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 Islay distillery of Ardbeg have announced a new limited edition single malt that will be exclusive to their Ardbeg Committee members - the Ardbeg 8 years old : For Discussion. The whisky is designed to get Committee members talking about the whisky and how it compares to other whiskies in the Ardbeg range. It has been created by Dr. Bill Lumsden, the Director of Distilling & Whisky Creation, and has been matured in ex-sherry casks. The aim was to temper the powerful smoke of the 8 year old spirit.
The Ardbeg 8 years old : For Discussion is bottled at 50.8% ABV and is both natural colour and non chill-filtered. It will be available only via the Ardbeg Committee area on www.ardbeg.com while stocks last. A bottle will cost £57 plus postage. The exact number of bottles was not revealed in the press release.
The family-owned independent bottler and whisky creators of Douglas Laing & Co have announced a major revamp of their Double Barrel brand. The blended malt has undergone a major overhaul with new bottle shape, packaging and labelling. The whiskies all feature just two single casks, each from a different distillery, that are married together.
The Islay/ Highland distillery Double Barrel (pictured, above) features a mermaid holding a thistle and the Speyside/ Lowland features a griffin at the centre of the new design. Both are bottled at 46% ABV and are both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. They will be available from specialist retailers in selected markets including Europe and the UK. The price for both will be £45.00 / €52.00.
The coastal distillery of Glenglassaugh in the east Highlands has announced the released of an extremely old and rare single malt - the Glenglassaugh 50 years old. The whisky comes from a single ex-Pedro Ximénez sherry cask that has been maturing in a warehouse at the distillery for half a century. The cask was hand selected by Dr. Rachel Barrie, the Master Blender at Glenglassaugh.
The Glenglassaugh 50 years old is bottled at the natural cask strength of 40.1% ABV. The single cask has yielded just 264 bottles, which are presented in a crystal decanter and wooden casket. They will be available in specialist and luxury retailers in selected markets including Asia, Europe and the UK. The price will be £5,550/ €6,395 per bottle.
"A lot can happen in half a century and this whisky has seen important milestones whilst maturing in our warehouses. From the distillery being lost, then revived again in 2008, to the release of its first core range celebrating its youthful spirit."Dr. Rachel Barrie.
The popular Speyside single malt brand of Macallan have announced the third and final exoression in their Concept Series. The Macallan Concept No.3 is a collaboration with acclaimed American graphic designer David Carson. His label and package design for the collaboration using a colour palette found on Macallan's Easter Elchies estate, where the distillery is located. They also feature Carson's signature and that of Polly Logan, one of Macallan Whisky Makers. The whisky features spirit matured in first-fill American oak ex-sherry casks, plus re-fill casks and virgin oak barrels.
The Macallan Concept No.3 x David Carson is bottled at 40.8% ABV and is exclusive to the travel retail sector. This includes Macallan Boutiques at selected international airport terminals worldwide now, and further airport hubs from August. No indication of price was given in the press release.