Friday, February 7, 2020

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (February 7, 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.


Angel's Envy
The American whiskey brand of Angel's Envy has announced a second bottling in to its limited edition Cellar Collection - the Angel's Envy 10 years old. It is the oldest whiskey ever released by the brand and has been finished for 10 months in ex-tawny Port barrels. It has been bottled at the natural strength of 55.8% ABV and there are just 5,400 bottles. These will be available in six States across the USA - California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky New York and Tennessee. Each bottle will cost $250 US (£195).

The biggest selling Scotch single malt distillery of Glenfiddich has revealed two new bottlings that are to be added to its super premium Rare Collection - the 1975 Vintage Cask 4706 and the 1975 Vintage Cask 5114. Both were distilled and filled to cask within a week of each other in 1975 and are bottled at 44 years of age. Cask 4706 is a European oak ex-sherry butt and Cask 5114 is a European oak hogshead.

Both were hand selected by Brian Kinsman, the Malt Master of Glenfiddich, and are bottled at their natural cask strengths - Cask 4706 is 48% ABV and Cask 5114 is 54.7% ABV. Both are also non chill-filtered and of natural colour. Only 100 bottles of each will be available and they will be exclusive to the USA. Each bottle will cost $9,000 US (£6,950).

"Selecting the casks was a meticulous but extremely rewarding process. They had to reflect the timelessness of the Glenfiddich character and the mastery of craftsmanship that has gone into creating the outstanding liquid within."
Brian Kinsman.

The leading Irish whiskey brand of Jameson has announced details of its annual limited edition label for St. Patrick's Day. The 2020 Edition is the eighth such label and has been designed by Hephee, AKA Dublin-based illustrator and designer Stephen Heffernan. The label is said to reflect the 'familiar journey of friends joining in and turning the world Irish for a day'. The innovative label also has an interactive feature that allows consumers to design their own version of the label via an imprinted QR code or NFC chip on the neck of the bottle.

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