Friday, August 10, 2018

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (August 10, 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 South African drinks company of Distell have announced a new annual limited edition programme for their three Scotch brands, and the first bottlings for the series. All three of their Scottish distilleries - Bunnahabhain, Deanston and Tobermory - are featured in the new series, which has been named 'The Malt Gallery'. There are two expressions from Bunnahabhain and Ledaig, the peated version of Tobermory, and one each from Deanston and of the classic Tobermory.

The two Bunnahabhains are the 2008 Mòine Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Matured (pictured, right) and the 21 years old Palo Cortado Sherry Cask Finish. These are priced at £75 and £275 respectively. The Deanston (pictured, above) is the 2008 Brandy Cask Finish and is priced at £60 per bottle. The two peated Ledaigs were both distilled in 1998 and bottled at 19 years old. One is the Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish (£130) and the other is the Pedro Ximenez Sherry Cask Finish (£150). The classic Tobermory is 12 years old and is the Fino Sherry Cask Finish. It will cost £110 each. No details of the ABV or number of bottles of each were given in the press release.

"This has been a revolutionary year for our malt portfolio. We’re lucky to have three very different distilleries and this showcase will allow us to share the stories of each and highlight how these are reflected in the bold new releases."
Derek Scott - Brand Director for Malt Whisky at Distell.

Whyte & Mackay
Whyte & Mackay have announced details of a new blended whisky that has joined its portfolio - The Woodsman. The new blend is designed to attract younger drinkers to the category and focuses on the company's wood and cask management. This is reflected in the casks used to mature the whiskies involved - these include new virgin oak casks from Ohio and 'double scorched' ex-bourbon barrels. It is also reflected in a bottle design that features embossed wood grain and tree rings.

The Woodsman was launched this week at the Edinburgh Festival and will be available initially in the UK through selected supermarkets and whisky retailers. It is bottled at 40% ABV and will cost £28 per bottle. For more information, please visit the new website for the brand -

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