Friday, June 21, 2024

Inbox | The Week's Whisky News | June 21, 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 American whiskey brand of Russell's Reserve has released a 15 year old limited edition bourbon. The Russell's Reserve 15 years old has been created by Eddie Russell, the Master Distiller for the brand, who personally handpicked the barrels for inclusion. It follows a similar 13 years old expression that was released a couple of years ago. 
Russell's Reserve was created by Eddie in 1998 to celebrate his father's legacy, the Bourbon Hall of Famer Jimmy Russell. The new whiskey is bottled at 117.2 Proof/ 58.6% ABV and will be available in the USA and Asia from early July. A bottle is due to cost US$250.

The Islay distillery of Bruichladdich has announced two limited edition bottlings that will be exclusive to travel retail - the Classic Laddie Sherry Cask Edition and the Bruichladdich Twenty One. Both will be exclusive to Changi in Singapore, one of the world's busiest airports. This will involve a boutique pop-up store and tasting bar in Terminal 4 of the airport until June 30.
The Classic Laddie Sherry Cask Edition adds a different dimension to the popular Classic Laddie expression with extra maturation taking place in ex-sherry casks from the bodega of Fernando de Castilla. It is presented in a new bottle which is made of 60% recycled glass and is 32% lighter than the previous bottle used. It also come with no secondary packaging. The whisky is bottled at 50% ABV and will cost €70.

The Bruichladdich Twenty One is the latest addition to the distillery's Luxury Redefined range of highly aged whiskies. It uses spirit made with 100% Scottish barley and has seen its lengthy maturation in a combination of ex-American whiskey and ex-sherry casks. The bottle is housed in Bruichladdich's pioneering sustainable outer packaging made from recyclable paper pulp. The whisky is also bottled at 50% ABV and will cost €250.

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