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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 3:26 am    Post subject: A Unique Speyside Blend using more than 150 bottles of malt Reply with quote

A UNIQUE collaboration of some of Scotland's finest whisky distilleries has produced a one-off blend using more than 150 bottles of single malts from 26 Speyside distilleries.

The blend is being bottled for this year's Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

The finished product is the work of Ed Dodson and Jim Cryle, who between them have 82 years' experience in the craft of whisky making.

Mr Cryle, a retired master distiller at The Glenlivet, has the task of "nosing" the blend. Mr Dodson, who retired as a master distiller at the Glen Moray distillery after 42 years in the business, has responsibility for tasting the product.

The finished drink will be the first to bring together 26 of the normally competitive distilleries. The malts used to create the blend range from fully matured ten-year-olds to extra matured 21-year-olds, including some rare ones.

Only one 70cl bottle of the exclusive whisky will be produced and auctioned among enthusiasts of unusual blends. Another 2,000 souvenir miniatures will be available during the festival.

Mr Dodson said: "Throughout my career I've dreamed of the chance to bring together many of the fabulous distinctive pure malts of Speyside into one definitive blend."

Mr Cryle added: "It's likely that the bottle will be bought by a collector, and never be opened."

Source: The Scotsman
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 3:31 am    Post subject: Bids pour in for mega-malt whisky at start of Speyside festi Reply with quote

A UNIQUE whisky created from a blend of malts from 26 distilleries has sparked a bidding war among international collectors.

The special dram is the work of master distillers Ed Dodson and Jim Cryle, who between them have 82 years of experience in whisky making. They used single malts from 26 Speyside distilleries to make the one-off blend for this year's Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

Only a single 70cl bottle of the whisky was produced, as well as 2,000 souvenir miniatures.

The eBay auction closes today at the start of the festival and bids have reached almost $1,000, with hopes of it heading to $2,000 - or even £2,006 - to coincide with the year in which it was made.

Bids from all over the world, and especially Scandinavia and Japan, have been arriving on the website since the bottle was put up for auction last week.

Ros Lewis, the festival co-ordinator, said: "There has been a terrific reaction to this one-off blended whisky, and as we reach the final hours of the auction we expect the serious competitive bidders to start weighing in.

"It would be nice if we could celebrate the launch of this year's Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2006 with a final bid of 2006 dollars, euros or, even better, pounds!

"But the most important thing is that Ed and Jim's whisky is cherished by whoever succeeds in the auction."

The festival, now in its eighth year, runs until 1 May.

Source: The Scotsman
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