Friday, July 8, 2022

Inbox / The Week's Whisky News (July 8, 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. 

Douglas Laing & Co, the brand owners of Scallywag, have announced the latest expression in The Chocolate Edition series. It is the fifth bottling for the annual release of the blended malt and was launched yesterday (July 7), which was World Chocolate Day. As with all expressions of Scallywag the whisky is a marriage of Speyside single malts. These include distilleries such as Glenrothes, Macallan and Mortlach. All are matured in ex-sherry casks to enhance a chocolate-like aroma and flavour in the whisky. 
Scallywag The Chocolate Edition is restricted to 3,600 bottles and these are released at 48% ABV. It is also non chill-filtered and of natural colour. Each bottle will cost £57.50/ €67.50 and it will be available via selected specialist retailers in Asia, Europe and North America.


Singleton of Glen Ord
The popular distillery in the north Highlands has announced a limited edition bottling to celebrate the opening of its innovative new visitor centre - the Singleton of Glen Ord Celebratory Edition. The whisky will only be available at the distillery in Muir of Ord, north of Inverness. It has been created by Maureen Robinson, the retiring Master Blender for The Singleton, and uses just 12 second-fill ex-sherry hogshead casks. It is designed to show off and enhance Glen Ord's fruity distillery character. The Celebratory Edition is bottled at 51.8% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. Details of the price were not included in the press release.
The new Singleton visitor centre at Glen Ord (pictured, below) is part of a £185 million investment in Scotch whisky tourism by Diageo. The programme has seen new visitor centres at Glenkinchie in the Lowlands, Cardhu in Speyside and Clynelish is the Highlands. Two further new visitor centres are also due to open later this year - Caol Ila on Islay and Talisker on Skye. At Glen Ord there is a tasting area, food and whisky pairing deli and retail area. They will also offer distillery tours, tasting experiences and a combined maltings and distillery tour. For further details - click here.

The Vermont-based distillery of Whistlepig has launched the youngest expression of its 100% rye whisky into its core range - the Whistlepig Piggyback 6 years old. The new whisky has been conceived following consultation with bartenders and is designed for use in mixing and cocktails. It was created by Dave Pickerell, the late Master Distiller at Whistlepig who sadly died just before its launch. Piggyback is bottled at six years of age and has been aged in American oak barrels. It was launched in America last month and saw its UK launch on Independence Day (July 4). Whistlepig Piggyback 6 years old is bottled at 48.28% ABV (96.56 Proof) and will retail for £45 per bottle.

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