Friday, October 16, 2020

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (October 16, 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. Here is the news from this week ...

The Cotswold distillery has announced its latest English single malt release - the Cotswolds Sherry Cask. The new whisky features spirit matured in both American oak and European oak casks that have been seasoned with either Oloroso or Pedro Ximenez sherry. The casks are a mix of hogsheads and butts, and it is planned to be an annual release. The Cotswolds Sherry Cask is bottled at the natural cask strength of 57.4% ABV and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour. It is available to purchase via the distillery shop and selected retailers. A bottle will cost £64.95.


The east Highland coastal distillery of Glenglassaugh has announced the launch of 10 single casks under the new Coastal Cask banner. All are either 10 or 11 years of age and have been distilled since the distillery re-opened after a 22 year period of closure in 2008. Each cask in the collection was hand selected from maturing stocks by Dr. Rachel Barrie, the Master Blender for Glenglassaugh.
The Glenglassaugh Coastal Casks collection are all bottled at their natural cask strengths - these range from 51.1% - 57.9% ABV - and are non chill filtered and of natural colour. Prices range from £89 for the 10 year olds and £99 for the 11 year olds. Each coastal cask will be made available in different markets worldwide with pricing and availability varying with each location. Details of each cask are listed below.

The 10 year old casks
  • Cask #559/ ex-bourbon barrel/ Peated/ 55.9% ABV/ UK
  • Cask #888/ ex-spanish wine hogshead/ Unpeated/ 56.7% ABV/ South East Asia
  • Cask #957/ ex-sherry puncheon/ Unpeated/ 57.9% ABV/ Eastern Europe
  • Cask #1346/ ex-bourbon/ Unpeated/ 54.7% ABV/ Distillery Exclusive
  • Cask #2428/ ex-Pedro Ximenez butt/ Unpeated/ 57.8% ABV/ France & Mediterranean
The 11 year old casks
  • Cask #1183/ ex-Oloroso sherry butt/ Unpeated/ 55.7% ABV/ Taiwan
  • Cask #1830/ ex-Port pipe/ Unpeated/ 55.4% ABV/ Benelux, Germany & Scandinavia
  • Cask #7497/ ex-Pedro Ximenex butt/ Unpeated/ 55.8% ABV/ China & Japan
  • Cask R11-008-1/ ex-Madeira puncheon/ Unpeated/ 54.7% ABV/ Africa, Middle East & Oceania
  • Cask R12-213-1/ ex-Oloroso sherry hogshead/ Unpeated/ 51.1% ABV/ USA


The famous Speyside distillery of Macallan has revealed a series of six extremely rare and old single malts, which they have put together as The Red Collection. The youngest whisky within the collection is 40 years of age with the oldest being 78 years old. This is the oldest expression ever released by Macallan. The Macallan 40, 50 and 60 years old will form the core of the range, but will be limited in number, and will be joined by other older casks. For the launch these are at 71,74 and 78 years of age.

Each expression is housed in a wooden handmade casket produced from a vintage Macallan European oak cask that is lined with red leather from Scottish supplier Bridge of Weir Leather. The core releases feature the signature of Kirsteen Campbell, the Master Whisky Maker at Macallan, and the guest releases the signature of Sarah Burgess, the Lead Whisky Maker.

The whiskies will be available glbally in limited numbers from specialist whisky and luxury retailers. The prices are as follows - 40 years old £11,300/ 50 years old £37,500/ 60 years old £49,000/ 71 years old £58,500/ 74 years old £61,500 and 78 years old £65,500. A full set will also be auctioned by Sotherby's at the end of October with money going to food charity City Harvest.  Details of exact numbers of each bottle or ABV strength were not given in the press release.


The popular blended malt of Scallywag, owned by Douglas Laing & Co, has revealed a whisky for the forthcoming colder months - the Scallywag Winter Edition. As with all expressions of Scallywag, the Winter Edition features only single malts from the Speyside region but in this case they have all been matured in ex-sherry casks. These include both ex-Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. There are just 3,000 bottles and these are released at the natural cask strength of 52.6% ABV. The Scallywag Winter Edition will be available via selected specialist whisky retailers and will cost £50 per bottle.

The Japanese drinks company of Suntory have announced the global launch of Suntory Ao, which has previously only been available in Japan. The whisky is a blend featuring whiskies from five renowned production areas in the world - Canada, Ireland, Japan, Scotland and the USA. The whisky has been created by Shinji Fukuyo, the Chief Blender at Suntory, and features whiskies from the Alberta, Ardmore, Cooley, Glen Garioch, Hakushu, Jim Beam and Yamazaki distilleries. Ao, meaning blue, will be exclusive to the travel retail sector. It is bottled at 43% ABV and will retail for £59/ €65/ $71 US.

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