Highland Park Launches New Whisky Inspired by Viking Heritage

first_img Highland Park Releases 2 New Limited-Release Bottles Editors’ Recommendations Highland Park Takes Tailgating to Another Level In the race to create new expressions and labels in the whisky world, count Vikings as the latest twist.Highland Park, a 200+ year old distillery located way up in Scotland’s Orkney Islands, is launching Valkyrie – a non-age statement whisky blending the company’s Norwegian heritage with new packaging created by Danish designer Jim Lyngvild.He brought his eccentric style to the packaging, which is embossed using metallic detailing, featuring Viking folklore that pays homage to goddess Freya’s magical necklace.“I am fiercely proud of my Viking ancestry and the connection to the islands of Orkney,” Lyngvild said through a press release.Valkyrie is aged in a variety of European and American Oak sherry casks as well as Bourbon casks. The liquid picks up plenty of fruit and spicy notes as a result.“This creates a richer, fuller phenolic note that has balance due to the sweeter, heathery character of our moorland peat,” Master Whisky Maker Gordon Motion said about the addition of extra peat.The new whisky is part of a bigger brand overhaul for Highland Park, which will further the Viking theme across their core 10-, 12-, and 18-year expressions. It pays tribute to the Orkney’s lineage where one in three islanders have Scandinavian heritage.Valkyrie is the first in a series of three “Viking Legend” special edition releases. “Valknut” and “Valhalla” will follow in 2018 and 2019, respectively.Valkyrie will retail for around $80 and will be available in select cities across the U.S. The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection Bruichladdich Distillery Unveils its New Octomore Scotch Whisky Series All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Falllast_img read more

Government Pursuing Programme to Facilitate Trade

“Some weeks ago, the Cabinet approved a number of initiatives to further enhance and facilitate trade, including the elimination of a number of fees and charges that are no longer relevant but have been on the books and people have been collecting,” he said. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government has commenced a programme of trade facilitation to increase Jamaica’s chances of global competitiveness.He was speaking at the launch of ARC Manufacturing Limited’s metal slitting plant, at the company’s Bell Road address in Kingston, recently.“Some weeks ago, the Cabinet approved a number of initiatives to further enhance and facilitate trade, including the elimination of a number of fees and charges that are no longer relevant but have been on the books and people have been collecting,” he said.Mr. Shaw said this programme seeks to give local manufacturers a competitive advantage. “It cannot be that we are encouraging local value-added manufacturing, but encourage low duty importation of competitor goods. I am going to be focusing on trade facilitation. We have to make it easier for people who want to add value in Jamaica and create jobs and create prosperity in our country,” the Minister emphasised.Another measure is the recently launched Jamaica Trade Information Portal (JTIP). The portal provides a single authoritative source for trade information relating to import-export regulations, requirements and processes, which businesses can easily access at any time.Meanwhile, the Minister commended the management of ARC Manufacturing Limited for its state-of-the-art metal slitting plant valued at US$425,000, which he said, will support national development.Mr. Shaw argued that establishment of the metal slitting plant comes at an opportune time, as with the increased activity in the local construction sector, this service will meet the demands of the manufacturing sector, specifically the building materials industry.For his part, Executive Chairman, ARC Manufacturing Limited, Norman Horne, pointed out that the plant is the first of its kind in Jamaica, and that investment in the facility seeks to meet the demand of the local manufacturing industry.“We have invested in two slitters. They both can do the same thing. One is high speed and the other is medium speed. This industry is new to Jamaica. In our country, we don’t have all the dynamics aligned that are ideal for manufacturing; therefore, we have to look to our advantages and try to capitalise on those,” he said.Metal slitting refers to the process by which metal sheets are fed lengthwise through a slitter machine and cut into narrow coils. It is an essential manufacturing process which is used in the production of essential building materials, including guttering, roofing tiles, barrel capping, purlins, tracks and studs. Story Highlights He was speaking at the launch of ARC Manufacturing Limited’s metal slitting plant, at the company’s Bell Road address in Kingston, recently. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government has commenced a programme of trade facilitation to increase Jamaica’s chances of global competitiveness. read more

Senate Approves Trusts Act 2019

Story Highlights The legislation addresses the creation, validity, duration and enforceability of Trusts; identifies the property that may be held on Trust; and establishes the procedure for the appointment and removal of Trustees. The Senate on Friday (June 21), approved the Trusts Act, 2019, which seeks to create a modern statutory instrument as it relates to the most pertinent principles of Trust law.The legislation addresses the creation, validity, duration and enforceability of Trusts; identifies the property that may be held on Trust; and establishes the procedure for the appointment and removal of Trustees.Closing the debate on the Bill in the Senate, Leader of Government Business and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade,  Kamina Johnson Smith, said it will codify the common law in relation to Trusts, repeal the Trustees Act and amend sections 2, 7 and 21 of the Trustees, Attorneys and Executors (Accounts and General) Act, 1973.It also seeks to provide savings and transitional provisions for continuity, and preserve the validity and enforceability of Trusts.“The intention behind these Acts is to modernise our Trusts law and to ensure that we are able to pull together a suite of legislation in support of the international financial services sector, which will provide us with an effective opportunity for us to deliver higher level, higher value and higher skill jobs to our people and also to ensure that the framework for Trusts and the protection that is provided to beneficiaries, settlers and Trustees is more robust,” she said.Contributing to the debate last week, Opposition Senator, Lambert Brown, raised a concern with the definition of personal relationships in Clause 2 –  ‘Every form of relationship by blood, adoption, marriage or cohabitation, regardless of whether the law of any jurisdiction recognises the validity, legitimacy or existence of the relationship’.In response, Senator Johnson Smith said the Act in its current state does nothing to change the constitutional provision by which marriage is defined, it does not permit same sex marriage,  and it does not amend any other legislation which relates to that matter.She said Clause 5 (2) (a) and (b) are instructive, as Clause 5 (2) states quite clearly that a Trust is invalid and unenforceable in Jamaica to the extent that (a) it purports to do anything contrary to the laws of Jamaica; and (b) it confers or imposes any right or function, the exercise or discharge of which would be contrary to the laws of Jamaica.The Bill includes provisions that will strengthen the regulatory environment and accountability standards to which Trustees are to adhere; and further, it bolsters the protective measures for persons who are affected by the terms of a Trust or provides services related to the Trust, inclusive of Trustees.It further identifies the property that may be held in Trust and establishes the procedure for the appointment and removal of Trustees.The Bill also provides for the power to relieve Trustees from personal liability and indemnification of Trustees by beneficiaries, and for the settlement of actions against Trustees by alternative dispute resolution. The Bill includes provisions that will strengthen the regulatory environment and accountability standards to which Trustees are to adhere; and further, it bolsters the protective measures for persons who are affected by the terms of a Trust or provides services related to the Trust, inclusive of Trustees. Contributing to the debate last week, Opposition Senator, Lambert Brown, raised a concern with the definition of personal relationships in Clause 2 –  ‘Every form of relationship by blood, adoption, marriage or cohabitation, regardless of whether the law of any jurisdiction recognises the validity, legitimacy or existence of the relationship’. read more