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 ...
The cult Islay distillery of Ardbeg have revealed details of their latest Ardbeg Committee exclusive limited edition - Ardbeg Fermutation. The new whisky is the result of an accident at the distillery in 2008. The boiler broke down and threatened the contents of six washbacks of fermenting wash. With the wash unable to be collected at its normal fermentation time of 72 hours, it was left to continue fermenting until the boiler was fixed. This resulted in the wash being in the washbacks for three weeks - the longest in Ardbeg history and an unprecedented length of time for wash.
The unplanned experiment was overseen by Dr. Bill Lumsden, the Director of Distilling & Whisky Creation at Ardbeg. The spirit was then matured in first-fill and re-fill ex-bourbon casks, and has been bottled at 13 years old and 49.4% ABV. Ardbeg Fermutation will be available to Ardbeg Committee members from February 1. A bottle will cost £150.
"I have always wanted to experiment with longer fermentations, so an unintentional boiler breakdown was the best thing that could have happened! Three weeks was unchartered territory for us. The outcome is a dram that tastes like pure science fiction!"Dr. Bill Lumsden.
The Highland peated whisky brand of Cù Bòcan, which is distilled every winter at the Tomatin distillery near Inverness, has released two new limited edition expressions into their Cù Bòcan Creation series. Creation #3 (pictured, left) sees the smoky spirit matured in a combination of ex-Cabernet Sauvignon barrels sourced from Morocco and ex-rye whiskey casks from America. Creation #4 features maturation in a combination of ex-Tawny Port barrels from Portugal and ex-Cognac casks from France. The series is designed to push the boundaries of flavour and experimentation in Scotch whisky.
The new whiskies join the Cù Bòcan Signature in the range until sold out. Both are bottled at 46% ABV and are both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. They will be available in specialist whisky retailers in selected world markets. Cù Bòcan Creation #3 will cost £45/ $60 US per bottle with Creation #4 at £60/ $80 US.
"We are looking forward to opening up the world of lightly peated whisky, whilst continuing to explore unusual and intriguing finishes in our Creation series. Each Cù Bòcan single malt offers an exploration in the subtleties of smoke, the character of the casks and the mastery of maturation."Graham Nicolson / Sales Director at Tomatin.
The Tennessee brand of Uncle Nearest has unveiled its 2022 line-up of whiskeys, which also includes three new expressions. The announcement was also used to reveal new packaging. All of the whiskeys have been distilled, matured and bottled at the brand's Nearest Green distillery in Shelbyville, Tennessee. This is named after Nathan 'Nearest' Green, who was known as Uncle Nearest and is widely regarded as being the first African-American master distiller in the USA.
The new whiskeys in the range are Uncle Nearest Rye, Single Barrel Rye and Single Barrel Whiskey. It si the first time that the entire range features whiskey made at the Nearest Green distillery, which was founded by Fawn Weaver in 2017. The three new bottlings will initially be available at the distillery before seeing a wider distribution across the US. Prices were not revealed in the press release.
The English craft distillery of White Peak has announced the release of its first ever single malt - Wire Works First Release. The name honours the location of the distillery in Ambergate, Derbyshire. This was built in the former buildings of the Johnson & Nephew Wire Works, a pioneering wire and cable manufacturer in Victorian times. The whisky has been matured in a combination of first-fill ex-bourbon and STR (shaved, toasted and re-charred) casks. There are just 5,016 bottles in this inaugural release and the whisky is bottled at 50.3% ABV. Other bottlings are planned throughout 2022.
Members of the distillery's Temperance Club, cask owners programme and investors have had the opportunity to reserve a bottle, before it goes on general sale on February 3. It will be available from the distillery shop, plus a selection of independent and specialist retailers in the UK. A bottle will cost £65.