Friday, May 3, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (May 3, 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.


Compass Box
The independent whisky maker of Compass Box has announced its latest limited edition whisky - the No Name No.2. The release follows on from the success of the original No Name bottling. The whisky is a blended malt and combines two peated single malts together - one from Islay that has been matured in re-fill ex-sherry butts and one from Skye that has been matured in re-charred American oak hogshead casks. The combination has given a total of 8,436 bottles at a strength of 48.9% ABV.

No Name No.2 is available now via specialist whisky retailers in selected world markets, including the UK, and an Autumn release will follow for the USA. A bottle will cost £110/$145 US.

"No Name No. 2 will transport you straight to the peat bogs and malt kilns of Scotland’s West Coast. Weighty on the palate, hugely complex and concentrated, it also introduces a degree of delicacy."
John Glaser - Founder and Whisky Maker at Compass Box.

Douglas Laing & Co
Prolific independent bottler Douglas Laing & Co. have announced yet another incarnation of their popular Big Peat blended malt. The Big Peat RAF Edition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force with £5 from each bottle sale going to the RAF Benevolent Fund, a famous charity that provides pratcial, emotional and financial support to former members of the RAF and their families. As with all versions of Big Peat,

The RAF Edition features only peated single malts from Islay - in this case Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila and the legendary Port Ellen. To commemorate the anniversary only 1,919 bottles have been created. It is bottled at 46% ABV and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour. The Big Peat RAF Edition will be available in the UK, plus selected Asian and European markets. A bottle will cost £49.

"My father’s service in the RAF will long be a source of great pride for our family, and our unwavering desire is to honour his legacy, both in this charitable effort and our commitment to building the Scotch whisky business he founded."
Fred Laing - Chairman of Douglas Laing & Co.

Gordon & MacPhail
Independent bottling company Gordon & MacPhail have announced the latest rare single malt to go in to their prestigious Private Collection range - the Coleburn 1981. Whiskies from the Coleburn distillery, which was just south of Elgin and closed in 1985, are extremely rare as not many cask remain. This single re-fill ex-sherry hogshead cask has been maturing in Gordon & MacPhail's warehouse in Elgin for 38 years after being filled on 11 March 1981. It has maintained alcohol strength well and is bottled at 55.9% ABV.

There are just 101 bottles available of the Coleburn 1981 Private Collection and these can be purchased in selected specialist retailers in selected markets worldwide, excluding the USA. Each bottle will cost £1,250.

The family-owned Islay distillery of Kilchoman has announced another limited edition to add to their range - the STR Cask Matured. The term STR refers to an ex-red wine cask that has undergone a process of shaving, toasting and then re-charring to reinvigorate the wood. Just 30 such casks have been selected for this release, all of which were filled with 50ppm spirit in 2012. These have yielded 14,500 bottles.

The STR Cask Matured is bottled at 50% ABV and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour. The whisky will be available worldwide in selected specialist retailers. The price per bottle was not indicated in the press release.

"The STR cask balances influence from both the new and used oak to create a powerful combination of rich fruit, oak, spice and maritime peat smoke."
Anthony Wills - Founder and Managing Director at Kilchoman.

The Speyside distillery of Tamdhu continues its recent prolific run with yet another new bottling being announced. The Dalbeallie Dram will be available for visitors to the distillery during the Spirit of Speyside festival, which runs until next Monday (May 6). It celebrates the restoration of the former Dalbeallie railway station, which closed in the 1960s but that has now been turned in to a events space for the community.

The Dalbeallie Dram has been matured in American oak and European oak ex-Oloroso sherry casks and is bottled at the natural cask strength of 61.1% ABV, is non chill-filtered and of natural colour. The exact number of bottles is not revealed in the press release but each one will cost £90. They are available from the distillery or via

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