Friday, August 3, 2018

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (August 3, 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 Speyside distillery of Aberlour has announced a new single malt - the Casg Annamh. The name translates as 'rare cask' from Gaelic and has been created in small batches by Graeme Cruickshank, the Master Distiller at Aberlour. He has selected a small number of ex-Oloroso sherry casks made from both American and European oak to produce this first batch. Casg Annamh is non chill-filtered and bottled at a strength of 48% ABV. It will be available worldwide and will carry a price of £55/$70 US per bottle.

"Casg Annamh is a tribute to our craftsmen’s passion for sherry and their expertise to create a rare and fine single malt. We carefully hand-pick our Oloroso sherry casks from traditional bodegas in Spain, making sure the wood has exactly the right aromatic qualities for Aberlour."
Graeme Cruickshank.

Douglas Laing
The indie bottler Douglas Laing & Co has announced the release of a high ABV version of their Rock Oyster blended malt. The Rock Oyster Cask Strength Batch 2 features a collection of single malts from Scotland's whisky islands including Arran, Islay, Jura and Orkney. They have all been matured in American oak and Batch 2 has been bottled at the natural strength of 56.1% ABV. There are just 8,400 bottles and they will be available in selected specialist retailers worldwide. The price is £50.


The east Highland distillery of Fettercairn has announced a global relaunch of its single malt range, with an emphasis on its rare and aged stock portfolio. The relaunch is also accompanied by a full bottle and packaging redesign, plus a refreshing of the brand logo.

The four new bottlings are age statements of 12, 28, 40 and 50 years of age. Each product has been matured in American white oak ex-bourbon barrels. The 12 and 28 year olds have seen full maturation while the 40 and 50 year olds have experienced a period of finishing, in ex-Apostoles sherry casks and ex-Tawny Port pipes respectively. The 40 and 50 year olds are presented in hand crafted wooden caskets.

"Fettercairn is a beautiful distillery with a treasure trove of aged and rare stocks. I’ve worked there since 1990 and most of the team that started with me then are still on this journey today. It’s a pleasure crafting Fettercairn single malt together and we are excited to share our exceptional whiskies with enthusiasts the world over."
Stewart Walker - Distillery Manager at Fettercairn.

The Fettercairn range will be released to key markets including France, Germany, Taiwan and the UK and will be available from late August. Prices will be set as follows - 12 years old (£48/$60 US), 28 years old (£500/$675 US), 40 years old (£3,000/$4,000 US) and 50 years old (£10,000/$13,5000 US).

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