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. This is the news that has grabbed our attention this week.
The cult Islay distillery of Ardbeg is to release one of its oldest and rarest recent bottlings and they will be exclusive to its Ardbeg Committee members. The Ardbeg Twenty Something is a 23 years old single malt and was distilled during a time when the distillery was just ticking over and producing just a few casks of whisky each year. This period in the 1980s and 1990s saw a downturn in whisky production across Scotland and almost closed Ardbeg for good.
Ardbeg Twenty Something has been matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-Oloroso sherry casks and these were selected and married by Dr. Bill Lumsden, the Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks for Ardbeg. It is bottled at 46.3% ABV and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour. The limited edition number of bottles was not declared in the press release but each will cost £430. They will be made available via the Committee page at www.ardbeg.com on November 2. If you are not an Ardbeg Committee member then you can join via the same website.
The Highland distillery of Glengoyne have announced the release of a limited edition 30 years old expression. The whisky, which is made up of just 13 hand selected first-fill and re-fill ex-sherry casks, has spent three decades maturing in the traditional dunnage warehouses at Glengoyne. These casks have yielded just 6,000 bottles and these will be available worldwide through selected specialist retailers and via www.glengoyne.com.
Glengoyne 30 years old is bottled at 46.8% ABV, is non chill-filtered and of natural colour. It is presented in a luxurious solid oak casket and the bottle has an oak and rose gold stopper. Each bottle will cost £600.
“The Glengoyne 30 years old showcases the exceptional sherry casks that we spend six years sourcing and ensures incredible colour and an exceptional flavour profile. The whisky highlights the quality, time and care that goes in to each and every one of our malts.”
Robbie Hughes – Distillery Manager at Glengoyne.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society have further extended their popular single cask single malt range by announcing the bottling of their first two Indian whiskies. These are the first every from the country to be bottled by the Society. Both whiskies hail from a distillery in Goa on the south west coast of India and have been matured in the warm tropical climate there. The whiskies experience a large amount of ‘angel’s share’ evaporation as a result. The distillery has been allocated number 134 in the Society’s system.
Bottling 134.1, named Exotic Rainforest Fruits, is six years old and was distilled on 28 February 2010. There are just 174 bottles drawn from the single cask and the whisky fits in to the SMWS ‘Fruity & Mellow’ flavour profile. It is released at 57.9% ABV. Bottling 134.2, named Lip-smacking And Cockle-warming, is also six years old and was distilled on 31 March 2010. There are just 168 bottles from the single cask and fits in to the ‘Juicy Oak & Vanilla’ profile. It is released at 58% ABV. Both have been matured in American white oak casks and will cost £145 each.
Both bottles will be available in the EU and UK markets, followed by Australia and the USA. Due to the expected high demand the SMWS will hold a ballot for its members and then distribute bottles. To enter the ballot, please go to www.smws.com.
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