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 Northern Irish distillery of Bushmills has announced a new series of whiskeys, and the first bottlings in that series. The Bushmills Causeway Collection celebrates the distillery's close proximity to The Giant's Causeway, the world famous ancient hexagonal rock formation, and consists of 10 cask-finished single malts. The whiskeys have been created by Helen Mulholland, the Master Blender for Bushmills.
Arguable the highlight of the collection is the 2001 Feuillette Cask - a 19 years old expression that has been matured in ex-bourbon and ex-Oloroso sherry casks for 17 years before being combined and transferred for a two year finishing period in a rare Feuillette red wine cask from Burgundy. This is bottled at the natural cask strength of 49% ABV and has yielded just 168 bottles.
Other expressions in The Bushmills Causeway Collection have seen full or part maturation in wood types such as virgin American oak, Cognac, red wine and a variety of fortified wines including Malaga, Marsala and Muscatel. These span a wide range of vintages. The range will be available by the end of 2020 in selected world markets including China, France, Germany, Ireland, Portugal and the UK, plus travel retail.
The independent bottlers of DS Tayman have announced the release of Batch 2 of their certified Kosher single malts. The new pair of whiskies mirror the same two distilleries as released in Batch 1 - Caol Ila and Linkwood - and have been finished in Kosher wine barrels from the Flam Winery in Israel. Both whiskies were distilled in 2008 and have been bottled at 12 years of age and 46% ABV, and are non chill-filtered and of natural colour. They are available now in limited quantities via selected specialist whisky retailers and will cost £49.95/ $67.50 US each.
The Islay single malt brand of Scarabus, which is bottled by family-owned independents Hunter Laing & Co, has two new additions that will sit permanently in its core range. The Scarabus 10 years old and the Scarabus Batch Strength will join the re-named Scarabus Specially Selected, which was launched last year. Scarabus translates as 'rocky place' in Nordic and refers to the location on Islay where Hunter Laing have built their Ardnahoe distillery.
The Scarabus 10 years old has been matured for a minimum of a decade in re-fill ex-bourbon and virgin American oak casks. It is bottled at 46% ABV and will cost £45/ $60US. The Scarabus Batch Strength is made from a small selection of casks that have been married together and bottled at 57% ABV. It will cost £49/ $65 US. In both cases the distillery where the single malt has been produced is not named. Both whiskies are also non chill-filtered and of natural colour. They will be available in selected specialist retailers worldwide and via www.ardnahoedistilleryshop.com.
"Following the success of the Scarabus launch at Feis Ile last year, it is very exciting to add two brand-new expressions to the range. Scarabus is a brand which we are incredibly proud of, and to see it grow and develop is wonderful."Stewart Laing - Managing Director at Hunter Laing & Co.