Friday, January 27, 2023

Inbox / The Week's Whisky News (January 27, 2023)

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 week. 

The Speyside distillery of Glenallachie has announced its first new release of the year - the Glenallachie 2012 Vintage Cuvée Wine Cask Finish. The whisky has been created by Billy Walker, the Master Blender of Glenallachie. Cuvée is a French term used in the wine sector to reference a blend that comprises more than one variety of grape. In this case Walker has used ex-red wine barrels from four different wineries across three European regions - Valpolicella from Italy, plus Languedoc and two Premier Cru Classés from Bordeaux in France. 
All the liquid was distilled in 2012 and was initially filled to American oak ex-bourbon casks. This was then transferred to the four ex-wine barrels for a 20-month finishing period, before being married together. The whisky has been bottled at 9 years of age and 48% ABV. It is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. The Glenallachie 2012 Vintage Cuvée Wine Cask Finish will be available in selected global markets and will cost £54 per bottle.

Glen Scotia
The award-winning Campbeltown distillery of Glen Scotia has announced the latest addition to its core range - the Glen Scotia 21 years old. The new whisky bridges the gap in the range between the 18- and 25-year old expressions. The whisky has been created using both re-fill ex-bourbon and re-fill American oak casks, before these were transferred for a six month finishing period in first-fill ex-Oloroso sherry casks. The casks were hand selected by Iain McAlister, the Distillery Manager.
The Glen Scotia 21 years old will be produced in batches of 2,500 bottles annually. It is bottled at 46% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. Bottles will be available to purchase through selected specialist whisky retailers globally and via Each will cost £265.

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The popular Speyside distillery of Macallan has released a new collection of single malts to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the James Bond movie franchise. The Macallan James Bond 60th Anniversary Collection has been created in collaboration with EON Productions, the film makers behind the franchise. 
The collection comprises six limited edition bottles inspired by the six decades of 007. Each bottle features an original illustrative design and colour to denote the decade it represents. The distinctive packaging brings to life the creative development process of the films, through a behind the scenes exploration of the James Bond archives. 

The whisky is the same across the six bottlings and this has been created by Kirsteen Campbell, the Master Whisky Maker at Macallan. It is bottled at 43.7% ABV. Each bottling will cost £700 each and will go on sale in selected luxury and specialist whisky retailers in the UK from February 19. It will be available exclusively one day earlier on February 18 from Harrods, the famous London department store.

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