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 this unprecedented time it is starting to seem that the whisky world is beginning to return to a new form of normality. During the Covid-19 worldwide lockdown some brands have continued to release new whiskies and many have adapted to produce hand sanitiser, donate cash to the bar trade or bring us online tastings. Now it is the turn of the hospitality industry to begin re-opening and we will follow with interest how that goes. Here the new releases from this week ...
The west London distillery of Bimber has announced an exclusive single cask bottling for the famous UK department store of Selfridge's - the Bimber González Byass Oloroso Sherry Finish. The whisky was initially matured in four first-fill American oak ex-bourbon casks before being married together and finished in an ex-Oloroso sherry butt from the renowned bodega of González Byass. The butt has yielded 936 70cl bottles and these are available now from all Selfridge's stores and online at www.selfridges.com. It is bottled at the natural cask strength of 51.5% ABV and will retail for £80.
Scotland's largest producer of single malt has announced a new collection of super-premium old and rare whiskies collated from around its extensive estate - the Prima & Ultima Collection. Each bottling is either the first or the last of its kind from a distillery and marks a particular point in history. They have been selected by whisky industry legend Dr. Jim Beveridge OBE, a 40-year veteran at Diageo and senior member of the blending team.
The eight bottles come from a diverse set of distilleries and are all bottled at their natural cask strength. There will be only 238 complete sets. These will retail for £20,000/ $25,000 US and global registration will open on Wednesday, July 22. This will be via www.exceptionalwhisky.com. Each set is accompanied by a limited-edition book of personal stories from curator Dr. Jim Beveridge OBE and a 20ml sample of each whisky. Details of each whisky are listed below.
- Caol Ila 1984 - 35 years old/ 50.8% ABV/ Cask #5773/ Re-fill European oak butt
- Clynelish 1993 - 26 years old/ 49.8% ABV/ Cask combo/ Re-fill American oak casks
- Cragganmore 1971 - 48 years old/ 43.7% ABV/ Cask #2301/ First-fill ex-sherry butt
- Lagavulin 1991 - 28 years old/ 50.1% ABV/ Cask combo/ Re-fill American oak casks
- Mortlach 1994 - 25 years old/ 55.1% ABV/ Cask #2652/ First-fill PX & Oloroso European oak butt
- Port Ellen 1979 - 40 years old/ 51.2% ABV/ Cask #6422/ Re-fill European oak butt
- Singleton of Dufftown 1988 - 30 years old/ 48.8% ABV/ Cask combo/ Re-fill American oak casks
- Talisker 1988 - 31 years old/ 51.4% ABV/ Cask combo/ Re-fill American oak casks
The English distillery of The Lakes has revealed two new expressions to join its range of The One, their blended whisky offering - The One Orange Wine Cask Finish and The One Sherry Cask Finish. Both have The Lakes' single malt at their heart and this is blended with Scotch single grain and single malts from the Highlands, Islay and Speyside. Both are also non chill-filtered and of natural colour.
The Orange Wine Cask Finish has been matured in first-fill American oak casks and finished in casks seasoned with Vino de Naranja produced in Heulvo, Spain. There are just 2,994 bottles. The Sherry Cask Finish has followed a similar path but has been finished in ex-Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. There are 4,512 bottles. Both are bottled at 46.6% ABV and will cost £48 each. They are available from www.lakesdistillery.com.
Loch Lomond Whiskies, the official spirit of The Open golf championship, have announced details of this year's special limited edition botlling, despite the tournament being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Loch Lomond 12 years old The Open Special Edition was created to celebrate what would have been the 149th tournament that was to be held at Royal St. George's in Kent, England. There are just 3,000 bottles and these will be released globally and sold via selected specialist whisky retailers. The Open Special Edition is bottled at 46% ABV and will cost £50/ $63 US.
Both whiskies have been created by Kirsteen Campbell - the Master Whisky Maker for The Macallan - using the two types of cask, which have both been seasoned with sherry in Jerez, Spain before ebing transported to Speyside for filling with The Macallan spirit. Both are bottled at 43% ABV and will be available in specialist whisky retailers. The Macallan Double Cask 15 years old will cost £100/ $125 US and the Double Cask 18 years old will cost £250/ $315 US.
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