Friday, April 24, 2020

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (April 24, 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.

In these unprecedented times, and for the foreseeable future, there may not be much brand news or many (if any) new releases. However, we will bring news whenever there is any and also be updating the blog regularly with reviews and tasting notes.

Most news continues to be dominated by whisky companies of all sizes supporting the bar trade with money or the health services with alcohol for sanitation products. We are also now seeing most brands offering online tastings or experiences - there are too many to mention. Outside of that, there have been a couple of new releases reported ...


The Cotswolds Distillery has revealed a new limited edition release - the 'Hearts & Crafts' single malt. It is the first in a planned annual series that will celebrate the Arts & Crafts movement for which Cotswold resident William Morris was a leading light. This release is the first European oak matured whisky to be released from the distillery. The whisky has been created from spirit that has been maturing in ex-Sauternes dessert wines casks. Each release will also see a different Arts & Crafts inspired design on the packaging. There will be just 1,680 bottles of Hearts & Crafts and it is released at 55.2% ABV. Each bottle will cost £74.95 and is only available from


The up-and-coming Speyside single malt distillery of Glenallachie has announced the second batch of its Wood Finish range with three new expressions - the Rye Wood Finish, Moscatel Wood Finish and Port Wood Finish. This follows the award-winning launch of the series in June last year. All have been created by Billy Walker, the Master Blender and owner of Glenallachie.

The Rye Wood Finish was matured in American oak barrels before being transferred to casks that had previously held Kentucky rye whiskey. It is bottled at nine years of age and will cost £55/ $68 US. The Moscatel Wood Finish is bottled at 11 years of age and has been matured for nine years in American oak barrels before being finished in ex-Moscatel wine barriques. The Port Wood Finish is also 11 years old and has been matured in American oak and then ex-Ruby Port pipes. Both will cost £59/ $73 US. All are bottled at 48% ABV.

"We have been exploring the amazing array of casks in the warehouses and looking at how our spirit interacts with different types of wood. It’s exciting to see how we can enhance the flavour profile of our spirit and this second batch represents the culmination of all those experiments."
Billy Walker.

New Riff

The Kentucky based firm of New Riff Distilling has announced two new limited editions - the Backsetter Bourbon and the Backsetter Rye. Both whiskeys will only be available in selected US states and via the New Riff Whiskey Club, and will launch in May. The Backsetter Bourbon has a mashbill of 65% corn, 30% rye and 5% malted barley while the Backsetter Rye consists of 95% rye and 5% malted rye. Both are bottled at 50% ABV (100 Proof) and will each cost $50 US.

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