Friday, February 15, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (February 15, 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.


Douglas Laing
Inbox wouldn't be Inbox without a new bottling from the prolific Douglas Laing & Co. The first whisky kicks off the new Old Particular 'Elements' series, which will feature four single cask single malts from the company's stocks. Each of the four will represent one of four elements - Air, Earth, Fire and Water. Fire is represented by a Craigellachie 12 years old, which has been maturing in an ex-Sherry butt. It is bottled at the natural cask strength of 54.3% ABV and is of natural colour. It will be available in selected specialist retailers worldwide and will cost £95 per bottle.

The second whisky celebrates their popular Islay blended malt of Big Peat being on the market for a decade. The special limited 10th anniversary edition has been blended using only 10 year old single malts from the famous whisky island. The Big Peat 10 years old is bottled at 46% ABV and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour. It is limited to just 5,100 bottles. These will be available via specialist whisky retailers in the Asian, European and UK markets. A bottle will cost £65.

The leading Irish whiskey brand has announced details of the second batch of the Jameson Bow Street 18 years old, the only cask strength version of Jameson on the market.

The 2019 Edition is made up of three components, all of which are distilled at the Midleton distillery in Co. Cork and aged for a minimum of 18 years of age - a pot still whiskey filled to second-fill ex-bourbon casks in 1999; a pot still whiskey distilled in 1997 and filled to ex-bourbon casks, before moving into first-fill ex-Sherry casks in 2006; and a grain whiskey from 1999 that has aged in first-fill ex-bourbon casks. These were then married by Billy Leighton, the Master Blender at Midleton, before finishing their maturation in first-fill ex-bourbon casks in Bow Street, the only live maturation warehouse in Dublin.

The Jameson Bow Street 18 years old Batch 2 will be available from August in 20 selected worldwide markets and will cost €240/£210/US$270.

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