Friday, March 15, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (March 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.



The independent bottling company of Claxton's has revealed its single cask bottlings for Spring 2019. All five new single malts are at the natural cask strength and are non chill-filtered and of natural colour. They will be available in selected specialist whisky retailers in Asia, Europe and the UK from the end of March. No details of numbers or price were given in the press release. Details of the five casks are listed below.

  • Caol Ila 2012 - 7 years old/ re-fill hogshead/ 60% ABV
  • Loch Lomond 2005 (Heavily Peated) - 14 years old/ hogshead/ 57.5% ABV 
  • Longmorn 2008 - 10 years old/ bourbon barrel/ 52.8% ABV 
  • Miltonduff 2008 - 10 years old/ first-fill bourbon barrel/ 55.8% ABV 
  • Tobermory 1994 - 24 years old/ sherry butt/ 55.3% ABV

The farm-based small Islay distillery of Kilchoman has announced details of the 2019 version of its annual Loch Gorm release. The whisky, which is named after a nearby loch, is always matured in ex-sherry casks and this year is no different. Loch Gorm 2019 Edition features some of the distillery's oldest sherry cask matured malts that were distilled in 2006. Also featuring are whiskies distilled in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011.

Twenty ex-Oloroso sherry butts have been married in total, resulting in 15,000 bottles. It is released at 46% ABV and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour. Loch Gorm will be available worldwide via selected specialist whisky retailers. The price was not revealed in the press release.

The Speyside distillery of Tamdhu have released the fourth expression in their limited edition high ABV series. The Tamdhu Batch Strength No.004 has been created using only ex-Oloroso sherry casks, some made from American oak and some from European oak, and is released at the natural strength of 57.8% ABV. It is non chill-filtered and of natural colour, and follows the previous three award-winning batches. Batch Strength No.004 will be available worldwide in selected specialist whisky retailers and will cost £75 per bottle. The exact number of bottles was not revealed.

The remote distillery of Tobermory, located on the island of Mull in the Hebrides, has announced a new core expression of its single malt - the Tobermory 12 years old. This follows a two-year hiatus in production to allow a major overhaul and refurbishment of the old equipment at the distillery, including replacing the stills and rebuilding the visitor centre. Production is due to restart shortly and this new 12 years old is created using Tobermory's classic non-peated style of malt. No indictation of price point or distribution have been revealed.

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