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 Islay distillery of Bowmore has announced a collaborative single malt with the super premium car brand of Aston Martin. The Bowmore x Aston Martin Masters Selection 21 years old has seen Bowmore's Master Blender and Aston Martin's Chief Creative Officer work together to contruct a whisky using scientific and engineering principals. The result sees a base of 21 year old Bowmore used that has been matured in first-fill ex-Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. The remainder of the recipe consists of older Bowmore whiskies, some over 35 years of age.
The Bowmore x Aston Martin Masters Selection 21 years old is bottled at 51.8% ABV and will be available through specialist and luxury retailers in selected world markets. These include Canada, China, Germany, the UK and USA. The price of each bottle will be £300/ $400 US.
The award-winning Cotswolds distillery have announced their latest single malt whisky release - the Cotswolds Reserve. As with all bottlings from the English distillery, the whisky is made using 100% local barley. The spirit has been filled and matured in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels and STR (Shaved, Toasted and Re-charred) ex-red wine casks. These have then been combined in a ratio of 80% bourbon and 20% red wine cask to create the Cotswolds Reserve. It is bottled at 50% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and natural colour. The Cotswolds Reserve is available via www.cotswoldsdistillery.com and specialist whisky retailers. A bottle will cost £55.
"We are excited to launch this smooth and elegant whisky, which combines first-fill ex-bourbon and STR ex-red wine casks. We think Cotswolds Reserve is one of the most approachable whiskies we have ever produced."Daniel Szor / Founder of Cotswolds.
The leading Irish whiskey brand of Jameson has announced a rare older expression as a limited edition - the Jameson 21 years old. The new whiskey features spirit that was filled to cask at the turn of the 21st century. It is a combination of single pot still and single grain whiskeys, all produced at the Midleton distillery in Co. Cork.
They have matured in ex-bourbon and ex-Oloroso sherry casks for 18 years, before they were blended together and then re-casked into ex-bourbon barrels for a final three year period. The whiskey was then finally married together with a small amount of single pot still whiskey that had matured for 21 years in first-fill ex-Oloroso sherry butts.
The Jameson 21 years old is bottled at the natural cask strength of 57.2% ABV and will only be available via a ballot. There are just 2,301 bottles with each costing €310. The ballot closes to applications at 6pm GMT on Wednesday 17 November. To enter the ballot - click here.