Friday, April 1, 2022

Inbox / The Week's Whisky News (April 1, 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. No April Fool's here, just facts ...

The Speyside distillery of Craigellachie has revealed a new range of single malts and the first whisky in that range - the Craigellachie 13 years old Armagnac Cask Finish. The bottling kicks off the Craigellachie Cask Collection. The series is designed to show off the distillery's heavy style of single malt, which is created through the use of traditional worm tub condensers. The concept will see the Speysider finished in barrels from other spirit producing regions that also use traditional methods in their production. 
Initial maturation was in re-fill and re-charred American oak ex-bourbon barrels. The whisky was then transferred to French oak Bas-Armagnac brandy casks sourced from a distillery in the Gascony region of France. The Craigellachie 13 years old Armagnac Cask Finish is bottled at 46% ABV and will cost £53/ €50/ $65 US. It will be available France, Germany and the UK, and released later in 2022 to Taiwan and the USA.


The north Highland distillery of Dalmore has announced the release of an exclusive limited edition bottling - the Dalmore 33 years old. There will be just 223 bottles available and sales will be made via NFT (Non-Fungible Token). NFTs are a digital receipt that authenticates the bottle and verifies the buyer's ownership. For this, Dalmore have collaborated with Block Bar - the world's leading NFT platform for premium wine and spirits sales. 
The Dalmore 33 years old is bottled at 51% ABV and each bottle will cost $8,800 US. Pre-sale registration has now opened and is taking place on Block Bar's website. The single cask will be bottled in September. Buyer collection will then take place from December for those that wish to own the physical bottle.


The world's biggest selling Irish whiskey brand has announced a new series of whiskeys, and the first whiskey to be released in that series. The Jameson Anthology will see new whiskeys put down one of two tracks - Remastered will see old classic expressions reinvented, while Remixed will have a more innovative and experimental edge. The first bottling sits in Remastered - the Jameson 15 years old Single Pot Still, an expression that last appeared in Jameson's range in 2000. 
The whiskey is constructed of three different pot still styles, all made at Midleton distillery in Co. Cork, that have been matured for between 15 and 17 years in either first-fill ex-bourbon barrels or first-fill ex-Oloroso sherry butts. It sits at the natural cask strength of 56.4% ABV and will be available exclsuively via two ballots - one to the brand's Barrel Club members on April 4 and one to the general public on April 8. A bottle will cost €300.

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