Friday, June 28, 2024

Inbox | The Week's Whisky News | June 28, 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 English distillery of White Peak has announced the second single malt whisky that will form its core range - the Wire Works Bourbon Barrel. It is the first bottling to use 100% first-fill ex-bourbon barrels, which are sourced from the Heaven Hill distillery in Kentucky, and features the oldest whisky to date. The new whisky will join the Caduro as a permanent expression in the core range.

The Wire Works Bourbon Barrel is bottled at 53.5% ABV and is both non-chill filtered and of natural colour. It will be available from the distillery shop in Derbyshire and via It will also be available in selected specialist spirits retailers throughout the UK and several other world markets. A bottle will cost £65.
"Bourbon Barrel is a signature whisky for us, elevating our house style and showcasing our flavour elements; our Derbyshire home, lightly-peated malt barley, fresh local Brewer’s yeast, long fermentation and slow distillation."
Max Vaughan | Co-founder of White Peak.

The Highland distillery of Tomatin has launched a limited edition 20-year-old single cask whisky to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival - the Tomatin 2003 Festival Edition 20 years old. The music and art festival has grown to be one of Scotland's largest and takes places on the Belladrum Estate in Kiltarlity near Inverness. 
The single malt was distilled in 2003 and has been matured in a single first-fill ex-Oloroso sherry cask for two decades. It has been bottled at 49% ABV and the cask has yielded just 153 bottles. They will be available to purchase at the festival and Tomatin distillery visitor centre, plus via and a handful of local retailers. A bottle will cost £300.

The reborn north Highland distillery of Brora has this week officially celebrated its third birthday, meaning the first casks that were filled in 2021 are now legally Scotch whisky. To commemorate this achievement the distillery has announced the release of a special bottling taken from some of the last maturing stock from before its closure in 1983 - the Brora 44 years old: Untold Depths.
The spirit for this bottling was distilled in 1977, a time when the distillery was experiementing with higher peat levels in their malt. It has been matured in a single ex-bourbon cask (Cask #2637) for over four decades in the distillery's legendary Warehouse No.1. This cask has yielded just 150 bottles at a strngth of 49.1% ABV. These will only be available to collect in person at the Brora distillery from early July onwards. Each will cost £10,000.
"Untold Depths is a classic pairing of a gentle cask and medium peating which explores the full depth of taste of which Brora is capable. It is a whisky from a bygone era that is helping us look to the future."
Dr. Craig Wilson | Master Blender for Brora.

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