Friday, April 30, 2021

Inbox / The Week's Whisky News (April 30, 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 round-up of this week's news ...



The north Highland distillery of Clynelish has announced the release of a special single malt to celebrate the opening of its brand new redesigned visitor centre. The Clynelish 'Four Corners of Scotland' 16 years old has been matured in American white oak ex-bourbon hogsheads and is bottled at the natural cask strength of 50.6% ABV. There are just 3,000 bottles available and they will be exclusive to the new visitor centre. Each bottle will cost £195.
The new distillery experience is the second to open as part of Diageo's 'Four Corners of Scotland' programme for their famous Johnnie Walker brand. Clynelish will be the brand's 'Highland home' and joins the already reimagined Glenkinchie distillery (Lowlands). These will also be joined by Cardhu (Speyside) and Caol Ila (Islay) in time. All four single malts feature heavily in the Johnnie Walker range of whiskies.

The Speyside distillery of Glenallachie have announced a new series of limited edition single malts and the first three whiskies in that series.  The Wine Cask Series sees whiskies matured in ex-wine barriques sourced from France, Italy and Spain for its first batch. These were hand selected by Billy Walker, the owner and Master Blender for Glenallachie. Initial maturation was in American oak ex-bourbon barrels before a two year finishing period in each wine barrel.

The Grattamacco Wine Cask Finish 11 years old has been finished in French oak casks that have previously held organic Super Tuscan wine from the Grattamacco winery in the Bolgheri area of Tuscany. The Sauternes Wine Cask Finish 12 years old has been finished in French oak casks that have previously held Sauternes dessert wine from the Bordeaux region of France. The Rioja Wine Cask Finish has been finished in Spanish oak casks that have previously held the wine from the famous Rioja region of Spain.

The three whiskies are all released at 48% ABV and are of natural colour and non chill-filtered. They will be available through selected specialist whisky retailers globally. There are 6,000 bottles of each expression. Prices are - Grattamacco Wine Cask Finish £59, Sauternes Wine Cask Finish £61 and Rioja Wine Cask Finish £64.

The north Highland distillery of Glenmorangie have announced a premium limited edition single malt - the Glenmorangie Sonoma-Cutrer Reserve 25 years old. The whisky, which is described as one of the brand's 'most rare and unique creations', has seen a long 15 year finishing period in ex-Chardonnay casks from California. These were sourced by Dr. Bill Lumsden, the Director of Whisky Creation at Glenmorangie, from the famous Sonoma-Cutrer winery in the Sonoma Valley region. Only 1,000 bottles are available and these are bottled at the natural cask strength of 55.7% ABV. Each bottle will cost £1,750/ $2,445 US.
"I can almost taste the sunshine ripening the Californian grapes in our richly delicious Glenmorangie Sonoma-Cutrer Reserve. Finished for 15 years in a small batch of these casks, which we have never used before at Glenmorangie, makes this single malt is an absolute one-off."
Dr. Bill Lumsden.

Loch Lomond

The Loch Lomond distillery have revealed the release of the Loch Lomond 45 years old, which will be the first in the three-part The Remarkable Stills Series. The series will celebrate the Highland distillery's unique straight necked still with a trilogy of rare single malt bottlings. 
The Loch Lomond 45 years old was distilled in 1973 and was matured for most of its life in American oak ex-bourbon casks. It was then transferred for a one year finishing period in to a single first-fill ex-Oloroso sherry cask. There are just 200 individually numbered bottles and these are presented in a premium glass decanter complete with a copper debossed plaque. This is housed in an oak casket designed to show off the shape of the straight necked still. 
The Loch Lomond 45 years old is bottled at the natural cask strength of 42.2% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. Each bottle will cost £3,450/ $4,790 US.
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