Friday, October 2, 2020

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (October 2, 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 east Highland distillery of Knockdhu has launched a new limited edition in its AnCnoc single malt range - the AnCnoc Peatheart Batch 2. The new whisky forms part of the brand's range of smoky whiskies that use Highland peat during the malting process. It follows on from the inaugural batch of Peatheart from 2017 and has a phenol measurement of 40ppm. The Peatheart Batch 2 is released at 46% ABV. It is also non chill-filtered and of natural colour. There are just over 10,000 bottles available for worldwide markets and they are available now in selected specialist whisky retailers. A bottle will cost £52/ $67 US/ €58.

The small traditional Speyside distillery of Benromach has announced the addition of a new permanent single malt at the top of their core range - the Benromach 21 years old. It is the oldest permanent expression to appear since the distillery reopened under the ownership of Gordon & MacPhail 22 years ago. The new 21 years old has been created using Bneromach's lightly peated style whiskies matured in first-fill ex-bourbon and first-fill ex-sherry casks. It is bottled at 43% ABV and will be available from mid-October in selected specialist retailers worldwide. Bottles will cost £130/ $169/ €144 each.


The north Highland distillery of Dalmore has revealed details of the latest addition to its Principal Collection - the Dalmore 12 years old Sherry Cask Select. The new whisky is described as 'an elegant evolution of the distillery's legendary house style' and features casks seasoned with a bespoke sherry blend created especially for Dalmore. This included both Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherries. 
The Sherry Cask Select began its maturation in American white oak ex-bourbon casks before a three year finishing period in these special ex-sherry casks. It is bottled at 43% ABV and is available now in selected markets including China, Taiwan and the UK. It will be available in other markets, including the USA, from early 2021. A bottle will cost £69/ $90.


Distillerie Warenghem
The French distillery of Distillerie Warenghem has announced the release of its first peated whisky - the Yuen Elez. The Brittany-based distillery offers the Yuen Elez, which is named after a local peat bog in the Amorique National Park, as an extension to its award-winning Amorik single malt range. The new whisky was produced using malt peated to 50ppm in Scotland, but then distilled and matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks in Brittany. It will be available in selected specialist retailers in selected world markets, and from the distillery. A bottle will cost €59.50/ £54.


The well known whisky glass manufacturer Glencairn Crystal has revealed a special set of glassware to celebrate the company's 20th anniversary. The set features their classic Glencairn whisky glass, which has almost cornered the market amongst whisky drinkers, in six different colours - black, blue, clear, gold, green and red. The set is available for £60/ €67/ $78 US with each glass also available individually for £8/ €8.95/ $10.50 US each. Both options will be available from and selected retailers worldwide later in the year.
"Our 20th anniversary gift to loyal fans of Glencairn is the introduction of this colourful new range, which is here to stay. The coloured glasses a fun addition to any drinks cabinet and tasting your dram blind is the perfect way to develop your senses."
Scott Davidson - Product Development Director at Glencairn.


The Indian single malt brand of Rampur has announced a new expression that is the world's first to be matured in Indian wine casks - the Rampur Asava. The whisky began its maturation in American oak ex-bourbon barrels before being transferred to ex-Cabernet Sauvignon wine casks from an unnamed Indian winery for a finishing period. The new whisky will be exclusive the UK via specialist retailer The Whisky Exchange from mid-October. It is bottled at 45% ABV and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour. A bottle will cost £68.95.
"I was inspired to create the Asava as I wanted to see how the dark fruit flavours of an Indian Cabernet Sauvignon wine would develop the flavour of Rampur. I am delighted with the results as there is an impeccable balance of taste."
Anup Barik - Master Distiller at Rampur.

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