Friday, March 23, 2018

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (March 23, 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 north Highland distillery of Dalmore have announced details of one of their oldest bottlings. The Dalmore 45 years old has been hand crafted by Richard Paterson, the Master Distiller for Dalmore. The liquid was initially matured in American oak ex-bourbon casks before being transferred to two old ex-Port pipes that date back to the early 1960s. This was then finished in first fill American oak ex-bourbon casks.

The Dalmore 45 years old is presented in a bespoke handblown Baccarat crystal decanter and is adorned with a silver stag's head, crafted by acclaimed silversmiths Hamilton & Inches. It is bottled at 40% ABV and there will be just 500 bottles available globally. 500 further bottles will be released over each of the next two years. The price is £10,000 each.

Gordon & MacPhail

Independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail have announced the release of their last remaining cask of Linkwood single malt from the 1950s. It is also believed to be the last remaining cask in the world and will form part of G&Ms prestigious Private Collection. The whisky was distilled and filled to an first fill ex-sherry hogshead cask on 3 January 1956 and has been nurtured by four generations of the Urquhart family.

There will be just 53 decanters of this rare single malt, which are hand blown and presented in a bespoke wooden casket. The Private Collection From Linkwood Distillery 1956 is bottled at the natural cask strength of 49.4% ABV and will cost £22,000 per bottle.

"This Linkwood encapsulates the company’s dedication to the art of single malt whisky maturation and tireless pursuit of perfection. This incredible whisky is the culmination of the unrivalled knowledge and skills passed down and strengthened through four generations of my family. "
Stephen Rankin - Director of Prestige at G&M.

Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond Distillers has announced an exclusive single cask bottling of their Inchmurrin single malt expression, which will be exclusive to World Duty Free at Heathrow's Terminal 5. The whisky was distilled in January 2008 and bottled in February this year, resulting in a 10 years old single malt. There are just 278 bottles available. These are released at the natural cask strength of 57.1% ABV and are of natural colour and non chill-filtered. The Loch Lomond Inchmurrin 10 years old Single Cask for LHR T5 will cost £59.

Wemyss Malts
The family-run independent bottler of Wemyss Malts has announced a new blended malt. The Nectar Grove is created using Highland single malts, which has been finished in ex-Madeira wine casks. The name reflects the increased fruity character that these casks have given to the whisky. It is bottled at 46% ABV and is no chill-filtered and of natural colour. There will be just 9,000 bottles of Nectar Grove and they will be available in selected markets including Asia, Europe and the UK. A bottle will cost £43.95.

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