Friday, August 30, 2013

Inbox - August 30, 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.

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 that has attracted our attention this week ...


Compass Box - Hello to Delilah
The artisan blending company of Compass Box have announced their latest limited edition bottling.  Named Delilah's, it has been created in collaboration with Delilah's Bar in Chicago USA to mark their 20th anniversary.  Mike Miller, the owner of the legendary music venue and whisky bar, teamed up with Compass Box founder John Glaser to create the new whisky. It has been created to have a definitive 'American' flavour and to be the perfect accompaniment to a glass of beer.

The Delilah's blend is constructed from 50% single malt and 50% grain whisky and has been bottled at 40% ABV.  These constituent whiskies have been matured in a combination of new American oak barrels and rejuvenated American oak hogshead casks.  A bottle will cost £52/$80 US. The whisky will be resident at the bar and the launch event was held there last night (Thursday 29 August).  It will also be on sale in various markets around the world, with most of the 6,300 bottles going to the UK and USA.  Other markets include Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Holland, Spain and Taiwan.

Laphroaig Live - Details announced

The details of this year's Laphroaig Live event have been announced by the top selling Islay single malt brand.  The 2013 event will be screened live from aboard an old Hudson River barge in New York on Thursday 26 September at 8pm EST.  The annual event is the most viewed live whisky broadcast in the world and sees an assembled panel of experts taste a selection of Laphroaig whiskies and discuss current hot topics in the whisky industry.

This year's panel of experts includes John Campbell (Laphroaig Distillery Manager), Adam Harris (Bourbon Ambassador), Michael Neff (founder of renowned bar Ward III) and Kevin Sintumuang (Web Editor of GQ magazine in the USA).  They will be tasting the new Laphroiag QA Cask, the Quarter Cask and this year's limited Caideas Port Wood release, plus Maker's Mark bourbon which is owned by the same company.  They will also be discussing whisky and food pairings and the growing trend of whisky cocktails.

For more details, please visit

Scotch Malt Whisky Society - Pop up in London
The SMWS have announced a consumer pop-up bar and interactive experience that will be appearing in central London next week. The Pearl Dram Whisky & Oyster Bar isdesigned to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Society, which was founded in 1983, and the start of the British oyster season on September 1.

The bar will be open from Thursday 5 until Sunday 8 September and will have workshops designed to investigate different aspects of whisky and oysters.  It is a collaboration between the SMWS and oyster aficionados The Mother Shuckers.  The pop-up bar will appear at 53 Monmouth Street in the heart of London's Covent Garden, close to the famous Seven Dials.  It will be open to all (as long as you're over 18 years of age) between noon and 9pm each day.  There will also be a series of free special events that are listed below.  For further details, please visit

Thursday Sept 6 @ 6pm - Pearls of Wisdom 
A session with pearl expert and dealer Julia Landmann.

Friday Sept 7 @ 6pm - Cocktails and Crustaceans
A session that attempts some wonderful creations to match with oysters care of The Experimental Cocktail Club.

Saturday Sept 8 @ 6pm - Food of Love
A session exploring the myths behind oysters being one of the world's greatest aphrodisiacs with former Editor of The Erotic Review Rowan Pelling.

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