Friday, August 9, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (August 9, 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.


Glen Moray
The Speyside distillery of Glen Moray, located in Elgin, have announced the second bottling in their boundary-pushing Curiosity Collection - the Glen Moray Rhum Agricole Cask Finish. This follows the inaugural release last year of the Cider Cask Finish. The new whisky sees Graham Coull, the Master Distiller at Glen Moray, finishing the Speyside single malt in ex-rhum agricole casks sourced from the St. James AOC distillery in Martinique for a two year period. It is bottled at 46.3% ABV and there are just 3,060 bottles available.

The Glen Moray Rhum Agricole Cask Finish is exclusive to the UK market, exclusively by The Whisky Exchange during August, and is expected to retail for £55 per bottle.

John Walker
Diageo and Johnnie Walker have announced details of the final bottling in The John Walker series, their ultra premium whisky collection. Over the last decade the series has used some of Diageo's rarest and most valuable casks of whisky to create a set of exquisite products. The Last Cask features nine whiskies - six malts and three grains - from distilleries that were operating during founder John Walker's life (1805-1857).

These have been married together by Dr. Jim Beveridge OBE, the creator and Master Blender for The John Walker series, in a special old cask. The six single malts are from the Cardhu, Clynelish, Dailuaine, Glen Albyn, Mortlach and Talisker distilleries. The three single grains featured are from Cambus, Cameronbridge and Port Dundas.

The John Walker Last Cask is presented in a hand engraved Baccarat crystal decanter. Each of the 330 bottles features a different engraving and is housed in a bespoke wooden casket. It is bottled at 40% ABV and will initially be available in China, with other selected world markets joining in October. The recommended retail price is ¥21,835 CNY/ £2,555.

The Tomatin distillery, located in the Highlands near Inverness, has announced a relaunch of their peated Cù Bòcan single malt. The relaunch involves new bottle designs and packaging, designed by Thirst Craft to show the qualities of Cù Bòcan's contemporary spirit, along with two new core range products. Cù Bòcan is produced using lightly peated Scottish barley for a short period during the winter months each year at Tomatin.

The new core range is formed of the renamed Signature Malt (matured in ex-bourbon, ex-sherry and American virgin oak casks) and this sits alongside the new expressions, Creation #1 and Creation #2. Creation #1 is matured in a combination of ex-imperial stout and ex-Moscatel wine casks, while Creation #2 has been matured in ex-Japanese shochu and European virgin oak casks. All are bottled at 46% ABV and are non chill-filtered and of natural colour.

The new bottlings will be available in selected specialist retailers with a cost of £45 for the Signature Malt and £60 for each of the Creations.

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