to producing their own single malt. The 2001 is the latest Vintage in the lineup, bottled in 2012 (whilst it doesn't carry an age statement, the distillation and bottling dates make it 11 years old). 

Described by Ronnie Cox, The Glenrothes Brand Heritage Director as "Deliciously creamy citrus wrapped tightly in the softness of aged oak. Complete and complex integrity in a glass" and having a flavour profile heavier on the vanilla, spice, fruit side of things, the new vintage retails for $105AUD and will be widely available in Australia from mid-July.

"Smoked Meats and Whisky" at the Eastern, Bondi Junction
On Thursday 10th July, 7pm, at Good Time Diner at The Eastern Hotel, guests will enjoy an entertaining dinner full of smoked meats, 5 bourbons and 5 strapping whisky's as 2 guest ambassadors from South Trade go head to head in the pursuit to be the all time favourite tipple.


  • Flight of 5 Bourbons & 5 Scotch whiskies
  • Spiced Smoked Chicken Wings
  • Smoked Black Pepper Pork Belly, Enzo Salumi, Smoked cheese, Gherkin & Smoked Nuts
  • 18hr Smoked Greenstone Beef Short Ribs
  • 18hr Smoked Pulled Berkshire Pork Shoulder
  • Cous Cous, Chickpea, Pine nut & Roast pumpkin Salad
  • Decadent Double Dark Chocolate Tart


  • Buffalo Trace
  • Eagle Rare 10 Year Old
  • Elmer T Lee
  • Thomas H Handy
  • George T Stagg

Single Malt Bruichladdichs:

  • Laddie Classic
  • Islay Barley
  • The Organic
  • Port Charlotte Scottish Barley
  • Octomore 6.1

When: Thursday 10th July,  7PM
Location: Level 1, GoodTime Diner, The Eastern Hotel, Bondi Junction
Tickets: $65

For all bookings please call (02) 9387 7828 or email functions@theeastern.com.au

- Martin.

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