Friday, October 27, 2017

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (October 27, 2017)

Welcome to Inbox.  For those new to WFE, 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.  This is the news that has grabbed our attention this week.


Basil Hayden's
The American whiskey brand of Basil Hayden's has announced the release of the first permanent addition to its portfolio - the Basil Hayden's Dark Rye. The new product is a mix of Basil Hayden's Kentucky straight rye whiskey, Canadian rye whisky from the Alberta distillery and Port-style wine made in California. It has been designed to appeal to bartenders and fans of the Boulevardier cocktail. The Dark rye is bottled at 40% ABV (80 Proof) and will be available nationwide in the USA. It will cost $40 for a 750ml bottle. More information can be found at

Cotswolds Distillery
The Cotswolds Distillery, the first ever distillery in the English region, have announced their first ever single malt whisky release. The distillery has won numerous awards for its gin since opening and began production of single malt whisky in September 2014.

The whisky used for the Inaugural Release is some of the first that was produced and has been made using barley grown within the Cotswolds boundary and then floor malted. It has been matured in a combination of first-fill ex-bourbon barrels and re-charred ex-red wine casks, then bottled at 46% ABV. There are just 4,000 bottles of Inaugural Release and they will retail for £44.95 each. For more details, please visit

“Our single malt is the culmination of years of hard work. We’ve managed to produce something truly remarkable, and we couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve achieved.” 
Daniel Szor - Founder and CEO of Cotswolds Distillery.

The Highland distillery of Tullibardine has announced the second expression in its cask strength Marquess Collection - The Murray 2005. The Marquess Collection is named after Sir William Murray, the 2nd Marquess of Tullibardine and staunch supporter of Bonnie Prince Charlie. The whisky used was distilled in 2005 and has spent its entire 12 years of maturation in ex-bourbon casks. It is the first release created by Keith Geddes, the new Master Blender for Tullibardine.

The Murray 2005 is bottled at its natural cask strength of 56.3% ABV and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour. Although limited, exact numbers were not revealed in the press release. It will be available in selected specialist retailers worldwide and will cost £49 each.

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