Friday, November 27, 2020

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (November 27, 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. Here is the news from this week ...
 
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Glen Moray
 

The Speyside distillery of Glen Moray has announced a limited edition single malt - the Glen Moray Sauternes Cask Matured. The new whisky also launches their Warehouse 1 Collection, which will show some of the innovation going on in the distillery's most well-known warehouse. It is constructed of just five casks that had previously held sweet Sauternes dessert wine, which were sourced from France, before being filled with Glen Moray new make spirit in 2006. 
 
The Glen Moray Sauternes Cask Matured has then been stored in Warehouse 1 at the distillery and is bottled at 14 years of age. It is released at the natural cask strength of 59.6% ABV and is of natural colour and is also non chill-filtered. The whisky is exclusive to the UK market and is available now via selected specialist whisky retailers. A bottle will cost £79.95. The exact number of bottles were not revealed in the press release. 
 
"This first whisky in our new Warehouse 1 Collection shows a perfect marriage of Glen Moray’s spirit with all the rich, deliciously sweet flavours you would enjoy in a glass of Sauternes. It is a real celebration of Glen Moray’s passion for unusual cask maturation’.
Dr. Kirstie McCallum - Head of Whisky Creation at Glen Moray.



Glen Scotia
The Campbeltown distillery of Glen Scotia have released a limited edition rare single malt - the Glen Scotia 30 years old. The new whisky has been created using a single distillation run from 1989, which has been maturing in European oak hogshead ex-sherry casks ever since. These have yielded just 500 bottles, which are released at the natural cask strength of 50.8% ABV. The Glen Scotia 30 years old is presented in a wooden casket made of sustainable British oak and each bottle is individually numbered. It will be available globally in selected specialist retailers and will cost £850/ $1,135 US.

 

Mackmyra
The Swedish distillery of Mackmyra have announced the latest release in their limited edition Moments range - the Mackmyra Körsbärsrök. The name translates as 'cherry smoke' from Swedish and has been created by Angela D'Orazio, the Master Blender at Mackmyra, from a combination of smoky and classic unsmoked spirits that were distilled in 2010. The whiskies were matured at Bodås, Mackmyra's warehouse in an old iron ore mine, in two sizes of ex-bourbon cask (100 and 200 litres) and two sizes of ex-cherry wine casks sourced from Germany (100 and 128 litres). 
 
Mackmyra Körsbärsrök is bottled at 43% ABV and will be available via selected specialist retailers in key European markets including Germany, Sweden and the UK. It can also be purchased via Mackmyra's German or UK websites. The exact number of bottles has not been revealed, but each will cost £99/ €121.90.
 



Whipper Snapper
The Perth-based Australian distillery of Whipper Snapper has announced a limited edition whisky - the Whipper Snapper Wheat. Australia's first ever 100% wheat whisky has been produced using a strain of wheat called Hard Red Winter that was grown at two local farms near Narrogin, WA. After distillation the spirit was then filled to Char #3 virgin American oak casks and left to mature for four years. Whipper Snapper Wheat has been bottled at 45% ABV and will cost $125 AUS. It is available to purchase only via the distillery's website - www.whippersnapperdistillery.com
 

 
 
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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Review - Glen Scotia 11 years old Sherry Double Cask Finish


This 11 years old Sherry Double Cask Finish is a new limited edition single malt from the Campbeltown distillery of Glen Scotia. The new whisky is created using first-fill ex-bourbon barrels that were filled with Glen Scotia's unpeated spirit in 2008, which were then split between ex-Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks for a finishing period. It is unusual as Glen Scotia normally has a small amount of peat. These casks were then married back together in ex-bourbon casks for a short period, before bottling at 11 years of age and at the natural cask strength of 54.1% ABV. The whisky is also non chill-filtered and of natural colour. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Review - Benriach The Thirty


This whisky sits at the pinnacle of the newly revamped core range from the Speyside distillery of Benriach. This range is designed to showcase their eclectic range of casks from around the world (these come from 20 different origins) and the three different spirit styles that are produced there - classic Speyside, peated Speyside (produced for only 5-6 weeks each year) and triple distilled (produced for just 1-2 weeks each year). The range has been entirely created by Dr. Rachel Barrie, the Master Blender for Benriach. The Thirty uses only peated malts, which are very rare at this age, and features four cask types - ex-bourbon, ex-Port wine, ex-sherry and virgin oak. 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Review - Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 years old


The Johnnie Walker Black Label forms part of the core range of best-selling blended whiskies from Scotch whisky giant Diageo. It sits between the Red Label and Gold Label in the range that also includes the Green Label 15 years old, 18 years old and Blue Label as permanent expressions. These are often joined by numerous limited editions and bottlings created for specific markets. All are created by a team of 12 blenders at Diageo, which is headed by the legendary Dr. Jim Beveridge OBE. The brand sells a staggering 18.5 million cases of whisky per annum worldwide - that is just over 220 million single bottles each year.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (November 20, 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. Here is the news from this week ... 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Allotment Drams - Talisker 8 years old (Diageo Special Releases 2020 Edition) & Jura Winter Edition

 
We have the two latest episodes in our ever-increasing Allotment Dram series, the short videos where we talk about different whiskies in the surroundings of our north London allotment plot. Both are from Scottish islands. First, watch as Matt pops the cork on a new bottle purchase - the Talisker 8 years old from this year's Diageo Special Releases, which is the first ever sngle malt from the Skye distillery that has been part-matured in ex-rum casks from the Caribbean.

Then on his next visit he talks about the recently released Winter Edition from Jura, the second bottling in the island distillery's Cask Edition series. Watch as he shares his thoughts and tasting notes on both whiskies. We hope that you enjoy.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Review - Glenallachie 10 years old Cask Strength Batch #4

 
This whisky is the latest release of the annual 10 years old Cask Strength bottling from the Speyside distillery of Glenallachie. The previous three batches have gained something of a cult status amongst whisky fans, with the first being released back in 2017. The Glenallachie 10 years old Cask Strength Batch #4 is a combination of ex-Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks, plus a small percentage of virgin oak casks. all with a minimum age of 10 years. These have been selected and married together by Billy Walker, the Master Distiller and owner of Glenallachie. Batch #4 is bottled at 56.1% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. 

Monday, November 16, 2020

Review - Blue Spot 7 years old Cask Strength


This whiskey marks the completion of re-establishing the Spot Whiskey range to its former glory by Irish Distillers in collaboration with Mitchell & Son. It joins the other members of its historical family - Green Spot, Yellow Spot 12 years old and Red Spot 15 years old. The new version of Blue Spot is bottled at 7 years of age and is bottled at the natural cask strength of 58.7% ABV - this is similar in strength to the original Blue Spot, which disappeared from market in the mid-20th century. It is a marriage of single pot still whiskeys that have been matured in ex-bourbon, ex-Madeira wine and ex-Oloroso sherry casks, and features whiskeys aged between seven and 20 years of age. 

Friday, November 13, 2020

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (November 13, 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. Here is the news from this week ...

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Allotment Drams - Ballantine's 7 years old Bourbon Finish & Kilchoman 2009 Vintage

 
Matt returns to the allotment a couple of times to do some Autumnal work and share two Allotment Drams with you. First, he looks at the brand new Ballantine's 7 years old Bourbon Finish. Watch to find out about the latest permanent addition to the popular blended Scotch whisky's core range and to hear his thoughts and tasting notes.

Then on his next visit he samples and reviews the limited edition small batch Kilchoman 2009 Vintage, which sees him talk about the family-owned farm distillery on Islay. Then find out his thoughts and tasting notes.

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