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 award-winning English distillery of Cotswolds has revealed the latest addition to its Cask Collection series - the Cotswolds Bourbon Cask. The whisky has been created using 100% Cotswolds barley and the spirit has undergone maturation in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels. It joins the Founder's Choice, Peated Cask and Sherry Cask in the collection. The Cotswolds Bourbon Cask is bottled at 59.1% ABV and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour. It is exclusively available via www.cotswoldsdistillery.com and their three retail shops. These are located at the distillery in Stourton and in the towns of Broadway and Bourton-on-the-Water. Each bottle will cost £64.95.
The House of Suntory has announced a special limited edition version of its popular Hibiki blended whisky. The Hibiki Japanese Harmony Limited Edition 2021 has been created to show the passage through the seasons in the Japanese calendar. The bottle and carton are filled with hand-painted floral designs and depictions of water. These symbolise Ryusui-Hyakka - the season of One-Hundred Flowers and Flowing Water. The special edition is bottled at 43% ABV and will be available in selected specialist and luxury retailers. A bottle will cost £134/ $185 US.
The best selling Irish whiskey brand of Jameson has announced a limited edition higher strength version of its Black Barrel expression. The Jameson Black Barrel Proof is bottled at 50% ABV (100 Proof) and has been created to show extra depth and richness. The whiskey is a combination of triple distilled pot still and grain whiskeys, and these have been matured in three types of cask - American oak, ex-sherry and double-charred ex-bourbon barrels. It is also non chill-filtered. The Jameson Black Barrel Proof will only be available in selected retailers in Ireland, including at Dublin airport, and will cost €60 a bottle.