Friday, February 16, 2024

Inbox | The Week's Whisky News | February 16, 2024

Welcome to Inbox - our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to the WFE email. We started Inbox several years ago 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 leading American whiskey brand of Bulleit has launched its first ever single malt, which will join its permanent core range. It is the latest product to be added to the ever-growing amount of American single malt on the market. The whiskey has been made using 100% malted barley and has seen its full maturation in charred American virgin oak barrels.

Bulleit Single Malt is released at 45% ABV and is packaged in a green glass bottle made from 100% post-consumer recycled glass. As further add to the brand's sustainability credentials, Bulleit has teamed up with non-profit charity American Forests and is commited to replanting 2.5 million American white oak trees by 2026. A bottle of Bulleit Single Malt will cost $US60 and will initially be available in selected American states.


The east Highland distillery of Glencadam has announced two limited edition cask finished single malts - the Glencadam 15 years old Reserva de Madeira and the Glencadam 17 years old Reserva PX. Both whiskies were initially matured in American oak ex-bourbon barrels before their respective finishing periods in ex-Madeira wine and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks.

The Glencadam 15 years old Reserva de Madeira (pictured, above left) was distilled in 2008 and has been finished in casks sourced from the Portuguese island of Madeira. These ex-Madeira wine casks have yielded just 5,826 bottles, which are released at 46% ABV. It is both non-chill filtered and of natural colour. A bottle will cost £110.

The Glencadam 17 years old Reserva PX (pictured, above right) was distilled in 2006 and has been finished in ex-Pedro Ximenez quarter casks sourced from Spain. There are just 4,188 bottles available. These are also released at 46% ABV and are non-chill filtered and of natural colour. A bottle will cost £150. Both whiskies are available in specialist retailers in selected world markets.


The Speyside distillery of Glenlivet has announced a new single malt that is described as a first for the Scotch whisky category. The Glenlivet Fusion Cask sees the whisky part-matured in bespoke casks build for the brand from a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-rum barrel staves. The first-fill ex-bourbon and first-fill ex-rum barrels were hand selected, dismantled and reassembled by an expert team of coopers.

The Glenlivet Fusion Cask is initially launched this month in the USA and forms part of the famous distillery's 200th anniversary celebrations, which will take place throughout the year. It is bottled at 40% ABV and will retail in selected US states for the recommended price of $US96.
"As a team, we work closely with our partners at the cooperage to ensure the handmade casks are of the highest quality, and this intricate dismantling and reassembling process to create new bespoke casks ensures a distinctive and expertly crafted finish."
Kevin Balmforth | Cask Expert at Glenlivet.

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