Friday, February 9, 2018

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (February 9, 2018)

Welcome to Inbox.  For those new to WFE, 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.  This is the news that has grabbed our attention this week.


The east Highlands distillery of Glendronach has announced details of the latest batch of its cult Grandeur single malt. This is Batch 9 and as with previous bottlings it has been matured exclusive in Spanish oak ex-sherry casks. It carries an age statement of 24 years old but is comprised of whisky distilled in 1990, 1992 and 1993. These have been carefully selected by Rachel Barrie, the Master Blender for Glendronach.

The Grandeur Batch 9 is bottled at the natural cask strength of 48.7% ABV and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour. There will be just 1,487 bottles and these will be available through selected specialist whisky retailers in selected world markets. The recommended price is £450 per bottle.

"Batch 9 is a single malt of finesse, powerful complexity and persistence, reaching heights of maturity and depth of character that approach single malt perfection. The Glendronach Grandeur is the pinnacle of the distillery's house style."
Rachel Barrie.

The popular Singleton single malt range has announced the release of the oldest ever expression from its Speyside distillery of Glendullan. The Singleton of Glendullan 40 years old is the first in a new limited edition Forgotten Drop series of malts. The series has been curated by Maureen Robinson, Master of Malts for The Singleton range, and will only be exclusive to selected travel retail markets.

The Glendullan has matured for the full 40 years exclusively in re-fill American oak casks and is released at its natural cask strength of 58.6% ABV. There are just 600 bottles and they will be available in Singapore and Taiwan airports. The cost is $2,300 US (£1,650) per bottle.

"The Forgotten Drop series is an exciting collection to curate. We have explored the deepest corners of our warehouses to find hidden treasures that, due to the stocks, we could never release widely. The Singleton of Glendullan 40 years old is a stunning liquid to launch with."
Maureen Robinson.

The Speyside distillery of Tamdhu have announced the latest edition of their cask strengthlimited edition bottling. The Tamdhu Batch Strength No. 003 follows on from the award-winning Nos.001 and 002, and each batch is designed to be different. Batch Strength No. 003 has been exclusively matured in ex-sherry casks, the majority of which are first-fill, and is bottled at the natural cask strength of 58.3% ABV. It is also non chill-filtered. No indication of the price or number of bottles was given in the press release.

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