Friday, February 12, 2021

Inbox / The Week's Whisky News (February 12, 2021)

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 slowish 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 a bit ...



The Islay distillery of Bruichladdich have announced a new expression in their cult Islay Barley series - the Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012. The single malt is produced using barley grown on eight Islay farms in 2011, which was malted and distilled in 2012. The Islay Barley 2012 is unpeated and has been matured for a minimum of eight years in either first-fill ex-bourbon casks or ex-French red wine barrels, which were married together in a ratio of 75% to 25% respectively to create the final whisky. It is bottled at 50% ABV and will be available in selected markets worldwide and via A bottle will cost £55/ $76 US.
"The components at work in this whisky come together to tell the story of where this whisky is from. It speaks of its place with honesty and openness – Islay-grown barley, Islay distillation and Islay maturation. There is honesty and pride at the heart of this single malt."
Adam Hannett - Head Distiller at Bruichladdich.

The popular blended Scotch brand of Dewar's, which celebrates its 175th anniversary this year, has released the third expression in its Cask Series range - the Dewar's Portuguese Smooth. The blend is bottled at 8 years old and has been finished in ex-Ruby Port casks sourced from the Douro Vally in Portugal. It joins the Illegal Smooth and Caribbean Smooth in the range, which have been finished in ex-Mezcal casks and ex-rum barrels respectively. The Dewar's Portuguese Smooth is exclusive to the USA and can be purchased from wine and spirit retailers in selected states. It is bottled at 40% ABV and will cost $22 US per bottle.


The Australian distillery of Starward have released a new whisky to their core single malt range - the Left-Field. The whisky combines Starward's Australian single malt with the influence of Australian red wine barrels. Left-Field has been fully matured in French oak ex-Cabernet, ex-Pinot Noir and ex-Shiraz barrels sourced from wineries in the Barossa Valley and Yarra Valley wine regions. These have been aged seperately before being married together to create Left-Field. It is bottled at 40% ABV and is exclusive to slected European markets. A bottle will cost £35/ €40. In the UK, Left-Field is currently exclusive to supermarket Waitrose.
"We felt it was important for us to create a flavourful but easy drinking and approachable whisky that talks to the place it is made. Very few whiskies can do this but we believe we have an opportunity with an Australian whisky matured in Australian wine barrels."
David Vitale - Founder of Starward.

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