Friday, May 15, 2020

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (May 15, 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. Also brands continue to offer online tastings or experiences - there are too many to mention. Outside of that, there have been a few new releases this week ...


Cotswolds has revealed the first bottling in a new range of liqueurs that will be released by the award-winning English distillery. The Cotswolds Amaro No.1 has the Cotswolds single malt at its heart, which has then been blended with selected botanicals including vanilla, citrus and spices. The team at the distillery have used Amaro, the famous Italian bitter digestif, as inspiration. It is bottled at 40% ABV and is non chill-filtered. The Cotswolds Amaro No.1 will be available from tomorrow (May 16) via their website and then in selected retailers later. A 50cl bottle will cost £34.95.

"I have always loved Amaro and wanted to create our own liqueur inspired by it. The Cotswolds Amaro No.1 mixes selected botanicals with our single malt whisky. We hope it will become a favourite after-dinner drink".
Daniel Szor - Cotswolds Distillery Founder.

Douglas Laing & Co.
The family-owned whisky maker and independent bottler of Douglas Laing & Co. have announced the latest limited edition of The Epicurean, their Lowland blended malt brand. The brand's Wood Series kicked off last year with The Epicurean Côte-Rôtie Cask Finish, which saw a finish in ex-red wine barrels. Now it returns with the Cognac Cask Finish and the release features just two ex-Cognac barrels that were sourced by the company from the famous region in France. The exact number of bottles was not revealed in the press release.

The Epicurean Cognac Cask Finish features only Lowland single malts and is bottled at 48% ABV. It is of natural colour and is non chill-filtered and will be available via and selected specialist whisky retailers. A bottle will cost £60.

The increasingly popular Speyside distillery of Tamdhu has released a limited edition single malt selected by the Assistant Distillery Manager. The Tamdhu Iain Whitecross Single Cask Vintage 2003 is a single European oak ex-sherry butt (cask #5892) that was hand selected from 150 different casks by Iain Whitecross, who started working at Tamdhu in 2006. He later became Assistant Distillery Manager in 2014.

Cask #5892 was distilled in November 2003 and has yielded just 676 bottles. These are released at the natural cask strength of 57% ABV and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour. A bottle will cost £265 and is only available via a special page on Tamdhu's website - click here to for more info and to buy.


The Dublin-based distillery of Teeling has announced two new bottlings - the Teeling 28 years old (pictured, above) and the Brabazon Series 3 (pictured, below). The Teeling 28 years old is a single malt that was distilled in 1991. It has been finished in ex-Sauternes dessert wine casks for the final eight years. It has been bottled at 46% ABV and there are just 4,000 bottles available. These will be available only in Ireland and the UK. A bottle will cost €500/ £485/ $542 US.
The Brabazon Series 3 is a 14 years old single malt that has been finished in ex-Pedro Ximinez sherry casks sourced from a small family-owned bodega in Jerez, Spain. The third release in the series is limited to 10,000 bottles and will be initially available in Ireland and the UK. Other world markets will be included once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. It is bottled at 49.5% ABV and will cost €95/ £85/ $103 US.

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