Friday, January 11, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (January 11, 2019)

Welcome to our first Inbox of 2019.  For those new to WFE or who have discovered us over the festive break - Welcome!

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.


Douglas Laing
Prolific independent whisky bottler Douglas Laing & Co. have wasted no time in releasing their first four (yes, four!) products of 2019.

The first is a limited edition expression of their Timorous Beastie blended malt. As with every release of Timorous Beastie, the whisky is constructed using just Highland single malts and in this case they are all at least 12 years of age. It is bottled at cask strength and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour. There will be just 3,000 bottles of the Timorous Beastie 12 years old Cask Strength and they will be available in specialist retailers throughout Asia and Europe. Each bottle will cost £60.

The other three form a mini series of releases to celebrate the forthcoming Chinese new year. Each is a single cask, which has been specially selected to commemorate the Year of the Pig. They reflect the two previous times that it was Year of the Pig, which were in 1995 and 2007.

Two are placed in the Old Particular range (Bunnahabhain 2007 and Glengoyne 2007) with the older Craigellachie 1995 going to the super-premium XOP range, matured in an ex-sherry cask. All are bottled at cask strength, are non chill-filtered and of natural colour and featured a bespoke label design. They will be available through selected specialist whisky retailers shortly.

The leading Irish whiskey brand of Jameson has announced an evolution of its famous iconic green bottle, which first appeared on the market back in 1968. The refreshed look highlights the Jameson family crest, triple distillation production method and brand provenance on a new textured label in order to strengthen Jameson as the world's best selling Irish whiskey.

The bottle also has a more tapered modern design with embossed features and more rounded shoulders. The new bottle will appear in Ireland shortly and will be rolled out worldwide prior to St. Patrick's Day in March. It will also extend to other bottlings in the core range such as the Black Barrel, Caskmates and Crested.

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