Friday, May 29, 2020

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (May 29, 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 ...


John Crabbie & Co.

The Halewood-owned whisky brand of John Crabbie & Co. has announced the release of a special single cask single malt - the Crabbie 1994 Single Cask 25 years old. The whisky was distilled at the Tobermory distillery on the Scottish island of Mull and was filled to an ex-sherry hogshead cask in 1994. It is bottled at the cask strength of 46.2% ABV and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour. The cask has yielded just 247 bottles and each will retail for £300 /$370 US.


The island distillery of Jura has revealed a rare and very limited edition single malt that will be exclusive to the travel retail sector in Asia. The Jura Very Rare Vintage 1975 has been bottled at 44 years of age with initial maturation in American oak ex-bourbon barrels, before being finished for the final six years in ex-Tawny Port pipes sourced from the Symington Family Estates in Portugal. There are just 21 bottles available and these are released at 46.2% ABV.

The Jura Very Rare Vintage 1975 is housed in a wooden casket and is presented with a 50ml sample of the whisky and a book detailing the story behind the bottling. Each bottle will retail for £6,880 /$8,545 US.

Port Ellen
Diageo, the owners of the legendary Islay distillery of Port Ellen has announced the second bottling in the Untold Stories collection - the Port Ellen Untold Stories : 9 Rogue Casks 40 years old. The collection explores the distillery's past ahead of its forthcoming revival since being closed in 1983. The whisky has been created by Dr. Craig Wilson, Master Blender at Diageo, from a pocket of stock that was distilled and filled to cask in 1979. He hand selected nine casks that had gone in an unpredicted direction and married them together. Four were American oak ex-bourbon hogsheads and five were European oak ex-sherry butts.

The Port Ellen Untold Stories : 9 Rogue Casks 40 years old will be available via luxury retailers worldwide and is released at the natural cask strength of 50.9% ABV. There are just 1,380 bottles and each will cost £6,500 /$8,000 US / €7,200.

"The rogue characteristics that saved these casks from blending in the 1980s are today celebrated at the heart of this momentous single malt. Port Ellen’s signature soft peat smoke is met with a more refined character that is unusually layered and distinctive."
Dr. Craig Wilson.


The innovative Irish distillery of Waterford has announced three new limited edition single malts in their Single Farm Origin range - the Bannow Island : Edition 1.1, the Ballykilcavan : Edition 1.1 and the Ratheadon : Edition 1.1. All are made using 100% Irish barley from one farm in one location.

The Bannow Island (using Overture barley grown on the southwestern tip of Co.Wexford) and Ballykilcavan (using Taberna barley grown west of the River Barrow in Co.Laois) were distilled in 2016. Both have been matured in a combination of first-fill American oak and French oak casks, then bottled at 50% ABV. They are non chill-filtered and of natural colour. There are 8,000 bottles of each and they will be available in Canada, China, Europe, Japan and Taiwan. A bottle will cost €79/ £72 / $89 US.

The Ratheadon will be available later in the year and exclusively to the visitor centre shop and Please visit the website for further information on the distillery and bottlings.

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