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 Lowland distillery of Bladnoch has announced the line-up of bottlings for its annual Single Cask Collection. The 2021 set features six whiskies with each single cask hand selected by Dr. Nick Savage, the Master Distiller at Bladnoch. The whiskies are of differing ages and bottled at their natural cask strengths. Highlights include single ex-Amontillado sherry, ex-Palo Cortado sherry (pictured, left) and ex-Port casks, plus a very rare ex-Canasta cream sherry butt. The Bladnoch 2021 Single Cask Collection is on sale exclusive via www.bladnoch.com and prices range from £140 to £400 per bottle.
"The 2021 Single Cask Collection once again allows us to demonstrate the quality and breadth in style of the maturing stocks at Bladnoch with more cask types and vintages. This year's selection showcases the very best casks from our maturing stocks."Dr. Nick Savage.
Scotland's largest producer of Scotch whisky has announced details of the annual Feis Ile bottlings from their two Islay-based distilleries. From Caol Ila comes a 12 years old expression (pictured, left) has been matured in re-fill American oak casks and then finished in high char ex-Moscatel wine casks. These were nurtured by Samuel Hale, the Distillery Manager at Caol Ila. It is released at the natural cask strength of 56.6% ABV and there are just 3,000 bottles. Each will cost £130.
From Lagavulin comes a 13 years old expression (pictured, right) that has been initially matured in re-fill American oak casks before a finishing period in high char ex-Port barrels. These were selected by Pierrick Guilaume, the Distillery Manager at Lagavulin. There are 6,000 bottles and the whisky is released at the natural cask strength of 54.4% ABV. Each bottle will cost £160. Both whiskies will be available from June 1 from www.malts.com (May 31 at 2pm for subscribers) and the Lagavulin distillery shop.
The family-owned independent bottler of Douglas Laing & Co. have announced a four bottle Old Particular mini series of single casks named Cheers To Better Days. They have been selected to celebrate the brighter future as the UK comes out of the latest Covid lockdown. There are three single malts in the collection - Bunnahabhain 12 years old, Jura 12 years old and Linkwood 12 years old - plus one single grain, a Port Dundas 16 years old.
Each is limited in number and bottled at 48.4% ABV. All are also non chill-filtered and of natural colour. The Jura and Port Dundas will be available via selected specialist retailers in Europe and the UK, and will cost £65/ €75.50 and £85/ €99 respectively. The Linkwood will be available exclusively via www.douglaslaing.com and will cost £75/ €87.50. The Bunnahabhain will be exclusive to Asia and will retail for £70/ CN¥640.