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 Speyside distillery of Glen Moray has announced a limited edition single malt - the Glen Moray Sauternes Cask Matured. The new whisky also launches their Warehouse 1 Collection, which will show some of the innovation going on in the distillery's most well-known warehouse. It is constructed of just five casks that had previously held sweet Sauternes dessert wine, which were sourced from France, before being filled with Glen Moray new make spirit in 2006.
The Glen Moray Sauternes Cask Matured has then been stored in Warehouse 1 at the distillery and is bottled at 14 years of age. It is released at the natural cask strength of 59.6% ABV and is of natural colour and is also non chill-filtered. The whisky is exclusive to the UK market and is available now via selected specialist whisky retailers. A bottle will cost £79.95. The exact number of bottles were not revealed in the press release.
"This first whisky in our new Warehouse 1 Collection shows a perfect marriage of Glen Moray’s spirit with all the rich, deliciously sweet flavours you would enjoy in a glass of Sauternes. It is a real celebration of Glen Moray’s passion for unusual cask maturation’.Dr. Kirstie McCallum - Head of Whisky Creation at Glen Moray.
The Campbeltown distillery of Glen Scotia have released a limited edition rare single malt - the Glen Scotia 30 years old. The new whisky has been created using a single distillation run from 1989, which has been maturing in European oak hogshead ex-sherry casks ever since. These have yielded just 500 bottles, which are released at the natural cask strength of 50.8% ABV. The Glen Scotia 30 years old is presented in a wooden casket made of sustainable British oak and each bottle is individually numbered. It will be available globally in selected specialist retailers and will cost £850/ $1,135 US.
The Swedish distillery of Mackmyra have announced the latest release in their limited edition Moments range - the Mackmyra Körsbärsrök. The name translates as 'cherry smoke' from Swedish and has been created by Angela D'Orazio, the Master Blender at Mackmyra, from a combination of smoky and classic unsmoked spirits that were distilled in 2010. The whiskies were matured at Bodås, Mackmyra's warehouse in an old iron ore mine, in two sizes of ex-bourbon cask (100 and 200 litres) and two sizes of ex-cherry wine casks sourced from Germany (100 and 128 litres).
Mackmyra Körsbärsrök is bottled at 43% ABV and will be available via selected specialist retailers in key European markets including Germany, Sweden and the UK. It can also be purchased via Mackmyra's German or UK websites. The exact number of bottles has not been revealed, but each will cost £99/ €121.90.
The Perth-based Australian distillery of Whipper Snapper has announced a limited edition whisky - the Whipper Snapper Wheat. Australia's first ever 100% wheat whisky has been produced using a strain of wheat called Hard Red Winter that was grown at two local farms near Narrogin, WA. After distillation the spirit was then filled to Char #3 virgin American oak casks and left to mature for four years. Whipper Snapper Wheat has been bottled at 45% ABV and will cost $125 AUS. It is available to purchase only via the distillery's website - www.whippersnapperdistillery.com.