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 east Highland distillery of GlenDronach has released details of their annual single cask batch bottlings. Batch 17 features 14 casks dating from between distillation dates of 1990 and 2007, and all have been selected by Rachel Barrie, the Master Blender for GlenDronach, and are released at their natural cask strengths.
Seven casks are to be allocated to Europe and the UK with seven further casks allocated to Asia and Canada. Most are matured in the ex-Oloroso or ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks that GlenDronach is well known for, including a rare cask from 1995, plus two ex-Port pipes from the Duoro Valley in Portugal. The cask details are listed below. No indication of prices were given in the press release.
Europe & the UK
- Cask #7905/ Distilled 1990/ 28 years old/ Pedro Ximenez puncheon/ 51.7% ABV
- Cask #221/ Distilled 1992/ 26 years old/ Oloroso butt/ 56.5% ABV
- Cask #847/ Distilled 1992/ 26 years old/ Oloroso butt/ 59.8% ABV
- Cask #5976/ Distilled 1993/ 25 years old/ Port pipe/ 55.6% ABV
- Cask #325/ Distilled 1994/ 24 years old/ Pedro Ximenez puncheon/ 51.9% ABV
- Cask #887 Distilled 2005/ 13 years old/ Oloroso puncheon/ 55.1% ABV
- Cask #6769/ Distilled 2007/ 12 years old/ Pedro Ximenez puncheon/ 60.9% ABV
Asia & Canada
- Cask #2625/ Distilled 1990/ 28 years old/ Oloroso butt/ 50.1% ABV
- Cask #113/ Distilled 1992/ 26 years old/ Oloroso butt/ 50.1% ABV
- Cask #5896/ Distilled 1992/ 26 years old/ Port pipe/ 49.3% ABV
- Cask #413/ Distilled 1993/ 25 years old/ Oloroso butt/ 51.2% ABV
- Cask #3040/ Distilled 1995/ 23 years old/ Pedro Ximenez puncheon/ 52.5% ABV
- Cask #3343/ Distilled 2006/ 13 years old/ Pedro Ximenez puncheon/ 56.3% ABV
- Cask #3359/ Distilled 2006/ 13 years old/ Oloroso puncheon/ 56.7% ABV
Gordon & MacPhail
Family-owned independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail have announced the Summer releases for their prestigious Private Collection series. Two of the three are from closed distilleries. The youngest is 38 years of age and was distilled at the St. Magdalene distillery in Linlithgow in 1982 (pictured, left). The distillery closed one year later in 1983 and only 161 bottles are available from the re-fill American oak hogshead cask at 53% ABV. Each bottle will cost £1,000/ $1,215 US.
The other closed distillery to feature is Dallas Dhu near Forres. This also closed in 1983 and the whisky was distilled much earlier than that in 1969 (pictured, below). It has been matured in a single re-fill ex-sherry hogshead cask, which has yielded just 176 bottles at 43.1% ABV. Each will cost £6,950/ $8,450 US. The third bottling is from the Speyside distillery of Longmorn and was distilled in 1966. The first fill ex-sherry butt has yielded 398 bottles at 46% ABV, with each costing £6,950/ $8,450 US.
The Macallan distillery in Speyside has announced the latest bottling in its Exceptional Single Cask range - The Exceptional Cask 1950. The rare single malt has been maturing in a first-fill ex-sherry butt (Cask #1683) since it was distilled on November 9, 1950 and has been bottled at 67 years of age. The butt has yielded just 336 bottles at a surprisingly high natural cask strength of 53.4% ABV. Each bottle will cost £44,600 and will be available in selected specialist whisky and luxury retailers in the UK. For further information on The Macallan Exceptional Single Cask series, please visit www.themacallan.com.
The west coast Highland distillery of Oban have announced details of the latest exclusive limited edition single malt that will only be available in the distillery visitor centre. The Oban Old Teddy pays homage to the Macleans, a family that have given three generations of service to the distillery. This started with Old Teddy in 1953, who became Master Distiller and was followed by his son Young Teddy in 1985. Young Teddy's son Derek then joined the team in 2017 and continues to work at Oban.
The new whisky has been matured in ex-bodega sherry casks and re-fill oak casks, and is bottled at the cask strength of 51.7% ABV. Just 3,960 bottles have been produced and each one will cost £150. Oban Old Teddy is only available to purchase at the distillery shop and is also available to taste on request for £10 at The 1784 Bar in the visitors centre.
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