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 independent whisky makers of Compass Box have announced the release of a new whisky for their core Signature Malt Whisky Collection – the Orchard House. The new whisky is a blended malt has been constructed using single malts from distilleries known for their fruity character. These include Benrinnes, Clynelish and Linkwood and have been matured since distillation in casks selected by Compass Box. These include first-fill ex-bourbon, ex-Oloroso sherry and French oak barrels. They have been married together by James Saxon, the Lead Whisky Maker at Compass Box. The Orchard House is bottled at 46% ABV and is available initially via specialist spirits retailers in the UK. A bottle will cost £42/ $57 US.
“Orchard House is our first core range whisky produced from whiskies we have aged since the day they were distilled. In a sense it is more ‘our whisky’ than anything we have made before. We are so proud of this as it is something new and different for us.”John Glaser / Founder of Compass Box.
Gordon & Macphail
The family-owned independent whisky specialists of Gordon & Macphail have revealed what is believed to be the world’s oldest single malt Scotch whisky – the Gordon & Macphail Generations 80 years old. The rare whisky was distilled at the Glenlivet distillery in Speyside during World War II in 1940 and is taken from a single cask. This has yielded just 250 bottles.
The packaging has been designed by architect Sir David Adjaye OBE. This includes a ‘jewel-like’ hand blown decanter created by Glencairn Crystal and a bespoke 'Artistry in Oak' wooden casket produce by furniture makes Wardour Workshops using sustainably sourced oak.
In addition, Cask #1 will be auctioned at Sotherby’s in Hong Kong on October 7. All proceeds from the auction will go to Trees For Life, a Scottish charity aiming to repopulate and manage the Caledonian Forest. The strength was not revealed in the press release and the price is available upon application to Gordon & Macphail.