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.

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 small Speyside distillery of Benromach has introduced a new expression to its core single malt range. The Cask Strength Vintage 2008 Batch 1 will replace the current Benromach 100 Proof in the range. The first batch consists of whiskies all distilled and filled to either first-fill ex-sherry or ex-bourbon casks in 2008. They were then married together and bottled in early 2019 at 10 years of age. This has yielded just 5,500 bottles and given a natural cask strength of 57.9% ABV. It is also non chill-filtered and of natural colour.

Benromach Cask Strength Vintage 2008 Batch 1 will be available in specialist retailers in selected world markets. The recommended retail price is £59.95/€70.

"By offering the opportunity to enjoy batch releases, we are able to further showcase the expertise of our distilling team. We believe this new Cask Strength Vinatge expression will allow Benromach drinkers to understand more about the provenance of the whisky they are drinking. "
Keith Cruickshank - Distillery Manager at Benromach.


The second distillery on the isle of Arran has officially announced that it has started production. The Lagg distillery, which is located on the south of the island and owned by Isle of Arran Distillers, will produce a richly peated single malt. This will contrast with the lighter non-peated style they produce at their Arran distillery at the north end of the island.

Cask Number 1 was filled on April 10 with spirit measuring 50ppm. This ex-sherry butt is reserved for signed-up members of the Lagg Cask Society. Despite production beginning, the visitor centre is still undergoing completion and is expected to open in the early Summer. Once open facilities will include distillery tours, shop and cafe.

For further information about the distillery or the Lagg Cask Society scheme, please visit

The increasingly popular Speyside distillery of Tamdhu has unveiled a new limited edition for the forthcoming Spirit of Speyside festival - the Tamdhu Distillery Manager's Single Cask. The cask in question is a first-fill American oak butt that has been seasoned with ex-Oloroso sherry and was selected for the occasion by Sandy McIntyre, the Distillery Manager at Tamdhu.

The whisky was distilled and filled to cask in 2003 and is bottled at 15 years of age. The natural cask strength is 56.2% ABV and is also of natural colour and non chill-filtered. There are just 595 bottles and these will be available exclusively from the Tamdhu distillery and via Each bottle will cost £250.

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