Friday, August 20, 2021

Inbox / The Week's Whisky News (August 20, 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 small family-owned Speyside distillery of Benromach has announced the release of a new rare single malt - the Benromach 40 years old. This is the first of what is predicted to be a small batch annual release. The whisky for this first batch was all distilled and filled to first-fill ex-Oloroso sherry butts in 1981. These casks have yielded just 1,047 bottles. It is the oldest expression to date in Benromach's new look core range. 
The Benromach 40 years old is presented in a black stained solid oak casket with copper text. This is mirrored in the label design. It is bottled at the natural cask strength of 57.1% ABV and both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. Bottles will be available from specialist whisky retailers in selected world markets, costing £1,500/ $2,065 US each.
"This is the first time we have added a higher aged expression to our portfolio as an annual batch release. Each batch will be bottled at natural strength and will reflect the nuance and character of the casks selected for bottling each year. It truly is something special."
Keith Cruickshank / Distillery Manager at Benromach.


The east Highland distillery of Fettercairn has announced the second release of its annual Warehouse 2 limited edition single malt. The Fettercairn Warehouse 2 Batch 002 features whiskies of varying ages that have been maturing in Warehouse 2 - a traditional dunnage warehouse at the distillery. Batch 002 is combination of first-fill ex-rye whiskey barrels and first-fill ex-bourbon casks, and these have yielded just 6,000 bottles. It has been released at a strength of 48.5% ABV and will be available via selected specialist whisky retailers in world markets. This includes Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. A bottle will cost £55/ €65.
"I never cease to be inspired and enthralled by the diversity and quality of the amazing stock we have in our warehouses. This second release takes us on a deep dive into further exploration of the Fettercairn flavour and allows us to show a more experimental side to our approach."
Gregg Glass / Whisky Maker at Whyte & Mackay.

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