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.
In these unprecedented times, and for the foreseeable future, there may not be much brand news or many (if any) new releases. However, we will bring news whenever there is any and also be updating the blog regularly with reviews and tasting notes.
Most news continues to be dominated by whisky companies of all sizes supporting the bar trade with money or the health services with alcohol for sanitation products. We are also now seeing most brands offering online tastings or experiences - there are too many to mention. Outside of that, there have been a couple of new releases reported ...
The Taiwanese distillery of Kavalan has announced the second bottling in its Distillery Select series. The Kavalan Distillery Select No.2 has been initially launched in Taiwan and will be made available globally shortly. It joins the first release, which was launched in November 2018. The Distillery Select No.2 is bottled at 40% ABV and is described as being 'perfect for whisky beginners and connoisseurs alike' and 'the first entry level whisky range to offer a superior art of blending'. A 70cl bottle will cost $1,000 NTD/ $33.50 US/ £28.
"The Distillery Select series benefits from our team’s fine craftsmanship and we are doing things a little differently by pursuing flavour first, rather than a particular cask. Each whisky in this range showcases different facets of Kavalan’s distinct character and every expression delivers high quality at a friendly price."
YT Lee - CEO at Kavalan.
The Speyside distillery of Tamdhu has announced the third bottling of its annual and award-winning Dalbeallie Dram, which was due for release during the cancelled Spirit of Speyside festival. It is named after the local train station that was opened a couple of years after the distillery in the late 1890s. The Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram Batch 003 has been matured in American oak and European oak ex-Oloroso sherry casks and is bottled at the natural cask strength of 60.7% ABV. It is non chill-filtered and of natural colour. There are just 1,000 bottles and these are available now for pre-order exclusively via www.tamdhu.com. A bottle will cost £90.
" The limited edition Dalbeallie Dram is a toast to an important part of Tamdhu’s history. The Dalbeallie station holds a special place in the hearts of everyone at Tamdhu and these whiskies are our special way of honouring its legacy. We are extremely proud of this latest in the series."
Sandy McIntyre - Distillery Manager at Tamdhu.
American whiskey producer Templeton Rye has revealed the third bottling in its annual Barrel Strength series. The distillery, which is located in the state of Iowa, has used spirit made using a mash bill of 95% rye and 5% malted barley for the 2020 edition. The casks were hand selected by Lester Brown, the Distillery Manager, and then married together by him to create the final whiskey.
The Templeton Rye Barrel Strength 2020 Edition is bottled at 56.5% ABV (113 Proof) and is non chill-filtered. It will be available across the USA and will cost $60 US per bottle. Exact number of bottles has not been revealed.
"We are excited to introduce this new edition with our fans and we feel it is both innovative and an evolution from previous years. Our Barrel Strength represents the purest form of our whiskey and is a salute to our hometown of Templeton, Iowa - a small town with a strong spirit".
Tim Grimes - Senior Brand Ambassador at Templeton Rye.
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