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 this week's whisky news ...
The north Highland distillery of Dalmore has announced details of this year's bottlings in its annual Vintages Collection - the Dalmore Vintage 2005 and Dalmore Vintage 2008. The pair of new whiskies are the third to be reelased in to the prestigious series. As with the two previous entries, the whiskies have been created by Master Distiller Richard Paterson OBE and whisky maker Gregg Glass and use some of the finest casks available from Dalmore's warehouses.
The Dalmore Vintage 2008 (pictured, above right) is bottled at 15 years of age and began life matured in American white oak ex-bourbon casks before a secondary maturation in ex-Matusalem and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. It is released at 45.8% ABV and will retail for £155/ $US225.
The Dalmore Vintage 2005 (pictured, above left) is released at 18 years old. It again started life in American white oak ex-bourbon casks. This time the secondary maturation was in ex-Matusalem and ex-Vintage 2005 sherry casks. It is bottled at 49.3% ABV and will cost £350/ $US450. Both whiskies are non chill-filtered and of natural colour, and will be available via specialist and luxury retailers worldwide.
The Glasgow Distillery Co. has announced limited edition batches of two of their most popular bottlings - the Glasgow 1770 Peated Cask Strength Batch 01 and Glasgow 1770 The Original Cask Strength Batch 01. The pair are designed to give whisky fans a glimpse at the unadulterated raw power and character of the Glasgow spirit straight from the barrel.
The Glasgow 1770 The Original Cask Strength Batch 01 (pictured, above left) has seen three ex-bourbon casks of The Original selected and married together. This has resulted in just 750 bottles at a natural strength of 61.3% ABV. A bottle will cost £64.
The Glasgow 1770 Peated Cask Strength Batch 01 (pictured, above right) has seen three hogshead casks selected and married together, resulting in 1,000 bottles. This is released at 60.8% ABV and will cost £66 per bottle. Both are non chill-filtered and of natural colour. They will be available from www.glasgowdistillery.com and selected specialist retailers in the UK. A small allocation will also be available in selected Asian and European markets.
The Hebridean distillery of Talisker on the isle of Skye has announced their latest rare limited edition - the Talisker Glacial Edge 45 years old. The new whisky was aged for over four decades before being finished in ice fractured oak casks. This experimental approach saw 12 heavily charred American oak casks taken to Canada, where a cooper removed the ends. The casks were then exposed to the freezing winter temperatures and Arctic winds for 96 hours.
Talisker Glacial Edge is the first-ever Talisker to be aged for 45 years and is the final bottling in a series that is helping to raise money for conservation charity Parley For The Oceans. It is bottled at 49.8% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. It is available from specialist whisky and luxury retailers worldwide and will cost £4,500/ $US5,575.