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.
We have been on holiday for the last couple of weeks and several items of whisky news have appeared during our absence. Here is the first part in our round-up of the news from our time away. Part two will follow shortly.
The English distillery of Circumstance, which is in the city of Bristol, have launched their first whisky. The inaugural release is a single grain whisky made from 85% malted and 15% unmalted barley and then distilled through Circumstance's hybrid still, which is a combination of a copper pot and column still. The spirit has been matured in first-fill ex-bourbon casks for three years. There are just 518 bottles of the Circumstance Single Grain Whisky and they are only available from the distillery. No details of the ABV strength were given in the press release. A bottle will sell for £60.
The world's best selling Scotch whisky brand of Johnnie Walker has announced the fifth edition in its Blue Label Ghost & Rare series. As with the other bottlings in the series, the new whisky focuses on a particular distillery. In this case it is the closed 'ghost' single grain distillery of Port Dundas in Glasgow. It is the first Ghost & Rare release created by Dr. Emma Walker, the new Master Blender for Johnnie Walker.
The Port Dundas distillery was locaed on the banks of the Forth & Clyde Canal and was founded in 1811. It closed almost 200 years later in 2010. Other whiskies included in the blend are from the 'ghost' distilleries of Cambus and Brora. Rare whiskies from Auchroisk, Cameronbridge, Clynelish, Dailuaine and Glenkinchie also feature.
The Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare : Port Dundas is bottled at 43.8% ABV and will be available globally from October. Each bottle is individually numbered. Details of the recommended retail price were not given in the press release.
The family-owned farm distillery of Kilchoman have announced the 12th edition of their award-winning annual 100% Islay bottling. The new limited edition has been created from 35 casks - 29 ex-bourbon barrels and 6 ex-Oloroso sherry butts. The whiskies were all distilled in 2011, 2012 or 2013 and matured for a minimum of 8 years. It is bottled at 50% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. There are 12,500 bottles in this year's batch and these will be available in selected specialist retailers in selected global markets. Details of price were not given in the press release.
The closed distillery of Littlemill has released a special limited edition to celebrate 250 years since the distillery was founded. Littlemill began production in 1772 in Bowling, West Dunbartonshire and was destroyed by fire in 2004. It was never rebuilt. The new whisky was selected from a single cask by Michael Henry, the Master Blender for Littlemill's parent company Loch Lomond Distillers. The spirit was distilled in October 1976 and filled to an American oak ex-bourbon hogshead. Henry transferred this to first-fill ex-Oloroso sherry hogshead for its final six months. It has been bottled at 45 years old.
Littlemill 45 years old is bottled at 41.8% ABV and there are just 250 bottles. Enquiries should be made to the Littlemill website. The price was not revealed in the press release.
The Talisker distillery on the western isle of Skye has revealed a new core product that will be a travel retail exclusive - Talisker Surge. The new whisky is designed to show the elemental stormy forces that shape Skye and the Talisker distillery. surge features whiskies of differing ages that have been matured in American oak ex-bourbon casks. The travel retail exclusive will be available in UK from September, before being released in Asia during October and Australia in December. There will also be a Talisker sample bar located in Terminal 5 at London's Heathrow Airport during October and November. Talisker Surge is bottled at 45.8% ABV and will cost £85/ €95/ $115 US per bottle.
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