Friday, May 20, 2022

Inbox / The Week's Whisky News (May 20, 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. 

Big Peat
The award-winning Islay blended malt brand of Big Peat has revealed its Feis Ile bottling to celebrate the forthcoming Islay Festival on the famous whisky island. The Big Peat Beach BBQ Edition features only single malts from Islay and is bottled at the natural cask strength of 54.2% ABV. The new whisky is limited to just 3,000 bottles and comes with special packaging featuring the character of Big Peat. It will be available in specialist whisky retailers online and in selected world markets including Asia, Europe and the UK. A bottle will cost £55.00/ €65.00.


The family-owned Islay farm distillery of Kilchoman has announced details of this year's edition of their annual Loch Gorm bottling. This is named after Islay's largest freshwater lake, which is near the distillery on the island's western coast. As with previous Loch Gorm releases the 2022 Edition features only ex-Oloroso sherry casks. These have been sourced from Bodega José y Miguel Martín and 22 have been used in total - 20 first-fill and two re-fills. For this they have been filled with Kilchoman's heavily peated (50ppm) spirit. 
The Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2022 Edition is bottled at 46% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. There are 17,250 bottles. The price was not revealed in the press release.

The Irish single pot still brand of Redbreast has revealed details of the fifth bottling in its rare Dream Cask series. The latest release is a tale of two casks - one chosen by Billy Leighton, Master Blender for Redbreast, and one by fellow blender Dave McCabe. Leighton's choice was a first-fill ex-Oloroso sherry butt that was filled in May 1990. McCabe's was a first fill ex-bourbon barrel laid down in November 1991. The union of the casks has yielded just 714 bottles. All will only be available via a ballot for the Redbreast Birdhouse members from midday on Monday 23 May. The ballot will run until May 30. A bottle will cost €550.


The famous Talisker distillery from the isle of Skye has launched its oldest ever single malt to date - the Talisker 44 years old : Forests of the Deep. The new whisky is a partnership with ocean conservationists Parley For The Oceans. There are just 1,997 bottles and these will be available in specialist whisky and luxury retailers worldwide. It has been bottled at the natural cask strength of 49.1% ABV. Each bottle will cost £3,800/ $4,740 US. A special tasting will take place in London on June 8, which is World Ocean Day.

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