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 soon-to-be reopened north Highland distillery of Brora has announced the release of three very rare bottlings from some of their last remaining stocks. The Brora Tritych is designed to celebrate the forthcoming rebirth by looking back to the distillery's pre-closure days, before production ended in 1983. The collection has been collated by Stewart Bowman, the Master Distiller for Brora, and will only be sold as complete sets.
The Brora Triptych is formed of the Timeless Original 38 years old, the Age of Peat 43 years old and the Elusive Legacy 48 years old - the oldest ever official release of Brora. The Timeless Original was distilled in 1982 and is bottled at 47.5% ABV. The Age of Peat was distilled in 1977 and is bottled at 48.6% ABV. The Elusive Legacy was distilled in 1972 and is bottled at 42.8% ABV.
All three rare whiskies are presented in bespoke hand blown decanters designed by Glencairn Crystal and these are housed in a handcrafted wooden casket made from ash by esteemed cabinetmaker N. E. J Stevenson, holder of a Royal Warrant. The Brora Triptych will cost £30,000 ($41,200 US) and will be available in luxury and specialist spirits retailers worldwide from mid-May. The exact number of sets was not revealed in the press release.
The Campbeltown distillery of Glen Scotia have announced this year's special release for the annual Cambeltown Malts Festival, which will again be held as an online event in 2021 due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Glen Scotia Campbeltown Malts Festival 2021 Edition has been created using unpeated spirit that was distilled in 2009, 2010 and 2011. These were matured in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels before being transferred for a finishing period in ex-Bordeaux red wine casks. It is bottled at 10 years of age and at the natural cask strength of 56.1% ABV. It is also both non chill-filtered and of natural colour.
The Glen Scotia Campbeltown Festival 2021 Edition 10 years old and will be available in limited quantities in selected world markets. The exact number of bottles and the price was not included in the press release. For further information on this bottling, please visit www.glenscotia.co.uk.
"The release of our Glen Scotia Festival Edition has become a keenly awaited fixture on our calendar. This year’s expression takes influence from both our rich history and coastal location, while the delicious flavours from the Bordeaux wine casks add a unique twist."Iain McAlister - Distillery Manager at Glen Scotia.