Friday, March 6, 2020

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (March 6, 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 premium bourbon brand of Booker's has announced details of the latest batch, the first of the new decade - Booker's Bourbon Batch 2020-01 'Granny's Batch'. The name refers to Margaret Beam Noe, who is current and 7th generation Master Distiller Fred Noe's grandmother, who was known affectionately as Granny Noe.

The batch was constructed using casks that were selected by Fred Noe and all were the age of six years, four months and 21 days. It has been bottled at the natural strength of 63.2% ABV (126.4 Proof) and will be available across the USA. A bottle will retail for $90. For further information about the release, please visit

The up-and-coming Irish whiskey brand of Dunville's has announced a special limited edition single cask version of its popular 12 years old expression. The Dunville's 12 years old Cask Strength has been finished in a single ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry cask and there are just 300 bottles. It forms part of an ongoing programme of Dunville's Single Cask releases and is bottled at 55% ABV. The whiskey will only be available until sold out at the visitor shop at the Echlinville distillery shop in Co. Down, Northern Ireland or via A bottle will cost £108.

The family-owned Speyside distillery of Glenfarclas has teamed up with multi award-winning glass maker Glencairn Crystal for their oldest ever single malt release - the Glenfarclas Pagoda Ruby Reserve 62 years old. It joins three other limited vintage releases in the Pagoda Reserve Series aged at 43,48 and 59 years. Glencairn produced the bespoke hand blown lead crystal decanter, which is their first to feature hand-mounted gemstones. Each bottle has 34 rubies, plus other prescious metals in the design.

Just three casks were selected for the release by George Grant, the Distillery Director at Glenfarclas, and all were distilled and filled in 1954. The whisky is bottled at 44.8% ABV and is available in two sizes of decanter - 70cl and 1.5 litre magnums. For prices and availability, please visit the special Glenfarclas Pagoda Reserve website here.

The Swedish distillery of Mackmyra have announced a 'world first' whisky for their extensive portfolio - the Mackmyra Grönt Te. The name is Swedish for 'green tea' and refers to the fact that some of the whisky included has been matured in casks saturated with a blend of Oloroso sherry and Japanese green tea. In addition there are also whiskies matured in ex-bourbon, ex-Oloroso and ex-Swedish oak casks. It has been created by Angela D'Orazio, the Master Blender at Mackmyra, and bottled at 46.1% ABV. Mackmyra Grönt Te will cost £59/ 730 SEK/ €68.

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