Friday, January 18, 2013

Inbox - January 18, 2013

Welcome to this week's Inbox.  For those that have recently discovered us, 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 received. It features items from around the world of whisky and is published by us each Friday.

This year promises to be a big one for the whisky industry as the popularity of the spirit continues to grow.  Within Inbox we aim to keep you up to date with developments.  We recently wrote about our highlights of the last whisky year and plans for the new year - if you missed this, then click here.

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 we go with this week's news from a bone-chillingly cold and snowy London ...


BITE Festival - Glenfiddich dinner
The Bespoke International Taste Extravaganza (or BITE for short) is a new food festival organised by the international hotel group Bespoke Hotels. The festival will be based at two of the company's hotels - The Cotswold House and The Noel Arms - which are located in Chipping Campden in the English county of Gloucestershire.  BITE is designed to combine the best of local artisan produce with Michelin starred food and a series of events are planned, which can be seen on the BITE website.  It runs between 27 January and 2 February.

Anyway, why are we telling you this?  Well, one of the events combines two of our favourite things - good food and whisky.  The five course dinner, to be held at The Cotswold House, will see food prepared by the award-winning chef Mat Follas.  Each course is designed to accompany one of the single malts from the world famous Glenfiddich range, which will be explained to diners by UK Brand Ambassador Jamie Milne. Tickets are £75 a head and can be booked through the BITE website.  You can also keep up with festival news and updates on Twitter by following @BITE2013. Below is a short promotional video of the festival to whet your appetite ...

Chivas - Partnership inspired by friendship
The premium Scotch brand has announced a partnership with Canana, the Mexican arthouse film production company.  The partnership will see Canana release two short English language films about the subject of 'modern friendship', with the first appearing shortly and the second in February.  Both films are set in Mexico and explores trust, forgiveness and acceptance between three life-long friends.  Watch the short teaser below ...

Global Brand Director for Chivas Regal, James Slack said, “The partnership with Canana is exciting. We wanted to work with a company that understood friendship in the same way that we do. We were founded by two ambitious brothers and their values of generosity, brotherhood and friendship have remained at the heart of Chivas.” 

Glen Garioch - Single casks released

The Glen Garioch distillery in the eastern Highlands have announced the release of a set of exclusive single cask bottlings which will be on sale through World Duty Free Group stores in UK airports.  Staff selected casks during visits to the distillery in Oldmeldrum last Summer (pictured, above) and 11 were chosen, which is one for each store location.  Each whisky has a special carton and each bottle is individually numbered. The 11 bottlings were all matured in North American oak casks and are listed below.  They will be available very shortly. No prices have been announced as yet ...

  • Aberdeen - cask #1807 filled May 1986/ 52.4% ABV
  • Edinburgh - cask #670 filled Feb 1998/ 58.9% ABV
  • Gatwick North Terminal - cask #2906 filled Nov 1999/ 58.2% ABV
  • Gatwick South Terminal - cask #828 filled Oct 1997/ 53.8% ABV
  • Glasgow - cask #10997 filled Nov 1978/ 54.8% ABV
  • Heathrow Terminal 1 - cask #989 filled March 1998/ 52.3% ABV
  • Heathrow Terminal 3 - cask #661 filled Feb 1998/ 57.9% ABV
  • Heathrow Terminal 4 - cask #2911 filled Nov 1999/ 57.9% ABV
  • Heathrow Terminal 5 - cask #668 filled Feb 1998/ 53.9% ABV
  • Manchester - cask #663 filled Feb 1998/ 56.3% ABV
  • Stansted - cask #4633 filled Nov 1998/ 61% ABV

Glenmorangie - New Private Edition announced
The famous Highland distillery of Glenmorangie have announced the fourth bottling in their annual Private Edition range - the Ealanta.  The name means 'skilled and ingenious' in Gaelic and the whisky follows the innovative track of the previous three releases in the series - the Sonnalta, Finealta & Artein.  The Ealanta is 19 years of age and selected from virgin American oak casks which were filled in 1993.  It has been bottled at 46% ABV and is available in specialist whisky retailers in the UK now for a recommended price of £75.

Dr. Bill Lumsden, the Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation at Glenmorangie, comments, "The casks selected way back then were absolutely top quality and unusually had not previously held any liquor, such as bourbon, so it’s the interaction of our delicate spirit from our very tall stills directly with this ‘virgin’ wood that makes for many intriguing flavours. New wood also imparts a purity of flavour that I think many Glenmorangie aficionados will find an interesting divergence from our previous Private Edition releases."

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