Friday, June 17, 2022

Inbox / The Week's Whisky News (June 17, 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.

Scotland's largest producer of single malt has announced the third set of bottlings in its vintage Prima & Ultima collection. The eight whiskies represent either the first or last of their kind and have been collated by Dr. Craig Wilson, Senior Blender at Diageo. All are single cask or small batch and represent some of the rarest stocks within Diageo's portfolio. Wilson takes over from Maureen Robinson as the collection's curator.

The theme for the 2022 collection is 'A Moment in Time' and looks at defining moments in a whisky's life. The Prima & Ultima Third Release consists of just 317 complete sets. The recommended price for the set is £36,500 and registration is open until June 30 - click here for more details or to register interest. All bottlings are presented at natural cask strength and are both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. The eight bottlings are :

  • Brora 1981 / 40 years old / Highlands / 44.1% ABV / 1x ex-bourbon barrel, 1x ex-sherry butt / 354 bottles
  • Cragganmore 1973 / 48 years old / Speyside / 44.8% ABV / re-fill ex-bourbon hogsheads / 351 bottles
  • Lagavulin 1993 / 28 years old / Islay / 50.1% ABV / 1x ex-Pedro Ximenez butt, 1x re-fill ex-bourbon hogshead / 642 bottles
  • Mannochmore 1990 / 31 years old / Speyside / 45.1% ABV / virgin European oak / 317 bottles
  • Port Ellen 1980 / 41 years old / Islay / 59.6% ABV / 1x re-fill ex-bourbon hogshead, 1x ex-sherry butt / 555 bottles
  • Royal Lochnagar 1981 / 40 years old / Highlands / 52.5% ABV / re-fill ex-bourbon hogsheads / 1047 bottles
  • Singleton of Glen Ord 1987 / 34 years old / Highlands / 49.4% ABV / re-fill ex-bourbon hogsheads / 1047 bottles 
  • Talisker 1984 / 37 years old / Skye / 51.9% ABV / 3x ex-bourbon hogsheads, 1x ex-sherry butt / 968 bottles

Filey Bay
The Spirit of Yorkshire distillery has announced the latest limited edition to join their Filey Bay single malt range - the Filey Bay Peated Finish Batch #2. The whisky was distilled in 2018 and initially matured in first-fill ex-bourbon casks before undergoing a finishing period in casks that had previously held peated single malt. The launch follows the success and critical acclaim of Batch #1, which was released last year. The exact number of bottles is not stated, but it is bottled at 46% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. A bottle will cost £60 and can be purchased from the Spirit of Yorkshire website and selected specialist retailers in the UK.


The popular Speyside single malt of Glenlivet has announced new versions of two core expressions - the Glenlivet 21- and 25- years old. The pair will form the beginning of The Sample Room Collection. Both whiskies replace the previous expressions of the same age. The new 21 years old features a triple cask finish including time spent in first-fill ex-Oloroso sherry, Tronçais oak ex-Cognac and vintage ex-Colheita Port casks. The 25 years old has a double cask finish in ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry and Tronçais oak ex-Cognac barrels. 
Both whiskies are bottled at 43% ABV and feature new packaging and label designs. The Glenlivet 21 years old will retail for £215/ €250/ $260 US and the Glenlivet 25 years old at £510/ €600/ $630 US. 
"The Sample Room Collection is breaking new ground in whisky, setting new standards in taste and quality through craftsmanship and refined cask finishes. This has been an exciting opportunity to elevate two of our iconic whiskies."
Kevin Balmforth / Cask Expert at Glenlivet.

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