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Chieftain's Cigar Malts Raise A Toast To Bygone Smoky Days

2nd October 2007



Edinburgh, October 2007: 
Ian Macleod Distillers has launched the fifth edition of its award winning Chieftain's Cigar Malt Limited Edition Collection, selected by a panel of whisky and cigar experts for connoisseurs who appreciate the finer things in life.  The collection's hallmark is that each bottling must be fit for a King, a Leader or in the Celtic world, a Chieftain.

Marketing Director, Iain Weir commented:   "The latest collection of Chieftain Cigar Malts is definitely fit for a king.   Due to the overall quality of over ten different potential single cask Cigar Malts we sampled, we decided for the first time this year to bottle four Cigar Malts  - a Classic, a Robusto and a Mild for worldwide sale and a 75cl Château La Nerthe Finish for SA only.

Since 1936, Ian Macleod Distillers has amassed an enviable cask stock from Scotland's many distilleries.  These award-winning whiskies range from classic 10 and 20 Year Olds to 50 Year Old vintages.  The panel selects a strictly limited number of rare single casks from key Scottish distilleries to bottle as part of the Chieftain's Cigar Malt collection.

This year, due to the new Scottish smoking laws and prior to the English smoking ban, the carefully selected panel of nosers, tasters and smokers travelled south to Berwick, just over the Scottish border, to enjoy a combination of smoking cigars and tasting the many cask samples of the 2007 pre-selection of cigar single malts.

The panel was composed of Keir Sword and Stuart Smith, both from the Cigar Box and Royal Mile Whiskies in Edinburgh; Regis Lemaitre, Spirits Consultant, RegisWhiskymad; Rob Allanson, editor of the Cigar and Whisky magazines; and Jens Tausch, of the European Cigar Cult Journal, as well as Antony McCallum-Caron, Ian Macleod Distillers' Rare Malt Manager.

For further information contact:

Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd on tel: 01506 852205 or www.ianmacleod.com

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Notes to Editors:

Tasting Notes - Fifth Edition Chieftain Cigar Malts

Chieftain's Cigar Malt Robusto



Region:    Islay

Cask No:    3337

No of Bottles:    270

Strength  55.1%

Wood Type:  Hogshead

Distilled:    4/07/1997

Bottled: September 2007

Natural colour, unchill-filtered

Keir Sword, Owner, Cigar Box and Royal Mile Whiskies, Edinburgh: "This is dominated by burning rubber and tar on the nose, however if you take time to look beyond these, you'll find a big bowl of rhubarb and warm custard! Good complexity, with a prickly spice which lingers on the finish."

Jens Tausch, Consultant, European Cigar Journal, Germany: "Smoky, phenolic, garden bonfire - on the palate sweet, a balanced smokiness and later surprisingly some notes of Gin. These are the right attributes for a promising appointment with medium to strong cigars from Cuba.  Full-bodied cigars from Nicaragua, or the Dominican Republic, would be an excellent match as well."

Stuart Smith, Manager, Cigar Box and Royal Mile Whiskies, Edinburgh: "Nose - Oily, smoky nose. Hints of rubber. Clean, fresh sea breeze, with a malty sweet back note. Hints of citrus fruit.  Palate - Earthy, bonfire character hits first then a beautiful sugary sweetness emerges - really coats the mouth. Finish - Excellent balance for a big peaty whisky - superb interplay of the oily, smoky peat and the sweeter maltier notes. I preferred this without dilution.  Totally moreish.  Perfect with a full-bodied, rich cigar - one to close the day withâ?¦"

Regis Lemaitre, Spirits Expert, RegisWhiskyMad: "The nose is big on sherry, smoky with a good level of sweetness. The taste is sweet, with traces of sulphur and peat phenol / peat smoke. With water the taste becomes very powerful and much too volatile! A very impressive dram on its own! Worth a trial! My recommendation would be to half your whisky into 2 glasses. With the first glass, I would suggest you add a few drops of water and consume it as you light your cigar up. The second glass should be consumed undiluted as your cigar smoke, heat and intensity increase. Thus matching a more robust experience in both cigar and whisky! My cigar recommendation is a full-bodied Havana smoke "Cohiba Robusto."

Rob Allanson, Editor of the Whisky and Cigar magazines: "Nose: drying ash from a fire, coal tar soap with a fresh herbal note

Palate: Slight salt and loads of sweet smoke, almost roof tar, a slight nuttiness

Cigar: Vegas Robaina Familiar."

Antony McCallum, Rare Malt Manager, Ian Macleod Distillers: "Fruity and distinctive, light smokiness, iodine and lobster tails.  An amazingly well balanced Islay malt with sweet notes, grapefruit juice and soft peat.  An ideal companion for a full-bodied cigar."

Chieftain's Cigar Malt Mild

Region:        Highland

Cask No:        90521

No of Bottles:        372

Strength        54.9%

Wood Type:  Madeira Finish

Distilled:     19/02/1996

Bottled:    September 2007

Natural colour, unchill-filtered

Keir Sword, Owner, Cigar Box and Royal Mile Whiskies, Edinburgh: "Lots of fruit and spice on the nose  with aromas of  dried apricots, mint, tinned pears with some pine-resin spiciness. Lovely big palate with a creamy texture and a peppery spiciness".

Jens Tausch, Consultant, European Cigar Journal, Germany: "If you need relaxation in the early afternoon, you will be pleased by this smooth version of a cigar malt.  It comes along with flavours of butterscotch, and subtle oaky notes.  The taste of malty sweetness with decent notes of burned sugar is a perfect occasion for a Dunhill Aged Caleta.  Another perfect combination would be a mild to medium Honduran cigar (Camacho Criollo Robusto)."

Stuart Smith, Manager, Cigar Box and Royal Mile Whiskies, Edinburgh: "Nose - Quite fruity on the nose with some toffee and stewed fruits emerging - a pleasing balance of flavours here.  Sweeter dried fruits emerge with water, as well as some herbal characters. Palate - Soft and very approachable.  Mix of green fruits and cask sweetness.  A touch of water enhances these and brings in a creamier side.  Finish - Lovely interplay of flavours carries on with the finish.  Creamy character with water really shines here.  Works particularly well with lighter, more delicate cigars - the creamy sweetness combines extremely well."

Regis Lemaitre, Spirits Expert, RegisWhiskyMad: "Nose prickling, caramel, floral sweetness, stewed apples on the nose; the taste is oily, sweeter and sour mix.  When diluted Christmas cake fruitiness, dried fruit, oily sweetness with dry warm and big timber lasting notes on the finish.  My recommendation would be to half your whisky into two glasses. With the first glass, I would suggest you add a few drops of water and consume it as you light up your cigar.  The second glass should be consumed undiluted as your cigar smoke, heat and intensity increase.  Thus matching a more robust experience in both cigar and whisky!  My cigar recommendation is "RAMON ALLONES full Flavour Robusto-sized."

Rob Allanson, Editor of the Whisky and Cigar Magazines': "Nose: green bananas, butterscotch, coconut with a light oak note there too.  Sweetcorn and butter.  A touch of water opens the nose up perfectly.  Palate: Citrus, orange and creamy with plenty of grip from the oak.  Cigar: Hoyo de Monterry Epicure No2."

Antony McCallum, Rare Malt Manager, Ian Macleod Distillers: "An extremely aromatic fresh nose of cooked apples and lemongrass which follows through on the palate with citrus fruit, floral sweetness and oakiness.  Very creamy, slightly dry on the finish with some peach stone aftertaste."

Chieftain's Cigar Malt 2007 Classic

Region:        Highland

Cask:            90931/90932

No of Bottles:        618

Strength        54.4%

Wood Type:  Château La Nerthe Finish

Distilled:    07/04/1994

Bottled:    September 2007

Natural colour, unchill-filtered

Keir Sword, Owner, Cigar Box and Royal Mile Whiskies, Edinburgh: "There's quite an unusual nose on this whisky - clotted cream, ash and a slightly sour woodiness.  This is contrasted on the palate with lots of sweetness, and a big hot alcoholic kick, which attacks the front of the tongue and leaves a long tingling finish."

Jens Tausch, Consultant, European Cigar Journal, Germany: "This dram stands for a fantastic package of fruity-spicy notes, with some flavours of port wine and tones of tobacco. You will find the fruity spiciness again on the palate, joined by an aroma of sour cherry.  A perfect combination for medium cigars of Honduras, like a Maria Mancini Especial or a full-bodied Mexican puro.  The herbal, spicy and bitter-chocolate sweetness of the mini belicoso from Te-Amo provides a wonderful interplay of aromas."

Stuart Smith, Manager,  Cigar Box and Royal Mile Whiskies, Edinburgh: "Nose - Lovely summer fruits, clotted cream and wine wood influence here.  The firmer cask flavours start to emerge.  Water enhances these cask flavours further and brings in notes of burnt sugar and blueberries.  Palate - That firm character comes through on the palate.  Combination of wood-spice, butterscotch and an almost sherried style richness that coats the mouth.  Water gives the fruiter side a chance to shine with the wood - works well either way.  Creamier note also comes through.  Finish - Very dry, good richness lovely balance.  A thoroughly interesting and enjoyable dram.  Works extremely well with a variety of cigars from the more medium weighted through to the richer styles - both Cuban and non-Cuban."

Regis Lemaitre, Spirits Expert, RegisWhiskyMad: "Strawberry, red fruit, fig's inner seed, pear drops, floral.  The taste is strong with red fruit notes, maraschino cherry, and alcoholic tastiness of Griotte.  Mash tun, with water, raspberry coulis, pomegranate, and dragon fruit. It is my opinion, that of all the samples tasted, this was the best suited to consume with a good cigar.  This malt is particularly good, as it seems to suit well all three styles of cigars sampled (Mild, Medium and Full-bodied), and I feel that it has the best chance of suiting any cigar as chosen by followers of the Chieftain Cigar Malt.  Happy pairing!"

Rob Allanson, Editor of the Whisky and Cigar Magazines': "Nose: Spicy, rich notes with sweet wood and leaves.  Summer berry compote with strawberries.  Wet cedar.  Palate: More strawberries with sharp red fruits.  Hints of lemon and pomegranate.  Refreshing and interesting finish, with good mouth feel.  Cigar: Romeo Y Julieta Short Churchill or CAO Cameroon Robusto."

Antony McCallum, Rare Malt Manager, Ian Macleod Distillers: "A fruity, caramel and herbal, honey wax nose, offering a well balanced body.  Dried sultanas and fresh fruit.  Dragon fruit, pomegranate, wine gums and vanilla ice cream.  A great all-rounder to enjoy alone, or with a cigar."

The Cigar Malt (SOUTH AFRICA ONLY)

Region:        Speyside

Cask No:        90951/90952

No of Bottles:        293

Strength        53.5%

Wood Type:    Château La Nerthe Finish

Distilled:    09/08/1995

Bottled:    19/07/2007

Natural colour, unchill filtered

Keir Sword, Owner, Cigar Box and Royal Mile Whiskies, Edinburgh: "This wonderful whisky has a very clean, fresh and enticing nose.  Soft toffee and vanilla.  Mint humbugs with an attractive oak character and a slight hint of smoke.  A very delicate palate that lives up to the promise on the nose.  More fruit flavours which turn quite herbaceous with the addition of water.  Long lingering and sweet finish."

Jens Tausch, Consultant, European Cigar Journal, Germany: "Lots of flavours are still waiting to be explored.  Oaky, a hint of smokiness, notes of bourbon and crème brûlée on the nose.  On the palate, rich, powerful aromas of burned sugar, malty drops.  This tasty dram calls for a cigar partner with strength in expression.  An Exodus 1959 from Carlos Torano gives rise to a persistent sweetness.  Also full bodied cigars from the Dominican Republic and Honduras would be a pleasure for the connoisseur."

Stuart Smith, Manager, Cigar Box and Royal Mile Whiskies, Edinburgh: "Nose: quite a firm nose - spirity and a bit closed undiluted - fills out with time.  Strawberries and ice cream come through.  Water enhances this and brings out some herbal notes.  Palate: rich and quite full bodied on the palate.  The wine cask influence is very noticeable with the fruits - but also good dark chocolate notes come through.  Good oily mouth feel.  Water, again, enhances the fruitier and creamier notes.  Finish: good rich dram - bags of character and good length.

Classic cigar malt style - has the richness, complexity and texture to enhance a medium to full bodied cigar."

Regis Lemaitre, Spirits Expert, RegisWhiskyMad: "The nose is reminiscent of orange marmalade, rich depth, chocolate, burnt sugar, honey and mint.  The taste is rich and powerful, superb texture, otherwise known as mouth feel, with a sour finish.  The addition of water makes way for mint, orange and sweetness.  My recommendation would be to half your whisky into two glasses.  With the first glass, I would suggest you add a few drops of water and consume it as you light up your cigar.  The second glass should be consumed undiluted, as your cigar smoke, heat and intensity increase.  Thus matching a more robust experience in both cigar and whisky!  My Cigar recommendation is a light Cuban "Hoyo De Monterrey Epicure No2."

Rob Allanson, Editor of the Whisky and Cigar Magazines': "Nose: Thick cut dark marmalade, burnt sugar, chocolate, slight sulphur smokiness and sweetness. Palate: Very rich, more marmalade, a hint of mint chocolate with a crisp lingering finish.  Cigar: La Gloria Cubana."

Antony McCallum, Rare Malt Manager, Ian Macleod Distillers: "A rich nose of burnt caramel, orange coarse marmalade, spice and light saltiness.  Mint, chocolate, dry rich fruit cake.  The perfect medium cigar dram."