Friday, November 1, 2019

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (November 1, 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.


Hunter Laing

The family owned independent whisky bottler of Hunter Laing & Co. have announced a new range of rare and limited edition single cask whiskies - the Old & Rare Heritage series. This replaces the previous Platinum range and reverts back to a green bottle and wooden casket, which is how the first Old & Rare bottlings were presented when they first appeared almost 20 years ago.

The new Old & Rare Heritage series is launched with a selection of 23 single casks, none of which are below 30 years of age. These have been hand picked from Hunter Laing's extensive maturing stocks by Stewart Laing, the Managing Director of the company. All are bottled at their natural cask strengths and are non chill-filtered. Prices were not revealed in the press release but will vary for each bottling. They will be available via seelcted specialist retailers worldwide. The whiskies are listed below.

Ardmore 31 years old/ Glen Garioch 31 years old/ Teaninich 43 years old/ Tullibardine 30 years old
Bowmore 30 years old
Aultmore 37 years old/ Balmenach 40 years old/ Benrinnes 40 years old/ Braes of Glenlivet 30 years old/ Cragganmore 30 years old/ Dailuaine 46 years old/ Dufftown 44 years old/ Glen Elgin 44 years old/ Glenburgie 44 years old/ Glenlossie 44 years old/ Glenrothes 31 years old/ Glentauchers 30 years old/ Inchgower 37 years old/ Linkwood 30 years old/ Mortlach 30 years old/ Strathmill 33 years old/ Tamdhu 30 years old/ Tormore 31 years old 

Tullamore DEW
The Irish whiskey brand of Tullamore DEW has launched a new expression of its popular blend - the Tullamore DEW XO Caribbean Rum Cask Finish. The new variant takes the regular Tullamore DEW blend, which is triple distilled and uses three styles of Irish whiskey (grain, malt and pot still), and gives it a finishing period in first-fill ex-demerara rum casks sourced from the Caribbean. The release is said to pay homage to the Irish immigrants that arrived in the Caribbean during the 17th century and helped the early development of rum distillation in the region.

The Tullamore DEW XO Caribbean Rum Cask Finish is bottled at 43% ABV and is initially only available in the UK through selected online and high street retailers. A bottle will cost £26.

"At our Tullamore distillery we are constantly experimenting with our whiskey making. This was one of many trials but immediately stood out as being something truly special. It's the perfect combination of Irish heart and Caribbean soul.”
John Quinn - Global Brand Ambassador for Tullamore DEW.

Woodford Reserve
The premium Kentucky bourbon brand of Woodford Reserve has revealed a special limited edition bottle for the forthcoming Christmas period. The bottle features a snowy winter scene of the distillery, where Woodford Reserve is triple distilled through copper pot stills, which has been painted by renowned Kentucky-based artist Suzanne Enriquez Dougherty. It will be available exclusively in the UK through the Tesco supermarket chain and carry a price of £32 per bottle.

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