Friday, October 25, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (October 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.

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 Highland single malt brand of Aberfeldy has announced the latest addition to its travel retail exclusive Exceptional Cask Series - the Aberfeldy 15 years old Sherry Finish. The new whisky has been created Stephanie MacLeod, the Malt Master for Aberfeldy, and has been matured for 12 years in ex-bourbon barrels before a three year finishing period in ex-Oloroso sherry casks. The Aberfeldy Exceptional Cask 15 years old Sherry Finish will be available from Heinemann airport stores worldwide from November 1. It is bottled at 43% ABV and will retail for £85/ €100/ $110 US.

Buffalo Trace

The American whiskey brand of Buffalo Trace has revealed the details of its highly anticipated annual Antique Collection bottlings. The series, which was first released in 2000, often receives worldwide acclaim and again features five limited edition whiskeys - the Eagle Rare, George T Stagg, Sazerac Rye, Thomas H Handy and William Larue Weller.

The Eagle Rare 17 years old is bottled at 50.5% ABV, which is the original bottling strength when the brand launched in 1974. The George T Stagg is bottled at 58.5% ABV, which is the lowest strength ever for the release. The Sazerac Rye 18 years old was distilled in Spring 2001 and has been maturing on the second floor of Warehouses K and L at the distillery.

The Thomas H Handy was distilled in Spring 2013 is bottled at 62.5% ABV and features casks matured in Warehouses K, M and N. The William Larue Weller was distilled in Winter 2007 and has been maturing in Warehouse I. Pricing details and quantities of each whiskey were not revealed in the press release received.

Glen Scotia

The Campbeltown distillery of Glen Scotia has announced the release of its oldest ever single malt - the Glen Scotia 45 years old. The whisky comes from a single cask that was distilled in 1973. This was filled to a refill ex-bourbon cask before being transferred to a first-fill ex-bourbon barrel in 2011. The cask has yielded just 150 bottles and is released at 43.8% ABV and non chill-filtered.

The Glen Scotia 45 years old is presented in an embossed glass bottle and bespoke casket made from British walnut by luxury packaging firm Moran's Wood Components. The 150 bottles will be distributed amongst selected specialist whisky retailers worldwide and each will cost £3,795/ $4,875 US.

The Highland distillery of Tomatin have announced a new limited edition that celebrates the last 50 years - the Tomatin Decades II. The whisky is a marriage of just 21 casks, which have been selected from key moments across the last five decades. These include ex-bourbon, ex-sherry, ex-verdejo wine and French oak barrels. The liquids used were distilled in 1973, 1975, 1977, 1988, 1995, 2000, 2009 and 2013. It follows on from the original Decades bottling that was released in 2011.

The Tomatin Decades II is bottled at 46% ABV and there are just 3,600 bottles. They will be available in selected specialist whisky retailers worldwide at a cost of £175/ $225 US.

"Balancing the flavour profiles of just a few casks can be a real challenge. We’ve been the custodians of exceptional Scotch for generations, and that care and experience is really showcased by Decades II. It is a testament to those who work at Tomatin today and those that worked at Tomatin before us."
Graham Eunson - Distillery Operations Director at Tomatin.

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