Friday, December 11, 2020

Inbox / The Week's Whisky News (December 11, 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 ...

Gordon & Macphail
The family-owned independent bottlers of Gordon & Macphail have announced the fourth and final bottling in their rare Last Cask series, which celebrates the company's 125th anniversary. The series has highlighted some of G&M's last remaining casks from lost or closed distilleries. The last bottling is Glencraig 44 years old that was distilled in October 1975. Glencraig was produced through Lomond stills within the Glenburgie distillery in Speyside between 1958 and 1981 with most going for blending. Single malts are therefore extremely rare.

The Glencraig 44 years old 1975 Vintage for the Last Casks was matured in a re-fill American oak hogshead (Cask #9686) at G&M's warehouses in Elgin and the cask has yielded just 110 bottles. These are released at the natural cask strength of 54.2% ABV and are non chill-filtered and of natural colour. Bottles will be available worldwide via selected speailist whisky and luxury retailers. Each will cost £1,500/ $1,980 US.


The Speyside distillery of Tamdhu, which is owned by Ian Macleod Distillers, has the announced the latest bottling in their annual Batch Strength series - the Tamdhu Batch Strength No.005. The limited edition has been created using different ages of whisky and only from ex-Oloroso sherry casks. These casks are both first-fill and re-fill, and of differing size - hogshead, puncheon and butt - with some made from American oak and others from European oak. There are 20,000 bottles available and these are released at a batch strength of 59.8% ABV. The whisky is non chill-filtered and of natural colour. 
The Tamdhu Batch Strength No.005 is available now is specialist retailers in selected worldwide markets and via A bottle will cost £80/ $105 US.
"Fans of the first four batches will be right at home here. Batch Strength No.005 is more American oak forwards but still demonstrates the old school Speyside character of Tamdhu and the richness of the ex-Oloroso sherry casks that we use."
Gordon Dundas - International Brand Ambassador at Ian Macleod Distillers.

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