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Introduction to the Number One Drinks Company
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It has been a while
since we’ve sent out a newsletter
because the priority has been to find and bottle more exquisite single casks from Japan. I promise to tweet more regularly too, so you know what’s going on: www.twitter.com/NumberOneDrinks
Out and About with Number One Drinks Company
A sunny weekend in September saw Number One Drinks exhibiting at Whisky Live Paris. Again, the event was brilliantly planned and attended by an audience both knowledgeable and too polite to giggle at my poor French. The Card Series was well-received and, predictably, Karuizawa 1967 proved very popular.
Other exclusives for La Maison du Whisky included a Hanyu 1985 which yielded but 61 bottles and two very rare bottlings of Kawasaki Single Grain whisky, one from 1976 and the other from 1981. Thanks go to Nick Sikorski for his tireless assistance all weekend plus his excellent Japanese.
Oslo was the destination for the end of October; bad international whisky planning meant there were five events taking place on the first weekend of November – Whisky Live South Africa, Spirits in the Sky (Belgium), Oslo Whisky Festival, The Whisky Show (London) and Whisky Picnic (Edinburgh). Jekyll’s Noh Karuizawa 1995 #5039 was, therefore, launched a week early in Norway. Good food and excellent company matched a complex dram of remarkable intensity.
Thence to The Whisky Show in London’s magnificent Guildhall; well organised with excellent calibre of visitor including some old friends, this is sure to become a welcome annual fixture. Two exclusive Karuizawa bottlings for The Whisky Exchange were on display – the venerable 1967 and a rich 1982 – as well as a sneak preview of five Number One Drinks whiskies (see below).
Just back from a great trip in Belgium, now a break until Sweden and Paris in February 2010 with Ichiro Akuto!
What can I say? It has been a while since we’ve sent out a newsletter because the priority has been to find and bottle more exquisite single casks from Japan. I promise to tweet more regularly too, so you know what’s going on: www.twitter.com/NumberOneDrinks
Reviews from Number One Drinks Company
If you bought a bottle of Karuizawa 1995 #5004, the first of the Noh bottlings, you might know that Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2010 awarded it a score of 93.5/100 – whichmeans it sits at the top of the ‘brilliant’ category. According to Mr Murray, “seatbelts needed for this enormous ride.”
He also reviewed the Card Series Ace of Diamonds and gave it 94.5/100 – a superstar whisky.
The impressively moustachioed Serge Valentin, Malt Maniac extraordinaire, has recently reviewed a pair of Karuizawas and given both 5 stars.
Serge’s comments on Karuizawa 1972 #7290; “extremely high quality, perfect balance and not the tiniest flaw. It’s got something of some of the best old Springbanks. 93 points.” And Karuizawa 1967 #6426; “once again, this baby reminds me of some old Springbanks. Say of the best sherried ‘Local Barleys’, if that rings a bell to you. A Japanese masterpiece but the 1972 was close! 95 points.” If, however, you want a bottle of the 1967 you had better move like the wind; the cask was split between La Maison du Whisky and The Whisky Exchange. It was first revealed at Whisky Live Paris and the French allocation sold out very soon afterwards. It was also the best-seller on the first day of The Whisky Show in London…
Coming Soon with Number One Drinks Company
The journey continues; distilled 18 months ago, double matured and bottled @ 61.3%
Hanyu 1991 #370 Japanese oak finish
Bottled @ 57.3% - according to Dave Broom “definitive extreme whisky, scarily wonderful.”
Karuizawa 1985 #7017
Archetypal Karuizawa; high octane sherry with big mouthfeel and great presence @ 60.8%
Distilled in 2000, bottled in 2009 @ 59%
Karuizawa 1976 #6719
The most elegant of the Noh series, a mature charmer @ 63%
Chichibu Newborn Heavily peated
Sensational; a three month old spirit with great character bottled @ 61.3%
Ardbeg Wee Beastie – The Distillery’s Latest Smoky Whisky Is Wreaking Flavour In Its Path
Ardbeg launches a new permanently available 5 Year Old expression – Ardbeg Wee Beastie
Published Date: 28th March 2020
From April of this year, whisky lovers around the world will get the chance to experience the latest permanent expression to join the Ardbeg core range – Ardbeg Wee Beastie. And at just 5 years old, this feisty and intensely powerful smoky whisky is untamed by age. Read more
Tullibardine reveals the latest edition to its award-winning range of whiskies.
Published Date: 19th March 2020
Tullibardine has unveiled the newest addition to its award-winning Fine Aged Collection – the Tullibardine 15-Year-Old Read more
Redbreast Irish Whiskey Introduces Its Oldest Ever Permanent Expression, 27 Years In The Making
Published Date: 5th March 2020
Irish Distillers, makers of some of the world’s most enjoyed whiskeys, has introduced Redbreast 27 Year Old, the oldest permanent expression in the beloved Redbreast series. An iconic addition to the collection, Redbreast 27 Year Old includes whiskey matured in ruby port barrels from Portugal’s Douro Valley to bring a new complexity and depth to the Redbreast collection. Read more
Limited-edition Glenfarclas Pagoda Ruby Reserve released in Glencairn Crystal decanters embellished with rubies
Published Date: 3rd March 2020
Glenfarclas has globally released it’s much awaited limited-edition Pagoda Ruby Reserve. The distillery’s oldest whisky released to date has been aged for 62 years and is beautifully presented in a stunning Glencairn decanter featuring hand-mounted precious rubies. Read more
Kerry and Derek Campbell, are behind new micro-distillery set for John O’Groats, Scotland's Northernmost Mainland Whisky Distillery
Published Date: 3rd March 2020
A new micro Scotch whisky distillery is set to open in John O’Groats in 2021, following planning permission secured yesterday (2 March 2020) for a 32,670 square foot site which will house a distillery, visitor centre and bonded warehouse. Read more