Friday, April 28, 2023

Inbox / The Week's Whisky News (April 28, 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 Lowland distillery of Bladnich has announced the release of The King's Cask, a whisky to commemorate the forthcoming coronation of King Charles III. The distillery visitor centre was opened by King Charles in September 2019. Dr. Nick Savage, the Master Distiller at Bladnoch, has selected a single cask that has previously held Tokaji dessert wine, which is known as 'The King's wine'. The whisky was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2023.
The cask has yielded just 289 bottles and these are released at the strength of 47.7% ABV. It is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. Bladnoch The King's Cask will be available from the date of the coronation on May 6 from the Bladnoch visitor centre and selected specialist UK retailers. A bottle will cost £180.
"I am delighted that Bladnoch is commemorating this historic event with such a unique and special release. It is a testament to the quality and craftsmanship of our team, and the centuries-old tradition that goes into creating every drop of Bladnoch whisky."
David Prior / Owner of Bladnoch.


The north Highland distillery of Glenmorangie has anniunced the third release into its limited edition Cadboll Estate series. The Glenmorangie Cadboll Estate 15 years old has been crafted by Dr. Bill Lumsden, the Director of Whisky Creation at Glenmorangie. The Cadboll Estate is located just a few miles from the distillery and grows the barley for this release. It has been aged in American oak ex-bourbon casks for 15 years with a small pocket finished in ex-Amontillado sherry casks. 
The Glenmorangie Cadboll Estate 15 years old is bottled at 43% ABV and is initally available at the distillery shop in Tain and via It will see wider distribution through the UK and selected world markets from early May. A bottle will cost £75/ $US95.
"Created at Glenmorangie from field to glass, our Cadboll Estate series captures the true essence of our Highland world for whisky lovers to experience, and this third batch includes a parcel of whisky finished in casks seasoned with Amontillado - my favourite sherry."
Dr. Bill Lumsden.

Gordon & Macphail
The family-owned independent bottler of Gordon & Macphail have also released a new whisky to commemorate the coronation of King Charles III. The whisky is from a single first-fill ex-sherry cask that was distilled and filled at the Speyside distillery of Glen Grant in 1948 - the year of King Charles' birth. It is bottled at 74 years of age and at the natural cask strength of 50.4% ABV. There are just 281 bottles. The King Charles Coronation Edition is priced at £25,000/ $US31,500 per bottle and will be available via selected specialist and luxury retailers worldwide. 
As part of the release, Gordon & Macphail will donate £25,000 to The Prince's Foundation - a charity that teaches young people heritage craft and traditional art skills.

The Fife distillery of Inchdairnie have announced the release of their highly anticipated first whisky - Ryelaw. The whisky was distilled from a mix of 53% malted rye and 47% malted barley in 2017. Both cereals were grown at farms in the Kingdom of Fife, including Ryelaw Farm from which the whisky takes its name. The spirit was then matured in charred virgin American oak casks for five years. It has been bottled at 46.3% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. 
Ryelaw is made for just one week each year at the groundbreaking distillery. It is available from specialist and luxury retailers in the UK with world distribution coming soon. A bottle will cost £110.
"We have been preparing for this day for well over a decade, and it is only now that we feel the quality of RyeLaw meets our exacting standards. While we are rooted in Scotch whisky tradition, we have explored what is possible when agriculture meets industry and innovative technologies combine with methodology."
Ian Palmer / Founder & Managing Director at Inchdairnie.

Loch Lomond
The Loch Lomond distillery has launched the third and final bottling in its Remarkable Stills series. The trilogy is completed by the Loch Lomond 47 years old. It follows previous releases at 45- and 46-years of age and is one of the oldest ever releases from the distillery. The series celebrates the distillery's unique straight necked stills and has been curated by Michael Henry, the Master Blender at Loch Lomond. Initial maturation has been in re-fill ex-bourbon casks before a four year finishing period in re-fill ex-Oloroso sherry casks. 
The Loch Lomond 47 years old has been bottled at 44.3% ABV and is limited to just 200 bottles. These will be available in selected specialist and luxury retailers worldwide at a cost of £5,750/ $US7,200.

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