Friday, May 11, 2018

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (May 11, 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 innovative Speyside distillery of BenRiach has announced the release of their rare triple distilled single malt, which will be exclusive to the global travel retail sector. The BenRiach 10 years old Triple Distilled joins the Classic and Peated Quarter Cask expressions in the fledgling travel retail range. The distillery began triple distillation in 1998 and currently operates this for just one week every year. This 10 years old has been matured in a combination of first-fill ex-bourbon barrels and first-fill ex-Pedro Ximinez sherry casks. It is bottled at 43% ABV.

“I have the wonderful task of bringing out the experimental nature of BenRiach through some of the most interesting casks in Speyside. For the unconventional whisky lovers and explorers, this new whisky is a chance to enjoy an innovative style of Speyside single malt not once or twice, but triple distilled.” 
Rachel Barrie - Master Blender at BenRiach.

The famous Speyside distillery of Glenlivet has announced a new addition in the form of Captain's Reserve, a single malt that has been finished in ex-Cognac casks. The new expression will sit within the core range and honours Captain William Smith Grant, the great grandson of Glenlivet's founder George Smith, who fought in France during the First World War. It is also designed to show the versatility of the Glenlivet spirit and the experimentation happening at the distillery. The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve will be available globally and is bottled at 40% ABV. It will cost £45 per bottle.

Highland Park

The Orkney-based single malt of Highland Park have announced their latest limited edition - The Light. It is bottled at 17 years old and has been exclusively matured in American oak casks. The Light is designed to show the freshness and vibrancy of the Spring and Summer months on the Orkney islands and partners The Dark, which represents the Autumn and Winter seasons and was released last year.

The Light is presented in a pale green bottle, which is adorned with a Viking serpent dragon motif. The whisky is bottled at 52.9% ABV and is of natural colour and non chill-filtered. There will be 28,000 bottles available worldwide and each will cost £190.

Irish Distillers, owners of the Redbreast pot still brand, has announced a special limited edition - the Redbreast Dream Cask 32 years old. This follows requests from consumers who tasted the whiskey in a special Facebook Live tasting with Redbreast's Master Blender Billy Leighton last year.

The Dream Cask was originally filled to re-fill American oak ex-bourbon barrels on October 31 1985 and was then transferred to first-fill ex-Oloroso sherry butt on March 8 2011. It is bottled at 46.5% ABV and is non chill-filtered. The Dream Cask will be available in very limited quantities exclusively to members of Redbreast's The Birdhouse club. A 50cl bottle will cost €500. To join The Birdhouse and for more information - click here.

"In almost 40 years as a blender, the Redbreast Dream Cask is a real highlight as I am able to select my own, personal dream Irish whiskey and share it with the world."
Billy Leighton.

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