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 Highland distillery of Aberfeldy has announced the third bottling in its French Red Wine Cask Collection - the Aberfeldy 18 years old Côte Rôtie Finish. The collection kicked off in 2019 with the 15 years old Pomerol Finish and was followed in 2020 by the 18 years old Pauillac Finish. This third release has been finished in Côte Rôtie wine barrels sourced by Stephanie Macleod, the Malt Master for Aberfeldy, from the famous Rhône Valley in France.
The Aberfeldy 18 years Côte Rôtie Finish is bottled at 43% ABV and will be available in selected markets including China, France, Germany, Taiwan and the USA. It will also be available from the distillery's online shop from September 1. A bottle will cost £95/ €99/ $120 US.
"The Côte Rôtie style of wine has got wonderful fruity and floral notes so it is just a match made in heaven for Aberfeldy. These wine casks do not come around very often so we snapped them up."Stephanie Macleod.
The South African drinks company of Distell has revealed details of four new limited edition single malts from their three Scotch whisky distilleries - Bunnahabhain from Islay, Deanston in the Highlands and Tobermory from the isle of Mull.
From Bunnahabhain comes the Aonadh 2011. The name translates as 'union' from Gaelic with the whisky being a marriage of ex-sherry and ex-Port casks. It is bottled at the natural cask strength of 56.2% ABV and will cost £120/ $165 US per bottle. Deanston has releasd the Oloroso Cask Matured 2008 which has seen full maturation in ex-Oloroso sherry casks. It is bottled at 52.7% ABV and will cost £80/ $110 US.
From Tobermory comes two whiskies. The first is the Tobermory Oloroso Cask Matured 2004 which has been fully matured in ex-Oloroso sherry casks. It is bottled at 55.9% ABV and will cost £130/ $178 US. The second is the peated Ledaig Pedro Ximenez Cask Matured 1999. This is 22 years old and has been matured in ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. It is bottled at 55.6% ABV and will cost £250/ $345 US.
The exact numbers of each bottling have not been revealed but all are non chill-filtered and of natural colour. All will be available in selected world markets and each distillery website from September 1.
The famous Tennessee whiskey brand has announced the release of its first age statement bottling for over a century - the Jack Daniel's 10 years old. Owners Brown-Forman have also announced that it will be released in small batches on an annual basis and that it has been created to 'pay tribute to the brand's history and founder'. The whiskey follows the same sour mash recipe as the regular bottlings but has been aged in American oak barrels for a decade. It is bottled at 48.5% ABV (97 Proof) and will only be available in limited quantities in selected states within the USA. A bottle will cost $70 US.