Friday, April 15, 2022

Inbox / The Week's Whisky News (April 15, 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.

The Islay distillery of Bowmore has announced a new single malt that will be exclusive to the travel retail sector - the Bowmore 22 years old Pedro Ximenez Cask Finish. It features 18 year old pockets of whisky that were matured in different cask types including barrels butts and hogsheads. These were then married together and matured for four extra years in European oak ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. The whisky was created by Ron Welsh, the Master Blender for Bowmore. The Bowmore 22 years old Pedro Ximenez Cask Finish will be exclusively available in China. No details of price were given in the press release.

The up-and-coming Irish whiskey brand of Gelston's has announced the release of an Irish cream liqueur to add to its ever expanding range. The new product has been created using a blend of triple distilled Irish whiskey matured in ex-bourbon barrels, cream and chocolate. It has been created by Johnny Neill, the great great grandson of Samuel Gelston. He originally founded the brand in Belfast in 1830, before Neill resurrected it in modern times. The Gelston's Irish Whiskey Cream Liqueur will cost £14/ $18.50 US a bottle and will be available via Tesco in Northern Ireland and online via The Drop Store for the rest of the UK.
The Speyside distillery of Glenallachie has released a new expression into its core single malt range - the Glenallachie 8 years old (pictured, left). It sees whisky from four different cask types married together - virgin oak casks, ex-red wine barriques, plus ex-Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry puncheons. These casks were selected by Billy Walker, the Master Blender for Glenallachie. It is bottled at 46% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. The Glenallachie 8 years old will be available via specialist whisky retailers worldwide and is expected to retail for £42.50/ $55.50 US.

The Glenallachie Distillers Company have also announced a new blended Scotch whisky - the White Heather 15 years old (pictured, right). It joins the 21 years old expression in the White Heather range, which forms part of the wider MacNair's Boutique House of Spirits. This has been blended by Walker and features single malts from Islay, the north Highlands and Speyside plus single grain whisky. These have been matured in virgin oak, ex-bourbon, ex-Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. Again, it will be available globally and is bottled at 46% ABV. It is also non chill-filtered and of natural colour. A bottle will cost £60/ $78.50 US.

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