Friday, June 19, 2020

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (June 19, 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. However, we will bring news whenever there is any - most 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 ...


Douglas Laing
The family-owned independent bottler of Douglas Laing & Co. have announced a new series of single malts and the first bottling in that series. The Spiritualist Series will fall in to their Old Particular range and has been kicked off with the 'Balance' Edition, a heavily email Islay single malt from an un-named distillery. The series is said to be inspired by the global mindfulness movements. The Old Particular Balance Edition : Islay 14 years old is bottled at the natural cask strength of 53.2% ABV and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour. A bottle will cost £130 / $162 US and will be available from selected specialist retailers or

The Lakes
The English distillery of The Lakes has revealed the third bottling in their WhiskyMaker's series of single malts. The Lakes WhiskyMaker's Reserve No.3 is a limited edition of 9,700 bottles and has been created by Dhavall Ghandi, the Master Blender for The Lakes. It has been matured in a combination of ex-sherry casks including ex-Cream, ex-Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry, plus ex-red wine casks. It has been bottled at the natural cask strength of 54% ABV and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour. The WhiskyMaker's Reserve No.3 is available now from and will cost £65 per bottle.

"The spectrum of flavours achieved through the use of these different sherry and red wine casks create depth and complexity. These were married over twelve months allowing the flavours to gently integrate and develop."
Dhavall Ghandi.

Port Askaig
Elixir Distillers, the independent bottling and whisky blending company, have announced a new addition to the core range of their Port Askaig single malt. The Port Askaig 12 years old has been created from spirit distilled at an un-named Islay distillery in 2006 and 2007. It is said 'to have aromas of peated malt, zesty lemon oil and a maritime minerality, leading to flavours of lemon sherbet, key lime pie, sooty smoke and toffee-led sweetness'. It has been bottled at 45.6% ABV and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour. The Port Askaig 12 years old is available from The Whisky Exchange and costs £65.95 / $88 US a bottle.

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