Friday, January 25, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (January 25, 2019)

Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. 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.


Gordon & MacPhail

The family owned independent bottler of Gordon & MacPhail has announced the latest release in to their rare Private Collection range. The 70 years old Glen Grant 1948 is the company's oldest bottling from the Speyside distillery to date. It was filled to cask on 11 June 1948 and bottled in October last year.

The single first-fill ex-sherry butt (cask #2154) has yielded just 210 bottles at a natural strength of 48.6% ABV. The whisky is presented in a handblown crystal decanter and hand crafted wooden display casket. The Glen Grant 1948 Private Collection will be available in selected specialist retailers worldwide and will cost £17,500/ $22,500 US each.

"My great-grandfather, John, selected this cask in 1948 to fill with new make spirit from Glen Grant. My family has patiently watched over it, regularly monitoring and sampling the whisky, recognising the right moment to bottle it at its ultimate peak."
Stephen Rankin - Director of Prestige at Gordon & MacPhail.

The Japanese whisky company of Suntory has announced a new product which combines whiskies from around the world. The Suntory Ao blends malts from five different countries of origin - America, Canada, Ireland, Japan and Scotland - and is scheduled for release in April. It will be bottled at 43% ABV and recommended to be sampled neat or in a classic Highball, described as 'a true world whisky that has a complex and rich flavour'. The expected price for Ao will be ¥5,000/ $46 US/ £35 upon release.

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