Friday, January 17, 2020

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (January 17, 2020)

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.  Here is the news that has grabbed our attention this week.


Black Bottle
The blended Scotch brand of Black Bottle has announced its first new whisky for nearly 20 years in the form of a limited edition 10 years old expression. It signals the re-birth of a previous whisky from the range, which disappeared over a decade ago. All the whiskies included have been matured in American oak casks and is said to have "a strong Islay influence". The 2020 version of Black Bottle 10 years old is bottled at 40% ABV and will be available in selected markets (France, Germany, the Netherlands, South Korea and the UK). The recommended price is £28/ €33.

The north Highland distillery of Dalmore is the latest to release a whisky to celebrate the forthcoming Chinese New Year, which sees 2020 as the Year of the Rat. The limited edition, of which there are just 1,300 bottles, is bottled at 28 years old and has been matured in American white oak ex-bourbon and ex-Port barrels. The whisky is bottled at the natural cask strength of 51.8% ABV and will be available in selected premium retailers worldwide, especially throughout the Asian region. The Dalmore 28 years old will cost £1,380/ $1,800 US.


The Highland distillery of Tomatin has announced the latest bottling in its super premium and rare Warehouse Six Collection - the Tomatin 1977. It is the first ever release from the distillery to have been matured in ex-Sauternes dessert wine casks, which were sourced from a small producer in the Sauternes region of France.

There are just 390 bottles of the Tomatin 1977, which has been maturing in the legendary Warehouse #6 at the distillery. The whisky is released at 48% ABV and presented in a hand blown crystal decanter produced by Glencairn and a wooden casket. It also comes with two crystal glasses and a presentation plinth. It will be available in selected premium retailers in the UK and will cost £3,000/ $3,900 US per bottle.

"Of the thousands of casks held at Tomatin, we have only ever acquired a handful of these ex-Sauternes wine casks. Using any one of them, even for one of our oldest and most valuable whiskies was not a decision we made lightly". 
Graham Eunson - Distillery Operations Director at Tomatin.

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