Friday, October 8, 2021

Inbox / The Week's Whisky News (October 8, 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 ...
Buffalo Trace

The Kentucky-based Buffalo Trace distillery has announced the line-up of its highly anticipated annual Antique Collection. The collection highlights some of the rarest whiskeys that are maturing in their warehouses. The 2021 edition features four whiskeys - Eagle Rare 17 years old, Sazerac 18 years old, Thomas H. Handy and William Larue Weller. However, the collection regular George T. Stagg does not feature this year due to issues with maturing stocks.

The Eagle Rare 17 years old was distilled in Spring 2002 and has been aged in Warehouse P. It is bottled at 50.5% ABV (101 Proof). The Sazerac 18 years old was distilled in Spring 2003 and features barrels aged in Warehouses K and P. The bottling strength is 45% ABV (90 Proof). The Thomas H. Handy was distilled in Spring 2015 and was matured in Warehouses I, K, L and O. It has a bottling strength of 64.7% ABV (129.4 Proof). The William Larue Weller was distilled in Winter 2009 and was matured in Warehouses C, D, K, L and Q. It is released at 62.6% ABV (125.2 Proof). 

The Buffalo Trace Antigue Collection 2021 will be available from late October in limited quantities in the USA, with small allocations also going to selected global markets. The recommended retail price for each bottle is $99 US.

The north Highland distillery of Dalmore has announced a new whisky that will be the first in a new annual range - the Dalmore 30 years old 2021 Port Edition. The new bottling and series celebrates the brand's longstanding partnership with Port wine producer Graham's. The 2021 Edition has been matured for almost three decades in American white oak ex-bourbon barrels before spending some time in rare casks that had previously held 30 years old Tawny Port from Graham's.

There are only 1,318 bottle available in the first release and these are housed in a framed casket. It is bottled at 42.8% ABV and will be sold via selected luxury retailers in selected global markets. The UK exclusive retailer is Harrod's. Each bottle will cost £4,500/ $6,125 US.
"This new annual release is a celebration of our longstanding relationship with Graham’s Port. The whisky is the result of our shared patience and dedication to craftsmanship over more than 180 years. This has created an exceptional single malt which is divinely decadent."
Gregg Glass / Whisky Maker at Dalmore.


Glen Moray
The popular Speyside distillery of Glen Moray has announced the latest addition to their Warehouse 1 collection of limited editions - the Glen Moray Warehouse 1 1998 Barolo Finish. The series is designed to show some of the experiments and hidden gems maturing in the Elgin distillery's premium warehouse.  The new addition is the oldest in the collection to date and follows Tokaji and Sauternes wine expressions. It was distilled and filled to ex-bourbon casks in 1998, before being finished for 18 months in ex-Barolo wine barrels sourced from the Piedmont region of Italy. 
There are just 863 bottles available and they will be exclusive to the UK market. The Glen Moray Warehouse 1 Barolo Finish is bottled at the natural cask strength of 52.9% ABV and will retail for £140 a bottle. Further releases in to the collection are also planned with the next one being bottled shortly.


The innovative Islay single malt brand of Smokehead, owned by Ian Macleod Distillers, has announced the release of an exclusive limited edition - the Smokehead Twisted Stout. As the name suggests, the new whisky has been part-matured in ex-stout beer barrels. It will be available exclusively from and joins the core range products of Smokehead, High Voltage, Rum Rebel and Sherry Bomb. The Smokehead Twisted Stout is bottled at 43% ABV and will cost £50 a bottle.
"Twisted Stout is as far away from a standard single malt as the combination of tastes, aromas and flavours inside the bottle. So, while all our releases come with an original twist, this latest one might just be our most twisted yet. Which is just how we like things."
Iain Weir / Brand Director of Smokehead.

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