Friday, January 21, 2022

Inbox / The Week's Whisky News (January 21, 2022)



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 the news from this last week ... 
 
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Glendronach
The east Highland distillery of Glendronach has announced the release of its oldest ever single malt - the Glendronach 50 years old. The rare whisky was distilled in 1971 and has spent the last five decades maturing in either ex-Oloroso or ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. These were then selected and married together by Dr. Rachel Barrie, the Master Blender of Glendronach, and married together for a short period in a single ex-Pedro Ximenez barrel. This has yielded just 198 bottles. Each is hand-numbered and presented in a leather case, and comes with an embossed leather booklet.
 
The Glendronach 50 years old is bottled at its natural cask strength of 43.8% ABV and will be available through selected specialist and luxury retailers worldwide. Each bottle will cost £20,000/ $27,150 US.
 
"At 50 years old, this Glendronach is exceptionally rich and seductive, with mellow layers of alluring complexity. It has been a privilege to be the final custodian of our oldest expression to date, which has been passed down through the generations."
Dr. Rachel Barrie.

 
Lochlea
 

The independently owned Lowland distillery of Lochlea has revealed details of its inaugural single maltbottling - the Lochlea Single Malt First Release. They are launching it on Burns Night (January 25) in homage to the famous Scottish poet, who lived and worked at the Ayrshire farm where the distillery is located. Lochlea only uses barley grown on the farm for production of their single malt and began distilling in August 2018.

The Lochlea Single Malt First Release features whiskies matured in first-fill ex-bourbon and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. It is bottled at 46% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. The release is limited but exact numbers were not revealed in the press release. It will be available in the UK and ten export markets. A bottle will cost £50/ $68 US.
 
 
Wemyss
 

The independent whisky bottler of Wemyss Malts has announced a new limited edition blend to add to its range - the Smoky Shores. The new whisky has been created using a seelction of coastal single malts, some of which are peaty. It is designed to be a sibling of Peat Chimney, the peated blend in the Wemyss Malts core range. Smoky Shores is released in a decanter-style bottle and comes with a foiled carton.
 
The Smoky Shores is bottled at 46% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. Numbers are limited to just 5,526 bottles and these will be available through selected specialist retailers in slected world markets, or via www.wemyssmalt.com. A bottle will cost £50/ $68 US.


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