Friday, April 12, 2024

Inbox | The Week's Whisky News | April 12, 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 a round-up of this week's whisky news ... 

The Highland distillery of Fettercairn has announced a refresh of its core domestic and travel retail ranges to coincide with its 200th anniversary celebrations this year. The Fettercairn domestic range will feature age statement expressions at 12-, 16- and 24 years old, while the travel retail range will offer 14-, 17- and 25 years old whiskies. Both ranges will be available from mid-April globally. The 16 years old was previously an annual limited edition.

The Northern Irish whiskey brand of Bushmills has announced a new permanent addition to its core range - the Bushmills 14 years old. The whiskey has been matured in ex-bourbon casks before a finishing period in ex-Malaga wine casks sourced from Spain. It has been created by Alex Thomas, the Master Blender for Bushmills, and will be available initially in Africa, Asia and Europe. A bottle will cost £56/ $US70.

The Irish whiskey brand of Midleton Very Rare has released the fifth and penultimate bottling in its revered Silent Distillery series - the Midleton Very Rare 49 years old Silent Distillery Chapter 5. Each whiskey in the series was produced at the old Midleton distillery, which operated between 1825 and 1975. 
The latest releases was distilled in 1973 and has been maturing in a single ex-bourbon barrel. It is housed in a handblown Waterford crystal decanter and handcrafted oak cabinet. The whiskey is bottled at 52.4% ABV and will be available in selected markets globally. Each decanter will cost €55,000/ $US55,000.

The Loch Lomond distillery has unveiled the latest addition to its core range - the Loch Lomond 25 years old. The new whisky features three different cask types - first-fill and re-fill ex-bourbon, plus recharred American oak - which have been married together by Michael Henry, the Master Blender for Loch Lomond. It is bottled at 46% ABV and is both non-chill filtered and of natural colour. It will be available worldwide through specialist whisky retailers with each bottle costing £390/ $US495.

The north Highland distillery of Glenmorangie has added a new single malt to its core range - the Glenmorangie Triple Cask Reserve. The new whisky has married three different cask types together to take the spirit in a different direction - ex-bourbon, charred new American oak and ex-rye whiskey casks. It has been created by Gillian Macdonald, Master Blender for Glenmorangie, and is bottled at 40% ABV. The whisky is initially available in selected world markets including France, Germany, the UK and USA. A bottle will cost £33/ $US42.

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