Friday, February 5, 2021

Inbox / The Week's Whisky News (February 5, 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 Speyside distillery of Aberlour has recently launched a new expression in to its core range of single malts - the Aberlour 14 years old Double Cask Matured. The whisky has undergone a double maturation process - first in ex-bourbon barrels and then in ex-Oloroso sherry casks - with a minimum age of 14 years. This process was overseen by Graeme Cruickshank, the Master Distiller at Aberlour, and his cask selection team. The whisky will be a constant in the core range but created and released in small batches. The Aberlour 14 years old Double Cask Matured is bottled at 40% ABV and will cost around £50/ €57/ $69 US.


The east Highland distillery of Glendronach has announced the highly anticipated release of the latest whisky in their Cask Strength series. The Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 9 has seen whiskies matured in both ex-Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. These have been selected at different ages and married together by Dr. Rachel Barrie, the Master Blender for Glendronach. The Cask Strength Batch 9 is released at the natural strength of 59.4% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. It will be available in specialist retailers in selected markets worldwide and cost £72/ $99 US / €82 per bottle.
"The Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 9 is incredibly rich and full-bodied; the result of years of slow maturation in Pedro Ximénez puncheons and Oloroso sherry butts. The depth of this Highland single malt’s character is boundless, especially when adding a drop or two of water."
Dr. Rachel Barrie.

West Cork
The family-owned Irish distillery of West Cork has released a new limited edition blended whiskey. The West Cork Irish Stout Cask Matured has seen the distillery team up with the Blacks of Kinsale brewery. The blend consists of 75% Irish grain and 25% Irish single malt and has undergone a six month finishing period in barrels that had previously held Blacks of Kinsale stout. There will be just 9,400 bottles and they will be available in Ireland, the UK, the USA and selected other world markets. A bottle will cost £26/ €32/ $38 US.


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