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.
Douglas Laing & Co, the owners of Big Peat, have announced the oldest ever expression of the Islay blended malt - the Big Peat 33 years old. The family-owned independent bottler has created just 1,500 bottles of the new release, which is the oldest ever under the Big Peat name. All the single malts used are from Islay, as with all Big Peat expressions. The whiskies have been matured in American oak casks for most of their lives, before a finishing period in ex-Cognac and ex-sherry casks.
The Big Peat 33 years old has been released and bottled at 47.2% ABV and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour. A bottle will cost £250/ $325 US and will be available in selected specialist whisky retailers worldwide.
Diageo, the owners of the north Highland distillery of Clynelish, have announced details of a limited edition single malt that will be exclusively available at the distillery visitor centre in Brora. The whisky is released with no age statement and combines American oak ex-bourbon and rejuvenated casks of differing ages. These were selected by Jenni Watson, the Master Distiller at Clynelish, and her distillery team. There are just 6,000 bottles available and it is released at 48% ABV. Each bottle will cost £90.
The island distillery of Jura has announced two rare limited edition single malts, both that were distilled in the late 1980s - the Jura Rare Vintage 1988 Mark II and the Jura Rare Vintage 1989. The Rare Vintage 1989 has been matured for 30 years in American white oak ex-bourbon barrels and is released at 53.5% ABV. It will be available in selected specialist retailers worldwide.
The Rare Vintage 1988 Mark II follows on from its inaugural release last year. This second bottling has been matured in American white oak ex-bourbon barrels, before being transferred to ex-Port pipes for a five year finishing period. It is bottled at 52.8% ABV and will be available only in Asian travel retail outlets.
Both new whiskies are non chill-filtered and of natural colour. There are 1,500 bottles of each and these will be priced at £650/ $835 US.
The Whisky Exchange
Leading online retailer The Whisky Exchange have announced details of A Fine Christmas Malt, their annual festive limited edition bottling. The 2019 edition is a 10 years old single malt from the Linkwood distillery in Elgin. The whisky has been matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. There are just 2,696 bottles of this year's A Fine Christmas Malt and these have been released at 54.2% ABV. A Fine Christmas Malt 2019 Edition is available now exclusively from The Whisky Exchange. A bottle will cost £56.95.
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