Friday, October 23, 2020

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (October 23, 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 Lowland distillery of Bladnoch has announced a new series of single malts and details of the first whisky in the series. The Bladnoch Waterfall Collection will be a five part annual series that explores the importance of cask selection on maturation. The creative project is led by Dr. Nick Savage, the Master Distiller at Bladnoch, and sees the same single malt decanted to different cask types over a five year period. 1,000 bottles of the ever changing liquid will be released each year. 
For Batch #1 the whisky has been matured in both ex-bourbon and ex-Oloroso sherry casks. The remaining liquid has been transferred to ex-Oloroso sherry casks and will be assessed by Dr. Savage before he decides on the next stage of its journey. The 1,000 bottles of Bladnoch Waterfall Collection Batch #1 will only be available through and the visitor centre shop at the distillery. It has been released at 48.8% ABV. No indication of price was given in the press release.


The Speyside distillery of Glenallachie has announced the latest release of their cult classic 10 years old Cask Strength. The Glenallachie 10 years old Cask Strength Batch #4 (pictured, centre) is a combination of ex-Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks, plus a small percentage of virgin oak casks. This edition is bottled at 56.1% ABV and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour. There are 15,600 bottles available and each will cost £59/ $79 US.

The distillery has also announced the release of the third batch of its single cask series. This batch includes six different single casks ranging from 11 years old to 31 years old. Each cask has been hand selected by owner and Master Distiller Billy Walker to showcase the interaction of wood and spirit at different ages. Details of each cask are listed below and all are non chill-filtered and of natural colour.

  • Cask #3728/ ex-Sauternes wine cask/ 11 years old/ 59% ABV/ 299 bottles/ £86
  • Cask #3966/ ex-Rioja wine barrel/ 12 years old/ 56.6% ABV/ 313 bottles/ £90
  • Cask #1867/ ex-Ruby Port pipe/ 12 years old/ 52.3% ABV/ 700 bottles/ £90
  • Cask #111860/ first-fill ex-bourbon barrel/ 13 years old/ 58.6% ABV/ 253 bottles/ £96
  • Cask #5182/ virgin oak cask/ 15 years old/ 57.6% ABV/ 281 bottles/ £106
  • Cask #6118/ ex-Oloroso hogshead/ 31 years old/ 51.1% ABV/ 339 bottles/ £530

Jim Beam
The world's biggest selling bourbon brand has announced a new pioneering whiskey - the Jim Beam Lineage. The bourbon is a first for the brand as it has been created by a collaboration between Fred Noe, the 7th generation Master Distiller of Jim Beam, and his son Freddie Noe. The small batch premium release will be exclusive to the travel retail sector and features whiskeys that were distilled and filled to charred American white oak barrels in 2004. The 15 years old bourbon has been bottled at the natural barrel strength of 55% ABV (110 Proof). 
Jim Beam Lineage will be available in selected travel retail markets worldwide from early 2021 and will cost $250 US/ £190 per bottle. The exact size of the batch was not revealed in the press release.
"The collaboration between Fred and Freddie is a landmark moment in Jim Beam’s long-standing history. The chemistry between the father and son is undeniable and has led to the creation of a truly unique whiskey."
Ed Stening - Head of Global Travel Retail at Beam Suntory.

Loch Lomond

The Loch Lomond distillery has announced two new additions to its core range of single malts - the Loch Lomond 21 years old and 30 years old. Both new whiskies have been crafted by Michael Henry, the Master Blender for Loch Lomond. The 21 years old has been matured in American oak casks and features some of the distillery's rare peated single malt. It is bottled at 46% ABV and will cost £140/ $185 US per bottle.

The 30 years old has been matured in American oak casks also, but with half of the whisky finished for a period of time in first-fill ex-Oloroso sherry casks. It has been bottled at 47% ABV and will cost £500/ $655 US per bottle. Both whiskies are non chill-filtered and of natural colour. They will both be available in specialist whisky retailers worldwide.


Royal Lochnagar
The east Highland distillery of Royal Lochnagar has announced details of a special bottling to commemorate its 175th anniversary. The whisky is bottled at 17 years of age and has been matured in re-fill American oak, ex-Oloroso sherry and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. The distillery was founded in 1845 as New Lochnagar before changing to Royal Lochnagar after the visit of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1848 saw them issue it a Royal Warrant. The distillery is located just one mile from Balmoral Castle and is regularly visited by Royal, the most recent being Prince Charles. 

The Royal Lochnagar 175th Anniversary Edition is bottled at the natural cask strength of 56.3% ABV and there are just 3,000 bottles. It will be available at the distillery shop and through selected specialist whisky retailers. A bottle will cost £250/ $330 US.


Singleton of Glen Ord
The Highland distillery of Glen Ord has released an exceptionally rare single malt under The Singleton label. The Singleton of Glen Ord 38 years old has been created by Maureen Robinson, the Master Blender for The Singleton, using eight special casks. The whisky has been in these casks for the final 26 years of its life after being earmarked for greatness back when only 12 years old. This is the longest secondary maturation in The Singleton history. The secondary casks in ex-bourbon, ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry and virgin American oak, which have then been married back together to create this 38 years old. 
There are just 1,689 bottles and these are released at the natural cask strength of 49.6% ABV. The Singleton of Glen Ord 38 years old will be available in selected specialist whisky shops and luxury retailers in selected markets worldwide. Each bottle will cost £2,100/ $2,750 US.
"The Singleton 38 year old was crafted during an era that was a time of flavour experimentation and innovation in our whisky making. Selecting new American oak casks was very new for us then and we decided on a lengthy secondary maturation in this, plus two more traditional cask types, to unlock the decadent layers of flavour in this single malt."
Maureen Robinson.

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