Friday, June 21, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (June 21, 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.



William Grant & Sons have announced a major rebranding of the core range from the Glenfiddich distillery. The world's leading Scotch single malt brand will see new packaging for its best selling 12 years old expression, renamed Our Original Twelve, and the multi-award winning 15 years old, which renamed as Our Solera Fifteen. These will be joined by a rebranded 18 years old in 2020.

The new packaging highlights the distillery's location in Speyside with a prominent V on the bottle and tube representing the valley in which it sits. The famous stag logo is embossed in gold, referring to Glenfiddich name that translates as 'the valley of the deer' from Gaelic. Founder William Grant, who built the distillery himself by hand, has his signature on the neck. The liquids are to remain the same.

The north Highland distillery of Glenmorangie has announced a single cask limited edition that will only be available at its visitor centre shop in Tain. The Glenmorangie Cask 1784 is bottled at 16 years of age, 10 years of which were in an ex-bourbon cask before being transferred to an ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry butt for six years. This butt has yielded just 636 bottles and was selected by Dr. Bill Lumsden - the Director of Whisky Creation, Distilling & Whisky Stocks at Glenmorangie.

Cask 1784 is the first of four special single malts that will be released for distillery visitors to celebrate Glenmorangie's 175th anniversary. It is bottled at its natural cask strength of 55% ABV and each bottle will cost £650, while stocks last.

"We rarely release distillery exclusive whiskies like Cask 1784. I hope this intensely sweet and surprisingly rich Glenmorangie will give visitors a particularly special reason to make the journey to our distillery this Summer, and discover our exceptional whisky creation."
Dr. Bill Lumsden.

Glen Scotia
The Campbeltown distillery of Glen Scotia has announced details of its special limited edition bottling for this year's Campbeltown Malt Festival, which took place at the end of May. The Rum Cask Finish was distilled in 2003 and has experienced a period of finishing in an ex-rum cask. The peated malt has been bottled at its natural cask strength of 51.3% ABV and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour.

There are just 9,500 bottles released and these will be available via selected specialist retailers worldwide. No details of price were given in the press release. For more information, please visit

"Our new rum cask single malt offers something very special, bringing together the maritime influences associated with Campbeltown and the sweet, tropical notes of rum – another sea-faring spirit."
Iain McAlister - Distillery Manager at Glen Scotia.

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