Friday, March 20, 2015

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (March 20, 2015)

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 what has caught our attention this week ...


Tamdhu - Goes for strength
Ian Macleod Distillers, the owners of the Speyside distillery of Tamdhu, have announced the first ever cask strength version of its single malt.  The Tamdhu Batch Strength is designed to attract whisky connoisseurs to the brand.  It will be released in small quantities with each batch varying slightly in style and strength.  This first batch is released at 58.8% ABV and has been matured exclusively in ex-sherry casks.  A bottle should cost around £60 in selected specialist retailers.

Iain Weir, the Marketing Director for Ian Macleod Distillers, said: “We’re excited to be unveiling this new expression. Tamdhu is a brand that we are proud of and it’s great to be able to extend the range. Our Batch Strength is the purists’ choice and we feel that this is going to be a popular addition to the Tamdhu range - it is the closest you’ll get to sampling a dram of whisky straight from a Tamdhu cask.”

Wemyss Malts - Spring collection announced
The independent bottling company of Wemyss Malts has released its Spring 2015 selection of single cask single malts.  The selection features six bottlings, all named after natural flavours and aromas.  The Spring 2015 collection features a Blair Athol distilled in 1991 (named Foraged Fruit Fool), a Glenrothes 1993 (Kumquat Cluster), a Bowmore 1995 (The Rockpool), a Mortlach 1995 (Stem Ginger Preserve), an Aberfeldy 1999 (Toffee Tuile) and a Benrinnes 2001 (Rhubarb Royal).

All are bottled at cask strength and the prices range from £60 to £120.  There are around 200 bottles of each and they will be available through specialist retailers in Asia, Europe and the UK.  Wemyss have also announced that their malts will soon be available in the USA following the signing of an import agreement with a distributor back in December.

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