Friday, May 31, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (May 31, 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 west London distillery of Bimber has announced details of Founders Club and will be releasing a number of casks for purchase. This celebrates the forthcoming three year anniversary of its first whisky coming of age, which will see a first official release in September. Membership is by submission and once accepted to The Founders Club members will receive their first bottle of cask strength London single malt in December, followed by a three further such rare bottles.

They will also receive a bespoke member's tour of the distillery (including a tasting of the Master Distiller's private casks), a 6x 50ml sample bottle kit welcome pack and 10% off any further purchases. Members can also purchase and fill their own 30 litre cask for £895 each - this includes either peated or non-peated spirit, three years of warehousing and bottling/labeling. For further information, please visit

Scotland's largest producer of whisky has released a limited edition from each of its two Islay distilleries - Caol Ila and Lagavulin - especially for this year's Feis Ile festival. The first is a Caol Ila 22 years old and features casks selected by Pierrick Guilaume, the Distillery Manager. All casks were ex-sherry American oak hogsheads that were freshly charred. It is bottled at the natural cask strength of 58.4% ABV and there are just 3,000 bottles. Each bottle will cost £130 and is available only from the Caol Ila distillery shop until stocks are sold through.

The second bottling is from the Lagavulin distillery and is bottled at 19 years of age, featuring casks selected by Colin Gordon, the Distillery Manager. These have been matured in a combination of re-fill oak casks and ex-sherry freshly charred American oak hogsheads, before a final maturation period in old European oak puncheons. There are just 6,000 bottles available at the natural cask strength of 53.8% ABV. Each will cost £150 and is only available from the Lagavulin distillery shop until stocks are depleted.

The popular Speyside distillery of Macallan has revealed a new limited edition that has been produced using barley grown on the Easter Elchies estate, which covers 485 acres and has been home to the distillery since 1824.  The Macallan Estate celebrates the brand's long heritage through the use of this barley, from which whisky is produced for just one week each year. The rare spirit has been matured in ex-sherry casks and is bottled at 43% ABV. The Macallan Estate will be available from selected specialist whisky retailers worldwide from July.

"The Macallan Estate is a rich, satisfying and complex spirit that pays homage to the fertile Speyside lands where The Macallan is located and celebrates the unrivalled craftsmanship for which we have been known since 1824."
Sarah Burgess - Macallan Whisky Maker.

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