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 Glasgow Distillery Co. have announced the release of three limited edition single malts - the 1770 Cask Finishes. The collection is designed to show off how the distillery's three spirit types mature in different casks. The classic unpeated spirit has been paired with ex-Ruby Port casks, the peated with ex-Sauternes dessert wine barrels and the triple distilled with ex-Tokaji wine casks. All are finished for a short period in each cask, are bottled at cask strength and are limited in number.
The 1770 Ruby Port Cask Finish is released at 56.2% ABV and has just 467 bottles available. The 1770 Peated Sauternes Cask Finish is 53.7% ABV and has 486 bottles, while the 1770 Triple Distilled Tokaji Cask Finish is 53% ABV and 380 bottles. All are non chill-filtered and of natural colour. No indication of price was given for each whisky in the press release. They are only available via www.glasgowdistillery.com and are restricted to two bottles per customer.
"Something that sets us apart from most other distilleries is that we make three very distinct styles of single malt whisky at the Glasgow Distillery - unpeated, peated and triple distilled. I am really proud to be able to offer these three releases as an insight into our innovation, experimentation and quality."Liam Hughes / Founder of the Glasgow Distillery.
Diageo have released the third and final whisky is their spuper premium Johnnie Walker Masters series. The Johnnie Walker Masters of Flavour follows the Ruby Reserve and Master's Edition in the collection. The new expression is a blend of extremely old whiskies with a minimum age of 48 years, each hand selected by the Johnnie Walker Master Blender Dr. Jim Beveridge OBE. It is to be one of Beveridge's last whiskies before he retires. Closed distilleries included are Glen Albyn, Glenury Royal and Port Dundas, plus the recently revived Brora. There are just 288 bottles, each of which are made from Baccarat crystal and housed in an oak casket.
The Johnnie Walker Masters of Flavour is bottled at 41.8% ABV and will be available globally via selected specialist whisky and luxury retailers. Each bottle will cost £20,000/ $26,875 US.
The leading spirits retailer has released its fifth Black Friday bottling to mark the post-Thanksgiving retail frenzy. As with each previous year, the identity of the distillery is not revealed. The details of the Black Friday 2021 Edition are that it is a 22 year old single malt from a Speyside distillery. It is bottled at the natural cask strength of 49.2% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. There are just 1,800 bottles with each priced at £110. They are only available via a special page on the Whisky Exchange website or from one of their London retail stores. Hurry as last year's expression sold out in two hours. * NB / bottles were still available at time of publishing.
"Customers want something special on Black Friday and we are the only whisky specialist that produces its own bottling for the day. Our customers trust us and take a chance on it every year, and for good reason: we’re well-known for finding very nice whiskies."Sukhinder Singh / Co-founder of the Whisky Exchange.