Friday, February 17, 2023

Inbox / The Week's Whisky News (February 17, 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 Glenrothes has released The 42 - a small batched limited edition single malt that is one of their oldest ever released. The whisky is made from just four casks which were hand selected by Laura Rampling, the Master Whisky Maker for Glenrothes. The 42 is bottled at 43% ABV and the casks have yielded just 1,134 bottles between them. The whisky is presented in a bespoke decanter and will be available from mid-March. It will initially be sold through specialist and luxury retailers in the UK including Harrods and Fortnum & Mason. Each bottle will cost £6,750/ $US8,150.
"These four casks have taken our spirit on a journey of maturation over more than four decades, refining the original delicate and fruity character without overpowering it. The result is a beautifully elegant whisky that truly allows the bright and vibrant character of Glenrothes to sing."
Laura Rampling.

Loch Lomond

The Highland distillery of Loch Lomond has announced the release of a new range of blended malts named Noble Rebel. The new range is designed to 'push boundaries in the pursuit of flavour' and consists of three expressions - Orchard Outburst, Smoke Symphony and Hazelnut Harmony. These have been created by Michael Henry, the Master Blender for Loch Lomond.

Orchard Outburst (pictured, above left) has been matured in ex-bourbon casks and features single malt made with Chardonnay wine yeast amongst others. Smoke Symphony (pictured, above centre) features peated malts and has been finished in ex-Rioja red wine casks from Spain. Hazelnut Harmony (pictured, above right) has been finished in heavily toasted American oak casks.

Noble Rebel's rebellious nature is brought to life with a series of illustrations that adorn the labels. These are different on each bottling. The three expressions will be available from early March and will initially be exclusive to The Whisky Exchange in the UK. A bottle will cost £40.
Port Charlotte 

The Islay distillery of Bruichladdich has announced the latest edition vintage in their Port Charlotte island provenance series - the Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2014. The whisky was distilled in 2014 using barley grown at eight different farms on the famous whisky island of Islay. Each farm is located less than 15 miles (24 km) from the distillery.

The spirit was peated to a level of 40ppm and then matured in three different cask types - first-fill ex-bourbon, re-fill ex-Bordeaux red wine and virgin oak. These were then married to produce the final whisky in the percentages of 84%, 8% and 8% respectively. It has been bottled at 50% ABV and is available via and selected specialist retailers globally. A bottle will cost £75/ $US90.

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