Friday, September 20, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (September 20, 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 Highland distillery of Glendronach has announced details of its annual cask strength whisky. The Cask Strength Batch 8 has been created by Master Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie using whiskies matured for a minimum of 10 years in both ex-Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximénez casks. It has been bottled at the natural strength of 61% ABV and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour. The Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 8 will be available in specialist retailers worldwide and will cost of £62 per bottle. The total number of bottles was not revealed in the press release.

“The Cask Strength Batch 8 is incredibly rich and full-bodied - the result of years of slow maturation in Pedro Ximénez puncheons, quarter casks and Oloroso sherry butts. I hope the most discerning palates will sip, savour and appreciate the full-bodied character.”
Dr. Rachel Barrie.

The family-owned Islay distillery of Kilchoman have announced the release of their annual 100% Islay limited edition. The 2019 release is the 9th such bottling and is constructed of 43 ex-bourbon barrels that were filled in either 2007 or 2009 with spirit produced from the distillery's own barley harvest. Once harvested the barley is malted and then mashed, fermented, distilled, matured in dunnage warehoused and bottled at the distillery.

The Kilchoman 100% Islay 2019 Edition is bottled at 50% ABV and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour. There are 12,000 bottles available via specialist whisky retailers worldwide. A bottle should cost £72/$90 US.

"Our 100% Islay spirit pairs seamlessly with ex-bourbon barrels. The lower peating level of 20ppm allows the natural floral sweetness of the spirit to shine through whilst the high ABV makes it no lightweight."
Anthony Wills - Founder & Master Distiller at Kilchoman.

The Islay distillery have announced this year's special limited edition whisky for the annual Islay Jazz Festival - The Lagavulin Islay Jazz 2019 Edition is bottled at 21 years of age so as to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the festival. Lagavulin have sponsored the event since 2011 and have released a commemorative whisky each year.

This year's edition has been matured in American oak hogsheads and freshly charred hogshead casks and is bottled at the natural cask strength of 50.9% ABV. These casks were selected by Colin Gordon, the Distillery Manager at Lagavulin, and Iain MacArthur, the legendary Warehouse Manager. It was launched last week at the festival and there are just 2,004 bottles available. These can only be purchased from the distillery shop at a cost of £395 each.

The large Speyside single malt distillery of Macallan have revealed details of the fifth bottling in The Edition Series. Each bottling has seen a collaboration with experts from different fields including cookery, perfumery and architecture. The Edition No.5 has seen Macallan team up with Pantone, the world renowned masters of colour, and pays homage to the diversity of colours created by whisky casks. All casks used were made of American oak. As part of the collaboration Pantone created a new tone of purple, which features in the packaging.

The Macallan Edition No.5 is bottled at 48.5% ABV and will cost £92/$115 US per bottle. It will be available in specialist whisky and premium retailers worldwide, as well as in the distillery visitor centre and The Macallan Boutique in Heathrow's Terminal 5.

The popular single malt brand has announced the oldest ever whisky to be released from its Dufftown distillery in Speyside. The Singleton of Dufftown 53 years old is the inaugural bottling in the new Paragon of Time Collection, which will feature rare and old whiskies from within Diageo's portfolio. The single malt involved was distilled and filled to a single American oak hogshead cask in 1964. This cask has yielded just 117 bottles after 53 years of maturation and at a natural cask strength of 40.6% ABV.

The cask was nurtured and selected by Maureen Robinson, the Singleton's Master of Malts. It is presented in a bespoke crystal decanter and wooden casket that includes staves from the hogshead that housed the whisky. The Singleton of Dufftown 53 years old will be available in China, Singapore, Taiwan and the UK with a cost of £26,400 per bottle. Further releases in the Paragon of Time Collection will also be announced in the future.

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