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.
Berry Brothers & Rudd
The legendary London-based wine and spirits retailer of Berry Brothers & Rudd have announced the second round of bottlings in their Nordic Cask range. The five bottlings feature whiskies from Denmark, Finland and Sweden, plus a multi-country blend. The individual single casks were selected by Jonny McMillan, the Reserve Whisky Manager at the company. The series is designed to showcase the quality and innovation coming from the region's distilleries. Details of the five bottlings are below.
- 2012 Single Cask / Swedish Single Malt from Smӧgen / 59.6% ABV.
- 2013 Single Cask / Finnish Single Malt from Teerenpeli / 59.9% ABV.
- 2017 Single Cask / Danish Rye Whisky from Stauning /58.9% ABV.
- 2019 Single Cask / Danish Single Malt from Thy / 57.6% ABV.
- Vindӧga Blended Nordic Malt Whisky / 59.7% ABV.
The Vindӧga Blended Nordic Malt Whisky, which has been matured in ex-Sherry casks, is a blend of whiskies from the distilleries of Fary Lochan (Denmark), Teerenpeli (Finland), Smögen (Sweden), High Coast (Sweden), Mosgaard (Denmark), and Myken (Norway). Prices and quantities of each bottling were not revealed in the press release.
Scotland's oldest working distillery, Glenturret in Perthshire, has launched its oldest ever single malt - the Glenturret 50 years old. The whisky has been drawn from a single re-fill ex-Sherry cask, which was distilled and filled in 1972. The cask has yielded just 150 bottles. The Glenturret 50 years old is presented in a bespoke black crystal decanter designed by luxury French manufacturers Lalique. The whisky is released at 40% ABV and will only be available via the distillery shop and website. Each bottle will cost £40,000.
"We are so excited to be releasing a 50 years old expression for the first time ever. But to do it in partnership with the extraordinary creative talents at Lalique is just incredible. The result is a rare and unique collector’s piece that really does justice to the remarkable liquid found inside."John Laurie / Managing Director at Glenturret.
The New-York based craft distillery of Kings County has announced the launch of a new blended bourbon that will sit within its core range. The Kings County Blended Bourbon is a combination of straight whiskeys whhich have been matured in American oak barrels for two years. By law a blended bourbon must be a minimum of 51% straight bourbon. Kings County have used different whiskeys across their maturing stock to create the new product. The Kings County Blended Bourbon is bottled at 43% ABV and will be available from late September in selected specialist stores in the USA. A bottle will cost $55 US.
"Creating a blended bourbon is a way of asking whiskey drinkers to reconsider an overlooked category of spirit. Blended whiskey is most often associated with Scotch or Canadian whiskies. We used the all-but-forgotten category of blended bourbon to create the American version of these reliable and endlessly versatile spirits."Craig Spoelman / Co-Founder & Distiller at Kings County.