Inbox is our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our email inbox. It was created as we cannot write full articles or do justice to every piece that we receive. It features items from around the world of whisky and is published by us each Friday.
Within Inbox we 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 week again includes our new feature - Tweet of the week. This is our favourite piece of news or information that we have seen on Twitter recently. Here we go with this week's news ...
The popular blended whisky has teamed up with whisky writer Ian Buxton to produce a book named The Famous Grouse - A Whisky Companion. The book looks at the history of Scotch whisky in general and the Famous Grouse brand in particular. It covers the role of the brand in the increased popularity of whisky and is littered with interesting facts, figures and trivia about Famous Grouse. The book also contains 45 whisky based recipes and cocktails which all use Famous Grouse.
The recommended retail price for The Famous Grouse - A Whisky Companion is £9.99 and it is due to be released in a couple of weeks time. It is currently available for pre-order through Amazon and other book retailers.
A couple of weeks ago, we reported on an upcoming auction of a very special bottle of whisky - the Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve. The whisky is an extremely rare 55 year old single malt that has been bottled to celebrate the 110th birthday of Janet Roberts, the grand daughter of Glenfiddich's founder William Grant. There are only 11 bottles - one for each decade of Janet's life - and these are being auctioned one at a time.
Last Friday (10 February) saw the auction of Bottle No.2 at The Honourable Artillery Company in London and it was sold to an un-named telephone bidder for a staggering £44,000. All proceeds from the sale are being donated to the charity Walking With The Wounded. We plan to keep you updated with the further auctions in the series.
The award-winning distillery from the southern Highlands has announced a new single cask whisky with the help of a Scottish rugby legend. The launch was held on 3 February - the eve of this year's Scotland v England rugby match. Proceeds from the sale of the Auld Enemy Dram, as it has been named, will go to two charities - Help For Heroes and The Bill McLaren Foundation. Former Scotland player Scott Hastings (pictured with Glengoyne's Commercial Director Neil Boyd) led the speeches at the launch dinner, where he was joined by other ex-Scottish team mates and some of his English counterparts/enemies.
The Auld Enemy Dram is a single cask Glengoyne that was distilled in 1990, matured in an ex-sherry cask and bottled at 21 years of age. There are just 300 bottles available and these are at the natural cask strength of 54.4% ABV. The published tasting notes state a rich mahogany colour with a heavy, robust nose of hazelnut, prunes, cocoa powder, and liquorice with BBQ spice. The palate is powerful with good balance of red apple, raisins, wafer cone and subtle citrus. The finish maintains strength with increased fruits and dry spice. A bottle will cost £195 and can be purchased from Glengoyne's website.
Tweet of the week
@glenglassaugh - whisky review 238 3/3 with Ralfy & Ronnie - Glenglassaugh Octaves: http://youtu.be/MhEHBJJT_oI