Friday, October 4, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (October 4, 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 popular north Highland distillery of Glenmorangie has announced three new single malts that will be exclusive to the travel retail sector - the Glenmorangie Accord, Elementa and Tribute. All have been created by Dr. Bill Lumsden, the Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks at Glenmorangie. All are inspired by the famous Men of Tain, who have worked at the distillery since its foundation in 1843, and are bottled at 43% ABV.

The Accord is bottled at 12 years of age and is a marriage of ex-bourbon and ex-Oloroso sherry casks. It will retail for £47/ €53/ $58 US. The Elementa has been matured in ex-bourbon casks before a period of finishing in new charred oak casks. It will retail for £67/ €75/ $82 US. The Tribute is made from rare lightly peated Glenmorangie spirit and has been matured for 16 years in ex-bourbon casks. It will retail for £102/ €115/ $125 US.

All three new whiskies will be exclusively previewed in Dubai International Airport during October and Hong Kong International Airport in November. They will then be released in travel retail stores globally and the Distillery Visitor Centre shop in January 2020.

Knob Creek
The small batch bourbon brand of Knob Creek has announced a new limited edition - the Knob Creek Quarter Oak. The new whiskey has seen the brand's regular Kentucky Straight Bourbon finished in American oak quarter casks for a minimum of four years. The small size of these casks increases the wood contact and enhances oak flavours. It has been developed by Fred Noe, son of Knob Creek creator Booker Noe. Quarter Oak has been bottled at 100 Proof (50% ABV) and will be available in the USA. A bottle will retail for $50.

The best-selling Islay single malt brand of Laphroaig have announced two new rare whiskies to join their portfolio - one for the travel retail market and one for domestic retail.

The Bessie Williamson Story 25 years old (pictured, left) celebrates the life and achievements of the woman who was Scotland's first ever female Master Distiller and bagan working at Laphroaig in 1932. It has been matured for a quarter of a century in re-fill American oak hogsheads and barrels and is presented with a book about Bessie's life and history at the distillery. It is bottled at 43% ABV and will be available worldwide in travel retail. A bottle will cost £410/ $505 US.

The domestic retail release is named The Ian Hunter Story 30 years old (pictured, right) and celebrates the life and influence of Ian Hunter, the pioneer who is credited with launching Laphroaig in to the USA and the last remaining relative of brothers Alexander and Donald Johnston who founded Laphroaig in 1815.

It is the first whisky of an annual planned release. The whisky has been matured in ex-bourbon barrels and there will be just 4,800 bottles. It is bottled at the natural cask strength of 46.7% ABV and will be available from specialist whisky retailers globally. A bottle will cost £700/ $865 US.

The super premium Irish brand of Midleton have announced details of this year's Midleton Very Rare bottling. The 2019 Edition is the 36th whiskey released in the annual range and features single pot still and single grain whiskeys ranging in age from 13 to 34 years. All have been matured exclusively in American oak ex-bourbon casks and then married together by Brian Nation, the Master Distiller for Midleton.

The Midleton Very Rare 2019 Edition has been bottled at 40% ABV and is presented in a wooden casket. It will be available in selected world markets including Ireland, the USA and the UK. Each bottle will cost €180/ £160/ $198 US.

"Each year we set aside very small amounts of the single pot still and single grain distillates so that the Midleton Very Rare legacy can continue. This vintage features an extraordinary blend of whiskeys from the rarest casks, with the oldest dating back to 1985."
Brian Nation.

The Indian whisky brand of Rampur have launched a new single malt - the Rampur Double Cask. The whisky is produced at India's oldest distillery in the Himalayan foothills and has been created by Anup Barik, the Master Distiller, using a combination of American oak ex-bourbon and European oak ex-sherry casks. The new whisky was launched at The Whisky Show in London last weekend. The Rampur Double Cask is bottled at 45% ABV and is currently available exclusively at The Whisky Exchange. A bottle will cost £60.

Whisky Works

The Whisky Works, the boutique and innovative blending wing of Whyte & Mackay, have announced the second batch of bottlings in the range. The Whisky Works Quarter Master is an 11 years old blend that has four elements - Highland grain whisky matured in ex-Caribbean rum barrels with a small portion then finished in ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry butts, Speyside single malt matured in ex-bourbon casks and Speyside malt matured in ex-sherry butts.

The other new release is the 20 Year Old Speyside, a single malt from a now-closed distillery that has been matured in American white oak casks before a finishing period in ex-Cognac barrels. Both have been created by Gregg Glass, Whisky Maker for the Whisky Works project.

The Quarter Master is bottled at 46.4% ABV and there are only 2,134 bottles. The recommended price is £75. The 20 Year Old Speyside is bottled at 47.1% ABV and there are only 1,593 bottles. Each is priced at £150. Both are available exclusively at The Whisky Exchange until mid-October and will then be distributed to selected specialist retailers globally.

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