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 Compass Box Hedonism Felicitas pays tribute to the whisky that helped launch the Compass Box 20 years ago back in October 2000. Compass Box have gone on to release over 100 whiskies since, but it was Hedonism that kicked everything off. As with all expressions of Hedonism, the Felicitas is a blended grain whisky. It features three different single grain whiskies, each from a different decade. There are just 2,226 bottles, which are at the natural cask strength of 53% ABV. Hedonism Felicitas will be available in selected retailers globally and will cost £140/ $175 US.
"Launching our business with the blended grain of Hedonism was widely seen at the time as unusual. So few Scotch whisky companies bottle 100% grain whiskies. I am hopeful that over the years, we have shown how delicious good quality Scotch grain whisky can be."John Glaser - Founder & Whisky Maker at Compass Box.
The independent bottler and whisky maker of Gordon & MacPhail have revealed the second whisky in the four-part Last Cask Series - the Glenury Royal 1984 Vintage 35 years old. It joins a whisky from the Speyside distillery of Coleburn, distilled in 1972, which was launched earlier this year. As with the Coleburn, the Glenury Royal distillery is closed (the last production was in 1985 and the distillery has since been demolished) and this is the last remaining cask of maturing spirit from there in G&M's warehouses. The spirit was distilled on Thursday 7 June 1984 and has been maturing in a first-fill ex-sherry butt ever since.
There are just 397 bottles of the Glenury Royal 1984 Vintage 35 uears old and these are bottled at the natural cask strength of 49.1% ABV. It will be available in selected premium retailers worldwide with each bottle costing £1,500/ $1,950 US.
The Speyside distillery of Glenallachie has announced the launch of three limited edition single malts that will form The Virgin Oak Series - the Glenallachie Chinquapin Virgin Oak Finish, the French Virgin Oak Finish and the Spanish Virgin Oak Finish. Each whisky has first been matured in American oak ex-bourbon barrels before being transferred for a short period to the three different virgin oak casks.
The Chinquapin Virgin Oak Finish showcases Chinquapin oak, a sub-species of American oak. This was sourced from the Ozark Mountains in Missouri and air dried for four years before being coopered in to casks. The French Virgin Oak Finish uses casks made of French oak sourced from the Haute-Garonne region in the Pyrennes. The staves were air dried for 15 months before coopering. The Spanish Virgin Oak Finish features casks made from Spanish oak sourced from the Cantabrian Mountains in northern Spain. These were air dried for 18 months prior to coopering.
The three whiskies are all bottled at 48% ABV and are non chill-filtered and of natural colour. There are just 6,500 bottles of each Virgin Oak Finish available and these can be purchased through specialist whisky retailers in selected world markets. All variants will cost £60/ $78 US per bottle.
The family owned Irish whiskey distillery of Teeling has released its first ever peated whisky, named Blackpitts. It has been produced using barley dried with a fire of Irish peat. The whiskey is named after the Blackpitts area of Dublin, which is located close to the distillery. The area was known for being the centre of the malting business in Dublin in the past. The spirit used is triple distilled and has been matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-Sauternes dessert wine casks. Blackpitts Peated Single Malt will initailly be available in Ireland, before being exported to 70 markets worldwide. A bottle will cost €60/ £55/ $71 US.