Friday, August 6, 2021

Inbox / The Week's Whisky News (August 6, 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 innovative Speyside distillery of Benriach have announced a very special new limited edition - the Benriach Malting Season. The whisky is the first in over a century that uses barley malted exclusively at the distillery using the traditional floor maltings that were restored for use in 2012. This first batch has seen the spirit produced from the floor malted barley then matured in ex-bourbon and virgin oak casks, before being married together. 
This inaugural release used concerto barley and is bottled at 48.7% ABV. It is both natural colour and non chill-filtered. There are just 6,672 bottles that have come from 23 barrels, all of which were distilled and filled in November 2012. The Benriach Malting Season First Edition will be available in selected global markets and will cost £99/ $138 US.
"Benriach is one of only seven distilleries in Scotland to continue the traditional practice of floor malting. Distilling spirit from barley malted here on site is a true labour of love and something we are passionate about as an ode to our creative whisky making heritage."
Stewart Buchanan - Global Brand Ambassador at Benriach.

The traditional family-owned Speyside distillery of Benromach has announced a new limited edition - the Benromach Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured. The whisky used was all distilled and filled to first-fill ex-sherry hogshead casks in 2012, and features rare spirit made with the distillery's highest peat level of 55ppm. It has been bottled at 46% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. There are just 2,000 bottles. The Benromach Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured will be available in selected specialist retailers in selected markets globally. A bottle will cost £50/ €60.
"This small batch expression has been created in a style which is deliberately different to the subtle smokiness Benromach is well-known for. This is only the second time we have released a heavily sherried peat smoke expression and we are very proud of it."
Keith Cruickshank - Distillery Manager at Benromach.


Scotland's largest single malt producer have announced the second line-up for their annual Prima & Ultima Collection. The 2021 set consists of eight rare bottlings and shows the diversity of maturing stock across Diageo's portfolio. The whiskies were selected by Maureen Robinson, Senior Blender at Diageo, who takes over the reigns from Jim Beveridge OBE, who created the first set last year. Highlights include a bottling from the long-closed Convalmore distillery, plus old whiskies from the rare Speyside distilleries of Auchroisk and LInkwood.

Each bottling is either the first or the last of its kind and there will be just 376 complete sets, eaching costing £23,500. Registration for the sets can be made via Remaining bottles will be sold through selected specialist retailers globally. The details of the eight bottles can be seen below.
  • Auchroisk 1974 
  • Speyside/ 47 years old/ 48.7% ABV/  re-fill European oak butt/ 382 bottles
  • Brora 1980
  • Highlands/ 40 years old/ 49.4% ABV/ re-fill American oak hogshead/ 505 bottles
  • Convalmore 1984
  • Speyside/ 36 years old/ 48.6% ABV/ re-fill American oak hoghead/ 647 bottles
  • Lagavulin 1992
  • Islay/ 28 years old/ 47.7% ABV/ charred American oak hogshead/ 1,081 bottles
  • Linkwood 1981
  • Speyside/ 39 years old/ 52.9% ABV/ American oak Pedro Ximenez sherry seasoned cask/ 701 bottles
  • Mortlach 1995
  • Speyside/ 25 years old/ 52.4% ABV/ Oloroso sherry seasoned butt/ 454 bottles
  • Singleton of Glendullan 1992
  • Speyside/ 28 years old/ 60.1% ABV/ Madeira cask finish/ 420 bottles
  • Talisker 1979
  • Skye/ 41 years old/ 47.5% ABV/ re-fill American oak hogshead/ 556 bottles
"This is a selection of very special single malts, some that have never before seen the light of day and others that are the fleeting and final examples of their kind. Each bottling shares a glimpse into the history of Scotch and one that I am honoured to have witnessed in person."
Maureen Robinson.

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