Friday, December 18, 2020

Inbox / The Week's Whisky News (December 18, 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. 
This will be our last Inbox of 2020 before the festive break and what a strange/ difficult/ weird/ unpredictable/ unprecedented* year it has been (* delete as appropriate, haha). Inbox will return in the New Year. Anyway, here is the news from this week ...

Ireland's oldest whiskey distillery of Bushmills has announced a super premium release single malt in the form of the Bushmills 30 years old New American Oak Cask. It forms part of the wider Causeway Collection and is the oldest ever whiskey to be launched by the Northern Irish distillery. The whiskey was initially matured in ex-bourbon and ex-Oloroso sherry casks, before being combined and matured in virgin American oak casks for 16 years. 
The Bushmills 30 years old New American Oak Cask is bottled at cask strength and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. There are just 432 bottles available with 100 of these being exclusive to The Irish Whiskey Collection in both Cork and Dublin airports. The remainder will be released to selected markets in early 2021. A bottle will cost €700/ $851 US/ £635.
"It is a privilege to work with such rare whiskeys such as this 30 years old. It is our oldest single malt to date and is a truly special Irish single malt.  I am immensely proud of how we have been able to create such sensational waves of flavour in this old whiskey using the new American oak casks."
Helen Mulholland - Master Blender at Bushmills.

Compass Box
The artisan whisky blending company of Compass Box have announced their final limited edition bottling to celebrate their 20th anniversary this year - the Compass Box Magic Cask. The new whisky is a blended malt made using only Speyside single malts, including from the long-closed Imperial distillery. However, the Magic Cask is so named due to the inclusion of one very special cask - an ex-Oloroso sherry butt that was filled by Compass Box with one year old spirit in 2016. Magic Cask is released at 46% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. There are just 5,538 bottles and will cost £145/ $196.50 US.
"Sometimes just one cask in a blend of many can provide the touch of magic that allows the whole arrangement to sing. Last year, we discovered Cask #2 from our 2016 Sherry cask maturation experiment. When combined with the parcel from the lost distillery it has created an exceptional whisky."
John Glaser - Founder and Whisky Maker at Compass Box.


Douglas Laing
The family owned independent bottlers and blenders of Douglas Laing & Co. have rounded off another busy year of releases with two new limited edition whiskies in to their super premium XOP Black Single Cask range. The first is the XOP Black Glenrothes 1989 Vintage (pictured, left), which has been maturing in a single ex-sherry cask for 30 years. The second bottling is the XOP Black Teaninich 1975 Vintage, which is released at 45 years of age. No details of the ABV strength, number of bottles from each cask or the price were revealed in the press release.

Johnnie Walker
The world's best selling Scotch whisky has announced a new variant that will be launched in selected cities around the world in March 2021. Johnnie Blonde has been made using single wheat grain and single malt whiskies, and is designed to appeal to new whisky drinkers and be consumed with a mixer or as a long drink. It will be released in Brazil (city - Curitiba), Bulgaria (Sofia), Germany (Berlin), Mexico (Monterey), Thailand (Bangkok) and the USA (Houston). Johnnie Blonde will be released at 40% ABV and will cost $25 US/ €20 a bottle.

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