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 award-winning Loch Lomond Group has unveiled a new single grain whisky brand named Spearhead. The new expression is designed to attract new drinkers to the whisky category and showcase the Loch Lomond distillery's diversity of spirit production. The single grain has been made through their continuous Coffey still to give a light and sweet style of whisky. This has then been matured in ex-bourbon barrels before a finishing period in virgin American oak casks.
Spearhead is recommended to be consumed neat, over ice or within a long drink or cocktail. It is packaged in a bourbon-style bottle and at 43% ABV. Spearhead will be rolled out globally over the coming months and will cost £30 per bottle. For further information, please visit the brand's website - www.spearheadwhisky.com.
The Oxford Artisan Distillery (TOAD) has announced the release of its second release of Oxford Rye. The whisky was produced using heritage rye grain varieties grown using sustainable methods dating back to the 19th century. For Oxford Rye Batch #2 the mash bill was 70% rye, 20% wheat and 10% malted barley. All cereals were harvested in Summer 2017. The spirit was then matured in virgin American oak casks and ex-Port barrels. It has been released at 47.4% ABV and there are just 973 bottles. They are available via selected specialist whisky retailers in the UK and the distillery website.
"With Batch #2, we wanted to highlight a different side of our rye spirit - the herbal nuttiness and rye goodness - while also bringing a decadent and musky hint of vintage Port. The Port casks add a layer of complementary complexity."Chica Rosa - Master Distiller at TOAD.
The Dublin-based Teeling Whiskey Company has announced the latest release in their Vintage Reserve Collection - the Teeling 32 years old. The single malt is one of the oldest Irish whiskeys currently on the market and is released at 46% ABV. It is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour.
There are just 750 bottles and they will initially only be available in selected specialist retailers in Ireland. This includes the distillery shop. A wider release for Asia, Europe and the USA will happen shortly. The Teeling 32 years old Vintage Reserve Collection will cost €2,000/ £1,710/ $2,365 US.
"The Vintage Reserve Collection offerings are central to our goal to help drive diversity in Irish whiskey by introducing unique small batch bottlings. They represent a rare piece of Irish whiskey history in each bottle."Jack Teeling - Founder of Teeling Whiskey Co.