Friday, November 9, 2018

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (November 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 family-owned Speyside distillery of Benromach have announced the latest bottling in their Wood Finish series - the Benromach Château Cissac Bordeaux Wood Finish 2010 Vintage. The whisky, which was distilled and filled to an ex-bourbon cask in 2010, has spent the final two years finishing in ex-red wine casks from the famous Château Cissac in the Haut-Médoc region near Bordeaux. The resulting whisky is bottled at 45% ABV and will be available in selected specialist whisky retailers worldwide. There are just 7,789 bottles and each will cost £47.75.


The owners of the Speyside distillery of Glenallachie have announced a new range of blended malts that feature whisky from the distillery. The MacNair's Lum Reek range features three new whiskies - a no age statement, 12 years old and 21 years old - and sees the revival of a traditional Scotch brand. All three whiskies included peated Islay malts, plus peated Speyside malts and whisky from Glenallachie.

The name refers to the famous Scottish toast ‘lang may yer lum reek’, which is used to wish someone a long life and prosperity, and Harvey MacNair - the original founder of the blended Scotch company in the 1830s. The three whiskies have been created by Billy Walker, the owner and Master Blender of Glenallachie, and have been matured in a combination of first-fill ex-bourbon, ex-Oloroso sherry, virgin oak and ex-red wine casks.

The MacNair's range are all bottled at 46% ABV and the prices are - Lum Reek £42 ($55 US), Lum Reek 12 years old £50 ($66 US) and Lum Reek 21 years old £125 ($165 US). They will be available in selected markets through specialist whisky retailers.

Gordon & MacPhail
Family-owned independent bottlers Gordon & MacPhail have revealed a new design for their Private Collection bottlings, and the first two single cask whiskies in the new packaging. Presented in ridged heavyweight bottles and housed in veneered wooden boxes, both releases were selected for bottling by Stuart Urquhart, Gordon & MacPhail’s Associate Director of Whisky Supply.

The first bottling (pictured, left) is from the closed Inverleven distillery in Dumbarton, which was demolished in 2002. It was distilled in 1985 and has matured in an ex-bourbon barrel (Cask #562) for 33 years. It is bottled at the natural cask strength of 57.4% ABV and the cask has yielded just 130 bottles. Each will cost £1,000.

The second whisky is from the Speyside distillery of Glenrothes and was distilled in 1974. It was filled to an ex-sherry puncheon and is bottled at 44 years of age. The cask has given just 276 bottles and it is presented at the natural cask strength of 49.5% ABV. Each bottle will cost £1,250. Further releases will be announced in the coming months.

Diageo, the owner of the Dufftown-based distillery of Mortlach, have unveiled a fourth whisky to sit in the revamped core range of the brand. The Mortlach 14 years old 'Alexander's Way' will be a travel retail exclusive and joins the three domestic market bottlings announced earlier this year.

The whisky has been matured in a combination of ex-bourbon, ex-sherry and rejuvenated casks and created by Dr. Craig Wilson, the Master Blender for Mortlach. 'Alexander's Way', named after Mortlach's distilling pioneer Alexander Cowie, is bottled at 43.5% ABV and will be available initially in Taiwan, before spreading to other travel retail markets in 2019. A bottle will cost £50.

"These whiskies really stand out in the Speyside category. Mortlach has such an intensely complex character from the minute it comes off the still. Our job is to hone that character in the right way to create four well balanced whiskies. ‘Alexander’s Way’ is the spiciest Mortlach expression to date."
Dr. Craig Wilson.

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