Friday, September 19, 2014

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (September 19, 2014)

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.  It's been a bit of a quiet one this week, but here is the news that has caught our attention from this week ...


Ardmore - Leaving a Legacy
The Highland distillery of Ardmore have announced the release of a new core expression - Ardmore Legacy.  The new release will replace the Traditional Cask bottling.  The Legacy continues the distillery's tradition of being the only peated Highland malt and comes with re-designed packaging, which prominently features Ardmore's golden eagle logo.  It is bottled at 40% ABV and will retail in both supermarkets and specialist stores for £30.

Peter Sandstrom, the Marketing Director of Maxxium UK (Ardmore's UK distributors) said: “This exciting new expression from The Ardmore offers an exceptional Highland single malt with broad appeal. It is ideal for whisky drinkers looking for something new and is also the perfect introduction for any whisky drinkers beginning their journey into peated malts.”

Diageo - Special Releases 2014

Earlier this week Diageo announced the line up of this year's Special Releases bottlings.  The aim of this series is to showcase rare whiskies from around their Scottish estate of 28 single malt distilleries, including some from closed distilleries.  The 2014 collection features malts from Benrinnes, Brora, Caol Ila (x2), Clynelish, Cragganmore, Glendullan, Lagavulin, Rosebank, Strathmill and Port Ellen.  Full details of the Special Releases 2014 can be found on our blog post from the start of the week - click here to read.

Malt Whisky Yearbook - 2015 Edition announced
The details of the latest edition of The Malt Whisky Yearbook, always one of the most eagerly anticipated books on whisky, have been revealed.  The book, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary, has again been written and compiled by Ingvar Ronde.  It features a totally revamped and biggest ever distillery section that now includes 361 distilleries from around the globe and a completely new Japanese section.

Other features include The Whisky Year That Was, which charts the latest news and trends from the industry, and 'hot topics' discussed in articles compiled by writers such as Charlie Maclean and Ian Buxton.  There are also tasting notes, an expanded section on the independent bottlers and lists of the best whisky shops, websites and books, plus the invaluable section charting industry statistics and figures. 

The Malt Whisky Yearbook 2015 will be available from October 1 and will cost £13.95.  For further information, please visit

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