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 small traditional Speyside distillery of Benromach has announced the second annual release of its rare 40 years old. It follows a similar 2021 release, which scooped the Best In Show prize at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2022. The new edition has been created from a handful of ex-sherry casks selected by Keith Cruickshank, the Distillery Manager at Benromach. It is the distillery's oldest age statement release.
The Benromach 40 years old 2022 Edition is bottled at the natural cask strength of 57.6% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. It comes presented in a black stained oak casket with copper trim. There are just 1,000 bottles and these will be available in specialist retailers in selected world market. A bottle will cost £1,000/ $1,200 US.
The Highland distillery of Glenturret, which is Scotland's oldest remaining single malt distillery, has announced the release of seven new whiskies for their 2022 range. Six of the whiskies are the same as in 2021, although all feature new liquids created by Bob Dalgarno - the Glenturret's Whisky Maker. There is one new addition - the 7 years old Peat Smoked. It is the third release of the small batch range, which kicked off in 2020.
The entry point to the range is the Glenturret Triple Wood. This sees a combination of three cask types - ex-bourbon, plus American oak and European oak - and is bottled at 45% ABV. The new 7 years old Peat Smoked slots in next and used peated malt spirit. This has been matured in re-fill and ex-sherry casks, and is bottled at 44% ABV. The 10 years old Peat Smoked has been matured in both first fill and second fill European and American oak casks, and is released at 50% ABV.
Next is the 12 years old, which has been matured in American oak and European oak hogsheads. It is released at 46% ABV. The 15 years old features a high percentage of European oak barrels and comes in at 53% ABV. The five expressions are joined by two very limited older variants - the 25 and 30 year olds. The 25 years old consists of just 210 bottles and is released at 42.4% ABV. The 30 years old features a combination of ex-Port, ex-Moscatel and ex-sherry casks. There are just 750 bottles relased at 42% ABV.
No indication of price for each bottling was given in the press release. All are of natural colour and all, except the Triple Wood and 7 years old Peat Smoked, are non chill-filtered. The Glenturret 2022 range will be available through selected specialist retailers in selected world markets and via www.theglenturret.com.