Friday, May 17, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (May 17, 2019)


Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. 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.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Distillery Visit - The Macallan



The last five years have been extremely vibrant for the whisky industry. Many new distilleries and whisky-making projects of varying sizes have been proposed and built. Arguably one of the biggest and most controversial is the re-housing of The Macallan, the hugely popular single malt brand, in to a brand new production facility. This opened back in the Summer and Matt paid a visit to take a look on a recent visit to Speyside.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (May 10, 2019)


Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. 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.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Review - Tamdhu Batch Strength No.004

This new single malt is the fourth expression in the limited edition high ABV series from the increasingly prolific Speyside distillery of Tamdhu (pronounced tam-doo). The Tamdhu Batch Strength No.004 has been created using only ex-Oloroso sherry casks, some made from American oak and some from European oak. These have been hand selected by Sandy McIntyre, the Distillery Manager at Tamdhu, and is designed to reinforce the brand's commitment to the use of top quality ex-sherry casks. This fourth version is released at the natural strength of 57.8% ABV and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (May 3, 2019)


Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. 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.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Review - Highland Park Twisted Tattoo

This whisky is a new single malt from the Orcadian distillery of Highland Park. It features spirit matured in first-fill ex-bourbon casks and ex-Rioja red wine casks - the first time they have used such wine barrels for maturation - and is bottled at 16 years of age. The packaging is inspired by the Nordic legend of the Midgard Serpent and features bespoke designs by tattoo artist Colin Dale. He is renowned for using traditional freestyle non-electric tattoo techniques and is inspired by the lost skin art of Inuit, Native American and Nordic cultures.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (April 26, 2019)


Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. 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.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Review - Tamdhu 15 years old

The Tamdhu 15 years old is a new core range single malt from the increasingly popular Speyside distillery. The whisky has been matured in ex-Oloroso sherry casks made from American and European oak. These were selected by Sandy McIntyre, the Distillery Manager at Tamdhu, and then married together. The new expression will sit alongside the 10 and 12 year olds, plus the Batch Strength in the domestic core range. Tamdhu is becoming well known for its use of ex-sherry casks and last year saw their award-winning Spain To Speyside campaign take many plaudits. To watch the short film - click here.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Review - Tobermory 12 years old

This whisky is a new core expression from the remote distillery of Tobermory and signals the re-birth of the brand as a single malt. The Tobermory 12 years old has been released following a two-year hiatus in production at the distillery. This has allowed a major overhaul and refurbishment of the old production equipment, including replacing the stills. Other work has seen other buildings upgraded, the replacement of a roof and a new visitor centre. Production is due to restart shortly in May. This new 12 years old is created using Tobermory's classic non-peated style of malt and has been matured in American oak casks.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (April 12, 2019)


Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. 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.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Review - Balcones Texas Pot Still Bourbon

This whisky is the latest permanent addition to the core whisky range of the Texan distillery of Balcones. The launch of Texas Pot Still Bourbon is the first permanent bourbon from the distillery, which has seen numerous small batch bourbons released in the past. The Texas Pot Still Bourbon is made using a mash bill of roasted blue corn, malted barley, Texas rye and Texas wheat, although the percentages of each are not revealed. This spirit, made through Balcones' bespoke copper pot stills made by Forsyth's in Scotland, has then been matured in charred new American oak barrels for 24 months.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Review - The Game of Thrones Single Malt Range



Back in the Autumn leading Scotch whisky producer Diageo announced that they would be releasing eight new single malts to celebrate the eighth and final season of hit TV show Game of Thrones. These have been created in partnership with HBO, the show's producers. Eight of Diageo's 28 single malt distilleries have been selected to be paired with each of the seven Houses of Westeros in Game of Thrones, plus the Night's Watch.

The whiskies were initially released in America last Autumn and have now been released in the UK and Europe. Six of the whiskies have been specially created for the collection, with the exceptions being the Cardhu and Royal Lochnagar expressions - these are the whiskies that are regularly on sale but have been repackaged for this collection. Many retailers have now sold out of their allocations so you will need to search to buy bottles now, probably through auction sites.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (April 5, 2019)


Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. 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.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Review - Kilchoman Loch Gorm (2019 Edition)

This whisky is the 2019 version of the eagerly awaited annual Loch Gorm release from the small farm-based Islay distillery of Kilchoman. The whisky, which is named after a nearby loch, is always matured in ex-sherry casks and this year uses heavily peated barley at 50ppm. Loch Gorm 2019 Edition features some of the distillery's oldest sherry cask matured malts that were distilled in 2006. Also featuring are whiskies distilled and filled to cask in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. Twenty ex-Oloroso sherry butts have been married in total and this has resulted in 15,000 bottles.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (March 29, 2019)


Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. 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.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Review - Benromach Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured

This limited edition whisky is from the small Speyside distillery of Benromach and uses some of their rare heavily peated spirit. The Benromach Peat Smoke Sherry Matured uses spirit that was made using heavily peated barley, which they only produce for a short period each year, and then filled to first-fill ex-sherry hogshead casks. The spirit used was distilled and filled to cask in 2018 and bottled in late 2018. Just 6,500 bottles will be available in specialist whisky retailers in selected markets worldwide. It has been bottled at the natural cask strength of 59.9% ABV and is of natural colour and non chill-filtered. A bottle will cost £65/€75.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (March 22, 2019)


Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. 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.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (March 15, 2019)


Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. 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.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Review - Ardbeg Drum Committee Release

This whisky is the annual Committee Release from the renowned Islay distillery of Ardbeg. The special bottling, named Ardbeg Drum for 2019, is only available to Ardbeg Committee members. A lower ABV version will be available in domestic retailers closer to Ardbeg Day, which is on June 1 this year. Ardbeg Drum is a limited edition single malt that started its maturation in American oak ex-bourbon casks before being transferred to ex-rum casks from the Caribbean for a period of finishing. This is the first ever expression of Ardbeg to feature ex-rum casks.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (March 8, 2019)


Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. 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.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Review - Glengoyne Legacy : Chapter One

This whisky kicks off a new series from Glengoyne. The Legacy Series is launched to show key points in the distillery's history and some of the influential people and stories that have shaped its heritage. A new bottling will be released annually going forwards. Chapter One honour Cochrane Cartwright, a former Distillery Manager who arrived in 1869. During his tenure he introduced the slower distillation time that Glengoyne still follows today. He also introduced the use of ex-sherry barrels during maturation and Chapter One reflects this - it has been matured in first-fill ex-Oloroso sherry casks.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Review - Westland Garryana 2018 Edition 3/1

This whiskey is the third in a series of an annual special release from the American distillery of Westland. This series uses casks made from Quercus Garryana, a regional species of oak that grows in the Pacific NorthWest coastal states of America. The series are believed to be the first whiskeys matured using this type of oak for nearly a century.

This third edition has used Westland's classic style spirit (made using their 5-Malt combination of different barleys) and a small percentage of their peated malt spirit. As well as using the Garryana oak casks this whiskey also uses pockets of spirit matured in virgin oak, first-fill ex-bourbon, first-fill ex-Port and refill ex-Westland whiskey casks. These are then marreid together to create the final whiskey.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Review - Port Askaig 34 years old

This whisky is a new single cask single malt released by Elixir Distillers under their popular and award-winning Port Askaig name. The cask in question is an American oak ex-bourbon hogshead. While the distillery remains un-named, clues to its origin are given in the press release - the whisky was produced at Islay's largest distillery, which is situated just to the north of the village of Port Askaig. It was also distilled and filled to the single cask in 1983, and has been bottled at 34 years of age.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (March 1, 2019)


Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. 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.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (February 22, 2019)


Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. 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.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Review - Glenmorangie Allta

The Allta is the latest whisky in the annual Private Editions series from the popular north Highland distillery of Glenmorangie. The bottling also marks the 10th anniversary of the innovative series and this year explores the realm of yeast. This stems from a moment when Dr. Bill Lumsden (the brand's Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks) discovered wild yeast on ears of Cadboll barley growing next to the distillery. This yeast was then cultivated and used during the fermentation stage of Allta's production.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (February 15, 2019)


Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. 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.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (February 1, 2019)


Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. 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.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (January 25, 2019)


Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. 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.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Our Top 10 Whiskies of 2018



Another year has passed and it is time for one of our favourite blog posts - our top 10 whiskies from last year. Everyone will have a different opinion about what should and should not be on such a list. Our list is simply our favourites with no criteria, such as price or availability applied, or agenda.

2018 saw seemingly more whiskies released than ever before. New distilleries bottled their first ever products (Cotswolds and Eden Mill), established brands put new whiskies in to their core ranges (Aberlour and Glenlivet amongst others), classic whiskies were re-released (BenRiach and GlenDronach) and some distilleries celebrated landmarks with anniversary bottlings (Balcones and Benromach). The competitions that we both judge on saw record levels of entries, reflecting this vibrancy at the moment.

As with previous years it has been a struggle to narrow our choices down to just ten. We have sampled many nice whiskies, reviewing numerous of them. As with the last couple of years, we have decided to again list the final ten in alphabetical order, rather than ranking them.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Review - Bunnahabhain 20 years old Palo Cortado Finish


This whisky is part of a new annual limited edition programme for the three Scotch brands of Distell - Bunnahabhain on the isle of Islay, Deanston in the Highlands and Tobermory on the isle of Mull. The programme has been named 'The Malt Gallery' and the first set featured two expressions from Bunnahabhain and Ledaig (the peated version of Tobermory) and one each from Deanston and the classic style of Tobermory.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (January 18, 2019)


Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. 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.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Review - Cotswolds Founder's Choice

This whisky is the first ever cask strength single malt to be released by the Cotswolds distillery in south western England. It was bottled in October 2018 and has been matured in STR (shaved, toasted and re-charred) casks made from American oak. These had previously been seasoned with red wine and were coopered in Portugal. Just nine were selected for this release and there are just 3,000 bottles available. It is non chill-filtered, of natural colour and bottled at the cask strength of 60.9% ABV. A bottle will cost £65 and is available in selected specialist whisky retailers and via the compaany's website www.cotswoldsdistillery.com.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (January 11, 2019)

Welcome to our first Inbox of 2019.  For those new to WFE or who have discovered us over the festive break - Welcome!

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.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Review - John Walker & Sons Midnight Blend 28 years old

John Walker & Sons, the super premium branch of the popular Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky brand, has announced the fifth and final part of their limited edition Private Collection - the 28 years old Midnight Blend. The collection, which was first launched in 2014 and has been released annually since, is designed to champion the some of the oldest and rarest single malt and grain whiskies in Diageo's portfolio. They have been created by Johnnie Walker's Master Blender Jim Beveridge and his team.