Friday, May 22, 2020

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (May 22, 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 ...



The Lowland distillery of Bladnoch has announced three new bottlings for Spring 2020. There are two single malts (pictured, above) - the Single Cask 01 and the Talia 26 years old Red Wine Edition - and a batch of new make spirit.

The Bladnoch Single Cask 01 is the first of a planned five part series of casks hand selected by Nick Savage, the Master Distiller at Bladnoch. The whisky was distilled in January 2008 and has been maturing in an ex-Californian red wine hogshead. This has yielded just 295 bottles. It is bottled at the natural cask strength of 56% ABV and is a UK online exclusive via A bottle will cost £120 and they are limited to one per customer. Forthcoming single casks will be available to other markets.

The latest edition in the Talia range is bottled at 26 years of age and has been matured in American oak ex-red wine casks. It is non chill-filtered, of natural colour and limited in number. The Talia 26 years old Red Wine Edition is available in selected markets and is bottled at 44% ABV. A bottle will cost £325 ($395 US).

The Bladnoch New Make Spirit is also available via the distillery's online store. This is the first time that it has been made available outside of the visitor centre shop. It is made using Lowland barley and water from the River Bladnoch. It is bottled at the cask filling strength of 63.5% ABV and will cost £30 for a 50cl bottle. For more information on these new releases or other whiskies from Bladnoch, please visit

The Northern Irish distillery of Echlinville has announded two limited edition single casks from its Dunville's single malt range. Both are bottled at 18 years of age and both have been finished for the final two years in ex-Palo Cortado sherry casks. Cask #1196 is bottled at 48% ABV and has yielded just 375 bottles. A bottle will cost £159.50. Cask #1203 has yielded only 313 bottles and these are released at 55% ABV. A bottle will cost £199.50. These can only be purchased via the Dunville's or Echlinville distillery shop websites. Further single cask releases are planned if you miss out. watch this space.

Glasgow Distillery Co.
The Glasgow Distillery Company has announced the third and final expression for its 1770 Signature Range of single malts - the Glasgow 1770 Triple Distilled Release No.1. It joins the 1770 Original and 1770 Peated in the range. The spirit has undergone a third distillation, as practiced historically in some Lowland distilleries, which is produced for a very short period each year. This has then been matured exclsuively in virgin oak casks. The Glasgow 1770 Triple Distilled Release No.1 is bottled at 46% ABV and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour. It is currently available to buy at and a 50cl bottle will cost £49.

"Our vision was influenced by the original Glasgow Distillery, which was founded in 1770 and inspired the name for our Signature Range of single malts. They produced unpeated, peated and triple distilled whisky 150 years ago so we set out to do the same for the modern whisky era."
Liam Hughes - Co-Founder at The Glasgow Distillery Co.


The Irish single pot still whiskey brand of Redbreast has revealed the details of its third bottling in the annual Dream Cask range. The Dream Cask Ruby Port Edition is the first from the brand to be finished in a single ex-Port cask. It stems from experimentation that took place during the development of the recently released Redbreast 27 years old.

The latest Dream Cask features four casks of whiskey that were identified during that creation process. The youngest is 28 years of age with the oldest being over 30 years. Two ex-bourbon barrels, an ex-Oloroso sherry butt and an ex-Ruby Port seasoned cask were combined by Billy Leighton, the Master Blender for Redbreast, and fellow blender David McCabe in a single ex-Ruby Port pipe.

The Redbreast Dream Cask Ruby Port Edition 28 years old has been bottled at the natural cask strength of 51.5% ABV and will be available exclusively to members of The Birdhouse, the private members club for Redbreast fans. This will be open for applications from 3pm BST on May 25 until 2.59pm BST on June 2. The ballot will then be drawn and successful applicants notified. A 50cl bottle will cost €490.

"It is more than three decades since my predecessors went to the Douro Valley and hand selected the cask which would eventually become the Redbreast Dream Cask 2020. Our third Dream Cask was created with a very significant fortified wine component. This imparts a unique balance of flavours".
Billy Leighton.

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