Friday, March 3, 2023

Inbox / The Week's Whisky News (March 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 Glasgow distillery has announced the latest limited edition to join their Glasgow 1770 Small Batch Series - the Glasgow 1770 Red Wine & Ruby Port Cask Finish. The bottling is the first to marry together two styles of whisky produced at the distillery - their peated and triple distilled spirits. The peated component was intially matured in virgin American oak casks before a finishing period in ex-Bordeaux red wine casks. The triple distilled spirit was first matured in ex-bourbon barrels and then finished in ex-Ruby Port casks. Both were distilled in early 2018 and the ratio is 50:50. 
The Glasgow 1770 Red Wine & Ruby Port Cask Finish has just 1,925 bottles and these are released at 57.5% ABV. It is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. Each will cost £59. The new whisky will be available via and selected specialist retailers in the UK. A small quantity will also be available in other markets including Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland and Taiwan.


The Highland distillery of Glenmorangie has announced the fourth bottling in its Barrel Select Release series - the Glenmorangie Amontillado Cask Finish 12 years old. The new whisky is exclusive to Australia and the UK. It has been crafted by Dr. Bill Lumsden, the Director of Whisky Creation at Glenmorangie, who is a long-time fan of Amontillado sherry. The initial maturation of eight years was in ex-bourbon barrels before the whisky was transferred to ex-Amontillado sherry casks sourced by Lumsden for a further four years of finishing. It has been bottled at 46% ABV and is non chill-filtered. 
The Glenmorangie Amontillado Cask Finish 12 years old is exclusive to The Whisky Club Australia and the visitor centre shop in Tain. It can also be purchased via A bottle will cost £75/ $AU135. 
"I have always loved the nuttier, spicier tastes of Amontillado – my favourite style of sherry. It is such a delight to bring its cask influences to our whisky’s signature delicate style for this special release."
Dr. Bill Lumsden.

The Mull distillery has announced the third bottling in its rare Hebridean Series - the Tobermory 25 years old. The new whisky follows the 23- and 24- year old expressions from the previous two years. There will eventually be five bottlings in the series. Initial maturation was in re-fill American oak and ex-Oloroso sherry casks, before a nine year secondary maturation in first-fill ex-Oloroso sherry casks from the famous Gonzalez Byass bodega in Jerez, Spain. 
There are just 5,298 bottles in this batch of Tobermory 25 years old and these are released at 48.1% ABV. The whisky is both of natural colour and non chill-filtered. It will be available via the Tobermory website and in selected world markets from March 8. A bottle will cost £345/ $US415.
"Our Hebridean Series really champions the little island we call home, drawing inspiration on its unique history and heritage to shape our whisky. The 25 year old is a homage to Mull’s crofting history, and draws parallels on the skill and ingenuity that goes into working with the land around us."
Brendan McCarron / Master Distiller at Tobermory.

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