Friday, November 15, 2013

Inbox - November 15, 2013

Welcome to this week's Inbox.  For those that have recently discovered us, Inbox is our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our email inbox. It was created as we cannot write full articles or do justice to every piece received. It features items from around the world of whisky and is published by us each Friday.

Within Inbox we aim to write a few lines detailing each press release/piece of news/PR event that we have received and provide links, where possible, for you to find out further information.  Here is the news that has attracted our attention this week ...

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CaskStrength - Now in 3D
Our good friends Neil & Joel at Caskstrength have announced the fourth release in their 'Whisky Alphabet' series.  The 3D Whisky follows on from single casks of Arran and Benriach, plus a special cask strength expression of Cutty Sark.  It is a blended malt created using single malts from three Diageo distilleries - Dailuaine, Dalwhinnie and Dufftown.  The guys employed the help of Dr Matthew Crow, one of the senior blending team for the Johnnie Walker range, to aid the creation process.

The 3D Whisky is bottled at the natural cask strength of 56.4% ABV and there are just 504 bottles, each of which are individually signed and numbered.  They are being exclusively retailed via the Master of Malt website and the price is £49.99.  Each bottle comes with a set of 3D specs to help read the 3D label, and there is a 3D package which can be downloaded from www.3dwhisky.com.  More information about the release can also be found here.  Below is the product video which premiered at the launch in London last Monday.




Glenfiddich - Spirit Of A Nation 


William Grant & Sons, the owners of the Glenfiddich distillery in Speyside, have launched a very special single cask bottling of its world famous single malt.  The Spirit Of A Nation is a 29 years old whisky that has been released to celebrate the brand's sponsorship of a charity expedition to the South Pole.  The charity involved is Walking With The Wounded, who help and support UK military personnel who are injured during service.  The team members, all of whom have been injured in action, are being joined by Prince Harry and start their adventure this coming Sunday.

The whisky is exclusive to the UK market and has been matured for 29 years in a single ex-Sherry cask, before being transferred for three months in to a fresh American oak cask - this cask traveled around the UK and was signed by members of the public during events hosted by the Team Glenfiddich members (see the short video, below).  It has been bottled at the natural cask strength of 48.8% ABV and there are just 200 bottles.  These will be on sale shortly via selected specialist retailers with a recommended retail price of £1,000 each.  All proceeds from sales of Spirit Of A Nation will go back to the charity.




Master of Malt - Christmas is coming
Forget the cheap chocolate - the innovative online retailer Master of Malt have unveiled an advent calender with a difference.  The Whisky Advent follows on from last year's highly successful original and features 24 of the company's award-winning 'Drinks By The Dram' 3cl bottles of whisky sourced from all over the world.  It costs £149.95.

Joining The Whisky Advent Calender is The Premium Whisky Advent Calender which features a series of rare and unusual whiskies, again from all over the world.  This costs £249.95.  Master of Malt have also put together two versions containing gin - The Ginvent Calender (£99.95) and The Craft Ginvent Calender (£109.95).  All four feature tasting notes and The Craft Ginvent Calender includes a flavour wheel showing different flavour profiles.  They are available now from the Master of Malt website.


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