Friday, October 26, 2018

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (October 26, 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 Balvenie has announced the fourth (and penultimate) set of whiskies in their DCS Compendium series. The series is designed to celebrate the work and 56 year career of legendary Malt Master David Stewart MBE and the different facets of the Balvenie spirit. Chapter Four is titled 'Expecting The Unexpected' and comprises 'the most distinct and unusual vintages completely different to the Balvenie’s usual style' according to the marketing.

The oldest vintage in Chapter Four is the 1971, which has been matured in re-fill European oak ex-Oloroso sherry butt. It is joined by the 1982 (matured in a European oak ex-Oloroso sherry hogshead), the 1992 (matured in Spanish oak) and the 1999 (matured in a re-fill American oak hosghead). The youngest whisky is the nine years old 2009, which is a peated expression matured in a first-fill American oak ex-bourbon barrel.

The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Four 'Expecting The Unexpected' will be available in selected high-end retailers including Harrods, Hedonism, Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange. The full set, which is presented in a specially designed casket made from copper and European ash, will cost £29,000.

Jack Daniel's

The hugely popular American whiskey brand of Jack Daniel's has launched a limited edition range of experimental whiskeys. The Tennessee Tasters Selection will initially feature three whiskeys - High Angel’s Share Barrels, Smoked Hickory Finish and Reunion Barrel.

The High Angel's Share Barrels were selected by Chris Fletcher, the Assistant Master Distiller at JD, and is bottled at 107 Proof (53.5% ABV). The Smoked Hickory Finish has seen a short maturation period with charred hickory staves and was developed by Marsha Hale, the Master Taster at JD. It is bottled at 100 Proof (50% ABV). The Reunion Barrel was created by Jeff Arnett, the Master Distiller at JD and is bottled at 90 Proof (45% ABV). It has seen whiskey matured in ex-JD casks that had also previously held wine, before being returned back to the distillery. It will not be available until early 2019.

Each release will have 24,000 375ml bottles and will only be available for visitors to the Jack Daniel's distillery in Lynchburg and selected stores across the state of Tennessee. Each will cost $40 US.

North British
The Edinburgh-based single grain distillery of North British has partnered with family-owned independent bottler Douglas Laing & Co. to launch its oldest ever expression. The North British 1960 is bottled at 58 years of age and also represents the first commercial release from the distillery, which has been operating since 1885. The whisky was distilled in July 1960 and the cask has yielded just 222 bottles. Each will cost £1,700 ($2,195 US) and will be available in selected specialist retailers worldwide from November.

"As a family, we have long been single grain enthusiasts and as a business, we have equally been long-term proponents of the single grain category – the fit is ideal. We are excited to be working with North British on such a special release."
Fred Laing - Chairman of Douglas Laing & Co.

The Welsh distillery of Penderyn has announced a new addition to its core Gold Range in the form of Rich Oak 46. The expression - which has previously been available in small batch and single cask versions - joins the Madeira, Peated, Portwood and Sherrywood. The Rich Oak 46 has been matured in ex-bourbon casks before being finished in rejuvenated ex-European red wine barrels. It is bottled at 46% ABV and will initially only be available at the distillery shop and via Penderyn's website. A bottle will cost £45.

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