Friday, May 1, 2015

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (May 1, 2015)

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 what has caught our attention this week ...


Bruichladdich - Seventh heaven
The Islay distillery of Bruichladdich has announced the latest bottling in its super peaty Octomore series.  Now in its seventh year, this expression of Octomore is one of the most heavily peated yet with a phenol level of 208ppm.  The 7.1 version has been made using Scottish barley, matured for five years in American oak casks and has a natural cask strength of 59.5% ABV.  It will be released in June as a UK exclusive and a bottle should cost £110.

Glenturret - Cask 328 arrives
Last week we reported on a new single cask single malt that was to be released by Glenturret, Scotland's oldest and arguably most traditional distillery.  The Brock Malloy Cask #328 is named after the two stillmen who created the whisky that went in to cask in 1986 and it has been maturing ever since.  It is available from today exclusively via The Famous Grouse Experience store and costs £200 each.  There are just 240 bottles, so hurry if you are interested.  Below is a short introductory video about the release.  Enjoy ...

Ledaig - Awakens old spirits
The Tobermory distillery on the isle of Mull has announced the oldest ever bottling of its smoky/peaty Ledaig expression - the 42 years old Dùsgadh (which translates as 'awakening' from Gaelic).  The spirit was distilled and casked in 1972 and is presented in luxurious packaging to reflect its rarity.  The whisky is non chill-filtered and bottled at 46.3% ABV.  There will be just 500 bottles spread across selected markets including Asia, North America and the UK.  The recommended retail price is £3500 per bottle.

Master Distiller at Tobermory, Ian MacMillan said: “I’ve been distilling for almost 40 years and the smoky aroma retained in the Ledaig 42 years old is the highest I have ever come across in a 40+ year island whisky. It’s the intricate and unusual process that has allowed this liquid to keep its strong, peaty characteristic. It is an exceptional vintage malt, which I am looking forward to sharing with an exclusive group of whisky lovers across the globe.” 

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