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 blended malt brand of Big Peat, owned by Douglas Laing & Co, has revealed details of its annual Christmas bottling. As with all expressions of Big Peat, the whisky consists of only single malts from the famous whisky island of Islay. The Big Peat Christmas 2021 Edition is bottled at the cask strength of 52.8% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. No details of the numbers within the limited edition or the price were given in the press release. It will be available from the end of September via www.douglaslaing.com and specialist whisky retailers worldwide including Asia, Europe and North America.
The Irish single malt distillery of Bushmills has announced the 2021 line-up for its annual Causeway Collection. This years selection, which is named after the Giant's Causeway that is located close to the distillery, features 12 whiskeys. The youngest is bottled at nine years of age (the 2011 Sauternes Cask Finish, pictured, above left) and the oldest at 32 years old (the Port Cask, one of the oldest ever releases from Bushmills).
Other highlights include two Marsala Cask Finishes from 1991 and 1995, another Port Cask Finish from 2000 and a Jupille Cask Finish from 2008 featuring a cask from the famous Belgian brewery. The 12 whiskeys will be spread across eight world markets - Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Scandanavia, UK and travel retail. All are non chill-filtered with prices ranging from €55/ £47 to €950/ £815 per bottle.
"The Causeway Collection celebrates our extremely rare and unique cask finishes, our passion for single malt and honours our rich heritage. It is a privilege to work with such rare liquid, these special cask-finished whiskeys really are our greatest treasures."Colum Egan / Master Distiller at Bushmills.
The north Highland distillery of Glenmorangie has revealed a limited edition collaboration with botanical sculptor Azuma Makato. Special packaging for the brand's 18 years old expression has been designed by Makato to celebrate the unveiling of his Dancing Flowers of Glenmorangie sculpture at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, London. The artwork is inspired by the delicate floral aromas and flavours of Glenmorangie 18 years old and consists of 100 blooms from both Scotland and his homeland of Japan, some of which are scented with the whisky.
The Glenmorangie 18 years old Azuma Makato Edition is bottled at 43% ABV and will be available from specialist whisky and luxury retailers globally, Amazon and www.clos19.com from November 1. A bottle will cost £100/ $137 US.
"Azuma Makoto’s stunning work deliciously translates the sweet, floral lushness of Glenmorangie 18 years old. A mere glimpse of his limited-edition design brings to mind the whisky’s scents of geranium, rose and jasmine, plus tastes of honeysuckle and sweet pea."Dr. Bill Lumsden / Director of Whisky Creation at Glenmorangie.
The famous Speyside distillery of Macallan has announced the oldest expression yet for its Double Cask range - the Macallan Double Cask 30 years old. The new whisky has seen maturation for three decades in sherry seasoned American and European oak casks. These have then been married together by Kirsteen Campbell, the Master Whisky Maker at Macallan. The Macallan Double Cask 30 years old is bottled at 43% ABV and is presented in an oak casket. It will be available from specialist whisky and luxury retailers, plus Macallan Boutiques globally. Each bottle will cost £2,950/ $4,000 US.
The Irish whiskey brand of Redbreast have announced a new limited edition expression that will slot into a newly created range. The Redbreast Pedro Ximénez Edition will join the Iberian Series of Redbreast single pot still whiskeys. The Lustau Edition, which was first launched back in 2016, will also join to become the cornerstone of the series.
For this PX Edition the triple distilled Redbreast spirit has been initially matured in ex-bourbon and ex-Oloroso sherry casks. These whiskeys were then re-casked to hogshead barrels that had been seasoned with Pedro Ximénez, a sweet dessert style of sherry. It is bottled at 46% ABV and will be available initially in Ireland. Other markets including Finland, travel retail and the UK will follow shortly after with America following in November. A bottle will cost €80/ £72/ $86 US.
"Iberia has been central to the history of Redbreast. My colleagues and I have been visiting the peninsula since the 1980s. The close relationships fostered there over decades have led to many delightful discoveries that take the region’s influence on our whiskey to another level."Billy Leighton / Master Blender for Redbreast.