Friday, February 19, 2021

Inbox / The Week's Whisky News (February 19, 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. 

Here is the news from this week ...



The Lakes Distillery has revealed the latest edition to its range of The One blended whiskies - The One Moscatel Wine Cask Finished. The One features a series of whiskies, all of which have the same blend that is then finished in different cask types. The blend has The Lakes single malt at its heart and also features single grain and single malt whiskies from the Highland, Islay and Speyside regions of Scotland. The One Moscatel Wine Cask Finished has seen this blend matured for the final months in ex-Moscatel sweet wine barrels sourced from the Cádiz province of Andalucia in the very south of Spain.
The One Moscatel Wine Cask Finished is bottled at 46.6% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. It will be available from Thursday February 25 at selected specialist whisky retailers and vis A bottle will cost £48.

"Using an identical recipe each time enables us to showcase the impact of oak and cask seasoning on The One. The characteristics of Moscatel and American oak have trandformed the blend into a fresh and uplifting whisky."
Dhavall Gandhi - Whiskymaker at The Lakes.


The famous Speyside distillery of Macallan have announced a new collaboration with the artist Sir Peter Blake - The Anecdotes of Ages Collection. The collection has three facets and is the third time that the brand and Sir Peter Blake have collaborated with each other, having previously done so in 1986 and 2012. The Collection begins with 13 handblown bottles of Macallan 1967 vintage single malt, each with a unique label design by Sir Peter Blake.

The Anecdotes of Ages Collection : Down To Work sees the same 1967 vintage whisky bottled with a reproduction label and presented in a European oak casket with oak stopper and a leather bound book showcasing each artwork (pictured, above). There are just 322 bottles available worldwide at a natural cask strength of 46.7% ABV.  Each will cost £50,000/ $69,750 US.

The third part sees a specially created no age statement bottling released - The Anecdotes of Ages Collection : An Estate, A Community & A Distillery. This is presented in a blue and green cardboard box that houses the bottle, a certificate and a scroll featuring artwork by Sir Peter Blake. This is a limited edition bottled at 47.7% ABV, but exact numbers are not revealed in the press release. Each bottle will retail for £750/ $1,050 US. 

You are able to view all of the collaboration artworks by Sir Peter Blake via The Macallan Anecdotes of Ages Virtual Art Exhibition. To visit - click here.

The super premium Irish whiskey brand of Midleton has announced details of its latest release to its annual Very Rare series - the Midleton Very Rare 2021 Vintage Edition. The new bottling marks the first to be created by Kevin O'Gorman who is only the third Master Distiller of the series since it first appeared in 1984 and follows Barry Crockett and Brian Nation. The 2021 Vintage Edition is made using old and rare single grain and single pot still whiskeys aged between15 and 36 years of age, including some distilled in 1984 as a homage to the series. All whiskeys are matured in American oak in keeping with previous editions of the series. 
The Midleton Very Rare 2021 Vintage Edition is bottled at 40% ABV and will be available online and in world markets including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, the UK and the USA. A bottle will cost £156/ €180/ $220 US.

"It is an amazing honour to be only the third guardian of this special whiskey. The legacy created by Barry Crockett and carried on by Brian Nation has become an annual ritual and each whiskey is very much of its time. I'm excited to hear people's thoughts on my 2021 version of Midleton Very Rare."
Kevin O'Gorman.

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