Friday, June 7, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (June 7, 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.


Basil Hayden's 
The bourbon brand of Basil Hayden's has introduced a new product to its portfolio for Summer - the Basil Hayden's Caribbean Rye Reserve. The limited edition sees two rye whiskies (an 8 years old Kentucky straight rye and a 4 years old Canadian rye) blended with Black Strap rum to create a new product that defies category boundaries. It is bottled at 40% ABV (80 Proof) and will be available for a limited period throughout the US. A 750ml bottle will cost $45 US. For more information, please visit

Compass Box
The innovative whisky blending company of Compass Box have announced another limited edition, named The Circle. The name refers to The Circle, a bartenders competition conceived by Compass Box, which they ran for the first time in 2018. The winner was Rosey Mitchell from Three Sheets in London, who created the whisky with Compass Box founder John Glaser.

The Circle is a blend of Scotch malt whiskies - Tamdhu in Speyside matured in ex-Bourbon barrels supported by whisky from the village of Brora in the Highlands aged in refill Sherry butts, a lightly-peated single malt from Orkney aged in recharred hogsheads, and a small proportion of a Highland malt blend finished in French oak casks.

The Circle is bottled at 46% ABV and there are just 6,151 bottles. They will cost £120/ $150 US each and will be available via selected specialist whisky retailers globally from mid-June and in the US from mid-July.

Crown Royal
The top selling Canadian whisky brand of Crown Royal has announced the fourth addition to its premium Noble Collection - the Crown Royal French Oak Cask Finished. The limited edition expression has seen the popular blend finished in oak casks built from trees harvested in the renowned Vosges region of France. The Noble Collection is presented in a decanter style bottle with gold trim and purple velvet bag. The French Oak Cask Finished is bottled at 40% ABV (80 Proof) and will be available across Canada and the USA. A 750ml bottle will cost $60 US.

"We are always looking for ways to experiment with the brand's flavour profile and with the French Oak Cask Finished, it is evident how intentional changes in barrel selection and aging can enhance the flavour."
Mark Balkenende - Master Blender at Crown Royal.

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