Friday, February 14, 2020

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (February 14, 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.



The Lowland distillery of Rosebank, which is currently being reborn by Ian Macleod Distillers, has announced the release of two very special casks that were distilled in 1993, the year that Rosebank was last distilling. Both casks are re-fill ex-bourbin hosgheads. The Rosebank 1993 Cask #433 has yielded just 280 bottles and is released at its natural strength of 53.3% ABV. Cask #625 has yielded onlt 259 bottles and is released at 50.4% ABV.

The Rosebank 1993 Casks #433 and #625 will only be available via a ballot from today (February 14) for Rosebank subscribers and from February 18 to the general public. Each bottle is priced at £2,500 with only 100 bottles from each cask being made available. To apply for a bottle, please visit the dedicated webpage

"With the distillery’s redevelopment well underway, it is an exciting chapter for Ian Macleod Distillers and Rosebank. We are incredibly excited and proud to be releasing our first official bottlings since the distillery’s closure in 1993."
Robbie Hughes - Distillery Manager at Rosebank.


The Highland distillery of Tomatin has unveiled a new addition to its range of travel retail exclusive single malts - the Tomatin 21 years old. This has been fully matured in first-fill ex-bourbon casks and will sit alongside bottlings at 8, 12, 15 and 40 years of age. The new whisky is non chill-filtered, of natural colour and bottled at 46% ABV. It will be available in selected worldwide airports and will cost £145/ €175/ $190 US.

Woodford Reserve
The bourbon brand of Woodford Reserve have extended their limited edition Master Collection with the release of Batch Proof 2020. It has been created by Chris Morris, the Master Distiller at Woodford Reserve, using the same grain bill as the flagship bottling and specially selected casks. The Woodfrod Reserve Batch Proof 2020 is bottled at 61.8% ABV (123.6 Proof) and is available in selected US states and global markets. A bottle will cost $130 US/ £100.

"Most do not get to experience Woodford Reserve at such a high-proof presentation, so we are excited to have the opportunity to share this special bourbon with connoisseurs. The intensity and depth of flavour is truly remarkable."
Chris Morris.

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