Friday, March 22, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (March 22, 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.


Booker's Bourbon, the premium bourbon brand from Beam Suntory, have announced details of the first batch of 2019 - Booker's Bourbon 2019-01 'Teresa's Batch'. The whiskey is dedicated to Teresa Wittemer, a long term Beam distillery employee with over 30 years of service, and she also helped to select the barrels for the batch. The barrels used were aged six years, three months and one day before being married. The strength is 125.9 Proof (62.9% ABV) and Batch 2019-01 will be available throughout America in limited quantities. A bottle will cost $80 US.

The Speyside distillery of Mortlach, nicknamed 'The Beast of Dufftown', have announced a series of three very old single casks and details of the first of these casks to be released. The Singing Stills Series, which refers to a distinct whistling noise that the stills at Mortlach make when in operation, kicks off with a 47 year old single cask. This was distilled and filled to its American oak hogshead in 1971 and has been maturing ever since. It has been bottled at natural cask strength of 46.8% ABV and the cask has yielded just 94 bottles.

The Mortlach 47 years old can only be purchased through exclusive agent Justerini & Brooks and this is via a registration process, which begins on April 9. The selling price is £10,000 per bottle. One of the bottles (Bottle #8) is to be auctioned by Bonhams in Singapore on March 25. All proceeds will be donated to Daughters For Tomorrow, a charity dedicated to supporting underprivileged women across the world.

The Highland distillery of Tomatin have announced details of the third expression of their super premium Warehouse 6 Collection - the Tomatin 1975. The whisky was distilled on December 8 1975 and then filled to a Spanish oak ex-Oloroso sherry butt (Cask #35834). It has then been maturing in Warehouse 6 at the distillery, which houses some of Tomatin's most prestigious casks.

The Tomatin 1975 is presented in a hand-blown crystal decanter by Glencairn featuring a copper stopper and a wooden case featuring two crystal tumblers, a certificate and rose gold trim. The cask has yielded just 300 bottles at a strength of 46.5% ABV. The Tomatin 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection will be available in selected specialist whisky retailers worldwide and each bottle will cost £2,400/ $3,150 US.

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