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.
It has been a slow start to 2021 but things are beginning to warm up. Here is the news from this week as the whisky industry begins to wake up from its January slumber ...
The Islay distillery of Ardbeg has announced a limited edition single malt to celebrate the 13-year tenure of departed Distillery Manager Mickey Heads. Arrrrrrrdbeg has been matured entirely in ex-rye whiskey casks from America and is the first ever Ardbeg to have done so. It will be exclusively available to Ardbeg Committee members via www.ardbeg.com and Ardbeg Embassies worldwide from February 1. The bottle features an illustration depicting Mickey Heads as a pirate, which was created by renowned graphic artist Butcher Billy. Arrrrrrrdbeg is released at 51.8% ABV and will cost £145 per bottle.
"Working with Mickey has been an absolute joy. This 'end of an era' limited edition is a special one. The spirit inside is special too, being the distillery’s first ever ex-rye cask whisky."Dr. Bill Lumsden - Director of Whisky Creation at Ardbeg.
The Virginia-based American whisky brand of Catoctin Creek have been promoting a new date for the whisky calendar - Rye January. The artisan distillery, which is know for its rye whiskies such as the Roundstone Rye 92 Proof (pictured, left), have launched the initiative as part of their introduction to the UK market this month. The plan is to host events each January in order to promote their Roundstone Rye range and to get more people appreciating and drinking rye whisky. Rye January is also accompanied by the #ryejanuary hashtag for social media use.
The family-owned independent bottler of Wemyss Malts has announced the release of Untold Riches, a marriage of old and rare casks from the Islay distillery of Bunnahabhain. The new release features 31 casks in total, both ex-bourbon hogsheads and ex-sherry butts, with the youngest being 28 years of age. The Untold Riches Bunnahabhain 28 years old is bottled at 49.1% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. It will be available from selected specialist spirits retailers in Asia, Europe and the UK, and wemyssmalts.com. A bottle will cost £149.95/ €169.
The American whiskey brand of Woodford Reserve has announced the UK release of a very special limited edition - the Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition. It is the first American whiskey to be bottled in Baccarat Crystal, with the bespoke decanter housing spirit matured in ex-XO Cognac casks. These casks were hand selected by Chris Morris, the Master Distiller of Woodford Reserve, from one of the most famous Cognac houses in France.
The decanter features both Woodford Reserve and Baccarat engraved logos and a crystal glass stopper. Each decanter will cost £1,500 and will be available in the UK through specialist whisky and luxury retailers. The Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition is bottled at 45.2% ABV (90.4 Proof).