Friday, July 1, 2016

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (July 1, 2016)

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 this week's news that caught our eyes ...



The Isle of Arran Distillers, which brought whisky production back to Arran in 1995, have announced the latest contribution to its 21st anniversary celebrations - a new book by whisky historian and writer Neil Wilson entitled The Arran Malt - An Island Whisky Rennaissance.

The book covers the distillery's history from the concept stage to the present day and features interviews by key figures in the distillery and brand development.  It also features a series of specially commisioned illustrations and photographs.  The book will be available from tomorrow (July 2) via, the distillery visitor centre shop or Amazon.  The cost is £29.99 for the hardback and £19.99 for the soft cover version.

Black Bull
The award-winning independent bottler of Duncan Taylor have announced the latest batch of their super premium expression Black Bull 40 years old blended Scotch.  The new batch has yielded just 1,500 bottles and contains a high single malt content of 84% for a blended whisky.  Some of the rare single malts in the blend include an Aberlour 1975, a Glenlivet 1968 and a Macallan 1967.  The oldest whisky was distilled in 1966.  The Black Bull 40 years old has been bottled at 47.6% ABV and will be available shortly in selected specialist whisky retailers globally.  The price will be £750 each.

The island distillery of Tobermory has announced one of its oldest ever single malt expressions - the Tobermory 42 years old.  The new whisky will be available exclusively through the travel retail sector globally and there will be just 650 bottles.  These come presented in a bespoke 'rotating' box and an exclusive painting of the waterfront of Tobermory, the capital of Mull, by renowned local artist Angus Stewart.  The 42 years old has a cask strength of 48.1% ABV and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour.  Each bottle will cost £2,500.  More information can be found at


The Highland distillery of Tomatin have announced the first release of their new luxury Warehouse 6 Collection.  The collection will feature a series of rare single casks from the Tomatin stock with the first being distilled in August 1971 and bottled in May 2016.  The 44 years old has been matured in a single ex-Oloroso sherry cask, which has yielded just 252 bottles.

The whisky has been bottled at the natural cask strength of 45.8% ABV and is presented in a bespoke hand-blown crystal decanter made by Glencairn Crystal.  This sits in a varnished wooden plinth with rose gold metal trim alongside two crystal tumblers.  The Tomatin 1971 will be available in selected specialist whisky retailers worldwide and will cost £2,500 a bottle.

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