Friday, June 14, 2024

Inbox | The Week's Whisky News | June 14, 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 popular Canadian whisky brand of Crown Royal has announced the release of its first ever single malt. The Crown Royal Single Malt Canadian Whisky is the brand's first venture into the world of single malt and pays homage to its Canadian roots. The spirit has been distilled at the Valleyfield distillery in Quebec from 100% malted barley grown in Canada's cold climate and unique topography. The whisky is bottled at 45% ABV and will be initially available in North America through selected retailers. The cost will be US$55/ CA$75.

The Speyside distillery of Glen Grant has revealed a new permanent set of whiskies named The Glasshouse Collection. The trio represent the oldest permanent expressions to be released by the distillery. They also represent the final bottlings created by legendary Dennis Malcolm OBE, the legendary Master Distiller who is due to retire shortly after over 60 years at Glen Grant. 
The collection is inspired by James 'The Major' Grant - a key figure in Glen Grant's history. He was an avid plant collector and travelled the world during the Victorian era, bringing specimens back to Scotland to grow in a huge greenhouse. The different names refer to how the light changes during the day in the glasshouse.

The Glasshouse Collection consists of three whiskies and celebrates the enhanced ageing properties of Glen Grant spirit. The Glen Grant 21 years old: First Light is bottled at 46% ABV as is the Glen Grant 25 years old: Golden Hour. The Glen Grant 30 years old: Twilight is bottled at 48% ABV. All are non-chill filtered and of natural colour, and have been matured in a combination of American oak ex-bourbon barrels and ex-Oloroso sherry casks.
The availability is different for each bottling. The Glen Grant 21 years old is available in UK retailers now and will cost £250. The Glen Grant 25 years old is exclusive to London retailer Berry Brothers & Rudd until July 11, after which it will be available through selected UK retailers. A bottle will cost £735. The Glen Grant 30 years old will appear later in 2024 with the retail price to be confirmed. A wider world release is also expected at some point.

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