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 Lowland distillery of Lochlea has revealed details of its flagship single malt - Lochlea Our Barley. This will be the Ayrshire distillery's core product and will sit alongside a set of seasonal limited edition single malts. Our Barley has been created by John Campbell, the Production Director and Master blender at Lochlea. He has married three cask types together - first-fill ex-bourbon barrels, ex-Oloroso sherry butts and STR (shaved, toasted and re-charred) barriques.
Lochlea Our Barley is released on July 18 and will be available on allocation initially to UK specialist retailers. Selected world markets will follow in time. It will also be available at the distillery. The whisky is bottled at 46% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. A bottle will cost £45/ $53 US.
Chivas Brothers, the owners of the Secret Speyside range of Scotch single malts, have announced the release of seven single cask expressions that will be exclusive to the travel retail sector. Each bottling will be available in a different airport worldwide and are aged between 21 and 27 years old. Four elusive Speyside distilleries from Pernod Ricard's Scotch whisky portfolio are featured - Braes of Glenlivet, Glen Keith and Longmorn, plus the long-closed Caperdonich.
The Caperdonich Peated 1996 Single Cask and Caperdonich Unpeated 1996 will be available in Frankfurt and London Heathrow respectively. They will both cost £887 / $1,050 US. The Braes of Glenlivet 1992 will be available in Dubai only and cost £836 / $990 US. The Glen Keith 1994 and Glen Keith 1998 will be available in Shanghai and Hong Kong respectively. They will cost £640 / $760 US and £380 / $450 US. The Longmorn 1995 and Longmorn 1998 will be available in Taiwan and Singapore respectively. They will cost £675 / $800 US and £405 / $480 US.
"Over decades of maturation, an incredibly distinctive range of flavours have developed inside each cask and these stunning new releases, bottled at cask strength, represent an impressive depth to Speyside that is just waiting to be discovered."Sandy Hyslop / Director of Blending & Inventory at Chivas Brothers.
The Oxford Artisan Distillery (TOAD) has announced the release of the seventh batch of their rye whisky - TOAD Easy Ryder. The new release is a marriage of just nine casks selected by Chico Rosa, the Master Distiller at TOAD. These are all aged between three and four years. These include American oak ex-bourbon barrels and ex-Moscatel fortified wine casks from Portugal
As with all TOAD releases the whisky has been made using heritage cereal varieties thata re grown organically close to the Oxford-based distillery. The Easy Ryder is bottled at 50% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. It is also the distillery's largest whisky release to date with 2,782 bottles in the batch. The whisky will be available via the distillery website and selected specialist retailers in the UK. A bottle will cost £55.