Friday, January 26, 2018

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (January 26, 2018)

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.


The Texan distillery of Balcones has kicked off its 10th anniversary year with the announcement of the first of a number of scheduled limited edition releases - the Balcones Rye. This will be the first ever rye whisky from the brand and will appear in two forms - a Cask Strength version bottled at 62.5% ABV (this will be limited edition) and a 100 Proof version bottled at 50% ABV (this will be eventually released to become part of the Balcones core range). Both expressions are made from 100% rye and have been double distilled in copper pot stills.

The two whiskies will be available in the USA from early March and then the UK from late March. Other markets will follow later in 2018. The launch signals a serious focus on rye production at Balcones, which will see more spirit produced than ever before.

"During the first quarter of 2018 we are focusing 85% of our production capacity solely to Rye which means putting nearly 1,000 new barrels of rye whisky into our warehouses. These two products are a culmination in several years of exploration in our distilling journey."
Jared Himstedt - Head Distiller at Balcones.


The Whisky Exchange have announced their latest rare bottlings from the closed Japanese single malt distillery of Karuizawa, which has not been in production since 2001. The two whiskies, which are known as the Emerald Geishas, are exclusive to the retailer and can only be obtained via a ballot on their website. The ballot is live from today until 11.59pm on Sunday 4 February. Click here to enter.

Both whiskies are from a single cask - a 33 years old ex-sherry cask and a 35 years old ex-bourbon cask. The sherry cask has yielded just 170 bottles and is released at natural cask strength of 54.4% ABV. The bourbon cask has yielded 265 bottles and is released at 59.1% ABV. Both are priced at £3,750 per bottle. The labels were designed by Raj Chavda, a Royal Society of Art fellow.

"Any fan of Japanese whisky will know just how rare Karuizawa is and how exceptional the liquid can be. For collectors of old and rare Japanese whisky this is a unique opportunity to acquire single cask bottlings that simply won’t exist in the future."
Sukhinder Singh - Co-founder and owner at The Whisky Exchange.

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