Friday, August 30, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (August 30, 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 east Highland distillery of Knockdhu has announced two special bottlings to help celebrate its 125th anniversary - the AnCnoc 16 years old Cask Strength and the AnCnoc Peated 125th Anniversary Edition.  The 16 years old Cask Strength is in the classic AnCnoc style and has been matured in American oak ex-bourbon casks. It has been bottled at 56.3% ABV.

The Peated 125th Anniversary Edition has no age statement and shows the mellow smoky spirit that they produce at Knockdhu for a short period each year. This uses malted barley that has been dried using local Banffshire peat. The whisky has been matured in American oak ex-bourbon barrels before a period of finishing in a Spanish oak ex-sherry butt. It is bottled at 46% ABV.

Both whiskies are non chill-filtered and of natural colour, and limited to just 500 bottles each. They will be available in selected specialist whisky retailers from September. The AnCnoc 16 years old Cask Strength will cost £100 and the Peated 125th Anniversary Edition will cost £80.

"It is an honour for the whole team at Knockdhu to be able to oversee these two special limited editions in such an exciting year. To be celebrating 125 years is a real achievement and the traditional methods that make our Knockdhu's whisky so special are still in use today."
Gordon Bruce - Distillery Manager at Knockdhu.

The Speyside distillery of Glenallachie has announced a further addition to its core range of single malts - the Glenallachie 15 years old. The whisky is a combination of ex-Oloroso sherry and ex-Pedro Ximenez casks, both puncheons and hogsheads, and is bottled at 46% ABV. These casks were selected by Billy Walker, owner and Master Distiller at Glenallachie. It joins the 10 years old Cask Strength, 12, 18 and 25 year old expressions in the range and will be available from selected retailers from September and will cost £63 per bottle.

"I have been working on our this release since we acquired Glenallachie back in October 2017.  I have been intimately following the development of various casks and I believe this 15 year old is the perfect balance of distillery character and cask influence."
Billy Walker.

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