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 family-owned Islay distillery of Kilchoman have announced details of their annual 100% Islay release. The 2021 bottling is the 11th whisky in the series. It is so named as every aspect of the whisky comes from Islay - the barley is grown on Kilchoman's own farm, the spirit is produced at their distillery, the casks are matured and bottling takes place there also. The first time anything leaves Islay is to go to retailers.
The 100% Islay 11th Edition has been created from pockets of maturing stock distilled in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Just 33 casks (26x ex-bourbon and 7x ex-Oloroso sherry) have been used. These have yielded just 12,000 bottles and these are released at 50% ABV. The whisky is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. It will be available in selected specialist retailers worldwide and bottles will cost £75/ $105 US each.
"Our older sherry butts were at their peek and we then tried a few bourbon barrels of a similar age. They were similar so the backbone of this edition came together very easily. Our bourbon barrels and oloroso butts are incredibly consistent and this combination works incredibly well."Anthony Wills / Founder & Managing Director of Kilchoman.
The Highland distillery of Tomatin has revealed details of the fourth and final bottling in its French Collection. The Tomatin Cognac Edition is limited edition and bottled at 12 years of age carrying a 2008 vintage on the label. The maturation saw the first 10 years in American oak ex-bourbon casks before a final two year finishing period in ex-Cognac barrels. It follows the Monbazillac Edition, Sauternes Edition and Rivesaltes Edition.
The French Collection was designed to show the influence of different French wine and spirit casks on the same initial Tomatin spirit. The Tomatin Cognac Edition 2008 is bottled at 46% ABV and is available via the Tomatin website and selected specialist retailers in selected global markets. The exact number of bottles was not revealed in the press release, but each will cost £65/ $90 US.
"The fourth and final release from our French Collection is the jewel in the crown. This Cognac Edition, along with the rest of the collection, showcases our innovative dedication to the craft and excellence and is the perfect illustration of the art of comparative final maturation."Graham Eunson / Master Distiller at Tomatin.