Friday, February 3, 2023

Inbox / The Week's Whisky News (February 3, 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 Islay distillery of Bruichladdich has announced the latest release of its super peated Octomore expression - the Octomore 13.4. The new whisky completes the 13th edition of the popular series. The spirit was made using heavily peated Concerto barley grown in Scotland and has been matured for five years in first-fill ex-bourbon and American virgin oak casks. It is bottled at the natural cask strength of 61.6% ABV and registers a peating level of 137.3 PPM. Octomore 13.4 is a distillery exclusive and is only available at the distillery shop and via the Bruichladdich website. The exact number of bottles was not revealed but each will cost £170.
"Completing the Octomore 13 series, the 13.4 edition once more demonstrates the delicate balance of intense peat smoke with our elegant signature style. The maturation profile combined with strong peat levels and cask strength has resulted in a complex single malt."
Adam Hannett / Head Distiller at Bruichladdich.

Heaven Hill

The American whiskey brand of Heaven Hill has announced the latest bottling in its annual limited edition Heritage Collection series - the Heaven Hill Heritage Collection 2023 Edition. This year's release is a Kentucky Straight Corn Whiskey bottled at 20 years of age. All spirit was distilled in October 2002 using a mashbill of 80% corn, 12% malted barley and 8% rye.

The new whiskey is made up of some of the Kentucky distillery's oldest stock and is created from 110 American oak casks. The rare bottling will be available from selected specialist whiskey retailers throughout the USA from March. The Heaven Hill Heritage Collection 2023 Edition is bottled at 57.5% ABV (115 Proof) and will cost $US290.

The Irish brand of Powers has announced the launch of the first ever whiskey made from 100% Irish rye. The release comes following trials at the Midleton distillery in Co. Cork and has used an archive recipe uncovered by Carol Quinn, the Senior Achivist at Irish Distillers. The company commissioned planting of rye at Cooney Furlong Farm in Co. Wexford, which was chosen due to its proximity to the ancestral home of the Powers family - Edermine House. 
Powers Irish Rye is bottled at 43.2% ABV and will be initially released through specialist retailers in selected markets including Ireland, the UK and the USA. It will also be available in Dublin Airport and via A bottle will cost €40/ £32/ $US32.

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