Friday, May 4, 2018

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (May 4, 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.


Douglas Laing
Another week, another release from independent whisky bottler Douglas Laing & Co. This week comes the announcement of the Feis Ile limited edition bottling for their Big Peat blended malt. Big Peat is produced using Islay single malts and forms part of Douglas Laing's Remarkable Regional Malts series. The Islay Festival takes place traditionally in the last week of May and the Big Peat special edition is limited to just 3,000 bottles. It is of natural colour, non chill-filtered and released at 48% ABV.

Each bottle and presentation tube comes with a sheet of stickers so buyers can decorate the tube or bottle themselves. Douglas Laing are running a competition for the most creative and invite entries on social media using #MyBigPeat (the competition closes on September 1, 2018). The price of a bottle is £49.99.

The popular Singleton single malt brand from Diageo have announced the latest addition to the Singleton of Dufftown range. The Singleton Mast Master's Selection uses a greater proportion of re-fill oak casks than the rest of the range. These casks have been personally chosen by Craig Wilson, the Singleton's Malt Master, who has then married them together with the brand's more traditional ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks to form the final product. The Singleton Malt Master's Selection is bottled at 40% ABV and will be on sale for £30 each.

The new product also heralds a re-design for the core range and this will see the 12, 15 and 18 years old expressions re-packaged. The blue glass 'hip flask' bottle remains and a cleaner label includes a batch number, Craig's signature and tasting notes.

The Speyside distillery of Tamdhu are celebrating their 120th anniversary this year and have announced the first bottling to commemorate it. The special cask was selected by a special panel consisting of the 15 workers at the distillery. They chose a European oak first-fill ex-sherry butt (Cask #7389) and this has yielded just 603 bottles. The whisky was distilled on December 12, 2002. The whisky is bottled at the natural cask strength of 59.3% ABV and is of natural colour and non chill-filtered. The Tamdhu 120th Anniversary Single Cask is only available at the Tamdhu distillery or via A bottle will cost £250.

“The distillery team had a lot of fun nosing and tasting nine samples and voting for their favourites. The final top three were then selected for a blind nosing and tasting and ranked by each of the team members to agree on the winning cask.” 
Sandy McIntyre - Distillery Manager at Tamdhu.

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