Friday, June 26, 2020

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (June 26, 2020)

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. However, we will bring news whenever there is any - most 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. Also brands continue to offer online tastings or experiences - there are too many to mention. Outside of that, there have been a few new releases this week ...


The family-owned Speyside distillery of Glenfarclas has the latest addition to its ultra-premium Pagoda Series of rare single malts - the Glenfarclas Pagoda Sapphire Reserve 1953 63 years old. The whisky is presented in a sapphire encrusted hand-blown lead crystal decanter designed by renowned glass makers Glencairn Crystal and inspired by the kiln pagoda roof at the distillery. The whisky is presented in three formats - the Silver Edition in 70cl (180 bottles @ £23,783 each) and 1.5 litre magnum (63 bottles @ £50,964 each), and the Collector's Gold Edition in a 1.5 litre magnum (45 bottles @ £56,060). All prices are excluding VAT.

The Glenfarclas Pagoda Sapphire Reserve 1953 63 years old, and other releases in the Pagoda Series, can be purchased from a dedicated Glenfarclas website or via The Whisky Exchange.

Woodford Reserve
The Kentucky-based bourbon brand of Woodford Reserve has announced a new innovative whiskey that combines spirit matured in a multitude of casks - the Woodford Reserve Five Wood. The new whiskey has been created by Master Distiller Chris Morris and began its life as a standard bourbon maturing in American oak barrels. This was then split to mature in four different casks - ex-Amontillado and ex-Oloroso sherry, and ex-ruby and ex-tawny Port - before being married back together to create Five Wood. It forms part of the brands experimental Distillery Series that sees three limited editions released each year.

The Woodford Reserve Five Wood is bottled at 45.2% ABV (90.4 Proof) and a 37.5cl bottle will cost $50 US. It will only be available from Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky and selected retailers in the state.

"This is the first time in Woodford Reserve’s history that we have blended whiskeys that have been matured in five different barrels. It highlights our commitment to innovation and premium craftsmanship."
Chris Morris.

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